As the nights grow darker and the season turns, the City rings in Vai Min Mur. There is great cheer to be found in celebrating the dark and macabre - to promote healthy public relationships and harmony among the citizens, the Masquerade was founded, an annual ball held in the City Gardens and open to all who wish to enjoy the festivities. A fortnight prior to the event, flyers began to be distributed. They read like this:
The Great Garden Masquerade
Entry begins at 9PM on October 31st
Reasonably sized and friendly creatures welcome
Masks mandatory, costumes encouraged
Come and party the night away - there are prizes to be won!
Upon arrival, it is clear to see that no expense has been spared to make the party as memorable as possible. Every corner of the space is decorated in black and orange, draped with string lights and strewn with carved pumpkins. Canopies are erected with pillows and throws laid out beneath them as an ideal spot for mingling. A long table stands among trees, with a buffet laid out to be eaten, along with a healthy supply of candy and a suspiciouly green-looking punch. Towards the back of the gardens, a hedge maze has been adorned in cobwebs and made sufficiently haunting in an ode to the holiday. So, with plenty to do and see, what are you waiting for?
- This is a free roleplay event for any and all City residents and their creatures (as long as they are well behaved!). - The goal is to encourage character mingling and interplayer relationships within this thread. You will not be penalised for playing alone in your own threads, but please do consider collaborating with fellow participants, and label any threads you would like to be considered as [Event]! - You are free to explore the grounds and create your own areas and scenarios. There will occasionally be a Random Event, detailing a circumstance at the party that you may respond to if you wish. None of these will be player specific - everyone is welcome to use (or not use) the prompts as they wish. - I request that you please number your individual posts. Your eligibility for candy and prizes may rely on this! - This event will be open to participation from the 24th October until November 20th 2020.
The Candy Bowl
It's Vai Min Mur, so as you might expect, there is plenty of candy laying around! Upon entering the party (within your first post), you are permitted to take ONE piece of candy from the bowl - it will be randomly selected and sent to you. As you roleplay, interact and explore, you may discover more... you'll have to wait and see, won't you?
Didn't the flyer mention that there would be prizes...? Yes, it did, and so there are! A gloomy looking black tent is set up near to the entrance - on the outside, it is nothing to shout about, but the interior seems infinitely bigger than it should be, and is stocked with wonders.
There is no getting in without an invitation, though. First, you must win.
A prize will be awarded to TWO participants in this category. This prize is based on theme and effort - NOT post count! Those who tell the best story and/or interact with other players will be considered for this prize.
A prize will be awarded to ONE participant in this category. This prize is based on descriptors of a character's/pet's costume. You are welcome to submit artwork alongside, but there is no bonus for this! The most fun, spooky or inventive will win!
A prize will be awarded to ONE participant in this category. This prize is based on the amount of candy collected through roleplaying in this event. This one is pure luck - may the odds be ever in your favour!
The peaceful atmosphere of the party, which appears to be mostly single people enjoying themselves on their own, is shattered with an ear piercing whinny. Down the path, a rider appears; a black shape sitting upon a black, skeletal equine. Mane and tail ripple and crackle, as if on fire, and the moonlight reflects off of the bones on the equine's skin. The man atop the mount is dressed in black, with a black cape rippling around him as they ride. He is dressed finely in what appears to be a classy suit jacket, but it looks oddly placed... Considering there's no head. Instead, there is a skull with glowing eyes being carried under one arm, and a whip of strange white shapes in the other. The whip swings overhead and lashes out; are those vertebrae? And the equillion picks up its pace. He tosses his head and snorts out streams of black fire, running faster and faster. Surely he would slow down when he reaches the party?
But he doesn't. Carefully guided, the stallion runs around the central garden, nary a single decoration knocked over. He makes two loops, the equillion whinnying menacingly, the whip cracking, and the skull's eyes glinting, open jaw seeming to laugh. He circles around, drawing up by the candy bowl, and the equillion comes to a halt, holding his head high, robotic green eyes glinting in the lights. The headless man slides off his back and goes to the bowl to pick up a piece of candy. With a groan, he undoes the tie holding the shirt neck closed, and his true head pops through, hair silky and straight and falling into place elegantly. He set the skull on Maverick's saddle horn, and grabbed a new mask for the rest of the night, now that he'd made his grand entrance.
Also out of the inside of his jacket pops a little red creature, who settles herself on Ashe's shoulder. A familiar face to all who knew him; Inyala! But even she is dressed for the holiday, her entire body painted red like a little devil. She even appears to be holding a pitchfork!
"Looks like we made it, guys," Ashe says, glancing around. "Let's try the punch."
It was finally time! Ramal had been excited for an entire week leading up to the event. He didn't know much about it, but he did know what a party was, and that was reason enough to look forward to it. He was sure it would be full of cheery locals and interesting food at the very least. Everything else, he could figure out once he got there.
The people in this city often had a creature of some kind with them, so he decided to bring one along to the party. Maybe Fushigi could even make some friends of his own. The sleepy little kitty was not terribly exciting, but he was very easy to manage. That made him a great party companion. Plus, Ramal just had a good feeling about him. He seemed to have a sparkle in his eyes that said he would appreciate a night out.
Ramal didn't exactly know where he was going, but once he saw a small group of people in elaborate costumes, he guessed that they had the right idea and subtly followed them. He was met with the sight of the well decorated scene. It was a lot for him to take in, but the first thing that really settled in his mind was that he looked very out of place. Not just in the usual way, either. He grabbed a piece of candy from the table and shoved it in his mouth to give him a moment to think.
Everyone here was elaborately dressed up, and they all covered their faces with something. Even the ones who were not so well dressed had still at least hidden their faces. Ramal wasn't one to be easily deterred, so he quickly found his way to the masks that had been laid out for just such an occasion. A feathered one really caught his attention, and he tried awkwardly to get it onto his face around his fins and gills.
"How do I look?" he said to Fushigi. "Oh, you need one, too, don't you?" He grabbed another mask, this time one of the ones that looked like a fanged monster.
1 [0.1; 0.2] [Ramal takes a mask for himself and one for Fushigi. He also takes a piece of candy.] [If you want to interact with me, please make an OOC note in your post so I don't miss it!]
Would Fushigi be such a monster some day? Ramal wondered as he held up the fanged mask next to the Tailypo's head. He was sweet and small now, but all creatures started out sweet and small, even big scary monsters with multiple rows of fangs. The mask was much too large to fit the tiny creature's face, so Ramal quickly compromised by slipping it right over his head onto his back.
Fushigi took issue with his and immediately started chewing on the edge of mask that he could reach. Why was it touching him? He batted at it with his paws and tried to push it away with his back legs. "Ok fine, I'm sure you're just so cute without it that they won't mind," he said.
He tried to remove the mask from Fushigi, but as he tried to take it away, Fushigi pulled it back. It quickly became a game they were playing with Ramal playfully teasing Fushigi with it like it was a new toy. He immediately forgot that he was supposed to be at a party, meeting new people.
Jack leaned against a post outside the pavilion and stared for a little while, not sure if she should go in or not. Tok sat on her shoulder, chittering at her, as though ordering her to go inside so he could interact with people finally, he'd been alone without other people far too long apparently, since she had taken that one spell. The woman sighed a little and patted him on the head before she pushed off from the pole and headed inside. Well, that was alright at the same time, she knew she would hopefully recognize someone in all of this, but it wasn't all that busy yet, a few people from the Labs were there, some she had met, some she hadn't.
With a little frown, she saw the masks on the counter and picked one up at random, stuffing it over her face as she put a hand into one of her pockets. She would probably be recognized pretty quickly, thanks to Tok here, but maybe she would be pleasantly surprised, that would be interesting. Surveying the area, she looked about for a moment and then put a hand on Tok's mouth to quiet him as she strode forward and then spotted someone with a Tailypo. She had a few of her own but hadn't done anything with them, they just weren't her cup of tea.
"Hey there, can I help you with anything?" she finally asked, figuring she could at least be a little friendly right now as she plucked a candy from the bowl she had passed by.