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A Taste of Arx - Redrain Ward

Who throws a celebration better than the North? All are invited and welcome to join House Redrain and its vassals for an evening of the finest the North has to offer. There will be music and drinking, fine food and even finer stories and games. Come for a chance to win some interesting prizes and sample the best of the youngest Great House. You never know what may happen at a Redrain party!

Date

March 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Hosted By

Elgana

Participants

Reese Bhandn Violet Bliss Khanne Acantha Kaya Arthen Merek Donella Helena Radhilde Rysen Gianna Gwenna Rukhnis Brianna Vercyn Sorrel Tescelina Peri Alarissa Mirk Cillian Elsa Amari Beatrice Olivia Eilonwy Darren Jeffeth Cadern Lucita Thea Ian Drea Liara Venturo Gilroy Margret

Organizations

Redrain

Location

Arx - Ward of House Redrain - Redrain Grounds

Largesse Level

Extravagant

Comments and Log

Gwenna

Princess Elgana truly outdid herself with the Taste of Arx event for House Redrain. The decor, the games, the prizes and gifts, were all like taking a small tour of all the Northlands. There is little wonder why she is the Minster of Fealty and I am grateful every day that we get to claim her as ours. Thank you, cousin, for creating such a grand party! Thank you as well to those who assisted her and made it truly a glorious evening I doubt anyone will soon forget.

Even when the shadows of our world seem ever-encroaching, spending a joyous time with so much close family reminds me yet again why we fight. Watching the merriment with my darling Lorenzo, seeing His Grace and the Princess-Consort playfully flirting, the easy comfort of dear and close friends, and the happiness worn on so many faces...

Yes. This is why we fight.

Radhilde

Gosh, I don't think I've ever had such fun! Princess Elgana did such an amazing job and all who helped her, gosh! House Redrain sure knows how to throw a party and a real tribute to the North!

I especially enjoyed that toast made by Princess Donella too. How fitting, how perfect!


Khaavren, a dutiful assistant, 2 Redrain Guards arrive, following Gwenna.

Rukhnis arrives, following Rysen.

Eina, the Pearl's Own, Soot, a frenetic ferret arrive, following Peri.

Gwenna has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Donella has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

1 Crimson Blades Sergeant arrives, following Mirk.

Reese looks to Donella, having a nod for her. "Oh, I finally did. I got away with the cake and managed to keep it from Monique." She says. "It is nice to see you Princess Donella. I am hoping for more racing today."

Bhandn can be seen stopping at the entryway for the span of several moments. If anyone needed a lesson in peacebonding a weapon, he's demonstrating it for free and in front of the guards to boot. He even surrenders both weapons for inspection to make sure that it's done /properly/ as well, and in the end is finally making his way into the actual festivities, already picking out one or more familiar faces but not yet approaching any of them. He has to take in the sights.

Today a festive air hangs over the Redrain Grounds, newly transformed into a somewhat unusual sight but what a sight to behold. Landmarks from the North have been taken and made miniature, nestled here and there along the grounds between booths boasting food and drink. Space has been cleared away to make way for revelry and dancing, blending all that it means to be Northern-born together into one harmonious space. Clustered together one will find Crovane and Halfshav, and then Sanna and Clearlake, and each of the other Houses all represented in one form or another. No one space is truly taken over by a singular representation of one House, everything co-mingles from the people to the food right down to the music that plays. Proud standards of House Redrain and their vassals dot the landscape as well, tastefully placed here and there to display the fine craftsmanship that has gone into their making. Yet, the crowning glory of this display of the North is the pavilion that has been erected front and center – a miniature representation of Farhaven Castle, crafted from wood and metal in near painstaking detail.



And somewhere, somewhere in the hustle and bustle is Princess Elgana Redrain. Though, she might be easily given away by that rich scarlet gown she's wearing and perhaps even moreso by that bright smile as she greets people as they mill about enjoying the festivities and settling in.

Violet keeps the hug brief turning towards the woman Reese addresses. "I don't believe so," She says, giving Kaya a friendly once-over. A hand is held out and she says, "Nice to meet you, Mistress Kaya. And how do you know her highness?" The woman glances up at Donella's call and smile, bowing her head to the High Lady of Redrain. "Your Grace, a pleasure to see you as well. Are your children well?"

The newest Radiant of Whisper House arrives at the Redrain Grounds in, rather than a flowing gown or daring dress, a sharply cut and elegant jacket and trousers, with a black silk tunic underneath the former. Bright and colorful, the burgundy of Bliss's outfit is accentuated by the brocade of lavender flowers with gleaming strands of neodymium woven throughout, and it is her face where the eccentric nature of Bliss shines through - vivid eyeshadow in purples, violets and fuchsias extends out in wings that caress her temples, and her lips have been painted similarly bright colors, a contrast to the vivid pewter that looks around the different decorations of the area and nods once in approval. A pair of swords remains at her side - her rapier as a Champion, and Vowkeeper, both peacebound with a matching ribbon of violet, and she walks right up to the hostess of the event, leaning in to give Elgana quick peck on the cheek in greeting. "Marvelous work here, Princess Elgana. I've been looking forward to this for a while now." She doesn't linger, letting the hostess host, and off she goes to one of the spots meant to evoke the North.

Bliss has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

1 Crimson Blades Private, 1 Crimson Blades Lieutenant, 1 Crimson Blades Sergeant arrive, following Cillian.

Khanne walks into the grounds of Redrain with Drysi following close. Drysi is dressed for a party, shaman style, her braided and messy hair full of more ribbons and feathers to match her colorful flowing dress. When they get there, she takes off, seeing a friend across the way, leaving Khanne on her lonesome. The shaman laughs, lifting a hand to wave her off before looking around as more and more people file in. "Oh dear... I might hyperventilate.... I've been cooped up too long..."

Lady Acantha had arrived early with Benny waddling after her. The woman is dressed in that wonderful new brocade thats done in black and silver. Her Smokey eyes give a look over the festivities as she sets up shop at the Clearlake Table. There's a chest set out and opened, revealing gloves that have been specially made. There are also very lovely pelts that are laid out for people. Benny is placed in a chair and given something to chew on.

Kaya smiles softly and says, "It is an honor Baroness."

Rebellion, a Graypeak Vanner Stallion arrives, following Elsa.

Senna, a whip of a man, Argos, a large Graypeak Mountain Dog, Blue Steele, a Blue Roan Graypeak Vanner Stallion, Elsa arrive, following Vercyn.

Kaya gets Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Kaya gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Gianna gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Gianna gets Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Kaya gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Reese gets Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Gianna gets Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Peri takes Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Reese gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Sorrel gets Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Elsa takes Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Arthen Dayne's here, somewhere. Oh there he is, standing next to.. well.. that's a lot of casks of ale that he's lined up. Some stronger and younger men than he are getting the last of them in place while the explorer watches over it all. There's a sign nearest him, something about a Redrain Tankard Run, which must be what he's organizing.

Reese gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Kaya gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Merek has come in his best black dress attire with his blue-black vest on it, belt tilted upon the hip while he makes his way to the festivities. He pats together his gloves while he looks to the chests moving that way.

Bhandn gets Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Merek gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Reese gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Sorrel gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Merek gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Kaya gets Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Peri takes Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Violet takes Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Merek gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Merek gets Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

"Baroness Violet, so good to finally get to put a face to a name. The children are having a little supper, so I can have a little time free with you all."

Elsa takes Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Violet takes Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Another vision in crimson, Princess Helena Redrain stands a little left of center, so to speak, greeting guests as well, though more as they happen upon her after being greeted by the hostess, her sister. Her hair tumbles free today of hairpins, gold atop the scarlet of her gown, much like the ruby and gold jewelry accents she wears as well. "Be sure to visit each of the areas. They are quite cleverly constructed," she tells one of the guests after greeting and taking their offered hands.

Reese gets Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Peri takes a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Merek gets Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Cillian takes Red-Hot Snake Cakes from a large chest.

Elsa takes a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Radhilde arrives just a few monents before the event begins, giving Elgana a wide grin as she curtseys all proper like, the fluttery skirts of the dress flaring out and away from her body in the motion before she straightens and looks around to all already present.

Rysen arrives from east with Rukhnis by his side. He makes his way over to Elgana and bows deeply. "The grounds look amazing, Your Highness." He smiles as he passes Princess Reese and makes his way over to the ornately carved benches made from the dark lumber of his homeland.

Cillian puts Red-Hot Snake Cakes in a large chest.

Rysen has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Brianna gets Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Mirk gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Peri takes a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Elsa takes a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Gianna arrives, resplendent in steely gray silk with brocade. The colour makes her blue eyes look gray, too. She raises her gloved hands and sweeps them over her hair, tucking it behind her ears. She might be doing it just to show off the gloves. (She is doing it to show off the gloves.)

Cillian takes Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Brianna gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Mirk gets Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Peri takes Red-Hot Snake Cakes from a large chest.

Mirk gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Peri takes Red-Hot Snake Cakes from a large chest.

Brianna gets Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Radhilde has joined the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Mirk gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Brianna gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

2 Redrain Guards, Ciro Sclafani, a world-weary manservant arrive, following Lorenzo.

Elsa takes Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Reese smiles over to Rysen. "It is very nice to see you again, Lord Rysen" She says. The girl then waves to Helena a well.

Acantha gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Gwenna pauses not far into the entrance of the grounds, having come from the villa, and just stops to just take it all in. The details of each house mixed with those of the others is quite a sight and it seems the princess can hardly get her steps going again for a few minutes. The smells of the food and drink, never mind so many wonderful and familiar faces, soon get her moving again. She's a terrible Redrain tonight, it seems, her clothing all dark hues blending from midnight black to bright sapphire blue. It is the castle of Farhaven that pulls her most, it seems, and she heads that way to settle in.

Cillian takes Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Rukhnis tails Rysen in at the usual discreet distance, in her usual sombre garb and with the usual expressionless look on her face, even as her dark eyes keenly take in the people, the setting, and all the other sights and sounds there are to observe. She does look faintly marveling for a moment at the transformation the courtyard has undergone, but it's a fleeting thing, and then her gaze is back to being as unreadable as usual. She bows low to Elgana as she and Rysen arrive near the woman's side, murmuring, "Your Highness."

Rukhnis has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Gwenna takes Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Donella is overheard praising Elgana: A fine showing for the North.

Peri has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Reese gets Red-Hot Snake Cakes from a large chest.

Mirk is overheard praising Elgana.

Violet gives a soft laugh and nods her head to Donella. "Well, my face can be forgettable. All the better for a scout sometimes," She says with a laugh. Then she turns back to Reese and leans in to say something quietly to her.

Cillian takes Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Mirk has joined the a cluster of tables and chairs with accents of House Halfshav.

Radhilde gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Radhilde gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Brianna spots Khanne and hurries over, her gown making the tall woman tower. The heels don't hurt there, I suppose. "Khanne! Darling!" She envelops her cousin in a bear hug, planting kisses on her cheeks. "It's good to see you," she says, all earnest sincerity. "You look utterly overstimulated. Need a drink?"

Reese's wave is caught and Helena smiles at the Grayson princess. "Thank you for coming, Princess Reese. For once I don't have to fear competing with you, since I won't be playing tonight but helping," she says teasingly toward the woman who seems to win every damn contest.

Radhilde gets Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Bliss is overheard praising Redrain: A wonderful showing - a taste of the colder side of Arvum. Yes, I'm aware there's more to the North than cold, shh.

Merek picks up some of the things, while he makes his way to where folk are while he pours him self some whiskey. He notes Khanne is about and offers a bow to her direction, then he does the same for Reese, "Your Highness, Vala, how are you?"

The Duke of Halfshav arrives, the Lady Elsa on his arm. Vercyn is dressed in his armor, as is his custom. He walks onto the Redrain grounds, his gray eyes taking in everything around him. He turns to the Lady on his arm and smiles. "You look wonderful, my darling."

Maxene, the steadfast ladies maid, Pellinor, 4 Thrax Guards, Honey Snuggle, a Velenosian Angora cat, Elegance, a Velenosian Greyhound arrive, following Alarissa.

Arthen Dayne's in the middle of telling someone to do something when Gianna wanders through the place like it's a damned catwalk. He almost tips over someone's ale in the process of tripping over himself, but manages a save there at the end. "Hey! You're gonna get someone hurt, Nightingale!", he shouts, good-natured like but a little red-faced. Then he gets back to organi-.. telling other folks to organize the game.

Cillian takes a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

2 Novice Keaton Huntsmen, River, a juvenile Oakhaven bloodhound, Barf, the Bog Dog arrive, following Amari.

Donella says, "To be honest I spent a few hours rading by poor light last night, and I jabbed myself in the eye at my consmetic table. You're all beautiful blurs."

Radhilde gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Elgana is all smiles and that smile gets even brighter as Bliss comes over. She leans into the peck to the cheek as she says, "Radiant!" a tease there on that one word. "It is wonderful to see you here. Are you settling in well?" Elgana's dark eyes don't linger long on Bliss, not out of lack of respect but because more and more faces are starting to enter. Radhilde gets a smile and a nod from the Redrain as she starts to drift but comes to a quick pause when Rysen approaches. Her smile brightens even wider as this words. "I am pleased to see you, Lord Rysen! I am eager to hear talk of your poem later." When Rukhnis approaches with Rysen that really gets Elgana's attention as a mixture of curiosity works its way along her features but that smile never fades. "You must be Rukhnis. I've heard tell of a new face in the ward. It is a pleasure to meet you." Elgana gives a polite dip of her chin to the woman. "I hope you enjoy the festivities." A glance to Rysen then as she adds, "The both of you."

Bhandn has joined the a cluster of tables and chairs with accents of House Halfshav.

Kaya silently listens to the flow if conversations happening around her. She watches the event with quiet curiousity

Donella has left the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Brianna turns to her father. "While you're giving out compliments, don't I look fantastic, as well? It was a Whitehall-inspired gown, and I couldn't resist," she says to Vercyn She's in full party-charm mode, and she's eating it up.

Sorrel meanders around, taking in all of the fine goods on display and sampling some of them. She is hard to miss, being tall and clad all in red brocade embroidered with sorrel leaves, the metallic threads helping to bring out her evergreen eyes. She takes a moment to admire Gianna's gloves approvingly, offering the Nightingale a warm and friendly smile. "You look most lovely, my dear," she says brightly. "Those gloves are quite the fashion statement."

Tescelina quietly arrives on the grounds of the ward with her fingers, in tight leather gloves, knit furiously before her but otherwise the young knight looks rather -- subdued. Her longcoat buttoned over top an ankle length skirt with boots and a charming pastel purple jabot to cut something of a dignified appearance. At her waist a wide buckled swordbelt, rapier on one side -- a dagger on the other. Her white-gold hair is fastened back by a ribbon of matching pastel silk, bushy in its tail that hangs down her back. Her smile is soft and a little sad, her cyan eyes observant but -- reserved. She begins to explore, drifting among the crowds.

Reese smiles warmly to Merek. "I'm well. It is nice to see you Master Merek." She says gently in his direction. The girl has her arms filled with stuff she has gathered up from the chests. She murmurs softly with Violet. She then looks to Helena with another smile, before waving to Brianna and then Sorrel.

Beatrice gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Radhilde eyes the little fox and grins so brightly as she touches its head then looks over to the roaring bear figuring, loosing a soft giggle. She finds herself a seat, eyes taking in every little detail of the grounds from where she sits.

Peri walks around clearly very curious about the Redrain decorations and festival goodies. The fur-lined gloves match her leather gear, She happily adds them to her satchel. Eina follows her charge behind, watching everyone. Peri looks for familiar faces and sees Lord Reyson and his retainer, Rukhnis. She waves to them with a happy smile and walks up. "Lord Rysen, Rukhnis," she bows. "Are you enjoying the festival?" Her eidened eyes and happy face show that she is.

Gianna's lips curve up at the corners in one of her flickering smiles at Arthen's declaration. "I certainly hope it's not you, Mister Dayne!" she calls out merrily. She's pleased to have so much attention on her - that much is clear. "Why, thank you, Princess Sorrel," she tells her fellow bard. "They were so beautiful I decided to have something made to match."

Khanne actually jumps as her name is yelled out and she is suddenly enveloped in a hug. She is momentarily tense until she realizes it is her cousin. "Bri Bri! Oh Spirits, yes... way overstimulated." She laughs and nods. "A drink would be amazing. You know what I like." Whiskey. She likes whiskey. And whiskey with tea. And sometimes ale that tastes like whiskey. She smiles and dips her head to her Uncle and his Lady, and then to Merek's bow she grins and nods a greeting to him.

Merek is overheard praising Gianna: Truly beautiful fashion!

Khanne gets Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

-uccseful pairing. So far. They sent mead as a thank you, but I may just have been able to close out those tow and then focus on Lord Archeron and find him someone" Alarissa's walking with Amari into the Redrain ward, retainers scattering off to do what they do to leave the Thraxian Pricness with the Keaton Lady. She sways a little when she walks, looking around as they make their way in proper. "Oh my Amari, look at this all."

Mirk keeps to himself, largely, rather than mingle in the chaos of the crowd. He's found his way to the Halfshav seating, along with a full bottle of whiskey and a number of glasses set out for others to join him, if they care to. He's already filled his own glass, sipping at the whiskey idly.

Gwenna is overheard praising Elgana: For putting together and extraordinary event for Redrain's Taste of Arx! Every last detail and contribution are above and beyond! She truly is an amazing Minister of Fealty.

Cillian comes walking into the Redrain Grounds dressed in mostly leathers except for his shirt, it is a white silk shirt all tucked in and what not. His hazel eyes wonder around as he seems to have a bow strapped to his back and a sword at his side. Spotting those he knows he nods to them heading in the direction of Violet to greet her and say hello.

Glancing over her shoulder at Elgana as she settles on a bench at the Farhaven Pavilion, Bliss just gives her a /look/ that says everything, a brightly amused smile across her face - but well, busy busy.

Khanne gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Violet talks quietly with Reese, nodding her head and looking pleased. She reaches out to clap her on the shoulder. "Thank you, your highness. Your help has always proved most invaluable," She says before turning to scan the crowd. Her eyes fall upon Cillian and she smiles warmly at the young man. "Cillian, good to see you. How are you doing?"

Alarissa takes Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Lorenzo has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Elsa smiles up at Vercyn, "Thank you, my dear. You're as charming and handsome as ever yourself." Offering a grin towards Brianna, she adds, "My lady, you get more beautiful each time I see you, and your gown is stunning." Reese gets a small smile and wave as well before she glances to Vercyn, "Should we go join your nephew? He looks to have everything set out already."

Violet takes Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Khanne gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Alarissa takes Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Merek nods a bit to Khanne, then to Reese. "You can call me Ser, or just Merek, whichever one," he says, while he takes a moment to look to newcomers. He offers a bow to... Violet, then to Tescelina.

Khanne gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Khanne gets Fur Lined Gloves With Embroidery from a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Rysen smiles warmly at Elgana's greeting. Watching as Gianna makes a show of her steelsilk gloves, Rysen shakes his head, laughing softly with amusement. He greets Lady Peri with a bow, and says, "Very much so. I had the privilege of seeing a close race the other evening, but unfortunately missed the eloquence of the Nightingale defending the virtues of pie over cake," he says grinning.

Reese peeks over to Gianna, giving her a smile. "Very lovely gloves and well especially lovely on you Nightingale" She softly says. She then waves to Elsa. "Hi Lady Elsa and Duke Vercyn." Reese nods to Merek. "I will try to remember that Sir Merek."

Lille, the dauntless companion have been dismissed.

Gwenna is overheard praising Redrain: Redrain Taste of Arx! The food, the drinks, the party favors - all so well done!

Violet turns to Merek now and gives him a friendly enough smile and bob of her own head. "Pleasure, Merek," She says before her eyes skip to Khanne. "Ahh! Vala Khanne, it is good to see you. How are you doing?"

Gianna makes her way toward the Halfshav area, offering Merek one of her enigmatic smiles for his praise. Tugging her wrap more closely about her, she claims a seat and says something to Mirk.

Alarissa has joined the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Gianna has joined the a cluster of tables and chairs with accents of House Halfshav.

Reese gets Gobble-Worthy Turkey Jerky from a large chest.

Amari has joined the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Donella has joined the a reclaimed wood table engraved with the sigil of House Clearlake.

Khanne has joined the a cluster of tables and chairs with accents of House Halfshav.

"The pleasure and the honour are all mine," Rukhnis replies solemnly to Elgana with another bow. If she registers Elgana's apparent interest in her, she doesn't give any sign of it. Hearing Peri's voice, she turns her gaze that way and gives the third bow of the night to her. "Lady Peri," she greets the woman. She seems to be leaving Rysen to reply to the question of whether they're enjoying the gathering so far, as she doesn't add anything to his response.

Gwenna takes Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Brianna laughs at Elsa's compliment. "Flatterer. You've only ever seen me at parties. Wait until you see me in the Rose Tournament." There's a big grin there. She sashays over to get a glass of whiskey with some chilled stones in it for Khanne, returning to press it into her cousin's hands. "This should make everything more tolerable. Wait until I get all of these people spilling ale all over themselves to get a prize. It'll be /delicious/."

Gwenna takes a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Brianna has joined the a cluster of tables and chairs with accents of House Halfshav.

Tescelina offers Merek a curtsy at his bow. She appears to make no motion to fetch herself a drink. That's no way to spend time at a tasting event! But she does soak in the very many people present. Quietly wall-flowering it up at the margins.

Donella makes a little turn around the boisterous gathering, and veers to one side toward Acantha and the Clearlake table.

Gwenna takes a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Elsa offers a warm smile towards Khanne before looking back to Reese, "Hello, Your Highness! How have you been lately? You really must let me come visit your stables some morning so I can say hello to Peaches!" Turning a grin towards Brianna, she offers, "You'll be no less beautiful in the tournament, you'll simply be even more -fiercely- beautiful!"

Amari arrives with Alarissa, sticking close incase she needs to right a wrong wobble and prevent a mishap, that and it makes it much easier to converse. Her entourage fades into the background, save for Barf who pads along on her other side. "I keep trying to tell him to not be so self-deprecating. He doesn't have to take the burden of blame for everything that doesn't go quite right-" And then there's so much to take in at once she sort of trails off. "Very impressive."

Vercyn smiles to Elsa and nods his head. "Yes, I think we shall make our way over there." He Offers a bow of Greeting to Princess Reese before leading Elsa over towards the Halfshav tables. "Brianna, Khanne, Mirk. Good to see all of you."

"I don't think I've seen you around," Merek tells Tescelina, while he offers a nod to her, "Ser Merek Black," he adds as an introduction. He then shifts his attention to some of the others, while he takes a drink of his whiskey and sighs.

Vercyn has joined the a cluster of tables and chairs with accents of House Halfshav.

Elsa has joined the a cluster of tables and chairs with accents of House Halfshav.

Amari gets Red Bear's Roar Aged Whiskey from a large chest.

Far from home and wearing an amused expression as though she might, in fact, be lost, Beatrice strolls through the grounds, studying wares, greeting House representatives, and finding a lovely bottle of whiskey for herself. Gianna earns a passing wave and a paused, quirked brow at her gloves even as she passes near enough to Reese's entourage to whisper to the ribbon princess in passing and offer her a light touch to the arm.

Cillian nods, "I am well Baroness Violet and yourself? It is always good to see you." he scans the grounds why he stands next to her spotting Donella he nods in her direction as well, "Your highness." he nods his head in her direction.

Tescelina looks on ahead to the gathering but offers Merek a tip of her head. "Lady Tescelina Wyrmguard. Knight of House Wyrmguard. It is nice to meet you, Sir Merek." She keeps her hands in front of her, voice measured and polite much like her smile. "I do not think you have seen me either."

Donella nods in return. "Master Cillian, it has been some time, hasn't it."

Reese looks over to Elsa, having a gentle smile for her that reaches her blue eyes and brings her dimples to briefly bloom. "I have been doing well, thank you for asking. I am pleased with how our patrols went although I realize there is much more still to do." She says before, looking to Beatrice and getting distracted by the Lady. She murmurs softly something to her.

"Speaking of Archeron." Alarissa gestures to the seating area and starts to head there. "Lady Radhilde" She calls out, lifting her hand and wriggles fingers.

Gianna raises an arm to offer Beatrice a wave with a serene sort of look.

"Busy. Very busy the last few months. Been visitng the various Chapter Houses to ready them for training and new recruits," Violet says as she looks at the gloves taken from one of the chests. "Actually, since you are here I should talk to you about it. Since there is the chapter house in Greenmarch. Come sit with me?" She gestures towards the Halfshav area.

Amari gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Violet takes a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Brianna gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Khanne grins at Brianna's comment to Elsa and says, "you should see her wrestle a bear! That's when she's most stunning." She takes the glass eagerly and gratefully. "Thank you so much, Bri." She takes an immediate sip, her eyes stilld arting all over the place from person to person in the delightful chaos. Hearing her name again, she manages not to jumpt his time and looks towards Violet. "Ah, good evening, Baroness Vi. How are you doing?" She laughs when she realizes she asked the same question, shaking her head. "I am managing, getting back into the swing of things after too much time away from people in general." Finally making her way to the Halfshav table, smiling at its decorations, she takes a seat and says to Vercyn, "you too, Uncle. It's been a good minute."

Cillian nods to Donella, "It has been your highness, we s hould speak some time." he looks to Violet nodding his head, "Lead the way Baroness Violet." he moves to follow violet.

Violet has joined the a cluster of tables and chairs with accents of House Halfshav.

Looking up at hearing her name called over the commotion, Radhilde sees the source as Alarissa and beaming bright, stands to dip into a curtsey, "Princess! Aren't you radiant!"

1 Crimson Blades Lieutenant arrives, following Eilonwy.

"Hah! Bliss is the Radiant!" Alarissa wittily remarks back before they descend upon the seating and oh so swiftly and with as much grace as she can muster, takes up a seat.

Noticing Sorrel across the grounds, Rysen holds up a tankard of ale in a toast to the princess, smiling warmly.

2 Ashford House Guard, Bethany, 1 Ashford veteran guards arrive, following Olivia.

Eilonwy has joined the a small gazebo with a forest motif in the style of House Blackwood.

"I know most of the peers by now, mostly because you need to working in Arx," Merek tells Tescelina, and he nods a bit. "Pleasure to meet you," he says, while he shifts his attention about to the others, then he notes that Bliss is about and nods to her.

A messenger arrives, delivering a message to Vercyn before departing.

Olivia wanders in, looking a bit shocked once she gets to the party. That's a lot of people. So she just kind of hangs out to the side. Nice and out of the way.

Donella has left the a reclaimed wood table engraved with the sigil of House Clearlake.

3 Last Watch Sentries have been dismissed.

3 Redrain Guards have been dismissed.

Turning back to Reese, Beatrice smiles and offers most serious bow in her direction, seasilk jacket rustling at her thighs with the movement. Straightening and miming writing something on her hand, Beatrice continues her tour, pausing near Rysen and the exotic House Crovane black lumber bench. "Lord Rysen? I'm going to be insuffrably rude and introduce myself. I'm beginning to know your face better than my own." She narrows her eyes teasingly to Rukhnis and Peri in something approximating an apology.

Amari follows Alarissa, murmuring something to her before the pair reach Radhilde. A curtsey is offered and with a smile she settles in and parks her humungous bog dog at her feet. There's a few people she recognizes circulating or already seated, so she waves to a few.

Beatrice has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

There are a few more moments of moving about and fussing before Elgana starts to move toward a central location. She clears her throat and gives a call, "Attention! Attention please!" Her smile turns slightly mischievous for a moment as she waits a beat for the attention of those gathered. "I would like to give thanks to you all for joining House Redrain and its esteemed vassals at this day of merriment. A lot of hard work went into preparations for today and I want to thank each and everyone who lent their support by deed or word. And to thank all of you, family or vassal or friend, who has come out to enjoy the fine company and fine whiskey we have on hand."



Those dark eyes seek and seek until finally they land--"Ah! Lady Brianna! Won't you get us started off onto something fun please?" And then she gestures, offering the Halfshav Lady the 'floor'.

Bear, a war mastiff, 6 Last Watch Sentries, Nils, an aging Northern steward arrive, following Darren.

"I am only just arrived, you see," Tescelina explains after she watches his attention elsewhere and follows it for only a breath before knitted hands ease aside to return a loosened strand of hair to its place. "Perhaps that is why, although it is wonderful to meet you. I do so like meeting new people."

Eilonwy slips in, she was here the whole time, clearly. Finding a seat she curls up and people watches keeping out from under foot.

Rysen bows before Beatrice, and rises laughing softly. "It is I who have been rude, My Lady. It is a sincere pleasure to meet you. And I sincerely hope you are not becoming more accustomed to my face than your own. No one should be held under such a curse."

Khanne pauses her conversation at the magnificent Halfshav table and looks up to Elgana, applauding heartily for all those who pulled this together!

Brianna rises, walking over to the chest full of tankards. She speaks in a loud, clear voice. "Welcome, everyone! Our first game is a tankard race. Each contestant will race between two casks of ale, drinking at each one before racing to the other. That's all well and good, yes? Well, the contestants must do this with a tankard full of ale on their head. If you fall, or if the tankard spills, you're out. Last one standing is our winner!"

a mighty chest full of tankards is now unlocked.

Mirk gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Khanne mutters, "I ... the Grayson tasting."

Brianna gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Reese gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Sorrel gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Khanne gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Violet takes a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Olivia gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Rysen gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Brianna points to the sign. "Please read the sign to familiarize yourself with the rules.

Cillian takes a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Reese looks over at the sign. "Hmmm...I think I can handle this. I am in."

Kaya gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Olivia gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

"...On their heads?" Gianna repeats, blinking. She tugs her wrap more firmly around herself. Her new wrap! Her new gown! Her new gloves! She stays firmly seated.

Laughter warm, Beatrice accepts Rysen's bow, waiting for him to rise before leaning forward to take his hand. Mirth unabating in her eyes, she touches her lips to his hand in a courtly kiss. "There is no curse when it is matched with your voice." She, too, straightens, relinquishing his hand before turning back toward the table. "May I join you? I'm quite alone this evening."

Merek gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Olivia gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Olivia gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Elgana has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Raising a brow at the directions, Helena also edges out of the path of the two casks, moving to lean near Gianna. "I prefer my clothing not to smell of ale. At least whiskey smells sweet. Though if you're going to spill, vodka is the best... it even takes out stains, I've heard tell," she tells the Nightingale with a smile.

Peri is engaged in some studious discussiona with the Crovanes, judgeing by the look on her face. She smiles to Beatrice, and then blurts out, delited "Oh! you were involved with the Titan of Setarco!" she's very excited. "Yes! please join us!"

Brianna walks over a spot equidistant from both casks, marking a starting line. "I don't care which cask you start at. Line up on either side of me if you are competing. Make sure to fill your tankard and balance it on your head." She extends her arms. "Ready? Set? GO!"

Bhandn gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Bliss has left the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Bliss has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Darren gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Darren has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Rysen blushes furiously, but smiles, and says, "Of course, Lady Beatrice. You are most welcome. This is my retainer, Rukhnis Al-Katibi - and you seem to know the illustrious Lady Peri," he says gesturing Rukhnis.

Darren has left the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Merek nods a bit as he makes his way to the line of people competing while he picks his tankard up and looks about.

Donella has joined the a small gazebo with a forest motif in the style of House Blackwood.

Violet has left the a cluster of tables and chairs with accents of House Halfshav.

Olivia waves her hand a little twords Rysen

Violet gets up as the game starts with an apologetic smile. "Sorry, I can't miss this. We'll continue when I make a mess," She says with a laugh. And moves to fill a tankard and places it upon her head.

Violet checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 10, rolling 29 higher.

Amari seems to make the same calculations as Gianna, as far as tankard racing and new clothing goes, and remains seated. "This seems like a contest best spectated." She murmurs, seeming very happy to just watch the unfolding shenannigans rather than participate.

As Brianna takes over, Elgana slinks over toward the Farhaven pavilion and settles in to watch the game.

Peri is engaged in some studious discussiona with the Crovanes, judgeing by the look on her face. She smiles to Beatrice, and then blurts out, delited "Oh! you were involved with the Titan of Setarco!" she's very excited. "Yes! please join us!"

Brother Chester arrives, following Jeffeth.

Helena has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Gianna inclines her head to Helena. "Indeed," she says. "I suppose it depends on the prize, really." She raises her voice, addressing Brianna. "Excuse me! What are the prizes for this contest?"

Reese checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 10, rolling 35 higher.

Olivia has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Reese checked stamina + survival at difficulty 10, rolling 49 higher.

Rukhnis doesn't return Beatrice's smile, but as such an expression seems foreign to her very serious face, this doesn't seem to be anything like an insult. She only allows her gaze to grow more distant once more, though she definitely seems to be listening, and also has a brief keen look for the waving Olivia.

Noticing Olivia, Rysen beams and makes his way over to her side. "Glad you could make it, Lady Olivia. They are just starting the tankard race. Will you join us?" he asks, gesturing to the Crovane benches.

Reese fills her tankards with ale and starts her running! She seems to be quite into this contest.

Peri's enthusiastic mention of her Setarcan Titan earns the woman a surprised but beaming smile. "With such encouragement," she agrees, tilting her head to Rysen and sliding onto a bench, "I could not refuse. Although, I don't believe the illustrious Lady Peri and I /are/ acquainted. Lady Beatrice Malespero," she offers perhaps uselessly given the previous discussion, but certainly in a voice tumbingly Lycene and using the odd pronuncation of 'be-ah-tri-shay'.

Radhilde nods over to Amari with a loud chuckle, "I think so too. I can't wait to see this!" She sits forward a bit, hands cuddling the small cat in her lap, eyes darting over to the participants.

Sorrel looks utterly amused by the rules of the game, and she gets herself a tankard so that she can play the game, too.

Merek has rolled a critical success!
Merek checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 10, rolling 23 higher.

Violet checked stamina + survival at difficulty 10, rolling 19 higher.

Sorrel checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 10, rolling 53 higher.

"Valid point," says Helena. "You are so very cunning as well as talented," she says with a grin, before moving to find a seat to watch as well. She gives her sister's shoulder a squeeze as she sits down.

Khanne grins to those at the table, her attention mostly on the Tankard Run. "Pardon," she says, rising up. "I am going to go make a fool of myself all in the name of fun."

Brianna calls out, "First place gets a piece of dragonweep, second gets star iron, third gets epiphanite!"

Merek checked stamina + survival at difficulty 10, rolling 16 higher.

Sorrel checked stamina + survival at difficulty 10, rolling 18 higher.

Bhandn only calls over his shoulder, to the Halfshav tables, "I said that title shouldn't be taken seriously!" He does not hesitate to snap up a tankard and prepare for the running.

Khanne checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 10, rolling 37 higher.

Bhandn checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 10, rolling 8 higher.

Bhandn checked stamina + survival at difficulty 10, rolling 16 higher.

When there is a call for participants in Tankard Run, it is none other than the Prince of Farhaven parting through the crowds to partake in the games. Angling for a tankard, filling it with whatever is on tap, he lets loose a deep-bellied laugh and sets off after the throngs of racing individuals. "To the Last drop!" He bellows. What a personable prince.

Khanne checked stamina + survival at difficulty 10, rolling 36 higher.

Dragonweep? Gianna immediately stands up, shedding her wrap and peeling off her gloves. She thrusts them at Elsa and says, "Hold my stuff." Then she's off to get a tankard.

Gianna gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Merek picks up a tankard of that ale, and begins on his part while he manages with quite the skill as he does. Once he reaches the point he needs to take his first drink he does.

Darren checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 10, rolling 24 higher.

Tescelina slips away toward one of the gazebo's unoccupied.

Jeffeth gets a northern hardwood drinking tankard from a mighty chest full of tankards.

Tescelina has joined the a small gazebo with a sea motif in the style of House Ravenseye.

Darren checked stamina + survival at difficulty 10, rolling 15 higher.

Laughing, Elsa takes the items thrust towards her by the Nightingale and tucks them carefully into her coat pocket, "Good luck, Mistress Gianna!"

Cillian nods his head to Violet and smiles, "I will cheer you on Baroness." he looks around spotting Eilonwy he waves to her.

Jeffeth checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 10, rolling 48 higher.

Jeffeth checked stamina + survival at difficulty 10, rolling 32 higher.

Gianna checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 15, rolling 1 higher.

Gianna checked stamina + survival at difficulty 15, rolling 8 lower.

Elgana laughs and claps her hands as people start going with their tankards. "Faster! Drink it down!" she calls randomly to someone before falling into more laughter and clapping her hands even harder together.

Waving back to Cillian, Eilonwy looks totally swamped by the gathering and tucks herself deeper into her seat.

Acantha must have gotten sidetracked because she looks up and Benny is laying in the pelts she had settled on the table for people to look at, "You're going to join them if you do not move, Benny." she mutters to him as she reaches to pick the large animal up and lays him over her shoulder for a moment. "If anyone would like a pelt to take home, please let me know." she gives a smile to those that come to get the Clearlake gloves.

Gianna takes a deep breath and balances the tankard. She takes off running - not all that quickly, this is difficult - and arrives at the cask, grabbing a tankard and drinking. She's trying not to quaff. Quaffing means spilling.

Donella leans forward at her place, laughing, and clapping her hands for the participants. She can be heard to comment, "In about half an hour, we are going to be standing over them saying, 'Careful,' and 'get that out of you, it'll do you good..." She puts a hand over her eyes, and peeks through her fingers.

Violet runs, but not as fast as Reese. Still nothing really spills so there is that. The tankard is drained in true Halfshav guzzling style. Then she is moving to fill the tankard again. She shoots Khanne a grin as she wipes foam from her lip.

Coming into the event, Jeffeth looks around with wide eyes as there are obviously games afoot! Not really sure of what /exactly/ is happening the large form of Jeffeth Bayweather just pitches headfirst into the fray. Grabbing a tankard and following some of the other competitors, trying to copy them as he rapidly figures out what's going on. Running with a tankard.

Khanne walks over to the chest of tankards and picks one, heading over to fill it up at one of the casks. She balances it on her head, looking upwards and almost going crosseyed. brianna yells, 'Go!' and immediately, Khanne has to steady herself before actually moving. She doesn't really look where she is going, but up at the tankard, one hand held up high as if to try to catch it if it begins to fall. When she gets to the other cask, she takes her drink, resettling before she turns to race back again. So far, so good!

Reese zooms off and she is pretty fast. The girl is drinking too and she manages to handle such as well so far. She peeks back to Violet with a smile and then to Jeffeth as he joins the race. She is too busy running and drinking to say much though.

Sorrel is a pretty fast runner, and a pretty careful drinker. She goes fast so that she can take her time with the drinking. She's got a cheerful light in her eyes as she drinks down her tankard, careful of her clothing.

Rodrigo, 1 Greenmarch Guard, 2 Greenmarch trained guards arrive, following Alessandro.

1 Greenmarch Guard, Soraya, the out of place Lycene lady's maid, Alessandro arrive, following Margret.

Kaya watches the race with a bit of amusement. She still watching silently

Violet checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 29 higher.

Sorrel checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 46 higher.

Violet checked stamina + survival at difficulty 20, rolling 34 higher.

Sorrel checked stamina + survival at difficulty 20, rolling 6 higher.

Margret has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Bhandn's own participation is 'so far so good', and as he reaches the opposing side, fills the drink, starts to down it, then a moment later he is half-staring over his drink at the form of the Knight-Commander who seemed to appear from nowhere. Still, he can handle his drink... usually.

Gianna checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 4 lower.

Khanne checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 6 higher.

Gianna checked stamina + survival at difficulty 20, rolling 7 lower.

Bhandn checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 0 higher.

Bhandn checked stamina + survival at difficulty 20, rolling 39 higher.

Khanne checked stamina + survival at difficulty 20, rolling 19 higher.

Alessandro has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

With the handle of the tankard kept even in a fisted hand, Darren falls into a cyclic routine of deep droughts of ale between long-legged strides. It's quite an art, not spilling a drop over the rim and soiling himself. Surely not the fastest among the participants, he enjoys himself all the while with chuckles. "The trick is to get it in between breaths, I think, Mistress Gianna," he attempts to share wisdom with the Nightingale along the way. Such team work with this one.

Merek checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 2 lower.

Merek checked stamina + survival at difficulty 20, rolling 8 higher.

Darren checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 13 higher.

Darren checked stamina + survival at difficulty 20, rolling 17 higher.

Reese checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 43 higher.

Reese checked stamina + survival at difficulty 20, rolling 38 higher.

Vercyn leans back in his chair, drinking from his glass of whiskey as he watches the game unfold with a curious look. His hand rests in Elsa's as he falls silent to watch the proceedings

Donella calls over, "The trick is not to frontload, your Grace!" to her husband. Helpful. She's helping!

Violet spies Jeffeth and gives him an awkward kind of smile and wave. Then it's time to take off and drink once more. She is wide-eyed as Sorrel and Reese pull way ahead of her. It seems she tries to make up for it by chugging the beer faster.

Jeffeth checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 68 higher.

Jeffeth checked stamina + survival at difficulty 20, rolling 46 higher.

1 Grayson House Guards arrives, following Liara.

Eilonwy has left the a small gazebo with a forest motif in the style of House Blackwood.

1 Crimson Blades Lieutenant leaves, following Eilonwy.

Donella has left the a small gazebo with a forest motif in the style of House Blackwood.

Merek keeps going, then he manages to knock his ale to the side a bit while he looks around to check on something. He shrugs a bit and makes his way to the side while he finds another drink of whiskey.

Reese is still running pretty fast, but Jeffeth zooms ahead of her. She tries to catch up! The girl does take some sips of the ale. She looks still pretty sober though.

Arthen Dayne stands off to the side, vigilant over the prizes for the Redrain Tankard Run, both himself and Half-Mast looking like they'd be about ready to go full nuh-uh on anyone trying to pull a fast one. Even Half-Mast looks a little amused by people running around and getting drunk and balancing tankards.

By the time he's finishing the second pass, people can not only see Bhandn's feet give a little lurch, and barely catching himself from tripping, but people can hear Bhandn calling out, aloud, "Someone brewed this strong. Gods."

Gianna is not doing at all well. She's slower than everyone at running, she's slower than everyone at drinking. Really, she's out in the first round, but she doggedly keeps trying throughout the second round... and gets even further behind. She's trying not to spill ale. It's really much too dainty a showing for a proper Northern contest. Someone takes pity on her and tells her she's out of the contest, which makes Gianna pout. She tries to muffle a beer-chugging induced belch.

Liara has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Radhilde's eyes shift back to the game and she grins still, watching those playing running around with a filled tankard, eyes bright with amusement but for some, quite impressed.

Running in front of the rest of the pack is probably a mistake. Because at the front, Jeffeth can't copy everyone else. At this point he's pretty sure you run and drink. But he's not super sure when to stop running and who fills his tankard. Thankfully he gets helped by some of the friendly staff after he pounds back another tankard. Looking to the rest as it looks like they're going again.

Violet checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 30, rolling 7 higher.

Violet checked stamina + survival at difficulty 30, rolling 7 higher.

Sorrel runs fairly fast, and drinks fairly neatly. It's not bad to be near the front of the pack. Less jostling that way. But the drinking is quite fun, and she laughs musically.

Elgana is seated there in the Farhaven pavilion but her eyes are on the game underway. Her eyes go wide at something but then she's just laughing and shaking her head. "This is too much," she laughs. "Gods, I think I want to see this game played more often!" When Gianna well--exits the contest--Elgana gives a call over to her, "Maybe next time, Nightingale! You did well!" There's mischief in her eyes but it is all good-natured. Then Jeffeth is well, doing Jeffeth things. "Gods and spirits! Make sure you breathe through the gulps, Jeffeth!" she shouts over.

Khanne is doing a decent job so far, but she pauses as Reese and Jeffeth both zoom past her. Twisting her lips to the side a moment, she seems to ponder even continuing at all, but, she's in this far, might as well carry through!

Reese checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 30, rolling 24 higher.

Sorrel checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 30, rolling 7 higher.

Donella has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Sorrel checked stamina + survival at difficulty 30, rolling 7 higher.

Reese checked stamina + survival at difficulty 30, rolling 13 higher.

Bhandn checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 30, rolling 2 lower.

Rysen takes a long drink of ale cheers loudly for Darren and Reese, before some comment from Rukhnis brings about an exasperated sigh. He runs his hand through his hair, and turns to her shaking his head, but grinning happily.

Bhandn checked stamina + survival at difficulty 30, rolling 14 lower.

Khanne checked stamina + survival at difficulty 30, rolling 1 lower.

Khanne checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 30, rolling 1 higher.

Cadern ducks his way in to blink slowly considering the mayhem of people apparently drinking and revelling. He shakes his head ruefully, "Well that's...something."

Jeffeth checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 30, rolling 68 higher.

Jeffeth checked stamina + survival at difficulty 30, rolling 52 higher.

1 Crimson Blades Lieutenant arrives, following Eilonwy.

Eilonwy has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Cillian cheers on Violet as he watches the game go on, he spots Cadern and waves to him.

Bringing up the rear of the pack, Darren drains his tankard of its last dregs and lets loose a bellowing roar. The Prince of Farhaven is still in the game! A refill is procured along the way, laughter bright as he steadily gains ground. "Sir Bayweather means to put us all to shame! His form is far better than the rest of us!"

Acantha gives a look up when Benny gives a shift and there's a smile when she catches Cadern coming in, "Lord Cadern!" she calls to him with a warm smile on her face and a wave to him.

Defeated, Gianna... well, she doesn't quite slink back to her seat. She sniffs in Elgana's direction, knowing pity when she sees it, and reclaims her seat, turning to appeal to Elsa to return her stuff. No dragonweep for Gianna.

Darren checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 30, rolling 19 higher.

Donella mmmm hmmms, meaningfully.

Darren checked stamina + survival at difficulty 30, rolling 5 lower.

Golden, an Oakhaven bloodhound, Gunther, a Rottweiler, Micana, 1 Saik Guard arrive, following Lucita.

Violet is slower this time. Two tankards in a short period of time can do that. But mostly she really doesn't want to dump a tankard of ale on her head. And really, going slow and careful is sometimes helpful.

Tankard on the head. Jeffeth gets the game now. Ok everyone, we can start the race. Jeffeth understands it now. Now that he does, Jeffeth pushes forward rapidly, taking down another drink exceptionally fast. He looks over his shoulder with a bright smile before going to get the next tankard.

Reese is pretty fast, but she remains far behind Jeffeth. She continues her drinking and the pink-cheeked princess seems to handle her booze just fine at least so far.

Elsa offers a sympathetic smile to Gianna and hands over the gloves and wrap with a murmured, "It was an excellent try, Mistress Gianna."

"My game has more drinking, so those of us not playing will find it even more entertaining," Helena asides to Elgana, eyes merry and cheeks bright. "Lady Margret, Lord Alessandro, how good to see you!" she says warmly as they make their way that way. "I think we should just have trophies premade for some folks. I don't think I would have managed half a lap."

Wouldn't you know it! All that looking up towards the tankard on her head does Khanne NO GOOD when she steps on a stone just the right way and her ankle goes a little sideways and off slides that tankard from her crown of red hair. She lets out a startled sound and tries to catch it, splashing herself with the contents. "Ack!" Wiping at her face, she laughs then carries the tankard over to Arthen, handing it to him. "You drink it.. I got whiskey." Winking, she laughs and heads back to the Halfshav table.

But only one Knight of Solace is really representing, because the older one has a bit of trouble with the third pass. One, Bhandn chokes on his drink. Two, it promptly falls off his head and douses him because of him coughing up a fit from trying to continue in spite of his inhaling some of the drink. He can't even offer up more than a scowl to go with his breath catching, and soon enough he's withdrawing to the sides, well aware that he has no chance of catching up. He'll head back to where he had been sitting at the Halfshav tables, his head and shirt soaked through and causing the cloth to adhere to his brawn like a second skin.

Jeffeth checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 40, rolling 13 higher.

Reese has rolled a critical success!
Reese checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 40, rolling 90 higher.

Jeffeth checked stamina + survival at difficulty 40, rolling 20 higher.

Sorrel checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 40, rolling 23 higher.

Sorrel checked stamina + survival at difficulty 40, rolling 17 lower.

Siggi, a small fox, Aralie, the shy assistant arrive, following Drea.

Violet checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 40, rolling 1 higher.

Vercyn nods his head to Khanne, a small smile on his face. "Well done Neice. The attempt was made which is all that can be asked for."

Violet checked stamina + survival at difficulty 40, rolling 29 higher.

Reese checked stamina + survival at difficulty 40, rolling 6 higher.

Lucita makes her way into the area, her gaze slipping around from person to person. She lifts one hand in greeting to those present that she recognizes on the first sweep of her eyes across the crowd.

There is a moment where it seems like Violet's tankard is going to topple. But she steadies and so does it. Slow and steady. Slow and steady. It worked. She isn't drenched in ale. And she chugs the tankard down victoriously.

Reese is starting to catch up with Jeffeth thanks to a sudden burst of speed although she hasn't quite yet! She peeks over to Violet looking impressed.

Violet checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 50, rolling 8 higher.

Donella whistles through her fingers and claps for Darren placatingly, "You're still pretty, Red!" A hand is raised to welcome Lucita to the gathering.

Reese checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 50, rolling 31 higher.

Jeffeth checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 50, rolling 1 lower.

Violet checked stamina + survival at difficulty 50, rolling 8 lower.

Reese checked stamina + survival at difficulty 50, rolling 7 lower.

Jeffeth checked stamina + survival at difficulty 50, rolling 2 lower.

With the front of his tunic soiled in ale, Darren removes himself off the tankard run course and disappears briefly from sight in pursuit of a proper change before beelining through the crowd to be near to his wife. "You wound me, Your Highness. My value shall not be measured by just how pretty I am," he clutches his chest dramatically, even with a humored smile felt against Donella's cheek as it's met with a chaste kiss. "The true beauty is you, as always."

Sorrel catches her tankard as it starts to fall, and having been put out of the race, breaks into a charmingly bawdy traditional drinking song, the sort the crowd might know. About a maiden fair and her sailor friends, and just a little bit too much alcohol. Mistaken identities, hilarities ensue, and all in all, it's a charming sort of drinking song, entirely appropriate for the race.

Violet manages to move a bit faster that final round. Cheeks rosey and obviously feeling the buzz. Four tankards of ale down and...not five. She starts to chug again and winds up sputtering and coughing. "Oh frec," She mutters and darts off into some bushes.

Lucita has joined the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Thea steps into the event, her movements graceful yet precise

Thea has joined the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Reese is really pink cheeked now and starting to look tipsy as she runs. She runs pretty fast especially for a tipsy princess although her path is looking a bit crooked!

Amari watches the contest play out, thoroughly entertained by the antics. Sympathy is offered the losers, and applause for both them and the ones that keep on, round after round. When Lucita approaches, she beckons her to sit with her, Alarissa and Radhilde. "Please, join us."

Ian threads his way in, mostly watching his feet. He's not very good in crowds like this, kept from being jostled off balance mostly due to the fact that he seems to know, seemingly without looking, when someone's about to bump into him.

Gwenna is overheard praising Brianna: Great game!

Drea appears in the throng, walking through the gathered people who are doing this and that. She's just looking, watching, observing her family when they might not be aware so much that she's watching. She's the nosy matriarch that must make sure they're all ok.

Reese is overheard praising Brianna: Wonderful game!

Reese is overheard praising Elgana: Wonderful Party!

Mirk is overheard praising Violet.

Radhilde lifts her hands high as she claps, almost upsetting the cat on her lap before she hugs it back onto her lap and laughs out, "That was amazing!"

Mirk is overheard praising Jeffeth.

Helena is overheard praising Brianna: fun game!

Mirk is overheard praising Reese.

Darren is overheard praising Redrain: House Redrain throws the best of parties. Yes, as High Lord of the Northlands, I am disgustingly biased.

Helena is overheard praising Arthen: Good assisting!

Zane, a tall and silent servant arrives, following Venturo.

Vercyn is overheard praising Elgana.

Radhilde is overheard praising Elgana: Truly outstanding party!

Cadern has joined the a small gazebo with a sea motif in the style of House Ravenseye.

Brianna laughs and claps in delight. "It looks like we have our winners! I'll let our hostess hand out the prizes," she says, gesturing grandly to Elgana.

Vercyn is overheard praising Jeffeth.

Gwenna is overheard praising Arthen.

Brianna is overheard praising Elgana.

Merek watches people, content with drinking his whiskey while he watches from a seat, and he leans upon it as his gaze travels to other folk in thought.

Stepping out of the pavilion, Elgana is all smiles and applause. "Well done! Well done all of you," she exclaims as that smile grows just a touch more. "But three of you were just a little bit better at holding your ale. On your heads." She glances around to make certain no one has tossed theirs before she glances toward Arthen and Brianna and heads that way to speak with them. Once that is done she steps away and says, "Congratulations goes out to our first prize winner, Princess Reese Grayson! Are you sure you aren't secretly Norther, highness?" There's a wink. "Please see Arthen over here for your prize if you will!"

Brianna is overheard praising Jeffeth: Not bad for not knowing what's going on!

Vercyn is overheard praising Reese.

Reese is overheard praising Violet: Very fast!

Reese is overheard praising Jeffeth: Zoomy Knight of Solace!

Darren is overheard praising Elgana: I'm not even mad about all these people on my lawn, Elgana. Or the bill. Gods, the bill.

And the high lord's wife smiles a smile that is almost shy, and she briefly sets her cheek upon his shoulder, and her hand upon his arm. "Only because you wish it so," she answers. "Your cousins have put on such an affair as to do the North proud. There are so many here I cannot possibly greet them all. But I will try anyway."

Lucita nods agreeably and joins the group, giving a smile of thanks and gesturing to Thea as she does so, starting to introduce her gradually to af few people.

Donella is overheard praising Helena: She is the helpiest helper of all!

"And then in second place, we have someone who I know can hold her drink very, very well - Baroness Violet Farwatch!" Elgana exclaims as she turns toward Violet then, her applause growing. "Congratulations to you, my lady, very good showing. Please, see Arthen for your prize as well!"

Reese looks to Elgana with a bright smile. She is looking pink-cheeked and pleased. "I don't think that I am Princess Elgana, but I very flattered that one might think so." She says and then heads over to Arthen. "Oh, thank you, what a generous gift." She adds, having a smile for him.

"Well done, Reese!" Liara calls over towards her cousin from her seat at one of the benches. Then, with a flash of a grin, "And the very best of luck with walking all the way home!"

Radhilde is overheard praising Violet: Truly impressive!

Radhilde is overheard praising Jeffeth: Aren't you a speedy one!

Vercyn is overheard praising Violet.

Thea smiles at Alarissa, Amari, and Radhilde,grateful for Lucita,"Hello. It's nice to meet you "

Reese looks over to Liara. "It is going to be a long walk home." She says and then drinks more ale, because that will help.

Cillian claps for Violet, "Good job Baroness!" he calls out to his friend with a smile, oh look he is smiling!

Helena is overheard praising Violet.

Arthen Dayne, standing over where he is, hands out the prizes to each of the places as they come over. Dragonweep, star iron, epiphanite, all of them wrapped in some soft and nicely red silk, with congratulations for each of them.

Violet emerges from the bushes, wiping her mouth, as Elgana gestures to her. For a moment she pauses and looks around, but then puts on a warm smile. "I'm admit, I'm surprised. But happy, thank you!" And she nods to Elgana and then Arthen. As she turns away she offers Jeffeth a small smile and says as she passes him, "You, as always, are amazing." Then she goes and fills her tankard with water. Shhh, don't tell anyone.

"Good job, Baroness!" Acantha cheers for Violet from her spot. She then picks Benny up and his tail thumps as if that's his way of cheering on Violet as well.

"And last, but definitely hardly the least," Elgana says as she turns toward that towering man that is Jeffeth Bayweather. "We have our final winner! Knight Commander Jeffeth Bayweather! A very good showing, my good knight! Please, see Arthen for your prize as well." She then turns to those gathered. "Please, everyone, give our winners and all of the other contestants in this Tankard Race of 1010 After the Reckoning a hand! Well done everyone!" The Redrain then turns and offers her applause to those all who raced.

Reese looks over to Violet. "You were amazing and well, I am super honored to run against you Sir Jeffeth." She says.

Helena is overheard praising Jeffeth: tankard king!

Khanne is overheard praising Redrain: Redrain parties are the best! I might be biased...

Khanne is overheard praising Elgana: So much work! Thank you!

Darren captures Donella against his side in an affectionate embrace. "We could not ask for a better family. I'd shudder to think what this event may have looked like were I tasked with its planning," he murmurs against her hair in hushed humor, setting her free soon afterward. "Still, I should do my best to make my own rounds among the houses and our guests. Join me?"

Eilonwy has left the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

1 Crimson Blades Lieutenant leaves, following Eilonwy.

Gianna raises her hands and applauds, looking composed again. For the most part. There's still some longing in her eyes for the dragonweep.

Alessandro is overheard praising Elgana.

Gwenna has left the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Khaavren, a dutiful assistant have been dismissed.

2 Redrain Guards have been dismissed.

Khanne is overheard praising Brianna: Best cousin, best at making people spill drinks on themselves!

Khanne is overheard praising Reese: Yay winner!

Khanne is overheard praising Violet: Yay almost winner!

Bhandn is overheard praising Redrain: A very amusing bit of sport to go with some well made gifts.

Khanne is overheard praising Jeffeth: Yay also almost winner!

Merek is overheard praising Reese.

Merek is overheard praising Redrain: Great!

Into the fray comes Venturo, only able to catch the very end of the congratulations being passed around for the winners of the last event. It's the outer side of the grounds that the man sticks to, carefully picking his way around to where the drinks are being put on display. It's the faces he scans as he goes, a dip of a head here or there.

Helena is overheard praising Reese: Tankard Queen!

Cillian is overheard praising Violet.

Khanne is overheard praising Arthen: Superb prize guard and hanger outer-er!

Darren has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

A deep bow is given to the crowd at large. Accepting the epiphinite with a bow to Arthen. And then another to Elgana, fist pressed to his chest. "Thank you." The big man rumbles. Jeffeth gives a bow to Reese and Violet at last. Standing up straight he gives a little nod down to Violet, pushing those lips up into a warm smile. With gift received, the large knight makes his way to a more quiet spot of the grounds. Waving wildly to someone or other.

Sorrel has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Cillian looks to Violet, "YOu still wished to talk Baroness?" he asked of her after she got her prize.

Donella snags a little portion of snake-cake, and says, "The last time you did, you wrestled my brother into the mud and won on account of a vicious nipple twist, meanwhile Princess Drea was busy selling me on how handsome was her son. Oh how we laughed... There isn't nearly as much semi-nudity as usual. Winter is coming." With a nod, she glances with apology to the Crovane seating, and follows after Darren.

Donella has left the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Violet turns faintly pink and ducks her head, taking a long sip of her mug. "Thank you. I really was doing it for fun. I never expect to win these things. And yes, always a pleasure to compete against Sir Bayweather," She says before turning to Cillian. "Indeed I did. Let's go sit with your sister?" She offers.

Donella has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Thea comfortably relaxes,"This is. I have been to a couple of these. I found it the best way to meet people." Adjusting her cloak around herself, she shifts a bit.

Kaya still watches the event silently, listening to then people talk

Jeffeth has joined the a cluster of stone benches and tables with accents of House Sanna.

Violet has joined the a small gazebo with a forest motif in the style of House Blackwood.

Cillian has joined the a small gazebo with a sea motif in the style of House Ravenseye.

Amari rises with Alarissa, offering a hand should she need it and an escort.

Lucita gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Acantha gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

As people collect their prizes, Elgana is still all smiles and gentle applause until things start to settle. "Now, the North is known for far more things than /just/ drinking," she says to those gathered, that mischief back in her smile and her gaze. "We do have our love for beauty and the arts and we are blessed with some fine and entertaining singers and poets." A glance is given toward Helena, a little wink tossed her way. "And storytellers." That gaze then shifts to Arthen, her smile turning warm and bright. "Tonight, we do have on display some of those works." A gesture then given over toward a very beautiful and ornately carved display case (l an ornately carved display case) that boasts art from the various Houses under the auspices of Redrain. And here tonight, we have one Lord Rysen Crovane to speak about a recent work of his." Elgana steps back as she gestures to Rysen. "My lord, won't you please tell us about your poem?"

Lucita gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Rysen has left the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Lucita gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Donella gets Red-Hot Snake Cakes from a large chest.

Acantha gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Khanne is overheard praising Acantha: Teamwork makes the dreamwork!

Acantha has left the a reclaimed wood table engraved with the sigil of House Clearlake.

Arthen has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Thea gets a pinewood House Redrain roaring bear figurine from roaring bear chest.

Rysen comes to stand in the center of the garden in front of the Redrain Villa. His expression is serious and solemn, but there is a glimmer in his storm grey eyes.



"Thank you all for coming to the Redrain Ward to celebrate the Taste of Arx. I apologize for shifting the festive mood for a moment. Princess Elgana has offered me the opportunity to introduce a poem I've written in the Northern style. It is a long narrative poem in a tradition we call the Saga." Rysen's gaze sweeps over all in attendance as he continues to intone, "We of the Compact are no strangers to conflict, to hard times, to misery and suffering – but we stand together. I choose for this poem, a topic dear to me and my family. I hope it will be a reminder, that like the Crovane, the people of the Compact fear no storm – however tempestuous and furious it may be!" Rysen's eyes blaze in the light, as he continues to speak: "And with a united will - against all who threaten our values, our justice, and the safety of our families - we will fight to the last." Rysen's final words echo through the Redrain grounds.



Speaking more reservedly, Rysen continues: "If you have any interest in the poetic arts, it is my honor to present the Saga of Eirlys," he says, gesturing to the leather-bound black book in the ornately carved display case. "Though it is far from a complete account, it is my hope that it might pay some tribute to the valor of those who rose up to defend Stormwall in our time of need, and a reminder of all we can accomplish together." He bows, and upon rising, nods to Elgana, and comes to stand beside Rukhnis at the Crovane benches.

Tescelina has left the a small gazebo with a sea motif in the style of House Ravenseye.

Tescelina has joined the a cluster of stone benches and tables with accents of House Sanna.

Radhilde has left the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Kaia, the guard have been dismissed.

Krissa, the golden, long-haired cat have been dismissed.

Peri continues her animated conversation with the party mingling around the Crovane bench. She waves her hands excitedly. She hold up one hand as though to say "This tall!" and then she must be talking about a boat or a bird or something that goes north. The games have completely passed her bye.

Thea gets Nightgold's Aureate Aspirations from a gilded chest bearing the sigil of a golden hammer against a backdrop of dark red mountains.

Acantha has joined the a small gazebo with a sea motif in the style of House Ravenseye.

Alarissa does take Amari's hand, looping her arm in and around Amari's, taking her offer of escort back to Thrax.

Gilroy comes up from the south, appropriately enough, and stops at the edge of the grounds to look over the crowd "Damn, but there's a lot of dogs here." Picking his way through the dogs and partiers and partying dogs, he pauses at the food stations and piles a plate high with Northerner cuisine before looking over the tables and approaching the one with the most friendly faces. As he passes he shoots Alarissa the ol' finger crossbows, waves just enthusiastically enough that he loses some sausages at Gianna, then plops down in a seat.

Lucita gets Red-Hot Snake Cakes from a large chest.

Rukhnis's eyes shift towards Rysen to observe him very attentively as he is called upon to speak, clasping her hands behind her back as she does so.

Merek blinks a bit as Rysen speaks, then his attention is that way. He looks distant as he takes a drink of his whiskey, draining it back and refilling his tankard while he watches.

At Lord Rysen's announcment, Peri hushes and waits quietly.

Gilroy has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Rysen has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Gilroy is ignored by the Princess Consort of Thrax, as if she doesn't realize he is there.

Ian notices the departing Princess-Consort, and stops trying to make some kind of headway in the crowd long enough to incline his upper body over his cane in an understated bow.

Amari has left the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Conversing with Peri, while Peri is making expansive gestures, Beatrice is holding up a hand, seeming to trace lines on it like a mishapen map of Arvum. Then she too hushes to listen to Rysen.

Reese goes to find a place to sit even while while holding the Dragonweep in her gloved right hand. She turns her attention to Rysen, listening to his words with close attention.

Gianna inclines her head in Gilroy's direction, raising a hand in greeting.

Mirk has left the a cluster of tables and chairs with accents of House Halfshav.

1 Crimson Blades Sergeant leaves, following Mirk.

Glancing at Olivia, Rysen's solemn expression breaks, and he smiles, breathing out and relaxing a little.

Amari gets a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Thea gets Red-Hot Snake Cakes from a large chest.

There's a bow of her head to Ian, faint tilt of it as well by Alarissa before she sweeps/sways out.

Khanne is overheard praising Donella: Teamwork makes the dreamwork!

Khanne is overheard praising Rysen: Teamwork makes the dreamwork!

Helena is overheard praising Rysen: Northern poets, represent!

Alarissa has left the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Maxene, the steadfast ladies maid, Pellinor, 4 Thrax Guards, Honey Snuggle, a Velenosian Angora cat, Elegance, a Velenosian Greyhound leave, following Alarissa.

Amari sees Alarissa on her way, looking only slightly worried but happy to keep up her end of the quiet conversation between them.

2 Novice Keaton Huntsmen, River, a juvenile Oakhaven bloodhound, Barf, the Bog Dog leave, following Amari.

Margret sits up a little straighter in her chair when Rysen announces the title of his Sagas. The Greenmarch lady smiles, and it is as proud as it is sad. She claps then. Are they supposed to be clapping? Who knows, but she is!

Cillian has left the a small gazebo with a sea motif in the style of House Ravenseye.

"Thank you Lord Rysen for your contribution. It is a beautiful poem. I know these are difficult times for us all but we must strive toward a better and brighter future. Together," Elgana says with a touch of sobriety that lingers. But not for long. Her smile turns warmer, brighter as she then gestures toward the pavilion. "Sister, won't you join me?" she calls out to Helena and waits just a moment. "We should not linger too much in the dark and enjoy what light we have. So on that note, I bring you the next game of the night presented by my sister, Princess Helena, for your enjoyment."

:smiles encouragement at the soft-spoken poet, and applauds as well. "I'm sure it is an amazing piece, and I cannot wait to read it in full," she says to Margret and the others she's sitting near, before she slips out of her seat.

Donella is overheard praising Rysen: Well spoken, well said.

Helena smiles encouragement at the soft-spoken poet, and applauds as well. "I'm sure it is an amazing piece, and I cannot wait to read it in full," she says to Margret and the others she's sitting near, before she slips out of her seat.

Margret is overheard praising Rysen: Thank you for remembering Eirlys.

Helena has left the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Reese rises to her feet, has a gentle smile and quietly slips out.

Brianna is overheard praising Rysen.

1 Grayson House Guards, Peaches, a lovely white war filly with a peach saddle, Deliverance, an albino falcon, Stormy, a silvery gray hunting hound, Rascal, a hyper terrier, Rosalie, a lady in waiting leave, following Reese.

Violet moves quietly off with Cillian. The two talking as they go.

The blonder of the two Redrain sisters steps forward with a smile for Elgana, crimson gown rustling around Helena as she lifts her chin to address the crowd. "Like any fine culture, the North abounds with eloquent poets, prolific drinkers, and hardy warriors -- and often, all of those things reside in one spirit. It's not uncommon in the taverns and pubs of the north to see spontaneous and competitive toasts to woo the affections of a fellow bar patron or bartender. These toasts come in many forms -- they may be romantic to woo the object of desire, boastful to advertise the one's own prowess, or insulting to get rid of the competition," Helena says, with a smirk, adding, "You can only imagine the quality //improves// with the more alcohol consumed."



She gestures to the table of shot glasses, already filled to great heights with strong, strong spirits. "This game is called Toast, Boast, or Roast! We'd like to invite you to come partake of some of our fine northern whiskey -- a prize in itself. After each round of shots, each player will deliver a short toast -- rhyming is optional! -- and you can either boast about yourself, praise a person you desire (I volunteer as tribute), or roast one of the other players. Or do all three! An anonymous panel of judges will be judging your words and delivery, and the top three will take home their own taste of Redrain in a bottle of very special whiskey."

Cillian takes a lucky little northern fox figurine from lucky fox chest.

Cadern has left the a small gazebo with a sea motif in the style of House Ravenseye.

Violet has left the a small gazebo with a forest motif in the style of House Blackwood.

Erin, Crimson Blades Private, Jin, Cranky Crimson Blades Sergeant, Gale, The Mighty Pupper, 2 Crimson Blades Lieutenant leave, following Violet.

1 Crimson Blades Private, 1 Crimson Blades Lieutenant, 1 Crimson Blades Sergeant, Violet leave, following Cillian.

Olivia has joined the line.

Siggi, a small fox, Aralie, the shy assistant leave, following Drea.

Beatrice has joined the line.

Vercyn has joined the line.

Gilroy has joined the line.

Sorrel has joined the line.

Bhandn has joined the line.

Amid relaxed conversation taking place under the Farhaven pavilion, Darren maintains a deep interest in the performances of poetry recitals taking place. Light applause breaks free from him, warm and encouraging. And then, there's another game to be announced and for this round, he stays in his seat. Spectator-ville.

Gianna has joined the line.

Donella has joined the line.

Radhilde looks most amused at the game rules and returns to her seat to spectate.

Kaya silently slips out

Thea almost asks Lucita,"Is it always so bu--"but hearing her before she finishes. Agrees,"It's overwhelming, but but Ive met kind people." Thea watches the people around her.

Acantha gets a chest carved with a lakeside image.

Acantha has left the a small gazebo with a sea motif in the style of House Ravenseye.

Donella winks to her family, and climbs back up to participate in the. Darren does the drinking, and Princess halfpint, well... she talks. At length. Ad nauseum.

Rukhnis's brow furrows in the faintest hint of a frown, and after a moment she slants a look over at everyone who's forming up a long line for the next game. She gives a small shake of her head and watches it with an expression that suggests that only half her mind is on it.

Sunrise, lilac breasted roller arrives, delivering a message to Radhilde before departing.

As people start to move toawrd the table, Elgana leaves Helena in charge and retakes her own seat within the pavilion. Her dark gaze doesn't stray too far from the action though, as she watches to see who is up and what is being said.

Olivia checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 20, rolling 9 lower.

Gianna checked stamina + performance at difficulty 20, rolling 35 higher.

Bliss has joined the line.

Gilroy checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 20, rolling 32 higher.

Donella checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 15, rolling 5 higher.

Ian frees himself from the press of the crowd by the expedient of sitting down at the first place he comes across, which happens to be the farhaven pavillion. It's a good thing this is a Redrain event, because he's a man who looks like he could use a drink.

Beatrice checked stamina + performance at difficulty 20, rolling 11 lower.

Ian has joined the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Brianna has joined the line.

Acantha's usually bright eyes grow just a bit darker as she stands and she heads back to the Clearlake table. She stops for a moment to open the now empty chest and Benny hops in. Once he's in she closes the lid and then hauls it up and carries it. Heading for the gates.

Sorrel checked stamina + performance at difficulty 20, rolling 35 higher.

Bliss checked stamina + seduction at difficulty 20, rolling 42 higher.

Vercyn checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 20, rolling 27 higher.

5 Redoubt Buccaneers, Bengalo, the sneaky black cat, Luna, the sweet, studious assistant, Francis arrive, following Carita.

The line has been dismissed by Helena.

Bhandn checked stamina + seduction at difficulty 20, rolling 3 lower.

Olivia takes her shots and coughs a little bit. She looks around to the other drinker and picks Gilroy. "Master Gilroy has very lovely.... cutlery!" She absolutely sucks at this....

Merek has joined the line.

Benny The Beaver arrives, following Acantha.

Khanne watches Vercyn get in line and shouts out, "you will SMASH this Uncle!" She lifts her glass in the air to cheer him on.

Benny The Beaver leaves, following Acantha.

Vercyn has joined the line.

Radhilde waves a few fingers over to Jeffeth, offering the man a kind smile.

Bhandn has joined the line.

Carita has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Sorrel has joined the line.

Merek checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 20, rolling 16 higher.

Olivia takes her shots and coughs a little bit. She looks around to the other drinker and picks Gilroy. "Master Gilroy has very lovely.... cutlery!" She absolutely sucks at this....(oops did it early)

Gianna has joined the line.

Sorrel isn't one to let the opportunity to perform something fun and playful pass her by! She's prompt, when it's her turn to lift her glass, and she gives a playful and charming toast:



"The Redrains are excellent hosts.

In fact, tonight, they're the hosts with the most.

They're free with the ale,

So their praises regale,

And give them some excellent toasts!"

Taking her shot with a good-natured air - and then a sharp hiss - Beatrice coughs out, with a mix of genuine sputter and surprised laughter, "With my thanks to the perfect Princess Helena Redrain, I toast: the Nightingale. With a voice as fair as Gianna's, I know she lacks not for loves. And while I came for drink and cheer, I hope I leave with her gloves." Beatrice beams unrepentantly to Gianna. And coughs, again.

Merek rubs at his chin in thought, and seems to consider, while he motions a bit to the side, "No one can best me in a drinking contenst, I guarantee it," that's his boast about him self, very elegant and simple, he's not good at all this stuff. Somebody, might think he can do it? Who knows! He takes another drink of his whiskey, in a manner meant to say he can.

When he finally gets to his turn, Sir Bhandn's reaction is to hoarsely down the shots, meaning he tilts it back and spends a moment gasping for air. That's easy enough. It's the aftermath that may not be well received. "To Her Highness, Princess Reese!" he declares to one and all, holding up the empty shot. "Who showed that she can carry her drink, and carry her drink!" It's a little crude, but the previous game's finally starting to give him the faintest bit of a buzz, so naturally he brings up the first thing that comes to mind: alcoholic beverages.

Standing up from her bench in the Pavilion, a broad smile spreads across the Radiant Whisper's face. Toasting, boasting, and roasting? Three things she is well known for. When it is her turn, she clears her throat and lifts her head up, delivering a simple and quick limerick of her own.



"The night is young at the Gardens of Redrain,

And though outside the world may be in some pain,

Here there's no drama,

And thanks to Princess Elgana,

A cheerful air and mood we shall sustain."

Helena's found her own glass of something to sip at while the participants make their toasts, and she lifts her glass as each toasts, taking small sips -- there's a *lot* of players toasts to drink to. "Is that a euphemism?" she asks, no one in particular, at the mention of Gianna's gloves.

Lorenzo is overheard praising Elgana: A master at throwing parties!

Vercyn rises to his feet. The Duke of Halfshav does not deal with a 'shot'. He pushes the small glass away and sets down a cup, ordering it full. Once done he lifts it into the air, first to Darren, then to Elganna before he empties the cup in one long gulp. He turns the cup upside down to demonstrate it is empty and slaps it down onto the table. "I have led men into battle before many of you were born. I have killed before most of your parents even look at each other. I have pacified the wild north so that even the most war like tribes will seek peace lest they face the steel boot of Redrain. My head is the greatest prize sought out by Shav'arani and none have come close to claiming it. I am the greatest War Chief that Redrain has ever seen." There is a pause as he looks around the crowd. "Until now. For all of my acheivements, and the things that I have done pale in comparison to the Princess Marian, whom I will cheerfully follow into battle."

Lorenzo is overheard praising Redrain: Best of families!

Rysen is overheard praising Elgana: An amazing celebration of Northern culture!

Gilroy has joined the line.

When it's his turn Gilroy stands up, clears his throat and calls out, "A toast to the north and its good hardy kin! Is it beautiful up there? Don't know, never been. But the ones that I've met are all lovely you know. With their axes and their furs and the beards that they grow." He picks up his shot and holds it up. "And as we're all aware, they're fine, earthy folk. Who, it's sometimes said, might give their sheep a good," he knocks his drink back and finishes, "pat on the head and an encouraging word because they're quite respectful of the natural world up there."

Vercyn is overheard praising Marian.

Donella has joined the line.

Thea clears her throat"same"

Bliss has joined the line.

Shaking, staggering with laughter back to her seat, Beatrice wipes at her eyes with both hands. "If that were poisoned, I would have no way to know," she continues hoarsely, coughing into the back of her wrist. "Ah, it is good to get out."

Rysen is overheard praising Helena: A contest to bring out the best of eloquence from the Princess of Poets.

Gianna claims her place by the whiskey and seems pretty pleased about it. Much more enthused than she was about the ale, in any case. She arches her brows at Beatrice's toast, seeming amused. "Never!" is her reply. Once it's her turn, she raises her glass to the gathering at large, then tips her head back to down it. Once she's surfaced again, she calls out in her rich, clear voice, "To our newest Radiant, Bliss Whisper! Such a great warrior that even her outfits clash!"

Radhilde giggles as she listens from her seating, fingers petting the feline that somehow manages to sleep during all the commotion.

Jeffeth checked composure at difficulty 10, rolling 2 lower.

There is a bark of a LOUD laugh at the joke about Bliss over from a very large figure. Jeffeth is quickly ducking his head down.

Radhilde has joined the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Helena dips her laughter behind her glass, eyes sparkling a bit as she listens to the toasts and watches the reactions of the rest of the audience. Her shoulders belie the little subterfuge though, shaking despite her effort to hide the giggles.

Tescelina checked composure at difficulty 10, rolling 2 lower.

The quip from Gianna has Bliss turning her head to the Softest Whisper and Nightingale, and her brows loft in a playful grin as she lifts her glass before taking another sip of her own drink. Why not?

Donella hops up on the rail of the fencing nimbly enough-- and because she's stone blind sober, she sticks the landing. She reaches for a cup with which to salute the guests with her arm held high.



"Here's to the a land of the frozen pine,

and crystalline vales where the son doth shine.

Where the weak grow strong, and the strong grow great;

Here's to our home, and our chilly estate.

For warmth only is warm when the winds blow up cold,

and a young faction in action can come out most bold.

And if we laugh often, 'tis half at our kin.

Now, enjoy your party, and please, pass the gin." And hop hop down, drink, and back to her seat.

There is a sharp gasp which comes from the area of the barking laughter and Tescelina looks absolutely flummoxed.

Rysen's jaw drops to hear Donella's verse. He raises his mug of ale and cheers loudly!

Gianna's eyes are bright; she shoots Gilroy an amused look, nods solemnly to Bliss, and gives an appreciative look Donella's way.

Darren is overheard praising Donella: What a way with words. That's my wife.

Darren is overheard praising Vercyn.

Sorrel is overheard praising Donella.

Alessandro is overheard praising Helena: Great game!



"You've been holding out on me, from coming to the poetry readings. I know where you live!" calls Helena to Donella, before she steps forward again. "The votes have been tallied," she holds a few slips of paper that the servants have brought her from secret judges, "and we're sorry to say that the axe has fallen and Bhandn, Olivia, and Beatrice have not made the cut. We toast your efforts, though, and you definitely raised our spirits!" she says brightly. "Next round, next shots!" And the servants come out to pour new shots full to the brim.

Radhilde grins, lifting a glass high at Donella's toast.

Peri's eyes widen and shine with praise at Princess's Donella acrobatic recitation. "Bravo!"

Bliss checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 25, rolling 18 higher.

Radhilde is overheard praising Donella: That's right!

Gianna checked stamina + performance at difficulty 25, rolling 24 higher.

Hearing her name called as she turns to leave, Beatrice looks to Helena with a curving smile and blows a grateful kiss in her direction.

Peri is overheard praising Donella: what a beautiful homage to the north!

Thea sneaks out quietly, so not to interrupt to the amusing game before her.

Beatrice has left the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Thea has left the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Merek checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 25, rolling 32 higher.

Donella checked stamina + seduction at difficulty 25, rolling 17 lower.

Margret is overheard praising Helena.

Margret is overheard praising Elgana.

Gilroy checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 25, rolling 24 higher.

Vercyn checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 25, rolling 6 higher.

Gianna reaches for the second shot of whiskey and holds it up. "To the people of Arx. Never has there been a city of people so talented, so heroic, so beautiful, so wealthy, and so willing to inundate the whites with arguments and notes about their lunches!" Down goes the second glass of whiskey, breathing fire down her throat but not marring her voice.

Sorrel checked stamina + performance at difficulty 25, rolling 14 higher.

And here... is the problem of Donella at Redrain parties. That shot that she called for so gamely takes the wind right out of her sails. It's only a little one, and already she just kindof looks flushed and... pupil-y. She sits down with a whumpf and leans her head on Darren's knee. She says, "You're pretty?" clearly flummoxed. And now happily soused. She waves a napkin as a white flag of surrender.

Princess down. We have a princess down.

Khanne giggles, actually giggles at Donella before pressing her lips together and looking around to see if anyone noticed.

There's a small clearing of Bliss's throat then, and her eyes light up as she begins to speak, her eyes on Gianna now. "Well, my outfits might not always match, but let's scratch this supposition before it reaches the inquisition that it's meant to be anything but panache. Colors that are bright and garish show brilliantly in a flourish and don't you be disparaging the encouraging of a nourishing show that will make the crowd gasp. My name's Bliss Whisper, and if you're feeling inundated well then it's all calculated these threads of stories they're all braided and my legacy won't end up faded - but now I'm feeling validated." Boast: checked off.

5 House Deepwood Guards arrives, following Samantha.

Lorenzo has left the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

2 Redrain Guards, Ciro Sclafani, a world-weary manservant leave, following Lorenzo.

Ever the heroic knight for his wife, Darren grins appreciatively toward the compliment paid by Donella. "And you're the brightest star in all the night sky, 'Nell." Gathering his wife close, he makes a motion for coffee to be brought for her. "But I tell you, I will not stand for being called pretty. I am so much more than my pretty face and amazing, ginger hair," he grouses in good humor.

Sorrel prepares her next toast with a twinkle in her eyes. "Princess Consort, you're one of the best. But right now, you should probably rest. You've drank quite a bit, And to make it all fit, You don't want to puke on a guest!" She then offers Donella (and the nearby Darren) a ridiculously over-the-top curtsey, bowing with flourish and a bit of drunken wobbling.

Merek looks to his drink and pours another, then he takes a drink from it. He lets out a sigh, and looks to the others, "You know... I uh, I'm not great at this," he says with a nod to the others participating, "But, I don't need words to showcase my prowess, as is evidence," he adds. How he manages to sell it is any one's guess.

Radhilde practically chortles as she listens to Bliss' words, staring wide-eyed and giving a whoop then her laughter gets even louder as she hears Sorrel.

Sunrise, lilac breasted roller arrives, delivering a message to Radhilde before departing.

Vercyn notices, raising his eyebrows at Khannes display. A small smile curves his face as he flips his cup over and motions for it to be filled again. He lifts his glass to the crowd at large before draining it empty once again. Once more it is turned upside down and slapped onto the table. "There is no family so great as mine in all the Compact. No other works so well together to overcome whatever odds face us. Halfshav stands strong and united. Each generation that comes has shown itself stronger and more capable then the last and I have no doubts that they will continue to do so long after I am gone. I look upon them and know that they will tower above me in their time and my name will be long forgotten from the greatness they will show."

Radhilde leans a bit as a messenger arrives and she nods, gathering up her skirts as she rices and still smiling quietly slips out.

Gianna eyes Bliss, shaking her head a little with an amused quirk of her lips. She considers her opponents, looking up and down the line, her gaze calculating.

Peri has left the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

"Also, your legs. And seat. Fantastic rider," Nell says to Darren, one half shooting up as though he's inspired more. And while its up there, she poetry-snaps for Sorrel! Snapsnapsnap, awww yeah.

Radhilde is overheard praising Redrain: Amazing party!

Radhilde has left the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Kaia, the guard, Krissa, the golden, long-haired cat leave, following Radhilde.

"Oh, no. Is she all right? I didn't think we'd be here until round 3," says Helena with a laugh as Donella swoons into the High Prince's ... leg. She grins at Darren's response, before laughing aloud at the boasts and toasts of the other drinkers. "This is funnier than I expected. Well, some of them are very serious about it. She looks a little disappointed at the more serious toasts.

Darren encourages Donella to drink hastily of that coffee. All the while, he clap/snaps/applauds the participants. Vercyn might be shown a pinch of favor. Just a pinch. Harder clap. Bros.

Gilroy lifts his shot. "To the Bonespire! If only every holdfast in the Compact were so honestly named!" He takes his shot and sits back down to a nice pile of sausages.

Khanne stands up at Vercyn's words, lifting her whiskey high. "Halfshav! The most savage of barbarians! Huzzah!" She might be drunk, a little.

Brianna stands and applauds!

Brianna is overheard praising Vercyn.

Khanne is overheard praising Vercyn: Halfshav, ALL AMAZING!

5 House Deepwood Guards leaves, following Samantha.

Gilroy's words make Helena snort a little -- this time she can't hold it in, and after coughing, the princess returns to center, eyes watering and cheeks a little rosier than her (or recently) usual pallor. "Well done! Only one out, and of her own white flag, this time, so on to the last round. Drink first this time," she says, as the servers fill the glasses to full with a different bottle -- of a particularly fierce fire whiskey. "And then make your final toasts, boasts, and roasts, my friends."

"Make fun of Bliss some more." Is called out to Gianna from SOMEONE. With a deep voice. And a large body.

Gilroy checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 40, rolling 52 higher.

It was not Bhandn.

Lucita seems to be thoroughly enjoying the various contests but and things said but rises, and quietly slips out, some sort of 'to do' list in her hand.

Gianna checked stamina + performance at difficulty 40, rolling 6 higher.

Lucita has left the a large pinewood carving of House Acheron's sigil.

Golden, an Oakhaven bloodhound, Gunther, a Rottweiler, Micana, 1 Saik Guard leave, following Lucita.

Bliss checked stamina + performance at difficulty 40, rolling 19 higher.

Sorrel checked stamina + performance at difficulty 40, rolling 3 higher.

"Not enough praising me," complains Helena, with another sip of her drink.

Vercyn checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 40, rolling 3 lower.

Darren has left the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Darren has joined the an ornately crafted bench made out of exotic House Crovane black lumber.

Gianna doesn't hear that deep-voiced suggestion. Or so it seems. She considers Merek, then raises her glass again, her other arm sweeping out in the man's direction in a dramatic manner. "Sir Merek Black! He's no good at this, but he's not the worst to look at and he has a pretty scarf, so let's just let him keep going!" She downs her whiskey shot, blinking back some tears - that fire whiskey is potent stuff - and begins to applaud Merek with vigour. Maybe something about the roast falls flat.

Sorrel is pleasantly drunk at this point, so she continues rhyming. "I'm one of the best, you see. Who could possibly be better than me? I'm called the Bladesong; I'll always sing along! Excuse me, it's definitely the whiskey."

Draining off the rest of her glass as instructed by Helena, Bliss sets it to the side and steps out, throwing her arms out to the side in a way that must ask, 'Are you not entertained?' "Behold, the Champion of Follies!" she exclaims with a grin on her face. "Because being able to thrive when the Nox'alfar are trying to murder you is a sign of a level head, and there's nothing about her that we should be worried about. The loser of countless matches in the Champion's Guild, relying on a years-old injury to explain it away. She who can turn a grudge into an artform like no one else."

Merek checked stamina + propaganda at difficulty 40, rolling 2 lower.

There's clapping at that making fun of Bliss. Good work.

Merek seems about to speak, then he blinks a bit and frowns. He rubs at his beard and looks like he doesn't have much more interesting to say. He just nods a bit, "I uh, I suck at this," he says, and blushes as he makes his way from the other contestants.

Vercyn stands up and lifts his cup again and holds out his cup. He nods again to see it filled with the fire whiskey. He drains it down turning the cup over. He goes to slap it down but misjudges the distance and throws it to the floor. The glass and table both get a scowl for a moment. There is a small wobble to his step as he looks around. He looks around for a moment. "Damned kids these days." He drops into his chair for a moment and beams at Elsa. "Gods and spirits but you are gorgeous." He shakes his head slightly, motioning for another cup of whiskey. "I had words, but I forgot them. So kill em all. That usually works."

Collecting his final drink, Gilroy lurches to his feet and stabs one of his sausages with his diamondplate fork. With the meaty snack he offers Helena a salute, then lifts his fire whisky, calling out, "In Arvum we love our heroes. Great men and women all. Born high and born low, they all heard the call. Dames and sirs, lords and ladies, chosen from on high. And by heroism they live, by heroism they die. So call me a blaggard, a prick or a con." Gilroy knocks back the fire whiskey and tosses the glass behind him. "The thing about Gilroy Grayhopes is that we always go on."

Gianna starts to laugh. Maybe it's the whiskey, but she laughs hard enough to bring tears to her eyes and raises her empty glass to Gilroy. Tipsygale.

Chuckling over Vercyn's 'toast', Elsa leans in to press a kiss to his cheek, "You're undeniably biased there, my dear. But thank you." Shaking her head, she grins at all the tipsy folk and glances back to Vercyn, leaning in to murmur something to him.

The shaking of sausage in her direction makes Helena look a *little* worried, but it turns out a fine boast. She collects the votes from the secret ballots passed to her by servants, and comes back. "Thank you, drinkers, and be sure to drink some water tonight..." she says with a grin. "So in third place is the illustrious Nightingale Gianna Whisper!" She beams and hands Gianna a bottle of rum-kissed liquor. "And my lovely sister and hostess has another prize for you, should you not wish to look at more whiskey for a time -- the other will be far more pleasant."

Helena is overheard praising Gianna.

Elgana gets a braided band of copper and pewter inset with a carved tree from a blue leather satchel stitched with daisies.

"Nightingale! Wonderful job!" Elgana is exclaiming as she comes out of the pavilion and toward the third-place winner. "The lovely Lady Willow Nightgold made up some jewelry for this event and to you goes this piece." She hands over a red-cloth wrapped piece of jewelry to Gianna then.

"Second place," says Helena, her own cheeks flushed from both being near the center of attention for far too long, and also the alcohol thrumming through her veins, "is the clever Radiant Bliss Whisper, who can also claim a prize from my lovely sister Elgana!" She hands the ghost whiskey to Bliss with a bright smile.

Gianna is still recovering from her laughing; she takes the rum-kissed whiskey with a pleased look; the wrapped jewelry makes her greedy little heart soar yet higher. "Thank you, thank you," she tells Helena and Elgana, and then the crowd in general.

Elgana gets a bracelet of stylized silver raven feathers from a blue leather satchel stitched with daisies.

Margret is overheard praising Bliss.

"And our first place goes to Master Gilroy Grayhope, who kept us laughing and shocked in equal measure," says Helena brightly, turning to give a bottle of Farhaven whiskey to the first-place Crownsworn. "Thank you all for playing. It was very, *very* entertaining and a little enlightening for the rest of us, I think!"

Rysen is overheard praising Gianna: There's no voice more eloquent than that of the Nightingale.

"My sister has a prize for you as well," Helena adds to Gilroy, steering him in Elgana's direction.

Elgana gets a fine rose gold chain with a trio of glistening ruby droplets from a blue leather satchel stitched with daisies.

And with that announcement made, Elgana hands over another piece of red-cloth wrapped jewelry but this time to Bliss. "Congratulations, Radiant! Another piece by Lady Willow for your jewelry box." And then when the last winner, who is the first place winner by way of smooth words, she turns toward Gilroy and offers him another piece of red-cloth wrapped jewelry. "For you, Master Gilroy, another piece by the Lady Willow Nightgold."

Helena is overheard praising Gilroy.

Helena is overheard praising Bliss.

Accepting the gifts from the Redrain sisters, Bliss slips the bracelet on with a warm smile even as she's walking back to the pavilion, studying the bottle she holds with clear interest in her eyes.

Helena is overheard praising Elgana.

Helena is overheard praising Redrain.

Donella has left the pavilion replica of Farhaven Castle.

Gilroy stands and collects his prize. "Oh, it is lovely. And made by Lady Willow? Well, do let her know how much I appreciate all the work she put into it!" He turns to the runners up and lifts a glass he got from who knows where in their direction. "And another toast, this time to Radiant Bliss, who has beaten Gianna Whisper twice now this week!" He knocks it back, then returns to his seat.

Gianna checked composure at difficulty 10, rolling 21 higher.

"So that's how he manages to acquire such finery," says Rysen grinning, holding up a tankard to Gilroy in a toast.

Bliss checked composure + etiquette at difficulty 15, rolling 6 lower.

Whatever Bliss was saying to those at the Pavilion as she was settling back down is lost as Gilroy's shout comes over, and the figure of grace and social decorum in Arvum seems to suddenly develop a strange coughing fit. Maybe she tried the whiskey?

3 Last Watch Sentries, 3 Redrain Guards leave, following Donella.

Gianna blinks twice, rapidly, her head turning to regard Gilroy. There's a moment, a very still moment, before Gianna sketches a deep bow in Gilroy's direction, and then Bliss'. A very composed bow. She returns to her seat, her chin held high.



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