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[NA] Cordial Calamities - Public Nightmare Parties!(Fireheart Rise)(11/16)

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Are you a fan of last-minute event announcements heralding roleplay only one day in advance?

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With autumn closing in, Duchess Unity is simply MAD about her den's latest renovations. She's so excited about its new tricks and treats that she's inviting everyone to her house for a party in the woods.

Come in costume or in caution to witness spectacles such as walking furniture, menacing decorations, visitors from the Mad Realm and one HELL of a puppet show.

September's calamity will take place on

Friday, September 14th
at
8PM EST
in
Sneaky Woods, Black Citadel
Requires a jumpy mount, or friendly Mesmer to reach
(Being RPed as Unity's Den in Caledon)
Ruins of Rin Waypoint

Getting there

This month's theme will be: No Strings Attached

I will be around before the event to get everyone taxi'd to the proper IP and warned about the dangers of eating candy that has teeth of its own.

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Announcing things one day in advance? Try DECIDING TO GO THE VERY DAY OF.

But sometimes I forget about last minute things so slap me on Discord if I'm late. <3
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This is happening today!

8PM EST

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Please review the FAQ in the first post for information about the setting as well as how non-Courtiers can attend!

I will be online before event time to help everyone get settled in the right IP shard.

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Tonight's IP address is:
52.21.17.34:0


Tonight's theme is:
"No Strings Attached"

Maps of the area:
Getting There

No map of the area?! No need! The refreshments and entertainments will find you this time.

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Setting Posts:

The den is a forest of thin trees, corn husks, and flickering lanterns tonight. Between the patches of woods are clearings large and small where Courtiers can be seen twirling, dancing, and mingling in the dark. A good number of them are gathered before a large wooden stage which is currently closed off by a velvety red curtain. Contained fires and floor-level lights carve paths through the shadows while the smells of spiced cider, cranberries, and fresh sap twist through the air on a gentle night breeze.

Appetizers and main courses can be seen traveling around the den on tables and trays crafted from flesh and bone - Necromancer minions! Covered daintily with tablecloths, these creatures plod harmlessly from person to person, offering meats and treats. A different class of minion is hunkered by the front doors, rooted to the ground by its massive size. It resembles a cauldron with comically tiny little feet and wide, razor-sharp jaws. Staked into the ground beside it is a wooden sign which reads: Insert Donations - Watch your fingers! People can be seen tossing coins and party proposals into the creature, which snaps its mouth shut after every 'bite'. There is a deepening pool of wealth visible through its gullet, likely to be used in funding the next Calamity.

Plastic spiders and candy corn bowls are secured to the trees throughout the shadowy expanse while musicians can be heard tuning their instruments.


Arrival:

Music has struck up from the stage. Violins.

They are crying out a tune criminally reminiscent of I'm So Sorry by Imagine Dragons as the curtain peels open, revealing a full band of Courtiers at the back of the stage, shrouded in fog. The one with the bass guitar launches into motion, and suddenly strange creatures descend from above, slamming one at a time down onto the front of the stage in step with the music and suspended by strings. They look for all the world like creatures from the Mad Realm: Gargoyles, Skeletons, Spiders, and MOAR.

They begin to dance.

As the show progresses, the audience may notice that the dancers are Courtiers in costume. Their choreography is very good, and they stomp and sway to the lyrics of a male Sylvari from the band. As he sings about throwing off the shackles of other people's expectations, a final puppet rolls down from above and clears a 3-point landing.

It's the god damn Mad King, and he's HUGE.

The King joins the dance, seizing a torch and beginning to cut the 'puppets' free of their strings with it before finally ramming the weapon directly into his mouth. His body burns brightly as the show closes in on its finale, and from his skeletal ashes steps... Duchess Unity!

The song is over. The stage is burning.


Duchess' Speech:

The Duchess is laughing as she (and everyone else who had been performing), escapes the crispy stage. Behind her, Hysteria guards frantically try to contain the blaze with their magic.

"MY, WHAT A TURNOUT!" The Duchess calls over the roar of the flames. "Look at everyone's outfits!"

Clapping, she trots up onto one of the roving tables, riding it around.

"I'm sure you're all wondering why the Retinue Lounge is closed tonight, and the simple answer is that it's full of rabid animals. Sorry, loves! You'll just have to pick a cozy shadow tonight."

Message delivered, she fluffs her 'hair'.

"Now, be dears and don't feed the tables, don't wander too far, and don't be AFRAID to have FUN!"

Throwing her arms into the air, she cheers and is echoed by many in the crowd. The party has begun.
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From the people who brought you a shoddy Nightmare Court party roughly a month and a half ago,

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Now that the gates of the Mad Realm have slammed shut in our faces and the season has started to cool off, Unity's forested den has withered to a cozy autumn paradise of crispy leaves, skeletal trees, and tripping hazard pine cones.

Fresh cinnamon sticks and potpourri hang from the remaining branches, and spiced ciders, meads, whiskeys, and other hearty drinks will give you everything you need to sit around Hysteria's fire pits and complain about winter.

Kick back and unwind with your cohorts (or complete strangers!) and reflect on the nonsense offered by Ilusamime's dutiful servants, (un)willing guests, and ferocious monsters of this past year's calamities:

January's living ice clones and frost spiders
March's terrifying costume contest and a mockery of Mordremoth with special guest Mordrem Wyvern
May's mock-up of the Grove and shameless snub of the Firstborn
July, or as it was better known, That Time We Caught a Largos And Used It For Entertainment Because We're Evil
September's roaring riptide of flaming puppets and potions
November's..

Wait, that's now.

Keep your eyes peeled for interesting rodents and anniversary prizes.

November's calamity will take place on

Friday, November 16th
at
8PM EST
in
Autumn Plateau, Fireheart Rise
Requires a jumpy mount, or friendly Mesmer to reach
(Being RPed as Unity's Den in Caledon)
Vorgas Garrison or Simurgh Waypoint

Getting There
(Requires a jumping mount or Mesmer friend to reach!)
Main Map

This month's theme will be: Going Nuts!

I will be around before the event to get everyone taxi'd to the proper IP and outfitted with a current rabies vaccination.
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This is happening today!

8PM EST

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Please review the FAQ in the first post for information about the setting as well as how non-Courtiers can attend!

I will be online before event time to help everyone get settled in the right IP shard.

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Tonight's IP address is:
34.235.183.140:0


Tonight's theme is:
"Going Nuts!"

Maps of the area:
Getting There
(Requires a jumping mount or Mesmer friend to reach!)
Main Map

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Setting Posts:

Unity's den is very crunchy today.

A crisp autumn breeze rolls through the wooden rib cage of whatever trees remain from Halloween's forest party, carrying dead leaves and spicy scents with it. Lanterns are hung all along the winding paths and shady nooks of the area, illuminating the many places where one can lurk. From benches to tree stumps to the multitude of fire pits glittering in the dark, every surface seems to beckon: Come. Sit. Stay a while. Food and drink smells share the same sentiment as heavy kegs and hot snacks call from almost every corner.

Per usual, Hysteria guards and servants roam the grounds in search of trouble and needy guests, but they are nothing compared to the court's newest allies:

Squirrels.

Squirrels are everywhere. Retrieving forks and knives and spoons. Bringing napkins and plates to waiting courtiers. Cleaning crumbs and tidying messes. Chasing troublemakers out the door in a flurry of shrieks and squeaks. Dressed in smart little uniforms, the rodents are uncanny in their sheer abundance and obedience.

They take notice of every new arrival, rushing up to the feet of guests with raised ears and twitching snouts.


Arrival:

Duchess Unity can be seen emerging from the back of the den, acorns hanging from her branches and a stunning dress fluttering around her hips.

Her outfit appears to be changing color as she walks, its leafy patterns shimmering between scarlet, gold, green, and brown depending on which angle one looks upon it. Lazing around her shoulders is a small fuzzy creature, a squirrel, wearing the same outfit and gnawing busily at one of her walnut earrings.

A herald runs ahead of her, tooting a war horn and circling the stage platform to call attention to it. They're very enthusiastic about their job.


Duchess' Speech:

The Duchess stands atop a tree stump and preens the leafy layers of her outfit. There is a glass in her free hand, and she lifts it high as the crowd turns toward her.

"To you!" she cries, "In all of your splendor and horrific grace!"

Some in the crowd return her toast, and she lowers the cup.

"Oh, my darlings. For years we have gathered here to spread our wisdom and mischief. Years! The death toll has been low and our numbers have risen"

That's probably good.

"Let us brace ourselves for the winter to come with the fires of our conviction!" she calls, gesturing aggressively with her cup and spilling some of the contents. "Tonight, steep yourself in Nightmare's temptations. Spar, drink, and simmer. Unleash!"

"Scurry along now, dears," she says, flashing her teeth, "and get cracking on that banquet - This party won't have itself!"
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