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[NA] Cordial Calamities - Public Nightmare Parties!(Mount Maelstrom)(7/13)

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Wreck the halls!

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Come home to Unity's Den and witness the work of the tireless Hysteria Courtiers and contractors. Everything seems to have been frozen in time -- literally.

A veritable geode of glittering fun house ice walls and crystalline furniture, everything has been turned into a crisp winter wonderland! Grab a jacket or a cup of hot cider and swing by for the latest gossip and guffaws. Punch carolers. Pick candy canes off of the trees. Corner that cute boy you've been seeing at Calamities for almost a year and tell him how you really feel.

Who knows; maybe tonight's the night you finally kill him.

Feeling adventurous? Pick a fight with any of Hysteria's numerous and stern-looking Court Guards (Pathing Norn; use your imagination) or try your luck on Hysteria's freshly-poured skating rink.

They recommend ignoring the large, slow-moving shadow swimming under the surface.

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January's calamity will take place on

Friday, January 19th
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8PM EST
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Veins of the Dragon, Hoelbrak
(Being RPed as Unity's Den in Caledon)
Hero's Compass Waypoint

Getting There
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This month's theme will be: Reflect & Refract

I will be around before the event to get everyone taxi'd to the proper IP and equipped with mittens.
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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:
34.237.45.241:0


Tonight's theme is:
REFLECT & REFRACT

Maps of the area:
Getting There
Main Map

Squad markers have been added to help identify different entertainments.
Here is a legend of the markers and their meanings:

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Setting Posts:

Have you come to chill at Unity's pad?

It'll be hard not to.

Frost licks at the vines and leaves leading to the area, and the interior is bathed in arctic hues. Everything appears to be crafted from ice and crystal. The walls are jagged, smooth-faced shards of mirror-like ice, providing disturbing and comical reflections. Artful Sylvari sculptures hold appetizers and lanterns, though closer inspection reveals them to be living prisoners trapped in Elemental ice. Courtiers skate across a particularly smooth patch of this ice in the center of the den, and glinting crystal furniture is peppered all around.

Chimes can occasionally be heard, ringing from distant places and vibrating across the crystals embedded in the ceiling. It's as if the cave is one giant glass harp.

Numerous bonfires flicker in the otherwise crisp cavern.


Duchess' Speech:
Standing at the top of her icy vantage, the Duchess laughs brightly. Her voice is amplified, carrying across the den.

"Good evening! I hope everyone dressed warmly!"

Some people did not. There is coughing and shivering to draw attention to them.

"Now, my pets, I would like you all to remember why you are here. Reflect upon the Nightmare and aim its teachings toward this woeful and wonderfully wild world!"

She licks her lips and retires the 'w's for a moment.

"Indulge in my home and the company of my Court. Explore these caverns and share in our wealth. But take care: Do not become infatuated with yourself as you pass my mirror walls. If you stare too closely, they may stare back!"

A sharp crack sounds from the ceiling, sending a spray of harmless ice crystals (and several not-harmless Ice Spiders) down on the crowd below.
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We're just getting warmed up!

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Unity is apparently not tired of getting down, and she's gotten all fired up again for the month of March.

Her crystal palace is melting, and her ice Elementalists are nowhere to be found! She has made the best of it by having a river installed through the middle of her home to contain the constant runoff, but puddles and dripping cave walls abound in the crumbling beauty of her winter den.

To distract from the fact that some of her decorating staff have been captured by Wardens, she is totally playing all of this off as if it were on purpose, and has planned a massive costume party to commemorate the changing of the seasons. Guests are encouraged to dress as memorable figures of the world, including fearsome beasts and members of other races, and it has been hinted that a prize awaits the best-dressed attendee!

(By the way, are you really good at outwitting Wardens and facing them down in battle? She might have a teensy weensy little job for you.)

March's calamity will take place on

Friday, March 16th
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8PM EST
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Bonerattler Caverns, Harathi Hinterlands
(Being RPed as Unity's Den in Caledon)
Faun Waypoint

Getting There
Main Map
Retinue Lounge Map

This month's theme will be: The Thaw

I will be around before the event to get everyone taxi'd to the proper IP and warned about the dangers of swimming after eating.
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This is happening today!

8PM EST

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DON'T FORGET:

The Duchess has asked attendees to dress in costumes of their favorite people and creatures, promising a prize to the best in show.


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:
34.228.109.134:0


Tonight's theme is:
"The Thaw"

Maps of the area:
Getting There
Main Map
Retinue Lounge Map

Squad markers have been added to help identify different entertainments.
Here is a legend of the markers and their meanings:

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Setting Posts:

Winter is going, and with it much of Unity's precious ice cavern!

Most of the ceiling has melted over the past month and a half, leaving party-goers (mostly) safe from any threat of falling chunks. Still, the walls are covered by thin ice and running water, some of which has been punctured by Sylvan-made sconces.

Courtiers fill the trickling alcoves of the den and gather around the food and drink displays, dressed in flashy costumes and lethal armor. A constant river digs its way through the center of the area, curving in wild and branching ways around stepping stones that have been grown from large mushrooms across these gushing rapids.



Duchess' Speech:

The Duchess raises her arms, cheering at the crowd,

"HELLO!"

"I hope everyone remembered to bring their finest costumes! A prize shall be awarded to the best-dressed Sylvari of the evening, so let us hope that your senses of fashion are as sharp as your smiles. And to those who are here for business, I have just come into the possession of several job offers for those who are not afraid to go home~"

"Lastly, be advised: There is to be absolutely no tampering with /that/."

A long, costumed claw is pointed toward the back of the den where curls of mist are rippling out of a shadowy thorn cage with no door. A length of thick chain can be seen bolted directly into the stone of the floor, disappearing into the depths of the holding cell.

Clasping her hands together, the Duchess smiles from within her ugly mask.

"You are now free to roam!"
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Mother's Day has come and gone.

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Great! That means we can mock her!

Unity's mission to reclaim her missing Hysteria Courtiers was a smashing success. Thanks to the help of some brave freelancers, all of her staff is safe, sound, and turning her Den into the party house she doesn't necessarily deserve but the one she needs right now. They also say they've brought home 'quality prizes' with them which will be dispersed during the event.

Step into a near-perfect recreation of the Grove's night garden complete with the sights and sounds of home. Roving wildlife, free-flowing nectar, and Firstborn cosplayers are just some of what is to be expected. Attendees are encouraged to stick it to mom by dressing up as sweet, innocent Dreamers while continuing to be the awful people they really are.

May's calamity will take place on

Friday, May 18th
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8PM EST
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Peachy Stumps, Caledon Forest
(Being RPed as Unity's Den in Caledon)
Caledon Haven Waypoint

Getting There
Main Map
Retinue Lounge Map

This month's theme will be: Homecoming

I will be around before the event to get everyone taxi'd to the proper IP and outfitted with crappy flower crowns.
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This is happening today!

8PM EST

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DON'T FORGET:

The Duchess has asked attendees to dress as Dreamers and Firstborn for maximum mocking power.


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:
18.204.50.126:0


Tonight's theme is:
"Homecoming"

Maps of the area:
Getting There
Main Map
Retinue Lounge Map

Squad markers have been added to help identify different entertainments.
Here is a legend of the markers and their meanings:

Spoiler: Show

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Setting Posts:

Tonight, Unity's Den is the spitting image of the Grove at night. Kind of. A pathway of silver leaves cuts through this mocking recreation, wreathed in circular terraces, lamplit leaves, and curling blossoms. Several small streams carve trails of their own throughout the leafen expanse, and fireflies buzz idly in the air.

And then there are the props: Life-sized wooden cutouts of popular Grove personalities are posed all around (and usually in unflattering positions), thousands of terrible paper butterflies are affixed to nearly every surface, and a confused deer is walking through the Den with a 'Hello, my name is Ventari' sign hanging over its sides.

To one side of the main chamber is what appears to be a rendition of Danador's kennels, for its vined pens are full of Nightmare Pups and other creatures one might be wary about petting. To the other side are three studious little 'Saplings', seated in the grass while a traditionally-dressed 'Mentor' teaches them about Ventari's Tablet in all the wrong ways.

Multiple people are challenging one another to complete an obstacle course located on the far wall. The path of this course is riddled with loose stones, swinging vines, and the foreboding presence of a fat Elonian Scaled Drake lurking in a deep cut of water beneath said vines.

A gold piece and a cupcake await any who brave the challenge.


Arrival:

The Duchess begins her march toward a leafy podium erected near the entrance of the Den.

She is dressed in a familiar yellow gown, and a telltale blossom has replaced her branchy hair. Several guards follow her, dressed as Omphalos Chamber Attendants. A piercing spotlight streaks down from the ceiling, following her every move while Hysteria Courtiers pipe out the Pale Tree's lullaby on kazoos.

Actual kazoos.


Duchess' Speech:

The Duchess lifts her arms, small clouds of pollen flying from her fingertips.

"My children~" she calls dramatically.

Her arms return daintily to her sides.

"Welcome home. I've been expecting all of you! My, how you've grown."

She offers a cat-like grin, peering at the many faces in the crowd; some of them look suspiciously like badly-cosplayed Caithes and Faolains -- There's even a second-hand Malomedies out there!

"Tonight, you are to play in my garden and, as your mother, I will remind you that there is to be no running, no biting, and no impropriety."

She winks very obviously at the group, as if to imply the opposite.

"Later tonight, I have some special friends to introduce to you. I promise they are brave and exciting~"

She bats her lashes.

"Now run along, my dears!" she says, fluffing her gown, "Go forth and make me proud as you flutter through your prison- I mean your Grove! And remember: All things have a right to PARTY!!!"
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This month's party saw an attendance of roughly 10 people from at least three different guilds. Guests included a Norn, a Human, a Dreamer, and several captured Wardens.

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Highlights of the evening included:

A Skale, determined to get that kebab
Praying to the wrong gods
Improper grabbing of dresses
Proper grabbing of dresses
A not-quite-pale tree
Nightmare Pups that just couldn't wait to be king
The return of "The Butler"
A lazy spotlight attendant
Kazoos
Courtiers struggling to keep a straight face
Courtiers easily keeping a gay face
Wardens having a Bad Time
An extremely concerned deer


Notable chatter of the night:

"Where food goes, so too shall I!"
"Decisions, decisions."
"BETRAYER!"
"Obviously, I am the Pale Mother. Ruler of all Sylvari. Most important of all pink trees!"
"They're here. I see the butterflies."
"Behave yourself, nut."
"My Dwayna thing! She's escaping!"
"I thought we spent all of our budget on the Skale."

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Thanks for coming, and stay tuned for another Calamity in July!
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If you snap into a Slim Jim, does your insurance cover the bill?

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The Duchess is luring Courtiers into another summertime field trip on the meaty shores of Mount Maelstrom.

Securing a nice little beach on the southeastern lip of the region, her Shapers and Hysteria architects have built a wonderful little shore-side paradise complete with hammocks, wading pools, and dangling thorn cages which hang from several trees grown just for the occasion!

Festivities are said to be lax on account of the heat, though Unity has requested that everyone bring swimwear.

Everyone.

To that end, there are rumors that she has captured a creature so rare that it puts all of her previous stunts to shame. There's talk of a competition, of prizes, and of limited edition glory to those brave enough to get their feet wet.

(This month's party will feature a competitive, dice-based mini-event with a special guest, tangible prizes, and probably at least 15 ocean-related puns; bring your trunks.)

July's calamity will take place on

Friday, July 13th
at
8PM EST
in
Judgment Rock, Mount Maelstrom
(Being RPed as a beachfront in Mount Maelstrom)
Judgment Waypoint

Getting There
Main Map
Retinue Lounge Map

This month's theme will be: Blood in the Water

I will be around before the event to get everyone taxi'd to the proper IP and warned about the dangers of starfish.

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This is happening today!

8PM EST

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DON'T FORGET:

The event will contain a dice-based mini-game where players can receive tangible in-game prizes with an oceanic theme. The mini-game will contain a risk of serious (but not fatal) injury for your character, so please bear that in mind before entering the swimming pool.


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:
34.237.45.241:0


Tonight's theme is:
"Blood in the Water"

Maps of the area:
Getting There
Main Map
Retinue Lounge Map

Squad markers have been added to help identify different entertainments.
Here is a legend of the markers and their meanings:

Spoiler: Show

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Setting Posts:

The coastline glitters like a diamond under the late midday sun.

People are gathering from all across Tyria to converge at this white sand paradise in droves. Hysteria Courtiers, wreathing the party grounds, assess and escort prisoners and party goers alike as everyone arrives at their leisure. The haunting notes from a pair of hang drums permeate the warm, clean air, and cold drinks are available in abundance from beneath freshly-grown Sylvan tents. Some people have even brought pets with them, as evidenced by a Dreamer running away from a cheerfully-collared Elonian Hyena.

The water laps pleasantly against the sand, smoothing away footprints and leaving behind shells of all kinds.


Arrival:

The Duchess can be spotted ascending a hill at the back of the beach, silk wrappings draped loosely around her arms and hips. Silver jewelry glitters at her hands and along the horn-like spires of her branches, particularly as she adjusts one of her sparkling pearl earrings. One of her heralds stands at the top of the hill. As Unity arrives, they blow a long, deep note through a warhorn crafted from an oversized, opalescent shell.

The call for attention has been given.


Duchess' Speech:

"AHAI!"

The Duchess yells entirely too loudly, posing pridefully on the hill.

She lays her hands on her hips and then lifts one to peer at the delicate arcs of metal she is wearing across her knuckles.

"Today, is a day of celebration! ...and relaxation~"

A light laugh. Her eyes return sharply to the crowd, who she points at.

"Dip your toes into the water, my lovelies, but pay attention! I've brought a very special friend here to meet you, and I will need the best swimmers among you to prove yourselves before the night is through!"

Sighing dramatically, she flips open a fan.

"Anyway, dears, mind the crabs and enjoy the breeze. Seek the lounge if you dare to do business."

She blows a kiss at the group and then her herald, who really enjoys making loud noises, again blows the warhorn to the Duchess' dismay.
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