Red King's Command
== START LOG ==
[2015-03-07 13:12:46] <rkcgm> You have successfully helped stop a vicious mage-assassin in Elmercina, and once again local architecture has paid the price.
[2015-03-07 13:12:51] <rkcgm> However, now it’s time for a final bit of diplomatic duties – namely attending the Grand Duchess’s outdoor evening ball, intended as a means to show her subjects a bit of normalcy and whatnot in troubled times.
[2015-03-07 13:12:55] <rkcgm> Of course, as diplomatic emmisaries and highly-regarded guests, you have been invited to join the party.
[2015-03-07 13:15:28] * Sila is all dressed up for the formal occasion. TWICE.
[2015-03-07 13:15:31] * Havrasti is adorned with gold and jewels of a style suitable for a male dragon
[2015-03-07 13:15:39] * Ellie has prepared for the ball with somewhat mixed feelings. She is, of course, excited to get all dressed up. And nervous, because… ball, and therefore dancing. :p And perhaps a shade of both together at the thought that it is, in a manner of speaking, an actual date with Llewelyn.
[2015-03-07 13:16:11] <ellie> Suffice it to say, she has reasons enough for butterflies. ;-)
[2015-03-07 13:16:32] * Sila mutters "It’s all very well to to have nice things, but if I see another fiddly fastener again in the next /century/ it will be too… … …drat. My wedding is going to have them too, isn’t it?
[2015-03-07 13:16:47] <rkcgm> ((Haha lol))
[2015-03-07 13:16:50] * Havrasti doesn’t have many gold and jewels, but a noticible amount… any that look similar to those that were scattered about from the Condessa’s dress is only a coincidence, yep yep
[2015-03-07 13:17:26] * Ellie helps Sila with fiddly fasteners. “It’s not so bad if you ask for help,” she teases.
[2015-03-07 13:18:16] <sila> “Thanks. Heh, maybe I’d have thought of it if my hatchmate had been a sister rather than a brother.”
[2015-03-07 13:18:50] <ellie> “Hehe. Fair enough. Mom always helped with my button-up-the-back dresses, so…”
[2015-03-07 13:18:59] * Sila helps Ellie in turn as appropriate
[2015-03-07 13:19:29] <sila> “Eh. I didn’t wear much fancy-wear until I was an adult, and by then Mom wasn’t doing so well.”
[2015-03-07 13:20:10] <ellie> “Aaah. See, with my mom as a costumer… well, let’s just say I had every little girl’s dream dress-up wardrobe.”
[2015-03-07 13:21:20] <rkcgm> Llewelyn has dressed up in something that’s mostly black and belongs on the costume set of Three Musketeers, but he still has that hat with the fantastic feathery plume.
[2015-03-07 13:21:30] <sila> “Hehe, I bet you did. Especially little girls that are into fantasy and medieval , what with one thing and another.”
[2015-03-07 13:22:36] <sila> "I bet you had every version of “princess costume” that ever was."
[2015-03-07 13:24:32] <ellie> “Well, in a manner of speaking. Mom wasn’t so much for copying the Disney Princess costumes. But she did on a couple of occasions make us matching dresses that everyone said were fit for princesses. Then we’d go out to local parks and get pictures.”
[2015-03-07 13:24:56] * Havrasti is sitting outside in full form waiting for the others
[2015-03-07 13:25:00] <ellie> “And have tea parties. The dresses were usually for tea parties.”
[2015-03-07 13:25:22] * Ellie enlists Sila’s help in putting the finishing touches on her hair.
[2015-03-07 13:27:52] <sila> “Hehe, sure. I guess what I meant was, like…the multiple petticoat dress, the hoop skirt, the narrower skirt, the indian-esque robe/sari/whatever it’s called thing…maybe not the kind with trains, I mean, kids. Practicality. That sort of thing.”
[2015-03-07 13:28:00] * Sila applies bobby-pins
[2015-03-07 13:29:22] <ellie> “Aaah, makes sense. Yes, I had quite a variety. Now you see why I was excited by the prospect of getting dressed up for a ball. It’s kind of like getting to play dress-up again.”
[2015-03-07 13:29:40] * Ellie stands after the final pins are in place. “Aaand I think I’m ready. You have anything left that needs taken care of?”
[2015-03-07 13:30:25] <sila> “Nah. I’m all set to go embarrass the nation with my rural manners. You?”
[2015-03-07 13:31:02] <ellie> “Hmmph. I’m all set to go be a shiny wallflower… except my grandmother would never forgive me. Aaah, well. We do what we must, right?”
[2015-03-07 13:32:27] <sila> “Ah, don’t worry, you’re with Llewelyn right? He’ll be your vase, or something. Might have overextended the metaphor already, but my point is: nothing ruffles him, and he won’t let anyone get after you. You’ll be fine.”
[2015-03-07 13:33:38] <sila> “If anyone make themselves really obnoxious, start talking about airplanes, heh-heh.”
[2015-03-07 13:33:52] <ellie> “Heh. Confuse them into shutting up?”
[2015-03-07 13:34:47] <ellie> “Suppose that works. Anyway, we should probably head out there…”
[2015-03-07 13:35:01] <sila> “Don’t stop there, confuse them into full retreat! ’Sir, did you know that I made a career out of telling people the safety features of giant multi-ton tubes of metal that flew in the air without magic? Let me tell you all about it, hehehe.”
[2015-03-07 13:35:14] * Sila talks while they walk
[2015-03-07 13:35:27] * Ellie snerks a bit at the thought and follows Sila out.
[2015-03-07 13:36:14] <sila> “After all, I’m betting you can still give that safety talk in your sleep. It’s been less than a year, after all.”
[2015-03-07 13:37:01] <sila> “Havrasti!”
[2015-03-07 13:37:08] <havrasti> “Hello Sila.”
[2015-03-07 13:37:54] * Havrasti stands up and moves around to display his decor, “Do you like?”
[2015-03-07 13:38:47] <sila> “Ooh, very nice. Already in full-form though?”
[2015-03-07 13:40:27] <havrasti> “I can’t switch as easily as you can, and I wanted to go to the ball like this.”
[2015-03-07 13:40:59] <sila> “Ah, of course. We really do need to get someone to make a jewel for you – one that doesn’t make you look like my brother!”
[2015-03-07 13:42:11] * Havrasti chuckles
[2015-03-07 13:43:10] <havrasti> “There is some nice green fields around the are where the ball is at, so there’s enough room for a dragon or two, or four or five.”
[2015-03-07 13:43:57] <sila> “Well then, let’s collect Llewelyn and go stake one out.”
[2015-03-07 13:45:03] <rkcgm> Llewelyn is wandering around the Grand Duchess’s library.
[2015-03-07 13:46:10] * Ellie ends up being the first to find him there. “So, what are you doing in here? The ball is outside.”
[2015-03-07 13:46:53] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “Well, I was waiting for you, and my hat told me there were books in here.”
[2015-03-07 13:47:16] <ellie> “Your hat told you, huh? What, do you have it animated to talk to you for some reason?”
[2015-03-07 13:47:57] <ellie> Ellie smirks.
[2015-03-07 13:48:01] <sila> “Leweeeeelyn! …Ellie? Eeeeellie!”
[2015-03-07 13:48:28] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “Not exactly. It’s more complex than that.”
[2015-03-07 13:48:32] * Havrasti lets the girls find him while he soaks up the last of the afternoon sun
[2015-03-07 13:48:53] * Ellie hears Sila calling and telepathies to her, /No need to yell. I found him. Library. Always with the books, of course./
[2015-03-07 13:49:09] <ellie> “Oh? So, what is it, then?”
[2015-03-07 13:49:11] * Sila heads for the library
[2015-03-07 13:57:22] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “Well, I guess the best way to explain it is that I can… for lack of a better description, ‘smell’ the books.”
[2015-03-07 13:58:35] <ellie> “Huh. Well, you’ll have to tell me more about it later. But I think Sila and Havrasti are waiting for us to join them heading into the party right now.”
[2015-03-07 13:58:44] <sila> “There you are, Llewelyn. Didn’t anyone ever tell you the escort is supposed to pick up the lady at her quarters? You’re slacking, ma- er, elf.”
[2015-03-07 13:59:06] * Sila is of course in no way serious, since she has not way of knowing this is in any way serious :P
[2015-03-07 14:01:04] <sila> “Havrasti has an excuse, he had to get dressed in the stables – come on, the books will be here in the morning!”
[2015-03-07 14:01:18] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “…oh, I guess it’s about time after all.”
[2015-03-07 14:02:04] <ellie> “Yep, we’re all ready, so we’d better head outside.”
[2015-03-07 14:02:46] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “Excellent.”
[2015-03-07 14:03:25] <rkcgm> Llewelyn addresses Ellie in a private voice: “By the way, Ellie, you look lovely.”
[2015-03-07 14:03:48] * Sila is not-quite jogging on ahead to get back to Havrasti, and misses that one easily
[2015-03-07 14:03:59] * Ellie blushes a bit. “Ahh, thank you. You look quite dashing yourself.”
[2015-03-07 14:04:24] * Havrasti is talking to some of the early arrivals when you come back out
[2015-03-07 14:06:19] <havrasti> “Ah, hello again.”
[2015-03-07 14:06:19] * Ellie turns to walk alongside Llewelyn as they head outside.
[2015-03-07 14:07:02] * Sila greets the humanoids before relocating her jewel to an inactive location among her draperies
[2015-03-07 14:07:05] <rkcgm> Havrasti is talking to some of the junior-most nobility.
[2015-03-07 14:08:19] <havrasti> “Oh, you look very lovely, Sila.”
[2015-03-07 14:08:32] <sila> ((Hello, pleased to meet you. POP Why yes, I am a dragon thank you for noticing. The shrieking is unnecessary.))
[2015-03-07 14:08:57] <sila> Why thank you dear! I love the gift, it wears remarkably well."
[2015-03-07 14:09:13] * Sila beams at Havrasti
[2015-03-07 14:09:39] * Havrasti gives her a nuzzle
[2015-03-07 14:09:43] * Sila mantles her wings to make the drapes and veils swing
[2015-03-07 14:13:34] * Sila nuzzles back
[2015-03-07 14:14:07] * Ellie arrives outside with Llewelyn a few minutes after Sila.
[2015-03-07 14:15:22] * Sila and Havrasti are being cute; some of the junior-most nobles are being shocked :P
[2015-03-07 14:17:27] <sila> *Young Lady: “D-d-dragons…”
[2015-03-07 14:18:47] <sila> *Young Lady makes a pop-open gesture with her hands. “Just, poof! suddenly another one…”
[2015-03-07 14:20:12] <rkcgm> Llewelyn offers Ellie his arm right as they arrive.
[2015-03-07 14:20:29] * Ellie smiles and takes it.
[2015-03-07 14:21:31] * Havrasti overhears the young lady, “Yes, we are dragons, come to visit.”
[2015-03-07 14:21:59] <rkcgm> Young lady: “Oh! I’m sorry. Forgive my manners, talking behind your backs.”
[2015-03-07 14:22:33] <rkcgm> Lady: “I’ve just never seen a dragon before in real life. Only in drawings.”
[2015-03-07 14:22:54] <sila> “Heh. You are forgiven – I understand it can be startling, especially when I changed so suddenly.”
[2015-03-07 14:23:22] * Ellie looks around at the party, taking in the decorations and the guests and things.
[2015-03-07 14:24:55] <rkcgm> Lady: “I am Catarina de Mazariegos. My father is the Marquis of Vila Nova.”
[2015-03-07 14:25:42] <rkcgm> ((Note: the Grand Duchess has not yet arrived, nor have, give or take, at least half of the guests.))
[2015-03-07 14:25:58] <sila> “I am Sila Leto-Daughter. I assume my fiance has already introduced himself?”
[2015-03-07 14:26:41] <havrasti> “I have, yes. And the more adventurous young men have even responded.”
[2015-03-07 14:27:57] <rkcgm> Catarina: “Why, they should! It is only polite. Any that did not must have been de Bobadillas.”
[2015-03-07 14:28:14] * Sila chuckles
[2015-03-07 14:28:53] <sila> “Doubtless a number of them will go home and make new drawings to educate their kinsmen.”
[2015-03-07 14:29:01] <rkcgm> Llewelyn grabs a glass of punch for himself and Ellie.
[2015-03-07 14:29:30] <ellie> “Aaah, thank you.” Ellie has been standing along with Llewelyn, remaining quiet. She’s not *quite nervous… but mostly because she’s been trying not to be…
[2015-03-07 14:30:23] <rkcgm> Catarina: “We de Mazriegos try to be more fair and open-minded.”
[2015-03-07 14:31:33] <sila> “That is very noble of you. It is always important to keep in mind that persons different from oneself are still persons.”
[2015-03-07 14:32:34] <havrasti> “Do you know if we are the first dragons to attend a ball here?”
[2015-03-07 14:34:17] <rkcgm> Catarina: “I should think so. Her Grace is much more open-minded about such things than her predecessor. He hunted trolls and dragons, and even banned elves from the islands.”
[2015-03-07 14:35:01] <sila> “My word. That must have done unpleasant things to trade.”
[2015-03-07 14:35:19] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “Why don’t we go join Sila and Havrasti? They look like they’re having a good conversation.”
[2015-03-07 14:36:00] <sila> “Not mentioning the minor matter of getting a lot of powerful sophonts very unhappy with him…”
[2015-03-07 14:36:05] <rkcgm> Catarina: “I’m certain he didn’t care. We had little trade in those days anyway – pirates made sure of that.”
[2015-03-07 14:36:44] <ellie> "Aaah, okay. " Ellie follows Llewelyn over to where Sila and Havrasti are talking.
[2015-03-07 14:37:15] <sila> “It sounds like he should have enlisted a few dragons to help him. I’m given to understand that boatmen have a particular fear of fire, for example.”
[2015-03-07 14:37:37] <rkcgm> Llewelyn nods to Sila and Havrasti, and makes the subtle “please introduce us to your friends” hint to one of them.
[2015-03-07 14:37:47] <sila> “At any rate, I’m glad our nation finds yours in the hands of a more enlightened leader this generation.”
[2015-03-07 14:38:12] <rkcgm> Catarina: “Perhaps he should have. But Her Grace has done quite well on that count, herself.”
[2015-03-07 14:39:26] <havrasti> “Oh, and these are our friends, Llewelyn Parwell and Ellie Ross.”
[2015-03-07 14:39:42] * Ellie makes a half-nod, half-curtsy of greeting.
[2015-03-07 14:39:51] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “A pleasure, milady…?”
[2015-03-07 14:40:08] <rkcgm> Catarina: “Catarina de 01Mazriegos01.”
[2015-03-07 14:40:18] <havrasti> “This is Catarina de Mazariegos.”
[2015-03-07 14:40:53] <sila> “Lady Mazriegos. She was just telling us about how her Grace has dealt with a severe pirate problem.”
[2015-03-07 14:40:56] <rkcgm> Catarina glances to Ellie. “What a fantastic gown! I simply love the sleeve-work!”
[2015-03-07 14:41:42] <ellie> “Oh, why thank you.” Ellie smiles. “Your dress is quite lovely, as well.”
[2015-03-07 14:42:20] <rkcgm> Catarina: “You flatter me, Miss Ellie.”
[2015-03-07 14:44:08] <rkcgm> Catarina: “Oh – here comes my brother. Elias, yoo-hoo! Elias, do come over here, don’t be a bore! Meet these fine people.”
[2015-03-07 14:45:02] <rkcgm> Elias de 01Mazriegos01 comes over with minimal but still obvious trepidation at the close proximity of his sister to Very Large Predators.
[2015-03-07 14:45:37] <rkcgm> Elias: “Good evening, sirs and ladies.”
[2015-03-07 14:45:44] <sila> “Good evening”
[2015-03-07 14:46:01] <ellie> “Good evening,” Ellie repeats her slight curtsy.
[2015-03-07 14:46:44] <rkcgm> Elias looks up slightly at Havrasti and to a lesser extent Sila with a face that says “I need to be on my best behavior, cause I can’t challenge them to a duel and hope to win.”
[2015-03-07 14:47:38] * Sila smiles politely back at him
[2015-03-07 14:47:59] <rkcgm> Elias thinks OH GOD LOOK AT THE TEETH.
[2015-03-07 14:48:12] <rkcgm> Elias gets introductions from his sister.
[2015-03-07 14:48:18] <havrasti> “Hello, young man.”
[2015-03-07 14:48:35] <sila> “Won’t you go back to telling us about how her Grace dealt with the pirate problem?”
[2015-03-07 14:48:40] <rkcgm> Elias: “It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance.”
[2015-03-07 14:49:38] <rkcgm> Catarina: “Oh, that is definitely something Elias ought to explain! He spent all last year serving as the adjutant to Captain-General de la Cosa.”
[2015-03-07 14:50:23] <rkcgm> Elias: “Oh, tut tut. Was hardly anything. Her Grace has taken a very firm opposition to piracy, however.”
[2015-03-07 14:55:36] <rkcgm> Elias: “Captain-General de la Cosa campaigned for six months to push the pirates out of the old fortified port of Florestal. In the end, Her Grace had to come assist herself.”
[2015-03-07 14:56:54] <ellie> “These pirates sound like they were quite stubborn.”
[2015-03-07 14:58:23] <rkcgm> Elias: “Of course. The penalty for piracy is the noose, you know!”
[2015-03-07 14:58:48] <ellie> “Fleeing would avoid the noose better than trying to dig in to one place, though.”
[2015-03-07 14:58:58] <ellie> “At least, so I would expect.”
[2015-03-07 14:59:48] <rkcgm> Elias: “Quite. And the smart ones chose to do so. Unfortunately, pirates are seldom smart.”
[2015-03-07 14:59:59] <havrasti> “Perhaps they didn’t count on a mage assisting the navy.”
[2015-03-07 15:00:42] <rkcgm> Elias: “Years ago, Florestal resisted the previous Grand Duke’s troops and forced him to give up the siege. But the Captain-General is made of much sterner stuff- and Her Grace, too.”:
[2015-03-07 15:03:12] <rkcgm> Elias pauses as the announcer rings a small handbell. “It looks like the senior nobles are about to arrive.”
[2015-03-07 15:03:38] * Ellie looks to see what’s happening.
[2015-03-07 15:05:23] <rkcgm> Catarina explains to Sila and Ellie, who are closest to her: “The more senior nobility always arrive last, so the most people were present to see them arrive. Traditionally, the Grand Duke or Grand Duchess comes in a half hour late. But the Condessa often delayed her arrival in order to upstage them.”
[2015-03-07 15:05:35] * Havrasti raises his head up and up and will have a quite grand view of the nobles arriving
[2015-03-07 15:06:27] <ellie> “We’ve, ahh, witnessed some of this tendency to try and upstage. Hopefully we won’t have to worry about her tonight, though.”
[2015-03-07 15:06:59] <rkcgm> Announcer: “Ladies and Gentlemen – Antonio, Marquis de Cordova de la Camara-Villena.”
[2015-03-07 15:07:22] <rkcgm> Catarina: “Oooh! It’s the Marquis – he’s so handsome.”
[2015-03-07 15:07:37] * Havrasti has no doubt that everyone will have noticed him and Sila and that they’ll be hard to upstage ;)
[2015-03-07 15:08:30] * Ellie keeps quiet at Catarina’s remark, though it probably spurs some thoughts about others who share her opinion. ;-)
[2015-03-07 15:10:34] <rkcgm> Elias chuckles at his sister, and asides to Havrasti and Sila. “My poor sister has had such an infatuation with the Marquis.”
[2015-03-07 15:11:52] <rkcgm> Catarina: “Doomed to disappointment, I’m afraid. He doesn’t get along very well with Papa – and he’s a friend of some of the de Bobadillas.”
[2015-03-07 15:12:37] <sila> “I take it your family and the deBobadillas just don’t get along?”
[2015-03-07 15:14:40] <rkcgm> Elias concocts a smart remark, thinks better of it, and then says “An old feud, between our great-grandfathers. And some of the younger generation are rather boorish.”
[2015-03-07 15:15:09] <rkcgm> Catarina: “They’d say the same about us, of course!”
[2015-03-07 15:15:36] <ellie> “Hmm. Yes, that is the troublesome thing about feuds.”
[2015-03-07 15:15:43] <sila> “Ah – boorish particularly towards the opposite side of the feud, I imagine, inflating the negative opinions. Happens everywhere, alas.”
[2015-03-07 15:16:26] <rkcgm> Elias: “Except for Patricio de Bobadilla. He’s not that boorish at all.”
[2015-03-07 15:17:00] <rkcgm> Catarina enthusiastically uses her fan on her face.
[2015-03-07 15:17:05] <sila> “Ah? Do you suppose he offers an avenue for reconciliation between your clans then?”
[2015-03-07 15:17:24] <rkcgm> 01Catarina enthusiastically uses her fan on her face.01
[2015-03-07 15:18:56] <rkcgm> Llewelyn hopes they don’t go all Romeo and Juliet on each other.
[2015-03-07 15:19:26] * Sila hadn’t meant her comment to tease Catarina, but suspects it’s had that effect nonetheless
[2015-03-07 15:20:16] <rkcgm> Announcer: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Raymundo, the Marquis de la Cosa, Captain-General of Elmercina!”
[2015-03-07 15:20:49] <rkcgm> Elias bows to you all. “Forgive me, I must go pay my respects to the Captain-General. I shall likely return shortly.”
[2015-03-07 15:21:27] * Ellie nods in acknowledgment to his departure.
[2015-03-07 15:21:28] <havrasti> “Was nice to meet you.”
[2015-03-07 15:26:18] * Ellie telepathies to Llewelyn, /Well, not too bad so far. Granted, we’ve barely started…/
[2015-03-07 15:26:54] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /Indeed. Though these affairs generally last a few hours./
[2015-03-07 15:27:24] <rkcgm> Announcer: “…Sebastian, Marquis de Mazariegos!”
[2015-03-07 15:27:27] * Ellie replies, /So what you’re saying is we can mostly expect it to be tediously boring?/
[2015-03-07 15:27:35] <rkcgm> Catarina: “That’s my papa.”
[2015-03-07 15:28:18] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /Oh no. These things are rarely boring, especially with a lovely lady like yourself around./
[2015-03-07 15:28:28] <sila> “I see. Does he work with the Captain-General as well?”
[2015-03-07 15:29:20] * Ellie smiles a bit, for no apparent reason to any onlookers. /Aaah, why thank you./
[2015-03-07 15:29:48] <rkcgm> Catarina: “Sometimes. My papa is Her Grace’s minister of finance. He is very smart when it comes to money.”
[2015-03-07 15:30:30] <rkcgm> Announcer: “Alonso Marquis de Alderete, and his wife Jacinta.”
[2015-03-07 15:31:36] <rkcgm> Catarina: “Ooh, that means the Grand Duchess will be next! Now that the Condessa is banished.”
[2015-03-07 15:32:50] <sila> “Aah – managing the finances of a nation can also be a battle, and less likely to earn one a medal. …granted if the Condessa shows up anyway, it’s the Captain-General and not the minister of finance I want between her and the innocents.”
[2015-03-07 15:32:57] * Sila sighs
[2015-03-07 15:33:24] <sila> “And the Condessa made a habit of being more-than-fashionably late, huh? Now I won’t really be able to relax until it’s been an hour.”
[2015-03-07 15:34:18] <ellie> “…I wonder if it would discourage such lateness if anyone who arrived after their expected time were refused announcement and introduction…”
[2015-03-07 15:34:23] <havrasti> “At least if she does show up, we have permission.”
[2015-03-07 15:34:25] * Ellie considers idly.
[2015-03-07 15:34:35] * Sila snerks at Havrasti
[2015-03-07 15:34:56] <sila> “It seems probable, doesn’t it Ellie? There must be some other reason why they don’t just do that.”
[2015-03-07 15:35:12] * Ellie telepathies to Havrasti, /But you still can’t. Remember, we need her alive to find that ancient dragon evil thing./
[2015-03-07 15:35:45] <rkcgm> Catarina: “Oh, heavens. I don’t see why the Condessa should show up. She’s banished!”
[2015-03-07 15:36:12] <sila> “Well it’s just that she strikes me as being of similar intelligence to, oh, the average /pirate/ let us say.”
[2015-03-07 15:36:36] <ellie> “Also, did the Condessa always do what she was supposed to?”
[2015-03-07 15:36:57] * Sila mutters, " /ever/ do what she was supposed to…?"
[2015-03-07 15:37:34] <ellie> “Still, it’s not necessarily something to get too worked up about-” she adds via telepathy to Sila, /aloud/ “- just now.”
[2015-03-07 15:38:07] <sila> “Yes, yes, I apologize. I’m just nervous I suppose.”
[2015-03-07 15:38:51] <ellie> “Heh. I’m a little nervous, too, but more than anything because I’m just not used to these kinds of events.”
[2015-03-07 15:39:13] <sila> “Just think of it as a /really big/ tea party.”
[2015-03-07 15:39:35] * Ellie grins. “Yeah. I suppose.”
[2015-03-07 15:40:32] <rkcgm> Announcer: “Her Grace, Grand Duchess Candela de Alderete, by the grace of God ruler of this realm of Elmercina, et cetera, et cetera…”
[2015-03-07 15:42:16] <rkcgm> Candela walks in, nice and stately-like, in a gown that says “why yes, I AM a grand duchess and a sorceress.” In fact, it looks like she made it out of a sunrise.
[2015-03-07 15:42:44] * Ellie is quite properly impressed.
[2015-03-07 15:42:50] <sila> “I suppose we should go and give our greetings to her Grace? Or perhaps after the first rush of human-sized people.”
[2015-03-07 15:43:18] <ellie> “I don’t know what the protocol is; I was figuring we’d probably want to wait.”
[2015-03-07 15:43:19] <rkcgm> Catrina: Squees at it so pretty I want it.
[2015-03-07 15:43:38] * Sila chuckles at Catrina
[2015-03-07 15:44:31] <sila> “I wonder if it’s the sort of thing that can be given away, or if it’s partly instance magic like those outfits we made Llewelyn stop relying on?”
[2015-03-07 15:44:52] <rkcgm> Llewelyn says nothing.
[2015-03-07 15:45:13] * Ellie telepathies to Llewelyn, /You aren’t wearing jeans under an illusion, are you?/
[2015-03-07 15:46:34] <sila> “I mean, I’m sure the jewels and so forth are real, but the glowing effect could be either bound or instanced… it’s probably not polite to ask at the party, I suppose.”
[2015-03-07 15:47:29] * Ellie silently suggests to Sila, /Havrasti might be able to tell later, if you’re that curious./
[2015-03-07 15:47:45] <havrasti> “We can ask afterward.”
[2015-03-07 15:48:13] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /Of course not. Didn’t you promise dire repercussions if I did that again and got caught?/
[2015-03-07 15:48:48] * Ellie replies, /I pointed out that there would be dire repercussions; you know I wouldn’t have needed to have anything to do with them./
[2015-03-07 15:49:46] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /Yes, your grandmother holds plenty of terror on that count./
[2015-03-07 15:49:51] <sila> “Sure. Doubtless we’ll be meeting with her at least once more before we leave, hopefully it will be informal enough for a little mage’s shop-talk.”
[2015-03-07 15:50:21] <rkcgm> The Grand Duchess heads in your direction.
[2015-03-07 15:50:46] <ellie> Once the Grand Duchess gets close enough, Ellie curtsies in greeting to her.
[2015-03-07 15:51:08] <rkcgm> Candela: “Hello again, my friends.”
[2015-03-07 15:51:37] * Havrasti nods in respect
[2015-03-07 15:51:40] <sila> “Hello your Grace.”
[2015-03-07 15:51:50] * Sila also offers a formal sort of nod
[2015-03-07 15:51:56] <ellie> “Hello. It is a lovely evening. And though I’m sure you’ll hear from others, you look stunning.”
[2015-03-07 15:52:19] <rkcgm> Candela: “Thank you. As do you.”
[2015-03-07 15:53:07] <rkcgm> Candela also greets Catarina in an informal ‘yes we know each other’ sort of way.
[2015-03-07 15:55:12] <sila> “Lady Mazariegos and her brother have been filling in some of the blanks between the names and titles for us.”
[2015-03-07 15:55:52] <rkcgm> Candela: “Oh, excellent. Lady Catarina, I appreciate the welcome you have given my friends.”
[2015-03-07 15:56:41] <rkcgm> Catarina curtsies. “It is my pleasure, Your Grace.”
[2015-03-07 15:58:02] <rkcgm> Candela: “Unfortunately, I need to go speak with some other notables – I think the Marquis de Bobadilla wanted to consult with me briefly. But do make yourselves at home.”
[2015-03-07 15:58:49] <sila> “Thank you, your Grace, we will.”
[2015-03-07 15:58:53] <havrasti> “Yes, it is a nice place to have a party, the laws are very comfortable, and it’s good to have some time to relax after the past two days events.”
[2015-03-07 15:58:56] <ellie> “Yes, thank you.”
[2015-03-07 15:59:05] <havrasti> lawns
[2015-03-07 15:59:52] * Ellie thinks to herself, /Relax. Of course. Yes, relax… you obviously don’t have your fiance’s paranoia. :p /
[2015-03-07 16:00:15] * Havrasti doesn’t, no
[2015-03-07 16:00:45] * Havrasti has his fiancee, in a very lovely dress, that’s what he has
[2015-03-07 16:00:57] * Havrasti finds it very easy to relax
[2015-03-07 16:01:48] <rkcgm> You continue discussing things for a bit before the announcer calls for attention again.
[2015-03-07 16:02:22] <rkcgm> Announcer: “Attention, please!”
[2015-03-07 16:02:55] <rkcgm> Announcer: “Her Grace wishes to address the assembly.”
[2015-03-07 16:03:20] <sila> “Ah, of course – what is a political statement without the statement?”
[2015-03-07 16:03:21] * Ellie turns her attention to wherever the Grand Duchess is.
[2015-03-07 16:03:55] * Sila lifts her head and looks attentive
[2015-03-07 16:05:39] <rkcgm> Candela looks an interesting mixture of nervous and pleased as she makes a short speech. It might be because she’s announcing her engagement to guess who.
[2015-03-07 16:06:17] * Ellie looks entirely unsurprised at the announcement. She is, however, interested to see how other people appear to be reacting.
[2015-03-07 16:06:45] <havrasti> ((all the young men and ladies are going “awwww” of course :P ;) ))
[2015-03-07 16:06:55] * Sila grins – hopefully everyone will be too focused on Candela to notice and get scared of the teeth :P
[2015-03-07 16:07:11] <ellie> ((Not necessarily – could be gasping at the rank disparity. :-p ))
[2015-03-07 16:07:29] <rkcgm> Catarina and all the other ladies in the court say “Squee!” All the older men nod in approval, saying “Yes, this is very appropriate.” All (or most) of the bachelor men in the audience say “DRAT and CONFOUND!”
[2015-03-07 16:09:18] <rkcgm> ((Oh, and there is some noise from the young ladies in the crowd that’s also ‘drat and confound, that one’s off the market!‘))
[2015-03-07 16:10:06] <sila> "Hehe, sounds like there are a few disappointed suitors in the place. Exciting though – you’ll be having a big fancy royal wedding soon, eh?"
[2015-03-07 16:10:18] * Ellie is very pleased for Candela.
[2015-03-07 16:10:24] <rkcgm> Catarina: “So exciting!”
[2015-03-07 16:12:00] * Sila has one of those paranoid thoughts and scans the crowd for the Condessa or any leftover conspirators….
[2015-03-07 16:12:05] <rkcgm> Announcer: “DINNER is SERVED.”
[2015-03-07 16:12:19] <rkcgm> ((That’s not the announcement of the Condessa arriving, either.))
[2015-03-07 16:12:39] <sila> “Heh, well, I guess everyone will have something to talk about at dinner now.”
[2015-03-07 16:12:54] <ellie> “Indeed.”
[2015-03-07 16:13:35] <havrasti> “Hmm, dinner.”
[2015-03-07 16:13:43] * Havrasti looks around for the dragon-sized portion
[2015-03-07 16:14:31] <rkcgm> A footman directs Sila and Havrasti to a section of the lawn that has been prepared for them. And food specifically cooked for them.
[2015-03-07 16:14:57] * Ellie allows Llewelyn to escort her wherever they’re going to be going.
[2015-03-07 16:15:01] <rkcgm> Llewelyn and Ellie have a seat at the closest table nearby.
[2015-03-07 16:15:38] * Sila re-seats herself next to the tables and sniffs appreciatively at the food
[2015-03-07 16:16:38] <rkcgm> Different food has been prepared for the dragons. It looks like a pile of cooked steak and pork the size of Delaware, at least.
[2015-03-07 16:17:08] * Havrasti lays down flat on the grass, and prepares to savor some delicious food
[2015-03-07 16:17:58] <sila> “Do you suppose they pray as a party around here? I can imagine Candella inviting a priest to lead the thanksgiving, or something of that nature.”
[2015-03-07 16:18:16] <ellie> “There’s probably some formal beginning, at least.”
[2015-03-07 16:18:32] <sila> “Yes…most likely.”
[2015-03-07 16:18:47] <rkcgm> ((They do – no one eats until someone has said grace. A long and blowhard prayer, by your standards, but still…))
[2015-03-07 16:19:30] * Sila resists the urge to get started. And firmly closes her lips over any tendancy to drool, even if it does smell /very very good/
[2015-03-07 16:20:18] <rkcgm> After the meal, servants clear the tables and turn the area into a dancing lawn, complete with a small orchestra.
[2015-03-07 16:20:52] * Havrasti realizes his tongue that had been unconciously licking his maw, and gets that under control
[2015-03-07 16:22:03] * Sila returns to the convenient open part of the field and settles down to watch the humans dance. “Mmmmm….that was good.”
[2015-03-07 16:22:33] <rkcgm> Llewelyn turns to Ellie. “Well, would you do me the privilege of joining me for one or two dances?” He chuckles. “To satisfy your grandmother, if nothing else.”
[2015-03-07 16:22:43] <havrasti> “Would you care to dance, my dear?”
[2015-03-07 16:23:22] * Ellie grins. “Heh. Of course. I’d be in as much trouble as you would if I didn’t dance after she took all that trouble to make sure I knew how.”
[2015-03-07 16:24:24] <sila> “What, on that little patch of grass? We’d have to clear the entire floor. Or did you mean aloft?”
[2015-03-07 16:24:55] <havrasti> “Aloft of course. And before you ask, it’d be silly of me to get my dragoness an outfit that was unsuitable for flight.”
[2015-03-07 16:24:58] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “Of course, I have my own devious motivations, too. My sneaky plan is to convince you to actually enjoy it.”
[2015-03-07 16:25:18] <sila> “Well in that case, don’t mind if I do…”
[2015-03-07 16:25:34] * Havrasti leaps into the air
[2015-03-07 16:26:14] * Sila pauses a moment to give herself some “running lights” by setting a gentle illumination in each of her jewels and then takes off after him
[2015-03-07 16:26:23] <ellie> “Heh. What machinations are these, now?” Ellie blushes a bit, and grins a bit, and looks a bit flustered. She takes Llewelyn’s arm to follow him to the dance when he offers it, though.
[2015-03-07 16:27:06] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “What machinations? DEVIOUS ones. Very devious.”
[2015-03-07 16:27:23] * Havrasti turns and makes a tight loop around Sila
[2015-03-07 16:27:45] <ellie> “Devious, you say. Should I be fleeing,” Ellie teases.
[2015-03-07 16:27:58] * Sila counter-loops, and flows into a traditional air-dance
[2015-03-07 16:28:00] <rkcgm> The crowd on the lawn generally stops to watch Sila and Havrasti. Cause, you know, novelty!
[2015-03-07 16:28:36] <sila> ((hard to upstage the dragons, yes :P ))
[2015-03-07 16:28:58] <ellie> ((Bet Ellie could distract them if she took out her wings. :-p ))
[2015-03-07 16:29:13] <ellie> ((Just because it would be ENTIRELY unexpected.))
[2015-03-07 16:29:17] <ellie> (( ;-) ))
[2015-03-07 16:29:44] <sila> ((heh, but then she’d miss the chance to dance normally with Llewelyn – and everyone /really would/ be staring at her ;) ))
[2015-03-07 16:30:05] <ellie> ((I didn’t say she was planning on it. Just that she /could/. ;-) )
[2015-03-07 16:30:34] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “Well, I suppose you could flee… then I’d have to chase you until you caught me.”
[2015-03-07 16:30:55] <sila> ((in theory, someone with Ellie’s abilities could :P Ellie herself is faaaar too distracted to think of it ))
[2015-03-07 16:31:39] * Ellie snickers and shakes her head. “So I’m picturing you stand in one place while I run all the way around the world…”
[2015-03-07 16:31:53] <havrasti> ((and I’m certian Llewelyn could still dance with Ellie if she was flying on her wings ;) ))
[2015-03-07 16:32:26] * Havrasti turns and weaves and dives to the dance
[2015-03-07 16:33:33] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: "That *is an amusing picture."
[2015-03-07 16:33:47] * Sila swoops and weaves, completely ignoring the distraction of the ground-bound
[2015-03-07 16:33:49] <ellie> “Though it would leave me rather tired.”
[2015-03-07 16:35:00] * Ellie joins the line-up with the other dancers and prepares to join in.
[2015-03-07 16:37:38] <rkcgm> Elmercinan dances are very slow and stately.
[2015-03-07 16:38:51] <rkcgm> You will notice, incidentally, that Candela has taken the opportunity to dance with her new fiance. They both look pretty pleased with themselves.
[2015-03-07 16:39:34] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “You dance well, my dear Ellie. I think you have a talent for it.”
[2015-03-07 16:40:52] <ellie> “Heh… well… I had a pretty good partner to help teach me, you know.”
[2015-03-07 16:41:52] * Sila circles between songs, and notes with a certain satisfaction that Candela and Antonio do seem to be succeeding in getting a chance to enjoy each other in spite of the formality of the event.
[2015-03-07 16:43:13] * Ellie adds telepathically, /So… you actually asked my parents to ask me to this. So it is more than… than just… being nice. Or dodging my grandmother’s wrath./ There’s a slightly teasing note to the last part, but for the most part the question is fairly serious in tone.
[2015-03-07 16:44:53] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /Of course it’s more than being nice. I wouldn’t have asked if I wasn’t serious./
[2015-03-07 16:45:40] * Ellie ducks her head a little. Surprisingly, she’s learned enough to keep up with the dance despite a telepathic conversation… so there’s that.
[2015-03-07 16:46:34] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /Why do you ask?/
[2015-03-07 16:49:14] * Ellie pauses a moment, /Well, just… I told myself for so long that you wouldn’t think of me like that. That… you’d seen and done and known too much more. I guess it… was just hard to believe./
[2015-03-07 16:55:06] <rkcgm> Llewelyn laughs. /Oh dear. We were each thinking the other was out of our league, were we?/
[2015-03-07 16:55:25] * Ellie looks surprised, /Wait, you? Why would you think that?/
[2015-03-07 16:55:29] * Havrasti and Sila finally land back in the field and settle down after several songs worth of highly vigorous flying
[2015-03-07 16:58:52] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /Your mother was a Lady-in-Waiting in the Starmarch Royal Court when I grew up – while my father was merely a servant, just as I have often been, mage or not. And now your mother is a high elf. I suppose I still have those initial perceptions…/
[2015-03-07 17:01:54] * Ellie can’t help a quiet laugh. /Whereas I was never aware of any of that. But I was acutely aware that you’d served with a prophet, and actually seen God’s throneroom, and had experienced more of… just all of life…. than I ever knew existed./
[2015-03-07 17:07:21] * Havrasti kerflops on the grass
[2015-03-07 17:08:07] <rkcgm> A number of Elmercinans crowd around Sila and Havrasti, paying very polite compliments to their aerial dance.
[2015-03-07 17:09:09] * Havrasti thanks them for the compliments
[2015-03-07 17:09:33] * Havrasti does not mention that next to some highly skilled older dragons, we’re both obvious amatures
[2015-03-07 17:09:39] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /…rare highlights… Trust me, there were a whole lot of years that were very mundane./
[2015-03-07 17:09:40] <sila> “Thank you. We couldn’t come to a dance and refuse to do any dancing could we?”
[2015-03-07 17:10:54] * Sila settles herselft next to Havrasti, neatly but with no wasted millimeters.
[2015-03-07 17:11:04] * Ellie considers for a moment, then answers, /Well… at least we understand each other better now./
[2015-03-07 17:12:01] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /A bit better, certainly. I hope we’ll get to understand each other even better in the future./
[2015-03-07 17:12:25] * Ellie smiles and nods in reply.
[2015-03-07 17:12:31] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /As an aside, my devious plan has successfully gotten you to miss the fact that this is our seventh dance together./
[2015-03-07 17:13:15] * Sila nudges Havrasti with a wing
[2015-03-07 17:13:31] * Havrasti puts his own wing over her and holds her close
[2015-03-07 17:13:46] * Ellie breaks into a wider grin, and even laughs a little. /Not quite as energetic as the ones we practiced with my Grandmother, so they don’t wear one out as fast. But yes… the company has made me forget the passing time./
[2015-03-07 17:14:12] <sila> “Hee. Lookit over there – I think Llewelyn’s actually kept Ellie off the sidelines and on the dance floor this entire time!”
[2015-03-07 17:14:33] <havrasti> “Oh, has he?”
[2015-03-07 17:15:05] <havrasti> “That is good to see.”
[2015-03-07 17:16:16] * Ellie adds, /So, how long is one allowed to dance at these things before it becomes a matter of Remark?/
[2015-03-07 17:16:48] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /At these – oh, probably three or four./
[2015-03-07 17:17:44] * Ellie laughs. /Oh, dear. Are we going to need to think about stopping soon?/
[2015-03-07 17:18:14] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /I could do with a break, actually. I want some more of that garlic bread from dinner…/
[2015-03-07 17:18:39] <sila> “I wonder how long he can keep her going before she realizes you’re supposed to circulate at this sort of event?”
[2015-03-07 17:18:43] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /And it looks like Sila and Havrasti have landed./
[2015-03-07 17:19:26] <havrasti> “Oh, that’s supposed to happen at these?”
[2015-03-07 17:19:26] * Ellie glances over to where Sila and Havrasti have reclined on the grass. /Well, then, let’s go ahead and join them at the end of this dance./
[2015-03-07 17:19:44] <havrasti> “I think we- well, I, will have a bit of trouble with that.”
[2015-03-07 17:20:49] <sila> “I think being engaged and the only male of your species gives you a pass.”
[2015-03-07 17:21:20] <havrasti> “Oh good, I was thinking about worrying.”
[2015-03-07 17:21:27] * Sila chuckles
[2015-03-07 17:22:45] * Havrasti has an amusing thought, “Though it is unfortuante that we’re not quite big enough to dance with someone using just our foreclaws.”
[2015-03-07 17:23:54] <sila> “Hahaha, that would be amusing. Maybe not really diplomatic, though.”
[2015-03-07 17:24:26] <havrasti> “True, true.”
[2015-03-07 17:25:06] <rkcgm> Llewelyn leads Ellie over to rejoin Havrasti and Sila after the end of the dance.
[2015-03-07 17:27:30] <sila> “Aw, are you stopping? You looked like you were having fun.”
[2015-03-07 17:28:26] <ellie> “Well, we were going to have to stop sometime.”
[2015-03-07 17:28:32] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “I believe we did have fun.”
[2015-03-07 17:28:46] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: “But I need a snack now.”
[2015-03-07 17:28:52] * Sila snerks
[2015-03-07 17:29:00] <ellie> “You two seem to have enjoyed yourselves, as well.”
[2015-03-07 17:29:26] <havrasti> “Yes, very much. A good dancing flight is very invigorating.”
[2015-03-07 17:29:44] <sila> “Yes indeed – it’s a high energy undertaking, though.”
[2015-03-07 17:30:37] <ellie> “Hah. Yes. The dances my grandmother taught me were much higher-energy than these. I think I’d have collapsed on the sidelines long ago if we’d been dancing one of those.”
[2015-03-07 17:30:57] <rkcgm> Candela has apparently taken a break from dancing as well, and approaches you.
[2015-03-07 17:31:35] * Ellie notices the Grand Duchess’ approach and watches her come, waiting politely.
[2015-03-07 17:31:45] <sila> “Oh, hello again your Grace.”
[2015-03-07 17:32:10] <rkcgm> Candela: “It looks like you’re enjoying yourself, my friends.”
[2015-03-07 17:32:18] <havrasti> “Yes, we are.”
[2015-03-07 17:32:23] <havrasti> “Thank you for the party.”
[2015-03-07 17:32:24] <ellie> “It has been a lovely evening.”
[2015-03-07 17:33:43] <rkcgm> Candela smiles: “Wonderful. I must admit, I wanted to speak with you tonight.”
[2015-03-07 17:34:05] * Ellie watches her questioningly, waiting.
[2015-03-07 17:35:11] <rkcgm> Candela: “Ellie, Sila, I’d like to name you as ladies-in-waiting. Purely an honorary post, of course.”
[2015-03-07 17:36:25] * Havrasti raises an eyeridge
[2015-03-07 17:37:11] * Sila raises both eyeridges
[2015-03-07 17:37:15] <ellie> “I am deeply honored that you would ask, though I must admit that I’m unfamiliar with the position. Would the fact that we’re… not really hear very often be a problem?”
[2015-03-07 17:37:29] <ellie> “I mean, I know it’s one my mother held. But for most of her life, she had to keep that past a secret from me.”
[2015-03-07 17:37:34] <ellie> “So I never heard much about it.”
[2015-03-07 17:37:35] <rkcgm> Candela: “Not at all. Hence why I mean honorary.”
[2015-03-07 17:37:53] <sila> “I believe we would be honored.”
[2015-03-07 17:38:22] * Ellie telepathies to Llewelyn, /There are no problems with accepting this, I take it?/
[2015-03-07 17:40:05] <rkcgm> Llewelyn: /Not at all. It does not obligate you to do anything – well, aside from perhaps attending her wedding – I suspect it’s mostly Candela’s method of showing her regard for you both./
[2015-03-07 17:40:54] * Ellie smiles and adds to Sila’s answer, “Indeed. It is an honor, and I would be please to accept it.”
[2015-03-07 17:42:38] <rkcgm> Candela: “Excellent. I deeply appreciate all that you’ve done for me in the last few days – and I want to show my friendship. Antonio and I do hope you’ll be able to attend our wedding in a few months…?”
[2015-03-07 17:43:08] <ellie> “I wouldn’t want to miss it.”
[2015-03-07 17:43:38] <rkcgm> Candela: “Good.”
[2015-03-07 17:44:52] <sila> “You can address our invitations,” *gestures to Havrasti, “Mr. and Mrs.”
[2015-03-07 17:46:10] * Havrasti ‘s heart beats a lot faster all of a sudden
[2015-03-07 17:46:34] <rkcgm> Candela smiles: “Of course. And permit me to reiterate my congratulations.”
[2015-03-07 17:46:38] <havrasti> (it just might be noticible to the non-dragons standing close next to him ;) )
[2015-03-07 17:47:54] <sila> “Thank you.”
[2015-03-07 17:47:54] <ellie> "And congratulations to you, as well. We’re all pleased for you, I’m sure."
[2015-03-07 17:48:05] <havrasti> “Very, yes.”
[2015-03-07 17:51:30] <rkcgm> Congratulations all around, yay! The ball has been a great success. You have enjoyed yourself; the food was good; the company was good; you enjoyed yourself; good times, yes.
[2015-03-07 17:52:26] <sila> ((And two heavy layers of denial are well and properly peeled back :P ))
[2015-03-07 17:52:27] <rkcgm> You have completed your diplomatic mission, and when your report eventually finds its way back to Ambassador Bob, he will reluctantly agree that You Done Good.
[2015-03-07 17:53:08] <sila> ((we didn’t devour even a single person! And we just might have impressed her Grace a little tiny bit ;) ))
== END LOG ==