Story Ten- Highly Practiced Recklessness, Part One

<HollyhockGod> So, did you all think about costumes?

<Uqbarian> Costumes?

<HollyhockGod> For the party.

<Uqbarian> Oh, for the game!

<Uqbarian> Is there a theme?

<Uqbarian> And who and where are their Imperator and Chancel?

<HollyhockGod> No theme.

<Benhimself> Lord Entropy!

<Benhimself> Hmmm, perhaps a bit too much.

<HollyhockGod> It's a spooky mountain castle of a Darklord, Skandha.

<Benhimself> Oh, awkward.

<borogove> probably not the best of parties to reveal our plans at, then?

<Benhimself> A winged serpent eternally devouring its own tail, representing the futility of the Dark's aims!

<Uqbarian> Er… what?

<Benhimself> But we get crazy MP if we do!

<Benhimself> MP we could use to, um, defend ourselves if Skandha takes offense.

<Benhimself> (I was throwing out costume ideas. Shapeshifting makes things interesting.)

<Benhimself> Of course, there's always 'blazing Elemental form'. But that's a little low-effort, even if it is Gloriously impressive.

<Benhimself> Who in Skandha's familia actually serves the Dark?

<Benhimself> (Assuming such information might be in the Almanac)

<HollyhockGod> Nobody, actually.

<Uqbarian> Really?

<HollyhockGod> Lukas serves the Wild, Elizabeth Eliza serves the Light, and Cneph only knows what Melangell holds to because she can't tell you anymore.

<HollyhockGod> I think it's only natural for an Imperator called Skandha.

<Uqbarian> Not even by mime?

<borogove> I thought we knew melangell served the wild?

<HollyhockGod> It would be a good guess, if I didn't already say so.

<Benhimself> She certainly didn't seem to hold sanity and mundanity in high opinion, at least.

<Uqbarian> And it's on the wiki. ;)

<Benhimself> Oooh, maybe I'll go as the Vitruvian Man. With a tasteful toga or the like.

<HollyhockGod> The wiki tells many lies.

<Benhimself> I was thinking of classical works of art that exemplify the ideals of humanity.

<Benhimself> But, y'know, four arms and legs, because Ryan's a little bit weird.

<Benhimself> Yes, that sounds good for now. Costume settled!

<HollyhockGod> Two-dimensional?

<Benhimself> Only to his critics.

<Benhimself> But seriously, no.

<Uqbarian> It's a masquerade ball, right? So our costumes should conceal our identity?

<HollyhockGod> Yes.

<borogove> but also not really, because it's no fun if you can't work out who everyone is?

<Uqbarian> Heh. Alexa is tempted to go as Monothaia, volcano goddess of the Fire Isles.

<HollyhockGod> Well, yes, but you should at least try to make it hard.

<Benhimself> Well, barring weird Imperial Unblemished Guise miracles, there will always be the Sight.

<HollyhockGod> Fiona should start insulting people and being pushy.

<Benhimself> So, going as Melangell, then.

<HollyhockGod> The Sight is level 0! You could fool it with magic!

<Benhimself> But it's a miraculous level 0!

<Benhimself> But fair enough, if you want to rule that way. And we /do/ have magic!

<Uqbarian> We do?

<Benhimself> Sure.

<Uqbarian> Neat!

<Benhimself> We needed it to buy High Summoning.

<HollyhockGod> Or you could use your miracle magic.

<HollyhockGod> That also works.

<Benhimself> "I shall go as… a blazing column of fire!"

<Benhimself> "Whatever, Fiona."

<HollyhockGod> Incidentally, the clicker for my apartment gate has broken in some way.

<HollyhockGod> Some I'm trapped here until Monday.

<Uqbarian> Oops!

<Benhimself> Mmmm. If we had a few days, I could summon up a Tentacle Symbiont for anybody at a real lose for costume ideas.

<Uqbarian> Do you have food?

<Benhimself> That's unfortunate.

<HollyhockGod> I do have food. And I can walk in and out.

<HollyhockGod> I just won't be able to park again if I drive anywhere.

<Uqbarian> Oh.

<borogove> hmm. maybe Fiona should go as a hummingbird. on one hand, it's connected with flowers, but on the other, it's a vicious warlike bastard of a bird.

<Benhimself> Tut, did Crusherbob say they weren't going to be able to make it?

<Uqbarian> I don't remember.

<HollyhockGod> I don't think he said so.

<HollyhockGod> You'd probably want to wear a hummingbird mask and some kind of green dress.

<HollyhockGod> Unless you're okay with missing all the party food!

<Benhimself> It could be one of those half-masks.

<borogove> well, Fiona can't actually turn herself into a hummingbird, so mask + costume is probably the way to go.

<HollyhockGod> I just meant "don't actually turn yourself into a hummingbird."

<Benhimself> Mmmm.

<HollyhockGod> We can't all be elemental Mr. Special.

<Uqbarian> Or Ms. Special!

<Benhimself> Sure you could! I can't help it if you spent points on silly things like Domain.

<Benhimself> Although I suppose you could make magic flowers that transform people into hummingbirds or something.

<Benhimself> Or do a word of command and Rebirth yourself into hummingbird form. But the costume is probably the way to go, yeah.

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<HollyhockGod> Oh, there you are.

<HollyhockGod> Ebba was just eaten by cows!

<HollyhockGod> Sorry.

<HollyhockGod> (They were laser cows. Like normal cows. But with lasers.)

<Benhimself> Since that included the heart, the new power of Resolve is a cow?

<crusher_bob> I'll use the eaten flowers to make an imperial miracle!

<Benhimself> A laser cow, even?

<crusher_bob> Take that, cowdom.

<Uqbarian> They keep the grass down. But with lasers.

<HollyhockGod> Well, Ebba's still alive. Just inside a cow.

<Benhimself> Gunnerkrigg Court would make an excellent chancel.

<Uqbarian> So Ebba has her costume sorted.

<HollyhockGod> I suppose technically the cow did eat her heart, even if the heart is still inside Ebba.

<HollyhockGod> We're choosing costumes for your victory masque.

<HollyhockGod> Ryan is going as the Vitruvian Man, but that's all we've got.

<RyanSherbrig> (With a toga, before you ask.)

<Fiona> I'm reasonably set on going as a hummingbird.

<Uqbarian> Alexa is tossing up between volcano goddess and Statue of Liberty.

<RyanSherbrig> (Why decide?)

<RyanSherbrig> (FREEDOM VOLCANO)

<HollyhockGod> At least it would give me an excuse to use Monothaia some more.

<Uqbarian> (I don't know what that would look like!)

<HollyhockGod> Her lines were some of my best jokes!

<HollyhockGod> Well, a fire woman with the torch and the red-hot crown.

<HollyhockGod> Man, Lady Liberty's crown would be badass if it were red-hot.

<RyanSherbrig> "I would say go Statue of Liberty. The power of Fire going as a volcano goddess seems a bit too easily guessable. Entertaining as it would be, yes."

  • RyanSherbrig gets used to walking around with four legs.

<Ebba> perhaps perhaps I'll go as someone's shoulder angel

<Ebba> any takers?

<Alexa> (Statue of Liberty it is. But with actual fire in the torch, obviously.)

<Alexa> (And a half-mask.)

<RyanSherbrig> "Hmmm. The extra legs seem a bit redundant, but I might just keep this 'four arms' thing."

<RyanSherbrig> "After the party, I mean."

  • HollyhockGod imagines Ebba climbing onto Vesper's shoulder and telling him about manners.

<Alexa> "I'm an anthropomorphised representation of an abstract principle, I can't have a shoulder angel."

<Alexa> :)

<Alexa> "But Ryan's sort of human."

<RyanSherbrig> "I have a surfeit of shoulders, but can't promise to listen to reason."

<Fiona> is it possible to use magic to turn into a hummingbird? (either mortal or nobilis rite based)

<RyanSherbrig> "You could always be a freelance shoulder angel."

<Alexa> (You could have a shoulder angel, a shoulder devil, a shoulder slaad and a shoulder modron!)

<Ebba> 010101010 !

<Alexa> (:D)

<HollyhockGod> Magic lets you do things that technology could do, so probably not.

<Ebba> I could try to make you a potion with alchemy, nothing could possibly go wrong!

<RyanSherbrig> (It's almost a pity we weren't cheapskates who got Fairy glamours)

<RyanSherbrig> ("We are a hummingbird, citizen. Move along.")

<HollyhockGod> Hm, that would be quite a drawback.

<HollyhockGod> Maybe "never wears off, and turns everyone you touch into a hummingbird as well."

<Alexa> "Are you set on the angel idea, Ebba?"

<RyanSherbrig> To the party!

<Ebba> unless someone has a better idea?

<Ebba> but I can make myself small already, so just tacking on a piar of wings will do the job

<Alexa> (I was going to suggest the Tarot trump, Fortitude.)

<Alexa> (But as you can say, you just need a pair of wings to go as a shoulder angel.)

<Ebba> don't I need a terrible beast handy to be strength?

<Alexa> (We live on an island roaming with beasts!)

<HollyhockGod> Yes, carry Maebara with you!

<Ebba> but aren't most of them cuddly and muppet like, not terrible?

<Alexa> (…on which beasts roam.)

<Alexa> (I thought they were kind of both.)

<Alexa> (Terror Muppets!)

<RyanSherbrig> (We have a wide variety)

<RyanSherbrig> (/me calls forth dread Kermithulhu)

<Ebba> heh, we could opress Maebara asome more

<Alexa> (But really, it's your costume.)

<HollyhockGod> Muppets is just my word.

<Ebba> and if his whale form isn't convenient for the party, we'll just keep killing him until he turns into something appropriate!

<Fiona> (Fíona plans on making her costume out of a flower of aggressiveness + a lesser change)

<RyanSherbrig> And suddenly I'm behind this plan 100%!

<Alexa> (Which plan? Killing Maebara?)

<RyanSherbrig> (Yes. In a just kidding sort of way.)

<HollyhockGod> Ryan is angry with Maebara for dying before Ryan could steal his body.

<Alexa> (Alexa will, even if this is gauche, pop into an actual mundane costume shop.)

<RyanSherbrig> (How novel!)

<Alexa> (It's a statement.)

<HollyhockGod> Shock!

<HollyhockGod> So, which is Ebba going with?

<Alexa> (Of what, I'm not sure. ;))

<RyanSherbrig> "But I can create things from the realm! Effortlessly!"

<Fiona> (of statue of liberty costumes being easier to find than hummingbird ones?)

<Ebba> since a whale is a sorta tedious terrible beast to cart around, I'll stick with the shoulder angel

<Alexa> (Possibly!)

<Ebba> don't things created with realm tend to go kaput once you take them out?

<RyanSherbrig> (An RMP will preserve them for the length of the story)

<Alexa> (Or at least you have to sustain the miracle?)

<Fiona> (and they last about a day, anyway)

<RyanSherbrig> "Just remember, you really want to be home by midnight."

<Alexa> "So we're all set?"

<RyanSherbrig> "My god. It all makes perfect sense! I wonder if that implies that Cinderella's circumstances were actually part of an elaborate Flower Rite to crush her hopes and dreams."

  • RyanSherbrig thinks on that, for a bit.
  • Alexa rolls her eyes a little.

<Alexa> "And did they give us directions?"

<Ebba> nah, directed at the sisters. What power of the dark would miss people cutting bits of their feet off to try to fit into a shoe?

<RyanSherbrig> "Indeed."

<RyanSherbrig> "Ah, but it's totally in line with Strategists practice needless cruelty."

<RyanSherbrig> "And of course, Deceivers using lies and body modification to achieve their aims."

<HollyhockGod> Dickery is a universal concept.

<HollyhockGod> Probably even a shinma!

<RyanSherbrig> The nicest Shinma ever.

<HollyhockGod> Belldandy!

<RyanSherbrig> So, where to for the party?

<HollyhockGod> Well, I guess technically it's Dharma.

<HollyhockGod> A haunted, wind-swept castle out on a promontory!

<HollyhockGod> Airships prowl the night sky, as do bats.

<HollyhockGod> The full moon hangs heavily in the sky above the highest towers.

<HollyhockGod> You can see why Melangell spent a lot of time in other people's houses.

<Alexa> (How do we get there?)

<RyanSherbrig> (by Cut-scene)

<RyanSherbrig> (Or scene cut, actually)

<RyanSherbrig> "I actually find this a bit nicely aesthetic, I admit."

<HollyhockGod> Yes, that's probably the muppet's name.

<HollyhockGod> Caliburn Cutscene, a giant golden chicken-swan.

<HollyhockGod> But in an elegant way!

<RyanSherbrig> "Although it lacks the simple pleasures of endless sunny tropical beaches."

<HollyhockGod> Or something.

<Ebba> so, like a set out of dary city, then?

<RyanSherbrig> "Admittedly, the lack of aperiodic volcano eruptions is probably a plus."

  • RyanSherbrig heads towards the castle!

<HollyhockGod> Elizabeth Eliza awaits you on the balcony as you land.

  • RandBrittain considers just calling her "Elizabeth" in future but thinks that would be lazy.

<ElizabethEliza> Our guest of honor arrives!

<ElizabethEliza> Well. One of them, I mean.

<ElizabethEliza> Lukas has done a foolish thing.

<Alexa> (Call her "EE" for short.)

  • ElizabethEliza glances to one side.

<HollyhockGod> That's no way to refer to a divine being!

  • Alexa steps off the swan.
  • RyanSherbrig follows.

<Ebba> "foolish thing?"

<Alexa> (What's EE's costume?)

<ElizabethEliza> I fear that in his desire to be diplomatic…

<Fiona> (who did he invite?)

<HollyhockGod> She's dressed as a white chess pawn, with a large ivory orb that completely conceals her face.

<HollyhockGod> Although at this moment she's carrying the headpiece under her arm.

<Alexa> (So how do we know it's her! :))

<Alexa> (Oh. I see.)

<RyanSherbrig> (Preemptively answered!)

  • Maliq has joined #childrenofeve

<Maliq> Ah, it's my favorite people.

  • Alexa grimaces.
  • Maliq is wearing a mask displaying her own face, and has teased her hair out into what is probably an attempt at self-parody.

<HollyhockGod> The voice is unmistakeable, though!

<Ebba> she came to a costume party dressed as herself?

<RyanSherbrig> "Ah! A brilliant costume! And your impersonation of her voice is spot on."

<HollyhockGod> Well, I say "teased," but it's more like she made her hair's life a misery until it hung itself.

<Maliq> Well, I am a genius, so doing brilliant wasn't so bad.

<Maliq> How many third legs have you got?

<Ebba> (if we had more of a budget, we'd have used a wig. Instead, we just ruined Mira Furlan's hair)

<Alexa> (Ha!)

  • ElizabethEliza instantly lights her "happy hostess" flame.

<Alexa> "How many do you want?"

<ElizabethEliza> Lukas has been terribly impressed with the Lady Invidiae's assistance in the court.

  • Maliq looks intently at Alexa, running her tongue along the edge of her lips.

<Ebba> (sounds like he needs to be hit in the head with a mallet a few times, then)

<HollyhockGod> Perhaps she's just being polite!

<HollyhockGod> But I remind you that Lukas is the patron of madness and is therefore a spaz.

  • Maliq is evidently unable to think of a comment about Alexa's costume.
  • Maliq turns back to Ryan.

<Ebba> (he's even more impressive without the toga…)

  • Alexa refrains from smirking.

<Maliq> I've been thinking. A lot. We should start collaborating.

<Maliq> I'm unspeakably amazing, and you can grow extra arms to reach high shelves. We'd be an unstoppable summoning team.

<Maliq> I've got this ritual I was planning, for, like, the biggest summoning ever.

<Maliq> Big mystic fu, right? And a circle the size of a football field. And a blood sacrifice or whatever. All kinds of hassle.

<RyanSherbrig> "Oh?"

<Alexa> (How does Elizabeth react to this?)

<RyanSherbrig> "What were you planning on summoning, then?"

<Maliq> I was thinking a Megalith Wasp. Something pretty big.

<Maliq> I'm pretty sure that if I <magitechnobabble> and you <incomprehensible> you could lay a binding on pretty much anything whatsoever.

<RyanSherbrig> "And… you planned on fitting it inside a football field? You are aware they're the size of /CITIES/, yes?"

<Maliq> This is details. Minion work.

<RyanSherbrig> "And also, native to Creation, and thus outside the purview of High Summoning."

<Maliq> That's what they said! But I know better.

<Maliq> I could summon anything! Anything you cared to name!

<Maliq> Tell you what; I'll prove it.

<RyanSherbrig> "Anything, eh?"

<Alexa> (Oh no.)

<Maliq> If I can summon the rosebush over there and bring her to me from any place you care to name…

<Maliq> you have to be my flunky for a whole project.

<Fiona> (does she appear to be referring to Fiona?)

  • Maliq grasps Fiona by both shoulders and presents her to the party as though everybody didn't already know who she was.

<RyanSherbrig> "Ah. But I haven't named /her/. Why, you wouldn't even need your crown to pull that one off."

<Maliq> I bet *you* couldn't do it.

<Maliq> You can't even decide on a number of limbs of either variety.

<Alexa> "Oh, for pete's sake. Ryan, you're not going to fall for this, are you?"

<RyanSherbrig> "What do you bet I couldn't do it?"

<Ebba> (did I miss something, or are they claiming they can summon Fiona, and proving it by yanking her around by the arms?)

  • Fiona looks slightly bemused by all this

<ElizabethEliza> No power of Creation can summon a Sovereign.

<ElizabethEliza> Perhaps she plans to have one of her unearthly servants perform a surrepetitious translocation!

<RyanSherbrig> "Indeed. But I am curious what stakes the lady Invidae has in mind."

<Ebba> "Shall I brew tea while we wait for disaster to strike?"

  • ElizabethEliza glares at these unscientific claims.

<HollyhockGod> Well, she's claiming she can summon Fiona. Or anybody. And offering a wager!

<Maliq> Of course, if the little emperor is scared…

<Maliq> Scared that I might pull it off…

<Maliq> Scared to think that somebody can do something he can't…

<Alexa> "It's far too early in the evening to be making stupid bets. None of us are even drunk yet!"

<Maliq> I would hate to force myself on him.

  • Maliq totally wants to force herself on you.

<RyanSherbrig> "You, on the other hand, have yet to answer my question."

<Maliq> Like I said. If I can do it, you work for me on a project of my choosing.

<Maliq> I suppose if I can't then it can be vice-a versa.

<Maliq> But I can so whatever.

<RyanSherbrig> "No, no. You said you bet I couldn't summon her? What would you pay if I could?"

  • ElizabethEliza is beginning to feel like her magical knowledge is obsolete.

<Alexa> "Ryan!"

<RyanSherbrig> "Trust me."

  • Maliq considers.

<Maliq> If we both could do it, that only makes us even steven.

<Maliq> So it's a lousy bet.

<Maliq> Care to make a bigger claim?

<Maliq> Perhaps you think you could bring down a Megalith Wasp.

<Maliq> Or an angel, maybe?

<Maliq> Go on, impress me, since you're so full of vigor all of a sudden.

<RyanSherbrig> "I think that would violate the basic tenants of hospitality."

<Maliq> Hah! Excuses!

  • HollyhockGod is trying to think of a way to make this conversation end in an actual bet.

<RyanSherbrig> (I was totally going to summon Fiona by the arcane and powerful arts of diplomacy, but she wised to that plan.)

<Alexa> (Summon Pandora!)

<RyanSherbrig> (Yeah, no.)

<Alexa> (Aw.)

<HollyhockGod> Yeah, I saw the diplomacy act coming.

<Alexa> (Get Maliq to summon Pandora!)

<RyanSherbrig> (Extra no.)

<Ebba> (promise to bring her a fruit fomr the tree of life?)

<HollyhockGod> She already has one.

<HollyhockGod> It's in her bio in Unlikely Flowerings.

<Alexa> (Is she from the Familia of the Darklord who currently occupies Eden?)

<RyanSherbrig> (No, but she's on a first name basis)

  • RyanSherbrig considers for a moment.

<Alexa> (OOC, do we have any reason to think Ryan could definitely beat Maliq in a summon-off?)

<HollyhockGod> No, but presumably she can't have a trait higher than his own.

<HollyhockGod> OR CAN SHE

<RyanSherbrig> "In the end, upon contemplating the matter, I realize I have no desire for your services or respect. Good day."

  • RyanSherbrig walks off towards the party without waiting for Maliq's reaction.

<Alexa> "Right. Let's get this party started.

<RyanSherbrig> (AND THEN I NETTLE HER)

<Ebba> (put Ryan hitting mallet back in the pocket. You'll not be needed today, little mallet)

<Alexa> "Lovely place you have here, Liz. Care to show us round?"

<ElizabethEliza> I'd be glad to.

  • ElizabethEliza hurries you away from Maliq.
  • Maliq remains, shaking. What from? Who knows!
  • ElizabethEliza sticks her headpiece firmly over her head, covering her face.

<RyanSherbrig> (If she starts crying, I might actually feel a little bad.)

<ElizabethEliza> If she starts crying, I might actually feel a little bad.

<Alexa> "Sorry about that. Ryan can be a bit … brash."

<ElizabethEliza> But frankly that woman is around the twist even by our generous standards.

  • Alexa puts her mask on.

<Alexa> "Yeah. How are you, anyway? And how's Melangell doing?"

<Alexa> (Were we the first guests to arrive?)

<ElizabethEliza> I do well. Melangell is…

<HollyhockGod> CRASH in the distance…

<ElizabethEliza> Coping.

<Alexa> "Ah."

<ElizabethEliza> Luckily it will still be a few more days before she can move around without pain, so the rages are at least slightly subdued.

<ElizabethEliza> Also I've been doping her rum.

  • Alexa laughs.

<HollyhockGod> "Something is very wrong in this place," intones a solemn voice.

<HollyhockGod> "I heard somebody say rum, and yet nobody has a drink!"

<RyanSherbrig> (Clearly, Maliq is in need of a shoulder angel. A worthy job for even an Exemplar's might!)

<HollyhockGod> The voice comes out of a tall golden lion, whose mask is quite enormous and covers both head and shoulders over a long and heavy robe.

<Alexa> (Do we recognise the voice?)

<HollyhockGod> The tail of the costume appears to be independently mobile.

<RyanSherbrig> (Maybe it's Skandha)

<HollyhockGod> The voice is muffled by some curious contraption inside the lion's head so that it sounds regal and feline.

<HollyhockGod> It's really a very good disguise!

<HollyhockGod> "Have you been here before, lord and ladies? The bar is just fantastic."

<Alexa> "No. Where is it?"

<HollyhockGod> "There are only six places or so on the planet that have alcohol strong enough to affect me that isn't rotgut. Oh, it's right through here. You can't miss it."

<HollyhockGod> The lion gestures, happily, through a large archway.

<Alexa> (So there are other guests here already?)

<HollyhockGod> A couple!

<HollyhockGod> Hard to say when the place is so full of air traffic.

<HollyhockGod The Great Hall is also full of air traffic.

<Alexa> (Just bats?)

<HollyhockGod> Tiny flying ships go back and forth, carrying gold, letters, furniture, a few servants, and other things that need to be moved around.

<HollyhockGod> One of them is carrying the bar.

<HollyhockGod> Well, bats and flying pirate ships.

  • Alexa waves at the bar.

<HollyhockGod> The bar stops for no man!

<Alexa> (How about a woman?)

<ElizabethEliza> The bar stops for no woman!

<Alexa> "Damn."

<ElizabethEliza> The theory is that if you can't catch it, you've had enough.

<Alexa> "Oh, neat idea."

<RyanSherbrig> (Curse my 0 aspect!)

<RyanSherbrig> (On the other hand, Ryan while /drunk/ would probably result in even more horrible disaster)

<Alexa> (Can I grab another ship, and if so, will it hold my weight?)

<RyanSherbrig> (Than his usual discreet and inhibited self)

<HollyhockGod> The bar is flying at ground level.

<HollyhockGod> You don't actually have to jump to it; just walk fast.

<HollyhockGod> And in a straight line.

<Alexa> (Oh! Alexa heads towards the bar, then.)

<HollyhockGod> The barman greets you warmly.

<HollyhockGod> "Darrrr, milady."

<Alexa> (Ryan's flounced off somewhere; what are Ebba and Fiona up to?)

<HollyhockGod> One eye has an eyepatch and the other one has a monocle.

<Ebba> sigh, I'll get a bottle of rum and try to go mend fences with the emo girl

<Alexa> "Darrrr back at you, sonny jim!"

  • Fiona heads off to look for interesting guests.

<Ebba> don't want us to get stabbed in the back at a critical juncture

<Alexa> "I'll have a martini."

<Ebba> of course, she's the sort to stab you in the back even without provocation

<HollyhockGod> It's true.

<HollyhockGod> Alexa receives a marrrrrrrtini.

<Alexa> (It just struck me that we should have sorted out a game plan before splitting up.)

<Alexa> (Groan. :))

<ElizabethEliza> Oh, but that's an easy one.

<ElizabethEliza> "Barmate! Two Angel's Kisses for the Dominus and myself! Lady Fiona, what's your fertilizer of choice?"

<Ebba> (rotten fish is pretty good for roses)

<HollyhockGod> But not for hummingbirds.

<Ebba> (take after the duc d'arcachon )

<Alexa> (A nectar-fish cocktail?)

<Fiona> (hummingbirds clearly need some sort of nectar)

<RyanSherbrig> (Sweet ambrosia it is!)

  • ElizabethEliza nods at these suggestions.

<RyanSherbrig> (Hmmm, who is Elizabeth ordering for?)

<Ebba> (Ryan, I think)

<ElizabethEliza> Better make it a Mind Eraser. I feel wicked tonight.

<HollyhockGod> An Angel's Kiss for herself and you, and a Mind Eraser for Fiona.

<Alexa> "So, game plan, girls. Is there anyone we want to meet, interrogate, talk to, trick and/or shag?"

<HollyhockGod> Cneph alone knows what these puns translate to in a Sovereign's bar.

<ElizabethEliza> Wait, I'm not the HG.

<RyanSherbrig> (/me was considering the line 'Barkeep! I'm immortal. Impress me.')

<HollyhockGod> (The barkeep opens the taps marked "Ristani Grand Cru")

<HollyhockGod> You receive a tray with two glasses of something luminous and pearly, and one pitted iron mug that's steaming.

<RyanSherbrig> (Maybe I'll try that after I find out what the Angel's Kiss entails. But sadly, I must be off for work. Thanks for game, all, I had fun!)

<Alexa> (Seeya!)

<ElizabethEliza> You mustn't mind the appearance. Lord Skandha is a stickler for safety regulations where chemical stimulants are concerned.

  • RyanSherbrig has quit (Disintegrated: )

<Ebba> (something like hazelnut liquer, brandy, and creme)

<Alexa> "Another martini, thanks."

<HollyhockGod> I mostly stole it from Wonderella, where she uses it to win a drinking game against Satan.

<HollyhockGod> "But that's just a girly drink!" "For you and me, yes. For Satan, it's a liquid reminder of all his bad decisions."

<Alexa> (:D)

<Fiona> (should head off too. laters people.)

<HollyhockGod> …i just wanted to hear that i did a good job sometimes…

<HollyhockGod> hic

<Alexa> (Ciao!)

  • Fiona has quit (Disintegrated: Fiona)

<HollyhockGod> That was fun! Pity that I don't have a way to mechanically simulate the effects of horrific drunkenness on you.

<HollyhockGod> And half of you are technically immune to everything. Supposedly.

  • Alexa is now known as Uqbarian

<Uqbarian> I'm sure we can roleplay being drunk if required.

<HollyhockGod> Surely no really superior Noble bar would neglect to acquire drinks from Beyond the Fields We Know.

<HollyhockGod> How drunk would I have to get you to make a High Summoning pact with an equally sloshed Maliq?

<Ebba> Fiona might be able to become drunk, but the rest of us should be reasonably resistant

<Uqbarian> I don't think Alexa is resistant.

  • Maliq has quit (Disintegrated: Leaving)
  • ElizabethEliza has quit (Disintegrated: Leaving)

<Ebba> dosen't she have aspect 2?

<Uqbarian> Oh, yes, that.

<HollyhockGod> Well, everybody's eternal.

<HollyhockGod> But I may ignore that with respect to alcohol if I think it would be funny.

<Uqbarian> Absolutely!

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