Chapter 4, Scene 3

[16:58] Zero|DM> It has been a few days since the trip to Australia: time enough for nerves to unfray, and tensions to relax… Whitespace is its calm and usual self…
[16:59] Zero|DM> [Time: October 31, about 8PM. Weather in Ravensglass: Clear and warm. Free to act: All]
[16:59] * Ashilyn has joined #manaofmayhem
[17:00] * Drydead has joined #manaofmayhem
[17:00] Drydead> fhtagn
[17:00] * Drydead is now known as Iris
[17:00] Zero|DM> Zero|DM> It has been a few days since the trip to Australia: time enough for nerves to unfray, and tensions to relax… Whitespace is its calm and usual self…
[17:01] Zero|DM> Zero|DM> [Time: October 31, about 8PM. Weather in Ravensglass: Clear and warm. Free to act: All]
[17:01] Zero|DM> Marisa has spent most the morning trying to explain the concept of “Halloween” to Hotaru.
[17:05] Zero|DM> Hotaru sighs. “So… because of all these old superstions about ghosts and spirits and what not, combined with this… church, kids dress up as monsters to scare the supposed monsters away, and demand treats or they act like said monsters towards people… but now days they also dress up like costumed superheroes and other people?”
[17:07] Ashilyn> “It’s really not that hard,” Quinn chimes in, rolling her eyes as she heards Hotaru. “It’s just a bit a’ fun! I mean, even adults do it. Plus the candy’s great.”
[17:07] Iris> Iris is faintly amused.
[17:08] Zero|DM> “… I’m not implying it is difficult.” Hotaru notes. “I’m just… not sure I see the point?” Marisa facepalms at this point.
[17:09] Alyssa> “It’s a time that people love to be naughty and play pranks, too.” She’d say, totally relaxing with the rest, an old Goosebumps book in hand.
[17:09] * Miyako Miyako’s lantern-demon minion seems to be hiding from the others in the common room. “Uh, also college girls use it to dress up like hookers and get drunk.”
[17:09] Ashilyn> “Fun,” Quinn remarks. “It’s silly. I mean, didn’t you ever play pretend as a kid?”
[17:11] Zero|DM> “… point.” Hotaru concedes to Quinn. Marisa looks at the Lantern-Demon a moment.
[17:13] Iris> “It has roots in older traditions,” Iris observes.
[17:14] * Miyako He’s gotten a hold of Miyako’s phone, which is probably the reason he’s hiding. And playing candy crush. He wedges further underneath the coffee table.
[17:14] Fiora> “Ten bucks says we’re fighting a giant monster on halloween,” Fiora mutters from the corner of the room.
[17:14] Zero|DM> Marisa looks at Iris, then at the demon then at Iris again. Then she breaks into giggles at some stray mental image.
[17:15] Iris> Iris quirks an eyebrow at Marisa.
[17:17] Zero|DM> Marisa just smiles.
[17:17] Zero|DM> It’s at this point that Iris and Fiora’s phones chirp with a text message at the same time. “You have Guests in Ravensglass. And they are flipping out. -Lady M.”
[17:18] * Miyako is just arriving back carrying a huge cup of coffee. The lantern yokai completely flips out and starts trying to find how to put the phone on ‘silent’.
[17:19] Fiora> Fiora glances at Iris, then shrugs. “Huh. Mutual flipping out friends? That’s got to be an interesting Venn diagram…” Her voice trails off as she vanishes from Whitespace.
[17:19] Iris> Iris sniffs, but doesn’t press the matter… then starts a bit as her phone chirps. She’s slower than Fiora at finding the thing, and slower still at getting to the text message.
[17:21] Zero|DM> Fiora finds Ravensglass is already crowded with kids, teens, and young adults in various forms of costume…
[17:21] Zero|DM> some of them incredibly accurate costumes at that.
[17:21] Iris> She frowns for a moment. “Indeed. Well.” Iris inclines her head, then likewise vanishes, popping up near Fiora in Ravensglass.
[17:21] Zero|DM> and near Ash Tree Mall, is one quartet, standing near Lady M, who isn’t in costume… or if they are, it’s their usual costumes.
[17:22] Zero|DM> Nami is dressed in an outfit that makes her look far too much like Iris. The Shina’s are wearing dark and light blue outfits, while Naomi is in a fire-red pants-suit… and they look like they are afraid they might be under attack.
[17:24] Fiora> “Okay, who’s flipping out about the whatnow?” Fiora deadpans from directly behind Naomi.
[17:25] Iris> Iris just… stares for a moment.
[17:25] Zero|DM> Naomi turns with a startle… but she manages to refrain from launching flame at Fiora. “How the hell can you be so calm with goblins and yeti and everything else raiding your town?”
[17:26] Zero|DM> Marisa brings the rest of the group along shortly to find out what is going on.
[17:27] * Miyako eventually shows up, looking like she only did because she has nothing better to do. “There’s no way a yeti is threatening. Listen to the name, it’s the funniest cryptid I’ve ever heard.”
[17:28] * Alyssa tags along, just a step behind. She’s still rather fixed on her book, but does take a chance to look over the pants-suit.
[17:28] Iris> “It’s an annual festivity over here,” Iris says. “I… was not expecting you to drop by,” she manages at last.
[17:29] Fiora> “Leprechaun,” Fiora says as an aside to Miyako.
[17:29] Zero|DM> To be fair, if you didn’t know it was halloween… it would look like the town is under attack of some form. There are people running about in very accurate costumes. Even some of the pets are in on it. Was that a cat or did Kyubey just run by?
[17:29] * Miyako blinks. “Alright, second funniest. But come on. Yeti. It’s hilarious.”
[17:29] Zero|DM> The Shinas shrug. “It’s rather hard…” “…To call ahead…” “…when you are on the wrong side of a reality divide.”
[17:30] Zero|DM> (OH gods, they’ve learned that annoying Twins trick of finishing eachother’s sentences!)
[17:32] Iris> Iris stares for a moment longer, then smiles. “I feared it would be difficult for you to arrive here at all… well. I will not have it said that I am an ungracious hostess. Welcome,” she says, smiling brightly. “Thank you for the present, by the way. I had one for you, as well, but I fear we were… delayed… and I was unable to deliver it before you departed last time.”
[17:33] Zero|DM> “Yes, well…” Nami smiles. “We found a few more keys, and notes on how to make them a bit more … effective, after we sent that gift.”
[17:34] Iris> “Mm…” Iris looks thoughtful. “So the Nine Key was part of a series, then?”
[17:35] Zero|DM> Nami awnsers by digging into a pocket, and pulling out keys 3, 6, and 9.
[17:36] Zero|DM> “Yes, but only some of them are suitable for transporting people. How have things gone since we departed?”
[17:36] Iris> Iris raises her hand to her forehead as if brushing aside a stray lock of hair; her eyes take on a violet hue as her hand passes before them.
[17:38] Ashilyn> “I still can’t believe they apparently have no Halloween. Madness, really,” Quinn remarks idly, shaking her head as she stands behind Fiora. "Not often you get to see that robot from Star Wars riding on the shoulders of Cthulu.:
[17:40] Iris> Iris looks thoughtful. “Good times, bad times. We aided in a minor war against the Filth in a Wonderland, undertook a raid on a deserted building in Austrailia, and Father turned in your present to collect a rather large outstanding bounty. And you?” she asks, her gaze focusing intently on Nami as she asks that.
[17:44] Zero|DM> Nami sighs. “… Some good, some bad. People are grudingly accepting our stance on things moving ahead a bit faster. Papa… when we removed that present from it’s previous place of occupation, he might have attempted to do a few things that couldn’t be allowed.” Nami has a very pale look on her face… One of the two Shinas puts their hand on her shoulder reassuringly.
[17:45] Iris> Iris nods soberly.
[17:47] Zero|DM> NOriko speaks up. "So we decided to take a brief vacation so we could unstress, and see what you all were up to.
[17:52] Zero|DM> “Which lead to us landing in the middle of a festival that looks a lot like, well, the most insane breakdown of reality ever.”
[17:53] Alyssa> “Wait until we find someone dressed like a pony.”
[17:54] Zero|DM> Does a unicorn count? One of those, along with a cowgirl of the slightly naughty variety walk past leaving the mall on their way to a party.
[17:55] Iris> Iris looks resigned amidst the madness.
[17:56] * Miyako “MMh. I’ll admit none of my old halloween costumes were as convincing as these.”
[17:56] Alyssa> “Unicorns, pegasus, and the like. It’s not their costumes that will surprise you though.”
[17:56] * Alyssa looks to Miyako, “I’m sure you could make the most convincing costumes you want now.”
[17:57] * Miyako folds her arms, sounding a little smug. “Oh, yeah. But I don’t like overusing it.”
[17:57] Iris> “Well. This is a town with an arcane academy in it.” She nods at Alyssa’s point.
[17:58] Iris> Iris looks amused. “If ever there was a time or a place for self-indulgent use of illusion, this would surely be in the top ten.”
[18:00] Zero|DM> Speical K hops up on Fiora’s shoulder.
[18:02] Zero|DM> Lady M has remained quiet this entire time, but is chuckling quietly. “It’s one of the few nights of the year that some of the students go about without self-indulgent illusions as well.”
[18:05] Zero|DM> Almost as if on cue, Leiko the Shrine Maiden walks past, dressed up in what looks more like a black coctail dress, being escorted by what looks like a humanoid fox with four tails.
[18:05] Zero|DM> Justica looks … amused.
[18:05] * Alyssa nods, “And speaking of Miyako…it’s good she hasn’t done the same.”
[18:06] Zero|DM> Marisa hmms. “… so. WE have company. It’s halloween. Do we go out on the town, or do we bring the party home?”
[18:06] * Miyako “Huh? What do you mean? People never see the real ‘me’ anyway.”
[18:07] Alyssa> “I mean you aren’t using illusions or shape shifting year-round.”
[18:09] * Miyako “Oh heh. yeah. Thanks. Probably gonna get me in trouble eventually, but being someone else is weird. I did it for two weeks in Hawaii.”
[18:11] Iris> Iris raises an eyebrow at that, but decides not to ask.
[18:13] Alyssa> “I think that needs elaboration.”
[18:16] * Miyako frowns slightly. She seems to think she’s about to get in trouble. “Just a little trick to get a free hotel stay. It’s really nothing.”
[18:17] Zero|DM> Marisa tilts her head. “… sounds incredibly useful, actually. Did you show up as Lady Gaga?”
[18:18] * Miyako shakes her head. “She’s too…weird and popular. I used Emma Watson. The H P movies are over.”
[18:18] Iris> “Night on the town? I’m not averse to entertaining company at the dormitory—we have a block or two we could likely quickly remodel for… whatever purposes are needed.” She considers. “I haven’t been ice-skating in ages…” At Miyako’s comments, Iris looks faintly amused.
[18:19] Iris> She pauses, going back to her original line of thought. “But a night on the town might be more interesting, given… well, today.”
[18:20] Ashilyn> “A night on the town? On Halloween?!” Quinn’s face is beaming, a distinct look of excitement on her face. “I didn’t think you guys had it in you. I vote yes, right now.”
[18:22] Zero|DM> Marisa laughs. “I think we need to at least get into costumes first, though.”
[18:23] Ashilyn> Quinn grins, summoning one of her pistols to her hand – and with it, her “usual” change of clothes. “I’ve got that covered. If anyone asks, I’ll just be a hipster about it. ‘Oh, it’s form this anime. You probably haven’t seen it’. What about you guys?”
[18:23] Zero|DM> (… Who here votes we dye Quinn’s hair blonde for the evening?)
[18:25] Iris> Iris blinks at Quinn’s sudden enthusiasm; she seems to be wondering if this is really such a good idea. “Erm… I could manage something, I’m sure…”
[18:26] Zero|DM> “Let’s bring company home long enough those of us who can’t change in an instant can get into something comfterable?” Marisa offers?
[18:27] * Miyako shrugs. "Gives me time to come up with an idea, I guess. "
[18:28] Alyssa> “I have one back in my room.”
[18:32] Zero|DM> “Well, you could go as Heromine.” Lady M notes dryly.
[18:39] Zero|DM> Some time passes… the girls have time to prepare (warmly) for a Halloween Night on the town of Ravensglass, or, given the fact that Fiora and Marisa are in the group, any other major city they could pick.
[18:40] Zero|DM> Speaking of Marisa… she’s found a costume alright. She’s dressed as: http://s2.zerochan.net/Shadow.Lady.full.321321.jpg
[18:41] Zero|DM> [Free to act: all]
[18:44] Zero|DM> Nami, the Shinas, and Noriko are all in their ‘Guardian’ outfits… As is Hotaru.
[18:45] Zero|DM> Justica on the other hand has seemingly found herself an authentic roman toga.
[18:45] Iris> Iris doesn’t seem too uncomfortable in her costume, at least; she’s wearing an elegant white dress. Her hairstyle, though, is decidedly atypical.
[18:51] * Miyako is nowhere to be seen. However, seeing Alice Liddel chase a lantern demon for possession of Miyako’s phone gives one a few ideas.
[18:57] Zero|DM> Nami frowns a little. “Well. This is… quite the gathering.” She pauses and looks at IRis a few moments. “Huh. I look good with twin-tails.”
[18:57] Ashilyn> After her display earlier, it wasn’t long before Quinn had refashioned her outfit into one of white and black, with a shorter skirt and blonde hair. It made sense, really, given what she was told about the character in question, and she was all to oready to adopt that facade for the night.
[19:00] Iris> Iris gives a small smile at the compliment. “This should be… interesting, I think.”
[19:03] Zero|DM> “So… shall we go find a party?” Marisa asks. The fact she’s not uncomfterable in her choice of outfit shows more confidence then most would give the girl credit for
[19:04] * Alyssa has donned a white carnivale mask, wearing gold and black scarves, trinkets, and a headdress atop. The dress she wears is long and flowing, lined with gray fur and big pearls. Of course, all the jewelry is simple costume jewelry, but it glitters and shines all the same as she steps out without a bit of skin or eyes readily visible.
[19:05] Alyssa> “All ready, here.”
[19:05] * Miyako finally catches the little lantern and pries the phone from his hands. “You are in SUCH trouble if you’ve charged this awful game to my bank account.”
[19:08] Iris> Iris peers at Alyssa for a moment, noting her costume, but she blinks at Miyako’s comment.
[19:09] Zero|DM> Marisa whistles at Alyssa’s outfit. “Fancy…”
[19:12] * Alyssa bends and curtsies. She manages to do this while popping however, making every bend and motion somewhat bizarre and inhuman. “Why, thank you.”
[19:13] Zero|DM> Marisa gladly opens a gateway back to Ravensglass, and apparently, the middle of a festival near the town square. It’s one hell of a block party.
[19:14] Zero|DM> costumes range from the ornate to the shamefully naughty to the innocent, and back again.
[19:14] * Miyako claps in excitement, having hid the phone in her pinafore’s pocket.
[19:15] Zero|DM> To Fiora’s perhaps surprise, Unger is there, dressed as Count Dracula.
[19:15] Zero|DM> Ms. Arrowny is also present, in a surprisingly lifelike appearing lamina costume… completely with animtronic tail.
[19:16] Zero|DM> Dr. Plott is dishing up punch…
[19:16] Zero|DM> and is wearing bushy eyebrows suitable for a Dr. Wily.
[19:20] Zero|DM> [Free to act, all[
[19:20] * Alyssa folds her hands together at her stomach as she follows out with the rest keeping in character with a slight abruptness to her otherwise fluid steps.
[19:22] Iris> Iris holds her smile; all things considered, this isn’t really any worse than one of the magocracy’s bal masques. More populous, but presumably the odds of someone trying to kill her are at least slightly lower. Also there aren’t any Matous here.
[19:23] Zero|DM> Marisa seems relaxed as she grabs some of the punch from the good doctor.
[19:23] Iris> Iris inclines her head to the doctor, also taking up a cup of punch.
[19:26] Zero|DM> laughter is to be had in droves as people joke and party in the square. A good number of students and faculty are here, as is it seems most of the town.
[19:29] Zero|DM> one with keen eyes might notice that Miyako’s ‘Uncle’ is here… dressed in a white shirt with rolled up sleeves, a yellow vest, loose fitting blue jeans, and brown loafers.
[19:30] * Miyako pays him no mind at first. Instead, she’s munching on a popcorn ball within moments of showing up.
[19:32] Zero|DM> Perhaps to Fiora’s suprirse, no giant monsters yet
[19:37] * Alyssa follows with Miyako, “How is that?”
[19:38] * Miyako “Mrph. Splendid. Your costume is lovely, where’d you get the idea?”
[19:39] Iris> Iris mills about a bit, getting the run of the terrain; after the first few minutes, she turns her attentions to the visitors, trying to make sure they’re enjoying themselves.
[19:41] Zero|DM> Nami is sampling some cotton candy.
[19:41] Zero|DM> Noriko and a juggler are comparing notes on fire batons.
[19:41] Zero|DM> The Shinas meanwhile are enjoying snocones.
[19:43] Iris> Iris can’t help but be amused at that.
[19:44] Ashilyn> “See, I knew this would be a good time,” Quinn remarks, hands on her hips as she looks out over the festivities. “Couldn’t have planned it better m’self.”
[19:47] Alyssa> “Well, just from stuff I used to see in pictures. I went to a store that had a lot of neat costumes.”
[19:49] * Miyako “Ah.” she hasn’t touched alcohol (she’s seven, after all) but she’s having a fair share of candy. “I’m not that creative. As evidenced. Very well done.”
[19:54] Zero|DM> The candy is there in droves. as is pumpkin pie, apple pie, cookies, cakes…
[19:54] Zero|DM> THere’s also alchohol free punch
[19:54] Zero|DM> which Dr. Plott is more than willing to serve up to those who ask
[19:54] Zero|DM> or that look under age
[19:54] Iris> “So far so good,” Iris observes as she drifts back over Quinn’s way, a cup of punch in one hand and some cotton candy in the other. “This is almost like one of the parties back home, except no one’s been poisoned yet.”
[19:56] Zero|DM> Marisa meanwhile is sipping at alchoholic punch, and is having a merry time in the dancing crowd.
[19:57] Zero|DM> It’s odd, perhaps, to see her laughing and singing along… and given her costume, occasionally showing way more than she likely should be.
[20:00] Alyssa> “I don’t think it’s any different than your Alice.” She’d nod to Miyako.
[20:02] Ashilyn> “With any luck, no one will be poisoned,” Quinn replies with a bit of a nervous laugh. “Jesus. You really almost live in the Medieval times, don’t you?” Quinn reaches out with one hand, punching Iris lightly in the shoulder. “Can’t promise a bad candy apple won’t find it’s way to someone though.”
[20:04] * Miyako "Oh, I wouldn’t say so, but thank you all the same. " She’s chomping on cotton candy. “We truly don’t get out often, unless it’s trouble. Don’t we.”
[20:05] Alyssa> “I guess so. I kind of like it, but I miss the little nonsense I used to do with friends.”
[20:05] Iris> Iris wobbles a bit, manages not to spill her punch. “It’s worked for us,” she says, sounding oddly depressed. “For years and years and years, it’s worked. After a fashion, at least,” she shrugs, takes another sip of punch, and then dons her ready smile again. “I’ll make sure to stay clear of the candy apples, then.”
[20:06] Zero|DM> Uncle finds his way over, and pat pats Alice’s hair, before depositing half-a-bag of toosie rolls into her hands with a wink and a nod.
[20:07] Ashilyn> “Yeah, well… hopefully things don’t go all Game of Thrones on you anytime soon,” Quinn replies with a grin. “Because I think that’s the exact definition of ‘not working’.” Taking a sip of her own punch, she quirks an eyebrow. “Iris, dear, the candy apples are just an example. Though I mostly making a joke. I haven’t heard of any candy related incidents in years.”
[20:09] Zero|DM> The night goes on without any incidences of poisonings. Or even filth troubles. If you didn’t know better, you’d think nothing was wrong anywhere in town. ANd perhaps, for this one night, nothing is wrong.
[20:09] Zero|DM> [End Session]

Chapter 4, Scene 3

Mana of Mayhem Helmar