Open Hand, Open Heart Party
June 19, 2021, 7 p.m.
Arx - Ward of the Compact - Serendipity Square - Kismet Carnival Hall
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(OOC)The scene set/room mood is now set to: Tickets for the 50-50 raffle are still available for purchase! They are 500 silver per ticket. Send silver via messenger to Isabeau.
Jerome, a bodyguard, Morgana, a proper secretary, 2 Valardin Knights, Bijou the Jewel, the Graypeak Mountain Dog, Elaine, an older courtier arrive, following Isabeau.
Bijou the Jewel, the Graypeak Mountain Dog have been dismissed.
6 Grayson House Guards, Gioia, a clever actress from Gemecitta arrive, following Jerrica.
(OOC)The scene set/room mood is now set to: Tickets for the 50-50 raffle are still available for purchase! They are 500 silver per ticket. Give silver to Isabeau.
Isabeau, pretty and polished in her pink-to-purple blend of clothes and jewelry, stands at the center of the hall, a smile on her lips as she waves to those who filter in. "Welcome! This is one of the first events thrown by Heart in Hand lately, though Princess Donella also threw a concert benefitting our work with the arts and scholarship rather recently." She shifts on her sandaled feet, "Thank you all for coming, I am assured that we can use all the games and the refreshments have been paid for."
Continuing on in her contralto tones, Isabeau says, "We'e holding a 50-50 raffle to raise funds meant to help provide shelter to recently freed slaves, though this isn't the only cause we will champion, of course. Tickets cost five hundred silver each, and there are no limits on how many you can purchase."
As a member of the Heart in Hand, Aella has been in the Kismet hall for some time helping to ensure things are set up. Her attire is notable for being a dress and in shades of pastel pinks and purples - every so often she moves as if to rest a hand on the head of her ax, which is not at her side. Now, as Isabeau welcomes everyone, the countess stands nearby with Princess Jerrica Grayson - another Heart member and her patron - greeting people politely. Her northern accent is strong, but she's making the effort to look soft and not-too-Prodigal. "Hello, welcome, have a drink." It's... sort of working.
A messenger arrives, delivering a message to Aella before departing.
Neither the first nor the last to filter in is a rather tall and thin man, though not to the point of gauntness. Dressed in an array of monochromatic colors ranging from a dark grey to a white, his silk attire is neither overly special, nor particularly fancy. It is, however, immaculate. His first stop is the hostess, whom he greets with a warm smile, "Good afternoon, my Lady Duchess. A beautiful outfit - I especially like your necklace." He inclines his head politely, but given her hosting duties, he doesn't stay long, moving through the crowd and inclining his head politely in greeting to those he knows and those he does not. He spots Aella and inclines his head as well, offering, "And good afternoon to you as well, my Lady. Your dress is especially lovely this evening." Seeing Jerrica standing with her, he offers a deep bow of his head, perhaps spotting her signet ring. "Good evening to you as well... your Highness?" The platinum-haired man sounds uncertain, but he makes a guess of it. "Messere Vulpiano Rossetti, Steward of House Fidante."
Drake arrives in the hall with Thea on his arm. He seems to dote on her a bit, but does go right for the drinks. This isn't, of course, without stopping to look at the raffle set up. "Ah, freed slaves. It's a good cause. I suppose we could chip in for one or two," he says. "Long as I don't break the bank before the family dinner." But he's never been all that good with money so it seems like he's checking Thea for confirmation.
In a sun themed yellow dress, Jerrica has been finishing up little touches her and there and welcoming guests as they arrive. The Grayson stands near Aella and Isabeau during the opening speech. "I'm so glad everyone could come! Please enjoy yourselves," she says snagging a couple of drinks from a passing server. "Messere Vulpiano, so nice to meet you! Would you like a glass of..." she looks at what she has snagged. "....Wine?"
Cambria arrives, and though not a member of the association, nevertheless appears favorable towards its cause and goals. There are, of course, smiles and nods, and pleasant greetings to all those around. The hosts for the event are given all due respect, but only when it is Cambria's turn to approach them, as the Hydra Duchess was not so rude as to simply shove her way past others in order to do so.
Emberly is here in her dawn colored outfit, that sets off her red hair nicely, she looks over the others she smiles a little as she finds whom to hand her silver to
Winter, A Highhill Puppy arrives, following Kiera.
Thea arrives in a tight fitting, purple gown, displaying every curve she has. Apparently there's a purple theme, little did SHE know! HA! Walking at Drake's side, she smiles a moment,"It is, yes. I may even have some of my own to chip in as well. It'll be well spent." Going to grab a drink herself, non alcoholic of course, the Countess greets Isabeau with a wink. "Nice seeing you again,"her eyes looking to Aella as well. "Countess--hello. I didn't realize you wore gowns. It's nice and pink." Was that compliment? She thinks so! Seeing Cambria, she gives her a wave as well. "Cousin..."
Isabeau's eyes grow wide as she looks to Jerrica, "Wine? At a brewery?! The shock. The horror," She teases Jerrica, with a playful scrunch of her nose. "Did you like the gift?" she asks the princess, before smiling to Aella, "I didn't get enough of a chance to bully yours into creation yet. Soon, though. I truly appreciate both of your support." She looks to Vulpiano, smiling her sweet, seraphic smile to him, "Messere Rossetti, how nice to see you again. Thank you for the compliment." Then her gaze tracks to Cambria, her smile growing a little in warmth. "Countess, Count." To Thea and Drake.
"Ah, Thea," Cambria says, smiling brightly. "And your dashing husband," said of Drake, whom Cambria had not properly met before. "A delight to see you both here." She takes in the immediate crowd so far, and says to Thea, "Everyone looks so lovely. I adore it." Even Aella! Since Cambria knows her not, she has no reason to assume that the woman does not otherwise dress in fancy clothes on the regular.
Aella gives a nod of greeting to Vulpiano, introducing herself, "Countess Aella Ravenseye." There's a look at Jerrica that says 'do not hand me wine.' Her stormy eyes scan the hall so she can find a server with beer. Once the tankard is in hand, she gives Thea a half-hearted smile. "Aye, gowns, the foundation of any good wardrobe." Then, critically, she narrows her eyes in her fellow countess' direction. "Where's your beer?"
Emberly smiles a little to Drake and Thea and she slowly meanders a bit closer, "you both are looking lovely today, its great to see you both again." she says in a friendly manner
Kiera walks in following her brother and sister in law to her slight embarassment "Douchess" she first greets isabeau with a curtsey and then to Aella "Countess, you look lovely"
Jerrica greets the guests as they arrive. Frankly, there are many that she doesn't know so there are a lot of introductions happening. "Lady Crovane, I trust you are well. Thank you for coming," she tells Emberly politely. "I love your necklace, Countess Wyvernheart! I've been looking for jewelry ideas lately." The princess compliments Thea. Then to Isabeau, "Oh yes! It is lovely! You have an amazing eye for these things and are so thoughtful!" She bubbles as she shows off the bracelet the Duchess gave her.
Vulpiano smiles as Jerrica simply grabs something from a tray, "Yes, your Highness, that would be wonderful. Thank you so much." The platinum-haired man accepts the offer of the wine with more than a touch of humility, a slight blush rising to his otherwise pale cheeks. The Lycene steward absolutely does not go through any elaborate wine tasting ritual. When Aella introduces herself to him, he smiles a little mysteriously, but says in return, "A pleasure to meet you, my Lady Ravenseye."
Drake is getting a bit more used to 'Count,' so he raises his glass to Isabeau. "Hello there. Good event so far." He smiles at Cambria. "That would be me, yes, Drake. Good to meet you." His eyes track to the necklace as it's pointed out, but then he just looks at Thea's face for a second, before back to the room.
Isabeau gives Aella an indulgent look at her half-hearted proclamation about gowns, and then seems even more tickled at her question to Thea. But she's offering her hand to Cambria, rather than commenting on that, "Duchess, I wasn't expecting you, how thoroughly delightful to see you." She smiles at Kiera, "Lady Kiera, it's a party, not a... well, I'm not sure what exactly one must show up perfectly on time for. If you want to do penance for being a little late, you must challenge someone to a game."
Dolente, a mourning dove, Dolce, a collared dove arrive, following Cesare.
Emberly touches her own necklace before she looks to Thea's and she smiles brightly as attention is drawn there. But it is Isabeau's words of a game that get her blue orbs to turn to Kiera with an impish sort of glimmer within them
Petroc, the most unassuming man you have ever met, 2 Sanna House Guards, Bear arrive, following Cirroch.
"He does exist,"Thea mentions with amusement. "Princess Jerrica, nice to see you. And thank you. It belonged to my mother. My father gave it to her when they married.,"she explains with a small smile, nudging Drake a moment. To Vulpiano, she introduces herself,"Countess Thea Wyvernheart. It's a pleasure to meet you." So.Many.People! Hearing Aella however, Thea lifts her eyebrow just a touch. Nope. She will NOT look at Isabeau. No no no! "Oh um..well you see...I'm going on a sebatical for a bit you see. No drinking for a few months." There's a clearing of her throat, followed by a drink. "Hey Kiera,"Thea quickly greets her sister in law, distracting herself.
Cambria takes Isabeau's hand, and then very casually uses it to 'pull' herself into Isabeau's side. "I always seek to surprise in the best of ways," she tells the Telmar Duchess. Thereafter, Cambria grants Isabeau her personal space back. "I looked forward to the opportunity to attend when I first heard it announced." Then, to Drake, Cambria says, "A pleasure to meet you as well, Count."
Cesare's fashionably behind schedule to the party. Not late; you can't be late to a party, it's the nature of the thing. He's rather toned-down tonight, in muted shades of grey and black accented by scarlet, rather than his usual vibrant finery - but this is no reflection of his general state; he seems to be otherwise in high form, with a carefully cultivated air of casual deshabille including hair which is just this side of wild, curls spilling down his back. It does nothing to distract from the black eye, but perhaps that wasn't the aim. He is looking...for a drink.
There's a lot of people now, and Aella's eyes widen as she looks around. To Isabeau she shakes her head. "Wouldn't have known there was anything to apologize for if you hadn't said..." When Kiera greets her, she raises her tankard slightly. "Lady Kiera, aye, as do you." There's a motion between the women. "Blue, suits our hair better." That might be a comment on the very pink and purple dress she is wearing. Maybe. She looks no more comfortable as Thea's explanation comes and the realization dawns on her. "Congratulations? Yes? May you and Count Drake be blessed with a strong firstborn." She clears her throat and drinks deeply from the beer in her hand. Someone save her.
Vulpiano turns at Thea's introduction, offering the Countess a bow, "My Lady Wyvernheart, a pleasure. Messere Vulpiano Rossetti, Steward of House Fidante. You look radiant this evening." He straightens from his bow and gives the woman a smile. "Is it Lycene? I recognize the cloth - and..." Vulpiano pauses, perhaps overhearing Thea's discussion on a sabbatical and also realizing what that meant, "My congratulations as well, my Lady, and to your husband. Is this your first?"
Possum have been dismissed.
6 House Mazetti Guardians have been dismissed.
Drake looks a little flushed for a second when he hears 'firstborn', a comment which causes him, personally, just to drink a bit more. But he'll get used to the idea... and, well, it's not as if people won't be knowing sooner or later. He clears his throat and nods. "It is," he says. "New responsibilities, but it comes with the territory. She's going to be great."
Draped in a seasilk overcoat of deep garnet red with white embroidery running the entire length of panels is Cirroch, barefooted and wearing little else. He takes long strides into the room with little pause for who might be following him, nearly smooth as he grabs at a drink and begins to / Sanna sip / it in one go, then handing the tankard off to the next passing tray. Clasping his hands together as he stops to survey the room.
A messenger arrives, delivering a message to Aella before departing.
Bright blue eyes alight with mirth as she pointedly ignores Aella and Thea's conversation, likely to ease the embarrassment of the latter that is likely to come, Isabeau traces them over the room at large A smile of greeting is sent to Cesare, and a dip of her head, "Welcome, Cesare. And Marquis Sanna! Thank you both for coming. I've just about decided that we'll start picking games to play soon."
Kiera squeezes Thea's arm affectionally at the greeting and returns Emberly's grin and offers greeting to both her and Cambria "Lady emberly. Duchess Mazetti.Lovely to see you both again" Then she says to Isabeau "So many games to choose from. Do you reccomend one in particular?
"It is is, yes. I'm from the Lyceum you. I should have said I was once Malvici,"Thea begins. But then she hears Aella, which caught on to Vulpiano. Her cheeks flush and the usual strong woman actually turns a bit pink. "Oh-um--yes. Thank you. It is,"Thea's eyes skimming Drake. "So tickets! How many tickets is everyone buying,"she proclaims a bit louder than intended. "Hello Marquis Cirroch, Whisper Cesare."
Having obtained the refreshment he sought, Cesare glides over to Isabeau, bowing deeply. "Duchess Isabeau, a pleasure to see you this evening. You look stunning, although I feel as if I say that to you every time I see you. Purple is one of my favorite colors, though, and it's so rare to see pink sapphires. I adore the gradation in tone of the amethysts you've chosen - I assume you've had a hand in this yourself, knowing your exacting standards, but if not, your taste speaks for itself." The reminder of tickets gets him digging for a bag of silver, and then he turns to Thea as he catches wind of the conversation. "Countess Thea! How lovely to see you." Softer: "Congratulations."
"Duchess Isabeau. Thank you for holding something worthy to get out of the house for." Cirroch exclaims back with a warm smile. He turns to Cambria, with his arms open as he heads towards her to give her a hug. "Duchess Cambria, it is good wonderful to see you." He nods to Thea, "Countess Thea." and Aella, "Countess Aella. We should have the papers ready soon."
Emberly smiles a little as she looks to Thea, "congratulations, I will be sure to send over a plushie" she smiles a little as she moves to find herself a seat casually ruffling her fingers over her silks
Isabeau nods to Cesare, her fingers gathering the front of the lace-trimmed honeysilk shawl that loops around them, "I did, actually. The dress and sandals I picked up, the jewelry and shawl was made specifically for the event." To Kiera, her gaze returns to as she hums and considers, "I think... Wolf in Sheep's clothing is fun for a group. Would anyone like to play? Or does anyone else prefer a different game?"
Aella popintedly steps away from Thea, nearly managing to look apologetic for calling attention to her before grabbing another tankard and approaching Cirroch. She's found someone she can be loud and dumb with. "I'm making social missteps already," She tells the man. "But that's good news." The first tankard is emptied and passed off to a server as she starts on the second. A game? She perks up. "I'll play." Any game.
"Ah, thank you all, and I'll buy a few," Drake says to Thea, just trying to perhaps change the subject. He looks at Isabeau. "Ah, I see, is that the game where one player is secretly the wolf? Hm." He looks at the table. "I could be in."
Seeing Thea and Drake's reactions, Vulpiano just smiles knowingly and leaves that topic alone, instead saying, "Ah, Southport. I have oft had business there. I have spent most of my life in Tor - except the last few years between Arx and Tor. A charming city, my Lady. I enjoy it very much." He turns and sees Cesare, "Ah, Messere Whisper. Fortune smiles on me. How does the day find you?" Vulpiano dips his head to the man in greeting.
"Oh, I love a game," Cesare says. "Any game. All the better if I'm terrible at it." He flashes a smile, brief but brilliant, to Vulpiano. "Lovely to see you again - and please do call me Cesare. It's the only name I was given at birth, and I do prefer it. No need to be so formal with me, though your politeness is noted and appreciated."
Cirroch smirks to Aella's comment and replies, "Do we really make missteps? Or is everyone else failing to be themselves?" He winks to the countess while grabbing another tankard and turning to Cambria for an aside. Then turning back around, the long panels of the coat nearly spinning outwards. "What is the game? Wolf's in what?"
Thea just offers a wink to Aella. "It was bound to get out sooner or later,"as she goes to agree with Isabeau. "That sounds fun." She looks to Emberly and smiles a moment. "Thank you." Thea then hears Vulpiano, grateful for the change of subject. A large smile appears at the mention of her home. "It is, yes. I miss home more often in the winter months, but I'm now getting used to Highhill as well. Thea chuckles, saying,"It didn't take much for Drake to get used to the heat as well." She hears mention of Tor as well, her eyes shifting just a little. "I will be going to visit soon. To give my condolences and such...I haven't been there in a year or two at least."
Jerrica continues sipping on her wine. After all she is still holding two glasses with beer being the preferred beverage of the evening. The Grayson's green eyes scan the room and settle on Vulpiano and Casare before she gracefully walks over to them. "Are you two up for a third? There are so many games, and I find myself at loose ends." She laughs gently. "Shocking I know."
Emberly nods her head a little as she agrees with what Cesare says "ooh a game?" she asks as she looks over to the lady mentioning it "I have never plaied, how is it done?" she asks
12 Grayson House Guards arrives, following Liara.
"No gambling games," Drake says, as he settles down with a whiskey and looks at the cards at hand. "I'm terrible at those. Of course I'm not much of a liar either, so I'm sure I'll bust out of this one fast."
Vulpiano nods to both Jerrica and Cesare, "I'd also love to play - and I also find myself at loose ends, your Highness." He laughs, but it might be drowned out in the hubub of conversation. "It /is/ rather shocking though," he agrees. He glances to Cesare, "What do you say, Cesare?"
Kiera is likely the only one in the room likely grinning like an idiot at drake and thea's discomfort, a slight mistep of her own perhaps for someone usually concerned with decorum she is simply over the moon about being an aunt, regarding the game "how does one play?
Vulpiano has joined the Wolf With the Sheep.
Cesare has joined the Wolf With the Sheep.
Jerrica has joined the Wolf With the Sheep.
Isabeau has joined the Wolf With the Sheep.
Emberly has joined the Wolf With the Sheep.
Thea has joined the Wolf With the Sheep.
Kiera has joined the Pie Eating Contest.
Kiera has left the Pie Eating Contest.
Kiera has joined the Wolf With the Sheep.
Drake has joined the Wolf With the Sheep.
Drake checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 20 higher.
Cesare checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 34 higher.
Jerrica checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 92 higher. Jerrica rolled a critical!
Isabeau checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 40 higher.
Thea checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 25 higher.
Vulpiano checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 127 higher. Vulpiano rolled a critical!
Emberly checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 35 higher.
Kiera checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 37 higher.
Cesare's Whisper face is not at its finest this evening. Possibly he just looks shadier than usual due to the damn black eye. Possibly he's not ever actually really trying to hide his emotion. Possibly he's just...not trying very hard. Either way, something in his hand makes his mouth twitch.
Cesare checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 33 higher.
Jerrica checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 53 higher.
Isabeau checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 47 higher.
Emberly checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 55 higher.
Vulpiano checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 24 higher.
Thea checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 24 higher.
Kiera checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 32 higher.
Drake checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 16 higher.
Vulpiano checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 41 higher.
Isabeau checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 39 higher.
Thea checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 32 higher.
Jerrica checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 32 higher.
Cesare checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 57 higher.
Emberly checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 28 higher.
Kiera checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 41 higher.
Drake checked charm + empathy at difficulty 10, rolling 17 higher.
Kiera is looking at drake with a raised brow as she lays her card down. she could suspect him of being the wolf or that might be a common look she gives her brother
Emberly laughs a little as she listens to Drake as she makes another play, she too was not the winner but she smiles a little
A messenger arrives, delivering a message to Cesare before departing.
At Jerrica's shocked sound, Vulpiano smiles again, collecting his cards, "I was, indeed, the wolf among you. My apologies for the deception."
Aella has been discussing the beer options with one of the servers, having gotten distracted after finishing off her second tankard. She appears impressed by the selection available, gets another beer, and then stands by to watch the game unfold.
Thea really looks at Vulpiano. Her lips break into a smile before she asks,"Are you sorry that apologetic. I don't think so."
"Well done," Cesare congratulates Vulpiano with a hand to the shoulder, another flash of a smile, laying his own cards down. "I'm out of practice at bluffing. Perhaps I need to take lessons from you, sir!" He nods to everyone at the table, though. "Quite a competition. Would any of you like something to drink, while I'm up?"
Kiera offers a bow of her her head in vulpiano's direction "well done Messere. Have I actually introduced myself. Lady kiera wyvernheart
Jerrica is overheard praising Isabeau.
The platinum-haired man just turns a mysterious smile onto Thea, "My Lady Countess, you wound me so. This is the face of a man who is honest to a fault." He laughs at that, likely having convinced exactly zero people of anything. "Skills hard-won in the Lyceum, I'm afraid. Bluffing, I mean." He glances to Kiera as she introduces herself and shakes his head, "No, my Lady, and I apologize for not introducing /myself/, earlier. Messere Vulpiano Rossetti, Steward of House Fidante. A pleasure to meet you, Lady Kiera."
Isabeau has left the Wolf With the Sheep.
Vulpiano has left the Wolf With the Sheep.
Jerrica has left the Wolf With the Sheep.
Cesare has left the Wolf With the Sheep.
A messenger arrives, delivering a message to Cesare before departing.
Isabeau hops up and offers a hand to Jerrica with a toothsome grin, attempting to tug the woman towards another game. "Come on, your Highness. Let's check your balance?" She teases her friend.
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