Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

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Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by The Druid » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:23 pm

Date: Saturday, April 27th
Time: 8:00pm RST
Location: The Wilds ((RoD #the-wilds))



Eo! The sweet rain gently falling
Eo! The seed deep in the Earth
Eo! I hear my lovers calling
Eo Evohe!

Eo! The lusty summer coming
Eo! The green leaf in the bud
Eo! The wild sap is running
Eo Evohe!

Eo! The musky Piper playing
Eo! The One Who Calls the Dance
Eo! The howling earth is saying
Eo Evohe!


The Fires of Beltane are here!





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Lyrics taken from “Beltane Fires” by Gaia Consort.

Keep an eye on this thread for the setting information and get your fashion sets ready!
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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by The Druid » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:10 pm




It is not a trick of the eye, nor the ear; one's senses have not been cheated. In spite of all the season's grandest efforts, shrewd currents of Summer's heat have still made it through. Clandestine and swift, they slither their way into the gaps of Rhy'Din's every nook and crevice, rise in ghostly clouds with the fog wafting off cobbled stone. Dart, even, between cascading droplets of late month, chilly rain. They are as the determined reach of numerous, ardent hands, each long finger curling back on itself, luring the populace from their homes, their routines, for an evening of frivolity. Even the wan puttering of the city's street lamps seem to flicker in time, bending all in one direction: North.

The torches' slender, white forms act as breadcrumbs leading the pilgrimage to the festivities already in progress, visible even at a great distance for their riots of light, color, and sound.

Leaving the city behind for the primeval dark of the Wilds would not normally be a decision borne of wisdom, but this night a familiar, blood quickening pulse beat is one's stalwart company. Teardrop clear globes of blown glass house within them their own petite flames, sparsely decorating limbs and boughs overhead, growing in number the farther North one travels. Among them, strung errantly like the ruined webs of artistic spiders, run vibrant strips of satin, lace, and chiffon. Scattered among the trees stand birch wood torches, their flames protected from rainfall by a halo of mist. Their slender, white forms act as breadcrumbs leading the pilgrimage to the festivities already in progress, visible even at a great distance for their riots of light, color, and sound.


The edge of the evening's chosen glade is described by tufts of hip high flame, doppelgangers of the May Queen's own pyre, yet to be lit. Their red-orange glow zigzags in either direction, until their light can no longer be seen. Grass and underbrush steadily gives way to a silk smooth patchwork of unraveled bolts of multicolored fabric. They provide the floor for wood pallet tables heavily laden with food and drink, no one station bearing the same wares. Sporadic and asymmetrical placement encourages the flow of foot- and dancer traffic alike, with plentiful uninhibited space in between.

Peals of laughter, hoots and hollers, join the rhythmic thuds of heavy bodied drums

Peals of laughter, hoots and hollers, join the rhythmic thuds of heavy bodied drums, livened by the fervent plucking of strings. Hurdy-gurdies and nycelharpas whine and croon, accompanying the vocal talents both ethereal and guttural to fill the space below a vast canopy of crown shy foliage, a further scattering of sunset wild, conic formations of satin fabric, and nebulae of colorful papered lanterns. Aerial acrobats whose skin is stained to match the silks entwining them twirl and tumble through the air above, at times linking hands and passing large rings of brass in complicated, gravity defying maneuvers.





Directly ahead, acting as the glade's North Star, is the intricate, alder wood throne awaiting its Queen. Hewn with sky-reaching blazes in mind and hand rubbed until it gleams, the sheen of its body reflects every tongue of flame, free burning or captured. At Her back stands the monumental, nine wooded pyre, stacked higher than even the throne's tallest stiles and will throw its shape into sharp relief when set aflame. A scepter of woven wood pierces the ground at Her right hand, its bulbous tip wrapped in cloth and soaked in flammable oil, at the ready. To her left, a fringed network of torn gossamer ribbons dangle from the overhanging trees, cut to form a generous archway and circled by the heads of full, fat, blossoms of cream, ivory, and jade.

The winding bend of a modestly sized stream meanders in from the West and out, once more, back into the trees to the North. The banks of this natural water source are likewise clothed in rippling satin and have been outfitted with a variety of vividly decorated poufs and cushions for the respite of those attending. Smaller pallets of wood situated in between provide a solid surface upon which to set one's food and drink as one cools their heels in the lazy current or enjoys the evening's atmosphere at a polite distance from the central hubbub of activity. Those looking for further privacy to hold their own intimate celebrations are encouraged to make use of the teepees of woven muslin, silk, velvet, and gauze speckling the wood well outside of the firelight's relentless glow.*

There is much to do, and much more to see beyond mere frolicking and the consumption of ever-flowing libations.

There is much to do, and much more to see beyond mere frolicking and the consumption of ever-flowing libations. An animated, dusk robed woman beckons for the participation in the evening's games. Land five brass rings around a single peg, sink a hand of darts into a well-worn bullseye, or lob a heavy stone the longest distance for your chance at acquiring a piece of treasures unimaginable. Or challenge the old, russet-skinned Ali Mayhu at a round of 58 Holes, currently undefeated (despite his tendency to play while asleep.), and learn the secrets of a long lost trove of spoils from an ancient and forgotten clan of nobility. All takers, whether or not they are victorious, will be gifted one round token the size of a thumbnail, one of its black stone sides painted with the motif of a capital C surrounding the burst of a silver star. If one is to ask after the meaning of the token, one will receive from its congenial gifter that all will be told in time.

So eat, drink, dance, and share in the bounty of another year survived with your brethren. For there is no room for difference or dissonance here. The rhythm of Life binds all to its rampant pulse no matter one's history or future, no matter one's deeds whether punished or praised. It is the fickle miracle, the oldest mystery, but can be regarded as nothing less than a gift. Because Mother Nature's watchful eyes are open, and whereas She will endure without Her children, Her children cannot survive without Her blessing.




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Many thanks to Crispin’s player for writing the beautiful description for this year! There is a playlist here! to set the mood. All fashion sets and vapored posts can be included below.

*A note about the section of the setting around the river. For those who do not wish to play in a busy room, there will be a quieter discord channel available on the night of the Fires (#the-underground) that will be standing in for this section of the party. This will allow people to still play at Beltane but in a quieter, less fast-paced room. It’s also very easy to bounce back and forth between Discord channels and keep an eye on what’s happening at both “areas” of the party!
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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by Vaeluthil Whitevale » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:32 pm

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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by Juniper » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:04 pm

Image This could be hard to jump the fires but that's what wings were made for
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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by Michelle Montoya » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:10 pm

Michelle would take her daughter, Nadella (5) and her son Allen (11) with her to enjoy the festivities of Beltane. They would be among the first to arrive, but also among the first to leave as the hour grew late for such young children.


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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by JewellRavenlock » Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:45 pm

The Lady of Lapis Lazuli was there in a dress that showed off her multi-pointed star scar as well as some of her finer assets.

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Post by Mallory » Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:04 pm

Mallory had already selected a sofia blue chiffon dress for Beltane before the Queen was announced; once she heard the news, she picked a theme of Greek-inspired gold for her accessories. Her horns, too, she had buffed and polished and painted gold for the evening. Her lipstick was blood red and her eye shadow was dark, the better to bring out her vibrant green eyes.

Beltane was a celebration of life, as well as an excuse to indulge in its pleasures, and Mallory offered her blessings freely. There were no hounds following at her heels, no ring of delinquents around her (just her wife, Eri), and she seemed more joyful and carefree than she had at any time that year.

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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by Bailey Raptis » Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:13 pm

Bailey's friend Roshie had designed his dress and clutch for him, and the boots were an old holdover from his closet, but the bloodstone earrings and ring had been gifted to the Archmage earlier in the day by the ghostly lords and ladies of Beltanes past.
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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by KhaoticBliss » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:26 pm




The reigning Queen of May, the newly named Lady of Bismuth, would unquestionably be on hand to pass off the Crown to the Season's newest Regent.
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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by Eden Parker » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:33 pm



Eden was excited as usual to attend Beltane! In honor of her being named Lady Tourmaline, she wore a necklace with a small pink tourmaline stone.
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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by Lucy Mitford » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:05 pm



Lucy is attending Beltane with August Evans, the two arriving hand-in-hand for the festivities. She introduced August to anyone they stopped to speak with---and they made a special effort to say hello to everyone they recognized and spotted in the crowd. They made sure to congratulate the new May Queen, Mallory, and also made an effort to try to share a drink with the previous queen, Saila.

After spending a good amount of time in the main festivities, August and Lucy broke off to spend some time enjoying the night on their own, before eventually disappearing into the Wilds.
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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by Mist Gul » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:37 pm

Lord of the Sapphire.

As always, Mist rummaged through his most inappropriate clothing to find something perfect to wear to Beltane. This year, he found shimmering blue silk that fit the occasion, and fashioned himself a crown of ash and larkspur, with a pair of horns for the fun of it, and a third eye to represent the sapphire.

He arrived alone, but was looking to take his promised dances, and to dance all evening.

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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by Aurora Exley » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:43 pm



Aurora arrived in the company of her incontrovertible lovah Elliot, intent on exploring the festival's festivities and sampling at least most of what there was on offer. Though affectionate and clearly into one another, those who wandered too close to the couple would likely be bemused to hear them bickering about, of all things, the romantic ideals and relationship goals of trees.
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Re: Beltane 2019: The Fires of Beltane

Post by Elessaria » Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:52 pm

The Lady of Jade

Eless' wounds would be mostly healed. They are all over her face and body, but the worst are on her extremities. The deeper cuts still pink while the more superficial scratches have already turned silvery white.
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Her hair is knee-length and her flower of choice would be freesia.
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And as Lady of Jade, she will be wearing a lavender jade necklace.
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((Post for participation in the Lords and Ladies of Beltane to come! There'll be a reason why it's lavender jade!))
~Can you use these tears to put out the fires in my soul?
'Cause I need you here...
Let beauty come out of ashes...
And when I pray to God all I ask is
Can beauty come out of ashes?~-Ashes
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