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  • Twentieth Year’s Winter Ball

    Twenty-eight day of the Second Moon,
    Twentieth Year of Recent Awakenings

    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Senior Chronicler, I hereby submit the account of the Twentieth Year’s Winter Ball.

    The Highlight of the Court’s social calendar took place on Saturn’s evening in a delightful grove near the Avalon ballroom. This year’s theme was Light up the Night and magnificent garments, masks and jewels rivalled the skies in starry splendour.

    The Ball was hosted by Lady Sinvy’s household and the Mistress of Entertainments, Mistress Josie who sent gifts and masks with the invitations. As the masked guests proceeded through the Royal Gardens and past the Avalon Ballroom along a bejewelled path, a previously unseen area was revealed. A flourishing grove, blossoming with wintertime life unfurled in an extensive, illuminated forest with a circle formed from incandescent blue mushrooms in the center of the area. A glittering miniature castle stood in the north, its rooftops and steeples generously covered in a thin layer of diamond dust, causing it to endlessly glint and gleam, and there was a black moonstone fountain with pale blue water trickling steadily from the fingertips of its accompanying fairy statue. To the west, an elevated platform was set with three thrones, providing a space for attending Royalty to relax and observe. A blanket of frosted grass cover the floor with a variety of winter flowers providing pops of contrasting colors and visuals throughout the space and lavishly carved ivory marble benches provided a place to sit.

    When everyone had explored the grove, the Royal family was announced and all knelt for the arrival of Her Majesty the Queen, The Royal Consort, Lord Boreas, the Princess Maeveen and the royal entourages. After the Royal party was seated on the thrones, Queen Vivienne addressed the gathering, "Thank you all for joining Us at this year's Winter Ball, the most important ball of the year where we of the Winter Court gather here together to embrace one another and the values of the Winter Court. Since the beginning of these Awakenings, it has been tradition to host the Winter Ball once every year, and We are pleased to continue this tradition once more, with all of Our friends and favoured guests present.”

    For those who have not had the honour to see our Queen in person, Queen Vivienne is a tall, elegant elven woman of delicate, fair complexion with a head of shimmering ice blonde hair, hip-length and worn in a simple french braid. She wore a hovering diamond pendant, a floating diamond crown, a pair of glassweave slippers and a flickering glassweave ball gown. The flickering, illuminated gown was made from reflective glassweave with an intricate gold and silver embroidered pattern and featured a plunging neckline, snug bodice and transparent, long trumpet sleeves. The lavish, full flowing skirts touched the floor and extended into a short train. The dazzling gold and silver threaded, dense embroidery of swirling snowflakes climbed from the hem, up the skirt to the hips, scattered with hundreds of gold diamond and silver opal clusters that seem to dance with inner light. The Queen’s handmaidens wore coordinating gowns.

    The fairy named Prelinah was a guest of Honor, and she was presented with her glimmering miniature castle which replicates a dollhouse that opens and closes. Mistress Josie announced, "The Castle was crafted by the carpenters and various other crafters in the Castle, supported by myself and with the permission of the Royals, to thank the fairy Prelinah for her own shows of entertainment, her ability to lighten the mood in a room and the joy she brings to others. We are hopeful she will flourish with her own space and know that she is treasured and special, as we all are.”

    Music was provided by the Mistress of Entertainments and many couples took to the floor with traditional Winter dances, the Galliard of the Snowflakes and the Midnight Dance, befitting the theme of Light and Night.

    During the evening, Mistress Josie announced "We also ran a poetry contest on the theme of a Light in the Night and how our Royals embody that theme” and thence called forth the winners who were Doctor Dolph and this chronicler, to recite their poems.

    Sera Tine’s Poem

    Who makes the blackest dark, light?
    Who shines more lustrous than starlight?
    Who lights up the night, so bright?
    Her Majesty.

    Hue of darkness, begone unwelcome tint,
    See Her glimmering shimmering footprint,
    Stepping over the snow crystal glint,
    Queen Vivienne.

    Mourn not the passing of the afternoons,
    For after dark come the triad moons,
    From the northern mountains, tunes,
    Princess of Avalon.

    Across the skies, aurora flirtations,
    Gaze at the starry constellations
    Those who watch feel elation,
    Forever may She reign.
    Doctor Dolph’s Poem

    Light and fluffy, cold and wet.
    Canvases the ground and path
    A Winter landscape aftermath,
    of falling snowflakes peaceful set.

    Alas, the trees struck bare of leaf,
    upon which branches ice has crept
    The liquid snow has slowly wept
    and frozen as a sharpened reef

    The icy sky, so filled with bite
    Proof to all, of winter might
    A frozen wonderland's moonlight
    Producing such a splendid sight

    Twinkling with moons, visible stars
    Numerous, and endless count
    This poet's favor, boundless amount
    Lights the way, for all of ours.

    To enter to this Winter Ball
    To dance, and social, courtly praise.
    Recorded ageless, winter days
    A time of lightened spirits, all.
    After the recitals, dancing and dining continued, pausing only for all to kneel as the Royal party took their leave. Her Majesty’s parting words were, "Thank you everyone for joining Us this night. We hope you all enjoy the remainder of the festivities.”

    Guests then resumed swirling together at the dance and enjoying the delicious foods and drinks provided. As the evening drew to a close, Mistress Josie’s parting wish for the departing guests was, “I would ask that as we start to wither in numbers, you contemplate on making a commitment as an individual on what -you- can do to strengthen our Winter Court, so that we can be better and stronger as a collective whole rather than exclusively as individuals.”

    Before departing, the remaining guests praised Mistress Josie’s hard work in arranging the Ball, words which seemed to please Prelinah. The fairy suddenly raised her hands and spouted massive amounts of golden energy which caused an apparition of the words "JOSIE DID GREAT! YAY JOSIE" to appear in the stars.

    Many of the members of the Court attended the ball, including but not limited to Queen Vivienne, Lord Boreas and Princess Maeveen, Ladies Charmiam and Hieronyma, Lords Vestio, Bernier and Sir Launfal, Dame Galatea and Sir Petris, Mistresses Adeline, Blodwen, Brook, Irene, Josie and Tristana, seras Finna, Heulyn and Rosine, Master Emerick, Doctor Dolph, sers Anton and Kaspar. In attendance to serve, perform or as part of the Royal entourage were seras Caillean, Elora and Tine, Master Edstave and ser Halvard. Guest of Honor was the fairy Prelinah.

    For further details of the beautiful garments, refer to ser Anton’s post describing what was worn to the Winter Ball.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask all readers please indicate to me through discretion any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, The Office of the Chronicler, and the Denizenry of Her Majesty's Realm.

    Sera Tine
    Senior Chronicler

    Mistress Tine
    Royal Chronicler of the Court
    Squire to Sir Edstave
    Junior Equerry to Lord Dolph Li'astri
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