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Fall Into Winter - the 21st YRA Winter Ball

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  • Fall Into Winter - the 21st YRA Winter Ball

    Second Day of the Second Moon,
    Twenty-First Year of Recent Awakenings

    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Chronicler of the Court, I hereby submit the account of
    Fall Into Winter - the 21st YRA Winter Ball.

    On the last evening of the first moon, the Avalon Ballroom was the scene of the annual Winter Ball, the highlight of the Marrach social calendar. Attended by the Royal Family and decorated for the theme of Fall into Winter, the company dressed in their most elegant Winter- and Autumn-themed apparel and assembled under a canopy of evergreen boughs with sprawling branches and fragrant needles. A description of some of the spectacular custom-made gowns will soon be published. There were displays of ferns and flowers, with blossoms for each guest to pick and take home. The floor was coated in a fine, powderwhite dusting of snow and strewn with colorful autumn leaves. Dame Eeva and her crystal violin provided music.

    Barely had the eye taken in all the magnificence when an announcement heralded the arrival of the Royal Family. "All kneel for Our Most Gracious Monarch, Queen Vivienne of Avalon [sic] and the Ice Throne - The Royal Consort, His Excellency Lord Boreas - and His Royal Highness, Prince Bertram, Heir to the Ice Throne!" The Royal Family arrived with their attendants, and the Queen greeted those present, "We are most pleased to see you all gathered here tonight, in good company and amicable spirit."

    Dame Josie, the Mistress of Entertainments and host for the event, welcomed everyone, "Thank you all for attending this, the Winter Ball, in the 21st Year of Recent Awakenings. The last few moons have brought us many blessings, including the return of his Highness, the all-over health of our Royals and a good run of peace. It is these things we celebrate tonight as in togetherness we count our many blessings. Dame Eeva has been kind enough to play the violin for a portion of this evening and after her first song sera Nariseth, our poetry contest winner, will share the piece she wrote. Afterwards we can all retire to the feasting table, or wherever everyone is comfortable sitting and eating and enjoy conversation and company. Dancing is always permitted and encouraged, of course, and there may be a game, depending. Before you go, I would ask you make sure to take a flower memento from one of the pots if you are interested in doing so, as once the night is over I will begin working to clean everything up again."

    Sera Nariseth, the Literary Laureate, presented her poem 'Brushed Winds.'

    Crystals drip from the stones and trees...
    Last of the gold paid to hushed earth.
    Frost glitters in pale morning light...
    Regal colours melding in their worth.

    Breezes tickle branches which sway...
    Upon a scarcely heard melody driven.
    Winds bracing the chill of oncoming day.
    Leading forth a fall of dancing ice.

    Watching the leaves taken in grasp…
    They flurry in a whirlwind surreal.
    Stealing away the breath unwary -
    Treasures wild, a visual appeal.
    Skins dot in shivers, Winter awaits!
    Elegant lace, white descends silent.
    As Autumn passes beyond the gates…
    Returning anew in time and again.

    Revel in the change, of the display -
    So rare a sight of harmony pristine.
    As the borders between worlds is thinned…
    And in company of all senses, serene.
    Then it was time to feast and socialize. Master Geoffry had supplied a variety of amazing things to eat and drink. A massive feasting table bore Winter tealights and apple votives, baskets of apples and trays of fruits and vegetables, roasted rabbit, peacock and venison, cakes and pies, drinks, and bread. Dame Eeva continued to play during the meal, and people danced and feasted as the mood took them. As the twirling couples moved on the semi-circular dance stage, their movements caused leaves and glittering snow to swirl about their feet, and the mirrors sparkled reflections into the room.

    The Queen and Her Heir discussed some artistic plans for the realm, and eventually, the Queen thanked Dame Josie for hosting the event and departed with Her Winter Consort and Her son and the royal retinues.

    Guests continued to enjoy the dancing and feasting after the departure of the Royal Family. Dame Eeva seemed indefatigable with her violin. When she eventually had a well-earned break, a small orchestra provided music for those couples still whirling on the dance stage.

    Present were Queen Vivienne, Prince Bertram, Lord Boreas, Ladies Galatea, Ezraella and Charmiam, Dames Eeva and Josie, Sirs Adahn, Petris and Pete, Mistresses Blodwen, Adeline, Heulyn and Calamity, Masters Aratan, Kaspar, Emerick and Ibar, seras Elora, Aleysia, Taite and Nariseth, sers Melle and Harabec, and this chronicler.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections. I humbly ask all readers to please indicate to me discreetly, 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.

    Mistress Tine
    Chronicler of the Court

    Mistress Tine
    Royal Chronicler of the Court
    Squire to Sir Edstave
    Junior Equerry to Lord Dolph Li'astri
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    ADDENDUM: Mistress Calamity, Leader Inner Apprentice of the Clothiers, has published What was Worn to Winter Ball, 21 YRA. This is an excellent article for anyone interested in the fashions of the Court.

    Mistress Tine
    Chronicler of the Court

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



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