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    Strong King's Avatar


    The Julia Morgan House was a wonderful venue, a neat little piece in Sacramento’s heritage. Tonight the venue played host to the changing of the Guard, and the passover of the seasons - Spring to Summer. Fun was had but it was now the Vanguards time to lead the charge into a new cycle. This evening would something special, in honor of the passing season their last gift would be rebirth (something Richard would bring to everyone’s attention when the time was right). The sky had an orange hue to it as the day gave way to the night and set the stage for the night.

    The Corinthian pillars in front of the house were draped in a deep red fabric with bold braids on the hem setting the theme early. When anyone entered into the building they would find a similar theme - red table clothes, flowers were present, roses from the campus garden to match the motif. There was a luxurious buffet spread out for anyone who would wish to partake. For others, there was the patio, which could be entered by exiting the house through the double set of French doors.

    The bar was there, ready to serve anyone who wanted anything. By all appearances it screamed open bar. A large portion of the back yard was lined with black mats that allowed for mingling in the yard. Off to one side near the patio was a separate series of mats, squared off and reserved for sparring. On the patio was a series of three tables with exquisite stone chess sets laid out with the boards carved into the tables themselves with clocks on the side. At the very rear of the yard there was a long roped off portion of the venue along the longest line. Target at one end, and a station set up with whatever hardware the Quartermaster has procured.

    The entire event had an air of regality about it, and had a respectable atmosphere - one that encouraged respectable behavior.


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    Richard Price's Avatar
    Call me Rich
    Presence
    (Dignified)
    Composure
    (Calm)
    Mantle
    (Volcanic Pressure & Ash)
    Richard Price

    His skin appears to take on a deep gray color with distinct parallel lines crossing his body, in what almost looks like scars but is much darker then his normal skin but as the same vertical lines connect the horizontal the brickwork pattern becomes clear. His elbows, knees, and hips seem to crack and creak as he moves and if he stretches one can swear they see the outlines of gears but they seem to be missing on second glance. His midsection bears a jagged and broken looking scar that looks as though it threatened to tear him in half, looking as thought stone had almost been chipped away.
    Richard Price Scenes
     

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    The Crimson King, he had arrived much earlier to make sure that everything got set up right before sending the workers out. For the moment he was the only one in the backyard, at the bar, and shaking himself up a drink. The King wore a deep red jacket with a gold plaid pattern subtly laid into the fabric with a matching pair of slacks and a black shirt - no tie - with the top couple of buttons undone. Ruby studs in his ears, a gold Rolex on his wrist, two gold chains hanging on his neck and both tucked into his shirt. Oh and the first time he had reused a pair of shoes, but they were one of his favorite pairs!

    Once he finished shaking the tumbler he had, he poured the drink out - putting the finishing touches on the martini. Picking up the glass, he wandered back into the house, and to the front door - opening it wide to signal the beginning of the coronation.



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    Simone Sangoma's Avatar
    Mantle
    (Summer)
    Status
    (Medical)
    Status
    (Licensed Nurse)
    Presence
    (Serious)
    Simone Sangoma

    Fae Mien: Her dark skin is punctuated with deep cracks of white dust and moonlight, her hair matted into muddy braids.
    Simone Sangoma Scenes
      Sealing the Freehold pledge

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    Walking up to the large residence, Simone took the time to take in the ambience of it all. The seasons were changing, as was their natural course, and the Darkling was content. The heat was raise and even though the sun would shine a little brighter, the nights would be a little shorter. Nights brought sleep, and dreams.

    Wearing a buttoned up leather skirt and a lightweight mottled brown-red blouse, Simone spotted the King looking all dapper and....

    "Nice kicks," she said instinctively, raising the sunglasses from her face so they rested on the dried, muddy braids that hung past her shoulders. The deep, deep cracks in her flesh seemed to shine more, the moonlight escaping through the rents of her skin. "Any chance I can get one of those?" she enquired, indicating the drink in Richard's hand. Over her shoulder was her backpack, holding her scope and first aid kit.

    Darkling Moonborn|Summer Mantle ● (Sounds of Insects Buzzing) |Presence ●● (Serious)

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    Sonnie Wu's Avatar
    Sonja "Sonnie" Wu
    Striking Looks
    (Playful)
    Presence
    (Mischievous)
    New Identity
    (Sonja Wu)
    Mantle
    (Spring)
    Mask:

    An alluring young beauty, Sonnie Wu is 5'2" and lean-bodied, with a light, nimble step and eyes that seem to say "Hey, you know what would be fun?" Her reddish-brown hair often seems slightly unkempt, and an amused smile regularly plays on her lips. Sonnie is usually dressed casually or for outdoor activity. She almost always wears a pair of red leather tabi boots.
    Mien:

    To the eyes of Fae, Sonnie's feet are like those of a monkey: Toes as long as fingers, with one on each foot being opposable like a thumb. A long monkey tail protrudes from the base of Sonnie's spine, covered in hair the same shade as her head. It appears to be prehensile, and often moves to react to her mood and dances about when she speaks, like people who "talk with their hands." Finally, her brown eyes turn golden.
    Mundane Equipment:

    Smart phone, messenger bag, quarterstaff, 2 throwing knifes (concealed), mountain bike.
    Hedgespun

    Cloud-Stepping Shoes
    Hedgespun ● +2 Speed
    Mask: Red tabi boots.
    Mien: Red leather shoes, designed like gloves for her monkey feet. Treads on the 'palms.'

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    Sonnie had to check her phone to be sure this was the right address. She didn't know what she had been expecting, but a big fancy place like this wasn't it. The Summer Court had some real bucks at their disposal, it seemed. She was impressed.

    The Steepscrambler came in a non-traditional style cheongsam. Red, of course, to show respect to the arriving season. She did, however, have another outfit in her bag, for the expected physical endeavors. Her hair was worn up. She might not be a fashionista like a lot of Emeralds, but Sonnie did pretty well.

    Seeing Rich and Simone, she was now certain she had the right place. Smiling brightly as ever, she made her way over and curtsied nimbly. "Hello, your Highness. Thanks for the invite! This place is super fancy! Am I early?"

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  9. #5
    Circe's Avatar
    Striking Looks
    (Exotic)
    Presence
    Mantle Dry Heat
    Circe

    Merit-Striking Looks (exotic)
    Mein:

    Her skin turns a slate-blue and her hair bone white. The whites of her eyes are blood red, the irises are purple with cat-slit black pupils. The helix of her ears elongate out 2" inches ending in a tip. Her features sharpen and her figure has an unnatural, inhuman litheness that can be intellectually disturbing.
    Scenes

    Summer Ascent

    IVV
    MI On the Tail
    LI Faces
    BBQ by river
    Mask

    Her skin brings to mind Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Asian races, though her high cheek bones and sharp facial structure don't match. Most assume she is of mixed ancestry given the pale blonde hair.

    +1
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    Circe didn't join the gathering from outside, but returning from within the building. She saw no point to arrive, set up the range, and then leave to dress up only to return. She'd brought a change of clothes with her instead. Thus did she step out from a hallway of the Julia Morgan House to join the festivities.


    Circe's usual two piece business suit wasn't present when she arrived. Instead its velvet cousin was on display, the slacks nicely complimented the burgundy loafers Circe was wearing. Though the jacket seemed to have a very loose cut to it. Like Richard, Circe had included some golden accessories to go with the red ensemble.


    A thin gold chain wrapped her neck with a sword pendant, tip pointing down, made with small garnets and gold. Circe's long elfin ears were addorned with a garnet stud each. The Fairest had taken her time comparing various gem options against her blue skin and felt the garnet was the best contrast. Her tie was a simple red as all the golden ties had been to be too tacky for her tastes. So a yellow dress shirt was opted for instead to make the contrast with the tie and suit.


    Circe nods to Good King Richard as she struts towards the group. He was already greeting arrivals and who was it that had come? It was a pair of her buddies, one muddy that was also shooty and the other a tale of hyperiness with a tail. Circe blinks her black and red eyes as she memorizes that one for the future.


    "Generale Richard, sharp look boss and I found that room fine," she gives a deeper nod of her head to her commanding officer. Or was she supposed to salute? He'd get a single finger one if he told her to curtsy. "I see our first guests, whose outfits do impress, just as much as our own dress." Her eyes dart to the familiar scope poking out of Simone's pack. It COULD be afixed to one of the rifles but Circe didn't expect that. "Simone? Love the accessory but I only have a multitool with me," she pats a pant pocket, "So I ain't sure yer gonna get ta add that ta one of the bee bee guns."


    Circe's head instantly snaps to Sonny, "And Sonnie? Welcome, excellent colors fer yer cute dress and nope." Circe pops the nope, "Ordinary BB, I did not make a gun that shoots bees." Then a evil smile oozes onto her blue face, "Yet. Oh ho ho ho ho ho!"
    Wyrd-1| Mantle: Summer 3 (Dry Heat)
    Summer Solstice: 2/4 Drinks
    Fairest: Larcenist|Striking Looks (Exotic)|


  10. #6
    Simone Sangoma's Avatar
    Mantle
    (Summer)
    Status
    (Medical)
    Status
    (Licensed Nurse)
    Presence
    (Serious)
    Simone Sangoma

    Fae Mien: Her dark skin is punctuated with deep cracks of white dust and moonlight, her hair matted into muddy braids.
    Simone Sangoma Scenes
      Sealing the Freehold pledge

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    "I thought that," Simone replied to Circe with a shrug, "Only packed it out of habit. Got my first aid kit, you know, just in case."

    When Sonnie entered, the Darkling couldn't help but do a double-take, especially in the dress she was wearing. It seemed to make the Beast's natural playful looks even more appealing. The usually stern Moonborn offered a rare smile.

    "Right," Simone began, tearing her eyes away, "I'm going to go to the bar and get myself a wine. Anyone wanna find me, that's where I'll be."

    With that, the Darkling heads straight for the alcohol.

    Going to open a side-thread at the bar
    Darkling Moonborn|Summer Mantle ● (Sounds of Insects Buzzing) |Presence ●● (Serious)

  11. #7
    Rhodes's Avatar
    Presence
    (Charming)
    Rigid Mask
    Mantle - Chilling breeze, summoning tiny leaves
    Mantle and Mein

    Mein: Rhodes has pale whitish skin, elfin ears and deep emerald eyes. Thin black veins broach the surface of his skin like the roots of a tree emerging from the ground. Dark, broad leaves sprout from his wrists, ankles and temples, spreading around the back of his head. Deep red flowers bloom at the temples and wrists.

    Mantle: A breath of icy wind, the kind that penetrates and sends a chill down the spine. Ash leaves in red, yellow and gold spin into existance around him, caught on the breeze
    Rhodes

    Pale skin, angular features, pointed ears. His jet-black hair burst into bright red flowers and fine dark leaves about his ears forming a wreath of firey foliage that trailed just below his shoulders. Thin woody vines broached and twined across his milky-white skin, with leaves and budding flowers breaking into bloom at his cuffs.

    Hedgespun coat of darkest thunderclouds, broiling and writhing, occasionally flashing as if lighting was happening on the other side.

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    SL
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    There was a ripple of breeze that moves the fabric that drapes the the columns.

    As the Dread Lord of Autumn walks through the double doors into the main room, Seraphina on his arm. Golden leaves and pink spring petals blending in a whirl of colour around the couple. If there was every any doubt as to the relationship of the Autumn King and the Joyeux, well, it was laid to rest.

    They're matching. Coordinated. A clear pair together.

    Rhodes himself is wearing a finely tailored burgundy suit with black shirt and tie. Over the top, his coat of roiling thunderclouds. They pause as they cross the Threshold, taking in the layout of the room. Moving together, linked arms, they make their way axross the room towards the Crimson King, icy winds, yellow-gold leaves and pink blossoms twisting around them.

    "King Richard!" the Flowering greets jovially. "My sincere congratulations on the rising of Summer this season." He inclines his head respectfully. "Sonnie! What a lovely dress. And Circe! Very sharp. I like it." He gives Simone a wave over by the bar.
    Flowering Fairest, Rigid Mask Mantle: A breath of icy wind, the kind that penetrates and sends a chill down the spine.

    Flowering Fairest, Mantle: A breath of icy wind, the kind that penetrates and sends a chill down the spine.

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    Seraphina's Avatar
    Seraphina
    Striking Looks
    (Enthralling)
    Presence
    (Magnetic)
    Distinctive Voice
    (Angelic)
    Status
    (Entertainment)
    Mantle (Spring)
    (In Mini Sheet)
    Seraphina

    Mien

    Softly shimmering gold flakes catch the light whenever she moves, delicate gilded and diamond scales extenuate the luminescent sapphires that are her eyes. The scales trail up to her temples and forehead. Her hair reaches down her back, brushing the back of her knees, spun silver and gold. Very fine diamond dust falls loose from her hair when she moves, reflecting rainbows from the light.
    Seraphina

    Fairest

    Nix/Treasured
    Mantle

    Cherry blossoms gilded in gold bloom from her hair, tumbling down as a warm rejuvenating spring breeze gently kisses the air with the scent of wildflowers and honey. The sound of birds singing can be heard as the wildflowers grow and bloom in vibrant colors where she walks, swaying and lively in the breeze.
    Seraphina

    Mask
    A fairly tall woman, roughly 5'10 with long, wavy dark brown hair. Her eyes are an intense, deep bright blue, reminding one of sapphires. Her lips are full, her body perfect.

    +2
    SL
    +2
    DV
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    PRE

    Coordinating was new for her, but she kind of liked it! It was fun, and it reinforced the fact that they were a pair, they were together.

    The dress she had one was mostly made of lace, but not sheer. It was longer in the back than the front, with mesh on the chest, letting some golden scales peak through. It also matched as closely as possible with Rhodes suit. Her hair hung in loose waves, now nearly touching the floor. Fine diamond dust trailing as she moved, some mixing with her Mantle. New diamond scales mixed beautifully with her golden ones, catching the light.

    A smile was offered to Rhodes as they made their entrance, her hand gently squeezing his arm.

    When they approached Richard, the smile was offered to the Summer King, as she dipped into a curtsy, “The party looks great King Ricard, thank you for having us.” Looking to her fellow Spring, “That dress looks amazing on you Sonnie!” she gushed, thinking the Beast looked quite cute. “Circe, I still need you to tell me where you find such fine suits.” She compliments. Sapphires follow the wave, and see one of the new Summers, and waves as well.
    Fairest│Duel Treasured/Nix│Wyrd •••│Spring ••••

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  15. #9
    Abraham Norton's Avatar
    Presence
    (Noble)
    Distinctive Voice
    (Fruity)
    Abraham Norton

    Mien:
    Blooming irises emerge in his hair and a noticeable smell of these flowers appears. Some delicate vines and creepers seem to be swirling around his neck, shoulders and arms.

    +1
    DV
    3
    PRE

    Abraham was running late. Never being one to organize in advance (skill, quick wit and a fair amount of dumb luck always seemed to get him out of trouble), he hadn't picked the outfit until the last moment - a single button red suit with golden embroidery of leaves. A change of clothes - in shades of green, to leave no doubt what team he is playing for - was left in a sports bag with the staff. King Price did promise them competitions, after all.

    The venue screamed 'big bucks', and Abraham wasn't surprised - the Crimson Ogre never attempted to make his hoarded gold a secret. Approaching the gathering, and the Iron Spear Monarch specifically, the knight-errant produces a half-bow - a fluid motion of respect, not subservience.

    "King Price, the grandness of the venue comes second only to the strength of Summer today, it seems" He eyes the room a bit, noting the bar and Simone, sitting there by her lonesome "It's very... monarchical"

    The host greeted, the Flowering proceeds to acknowledge all the others.

    "Ah, but I see whatever thunder I could've hoped for was promptly whisked away by you, Sonnie, Circe... and especially you two" He says, noticing Rhodes and Sera's matching outfits. As if he needed any confirmation. The Fairest smiles, as much in greeting as in apology, when his eyes drift again to the dark-skinned Wraith.

    "Please excuse me" And moments later, he is leeched to the open bar.

    Abraham moves to this thread
    General:
    Loyalty Is:
    Mantle: A delicate breeze carries a rich scent of flowers and fruit. It appears to carry notes of a pleasant melody. If you look closely, the colors around him appear one or two shades deeper.

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    Fawkes's Avatar
    Presence
    (Distant)
    Rigid Mask
    Summer Mantle
    (Cloying metallic scent, pressure)
    Fawkes
    Mien Details:

    An expressionless humanoid with a sectioned doll-like exoskeleton of sand-blasted glass. He has glass eyes that move and blink, and his mouth moves enough to speak naturally without a speech impediment, but does not emote. Fawkes does have the same hair as his Mask escaping from cracks in his scalp. It is actually magnetized red sand; any facial hair (eyebrows, beard, eyelashes) have to be artificially applied by hand.
    Active Pledges:

    Mentorship - Seraphina (Exp. Summer Coronation)

    Renewal Required:

    Good Neighbours - John Doe (Exp. 04/07)
    Good Neighbours - Maxwell J. Pierce (Exp. 03/26)
    Fawkes Scenes
     

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    Fawkes rolls a marble along his knuckles as he finishes his cigarette, eventually joining the heart of the gathering. He was as formal as the Spring Coronation, getting dragged away from his usual black that only served to further highlight the uncanny features of his porcelain flesh. The tie matched his eyes, but the Elemental wouldn't have registered it and just let the professionals do their thing. Working for the King had its benefits after-all.

    The eve of Summer reflected in his Mantle, the pressure of the air becoming affected beyond just one of the senses. Fawkes was a walking lighting strike, an echo of the sacrifice he took to earn his Freedom that the Court of Wrath manifested with gusto. The latticework of subtle cracks that now lined his features with the mastery of his element was a quiet victory, matching the scarring of his human Mask that remained unknown to his peers.

    He offered small smiles to the other Lost, still getting used to the expression before the stoicism crept back. "This place is sweet."

    Suit reference:
    Wyrd ●●● | Summer Mantle (cloying metallic scent, pressure before a lightning strike) ●●● | Mien: An expressionless humanoid with a sectioned doll-like exoskeleton of sand-blasted glass. | Seeming/Rigid Mask: Fawkes speaks in a placid monotone. His facial expression is eerily neutral unless narrated otherwise.
    Noise:

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