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    Serious Plots 6: Srs bsns
    Serious Plots 5: No lulz.
    Serious Plots 4: So Srs it hurts
    Serious Plots 3: Too srs for my shirt
    Serious Plots 2: SERIOUSNESS OVERWHELMING
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcaller View Post
    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    Astrana applauds every act in the show, but attempts to come off as more restrained in her expressions as she sees the crowd around her. She wasn't going to fall into mob-mentality here, but she certainly didn't want to come off as too stiff either, it was a impressive show after all, even to an old carny like her. They certainly didn't have any of these effects, despite her attempting to help them with some pacts.

    As she considers what they must have done for all this to work, she is suddenly interrupted by Val. "...oh, tempting but I'm still recovering from flight here." She says with a smile. "I'm afraid I'm going to have a heart attack just watching anyway."
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    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    "Ah! Here we are," the lights come to a stop, warm and blinding, directly upon Astrana and Valente. "Would one of my brave and lovely assistants please join me on stage...?"

    One of the beak-masked acrobats, still swinging about with idle grace on red ropes and tangled ribbons moored somewhere up in the dark, sways out toward Astrana and Valente. Something up above seems to move the rope with her, and she flips herself upside down, wrapping her legs and thighs around the rope and extending a hand to Astrana and Valente. She is smiling, pale and lovely, beneath the frame of her mask. "Trust me," she murmurs. "And grab on tight."

    Thankfully she ceases swinging for the most part - she simply hangs from the newly repositioned rope, slim and lithe, dressed in tattered frilly finery.
    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    Oh! Val blinks in surprise when they're singled out. Oh geez, now he's uncomfortable with all this attention. "Ah..." He looks uncertainly at his girlfriend. "Astrana?" She's much more comfortable with this sort of attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordDeathkeeper View Post
    Sarina would fight, possibly literally, to continue a lasting partnership. She might even ask Alexis to marry her, for their own sakes and that of their kingdoms, so to speak. Less forest of darkness, more shadows and light. Less callous murder of sapient life, a little more compassion. As likely as that is to even happen, of course.
    "So it seems I must help Rose or myself if I wish for everyone to stay breathing." she sighs.
    The predictions wink out and the Queen settles back into her web's center.
    "So now you have a design to make real. You may wish to hurry about it; your sister comes to see me soon."
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    [Queen’s Parlor]

    ”I would offer support, but I know these things are final.”
    She pauses.
    ”For the record, if my sister has been spending Time to make this happen does it count as murder? Consideration for the court.” she says, though the spiders don’t really have those, do they?
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    "I have done so much, and it's time for me to move on."
    The web shakes with laughter.
    "Murder? Courts? What are you going on about, Sarina? At a time like this."
    The spider legal system recognizes only very few crimes. It isn't as though this counts as misuse of chronomancy or abuse of the helpless.
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    [The Queen’s Parlor]

    ”Just wanted to know if I ought to be leaving any remains if my sister attempts to stop me.” she says with a shrug. She had not been sure if the Queen’s comments about CLO’s Time had been saying that he had been using it to prepare, or hasten the Queen’s demise.

    ”Well, I think that’ll be it. Thank you for everything, Your Highness.” Sarina says, with sincerity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gulaghar View Post
    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    Oh! Val blinks in surprise when they're singled out. Oh geez, now he's uncomfortable with all this attention. "Ah..." He looks uncertainly at his girlfriend. "Astrana?" She's much more comfortable with this sort of attention.
    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    Astrana smiles as she comes into the spotlight, even if she feels like frowning. Were they really the best-looking people around here? Since she couldn't think of many other reasons to why they had been selected otherwise. Prettiness was very important on stage, regardless if they were actually a part of the troupe or not. Indeed, her troupe always had a actor in the crowd just in case there weren't any pretty people in it or they were performing a special magic trick.


    "Grab on, Val. It'll be fine." She assures, even if she very much preferred cursing right about now. "Just listen to what they say." She urges Val to grab on, before she does as well, intending to cling on for her dear life.

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    [Cloud Palace]

    Luvon raises an eyebrow at Steve's answer, more of in disappointment than surprise. "My alignment is now officially considered Neutral Good. Everyone else still thinks I'm lawful. Alignment is considered a very big thing where I'm from."
    "Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand! Men of the West!" -Aragorn, Lord of the Rings

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordDeathkeeper View Post
    ”Just wanted to know if I ought to be leaving any remains if my sister attempts to stop me.” she says with a shrug. She had not been sure if the Queen’s comments about CLO’s Time had been saying that he had been using it to prepare, or hasten the Queen’s demise.

    ”Well, I think that’ll be it. Thank you for everything, Your Highness.” Sarina says, with sincerity.
    "Goodbye, Sarina. I know you'll do well."
    The web shakes.
    She's back outside the parlour. Not a second has passed.
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    [The Wode]

    Sarina...actually smiles at that. For the first time in basically ever, the Queen saw fit to compliment her. Without delay, with newborn confidence, she scurries away to the Queen's great web. She sprints in the most old-fashioned of ways, out of fear that trying to bend the time it takes to travel would attract the notice of CLO. She waves to the soldier on the way out.
    "Guess I wasn't needed." she bluffs as she goes.
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    "I tried to explain to you, Princess." The guard mumbles, taking her at her word.

    Now, what is Sarina going to do about the Queen's successor?
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    [The Wode]

    Sarina will try to pull on the threads of fate to bring Rose to her, but there isn’t time if they want to get the jump on CLO, which is why she doesn’t go visit her in person. If Rose doesn’t get there quickly Sarina will have to do it herself. But she’s hoping Rose can step up.
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    Rose emerges from a nearby corner where two trees grow at an angle, as if she were 7HSU. She has a length of silken cable in her hands that trails off into nothingness.
    "Hello little sister! What do you need?"
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    [The Wode]

    Sarina lets out a breath of relief and skitters over to Rose.
    ”Rose, the Queen only has a few hours left and CLO is trying to grab her web for himself. She entrusted me to make sure proper succession happens. CLO will kill the rest of us to stay in power, Swords is genocidal, and I’m the young upstart. It has to be you, Rose. I didn’t, Well, I thought you’d like the idea.” she rattles off quickly.
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    "What are you talking about? Oracle wouldn't kill us."
    At first confused, Rose raises a hand to her chelicerae, thoughtful.
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    [The Wode]

    Sarina shakes her head.
    ”Rose, please. I already had to collapse a timeline over this. Maybe not you, but at least I know hat I was planned for removal. And besides, don’t gamble on it. And don’t you want to be Queen?” Sarina all but begs her. Things would go sour fast if Rose has as little ambition as Sarina.
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    "Well, if I were Oracle-" And for a moment Rose stands taller, her eyes bulge, bristles fall neatly in line "-I guess I wouldn't stand for even family getting in my way. But I also would have warned my dear shepherd-sister about Sarina trying something like this. Made sure to get her on my side well in advance." Rose slumps back to her normal posture, wondering. "And she didn't tell me that. Don't try to say he wouldn't have foreseen you complicating things. I guess I could be queen, but it doesn't really feel like it's my time to shine yet, you know?"
    But she's wavering. Poor Sarina clearly needs her help.
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    [The Wode]

    ”Oh, but Rose! Think of what you could do with it all. All the gardens you could make! Oracle will keep things all dreary. I don’t know if it’s either of our times, but I know it’s not mine and the Web doesn’t have room for two. Oracle will probably live as long as we do at least. This is the only chance you get.
    And I really don’t want to go into exile, Rose. I like being here, being your sister.”
    Sarina insists, trying to inspire Rose with the vision the Queen showed her. And possibly also causing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcaller View Post
    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    Astrana smiles as she comes into the spotlight, even if she feels like frowning. Were they really the best-looking people around here? Since she couldn't think of many other reasons to why they had been selected otherwise. Prettiness was very important on stage, regardless if they were actually a part of the troupe or not. Indeed, her troupe always had a actor in the crowd just in case there weren't any pretty people in it or they were performing a special magic trick.

    "Grab on, Val. It'll be fine." She assures, even if she very much preferred cursing right about now. "Just listen to what they say." She urges Val to grab on, before she does as well, intending to cling on for her dear life.
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    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    Oh! Val blinks in surprise when they're singled out. Oh geez, now he's uncomfortable with all this attention. "Ah..." He looks uncertainly at his girlfriend. "Astrana?" She's much more comfortable with this sort of attention.
    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    The girl grabs them both at the wrist with an aberrant strength and lifts them from their seats. The rope above is shifted, swings, and their acrobat aims it with a twist of her body. Together the couple will be carried to the stage, and deposited near the fabulous Mr. Croupelt.

    "My darling ladies," Croupelt bends at the waist, sticking out his butt, and attempts to give each of them a kiss on the back of the hand. Though they feel the touch of lips, his face is never seen. "I had so hoped I would see you both again before the night was through. What luck have I."

    "And what luck must favor the pair of you, given your good fortune to personally take part in one of our crowd favorites. Ladies, please, the boxes!"

    The acrobats return. They descend from above, riding on the sides of oddly rounded crates bound up in that same red string. As the girls step lightly off, the string uncoils like a living serpent, depositing all three of the wooden booths onto the stage. The girls all smile beneath their masks and take a bow, standing beside their chosen charge.

    The boxes left by the acrobats are a dark rust colored wood, elaborately carved on their front sides with inviting scenes of feasts, orgies and open-armed lovers. Looking closer, one might be able to discern that some of the attendants and personages depicted have the bloody-mawed heads of giant insects. All the boxes appear to be identical, and are faintly circular in shape, the sheeny grain of their toughened frames standing out starkly. All have a door at the front.

    "Look here! See the simple sawed sarcophagi. See the truth of them,"
    says Croupelt, stepping forward, ripping open the door to the center box with a good deal more force than seemed to be necessary. Inside is a dark, cramped space with a single wooden stool. "This box, and one other, is empty. The third box holds treasure, of a sort. Preciously fragile treasure."

    Something bangs on the inside of the rightmost box. Croupelt extends his hands to either side in a 'what can you do' gesture. "Noisy treasure, too," he says. Well bred, well fed, and darkly humoured laughter bubbles up from the audience. "But that won't spoil our trick."

    The mysterious Croupelt extends his hand to Astrana, palm up. The rabbit's fur glove looks glossy in the gaslight. "If you would step forward, my dear, and choose a box. I'm partial to center stage myself, of course, but by all means take your pick."

    Once Astrana has chosen, provided she's still willing to go along with the show, she'll be directed to step inside. The door will close behind her with a booming clap of oaky finality. It's a little claustrophobic, but not necessarily uncomfortable... and it is almost completely silent. The murmur of the crowd is completely gone, and Croupelt's booming voice is a muffled mumble. Valente is left alone outside with the magician and the many dozens of staring eyes.

    "Now see here! Our strongman, who a good number of you street-folk have already met this night--"
    Croupelt extends his hand to the back of the stage, where the towering, raggedy flea-person from earlier appears with a trumpet's call and the sound of shattering glass. "Belfidius!"

    "Belfidius is not only our porter and strongman, the taciturn backbone of our little production... he is also a talented juggler!"

    The giant squats down on his haunches, scooping up one of the wooden spheres and using the frame as a handle. In the same motion he passes it to his other hand and seizes the next, and the next, and suddenly they're hurtling between his outstretched arms, leaping high over his head, passed from hand to hand again and again.

    "See here, folks! See him well!"
    Croupelt sounds like he's about to ask for some applause, but a good number of the folk in attendance are already clapping uproariously, if not at least politely.

    Inside the tiny, silent wooden prison, Astrana will be none the wiser. She's not moving, she's not being given instructions... it is simply stuffy and boring.
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    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    Val is somewhat stunned standing on stage, the very picture of someone who's not that keen on having so many eyes upon him. At least he's not the center of attention. Speaking of which, Astrana getting in the box is all in line with what he'd expect, but when the strongman comes out and starts to juggle the boxes, his jaw drops open in shock. The logical part of his mind realizes there's some trick or spell here, but still.

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    "You know I can't stand to see you so "
    "What's your plan to see that I can attune to the web before Oracle? I'm sure that he'll begin immediately."
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    [The Wode]

    ”You have to do it here, at the Queen’s web. He’s not here yet. Which means you can start first, and I can put trap runes all over it.” Sarina says with a smile.
    ”Nothing lethal, obviously. I don’t want to kill him. Not if we can help it.”
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    "Sarina, we can't do anything to the web while mother is still around."
    "Hmm. You can still set traps on the entrances to headquarters. Hurry."
    Rose gets up to scramble along after Sarina.

    "We need to know what the other players are up to. Swords, Riades, Roth, Kypriot, Grandmother..."
    "Tell me what you know, and I'll track down the rest. "
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    ”I’ve never met Kypriot. I have goodwill with Grandmother we can probably pull. I’ve heard nothing from Swords. Roth is on my side. I haven’t heard from Riades in ages. If we’re lucky the Queen will have told them to not interfere. But probably she didn’t.” the Queen has been in a strangely helpful mood today...
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    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    Guess Astrana has to wait around then. She had been in similar tricks before and knew the general trick to them, hopefully she wouldn't be in danger...

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    " So much to do!"
    Rose scampers off deep into the web to find them.

    How does Sarina prepare?
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    [The Wode]

    Sarina lays little hidden trap runes all over, Keyed not to go off for her and Rose and shock everyone else. She also channels lines of power to enhance her own casting should she cast any magic in person.
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    Time goes by.
    Power is gathered up in its lines, at the ready. This web is the center of the woods, center of the times of the spiders, center of everything (they'd like to say). In the overstretched, dreamy forest too there is energy for those who understand it.
    The trees outside creak.

    And then with a few minutes to go before the death of the Queen, one of CLO's little wooden puppets arrives at the headquarters.
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    [The Wode]

    Sarina frowns. Rose isn’t back yet. She’s kind of important to the plan.
    She doesn’t want to set CLO off just yet though. So she just raises an eyebrow at the little puppet and waits for Rose or it’s master to show up. But she also makes sure she doesn’t do any more magic with it watching.
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    Default Re: Serious Plots 7: Why so srs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcaller View Post
    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    Guess Astrana has to wait around then. She had been in similar tricks before and knew the general trick to them, hopefully she wouldn't be in danger...
    Quote Originally Posted by Gulaghar View Post
    [The Fabulous Croupelt's Falling Circus]

    Val is somewhat stunned standing on stage, the very picture of someone who's not that keen on having so many eyes upon him. At least he's not the center of attention. Speaking of which, Astrana getting in the box is all in line with what he'd expect, but when the strongman comes out and starts to juggle the boxes, his jaw drops open in shock. The logical part of his mind realizes there's some trick or spell here, but still.
    The boxes whirl and jump, faster and faster, swapping in their order every so often as they go. Then Belfidius finally sets them down, one at a time, clunk-clunk-clunk. Two of the crow-masked women step forward at Croupelt's gesture and offer two items to Valente. A large paintbrush dipped in heavy red grease-paint and an actual sword, gleaming with deadly promise. They look large and strange in the tiny performer's hands.

    "Now for the game,"
    breathes Croupelt. Louder, he tells Valente and the crowd, "Choose, my dear. Time to choose. Into one box thrust the blade. On the next, paint your mark. This marked box belongs to you, and you may keep whatever is captured within. The final box is ours, and its contents will remain here. With us."

    The crowd is suddenly silenced, held in breathless anticipation. There are a few mutterings amongst the people who boarded from the street, but the strange people who came by air are utterly, eerily hushed.
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