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Schön W. Freund ([personal profile] u_can_have_it_4_a_song) wrote in [community profile] nexus_sages2016-10-28 10:16 pm

Samhain Ball Redux - Second Star to the Right

Something flits through the skies of the Nexus, bobbing and swooping only to climb again, an ecstatic aerial dance. At last, mirth of the moment giving way to some other whim, the flying figure drifts groundward, turning and drifting like a falling leaf until his feet, clad in pointed-toed green suede moccasins alight. Forest green tights hug lean legs all the way up to a bright green tunic, belted with rich brown leather and a bright brass buckle. On his left hip hang a set of pan pipes; on his right, a black-handled knife. An impish grin curls his lips, his eyes sparkle with the promise of mischief, and a pert green cap sits atop his head, crowned by a lone red feather. Could this be the black-suited GQ cover model who makes himself ubiquitous in the better-traveled spaces of the Nexus? Could it be Schön?

It is. "People of the Nexus, friends, in the world from which I hail we stand on the cusp of a special day, a harvest-fest when the walls between worlds grow thin, when masks and costumes are worn to frighten away wicked spirits--or to invite them in on more congenial terms. Today we bid Summer adieu, and raise fire and song to meet the long night! Join me, for an evening to last a lifetime, and a farewell to a season well-loved." His hand rises, pointing to where two bright beacons blaze in the churn of the Nexus' heavens. "Second star to the right, and we'll keep on 'til morning!" Crowing with laughter, he soars for that distant point like an arrow, leaving a trail of sparkling, glittering motes of light for anyone interested to follow.

Perched on the border between the parklands and the residential district, the night sky is like a pillow of iridescent black velvet, on which have been scattered an embarrassment of diamonds. Like an enormous pumpkin, a harvest moon presides over the shimmering vista, orange and plump. The air is cool and crisp, punctuated by the crackling hiss of dry leaves in motion every time a breeze picks up.

At the center of it all sits a stately house of Gothic style, ivy-clad and waiting. A square tower stands vigil over the entryway, tall windows overlooking the flagstone drive looping around a fountain full of water as blue and bright as a tropical sea. In the fountain stands an island, and if one peers closely enough, one might imagine they see figures moving about--on the deck of the tiny ship anchored in a cove, or swimming and splashing in a lagoon, or even creeping through the wooded interior. Of the house, the windows of the wings seem dark, perhaps waiting, but the line of the roof is limned with some glow from beyond, and the faint throb of distant music promises that the evening holds more than surfaces. The door stands open, a silent invitation to every brave soul who passes by.



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maze_ofthorns: (under the veil is a woman lost)

[personal profile] maze_ofthorns 2016-10-30 03:55 am (UTC)(link)
There is a young woman, dressed as an autumn fairy, who is very attracted to the rainbow bonfire. She approaches, and hovers right along the edges of the bonfire, watching the flames intently.

Her dress seems to be made of actual leaves and twigs, that hug her body tightly. The leaf crown is entwined with her long blonde hair. There are two half-circular tattoos around her eyes, each one has a piercing at the very top of the marking, and the bottom has sparkly glitter that highlight her cheekbones. Her makeup is dark, giving her a slight racoon-look around the eyes. But there are hints of gold glitter on her eyelids, that brighten her deep green eyes.

The leaf wings worn on her back seem to be attached to her shoulder-blades, instead of a harness. They too seemed to be made of actual leaves and twigs.

There is an air of mystery and magic about her.
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[personal profile] onemorebounty 2016-10-30 05:08 am (UTC)(link)
*The autumn fairy isn't the only woman drawn to the flames. Where the one is pastoral, this other is technological, an angel of tomorrow at odds with the garden around her. The strange firelight casting flickering rainbows across her features, she muses an aside to the autumn fairy, her tone laconic.*

Quite a blaze, isn't it?
maze_ofthorns: (such magic in a simple form)

[personal profile] maze_ofthorns 2016-10-30 02:49 pm (UTC)(link)
The autumn fairy lifts her eyes from the flames, so she could glance over to the technological angel who is speaking to her.

"It moves with such intensity." Her voice is soft in response.
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[personal profile] onemorebounty 2016-10-31 01:00 am (UTC)(link)
Fire does, when it can.

*Glance for glance, the tall woman gives as good as she gets, unruffled.*

So, is that a costume, or your usual look?
maze_ofthorns: (could I just be a girl who is lost)

[personal profile] maze_ofthorns 2016-10-31 05:07 am (UTC)(link)
"It is one of many looks I have favor for." She shrugs her shoulders. The wings on her back lifting slightly with her shoulder blades.

"I'm Kendra." She introduces herself.
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[personal profile] onemorebounty 2016-10-31 05:35 am (UTC)(link)
Samus.

*The Hunter gives a slight nod of greeting; her own wings aren't so well-articulated, but there are limits to the twenty-first century materials that were used. She does extend a hand in greeting, however.*

Nice to meet you.
maze_ofthorns: (judge not less you be judged)

[personal profile] maze_ofthorns 2016-10-31 05:43 am (UTC)(link)
Kendra extends her hand to accept the offered greeting. "And you, is it a costume, or your usual appearance?"
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[personal profile] onemorebounty 2016-10-31 05:51 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, this is a costume. My girls suggested it--a reference I don't entirely get, but their description seemed apt.
maze_ofthorns: (finally the truth sets you free)

[personal profile] maze_ofthorns 2016-10-31 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
"It suits you quite well." Kendra selects to sit down for a moment, choosing a chair by the fire.
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[personal profile] onemorebounty 2016-10-31 05:59 am (UTC)(link)
*Samus snags a mug of warm cider and settles into a seat as well, tucking her costume's prop out of the way under her feet.*

The soldier who keeps her comrades alive through battle? More aspirational than a perfect fit, but thank you.
maze_ofthorns: (judge not less you be judged)

[personal profile] maze_ofthorns 2016-10-31 06:03 am (UTC)(link)
"It is an admirable trait, to want to keep ones comrades alive during battle. But most battles only mean sacrifice."
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[personal profile] onemorebounty 2016-10-31 06:05 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, I know what battles mean.

*That the other woman is philosophizing on warfare does pique her curiosity.*

Is that experience talking? Are you a fighter of some kind, yourself?

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[personal profile] thepizzalord 2016-11-07 09:29 pm (UTC)(link)
You will probably never find a bigger fan of fire than Harry Dresden, nor a bigger fan of s'mores. The wizard is dressed as a Jedi Knight - specifically Obi-Wan Kenobi, if anyone asks - because he is also a massive nerd and not ashamed to admit it.

It's also his birthday today, so if he makes a few s'mores without the graham crackers and marshmallows, well, no one can call him out on it, right?
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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-11-08 05:27 am (UTC)(link)
There's an older man taking his ease by the fire, too, although it's hard to say if he's wearing a costume, or is just the age where that's normal attire. He's sipping a mug of cider, but raises it in greeting to the Jedi knight. "Evening. Save any galaxies tonight?"
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[personal profile] thepizzalord 2016-11-08 11:01 am (UTC)(link)
Harry grins and pockets a few extra chocolate bars. "Not tonight, thank everything that's decent. I don't even want to know how crazy the Wild Hunt gets when you throw aliens into the mix."
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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-11-08 07:09 pm (UTC)(link)

"It's always wilder with aliens," the old man agrees. Extending a hand, he adds, "I'm Steve. Nice to meet you."

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[personal profile] thepizzalord 2016-11-08 07:14 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'm Harry," he says, shaking the guy's hand. The wizard is wearing a bracelet with shield-shaped charms that doesn't really go with his costume, but it hides under the sleeve well enough when he's not participating in modern human greeting rituals. He's also careful not to make direct eye contact with anyone, although it's very practiced not to appear that way. "Nice to meet you too, neighbor."
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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-11-08 07:22 pm (UTC)(link)

Steve laughs; if he notices the bracelet, he either doesn't recognize the significance, or doesn't call attention to it. He certainly doesn't have the air of somebody who misses much. "I'm glad somebody got it. It was a little last-minute," he admits.

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[personal profile] thepizzalord 2016-11-08 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
"Hey, when in doubt, go for the classics," Harry says approvingly. "If any young whippersnappers don't get the reference, they're missing out. Although I can say for personal experience that it sucks to be into pop culture when any TV in fifty paces will eventually let out the magic smoke from you being nearby."
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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-11-08 07:42 pm (UTC)(link)

"That sounds like a problem," Steve observes, before his brow furrows slightly in thought. "Electricity powers?" The man just can't step away from his job.

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[personal profile] thepizzalord 2016-11-08 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Harry looks amused by that. "Nah. Magic and tech just don't play well together. The stronger you are, the more modern things explode. At least that's how it usually works until multidimensional rifts change the laws of physics, which thank everything for that, because I live on a spaceship now and having your home explode is usually a bad thing."
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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-11-08 08:02 pm (UTC)(link)

"I'll second that," Steve agrees, with a sincerity that only someone whose home has exploded a time or two can offer. And then, since it seems to be his night for references (he's even grinning a little, just a little), he asks, "are you a good witch, or a bad witch?"

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[personal profile] thepizzalord 2016-11-08 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
The wizard laughs at that, delighted to finally be dealing with someone who shares his infinite well of 20th century Earth pop culture references, or at least close enough. These 22nd century aliens have no idea what they're missing. "Depends on how ugly you think I am, isn't it?"
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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-11-08 08:09 pm (UTC)(link)

"Ugly's in what you do," Steve answers with quiet certainty.

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Happens to everyone!

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