Role-Play Gothic Nights :Moonlit Serenade:

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  1. Mifune

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    A beautiful canopy of stars spread out across the horizon, for as far as the eye can see. Not a cloud in sight. Only a sliver of a crescent moon could be made out in the myriad of glowing novas. It was a perfect summers evening. So wonderous, that a person could not tell whether it was warm or cold. A gentle and comforting breeze was all that could be felt in the lovely night air. It was picture perfect, almost surreal how lovely this evening was.

    On this eve, the opera house was full and bustling with life. At the entrance heavy victorian doors were propped open atop of a short flight of stars, which were covered by a bright red carpet. Light beamed out from inside and illuminated the stairs and the courtyard giving a warm and welcoming glow to all who had a taste for classical music and dance. Grandiose decor and accents covered almost evey inch of the opera house inside and out. It was a picture perfect place for the Moonlit Serenade and Ball. People could gather in the opera house and at the closure of the music, people could move directly to the ballroom which was attached.

    Men looking their most handsome in fitted suits and women in the most beautiful of dresses, far and wide gathered for an evening of delight and entertainment.

    Solengrahm's annual, 'Moonlit Serenade and Ball' was upon the countryside once again. A classical concert, followed by a spectacular ball with food, laughter and ballroom dancing. This event was not taken as a gesture to flaunt ones money or social status. People truly enjoyed this concert and ball in the most humble of ways, taking it as a chance to separate ones self from the everyday hassles and stress. Each year displayed different musicians talents. The ball was traditionally the same every where, which was refreshing to many, giving people something to look forward to each year.

    This year, featured many talented artists, one in particular was Remy Emerza on piano as the closer to a wonderfully planned and talented showcase of music. Some people sat in anticipation looking through their program as others were still finding their seats.
     
  2. Fraeyalise

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    Priya Torv took her seat on the front row long before the concert started. She liked being early; partly because she hated the stress of being late and partly because she liked to people watch. The masses coming in were happy, as expected, but just some of the gossip she caught was more than enough to make her silently laugh. Oh, women.

    "Did you see her hair?! How can someone walk around with that huge beehive of a hairdo!"

    "Well I heard that on the sly, he's seeing someone else, and you know what? He's bringing her here! The nerve, right?"

    "I heard Remy Emerza was going to be playing tonight! He's so dreamy!"

    At Remy's name Priya started listening to the three older women talking about him, and blocking out the other mindless conversation. She hoped they would tell her more about him, for he was the real reason why she came alone tonight. Remy was supposed to be her colleague in an upcoming mission they were assigned, and this concert was the perfect way to see him without him seeing her, and maybe get some insight into his character. Unfortunately, the gossipy women only talked about his looks, nothing else. Disappointed, Priya sighed and resumed her listening of the general masses.

    At that moment, the first act of musicians started to slowly gather on stage (a small baroque-style orchestra), and the audience slowly took their seats. Priya smiled, and within minutes the house lights went down.

    The music was wonderfully executed, and the choice of pieces was perfect for the talent. Priya enjoyed the music, although during the intermission people kept running into her and stepping on her toes. Even when she wasn't trying to be invisible people still didn't see her! It was aggravating, but not enough to leave. Not yet.

    As the last act took the stage, Priya paid special attention. This would certainly be interesting.
     
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    There was a slight intermission between the second to last act and Remy's. It took a little bit of time to break down the symphonic bands set and roll out his piano.

    Remy was standing to the side of stage, awaiting the moment for his entrance. A perfect example of calm, cool and collected. Not an ounce of nervousness could be seen on his person. He was a master at being level headed in the most tense of situations. Nothing but focus could be seen in his extravagant greyish-blue eyes. An associate of his that worked in the same department came up behind and patted him on the shoulder. With a quick glance back Remy met his eyes. "Break a leg." The man said. Remy returned his gesture with a humble smile.

    By now the symphonic set was disassembled. Opposite of where he was standing, on the other side of the stage, his elegant black piano was rolled out into the middle of the stage. The crowd slowly quieted down as the lights began to diminish one by one, until all but two lights remained beaming down from atop on opposite sides onto the piano.

    Remy perked his chin up and walked between the soft velvet curtains onto the stage. He could feel thousands of eyes looking him up and down as he took his seat at his beloved piano. The piano was positioned at an angle, so the crowd could see the keys and the side of his face. The cabinent was propped open revealing the chords. With a confident step across the stage he sat down on the bench and faced the keys.

    Indistinguishable conversation could be heard throughout the concert hall while he slowly stretched out his fingers and lightly placed them on the keys. He loved the feel of the cold ivory keys beneath the pads of his fingers, it was calming and relaxing to him. Instantly transported to another place everything around him seemed to disappear. When the moment was ready he struck the first few notes to Ludwig Van Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata'. After a slight pause and decrescendo, he struck the next few notes and continued further into the piece. It was hypnotizing. Such emotion, timing, precision and care were portrated in his musing. It was truly a masterpiece. After six minutes or so the piece was over. Remy slowly exhaled and he took a slight pause before his next song.
     
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    Remy was dedicated, that was obvious. He was dedicated, and focused. Not even a random cough from an audience member shook his focus. Good, Priya thought. If he was supposed to be the leader of their mission, focus was an ideal trait. Priya tended to run off track sometimes, and someone this focused would keep at least her in check.

    He could play very well, she admitted. So well, in fact, it was as if Beethoven himself was playing it. The passion she heard! He was committed, at least to the music. Hopefully this commitment would transfer over to their mission. Her mind went to the mission, and the other members she'd heard about.

    Oh what was she saying! If he was picked as their leader, of course he was committed! She was thinking too much, and look- the first piece was already over. She had missed half of it, wrapped up in her own thoughts! Priya scolded herself for being so silly and over-thinking. She would pay attention. She would. Smoothing her dress out and sitting up straight (sitting up straight helped concentration, she was told), Priya was determined to listen and enjoy the music without over-thinking.
     
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    With an odd movement of his head to the right to help smooth out a slight pain he had in his neck. He was ready to begin again. Being at the piano for so many hours practicing he developed a slight pain in his neck, but with one small motion it helped sooth the pain. He gently placed his fingers upon the keys once more and began playing again. A rapturous and slightly dark sound came from the piano. As chilling and lonely was his sound, it was still so beautiful and profound, he had quite the knack and dedication when it came to the piano. Remy slightly bobbed his head and closed his eyes as he felt the music down to his core. The next piece in his set was Chopin's 'Nocturne'. The heartfelt sounds emitted from the piano and filled every corner of the opera house.

    As he finished his second song, he took no time at all to wait for applause but started in on his last and final piece. 'Air' by Johann Sebastian Bach. A favorite of his. He took extra dedication and care when striking the keys for this song. After some time, the song had subsided and the sounds slowly drifted off and echoed throughout the opera house. There was a brief pause before the applause came. It was like the crowd was finally let loose of Remy's beautiful rapture.

    Opening his eyes he looked at the piano, down at the keys and smiled. With a gentle and very careful movement he slid the top back over the keys and stood to face the audience. He took a couple steps and bowed towards the crowd. By this time the crowd was roaring with approval. With a few more bows towards the crowd, he took one last glance around and walked off stage. At the conclusion of the concert the ball would start a short time after.
     
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    Priya stood with the rest of the audience as Remy finished the last piece. After all, she did feel like he deserved a standing ovation. He bowed and left the stage as any normal performer would, much to the audience's dismay. The ball would start soon, after about thirty minutes of the women's last- minute primping. More to fit in than anything else, Priya waited in line for the bathroom, and made sure her hair and makeup were perfect. Really, she didn't care.

    She intentionally didn't put her name on the announcement list- After all, she was here to observe, not be noticed. She joined the line into the ballroom, eager to lose herself in the crowd. As soon as she was at the door, Priya started to notice something was wrong. Was she at the wrong door? She could see stairs in front of her, now that she was at the front of the... of the line....

    "Miss Priya Torv!"

    To her horror, her name was announced to the entire ball. She could hear polite applause (after all, she didn't normally make herself known here in years before), and with a fake smile she hurried down the stairs as fast as she could without letting the spectators know something was wrong.

    The first thing she did after all eyes were on the happy-go-lucky couple in line behind her was find some out-of-the-way table to sit at and try to become anonymous again. She tried to calm her nerves by leaning her head on her gloved hands and breathing slowly. She was not a performer at all. Being in front of a crowd always made her shake, no matter how much training she went to. Vaguely, she wondered what sort of beverages this place served.
     
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    Remy was making his way through the crowd of people within the dancehall. Many people stopped and congratulated him for a show well done. Some people stopped and asked for him to play at different events. Others, just stopped him to boast about their own successes with the piano. Many girls came up to him as well trying to dance with him or hang on his shoulder, trying to make their claim upon him.

    Dismissing all of them politely he made his way to the second floor atop a grand stairwell. With one glance back he walked forward through the doors onto the balcony and leaned against the rail. The night air caressed his face gently. It was welcomed. A chance to clear his mind and escape the chaos for a little while.

    Although, there was one particular reason why he agreed to attend this Moonlit Serenade to begin with. Scanning the courtyard garden, the reason why he attended showed itself. A small, luminescent and blue flame moved across the gardern slowly and disappeared quickly. It was a dim flame, looking like a ghost in appearance.

    With a slight sigh he observed the flame to see what it would do next.
     
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    After a few minutes, Priya's curiosity and thirst got the better of her. She made herself as inconspicuous as possible and stepped through the crowd towards the bar. It took a moment for the bartender to notice her, even though she had fully stopped trying to be invisible five minutes ago.

    Priya turned around to face the crowd with a small glass of water (she didn't really need alcohol to cloud her senses right now), and spotted Remy socializing. Well, more like trying to get away from his many admirers. He seemed like he was walking somewhere purposefully. Maybe one of the few empty tables on that side of-? No, the stairs... what was up there? Oh yes, the balcony. Inconspicuously, the self-proclaimed spy followed him up the flight of stairs and outside.

    The balcony was fairly large, and a few couples had made their way out here to be alone. They didn't notice when she opened the door; hopefully neither did Remy, although she was very wary in assuming her invisibility worked on him. Most likely, he'd be even more sensitive to it than if she had just come through the door normally.

    But, no, he didn't look back at her. All his attention was focused on the courtyard. Priya sat on one of the many benches dotting the balcony and looked out at the courtyard as well. A faint blue light flickered for only a second and then disappeared. Not for good, no. Whatever made that light wasn't gone. Only out of her field of vision. Something was going on... Something... mysterious. And Priya would find out what it was.
     
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    It appeared and vanished in random patterns around the garden and hovered a foot or two off the ground. A person not paying attention would miss it, it was so dimly lit, but, that was its luring tactic. However, if someone were to somehow catch a glimpse while looking that direction, they would be instantly tranced. Looking around he noticed a few people had caught a glimpse of the will-o-the-wisp.

    "Everyone, everyone." He called out to the people that were on the balcony. They stopped their conversations, and the few that had noticed the wisp broke their minor trance. Quickly noticing he had the peoples attention he announced. "The opening number is about to begin. If everyone wishes to be apart of this highly anticipated event, I recommend heading inside right now." With a playful smile he glanced around at the crowd. Not wanting to miss out on the opening waltz, everyone began heading inside. Some slowly sauntered in, while others went in instantly. He noticed a purple clad miss in the corner minding her own business. It was hard to make out features, the balcony was dimly lit. "I guess if its just one person, its okay."

    Glancing out into the courtyard the blue flame still danced around. But, something was different. It jumped around in an almost hypnotic pace. If Remy did not have prior experience in dealing with these things he would've been drug into its illusion as well. Looking directly below him, a young girl was walking slowly in an almost lifeless step towards it.

    With a curse under his breath, he called out to the entranced girl. "Excuse me miss." He said politely. "You don't want to go out there. It's dangerous tonight." He bit his lip. "Tch. She's too far into its illusion." Without a seconds notice, he walked back into the dancehall and the down the stairs. It was packed and extremely hard to navigate his way through to the back. After a few moments he was there standing in front of the doors. He slowly pushed open the doors, not expecting what he would see. Slowly, he scanning the area looking for where the girl went.
     
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    Priya followed behind him towards the courtyard, but this time she was intent on being seen. She blatantly walked up beside him (being conspicuous was still something she needed to work on, she knew), and said in an almost hushed voice:

    "Would you like assistance, Sir?"

    Priya tried to make sure her voice wasn't too quiet as to not be noticed, but not loud enough to alert the thing that might be lurking in the courtyard. Worst case scenario, he'd tell her to leave; in which case she'd go back up to the balcony to watch him deal with this situation. Best case scenario, she'd get a chance to work with him before their actual mission, which might be useful in the long run.
     
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    Remy had one thing on his mind and it was getting down the stairs to the woman as fast as he could before something bad happened to her. Wisps were very violent once they had something trapped in their rapture.

    With a squint of his eyes he looked closely at the girl who bummed into him and gave her a nod to come with. He would need a second person if he were to dipose of the wisp for good, he could handle things on his own, just to deal with it, but, to completely erradicate it he needed someone else. These things are unpredictable and every single one is different, in how they attract their prey and how they... consume them.

    He could feel the girl behind him as he scanned the courtyard. "Give me your hand." He insisted. With a tight grasp, fingers interlocked with hers he picked up speed and hustled through the courtyard. He could feel her behind him, arms outstretched trying to keep up. After all, it is tough for girls to run in heels. Once they reached the gate he released his grip and shoved open the large black, victorian fence and stepped out into the large open field behind the opera house. Squinting his eyes he just barely caught the silhouette of the girl walking into the forest.

    With a quick turn he looked at her. "This is going to be a tough one. Can you keep up?" He asked her. "If you can, take this." He lobbed a shimmering, blue gem with 8 sides over to her. "When we reach the edge of the woods and are just about to enter, say 'Per Tenebras Lux'." He said.
     
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    Oooh, this was exciting! Priya hadn't really planned on wearing heels to the ball, but at the last second they were on her feet somehow. Maybe it had just been her absentmindedness, who knew? But it didn't matter! They were on a mission! Together!

    Outside the courtyard, Priya kicked off her shoes (the grass felt nice, really), set them down out of the way, and examined the gem he had given her. It was astoundingly pretty; just the right color of blue to calm her down considerably.

    "Of course!" Priya replied, still looking at the stone, "Per Tenebras Lux? Okay, got it. I trust you know what you're doing?"
     
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    "Yes. Let's just say... In my profession this is pretty ordinary." He said with a reassuring smile. "We must make haste." He said as he began to jog, at a pace not too fast for her to get left behind, but slow enough so she could job next to him. The distance from them to the forest would take a minute or two, so he filled her in on some details.

    "This is a will-o-the-wisp. They lure their prey with illusions and phantasms. What we saw, that flame, was just an illusion. The real body of the wisp is different. More times than not, its usually a demon or some sort of monster that lies in wait somewhere and attacks when the prey gets close enough. I've encountered two throughout my life neither of them was an easy feat." He told her. "We need to work together in order to overcome this. There's an innocent persons life at risk here, we must remember that." A serious demeanor overtook Remy as he spoke about someone innocent getting hurt.