S: Forest of Doors
BC: May, 2009
FC: Forest of Doors The May Festival | Jessica McCain | Pictures by Nikki Rockstroh Ashley Shipp
1: "I have an idea," said Princess Annalyn one day. "Let's have a Spring Festival the way they do every year in the Realm of Castles." The town agreed. Eagerly, they made preparations.
2: "We will begin the festival with a Maypole Dance" said Annalyn. "Who would like to dance with me?"
3: "I know a great trick!" said Violet the Fairy. She ran around and around everyone until she had tied them to the pole!
4: Crimson Anvil of the Empire of Perfect Unity holds a Blasphemy Contest. He demonstrates by blaspheming Coralie: "She speaks as if her ancestral home is on fire," he says.as she runs by. | H
5: Angry Old Badger of the Enchanted Glade blasphemes Burgundy Blood. "He wears shoes," Badger says. | Hassan and Jiyun both blaspheme Jack of the Spears. "Because what we need is more interruptions," Jiyun says.
6: After much deliberation from the judges, Jiyun wins first place and Hassan wins second place! | Hassan wins a flawless gem, | And Jiyun wins a priceless fan.
7: Then Jack of the Spears wins the Fairy Trick Contest when he suddenly appears holding the Beast Men's prized war horn! As an added triumph, he inspires the town by telling the story of how he tricked the Beastman Shaman out of his instrument. | There are many other contests throughout the day, including a spell-casting accuracy contest and a performance contest. | Many wear special headdresses and costumes to celebrate spring.
8: Then it is time to get ready for the... Masquerade Ball! | All of Nexus brings out their finest gowns and masks for the occasion.
10: Guests are arriving...
11: The lady of the evening looks ravishing... | And a special guest host...
12: First, a procession...
13: Then, time for dancing!
15: And more dancing...
16: And still more dancing...
17: Oh no...a surprise visit from the Nightmare Host! Do not fear...they only want to join the party with hallucination spells!
18: Until at last the music and laughter have faded away, and it is time for all of Nexus to retire. | Good night, dancers and adventurers, until a new day dawns in the Forest of Doors.