Phansite Ball: Masquerade of the Night
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Greetings ladies and gentleman, creatures of all realms and existence!
You are cordially invited to Lord Royden Matthew Sterling's Castle for the very first Fall Masquerade Ball.
Every man, creature, or spirit alike is welcome to join in our night of unity, of equality. There will be food, drinks, and music. You may bring an escort, and formal wear and a mask is required. All are welcome to join, regardless of age as well.
We look forward to your visit
-Royden Matthew Sterling
*Bursts into castle with Magatsu Izanagi and wearing a 2 piece suit with a Joker mask*
*Gamma calmly knocks on the front door, donned in a composer-styled coat and a white mask covering the left half of his face.*
Welcome my guests. Servants, show them the way!
*a pair of servants walk the guests to the castle ballroom. A large, pristine chandelier lights up the room completely. At the far end of the room is a band playing an elegant waltz. Over to the left, the food table, and on the right, tables for the guests to eat. On a balcony above the band, stands a large statue of Lord Sterling, erected in his honor for his service as a pilot*
Thank you for joining me. Please enjoy yourselves
*the band begins to play*
Well, it seems I meet all immediate requirements.
Let us make this a delightful evening.
*Runs over to the food table with Magatsu Izanagi and starts taking the alcoholic beverages*
*his ship flies and transmat infront of the door*
A party eh? Gotta love it.
*Gamma sighs and simply walks around, occasionally waving his arms in time with the music. Occasionally he visits the food table for a snack, but for the most part seems to be in his own world*
*he looks around the building*
Hope no Cabal ransack the place.
*Lord Sterling approaches his guests. The 195 cm, donning his best outfit, greets his guests with a smile*
Good evening. I hope you find everything alright. Thank you for joining me tonight.
*Finishes drinking all the alcoholic beverages except for the beer, and wals over to the guest table*
*Gamma snaps out of his stupor and bows to Lord Sterling*
It looks to be quite fine, thanks for the invitation. Its rare that I get to join in such a party. Well, I say join in, I'm more of a "hang at the wall" kinda guy.
The atmosphere is quite satisfactory. Individuality, but a sense of community. Your ideals are admirable.
Seems we're out of the fine drinks. Very well, it is a good thing I have so many stored for this occasion.
*shortly after he says that, more servants come out from the kitchen behind the food table with more drinks ready. The drinks that were drunk from the adorable Pokemon are soon replenished again, as if it were never touched.*
Ah, I see. I am truly thankful for you coming out tonight Sir Gamma, I do understand that parties may not be your things, however I do appreciate the kind gesture of your presence.
*he then turns to Samurai*
I thank you for the compliment, Samurai-dono. I threw this so every person from the various stretches of the land can enjoy themselves and find new friends to interact with. I am curious about something if you don't mind me asking?
So literal edge-lord, why did you invite us to your castle again?
Friendship is give and take, naturally. I assume we can maintain a favorable relationship.
I will answer any question within my knowledge.
*Gamma sighs and bows to Sterling again*
Its no trouble at all. I really should get out a bit more. Its a pleasure to make your acquaintance.
*Gamma extends a hand towards Sterling, offering a handshake*
*Turns to Pika*
If you must know, Sir Pika, I threw together everything to celebrate the unity of man, creature, and every living entity throughout the land. Also, I do enjoy the company of people and parties. So what better way to enjoy ourselves other than a masquerade?
Huh, good point. So, did you inherit your fortune or earn it?
*Begins talking to Samurai*
How skilled are you at a sword? Swordplay has always amazed me, however I was never the most proficient at it, even with fencing classes. Why, when I was a young lad, I found a natural talent as an aeroplane pilot, I was even an ace pilot in the Royal Air Force in my home kingdom. The ways of the sword always interested me. What is this style you samurai practice again? Was it called "Bushido"?
Why I inherited it from my late parents, Lord Alexander and Lady Edwina Sterling. Though the easy life of a noble was a good thing at the time, I wanted to leave my mark on our family history, hence why I became a pilot. I say that nobility is useless unless you've done something to benefit king and country.
*he walk about within the mansion*
Nice decor. Reminds me of the Lighthouse.
*Shakes Gamma's hand*
No need to be so formal my friend. Tonight, we all gather as close friends and acquaintances. Enjoy yourself, I'm pretty sure there's a nice spot for a wallflower to not be disturbed somewhere around here.
Ah, hello there Sir Sentinal. I am curious, what is this lighthouse you speak of?
The one in Mercury. It was made by the members of Osiris.
Interesting. Do tell more, friend.
*He listens curiously and anxiously*
Osiris was once a guardian like me until he was promoted to Vanguard commander. He wasted resource on studying the Vex, time traveling cyborgs due to their usage of Void light.
Time travel, huh? Fascinating! I hardly believed such feat was possible! Is there more to this story?
*enthralled, Lord Sterling reaches for a drink*
Yeah, the Vanguard council got fed up to Osiris wasting time into the Vex instead of guarding the Tower that he was Exiled. Now with his Sun cult gone they are rumored they are in Mercury, doing their Vex research. And were we the gaurdians do Crucible matches to ass the time.
Interesting. I hardly knew of such tales, let alone of these cults and this "Crucible" you speak of. Since time travel was mentioned, I assume you are of a time in the distant future, yes?
Yes and no. The yes part is that I am dead for about twenty years until my ghost revived me.
*His cubic ghost poofs into existence*
And no because the Nexus blended my world into here. And Crucible is just a team of four guardians going at each other in good old fisticuffs.
*Lord Sterling is intrigued by the Ghost, having never seen such technology in his life*
Fascinating. I take it he is your steadfast companion, is he not?
Ghost: Yes. I am his third eye whenever foes are in his blindspot, I scan anything the Vanguard needs and acts like a radio for two way communication.
Sentinel: And he is super useful.
Amazing! If only we had this kind of technology when I was a pilot, we could have saved so many lives...
But what happen happened. it's time for some fun.
Yes you are right, let us enjoy this night while it it still young. Who knows who else may show up?
*the band continues to play*
*Lord Sterling hands Sentinal a drink and raises his glass*
To unity, good friend!
*he raises his Vanguard crest and glass with pride*
Hmm a ball. That's right up my alley.
*she enters in a red dress good for dancing and walks on to the dance floor*
*Notices Aki walk in*
Ah, hello there milady. I apologize for not greeting you sooner. Thank you for joining us on such fine evening.
*Lord Sterling smiles*
No Problem I don't mind.
It is nice to meet you, my name is Aki.
*Walks in* this looks fancy~
*Josuke enters the castle*
Is this a ball or something?
*Kuroumi walks into castle, wearing a dark sea blue floor length dress and silver mask surrounding her eyes.*
My, such a fancy place.
The name is Sterling. Royden Matthew Sterling. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance milady *Lord Sterling then politely bows*
Ah, thank you for joining us tonight Sir Ikebu. My apologizes for the late greetings. It is unlike a gentleman to keep his guests waiting.
*Wakes up* Ugh... this is still going on? *Fumbles around for whiskey*
*Josuke turns to Kuroumi*
Yeah, and I though that Tonio's restaurant back in Morioh was the fanciest place I've ever been to.
Right this is a mask ball it seems .
*Aki put a black Mask in Butterfly form out her bag and puts it on*
Now I am ready to dance.
*she makes her way to the dancefloor*
*Puts on a silver mask* Its okay
Heyyy... Ikebu... *Finds whiskey*
*Kuro looks at Josuke.*
I don't know that place, so I don't really care. But comparing here to other places, yes I guess I can agree it's much fancier.
A mask ball?
*He rummages through his pockets but all he can find is a piece of paper*
I guess I don't have a mask.
I've been sleeping here all night on the guest table...
*Aki takes out a golden Mask and looks at josuke*
I had one spare for someone I wanted to bring with me but he stayed home.
So take this one.
Wait I have an idea! Crazy Diamond.
*The piece of paper looks like it's floating in the air, then it reforms into a masquerade mask*
Fine by me. *she smiles and puts the Mask away*
Not a bad trick
Hang on *i make my mask look more fox-like*
*He grabs the mask and puts it on*
I wouldn't really call it a trick.
It's still a cool mask.
I like the invidual designs on this ball.
My, more guests! Welcome to my castle ladies and gentleman! I do hope you find everything alright. I do apologize for not being able to greet you all individually
please, enjoy yourselves!
*the band begins to play again*
*Enters the castle with a black mask on*
*He watches the band play the music*
There's even a band here?
*turns to Aki*
May I have this dance, milady?
*Lord Sterling politely offers his hand*
Why yes there is SIr Josuke, all the way at the end of the room
*Lord Sterling points at the other side of the ballroom. Right underneath the balcony where his statue stands is the band playing the beautiful waltz*
*Sits down near the table, watching the band*
Sure, I don't mind.
*she follows him to the dancefloor*
*A chair gets "magically" pulled towards Josuke, and he sits in it*
I'd might as well just watch the band play for now.
*Lord Sterling and Aki then walk to the dancefloor*
Very well, let's begin
*He begins leading the waltz*
*looks at Sterling and Aki* such elegance
*Drinks whiskey while dancing, break-dancing, to classical music...*
*looks at Pika and sighs*
*Realized he has earbuds on, then stops break-dancing and starts classical dancing*
*As they dance, Lord Sterling smiles*
You are really good at ballroom dancing. If I may ask, where did you learn?
*Kuro enters the ballroom, holding a glass of wine. She takes occasional sips, watching Aki and Sterling dance.*
Elegant. I haven't danced in such grace in years.
*Drinks whole bottle of whiskey, throws it out a window, then realizes there's no whiskey left* WHAT??? *Grabs wine instead*
*Tosses wine out he window and grabs the vodka*
*Josuke is playing Rock Paper Scissors with someone who you can't see*
*Pours some wine then watches the dance*
OOC: sorry had to eat something.
Let's say I have Music in my blood.
I love to sing as well. And I had a good teacher.
But you are quite good as well.
*she smiles at him*
*He gets up from the chair*
I'll be back.
*He leaves the castle*
*Continues dancing, while drinking vodka*
*Sterling smiles back at Aki as the song ends*
I see. Maybe one of these days we can hear your wonderful voice?
Hmmm. *she musters him with a curious look*
Why not today? Could I borrow your band?
*Still smiling, Lord Sterling gestures towards the band*
It would be my honor
*she steps down to band , giving them some instructions and then walking towards the mic*
*one deep breath and she begins to sing*
*Amazed, Lord Sterling is at a loss for words*
*Kuro claps at Aki's performance.*
Amazing, I wish I was that good at singing.
Thank you very much for listening.
*with a grin she leaves the stage*
Normally my type of Music is diffrent but for this ball
I wanted a calmer song.
*Drinks vodka* Pretty good...
Thank you for both the song and the dance. Now, let's continue the festivities
*Josuke enters the castle again*
"Excuse me, but am I late to the ball...?"
*Finds his stash of whiskey and starts drinking*
No Problem . I enjoyed it to.
*she walks towards the drinks and grabs a glas of wine*
*To Micah* why not at all good friend. Welcome! Do make yourself at home
now let's see...
*Turns to Kuroumi*
What say you, milady? Care for a dance?
*Lord Sterling reaches his hand out towards her*
*Josuke starts combing his hair*
*Kuroumi takes Lord Sterling's hand with a nod, smiling kindly.*
I would never turn down a gentleman's offer.
*Aki takes another sip of the wine*
This could be interesting.
*Drinks whiskey* Hoo boy...
*They both head to the dance floor*
Alright, let's begin
*the music plays, the pair begin their waltz*
*Kuroumi's dress glides as they dance, waving elegantly.*
It's been a few years since I've danced like this. I'm glad you offered to dance with me, Lord Sterling.
*Lord Sterling elegantly glides across the dance floor with Kuroumi*
The pleasure is all mine, milady. You are quite the talented dancer as well if I may add
*She blushes lightly at his compliment.*
Nobody's said that to me yet.. Thank you.
They are so cute together.
*Aki smiles, pouring more wine in her glass*
*He smiles as the two continue the dance*
You seem a bit flustered, was it something I did?
A young boy wearing a black shirt and a blue mask enters the hall. He looks around with a wary gaze as if looking out for possible danger in the hall. He had randomly received the invitation despite barely knowing anyone in this world and thus expected this to be some kind of trap set by a demon to devour humans. Despite this he came hoping that if this was a trap he might be able to save people from the demons trick.
He walked to a table and sat down watching everyone within with a passive yet skeptical gaze.
*Kuroumi shakes her head no, continuing to dance.*
Everything's fine, no need to worry.
*A Lavendar-haired man wearing a black coat and white mask that covers only the left half of his face can once more be seen towards the edge of the room. It seems he left for a moment and has just now returned*
*A girl enters the ballroom wearing a red and black dress with a red mask*
*Sigh* Why is there a castle near the city anyway..?
*Another young girls enters with a mask the left halve and a blue dress*
Hope I will find a partner, I don't wanna be here all alone...
*Aki adjusts her mask*
I should stop with the wine.
It has no effect anyway.
*she looks around seeing the new guests*
Isn't that Gamma?
*She leans on a wall looking around*
*as the song ends, Lord Sterling smiles at Kuroumi*
Thank you for the dance milady. Perhaps we may dance again sometime later in the night?
*The Lavender-haired man notices Aki's stare and sighs before stepping off the wall*
I must say, I don't go to parties often, but whenever I do you always seem to be there. *chuckle* If I didn't know better I'd Say You live for these things.
*She looks at Ikebu*
Hello Kitsune... Can I call you that?
Hello everyone. Thank you for joining us tonight. I do understand your suspicions, but please do not be alarmed, we are gathered here to celebrate peace and unity throughout all living creature, human or otherwise, in the Nexus
*A young man enters the castle, wearing a white shirt, a dark blue waistcoat and slacks of the same color. He also has a silver mask on, resembling a dragon with blue accents on some minor details. He looks around the area, and at the guests*
*Looks at the new guest*
You caught me. It's a good way to gather information and relax a bit.
You don't know how open some people on parties are.
Also I just love Music, so there is that.
*The man looks over at Hisato and approaches him*
Kazuya notices Gamma and waves slightly though his passive expression doesn't change.
"You're a bit strange. You say you don't really care for crowds yet you come to a party like this."
Kazuya stares back at the rest of the crowd. He continues to be on guard due to the strange circumstances of this gathering.
*Looks at Rom*
Yeah, it's me.
You're right about that at least, our host is kind and everyone seems to let their guard down.
*Gamma sighs and relaxes a little*
Even myself, I suppose.
*Gamma glances at Kazuya out the corner of his eye*
I don't care to participate in crowds. That doesn't mean they aren't fun to watch at times.
*Sees Hisato approaching*
*Pours some wine*
*Takes a sip*
Thank you. It was my mother's
I see. *Smiles then takes another sip*
*Kuroumi smiles back, performing a small curtsey.*
You're welcome, Lord Sterling. It was enjoyable to dance with you, so we may dance once again on this beautiful night.
*She walks away from the ballroom dance floor, reclaiming her glass of wine.*
So, do you often go to such festivities?
*Laharl bursts into the room, loud and vulgar.*
Heyo, it's your overlord here! I just came here for the food!
*Laharl stuffs his mouth with the food*
Kazuya looks back to Gamma and tries to see things from his perspective.
"Fair enough. I'm fine either way personally. Whatever's necessary."
Kazuya seems intrested in Gamma's perspective on things but drops such a prospect as he remembers his goal in coming here. The lives of the many outweigh the life of one afterall.
"It does seem friendly after all... Oh I should put my mask on right?" Micah puts on a red and golden mask with a rose on its top left.
Me neither, I usually hunt monsters at this time. But I wanted some fun outside of fighting once in a while
Same. *Pours some wine for Ruka* Here.
*She's still leaning on the wall*
Why, thank you
*Takes a sip too much*
WHOO! It's a bit... strong!
*Aki turns from gamma to Kazuya*
I don't know what your goal is,
but with your expression it's hard to reach it.
Like Gamma said you gotta blend in with the crowd or
You'll draw suspicion.
*she takes a sip again*
*walks in in some weird kimono/dress hybrid*
I can't believe I have to wear this.....
*Lost in thought, holding pendant on his neck*
*Slowly gets drunk*
I-is this n-n-normal that the room is ssspinning?
I... am. I j-just need to ssssit down a... bit
Kazuya looks at Aki with a confusion in his eyes.
"Goal? I'm simply staying out of the spotlight. I've never been much of one to stick out. I don't know why you think I'd have some anterior motive here."
Kazuya simply goes back to what he's doing unsure of the meaning behind Aki's words.
*Gamma chuckles and heads back to the edge of the room, simply watching the others have their fun*
Since i'm the overlord, I have the right to do this!
*Laharl pulls out a megaphone and begins yeliing into it. Of course, since he's naturally louder than humanly possible, this causes the windows to shatter*
Attention, everyone, I am making a speech or something. New rule, destroying stuff is illegal!
In my p-pocket under my dressss... There issss a... med-dicccine. P-put it in a glasss of w-water
Isn't it already?
*Rom's phone rings as he goes to the exit*
Already a few minutes in and I have to go...
*Takes out the medicine then puts it in a glass of water*
*She turns to Laharl*
The irony is strong with this one...
*She puts on her earphones, and listens to music*
*Drinks the medicine water and slowly recovers from the alcohol*
Thanks... Your touch should be a little more gentle though.
I am only meaning it in a good way.
You stick more out with a stiff face,
Compared to a more relaxed face.
But it's alright if it's not your cup of tea.
It's just a advice.
*she walks towards the dancefloor*
Kazuya perks up as the word overlord is mentioned. It seems this triggers something within him. The word overlord seems oddly familiar to him. He begins to sweat slightly as his head begins aching profusely. He lays his head on the table and grabs it as he struggles slightly in pain.
"An overlord? But what purpose is there...in such power...?"
"Ah oh no are you alright?! You should not drink much alcohol, especially in a party...."
No worries. *Takes Hisato's hand*
Yeah, i'm the overlord! Got a problem with that? Well, I am accepting challenges at any time! So, come at me, scrubs!
*Begins to dance with Hisato*
"Please no fighting! I don't have any bandaids with me!"
OOC: Brb, my cousin's game is starting soon! ;-;
HEY! WHO YOU CALLING A SCRUB, NOOB!?
So do you *spins in an elegant way, causing the dress to slightly levitate off the ground*
I'll fucking destroy anyone of you!
You're all trash compared to me!
Thanks, good to hear that.
Kazuya looks up at Laharl as he gasps as the pain is his head intensifies. He holds his head as he speaks.
"But what is your purpose as overlord. Is it simply for power or to serve some purpose? Do you view people as those in need of help or just as tools for you to shape. Depending on your answer you may become my enemy..."
He looks at Laharl as his eyes seem to shine red for a moment.
I think I'll leave.
With this guy around there yelling
This Party isn't fun anymore.
*she walks outside towards the door*
I'm just super strong, and cool... and stuff!
*She takes off her earphones and turns to Laharl*
Can you please quiet down, I can hear you even though I have my music on full blast...
*Summons the keyblade and summons a small fire spell at Lahari* Hey! We want to dance around here! Please keep quiet or leave!
*Laharl is largely unaffected by the fire*
Yeah, uhh, never mind that. Show me your moves, machoman!
Oh my, more guests, how wonderful!. Do enjoy your visit, and thank you for joining us this night.
I must step away for a few moments, I shall return
*Laharl yawns at the pathetic attempts to undermine him*
You're all not even worth my time! No wonder i'm so widely unopposed!
*takes another sip of wine*
Kazuya looks disappointed at Laharl's answer as his eyes gleam red.
"I see, your just like him then. You only want power because you believe yourself above others. Me and you...we won't get along. Stand in my way and I'll make sure you never enforce yourself on others again. People like you, should just die..."
Kazuya gets up and walks out of the hall. He doesn't seem like his usual passive self but there's still a feeling of determination and authority as he speaks.
But, BUT! *Sigh* What a catastrophe...
*She pulls out her tommy gun from her dress and aims it at everyone who's fighting*
Can everyone just stop fighting?!?!
*Sits down at a table as tears begin to run down her cheek*
You're not the fucking boss of me! I'm the overlord! I can fight whoever I want, whenever I want!
*Sighing at what Kuroumi had just witnessed, she leaves the castle hoping that things turn out better, if she ever enters again.*
Yeah, but do you really have to do it here?
I can do it wherever I want too! YOU don't deserve to underestimate my power!
Also you are a sad little person with no joy Laharl. I'm not really seeing the enjoyment in ruining the fun of others, but I'm not an utter asshole who's Joy has to come from making things worse. Still though, I'm forced to question if there's a person behind that screen or just a badly made bot gone haywire, actually never mind. Your intelligence is on par with a haywire bot regardless.
Honestly Hisato, I question your intelligence. You do nothing but post complete trash tier posts, not even worthy of being called shitposts, just for the attention. You are either the co-worker that gets picked up with a red stapler, or you are that child that was abused so badly that you have to come onto an anonymous forum, and do everything you can for attention. You try to pull our attention becuase it's the only thing you manage to do successfully in life, as you seem to not be capable of much else, and considering the fact you have two accounts to post with, tells me that you have such a high level of ADHD, you probably forget you are taking a piss midway through. Your low quality posting also tells me that your intellectual though process is so goddamn low, that you unironically think that my "non-existent" testicles actually sprout from above my heel, ignoring the fact that the bone in my ankle is not actually for reproductive means. The only joy you probably have in your life right now is some people acknowledging your trash tier posting, and your false ego gets inflated every tie a poster ignorantly claims that you are a god tier shitposter, without actually knowing what god tier shit posting was.
Come back to me later when both of your testicles drop, you have a few more years on you, and you experience the world outside of the basement you dwell in. Soon you will learn that mother's hotpocks (assuming you even know what the love of a mother even is) is not sufficient to survive on, and for the love of god, it's not called a fedora.
I have seen that message before. It's a copy paste. So, Lahari, isn't it you who needs to leave the basement?
His message was also a fucking copy paste, retard! And not a good one either. Just a totally obscure one from a dumb Discord server!
Ai walks in, wearing a black mask with spikes covering the ends. He writes on a sticky note: "Spell Laharl correctly.", then leaves.
*Notices the party dying down*
Kinda quiet for a party...
Guess why *Leaves with a flooded face*
*Gamma sighs from his edgy spot on the wall*
Honestly, they're all so childish. At least I got to see Ali again for a moment.
*Lord Sterling returns. A small look of worry on his face, but nevertheless, he returns to his guests*
I do hope nothing went on while I left
Yeah, all your guests left cause I was just too awesome.
*Gamma waves to Lord Sterling and gets off the wall*
There was a bit of an argument, nothing major, though I'm glad I wasn't involved. One of the perks of being a wallflower I guess.
On the contrary. After observing previous interactions with you and my great guests, I'v come to determine you are quite the unstable fellow. I must ask you to leave at once *He gestures towards the door*
*To Gamma* I see. I am one to understand we may have disagreements, but arguments have no place in this castle of mine. We are here to celebrate peacefully, not go at each other's throats.
It's a free country, which I own, retard.
OOC: Also, you haven't set any rules, so it's not really fair to try and make me leave.
hahaha sure you do. And I am the prophet Jesus of Nazareth himself. Now I won't ask you again, would you kindly leave?
HELL NO! You've got nothing on me! I can kill you in a heartbeat!
Hmm...interesting. Didn't want to do this, but if I am to be threatened, then what choice do I have?
Now now, I won't stoop to your levels. You can, however, deal with an old friend.
Tell me, have you ever seen a vampire before?
Then surely, you must know of the famous vampire of old, Vlad Dracula Tepes
Eh, I might've met him a few times when I was younger.
Interesting. Than you must surely know of his son, Adrian Fahrenheit Tepes. Or as most people know him by, Alucard.
*appears behind Laharl, slashing his sword at his back*
You see, me and Lord Sterling are old acquaintances. And I will not tolerate any disturbances towards him and his family.
*Laharl quickly turns around and catches the sword with hand, avoiding any injury*
Did you really think an ambush like that would work!? You really are a moron!
*He then flies a safe distance back. Suddenly, a red energy envelops Laharl as he begins chanting an incantation.*
Really, well in that case, let's ensure nothing blows out of proportion here.
*Alucard's body begins to glow. A tremendous amount of energy builds up, however, he does not move*
You do realize this is YOUR fault, right!?
*Suddenly, a blazing orange draconic entity appears from Laharl and advances towards Adrian, incinerating everything in its path. This being then fires a massive ray towards the target -made of strange burning gases akin to fire, which disintegrates the area around it*
"HEY! No fighting! I know weaknesses!" Micah yells angrily.
well, after ignoring the problem, it seems we are back to normal. I do apologize to all my guests
If there is anyone still interested, the festivities continue
"Oh okay, that's good..." Micah looks down, "Ugh I should calm down a bit..."
Ah, yes, I just remembered that I am still here.
*Laharl puts his hands in his pockets and continues to eat the food*
Now then. Let us poise ourselves as proper gents, shall we?
Let's put these petty squabbles aside and enjoy a night of music, and companionship
"Oh, I suppose so, I mean no body should fight in here. The casts would be too much.."
Not only that, I intended for everyone to have fun and get along. I will not stand for arguments and instigation. I do rather enjoy company in this lonely castle of mine
"You are lonely? I'm kinda surprised to hear that. I thought you know..."
Don't worry. the Sterling family fortune is rather...extensive at the most. After all, we are one of the noble families of my home country, Libertalia.
Yes, I know. With the wealth that I have, one would expect a rather easy life, yes?
Well, I'm sorta a multi-millionaire... because of business... that I would prefer to not say...
"Yeah, I'm sorry that you are usually lonely though. I'm kinda on the same boat to be honest."
Well, if you must know, I am actually the last living member of House Sterling. My family, parents, aunts, uncles, everyone, they all died after an invasion on my kingdom's soil...
I am willing to share the story, at least while the other guests that were here earlier seem to be away...
"I guess they did, but I'm kinda interested on what happened... if that's okay with you."
So, what's this tragic story about your entire family dying?
To answer a prior question...
I'm not exactly what they call a traditional samurai. I use "unorthodox methods". I assure I do have peculiar abilities... But if I revealed my methods, I may be out of a job.
Let's just say... I use my strength to bring knowledge and wisdom to those who lack the opportunity to seek it.
*Hamuko enters the castle with her dress on*
"Oh hello, welcome to this party, not as lively as earlier but still fun."
Well lad, it all happened 6 years ago. I was only 19 at the time, but I enlisted in the Royal Air Force. Our kingdom, Libertalia, was not as advanced as you all seem to be. Most of our machines ran on steam, whilst new advancements in technology through oil were being made, so instead of the fancy ships and interplanetary travel your vessels are capable of, our aircraft were but simple aeroplanes. I had enlisted in the Royal Air Force about 2 years ago, at the age of 17, and by 19 I was captain of a squadron of elite pilots known as the Royal Windcrests, or just simply known as the Windcrests.
6 years ago is when it happened. When our neighboring kingdom, Verheim invaded our lands.
"Oh no.... Why would they even do that...?"
My boys were on standby. Just regularly lounging about at the air force barracks near the center of the kingdom when all we heard were explosions, and what we saw was something we had never even imagine to see near Libertalian soil. An airship, raining hell onto our land, our people. If you don't know what an airship is, imagine the worst thing possible. It may not seem like a lot now, but to us, an airship is even worse than what you are imagining this moment. Verheim had been instigating a war, looking to capture our lands for themselves if we were defeated. But if there is one thing you must know, us Libertalian boys, we don't go down without a fight.
The Windcrests immediately jumped into action. Our boys shot down at least 15 of their aeroplanes, while simultaneously focusing fire on the airship. The sound of explosions from both the ground and air, pilots from both sides being shot down left and right, some even being shot in their own aeroplanes. This was not an invasion, this was war.
"That was horrible man..."
After hours of intense dogfighting and explosions, the airship finally went down. We thought this a huge victory against Verheim, yet we didn't know how much damage has already been done to our beautiful kingdom.
After landing, I immediately rushed home to the Sterling family manor, only to find it in ruined. I must've searched for about the rest of the day, onto the night and morning for any survivors. I found nothing. I had given into the hope that maybe everyone escaped in time. I will never forget the sight I saw that day.
Near the rear of our home, on the balcony overlooking the manor's garden, I found the charred corpses of Lord Alexander and Lady Edwina. My parents. The entire estate was in ruins, and as much as I denied it, I knew for a fact that I was the last of the Sterling family alive.
"I'm really sorry you had to go through that, but at least it's over now...right..?"
Libertalia soon declared war on Verheim. I fought valiantly with my men, even led an invasion on Verheim soil as retaliation for their attack. We would win the war that lasted about 4 years by slaying the king of Verheim himself. The new king, promised a new era of peace between us, and that from that moment on, we would stand united as close allies.
My parents wanted the easy life for me. Yet I decided to join the Royal Air Force to do my part for king and country. I thought that maybe if I did decide to stay in the easy life, we'd all be together right now, even in the afterlife. Yet here I am, still. 25 years of age and living with the grief of not having family around.
I soon moved myself to the Nexus, at least, in this quaint area. This castle we stand in was abandoned when I first found it, so using a bit of my inherited fortune, I spruced it up into what it looks like today. To never forget my family, I had a statue made in the garden center that resembles the Sterling family's guardian angel.
So there is my story. Not a happy one, yet it is still mine to tell.
Which is why I decided to throw this masquerade. I enjoy seeing the rest of the living beings in this town interact with each other, in a sense of unity. I thought to myself, why not celebrate that peace and unity everyone shares, and actually try to make new companions.
"That's really nice... Well that's my reason to be here as well, I want to make friends here. Plus parties are fun, just have to be careful though."
This is actually my first masquerade party...
Well, thank you for joining us this fine evening Yuki. I do hope you find everything alright?
"Is something bothering you by any chance? Or are you shy?"
Please, let me know if there is anything I can do for you? To at least make your visit a comfortable one
*She looks at Micah*
I'm just a little shy, I think...
Hm...If that's the case, We'll give you some distance. It would be ungentleman like of us to pester you
*Lord Sterling gestures to Micah*
This way lad, we've still got plenty of refreshments left
Very well. I do hope the whole kerfuffle that happened earlier did not leave a bad taste on our guest's mouths...
I'll be back...
*She leaves the castle*
Well, even if it turned people away, at least some had fun. A shame I could not dance with Lady Kuroumi again as promised. But I at least made a few compatriots at least.
"I would only drink water, alcohol would ruin my mind a bit" Micah looks at the refreshments, "I'm surprised there is so much left though."