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Lexical diarrhoea - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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Lexical diarrhoea
I seem to have a tendency to post in spurts at the moment.

Anyway, Maelstrom. I cannot recommend this system highly enough. Several of the new characters have mentioned how the fight at the beginning of the event really struck them. The thing is, it's not typical for Maelstrom. In many ways it's the least deadly system I've ever played in. That's wonderful as far as I'm concerned because it means that death really does mean something. And the standard of roleplay is consistently higher than any other system I've ever played in because the culture is that everyone stays IC. Yummy immersion.

This event was something of a turning point for Amélie, I think. While she'd reluctantly accepted the idea that she *had* to be a noble, even though she hated it due to events at the first event I attended, she's been resisting strongly ever since - I think because she felt as though being ladylike was a destruction of her personality, but secretly in her heart of hearts, it was mostly because she didn't think she could do it.

And then, on Friday night, she gets seriously outmanoeuvred (probably the first time this has ever happened to Amélie) and finds herself committed to a formal meal at which she has promised to be ladylike. (I cannot sing the praises of the Jade Lotus highly enough. Those guys rock my world. Real food for IC money, and it's as good as most of the Chinese restaurants I've ever been to.) Reluctantly she throws on her posh frock, and it starts absolutely hurling it down with rain. Amélie being Amélie, she regards this a sign from her Goddess ("The Weaver obviously loves me very much") and regally processes in her ballgown through torrential rain and mud, her dinner date on her arm.

And then she has a revelation. The weather can't take away her birthright. Nothing can take away her birthright. She is a noble of Mill-en. Suddenly the insecurity is gone and she realises that her father's indifference to her makes no odds, because she is a part of Mill-en. It's not an attitude I really relate to OOC, but it seems to make sense for her where she is at the moment, as she's very much an idealistic Noblesse Oblige sort of a girl. The point is, she's accepted in her heart that she really does belong. And that's pretty much the entire battle over.

Also the priest game is really working out for her. Her natural extrovert streak (me, playing an extrovert - that is unusual) makes her a natural showwoman, and she's happy to provide a spectacle when it's appropriate, but then there's the other, quieter Amélie that those who see behind the act get to experience. She's actually starting to act as a spiritual guide. She feels weird explaining the Weaver to all these people older than her, but she does seem to have something of a gift for it.

Right. I'll shut up about my character now. My gratitude if you've made it this far.

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karohemd From: karohemd Date: July 27th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are photos here, incl. one of you (third row, left pic).
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: July 30th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
How did you come across those.

Sadly the photo doesn't capture Amélie well, although it's not a terrible photo of me. I like this one better, although the expression still isn't quite right.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/marinastuff/542126290/
karohemd From: karohemd Date: July 30th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know the photographer (kneeshooter). :o) One of those people whose skill I'll never be able to match but can get a lot of tips from. He has a great way of capturing moments and does mainly gig photography.

Fantastic wig! :o)
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: July 30th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Without a doubt he always produces the best Maelstrom photos. It's the first time he's got one of me, and I'm happy to have been snapped by him.
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