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So this past weekend was the first 5th Gate event (Silverfire). As is common with me in the last several weeks, my greatest regret about the crunch of larps right now is that I don't have time to sit down and properly floon about the one I just finished before I'm buried in prep for the next one. In any case, 5G was an excellent time, ridiculously intense (especially given that we were all sort of fumbling around trying to get into character).

- seeing everyone in their costumes. I loved that you could glance around the room and largely be able to ID people's order entirely by their dress. (Am a visual person, so sue me.)

- my team! So much fun! Fun to RP with, fun to hang out with, and fun to fight with. (Need to work on actually sticking together a bit in field fights.) Loved our little gathering space outside Kaiden's tent, too. :)

- Melissa as my sister was awesome. We were just BSing random stuff from our history all weekend long, and I have to admit, I enjoy playing straight man against her crazy. She was probably only directly responsible for about 1/3 of Nacera's drinking this weekend... (Also, loved when bad ideas were happening late at night, and Nacera said, "You said the magic word - experiment," at the same time as Kaelin said, "That sounds like a terrible idea! Let's do it!" at exactly the same time, and we totally broke Morana.)

- brutal fight against the Dominion, where at one point I looked up (from being cut down) and saw that Kaelin, Morana, and Lyra (most of our front line) were all down next to me, desperately threw myself across them healing as much as I could before I got cut down again by the NPCs.

- Arcane Circle is totally awesome. All the NPCs we met were really cool, I was probably overly amused to see actual math problems on our first mod (and a modified sudoku puzzle that was really fun), and the NPCs on the 'defend the Academy' mod were fantastic in that when we got the sigil put back together, they were sort of like, "Holy shit, they've got the circle back up! Run!" Yes. Fear our math. Tons of fun.

- What do you mean our brother is coming to dinner?! And all of the RP and confusion surrounding this. It did not get better when he arrived at dinner.

- OMG the proclamation scene. First the entirety of monster camp comes marching out in formation, in costume, and #1 they look fantastic, with tower shields and pauldrons and so much awesome, and #2 damn there are a lot of them. Like, nearly as many of them as there are of us. Wow. And... they're forming up around the gate, and seem very, very tense... and as we're gathering people to listen to the proclamation (where's the king, I thought he was showing up...), the tension level starts to get to me, and I start making sure that I've got my weapon ready and aura in hand, which short circuits my brain slightly because WHY AM I ARMING MYSELF AGAINST THE SILVERFIRE KNIGHTS? And then he starts talking, and I suddenly realize he's referring to the Orders exclusively in the past tense, and THE FUCK? Then he's marching back and forth across the line screaming at us to renounce our orders and go back to our old lives, which is a death sentence (ha) for the Veiled and near meaningless for most of the rest of us who may or may not have 'old lives' to go back to and also fuck you. We're vaguely more restrained about it than that, but not by much. He declares us outlaws and tells the Silverfire knights to kill us, and a totally brutal fight begins, during which I was convinced that I was dead (and trying to remember how long my bleedout count was) multiple times. Loved the whole thing.

- the rapid decline of the Silverfire knights. In the first fight, we were trying to stabilize them during the fighting (they were not returning the favor). By the end of the night, we were burning their supply depots and raiding their barracks.

- the nightmare scene with Jarlath and the King. :(

- Remembering the whole drinking thing...

- Hollis. Poor Hollis. Awesome character. (Also, the gate experimentation mod was totally terrifying.)

- having my costuming work out mostly the way I wanted it to.

- decoding stuff and meeting a bunch of new people in the process! :)

- dropping out of the sky to rescue some fellow PCs from the Silverfire Knights.

- demon fight (and honestly, all the fighting in general. Did SO much fighting this weekend, and it was all a lot of fun)

- sitting around at stupid o'clock in the morning, after we'd exchanged all the infos, and realizing that, 16 hours earlier, the worst thing we had to deal with was a vague worry that the Ebon Order might not be as thoroughly dead as we'd hoped, and a couple of problematic Orders running around. We weren't outlawed, weren't at war with the Silverfire king, weren't watching our home and families be attacked by his forces... Totally different world. In 16 hours.

Can't wait for the next event!
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