The Dance and the Dawn

Time: April 13, 2013 at 09:00 AM
Length: about 4 hours
Location: Golding

Event Staff


Whether you're a Lady of Ash or a Lord of Ice, you're missing something from your heart. There's something in your backstory - could be a failed relationship, could be far worse - that is holding you back. Some say that love will cure all. Perhaps not. The Ladies and Lords meet finally for a midnight ball, and perhaps some of the participants will find true loves among the opposite group and have an eternity of bliss. But one of the Lords is a soulless monster and every Lady who ends up with him will know an eternity of torment.

Note: canonically the gender breakdown is 6M, 7F. But in practice, female Lords can be accommodated fairly easily and have been in past runs. Male ladies are much less common but also possible.


Dance is a series of ballroom dances, in which Lords of Ice and Ladies of Ash have to figure out who among the opposite group is their true love, if they even have one. The Lords know one another and their Queen of Ice; the Ladies know one another and their Duke of Ash; neither group knows the other at all.

The Ladies will ask the Lords on a series of dances, to try and figure within the span of the night who their true love is, who isn't but is still a good partner, and who is the soulless monster. The Lords can cooperate or manipulate, for the Court of Ice is filled with treachery as much as it is with knighthood and valor.

Note: the part about the ladies asking the lords on dances is not a typo. It's still a Gothic-Regency-fantasy-themed dancing game, but gender roles are quite fluid. Not all ladies have to be female, and not all lords have to be male.


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