The Crossroads of Virdelin are an important landmark for the many tribes of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Each year, at the event of the first frost, the leaders of each tribe have a summit at the Crossroads. At this time they discuss everything from trade agreements and arranged marriages to territorial disputes and renegotiation of peace treaties. The summit lasts three days and three nights. Any member of the tribes who wishes to attend the summit is welcome, and many take the opportunity to travel and be part of the proceedings. A temporary town of tents and pavilions sprouts at the Crossroads, bonfires and torches aplenty to keep the elements at bay; merchants hawk their wares and performers entertain the crowds for a penny; revelers dance and sing and drink at all hours; guards from every tribe patrol from dawn 'til dusk to prevent any funny business (such as the inevitable fist fights, theft and gambling, or the odd assassination attempt). Without fail, the Winter Summit is the event of the year. It combines all the merriment of a holiday with all the intrigue and tension of a political hotbed. Tonight is the second night of the summit, and tempers are running high. Will peace prevail, or will the proceedings turn into a bloodbath in the snow? Welcome to the Masque! WHO: Everyone in Iwaku! Your hosts for this evening will be [OZZIE]Ozzie[/OZZIE] and [DIANA]Diana[/DIANA] along with some Mysterious Guest Hosts! WHAT: A fantasy land winter festival with political intrigue! WHERE: Roleplay Main Lobby WHEN: Sunday, December 15th from 12:00 PM to Midnight (U.S. Central Time). BRING: Your character and something warm to wear! RULES OF THE MASQUE 1.) You may be a member of any tribe in Virdelin. There are a ton of tribes in the area, so make one up OR wait until the game has started to improvise! The summit is a meeting of tribal leaders, but all members of the tribe are welcome. Plenty of regular people go just for the partying, and merchants and street performers aren't about to miss the opportunity to make a little profit. You can even be a guard patrolling the Crossroads! 2.) This is a Masquerade! For those of you who haven't attended previous Masked Chat Balls, this means that you should not tell anyone which character you are playing until the event is over. Your character is NOT literally wearing a mask! 3.) This is a FANTASY setting. Magic and magical creatures are allowed! 4.) Please do not hijack the event. Keep it fun, and don't harass other players. A little action is fine, but if you take it too far you'll get your butt booted out! Chaperones are watching all day, so if someone asks you to tone something down, listen!