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Aoife the Celt

Prince Thorfinn: A Return Party in His Honour

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Evening has fallen over Haraldsborg, the Capital of Stormark. In the romantic and cosy Ancient Beer Chambers of the Feast Hall, an indoor traditional dress event is being held. It is a party to celebrate the return of Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn to Stormark.

All Citizens of Stormark and Nationals of other Micran Nations have been invited to the Feast Hall, where they will enjoy the Emperor's hospitality. All Stormarkers attending this party are required to wear the traditional dress of the Traditional District they hail from. Foreigners attending the Rejoicing this party must wear the traditional dress of their home country.

Delicious traditional food and beverages like beer, mead, wine and ale are being served in huge quantities in the Ancient Beer Chambers, which have been specifically commissioned and built for events like this party. In the self-same Ancient Beer Chambers a large number of musicians, jongleurs and jesters are present to entertain the many guests.

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* Lady Aoife, wearing a olive green traditional Celtic regal dress, a copy of the Brísingamen (Freyja's necklace), a stunning Celtic Tiara, and the insignia of the Grand and Glorious Imperial Order of the Two Silver Longships, enters the Ancient Beer Chambers of the Feast Hall and takes one of the seats reserved for the House of Ettlingar Freyu. *

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* Emperor Harald arrives at the Ancient Beer Chambers of the Feast Hall for Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn's Return Party and sits down on the Seat of Honour. He is dressed in a magnificent gold-embroided Imperial Ceremonial Garb made of the finest green wool available, a blue velvet Imperial Cloak secured with gold brooch depicting playing cats and a golden belt adorned with precious stones. On his garb He bears a round gold plaque depicting the Norse goddess Freyja in her full divine glory. He is also wearing the Insignia of the Grand and Glorious Imperial Order of the Two Silver Longships, the Insignia of the Most Treasured House Order of Freyja, the male version of House of Ettlingar Freyu Order consisting of a portrait of the senior human female of the House of Ettlingar Freyu -- Empress Sigrid -- set in diamonds and suspended from a white ribbon, and a copy of the Brísengamen around His upper right arm. *

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Thorfinn tentatively sticks his head in the doorway of the feast hall, unsure of the protocol - and not clear on what the appropriate attire might be.

 

"I'm afraid I've been away too long - if someone could suggest an appropriate person to assist - I'd be happy to re-appear properly attired..."

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* Lady Wenche, Lady Chief Secretary to the Emperor, wearing a midnight-blue gold-embroided Imperial Court dress, hears Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn's request for assitance concerning his attire. After having made a short call with her cell phone, the Lady Chief Secretary graciously walks to Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn and invites him to follow her.

 

After a pleasant walk through the impressive hallways of the Feast Hall, the Lady Chief Secretary leads Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn into a luxurious dressing room where a couple of footmen are awaiting them. Lady Wenche then turns to Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn*

 

"Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness, we are here to provide you with the appropriate attire for this event. May I ask what your favourite colour is?"

 

 

 

 

 

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Lady Wenche turns to one of the footmen. After receiving instructions from Lady Wenche, the footman leaves and retuns shortly carrying a silver plater with a small pile of impeccably folded medium gray-blue garments on it.

 

"Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness, these Imperial Garments will be your clothes for tonight. They consist of a Imperial Ceremonial Tunic with matching shirt and trousers, all made of the finest wool available.

 

I and the footmen will now leave this dressing room to allow you to change clothes in private.

 

The Lady Chief Secretary then leaves the dressing room, followed by the footmen.

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"Thank you very much, Lady Wenche, your assistance is much appreciated."

 

Thorfinn dresses quickly and makes his way back to the Feast Hall.

 

He enters the hall attired in the provided medium gray-blue Imperial Ceremonial Tunic with matching shirt and trousers.

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Emperor Harald awaits Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn at the entrance Ancient Beer Chambers of the Feast Hall. A footman carrying a silk pillow with several decorations is standing next to him. When Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn enters the Ancient Beer Chambers, Emperor Harald turns to him.

 

"Welcome, Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness. You look fantastic in those Imperial Garments. Truly every inch an Imperial Prince.

 

I will now invest you with the appropriate orders and decorations."

 

Emperor Harald then invests Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn with the Insignia of the Grand and Glorious Imperial Order of the Two Silver Longships, the Insignia of the Most Treasured House Order of Freyja and the male version of House of Ettlingar Freyu Order consisting of a portrait of the senior human female of the House of Ettlingar Freyu -- Empress Sigrid -- set in diamonds and suspended from a white ribbon. He then finally puts a copy of the Brísengamen around Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn's upper right arm.

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"Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness, now that I have you invested you with the appropriate orders and decorations I will introduce you to some of the new Members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu. As you may know the Membership of the Imperial House has changed quite a bit during your absence losing Empress Asa the Beloved and Viking Princess Chloe but also gaining several new Members including my niece and my children. The first new Member of the House of Ettlingar Freyu I will introduce you to is my Dearly Beloved Wife, Empress Sigrid the Brave, the Valkyrie Empress who brought, after the (legal) death of Empress Asa the Beloved, marital love and happiness back into my life.

 

Empress Sigrid was born and raised in a part of Stormark that is known as the Viceroyalty of Vinland. She is the beautiful, regal and elegant daughter of a wealthy and powerful chieftain called Magnus Gunnarson and the Valkyrie Geiravör and therefore belonged, as a member of a Vinlandian family with Royal Status, to the Archroyalty of Stormark. Before her marriage to me, Empress Sigrid was known as Her Royal Highness Lady Sigrid Magnusdottir."

 

The Valkyrie Empress then walks up to Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn.

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"I am honored to meet such a worthy addition to the Imperial House."

 

Crown Prince Emeritus Thorfinn bows to the Valkyrie Empress.

 

"The pleasure's all mine, Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn."

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"Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness, the next new Member of the House of Ettlingar Freyu I would like introduce you to is my favourite niece Her Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness Viking Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda, Crown Princess of Ravaria, Princess of Batavia.

 

Viking Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda is the daughter of the late King Arkadius I of Batavia and my sister Her Highness Ærinndís des Vinandy - of Ettlingar Freyu, Princess of Batavia née Lady Ærinndís of Ettlingar Freyu and unites two of the most powerful dynasties of Micras: the House of Ettlingar Freyu, the Imperial House of Stormark and the House of Vinandy, the Royal House of Batavia. In both Batavia and Stormark Viking Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda is second in line to the Throne. In addition she also is the first in line to the Throne of Ravaria."

 

Viking Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda then walks up to Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn.

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Viking Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda extends her hand to Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn.

 

"Pleased to meet you, Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness. Uncle Harald has told me a lot about you and the many things you have done for Stormark."

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"Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness, the next new Member of the House of Ettlingar Freyu I would like introduce you to is my beloved daughter Her Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness Viking Princess Æsileif, Princess of Ravaria.

 

Until very recently unbeknownst to me, I had fathered Viking Princess Æsileif a couple of decades ago with Lady Geirbjörg Gefialdrsdottir, a noble lady in her late forties, during a customary May-December relationship when I was an early teen and living on the Mysterious Isles. It was, and still is, custom on the Mysterious Isles to encourage young male teenagers and postmenopausal women to enter into sexual relations with each other to provide the former with sex partners to gain sexual experience without running the risk of pregnancy and the latter with some wanton fun. My relationship with Lady Geirbjörg Gefialdrsdottir ended when she suddenly and quietly left the Mysterious Isles vowing not to return ever.

 

Shortly after she left the Mysterious Isles Lady Geirbjörg Gefialdrsdottir, discovered that she was pregnant. She was overjoyed, having been thought infertile all of her life, and regarded this pregnancy as a gift of the Lady Freyja. She, however, never informed me of her pregnancy and the subsequent birth of Viking Princess Æsileif. Lady Geirbjörg Gefialdrsdottir did tell Æsileif when she came of age who her father was but required her not to tell anyone about it.

 

Years went by. I rose from a minor Chieftain on the Mysterious Isles to the Mighty Emperor of the Viking Empire of Stormark. Lady Geirbjörg Gefialdrsdottir raised Viking Princess Æsileif all by herself and she grew up into a very intelligent and beautiful woman. Lady Geirbjörg Gefialdrsdottir's health, however, started to deteriorate requiring her to seek expensive treatments which depleted her funds. Viking Princess Æsileif sent several letters to me telling me that she was my daughter and asking me to help her mother. None of Viking Princess Æsileif's letters ever reached me due to Imperial Court officials handling the Imperial Mail regarded her as yet another golddigging nutjob.

 

To pay for her mother's medical expenses Viking Princess Æsileif took up some of the weirdest but well-paying odd jobs all over Micras even ending up as a senior member of a gang of smugglers in the collapsing Bosworthian Duchy of Gascony. In this capacity Viking Princess Æsileif met Viking Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda, my favourite niece as well as her cousin, who was fleeing for the Gascon Revolutionary Army and the two young women became good friends. Viking Princess Æsileif and her gang of smugglers safely escorted Viking Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda to the castle of a noble loyal to me and assisted with the defense of the castle repulsing countless attacks by various forces.

 

After the Gascon War Viking Princess Fränzi-Ferdinanda, as a gesture of friendship, arranged a private audience between me and Viking Princess Æsileif who was then known as Æsileif Geirbjörgsdottir. During the private audience, which had a bit of a rocky start due to Viking Princess Æsileif thinking I had ignored her appeals for help for her mother, Viking Princess Æsileif revealed herself to be my daughter. To my own astonishment I established, by reading her hands, that Viking Princess Æsileif really was my child and I fully accepted her as my daughter. I also had her mother evacuated to Stormark; Lady Geirbjörg Gefialdrsdottir is currently recovering in a spa a part of Stormark known as the Sólareyjar. Both Viking Princess Æsileif and her mother were admitted to House of Ettlingar Freyu on last year's Transformation Day. Viking Princess Æsileif has also become a Princess of Ravaria and second in line to that country's Throne."

 

Viking Princess Æsileif then walks up to Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn.

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Viking Princess Æsileif graciously extends her hand to His Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn.

 

"Pleased to meet you, Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn. During my travels over Micras I heard a lot of good things about you. My daddy has even told me more of your great feats. It is quite an honour to meet such mythical giant of the ancient times and legendary Stormarkian Elder like you."

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Crown Prince Emeritus Thorfinn bows deeply

 

It is an honor to meet the daughter of our esteemed Emperor. I am happy to see you take your rightful place in the House of Ettlingar Freyu.

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"Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness, the last new Member of the House of Ettlingar Freyu I would like introduce you to is my beloved son His Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness Viking Prince Hallbjörn. He is the twin brother of Viking Princess Æsileif.

 

Viking Prince Hallbjörn has worked as a mercenary help pay for Lady Geirbjörg Gefialdrsdottir's medical expenses but also spent a lot of time leading the security staff that guarded her in the anarchy of the former Nova England where she was living. After Viking Princess Æsileif introduced him to me, he was also admitted to the House of Ettlingar Freyu."

 

Viking Prince Hallbjörn then walks up to Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn.

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Viking Prince Hallbjörn extends his hand to Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn.

 

"Pleased to meet you, Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness. It is quite an honour to meet you for you belong to the ancients who made it possible for Stormark to become such a great nation."

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Taking the hand of the Viking Prince,

 

"An honor to meet you as well - though I'm not sure I'm old enough to want to be considered ancient just yet"

 

Crown Prince Emeritus Thorfinn smiles.

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Emperor Harald then turns to Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn.

 

"Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness, might there be anything you would like to ask one of the new Members of the House of Ettlingar Freyu or about any other Member of the House of Ettlingar Freyu?"

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"You are very welcome, Your Most Imperial and Most Royal Highness. Well, it is time to take our seats. You will sit next to me. Please follow me."

 

Emperor Harald walks towards the Seat of Honour and the Imperial Seat that has been reserved for Emeritus Crown Prince Thorfinn.

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