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Aoife the Celt

Gert Geens: A Welcoming Party in His Honour

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The Hall of Hundred Hearths, the largest banquet hall of the Vanadísarhall, is ringing with laughter.

Numerous guests, Stormarkers, members of the Flemish community in theTwenty Six Jarldoms, and other honoured invitees from all over the Lady Micras have flocked to this enormous banquet hall on Hnossa Isle in the Imperial City of Haraldsborg, the Capital of the Realm of Joy, to attend an indoor traditional dress event which is held to celebrate the arrival of His Excellency Gert Geens, the Diplomatic Representative of the Second Democratic Republic of Flanders.

The Hall of Hundred Hearths is a magical blaze of light, with torches burning in every sconce. The gallery above the banquet hall is packed with musicians; drummers and pipers and fiddlers, strings and horns and skins. Likewise, the floor of the hall was littered with singers, jongleurs, jesters and scantily clad dancers.

The guests are relishing in the High King's hospitality happily feasting upon countless traditional dishes from both Flanders and Stormark, washing them all down with prodigious quantities of Flemish beer and Storish mead, wine and ale.

Full of enjoyment the guests sit along the tables from time to time listening up as heralds call out the names and titles of the many royals, nobles and other honoured guests making their entrance. They are all, as required by Imperial Protocol, dressed in traditional garb: Stormarkers in the traditional dress of the Traditional District they hail from, foreigners in the traditional dress of their home country or in lack of the aforementioned clothes worn in their home country by wealthy people in the days of yore.

Pages in the Imperial Livery escort the honoured invitees down the broad central aisle to their seats where they will attend this evening of song and splendor.

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* Lady Aoife, wearing a forest green traditional Goidelian regal dress, a copy of the Brísingamen, a stunning Celtic Tiara, and the insignia of the Grand and Glorious Imperial Order of the Two Silver Longships and the Most Beloved Imperial Order of the Three Ladies Divine, enters the Hall of Hundred Hearths and takes one of the seats reserved for the House of Ettlingar Freyu. *

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* High King Harald arrives at the Hall of Hunderd Hearths for His Excellency Gert Geens welcoming 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 and the Most Beloved Imperial Order of the Three Ladies Divine, 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 Imperial House of Ettlingar Freyu -- High Queen 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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* Lady Unna makes her entry in the Hall of Hundred Hearths clad in a very revealing Daughters of Freyja ceremonial gown which bares her shoulders and the tops of her breasts. The gown is made of ivory samite and cloth-of-silver, lined with silvery satin, and has long dagged sleeves. The gown's bodice is slashed in front almost to her belly, the deep vee is covered over with a panel of ornate Valtian lace in dove-grey. Finishing off the gown is a medieval styled hipbelt with a Valtian Viking pattern design in silver.

 

The Lady Superior Mortal of the Daughters of Freyja has also donned an ancient royal circlet, an emerald and diamond necklace, emerald and diamond earrings, emerald and diamond bracelets around her wrists, and a platinum ring adorned with emeralds and diamonds on the ring finger of her right hand. All of the aforementioned items of jewelry are ancient breathtakingly beautiful masterpieces and royal heirlooms of her family, ancient Kings of Yrjar. *

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* Lady Sigrdrífa the Priestess, dressed in the magnificent white gold-embroided robes of the High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple, solemnly and beamingly enters the Hall of Hundred Hearths and takes a seat. *

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* Dressed in the Bunad Royal of the Rose Cape Lady Astrid happily walks into the Hall of Hundred Hearths and lets a page escort her to her seat. *

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Just having fired his driver for not finding the address on the invitation, making the diplomat late and thus quite irritated, the Flemish representative arrives in the hall. In order not to make any further unnecessary mistakes that may step on the toes of his Storish hosts, he asks the staff to guide him to his seat. On the way to his seat he apologizes here and there for his tardiness.

 

The days before he had spent extensive thought towards his wardrobe, finally settling on a sober dress from the late Middle Ages (*the black one in the center*), befitting both the customs of his Storish hosts and his Flemish home country.

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* As soon as the heralds announce the arrival of His Excellency Gert Geens, the Diplomatic Representative of the Second Republic of Flanders, they all rise and give him a standing ovation which lasts for minutes. *

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The days before he had spent extensive thought towards his wardrobe, finally settling on a sober dress from the late Middle Ages (*the black one in the center*), befitting both the customs of his Storish hosts and his Flemish home country.

 

(OOC: Cool! The black one in the center is Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy, who amongst others was also Count of Flanders. That is one great pick indeed!)

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* As soon as the heralds announce the arrival of His Excellency Gert Geens, the Diplomatic Representative of the Second Republic of Flanders, they all rise and give him a standing ovation which lasts for minutes. *

 

* Applauds. * :clap:

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(OOC: Cool! The black one in the center is Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy, who amongst others was also Count of Flanders. That is one great pick indeed!)

 

Just as OOC: As a macro-Flemish history teacher I should be able to pick 'em, right?

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Just as OOC: As a macro-Flemish history teacher I should be able to pick 'em, right?

 

(OOC: Indeed. What is your favourite period of Flemish history?)

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(OOC: Indeed. What is your favourite period of Flemish history?)

 

I'm most of all a fan of 19th century Europe. When limited to Flemish history, it's a more difficult question. I can say though that I really like to teach about the battle of the golden spurs (currently the Flemish national holiday) and the preceding events. It's a fun story if you know how to present it.

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I'm most of all a fan of 19th century Europe. When limited to Flemish history, it's a more difficult question. I can say though that I really like to teach about the battle of the golden spurs (currently the Flemish national holiday) and the preceding events. It's a fun story if you know how to present it.

 

(OCC: Ah! Have you ever shown your students this movie when teaching them about the Battle of the Golden Spurs?)

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Rather than showing a movie, I prefer to be the movie ;)

And have your studenys already nominated you for an André Cavens Award? ;)

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