First, a costume contest, to be judged by our local expert in manners and society, Master Harpy Sasul. All who wish to be eligible are invited to dress according to theme: "Come As You Aren't." In other words, select your clothing in a way that is not merely contrary to your typical mode of dress, but that runs opposite to your very personality. The most striking and fascinating clash between costume and identity will win the Master Harpy's approval and a gift.
- Winner: Seneschal Rand Ryan
Next, a martial exhibition, to be judged by the saffron soldier, Elder Orenna Komnenos. Those who wish to participate should seek a partner and prepare a demonstration of battle skills, to be performed for the guests. All should note, however, that this is not a tournament. The winning pair will be chosen based on creativity as well as talent. The team presenting the most engaging and original tactics will receive a gift.
Last, we present a new incarnation on a popular game: the gilded white elephant contest, to be assessed by Elder Prince Lucien. To those not familiar with the term, a "white elephant" gift is one that is not desired by the recipient, typically due to its inherent uselessness, inappropriateness, or tackiness. For this contest, we wish to take the concept of such gifts and elevate it to satire. To enter, bring a wrapped gift that is both glorious and tacky, beautiful and inane, stupid and sublime. Imagine a masterfully crafted velvet painting of a pivotal moment in history (blacklight reactive, of course), or an organic-grown rubber and hand-carved leaded crystal toilet plunger. Make the ordinary majestic and ridiculous, and the magnificent comically plain. The giver of the most imaginative and fanciful piece will receive a gift in turn.