I headed down to VA this weekend to go to the NERO VALOR chapter. A bunch of us headed down on Friday. I took a lot of peoples' stuff in my van while sans_peur
took a bunch of the people in hers. This was because I was staying down a couple days after, so people had to be the top priority for her van. jjmarika
drove down with me, so I wasn't all alone for the drive. We had a most pleasant chat on the drive and that was as enjoyable as any part of the weekend.
We stopped in VA on the way down and had dinner with Cindy and Mike and Charlie and Claudea, 4 of the folks who come up from VA on a regular basis. That was a marvelous time. I spend absolutely no time with these folks OOG and it was really cool to spend down time getting to know the people. They are as delightful in real life as IG.
We got to the camp with plenty of time, enough so in fact, that I had time to drive up back up to BMI for silway
and pick up thedeviantangel
. This was a lot of additional driving considering I'd been on the road so much of the day, but it was actually quite enjoyable seeing as it gave me a chance to get to know her.
The game itself was a lot of fun. A great deal of it consisted of trying to pull together a musical performance of one guitar, one zither, one percussionist, one recorder, two flutes and about 7 vocalists in a performance of "A King Walks Through Time" which we ended up performing for King Mykel at the feast on Saturday night. That's ok. I live for that kind of stuff and it got me some interesting rewards, a component (a sheet of music written by Jericho, how cool is that?), a thanks from the king with a handshake from him, a piece of kingsilver, and a standing invitiation to the estate of High Lord Magistrate Buttons in Evandarr, a pretty fair haul for a slave.
The tournament was entertaining to watch. I had some marvelous roleplay that continues some of the personal plot going on with Kumir that I still can't write about just yet. The people down there are really friendly and it was pretty easy to get involved in things. I had a great time and if the opportunity somehow arises again, I would definitely revisit this chapter.
After helping to clean up the tavern (cleaning tables, sweeping and mopping, which I heard later was inadequate), a whole bunch of us went to lunch and had the most wonderful time. It was a great way to end the weekend. Well, it didn't really end the weekend, but that's the end of the part relating to NERO.