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You are hereby Cordially invited to attend the Royal Equestrian Guards' annual Ball. This year's event will be held in the illustrious Royal Grande hotel in Canterlot. Security will be handled by a private firm, so please remember to have your invitation and identification with you when you arrive at eight hours past noon three... Proceeds from this year's Ball will benefit the Equestrian Services Organization in their efforts to improve interdisciplinary cooperation and morale, as well as to fund improvements to the training grounds and academies for the Wonderbolts, the Royal Equestrian Army, and the Twilight, Solar, and Crystal Guards.

 

This thread is to plan and execute the above event, a catered ball that's one part fund raising, one part giving guardsponies a time and place to relax. Skeleton crews of volunteers are left in the precincts for the duration of the event, as guards, policeponies, and Wonderbolts from every branch and region are invited, and anypony can secure an invitation for 'a modest donation' or by petitioning the local office of the REA to receive the ticket of a donor in absentia or a plus one forfeited by the owner. Citizens who are wanting to express gratitude for something positive the guard has done for them in the last year tend to get preferential treatment, since the primary function of the function is to boost morale among Equestria's generally thankless silent defenders.

 

Notably, the Princesses are generally not invited by default unless they procure a ticket in a manner any other citizen would (which is generally a trivial matter if there are discretionary funds left) or if they are the +1 for a ticket-holder. This is a party for the guards to relax, not work, so the security and safety of the event is handled by a private group hired by the ESO for the event, as are the catering and entertainment. All of that is IC information though, for this thread just drop in and we can brainstorm why you might be here! Please do RSVP in here though so I can keep the roster below up to date.

 

Catering for the event is open to discussion but will default to plated options (chosen by RSVP) that we're hoofwaving as not really important with cocktails being butlerred around the room.

[b]Name[/b]: (profile links would be nice, but not required unless you're seeking a +1 and are not in the REG OOC thread http://www.canterlot.com/topic/21977-royal-equestrian-guard-ooc/)
[b]Role[/b]: (Guard, Donor, Citizen, Plus One, ESO staff, Event Staff)
(for guards)
[b]Branch and Rank[/b]: (if you know them)
[b]Plus One[/b]: (name is fine, profile link is better if the other player's owner doesn't want to post on his or her own, unless you want to leave the ticket Open)
(for donors)
[b]Plus One[/b]: (name is fine, profile link is better if the other player's owner doesn't want to post on his or her own, unless you want to leave the ticket Open or donate in Absentia.)
(for citizens)
(optional)[b]Donor:[/b] (name of the donor in absentia on whose ticket you're attending.)(This is only if your character would know and it's important for the RP.)
(optional)[b]Plus One:[/b] (name is fine, profile link is better if the other player's owner doesn't want to post on his or her own. Make sure if you have a Donor that the Donor is absent!)
(for Plus Ones)
[b]Attending with[/b]: (name)
(for Staff)
[b]Job[/b]: (security, catering, entertainment, etc.)
[b]Organization[/b]: (security should be from the same firm. Hotel staff should be from Royal Grande. Catering staff can be different if they're catering different courses. Entertainment is probably a band or orchestra name, or solo.)

Note that the roster doesn't need to be full, and we can NPC or hoofwave any of the missing roles if they're critical!

 

Guards in attendance:

Corporal Applejack - Twilight Guard

 +Rainbow Dash - Wonderbolt

Burning Aegis - Lunar Guard

 +Private Reckless - Royal Guard

Private Aquamarine Gleam - Crystal Guard

Captain Fire Walker - Twilight Guard

 +Swift Squall - Billionaire Playcolt Philanthropist Adventurer

Corporal Flash Sentry - Twilight Guard

 +Presteza - Artist

Private Heart Shield - Royal Guard

Sergeant Licorice Whip - Royal Guard

 +Sparkles - Jeweler

Commander Shining Armor - Crystal Guard

 +Mi Amore Cadenza - Princess

Lieutenant Still Waters? - Navy

 

Guards seeking a +1

Specialist Midnight Oil - Lunar Guard

 

Donors in attendance:

none yet!

 

Donors in absentia:

Aquamarine Gleam - On Behalf of the Resplendence family of Canterlot, you are hereby cordially invited to attend...

Swift Squall - On Behalf of Swift Squall, you are hereby cordially invited to attend...

 

Staff:

none yet!

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I am itching to use one of my characters in a guard thread, but I should definitely run it by you before I apply here. 

Drop Shadow is a former royal guard fairly recently disgraced as a deserter of the army. (Sorry, I'd grab a profile link but I'm on mobile right now) 

He wouldn't be invited, but I'm thinking he could disguise himself (through a combination of dressing up, stealing the ID, and illusion magic as necessary) as a lieutenant of the navy in order to attend. He wouldn't cause much in the way of disruptive mischief, just generally be a bit creepy and off. Thoughts? 

And if I did do that, I feel I should include the name and rank/branch he's pretending to be as well. Also should clarify that the lieutenant in question isn't a real character anyone owns. 

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Name : Burning Aegis 

 

 

Role: Guard

 

Branch: Lunar Guards 

 

Plus One: Looking for one

 

(tempted to make him part of the entertainment... he is the lead singer for a rock band after all...)

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Burning Aegis added!

 

4 hours ago, Flooberoid said:

Drop Shadow is a former royal guard fairly recently disgraced as a deserter of the army. (Sorry, I'd grab a profile link but I'm on mobile right now) 

He wouldn't be invited, but I'm thinking he could disguise himself (through a combination of dressing up, stealing the ID, and illusion magic as necessary) as a lieutenant of the navy in order to attend. He wouldn't cause much in the way of disruptive mischief, just generally be a bit creepy and off. Thoughts? . 

 

I'm not sure 'creepy and a bit off' is a vibe you wanna give off in a room full of soldiers and trained guards, but I have no specific objections as long as you can give a reasonable explanation for how he managed to nab the ID and invite of a sailor without the lieutenant noticing. It is an invite/RSVP only affair, which makes for some interesting Mission Impossible/Oceans Eleven stories for getting in.

 

Might be easier to trick the precinct Chief of the Twilight Guard into giving Drop a ticket of his own.

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If it weren't for the ID requirement, maaaaaaaybe, but it wasn't that long ago that he deserted and the name "Drop Shadow" would still be pretty well-known. I don't think he's getting an invite legitimately or that it would be respected if he did.

As for getting in, I'm really thinking less "Mission Impossible" and more "Hitman." Well, except that instead of trying to kill anypony he's just sort of there to check up on the Royal Guard and narcissistically ask around about himself in disguise, see what people are saying about him since he deserted. But the point is, he would obtain a uniform, invite and ID by force and not really care about the lieutenant waking up and telling everypony because he'll be long gone before that happens. He's targeting a soft-spoken lieutenant specifically so that the pony he's posing as isn't such a high-ranking officer as to be well-known and have everypony see right through him.

 

Going to post his application here in this post just to avoid flooding the topic with extra posts, so I can edit as need be.

 

Name: Drop Shadow (Posing as Still Waters)

 

Role: Guard

Rank/Branch: (Lieutenant/Royal Navy)

Plus One: "Couldn't make it" due to "last second arrangements"

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I'll sign-up two characters (or I suppose 4 characters, technically speaking)......

Name: Flash Sentry

Role: Guard

Branch & Rank: Corporal, Twilight Guard

Plus One: Presteza

 

Name: Princess Cadence

Role: Plus One

Attending with: Shining Armor

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As Bellosh stated above, I'll be attending with Shining Armor

 

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Twilight Guardsmare Applejack will be happy to attend

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Name: Midnight Oil

Role: Guard

Branch: Spec./Lunar Guards 

Plus One: Looking for one

 

Single and ready to awkwardly mingle.

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On 9/8/2019 at 2:21 PM, Flooberoid said:

If it weren't for the ID requirement, maaaaaaaybe, but it wasn't that long ago that he deserted and the name "Drop Shadow" would still be pretty well-known. I don't think he's getting an invite legitimately or that it would be respected if he did.

As for getting in, I'm really thinking less "Mission Impossible" and more "Hitman." Well, except that instead of trying to kill anypony he's just sort of there to check up on the Royal Guard and narcissistically ask around about himself in disguise, see what people are saying about him since he deserted. But the point is, he would obtain a uniform, invite and ID by force and not really care about the lieutenant waking up and telling everypony because he'll be long gone before that happens. He's targeting a soft-spoken lieutenant specifically so that the pony he's posing as isn't such a high-ranking officer as to be well-known and have everypony see right through him.

 

Going to post his application here in this post just to avoid flooding the topic with extra posts, so I can edit as need be.

 

Name: Drop Shadow (Posing as Still Waters)

 

Role: Guard

Rank/Branch: (Lieutenant/Royal Navy)

Plus One: "Couldn't make it" due to "last second arrangements"

I'm gonna put his assumed name in as attending and I'm not gonna stop you from trying, I just don't know if trying to subtly interrogate a group of what are essentially cops and former comrades and commanding officers is the best plan of action here.

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Fire Walker who is currently part of the Twilight Guard would have to come

 

 

She would go with Swift Squall...But if for some reason he's not able to attend, I could see her attending the event just to hang around and see friends. The idea of her best buddy Pressy going on a date makes her very very happy. <3

 

I'll need to hear back from Swift's player before I fill out that form...

 

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Recruit Reckless will be there! She's gonna need a plus one *wink wink*

 

 

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*whistles innocently while sliding Aegis towards Reckless*

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On 9/11/2019 at 5:50 PM, tacobob said:

Fire Walker who is currently part of the Twilight Guard would have to come

 

 

She would go with Swift Squall...But if for some reason he's not able to attend, I could see her attending the event just to hang around and see friends. The idea of her best buddy Pressy going on a date makes her very very happy. <3

 

I'll need to hear back from Swift's player before I fill out that form...

 

 

 

Swift will absolutely attend. Mostly to humor Fire and ask questions. Questions like 'You guys still didn't do any reforms?!'.

Also, Squall at one time was a trainee at the military, deserting just before graduation. Any guard character is free to recognize him as an old colleague, 'Sharp Carrot'. And before anyone asks, he was cleared from all charges for deserting the military.

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59 minutes ago, Ciraxis said:

Swift will absolutely attend. Mostly to humor Fire and ask questions. Questions like 'You guy stills didn't do any reforms?!'.

 

A new princess will be sitting on the Equestrian Throne very soon. Rest assured..... changes will be made. :star:

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Name: Fire Walker
Role: Guard
Branch and Rank: Twilight Guard. Captain
Plus One: Swift Squall

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I guess I'll add my Guard oc if you don't mind He wouldn't mind a little bit of socializing  :)

 

Name: Heart Shield
Role: Guard
Branch and Rank: Private

 

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Lunar Guard Burning Aegis will be in attendance with Royal Guard recruit Reckless. 

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Caught up to everything here so far, and gonna add both of my guards:

 

NameAquamarine Gleam

Branch and Rank: Private First Class, Grystal Guard

Plus One: forfeited, also a donor in absentia

And 

 

NameLicorice Whip

Branch and Rank: Royal Guard, Sergeant

Plus One: Sparkles

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3 hours ago, Ciraxis said:

So cool it's up already, Working on my post.

While we at it, can Squall also double as the donor?

Yeah, but all it really means is that there are a couple extra tickets floating around whose Invitees were told they came from Swift Squall. Technically it was Aqua's parents who donated but I can't see there being a rule against someone donating and giving away their invitations to attend under someone else's invite.

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Oooh. Hopefully the tickets will glow and float around like in the 'Ticket Master'. For some reason, that always amused me..

 

 

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Pyro’s bat Pony OC Yiska will be Midnight’s +1...depending on how their date goes.

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