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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lady...
...and things didn't go so well for her.
She had to make sacrifices; that's just how the world works, you know?
Eventually, she had to sacrifice her heart.
Now she has one chance to get it back, to find her true love.
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Once upon a time, there was a handsome lord...
...and things didn't go so well for him.
Maybe he never found his beautiful bride, or maybe he found her but couldn't bring himself to love her.
Maybe he was just a vicious bastard through and through.
Now there are ladies who want to dance with him, who want to love him, who want him to love them in return.
He wants to sneer.
But it's so cold inside his heart...
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And a waltz plays, and the dance floor gleams with cruel promise...
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Dear Friends of the LARPing Persuasion,

The Dance and the Dawn, a LARP by Warren Tusk, based on the RPG by Dev Purkayastha, which will run on June 25th at 5:30 p.m. in New York City, 165 Lenox Avenue.

   We have a few spots left. Mostly for intended-to-be-male players, but there's definitely some flexibility in casting, so just let me know if you'd like to play regardless. I will be posting to Intercon_LJ later this week. I wanted to give my friends here a heads up first. Comment with contact information or email me at khyros AT khyros DOT com if you want a spot. Crash space is available but very limited, so please let me know if you are an out of towner who can make your own arrangements for a place to stay saturday night. 

Anyway, I'll send a casting questionnaire after I receive your interest.

If you're not interested, feel free to stop reading.  If you're on the fence... or just don't know what Dance And the Dawn Is... read on...


The game takes place on the Isle of Ice, at the Queen of Ice's midnight ball. There are two distinct types of PC: the Ladies of Ash and the Lords of Ice.

In theory, obviously, the Ladies are women and the Lords are men. This is gothic fantasy, however; gender roles are about as solid as fog. Female lords are easy to accomodate; male ladies are a little more difficult, but can be arranged.

The Ladies of Ash have holes in their hearts. They were living in beautiful fairy tales, but their princes never came or proved not to be so charming, and they had to sacrifice some important part of themselves just to make it through. Somehow, they ended up on the Isle of Ash--the home of regrets and shattered dreams, ruled over by the gentle but melancholy Duke of Ash. From him they have learned the true nature of their curse: that every Ashen soul can be healed only by its true love, and that its true love will inevitably be found amongst the cruel and haughty denizens of the Isle of Ice. The Ladies' one chance to make things right again comes at the Queen of Ice's midnight ball. There, they will have the chance to dance and speak with the Lords of Ice--and even with the coldly beautiful Prince of Ice, the Queen's son, who has a kingdom of joy in wait for the woman whose true love can melt his heart. Of course, the Lords and especially the Prince are not inclined towards kindness or honesty, and finding one's true love in a few hours of dance-floor conversation will not be easy... At the end of the dance, each Lady (in an order determined by the Queen of Ice's favor) can do one of two things: she can ask the Prince whether he will accept her hand, or she can choose for herself one of the lesser Lords. If in this manner she selects her true love, there will be a fairytale ending for her.

If not, well, other things will happen.

Being a Lady of Ash entails taking the most active part in the dance; you are driving yourself to find the person who can complete you, and ultimately the choice of your partner is yours to make.

The Lords of Ice have hearts that have frozen over. They did things that were cold or cruel, and somehow they ended up as knightly retainers in the Queen of Ice's court. There, they live out their days intriguing and dueling and generally acting like spoiled noblemen--and always doing it in the shadow of the Prince, who is colder and crueler than any of them. They look upon this coming dance with amused looks of scorn, and joke to one another about the Ladies whose hearts they will break...but each of them is in truth desperately, desperately lonely, and the notion of finding a Lady to love and protect is secretly a very appealing one. Except, of course, for those few Lords who are just right proper assholes and truly enjoy causing torment.

A Lord's job is either easier or harder than the Ladies', depending on whether he's actually looking for his true love. If he is, then he has to be clever and subtle, because his role is a passive one; he has to figure out which Lady is right for him, get her to dance with him enough to figure it out herself, and get her to choose him, all without breaking his veneer of icy aloofness. If he's just out to be a bastard, of course, then he gets to have fun making trouble for a couple of hours.
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