Once upon a time…
In a land that, really, was just next door there lived some enchanted creatures. They were creatures of stories, of myths and of legends. They lived their lives in eternal cycles with their tales interweaving and breaking apart as the next part of the complex dance of stories continued on. Sometimes something would creep up on them, a strange darkness, but it was fought back until the stories were stronger and the world continued to turn.
The first time this happened, the Monster came through. And settled, grumpily in the north of the UK. The second time there were some others, the wookie witch and friends all settled into various parts of the country. The third time… well no one wants to talk about the third time. It was a time of confusion and fire, its history lost to the world. The fourth time…
The fourth time was different. The Wizard of Oz gathered everyone together and formulated a plan. They fled through the magic mirror into the real world. The UK government having very little time to pull things together created the articles of settling, article four. This was a complex legal document that stripped most of the enchanted creatures of their rights, told them where they would live, what work they would do, and how they would live. People chafed under it, knowing they would get their say at the annual conference in February. Some escaped their lives to try and make something new for themselves. Most were found and taken to the conference, not everyone was.
At the conference things went a little strange. What should have been a series of talks and panel sessions turned into quests between the enchanted realm and the real world. People seeking items from their stories to give them some more power, to reconnect things back together. The darkness tried to get into people, starting to corrupt them from within, for the most part they were saved with people telling their stories. Some people rewrote their stories, finding love and other directions they can go in. A ritual was put together, something to reset the cycle and let them get back to the lives they had. But there was always the issue that the darkness would come back again one day. It was because of this that memories were sacrificed, leaving one of the tale tellers without words as they were flung into the future to help the next time around.
Sunday morning we have three stories being told. The first is those that left. The ritual was cast and goodbyes were said. Some people slid back into their stories where they left off, carrying on the dance for another time. Some went to another place, forming new stories and new ideas. The second story is those that stayed. They did not want to go back to the enchanted realms. Perhaps they saw a way to live happily ever after in the real world, perhaps they saw a way to manipulate it. They set up companies, got involved in politics and lived a different kind of life. The third took matters into their own hands, triggering the end of the world, calling it Ragnarok, letting the world burn around them. They have not been heard of since then. No one is sure what happened next.
Once upon a time…
In a land which, when you look at it closely, is really just this one, time carried on. Twenty years passed in the real world. Things were never quite the same after the enchanted creatures left. The problem with letting people know that magic really might work is that it makes people believe in it. As more people believe the stronger it gets. Leaps and bounds in technology have happened, but most of the time it has been kept underground. Sometimes quite literally. New theories have been published, laughed out, and then proven to work as magic can be used to power things that would not have been possible before. Those that stayed have seen this going on and have guided it towards what they want, or shunned it entirely. But the world has changed.
The Civil Service has been wound down to just a few people and much less paperwork. They still invite everyone to get together once a year for dinner and a dance in Conwy, but the numbers have been dwindling. Penelope left the civil service after a loud and protracted disagreement with her superiors. She threatened that they would regret this. No one has seen her in years.
About five years ago the numbers of enchanted creatures still responding and coming to the annual conference started to drop dramatically. People who were living next door had disappeared without saying a word. Sometimes there were signs of struggles, but often they were just… gone. This year when the conference was due to happen no one could get to Conwy. It was like every single road was blocked or redirected. Eventually everyone just gave up. A week later Nessa Rose called everyone together to meet in a new place, an old school as was in the north (ish) bit of the country.
Once upon a time…
In the present and the future you are getting together. Either you have decided to attend Nessa’s get together invitation, or you have received the plea for help in the enchanted realms. Friday night will involve some of the people trying to break into the real world if you don’t have a nice easy route. Saturday everything will be lovely and there will be tea and cake. Saturday evening there will, of course, be a ball…
Smallwood Manor Prep
OC timeline for Happily Ever After 2
Opening Bookings 2nd April 2018
Closing Bookings 16th April 2018
Notifying people of places: 23rd April 2018
Deposit Deadline: 7th May 2018
Full payment deadline 30th November 2018
Event: 22nd – 24th February 2019
£90 catered (including £20 deposit)
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