I'm rarely the sort to avoid borrowing a good idea when I see one, so I thought I'd take Artless's "introduction" thread, expand upon it (by marrying it to an idea from Steven Brust ), and give it more of an ongoing status. Result? The Perpetual Ball. This will be a never-ending affair that takes place outside of "game time," where you can all interact with one another, as well as various more or less colorful (or savory) characters, regardless of what you're "actually" doing at the moment. Or, if you don't want to be present personally, you can send one of your vassals to collect information, overhear rumors, and oversee your plots for you. As long as they can make the invite list, at least. Only persons of quality are admitted to the Ballroom–read: armiger or higher. The attendee can bring a single guest along with them, though unless it's a spouse or child, the guest must meet the same requirement. There will be two other "areas" with their own activities going on, for those of lower status: "Down the Hall," which is where gentlemen, esquires and knights bachelor are relegated to; and "Below the Stairs," which is for non-gentles of any sort. Those of higher rank can always enter an area of lower rank, though this is likely to be noticed and commented on… probably unfavorably. Which is not to say it might not be advantageous from time to time. The following NPCs are almost always going to be in attendance; for details on them, see the first installment of the (new) "Dramatis Personae" thread. Prince Heveric Countess Leina of Fendrichsvegn Prince Manchovar Princess Serifet Marchioness-Dowager Timiseta Princess Tulgrid Many others will be there as well, of course; they just might not be there constantly; more will be added to the below from time to time. The highest social levels–the dukes and Great Officers–will rarely be there, though you'll always be able to find someone who knows where they can be found; the Emperor will pretty much never be there, though even he takes time off from his busy schedule of attending other entertainments once in a while. This thread is not going to be stickied, so you may need to seek it out. I'm hoping there will be enough traffic to keep it near the top, though. With that… let the dancing begin!