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Saika Little Lady’s Day Festival & Basket Auction!
To celebrate the Little Lady’s Day festivities Saika has decided to host a basket auction on Monday March 13th at the Lavender Beds Ward 11 Amethyst Shallows! We’ll have different yummy festive foods, games, and the basket auction of course! Feel free to stop on by between 10pm to 1am EST ( 7pm to 10pm PST )!
As with everyone else, with stormblood promising new housing plots Saika is in much need of a larger upgrade! Our smoll cottage can only fit so many… The auction and booths will be taking actual gil for this event. Donations are also welcome and loved!
Our Festival Games
100gil Kingyo-sukui Booth ( Goldfish Scooping ) : “Each person plays individually. The basic rule is that the player scoops copperfish from a pool with a paper scooper called a "poi” and puts them into a bowl with the poi. This game requires care and speed as the poi can tear easily. The game is over when the poi is completely broken or incapable of scooping properly.“
Player will pay the booth runner then /random to see what happens, RP it out however you like!:
If Random is 499 and under their scoop breaks.
If Random is 500-799 they win a Copperfish, their scoop breaks.
If Random is 800-899 they win a Copperfish, their scoop DOES NOT break and can go again.
If Random is 900+ they win a Coral Butterfly, their scoop DOES NOT break and can go again.
This Booth will also sell Tier 1 Aquariums while Supplies last at 10,000gil (Much cheaper than current Market Board Price) for you to put your fishies in!
100gil Chō-Han Bakuchi Booth ( Even Odd Gambling ) : "The game uses two standard dice, which are shaken in a bamboo cup or bowl by a dealer. The cup is then overturned onto the floor. Players then place their wagers on whether the sum total of numbers showing on the two dice will be "Chō” (even) or “Han” (odd). The dealer then removes the cup, displaying the dice. The winners collect their money.“
Player will pay the Booth Runner choose either Cho/Even or Han/Odd to place their bet on then /random.
The Runner will then take the first two digits of the roll and add them up before revealing the results to the Player.
Winners will receive an option of either
box of Nutty Nutkin Cookies (Acorn Cookie) or a small box containing a Mini Rolanberry Cheesecake ( Rolanberry Cheesecake)!
100gil Cork Gun Booth : "Each person plays individually, player is given an air shard loaded gun and a colored chalk coated cork as ammo. The rule for this game is to point and shoot at the target! Try to aim for a bullseye!”
After paying the Runner, Player will /random to see what happens!
If Random is 699 and under they miss.
If Random is 700-799 they win a booby prize box of Nutty Nutkin Cookies (Acorn Cookie)!
If Random is 800-899 they win a booby prize Fresh Fruit Basket (Assorted Fruit)!
If Random is 900+ they win a Stuffed Moogle or Chocobo!
200g Tea Smoked Raptor (Smoked Raptor) - Raptor Shank that had been smoked in coerthas tea, toasted rice grains, pearl ginger slices, and maple sugar in a box next to a bed of homemade garlean garlic noodles and pickled vegetables.
800g Slow Grilled Fish (Grilled Raincaller) - A variety of whole descaled and gutted clean fresh fish on bamboo skewer and lightly salted before placed next to the fire pit to slowly fry in it’s own juices.
200g Shoyu Sesame Akami Tuna Kabobs (Tuna Miqa'bob) - Larger chunks of our Akami Tuna bowl mixture coated in sesame seeds then skewered onto bamboo sticks before slowly roasted next to the fire pit for a rare kabob.
200g Teriyaki Shiitake Kabobs (Forest Miqa'bob) - Dragon Peppers, Shiitake Mushrooms, whole Mini Ruby Tomatos, skewered on bamboo then dipped in our teriyaki sauce and then slowly roasted next to the fire pit!
Zoni - A traditional eastern soup that is served during special occasions. We make our stock from dashi and kombu to give it a light savory fish flavor. Within the stock we add Young Cieldalaes Spinach, simmer Coerthasian Carrots, simmered Lotus Roots, and some of our fresh pounded mochi that we toast over the fire pit. [ This is an IC RP dish that will not need gil to take and can be asked for at any time or picked up in cups beside the booth vendors. Have your characters help themselves to some warming soup during the event! We also have an actual stack of this stuff if you wish for one just ask! ]
250g Taiyaki (Pastry Fish) - A slightly sweet pancake-like batter that has been cooked in an iron fish shaped grill. Served within is your choice of a sweet anko, creamy vanilla bean mousse, smooth silky chocolate cream, or luscious custard.
350g Fluffy Doman Cheesecake (Cheese Souffle) - A mini fluffy eastern version of a classic cheesecake that’s more cake than cheese. Dusted with powdered sugar and packed in a decorative small box.
100g Sencha (Chamomile tea) - One of the most common forms of Green Tea, Sencha like most of our teas is steamed instead of fermenting for preservation. It is then kneaded and rolled into needle-like shapes.
200g Genmaicha (Thanalan tea) - Sencha that is mixed with roasted brown rice and small amount of matcha. It has a nutty flavor and aroma thanks to the roasted brown rice and a soft greenish color thanks to the matcha.
Had fun? Feeling generous? Donate with Kyuu’sae at our donation booth! Remember all donations are optional and if you feel like it, you don’t have to donate–but we do ask you at least have fun or try to during the event! Enjoy yourself, relax, make new friends even!
Those who donate over 50k will have the option to receive a raffle ticket and be asked to /random for him! For what? It’s a surprise! *NOTE: IF YOU DONATE AND GET A RAFFLE TICKET WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING THE THREE WINNERS AND THREE PRIZES AT THE VERY END OF THE EVENT. IF YOUR TICKET IS CALLED AND YOU ARE NO LONGER THERE YOU FORFEIT YOUR PRIZE.*
Basket auction will be held at the docks at 12:30am to 1am EST ( 9:30pm to 10pm PST ) and will be in real gil to help fund for a larger home.
Basket 1 will contain : Oriental Tea Set, Oriental Round Table, Tatami Mat, a friendly Roleplay ‘date’ with one of the following; Oyun, Chanto, Mimi, or Trishelle, and an *IC set of Dolls made to look like the Saika crew! It is a doll festival after all!
Basket 2 will contain :
Oriental Tea Set, Oriental Round Table, Tatami Mat, Kadomatsu, Hard Rice Cakes.
Basket 3 will contain :
Oriental Tea Set, Oriental Round Table, Tatami Mat, Hard Rice Cakes.
*Dolls are ICly given and made by Chanto and Oyun. OOCly they will be a custom drawn doll chibi of the Saika crew! These drawn dolls are purely IC and the drawings are simply for viewing pleasure so you know what your character is getting. You are in no way, shape or form–buying these dolls with gil for ownership. These dolls that will be show are for visual reference only and belong to the character’s said owner and drawn by me. These dolls are a gift to my fellow Saika members and staff for staying and supporting me all this time.
Neil sees poi spinning and hoop dancing one time (idk, through vids or in person)
He’s intrigued and impressed by the smooth flow of all the dancers’ movements and their seamless transitions paired with the flashing, glowing lights of the tools they wield; the mesmerising dynamics of it all makes him want to try it out for himself
And so he does
Robin online shops with him for the LED glow poi balls, sticks, nunchucks, and one large + one regular-sized LED hoop at first
At this point Andrew’s already graduated and on his new team, so he doesn’t know
Neil doesn’t think practising poi/hooping would particularly interest Andrew so of course he doesn’t mention anything, he’s always too busy simply adoring Andrew when they facetime or call each other anyway
Neil’s only supposed to have time for Exy, but he starts practising poi and hooping on the dl / whenever he can’t go outside because it allows him to simultaneously concentrate and relax
It’s not quite the same feeling running gives him but it’s a good feeling, especially on rainy nights or when he’s just feeling particularly homesick from Andrew, he’ll practise with the thought that one day he’ll show Andrew his Smooth Moves
Let’s just pretend Neil naturally has a good sense of body rhythm and so he gets real good, real fast after following Youtube tutorial vids and letting his body feel the music/do it’s own thang
Let’s also just assume he practises to whatever music other hoop dancers and poi spinners move to from vids he’s watched
Robin is v impressed because between Exy and poi, Neil’s got talent
She tries to record him but Neil’s actually embarrassed and doesn’t give his consent (which she respects pls ty)
She doesn’t tell Andrew either bc if Neil’s not saying anything, neither is she
It’s just a hobby of Neil’s and so he continues at it on top of Exy and leading his team
Then, Andrew comes to visit for a few days and they do their Andreil thang but the day before Andrew has to leave, it’s only during mid afternoon that Andrew starts to seem a bit off and tense
Leaving Neil affects Andrew the way having to see Andrew go affects Neil
So Neil suggests they go for a drive in Neil’s car
In Neil’s car, secretly stocked with his poi paraphernalia
Andrew merely gets in the driver’s seat and doesn’t even need to ask where to before Neil points in some random direction and off they go
Turns out they end up driving along a completely open road, no one around for miles
Amidst no buildings, alone together and under the stars, they stop and take a breather (a.k.a they whip out the ciggies while sitting on the hood of the car)
“Gonna miss me too much then,” Neil teases, questions, states and Andrew just puffs smoke at him in acquiescence
Neil flushes and an idea suddenly springs to mind
He casually says he wants to show Andrew something
Despite the Silent Minyard Treatment, Andrew’s confusion when Neil takes out his hoop and poi items is a sight to behold
Neil tells Andrew to pick one and with a raised eyebrow but an otherwise unimpressed gaze, Andrew picks the nunchucks
Neil hands Andrew his phone, the playlist ready, and asks Andrew again, “Pick one.”
Neil smiles a beautiful smile and says, “Just watch. You can record me if you want.”
And when the music starts, so does the show
Neil puts on a show for Andrew the likes of which he’s never seen before
Cigarette fallen to the ground, Andrew’s like Excuse. You. What. The. Fuck.
With the stars above and the darkness around them, Andrew is the moth and Neil is the flame
Neil is hypnotising
And Andrew is burning
Andrew is fucking mesmerised, he feels ignited from within, and for the duration of the first song, he tries not to be so stunned / tries to not let some alright moves affect him so???
When Neil stops, Andrew thinks he won’t stand for that however
Andrew Minyard is So Gay for Neil Josten right now
He is so fucking here for this, yes
“The hoops,” he grounds out and Neil only smiles, swapping out the nunchucks for the large hoop as the song changes
Andrew is just so hot for the way Neil moves, from his hips to his legs to his arms; the way Neil spins that shit around his body, all over and across and around his whole damn body
Andrew’s completely transfixed on all of Neil, he’s unable to look away and he has no need for a recording
Is Neil an idiot: pfft yes, because Andrew, oh, he won’t forgetthis
The show goes on for a while as Neil expertly wields all that glows and demonstrates what he’s got using every equipment he has, each to a new song
When it’s all over, Andrew has to get himself in order
“Cool, right?” Neil grins and Andrew gets a hold of him immediately
“Yes or no?”
Needless to say, passionate things were done on and inside Neil’s car and when Andrew leaves the next morning, though they’re both eager for the next time they’ll see each other, the distance doesn’t seem too bad
Not when Andrew has the vivid images of Neil poi spinning and hooping in his head, and Neil has the knowledge that Andrew quite frankly enjoys Neil’s new hobby (and skills)
One day soon after, Neil gets a package and finds that he’s been given an LED light staff, accompanied by a short message:Use this next time.
And so Neil masters wielding the staff
Neil let’s Robin record him after he finds a cool song to move to and Neil sends the video of him using the staff to Andrew who immediately replies with a, ‘don’t send vids to me.’
Robin tells him Andrew meant that he wants to see Neil show him in person, but also Neil should send vids to the original Foxes
And so Neil does
Nicky loses his shit and demands more videos (also implores Erik to take hooping lessons with him), Dan and Matt are so impressed and proud (they also want more videos); Renee praises Neil’s skill, Allison curses that she never even thought to bet that this could be a thing, Kevin scolds Neil and tells him not shirk on Exy practice (which he doesn’t, obvs, but then Neil sends them a vid of him wielding his Exy racquet LOL), and finally, Aaron doesn’t care for it at all… but when Katelyn tries hooping, then Aaron does care for that very much
Let’s just say Andrew feeds Neil’s poi hobby more than he does his Exy obsession
He buys Neil all the poi and hooping gear and equipment
The only thing Andrew and Neil both know Neil won’t try is fire poi; ain’t about dat life
Whenever the Foxes get together they make Neil dance for them; basically it’s his party trick, one that no one gets tired of watching
Sometimes, when Andrew needs to anchor himself, the image of Neil dancing with glowing and flashing lights is enough for Andrew to concentrate on and calm him
Nothing is better than seeing Neil dance for him in the flesh though
In the future, any time Neil wants to put on a show for Andrew (whether he knows Andrew’s having an off day or whenever they go out for drives and stop in the middle of nowhere), Andrew does not object to it at all, ever.
I have just come to the glorious realisation that I have a 6 pack of beer, a whole bottle of Fireball whisky and a half-bottle of Baileys Chocolat Luxe, why the fuck am I not playing a drinking game, omg imagine the potential for a PoI drinking game, I am down for that, sign me up, is this a thing already?
Take a drink every time:
Root looks at Shaw lovingly
Shaw rolls her eyes at Root
Shaw deflects Root’s come on
Root says Shaw’s name in conversation (not directly with Shaw)
Root calls Shaw by anything other than Shaw
Someone shoots out a kneecap
Harold speaks to Bear in Dutch
Shaw mentions anything to do with food
Someone is referred to by their first name (gdi Root will have us downing our drinks)
Someone gets shot in the shoulder
Root refers to TM as She
Someone else refers to TM as She (take two drinks)
Shoot music plays (down the rest of your drink because fuck man those feels)
Shoot subtext (pre-If-Then-Else)
Root the Indestructable Lesbian gets injured and survives
Shaw the Unbreakable Bisexual gets injured and survives
This list has become very Shoot Drinking Game, someone help. Also it would be so easy to get trashed real quick.