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Estelle Knoht
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9/10/2017
Aardvark wrote:
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The Temperance Campaigner is going to have a stroke.

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Aardvark
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9/10/2017
Anne Auclair wrote:
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- the Duchess, for pretty much the same reasons as the Widow, plus who wouldn't be a sucker for beautiful oriental princesses in exile?

I believe the "Oriental" bit was meant for the candidate you listed before the Duchess. Egypt isn't quite the Orient.

Edward Said would disagree, at least as far as the Western imagination is concerned.

I could see the Duchess. But doesn't the Gracious Widow have a thing for shadows, darkness, and keeping her present decrepit state somewhat secret?



That's pretty much what I meant with the Orient bit. In the Victorian and general Western context of the time, Arab countries were considered as Oriental as the more truly eastern world. In a way, it stood for for "exotic parts of the Old World". Therefore, I actually meant both of the candidates.

As for the Gracious Widow, do we have any direct proof that she's actually decrepit? I always imagined her as quite beautiful beyond the shadows, much like with the Duchess and her public persona. Though I admit that I haven't yet allied myself with the Widow for Sacksmas and it's been a time since I played the Affair of the Box, so I am not up to date with my post-Silver Tree Widow-lore.

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Sir Frederick
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9/10/2017
While I'm always down for a discussion of Orientalism in European art and culture - jolly interesting subject - I'll also say we shouldn't refer to people as "Oriental". It may be period-appropriate, but we are in the here and now, as are those who will be reading what we have to say.

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Anne Auclair
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9/10/2017
Aardvark wrote:

As for the Gracious Widow, do we have any direct proof that she's actually decrepit? I always imagined her as quite beautiful beyond the shadows, much like with the Duchess and her public persona. Though I admit that I haven't yet allied myself with the Widow for Sacksmas and it's been a time since I played the Affair of the Box, so I am not up to date with my post-Silver Tree Widow-lore.

Well, whenever my character has met the Gracious Widow she's been masked by darkness and given the general impression of being really, really old - physically speaking, not just in terms of centuries lived. She's not really a hobknob and meet the voters sort of character.

The Duchess is in peak physical condition and already a public presence (she has public teas in Sprite, doesn't she?). Only question is whether the Duchess would want to run for Mayor. If she wanted to, then she could do it, easily, and I think she'd be a fine candidate.

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Catherine Raymond
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9/11/2017
Anne Auclair wrote:
Aardvark wrote:

As for the Gracious Widow, do we have any direct proof that she's actually decrepit? I always imagined her as quite beautiful beyond the shadows, much like with the Duchess and her public persona. Though I admit that I haven't yet allied myself with the Widow for Sacksmas and it's been a time since I played the Affair of the Box, so I am not up to date with my post-Silver Tree Widow-lore.

Well, whenever my character has met the Gracious Widow she's been masked by darkness and given the general impression of being really, really old - physically speaking, not just in terms of centuries lived. She's not really a hobknob and meet the voters sort of character.

The Duchess is in peak physical condition and already a public presence (she has public teas in Sprite, doesn't she?). Only question is whether the Duchess would want to run for Mayor. If she wanted to, then she could do it, easily, and I think she'd be a fine candidate.


She already has my cat's vote. ;-) And she might have mine, depending on who else was running.

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Sir Joseph Marlen
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9/11/2017
Anne Auclair wrote:
Well, whenever my character has met the Gracious Widow she's been masked by darkness and given the general impression of being really, really old - physically speaking, not just in terms of centuries lived. She's not really a hobknob and meet the voters sort of character.

You say "really, really old", I say aged like fine peach brandy. I certainly think she'd be an interesting character to elect, and while I'm not sure she'd have my vote, I'd still love to see what she has to offer to London. Who knows, maybe we'll start a tradition of voting in non-Londoners for the job. wink

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Anne Auclair
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9/11/2017
The problem is less that she's "old" and more that she resolutely hides her aged appearance in shadow. Although, I suppose if her heart is really set on the office she could always get a face tailor to whip her up a younger face...she's done far worse things with the Island of Cats. Still, I have trouble imagining her actually campaigning for votes, it doesn't really fit her style, but that's just me.
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oblivion
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9/21/2017
I'd appreciate the Manager of the Royal Beth, honestly. It'd help him get his mind off things and given the circumstance he's in and its unchanging nature, I doubt much could /actually/ go wrong. (And if it did, it'd be fun!)

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Anne Auclair
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9/22/2017
I'm all for giving the Aunt some content in future elections, but I think that having her as a candidate/mayor would be very awkward from a role-play perspective, you know? Right now, if we're RPing about a mayoral candidate or the mayor's conduct, we're talking about a completely independent person. If we're RPing about the Aunt as a candidate...who's Aunt is it? She can't be everybody's Aunt., but she would be, because she's Your Aunt. What a nightmare.

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9/23/2017
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Anne Auclair
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10/2/2017
gronostaj wrote:
maybe the real mr Slowcake was the friends we made along the way

Just thought of a great continuation ^_^

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Clifton Royston
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10/8/2017
I believe I must also endorse Mr. Slowcake as a mayoral candidate.

Perhaps it is true that he never quite appears at any of his rallies, always being called away on important matters and sending one of his assistants in his place, but surely the voters will understand that this is merely evidence of his importance.

I don't know whether his election would prove a triumph or a disaster for the group of Devils behind him, but it would certainly be a rich source of story material.

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Lady Karnstein
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10/25/2017
Slowcake would be interesting, to be sure. A chance to fill out a bit more neathy lore, and it would be a very different wrinkle on a mayoral candidate.

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Shogo_Yahagi
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10/26/2017
Having Mr. Slowcake as a candidate would certainly become interesting when a rival faction's Mr. Slowcake shows up claiming that the Amanuensis has been plotting to replace him with an imposter. How does one prove which impersonator of a fictional person is the "real" one when his only known associate is the one accused of trying to replace him?

I also really like the idea of your Aunt running for Mayor. Having the Mayor meddling in your affairs for a year is infinitely more interesting than swapping out one card in the deck and perhaps (or perhaps not) popping up at the odd holiday. Role playing be d--ned, content is what's important. Besides, families are big in the 1890s. People have a wide assortment of Aunts, and one can't be expected to keep track of all of them.
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Televangelist
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10/27/2017
Another vote here for the Topsy King! Make London Inchen Besty Ir Yawen Again!
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Caroline Augusta Baroness Aubrecker
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10/30/2017
Anne Auclair wrote:


"If Mr Slowcake did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him."


Hahaha - what a thought - perhaps just to see this miraculous coming into existance it would be worth endorsing him - this idea could be used in many creative ways - why just one Mr. Slowcake? Why not many avatars of the man himself? - if he is many he may attend even better to all his obligations as mayor. Beehive intelligence - no wait that sounds far too much like the devils - I am not sure I want that. Of course it also leaves a different point to overthink: Will he than accordingly seize to exist as soon as his term is over?

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osthavula
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11/3/2017
Anne Auclair wrote:
I'm all for giving the Aunt some content in future elections, but I think that having her as a candidate/mayor would be very awkward from a role-play perspective, you know? Right now, if we're RPing about a mayoral candidate or the mayor's conduct, we're talking about a completely independent person. If we're RPing about the Aunt as a candidate...who's Aunt is it? She can't be everybody's Aunt., but she would be, because she's Your Aunt. What a nightmare.


The one Aunt for all. And she will manage to meddle into everyone's business, being as capable as she is. Imagine everyone under her campaign be like "I'm just here because she is my aunt".
Though it can be explained by she has a lot of sisters. Perhaps she once belonged to an orphanage or school that everyone is her sister/brother. Thus a giant family trying to take over the city.

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Caroline Augusta Baroness Aubrecker
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11/3/2017
The Aunt as mayor is such delightfully insane and I love the idea that she would be meddling in everybody's buisness being everyone's aunt. This is just twisted.
But anyhow, I think this is pretty much undoable in terms of the game - it would end in a tangled mess - a bit schizophrenic a bit psychotic and meddle with everyone's stories - if you create background to your character it might turn out to be troublesome when your aunt starts to show up again (mine by the way ended up in hell so I am not sure how this should work - and if she came back from hell I would not trust her the slightest bit).

I was wondering - is it possible for the curent mayor to run for a second term? Is there somethig like this in fallen london - or do the mayors have to be changed each year?

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Sara Hysaro
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11/3/2017
They might be able to run again eventually, but FBG probably won't have them run for consecutive terms.

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shylarah
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11/4/2017
As with last time, I'm weighing in in favor of someone who runs on a rat/rubbery/clay platform, which I did not see enough of from the Campaigner. This would be great if the Duchess is running -- cats and rats are natural enemies. And if the cats are running, perhaps the bats might be convinced to join the suffrage/emancipation party?

Perhaps the Comtessa, if her transformation was ever finished, could run. Though it does leave the issue of what about those who smashed her....

Speaking of, do we have an official canon for who lives and who dies at the end of Family and Law? I'm not even sure if I can suggest Cheery or the Last Constable -- certainly the Blind Bruiser speaks as if Cheery's dead, and he isn't (yet) for me.

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