The Harlequin Tale, Pt. III – The Messengers

The Harlequin Tale - The Messengers I
Though they walk through the valley of deceit and decay, they will cleanse this world of evil.

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The Third Act of the tale finally draws back the curtain to reveal the leading actors: the Harlequins. I was ecstatic to dive into my folder of carnivale attire and throw on painted faces on my various shapes, and that seems to have translated into a faster delivery. Hopefully, viewers will find that the speed did not sacrifice any quality.

The Harlequin Tale - The Messengers III

The orphans grew steadily, solidifying the Message within their minds and observing the masses through discerning eyes. They were encouraged to seek out how they could combat the people’s depravity, and their young minds were quick to notice how the city dwellers gorged themselves on entertainment. Like moths to a flame, lords and ladies would give actors, dancers and clowns their devoted attention for hours on end, while gold flowed easily out of their purses into the performers’ purses.

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One theatrical character intrigued them the most: Harlequin. The masked servant used his wits and acrobatics to not only overcome the insidious elders to assist the love of his master, but enthralled every crowd with his antics. Despite his comedic performances, he portrayed very human messages that audiences seemed to (at least briefly) take to heart.

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This is the image that they bore. Clad in the dressings of the jester, the messengers of the Lord would address the people and approach their leaders. They would present the Word and forewarn the greatest of sinners. And for those that did not listen…

The Old Crusader, as part of his new holy crusade, had sacrificed his priestly duties-

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– The orphans were never baptized. And with that, their souls would find no salvation.

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Yet, an existence of righteousness – and at least a little shelter with a mouthful of food – was far greater than the perils of other mortals. The new Harlequins, in fact, came to see themselves as instruments bearing no human soul at all. And if you have no soul and a sinner does not heed your warning…

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…'”Thou shalt not kill” need not apply.

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If I could say one thing about this photo shoot, I would say it was oodles of fun. Again, dressing in this genre thrilled me, and a number of these images I did not originally conceive until I was on site. I highly recommend checking out Realm of Mystara, especially if you’re a photographer or enjoy medi-fantasy roleplay. As my story is more Victorian/Bohemian, these were all done out of character and you will not see these guys doing flips through the alleyways. But there are other amazing individuals there, along with a breath-taking landscape.

For those that are curious, my harlequin concept is mixture between the basic commedia dell’arte (where he is a servant to the Innamorati, but not necessarily the sharpest tool in the shed) and the later harlequinade (where he is the protagonist and displays wit and intelligence). It is certainly not a “pure” form or the like, just a fantasy depiction. I’m majoring in psychology, not theater. 😛 I also realize that the idea of the Harlequins not having souls but still acting in the name of a higher power is odd, and it will probably be addressed in a later post.

Outfit: Trum-Pet B-Boy Black from ::: Bare@Rose ::: [tinted]
Footwear: *~*Elf Slippers from *~*Illusions*~* [seasonal item]
Hair: Kensei 2 – Blood_Dark from >TRUTH<
Eyes: 30-diseased eyes-dim cyan from edge grafica [free]
Skin: Skin – ACE Clown Pale from MIASNOW
Pose: Click photos for specific poses

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Outfit: Bohemian Acrobatic from [bubble]
Mouth: *~*Neenja Mask from *~*Illusions*~*
Neck: Bohemian Clown Collar from [bubble]
Hands: TSL Gloves Black Gloves from ::: Bare@Rose :::
Feet:Dirty Feet from Bloodline
Hair: Miguel – Burnt Dirty Blonde from Calico Ingmann Creations
Eyes: 30-diseased eyes-high green from edge grafica [free]
Skin: MSkin_VIP_Tan from [ATOMIC] [hunt item]
Pose: Click photos for specific poses

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Top: Trapeze Artist (top) – black from [Sugar & Spice]
Bottom: Acrobat Leotard Pearl Leggings DU3 Exclusive from ~Scribble~ [limited edition]
Footwear: *~*Harlequin Lady’s Boots from *~*Illusions*~*
Head: *~*Scherzo Jester Horns from *~*Illusions*~*
Neck: *~*Harlequin Ruff from *~*Illusions*~*
Waist: *~*Harlequin Belt from *~*Illusions*~*
Hand: *~*Harlequin Marotte from *~*Illusions*~*
Arms: *~*Harlequin Sleek Gloves from *~*Illusions*~*
Hair: Elizabeth – Ivory-Night from >TRUTH<
Eyes: Eyes – Mirror Green from *Celestial Studios*
Skin: Clown Skin Female = Black Mariah from Nomine
Pose: Click photos for specific poses

Location: The REALM of MYSTARA

~ by Terry Toland on August 4, 2010.

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