So when it came to booking the band and entertainment, I turned to my characters attending, since they're far more versed in what makes a good party than I am.
Princess Ione Ra:
Don't make it boring. I'd give an earring--yes, they are one of a kind, and designed as a gift for my birthday by an Al-Zur jewelsmith using an ancient and legendary method of hand-carving the facets of the gems--for something with a driving beat that you can grind to. But anniversary parties aren't just for celebrating another year alive, they're for rubbing it in the face of your enemies. So you contract out with the Terraformers' Guild for a couple of their apprentice Elementals. They'll sculpt your environment into something breathtaking that people will talk about for weeks. But do some of us a favor and make sure you have them put in little privacy areas. Some of us need to nip away for an extra shot or two in private to keep our buzz up. And for Ancestors' sake, don't make it boring.
Lord Den Hades:
Entertainment needs to be amusing, yet unobtrusive. And it definitely needs to underscore the power and influence you wield. Do you know what goes on at these kinds of parties? Let me tell you that if the Sublevelers knew how much of the actual government coming down from the spires was hammered out klicks away from the Noble House Council chambers, and in cloakrooms and bathrooms by half-lit blowhards in a self-congratulatory fog, there'd be riots in the ringwalks five hundred levels down. The bloated wheezing of the governmental apparatus is best underscored by a chamber orchestra with klonkhorns, to cover the mental flatulence. Oh bloody Ancestors...I didn't just say that out loud, did I?
On second thought, hire the Terraformers. They'll send you four teenagers skilled in elemental manipulation who will landscape your reception dome into whatever environmental theme you wish, with the perfect blend of ostentatious discretion that blurs the price tag, yet reveals your wealth with perfect clarity.
Okay, this is waay too complicated. My idea of entertainment is my mp3 collection playing on the computer in the background. And I thought the Terraformers' Guild was a--well, guild of terraformers, not party-trick players. I thought their specialty was planets.
I mean, I could still line up some filkers for the occasion? I mean, who doesn't want to hear "Banned From Argo" just one time?
Okay, okay. I'll get a chamber orchestra. And the Terraformers, put it on House Ra's tab, they're loaded anyway. Sheesh. Quit looking at me like that, Lord Hades. I know all your secrets.