ringleaders: (moonlighter)
Lost Carnival Mods ([personal profile] ringleaders) wrote in [community profile] lostcarnival2016-10-15 06:47 pm


When: NOW!
Where: Around the carnival grounds, and in the Cookhouse.
What: Carnival worker orientation, Ringmaster style.
Warnings: Alcohol consumption, maybe drugs. Other things?


THE NEW: It doesn't matter when you entered the tent to discuss your new contract with the Ringmaster, you exit it beneath a blanket of stars. Pointedly alien stars at that - currently the carnival grounds are being treated to a show of shooting stars, and what appear to be unnaturally large and living green moons hanging just a bit too close. The carnival was bustling when you entered, but now it's in the latter stages of being shut down for the night. If you manage to find a clock, it states that it's around 8PM.

Workers from during the day will be passing through the grounds, attending to various pieces of business. None of them will seem very surprised or concerned by the goings on, though some may be sympathetic enough to pause and answer your questions. If you put some effort into finding out how it became nighttime, you may discover that it's been anywhere from a few hours to 7 days since you originally signed your contract. Someone may explain to you that it was probably some kind of time bubble, meant to keep you out of the way until the Ringmaster had time to deal with you.

Every few minutes another new person will pop out of the tent, looking just as confused and under the impression that they had only just finished discussing things with the Ringmaster. Weird.

She passed you a note before you left. Opening it up, you'll see you've been assigned a trailer number, and been given the instructions to drop off any excess belongings and do what you can to get settled in. You have until exactly 9:36PM to do so, because that's when you'll be expected to attend what is listed only as "WORKER'S ORIENTATION".

This is, perhaps, more abrupt than you were expecting - but what can you do? You're here for the long haul.

THE OLD: If you've ever seen a mass recruitment before, then this is no surprise. People enter the tent when they're recruited, and then sometimes how up again days later when the Ringmaster is ready for them. She isn't a big fan of wasting her time on individual orientations when she's expecting a crowd.

Maybe you're too jaded to all of this to care much, but you'll see the newbies wandering around, probably confused and maybe a bit lost. Maybe you're the kind whose is sympathetic enough to pause your role in clean up and give them some directions, and maybe a word of confidence. Maybe you'll just jeer at them, because you're some kind of asshole. Either way, you expect you'll have the chance to see them later tonight.

Whether by world of mouth, radio, or written note, supervisors will be passing out the following message: all workers are to report to the Cookhouse at 9:36PM sharp for "orientation." If you are at all familiar with how things go around here, you probably have a good idea of what this implies.

Mandatory Karaoke Night.


At 9:36PM, the main dining hall of the Cookhouse will be found heavily decorator with various coloured lights and at least one disco ball made of what is ostensibly high karat gems. There are a bunch of cushions and additional seating set up along with the usual tables, and at the head of the call there is a state set up - a karaoke stage. For veteran workers, this is no surprise. Karaoke nights are fairly frequent as activities go, even if they are not usually mandatory. Some of you probably have signature songs already prepared.

The karaoke machine is set up with mostly karaoke tracks that would be popular in the 90's and 00's on the average modern earth, with a few that are more recent. It also has some other random stuff from other worlds that people rarely sing because they are confusing and in languages no one understands. Here is a big karaoke list for your inspiration! The more stereotypically karaoke the better.

Beyond that, there is plenty of food and snacks that were prepared by the cooks earlier, as well as a bar set up for alcohol and other vices. The selection is, as most things in the carnival, eclectic.

Music will be played in between if nobody is singing, and otherwise veterans are encouraged to bring along their own fun and show the newbies a good time. The Ringmaster does ask that vets attempt to be courteous to their new coworkers.

It's just being a good host.
fortuneglass: (o-o?)

[personal profile] fortuneglass 2016-10-16 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
[Now just who is that twitching sir with the ha-

Oh. Oh dear.

Carly's only just run back to quickly grab something to help with her new trailermate's orientation when she spots Greg, and her face is a little...conflicted. She sort of flew off right after handing over the lion, lest her Magnificent Ruse be discovered.

...Which means she...also happened to miss the sliiiiight debacle that followed.

Ah-You made a contract with the Ringmaster? [she exclaims, more than a little surprised. Didn't he come with people?! It seems strange to do that in that case...]
fragileandsoft: (victim of being a side character)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2016-10-16 04:45 am (UTC)(link)
Oh... Carly.

[She missed what happened, didn't she. Greg chews at his cheek a moment, then tries to force a smile.]

I guess so. Or, uh. She kinda made one for me.
fortuneglass: (>3>)

[personal profile] fortuneglass 2016-10-16 11:04 pm (UTC)(link)

[Uhoh what- The girl frowns a little, her brows furrowed in confusion.] Made?

[If the Ringmaster makes someone take a contract then...] You mean you didn't pay for something..?

O-Or...something didn't break did it..?!

[She really is entirely oblivious, isn't she? That's going to sting...]
fragileandsoft: (or maybe it was the other way around)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2016-10-17 12:13 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, just got a little careless and ran outta tickets.

[It's probably for the best if she doesn't put it together. Greg doesn't want her blaming herself for his mistake.]

Didn't expect such a strict policy, or such a big payment system, but... there it is.
fortuneglass: (o-o?)

[personal profile] fortuneglass 2016-10-17 12:19 am (UTC)(link)
Ahhhh the tickets..! [Well as long as she doesn't guess, she can at least be more humored about this than anything! She gives a friendly laugh and a sympathetic smile, rubbing the back of her neck as she speaks.]

Well, that happens I guess... ...when you think about how time works here though, it's not as strict as it could be, right? If it were a normal carnival, you'd actually miss a lot of time otherwise!
fragileandsoft: (essentially dead inside)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2016-10-17 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
[He shrugs, with a wry little laugh.]

Heh, maybe it seems better when you get bird powers out of it. From here, it mostly feels embarrassing.
fortuneglass: credit - haptisms @ lj (owo'')

[personal profile] fortuneglass 2016-10-17 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
Ahhh- [Erp.] W-well, these only started coming in after a few weeks after all..I bet you could get some cool powers too, soon enough!

That's not as embarassing right? [She does her best to smile a little more encouragingly, at any rate.] And really, it happens to lots of people, so it's nothing to be ashamed of! even I've almost done it, ahah...

[Granted, 'almost' isn't quite...Actually doing it...]
fragileandsoft: (easy come easy go)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2016-10-17 08:14 am (UTC)(link)
[ Mention of "cool powers" makes him glance away, and he chews back a response. Most people would be excited at the prospect, he knows. Everyone keeps saying things aren't that bad, that it's fun, that it's nice. Maybe the problem really is him. ]

I should get going. Before orientation starts.
fortuneglass: credit - haptisms @ lj (owo'')

[personal profile] fortuneglass 2016-10-17 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah... [...That...doesn't seem very cheerful, at all. It's a little worrying..

...Well, orientation should fix it anyway she's sure. So she regains her smile quickly, nodding in agreement.
] Good idea! Orientation is always great! I'll probably see you there, even!
fragileandsoft: (don't make eye contact)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2016-10-18 07:37 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah. Yeah, I'll catch up with you later. [ He gives her a small wave as he starts on his way. ] We'll have lots of chances to see each other in the future, anyway.
fortuneglass: credit - haptisms @ lj (owo'')

[personal profile] fortuneglass 2016-10-19 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
Right! [Maybe it's best this way. Maybe he'll even be in a better mood when they see the other again!

There are a lot of maybes to consider here.
] Until then! [she waves, and with that, she's off to whatever business she had.]