The adventures of Cirque des Bêtes continued during the wild weekend of Gaslight Gathering 5 in San Diego. This weekend had the honor of receiving Eve Riot and Nikolai de la Muerte. The rode in on the circus train and immediately began the hijinks. The air was hot and stale, but the fresh acts by the phenomenal MC’s brought the life to the party. After paying bribes, greasing palms, and rubbing elbows with the amazing people whom turned out; the antics began.
Madam Askew’s Temporal Entourage was the first to be preyed upon by Eve and Nikolai. A preliminary Tea Dueling competition was underway and our protagonists began to creep their way to the front of the audience and then slowly slinked up and eagerly volunteered to show how a tea duel is done. Eve caught Nikolai eating ponies again and challenged him to a duel to end the barbaric diet. Nikolai, never shying from a fight stepped up, but ultimately crumbled from the gravity of the situation.
During his display it shorted and went haywire punching Nikolai in his good eye, leaving him dizzy and fuming. The next day, Eve and Nikolai were visiting the bazaar when Gunpowder and his entourage appeared. Nikolai challenged Gunpowder to a feat of strength; the mechanical power vs. Natural might of Man/Bear. Eve Riot set the ground rules and issued the challenge of an arm wrestling contest to settle the matter of might. Nikolai was the victor leaving the mechanical arm mangled.
An hour later Eve and Nikolai hosted the Acme Fashion and Invention Show, organized by the wonderful Lisa Vaca - one of the founders of San Diego Steampunks. After a very heartfelt intro the marvelous MC’s took to the stage and energized the crowd the best way they know how, a screaming match. Nikolai encouraged his side of the hall to “raise the dead;” However, Eve and her side of the hall lived up to her last name and truly created a Riot. For the next hour and a half CdB highlighted the fashions and inventions making each model a real star.
Gunpowder and Nikolai squared off with many eager onlookers to see who would be victorious. The crowd exploded when Gunpowder came out the winner. A vague threat was issued to Gunpowder that his lady would be leaving with Cirque des Betes by the end of the weekend.
After every good ball there is an after-party, a rum-after-party to be precise. A chance for the crowd to have a jauntily good time complete with live music, games of all sorts, and of course, Rum by the barrel. Madam Askew and the Grand Arbiter of Tea were present and in rare form with “No Holds Barred Mutha-F****** Tea Dueling.” There was much yelling and profanity as competitors duked it out one bikky at a time. The Rum was all gone in the late night or early morning then guests retired to slumber.
Before the championship could commence a final grudge match between Nikolai and the garrulous Gunpowder would take place. The prize was the lovely woman accompanying Gunpowder. Eve Riot once again refereed this downtown throw-down setting up what could be the biggest blast of a Tea Duel. In a showy display of jackassery, Nikolai fell to Gunpowder, literally, while eyes were on the bear playing possum Gunpowder proposed to his beloved and she said yes!
After saying their farewells the circus train was packed and loaded to head north to more adventures. What lurks in the future for the Circus? Probably Cthulhu for both, fame for Eve, and definitely ponies for Nikolai.
Account written by Nickolai de la Muerte
Edited and assembles by Eve Riot
Photography by Jerry Abuan
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