Wearing her green-and-gold outfit and Argent Gloves, Leona stood in the banquet hall of the guild overseeing the preparation for the guild's first Guild Social that would be held under her leadership. Since the guild had grown and prospered over the months since she had been selected as Guild Mistress, Leona decided to share the good fortune with the rest of the guild. She also wanted to reward the numerous members of Silver Wolf who had made the success possible with their hard work and tireless dedication to the guild.
Leona was not sure what exactly to do for a social setting, so she settled on a banquet. Perhaps she could have thought the matter through or consulted someone, but she wanted to try her hand at party planning. Today would determine whether she made the grade or would have to hire a professional party planner for the next guild gathering. Leona stood in the entrance and surveyed the banquet hall, which had been suitably decorated for the occasion.
The walls of the banquet hall were decorated with black tapestries emblazoned with the Silver Wolf emblem and two rectangular wooden tables that could seat ten members were set with immaculate white tablecloths that had silver borders. The plates were fine porcelain and a bundle of silverware was placed beside each plate. The drinking glasses were of a finer make than what was normally used in the banquet hall... they were not quite crystal, but they were a very good glass that was not used every day.
The central table in the middle of the hall was as large as the ones that guild members would sit at. It was also covered in a tablecloth, but it was lined with food sitting on covered silver platters that ranged from fish to venison to roast chicken. In the center of the table was a selection of salads for guild members who did not eat meat. Leona was doubtful that she had covered every last diet option, but there were plenty of options for the guild members.
On a rectangular table of similar size against the right wall was a selection of drinks that were both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. There were wines, beers, and ales for the drinkers and fruit punch, ginger ale, and other sodas for the non-drinkers. The alcoholic drinks were on the left and the non-alcoholic drinks were on the right. They were also clearly marked with large white cards that had silver borders and black text labeling which section was which. Leona had even thought ahead for once and had special Braille cards set up for the convenience of Song Talea and Iris DuPage.
Leona watched in silence as last-minute preparations were nearing completion. The last table was being set with plates and silverware and the last of the tapestries were being hung on the walls. An older male staff member wearing black-rimmed glasses walked up to Leona holding a clipboard with some paperwork attached to it. The papers
"Here's the invoice for the food and the drink for today's social, Guild Mistress." The man said to her while handing over the clipboard and a black ink pen. Leona took it into her right hand and read over the invoice. This party would cost in the hundreds of thousands of Jewels, but it would be worth every last Jewel. The members deserved some recompense for their work and dedication.
"Thank you." Leona said before signing off on the invoice and handing it back to the man. He nodded and made his way around the corner, disappearing from sight after he had ascended the stairs leading to the Guild Mistress' office. Leona turned around and was greeted with a young red-haired female staff member holding a stack of invitations that boasted the Silver Wolf emblem in silver on front of fine white cardstock.
"What would you like to do with these invitations, Guild Mistress? Should I put them on the doors, slip them under the doors, or hand them to each member?" The redhead asked. Leona took one and read it.
"Dear Silver Wolf member,
You are cordially invited to the Silver Wolf Banquet Hall for a Guild Social. There will be a wide selection of food and drinks for you to choose from. All you need to do is bring yourself to the social. We hope to see you there!" The invitation read in italicized black text.
"I'd like them to be handed to each guild member, please. Did you get Braille invitations for Song and Iris?" Leona inquired, handing back the invitation. The young woman took back the invitation and nodded.
"Yes, Guild Mistress. I'll go hand them out right away." She answered, disappearing around the corner and ascending the stairs. Leona turned around to find still another guild staff member standing in front of her; this one was a young man with brown hair and brown eyes holding an old and rather thick brown leather book marked with a black Silver Wolf emblem. The blonde was startled by his silent arrival and nearly jumped out of her skin. That was embarrassing for the Wizard Saint of Courage, but she would live.
"Sorry about that, Guild Mistress. We found this strange book the other day while sifting through the old books and wanted to bring it to your attention. You see, I think we found a map in it along with some directions, but we're not sure. We're still working on figuring out what we're reading." He apologized before launching into an explanation of what the book was.
"It's no problem. Keep up the good work." Leona said to the staff member.
"We will, Guild Mistress. We'll keep working on it and let you know if we find anything." He promised before yet another guild staff member, an older woman with gray hair and green eyes behind brown-rimmed glasses, walked up to Leona. She turned to face her and when she turned around the young man was gone without making a single noise. How strange.
"Everything's about ready, Guild Mistress. The guests should be arriving at any time now." The woman told Leona. The blonde ran her fingers through her hair as she examined the banquet hall. Everything was indeed ready, everything except for the Guild Mistress. She hoped that she had done well enough with the party preparations to make the Guild Social a good one.