On a night that started out to be a simple evening of fun and conversation with EM Faine and EM Infinity at the Counselors Hall in West Brit, several surprises were revealed that had at least one person sitting on the edge of his seat…literally! The festivities began as EM Faine and EM “Buzz” Infinity, made their appearance at the Councils Hall that was already filled with folks eager to see what was in store for the night. As Falseprophet, dutifully, made his way through the crowd handing out his delicious gingerbread cookies, EM Faine announced that they had a few surprises for everyone. To start the fun, EM Faine, proudly pointed out there had been a new addition to the Hall, and indeed there had been. On the north wall, near the fireplace, a new statuette of a pink imp had been erected. And the first surprise of the evening was that the statue, if rubbed just right on, gave you a shiny new sash, complete with the engraving, “ EM Infinity - Buzzing Origin in 2010”! Just knowing EM Faine and EM Infinity’s sense of humor, it was discussed by many whether to immediately don the sash or to wait to see if anyone else got “shocked” by putting it on. Fortunately, for everyone, it turned out to be completely safe for wearing. (That in itself was the real “shocker”). Now what EM get together would be complete without Bar Dancing? This has always been one of the highlights of Meet and Greets on Origin, but it was very obvious from the first time that the citizens met EM Infinity, that he, as far as dancing goes, had some catching up to do. Feeling the distress of the first showing of EM Infinity’s “not so graceful” fall from the bar a few weeks back, EM Faine had taken it upon herself to hire a tutor for him as she “lovingly” pointed out, “ EM Infinity is a bit challenged when it comes to bar dancing”. Now hiking his robe and taking to the stage (the bar) as though it was second nature, EM Infinity began to dance as the crowd cheered him on: EM Faine Morgan: alright Buzz, let's see what you got! EM Infinity: *hikes up his robe* JINX: *claps* Woman Scorned: whooo show some leg! Crystal Canyon: LOL Zamari: lol Milkmandan: shake yo money maker J-B: hehe Zamari: nice Milkmandan: woot woot Hero: lol Crystal Canyon: Awesome! JINX: *claps* Milkmandan: shake it shake it a streak of luck: nice! Milkmandan: work it work it Wilfred: woooooo you go a streak of luck: lol Zamari: yay EM Infinity: *little moonwalk* Zamari: that was awesome Woman Scorned: slips in a buck* Bella: *give him a pole* Wilfred: lol Bella: *giggles* Crystal Canyon: very well done JINX: Woman Scorned: he needs a pole. EM Infinity: yeah I take tips Freeze: not bad JINX: hehe chaos: tabledancing!? Baciver: for a sawbuck he'd probly loose the robe EM Faine Morgan: lol EM Faine Morgan: o please don't encourage him! Mr Mustard: DO THE LUMBERJACK EM Infinity: *whew* Sissy Mary: lol Bella: heya big guy, you attached? Bella: *takes out a 20 gold piece and tosses it on the bar* Once EM Infinity got started, and with the large amount of encouragement going on, it was difficult then to get him off the bar. In fact, after several attempts made by EM Faine to get him to come down, she finally had to resort to using the remote she carried that was wired to his shock collar and “shock him into submission”!!! Now that the entertainment portion of the meeting was over, it was time to move on, and EM Faine politely asked everyone to step outside and form the “Famous Origin Line”. This she exclaimed was “practice.” Practice for what, it was not as of yet known, but with the Origin EMs it could be just about anything! The line was formed by the citizens of Origin, and as was the usual, it was perfection. People stood there, chattering among themselves, each guessing as to what was to come next. As the EMs were praising the efforts of the citizens, EM Faine opened a gate that she said would lead us to the next surprise. It was soon realized that the gate had lead the group to the fairgrounds just south of Luna. Once everyone had settled down, EM Faine promptly took center stage and addressed the anxious crowd: EM Faine Morgan: ok, so I told you we had a surprise and I think I can safely say this has NEVER been done in UO before. EM Infinity: *grins* EM Infinity: another first! EM Faine Morgan: anyone heard of those little producers letters that get posted now and again? chaos: yep IcE BoX: yes FireBall: yeah Milkmandan: yes Woman Scorned: yup Sissy Mary: aye chaos: you gonna make it so that we can summon Cal with a spell? EM Faine Morgan: so if I said Calvin Crowner you'd know who I was talking about? IcE BoX: YES IcE BoX: Omg FireBall: yes IcE BoX: That guy rocks chaos: you gonna make it so that we can summon Cal with a spell? IcE BoX: how do yo not know him? lol wolverine: yes EM Faine Morgan: really? he rocks? well, maybe you wont' enjoy the surprise EM Faine Morgan: *kidding* EM Faine Morgan: so Cal rocks eh? wolverine: bring it EM Faine Morgan: wonder if he floats? chaos: a bit, yes EM Infinity: hehe Ole Father Ryme: ````yea cal rocks FireBall: he rocks my socks... IcE BoX: Lol Ed Zaclary: Calvin Crowner... the uo producer IcE BoX: He rocks EM Faine Morgan: tonight I present Mr Calvin Crowner for your dunking pleasure! Simply stating that the EMs had had a surprise for the Citizens of Origin, was quite an understatement to say the least. This was a “original event” for any shard and due to the brilliant (although sometimes scary) imagination of EM Faine and EM Infinity, Origin was to be the first shard ever to “Dunk” our UO Producer, Calvin (Cal) Crowner, into an electric Eel infested tank! Realizing now that the “practice line up” at the Counselor’s Hall was to prepare everyone for the line up to take a shot at sinking Cal, the citizens hastily followed EM Faine and EM Infinity to the north side of the fair grounds to where the now famous Origin Dunk Tanks stands. There, the crowd was also joined by Mesanna, who would assist the citizens in their quest to drop Cal into the icy waters. Cal, graciously climbed the stairs to where he would be seated above the tank for the next hour or so, as the citizens of Origin took turns shooting their bows at the target, that would drop him into the tank. One thing was for sure though. Mr. Crowner had evidently taken clues from EM Infinity on how to provoke the crowd. Although, not quite as bad as the title might suggest, UO producer, Calvin Crowner was indeed un-seated by several citizens of Origin as he sat high upon his perch, casually throwing daring insults at his peers below. But, upon each entry into the deep pits of the tank, EM Faine would dutifully go to the top and “fish” Cal out with her trusty fishing pole. Cheers erupted from the crowd as Mesanna…just being Mesanna, showed everyone her way of dealing with Cal and his insults by simply climbing the steps and pushing him off his perch straight into the now, shark infested waters. Of course, the sudden appearance of the shark in the tank was quite a shock for everyone, but it was pretty well surmised that it had developed from the bewitching powers only Mesanna herself could have produced. Soon, everyone had had their chance at dunking poor Cal and it was time to give thanks and to bid farewells. After some petting and teasing of the poor shark, the citizens of Origin were on their way home, once again feeling content with the events of the day. Everyone not only seemed to genuinely enjoy the “dunking” but it was also such an honor to meet UO Producer, Calvin Crowner. And what a great sport he was to take the time to come to Origin and “entertain” the folks here with his wit and humor! This was indeed one of the most memorable, and truly, one of the best events on Origin…and of course… another First! A special thanks goes out to Calvin for having a bit of fun with us on Origin and thanks to our ever thoughtful EMs, Faine and Infinity, and Mesanna for providing us with yet another history making event.