We gathered a little early to relax around the campfire and have some roasted mellows, ham, cheese and drinks when we heard the sound of rumble near the carnival tents and stage. We ran to see what was the matter but everything appeared in order and a calmness filled the air ... but suddenly in a blink of an eye we saw EM Kaen appear... He welcomed us to the fairgrounds and proceeded to explain that we would be asked to partake in a fierce battle to retrieve items from some monsters that were foreign to us and we had a few minutes to prepare ourselves for battle.... but there was a lot more to this story then he could ever tell and told us to wait while he helped escort the merchant to the stage who would explain.... Jeffrey the Candy Merchant was certainly in an uproar... and proceeded to tell the story of how his special valentines candy had been taken from the caravan before it had arrived at the fairgrounds by these strange looking beasts and that we must hurry to find the 30 candy hearts before the time ran out of two hours and before any of them wander into the desert where they would melt... and then he announced that the first five people to bring back the most hearts would be presented with a special reward spun by the Candy Merchant! The participants took off looking in the Luna and Umbra area as directed by Jeffrey the Candy Merchant while a few of us stayed behind to help pass along any word we may hear from the fields. Slowly word came that these rock monsters were certainly mean and we wondered if it wasn't partly because of their special neon blue and bright pink colorings! It was also noted that each of these candy hearts had timers and as Jeffrey had stated time was of importance... There also seemed to be a fight breaking out between the Candy Merchant and a follower of Casca, Daniel Ravens! Battering with hot breathed words back and forth they discussed what seemed to be 'politics' and it was quite obvious that there would be no mutual agreement about the Elf 'King' Casca and the debate would countinue on to the end with EM Kaen speaking his mind ... but I was busy taking pictures and missed most of what was said ... 90 minutes had passed and the fighters were returning to the fairgrounds with any of the hearts they had managed to retrieve from these candy snatchers and as those lucky enough to retrieve these special hearts turned them in Jeffrey took a tally and announce the top 5 redemptions .... Ansatsu of [Mofo] returned 7 candy hearts! Dont Shoot of [B-C] had retrieved 6!! Then he called out Veskara of [TI] who had delivered 5 hearts and Galahad of [KHV] who managed to return 4 to the Candy Merchant!!! And the fifth to return the most was Clym of Clough [KVH] with 2 candy hearts!!!! A total of 28 hearts were found and it was discovered that 2 of these theiving candy monsters had wandered off into the desert and as feared melted completely along with the hearts. Jeffrey the Candy Merchant and EM Kaen were very pleased on how quickly the Sonoma participants had gone to help retrieve these priceless hearts... Jeffrey was so delighted that he uttered something about us being as delicious as his candies ...like we were good enough to eat?????? They stayed quite a while afterwards mingling with the crowd and thanking everyone for their grand efforts!