"What can you find at Mrs Plenty's Most Distracting Carnival? Smoke and mirrors! Light and shade! Bright paint and squealing children and the roar of lions! And the music, as a great man once said, is like electric sugar."
Mrs Plenty's Most Distracting Carnival, run by a wealthy lady by the name of Miriam Plenty, is a year-round fair held east of Spite. It features several notable attractions.
The Big Top and the SideshowsEditHere, one may become acquainted with various factions of the city - even, if one is fortunate, the Masters.
The Refreshment TentEdit"What are Mrs Plenty's Rubbery Lumps? The question is not indelicate. The Lumps are a famous - perhaps notorious - delicacy sold in the Refreshment Pavilion at Mrs Plenty's Most Distracting Carnival. Deep-fried sea-monster, they say. They are to jellied eels what a war is to a fist-fight."
A place to try hot wine, spore-toffee, and rubbery lumps, and perhaps recover from injury or illness.
The Games TentEditCards, chess, dice, lizard-throwing: try your luck! Maybe you'll win bats... or sapphires.
"Do you seek to know the future? Ask Madame Shoshana. The cards she uses are a little disturbing, but there's no doubting they get results. Just hope you don’t turn over the Blacksmith. Or the Boat. Or the Gibbet."
"What's in the stars? Ask Madame Shoshana to cast your horoscope. We all know those aren’t stars in the roof of the Neath, but that’s no barrier to good honest superstition. Those born under the signs of the Bat and the Lantern are particularly lucky people. Be glad, too, that you weren’t born during the month of the Hunter. That wouldn’t be a good thing. No."
Madame Shoshana specializes in tea leaves, palm-reading, tarot cards, and of course, scrying into her crystal ball. She may also give advice regarding romance, investigation, or art.
Most Educational Anatomy ExhibitionEditA place for the rabble to learn about male, female, rubbery, and tomb-colonist anatomy. But it may just be a sham...
Beneath the NeathEdit"At MRS PLENTY'S CARNIVAL, ENJOY a DIVERTING EDUCATIONAL AND THRILLING RIDE into the CHASMIC ABYSMS of SUB-SUBTERRANEAN TROGLODYTRY! SEE the FOSSILS OF the ELDER PAST! ENJOY our PAINSTAKING RECREATION of the HELLS OF ANTIQUITY! (REFUNDS NOT AVAILABLE in case of UNWISE DEATH.)"
Beneath the Neath is a ride that takes passengers, of course, into the deepest depths of the Neath. The lucky riders are able to overhear useful gossip, or even grab amber. The unlucky riders come out with bumps and bruises. The very unlucky ones die.
The House of MirrorsEdit"Who manages the House of Mirrors? Is it Mr Mirrors itself? Surely not. No Master would lower itself to become a carnival showman. But it is a sinister place. And it surely can't turn a profit."
The House of Mirrors is indeed quite a sinister place. It might kill you, temporarily of course, or drive you insane. But its mirrors might also be a remedy for certain amoral qualities.