Below, Miss Darlingmonster Ember's Tesla coil-powered apparatus. She must have strong shoulders indeed!
Miss Stereo Nacht. One imagines Paul Hogan saying: "Naw, that's not a wrench." He pulls out Miss Nacht's wrench. "Now that's a wrench."
Our Mistress of Ceremonies, Mrs. Volare, looking quite be-tentacled:
I stood back and observed the proceedings in a strictly journalistic capacity, though I did partake in an excellent glass of absinthe. I have no idea whatsoever as to why the later pictures exhibit some camera shake.
Miss Searra Weatherwax also seems content to observe:
Herr Baron Klaus Wulfenbach (shown below with Frau Anachen Lowey) delivered the shortest manifesto: "Don't make me come over there!"
Miss Magdalena Kamenev, looking lovely in a strapless gown, delivered a spirited rant.
Mr. Garth Goode, making the rest of us hungry for calamari, channelled his inner Cthulhu during his manifesto, combining an appeal to Science (with Mr. Goode, naturally, the sole arbiter of Science) with veiled threats to the Old Ones.
Miss CronoCloud Creeggan ascended the dais to deliver her platform, which started off well with a fiery call for more shoes. This brought the ladies in attendance to her side, until the Baron noted that she never suggested the shoes be shared with her subjects. Miss Creeggan's tirade then wandered into the realm of sparkles and ponies, and never quite recovered its earlier laser-like focus.
Mr. Leintati Innovia surely surpassed the rest of the field in the "mad" portion of Mad Science, delivering a lengthy, rambling manifesto that was quite divorced from reality. Lovely, really, in its own way.
Although I had other obligations and could stay only through the delivering of the manifestos, I understand that Baron Wulfenbach's precis carried the day in the manifesto contest and that Miss Nacht won with her outfit. Congratulations to the winners! To the others, I say, "Bwa ha ha! You may not have carried the day this time, cursed be to the corrupt judges, but beware next year!"
[N.B. Please don't take my comments about the participants seriously. Everyone who participated was a good sport about the thing, and a good time was had by all. I regret not having the foresight to copy each speech for your amusement; Mrs. Volare will be doing so in the Steamlander