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                                Once upon a time there were 14 demigods. Their names were Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Humility, Love, Kindness, Zeal, Generosity, Temperance, and Chastity. At first, the 14 young demigods cooperated and balanced each other out, keeping the world at harmony. But as time went on, the 14 began to bicker like small children.

                                Normally, people bickering like small children is just annoying, but not all that harmful. However, with all the power these 14 possessed, the world began to fall out of harmony. Gaians were being overwhelmed by the influence of these demigods. Men were becoming full of greed and harming their neighbors for personal gain. Children were overtaken by Sloth’s influence and refusing to do anything but lie around all day. Some were overtaken by the influence of demigods like Generosity, and gave away everything they owned, leaving themselves in poverty.

                                After seeing enough of this suffering, the other demigods decided to put an end to the people’s strife. They tricked all of the bickering demigods (and a few beings that associated with them) into a magical tower, and then sealed them away. To make sure that no one ever opened the tower again, the older demigods and gods decided to place a spell on the seal. Unless someone uttered their chosen password, the door to the tower would remain sealed. They picked a word so ridiculous that they reasoned no one would ever think to utter it in front of the tower’s gate.

                                Once behind the magically sealed stone walls, the demigod’s harmful influence over the Gaians began to fade again. It was as if the magic of the tower was balancing their influence once more. The demigods turned the use of their magic to creating customized mini-dimensions within the castle, to make their time spent incarcerated bearable.

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                                Millennia later, a group of Gaian children were playing far out in the forest. They played hide and seek, and eventually ended up not being able to find themselves. The children were lost and scared. As if things weren’t getting bad enough, it began to rain.

                                Then the oldest child spotted something looming just above the nearby trees, and pointed it out to his playmates. The group of children reasoned that it might be shelter, so they went to investigate.

                                After pushing aside vines and branches that looked as though they had been undisturbed for ages, the children came upon the stone tower. However, the door to the tower was cemented shut, and appeared to have some sort of magical seal on it.

                                They tried pushing. They tried pulling. They tried smashing. They tried looking for keys. They tried sitting on rocks and pulling all the branches near the door.

                                “Maybe it’s a magic word?” suggested the youngest little girl in the group.

                                “Open Sesame!” shouted one child.

                                “Abracadabra!” another exclaimed.

                                “Please?” Tried the youngest.

                                They shouted cliché passwords at the door until the rain had drenched them to the bone. “Oh poppycock,” said the oldest in frustration.

                                As soon as he spoke, the door began to tremble, and the stone gate to the tower swung open before them. Mouths open with surprise and gathering rain, the group of children rushed into the tower.

                                To their surprise, they found 14 very confused demigods waiting for them.

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                                “Are we being let out?” Greed asked after several moments of awkward silence.

                                Confused, the eldest child spoke, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

                                At that moment, other demigods and gods began to show up at the door to the tower, having felt the enormous magic energies of it being opened. One demigod, who looked like he was the patron deity of some leafy vegetable, scolded the children. “Do you have any idea what you’ve unleashed? These are some of the most dangerous spirits in the entire world! We have to get them sealed up again immediately.”

                                “Now what a minute!” interjected Kindness. “We never meant to hurt anyone!”

                                “Yes!” exclaimed Zeal. “And we’ve changed! We’re different now, really. We can control ourselves.”

                                “We’re much more mature now.” Pride boasted. “In fact, we’re the perfect demigods. We could bring real joy to the Gaians. Just give us a chance?”

                                “We could hold an event, to show our new self-control and good-naturedness!” Generosity added. “We could throw a big gala- a ball! And invite all the Gaians.”

                                “Please?” Pride looked a bit less smug. “Just one chance?”

                                All of the other deities agreed. The 14 demigods could have this one chance to show that they could ‘play nice’ and benefit Gaians. And so the 9th Annual Ball came to be.



THREAD NAVIGATION
POST ONE: Introduction
POST TWO: The Sins
POST THREE: Rules
POST FOUR: King and Queen
POST FIVE: About the Ball
POST SIX: Closing Ceremonies
POST SEVEN: Special Thanks To
POST EIGHT: Want to Help?
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THREAD NAVIGATION
POST ONE: Introduction
POST TWO: The Sins
POST THREE: Rules
POST FOUR: King and Queen
POST FIVE: About the Ball
POST SIX: Closing Ceremonies
POST SEVEN: Special Thanks To
POST EIGHT: Want to Help?
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                                Rule One: Follow Gaia TOS!

                                Rule Two: Be kind to all ball-goers! Everyone is welcome here!

                                Rule Three: Demigod word is law!

                                Rule Four: Follow all Individual Thread Rules

                                Rule Five: Cheaters in any of the contests will be disqualified!

                                Rule Six: In the King and Queen of Sin contest, please do not send out mass messages asking your friends to vote! There's a big difference between telling a few friends you're talking to that you are a finalist and sending out campaigning messages.

                                Rule Seven: In the King and Queen of Sin contest, please make sure you have hosted your own image! If you have trouble doing this, please PM Princess Angelishia for instructions.

                                Rule Eight: In the King and Queen of Sin contest, please use only your original work. Remember that it must be your avatar, not a tektek!

                                Rule Nine: Do not impersonate hosts or cohosts!

                                Rule Ten: Have a ball!


                                Warning: NEVER give your password out to anyone. Last year we had a problem where a pop-up would show up saying that you had 'timed out' and needed to enter your password to log back in. This is NOT a Gaia generated pop-up, but a Java pop-up that hackers have planted to get access to your account. If this happens, I find it best to force close your browser and re-open it again to avoid having to click on any part of the message.



THREAD NAVIGATION
POST ONE: Introduction
POST TWO: The Sins
POST THREE: Rules
POST FOUR: King and Queen
POST FIVE: About the Ball
POST SIX: Closing Ceremonies
POST SEVEN: Special Thanks To
POST EIGHT: Want to Help?
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                                Want to be a finalist? Go compete in one of the avatar contests in the other threads! (You can only enter one room's contest, so choose wisely!) The winners will become the finalists for the ultimate overall title~ King or Queen of Sin!

                                Each winners will also get a nifty Alruna's Rose! The second place prize will be 75k, and the third place prize will be 25k.

                                Update! Winners have been chosen! Congratulations!
                                (For anyone confused, The Omnitrix King's vote count was penalized by 40 due to some vote solicitation)

                                Sinful King & Sinful Queen
                                Anonypanda & white and black lilac
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                                Sinful Prince & Sinful Princess
                                (First Runners Up!)

                                The Omnitrix King & Monienijntje
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                                Sinful Lord & Sinful Lady
                                (Second Runners Up)

                                baoumoon & Ezaire
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THREAD NAVIGATION
POST ONE: Introduction
POST TWO: The Sins
POST THREE: Rules
POST FOUR: King and Queen
POST FIVE: About the Ball
POST SIX: Closing Ceremonies
POST SEVEN: Special Thanks To
POST EIGHT: Want to Help?
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                                Q) Who is running the ball this year?
                                This year Princess Angelishia is running the Annual Ball. You can find her in the Pride Room!

                                Q) What is the Annual Gaian Ball?
                                The Annual Gaian Ball is an event made by and for the users of Gaia Online. It's about hanging out and having fun, RPing a bit and getting to know the other users in this huge community we call Gaia.

                                In 2003, Misao made the first ever Annual Ball. The admins were so impressed with what she'd done that they released the red rose corsage and black bow tie for her ball. Note that these were the first non-store items on Gaia ever!

                                In 2004, Misao refused to make the next annual ball convinced that the greed on Gaia was far too much to yield it. In light of that challenge, Setzer appeared. He made a topic in QnF calling for people to help out and make the 2nd Annual Ball. This year, instead of one host there were many each with their own distinct rooms. It gained so much popularity amongst the users that Setzer decided to ask for our own forum to party in. As some of you know, the answer was yes. This was the first time Gaia had ever opened a Forum up for a user run event. Really this ball is extraordinary. Not only that, but again the admins seemed to be impressed and decided to release the G-pins (much to everyone's surprise since we (the hosts) didn't think there would be ANY items involved.

                                In 2005, it was that time again. Setzer passed the torch onto Razumi Yazura to host the 3rd Annual Ball since Setz thought that it would be best to change the main hosts every year (a very wise decision). That year we developed a theme which was planetary. All the rooms were based off of planets, but they each had their own underlying themes. Again the ball gained popularity and of course we asked for a forum. But this time we were getting the mansion! This of course was the first and last time the mansion was going to be opened for a User event. No items this year, but it was still a HUGE success!

                                In 2006, the fourth annual ball was hosted in a guild since the admins didn't want to open up the mansion any more for the ball. Needless to say it was a quiet year that year, but it was the first ball that had a plot totally made by the users! Quiet but still a success and fun!

                                In 2007, Leyna hosted this year's ball and the moderators allowed the ball the have it's own forum for the 5th Annual Ball for the public to join in on the fun. The Ball's theme this year was Elements and it was quite exciting being able to make it public once more to a new generation of Gaians. It was a huge success and helped to open up the Ball to more people to help.

                                In 2008, with the Ball so successful as the year before everyone wanted to make this year's the biggest and best of them all. This year's host was chosen to be Freaksrus! Again for the 2nd time in a row the Ball was able to successfully gain a forum for the 6th Annual Ball. The ball was able to gain new ideas with the publicity of the last year and the ball's theme was chosen to be Time Periods after a quick change. Despite being a previous theme chosen for the 2ndd Annual Ball all that participated had a ton of fun especially with a fun twist on the plot and the Ball's first time have it drawn out Manga style!

                                In 2009 Dolly14 was the host, and she created a fantasy world, with a fairy tale themed 7th Annual Ball! The ball brought in a ton of new guests and featured some of the prettiest layouts! Each room embodied a different genre, from a magnificent castle to a wild underwater scene!

                                In 2010, hosting responsibilities were passed between Valiae, xTrueBlissx, and Psycho Sabs due to real life complications and generally busy lives! The 8th Annual Ball was greek mythology themed! It featured a highly interactive plot with evil chaos goddess Eris going into rooms and messing with guests and NPCs.

                                In 2011, we hope to make a magnificent thing even better! We have seven rooms to embody each of the sins and their virtue counterparts. We have an interactive plot for guests to participate in, and lots of extravagant prizes! Enjoy!

                                Q) Is this an official event?
                                This isn't an official event from Gaia as it is user-run. We are merely supported by the admins (ie. the forums).

                                And for the LAST time. This is not the anniversary ball, that's in February and is an actual Gaia Online admin-run event.

                                Q) Will I get a free item?
                                That is a tricky question to answer since the first two years yielded items, yet the last few years didn't.

                                BUT it is safe to say that NO you will most likely not be getting items. The choice to give out items for this ball is purely up to the administration and we have no say in that (as far as anyone knows).

                                The Ball has plenty of games with a ton of neat prizes though, so don't worry you will still have a chance at some prizes.

                                Q) What is this years theme?
                                Seven Deadly Sins!

                                (Written by MissusDolly for the 7th Annual Ball and Updated by Princess Angelishia for the 9th Annual Ball)




THREAD NAVIGATION
POST ONE: Introduction
POST TWO: The Sins
POST THREE: Rules
POST FOUR: King and Queen
POST FIVE: About the Ball
POST SIX: Closing Ceremonies
POST SEVEN: Special Thanks To
POST EIGHT: Want to Help?
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                                It's time to go to closing ceremonies! We'll be holding a big Towns event Sunday the 21st! All the hosts and cohosts that are available will be there!

                                Date: August 21st
                                Time: 9pm EST
                                Environment: Towns
                                Place: Barton 1035TBA!




THREAD NAVIGATION
POST ONE: Introduction
POST TWO: The Sins
POST THREE: Rules
POST FOUR: King and Queen
POST FIVE: About the Ball
POST SIX: Closing Ceremonies
POST SEVEN: Special Thanks To
POST EIGHT: Want to Help?
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                                There are so many people who have worked very hard to make this ball possible! Here are just a few.

                                Zero Omega

                                Zero Omega is the admin that helped us get this forum and get an announcement out.

                                Gaia Online

                                Thank you for 9 great years! And being generous enough to let us throw this ball each year.

                                Hosts and Cohosts

                                Our wonderful hosts and cohosts have worked all year long to bring you the seven wonderful rooms to party in!

                                Our Donators

                                Many generous Gaians have donated truly amazing amounts of gold so that we can bring you fabulous prizes for participating in this once a year event!

                                Artists and Layout Artists

                                We can't forget about our creative minds! Thank you to everyone who contributed art or graphics to make this not only an enjoyable, but an eye friendly event!




THREAD NAVIGATION
POST ONE: Introduction
POST TWO: The Sins
POST THREE: Rules
POST FOUR: King and Queen
POST FIVE: About the Ball
POST SIX: Closing Ceremonies
POST SEVEN: Special Thanks To
POST EIGHT: Want to Help?
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                                Want to help us out next year? Join the 10th Annual User Run Ball's planning guild! Everyone is welcome! We love to see new faces!

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THREAD NAVIGATION
POST ONE: Introduction
POST TWO: The Sins
POST THREE: Rules
POST FOUR: King and Queen
POST FIVE: About the Ball
POST SIX: Closing Ceremonies
POST SEVEN: Special Thanks To
POST EIGHT: Want to Help?
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