Le Cirque des Rêves held its grand opening a little over two years ago outside of London in August, 1895. It caused such a stir amongst high society and low, only growing in popularity with each evening. The sense of mystery surrounding the circus is so thick that it is almost tangible. A sudden apparition, it arrives without warning, without invitation. It’s a whole world of black and white, flanked by greyscale canvas tents. Only open from nightfall to dawn, the nocturnal show has earned the nickname The Night Circus.
It travels the world, appearing wherever it is least expected, from tiny fishing towns to festive communes and forgotten islands. Along the way, it picks up stragglers who adopt the circus as their home. This almost cult-like following call themselves the Reveurs. They rival the circus performers only in their deep adoration for the canvas tents that house them. The Reveurs may not work or preform, but they remain true and loyal in awe of those who do.
In the midst of their encampment is a shifting circle of various tents; each different than the last. Signs sit outside them, enticing visitors to enter. Some provide no entertainer to guide the act, just an experience to immerse in. Others follow the more classical circus acts - risking their lives to broaden what’s thought to be humanly possible. They drag flames across their skin, dive into thin air, and create other-worldly images with nothing but their imaginations. There’s never enough time in one night to visit every tent. Even then, there’s little guarantee it’ll be there the next night. The layout evolves rapidly, moving pathways, adding twists and dead ends.
This roleplay is the inside view of the circus, the interaction that occurs between competing acts, between patrons and performers, between overbearing aspiring journalists and lowly path sweepers, punctuated with events that could be anything from a dinner party held at midnight to the unveiling of a mysterious new tent in Le Cirque des Rêves. Our mission is to offer sanctuary to writers, beginning and advanced, and allow them to flourish and grow. Open since November 2012 - The Night Circus aims to create an environment in which roleplayers feel open to taking risks, and can push themselves (and others) to develop lasting storylines and characters.