QLeft.png The days of glory are in the past. Among the tedious, unchanging days where only lives are lost through war between the stars. Looking up from the desolate Moon Empire – the "Empress" waits for someone. From "Performance Festival" Play - Act 5. QRight.png


(Part 1 and Part 2 of Arcana Arcadia Stage Girl bond stories are viewable in the Gallery under Arcana Arcadia - Intermission.)

My Empress

Frontier Student A:
...Okay, the waist is done.


Frontier Student B:
Let's move on to the inside leg.


Frontier Student A:
Stand still while I measure it.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
O-Okay!


Frontier Student B:
Here we go... Wow! Liu-san, your legs are so long!


Frontier Student A:
Wow, they really are! Everyone at Siegfeld is so stylish!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
M-Me stylish...?!


Frontier Student B:
Liu-san, please don't move!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Ah...! Sorry!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Oh, you can just call me Mei Fan by the way!


Frontier Student B:
Got it, Mei Fan-san.


Frontier Student B:
Well... Inside leg is... About this long.


Frontier Student A:
Let me write it down.


Frontier Student A:
That should do it. We've measured everything we need for the costume.


Frontier Student B:
Mei Fan-san, measurements are finished. Thank you for your patience.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Thank you!


Frontier Student A:
We'll all work on your costume, so look forward to it!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I'm already excited!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...Preparations for the "Performance Festival" stage construction have finally started.


Frontier Student A:
That's exactly right!


Frontier Student B:
I-I'm a first year student, so I'm super nervous already...!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
So am I! I feel so honored being able to participate in such a long-standing tradition, but at the same time I feel so nervous!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
T-That's why...


Students:
Huh?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Is it really okay for a first year student like me to perform in the festival...?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I still can't believe they cast me as the "Empress" – it being such a powerful and important role...


Frontier Student A:
Stop! Stop!


Frontier Student A:
Didn't the production team tell you that not to let other people know your role until the script reading starts?


Frontier Student B:
You never know who's listening. Be careful!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I-I almost forgot!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
That said...I don't feel confident about my role. And the fact that I can't discuss it with anyone doesn't help...


Frontier Student A:
Well, just trust the production team for now. I for one think it's an interesting idea.


Frontier Student B:
Me too! Not knowing what will happen adds to the excitement!


Frontier Student A:
Thinking about it too much won't help you. Work with what you have, as I'm sure the people backstage and the other performers are in the same position.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Yeah, you're right.


Frontier Student A:
We'll make the coolest costume for you, so make sure you'll give your best as the "Empress"!


Frontier Student B:
Don't do anything to alter the measurements, all right? No binging and no diets allowed!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I'll make sure to stick to my usual portions!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Thank you so much for taking my measurements today!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...Hmm...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Can I really perform the "Empress" well...?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
......


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
This is the first draft of the "Performance Festival" script. The title hasn't been decided yet...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
A play with a tarot card theme... A timeless epic consisting of six acts... That's all I know.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
It's so thick. I can only imagine how much the team has poured their souls in making it...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
The "Empress" makes her appearance in the fifth act. The stage is set in a far away future where a war has taken place between the Moon and the Earth...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"...And so it is that another night has passed..."


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"The pouring light is dim, and the wind feels stale."


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"Yet another day has passed where many old warriors have lost their lives on the battlefield. New warriors will take their places today."


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"I cannot remember when this war started... I can't see when it will end..."


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"And yet I put on my crimson dress, and wear this golden crown..."


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"I see the flashing lights of the cannons around the Moon's orbit as usual. I did so yesterday and I will do so tomorrow, for who knows how much longer."


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"When did this war start...?"


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"How much longer will I have to wait on this throne for 'someone'...?"


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Whew...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
The "Empress" awaits for "someone" on the throne of a lunar empire ravaged by war... That's my role.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
No matter how many times I read the script, I can't wrap my head around it.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
All her lines feel pompous and grave...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I feel that her role is too much for me...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
The Empress's upright position means prosperity, fertility, marriage, and womanly charm.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Its reversed position means waste, futility, breaking off an engagement.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Breaking off an engagement...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
How am I supposed to express that in my role...?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
*sigh* If only I could ask Yachiyo for advice...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I know I'm not supposed to talk about my role, but I feel this is just too much for me.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
......


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
......!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
W-Wait! I know a way.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I know exactly who I can model my role after...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
And she's perfect!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Okay, off to rehearsals!

For Whom the Throne Stands

Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"...And so it is that another night has passed..."


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"The pouring light is dim, and the wind feels stale."


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"Yet another day has passed where many old warriors have lost their lives on the battlefield. New warriors will take their places today."


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Whew... Yes, that felt right. I feel more confident in my role now!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
When I heard "Empress", I thought of Wu Zetian.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Empress Dowager Cixi and Empress Zhangsun would have been a good reference for my role too, but then...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I remembered that there's an even better model here in Siegfeld.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
An absolute ruler who stands on top... Our king – Frau Platin, Akira Yukishiro!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I was right in thinking Akira-san's acting would be a perfect example to model my role after.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
If I keep practicing, I'm sure I'll—


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Be able to act exactly like Akira?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Eek! M-Michiru-san?! How long have you been there?!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Heh heh. Guess.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Don't tell me you heard everything...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Let's just say I didn't hear everything, nor was I trying to.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
After all, we aren't supposed to know which roles we're playing for the Performance Festival, right?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
R-Right...!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
And yet... I just couldn't wrap around my head around my role without discussing it with someone...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
So after many tries, I came up with an idea.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I see.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
And that is...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
To imitate Akira?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Yes, exactly. Wait, what?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Isn't that what you're trying to do?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
N-No, I could never...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I-Is that how it sounded?


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
To me at least.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I-I...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Mei Fan...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I know it's hard to act without having any hints. That's why it's good to find one yourself.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
That said, this first draft of the script is filled with passion and challenges.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Even in its rough form, it's still an amazing script. That's what I think.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
So do I...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I don't know which role you're playing, but...considering your lines and actions, the card's upright and reserved positions...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
There should already be plenty of hints to help you create your role.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
With all that said, do you think it's a good fit to model your role specifically after someone..?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...! That's...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Both the production team and the screenwriting team are composed of elite students from different schools, right?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Yes!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
And they chose YOU for that role...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
They chose Liu Mei Fan, rather than Akira Yukishiro.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...!!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I think you should keep that in mind too.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
In the end, you might end up with a performance that resembles Akira's...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
But pointing in that direction from the start, and arriving at that spot through trial and error while finding your own path are two different things.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Finding my own...path...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Exactly – the role within yourself.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
I want you to find it, and I know that you can do it...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
That's why I casted you.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...!!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
We are the Edels – five students chosen from all the students in Siegfeld.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
We stand on stage carrying a responsibility – something that all the students who weren't given that chance entrusted us with.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
So please...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Y-You're right...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I-I'm sorry...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...I was so stupid!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I chose the easiest path without even realizing that...!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I...am still so immature.


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Mei Fan...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I still don't...understand...!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Ah...!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
"And yet I put on my crimson dress, and wear this golden crown..."


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Those words – they're not something someone who doesn't understand would say.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
They're something someone who understands their own ignorance would say. You can feel their resignation...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
They're not something someone powerless would say.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
They're something someone who understands their own powerlessness would say. That's why they try their hardest to do what they can...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Her lines feel pompous and grave...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
And yet, she knows she's powerless and laments this... She struggles to change her position.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Is this... Is this how I'm supposed to perform the "Empress"...?!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Mei Fan?


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Huh? Ah, it's nothing...!


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
...Thank you so much, Michiru-san. I had it all wrong.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I focused too much on her position as "Empress" without properly reading her lines.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I didn't see the conflict and hesitation hidden underneath her words...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Mei Fan...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Like you said, all the hints I needed were in the script...


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
...Maybe it was none of my business.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Not at all! If you hadn't stepped in, I would've gone astray.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I feel that I know where I should head now.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I can see my own path!


Michiru (icon).png Michiru:
Heh heh... And that's why you're Frau Rubin.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Yes!



Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I can finally confront the "Empress" thanks to you.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
That said, I wonder how many more times I will be able to receive your advice...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
One day, the "king" will no longer be there.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
We won't be able to stand on the same stage together as Edels many more times.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I can't keep on running after you all.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I have to perform on stage without any regrets...


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
I will find her. I will find the "Empress" within me!

Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
Did I capture her dignity and beauty well?

Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
The "Empress" isn't just strong and beautiful – and that's why she's so charming.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
She's beautiful, majestic and dignified, but also... sad at times.


Meifan (icon).png Mei Fan:
By unravelling her sadness, I can perform an "Empress" that's my own!

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