I finally got an idea for a Halloween costume during the summer by looking over some of my own artwork. It had - quite literally - been staring me in the face: the Emperor! I spent nearly the entire two free weeks I had between summer work and the fall semester working on it. Though it isn't realisitic, I loved it (and I loved wearing it - no one could see my face)! I bought the stick at the Sterling, NY renaissance festival (but I decorated it with shinies). The wings and tail were left out due to comfortability constraints. (Try sitting in a chair with half-folded wings and a tail.) I won both the sci-fi and fantasy clubs' costume contests. Whee! I must add that Nightlyre's webpage was invaluable to me in constructing the costume, especially the mask and feet. Thank you!!!!!