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Woodlarping
By Annet Nijmeijer
You may remember that a couple of months ago we had the theme "Furries and Anthros". I wrote something about the most hilarious monster I ever encountered at a LARP, namely, The Big Blue Bunny.

Now, I'm going to do something silly--I'm going to deviate from the theme. First of all, because I don't have anything useful to say about Arabian Nights; never seen 'em at a live, can't tell you anything useful there. Secondly, because at my latest LARP - my tenth LARP - I have had a wonderful experience.

As you may, or may not, guess, it's about the Big Blue Bunny. Actually, in the Dutch live role-play world, it's famous. Most people have seen him in action, and LARP-ers refer lovingly to it as "Fluffy" of "Fluff Fluff". You haven't been baptized in the Dutch Larp world if you haven't seen Fluff Fluff in action. Mostly, Fluff Fluff is just there to keep the players busy. Whether it appears because they have upset the forest, the Bunny community or Mother Nature, it appears, it fights, and it dies or disappears.

But this time, it was different. Now the organizer of this particular event, an orcball tournament, had warned me I'd have a few funny roles. And as he came walking towards me with a blue furry costume, tiny twinkling lights appeared in my eyes….he couldn't be serious, could he? "Here, put this on, you're going to be Fluff Fluff," he said while reading the play schedule. "I'll borrow some guys' two-handed sword, and you'll play in the match of team Testosterone against team Magic Unlimited." He turned around and arranged the sword for me while I put on the suit. It was a bit tight here and there, and I would have preferred claws instead of a sword, but when I put on the mask, there was no more Annet. There was only Fluff Fluff.

The four magicians of team Magic Unlimited started chanting: "Incatatum Fuffus Magnus." Smoke appeared from the circle they formed and there I was, Fluff Fluff the Great. The head magician pointed to the biggest brute of team testosterone. "Attack him!" I nodded, took my sword in both furry claws, and started waving it overhead. The brute started to shout, "Hey! Hey! Angrrrrrry!!" I replied with wordless growls. His club in both hands, shouting loud, the brute smashed the weapon down on the grass. "Aahahahaaaaaa!"

I jumped up and down, repeating his shouts, my ears flopping. In the meantime, the game had started and the orc skull was tossed to and fro. Team Magic Unlimited ran with team Testosterone, except for the brute. He was still facing his personal foe. After the initial show of power, he tried to hit me, and I tried to hit him. The show of power and brutality continued. Wild movements, shouts and the occasional hit were passed between us.


After a while, we tired. We swung our weapons one last time, and we both fell down on our backs in the grass. Side by side, not a meter apart, we lay panting. With some effort both he and I tried to lift our weapons. Finally, I succeeded in lifting my two-handed sword from the grass, but when it had reached its highest point, it fell over because my arm was too weak to steer it into any direction. Apparently the brute had the same problems.

A horn sounded, and we both were lying on our backs. The head magician appeared overhead. Her red hair was very bright against the blue sky, and she told me to get up. With some help, I stood upright again. Again, the brute shared my troubles as I saw two long-haired, bearded and bare-chested men lifting him from the grass. The magician turned to me. "You have been a great help. Now return to where you came from. Thank you."

As soon as the suit was off, I was back, sweaty and hot, and most of all, very satisfied. Because many people can say "I have seen Fluff Fluff in action" but not many can say "I was Fluffus Magnus."

I have been The Big Blue Bunny.

Annet Nijmeijer is a student in Holland who spends more time on Larp than on studying. She designs Larp costumes for her friends and herself. She has attended ten Lives so far, and doesn't intend to stop any time soon.
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