The Steampunk community was up in arms this year at the appearance of a man in elf ears at a convention in Baltimore, MD.
"It was awful!" said a woman in brown pants and goggles. "He had elf ears, little purple wings, and vampire teeth! Really, vampire teeth. What's up with that?" "We spent months carefully crafting our personas and costumes," said a man wearing brown pants and goggles, "and a clown like this comes along and ruins the atmosphere."
The elf defended himself, saying that his costume was completely in line with the Steampunk ethos. "I used my fantasmagorical time machine to travel to 14th century Germany where people believed in faerie folk, which proves they totally could exist in Victorian times."
With thousands of SCAdians running like lemmings to Steampunk events, the new Victorians reached out to the few remaining active SCA members to ask for advice. Suggestions were varied and included embracing the beauty of creative anachronism, showing him the way by good example, and sending a mob to chase him around the convention with a wooden stake until he repented of his ways.
A passing Duchess clad in brown pants and goggles suggested that they have the elf banished from the realm at the next SCA event. It seemed like a good idea but no one could figure out if the banishment would apply to Steampunk conventions, even if all the same people were there.
Eventually a compromise was reached with the elf agreeing to wear brown pants and cover his ears with goggles, but only during panels and at Dr. Simmons' Groovetastic Excelloball Formal Dance.