Flies-with-Fez [12 Thory 4261]
I tried wearing the pointy conical romantic hat. It fell off before I had flown twice around the room.
After some experimenting, I discovered that it stays on adequately if I keep my wings entirely still, but it falls off if I flap them.
Unless, of course, I keep the point of the hat pointed precisely forwards as I fly.
Which is too ridiculous to be endured.
The milliner is working to contrive a secret internal support, or, if need be, an chinstrap of invisible cloth.
(Note to self: The prices for invisible cloth are remarkably high. The stuff is quite hard to make: even a plain invisibility spell is complexity 20, and that is a short-term spell. And, for some reason, Illusidor mages good enough to make invisible cloth are generally more interested in making fun or flamboyant illusions. And invisible cloth has many uses in all sorts of straps and support garments. The milliner complained at length how hard the stuff was to get. I gather it's nearly as expensive as metal. And, unlike metal, it wears out. An iron sword might be in your family for generations -- an invisible brassiere will not be. And, of course, permanant invisibility spells require Sustenoc, which gives Zi Ri a substantial advantage. So this might be a nice straightforward way to make lots of money, once I'm good enough to cast it.)
(Note to self: Investigate other items that might sensibly be invisible. Invisible support beams for fantastical architectures? Invisible boards for insanely expensive windows? Invisible coats for exhibitionists in wintertime? These don't sound quite right... but there must be some other good tricks.)
In any case, I am now flying around in a stunningly stylish fez.
By "around" I mean "around the milliner's shop". The thing seems to stay on pretty well -- it's snugger around my feathers than the romantical cone.
Next, if I am bold enough, I will show it to my friends.
And I'd better be bold enough, or I've wasted a great deal of money.