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    The Raaneki Games
    -Summer, 347-

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    With the joined voices of Lady Aditi and Lord Devdan, Masters of Raaneka, may all nations lend their ears!

    The first Lord and Lady of Raaneka ruled for fifteen years, and great contests of prowess were held at their coronation and their abdication. These games have repeated themselves every fifteen years for centuries, and in the summer of 347, on the longest days of the year, the Raaneki Games shall be held yet again. The Raaneki are eager to receive you, and our athletes eager to compete. Come one and all, to partake of our hospitality and of our fabled wine.

    The Raaneki Games shall be hosted in the city of Sarab.


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    The wide plateau of the Berrylands ends at the city of Sarab. Many kites and banners stream from its roofs. From its terraces of purple and yellow stone, the city looks out on the Painted Coast falling in rainbow hills to Bandar of Many Colors and the Eastern Sea beyond.

    In a regal manor of the city, young Prince Tikta hesitated. "Why must I wear such heavy clothing?" He was draped in baggy red trousers of an almost sheer fabric. "How will they know me if I'm half hidden behind all these layers?"

    His mother, Lady Aditi, clicked her teeth. "Now now, my sweet boy. The peoples of the other lands are prudish, and believe it is a sin to show too much flesh. You are lucky that I do not make you wear a full robe."

    "But our athletes mustn't compete clothed! What shame, to hide the godana tattoos!" Prince Tikta languished on a divan. Alas, life was clearly much harder at fourteen years than at thirteen.

    "And they shall not hide them," said Lord Devdan as he entered the room. "So say the Lady and Lord of Raaneka. But you are too young to wear the godana, so what matter if you wear clothes?" The Lord was not Tikta's father by blood, but Devdan felt the loss of Satata as a dull ache even to this day.

    By evening, Prince Tikta submitted to the will of his parents and joined them on a great dais constructed at the edge of the field of play. With him were his two younger sisters and three younger brothers, a most regal arrangement behind the splendor of Lady and Lord.

    "Welcome, regents!" said Lady and Lord with joined hands as the crowd cheered. "Let the games begin!"

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    All regents in attendance are invited to dwell in the homes of wealthy Raaneki for the duration of their stay. Contestants may remain in the company of their regents, or may dwell in any home that accepts them.

    Any nation may present a traditional contest from their homeland, and any nation that chooses may compete in any contest. Winning contestants will be awarded honors and a supply of Raaneki wine for their household for as long as they live.

    Lady and Lord advised the Raaneki to clothe themselves so as not to offend the foreigners, but made no demands. Perhaps three of every ten Raaneki in Sarab are wearing clothing. They are a famously relaxed and affectionate people, and love nothing more than to share wine and hospitality with visitors.

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    The first guest to approach is not a single guest, but a full retinue on horseback!

    At the head is a thick man, aging but strong. He's comfortable upon his prize horse, a fine-furred black Andalusian mare, and riding unarmed in a functional-but-pleasing mithril mail shirt. His hair is short, gray, and matted by sweat, and his eyes are a light hazel. His facial hair is not shaven, but is carefully trimmed into a few thin lines and a goatee. His posture is upstanding, like a military man, but he radiates a sense of dominance rather than duty to a platoon.

    This, then, must be the High Chieftain Umajin himself.

    He has two guards at his flank, armed with (unstrung) bows and (tied) daggers, but clad in slightly heavier lamellar coats-of-plates and proper helmets. They look a little bit uncomfortable in Raaneka's humid air under that armor, but good luck getting them to admit it.

    Past the leading party, there is a pile of favors for the Lord and Lady! Two wagons full of Ashenite Cheeses, Bordeux Furs, fine Sulvan tools, a Crimar dish made from tiny (salted and de-boned) bats that can be eaten much like popcorn, and even a few hide-bound Ashenite texts slipped in here and there. These carts are pulled by a half-dozen additional fine horses, not ridden by any man or woman but acting as additional gifts.

    Even further back, there are a number of assorted merchants and nobles (some of which have their own retinues, none of which are quite as impressive as the High Chieftain's) who appear to have come for a vacation from their usual work and a chance to enjoy some Wine and Games.


    The caravan, arrayed as thus, approaches the City of Sarab.

    "Tarjin, would you care to announce us?"

    The question was met with the blowing of a horn, and the raising of the Khalif's Heraldry.

    "Hail to Raaneka, to its Lord and Lady, and to all of its people! At this moment I announce the arrival of Umajin Khalif, High Chieftain of Crima and Representative of the Union of the Northwest! May our friendship be long and prosperous!"

    And with a good-natured cheer among the rest of the Crimar party, they entered the city in peace.

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    Another retinue approaches, this time from the north.

    About two score Razdissi Dwarves on horseback, come from their tunnels. In the center of the mass rides a distinguished dwarf, who can only be Prince Tuthin. He and his retinue are clad in shining steel mail, which is only a little dulled by the long ride. Tuthin himself has a great decorative helm, with a long green-dyed crest of horsehair. The heat does not overly inconvenience the Razdissi; Lyradis above their kingdom is nearly as hot, and they are a hardy race.

    Several of the Dwarves lead horses carrying chests and coffers on their backs, many of these contain carefully-wrought items of steel for the delectation of the Raaneki; a couple of human-sized steel mail shirts, drinking goblets, fine horns and trumpets. It is with one of these last items that a dwarf signals, and the great black and white banner of Razdis is peaceably unfurled.

    "May Raaneka be showered in good fortune, given great gifts, and be possessed of wise rulers! Now witness the arrival of Prince Tuthin of the Unbroken Line Clan! We would introduce the Raaneki and all others who wish to join us to the fine sport of javelin throwing!"

    With this proclamation, the Grey Dwarves enter the city.
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    Alongside the people of Razdis, Lord Gareth, Prince Royce, and his Wife Ryella, the royal guard, and a retinue of craftsmen deemed fit for competitions of physical strength. The Lyradissians wore green and white, and their flag was raised high.
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    A wide Raaneki herald took to the field covered in intricate green tattoos. His black hair was bound back with an embroidered golden scarf, and what could barely be described as underclothes served as a barrier between himself and the modesty of any foreigners in the crowd. He held a huge, mostly-empty flagon of wine in one hand, and a mass of Crimar Bat Crisps in the other.

    "Hail, one and all!" He said, interrupted by a burp that drew laughter from the other Raaneki in the audience. "Lady and Lord have spoken. On this, the first day of the Raaneki Games, we shall see valiant sport and clever thinking! All who desire may compete in the footrace, wrestling, archery, or a contest of riddles. Go now, friends and neighbors! Drain your cup and join your fellows!"

    He stumbled off the field into a mixed crowd of Raaneki and foreigners. Amid much laughter and song, he was hoisted above the crowd and carried off to a nearby Inn.

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    Standing at the edge of the Lyradis and Razdisi procession was a lone figure. Clearly no dwarf based on height, and wrapped from head to toe in billowy clothing that gave no shape, gray in color, the figure looked like a stick upon which rags and scarves had been hung and left to blow in the hot wind. The figure stepped out from the procession at the conclusion of the Raneeki speaker's speech taking the recently vacated spot and turning to face the crowd.

    A masked voice rang out loudly, "Travelers, Raaneki, we are gathered here for a show, then a show it shall be. I challenge each of your best athletes to their finest sport, that I might claim from them victory."

    A voice called out a question, "Claim them for who?"

    "I claim them for myself, no nation constrains me!" The stranger answered, "I will win this for myself!"

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    OOC: Ah, I couldn't resist.

    A good distance behind the Cree procession- and meager in comparison- rides ten warriors, accompanying a striking young woman- barely out of her youth- and a noticeably older, but no less beautiful woman. The guards are seated upon nondescript bay and gray horses, but wear shining mithril mail and look well-armed and dangerous. The younger woman, however, the Lady Cassandra of Bordeux, the young, unmarried daughter of Lord David, rides a striking palomino gelding. Always having been headstrong and willful, he finally assigned her to the Diplomatic Service to avoid complications at home, mentored by the Lady Pauline. Cassandra's first mission was to act as a diplomat at the Raaneki Games. Of course, being herself, she intends to compete with her saber- without her fathers permission, naturally.

    At the heralds call, Cassandra steps forward, saying "A battle of wits? Please! I can beat any man here without effort. I have the best education available, at the University at Severikand.
    Lady Pauline grasps her arm, hissing something, but Cassandra pulls free, defiant. Pauline shakes her head and murmurs something unintelligible- although certainly not flattering.
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    Attracted by the promise of martial combat, a small Kasumori procession of about 10 people arrived at the Raaneki Games, their banner proudly flowing in the wind. The group includes Riphal, the son of Marius, 14 years old but already becoming a prodigy with the two-handed axe, Helena, Marius' wife, Queen of Kasumor and a selection of the finest warriors of Kasumor, divided across all Kasumorian combat disciplines. Also, a hooded figure, wings clearly visible, is walking along with the progression, a weapon shrouded in cloth visible on his back. He seems rather silent.

    Once arrived and settled, they hear the herald call out for the games. Yorick Crystalshatter, the Tsuin Heikou style specialist (See the Scrolls of Prowess), boldly steps forward and calls:
    "We challenge everyone willing to test their prowess with a one on one duel, with the rules of first blood. Anyone who is willing to test their mettle against ours, step forward!"
    After calling out, he bashes with his glove against his towershield, in a final salute to their hosts.
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    Berati of Qarimos surged ahead of his band of friends. Without his stodgy brother insisting on the panoply of elephants he could and did ride fast horses. He dismounts with a flourish. "My compatriots will show off the art of the bow but I will gladly test my blade on Kasumori armour! Who have you got for me?"

    Maria, his scribe dismounts rather more carefully and heads over to the Razdissi. Where the nobles meet there is always work to be done, even if they don't realise it.

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    A few Raaneki stalwarts emerged from the crowd, carrying wine and blunted weapons toward the Kasumori warriors. Some carried spears, while others bore saber and buckler.

    Beruti's words did not go unanswered, but in the midst of competition a short, cloaked figure approached the lists. "Be ready, worthy foes!" a cracking voice said as the cloak was cast to the ground. A boy, not quite a man, stood amongst the archers, plucky and bare from head to toe. "I am Tikta Satato, Prince of Raaneka and son of Satata by his love for the Lady Aditi, may he rest. I will be a man in two years' time, but I am ready to prove myself in feats of archery." He sauntered over to Beruti, taking a deep pull from a nearby flagon of wine in his course. "Shall we?"

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    I had honestly planned on just fluffing the contests, but I guess it would make sense to roll something... This is a game, after all!

    My first thought is that we make attribute rolls, but Military is the only one I could imagine being used for athleticism. Maybe it's the case that we roll according to what motivates our people? E.g. Military if they came here to compete, Diplomacy if they came here to meet foreigners, Faith if they're responding to a high calling, etc.

    I suppose we should list the games too:

    • Razdisi Javelin (Military)
    • Raaneki Footrace (Military)
    • Raaneki Wrestling (Military)
    • Raaneki Riddles (Curiosity... Diplomacy? Faith?)
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    • Qarimosi Archery (Military)

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    Amber and Evelyn sat in the guest room given to them. It was a comfortable place in the home of an elderly trader they met along their trip. It was well appointed, but hardly showy. Evelyn lay on the floor, her writing material spread before her. She had always kept a diary, and since starting on this journey, she had filled one volume and was starting on a second. Amber sprawled casually across the bed, legs dangling, drinking wine straight from the bottle. Absently, she kicked another empty bottle at her sister.

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    ”I’m bored. Are you done yet?” He voice was a bit mushy

    ”Almost. I am just making a note about the things Daddy needs to smooth over."

    ”Well, it was your idea to go swinging through the cupolas with the Mawa.”

    ”I did suggest putting on a top first. Evidently the Continentals have some issues with that.” Evelyn replied wryly.

    ”And here I thought it was just us.”

    ”Well, for Marco and Tevia it was.” She replied, straight faced.

    Amber didn’t take the bait. She wouldn’t let her sister get a chance to gloat about sticking her with the one with the lazy eye. Sitting up, she looked at the list her sister was compiling. ”We did pay for that cart they landed on.” She admitted.

    ”Don’t forget about the dust folks.”
    Evelyn thought for a moment as she packed up her supplies.

    ”I don’t think we have to worry about them. They went crazy for those baskets of fruit we brought with. A couple of donkeys each, and you’d think we were the king himself. Dad might have an opportunity there. Too bad. From what I remember, the guys in Tuor were a bunch of pricks..

    ”And small ones at that. Evelyn shot Amber a look. ”What, that’s what momma said”. Both sisters bust out laughing.

    After a minute they settled down and started getting ready to go out. Amber did a quick check of their finances. So far, the trip had been good to them. The Mawa traded fairly, as Seeker Tehawen had told them. The tropical fruits they used as trade throughout their passage through Hrathan and Tuor brought them a fortune in wearable luxury goods, even in the poor countryside. Raaneka was good too. They passed through it the long way, taking in most of the countryside, and marveling at the road system. They found their appearance and easy going nature more profitable than their trade goods along the way.

    They dressed in Raanekan fashion, wearing a flowing skirt over their breeches. Their belts and sandals from their homeland matched well with the fashion here. They donned their jewelry touched up their inked lips and eyelids. Then they went out into the city. They took their time, blending in with the crowd. The view here was excellent, they both decided. Lots of men. Lovely, strong men. The pair commented on the body tattoos, pointing out ones they found appalling or attractive in turn. Early on in their travels across this country, they spent a couple of nights with a pair of nice soldier, who took great pride in explaining and showing off their tattoos. Amber thought it was a kind of vanity, shouting to the world your life with ink. Evelyn just thought they distracted from the really good bits.

    The two were glad that the Raanekan people had a sensible attitude towards clothing. It was nice to know the stares they attracted were due their appearance, not lack of apparel. They both had Father’s tall build and brilliant copper eyes, Mother’s broad chest and dark skin. Evelyn wore her long straight hair braided, showing the blue of their father mixed with the dark red of their mother. Amber worked it into curls, a mass of shimmering dark purple.

    The pair worked their way over to where the self-important lords and ladies were arriving for the games. They watched from a distance.

    ”Should we offer a challenge?”. Evelyn asked.

    ”In what? I doubt they have a ship’s rigging we can go swinging about?”

    ”Yea, but that loudmouth chick on her painted pony is just begging to be tossed over a rail”. Evelyn smirked.
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    Glancing about to see any challenges to her bold offer, she sees none. However , while looking around, she sees two girls eying her from the crowd of native Raaneki. They stood out by their odd hair color- dark blue mixed with red and the other with purple hair. Studying them carefully for a few seconds, she decides they are no more than the normal Raaneki prostitutes, just with hair dyed in the fashion of their skin. Nevertheless, she loosens the thin-bladed mithril knife in her left scabbard.

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    Coerced by wine, Prince Tikta scanned the crowd. Two young women dressed almost like his own people leered at one end of the field. They were brassy enough, perhaps a little too much.

    Then he saw her. How could he not? The sun glinted off her mithril mail as much as her haughty demeanor. He approached, stumbling. "You wanna battle o' wits? Don't know how you could think with all heavy stuff on." He scanned her up and down. "Aren't you sweaty?"

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    (So has this games evolved into a drama-filled triangle between myself, Zap, and it_murgen?)
    It's mithril, as if he should know exactly what she meant by that one utterance.It's light as silk. And yes, of course, I want a battle of wits. Were you not listening, you drunk?

    While this was going on, Lady Pauline had her head in her hands. While Cassandra may not recognize him, she thought that this must be a noble- possibly royalty, even. She could tell this situation was a diplomatic quicksand- and that Cassandra would manage to step right into it. Why her father ever assigned her to the Diplomatic Service, she couldn't know. She possessed none of her father's eloquence.

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    "'Drunk?'" the prince said, beaming. "Many thanks, lady!" He trotted off a distance and held out an empty hand to no one in particular. "Raaneki! Your fellow has need of a bow." This was met by general laughter (a Raaneki cannot be a fellow, after all, until he or she is an adult), but one of the more modestly dressed Raaneki women handed him a small bow she had been using just earlier.

    "For the little man," she smiled, kissing him on the forehead.

    The Prince wheeled around to face Cassandra. "Now, where's this 'wit' we're supposed to be*hiccup*battling?"
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    Wit is intelligence, oaf. But bows, you say? Very well. Anthony, my recurve and arrows, please. One of the guards steps forward and pulls from a pack on his horse a recurve bow and a quiver of a dozen Mithril-tipped arrows. The bow is beautifully made, engraved with Bordeusi runes, its draw weight deceptively large.
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    The two Sympols looked put at the gathering display of people across several lands. The whole scene was rather..... Debauched in the eyes of Virmiscus. Clad in heavy black iron custom tailored for him, a heavy blade lays to his side, a halberd rests easily on his back, and locked with the halberd was a flag proclaiming Sympolemou. His fur, a dark brown like the dried mud of the after battle, rustled and shimmied with the breeze. He gritted his teeth, eyes sweeping left to right, and grinding his razor sharp yellow fangs back and forth.

    "How long did father say we had to be here?"

    He seemingly addressed the air before him, looking plainly into the far distance.

    "Until the games are over. He believes we have spent too much time in Sympolemou, that we need to see the world for what it is."

    Appearing almost out of thin air, Virmiscus' younger brother Krick stood beside him. Unlike Virmiscus, Krick had light, almost orangey red fur that shined like fire when the light hit it just right. He also was not heavily garbed in armors and weaponry, only the fur along his body masking his rat form. Of course, his lack of protection did not prevent him from carrying a wicked dagger along with him.

    An unarmed Sympol, was a foolish Sympol. A foolish Sympol was a dead Sympol.

    Marching behind the two noble sons, a small squad of Stormvermin bearing the signature heavy armor trounced along. Bedecked in hardened armor, with weapons as wicked and varied as they are. Observing the several games before them, Virmiscus marched off to participate in the Kasumori violence, while Krick departed to show the strength of the Sympol through wrestling creatures larger and more intimidating then himself. Fracturing apart, the band of 12 Stormvermin marched in straight lines and followed the two potential heirs in lines of 6.
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    One of the more haughty and well-armed Grey Dwarves spots the brown-furred Sympol heading towards the duels.

    "Well met, Sympol. I see by your accoutrements that you are heading to the fights. I've always wanted to challenge one of your warriors in single combat; would you do the honour of giving me your first duel? Ask for Nivili of the Nine Spears Clan."

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    From the west, retinue of lizardfolk have arrived. It consisted of twelve lizardfolk warriors and famous wrestlers and one shaman. Retinue was led by small lizardfolk, who wore only few feathers of tropical birds.
    This retinue caused stir all the way to Raaneka. No lizardfolk have left Scla´ca land for few hundred years and most of people have never seen lizardfolk. We traveled along coast of central sea and rested in many human cities. Everywhere we came, humans watched us suspiciously, but Scla´ca gold was as good as any other gold. After few weeks of travel, we have finally reached Raaneki land.
    As first thing, Kach´tu saluted Dame Aditi and Sir Devdan. He has learned common (a.k.a english) from some human merchants, who came to Scla´ca land, but it wasn´t really perfect:
    "Kach´tu greetsss mastersss of Raaneka. We are glad to ssspeak you personaly and we want to compete you´r bessst wresssstlersss. We would alssso like to ssspeak with you in private, about some more important isssuesss. May ou´r friendssship isss eternal."
    Kach´tu has shown his mouth full of teeth in smile and slightly bowed.

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    Over the course of the Games, Lady and Lord drank with many nobles from distant lands. They shared food and tales, brokered agreements and bandied words. Carts of lumber and fine wine were to return with the Cree in exchange for horses and those who could teach the Raaneki how to use them. The Scla'ca left a tribute in gold, and returned with shipments of sandstone in a dozen shades of green.

    But before those happy times could be had, Prince Tikta had found himself in an unhappy position. That this woman from Bordeaux had bested him with wits was no loss by his estimation. Mastery of one's wit was married with too much pride, if Cassandra could be any judge. The real blow came when she had bested him at archery. He had been training for years and one good by any measure, but the wine had not helped him that sunny afternoon.

    Defeated, the prince cast himself on the ground to lay near Cassandra's feet. "You have great skill," he sighed, squinting up into his vanquisher's face. His gaze slowly made its way down to her toes, then back up. "How about a pick me up?"
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    At first enjoying their competition- and how good it made her look- she had, slowly, begun to at least tolerate this prince. Of course, his question- while possibly acceptable within Raaneki- was certainly not to Cassandra.

    Why- How dare you! I am a lady, not some whore to go around with any man I see! In the middle of her tirade, she slaps him across the face- surprisingly hard, considering her years of pulling back on a 40-pound draw weight. Lady Pauline, tired of their tireless arguments, steps up, quickly, before this situation could get any worse.

    Cassandra, please. Whlel I realize that this situation may be insulting to you, that- type- of engagement is fairly commonplace here. sir, you, as well need to learn, as well, to learn of others cultures. And lay off the wine., she says sternly. Now, please, both of you, stop acting like children.

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    The two watched the contests for a time, enjoying the challenge. Evelyn suspected she could best the woman. The girls learned to shoot a bow from the rolling deck of a ship on the ocean., and pick of sailors on the opposing ship.

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    Defeated, the prince cast himself on the ground to lay near Cassandra's feet. "You have great skill," he sighed, squinting up into his vanquisher's face. His gaze slowly made its way down to her toes, then back up. How about a pick me up?"

    Amber smiled. ”I got it. She started chanting, ”Drinking contest! Drinking contest! The Prince against the stuck up chick! Drinking contest!”. Over and over again, trying to get the crowd into it.

    It was easy. An entire city of easy going hedonists in wine country? Easier than easy. Evelyn joined in , and soon a whole section was chanting. Over the din, Amber leaned in and said to her sister, ”Let's see her wriggle out of this one without pissing off the locals!” SHe laughed.
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    Looking flustered, Cassandra glances around in search of support. Wine- alcohol in general, really- wasn't exactly banned in Bordeux, but only foreigners or drunkards used up a tavern's wine stocks. Most people- and all of the nobility- looked down on drunkards, and if word of her participating in a drunken pissing contest reached her father, it would make him livid.
    As Lady Pauline tried to diffuse the situation, the guards surround Cassandra. While not drawing blades- yet- they would if the crowd tried to push through. Cassandra, limited though she was in diplomacy, knew this situation could explode at any moment.

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    Yorick welcomes all the warriors who gathered then askes a nearby Raaneki if it is oke that they line an arena with some rope and poles. When the arena is in place, he starts explaining the rules.

    OOC: The Rules:
    I was thinking of a best out of 3 roll contest. You throw a 1d10 and add half your militairy score (to keep it fun for people with a lower militairy score) and you can add +1 if you use a style described in the Scrolls of Prowess. Technology does not give a bonus on this role. For each duel, the challenger goes first, describes his attack and rolls the required dice. The opponent then does the same and the rolls are compared. Note that the duel is done with blunted or otherwise made non-lethal weapons, so you do not have to worry about your fighter dieing.
    I notice Silverbit challenged Tychris already, so if you guys agree with these rules, we can begin.

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    Looking flustered, Cassandra glances around in search of support. Wine- alcohol in general, really- wasn't exactly banned in Bordeux, but only foreigners or drunkards used up a tavern's wine stocks. Most people- and all of the nobility- looked down on drunkards, and if word of her participating in a drunken pissing contest reached her father, it would make him livid.
    As Lady Pauline tried to diffuse the situation, the guards surround Cassandra. While not drawing blades- yet- they would if the crowd tried to push through. Cassandra, limited though she was in diplomacy, knew this situation could explode at any moment.
    "My my, could you fine people take it easy, if you please?"
    It was heard from just outside the ring of guards. Helena Earthguard was standing next to one of the guards. She smiled at the guards, saying:
    "Could you let me past, sir, I have some business with that child there in your midst. You would not want to insult a queen, would you? Now let me pass so I can resolve this situation and safe face for your princess, for the good of us all."
    She walked past them as quickly as she could and walked up to Cassandra, leaned forward and whispered into her ear:
    "If you want to get out of this unscathed child, keep your mouth shut and follow my lead. Accept the concequences for that you have done."
    Helena addressed the chanting crowd around her, raising her voice so much that everyone could hear despite the chanting crowd.
    "This child will participate in the drinking contest, however, a champion will be chosen to participate for her, as she herself is clearly not accustomed to this! If prefered, the opponent can do the same. Prepare an arena and let the games begin! May the one with the most prowess win!"
    She leaned towards Cassandra once more:
    "Now child, better get working on chosing a champion for yourself."
    After this, she walks away towards the dueling circle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WaylanderX View Post
    OOC: The Rules:
    I was thinking of a best out of 3 roll contest. You throw a 1d10 and add half your militairy score (to keep it fun for people with a lower militairy score) and you can add +1 if you use a style described in the Scrolls of Prowess. Technology does not give a bonus on this role. For each duel, the challenger goes first, describes his attack and rolls the required dice. The opponent then does the same and the rolls are compared. Note that the duel is done with blunted or otherwise made non-lethal weapons, so you do not have to worry about your fighter dieing.
    I notice Silverbit challenged Tychris already, so if you guys agree with these rules, we can begin.
    OOC: these look fine to me. I'm happy to begin once Tychris gets online.
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    Virmiscus, tilting his head at the Dwarf challenging him, grins from ear to ear; Revealing his yellowed and sharp teeth. Slowly, he tosses his head to the side and motions for one of his Stormvermin guards to alleviate him of his weaponry, and exchange it for a bulging leather bag with a cap on top of it. Taking a hold of the standard blunted weaponry, Virmiscus turns to the Dwarf and nods back to him.

    "Why, it would be my pleasure."

    Weapons in hand, Virmiscus grips the Waterskin tightly next to his right hand, and awaits his opponent to begin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tychris1 View Post
    Virmiscus, tilting his head at the Dwarf challenging him, grins from ear to ear; Revealing his yellowed and sharp teeth. Slowly, he tosses his head to the side and motions for one of his Stormvermin guards to alleviate him of his weaponry, and exchange it for a bulging leather bag with a cap on top of it. Taking a hold of the standard blunted weaponry, Virmiscus turns to the Dwarf and nods back to him.

    "Why, it would be my pleasure."

    Weapons in hand, Virmiscus grips the Waterskin tightly next to his right hand, and awaits his opponent to begin.

    OOC: I'm fine with those rules, I'll let you start the Duel Silverbit.
    Nivili slowly draws a specially blunted sword and dagger. As he does this, a wide circle of Razdissi and others form around the duellists.

    Suddenly, the dwarf lunges forwards; his dagger is aimed right at the neck of the Sympol, but the sword swings round in a feint. The Razdissi displays Underfoot Warrior style.

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    "A champion for a drinking contest? Wine is my champion!" The Prince shouted brazenly, drawing more laughter from his fellow Raaneki.

    Unfortunately, wine had been his champion for most of the afternoon. He managed a brave defence against Cassandra's chosen, but after five rounds he could no longer hold it down, and became sick all over their corner of the field.

    Lady Aditi and Lord Devdan came out onto the field with the lords of Lyradis, Qarimos, and Razdis to find their eldest son rolling in a huge political mess. Lady Aditi screamed and, cradling her pregnant belly, ran toward Prince Tikta, who was struggling to his feet. Even from a distance, it was clear that his left eye was beginning to be bruised and swollen.

    "I challenge you--" he managed to squeeze out before Lady Aditi fell upon him like a flock of starlings on a vineyard. She cast a cloak over his naked form and pulled him away from the crowd, shouting what must have been an immense string of Raaneki profanity to judge from the faces of the Raaneki in the crowd. "Challenge!" she finally heard to shout in the common tongue. "You would challenge our friends from abroad in such a state? You will face your mother before you face any foreigner today!"

    "But," Tikta said, eyes wide as wine casks, "you are late with child! Please--"

    "Enough!" Lady Aditi shouted. "The Lady of Raaneka has need of a spear!" The audience stood stock still until slowly, a Raaneki stepped forward and placed a spear in her Lady's open hand.

    Prince Tikta swayed on his feet, pulling the cloak in closer. "I will not duel my mother," he said slowly, concentrating.

    "You are not yet a man!" Aditi shouted back, falling into the Vineyard Spear stance. "You are fit to duel no one else!"

    Prince Tikta raised a hand to protest, then blinked, burped, and fell to the ground. He began snoring loudly. Lady Aditi raised her spear high and cast dangerous eyes around the crowd. "Wine punishes us all when we ignore our limits. That shall be his penance tomorrow, but that will pale in--" she clutched her belly and let out a low groan. "Devdan! She comes!"

    The Lord Devdan, who had been making reparations with Ladies Cassandra and Pauline, rushed to his wife's side, calling for aid as he did. "Our child is nigh! Ready the celebrations!"

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    Roaring out in laughter, Virmiscus backpedaled a few feet, throwing his two blunted wooden swords into the air. Waterskin in hand, he tore the cap of it free and drank deep its contents, before splashing the rest on himself.

    The bulging waterskin was full of blood. Thick, disgusting, dark red blood.

    Smiling, his once yellow teeth were now bleached with blood, and his fur had taken on a crusting and all together more sinister appearance. Discarding the waterskin, Virmiscus held out his hands and expertly caught the toy weapons as they fell down. Spinning around like a tornado of blades, Virmiscus continues roaring out his war chant, striking to both unnerve the Dwarfs senses and body.

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    Nivili staggered back, shocked by the unusual tactic. The Symbol had the advantage.

    Nivili ducks and attempts to strike the ratman's legs beneath the spinning blades.

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