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TOURNAMENT OF THORNS


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T O U R N A M E N T
O F
T H O R N S

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"For to win one hundred victories in one hundred
battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the
enemy without fighting is the acme of skill."

Fights aren't always won with swords, and may in fact
not require any kind of physical combat at all.
Outsmarting your opponent can be just as effective.
We invite you to test your wits against one another
in fantastical feats of skill and awareness, to earn
the title of the Champion of Thorns.

Each Tournament Committee member will be hosting a
qualifying game and you need only win one to be entered
into the Tournament, but a special prize will be offered
to those who complete all of the qualifying games.

Grand Prize:
A boon, offered by the Twilight Court. However, as this
is a test of wit and social skill, there is a stipulation.
If the boon requested is not amusing, you will instead be
granted a folly.

Second Place:
A custom-made steelsilk top, for the very fashionable-
yet-adventurous scholar.

Third Place:
An incredible star iron ring, set with even more
incredible dragonweep.

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Princess Marisol Valardin Princess Alarissa Thrax
Lord Michael Bisland Archlector Etienne
Lord Rysen Crovane Lord Sebastian Pravus
Lady Monique Greenmarch

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Date

June 29, 2019, 8 p.m.

Hosted By

Monique Alarissa Etienne Marisol Michael Rysen Sebastian

Participants

Denica Merek Athaur Bonnie Mailys Llyr Selene Silas Brianna Tatienne Narcissa Bedivere Zara Quintin Sparte Evonleigh Mikani Lucrezia Nisaa Vega Amari Willow

Organizations

Location

Arx - Ward of the Compact - Judgment Green

Largesse Level

Legendary

Comments and Log

Lucrezia

Having gone on a whim and expecting to be bored and leave early, I was pleasantly surprised instead. It was well run, my only wish being I could have seen the leadership event also. I could only choose one. However, the three winners were presented at the end, so had a hint of the rest. My hopeful, Princess Denica, came in second. Next time she should woo the Queen with ships. It is sure to work. A Queendom without a strong fleet is a doomed one. So, naturally, it is a sound decision. I am sure the Wanton would agree. Hmm, next time they should have the whole thing on a ship. Yes.


The Judgement Green is set up elaborately this beautiful Spring day. There is a /real/ throne set up in a cleared center of the Green, not some mere decoration. And while it may not hold any actual ruler you'd be forgiven if you assumed it did. Built prominently to one side of the field is a platform seating area for those who wish to be away from any rabble (or humans). Amongst all the revelry, servers circulate with food and drink. Two tables are set up. One with circlet favors that will prick the unwary finger, and one with stacks of books, each on a different notable social or scholar. People are cautioned to select only one of each.



Lady Monique is there, a silver crown on her crimson head, and she looks for all the world like she's fit to burst with excitement as she consults with the Committee, and greets the contestants' arrivals.

Kalb, the chill bodyguard arrives, following Nisaa.

Quintin gets an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Lucrezia gets a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Lady Snow, Stojan, the assistant, 3 Thrax Guards, Damaia, the assistant arrive, following Denica.

Lucrezia drops a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Tatienne gets an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy from Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus from Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib from Book Chest - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin from Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Tatienne gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin from Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Quintin puts Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy in Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

Merek gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib from Book Chest - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib.

Quintin puts Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus in Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Mikani takes an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Bedivere gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.



Marisol is amongst the other hosts of the Tournamnet, glancing aside at monique as her copper crown of thorns glimmers with emeralds. Curls are pinned back away from her face but still fall down loosely upon her back. The dress she sports matches her crown as well, a hand lifting to carefully shift it upon her head. "It is the day, finally." She remarks and then a smile grows further across her lips. Lord Michael pauses to whisper something to her and she dips her head to him, leaning in to whisper back to the heir. She dips her head a bit and makes a thoughtful sound before briefly going quiet and watching as everyone begins to arrive.



Dressed in blue-and-steel silks, wearing a crown of sapphires and the Tourney pendant, Sebastian undoubtedly stands out if just for the latter two items, unique amongst the crowd. He has a glass of something in hand but doesn't seem to be drinking from it, trailed dutifully by the quiet Briar, who carries a notebook. As contestants and audience members arrive, he leans in to murmur something to Monique, tilting his glass her way.

Mikani takes Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson from Book Chest - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson.

Quintin puts Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py in Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Selene takes Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson from Book Chest - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson.

Nisaa gets an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Bonnie gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Vega takes Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Quintin puts Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin in Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Denica gets an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Llyr gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Denica makes her way in wiggling fingers at everyone

Narcissa takes an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Merek waves a bit when he sees Denica, coming in to pick up some favors, while he shifts his longcoat about his frame also. He then seems to relax while he looks to listen as well.

Alarissa is with the others who are hosting the smaller divisions, there in bejweled aeterna and her own brass circlet nestled in artfully arranged hair. There's serene smiles for people as she weaves her way here and there through the people, mingling while waiting for things to officially start and she can waltz off to do her duty.

Bedivere gets an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Athaur makes his way onto the green, looking around with a wide smile as he jingles with each step. Placed firmly in his chest is the Thorn pendent that earned. He polishes it slightly on the front of his silk shirt before adjusting it so that it is prominantly on display

Bonnie doesn't come with her own bottle or glass this time, best to keep a clear head, but soon finds a glass somewhere. It's just pre-drinking before competitions that gets people in trouble; old pirate trick. She does circulate some, finding her way to a souvenir crown at least which is handled with all the delicacy than sharp things meant to be placed near/on/in the head get. Of course, not to be rude, there is a broad wave, encompassing at least Michael and probably Marisol as well, before continuing on as far as spotting Monique there in particular. The more heartfelt salute is in when she brings her glass up and drinks most of it in one go.

Lucrezia gets an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Mailys might have been one of the first to arrive, but she quickly moved off to the fringes after retrieving her favor and book.

Llyr arrives and chooses a circlet, though keeps it in hand and then hrms softly and seems to choose one of the books randomly.

The throne! The gorgeous attire! The lovely people! Selene cuts in through the exciting array of laid out drinks, headed for one of the elegant tables laid out with coronets and books. Her blithe smile carries intent warmth. Halting in front of the selection of varied personages commemorated in paper, it causes her a great deal of consideration. Which to choose? It holds her fast, or perchance there is simply an opportunity for everyone to admire her.



Michael has definitely come to spend time with the hosts of the Tournament of Thorns. With a crown of bronze adorning his head. "Finally. I suspect the afterparty should last days. At least for us." He leaned in to whisper something to her before easing away to glance amongst the gathering throngs of people. "Goodness. We gave out a LOT of thorns."

Silas is here to spectate and to provide morale support for the Whitehawks participating. As such, he stands apart from the crowd, so he doesn't get in the way.

Brianna arrives, her three thorns in a pouch at her belt. Always a good sport, she puts the circlet of thorns upon her head and sets about mingling.

Tatienne's clothes may not be made of expensive materials, but the craftsmanship done on them is without peer. Bells chime as she walks onto the proving grounds, and she looks at the ground with what is frankly some degree of trepidation. This is a lot of people in one place, the prodigal merchant isn't used to this yet. She hones in on a familiar face to anchor herself, "Ch-ount Athaur, how do you do?"

At the fringe of the crowd garbed in her habitual shades of night lingers Narcissa. Her burnished gaze glances thoughtfully from others as they trickle in, but she keeps mostly to herself with a Lady's posture, hands clasped at the small of her back.

Vega takes an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Bedivere is here, living on morale support from Silas and Cabbit, the latter of whom is perched upon the shoulder of his Knights of Solace tabard.

Denica slips over and hives Athaur a side hug.

Threading her way through the crowd, Zara uses the advantage of her height to spot Marisol in the crowd and then head toward her. She's dressed in aeterna and chainmail, where chainmail means super delicate chains of champagne silver studded with opal. So. You know. ~Chainmail~. She reaches to touch Marisol on the arm to draw her attention, and while her features are sober, her eyes are bright as she says, "Congratulations on all of the work that you and the committee did putting this together." She pauses to give Michael a grave nod of acknowledgment as well, the solemnity belied by a glint of almost-wicked humor in her narrowed eyes. "And you, as well."

Sparte gets Tournament of Thorns gold thorn from a double wrap sword belt made of quality leather.

Dressed in his typical Northlands wool, linen, and furs, save for a pewter crown inlaid with amethysts, giving him perhaps the impression of some barbaric king of times before the Rekoning, Rysen offers bows and warm greetings to those he recognizes, and comes to stand beside Archlector Etienne.

Vega puts Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py in Seasilk Handbag.

Quintin makes his way through the crowd, munching on a pink apple. Maybe it's food to fortify himself. He casts a glance about for people he knows.

Vega puts an interlocking circlet of thorns in Seasilk Handbag.

Sparte's garb for the tournament is simple commoner garb, in unremarkable cottons. His armor and knick knacks have been set aside, all save for the gold thorn he qualified with that he wears displayed, and the staff that he is leaning upon as he waits for the tournament to begin.

Lips curved into a smile as she looks around, Evonleigh enters, clad in gold and black brocade, to match with the multi-colored metallic pendant she wears of the interlocking thorns. She smiles when she sees those she knows, nodding here and there, before gray-blue eyes alight on Zara and she makes her way that way. "Your highnesses," she says with a smile for both Zara and Marisol. "Are you competing?" she asks Zara. "Please say you're in the other category if so," she says lightly, smile turning into a bit of a smirk.

Mikani enters with the rest of the group. She smiles at at those she knows and bows her head to those wearing crowns.

Meeka arrives, delivering a message to Denica before departing.

Monique returns acknowledgements to the arrivals, saluting Bonnie with Sebastian's glass, which she steals from the Pravus Lord for a sip. She leans in to murmur something to him, barely able to keep still in her finery and her gorgeous silver crown. She looks up then, glancing out over the crowd with a beatific smile. "This is everything I'd hoped for. Gods and spirits, this city and these people are the only things that truly humble me."

Lucrezia saunters over to where those may watch and looks about with bright eyes.



Bonnie's arrival and waves gets a smile from the Valardin Princess and Marisol lifts her hand in greeting, "Welcome!" She proclaims and then turns to say something to Michael. She pauses as she notes the tall figure of her sister. Not that height is lacking by anyone in their family. She smiles as Zara draws closer and she dips her head to her sister. "You are too kind, Lady Monique this is my sister, Princess Zara Valardin. This is also Lord Sebastian Pravus, Archlector of Gild Etienne and Lord Rysen Crovane," she pauses, "I do believe Princess Alarissa is about somewhere," she intones and then notes Evonleigh. "Lady Evonleight, so glad to see you here after your memorable sweep last night amongst the thorns."



Nisaa has a gold thorn tied securely into the umbra ribbon she wears at her wrist. Colorful in shades of pink and purple, the Whisper makes her way into the crowd, verdigris toned eyes shining with excitement She smiles at those she knows, if she is able to catch their eye, but otherwise is happy to be watching people mingle at the moment.

Etienne is dressed in black, with its usual gold highlights, equipped with his usual baubles.. a notable addition is a crown with red rubies. He looks slightly uncomfortable, standing off to the side flipping through the loose pages of a small book. He looks at Rysen as he approaches. "Lord Rysen, how are you?"

Athaur returns Denica's hug with a smile. "My Princess! I hope that you are doing well." He turns to Tatienne as she arrives and gives her a small smile of encouragement. "Greetings Tatienne. I hope that you are well."

Sebastian looks entirely unbothered about Monique stealing his glass, though he does give her a wry look and, moments later -- completely unrelated -- settles a hand at his hip, fingering the leather-wrapped knife tucked into his belt. "It is quite an amazing turnout, my lady. You've done well," he answers the redhead easily. Marisol's introduction earns a half bow, and an amused glint of gaze as he regards Zara. "We've met. Your Highness -- not about to challenge me over the whiskey today, I hope?"

Rysen bows to Zara. "It's a pleasure, Your Highness," he says warmly. To Etienne, Rysen says witha smile, "A bit of trouble at the marina in the Lowers following and investigation, Archlector, but glad to be here, and very curious to see who will take the top prize."

Nisaa is easy for the Radiant Emeritus to spot, and Selene plucks a book to tuck away into a delicate velvet pouch she carries. The slender lilt of movement holds with the shadows dancing around her hips, her veil covering her dark hair. Navigating around the varied nobles, whom she greets with a dip of her head and bend of her knee, brings her over to the other woman. She leans in to murmur something, likely a greeting.

"Lady Evonleigh," Zara says, her eyes falling to the pendant she wears and then lifting. It's enough to pull half a smile to her lips, dimple quick and flashing. "You carry a pendant. I think it's me who should be hoping that you are in the other category. I will be competing, but I wish you the best of luck." As Marisol makes introductions, she pauses to murmur a hello, how are you, how do you do to each person in turn -- or a hello again, as appropriate. She is not effusive, but her voice is warm. "I think Lady Monique is the greater threat on that, all around, Lord Sebastian. Please, I beg: spare my nerves and don't abuse any whiskey as you did."



Michael Bisland looks just a tad nervous for some reason. Zara and Marisol's conferring has him glancing towards Monique first. Then back to the pair. Just in time to catch Zara's nod. "Princess Zara. A pleasure to see you again, are you participating or coming to watch? Lady Evonleigh! Asking my questions for me, thank you."

Selene mutters, "... ... thrilling event ... I look ... ... ... how ... ... ... Have you ... the path that ... ... take?"

Michael mutters, "Negotiations have begun."

"I am here." Alarissa calls out, not too far away, lifting a hand to Marisol when she hears her name. "Merely getting a drink and fortifying myself."

Narcissa claims a seat with rustling of umbra skirts, smoothing out the lap of all of its non-existant wrinkles.

Nisaa gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy from Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

"No promises," Sebastian tells Zara, with a low-throated laugh. "By the end of this day, it might well be the only thing holding my -- or the rest of the committees' -- nerves together." Though he does look at ease, so surely that's merely facetious. Monique receives an amused, sidelong look, his gaze flickering over the crowd, gaze landing on a handful of familiar figures.

Vega Thrax enters the scene with that beautiful Tournament of Thorns pendant proudly displayed as she makes her way into the crowd. Navigating the sea of people like a ship on the water, she eases her way through the crowds to first offer a careful curtsy towards Monique (and Sebastian, since he's right there as well). "This turnout is amazing, my lady, and I have never been quite so excited... except perhaps on my wedding day. But please don't tell Raimon I said that. He might take offense." A gleam of mischief plays in those stormy blue eyes before turning a smile towards Zara, "Your Highness, so wonderful to see you again! How have you been? Did you qualify, you'll be competing? I do hope you will, this is going to be so very much fun." She turns, looking about until she can lift a hand and offer a warm smile towards Alarissa as well.

"I'm doing well. Business is booming, got a tailor to patch up and refit my clothes; to look like the kind of respectable frugal merchant one wants to do business with." Tatienne spins around to show off how brand new and immaculate her outfit looks, "And I've been getting woke done on the pieces to help me out when I venture into profitable wilderness"

Amari arrives looking far too tired to give the impression that she's supremely eager to be here. She has more of an air of sedate curiosity than enthusiasm as she drifts through towards the edge of the scene with an eye on the empty throne. Barf is less interested in that, and more the food he catches whiff of. He goes that way, and valuing her arm enough to want to keep it attached, she follows. Pleasant smiles are offered to friends and strangers alike and murmured apologies as her giantnormous dog makes her a path through the gathering crowd.

"Well, it would be silly not to come tonight, after doing all that tiring work yesterday," Evonleigh says with a grin to Marisol. "I'm kidding, of course. It was quite fun and invigorating." She turns to smile at Zara and dips her lashes, pleased looking at the praise. "We shall have fun, no matter the victor, but if not me, I shall hope it is you -- unless you're in the other category." She teasingly nods as if this is a better option for all. "Lord Michael... well, we do know I am good for talking for others, yes?" she says. Her eyes falls on Silas. "Cousin, have you met Princess Zara? She is my new patron, so we owe much to her, at Whitehawk," she says, before turning to find her own glass of wine from one of the servers.

Lady Monique Greenmarch takes a single step forward from the Committee, and projects her voice across the gathering. "I come before you, Princes and Princesses of the Land of Aildorich, to tell you that it is time for your Queen to choose a successor to the throne. Among all claimants vying for the honor, only those three with the cleverest wit and strongest social skill will be selected as Crown Princes and Princesses, and only one among them will rise to rule. Let the games begin! Which path will you take to prove your worth?" Monique steps back, bowing her flame-bright crowned head, signalling the start of the Tournament. Then the guides step forth to take over, to escort those contestants with thorns to their Path.

Choosing her own book to take with you, perhaps the most obvious choice, Nisaa greets the Radiant Emeritus with a smile, speaking quietly with her for a moment. She looks up and around after, dipping her hear to Monique, Zara, Alarissa, Etienne, and lastly Sebastian, whom also receives a smile. Monique is welcoming the group then, and she turns to listen.

Sebastian lifts both of his hands to gather attention. "Contestants that wish to pursue the path of courtship," he calls, looking amused, "And those that wish to watch them, follow me south to the Place of Peers."

"All the more important you treat it well, then," Zara says to Sebastian, humor warm in her voice. Her gaze lights on Vega, welcome in the gesture of her hand. "I did -- just barely," she adds, rueful. "I'm pleased to say that Lady Evonleigh, my protege here swept the whole round of qualifiers, it seems." She nods to Evonleigh, happy to share her accomplishments with others. Her gaze slips past Evonleigh to Silas, and she inclines her head to him, but before she can say anything further, the directions -- and the contests! -- begin.

Quintin waves over at Amari, though his brow furrows for a moment as he regards her.

Silas looks up from playing fetch with Dash at the sound of Evonleigh's voice. When the ball is returned, he does not throw it - much to the whining chagrin of his pooch. "Not yet, I don't believe." He tucks the ball back into the pouch fastened to his belt and turns fully towards his cousin and Zara, his bright smile lighting his face up as it's wont to do. "Well met, Your Highness. I'm the Baron Whitehawk." The contest then seems to get under way, and he quiets.



Glancing to all and sundry as the introductions and pleasantries continue, Marisol grins a bit at Evonleigh. "Of course," she intones and glances from one ot the other before going a bit quiet, Michael leaning in to whisper something before her honeyed gaze gives him a pointed look and then she clears her throat. As Zara greets Vega it is a good distractionf or the moment and the younger of the two Valardin sisters lifts her hand to Vega as well, "Princess Vega, good luck!" she calls out just before Monique makes her announcement.



"Do you choose the path of Puppetry, then by all means, gather round" Alarissa calls out, pitching her voice. "And when we are gathered, we will make our way to the Lyceum way."

"Time to be nervous," says Evonleigh, though she looks not particularly nervous at all, and she nods to those nearest her to follow Sebastian, looking around at who else goes that route. "Good luck, all," she adds, with a lift of her glass before taking a sip.

Perhaps the normally social Corsetina is saving herself for the actual competition? With glitter in her eyes and a quirk to ruby lips, she makes her way closer to Etienne, ready to follow him off.

a massive cat with long black fur, Intrigue, a sleek, diminutive raven with blue-black plumage arrive, following Willow.

Bedi has to paws the pets for Cabbit, so he can give a few to Dash after his whining at Silas. It is all a one-handed man cat do. He nub waves to Evon.

Narcissa quirks a meticulously manicured brow as Rysen leans in to say something to her. A brief nod and she murmurs back before rising to her feet to follow towards the path she has chosen for this competition.

Nisaa lowers her head to Selene, wishing her the best of luck before she makes her way over to Sebastian. "Good evening, Lord Pravus. It is quite the pleasure to be seeing you."

Bonnie grins a bit, maybe a bit off-kilter from the usual, but finishing the rest of the glass seems to do it. Mingling is a bit stilted as well when she tries to find a place to put it down already; brushing her gloved hands off with a clap or two, the calling out from Alarissa has her bounding over with a cheery, fairly upbeat stride. Or kind of a sea-legs reel; depending on how favorable the impression is overall.

The pets from Bedivere seem to calm the corgi. Silas offers him a grateful smile.

As people gather around, Sebastian greets them all with a pleased, "Welcome," nodding towards Evonleigh and then Nissa. "And you, as well, Whisper Nissa. Welcome."

"Thank you, Princess Marisol!" Vega calls back with a bright smile for her, offering a wave. She looks towards Zara and smiles, "Yes, she was doing quite the job last night in gaining thorns, it was a very impressive feat to witness! I wish her the best of luck in her chosen path!" Then she's lifting her head and glancing around to find where Archlector Etienne is gathering contenders for his path, offering a warm smile towards Zara and murmuring, "Best of luck to you as well, Your Highness." Then she's off and moving towards Etienne to offer a warm smile and greetings. "Archlector. Always a pleasure."

Llyr waitts patiently, seeming to consider his choice of path. After a moment, he smiles to himself and nods., though he shares with no one for the moment.

Maxene, the steadfast ladies maid, Michael, Quintin, Tatienne, Athaur, Bonnie leave, following Alarissa.

Amari waves to Quintin after she's claimed a treat, had a nibble and given the rest stealthfully to Barf. She hears Sebastian call for courtship, considers a moment the other options and heads for him.

2 Whitehawk Guards leaves, following Evonleigh.

Kalb, the chill bodyguard leaves, following Nisaa.

Lady Snow, Stojan, the assistant, 3 Thrax Guards, Damaia, the assistant leave, following Denica.

2 Novice Keaton Huntsmen, Barf, the Bog Dog leave, following Amari.

2 Pravus Honor Guard, Briar, a quiet young woman, Evonleigh, Nisaa, Denica, Amari, Merek leave, following Sebastian.

3 Thrax Guards leaves, following Vega.

Damien Pierce - A Charming Assistant, 1 Redreef Warden, Vagari - Cinder Kitten, 1 Order of the Firebird, 4 Byrne Mountain Men leave, following Mikani.

Renault, the fluffiest Velenosan cat, Athenais, a dreamy apprentice Whisper leave, following Selene.

Nevermore, the sulking raven leaves, following Narcissa.

Ondine, a red-breasted sparrowhawk leaves, following Brianna.

Rysen, Mailys, Llyr, Vega, Sparte, Mikani, Selene, Narcissa, Brianna, Zara leave, following Etienne.

Dash the Guard Corgi, 2 Iron Guardsmen, Lady Fairfeather, a white gyrfalcon leave, following Silas.

2 Whitehawk Guards, Cabbit, a nub-tailed tabby cat leave, following Bedivere.

Willow looks around idly.

Renault, the fluffiest Velenosan cat, Athenais, a dreamy apprentice Whisper arrive, following Selene.

Renault, the fluffiest Velenosan cat, Athenais, a dreamy apprentice Whisper leave, following Selene.

Monique gets Audience with the Queen - RULES from a large wooden chest decorated with the night sky.

Monique drops Audience with the Queen - RULES.

Monique gets an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Renault, the fluffiest Velenosan cat, Athenais, a dreamy apprentice Whisper arrive, following Selene.

Maxene, the steadfast ladies maid, Tatienne, Athaur arrive, following Alarissa.

1 Grayson House Guards, Peaches, a lovely white war filly with a peach saddle, Deliverance, an albino falcon, Stormy, a silvery gray hunting hound, Rascal, a hyper terrier, Rosalie, a lady in waiting arrive, following Reese.

1 Grayson House Guards, Peaches, a lovely white war filly with a peach saddle, Deliverance, an albino falcon, Stormy, a silvery gray hunting hound, Rascal, a hyper terrier, Rosalie, a lady in waiting leave, following Reese.

Lady Snow, Stojan, the assistant, 3 Thrax Guards, Damaia, the assistant arrive, following Denica.

Dash the Guard Corgi, 2 Iron Guardsmen, Lady Fairfeather, a white gyrfalcon arrive, following Silas.

2 Whitehawk Guards arrives, following Evonleigh.

Kalb, the chill bodyguard arrives, following Nisaa.

2 Pravus Honor Guard, Briar, a quiet young woman, Nisaa arrive, following Sebastian.

2 Whitehawk Guards, Cabbit, a nub-tailed tabby cat arrive, following Bedivere.

The 'Queen' arrives back to the Judgement Green, flushed of cheek and rich with happiness. Monique heads for the throne, of course, that imposing edifice in the center of the Green. And there she waits, to be presented to her three potential heirs.

Athaur returns to the judgement green, the crown resting on his head. A wide smile spreads across his face as his bells jingle with each step. He approaches the throne, offering a deep bow to Monique



Marisol turns to watch the victorrious approach Monique, her gaze sweeping over the crowd as if trying to find someone. Or several someones. She lifts up onto her toes, increasing her willowy height just a bit more as a hand lifts to adjust the thorn crown at her head. SHe smiles a bit more and rocks back on her heels as she notes Athaur who gets there first.



Coming in from the south, Sebastian's escorting Nisaa, but breaks apart from her to catch up to the crown-wearing Denica, murmuring something quietly to the Princess, before he seeks to guide her with a hand at the small of her back towards Monique. "Your Majesty, may I present the Crown Princess Denica, who has proven her skill in Courtship, securing a commoner and winning the love of the people." He gives a bow, and then gestures to Denica.

Nevermore, the sulking raven arrives, following Narcissa.

Evonleigh has joined the small circular table.

Silas has joined the small circular table.

Alarissa moves with Athaur on her arm past the people who came to compete and are now spectators. "Your Majesty. I present Crown Prince Athaur, who has shown his skill, cunning and his merit to rule the throne." The Princess Consort of Thrax looks to the man in question and when he's been presented, bows to Monique and slips back.

Narcissa has joined the a brick and wood wishing well.

Rinel arrives, following Sparte.

Damien Pierce - A Charming Assistant, 1 Redreef Warden, Vagari - Cinder Kitten, 1 Order of the Firebird, 4 Byrne Mountain Men arrive, following Mikani.

Zara carries the crown from the competition for wisdom, and she looks up at 'Queen' Monique with a glint of humor in her dark eyes. She bows her head as she takes her place among the other competitors, speaking quietly to Denica and Athaur: "Best of luck to you both," she says, gaze lifting as she readies herself.

Ondine, a red-breasted sparrowhawk arrives, following Brianna.



Marisol moves forward slowly, emeralds gleaming and her dark curls shifting about her back. The Valardin glances then to Sebastian and Denica, smiling a bit more as she moves to find a place slightly behind and to the side of Monique, glancing from one to the other as they approach. Zara gets a grin, the younger sister unable to hide the pride in her eyes. /Well done./ is mouthed to Zara before she stills and awits for what is to come.



Ondine, a red-breasted sparrowhawk leaves, following Brianna.

Evonleigh enters and takes a seat beside her cousin, the Baron of Whitehawk. Evonleigh's gray eyes gleam brightly as she watches the victorious trio approach Monique. "Oh, Princess Zara made it," she says, beaming at her patron.

Quintin is not at all triumphant, and he looks very solemn and stern. That's... that's just how he looks, however, and he casts about for a place to sit.

Quintin has joined the a brick and wood wishing well.



Michael moves through the crowd, separating from Alarissa and meandering through before standing on the opposite side of the throne from Marisol and others. He looks dashing enough in seatouchwed wool, with his sword upon his hip. A twitch of a smile as he overhears Evonleigh.

Quintin has left the a brick and wood wishing well.

Quintin has joined the small circular table.

Nisaa walks in with Sebastian, giving him a nod when he departs her side to tend to his duties. She then moves to find herself a drink before scoping out a good seat to take up in which to watch the festivities.

Denica bows her head and smiles at Zara. The crowned count gets a sly grin and a wink.

Nisaa has joined the small circular table.

Athaur offers a bow to Zara and smiles at her. Then he turns to look over at Denica, offering her a bit of a wink and then bows to her.

Once he's handed care of the princess to the queen, Sebastian catches Marisol's gaze, looking almost wry as he moves over to join her, leaning in to murmur something. The sight of Athaur standing up as one of the potential heirs seems to please him, nodding towards the Count, and then to the Princess Zara.

Etienne glides in from just across the lawn, easily stepping toward the winners area near Zara and clearing his throat. "Your Majesty, allow me to present Crown Princess Zara, winner of the contest of wisdom, proving fitness of rule through the hazardous gauntlet that is rule." Afterward, he steps back, returning to the spectator area after stopping by a table to gather snacks.

Silas sinks into the seat next to Evonleigh, at another food-covered table. He gets himself a glass of red wine and eyes Zara and her competitors. "This will be fun."

Alarissa has joined the small circular table.

"All three of you now wear a Crown, and each will have a chance to claim the Throne. You've done well in making it this far. Step before me now, introduce yourself properly and your suit." Monique gestures to the three finalists in the Tournament of Thorns, inviting them before her to present their case.

Food? Yes, please. Quintin finds himself over at a table and collects himself a little plate. He secures himself a glass of wine and finally takes a seat, stretching his right leg out in front of him.

Athaur checked charm + manipulation at difficulty 20, rolling 43 higher.

Zara checked charm + etiquette at difficulty 20, rolling 53 higher.

Denica checked charm + etiquette at difficulty 20, rolling 12 higher.

Denica curtsies deeply to the Queen. "Your Majesty. I have brought with me my faithful Knight Sir Jonas. He has proven himself a man of the people, even moreso than myself. He has faithfully served us in battle after battle, and has put his life on the line countless times for the Queendom. He has offered to to do the same for me, and with him, we can ensure the Queen would always be safe. He knows how to win a battle and will make a great general as well, and lastly, his place as a man of common birth will help the crown, the people will see him as a champion, able to rise to such heights, such things only possible under the kind graces of you Your Majesty."

Selene has joined the a brick and wood wishing well.

Athaur approaches the throne and offers a bow to Monique. "Your Majesty, it is a pleasure to finally meet you. "I am Athaur, Crown Prince of Aildorich. I hope that my advice and insight will be most useful to you so that you may lead our nation. I will ensure you great power and influence throughout the land."

Alarissa has left the small circular table.

Maxene, the steadfast ladies maid, Tatienne, Athaur leave, following Alarissa.

Maxene, the steadfast ladies maid arrives, following Alarissa.

When it becomes time for Zara to introduce herself, she sinks into a graceful curtsey with a whisper of aeterna and a slithering-chime of silver chainmail. She bows her head, crowned though it might be, before the Queen. Or -- Queen of the day, anyway. She recites Monique's imaginary titles with warmth and charm, looking up at her with that same light of almost-laughter brightening her eyes. Then: "Your Majesty, I am Zara, Crown Princess of Aildorich, and I come to you with the wisdom to ensure that all you have built will last one thousand years, to ensure your civilization will endure."

The ‘Queen’ listens carefully to each claimant, playing the part of abdicating Monarch to the hilt. Concern and curiosity etch her face in turns. Finally, when the last Crowned contestant has spoken, Monique says, "That is all well and good. I like what I've heard." Cannily, she doesn't lean towards one or the other contestant, instead, asks, "Tell me, each of you, your plans for our Kingdom."

Athaur checked intellect + performance at difficulty 30, rolling 15 higher.

Zara checked intellect + propaganda at difficulty 30, rolling 29 higher.

Denica checked intellect + propaganda at difficulty 30, rolling 1 higher.

Athaur moves with a flourish, a smile on his face as he moves. "It is quite simple, My Queen. You must shore up your power in your land. Ensure that you have the support of the people around you. Build up your base of power in the hands of the Monarch so that none may challenge your rule. Once you have that you may do as you wish."

Denica smiles lightly, "Your Majesty, if it pleases you, I will turn Aildorich in to a powerhouse of trade and military might. All will be awe inspired by our economic power and military might. None will dare question the rule of the Queen."

While it's undeniable that Zara's putting a spin to her words as she lays out her plans for Monique's world domination, it's undeniable that her boast was not hollow: she's far-sighted, clever. There's a solid foundation beneath the picture she paints, which makes it all the more alluring. It's so easy to believe things when they sound _sensible_.

There are half-nods. There is approval. There is the occasional twitch of a ruby-lipped smile, even, as Zara speaks. "I have heard much here today that could prosper the Kingdom of Aildorich. But I do not want everything to change. What lessons would you take from my long and peaceful reign?" Monique questions the Crown Prince and Princesses, and then subsides, not quite sitting on the spectacular throne, but resting against it. Most temptingly.

Athaur checked perception + propaganda at difficulty 40, rolling 3 lower.

Zara checked perception + seduction at difficulty 40, rolling 10 lower.

Denica checked perception + performance at difficulty 40, rolling 21 higher.

Athaur spins his tail for the queen, telling her what he believes she wants to hear. He sets a spin to his words, extolling the virtues of her rule and laws that she has put in place

Damien Pierce - A Charming Assistant, 1 Redreef Warden, Vagari - Cinder Kitten, 1 Order of the Firebird, 4 Byrne Mountain Men leave, following Mikani.

"If it pleases my Queen, I would continue your tradition of being not only beautiful and charming, but your wisdom and diplomatic skills, and most of all your Kindness to all you rule." Denica offers with a bow of her head.

It's historical fact that the Valardin are at a disadvantage when attempting to read Monique. Zara proves herself no less than an exemplar of her house as she feels her way with extreme caution through the web of Monique's ambitions. Determine what she might say that will land the sweetest in her ears is a challenge -- but then, the qualifiers proved that this would be the hardest part for Zara, too.

Monique listens to Athaur, her emerald eyes resting heavily upon the Crown Prince of Aildorich. When, finally, he falls silent, her lips thin. "I am not so convinced, Crown Prince Athaur, that you are not simply telling me what I wish to hear. Perhaps... perhaps I will consider it." But she doesn't look thoroughly besotted. And then Denica speaks, and it's clear that the 'Queen' is buying into what the Crown Princess Denica is selling. "Well, who could possibly argue with that?" Did Monique just slip out of character for a moment to preen? It's only a moment before she listens to Zara. Her green eyes narrow just slightly. "Crown-Princess Zara, almost you convince me. Almost." But not quite, are the words that remain unspoken, hanging coldly in the spring air.

Athaur checked composure + diplomacy at difficulty 50, rolling 11 lower.

Zara checked composure + empathy at difficulty 50, rolling 26 higher.

Denica checked composure + empathy at difficulty 50, rolling 15 higher.

Athaur does his best to deal with the dressing down he's given. Though his face twitches slightly, clearly making a show of containing himself from an outburst. But the obvious attempts to control himself shows the lack of control

Denica holds her head high a slight smile curling her lips.

While Zara must be aware of the ways in which her argument failed to land, the coolness of Monique's words does not seem to rattle her. She gentles her approach, and bows her head, taking the words with grace and understanding that reaches out to soften even Monique's heart. Or -- the edge of it. Maybe a corner.

There's a long moment of silence as the 'Queen' weighs each candidate, and their reaction to her candor. "You've done an exceptional job, all three of you. And each I would consider fit to rule this Kingdom with great wisdom and charm. My decision is most difficult." Monique pauses dramatically, resting her green eyes upon each Crown in turn. "Give me one final, powerful reason. Sway my mind. Why should it be you Crowned Monarch of this land?"

Denica checked wits + diplomacy at difficulty 60, rolling 8 higher.

Zara checked wits + diplomacy at difficulty 60, rolling 2 lower.

Athaur checked wits + leadership at difficulty 60, rolling 1 lower.

Athaur lifts his head, shaking himself to clear his previous failure. He clears his throat, looking towards Monique. "Put your fait in my, My Queen and I will ensure that your legacy shall reign for a millenia."

Her head still held high, Denica smiles, "Your Majesty, the best I can say is that I am the most obvious choice to rule in the way that you have made so successful. I will just be an extension to the rule you have established, rather than it becoming a brand new Monarchy."

One thousand years, Zara promised Monique, and her final argument paints -- well, it might paint a little closer to 998, but you KNOW, that's pretty close to one thousand. Her final words rest on the weight of everything she has put forth so far, gathering it all in a vision of an enduring civilization, Zara's rule built on the foundation that Monique has created. From sea to sea, a thousand years. (998 years.)

Monique gets Non Omnis Moriar, a star iron and dragonweep ring from a large wooden chest decorated with the night sky.

Monique gets a steelsilk gown with golden dragons on the collar from a large wooden chest decorated with the night sky.

Another silence follows as Monique weighs each competitor, their plight and the sum total of all they have accomplished. And then, she gestures for Marisol. "High Priestess Marisol of Aildorich, we call you forth. To Crown Prince Athaur, we bid you present a token of our esteem. He has made it incredibly far and we hold him in highest regard. To him, we offer not the Throne of Aildorich, but the ring of dragonweep and star iron, a precious jewel for his impressive service to our Kingdom."

Merek is overheard praising Athaur.

Sebastian is overheard praising Athaur.

Zara is overheard praising Athaur.

Michael is overheard praising Athaur.

Rysen is overheard praising Athaur.

Sparte is overheard praising Athaur.

Quintin rises to his feet, starting to applaud. "Well done!" he calls out. Enthusiasm!



As the trials are finished, Marisol is bid forward and stepping aside from Sebastian she walks forward slowly. "Prince Athaur, be welcome to our realm. Well done in your endeavors," she inclines her head and presents him with the dragonweep ring. A knowing smile spreads to her lips as she curtsies to him with a rustle of emerald sea silk. She steps back then to allow him his time of glory.



Athaur smiles despite taking third, offering a bow to Monique, to Marisol, and then to Denica and Zara. "Thank you very much."

Sebastian straightens as Marisol is called up, his gaze settling on 'Queen' Monique with a lift of lips. "Well down, Prince Athaur," he calls, sounding pleased for the Count's placing.

Athaur is overheard praising Zara.

Athaur is overheard praising Denica.

Athaur is overheard praising Monique.

Then there were two. Monique looks between Denica and Zara and the silence stretches out into a dramatic infinity, until finally, Monique summons Denica forward. "Crown Princess Denica, your words are elegant and pleasing to my ears. You have the tongue of the most accomplished courtier this land has ever known. Your beauty must be adorned and protected, and so to you, I offer a gown made of steelsilk. May it protect you as you grace our King with your charm." She gestures to High Priestess Marisol once more with a fond grin.

Athaur is overheard praising Marisol.

Michael is overheard praising Monique.

Athaur is overheard praising Sebastian.

Athaur is overheard praising Michael.

Athaur is overheard praising Rysen.

Athaur is overheard praising Etienne.

Zara is overheard praising Denica.

Sebastian is overheard praising Denica.

Michael is overheard praising Denica.



Lookng from Zara to Denica, Marisol pauses a moment more and then grins a bit at the answer but quicly schools her expression as she steps forward towards Denica. "Congratulations, Princess Denica. You have done well in your stances and spoke truly. A gown fit for a Princess of this realm." She carefully lofts the gown up in its box, the lid easily removed as she waits for her to take it. Only then will she curtsy for her and step back.



As Denica is called up, once more Sebastian claps enthusiastically for her, "Well done, Princess Denica."

Denica takes her step forward as she is called. She dips in to a curtsy again, "I am so honored your highness. I will make sure I make myself indispensable to the next Queen as well."

It's subtle, but as Monique leaves them hanging in suspense, Zara leans forward: caught, just as with the rest of the crowd. That anticipation!! It's more obvious when she sinks back, shoulders squared, to add her applause to those hailing Denica once the name is called.

Merek also claps a bit for the others, having been here to watch the finale as well. He smiles a bit at the winners also.

Merek kidnaps Rysen, but not literally.

Quintin continues to stand and applaud, smiling. He might regret starting so early, however. He pauses to pick up his wine for a long sip before resuming.

Having watched the affair quietly, Nisaa rises from her seat to applaud the winner and the other contestants as well for a job well done.

Evonleigh watches with avid gray-blue eyes as each winner is brought forward to their prizes, and beams over at her patron, adding her loud applause to the rest of the audience's. She grins over at Quintin. "I'll clap too long, and then it'll be just right," she stage whispers.

Merek mutters, "If ... have time this week we should ... a ..."

Sparte is overheard praising Denica.

Michael is overheard praising Evonleigh.

And then there was one. One Crown. One Crown Princess. "Crown Princess Zara. A storied history, you and I have. I can read you, Your Royal Highness, better than most, for our shared history. And it is because of this that I know, within my heart of hearts, that you will lead the Kingdom of Aildorich with charm, with grace, and with a wisdom unparalleled. To you, we give the Throne of Aildorich. And with it comes a boon from the Twilight Court of the Nox'alfar. We know that you will use this boon wisely." She dips her head deeply to Zara, and steps aside from the Throne. "Your Majesty. Long live Queen Zara of Aildorich!"

Sebastian is overheard praising Zara: It's good to be the Queen!

Michael is overheard praising Zara: THE NEW QUEEN

Merek also cheers a bit for that as well!

Rysen claps warmly for the winners. When Merek says something to him quietly, he nods. "Definitely, Sir Merek."

"To the new Queen of Aildorich!" Michael pipes up from nearby altogether too loud. Much clapping!



The last gift can not be handed out and Marisol merely stands back now as her hands lift and she begins to clap for her sister with Monique's announcement. "Well done, Zara." This is said just loud enough to heard by her sister and those closest. She steps back away and she laughs brightly as she is announced. Her smile is wide now, unhidden and quite ready to remain as she continues to clap. "Well won Queen Zara!" She declares and winks at the other Valardin.



Seated beside the well, Selene offers her applause along with the rest. "Congratulations! May you reign long and well, and lead with skill and virtue. To the Queen of Aildorich!"

There's no doubt Sebastian saves his most enthusiastic congratulations for the winner, applauding as Zara is named the winner. "Congratulations to you, ueen Zara of Aildorich! May you choose your favor with as much wisdom as you demonstrated during the competition."

Alarissa claps her hands as Zara is given the throne, there's clapping too for Denica nad Athaur but to Zara it is stronger.

Marisol is overheard praising Zara: Well won QUEEN ZARA!

Silas finishes his bit of chicken and wine, and promptly offers rowdy applause for the ultimate winner, Zara. "Long may she reign!"

Nisaa is overheard praising Zara: The lovely Queen of Aildorich!

Michael is overheard praising Zara: HIP HIP

Denica claps gracefully for Zara. A smile on her face.

Bedivere speaks up, "Congratulations!" He faintly smiles before then reaching up to Cabbit who graciously receives his pets with purring grace.

Rysen is overheard praising Zara.

Rysen is overheard praising Denica.

Sparte is overheard praising Zara.

"Long live the queen!" calls out Evonleigh. "All hail Queen Zara of Aildorich!"

Michael is overheard praising Zara.

Marisol is overheard praising Denica: Well done Princess Denica!

Quintin smiles at something Evonleigh says, and claps for Zara. His hands may hurt. He can perhaps be forgiven for not maintaining the clap quite as long.

Marisol is overheard praising Athaur: Great job!

Sebastian is overheard praising Monique.

Michael is overheard praising Sebastian.

Sebastian is overheard praising Marisol.

Michael is overheard praising Marisol.

Sebastian is overheard praising Michael.

Marisol is overheard praising Monique: Great job! So much work!

Sebastian is overheard praising Etienne.

As with her introduction, Zara sinks once more into a curtsy to recognize Monique, as the once-Queen. "Your majesty, I shall strive to build on what you have created." Then she ascends, with a rare grin flashed sidelong at Monique as she murmurs something that sounds an awful lot like, "One day, I hope to be half as good reading you as you are reading me." Before she takes the throne, she says, "And my thanks, as your--" She pauses. She smoothly moves on. "--Queen, to all who came forth, and to those who organized this."

Zara is overheard praising Monique.

Zara is overheard praising Etienne.

Sebastian is overheard praising Alarissa.

Zara is overheard praising Michael.

Sebastian is overheard praising Rysen.

Zara is overheard praising Marisol.

Zara is overheard praising Alarissa.

Zara is overheard praising Sebastian.

Lucrezia boos as her chosen favorite does well, but falls short of obtaining Queendom. Maybe it's drowned out by the other cheers and applause, maybe not. Nothing against the sensible plans of Zara, but they didn't include weddings on ships as far as she knew and ships were everything to running a Queendom.

Lucrezia is overheard praising Denica: Next time woo the Queen with ships!

Monique steps back to allow Zara her Queenly moment, and then steps forward once more. "Thank you, all! You are a shining example of this land! And a great thank you to all those who supported this endeavor, most especially to the Tournament Committee, without whom this never would have been possible. Princess Alarissa Thrax, Princess Marisol Valardin, Lord Sebastian Pravus, Lord Michael Bisland, Archlector Etienne of Gild and Lord Rysen Crovane, who stepped in last minute to fill the shoes of Princess Donella Redrain." Hands up, she claps for her Committee, bowing her head deeply. "Thank you, from my heart."

Selene takes Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy from Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

Selene takes Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus from Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Selene takes Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib from Book Chest - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib.

Selene takes Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin from Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Selene takes Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Michael gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin from Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Llyr gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin from Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy from Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

Michael gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy from Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus from Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Michael gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib from Book Chest - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib.

Michael gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin from Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Quintin gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson from Book Chest - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson.

Michael gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus from Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Merek gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus from Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Michael gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson from Book Chest - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson.

Merek gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy from Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

Merek gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Merek gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin from Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Merek gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson from Book Chest - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson.

Evonleigh gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy from Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

Pressing a hand briefly to his chest, Sebastian executes a bow towards Monique, blue eyes amused as he straightens. "To our wonderful... /ex/-Queen of Aildorich, and gracious hostness Lady Monique," he returns in kind.

Nisaa gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus from Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Evonleigh gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus from Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Quintin puts Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib in Book Chest - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib.

Nisaa gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py from Book Chest - Archscholar Py.

Llyr gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy from Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

Nisaa gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib from Book Chest - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib.

Sebastian takes an interlocking circlet of thorns from a chest holding Circlets of Thorns, Tournament Favors.

Nisaa gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin from Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Silas takes Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy from Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

Nisaa gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson from Book Chest - Queen-Regent Triscali Grayson.

Silas takes Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus from Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Evonleigh gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib from Book Chest - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib.

Denica gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy from Book Chest - First Whisper, Radiant Caithness Anthy.

Michael drops a small, inscribed bookcase of deep cherry wood.

Michael gets a small, inscribed bookcase of deep cherry wood.

"Queen Emeritus!" calls out the Radiant Emeritus, who probably knows a thing or two about that, for certain.

Llyr gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib from Book Chest - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib.

Evonleigh gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin from Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Denica gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus from Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Llyr gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus from Book Chest - Grand Duchess Procella Pravus.

Denica gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib from Book Chest - Archscholar Cassian Al'sib.

Michael drops Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py.

Denica gets Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Dominus Tin from Book Chest - Dominus Tin.

Michael drops Tournament of Thorns Honoree - Archscholar Py.



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