The divine ebony was handed out tonight to Caelred, who triumphed over more
experienced competitors in a series of quests that tested various aspects of
The initial contestants were divided into 4 teams, and each team competed against
another in a sands quest. Of those, the teams formed by Artecspirit of Mercinae
and Narissa of Parrius were triumphant. Artecspirit's team consisted of Kodiak,
Ghandarin, Belgadeth, Pahn, and Eloire while Narissa had assembled Orinoko,
Caelred, Maleki, and Koenen to fight with her.
The second round saw the remaining teams pitted in a battle to the death within
the Chetwood Forest. The teams appeared to be very equal in ability, however, for
after a lengthy period of time neither one had triumphed. So rather than one of the
teams being eliminated at that phase, they both progressed to the final round.
This was a free-for-all sands quest, which saw very competitive play all around
as everybody left in at that point held the sands for at least some time. Maleki,
Kodiak, Koenen, and Narissa spent the most time with the sands, but as the quest
drew near its end Caelred stole the sands. Ghandarin was quick to notice this and
descended on the young thief, slaying her and claiming the sands. He fled up the
rivers, but was beset by Kodiak and Maleki, and with less than two minutes left he
fell and Kodiak ended up with them. At this point the quest seemed a sure thing, for
Kodiak's knowledge of the land is unparalleled and it would be a simple matter for
him to avoid being run down for the last minute. However, beset by Maleki, Kodiak
lost his way along the rivers and fumbled about for a moment. Caelred, who was still
lurking nearby, managed to beat out Narissa who was closing in as well and get to
Kodiak while he tried to get his bearings. Before he could orient himself and run
off, Caelred arrived and lifted the sands with less than 15 seconds remaining. None
of the other competitors were able to discern what had happened quickly enough, and
Caelred claimed the ebony.
Hats off to a young thief for a well-played quest in which she was a competitive member
of her team throughout the entire duration of the event.
Written by my hand on the 19th of Cloudburst, in the year 1134.