Here, as promised, is a narrative of what happened in the first round of the Gem Quest
Seventeen hopeful competitors gathered at the Meeting Place not knowing who they would
face in the first knock-out stage of The Tournament but all with one desire in mind: to
win the Cornelian of Darkness which bestows the ability to absolve enemies and also
take up astral form. The Tournament contests would be won by whichever competitors
killed their opponents to ghost form. Needless to say, the olvar herb featured heavily
in this tournament. The contests were formed, in the order in which they were fought,
Contest one - August VS Narissa
This contest saw Thief Narissa of Thakria pitted against Wizard August of Springdale. In August's own words, it was his best performance yet against Narissa. He should be
proud. In the end, Narissa's persistent poison combinations and ability to deal with
constricted mists saw her victorious over August and she progressed to the next round.
Narissa had to kill August five times before he finally succumbed to the pressure and
became a ghost.
Contest two - Foxedup VS Pahn
This contest saw the guildless Pahn of Springdale, who fights with the Paladin
profession, take on Thief Foxedup of Mercinae. This contest was one of the longest of
the evening and due to time constraints I was forced to restrict them to the town of
Eleusis, so other contests could start elsewhere in the land. Though one would think the lack of mobility would favour Pahn, which was my main concern in placing any
restrictions on any of these contests, Foxedup dealt with the change admirably and
used the gates of Eleusis to his advantage,constantly locking himself out of harm's
way. Foxedup died six times, but used the olvar herb to keep him in the contest. At one
point I thought the contest was turning in Foxedup's favour, when Pahn also died, but
he also had used olvar and rallied, killing Foxedup eleven times in total. Foxedup
killed Pahn twice in total. In the end, Pahn was victorious though and progressed
through to the next round.
Contest three - Alister VS Belgadeth
This contest saw Thief Alister of Thakria take on Brigand Belgadeth, also of Thakria.
Due to multiple contests taking place at once, Belgadeth and Alister were restricted to
the highway between Mercinae and Parrius for their contest. This was another long bout,
seeing both Alister and Belgadeth using their skills well to flip and duck out of
harm's way when they were in danger of dying. Eventually, Alister used the yarl poison
to great effect and killed Belgadeth twice, winning his contest and progressing to the
The Tournament continued ...
Written by my hand on the 2nd of Skyelong, in the year 1183.