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Thegye Anniversary Tourney Event: FINALS!

Crowds flock to the tournament ring outside the castle, just to the north of the city. All around, banners, streamers, and colorful flags flap in the wind. Adults and children alike speak in excited tones, each one looking forward to the event to come. Jugglers, musicians, and jesters roam the streets, adding an air of jolliness and gaiety to the crisp air. From the taverns, shouts and songs can be heard from the early partyers, getting their fill of the cheap beer and, for the festive anniversary occasion, wine. At the ring itself, already the seats have begun to fill up, and the guests of honor begin to arrive. Soon, only standing room will be left for the onlookers. The trumpets sound the royal fanfare as the Diarchs make their way to their thrones, wrapped in the colors of the founding houses of Thegye. Seated, the Diarchs extend their hands and signal the beginning of the second day of the tourney. Let the best warrior win!

LORD ZYTHE vs. STEVEN JAJ

The two warriors enter the ring to loud cheering and applause. Each makes his way before the royal platform and bows deeply to the Diarchs. Then, at the signal of the referee, the fight begins. The undefeated Zythe warily stares down the brawny Jaj. The Carinan experimentally swings his short sword. His prowess with the blade is, so far, uncontested. Steven, however, is a brawny man, and his reach with the polearm in his hands was, as yet, indomitable. However, Zythe determines to win, no matter what.

The first move comes from Zythe, who speeds forward to strike a blow. Knocking aside Steven's halberd, he slashed forwards, cutting across the Thegyan's face. Stumbling back, Steven drops his guard. Roaring, Zythe slashed down this time, striking Steven on the shoulder and knocking the man to his knees. The Thegyan, unable to get up without opening his defenses more, grabbed Zythe around the waist, hoisting him into the air and tackling him to the ground. Pinned to the sandy surface of the tourney ring, Zythe couldn't defend himself properly. Steven pounded at his head with closed fists. Grunting with each blow, Zythe scrambled on the ground with his hands, trying desperately to grab something, anything. He felt something wooden... the broken haft of the halberd came into his grasp. Baring his teeth defiantly, he smashed the wood into Steven's side, tossing him to the left. Scrambling up, Zythe brought the wood down hard onto Steven's head, splintering it. The crowd rose to its feet, cheering at the honorable display of might.

Lord Zythe, the contestant from Santa Carina Wheels, wins, beating Steven Jaj of Thegye!


As the match ends, the Diarchs rise to cheers and applause from the crowd. Below them, in the ring Lord Zythe stands, victorious. The Diarchs raise their hands. "This warrior has shown great prowess and skill against the best warriors our world has to offer! Let it be known that Lord Zythe is the new Founders Champion of Thegye!" The crowd roars in approval and Zythe is lifted on the shoulders of enthusiastic fans.

DEFEATED BRACKET

CATRID SAV vs. DYRYKE

The two warriors enter the ring to loud cheering and applause. Each makes his way before the royal platform and bows deeply to the Diarchs. Then, at the signal of the referee, the fight begins.

Catrid, now confident in her victory, approaches the Indian. Dyryke raises his khopesh to defend himself, but it is shattered by a blow from Catrid's axes, one of which buries itself deep into the Indian's chest. He stares at the blade and then up at the sneering Maranthian. Catrid Sav, the contestant from Noflagmaranth[/region] wins, defeating Dyryke of LollerLand!


KONSTANTIN V. RODZAEVSKY vs. RAASHID

The two warriors enter the ring to loud cheering and applause. Each makes his way before the royal platform and bows deeply to the Diarchs. Then, at the signal of the referee, the fight begins.

Raashid charges, dancing away from the heavy downward strike of Konstantin. The Almaazian thrusts hard, punching his spear through the Cothernite's leg. Screaming, Konstantin falls to one knee. Whirling about, Raashid brings the butt end of his spear hard against the side of Konstantin's head, bowling him over. Rising slowly, the Cothernite weakly raises his sword, but he is too slow. Raashid's spear flies through him, thrusting him back and pinning him to the ground. Raashid, the contestant from Almaaz wins, defeating Konstantin V. Rodzaevsky of Cothern!


JERHINO vs. CATRID SAV

The two warriors enter the ring to loud cheering and applause. Each makes his way before the royal platform and bows deeply to the Diarchs. Then, at the signal of the referee, the fight begins.

Catrid rushes Jerhino, slicing left and right with her blades. One catches him on their thigh, forcing him back. However, Jerhino uses his bow as a whip, cracking it across Catrid's face. Stung, Catrid falls back, allowing Jerhino to draw his knife and thrust it into her shoulder. Kicking the Noyistain back, Catrid uses her axe to cut deeply into his stomach. A grunt of surprise escapes Jerhino as he falls back, dead. Catrid Sav, the contestant from Maranth wins, defeating Jerhino of Noyistain!


JIHAM vs. RAASHID

The two warriors enter the ring to loud cheering and applause. Each makes his way before the royal platform and bows deeply to the Diarchs. Then, at the signal of the referee, the fight begins.

Raashid, hefting his iron spear, charges at Jiham. Attacking, the peirced Jiham's foot to the ground. Screaming, Jiham uses his buckler to smash Raashid in the face, causing him to stumble back. Unable to recover in time, Raashid is unable to stop Jiham as he slashes down, cutting across Raashid's arm. Yanking hin spear free, Raashid pushes Jiham back and throws his spear with all his strength, pricing Jiham's chest and protruding from the other side. Raashid, the contestant from Almaaz wins, defeating Jiham of Peraro Krotoik!


CATRID SAV vs. RAASHID

The two warriors enter the ring to loud cheering and applause. Each makes his way before the royal platform and bows deeply to the Diarchs. Then, at the signal of the referee, the fight begins. Catrid, her blades held calmly by her side, appraises Raashid, the dark-skinned southerner. He grins at her, his iron spear held in front of him at attention.

Raashid, hoping for another quick victory, rushes at Catrid, landing a flurry of blows, most of which she blocks. Batting aside the Almaazian spear, Catrid slices across Raashid's chest with an axe, forcing him back. Undaunted, Raashid thrusts his spear deep into Catrid's side, causing her to drop an axe and clutch at the wound. Taking the moment to attack, Raashid plunged his spear again into Catrid, this time into her chest. She cried out for a moment and then fell, dead, on the sand. Raashid, the contestant from Almaaz wins, defeating Catrid Sav of Maranth!


As the match ends, the Diarchs rise to cheers and applause from the crowd. Below them, in the ring Raashid stands, victorious. The Diarchs raise their hands. "This warrior has shown great prowess and skill against the best warriors our world has to offer! Let it be known that Raashid is the new Champion of the Lost!" The crowd roars in approval and Raashid is lifted on the shoulders of enthusiastic fans.

As the last contestants leave the ring, the crowd begins to disperse. Soon, the Diarchs rise, announce that a feast will take place that evening that all citizens are invited to, and depart to preapre. The rest of the crowd leaves, some heading home, others to parties, and still others to the taverns to celebrate wins or losses. All in all, everyone has enjoyed the final day of the tourney and many look forward to what events may follow!

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