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8/26/2012

Crown Tournament Finals and Wrap Up

Forgive me for not typing this up sooner.  I was overtaken by events.

Round six began with the rain starting to fall.  The fights went very quickly, and I did not have time to watch them because I was updating round five the whole time.  After the fights were over, Tristan, Donnegal and Ivan remained.

I did stop long enough to observe the fight between Tristan and Morgan.  Morgan is back in the circut after stepping down as Baron of Twin Moons.  He made a vow when he stepped up to the Baronial Thrones that he would not fight in Crown while he was Baron.  He kept that vow and was the first to submit his letter and be accepted to the list.  He did this in court right after he stepped down at Twin Moon's Baronial Birthday event in June.

Tristan is his knight.

That was the longest fight of that round and in the end, Tristan prevailed.  At the end of round six, he was still the only fighter who was undefeated.

Round seven began with Ivan vs. Donnegal.  Donnegal prevailed, thus ending Ivan's chance at the crown.  Fear not, however.  We'll see him again on the list, and he'll win it too.

Tristan then fought the by fighter, Duke Mathghamhain.  Throughout the tournament, His Grace fought as a destructive By fighter.  This did not change for that fight.  I also believe that His Grace was Tristan's knight.  In the end, though, Tristan prevailed.  He was still undefeated going into the final round.

It was at this point that the rain started falling in earnest.  People ran for cover, and I had to scramble to make sure my electronic devices did not get wet (this stuff is expensive, you know).  His Majesty decreed a delay to let the weather pass by.

After about a half an hour, though, it was clear that the storm would be staying for awhile.  In fact, the rain kept coming down harder.  Donnegal and Tristan chose to fight anyway.  The final fight was announced and everyone gathered around the eric.  I stayed under the list tent, to protect my electronics, but there was a clear view from where I stood, since the crowd was careful not to block the list table's view.

It was announced that Tristan had chosen to keep his advantage going into the final round.  Thus, Donnegal would have to win twice in order to claim the day. As the Heralds announced the two fighters, the thunder and lightning seemed to punctuate their words, provoking whoops and hollers of approval from the crowd.  Although it was raining, the Aten Sun was shining fiercely in the souls of the fighters and the populace as they observed the ritual of Crown Tournament.  Many comments about Thor were overheard by the list table.

Alas, I could not really watch the fight, as the fighters kept to the left of the eric, which was blocked by the populace.  However, the final blow was struck, and Donnegal fell.  Just as Tristan was proclaimed Prince, a peal of thunder sounded not very far from where we stood.  It seems that Thor approved.  The crowd roared, and Tristan placed the Prince's crown on his brow, followed by his declaration of love and devotion to his lady wife, Damiana.  In turn, he place the crown on her brow, too.

After that, there was a scramble because the rain started falling REALLY bad.  I made my way to the troll tent and awaited news of court.  The chivalry began their meeting under the kingdom pavilion and then it was announced that Court was recessed until Sunday morning.  I was offsite soon after.

Alas, I could not be there today.  I sit at home, waiting to hear from my correspondent about the results of the tournaments and announcements from final court. The modern world sometimes has to intrude, and loudly.

However, I took the time today to write this so that the saga of this Tournament would have a closing chapter.

It was truly an exhausting day and I am still recovering from it.  However, as long as I am able to, I will always attend Crown Tournament.  Truly, a magical day, rain and all.

Until next time, Atenveldt!

THL Jerusha
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