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Located in the center of the Pentamarket[1] of Zadash, this two-leveled[2] circular arena[3] and forum-like stone structure, although having been empty and closed in weeks leading up to the Harvest Close Festival[4], served as the staging ground for a fighting tournament during the festivities.

LayoutEdit

Beyond the central archway that served as the main entryway[2], was a shaded receiving area where on a pedestal a barker directed spectators to follow a path either on the left or right where openings lead to seats. Located 10 feet behind the barker was a wooden door that lead through a slight hallway into a comfortably furnished lounge area.

Lounge AreaEdit

Lowly lit by the firelight of a few torches, this 40 by 40-foot[5] room had windows that looked out on to the main battle area.[6]

Prior to the tournament taking place, this room served as a mingling room for persons of import within the Empire and beyond. This lounge, furnished with cushioned couches, was where merchants from the Menagerie Coast and Marquet[7], diplomats, and politician could meet with the fighting groups and discuss business among each other. Once the tournament had concluded this chamber was once again filled with a similar crowd, though only the victorious fighting groups were present for the celebrations.[8]

Holding AreaEdit

Located in a lower chamber from the lounge area[9] below some of the arena stands[10], this area served as the place where the competing fight groups would wait before being called upon during a round[11], and as was where these groups had a chance to recuperate between rounds.[12]

This chamber had two windowed doors that lead into the central tournament arena. The interior was outfitted with around three dozen simple stools, and contained a few tables containing cornucopias of fruits and meats that that were left for the fighters to enjoy.[13]

Fighting PitEdit

Fighting Pit1

The Fighting Pit

The Victory Pit 1

Consisting of a large open circular sand pit, the space had small wall-like structures that break up the interior, as well as several pillars that could provided some cover during the tournament.[14]

The circumference of the pit contained four large doors[15] out of which creatures would be revealed[16]. To keep the fighting groups on their toes the door out of which a creature would emerge out of was kept a surprise.[17]

StaffEdit

  • Barker. A very old looking human male in his late 50's who wore long dark gray and brown set of robes. He had a comb-over of thinning hair and a broom-like gray mustache that was poorly colored with dark wax.[18]
  • Servants. Carrying trays of food and drink trays, these individuals wearing brown silk robes wandered between guests in the lounge area and tended to their needs.[19]
  • Yadaka Brigman. Guildhead of the Filigree House, he was the organizer of the harvest close tournament. In his early 60s he had graying slicked back, thinning hair and a well groomed goatee that came to an accentuated curve up underneath his chin. He wore a finely tailored dark blue festival suit.[20]
  • Clerics of The Platinum Dragon. Stationed from The Platinum House of Bahamut these clerics were on hand should a group fall in battle. Waited on the sidelines of the holding area they ensured that no actual fatalities occurred to those competing in the tournament.[21] It was claimed that during the history the tournament, from 815-835 P.D., that only one death had occurred under their watch.[22]
  • Page. This young human served served as a messenger for the crown. Having long blond hair, he wore a very bright gold and red outfit and carried a satchel over one shoulder.[23]
  • Crownsguard. Stationed throughout the Victory Pit and lounge area, the guards kept the peace should any incident erupt.[24]
  • Beast Handlers.[25] These individuals were responsible for holding and releasing creatures into the fighting arena[26], and were the responsible to clear out the pit and drag a creatures corpse out slain.[27]

Guests of HonorEdit

Among the hundreds of people that came to watch the tournament[28] were several figures of import, including Crown appointees, the elite of the Tri-Spires, and the following[29]:

Fighting GroupsEdit

ChampionsEdit

RulesEdit

Groups of five to eight fighters[43] wishing to participate in the tournament had to register and pay an entry fee[44] of 20gp per fighter[45] ahead of time.

Selected at random[citation needed], a fighting group would face off against and try to defeat one of the creature encounters presented to them. Surviving a round would earn a group 200gp, while falling in battle during a round resulted in a groups elimination from the tournament. Successful in their round a group was given a limited chance to recuperate, consisting of only the time that it took for following groups to completed their challenge in the round.[12]

The tournament consisting of progressively more challenging rounds, the tournament would continue until either end of third round[46] where those groups that remained would split among themselves 2000gp[12], or at an earlier point if it happened that all but one group was left standing in either the first or second round, in which case the prize-winning would all go to them.[47]

Groups were allowed to use whatever tools, equipment, and weapons they had brought with them in preparation to fight in the arena.[48]

MonstersEdit

Allegedly found wandering the ranges of Xhorhas or terrorizing the local countryside, several creatures had been acquired and caged by the Righteous Brand, to be kept under secret guard until revealed[24] as challenges for fighting groups competing in the tournament.[49]

  • Otyugh. Fought by the Mighty Nein in their first round.[50]
  • Winter Wolves. Fought by the Mighty Nein in their second round.[51]
  • Hill Giant. Fought by the Mighty Nein in their third round.[52][53]
  • Giant Crocodile. Fought by the Stubborn Stock in their first round.[54]
  • Displacer Beast. Fought by the Stubborn Stock in their second round.[55]
  • Wyvern. Fought by the Stubborn Stock in their third round.[56]
  • Banderhobb.[57] Fought by the Last Line in their first round.[58]
  • Minotaurs. Fought by the Last Line in their second and final round.[59]
  • Ice Troll.[60] Fought by the Mountain Makers in their first round.[61]
  • Owlbears. Fought by the Mountain Makers in their second and final round.[62]

HistoryEdit

"Harvest Close" (2x17)Edit

The Mighty Nein registered to fighting in the fighting pit on the 3rd of Fessuran 835 PD.[63]. Having already registered ahead of time the Mighty Nein shared the arena with three other groups[64]; The Mountain Makers, The Last Line, and The Stubborn Stock.

Before the tournament had officially gotten underway a sweating page from the crown rushed into the lounge area, and in a private conversation, he informed Starosta Wyatt and other important individuals present[23] of the recent developments on the border with Xhorhas and that the Empire was now mobilizing for full out war.[65]

...which skies now darken Brokenveil. Over 1000 dead, the Ashguard Garrison is taken...What’s the king's response?...formally declared war on Kryn Dynasty and the wastes of Xhorhas...Starosta, to announce anything like that would set panic and change nothing. We are far from the fight. For now, let them have a day to rejoice. We'll announce tomorrow...I'll send word to General Grinbreaker and begin preparing her legion to move east. Tomorrow we'll notify the public, but page, return word to Rexxentrum that Zadash prepares to join the front. Now, go.
– 
Nott ovehearing the page speaking with Starosta Wyatt.[65]
[!h]

First RoundEdit

Yasha landing a killing blow

Fan art of Yasha landing a killing blow on the Otyugh, by Hugo Cardenas.[art 1]

Introduced as being from "everywhere", the Mighty Nein were the second group to be called upon to fight in the first round of the tournament, where they fought and defeated an otyugh.[50]

Second RoundEdit

Lyall Callum Molly Winter Wolf

Fan art of Molly facing a Winter Wolf, by Callum Lyall.[art 2]

Successfully progressing into the second round the Mighty Nein had but a short time to mend their ailments before they were once again called upon to fight in the tournament. Positioning themselves onto the field the group faced off and successfully defeated two massive winter wolves.[66]

"Whispers of War" (2x18)Edit

Third RoundEdit

BlackSalander Caleb Hill Giant

Fan art of Caleb deflecting a boulder thrown by the Hill Giant, by BlackSalander.[art 3]

As one of the one of only two groups to advance into the final round of the tournament, the Mighty Nein, after much debate over how to position and prepare themselves strategically within the arena[52], faced off against[67] and defeated a Hill Giant.[53]

ReferencesEdit

  1. See "A Favor in Kind" (2x16) at 3:01:36.
  2. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:57:13.
  3. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 0:45:08.
  4. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:01:03.
  5. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:19:42.
  6. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:11:36.
  7. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:06:32.
  8. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:05:26.
  9. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:33:09.
  10. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:38:12.
  11. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:30:24.
  12. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:03:55.
  13. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:33:18.
  14. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) from 2:38:36 through 2:48:31.
  15. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 4:01:05.
  16. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:47:51.
  17. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:48:57.
  18. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:12:03.
  19. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:14:32.
  20. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:14:50.
  21. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:33:42.
  22. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:20:18.
  23. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:20:41.
  24. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:28:47.
  25. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:29:40.
  26. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:44:12.
  27. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:46:21.
  28. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:48:42.
  29. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:20:07.
  30. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:43:02.
  31. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:22:29.
  32. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:40:03.
  33. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:40:59.
  34. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:41:27.
  35. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:41:52.
  36. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:42:34.
  37. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:02:56.
  38. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:35:25.
  39. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 1:47:23.
  40. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 3:17:55.
  41. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:43:39.
  42. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) at 1:01:52.
  43. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:03:47.
  44. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:02:53.
  45. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:03:39.
  46. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:03:52.
  47. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:19:22.
  48. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:04:13.
  49. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:17:43.
  50. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) from 2:46:40 through 3:14:30.
  51. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 3:26:03.
  52. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 3:58:02.
  53. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) from 12:40 through 52:50.
  54. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) from 3:19:49 through 3:21:15.
  55. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) from 3:55:47 through 3:57:45.
  56. See "Whispers of War" (2x18) from 0:55:42 through 1:01:34.
  57. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:46:35.
  58. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) from 2:43:39 through 2:46:14.
  59. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 3:22:25.
  60. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 3:22:04.
  61. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) from 3:18:07 through 3:19:09.
  62. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) from 3:53:39 through 3:55:08.
  63. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:12:41.
  64. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:04:20.
  65. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 2:25:32.
  66. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) from 3:26:03 through 3:52:20.
  67. See "Harvest Close" (2x17) at 4:02:50.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Yasha landing a killing blow on the Otyugh, by Hugo Cardenas (source).  Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of Molly facing a Winter Wolf, by Callum Lyall (source).  Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of Caleb deflecting a boulder thrown by the Hill Giant, by BlackSalander (source).  Used with permission.
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