Since little happened besides the first round of combat, Here is a recap of all of Day One’s matches. Winning teams are highlighted in bold:
You all heard the results of the first 2 battles: The veteran adventuring party The Dragonslayers won with superior tactics and the Skulls of Murq won through savagery.
While you were preparing for your fight, the Marin warriors The Crazy Eight easily outnumbered and outfought the Gravediggers and Ignus Lives. They were the heavy favorites for that fight.
Of course, Team Rift pulled an incredible upset over 3 very skilled teams and won in a gritty come-from-behind style. Immediately following your match, Swords of The Empire proved once again to be a frontrunner for the Champion’s Belt (the grand prize) as they skillfully, and without magic, won their match.
Immediately following your match, Swords of The Empire proved once again to be a frontrunner for the Champion’s Belt (the grand prize) as they skillfully, and without magic, won their match.
The Turtleheads used illusions to create an army of shell-adorned gnomes. However, they use this tactic every year and the dwarves of Fisthammers saw right through it. They won handily. It was a sad day for Grossengrottel as 6 of their 8 strongest warriors were killed.
In the most evenly matched (and one of the bloodiest) battles, the Sons of Sotira clawed their way to victory but lost 2 members. They revived their fallen but with the lost levels they are severely handicapped and not expected to advance any farther.
Pitch Blade became a surprise favorite – the 2 dwarves killed all of the Broken Bars (who all fought to the death) and 3 of Bin’s Dragons before the survivors surrendered. Few teams have ever put on such a show of outright destruction.
The Night Owls were also a surprise. They wielded no weapons but their powerful magic protected them while they rained hell from a distance. Even when they teamed up, the other 2 teams couldn’t win.
As is customary, the returning champion fought in the final game. Losing a team member from last year (Tirra, whom y’all know) didn’t seem to slow The Ashborn down a bit. Khellek cast myriad defensive spells and used fear spells to send the opposition into disarray. Then it was easy pickins for Skyler and his flesh golems, which he calls “The Leatherworks”.
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Aside from the games:
- Kraldar and Hess explored the Ceonoby and the Titan’s House.
- The PCs got a first glimpse of the service level of the arena. That is, the level immediately below the surface where they waited to be raised on the platform to battle.
- After their fight, Skyler clearly recognized them.
- All the teams you had a chance to talk to before (Turtlheads, Varmint Patrol, Free Gwanir and Arcane Auriga) were all eliminated.