(1867-03-24) Tourney of Love and Beauty: Free for All
Tourney of Love and Beauty Free for All
Summary: The Free for All
Date: 24/03/2016 (Date of RP)
Related: Other Tourney of Love and Beauty logs
Players:
Antonia  Amara  Benjamin  Cesare  Elrick  Evelyn  Gabriel  Joffrey  Louisa  Leander  Martyn  Michael  Nadine  Samuel  Thaddeus  

Town Center - Hart's Home - Couviere

There are two towns of Hart's Home. The New Town which sprawls beyond the walls of the old a place of livestock pens, lumber yards and tanneries. The new town burned when the Rivanans came and so few buildings here are older than a pair of decades. However a new wooden palisade now surrounds the town and gives it a layer of protection from future attacks.

The Old Town is ringed by an old stone wall thick with moss and vines but still sturdy for all its years. The streets of the town are cobbled and the buildings line the roads with steep pointed roofs which keep off the worst of the snow. The town center is visible throughout the town due to the tall spire of the town church and the square itself bustles by day with traders making use of the marketplace or visiting the prosperous shops that line the square. The town center is also home to a fountain left over from the grander days of house t'Tremaine, featuring three rearing stags each spouting water from their open mouths.

By night the town center is quieter save for the light and merriment coming from the White Hart Tavern.

Marse 24th, 1867

There isn't exactly a tourney field in Hartwood, but the circle in the town has been set up for a free for all. And there is such a turnout both in the surrounding area to watch the incoming Free for All, and on the field itself. Even the Queen has come to participate, as well as a Princess and a Rivanan Prince!

The two referees gesture for the competitors to step up to the line, preparing for the combat to begin.

Despite having a hand in the planning of the event, Michael l'Corren was late in arriving due to the birth of his son Bryon. Though, the heir to Murnord has arrived and after taking due time to recover from gate sickness, he has come down to the tourney grounds ready for the melee. With the help of his squire he has shimmied into a hauberk mail and he now takes a few test swings with a blunted sword. Around his arm is the familiar red and gold garter of his wife, still recovering with their child, the future heir to the duchy, in far off Venderos. Michael looks focused as he nods his approval of the tourney sword, but he still takes a moment to share a jest with his squire then makes his way to the paddock for the fight.

It was a bit of a stir when Duke Cesare l'Corren, the "Silver Bull of Murnord" announced that he would compete in this tourney, but despite his age, he still stands tall and proud in his mail, the tabard covering it bearing the symbol and colors of the House he rules, and a similarly-colored garter is worn on his upper-right arm, courtesy of his wife, the Duchess Florencia l'Corren. A cheeky gesture for a Duke, much less one of his age, but Cesare is known to have a hearty sense of humor in peacetime, and perhaps he hopes the thoughts it might bring may distract the three (four if you count by marriage) highly skilled children of his he has competing against him here today! Indeed, he's virtually been all smiles since he's arrived, clearly intent on having a bit of fun with all this.

Prince Martyn Tracano is at first glance an unexpected addition to these proceedings, at least…until one remembers that he is Duke Cesare's nephew (a fact that Cesare has had to remind Benjamin of a couple of times that he started to get testy over him). It is perhaps not terribly helpful that he has seemed somewhat withdrawn, though he did warm up a bit on the hunt when he and Cesare started discussing old battles and leaders, and seemed to have a pleasant conversation with fellow Templar Joffrey t'Synclarre later in the evening. He's smiling, but there seems a touch of tension to it that robs it of a degree of joy. Still, he wears a long glove of Tracano colors tied about his sword's hilt, from his wife, the Princess Johanna Tracano. While their relationship has no less love or ardor than the others present, to Martyn's mind that is for the two of them alone to know of (not that it's exactly a secret). He takes his place in the fighting ring, next to his goodbrother Thaddeus Greycen, and offers a salute to those assembled, "The One grant us a safe and spirited competition."

Lord Joffrey t'Synclarre gives a wave to some folks in the crowd that cheer him as he appears, smiling just a touch self-consciously at the attention. Like his goodfather Duke Cesare, he too wears a garter about his swordarm, in the deep blue and black of House t'Synclarre, courtesy of his wife, the Lady Gwendolyn. No surprise…he's been wearing a similar favor at every tourney appearance since their marriage, and their obvious affection for one another at the Court of Rovilon has alternately amused and annoyed some of the folk there. He returns Prince Martyn's salute, "May He indeed, Sir Martyn. But I'm pretty sure with this bunch, spirited won't be a problem."

Antonia l'Valdan stands at the ready, wearing her tourney maile, dark blonde hair hardly visible beneath the maile coif except for very few strands. Her grey eyes are alight with anticipation, sparkling as they scan the crowd that has come to witness today's spectacle of the free for all. She stands at ease for now, casually leaning on the hilt of the tourney sword, the tip of which rests on the ground, her shoulders drawn back in an attitude of pride when she lets her gaze wander over the members of her family - Queen Lousia, her sister-in-law, and other members of Couvieri royalty; her husband, Prince Silvio, the brother to the King; and also… her sister Amara t'Tremaine who is watching wide-eyed, cheeks rosy from the box of honor; her father, Baron Benjamin t'Tremaine; and last but not least, her brother, Sir Elrick, the famous tourney knight. So many of Couviere's best have gathered to test their mettle against each other today, it feels overwhelming for a moment, forcing Antonia to lower her gaze and draw a deep breath as her eyes close. Her free hand moves to the favor, checking it is still there, the chain wound about the hilt with a pendant in the shape of a sun. Given to her by her husband, Prince Silvio l'Valdan.

Plans had been made by Elrick to turn on his father the first chance he gets when the melee started, to show the old man that the younger is taking over, by superior with and physical force. But a reprieve was temporarily offered to the Baron when the t'Tremaine Heir found out that his younger sister, so innocent and pure, has betrayed them by offering her favor to a southern lord. A /southern/ lord. That has to be remedied immediately, a priority over showing his father who truly rules Hartwood. When the signal was given to make ready, Elrick confidently steps up to the line, his gaze locked on Leander. His first target is clear.

Thaddeus Greycen gives Martyn a brief, somewhat wan smile, but nods in agreement, returning the salute, and then turning his gaze to field and making note that…unsurprisingly…there are a lot more Couvieri than Rivanans on this field. Ah well, victory or a great many bruises trying. With Martyn by his side, though…there is in fact a plan….

Evelyn l'Faust is prepared, wearing her own maile proudly. She is watching her potential competition, many of whom were friends, and assessing a battle plan in her mind as she does so. She salutes the prince back, the ribbon waving in the wind in it's solid black coloration tied about her sword arm. The same ribbon and favor that Lucas l'Saigner had presented her with earlier. She inclines her head to the royals all, having become more familiar with some of them with her new role as a Falcon. There is no high anxiety, at least none that shows. That nearly trademark determination that always is scripted over her features is present, and that gaze of hers settles on Antonia. The two, afterall, had developed somewhat something of a rivalry.

Tied around Elrick's wrist is the favor that Nadine had given him, that is who he is honoring in the tourney here at home. It is no secret to those in the north that something had developed during the war against the Tirians, the only question is how serious.

Gabriel l'Saigner stares at the field where the free-for-all will take place, trying to get a picture in his mind about how one can move around in such a space without getting boxed in anywhere. Eyes move to the crowd to find Alina… after all he had one of her black and purple lace garters wrapped around his sword arm, though hidden underneath his armor because he felt it would bring him better luck to be pressed against his skin. He flashes his siblings a grin and nods to his father.

As Samuel l'Corren makes his way to be ready for the proceedings, his armor also has one white elbow-length fingerless glove of the kind ladies use tied around his upper arm. The favor given him by his good friend, Lady Sir Lillian l'Valdan, is checked on, to ensure it's securely in place, as he looks around. Pausing as he sees all the people present, he offers them all polite nods. "A good day for this," he offers, a bit lightly, as he gets ready for this to start, knowing he probably has to try getting past quite a few relatives to be able to progress far this time.

Lady Sir Nadine t'Cadri has come from the north to participate in this tournament at the request of her Duke and her father Viscount t'Cadri. Her arm has a handkerchief of black and green of house t'Tremaine wrapped around it— the favor of the heir to Hartwood. She steps up in her mail, testing the weight of her sword.

<COMBAT> Gabriel attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword but Cesare DODGES!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Joffrey attacks Gabriel with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword but Thaddeus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword but Elrick DODGES!
<COMBAT> Louisa attacks Martyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Cesare attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Martyn with Tourney Sword but Martyn DODGES!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Benjamin attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Louisa attacks Martyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Leg.
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Joffrey attacks Gabriel with Tourney Sword but Gabriel DODGES!
<COMBAT> Gabriel attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cesare attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Benjamin attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Mace - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Martyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus has been KO'd!

"HAVE AT YOU! HA HA HA HA!" Cesare l'Corren bellows as the battle begins, and rather immediately lives up to his surname, charging towards his eldest son and heir and hammering at him with nearly-wild blows of the tourney sword, seemingly giving no heed to his defense, and yet few strikes seem to find him despite that. And that bellowing laughter just continues as the melee does, with the Silver Bull clearly having quite a good time. And after he's attempted to pummel his eldest, he shifts to his next-eldest, "Don't think I didn't save some for you too, boy!" There's laughter in his voice still.

Perhaps it was clever strategy that the visiting Rivanan had on their part for this grand melee to bait Elrick with his sister's favor, or it was purely by coincidence as the heir of Hartwood rushed ahead to engage Leander, but he certainly draws quite a bit of attention. The Couverie knight does seem to manage well against two of the three opponents, but that is all he is able to defend against, two blades, not three. Martyn's strike is parried away while Thaddeus's first blow only grazes his chain linked mail, but Leander delivers a solid blow to his right leg. A return blow was offered to the southerner's chest, followed by an even harder one, but that left Elrick open to a strong blow to his own chest, causing him to stumble back.

Climbing back onto his feet, Elrick tries to surge back against Leander who has his sister's favor but his path is blocked, not only by other northern knights in the chaos, but also Thaddeus who blocks his path. So he is more than willing to oblige the Lord Marshal of Rivana, someone who he has faced a number of times in the tourney.

Thaddeus ensures his wife's favor, a garter, is properly secured before the contest begins. Sadly while the three Rivanans are able to pressure the t'Tremaine heir, the Couvieri have similar plans for Thaddeus, who is nearly felled in the fight, though he is able to keep his feet for now, as he then goes to fight Cesare.

When the fighting begins, Gabriel moves forward with his brother to go after their father. Through the whirl of blades, only one of his attacks manage to hit his father with any real force. All this while trying to defend himself from Joffrey. When things quiet down, he gives his father a nod and moves his attention to his sister. Family had to come first after all.

Antonia's grey eyes flit briefly from Elrick to Nadine, a brow lifting as she offers the t'Cadri knight and romantic interest of his brother a nod. Her gaze following that of her brother then, towards Amara, their sister, and she frowns. Noting Elrick's determined glance towards leander then, she steps forward and picks her target, the Prince from Rivana, Martyn Tracano! And yes, Antonia is aware Evelyn has singled her out, but for now she wishes to deal with the Rivanan first! Especially since he goes for her brother. Her sword misses Martyn by mere inches, but connects on the second strike, slamming against his chest; while a certain l'Faust sword finds Antonia twice, striking at her head once, and then against her side. The l'Valdan Princess lets out a cry of astonishment, when she sees her brother go down from the combined efforts of Martyn Tracano and Thaddeus Greycen. "No!!" And so her target for the next exchange of blows seems clear - despite the rather annoying Sir Evelyn, which she will have to deal later with. Antonia goes for Leander, glimpsing that favor, not really bothering whether Amara disapproves - which she probably does!

The free for all begins, and Evelyn moves towards the target she promised she would, that being Antonia. She'd warned the Princess afterall, and it had been somewhat of an agreement. One light hit taps the other female knight, and then another follow-up with a more solid connection, and Evelyn is shifting away, first moving towards Thaddeus as the Knight falls and gets back up, considering points. Then, as she sees the Red Knight heading for the Queen, she decides to have some fun of her own. It's no secret that the l'Faust Knight enjoys challenges, and Gabriel is certainly one of those.

Shaking his head as the fun begins, Samuel looks towards Thaddeus. "So we meet again, Sir," he offers the man with a grin, before he attacks. As he sees the man struggle, he turns for another opponent, this time Martyn. "Well met," he remarks, rather lightly as he moves to strike, letting his other relatives attack each other before he'll head for any of those.

Joffrey seems to be going for the"biggest threat first" mentality, and moves to engage his goodbrother Gabriel l'Saigner. He does score one hit but the remainder of his strikes are inconclusive, and as the swirl of battle continues, it carries his target away, and instead brings into his sights Samuel l'Corren who seems intent on other prey, Prince Martyn. "Pardon me, Sir, but we Templars do have to stand together at times!" Joffrey replies as he moves on his flank, preparing another volley of strikes.

Oddly, all the tension in Martyn drains away as the fight starts, and while he's clearly focused as he brings his attacks to bear against Elrick t'Tremaine, he's also…more relaxed than he ever seems in conversation. And after a flurry of strikes from the Rivanans against the heir of Hartwood, he moves to turn his attention to defending his goodbrother Thaddeus despite the attacks still being directed at his own person. After all…that's the plan, however long it might last. Perhaps they should have warned Leander of their intentions beforehand, but ah well….

<COMBAT> Gabriel attacks Louisa with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword but Cesare DODGES!
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Martyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Benjamin with Tourney Sword but Benjamin DODGES!
<COMBAT> Benjamin attacks Leander with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cesare attacks Gabriel with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Joffrey attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Gabriel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Martyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Louisa attacks Martyn with Tourney Sword but Martyn DODGES!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Martyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Joffrey attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword but Thaddeus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Benjamin with Tourney Sword but Benjamin DODGES!
<COMBAT> Gabriel attacks Louisa with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Gabriel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cesare attacks Gabriel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Benjamin attacks Leander with Tourney Mace - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Martyn with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Louisa attacks Martyn with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gabriel has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Leander has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Martyn has been KO'd!

Prince Martyn puts up a valiant fight, scoring a couple of hits on the Murnord Duke, but there's just too many combatants assailing him, peppering him with strikes despite his efforts to avoid them. And then Samuel hits his gorget with a vicious blow, which is quickly followed up by Queen Louisa slamming her blade against his chest hard enough that the man immediately drops flat to his back, wheezing, and his blade dropping from nerveless fingers. There's not so much a gesture of yielding as there is a semi-feeble sort of crawling towards the edges. Not the most dignified position for a Rivanan Prince…but the crowd, of course, ROARS in approval and near-bloodlust at the sight.

Evelyn moves in, her sword moving expertly, the problem is Gabriel is just that damn good, to some degree, and her blade doesn't manage to pierce her armor, two quick swings before he's hit hard by Cesare. But she hasn't missed Michael's blade, and the fact she's getting hit. She shifts, and moves her sword to the forward position trying to place Cesare between herself, and Michael, to give herself a better vantage as to with which take the man down. She grins at him, fearlessly, and there's a quick nod of her head in respect to the man and then she's moving in to attack, cautious with keen knowledge of the man's skill, and in no hurry to rush herself. Cesare was not an opponent you could afford to make a mistake with. Not one.

Cesare l'Corren continues to laugh, even as blows rain upon him, and despite the fact that his own attacks against Gabriel barely find any purchase. And as soon as that volley of strikes is over, he shifts away, moving directly towards his daughter, now, swinging that tourney blade wildly at her, "ON YOUR GUARD!" He bellows as he continues to hound his various children across the melee field.

Okay…maybe it wasn't such a good idea to wear a local favor to the fight. Having already taken a beating, Leander turns to face off Benjamin. As he does so, it becomes obvious…painfully so…that Benjamin recognizes the favor as belonging to a certain offspring of his. As a result he, along with the princess Antonia, pummel Leander to the ground for daring to wear Amara's favor. And…either because of stupidity or bravery…Leander stands back up. Slowly, but up he goes…setting his sights back on Daddy dearest.

It seems that Thad's effort to escape the giant knot of Couvieri had some success, but it seems Elrick had followed him. Thad had little success against Cesare, but fortunately he had been able to keep his feet a little longer. As Martyn falls, Thad roars and nearly rushes to his brother-in-law's defense, sneering at the cheering northerners, "Fucking barbarians," he mutters under his breath as he attacks Elrick.

Then it is father and daughter against Leander Giraldi! And together they bring him down, Antonia landing a rather hard strike against the Rivanan knight's chest, her lips twitching into a faint smile when she sees Benjamin deal that next painful hit to Leander. There is a nod towards her father, and then the melee shifts into the next phase with new pairings of opponents. Antonia, for her part, seeks out Thaddeus Greycen, rolling her shoulders a little as she closes the distance, and then attacks, bringing her sword down on him with full momentum.

Gabriel attacks his sister, all while trying to defend against both his father and Evelyn. He is able to maintain a solid defense for the most part, though one of his father's attacks knocks him a little off balance and he stumbles down to his knees. Not before getting in a few nice hits against his dear older sister though! Getting up to his feet, he eyes the field and finds a new target.

Unable to hold back a grin as Joffrey joins in as well, Samuel chuckles a bit. "Of course, Sir," he says, while getting in those hits at the Rivanan prince. When he sees the man crawl out, he makes a mental note to check how the man is doing when things are done. As he sees the battle shift around again, he sees Evelyn moving for Cesare, and offers the woman a grin as he moves for the Duke as well. After all, with so many relatives around here, one's bound to fight them at some point, right?

Joffrey t'Synclarre takes advantage of Samuel's attention on Prince Martyn, scoring several strikes against him, but he doesn't press any advantage as the battle continues, instead turning towards Michael l'Corren, and grinning as he closes, "Turning into quite the party, isn't it?" He jests as he moves to strike at his future Duke and brother-by-marriage. "I think we're both looking a little too fresh for this fight. Let's see if we can scuff each other up a bit, at least."

<COMBAT> Gabriel attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Benjamin attacks Nadine with Tourney Mace - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Louisa attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Benjamin with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Joffrey attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Joffrey with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cesare attacks Louisa with Tourney Sword but Louisa DODGES!
<COMBAT> Elrick has been KO'd!

Evelyn is unable to pierce Cesare's defense, but Gabriel is on her. She turns to the man who slammed his sword into her hand and focuses on the Red Knight once again, even as she backs away from Cesare some, trying to at least make sure she's not fighting multiple targets at once.

Joffrey scores a quick hit on Michael's sword hand, but it's really little more than a sting, and then he sees Benjamin t'Tremaine bearing down on Nadine and swatting her hard with that tourney mace. This just won't do, so Joffrey steps past Michael and engages the Baron instead, standing beside Nadine to guard her flank and try to slow the big Baron down.

Cesare's wild assault on Louisa carries him right by her, and while he doesn't manage to land his strike he finds himself carried forward towards his son-in-law, and grins as he turns his attention towards the last of his children on the field. "Mind your flank, Sir!" Cesare warns as he closes, moving beside his old friend against the pair of youngsters.

Unfortunately, Elrick is an early exit in this event with the Rivanan attention that was directed at him. Despite landing a blow on Leander, it glances off the other man's mail armor while he takes one from the side as Thaddeus turns around to strike at him, knocking him off balance.

Not managing to go through Cesare's defense either, Samuel turns from father to son, as he sees Gabriel nearby. "Lovely little event, isn't it?" he greets his cousin, unable to hold back a grin.

Antonia's blade grazes over the maile of the Greycen, not really managing to deal him a bruise there. While that same Greycen manages to deal her brother the blow that will send him to his knees for a second time. Antonia's jaw sets, her gaze hardening as she meets Elrick's gaze, mouthing then towards him 'I will finish him off…' Sticking with that same Thaddeus as target for now. For a few more swings of her blade at least.

Another swing towards Benjamin and the blow glances off the armor. Annoyed or possibly just tired, Leander turns away, just in time to avoid a strike from Elrick. Eyes shift for a target…the knightly princess that helped Leander to the ground earlier.

Thaddeus is pleased as his blade removes the local heir from the contest. However, he has drawn the attention of Antonia, "Another one?" He then continues his raging assault, knowing he has little to lose at this point.

Gabriel's attack on Evelyn is short lived as the field is always shifting. He makes his one strike count, but he quickly finds himself having to defend against both Evelyn and Samuel. He decides that his next attacks will be directed at his cousin, though he will be careful of both of them.

<COMBAT> Benjamin attacks Leander with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gabriel attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Benjamin with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Louisa attacks Cesare with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Gabriel with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Gabriel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Joffrey attacks Benjamin with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cesare attacks Joffrey with Tourney Sword but Joffrey DODGES!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cesare has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Gabriel has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Leander has been KO'd!

Alas, Cesare's wild rampage comes to an end, not from the current target of his blade, but rather from his last, as his daughter's blade smacks into his sword arm hard enough to send his own blade into the dirt. With the melee swirling around him, Cesare laughs and puts his hands up in a gesture of yield, "Looks like my sport's done for the night. Now one of you had best win this contest!" He doesn't specify which "you" but presumably he's talking to those of his children still standing. Seeing that Gabriel too has reached the end of this particular contest for himself, he joins him as they depart the field, putting an arm across his shoulders and laughing, clearly in good spirits despite the outcome. "Well done, lad…well done."

It is just too much for the Rivanan knight. As Leander swings his sword to attack Antonia, Benjamin's mace slips in and strikes Leander within the chest. It is enough to cause Leander's swing to go wide…and, really, enough for him to lose grip on that same sword as he staggers backwards, falling to his knees. Wordlessly (for really, Leander is out of breath) the young Giraldi holds up a hand in a yielding gesture. Slowly…so slowly, Leander reaches to pick up his sword and makes his way off the field of battle to the sidelines…where maybe he can avoid any more educational blows.

It seems the only two Rivanan knights left in the contest are going for an l'Valdan Princess now. And while Antonia's focus had been on the Greycen alone, she spots the favor of her sister and sees its bearer, Leander, go at her again. But it is the former, Sir Thaddeus, whose sword strikes hard at her left arm, making her wince in agony - but not yield yet. "Not bad," she allows through gritted teeth, then following the custom to change partners in this martial dance, her grey eyes finding Sir Evelyn l'Faust from before, and with a nod she disengages from Thaddeus to meet this new challenge.

Thaddeus is able to land a blow in the fight, and avoids further damage for now, but now Thad turns to one of the knights that attacked him earlier, Nadine.

With Cesare removed from the competition, Louisa's placed squarely in Sir Joffrey's sights, and so he closes the remaining distance and keeps up the attack, panting just a bit from the exertion of battle. So much already fought…and so much more to go. "I don't know if I can provide as much challenge as his Grace, Sir Louisa, but I'll try." He notes just a bit breathlessly as the next assault begins, swinging his blade towards her.

Taking a solid blow from Gabriel, as well as one glancing blow at his head, Samuel's own attack isn't of the hardest. "Good strike," he offers to his cousin, before he whirls around in an attempt of finding another target. Must not forget their host, right? And so he moves over towards Benjamin, offering the baron a polite bow. "Such a lovely event," he greets the man, before moving in for a quick attack.

Evelyn and Samuel manage to both land a hit on Gabriel, but Evelyn does not have time to savor the small victory as Antonia is heading towards her for her revenge, "A wager, was it not?" Asks Evelyn, a grin flashing briefly across her lips. She moves in to meet the Princess once more, sword flashing, and her favor fluttering as she swings and shifts her stance for better foothold.

<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Benjamin with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Louisa attacks Joffrey with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Joffrey attacks Louisa with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword but Antonia DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn has been KO'd!

He might not have lasted as long as he would have liked, but at least he wasn't the first person to get knocked out. Giving nods to Evelyn and Samuel, Gabriel moves out of the circle, giving his father a chuckle as they walk together. "At least I hit you once. I don't think Michael even did as much, I'll have to remind him of that one day. Maybe my luck will be better tomorrow in the jousts."

<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Benjamin with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Joffrey attacks Louisa with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Louisa attacks Joffrey with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Benjamin attacks Nadine with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Louisa has been KO'd!

The Princess gets her revenge, in a way, against Evelyn, scoring a hit against the l'Faust knight that sends her down to her knee. Evelyn only takes a moment to rest, before surging back up, and moving her attack to focus on Samuel, and leaving Antonia to her own devices for now.

As he has given the host a hit, Samuel shakes his head as he turns to Michael. "Not going to take it easy on you, cousin," he offers a bit lightly, moving to strike. He may notice Evelyn coming for him as well, but focuses on Michael for now.

Joffrey's first strike is barely a tap against the Queen's chest, but his follow-up slams hard into her left hand, and while both were gripping her sword, it's enough to force her to lose hold of her weapon. When he spies Nadine moving up towards him, he turns to face her and grins a touch, "Well, I suppose you're obligated to avenge our Queen's honor." He brings his sword up into a defensive posture, ever-so-briefly reaching up to wipe some sweat from his eyes.

Thaddeus roars as he charges Antonia, but only finds little success with his tourney blade. Realizing that he starting to tire, he decides to roll the dice and go after the biggest target here, the Baron.

Her left arm is screaming in pain from the hard strike received from Thaddeus Greycen earlier, her side hurts as hell from blows she got from Evelyn and Martyn. Antonia swings for Evelyn l'Faust's side, enough to bring her down. A nod is offered to her opponent, the point made, as intended, when the l'Valdan princess moves on to her next opponent, singling out Joffrey t'Synclarre this time! Teaming up with… Nadine t'Cadri, of all.

Nadine turns her attention to her old friend Joffrey. To her, this is all a good spar, not anything personal— more to show off her skills and hone them. Even if others see it otherwise…

<COMBAT> Joffrey attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Joffrey with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Joffrey with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Benjamin with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Benjamin attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Michael with Tourney Sword but Michael DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Benjamin has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Joffrey has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Samuel has been KO'd!

The crowd boos as Thaddeus Greycen once more fells a member of House t'Tremaine.

Joffrey's attacks fail to land solidly on Nadine, and instead he finds himself pummeled by Princess Antonia, staggering to the side, clutching the side of his chest for a moment, but he manages to stay on his feet, and turns his attention to her fully, launching into a swift counterattack.

Evelyn moves in smoothly, biding her time a moment and not rushing the attack, until she feels she has the right opening and free to pause a moment or two, and then she sees the opportunity and strikes hard, fast, and clean. She shifts away before Samuel can get up and strike, moving towards the only Rivanian with the sudden realization it would not do well for Sir Thaddeus, however brawny and skillful the man, to win against so many of her countrymen. Not, at least, if she could help it.

Thaddeus roars as his blade fells the large baron, a grin under his helm. He raises his arms in triumph, but is soon engaged by the l'Faust knight.

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

That ruckus from the crowd has Antonia's head turn just a moment, reminding her that there is still unfinished business to deal with later. If there is a 'later', that is. She shoots her father a glance, as he moves off the field. Before her eyes swing back, to stare down at Sir Joffrey, whom her rather enthusiastic strike has brought down to his knees momentarily, and seeing him rise swiftly back up to go at her again, she meets his attack. Staying on him for now, even if the approach of the skilled t'Cadri knight turn the odds against her.

<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Joffrey with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Michael with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Joffrey attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Joffrey has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Michael with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus has been KO'd!

Taking some hard hits, including one from Evelyn that connects very solidly to his head and makes his ears ring, Samuel stumbles a bit before he raises one hand to signal that he's yielding. "Well done, all of you…" he offers, before he gets himself to the edge of the field, disappearing behind something very briefly, before he returns to the crowd, looking a little paler, possibly a little sick too, than he did heading behind that structure.

Evelyn trades blows with Thaddeus, the Rivanian knight getting a strong hit against her, but she counters with a stronger hit, and only has time to take a few breaths before she spies Michael assessing her, and she makes to target him as she sees her friend, the Snowshield, is targeting the l'Corren as well. This doesn't bode well for her, and she moves in towards Michael, trying to put him down first, and quickly with Nadine's help.

Well, sadly for Joffrey, Antonia slams him again in the same spot, and this time he doesn't look like he's got the fight left in him, dropping down to one knee. He gives the sign of yielding, and then moves to depart the field.

It seems Antonia is in for more pain today, but for now she remains standing. Joffrey's sword connects at her side, Nadine's sword grazing over her maile, while the l'Valdan deals the t'Synclarre a solid strike that causes him to go down once more. Then another strike from the t'Cadri knight hits Antonia hard, while she barely manages a hit to Nadine's sword hand. There are only four left now, and Antonia uses the opportunity to take Evelyn perhaps unawares, by switching her focus once again from Nadine to the l'Faust.

<COMBAT> Michael attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Michael with Tourney Sword but Michael DODGES!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Michael with Tourney Sword but Michael DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Michael has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword but Nadine DODGES!

Evelyn swings with intent to put Michael down, but the man is too savvy, and she perhaps too weary. As he evades, she tries to find her footwork again, but finds this time she's the one who left herself exposed and she is knocked to the ground. She rests there a moment, pushes herself up and begins to slowly walk over to the sidelines to join the others who have been taken out of the competition, calling to Antonia, "You'd best win, Your Highness," with a capricious, sudden grin.

<COMBAT> Nadine attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Nadine with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Antonia has been KO'd!

Nadine continues her sword and footwork, and is surprised when she is the last woman standing in the Free-For-All. She turns and her eyes are first for Elrick, where she grins at him brightly.

Joffrey holler/cheers from the sidelines, cupping his hands around his mouth to let the bellow project further. He's grinning when the hands lower, happy to see Nadine victorious.

Evelyn claps, loudly, and whistles sharply, waving to Nadine, and grinning brightly, "Snowshield!" She calls, as if to inspire, perhaps, the crowd to chant for the quiet woman whom she'd spend so much time with in the recent war.

Applauding the victor, Samuel offers a grin. "Well done, well done," he calls out as well, while looking at the others that has taken part in this fun little event.

Seeing the final victor, Elrick raises both hands in the air and claps enthusiastically, when it came down to his sister and the lady knight who wears his favor, he was most proud for the both of them. Either outcome would have been more than fine and when it is Nadine that claims the victory, there is certainly a smile of approval there. A quick glance is shot towards the Baron, only for a moment though.

Antonia seems to be in rare form today. Her next strike forces Evelyn l'Faust to leave the contest. "I'll do my best," the l'Valdan princess replies as Evelyn moves off, but then it is her good friend Sir Michael l'Corren who Antonia goes at next. Teaming once again up with Sir Nadine t'Cadri. They both aim for his arms, and that way… he is overcome by their combined efforts. Then it is Antonia against Nadine, and suddenly the bruises thus far suffered start to wear down on Antonia. It is the swiftness of her opponent, the footwork indeed that in the end causes Antonia to receive a hard blow against her leg, bringing her down on a knee. Rising then to continue, only to be stopped by yet another strike, against her abdomen this time. The free for all is over, and Antonia inclines her head in a nod of acknowledgement. "Well fought, indeed. I yield, Nadine t'Cadri. And Congratulations, for winning this contest." Sparing both her father and her brother a glance then. Before Antonia moves off the field with an undeniable limp.

There is applause from the Rivanan bench….the very, very small Rivanan bench. Leander is being a good sport, even if he is clapping a little gingerly.

Name Points
Nadine 7
Antonia 5
Benjamin 4
Thaddeus 3
Louisa 3
Joffrey 3
Evelyn 3
Leander 2
Elrick 2
Samuel 2
Michael 2
Gabriel 1
Martyn 1
Cesare 1
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