(1867-05-06) Normont Tourney : Joust Preliminaries
Normont Tourney : Joust Preliminaries
Summary: The joust Preliminaries for the Normont Tournament
Date: 1867-05-06
Related: The other logs for the Normont Tourney events of 1867
Players:
Alexandra  Clarke  Devlin  Emilia  Evelyn  Jonathan  Leander  Liam  Martyn  Raelyn  Raimond  Symon  Thaddeus  Tiadora  

Tourney Grounds - Normont - Rivana

The tournament field of Normont is a wide, sprawling field with three tiers of stands for the viewing audience to partake in. A wide field of gravel with straw and mud packed atop it serves as the primary tournament grounds, with embankments that can be used for a separation bar for jousting and barriers setup for melee. A track leading up to the main streets serves as a leadin for the traditional parade for the participants, and when the tournament is being held as a readiness zone for combatants and their assistants coming to and fro to the tournament grounds that is sheltered.

The viewing stands are backed by a large herald of a Falcon, the ducal crest of House Gerrell, made out of laid stone and carved in blocks to be carefully assembled as high as the main stands, marked underneath with a carved map of Rivana and with emblems of the One Faith about it.

The stands are divided up into three main sections. They are wooden stands, braced against stone and metal, with a long overhang to provide the crowd with protection from the elements. A grandstands area is at the center, where the ruling families of Normont sit with their honored guests and those conducting the tournament, with surrounding areas for nobility. The grandstands, of course, have the best view and the most comfortable chairs, and servants go to and fro attending to the nobility. A large flag rests about the grandstands of the heraldry of House Gerrell, the red and black banner displaying the falcon sigil. The next layer of stands are for the richer merchants or those who have managed to pay for better tickets, and are comfortable and have easy access to comforts and sellers taking up food and concessions, and good drink. The lowest stands are for Commoners, and those 'stuck in the mud' - and occasionally they might even get some flung up at them from the combatants. Often sections of the stands will be unofficially divided up to those from specific cities amongst the kingdoms of those participating in the great tournaments, making cheering sections.

1867-05-06

The tourney grounds are again packed for another night of competitions. Tonight's contest is the joust preliminaries. As such, the crowd is of a respectible size to see who will do well, or poorly, and perhaps get some ideas of who to wager on in the brackets. Even though most the of the knights are not from Normont, there is still a decent amount of support for some in the crowd, denoted by their colors. The ducal box has its usual guests, though nothing is unusual about that or anything else really in the day.

As the competition is ready to begin, the herald in the black and red of Normont walks forward and calls for the knights and squires to ready themselves for the contest.

"I'm not cheering for anyone," Tiadora announces to her family and lady friends in the grand box. "That way I can't curse anyone." She nods firmly and folds her arms over her chest. "And it's just the preliminary anyhow."

Clarke is entering, buckling his armor over into place with a few final straps, and taking out a breath. "once more into the breach.." He's never fought in full battle with a lance, only practiced. So this will be his first. Grumbling a bit then, he goes to sweep around and takes a few final breaths as he goes to see who he's up against.

Mounted upon her favorite mare, Evelyn l'Faust sits, armor still polished and gleaming from the parade a few days earlier. Her form suggests the woman is prepared, ready, and focused for the preliminaries. She cannot, afterall, afford a poor showing as happened to her last time. But, as always, she seems pleased with things. She eyes her competition, noting - as she did in the free-for-all, the lack of Gabriel, Michael, Elrick and Nadine. Four of her fast friends, and some of her own strongest competition. She looks at those gathered, shifts in her saddle, and waits for the signal to ride. To joust.

A faint glance goes to Tiadora from Emilia as that particular announcement gets made. "Fair of enough. But if they are of not doing of well, that will just be of proving that it is not of your fault. You are of right, it is just of the preliminary of event. But they can still get of points for of the circuit. Some of get quite of a few." Her dark eyes turning back towards the field as the various knights begin to ready, looking to see just who ends paired with whom.

Raimond Giraldi waits alongside his brother Leander, both of them in well-polished full plate, upon fine warhorses. There's friendly banter between the pair as they wait to see who they will tilt against first. Win or lose, at least the competition is enjoyable.

Thaddeus readies himself in his little area, making sure his armor is secured properly with help from Gawain. His wife's favor tied around his right arm and with Thad's horse ready to go, it was going to hopefully be smooth sailing.

Martyn and Devlin both are going through similar pre-joust preparations, their squires ensuring that the knights are ready to compete. Their stations are the closest to the ducal box, their stations marked by the Tracano dragon and the Cassomir sword banners. Both appear to be in generally positive moods.

Raelyn, seated next to her sister, casts Tiadora a rather amused glance. "Well, I for one, shall be cheering for Devlin," she states emphatically. "It's about time a Cassmoir won a Tourney again." There's a light humor in her tone mixed with sincerity. She'd of course, love her brother to win. Still, she hazards towards Emilia, "Besides, he gets so moody for a day or two after he doesn't do well. I much prefer him in a more spirited mein."

As he sees the other knights lining up, Clarke t'Cauthone gives them a quick salute over with his gauntleted fist then, "Good luck." Before going through a few final quick stretches, glancing over to watch the lines and get ready then to see whom he will face.

Tiadora watches the gathered lancers- many familiar but a few not as known faces. Clarke being one of them, so she pauses to look at the crest on his arms . Liam gets a faint smile but she's -not-'cheering' so she goes back to sulking.

Emilia gives a slight nod towards Raelyn,"He does get a little of somber, though nothing like of how Graham is of being after not doing as well as of he likes. He mopes of about for of weeks." Finding her brother, Emilia does give most of her attention towards that pairing.

There's a look of mild surprise from Raimond as he sees he'll be facing his brother this round. The crowd can see no small amount of jesting between the pair, leaving them laughing as they part and move to opposite sides of the field they'll be riding against each other upon. Salutes are given to the box, and to each other, and then they prepare to charge.

Marching out again to the fanfare of trumpets is the herald. "My lords and ladies, masters and mistresses. The noble Duke Symon Gerrell welcomes you to this contest. Competitors, you may begin on the next blast of trumpets." When the next herald retreats to a safe distance, the trumpets blast again, followed by the sound of charging horses.

<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Evelyn with Tourney Lance but Evelyn DODGES!

<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Leander with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Liam attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Lance - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Martyn with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Lance but Alexandra DODGES!

<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Lance but Clarke DODGES!

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Liam with Tourney Lance but Liam DODGES!

<COMBAT> Leander attacks Raimond with Tourney Lance but Raimond DODGES!

<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Devlin with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Jonathan with Tourney Lance but Jonathan DODGES!

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Liam with Tourney Lance - Serious wound to Right Hand.

<COMBAT> Liam attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Lance but Thaddeus DODGES!

<COMBAT> Leander attacks Raimond with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Lance but Clarke DODGES!

<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Leander with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Evelyn with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Martyn with Tourney Lance but Martyn DODGES!

<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Jonathan with Tourney Lance but Jonathan DODGES!

<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Devlin with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Liam has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Leander attacks Raimond with Tourney Lance - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Evelyn with Tourney Lance but Evelyn DODGES!

<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Jonathan with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Leander with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Right Hand (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Devlin with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Right Leg stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Martyn with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

Liam manages to score a broken lance on his first pass with Thaddeus, but the second pass he takes a broken lance that unhorses him. He hits the ground and gets up, a bit sore, but salutes Thad and the crowd.

Raimond scores three light strikes against his brother, but while Leander fails to score on the first pass, he makes up the difference on the latter two, taking one point in pass two, and then splintering his lance in the third, earning two points and allowing them to leave the field tied for their particular preliminary match. "Well jousted, Little Brother." Raimond notes to Leander as they pass after the tilts, before moving to prepare for their next matches.

Swinging over to salute Alexandra before the pair exchange attacks, Clarke t'Cauthone goes to swing his horse around. His first pass misses cleanly, his next swing around with the lady gets at best what could be termed a passing hit at most, and his third gets a moderate hit right as Alexandra hits him solidly as he salutes her back. "WEll done."

That's what she gets for smiling for Liam. Tiadora groans and covers her face with her hand. "Thats it. I'm going to avoid any of the real matches…"

Thaddeus salutes his opponent and charge, and winces as the squire lands a solid hit. However, Thad is able to land a solid hit of his own that sends the squire from the saddle. The Greycen heir returns the salute and says to the Haldis, "Well-done, keep your chin up. You did well." WIth that, he resumes his position and to get a fresh lance.

Evelyn and Martyn ride against each other, pass, and pass, and pass again. But either do to too much caution, or skill, while Evelyn is able counter Martyn's attempts to score against her, she is unable to score against him. She calls to him, "You are talented, Sir." But, there is a measure of frustration in her, especially considering how the last joust went.

Seems she and Clarke are turn for turn this time. Alexandra's distracted, looking around still after the signal's given for them to start, and it takes all three turns before she gets her head on straight. Saluting him with a hand up to her helmet, she grins, trying not to let on she's as annoyed as she is. Her chest aches a little, but such is the way of getting a lance blow to it.

Emilia blinks just a little when Liam gets unhorsed, but then he is back on his feet looking alright. A faint look goes Tiadora's way, Emilia shakes her head a little bit. "You know you cannot entirely of avoid of them, Tiadora." Emilia's eyes briefly drifting over towards Duke Symon and back to her friend.

Seeing whom he's up against for his second row, Clarke t'Cauthone lets out a groan then. This is going to be interesting. A nd he doubts that he will fare as well as he did the last time he faced off the knight. He gives him a salute then and takes a breath, "Be sporting." And readies for the next exchange.

Tiadora murmurs, "My whole family is here to represent. It's not all up to me this time." She anxiously goes back to fiddling with her prayer beads and watching with a concerned frown.

<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Raimond with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Left Hand (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Evelyn with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Right Leg stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Devlin with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Right Leg stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Alexandra with Tourney Lance but Alexandra DODGES!

<COMBAT> Liam attacks Jonathan with Tourney Lance but Jonathan DODGES!

<COMBAT> Leander attacks Clarke with Tourney Lance - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Liam with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Left Leg.

<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Martyn with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Leander with Tourney Lance but Leander DODGES!

<COMBAT> Clarke has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Liam attacks Jonathan with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Liam with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Raimond with Tourney Lance but Raimond DODGES!

<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Martyn with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Devlin with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Alexandra with Tourney Lance but Alexandra DODGES!

<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Evelyn with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Raimond with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Liam with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Devlin with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Alexandra with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Right Hand stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Evelyn with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Liam attacks Jonathan with Tourney Lance and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Martyn with Tourney Lance but Martyn DODGES!

<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Lance but Thaddeus DODGES!

With a quick point scored against him, Raimond rides away from his second match in the prelims with nary a point, giving Alexandra the win. "Well jousted, Sir." Raimond offers as he moves towards his next match.

Meanwhile, Leander sends Clarke off his steed with one powerful strike, and then after making sure the man is all right, gives him a grin and a salute before moving to his own next match.

The first pass goes about as badly as Clarke feared. Apparently there's still some lingering annoyance from the free for all as his adversary cleanly dodges his own attack, and knocks him cleanly off his horse. Letting out a groan as he gets up, Clarke gives LEander a salute then, looking in moderate pain.

Emilia gently touches Tiadora's arm,"I am of certain you of being of present does not bring them ill of luck. Of surely you would least come to of the finals, of aye?" Watching on as the next round of matches gets under way. Brows rising just a little as Leander unhorses Clarke. "It is seeming of some of return for the free for of all of there."

Tiadora motions to the field again. She showed a passing curiosity at Clarke and down he went. The young Gerrell just shakes her head to Emilia. "I'd surely ruin their chances. And I'd love to see your brother win. I mean, um… Know he wins." She shrugs helplessly, hoping Raelyn will be on her side but doubting it.

Facing the tough opponent again, the two jousters of Evelyn and Martyn go at it further, Evelyn managing only to score one light hit against the other Knight. But, that's one more than Martyn can score against her. She is impressed, and it shows in her features as she inclines her head, respectfully, to her opponent. Then, she guides her steed to the next tilts, where she'll be riding against Thaddeus. Her brow furrows, as she nods with clear respect to the older man's tenure in the Tourney, and his capability. This will be no easy set of tilts. "Well met, Sir. May the One see us both safe, and may we both ride well." She smiles, just a touch. "Just me, a bit better."

Saluting Raimond as he gets back over and reset on his steed, Clarke t'Cauthone lets out a wince. Definitely still sore feelings. And he doubts that the other brother will be any easier on him as he goes to brace himself, readying for the next exchange and taking a few breaths. He'll be feeling the blow from the first brother for the rest of the tourney..

Thaddeus rides his passes against Devlin and was pleased to find each pass resulting in a hit. The Greycen knight grins each time as he grabs a fresh lance and tries to score more points. At the conclusion he goes to acquire a new lance and salutes Devlin.

Devlin attempts to strike Thaddeus, but only one of his attacks proves to be of any use. He does not let his frustration show, as it is only the preliminaries and he still scored at least a point. Martyn, on the other hand, has mixed results against Evelyn, at best. Fortunately, he keeps his seat and is able to stay in teh competition for the next round. He salutes Evelyn and readies for the next round.

A little shocked she'd done so well after such absentmindedness in the first round, Alexandra is humbled when she salutes in reply to Raimond. It's going fast, and, opening her eyes wide, she takes a deep breath. Got to take it all in before the next round!

<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Clarke with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Lance and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Leander with Tourney Lance but Leander DODGES!

<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Devlin with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Chest.

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Liam with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> Liam attacks Martyn with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Left Leg (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Raimond with Tourney Lance but Raimond DODGES!

<COMBAT> Leander attacks Jonathan with Tourney Lance but Jonathan DODGES!

<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Alexandra with Tourney Lance but Alexandra DODGES!

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Leander with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Leander attacks Jonathan with Tourney Lance but Jonathan DODGES!

<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Alexandra with Tourney Lance but Alexandra DODGES!

<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Devlin with Tourney Lance - Critical wound to Chest.

<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Raimond with Tourney Lance and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Clarke with Tourney Lance but Clarke DODGES!

<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Liam with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Liam attacks Martyn with Tourney Lance but Martyn DODGES!

<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Lance - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Devlin has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Clarke with Tourney Lance - Serious wound to Right Arm.

<COMBAT> Leander attacks Jonathan with Tourney Lance but Jonathan DODGES!

<COMBAT> Martyn attacks Liam with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Right Hand.

<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Leander with Tourney Lance - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Raimond with Tourney Lance but Raimond DODGES!

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Liam attacks Martyn with Tourney Lance - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Lance and MISSES!

Bugger. This was not the display he wanted, not getting anything on his adversary. Clarke t'Cauthone is clanged up, not landing anything of consequence over on Raimond while gritting his teeth painfully underneath his helm then. Saluting Raimond in passing, Clarke winces then and shakes his head. "Have to train more.." Taking a few deep breathes, swearing at himself.

Sir Thaddeus proves every bit as hard an opponent as Evelyn measured him to be, still she's able to at least score a point against him - even if he measures two for one. She salutes him, half smiles in sincerity. "May we face each other again. You are a worty opponent, Sir." The man was devilishly dangerous, afterall. And then she's moving off the field, to revisit in her mind things she might've done differently to score better. These were only the prelims, and things could definitely change when it mattered. There is that, at least.

Emilia shifts to the edge of her seat when her brother ends up unhorsed, holding a breath until he does get up. "I do not think he will be to upset," noting to Raelyn,"he faced tough of matches of today."

Tiadora said she wanted to see Devlin win. And there he goes being unhorsed by a severe looking strike from Alexandra. Now there is little which will shake the youngest Gerrell's firm belief that she's a jinx. Starting to cry, she grabs at her skirts and hastily excuses herself to head back to her rooms at the castle. Tia avoids looking at her Cassomir friends or her brother (or their brother) and runs off surprisingly quick for a girl her size, forcing her guards to peel off from their positions and catch up.

Thaddeus has an acceptable performance in his final set of passes. He salutes the northern knight and responds, "You as well. Good luck in the brackets.' With that, he returns to retire for the evening, no doubt to relax and ready himself for the remaining competitions.

Martyn rides in his next passes, landing his first and third passes for points, though the squire gives as good as he gets and lands some good strikes on the prince. Martyn salutes the squire and departs the field.

Devlin rides with some confidence, but he was soon unhorsed by a savage strike; however, he is able to rise from the ground with a little ease, though under his helm his discomfort is evident. Devlin gives a brief salute going to tend to his equipment and pride.

When Tiadora start crying and goes running off, Emilia blinks and looks over towards Raelyn,"I do not of think there is going to be any of way now to get her to see she is not being of a curse to them."

Well, how 'bout that. Focused now more than she has been, Alexandra manages to unhorse her final opponent. It's a shock for her, but well received; she wasn't expecting to do so well after the mediocre first round. Waving to Devlin, she makes a note to send her regards to Devlin after he'd recovered.

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