Three-Way Battle Royale at Spellguard
By Talman Chryses, Pictures By Kay'tethanir Dotharl
This week's Spellguard broke from the magic tournament's usual two-versus-two format to pit three teams against each other in one long round to determine the champions. Spellguard overseer Shoshopu Shopu herself accepted an invitation to join one of the teams and the audience got an opportunity to see her summoning magic in action. The teams were arranged in a circle, each attacking the team in front of them proceeding clockwise and defending against the team behind them. When one team was eliminated, the remaining two teams attacked each other directly. It the end, it was an impromptu team calling themselves "Women in Black" that was victorious.
The Women in Black were made up of thaumaturge and Spellguard regular Edda Vincents on offense and the astrologian Byldaigeim Tutylwyn on defense. Vincents' powerful spells raised eyebrows, especially as a black sphere of burning embers sent her opponents running. Vincents' spells often have an appearance associated with forbidden magics, which make them unnerving to face. However, Vincents tells the press that her methods are merely a creative manifestation of thaumaturgy. Tutylwyn proved an able defender, defusing spells with her cards, though she was occasionally caught off guard by Tarixxian Voren's swift spellcasting.
The next team was formed by the astrologian Subtle Raptor on defense and the overseer Shoshopu Shopu on offense, using arcanima and Allagan summoning magics to control a miniature incarnation of the primal Leviathan. They decided on the name "Sparkling Turtles". Subtle Raptor had some difficulty maintaining a defense against Vincents' barrage of magic and at one point prioritized her teammate's safety over that of the shield generator that teams are required to protect. However, near the end of the fight she was able to conjure an immense sparkling star that proved impenetrable and prevented the team from being eliminated first.
The final team and the first to be eliminated were the previous Runestone champions, the Frosted Flames, composed of the aetherial dagger-wielding frost specialist Azrat Lariss on defense and the thaumaturge Tarixxian Voren on offense. Lariss was particularly hard-pressed to protect the shield generator against attacks from two fronts: Shoshopu's Leviathan construct and her own arcane projectiles.
The Chronicle spoke to the Women in Black after their win. Byldaigeim Tutylwyn had this message for the public: "Stay in school." Edda Vincents added, "Either that or study hard enough to never need schooling. Or don't study at all, and coast along with an abundance of natural talent."
Spellguard is held at the Mist, Ward 6, twice every moon. For more information turn to this page.
[Editor’s Note - The Crystal Chronicle endorses continuing education, as the world can use more writers and artists]