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○ Edition #20 - Oschon, 4th Sun ○

○ Editor-In-Chief: Deidra Rose ○

Grand Tournament of the Fury holds Final Contest: Joust

By Talman Chryses

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The Grand Tournament of Fury held the last of its four tournaments this week: the Tournament of the Lance, a jousting competition. The competition drew a large number of competitors, eager to test their skill at the sport, which involves two contestants tilting at each other on chocobo-back.

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The victor was Olivie Heuloix, representing Limsa Lominsa, who faced Alabaster Requiem, the "Fish Knight", who was riding an immense draught chocobo. Nevertheless, Heuloix managed to unseat her on the first tilt, immediately claiming the Championship of the Lance and causing a great clamor amongst the crowd. While Heuloix originally hails from Ishgard, she has lived for some time in Limsa Lominsa. The new Champion had this to say to the public: "I owe this victory to the Fury. In her benevolence she has given me hope and reunited me with my brother, Martiallais."

Jousters could win by scoring three decisive hits on their opponent, by breaking or shattering their lance against the opponent's shield or armor, or by knocking their opponent from their steed, resulting in an instant victory. The contestants were split into two divisions, one at Camp Dragonhead and the other at the Gates of Judgement. Magical shielding and medical attention was provided as usual by the Ashen Clinic.

In the spirit of the event, contestants typically showed knightly chivalry in how they treated their opponents before and after the match. Notable contestants included the last year's champion, Percival Turner, who was unseated by S'seri Loh. There was a good showing from Vilette Laurent, Champion of the Mark, who also did well in the Tournament of the Blade last week. And finally, the Gates of Judgement competition was host to a "Mystery Knight" who came close to winning the bracket. He never did reveal himself, but was at one point heard to utter "Haillenarte!" as he defeated an opponent.

Before the final, a musical interlude was provided by Palazzo Aldenard, just as at the Tournament of the Wand last week. This time the performer was Lady Perne Archevauliere, who sang about dreaming an impossible dream, while displaying dragoon-style acrobatics and aetherial effects. The powerful performance momentarily stunned the audience into silence, followed by uproarious applause.

Eliane DuFresne of the DuFresne Bellworks, who have poured a great deal of their resources into running the event, took a moment to thank everyone involved, now that the last contest is complete. The Grand Tournament will officially conclude next week with a ball in honor of the four Champions: Vilette Laurent of Ishgard, Kiera Hawkeye of Ala Mhigo, Tsuki Amaranth of Gridania and Olivie Heuloix of Limsa Lominsa.

[Editor’s Note: Portrait by Shio Maeda will be included in the final Fury article covering the Ball, more information on this page]

Editorial: 20 Editions

By Deidra Rose

The last time an Editorial was written was our very first edition. Now, 20 weeks later, here is our second Editorial. Since then, we have taken a night out at A Stage Reborn, delved into Ishgardian politics, tangled at the Grindstone, explored Amdapor Keep and the Burning Wall, and danced the night away at the Gold and Glitz Prom, among many, many other things. We haven’t been able to go everywhere yet, but there’s always next cycle, right?

We’ve learned quite a bit during these 20 Editions, and we are regularly striving to improve each part of what we’re doing. Moving forward, we seek to improve both the experiences of our contributors (writers, artists, tipsters, etc) and our readers. The feedback we’ve received from all sources has contributed greatly to how we proceed in our goal to bringing Eorzea an honest and neutral news source. Keep sending feedback, even if it’s as small as pointing out that our editing team managed to miss an egregious error in the spelling of thaum[a]turgy.

Through all this learning and feedback, we have been excited to tweak our articles, distribution process, and layout. New policies have been put in place to bring readers a more clear and concise method of receiving the information they need. Our Technology Department, headed up by Dae Fenris, is working hard to create ways to improve your experience while reading our newspaper. Jereck Falarenth, the Head of Distribution, is working on expanding our distribution cycles to reach out to more people. We are also looking into establishing more accessible offices in order to facilitate visitors.

The Crystal Chronicle is celebrating its 20th Edition this cycle, and the Administration Team would like to thank everyone involved in helping to make a dream come true. This is hard work, and we know most of our employees could probably find more lucrative employment elsewhere. We know this is a labor of love on the part of all of our employees. We also want to thank our reader base in helping to keep us motivated while we work hard to keep our schedule, in spite of personal hardships that various members of our staff have had from time to time.

Anticipation is rising around Eorzea as tensions along the Gyr Abania border intensify, and we at The Crystal Chronicle will do our best to bring up-to-date coverage of events as they unfold both at home and abroad. It is near impossible to avoid bias, given that we are Eorzeans and will always have that tilt in our writing, but our goal has been and will always be to remain as neutral as possible in all matters, even with the threat of open war looming. It is also important to note that we have no plans to pause or stop distributing as things progress. We appreciate your continued support as we continue our efforts.

Ninth Night at the Cliffs Rocks Thanalan

By Talman Chryses, Additional Reporting By Deidra Rose, Pictures By Shio Maeda

This moon saw Thanalan's counterculture crowd gather near the Nanawa mines for the ninth "Night at the Cliffs", an event that describes itself as "a great pile of hot garbage masquerading as a Musical Review". Usually filled with alternative music and general chaos, the most recent Night did not disappoint. With powerful and sometimes unashamedly offensive acts from regulars Andromeda Dulaque, Savo Kesslivang, X'myra Bhen, along with A'sharah Rahz and Suiren Mizukawa, the crowd did not want for entertainment. Madje Sahashin made her first ever performance at the cliffs to an overwhelmingly supportive audience and the crowd went wild when idol group 3B took the stage with one of their carefully choreographed performances.

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Near the end of the billed performances, the show was interrupted by the arrival of a Garlean bard. While the audience was shocked, the unnamed Garlean must have been expected, since she was mentioned on the posters. She proceeded to sing about how she was drafted into service, how she was not in Eorzea by choice and how Eorzeans see her and her comrades as enemies nevertheless. Some of the crowd responded with interest, and others with anger at presence of the Garlean and at one point, as if to prove the Garlean's point, someone in the audience drew a gun and fired on the stage. Though some thought it was part of the act, apparently this was not planned, and one performer may have been grazed by the bullet. Andromeda Dulaque had to step in to calm the crowd. Being well used to chaos, the Night at the Cliffs soon recovered after the departure of the Garlean and impromptu performers began to take the stage.

After the event, the Chronicle spoke with organizer and regular performer Savo Kesslivang about the event and its history. The young Miqo'te explains that the event began as a place for her to practice along with Marcellain Chevalier, the singer of their band, Marcy and the Cats. The venue is part of the Nanawa Mines, owned by the Amajina and Sons Mineral Concern, but the rights to use it were won in a bet in which Marcellain "drank the staff under the table on their own distilled grog", according to Savo. The venue is now maintained through the negotiating prowess of Andromeda Dulaque, manager of the Bandee Pakshee.

When asked about the Garlean act, Savo described the foreign performer: "I saw her a split second, she was the most severe Elezen I have ever seen. She looked young, like a draftee soldier, not like an officer. Beile said her insignia showed she was a drummer girl for Legion IX, which to my knowledge aren't based in Eorzea. Apparently some of my music has made it to Garlemald, I learned that from the airship crew….Apparently the Garlean could really play, classically trained, and her instrument was a guitar but far better than any made in Gridania."

Savo expressed displeasure at the treatment of the Garlean, and Dulaque will be arranging for security at future events to prevent violence from escalating beyond the levels usually expected at the Night at the Cliffs.

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(above) A controversial appearance of a Garlean bard, (below) Savo Kesslivang
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Government Officials Release Statements on Lacordaire's "Holy Crusade"

By Talman Chryses

After Father Isarn Lacordaire's inflammatory statements in Whitebrim last week, calling for blood and holy war against forces of reform and modernity in Ishgard, The Crystal Chronicle reached out to members of Ishgard's parliament for comment. We have received statements so far from the Lord Speaker, Aymeric de Borel, and Lady Iris Blanchimont, a noted progressive, which we have reproduced below.

Though Lacordaire was not specific about his plans, he blessed the weapons of his traditionalist followers for the coming conflict, called his enemies "godless blasphemers" and "unclean hordes", and called for the restoration of the Holy See to its former sovereignty over Ishgard, and the downfall of Ishgard's new secular government. Lacordaire appears to be advocating for revolution, something that is unlikely to go unnoticed by Parliament.

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Lord Speaker Aymeric de Borel made the following statement:

Ishgard has seen a thousand years of strife and bloodshed recently come to a close. That there are people who wish to see suffering rekindled is saddening and discouraging; however, it will not be tolerated. Whosoever raises arms against the citizens of Ishgard shall be punished to the full extent of the law. The peace we have attained has come at a full steep price, and I would not see the blood spilled and the memory of those who spilled it dishonored for any reason. I would invite those who wish for change to lobby for it in the proper way---with petitions and with reason.

The honorable Lady Iris Blanchimont of the House of Lords made the following statement:

It was a point of no small pride that through the amazing efforts of people of good moral character like Lord Aymeric and Ser Rosaire Ledigne that we were capable of forming a government of, by, and for Ishgardians of all sorts without copious amounts of violence and bloodshed. For the first time in the modern world, an Eorzean power operates by the consent of its governed, and this system, in its infancy, has endured attack upon attack, violence upon violence, from enemies to the process of progress and peace.

The language of blood is not a fitting one for the lips of Ishgardians of character and refinement, and is not one that should be spoken in any political discourse. I would invite Father Lacordaire to discuss with us his concerns and to stand for election when next Ishgard chooses its leaders, that he might handle his disagreements with government as a man of the Seventh Astral Era and not as a petulant child bored without a millennium of war.

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Second Annual "Gold & Glitz" at the Gold Saucer!

By Shio Maeda

Two weeks ago, I attended the Gold and Glitz prom at the Gold Saucer.

Guests seemed to enjoy themselves. While many danced, others took to seats and quietly spent time together.

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Even Miss West O’hteco, one of the organizers, finds a chance to let loose and dance.

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The main event, the Prom Royalty competition, attracted many guests. They lined up against the rail and waited to be judged.

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“Pretty in Pink” winners Tufh’to and Kikilu.

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“Best in Gold and Glitz” winners Rokku, Nalukai, Ruen, Titus, and Kaito.

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“Silver Studs” Alder and Sylas.

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“Company Favorites” “Sha”, Reine, and Lunya.

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“Dashing Dandies” Ilan, Hogan, and X’myra.

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“Boldest Colors” winners Y’avery, Emyrs, Suiren, Asami, and Naomi.

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“Most Suave” winners Vandal, Svarthrafn, Khojin, and Lenneth.

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“The Classiest” Renias, Navi, Bellona, Atherton, and Q’nahli.

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“Royal Court” winners Shiruun, Percival, Eschea, Kestrel, Sarah, Madeleine, and Lackadaisy.

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“Prom Royalty” Anturan and Leanne.

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Another thing to note is the wonderful photobooth, who captured portraits of guests who signed up. I decided to see it for myself. I enjoy Miss Kacha’s commitment to the Gold and Glitz theme.

Realmsward Initiative holds its Final Tournament

By Talman Chryses, Pictures By Kay'tethanir Dotharl

The final Realmsward Initiative tournament was held this week, naming the dragoon Isteria as the last champion. The Initiative is a paramilitary organization which has been holding the tournaments each week at the Behemoth's Dominion in Coerthas, to raise interest and train members of the Initiative for their campaign against the Garlean empire.

The final match of the tournament was a fitting end to proceedings, as Realmsward Commander Von Sayrillont herself was pitted against Isteria, a fellow dragoon. Both were liberal in their use of jumps and blasts of fiery aether, but it was Isteria who emerging the victor. A loyal member of Realmsward, Isteria said her purpose in competing was to show the best the realm had to offer. To the public, she advised them to "follow their dreams. Life is like a river that should be enjoyed even when we have those rough bends in the river."

Led by Ser Sayrillont of the Drakensguard company, the Realmsward Initiative has now been in operation for three moons, drawing a crowd to its tournament each week and launching assaults on Garlean targets. The objective has been to prepare Eorzea for outright war with the Empire in Ala Mhigo and elsewhere abroad. This objective is meant to complement efforts by the Grand Companies, though Realmsward has operated mostly independently without any close collaboration with Eorzea's military organizations. As outright war with Garlemald looms, Realmsward now is wrapping up its current campaign and tournaments and setting its sights on Garlean-controlled territories like Ala Mhigo. The force will likely be looking to join any Eorzean Alliance-led war effort.

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Joint Venture Date Auction Draws Fashionable Crowd

By Dayuuqi Uragshi

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The Wanderer's Elysium, the venue for the date auction.

On the 31st Sun of the third Astral Moon, a joint date auction between Fantasia Players, Keeper's Kiss, and the Velvet Rose was held at the Wanderer's Elysium in the Mists. While primarily serving as a fundraiser for the three entertainment ventures, the event drew a wide crowd of well-dressed onlookers and potential auction patrons.

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Auction patrons entering the front gates.
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Tufh'to Ananke, director of the Fantasia Players, opens the night's events.

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Broken Blade of the Fantasia Players strikes a pose, charming patrons in hopes of higher bids.

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Prospective date Sarangerel Chinua of the Velvet Rose waves to the crowded room.

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The bids went high for prospective date Leanne Delphium, a Keeper's Kiss performer.

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Auctioneer U'vera Rahz (left) showcases prospective date Nymeria Dalamiq (right), both of the Velvet Rose.

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Kasumi Gakunin greets patrons while Renaux Mercier of Keeper's Kiss presents her for bidding.

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(left) Prospective date Aloyv Riordan of the Fantasia Players shows off his serious side.

(below) Wanderer's Elysium interior, guests enjoy the comfortable accommodations.

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Grindstone Report

By Talman Chryses, Pictures By Kay'tethanir Dotharl

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Champion: Beexu Spiritbreaker
Armed with: Fists, feet and her opponent's axe
"I welcome a fight any day, anywhere in Eorzea. Come at me, [expletive]s."

Second Place: Videra Svenay
Armed with: Axe

Highlights:
-A record number of contestants attended the Grindstone this week, with 84 in total, requiring a fifth bracket (Hillside) to be created. Nevertheless, the contestants fought with such intensity that the event was over quicker than usual. It seems that Eorzea is spoiling for a fight!
-Viedra Svenay had already shown she could effectively overpower an unarmed opponent in her semifinal match against Keiji Naru, but it seems that Spiritbreaker gave her a whole new challenge.
-In a daring move, Spiritbreaker managed to wrest Svenay's characteristic axe away from her and swung it herself in a vicious strike that ended the match, demonstrating that she too was skilled with the weapon.

Comic: Introducing The Press Moogle

By Aegir Hlerson

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