Cold Steel: Upcoming Tournament of the Fury
Imagine this: In the far Northern reaches of Eorzea, just past the canopy of the Shroud and independence of Mor Dhona, in the ever present veil of purest white driven snow one has ever encountered. There is serene silence broken by a fanfare of trumpets and the roars of not dragons, but of crowds of nobility and commoners as they cheer on their favored champions in a series of four tournaments in celebration of martial prowess!
Yes, such dreams are made of these as many a young man or woman grows up hearing the romantics of fighting for one’s honor, beliefs, or pride of Nation. The whole of the event is spearheaded by House Dufresne of Ishgard, which some of you might know from the Dufresne Bellworks and its charitable works and donations. This massive undertaking will combine not only the thrill of such events as Grindstone, Mystic Runestone, and Spellguard, but also add in a contest of skill among archers and mounted jousting for those experienced with polearms. Although I should take this time to mention that chocobos are not included and all participants of this last event must have their own properly barded chocobo to ride upon.
Those wishing to attend should seek out Eliane Dufresne or Gwenneth Gilrouis before the seventeenth sun of Llymlaen to register. Participants shall register under their respective city state and then from there can participate in as many or few of the events as they wish. The purse is yet to be announced but with as much effort that is going into making this event live up to the title “Grand”, participants can expect it to be sizable. At the end of all the pageantry and tests of skill, Champions will be celebrated at the closing ball to be held at The Pillars of Ishgard.
So clear your schedules, get a sitter for the kids, call in sick to work, whatever you have to do to be present because this is going to be one for the record books. For more information on The Grand Tournament of the Fury, look for upcoming editions of The Crystal Chronicle as we will be covering the event in its entirety.
[Editor’s Note: Registration information about the Tournament can be found in this pamphlet. ]
Artifice of Reason Shares Fruits of Research
By Talman Chryses, Pictures Courtesy of Artifice of Reason
The scientific research and engineering collective known as the Artifice of Reason hosted their first Exchange this week in Ul'dah's Gold Court. The event is planned to occur twice every moon, in an effort to bring the Artifice's work to the public.
Hosted by director Shiori Eikitaika, the event showcased the variety of work being done by members of the Artifice. The services of the magiteknician Dezi'to Cannera were especially popular. Cannera, who specializes in "stuff that goes boom" performed magitek prosthetic repairs on the spot for one customer. Nearby, A'zaza Skywright was selling curious magical artifacts, including some enchanted hands that would grasp and release objects on command.
Ceriselle Giroux, an archaeologist, translator and historian was on hand to provide several services, including historical information. "Today I helped with a riddle of a location, for example. Other things I can help with are attending archaeological digs as well as appraising various ancient artifacts." The Chronicle also spoke with one of the Artifice's alchemists, Ardun Wolfe. As well as selling various poisons, potions and explosives, Wolfe is a botanist conducting research on the production of a powerful antidote from morbols.
Shiori Eikitaika, director of the Artifice of Reason, specializes in both healing and biology and was offering free medical consultations. Her biological research focuses on Allagan chimeras. Leonnaux Altoix, an arcanima specialist, was also present, along with various other members of the Artifice. Anyone passing by was welcome to peruse the goods and services on offer. Eikitaika noted that this was just a small sampling of the Artifice's members and services. "We do this exchange every two weeks and different people will come each time, so do make sure to check it out more than once if you fancy!"
The purpose of the Artifice of Reason is to push forward Eorzean science. Eikitaika told the Chronicle that it has been a sanctioned Free Company in Ul'dah for around six moons, but had only recently begun selling goods and services to the public, so as to acquire revenue, publicity, clients and collaborators. "For a long time we were insular, but it became clear that progress cannot be made with that mentality. At least not progress at the pace I'd prefer." In a conversation with one visitor to the Exchange, Eikitaika explained more of the Artifice's philosophy: "We are in a revolutionary age, in the midst of realm-changing discoveries. Ancient magicks being rediscovered, Allag monstrosities being unearthed, and all this while technology marches forward at a blistering pace. If we do not attempt to keep that pace, Eorzea will fall behind." Later she clarified that idea of keeping pace did not capture everything the Artifice strives for. "We are not content with simply 'keeping up', we intend to lead the pack."
For more information on the fortnightly Exchange, turn to this page. For general information on the Artifice of Reason, turn to this page.