We have found our new Tidal Blades...
The green and blue pennants of the Chronosseum flapped in the warm breeze. A chorus of trumpets announced the arrival of the official tournament delegation. Iran Toru, resplendent in the purple robes of the High Arcanists led the Engineers, followed by Master Goro and a full contingent of Coral Guards. The crowds cheered in eager anticipation of the closing ceremony.
Iran Toru stepped to the center of the arena, where a huge dais had been assembled, raised his hands for silence, then began to speak. His voice echoed out over the Chronosseum “Greetings to all Navirians, and to travelers from distant lands!” His old voice was smooth and warm. “Many thanks to all who have attended and all of the contestants. We have seen amazing feats of skill and strength, of wit and bravery.” Gesturing to a table of dignitaries, he continued “And many thanks as well to all who helped organize the tournament. Mae Lamara, Nyrock of the desert traders, and many others. A special thank you to the Glassforger’s Guild for a most impressive lava display in the Droska Ring.” The crowd cheered appreciatively.
The wizened salamander continued “Our utmost gratitude as well to Master Goro and the Coral Guard for all of their work keeping Naviri safe from the most worrisome creatures that emerged from the Fold.” Smiling warmly at the contestants, he added “On that note, I would like to extend our thanks to each of you for rising to the occasion and taking on the role of protectors of Naviri. That was not what you had signed up for, and you have made this city safer with your bravery and demonstrated immense force of character.” The cheering from the crowd grew as the contestants bowed.
Clapping abruptly for silence, the High Arcanist spoke again “On a more serious note, I as High Arcanist owe each and every one of you an apology and an explanation. We at the Citadel have not shared the entire truth of the formation of the Barrier.” His voice solemn, he continued “Fifteen years ago, when the great Barrier was constructed, we made a most painful and difficult choice. With a host of sea monsters encroaching on our city, we resorted to the only defense that would keep our city safe.” He paused looking around at the surprised faces in the crowd “We froze time, bending it back on itself, trapping the monsters in an event horizon, to us, a single instant. Alas, the Tidal Blades, all save Krobaak, were caught in the same fold, and were lost.” The crowd sighed with sadness, remembering the tragedy.
“Since then we have spoken of the fallen heroes as dead, but this is not true.” Gasps and shouts of confusion rippled through the crowd. “Just as the monsters were not killed, only trapped, so with our Tidal Blades.” A look of sadness spreading across his face, Iran Toru continued “As we have seen only too clearly in recent days, the Barrier is breaking down, and we must prepare for the next chapter in our battle.”
“The tournament was called before we knew of the instability of the Barrier. It was called to herald the coming of a new set of heroes, for in the 15 years since the Barrier was created, we have not been idle.” Spreading his hands expansively, the old Arcanist spoke with renewed vigor “We have just finished experimental work on the Nexus, a device which will allow us to enter and move through the Barrier. Those that are named as the new Tidal Blades” he paused, motioning towards the assembled contestants “Will be the first to enter, and with luck will rescue the Tidal Blades trapped within.” The crowd grew excited chanting the names of their favored contestants.
Motioning for silence, Iran Toru gestured towards the tall Chameleon “Sagashi, our newest contestant and the first friendly creature to emerge from the Barrier, has not only provided us with valuable information from beyond the Barrier, but he has helped us prevent a tragedy.” Sagashi waved and bowed “The Coral Guards will be investigating Angler’s Cove and all associated with it will be brought to justice. But today is not a day to dwell on dark things. Today is a day for joy and celebration.” Pausing dramatically, his voice picked up energy “Today is a day of victory, today is the day when we announce our newest Tidal Blades!” Enormous applause rang from all corners of the stadium. The awe and surprise of the strange news washed away by the excitement of seeing the new heroes named.
“The results of all the Challenges have been tabulated, the battles with monsters, and demonstrations of bravery noted, and the winner of the tournament is…”
At that moment through the hush of the crowd’s anxious anticipation a high pitched scream was heard, “Heeeeeelp! Heeeeeeeelp! The island has awoken! It followed me here!” Grido the Tooth, the elderly Fish-folk, came huffing and panting into the arena.
Iran Toru, recovering from the interruption, quickly gathered his wits. Looking to Master Goro he spoke “Akora advancing on the Citadel, indeed this threat is serious, Goro what is to be done?”
As Master Goro huddled with his Coral Guard, the contestants did not wait for instructions. “Axl, grab your staff, you and I will guard the Inner Reef” Dust spoke quickly “Eko, any idea of how we can harm the island?” Caiman hoisting his harpoon growled “I will hold the center, let’s go.” They raced out of the Chronosseum towards the Fold.
Looking around in astonishment, Iran Toru spoke “Where’s Sagashi?”
“He left with the others” Master Goro replied. With a wry smile Iran Toru said “Well my friend, it seems our presence here is superfluous, all of our tabulating and calculating is unneeded.”
His eyes twinkling, he ripped up the score sheets and spread them to the wind.
“We have found our new Tidal Blades.”
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