Queen of Hearts
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The Aces tournament has been reimagined this year and has an overall different philosophy to it. We know that having four people dedicated to a tournament and not fighting with their team on the field is a hardship, so that was one of the main points that we tried to address. In addition, each of the Aces suits will have a different theme to it so that you can best match up an individual to that Ace.
For roughly three to four hours throughout the entire weekend, the four Aces on a team will compete as a group against the other teamís Aces. These competitions will be many and varied in nature - there will be martial competitions but also competitions of wit and skill. These tournaments will not be one-on-one; rather, they will involve multiple Aces at all times, most commonly involving all Aces at the same time.
For the remainder of the weekend outside of those three to four hours, Aces will be fighting in war maneuvers with their teams. This does not mean, however, that the Aces tournament will not still be in effect. Aces will be given lists of individual objectives, based on their suit, that it will be their job to achieve during their time fighting in war maneuvers. Achieving these objectives will confer extra points to that Ace.
Roughly half the points for the Aces competition will come from the dedicated Aces tournament time and the other half from objectives during war maneuvers. The queen or their true supporters may not be Aces.
The themes for Aces this year are:
- Spades - Support
- Hearts - Heroics
- Diamonds - Defense
- Clubs - Covertness
One Man Tourney
The best male fighters from each team compete against each other
to determine who is the best. You should expect to fight with different
weapon styles and in both armored and unarmored combat.
One Woman Tourney
- The best female fighters from each team compete against each other to determine who is the best. You should expect to fight with different weapon styles and in both armored and unarmored combat.
- You have to be willing to kiss each other. In public. Possibly a great many times. You also fight other couples from other teams, of course. You should expect to fight with different weapon styles and in both armored and unarmored combat.
One Path Tourney
- To Compete in this tournament you must have between 1 and 5 spells and a light weapon restriction. Competitors will fight one another in unlimited fights.
Two Path Tourney
- To Compete in this tournament you must have between 6 and 10 spells and a medial weapon restriction. Competitors will fight one another in unlimited fights.
Three Path Tourney
- To Compete in this tournament you must have at least 11 spells and a severe weapon restriction. Competitors will fight one another in unlimited fights.
- Your newbie must have started eventing since last year's Queen of Hearts. They will be asked not only to demonstrate their prowess in combat, but also their knowledge of the rules, etiquette (unwritten rules) and Realms history & current events (both in and out of character.) How well do you prepare the people you bring into the Realms?
Knights' and Squires' Tournament
- A Knight and Squire may enter this tournament. They will compete both as a team and individually in several types of combat. Beyond combat, entrants will be tested on their individual perceptions of their knighthoods and what they mean. A knight does not have to enter with his/her specific squire, but if he/she does, it is worth a small bonus.
Spirit & Steel Tournament
- A spellcaster and a fighter team up in this traditional two-person team competition. They will compete as a team and individually in various forms of combat.
Individual Weapon Styles
- Each of these four weapon styles have their own tournament wherein individual competitors must use that style: Single Short, Florentine (mixed), Sword & Shield, and Hand and a Half. If you compete as an individual in a weapon style you may not also compete in the squad for that same weapon style (see below).
Squad Weapon Styles
- The same four weapon styles as above also have squad competitions. A three-person squad must all use the same weapon style and compete together against other teamís three-person squads. There are three-person squads for Single Short, Florentine (mixed), Sword & Shield, and Hand and a Half. If you compete in a squad for a weapon style you may not also compete in the individual tournament for that same weapon style (see above).
- A very old classic is back this year. In this tournament each competitor will get a long list of items, some concrete, some esoteric, which they must bring to the marshal for credit. Placement in this tournament will be determined by whomever completes their list quicker or in the event some or all of the competitors cannot complete their list, determined by who can bring in the greatest number of items.
- You must win 3 out of five fights against your opponent. You have a choice of five weapons (dagger, single short, florentine, sword & shield and hand and a half) for each fight, but once you use a weapon combo, it may not be used again. In the first fight, both fighters pick their weapons simultaneously. After the first fight, the person that won the previous fight must pick first, and their opponent can choose which weapons they want to counter with.
Boffer Archery Tourney
- Are you the best archer in the realms? Can you prove it by killing other archers? You must have your own bow to participate. This tournament will involve both combat and some accuracy and skill competition.
- If there is enough time (and energy) in the evening, we will have a short nightquest. Nightquest's need NPCs. For each NPC that your team donates (up to 10), you will recieve a point.