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The Queen’s Gambit Tournament

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The Queen’s Gambit Tournament

The Queen’s Gambit Tournament runs concurrent with the week-long festival of Fleetswake and concludes on the 1st of Tarsakh, the festival day of the Queen’s Gambit. The titular queen—a deity known as the Red Knight, Crimson General, or Lady of Strategy—is an exarch of Tempus, God of War.

The tournament exists to honour the Red Knight by pitting combatants through trials designed to challenge their tactical skill in battle, and is split into two stages. The first is a gauntlet-style challenge in which combattants are pitted against a variety of opponents of increasing strength, while the second pits the top teams from the first stage against one another until a single group is victorious.

Tounament Structure

Tournament Structure

Entry

In order to enter, each team must submit an entry fee of 1,000 dragons. The high price of this fee means that many teams tend to be partly or wholly sponsored by larger organizations (such as guilds) or noble families (particularly families who have interests in mercenary companies). However, sponsors are not mandatory for entry provided a team is capable of funding their own entry.

Teams must contain a minimum of four and a maximum of six members, and must provide a group name upon registration. Should a team contain magic users, those combatants are required to declare their abilities to the Watchful Order of Magists and Protectors upon registration. They do not need to extrapolate on their abilities, but those who fail to declare are disqualified from the tournament if the omission is discovered.

Stage One

The tournament’s first stage is designed to showcase participants’ endurance, resource allocation, and ability to strategize in a war of attrition and lasts a period of five days, running from the 21st to the 25th of Ches.

In it, teams fight previously-unknown adversaries (eg. captured monsters or constructs created for the event) in a series of encounters over the course of a single day. On the first day, teams face three encounters. On the second day, they face five. Though teams rest between each of their fights (during which the other teams will fight), the encounters scale in difficulty with each fight.

During the preliminary stage, teams earn points during each fight.  25 points are always awarded for successfully clearing an encounter. More may be awarded by a trio of judges who oversee the matches—typically for clever tactics or group synergy—and the audience can also ensure teams are granted extra points for showmanship and popularity with the crowd.

This means, therefore, that a group does not have to clear all encounters to proceed. They simply need to earn more points than their competitors through a combination of clearing encounters, impressing the judges, and wooing the audience.

At the end of the tournament’s first stage, the eight teams with the highest number of points proceed to the second stage.

Stage Two

The second stage of the Queen’s Gambit commences on the 27th of Ches and runs for another five days, culminating in the final match on the 1st of Tarsakh, the day of the Queen’s Gambit.

Unlike the first stage, which is points-based, the second stage is an elimination tournament. However, the point totals from Stage One directly impact the standings of the top four teams from the previous stage.

In Round One, the bottom four point earners are paired off against one another in  single-elimination matches where the victorious teams proceed to Round Two.

The third and fourth highest point earners from before, meanwhile, are guaranteed places in Round Two and do not fight in the first round. Instead, each is paired off against the two round one victors. The teams once again fight in single-elimination matches, and the two victorious teams once more proceed.

The top two highest point earners from Stage One are guaranteed a spot in Round Three and do not fight until this round. In Round Three, each is paired off against the Round Two victors.

Unlike previous rounds, matches from Round Three onwards are double elimination matches. Meaning, teams must lose twice in order to be barred from future rounds. The winners of each fight proceed to Round Four, and the two losing teams then fight against one another. The loser of that fight is removed from the runnings, while the winner goes on to Round Four.

Round Four is the semi-finals. The two victorious teams from Round Three are pitted against each other, with the victor proceeding to the final round. The loser, meanwhile, must then fight the other single-loss team that proceeded from Round Three, and the victorious team proceeds to the final round.

Rules

Rules

  • Competitors are allowed any tools, equipment, and weapons they bring in preparation for the fight.
  • Representatives of the Watchful Order are present at each match in order to protect spectators from any area of effect spells or anything else that might cause harm to spectators. Interfering with these representatives during or between matches results in automatic disqualification.
  • Should a competitor go unconscious, there is a thirty-second wait period after which an on-site cleric will intervene to stabilize them. This period may be waived if a judge rules a combatant to be in life-threatening danger.  Once a competitor is retrieved by a cleric, they have to sit out the rest of the match.
    • In the Knockout Matches, attempts to inflict grievous or fatal injury on a downed combattant will result in automatic disqualification for the perpetrator's team.
  • A team can stop a match at any time or withdraw between matches if they feel unable to continue.
    • In the Endurance Matches, this means they will not gain points for winning the encounter, nor will they earn gold from the match.
    • In the Knockout Matches, this will result in a loss for the team.
  • Teams can mingle between their matches, but attempts at sabotage or fighting between matches will result in the automatic disqualification of the perpetrator(s).
  • Attempts to bribe, curry favour with, or otherwise influence the judges will result in disqualification.

Winnings

Winnings

Stage 1

Round 1

Encounter 1

50 gp upon victory

Encounter 2

75 gp upon victory

Encounter 3

150 gp upon victory

Round 2

Encounter 1

100 gp upon victory

Encounter 2

150 gp upon victory

Encounter 3

250 gp upon victory

Encounter 4

400 gp upon victory

Encounter 5

600 gp upon victory

 In addition to any winnings accrued from their victories, additional rewards are given for the following:

Top Point Earner

600 gp
One uncommon magical item

2nd Place

550 gp
One common magical item

3rd Place

250 gp
One common magical item

4th Place

250 gp

Crowd Favourite

One uncommon magical item

Best Teamwork

One uncommon magical item


Stage 2

Round 1

Single-Elimination Match 1

200 gp to victor

Single-Elimination Match 2

Round 2

Single-Elimination Match 1

350 gp to victor

Single-Elimination Match 2

Round 3

Encounter 1

500 gp to victor

Encounter 3

Encounter 4

250 gp to victor

Round 4

Encounter 1

750 gp to victor

Encounter 4

500 gp to victor

Round 5

Encounter 1

2,500 gp to victor

The choice of one rare, two uncommon, or three common magical items.

As with Stage 1, additional awards are given for the following:

Crowd Favourite

One uncommon magical item

Best Teamwork

One uncommon magical item

 

Point Rankings

3-Round Tally

Team Points Team Points
Twilight Brigade
111
Bardians of the Coast
110
Knight Shift
107 The Raconteurs
106
The Doom Raiders
105
Fury of the Small
102
The Flutter 102
Misfit Menagerie
99
The Unbound
98
Blood Bath and Beyond
98
Damage Incorporated
97
The Business End
96
The Bloodsworn
96
Starcatchers
95
The Kobrave and the Kobold
94
Spellswords
94
The Popinjays
94
Iron Covenant
93
Zephyr Dirge
92
The Recurved Fang
92
Midnight Mirror
85
Oak, Ash, and Thorn
81
Aemetar's Whirlwind
74
The Steel Singers
73
Beast Busters Pest Control
71
Heir and There
70
The Arrowhawks
69
Saltfire Friends
68

5-Round Tally

Team Points Team Points
The Raconteurs
356
Bardians of the Coast
351
The Flutter
335
The Unbound
333
Fury of the Small
332
Damage Incorporated 330
Starcatchers
325
Knight Shift
318
Iron Covenant 318
The Doom Raiders
313
The Bloodsworn
310
The Business End
305

5-Wave Day 1

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
The Unbound The Recurved Fang Aemetar’s Whirlwind The Steel Singers The Bloodsworn
The Arrowhawks Twilight Brigade The Steel Singers Oak, Ash, and Thorn The Recurved Fang
Aemetar’s Whirlwind Oak, Ash, and Thorn The Arrowhawks The Arrowhawks Starcatchers
Twilight Brigade Starcatchers Blood Bath and Beyond The Unbound The Steel Singers
The Popinjays Midnight Mirror Midnight Mirror Bardians of the Coast Blood Bath and Beyond
Starcatchers The Popinjays Starcatchers Heir and There Oak, Ash, and Thorn
Blood Bath and Beyond Bardians of the Coast The Popinjays Starcatchers Twilight Brigade
Bardians of the Coast The Bloodsworn Twilight Brigade Midnight Mirror The Arrowhawks
Midnight Mirror The Arrowhawks The Bloodsworn The Popinjays Heir and There
Heir and There Heir and There Bardians of the Coast Twilight Brigade Midnight Mirror
The Recurved Fang Aemetar’s Whirlwind Oak, Ash, and Thorn Blood Bath and Beyond Bardians of the Coast
The Bloodsworn The Unbound The Recurved Fang The Bloodsworn Aemetar’s Whirlwind
The Steel Singers The Steel Singers Heir and There Aemetar’s Whirlwind The Unbound
Oak, Ash, and Thorn Blood Bath and Beyond The Unbound The Recurved Fang The Popinjays

5-Wave Day 2

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
Fury of the Small Zephyr Dirge Knight Shift The Kobrave and the Kobold Saltfire Friends
Knight Shift Misfit Menagerie The Doom Raiders Saltfire Friends The Raconteurs
The Raconteurs Saltfire Friends Iron Covenant The Doom Raiders Iron Covenant
The Flutter The Flutter Fury of the Small Fury of the Small Spellswords
Damage Incorporated Iron Covenant Misfit Menagerie The Business End Zephyr Dirge
The Doom Raiders Spellswords Damage Incorporated Damage Incorporated Fury of the Small
Saltfire Friends Fury of the Small Saltfire Friends Beast Busters Pest Control The Kobrave and the Kobold
Beast Busters Pest Control The Doom Raiders The Raconteurs Misfit Menagerie The Business End
Misfit Menagerie The Business End The Kobrave and the Kobold Iron Covenant Misfit Menagerie
The Business End Damage Incorporated Zephyr Dirge The Raconteurs The Doom Raiders
Iron Covenant Knight Shift Beast Busters Pest Control Knight Shift Damage Incorporated
Spellswords Beast Busters Pest Control Spellswords Spellswords The Flutter
Zephyr Dirge The Raconteurs The Flutter The Flutter Beast Busters Pest Control
The Kobrave and the Kobold The Kobrave and the Kobold The Business End Zephyr Dirge Knight Shift

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