Tournament - Opening Ceremonies
The Opening Ceremonies for the Grand Balancing of the Scales Tournament will be taking place within the Dragon Palace Arena!
((OOC: This is planned to be a short scene for the ceremonies around the start of the tournament. Note that OOC the tournament will have already started, so it is possible for people to schedule matches earlier in the day. This will be a social scene and is not required to be attended by participants of the tournament.))
It is a sunny spring day in Breg Epona, the cooler weather offset by the warm sun. People are steadily entering into the stands, both Adventurers and Landers, and the prime seating available to the public seems to be filling up quickly. Several private viewing suites are sectioned off from the regular seating and appear to have highly ranked or wealth Landers - along with personal guards stationed nearby. Some members of the audience wear distinctive colours, hold flags, or have handcrafted banners to cheer on their favourite tournament participant. A notable section of the stands seems to have fans of one of the popular tournament participants - Zekken the duelist Imp Gladiator Yuuki.
Inside the arena grounds of the coliseum a stage has been setup, and what appear to be a few of the tournament stuff are in the process of positioning themselves around it. One of the open gates to the interior arena also has a notable gathering of Aincrad Liberation Front soldiers in matching, pristinely polished suites of armour. Large banners for both the Scale Emblem Alliance and the Holy Empire Westelande are prominently displayed around the arena edge as well as up above the stands ringing the coliseum. Out of the way under the stands the tournament participants gather in preparation of the ceremony.
There is an air of anticipation as the audience situate themselves and chat. Magically enhanced music carries throughout the coliseum in the background. At the edge of the stands there are even a few more economically minded individuals that seem to be exchanging coin as bets are placed on the upcoming matches. Soon the opening ceremonies will begin.
Her hands shake slightly with nerves, the Were Fang lightly flexing her fingers, trying to ease the jitters. She looks around, then tugs at her hood, taking a few quick breaths. "Right. This isn't hard. It's just thousands of people staring at you. No problem at all. Why should I be nervous?"
Except, she totally is. Miki hops from foot to foot, rolls her shoulders, and otherwise seems as if she is constantly in a fidgety state of motion as she stands with the other combatants.
But this is something Vertina has missed in her life for a very long time. The last time she was in any sort of tournament was in her youth, and that is literally worlds away right now. So her competitive spirit needed something like this, badly.
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The stands are now well over half full and the stream of people entering in starts to slow somewhat. Different vendors are in full swing moving up and down the aisle calling out to sell their various products -food, flags, drinks, noise makers.
While the stage has several individuals positioned around it in SEA colours, no one has climbed up onto it. Regardless a magically enhanced voice suddenly booms out across the coliseum - seeming to come from multiple places. "Welcome! Welcome to the Grand Balancing of the Scales Tourrrrnaaaamenttt~!! While we wait for the next few minutes before the ceremonies begin, please welcome the Aincrad Liberation Front's 1st Battalion! Here to perform coordinated drills and maneuvers for your entertainment!"
At the announcement, the music shifts to an upbeat marching tune while rank and file soldiers of the ALF move out in lockstep into the arena, armour shining in the sunlight. Most carry long spears with red ribbons tied just below the spearhead but at regular intervals one holds up large standard with the symbol of the Scale Emblem Alliance emblazoned upon it. As they approach the stage they break off into different units that move to surround the stage and then start performing coordinated maneuvers facing the stands nearest to them. The magical screens above the arena show an overhead view of one of the units as the soldiers perform. While there is a degree of martial bases to their performance it is obvious to the more seasoned adventurers that this is much more to put on a showy spectacle then anything. There are lots of large sweeping movements that cause the ribbons tied to spears to stream and flow in the air, often with the standards at the center of each unit giving the whole affair a nearly flowerlike appearance.
As the demonstration continues the magically enhanced voice continues on with a narration, "The Aincrad Liberation Front along with the Odysseia Knights and the Divine Dragons have formed one of the most closely knit alliances of adventurers in all Yamato! They have joined forces to act as a truly unified organization - cooperating towards their goal of helping all adventurers return home safely! Commonly referred to as the SEA, they are known to have training and career opportunities for aspiring adventurers. Be sure to visit one of the recruitment booths to find out more details about how SEA can help you to reach new heights!" The announcer continues in this fashion as the ALF soldiers continue their performance.
Then, the sudden boom of the announcer has her flinching again. The pale Were Fang is definitely on edge. "Damnit Cyrus. I'm totally going to pour honey on your tail for abandoning me to deal with this alone." She mutters under her breath.
She listens to the recruitment speech, which does give her at least some time to calm herself down. It's just so obvious that she rolls her eyes, folding her arms across her chest. However, she keeps lightly bouncing on her toes, still not quite able to resist some outward showing of nerves. "I hate this part of tournaments."
The announcer stops and a silence ensues as the music also concludes with the ALF soldiers having completed their performance, now standing still in units around the central stage. A middle aged Japanese looking human steps up onto the stage, Zorin, and then a single flare of light rises up from one of the individuals holding a staff just to the side of the stage. The light rises into the air high above and then there is a burst of light along with a loud pop as a single firework explodes casting light around the coliseum.
Zorin begins to talk, holding some object to his mouth similar to a mic, and his voice is amplified as if coming from all around the coliseum. The magical screens also seem to zoom in and clearly show Zorin's face for all to see as he begins. "Welcome to the Grand Balancing of the Scales! The very first Adventurer tournament hosted by the Scale Emblem Alliance in cooperation with The Holy Empire Westelande!" as he mentions the Holy Empire he gives a slight bow in the direction of one of the largest private viewing suites. "Today we have the pleasure to witness some of the most talented and skilled Adventurers in all the Kingdoms!" Then with a dramatic wave of his arm towards one of the entrances to the arena grounds, "Welcome the contestants of the Grand Balancing of the Scales Tournament!!"
At that the contestants begin to enter in a procession to the cheers of the audience as they make their way up to stand on the central stage. As each one enters into the arena the magical screens show the individual and the off stage narrator provides a brief introduction to the cheers of the crowd.
As Zorin's voice comes over the magically enhanced sound system, she freezes. "Here we go." She sets her hands to her side, then falls in step along with the others as the group begins to make their way out into the Arena. She gives a soft pat to her side, and her lynx companion falls into step. He's clearly distracted by all the noise, but she has a bit of jerkey in her hand which is enough to keep his attention focused there.
As her turn comes, the announcer chimes in, "Our next contestant is Mikage Yurei! You heard that right, folks, this Ranger moves like a ghost! A wandering Were Fang from East! Fighting at her side is the fearsome and her frankly adorable companion, Rama the lynx!" Miki draws back her hood at her introduction, raising a hand to wave at the audience. For all her nerves, she seems mostly calm, you know, other than the fact she is white-knuckling that bit of jerky. Rama bounds at her side, as if this were any perfectly normal day.
Wisteria walks out in her kimono without her hakama and without her katana at her hip. The tall albino human lifts a hand and waving in a way that seems natural and practiced at the same time. Someone it seems is use to this kind of thing. When she reaches her place she claps her hands and bows her head in a prayer like pose before lowering them to her sides and bowing first to the Zorin and then to the crowd.
The announcer's tones play through the magical PA system as the magic screens focus on Wistera. After her bow she shifts, long bun ears, little nub bun horn and white fur sprouting everywhere along with other changes. "Lets give a big welcome to Wisteria, an Odyssian Knight and Were Fang from out of Alne. She's a fine hand with a sword, but she's a Shadow so best to watch out for all the Wave Arts she has hidden up those sleaves!" the were Caerbannog garners some gasps of fear and some cheers of a more bloodthirsty type when she gives a big smile into the 'camera'. That adorable albino bun face with it's red eyes becoming something nightmareish with the expression. Row upon row of jagged razor triangles like sharks teeth filling that smile.
Rushing to the coliseum, he sees people heading inside, "Crap I'm late!" he exclaims and he runs towards where the people are entering. He could hear all the cheering around him and he jumps down the steps a few at a time and he slides and lands on his feet. He breaths hard and starts looking around to see whats goin gon and where the contestants are going.
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For the moment, he's not saying much of anything to anyone. Trying to keep the air of mystery around himself. Anyone who followed the PvP scene prior to the apocalypse should know of him. But with everyone on relatively equal footing now, this should be interesting.
Once it's finally time for him to enter the arena, he rises up and walks out with the others. He keeps his hood pulled up, and his pace quick.
The announcer chimes in, "Next we have the infamous Silent Blade, Kasai Tora! Representing the Sleeping Knights of the Olympus Alliance, this cait sith is known for his skills in close quarters combat and for striking from the shadows, so seeing how he fights one on one should be quite the show!"
She darts out onto the field, a few sparks of fire crackling between her bare feet as she does so. The announcer quickly picks up on her trot onto the field. "And next we have another member of the Odysseia Knights, this one from our own Holy Empire -- Vertina Ketobasu!" Which gets some extra cheers from the Westelande groups in the crowd. The blonde Salamander gives an extra jerk of her feet, knocking the fireball forming between them a bit ahead of herself so the crowd can see it. Then darts up, scoops it with her foot like a soccerball, and lobs it high enough to bounce it off her head. Followed by jumping and flipping to strike it with a bicycle kick that shoots high over the field before popping into it's own little firework. "That Salamander is one high kicking spitfire!"
It's a bit of showboating, but it's important to make an impression that gets the crowd excited.
After all the tournament contestants have made their way in and arrived at their designated spot on the central stage the magical screens once again shifts to view Zorin. "Here we have the greatest adventurers of the known world! Here we will see the heights of skill and talent face off in honourable combat! Here we will find out who will climb to the very top! Ladies and Gentlemen, Lander and Adventurer, prepare yourselves for an event the likes of the world has never before seen!" Zorin pauses as there is cheer from the crowds which he waits for a moment to start settle before continuing, "Only one can climb to the very top, but the expertise and power that I'm sure will be demonstrated in every match is sure to wow! Once again please give a round of applause for the Grand Balancing of the Scales Contestants!"
As one of the magical screens positions to view the full stage and contestants another screen zooms well back to look down on the arena. As the cheers again begin the staff surrounding the stage point upward and waves of magic are unleashed upwards in a spectacular display. Gouts of flame roar upward. Fireworks explode unleashing sparkling lights. Water sprays leave a mist in the area and the lights refract through them casting the area in further rainbows of color.
Then as the light show starts to fade the announcer's voice booms out across the coliseum. "Let the Grand Balancing of the Scales TOOOOOURNAAAAAAMENNNNTTTT BEGIIIIINNNN!!~~"
Wynfei quickly waves his hand, "HEY I"M HERE! Hey Vartina!" he calls out. Breathing hard and after a moment he bounces up to the others and steps forward. "I'm the monkey fighter Wynfei from the Ezzo Empire." he says rushed. But the Cait Sith moneky manages to catch his breath and bows towards teh crowd, "I'm sorry for my tardiness but I will be participating in these matches. I don't have no fancy name but I will let my skills do the rest of my talking." he says.
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Having missed his chance here, he pulls his hood up tighter and then vanishes, heading towards the staging area again to see if he can pick up her trail.
When the lights begin to fade, though, Miki is quick to set her companion back down and then pull her hood back up over her head. Instinct drives her, as well as a need to get away from so many eyes. "Come on Rama. It's still a while before we get to fight. Let's go up to the stands and watch." Then, the two head out, following along with some of the other combatants.
Wynfei hugs Vertina, "This is the first time for me doing something like this." he laughs. "But I think this is going to be pretty fun and honestly I need the workout. I've been on my own for a bit too long." he laughs.
Looking to Vertina, "Yeah." he knows what she means and he hears Wisteria, "Well now I know most of you." he laughs as he scratches the back of his head and he yawns a little. Though as he does this, he stomach growls loudly and his tail goes stiff, "Uhh...shit, sorry." he laughs.
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"Food will be good, I don't think I've eaten in a while." eh says as he looks at Vertina and Wisteria. "You know a good place?" he asks.