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    Welcome to The Dragon's Gauntlet

    For the first time in Kronin history, their planet was opened to outsiders. Others had been allowed to come to the diplomatic centers just off-world. This was partly due to the extreme temperatures making it difficult to simulate a habitable environment and also for security reasons.
    As the ship passes the asteroid belt marking the beginning of the Kronin homeworld airspace The homeworld itself comes into view. It's black surface broken up by seas and rivers of glowing red lava and red sand deserts. It is a terrifying but beautiful sight.
    Meanwhile, on the Kronn homeworld, only a few tencycles before they had finished the construction of the new Arena. Before they discovered other races, the Kron had no such thing as pleasure, games, or entertainment. Only recently, in the past 20 galactic years, had they learned of the things on their world which others might find entertaining, so they constructed and Arena.
    The main building itself is a large circular building around 5 stories tall, with 3 large circular buildings surrounding it but are only 3 stories tall. The bottom 2 levels of the large center buildings are docking centers. The 3rd floor is full of private rooms for discussing trade and other dealings. The top two floors are walled with reinforced clear plating and have tables, food, among other things, to make it moderately comfortable. On these floors, can be found certain Kron who will broker bets between any powers who would like to add a little bit extra to their experience.
    Additionally, these floors overlook the 3 arenas so anyone interested can view any matches in progress. Each arena also has seating for viewers to get an up-close look at the action. The arenas are large circular rooms with red sand floors and a full 360° seating, The main arena as a ring of lava in the center, forming a small island in the middle. Each room has multiple armed Kronin guards, and the use of violence outside the arena will be taken as a threat, and the aggressor will be eliminated.

    The Kronin King general stands in the main hall watching his troops prepare for their guests. He had told them to be ready for anything due to the mishap at the pan-galactic auction. He didn’t actually think anything would go south, though. They had arenas to settle their disputes. When a decent amount of people had arrived, he began to speak. His booming voice, trained through years of directing troops, echoed through the room. “Welcome people of Axiom. I am king-general Krazkul of the Kronin Empire. If you wish to participate in any of the events here, please talk to a Kronin representative. I hope you will enjoy our festivities.”

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    The event is comprised of two main activities. The Arena events and a hunt. Each power can take part in a total of 4 possible events. 1 is used for the Bracketed match. 2 can be used to do a personal match. The last event Is the Dragon Hunt.
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    Any power can enter a representative in this battle. Once all entries are in (Thursday the 24th), the battle will begin. The representatives will be randomly paired, and each player participating will roll 2d6+mil. The highest score wins. The winner of the final round wins the Grand Prize.
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    The second arena activity is the less organized Personal Arena match. In these two willing powers may choose a competition they wish to compete against each other in and may carry it out in an arena. The competition can be for any stat, not just mill. For example, 2 diplomacy powers can have a debate, or 2 intrigue powers can complete a moc infiltration. For this, both powers roll 2d6 and add the respective modifier.

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    You may be thinking, Ivor, didn’t you mention betting. If so, then yes, yes I did. Any power participating in a Personal match may place a bet with the other (both parties must attend as an action if the contents of the bet require it). These bets will be monitored and brokered by a Kronin staff member.

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    In this event, each power goes out with a Kronin guide onto the planet's surface and into the Obsidian forests to find and kill/capture a dragon. When a dragon is found I will roll 2d20 to determine the size of the dragon's size and the player must roll 2d6+mill to capture or kill it if you roll too low things may go south (2-10 TN 5, 11-20 TN 10, 21-30 TN 14, 31-39 TN16, 40 TN 20). Once all the powers have rolled, The biggest dragon brought back wins a grand prize. If you want, after learning the size of the dragon, you may roll again to find a different one.

    At the end of the event. Winners will be declared, and prizes shall be given.
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    With the fleet gathering in its home sector in the event of war, the Ninurtine Emprie has sent only the venerable Penetrator to represent the Emperor officially at the Games, but that has not stopped a number of private travellers from making the trip.

    Most notable among these is a squat individual, only around 140cm tall and seemingly almost as broad, although his diminutive height is offset by a great spike of garishly dyed hair, which sits above a huge beard of similar colour. he made his way through the crowd to reach one of the Kronin representatives, and placed down a large axe with an audible clang.

    "Guid morn. Aam Dub an' ah want tae hunt yer dragons."

    A number of more conventionally human individuals instead headed to the arena, where they stood around, waiting either for the spectacles to start, or for worthy challengers to emerge.

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    Admiral Sharugin (Malakid, M) is around if anyone wants to speak to him.
    Torkan of Kara (Kuvetli, M) is the delegation leader for diplomacy purposes. Those characters present at the Auction may remember him from the general melee. He will fight in the arena but would prefer not to.
    Dub will talk to anyone who wants to speak to him but is mostly interested in fighting dragons.
    Ayaka Plakida (Tabine, F) will duel anyone who wants to fight.
    Mária and Dónes are a couple from Pokól, here to watch the arena combats and general entertainment. They might also be tempted on a dragon hunt for sport.
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    The Kron homeworld was an interesting sight to the Rothuun. Though much warmer and more wild, it was in some ways similar to the planet of Phaktal, the seat of government on Taurina I. As soon as the cruiser landed, it became obvious that this was not some minor diplomatic expedition. The cruiser was double the size of a normal pleasure craft and equipped with far more defenses. Upon the opening of the side hatch, a blast of perfumed scents and sounds of laughter emerged. Stepping out of the craft was an Ikhuun wearing a huge, iron crown and attended by a pair of handmaidens with fans. She is followed by a short, hunched-over female chomping on an enormous cigar, and a wild-eyed warrior wearing Microplating armor. The warrior carries a basket, in which sits... something. The object stored inside the basket is, for the moment, difficult to distinguish, but the sounds of squealing and moaning appear to have their origin there. The procession of minotaurs stops in front of the Kronin King-General.

    <I am very pleased to meet you, King-General Krazkul,> says the crowned minotaur. <Allow me to introduce myself. I am Urthuun Kzarna Harpooner, mistress of all the Rothuun holdings. Next to me is Autha Snapneck, Diplomatic Envoy to the region of Niconia. In the back is Herthaela the Strangler, keeper of the mighty Ty-Rone, the Horned Capybara. She is an accomplished warrior, and will be competing in your competition of physical strength and skill. For my part, I will be content to observe, and to perhaps start a few challenges of my own.>

    The basket is lifted for Krazkul's viewing pleasure, revealing a large, short-furred rodent with a pair of spiraling horns rising from its head. The Horned Capybara squeals with pleasure and attempts to lick Krazkul's face before Herthaela restrains it.

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    Krazkul salutes the small pointy individual who goes by Dub as he approaches. "I'm glad you are so enthusiastic about the hunt. The prestige of killing one of these beasts would be quite fitting for a warrior such as your self."

    When Dub leaves he turns to the Rothuun. He had had several experiences with them before and knew that they were well known warriors. He would be very interested to see how they perform in the day’s events "Good to meet you Urthuun. I am glad you are able to attend." He turns to tha capybara. He had heard roumors of this creature. It was known to single handedly usurp governments. Truly a creature of legind. "It is a pleasure to meet you too" he responds to the enthuseastic capybara.
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    A small, unassuming black triangular ship, identifiable as an Etherite personal transport glides into the landing area and the sight of the Kron homeworld was something rather unique. A world with that much heat presented interesting issues and Trask and his party were rather happy they didn't have to deal with those rather unique challenges.

    "Good day king-general Krazkul, my name is Trask Shu'Petarn and my friends and I are here to lend your medics a hand if you so desire. A combative encounter such as this generally has a need for extensive services."


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    If the intelligence reports were to be believed the Kronin were a warrior people, albeit less bombastic in their violence than those such as the Rothuun or Celenians, relying on a carefully plotted struggle forward in the name of their stellar ambitions than on cheap theatrics and intimidation intended to frighten any would be foe. As the eyes of Tediret human registered the molten homeworld of the Kron however the UPT representative Fex K'bit of Foreign Relations Division found himself more intimidated by the warriors than he'd ever felt regarding the more bombastic warrior races of Axiom. To emerge from these molten fires and seize the cold black vastness of space was a testament to their fortitude and resilience in the face of adversity. Perhaps the Transcendence Division Head had been wrong to seek the Rothuun as war god allies when the Kronin stood so much nearer to the perfection of a warrior race. Alas, such thoughts would remain only that as the fervor of ideological purity had gripped the capital for some time now and to suggest TD may have veered off course in their pursuit of divine truths was to ask for accusations of heresy and treason.

    Indeed it was this sort of conflict between ideologues and practical politicians that now gripped the capital in the wake of Svaatyr investigations into Shimmering Light. It was not so much the practical faction disagreed with distrust of the Sisterhood and its ilk, distrust which had purportedly prompted a quiet branch of TD to take violent acts of intervention against the monastic order, but rather disliked the light it's discovery had now placed UPT in. The Same within the Core were undeniably a demonic horde and the desire to take action was strong among true believers but high office holders held a distrust for the Wardens, Geleans, and the Sisterhood-now-Core-Patrol believing these non-believers in their own divinity had invested their faith in dangerous idols. News of the Wardens actions, disclosed by the Sisterhood of all investigators, had revealed a blatant attempt to convert the Same to follow the dark energy of the Source. This secretive manipulation had seemingly been swept under the rug by propaganda mills all around the Core territories which emphasized the Wardens "sacrifices" in dogpiling greatly outnumbered escaped Same factions and beating their chest about their own daring heroics. Now UPT's name was to be dragged through the mud by these very same propagandists for taking action against one of their own secret hoarding Core manipulating enemies already struck down by the proponents of "Core Patrol." It was an unfortunate situation to be in compounded in its complexity by the assault on the High Dreamer, no doubt by one of the Corewards propagandists, which had shaken the Spiral Dancers wherever they made their home.

    Perhaps that's why Fex had been sent with such a small compliment of less ideologically devout Symbraum and Dream Children to meet with a number of ideologically curious entities to try and avoid setting off the torch of an ideological debate between Spiral Dancer and Shadow & Flame, In Accord. With the Kamasati on a precipitous decline there was something of an unspoken desire to find a new ideological underpinning to latch onto for future growth. A small number of transmissions between UPT and the Tezh had occurred in recent years mostly exchanges of star chart information given the Consensus now occupied more or less the region of space claimed by UPT pre-Revolution which had prompted a number of biological and spiritual questions regarding the unusual creatures' biology, or lack thereof, to pop up in UPT discourse. Likewise there was both a political and ideological drive to meet with a representative of Iteusism most especially a Rothuun who might be capable of discussing the political future of Aneb Two-Gun in minotaur politics.

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    Fex K'bit - Lead Ambassador, Foreign Relations Division - Symbraum bonded with a human from Demon's Fall. Here to meet with a number of ideological representatives and represent UPT in this difficult moment.
    Klo J'van - Representative, Protection Division - Symbraum bonded with a Catarin from Polisto in the capital. Here to observe the hunting and possibly participate.
    Nuk Tel - Unbonded Sonic observer and servant. Here to attend to the needs of the Ambassador and Representative and to attest to the positive treatment of his brother and sister Dream Children.




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    The reigning Urthuun herself had come to attend? Truly this was an intriguing scenario. Had she no fear that the competition among pretenders to her throne would carry on without her presence and she might return to find herself declared an outlaw by an unfriendly successor? Perhaps Rothuun politics were more complicated than they seemed and this transition of power was less noteworthy than it had been perceived. Fex approached the large minotaur woman carefully, bowing deeply as Nuk introduced the female human form as "Laurice of Port Klein" followed by announcement of her honorable symbiosis with the Ambassador.

    "Mighty Urthuun, we are surprised to see yourself here among the festivities. Does the political turmoil we have heard rumor of demand no greater attention? Truly yours is a powerful leadership that does not concern itself with the machinations of underlings to seize power."
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    "I think this must be the most tedious planet in the galaxy," Mária said, as she and Dónes took their seats in the arena. "When does this all start, anyway?"

    "You can't really be surprised," Dónes said. "Until now they apparently had no concept of entertainment at all."

    Mária shuddered. "Can you imagine?" She looked out over the arena again. "Are they going to throw somebody into that lava? That would liven things up at least."

    "I'm sure they'll start soon enough," Dónes said, though he looked scarcely more patient, and they sat in silence for a minute or two.

    "BORED!" Mária yelled, and rolled her eyes as heads turned in her direction.

    "Well, if nobody else is going to do anything-" She stood up and shouted to those assembling for bouts.

    "The first person to win a fight gets to spend a night with me and my brother!"

    "You could at least ask me before doing that," Dónes pouted.

    "Oh, be quiet. At least you have a reason to be interested now."
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    The Duenem were likely one of the few races who could survive unaided here, but even they would find it hard. That the Kron had managed to come so far from such a hostile enviroment was a wonder to Radiance. The last few months had not been kind to his software, and it knew it would soon require mandatory fragmenting to remain sane. That was possibly why he had decided to lead this delegation personally.

    Radiance quickly made its way to the Kronin King. "Greetings King-General Krazkul," he began. "You have much here of wonder and interest. The Duenem are glad to be invited here. We shall be taking part in as much as possible."

    Behind him, a large range of Duenem scuttle, most observing the surroundings, though a few look ready for combat.
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    The Duenem:

    Herthaela stomps over to the Duenem leadership. This could end up being a real fight. The Duenem were not enemies of the Rothuun, however, so there was no reason to fight to the death. Looking up at Mária above, she shouts, <Your offer still stand, Ninurtine?> She slams one meaty fist onto Radiance's body. <I challenge you to a sparring match! Just a warm-up for the tournament to come. Do you fight?

    The Symbraum:

    Kzarna looks bewildered. <What do you mean, Ambassador? I have nothing to fear from my own people. I hold legitimate power and have done so for a long time. While I still breathe, none will be able to usurp me. The traitor Peelskin attempted to do so last year, and he is now dead. No, I have nothing to worry about in my visit to this planet.>

    The Kronin:

    With Herthaela distracted by the Duenem, Ty-Rone is free to escape the confines of his basket. It squirms out and crawls onto Krazkul's face, licking it furiously. When it speaks, however, its voice is far deeper than it should be. In fact, it sounds surprisingly menacing. <CUT OFF YOUR HAND AND GIVE IT TO ME, KRONIN. I FEEL THE WEAKNESS INHERENT IN YOUR RACE SIMPLY FROM THE TASTE OF YOUR HEAD. I DEMAND TRIBUTE, UNLESS YOU WANT ME TO...> Its voice cuts off suddenly, to be replaced by a much higher and squeakier voice with a much friendlier tone. <Hi-hi, friend! I'm Ty-Rone, the Horned Capybara. Let's all be friends forever!>
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    Etherites.

    We appreciate the aid. The dragons can be... testy.

    Unified public trust.

    Krazkul looked at the approaching Symbraum; he had not heard many things about their kind. To the Kronin their race was shrouded in mystery. He would be very interested to see how they win their fights.

    He turns at the shout of the Ninurtines. That should be interesting, he thinks. He notices a few of his own troops perk up at this.

    Now that more people were starting to show up, the games can almost start. He signals to Nozdak, who walks off to prepare for the dragon hunt. He walks down a hall and heads the lower levels where the vehicles are stored. The vehicles are just troop transport vehicles sicles but their heavy armor and carrying capacity make it an effective tool. Each transport is shaped like a brick with the front, and back edges cut off. Both sides have a large sliding door and ramp to allow troops to deploy. On top, the transport is a large high powered supersonic rail gun turret controlled from the cockpit. The transports hover a few feet off the ground and can move at around 30-40 miles per hour. Each expedition will be lead by 5 Kronin solders who will act as guides.

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    For all people interested the dragon hunt will start tomorrow at about 1:00 Eastern Time
    The big arena match will start probably Thursday, but I need to know who wants to do it so I can set up the bracket. I'll send out a message on the discord, and for those not on the dispute, you can write it into a post.
    Meanwhile, enjoy the festivities
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    The Lyraen ship that slides into orbit is, for once, not Ool's riotously decorous one. This one has no decoration, no extra ornamentation. It is, however, bristling with weaponry. This is the personal transport of Tra Gutri, the great general of the Lyraens and conqueror of several systems.

    However, there are two different delegations that disembark. The first is composed of Ool's crew, including Rhia and the twins. They are, overall, a cheerful and boisterous lot. The second group marches in silent, lock-step with each other, dressed in armor, visors over the top half of their faces, and acting like an army on parade. Every buckle is polished, every strap in the right place. They of House Gutri are the military might of Lyrae and they stand in stark contrast to the members of House Vulk.

    At the King's prononcement, House Vulk cheers. Tra Gutri looks at them with an unreadable expression, then looks back to his hosts. His forces salute instead.

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    The lower levels were alive with activity. Kronin ran around loading the ships with supplies and weapons and making sure that the transports AC's were going full blast. On the main floor, the King-General stepped up on his podium and addresses the crowd. "For those who are interested in the challenge that is hunting one of our lands dragons, that shall start promptly. Each interested party will be assigned a small troop of 5 Kronin who will act as guides and will help to track and kill the dragon if necessary."


    The transport glides along the blackened surface of the planet. From the clear panels in the walls of the transport you can see the landscape as it hurtles past. At first, you are on the flat plane black sand and volcanic rock that is home to the Arena and other command bases but this eventually gives way to a more hilly expanse of red sand. Soon you notice spires of glistening black glass protruding from the sand. They grow bigger as you go reaching 50ft in height and look as if a giant knife is trying to pierce the sky.

    The transport finally stopped at the base of a small hill of black lava rock with jagged blades of obsidian protruded from the side of the hill. A 30 foot round pool of lava sits at the base fed by a small stream of lava meandering slowly downhill. About halfway up the hill a large dark cavern has been scraped away in the side of the hill. One of the Krokin, who appears to be the one in charge turns to the group."Here we are. This should be a suitable cave. The dragon may or may not be home. We could wait here and trap it when it arrives or we could go off to find it. Careful though, they are ambush predators." He grins at this last statement.

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    (NUT): 27,000Kg TN-14
    (RTM): 30,000Kg TN-14
    (DNM): 34,000Kg TN-16
    (NDA): 30,000Kg TN-14
    (GLR): 24,000g TN-14
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    Dub looked at the dragon his guides had found.

    "Ah dornt want tae soond ungrateful, but it's a bit oan th' small side, isnae it? it seems almost unsportin' tae barnie wit th' wee hin'. Dae ye hink ye can fin' me a bigger a body?"
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    The Guide nods to the Ninurtine. "Let's see what we can find." After a little while longer the Transport comes up to another lair. "Judging by the tracks and the claw marks on the walls, I would say we got one about 27Kg
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    Herthaela stomps over to the Duenem leadership. This could end up being a real fight. The Duenem were not enemies of the Rothuun, however, so there was no reason to fight to the death. Looking up at Mária above, she shouts, <Your offer still stand, Ninurtine?> She slams one meaty fist onto Radiance's body. <I challenge you to a sparring match! Just a warm-up for the tournament to come. Do you fight?


    Radiance sized up the Rothuun. It was true it needed a warm up to calibrate its weaponry to suborbital combat, and the Rothuun were certainly good figthers.

    "Very well Rothuun." Radiance replied. "I do need to do some calibrations before the event bzzt. I shall turn off my cutting tools so no lasting harm is dealt."

    When the fight began, it took less than a second for Radiance to realise that it had also turned off its right sensors by accident. Its fragmentation must have been developing faster than it thought. The charging Herthaela certainly highlighted the issue. Radiance attempted to keep Herthaela on its left side, although it was only a matter of time before she noticed.
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    Kzarna looks bewildered. <What do you mean, Ambassador? I have nothing to fear from my own people. I hold legitimate power and have done so for a long time. While I still breathe, none will be able to usurp me. The traitor Peelskin attempted to do so last year, and he is now dead. No, I have nothing to worry about in my visit to this planet.>
    Were Laurice of Port Klein alone inside her head she perhaps would not have been able to subdue the quirk of an eyebrow that would betray the surprise at Kzarna's blase attitude towards the machinations of rival clan leaders. Luckily for Laurice's continued survival before this massive alien and diplomatic relations between UPT and Rothuun the cool measured mind of Fex repressed this instinct and Laurice instead merely bowed her head.

    "Mighty Urthuun, we apologize for any offense inferred. We in UPT are unfamiliar with the mechanisms directing 'legitimate power' among the Rothuun as our first brush with the late Urthuun Thrikar Fleshgorger at the Simulacrum and your own ascent to power appeared predicated on rivalry among warriors with the strongest determining rightful rule. It is obvious you are the mightiest of your race or you would not be Urthuun and the maneuvers of your foes and followers are naught but the squabbling of takhaun over scraps fallen from your prestigious dinner table."

    "We in UPT are quite curious to know, the Nephret Pact has become bound up with the chest beaters who call themselves the Wardens. Are the Rothuun as committed to these glory hounds who would seize all credit for all fighting along the Core as they are to their brothers and sisters in faith within Itea and the Protectorates?"
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    Following the relative disaster at the Auction, Pontiff Malicha has resolved to delegate diplomatic affairs among her underlings. It is for this reason that the arrival of the Church on the Kronin homeworld is very subdued. One shuttle arrives, bearing a meager three individuals: two enforcers and an Archdeacon. With the Library of Peace snatched from the Church's grasp, diplomatic events are still a high enough priority to warrant an Archdeacon's presence abroad. If Celestia Enterprises makes an appearance, all diplomatic offers are at the Archdeacon's disposal to secure the fragment.

    However, there are other priorities to resolve. The Urthuun was to be present, and there are lingering conditions of the Nephret pact that are overdue to be resolved. As the shuttle touches down, the Archdeacon braces himself against the heat and strides forth to meet the Church's ally.

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    As soon as the Urthuun is sighted, the trio hastens to her side from across the arena. In that time another human seems to have taken up conversation, though during a lull the Archdeacon speaks up. "Apologies for the intrusion, Urthuun. I an Archdeacon Provis of the Church of Iteus. On behalf of the Pontiff, I wish to thank you for your representative's generosity at the Zara auction. The services of the Church are at your disposal."
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    The Mier Formica vessel approached the hostile planet the Kronin called home and halted in orbit for a moment to calculate the losses that could be occurred attending this gathering, after all the last one proved to be more hostile than anticipated and that had no mention of combat against dragons. In the end the risk was worth it and the ship set course for the newly build arena.

    Arriving in the docking center the Mier Formica set down and any that had observed the previous two gatherings could tell the ship was significantly smaller than at those times. The reason for this was that only Mier Formica ants made up this ship and the representatives from other races were left at home for their own safety. As the envoy was created from the ants aboard the ship it was clear that this envoy was build different from the previous ones, its skin had a more metallic shine and the glow of small energy discharges could be seen within the arms that formed. One thing was clear this envoy was better prepared for combat than the last one was. After the first one finished forming a second one formed with the same specifications and then finally an envoy was created that looked more like the normal envoy who would be the diplomatic face of the gathered party.

    Walking through the halls of massive arena the Mier Formica found several representatives of other galactic power and would attempt to communicate with each of them. The conversations would start always start the same way. For any party not encountered before it would be "Greetings we are the Mier Formica we have not met yet but i am sure we could find a common ground to build on, who do i have the pleasure of speaking to.".

    As it would seem no previous acquaintances of the Mier Formica are present par the Kronin themselves the greetings for previously encountered races are as follows "Greetings representative of the Kronin, we have not forgotten the kindness you showed out kind during the auction not to long ago. We are honoured to attend your event and have prepared this more combat attuned envoy to participate in the festivities. We would like to register for the dragon hunt and the Bracketed Battle to ensure that your event is as spectacular as possible." the two envoys that were more prepared for battle stood at attention behind the diplomatic envoy awaiting a response.
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    The King-General saluted the Mier Formica as they came in. "We are glad you have decided to attend our competition. I shall send for a group to aid you in finding one of our dragons." He turns and beckons to a solder standing by the elevator. "The Mier Formica would like to hunt a dragon." She nods and walks off.



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    UPT:

    <The Eye are our allies and our friends-in-arms against the Same. It would be foolish to attack them now. But they are no true Nephret Pact members. They are untrustworthy and hypocritical, and our commitment to them is nothing near our loyalty to the Syndrome or the Church of Iteus.>

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    <You are welcome to it, Archdeacon. As a protectorate of the Rothuun Galactic Holdings, you can expect such benefits. Welcome to our honorable nation.>

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    Haerthala charges furiously at Radiance, moving far faster than would have been expected from her size. She catches the Duen by surprise, who is forced to swivel to keep her on the left side. Haerthala hits him thrice with her meaty fists; glancing blows, but they reveal her immense strength. Retreating, Radiance tries to knock the minotaur down, but she dodges the blow and slams him with her hoof. Knocking Radiance to the ground, Haerthala stands atop him until he signals submission. <You fight well, Duen, but you are no match for a Rothuun,> she says, winking up at the Ninurtine spectators.
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    A small one-person ship had arrived at the perimeter of the Kronin home-system. It broadcast diplomatic signals on all frequencies as it approached their homeworld. Assuming it was permitted past the defensive perimeter the vessel entered into as low an orbit above the arena as it could before it suddenly exploded in a shower of iridescent sparks. Most of the fragments burned away into nothing, but one was quickly revealed to be a drop pod and it descended at high speed towards the outskirts of the arena complex.
    The pod shattered upon impact to reveal a glowing ellipsoid that just as quickly faded away to reveal a tall Tal-Amanyn. He was garbed in a uniform of deepest blue and his hair was worn in two long braids that reached almost to his boots. The copper of his buttons and chains glinted in the light. He drew his sword and raised it high before bringing it crashing against the nearest piece of wreckage whereupon it shattered into a thousand pieces.
    Assuming that he is now surrounded by guards poised to shoot him he gave a toothy grin.
    "I bear a message from the Conclave."
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    The King General nods to his guards who follow him as he heads for the exit. He turns and says the assemballed hall, "Something has come up thar requires my imediate attention." "If you need anything plaese talk to Admiral Nozdak" With this he leaves. He stepps out of onto the planets surface and walks out to meet the figure. "You have a message?"
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    The King General nods to his guards who follow him as he heads for the exit. He turns and says the assemballed hall, "Something has come up thar requires my imediate attention." "If you need anything plaese talk to Admiral Nozdak" With this he leaves. He stepps out of onto the planets surface and walks out to meet the figure. "You have a message?"
    The draconic humanoid stood tall and straight. He placed his left hand over his chest and raised the other into the air still holding the hilt of his broken sword in salute.
    "Your Illustrious Majesty," he said, his voice loud and clear, "The Conclave has received word of your intention to intercede on behalf of the Antillians. They have sent me to bear their request that you desist."
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    Ool rides out with the guide, claws gripping the edge of their little vessel. It is a long journey, or so it seems to those waiting in eager anticipation. And soon, perfection! A tremendous dragon, a true drake among drakes, rears up below. A grin slowly spreads over Ool's face. "A fantastic view!" he declares. He points back to the red-suited female twin. "Larm! You know what to do!"

    With a sigh, she raises her hands as a red glow surrounds both her and the others. "This is a..."

    "Horrible idea," her brother finishes.

    "You really should reconsider," Rhia adds quietly.

    Ool strips off his protective suit. His fur hardens, taking on the consistency and density of a sun-skiff's hull, one of those ships designed to siphon gas off stars themselves. The transport's supports groan a little bit from the added weight. "I'll be fine," he insists, "Besides, what's life without a little risk?"

    "Safe? Warm? Comfortable?" Rhia supplies.

    "No, that's a desk-job," Ool says, having no idea what a desk job is actually like. With a whoop he runs out the door to the transport and leaps into the heat beyond, armed with nothing but his implant and a heat-resistant set of pants. "Lorne!" he shouts. The male twin raises a claw casually and a strong wind hoists Ool higher into the air, over the dragon's head. She barely has time to lift her head before the super-dense Lyraen's knee slams into her chin and rides it all the way down.

    Yet it is not a decisive blow. She weathers the assault and returns the favor. She flings her head upwards and tosses the unwelcome attacker against the nearest cliff. The outer layer shatters. With all the power her evolution gave her, she moves to crush the attacker, rampaging towards him with heat and wrath in equal measure. Down comes her jaw, but four Lyraen claws meet it. Ool holds it open, the strength of his hyper-dense muscles an equal match for the moment.

    "Watch out, pups!" he calls with a laugh, "This ones a bit stroppy!" With a twist of his torso and legs, he shifts aside and slams the dragon's head into the cliff beside him. She roars, unhurt but very mad.

    But when she looks around for him, she cannot see him. All she can sense is a weight that has suddenly appeared on the back of her neck. Strong limbs reach around and begin to choke her. She lets out a hoarse bellow and tries to push off whatever thing this is, but cannot shake it. Harried, she turns to dive into the lava, but finds that the pool has closed over. "No escape that way!" Ool calls.

    In its last moments of consciousness, the dragon rampages through her territory, shattering stone, smashing anything she can get her claws on, and making scars in the earth that the land will remember long after she is gone. But in the end, it does fall. Ool stands triumphant.

    =======

    Tra Gutri watches the Rothuun and Duen fight with an impassive expression. "Every time," he mutters to himself.

    "Sir?" one of his soldiers asks.

    "Every time I come to one of these, there is always someone fighting one of the Rothuun."

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    Haerthala charges furiously at Radiance, moving far faster than would have been expected from her size. She catches the Duen by surprise, who is forced to swivel to keep her on the left side. Haerthala hits him thrice with her meaty fists; glancing blows, but they reveal her immense strength. Retreating, Radiance tries to knock the minotaur down, but she dodges the blow and slams him with her hoof. Knocking Radiance to the ground, Haerthala stands atop him until he signals submission. <You fight well, Duen, but you are no match for a Rothuun,> she says, winking up at the Ninurtine spectators.
    "Ugh, really?" Dónel said, as Haerthala's victory became apparent. "That... creature?"

    Mária shrugged. "It'll be an experience, anyway." She took their room key from her bag and threw it to Haerthala. "Come up and see me, honey, make me smile!"

    As Telescopic Radiance left the arena, Sharugin approached and spoke quietly.

    "Is all well, Radiance? You seem troubled."
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    Above the planet, a ramshackle starship bearing the marks of the Federated Churches of Origin's End has been directed into a stable orbit. The thing looked more like a great catamaran than a spaceworthy vessel, with two jury-rigged hulls bridged by tubes and cables all along their length. From within that tangled nest of wiring and attachments, a heavy-set shuttle detaches with surprising agility, before setting an approach to land on the surface. When it reaches the surface, several individuals disembark carefully, only one of whom appears to be Rass.

    Perhaps the most notable of these was the four meter tall armored suit that appeared - and sounded - more like a war machine than a dignitary. Six tiny ports were set near the top of the suit - each glowed brightly enough with an orange-yellow heat as to leave afterimages in the eyes of those who stared too long. Even in the Kronin heat, the air was visibly hotter around the machine, and several exhaust ports would on occasion open and violently expel gas upwards. Alongside - for a certain, broadly-defined understanding of the term - mechanical monstrosity were three more persons of note - the Living Reliquary and mechanical bodyguard of the God-Speaker and their representatives, Grace-Which-Is-Beauty's-Sustenance (more commonly just called Grace); the Dasari Sorren Caxton Elien, skin a dark blue from the Rhoshan sun, in a Dawnstar pilot suit, though it bore the markings of the Federated Churches alongside those of the Dominion, now; and the Rass Feminine-Glitter-Fruit-Blossom EdgeSkimmer TwinFords, a Speaker of the Convocation and a very highly placed representative of the Church of the Balanced Edge.

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    The behemoth of the group pauses for a few moments as a ring around the uppermost portions of the suit swivels, before turning and stomping towards the Lyraen Delegation. When they spoke, the light showing through their viewports changed colors, intensities, and polarizations rapidly, though the level to which this was visible to unaided eyes was minimal. The voice itself was artificial sounding, though deep, booming, and very much fitting their apparent size as they loomed over Tra Gutri, extending one massive mechanized claw and bending over to touch the ground with it. Fortunately, the damage to the Kronin's floor is minimal.

    " >>> I give greetings! I find good in meeting you, if you will find it in me. I am told that you are like me adjacently, and live by the grace of Great Stars! I am Cold-Storm-Rider - " a pause as a loud hissing accompanies venting gases - " - First Void Speaker of my people. May I ask to speak with you concurrently? <<<"
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    Krazkul stared at the Draconic figure that stood before him. "That is an interesting request you bring. One which I must decline." He pauses for a moment to collect his thoughts. "I began training as a warrior from the moment I could walk. That is the way of our people. From the day we can understand we learn that this world has a balance. The things that are strong kill the things that are weak. The things that are weak must adapt and become strong. In our harsh world, you live or die, fight or perish, kill or be killed. We have learned to value resolve and strength. When we see that we move toward it. We see it in the Antillions. We also learn not to back down. If we lose grasp of the laws that we hold dear we are nothing. Surely your kind values your own morals." He pauses again. "Tell your leader that to back down would be to lose the values that we hold dear and to denounce or age-old beliefs forged in fire. To desist means to lose who we are, a fate worse than death." He nods and salutes the figure. "Will that be all or will you join in the festivities."
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    Haerthala charges furiously at Radiance, moving far faster than would have been expected from her size. She catches the Duen by surprise, who is forced to swivel to keep her on the left side. Haerthala hits him thrice with her meaty fists; glancing blows, but they reveal her immense strength. Retreating, Radiance tries to knock the minotaur down, but she dodges the blow and slams him with her hoof. Knocking Radiance to the ground, Haerthala stands atop him until he signals submission. <You fight well, Duen, but you are no match for a Rothuun,> she says, winking up at the Ninurtine spectators.


    Radiance gives out a 'exhasperated sigh' sound. "That is fair, but every fight is one more for my memory. And now my sensors are realigned, so expect a different result in the fights themselves." It picks itself up, and turns on its tools, beginning to repair the minor damage inflicted. "I would wish you luck in your own fights, but you clearly do not need it bzzt."
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    "Ugh, really?" Dónel said, as Haerthala's victory became apparent. "That... creature?"

    Mária shrugged. "It'll be an experience, anyway." She took their room key from her bag and threw it to Haerthala. "Come up and see me, honey, make me smile!"

    As Telescopic Radiance left the arena, Sharugin approached and spoke quietly.

    "Is all well, Radiance? You seem troubled."


    "I am not troubled,"
    Radiance replies passively. "I am just near my next refragmenting, as my memory banks are near capacity. It's occuring at the onset of a new task, so I can relearn from my next position, it is just the annoyance at the setbacks it will cause.. I thank you for your concern though."
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    Krazkul stared at the Draconic figure that stood before him. "That is an interesting request you bring. One which I must decline." He pauses for a moment to collect his thoughts. "I began training as a warrior from the moment I could walk. That is the way of our people. From the day we can understand we learn that this world has a balance. The things that are strong kill the things that are weak. The things that are weak must adapt and become strong. In our harsh world, you live or die, fight or perish, kill or be killed. We have learned to value resolve and strength. When we see that we move toward it. We see it in the Antillions. We also learn not to back down. If we lose grasp of the laws that we hold dear we are nothing. Surely your kind values your own morals." He pauses again. "Tell your leader that to back down would be to lose the values that we hold dear and to denounce or age-old beliefs forged in fire. To desist means to lose who we are, a fate worse than death." He nods and salutes the figure. "Will that be all or will you join in the festivities."
    The Tal-Amanyn soldier listened to Krazkul's speech in respectful silence and did not interject.
    "Then in defiance of your own agreement with the Conclave you have chosen to side with cowards, murderers and poisoners. You speak of honour and strength, but you will find neither among the Antillians. They attacked us with the intention of overthrowing our ways and once their efforts failed they immediately sought to flee our rightful vengeance. Since then they have engaged in a campaign of underhanded tactics and if not for their reliance on poisons and trickery we would not be in conflict now.
    "We will have justice for the blood spilled by the treachery of the Antillians. Rest assured our resolve has stood the test of aeons and calamities like nothing you or your entire kingdom has ever witnessed. Protect these weak cowards as you see fit Your Majesty, we of Amanyk are not impressed by your arbitrary views and your failure to uphold our bargain."

    He reached into a pocket and pulled out a crystal scroll-case which he handed to Krazkul.
    "Our official declaration Your Majesty. One last time I urge you to reconsider."
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