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Old Dec 7th, 2018, 04:49 AM
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The Race For Third: Jim Faindel vs. Atua

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"You've done well to get this far, but your burden has not been laid to rest just yet", the Herald informs the two semi-finalists as he leads the two into a cavern deep in the Iron DM complex. In the center of the yawning cavern lies a massive crucible; searing hot to the touch. "You may have lost your last match, but in here... losing only makes you stronger. I should know. I have lost more times than both of you combined. Aye, and even won, though perhaps that was the worst of it."

Scattered haphazardly around the cavern are ingredients of all shapes and sizes, interspersed with large chunks of raw iron ore and uncut crystals. Picking up a small chunk of raw ore and a three stringed banjo sporting dancing monkeys etched onto the side, the Herald throws both into the great crucible. It takes only moments for the two items to sizzle, pop and melt together into a glowing morass of molten iron that emits the occasional twang. Waiting expectantly, the Herald looks to the two beside him before directing their gaze to the liquid iron from the crucible as it flows into a wavering stream that disappears into the ceiling. It isn't long until the three can hear stomping, cheering, and a grand raucous above them.

"Your task today is simple. You are both expert DMs. You would not be here were it not so, and it has been proven thrice fold. Above you Inem and Unko Talok battle to the bitter end, but the Chairman demands only the very best. You shall craft an adventure from what you find here and it shall form the very foundations of the grand finale. Each of the finalists carry a bit of your power with them and you in turn carry a bit of the power of those you have faced to date. These connections are not to be ignored. "

Nearby the competitors find the following ingredients:
  • a Remorse & Redemption!
  • Divisive Teamwork!
  • a Drowned Valley!
  • Vapor!
  • Ornithomancy!
  • a Support Beam
Farther away, they find bonus ingredients:
  • a Flying Fish!
  • Strength through Defeat!
  • Candy!
  • and a Ballerina!

This would not be Iron DM were there no competition; even now. For the pride of those you have defeated in battle, and for those that have in turn beaten you. For the acknowledgement of the chairman of Third place, and the honor of battles hard fought... let the Dungeon Mastering... BEGIN!
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Old Dec 13th, 2018, 08:54 AM
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