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Old 12-09-2017, 04:35 AM
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Round 4; The Grand Finale: Inem vs Khelbiros

Round 4; The Grand Finale: Inem vs Khelbiros

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Looking back over the bloodied and scarred battlefields, it is a wonder that anyone survived this long. Limbs, weapons, pens, and paper lie scattered, discarded wherever they fell. Two teams have been entirely wiped out from the competition - the sly, dark power of those of the night, who flitter around the shadows, and drink the blood of their victims; and those who also enjoy to feast on others, the dead, or undead, shamblers of unlife, who fight against their constant and eternal hunger as much as against those who are to slow. All signs of these necrotic creatures has been removed from the stadium, and now only two challengers remain.

Inem has been here before, after defeating foe after foe last year. But this year, once departing from the monstrous starting field, and taking out the largest of the lycans, he found his battlefield empty. Has this pause in his battles weakened him, or caused him to lose momentum? Or was the last round merely a breather, a moment to gather his second wind, and the current Iron DM is now ready to defend his title with all his might?

For that is what he will need! The Pouncing Challenger has moved ahead with leaps and bounds! Breaking from the pack, Khelbiros proved her skill by taking down first a shambler, and then a tentacled horror from the deep. Now having moved further than she managed in last year's competition, with three impressively high scores under her belt, the Pouncing Challenger is finally in the position to fight for the title of Iron DM!

Can the reigning champion be dethroned? Or will this be the first time that the title will be able to be defended?

Of course, there can be only one Iron DM each year, and now is the time for that decisive battle to decide which of these fine athletes will be emerge as something truly wonderful to behold! For as has happened many times before, you will now face off against each other. Only by using the following ingredients, and crafting an encounter or adventure to truly rival all others may you claim the heavy burden of the title of Iron DM 2017!


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The main judges for this round are:
  • Everyone!!!
The ingredients for this round are:
  • a Vampiric Hydra
  • the Emperor's Second Cousin!
  • a Broken Home!
  • a Stringless Fiddle!
  • Civil Unrest!
  • and an Overindulgence of Food!
The bonus ingredients for this round are:
  • an Unusual Healing Potion!
  • a Jolly Old Elf!
  • a Wager Among Gods!
  • and a Stuffed Animal!
Let the Dungeon Mastering....BEGIN!!

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  • You are to write an adventure using the six items / concepts above. You can also use any of the bonus ingredients you wish to. All rules found here are to be followed.
  • The guidelines for the Judges' scoring can be found here.
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:16 AM
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Khelbiros leaps into the arena, her fur matted with the blood, ichor and corn flakes of her fallen foes. Dust puffs up where she lands, and her huge claws scar the earth.

Finally, she scents the presence of her final foe. Her fangs gleam in the white moonlight and she lets out a terrifying roar of challenge at her adversary. Then, she turns and vanishes into the shadows, readying for her final pouncing attack...
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And so the time has come. To do battle once more. One final time. Maybe then he will finally have peace. But this opponent...

Of course, no opponent in this arena can ever be underestimated. But this one has definitely proven she belongs here with her previous battles, both this year and last. Inem has seen her work. Somehow, he had a feeling he would eventually have to match up with this challenger. It is only fitting it is for the crown. After all, they each won an badge last year. So here they stand fighting each other for another.

In the blink of an eye his opponent is gone, vanished into the shadows in preparation of the attempt to bring him down. Well, he won't go easy. He won't go without fighting and clawing to the last breath. And he has learned a trick or two since he last stood here almost 13 months ago, refining his skills. Determined to make this contest close, no matter which way it plays out, Inem examines the ingredients. Gears turn in his head as he gets to work. "Well then, let's do this..."
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:31 AM
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With a crash of thunder, the clash of blades faded, the heavy breaths of exhausted combatants could be heard where the mutters of pain and fear once lingered. The battle was over, their energy spent, and now, finally, the time for the ultimate judgement was to be had.

The Pouncing Challenger had performed well throughout the competition, biting and clawing through her foes, knocking over those who would stand before her. There was a moment when the former Iron DM looked ready to be taken down - but that was not to be Khelbiros' path. For Inem rose up stronger than before, and gathering a score of 51.3, claims the title of Iron DM 2017 - for the first time in history, defending the title successfully against the arena of challengers! Congratulations!

And well done to each and every other participant this year - all the challengers and hopefuls, all the judges, and all the audience! Continue to write, run, and participate in great adventures over the next year, and stay tuned for next year's competition, where a thoroughly exhausted Inem will have to battle his way through yet another arena of hopefuls and challengers, each intent on claiming the crown, and becoming the Iron DM!
 
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