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Old 12-02-2019, 01:50 AM
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Round 4; The Grand Finale: Unko Talok vs Drager

The Grand Finale

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Originally Posted by The 'Honorable' Chairman
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The arena is filled with darkness. An empty canvas for the final match of Iron DM. Eerily familiar for one of the competitors, who found himself here last year. With one exception. Last year, there weren't statues plastered around the battlefield. So many statues. It is only upon closer examination that realization dawns. For this final match, the 'Honorable' Chairman has decorated the void of the arena with the remains of those who have faltered in the previous rounds. A reminder of what has been overcome already to get here. How many didn't make it.

"Are you ready?" The chairman's voice echoes through the arena, seemingly coming from all directions at once, though he is nowhere to be seen. Only the two contestants stand in the arena, and this is about them. Although the crowd is once more shrouded in darkness, once more barely out of view, it seems more restless than it has before. Of course it is. For this is what everyone has been waiting for. The final match of Iron DM. One person will walk away here, head held high with the crown newly placed upon their head. "Then let us meet our contestants!"

A spotlight hits the first contestant where he stands: "Last year, he was just a site veteran, but a newcomer to the competition. This year though, he is the person who lost last year's final match by less than two points, and promptly returned here again. Clocking in at 120.8 points accumulated so far this year, it's..."

Unkoooo Talok!

A spotlight then falls onto the second contestant: "And in the other corner, this year first time contestant, and the one who was only two thirds of a point behind Unko Talok when they faced off in the first round, the person who achieved the single highest mark out of any judge with a 53 point score in round 3, clocking in barely ahead of Unko with a total score of 121.6, it's..."

Draaaaager!

"You have faced once before in this competition, coming in neck in neck. But while both of you advanced back then, only one of you will come out of this match as the winner and claim the crown. It is time for the two of you to face off. To win, you will need to use the ingredients to maximum effect. Only our entire panel of judges are equipped to make such a decision, and so...""

The main judges for this round are:
  • Everyone!!!
At another gesture from the chairman, two heaping tables appear once more, only for the master of this competition to loudly proclaim the ingredients for this round:
  • An Awakened Rat Sorcerer!
  • A Geyser Field!
  • A Nightmare Siege Engine!
  • Bad Blood!
  • A Fake Lich!
  • Marching to a Different Drum!

The bonus ingredients for this round are:
  • A Princess that Meows!
  • A Cursed Hat!
  • Buyer's Remorse!
  • A Metallic Crustacean!

May the best Dungeon Master win!
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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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  • Once posted, do not edit your entry. The use of the "preview" function is thus also highly recommended.
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:29 AM
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Drager's gaze strays to the remains of previous competitors and he grunts. "Shame to waste what could have made damn fine apprentices as decorations." he mutters to himself. Seeing his opponent appear not far away the Dwarf gives his beard a tug and grins at the skeleton with its reforming flesh. "Thought it'd be you." he nods in acknowledgement "I've not made anything worthy of the craft thus far. This time I better had." Drager turns to the ingredients and smiles widely as a plan immediately starts to come together.
 
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:40 PM
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InspiredAt each stage, the Skeleton's form has been improving, expanding, becoming more full. With the completion of the last round, his silvery organs, muscles, and tendons were covered with a layer of "skin" made of silvery something. There are still uncovered spots here and there, giving the impression of a golem made to resemble a human zombie. It seems like he's been regaining his voice as his body has become more whole. Now, with fully-formed lips, he can speak.

Looking over Drager, his face registers some recognition. "I remember... I've beaten you before, and may again... but it doesn't matter. This time, we both lose..." Unko's eye-sockets are still mostly empty, only red pinpricks of light animating them. He looks at the statue-trophies that the Chairman has collected from the fallen contestants. "They are not ingredients this time?" he asks to no one in particular, then nods his head. "Good. They will rest..." Turning toward the actual ingredients, Unko sets to work...

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Old 12-05-2019, 09:34 PM
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:33 PM
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Old 12-10-2019, 06:26 PM
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I would just like to say, since Inem is not participating this year, it has been an absolute pleasure grading the two of you and you are both fine folk. You're no Inems, of course, but I can't fault you for that. Well, I can. I did. I do. But.

What's important is that you did amazing work, and it's an inspiration to us all, especially to PIG. Now, let's get on with it.

 

 
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Well! Two love stories. How about that?

I canít give my usual detailed breakdown of my judgements this round, which takes hours to make and I donít want to hold up the game any longer, so I will just choose the one I think deserves my nomination:

The Old Feud by Unko Talok

I favor the story for the Loverís Quarrel a whole lot more but the use of the ingredients and game balance of The Old Feud makes me favor it over all as a game if I were to run them as DM. I actually think both of you were much stronger in Round 3 but I know it gets tough when you to this level of complexity.

Thank you for playing guys. I know it wasnít easy but you both really made it entertaining for me over the weeks.
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Though neither competitor had seen the 'Honorable' Chairman leave the arena at the start of the match, he hadn't been present throughout the battle. They hadn't seen him reenter, either, and yet there he was standing, as if he hadn't moved the entire time. Looking around, the chairman examines the aftermath of the competition.

"This is it then, the final battle this year has been concluded and judged. You have both fought valiantly to even get here, but in the end, only one person is worthy to wear the crown of Iron DM for the next year." With a flash, a red scroll appears in the hands of the master of this entire event. "Now, obviously I'm the chairman, so I already know what this says. But it is just more official when I read it off of something in writing. So, without further ado, our winner is..."

 


 
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