By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
The weather was perfect in the northern shire of Brennistein Vatn, within the Ducal estates of His Grace Finnvarr de Taahe, as TRM Quilliam and Dagmar hosted their Crown Tourney. A small but determined field entered the lists to vie for the right to succeed Their Majesties. First in the procession was Baron Brand, who was fighting for the first time for Duchess Jocea (resplendent in a dress with chequey sleeve lining). After presenting Her Grace to Their Majesties and the populace, he presented her with an engagement ring, which she accepted.
Although that was a hard act to follow, the tourney itself was well-fought. A round-robin portion selected the final eight for the double-elimination rounds, and in the end the strawberry leaves which covered the tourney field foretold a finals where the victor would one day reign a second time and eventually bear the title of Duke. Count Trumbrand, fighting for Countess Kaylah, met Count Etain, fighting for Countess Valfreya. Both had gone undefeated through the round-robin. Count Etain prevailed, and thus Prince Etain and Princess Valfreya became Ealdromere’s future.