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When: Week 18, Day 1, Noon
Where: The Great Stadium, Yomisato
Style: Action, comment spam, prose, whatever you want! Time paradox is a go, thread jump is also a go (except in tournament matches)!
Rating: R, to be safe.

[ It may come as a shock to some that there is a thing like a "great stadium" in Yomisato, as most have never seen it, even if they have all heard about it.

Upon inquiry of where to go, crowds of people will direct your character towards a nondescript cave in the mining district. As your character follows the procession of excited people through the caves, they will be led through the cave and down, down, down through different levels of what appears to be an underground labyrinth. The first two levels are well guarded -- it will be very difficult for your character to break off from the procession to try and explore these two levels -- for now, at least. The third level, however, appears to be where the Great Stadium is located, as crowds converge into different groups. Placards that read "WARRIORS" and "AUDIENCE" are held up by little men in black cloaks on wooden pickets, separating the crowd. The audience heads towards the northern gates, while the warriors head towards the southern for registration.

The arena is carved out of the darkest and blackest of stone, where very large metallic lanterns dangle from the cave ceiling, hundreds of feet up above the wide open arena below. The arena would resemble very closely to that of the olden gladiator arenas in Rome in terms of structure. The floor of the fighting area is filled with hard, packed dirt. It is not uncommon to find broken glass, bones, pieces of chipped weapon and armor amidst the dirt. Performers are usually located under the arena fighting ground itself. There are cells held together by steel bars to prevent escape. Once you have entered the tournament, there is no backing out.

For characters interested in exploring this underground level, they will discover that there are many different arenas. The Great Stadium is the biggest and grandest of all and accommodates tens of thousands of people. Around this stadium are many arenas, all lying in a concentric circle, smaller in size, accommodates smaller crowds. These arenas are closed today, as all attention is being focused upon the Great Stadium.

Guards who stand like centinels watch over the crowd, in case one of the performers does escape or attempt to harm someone they shouldn’t be harming. They also guard the performers under the fighting arena.

If bets do occur, then they’re usually amongst the crowd themselves or betting circles organized by some of the different gambling gangs.

Flames burn green here. ]


Mar. 15th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Rin vs. Cross: the betting pool.
This was not how it was supposed to go.

Because she'd felt like trying it, Rin had decided to place a few bets in this tournament. And when it came to Kanda's fight -- well. It wasn't that she underestimated him. Logically, she knew the other guy was a poor sod with no chance, but she'd been utterly uninclined to bet on a moron with a bad attitude like Kanda. So to his opponent, her vote went.

Just ten mon, but still. Between her situation at home and her possibly worse situation here, it felt frivolous to waste any money.

But she'd known, hadn't she?

Unhappy with herself, she put her face into her hands and pushed her lip out in a pout, not caring who saw her like this.
Mar. 27th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
Totally forgot about this when I said I'd tag it, sorry!
Now, Cross on the other hand, was quite happy. He knew he could count on you, Tiedoll's brat, he just knew it. So it was with a very, very smug grin that he rose from his seat nearby and raised his hand, snapping his fingers.

"Alright, pay up!"

And his contentedness only grew at the disgruntled grumbles and glares of the people that turned up to hand in the cash. Hah~
Mar. 28th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Fff, 's fine. <333
Hearing that voice, Rin looked over her shoulder. Familiar voice -- and bingo, she was looking into the very smug face of one Mr. Cross Marian. That just added to her humiliation, and she buried her face in her hands, groaning to herself.

She sat like that for a few moments, contemplating the world and her place in the universe, but then she looked up again, sighed, and turned back to Cross. With a frown, she fished around in her bag for the ten mon.

"All right, all right."
Mar. 28th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
It was an amusing sight; Rin burying her face in her hands and groaning. Cross got just a little more smug, but he didn't say anything to her yet as he gathered in his winnings. Ahh, money~~ This was a good day.

He only spoke when Rin turned around towards him. "I never saw you as the type to bet, Rin," he said amusingly.
Mar. 28th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Seeing his amusement, she rewarded him with an annoyed glare. She snorted and looked away slightly, even as she turned further toward him. "Wasn't until now. Thought I'd try it."

Having found her string of coins, she untied it and slipped off one of them; one with the value of ten mon. "Guess it's the last time," she said, holding her hand with the money out to him with a challenging and ever-so-slightly disgruntled look.
Mar. 31st, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
The glare only served to amuse Cross further, dear Rin, so if you were trying to look impressive in some way you might want to try another tactic.

Ten mon wasn't much money, but money was money and victory was victory so he took it without a word about that. Besides, you made the most money at betting carefully if you didn't know the challengers. Like Cross did this time; he had had no doubt whatsoever that Kanda would win because he couldn't die or get hurt. He was really like a machine.

"Unless you care enough to try and get good at it, then you might as well continue," he mused as he pocketed the coin.
Mar. 31st, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
And really, Rin had seen Kanda in action before. More than she liked. And that Iskierka had set him on fire and he had not a scratch on him was more than enough proof that the guy was pretty durable.

So, lesson learned: do not make bets based on emotional involvement with the people you're betting for or against. A no-brainer, truly, but -- no, Rin wasn't going to beat herself up over ten mon.

"I don't think so," she answered, still pouting a little, because she was in a pouting mood, "I prefer more... secure ways of making money."
Apr. 2nd, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Really, Rin, Cross figured that was common sense. Betting was all about logic and tactic and knowing what you were betting on. It wasn't about instinct, really, or luck, on the level that some people might think. Sure, there was some of it, but not entirely that much.

"Skipping that kind of excitement, huh?" He chuckled at the pouting, snatching a cigarette from his pocket. "Tossing money around isn't for everyone, I suppose."


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