For several weeks, excitement had been building in Kenabres—Armasse was coming! Traditionally an opportunity for scholars and priests to come together to study the lessons of history from wars past, since Aroden’s death, this holy day had become more about training commoners in weaponry, choosing squires, and ordaining new priests. Over time, Armasse had grown to encompass jousting competitions, mock duels, battle reenactments, and other festival events.

In Kenabres, the festival was eagerly anticipated, for it provided distractions from the horrors of being on the front line of the war. Smiles on faces normally  marred by downcast eyes and furrowed brows did wonders for city morale in the weeks leading up to the event. Armasse was a citywide celebration, but the majority of the event, including its jousting matches and other entertainments, was taking place at Clydwell Plaza, just west of the cathedral.

It is here that the crowds were gathering, near the cathedral’s facade. The luckiest had found good spots to observe the opening ceremonies at noon. All was about to begin…..

Wrath of the Righteous