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Sync Up!

Post by Cajsa Storm » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:06 pm

Sync Up! with Cajsa Storm

Sync Up! is a program streamed on Sync, live and on demand, which covers the Duel of Swords. Hosted by Cajsa Storm, Sync Up has special guests, breakdowns and reviews of matches, and news and rumors of what’s happening around the Arena.

If you would like to be a guest or have an idea to be featured, please contact us!

(( If you want to have your character interviewed or on as a guest or have a duel you’d like to see Cajsa analyze and give her thoughts on, please contact me by sending a PM or on Discord at Lazy Visionary#2149! ))
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The Talon of Redwin

Post by Cajsa Storm » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:14 pm

“Hallo and welcome to Sync Up! I’m your host Cajsa Storm! Today, we’re going to do a feature on something in the Duel of Swords that has been at the heart of back to back events; yes, we’re going to talk about the Talon of Redwin!”

Cajsa lifts up a replica of the Talon of Redwin and shows it off to the camera.

“This beauty here is available at the Arena Gift Shop in case you’d like one of your own. For many, the Talon of Redwin is a prize offered to the lower ranked duelers to help inspire them to greatness, but it is more than that. The actual Talon of Redwin – now held by Mart Di’luna – once actually did belong to the 17th Overlord Siera Redwin. Siera had a reputation as a fierce warrior, and ultimately she met her demise on the battlefield. The Talon itself was said to have been recovered from an unsavory lot by Jake Thrash, who then returned it to the Heir of Redwin, Darian Redwin. Darian then donated it to the Arena at the suggestion of former Overlord and renown duelist Sartan, where – following tradition – it was to be earned as a prize for less experienced duelers.”

While telling the story, still pictures are put up of all the people that Cajsa mentions.

“The first Talon tournament was held over sixteen years ago, and since then many a future Baron and Overlord has had the honor of wielding the Talon in duels. But over the weekend, the Talon was featured prominently in back to back nights, and that’s what I want to talk about.”

Highlights of the challenge between Salvador Delahada and Tali Zhdanova are shown.

“On Friday night, the then-holder of the Talon of Redwin Tali Zhdanova challenged Salvador Delahada for the Barony of Seaside. The Talon being used in a challenge is rare, with our research finding the last time was in 2015 when Maggie Harker used it in her challenge against Claire Caelum to help her win the Barony of Old Market. So five years later, the Talon was again used in a challenge, and as we can see, in the sixth round Tali uses the Talon to score her third point of the match and take her first lead before eventually pulling away to win a Barony of her own.”

Replays of the score are shown, which sees Tali throwing her shield up at Salvador before reaching for the Talon and using it to attack Salvador’s leg.

“Now we’ll talk more about Tali in the future as a rookie of the year candidate, but another contender for that title – and the current holder of the Talon of Redwin – is who I want to talk about next.”

Highlights of the All-Ranks Tournament are shown, including the final match where Mart defeats Jay Capistrano for the win and Mart being awarded the Talon of Redwin.

“Mart Di’luna entered the All-Ranks Tournament as a commoner placed at the nine seed. He may not have been someone that you placed money on, but he came away winning five of six matches, and only losing once he reached the finals. For his performance he was rewarded with the Talon of Redwin and chose a Barony Challenge Grant for his prize. He also went straight up the standings from commoner to master at arms! Winning a tournament is difficult, and winning one as a commoner from a low seed is even harder! So now, who else held the Talon of Redwin and a Barony Challenge Grant? Hm? It isn’t often that you find such coincidences, especially from one night to the next.”

A picture of Tali is shown before transitioning to a picture of Mart.

“So the Talon passed from challenge match winner and Baron, to tournament winner and a perhaps soon-to-be-Baron. It will be used in a challenge once more. The Talon of Redwin is much more than just a prize to award to up and coming duelers; it represents a legacy of a respected figure who fell in battle. It is her legacy, to inspire those who hold it to fight harder than perhaps they think they can – so they can face Warlords and Barons in the ring and not be intimidated. So they can fight without fear, just like Siera Redwin.”

A still of Siera holding the Talon is shown.

“Thank you for joining us this week! I’ll see you next time, so be ready to Sync Up! with me!”
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