As it is unusually hot this year, Lak Albatros, the watershed off the Storklu-Magni, better known as 'the puddle', has been prepared to accommodate cooling baths. His Grace has arranged for several water mages to provide water spouts and fountains out of the Lak throughout the day to provide a 'cooling mist' on guests in the nearby vicinity, and, of course, healers will be on hand at all times during the day for guests suffering from overheating.
Other events will feature the Annual Delicacy Bake Off in which Mrs Piety's Incredible Berry Scrumpets have won first place in for the last three years. When asked if she plans to enter them again this year, Mrs Piety indicated that while her delicious scrumpets will be available for purchase at her booth, she has a new delicacy for the contest this year. She would not further elaborate on the details of her new creation, but promised it's sure to be a winner. Mrs Piety has for many years been triumphant in competition against Mr Bredstock, of Bredstock Bakes, a long time fierce rival. Mr Brestock vows that this year he will be triumphant and will 'crush the impudent wench' for sure. Good luck to all competitors!
And, of course, let's not forget the Annual Magicker's Joust, which will begin precisely at midmorn before it get's too hot and King Nathan hides his crown and tries to scarper off. Thank goodness our beloved Queen Catherine is well-practiced at reigning in our Reigning Monarch! At last year's Joust, Rory DenVorst of Rillian Magicker's College won the day in the Senior Joust, while Grace Academy took top honors in the Junior Joust, and Vespith Academy bested the Senior Joust, Lower level. Vespith Academy has been notoriously reluctant to participate in the Senior Levels of the Joust, and their entry in last years games came as quite a surprise to Joust sponsors.
When asked about this, Headmaster Jahx Rife had this to say, "I like to support my boys in whatever endeavors they are interested in, except ones that are likely to kill them. The Senior Joust has been a notoriously risky event, and I do my best to discourage them from playing. However, Gunnar is stubbornly optimistic, and short of refusing to sign off on his entry, there is little I can to do prevent his participation. Sometimes the only way to teach a fool is to let him have his own way."
Although Gunnar did win the day in the Lower Level, he did come away with a broken nose and a few missing digits. These are fairly minor injuries, however, and were easily mended. When asked if Vespith will routinely sponsor magickers for the Senior Joust from this point forward, Headmaster Rife replied emphatically, "Absolutely not! This was a one-off!"
Of his experience in the Joust, Mr Flith had this to say, "It was a great experience, and I'm grateful to Headmaster for allowing me to play. But I now understand exactly why he discourages us boys from participating. The Senior games are brutal, and it took every ounce of strength and ingenuity I had to win. Plus losing fingers hurts quite a lot. It was hard to enjoy winning the Junior Cup, because I really was focusing on trying not to pass out as they presented it to me." When asked if he plans to defend his cup, Gunnar replied, "Absolutely not! This was a one-off! Besides, I'd never get Headmaster to sign off on the entry again."
Festivities begin early, just after sunrise, with a procession from Market Square to the Castle lawn, followed by a dedication by Lord Eliot Bombastic of Brimstic in the pavilion by Lak Albatros.