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  1. Operation Deliverance November 30th, 2019 The choppy waves of the Adlantic hit the hull of the flagship, the SNS Theobald, with rhythmic thuds. They had made port at Norfolk just a week earlier and after waiting for the second half of the fleet to dock and resupply had left just 6 hours before. The Salvian fleet was an amalgamation of civilian and military vessels scrounge up by the Church and state. Spearheaded by Task Force ‘Charlie’ of the 3rd Fleet, the rescue fleet comprised of some 62 civilian ships by the time they were on their way to Cussia- a few dozen smaller civilian ships had decided to return back to Salvia. Of the 62, 39 were large cargo ships or small merchant ships that volunteered to either carry supplies or pick up refugees, the rest of the civilian fleet being made up of 3 large private yachts, 9 Papal ships, and, probably the most interesting one to note, an 1800s replica wooden ship that was owned and commandeered by an eccentric multimillionaire who, even after being asked to leave, chose to stay “For the adventure.” The leading commodore of Task Force ‘Charlie’ chose to oblige as the man had also committed several million to the operation. Plus, his ship was pretty cool. Task Force ‘Charlie’ itself was comprised of 3 frigates, 2 missile cruisers, a destroyer, 5 submarines, and a hospital ship. Another two of Salvia’s three other hospital ships were put under the command of Charlie’s commander, Commodore Angelo Sodelo. The task force would eventually split up into two, with a frigate, a missile cruiser, 2 submarines, one of the hospital ships, and some 30 civilian ships to head to the friendly waters of the Raga Sea to pick up refugees from Tagmatium. The remainder of the ships would head to the port of Glevokastran, Tagmatium, north of Haru and await for the other Coalition fleets to arrive. The successful deliverance of Christian refugees to Salvia was critical: an operational mishap or botch up would have huge consequences for both Church and state, especially with the increasing political division and Church crisis. The public of Salvia waited expectantly for a successful operation, and if one was not forthcoming, the Church and the government would feel their unhappiness. _______ OOC: Hopefully a little something that will help this get back on track
  2. Salvia

    Doom of Ceris

    Cardinal Sean McKinley had rarely visited the Papal Palace and had to be guided to the office of the man he was looking for. The winding corridors, brightly lit even in the evening hours, were filled with Baroque art and their floors covered by ornate rugs. A couple thousand housekeepers took care of the expansive palace that resembled more of an imperial palace than the home of the administration of the Church. The place was spotless; McKinley could not spot a speck of dust on even the oldest of tapestries and pieces of art as the nun guided him. Weaving through the palace, they made it to the office of the head of the Magnissimum Comitium Cardinalicium, Cardinal Mark D’Angelo. Here the nun stopped at a large and decorative wooden door. A small golden plaque that hung left to the door at head height read ‘D’Angelo Cardinalis’- they had reached their destination. The nun knocked on the door and bowed towards McKinley before walking away the way they had come. The cardinal heard a tired, soft voice replying wearily, “Per favore entra*.” McKinley opened the door gently as he peered in. D’Angelo sat behind a large desk that was covered with papers and letters, his glasses at the bridge of his nose and his face buried in a letter. His zucchetto was on top of a pile on the corner of his desk, revealing his mostly bald, spotted head. D’Angelo looked up from his letter and smiled wearily as he stood up. “Salve, frater**.” D’Angelo walked around his desk to embrace the cardinal before inviting McKinley to take a seat and went back to his seat. “I appreciate your graciousness in hosting me, brother.” D’Angelo just continued smiling as he waved his hand and started in Anglish, “The pleasure is mine. Anything to distract me from this crisis.” His smile disappeared from his face as he said the last sentence and looked at all his papers on his desk. He shook his head gently before looking back up at McKinley, pushed up his glasses, and inquired, “So, what can I help you with, frater? Could I help you to some tea?” McKinley at first had trouble deciphering D’Angelo’s heavy Salvian accent but was soon able to understand him. “Yes, that would be nice.” D’Angelo rang a small bell that was placed on his desk. Maybe ten seconds had passed before a nun entered the room and bowed. “Maria, potresti portarci del tè? Grazi.” The nun nodded and left. D’Angelo waved his hand towards McKinley, indicating to him to speak. “Well, I come to you from my post, Occidentalis Cerisae. You’ve no doubt heard the crisis unfolding on my island?” D’Angelo nodded, “Yes, I have. The Concilio Clerici was in fact the driving force behind the state’s commitment to aid.” McKinley nodded and continued, “Yes, and the Church has also committed aid, the funds and supplies have helped my priests in their mission.” D’Angelo nodded back, “So what are you to ask of me?" “Well, brother, it is seen by both me and the other bishop on the island, Bishop James Flynn, that more aid must be committed to Ceris. The forces opposing our ministry only grow stronger as the days passed and I fear the Church on the island only grows weaker. The scourge of communism threatens my dioceses and we do not have the resources necessary to both deal with them and continue our ministry. D’Angelo sighed wearily while rubbing his eyes under his glasses. “I was hoping for good news, but yes, the situation is most certainly dire.” McKinley looked at D’Angelo intently, waiting for him to continue. “You must understand, frater, our resources are spread thin since our involvement in Cussia and the investigations. And now with Ceris… we are taking on too much. I’ll tell you this: you will be given more. As to the time it is delivered, only God knows, but I will try to get it to you speedily.” A knock on the door interrupted the conversation as the nun entered with two cups of tea. Handing one to each of them, she bowed before hurrying out once again. “Brother, I am afraid that money might not be the way to solve this issue, especially any that shows up months too late. Is there nothing your Concilio can do? Money will mean nothing to the communists when they take power- men are needed.” D’Angelo answered incredulously, “My Concilio? Absolutely not- no, it’s not possible. With the investigations? The Salvian people- devout as they are- would not even buy that at this time. If funds are not good enough for this cause, I can’t do anything else for you. Armed force or intervention of any kind wouldn’t be allowed by any sane politician and to even suggest anything like that to the public sphere would draw instant criticism.” “Please, brother, do you not understand the direness of the situation? Ceris is not stable, we’ve been attacked countless time over these years. And now communism! What will happen?” “God’s will.” D’Angelo said nothing for a moment. He took a sip from his tea before replying, calmly, “I will do all that I can. But I tell you this: Salvia will not get involved in a sphere of influence it does not belong to or have any interest in. We’ll see if the situation of the Church gets any worse- more drastic action might be taken then. At this time, however, I will give you 100 members of the Papal Guard to protect yourself and any church that is under attack. I will finalize the details in the coming days with the Guard.” McKinley sat there, silent and unhappy, but nodded. D’Angelo breathed deeply before ringing the bell once more. He stood up when the nun entered. “It is getting late, frater. Maria will show you to your room. I will see you tomorrow at breakfast.” McKinley stood up as D’Angelo walked around the desk to embrace the other cardinal. McKinley walked towards the door that the nun held open and exited, himself now tired and worried. __________ *: “Come in please” **: “Hello, brother”
  3. January 13th, Cobram Park Stadium- Week 5 The Lead: @Gallambria Qualify for the Championship Game with Help from Bonus Points over @Batengdei @Eulycea Triumph over Salvia, 29-13 Little to say about this game, other than the Silvers continue to show their dominance. They end the season with a point differential of +63 (the next closest being Batengdei with +19) and an average game score of 31-18. Hopefully the success can continue into the Championship Game, this being their first appearance since 2012. Despite the 8 year drought, Eulycea are still favored over Gallambria by NSBN sports analysts and computer simulations, with a 64% chance of beating Gallambria. Gallambria Win Close One Against @Seylos, 13-6 While the Gallambrian offense was only able to score one try in 80 minutes, the defense was able to hold firm and hold the Seylosians to only 2 penalty kicks. A grueling game made even more brutal by poor weather was filled with knock-ons and penalties. Despite losing their first two, Gallambria were able to qualify with their three wins and two bonus points, one of which came from their loss to Batengdei for losing by under 7 points. The Lions will hope to replicate last year's Championship Game victory over Eulycea despite being underdogs. Batengdei Beat @Oyus, 22-6 The reds, with 3 minutes left and a try away from getting their most-needed bonus point to qualify for the Championship Game, would fall just short of the mark. With already a minute past the 80-minute mark, anything that made the ball dead would end the game. 11 meters away, an event that would cause just that happened as a Batengdeian player dropped the ball forwards, resulting in a knock-on. As the whistle blew for the end of the game, the Batengdeian players hung their heads in defeat despite their 16-point victory over the Islanders, aware that they did not qualify. Standings after Week 5 Championship Game will be played on Sunday, February 9th
  4. As I told you over Discord, I am in support of this measure. I still have one question, though- how will this impact Eurth in the long run, especially in regards to climate change?
  5. Home | Wurld | Salvia | Business | Politics | Church | Opinion | Tech | Entertainment l Sports  Eulycean Monarch to be Beatified After Papal Investigation of a Reported Miracle The announcement was made at a mass held in Trinity with the Bishop of Brisa and several cardinals present. A @Eulycean monarch that orchestrated the end of the Eulycean Schism was announced to be beatified last Sunday, with a mass to be held in his honor on Sunday, January 19th. While the beatification of a venerated individual requires the approval of both popes of the Diarchy, the Magnissimum Comitium Cardinalicium waived the requirement, making the Tacolic pontiff Pope Hilarius XIX the sole approver of the beatification. The decision was made after a papal investigation concluded that the healing of 58-year old Leo Armiger's incurable brain illness had no logical medical explanation, and so in fact was a miracle. The family had said that they prayed to the venerated king since the man's father, who had passed away recently, was named after the king. "I always saw him as a role model- he was one of the greatest leaders Eulycea has ever seen" Mr. Armiger said about the king. Blessed King August, as he is now officially known, was first declared "venerated" all the way back in 1985 after a request by Eulycean bishops and the king of Eulycea at the time, Charles III. The case was then analyzed by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, a committee spearheaded by 15 cardinals that analyze the worthiness of such requests and pass them on to the Diarchy. This same committee also investigates the reported miracle, which if approved, they send to the popes for approval. Blessed King August of Eulycea was the longest reigning monarch in the history of the Kingdom of Eulycea, reigning from 1770-1828; a reign of 58 years. He is widely regarded as one of the best and most respected monarchs of Eulycea and is also highly regarded by Salvians. In 1790, he orchestrated the end of the Eulycean Catholic Schism that originated from the refusal to crown King Peter III king of Eulycea and Salvia by Pope Gregory VII after the conclusion of the Salvian People's War. King August was crowned by Pope Leo XIX in 1791 as King of Eulycea, and given the title "The Peacemaker." . Blessed King August of Eulycea, The Peacemaker, pray for us.
  6. January 5th, Cobram Park Stadium- Week 4 The Lead: Eulycea Comes out of ‘Battle of the Favorites' Victorious, Standings See a Shuffle @EulyceaTops Second Place @Batengdei, 29-16 After a close 30 minutes with the score tied at 10-10, Eulycea would distance themselves from their second-place counterparts over the course of the rest of the game, ending in a 29-16 Silvers' victory. Despite the Batengdeian defense being able to shut down any impressive performance from Eulycean captain Louis Pagani and the rest of the backs corp, the front row was able to grind out several key tries that put points on the board while keeping the defense strong. With the win, Eulycea are now guaranteed locks for the Championship Game, while Batengdei will have to win by four or more tries to gain enough bonus points to tie Gallambria in the standings. @Oyus Hold off @Seylosian Comeback, 20-16 The Islanders were able to distance themselves from the Sandwiches after a hot first half, which ended with a lead of 17. The Seylosians were able to claw their way back into the game in the second half, holding the Islanders scoreless while scoring 13. The comeback wouldn't be enough however, as the Oyusards were able to gain possession of the ball late in the game and run out the clock. While Oyus are not technically eliminated from the Championship game, NSBN SportsCenter computer simulations give the Islanders a <0.01% chance of qualifying, needing to overcome point differential and unlikely results to place second. Seylos needs a win against Gallambria and a Batengdeian loss to qualify. @Gallambria Continue To Find Success Against @Salvia, 30-22 A pair of 1-2 teams faced off in the form of Gallambria and Salvia, both coming off of their first wins of the season. While the game remained close as reflected by the score, Gallambria was never behind in their 8 point win on Sunday. A strong offensive performance combined with a defense that stopped the Salvian side when it meant most resulted in a win for the Lions, but one that has lessons that need to be learned if Gallambria want to find success in their next game and qualify for the Championship Game With the loss, Salvia is unable to qualify for the Championship Game, while Gallambria just needs a win to qualify. Standings after Week 4
  7. Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deopolis, the Sanctum Imperium Catholicum Recipient: Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion of the Megas Agios Basileia ton Arhomanion [@Tagmatium Rules] Brother in Christ, His Eminence President Archbishop Patrick Saulius as directed me to gracefully and wholeheartedly accept your proposition. As this letter is read a delegation is being prepared in Deopolis to sail north and visit your blessed land in order to hammer out a fair and prosperous agreement between our two nations. As my colleague has also mentioned and you have so graciously accepted his request, the purchasing of a Despotes class aircraft carrier by the Salvian Ministry of Defense will also be discussed. The formalities and schedule of this meeting can be discussed at a later time, as well as the prospect of state visits by our respective leaders. I pray God blesses this meeting with His fruitful grace. Christ be with us, Alvon Russo
  8. Home | Wurld | Salvia | Business | Politics | Church | Opinion | Tech | Entertainment l Sports  2019: A Year in Review 2019 proved to be another prosperous and positive year for Salvia and its people. Although the year was marked with several tragedies and tribulations that affected the nation, the economy and people of Salvia continued to progress. Here are a few of some of the top events of the year. People’s Address The annual People’s Address was given by President Archbishop Patrick Saulius at Alexis Hall early in the new year on February 17th. Commenting on the recent successes of Salvia as a whole, Saulius also denounced the “forces of communism present in the wurld.” The address would set the tone for the rest of the year as the state continued to battle communist influence, oversee continued economic growth, and the development of new international relations. The ASMDA, finalized in September, would lower restrictions on visas @Andallan-Salvian “Mutual Development Agreement” Finalized While negotiations began in late 2018, they would only finish in September and will come into effect June 2020. The Andallan-Salvian Mutual Development Agreement (ASMDA) would see a reduction in tariffs to both nations’ exports, a new cooperative deal between the two nations’ shipbuilding industries, and the easing of visa restrictions for Salvian and Andallan workers of certain industries, shipbuilding being one of them. These relaxed visa regulations would also apply to Salvian and Andalland citizens for a 2-year trial period to see how tourism between the two nations would be impacted. The agreement would also lead to head of the Magnissimum Comitium Cardinalicium Cardinal Mark D’Angelo visiting Andallan Catholics at Arkhavn Cathedral in July. Continental Accords Renewed, Beginning of Construction of Salvian-@Batengdeian Railroad The Continental Accords, a political, military, and economic agreement between Salvia and Batengdei drafted in the late 80’s was renewed by Salvian and Batengdeian diplomats in Khenkhourt in February. Relations remain warm between the two allies, with little to no conflict or tension feeling present throughout 2019. This would further be aided- or may actually be a product of good relations- by the announcement of a high-speed railroad that would connect Batengdei and Salvia that had been discussed and planned between the two nations since 2014. It’s purpose was to further connect Salvia and Batengdei and aid in economic cooperation. “Laren Treaty Adaptation” and its Unexpected Failure, Other Events Lead to Political Division Introduced in late July and voted on in early August, many people, including members of the Concilio, thought the “Laren Treaty Adaptation” Bill, formally known as the “Climate Defense and Action Bill” (CDAB) would pass. They would be proved wrong however as several urban progressives flipped sides and voted against the bill. The surprise defeat would shake the progressive base and would also help in causing political division between progressives and conservatives. Further disagreements over the national budget, gun control, and now the Church crisis has further contributed to political divisions, which is expected to come into play in the 2021 elections. Salvian Entrance into TRIDENT Following the TRIDENT Marenesian Conference in October, Salvia officially entered the multinational alliance of TRIDENT. TRIDENT, or the Tricontinental Defense Treaty, is a joint military alliance between @Gallambria, @Variota, @Girkmand, Andalla, @Prymont, and @Iverica. Its goal is to ensure stability and combat “insurgency, terrorism, and trans-continental imperialism” in the continents of Argis, Thalassa, and Alharu. The Saulius Administration has dispatched numerous hospital and military vessels to deal with the crisis in Cussia Salvian Involvement in Cussian and Ceris Humanitarian Crises The Saulius Administration, with the support of both Concilios, provided support to both the Cussian and Ceris crises. In response to allegations of Christian minorities being forced into re-education camps in the Northern Provinces of Beautancus by Imperial forces of the Machina Haruspex, Salvia would join other nations and allies in the creation of the Cussian Humanitarian Coalition in order to evacuate and provide asylum to the oppressed Christians. Ceris, an island west of @Seylos facing intense instability and disorder, would also receive aid from Salvia, with the Saulius administration planning on “supplying manpower, material, and monetary aid to the island of Ceris” in order to combat the crisis. Protests have entered their 4th consecutive week in Trinity Ecclesiastical Case, Church Crisis, and Resulting Protests A 9 month ecclesiastical case that would end in the sentencing of around 40 people to prison shook Salvia and the Catholic Church to their core. The resulting crisis would result in an explosion of protests across Salvia as protestors seek to separate the Church from politics and the state while Church officials attempt to root out corruption and prevent anything like this happening again. This will be especially challenging however, as corruption seems to infect even the most top members of the clergy. With the protests only growing in number and strength and the crisis seemingly only becoming worse with each passing day, this recent development will continue to be the main talking point heading into 2020 and possibly beyond. Six Nations Rugby Began The annual Six Nations Rugby tournament began in December, this time held in Gallambria, with the Salvian team hoping to improve on their last place finish from last year. The Doves are now 1-2 and are in a close 5th in the table, however the competition will not end until January 12th.
  9. We should probably come back to this, even with Faramount being gone.
  10. Jianmen, Southeast Yellow Empire March 13th, Year of Our Lord 1555 The spring sun shone brightly as Theobald heard the large explosions of the bombards to his right as he surveyed the troops forming into battle positions on top of a hill. They had besieged the city of Jianmen several months before. A city and port on the Tes River in the southwest of the Yellow Empire, it was critical for the crusaders to take- not only to defeat the heretics and claim victory for God, but in order to continue the Southern Campaign across the south of the Yellow Empire. Jianmen, the “Steadfast Gate” as it was translated, held a fitting name. Another volley fired off. The last month had seen Theobald fully encircle the city and the crusader navy flush out the Tes River and reach the city’s port, fully blockading the city. Although the crusaders had superior ships compared to the heretics, the river proved to be tight and limited the fighting capacity of the gunpowder ships. Nevertheless, the crusaders would prevail and take the river. The lords and generals of the Southern Campaign, however, knew that they could not starve out the defenders. The city had food storages that would last for months, the generals had surmised, plenty of time to amass an army to break the siege. Theobald had then instructed Marcus, Godwin, and Wade to take command of a section of the army and to fully surround the city. Marcus would take his force to the hilly north and serve largely as a diversion, the main attack coming from the flat south led by Theobald himself and the river fleet, where Godwin had snuck his army under cover of darkness. A third volley from his own bombards fired off shortly before the first volley from the hilly north fired off. Shortly after that, the artillery pieces from the ships in the river fired off, and the east followed that. The bombardment, another one of many that had occurred in the last few months, strategically targeted sections of the outdated walls, gates, and cannon armaments and towers that dotted the walls. Several months of cannon fire directed at these targets would finally come to fruition this day as the targets were destroyed. After the artillery had fulfilled that task to the satisfaction of the generals, the gunners turned their fire into the city itself, hoping to cause chaos, destruction, and casualties. Once the artillery ran out of ammunition, the army finalized preparations before waiting for the final blessing. The Bishop of Trinity, his cathedral being the site of the calling of the crusade, rode out on a horse in armor. His left hand held a red square banner with the Virgin Mary and Joseph holding baby Jesus, who held his right hand out, index and middle finger pointed up and thumb going out to the right, ring and pinkie finger tucked into the palm of his hand. A cross went behind the Holy Family, with the letters “JMJ” above the cross in gold thread. In his right, he carried a crosier made from gold, a symbol of the bishop being a shepherd of his own flock. In a booming voice heard by the entire southern force, he blessed the crusaders, “Men of God, you come to the heretic’s gates to deliver a most worthy victory to the Savior. Therefore, go forward, and grant God this most holy victory! Deus Vult!” After this, he made a sweeping Sign of the Cross towards the army, the thousands of men cheering and shouting. The formalities over, the men began to march towards the city gates. Theobald, still on top of the hill, already saw in the distance the eastern force engage and messengers begin to hurry towards him with reports. The battle had begun.
  11. Epilogue Part 1 Cardinal Agrillo, now simply Mr. Agrillo, sat with his back against the cell wall upright. His thick clothes protected his body against the cold and dank cell housed under the palace of popes. A very old dungeon that once housed criminals or other miscreants that had attempted to break into the papal palace now housed the great conspirators that had plotted against the Church. In the process, they had created maybe the greatest scandal His Holy Church as ever witnessed in its two thousand year history. While the conspirators were to be transported to another facility to house them for the duration of their arrest, it was not decided yet which facility they would be kept at. The papal dungeon, not used for probably several decades, was opened back up, cleaned, and became the home to the conspirators. The dungeon was U-shaped, with the entrance leading into a corridor that connected two separate hallways that branched off from the corridor. The dungeon was not constructed or finished- the cells were hewn out from the rock, the site of dungeon being chosen for the cave that pre existed the Church. Lit by candles that were blown out at 9 o’clock sharp, the dungeon was poorly lit as the light flickered constantly. While everyone else was placed in cells on the end of the left hallway of the U, the clergy were placed in their own individual cells at the end of the right hallway. A plain wooden bench ran along the wall opposite of the cells. Agrillo looked up quickly from his dozing state as the sound of the door opening startled him. In his position on his bed, he was able to lean his head against the iron bars and looked down the hallway. Despite the poor lighting, Agrillo was able to recognize the person by the dress shoes, cardinal dress, and figure--D’Angelo. He took his head off the iron bars and leaned it once again against the wall, looking straight forward. He heard the shuffling of D’Angelo and the groan of the wooden bench as D’Angelo sat in it. “Good evening, Patrick. I hope dinner was enjoyable.” Agrillo said nothing. D’Angelo just clicked his tongue, took out a rosary, and began to pray. They sat in silence for a few minutes before D’Angelo looked up from his prayer, sighed, and pleaded, “Why, Patrick?” Agrillo continued to sit in silence, tense. D’Angelo breathed heavily out his nose before continuing, “I mean why did you-” “Because I wanted to!” Agrillo interrupted him, turning his head to face him. “I wanted that power.” Agrillo’s voice broke this time. D’Angelo pursed his lips, sighed again, and said, “There’s more to it, Patrick.” He crossed his arms. “There has to be. You wouldn’t do all of that for just power. You had enough of that already. What’s the real reason? The reason you went through all of this?” He motioned with his hand on the word. Agrillo looked back at the rock wall, the creases on his face exaggerated by the flickering candlelight. D’Angelo leaned forward in his seat. “You are a God-fearing man, are you not?”. Agrillo simply nodded. “So why do all this? You’re facing excommunication from the Church now.” Agrillo nodded once again, “And I’ll repent to His Holiness when he’s elected.” Silence once again descended between the pair before Agrillo said suddenly, “You’re right, it’s not all about the power. The Church needs to change, D’Angelo. The world is changing, and what is the Church doing? We’ve become the very thing the Church once was a victim to: persecutors. Homosexuals, nonbelievers, all the others we deem ‘unworthy’ of His grace, we push away, isolate. Look at Salvia! Shootings of Judds and homosexuals in Minotia. Why are we allowed power if we are just going to continue to oversee the suffering of God’s children?” D’Angelo just shook his head silently, Agrillo’s gaze once again shifted back to the cardinal. “D’Angelo, promise me this, if you’re elected to the papacy-” D’Angelo tried to interrupt him, “No, no no…” but Agrillo continued, “promise me you will try to change things.” D’Angelo just continued to shake his head as he stared down at the ground. “You know of these forces, Agrillo. I am not the one the cardinality wants to elect.” He now met Agrillo’s gaze before looking back down again, “Y’know, you sounded a lot like your friend Rogers. I pray he shares your same desire of repentance.” D’Angelo stood up and looked back at Agrillo. “I pray for your soul every day, Patrick.” Agrillo leaned his head back onto the iron bars as he watched D’Angelo walked out of the dungeon, his cardinal robes flowing gently behind him. Patrick sat up with a start as he heard Rogers’ voice from the other cell, “Do you really mean what you said to Cardinal D’Angelo, Agrillo?” Patrick nodded, even though Rogers couldn’t see him. “I did.” “I never struck you as the reformer type.” Agrillo raised his eyebrows, again without Rogers seeing. “Why else would I join the Ordo?” Silence once again descended over the dungeon as the two former clergy remained silent.
  12. December 22nd, Cobram Park Stadium- Week 3 The Lead: Upsets Sweep Tournament Favorites, @Eulycea and @Batengdei Remain on Top of the Standings Seylos Score Last Second Try to Top Reds, 13-8 A tough defensive battle saw all of its points scored in the second half, save for a penalty kick from Seylos in the 17th minute. Those three points would be mirrored early in the second half by the reds and then followed by a try shortly after. Down now by 5, Seylos would respond with a try of its own in the 68th minute. Following kickoff, Seylos would kick the ball back to Batengdei. Down around midfield, the reds would soon turn it over with a knock on. Seylos would then go on to score a try in the 77th minute and would hold on to its 5-point lead as time expired, winning 13-8. Salvia Find Stride Against Oyus, 25-7 Who said prayers went unanswered? The Struggling Salvians finally looked like a complete team as they went on to win against the islanders by 18. The Salvians played consistently good rugby, scoring points while disabling the Oyusard offense. A standout performance from Salvian eight-man Kevin Bartelladi played as a critical piece for the Salvians as they capitalized on an islander offense that struggled last week and failed to recover this week. Eulycea Stunned by Gallambria in a Nailbiter, 24-26 A game that was kept close would be stolen by Gallambria in the final minutes as a tournament favorite would fall to Gallambria. A back and forth first half would slow down in the second, with the game being very physical and somewhat unclassy at times. The two sides would be shown a combined 3 yellow cards, with 2 of those cards coming from violent play. The two teams seemed hardly separated throughout the match, with the largest lead of the game (7 points) coming in the first half and being held only for 6 minutes before being cut to 2. Eulycea would exit the first half up 14-12 with the ball, but a turnover would give the Gallambrians the ball and eventually a 14-19 lead. Following a minor injury on a Eulycean player that would give the two teams a break, Eulycean captain Louis Pagani would fire his offense up, scoring a quick 10 points in a try and a penalty kick. With 7 minutes on the clock, Gallambria would find itself with the ball pinned near its own touchline. Gallambria would drive down the field in those 7 minutes and enter the try zone, however it would be held up by the Eulcyean side. The resulting 5-meter scrum would see the Gallambrians finally score and convert, soon ending the game 24-26. Standings After Week 3
  13. A reminder to all of our viewers that there will be no rugby games next Sunday, December 30th to allow the players time off during Christmas week. Week 4 will instead be on January 5th, 2020. Two weeks of competition past, three more to go. Week 3 begins Sunday. Who wins? Seylos vs. Batengdei Salvia vs. Oyus Eulycea vs. Gallambria
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