Hagen's Challenge V
Antwerp, August 26, 2000
Hagen's Challenge was held on a bright and clear day. Many of those who attended were still shaking off the
effects of their sojourn in Midgard at the Pennsic War. However, all were excited to be at the one of Uberheim's
longest running annual events.
Opening Court included many important and moving ceremonies. Master Sir Dankwert presented a beautiful golden coronet to His
Majesty. The crown was inlaid with a fiery red stone and engraved with rearing dragons. In addition, Their Graces Hagen and Skuld,
Arch Duke and Arch Duchess, exchanged their new golden crowns. Also, Sir Dankwert passed off the mantle of Court Herald onto Vermithrax, called Marlineus. The day was off to an auspicious start!
The competitions of the day reflected the peculiar humor of Sir Hagen. A Ranking Tourney, a "Berserker Rage Tourney", and the "Rambo of Uberheim" competition were held.
The Ranking Tourney was anticipated greatly by many, for Sir Thor, having recently undergone surgery, was not fighting.
The "Berserker Rage" tourney required its participants to reach back into their primal mind and connect with
their inner Neanderthal. Finally, the "Rambo of Uberheim" competition, held to the soundtrack of Rambo,
saw the warriors of Uberheim tie bandanas on their heads, smear their faces with mud or eyeliner, and begin practicing their
best "Yo Adrienne" Brooklyn accents. Combining athletic prowess with theatre, participants had to complete a series of tasks
in the form of Rambo. A timed endurance race, a foot race,
norse wrestling (royal rumble style), appearance, vocalization, log toss, and a poetry recital a la Stallone were the challenges. The appreciative audience
rolled with laughter over the especially clever and creative antics of Fasolt, Mime, and Surt.
A closing Grand Court was held in which King Siegfried lauded the day's winners. The winner of the ranking tourney was [forthcoming],
the "Berserker Rage" winner was Fasolt, and he was also named the "Rambo of Uberheim".
Other business before the court: Odin took Vermithrax as his high priest, and that worthy mage in turn presented the Allfather with a statuette. Next, Odin presented Lady Frigga and Soleria to the court as his wife and adopted daughter, respectively. The Legion of Thunder accepted the ladies as new members. Uller and Fasolt swore a warriors' oath and became Shield Brothers. Odin then asked Fasolt and Uller to act as champions for his wife and adopted daughter.
Alberich presented his majesty with a fine wooden chest and made Rudiger his champion.
Next, His Majesty presided over the biannual
Award of Honor and Volsung awards ceremony
Dankwert: Volsung-Heralding AOH-Excellence on Field
Rudiger: Vol-Marshalling AOH-Exc. on Field
Syn: Vol-Service AOH-Waterbearing
Marlineus: Vol-Cyberheim AOH-Bardic
Skuld: Vol-Banner AOH-A&S classes
Thor: Vol-Personal Aesthetics Vol-Kingdom
Aesthetics Vol-Exc. on the Field
Sif: Vol-Aesthetics AOH-Waterbearing
Stellarex: Vol-Service AOH-Mixology
Saga: AOH-Banner Vol-Cyberheim
Nidhogg: AOH-Feastocrat Valentinstag
Mime: AOH-Propoganda AOH-Exc. on Field
Uller: AOH-Kingdom Lands Maintainance AOH-Exc. on Field
Richter: AOH-Exc. on Field
Rossweisse: Vol-Chiurgeon Vol-Service
Lorelei: AOH-Waterbearing AOH-Feastocrat Orgy
Urda: AOH-Waterbearing AOH-Feastocrat Orgy
Finally, Odin proposed a renewal of vows to Lady Frigga and was accepted.
The company outlurked to Ming Yung for dinner, and many continued on for a camp out that evening, where they watched the [re]marriage of Odin and Lady Frigga.
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