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King’s Landing Tourney (Day 6, Part 2)
IC Date: Day 21 of Month 6, 159 AC
RL Date: March 14, 2008.

Following the archery, a tourney of sixty-four knights began, and the knights were in high form, keen for glory. Eventually only eight knights remained: Ser Harold Kenning, heir to Kayce, Ser Aidan Dayne, the squire Ethos Mertyns, Seth Blackwood, Ser Dagur Saltcliffe, Ser Bonifer Buckwell, Ser Halbert Cordwayner of the Kingsguard ... and a mystery knight, bearing the sorrowful visage of a weeping man upon his helm and attended by men wearing grey silk masks. They had proclaimed him as the Weeping Knight, and the helm with the crystal tears had been carried to three victories when he faced the White Sword. Many courses did he ride against the Anvil, no less than nine. Ser Halbert had the better of him in nearly every course, but on the ninth the Weeping Knight’s lance was truer, and Ser Halbert fell! Other contests were as boldly managed, as Stormbreaker’s squire gave Seth Blackwood a difficult match until he was vanquished, and Ser Bonifer from the Antlers refused to fall before the Iron Serpent for a number of passes. Only Ser Aidan had a relatively easy match, and that is very relative indeed, with Kenning giving him three well-fought courses before being knocked off his mount.

Afterwards, the Blackwood esquire tried his lance against the Knight of the Twilight, who overthrew him, and the mystery knight managed the same feat against the Iron Serpent. As speculation continued to run as to the knight’s identity, the final title was called ... and the Weeping Knight was driven from the saddle by the Knight of the Twilight in the first pass. Yet for his valor against Ser Halbert, Ser Aidan gave him parole to retain his mask, laying on him the charge to seek the Dornishman in the lists when the opportunity appeared. And so it was, that on the sixth day of tourneying, a Dornishman took him the prize of fifteen hundred gold dragons, and the right to crown the Queen of Love and Beauty for the day. The good knight took the offered crown, and seemed unsure where to bestow it. He rode to where most of the Dornish hostages say, before his cousin Lady Tanyth Toland, whom had notably taken away her favor over some undisclosed disagreement. Her brother Ser Tamlyn had carried it on the previous day, with some success. But Ser Aidan announced that he would not have her think him too kind, as the lady had apparently accused him of being, and rode back down the stands to near the royal seats. There a very surprised Master of Laws, Lord Terin Ryger, found his good-niece Aisling of House Ryswell presented the crown made of golden roses from Highgarden. He named her two victories in the contests for women, in the last two days, as a feat no knight might claim (save himself, but that went unsaid). And with that, the day’s tourneying was done.