The OoC thread: https://www.iwakuroleplay.com/threads/the-dominion-of-arcenova-chapter-one-spots-available.34273/ Empress Calipaea Kiirs Moonblood had always been one for grand entrances. The naive and the jaded alike beheld her with awe; the foolish and the wise all had their mouths open. It wasn't everyday one saw a dragon, after all. In truth, Azhidal was the commander of the crimson guard, a Draconion shape-changer rather than a true dragon, but it was close enough to inspire awe, and that was all she asked. What her people wanted was a strong and dangerous leader, and nothing said strong and dangerous quite like riding in on the back of a scaled, fire-breathing beast. That he was also a friend and confidant was only an added bonus. As she stepped onto the ground of the coliseum, the crowd went wild, and she held her hands into the air, reaching for them with the passion of a lover. She knew when to inspire awe, and when to cash in on their affections. The cheering probably would not have been quite so deafening if she hadn't also provided a generous number of kegs and casks. Liquid affection definitely counted as affection and, depending on the situation, it was often her favorite kind. Once she made it up to her seat, the noise had died down a bit, and she cast a simple spell to amplify her voice. "Welcome," The Empress announced, smiling benevolently. "It fills my heart with warmth to see you all. Of course, you're not here to listen to me ramble on, are you? Well, I won't ramble on for too long. I'd just like to take a moment to thank this year's gladiatorial sponsors and, of course, the gladiators themselves. Their courage and bravery is without limits, and I would have them all win if only I could. Our nation is in need of the strongest and the greatest, in this time of war and uncertainty, we would place our faith on the strongest of shoulders. I may be only a woman, and no warrior, but between my brain and their brawn, I'd say we have a winning combination that the likes of Sternholde will never touch. Now without further ado, let's see these gladiators, hmm? Let the melee begin!"