Breaching Festival

Every year, the dean of abjuration at the Acadamae sends
out a dozen invitations. The top student from each of the
seven other schools receives an invitation, as do the leaders
of the thieves’ guild and four other known gangs chosen
at random. These invitations grant the holders temporary
amnesty, allowing them to participate in the competition
without fear of arrest for past crimes (those who foolishly
commit crimes while thus protected usually end up as test
subjects in the Hall of Whispers).
In addition to the invited participants, the annual event
draws hundreds of onlookers, who fill the Acadamae’s
grounds and stare in wonder at the secretive college’s
otherwise closed campus. Students manning the gates
prevent beggars and riffraff from entering the grounds, and
as a rule no human child shorter than a dwarf may enter.
For this one day, the normally staid and infernal wizarding
college becomes more like a carnival than an esteemed and
world-famous place of learning.
Beginning at sunrise and continuing until sunset, the invitees
attempt to penetrate the defenses of the hall and to step foot
anywhere within the building. Two-dozen Korvosan Guards
patrol the interior of the building, looking for a victor. As part
of the rules, only one wizard may stay within the building to
defend it against its potential invaders. For the most part, this
young abjurer (selected by the head of the school) has little to
do but watch, as the building’s magical and mundane wards
and protections prove more than sufficient.
Every year in which no one succeeds in breaching the
building, the prize grows. Since the first festival in 4544,
the prize has grown by a few thousand gold sails or a minor
magic item every single year. In 163 years, only one person
has ever claimed the prize. Only 7 years into the contest,
Dyson Fordyce (the fourth son of the lord at that time)
managed to step half a shoe beyond the building’s threshold,
granting him a small fortune. Dyson donated half his
winnings to House Fordyce, allowing it to rise to the status
of Great House (a title it only held for a century), and used
the other half to ensure for himself a life of quiet luxury in the
hills outside Veldraine. Since then, the rumored purse for any
future victor purportedly exceeds the yearly budget of most
noble houses in the city.

Breaching Festival

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