Sharn Inquisitive05/01/2006

Drystone Pulls Out of Competition
News for Sul, Dravago 22nd, 998

Drystone Pulls Out of Korranberg Statuary Competition

KORRANBERG—Declaring that the collapse of its massive clockwork horse was the work of saboteurs, engineers from the Korranberg Library’s Drystone college announced on Wir that they wouldn’t attempt to rebuild the statue.

Before its collapse last Mol night, the metal skeleton of the horse, dubbed “Fleet Providence,” stood nearly 40 feet tall, and the grinding of its gears could be heard across the city.

“If the doyens can’t keep the other colleges from wrecking our work, then there’s no point in rebuilding Fleet Providence,” said Drystone senior researcher Tendro ir’Hushaan. “Although we’re withdrawing, I want my team to take pride in a statue so great that the other colleges knew their only hope was to cheat.”

High councilor Alina Alrene ir’Korran said that so far, Library officials have found no evidence that the collapse had any external cause.

“Drystone’s decision is disappointing, and their forfeit reflects poorly on the whole college, I’m afraid. What happened to the spirit of experimentation?” she asked.

In the end, Drystone’s refusal to rebuild their statue will leave a gaping hole along Warren Street. Each of the other colleges is building a statue to decorate the newly widened road. A jury will select the best statue, which will earn points for the college that built it. The Library’s eight colleges compete fiercely in a number of academic, arcane, and athletic competitions throughout the academic year.

Drystone’s decision to withdraw from the statuary competition means that another college will almost certainly wrest first place in the overall standings from them. Currently the Blackdragon college of Alchemy and the Morridan college of Mathematics are tied behind Drystone, with the Balinor’s Horn college of natural sciences running fourth.

About the Author

David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.

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