"As I said before, there's 3 teams of fighters each having a different color. You will have to fight eachother until the last team standing. You fight until you give up pretty much, after which you lose your spot in the tournament. The winners go on to the next round. Off you go now! The other two team members should arrive shortly."
The tournament master pushes you into the tunnel and you start walking.
As you move towards the end of the corridor, the noise of applauding hooves and shouting grows louder. You finally reach the end and can now look over the battlefield which you will be fighting on very soon. On the bleachers around the arena, thousands of ponies and other species are singing and shouting in anticipation for the upcoming fights, creating quite a lot of noise in the process.
The voice of a stallion, so loud that it has to be enhanced by some kind of magic, booms through the amphitheater and quickly silences the clamor.
“Her majesty Lavinia the 17th; archtreasurer, Duchess of Clopantinople, Grand Marshal of the Imperial army, Empress of the Trotantine Empire and rightful ruler of all of Trotantium has made her entrance and shall be spectating this tournament today!”
As the stallion speaks, an earth pony mare wearing what looks like very expensive purple robes appears on a balcony overseeing the arena, and sits down on what seems to be some kind of throne. Next to her several other ponies appear which you assume are members of her court, as well as some guards. The crowd starts applauding once again, many of them shouting “Long live the Empress!” while doing so.>>22971
You still have another book left.