Saturday, February 6, 2010
To mark the day each year the Ilzimmer family holds the Great Stakes race. Leading up to this are actually a number of little races that last about a two weeks and culminate in the Great Stakes; a great horse race that spans the city streets of Waterdeep. The Great Stakes is the social event of the season for nobility, featuring not only the parade of champions (the 12 horses, riders, and owners), but also the Equestrian Ball (where the guests wear horse masks over their faces and attach horse tails to their belts).
Then there is Durnan’s Delve. For a nominal fee brave warriors or foolhardy explorers can be lowered into the undermountain and endure a twelve-hour survival and hunt. Preceding this are various contests of strength, of wit and of ale consumption.
In the Gladiatorial Field of Triumph- fearsome monstrous acquisitions from over the winter are pitted against any who would know Valor and Victory. Battling the winter beasts, such as the yeti, symbolizes the prevailing over winter. Men who survive are considered prime husband candidates by certain female social circles.
Women are not without activities; there are bake sales, jewelry parties their blah blah blah…