Course Of Ices

Fellow scholars, tonight’s discourse shall be on the Course of Ices, served on second day of the ill-fated 49th Feast. While any of the incidents of the First Day are regarded by all as merely typical interactions that can only be expected in gatherings of persons of the stature attending the Feast, the Second Day of the Feast has passed into common knowledge as a day of unusual quiet and historical inconsequence. And of the events of the Second Day, the pallet cleansing Course of Ices seems even more insignificant, being remembered only for the magnificent ice sculpture by the artist Daronda the Clean - carved from the pure blue Quidian Glacier ice and gracing the hall for the twenty minutes that the Course of Ices lasted.

However, the private Diary of Lady Brisband of Hampton-upon-the-Rhyl has recently come into my possession and the words of her own hand contain information that indicate this humble Course of the Second Day of the Feast did indeed play a major role in the events that followed.

As I have mentioned, as a gastronomic event, the Course of Ices has been rightfully neglected, consisting solely of unflavored ice from sundry locations of the Four Nations: Chipped Ice gathered from the springs of Solstrom, Ground Ice created from the rains of Cartan City, etc. Suitable, I suppose for their intended purpose. And when one considers the other two hundred and twenty four courses, such simplicity is, perhaps, a statement in itself.

But how could such an uninspired offering be at all related to the disastrous events that followed, you may ask? Well it happens that Lady Brisband’s beloved home of Hampton was represented by glasses Rhyl water, and not an ice at all! Her diary shows that this slight was not overlooked by the Lady Brisband, and though she held her tongue and made no comments in public that day (the history books frequently recording her as being unusually quiet), it is clear from her diary that the insult offered by Course of Ices weighed upon her and was the triggering factor to the later events that tragically followed.

A discourse on the Feast of Harmon's Fall by Calil In Dos

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