The contestants appear in a thick forest, surrounded by massive trees that tower overhead roughly 20 feet. The tree trunks are so large, it would take three to five humans standing in a circle, with their hands outstretched to make it all the way around. Sturdy tree branches form a thick network overhead. The ground itself is dark for very little light penetrates the thick canopy and a heavy layer of dead leaves covers the ground, hiding secrets....
A small little girl in a frilly, pink, doll dress and short blonde hair appears sitting on a tree branch. By her side is a tall dark figure in black leather armor with a gruesome face.
"Greetings Contestants! I am Mary Sue: your judge for this round of the tournament. The two of you are standing in a forest filled with secrets. There are secrets beneath your feet...and secrets up here in the tree tops....
Some of these secrets can help you and hurt your opponent, some can hurt both of you, and some can help both of you. These traps are hidden all over your battlefield.
A magical barrier surrounds the battlefield, as well, and it exists five feet above the tops of the trees, and the sides of the barrier lay 300 feet away in every direction from where we stand now."
The child snaps her fingers and the dark figure helps her to her feet. With the hand that isn't holding the dark figure, she points down at the contestants.
"You will battle until one of you dies or surrenders! All injuries you sustain here will be revived after the battle is over. You may...BEGIN!"
And with that, the girl and the figure disappeared.
*I will post every so often to trigger traps and change up the battle in interesting ways. At the flip of a coin, Empress goes first. Good luck!