FASTHELD - Word is spreading throughout the realm of Fastheld that the competition for the new Flying Dagger unit of the Emperor's Blades - an elite rapid-response squad devised by Blademaster Hartnek Lomasa - got underway this evening. Inclement weather made the tournament grounds particularly boggy and unpleasant, for participants and onlookers alike. The competitors today underwent an endurance exercise that involved standing on narrow wooden poles and trying not to fall down when attacked by Bladesmen with axes. Tomorrow, each competitor will be assigned four soldiers to lead on a flag capture mission in the northeast tower of Fastheld Keep. Spectators are permitted on the grounds.