The Owasiwa Games are a tradition that began with the formation of Oasis city, however it has roots far older than the great capital. The oldest tribes, long before the Lost One corrupted Aila, would often come together around the lake and have competitions of sport and athleticism every several years. It was never especially formal, and was more of a festival for the meeting of the tribes, the exchange of goods and cultural ideas.
However, once Oasis was established, Azith of the Three decided to the establish the Owasiwa Games, as a means of uniting the region now that the Lost One had been defeated. The original games allowed anyone to compete, under any banner they chose. Over the years, it became more organized and formalized as it grew in popularity. The Games also were not, and still are not, immune to the politics of the time. When the Great Betrayal happened, the nomadic tribes all withdrew, and have not yet returned. And when Oasis began their campaign to conquer the Outlying Territories, they forbade them from entering the Games. After Oasis won that war, the Outlying Territories were allowed back in, and they returned with a fervor in hopes of embarrassing their captors.
The Owasiwa Games now are widely popular, and open to the entire region, despite the tribes still boycotting them, and much more organized. They were deemed as falling under the protection of the Law of Water, and as such, can never again be used to forbid anyone from competing, and must be funded fully by the Oasis government.
1. Each District may send 3 representative individuals or teams for each competition. District is defined as either 1) An official city district in Oasis 2) A farm district in Lapis 3) A singular Outlying Territory 4) The Nomadic Tribes as a whole. Each district may decide for itself who/how they send their representatives.
2. The Games are split into 2 categories for competitors. The first is known as Traditional, and is defined by a lack of enhancements. This means that magical, boon, spiritual, technological enhancements are forbidden. This is controlled by an inspection committee. The second category is known as Open, and allows all forms of enhancements, so long as they do not detract from the personal nature of the sport at hand.
Events are separated into three categories, each overseen by their own judicial body. These are the Water Games, the Wind Games, and the Sand Games.
The Water Games
-Mounted Racing – Participants must abide by the Two-Being rule, meaning that there must be one living being that is providing physical support for a second living being for the duration of the race.
1. River Marathon – This consists of a single race to determine the winner. This race begins at the edge of the Viridescent Shield, and ends at the center of Lake Aila.
2. River Biathlon – This consists of a single race to determine the winner. This race begins on land where Lake Aila meets the Lapis River. Participants can race along either side of the river, halfway down the Lapis River. There they enter the water, on the same mount, and race back up to a finish line in the center of Lake Aila.
3. River Upstream Sprints – Consists of a series of heats on Lapis River, racing westward against the river’s current, finishing at the river mouth.
4. River Downstream Sprints – Consists of a series of heats on Lapis River, racing eastward along the river’s current, finishing at a designated point.
5. River Cross Sprints – Consists of a series of heats that cross the Lapis river.
1. Lake Marathon – Consists of a single race, starting at the mouth of Lapis River, going along the circumference of Lake Aila, ending back at the mouth of the Lapis River, after 2 full rotations.
2. Lake Biathlon – Consists of a single race, starting on land at the mouth of the Lapis River, going along the circumference of Lake Aila once. Upon reaching the mouth of the Lapis River, the rider begins the second portion which is the water race, going along the circumference once more, ending at the mouth of the Lapis River.
3. Lake Short Sprint – Consists of a series of heats on Lake Aila, racing from lake’s edge to finish line at the center.
4. Lake Long Sprint – Consists of a series of heats on Lake Aila, racing from lake’s edge, through the center, to the opposite edge.
1. Same as mounted. Will flesh out more later.
1. Same as mounted and swimming. Will flesh out more later.
1. Mud Throw – Competitors standing on water’s edge, but not in water, must form a projectile from the mud and launch it as far as possible toward lake’s center.
2. Stone Skip – Competitors standing on water’s edge but not in water, must skip a stone for at least 3 bounces along the water’s surface to achieve as much distance as possible.
1. Mud Run – Competitors must run along the water’s edge, within the tide. Sprints and marathon.
2. Water Run – Competitors must run across the surface of the lake. Sprints and marathon.
1. Standing Jump – Competitors must jump from river’s edge for distance.
2. Running Jump – Competitors run and jump from river’s edge for distance.
Team Sports (on Lake’s surface)
1. Water Football
2. Water Handball
3. Water Dodgeball
4. Water Volleyball
5. Water Tag (Surface and swimming)
6. Polo (Surface and swimming)
Acrobatics (Surface and swimming)
The Wind Games
Racing (Sprints, Marathons, With the Wind, No Wind, Against the Wind, Cross Wind)
1. Sand Sailing
2. Sky Sailing
3. Flying Mount Race
4. Flying Races
Throwing (per type of throwing instrument/weapon)
1. With the wind
2. No Wind
3. Against the Wind
4. Cross Wind
Archery (per type of bow, flying and ground)
2. With the wind
3. No Wind
4. Against the Wind
5. Cross Wind
6. Stationary Target, Stationary Archer
7. Moving Target, Stationary Archer
8. Stationary Target, Moving Archer
9. Moving Target, Moving Archer
10. Stationary Target, Moving Mounted Archer
11. Moving Target, Moving Mounted Archer
Flying Team Sports
4. Tag (team and FFA)
5. Volleyball (over and under net)
The Sand Games
1. Speed, Downhill
2. Speed, Slalom
4. Distance Jumps
1. Speed, Downhill
2. Speed, Cross Country
3. Speed, Slalom
5. Mounted Polo
7. Tag (Team and FFA)