Wizolympics 2020: Sand Fortification Final
It is finally time for the sand fortification final for the 2020 Wizolympics. I’m Amadeus Corvus-Pes Venator coming at you once again from Kasai Kaihin Park Beach in Tokyo Bay. It geared up to be an exciting battle, with Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and South Korea vying for the top spots. South Africa, having gotten used to being the champion, hoped to keep its title.
Just as the call to begin the battle was made, a member of the Nauru sand fortification team, there to take notes to improve for the next Wizolympics, came forward saying that at the Rio Games, there had been five finalists, not six, for sand fortification. The delegate from the International Wizolympic Committee (IWC) there to declare the start of the event counted and confirmed that there were indeed six castles. Unsure of what to do, the delegate looked to the other officials from the International Wizolympic Committee at the event, who simply shrugged and declared that one more team would keep the competition lively. Since only the top three teams mattered anyway, it wasn’t a big deal that there was one more team than last time.
The game was called to begin and Indonesia quickly took down Germany’s clock-themed fortification. The charmed cuckoo was no match for the water cannon at the bow of Indonesia’s ship. The German team looked downright defeated at not taking home a medal this year.
Egypt’s many creatures spat water, but they did not stream water enough to provide any real impact for offensive or defensive measures. Egypt’s fortification could not withstand the water cannon once Indonesia turned its sights to Team Egypt’s sea creature creation.
Saudi Arabia’s walls stayed strong, but the remaining teams all ganged up on the fortification. Water came in through the arches, making the fortification vulnerable to flooding, washing out the team’s chances of success.
Indonesia was next to fall. While the water cannon on Indonesia’s sand ship was effective at offense, the boat was ineffective at defense. The water cannon was unable to deter South Korea’s attacks on the hull of Team Indonesia’s ship. South Korea weakened the bottom of Team Indonesia’s structure, causing the whole fortification to collapse. So X marked the spot where Indonesia won the Knut medal.
South Africa’s stronghold met a similar fate. Every team attacked South Africa’s behemoth, blasting water at the base of the fortification since the start of the event. Eventually, the fortification became too structurally unsound from the constant attacks and fell in on itself. But it was so tall that it took five minutes for the structure to completely collapse. But Team South Africa took the Sickle medal with grace.
No team was able to fully breach any of South Korea’s wall, leaving the castle completely intact. So South Korea is going home with the Galleon medal in sand fortification. I was not able to speak with any member of the South Korean team because they were still getting out of the maze by the time I had to leave the beach to get this story to the printer.
However, I was able to speak to the captain of the Indonesian team, Yovan Gunardio Darmawan. He told me it was a great honor to bring a medal back to Indonesia. But the Indonesian team was most excited about seeing the interest in countries like Nauru in participating in sand fortification so that in the near future, there could be regional games between Pacific Islands in the years between the Wizolympics.