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A political and pseudo-religious event of tremendous import for the Falena Queendom up until the event's abolition in 450. The Sacred Games was a tournament used to decide the husband of the future Queen of Falena and as such held enormous significance towards the direction the nation would take under that administration. Adding to its significance, the winner of the Sacred Games would also become the Commander of the Queen's Knights following the new Queen's coronation.

The Sacred Games originated from writings on the first Queen of Falena in which it is stated that on the day of Falena's foundation, it was said that the Queen was to be like unto a goddess and that her companion must shield the land like a mighty god of war. The Sacred Games were established to choose a man most worthy of this duty. However, in practice, the participants in the Scared Games were mostly gladiators fighting for the noble that hired them. In fact, in the history of the Sacred Games only one non-noble was decreed to have won the competition, Ferid Egan in 433. Also, the Games were nearly always won by either the House of Godwin or the House of Barows.

In 450, the House of Barows pushed for the Sacred Games to take place to crown the husband of the then-10 year old Princess Lymsleia in order to try and counteract greater Godwin influence in the Senate. The attempt backfired when the Godwin gladiator, Childerich, won the tournament under dubious circumstances. Previously, the House of Barows had pushed for a Sacred Games to take place for the young Arshtat Falenas to establish her mother, Princess Falzrahm Falenas, whom Kauss Barows was married to, as the legitimate heir to the throne rather than her elder sister, Shahrewar Falenas, whom was married to Mardas Godwin.

Following the events of the Falenan Civil War, the Sacred Games were abolished with Queen Lymsleia Falenas declaring that she would choose her own husband at a future date.

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