Usually I would have closed voting by now, but since the score is 21 to 21, the next vote decides!**
**EDIT (2): Finally! With 22 to 21 votes, The Winterspike Road wins!**
Welcome back to the second day of the lore tournament. After yesterday's [nailbiting competition](https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/story-art/R1qqQu0p-2019-lore-tournament-day-1-what-once-sailed-free-vs-aftermath), we set our eyes upon the reworked Mordekaiser and the empire he left behind.
I also wanted to clarify that stories from Realms of Runeterra will not be included in the contest.
> (ROR Spoilers)
> ### *Even though some stories mention existing characters like Vrynna or Cithria (<3), or are simply awesome like All Kindred's Eve or Water & Shade To You (personal opinions, but I'm sure we can all agree the book is super nice), I chose to exclude them from the tournament because they are not generally accessible through Universe. Also, I'd run out of days in December. *
| Day | Story 1 | vs | Story 2 |
| --- | --- | --- | --- |
| [Day 1](https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/story-art/R1qqQu0p-2019-lore-tournament-day-1-what-once-sailed-free-vs-aftermath) | **What Once Sailed Free** | vs | ~~Aftermath~~ |
| Day 2 | **The Winterspike Road** | vs | ~~The Final Reign~~ |
| [Day 3](https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/story-art/dAUamUUO-2019-lore-tournament-day-3-the-recruit-vs-trouble) | The Recruit | vs | Trouble |
| Day 4 | Demacian Heart | vs | Turmoil |
| Day 5| The Harder Path | vs | Fit to Rule |
| Day 6 | Halfway Between the Stars and Earth | vs | For Those Who Have Fallen |
| Day 7 | The Echoes left Behind | vs | The Whispering Doodad |
| Day 8 | Adaptation | vs | Message on a Blade's Edge |
| Day 9 | In the Fires of Justice | vs | Prayer to a Crumbling Shrine |
| Day 10 | Canticle of the Winged Sisters | vs | Snow Day |
| Day 11 | With the Flowers | vs | Thorns of the Black Rose |
| Day 12 | Homecoming | vs | Roots of a Poisoned Tree |
| Day 13 | Silence for the Damned | vs | ? |
| Day 14 | The biggest Catch | vs | Remember Me |
| Day 15 | Homebound | vs | The Shackles of Belief |
| Day 16 | The Voices of the Dead | vs | ? |
#####**_~~The strongest soldier~~_**
In the first story, we witness struggling soldiers on **The Winterspike Road** being inspired by the Hand of Noxus himself, General Darius. He built this road and he will not let the Winter's Claw have it.
In the second story, the Iron Revenant reflects on his fall and Mitna Rachnun, before preparing for **The Final Reign**. The time has come to return to the world of the living. All the souls of Runeterra await.
[The Winterspike Road](https://universe.leagueoflegends.com/en_US/story/darius-color-story/) _by Laura Michet_
[The Final Reign](https://universe.leagueoflegends.com/en_US/story/mordekaiser-color-story/) _by Michael Yichao_