Once upon a time, there was a small but equally powerful kingdom divided by a great river. The kingdom had two main rival clans that constantly waged war against one another. One day, the king decided to hold a great gathering where the two clans would meet and try to settle their differences once and for all. But as fate would have it, the discussions quickly turned sour, and the room erupted into a situation of intense conflict.
The king was at a loss on what to do, but then a clever jester came up with an idea. He suggested that they hold a drama competition where members from both clans would perform short skits that highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of their respective clans. The king thought this was a brilliant plan and agreed to it.
The day of the competition arrived, and everyone, including the two clans’ leaders, sat eagerly in the audience. The performances were spectacular, and both clans put on a great show. However, when it came time to decide the winner, the king and the judges were in a bind. Both performances were excellent, and it was hard to pick a winner.
The jester who had come up with the idea for the competition stepped forward and reminded everyone that the situation of intense conflict had been transformed into an entertaining spectacle that brought people together. He suggested that the winner be determined by audience applause. And so, the clan with the loudest cheer was declared the winner.
From that day on, the two clans stopped fighting and instead competed in drama competitions to settle their differences. And that’s how the crossword clue ‘Situation of intense conflict’ became connected to the answer ‘DRAMA.’