Bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds, radiant sunshine... and no ground in sight what-so-ever; this is the Sky Shrine. A dozen small platforms of condensed clouds serve as the only footholds, and the rest... is just open air. Look down, up, to the side, or wherever, and you'll still just see more sky on the horizon. Each of the cloud platforms can hold 2 people on them at a time, but not much else. One wrong step and you'll find yourself falling...
... Into the grace of the Bird God. In the absolute center of the arena floats a golden statue of a winged creature that keeps watch over the battlefield with its jewel-embedded eyes. In a testament to the Bird God's power, the statue rests in the air with no support or propulsion at all; it merely floats in its solitary position forever. As an act of benevolence, the Bird God has even graced the arena with his power: whereas you would normally find yourself falling through the abysmal sky with a misstep, the Bird God's presence loops the sky. That is, falling far enough down makes you come up to the top, going out one side makes you come back in on the other, and so on. The Bird God's influence expands about 50 meters in all directions from the statue, making for a fairly sizable battlefield. With no real danger from falling or environmental hazards present, the Sky Shrine tests the full potential of all who would enter its sacred grounds.
One last note to all competitors: just because there's no ground doesn't mean there's no terrain. One thing the Bird God doesn't reign over is the weather, and attempting a terrain change in the Sky Shrine will summon forth a storm cloud to emulate the terrain's effect through the weather. While rain and hail are common fair, do be careful to watch for things like fire and metal storms.
Terrain: 100% Missing
Special Effect: Bird God's Grace (Falling loops back to the top of the arena, and vice-versa)
Bird-God Statue (Immortal, Immovable, enables Bird God's Grace)
The Bird God's statue is almighty; no attack can harm it. In fact, don't attack it. Angering the Bird God in his territory is a terrible idea.
Platform Clouds x12 (Immaterial, Floating, Bouncy)
These super-dense clouds serve as the only standing points in the Sky Shrine, and thankfully, they accommodate well to that fact. While there is a large amount of space between one Platform Cloud and the next, you will find that jumping off one will give a powerful spring to your jump that will let you reach the next cloud with ease. Since they are still clouds in the end, though, any attacks on them simply pass through with no effect.
Storm Cloud (Immaterial, Floating)
The Storm Cloud only appears when a competitor creates a change in the weather. Unlike the Platform Clouds, it is not dense enough to support a Navi, so the only reason for its existence is to create weather. Depending on who's involved, this could be a blessing or a curse, as that lightning storm that was helping you a minute ago might turn into a leaf storm that's ruining you the next.
Once the information is relayed to the Operators, they are given a few moments to strategize with their Navis before the match begins...