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Jaime's Challenge

The good news: Jaime Lannister pulled it out and defeated Kvothe. Came from 700 votes behind in the final hours to win handily... all thanks to you guys, of course. Thanks to all of you who voted for him... and all of you who voted for his opponent (misguided though you are). And to Patrick Rothfuss, a fine writer and a good sport, who made this round a lot of fun. RIP, Kvothe.

The bad news: Jaime is in the final, and his opponent is Rand al'Thor.

Let me see. Rand is a master swordsman. He's got one of those "heron mark" swords, which is probably the equal of Valyrian steel. He's the reincarnation of the greatest hero and wizard in the history of Robert Jordan's universe. He's got balefire. And then there's that whole ta'veren thing he's got going.

Jaime has gilded armor, a shield, a Valyrian steel sword, and a dwarf.


"Here's my counsel for this round," Tyrion said. "Run away. Don't look back."

Jaime is not impressed. "A Lannister does not run."

"This one does," said Tyrion, "but I figured you'd say that. So here's what you need to do to have ANY hope of surviving this one..."

Jaime's last match was fought on Kvothe's home turf. An away game. Therefore Jaime demands that this final be played out on his own ground, in the tourney grounds outside King's Landing, according to the customs and traditions of Westeros.

And should the wizards of Suvudu grant THAT request, he further demands that this be made a TRIAL OF SEVEN, to honor the Seven Gods. His right to demand such a format is sanctified by ancient Westerosi custom... and my first Dunk & Egg story, "The Hedge Knight."

Under the rules of a Trial of Seven, each combatant is allowed to have six companions to fight beside him. Seven against seven. Jaime's six will all be characters from the worlds and stories of George R.R. Martin (that would be me); Rand is free to fill out his six with characters from the works of Robert Jordan AND Brandon Sanderson. (Yes, he can even include Conan, since Jordan wrote about him).

Seven against seven. For all the marbles.

Jaime's challenge.

How do the gods of Suvudu rule?


Apr. 2nd, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Mr Martin! Jamie should fight Rand in a stedding (can't connect or touch the one power while inside these big wooded areas) or for all the gold in castley rock surely Jamie can buy a chain like Mat from Wot but stops sadins (the male side of the one power) from effecting him, including things like balefire (although the problem with the chain is he can still use the one power to pick up big physical thongs and drop them on Jamies head). Tyrion would know these things!

Rand has lost his right (main) hand also, so if Rand can't use the one power on Jamie, then the fight is about as even as it gets!
Apr. 3rd, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
Fighting in a Stedding is a good idea. Jamie might have a chance if he and Rand fought a solely melee contest.

Outside of a Stedding, Jamie is dead. Period. Even with Mat's amulet, he's dead: Rand could simply mess with the air or ground around Jamie and not Jamie directly.

As a swordsman, Rand is extremely good. However, he's lost his fighting hand, just as Jamie has. OTOH, Rand is a *big* guy, and very physically and mentally tough. Jamie is pretty tough, too, and a great swordsman as well. I think a purely melee fight would be something of a toss up.

But, as I said, if both contestants are allowed to use their full arsenals -- all of their abilities -- then Jamie is doomed.


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