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Jaime's Challenge

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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.

Bugger.

"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?

Comments

patbless
Apr. 2nd, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
I wasn't torn with Kvothe. I love GRRM's series but Jaime shouldn't have beat Kvothe. The same with past battles. This is purely a popularity contest and I have no problem with that.

If this contest was based on pure fighting ability, any number of characters from Erikson's Malazan series would make short work of Jaime.
aulus_poliutos
Apr. 3rd, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it is about how many fans you can mobilise to vote. And that's what made the match with Kvothe so close, and what will also make the one with Rand a close affair. Harry Potter may have LOTS of fans, but most of them hang out in other online places and probably never found out about that tournament, while many readers of Martin, Rothfuss, and Jordan/Samderson frequent the same forums and blogs.

That said, Melisandre or Cersei could seduce Rand - I mean, he's only met girls so far; there's not one real woman in Randland - and then he'll be too exhausted to fight. *grin*

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