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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 08:46 pm (UTC)
Seven, hmm?
I don't see why Suvudu wouldn't go for it, they've been great sports so far.

Jaime and six others? Here's my roster.
Gregor Clegane, the Mountain that Rides
Balerion, the Black Dread (Jaime beat a dragon, so let's resurrect an old friend)
Jon Snow & Ghost (that counts as one, don'tcha know) (Another Valyrian blade, at that)
Melisandre (She might know a thing or two about this balefire thingy)
Ser Arthur Dayne (previously noted),(3 VS swords are better than two)

Substitute: Red Viper for the unwillingness of any of the above.

Impromptu suggestions, mind you. I think Tyrion serves well as counselor, no need to actually count him in the match. I'm certain these listed folks wouldn't necessarily fight for Jaime, but my understanding of Rand is that he could do some damage to Westeros, so they could well be convinced to join this one time event. I think the roster covers Westeros from fighting strength to magical weapons/ability and degrees of relative cunning.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Seven, hmm?
Interesting, just about the side I'd have picked. Good thought about Balerion. Dayne and Snow would take a bit of convincing, though. What about Barristan Selmy?
Apr. 2nd, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Seven, hmm?
I'm terribly fond of Selmy, and actually had him in mind, until I read the comment about Dayne. They both are equally legendary. Either/or would be fine, and should be able to take out one of Rand's six.

I also realized I can't count. The Viper makes seven, not as a substitute.
Apr. 3rd, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Re: Seven, hmm?
Good picks, but I'd have to seriously consider Ned Stark and/or Howland Reed. Ned might downplay it, but the fact that they survived the Tower of Joy has to count for something. And if we suspend continuity for the sake of the battle, you can't have to many Valyrian swords.

Ooh, new thought - Dany. And she gets to bring her army. And all of her dragons. Just because. Let's see Rand Balefire all of that!
Apr. 3rd, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: Seven, hmm?
That seven would be fantastic, although I'm sorely tempted to find a place for Strong Belwas somewhere in there...


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