(1867-03-05) Venderos Tourney: Duels
Venderos Tourney: Duels
Summary: The duels from the Venderos Tourney
Date: 1867-03-05
Related: Venderos Tournament logs
Players:
Alexandra  Alina  Antonia  Clara  Clarke  Darren  Devlin  Elrick  Emilia  Evelyn  Gawain  Jonathan  Leander  Liam  Michael  Raimond  Samuel  Thaddeus  Tiadora  

Tourney Grounds - Venderos

The tournament grounds stand ready for use at a moment's notice. The stands are setup with the nobles sitting in the center, with the absolute best seats of course reserved for the royals and their guests. A half canopy has been established to help keep the shade in the area and protect from any of the elements, a thick leather trim going across the area where the royals are sitting raised up about fifty feet and supported by heavy wooden poles and tethers tying it. The benches have been formed of thick wood in the gallery, with lesser galleries set to the side for commoners, guards, and those who are watching and not immediately involved over in the arena. There are roughly eight rows of seats set up for the commoners stretching off the full length of the viewing gallery, and roughly three rows thick for the nobles to sit upon. Among the rows are those who are bringing beverage and refreshments. To discourage any unsavory elements within the stands, armed guards are stationed every ten feet. This visible reminder lends an air of discipline to the arena grounds.

The arena is dusty, a pit formed in the ground which has been dug down flat with padded dirt roughly two feet down from the main tents, the incline designed to give the crowd a better view. The center of the arena betray tell-tale markings where it is apparent that the rail for jousts could be set, if not set already. The dirt is thick and solid, packed down as firmly and evenly as it can be to ensure good footing. Yet, the dirt remains only within the center, as the pavilions, benches and even the rails seem free of dust…a nearly impossible task made possible. From the opposite ends of the exhibition pavilions are a pair of berths where the combatants would enter from and where judges and guards would otherwise sit, as well as attendants to quickly go and tend to the injured or break apart the combatants should it be necessary. The main pit is larger than the pavilions, being roughly fifty horse lengths wide, enough for all the combatants to have plenty of room to brawl without being so spread out that the main viewing area would risk losing track of them.

Marse 5th, 1867

The seats are filled— though perhaps not as much as they would be for the bracketed joust, but it's still pretty tight quarters. For this event, both Prince Lucius and his son Ivan are present in the Royal Box, with their assorted guests of ducal level and higher status.

The dueling circles have been drawn down on the tourney field and well-sanded. There are several referees out among the circles, ready to oversee the matches. The first sets of matches have been called by the announcer, and the various fighters are stepping up to their circles.

In the Royal Box, Alina and her husband Gabriel stand with the Prince, chatting amicably and (at least as far as Alina's concerned) all but ignoring the beginning of the matches below. Gabriel, at least, is keeping an eye on things, sipping at a cup of watered wine and making note of what competitors are on the field.

Sir Antonia l'Valdan is here to compete in the duel comeptitions today, and is already standing at the ready, armored in maile, wearing a half helmet that will allow better vision than the visored helmet she wore during the joust preliminaries. Still, the theme of the falcon is echoed on this helmet as well, with artful etchings on the sides. Grey eyes scan the crowd from a face, the features of which are remarkably still - caught in concentration as the Couvieri knight and wife of a prince focuses on the challenges of the upcoming contest. Her hand tightens about the hilt of the tourney sword she leans on currently, tip down, and she shifts ever so slightly in her stance. Her gaze falls on Michael l'Corren, a faint smile of respect given to him, non-verbally wishing him luck in the contest. Sir Evelyn will earn a moment of cosideration, a smile given to her if the l'Faust will look up in time to meet Antonia's eyes. Oh, and then her attention is on Elrick, of course, her valiant brother. For him she will actually raise her sword in salute, with a slightly challenging wink. As if to convey a "Later, brother!", meaning they could end up in a match against each other, like in last tourney's dramatic finale.

Antonia's first opponent is… a squire of Rivana. Gawain Rosendal, the squire to Sir Thaddeus Greycen, the knight whom Antonia had the honor to meet in the joust preliminaries, in a hard but even tilt. There is a slight twitch at the corner of her lips, as Antonia's grey eyes settle on Gawain and she raises her sword in salute. "My lord.", she greets with a certain detached coldness. But maybe that is just due to the competitive mood currently to be met in the tourney field. The cheering crowds. And the will to prove one's worth before the eyes of so many spectators.

Clarke is getting ready for combat then, putting his helm over on then and grumbling to himself. He's not expecting to do well given his opponent, but he's intent on making a good showing over of it then as he goes up and over with the other combatants, saluting the crowd quickly and then the other combatants in his immeidate view then before putting his helm firmly on and doing a few final stretches then quickly before the matches begin, eyeing the rest of the fighters present then and sizing up his own adversary with a look of evaluation.

Thaddeus is on the sidelines ensuring that his gear is ready to go, he would have Gawain check on it, but the squire is competing in the contest. Thad walks over to the squire and says, "Do your best. Do not worry about what they think, just knock her on her ass. It will make you look better." He grins in amusement and readies himself for the first contest against Evelyn. Gawain nods and gets into position for his opponent.

Jonathan t'Maren is here, of course, and he is, by his own standards at least, upbeat. Armored in maile, dressed in the black and red of his House, the heir to Bloodfield was among the first arrivals in the dueling circles, and he's focused, testing his footing in the sand and checking the weight of the tourney sword in his hand. At the announcer's words, he falls silent - though he was far from loud before - and lets his eyes sweep over the field. One opponent at a time, and the first is Samuel l'Corren - the same knight who struck him down at the end of the free-for-all a few days hence. Certainly, he knows better than to underestimate this one, and he greets the man with a respectful nod.

Someone had to engage Thaddeus Greycen in the first round, and while glad to challenge the rather stout knight of Tourney fame, that didn't mean Evelyn was pleased she was facing him in the first round of the duels. But, fate was fate, and it was a good challenge for her. "Sir Thaddeus," she greets the man when she enters the ring to face him. "It will be a fine match, will it not?" Evelyn grins, then. And for those who follow the l'Faust knight, they will have long been familiar with her capricious nature when facing such an opponent. She enjoys it.

Raimond Giraldi moves to his starting position in one of the fighting rings, giving Clarke a salute and a grin, "Well met, Sir. I hope you won't think too ill of me should I happen to defeat you." He drops into a ready stance, waiting for the signal to begin, "But good luck to you anyway."

The young ladies of Rivana's court have a good seat, as usual. Tiadora smiles as her friends take their positions; friends being a relative term for knights she has met beforehand. She settles into her seat and watches with eager anticipation. "I just hope they're not all too worn out from the joust," she comments.

Duke Darren Haldis finds himself with a bye, and so…he waits, clearly with a touch of impatience as he casts an eye towards the other matches taking place, particularly those of his half-brothers and cousin. Not that it's easy to see all of them from where he's at.

When Elrick catches the salute from his sister, he offers one in return as well as a grin that is full of confidence, an answer to her silent message. Then he is looking across the ring to the southern knight that he has been matched up against, the younger of the Giraldi brothers, Leander. There is no salute or nod offered to the other man, just a neutral expression displayed as he awaits the signal to begin from the herald or the Prince himself if he is to call for the matches to begin.

Relaxed. That may be the appropriate term for Leander at this moment. He seems rather loose, stretching languidly as he preps himself for combat. Sword in hand, the younger Giraldi wanders into the ring, offering Elrick a nod and a smile. "Good luck to you, Sir." The neutral expression only earns a wider smile, as Leander adopts his stance.

All in all, it has been a quite good tournament for Samuel so far. But that doesn't mean there's not more to be done. He's made his way over for the duels as well, offering a grin to the people nearby. Moving out into position as the announcements have been made, he looks to Jonathan, offering the man a grin. "We meet again, Sir Jonathan," he offers to the man, before he adds, "Good luck, and may the best man win." Then the last of his gear is readied, in jst the right order, as he is ready to fight.

Sir Devlin Cassomir finishes strapping on his helmet and moves to his designated fighting ring, Giving Alexandra a sharp salute, "One favor us both, Sir, that we may have a good and safe match." He gives his tourney blade a couple light swings to finish up his warm-up and loosening up, and then brings it to bear in a defensive posture, ready to begin.

Alexandra is up first against the Rivanan knight, Devlin Cassomir, a man she's seen quite a lot of so far in the tourney. She takes her place in the dueling circle with a grin and a respectful nod, the crimson and black of her house worn with a little extra flair. "Best of luck, Sir Devlin," she calls out. It's almost sincere.

<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with TOURNEY SWORD - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword but Devlin DODGES!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword but Clarke DODGES!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword but Gawain DODGES!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword but Elrick DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with TOURNEY SWORD - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword but Leander DODGES!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with TOURNEY SWORD but Thaddeus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Alexandra has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Clarke has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with TOURNEY SWORD - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword but Devlin DODGES!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword but Michael DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with TOURNEY SWORD - Light wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword but Jonathan DODGES!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Clarke has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Devlin has been KO'd!

The first fight for Alexandra is a grueling one. Devlin's sword hits her hard three times, and the first blow sends her absolutely reeling. But she sets her jaw, raises her blade and lunges back into the fight, knocking the sword right out of the Rivanan's hand with a powerful blow. Eyelashes flutter as she raises her own weapon to point at his throat. "Better luck in the other bracket, eh?" Grinning, she looks back over the field… and if a certain match goes a certain way, her next round might be really interesting.

Once the signal to begin is given, the t'Tremaine Heir advances on his opponent with confident steps, eyes studying Leander and his movements, ignoring the widening smile from the southern knight. Take steps towards the right side, Elrick has his tourney blade held at the ready and soon he strikes, hitting the Giraldi's sword hand lightly while taking an equally light blow in return to his midsection. It appears the two knights are testing each other, as the next exchange are met with parries and dodges. But instead of stepping back, the northern knight chooses to be more relentless as he presses the attack, the blunted tourney sword smacking against Leander's helm followed by a couple more blows.

The relaxed form of Leander seems to not really be earning him any favors. Although…Elrick is a better, more experienced swordsman. Leander knows this…courtesy of several solid hits on his person. Yet…Leander is still smiling. There might have even been a wink as Leander beckons Elrick on. Cocky little Rivanan, he is.

Jonathan's blade is up in a simple, conservative guard, and it serves him well. His eyes lock on Samuel's, and he holds off the northerner's attacks with a mix of parries, blocks and sidesteps, letting his armor absorb the glancing hits that do manage to reach his body. While his own strikes aren't powerful, they're enough to slow the other knight down, at least. Not inclined to press his advantage, he keeps his distance, waiting for an opening. Can't ever underestimate the man, not until he's down.

Evelyn trades a few blows with Thaddeus, but the two Knights seem quite evenly matched, thus far. It's a testament, in her eyes, that she is still progressing. She says nothing during the fight, however. The swords clang and clatter against armor, and each other, and as the round continues, Evelyn knows the longer it goes, the harder the rest of the rounds this eve will be. She prowls around Thaddeus, a faint nod to him in respect for his prowess, thus far. She moves in to try and hit again.

Raimond lunges forward, and for the first moment or two, he and his opponent seem evenly matched, if not the Couvieri having a slight advantage, scoring a glancing blow to Raimond's breastplate, but then Raimond rattles him with a hard strike to his chest, though it costs him a solid blow to his own. Still, Raimond presses his advantage, shifting his footwork to move forward through the attacks and keep after his opponent, scoring another glancing strike against Clarke's breastplate, and grunting as a powerful strike lands against his own. It gives him the opening he needs though, and an overhead "slash" catches Clarke right at the junction of neck and shoulder. "Well fought, Cavalier. Perhaps we'll see each other again before the day is out." He gives the man a salute and goes to await his next match.

Devlin keeps up a steady pressure on Sir Alexandra, it's true, and for a while it seems as though the momentum of the match favors him…but that can turn in an instant, and in this case it does, as she finally lands a powerful strike against his hand, causing him to drop his blade, and as is often the case, giving the sign of yielding before crouching to pick it up, as he was not in a position where he could avoid her raining more punishment upon him while he did so. "Thought I had you for a moment." Devlin smiles sheepishly, "And thank you…I may need it."

Tiadora's cheering for the Cassomir knight was too premature. He clocked Alexandra good but she rallied and bested him. But still, he's so gracious in the face of defeat. She pouts at Emilia and gives a disappointed sigh before she focuses on some of the other matches still ongoing.

The blows are hard and fast. He's thinking he's giving a good accounting of himself, but his opponent is better. More experienced. Finer wtih blades. And so he quickly falls. Clarke rises back up with a surge of energy then, even as he then is fought back down after a few more exchanges. He rises up and over then in a salute to his adversary, "Well fought indeed Sir. Your reputation is well deserved and earned. An honor."

Thad enters the fray at the signal, but sadly his conflict with the l'Faust knight does not appear to show much ground being given by either side. A few blows are exchanged, but this fight will need more time to come to fruition. He returns the nod and resumes fighting.

Gawain starts off strong in his first bout, though he does try and press the advantage he has gained thus far, hoping to score an early win for himself.

Being a little bit slower than at the other event, Samuel grimaces at the hits from Jonathan. "Well struck…" he mutters, moving forward again, hoping he'll succeed better this time.

It seems Antonia does not get the best start. Gawain's sword hits home, numbing her left hand for a moment, and she can hardly bite a cry of pain back. While her own attacks get through his defense only to be easily deflected by his armor. "Damned Rivanan squire," the l'Valdan Princess mutters under her breath. The dance continues, swords hitting armor to no avail. Then comes the next surprisingly well-placed hit of the squire, and Antonia grumbles, "Not bad!" Her smile returns, even if faintly, when she pays him back, her sword striking his left hand - coincidence! Her next is stopped by Gawain's armor, while his weapon manages to cause another painful bruise on Antonia's chest. But… she stands, grey eyes burning with intense fire as they focus on Gawain Rosendal.

Emilia gives Tiadora a nod,"I am sure some of them are a little of worn out. But they train of hard, so they get of used to of doing of so much in such of a short time." Of course, Emilia is giving particular attention to her brother, even if there others that her eyes dart to take in the progress of now and again. It does look promising as Devlin sends his partner reeling, but there is just a faint frown with how the match does end up. "He still has of a chance," noting to Tiadora to see that pout going on. "And it looks like some of the others may be of having better of luck." Not entirley certain with Devlin's bout having gotten most of her attention.

<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword but Liam DODGES!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword but Elrick DODGES!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with TOURNEY SWORD - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword but Jonathan DODGES!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword but Liam DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with TOURNEY SWORD and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Samuel has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with TOURNEY SWORD but Thaddeus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with TOURNEY SWORD - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Thaddeus with TOURNEY SWORD - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Michael has been KO'd!

There is a rather energetic bit of clapping from Emilia when Liam wins tha tmatch between he and Michael. It was huge1 (Though obviously not huge enough to get that stoic mein to break into a smile or actually cheering out of the insanely stoic Cassomir.) "Jaren is going to be of disappoitned he missed seeing such fine performances of Liam this of tournament. He is doing of exceedingly of well." Especially for a squire!

Tiadora claps broadly as Liam wins! "Oh my word, your brother is going to be -so- proud of him and yes, also sad he missed it. After this I doubt he'll be a squire much longer," she says with a bit of a grin. She can smile enough for the pair of them.

Liam looks almost surprised when Michael yields after a drawn out combat between them. They had both made some solid strikes, though nothing to wow the crowd— but the extreme technical ability the young man has shown has several people in the crowd pointing and paying more attention, especially after his showing the previous night!

There's the opportunity. Jonathan spots a gap in Samuel's stance and delivers a powerful blow to his torso, enough to send the l'Corren reeling. He's through the first round without so much as a scratch - a far better outcome than he could have anticipated, especially given how his last fight with this man went. "Well fought, Sir Samuel," he addresses him before pausing to catch his breath before the next round. And then… and then it's his betrothed who stands on the opposite side of the circle. Well then. "Sir Alexandra. An honor." Lips curl up and part in a smile that's genuine, but not at all mirthful.

It seems, Antonia is warming up, her swings coming now with more momentum, especially two consecutive hits to Gawain's abdomen. But the blows she has already taken impact her performance, slowing her movements, that her sword comes up a tad too late when the Rosendal squire suddenly swings for her chest again. There is a wince and a sound, somewhere between a grunt and a muffled cry of pain, when Antonia finally realizes that this round goes to Gawain. "Your win, for now.", she allows in a low grumble, inclining her head to the squire, before she moves to the side of the field, awaiting the next pairings to be announced. Her mien lights up when Antonia hears the herald's announcement, and a smile curls her lips - even if still slightly pained - when she steps forth to meet Sir Evelyn l'Faust in the next round. "An honor," the l'Valdan announces with a sincere nod of respect, before she raises her sword in salute to her opponent. "May the better one win."

Alexandra's fight ended early enough that she had a few minutes to rest and watch the rest of the round play out before picking up her sword again - which is just as well, after the beating Devlin gave her early in the match. By the time the announcer is heard again, she's upbeat as ever, and her grin only grows wider when she stands across from the heir to Bloodfield. "I'll try not to hurt you /too/ badly, Sir Jonathan," she beams, lifting her blade.

Clarke takes a few breaths then as he stretches, still sore and his ears ringing from the blows then as he waits for the next round then, otherwise groaning then as his eyes turn over to his next opponent. He hopes he fares better, he steels himself to do better, and he takes a haggard breath, "Well, I suppose this time let's try and dance like we don't have too left feet."

That wink probably angered Elrick. Maybe. Or… Leander wasn't much longer for the fight. The very next exchange causes his sword to be knocked free. Leander gives a laugh, albeit a short one, then offers a hand up. "I yield. good luck to you in the future." None the worse for wear, Leander fetches his sword and vacates the ring.

Taking another solid hit, Samuel sinks down to the ground, taking a few deep breaths before he works his way back to his feet. "Well done, Sir. You've won this one." A brief pause and a grin, before he adds, "Let's hope we will meet again, hmmm?" Moving to get hold of something to drink before getting ready to the next match, where he'll be facing Sir Devlin Cassomir. Offering the man a polite nod, he salutes, before he glances to the stands, then back to the Cassomir.

The duel between Elrick and Leander continues though the northern knight continues to hammer down blows at his opponent, probably due to that annoying wink that was offered, though most are parried or sidestepped. However, the Giraldi attempts to strike at him, the t'Tremaine Heir parries the tourney sword away and then delivers a blow to the other man's neck. It could have been harder but upon contact, Elrick leaves the dulled blade there, "Yield, Sir Leander. I have this one." A honorable way out, surprisingly coming from the t'Tremaine. When Leander yields, Elrick nods his head, as if to thank the man for the good luck wishes.

Then it is onto the next opponent and Elrick knows very well who he would be facing if he bested Leander. Watching as Darren enters the ring from the other side, the t'Tremaine's gaze narrows slightly and prepares himself again for the second round against the Duke of Haldis.

Tiadora adds, "Oh, the Rosendal didn't too bad either," she says of Gawain. "Sir Thaddeus must also be happy for him. It's good to see the young men doing so well," she says primly, as if she's sixty instead of sixteen.

Gawain keeps up his assault, though he does get struck a couple of times that irritate him as he should not have left himself open. He will elarn. The Rosendal squire nods to the princess, "Your highness." Gawain gives a nod and returns to the sidelines to await his pairing.

Thaddeus also works to finish his lengthy fight with Evelyn. Once it does finally conclude the Greycen knight offers a hand to Evelyn and says with sincere approval, and a little bit of a grin, "Well-fought, my lady. Best of luck to you going forward. You deserve it." With that he is among the last to finish his bouts, only to find that his opponent will be his squire. Thad grins to Gawain, "Well-done, lad. Now let's see how well I've trained you so far!" With that, the two ready to face each other in their round.

It seems that Thaddeus is just a little better than Evelyn today, blows and counter-blows continue, until takes advantage of an opening that Evelyn makes a slight mistake on. She gets up, slowly, and shoots a smile at Thaddeus. There is a sharp nod, "And you," she returns to the Knight. "You are formidable, indeed." She moves to assess whom she might be fighting next in the losers bracket. She can only think she did far better in the last Tourney she was in, and tries to push those thoughts out of her mind, her grin shifting to something more solemn.

Raimond gives Liam a grin, saluting the young Squire as they both move into the ring for their next match. "I would hate to be the one to end your streak, Liam, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to try." He smiles a bit more warmly, and takes up his usual defensive posture, "Show me what you've got!"

Darren moves to take up his fighting position now that he gets an actual match to fight in, giving his mace a few light swings and rolling his shoulders and neck before saluting the man, "I came here for a fight. Looks like I might have one now." A glimmer of a grin and he readies himself for the battle to begin.

Devlin Cassomir salutes Samuel as they take their positions in the fighting ring, and adds, "Good luck…" and that's about it, as he's rather focused on not being one of the first eliminated this evening, now.

Emilia nods to Tiadora on the matter of Liam and the timer on his squire-hood,"Of true, especially if he is keeping this of up. Not entirely of surprising, he is of Jaren's squire." She's allowed a little pride concerning her storybook tale knight of a brother, right? Though certainly Tiadora and Clara can tell it is really that, only a hint of pride, both for Jaren and Liam's turn. "Oh..of aye, it does look like Sir of Gawain is doing of well. Destrain will be of pleased to hear of about that too." Her gaze turning to who Devlin will be matched up with next, as well as Liam.

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Antonia with TOURNEY SWORD - Serious wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword but Thaddeus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Antonia with TOURNEY SWORD - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Michael attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword but Samuel DODGES!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Michael with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Clarke has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Michael has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Antonia with TOURNEY SWORD - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Antonia with TOURNEY SWORD but Antonia DODGES!
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword but Samuel DODGES!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Antonia with TOURNEY SWORD - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Evelyn has been KO'd!

Jonathan's approach throughout this tourney has been a cautious one, but with Alexandra, he's perhaps a bit more tentative than usual. Still, when he sees an opening, a weakness in her stance, he takes it, slashing the tip of his sword across her upper body in a blow that would stagger a lesser fighter. He takes a few minor hits, and doles out several of his own, but when he's left off-balance after one stroke, his opponent lands a crushing blow that leaves his off-hand quite sore. "Well struck," he mutters, but that's about as much of his voice as he can muster.

Perhaps it's the ill-timing that has given Evelyn poor fortune this Tourney, and it's thrown her off her game. And while she's able to score a more telling blow against her opponent, Antonia seems to have her number — as she usually does when Evelyn faces her, it seems. Still, at the end when Anonia fells her to her knee, and Evelyn gets back up to attack again, she is put down on the ground. Slowly, the l'Faust knight gets back up, shaking her head, frustrated with herself but she gives Antonia her due, nodding. "At least do me the favor of taking the entire event, Sir," she tells the other woman, with a smile, before heading off to the sidelines to watch the rest of the matches.

Being eliminated this early is not part of Samuel's plan, and so as the match begins, he goes straight on the attack, less cautious than the last time. Managing to get in some hits, while not taking that many in return, he tries to keep from falling back, hoping he'll be able to keep the Cassomir from recovering.

Raimond presses Liam hard, keeping up a steady torrent of strikes, which largely remain unanswered. He doesn't quip or jab though, keeping his defensive posture intact and not taunting the young man, instead focusing on treating him as he would any other opponent. That's the best way for him to learn, after all.

Darren does indeed seem to have the kind of fight he wants in Elrick t'Tremaine, with both men landing solid strikes against each other, and by and large seeming quite evenly matched. "Good." He grunts after one more strike hits him. Not that he's a masochist, but he does enjoy a challenge. Not that it keeps him from continuing to try to batter past Elrick's defenses.

Meanwhile, Devlin Cassomir seems to be coming out on the worse end of Samuel l'Corren's blade, and seems on the defensive as he tries to find an opening to swing the momentum of the fight.

If nothing else, Alexandra gives as good as she gets. Sure, Jonathan manages to hit her hard in the chest, but she doesn't let the hit slow her down, instead lashing out and delivering a hard hit to the left hand that more or less evens the odds. "Of course," she chortles, before hefting her blade and leaning in to press her advantage.

Once the signal for the second round is given, Elrick advances towards the Haldis but with a bit more caution than he did when facing Leander. With his blade up, the t'Tremaine slowly circles his opponent and when Darren strikes, he is able to parry the blow enough that it skips harmlessly off the side of his chainmail while his own counterblow hits the Duke's leg. Without backing, he continues to exchange blows with the Haldis Duke, sometimes the blow glancing off though at one point, he lands a solid blow at the other man's left arm. At Darren's comment about how the duel is going, only a smirk is offered in return before Elrick steps in to slash with the blunted blade again.

Thad and Gawain begin their fight, and surprisingly, Gawain is able to get his knight on the back foot. Thad is giving his full effort in the contest, but for some reason his squire is getting the best of him in this fight so far. Apparently the apprentice is becoming the master.

Antonia seems to have learned from the previous round; or maybe it is because she already knows Evelyn is a capable fighter, as she has met her in a duel contest before. However, the l'Valdan is on her guard, lifting her sword as she awaits Evelyn's attack, then darts forward, swinging the weapon at her opponent, only to see her evade the blow! A murmur can be heard going through the crowd, when the Princess is struck against her right leg, where Evelyn's strike causes waves of agony. It is maybe what she needs to get into real fighting mode. Antonia's sword arm moves with more swiftness, there is a strike to Sir Evelyn's neck, another against her chest that manage to make her point! Which does not mean the Princess will be unscathed, as the l'Faust proves to be a rather persistent opponent. Antonia might be about to yield soon, holding out for just for another well-placed strike she may land. When Evelyn drops to her knee, the l'Valdan takes a step backwards, allowing the other knight to get to her feet, for the next attack. It is Antonia's armor that saves her this time, her own sword hitting Evelyn hard. "Well fought, Sir," Antonia says, with a nod and a smile. "And yes… I shall try." This added in response to Evelyn's request, before she heads off.

<COMBAT> Liam attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
Tiadora watches with silent excitement, making little cheering or wincing sounds depending on the blows traded in the first.
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace but Elrick DODGES!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword but Jonathan DODGES!
<COMBAT> Alexandra has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Gawain has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Devlin with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Devlin has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Liam has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Elrick with Tourney Mace - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick has been KO'd!

Dark eyes follow Devlin's current match, with a mild sigh slipping to see Devlin struggling to find an opening. "I am not of thinking this is being his of tournament of at all." Emilia sparing a glance to see how Liam is doing, who is having far better luck in his events overall. "It does of seem Liam is still of managing of well. Hmmm…looks like Gawain is of holding of his own, would have thought such of a match would be like of another of practice for of them." And it seems she spoke a bit to soon, for not long after Gawain ends up yielding to Thaddeus after a strike to the chest. And then Devlin and Liam are doing likewise. Least she was right about one of them.

The exchange of blows and his last collapse has mostly left him breathless, but winning by a margin -barely- Clarke gives a salute to MIchael, "Well fought. And I'll be feeling that for a long, long time." Bruised, battered, and giving his opponent a full salute wiht his sword before taking a few haggard breaths once more and quickly emptying a canteen of water before moving on to his next engagement before eyeing whom he will be facing next respectfully. Oh bloody hells..

The duel between the t'Tremaine and the Haldis is becoming rather brutal, though it is a good thing for the both of them that blunted tourney swords are being used. The blows that are being exchanged would have easily cut one knight down by this point but due to the stubborness of both, neither yields. At one point, Elrick delivers a devastating blow to Darren, but the Duke remains on his feet. Then, the northern knight finds himself on the defensive, trying to fend off blows from his opponent. After being struck back, he stumbles and falls backwards before quickly rolling back to his feet and striking out again. But the second time he is felled, Elrick is in no position to recover so with grudging reluctance, he holds up a hand to yield, "Well fought, Sir Darren. Looks like this victory is yours." No, the t'Tremaine Heir is not pleased.

Damn. That's /not/ how Jonathan wanted to win. Again he sees an opening in Alexandra's stance, and again he strikes - but rather than hitting her in the torso as he intended, he 'misses' high and gets her right in the head. At least she's wearing a helmet, but still, that's going to hurt. "Are you all right, Sir Alexandra?" There's legitimate concern on his face, but it fades a bit when she's able to get up and walk away under her own power. Now his focus is on the next round, and Thaddeus Greycen. Far from an easy foe. Again, his guard is simple, his approach defensive.

"Well fought indeed, Sir t'Tremaine. It's been an honor." Darren salutes the man, and moves off to ready himself to face his half-brother. But damn if he won't be sore as hell tomorrow after that brutal slugfest. Clearly though, the Duke's reputation on the battlefield is well-earned.

Speaking of reputations, Raimond Giraldi finds himself in a reasonably tough fight with Liam, but ultimately his continued rain of strikes bears fruit, and Liam is felled, "You fought like hell, Liam. Good work." Raimond says breathlessly as he salutes, and then looks quite a bit wary as he realizes who he's fighting next, "Oh hell…"

While Antonia was waiting her grey eyes drifted to where her brother was fighting Darren Haldis, her brows furrowing as she beheld how skillfully Elrick kept attacking the man with heavy blows, and Haldis would neither yield nor fall! When this match ends, a sigh leaves Antonia's lips and she offers her brother a reassuring glance, should he look her way. But then she straigthens. As the herald announces the consequence of this match, that she is to meet her own brother now, in the next round. "Good luck, little brother…", Antonia murmurs, lips curving in a faint smile, her grey eyes glinting with a bit of challenge even if slightly dimmed by the shock of the fight she has just witnessed.

OUCH. Alexandra was doing quite well in her match with Jonathan, too, until a momentary lapse leaves her blade down and his blade right in the side of her head. She'll be cursing herself on the inside for that one for quite a long time. But she picks herself up after a few moments, and her confidence has barely cracked. "Well, well. See you in the finals, Sir Jonathan." Her next opponent, as it happens, is also from Lonnaire - Clarke t'Cauthone. Grinning she faces him, her stance as confident as ever.

Tiadora nods reluctantly. The look of dismay is hard to miss on her round face. She's starting to watch her feet more than the matches.

After a rather thrilling round, Leander wanders back out on the field of battle. The opponent? The young squire Gawain. Another smile is given, though Leander is certainly more cautious now. "Good luck to you."

Devlin Cassomir can't hold on, it seems, and though he manages to land some strikes, he still ends up yielding to Samuel, "Well fought Sir. Seems this isn't my tourney just yet. Good luck to you." He smiles and moves off to the tents, not exactly completely crestfallen, but yes…a little disappointed.

Continuing to pressure his opponent, Samuel doesn't strike quite as hard as earlier, and takes a hit that makes him grimace a bit, before he manages to somehow get his opponent knocked out of this. Offering the man a smile and a polite nod, he grins, "Well fought, Sir Devlin. And your day will come, I'm sure." And then he's on to face his next opponent, Liam Haldis. "Good luck," he offers, along with a nod, before he moves into position for another attack.

Thaddeus and Gawain resume fighting, though it seems the more experienced knight is able to carry the day. As the fight ends, Thad helps the squire up and says, "You did well, Gawain. Now fight your way back up the brackets. You can have the day off tomorrow until the joust is getting ready to start. You've earned it." With that, the two return to the sidelines and find their matches. Gawain salutes the Giraldi knight, "ANd you, sir." Thad nods to Jonathan and awaits the signal.

<COMBAT> Liam attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword but Alexandra DODGES!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword but Clarke DODGES!
<COMBAT> Liam has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword but Alexandra DODGES!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword but Samuel DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Liam with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Leg.
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword but Jonathan DODGES!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword but Jonathan DODGES!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword but Antonia DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Liam attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Liam with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword but Elrick DODGES!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword but Gawain DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Leander has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Liam has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

His last couple of rounds have been playing cautious and at best doing things by the skin of his teeth. So, Clarke opts to discard caution, and in his melee goes all out with his opponent. Slashing with total abandon, not being on the defense at all, trying to just quickly use raw power to overcome for the disparity in skill and before his tiredness takes over, grunting with each slash back and forth. Otherwise, tipping his opponent so far, "Well fought Lady. An honor to face you." He owes her such courtesy, being also from Lonnaire.

Jonathan's match with Thaddeus isn't especially long, but it's definitely well-fought. Each man manages to land a few hard blows on the other, and the match only ends as abruptly as it does because, with as much luck as skill, Jonathan seizes an opportunity and hits the southerner right in the throat. When Thaddeus yields, his response is gracious. "Well fought, Sir Thaddeus," he says, and there's real respect in his voice. There'll be a wait, but his next opponent is clear: Raimond Giraldi, who just struck down the formidable Duke of Eastfield.

Once more going on the offense right away, Samuel manages to get a few good hits in against Liam. But then he ends up taking a hard hit in return, making him stumble back a little, and leaving him a bit rattled for a few moments. But as he recovers, he manages to get in a few good hits in towards the end. As the match ends, he offers a hand to Liam. "Well fought. You seem to have a bright future in this. I will be looking forward to facing you again later." That done, he turns to watch the fights still ongoing.

Emilia lightly pats Tiadora's arm as her friend takes ot looking at her feet, a glance towards Clara. It would seem there is need to cheer up their friend after this all. Some not to perhaps see to something for her brother as well. "There are still of quite a few of ours," meaning Rivana knights,"in of the running." Trying to watch the various matches, though with Devlin out, Emilia's attention does end up mostly on Liam's latest round. And well…he seems to be out as well now. "He did quite of well. I am of sure he will be of pleased at how far he of managed to of get." For a squire he had done splendedly.

It is a pretty even bout, with knight and squire trading blows. But, then Leander over extends just a fraction of a bit, and pays for it with a pulverizing hit to the chest from Gawain. Amazingly, Leander keeps his feet…but only for a moment longer as the next hit causes him to drop to a knee. Now… Leander is angry. With a fist to the ground, he rises back to his feet and renews his attack, striking a solid blow for himself. The relaxed Leander is no more.

Damn. Clarke isn't the most skilled swordsman on the field by a country mile, Alexandra knows, but he's more than made it up with sheer ferocity. She's forced to fight defensively, and that's not her style at all - a couple of solid hits land on him, sure, but she's staggered by one of his blows. It takes more than that to lay her low, though, and she grips her sword a little tighter, waiting for an opening. "Save your congratulations for when you're on the ground," she snaps.

Well…it would appear that all that training against the man that he's fighting has indeed paid off for Sir Raimond Giraldi. At first it's not looking so good, as Darren's mace grazes his arm and then connects solidly with his chest, with only a glancing blow to Darren's upper body in response, but the tide begins to turn in the next moment, as an arcing strike from Raimond clatters against the junction of neck and shoulder on Darren, even as the mace again connects with Raimond's chest, but then Raimond follows-up with a swift strike across Darren's midsection, and pivots away from Darren's return strike, before sidestepping Darren's next strike as well (and not in the same direction as the last…thanks for the pointers, big bro!) and lands another blow to Darren's gut, before finally another solid strike to Darren's helm sends the larger man to a knee, and he lifts his hand in a gesture of yielding. Raimond offers a hand to help him back to his feet, grinning like the cat that ate the canary, "Well fought, Brother."

"Damn Raimond. I'm going to stop teaching you so well." Darren growls, albeit with affection as his younger brother helps him to his feet. "I'd damn well better see you in the finals." And with that, he moves off to see where his next match may be.

Antonia faces Elrick, and it seems the siblings are not going easy on another. It is a flurry of hard blows, coming in quick succession, the l'Valdan princess scoring a number of painful hits, and he in turn pays her back in likewise coin. A particularly nasty strike against her left leg brings Antonia down on her knees, her grey eyes flickering as they lift to meet her brother's gaze, her breath going heavy, a bit of blood trickling down her chin, where she bit her lip. Her jaw sets and she rises again. "We are not done yet," she clarifies, wincing slightly as she comes to stand. But then she attacks again with renewed vigor, dealing him a painful blow to the head. Another strike of the t'Tremaine heir throws her almost off balance again, but… both Elrick and Antonia still stand, neither of them yielding yet.

With the defeat against the Haldis still fresh on his mind, Elrick is still in a foul mood when he heads to the ring where Antonia waits for him. He had hoped to send Darren down to the loser's bracket where a second t'Tremaine could finish the man off, but that was not to be. Releasing a long breath, the younger brother bows his head respectfully to the older sister, trying to find his focus again, "Sister, it is unfortunate that we must face each other so soon as I was hoping to see you in the finals. But here we are, let us make a good showing for those watching, yeah?" A grin finally appears and his blade is readied. Once the signal to begin is given, Elrick attacks. The duel between brother and sister is not one that is kind or loving, but two fierce knights competing to the fullest. There is no doubt that both were born with stubborn pride, and that is the result as heavy blows rain upon one another.

Tiadora gives a glum nod. "Liam has every right to be proud. He'll be certainly sore tomorrow but should be happy." She manages a tiny sullen smile.

Thaddeus puts up a good fight, but sadly it is not enough to carry the fight. He takes a moment to refind his breath, and responds to Jonathan "And to you, sir." With that, Thad returns to ready himself for his next match, which will be a little while.

Gawain begins his fight and keeps up pressure, hoping to carry the day, but it is going to take a little more, though he has taken more than a few hits that are giving him some concern at the moment as well.

<COMBAT> Leander attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword but Gawain DODGES!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Clarke attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Clarke with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Clarke has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Leander has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick has been KO'd!

Emilia does try to watch the matches as they continue, but she does murmur softly to Tiadora,"They go of this way some of times. You are not of bringing them of back of luck. Trust of me in of this. Of aye?" Emilia had been to more than her fair share of tournaments, witnessing way to many brothers getting pummeled…er…

Pride goeth before the fall. In this case, both go at the same time as he tries to press the attack as hard as he can. But, what in Clarke's mind is meant as a gesture of respect gives his opponent fire, and he goes down hard from Alexandra's counterattack and is sent mostly sprawling out, "… Aye. Consider it extended now that tis more appropriate then?"

Tiadora nods glumly. She's trying to take Emilia's words to heart but she just sighs. "I suppose," she says in the voice that indicates she doesn't suppose at all.

That was a close one, for certain, but by the look on Alexandra's face, she was sure she was going to win all along. Clarke's blistering attack wasn't easy to counter, but in the end, she delivers a hard blow to his midsection and that's all she wrote. "You fought pretty well, Sir Clarke," she grins. Next up is… a squire from Rivana. Easy, right? Although, Gawain has made it this far…

The pair of t'Tremaines are the last ones standing as the other duels for this round have been completed, and they do not disappoint. Their exchanges are as brutal as before, and those watching can see that the younger brother is moving slower than the older sister. With perspiration dripping down from his chin, Elrick continues to hold his blade up but it does little to defend against his sister's slashes. He catches one to the chest but in return, delivers an equally punishing blow in return. However, it is on the next and last exchange because when the t'Tremaine Heir slashes out at the l'Valdan Princess, she disarms him and stabs him lightly in the chest. Raising his hands, he smirks and shakes his head, "I yield, sister. Well fought, the victory is yours. Win the rest of the rounds as well."

So much for determination. Leander's swing is dodged…leaving him open for another hit…one that drops him to a knee once more. A hand goes up, waving off the squire. "No more. Go on and show the crowd what Rivanans can do." The voice is winded…and not exactly happy. But…Leander is being a decent sport. He heads for the tents, his back to the crowd…and a frown on his features.

Raimond Giraldi looks a touch grim as he sees who his next opponent is. All the skill and strength (well almost) of Darren and none of the brotherly affection. He salutes Jonathan once more, "We meet again, Sir. Good luck to you." And with that being said, he takes up his fighting stance and prepares for what he know will be a challenging bout.

Darren Haldis likewise salutes Alexandra t'Artan, taking up his stance and waiting for the signal to begin, "Give me your best!" He calls out, ever eager for the next challenge.

Based on his showings earlier in the tourney, Jonathan knows better than to underestimate Raimond Giraldi. When the announcer's voice announces the semifinals, he's ready, his blade up and angled ever so slightly toward the Rivanan's throat. "One be with you, Sir Raimond," he says, and that's as much as he can spare. He's as focused as ever.

Gawain is a little surprised at his result. But he finds himself the victor, and gives a salute to the Giraldi knight before returning to face his next opponent, the t'Artan knight.

"The finale… yes.", Antonia mutters, now that she getting battered by her own brother's sword strikes. But she does not relent. She is the older sibling, right? The one who was stowed away in royal marriage, and thus so much delayed in her road to knighthood. Besides, she knows Elrick, has watched him back then, and so many times in tournaments when she was not yet allowed to compete. It had stirred that spark of stubborn pride, to just once… prove to him and everybody else, that she could best him! It is a painful path she is treading, but in the end… she is victorious! Elrick t'Tremiane disarmed through her hand, raising his hands at her in obvious gesture of yielding. "You were a tough oppponent," she allows with a smirk matching his own. "I shall do my best." Rolling her shoulders then she stands back, then to face Sir Samuel l'Corren.

Having a little time to recover is a good thing. And Samuel is making sure to get something to drink while he watches the fights. When it's time to get ready for the next match, he offers the very same kind of polite nod to Antonia. "Good luck."

<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword but Antonia DODGES!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword but Alexandra DODGES!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword but Antonia DODGES!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword but Gawain DODGES!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Alexandra attacks Gawain with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Alexandra with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Alexandra has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raimond has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Samuel attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Samuel with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Samuel has been KO'd!

Emilia notes ever so simply to Tiadora,"Do not make me be of the one that needs to be of cheery and of smiling, of now." Perhaps a minor attempt at some of that Cassomir deadpan humor. Even if it is likely to be lost on her friend. Though there is a fine round of clapping as Gawain pulls out another win,"Sir of Thaddeus has to be much of proud, and Gawain quite of happy with how he is of doing."

Tiadora can't deny that point. She does nod, reluctantly so. "Gawain is doing very well too. It does show something for our menfolk if our -squires- are holding their own in the tourney." That is a bit of pride and she puffs up a little; not that Tia isn't already a rather puffy girl to begin with.

Clarke has walked over to some of the tents, where he has taken the opportunity to remove his helm, and he grabs a canteen of water to dump it over his head, groaning then as he looks and sees his bruised self in a reflection. "Mother would say this is an improvement.."

"Huh. I'll admit you're not the squire I thought I might be facing today, but congratulations for making it so far. Sir Thaddeus has taught you well." Darren salutes the young man and takes up his fighting stance, "Now let's see if he's taught you too well!" He grins, and when the signal is given moves forward to begin the attack!

Alexandra's match against Gawain goes quite well - until it doesn't. She's effortlessly parrying his blows and landing hard strikes on his body, and then a misstep, and his blade catches her right in the neck. She cries out, but doesn't fall, holding out for a few more blows - but there isn't much more she can do, and when he lands another hit, she yields. "Well fought, Lord Gawain," she hisses, though at least she can blame her tone on the blow to her neck. Damn. She'll be kicking herself for that one for a long, long time.

Thad applauds his squire's effort and approaches him between the matches. "All right, Gawain. If you take down Darren, you can have your pick of the lightsilver weapons I won from the circuit. Do it in a lopsided fashion, and I'll let you have two." With that, he grins and goes to face his sister-in-law, while Gawain goes to face the Haldis duke.

Raimond Giraldi looks like he's in control of his bout with Sir Jonathan, dancing away from his strikes and peppering the northern Knight with his own solid blows of the tourney sword. Again and again that pattern plays out, until a blow that should have simply been a glancing one strikes at just the right time, and Raimond overbalances, pitching forward and stumbling into the dirt. Well crap, and he was doing so well…. He gets up and dusts himself off, saluting Jonathan smartly, "Well fought, Sir." And then he's off to await his next bout, thankfully getting a bit of a breather before it occurs…and a chance to cool off. He's not happy about that last outcome one bit.

This time, at least, Jonathan's tentative approach pays off in a fight with Raimond Giraldi. The southerner lands his share of hits, but the heir to Bloodfield refuses to back down, giving at least as many blows as he takes. It's not long before Raimond yields, which Jonathan accepts with a gracious nod. Still, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him in the finals…

But Jonathan is going to the final round, and undefeated to boot. He allows himself a grin for a few moments, though his excitement is tempered when he sees Sir Alexandra go down in a hard-fought match with a squire. What a way to go out.

After facing such capable knights as Sir Evelyn and Sir Elrick, Antonia is well prepared to meet Sir Samuel in the next round of the duels. Even if her limbs may be screaing in pain from previous rounds, she keeps swinging her sword, steel clashing against steel, and causing the l'Corren many a bruise. While her own bruises get more than one addition. When Samuel goes down, she pauses, giving him the time to move to his feet and continue. It is not like she deflects many of his strikes, more that she bears with the pain caused where his steel hits her. When Samuel finally yields, Antonia l'Valdan will offer the knight a strained smile. "A tough opponent you were, and fought well, Sir. I shall remember where your sword hit in the days to come…" Saying that much as she steps away. Her smile fading into an attitude of determination. She will face… the husband of her sister-in-law. Sir Thaddeus Greycen. "Well met," Antonia greets, raising her sword in salute, readying herself; bracing herself; her grey eyes becoming steely pools of determination to win.

Once more going straight to the attack, Samuel tries as best he can to get the hits in. But it does not seem to be his match, and he gets hit solidly, needing to recover for a few moments. He then goes back on the attackonly to take a very hard hit to the chest, that sends him backwards to the ground. Taking a few moments to recover from that, he sits up a bit. "Well fought, Sir Antonia. That last hit there was quite well done. Good luck for the rest of the competition." Laying back down, he rolls over to the side so he can push himself back to his feet and get off the field.

"They are doing well quite of well," all that endless squirling training. Emilia giving a small glance to Tia with that pride showing up in her friend, much better then the glumness. Oh how the moods of teenage girls can flip on a copper.

<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Gawain with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Gawain with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Darren with Tourney Sword but Darren DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Gawain with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Gawain with Tourney Mace - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Thaddeus has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Darren with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Gawain with Tourney Mace - Serious wound to Left Leg.
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Thaddeus attacks Antonia with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Darren with Tourney Sword but Darren DODGES!
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Thaddeus with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Gawain with Tourney Mace - Moderate wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Thaddeus has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Gawain with Tourney Mace - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gawain attacks Darren with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Gawain with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gawain has been KO'd!

The match up of Gawain and Darren certainly does have Emilia's interest, Gawain had been holding his own rather well so far this day. And oh the blows being exchanged, not only in that match but as well with Thaddeus and the l'Valdan. Perhaps not unexpected, Gawain end up losing,"He was still of doing quite of well in of that, especially against Duke of Darren."

Tiadora mm-hms as she claps for the victorious Duke Haldis. "Nothing to be ashamed of there, indeed." Of course, she hasn't been cheering as much for Gawain as she was Liam or Devlin.

Clarke comes out and applauds as well then at the match's results then, having taken a few swigs of water to refresh himself.

It seems Antonia's strikes are graced with little luck at first, grazing over his armor, where her sword hits home, while he manages to add another bruise to her collection at the chest. Then things get more serious, the crowd once again roaring when Thaddeus's sword, deals Antonia a rather nasty strike, and she pays it back in turn. He goes down to a knee, then rises again. His own strikes grazing over her maile, while Antonia ends it, with a moderate hit against his chest. "Well fought, Sir.", the l'Valdan says with a bit of relief showing in the tremble of her tone. She offers the man a bow, and then inhales deeply. As she is about to face Darren Haldis himself - the man who bested her brother.

In the beginning, it looks fairly even as Darren and Gawain fight, with the squire scoring a few hits early. But soon experience, endurance, and raw muscle take hold, and Darren begins to dominate the battle, scoring several strikes without answer, including one hard strike to the young man's leg, and finally a not-so-hard one to his breadbasket that's still just enough to finish him off. "Well fought, Squire Gawain. No shame. I've fought plenty of knights who've given me less trouble." He salutes the young man, and then moves to prepare himself to face a Princess of Couviere.

"Well met, Sir Antonia." Darren speaks to her, saluting once more as they take their positions. "And good luck to you." He'd like nothing better than to turn the tables on his younger brother in the next round, but this is no easy obstacle to overcome that stands before him. He looks focused as he prepares for the fight to begin.

<COMBAT> Darren attacks Antonia with Tourney Mace - Critical wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Antonia with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Antonia has been KO'd!

Emilia does blink as Darren opens the match with a hard hit to the head and makes it all a rather short match in the end. Noting to Tiadora,"Of see..still have a chance."

Gawain fares well enough for a squire against the paragon of brute force that is Darren Haldis. Thaddeus also fails to win his own event, nodding to Antonia before leaving the field. He comforts his squire with a slap on the back, "You did damn well. Now enjoy the rest of the night off, I will see you an hour before the tourney. Thad applauds Darren's victory over Antonia, though he is interested in seeing how the rest of the bracket will resolve.

Jonathan, of course, is intrigued by the rounds leading up to his final match - particularly the brutal slugfest between Thaddeus and Antonia, and the equally brutal - if much shorter - mauling that Darren hands to Antonia. Just two knights left, the half-brothers Darren Haldis and Raimond Giraldi, both deadly fighters. With any luck, Jon hopes on some level, they'll wear one another out.

Clara, sitting almost as stoicly as Emilia, finally pipes up. "The boys did good. Better than some. Why, did you see the hit Gawain left on that pompous Giraldi? Almost knocked him out of the maile. They should be happy. And Duke Haldis is still out there…There is always hope."

It's a subtle thing…right as the match begins, and Darren sees the line of Antonia's body, and the angle of her developing strike…an opening, and the Duke takes more than full advantage of it, levelling a tremendous bash against the side of Antonia's helmet. Though she remains on her feet in the short-term, after that it's almost a formality, with a second, much lighter strike to her chest being the last he swings in this particular match. He does actually look a bit between concerned and sheepish though. It was trained instinct that took advantage of the opening, but he had no desire to harm her. Then again…such is the nature of the tourneys. "Well fought, Sir." He offers, giving her a salute after making sure she's able to leave the field on her own power, and then he's off to face…

"Raimond! Good to see you again, I'll be ready for you this time." He rolls his neck, and his shoulders, and then salutes, the smile he gives his younger half-brother almost menacing. Ok, no "almost" about it. He loves his brother, but he's also very competitive.

Raimond returns the salute and all-but-audibly swallows, "Well, then I guess I'll just have to find some new tricks, won't I?" He takes up his fighting stances, takes a deep breath, and when the signal is given, moves to the attack.

Antonia inclines her head to Darren Haldis. "Well met." Meeting his words of greeting with his own. Even if she does not echo the wish of 'good luck'. Her grey eyes flicker as they take in the tourney mace, then shift back to study the man's face and expression. Raising her sword in salute, before she attacks. Then everything goes very fast. The mace hits her against the head, and her vison becomes blurred for a second. Even if she deals him a wound at the chest. Then the mace connects again, smashing against the side of her chest. And even if her sword strikes him as well in a lighter hit, Antonia falls to her knees. "I yield." Stated in all brevity. Her head lowered, still ringing. Before she moves to stand, helped by her squire.

<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword but Darren DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword but Darren DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword but Darren DODGES!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword but Darren DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Darren with Tourney Sword but Darren DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Raimond with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond has been KO'd!

Emilia nods to Clara,"I of did. I am of sure he is much of happy for such of a fine of showing." Watching as the match between Raimond and Darren gets going. Longer but..still shorter than some of the earlier ones. "The long of effort is starting to of show."

Perhaps predictable, the final match between the half-brothers is a slugfest. Jonathan watches as Darren clearly gets the upper hand, but Raimond refuses to back down, taking blow after blow after blow before finally his body gives up. An excellent showing, one the heir to Bloodfield applauds. It's a shame he didn't get to face the Giraldi again…

…but of course, his opponent is now Darren Haldis, the Duke of Eastfield, one of the few combatants on this field whom Jon isn't /quite/ sure he can beat. Even going in undefeated, needing only a single victory to claim the title, he shows just a bit of nerves as he steps back into the dueling ring, taking a few practice swings with his blade to reacquaint himself after the long break. "It will be an honor to face you, Your Grace," he says, eyes leveling.

"Oh…I am sure Gawain is, Emilia." The princess leans back, watching the field. "So…Duke Haldis will have to win twice. But…at least we have a chance at this one. Unlike the others, when it was just Couvieri standing." Clara glances back over to Tia…"and don't worry. We won't go visit Devlin after this one. That is, unless you wish to."

Yep, the Haldis Duke pretty much takes control of this second bout with his younger brother, and pummels him into submission with a nigh-incessant series of strikes with that mace, including one that leaves him wheezing to his chest, though Raimond remains on his feet for several more seconds…sadly it's only to continue to be a target for Darren's mace, as his own strikes feebly glance off the Duke's armor or miss altogether, while Darren slams another hard strike to his abdomen, before finally Raimond staggers and falls back, panting and wheezing and giving the sign of yielding.

"Guess it's more training for you, little brother." Darren chuckles, helping the man up and saluting him, before mock-pushing him off the field. He moves to the final ring, giving Jonathan the salute now, "Well then. Seems you have the advantage, Sir. Let's see if I can take it away. Good luck!" He brings the mace up, alternating it between hands a bit before taking up a firm grip, ready to strike.

Tiadora shakes her head in slow panic. "Oh no. I'm sure he needs his r-rest. I wouldn't want to bother him." She gives Clara a weak smile and tries to play nonchalant.

<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace but Jonathan DODGES!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace but Jonathan DODGES!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace - Serious wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword but Darren DODGES!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace - Moderate wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Darren with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Darren attacks Jonathan with Tourney Mace - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Darren has been KO'd!

A nod goes to Clara,"Of true. There is of a chance. And Duke of Darren could of well win of twice. He is quite of formidable." Just giving a small nod to agree with Clara on the matter of visitng Delvin. Well she likely will yet, but cause…sibling and such. And staying near each other, etc. "He does need of his rest," is all Emilia notes, agreeing with Tiadora as Emilia takes to watching the final pairing. It looking like Darren just might pull it off, until he doesn't. A faint sigh slipping,"So of close."

The battle with the Duke of Eastfield is, in a word, exhausting. A brutal blow from Darren's mace sends Jonathan nearly to his knees, but he stands back up and, abandoing his cautious approach through much of the night, launches an all-out offensive. He's up against a true legend, so he'll need to end it as quickly as possible - and the gambit works, as blow after blow slows Darren down. Finally, with an authoritative /slap/ of the blade, he knocks the weapon right out of the Duke's hand. "Well fought, Your Grace," he addresses the man, saluting him crisply. "It was a true honor."

And then, as his name is announced as the winner of the event, he faces the crowd, raising a single hand to accept the honor in fairly understated fashion. A moment, two, three, and then he sheathes his blade and moves to exit the fighting circles. And, probably, see a healer. Some of Darren's blows will /hurt/ for quite some time.

Darren, slowly, eventually defeated, returns the salute, with a small grin, "Well fought indeed, Sir. I'll see you in the Brackets." And then he's off to the tents, and likely a healer as well. Though Raimond probably beat him there.

Antonia has moved to the side, where her squire has removed the helmet, tending now to the bruise at her temple, while the princess knight watches still intently the following bouts of Darren against Raimond Giraldi… and the final match against Sir Jonathan t'Maren. When the Duke finally has to yield, Antonia cheers for the winner. "Sir Jonathan!!!" At least a knight of Couviere managed to win this contest, despite a certain very persistent Rivanan Duke with a rather nasty mace.

With many of the knights off to see healers and the crowds starting to disburse as well, Emilia looks to the others in their little gaggle, before getting up to start with their own movement out of the stands to find some bit of Venderos nightlife to partake of.

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