(1867-11-12) Pacitta Tourney: Melee Duels
Pacitta Tourney: Melee Duels
Summary: The Melee Duels of the 1867 Pacitta Circuit Tourney
Date: 11/12/1867 IA
Related: None
Players:
Conrad  Elrick  Evelyn  Jonathan  Leander  Raimond  Bartolo  

Pacitta City, Pacitta Tourney Grounds

The tournament grounds stand ready for use at a moment's notice. The stands are setup with the well-to-do sitting in the center, with the best seats, and for any courtiers present. 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 VIPs 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 VIPs to sit upon. Among the rows are those who are bringing beverage and refreshments.

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. 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.

Novembre 12, 1867 IA

The crowd gathered today is the largest seen since the Free-for-All a few days ago, and while it's still thin enough that large segments of the stands are covered with bolts of cloth to give the illusion of fullness, it would be respectable…for a local non-circuit Tourney. This far into the proceedings, Chancellor Bartolo Mancini is beginning to realize that he's going to lose a good bit of money on this Tourney due to the poor turnout of the crowds (and to a lesser extent the Knights). Still, he has too much pride to cancel the rest of the proceedings (and might well damage his relationships with the Circuit officials in the process), and just enough sense that he knows another public appearance is probably necessary. So once again he's made his way to the stands, still "protected" by that silly sort of "mobile box made of cloth" until he takes his seat, and still alone in that box save a handful of servants to attend him. As before he seems to have little patience for showmanship or pageantry, looking impatient and uncomfortable as he basically gestures for the duels to "get on with it."

"You know Leander. If I didn't know better, I'd say the Chancellor is trying to brighten his day by making sure he gets to watch one of us lose in the first round." Raimond notes to his younger brother, who is also his opponent for this first round of duels. Raimond rolls his shoulders and neck a bit, then salutes Leander, "Well, either way we'd best do our brother proud, or he'll certainly bash our heads for slacking when we get home."

Over on one of the other fighting circles, Sir Elrick t'Tremaine and Sir Conrad t'Artan respectfully salute one another, and prepare for their own battle. The mood still remains fairly grim, even if the crowd is putting on a brave face in terms of trying to look cheerful.

A shake of the head and a short laugh is given, then Leander Giraldi takes to the field. "yeah, it certainly seems that way. At least, he bothered to show up this time." Leander taps the helm on his head, as he loosens up his arms with a couple sword swings. "Well…see you in the finals? One way or another. Let's give everyone a good show."

Evelyn sits on the sidelines, resting for the time. It's the first time she's had a bye, and she's hoping she can take advantage of it. She watches the competitors studiously, seeing if she can pick up on openings, or habits that she can later take advantage of should she face them in her matches to follow.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword but Elrick DODGES!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad has been KO'd!

It would seem that Raimond has had more practice than Leander. Or…perhaps Leander is still smarting from the prelims the previous night. The two seem to trade blows…but then Leander leaves himself wide open…and suffers for it, with a devastating blow to the chest. He manages to stay up…but only for a while more before he stumbles to a light hit. "Looks like I may be watching you. Don't disappoint." From there, Leander turns to hunt down his next opponent.

While the competition is more sparse, for obvious reasons, Evelyn does not look particularly pleased to be fighting Elrick in her first round, but she nods to her friend, "Come, Sir. It appears that you and I are fated to dance once more." She exhales, and takes her place in the competition ring, her features focusing as she attempts to read the other Knights intent, and body language before moving in for a swift attack. Let the fight begin.

Raimond and Leander's battle starts with just glancing blows that don't even scratch their armor, but Raimond lands first one more solid strike on his brother's leg, before following it up with a very powerful strike to Leander's chest, which is enough to set him back on his heels for another, less-powerful strike to topple him. Raimond does earn a couple bruises for the effort though, and when finished, he salutes his brother, and offers a hand to help him up. "Let's hope for another meeting in the finals eh? As you say."

And then Raimond moves to his next ring, facing off against Jonathan t'Maren. He gives the man a salute, and takes up a defensive posture, waiting for the signal for the duel to begin.

Elrick t'Tremaine manages to prevail over Conrad t'Artan, with both countrymen saluting and moving out in a businesslike fashion, bringing Elrick into the duel against Evelyn l'Faust.

"So it seems." Elrick replies to Evelyn, saluting her and preparing for the fight.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan 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> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Elrick has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Evelyn has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raimond has been KO'd!

Those few fans who managed to make it out are in for one hell of a set of matches, but Evelyn can't bother herself to watch the trading of blows between Raimond and Jonathan - she has Elrick to deal with, and at first Evelyn seems to have the better of the man, scoring a few light and decent hits while his blade cannot seem to find her; this changes when his patience pays off and sunders her a hard hit to put them on more even ground for the time being. More blows are exchanged, neither refusing to falter until the last — Elrick scores a hit that sets Evelyn off balance even as she moves in, but it leaves him open for Evelyn's blade and she slams the sword into his right side as she begins to feel her balance slip away with a devestating blow. Both go down, but Evelyn is quick to get up. She gauges, mometarily what's happened and how the score has tallied before she makes sure Elrick is well, telling the man, "Damn, you're tough. Well fought, Sir." He certainly made her earn that one.

Despite the hard hit in the first round, it is looking like Leander is grateful he wasn't fighting in the recent round. All the hits…and no one seems to be giving an inch…not until three drop all at once. There is a slight grimace at that…then there might be just a little rolling of the eyes as Leander spies that Elrick is his next opponent. nevertheless, he offers a bow to the t'Tremaine…but no words. It's time to get serious now.

Well, the grueling match between Jonathan t'Maren and Raimond Giraldi goes back and forth for several minutes, with powerful strikes exchanged and each man seizing the upper hand and losing it more than once during the match. In the end though, it's Raimond Giraldi who falls, dropping to a knee and offering up a sign of yielding. "Well fought, Sir." He rises to his feet, saluting Jonathan and moving off to the loser's bracket, where it seems Conrad t'Artan is his next opponent. He salutes the man, then takes up his usual defensive posture, ready for the match to begin.

"Sir Giraldi." Elrick t'Tremaine manages to greet while returning the salute to Leander. Then again, it's not too surprising that he might be less than warm to this particular opponent.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword but Leander DODGES!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword but Raimond DODGES!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword but Leander DODGES!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword but Leander DODGES!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raimond spends a luck point to keep fighting!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword but Leander DODGES!
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Raimond attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword but Leander DODGES!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Raimond with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raimond has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Elrick attacks Leander with Tourney Sword but Leander DODGES!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Elrick with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Elrick has been KO'd!

Well, while Raimond manages a few strikes, even at least one powerful one, in his exchange with Conrade t'Artan…Conrad more or less just completely deconstructs him, landing heavy blow after heavy blow until the Giraldi is left on his back in the dirt, panting and making the sign to yield. He makes his way back to his feet, moving over to the sidelines and taking off his helmet, looking entirely less than pleased with his performance this evening.

Meanwhile, a smug sneer plays across Bartolo Mancini's face up in his box.

Having won, Evelyn recieves another chance to rest, breathe, watch. She takes advantage of it to learn more of Conrad, a Knight she'd not watched much until he made it into the final showings of the Tourney this time around. The fact he's able to best, after several blows, Raimond Giraldi speaks much to Evelyn l'Faust, he's one to watch. But she has her own things to focus on, soon enough. That being one Jonathan t'Maren, a man whose proven a more than tough opponent blade-to-blade with her before. "Sir," she greets him, full respect. "Let us see what I've learned since last we traded blades, shall we?" She nods to him, and moves in, cautious, but ready to strike.

It seems that tonight is a night for rather prolonged dueling. As Elrick and Leander face off, it is the Couvieri that lands the first strike…a rather solid one that gets the crowd's attention. But…Leander doesn't falter, and soon he is back in the thick of it, trading shots with his opponent. Finally, Leander seizes an opening, sidestepping a shot and laying a heavy blow across the chest of the t'Tremaine. One that would have surely fell a normal man.

But Elrick certainly seems far more than normal. He manages to stay up. It takes Leander sending repeated chops to the chest to finally cause the tree that is Elrick to topple. A hand is held out…which is ignored. So, Leander moves on to his next bout.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword but Leander DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword but Jonathan DODGES!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Critical wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword but Conrad DODGES!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword but Leander DODGES!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Leg.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Conrad with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Conrad attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Conrad has been KO'd!

… One day, Evelyn will learn to not tempt fate. She approaches Jonathan with caution, but the man seems to have her number, and solidly at that. Just three exchanges of the blades, and on the last he's able to slam his sword into her hard enough to send her sprawling. She yields, disgruntled with herself but nodding to Jonathan, "You are a dangerous man, Sir. Well done," she admits. She stands, to watch the exchange between Leander and Conrad, then, to see whom she shall fight, soon realizing it's Leander. She approaches the Giraldi brother, "Sir," she greets, friendly enough. she nods, "Let us duel."

Another long duel. What is it with Couvieri knights and not wanting to fall? Leander starts off strong and keeps the attack up, while dodging most of Conrad's swings…but Conrad just won't drop. Finally Leander's assault brings down the knight, to which Leander again offers a hand up. "Well fought, Sir." After seeing that Conrad makes his way, Leander turns to face his next lovely opponent. "Sir Evelyn. A welcomed sight. Come…let us dance, you and I."

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Leander has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Leander spends a luck point to keep fighting!
<COMBAT> Evelyn spends a luck point to keep fighting!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Leander attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Leander with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Leander has been KO'd!

Up in the stands, Chancellor Bartolo Mancini pumps his fist in triumph as Leander Giraldi comes out on the losing side of his match versus Evelyn. He even grabs a handful of grapes and washes them down with a gulp of wine.

Evelyn well knows from personal experience that the Giraldi brothers, both, are worthy combatants and Leander proves that to the core, taking Evelyn to her limits after her bout with Jonathan, both Knights falling and for a moment it seems Evelyn might win with the more decisive hit, but as Leander gets up, she knows she, too, must go on, and there's no complaint as she moves thus to do so, trading blows, taking an especially hard one from Leander, but at the last, able to trip the Rivanaian up with a flourish of her blade against his chest to set him off balance. She nods, "Honorable, and worthy fight. Well fought, Sir," she praises him. Then she looks to her opponent. Jonathan again, exhaling to herself. She knows she must defeat him - twice in a row, now, to claim victory. And that won't be easy at all. Grim faced, she approaches him, nods her head, "Sir," she greets. "One more time, you and I." No more than that.

It truly is a test of endurance. Leander and Evelyn are fairly evenly matched…and their battle is long and drawn out. But, ultimately, Leander is on the losing end, as he just couldn't keep up with the l'Faust. "Worthy fight indeed" is said with a somewhat breathless voice. Then Leander nods to Jonathan, and murmurs to Evelyn. "Go get him. " He then walks off the field, missing Mancini's little victory dance.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword but Jonathan DODGES!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword but Jonathan DODGES!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Jonathan has been KO'd!
<FS3> Evelyn rolls Body+body: Great Success. (5 7 1 7 5 8 7 2 6 3)
<FS3> Raimond rolls 10: Success. (1 1 4 1 2 3 6 5 8 5)

Whether she's taken Leander's words to heart, or she's found a new measure of stubborness within her, Evelyn fares far better in her second match against Jonathan this time, trading blows back and forth, back and forth, though Jonathan seems to have the slightest edge, especially after getting a rather telling blow against her mid-round. But the swordplay continues, until each Knight manages to take the other off balance, and each combatant falls to the ground. Evelyn falls, and rolls nearly immediately, moving up to her feet well before Jonathan. She breathes a sigh of relief. She has a chance, now. "One more time, Sir. Though we will make each other earn it, whomever claims victory," she says, somber, and still grim-faced.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Leg.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword but Evelyn DODGES!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Triggering new turn.
<COMBAT> Evelyn attacks Jonathan with Tourney Sword - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Jonathan attacks Evelyn with Tourney Sword - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evelyn has been KO'd!

The last round is a brutal one, and at least the fans who did come out and brave the Plague-ridden streets got an eyeballs worth in several rounds this dueling event, the last match notwithstanding. Like two trees, either refusing to give way to the other, Jonathan and Evelyn hack and hew at each other. They dodge blows, twist, and parry, hit and move, relentless, and endlessly, but at the last Jonathan is able to score the harder blows against the more worn l'Faust knight, and Evelyn falls to the ground after one too many of those hard hits. Momentarily, her fist hits the ground in frustration, knowing how close she was to winning - but she can't be upset with herself. "You are the victor, and have well earned it, Sir," she presents to Jonathan, nodding to him as she slowly, weakly gets up, breathing hard. "I'm honored to have fought you as I did, and to have fought against you. Thank you." She smiles at the man, before making his way off to let him bask in what little celebration the crowd has to offer.

There's a fair amount of applause from the crowd as the last two matches prove to be exciting ones, but they start to rapidly disperse once the winner is clear. Chancellor Mancini is in a good enough mood that he actually acknowledges Jonathan t'Maren when he salutes, lifting his hand in acclamation, before finishing the rest of his wine, and then rising to his feet, letting his "barrier" of cloth be arrayed around him again, before he departs back to his offices, well away even before a quarter of the scant crowd has managed to disappear.

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