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1378th Interstellar Tournament


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1378th Interstellar Tournament


   Welcome ladies, gentlemen and asexuals to the 1378th Interstellar Tournament! You all know what's at stake here: the most respected sports title in the galaxy, mining rights to a whole star system... not to mention lives of 16 sentient beings. Once again 16 champions battle, potentially to death, so that the rest of people of nine sentient races can enjoy the greatest show in galaxy!
   Will Atkins won the Earth championship with a dominating performance and first time for years we have a real shot to win. And we could really use it, in this economy. In the minimum we can expect this'll break the four tournament roll of quarter-final losses.
   Of course the special thing in this tournament is that for first time human race has two representatives. Despite heated protests from several other worlds - especially the two colony systems of Sty who lost their other tournament place - the Tournament jury declared that rules undeniably state that the numbers of population and political and spatial divisions qualify Mars to have a competitor instead of Sty federation's smallest colony system. This will really fire up the opening round fights as both humans meet a Sty! I'm sure Atkins can handle one, but I'm afraid Mohammad Naga of Mars is an underdog against a Sty. After all the reigning champion - exceptionally competing now again, only 54th ever to do so - represents Second State of Sty home system. You'll want to keep an eye on him in match 5 because that determines opponent of Naga in quarter-final, if he makes it there.

Here they come! The modern gladiators, nine species, fifteen star systems, sixteen fighters. Only one will be standing, only one will be the 1378th champion! In the order of the chart:

For H'rul Empire - the original H'rul home system: Nr'El!
For L'al'lo'l First System: O'll Feal!
For Earth!: William Atkins!
For Sty Federation's Third and Fourth System: Gadohertannelongiwe! I hope I got that right, we've provoked the Sty enough already.
For aAaa: aaAAaa'Aa-AA.
For Igamenica: Jan Afan Ker!
For Rorgr: Graagrr! Always dangerous, the Rorgr.
For L'al'lo'l Third System: La'Fafa Al!
For Sty Federation's home system's Second State... the reigning champion!: Bearendinatonnzal! Can he become ninth fighter ever to take multiple titles?
For H'rul Republic, the colony system: Ura'has'Of! He was in tournament '74, the only fighter besides Bearendinatonnzal who has participated previously. Back then he took horrible trashing from Rorgr fighter, those aren't the front arms he was born with.
For Sty Federation's Second System: Ometrangohiidachayon!
For Mars: Mohammad Naga!
For L'al'lo'l Second System: Daoef Al! Not related to La'Fafa.
For Boo La Go: Ne Da Boo Xhe, of the Order of Ne Monks! Last seven Boo La Go representatives have been Ne monks, so you know what to expect.
For Sty Federation's home system's First State: Dreneejarantoku!
And last, but one of the most interesting: for Kricree, the only known silicon-based lifeforms: Creerka!

There you have them, 16 men and asexuals - surprisingly no females, first time since tournament '72 - about to meet in mortal combat. And we don't need to wait a minute longer, the first eighth-final starts as soon as the arena is ready...

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Eighth-Final #1

Nr'El vs O'll Feal


   As usual in L'al'lo'l matches, this'll be a low gravity arena. This simple battleground with no features except five times five metal poles in square room. It was designed by Ne Da Boo Xhe, based on meditation chamber of Ne monks. For those who've never followed The Tournaments, a reminder of rules: all fighters submit 16 designs each for fight arenas, from which the ones used are chosen randomly, with the exceptions that nobody gets the advantage of their own design and certain elements such as water must be agreed to by both fighters.
   For this bout the fighters have agreed to unarmed combat, so we may be in for a very long match. L'al'lo'l and H'rul are one of the rare combinations of races where neither is given any handicap weaponry, it's all kicks, punches and biting. H'rul have their tough shells and extra pair of arms, but the powerful legs of L'al'lo'l may yet be bigger advantage. My personal guess is that Nr'El chose poorly not demanding weapons as he could have.
   Here they are, entering on opposite sides as the countdown starts: 8, 7, 6...

***

   At the gong the L'al'lo'l charged at his opponent with long, fast strides. He would've tried to stun the H'rul with a jumpkick on full speed, but Nr'El took cover behind a pole and O'll had to go past him to wall. Nr'el had assumed he could attack when O'll would stop at wall, but the L'al'lo'l was so agile that he jumped on the wall, using the low gravity - even though it was higher than at his home - and with his spring-like tendons bounced back almost as fast as he had run. Nr'El was hit straight on chest by enormous flying kick; he felt his shell crack a little as it threw him on his back and over to another pole.
   The H'rul recovered quickly and took a defence position with lower hands on ground. O'll hesitated a moment, having lost all momentum in the hit. He decided to jump up against a pole and attack from high angle. Nr'El saw well where the other fighter came from and that he hadn't gotten much speed to the attack. Pushing with legs and lower arms, he jumped towards the falling opponent, blocked kick with one hand and grabbed his throat with other. The surprised L'al'lo'l was hit against the pole Nr'el first had taken cover behind. The H'rul started rapidly punching him on body with both lower arms, the upper one letting go throat, but both of them getting hold of his wrists. And just as O'll Feal thought he'd only take the punches for the moment till he figured a way out of this, Nr'El smashed his hard forehead on his face, breaking O'll rodent teeth in flash of pain.
   For a moment he lost his feet, almost consciousness, but that moment of almost losing gave him a way out. As opponent held him by wrists, O'll fell to crouch... the perfect jumping position for his kind. Almost by instinct he jumped with all his remaining strength, pulling with him to heights the opponent still holding his wrists. And at the top of their flight, near roof, he twisted his body so that he was able to kick the confused H'rul off him.
   Nr'El fell hard. He was too far from any pole to grab them and had no choice but to come down on all six, hoping the lo-grav would save him from severe injury. He landed as he best could, but broke pieces of shell and number of bones in all his limbs. The pain paralyzed him for a second and that was all the L'al'lo'l needed to crash on his back with almost deadly impact. O'll raised his leg to bash his head...
  GONGGGG!!
  O'll Feal sighed with relief. The H'rul trainer had seen they had lost and a sounded surrender. O'll had feared the Imperial H'rul might not - some of even their modern rulers did not take kindly the shame of their champion surrendering - but fortunately he did not need to kill for winning this time. He was glad of that. It had been a good fight. It would've been better, if his ribs and front teeth weren't broken, but medics would fix that by tomorrow.

***

   What a fight! Not as long as I predicted, but... I am speechless. If the rest of fights continue to be like this, we may be watching greatest Tournament since the awesome 1355 when both combatants died in three matches and only three of the sixteen survived whole event.
   And the real excitement is coming up next, our own William Atkins meets Gadohertannelongiwe of Sty colony systems! Thumbs up that Will gets a fitting arena, all we know yet is that gravity is high because it's set to average of fighters' homeworlds.

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Eighth-Final #2

Gadohertannelongiwe vs William Atkins


   Will and his opponent have chosen class 1 laser weapons, this sounds like advantage to Will as he's very used to this kind of weaponry. Heavy burning power, but you can only use about once for every ten seconds, then it has to charge up again. So it's "make every shot count".
   And here we get the arena, it's by Jan Afan Ker of Igamenica. Just perfect for a laser match, seemingly random obstacles of various materials. The laser may cut through what you're hiding behind or not! We're in for a great fight and I'm counting on Will to handle this.

***

   They entered on opposite corners of what, because of those corners being right angle, appeared to be square arena, but actually had long rectangle with triangles at ends. Both went flat on ground, scanning a moment for any sign of the other, but unable to see or hear any movement, they sneaked to closest obstacles and peeked around them... seeing nothing but arena with more obstacles. Rectangular, pyramid, round shapes, some barely big enough to hide a human, some so large you could pile twenty Sty fighters behind them.
   William started moving left keeping his back to wall. After going round one towering obstacle he saw the next corner. There he got a better idea of the arena shape, but couldn't tell how long it was, though he assumed the brightest lit area would be arena center. He considered climbing on an obstacle; a risky move, but one that gave information and high ground. He was about to head for a large stepped pyramid when he caught movement in the corner of his eye...

   Gadohertannelongiwe had gone right because he was left-handed, hoping the Earther would try some less common tactics and let him get behind him, but saw now their strategies had been equal - except for the fact that he saw Atkins first. The first contact was too good opportunity to let pass and he aimed and shot without thinking.

   Flash of laser set the back of his shirt on fire, while missing skin by millimeters. Will instinctively dived for cover behind nearest obstacle and cursed himself for doing so; he could've finished the match there and then by returning fire. He pushed his back against the obstacle to put out the fire and feel for injuries - nothing bad at least.
   The box he was hiding behind was big enough that he could stand up. He had couple seconds before the Sty's gun would be recharged and he used it by charging to the direction where the shot had come from. Not seeing opponent, he chose an obstacle by the wall to take cover.

   Gadohertannelongiwe saw his shot burn enemy cloth and knew it hadn't hurt him enough. The Earther moving for cover, he went forward to take position at an obstacle by wall. The same cylinder object to which William Atkins run seconds later.
   They waited silently for long time, waiting for the other to make a move or mistake, neither having a clue how close they were. The Sty moved first. The cylinder between them was slightly higher than him, with the wall next to it he could climb on top of it quickly enough. He knew he was the underdog in this match and had to take risks.

   Will heard the Sty climbing. He almost panicked, it was so unusual situation, but stayed motionless against the obstacle. He would wait for the Sty to come over the edge and take out him or his gun...
   He reacted to first sight of motion, aimed and fired at it. Gadohertannelongiwe howled as laser severed fingers of his right hand. But this wasn't his first nor worst injury and despite the shock he understood a great opportunity to win the fight. He jumped down, turning 180 in air to face the Earther. Even before hitting ground he swung a backhand, striking Will's head with the large pistol - much heavier weapon than a human would carry - and putting his damaged hand on floor steadied himself for killshot as Earther staggered to side.
   Atkins was dizzy from the blow, but was aware of the danger and made a desperate half jump, half fall to dodge what was coming. He was partially successful: shot aimed on torso went through his thigh, flesh and bone. But that was good enough, all he needed to do was turn and shoot. Gadohertannelongiwe had nowhere to go, he was too big target to miss and though the Sty attempted to dodge similarly to Will, it was hopeless. The shot went through his upper body. It missed heart and only hit the secondary lung, but there his luck ran out: laser burned through Gadohertannelongiwe's spine.
   GONGGGONGGG!!

***

   There we have it, the Sty is declared incapable to continue! Let's hope the medics can save him, two star systems of Sty already have enough reason to hate us, first Mars taking their other Tournament place and now "Earther" dropping their fighter on first round. Ladies, gentlemen and everything in between, Will Atkins goes to quarter-final!
   Coming up next on match number three: aAaa versus Igamenica, both only representatives of their race. For those who don't know, here's the species makeup of this Tournament: four Sty, three L'al'lo'l, two H'rul and humans and one fighter of aAaa, Igamenica, Rorgr, Boo La Go and Kricree. So this'll be a big fight for both peoples, but you know how it is as - like I keep pointing out - this is first time mankind has two fighters. That really feels good, even if it would be kind of bittersweet if Naga would actually win. No offence, Martians.
   This'll an unusual fight as we have fighters of the largest and smallest race. The Igamenica fighter Jan Afan Ker will surely use some type of energy or projectile weapon and his choice practically determines what aaAAaa'Aa-AA can have. Excuse me, I'm going to just call him aAaa, I'll lose my voice if I keep repeating that name.


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Eighth-Final #3

aaAAaa'Aa-AA vs Jan Afan Ker


   The arena for EF3 is extremely simple one, a horizontal tube with semispheres at ends. This is a clear L'al'lo'l design, by Daoef Al to be exact. If one of his kind would've gotten this arena, he could've run and bounced the walls to devastating effect. Now that we have completely different types of fighters, it's up to choice of weapons how this match turns out.
   And I was just told Jan Afan Ker has a class 2 projectile weapon, apparently some type of magnet gun, with 64 bullets. With the size difference, this'll limit the aAaa to primitive physical weapons. And his choice is... a metal ball? But wait, he seems to have some kind of energy glove, I don't see how rules allow that... Yes, we're just now getting weapon information from Jury. The glove is not used offensively, it can only pull the weapon back to him and even that doesn't work if opponent is between them. Very interesting and exceptional choice of weapon and luckily fitting for the match.
   The fighters are ready, the countdown is on!

***

   Ker was low on ground, taking aim with helmet connected to the gun in his back. Once it started, it would be all about how many and how good shots he got in before the giant reached him.
   At the centuries old sound of "GONGGGG!" he opened fire.
   aaAAaa'Aa-AA raised his left hand to protect his face, took calmly the painful stings despite knowledge that his body could take only so many of them. His right arm moved in graceful arc and send the ball rolling...
   Jan Afan Ker saw his opponent send the weapon. He had gotten seven or eight good shots to his body, but he would need only one and this throw was aimed well. By sheer luck he moved to left, not having realized the bigger than him ball was curving slightly right from where he had been.
   On their typical strange jogging that looked like they moved in slow-motion, the aAaa came at him with floorshaking thumps. Ker turned to shoot at face or throat, but now he was off balance, had moving target and was disturbed by the huge metal ball flying past him back to the aAaa. He only scratched with couple shots and hit one on shoulder before he decided he had to start moving or the next throw would smash him. He started running at the giant, shooting at his left knee.
   aaAAaa'Aa-AA appreciated the brave effort. The Igamenica didn't just run away hoping he had been wounded by lucky shot, this Ker actually came at him. He believed he would kill the opponent with next move of ball, but Ker got three good hits on aaAAaa'Aa-AA's knee and he found the leg giving in. Falling, he couldn't throw the ball, but the Igamenica had come too close and he was able to swing at him with left hand.
   The giant didn't quite grab him, but mere touch was huge impact for Ker. He was sent rolling, concussed. When he was able to stop, the Igamenica had to shake his head for a second to come to his senses. He was already shooting blindly before reopening his eyes to aim... and see the ball coming at him.
   Taking position on his left hand and the good knee, aaAAaa'Aa-AA had made over the shoulder throw. Even wounded and on one knee, he would've hit from that distance nine times out of ten.

***

   Oouuch! I hope your receivers had child-censors on because that's not a sight for the little ones, or anyone with weak stomach. Arena is cruel mistress and it doesn't get much crueler than that!
   And no doubt more brutality is on the way soon as in next match we have the Rorgr champion against one of the L'al'lo'l fighters. Let me remind you of the old saying of the sport: never bet against the Rorgr!

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Eighth-Final #4

Graagrr vs La'Fafa Al


   Welcome to the jungle! Sty 9 jungle, to be exact. A very unorthodox battle arena by the reigning champion Bearendinatonnzal. Thick vegetation doesn't at all favor the Sty, so the champion may be most worried about competition from his own kind, to potentially handicap them like this.
   This is also more bad news for La'Fafa Al, the L'al'lo'l prefer open spaces while at the same time I'd expect Graagrr to feel completely at home - even though he is from the cold southern continent of Rorgr home world. Graagrr has announced he will fight all his matches unarmed, as much as a Rorgr ever is unarmed with those claws and jaws. No surprise there, last time a Rorgr chose to use weapons was IT'74 fight with an aAaa.
   La'Fafa Al has various blades and spikes on arms and legs, a typical weaponry for a L'al'lo'l and probably the best possible choice for this arena.
   I recommend you set receivers to the optional infrared view, you won't see much through those bushes.

***

   He covered his ears for the start signal. The gong was far too loud for him. Normally it wouldn't matter, but on this kind of battleground he needed to find his enemy by hearing. Graagrr didn't like to crawl like an animal, but these plants left him little choice, he had to move by floor. He did enjoy the feel of the ground, better suited for his claws than metal or rock floors of usual arenas.

   La'Fafa Al looked around for easiest plant to climb and chose one. Most of these were grassy and too weak to carry him, but one was suitable on this gravity. The L'al'lo'l would stay put and wait, as long as it takes, for the dangerous opponent to appear under him. La'Fafa's only chance would be to take the Rorgr by surprise, aim for neck with blades or get a stunning kick in head.

   Graagrr spend minutes circling the area, first charting the walls and then doing second and third smaller round. Finally he sensed something. Graagrr couldn't tell if he had seen, heard or smelled anything, but he trusted the feeling that enemy was near.

   Only few steps before reaching the spot La'Fafa planned to attack the Rorgr stopped. He assumed it was coincident, but prepared for being noticed. Almost at the same moment when the Rorgr pounced, La'Fafa realized his ears had turned towards him and tried to leap aside. The thin branches gave and he might've as well fallen on his side, the escape failed and Graagrr's clawed hands got hold on part of his leg not protected by blades.
   As they fell, Graagrr tore flesh and tendons, disabling the limb. He had missed vital parts, but this was a start. He believed he could finish the fight quickly...
   La'Fafa considered this one of his most perfect moves in the combat style he used. When opponent has hold of your leg, you extend that leg to front, the other all the way back and do the devastating kick known as Scissor. The blade on his foot glanced Graagrr's skull, tearing scalp and severing right ear. The blow stunned the Rorgr and threw him few meters away.
   Now La'Fafa had to choose if he would stay in defensive position on ground or get up on one foot, which meant he would practically fight only with his hands. He got standing on one foot because given any time to recover, the Rorgr would be too fast to defend against from ground, he couldn't count on getting in a good kick or lucky slash.
   The L'al'lo'l hopped towards Graagrr, meaning to punch the spikes of his gloves in his throat. But through his blood and pain, the Rorgr saw his opponent coming and raised hands. They were pierced by enemy's metal weapons, but he returned the favor by locking his claws on La'Fafa's wrists. Spreading his arms he yanked the L'al'lo'l close and sank his fangs on his throat, tearing it with one horrible move.
   The gong was barely heard over his roar of victory.

***

   Brutal, as only a Rorgr warrior can be! No surprise there, Graagrr goes to face the aAaa.
   Next round, the 1377th Interstellar Tournament champion Bearendinatonnzal! Can he do it again, or will the other IT veteran, Ura'has'Of of H'rul Republic stop his quest to join the legends? We'll see in moments.

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Eighth-Final #5

Bearendinatonnzal vs Ura'has'Of


   This simple arena is by Will Atkins, the basic king-of-the-hill type, octagon version. This would be nasty for someone using ranged weapon, I think Will doesn't want to face other shooter specialists.
   Jury tells us the H'rul is using class 1 bladed weapons, some type of daggers. The champion can therefore, due size advantage, use only blunt weapons of limited weight, but that shouldn't be a problem for him. Blades wouldn't work well on H'rul shell anyway and last time the Sty took out easily a H'rul opponent in QF using a metal staff. Will that be his weapon again? We don't have information yet, but here they come aaand...
   Bearendinatonnzal has some kind of metal gauntlets, by size I would guess they are maximum weight. Ura'has'Of better beware those!

***

   Ura'has'Of run to the top as fast as he could. Only advantage on this arena was being above the other fighter and he was going to take it.
   Bearendinatonnzal didn't hurry. He might have had chance to be almost as fast and get to start combat on equal ground, but he preferred a calm and careful approach. Step by step he climbed the rubbery hill, letting the metal fists hang by his sides.
   Ura'has'Of had half dozen spare daggers besides the ones in his hands and decided to waste one just see how his opponent moved his weapons. The Sty was halfway up the hill when the H'rul threw his dagger at his chest. It could hardly be seen as anything but glint of light when a metal gauntlet went up to block the blade and back to hanging relaxed at side.
   It was clear Bearendinatonnzal had speed on his side, besides strength and reach. Ura'has'Of threw all four daggers at once, aiming one to face, two on legs and to one from his best hand to stomach. The Sty leaned to left, lowering head to dodge the high dagger and stopped two with his hands, but one went deep in his right thigh. He had to stop to pull it out with both hands, but he was certain the H'rul wouldn't throw even his last extra weapon, much less any more of them.
   Ura'has'Of took a defensive stance on the edge of top, from where the hill went down in about twenty degree angle. He was moving all the daggers back and forth diagonally in different rhythms. This was both a meditation form and a distraction for opponent.
   Not that anyone thought Bearendinatonnzal would be least bit distracted.
   Only few steps away, he raised the metal fists. Sudden dash to hitting distance, then equally sudden stop as four blades came at him. One barely scratched him, but Bearendinatonnzal did much better: his both weapons hit one of Ura'has'Of's hands, sending daggers flying.
   The H'rul changed tactics, took few steps away from the Sty and right back to jump kick at his chest. Bearendinatonnzal was, despite his size, too fast and with a twist of his body got off the way. The same motion let him swing one gauntlet at the H'rul and though that did no damage, it send him rolling out of control all the way down.
  Finally coming to stop, Ura'has'Of had only one dagger in hand and the spare. As a bit of luck he found the weapon he had aimed at Bearendinatonnzal's face, but even with three daggers he had little hope. With the Sty slowly walking down, only question was would he surrender or fight to death.
  The stakes were too high, the good of his whole system. Winning this tournament would bring enough money to terraform a second planet! Billions expected him to do everything he could and and he would. Ura'has'Of charged at the Sty champion, jumped at him, little to one side so he would only have to dodge or block one metal gauntlet.
   Bearendinatonnzal underestimated the opponent, believing he would end the fight on one punch. The H'rul blocked it with knee and two hands - breaking them all - and thrust one dagger to hilt in his stomach, twisting it as he fell. Coming down on remaining leg Ura'has'Of tried to bounce himself away, but Bearendinatonnzal's other fist caught him. He flew little away, shell and most limbs broken and lied almost still, but hanging on to the one dagger that had harmed his opponent.
   Bearendinatonnzal dropped one glove and squeezed the wound. He looked like he might fall there and then, but in visible pain started to slouch to Ura'has'Of. The H'rul tried to rise, move or at least turn himself with one foot and arm, but was utterly out of strength. He saw the other fighter tower above him, raising remaining metal gauntlet to deadly blow and to his bitter relief heard his trainer's signal.
   GONGGG!

***

   Brave effort from the H'rul republic fighter, I must say I'm sorry he got such opponent straight up in EF. But if you want to be the champion, you have to beat whoever you face - just ask Bearendinatonnzal!
   And now it's time for humans versus Sty round 2! The man from Mars, representing smallest population of the 16 and thus the statistical underdog. Let's see what Mohammad Naga can do!

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Eighth-Final #6

Ometrangohiidachayon vs Mohammad Naga


   Don't count our favorite Martian out yet, even though facing a Sty. The Second System does not have as good Tournament record as other Sty states. Nevertheless, if Naga insists on using his specialty blade weapons, he will have trouble with the larger and stronger opponent.
   Let's have a look at the arena, aaAAaa'Aa-AA gives us a desert of sand dunes. Like gravity, the temperature of arenas is decided based on fighter homeworlds, unless differently agreed by them, so the design doesn't have burning sun. But the amount of light is determined by the arena designer and this is a very bright battleground. Of course that has little meaning as fighters are allowed to use any non-electronic eyegear. Still, neither combatant is at home in this environment and it makes an extremely unpredictable match.
   I've got the weapon data now, Mohammad Naga fights with his often seen set of bladed weapons based on ancient Japanese design. Risky choice against a Sty, though may work well on this arena. Let me remind you, fighters know their opponent when choosing weapons, but not the arena.
   Ometrangohiidachayon wields a spear. It has only one sharp end which almost certainly means the shaft is very heavy to be used as staff. The only other explanation would be that the Sty has some protective armor or other special gear excepted in rules in exchange for lesser weapon.
   Here they come to arena and... Ometrangohiidachayon's clothes seem to be class 2 armor, unusually defensive equipment for a Sty fighter. He must have predicted correctly Naga's choice of weapon, bad news for Mars.
   In any case, we'll see how this plays out in 8, 7, 6, 5...

***

   GONGGGG!!
   The arena had three long, wavy dunes and they entered at the ends of middle one. Both started to walk slowly to meet, testing the feel of sand with their feet. The Sty used the spear for walking staff, also feeling the dune. With the size of arena and difficult terrain, they took over a minute to come close enough that Mohammad drew larger sword and Ometrangohiidachayon took hold of weapon with both hands.
   After they estimated each other for a moment, the Sty made few thrusts to see opponents reaction. Mohammad steered them to sides with minimal moves. When Ometrangohiidachayon tried to catch him off guard he let right hand go of the sword, using only left to block the tip barely past him, and quickly took two steps forward while slashing with the short sword straight out of sheath. It cut through the weak armor, but did only minor wound.
   Ometrangohiidachayon turned his spear to side and swung the blunt end at Earther's face, but he was fast enough to dodge and as they stepped back Naga sheathed the short sword and took a proper two-hand hold of his main weapon. Both fighters worried of the uncertain footing on top of the dune, but neither wanted to try going down it.
   The Sty changed hold of his weapon to keep it horizontally in front of him, prepared to strike with either end. Mohammad couldn't just hold in defence against that, he had to take initiative. He slashed along the spear, move that would be most difficult to block and might hit opponent's fingers. Ometrangohiidachayon surprised him by crouching to dodge and instead of blocking struck side of knee, tripping the Earther, sending him down the sand.
   Mohammad was able to steady himself and get on his feet by sticking the sword in sand. The Sty jumped after to finish the fight with a stab, but he dodged the spear and Ometrangohiidachayon went rolling down the dune. Mohammad put away the sword, taking the short one and to left the knife he had as third blade. With two smaller weapons it would be easier to keep balance.
   Ometrangohiidachayon steadied himself and again held the weapon sideways. He waited the Earther to come to him, although now he had great advantage of reach. Naga would have to get close to even scratch him.
   Mohammad stepped to striking range, reached with the sword towards the Sty's groin and when he blocked that, meaning to hit him with middle of shaft, he released small throwing crosses from between the fingers holding the knife at his face. Ometrangohiidachayon caught one of the hidden weapons in left eye and stepped back in agony, swinging his spear wildly to keep the opponent away.
   Mohammad Naga dove to cut tendons of the Sty's right foot. He executed the attack well, but Ometrangohiidachayon now knew exactly where he was and, twisting body as he fell, turned to shove with both hands the spear into his enemy. The hit was good, going through Naga's whole torso under the ribs and into the sand, but it wasn't enough to kill him instantly.
   His knife into the Sty's remaining eye was.
   GONGGGONGGG!!

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   Don't worry, my Martian friends, we've seen people take much worse hits than that and not just survive but successfully fight the next day. I have no doubt Mohammad will be OK tomorrow.
   What you need to worry is that he will be facing a much tougher Sty then, no other than a returning champion. Remember, only 53 champion fighters before him have in all history returned to try for a double, so this a truly remarkable opponent.
   Coming up next, the last L'al'lo'l fighter against the Ne monk of Boo La Go. We've seen great matches all day and this ought to be equally good.

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Eighth-Final #7

Daoef Al vs Ne Da Boo Xhe


   This may be shortest and fastest fight of the opening round, so any hedonists out there might want to watch this slowed to 50% or even less. When a Ne monk goes against L'al'lo'l kicks, your eyes are bound to miss lot of it in live speed.
   In my opinion, number of fighters and especially us viewers have so far been lucky in the arena lottery and I don't mean betting on which are used. Well, our luck continues as this fight happens in a semisphere cage! Can you imagine a better setting for two fighters like this? Thank you, O'll Feal.
   Now let's take a look at the weaponry. Ne Da Boo Xhe wield a common Ne weapon, the Daa-re: a four-part metal flail with magnet connectors, extremely variable weapon. A single long staff, flail of one or two ends, two sticks connected of two pieces that easily turn to chainsticks... all these and there are other, rarely used combination such as the triple-flail, three other part swinging on one handle, the form He Ree-Ga Boo Ni used to win the final and championship in Tournament '75.
   Daoef Al also has equipment typical for his people, pieces of armor with blades on arms and legs. We have a moment before the gong, so I'll give you some background on this fighter. In the qualifying tournaments of his planet and system Daoef Al killed five opponent, an exceptionally large number for any L'al'lo'l system. For a herbivore, Daoef Al is pretty bloodthirsty. No hesitation, not that he can afford to, against a Boo La Go. It should be noted that he's very skilled with his hands, while many L'al'lo'l fighters rely entirely on kicks.
   And it's time, they are entering arena and countdown starts. Don't blink now!

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   Boo Xhe held his weapon on end pieces near joints, ready to lash out with the whole thing with either hand. But against his expectations the L'al'lo'l didn't charge at him. Daoef Al ran away from him, jumped on cage wall and started climbing fast. The monk calmly watched him rise until above him, near the zenith of the dome, he jumped with all the strength of his legs, flying spiked fists first at the Boo La Go.
   The monk lashed his weapon up with force that could have killed opponent. Daoef blocked it with left arm, from which it broke armor and bones. Boo Xhe raised his free left hand to take the inevitable hit. Blades in back of Daoef's fist went through his hand and tore it to shreds when he twisted it to guide the opponent aside.
   Daoef Al turned the broken arm to take the hard hit to ground. He had gambled on landing on the other fighter and failed. Despite the heavy crash he was able to roll away and end up standing outside his opponent's striking range. They stood still, reflecting the first encounter that had lasted only couple seconds, yet already disabled both of them. Ne Da Boo Xhe's hand was useless, he could only wield his weapon with one hand and that greatly limited his options. Daoef's arm was equally bad, though he wasn't bleeding as much as the monk - at least externally. He couldn't climb fast, but there was no point trying same trick again anyway.
   Daoef backed all the way to wall. They both knew what was coming. The monk could swing his weapon with deadly speed and his only chance of getting inside that defence was to charge full speed at him. If he waited even a second, Boo Xhe could move closer, cutting his acceleration distance with every step. He burst to running.
   Boo Xhe swung his weapon, but not at the L'al'lo'l about to kick him. He struck straight to side, letting the weapon pull him away from the line of attack. Blade in Daoef's heel cut his side, but the monk hardly noticed. Even before the missed attack came to a halt the Daa-re swung again, this time behind Boo Xhe... crushing the back of Daoef Al's skull.
   GONGGONGGGG!!

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   8.9 seconds! What did I tell you? Look at these replays! The Boo La Go have won 254 Tournaments and you can see here why. Incredibly fast, accurate and cold-blooded moves. This is why it's called martial arts, that's pure art right there.
   So far we have in quarter-finals both humans and one Sty, L'al'lo'l, aAaa, Boo La Go and Rorgr. And next we'll see if we can get a Kricree to that bunch or will it be a second Sty.

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I've only just read the first post, as I'm currently short on time, but I've enjoyed it so far. It's well written, as it does successfully portray you as a pundit or sport journalist, and it contains a sufficient amount of humour. I will read further when I have more time.
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Eighth-Final #8

Dreneejarantoku vs Creerka


   It's the last match of the opening round. We've seen incredible fights today and I don't expect Sty versus Kricree to be least of them.
   The arena is a simple one, square room with four wide square pillars, everything of wood native to Sty homeworld. Designer was the champion Bearendinatonnzal, so Dreneejarantoku may have an advantage here. He has chosen very unorthodox weapon against a Kricree, a class 3 laser gun. Laser is very ineffective on the skin of the silicoid species so unlike against any other race even the class 3 counts as low-damage weapon, giving the Kricree only primitive equipment to choose from.
    Creerka has 50 throwing daggers made of crystal, a historical hunting weapon of his people. The arena may help him, as he's able to hide behind corners. Then again, those corners won't last long on class 3 laser.
   And here we go, they have entered the arena and countdown is on. 4! 3! 2! 1!

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   The fighters were in opposite corners and couldn't see each other. Creerka run fast to closest obstacle, to it's right corner and after not seeing the Sty from there, continued to one on the right.
   Bearendinatonnzal hadn't moved at all. There were four places where the opponent could come, like a simple shooting range... except he could hear where the Kricree ran. He took aim to the further right pillar, not right next to it like on usual arena but at the corner of it because he knew the gun would burn through it in fraction of a second.
   The abstract arena made it difficult for Creerka to estimate distances. He needed to throw a dagger to get the feel of it all. He stepped out of the cover, ready to throw whether the opponent was there or not. The Sty was slightly in different place than he had assumed, but he only needed to guide the throw a little.
   Bearendinatonnzal fired where he had aimed, through the corner, burning the back of Creerka. The dagger came at him and he had to raise the gun to block it.
   Creerka heard this and knew the weapon had taken too long to reach the Sty to have any chance of hurting him. He ran round the obstacle and to the one closest to Bearendinatonnzal. They were now behind opposite corners of the square obstacle. The Kricree had daggers ready in both hands to throw on either side.
   Again Bearendinatonnzal guessed what the other fighter was doing. He kept shooting steadily one point, straight through the obstacle and after some seconds it burned Creerka again. The Sty didn't know he had hit, merely estimated when to have gotten through the wood and stopped.
   But though he had hurt Creerka, this was a mistake. The Kricree, ignoring his pains, ran around left corner and started throwing daggers alternating hands. First hit Bearendinatonnzal on shoulder before he got aim on Creerka, second he instinctively blocked with the weapon, third hit him on chest but didn't pierce his chest plate.
   After initial shock, the Sty got the laser pointed at Creerka and started to block daggers with left hand, but couldn't keep the gun steady long enough to burn through his skin. Creerka was in blisters all over, but when thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth dagger sank in the Sty's body, his strength failed him. After he had blocked few they had made his hand limb and since then the blades had hit him. Almost unconscious, he fell forward with yet another dagger hitting his forehead and the blades in his torso sank to the hilt under him.
   The gong was a mere formality.

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   There we have it, the last quarter-finalist is Creerka of Kricree! That's it for the action today, tomorrow to quarter-finals. Don't be late, Will Atkins fights in first match!
   Next on this channel ten former Tournament fighters analyze today's fights and I for one am curious to hear what they think of the great matches we've seen.

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