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Re: 1378th Interstellar Tournament


Quarter-Final #1

O'll Feal vs William Atkins


   Welcome to the second day of 1378th Interstellar Tournament! It's the quarter-finals and both humans are still standing, despite exceptionally brutal opening round where four fighters died, as many as in whole last Tournament. The other six are each from a different race, so we're in for a colorful Tournament.
   Our Will Atkins is up first against O'll Feal of L'al'lo'l home system. Feal is fighting unarmed and that's bad news for Will, we know he prefers shooting matches. Atkins has to use some protective gear, a L'al'lo'l fighter can kill a human with single kick.
   But that's why we have rules, all 700 pages of them. Even with O'll Feal unarmed, Will is allowed blunt or bladed weapon and good armor or a primitive projectile. There have been fights with a combatant choosing to use a deadly weapon with single bullet, but Atkins hasn't been taking that kind of risks.
   While waiting to find out his choice of weapon, let's look at the arena. By late Ometrangohiidachayon, a simple oval platform surrounded by water. If one fighter falls in water, this could be a really long fight, the other fighter can just keep him from climbing back. Water is a rare element in arenas and one both fighters have to agree to.
   Now here they come, Will has a gladius, a buckler and a helmet. The data tells me the helmet and his arm and leg protectors are level 4 armor, practically unbreakable for a L'al'lo'l unless he jumps on it, full force against the metal floor. But remember, that helmet won't save him from a stunning concussion or breaking neck if Feal's kicks connect.
   Countdown on, 8, 7...

***

   Will had expected the L'al'lo'l to attack full speed as they usually did against weaker opponents, but O'll Feal seemed to wait for him to make the first move. Both took few steps to get in more comfortable position as far away from water as possible. When the Earther didn't take the bait, O'll kicked at him from shield side to see how well he could block it.
   But instead of blocking with buckler Will turned 180, putting his sword on the kick's way. O'll was forced to turn the move up and fall backwards into a roll. Will turned again and swung his weapon in wide arc, but Feal was already too far.
   O'll Feal was glad he hadn't charged straight on, this Earther was more dangerous than he had estimated. He next tried a leg sweep, to which Will had no answer but to jump over it. Feal kept his hands ready, suggesting he might jump to wrestle with Atkins, but aimed a kick in groin.
   Will blocked it with leg and instantly regretted the move as it went numb from the impact. He slashed with the short sword to make opponent back away. Then, catching the L'al'lo'l completely off guard, he jumped to kick him in chest.
   Feal flew on his back, air knocked out of him. Atkins held the gladius with both hands and leaped to stab the downed opponent.
   O'll Feal executed a perfect from ground kick. Turning on his side, he send one foot up to stop the attacker. Twisting his body made the sword almost miss him, making just a small cut on his chest. The kick broke through ribs, shoving them into lung. Only his foot was keeping the Earther from collapsing. He pulled his legs in and then pushed, sending Atkins flying into water.
   GONGGGONGGG!!

***

  NO, no, no! Not again in QF! Fifth Tournament in row the human fighter is eliminated in QF. I don't have to tell you what a disappointment this is. Atkins should've been more patient, he could've easily wounded Feal's feet useless when he had him down. Instead he went for a quick kill and... game over. Let's hope our Martian can do better, but I'm not too optimistic on that, after all he's facing the champion.
   But before that, what may be the bloodiest match of the Tournament: Rorgr versus aAaa!

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Quarter-Final #2

aaAAaa'Aa-AA vs Graagrr


   This arena is another simple design, large stairs from one end to other. The Kricree came up with this one, they do have a liking to angular things. But the battleground doesn't matter much when a Rorgr meets an aAaa, we know how those fights are: one slashes, one smashes.
   However this won't be like most such fights in one aspect. Graagrr has agreed to unarmed combat! You heard me right, the crazy Rorgr is going to take on an aAaa with his bare claws! We're talking about a lion fighting an elephant here, this is beyond the mere warrior code of the Rorgr, this is insanity.
   It is also bound to be one interesting match and it's starting right now.

***

   GONGGGG!!
   Both climbed to the top level before starting to approach. The space was only wide enough for three aAaa to stand side by side, Graagrr would not have much room to dodge the giant.
   aaAAaa'Aa-AA started jogging at him. Graagrr said a quick battle prayer and started running too. Couple giant steps away from being squashed, he rushed to side near the edge and slashed deep cuts to the shin as he passed. The aAaa stopped and turned, kneeling slightly to better reach the Rorgr.
   Graagrr jumped on his back, sinking in claws and tearing back of thigh with ones on his feet. The aAaa reached behind it's back to grab Rorgr warrior, but he pulled his hand free and grabbed the giant's wrist and tore it open with his teeth.
   aaAAaa'Aa-AA swung his arm to shake the fierce creature off and was able to do so. The Rorgr hit fourth step from top and bounced down few more. He didn't break bones, coming mostly on hands and feet, but some bruises and hits. aaAAaa'Aa-AA came down the steps that were pretty suitable for his size, holding his wrist. It was now clear The Rorgr wasn't just looking for a chance to get on his throat, the beast was trying to bleed him to lose.
   Barely in time when the giant came for him, Graagrr came to his senses and dove left to avoid being stepped on. He didn't try to scratch the aAaa this time, just made sure he got away from enemy's reach. He ran away a bit and started to climb back up. The stairs were too narrow to fight on, he couldn't get by the giant.
   As he got to top, so did the other fighter. The aAaa had mostly stopped bleeding and was walking towards him. It reached at him with both hands. Graagrr moved to side and grabbed the wounded wrist, tearing it open again with his claws. aaAAaa'Aa-AA tried to smash him against wall, but he let got and attacked the giant's leg, aiming to harm tendons by knee.
   The aAaa was finally able to grab him by waist, but vicious biting and clawing forced him to throw the Rorgr away. This time Graagrr was luckier and didn't end up in the stairs. aaAAaa'Aa-AA started to lose his calm and went after him swinging with his fists.
   Graagrr kept dodging, waiting for opening. He was almost back against wall when the giant bend to punch so low that he was able to step on arm and jump on aaAAaa'Aa-AA's face. He struck on the giants eyes as if they were two small animals he was catching.
   The blinded aAaa squeezed his opponent with arms against his chest, breaking bones of hip and legs. Graagrr desperately tore throat with teeth and claws, trying to stay conscious and to stay alive. He was soaked on the giant's blood gushing on him from neck.
   And suddenly aaAAaa'Aa-AA's feet gave. He collapsed, falling to side and on the next stair and took the Rorgr with him, still biting his throat. Both lied motionless for several seconds until...
   GONGGONGGG!!

***

   The Jury declares Graagrr the winner! But it's hard to tell if he'll live to enjoy it. O'll Feal may have a free walk straight to final.
   But we'll have to find out later if the two fighters survived, the next match is coming up in a moment and it is the reigning champion Bearendinatonnzal of Sty Second State against the last hope of humanity, the man from Mars, Mohammad Naga!

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Quarter-Final #3

Bearendinatonnzal vs Mohammad Naga


   Eyes open, people! This will be either the last appearance of a human fighter on this IT or, should Mohammad Naga be so lucky, the fall of a former champion. You don't see that often.
   The fighters have chosen to duel with projectile weapons, practically similar, Naga's only slightly compensated with power and bullet size. The champion must have agreed to these weapons because Naga is a known blade specialist and Naga... Let's be honest, with guns it's more about luck and less about skill and that gives him the best odds he can have with this kind of opponent.
   Speaking of luck, ours with the arenas continues! Ura'has'Of envisioned a wide corridor with twenty walls of paper-like substance - trust me, you don't want to know what it actually is. Of course the fighters don't know how many layers there are between them until they get through them.
   Last point before we start: both fighters have a very limited number of ammunition, specifically fifteen.

***

   GONGGGG!!
   Mohammad ducked in case the Sty would try a shot assuming they started on symmetric positions, as they probably did. He didn't want to waste a bullet and apparently neither did his opponent. He moved all the way to left and tested the membrane with his fingers. With some pressure it tore like paper and he quickly made a whole he could see through to next section, which offered only another obstacle of grayish paper.

   Bearendinatonnzal had been lying on ground for few moments, waiting for the Earther to take a shot. When nothing happened, he kneeled to a steady position and fired at about height of Earther chest.

   Naga heard the shot and saw a hole appear in the second paper wall and the one he had come through. He wasn't sure what was the Sty doing, trying to get lucky with a random shot? Provoking him to fire back and give his position? He kneeled to be smallest possible target next to wall, waited and listened what would happen next.
   Another shot, another hole right under the first. Did the Sty really think him so stupid?

   Bearendinatonnzal hadn't really hoped it to work, but he had little to lose and much to win on the long shot. This fight would be settled with two or three bullets when they'd see each other, it didn't matter if he wasted few. On the other hand should he by luck or some logic hit once, it could be decisive.
   However he didn't want to further reveal his position. Bearendinatonnzal stepped through two paper walls. He had previously fought in arenas with such H'rulian obstacles. There was no way of telling how many walls were between them, but he would've put ten or so and fighters did often think alike.

   Meanwhile Mohammad tore holes to couple more walls, peering through and then quickly moving to next one. He started to hesitate how to proceed. Knowing he likely had worse reaction time than the Sty, he decided to a defensive tactics. Mohammad lied down in front corner, along the paper. The Sty would sooner or later come through the paper wall from some point and he'd get to shoot him from side.

   The Earther had still not fired his gun, Bearendinatonnzal didn't have any clue where he was or how many layers were between them. He had broken through six and learner nothing. He started to think the arena had been designed to get to nerves of both fighters to weaken them in case the maker would later meet them.
   So what was Naga doing? He hadn't come rushing through, he hadn't taken any shots... therefore he was waiting for him. Where would I do that? By the wall. Left wall, both of them being right-handed. He sneaked to wall, aimed along it and kneeling fired three times at different heights.

   He didn't know how to react on the sudden shots until the third scratched his legs. Mohammad moved quickly to tear some paper and wrap the wounds. The Sty couldn't know he had hit, but he still might try a charge, having spend five bullets already.
   Mohammad ran, as well as he could with wounded legs while keeping silent, back through the holes he'd made. First instinct was to go to the other corner to be hidden, but he decided to stay there looking through the holes, ready to fire at slightest sign of movement.

   Bearendinatonnzal had used five bullets and all he knew was that the fight still continued. Time for a new strategy. He walked backwards to the first wall, tore a large pile of the "paper" and shot once through it to the general direction where it had maybe one percent chance to hit the Earther. The explosives of the bullet started a fire.
   He walked through the openings he'd made and set on fire the six first wall. Then he took a flaming bit and threw it by the next wall. Bearendinatonnzal went to side and waited in readiness as the wall burned. He repeated this wall after wall.

   Naga saw flames take the closest paper wall he had left intact. He knew the Sty saw at least the furthest hole he had made and would any moment see his blood. He would peer through that hole any moment...
   A shot came by the hole and hit back wall right next to his head. He heard where Bearendinatonnzal was and fired four times at him. Then he ran, as quietly as he could, to the hole and to right. He did not want to be in the end section, where the Sty would know him to be if he continues burning walls.

   Bearendinatonnzal had taken one bullet on side. Not a dangerous hit itself, but it slowed him down. He went to look in the holes, certain that Naga wouldn't be there anymore. He had basically three options: to go through the holes, charge through walls or burn them. Earlier he had decided to burn the obstacles, but now situation was different.
   He went to look at the hole. Only four walls left. He went through first, walked to left and fired once to where Naga might be at corners.

   This shot missed him by meter because he had expected it. But the Sty wouldn't waste any more bullets, now he would charge and finish this fight one way or another. Mohammad didn't return fire. He started move left, guessing the opponent wouldn't come through the holes.
   He heard paper rip and steps of the Sty, but couldn't be so certain of his position that would've shot. Again paper tore. Now only on layer separated them.
   Mohammad ran, dived and slid head first through the paper. He was firing immediately, but only on fourth or fifth shot was able to really aim. As they hit Bearendinatonnzal he turned to shoot back and hit Naga twice in chest, but at the same moment one bullet went through his heart and he fell.
   GONGGGONGG!

***

   Mohammad Naga wins! Mars is in semi-finals! This is the biggest upset of his Tournament, the reigning champion loses to fighter of an area in it's first IT! But when you have two combatants fighting potentially to death, anything can happen.
   I'm getting medic data and Bearendinatonnzal is probably going to make it, despite bullet in heart. Luck or skill, Naga is going to need more of it tomorrow and speaking of that, we'll next see who he will fight. Time for the last QF, Ne Da Boo Xhe of the Order of Ne Monks of Boo La Go versus Creerka of Kricree. Very exotic encounter.

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Quarter-Final #4

Ne Da Boo Xhe vs Creerka


   If you liked seeing the Ne monk swing Daa-re in first round, you're in for another treat. Ne Da Boo Xhe is specialized on this weapon and continues to show us how it's used. The Kricree is unarmed, but because of their hard skin and other physical attributes, Boo Xhe gets even more equipment besides the Daa-re and he has chosen brass knuckles and metal shoes.
   We've seen great variety of arenas in this Tournament, but that's understandable after the public outcry of last year "empty rooms" Tournament. Nobody wants to be blamed for spoiling the show. Even so, next is going to be an exceptional match. This arena has absolutely no features, just empty round room, but the catch is... it's completely dark!
   Gutsy move from the Boo La Go monk to accept this feature, as he could've demanded different arena because the Kricree have a heat sense, though a weak one. But the Ne monks are known to practice fighting in dark, Boo Xhe will be at home here.
   But can his weapons hurt Creerka? We'll see in a moment.

***

   The gong echoed in the room. Creerka started walking towards Boo Xhe. He knew he could not take a step without the monk hearing, it was no use trying. He would just have to take hits and get couple good ones in. He vaguely saw the opponent... but not his weapon. Except for where to Boo La Go was holding it, spreading his warmth to it, the joint sticks were invisible.
   Boo Xhe had split his weapon to two chain sticks that he was swinging slowly, ready to unleash a series of attacks the moment he would hear a step close enough. But the steps became faster and he dodged to side as the Kricree charged. A stick touched the opponent, telling him where he was and Boo Xhe started to furiously strike at Creerka. Every hit confirmed where he was.
   The Kricree wasn't injured by the hits, even despite getting some in head, but they did hurt and make it difficult to strike back. Trying to protect himself with arms, he finally kicked the monk in body. Boo Xhe fell back to a roll and did another before getting back on feet. He joined the weapons, held the Daa-re from one end with both hands and slashed with it horizontally as hard as he could.
   Creerka had made the mistake of stopping to consider his next move. He could see the Boo La Go strike, but failed to block it and the last part of the weapon struck his side on maximal force. His internals fractured and tore. It didn't stop him, quite oppositely Creerka attacked straight on.
   Boo Xhe had continued the motion of swinging his Daa-re to another similar strike, but it hit Creerka now much closer and rather wrapped around than struck him. He understood his chance, grabbed the weapon and with his superior strength yanked it from the monks hands. Not familiar with the complicated weapon, he threw it far behind him.
   Estimating opponent's position, Boo Xhe jumped and kicked, the metal smashing painfully in his face. He punched forward, but the kick had make Creerka move back and as he was striking also, their fists collided. Both injured their hands, but the monk worse. He dived at side to avoid any attack and to get past the Kricree. Boo Xhe ran to find his weapon.
   Creerka saw where he was heading and ran after. He didn't see the weapon, but knew the monk would know better than him where it had landed. The Boo La Go made a slide to find and reach the Daa-re and caught it just in time to raise the weapon to block Creerka's attack. He kicked on both feet to push the Kricree who tumbled on his back. The monk was quickly on his feet and slashed again with the flail, now vertically.
   Rising Creerka was hit on left shoulder, injuring it badly. But he caught the Daa-re with his right hand and pulled. Boo Xhe was able to separate the weapon at middle joint and was left with half of it. The monk kicked as hard as he could, aiming to knee and tripped the Kricree. It was largely guessing where exactly the other fighter was, but Ne Da Boo Xhe had spend thousands of hours in dark rooms fighting other best of his order. He jumped to put his weapon around Creerka's neck and squeezed.
   Kricree circulation isn't quite similar to other species, but close enough. Creerka scratched his arms bloody and hit with elbow, cracking ribs, but the monk knew this was his one chance to win, perhaps only chance to survive. Eventually the Kricree stopped fighting. Boo Xhe held on, didn't let go before about a minute later gong by the Kricree trainer ended the fight.

***

   Another frightening example about the abilities of Ne monks. Thousands of years old order of warrior monks has produced most of the Boo La Go champions of Interstellar Tournaments. In fact, Ne monks have won over 10% of championships in the history of the Tournament. Of course, Boo La Go is one of the original nations that have participated all Tournaments.
   And tomorrow Mohammad Naga has to face Ne Da Boo Xhe, I do not envy him. That and the other semi-final, O'll Feal versus Graagrr, tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the analysis of our expert about the events so far.

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Semi-Final #1

O'll Feal vs Graagrr


   Third day of the Tournament, the semi-finals! Four fighters remain, O'll Feal of the L'al'lo'l home system, Graagrr of Rorgr, Mohammad Naga of Mars and Ne Da Boo Xhe of Boo La Go.
   For the Sty Federation this Tournament was a terrible failure and humans are most to blame. They lost one Tournament place to Mars and to add insult to injury - or rather the other way round - the Mars representative defeated two Sty fighters, including the re-entered champion.
   Also, the fighters of H'rul and Igamenica were eliminated on first round and aAaa and Kricree fighters in second matches. But of the most historically successful species, the Sty really took a beating this time. Not that we need to feel sorry for them, the Sty have most Tournament championships of all species and they have killed 14 human fighters, almost as many as all others combined.
   That's enough history, let's get to today's action. O'll Feal gave us a great opening match of this Tournament and then great disappointment by dropping Will Atkins. It's interesting to see what he has in store for Graagrr, who already took out one L'al'lo'l and defeated the aAaa fighter with bare claws.
   The Rorgr of course fights unarmed. Feal has made a surprise choice, two swords and couple daggers for backup, but no protective gear. Seems overconfident to me, but I'm not the one in IT semi-final, so maybe he knows what he's doing.
   The arena is a classic Ne monk design: The Sphere. The use of old designs is as unpopular as "empty rooms", but I'm sure people don't mind seeing again this simple arena with a big twist. A ball with gravity manipulated to it's center, this is only 3DG arena we have seen for several Tournaments.
   But now the fight is starting, there they are, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!

***

   GONGGGG!!
   The combatants began the match on opposite sides of the metallic sphere. Knowing this, O'll picked a random direction and ran. At first sight of the opponent he jumped in an impossible-looking arc to kick him with both feet. Graagrr heard him coming, turned and raised his hands to block, but the L'al'lo'l coming full speed send him tumbling backwards.
   O'll ran to another charge before the Rorgr could recover. Not having room for proper jump kick, he ran past Graagrr and slashed with one sword. It cut a long but relatively harmless wound on his stomach. Graagrr turned after him and scratched his back. Feal countered this by turning to slash with other sword at his face, cutting jaw all the way to bone.
   That was a mistake. The Rorgr thrust claws of both hands into O'll's chest. Feal kicked with both feet to push them apart though it tore his skin. Then he started running away. After few steps Graagrr saw he couldn't keep up. The L'al'lo'l could run forever in this inverse hamster wheel and he'd never catch him. If he stayed put, the prey would come to him. He could hear Feal coming. He stood ready to sidestep and grab him to be torn.
   O'll Feal did come running, but this time he did not jump. He kept coming, following Graagrr's moves and thrust both swords into him. The Rorgr reacted by clawing him, trying to reach vital organs between ribs. Recovering from the terrible attack, he finally attempted to bite the L'al'lo'l, but Feal shoved an arm between jaws and struck his own incisors in the Rorgr's throat.
   Graagrr's fingers pushed into lungs and pierced them, his jaws bit through skin, muscle and bone cutting the arm. But a sword had pierced his main artery, his throat was torn and his world went black...
   GONGGONGGG!!

***

   Who won? Who won?! O'll Feal! The jury declares O'll Feal goes to final - if he can fight tomorrow, the Rorgr bit his hand off! But I'm sure that can be fixed. Not a pretty fight, but with Rorgr they never are.
   Just two fights left, the final tomorrow and now the second semi-final: man from Mars meets the Boo La Go monk. I warn you Martians of getting your hopes up, Naga may have beaten the Sty champion, but humans do not have a good record against Ne monks, only few have ever won such match.

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Semi-Final #2

Mohammad Naga vs Ne Da Boo Xhe


   Boo Xhe has chosen unarmed combat. I'm not sure if that's good or bad news for Naga. The monk has demonstrated devastating skill with Daa-re so he certainly didn't want to face that, but now he'll be limited to very basic blunt weapons.
   The arena by Daoef Al is a grid of low boxes and semispheres you can step on, but you'll have to be careful they don't trip you. Not a very exceptional or imaginative battleground, but different from what we've seen during this Tournament. This may slightly favor Ne Da Boo Xhe because Naga prefers wide open spaces. Though seeing the arena, Mohammad Naga will be happy the monk doesn't wield the four-part staff, that would've been dangerous weapon in this environment.
   I'm being told Mohammad Naga will use two sticks of some kind of hard plastic, not a weapon I would choose against a Ne monk, but his options were limited.
   Now they're getting ready to begin. Will Mohammad Naga, the first Mars representative, go all the way to final? Can he defeat a Ne monk? We'll see in a moment!

***

   GONGG!!
   The fighters walked calmly towards each other. Mohammad stepped on couple obstacles to get the feel of them under him. He even jumped from one box to diagonally next to know better their distance. The monk walked slowly round the obstacles as if saving every bit of energy.
   They stopped few paces away. Mohammad made sure a round obstacle was right behind him, to lean on, step on or bounce from. But the Boo La Go just stood there without even raising his hands to readiness, indication that Naga would have to make the first move.
   Mohammad moved to left so that there were no obstacles between them. Boo Xhe didn't react in any way except by turning to follow his movement. Naga walked at him, weapons ready. Without any warning monk's foot shot up and Mohammad was barely able to block with one hand, forced to take a step back. Boo Xhe jumped, sending other foot towards Naga's left ear. But from that position the attack was too slow, he dodged back and was able to hit his ankle with a stick.
   Then he kicked, making Boo Xhe block and started striking with his weapons. The monk retreated, guiding every hit to sides with his hand, even at the risk that a failed block could break his fingers. But a master level Ne monk rarely fails.
   The Martian didn't notice how he guided their movement in a subtle way as he backed. The steps of the attacking fighter were led to be so that one touched edge of a semisphere. This tiny distraction was more than enough for the monk to kick Naga on side and send him tumbling over the obstacle.
   Boo Xhe jumped after him, but Naga recovered quickly to strike his ankle with stick. The monk went to a roll instead of wrestling like had planned and continued the motion by somersaulting over a box... to find out his ankle was broken from the hits.
   Mohammad got on his feet and saw the the Boo La Go stand somehow oddly behind an obstacle. He moved to the box, struck with sticks to make the opponent back away, then stepped on the box and kicked at him. Boo Xhe took hold of his foot, twisted and pulled him to ground. Holding him there, he kicked Naga in head with his good foot.
   He almost lost consciousness, but by fighting instinct Mohammad twisted his body and struck with remaining strength with his weapon, hitting Boo Xhe's arm, nearly paralyzing it. Mohammad kicked back with his other foot, breaking the monk's nose. But still holding Mohammad's foot, he twist and broke it and tried to kick his head again.
   Mohammad dodged it and pushed himself up to strike the Boo La go in head. Boo Xhe blocked the stick with his hand, now breaking bones there. The monk rolled off his legs, getting up on his good leg. Naga had started to rise too when Boo Xhe jumped and kicked him up to jaw, the blocking sticks unable to stop such attack. Mohammad Naga's neck broke instantly.

***

   I... I'm speechless. Condolences to family, this is the nature of this sport.
   Unfortunately we won't get the 18th human champion this year, the final will be between O'll Feal of L'al'lo'l First System and Ne Da Boo Xhe of Boo La Go Ne monks.
   Turned out to be a rather sad Tournament for human race, but for sports fans over the galaxy this has been a great celebration that climaxes tomorrow. Do not miss the final match!

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FINAL

O'll Feal vs Ne Da Boo Xhe


   Welcome to the final day and fight of the 1378th Interstellar Tournament! Despite the disappointing result for Earth and sad ending for Mars, this has been the greatest Tournament for many years, number of matches that will live on in future Best Of collections.
   Will the final be the crown this Tournament deserves? The setting is promising, a L'al'lo'l against a Boo La Go is a fast-action event. We've already seen that, in his first fight Ne Da Boo Xhe defeated Daoef Al in the shortest match of the Tournament. Can O'll Feal do better? He's shown guts taking out Will Atkins and the Rorgr fighter, but against a Ne monk's skill he'll have to improve from what we've seen so far.
   Let's look at the weapons of the event. Perhaps not wanting to allow opponent too much to choose from, Ne Da Boo Xhe is not using Daa-re but another classic Ne weapon: Ka Naa staff. Made from part of a plant, it has Y-shaped ends.
   This leaves O'll Feal with limited blade weapons, he has chosen a two-tipped spear and the usual L'al'lo'l footblades. That may be a big mistake, spear against a monk with staff is a combination with bad odds.
   The final arena is one of the often seen basic forms, a paraboloid. The difference to even more common variant, the semisphere pit, is minor but with fighters like this any tiny detail can be important. I'm sure many will say this was a boring design, but personally I'm happy the championship is decided without unusual gimmicks.
   Here's the arena, here come the fighters. 8! 7! 6! Count with me! 3! 2! 1!

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   GONGGGG!!
   So fast that he appeared to take false start, O'll Feal took three long steps and send a kick at the monk's head. The staff barely stopped the deadly attack. O'll stabbed with the spear, kicked with the other foot, stabbed with the other end, attack after attack to not give Boo Xhe any room to strike back.
   Though his opponent appeared to have upper hand, the monk considered them even. Strike for a block, no advantage either way. He responded every time sooner to the attacks until he knew where next kick would come and captured the foot with end of the staff. This he followed with leg sweep, knocking Feal down.
   The L'al'lo'l rolled back and swung his spear to keep the monk away. But Boo Xhe had jumped and was above the slash. His kick hit Feal on face, making him tumble few steps back. O'll kept slashing with both ends of spear to force the monk to keep distance. Boo Xhe struck his hand, breaking a finger.
   O'll had meant to kick high, as the monk expected, but the sudden pain made him lose balance and the foot with blade swung lower, making a deep cut on torso of the surprised Boo La Go. Also the spear ended up in an unexpected angle and Feal got an opening to thrust it in the monk's shoulder.
   Two wounds of that caliber would have bothered even most of champion level fighters, but Boo Xhe pulled away from the spear and backed calmly, keeping the tip pointed elsewhere with end of his staff. He relaxed muscles near the injuries to minimize bleeding and concentrated his power on other parts of his body.
   O'll Feal was winning, but knew he must not think that right now. The monk had dominated the bout until these lucky hits and O'll would have to come up with something. It was time to fight on style more natural to L'al'lo'l. He ran at the opponent who had made the mistake of backing too far from him. A step to pass him on side, kick turned to jump from the blocking staff and a stab in the back with the spear.
   Boo Xhe twist his body to dodge the last, but wasn't happy to see where the fight was going. The L'al'lo'l was changing to what his Order called "running battle", a tactics of continuing motion that would be difficult to counter in his current condition.
   Feal had ran few steps away and made U-turn for another attack. Boo Xhe stayed carefully near middle of the arena, not allowing O'll to use the walls. But with the L'al'lo'l coming at him again and again, it was clear the monk needed to stop him or the spear would eventually catch him. He reached forward with the staff to trip Feal, guided the spear aside with one hand and punched him with the effectiveness from years of training. O'll's ribs cracked.
   He stepped back stunned and tried to slash with the spear, but Boo Xhe used his staff to twist it from his hands and send it flying. However this left his side unprotected and when seeing this Feal did a kick towards his head. The monk could only raise his arm to take the hit. The blade cut to bone.
   After this and the spear in shoulder, his right arm was almost useless. But the monk used Ka Naa staff well enough on one hand. O'll ducked, but the swinging staff glanced his head, dazing him. He staggered, tried to get away from the opponent. The Boo La Go was too fast and struck back of his foot with the staff. His head clearing slightly on the pain, ignoring minor injury from the blow, O'll Feal burst to run. Boo Xhe went after him, but when the floor curved up, he knew he wouldn't get as high and should now beware some L'al'lo'l trick.
   O'll jumped, but not to attack the monk as he had thought. He went straight over and, landing as well as he could with his injuries, rushed to his spear. Boo Xhe saw he couldn't possibly stop him from getting it and walked calmly after him, trying to stop some of the bleeding.
   Feal attacked him much like he had in the beginning of the fight. Now the monk had much more trouble blocking every kick and stab and he had to dodge back every now and then. This continued some seconds until Boo Xhe suddenly dodged a stab to side and smashed Feal's hand with his staff. Completely taken by surprise, The L'al'lo'l didn't have time to react as the monk kicked him to side, then swung the staff to strike the hand still holding spear. This time O'll wouldn't get his weapon back.
   But the hand holding the spear had been a gambit. As Boo Xhe struck it, his right side was defenseless. Concentrated on breaking opponent's remaining hand, he barely noticed the glint of the footblade coming at him. But it was enough for the monk to know he had lost before the blade nearly decapitated him.
   GONGGONGGG!!
   GONGG! GONGG! GONGGG!

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   The Tournament is over! The 1378th Interstellar champion is... O'll Feal! Of the L'al'lo'l home system! This is 108th championship for them, 195th in total for the L'al'lo'l. They get the mining rights to star system G6278, big prize for the big Tournament.
   There you have it, four days of mayhem is over. Still no great success mankind, but at least we got a decent record, three wins for two losses. Better luck next time, see you again in ten months!

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