Competition: Unarmed Combat [2038 Seahold Summer Gather]

Even with the move to the South, Gathers are still a thing to look forward to, though in the Walled Hold they appear to be called Festivals instead. Either way, Gathers and Festivals are a time of fun to enjoy when they come around.
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Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:17 am

Tag: Carrot, R'sin

He was warming up, stretching and preparing for combat, when a familiar voice called out near him. With a grin, K'din looked up to Carrot and laughed at her teasing comments. “Trouble is right, so don't you think you should be warning and worrying over the rest of them?” he asked with a wink and a wave to R'vir behind her a few paces. That had to be good for the both of them.

Sign ups closed and the audience gathered and the fights began. Suddenly, K'din found himself staring up, up, up at one of his weyr's bronzeriders – a large man who looked liable to squash his head like a tomato if given half the chance – and K'din smirked. “You know,” he quipped, “They say the larger they are, the harder they fall. Shall we give it a try?”

It was not an easy fight, by any means, but decades of experience and lessons and losing and winning had taught K'din how to fight against larger opponents. Mainly, do not get caught and use their strength and momentum against them. When you try for a pin, make sure it's a solid one that they cannot turn against you.

In the end, it came down to K'din's experience being just enough to outweigh R'sin's strength and the weyrleader heaved a sigh of relief and wiped his brow when the referee finally called the match. “Remind me not to face you unless I have to ever again,” he joked to the large bronzerider while offering him a hand up.
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Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:25 am

A'ric had been warming up, and chance had made him look up and see his friend Carrot. They had met not to long ago, and had seemed to hit it off quiet well, just as D'ran had said they would. It seemed strange to him that D'ran had known that, but he wasn't really one to question things like that. It was nice to have another friend that he could count on. He liked meeting people, especially when they turned out to be friends. He knew he needed some friends here, and it seemed he was making more than he thought he would. That was always a good thing. He quickly waved to her, giving her a smile. If he saw her after his match, he would make sure he went to talk to her.

His name was called, and he went to the circle and saw none other than the Pewter riding male, Aniday. He didn't actually know the man per say, but everyone knew of him, and he had seen him a time or two. Their battle commenced and A'ric let himself focus on just solely that. He didn't need to let his concentration waiver. If he did that, he would surely lose the battle.

Aniday put up a battle and A'ric was hard pressed for the win. He gave him a small smile as the two shook hands and said, "Thank you as was a good match.." As Aniday walked away, the bronze rider went to get a drink before his next match started.
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Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:34 pm

Tag ~ Aniday and Ar'vis
Eavan's eyes watched both of the men that held a measure of importance to her. Ar'vis, however, received a bit more attention. He was the one she was having an affair with and those feelings of want and desire were stronger than the feelings of a more lasting love she shared with Aniday. Yes...she did love her weyrmate for how could she not? He was the father of her daughter, a caring and kind man, but...he lacked the danger and excitement that Ar'vis had. The logical of her said that she should be happy with the loyal and lasting relationship she shared with Aniday. He was good to her, would never betray her, and loved her. Apparently and shamefully that wasn't enough for Eavan. She cheered him on, none the less, as he went against another man that seemed just as equally capable. However, today would prove to be on neither of her men's sides. Aniday lost to A'ric and Ar'vis lost to Mul'rec. Perhaps Eavan would be able to...cheer him up later.

"I gave it a shot,"

"It's alright, Aniday. You did your best." Eavan said as she smiled wildly at the smith. She knew her weyrmate was more of a gentle soul anyways. The blond haired woman pulled him down to place a kiss on his cheek. It was while she was doing this that she noticed the smirk and wink that Mul'rec gave to her. Did he know about her and Ar'vis? She know she hadn't told a soul and she was rather sure that Ar'vis hadn't told anyone either. He couldn't know. Eavan merely gave him a hard look back that didn't dispute what he was implying nor did it confirm it. "Come on, let's go get something to eat. I'm hungry." She said to Aniday before rolling away.
Tag ~ Mul'rec and V'an
Sid was paying attention to the people that were preparing to fight and didn't notice his dear friend coming up to sit next to him until he heard his named called out. "Hey there, V'an. Great to see you." He said with a wide smile as he gave the brownrider a pat on the back. While he always loved seeing his friend, the dark memories couldn't help but threaten to evade his mind. He was sure it was the same for V'an. Sid'nis couldn't stop the wave of guilt that washed over him each time he saw V'an though. While he'd been conniving enough to keep the brownrider from being the piece to Kerberos's sick puzzle, he couldn't save him from the grievous wound he'd had to mar on the man's torso. While he knew that V'an didn't blame him for that...Sid would always feel horrible.

Since Sid'nis had been sold off before Locke got there, he had no idea what had happened to V'an. He'd heard the basics of how they had gotten out, that it was because of Locke that V'an was free, but the details were unsaid. Sid wasn't sure if he wished to know the details of their escape, though he was grateful to Locke for rescuing his friend. Mainly it was the other prisoners that he was worried about. He'd been worried about them ever since he last saw them. Had they lived? Were they killed? Did they die because of what he'd been forced to do to them? Sid had a feeling he was better off not knowing.

"You think Mul'rec will win?"

Sid chuckled to keep himself from immediately saying 'yes'. "I think he's got a better chance than some." He said, trying to keep his voice schooled. The fights began and the bluerider sat on the edge of his seat when Ar'vis and Mul'rec began to spar. Sid couldn't help the flare of anger that welled in his chest as the bronzerider took his cheap shot, but he was glad that Mul'rec was the bigger man about it. Little did he know that the punch wasn't totally unprovoked. A large grin spread on his face as Mul'rec came out the victor of their match. "What did I say?" Sid asked V'an in a teasing voice. Bright blue eyes watched as Mul'rec made his way over to them.

"Did you enjoy yourself? Ah! V'an!" he patted the man's knee. "Good to see you about again."

A light blush threatened to cover his cheeks at the man's words. Thankfully, the sight of V'an distracted him long enough so Sid could pull himself together a little. "I always enjoy watching you." As soon as the words were out of his mouth he could have kicked himself. So much for pulling himself together. The bluerider cleared his throat and looked every where else for a moment. "You did an amazing job, I thought. That sucker punch was completely unfair though. I'm glad you managed to get the upper hand. Not that I ever doubted your prowess." Sid said to his friend with a crooked smile.
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Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:05 am

Tag: K'din

Of all the people he could have been paired with for the first round, R'sin found himself squaring off against Atricis' current Weyrleader, K'din. At first R'sin wasn't quite sure what to make of that. K'din was not as tall or heavy in build as R'sin...yet that could easily be an advantage if K'din knew how to use it. He would not make the mistake of underestimating his opponent.

It was a good thing too, for K'din definitely knew how to turn disadvantage to advantage. The initial quip was ignored in favor of focusing on the fight. Yet despite his best efforts, his training and experience as a guard and dragonrider, his constant practice and exercise, R'sin found he could not pin the smaller man down. In fact, when the fight ended he was the one on his back, much to his shame. Not that K'din had gotten an easy win, but the fact he won at all told R'sin he needed more work. At least this had been a good test and good experience...and if he had to lose in the first round at least it was to a worthy opponent.

He snorted at K'din's joke before taking the hand that was held out to him. Although K'din meant to help him to his feet R'sin braced as much of his weight as he could himself before standing. They were both tired after such an intense match but K'din was the one that had more fighting ahead. R'sin could rest before he went back to training and so he spared the other man what effort he could. "On the contrary," R'sin drawled, "I look forward to the next match and learning more from you. You'd better stay sharp until then!" With that R'sin smirked and left the ring, intending to watch the rest of the matches and learn what he could from the sidelines.
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Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:01 am

(Apologies for the long pause between rounds, the competitions are continuing once more. Due to an uneven number of combatants for the second round, an NPC was included in the pair-up randomizations)
Round 2 Pairs
A'ric x NPC
K'din x Mul'rec

Round 2 Winners
A'ric vs. NPC
Winner: A'ric

K'din vs. Mul'rec
Winner: K'din

The next round will be the final round. Good luck!
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Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:06 pm

A'ric took a deep, calming breath as they called him back into the ring. He honestly had not expected to make it this far in the competition. He was younger than many of these other men, and had less experience. While he was shocked, he was pleased with the outcome. As he walked closer to the ring, he could feel the butterflies begin again in his stomach. If he made it past this round, he would be in the finals. He took another calming breath, eyes looking at his opponent. He did seem to be a bit bigger than him, but A'ric wasn't exactly worried about it. He had faced people bigger than him before.

The battle was not easily won. There were a few times when A'ric thought he might get pinned, but he always seemed to manage to get out of it. After all was said and done, and with a bunch of new bruises and a bloody lip, A'ric came out the victor. He shook the man's hand, trying to catch his breath. He then went to get yet another drink, and await the next fight.
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Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:50 am

K'din vs A'ric
Winner: A'ric