Cage Match 2010, Round 2: 7) Temeraire versus 10) Polgara the Sorceress



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Celestial Dragon
Age: 5
Race: Celestial dragon
Weapons / Artifacts: Talons, teeth
Special Attack: The divine wind

Polgara the Sorceress
Disciple of Aldur
Age: 3000 (or so–it’s impolite to ask a lady her age)
Race: Human
Weapons / Artifacts: Her fierce glare
Special Attack: The Will and the Word

  • Can hover in flight. Did you get that? Can fly.
  • Ability to learn languages quickly
  • Is large enough to carry a crew of dozens

  • One of the most powerful sorcerers in the world, her mastery of the Will and The Word makes her virtually a demigod
  • A Disciple of Aldur–the gods have her back
  • An amazing cook

  • Will risk anything to protect his captain, Will Laurence

  • Reed Richards called and he wants his hair back

  • Haplo (It’s a dog-eat-dog world)

  • Anita Blake (She went down for the last time)
How we think the fight will go

Rocks and uprooted trees litter the battlefield. Hillsides have been torn from the earth and scattered amongst still-burning wildfires, and the very cliff walls of the valley that form the boundaries of the fighting pit are crumbling, beginning an avalanche. Temeraire roars as he darts under an overhang moments before it gives way, nearly crushing his wing. On the ground below, Polgara is sweating, her lavender eyes bright, as a boulder hurtles toward her with terrifying speed–and then, with a wave of her hand, bounces away just as quickly.

“What are you?” she yells. Temeraire’s only answer is a sudden dive. Polgara’s never seen a dragon move so fast. She throws up a wall of tree trunks as makeshift spears only seconds before the dragon would have flattened her in the dirt and throws herself to the ground, waiting to feel the reverberating impact of scales on wood. But Temeraire is too smart for that: he’s swept over the wall and picked up the stakes with his claws, and is now circling around for another dive. Polgara’s drained beyond belief. If only dragons weren’t immune to the Will and the Word, she thinks desperately. She doesn’t know if she can survive another assault.

But the sorceress stands her ground as Temeraire begins his approach. “Shall I send you back to Torak?” she says, shaking, trying to buy time.

“Torak?” Temeraire narrows his eyes. “What language is that?” He hesitates, confused.

Polgara’s jaw drops. A dragon who’s never heard of Torak?

“I guess you’re not immune after all,” she says, and summons the final measure of her will. She waves a hand through the air between them.

The dragon is gone. Polgara steps gingerly over the fallen trees to their center, where a tiny black kitten looks up at her with frightened, intelligent eyes.

“For what it’s worth,” she says, as she picks up the kitten, “I rather liked you.” The kitten bites her. “Ow!” she says. She wags a finger at the animal. “I wouldn’t if I were you,” she says, and her other hand descends…

Predicted Winner: Polgara

( Temeraire is a character from Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series; Polgara is a character from David Eddings’ Belgariad series and other Eddings books.)

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