Cage Match 2011: Katniss Everdeen versus Martin the Warrior


The Contestants

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Katniss Everdeen
The Girl on Fire
Age: 16
Race: Human
Weapons / Artifacts: Bow and arrow; political speech-making
Explosive arrows…dipped in pangs of guilt

Martin the Warrior
Savior of Mossflower Woods
Age: Unknown
Race: Mouse
Weapons / Artifacts: Sword of Martin (forged from a meteorite)
You underestimate him…and then he kills you

The Breakdown


  • Expert hunting and trapping instincts
  • Ability to have teen boys pledge undying devotion to her
  • Has killed before

  • A skilled warrior
  • One of the bravest beings, ever
  • Has faced and defeated numerous opponents much bigger than him

  • Inability to correctly gauge others’ agendas

  • Well, he is a mouse


How we think the fight will go

Katniss Everdeen was at a loss:

How the hell do I fight a mouse?

When she had first heard of the match-up, she couldn’t believe her ears. And yet there he stood. A mouse.

With a sword.

“Good day to you, maiden,” the mouse called out, hiss voice surprisingly strong. “Well met.” He bowed. “I am known as Martin.”

“Uh, hi. I’m Katniss”

“I know. I also know you have taken to the eating of meat.”


“Meat,” he persisted. “You have slain my brethren and my countrymen to fill your stomach.”

“Only to survive,” she said, anger creeping into her voice. “My family was starving—surely you know something about that?”

His eyes got sad. “I know something of hunger, yes. But I can’t allow murder. I won’t sit by while you destroy everything I’ve fought for.” He looked at her intensely. “Don’t pretend to be something you’re not…Kat.”

She looked at the mouse, wondering what he thought he could do against her. Not that she underestimated him—she had seen enough dangerous animals to know she couldn’t take him for granted. And yet, still—a mouse.

He charged, his tiny legs churning through the sand of the arena. The crowd watched in glee as the two combatants began their battle. As Martin got closer, Katniss raised her right foot, hoping to end the fight quickly with a heave stomp. But at the last second he spun out of her foot’s shadow, and getting behind her, made a vicious slice across the back of her left heel.

Right through her Achilles’ tendon.

Screaming out in pain, she fell over. She recovered quickly, though, jumpimg up on her good leg. Which is when she felt something…

Tiny feet crawling up her pant leg.

Correction, in her pant leg.

When Martin’s sword pierced the back of her thigh, she let out another scream. She reached to grab her leg, but twisting put too much weight on her injured heel and she feel on her side. Frantically she pounded on her pants where the mouse had been, but the warrior somehow sensed her attacks and nimbly dodged them, all the while sawing his blade in and out of her flesh.

Her blows failing, Katniss rolled over with hopes of crushing the mouse, but again he anticipated this, and ran the circumference of her leg until he was on top of her thigh.

Without hesitation, he hacked into the inside of her thigh. In moments, he was standing in pool of her blood, his sword having severed the girl’s femoral artery in numerous places.

Her panicked hand still sought out the mouse, but it’s attempts grew feebler and feebler as the life drained out through her wounds.

Finally she became still.

Cutting his way through the cloth of her pants, Martin emerged, his fur matted in blood. Making his way up her torso, he reached her head. Climbing up her chin, he walked across her face until he could look into her big, staring eyes.

Somberly, he said a small prayer. Then, turning to the crowd, he raised up his sword.


The crowd thundered its approval.

Predicted Winner: Martin the Warrior


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Katniss Everdeen is a character from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins; Martin the Warrior is a character from the Redwall series by Brian Jacques

Katniss Everdeen image courtesy of *Ratgirlstudios. Martin image courtesy of *oogiboogi.