Cage Match 2011: Pug versus Quick Ben


The Contestants


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Age: In his 80s, but since he ages more slowly than normal humans, he is physically still in his 30s
Race: Human
Weapons / Artifacts: Old magic; new magic; dragon magic

Ben Adaephon Delat
Quick Ben
Age: Indeterminate
Race: Human
Weapons / Artifacts: Body contains twelve souls; magic
Special attack? Try special attacks. As a master of twelve warrens of magic, Ben can bring the pain in dozens of ways.

The Breakdown


  • Magic
  • Uh, magic
  • Did we mention he’s really good at magic?

  • Genius-level intelligence
  • Can access seven of his twelve warrens of magic at the same time
  • Combat-experienced, unlikely to shy away from a fight

  • Underestimates the power of simple warriors, as evidenced by how he constantly says, “So you really don’t want to learn magic? Really?” to his soldier son

  • Like in an interview, we think he’d answer this by saying “My only disadvantage is that I’m perhaps a bit too powerful.”

  • Druss
    At least he didn’t blow up your planet

How we think the fight will go

The two powerful magicians had no desire to end the world, which they knew a fight between them could certainly cause. And yet they also had a strange compulsion to test each other. Whether it was the summons they had received or their own natural proclivities, a contest between Pug and Quick Ben had to happen…

“…twice, three…shoot!”

The two voices mirrored each other, and with “shoot!” their hands sprang forth. Pug looked triumphant with his fist held in front of him. But his face fell as Quick Ben’s dark hand was held out flat, palm down.

“Paper covers rock,” he said, smiling.

“Damn!” Pug shook his head and rolled his shoulders, regaining his composure.

“Ready?” Quick asked.

“You know it.”

Together, they chanted: “Once, twice, three…shoot!”

Two scissors.

“Once, twice, three…shoot!”

“Yes!” His two fingers pointing at Quick, Pug was excited to see the High Mage once again holding his hand palm down. “One to one.”

Quick nodded.

“Once, twice, three…shoot!”

Pug’s smile broadened, as his rock smashed into Quick Ben’s scissors. He looked into his oppenents eyes. “Two to one.”

“Once, twice, three…shoot!”

Paper and paper.

“Once, twice, three…shoot!”

Rock and rock.

“Once, twice, three…shoot!”

Now it was Quick Ben’s turn to smile, as he smoothly covered Pug’s fist with his hand. “Next one wins.”

Pug nodded.

“Once, twice, three…shoot!”

Pug’s shoulders slumped, and he turned away. Walking out of the stadium, the image of Quick Ben’s scissors cutting into his paper would forever haunt him.


Note: As much as we would have wanted to be fully conversant in these two series, unfortunately that just wasn’t the case. It’s one of the reasons we wanted to include these characters, though—to expose readers (like ourselves) to works and authors we haven’t explored yet.

As such, we didn’t want to put up a match that once again angered you (although we’re pretty sure this is going to anger some of you), and what we encourage you to do is—if you have a better idea of how the fight would go—post it in the comments. If one blows us away, we’ll put it up here on the main write-up.


Predicted Winner: Quick Ben


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Pug is a character from the Riftwar Saga series by Raymond E. Feist; Quick Ben is a character from the The Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson.

Pug image courtesy of Brett Booth and Marvel. Quick Ben image courtesy of Michael Komarck