Cage Match 2012: Round 2: Anomander Rake versus Ferro Maljinn


The Contestants


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Anomander Rake
Son of Darkness, Knight of High House Dark, Mane of Chaos, Blacksword
Age: Three hundred thousand years, give or take a century
Race: Tiste Andii
Weapons / Artifacts: Dragnipur, the night-bladed sword containing the Gate of Darkness
A metric Warren-load of magic

Ferro Maljinn
Ex-slave; Fearsome Warrior

Age: Mid 20s
Race: Human (with a bit of demon blood)
Weapons / Artifacts: Bow & arrow; daggers…or anything she can get her hands on
Enacts revenge all over you

The Breakdown


  • Combat experience stretching back longer than most religions
  • Ability to shape-shift into a dragon
  • Moon’s Spawn, a floating fortress

  • Street smart and cunning
  • Aces with a bow & arrow
  • Channels her anger into ferocious fighting ability

  • We’re guessing boredom at having to face such weak characters

  • Doesn’t always realize there are things other than revenge


How we think the fight will go

Ferro was rarely impressed. Magic, battles, wealth—it meant nothing to her.

Survival. Revenge. These were things that were important to her. In all her life, only two things had impressed her. The first was the slave-chains that had trapped her. The second was a man with nine fingers.

Standing in this arena, a third presented itself.

Anomander Rake.

Try as she might, there was nothing that even remotely led to a victory here. Her arrows, deadly as they were on mortal foes, would find no purchase in his body. Her close-quarter skills were indeed fearsome, and yet the way he handled his sword—so competently, almost neglectfully…well, she wasn’t stupid. She knew a warrior-born, and this was a warrior-born and then some.

And then there was the power.

It radiated off of him. Maybe not actually, but there is something about being amongst those with power. It might not scare her—really, nothing scared her, and she’d slice off the balls of anyone who said differently—but it didn’t mean she couldn’t feel its effects.

Rake felt of power, great and awful and beautiful, in a way that put even Bayaz to shame. Maybe it was the demon blood in her, but she could even see that he was different—something more than just an imposing man. He was…almost animal.

To fight him, here and now—it meant failure. She was as certain of that she was that the Ghurkish needed to die. And she was certain that to engage with this man would mean any hopes of doing what she had promised herself would be over. Ferro would die if she attacked, and she wasn’t ready to die. Again, it wasn’t that she was scared. She spit on the ground at that thought. No, she just had things to do.

She felt Rake did too.

Lowering her bow, she nodded, ever-so-slightly, to him.

His eyes widened just enough for Ferro to realize her message had gotten through. It wasn’t fear or amusement or surprise. Just acknowledgment.

Rake nodded back.

Ferro dropped her weapons to the ground, and walked to the door she had emerged from. The crowds boos covered her, but she couldn’t give a shit about them. Her and Rake could have fought, and it would have been a sight to behold, a swirling, dusty dance of blades and grace and ferocity—enough to slake their bloodlust and their need for satisfaction. They wanted blood. She gave them disappointment. And yet it didn’t concern her at all, because the only disappointment she cared about was that of any Ghurkish man that saw his life flash before his eyes while her knife flashed into his chest. She walked on, and didn’t look back at Rake. What was the point?

This wasn’t real. This was a game. She didn’t have time for games. She didn’t care that she “lost.”

Once she had gotten her revenge on the Ghurkal—had shoved his own leprous cock into his own mouth—her life’s work would be complete. Then she might return.

Then the people at Unbound Worlds had better worry.

Predicted Winner: Anomander Rake


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Anomander Rake is a character from the The Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson; Ferro Maljinn is a character from the First Law series by Joe Abercrombie

Rake image courtesy of Michael Komarck and Subterranean Press. Ferro image courtesy of Pyr Books

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