Cage Match 2012: Round 2: Havemercy versus Jardir


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Magical mechanical dragon
Age: 15 years old (that’s when she was built)
Race: Mechanical dragon
Weapons / Artifacts: Claws; teeth; tail
Fire breath weapon

Shar’Dama Ka – The Deliverer
Age: Early 30s
Race: Human
Weapons / Artifacts: Spear of Kaji, which can pierce anything

The Breakdown


  • She’s a freakin’ dragon. She’s a dragon with a breath weapon
  • She’s made of metal. None of those sissy organic scales
  • M-E-T-A-L D-R-A-G-O-N

  • Superior martial arts abilities honed by years of battling demons
  • Warded against magical fire
  • Brute strength and skill with a spear to keep enemies at bay


  • A little “old fashioned” when it comes to the ladies


How we think the fight will go

The landscape was flat, featureless, unless one counted distant rolling dunes and the sparse dotting of cacti and desert life that seemed almost haphazard. Havemercy crouched, her tail curled around her, steam beating staccato from her nostrils, her keen eyes intent. The gentle sirocco that stirred the sand no more caught her attention than the desert flies that buzzed over head. The sun was bright, but not hot, as though the entire desert was merely an illusion. Havemercy caught a scent and she tensed, a tiny tendril of smoke curled upward, as her teeth and fangs bared. If she’d had lips like a human, she’d have gone from a sneer to an eager smile. They wanted her to fight? She would fight.

The desert winds stirred the sand as Jardir moved. He pulled the cloth at his throat up over his mouth and nose, and tugged a similar piece down over his forehead until only his eyes showed, dark slits that were honed on anything and everything. The Spear of Kaji was held firm in his hand as he moved, staying low. The spear, though full of wards, required demon magic to use, magic that did not function as well as it should. He’d relied on his fighting skills his last battle in a strange place, and would do so again if needed. A few flies buzzed lazily overhead with no purpose, no direction. Jardir took that to mean there was nothing dead nearby, no carrion, nothing that would attract a horde of them. But that didn’t mean there wasn’t something alive, just waiting.

Another man, Havemercy decided, a small gout of flame shooting out as she snorted. Was she to simply fight men who didn’t ride upon beasts? Not even fight the beasts themselves? Perhaps this one would be less of a disappointment. The little cindy she’d already crushed was hardly much of a fighter at all. Perhaps now, she’d fight a warrior.

Jardir saw the flash of flame before he heard the sound that accompanied it, a low sound that echoed in a strange way. It took him only moments to discover its source. Before him crouched a beast, large and dark, and made from…metal? What kind of demon was this? He fought strange creatures before, but he was used to beings of flesh and blood. This one was unlike anything he’d seen before. He gripped his spear, playing over a complicated sharukin in his mind even as he eyed the beast to try to learn its strengths and weaknesses. All the better to fight it.

Havemercy impatiently awaited her opponent, metallic scales rustling as she shifted. She saw him fall into a stance, saw him appraise her, and without waiting, she belched a gout of flame and took to the air. She’d learn her lesson with the last one; he’d been deft enough to climb onto her back, but so long as she had kept him at bay, victory was in sight. The same could work here. Powerful wings held her aloft, and she surveyed beneath her as she rose.

Jardir hadn’t expected the blast of flame, but he managed to quickly tuck and roll, coming up onto his feet with ease, a goodly distance from where he’d been. The beast was in the air now, and while it was close enough to heave his spear at and strike true, he had little intention of simply throwing away his weapon. If only the wards of the spear worked as they should, as he expected them to in his own world, he would have that needed edge.

He dodged another gout of flame and reached for the knife he’d taken from his last opponent. Perhaps its blade could cut this beast’s skin.

Havemercy snorted again. A knife and a pointy stick. Was that what he’d brought to fight? At least the cindy she’d fought had had a sword, for all the good it had done him. Truly it had been little more than a knitting needle to Havemercy’s eyes. She arced upward and then dove, spiraling flame as she went. She fought as though Rook still flew on her back; it was the only way she truly knew. She followed the flame down and swerved up again, lashing out at the figure on the ground with a tail-whip. He’d dodged the flames…and rolled right into her tail. The resounding force from it sent him tumbling end over end, though he managed to roll back to his feet again.

Havemercy repeated the attack, but this time as her tail came in, Jardir slashed upward with the knife, and faster than she thought possible, spun and plunged the spear into her tail, pinning it to the sand. He dropped into a warrior stance, as another gout of flame burst forth. This time though the fire was aimed skyward, a cry of pain. However the metal dragon didn’t stop moving. Close to the ground now, she slashed with claws, snapped with jaws, managing to catch Jardir as he moved to attack again.

Claws clashed with the knife, and powerful metal jaws sank into flesh. Havmercy sent him tumbling in the dust once more and, ignoring the pain of it, wrenched her tail free and took back to the skies. The spear dangled in her tail until she whipped the appendage hard, setting the weapon free…and flying across the desert.

One weapon down.

Her eyes gleaming with the same fires she breathed, Havemercy spun downward again as the warrior took up his stance. He prepared for more flame but she did not oblige. Instead she attacked again with claws and jaws, rending and biting. He was strong, certainly, but one man against a dragon not made of flesh—a strength contest wasn’t a long one. One claw pierced Jardir’s leg even as the knife slid between metal scales. Havemercy wrapped her other claw around the warrior, keeping him close.

Then, she gave him the fire he was no longer prepared for. Were the sand beneath them real, not an illusion, Havemercy would have left a fresh and perfect patch of glass. Instead, she left behind a burned body, scraps of cloth, and an overheated knife.

Michelle Forde contributed to this Cage Match

Predicted Winner: Havemercy


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Havemercy is a character from the Havemercy series by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett; Jardir is a character from the Demon Cycle series by Peter V. Brett

Havemercy image courtesy of Stephen Youll and Spectra Books. Jardir image courtesy of Larry Rostant and Del Rey Books

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  • Meg

    I love Have’s attitude so much. By that alone she wins.

  • Trickster

    Jardir is warded against fire and has a spear that can pierce anything… :p

  • Kvothe_the_Bloodless

    This matchup is kinda dumb. I’m voting for Jardir simply because I think he’ll be more interesting in future matches. But a metal dragon versus a desert warrior without magic? I know Suvudu wants to include a wide variety of characters but I’m not sure that Havemercy fits in all that well…

  • Ricky

    Jadir’s warded against magical fire, but Havemercy’s fire is technological (as far as I know). She may have been created partially by magic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she uses magic. Even if it was, she’s one of the dragons built to be a jack-of-all-trades type. She has agility and brute strength behind her as well. Losing fire wouldn’t be as much a problem as it would be if this were Cassiopeia (one can assume).

    The spear might be problematic, but this is where Havemercy being mechanical and not flesh would come in handy. Just because one of her, say, legs was disabled because of a well-placed jab doesn’t mean she’s going to go down. It wouldn’t likely affect her as it would a flesh-and-blood being (where losing a limb is highly debilitating because, hey, BLOOD EVERYWHERE). That’s assuming Jadir would even know where to strike to disable a machine like Havemercy rather than a flesh dragon. It might ground her, but part of her build-type is being able to tear people apart with her claws and teeth and size. Her mobility would be affected, but…

    Jadir sounds badass, but I don’t see him having much luck in this fight.

  • Nick

    the spear can pierce any demon. Thats what it was made for not giant mechanical dragons. Plus his wards are once again meant for demons not giant mechanical dragons.

  • Nick

    I’m for HAVEMERCY! Jardir may have a spear, but he doesn’t have the heart and soul that Have has.

  • D.I. Waisanen

    I think that Jardir has just met a monster that he won’t be able to slay. Without the advantage of his anti-demon defenses working on her, he won’t be a viable means to seriously inflict damage on Havemercy.

  • Daniel Gray

    Jardir’s been fighting the Alagai’sharak for the whole of his hard life. Consider the range of demons he’s faced – the flying air demons, spitting fire demons and eventually even the heavily-armoured rock demons. And all this before he learned the offensive wardings. Hell, he never even liked using the defensive ones, and he’s unlikely to have let the Spear of Kaji soften him any.
    Sharusahk has taught him to find the most minute flaws in any enemies defence, and it’s honed him into a fighter who won’t even wince when his bones are broken. If he sees a way to gain an advantageous position, he’ll take it – even if it means sustaining incredibly heavy injuries.

  • FergusFern

    Havemercy is stupid (including the name), what a dumb match. Jardir for sure … who cares about a lame metal dragon? I hope jardir throws a spear through that hunk of tin.

  • James

    Havemercy stupid ? Are you kidding me ? Have you read the book ? She would use spears as toothpicks to clean her teeth of what’s left of Jardir….GO HAVEMERCY !!!

  • FergusFern

    No I am not kidding you James, I think Havemercy is terribly irritating(yes, I have read the book).. the big bad cliche dragon will be taken down by Jardir (who is not a machine) Havemercy would be the equivalent of fighting the wards themselves. Possibly he could get his spear in one of the gears haha ,BEAT THAT PIECE OF SCRAP METAL JARDIR!!!

  • Jayfring

    Well Fergus inane comments like yours just gave my vote to Havemercy, I have not read either book, but you tipped the scales for me.

  • JOE

    SHUCKS! I wanted to see Moiraine pwn the big metal dragon… 🙁

  • Joel

    It seems like everyone has forgotten that Jardir heals any wound nearly instantly…
    That being said….ARLEN!

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