Cage Match 2012: Round 2: Moiraine Damodred versus The Dagda Mor


The Contestants


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Moiraine Damodred
Aes Sedai of The Blue Ajah
Age: 44
Race: Human (Aes Sedai)
Weapons / Artifacts: The One Power – Sai Dar; Angreal to boost her power

The Dagda Mor
King of the Demons
Age: Ageless
Race: Demon
Weapons / Artifacts: Staff of Power
He asks “Are you a demon?”, then goes demon all over you when you answer “no”

The Breakdown


  • Strong in the One Power—a veritable demigod amongst men
  • Battle-tested veteran
  • A woman (and therefore underestimated, because let’s face it: SF/F women often get a bum rap)

  • King of the Demons
  • King of the Demons
  • Did we mention he’s the King of the Demons?

  • Obsessive about her life’s mission, to the point that she’s willing to risk unraveling the fabric of space-time to achieve it.

  • Unlike Blue Oyster Cult, he fears the Reaper

  • Tarzan
    Del Rey editor Frank is crying right now

  • Raylene Pendle
    The undead can die

How we think the fight will go

The vicious sound of her Warder locked in battle with the Demon clawed at her, but Moiraine could not waste a thought for Lan, no matter his peril. The Dagda Mor dropped from the sky, and Moiraine caught a bat-shaped beast winging away into the dark night. Even hunched, the Demon towered over the diminutive Aes Sedai. Tufts of green hair, like saw-grass, sprouted over its entire body. In its hands was a long, gnarled staff, the end glowing green as magic coursed between the Demon and the shaft.

Moiraine wore a brocaded blue silk dress, horizontal slashes of alternating blue and white crossing her chest, and a black belt circling her waist. On her feet were high-calfed leather boots and gossamer stockings, made from Shara’s finest silk. Over all this, she wore a dark blue cloak trimmed in white, too light for travel, but so perfectly fitted that it gave the Aes Sedia a regal look, hinting at her noble Cairhienen background. The hood of her cloak was drawn up, so that the only hint of life in the shadowed recesses was the sparkle of her eyes and the glint of light caught in the small blue stone that sat suspended on her forehead by a silver chain.

“Can we get on with this?” the Dagda Mor growled. Moiraine’s eyes snapped up from admiring her outfit, startled from her reverie by the Demon’s words.

“Well?” it said.

Opening herself to the True Source, and letting its intoxicating sweetness envelop her, Moiraine wove threads of fire and air, igniting the dust in the air around the Dagda Mor. With a deafening roar, flames engulfed the demon. Moiraine raised a hand to shield her eyes from the sudden brightness. But, the Demon launched from the fiery plume, the fringes of his black cloak smoldering, Staff of Power held before it, glowing green. Moiraine dropped a coin behind her. Flaring steel, she pushed against the small piece of metal and launched into the ai—

Wait, no, wrong series.

Green fire blasted from the Dagda Mor’s upraised staff. Moiraine wove a hardened wall of air in front of herself, deflecting the blast and further attacks by the Demon. She tied off the weave, leaving the invisible wall hanging in mid-air. A small ring of hardened air formed in each of her hands, which she launched at the Dagda Mor, unraveling the wall to let them pass through. Razor-sharp, the discs sliced through the Demon’s cloak, drawing a blood-curdling howl. Again it raised its Staff of Power and shot forth a stream of fiery green magic with enough power to incinerate a building.

Weaving air, fire, and spirit, Moiraine shielded herself from the initial blast, but the Dagda Mor did not relent, the magic pouring from its staff growing more powerful as Moiraine showed her first sign of weakness. Drained by her initial fiery attack, Moiraine drew more and more of the power, focusing her will through the small stone on her forehead. The Demon’s attack continued unabated. Lost in the fury of the attack, the sound of the blue stone shattering went unnoticed.

Her power waning, and desperation threatening to overwhelm her, Moiraine summoned the last of her strength, drawing in so much of the True Source that she feared being lost in its euphoric embrace. Brilliant white light leaped from her hands, shearing through her shield, the green flame, and the Dagda Mor. For just a moment, she could see fear and surprise in the Demon’s black eyes, then it was gone, disappeared as thought it had never existed.

From the shadows limped her Warder, one arm hanging loose at his side. His stony face showed no surprise at Moiraine’s use of balefire, but the slightest crinkle of concern edged his eyes as she collapsed to the ground, exhausted. Lan picked up the small Aes Sedai, cradling her in his strong arms. As he walked off into the night, moonlight caught the small blue gem on her forehead just right, and the gem twinkled like a star.

Special thanks to Aidan Moher from A Dribble of Ink, who contributed to this Cage Match

Predicted Winner: Moiraine Damodred


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Moiraine Damodred is a character from the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan; The Dagda Mor is a character from the Shannara series by Terry Brooks

Moiraine image courtesy of Jason Chan and Tor Books. The Dagda Mor image courtesy of Del Rey Books

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