Rings of Honor

Rings of Honor
Barons of New Haven
♦ Founded: May 26th, 1998
♦ Original Name: Ring of the 13th
♦ Original Baron: Leo Pride
♦ Manor Home: Old English Manor   (map)
♦ Squire Weapon: White Rapier

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Reign Summaries


Duelist Name Reign Dates Days Held Defenses
Rachael Blackthorne 2016/11/27 - present 184 1
(vacant) 2016-11-15 - 2016/11/27 12 0
Hope Naharis 2016/05/21 - 2016-11-15 178 1
(vacant) 2016/04/14 - 2016/05/21 37 0
Andrea "Apple" Anderson 2015/09/27 - 2016/04/14 200 1
G'nort Dragoon Talanador 2015/09/03 - 2015/09/27 24 0
Jackson Gray 2015/07/17 - 2015/09/03 48 0
Melanie Rostol 2015/04/13 - 2015/07/17 95 0
Rena A Cronin 2015/03/03 - 2015/04/13 41 0
Charlie Nine 2015/01/26 - 2015/03/03 36 0
Jake Thrash 2013/07/12 - 2015/01/26 563 4
Joku Shoyia 2013/04/08 - 2013/07/12 95 0
Terry King 2013/03/24 - 2013/04/08 15 0
Kheldar Drasinia 2012/06/14 - 2013/03/24 283 1
Tarl Cabot 2011/05/27 - 2012/06/14 384 1
Deathlord 2009/12/04 - 2011/05/27 539 5
Tormay Eludes 2009/07/22 - 2009/12/04 135 1
Aya Hayashibara 2008/03/04 - 2009/07/22 505 2
Rand al'Tan 2007/11/04 - 2008/03/04 121 1
Kheldar Drasinia 2007/03/11 - 2007/11/04 238 0
Lorance Sneggle 2007/02/07 - 2007/03/11 32 0
Cassius Gaius Maximius 2006/06/20 - 2007/02/07 232 0
Rakeesh Sah Tarna 2006/03/31 - 2006/06/20 81 1
Skyler Jackson Chamberland 2006/01/22 - 2006/03/31 68 0
Cassius Gaius Maximius 2005/06/08 - 2006/01/22 228 1

Rachael Blackthorne (2016/11/27 - present)
After being championed twice by Vael, the New Haven ring was placed into the 2016 Fall Warlord Tournament. The tournament saw only four participants compete for the two prizes. Rachael won through the winner's bracket, defeating Rand and Nayun and then met up with Kalamere who recovered from a round one loss and advanced to the final from the loser's bracket. Rachael needed to win just one of two attempts against the shady elf and gave him the first in a 5-2 score. The second duel was close, tied at 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3. Rachael sidestepped a parry in the 6th to take the lead though and then sealed the win with dual thrusts in the 7th. As her prize Rachael chose the barony of New Haven, leaving Kalamere with the Overlord challenge right. (link)

Rachael's first challenge came from venerable warlord, Vince Smith. Vinny had been coaxed back to the Arena to join in on the annual Madness tournament, but once knocked out decided to take a title shot. Empress Overlady, Jewell Ravenlock, stepped in on the challenge to defend her loyal baroness. Rather thank facing Vinny in the Test of Wortiness, however, Jewell found herself in the ring with Lirssa al Amat, Old Market's renegade baroness deciding to take up Vinny's cause in the Right to Challenge. Lirssa was on her game and took the duel 5-2 in 7 rounds to preserve Vinny's shot at Rachael. Rachael took to the ring with a banner of black and gold, naming her husband Ian as her lord of honor and Andu Kirost as he second. Vinny's banner was red and black and he called no honors beyond Lirssa as his second. The duel was close through the first 10 rounds, the pair either tied or with Vinny holding a small lead. In the 11th, the baroness sidestepped a thrust to take her first lead of the night, going up 4-3.5. In the very next round she landed a cut below Vinny's parry to complete the defense. (link)


(vacant) (2016-11-15 - 2016/11/27)
With the barony vacant, yet still subject to a queue of challenge, senior baroness Vaeluthil Whitevale of Seaside was called upon to act as champion. The first in queue was Myria Graziano. Vael had already established herself as a reliable champion when she had defended the Overlordship from Hope a couple month's prior. The title was different this time around, but the results were not. In a single duel contest, Vael sent Myria packing with a 5-3, 8 round victory. In a duel to benefit charity thanks to Hope, Myria and Overlord Jewell, the community made out pretty well! (link)

The second in queue was Andu Kirost who had earned his challenge as part of the 2016 Trick or Treat challenge event. Andu's first ever arena challenge had triggered a technicality in the rules which saw the barony vacated and needing a champion in the first place. Vael chose to fight the queue back to back and met Andu is a winner take all single match shortly after having defeated Myria. The fight started slow and saw Andu drawing first blood in the 2nd with a thrust to beat the baroness's low cut. Vael tied it back up in the 3rd with a cut the opposite way and then began her run in the 5th. With four rounds of straight scoring, Vael once again proved the successful champion and completed a 5-1, 8 round win. This would leave the ring vacant until the next tournament of warlords. (link)


Hope Naharis (2016/05/21 - 2016-11-15)
Two baronies were available in the Warlord Tournament held for the Spring of 2016; New Haven and Old Temple. With a field of 10 warlords, Hope won out in the winner's bracket and defeated Red urThorne to take first place overall. As her prize, Hope picked New Haven. (link)

Hope's first challenge came from former Overlord, Anubis Karos. The slaver called out Baroness Naharis in hopes of completing his run of the baronies, the other six already having his name in their histories. Hope gave him is shot in a single duel affair, but proved more a challenge than Anubis was able to overcome. Unable to land a clean strike throughout the match, Anubis put up two points via opposing cuts in the 3rd and a trade of thrusts in the 6th as Hope closed out the defense. With the 5-2 in 6 round finish, Hope retained her hold on New Haven. (link)

A renegade to Overlady Jewell Ravenlock, Hope found herself in a challenge queue. She had challenged Jewell and then been challenged by Myria Graziano the very next day (link). Three days after that she was also challenged by Andu Kirost as part of the 2016 Trick or Treat Challenge event (link). In perhaps the confussion of the triple challenge along with the a very busy couple challenge weeks all around, due to the Halloween event, Hope failed to respon to Andu's challenge in time. As a result, the title was stripped shortly after the fight for the Overlord's mantle, but before fighting Myria. The challenge queue would be defended by the Senior Baron instead. (link)


(vacant) (2016/04/14 - 2016/05/21)


Andrea "Apple" Anderson (2015/09/27 - 2016/04/14)
When G'nort challenged for Overlord, Rand utilized the Test of Worthiness and placed Harris in his way. As a renegade baron, G was able to retain his own champion and tapped Apple for the job. Apple won, allowing G to face Rand directly and after a 17 round marathon, G emerged the new Overlord. As a prize to his champion, G'nort awarded Apple his barony. (link)

By virtue of a second place finish in the Fall cycle tournament of warlords, Claire Caelum earned herself an intercession free baron challenge and used it to come after Apple. The baroness had left Peaches Haggarty as steward of New Haven to run the district and hold her proxy for any official communications, but returned herself to fight the defense. Claire took first blood when they met in the ring, but the fight en large belonged to the baron. Apple avoided an errant thrust from the challenger in the 7th round, then landed a counter to take the 5-3 victory. (link)

Despite doing well in the annual Madness tournament, with an Elite Eight duel scheduled between herself and Ellisa Morgan, Apple decided to retire from all things Swords. Giving up both her barony and the tournament position as she'd decided to focus her efforts in other areas. (link)


G'nort Dragoon Talanador (2015/09/03 - 2015/09/27)
G'nort returned to take another shot at New Haven. Having picked up Battlefield Park earlier in the year, New Haven was the last barony he needed to complete the collection. Via advocate Saul Heyman, G's challenge once again claimed him the arena's best and put him in a position to become the first duelist to hold all seven active districts in his career. Jackson elected to the fight the challenge in a single duel when the time came. He may have done better in a best of three, but overall was simply outclasses by a superior swordsman on this night. In 8 rounds, G'nort put on a 5.5 - 1 clinic and claimed the New Haven barony. His 14th ring and final piece in a run of the arena lower titles.

While having collected all of the baronies, G'nort found one thing lacking. He could not be said to have run the table and collected all of the Arena's titles unless he also collected the Overlord's mantle. To rectify that he challenged Rand and vacated the ring upon winning. (link)


Jackson Gray (2015/07/17 - 2015/09/03)
Overlord Ran alTan, who had replaced Claire Caelum, awarded a grant to Jackson Gray at the end of the Spring Cycle of 2015. Jackson, a commoner at the time, used the grant to challenge for New Haven. Melanie took the challenge incredibly well and only issued the slightest veiled threats as to the damage she might inflict upon his person. The challenge itself was fought in the best of three format and Melanie started off with a win in the first duel, 5 points to 3. The last two rounds of that opening duel, however, were the only times throughout the night that Melanie would hold a lead. Jax, either tied or holding the advantage through both of the remaining duels, took 5.5-3.5 and 5-3 wins to become another grant bearing challenger to claim the ring of New Haven. (link)


Melanie Rostol (2015/04/13 - 2015/07/17)
A bit more seasoned than when last she'd challenged for the New Haven district, Melanie Rostol was the first challenger to darken Rena's door. The pair met in a best of three match and it took all three duels to settle. At one duel each, the third and deciding cross of blades fell in Melanie's favor. She was quick to declare New Haven loyal to Overlady Claire Caelum and allowed Rena's squire, Valentina, to stay on at the manor. (link)


Rena A Cronin (2015/03/03 - 2015/04/13)
Rena came for New Haven in the Spring of 2015 and while the pre-match discussions were civil, even a shared lunch to discuss the specifics, the action in the ring was not. The one time Overlady began with a cut aimed high to catch the sidestepping baron and take first blood. Charlie would get on the board with a duck and counter in the 5th to a avoid a second shot to the head, but in all was simply no match for Rena on this night. Landing a pair of thrusts, a deft parry and another high cut, Rena sailed to a 5-1 victory and her first hold on New Haven. (link)


Charlie Nine (2015/01/26 - 2015/03/03)
When Overlord Terry King had the opportunity to issue the Overlord's Grant for the Winter Cycle of 2014/5, she decided to award it based on a tournament. Inviting each of the baronial squires and three other lower ranked duelists to participate, it was Charlie Nine of Dragon's Gate to emerge the winner. (link) This was the 3rd time that Jake faced a challenge by grant, but this one went considerably worse for him than the others had. Charlie's performance was inspired and he surged to a 4.5-0 lead before Jake was finally able to get on the board with a desperate slash in the 7th round. A trade of thrusts in the 8th saw the ring finally change hands, New Haven transferring to Charlie with the 5.5-2 win. (link)


Jake Thrash (2013/07/12 - 2015/01/26)
With the 2013 Hydra tournament challenge incentives, another Team Beat Down challenger entered the fray in the orcly form of Jake Thrash. More known for his legendary status in the Outback, that didn't make the long time warlord any less a threat in the rings of the arena. It was only a few days before they crossed blades in a best of three match, fighting under the banners of their respective teams. Jake proved a force to be reckoned with and controlled the entirety of the two duel affair, winning 5-2 in the first and 5-1 in the second, Joku managing only one clean attack throughout the match. (link)

Shortly after earning the ring, Jake was challenged by ex-Overlord and Champion's of Mythos captain, Rakeesh Sah Tarna in another Hydra inspired grudge match. The current Overlord, Teagan Rielea, took an interest in the fight and chose to intercede on her loyal baron's behalf. At this time Teagan held an entirely loyal council of barons, so there was no one to stand for the liontaur. Teagan defeated Rakeesh 5-4 to keep Jake in New Haven. (link)

In the first non team oriented challenge New Haven had seen in some time, Rena Cronin was the next to come for the orc's ring. A trade of cuts in the 5th and of thrusts in the 8th were all points Rena could put up on Jake, as the baron marched is way through to the 5-2, 8 round victory. (link)

Runner up in the 2014 instalment of the DoS Madness tournament, Aurast Dagger Sasc was awarded a challenge grant which he bestowed upon Melanie Rostol. Though initially looking to declare challenge to SeaSide, she instead went after Jake and New Haven. Fitting, perhaps, having gotten the runner up's grant that she chose to challenge the orc who won Madness. Jake would go on to handle Melanie much the same as he'd handled Aurast in their Madness final, though this one took two duels instead of one since he'd elected best of three. First to draw blood in both duels and never giving up a lead, Jake retained his barony in wins of 5-2 and 5-4. (link)

Melanie looked to take another shot at Jake a couple months later, but then changed her mind and rescinded. (link)

G'nort was next on the docket. He had 2 baronies to go before having held them all and collecting the free toaster, and New Haven happened to be one of them. Declaring himself the best of the arena in his challenge announcement may not have been his best move. Though there's no proof that this is what inspired the orc's performance, it likely didn't help. In a single duel match Jake had no mercy and sent G on his way after a demoralizing 5-0 in 6 shutout. (link)

Jenny Chae won the Halloween Havoc / King of the Ring event to celebrate All Hallows eve in 2014 (link) In the 19 round tournament JC racked up 3 ring outs while dressed as Dark Link to earn Queen of the Ring honors and a challenge grant prize. She wanted "the best of the best" and used the grant to challenge Jake. Showing all the fight that brought her to the top of the tournament, the challenger proved to be one of Jake's toughest opponents. She led 2.5 - 1 after avoiding the orc's thrust in the 5th and though Jake would turn it around, she managed to stay in the fight all the way through. Finally in the 11th round, Jake caught her ducking into a low cut to take a 6 - 4.5 win. (link)


Joku Shoyia (2013/04/08 - 2013/07/12)
Team rivalries continued to make life interesting in the arena after Matt Simon failed to remove Rakeesh from the Overlordship. Terry made a public statement that she'd be the next in line to try to take the mantle, but before she could turn this into an official challenge Joku Shoyia, the Overlord's Champions of Mythos teammate, challenged her for the barony instead. The night of the fight they were seconded by their team captains, CoM's Rakeesh Sah Tarna, the Overlord, for Joku and Beat Down's Candy Hart, the Overlord Rakeesh beat to earn the title, by Terry's side. After giving up a point in the first, Terry moved to a 3-1 lead by the 5th, making a successful defense look likely. Joku wasn't done yet though and the elf came back to score in each of the four rounds that followed, a defensive clinic as only one point came while on the attack. After 9 rounds and a 5-4 finish, Joku became the new Baron of New Haven. (link)


Terry King (2013/03/24 - 2013/04/08)
Furthering a growing Beat Down / Wrecking Crew rivalry, Terry King issued challenge to Kheldar for New Haven. Fought in best of three format, the match was much closer than the two duel finish might suggest. In both encounters it was Kheldar who first tallied the 4th point, leading 4-3 after 7 rounds in the first and after 9 rounds in the second. Terry owned the final two rounds though, managing a stophit trap in each duel and coming out on top 5-4. (link)


Kheldar Drasinia (2012/06/14 - 2013/03/24)
As the runner up in the SPring Cycle Warlord Tournament of 2012, Kheldar was award a baron challenge for his efforts, allowing the Overlord challenge prize to fall to 3rd place finisher, Chris Graziano. Sartan, who finished first, had declined both. Tournament prize in hand, Kheldar selected New Haven as the barony the challenge for and called out Tarl. Scheduled and fought in under a week, this was one of the speedier challenges to hit the books; but that was the only thing about this challenge that could be considered fast. In what is likely the longest and highest scoring duel ever fought for a title (unverified), the two beat on each for an incredible 37 rounds and scored a combined 26 points. These numbers would be on the high side for a best of three, but this challenge was a one and done, single duel match. In the end it was Kheldar and a timely stopthrust that took the victory and won the barony, 13.5 - 12.5 after 37 rounds. (link)

Kheldar held the barony for around seven months before the first challenger came calling. G'nort had a long list of reasons to issue the challenge, but mostly he wanted a new barony. And maybe to see Kheldar's wife. The baron seemed to take it all good naturedly and the two met in a best of three match, which seemed risky given how things had gone with Tarl. By comparison, this match went a total of 30 rounds with the two men scoring a combined 27 points. G took the first duel, 5-3, then went up 2-0 to start the second, but then Kheldar began his comeback. The baron took the second and third duels, 5.5-4.5 and 5-4 to retain the title. (link)


Tarl Cabot (2011/05/27 - 2012/06/14)
Tarl Cabot was the winner of the 2011 DoS Madness tournament and awarded a challenge grant. Despite his multiple defenses, DeathLord remained a rare sight in the arena itself and it was for this reason Tarl selected him to use the grant against. The reasoning rung somewhat hollow given Tarl's own rare appearences in the rings, though he vowed a greater visibility should be prove victorious. Regardless, the matter would be settled in the ring and Tarl went on to show just why he'd managed the Madness win and challenge grant in the first place. In an 8 round single duel affair, Tarl came out on top at 5-1. (link)

The DoS administration made Trick or Treat challenges available to celebrate All Hallows Eve in 2011 (link) Anyone bellow the rank of warlord would be allowed to issue a first come first served challenge to a baron of their choice. Steve Smith was quick to the boads, but not quick enough to challenge for Seaside which appeared to be his first choice. After being corrected by G'nort, Steve redirected his challenge towards Tarl. That didn't seem to help either, however, as Steve missed the scheduled date and then withdrew the challenge entirely. (link)

Xeric was the next to come after Tarl's hold on New Haven. Tarl was on travel at the time of the challenge, but G'nort awarded an extention on his time to answer, so things proceded without much of a hiccup. They met in a best of three match that only took two duels. Tarl won the first handily, 5-2 and jumped out to a nice 4-2 by the 5th round in the second. The baron faltered slightly and allowed Xeric to tie the duel at 4s with a low cut, thrust combination, but then got his feet back under him and took a 5-4 win in the 9th to maintain his title. (link)


Deathlord (2009/12/04 - 2011/05/27)
By virtue of defeating Renegade Baroness Rena Cronin and Renegade Baron Tormay Eludes in a Test of Worthiness for then Overlord Anubis Karos (link), the Commoner known as Deathlord gained the right to immediately challenge Tormay for his Barony. Tormay avenged his loss at the Overlord challenge in the first match by winning 5-3.5 in 14 rounds, but it was Deathlord who take the next two matches, 5.5-4 in 9 rounds and 5-2 in 13 rounds to gain the Barony, making history by gaining title while not even being listed on the standings. (link)

The first challenge to Deathlord came from Aya Hayashibara, who had a specific interest in the Barony as opposed to any malice in relation to the Baron himself. Deathlord proved his mettle by defeating Aya 5-1 in 7 rounds and 5-4 in 9 rounds to maintain his hold upon New Haven. (link)

The Warlord Thorne was next to issue challenge, seeking to quiet the famed talking sword of Deathlord as the other two Barons he wished to challenge were currently occupied. Opting for a best-of-three the Baron was never behind in either of the matches, defeating Thorne 5-2 in 7 rounds and 5-1 in 6 rounds. (link)

Newly returned Warlord Sylus Kurgen was third challenger in as many months to Deathlord, seeking to test the blade of the Baron and end his run. It was not meant to be though, as Deathlord proved his dominance yet again by defeating Sylus in a best-of-three format, 5-1 in 6 rounds and 5-2 in 6 rounds. (link)

While in the midst of conducting his squire tournament (link) Deathlord found himself facing another challenger, this time Guillermus Iulius Fortis, who deemed the Baron was not active enough in the rings for his liking. The Baron felt disrespected by the timing of the challenge and opted to petition then Overlord Ticallion Carter for Loyalty, which was promptly accepted. (link) It was no surprise when the challenge was held that Ticallion interceded for his newest Loyal, attempting to cut Guill down before he could reach Deathlord. After jumping out to a 4-1 lead Guill stalled, giving Ticallion the next four points before eventually defeating the Overlord 5-4 in 10 rounds. Deathlord was forced to step into the ring and defend New Haven himself and he did so with little difficulty, defeating his challenger 5-1 in 7 swift rounds. (link)

The Warlord Xeric Mues issued challenge to Deathlord with a succinct missive on the cork, and the two met in an equally brief match when the Baron opted for a winner take all one shot. The first four rounds belonged to Deathlord, with a point scored in each unanswered. The challenger managed to get himself on the board in round five, but in round six Deathlord returned to scoring and ended the match, 5-1 in his favor. (link)


Tormay Eludes (2009/07/22 - 2009/12/04)
Damien having lost the Barony of Seaside only two days before, Aya was the Senior Baron when she stepped into the ring with former Overlord Tormay. Aya elected for a best-of-three match, the first to be used to defend New Haven in nearly two and a half years. Aya took the first round of the first match, only to have Tormay gain the next three rounds. Aya quickly tied the match in the next two, 3-3 in the sixth round. A successful defense from Tormay followed by traded thrusts gave Tormay the first match. The second match was closer. Aya took the first round, and Tormay tied it in the second. The pattern repeated, Aya taking the lead and Tormay tying it in the fourth. The pattern was reversed the next two rounds, Tormay taking the lead and Aya tying in the sixth. Aya then took the lead again, with Tormay tying it 4-4 in the eighth. Like the first match, a trade in thrusts brought the score to 5, but it being tied the match went on. Tormay cut low into the ducking Aya to claim the second match and take the title from Aya. (link)

Bearing no malice, Guillermus Iulius Fortis issued challenge to Tormay based on the reason that he was longest/tenured Baron yet to be challenged. Tormay eagerly accepted the challenge and had it fought on Halloween evening. Tormay chose to defend in the best-of-three format, and the first match found Guill successful reasonably easy by defeating the Baron 5-2 in 8 rounds. The second match was clearly a lopsided victory by the Baron, who relatively quickly defeated the challenger by the score of 5-1 in 7 rounds. The third and final match was somewhat closer a battle, but still found the Baron successful in his defense by catching Guills lunge to end the duel by the score of 5-3 in 8 rounds. (link)

Tormay then called for as many challenges as he could stand to have. (link) The challenges didn't materialize, however, and a month later Tormay took aim at the Overlord title instead. (link)


Aya Hayashibara (2008/03/04 - 2009/07/22)
Nearly three months passed before Aya Hayashibara stepped forward, second place in the Winter Warlord Tournament. Rand again elected for a single match, but this time it would not protect him from the Warlord Tournament runner-up. At round three, it was tied at two, much like his previous defense. Aya pulled ahead by two in two rounds before Rand sidestepped the thrust from Aya to bring to 3-4. The seventh and final round decided the match 5-4 on a trade of cuts, Aya stepping away with the title. (link)

It was well over eight months before Aya was called to defend her title against Cassius as he made a run to claim the Barony for a third time. The Baroness elected for a single match, and a bloody one it was. Cassius chose the wrong defense in the first round, which was followed by a trade in cuts, Cassius tagging a ducking Aya, another trade in cuts, and Aya's successfully ducking the bookend from Cassius. After five rounds, Aya already lead 4-3, and in only eight rounds, she successfully defended the title 5-3. (link)

Aya's next defense came in the form of an Overlord Grant recipient, Wyheree (link) Fought in a single match format Aya defeated Wyheree in an exhausting 18 round match, 5.5-4.5 to keep her title. (link)


Rand al'Tan (2007/11/04 - 2008/03/04)
After many years away from the Arena, Warlord Rand al'Tan returned with a desire to once again prove himself within the rings of combat. In only a few short weeks, Rand was able to amass enough peer wins to issue challenge to Baron Kheldar Drasinia for New Haven. The member of the Wrecking Crew chose a single match to defend his title, but he was unable to overcome Rand's desire to once again hold a title. In eleven rounds, Rand held Kheldar to only two points to once again hold the rank of Baron. (link)

In December, Second place of the Fall Warlord Tournament (link) Querylon was the first to challenge Rand. The single match was slow to build momentum, being tied at two at the ninth round. Querylon made her play by dancing around Rand's defense, but Rand then quickly scored three unanswered points to defend his title, 5-3 in thirteen rounds. (link)


Kheldar Drasinia (2007/03/11 - 2007/11/04)
Lorance's claim on the Barony was not to last long. As a result of his second place finish in the winter 2007 Warlord Tournament (link), Kheldar Drasinia received the prize to challenge a baron of his choosing. Less than two weeks after defeating Cas for the ring, Lorance was in the ring to defend against Kheldar. After ten rounds, Kheldar came out on top to give New Haven another new holder. (link)


Lorance Sneggle (2007/02/07 - 2007/03/11)
Years ago after their last challenge match, Lorance Sneggle made a vow to never challenge Cassius again. Lorance was good to his word until a conversation with G'nort prompted Cassius to no longer hold Lorance to his oath. With the pact no longer binding, Lorance was free to challenge Cassius again, and he wasted no time in doing just that. On the night of the challenge, it appeared that Overlord Havoick would be stepping forward to meet the Warlord, but Cassius announced that the challenge would be settled in a best-of-three format. Cory sat back down, and the two longtime rivals stepped into the ring. The evening proved to be entertaining. The first duel was tight until Lorance was able to extend his lead and take the first match 5-3. Cassius was quick to rebound and even the field with a 5-2 victory. The final duel was close, and bloody, but in the end, Lorance was able to trap Cassius' direct attack and claim the barony of New Haven as his own. (link)


Cassius Gaius Maximius (2006/06/20 - 2007/02/07)
When Rakeesh interceded in Damien Mortis Overlord challenge, the man he fought in the Right of Challenge was Cassius Maximius. Weeks after the Overlord challenge concluded, Cassius still blamed Rakeesh for Damien's rise to the throne, and also felt that Rakeesh had robbed him of the opportunity to meet Damien's chosen champion, Skyler, in the ring. In response, Cassius challenged Rakeesh for both the New Haven barony, and Rakeesh's Opal ShadoWeaver. The challenge night was interesting in the combatant alternated fighting styles so they could settle both challenges in the same night. Although Rakeesh was able to defend his Opal from Cassius, Cassius' experience in the DoS rings proved too much for Rakeesh to overcome. In a pair of five to three matches, one lasting ten rounds and the other seven, Cassius claimed the bounty put on Rakeesh. (link)


Rakeesh Sah Tarna (2006/03/31 - 2006/06/20)
Citing Skyler a criminal who needed to be removed from power, Rakeesh Sah Tarma challenged Skyler on behalf of the Adventurer's Guild. (link) With the Opal ShadoWeaver by his side, Rakeesh battled Skyler in three hard fought matches. With the score tied at four in the final match, Rakeesh was able to put up a strong defense to end Skyler's reign as Baron of New Haven. (link)

Controversy arose during Rakeesh reign when he used his Baronial right to intervene on an Overlord challenge despite the challenger having his own champion already picked out. (link) Matters were further complicated when, after helping Damien Mortis rise to the rank of Overlord, Rakeesh accused the new Overlord of being a criminal. Rakeesh also announced his intent to challenge Damien immediately. In response, Damien and Baron Bapheloctis offered a gold bounty to the one who could remove Rakeesh from New Haven.

The first to attempt to collect the gold was Aya Hayashibara. When the two met to settle the challenge, Rakeesh was in fine form. After a five to two victory in nine rounds, Rakeesh defended his title with a thrilling five-to-four victory in eight rounds. (link)


Skyler Jackson Chamberland (2006/01/22 - 2006/03/31)
Cassius Gaius Maximius was challenged next by Skyler Chamberland, who felt an old rivalry rekindled by barely losing to the Baron in a duel the previous night. Within a few short days, the challenge match commenced without the usual fanfare of Seconds or Ladies of Honor because of the short turn around in time. Newly minted Overlord Tareth Thorn decided to Intercede on behalf of the Baron because of personal dislike for the challenger, while then Baron of the Old Market, Cletus Ganderfald, stepped in on behalf of the challenger for undisclosed reasons. Skyler was able to proceed directly to a one-duel format against Cassius after Cletus bested Tareth in a thirteen round duel by a dominating margin of victory of three and a half points. Skyler went on to end the reign of Cassius in New Haven in a quick eight round duel by two points. (link)


Cassius Gaius Maximius (2005/06/08 - 2006/01/22)
Cassius Gaius Maximius was first challenged by Chase MacLaren. The challenge was later voided due to lapsed time without resolution. Apparently both parties were subject to a controversy in which conflicting stories were given in trying to have the matter resolved. Though there was never an official date or time confirmed by either participant, the Duel of Swords Standings Keeper set one for the last possible date within the Universal Terms of Challenge that the challenge could occur on. (link) Neither Baron nor challenger showed for the match. The challenger, Chase MacLaren, was stripped of her right to challenge again for the remainder of the dueling cycle, while the Baron's fate was handed over to the Baron's Council to vote upon. (link) The Baron's Council voted to have the Baron defend his right to remain with the title against council appointed champion, Max Quinlan Blue. (link) The match between Cassius and Max took place and the baron defended his right to remain with the title in a seven round duel won by a two-point margin of victory. (link)


 


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