SF & Fantasy

Cage Match 2014: Round 2: Leia Organa vs Beorn: Page


The Contestants


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Leia Organa: Page
The Star Wars Expanded Universe
Age: 60
Race: Human female
Weapons / Artifacts: Lightsaber, blaster, the Force, sarcasm
Special
Attack:
The dreaded Cuts Like a Knife, where she skewers your body with a lightsaber while skewering your sould with a withering retort

Beorn: Screen
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
Age: Unknown
Race: Skinchanger
Weapons / Artifacts: None
Special
Attack:
Transforming into a huge bear

The Breakdown

Advantages

  • Jedi Knight: Her Force abilities allow her to sense danger, anticipate an opponent’s movements, wield telekinesis, and attack with lightning speed
  • Petite stature often lulls foes into a false sense of security
  • She brandishes a lightsaber with deadly accuracy
  • Her extremely light tread allows her to sneak up on her opponents. She could theoretically ambush and subdue Munchausen before he ever even heard her over the sound of his own voice
  • Her sharp, analytical mind is superior to most
Advantages

  • Once again, he can transform into a bear!
Disadvantages

  • Short temper
Disadvantages

  • Intellect
Kills

Kills

  • Yvaine
    What do stars do? They die.

How we think the fight will go


Leia tread carefully through the forest, the soles of her soft boots not making a sound on the damp soil. It was a dark night, with little to no moonlight filtering through the trees, but the dark was not so terrible a hindrance to a Jedi. Beorn knew these woods better than she did, but she had plenty of advantages of her own. She gripped the hilt of her lightsaber, not willing to ignite it just yet. Better that the dark work in her favor, too.

A chill breeze brought the scents of wet wood and cloying flowers on the air, and Leia took a deep breath, stilling herself, centering her thoughts. She closed her eyes and reached out through the Force, hoping to sense her adversary.

There — she turned her head in the direction of the sound, the slightest ruffle of leaves. Although she couldn’t see him, she could feel Beorn watching her, knew that he was in his bear-form, hulking and predatory.

Well. If he knew where she was, there was not much purpose in the dark. She activated her lightsaber and held it up before her, the blue blade throwing off just enough light to see a few feet in front of her. It would have to be enough. “I’m ready when you are,” she said mildly.

There was no response at first; she imagined the man-beast sizing her up, calculating his next move. Then, she heard a deep growl, a rustling in the trees. She sensed him leaping at her a second before his claws caught the light of her lightsaber’s glow as they swung at her.

She leapt out of the way, executing a somersault to bring her back to her feet, and held her lightsaber aloft. “You missed,” she pointed out.

Another growl, a pause, and the bear deliberately stepped into the halo of blue light. Leia kept her face impassive as she took in the beast. He was large enough that the light could not encompass him. Intelligent dark eyes shone out of a mass of black fur. His lips pulled back to reveal sharp white teeth. She could feel and smell the rank heat of his breath.

“Not exactly an Ewok, are you,” she murmured. She bent her knees, then used the Force to jump high, leaping over Beorn’s massive black form and landing on her feet behind him. She had her lightsaber swinging before he finished turning around.


Predicted Winner: Leia Organa


NOTE: THIS MATCH ENDS ON Monday, March 24, 2014, AT 12:00 PM, EST

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Editor’s Note: Jennifer Heddle is senior editor of adult fiction at Lucasfilm Ltd. and loves Princess Leia most of all. She can be found on Twitter at @jenheddle. Jess Nevins is the author of numerous works of genre non-fiction, including the Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, the Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes, and the forthcoming The Victorians For Freshmen.
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3 Responses to “Cage Match 2014: Round 2: Leia Organa vs Beorn: Page”

  1. TheKing says:

    Poor Beorn. He’ll never make it past the Star Wars fans. Of course, he wouldn’t be able to defeat Leia anyways. Especially Jedi Leia. If this was A New Hope Leia, he’d have a chance, but Jedi Leia has skills!

  2. Archon says:

    Yeah, it was an unfortunate draw for Beorn, as jedi Leia is probably the number 1 seed in this tournament, both for power and fan base… Truth to tell though, I’d put even money on screen Leia too, since I’m not sure Beorn would simply shrug off blaster fire… it’s a whole different level than swords and arrows…

  3. Hydroskull says:

    This match-up completely ignores Beorn’s ability to essentially control the other critters of his realm. I would be very surprised if those woods were devoid of backup.

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