Marciac v Karn

The scene below is a taken from Pierre Pevel’s novel “The Dragon Arcana”. It is a fight between Marciac, a member of the Cradinal’s Blades, and Keress Karn, a red drac mercenary. The original text can found near the end of Chapter Two in Part IV The Primordial.

    Marciac rushed towards Keress Karn as the red drac, with evil glee on his face, pulled his blade from Leprat’s body. The Gascon struck with fearsome power, forcing Karn to parry and back away. But then the drac recovered and, while not managing to gain the upper hand, he ceased to retreat before the Blade’s assault.
    A bitter duel began.
    Attacks were met with parries. Counters were followed by ripostes. The red drac knew how to fight and kept a cool head. His fencing was the kind learned on the battlefield: effective and without flourishes. Tense and focussed, Marciac realised they were evenly matched. So he thought of Leprat and, careful not to let himself be blinded by anger, he drew renewed strength from the memory. His arm became the instrument of vengeance. His strokes were powerful, precise and formidable, and Karn started to grow worried. He wanted to call for help but their confrontation hadtaken the two adversaries far up the ambulatory, away from the main melee. The red drac could do no more than defend himself. And while his moves became more and more frantic, but less and less accurate, the Gascon’s never varied in their effectiveness.
    At last, Marciac knew the moment had come.
    Twisting Karn’s blade with his own, he sent it flying away and, body stretched, he slipped the point of his sword beneath the disarmed drac’s chin. Then he plunged his gaze into that of his vanquished enemy and, brusquely pushing his shoulder forward, sank two good inches of steel into the drac’s throat. Keress Karn tossed his head backward and stumbled , his hand against the wound, unable to staunch the thick, heavy blood spurting out.
    The Gascon watched him fall and die.


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