(4/25/97 - 8/24/97)
Rand was the fourth consecutive holder of this ring to defend it. The challenge came from Tarl Cabot. Not only was the challenge a match between friends, but it was an exceptional display of skill by both men. The lead switched hands four times as the duel played out a grueling twelve rounds. Spectators of the match were captivated up through the very last round where Rand took the victory by cutting low beneath the lateral parry of Tarl.
On Rand's second defense, Overlord Dalamar Ar'Daumon stepped in to defend the Loyal Baron. The challenger was one Steven Lynn Glowacki, who became one of very few Barons to gain the title by winning past an Overlord intercession. The match against Dalamar was a long and bloody one, ending in the eleventh round as Steven thrust under the Overlord's high cut.
Rand's final match as Baron was somewhat less impressive. Hardly winded from the prior match, Steven scored in each of the first three rounds, after another three rounds the match was over. Tired and perhaps enthralled by his victory, Steven left the Arena as a Baron, yet forgot to collect the ring. This was a point of contention for Steven during his reign.
Evan Rush Rynth
(7/14/98 - 10/9/98)
His alignment, as his challenge, was Neutral. That was until he stepped forward to intercede on a challenge to the Overlord - on the side of the challenger. Once again Baron Evan was the center of controversy as Dalamar immediately aligned him Renegade.
Not long after, the Baron received his first challenge from long-standing Warlord Verceterix Gavin Favre. For a long time the respected Warlord had been missing from the rings, and stayed low-key even after his return. His dueling for the challenge was anything but low-key as he took an early offensive, only to find the Baron's defenses waiting. Though he managed to close the three point deficit made early, he never took the lead. Evan's defense was sealed with a 5 - 4 victory in eight rounds.
The Baron himself initiated the next change in the status of the Third ring by petitioning the Overlord to bring him to a Loyal alignment. At first he was refused, but after close conversation with Dalamar and helping him and his love when they were injured, the Overlord allowed the re-allignment and welcomed the Baron to Loyal.
It seemed nothing could happen around the Baron Evan without some sort of controversy, not even a challenge to him. Warlord Jaycynda Ashleana issued challenge, the validity of which was called into question because of unposted peer wins. Though the Warlord had cleared it in advance with the Duel of Swords Coordinator, the Standings Keeper had never been informed of it, and originally invalidated the challenge. Once the full situation had been discussed, however, the challenge was allowed.
Evan faced Jaycy only days after the Overlord had accepted his alignment change. For most of the eleven rounds he held the lead by a close margin, but two swift strikes at the very end gave Jaycy the lead and the 5-4 win. The Third ring was Renegade once more. Not long after, however, the new Baroness reconsidered and requested the Overlord accept her as Loyal, which Dalamar did gladly.
(10/9/98 - 9/9/99)
Jaycynda's first challenge came within the month, and would have been fought within the month as well, but for the two-week closing of the Duel of Swords following the retirement of the Supervisor of the sport. Her defense against the Warlord Lucian was rescheduled for the first night the duels reopened, bringing the sport back with all the pageantry and style of a Baronial Challenge Match. The duel itself was in no way a disappointment, a hard-fought eleven rounds resulting in a 5 - 3.5 victory and successful defense for the Baroness.
The new year had come before the Baroness again faced challenge, this from Warlord K'yorl. The Overlord Dalamar chose to intercede on behalf of his Loyal Baroness, and the Warlord quickly took a large lead in the match. Though Dal was able to make up much of the lost ground in the second half of the duel, K'yorl successfully defended his right to challenge with a 5 - 3 victory in eight rounds.
Jaycynda then took to the ring. As the Warlord had done against the Overlord, so the Baroness did now, taking a substantial lead in the early rounds. K'yorl was able to close the gap, as had Dal against him, but in ten rounds Jaycy finished her second defense of her title, winning 5 - 3.
More long months passed, and Jaycynda eventually challenged the Overlord, Dexter Montoya, for his seat. In this challenge, Jaycy lost, and after placed a public invitation for an unnamed person with whom she was apparently at odds to offer a promised challenge to her. This person, apparently, was the Warlord Topaz. The tiny fairy issued the asked-for challenge, and matters were quickly arranged.
The match itself was anything but quick. Thirteen long and pain-filled rounds the two women fought, the lead wavering between the two until ended by a skillful evasion of Topaz's high cut by the Baroness. For the third time, Jaycy had successfully defended her title.
One month before the Baroness's year anniversary as Bearer of the Third, she stepped into the challenge ring a fourth time against former Overlord Unagi Miyamoto. The match drew out to a full fifteen rounds, defense taking most of the points and only three hits actually landing the entire time. In the end, a 5 - 4 score gave the Barony to Unagi, who declared the Third as Renegade to the Crown.
(9/9/99 - Present)
For nine months the Baron sat unchallenged, and Warlord Cory Havoick finally opted to change that trend. Though the Baron took first blood, Cory worked hard to keep the score close or tied. But his efforts could not hold through the entire match, and after eleven hard-fought rounds, Unagi remained Baron with a 5 - 2 score.
Citing Unagi's lack of challenges as unacceptable, Cletus Ganderfald was the next to bring challenge to the Samurai's door. The challenge, however, would be never completed inside a ring. After the thirteenth round, Cletus suddenly disappeared from view. Since he named no second prior to the match, the official on duty ruled that Cletus was in forfeit, and the match would be declared in Unagi's favor. It was later learned that Cletus' disappearance was the direct result of injuries suffered during the match, and that he was transported back to his home to avoid more serious injuries.
Unagi's next challenge would be fought in its entirety, however it would still only span the same amount of rounds as his previous challenge. In two extremely fast and well-fought matches, the Baron showed his dominance over the challenger, Arithon Falessan. The only lead Arithon had was after the first round of the first match. After that, Unagi never looked back and left the ring with the Third still on his finger. Unagi defeated Arithon, 5-1 in six rounds, and 5-2 in seven rounds.
Slightly less than three months after his defeat of Lord Arithon, Unagi was challenged by Sarya Snake. The challenger claimed no enmity towards the baron, only that she desired to do something about the low number of challenges Unagi had received in almost three years as wearer of the third ring. Mayhap Saryna should have talked with Arithon first. Like Arithon, Saryna took the lead in the first round of the first match. Like Arithon, Saryna was never to lead again. Announcing that snake, like eel, was a delicacy in his home islands, the samurai proceeded to fillet Saryna with vigor. In the seven rounds that followed, Saryna was only able to strike once more, leaving Unagi with the 5-2 victory in eight rounds. Perhaps it was the irritation caused by the venom from Saryna's two successful strikes in the first match that spurred Unagi to fight even harder. After two scoreless rounds, the samurai went on a rampage, scoring in every remaining round while evading every strike of the serpent. Cutting high with his shirasaya over a final defensive maneuver, Unagi carved out a 5-0 victory in 7 rounds to remain baron of the Third ring.
After his challenge to Sartan led to the Baron's retirement, Chris Graziano turned his sights upon Unagi. As the norm, Unagi chose a best-of-three contest to settle the challenge. The challenger dominated the first match, handing Unagi his first loss ever when defending the Third. In seven short rounds, Chris stood on top 5-1. That would be the extent of his rise however. In the next fourteen rounds, Chris only held the lead once, and Unagi was clearly on his way to another defense. Both matches lasted an even seven rounds with Unagi the victor in both by scores of 5-3 and 5-1.
Shortly after his defense against Graziano, Unagi was once more challenged. Kateri Pulchra brought challenge to the Samurai due to an admiration of his skill in the ring. The Warlord would push this skill to the limit. In a marathon challenge that lasted close to three hours, Warlord and Baron dueled a combined thirty rounds. A single blow at the end determined all three matches. And those blows once more proved why Unagi was the longest reigning Baron of all time. Kateri was victorious in the second match, 5-4 in ten rounds. However, Unagi retained his control of the Third ring by winning the first and third matches, 5-4, in nine and eleven rounds, respectively.
It's often said that all good things must come to an end. The Duel of Swords is no exception. After an incredible reign of three years, six months and sixteen days, the Samurai finally lost a challenge match. His demise came at the hands of Ticallion Carter. It was not often that Unagi was outmatched, but in this instance, the younger Ticallion was too much for him to handle. In two short matches, Ticallion defeated Unagi, 5-2 in seven rounds, and 5-3 in nine rounds.
Ticallion handled his victory with all the respect that Unagi deserved. Unagi handled is defeat as gracefully as he had handled his victories. Even in defeat, Unagi was a man to admire and the ending of his reign left everyone with slight feelings of regret that it could not have gone on longer.
(3/25/03 - Present)
The first challenge brought to Ticallion was from Kateri Pulchra, to whom Unagi had given his shirasaya at the end of her hard-fought challenge to him. Unagi had done so in expectation that she would use the sword against him in a future challenge, but since Ticallion had prematurely ended his reign, Kateri felt it was only suiting to challenge Ticallion instead.
In the same vein as Unagi, Ticallion opted for a best-of-three format. Kateri's convictions led her through a tough first match, winning 6-4.5 in thirteen rounds, but Ticallion swiftly evened the playing field by taking the second 5-2 in nine. In the final match, Ticallion opened up to a four point lead after four rounds, but Kateri rallied in the next four rounds to cut the deficit to just half a point. After a bloody exchange of cuts, Ticallion expertly outmaneuvered Kateri's round parry in the tenth round to hold onto his ring, the final score being 6-4.5.
As recipient of the first ever Overlord Grant, Anubis Karos was bestowed the right to challenge a Baron of his choosing by Overlord Shakira. Anubis used his new right to challenge Ticallion. Ticallion once more opted for the best of three; however only two duels would be needed this time.
Anubis was clearly in better form, dispatching of Tical 5.5-2.5 in ten rounds and thirteen rounds. The victory gave yet another loyal alignment to Overlord Shakira.