Duel to the Death: Nameless – Andy Peloquin

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Duel to the Death: Nameless

I, Andy Peloquin, challenge you, Kathryn Caffee, to a duel to the death! But it is not we who will fight, but our characters…

In the black corner, weighing in at 180 pounds, standing a cool 6 feet tall, the Hunter of Voramis!

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Tale of the Tape:

  • Superhuman reflexes, strength, speed–think Captain America, but stronger
  • Thousands of years of weapons training
  • Body has accelerated healing factor–can survive a sword to the heart (can be killed by drowning, iron weapons, beheading, and suffocation)
  • Cannot be killed by anything but iron
  • Accursed dagger that heals him when he kills
  • No magical abilities whatsoever
  • No hesitation to kill if he perceives opponent as a threat/obstacle to his desires–classic anti-hero

In the red corner, we have Nameless!


Tale of the Tape:

  • Accelerated healing (any thing short of mortal will heal overnight)
  • Raised and trained in the gladiator Arenas of the Melkreschen (think Romans on steroids with a touch of magic)
  • Blessing of his Goddess
  • Some resistance to steel and iron
  • Unique barehanded fighting style, though he also knows hand-to-hand weapons
  • Berserker, does not feel any pain short of an aggravated wound (iron inflicted if it’s deep enough, broken bone in his arm or leg)
  • Single-minded tactician
  • Extreme endurance

Two enter the ring, only one can leave alive!

How would Nameless kill the Hunter? will meet a new opponent head on to learn their style and any available weakness. Will then back off to “play” with his opponent. When he moves in for the kill, it is sudden and brutal.  Personality: He does not live for himself, or fight for his own honor. Everything he does is for his goddess, all honor gained is for her. In his own mind, he is only her appendage, doing her will.

To kill (your character): The Hunter would try to overwhelm Nameless with his inhuman speed, strength, and skill. All he has to do is pierce his skin with Soulhunger, and the dagger will consume his soul. Not even someone with considerable magical abilities can survive Soulhunger’s bite–it was created to kill demons.

Who would win?

Nameless has faced overwhelming odds his entire life–from highly trained and experienced fighters in his second fight to mob-on-one melees at the height of his Arena career. He unleashes a flurry of blows to overwhelm the Hunter, but finding himself facing a superior foe, he backs off to begin a game of cat-and-mouse.

The Hunter is tenacious and brutally efficient, while Nameless is clever and seeks to inflict as many debilitating injuries as possible–blown tendons, sprained joints, compressed nerves in the arm pits, groin, knees, and elbows, broken wrists or fingers.

Nameless finds the Hunter’s leather armor no match for his powerful blows, and the Hunter is unprepared for his opponent’s unique barehanded fighting style. However, the Hunter’s inhuman endurance keeps him standing even through the excruciating pain. His healing factor enables him to fight on through the pain. With every blow, Soulhunger steals a bit more of Nameless’ strength, tugging at his very soul, until his berserk rage has run its course.

Winner: The Hunter. Only the healing of his goddess can save Nameless from Soulhunger’s bite.

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Want to find out more about this pit fighter who would dare challenge the legendary assassin of Voramis to the death? Click here to read about the ferocious Nameless…

Who do YOU think would win? Did we get the match-up right? Leave a comment below and let me know…


Want to match your character against the Hunter? Click here to enter your protagonist/antagonist in a duel to the death!



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The Results are In…


  1. Sandy Fosdick

    Nameless should have won. Yes he plays too much but when he’s done he is brutal, sadistic and lethal. Nameless has gone up against foes wearing full plate and survived so the Hunter should have been little trouble. Yes, the hunters dagger would do major damage but Nameless would survive thanks to his goddess.
    Winner Nameless

    • You have a point, Sandy. However, “blessing of his goddess” could mean he’s durable and recovers, but it doesn’t mean she’ll heal him. He may be like the Hunter, in that his body has to heal itself. However, Soulhunger steals souls, so it’s a tad different. Let’s see if Kat has something to say about the outcome. Maybe she has something that tips it in her favor.

    • Kat

      Voras (the Web Mother) may or may not heal him. He’s not one of Her priestesses, so that’s not guaranteed. It would depend on what mood She’s in that day. (Remember – She’s chaotic, and extremely capricious.)

      If this came after the Tormentor entered his life, then Someone would definitely step in to help. Until then, he’s pretty much on his own. However, there is a little that will let him linger long enough for his body to heal – his heritage that no one knows about yet. Will his soul heal? That’s an entirely different question – and one I’d have to debate about. Especially with the Bond he has with Voras. Who’s soul did Souldhunger tap into – Nameless’ or Voras’?

      • I couldn’t tell you whose soul the dagger tapped into. It just consumes souls, without caring what they are. If Voras is goddess-level, Soulhunger may take longer to consume it.

        • Kat

          Since I’ve got plans for Nameless – I’ll let him crawl away from this one. Voras needs to go bye-bye, and this would be a convenient way to let that happen. Between that, and what Steelheart (another pukah) and Mist (one of Mark’s Valkyrie) managed to do – that would be a really good reason for something as small as a wish to do the damage it did.

  2. Sandy Fosdick

    Either way it’s still a great battle

  3. Lavern Winters

    Yes I agree with Sandy, it is a good match up and would provide an extended battle for the enjoyment of fans.

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