The fourth Diamond Quest was held in January, 1996. What follows is the historical recap of the tournament as written by Jake Thrash in Dueling Today Volume 3, Issue 7.
|Strider vs. Shannon Kimberly Colton||AragornKoG def. ShanniCltn, 5 to 4 in 13|
|Jake vs. Morgan Crow||JakeThrash def. MorganCrow, 5-4 in 12|
|Lord Harvest vs. Percival||Lord Hrvst def. Percival, 5 to 4 in 15|
The winners then moved up a ring, with Aragorn taking a break, allowing Saja to step in against Percy. Since the first three matches were so closely matched and took so long to complete (just 5 rounds shy of the maximum allowed!), Ian R Mack stepped in to help call the remaining bouts, and here's the result of round 2:
|Shannon Kimberly Colton vs. Jake Thrash||ShanniCltn def. JakeThrash, 5 to 2 in 6|
|Lord Harvest vs. Morgan Crow||Lord Hrvst def. MorganCrow, 5 to 4 in 12|
|Percival vs. Saja||Percival def. SajaIyones, 5 to 3 in 6|
Again, winners moved up to the next ring, Aragorn came back in while Shanni took a break, and in the third round, we saw:
|Jake Thrash vs. Lord Harvest||JakeThrash def. Lord Hrvst, 5 to 3 in 12|
|Percival vs. Morgan Crow||Percival def. MorganCrow, 5 to 4 in 14|
|Saja vs. Strider||SajaIyones def. AragornKoG, 5 to 3 in 12|
Things had to be shuffled around to make sure we were getting pairings that hadn't happened already, and in the next round of fights we saw this:
|Percival vs. Jake Thrash||Percival def. JakeThrash, 5 to 1 in 8|
|Strider vs. Morgan Crow||AragornKoG def. MorganCrow, 5 to 4 in 12|
|Saja vs. Shannon Kimberly Colton||SajaIyones def. ShanniCltn, 5 to 3 in 11|
By this time.. 3 fighters were standing out.. Aragorn, Percival, and SajaIyones.. especially after this round of duels:
|Strider vs. Jake Thrash||AragornKoG def. JakeThrash, 5 to 3 in 13|
|Saja vs. Morgan Crow||SajaIyones def. MorganCrow, 5 to 3 in 7|
|Shannon Kimberly Colton vs. Lord Harvest||ShanniCltn def. Lord Hrvst, 5 to 4 in 11|
Ian called the fight between Shanni and Hrvst rather quickly, and while the other two duels were still going on he called this bout:
|Percival vs. Shannon Kimberly Colton||Percival def. ShanniCltn, 5 to 1 in 8||This dropped Shanni from contention for her second title bid.|
Then this fight saw Aragorn's chances for the Diamond fade away..
|Percival vs. Strider||Percival def. AragornKoG, 5 to 2 in 11|
Only one duelist had a chance to tie Percival's 5-1 record, and that was SajaIyones. If she could defeat Lord Hrvst and JakeThrash, she and Percy would have had to duke it out in a tie breaker. As it went, Lord Hrvst dashed those hopes in a leap-frog match that he busted open in the 6th round and took victory in the 8th.
|Lord Harvest vs. Saja||Lord Hrvst def. SajaIyones, 5 to 2 in 8|
Here's the final tally..
|Percival||5-1||*Diamond Quest Winner*|
|Strider||3-2||(one duel not needed)|
|Jake Thrash||2-3||(one duel not needed)|
|Lord Hrvst||3-2||(one duel not needed)|
|SajaIyones||3-2||(one duel not needed)|
|Shannon Kimberly Colton||3-3|
Percy's triumph was well earned, his skill at the art of unarmed combat puts him among the very best of the Outback's brawlers.
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