At the end of Diamond Quest XI, a new rank came into being in the Outback. The six that placed highest among the seventeen competitors took home gems that night, only one of them was the coveted diamond.
There has been speculation far and wide about what the opals actually are, or what purpose or power they serve. All we know for sure is that it is a highly competitive title among those in the Duel of Fists, obtained only by those willing to pit their skills against the best of the best. Each of the rocks conveys certain small powers to the fighters who hold them, what follows are the details
of FireStar and the combatants to have carried it.
Firebuilding - This power can create small amounts of fire no bigger then an average cook-fire.
The flame can be projected up to a range of about five feet. It can be used to
burn through ropes, light cigars, or heat a section of the room.
Flamestrike - This gives the user the ability to create a large force of flame that can
encircle his or her body. Punching forward with the intensity of this
flame can possibly cause damage to one's opponent.
Charlie's first challenge came from Anubis. There was a bit of a scheduling mishap that nearly had thing invalidated, but eventually the challenge went through with Charlie defedning in 3 bouts. (2-5,5-4,5-3).
Charlie lost the rock... or did he? Dizzy Flores took 2 of 3 bouts in this challenge (2-5, 5-2, 5-2), but upon review the staff found that between the date she had called Charlie out and the date they met in the ring, Dizzy had fallen into inactivity. The match was voided and the opal returned to Charlie.
Taunted into challenging by Harris, who waived grace, Anubis challenged and did fight Harris for the Red Opal. Anubis took the first fairly easily, but Harris put up a better fight in the second, which forced the duelers into a third duel. Anubis got the lead, but then Harris tied it up at 3 all, before Anubis succeeded in landing two more points to take the win. When Anubis asked for the Opal, Harris responded that he'd thrown it into the ocean. Anubis promised retribution. (5-2 in 7, 3-5 in 9, 5-3 in 8)
Jake Thrash, as part of the Hydra 2.0 tournament, challenged Rakeesh for the Fire Opal. Settled in 2 duels (5-2 in 8 and 5-4 in 11) the half-orc claimed the Opal as his own, and joined a rare few to have held every title in the Outback.
In retaliation to being challenged for his barony, Ticallion challenged Anubis for Firestar, making this the first time in over a year in which any Emerald has challenged Anubis for this Opal. This was Anubis' tenth time defending the opal in a row, but not a successful defense. Ticallion won the first (and only) two matches of this challenge to win FireStar from Anubis, being the first person to wrest it from his control in over two long years.
Anubis Karos challenged Mur for FireStar. When Mur and Anubis were unable to meet Koyliak was appointed to defend the Opal for Anubis' challenge (see note on 4-1-07). Anubis defeated Koy to claim FireStar.
Chris Graziano issued a challenge to Dizzy to defend FireStar. When no reply was made, the opal was held forfiet. Chris refused to take a prize unearned, so it went to the second runner-up of Diamond Quest XXXV, Anubis.
As Ria ascended to the title of Diamond, the opal title went vacant. Neraster struggled against the odds to win an opal quest to claim the title. After the tournament, Tareth presented the actual opal to him, having returned from recovering it that morning.
At the end of DQ XXV, the Outback staff decided that the three highest finishers of the Diamond Quest should receive rights to the vacant opal titles. Jeremy, finishing fifth, gained the right to quest for the missing FireStar and lay claim to the title should he retrieve it.
Beck managed to severely injure Ria during the course of their challenge, and he disappeared with the opal shortly after. The stone remained missing for nearly two years, though many fought for just the title.
Both Ralez and Falablah Dalegate made challenges to Ulath, but since Ralez made his first, his was honored. Oddly, Ulath never showed for the duel, so it was declared that the two challengers should fight for the opal. Ralez took two matches without answer from Falablah, claiming FireStar.