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 ShadoWeaver and the combatants to have carried it.
Create Darkness - The holder of this Opal can create a globe of darkness about the
size of a basketball, or use several smaller forms of darkness that
would add up to roughly that amount. For example: The Opal can use
ShadoWeaver's minor power to blind an opponent for a limited time
(roughly a minute to 30 seconds; the larger the amount used the less
time you have). It can also be used to hide various items from view.
Confuse - Allows the dueler the ability to create several "Shadow"
forms of themselves that can potentially confuse and misdirect their
opponent. The use of this power is incredibly draining and should be
used with caution as it requires a great deal of the Opal's concentration
to not only perfect and land the move that will score, but to control the
various shadow forms that are seeking to confuse the opponent as well.
The opals were shattered during the 100th Diamond Quest and brought back together
during the 101st. With the reforging, the opals are more powerful than ever, though
no longer keen to lend their gifts to just anyone unless doing so fits with their
schemes. Quite often, they demand an exchange for what they share and leave their mark upon the user in
Beyond tricks of light and shadow, ShadoWeaver excels in creating beguiling
glamours as well as deceiving the senses and the mind – even that of its holder.
The black Opal enables its holders to blend in with the phantoms it creates,
blurring the line between illusion and reality. Its holder is capable of smooth
deception and remarkable guile through speech or magical illusions, often weaving
them together. Those who dig too deep into ShadoWeaver's abilities or give up too
much of themselves may find their very soul forever corrupted by its essence.
First come first served; so it was the case with Karma's challenge for ShadoWeaver. Stating her intentions as wishing to "help" Salvador, Karma challenged for his opal and received what some might consider a curt response. The two scheduled it and proceeded with little to no ill will to get it done. The first match saw Karma demonstrating a tactical siege gaining the first two points. Salvador was the first to adapt and feinted the jab to get on the board before the two traded sweeps to burn the rope at both ends. After a minor lull in the action Karma claimed match point with an aggressive jab sending Salvador on his heels. The challenger's aggression proved to be dual sided as it looked like Salvador might find his hooks and start threatening a comeback with an evasion putting him at one point behind. Karma might be many things and cunning is among them; with a deceitful kick she secured the first match in 9 rounds. In an eerie repeat the second bout opened identically to the first with Karma dipping out of the way of Salvador's jab- causing momentum issues again. With the shoe on the other foot it was clever faux kicking out of Karma against Sal's defense that earned her her second unanswered two point lead of the night. Undeterred the opal answered back to tie the match back up. From here Karma rapidly doubled her lead once again to match point in consecutive rounds. It looked as though this might be a repeat of the first only this time Salvador threw caution to the wind. Maybe in an act of hubris, Karma was caught off guard by the unfettered aggression and was soon met with sudden death after a combo by Salvador. After three rounds of posturing and trades, our fighters were still gridlocked, until Karma took the edge with a final kick to claim the night. With two wins, 5-3 in 9 and 6-5 in 14, Karma became the new holder of ShadoWeaver.
Utilizing his Badass Grant Salvador Delahada came knocking for Mart's ShadoWeaver Opal. For seemingly no reason other than random selection Sal challenged and the two soon met to settle the affair. The opening bout saw Mart strike first. Both fighters took their time feeling one another out before Mart managed to secure himself match point with a 4-1 lead. With a trade to come, Mart finished the fight with a trade. Unfortunately for the Opal holder this would mark his only victory on the night. Salvador roared back in the second match scoring four unanswered points before Mart got his first, only to be swiftly disposed of within six rounds. The third bout opened similarly to the second with the challenger claiming the first lead. Even with Mart managing a trade and another point he was unable to maintain Salvador's pace; the challenger ultimately usurped the Opal on the night with scores of 2-5 in 11, 5-1 in 6 and 5-2 in 8.
As winner of the Outback's third All-Ranks Tournament, Mallory had an Opal Grant to give away and Mart was the beneficiary! Former Squire to Matt Simon over at Battlefield Park, Mart wanted to face off against Matt over in the Outback. Matt, who'd waited nearly two decades to get ahold of the black opal, wasn't likely to give it up easily and seemed poised for victory after a solid 5-2 win in the first challenge match. Mart pulled off a 5-3 win in the second match to tie things up and in the deciding duel, found himself on the right end of a 5-2 score to claim his first Opal! Post-challenge, undeterred by warnings from both Matt and Koy, Mart expressed an eagerness to explore ShadoWeaver's powers at the earliest opportunity.
Mart's first defense would signify a night of firsts for him and his challenger, Haru Jeong. The first match opened with Mart striking first and hard. The score wavered with our fighters even in stride in the second, fourth, seventh and an eventual sudden death in round 8. Mart was able to secure the first match shortly after and began the second with as much gusto as the first. Taking a quick lead, Mart looked to be in control of the second match before Haru managed to wrangle back the fight to a tie. This would be his last point on the night as Mart sprinted to his first defense with a match score on the night of 5-4 in 9 and 5-2 in 7.
Matt's challenge for ShadoWeaver would be only the latest of a winding path that brought him to face Jaycy. Jaycy defended the opal from Mart which started up her queue allowing Matt the first shot at her. The first duel began with a short lead gained by Matt. Jaycy tied the match up swiftly and kept Matt within striking range as long as she could before Matt began to snowball his advantages. Taking to the offense, Matt managed to secure the first match with an aerial kick. The second match would prove to be more of a grind than the first. Matt came out with a smothering approach preventing Jaycy from getting on the board for 7 straight rounds. Utilizing his footwork and relying very little on his fists, Matt managed to keep her to just two points in 11 rounds. In mirrored scores Matt won ShadoWeaver in two duels: 5-2 in 8 and 5-2 in 11. This would end his 16 year drought of the Opal.
Someone other than Matt Simon finally challenged Gren, and it was the recently deposed 100th Diamond who did so! Down 2-4 in the first duel, Jaycy came back to win! Down again in the 2nd, Jaycy tied things at 3 apiece before Gren rattled off two straight points to force a 3rd duel. The last fight was the first ever fought in the Outback's newest ring, The Boiler, and Jaycy won it 5-2 to take hold of the newly reformed black opal!
Utilizing her Heavy Hitter grant from the All Ranks Tournament, Karma challenged Jaycy for ShadoWeaver. The challenge would proceed under Slugfest rules which allowed for a special and volatile set of duels. The first duel saw Karma come out to a steady start mounting a 3-1 lead by the fifth round. With a pair of devastating strikes, a punch and a kick, Jaycy managed to swing the match back in her favor by the last round. The second match would take a different tune with the defender opening with a vicious kick. From there the two fighters aimed to exploit any openings with Karma finding her own opening for a brutal punch. Much like the first, Jaycy brought about an end to the challenge with her kicks signing off on her first defense with two victories, 5-4 in 8 and 5-3 in 6.
Jaycy's next challenge would come about from unusual but not unheard of circumstances. Mart Di'luna, Ruby at the time of the challenge, was granted an opal challenge grant from Hope in conjunction with Jaycy waiving her own grace. This would mark the first challenge in line for what would become a challenge queue for ShadoWeaver. The first match between Mart and Jaycy saw both of them come out swinging with a trade. Jaycy was quick to act accumulating a 3-1 lead. To the title holder's surprise and many of our own, Mart returned the favor by scoring 3 unanswered points bringing him to match point.Jaycy managed to tie it up for sudden death which lasted three rounds until she found a well placed kick to end it. The second match was a bit unlike the first; Mart came out swinging and with the exception of one round where the score was tied up at 3-3, he dominated the tune and pushed the challenge to its final match. The third matchup between these two fighters was the most contentious of the three. For 9 rounds Jaycy would establish a single point lead before Mart would equalize back. This remained the trend until the final round where Jaycy secured her second defense for ShadoWeaver. This challenge ran the distance in three duels: 6-5 in 11, 3-5 in 10 and 5-3 in 10.
Having not held ShadoWeaver in his dueling career, Gren Blockman aimed to put an end to KC's lengthy reign. The challenge was spirited with KC taking the first duel 5-2 in 7 rounds. Undaunted, Gren fought hard to even things up after the second duel which saw both fighters heavily rely on defense, a tactic which brought Gren to a 5-3 win after 8 rounds. The third and final duel also lasted 8 rounds, with Gren coming out on top of another 5-3 score to end KC's reign at 926 days - 2nd all time for ShadoWeaver (single reign) and 3rd all time for all opals combined (single reign)!
Matt was the first Outback dueler to challenge Gren for ShadoWeaver, citing that it had been a long time since he'd held the black opal. Even though High Priestess Tara wasn't present to support either dueler, Gren proved the better fighter on the night and after losing the first duel 4-5, he won the next two handily, 5-1 and 5-3.
After Gren seemed to become possessed by the black opal during the 99th Diamond Quest (among other strange opal behaviors transpiring that same night), Matt Simon challenged Gren a second time. Unlike their first match, Gren won this in two straight duels, 5-1 and 5-4.
Matt came calling while Koy went after KC's sister Jenny for IceDancer in a family feud challenge night. The Chaes came out on top and KC defended winning 2 out of 3 with all 3 going to sudden death. 5-4. 4-5. 6-5.
The dueler recently called Clarice Queen (and now going by Hope) challenged Nayun for the black opal and successfully defeated her in a best of three (3-5 in 9, 5-4 in 10, and 5-3 in 9) to claim ShadoWeaver as her own.
After Tass retired, the Opal was put up as a prize in a Slugfest tourney. Two duelists showed up for the event, and Jake defeated Seirichi in two straight duels (of a best of three) to claim the prize. This marks the 3rd Opal Jake has won via Slugfest tourney.
Defended against Ellisa Morgan. Dizzy and Ellisa fought a long first duel, finally settled in Dizzy's favor with a score of 7-6 in 15 rounds, followed by a more solid 5-3 win leaving Dizzy still in control of the opal.
Though this Opal was put up as the second place prize for the 52nd Diamond Quest, it was awarded instead to third place finisher Koyliak VanDuran-Simon on the grounds that the official second place finisher already possessed an Opal of his own.
Vanion won ShadoWeaver by beating Jaycy in two out of three duels. The first duel went to Vanion, 5-3 in 11 rounds. The second went to Jaycy who won 5-1 in 9. And the third duel went to Vanion, 5-1 in 7.
At the end of DQ XXV, Tareth retired his claim on ShadoWeaver to take a leave from the Outback. With so many opals long vacant, the Outback staff decided that the three highest finishers of the Diamond Quest should recieve rights to the vacant opal titles. Matthew, taking fourth behind Dustin, Tareth and Daelin, claimed ShadoWeaver.