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.
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!
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.