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20th Jul '17 1:59:55 PM Prometheus117
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** Cairne challenges Garrosh: [[AllThereInTheManual While it doesn't happen in-game]] it's widely referenced in-game. Garrosh's weapon was poisoned by a EvilChancellor, so Cairne was paralyzed as soon as Garrosh barely scratched him. He was then killed by Garrosh. He would likely have lost anyway, as his weapon was destroyed.

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** Cairne challenges Garrosh: [[AllThereInTheManual While it doesn't happen in-game]] it's widely referenced in-game. Garrosh's weapon was poisoned by a EvilChancellor, EvilChancellor without his knowledge, so Cairne was paralyzed as soon as Garrosh barely scratched him. He was then killed by Garrosh. He would likely have lost anyway, as his weapon was destroyed.
11th Jul '17 6:43:31 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', the Vivec Arena is used for settling matters of honor rather than prizefighting (as it is in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''). Completing the main quest and rising to the top of each non-mutually-exclusive Guild and Faction requires fighting in no fewer than four such duels, with several others optional (and not always lethal). Other quests involve [=NPCs=] fighting there as well.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** This is actively encouraged among [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orc]] tribes as part of the KlingonPromotion to become chief. This isn't primarily due to [[AmbitionIsEvil evil ambition]], though. Orcs are encouraged to kill their chieftain if he is too old or too weak to continue to lead, thus ensuring that whoever leads is stronger than the leader he replaces and strong enough to lead the tribe.
** [[ALoadOfBull Minotaurs]] have a [[BarbarianTribe primitive clan-like social structure]] along these lines. Typically living in groups numbering in the twenties, Minotaur clans are led by the strongest male who has breeding rights with all females of reproductive age. Younger males may attempt to challenge him for the position via such a duel.
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In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the Vivec Arena is used for settling matters of honor rather than prizefighting (as it is in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''). Completing the main quest and rising to the top of each non-mutually-exclusive Guild and Faction requires fighting in no fewer than four such duels, with several others optional (and not always lethal). Other quests involve [=NPCs=] fighting there as well.
9th Jul '17 11:49:56 PM mlsmithca
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* Although many works of art depict duels to the death, William Hogarth's ''[[NobilityMarriesMoney Marriage à la mode]]'' is a rare early example of "serial art" which features the trope. The six paintings show the disastrous ArrangedMarriage between the son of an ImpoverishedPatrician and the daughter of a NouveauRiche alderman; in the fifth painting, the husband has found his wife and her lover in bed together, challenged the lover to a duel, and lost. In the sixth painting, the lover has been executed for the nobleman's murder, and the wife [[DrivenToSuicide has poisoned herself out of grief and shame]].

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* Although many works of art depict duels to the death, William Hogarth's ''[[NobilityMarriesMoney Marriage à la mode]]'' ''Art/MarriageALaMode'' is a rare early example of "serial art" which features the trope. The six paintings show the disastrous ArrangedMarriage between the son of an ImpoverishedPatrician and the daughter of a NouveauRiche alderman; in the fifth painting, the husband has found his wife and her lover in bed together, challenged the lover to a duel, and lost. In the sixth painting, the lover has been executed for the nobleman's murder, and the wife [[DrivenToSuicide has poisoned herself out of grief and shame]].
9th Jul '17 9:59:31 AM Grudgeal
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* In ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', [[spoiler:Bjorn]] requests a death in this manner after taking a fatal gut wound. [[spoiler:Askeladd]] acquiesces.
28th Jun '17 5:30:05 PM nombretomado
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* American history has the UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton vs. Aaron Burr duel. This one is so steeped in personal enmity and political rivalry, and is of [[TropeCodifier such importance to the history of the United States]], it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr%E2%80%93Hamilton_duel gets its own article]] on TheOtherWiki.

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* American history has the UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton vs. Aaron Burr duel. This one is so steeped in personal enmity and political rivalry, and is of [[TropeCodifier such importance to the history of the United States]], it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr%E2%80%93Hamilton_duel gets its own article]] on TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
24th May '17 9:08:43 AM _ballerina_
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* In the ballet Raymonda, Countess Raymonda's betrothed and the Saracen visitor who was trying to seduce her fight a duel on the behalf of the visiting king of Hungary. Thanks to the help of the castle ghost, [[spoiler: the visitor dies, and Raymonda rejoices.]]
9th May '17 6:00:27 AM Derkhan
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* During the final battle in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', Shelena challenges her unnamed [[ColdBloodedTorture former tormentor]] to a duel to the death after having tracked him down. Since her enemy is a mage and she intends the duel to be fought with only their swords, she uses archmage Veres' presence to intimidate him into compliance. It's a long, drawn-out thing, as both of them turn out to be [[MasterSwordsman capable sword fighters]], but Shelena wins that particular contest of patience.
8th May '17 5:20:28 PM eowynjedi
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* Part of a changing medieval society ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall.'' King Jon had to make a declaration that Alanna is not allowed to issue challenges, otherwise she'd be forever beating up knights who don't think women should fight with swords, and while challenges of honor are still quite common when there's a tournament going on, fights to the ''death'' are verboten--instead it's a best-of-three joust. This doesn't stop one knight from trying to spit Keladry in a joust, but rather than call it off as a foul (which would be allowed and justified), Kel opts to finish the joust and unhorses him.


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* The 2008 miniseries of ''Series/SenseAndSensibility'' shows the "meeting by appointment" between Brandon and Willoughby as a SwordFight. In this version, Brandon ''does'' wound Willoughby, but decides to refrain from actually killing him.
4th May '17 4:52:53 PM eowynjedi
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* One episode of ''Series/{{Cadfael}}'' resolves this way thanks to taking place on the medieval Welsh border. Cadfael and Hugh Beringar determine that the dead man in the woods was called there for a duel over mistreating his niece,who happened to be his killer's long-lost granddaughter. Because the killer beat a swordsman while being unarmed himself, the death is declared not to be a murder.
11th Apr '17 10:14:19 AM IndustriousArc
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11962940/1/ A Brighter Dark]]'': In true honorable fashion, Ryoma and Xander decide to have a formal sword duel rather than allow their armies to descend into full battle. What follows is a long battle between two individuals who have been built up as absolute masters of their trade, with the author using extraordinary detail in describing each action and how it weighs on the course of the overall battle. During which, the focus periodically shifts to individuals working around the duel and trying to turn it to the advantage of their respective army. By the end of the duel, both of them are so badly wounded that they need to be dragged off by their allies.

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11962940/1/ A Brighter Dark]]'': ''Fanfic/ABrighterDark'': In true honorable fashion, Ryoma and Xander decide to have a formal sword duel rather than allow their armies to descend into full battle. What follows is a long battle between two individuals who have been built up as absolute masters of their trade, with the author using extraordinary detail in describing each action and how it weighs on the course of the overall battle. During which, the focus periodically shifts to individuals working around the duel and trying to turn it to the advantage of their respective army. By the end of the duel, both of them are so badly wounded that they need to be dragged off by their allies.
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