(1/19/97 - 2/22/99)
AJ, or "WarBird", was the ninth Baron to hold this ring. Lyon ThrakHath challenged AJ almost immediately to avenge the House of Phoenix, but vengeance was not to be his. AJ became only the second baron to ever defend this ring.
He became the first Baron to defend it twice when Baphelocutis est Lathadoscia of House Llewys-Lathadoscia issued challenge. AJ made history in style by shutting out the would-be Baron in six rounds.
AJ's third defense was against former baron Raiyko Hideo. This one was a bit more complicated, as the Overlord of the time took a hand in the matter. Overlord Athlstan wished to test the worthiness of Raiyko, but instead Athlstan found himself in the ring against Renegade Baron Ford Prefect. Intent on seeing the challenge go through, Ford defeated the Overlord and sent him back to the spectators' seats. The match between AJ and Raiyko then proceeded as planned. In the end, Athlstan need not have concerned himself with the match as AJ, once again, demonstrated his prowess and desire to continue wearing the ring. After a nine round, 5-2, match, AJ remained the defender of the Second Ring.
Duke Adonai Uziel was the fourth challenger to fall to WarBird's blade. Once again, AJ's skill dominated the match, with Adonai scoring only a single point before it was over. In his last three matches AJ, had only given up as many points.
Next up was Verceterix Gavin 'ur Favre 'il Thorne. Though the name was of considerable length, the match was not. AJ dispatched Rix in seven rounds while giving up only two points.
The sixth to step forward and challenge the Baron was Prince Arlingond from the House Questrion. In a duel fought with honor from both parties, the Baron Bird did become the first to successfully defend his ring a sixth time, turning back Arlingond 5-3.
After a brief time of peace, the Baron once more was called to defend his ring. This time the challenge came from a familiar face as Verceterix Gavin 'ur Favre 'il Thorne, now additionally est Dracoern, once more sought to gain the Second ring. The Warlord though would never face the Baron as the Overlord Dalamar Ar'Daumon interceded for his loyal Baron. The Overlord defeated both the now commonplace intercession of the Renegade Baron Daegarth Mithmellon and the warlord. Thus insuring the Baron's right to wear the Second ring.
Coming up to his one year anniversary of holding the ring, the Loyal Baron was challenged for the eighth time by Warlord EVAN (MDickey). The odds running against the Baron who currently held the record for the most defenses, he faced the challenger in the ring without intercession and handed the newer Warlord a brutal 5-2 in six round defeat for his effort.
The next challenger seeking to break the Baron's record streak was Kingfish, Lord Advisor to the King of Covington. With due honors the Baron and the Warlord met on the Battlefield. The match was painful from the first, and the Baron took an early lead. Kingfish recovered well, though, and the lead wavered between the two for most of the long match. The Warbird's record was not to end yet, though. A timely thrust in the thirteenth round gave the Baron his ninth defense in a row, with a final score of 6-5.
Percival Marchand de Clermont, the White Duke, stepped forward next to threaten the Baron's reign. Despite the incalculable odds against any titleholder defending ten times, the Warbird did it, and did it in style, with a decisive 5-3 victory in eleven rounds.
Only one title holder had defended more often in a single reign than Baron AJ, Overlord Dalamar, to whom AJ had been loyal throughout his reign. But when the Overlord failed to appear at a challenge for his title, the Baron's Council was convened in judgment, and a bitter debate followed. Among the fallout was several of the Barons realigning themselves Renegade, including the Warbird.
Approaching the winter solstice, the Baron received his eleventh challenge. This time from the Warlord Jesse Troyan. The Warlord's impressive fighting skills were in full display, and from the first he lead the match. But the Warbird had not remained Baron so long without reason. His skill kept the match close-fought throughout, and in the tenth round cut under the Warlord's defenses to take the 5-4 victory.
Two years to the day after the Warbird first became Baron of the Second, he faced his twelfth defense, against Warlord Roland Sal Roa. This duel belonged to the Baron from the first. In five swift rounds AJ defeated his challenger 5 - 1, continuing his record-length reign as Baron.
The Baron was not to continue his incredible reign far past that twelfth challenge. On the morning of the First Quarter Warlord Tourney, notice was received by the officials of the sport; the Baron was ill, and was retiring to seek healing. With heavy hearts at the loss of so great a warrior, the Duel of Swords bade AJ good journey, and the Second Ring was placed as a prize in the Tourney.
To claim the Second Ring, Warlord Lucian fought long and hard to become the champion of the One-Loss Bracket in that Tourney, then went on to defeat No-Loss Bracket champion Eric Siadek twice in a row for the final victory. Upon claiming his prize, the newest Baron aligned himself Neutral to Overlord Eros.
Once self-proclaimed Emperor of Commoners, John Tasslehofl Momus took years to make Warlord. Once there, however, it was a relatively short time before he challenged, a move proclaimed jokingly by many to be the beginning of Armageddon. His choice of who to challenge, however, was far from a laughing matter, but rather the keeping of an old promise. Former Baron of the Second AJ had once told then-commoner Tass he would hold the ring until the kender came to claim it. Unfortunately, illness prevented the Warbird from keeping his word. Failing to take the prize in the Warlord Tourney, Tass challenged Lucian for a chance at the promised ring.
Lucian gave no word on his view of the challenge beyond acceptance and declaration of particulars of the match. The opening of the match quickly grew bloody, both men determine to leave the ring as Baron. Lucian's determination and skill proved the greater, though, and after eight rounds he remained Baron of the Second with a 5 - 2 victory.
Lucian's next challenge came from Warlord Deluthan Ev'rt, but when the time of the challenge came, neither Lucian nor the official requested to call the match showed. Though an official can easily be replaced, the defender cannot, and Deluthan turned the matter over to the Baron's Council.
Later Lucian informed the Council that personal business, the result of which was a death forced at his hands, had prevented him. But such losses, though saddening, are rarely considered in the final decision of such situations, and it was no different now. The Baron was stripped of his title, and Deluthen set against a champion, the recently returned Warbird and longest holder of this ring, AJ.
When the two faced off, AJ proved once more why the Second was never taken from him by force. Eight rounds after it began, Deluthan was defeated with a stunning 5.5 - 1 score in eight rounds. The Second joined the plethora of rings available as prizes for the upcoming Warlord Tourney.
(11/28/99 - 7/16/00)
Cletus reign would not be the peaceful one Marius enjoyed. Within two weeks of taking the Second Ring, Warlady Drakewyn Silvertree challenged, claiming the Baron lacking in honor and unfit to hold a ring. It is not honor, however, but sword skill which determines a Baron. On the night of the challenge, Cletus's skill proved the stronger, with an early lead and a final win of 5 - 2 in seven rounds.
Warlord Cassius Maximius was the next to bring challenge to the Baron, and the next to fall by his blade. For the third time, Cletus's strong opening gambit gave him the early lead, and after ten rounds he remained Baron of the Second with a 5 - 3 victory.
The Baron's third challenge came at the hand of Warlady Spike u'Shell Momus. This time it was the Challenger who took the early lead, a definite change from the norm. Not enough of a change, however, as the Baron scored five rounds in a row to defend his title by 5 - 2 in seven rounds.
The ladies of the Duel of Swords seemed to enjoy selecting Cletus as a target. When Warlady Ariadne Angeles brought her challenge against the Baron, she made three out of four challenges to him from women. It is said that the third time is charmed, and certainly something was working in the Warlady's favor the eve of the challenge. Whether injuries from a recent attack against him were more grievous than Cletus allowed, or whether he was simply outmatched, he left the challenge ring a Baron no more.