For Goldeneyes and the Two Rivers!

It’s Suvudu Cage Match season again! Time for the return of the only March Madness I bother to pay attention to. For those of you new to the game, last year held its first Cage Match, pitting fantasy and science fiction characters against each other in an online popularity contest that culminated with an epic showdown between The Wheel of Time’s Rand “Stumpy” al’Thor and A Song of Ice and Fire’s Jamie “Kingslayer” Lannister.

Last year’s Cage Match had everything from myself and Jason Denzel shamelessly begging for votes, to both Brandon Sanderson and George R.R. Martin blogging their thoughts on the match.

This year, Perrin needs your help.

This year, the Wheel of Time is represented by Perrin “Golden Eyes” Aybara. He’s managed to defeat notable contenders like Paul Atreides, Martin the Warrior and Tasselhoff Burrfoot. Now he’s in the semi-finals against Quick Ben, the uber-powerful wizard from the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. The winner of this match goes on to battle Vin, from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy.

Now, a normal person would try to argue this based on merits, but since I’m the sort of person that dresses up like Wheel of Time characters on the weekends and I’ve never read the Malazan books, I just can’t. Quick Ben seems a nice enough guy. It’s too bad Perrin has to smash his brains out with a hammer.

Besides, won’t it be fun to see Brandon’s brain melt?

So go vote for Perrin! Before the voting closes on Sunday, April 3rd!

(It’s on! Malazan recappers Bill and Amanda mount a vigorous pro-Quick Ben counterpoint.)

Jennifer Liang is an administrator and co-webmaster of Dragonmount, the largest Wheel of Time fan site. She is the director of Wheel of Time programming for Dragon*Con and the chair of JordanCon, a Wheel of Time themed convention that’s totally taking place April 15-17 in Atlanta, GA. In 2009, Jennifer became the maintainer of the WOTFAQ, a document that has existed online in various forms since 1993. Recently, she became the host of’s Wheel of Time Facebook and Twitter portals.


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