Post by Wraith on Apr 15, 2017 4:12:16 GMT
Horse and Hop-Robin fetched padding for the lord commander, along with a ringmail hauberk to go over it, and greaves, gorget, and halfhelm. A black shield rimmed with iron for his left arm, a blunted longsword for his right hand. The sword gleamed silvery grey in the dawn light, almost new. One of the last to come from Donal's forge. A pity he did not live long enough to put an edge on it. The blade was shorter than Longclaw but made of common steel, which made it heavier. His blows would be a little slower. "It will serve." Jon turned to face his foes. "Come."
So Jon openly laments the fact that he's dueling Mance with a sword other than Longclaw, and that as such he's not as good as he should be. If Mance is Arthur, then I wonder if Mance was thinking the same thing while dueling with a greatsword that wasn't Dawn? Dawn, like Longclaw, granted its users greater abilities than they truly possess and therefore if Mance is Arthur, then Mance similarly wouldn't be fighting as well as he could if he had his proper sword.
Somehow he wasn't, though, and the blows he did land were having no effect. The wildling always seemed to be moving away or sliding sideways, so Jon's longsword glanced off a shoulder or an arm. Before long he found himself giving more ground, trying to avoid the other's crashing cuts and failing half the time. His shield had been reduced to kindling. He shook it off his arm. Sweat was running down his face and stinging his eyes beneath his helm. He is too strong and too quick, he realized, and with that greatsword he has weight and reach on me. It would have been a different fight if Jon had been armed with Longclaw, but …
I like it although considering how easily Mance beat Jon the idea of his with Dawn is terrifying.