With talk of duels hitting the airwaves, I decided to recall my own experience of single combat... on the pretext of a trumped-up "slight", I was challenged to a duel to the death with venomous plants serving as weapons. In order to obtain my weapon, I had to travel to the cacogens' quarter of the city, and cut the stalk of the plant. Why did I cut the stem of the plant instead of tearing it up by the roots? Had I been able to tear it up, I might have found things clinging to the roots against which not even my badness would prevail. The plant's roots are set in hell.
Once I obtained the plant, I had to learn how to employ it as a weapon. The thick stalk had protruding spikes, suggesting that the plant be employed the same fashion as a Godendag, while the roughly spherical nodules (known to exobotanical specialists as orbs) could be detached from the stalk and thrown at one's opponent- with any contact sure to be fatal due to their virulently toxic nature.
Since I am writing this entry, it's pretty obvious that I survived my duel, through a dint of good luck. Because I was preoccupied at the time, I could not take any photographs of the duel itself, but I did take a picture of the heinous alien plant which I employed in combat:
I seem to recall a similar recent post at an Antipodean blog, but was unable to find it... reading through several months worth of posts was hilarious, though. Cheers, chums!
UPDATE: I found the "Riddled" post I was alluding to- I was looking for "Martial Rose Library", but it was Winchester, England. Tricky Kiwis, how do they work?