Elder Scrolls Online’s Molag Bal vs Game Of Thrones’ King Joffrey Baratheon
Molag Bal: Molag Bal’s sphere of domination and enslavement of mortals is certainly comparable to King Joffrey’s reign of terror over the Seven Kingdoms. The ability to harvest souls and the fact that he is the Father of vampires gives Molag Bal a significant edge.
King Joffrey Baratheon: Joffrey Baratheon, the Iron Throne’s most recent incumbent rules Kings Landing and the Seven Kingdoms through fear and merciless brutality alone.
WINNER: Molag Bal can enslave souls, so he wins this round.
Molag Bal: Molag Bal lives in the shadow of the pact drawn up with Sotha Sil and though the penalties for breaking the Compact are unknown, it’s clear that Molag Bal is careful to stay strictly within the letter of it.
King Joffrey Baratheon: King Joffrey’s predecessor, Robert Baratheon, also feared the mother of Dragons, who many in Westeros believe to be the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, sanctioning the murder of Daenerys Targaryen and her unborn child.
WINNER: We think Joffrey is on borrowed time against dragons, so this one goes to Molag Bal.
Molag Bal: Molag Bal holds loyalty in little regard, and has no intention of honouring bargains with his closest minions.
King Joffrey Baratheon: Joffrey also appears to place little value on the lives of his nearest and dearest, threatening his own mother, Cersei, with death after striking him.
WINNER: Joffrey’s evil knows few bounds, but we still think even when it comes to malice, he is no match for Molag Bal.
Molag Bal: Molag Bal is supremely powerful – too powerful for any mere mortal to take on.
King Joffrey Baratheon: Much in the same way, Joffrey does very little of his own dirty work, with pint-sized Tyrion Lannister leading the King’s troops in the battle of the Blackwater, and his grandfather Tywin Lannister saving the day by thwarting the advance of Stannis Baratheon’s army.
WINNER: Joffrey has some powerful allies looking after him, but if push came to shove, we are pretty sure Joffrey’s soul would prove a particularly tasty morsel for the insatiable appetite of Molag Bal.
VERDICT: While Joffrey undoubtedly has the considerable power that comes with being King, we’re certain that Molag Bal would dispose of Joffrey Baratheon with similar abandon to that which Joffrey showed towards dispatching Ned Stark’s head. Molag Bal for the win.
Elder Scrolls Online’s Jorunn the Skald-King vs Game Of Thrones’ Jon Snow
Jorunn the Skald-King: Jorunn the Skald-King was a younger sibling who never expected to rule, knowing that his elder sister Nurnhilde was fated for the throne. Growing up a gifted musician, it wasn’t until invaders killed his sister that Jorunn had no choice but to fight, leading an alliance with former enemies to defeat the invaders and claim the throne.
Jon Snow: Living in the shadow of his siblings, Jon Snow, the illegitimate son of the Lord of Winterfell took a sacred oath – pledging his allegiance to the ancient order of the Night’s Watch who protect the Realm from all things north of The Wall. After his father was beheaded by King Joffrey, Jon reluctantly rejected the chance to fight beside his brother Robb in his assault on King’s Landing, instead remaining loyal to the Night’s Watch, where he trained in combat daily.
WINNER: Jon Snow was brought up to fight, so we’re giving this one to him.
Jorunn the Skald-King: Jorunn never had an interest in the business of ruling, but his natural leadership qualities elevated his status to unofficial leader of the creative community, wherever he found himself.
Jon Snow: Jon’s reputation as the best fighter among the brothers of the Night’s Watch is well cemented, having inflicted many a bump and bruise to his comrades in training. Jon’s acts of kindness also endeared him to the rest of the group when he befriended the hapless Samwell Tarly.
WINNER: Jon is a clear natural leader and is being groomed to head up the Night’s Watch. Jon edges this one.
Jorunn the Skald-King: For reasons as-yet unknown, the Greybeards helped him to summon a hero from Sovngarde to fight beside him.
Jon Snow: Jon Snow was the first man for thousands of years to kill one of the fabled Wights, infamous for their resilience to mortal weapons.
WINNER: Jon figured out how to kill dead people, but Jorunn’s cryptic supernatural abilities hand him this round.
Jorunn the Skald-King: Having never had designs on the throne, Jorunn is by far the most likeable monarch in Tamriel, devoted and loyal to his people with a strong sense of valor.
Jon Snow: We are yet to see if Jon Snow has what it takes to rule and grasp whether he has an unlikely claim to the throne – he certainly fits the bill as the bastard son of the Lord of Winterfell, never destined for greatness.
WINNER: Jorunn has already shown his worth here. This one goes to Jorunn the Skald-King.
VERDICT: Too tough to call this one, both have some incredible qualities that make them an even match. Draw.
Elder Scrolls Online’s Mannimarco vs Game Of Thrones’ Varys
Mannimarco: Mannimarco is Molag Bal’s leading, if not entirely trusted agent in Tamriel. An evil mastermind and chief of deception, Mannimarco heads up the Order of the Black Worm.
Varys: Varys the eunuch has his army of ‘little birds’ who look after his interests far and wide, including a failed attempt on the life of Daenerys Targaryen and her unborn child.
WINNER: Varys takes this stealth round.
Mannimarco: After trading directly with Molag Bal, Mannimarco’s powers increased tenfold. The self-styled King of Worms builds his nests of necromancy throughout all the provinces of the Empire. With near boundless magical talents, Mannimarco is a fearsome foe to be reckoned with.
Varys: Varys is the Master of Whispers and with good reason – he makes knowledge his currency and weapon against some very powerful foes and indeed many have suffered at his hands.
WINNER: Mannimarco. Varys may have his knowledge, but he is no match for Mannimarco here.
Mannimarco: Mannimarco is a skilled politician, working to deceive the emperors who have occupied the Ruby Throne. He has even succeeded in persuading the Elder Council to legalize necromancy and banish the Mages Guild from Cyrodiil.
Varys: Varys has served on the King’s Council for many years, seeking to “serve the realm”. Ultimately, this was to the detriment of the “Mad King” Aerys Targaryen, who was the last true Dragon to rule over the Seven Kingdoms until being stabbed in the back by Jaime Lannister, who was sworn to protect him. Varys has continued to sit on the King’s Council with members of the Lannister family.
WINNER: Varys’ mind for games wins him this one.
VERDICT: On the battlefield Mannimarco wins this one, but Varys’ scheming ways have allowed him to outlive even Kings. Varys sneaks the victory.
Elder Scrolls Online’s Queen Ayrenn vs Game Of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen
Queen Ayrenn: Although the Queen of the High Elves and leader of the Aldmeri Dominion, Ayrenn is far more at home with a blade in her hands than in a Court gown.
Daenerys Targaryen: Daenerys Targaryen, the last true Dragon, gave up ball gowns when she married the ferocious Dothraki warrior, Khal Drogo and showed her iron fist when standing by to watch her brother killed at the hands of her new husband, claiming that “he was no Dragon”.
WINNER: In hand-to-hand combat, we’re giving this one to Ayrenn.
Queen Ayrenn: Ayrenn travelled extensively, familiarizing herself with the cultures and customs of wider Tamriel, enjoying some reckless times along the way.
Daenerys Targaryen: Alienated and in refuge because of her bloodline, Daenerys has spent time in the wilderness wandering the desert and seeking the safety of her people following the death of her husband Khal Drogo.
WINNER: Wandering the Red Waste has hardened Daenerys and endeared her to her followers, but having ruled over the High Elves, this one goes to Ayrenn.
Queen Ayrenn: Ayrenn sees it as her place to take back the rule of Tamriel from the human usurpers, who have endured bloody empires time after time.
Daenerys Targaryen: Daenerys believes it is her birthright to sit on the Iron Throne, where Aerys Targaryen sat before being stabbed in the back.
WINNER: Daenerys has a strong claim to the throne, she takes this one.
Queen Ayrenn: Ayrenn is known for being diplomatic, but she does not suffer disagreement lightly and with her athleticism, razor sharp wit and fighting skills, she knows how to get what she wants.
Daenerys Targaryen: Ever the charmer and much loved leader, Daenerys Targaryen knows how to negotiate on behalf of her people. When this fails, she has dragons. Three dragons.
WINNER: Daenerys is too hot to handle in this round.
VERDICT: Two formidable forces who we cant separate, and wouldn’t try to! Draw.