Standing in the Vapaas 'Arena of Justice' that is used for trials by combat, surrounded by watching pirates...
"I am Gragas the Hailer! So, you are to be my challenger?"
The dark-skinned, slightly avian-looking man hefts his massive golden club. "Then, let us see you fight, ha!"
Both act at the same time - and both surge forward, throwing aside caution.
One blow each - the thunderbird's first blow with his mighty warhammer SLAMS Gratis aside - and into a wall of the Vapaas Arena of Justice, where he slumps to the ground unconscious.
Gratis, however, still gets one punch in - and it connects, turning into a crunching elbow-drive into the thunderbird's nose even as he starts flying away.
Slamming into the wall, Gratis can see blood drawn - his, on that immortal golden warclub, but also that of Gragas on his face. Gratis pushes himself off the wall, landing on his feet... barely.
Gratis raises his leg in preparation for a devastating axe-kick, and his opponent just surges forward faster
, grinning. The bladed boot comes down, only to be caught by a swiftly-raised base of the club, but this is all to plan - Gratis launches himself up with the caught foot, so that he can twist his other across his foe's face.
As the mortal Pirate-Lord falls to the ground and sinks towards unconsciousness, he can see Gragas...
...Raise his club in one hand...
...Raise the other hand to the giant slash across his face, eyes wide with surprise...
...Lower his club.
And he fades out to the cheers of pirates.
Hours later, he wakes, the Mayor sitting beside him.
"Boss! Boss, ya won! Also, Iodannus says he'll kill ya if you get up yet, but ya won!"
He looks around slightly. It's a bed, and a building. He's not quite up to recognizing if it's a building he knows yet, especially as his body starts to remember the intense, biting pain of a crushed side. "Now... get me a stiff drink."
"I had a beer, but... yeah, maybe I'll get something heavy for you, too. Just lemme see what's in the cellar..."
Looking around a little more, he notices that this bed has a headboard - and that the headboard has a giant, rainbow-winged hawk - with a great slash across its face, above the beak - sitting on it. "So... Did you have fun too?"
The hawk nods, as the mayor eventually brings enough drink to dull the pain.