The Grindstone's high popularity remained steady this week with seventy-two contestants and plenty of new faces. The final round pitted two dagger-wielding fighters against each other. The first, the Xaela Kalizej Dotharl, was not only new to the Grindstone, but had only arrived in Eorzea a week and a half ago. The latter, the mute Miqo'te N'zhovi Lyehga was also competing in the Grindstone for the first time and had entered along with his sister, Zujih Lyehga.
Throughout her matches, Dotharl showed an extremely aggressive fighting style that could easily have been deadly outside of the confines of the Grindstone. Her trademark move throughout the night was an eviscerating strike to the gut with her daggers, leading to a lot of bloodshed if it managed to connect. She also proved adept at avoiding attacks, exhibiting unexpected flexibility. She had managed to win her place in the finals by throwing a dagger right through the hand of the adept fighter Aeron Volkova, much to the dismay of his crowd of supporters from Aethertide Ventures.
As for Lyehga, he had won his place after defeating the martial artist Chiyo Hoshi, who passed out in his arms after being caught by the throat. Lyehga's sister Zujih was there to support him and had been competing as well until she lost to Kalizej Dotharl. Lyehga thus had won himself an opportunity to avenge the injury caused in that earlier match.
The final match was filled with dagger strikes and kicks, with Lyehga taking a few hits but managing to avoid too much damage thanks to his leather armor. After tiring of Dotharl's repeated stabbing attempts, Lyehga became enraged, grabbing the Au Ra by the tail and rending her shoulder with his teeth. This attack caused some serious injury, but left him open for a final successful stab in the back from Dotharl, piercing his armor and decisively ending the fight.
After the match, both contestants were bleeding and exhausted. However, Dotharl had a few words to say about her fighting style. "My mother was a warleader of the Dotharl, as was my husband. It is because of them and their guidance that I fight like I do. They both taught me everything I know."