Lina's body faded away and, a few seconds later, she appeared fully healed, equipment restored, in the private box of the one that brought her here. "So," she said, "I hope I entertained you. Maybe enough for me to learn your name, at least?"
"Not really." said a deep male voice which appeared to be a humanoid shadow. "You did no damage. Perhaps in a later round you will find an enemy that you are able to wound or even defeat. I won't send anyone home until they entertain me by winning at least three times."
He stood up and dissolved, appearing in front of Rider. "So, Rider, you have won your first battle and were barely even fazed by your opponent's attacks. Is there anything you would ask of me before the next round? Remember, the more wins you have, the larger your reward."
The stands cheered, vague figures standing and applauding. They were also shrouded in darkness which could not be seen through.