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Mallard is the captain of the Green Ducks. Alongside the rest of the team, they hail from the Brace Isles. Mallard is the sibling of fellow teammate Billy. Their coach, Bombay, is one of their parents.

Mallard is best known for being very consistent in both seasons of Marbula One as Mallard is one of the four athletes to place in top ten in the individual standings in both season, earning a total of 100 points and three medals across two seasons of competition.

Mallard is also known for their leadership as they led the team to a 2nd place finish in their debut in Marble League, also getting 3rd in Marbula One Season 2.

History

Pre-Marble League

Mallard and the rest of the Green Ducks are a team from the Brace Isles who have have been fans of marble sports since a young age. Mallard won tickets to Le Tour de Vellis in 2014, where they saw the Savage Speeders win the tournament for the first time. They returned to their hometown of Bermenghank to find their parent in the infirmarblery. Unfortunately, two days later they were gone.

Mallard's other parent, Bombay, wasn't working at the time and used most of the family's money to pay for the funeral. Bombay continued to struggle finding work, and Mallard found themselves working on a farm, looking after ducks with their sibling, Billy. During this time, the siblings made friends with fellow farmhands Quacky, Ducky and Goose, who were also working there while finishing off their primary education. The five became close friends over the years working on the farm, and especially bonded over their love for marble sports.

The Green Ducks in the Jungle Jumpers fan area

In 2017, Mallard secretly entered a bid to get tickets to Marble League 2017, and won. They surprised their friends with a trip to see the games in Knikkegen and watched from the Jungle Jumpers fan area, the team they supported as their colors reminded them of the grass on the farm. After they returned home, the group decided to start training to become marble sports athletes. They spoke to Bombay, who quit their job in tourism to become their coach. They decided to name their team the Green Ducks.

The Green Ducks started competing in minor leagues across the Brace Isles, a place not well known for marble sports at the time. They emerged as the most dominant team in the region. This way, the team earned themselves a great deal of sponsorships, allowing the team to become financially stable. They moved to Draklin in 2018 and started to use Joshdon Stadium as their home stadium.

In late 2018, rumors started to spread that Team Plasma were retiring from the Marble League due to lack of training, leaving an opening in the qualifiers for Marble League 2019. The Green Ducks promptly applied for participation in the Marble League, hoping to take their place. In early 2019, the team were accepted to take part in the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers.[1][2]

2019

Mallard finishing 5th in the Funnel Race

Despite being so new, the Green Ducks attracted a lot of attention from fans as they participated in the Qualifiers. Mallard opened the Qualifiers for the team by coming fifth in the first event, the Funnel Race. In the next event, Block Pushing, the Green Ducks got an unprecedented 117.0 cm, coming first and moving to the top of the standings. They came fifth again in the Relay Race, securing their spot in Marble League 2019. The Green Ducks dropped to fourth at the end of the Qualifiers, but given their exceptional performance early on, they qualified anyway. The team continued to gain fans, many of whom were fans of the Limers who had failed to qualify.

The Green Ducks had a strong start to Marble League 2019, with a silver medal in Event 1, the Underwater Race. This was followed by a seventh-place finish for Mallard in Event 2, the Funnel Race. The team then came 4th in the next three events. The momentum built up to Event 6, the Relay Run. In the final leg, Billy lurched forward ahead of Tangerin of the O'rangers to win the team's first gold medal, putting them at the top of the standings.

Mallard competing in the Hurdles Race

Over the next four events, the Green Ducks averaged seven points per event, keeping them in the top three, but they lost first place to the Raspberry Racers, who took the lead after Event 8, the Summer Biathlon. The team refocused before Event 11, the Dirt Race in which they finished in second. The Green Ducks followed this up with a record-breaking gold medal in Event 12, Rafting, reclaiming first place. Event 13, the Elimination Race, saw the Green Ducks face off against the Raspberry Racers once more in the final. Quacky got stuck just before the finish line, allowing the Raspberry Racers to claim their first ever gold medal.

The Ducks on the final Marble League 2019 podium

The Green Ducks remained in first, but would not medal again. They lost the lead in the standings to the Raspberry Racers after Mallard came 12th in Event 14, Surfing. The team ultimately finished in 2nd, behind the Raspberry Racers, with 204 points and five medals. The Green Ducks automatically qualified for Marble League 2020 and became the most successful rookie team in the Marble League. Their fanbase only continued to grow afterwards.[2]

2020

Marbula One Season 1

Mallard winning a silver medal at the Midnight Bay GP

While the Green Ducks were training for Marble League 2020, Bombay received a letter from the JMRC, saying the team had been invited to take part in Marbula One Season 1. They accepted and sent Mallard and Billy to represent them.[2] Continuing their rookie success, the Green Ducks had a promising start in the first half of Marbula One Season 1, with a race win and fastest lap for Billy in the O'raceway Grand Prix, followed by a fourth-place finish for Mallard in the Momotorway Grand Prix, making up for their 8th place finish in the opening Savage Speedway Grand Prix. However, multiple finishes outside of the top ten would be the Green Ducks' undoing. The fifth Grand Prix would be hosted by the Ducks at Greenstone, a race in which Mallard placed seventh. The following two races would be run by Billy, in which they placed thirteenth and seventh respectively. However, Mallard went on to achieve a second-place finish in the final Grand Prix at the Midnight Bay Circuit. This lead the Green Ducks to a respectable sixth-place finish overall with Mallard finishing eighth for individual racers.

Marble League 2020

The Green Ducks returned in the Marble League 2020 Friendly Round but did not perform as well as expected. They started with a third-place finish in Block Pushing, followed by a last place finish by Mallard in Funnel Endurance. Then in Balancing they had one finisher but only managed to come third, locking them out of the top two. They finished second in the final event, the 5 Meter Sprint but it was futile, and they finished the Friendly Round in last place.

Mallard in the starting gate for the Marble Marathon

The Ducks continued to fail to live up to the previous year's successes with two bottom half finishes in the first two events of Marble League 2020, Balancing and the Halfpipe. Hope returned after a fourth place finish in Funnel Endurance. However, this was followed by a six event spree of bottom half finishes, four of them in the bottom five, culminating in a last place finish by Goose in the Sand Mogul Race. This string of poor performances left them in last place overall, the opposite end of the table to where they had been the year before.

The team started to improve for the second part of the season. A sixth place finish by Billy in Event 10, the 5 Meter Sprint, lifted the team out of last into 14th overall, followed by a fourth place finish in the Black Hole Funnel. A string of mid-table finishes took the Ducks to the end of Marble League 2020 where they finished in 12th overall, a completely different season to the previous year. Fans began to question whether the previous year had been beginner's luck or whether this performance was a sophomore slump.

Marbula One Season 2

Mallard on the podium at the Minty Mania GP

Mallard and Billy returned for Marbula One Season 2 and had a strong start with a bronze medal for Mallard at the Minty Mania Grand Prix and a fifth place finish for Billy at the O'raceway, keeping the team in third overall. Mallard qualified well at the Honeydome Grand Prix in third but fell down the ranks and only managed 14th place finish. Billy returned the team to form with a sixth place finish at the Aquamaring Grand Prix and a fourth place finish for Mallard at the Tumult Turnpike. The first half of the season ended on a high note with Billy getting the double by both qualifying and finishing in first at the Arctic Circuit Grand Prix, taking the team into second behind the dominant Crazy Cat's Eyes. The Ducks had set a record by making it into Q3 of the qualifiers in every Grand Prix of the season so far.

2021

The Green Ducks competing in the Bobsled

Marble League Winter Special

During the mid-season break of Marbula One Season 2, the Green Ducks were invited to compete in the Marble League Winter Special, featuring sports the team had not competed in due to having formed after the last winter edition of the Marble League in 2018. The competition began with two seventh place finishes for Quacky and Mallard in the Ice Dash and Snowboard Cross respectively. Hopes of a medal in a Marble League style event were crushed after two fourth place finishes in the next two events, Speed Skating and the Bobsled. The Ducks had a disappointing thirteenth place finish in the final event, Ice Hockey, losing to the Savage Speeders in the first round. The team finished in 8th overall.

Marbula One Season 2

Mallard and Rapidly from Savage Speeders fighting for 2nd place in Misty Mountain GP (S2)

The Green Ducks got off to a slow start after the mid-season break of Marbula One Season 2 as they only managed to get four points scored by Mallard in the next two Grands Prix, but bad showings from other teams somehow kept the team in 2nd place, 71 points behind the dominant Crazy Cat's Eyes, making it almost impossible for the Ducks to clinch the championship. Things got even worse as Billy shockingly placed 17th in the qualifiers of the Palette Park Grand Prix despite qualifying in the top five for the first four Grands Prix. This Grand Prix cost the advantage the team had had as the team dropped to 3rd, with Thunderbolts again two point ahead and Team Momo close behind. Mallard was able to turn the fortunes around in Misty Mountain Grand Prix as Mallard was able to climb up quickly after the restart and was able to jump from 8th to 2nd in just three laps. The silver enabled the team to jump to 2nd, being the only team mathematically possible to win the championship with 52 points behind Crazy Cat's Eyes. Billy wasn't able to live up to expectations and only finished 10th in Savage Speedway Grand Prix, dropping to 3rd once again. They were able to keep the position until the end of the season, with both racers in top ten of the individual standings.

Mallard was sent to participate in the Marble League 2021 Practice Race and finished 19th.

Appearances

Year Competition Event Event Type Place Result Points
2019 Marble League 2019 Qualifiers Funnel Race Individual 5th 1:19.68 14
Block Pushing Team 1st 117.0 cm 25
Relay Race Team 5th 10.05 sec. 14
Marble League 2019 Funnel Race Individual 7th 1:41.40 9
Balancing Team 4th 304 cm 12
Gravitrax Slalom Team 4th 9.25 sec. 12
Relay Run Team 1st 9.779 sec. 25
Block Pushing Team 8th 60.9 cm 8
Hurdles Race Individual 5th 9.006 sec. 11
Hubelino Maze Team 8th 24 pts 8
Rafting Team 1st 33.74 sec. (MR) 25
Surfing Individual 12th 42.90 pts 4
Collision Team 6th Quarterfinal Loss 10
Sand Rally Individual 10th 2:03.20 6
2020 Marbula One Season 1 Savage Speedway Grand Prix Individual 8th 5:31.42 4
Momotorway Grand Prix Individual 4th 5:42.79 12
Greenstone Grand Prix Individual 9th 6:06.72 2
Midnight Bay Grand Prix Individual 2nd 7:55.12 18
Marble League 2020 Friendly Round Block Pushing Team 3rd 57.9 cm 2
Funnel Endurance Individual 4th 1:47.16 1
Balancing Team 3rd 339 cm 2
Marble League 2020 Balancing Team 9th 268 cm 7
Halfpipe Team 12th 54.00 sec. 4
Newton's Cradle Duo 10th 99.60 cm 6
Block Pushing Team 9th 76.00 cm 7
Triathlon Individual 15th 33.87 sec. 1
Relay Run Team 10th 8.476 sec. 6
Team Aquathlon Team 7th 19.48 sec. 9
Collision Team 6th Quarterfinal Loss 10
Marble Marathon Individual 13th 10:48.58 3
Marbula One Season 2 Minty Mania Grand Prix Individual 3rd 8:06.25 16
Honeydome Grand Prix Individual 14th 8:02.43 0
Tumult Turnpike Grand Prix Individual 4th 7:48.88 14
2021 Marble League Winter Special Snowboard Cross Individual 7th 21.29 sec. 9
Bobsled Team 4th 6.925 sec. 12
Ice Hockey Team 13th Round of 16 Loss 3
Marbula One Season 2 Momotorway Grand Prix Individual 9th 8:01.49 4
Misty Mountain Grand Prix Individual 2nd 7:56.29 20
Midnight Bay Grand Prix Individual 6th 7:57.81 10
Marble League 2021 Practice Race Sand Rally Individual 19th 3:06.59 -
Marble League 2021 Qualifiers Wave Team 5th 30 pts 7
5 Meter Relay Team 11th 9.240 sec. 1
Sand Rally Individual 8th 1:46.70 4
Marble League 2021 Wave Team 16th 19 pts 0
Balancing Team 1st 405 cm 25
5 Meter Relay Team 9th 8.618 sec. 7
Block Pushing Team 2nd 176.55 cm 20
Triathlon Individual 2nd 25.75 sec. 20
Steeplechase Team 2nd 25.75 sec. 20
Diving Team 9th 7.80 pts 7
Sand Rally Individual 13th 1:26.38 3
Football Team 10th Round of 16 Loss 8

Career Events

# Events 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Podiums
2019 14 3 0 0 3
2020 19 0 1 3 4
2021 19 1 4 0 5
Total 52 4 5 3 12

Note: Events include any kind of individual & team events (friendly events, other tournaments etc.)

Individual Career Points

Summary

# Events 1st 2nd 3rd Points
2019 5 0 0 0 44
2020 11 0 1 1 77
2021 8 0 2 0 70
Total 24 0 3 1 191

Marble League

# Events Gold Silver Bronze Points
2019 4 0 0 0 30
2020 3 0 0 0 10
2021 2 0 1 0 23
Total 9 0 1 0 63

Marbula One

# GPs Gold Silver Bronze Points
S1 4 0 1 0 36
S2 6 0 1 1 64
Total 10 0 2 1 100

Gallery

References

  1. Stynth (20th August 2019). RollBack: Green Ducks. The Rollout Issue Number 1 pp. 10-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Stynth, Roilan (24th August 2021). RetRollSpective – Green Ducks. Project Marblearth.
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