Fourteen Equus contributors have agreed to pit the equine in their story against all the other horse-like creatures in the anthology and fight it out until only one is left standing. That victor shall win bragging rights… and maybe I’ll make a little ‘I won!’ graphic of some sort 😛
Each Tuesday the competitors will be announced and voting will open. Every vote a story receives counts as one point.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the competitors will each roll a twenty-sided die. The resulting number of points will be stolen from their competitor and added to their own score. I will update the scores via a comment on the blog post and social media.
Voting closes on Sunday at midnight MST.
Monday the winner (the story with the highest score) will be announced and move on to the next round.
credit: Dillan Formato
Story Title: Stars, Wings, and Knitting Things
Author: J.G. Formato
Equine Combatant’s Name (if known): Pegasus
Cosmic Kick- Pegasus rears back and kicks with his powerful front hooves.
Double Team- The little Pegasus, Equuleus, swoops in for an assist. They attack together like some Nintendo Ice Climbers.
Tickle Torture- Pegasus shoots feathers from his wings and tickles the opponent into submission.
Star Wall- Pegasus pulls the stars from neighboring constellations to create a barrier between him and his opponent.
Epic Flap- Pegasus flaps his mighty wings, propelling the opponent backwards and stunning them briefly.
Supernova- An explosive flare bursts forth from the stars, blinding the opponent temporarily.
Story Title: Riders in the Sky
Author: V. F. LeSann
Equine Combatant’s Name (if known): Peregrine
Species: Damned soul
Special Attacks: Iron hooves that get red-hot for kick attack. Stubborn horse-logic. Flame mane and tail for striking. Occasionally bursts into flame and moves at ghost-speed. He will bite. Plus when fighting demons.
Special Defences: Soul-bound and telepathically linked with a fully-armed and generally cranky Rider. Shared health pool with the Rider. Can look in someone’s eyes and judge the weight of their souls. He is not considered a living creature (damned/undead)
Story Title: Above the Silver Sky
Author: Dan Koboldt
Equine Combatant’s Name (if known):
Species: Equus argentum volantes
Special Attacks: Road apples from above. This horse can fly, and when high above his opponent, he’ll do what horses do best.
Special Defences: Herd defense. This horses’s band-mates are always on guard, making surprise attacks all but impossible. When you do attack, you’ll have to catch him first. That’s not easy, because he can fly.
Story Title: The Last Ride of Hettie Richter
Author: Cat McDonald
Equine Combatant’s Name (if known): The Demon of Richter Hollow
Strength: 18 (The demon takes the shape of a plough horse of abnormal height and strength)
Dexterity: 7 (It has hooves)
Constitution: 18 (Just huge man)
Intellect: 4 (The Demon of Richter Hollow is a creature made entirely of hate. It lacks any other decision-making or problem-solving skills.)
Charisma: 14 (The Demon of Richter Hollow is magnetic in the way all hate is.)
Special Attacks: None.
Special Defences: The area surrounding the Demon of Richter Hollow is hot, so hot that vegetation scorches and burns, wood catches fire, and water boils.
How to Vote:
Comment on this blog post with the title of the story/stories you are voting for.
For example, if this week’s competitors were:
Star Wars vs. Star Trek
Pirates vs. Ninjas
and you wanted to vote for Star Trek and Pirates you would leave a comment that said, “I vote for Star Trek and Pirates.”
And you don’t need to vote for something in each bracket–if you didn’t have a preference between Star Trek and Star Wars you could totally just vote for Pirates.
It’s just that easy.