Equine Battle Royal — Round One

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 😛

How it Works:

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.

VS.

Story Title: To Ride a Steel Horse

Author: Stephanie A. Cain

Equine Combatant’s Name (if known): Aenbharr of Manannán

Species: Each Uisge

Strength: 12

Dexterity: 15

Constitution: 16

Intellect: 14

Charisma: 18

Special Attacks: Sharp teeth for ripping flesh; sticky skin to capture rider; eats cattle and humans.

Special Defences: Can shapeshift between enticing human form and dangerous equine form; is an extraordinarily fine riding horse when it can’t see salt water.

Story Title: Different

Author: Sandra Wickham

Equine Combatant’s Name (if known):

Species: Unicorn

Strength: 17

Dexterity: 13

Constitution: 15

Intellect: 16

Charisma: 17

Special Attacks: Rising up on forelegs, Stabbing Through the chest with horn

Special Defences: Any touch to the unicorn burns victims

And

War unicorns were considered too fearsome to depict directly, so contemporary artists’ tended to render them in a very stylized fashion.
VS.

Story Title: “Rue the Day”

Author: Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Equine Combatant’s Name (if known): Nova & Reaver (they’re a team)

Species: Unicorn

Strength: 18

Dexterity: 17

Constitution: 16

Intellect: 11

Charisma: 18

Special Attacks: Goring Horn (+8), Striking Hooves (+4)

These specially-trained war unicorns are skilled in the “airs above the ground,” or in RPG terms Acrobatics, and thus can Rogue their way across a battlefield to stomp you dead while simultaneously stabbing your buddy. And there’s not a thing you can do about it.

Special Defences: Magic Circle Against Evil, Too Damn Pretty To Die.

Evil Alignment creatures have difficulty closing distance against a unicorn. They also are a natural example of Reynolds’ Law, being Too Damn Pretty To Die.

Story Title: “Eel and Bloom”

Author: Diana Hurlburt

Equine Combatant’s Name (if known): Eel

Species: limerunner (native Floridian cousin to the Scottish kelpie)

Strength: 15

Dexterity: 10

Constitution: 17

Intellect: 8

Charisma: 12

Special Attacks: Overrun (limerunner hooves are sharp and their kick can exert more than 200 PSI); Jawbreaker (limerunners have carnivorous teeth and strong jaws).

Special Defences: low-light vision, keen sense of smell, heightened stamina for long-distance running and above-average speed (~40 mph) for distances under a mile, dexterity in water or on land.

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

and

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.

Cast your votes now, and may the best equine win!

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63 Responses to Equine Battle Royal — Round One

  1. I vote for “Rue the Day” vs. “To Ride a Steel Horse”

  2. Becky says:

    This was harder than I expected! But…

    Aenbharr of Manannán and Nova & Reaver.

  3. Let the battle begin! I vote for ‘To Ride A Steel Horse’ and ‘Rue the Day’. (Soooo looking forward to reading these, you guys!”

  4. Julie says:

    To Ride a Steel Horse and Rue the Day

  5. Connie Swaim says:

    I vote for Rue the Day

  6. Dan Sinclair says:

    Nova and Reaver for the winnie.

  7. Seeker says:

    I also vote for ‘To Ride A Steel Horse’ and ‘Rue the Day’!

  8. Margaret says:

    Eel & Bloom and To Ride a Steel Horse

  9. I vote for Aenbharr and Eel.

  10. Parker says:

    Rue the Day!

  11. Erin says:

    Nova and Reaver for sure!

  12. Amanda says:

    I vote for To Ride a Steel Horse and Rue the Day

  13. Dorothy Gale says:

    I vote for To Ride A Steel Horse!

  14. Marian Allen says:

    I vote for “Rue the Day”. Twice.

  15. Rhonda says:

    So far the points look like this:

    To Ride a Steel Horse — 9
    Different — 0
    Rue the Day — 11
    Eel and Bloom — 2

  16. Anne says:

    I vote for Different and Eel. Because unicorns are awesome, but limerunners get an extra point of “I’ve never heard of that and it sounds scary.”

  17. connie says:

    I vote “Eel and Bloom”

  18. Diana says:

    Voting for Eel and Aenbharr!

  19. Angel Leya says:

    I vote for To Ride a Steel Horse and Rue the Day. 🙂

  20. Sarah says:

    I vote for To Ride a Steel Horse and Rue the Day.

  21. Leslie says:

    Voting for:

    Eel and Bloom

    And

    Different

  22. I vote for Different the unicorn and Eel.

  23. David says:

    Voting for “Different.”

  24. Rhonda says:

    By my count the scores currently stand:

    To Ride a Steel Horse: 12
    Different: 4
    Rue the Day: 14
    Eel and Bloom: 7

    I did double-check them but if you’re bored feel free to check my math 🙂

  25. KT Wagner says:

    I vote for “Different” 🙂

  26. Margo says:

    I vote for “Different”

  27. Mary Brunk says:

    I vote for Different!

  28. Chris says:

    I vote for Different and Eel and Bloom.

  29. Margot Spronk says:

    I vote for Different

  30. SU says:

    Unicorn vs. Unicorn: Different and Rue the Day

  31. Leslie Wibberley says:

    I vote for Different, and Rue the Day. Unicorns for the win

  32. Todd Cleveland says:

    I vote for Rue the Day

  33. Sara Marian says:

    To Ride a Steel Horse and Rue the Day

  34. Kristene Perron says:

    I vote “Different” and “Eel and Bloom”

  35. Brooki West says:

    Steel Horse and Rue the Day.

  36. Pamela Carvajal Castillo says:

    I vote for “Different”

  37. margaret says:

    Different by Sandra Wickham

  38. Chadwick says:

    Different and Rue the Day

  39. Kate says:

    Steel Horse and Rue the Day!

  40. JP McLean says:

    I vote for Unicorn and Rue the Day

  41. Rhonda says:

    I’m just waiting on one little thing before I can post the rolls and let the competitors steal each other’s points. Right now the points look something like this:

    To Ride a Steel Horse — 15
    Different — 15

    Rue the Day — 22
    Eel and Bloom — 9

  42. Rhonda says:

    Today’s rolls are in!

    Just as a reminder, each participant is rolling a d20 today, tomorrow and Friday and stealing that many points from their opponent and adding them to their own score.

    Rue the Day rolled 17
    Eel and Bloom Rolled 12

    Different rolled 17
    To Ride a Steel Horse Rolled 12

    So 17 and 12 appear to be the numbers of the day LOL

    Current standings are:

    Rue the Day – 27
    Eel and Bloom – 4

    To Ride a Steel Horse – 10
    Different – 20

  43. Nan Van says:

    I vote for “Rue the Day” because the author lives near enough to get to me if I don’t! 🙂

  44. Ryan Schukei says:

    I vote for Rue the Day and To Ride A Steel Horse

  45. Sai says:

    I vote for ‘To Ride A Steel Horse’ and ‘Rue the Day’

  46. Cheryl viner says:

    I vote for To Ride a Steel Horse and Rue the Day

  47. Kathleen Nichols says:

    I vote for “Rue the Day”!

  48. MJ says:

    To Ride a Steel Horse- the other pair I felt equal

  49. Irini says:

    “Rue the day” and “To ride a steel horse”

  50. Lisa says:

    Wow! “To ride a Steel Horse” and ” Rue the Day”

  51. James Wheeler says:

    I vote for ‘To Ride A Steel Horse’ and ‘Rue the Day’.

  52. Sandy Della-Croce says:

    Rue the Day

  53. Julie Stafford says:

    I vote for Stefanie Cains steel horse.

  54. Rhonda says:

    We’ve had a few more votes come in. The current standings before adding in dice rolls for today are:

    Rue the Day – 36
    Eel and Bloom – 4

    To Ride a Steel Horse – 18
    Different – 20

  55. Rhonda says:

    Today’s rolls are in!

    Rue the Day rolled a 3 (video — https://1drv.ms/v/s!AhUxsxivhNMtorFhmHO1U9NKdXEgDQ )
    Eel and Bloom rolled a 9

    Different rolled a 17
    To Ride a Steel Horse rolled a 20

    Now, when I’m DMing games at home I give double damage on natural twenties… but we’re not doing that here. Sorry Aenbharr of Manannán.

    The current standings after today’s rolls are:

    Rue the Day – 30
    Eel and Bloom – 10

    To Ride a Steel Horse – 21
    Different – 17

    Keep the votes coming, they really make a difference!

  56. Jamie says:

    Rue the Day – Go Nova and Reaver!

  57. Rhonda says:

    The final rolls are in!

    To Ride a Steel Horse rolled 17
    Different rolled 2
    Rue the Day rolled 13
    Eel and Bloom rolled 10

    That makes our current standings look like this:

    To Ride a Steel Horse: 36
    Different: 2

    Rue the Day: 34
    Eel and Bloom: 7

    That’s it for rolls folks, now it’s all up to your votes! Votes close Sunday night, so get your votes in early!

  58. Dan Koboldt says:

    I vote “Steel Horse” and “Rue the Day”

  59. Ray Smith says:

    My votes are going for Aenbharr of Manannán and for Nova & Reaver (although if it had been Nova OR Reaver, then I think Eel would have won).

  60. Rhonda says:

    Right now the standings are:

    To Ride a Steel Horse: 38
    Different: 2

    Rue the Day: 36
    Eel and Bloom: 7

  61. Rhonda says:

    And with that I’m going to officially close voting and will announce the winners in the morning 🙂

  62. Kathy says:

    Rue the Day vs Eel & Bloom my vote Rue the Day
    To Ride a Steel Horse vs Different my vote To Ride a Steel Horse

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