Equus Battle Royal Finals

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 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: “Rue the Day”

Author: Laura VanArendonk Baugh

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

Species: Unicorn

Strength: 18

Dexterity: 17

Constitution: 16

Intellect: 11

Charisma: 18

(per Pathfinder stats w/ D&D mod)

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: Riders in the Sky

Author: V. F. LeSann

Equine Combatant’s Name): Peregrine

Species: Damned soul

Strength: 18

Dexterity: 15

Constitution: 16

Intellect: 13

Charisma: 12

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)

How to Vote:

Comment on this blog post with the title of the story you are voting for.

For example, if this week’s competitors were:

Star Wars vs. Star Trek

and you wanted to vote for Star Trekyou would leave a comment that said, “I vote for Star Trek.”

You may vote once each round, and each vote enters your name into a draw to win an awesome book (details here) so you could win alongside your favourite equine!

It’s just that easy.

 

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

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17 thoughts on “Equus Battle Royal Finals

  1. Riders in the Sky.

    Unicorns are cool, but damned souls…I mean, DAMN!

  2. As you may have noticed if you follow me on Twitter, this blog was borked last night.

    To make a very long story short, it was restored to a previous version of itself and seems to be holding steady for now *touch wood* Sadly, a lot of the comments/votes were lost.

    The good news is I keep a physical scoresheet so I know that as of Friday the scores were:

    Rue the Day — 87
    Riders in the Sky — 65

    If you voted on or before Friday night please don’t vote again. Your vote has been counted. If you voted on Saturday and don’t see your vote anymore, please do vote again.

    The bad news is that all those votes aren’t there for me to enter names into the draw for the book. If you’d like to be considered please just make a comment saying as much (without voting again if your vote has already been counted).

    I apologise for the inconvenience

    • tl;dr — all the votes made on or before the 7th have been counted already whether you can see them here or not.

  3. Hi. I made my vote before Friday, but I would still like to be entered into the drawing.

  4. I believe I voted before Friday, and would like to be in the drawing. Thx

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