Equus Battle Royal – Round Five

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: A Complete Mare

Author: Tamsin Showbrook

Equine Combatant’s Name: Verity Marshall

Species: Norse God/Human hybrid

Strength: 16

Dexterity: 8

Constitution: 15

Intellect: 11

Charisma: 8

Special Attacks: High speed ram using the speed from all Verity’s eight legs.

Sleipnir Smackdown: a high jump into the air to land on the target, who then receives a pummeling from all eight of Verity’s hooves.

Special Defences: 360 degree vision.  Enhanced hearing and sense of smell.  Toughened skin which can protect against blades and bullets.

Note about character photo: Verity in her full hybrid state has four identical human heads, as well as four arms and four legs which end in hooves rather than hands and feet.

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.

Note about character photo: War unicorns were considered too fearsome to depict directly, so contemporary artists’ tended to render them in a very stylized fashion.

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.”

It’s just that easy.

 

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

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31 Responses to Equus Battle Royal – Round Five

  1. Tracy Leeming says:

    I vote a Complete Marw

  2. Margaret says:

    I mean, how can you not be in awe of a “Sleipnir Smackdown”? One vote for Verity!

  3. Pat says:

    I, too, aim to misbehave. Rue the Day, for me, on account of me being a bit of a browncoat.

  4. Jack says:

    Verity!

  5. Laura Harvey says:

    RUE THE DAY! Go Reaver! Stomp your enemies into the dust!

  6. Rhonda says:

    Today’s rolls are in! If we look just at the incoming votes the standings look like this:

    Verity – 3
    Nova & Reaver – 2

    Today the rolls were:

    Verity – 9
    Nova & Reaver – 11

    Which makes our standings as of right now

    Verity – 12
    Nova and Reaver – 15

  7. Brook West says:

    Nova & reaper!

  8. Rhonda says:

    Today’s rolls are in! If we look just at the incoming votes the standings look like this:

    Verity – 12
    Nova & Reaver – 16

    Today the rolls were:

    Verity – 12
    Nova & Reaver – 10

    Which makes our standings as of right now

    Verity – 24
    Nova and Reaver – 26

  9. Ray Smith says:

    “A Complete Mare”

  10. Nova & Reaver sound too formidable for Verity Marshall to handle. I vote for Rue the Day.

  11. Susannah Aston says:

    I vote for A Complete Mare

  12. Dan Sinclair says:

    I vote for Songweavers Vow. We Lions have your backs.

  13. TR Goodman says:

    I vote for Rue the Day!

  14. I’m gonna have to go with Nova & Reaver here, but this is a hard choice!

  15. Seekerwithin says:

    Nova and Reaver! Go get that 8-legged beastie!

  16. Rhonda says:

    Today’s rolls are in! If we look just at the incoming votes the standings look like this:

    Verity – 26
    Nova & Reaver – 30

    Today the rolls were:

    Verity – 19
    Nova & Reaver – 10

    Which makes our standings as of right now

    Verity – 45
    Nova and Reaver – 40

  17. Kate says:

    Sleipnir Smackdown vs. Too Damn Pretty to Die. This is SO HARD. Gonna have to go with Nova and Reaver.

  18. Todd Cleveland says:

    I vote for Rue the Day go Nova & Reaver

  19. Leslie says:

    A quick vote for a nova and Reaver

  20. Sarah says:

    I vote for Rue the Day

  21. Laura VanArendonk Baugh says:

    Ack! So close! I’d ask if I could view for myself, but this is a really hard one.

  22. Tammy says:

    If we’re allowed to vote for ourselves, I vote “A Complete Mare” (although war unicorns do sound ace!).

  23. Irini says:

    I vote for Rue the day, Nova and Reaver

  24. Megan Fennell says:

    I vote for Nova & Reaver!

  25. Rhonda says:

    I’m leaving voting open until 2pm MST.

  26. Jonathan Parrish says:

    Rue the Day!

  27. Beverley Proctor says:

    I vote for Verity Marshall

  28. Rhonda says:

    Closing voting.

  29. Jess Clayton says:

    A Complete Mare

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