Equus Battle Royal — Round Three

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.

credit: Dillan Formato

VS.

Credit: Worth1000.com

Story Title: Stars, Wings, and Knitting Things

Author: J.G. Formato

Equine Combatant’s Name (if known): Pegasus

Species: Pegasus

Strength: 13

Dexterity: 12

Constitution: 7

Intellect: 16

Charisma: 9

Special Attacks:

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.

 

Special Defences:

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

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)

And

VS.

Story Title: Above the Silver Sky

Author: Dan Koboldt

Equine Combatant’s Name (if known):

Species: Equus argentum volantes

Strength: 10

Dexterity: 10

Constitution: 8

Intellect: 8

Charisma: 9

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

Species: Demon

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

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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26 thoughts on “Equus Battle Royal — Round Three

    • Above the Silver Sky AND Stars, Wings and Knitting things — or just Above the Silver Sky?

      I just want to clarify because both stories have winged horses for their character portraits.

  1. I’m voting for Peregrine and the Demon of Richter’s Hollow. Hate is hard to fight (though road apples from above might be a fun thing to try…)

  2. Oh, so hard to choose! (I am so looking forward to reading this!) Riders in the Sky & Hattie Richter.

  3. I vote for the fiery ones: Riders in the Sky, and Hattie. This choice may or may not be influenced by the desire to see a side battle between Demon Horse and Demon-Killing Horse.

  4. Voting for Riders in the Sky (because I’m shameless) and Last Ride of Hettie Richter, because demon versus damned is a throw-down I very much want to see!

  5. Before taking dice rolls into account today’s standings look like this:

    Stars, Wings, and Knitting Things — 7
    Riders in the Sky — 6

    Above the Silver Sky — 2
    The Last Ride of Hettie Richter — 5

    And now the rolls…

    Stars, Wings, and Knitting things rolled a 5
    Riders in the Sky rolled a 16

    Above the Silver Sky rolled a 6
    The Last Ride of Hettie Richter rolled a 13

    And so, at the end of day today the points look like this:

    Stars, Wings, and Knitting Things — 0
    Riders in the Sky — 17

    Above the Silver Sky — 0
    The Last Ride of Hettie Richter — 13

  6. Before today’s die rolls:

    Stars, Wings and Knitting Things – 1
    Riders in the Sky – 18

    Above the Silver Sky – 1
    The Last Ride of Hettie Richter – 13

    Today’s rolls:
    Stars, Wings and Knitting Things – 16
    Riders in the Sky – 14

    Above the Silver Sky – 7
    The Last Ride of Hettie Richter – 7

    New current totals:
    Stars, Wings and Knitting Things – 3
    Riders in the Sky – 16

    Above the Silver Sky – 1
    The Last Ride of Hettie Richter – 13

  7. Gotta vote for my fellow pegasi (and maintain my lawful good alignment), so Stars, Wings, and Knitting Things + Above the Silver Sky

  8. I’ve been informed that I can vote. So I’m voting for Peregrine and The Demon of Richter Hollow

  9. Before today’s die rolls:

    Stars, Wings and Knitting Things – 5
    Riders in the Sky – 17

    Above the Silver Sky – 3
    The Last Ride of Hettie Richter – 14

    Today’s rolls:
    Stars, Wings and Knitting Things – 8
    Riders in the Sky – 13

    Above the Silver Sky – 15
    The Last Ride of Hettie Richter – 13

    New current totals:
    Stars, Wings and Knitting Things – 0
    Riders in the Sky – 22

    Above the Silver Sky – 5
    The Last Ride of Hettie Richter – 12

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