I, Andy Peloquin, challenge you, EM Whittaker, to a duel to the death! But it is not we who will fight, but our characters…
In the black corner, weighing in at 180 pounds, standing a cool 6 feet tall, the Hunter of Voramis!
Tale of the Tape:
- Superhuman reflexes, strength, speed–think Captain America, but stronger
- Thousands of years of weapons training
- Body has accelerated healing factor–can survive a sword to the heart (can be killed by drowning, iron weapons, beheading, and suffocation)
- Cannot be killed by anything but iron
- Accursed dagger that heals him when he kills
- No magical abilities whatsoever
- No hesitation to kill if he perceives opponent as a threat/obstacle to his desires–classic anti-hero
In the purple corner, we have Aviere Mye, the Poisoner of Baltimore City, once-donna of central Baltimore.
Tale of the Tape:
- Can shift into a black panther (referred to as black jaguars in North America), and hold the form for five minutes at a time until practiced, due to her handicap listed below.
- Shift her eyes for heightened sight, smell and hearing, or shifting claws out to attack her opponent discretely.
- Poisoned blood from a genetic mutation at birth (being stuck or brushed by her claws causes paralysis after effecting the central nervous system).
- Highly advanced poison-making, potions and medicinal medicines. Masters Degree in pharmacology with a minor in biochemistry.
- Intelligence in the 190 IQ range, which allows her to analyze situations quickly.
- Skilled in street fighting, despite her lithe frame.
- Knowledgeable about the human body, including pressure and chakra points.
- Protected by magical talismans from her brother and husband. Since her older brother is a highly advanced mage, he’s spelled her jewelry and other items against negative soul sucking energies. The engagement and wedding rings from her husband prevent reading inside her mind and protect her from illusion magicks, since her greatest rival resorts to these tactics for attacks.
- Skilled with shooting small pistols and air guns (has a modified air gun used as a vial gun and poisoned needle gun).
Two enter the ring, only one can leave alive!
How would Aviere kill the Hunter? While the Hunter is a formidable foe, Aviere’s quick speed and cautious fighting style would allow her to keep her distance from the Hunter. She would only resort to shifting if she couldn’t attack him long distance, depending on what disguise he used. The poison she’d use depended on his form – if the Hunter donned a human disguise, she’d use a vial of hemlock or thallium to inject into the Hunter’s bloodstream. Effects would start immediately with cardiac and central nervous system problems, which can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. However, Aviere’s tested her concoctions on humans, shifters and mages with differing results, so she’d have to stall until the effects caused the desired effect – death.
To kill Aviere: The Hunter would try to overwhelm her with his inhuman speed, strength, and skill. All he has to do is pierce her skin with Soulhunger, and the dagger will consume her soul. Not even someone with considerable magical abilities can survive Soulhunger’s bite–it was created to kill demons.
Who would win?
The Hunter relies on strength and speed, while Aviere’s strength lie in her feline senses–she masks her scent and presence. Her fighting style consists of keeping her distance from her target, so with this strategy, she’d probably be successful against subduing the Hunter. She would keep back and shoot him with her poisons.
Because of his supernatural healing, the effects would wear off, but Aviere always keeps a vial contained with the same drugs for lethal injection. As the effects stall the Hunter as his body heals, she uses the advantage to shoot him with the last vial. With his abilities taxed, the Hunter probably wouldn’t fight off the combinations of anesthetic and paralytic agents, along with potassium chloride (which stops the heart and cardiac functions).
However, what Aviere doesn’t know is that none of her poisons work against the Hunter. They will slow him down, even temporarily appear to kill him, but he has survived worse. She fails to realize that pure iron or Soulhunger are the only weapons that can put an end to this half-demon assassin. Once the Hunter heals, he will come for her. Even if she is protected from Soulhunger’s bite, she can be broken and killed like any other mortal. The Hunter has faced many brutal thugs and street toughs, and they all lie dead.
Winner: The Hunter. Death does not come so easily for the assassin of Voramis.
Want to find out more about this poisoner who would dare challenge the legendary assassin of Voramis to the death? Click here to read about Aviere Mye…
Who do YOU think would win? Did we get the match-up right? Leave a comment below and let me know…
You would post the same duel to the death on your blog, but changing it so YOU challenge ME, and you post a link to my books. Sort of a cross-promo, but in a hella-fun way!