I, Andy Peloquin, challenge you, Matt Posner, 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 brown corner, standing at 5′ 7″, we have Simon Magus, age 17, star senior of School of the Ages, America’s greatest magic school!
Tale of the Tape:
- Wields an antique British light cavalry saber previously used by his great-grandfather in the Sepoy Mutiny
- Shoots with a bow hand-crafted for him by Arjuna, the great archer from the great Hindu epic “the Mahabharata”
- Combat-oriented magician with a diverse repertoire of offensive and defensive spells
- Can cast a concealment spell that makes him sort of invisible, although this is less effective against elite warriors (like the Hunter) if they are trying to spot him.
- Can cause intense pain, knock his opponent back or down with magic, disarm his opponent, and improvise spells on the fly based on emerging combat situations
- His spell-casting is unlimited, and he can work magic as much as the situation requires until he gets too distracted, tired, or wounded
- Physically, except for a slight resistance to physical blows and pain that is basically genetic, he is a normal person.
Two enter the ring, only one can leave alive!
How would Simon kill the Hunter? Stay concealed and get out of the Hunter’s line of sight (behind him, or behind an object). He will then cast his disarming spell at the Hunter’s hand and knock him back from the weapon. Using his combat magic, he will try to get hold of Soulhunger to use it against the Hunter. Because the Hunter is vastly physically superior and has an elite soldier’s ability to see through the concealment spell, Simon can’t use his sword or bow and will probably have to keep knocking the Hunter down or knocking him back. He can’t kill the Hunter except with an iron weapon, but he can cause enough pain and injury with his magic to stun or briefly disable the Hunter so that he can use Soulhunger to kill him.
To kill Simon: The Hunter would try to overwhelm Simon with his inhuman speed, strength, and skill. All he has to do is pierce his skin with Soulhunger, and the dagger will consume his soul. Not even someone with considerable magical abilities can survive Soulhunger’s bite–it was created to kill demons.
Who would win?
Simon is no match for the Hunter’s superior training, and the Hunter knows it. He charges headlong toward the boy, snarling in rage, Soulhunger raised for the kill. He sees only a weak, helpless youth too foolish to know when he’s outmatch.
The assassin is unprepared for Simon’s magic–he has never faced its like on the world of Einan. Simon can cast spell after spell at the Hunter, who is forced to dodge as best he can. He pushes through the pain, but it’s a race against time.
Winner: It’s anyone’s game! Will Simon’s spell-casting stamina overmatch the Hunter’s healing ability and tolerance to pain? Will the Hunter’s superior skill, speed, and strength get him close enough to the boy to bring his sword or Soulhunger to bear? Only Mistress Luck can decide…
Want to find out more about this teenaged magician who would dare challenge the legendary assassin of Voramis to the death? Click here to read about Simon Magus…
Who do YOU think would win? Did we get the match-up right? Leave a comment below and let me know…
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