Azula vs. Galen Marek

After two days of prep time who will prevail in a fight to the death between the Dark Knight and the God of War?

Batman vs. Kratos

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Tournament of Mortals

First of all I would like to apologize to everyone who have been consistently following my blog for updates. I am sorry for the lack of progress, tests and loads of work have been hurting me. In addition I have recently founded a facebook group, dedicated to preserve one of the last dying embers of DW. There I am organizer to a tournament, the so-called tournament of mortals that I intend to preview here. Oh all the battles I have seen or done, this  tournament excites me the first. So many A list characters!

   The Tournament of Mortals is a tournament dedicated to finding out who is one of the greatest, most powerful mortals in fiction. To that end there are three requirements to getting in: 

1. Has to be able to beat Superman.

Yes, this battle could happen in the tournament, though both have formidable characters to get past first.  
2. Has to be able give his/her/its opponent a fair fight at least. 
Unlike in the comics both fighters will be warring to the bitter end here, should they clash.  

3. Be mortal or have a power rating low enough to get in (is capable of dying, even if just temporary). 
Alduin from Skyrim  is in, and funnily enough this may be a scene from his next battle, where he faces off against a powerful Warhammer character.
Diversity , fighting ability and potential are all factors behind a characters inclusion. 

There are also 4 Rules that make the overall tournament spectacular. 

1. Prep-time: With one exception, every character will be able to use two days prep time in which they can use a powerful library to look up all aspects of their foes and plan accordingly. Some even have pre-battle bonuses, like Batman's lab. 
This character's chances have now been tripled

2. All environments take place in neutral ground, which has characteristics benefiting both warriors.  I.E. Marvel mastermind Magneto fought the Queen of Blades Sarah Kerrigan in a valley containing both metal and Zerg creep. 
With Zerg creep her speed is nearly doubled, and she can see everything on it. 

3. Battles can be won by either knockout, incapacitation  or death, to give characters like Batman or Aang who don't like to kill the opportunity not to do so. Also makes it possible for one certain  character to be beaten. 
Though dangerous to pull off, Aang's energybending would allow Aang to finish the fight by forcibly removing his foe's powers. 

4. Most importantly, the winners are able to take from the losers items, weapons, armor, and/or even powers! This is determined by character ability and traits, and some gain even more unique applications, like whoever Alucard beats is forced to become his familiar (meaning forced to fight for him). 
Understandably, the sight of this man freaks many people out.

This is like a regular tournament, with established brackets.All characters are fully motivated, with the promise of whatever they could want if they win.  Winners are determined on the facebook group through reasoned voting. The following are the battles in round 1(plus theme songs/tributes when applicable!) :

*credit goes out to all the wonderful people who made these videos/pictures

Dr. Strange vs. Doctor Fate : 
  Amoung Comic book types, two companies stand out above all others: Marvel and DC. These universes contain all sorts of fantastic individuals, men and women both, with some of the most fantastic superpowers that the depths of human imagination can come up with .  Whether its light manipulation, super strength, reality warping,  overwhelming telepathic destruction; there seems to be no limit to what the minds in these two organizations can come up with. This battle will focus  on one set of superpowers and one set of superheroes, those that possess a mastery of magic beyond any other mortal in their respective universes. Doctor Strange has always stood gaurd against the threats to Earth, whether mystical or otherwise, but can he overcome the overpowering force that Doctor Fate and his helm of Nabu possess? In the ultimate battle of Marvel vs. DC, which of their opposing Sorcerer Supreme's will come out on top? 
               (Sorry best I could do for you,Fate!) 

Arthas Menthil  vs. The Ghost Rider:

  Johnny Blaze has man-handled many demons and sinners before, sending them straight to hell in with his punishing penance stare. In this battle however he faces his toughest foe yet; the tyrant of Northrend, Arthas Menthil/the Lich King. Fire meets ice, the Hellfire chain tangles with the cursed runeblade Frostmourne, and  all sorts of dark magic and twisted abominations are unleashed on Blaze and his Hellfire powers as the Ghost Rider finds a foe immune to his soul scorching gaze, for Arthas had lost his soul long ago....

The Incredible Hulk  vs. Doctor Who  :




 One of the most classic  questions asked by man has always been : Brain vs. Brawn? Our next bout pits the extremes of both against each other, as the World War Hulk(Green Scar version)  takes on the Lord of Time, Doctor Who.Both possess feats unparalleled, whether they be done through technology or a good old fashioned pounding, but only one can emerge victorious.  Can overwhelming strength and unsuppressed anger prevail, or will the gadgets and innovative mindset of the star of the longest running television series in history settle the dispute....permanently?
Jackie Estacado vs. Raven:

  * We are using the comic book version of Jackie here, as the video game one sucked. Raven's powers will also primarily be based on the comics, though both will retain aspects from their video games/anime series. 

 Throughout fiction there are many powerful wielders of the elemental force known as the darkness; here we deal with two of the most powerful versions. Raven has beaten many criminals in her career, and is a master witch, but she has never soloed a man quite like Jackie, a shapeshifter who has tanked blows with the hulk before, boosting his strength by summoning a massive army out of ...darkness. When we finally gather up the nerve to turn the light back on, which of these two will lie beaten and bloodied on the floor and the other triumphant?  

Albus Dumbledore vs. Emperor Palpatine:

  Star Wars was  considered THE main thing of my parent's generation, with media surrounding it omnipresent in many aspects of life, with phrases and figures from the series permeating into American mainstream culture. Nowadays Harry Potter seems to have replaced it, with a Harry Potter theme park even in existence to show for its influence. Thus its no wonder that figures from these two series have been pitted against each other frequently in forums dedicated to fiction. Today we are not dealing with the protagonists or squads of troops, instead the powerful  men who drove the plot forward and manipulated the action, both behind the scenes and when necessary, in the heat of battle. Two Machiavellian sages, one good, one evil  will fight one  titanic duel to determine whether wands and magic can trump the force and lightsabers. Both men enter the arena  at their most powerful, however only one will leave battered and bloody, but victorious nonetheless!

Captain Marvel vs. Rogue: 

  The debate between fans over  which comic book company, DC and Marvel,  is superior will probably be one of those timeless questions, one that will be debated for the rest of human history. While this next battle cannot claim to answer that question, it will give whichever series loses  Strange vs. Fate the chance to avenge their loss, or the victor to capitalize on it. Captain Marvel (ironically of the DC universe) , a boy who originally lived a miserable existence in a sewer, grew up to wield the power of the ancient wizard Shazam. Now a powerful hero, Captain Marvel can become more powerful still by calling upon the powerful mystic to aid him, gaining the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles, and speed of Mercury- all at once! SHAZAM! But his opponent today possesses the ability to take all that and throw it right back at him, absorbing the best of it for her own use. Rogue had always been a force to be reckoned with, given her special ability to take her enemies powers and make them her own through her life draining touch. Thus, the question here is whether good old Captain Marvel can keep Rouge at bay from afar, or whether Rogue  can use her impressive durability to close the distance to finish the fight with a single powerful touch?

Goku vs. Doomsday:
Depending on the Circumstance, that may be Spawn standing behind the two.
    I will not be shy to admit that growing up Goku was my hero. I loved the anime series that he starred in, what he stood for, the fights that he fought in- I was a complete DBZ fan as a kid. While I may have grew out of the series, I will never stop admiring the man that Goku represents- a selfless hero, willing and able to stand up to the worst the universe and stop their malicious intentions. Having exhausted all capable enemies in his own universe, Goku now needs a new opponent, one even he might not be able to vanquish. Doomsday's sole purpose is destruction, cruelly bred to adapt to the toughest conditions possible and overcome them. The creature desires nothing other then murder pure and simple, growing in power exponentially as it single-mindedly pursues the goal . Goku will have to once again take up his mantle as champion of the universe in order to stop this monster from bringing about its namesake- the end of times!
*Victory will be either the death of Goku or Knockout of Doomsday, seeing as the latter cannot be permanently destroyed. 
Spawn vs. Superman:
 Superman is arguably the most famous of the comic book heroes, and  a cultural icon to boot! Superman is the  antithesis of villainy and evildoers of all types, and the very definition of strength and fantastic feats. Able to fly into the sun unharmed, toss mountains with ease, and shoot power laser beams from his eyes, its no wonder that villains of Earth are scared of this guy. Unfortunately his opponent is one of the few who is not, and is capable of putting up a successful resistance to even Superman's scary might.  Spawn took on the forces of both Heaven and Hell , both the chief deities of each and all the angels and demons they commanded-and won. Magic is and always would be a soft spot for Superman, one that Spawn would gladly use against him should he manage to survive the onslaught of Earth's mightiest hero. 

Batman vs. Kratos:
  In this category reside a special pair of fighters. These two have made it into the tournament despite neither possessing any special non-equipment related powers, showing great cunning on the part of Batman, and pure ferocity for Kratos.While neither may wield powers like the rest of those in the tournament, they both have proved their capabilities against those that do- despite very different philosophies. Kratos's style emphasizes brutality and viscous executions, basking in the glory of combat, while Batman loves prior planning and stealth, aiming for takedowns rather then kills. In this round only one philosophy can prevail, as the slayer  of the entire Greek Panthenon takes on what many consider the living embodiment of Deus Ex Machina in the DC Universe. 

Magneto vs. Sarah Kerrigan: 

    The "Master of Magnetism" Magneto, frequent foe of the X-men and famous villain of Marvel, possesses power far beyond his title. He can create giant storms, set someone's nerves on fire, bend light and even construct giant robots out of nothing.  A formidable foe for anyone... a trait he shares with his opponent, Sarah Kerrigan. A girl drilled to kill without a moment's hesitation, the Queen of the Zerg Swarm, who is capable of destroying vehicles the size of cities effortlessly, scourging the landscape with a psionic storm,  or even collapsing the brain of her opponent with a single glance. Can Magneto's helmet hold up to the psionic onslaught long enough for him to score a victory, or will the Queen prove too much a challenge for even him to overcome? 

Azula vs. Galen Marek: 

  Age is no barrier to getting in this tournament, and these two powerful teenage prodigies prove that. One is the sword of her nation, a hyper-intelligent weapon of mass conquest, able to infiltrate the heart of her nation's staunchest enemy and tear it out. The other the secret assassin of Vader, trained to kill anyone and everyone at his master's command. Both have proven themselves capable of destroying the strongest enemies in their respective universes, with Azula nearly killing the Avatar while Marek defeated both his surrogate master and his true master (Emperor Palpatine)  in single combat. This duel between them will be completely unlike any other either have faced before, as the force takes on elemental fire-bending, two different types of lightning soar through the air, and master  of deception tries to make the most out of a character of impeccable offense. Who will win is anyone's guess. 

Shadow the Hedgehog vs. Thor:

   Shadow the Hedgehog. Anti-hero to the Sonic universe and on/off again foe of the more famous Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow vies for Sonic as the most powerful being in that universe. Capable of wielding the chaos powers, running at super-fast speeds and turning into the superhuman Super Shadow, one can quickly understand why Shadow has been dubbed "The Ultimate Life-form". That title is about to be put to the test, as he faces off against none other then a literal god, Thor of the Norse religion. Thor too comes to this battle with impressive feats, whether it wielding his mighty hammer wield the elemental forces of the storm, and possesses a super-transformation of his own. When these two titanic creatures collide the very Earth itself will quake as a result of their battle. 

Alucard vs. Alex Mercer: 

 For those familiar with the Hellsing series, Alucard is a name that needs no introduction. For those unfamiliar with the man is quite possibly the single most powerful vampire in fiction,  a monster who hunts other monsters. This man's impressive list of power and familiar army allows him to hunt down some of the most fearsome monsters the world has ever seen. He has killed the Monster of Fascism known as Millennium SS and even a monster of god known as Alexander Anderson....but never a monster of science, specifically the one known as Alex Mercer. This one man army took on the forces of both U.S. army/Blackwatch spec ops and the endless onslaught of New York infected, stemming from a outbreak he caused!Will Alex Mercer consume Alucard and make the no-life king's powers as his own, or will Alucard's familiar army gain a powerful new recruit? 

Eldrad Ulthran vs. Alduin: 

   In the extremely powerful Warhammer 40k universe, the Eldar stand out as the oldest and most technologically advanced species. And among the Eldar, the farseers stand out as individuals capable of using  foresight hundreds of years in the future to both save the Eldar species and in combat, where they are known walking into battle, each step meticulously planned a century in advance to allow them to avoid every speck of dirt, shrapnel or projectile thrown there way. Among the Eldar Farseers, Eldrad Ulthran is rightfully regarded as the greatest, having saved the Eldar race multiple times in his 10,000 year tenure. His opponent, the Nordic god Alduin, seeks to destroy rather then save, and has lived much longer. While Eldrad may have his psionic powers, Alduin has his dragon shouts, as well as his very majesty of presence. Will Eldrad rise to the occasion and prevent the demise of the Eldar once more, or will the Nordic god of Destruction leave his charred remains strewn across the arena? 

Mewtwo vs. Aang:

     In the Pokemon and Avatar universes, two beings stand out as some of the strongest of each. Both have played pivotal roles in their worlds, and are extremely formidable fighters both. Mewtwo, bred for the sole purpose of criminal gain, a psionic of almost unfathomable potential. Aang too was born for a purpose; to safeguard peace across the land and  return balance to the world. While the former understandably rebelled against his purpose the other embraced it, returning peace to his world. 
   Their past is history now, almost irrelevant to the coming battle. When these two clash Mewtwo's psionic powers will go against the very elements themselves as Aang unleashes his Avatar State. 

Sosuke Aizen(?) vs. ???:

Our Last Battle will pit the antagonist of Bleach, Sosuke Aizen against....

That is what we are trying to find out, who should get the last available slot?So far ideas include: Ermac, Scorpion, Ben 10, Juggernaut and many more. Who do you think should get in? 

What the Tournament looks like can be found here (*spoiler alert, will reveal the names of two winners * ) .

For those interested in participating in it, the facebook group can be found here.

So, what are your predictions? 

Thanks for your patience everyone! Maybe you'll see some of these guys another time, on this blog!