Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Universe Bowl IX: Chapter XXXIII

As Thunderclash approaches the Nova-structure, he releases his passengers Jor-El and Wolverine onto a small asteroid outcropping, where they believe they can gain access to their enemies. They are certain that once Thunderclash begins the battle with his opening attack, that they are banking on being significant, that they will be able make a difference inside. But perhaps all of that is unnecessary. Every person on George Washington's Slaves is hoping that maybe, just maybe this entire battle won't have to be executed completely; and that Thunderclash along with the Autobot leaders of old can make it happen.

“Come on guys, this isn't really gonna work, is it”?? Asks Dak over the comlink.

“I've seen this thing in action guys, in Season 2. And it really is incredible. I just don't know if this guy has the same touch that Optimus had back then........ WAIT. WAIT A SECOND. FALL BACK, This isn't going to work. ALL CRAFT FALL BACK”. Exclaims Wedge to his teammates.

“What's your malfunction Wedge?? Thunderclash is going to open the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and then we are going to follow in the firestorm and win this thing” You're the only person here who has seen the Matrix in action, Why the hell would you be the skeptic all the sudden”?? Asks Maverick authoritatively.

As this conversation begins and continues, Thunderclash is floating before the structure, opening up his chest plate and pulling out the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, so he can “Light their Darkest Hour” like some of the once great, passed on Autobot leaders of the past have done. Thunderclash pulls the object out of his chest and begins to raise it up. But Meanwhile:

As the stunt fighters circle back into their original formation, Wedge speaks: “Listen up guys, I can't believe I didn't think of it before. I'm not the only one here who was there on that fateful day against the Commandos when the Matrix was opened”.

“What are you talking about Wedge?? I've done my research. That was Season 2, hardly anybody was actually in the league back then; and is still around on this team today. Not to mention that even less, lived through that epic battle”. Says Poe.

Wedge answers: “They aren't on the team anymore. But back in the Conference Finals when we were saved by the Matrix, it wasn't Optimus Prime that opened it up. Optimus was taken out by Titan Cymeks before he could do it; and Yoda finished the job. It was Yoda that lit our darkest hour with that thing and YODA IS DOWN THERE ON THE OTHER TEAM”!!

As Thunderclash puts his massive metal hands in the finger holes of the Matrix, he can feel that Matrix wants to be opened.......

DOWN ON THE NOVA POWER ENFORCED ASTEROID.....

Yoda and Palpatine sit next to each other, meditating on a makeshift carpeted pad in a crevice on the asteroid.

“What is it my friend” Asks Palpatine.

“A disturbance I feel in The Force; but overcome it can be if the plan we follow. Work together we must”. Yoda answers.

“We will succeed if we work together Master Yoda”. Palpatine replies in his ever menacing tone.

“Hmm. Yes. Turned against them their weapon can be. Seen it have I. Controlled it have I”. Says Yoda.

The Force Masters then both return to deep meditation.

Back in the space outside the structure, Maverick opens up the comlink to the rest of the team. “Wolverine, listen up. You and Jor El need to find Yoda and stop him at all costs. While Superman, you and the rest of your super-powered fliers need to move in and start Phase Two without us. It is our only chance”.

Superman does not answer, as he and his fellow Slaves instantly begin following the order; but Wolverine adds: “Listen up Mav, Jor and I are on it I'll be sure to skewer that little green fighting machine or die trying; but we all know what really has to be done here bub. And you guys up there in the ships are the only ones who can do that...... Nothing noble about not being the guy willing to sacrifice one friend for a whole bunch of other lives. Logan and Jor OUT”.

Thunderclash begins to open up the Matrix, when he breaks radio silence. And says: “It's working guys, but there is something not right. This isn't how Optimus, Rodiums, Alpha Trion and the others said it would be in my dream. I don't feel the power of my elders flowing through me. I'm not commanding them, nor are they controlling my actions. I feel nothing. In fact, I don't think it is me opening this thing at all”!!

“We don't think it is either buddy”. Says Wedge. He continues: “We think Yoda might be controlling it down on the asteroid. And if that happens then that thing you just pulled out of your chest, may just light their darkest hour instead of ours. Can you put it back in your chest”??

“No, it won't let me”. Answers Thunderclash.

Maverick chimes in: “Wolverine thinks we should......”.

But Thunderclash cuts him off: “Wolverine is right. It is the only way”.

At the exact same time that this is transpiring, Wolverine and Jor El have just arrived outside the makeshift holdout of Yoda and The Emperor. Palpatine, knowing that Yoda's concentration cannot be broken ventures out on his own to answer the threat. Even Wolverine's strong sense of smell is useless to him with a space helmet on, which gives Palpatine the element of surprise as he leaps into action igniting his crimson blade. Wolverine and the Emperor jump into a pitched battle, when Jor El takes hold of his Kryptonian B.F.G. And takes aim. He fires a series of shots, but Palpatine is able to momentarily exit his battle with Wolverine and dodge the attacks. Palpatine then Force pushes Jor El to the ground, knocking his gun away in the process, while executing a spin through the air which lands him over top of Superman's father and delivers his lightsaber into Jor El's chest. “JOR”!! Wolverine screams as he becomes filled with rage and rushes towards Palpatine to reignite their battle.

BACK IN SPACE...

Maverick, Poe, Wedge, and Dak all circle back and issue a flurry of apologies and laser blasts on their friend Thunderclash, in an attempt to stop the Matrix from opening. Nothing seems to work, as The Matrix seems to not only block, but absorb the projectile attacks, much like a lightsaber does when wielded by a Jedi. They know that if they fire every missile they have at Thunderclash and the Matrix that it may work; but then there will be no way of taking out the defenses of the Nova-structure. Until Dak all of the sudden accelerates well past attack speed, diverting all laser and shield power to the rear thrusters.

“WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING SLAVE 4”?? Asks Slave Leader.

“I'm taking on the whole Matrix myself” responds Dak.

“We can't let him do that”. Says Poe.

“We have to”. Says Maverick and Wedge in unison as the three remaining X-Wings pull up and allow Dak to fire every missile he has, right before he flies the hull of his X-Wing directly into his friend Thunderclash, so as to sacrifice them both and give the Slaves one last shot at survival.

Meanwhile, Wolverine has managed to knock down Palpatine and smack the lightsaber from his hand. He is moving in on the Sith Lord, when Yoda wakes from his meditation, knowing that his plan to commandeer control of the Matrix has failed. “SHEEV”!! Yoda yells, as he realizes that his unlikely friend is in danger. Yoda leaps into action igniting his emerald colored lightsaber and runs at lightning speed at Wolverine. Yoda leaps with a flurry attack, flipping through the air and delivering his lightsaber and feet into the chest of Wolverine, knocking him back right before he was able to deliver the killing blow to The Emperor. Wolverine knocks Yoda to the ground as his healing factor begins to recover him from the lightsaber wound; but Yoda and Palpatine regroup as well. The battle is not quite pitched now as the two Force users surround and overwhelm Wolverine. Wolverine parries many of their attacks; but eventually loses what little control he had of the skirmish. Palpatine delivers a deadly stabbing wound to his heart while Yoda leaps behind the mutant and removes his head. Palpatine and Yoda then waste no time, as they are well aware of Wolverine's powers and skill set. Palpatine takes far too much pleasure in slicing Wolverine into about a dozen pieces, which Yoda then Force blasts into all different directions, sending them deep into space.

With the big plans of both of these teams to end this battle before it started quelled; the battle that these two teams were deserving is now completely underway. As Maverick, Wedge, and Poe dodge, evade, and fight back against the Nova controlled Nova-structure itself, in an attempt to find some sort of power source, Amazon is mid-air battling Ursa, Superman has begun trading blows with Steel Doomsday, Fernus and Doomslayer have begun an epic battle of who can be more cray-cray as the kids like to say-say, and Tomar Tu and Zillius Zox have both begun to move in towards Black Lantern Loki.

Ursa attempts to arrogantly overcome the weather controlling powers of Amazon by using her own powerful breath; but fails to do so. Amazon sees this little victory and decides to up the ante by throwing as much solar flared space weather as she can muster at Ursa; but the fully-powered Kryptonian will not be outclassed. Just because Ursa could not beat Amazon at her own game, doesn't mean she couldn't win the fight her way. Ursa manages to stay in the air against the powers of Princess Orora, fight through the resistance and grab a hold of Amazon. Once in close quarters Amazon feels that she may have the upper hand due to her superior melee skills; but that does not seem to matter either as it is not fighting prowess or latent ability that wins the day; but rather sheer physical strength. Ursa manages to let the blows of Amazon glance off of her as she gets her hands around her opponents neck, not letting go until she feels the vertebrae crack in her palm.

As the guy that took out the original Doomsday: Superman is not having quite as much trouble with the Steel version as some on The Highness may have hoped. Superman hangs back in the air after a series of exchanged punches and lets loose an intense blast of heat vision which burns away much of the protective armor donned by this particular Doomsday clone. Once the melted gear begins to bond to the Doomsday, Superman flies down and relentlessly pounds Steel Doomsday into oblivion with his fists.

Maverick, Wedge, and Poe are accomplishing amazing feats of acrobatic flight, in combating the turbo lasers of the Nova-structure; but they now finally believe that they have discovered the physical power source that Nova is pumping energy into and also from. The three stunt fighters swoop under the defenses and counter-measures laid out by good ol' Dick Rider (best name in all of comics) and put themselves in attack position. Maverick gives the order to fire as Wedge and Poe fire everything and Maverick fires all but two advanced missiles so as to save a little something for when the smoke clears. Mav gives the order for evacuation, and evacuate Poe and Wedge do. Although Maverick in the lead position of the formation is caught in one of the last counter-measures. Slave Leader's ship begins to spin out of control towards the center of power source; but right before his X-Wing is totally destroyed, he shoots off his remaining two projectiles to knock out the shields and power of the Nova-structure once and for all. Maverick's ship is still crushed into nothing by the sheer weight of the solidified energy around him.

Tomar Tu and Zillius Zox come at Black Lantern Loki from opposite sides and deliver a plethora of green constructs and red plasma vomit blasts at the Norse god of mischief. Known by all three competitors that they need to combine their lantern abilities in order to destroy Loki, they all act accordingly. In an attempt to separate the two Slaves Loki mischievously zaps a small meteor above them off course and sends it directly into Tomar Tu, burying him underneath it. Loki then easily fights through the red plasma blasts of Zox and rips his heart out for a quick feast. Loki revels in his victory and at the taste of the lantern heart, when an enraged Tomar Tu uses his ring to blast the boulder holding him down into pieces. Despite the protective green aura that his ring provides for him, Tu is extremely bruised and battered, serving to forget his normal overwhelming emotion and let anger take over. This ends up working in his favor as his anger attracts the free-floating red ring of Zox, which attaches itself to the left hand of Tomar. The newly made double lantern, puts a red aura around a massive green sword construct and uses it to slice Black Lantern Loki in half and this time kill him for good.

As Poe and Wedge double back and see how they can regroup and help the others, they are met by Nova himself, who is none too happy with the recent destruction of his super structure. Nova levels an enormous blast of energy in their direction, which completely wipes out Poe's ship and heavily damages the ship of Wedge. Wedge is able to right himself and notices Nova coming around for another pass. With no shields left, and his hull and systems functioning at only around 25%, Wedge takes aim at Nova with his lasers and in an incredible bout of luck and skill mixed is able to blast the small target into oblivion.

Doomslayer and Fernus are bloodied, burned, bruised, and barely breathing as their pitched battle continues. They have both thrown everything they have at one another, yet neither seems to gain the upper hand. As the two of them muster what remaining strength they have, they rush at one another. Fernus delivers a double fisted punch to the head of Doomslayer, while Doomslayer comes down hard on the head of Fernus with a building leveling punch. Both of their necks break, as they join each in death.

Superman regroups with the green and red ring wielding Tomar Tu, while Ursa stands alone awaiting the rendezvous of her teammates Palpatine and Yoda. As the two Force Masters are seen running towards them over the asteroid horizon and Ursa is flying fast to meet her nemesis Superman in battle, Tomar Tu envelops the area with a redish-green aura; so as to slow the motion of Palpatine and Yoda. Ursa barrages Superman with a flurry of punches, then backs away and hits him with a burst of heat vision delivered mid-flight. But Superman perseveres through the attack and then mounts one of his own. The two old enemies enter into a skirmish that is not quite as pitched as Ursa had hoped for as the Last Son of Krypton proves who the top Kryptonian is by getting a hold of Ursa and squeezing until her back begins to crack. Supes is then able to throw Ursa down to the hard asteroid ground and then quickly finish the attack by coming down hard, feet first on to Zod's former captain to grind her into oblivion and finish her off for good.

Tomar Tu's energy aura certainly worked to insure Superman a one on one battle against his old nemesis; but it was destined to not hold two warriors as powerful as Yoda and Sidious for long. As Yoda's concentration breaks he violently waves his arms causing the green and red energy aura to dissipate. Palpatine wastes no time; and as soon as Tomar is left exposed he takes action. The Dark Lord of the Sith leaps into action and sends his crimson lightsaber deep into the chest of Tomar Tu. By the time Palpatine lands, Yoda is ready and at his side for a final stand off between the incoming Kryptonian. Superman uses his mighty breath to blow Yoda over and send him momentarily sailing, while Palpatine ignites his lightsaber and leaps towards Supes. Superman is able to avoid most of the lightsaber swings, but the ones that do hit, do not deal nearly as much damage as the Sith Lord had hoped. Superman then hits Palpatine with a punch that would kill most humans, but the Force aura around the Sith Lord protects him from serious damage. Superman does not hesitate for a second as Palpatine is recovering to move in on Yoda and attempt to finish off the diminutive Senior Jedi. Supes starts unleashing a blast of heat vision on Yoda, who barely gets his lightsaber up in time to block it. As Yoda uses his Force weapon and the Force itself to block the Kryptonian power, Superman simply continues to up the power and gain the upper hand; but Palpatine leaps back into action to defend his unlikely ally by hitting Kal El with the strongest burst of Sith Lightning he has ever conjured. This throws Superman off of his game; but not before he inflicts mortally wounding burns to the body of Yoda. Superman then redirects his attack back to Palpatine, despite being bombarded with the Sith tainted Force Lightning. Superman, while being dealt intense pain from the glowing, powerful attack continues to slowly move towards Palpatine through his shouts of “NO” and “DIE”. Palpatine's vicious smile turns into a puzzled frown as his brutal shouts turn to a plea of “MASTER YODA!! PLEEEEEZE HELP”!!!!

Open wounds are visible all over the body of Superman from the Sith Lightning permeating his normally impenetrable skin; but this does not stop Superman from reaching The Emperor's position and grabbing a hold of his body. Superman bellows as he rips off the right arm of Palpatine with his left hand and delivers a neck breaking punch with his right fist. But mere seconds after the death of Palpatine, a green lightsaber, thrown from the scorched body of Yoda penetrates the skin of the Man of Steel through one of the Kryptonian's open wounds, finding his heart in the process. As Yoda and Superman both deal with the pain of their last few seconds of life, Yoda looks over at the lifeless body of his friend Sheev and says: “Avenged you are, dead ….. their........ champion........... is.....”.

SEVERAL HOURS LATER.....

“Superman are you there.... Jor El, Superman, Thunderclash, Maverick..... Is anybody there?? This is Ki Adi Mundi. Has anybody survived the attack. We need all hands back on The Playoff Planet. REPEAT. Is anybody left. Has anybody survived the attack”??

“General Mundi. This is Slave 2, reporting in”.

“WEDGE!! Is anybody else left”??

Wedge replies: “That's a negative General Mundi, I am the only survivor of this battle. My X-Wing is heavily damaged, and I am limping it back home to you. But I am the only one. Our team is dead..... Repeat, our team is.......... Dead.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Universe Bowl IX: Prequel

As the playoff planet itself has proven, nothing is ever completely over. Every ending, no matter how finite, can still lead to a new beginning. That doesn’t mean that things do not come to an end though, it just means that nobody should ever say never, well, at least they should know that never doesn’t exactly mean the end.

As the Living Tribunal and Kid Q both look down upon the new playoff planet, knowing full well that their own endings are upon them, they contemplate that very question.

Living Tribunal: Well kid, this is it. Our final fight.

Kid Q: Maybe it is for you LT but I don’t plan on this being the final chapter in my book. We are both god’s anyways, is there really an end for us?

LT: First off, we are not gods. We may have omnipotent qualities to us but we are far from being gods.

Kid Q: Speak for yourself but I can alter reality and create reality to my making, which sounds god-like to me.

LT: That’s exactly what I was saying, we are god-like but we are most definitely not gods.

Kid Q: Semantics. If either of us wanted this match to be null in void we could make it so and you know full well we could.

LT: Could we?

Kid Q: You know it.

LT: Then why don’t we? Why doesn’t one of us just end this battle before it starts and declare our teams the champions of this league.

Kid Q: (Stumbling over his words but never quite making out anything audible)

LT: You don’t know, right?

Kid Q: And I suppose you have the answer?

LT: No I don’t have the answer, none of us “God-Like” beings do and don’t you think a true god or creator would know the answer to a question like that?

Kid Q: Let’s just do it then, let’s both end this thing right now.

LT: (Laughs) Okay kid, let’s do it then.

Kid Q: Fine, I will. I’m bringing this one home for the good guys.

LT: Okay, I’m waiting.

Several minutes go by and nothing happens.

LT: Doesn’t feel like a victory has been had by either of us yet.

Kid Q: Well, that doesn’t mean that we can’t make it happen. Maybe if you were not here I would be able to easily do it but since you are here and have a similar power structure as I, we are unable to finish the job off.

LT: Or maybe since neither of us are gods, it is not even a remote possibility of this event taking place.

Kid Q: I don’t except that. We both know that if we wanted to do anything we could imagine, we could make it happen.

LT: Who is to say that we can imagine what we are both describing here? Maybe in our limited minds we are incapable of imaging such an outcome to this fight.

Kid Q: Are you saying that neither of us is able to imagine something that the both of us have been discussing for the previous fifteen minutes?

LT: No, what I am saying is that even though both of us believe we understand what we are discussing, that perhaps we our both woefully ignorant to the concept, despite the fact that we both believe we comprehend the idea behind the outcome.

Kid Q: Why say ten words when seventy five sounds so much smarter! (He says in a mocking tone)

LT: By god, I believe that is the universal sign for surrender. Would a god resort to mocking his opponent?

Kid Q: Evidently I would.

LT: (Laughs) Very well then.

Kid Q: What?

LT: Oh nothing, just funny.

Kid Q: What’s funny? I mean, I am well aware that I can be quite humorous when I need to be.

LT: Our final fight, it actually lived up to my expectations.

Kid Q: (Chuckles as he understands the meaning behind his comment) So it did, so it did.

LT: Well, you ending this or should I.

Kid Q: I think it is only fitting that we both make the decision to end this thing. After all, we are the god’s in this fight.

LT: Well when you put it that way, I have a hard time disagreeing with you. Well I suppose this is goodbye then kid.

Kid Q: Suppose so. Any regrets?

LT: Maybe a couple, but I don’t regret the time I put in, too many good memories.

Kid Q: Yeah, the good memories always outweigh the bad in the end.

LT: You?

Kid Q: Naw, no regrets, but it definitely is time.

LT: No doubt about that. Well kid, I guess I’ll see you on the other side.

Kid Q: No doubt about that. On the count of three...

LT: One.

Kid Q: Two.


The two god-like beings disappear from the battle and the remaining combatants finally making their way onto the field of play, setting this final fight of the year officially into motion.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Universe Bowl IX: Chapter XXXII.5

Master Ki Adi Mundi here, member of The Jedi High Council and longtime captain of George Washington's Slaves. Slave Log 4-33C. I was part of a convoy, and have since gotten lost; but I thought it important to document my quest. I have navigated this rocky landscape for some time now, with no sign of enemy or friend in sight. I have heard a bustling in the hedgerow, but I do not think it is any cause for alarm. Regardless, I will go check it out, for I am at a loss as to what my mission objectives should bring.

A young woman looks to her three smaller companions and tells them to sit tight and wait for her return, while she goes to investigate the noise on the other side of the cactus outcropping that they were using for cover.

As the two figures turn the corner to meet fact to face, Ki Adi Mundi places his right hand over the hilt of his lightsaber, while the young woman does the same to her own belted Jedi weapon. The young woman speaks: “Master Mundi?? Not the combatant I was expecting”.

Mundi answers: “Dora?? What on Coruscant are you doing here”??

“My consolation match is supposed to begin, but some how I have found myself here”. Responds Dora.

“We have met before as enemies young Dora, but I hope you agree that we have no quarrel this day”. Says Ki Adi.

“I agree Master Jedi”. Responds the explorer.

The conversation continues, as Master Mundi begins to tread somewhere near small talk: “I understand that your great and storied team will be under new management next season. As a fellow Season 1 veteran of a storied franchise, I wish to extend a leaf of graciousness toward you, your team, your owner, and your history”.

Dora answers: “I extend my gratitude for your kind words Master Jedi. I must confess that I know not what will come of me, my friends, or my team going into next season. But I will be ready to serve like the soldier I am regardless of the situation. Although, with this being said, I have a match to fight, it may pale in comparison to the match you are the midst of, but it is a match nonetheless. And a good soldier does not judge their mission based on another's sense of worth”.

They begin to walk away from each other, when Ki Adi Mundi looks back at the young lady and says: “Dora.......

“Yes”??

“Good luck to you young one, here today and in whatever the future brings you”.

“Same to you Master Jedi”. Dora responds.

With that Ki Adi Mundi finds an outcropping where he watches the following match transpire:

Pop-Superstar Hannah Montana and President Barack Obama's “Best of Both Worlds” Touring Battalion of Commandos take the field for the last time to battle John and Vader's House of Sith Aids.
The Commandos are Dora the Explorer w/ Boots, Backpack, and The Map.

The Sith Aids are Desmond Howard.


As Superbowl MVP and NCAA Heisman Trophy Winner Desmond Howard awaits his opponents, Boots wears Backpack and holds The Map showing them exactly the destination that could possibly be their very last battle. Desmond stands at the ready, statuesque in his physical appearance, and confident in the way he is holding his pugil stick. A true American Gladiator: Howard seems well aware of his obvious advantage over a young woman and her pet monkey.

As Dora and her friends look up at the ladder placed next to the Joust stand, Boots takes note that the Watchers have only supplied one pugil stick for each squad. Boots speaks: “That's okay Dora. I'll use the pugil stick, and you can use your lightsaber. You are the best with that thing anyhow. He'll be no match for us if we work together”.

Dora replies: “That is probably right Boots. But we were chosen for this mission for a reason. And I am not normally in the vain of analyzing a military situation; but I think we were chosen to provide honor for our great team, on its way out of this storied league”.

“What do you mean”?? Asks Boots.

“It means that the rules implied with this setting must be followed. I grew up watching fifteen year old episodes of American Gladiators reruns back home. And I must go fight him.... ALONE”.

“But Dora”..... Says Boots as the young explorer pulls her lightsaber from her belt and hands it to her monkey friend before climbing onto the Joust stand weaponless.

Dora, hell bent on competing fairly grabs a hold of the over-sized pugil stick for her small framed body.

Desmond looks over at his much smaller opponents and speaks: “Dora the Explorer..... Your reputation precedes you. Both your past accolades and current demeanor are worthy of the highest praise in the annals of The FFL History Books. Although, I do believe my physical prowess provides me a significant advantage here. I appreciate your want for fairness, but the FFL point system exists for a reason. I personally have no problem with your teammates accompanying you. But you do not seem like you are interested in my offer”.

“Gracias” Dora replies.

“I feel guilty battling someone who insists upon being so honor bound, in a sport that so favors size; when my size and strength advantage is so notable”. Says Howard.

“Cuanto más grande son más fuerte caen”.

The match begins:

Desmond swings hard, but Dora moves her head just barely to the left. Dora then applies a trio of swift hits to the chest of Howard that serve to virtually not move him at all. Desmond goes on to deliver a half dozen more attempted blows, every one of which would have knocked Dora into the lava below, but not one of them hit their mark due to Dora's swift dodging ability. Dora continues to hit Howard in the same spot in the chest with virtually no effect. Desmond then delivers a blow to the face of Dora that she does not even seem to try and dodge. But Dora stands staring, as if to simply prove that she could withstand a hit from the behemoth. Howard then goes in for the finishing blow, but Dora regains her composure and once again ducks the attack. Dora then leaps back into action and once again delivers a trio of blows to the same spot on the chest of Desmond, to no avail. Dora then back-steps, allowing Desmond Howard to move towards her, but the football player does not realize how the repeated and calculated blows to his chest have thrown off his equilibrium. Howard goes in for another power blow, but this time Dora moves swifter than the athlete could have possibly imagined. She ducks the attack and slides under his legs, whacking his left ankle with her pugil stick and taking him off his compromised balance. Sending the larger opponent down to the lava below. Just as Dora had predicted in her native tongue.

Universe Bowl IX: Chapter XXXII

“Listen up Slaves, this is Jor El, contacting you from the inside of Thunderclash. Wolverine is in here with us as well. The attack is about to begin, and we will be your first wave”.

“Hopefully the last wave too, if Thunderclash here's Autobot Matrix of Leadership is worth its salt”. Wolverine interrupts.

Jor El continues: “That's the last you guys are going to hear from us for a while though, as I am handing the com over to the heir of my House of El and courageous son: Superman”.

Superman takes over the conversation: “Thanks Dad, but no need for pleasantries here. As Jor El mentioned; he, Thunderclash, and Wolverine are starting us off with a full frontal attack. I will be sneaking up the left flank solo, while Fernus, Amazon, Zillius Zox, and Tomar Tu will take up the right flank”.

“Victory shall be ours Kal El”. Says Princess Ororo, AKA: Amazon.

“We shall bring death and destruction upon them”. Adds Fernus.

Tomar Tu breaks protocol and asks: “What happened to Master Mundi?? Was he not supposed to be a part of this assault?? I thought he was with you Logan”??

“We got separated. I was hoping he would make the rendezvous point, but he didn't. Hopefully he'll be alright”. Replies Wolvie.

“What I am concerned with, is how we are going to take down the shields of the Nova Field. I thought we were going to have some back-up from Slave Squadron”?? Asks Zillius Zox.

Superman replies: “We are not totally sure which of our fighters have made it out of the battle with the Death Star, and other dog fights; but they should be making their way into the system shortly. In fact, a blip is appearing on the com sequence now”.

“Slave 2 standing by”.

“WEDGE!! Nice of you to drop by says Thunderclash with excitement. The Autobot leader continues:
But Slave 2?? I thought for sure, you would be leading this suicide mission?? Don't tell me they put that bum Poe in charge”??

“I heard that you old rustbucket. I'm not in charge either though, sounds like General Washington has something else in mind; but Dack and I are here to help blow up another one of these damn things. Oops, almost forgot: Slave 3 standing by”. Says Poe.

“Slave 4 standing by, no silly quips here, I'm in the zone. Some days you just feel like you could take down the whole Royal Highness yourself”. Adds Dack.

“Maverick here”.

“MAVERICK!! I thought you were dead”?? Exclaims Wedge!!

“You didn't really think a Plantagenet King who had never even seen a plane before could take me out did you?? I escaped the firefight and have been flying under the radar ever since for this exact moment, just as Washington commanded. Jor El helped me rig up some space-worthy equipment for this Stealth and now I FEEL THE NEED FOR LIGHT SPEED!! If you know what I mean!! Now let's get this show on the road”!! Maverick continues:

“Slave Leader standing by”.

“Set S-Foils in a attack position”.

Universe Bowl IX: Chapter XXXI

Space may dwarf the large asteroid housing the energy projection system of the Nova Corps Core; but it is the center of attention for the story we are about to witness. As Richard Rider himself sits in his control panel-ship around one hundred feet above the alien engineered system. Doomslayer and Steel Doomsday remain parked on their separate small rock chunks circling Nova as the personal bodyguards of the base, while Ursa flies freely, scouting out the inevitable attack from The Slaves. Palpatine and Yoda give one last check to the defenses and then land on the asteroid next to the power source. They have emergency space helmets in place, but the makeshift atmosphere makes them unnecessary at this time.

Black Lantern Loki lands next to his Force using friends, and nods, knowing that the battle is about to begin.

“This station is small, but it should serve as a good point of defense for the destruction of the Slaves power force”. Says Palpatine to his allies.

Yoda opens his eyes from a brief Force Meditation and says: “Strong are the combatants approaching. Fall this base will, but take with it their team it hopefully will”......

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Universe Bowl IX: Chapter XXX

The quiet of space.

The sheer vastness is breathtaking even for one as powerful as we the Watchers. Even with superstructures being constructed, starships rocketing in, and the visible strings of sheer power and energy emanating from the auras of those combatants about to do battle; one must respect the ability of space to dwarf it all. This battle has taken these two teams to nearly every imaginable setting thus far.

But not yet here.

Not yet to space. Not yet to the birthplace of all things cosmic. And it is here; it is destined to be here that the ranks will be cleansed. Where men disguised as gods with power to nearly match; will do battle for the ultimate prize.

Space.........

Although space itself may not be threatened, compromised, or even noticeably touched by what is about to transpire here. No man, God, or god could possibly say the same for The Highness of The Slaves.

You shall be witnesses.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Universe Bowl IX: Chapter XXIX

Sheev Palpatine and Minch Yoda: Dark Lord of the Sith and Senior Jedi Council Member: The most unlikely of allies sit side by side in a small starship just barely large enough for the two indian-style-seated Force users. Deep in meditation, hovering within the Nova Corps powered energy field, the two barely pay heed to Richard Rider, the man at the helm of the construct. Ursa flies by as well, while Doomslayer and Steel Doomsday are perched on separate small asteroids moving in a tight rotation within Nova's energy structure. Though this is not where the focus of Yoda and Sidious lie either...

“Sense the formation of a dark ally I do”. Says Yoda.

“Dark Allies seem to be becoming commonplace for you Master Yoda”. Palpatine says with a smirk.

“Truth you speak, my former enemy. An ally we thought gone has resurfaced though is what I speak of. Dead was he; but the wrong methodology The Slaves did have”.

“Yes, I sense it too Master Yoda”. Says Palpatine.

It is then, that what they had been tracking since the process began at a molecular level, that the dark matter and cells allow for the reformation of the Death Star explosion victim Black Lantern Loki just outside their small spaceship.

The two Force users reach out to the Undead Trickster god via mental telepathy; but it is he who communicates first: “Well, well, well my teamed up little Force Masters..... I heard there was a final battle about to happen; and there was no way in Niflheim that I was going to miss it”.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Universe Bowl IX: Chapter XXVIII

“I have called you here today, to this very rendezvous point for what will most certainly be the most important moment of your FFL Career. I have nothing but respect for the sheer and unexplainable power of Darth Shemalya, or the military brilliance of General Washington; but as we all know, parlor tricks and shadow games are not what wins battles. At the end of the day, the battle still needs to be fought, the war still must be won, and the soldiers must be heroic”. Says Jor El over the comlink to his fellow Slaves.
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Jor El continues: “We have in-tel, that despite the Death Star Destruction, they have diverted what powers were left; and Palpatine has plans for a new armored Space, even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star. When completed, this ultimate weapon will spell certain doom for the small band of.......”...

“Yeah, we gotcha Jor, we all saw Return of the Jedi”. Interrupts Wolverine over the comlink. The mutant finishes: “Master Mundi and I are a bit hung up with the escape-podded storm trooper fallout from the first dreaded Death Star (#sarcasm); but as soon as we can get to you, we'll be there to help out”.

“Roger that Wolverine, sorry for the theatrics. We certainly could use your skills; but this main call for help goes out to whatever pilots are left. We had our questions, about why we hadn't heard from Nova yet in this battle, and as it turns out he has called in some favors from his old corps. We know for sure that two of the Doomsdays are acting with him, and we assume Palpatine has a hand in it; but all we are truly certain of is that if we don't blow up his energy field soon, than the Playoff Planet and our whole team is going to be the next Krypton. So please, any and all available Slave pilots, follow the beacon I am sending out via remote; and get here as fast as you can”.

“Jor El, this is Amazon, reporting in. I'm on my way, and I have it on good authority that Fernus, Zillius Zox, and Tomar Tu are on their way as well. But despite my confusion as to your pilot obsession, your communication called for an army. And although some of us are pretty damn good, I wouldn't exactly call it an army, as the numbers are growing sparser by the minute”.

Jor El sends his final message before the rendezvous:

“Definitions of armies tend to differ Amazon, but I read you loud and clear. The pilots are important, but so are you. By the way, if you were questioning our squad's strength; I should tell you all one more thing: My son will be here any minute”.......

Sunday, August 21, 2016

UNIVERSE BOWL IX: CHAPTER XXVII

Death Star. . .

BL Loki: We failed!
Dr. Doom: We have done nothing of the sort!  Reconfigure weaponry by ten degrees!  I want this done now!!!

The automatons feverishly reroute the thrusters of the space station.  For each degree the Death Star needs to move, it will only take two minutes.
Dr. Doom:  Ten minutes!  We only need ten minutes and the Slaves are no more!

 
T-Minus 20 Minutes. . .
Dameron:  Another run BB-8!  Expect company any minutes!

BB-8 chirps.
Dameron: Company has arrived?  Where?!?!

Wedge Antilles:  Right here, flyboy!
Dameron: Wedge!

Antilles:  This is where I belong!  I’m kinda’ hurt you didn’t call me over in the first place, but here I am anyway.
Dameron:  Wouldn’t have it any other way, Wedge.  Sorry.  Let’s get this done!

 
T-Minus 17 Minutes. . .
BL Loki:  There are two of them now!

Dr. Doom:  Still but ticks on the rear of a pig.
BL Loki:  You may think them ticks, but they foiled our initial plans.  We still have nine minutes before the Death Star is rerouted and is operational.

Dr. Doom:  Precisely, but a mere nine minutes.


T-Minus 15 Minutes. . .
Dameron:  Are you properly equipped?

Antilles:  All of the Resistance X-Wings were equipped with Jor-El’s modified weaponry.  The torpedoes should be able to cause some severe damage and the lasers some havoc.
Dameron:  Are we taking both ports?

Antilles:  Affirmative.
The X-Wings fly parallel to one another, headed toward their respective goals.

 
T-Minus 14 Minutes. . .
The turbo thrusters on the Resistance X-Wings kick in and the two ships throttle to their respective spots.  The two fighters avoid the volleys of laser fire.  They are only minutes from their ports.

 
T-Minus 11 Minutes. . .
BL Loki:  I’m going to meet the X-Wings!

Dr. Doom: And miss our victory?!?!  Shame on you BL!  Shame!
BL Loki:  I can’t just stand here and do nothing!  I was meant for a higher purpose!

Dr. Doom:  You were meant to serve your team: The Royal Highness; nothing more, nothing less!  You shall stand by me and witness the death of the Slaves!
BL Loki has heard enough.

BL Loki:  Goodbye, Doom.  Duty calls elsewhere.
BL Loki hovers and flies away.

 
T-Minus 7 Minutes. . .
The X-Wing piloted by Dameron shakes violently.  Dameron attempts to avoid the repeated constructs being thrown at him by BL Loki.

Dameron:  Have some unwanted company now, Wedge!
Antilles:  I see him!  I’m on it!

Antilles fires his lasers at the black lantern.  Loki’s ring bubble protects him from certain doom, but at a cost of knocking him across the sky. 
Dameron:  We’re coming up on the ports!

Antilles:  On your wing now!

 
T-Minus 4 Minutes. . .
Dr. Doom hovers above the console.  In four minutes the weapon will fire upon his enemies.

 
T-Minus 3 Minutes. . .
Antilles:  Check your targeting computer!  That’s the ports up ahead! 

Dameron:  See them!  Watch out for BL Loki!
Antilles:  Seventy-five degrees!  He’s coming in!  

Dameron’s X-Wing barrel rolls.  The pilot then fires his lasers at BL Loki.  Loki takes the brunt of the X-Wing’s weaponry, but shakes it off a little more easily this time around.  In response, BL Loki fires a construct at Dameron’s ship.  Dameron narrowly escapes.

 
T-Minus 2 Minutes. . .
The Death Star’s weapon begins to crackle as the lasers begin to arrange themselves in the center of the plated dish.  Dr. Doom smiles beneath his mask.

 
T-Minus 1 Minute. . .
The Resistance X-Wings race down the trench.  Both fire at their targeted ports at the same time, sending four specially equipped torpedoes.  The X-Wings shoot away.  BL Loki knows that this will be the end of Doom’s Death Star.  The black lantern flies within the station, hoping to reach his teammate in time.  BL Loki fails in his attempt.

 
BOOOOOOOM!!!!!!

The Death Star explodes into a million particles, taking with it BL Loki, Dr. Doom and the automatons located within the station.  Poe Dameron and Wedge Antilles have destroyed the Highness’ weapon of mass destruction.  Now it is time for the duo to join their teammates after having accomplished their goal.
Antilles:  Hey, something I’m still trying to figure out.  We were all at the Metropolis Sector.  I saw you there.  When did you leave?

Dameron: Immediately after we gathered. Right after I was assigned.
Antilles: Assigned?  But, how did you know the Death Star was up there and ready to destroy our team.

Dameron remains silent, waiting for Antilles to realize the answer before Dameron responds.
Antilles:  Shemalyah.