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Minigame 4 - Story + Epilogue
Posted: Posted August 6th, 2015
Edited August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku

Going to collect all the end-round posts here, for a semi-coherent recap of everything that happened.

Points of Interest:

Round 12 - Jathan Dies
Round 15 - Ghowilo Dies
Round 21 - Helius Dies

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Sign-Up Thread:

Background: Welcome to an alternate reality where the worst of the worst compete in vehicle-based combat for the entertainment of the masses and the chance to win their freedom. You are an inmate at Moonray Penitentiary, condemned to die for your crimes. Rather than accept your fate, you have signed up to compete in the annual Vehicular Manslaughter Tournament. Victory offers you a second chance - your crimes forgiven (no matter how heinous) and an almost celebrity-like status among the populace. Defeat promises you a violent death on the public stage. Either way, the taxpayers are happy.

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Round 1 - Garage Round

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Round 1 - The Industrial Park

Xhin and Helius's vehicles enter the arena and autopilot to opposite sides of the center, facing AWAY from each other. Helius's vehicle facing to the North, Xhin's vehicle facing to the South.

A voice booms:

3...

2...

1...

FIGHT!

The autopilot disengages, and the contestants are given full control of their vehicles.

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Round 1 - The Junkyard

Ghowilo and Jathan's vehicles enter the arena and autopilot to opposite sides of the center, facing AWAY from each other. Ghowilo's vehicle facing to the North, Jathan's vehicle facing to the South.

A voice booms:

3...

2...

1...

FIGHT!

The autopilot disengages, and the contestants are given full control of their vehicles.

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Round 2 - The Industrial Park

Helius whips around and fires into the large oil tank, which begins leaking profusely. Then he speeds off into the crates to the North.

Suddenly Xhin plows into the crates with his battering ram. They collapse, blocking the L at the curve. Helius' vehicle is grazed by one of the falling crates, suffering minor damage. Xhin quickly reverses course and exits to the Junkyard

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Round 2 - The Junkyard

Jathan hauls ass toward the East, settling in behind the trailer. Meanwhile, Ghowilo positions himself on the West side of the arena, facing East. The two opponents size each other up with passive-aggressive honking and engine-revving.

They are interrupted when Xhin flies into the arena from the East, machine guns blazing (but failing to hit anything).


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Round 3 - The Industrial Park

Feeling lonely, Helius takes out his frustrations on the oil tank with a burst of machine gun fire. The tank is leaking enough to pose a hazard in the center.

Helius speeds off toward the Junkyard to join the fray!

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Round 3 - The Junkyard

The carnage begins!

Jo Nathan does donuts around the trailer for no discernible reason before opening fire on Xhin! The first volley of shots misses wildly, but the second finds its mark!

Not to be outdone, Ghowilo sends a heat seeking missile in Xhin's direction! Thinking quickly, Xhin slams on the gas and gets near the molten metal pit. The missile takes the hotter target, and explodes in a shower of molten metal! Because of how close he was, Xhin's vehicle is spattered and suffers minor damage!

Not content with that result, Ghowilo guns it for the center of the arena. Coming around in a wide arc, he aims to push Xhin to his firey doom! Xhin avoids the encounter by the skin of his teeth, and aims to exact some revenge on his over-eager opponent.

Xhin's machine gun thunders to life, raking the ground around Ghowilo but failing to hit anything!

Late to the party as always, Helius enters from the Industrial Park

Posted August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 4 - The Junkyard

Eager to make a name for himself, Helius leaps into the fray! He fires wildly at Jathan, Xhin, and Ghowilo in turn! Despite his enthusiasm, he doesn't so much as manage to scratch any of his opponents!

Xhin, the underdog, quickly attempts to exact some revenge on Ghowilo. He whips around, intending to ram his opponent into the molten pit... and misses him by mere inches!

Tired of puppy-guarding the trailer, Jathan drives around the perimeter of the arena (dodging Helius's fire in the process) before returning to... the trailer. As Xhin and Ghowilo duke it out up close, Jathan waits for his shot... and takes it! Two bursts of machine gun fire rake the ground near Xhin's vehicle... but fail to hit anything!

Hoping to punish Xhin, Ghowilo runs his tires into the dirt and kicks up a dust cloud! Xhin momentarily loses track of his opponent... before Ghowilo emerges from the dust cloud at high speed, intending to ram Xhin into the molten pit! Fortunately for Xhin, Ghowilo misses by several feet.

Posted August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 5 - The Junkyard

Helius edges closer to the fray, loosing a spray of bullets at Ghowilo! The shots fail to connect, and Helius pauses near Jathan's trailer to reconsider his actions.

Xhin goes wild and attempts to ram EVERYTHING! He slams into Ghowilo, causing minor damage and intending to push him into the pit! Ghowilo attempts to counter-ram Xhin, but fails! Ghowilo's vehicle slides backward... backward... and stops, the rear wheels uncomfortably close to the rim. Rather than finish the job, Xhin reverses course and aims for Jathan! It's a narrow miss. Undeterred, Xhin aims for Helius and is joined by Ghowilo! Fortunately for Helius, both of them fail to hit him!

Not one to let old grudges die, Ghowilo throws his vehicle into reverse and attempts to ram Xhin into the pit again (anyone sensing a theme here?). He misses by a wide margin!

Meanwhile, Jathan cuddles the trailer, oblivious to the danger around him.

The drivers begin to calculate their next moves, when suddenly they lose control of their vehicles! The first combat segment is over! In orderly fashion, the vehicles autopilot back to their respective garages.

Note: All drivers have been awarded $600 for surviving!


Posted August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 6 - Garage Round

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Round 6 - The Junkyard

After an overly-long stint in their respective garages, the drivers return to the junkyard to continue their battle.

Jathan's vehicle stops to the East, nearby his beloved trailer.

Helius's vehicle stops to the West, near the industrial crusher. It appears the crusher has been turned off for this round.

Xhin's vehicle stops to the North, near the crane's supports.

Ghowilo's vehicle stops to the South, nestled among the scrap.

The drivers all face toward the molten pit, the object of much fascination and strife.

Far in the distance, beyond the arena, a fireball momentarily eclipses the sun. The Industrial Park has been destroyed! The massive crane swings around, and deposits a large armored shipping container on the exit to the Junkyard. The drivers will have to fight things out in here from now on.

The voice again booms across the arena:

3...

2...

1...

Begin!

The drivers are given full control of their vehicle, and the carnage begins anew!

Edited August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 7 - The Junkyard

Ghowilo rushes toward Helius, letting loose a stream of bullets that fail to hit anything! Helius returns fire with a heat seeking missile that plow directly into the front of Ghowilo's vehicle. Ghowilo's battering ram is heavily damaged, but absorbs some of the damage his vehicle would have taken. His vehicle still sustains minor damage!

To make matters worse, Xhin appears from nowhere and goes straight for Ghowilo! He rams Ghowilo for minor damage, pushing him closer to Helius in the process.

Helius waves goodbye to Ghowilo as his dual machine guns spin up. But when he pushes the button to fire, they jam! (Not really, he missed).

Ghowilo limps away as a flurry of high-explosive bullets from Jathan rake the ground around Xhin. Miraculously, when the dust clears Xhin's vehicle is untouched! Xhin attempts to shoot Helius, but misses spectacularly!

Intending to put Jathan in his place, Xhin lets fly a Heat Seeking Missile! Unfortunately, the molten pit is between Jathan and him (East-West) and the missile nose-dives into it! No one is close enough to be damaged by the splatter.

Having repositioned himself, Ghowilo takes advantage of Helius and Xhin's proximity to try for a 2-for-1! He fires a heat seeking missile, which chooses Xhin as its primary target! The missile impacts Xhin's vehicle for minor damage. Helius is shaken by the explosion but not visibly damaged!

The Industrial Crusher is operational again!

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Round 8 - The Junkyard

Jathan snuggles up with his trailer while hurling bullets at Xhin and Helius. He was clearly paying more attention to his beloved than his aim, because both attempts miss!

Coming around the pit, Xhin RAMS JATHAN'S TRAILER. The force of the blow tips the trailer toward Jathan, who suffers moderate damage and very narrowly avoids being crushed by it.

But the fun doesn't end there, as the falling trailer sets off Jathan's landmine! The trailer seems to absorb most of the explosion as it goes up in flames! Jathan is miraculously unharmed (although his heart has surely suffered a critical blow), but Xhin's tires are shredded by the shrapnel.

Late to the party, Helius drives around the inferno and then heads North. His driving is erratic, but no one is shooting at him so he just looks silly.

Ghowilo tries again with a heat seeking missile, which chooses Xhin as its victim. Unfortunately, the molten pit is in play again (East vs West). It greedily swallows another heat seeker, belching liquid metal that no one is near enough to be injured by.

Pouting, Ghowilo heads South and the other drivers lose sight of him.

Edited August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 9 - The Junkyard

Jathan unleashes a salvo of machine gun fire in Helius's direction, but Helius's erratic driving somehow avoids all the shots!

Safe for the moment, Helius takes two shots at the crane supports! The crane begins to lean toward the West!

Perhaps sensing a pattern from Xhin, Jathan kicks up a massive dust cloud. Xhin gleefully smashes into the cloud, only to find that Jathan is long gone!

Ghowilo lurks somewhere in the arena!



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Round 10 - The Junkyard

The drivers are getting sleepy! Ghowilo, Helius, and Jathan take a nap at the wheel!

Not one to pass up an opportunity, Xhin gets a good line of sight on Jathan and plows right into his vehicle, causing minor damage! Jathan wakes up just in time to see Xhin come around for another hit, causing further minor damage!

Xhin attempts to land a finishing blow, but misses spectacularly!

But just like that, the match ends as the vehicles begin to auto-pilot back to their garages! Ghowilo's vehicle emerges from a pile of scrap to the south and joins the others.

Note: All drivers have been awarded $1000 for surviving!

Edited August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 11 - Garage Round

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Round 11 - The Junkyard

After (another) an overly-long stint in their respective garages, the drivers return to the junkyard to continue their battle!

Ghowilo's vehicle stops to the East, near the flaming remnants of the trailer.

Jathan's vehicle stops to the West, near the industrial crusher. It appears the crusher has been turned off for this round.

Helius's vehicle stops to the North, near the crane's supports (but not too close!)

Xhin's vehicle stops to the South, nestled among the scrap.

The voice booms again:

3...

2...

1...

Begin!

Control is returned to the drivers!

Edited August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 12 - The Junkyard

Helius drives around the support columns, attempting to avoid any incoming fire. Fortunately for him, no one is paying any attention to him!

Helius comes around and fires again at the crane supports! Not one to leave a job unfinished, he fires again and the crane falls!

To the West, Jathan flips several switches in his vehicle as he prepares to deploy some Nitro. He looks up as a shadow falls across his vehicle.

"Son of a..."

Jathan attempts to evade, but it's simply too late. The falling crane smashes his vehicle beyond any hope of repair...

In an instant, the remaining drivers are blinded by an explosion brighter than the sun itself. Jathan's mini-nuke serves as his funeral pyre, leaving behind a small crater in the West. None of the other drivers are close enough to be damaged.

Heedless of the billowing radioactive dust clouds, Xhin cautiously drives into the Western area of the arena. Satisfied that nothing remains of Jathan, he looks for a place to shelter but realizes the mini-nuke has wiped out the industrial crusher!

Taking advantage of Xhin's mistake, Ghowilo sends a hail of bullets in his direction! Xhin takes minor damage, while Ghowilo continues to the South of the arena.

Posted August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 13 - The Junkyard

Ghowilo springs into action, coming around the western side of the arena! Xhin braces for an attack, but Helius is the real target! Ghowilo screams past him, guns blazing toward the North, but he fails to hit much of anything!

Helius waits for Ghowilo to get close, then swings around behind him! Another heat-seeking missile springs forth, and impacts the rear of Ghowilo's vehicle! But by some miracle, no real damage appears to be sustained!

Unable to catch a break, Ghowilo's vehicle is then lit on fire by Xhin! Xhin reverses course, then lets fly another heat seeking missile that deals minor damage!


Posted August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 14 - The Junkyard

Xhin attempts to set Helius on fire, but he can't seem to get close enough for the weapon to be effective!

Helius watches as Ghowilo heads for the West, deciding against following him. But he sends a Heat Seeking Missile as a parting gift! Attracted by the flame, it impacts the rear of Ghowilo's vehicle and causes minor damage! Satisfied, Helius begins to follow Xhin.

Ghowilo arrives at his destination in the West. He whips around and sends a Heat Seeking Missile back at Xhin and Helius! Unfortunately, something goes wrong! The missile peels off toward the sky and detonates harmlessly! Sorry, no refunds for duds!

(Clarification: Ghowilo's missile failed because of high defense rolls, not some random chance mishap!)

Edited August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 15 - The Junkyard

Helius sends another heat seeker at Xhin! Unfortunately it must have been from the same batch as that one Ghowilo shot last round, as it's a dud! It flies wildly off course before exploding!

Helius says something we can't reprint here before zooming away from Xhin. He begins to drive around the broken supports defensively!

Ghowilo attempts to attract some attention from the West. He fires a burst of bullets at Xhin for minor damage, and then another for further minor damage! He then sends a volley Helius' way, for even more minor damage!

Unfortunately, all that shooting catches Xhin's attention. He comes West at high speed, heedless of the tire spikes in his path (perhaps because his tires are already deflated!).

Ghowilo smirks as Xhin runs right over the land mine he had strategically positioned himself behind! But his smirk turns to horror as the mine detonates a second too late to catch Xhin! In fact, the detonation propels Xhin's vehicle into Ghowilo's with such force that Ghowilo's vehicle is simply obliterated!

To his credit, Ghowilo somehow manages to survive the initial impact! Battered and bloody, he clings to Xhin's battering ram. Ghowilo has just enough time to make a rude gesture before his grip falters and he slips beneath Xhin's vehicle! The result isn't pretty - suffice to say another driver has left the arena permanently!

Not satisfied with a single kill, Xhin comes up North and attempts to ram Helius! While his initial attempt fails, Xhin successfully maneuvers himself into position for the second attempt and scores a good hit for minor damage!

With that, the third matchup is over! The vehicles' autopilot program engages, and they head back to their respective garages.

Note: All surviving drivers have been awarded $1200 for good play and two deaths!

Edited August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 16 - Garage Round

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Round 16 - The Junkyard

The final matchup begins! With only two drivers remaining, the tournament nears its bloody conclusion!

Xhin and Helius re-enter the arena. Helius heads to the North, and Xhin to the South.

"3..."

"2..."

"1..."

"Final Matchup... Begin!"

Control of the vehicles is turned back over to the drivers!

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Round 17 - The Junkyard

Helius heads east, opting to avoid the tire spikes still littering the West! It looks like he's going to ram Xhin, but instead he pulls ahead of him. It appears Helius is trying to keep Xhin behind him!

Xhin slaps some duct tape on his ride before firing a heat seeking missile at Helius! The missile glances off the back of Helius' ride and explodes harmlessly! Rest assured we are reviewing our contract with the manufacturer.

Royally pissed off, Xhin whips out his pistol and leans out the window! He fires off a full clip at Helius, but only succeeds in shooting out the driver's side mirror!

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Round 18 - The Junkyard

Helius keeps ahead of Xhin, before suddenly slamming on the brakes! Xhin plows into the back of his vehicle, causing minor damage to Helius!

As Helius attempts to recover, Xhin fires an EMP missile! It's a direct hit, and while Helius's vehicle isn't damaged, it shuts down! Two random systems are also taken offline!

With a whoop, Xhin pulls up alongside Helius and lets lose with his pistol! Miraculously, both Helius and his vehicle are unharmed!


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Round 19 - The Junkyard

With nothing better to do, Helius tinkers with his vehicle.

Determined to shoot Helius in the head, Xhin fires several magazines worth of bullets at the drivers side window! Unfortunately the glass is bullet proof for plot-related reasons and doesn't budge!

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Round 20 - The Junkyard

Helius comes out swinging after being disabled by Xhin the previous round! He lets loose a flurry of machine gun fire that Xhin manages to dodge! Utilizing his superior speed, Helius gets extremely close to Xhin and fires a heat seeking missile! It detonates on Xhin's rear bumper, but somehow both vehicles are unharmed!

Xhin takes advantage of Helius' proximity to unleash an oil slick! It splashes all over the front of Helius' vehicle, obscuring his vision! He loses control of his vehicle and crashes into one of the scrap piles for minor damage!

Xhin takes a few pot shots at Helius' vehicle, causing further damage!

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Round 21 - The Junkyard

Helius hops out of his car and takes off his shirt! The crowd swoons over his muscles as he wipes oil off the windshield! By the time he's done, the car is almost cleaner than it was before!

Helius jumps back in his vehicle and tries to get behind Xhin again! Xhin sees him coming, and shoots a burst of flames in Helius's direction that misses wildly!

As Helius tails him Xhin cranks the steering wheel hard and pulls the e-brake, spinning his vehicle 180 degrees! He throws it into reverse, driving backwards nose-to-nose with Helius!

Xhin opens up with his dual machine guns, shredding the front of Helius' vehicle and...

A second mini-nuke detonates in the Southern portion of the arena! Atomic fire wipes away several of the scrap piles and stirs up a massive mushroom cloud of dust! Xhin and his vehicle are nowhere to be seen!

Suddenly, Helius appears from the dust cloud, strapped into his ejector seat! Two parachutes slow his fall back to Earth, as the wind currents carry him toward the center of the arena. As the seat makes contact with tehg round, Helius unstraps himself from his harness and rolls to his feet. A moment later, a gust of wind blows his ejector seat into the molten pit!

Helius surveys the arena, confident that nothing could have survived the detonation of his mini-nuke. He cracks a smile and raises his fist to the sky as the relief of victory washes over him.

Mere moments later, that relief is shattered. Gunfire erupts from somewhere to the South. Fist still held high, Helius slowly looks down to find four gaping wounds in his chest. He staggers backwards in shock as Xhin emerges from the dust cloud on foot, holding one of the machine guns from his vehicle.

Helius opens his mouth to speak, but no words come out. Halting his advance, Xhin shoulders the machine gun in preparation for another volley.

Helius's strength fails, saving Xhin the effort as he falls backwards into the molten pit. By the time Xhin makes it to the edge, nothing remains of Helius.

Xhin has won the tournament!

Posted August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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Round 22 - Epilogue

Xhin is airlifted from the arena for medical treatment. He is battered, bruised, and slightly irradiated but expected to make a full recovery.

A massive press tour follows his victory. To much fanfare, Xhin's criminal record is expunged on live television. Naturally this event spoofed his now-legendary showdown against Helius, with Xhin's machine gun making short work of his file.

Product endorsements and guest appearances followed, with Xhin raking in millions of dollars. According to his agents, interviews must be booked six months in advance to fit his schedule. Rumor has it that he may be in talks to appear as the titular character in Terminator 7.

Months pass, and Xhin's popularity continues unabated. But some begin to wonder - will Xhin be able to keep his nose clean? Can someone once sentenced to die for their crimes truly turn over a new leaf? Or will he end up like most of the previous victors - back on death row and volunteering for a third chance at freedom? For Xhin's sake, he should hope not. No one has ever entered the arena a second time and lived to speak of it.

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In a dimly lit room within Moonray Penitentiary, the planners gather round. Vehicle diagrams, maps, and inmate mugshots line the walls and tables. Even though the next tournament is several months away, they have work to do. The Warden wants the next tournament to be bigger, better, and bloodier than ever before...

Edited August 6th, 2015 by Count Dooku
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