Thursday, July 28, 2022

Story Post: Bout #19: Sunrise vs Annoy-o-Tron [Jumble vs Trapdoorspyder]

This is a rematch, folks, going all the way back to Game 4 for the current series - where Sunrise just sat there while Annoy-o-Tron reversed hard out of the course - how far have we come, how much skill have these two Operators have picked up?

Arena Hall C, today, which appears to have had flame pits built in at positions 8 and 12, as well as a shock panel way back at position 18.

To the left of the arena it’s Sunrise, largely unchanged over the past few bouts - still sporting a slightly outdated Nitrogen engine, a flipper and an axe, all of these components looking a little worse for wear, especially that X1500 chassis - it’s starting to look like Sunrise could use a component splurge.

To the right is the opposite - Annoy-o-Tron is now powered by a nuclear reactor under that Mound-shaped body, and all the parts look well maintained, if not exactly new off the shelf. But hey, it’s not about the parts, it’s how you use them - so let’s see how this plays out.

The arena lights have dimmed! This is it - they’re off!

Sunrise makes the first move and - oh! A big forward move is made but that takes it right to position 8, a flame trap! Sunrise is looking a little scorches, which will affect System wear and tear, and takes some chassis and engine damage for the trouble. Annoy-o-Tron moves into position in square 10, and Jumble will have to make a move - neither forward nor backwards feel very appetising, but -

Oh! Sunrise shoots out its flipper and puts Annoy-o-Tron straight on its back, but that keeps Sunrise on that flame panel, and as long as it’s over that gout of flame it keeps taking damage! And the flipper doesn’t even work - Annoy-o-Tron’s mound-shaped body may look craggy, but its actually mathematically designed such that it can’t ever be put on its back - so it comes up swinging with a wicked blow of that axe right into Sunrise’s chassis!

Sunrise has another go with the flipper - still on that flame panel, still burning up - to the same effect, an axe surprise from the weeble-bodied Annoy. One more go for the flipper from Sunrise, but no, that’s it - that axe connects for a third time and Sunrise’s brittle chassis shatters. An expensive loss, this one, but the result is what it is:

Annoy-o-Tron wins by TKO!

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