Monday, May 15, 2006

Round One - Xavier kicks heinie

As the rusty iron gate to the arena slowly slid up, I wondered if Cyclops had been right. Here I was, about to face a robot in a fight to the death in one on one combat, and I hadn’t brought my special hover assault chair with heat-seeking sidewinder missiles. Perhaps fight to the death was over-statement.

I rolled out into the dusty center floor and saw the robot that I would face. He really wasn’t all that impressive, except perhaps for the giant axe arm with flame-thrower attachment. All the other Last Gladiator Standing contestants sat in the bleachers watching us.

Jon had said that each robot was specially programmed to respond to our particular powers and talents. Did that mean it could read my mind? My psionic abilites don’t work on machines. How was I going to be able to hit it while it was holding a giant axe? The robot started to move towards me.

Then, as it always does, inspiration struck. I looked over at the spectator stand again and saw Maggie smiling warmly at me. I gave her a quick wink. Next to her Vegeta was tilting his head back and swallowing a rather large amount of what looked like pop-corn. Yes, he would do nicely.

I reached into his mind and took control of him. I had Vegeta leap high into the air and charge at my robot opponent. With a ferocious yell, the short Sayian warrior did a wild spinning kick and smashed the axe. The twisted, sparking metal went flying. The robot quickly retreated. I made Vegeta press the attack.

Then I noticed Henchman 432 rise up from the stand. As the robot spun out of Vegeta’s lunge, Henchman charged straight for him, crashing hard into his back. Vegeta went flying face down into the dirt. The robot had matched my powers, taking control of Henchman.

The two fighters traded blows. Their fight was awkward, their moves disjointed. The robot and I weren’t that skilled in these kind of first person combat games, but we were learning, Then I remembered Vegeta’s powers. I had seen him do something – yes –

I had him super-power up, bright yellow energy cackling all over his body. His glowing energy filled fist smashed into Henchman, sending him flying out of the arena. Henchman’s mechanical left arm was lying shattered on the ground.

I turned Vegeta on the startled robot. I could feel it looking for another fighter to take control of. Before he could though, I had Vegeta leap at him and deliver three quick blows.


Blogger Local Henchmen 432 said...

Dear sir,

Arggg... NOT AGAIN !! Denatl for all. *Grumbles, picks up arm and walks off*

Dr.Polaris rules.

Monday, May 15, 2006 8:59:00 AM  
Blogger Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Good thing your arm is plug and play!

Monday, May 15, 2006 9:11:00 AM  
Blogger Gyrobo said...

Go Team Venture!

Monday, May 15, 2006 9:12:00 AM  
Blogger Jaina Solo said...

Nice! Good use of the resources around you. I like your style.

Monday, May 15, 2006 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Well Well , this is taking on a whole new look now that you can use anything around you !!

Hmmmmm , I wonder ....

Monday, May 15, 2006 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

Go Team Venture indeed.

Professor, I must confess, that was one of the most creative uses of another contestant that I've seen in some time. While the movements of the actual fighters left something to be desired (i.e grace), it was a most impressive fight.

Well done

Monday, May 15, 2006 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger Professor Xavier said...

Wow, a compliment from Simon! Must be a full moon outside.

Monday, May 15, 2006 1:11:00 PM  
Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

I guess it's my turn next...

Monday, May 15, 2006 2:25:00 PM  
Blogger Magdalena said...

Nice job Charles

Monday, May 15, 2006 3:18:00 PM  
Blogger Professor Xavier said...

Thank you, my dear. My best wishes with you.

Monday, May 15, 2006 3:31:00 PM  
Blogger A Army Of (Cl)One said...

Thank goodnes I was in the que and not in the stands. I would hate to be Henchy today.

Monday, May 15, 2006 3:49:00 PM  
Blogger Vegeta said...

Nice warmup though I would have liked to being control

Monday, May 15, 2006 5:45:00 PM  
Blogger Professor Xavier said...

You'll get your shot. I think you're just about up.

Monday, May 15, 2006 5:59:00 PM  
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