Duel to the Death: Book Character Style!

I, E.M. Whittaker, challenge you, Andy Peloquin, to a duel to the death! But it is not we who will fight, but our characters!

In the purple corner, we have Aviere Mye, the Poisoner of Baltimore City, once-donna of central Baltimore.




Tale of the Tape:

  • Can shift into a black panther (referred to as black jaguars in North America), and hold the form for five minutes at a time until practiced, due to her handicap listed below.
  • Shift her eyes for heightened sight, smell and hearing, or shifting claws out to attack her opponent discretely.
  • Poisoned blood from a genetic mutation at birth (being stuck or brushed by her claws causes paralysis after effecting the central nervous system).
  • Highly advanced poison-making, potions and medicinal medicines. Masters Degree in pharmacology with a minor in biochemistry.
  • Intelligence in the 190 IQ range, which allows her to analyze situations quickly.
  • Skilled in street fighting, despite her lithe frame.
  • Knowledgeable about the human body, including pressure and chakra points.
  • Protected by magical talismans from her brother and husband. Since her older brother is a highly advanced mage, he’s spelled her jewelry and other items against negative soul sucking energies. The engagement and wedding rings from her husband prevent reading inside her mind and protect her from illusion magicks, since her greatest rival resorts to these tactics for attacks.
  • Skilled with shooting small pistols and air guns (has a modified air gun used as a vial gun and poisoned needle gun).

In the black corner, weighing in at 180 pounds, standing a cool 6 feet tall, the Hunter of Voramis!
Blade of the Destroyer

Bucelarii 2 Small


Tale of the Tape:

  • Superhuman reflexes, strength, speed–think Captain America, but stronger
  • Thousands of years of weapons training
  • Body has accelerated healing factor–can survive a sword to the heart (can be killed by drowning, iron weapons, beheading, and suffocation)
  • Cannot be killed by anything but iron
  • Accursed dagger that heals him when he kills
  • No magical abilities whatsoever
  • No hesitation to kill if he perceives opponent as a threat/obstacle to his desires–classic anti-hero

Two enter the ring, only one can leave alive!

How would Aviere kill the Hunter?

While the Hunter is a formidable foe, Aviere’s quick speed and cautious fighting style would allow her to keep her distance from the Hunter. She would only resort to shifting if she couldn’t attack him long distance, depending on what disguise he used.   The poison she’d use depended on his form – if the Hunter donned a human disguise, she’d use a vial of hemlock or thallium to inject into the Hunter’s bloodstream. Effects would start immediately with cardiac and central nervous system problems, which can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. However, Aviere’s tested her concoctions on humans, shifters and mages with differing results, so she’d have to stall until the effects caused the desired effect – death.

How would the Hunter kill Aviere?

The Hunter would try to overwhelm her with his inhuman speed, strength, and skill. All he has to do is pierce her skin with Soulhunger, and the dagger will consume her soul. Not even someone with considerable magical abilities can survive Soulhunger’s bite–it was created to kill demons.


Who would win?

The Hunter relies on strength and speed, while Aviere’s strength lie in her feline senses–she masks her scent and presence. Her fighting style consists of keeping her distance from her target, so with this strategy, she’d probably be successful against subduing the Hunter. She would keep back and shoot him with her poisons.

Because of his supernatural healing, the effects would wear off, but Aviere always keeps a vial contained with the same drugs for lethal injection. As the effects stall the Hunter as his body heals, she uses the advantage to shoot him with the last vial. With his abilities taxed, the Hunter probably wouldn’t fight off the combinations of anesthetic and paralytic agents, along with potassium chloride (which stops the heart and cardiac functions).

However, what Aviere doesn’t know is that none of her poisons work against the Hunter. They will slow him down, even temporarily appear to kill him, but he has survived worse. She fails to realize that pure iron or Soulhunger are the only weapons that can put an end to this half-demon assassin. Once the Hunter heals, he will come for her. Even if she is protected from Soulhunger’s bite, she can be broken and killed like any other mortal. The Hunter has faced many brutal thugs and street toughs, and they all lie dead.

So who won?

The Hunter. Death does not come so easily for the assassin of Voramis.


Where can I find out about these characters?!

If you want to find out about the Hunter of Voramis, check out Andy’s bio, where you can find all his stories and The Last Bucelarii series!

As for me, I don’t have buy links yet, because I’m still in the final editing process. But here’s the series synopsis for The Renegades Saga, where you can find more about Aviere Mye and her zany cast of co-workers, allies and enemies. It should be releasing in October, 2016 and the cast page is getting a makeover. The description portion is almost complete, with three more members to go (added in final edits).

In 2017, my cover artist, Holly Heisey, will be doing pictures for each member to reflect the new style rather than previous promotional art. Feedback was better with Holly’s images, so we’ve elected to continue that style.


Last Thoughts

This was a fun activity I participated in for Andy Peloquin’s book launch, featuring the Hunter! It’s a great way to promote others work and I thought about doing my own variation closer to release time, like seeing if people want to pit their characters against the wacky crew of the Renegades. (Believe me, they’re all a bit nutty. I think the fashion designer and hacker human are the tamest cast members. Readers and writers will be able to pick anyone from the cast list, to give it some variation.)

Anyway, the Hunter hasn’t won many matches since Andy promoted this fun event and I believe Aviere’s the only one I’ve seen him win against without a draw. At the end of Turbulence, this would be the correct outcome, since she delegates her brothers and men to take care of business at this stage. Still, that wouldn’t stop Aviere from trying to challenge said Hunter to save face.

Aviere’s pretty ballsy for a biological weapon catgirl (as my editor has dubbed her), but the craziest things she’s dealt with consists of crazed mages, psychopathic killers and a boss who thrives to emotionally torture her. If it had been a two person match, her unit would have won, considering Aviere would use her partner to whisk her to safety at the last minute.

Nah, she’s probably pit Travis against the Hunter and laugh about his predicament, despite dying if Travis doesn’t make it. Poor Travis–he endures a lot with Aviere’s twisted shenanigans.

I hope you enjoyed the Duel to the Death, and look for a promotional twist closer to Turbulence’s release!


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