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Crossover Collision: Black Manta vs Storm Shadow

Episode 53
Crossover Collision Tournament 2019
Crossover Bracket – Round 2

Evan the Great and JVD discuss a battle between the combatants for the tournament by giving a tale of the tape for both before randomly determining three battlegrounds for the battle. The seven possible battlegrounds are a jungle, a busy city street, a city alley way, the roof top of a large building, the sewer, a warehouse and a cargo ship. At the end they tally up the overall points on their score cards to declare a victor.

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David Hyde, aka Black Manta, was created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy. He first appeared in Aquaman #35, Volume 1.

Thomas “Tommy” S. Arashikage, aka Storm Shadow, aka not Snake Eyes, was created by Larry Hama. His first appearance was in GI Joe: A Real American Hero #21.

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Rise of the Obsidian Legion: Entry 17

Lynch’s Journal #132

I have yearned so long to bask in the beauty of the yellow sign. Slowly following its curves with my eyes, it gives me great pleasure to trace its image upon my forehead.

It is all I have ever wanted.

It means more to me than anything in this world and beyond.

Even my beloved Amara.

Amon, Lithia and Balasar look on with their twist maws signing the melodic hymns of the King. Their chorus is pleasant to my ears. Through them the yellow sign speaks to me, ushering me to the union with it that I have so desperately craved.

But something works against the bonding. A strength that matches the power of the divine. I fight against it with every fiber of my being. I am so close to become one with the sign. Nothing will stop be from being whole.

I can hear the faint screams of horror somewhere in the distance. My friends, now faithful to the sign, begin to creep around the library in search of them. The voice are familiar to me, like a lost memory within my mind. It hurts me to search for it. My precious sign feels the pain as well.

Its power grows, pushing against this unseen forcing trying to stop our holy union. The screams grow louder in retaliation, overpower the strength of my beloved. They become more distinct as they take over.

Louder and louder.

Closer and closer.

Clearer and clearer.

With the mighty roar of a dragon my faithful friends of the sign vanish. The chorus of the king fades away. A grip with the strength of a hill giant holds my arm in place. In my trembling hand a bloody dagger stares me in the face. I can feel the tickle of blood running between my eyes and down the my cheek.

Balasar holds me firm by the wrist, roaring in my face to fight whatever has bewitched me. Hearing sobbing over to my right, I look to see Prince Amon holding his wife tightly. Lithia has tears running down her face as the horror begins to leave about what I have done.

Then the sharp pain hits me. Something has scrapped against my forehead. The look on the paladin’s face says it all.

I had did so with the dagger.

The yellow sign had finally found me in this world. I was too weak to defend myself from its hold on me.

My body goes weak at the realization. As I drop to my knees the copperborn quickly grabs my armor to hold me upright. Taking measure to make sure I can do no more harm to myself, Balasar kicks the dagger away as soon as it hits the floor.

The leather tome laid open by his boot reveal empty pages. I frantically pick it up, thumbing through its pages and find nothing, not a trace of the sign remains. Hopeless washes over me knowing it is lost.

Something soft caresses my shoulder. Lithia locks my gaze, looking for an answer. Tears well in my eyes. I lose all control of my emotions for the first time since Remy’s death many years ago. There is only one thing left to do, tell them a secret that I can no longer keep.

I reveal the madness Novak struck me with during our final battle in the throne room of Icewall Castle. Every tale of my death brings a twitch to my eye. The throbbing in my head intensifies with each breath. With every word spoken I can hear the gibberish echoing in my skull.

Despite the relief of finally telling those who I consider family my tale of horror, the thought of it all promises another sleepless night.

Crossover Collision: Cyclops vs Miles Morales

Episode 52
Crossover Collision Tournament 2019
Crossover Bracket – Round 2

Evan the Great and JVD discuss a battle between the combatants for the tournament by giving a tale of the tape for both before randomly determining three battlegrounds for the battle. The seven possible battlegrounds are a jungle, a busy city street, a city alley way, the roof top of a large building, the sewer, a warehouse and a cargo ship. At the end they tally up the overall points on their score cards to declare a victor.

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Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He first appeared in X-Men #1, Volume 1.

Miles Morales, aka Ultimate Spider-Man was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. He made his first appearance in Ultimate Fallout #4.


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Rise of the Obsidian Legion: Entry 16

Lynch’s Journal #131

Before his destruction, my private conversation with Nathanos started off small. Why are us mortals flawed and the mistakes we make. What lengths we will go to protect the ones we love and the ideals that we hold dear. All of it reminded me of my path from the moment I left the past behind in Waterdeep up to now.

Then the lich revealed something that shook me to my core.

Everything the heroes of Red Larch have been involved with is just a small faction of a war being waged by the gods.

Nathanos tells me that Novak was much more than just The Leader of the Restless Hand. The copperborn was the champion of Vecna, the undead god of magic and knowledge. Everything that bastard was working toward was to aid his divine master in the resurrection of Nerull.

Opposing this lich turned god is the Raven Queen, a mortal who slayed Nerull and took his power over death in Faerun. And to make it worse, Orcus, a demon prince, has spilled his own personal war against the goddess against Vecna’s own forces.

After imparting to me his knowledge of these vastly powerful entities, Nathanos warns me on who to trust in the coming days. Sides must be chosen in the war and that we could easily find ourselves on the wrong side. The Sunbreaker warns me of Vax Ildon, champion of the Raven Queen, who has been seeking to claim his soul during this war. As for Orcus, the lich is lost on who champions his cause. Both the living and the undead worship the demon so any mortal we cross could be them.

I stand there with my back against the closed door. My body locks up as it becomes hard to breath. My head spins at the revelation. I find myself trying to imagine what it is like to even witness a deity. The thought of someone so powerful is unimaginable.

I approach the others in the smaller, adjoining library to tell them the revelation of Nanthos. As Lithia begin to speak chills run up my spine. The hairs on my body stand up. Her jaw elongates to a silent scream causing her eyes to roll. From it comes a voice I have not heard in quite some time.

The whispering gibberish has returned.

It grows louder as Amon and Balasar begin to take the same transformation. Thick, slimy tentacles slither from the depths of their throats. As one, they all point to a book shelf. Everything in my vision blurs violently except for one dusty tome. It calls to me in its alien tongue.

The leather cover is colder than the snow outside as I take it from its resting place. Some unseen force opens the forgotten book and rapidly thumbs through its pages, stopping on one of pure beauty. Curiosity and pleasure wash over me as I gaze upon it. Rubbing my forehead ever so intimately, I remember how it filled the void within me.

Such is the grand power of the yellow sign.

Rise of the Obsidian Legion: Entry 15

Lynch’s Journal #130

It is taking the much larger Balasar all he has just to hold back Amon. Prince Frost’s anger is unbelievable and rightfully so. It has been over a year since The Restless Hand’s siege of his kingdom of Icewall and he has just found out the source of where most of Novak’s undead forces came from.

The questions is why did it happen?

Nathanos is a Sunbreaker, loyal to serving justice. He is someone Lothric places his trust in much like myself. If he has gone the way of the First Breaker then why summon us here? Why ask me to destroy him?

As if reading my mind the prince screams at the lich, demanding to know why he would raise the dead to attack his home. That his grandfather believed him to be righteous and an ally to Icewall. He calls him out on his oath as a Sunbreaker to protect and serve the people of these lands as a reminder to him that he failed.

Sitting in his throne of rot and decay, Nathanos hangs his head. As he does bits of his flaking skull and mold fall, mimicking tears of regret. He attempts to apologize to my friend, telling him that he cannot help but be flawed and that it was his mistake that lead to the tragedy that befell his kingdom. Then he hits Amon with the hardest fact about all of this.

The lich reminds Prince Frost that the unfortunate accident was no different than when the he accepted the First Breaker’s promise of power to protect Icewall. A mistake that lead to his fall from the Sunbreakers. A mistake that helped lead to the siege of Icewall before the dead rose in the North.

Amon slumps in Balasar’s strong arms, crumbling under the heavy weight of the truth. While under the First Breaker’s influence our friend had done well to hide his intentions from Balasar and myself. When Lithia found out and tried to break the mark placed on her lover, she, too, lied to protect the prince.

I tell Nathanos that is enough, that he has nothing to prove by reminding Amon about the past. The prince has done nothing but redeem himself since. I turn the question against the mage, asking why could he not do the same? Why could he, with all his arcane power, not control the undead?

Continuing to gaze down to the growth of fungus around his throne, he states that his power over the dead grew out of control after his power left him. Motioning to what tomes remain untouched in the room, the curse afflicted upon himself unable him to search for a method to halt them. Any book he touched became useless. What little magic within him would only allow him to scry on the battle for Icewall.

Again, Nathanos reminds me that these are the reasons he summoned me. To put an end to his damnation. He gestures to a small, metal box inscribed with runes upon a shelf near the Sunbreaker staff. The lich claims that destroying the crystal within is the only way to completely destroy his essence.

Retrieving it along with the wooden staff, I ask where is Lothric. The lich admits our mutual friend had came to him seeking aid before heading Northwest. The sheriff believed Brask had fortified an abandoned prison and was in need of old maps of the area. Having no further use of it, he ask us to take it along with anything we made need in our journey to find the last Sunbreaker.

Looking to Princess Lithia, she gives me a knowing nod, taking Balasar and her visibly upset husband with her to gather anything of use.

As they do I open the small box. The brightness within escapes to wash over the red glow of the Sunbreaker gem and myself. Shielding my eyes, it reminds me of dawn creeping over the horizon. I am caught off guard by its soothing warmth. It is almost hypnotic.

But this is not a time for relaxation. There is no peace here, only darkness.

Knowing this light will rid this world of this cursed plague, I slowly close the door.

Crossover Collision: Judge Dredd vs Ken Masters

Episode 51
Crossover Collision Tournament 2019
Crossover Bracket – Round 2

Evan the Great and JVD discuss a battle between the combatants for the tournament by giving a tale of the tape for both before randomly determining three battlegrounds for the battle. The seven possible battlegrounds are a jungle, a busy city street, a city alley way, the roof top of a large building, the sewer, a warehouse and a cargo ship. At the end they tally up the overall points on their score cards to declare a victor.

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Judge Joseph Dredd was created by John Wagner, Pat Mills and Carlos Ezquerra. He first appeared in 2000 AD #2.

Ken Masters was created by Shoei Okano and Takashi Nishiyama. He made his first appearance in 1987’s Street Fighter video game.

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Crossover Collision: Predator vs Wolverine

Episode 50
Crossover Collision Tournament 2019
Crossover Bracket – Round 2

Evan the Great and JVD discuss a battle between the combatants for the tournament by giving a tale of the tape for both before randomly determining three battlegrounds for the battle. The seven possible battlegrounds are a jungle, a busy city street, a city alley way, the roof top of a large building, the sewer, a warehouse and a cargo ship. At the end they tally up the overall points on their score cards to declare a victor.

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The Predator, aka Yautja or Hish, made its debut in the hit movies Predator from 1987. The alien’s first comic book appearance was in Dark Horse Comics Predator in 1989 also known as Predator: Concrete Jungle.

His name is James Howlett. Some call him Logan. Everyone knows him as Wolverine. He is the best at what he does. What he does isn’t pretty. He was created Len Wein, Roy Thomas and John Romita Sr. His first appearance was in Incredible Hulk #181, Volume 1.

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Rise of the Obsidian Legion: Entry 14

Lynch’s Journal #129

We are all shocked at what has just happened. The old dusty tome Lithia had thrown was covered in rot before it landed at the feet of Nathanos.

He speaks softly, sounding more disappointed in himself that at the book. The bright green of its eyes dies down as Nathanos tells us that everything he has done to gain knowledge accidentally left him in this state. If he was to leave his reading room everything the lich came across would be destroyed.

Regaining its composure, the Sunbreaker informs me that if Lothric trusted me with the key that he trust that I will show him mercy and end his life. His tone of voice gives away his desperation, it is as if he is begging.

There is no doubt in any of our minds that Nathanos is right. It is obvious he is the focal point of this rot. But before the others or I can do so we need answers. Lithia is quick to ask first, being curious to how the mage ended up in this situation.

A few moments of silent pass before he answers, a clear sign he is a bit aggravated at the question. Nathanos informs us that all the power he had amassed over his undead lifetime had exploded. The lich is clueless as to how it happen nor does it know of the area affected by it. Guilt is thick in his cracking voice as the undead admits he wishes to destroy himself over the mishap and its aftermath but cannot until his own gem is returned to Cindermaw, master of the Sunbreakers.

Satisfied with the answer, Princess Frost goes to ask another question but Nathanos quickly cuts her off. His gaze focuses on Amon as the green flares up in his eyes, admitting he is the reason for the undead plague that brought ruin to Icewall.

The prince quickly goes for his axe but is held firm by Balasar. Tears well up in his eyes. He screams at Nathanos that he destroyed his kingdom, that if he wished to meet his end then he would gladly bring it.

I nod my thanks to the paladin. The copperborn was quick to realize the lich was goading our friend to giving him his wish. My mouth goes dry at the fact that we have to hold the prince back. He deserves justice. As much as I want to let Amon kill Nathanos we need more answers.

We need to find Lothric. And if Nathanos summoned me here then he had to be the last to see the sheriff. The lich has to know where my friend went.

Darth Maul Comic Book Respect Thread

Character Profile

Fictional Universe – Star Wars

Species – Zabrak

Sex – Male

Planet – Dathomir

Height – 5’7 (6’3 with cybernetic legs)

Weapons – double bladed lightsaber or darksaber

Gear – two cybernetic legs, Scimitar(starfighter), Bloodfin(speeder bike) inside starfighter, three DRK-1 Dark Eye probe droids inside starfighter

Biography on Wookiepedia


Key Source

Everything from Dark Horse is considered Legends canon for the Star Wars Universe. The only exception for Marvel canon is Son of Dathomir.

Key Sources for Dark Horse Comics

  • Darth Maul 2000 series – DM2K
  • Star Wars Tales – SWT
  • The Phantom Menace – TPM
  • TPM: Obi-Wan Kenobi – PMK
  • The Sith Hunters – TSH
  • Death Sentence – DS
  • Son of Dathomir – SoD

Key Source for Marvel Comics

  • Darth Maul 2017 series- M17
  • Age of Republic – AoR

To expand these feats you can read the Darth Maul novels or watch The Clone Wars series.


Strength

Kicks

  • Flying kicks a battle droid hard enough to throw it off balance in DM2K.

Cybernetic Kicks

Striking

Grappling/Throwing

  • Maul kicks a wookie in the face. One cybernetic leg is strong enough to crush its body into the wall in DS.
  • In a most impressive feat of strength, a rathtar hangs from in a tree as it is caught in a tug of war over Maul’s halberd in M17. The Sith Lord is able pull so hard enough that he breaks the tree in half, killing the creature as it falls on top of it. Rathtars weigh an average of 1433lbs/650kg. To add to this feat the creature is pulling itself up the tree which makes it harder to pull against its bulk.

Lightsaber Lock Ups


Agility/Speed/Reflexes

Melee Combat Speed

Blocking/Deflecting

  • Dodges multiple blaster fire at a close range to get close to a battle droid and dismantles its weapons in DM2K.
  • Dodges and deflects blaster fire from multiple droids in DM2K.

Running Speed

Leaping

  • Flips backwards to avoid an explosion of a Mandalorian wrist rocket in SoD.

Durability

  • Maul is not phased by being sliced by a vibroknife in DM2K and continues to drown his target. Vibroknives have vibrating blades that inflict more damage than a standard knife.

Using The Force

Senses

Mind Manipulation

Force Push

  • Using the Force Push together, Maul and Savage launches dozens of guards off a bridge while pushing Jedi Masters Judd and Salmara backwards in DS.
  • Force Pushes the front line of droids in the battle of Zandar in SoD.
  • Using Force Push, Maul takes out the battle droids protecting Grievous in DoS.

Force Choke

  • Force Chokes Kenobi while lifting him into the air in TSH.
  • While using the Force Choke on a Falleen negotiator, Maul lifts him high in the air and breaks his neck in DS.

Force Crush

Force Telekinesis

Object Manipulation

  • Overloads a Force dampening field after Force pushing Silus in SWT24.

Mental Resistance


Sith Training

  • Sidious take Maul to Malachor to breath in the ashes of the fallen Sith in M17.
  • Sidious returns Maul to Malachor for another lesson, allowing him to look deep within himself in AoR.
  • Maul battles three rathtars without using a lightsaber or the Force in M17. He claims they are some of the most dangerous creature in the galaxy.

Hand to Hand Combat


Fights

  • Maul vs Siolo Ur Manka, an ancient Jedi Master. The fight lead to the creation of the infamous double bladed lightsaber from SWT10.
  • Maul vs Silus, a Force sensitive pit fighter. Sidious used this fight to test his apprentice’s obedience in SWT24.

Assault on the Black Sun from DM2K.

  • Resurrected by the Prophets of the Dark Side, Maul challenges Vader for the apprenticeship of Darth Sidious in SWT9.

Misc.

  • Flashback of Maul’s survival after The Phantom Menace from TSH. After his defeat Darth Maul’s rage was so strong for Kenobi that he willed his self to survive. Using the Force, the Zabrak created cybernetic legs for himself to aid him. A decade had passed before Maul was found by his brother, Savage Opress, and returned him to Mother Talzin to fix his broke mind.
  • Master Salmara claims Darth Maul’s hatred is so strong it kept him alive in DS.

Rise of the Obsidian Legion: Entry 13

Lynch’s Journal #128

Entering the mountain castle we find ourselves in a circular room dimly lit by small, glowing orbs floating in the air. A spiral staircase leads up. The thick dust resting on the handrail is a sign that no one has been here in quite a long time. Just past it a doorway leads into a larger room straight ahead. In the dead center rest a well full of water. Decorating the walls are expertly painted portraits of honorable men.

Upon further inspection of them there are faces that I recognize. Three are Lothric’s friends, the Sunbreakers who fell at Icewall during the siege. In the beginning of all this I found myself wanting to flee from them. In the past year I have found myself growing curious of what type of men they were since I have come to know Lothric.

Another is a tall, black half dragon with large wings who we all knew as the First Breaker. It was he who corrupted Prince Amon and his Sunbreaker gem. Along side that bastard Novak, both had tried to conquer Icewall in the name of Vecna. If not for those two, we would never be known as the Heroes of Red Larch.

Without that I would never be the person I am today.

And the last is a brutish half orc like myself. Unlike the others, he wears little armor with heavy robes. His green eyes reveal a cunning intelligence. His Sunbreaker gem rest within the entangled branches of an all too familiar wooden staff.

Nathanos.

Lithia leads us ahead to the larger, circular room which turns out to be a grand library. The shelves hold hundreds, if not thousands, of books covered in dust much like everything else that we can see. The doors mark the only exits within, each guarded by two suits of armor wielding spears. The small beads of red glowing inside the helms mark them as animated skeletons.

Why am I not surprised after learning that this Sunbreaker was a lich?

As we step further within the room none move to harm us. It is good enough of a sign for Lithia to inspect the dusty lore on the shelves. Amon, always the protective husband, remains on guard of the undead as she does so. Balasar never takes his eyes off of guards, it is almost as if he is looking for a fight after the long days in the frigid cold.

The key pulls me toward the door straight ahead where the stench of death grows stronger. Much like the other doors there is no lock, just a simple brass handle. Red light baths me upon opening it. Instinctively, I hold my breath and look away due to the reeking smell, taking all I have not to vomit. By the looks on the faces of the others it is obvious how powerful it is.

Pulling my bandana over my nose and mouth, I turn to see Nathanos before me but he is far worse than what his spell revealed. Everything around him within a dagger’s toss is mold and rot. It is as if he is the focal point for a creeping infection spreading throughout the room. Untouched by the contagion is the wood staff, the red Sunbreaker gem nestled in the tip and lighting the room for me to see.

As I go to step inside the lich’s tiny green eyes flare to life. In a dry and cracked voice Nathanos screams a warning not to enter, that doing so would be to sentence myself to an agonizing death at the cost of his misfortune. To test his plea, the mage begs of me to take a book from his library and toss it within. Lithia, with one already in hand, flings a tome to the wretched thing.

Instantly it begins to mold and deteriorate as soon as the book enters the diseased area.

A gasp from Princess Frost is enough to say exactly what I am thinking.