Vulture were another of the new robots to enter into this war, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the warzone. Not content with just the one weapon to attack competitors with, Vulture went ahead and combined two weapons into one. A 6000rpm vertical spinning blade on a pivot that turned it into an axe made up this custom, hybrid weapon, giving it two routed of attack. The robot runs at a respectable 16mph and has a front wedge-like scoop to draw opponents up to the blade as it comes down. The robot, however, is brand new, and that means it has yet to be battle tested.
And what better way to test it than against robots that share similar traits? Apex have a spinner, whilst Terrorhurtz have a powerful axe. Both powerful robots, and a tough test.
The start of the fight is fairly tame for Vulture, with Terrorhurtz and Apex taking more of an interest in each other than in their other opponent. They still stay in an around their competitors, trying to jump in wherever they have the opportunity to try and bring the disc down. On initial observation, it’s clear to see that the axe part of the weapon is quite slow to fire, making it more of an arm than an axe. They do strike their first hit when Terrorhurtz back into them, so at least we know the weapon works.
After this, Terrorhurtz start to go after Vulture, and bring it down time after time, bashing against the steel armour that Vulture is clad with. Vulture can barely get the weapon to reach Terrorhurtz, but that doesn’t matter when Terrorhurtz strike a hit right below Vulture’s weapon mechanism, jamming the axe and getting the two robots stuck together.
They push backwards and forwards, but Terrorhurtz have more power and get Vulture over the flame pit, where Apex decides to join the party. Shunt tries to free them, and when the robots finally break apart, Vulture have not come off well. One of the wheels has locked and they’re going in circles. The weapon still works, because other robots keep driving into it, but other than that, they’re stranded.
Because they can only move in circles, the decision is made by the judges, and Vulture is counted out.
So, a Robot redemption the Vulture team must face. But who are they coming up against? Another newcomer, in the shape of Bucky The Robot. Yes, the wacky biter bot was next on the list of Vulture’s competitors.
To say Bucky are slippery customers would be putting it lightly. Early on Vulture continuously try to get the spinning disc down on their opponent but the arm isn’t actually long enough for them to reach Bucky’s main body. So now they’re basically stuck pushing them. The good news is Bucky can’t do too much to them either… Except when Vulture screw up themselves. Trying to get around Bucky, Vulture drive over the floor flipper and are tossed over. They can self-right with the arm, but in doing so find themselves in Bucky’s grasp.
Vulture get taken on a quick trip to Dead Metal, but nothing too bad comes out of it. With neither robot able to cause the other damage, the arena hazards are proving the trickiest obstacles, and Vulture very almost slide straight down the pit at one point. To add to their misery, the weapon also stops working, leaving them as a push bot.
But not to fear! Because they can get around Bucky’s awkward shape and push them about no problem. And that, in the end, is how they win it, by pushing Bucky around and onto the floor flipper, where they are unable to self-right. Perhaps not the greatest fight ever, but Vulture won’t care seeing as they’ve survived.
The reward for survival is a place in the semi-finals, but that means a fight against Terrorhurtz once again. The axe of doom and mayhem took them out in the melee, so Vulture have their work cut out reversing their fortunes.
Unfortunately for Vulture, Terrorhurtz are in no mood to go easy on them. We already know Vulture’s weapon can barely scratch Terrorhurtz’s armour and that leaves Vulture running away, essentially. But Terrorhurtz rain down the blows right from the start. One hit lands on their side and another on the wedge, but then one strike hits their top armour, tearing it off the robot.
The weapon’s mechanism is next to be targeted, and one blow on that is enough to destroy the weapon completely. There are some more superficial hits sustained but the next vital piece to go on the robot is one of the wheels. Amazingly, Vulture are still moving, just about.
Terrorhurtz and Vulture, not for the first time you’ll recall, get lodged together again, this time requiring the aid of Matilda to separate them, even though that results in Vulture being flipped over. I have no idea how they’re still going out there, but they continue to take hit after hit and just keep driving.
Having landed so many good hits, Terrorhurtz run out of gas for their weapon, so it becomes a pushing match, something Vulture used to their advantage in the previous fight. Not so much this time; The major results are the Fog of War being triggered twice in a row, with Vulture ending up with Dead Metal after the first time and on the flame pit the second. They do manage to go the whole 3 minutes, but end the fight pretty much pushed in a corner.
Unsurprisingly, they aren’t victorious.
Now, normally a defeat in the semi-final would bring you one final fight in the 3rd place playoff, to see if you get into the 10 way melee. Unfortunately for Vulture, Terrorhurtz gave them such an ass whooping that they can’t actually repair the robot in time, and have to forfeit.
So how did Vulture do? Well, the robot certainly had a wacky design, and one that looked like it could be a powerful competitor if all the elements came together well. unfortunately the weapon, as good as it looked, just didn’t quite cut it (Or anything else for that matter), and the robot was too prone to breaking down. Of course a large part of this was Terrorhurtz’s fault, and Vulture did show that they have the capability with their win over Bucky. Had they repaired the robot in time, I think we would have seen them beat Track-tion and get into the 10 way. Maybe next time.
Expectation v Result (4th – 4th): +0
Accidental attacks: +1
Going round in circles: -2
The defeater of dreams (And Bucky The Robot): +8
Hit so hard they had to forfeit their chance in the 10 way to an after school club: -4
BONUS: Design Level 1000: +2
Robot Rating (Vulture): 5/10
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