In the year mankind denoted as 2072 AD, a god fell from the heavens, bringing with her magic, a powerful tool that can be used to rewrite reality at the wielder's will. With this new power, the world descended into chaos. After fifty years of war and fifty years of peace, the worldwide government created a fighting tournament for the world's deadliest warriors, wizards, and weirdos. The idea was simple. Instead of armies killing and destroying each other, mankind would channel its destructive impulses into one on one duels. The prize for this tournament was simple: One wish, magically granted by the god. A prize that most people are willing to kill for. In 2192 the first tournament commenced. Due to its success, humanity decided that a new tournament would be held every three years. Our story begins in 2234, at the beginning of the Fourteenth Triennial Golden Valhalla Tournament. The final tournament.
Double Elimination is a Science Fantasy Novel Series by Eugene Conard. The series is centered around the Golden Valhalla Tournament, a fighting tournament for the deadliest people on the planet. The first book, Sole Survivor, was released in 2018. A sequel, titled Double Elimination: The Machine, has been announced.
Double Elimination As A Whole Contains Examples of:
- Alien Invasion: One occurred in the backstory of the series.
- After Action Patch Up: Commonly occur.
- Descriptively-Named Species: The invading alien race are called the Invaders.
- Extremely Short Timespan: Excluding flashbacks, the series as a whole takes place over a few weeks.
- Genius Thriller
- Gladiator Games
- Gorn: Fights often get bloody. Really bloody.
- Moving Buildings: Various arenas hover around the main stadium, moving in place when in use.
- Science Fantasy
- Tournament Arc: The series as a whole is centered around one big tournament arc, with flashbacks providing backstory to the fighters.
- Violence Is Disturbing: At points, the brutality of the cool fights can become too much, like when Rachel loses an eye in her fight with Heavyweight.
- World of Snark
Sole Survivor Contains Examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: For Solais, Heavyweight, and to a lesser extent Arctic.
- Air-Vent Passageway: Rachel uses one when breaking into Vulcan Labs. The implausibility of this is lampshaded.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: The cover shows one. In the book proper, two occur; one during the second round of Heavyweight and Helios's fight, and one in a flashback telling Heavyweight's origin.
- Book Ends: The first and final fights of the book both feature Heavyweight winning.
- Call-Back: The description used to introduce Heavyweight in the first chapter is reused in Chapter 10.
- The Centerpiece Spectacular: Rachel's fight with Lazarus.
- Chekhov's Gun: Rachel's EMP grenades and the mysterious orb.
- Colossus Climb: Rachel holds onto Heavyweight's shoulders and hits him in the head during their fight.
- Coming of Age Story: For Rachel.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Heavyweight vs Helios, Solais vs Aegis, Heavyweight vs Arctic, Heavyweight vs Solais, and Heavyweight vs Felix Ares.
- Double-Meaning Title: Sole Survivor refers to the fact that the tournament will have a single winner, the books central theme that life is about more than just surviving, and the fact that Heavyweight is the sole surviving member of his family.
- Dungeon Bypass: During her fight with Lazarus, Rachel jumps over the walls of the Labyrinth Arena to move around easier.
- Eye Scream: Occurs several times throughout the book. Sage goes blind in one eye after having a bomb explode in his face during his fight with Bombshell. He repays the favor by stabbing her through the eye, killing her. Later, Heavyweight whips Rachel's eye out. She repays him by stabbing him through the eye.
- Flynning: Occurs during the fight between Rachel and Lazarus.
- Hallway Fight: During the climax of Rachel's fight with Lazarus.
- Hope Spot: When Rachel stabs Heavyweight through the eye.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Immediately after getting her boots, Rachel accidently catapults herself into the ceiling.
- Indy Ploy: Rachel uses them during her escape from Vulcan Labs her fight with Lazarus, and the second round of her fight with Heavyweight.
- Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Rachel, master of the Indy Ploy, is locked with a bomb in a room containing high tech weapon prototypes.
- Mission Briefing: Rachel and Jeremy talk over their strategies prior to each match.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Rachel cuts the ball of Heavyweight's ball and chain, allowing him to use the severed chain as a whip and blind her.
- No OSHA Compliance: The chemical plant that Vic robs contains giant metal doors that slam down when the alarm is triggered, walkways over chemical vats, and switches that open up all of the vats in the building.
- Punched Across the Room: Heavyweight's preferred method of handling close range opponents.
- Time Bomb: Rachel finds one in Vulcan Labs during her break-in.
- Well, This Is Not That Trope: During Arctic's fight with Heavyweight, the narration goes on a tangent about how people can overcome impossible odds and find strength that they never knew they had, right before Heavyweight curbstomps him.