HarmOnium Divided

HarmOnium Begins

HarmOnium began in 1985 when Dale Collin, Vanessa Argon, Harold Arc and Fotius Cokes, a Greek boxer, got together to design and create boxing equipment. The company soon expanded to 35 workers by 2003 and became the main Greek boxing equipment manufacturer and distributor. After the success of robot boxing in USA during the early 2000s, Dale Collin, the leader of the company, found that the need for boxing equipment had diminished and it was not the most profitable product anymore. He looked to other products with which to boost sales. Fotius Cokes did not agree with Dale's strategy, stating that "boxing is still a sport for everyone, and not owned by race or religion, but by strength and skill". Vanessa Argon, the Design department Head, agreed with Dale and argued that the company would still produce boxing equipment, but needed another source of money to upkeep the cost of doing so. Harold Arc, Accounting Manager, quickly saved the day by showing them what he had found in the news: Robot boxing was moving to Europe.

After 1 and a 1/2 years of prototyping and testing, HarmOnium finally designed their first robot boxer. Named "Prota" (Greek for "First"), it managed to survive 9 minutes  before it was decked by a rival robot, Simaia (Greek for Flag). Prota was their first foray into robot creation and soon, they had upgraded it from a box with fists on tracks to a proper fighting machine. Prota was, as Vanessa later described, "A thin metal man, not unlike a real boxer, but with the movement of a clockwork toy."

Their seventh robot, Legion, was created in mid-2010 by HarmOnium and was a custom bot made for Fotius to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their partnership. Legion began in the Underworld and earned a place in the WRB in early 2011 when he won an exhibition match against Shogun. Legion continued to defeat many bots and ended up fourth in the WRB, behind Bio War, Noisy Boy and Rubicon. However, after Noisy Boy retired in the middle of that year, Legion automatically rose to third in the table and fame, rising again to second after Prometheus defeated Rubicon in 2012. Legion was the the first bot to defeat Prometheus, in a decisive three rounds. Then, in 2013, Legion was crushed by Prometheus during their rematch. Legion never fully recovered from that match and Prometheus became the WRB champion for a short amount of time before he lost to Shogun's sweep kicks. Shogun was then scrapped along with Zeus when he rose to WRB champion in one week. Legion was fixed up and shipped back to Greece with 3 years of WRB experience under his belt where he was displayed in HarmOnium's showroom/museum as their most succesful bot then. 

Argus started out as a nimble bot with almost negligible armor or power. His only advantage was his incredible speed, allowing him to dodge most attacks and weave behind his opponent to knock them from behind. However, with the advent of Generation 4, Argus was completely revamped, with better stats, namely attack power and speed. Now a Blitz Cannon, his attacks are more powerful but he is still fast enough to outmaneuver most other bots and Glass Cannons, the only faster type of bot, obviously don't pose a large threat to anyone because of their insignificant power. Argus has a dull factory grey coat. He has a fairly humanoid head, reminiscent of his G2 days and still keeps a hollow frame, but using better materials. Few people know this, but Argus' fingers are actually individually movable. After 4 years, he was deactivated due to system incompatibility with the new boxing software, yet in those 2 years, he amazed the crowd with his agility, earning him the name "The Sleek Greek Elite". Argus was controlled by Barnabus Arc, Harold Arc's 34-year-old son, who went on to take over as Vice-President of HarmOnium.

Into Canada and Beyond

3 years after Argus was built, Dale Collin passed on and dedicated the company to his oldest son, Josiah Collin. Josiah was unfazed by the sudden shift of responsibility and being more ruthless than his father, pushed for change of staff almost immediately. Along with the retrenchment of the previous workers, Josiah also called for a new operating system to be used by all new bots effective upon completion. During this period, Vanessa and Fotius discussed the attitude of Josiah and proposed an ultimatum to the upstart new Manager: Step down or stop replacing the staff. In response, Josiah threatened to fire Fotius but his decision changed after Vanessa reminded him that his father founded the company with them and that he wouldn't even be in control without their approval of his father's decision. Josiah's two brothers parted ways with him and each other and went on to start their own companies. Soon, inspired by his brothers' letters from North America, Josiah realised that HarmOnium would gain more money by moving to Canada. The decision was made and supported unanimously by the staff. After doing some discussion, they realised that robots based on greek mythology might seem out of place in the urban and natural forests of Canada. Instead, they made bots that looked cool and dished out major amounts of damage. Decker was their first foray into Generation 4 robot building and their first "Canadian" bot. (Argus was upgraded to a G4, not built as one). Decker's victories were followed by his three successors, Shatterfist, SyncShock and BeatBoxer, all built with a sleek and efficient design in mind. To counter these bots, Canadian manufacturer NorthWave.Co designed Amplifister and the triplets (Sydeline, Focal and Skirmish). Amplifister was a hit and the triplets followed after. All four used the same type of power core, but modified to suit their bot types and build. 

BeatBoxer was sold to a rapper who won Decker with his own bot, Folley Fighter. Folly Fighter was badly damaged in the fight, though, and was later scrapped for its neon capacitor. This was used on BeatBoxer, who went on to win many a bar fight, against bots like DisAssembly and Dire Drinker. BeatBoxer was then enlisted by Harmonium's recruiting department. However, when they realised that Mino Fabrio (aka Draconic), his handler, was very good at what he did, they had BeatBoxer upgraded, and even installed new tech moves for Fabrio to use in his matches against NorthWave.Co and REgrade Enterprises. He soon met his match in Amplifister's operator, the local Canadian DJ Norman.

BeatBoxer's operator, Draconic, and Amplifister's operator, DJ Norman, did not get off to a good start. DJ Norman saw Draconic as an intruder trying to conduct a hostile takeover of his territory, while Draconic felt he was being unfairly treated and wanted to prove that he was better to gain the locals' respect. When the two finally clashed at the Canada Cup quarter-finals, things heated up quickly.  ===Canada Cup Quarter-Finals : BeatBoxer vs Amplifister === "3...2...1...START!" The match had begun and tension rose as the two rival bots circled each other. BeatBoxer made the first move, lashing out with a straight jab to Amplifister's chest. Amplifister countered with a smash aimed at BeatBoxer's head. BeatBoxer dodged just in time and the blow struck his left shoulder instead. Amplifister quickly followed up with three consecutive jabs to BeatBoxer's chest and sent him reeling. BeatBoxer had no time to steady himself as a powerful piledrive sent him straight to the floor. "1!...2!...3!...4!...5!...6!..." The referee ducked back to safety as the large bot righted himself and deflected Amplifister's roundhouse, unbalancing his rival. As soon as Amplifister recovered, he was knocked down by BeatBoxer's Double Breakdown (Each of BeatBoxer's fists slams down on the opposite shoulder of his rival and cuts diagonally towards the center of the bot). "1!...2!...3!...4!...5!...6!...7!..." Amplifister recovered and instantly went for the slam tackle with his Volume Displacer and both bots crashed to the floor. BeatBoxer was momentarily stunned and Amplifister took this opportunity to drill his head a new one. Getting off BeatBoxer, he was unprepared for BeatBoxer's counterattack: A double uppercut straight to his face! Amplifister crumpled to the ground, but was saved by the bell. "DING!!!" The fight continued as an invigorated Amplifister utilised Subwoofer to knock BeatBoxer senseless before using Volume Displacer again. This time, BeatBoxer was prepared and left-hooked the lunging bot, causing Amplifister to fall spinning to the floor. "1!...2!...3!...4!...5!...6!...7!...8!...9!..." Amplifister got up in the nick of time and staggered forward. BeatBoxer took this opportunity to send his damaged rival flying  to the corner of the ring. A struggling Amplifister could do nothing but shield himself as blow after blow rained down on him. DJ Norman knew that Amplifister's power core was quickly depleting as a result of the heavy blow earlier and realised that it was too late. Just 20 seconds later, Amplifister slumped against the ropes as his joints went rigid. BeatBoxer used a spectacular right roundhouse to decapitate Amplifister, but instead of keeping it, Draconic handed it back to an embarassed Norman. Thus, the two were reconciled and each forgave the other soon enough. BeatBoxer went on to win the semi-finals against Noisy Boy but ultimately lost to Sydeline.

HarmOnium finally moved to the US as the WRB scene there picked up the pace with the first season of the new WRB Minor League Supertournament was unofficially announced to begin on the eve of Christmas next year. After 2 months in development, their newest bot was released. Before official release, HarmOnium wanted to test out its moves against their rival, NorthWave.Co. The new bot was named Brutality for its overwhelming and morbid performance in the ring: It tore off both of Skirmish's arms, then proceeded to grab Sydeline's head and crush it by punching it repeatedly. The next one to fall was Amplifister, who foolishly tried to outmaneuver him and use Subwoofer (Amplifister drills his opponent with low jabs, ending in a double uppercut.) on him. Brutality used Amp's own weight against the poor bot and slowly destroyed him with his foot as it crushed down on Amp's back. Focal was much smarter, using Brutality's shoulder spikes to yank his left arm off and proceeded to knee him hard in the torso, leaving a considerable dent in Brutality's abdomen. Brutality got up 6 seconds later and staggered towards Focal. Focal beat him to the punch(quite literally) and used the shoulder spike from Brutality's own dismembered left arm to spear him in the chest. Sparking from damage, Brutality was quickly knocked out by Focal with Lens Flare (Focal drills the opponent with his left arm, before he crosses the opponent in the head with his right arm.). Focal was rewarded with a fight against Decker, who promptly curb-stomped him with sheer force. Brutality and the other bots were quickly repaired and he was soon ready for "field testing". Long story short, Brutality got to second in the Underworld Weekly Quick Tournament(UWQT) and lost only to SyncShock's brilliant use of his Bass Slam (SyncShock double uppercuts his opponent and crushes them with a double downward smash.), which tore up through Brutality's head and crushed it flat. SyncShock had been in for repairs during the test fight, giving his operator a slight edge over Brutality's operator, who had no idea how to block such an attack.

Brutality, Decker, Shatterfist, SyncShock and BeatBoxer started to fall behind in the league tables as NothWave.Co pulled ahead with 14 points.

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