Zoofights III was the first fully illustrated Zoofights, and the first completed as a group effort, kicking off in April 2008.
With the new visuals came a setting - this tournament was being fought in the middle of industrial-age excess, between beasts afflicted with clanking mechanical "improvements".
Each was sponsored by a bellicose industrial power, and cheered by online spectators who took on the character of a baying Victorian rabble to support their champions.
The original thread began as follows:
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” – Genesis 1:26-27
The year is 1870, and man has a whole load of dominion over the earth. The continents are tied together with steel telegraph cables, Railways are carving themselves through every jungle, and a whole lot of awesome shit like steam hammers, fancy hats, manifest destiny and the theory of natural selection is kicking off all over the place.
Gorillas become rugs. 50 million bison become jerky. 100 foot long whales are hauled out of the sea like turds and rendered into the oil that makes the teeming, filthy cities visible from space. Man has totally owned Beast, and the food chain is just a big piece of fucking chain that a guy with a monocle uses to beat the shit out of elephants.
I’m wearing my monocle, so let the beatings begin.
The thread itself is pretty tough to navigate, but I'll be putting all the fights up here over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.