2016 #AtoZChallenge - the Beasts of the Battle

Well that was an overwhelming vote in favor of an Epic Battle of the Beasts!

For those who are here for the first time, this is an interactive fiction adventure. I will write a scene every day, and my visitors will vote for where they want the story to go next, by leaving a comment on the post. You can start from the beginning here.

Andy walked over to his pile of creatures - a small plastic hill of hooves, beaks, claws, and haunches that rose up next to his toybox like a lumpy on-ramp.
"Alright, troops! Time for some action. Now let's see who is fit for duty today!" he said, rummaging through the pile. He set aside some smaller animals to use as ground troops and lined up the larger animals for inspection.
"Hmm..." Andy said, picking at what remained of a tree-climbing blister. "Who to pick, who to pick?" He surveyed the troops, and suddenly grabbed ahold of a purple gorilla. "Be patient, Gorilla! It's important to make the best decisions in war!" He slammed the gorilla back in line and looked around the room, giving various spots a squinty-eyed consideration.
"I think..? Well, where should the battle be?" He eyed up a Lego castle in the corner. Its half-tumbled ramparts were the unfortunate result of a collision during a late-night trip to the bathroom.  The bed was a good spot. He could drape his covers over the head and footboard to create a world in the depths of night. Or, there was always the open carpet. The more space, the bigger the mess, after all!

Where shall be our Beastly Battlefield?
The toy Castle
Under the Covers
or the open Carpet

Please vote in the comments! Voting closes at 10pm Eastern/8pm Mountain Time (USA) on Sunday so I have time to write before bed :)
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