Duo Lon - Who Is the Hunter, Who the Prey?

Description: Duo Lon has caused a little bit of trouble in Metro City for the Mad Gear Gang. And now its leader, Katana, seeks to take down the assassin in an honorable combat duel. So how does he accomplish it? By setting a trap for Duo Lon, of course...

Someone was killing Mad Gear men, and Katana, one of the highest ranking members of the gang, was not about to let such insult slide.

Mad Gear, large as they were, had a decent intelligence network for what they were, and soon learned the identity of the man who had been doing the killing: one Duo Lon. So, Katana planned to ambush the man and make him pay for his transgression. It was, after all, what a samurai SHOULD do.

A meeting was set up. One of their guys, posing as a worried businessman, met with the assassin to arrange a job to take out a low level Metro thug in the Subways at a specific time. The money would be well worth it, assured the businessman. It was better for his 'business' that this thug was taken out swiftly and without much fuss.

Mad Gear was just hoping Duo would bite.

And it seems that Duo Lon did indeed 'bite'. Mad Gear had been terrorizing Metro City for some time, he'd heard, and every one of them that was gone was one less that the city had to worry about. So yes, Duo was all for this job, since it would help clean up the city.

The gang member that had met with him described him as an abnormally tall, thin Chinese man who seemed to be all legs. Long brown hair, skin so pale as to almost be white, and a face like a woman's, too. He shouldn't be too hard to pick out.

And so, as the trap waits to be sprung, the quarry enters the subway. He wears a long black overcoat but that height was hard to disguise. The ball on the end of the long braid was a dead giveaway too. And the near-white skin. And he is indeed heading right for the area that had been pointed out to him earlier...

This section of subway is devoid of people, dirty, grimy, and dim. Occasionally a subway car will speed past, flashes of the people within passing from sight. Advertisements for movies, plays, and various consumer products dot the tiled walls, and there are vending machines with flickering lights off to the side. It's not a place one wants to be during the nighttime.

The target was easy to spot. As Duo steps onto the platform, footsteps echo the stairs from where he came. Katana emerges, flanked by a few Mad Gear thugs wearing grimey working class outfits. The big man in the football gear and helmet folds his arms as he takes in the smaller one. "So, YOU are the one who has been killing our brothers," he says. He speaks in an affected gruff and clipped tone, probably from watching too many samurai movies. "This is...unforgivable!"

He slowly reaches to the sheathes on his back, and draws his twin katana from them in a quick flourish, holding his arms out at the sides so the blades glint in the flourescent lighting.

Sam itchy katta desk! I, Katana, Japanese for sword, will avenge them tonight!" The thugs back off and slowly draw the gate at the end of the stairs shut so they can watch.

Hmm... that's odd. No one seems to be here. This WAS the place right? Did he have the wrong section of subway? Come to think of it why would a target be in this place unless he was here to meet someone else? This didn't seem like it was the best place to catch the train--

And then those footsteps. Behind him? Duo quickly turns to see who's there. His eyes are narrowed. And he suddenly understands what's happened. It's a trap. The football samurai's words further confirm it.

But Duo frowns in confusion at the not-quite Japanese. What the hell did this guy even say just then? 'Katana', huh? And it looks like Duo's trapped for now thanks to that closed gate with the others guarding it.

"They were criminals," Duo states flatly. His voice is as unemotional and near apathetic as Katana's is passionate.

COMBATSYS: Katana has started a fight here.

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Katana           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon has joined the fight here.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Katana

"They were not just criminals, you baka! They were members of the most powerful gang in the United States! Modern warriors among lambs! One of them owed me money!" Katana cries, thrusting one hand out and rolling his head around. "However, I shall fight you honorably in a duel. Such is the way of the samurai."

Katana runs ahead. As a runningback in his actual football days, he can move. Upon getting close to Duo, he lashes out with one of the katana, aimed to slice him right across the chest.

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon dodges Katana's Jigoku Scrape.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Katana


It's all Duo offers in response. Not only because he has nothing else to say (and really what CAN he say that Katana wouldn't blow off with another 'honorable brothers' comment?) but because he suddenly comes under attack. A katana blade comes at him aimed at his chest and that takes up his interest. He bends backwards impossibly far, the katana strike goes over him though just barely. It cuts the buttons off his overcoat though!

Suddenly he's in motion again-- a literal blur of black and dark brown as he tries to move behind Katana. And then he seems to surge downward, almost contorting himself to whip his braid out at the football samurai's back.

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon successfully hit Katana with Benpatsuken.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0           Katana

Duo Long is much faster than Katana anticipated; one moment he's there, the next he's behind him. "Ah!" he cries, startled. Before he can turn around, Duo's braid slams into his back hard enough to rip the shirt, and some of the armor underneath! He staggers forward, almost falling, but catches himself and whirls around, feeling the dull throb of pain from the sheer impact of the assassin's hair. "What...was that? What are you?!" he demands.

"Well, nevermind. You will be cut by my glorious nippon steel all the same." He moves again, this time going for another strike to Duo's arm - this time with a quick feint from the other katana to try and throw him off.

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon dodges Katana's Medium Strike.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0           Katana

As soon as he feels the ball on the end of his braid impact with Katana's back Duo again zips back, form blurring as he dashes back out of range of retaliation. What is he? "It's not your business," Duo says.

The feint actually works now. Duo is dodging out of the way of the first strike when he sees the second coming at his arm. Again contorting himself, he bends back at the waist and turns abruptly to the side. Mid-contort he swings a leg up, aied at Katana's stomach. It's a light discouragement-- just enough to 'encourage' Katana to back up.

COMBATSYS: Katana fails to interrupt Light Kick from Duo Lon with Tengu Walking.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0           Katana

Katana watches in disbelief as Duo twists himself and dodges at such speeds. This was no ordinary hitman, as he expected. This was...something else. He gapes, but when Duo goes for a hard kick, the big man tries to strike back in time. He suddenly does a handstand on his katana - anyone else attempting this would find it impossible to balance on the blades, but not Katana. Somehow, he makes it work. He walks forward intent on stabbing into Duo, but the kick just strikes him in the head instead, and he falls onto his back, swords clattering onto the ground.

Another blur of motion and Duo has again put space between himself and the samurai. He doesn't immediately attack though. "One chance. Give up now." He doesn't expect this man's going to listen though, that whole 'samurai never surrender' thing has probably percolated itself into this man's formation of a rather corrupted samurai ideal. But he won't be able to say he wasn't offered the option.

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon takes no action.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0           Katana

"NEVER!" Katana cries, flipping back up and grabbing his weaponry. "The blood of Japan's warriors flows through my veins!" he cries, as he suddenly rushes forward at increased speed towards Duo Lon. He may not be as FANCY as Duo Lon in a fight...or, probably, as skilled, but damned if he's going to let that stop him. "Cut-a-bear-ay!" he shouts as he crosses the katana around Duo to actually grab him with them (likely biting into Duo's arms or sides if he hits), then jumping up with the assassin lifted over his head before slamming him down on the ground. "BUS-SOO-MESSU BUSTAAH!"

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon dodges Katana's Butsumetsu Buster.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0           Katana

What is Katana even SAYING?! Does he know himself? Duo's rather more concerned with not getting PILEDRIVED WITH KATANAS to ask though. The unexpectedness of the move leaves him surprised, and the blades cut into his arms as he's basically bearhugged with Katana's katanas! But just as he's about to be lifted up something odd happens.

Duo actually seems to literally DECAY in the grip, right before Katana's eyes he literally dissolves into dust and falls from the bigger man's grip. The dust reforms into his body as it hits the ground. As Katana lands Duo tries to meet the Mad Gear leader with a large smoky cloud of gray chi! If it hits the chi may chill Katana slightly-- it is death given form.

Hit or miss Duo also speaks quietly, "'True patience means bearing the unbearable'." An old Japanese adage that went along with the principles of bushido.

COMBATSYS: Katana blocks Duo Lon's Juon Shikon.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0           Katana

Meanwhile, the peanut gallery of thugs watch the fighting. "What the hell is this guy?" "I dunno, but I think Katana's losing." "Shit, I'm glad I ain't out there." "Yo, so...what if he comes after us next?" "Yeah, maybe we should run."

Katana lets out a gasp as Duo disintegrates before him. "This technique!!!" he cries. As he comes down he's blasted by the strange gray chi cloud, and is blown back, skidding on his feet until he comes to a halt in a crouch. He could see his breath now, and it was starting to get heavier, more taxed...this disturbed him. Yet, the honor of Mad Gear, or whatever he thought was honor, was on the line.

"Yes, I agree exactly!" he says, to cover up the fact he forgot if that was a saying he should know or not. Again, he comes at Duo, this time juking left and right to trip him up. He performs a quick x-shaped slash with both swords at the assassin's front.

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon just-defends Katana's Fierce Strike!

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0           Katana

Duo sees through the feint this time and matches Katana's left and right jukes. His form blurs again as he moves. This puts him in the prie position to slide his hands UNDER the swinging katanas, and bat them aside one by one. He's aiming to knock the swords aside to open up Katana's guard. Why?

Because he tries to take hold of Katana's armor, bend backwards again in that impossible way, and then kick up. Hopefully it'll launch Katana up and away from Duo.

COMBATSYS: Katana counters Quick Throw from Duo Lon with Shiraha Catch.
?!? Weird Hit! ?!?

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Duo Lon          0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0           Katana

But this time, Katana is finally ready for that sort of trick. As the kick comes, Katana waits, then grabs Duo's foot. "No more games!" he declares, then brings his arm back, still clutching Duo, and throws him across the platform and into a pillar./

Duo wasn't expecting that! His foot grabbed he finds himself hurled through the air. He relaxes but the pillar still slams into his back, his body almost wraps around the pillar briefly before he falls to the ground with a breathy grunt. That seemed to have hurt him rather badly if the wince is any indication.

He still stands up even if he has to shake his head to clear it. And then he seems to stomp his foot. The movement is a blur of motion. And weirdly, it looks like his foot bblurs through the ground. And somehow comes out near where Katana is standing. Possibly UNDER Katana if he's not careful!

COMBATSYS: Katana blocks Duo Lon's Habarushimu Kyaku.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/---====|======-\-------\0           Katana

Katana, alarmed at Duo's latest technique, nonetheless crouches low and guards himself with his swords. The foot strike comes up fast, but he absorbs some of the strike through the blades, lessening the impact against his shins. Nothing he threw at the guy seemed to do much; but he refused to run. This city was Mad Gear territory, and by extensions HIS territory. Only a coward would run! With a mighty battle cry he leaps for the assassin, two sword strikes to the arms and legs, followed by an attempt at another grab and a toss right onto the subway tracks.

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon just-defends Katana's Armed Combo!

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Duo Lon          0/-------/---====|======-\-------\0           Katana

Duo zips back to dodge the strikes at his arms. And the strikes to his legs? He actually hops up onto the blades briefly and uses them to try to get some height. But when he tries to kick Katana grabs his ankle and tosses him again! But it's even worse this time for a couple of reasons. First because Katana has thrown him towards the tracks. Second?


Duo's eyes widen as he notes this. He only has one chance to keep himself from being flattened. He turns in the air, contorts himself again ... and then disappears from sight as the train zooms by. Has he been hit? Seems unlikely, there was no audible splatter.

He's glimpsed again as the train passes by. He had somehow grabbed onto the opposite wall of the tunnel and flattened his thin frame against it using the tiny ledge and his own ability to contort his body for support. He gives a small smirk and then punches at Katana from across the tunnel. Except instead of being an ineffectual punch into the air at nothing his arm actually extends. And it's in real danger of hitting Katana.

COMBATSYS: Katana endures Duo Lon's Genmu Ken.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\0           Katana

Katana stands tall, taking the stretchy punch despite the goons flipping their shit about the 'stretchy invincible freak' their boss is facing. "Hnn, your Chinese tricks are considerable...but no match for a samurai!" Katana declares. He grabs Duo Lon's fist and, exerting all of his strength, attempts to pull the assassin back across the tracks and throw him into a Cola vending machine.

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon blocks Katana's Daimyo Throw.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-======|=======\-------\1           Katana

Duo's arm is grabbed. He makes a surprised noise and tries to pull the limb back, but suddenly he's flung into a vending machine! He turns as much as he can in-flight, bracing the other arm to take the damage rather than his face. He DOES need to protect the face, after all. He didn't stay this pretty by letting himself get bashed into the concrete by everybody and his brother right?

Still his impact destroys the vending machine and he only barely misses being electrocuted. He winces as he stands up. Ouch, tougher than he originally bargained for. But he still has fight in him too, and Katana DID say this was a duel. Meaning the Mad Gear boss is likely to get even MORE upset with him if Duo bails this soon.

The assassin does manage to regain ownership of his arm, and it returns to its proper shape once he does. Hopping up on the remains of the vending machine for some extra height Duo leaps up and towards Katana and tries to kick at his chest.

COMBATSYS: Katana endures Duo Lon's Light Kick.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-======|=======\==-----\1           Katana

Katana takes the kick to the chest, the wind knocked out of him as he can feel his ribs crack. Okay, maybe not the best idea, but his NEXT technique will surely kill him. Right??? Katana is really starting to doubt it, but he must save face in front of his fellow gangbangers. "Now...I will show you my most powerful technique!" he declares. He spreads his legs and assumes a ridiculous mock-kabuki pose, complete with him hopping around on the balls of his feet and shouting, "HYOOOOOOOOO!" In reality, he's just catching his breath, but he hopes he can goad Duo into attacking.

COMBATSYS: Katana gains composure.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-======|=======\=------\1           Katana

Be careful what you wish for Katana. Because you might get it. In this case Duo recognizes the opportunity for what it appears to be rather than what it is. It's actually a trap, but he doesn't realize it. Or if he does he doesn't pay it any mind. He's more concerned about ending this before he gets any more damaged than he already is!

There's an explosion of that gray and cold chi around him. And then as he sweeps in close to Katana he seems to leave afterimages. His aim is to hit Katana several times with punches and kicks. If he does it'll feel like every one of those glowing blue-gray afterimages are hitting him too.

COMBATSYS: Katana blocks Duo Lon's Ougi - Tajuu Genmu Ankei.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-----==|=======\===----\1           Katana

Katana uses his renewed strength to block the onslaught of strikes by Duo using his swords - but even then, the attack is devastating, as the rapid jabs slam into his chest, arms, and legs. Even with the armor, he can feel their impact, and while it does offer some protection, the combined might of the strikes wears the big man down. The final hit brings him to his knees, and he coughs up blood. "Nnn...not yet...NOT YET!"

Katana decides to unleash his own furious assault. He strikes out to spear Duo in the torso with his swords, then jump up, lifting him and slamming him in another rendition of his Butsumetsu Buster. But after that, he jumps even higher and slams him down AGAIN. He goes for a third time, almost brushing the cieling. After the third slam, he drags the assassin across the length of the subway platform, generating a friction so intense that the assassin is actually ignited by flames. The Mad Gear Samurai ends with a slam against the wall.

"TEN CHUUUUU SATSUUUUU!" he screams at the top of his lungs.

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon dodges Katana's Ten Chuu Satsu.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0           Katana

Duo jukes to one side just in time to miss being impaled and turned into paste by the samurai's devasating attack. But because his afterimages havea slight delay between his move and following it it's the first afterimage that Katana impales, it's this poor afterimage that gets treated to the devastating series of attacks.

Duo is not about to try to attack while Katana's doing THAT! The poor afterimage is stabbed, thrashed, beaten, and frictioned into non-existence. Poor thing. An acceptable casuality though and the afterimages fade swiftly.

As soon as Katana looks like he's going to land Duo blurs forward, aiming for a double roundhouse kick! He's hoping to hit Katana before he can recover from his attack!

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon successfully hit Katana with Ikazuchika Matome Ito.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0           Katana

Katana yells in triumph, but this is short lived; it was only an afterimage. To his horror, Duo is STILL coming at him, and he comes at him hard. The first roundhouse slams into his side, and he gasps. The second knocks him into the same vending machine he threw the assassin into, his swords clattering off in different directions. Katana says something in faux-Japanese, and then consciousness escapes him. It was likely something he thought was profound.

Duo lands and makes ready for further fighting. And then Katana doesn't immediately get up. He takes that moment to allow himself to breathe-- to wince at the injuries. He'd have to be more careful who he trusted regarding information in a target in the future. Maybe check them out more before taking a lead.

He's not about to stick around, he doesn't want to give the others any ideas of picking up where their boss left off. And he sure doesn't want to be here when Katana wakes. He can't run past them without risking another confrontation though.

His exit comes as another subway train zooms by. Duo runs quickly towards it, leaps as the tail end of the train zooms by, and grabs onto the back of the train. He winces-- that arm still hurts. But he keeps his grip. Blending into the crowd on the subway is going to be tougher now that he's visibly injured but he'll manage.

COMBATSYS: Katana can no longer fight.

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Duo Lon          0/-------/-----==|

COMBATSYS: Duo Lon has ended the fight here.

Log created on 19:55:19 03/12/2015 by Duo Lon, and last modified on 02:32:18 03/13/2015.