Description: Keith Mason, aka. Aranha, finds himself matched up in the Neo League against, an assassin/enforcer of the Southtown Syndicate, Rochelle. A brutal fight takes place on the rooftop of Sunshine 60 in Sunshine City in order to determine who will reign supreme. (Winner: Aranha)
Rochelle had kept a low profile since dropping out of contention last season of Neo League, spending a few months in the tropics training, after a few high profile assassinations for Geese Howard. It was work she did not mind, representing the force of the common warrior against the corporate shills that law enforcement protected. Geese had a corporate facade and dirty cops too, but his ultimate goal was raising the strong above the weak in Southtown. Her background in the Indonesian Jagos, after leaving the life of an iron working heiress, had shown her that the goal of physical improvement led to spiritual enlightenment, not the oppression of the people by breads and circuses. The fat life brought a church bench, but a life on the streets, breaking knuckles against skulls, brought an endorphin rush keyed into the mind's eye.
Rochelle waited on the rooftop of the Sunshine City 60 Hotel, titanium bo staff in hand as she stood profiled against the night time city. Its twinkling lights merged with the stars over the ocean and above the final horizon of the waters, the warm breeze of spring slowly batting about her crimson red ponytail. One of her motorcycle boots was propped up against the ledge, as she watched serenely out over the wealth of the urban paradise.
COMBATSYS: Rochelle has started a fight here.
Aranha had likewise kept a low profile but for a different reason. Every since Heihachi and the Tekken Force's raid on Bastion Village he had been trying keep away from those who'd go after darkstalkers just due to the fact that there was the hunt for wild darkstalkers and gears as well as fallout from the war. The remaining villagers were scattered and Aranha, himself was trying to figure out his next move. Unfortunately his next move required money.
When arrives to the rooftop, he remains silent as he glances about the environment. There's the vents and various pipes and machinery. Other than that, it's a very open area which might work to the traceur's disadvantage.
He then looks over to the person with the titanium bo staff and it all makes sense. The environment favors the staff wielder. Limb measurements are internalized and he gives a nod to the enforcer
"I guess you're the one I'm here to fight?"
Crew moves to and fro to set up the cameras and directional mics in preparation for the battlefield. The official move forward to give instructions and note whether the fighters are ready.
COMBATSYS: Aranha has joined the fight here.
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Aranha 0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0 Rochelle
Rochelle's staff flips about in her hand to a two-handed grip as she steps her boot off the ledge and smirks with her ruby red liar's lips, turning about to face him.
There's a brief press of her bosom against her leather jacket as she takes a deep, meditative breath, synchronizing her body's vascular references with Aranha to lock into his movements. She moves towards the center of the battlefield, and Aranha, dragging the circular edge of her bo staff as a move of subtle, gentle intimidation.
"Name's Rochelle," she says, locking eyes with Aranha as she halts five standard paces away from Aranha, leaving him room to maneuver and approach her, preparing to dice around the more agile fighter with the locking positions of her staff fighting.
She flips the rod into a battle position as she leans backwards onto the rear of her stance, pulling her rod's top backwards, leaving the bottom forwards, in a diagonal lever.
There's a sudden flare of crimson chi along her hands and feet, a brief flash of light, her ponytail flippantly flickering upwards behind her.
"I'm a pretty good dancer, but I'm better solo."
The attempt at intimidation is pointedly ignored. He's been shot at, stabbed, slashed with a variety of weapons, and fought in tournament where death was a regular occurance. He has fought an artificially modified human who took on spider-like properties. Watching someone drag a staff does nothing to him. That being said, he doesn't underestimate his opponent. She's an unknown and because of that, the Majigen Series champion has to regard her with caution.
"I go by Aranha. I'm not bad at dancing either solo or with a partner."
The official gives the signal to begin and Aranha sways as he moves closer and closer before attempting to step on the lowered end of the staff to delay its movement before moving into his kicking range and tilting into a handstand and slapping her with his feet to test her defenses.
COMBATSYS: Rochelle blocks Aranha's Inverted Tornado.
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Aranha 1/-------/=======|=------\-------\0 Rochelle
"Magic Mike, eh?"
Rochelle slides her palm against the heft of her staff as Aranha steps on it, allowing it to shift in her hand as she spins about to deflect the feet aiming at her face with a fast slap of her other hand, palm smacking the first kick and levering Aranha aside with a resounding slam of physical force on her comparatively fragile hand.
Rochelle cranes her flexible body down into a squat, hand supporting her staff as the other joins it higher up, before she grunts and forces Aranha upwards into the air with a heft of her staff at a level plane.
And then comes a swinging kick upwards with her foot, a trail of fiery energy around her motorcycle boot as she swings her leg directly upwards with a snap of motion.
"Ha!" is the cry the exits the woman as she makes the series of mantis-motions versus the spider.
COMBATSYS: Rochelle successfully hits Aranha with Rapids Beneath Bridge.
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Aranha 1/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0 Rochelle
The whirling kick combo is slapped aside knocking him out of the handstand and rendering him unable to use the swing of his arm to pull off an upside down retreat. As he attempts to rise to a standing position just as the fiery energy wreathed boot comes up to his face and turns his head. His body spins along with it in an attempt to flow along with the attack. His shades fly from his face revealing glowing blue eyes. At this point, there's no point in hiding his changes.
But when he looks at Rochelle making a series of Mantis motions he raises an eyebrow. "Are you serious?" He can't believe Rochelle is trying to taunt him but he's not going to fly into a blind rage. A cold calculating rage is more his style anyway. His lips form into a cruel smile as he dances back into range before lashing out with a blue glowing roundhouse kick, followed by a jumping roundhouse likewise sheathed in blue chi, before finishing the combo by briefly turning around and flipping backwards to send a blue chi kick crashing down upon her head.
COMBATSYS: Rochelle blocks Aranha's Aggressive Dance.
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Aranha 1/-----==/=======|====---\-------\0 Rochelle
Rochelle spins her bo staff up to block the first roundhouse and buffet it aside, then spinning her rod about and reversing its position with a side-pace to halt the jumping roundhouse with a step backwards, before she leaps into the air to meet the backflipping flip mid-air.
She rams into Aranha's mid-air assault with a shoulder instead of her head, courtesy of the step aside then backwards.
She kicks off of Aranha and flips her legs to the ground with a click of her boots, now in close quarters with Aranha because of his offensive stance. She spins about with a sweep at his legs with her staff, intentionally telegraphed to make it an easy dodge, before she swings away with an axel-flip, her staff lashing out to juke across Aranha's chin in a diagonal slice. She lands on a hand and rolls to a crouch, facing Aranha sidelong.
COMBATSYS: Aranha interrupts Evasive Strike from Rochelle with Bad Beat ES.
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Aranha 1/-======/=======|=======\-------\1 Rochelle
Having his first two attacks turned aside wasn't something that filled with him joy and when he looks under himself to see his foot connect with her shoulder well it wasn't ideal but it was something. He draws his foot back because it looks like she's about to go after him again.
He's not able prevent the kick off of him but considering that it doesn't hurt him he's not going to make a big deal about it. He continues to move in as he decides to push the pace. And when she goes for the intentionally telegraphed sweep, it works against her because he steps forward to jam it before it can even begin and swings an elbow across her chin, following up with another elbow across the chin and then dropping low to grab the back of both of her knees as he drives his shoulder into one of her thighs knocking her off of her feet with a double leg takedown and then releasing his grip and stepping away from her. Grappling isn't enough of a strong suit to continuously engage in a grappling match.
Rochelle's chin snaps to the side as she staggers off a foot, before she's taken to the ground with a slam onto the rooftop concrete, the force cracking the grey surface.
Rochelle's head lolls to the side, as she spits up blood, groaning in pain as she rolls to her side, back to Aranha as she pushes herself up to her knee, then to her feet, with her bo-staff trailing along in her hand.
She swings around with the bo, and steps into close range with Aranha, her right hand darting out past her bo, with a finger thrust aimed directly at the base of his nose, to snap his breathing cycle off balance as she chokes a thick breath back to aeleroate her lungs with fresh oxygen.
COMBATSYS: Aranha blocks Rochelle's Finger Dagger Harmony.
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Aranha 1/-======/=======|=======\=------\1 Rochelle
The dancing spider cringes at the crack on the rooftop surface. He has always prided himself on not damaging the environment unless he intended to. Even still there was those rare moments where 'shit happens.' This was one of them. He wasn't looking forward to having roof repair payments getting taken out of his check.
Rochelle makes her way back to her feet and as she does so, he shifts back into his dance. With that sequence of events he's at least temporarily eliminated the taunting she was doing which was fine by him.
Aranha is slow to respond when Rochelle moves to deliver a finger thrust to the nose since he was expecting the attack to come from the staff. He still manages to raise his guard enough to deflect the hand the away causing a finger to graze his face and draw blood causing it to run down his cheek and just as quickly as the blood is drawn it starts to close.
He moves as though the wound on his cheek never happened as he delivered a pair of snap kicks to the ribs if he can get around the staff.
COMBATSYS: Rochelle fails to interrupt Medium Kick from Aranha with Golden Storm.
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Aranha 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|====---\-------\0 Rochelle
Rochelle jams her bo staff into the pavement of the roof directly after she swiftly pulls her hand back, and launches herself at Aranha in close quarters, intending on launching herself at him in a drop kick propelled by her staff.
The kicks, however, catch her in the gut, then head, and launch her backwards, sending her flailing away and across the rooftop. Her staff flies from her grasp and she rolls to the group, dazed and bloody, her head rolling to face upwards. She sits up, dizzy, struggling to her feet as she stares across the arena at her now seperate weapon.
He was reading the flow of the battle and he delivered the kicks with the intent to lure Rochelle into trying to stuff his attack. What he didn't expect was her pole vaulting into him and as his foot connects to her gut and head, he can't help but wonder if he managed to escape something horrible from happening to him.
As he watches Rochelle sit back up and clear her head he moves in closer before tilting into another handstand lingering only long enough to deliver a snap kick down upon the staff wielder and then tilt back into a standing position.
COMBATSYS: Rochelle blocks Aranha's Light Kick.
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Aranha 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=====--\-------\0 Rochelle
Rochelle raises her arm, blocking the downward kick, letting it land across her forearm and clenched fist. Grunting, she pushes to her feet and leaps across the rooftop, making an awkward roll as she touches down near her discarded bo staff. She swipes it up into her hands and turns about, frowning dourly at Aranha.
With a leap, she bounds across the arena, landing on the ground before Aranha, before charging forward with her bo staff braced before her with an attempt to pin the malandro to the ground beneath her in a tackle, and press the bo staff across his throat, gritting her teeth and showing her bloodied teeth. As she feels her body ache and scream in pain, her mouth grows cruel, lips twisting into a grimace.
COMBATSYS: Rochelle successfully hits Aranha with Pouncing Spider.
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Aranha 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|==-----\-------\0 Rochelle
Rochelle making a B-Line to her staff was expected though due to not connecting with the kick, was unable to prevent her from getting to it. Ever adaptable, Aranha makes plans on what to about her getting her staff back. Rochelle however manages to defy his expectations with the amount the savagery she launches herself at him.
Aranha doesn't manage to avoid her and finds himself pinned to the ground with a staff at his throat. Even with the changes to his biology, being pinned by his throat is not a fun experience for him. A blue light forms in his hand as he croaks out the words, "Get the *bleep* off of me!" The censors are quick on the draw to remove his cursing from the airwaves.
If Rochelle is not quick enough to heed his request, she'll find herself dealing with blue chi spider-web in her face as he pushes a little extra power into it to get the point across.
COMBATSYS: Rochelle endures Aranha's Web Shot.
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Aranha 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=====--\-------\0 Rochelle
Rochelle snaps backwards, into a straddle, as the web-shot slaps across her face and upper body. She claws it off her face, one eye visible, as she slams her staff into the ground beside Aranha's head.
She bounds off him with a quick hop upwards, before she comes down with a boot, attempting to slam down onto his stomach, before jamming her staff into his collarbone.
The webbing slicks off her face and shoulders and bosom, considerably slowing her escape from Aranha's clutches - although she seems to have committed.
COMBATSYS: Rochelle successfully hits Aranha with Glittering Monsoon.
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Aranha 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|======-\-------\0 Rochelle
At this point, Rochelle has fallen into a pattern of attacking his ability to breathe. While most of his energy has been going towards undoing the damage the body has been enduring, the attacks targetting his breathing hadn't begun to take its toll until just now.
"GOD *bleep*ing *bleep* IT! GET OFF"
He decides to put her in a situation where she has to either get off of him and give him some space or she will have to lose the fight. She simply can not afford to take any more attacks from him. He swings his foot upward to kick the staff wielder in the back.
COMBATSYS: Aranha successfully hits Rochelle with Change-Up Kick.
- Power hit! -
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Aranha 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\====---\1 Rochelle
Rochelle screams as Aranha's toe smashes into her kidney and she's bucked forward and over Aranha.
The assassin staggers as she vomits up filth, her vision going black and red. She swings around to face Aranha, staggering to the side and nearly falling over with building inertia before she catches herself with a skidding foot outwards.
There's nothing lady-like about her now.
She charges forward, bo staff swinging and stabbing and swooping and sweeping, before she brings it down with a final slam from above, falling to her knees, then to her face, hand on the ground as she wheezes and raises her hand in the surrender sign to the referee, blood and drool leaking from her lips.
COMBATSYS: Rochelle can no longer fight.
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COMBATSYS: Aranha dodges Rochelle's Fibonacci Sequence ES.
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Aranha finally manages to free himself of the boot and staff long enough to quickly get into a crouching position and spin towards Rochele just as she spins towards him. As he elevates himself to standing position, and takes a deep breath since with Rochelle's constant attacks to his stomach, collar bone, and throat and nose it was luxury he couldn't take until now.
The staff wielder charges at him and where before, he was having difficulty avoiding the attacks, here he was avoiding them with ease. Upon the final strike, he lets her fall to her knees, her face. He lets her signal the surrender to the referee and then after that, he makes his way to the fire exit stairway making sure to step over her body, as a show of a lack of respect before leaving with no interest in having his hand raised.
COMBATSYS: Aranha has ended the fight here.
Log created on 19:39:57 05/27/2018 by Aranha, and last modified on 06:25:02 05/29/2018.