Koto - Thieves and Superheroes

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Description: Salem encounters resident wannabe super-hero Koto, aka Mega Dragon Fighter J-Dragon after one of her heists.

The news of an artifact being showcased in Southtown’s Business District in the museum of natural history had become widespread across the internet. For someone that is always on the lookout for new opportunities, it seemed a good one. Especially for anybody willing to take a chance on what would go for a high price on the black market. It was worth a brief vacation to Southtown in Salem’s professional opinion since work in Metro City had been slow. Thus was how she found herself in the unfamiliar city getting into her particular brand of trouble.

The museum had been a cake walk. Old experience and overconfidence paying off as she slipped in and out, cameras seemingly not picking up anything out of the ordinary for some strange reason. The alarms came, unfortunately, with the actual theft of the ancient dagger --said to be of some long thought ritual fighting process, all Salem cared about was the price it would fetch on the market-- but by that point she was sure she was in the clear. Going out the back into some seemingly abandoned alley the masked woman inspected her prize. Even here she wore the same attire as always. Dark clothing, combat boots and jacket. A mask that was half white and half black obscuring her entire face. Tucking the find away she shifted into a light jog to put some distance between herself and the scene where interested parties were sure to begin appearing.

Except there's something that Salem probably didn't expect. Especially as Koto was just heading by rather than going for the museum or anywhere personally. He was just slightly bored, looking for something to do besides his usual training... and then his senses went a bit haywire. Turning the corner to the back alley near the museum, he happens to spot the rather strange figure. And the glint of rusted metal... and the alarms going off reaches his ears.

By the time it all processes, Koto takes off towards her from the mouth of the alleyway with a cry of, "Stop, thief!" The fact that there's suddenly a belt with a spotlight like glow around his waist silhouetting him is probably not a good sign. Let alone whenever he calls out, "Henshin!" And a prismatic glow covers him to reveal someone who she may have heard about. Mega Dragon Fighter J-Dragon. Someone who regularly goes off into the SNF and Neo-League circuits is now busy pursuing her!

The shout had Salem rolling her eyes beneath the mask, but the sudden surge of bright light was slightly more alarming. Turning to look and see the individual running after her a frustrated sigh escaped. The masked woman sped up, taking a corner in order to duck further into the alleys. The further away from the street the better. Coming upon a dead end was not quite what she wanted though perhaps inevitable given a lack of knowledge of the city. While she was sure she could scale up the wall quickly enough the threat behind her didn't make it quite worthwhile. Steeling herself, the woman turned and seemed to be calm enough by physical demeanor given the lack of facial expressions to go by. Holding up both hands, dagger safely tucked away still, she spoke up.

"Now there's no reason to be calling anyone names." Salem said, shifting her legs into a more defensible stance. "Why don't you go ahead and take your light show somewhere else and let the grownup work." The condesncion in her tone was hard to miss.

"Give back whatever it is you stole, lady." Koto says simply. He doesn't know who the strange masked woman is, but the instincts in him has him shifting to a more offensive stance. His silver-like armor glints in the alleyway. And it's obvious that he's not about to back down so easily. "I may be younger than you, old lady, but I'm not about to let a thief walk away if I'm around."

The kid looks serious, too! Feet firmly planted, and since she's not running any more, he can still walk closer. With the dagger out of sight, however, he can't exactly do much to get hold of it even with his abilities. It's tucked away safely alright.

"Do not make me harm an old woman just because you stole something, please. I am sure I might have nightmares for a week or two about it." Apparently the grown up comment has sparked the old lady comments in the teenager.

There was a long pause of silence at the comments from the other. "Excuse me?" She finally asked, sounding incredulous. "I'm not an old women, and if you want nightmares I can give you nightmares."

While seemingly unassuming in size, all the same she prepared herself with a more combative stance. Clearly itching for a fight now if she hadn't already. Even with the lack of physical presence something seemed to stir in the air. Tension building up in the form of less tangible power.

COMBATSYS: Salem has started a fight here.

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COMBATSYS: Koto has joined the fight here.

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Salem            0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0             Koto

The masked fighter's helmet that Koto has tilts it's head slightly. "That won't work on me so well." He replies as light starts to shine around his hands slightly, battling back the tension. "Oh, and you could've fooled me. You sound like an old lady, plus the mask kinda doesn't help your case."

Maybe Koto's just itching for a beating or something. Maaaaybe.

The comment clearly wasn't well received by Salem as she responded by moving forward. Quick on her feet, she stepped up and went in for a feint. The blow quickly followed up by the woman flipping into a front flip seeking to bash her heel down onto the other's shoulder with as much momentum and power as she could muster. Despite her seemingly inflexible attire her acrobatic agility was nevertheless unfazed. Combat boot heavy and seeking a direct and painful first hit to get the fight started off with her on the offensive.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks Salem's Doubt.

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Salem            0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0             Koto

The impact is met with a silver adorned forearm coming up to block the kick. It might be a direct attack, but apparently he had some experience with it. "Huh... not bad. Should put more power into it, though!"

His solid seeming stance definitely helped him in this case, as he brought his knee up before snapping out a quick kick at her in exchange, "J-Kick!" At least there's no light show, and it is just a snapping front kick.

COMBATSYS: Salem counters J-Kick from Koto with Misgivings.

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Salem            1/------=/=======|==-----\-------\0             Koto

Leg caught and seemingly out of options, the realization it made too late that something isn't quite right about the figure that was right in front of the teenager. Just as the attack is about to land the image of the masked woman vanishes completely. The illusion which had successfully, if briefly, taken the attention off of her now gone Salem revealed herself again. Coming up behind to deliver a jab to the ribs.

"And maybe you should pay more attention." She replied, smirk evident in her tone.

Grunting at the punches to the ribs, and glad that he's apparently tough enough to take that. Salem's first clue that she might not want to be in that same spot is whenever his current back leg is glowing.

And then swinging towards her in a rather vicious roundhouse that lets out a crack like thunder in it's passing, "THUNDER KICK!"

The kick even spins him around all the way to where he is facing where she was once more.

COMBATSYS: Salem counters Thunder Kick from Koto with Anguish.

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Salem            0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0             Koto

As the kick came in Salem held up her hands in what would seem to be a blocking maneuver. However at the last moment as the crack of thunder booms in the small space of the alley two weapons materialize in her hands. Illusions once more, though this time seemingly infused with enough psychic energy to be made tangible. They catch the leg, preventing any damaging fallout from landing. Smugness is practically radiating off of her at this point.

Not finished yet, the masked woman shoves the leg away and slides in close. The sai soon are stabbed into her opponent. One jammed into either of the teenager's sides painfully. With that the weapons disappear from her hands and she readies herself for the next blow.

The stab of the sai has Koto stepping back, and widening his stance. Instead of answering even as the slight holes in his costume are visible from the sai, the young man brings both hands up and downwards in an X style swipe at her.

Hurting a good deal, the young man doesn't even manage to get out whatever he calls the attack as prismatic colored flames swing outwards from his arms in a wide swath even as he backs up a step to give himself some breathing room.

COMBATSYS: Salem dodges Koto's Dragon Flame Swipe.

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Salem            0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0             Koto

The attack which comes rocketing towards her is impressive. The prismatic spray of flames certainly something to be given some space. No tricks seemingly up her sleeve this time, Salem vaults to the side ducks to down low into a crouch to avoid the worst of the attack. Some of the heat nevertheless singeing her coat which brings forth a noise of offense past her lips.

Seeing the attempt to retreat a little, Salem dashed in close not wanting to allow him any chance to breathe and recover himself. Her method quick and harsh as she sought to drive a knee into one of his already injured sides. No remorse or hesitation in her movements.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks Salem's Aggressive Strike.

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Salem            0/-------/--=====|======-\-------\0             Koto

A stiff forearm blocks the incoming knee this time, Koto blocking the move even as he steps to one side opposite the knee. Circling it seems as his other hand comes up and attempts to land straight into her midsection rather harshly.

Even then, apparently his attempt to fall back was a feint as he seems to be preferring to stay in close now, circling slowly with his steps as his hands stay in a looser guarding position, ready to respond to her own attacks now.

COMBATSYS: Koto successfully hits Salem with Body Blow.

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Salem            0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\0             Koto

Once more Salem tried to fluidly move out of the way of the attack. However she doesn't make it and the jab lands right where intended. The breath force out of her she staggers a step back and her body language reads as surprised that she's been hit. Overconfidence seeming to get the better of her at last.

Gritting her teeth, she quickly followed up with an attack of her own despite feeling drained. She pivoted and went for a for a kick between the legs, sportsmanship not a part of her playbook in the slightest.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks Salem's Light Kick.

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Salem            0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1             Koto

Shifting back and bringing his arms down in a cross block, Koto easily blocks /that/ one at least. Sportsmanship, well, who expects that in a fight?

Stepping in towards her guard, Koto brings his other leg around in a very hard, very harsh sweep. One that doesn't show a trace of his odd light power at all, and may have enough force to just throw her legs completely out from under her at that!

COMBATSYS: Koto successfully hits Salem with Tsunami Sweep.
- Power hit! -

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Salem            0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1             Koto

The sweeping attack hits hard. Salem hissing in pain as she feels her legs get knocked out from under her. Eyes narrowing unseen behind her mask, the woman shifts to kick back up onto her feet. It was obvious that the attack too her by surprise. Karma for the attempted low blow seeming to come back to haunt her.

"No more playing around." She said, shifting and digging in deep to utilize her psychic potential. Sending out feelers for what she needed in her opponents mind. What followed was a shifting of her stance back a bit. Perhaps unconventional, but then seemingly her body started to change and morph. Becoming a very personification of her opponent's worst fears that soon was surging forward to attack. Meanwhile, as the illusion did its work, Salem stood back fingers curled into claws and ripping through the air as if she were the one working. Moving with the illusion as it sought to rip and tear into the teenager.

COMBATSYS: Koto endures Salem's Phobia.

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Salem            0/-------/-------|=======\=======\1             Koto

The incoming worst fear, whatever it is, has Koto at least backing away rather than standing his ground. The incoming claws aren't blocked so much as he endures it. Everything seems to go right with the illusion, even the apparent shaking like fear in Koto himself.

At least until he decides to fight back by a roundhouse kick through the illusion, and coincedently Salem herself. At least this one isn't charged with any psychic energies or something like that!

Breathing hard, obviously injured, and looking as if he is about ready to keel over, the young man growls, "What the hell was that? More of your illusions?"

COMBATSYS: Salem dodges Koto's Roundhouse Kick.

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Salem            0/-------/-------|=======\======-\1             Koto

The resulting anger and powerful kick causes a cruel laugh to bubble out past Salem's lips. She pulled back, dancing out of the way of the kick though the force of it caused the air to whistle. She had no doubt that it would have hurt if she'd been hit by it whether it was enhanced by anything or not.

"You had your chance to walk away. Enjoy your nightmares." With that she dodged forward, going for a punch to the throat.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks Salem's Disquiet.

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Salem            0/-------/----===|=======\=======\1             Koto

Jab thrown, Salem quickly followed it up with another low blow. Her leg coming up to kick her opponent right in the groin with as much force as she could muster though speed was her priority. Looking to get the other to bend over forwards from the pain, she capitalized from there. Acrobatics once more coming into place she leapt up to try and plant her feet on his shoulders. Her intentions to push down and backflip off of him using the force to make him face plant into the ground.

The jab is easily deflected, then comes the low blow that unfortunately doesn't solidly hit. Feels like she hit a leg despite his bending forward from it as if expecting to feel the pain. With the backflip, however, Koto acts. Instead of letting her perform the backflip, he suddenly moves to grab her legs and sweep them out from under her.

In a show of formidable strength, he grabs at both of her legs in an attempt to spin, and throw her. Straight at the ground at that! It's definitely not going to be a pleasant landing despite her acrobatic prowess.

COMBATSYS: Salem blocks Koto's Strong Throw.

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Salem            0/-------/----===|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2             Koto

Once more taken off guard, Salem didn't account for the other's own agility. His hands grabbing onto her she grit her teeth and twisted out of his grip. Wriggling her way free enough that, on release, she was better able to tuck into a roll though the landing wasn't as clean as she would have liked. This was turning out to be more of a brawl than she felt like dealing with. All the same, she was far too invested now to even think about giving in.

Partial to kicks, she got back up onto her feet and went for another one. Spinning into a high roundhouse meant to impact the side of her opponent's head. With any luck disorienting him and, if even luckier, downing him completely.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks Salem's Strong Kick.

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Salem            0/-------/----===|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2             Koto

The roundhouse kick to the head probably /should/ have knocked him down. But somehow, the young man looks to be slightly moving still. It certainly didn't down him, and the fact that he seems to be focusing his energies enough that the light show is back probably isn't a good thing.

Especially as he seems to be firming his stance, and working to get his concentration back at the same time. Enough that he can launch a very, very hard punch that's glowing at her from close range while she's busy kicking him!

COMBATSYS: Koto keeps on fighting!

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Salem            0/-------/----===|>>>>>>>\-------\1             Koto

COMBATSYS: Salem parries Koto's Dragon Punch!

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Salem            0/-------/---====|>>>>>>>\-------\1             Koto

The glow of lights was a warning of the potential pain that was incoming. Salem quickly shifted in order to avoid getting hit. A glowing fist passing right in front of her face, though she quickly uses the other's commitment to the attack to her advantage. She shifted to better angle herself before targeting him for a gut punch. Driving her fist in tight and hard in an attempt to wind him and maybe finally put him on the ground. "Just lay down and give up already."

COMBATSYS: Koto auto-guards Salem's Strong Punch EX.

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Salem            0/-------/-======|>>>>>>>\-------\1             Koto

Instead of going on the offensive like he probably could, Koto steps back again, blocking the punch with two hands as his stance slides wider. And then, he starts to glow again.

His hands sweep around, settling into a guarding position even as that prismatic glow returns and he starts to proverbially glow more with whatever psychic power he has. "... that the best you got now?" He questions.

COMBATSYS: Koto glows with prismatic energy.

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Salem            0/-------/-======|=======\====---\1             Koto

The pause in the fight is half welcome. Her eyes narrow as the other began to glow. Knowing by now that seemed to warn of the other gathering up energy for another powerful attack. The taunt had Salem scoffing in return. She took a quick moment to catch her breath before launching forward in order to try and land another punch. Swiping in for a hook while the other was standing nice and still for her.

COMBATSYS: Salem successfully hits Koto with Medium Punch.

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Salem            0/-------/=======|=======\======-\1             Koto

The punch gets around Koto's guard, managing to hit quite harshly on him. But he's obviously got /something/ planned with all that psychic, prismatic energy around him. And she's so nice and close, the shift in his guard is probably just not that noticeable... at least until his L-shaped arms glow. "A-Aurora... Buuuurst..." He says before finally falling.

And well, if she was planning on avoiding attention? The prismatic burst of light in a literal beam from his forearms is probably NOT a good sign for her to be sticking around at all. Especially as it will do who knows what to the alleyway with the way he's falling right afterwards and still firing that for a good second.

COMBATSYS: Koto can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Salem parries Koto's Aurora Burst!

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The brilliant glow of one last final attack had Salem instinctively dropping. She went flat down on the ground, hands covering her head as the blast rocketed behind her and down the alley with an brilliant burst of light. It was disorienting in the darkness of the evening and she soon was looking up, spots clearing from her gaze, to see that the teenager had gone face first on the ground unconscious.

"What a waste of time." She muttered, picking herself up and dusting herself off. Sirens sounding in the distance she sighed and went about climbing the alley wall. Nimbly scaling up though her own injuries were giving her a bit of trouble. Without a backwards glance she went on her way, leaving the downed hero behind and intending to disappear into the city. The first plane home would be hers, and it paid to be able to take a mask off and hide in plain sight.

COMBATSYS: Salem has ended the fight here.

Log created on 10:39:09 06/05/2019 by Koto, and last modified on 14:48:59 06/05/2019.