The Descent - Round 3 - Midnight Audience

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Description: From the moment King Leo of Illyria sets foot in the throne room of a Gothic Castle in Transylvania, he and his next opponent in the Descent are met with dozens of expectant, spectral faces hungry for a little time with a noble personage. After waiting for so long, will they have the patience to simply watch as Leo and the hollow girl Edenlith clash, or might the risk of waiting another century to be heard drive them to interject themselves?

Another match about to happen Another match without cameras. It doesn't mean no one will be able to see. At first, it looks like Edenlith might not make it in time, but one minute she isn't there, and the next she is. It's not teleportation it's a burst of incredible speed.

Upon arrival, she can feel the spirits around her. Her opponent most likely can feel them too. They are not interfering with anything yet. But who knows if it's going to change. She looks around. 'That's a big throne.' She thinks to herself. She is dressed in that tight leather suit, covering her from neck to toes. A couple of karambit knives in her hands, ready for this. The only thing missing again is her cat. She stretches a bit and waits for her opponent to be ready as well. This should be fun.

"It is rather fascinating, yes."

Leo's deep voice echoes through the chamber, preceeding the reveal of his actual physical presence from behind the massive throne, emerging into view from some idle wandering he'd been partaking in due to having arrived a few moments just before Edenlith's sudden appearence.

"And it seems we're not alone either.." he adds, confirming the presence of the observing spirits. "..A graveyard and now this.. This tournament's host sure seems to have a taste for the macabre. I don't suppose you've discovered anything about who or what our host may be? I'm certainly seeing a pattern."

The Second King takes a few steps forward, down a series of steps towards large open floor before the throne. His Iron Cross Swords are already out, one shouldered across his broad shoulders and the other resting easily at his sides. He studies Edenlith thoughtfully as he draws to a ready distance, "Any guesses?"

COMBATSYS: Leo Whitefang has started a fight here.

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Leo Whitefang    0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Edenlith has joined the fight here.

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Edenlith         0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

When she spots her opponent, he seems big compared to her. Not Kongou big, but it ought to be fun nonetheless.

She answers her opponent when he speaks "We aren't alone here. I don't think we were alone in any places. At least where I fought." Why did she even bother answering because she's not in assassin mode right now.

"Nice swords." She tells him before she answers his final question. "I don't see the pertinence of sharing any info on that matter at the moment." She smiles at him and gives wink.

She's then ready, walking in front of him, looking up, to look at him in the eyes if she can. She throws her knives up and then sweeps at her opponent's legs to make him fall. If she succeeds, she reaches for his ankles to pull him so the knives will fall back toward the chest area. Of course the fur could stop the knives. She shall see.

COMBATSYS: Edenlith successfully hits Leo Whitefang with Here let me help you.
? Strange Hit! ?

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Edenlith         0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

She's fast. Well..that's an underestatement now isn't it. She demonstrated her capacity for speed earlier, merely by the suddeness of her arrival. Applied in direct combat like this, it's like observingm a bolt of lightning in action and Leo's reaction time fails to keep up as he buckles under her sweeping kick and first blood is drawn when her knives meet their mark on their descent and bite into reinforced clothing and into the flesh beneath as Leo recois and staggers in an attempt to regain his balance.

The sudden assault shifts the the mood and tone. The atmosphere changing slightly as the spirits are agitated and drawn in by burst of fighting aura between the two and Leo pulls away from Edenlith and then suddenly dashes forward at her, both blades dragging behind him and then swinging forward as he seeks to cross her up with a slash of his weapons and jagged bursts of iron chi trailing behind him.

COMBATSYS: Edenlith dodges Leo Whitefang's Kaltes Gestober Erst.

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Edenlith         0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

She's fast indeed, but one could think she won't be able to keep the pace the whole match. They could be right. She smirks as her first attack works and even gives him a wink. She holds no ill feelings toward the man at the moment. She reserves herself the right to change her mind later on.

The spirit is agitated. They want more blood. They want the blood of the girl too. Feed the spirits! But Edenlith, at the moment, denies their wish. As Leo dashes toward her, Edenlith is not there anymore. She moves to the left side. Perhaps, if he does not immediately see it, he will feel it as the knives are removed from the fur. "Not this time, but your swords are scary!"

She observes him after that. She does not attack at this time. She simply leaves her focus on him. Observing any tells she might find and use.

COMBATSYS: Edenlith focuses on her next action.

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Edenlith         0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

"Perhaps there are other ways if the swords prove to much of a hassle!" quips Leo as he spins, recovering from his missed swing and bracing his legs against the ground to arrest his movements. Even as this occurs, his arms cross and chi builds and boils around him, causing the air to become hazy and his form indistinct. Within the space of an eyeblink there's an eruption of crimson and golden energy that blasts upward from him, forming a massive image in his likeness that envelops him on all sides and mimics his movements as he thrusts his chest outward and brings his arms back in a defiant and prideful pose.

He doesn't have an exact bead on her location but the speed of the burst of chi and the way it billows out from him means that there is a chance it may blast into her before she can dance to far away and clear its range.

COMBATSYS: Edenlith fails to interrupt Konigliches Gesicht from Leo Whitefang with Ding dong. Pay the consequence.

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Edenlith         0/-------/=======|==-----\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

"Perhaps." She simply answers, giving more of a hint about her location.

She sees him preparing his attack after stopping his momentum. She sees his form getting Hazy. She thinks she can be fast enough and strikes. She thinks wrong. This time she isn't fast enough to get to him or get away from the blast, which sends her flying and hit the throne itself. The girl has been hurt. The spirits are pleased with the violence. A nasty bruise is already forming on parts of her back. Her suits cover it for now, however. It stuns her long enough for Leo to have another shot at pressuring his advantage or doing something else.

Pursue and pressure. It's what he does.

Indeed, Leo Whitefang is..quite aggressive and fast. Very very fast. Especially for his frame. He is indeed a large man but not superhumanly so. Fit and built, athletic and solid and with a capacity for the lunging movements that his visual motif seems all to keen on emulating.

Such lunging momentum takes him after Edenlith like a crash of thunder, seeking to cross her up once again with greater speed and determination then the last time. HIs pace quickens - rushing into another cross up attempt that bears his figure down upon her and then slides past with both of his blades slashing on the attempt and then his legs arrest his movements and he springs back the opposite way for another slide through slashing dash that seeks to cross her up once more and bring him back to her other side. Both of his blades whirling around in the process as his back turns towards her upon him entering the Brynhildr stance in the aftermath of his assault.

COMBATSYS: Edenlith dodges Leo Whitefang's Kaltes Gestober Zweit.

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Edenlith         1/-------/=======|===----\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

She can see how fast he is. She's grateful for being fast too. This will be a fun fight. She knows it now.

She observes Leo coming at her. The question is, just how hurt his last hit has made her? Not enough to stop her from rolling out of the way of the first slash attempts from his blade. She rolls again for the second slash. She can feel the air as that one barely misses her. He's quick for sure.

"That was great." She tells him. It may sound like she was mocking him, but she meant it, at least a little.

She then starts running at high speed to and then around Leo. She then makes an illusion of herself then a second. They all end up stabbing him with their dagger. The real one doing physical damage. The illusions do psychic damage, if any of them manages to hit him.

COMBATSYS: Leo Whitefang blocks Edenlith's I am here, here, here and here.

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Edenlith         1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0    Leo Whitefang


It's all he says in acknowledgement of her compliment. It's..all he really has -time- to say as instinct honed from countless hours of training and true battle take over and his body dances away from the immaterial psychic assaults while his blades swing up and whip crack around to block the daggers and push back against them. Sparks and chi burst violently in the air, the chi briefly illuminating the observing and wildly entertained spirits before they vanish again into the ethers.

Leo grits his teeth, noting their ongoing agitation but maintains most of his focus on the assassin as he presses in again with a heavy booted kick being thrust out at the real Edenlith and then this is followed by another spinning flourish as he lunges in with a single blade that arcs up from the floor and kicks up more sparks as it drags up from the stonework.

COMBATSYS: Edenlith full-parries Leo Whitefang's Armed Combo!!

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Edenlith         1/---====/=======|====---\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

the Spirits want more blood, wants to participate. Perhaps they should. Would either of them give them a chance to participate? Would they? Would they be heard?

Eden nods her head when he manages to block them all. That was no small feat. It gets her blood pumping even more. Pumping enough that when the kick is thrust at her, she kicks at it with force, not trying to hurt him at all, just pushing herself away in a flip, dodging the sword attack that comes after. She winks at him when she comes to a stop.

Then her eyes glow red. She makes an illusion to make Leo appear as if it was suddenly in a complete void. If that works, he would then hear a whisper. "You aren't good enough. It's time now." Then she jumps at him and stabs as well as slices at him with her knives several times. If she succeeds, she brings the blood lust higher in the room. The spirits love this.

COMBATSYS: Edenlith successfully hits Leo Whitefang with This is the end EX.

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Edenlith         0/-------/------=|=======\===----\1    Leo Whitefang

He literally has no defense against this it seems. "What the devil.." mouths Leo as the void consumes him and his senses and all means to defend himself are simply robbed from him in that one moment.

And then..pain. His body is sheared into, his garments blooded, his flesh sliced. As his blood sprays out into the void he grits his teeth and tenses his body against the violent display as the spirits howl audibly in glee and delight at the draining of his life at Edenliths hands.
But he does not fall. He staggers, bends at the knee, but then presses back up again as iron chi..and then fire itself boils to life around him in a whirlwind of summoned forth.

"I am -better- then good enough!" he declares triumphantly before suddenly lunging into the void on instinct alone - driving forward at where he senses Edenith may be at the end of her onslaught and his blades whirling around in a violent series of counter slashes that trail fire and iron chi behind them that is followed up by a final leaping cross slash with both weapons that leaves an 'x' shaped imprint of light and fire in the air behind him as he descens down again.

COMBATSYS: Edenlith dodges Leo Whitefang's Leidenschaft Dirigent.

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Edenlith         0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

She giggles a little. It seems she touched a sensitive cord a little. At least that's how she takes it.

Then, there is an onslaught of attacks from Leo. The illusion drops quickly as she has to focus on that. The first lunge, even if only by instinct, is too close to Edenlith. She has to jump in the air to dodge this violent series of slashes that are dangerous and still too close for comfort. She hates to imagine the damage it would have done hitting her. When he leaps, presumably after her, she twists and gets in a position to get down faster to the floor. She hits with a certain force, but she rolls to spread it across her whole body. That attack was nasty. She is lucky to not have been hit. It was very well executed.

Once she is stable on again on her feet, she runs then jumps toward him in a very bland light kick.

COMBATSYS: Edenlith successfully hits Leo Whitefang with Light Kick.

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Edenlith         0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

Well he woudln't say she hit a nerve as much as him just..needing to state the facts. But it sure doesn't look that way does it.

The whirlwind of fire? That's new. He frowns but doesn't have much time to reflect on that given that he missed her again and his body is buckling under the strain of fighting as wounded as he is. He lands and spins, bringing up both of his blades to block her kick and shove her backwards while noting, "It would seem that I"ve yet t live up to my own words...but this isn't over yet."

A sudden blur of movements brings him lunging at her, hoping to catch her before she truly recovers from the aftermath of her kick. It's an aggressive, wild, do or die, assault as his body bursts into another blazing rush of chi and then lunges into a leaping spinning attack that brings his swords pinwheeling at her as he leaps upwards in a risking arc while crying out, "EISEN STURM!"

Chi crackles and booms like thunder in time with the roar of his own voice but upon landing, he spins and dashes again Should the previous move land or not his swords are spinnning around as he moves with supernatural speed to bring a side slash and then a second slash in a flurry of movements that again trail blazing jagged chi like the slashes of a lion's claw.

COMBATSYS: Leo Whitefang blitzes into action and acts again!

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Edenlith         0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

COMBATSYS: Edenlith dodges Leo Whitefang's Eisen Sturm.

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Edenlith         0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

COMBATSYS: Leo Whitefang successfully hits Edenlith with Klingenetz.

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Edenlith         0/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0    Leo Whitefang

To be fair she doesn't know Leo that well, so her judgment is flawed. As for the fire, she didn't know if that was normal for him or not. It just looked dangerous.
% She doesn't answer the 'it isn't over' comment. Was it or was it not? She isn't sure. She has to focus on his attack. The spinning attack and leaping attack bring swords everywhere.At least it feels like that, but she stays cool with a mix of movements and knives at the right place to bring some sparks around, but no real damage to her person.

Unfortunately for her, Leo is not done, as something else comes. She's not ready for that one. But slashes hit that time, cutting her suits and drawing blood. That also pleases the spirits. So much blood, so much violence. This attack isn't pleasant at all, and it shows in the face of Edenlith, through her eyes, even if she still has a grain on her face. Another problem, she can't get away now. But does she want to?

Instead her eyes glow read again, even as her body is still bleeding. Yet, the wounds heal a little bit already. Then another illusion comes up. The ground opens up under him, sending him to hell. Since she is captured, she also comes with. She's not worried however, as it is her illusion. Then if it works, Leo would feel burning damage. Not actual physical, but mental in this case.

COMBATSYS: Leo Whitefang breaks through A hell of a time from Edenlith with Kahn Schild!

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Edenlith         1/--=====/=======|=======\-------\1    Leo Whitefang

The spirits must be loving this ..and perhaps that's what's kept them at bay. Being so entertained is preventing them from opting to join the fray and truly throw this into chaos. Either way, Eden and Leo are putting on quite the show and in a moment that is truly dire for the second king, he seems to come alive.

Barely has he touched down from his previous assault is Edenlith on him.. partially due to him dragging her in and partially because she opts to accelerate that process by simply coming right for him.

But he reacts. A lunging lion who spins around once again and brings his sword around in a violent backhanded slash that strikes home and sends a blazing rush of iron chi racing through the air along the arc of his slash.

Leo is too fast on this one Eden's illusion doesn't have time to take before he strikes again with a slash laced with iron chi, sending her away and hard, more blood coming from her. This brings respect out of Eden and pain too. But she doesn't stay down for a breather. If at first, you don't succeed, do something similar just better.

Her eyes flash a harsher red, and she pushes even more for this illusion. If she has her way, Leo will be hit with visions of horrors. Horrors about him specifically. Then Eden runs to him, leaving a trail of blood in her wake, and starts carving with her knives into his body, breathing heavily. When the carving stops, so do the horror.

COMBATSYS: Leo Whitefang blocks Edenlith's It's already too late.

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Edenlith         0/-------/---====|=======\===----\1    Leo Whitefang

Leo has seen horrors. Far too many. It doesnt' make it any easier though and as the visages of death, personal failings and far more, assail him.. he steels his mind and grits his teeth and brings his weapons up just at the last possible second to lock blades with Edenlith an intant before impact.

Blood, chi and the sparks of blades against blade. It's all a violent, glorious mix of movement and furious assaults but Leo turns away her strikes from hitting anything vital or bearing him straight to the ground under her fury. Unfortunantely he's so battered that despite a successful defense.. the effort of doing so might have pushed him over the edge. He's got enough left in the tank for one last statement by means of his blades and he manages this by pushing through the horrors and leaping once again. He spins into an overhead assault and then comes crashing down with both of his blades intending on bearing down atop Eden and forcing her to the ground from the over head strike.

Hit or miss, when he lands, his legs give out from under him and he crumples forward.

COMBATSYS: Leo Whitefang can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Edenlith dodges Leo Whitefang's Siegesparade.

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Edenlith         0/-------/---====|

That is a great attack, and could have probably finished Edenlith, had she been still there. But there only thing left of here there is a pool of her blood. The rest of her is away. She sees him crumble to the ground, and she gives him a respectful nods. Then she looks at the spirits. "Feed my friends. Feed."

Her body is healing. Faster than any human being. She still takes a second to take a breather.

Log created on 16:47:22 08/12/2022 by Leo Whitefang, and last modified on 07:31:07 08/13/2022.