World Warrior 2023 - R2: Ky Kiske vs Bezique

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Description: Bezique meets Ky Kiske on the streets of Las Vegas for round two of World Warrior 2023!

The bustling lights of Las Vegas, aka Sin City, draw millions of visitors a year. Whether it's casino, convention, or one of over a dozen varieties of vice, the city certainly has its appeals.

One of which is, of course, the fighting circuit. While the casinos are where most do their gambling, betting on fights--legally or otherwise--draws big crowds. Even when there's no pot at stake, passers-by and enthusiasts alike enjoy seeing a good, old-fashioned slobberknocker.

And they are in for a treat today, it would seem. Ky Kiske, one of the three kings of Illyria, arrives on Fremont Street via Illyrian transportation. He politely declined a direct invitation from his opponent, but did, of course, give his sincere apologies for any perceived rudeness. Even if Bezique may not have his ire, there's a certain level of caution that King Kiske must take, especially when magic is involved.

And so, he steps onto Fremont in his normal knightly uniform---getting a share of stares, blinks, and whispers from the crowd. His sword, Thunderseal, is at his hip rather than drawn.

Bezique is here, apparently having started a little impromptu magic show in the street as the cameras show up for the match. It's not like she's ambushing someone--and there's no reason for her to do something like that to the Holy Order, especially. As Ky appears, Bezique snaps her fingers and flicks her wrist, a cordon of door-sized playing cards shoot up from the ground around them--from where, god knows.

"Sorry y'all, no audience participation in this game!" and definitely wouldn't do to have any of the luckless bystanders get hurt. She flicks a more conventionally-sized playing card around between her middle and index fingers, the white gloves covering her hands do not seem to slow her hand movements down at all, peering down the edge of it toward Ky Kiske.

"I didn't expect to be fightin' a member of the Sacred Order for this tournament," she frowns a little, "But don't you worry darlin', Bezique'll be nice to you," she grins, springing the cards from one hand to another, idly.

The appearance of the cards does merit a slight quirk of the eyebrow from Ky Kiske, but his concentration doesn't linger on it. Instead, he keeps his course with a steady gait.

"I see my reputation precedes me," Ky smiles subtly. "Your courtesy is appreciated. If you are participating in this tournament, I have no doubts that you mean that. I'll give this my best, as well."

The knight draws his sword from his hip, raising up it up in a high stance where it's positioned up near his head and pointed forward. He does not make the first move, however, instead watching for Bezique to make hers.

COMBATSYS: Bezique has started a fight here on the right meter side.

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                                  |-------\-------\0          Bezique

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske has joined the fight here.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Bezique

"Don't worry hon, I'm gonna give it everything," there is a sort of arousal in her voice that might pique some's interest, others it might cause confusion, either way, she sounds as if she means it.

The rabbit woman clicks her heels together--and they turn into leather biker boots. Big black ones--withw hat look like pink rabbit toebeans embossed in the soles. Ky especially might notice this as the lapine magician darts closer and brings up one of those boots to plant it on Ky's shoulder in a quick kick!

COMBATSYS: Bezique successfully hits Ky Kiske with Light Kick.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0          Bezique

Ky may seem slightly off-put by the lift in tone, but if so he keeps it to himself. What would Dizzy say, back in Illyria? For the moment, those thoughts are set aside as he finds himself suddenly faced with a change in wardrobe to something a bit more fitting for the incoming attack. A boot is swung high at Ky's shoulder, and the Frenchman shifts to intercept.

But in that moment, he seems to underestimate Bezique's speed, the boot catching his shoulder while his forearm is mid-raise. The kick drives him back in a short slide across the pavement before the knight steels himself, adjusts his grip on the blade, and readies a countermove.

Stepping forward, Ky takes hold of his sword, looking like he might take a swing with it. Instead, he adjusts his grip, stepping forward with the blade at the ready. One hand breaks away from the hilt as lightning chi surges along his palm and then sparks outward, dancing across the street in front of him in a wide arc.

COMBATSYS: Bezique blocks Ky Kiske's Stun Raising.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-----==|>------\-------\0          Bezique

"Ahahah--" Bezique sounds as if she's having fun there, her cards whirling around her like planets orbiting their sun--her gloved hands clenched as the surging chi projectile is stopped more by her arms and hands than by her rotating cards.

"That smarts!" she is definitely a bit slowed by that projectile, plus the effort she just used to try and stop it from hitting her--it's got her off balance. Still, she attempts to grab the blond by his forearms with those white gloves as she advances on him--giving him the white glove treatment--and swing him around as she pivots into a turn!

"Around and around!" she can be heard yipping, apparently putting those Chun-li esque thighs to good use as a counterweight!

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske dodges Bezique's French Drop.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-----==|>>-----\-------\0          Bezique

Ky seems to be taking the battle with a bit less levity than Bezique, though one might not call his attitude completely dour. Instead, there seems to be a quiet determination in how he approaches the battle. His focus seems to be rewarded when Bezique moves through this shocking obstacle to grab at him, taking the Frenchman in a spinning throw.

But as Bezique lets go, Ky seems ready to respond. As the knight goes flying away he rights himself in midair, twisting and deploying some sigil of arcane power himself to provide a platform for the mid-flight redirect. He lands in a sliding stop some distance away, but still ready to go.

"You seem to be enjoying yourself," Ky observes, adjusting the grip on his blade. And then Ky is on the move again, dashing to close the gap before striking out with the sword from overhead, then following up with a rising slash from down low.

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske successfully hits Bezique with Lightning Edge.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/---====|>>>>>--\-------\0          Bezique

The rabbit is deceptively strong, and so is her grip on Ky's arms--however it seems the toss is not meant to be, as when she lets him go, he twists and flies--from her, landing gracefully, at that.

"Aw, daggum fancy holy order folks," she seems disappointed at that, in her own curious way--blinking as she is unable to react in time to the sword coming down--crashing into her head and shoulders. Oof. As she recovers, her hat accordions back into shape, as does the rest of her, seemingly, though it looks like she felt that.

"Got me madder than a boiled owl--huff!" she rears back one of her arms and cocks her wrist, her gloved fist snapping forward as she tries to land a few boxing-type blows on Ky's front and face, in a 1-2-3 punch in quick succession!

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske blocks Bezique's Rabbit Punch.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/--=====|>>>>>>-\-------\0          Bezique

The rabbit's deceptive strength catches Ky off-guard, but only briefly. He's certainly seen stranger. At least she's got a clear description---with all due respect to the Gears, some of them defy explanation in form and function.

And Ky himself is not slouch, despite being relatively slight in frame. As Bezique barrels down on him, he meets her in turn.

"My apologies, but I am here to show my meddle, madame!"

The first punch impacts with the flat of his blade as he aims to parry, but the rapid-fire nature of the strikes leaves him little room for such quick maneuvering in such a small space. Instead, the knight is forced to cover his face, guard with a forearm, and endure.

And as Bezique breaks away again, Ky shifts his approach. Jumping in, he strikes out swiftly with a sudden kick, leaping into the manevuer like something out of Savate instead of any knightly art.

COMBATSYS: Bezique dodges Ky Kiske's Medium Strike.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/--=====|>>>>>>-\-------\0          Bezique

The rabbit woman is tough, yes--especially when she had hoped Ky would lean into those boxing punches. While her kind are probably more known for kicks, it stands to reason--never understimate a rabbit punch.

Bezique sees the kick coming from Ky coming and actually cartwheels right away from him, with a roar from the crowd. Of approval, or dissent, it's hard to tell which. Ky does not receive a boot in return, as he recovers, rather he may rise to see Bezique fanning out a set of three glowing cards before her in the air--one yellow, blue and red. Think Twisted Fate.

"Ya dun activated my trap card, sugah~" she swept the three cards up into her hand--and prised them between her fingers--punching outward with her fist aimed at Ky's chest! The cards incoming!

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske dodges Bezique's Full Monte.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/--=====|>>>>>--\-------\0          Bezique

Ky steps out of the kick and raises his guard, expecting a swift counter-kick from Bezique. Instead, the rabbit woman seems to be repositioning for a different variety of strike. The cards appear, and are suddenly brandished as weapons, swinging toward Ky's chest.

The knight draws back, kicking into a short hop to widen the gap as the cards slice through the edge of his tabbard. He shifts his grip on his sword, thrusting out to the side as lightning crackles along the blade, gathering at the end. He swings forward with a backhanded swing, lightning launching in a bullet-like projectile heading back toward Bezique.

"You are also a performer?" Ky suggests, noting the cards.

COMBATSYS: Bezique parries Ky Kiske's Stun Edge!

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-======|>>>>>>-\-------\0          Bezique

"You hop better than me, honey--" Bezique smirks as Ky just hops back from her card-lined punch, the glowing red yellow and blue cards wink out. "I Ahm an entertainer, if you like--I can do all sorts of tricks--" the rabbit woman is still giving that buck toothed grin and springs some cards back and forth between her hands as she gears up for the electricity shooting at her.


The lightning falls on one of the next cards she flings out--carrying the electrical charge safetly away from the hare-brained NOL agent, giving a little bow and curtsey after.

"Thank yew, thank yew--and for my next trick--" Bezique puffs her chest out (somewhat to match the threatening aura of those hips) as the cards begin to revolve around her now, several rings of them.

"Not sure if you'll still be able to stand after MY performance, huhhuhuh--" the lapine-eared lady is crackling with a force of her own now, charging up her energy!

COMBATSYS: Bezique gathers her will.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-======|>>>>>>>\>>-----\1          Bezique

Ky's eyes narrow as the card is tossed out to deflect the flash of his Stun Edge, redirecting the blast safely away. The Illyrian King sidesteps, circling Bezique as he moves along Fremont Street, the crowd hooping and hollering. He flicks the blade in his hand, adjusting the grip. When Bezique surges with additional power, Ky purses his lip and tightens his grip on his weapon.

"There are certainly all sorts of fighters in the world, it seems," Ky muses, continuing his strafe.

But then, Ky surges forward, going in low. He kicks up into a short hop, swinging his leg out into an overhead kick to press Bezique's guard. From that, however, after that, he surges into action again, body surging with electricity. He slashes upward, launching into a rising, arcing slash from his blade that trails with electricity.

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske blitzes into action and acts again!

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/--=====|>>>>>>>\>>-----\1          Bezique

COMBATSYS: Bezique just-defends Ky Kiske's Crushing Strike!

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/----===|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>-\1          Bezique

COMBATSYS: Bezique fails to interrupt Vapor Thrust from Ky Kiske with Ace of Swords EX.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0          Bezique

"Fit to entertain kings as well, as you can see--" Bezique dodges back along the street away from her opponent, and when Ky kicks out at her--he kicks through the air seemingly, at first--before he might turn to see what he struck was some kind fo facisimile of Bezique, just constructed out of cards.

"But I deal from the bottom of the deck, suguh--ackk!" Bezique was suddenly behind Ky Kiske, her arm flashing out as a shining blue card raced towards his back--only for it to be stopped by his sword and ping off of it--the electrified sword continuing as it comes into contact with her and the energy fries her--leaving the white magician rabbit smoking in a heap nearby.

"Goddangit..." the fur is a little charred here and there and she kneels, the entire costume and the hat smoking!

At the peak of his rising slash, Ky twists and lands in a slide away from Bezique, still smoking from the quick jolt of lightning chi. He rises back to his feet, raising his sword in that high stance once again. "So it seems...but I have to put on a good showing as well." Ky nods, still polite even in the wake of his furious rush a moment ago.

Taking several deep breaths, Ky gathers power of his own, electricity sparking along his body. He tilts his blade suddenly, moving in with a quick, fast strike--this time with the handle rather than the blade.

COMBATSYS: Bezique dodges Ky Kiske's Quick Strike.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0          Bezique

"Oooh... that really bit the root," Bezique blinked a little as she looked up, realizing she apparently porked this, most likely, but still going to play it out--because well, she has to, for one--but she's also not going to spoil things by bugging out like that. Still, when Ky swings his hilt around to club her, she is able to roll back and out of the way, doing a bit of breakdancing shit as she rolls up onto her upper back and then swings her hips and legs around--her legs actually helicoptering and trying to catch Ky with them as she uses the force of her spinning, swinging legs to make it back to her feet!

COMBATSYS: Bezique successfully hits Ky Kiske with Spin Kick.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0          Bezique

Ky's hilt whips over Bezique as she goes low, flurrying into a helicopter-style kick that catches the Illyrian king swiftly in the ribs and sending him into a reeling stagger away from her. It gives the magician a much needed breather as the knight has to recoup.

Rubbing his side, Ky tightens his grip on his blade again, holding up the sword and moving back in to engage once again.

"That was impressive! So what drew you to this tourney?" Ky asks, unprovoked. He suddenly throws out a lightning sphere, bolts cracking out of the ball of energy. Thrusting forward with his sword, he punches through the "bubble" of electricity and delivers an electricity infused slash in the midst of it.

COMBATSYS: Bezique blocks Ky Kiske's Charge Drive.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-----==|=======\-------\1          Bezique

"Gotta get my abilities tested sugah--can't tell how much I need to improve--huff--" Bezique hops back to her feet and is ready when Ky comes around with his sword again--projecting a few cards orbiting around her as that lightning sphere hits them--pushing her back. The attack was fierce, and the surfaces of the cards she's using as orbiting shields blacken and begin to spark--the material of whatever they're made of peeling back and crackling like paper.

"Dang--do you have some thing with electricity, or something--oh wait, that's the Thundaseal... oh, well, checks out," she frowns, before keeping that dejected expression as she reaches up and plucks her hat off her head, reaching into it quickly before throwing out something towards Ky.

Bezique's hat, unbeknownst to some, had the ability to twist space and she was able to pull something out of nowhere from... almost anywhere.

What comes sailing towards Ky Kiske? A doll--a Queen Latifah barbie doll, it's spiked high heeled foot flying right towards his eye! Holy Hell!"

COMBATSYS: Bezique successfully hits Ky Kiske with Rabbit Pull.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1          Bezique

Ky keeps up the pressure for a moment, but as Bezique's shield holds, he seems impressed.

"A steadfast defense..." the Illyrian king notes, adjusting his hold on his blade again. When she dips into the hat, he seems to be drawing his sword back raising his guard.

But it proves futile, as the unorthodox attack works better than expected. The doll bounds off the back of his hand and skids across the side of his cheek, heel drawing blood as it passes. Ky grits his teeth.

"Unorthodox, but effective," he adds, quietly, before thrusting his sword forward. Lightning gathers along the blade and slowly builds in the air, magic and charged ions pulling together to make a rough sphere-like shape before Ky pushes forward into it and sends it flying, like a comet, toward the magician!

COMBATSYS: Bezique dodges Ky Kiske's Charged Stun Edge.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1          Bezique

"Ahm done tuckered out after playing with you, King--I need to get back on my game if I'm gonna give a better performance," Bezique winced a little as the flying improvised projectile apparently caused enough of a distraction to Kiske that when that ball lightning approached the hare, her form crumbled into a countless number of playing cards. The cards fell away as if they were placed together carefully and constructed a model of her shape, tumbling and igniting.

"Ah jes need a little bit more power, c'mon hat," she rummaged around in it, before her eyes lit up and she turned the hat around again--motes of yellow energy falling down on her from above!

"That's the ticket!"

COMBATSYS: Bezique gains composure.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/---====|=======\-------\1          Bezique

"Certainly unorthodox..." Ky notes again, "but no less effective for it. I must say that I impressed, madam." Ky lowers his blade for the moment, repositioning and readying himself to intercept whatever comes his way next. When Bezique does not immediately pursue, the knight seems relieved for the breather.

But he can't rest on any laurels here, lest the magician pull a new and more dangerous trick out of her hat in the meantime. Ky strafes once again, circling Bezique as he moves between her and the ring of the crowd. There are hoots and hollers at this point from many of the spectators, who seem equally thrilled with Ky's mastery of electricity as they are Bezique's illusory antics.

But Ky takes them more physical this time, shooting in with his sword low. He takes grip of it with both hands as he gets close, then slashes upward with a sudden, sharp slash.

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske successfully hits Bezique with Power Strike.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/--=====|=======\===----\1          Bezique

"You're too polite, stahp..." Bezique's almost a little disappointed by how NICE Ky Kiske is being here. Sure it was clear she was outmatched--well, clearly by a bit, but something about her opponents demeanor just sorta made this less fun. But why?

"Ah wanna win, but--you make it hard to wanna... is that your strategy? hmph--" Bezique pulls herself--taking that length of sword right to torso, slashing across it.

"Blagh!" Bezique's bunny-like buck teeth are visible as she cringes and makes a face at the fierce blow, eyes wide. She's nearly thrown back, but somehow regains her balance, flicking a card out from behind her wrist. The slash has popped open buttons on her shirt and torn it open partially, blood seeping through.

"You boy, gonna send you to meet--the General~" Bezique marshalled the last of her power, all she had--throwing out what looked like a golden card--which started to flip and enlarge in the air, becoming the size of a large, stately portrait of a man... a white-eyed, ghostly Confederate General, who wore the gray long after death--his spectral form reaching out to strike at Ky with his cavalry sabre!

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske blocks Bezique's #The General EX#.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0          Bezique

"Honor and manners cost nothing," Ky smirks, spinning his blade around between his fingers to adjust his handle on Thunderseal. Every now and then, the swords seems to almost beat like a heart, a synergy of Ky's own energies and those contained within. When a new card appears, this time golden, Ky Kiske seems to intuit something has changed. His expression goes dour, concerned. Not quite stormy, but the calm before that, most certainly.

And then, there is a spectre. The Illyrian king steels himself, clutching his weapon tightly. The sabre comes, and Ky's own blade rises to meet it.

With a cacophony of metal against metal, Ky's Thunderseal grinds against the ethereal blade of "The General." The Frenchman grits, putting forth his best effort as he pushes against it, the shower of sparks flashing against his eyes as blood starts to seep from around the handle of his sword, a wound for the strain.

But finally, Ky breaks away, pushing off and circling to close the gap with Bezique herself. He dashes in low and close, lightning sparking against his free hand. The other holds the blade less tightly, a wince from the pain breaking his otherwise serious demeanor---but then he strikes out, using his palm to try and connect with an open-handed strike and then discharge a bolt of thunder.

COMBATSYS: Bezique parries Ky Kiske's Medium Throw!

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0          Bezique

"Damn, I can't even be mad about that one," Bezique blinks a little, just standing there watching Ky fend off a sword attack from a ghostly civil war general. If that's even what that is--it's unclear. The energy signature on it was /hella weird/. When Ky thrusts his palm out however--she grabs his wrist, pushing it aside and sending that bolt of lightning off into the distance as she brings her knee up into his chest.

"Not out of it yet Sugah--I wish I was sometimes, but nnghhh!" she grits her teeth and brings one of those boots of hers up hard into his shoulder!

COMBATSYS: Bezique successfully hits Ky Kiske with Rabbit Kick EX.

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Ky Kiske         1/-----==/=======|==-----\-------\0          Bezique

Ky seems caught off-guard by the deft parry, and, in turn, the kick hits him heavily not just in the shoulder but in the chest as well. It's a powerful, meaty hit that's enough to knock the Illyrian off his feet and onto his back as the wind gets knocked out of his lungs. In fact, it takes him a minute to get his composure, roll to a crouching position, and push back up to his feet.

"An excellent hit," Ky says, between ragged breaths, "but do not count me out yet!"

Lightning chi surges around him as a series of seals appear, power rippling along his body and electricity crackling around him like an aura. He glows bright blue as he hits the peak of his power, practically sheated in lightning, as though it were armor.

And then Ky surges forward, first breaking into a run and then launching himself through the air in a dynamic shoulder charge while encased in lightning.

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske successfully hits Bezique with Ride the Lightning.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-------|=======\-------\1          Bezique

"That's the thing about rabbits you gotta watch out for, Sugah," Bezique's eyes are wide, watching Ky fall back. She was pretty hurt, so she was a bit more serious here. And she knew the turnaround on a hit like that was gonna be /bad/, expecting but unable to bring enough cards up to block the blond as he charged at her, wreathed in lightning.

"Ahhhhh--I can't stop iiiit--" Bezique pulled off her hat in a desperate attempt to do /something/ to get Ky to slow, what looks like a series of ribbons spilling out from inside the hat that seek to wrap him up and encase him like a mummy, for instance--before she's slammed hard against one of her own card barriers separating them and the crowd.


She slowly slumps over after that.

COMBATSYS: Bezique can no longer fight.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske dodges Bezique's Magician Rope.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-------|

The ribbons wind and slither like snakes as Ky comes out of his lightning-infused tackle with a spark and a pop. As they start to close around him, however, the knight surges with that lingering electricity. He kicks off with blinding speed, the ribbons curling where he was as he clears them and plays keepaway just long enough for them to lose their power as Bezique slumps to the ground.

"Well...fought, madam," Ky says, rising up and dusting himself off. Blood continues to drip from his palm, but Ky seems intent to tend to his own wounds as soon as the first-aid personnel offer him supplies. He does not linger after that for autographs, instead disappearing into the crowd while Bezique takes some time to recover.

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske has ended the fight here.

Log created on 19:31:16 09/26/2023 by Bezique, and last modified on 17:15:29 10/04/2023.