NFG Season Two - Odyssey R3 - Story of Suffering

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Description: A feast is being held at the Hotel Alcinous in the beach resort of Acharavi Beach on the island of Corfu and Demodocus is feeling in a chatty mood. Unfortunately he's talking about one of Odyssenie's former matches and it causes her to cry as she's reminded of the pain and suffering she felt. She pulls her cloak over her head to hide her tears, only to have Demodocus grab it from her!

"This greek mythology crash course is gettin' on my nerves. Who the -hell- is Demodocus??"

Braun's just not having it right now. Hercules and the Nemean Lion he'd heard of. He watched the Disney flick and saw that Scar as the NEmean Lion cameo.

He saw that Percy Jackson film and recalled some bit about a cyclops in a cave so that was fine for him and Sarah. Never read the books though.

Now he's supposed to be a poet? Him?

"They runnin' out of ideas. Somebody needs to help 'em out in their scenario writing room. When the CWA is coming up with better storylines there's a problem.."

The sight of the intended combat does help to mollify him abit though as when he arrives to the beach where the match is set to take place, he sees the big spread of food and drink laid out and the comfortable spread of seats and couches intended to mimic the moment of storytelling that summoned forth the epic fit of weeping.

"Ah..I can get used to this.." he muses before leaping over the table and hopping onto one of the couches to grab a hunk of meat from the table.

When the latest fight arrangement went out, Genie was ... to say she was not thrilled would be an understatement. It hit her like a suckerpunch to the kidneys, knocking the wind right out of her sails almost as well as any of the fights mentioned did. She has mostly moved on from who she was, having improved considerably from the scrappy neophyte with no fighting experience and a lot of potential to the more polished fighter she is now. Of course, the match with Chevy was a testament she still has plenty of ground to cover, though...

But as instructed, Genie slides in to the arena with a cloak up over her head. She's played "Odyssenie" twice now. For better or worse, she's coming to terms with it.

She looks at the spread. Why do they keep surrounding her by food? Is this some kind of typecasting? Genie reaches toward a slab of donor kebab--then refrains with a sigh.

By the time Genie has arrived, Braun had taken up a cup of wine in one hand and was busy reading over a summary of the fight scenario with his other.

"So he sings and he's blind eh?"

After a dismissive grunt he tosses the script over his shoulder, letting the papers wildly blow into the wind and be carried off towards the sea. "I don't sing. I aint blind."

But he -can- smacktalk and if the goal is to make 'Odysseus' cry...well he can give that a shot!

The general mopeyness of Genie does not go unnoticed though and as he espies the approaching fighter, already cloaked, and then hears her sigh he raises an eyebrow and leans forward to set his wine cup upon the table while letting a big fanged grin spread across his features.

"Why so glum, chum? Cheer on up! We can't all be losers forever, right??"

He gives her a finger gun like salute but then is forced to pause. Like Sarah, this is his first real encounter with Genie and he realizes she's abit of a mystery to him.

"Yeah, alright, I'll admit..I can't do much smack talkin' without knowing more about ya so maybe we should get this show on the road."

COMBATSYS: Braun has started a fight here.

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Genie looks up slowly. She's not had too many encounters with Darkstalkers or any stripe, thus far, but having fought an actual wizard among other things, and considering her own status...she rolls with it.

"A-ah, thank you," Genie tosses back her cloak, revealing her taekwondo wardrobe underneath. "I...I admit that I was dreading that portion. Let us do our best instead, no? Why dwell on former losses when we can always move forward, is that not right?"

Genie raises her arms and balances on one leg before bouncing back and forth with a fairly mobile stance.

"Hey no problem!"

Braun bounces up and down on his clawed feet a few times, building up momentum and loosening his large body up.

"I'm with you. Not worth focusin' on stuff that's just gonna weigh you down. I much prefer...."

He suddenly launches into action, leaping into the air and then driving down towards Genie like an incoming thunderbolt with an outstretched massive leg and clawed foot driving towarsd her.

"..Keepin' it interestin'!"

COMBATSYS: Genie has joined the fight here.

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Genie            0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0            Braun

COMBATSYS: Braun successfully hits Genie with Light Kick.

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Genie            0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0            Braun

And Braun does certainly make it interesting as he leaps in and throws that powerful overhead kick. Genie turns and goes on the defensive, turning her arm to block but finding her reaction just a bit too slow. The beastman's powerful leg smashes down into her shoulder hard enough to make her knees buckle, and Genie briefly loses her footing to drop to one knee.

"R-right," Genie says, pushing back up. With a backward hop, she puts a bit of distance between the two of them as pink energy starts to gather. A pink spear, or at least, the vague image of a spear, a silhouette, perhaps, forms up near her head and Genie thrusts it forward, pushing it through space more than throwing it like a proper javelin tosser.

"Allow me to ... 'keep it interesting'!"

COMBATSYS: Braun blocks Genie's Lance Du Lac.

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Genie            0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0            Braun

Landing with a heavy thud and a spray of sand and pebbles as he slides backwards, Braun whirls around just in time to see the energy forming and the spear crackling into existence and then launching at him with a trail of that pink energy accompanying its rushing approach.

He whirls his massive arms up and around, sweeping claws that begin glowing with a crackle of red and black energy that surges through the rest of his arms just in time for the javelin to hit and then burst into a spiderweb of energy that rushes about his body as he pushes back against and dissipates it before it can do severe damage.

"Wholfgh! Now that stung! I aint fought you before this but I' guess the footage doesn't do you justice. You got some punch to your hits..."

Shaking his arms again to deal with the numbing pain he then launches in again, coming forward faster then before in a blur of gold and brown and that crackling energy once more dragging behind his massive hands. "Let's kick it up a notch.." he growls out as he takes a swipe at her with his club like arm. As his hand drags through the air intending on clawing into her and bring with it a scythe of energy in the wake of his swing.

COMBATSYS: Genie reflects Beast King's Decree from Braun with Bouclier De Galahad EX.

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Genie            0/-------/---====|=====--\-------\0            Braun

"--thank you!" Genie says, bobbing on her feet as the spear explodes into a spray of pink energy. " as well! I--" Genie has no time to speak further as Braun closes the gap in a blur before gathering power. The scything energy shoots toward her, leaving Genie little chance to react.

But with another flash of pink she tosses up a shield of that same power, erecting it with a sweep of her palms that seem more to help her focus than to make it happen. Her sheer concentration seems to have handled that.

The shield, rough as it is, pushes against the scythe for several seconds before launching it back where it came from.

So tis is about to be one of -those- kinda fights. Fast. Brutal. Very, very painful.

Indeed, Genie seems welle equipped to deal with Braun's particular methods of battle and for all his boiling cauldron of chi and seems utterly harmless against her own which takes his energies and seemingly amplifies it considerably as it reflects back at him even as he's falling in towards it having expected to push her back - not end up hurtling right into the force behind his own attack.

He emits a stratled gurgled cry as the energy rakes into his body, a lion like rugged rumble as he tumbles through the air and then barely manages to land onto the table itself sending food scattering in every direction as he bounces backwards a few paces to arrest his movements.

"...Damn girl!"

A hand reaches out to touch his visible wound and then he simply gives her a big toothy grin. "Well so much for taking it up a notch. Let's maybe run that..again!"

Undeterred he launches into the air...lands upon the beach...and then suddenly comes hurtling in towards her in a blazing corona of energy as his body seems to enlarge in size and take on a more lion-man like form with a burning mane of red energy and an immense shoulder like the incoming front end of a car trailing behind him.

Hit or miss, he skids past her and then lunges into a leaping roar as he drags those huge hans down towards the ground and then spins them up again in a spiraling upper cut that attempts to rip and roar into her and carry them both skywards in a whirling attack of huge limbs and energy infused claws.

COMBATSYS: Braun blitzes into action and acts again!

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Genie            0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0            Braun

COMBATSYS: Genie blocks Braun's Chimeric Crash.

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Genie            0/-------/=======|====---\-------\0            Braun

COMBATSYS: Braun successfully hits Genie with Whirlwind Fang.

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Genie            1/--=====/=======|======-\-------\0            Braun

Genie's advantage from the deflection is short lived as Braun is soon back on the defensive. Her eyes widen with the surge of power from the beastman, and soon Genie is drawing back defensively and raising her guard. Genie's knee impacts Braun's shoulder charge as she goes for a leg block, but it leaves her reeling and off-balance.

On the return pass he strikes her cleanly, launching the Swiss miss up with the powerful uppercut which sends her spiraling up and over the buffet tables before landing atop one with enough force and momentum to bend it in the middle.

"Ugh..." Genie takes a moment to get her footing. "You certainly took it up a notch..." Her aura becomes denser, glowing pink as the air around her seems to get heavier, denser. Her eyes glow pink as well and her long hair seems to stand on end as she rises up back onto her feet and---hover there, suspended in midair.

"I will do the same!" Genie launches herself into a whirling tornado kick, her whole body amplified by that surging pink aura which, despite the difference in bulk, seems to make up for the missing power.

COMBATSYS: Braun blocks Genie's Spin Kick.

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Genie            1/-======/=======|=======\-------\1            Braun

"What is this, Carrie?!"

Braun's shout of disbelief and surprise at GEnie's antics come just an instant before her kick nearly lands home against his enlarged arm. His body weathers the blow, blunting the force of her attack but despite his added size he's still driven backwards and skids along the sand with a plume of it kicking up around him as he does so.

"Their clashing chi sends sparks and arcs of multi colored energy webbing out in various random directions but ultimately he ends up staying upright and then reaches out with his long lims to try and grab for her and if he does manage to land hold, he pivots nad turns trying to pull her into his torso and then over his shoulder in a powrful throw towards the sand.

Better then landing on something like concrete, sure, but ideally the force of the impact should ber stunning if he succeeds and give him a moment to catch his breath!

COMBATSYS: Genie blocks Braun's Quick Throw.

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Genie            2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\-------\1            Braun


Genie seems genuinely confused, possibly due to her age or possibly due to cultural differences. Regardless, her heel pushes against Braun's guardfor a moment before he breaks away in a shower of sparks. When he reaches out, Genie seems a bit better prepared than before, but she still gets handily tossed across the room before she bounces against a chair and rights herself--the defiance of gravity seems to help.

Genie touches the ground only briefly enough to dig her heels in. Sweeping her arms through the air, she gathers power quickly and around her forms a scattering of swords. They orbit once, twice, then all launch forward back toward Braun.

"I hope this is not too much--but your have impressive strength!"

COMBATSYS: Genie successfully hits Braun with Courechouse.

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Genie            1/-------/<<<<<<<|=======\=======\1            Braun

"Don't worry about it! It's not as funny if I gotta explain the reference!"

Braun's cheeky response is muffled by his backwards movements as he vaults his massive body away from Genie by means of a backwards leaping hand stand and upwards press that spins him into the air and drags his enhanced figure away from her.

When he lands he sees she's recovered far faster then he anticipated and the whirling blades of energy are launching his way in a dazzling Itano Circus styled display.

His eyes rapidly track each of them, attempting to discern a pattern and a path of escape, unwilling to trust his body to brace against it given the impact of her previous attacks. When the first series of htem rains down he -almost- accomplishes this... But there are some disadvantages to being friggen enormous. ou're a bigger target even if you've got the agility of the great cats you resemble. A psychic blade lances home nad throws him off miss leap and then another hits and then another...and then another and then another.

He gives out a gargled and strangled cry once again. A lion like roar rippling out through the area as he's pulled from his feet and ends up skidding along the ground as the blades pierce him and dissipate.

For a moment it seems as if he's down, and then his eyes fly open with a glaze of energy as he grumbles out, "...What're they feedin' ya. Sheesh.."

It's not over yet as he suddenly blitzes into movement. Seemingly flashing out of sight only to re-appear right behind her, looming overhead with his massive frame and both of his arms up despite the wounds nad bruises on his body. "..But we aint done yet!"

with that, his arms come down in a flurry of attacks, swining at her and dragging energy with each attack in a rapid fire assault of blows. The frenzied attack ends with him attempting to cross her up and swinging with both of his arms, leaving a massive 'x' shaped scythe of energy in the air behind him.

COMBATSYS: Genie fails to reflect Monarch's Relentless Fury from Braun with Joyeuse Garde EX.

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COMBATSYS: Genie can no longer fight.

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"Oh, well..." Genie leaves the misunderstood reference at that, especially as he attention turns to the damage being wrought by her flurry of psychic blades. For a moment, Genie almost winces. There's a certain concern with the amount of damage she's dealing with them. Experienced or not, Genie still can tell she can really unleash the fury whether she intends to or not.

But Braun is not down yet, and when he comes in for the reprisal, Genie readies herself. Power still rises out of her. She can see it almost in slow motion. She has a clear path to intercept. Psychic power begins to concentrate, to shape itself into a solid shield with which to parry the incoming blow.

But the shield is too slow--not fully formed as Braun brings the pain with overwhelming power. Her half-shaped shield is smashed through and blow after slashing blow rends through Genie's defenses before the final X-strike sends her crashing through the nearest feast table.

"A-ah. Ow." The power fades. "--I cannot continue." It is a half groan, half sigh.

A flash of red light and black energy and Braun is tumbling past Genie to the ground, tripping, falling and then spinning back into a crouched position as he slides back a few paces.

His eyes are wide with shock to say the least. He did not expect that to happen. It was as much raw luck of timing that enabled him to break through the girls defenses. It was for sure a Hail Mary effort on his part. That it worked is nothing short of amazing to him.

"Huh! I was expecting to be waking up with a splash of water t'my face or something.." he grunts out as his form returns to its normal state. He stands up, gripping the side of his arm which hangs limply against his broad body as he looks towards Genie.

The cloak she'd thrown earlier flutters down to the ground, having been buffetted about by the various attacks and shockwaves hurtled about by the fighters. It lands with a considerably lack of grace along Braun's other shoulder just as he turns and starts limping back towards his side of the combat field.

"Was close, girl! Next time!"

"Next time," Genie agrees weakly, still sprawled out in a broken table. She can already tell her outfit is going to smell like tzatiki and olives, and she wonders how hard it will be to get dry cleaning on the ship.

Genie still hasn't got up. "Definitely next time."

COMBATSYS: Braun has ended the fight here.

Log created on 18:26:12 04/08/2024 by Genie, and last modified on 11:15:29 04/15/2024.