Description: The tranquil Ginkaku-ji provides the backdrop for a winter battle that is anything but serene. Will Canadian punk rocker Alexis be able to sing a victory song about her Neo League debut, or will ninja werewolf Azumi's winds blow her away? (Winner: Draw)
The Temple of the Silver Pavilion, Ginkaku-Ji, is especially beautiful this time of year. The roof of the two-story pavilion and the trees surrounding it are covered by a light layer of snow, dressing the entire scene in white. It's a picture of serene tranquility, an aesthetic embodiment of Zen.
"It's fucking cold," a scowling Alexis Lovell grumbles before rubbing her hands together and breathing warm air onto the palms of her fingerless gloves.
Her choice of attire almost certainly doesn't help that situation, as in spite of the weather, the Canadian punk rocker is dressed in a low-cut tied-off white blouse and red and black tartan mini-skirt. About the only aspect of her outfit that makes sense for this time of year are the black lace-up boots that she's wearing on her feet as she stands amongst the rock garden outside the pavilion. Despite her complaints, though, she doesn't /look/ nearly as cold as she should. She's also got a cherry red electric guitar slung across her back, which only adds to the contrast with the background.
"And it's too fucking quiet here! Where's my opponent? It's time to make some noise!"
Her announcement is met with only a muffled cheer from her only fans in attendance - the other members of Killasaurus Orphanage, bundled up sensibly and watching from the cover of the pavilion.
COMBATSYS: Azumi has started a fight here.
COMBATSYS: Alexis has joined the fight here.
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Azumi 0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0 Alexis
Azumi was almost late for once. It's only her second time doing one of these, but it seems like the locations were pretty randomized. Finding this place was a chore, but once she was on the right side of town, it was pretty easy to guess that the giant honking pavillion was Ginkaku-Ji. She speeds along through the rooftops as ninja are known to do, careful to keep her footing as she leaps from building to building.
Just as Alexis starts to get impatient, the werewolf lands somewhat dramatically, crouching low to the ground and pushing herself back up to her feet. She's wearing a dark blue suit also reminescent of many other ninja, though her feet and hands were bare...and she didn't seem to have a weapon of any sort. It's also fairly obvious why the cold doesn't bother her, as no outward signs of chills exist. She passes a glance over towards the...oddly dressed woman and then another glance back towards the small crowd of people that had gathered and puts two and two together.
"You shouldn't talk like that around kids. And while we're on the subject..." She takes a deep breath and faces her opponent, a small swirl of a whirlwind gathering at her feet. "If you want some noise, I've got it, right here. Let's do this!"
The small whirlwind immediately erupts, covering the ninja in a bright green energy field. It only persists a few inches from her body, but the second it does she immediately charges Alexis in a shoulder charge, aiming for her midsection.
COMBATSYS: Azumi successfully hits Alexis with Tempest Cannon.
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Azumi 0/-------/------=|====---\-------\0 Alexis
Whirling around at the sound of the ninja landing on the ground nearby, Alexis raises one eyebrow with a bit of incredulity. She looks Azumi up and down as the werewolf chastises her for her language. Smoothing down her skirt after the spinning motion threatened to blow it up, she scoffs.
"I'll talk however I want! And those aren't kids, they're - OOF!"
The punk brunette is too slow to raise her hands up when Azumi flies in at her, folding over as the werewolf slams into her shoulder first before getting thrown down to the concrete path, hitting it on her back and tumbling head over heels a couple of times before she ends up back on her feet. Crouching slightly, she glares at Azumi.
"Ninjas. I should've known there'd be a ninja!"
She brushes her hair out of her face before running straight at Azumi.
"It doesn't matter! I'm gonna kick your ass anyway!"
Leaping into the air and swinging her body sideways, she throws herself at Azumi in a cross-body. If she manages to collide, she'll try and swing around the werewolf's body before locking an arm around her head and pulling her down to the ground head-first.
COMBATSYS: Alexis successfully hits Azumi with Stage Dive.
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Azumi 0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0 Alexis
Azumi honestly wasn't expecting that attack to hit the way it did...nor was she expecting the show of skirt shennanigans either. As she collided, the green energy dissapates, leaving her as plain as she arrived. Once the girl had recovered, the werewolf takes a step back when the rocker-chick charges her, ready for a strike, but instead a weird...sort of grapple is attempted. She gets as far as getting her arm locked out from her and ready to be pulled to the ground, but just as the punk's weight starts to be applied thanks to gravity, Azumi steadies her feet and quickly yanks herself back out of the grapple. She exhales hard before shaking off the little bit of damage she'd taken for that one.
"We'll see about that lady."
She sprints immediately back towards Alexis, almost like she was going to do that charge again, but instead, she backflips, letting a torrent of air carry her into the air. If successful, the ninja follows up, leaping into the air after here and grabbing her by her midsection. She uses a bit of wind-elemented chi to get them both to spin as she muscles them both downward. She drops the girl on her head while backing off at the last moment, backflipping away in a fashion very typical for her type and sticking the landing.
COMBATSYS: Azumi successfully hits Alexis with Azumi Drop.
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Azumi 0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1 Alexis
When Azumi slips from her grasp, Alexis is left with nothing to control her return to the earth. The punk girl's arms thrash in the air in the moments before she lands ass-first on the stone path. "Fucking A!" She pushes herself up onto her feet and turns around to look for Azumi again, one hand reaching back to rub her sore backside. She's just in time to see the ninja rushing her again, in almost similar fashion to before. Anticipating a repeat of the last attack, she quickly raises her arms to brace against another tackle, but at the last moment, the werewolf instead turns into a flip.
"What the -"
The attack catches Alexis off-guard, the tornado launching her tumbling into the air from below, legs pumping as she tries to regain control.
The flying teenager is all but helpless to keep the ninja from locking arms around her midsection. "-hurk!" She struggles hard to try and break free as the wind chi rolls the girls into a spin, desperately swinging elbows back but to no avail. The brunette is driven straight into the ground head-first before collapsing on her face, much to the chagrin of the members of Killasaurus Orphanage in the background, whose faces are aghast, offering up polite murmurs of shock at the brutality.
Alexis shudders for a moment, still face-down in the snow, then forces herself up to her feet. Turning toward Azumi with a defiant look in her eyes, she reaches up and wipes the chill precipitation from her pale face and chest.
"Is that the best you can do? Come on, hit me with your best shot!"
Though belying her words is a faint trickle of blood starting to run down her brow, the Canadian rocker seems to almost swell with energy, the echo of her shout hanging in the air as a faint hum emanating from her as she balls her hands into fists and raises them in challenge.
COMBATSYS: Alexis gathers her will.
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Azumi 0/-------/---====|=======\=====--\1 Alexis
Azumi lands near pefectly, turning around to face the teenager once it was pretty obvious that she pulled off that little manuver. She crosses her arms as she starts to push herself back to her feet, allowing Alexis that comforta at least. Upon hearing her taunt she smirks and shakes her head a little bit.
"I'm a little wise on that trick. You are going to have to do a little better than that to coax me. So why don't we play a rousing round of chicken instead?"
The werwolf collapses her hands together, folding over all of her fingers minus the pointer and middle fingers. She starts gathering chi, which manifests itself as a whirlwind that is slowly enveloping her body. As opposed to her battle stance she'd dropped in before, she's standing straight up, physically focused on gathering as much as she can. She keeps her eyes open towards Alexis to see if she'd respond to the double-dare.
COMBATSYS: Azumi gathers her will.
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Azumi 1/-------/=======|=======\=====--\1 Alexis
The hum around Alexis steadily builds as the sound in the area seems to converge and hang in her vicinity. Cheers from the band members at the pavilion for the confrontation seem to cause the intensity of the sound to increase. Alexis clenches her teeth, muscles tensing as the breeze created by the gathering sonic energy causes her clothing to flutter. The ninja's cautious response to her challenge only seems to draw out her ire further.
"Chicken? I've never lost a game of chicken, and I'm not about to lose one now!"
Gathering her energy into her fists, she charges at Azumi.
"And you should know better than to play chicken with a freight train!!"
The vicious haymaker she aims at Azumi's upper body is accompanied by a bass tone as it sails through the air, and should her sonic chi-laced fist strike true, the report would be accompanied by a deep and distorted sound akin to the chord of a guitar. Following up the attack would be a grab for the ninja's shoulders before attempting to pull her head down onto Alexis' knee as it's driven upward.
COMBATSYS: Azumi blocks Alexis' Fierce Combo.
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Azumi 1/---====/=======|=======\====---\1 Alexis
Azumi spots the attack coming, but she wasn't given enough time to finish up charging to properly store it. She brings her arms upwards into a familiar 'X' style blocking formation to absorb the first hit of the haymaker, nearly knocking the werewolf off of her feet. As she pulls her arms back down, she suddenly feels the pressure of the hand against her head, driving it down against Alexis' knee. She managed to get an arm in the way to blunt the impact, but the damage had still mostly been done.
After dealing with that attack she takes a step back from her and launches herself high into the air with a single backflip before holding her hands out behind her in somewhat of a dramatic pose. Twin funnels of air shoot from her wrists as she propels herself back down, her foot extended in a rather classic variation of a dive kick.
"About time you got serious. So what are you going to do with all that fancy energy?"
COMBATSYS: Alexis blocks Azumi's Heaven's Claw.
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Azumi 1/---====/=======|=======\======-\1 Alexis
Despite the cold outside, the fight is definitely starting to heat up. A small cheer comes from the Killasaurus crew when Alexis assaults Azumi. Stepping back from the exchange, her chest heaving with exertion as she takes deep breaths, Alexis raises her eyes to the sky, levelling them on the descending Darkstalker. As the kick comes in, Alexis shifts her weight, bringing one knee up high to intercept the incoming foot with her thigh. The foot meets her flesh with a dull impact, sending a tremor through the girl's body, but she maintains her balance.
"What do you think I'm gonna do?" she retorts angrily, "I'm gonna kick your butt! Duh!"
A strangely melodic sweep fills the air as Alexis shifts onto her raised foot and drives her other foot upward, leading with the toes of her boot, in a kick aimed to double Azumi over...
Then, she'll try and grab onto the ninja's shoulders and force her head down to below Alexis' waist level before stepping over it and trapping the ninja's head between her thighs. Hooking both of her forearms under the ninja's arms to keep them at the sides, she'll swing one foot backward before kicking both legs up and outward, dropping toward the ground and driving Azumi's face toward the snow with her hips and the assistance of gravity. On impact, a low-pitched sonic shockwave would be released, the disruptive chi channeling through her victim's body.
COMBATSYS: Azumi parries Alexis' Drop D!
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Azumi 1/-======/=======|=======\======-\1 Alexis
Azumi needs this fight to end soon, as throwing around this much power and not getting nailed for it was starting to become a drain. She balances off of Alexis' knee and jumps off, recognizing that this one appeared to be a grappler and that extended time in close quarters was going to get her grabbed. She somersaults to the sides and lands a few feet away, just in time for her opponent to grab her shoulders. Thinking fast, she raises both of her forarms to push the hands off of her shoulders, and takes a step backwards, effeciently difusing whatever the heck she was about to try.
Recognizing this as perfect kicking distance, she leans forward and raises her leg, bringing it around for a heavy looking roundhouse kick. She follows it up by doing a flash kick immediately afterwards, aiming for the chin to send the girl flying into the air yet again.
COMBATSYS: Azumi successfully hits Alexis with Double Dust Kick EX.
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Azumi 1/=======/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Alexis
The quick shove to elude her grasp puts Alexis just slightly off-balance, her boots slipping on the wet ground as she tries to lean back out of the way of the answering kick. Not fast enough, she catches the boot to the side of her head and staggers.
The second blow cuts her short, snapping her mouth shut as she takes it hard on the chin and goes flying up into the air, head jerking backward before her body goes loose. A disheartened cry comes from her friends below the nearby building's eaves as she lands heavily amongst the snow-covered stones of the garden.
Alexis shudders. The ache of the repeated blows, the chill of the snow soaking into her clothing and the frosty dampness clinging to her skin, the throbbing in her head from striking on solid surfaces more than once - all of it is starting to wear on the girl. But something makes her get up, forcing herself back to her feet to continue the fight. Turning her head and spitting blood onto the snow, she wipes her mouth, then looks resolutely back toward Azumi, speaking in a raw, husky tone.
"Not bad. But I can't afford to lose!"
Dashing across the rocks, she launches herself into the air at the werewolf ninja, legs apart, attempting to catch her with her legs knock her down into a straddling position.
"Especially not to some chick in a dog suit!"
If she manages to knock Azumi down, she'll start raining down punches toward the ninja's face with both hands, each producing a different stacatto tone before sending up a more dissonant pang of sound when it strikes.
COMBATSYS: Alexis successfully hits Azumi with Beatdown in Three Four.
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Azumi 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|>>>>---\-------\0 Alexis
Azumi feels as though there was some sort of theme of having a girl continuously try to grab her with her legs, while wearing a skirt on. It just felt...odd. Like some sort of technique probably meant to entice men...and just bewilder the crap out of her. Never the less, she starts to try to dodge out of the way of the attack, turning to her side to jump backwards, but this time she's grabbed properly and taken to the ground.
The pummeling she takes is quite feirce, several of the shots landing directly to the nose which, if anyone ever owned a dog, knew just how much that stings. Blood starts to trickle down her nose as the pummeling continues, until a green glow starts to shine within her eyes. Anger starts to build within her, causing her muscles to tighten and her fur to bristle. She raises one of her hands to catch the next punch, grabbing and holding Alexis' fist still. Her voice bellows with a roar that was certainly more bestial than she had previously displayed.
Around the both of them, the beginnings ofa tornado starts to form. It quickly grows in size and physically forces Alexis off of the ninja and straight into the air. It lets her hover for a second before physically throwing her into the sky, and letting the rocker land where her agility takes her.
COMBATSYS: Azumi successfully hits Alexis with Zen Hurricane.
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Azumi 0/-------/-<<<<<<|>>>>>>>\>------\1 Alexis
Several punches into the assault on Azumi's face, some of the fury seems to ease out of Alexis, the echoing discharges of sonic energy starting to fade as she gasps for air. A perplexed expression crosses her face as she gives a moment's rest and flexes the knuckles of each of her gloved hands.
"Holy shit. Seriously? That's not a-"
The confusion is interrupted by the sudden ferocious outburst from Azumi, and the vortex of aerial chi sweeps the punk rocker up into the air.
Flung up and away like a ragdoll, Alexis lets out a cry, before plunging boots-up back to the earth. There's a deep thump and a crunch as she lands on her back, the guitar breaking her fall not deadening the pain of the impact at all, her head jarring against the stone just after.
The reaction from the other members of Killasaurus Orphanage is a chorus of stifled gasps. They're not used to seeing their frontwoman take a beating like this - she's new to the fighting circuit in general. And for a long moment, it looks like she may not be getting up.
A memory stirs in the girl's mind as her rattled senses fade in and out of the present...
==*== EIGHT YEARS AGO ==*==
On another day, at another time, a younger Alexis stared listlessly out the rear window of her new foster parents' car as the girls' orphanage disappeared steadily into the icy mist, a flurry of snow whirling about and obscuring the view before the car turned a corner. Dejected, she turned her head to face forward, let out a sigh, and ruffled the snowflakes out of her hair.
==*== BACK TO THE PRESENT ==*==
Still fading in and out of reality, her eyes glossy, Alexis staggers to her feet, reaching up to brush the snowflakes from her hair as blood trickles from her forehead and lips. Reaching over her back, she unslings her guitar, holding it by the neck with both hands and letting its weight fall to the ground, pulling her down into a stoop. A low hum starts to come from the strings of the instrument as sonic energy gathers into it. Then, with a savage cry, she hefts the instrument and charges at Azumi. Whirling around, she aims the crimson body of the guitar at Azumi's head, trying to smash it over the werewolf's face, a loud dissonant chord ringing out from whatever surface it may strike against. The effort seems to take everything she can muster, dropping her to her knees as she finishes the swing...
COMBATSYS: Alexis has reached second wind!
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Azumi 0/-------/-<<<<<<|-------\-------\0 Alexis
COMBATSYS: Alexis successfully hits Azumi with Tribute to Townshend.
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Azumi 1/-----<</<<<<<<<|-------\-------\0 Alexis
Azumi slowly starts to pick herself up off of the ground, the last series of hits being more than she could handle in terms of damage. That one hurt, to say the least, the ninja taking her time to stand back up and catch her breath. It was about this time where the rocker chick makes her grand reappearance, brandishing her guitar. The hit connects solidly, knocking the ninja for a small spin. She knew at that exact point that she had taken more damage than she could remain standing for, but the chi within her was enough of a crutch to at least try to take the girl with her.
She gathers herself one last time, her eye swelling up from the last attack. She lets loose and incredibly loud howl, enough to shake any loose hanging icicles from the nearby pagodas and likely rattle the eardrums of anyone nearby. She takes up her chi-charging stance once more, but as opposed to charging, maelstrom of wind erupts from her, blowing away nearly all the snow in her immediate vicinity, which seemed to be around ten feet. She then harshly claps her hands, finishing the charging and then slams her hands into the ground.
"AND THIS TIME, STAY DOWN!"
She forces her chi out of herself and expels everything she has into this last hit. Another whirlwind starts to appear around Alexis, but this time, it's far more violent, with twisting spirals of wind blowing off...pretty much any other snow in the immediate battle ground. Nearby trees waver and anything resembling lightweigh could very easily go flying. The greenish energy soon erupts, throwing the punk girl into the air, spinning rapidly as the tornado goes into the sky with her.
Azumi stands upon the ground and mentally guides the tornado, making it do a lazy loop in the air, until the tornado starts to point downwards again. With a downward thrust of both of her hands, the maelstrom does just that, crashing down into the ground and dispursing the winds she'd gathered for that attack.
COMBATSYS: Azumi can no longer fight.
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COMBATSYS: Azumi successfully hits Alexis with Zephyr's Domain.
- Power hit! -
After cracking the guitar across the werewolf's visage, it's all Alexis can seem to do to push herself back up and stay stooped over, the instrument resting on the ground like a club, her hair dangling in her eyes as she gasps for air. When the verdant breeze starts to whirl around her, blasting away the snow from her body and fluttering her skirt. She looks to the left and right, then hunches down, trying to cover herself protectively from whatever's about to come.
It does nothing to stop the blast of wind from blasting the girl from below. Her first thought in her dazed state is to protect her modesty - dropping the guitar, she grabs the front of her skirt and keeps it down. Unfortunately, this leaves her completely open to the full force of the tornado as it launches her spinning into the air. All thoughts of protecting her dignity abandoned in favour of simply trying to survive, Alexis flails her arms frantically, trying to get her feet under her.
Her struggling avails her not, and as the wind shifts, she is slammed back down to the bare rocks with devastating force. Her body shudders as a cry rises from the rest of Killasaurus Orphanage...
COMBATSYS: Alexis takes no action.
COMBATSYS: Alexis can no longer fight.
And then goes still, there to stay for the knockout count. With both girls unconscious, a Neo League official on the scene declares the fight...
"A DRAW, by DOUBLE KNOCKOUT!"
Azumi, without her chi as a crutch, feels her sense of balance leave her yet again. She falls over backwards onto the hard stone, letting her vision swim and grow unfocused. With all the wind and the like, it's almost like she'd forgotten how peaceful the winter was. Upon hearing the draw count being thrown out by some ref that was probably there the whole time without her noticing, she smiles inwardly on herself, pleased with the growth she'd shown since she'd started doing this.
She passes out a moment later, contented. It's not a win, but it is a positive start.
Log created on 14:56:35 02/06/2015 by Alexis, and last modified on 23:33:08 02/06/2015.