Kiyomi - [UG : Week 4] You shall not pass.

Description: After her battle against the Amalgamation, Azumi rushes toward Metro Square to help the others fight off against Jedah. Unfortunately, someone is determined to block her path : a friend who claims to do this for her own good, but is it her true motivation?

Azumi...has had better days. And certainly much cleaner days as well. She's currently sprinting through the park, though not quite as fast as she might have been, if only to check out the sights...of a mostly rotting city. The werewolf is a little bit on the rank side, as her fur is stained with the the blood of her enemies...and a bit of her own as well. Her wounds were still managable for now and she could hold together for awhile longer, provided she avoids getting nailed by anything major.

One part of her would have liked to have taken the helicopter ride out of here, but the other part knew that she had to put a stop to the guy who'd set this all up. Azumi has only fought a few demons as powerful as this and even with them, none of them had seiged a huge city like Metro before. She continues to parkour over broken benches, bodies and decaying trees as she sprints toward's Jedah's position, the sounds of battle filtering into her ears. She is close.

Jedah was not fighting his war alone : he had many followers, some more or less loyal to him, others who'd be willing to sacrifice themselves for his cause and his ideals. The situation had evolved and slowly led up to all of this : a struggle that would determine the fate of Majigen.

Kiyomi and her pack have been fighting along side Lord Dohma, for his ideals. Acting as vanguards and enforcers, they've been trying to keep people away from the town square where he's been having his own battle.

Unfortunately for Azumi, her sprint in the park did not go unoticed by Jedah's followers and before she could even pass through the park, someone stood in her way. It almost seemed as if she came out of nowhere, a woman clad in a crimson kimono, striding to stand in the middle of Azumi's path from a distance. She stares at her from afar, a stern and cold expression on her face. While she seems harmful, she is definately right in Azumi's way : a familiar face.

The young darkstalker's appearance though is enough to earn a slightly worried expression on her face, but Kiyomi's words do not fit that expression, "Stop where you are, Azumi... Where do you think you're doing?" The woman asks.

Azumi's expression brightens at the sight of a friendly face...but then she notes her tone...her stance. Her...positioning. Directly blocking her path and sounding as if she were giving a command. She scowls at Kiyomi after a moment of contemplation, pointing a single finger towards Jedah's position.

"The man known as Jedah. The one over there? He is dying today. And I'm setting this city back to normal. But that should be obvious. The better question is, what the hell are you doing, standing in my way? You can't possibly be serious."

She straightens up a bit, balling her fingers up into fists...and matching the woman's stern posture with one of her own.

Kiyomi did not lack the resolve to do what was necessary to pursuit her ideals. Fighting brethren like Azumi did not please her though, even if Azumi used to be a darkstalker hunter. Her facial expression was torn between worries and concerns toward Azumi and her duties and devotions. The Kitsune's tails sway idly behind her, contemplating Azumi's words, assessing her.

"Why?" Kiyomi simply retorts. She arches a brow, "Why must you fight him?" Kiyomi shakes her head slowly and adds, "Azumi... You are injuried, this is no place for you to be right now," It wasn't hard for someone to assume this considering Azumi's appearance currently. "This is not your fight... You might get killed or endanger others who are there,"

The werewolf uncharacteristically explodes with anger, her fur raising on end, her wears heightening to their fullest and her tail going completely stiff.

"Why? Are you serious!? Completely bloody serious? Look around us Kiyomi! Look at this land, look at the air, look at the dead, hell, LOOK AT ME! He's responsible for it and he needs to pay for what he's done! There are I-don't-even-know-how-many thousands of people who are dead, and you know what he did with them? He mashed them together into a gigantic corpse monster that was taller than skyscrapers Kiyomi. SKYSCRAPERS. Half of this stuff on me was from me killing it. The bodies it was made of were falling everywhere. Every single one of those used to be people. Mothers! Fathers! Children! Are you -SERIOUSLY- going to stand there and tell me that those people deserved it!?" She pulls back on her raw emotions, looking almost concerned about the outburst. She starts rubbing a hand over the side of her cheek and turning to her side to pace in front of her for a few feet, clearly contemplating. She's got her eyes locked on fox woman still, furrowing her brows even further. She speaks in a far more even tone, certainly more like herself.

"How is this not my fight? I grew up on the wrong side of this stupid war and if there's anyone who deserves to be on the front lines for what they've done. It's me. It's the absolute least I can do. I will fight until my last."

She stops pacing and turn to face her completely again, crossing her arms.

"I don't want to fight you. Step aside."

The mature woman was patient : she didn't even flinch at Azumi's outburst, remaining calm and listening to what she had to say. Her calm demeanor was almost unsettling considering the urgency and palpable tension in the air. She did not remain totally passive though : her facial expression shifting into a saddened pout.

She had heard enough from Azumi's emotional outburst to know she wouldn't listen to her reasoning, that she wouldn't be able to convince her with her silver tongue about Jedah's noble and lofty ideals. Kiyomi's eyes narrow and scowls at Azumi, "Tell me, Azumi, how would throwing your life away accomplish anything?" Kiyomi scolds. "There are many ways to help with this -- for you to fight him, will not," Kiyomi states with a no-no reply intonation. She straightens herself up, buffing her chest a little, as if to give herself a few extra inches in height, to make herself more imposing to make her decision all the more absolute.

The kitsune takes a few steps back as Azumi strides foward. Her left hand reach for the handle of the katana that's held at her waist, kneeling slightly and getting ready to draw it if necessary. "Your resolve and courage is admirable, but I know enough about you, to know that nothing good will come out of this,"

Kiyomi frowns and says, "If you take one more step... I'll have to use the necessary force for your own good.." Her expression softens and she adds one last plea, "Please, Azumi... Don't force me to do this... You can go back and help the evacuation..."

By her stance, Kiyomi's not going to step aside. She's quite resolved to prevent Azumi from going in any further.

"And let you slide back to Jedah to fend off whomever he's fighting? Not a chance. We're doing this. This is happening. "

She passes a look down to the Katana and sighs, bringing up the last thing she had from the small kit she happened to have when this all started; a Kunai. She lowers into a fighting stance, shaking her head profusely towards the fox's words.

"I'm not going to kill you. But I am dragging you out of here and figuring out why would you betray every single person who's ever helped you in Bastion. What would Nightwolf say? Or Raiden?"

She takes a solid step forward in direct defiance of her words, the werewolf ready for this much as she would hate to do so.

"You wouldn't understand," The woman replies -- her intonation made it sound like she was talking to a child, as if Azumi was not mature enough to understand the real forces in motions here, the greater schemes behind all of this. Even if she was, would she even take the time to listen to Kiyomi? From the moment she vehemently showed her anger, Kiyomi knew what would be the outcome of this encounter.

"I am not betraying anyone, Azumi -- and I will drag you out of this place for your own safety," If Kiyomi desired to avoid the confrontation at first, there's no hesitation in her stance nor in her voice when she replies to Azumi. If there's one thing she learned as the leader of her pack it's that there's no room for hesitation. The moment Azumi takes the step foward in defiance, Kiyomi draws her blade...

Looks like she's serious when she means she'll stop Azumi and it wasn't just bluff.

COMBATSYS: Azumi has started a fight here.

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Azumi            0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi has joined the fight here.

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Azumi            0/-------/-------|======-\-------\0           Kiyomi

"Then explain to me why you are helping a mass murderer you traitor!"

Azumi charges her fellow darkstalker, seemingly she was going to shoulder bash her, but the angle seemed off. She was heading up and over the woman, almost seemingly like she was going to leap over her head. Just before she does though, if the fox didn't move, she'd plant her hands on her shoulders, performing a hand stand for a moment before, allowing her weight to swing her around Kiyomi and bodily throwing her into the air. Despite the pause, Azumi moves fairly quickly, as someone of her training should.

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi blocks Azumi's Quick Throw.

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Azumi            0/-------/-------|======-\-------\0           Kiyomi

Kiyomi frowns and braces for Azumi's charge : her intention was not letting her through, and she's afraid the sly werewolf might attempt to make a run for it. After all, neither of them had anything to win from their struggle against each other. The woman's not fast enough to slice Azumi before she reaches her, allowing her to get within her katana's reach. She kneels down a bit under the pressure of Azumi's body and, instead of trying to break through it, she lets shift of weight throw her off in the air.

The mass of tails go flying a couple of feet, carried by the wind. Her fluffy tails allow her to soften her landing somewhat, rolling on her back and ending up in a knelt position.

"This has nothing to do with the Bastion," Kiyomi says as she moves her hand against the flat side of the blade, making her katana glimmer with psychic energy, "The Bastion is a place where our people can live free of oppression," She rises up and slashes the air with her katana in front of her, sending a shimmering blade of energy flying at Azumi, "This is something else," She says through gritted teeth.

COMBATSYS: Azumi fails to slow Lame Spirituelle from Kiyomi with Gust Shock.
~~ Alluring Hit! ~~

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Azumi            0/-------/----===|=======\-------\1           Kiyomi

Azumi forms a ball of energy in her hand in reaction to seeing her friend doing the same and despite her best efforts, it isn't enough. The blue-hued ninja-star is cut cleanly in half, leaving the blade of energy to strike her directly across the chest. She takes the hit well enough, rolling along on her sides for a few seconds before sliding back to her feet. Her body twitches in an exhausted manner, but her glare is more than enough to show she's not quite done yet.

"It has EVERYTHING to do with Bastion! What the hell do you think this will do to our village? If they find out we have any ties with this, it will be destroyed! And it will be all your fault!"

Tails swaying back and forth behind Kiyomi, the woman slowly straightens herself into her battle stance : her kimono slit open near her thigh to allow her more movement, stray locks of raven hair covering her face and some dirt on her porcelain cheek thanks to Azumi's previous grapple.

"The Bastion has no connection to this place, Azumi," Kiyomi replies with serenity, "Though it won't prevent humans from seeing and coming up to the conclusion they wish. To them, we're all just monsters -- this is just proof of it, as it is. Just as they ever did, they will fight to the very end to slaughter us all and get rid of our existence," Drawing her blade downward, Kiyomi rushes toward Azumi, quick steps to make up the distance between them.

She charges her and lifts her sword up, attempting to deliver a mighty cleaving blow : she does, however, hold the blade inverted to prevent injurying Azumi and making her bleed to dead. "Even if this event did not happen, did you truly think humans would have not come for us and hunt us down? It is inevitable -- whether or not they blame the Bastion for this!"

COMBATSYS: Azumi blocks Kiyomi's Weakened Crushing Strike.

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Azumi            0/-------/---====|=======\-------\1           Kiyomi

The werewolf spins up her kunai and makes it seem like she was going to block it, but instead she lets the blade land where she aimed it. Despite the hit, something seemed off, the ninja wasn't reacting to pain like she should, but a small puff of smoke soon relays the proper answer; that was an illusion. A log of decaying wood drops to the ground from where she once was, the dull end of the blade preventing it from sinking in. It'd take a second for her to reappear again, the werewolf speeding up behind her opponent, running at full tilt. As she passes her, she angles an right hook, intending to make contact with Kiyomi's face.

"YOU DON'T ANTAGONIZE INNOCENTS! Not every human is out to kill us, if they were, we'd be dead already!"

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi dodges Azumi's Medium Punch.

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Azumi            0/-------/---====|=======\-------\1           Kiyomi

Kiyomi's eyes widen when she notices werewolf fading into a puff of smoke, realizing she had been fooled just as notices the log of wood that succumbs to Kiyomi's strength shortly after the blow. Looks like she wasn't the only master of illusions around.

Kiyomi's ears perk up in high alert though, knowing enough about those tricks that Azumi must be close and already lunging at her. She notices her at the last second, running at her in full speed. She barely has the time to turn around and Kiyomi swiftly ducks to avoid Azumi's punch to her face. She spins on her heels to try and move aside after Azumi's charge.

Kiyomi attempts to retaliate by grabbing Azumi's arm with her free hand and pulling her foward to throw her off balance. She'd knock her off her feet and roll her into her back so she ends up smashing her against the ground.

"You are right -- just as not all darkstalkers would fight back against humans who'd oppress them, Azumi. Things are never truly black or white, they come in different shades of grey... I wish things were this easy, but reality is much more complicated..."

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi successfully hits Azumi with Weakened Ruse du Renard.

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Azumi            0/-------/-======|=======\===----\1           Kiyomi

Azumi's slammed into the ground hard, the woman taking a sharp intake of breath as the knife wounds along her side pull themselves back open. She bites her lips to endure the pain and rips her hand out of Kiyomi's own. She commands her body to move, raising her hands above her head to push herself back onto her feet and launch an attack immediately after. She leans in with her head, aiming to savagely bite Kiyomi's shoulder right shoulder, aiming to try to ease the speed of her blade attacks. If that connected properly, she'd only clamp down for a moment before ripping her teeth back out in a fashion that'd force the kyuubi to spin in place, in which case, a haymaker punch is thrown directly into her face.

"I am not in the mood for pretentiousness! What makes you think I don't know that!?"

COMBATSYS: Azumi successfully hits Kiyomi with Fang Over Fist.

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Azumi            0/-------/=======|=======\===----\1           Kiyomi

The kitsune attempts to keep the werewolf away from her with her hands when she lunges at her : unfortunately, Azumi had enough power in her leap to force herself against the kitsune in spite of her best efforts to repulse her. When she sinks her fang into her shoulder, the woman arches her head back and lets a screech of pain escape her throat. The searing pain from her bite, followed by the rough pull out she performs leaves her momentarily dazed -- at least long enough for Azumi to follow up with her spinning haymaker.

Kiyomi is knocked back by the blow. She staggers back a few steps to prevent herself from falling on her back, and then manages to recover her fighting stance, her jaw hurting from the blow. There's a drop of blood on the side of her lips, and Kiyomi glares at Azumi as she holds her blade with both of her hands. "Your youth -- your inexperience. You jump to conclusions far too easily, you've already labeled me. I know it : it's both in your eyes and voice." Kiyomi lunges foward and she swings her katana to Azumi's midsection with the blunt side of her blade, aiming for her midsection.

"You wouldn't listen to me -- not now." She snorts and says, "I know what is best for you right now, whether you like it or not, and if I'm doing this, it's for your well being,"

COMBATSYS: Azumi parries Kiyomi's Weakened Power Strike!

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Azumi            1/-------/=======|=======\===----\1           Kiyomi

Azumi's breathing hard now, her chest heaving as she stands, a slight grin forming on her muzzle at the successful attack. She spits out whatever minor amount of blood she may ended up with immediately. At Kiyomi's next words, the werewolf tenses up, clearly not enjoying the assessment. When the blade end comes up against her belly, she swings her hand down towards Kiyomi's wrist to grab it, haulting the attack entirely and leaving her in prime striking range for bare handed attacks.

"What POSSIBLE conclusion could I jump to about watching a city full of mostly innocent people die!? Jedah is a bastard and a murderer and I can't believe ANYONE would stand up for him after what he's done, let alone you."

She raises her foot and charges up a bit of ki into it, a tornado of wind building around it. She unleashes it immediately after, roundhouse kicking Kiyomi in the midsection once, and then again, the second one with a bit more force.

"The only label I had for you was a friend! Was I wrong in trusting you to do the same?"

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi blocks Azumi's Double Dust Kick EX.

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Azumi            1/-------/=======|=======\===----\1           Kiyomi

The swift evasion from Azumi seems to catch the kitsune off guard for a moment. The woman's obviously impressed by Azumi's agility and she reacts quickly, instinctively, allowing her to block the incoming kick by shifting her blade around to intercept partially Azumi's leg with the flat side of her blade, slowing the kick down before it hits her midsection.

Kiyomi still winces and groans audibly from the pain of the impact, her knees bucking a bit. She's forced to take a step to the side not to fall under the force of the second kick, the wind around her feet blowing at her side with every strike. Her facial expression turns into a weary pout as she replies with calm, "No one is truly innocent, Azumi..."

"No wars or revolts happen without the loss of lives -- how long will our kind endure in silence all the suffering they inflict on us? You, more than anyone else, should know all the torments and suffering we have had to endure," Kiyomi's blade shimmer brightly with her psychic energy and once she sees an opportunity after Azumi's onslaught she retaliate with her blade, dancing and slashing her flamming blade at her from various angles in a succession of rapid blows. The psychic energy from the blade more dangerous than the actual edge of the katana.

"Do not be so quick to judge Jedah, Azumi -- you know nothing of him, aside from the fact that he's fighting humans and many lives were lost in this struggle," The woman pants softly through her attacks and as she speaks. "Have you ever wondered what's happening here? All you see are people -- humans and darkstalkers alike, who fought and lost their lives, but how can you condemn either side?"

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi successfully hits Azumi with Taillade de l'Esprit.
- Power hit! -

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Azumi            1/----===/=======|=======\=======\1           Kiyomi

Azumi's body is crying for attention, to cease, to rest anything that wasn't fighting for the time being...but she ignores it. She tries to get her arms up in time for a full block but the blades's psychic nature cuts straight through it, opening up her guard. She takes every single hit wholesale, burns striking through her fur and leaving nasty marks. On the last hit she tumbles back towards the ground, the ninja already rolling to her feet, but a sudden dry heave sensation catches her off guard. She lurches in her spot and holds a hand up to her muzzle, closing it to contain what was within...but a few drops of blood run from her nose and mouth. She wipes them away angrily as she stands back up and physically vibrates with rage, her beastial nature getting the better of her, this close to being defeated. Her voice deepens considerably, striking a rough tone that'd make the toughest of men rethink certain life choices.

"Because nobody starts a war in their backyard!! I don't expect us to lie and die before aggressive humans, but this is unacceptable! You hear me!? UNACCEPTABLE! Jedah has NO respect for the land he's ruined, NO respect for his fellow darkstalkers and not even any respect for the DEAD! I don't know what sweet little nothing he whispered into your ear, but I never thought I'd see the day a Kyuubi was charmed into being a servant."

A her blue aura builds around her body violently, engulfing her and causing torrents of fairly powerful winds to eminate from her body.

"I have to end this! Now! It's my fault that creature came into being and I have to slay him! For the good of everyone. GET OUT OF MY WAY! AUUURRRRRRGTH!"

Ususally, to the few who had seen this attack, Azumi would channel the wind into a tunnel of some sort to focus the damage on an opponent. Today however, she seemed to have problems controlling her anger, as she roars earpeircingly loud, letting an explosion of wind push everything away from her in one gigantic blast, flatlining the decaying trees, throwing any inanimate object nearby away, and even scarring the ground beneath her.

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi dodges Azumi's Zephyr's Domain.

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Azumi            0/-------/---<<<<|=======\=======\1           Kiyomi

The kitsune had her very personal reasons to do what she is doing -- perhaps ones Azumi could not understand or would not understand in her current state of mind. Her friend's betrayal might be all she sees.

The woman takes a few steps back when powerful winds grow around of Azumi and she narrows her eyes a bit, lifting one hand to shield her face from the few debris that are kicked up by the wind. "That's where you're wrong, but I can't blame you, you believe what you've seen. The burden he wears his the hardest to bear, Azumi -- the burden of leadership, every of his decision will cost lives, ours and theirs, but all is done to strive for a better future for you and me, for us..."

Kiyomi braces herself and she kneels down to resist being uprooted by the powerful wind. Any objects that ends up hurled her way are swiftly met by her blade, slicing through them. However, Azumi's fury soon becomes too harash for Kiyomi to try to resist to and she leaps backward instead to avoid the rest of the onslaugh, a safe enough distance from the wind and debris that are thrown all around.

After the onslaught, Kiyomi stands a good distance away from the radius of the blast. Her sword is drawn out and she stares at Azumi, "It's not too late to turn back, Azumi..." Kiyomi shakes her head slowly and says, "I say this as you friend, Azumi -- don't try to be a hero. The line is thin, between being a hero, and being a memory... In your condition, if you try to oppose him you'll only..." She lets her words trail off, not finishing her sentence, giving Azumi one last change to leave.

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi takes no action.

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Azumi            0/-------/---<<<<|=======\=======\1           Kiyomi

Azumi expels nearly all of her energy, causing her to slump over on the ground for a moment, panting. She looks up to where Kiyomi is and growls, slamming her hands into the ground repeatedly. It started out being innocent enough at first, but she continues to bash the ground, eventually causing small cracks to form in the ruined pavement.

"No! No-no-no-no-no! Why does this always happen!? Why doesn't anything work like it's supposed to! Why!?"

She pushes herself to her feet shakily, feeling...almost nothing right now. Almost everything is numb. But at least she's still able to move on muscle memory alone. She takes a few walking strides towards Kiyomi, slowly quickening her pace to a run. Blue energy starts to form around her body again. Tears were welling in her eyes as she forces herself towards Kiyomi again, who is still in her way.

"I can't...I can't give up! Why are you in my way? I have to do this...He has to be stopped, he'll destroy..."

She runs full tilt now, leading herself into a shoulder charge aimed directly at Kiyomi, intending to bowl her over and keep going.

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi fails to interrupt Tempest Cannon from Azumi with Riposte de la Lune.

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Azumi            0/-------/--=====|=======\=======\1           Kiyomi

The sight of Azumi bashing against the ground was almost heart-breaking for a maternal darkstalker like Kiyomi. Unfortunately for her, Kiyomi had no choice but to prevent Azumi from hurting herself and interfering with Jedah. For her own good, but also for the greater good.

Kiyomi lowers her sword, preparing herself for Azumi's charge. She pouts gently at Azumi. "Because I am your friend, Azumi, and I care for you..." She says softly, "You might not realize it now, and it might cost us our friendship, but I won't let you through,"

When Azumi comes in reach, Kiyomi lifts her blade up in an attempt to intercept Azumi. However, the werewolf's charge is too fast and she manages to break through before the blade hits her, smashing into Kiyomi's midsection and literally knocking her down. She falls into her back, growling in pain as Azumi literally smashes her way through her.

Azumi seeing that she was successful for once, she slides on her feet as the attack ends and turns towards Kiyomi, not quite done yet. She leaps high into the air and utilizing a burst of wind, she redirects her self to do a steep looking dive kick where Kiyomi's currently resting on the ground, intending on stomping her into the ground.

The time for words is over.

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi blocks Azumi's Heaven's Claw.

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Azumi            0/-------/--=====|=======\=======\1           Kiyomi

The kitsune barely has the time to get back on her knees that she notices Azumi soaring down from above on her. Kiyomi lifts her arms up to block the incoming strike, preventing her from getting stomped further into the ground, yet the force of the diving kick causes her to fall backward on her buttocks.

Kiyomi grunts a bit from pain, arms open as she stares up at Azumi from her position. Her tails spray out like a peacock behind her, swaying back and forth, hypnotically, sending her psychic assault on Azumi to try and shroud her senses and mind, covering her senses to veil her next attack from her senses.

A torrent a psychic energy bursts outward from Kiyomi, swirling like a tempest to knock Azumi back, hopefully giving the last surge of energy necessary to take Azumi down.

COMBATSYS: Azumi parries Kiyomi's Enfants de la Nuit!

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Azumi            0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1           Kiyomi

Azumi lets loose a howl of sharp pain when she hits the ground, but at least the attack landed properly. She looks up towards Kiyomi's next movement, sensing another one of those odd psychic projectiles she'd fire'd before. She waits till the last possible moment and curls her body to the side, dodging the beam and allowing her a free line of attack. She retalliates by forming that blue-ish shriuken attack again and flinging it at her, aiming for her sword hand specifically.

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi dodges Azumi's Gust Shock EX.

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Azumi            0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1           Kiyomi

Her little tail play had offered her just enough time to get back on her feet. The woman is impressed by Azumi's quick recovery and she leaps out of the way of the incoming chi projectile. While she manages to avoid the attack, Azumi managed to knock off the blade from her hand though but without hurting her.

Kiyomi rolls on the ground and manages to recover from her in extremis evasion and lunges at Azumi : even without her weapon, she still has her scabbard and she grasps it and swings it over Azumi's head like some sort of sap or club.

COMBATSYS: Azumi dodges Kiyomi's Medium Strike.

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Azumi            0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1           Kiyomi

Azumi sidesteps the downward scabbard, relying on the core of all those many, many, many years of studying ninjitsu. She pivots on her feet and bends down for a second, charging Kiyomi again. She unsheathes her claws and starts swiping savagely at the Kyuubi, trying her best to put her down for good. Her attacks aren't very focused though, and her exhaustion is causing her to wheeze loudly.

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi interrupts Fierce Combo from Azumi with Intercepting Strike.

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Azumi            1/---====/=======|=======\=------\1           Kiyomi

Determined to takedown Azumi no matter the cost, Kiyomi grunts as she slips around attempts to smack her down. She glares at her and charges back at Azumi, countering her charge with one of her own. The werewolf manages to shred through her kimono and slice her skin some around her midsection and shoulders, and Kiyomi thrusts her sturdy scabbard foward as if she was attempting to impale Azumi, using all her weight to push and knock her back. Even if her weapon was not piercing or as deadly as her sharp katana, Kiyomi's knowledge of the body was enough for her to know where to hit to maximize the pain Azumi would feel from that blow. She growls and pushes her away from her before she can further scratch her.

Azumi's trying her absolute best here, shredding, ripping, clawing more than she probably ever has. But all it took was the end of a scabbard in the proper place to push that final bit of stamina off the shelf. She immediately halts as if she had been stabbed through the heart, her body starting to refuse her commands to keep going...just..keep attacking! Keep knocking her down until she was done!

"...So many people...dead...I are proud...of yourself."

Unable to continue, she reaches down into her pocket and shakily pulls up her Kunai, leveling it against Kiyomi's face. She brings it forward towards her face, attempting to cut it with the last of her strength. After that she collapses where she stands, sinking to her knees and then face planting on the ground, the woman drained of consciousness for the time being.

COMBATSYS: Azumi can no longer fight.

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Kiyomi           1/------=/=======|

COMBATSYS: Azumi successfully hits Kiyomi with Jab Punch.

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Kiyomi           1/-----==/=======|

The kitsune grits her teeth and stands her ground, attempting to keep Azumi away. The mature woman was able to tell Azumi was exhausted and it was just a matter of time before she'd collapse. Still, the young ninja had been able to defend herself much better than she had anticipated and this fight had constantly drained and strained Kiyomi.

At least enough that she fails to ward herself against Azumi's final strike, the kunai slicing her cheek and leaving a diagonal slice of blood dripping on her, causing her to stagger back. A growl of pain escapes her throat and Kiyomi slowly recovers from the attack, panting softly as she glances back at Azumi who has crumbled to the ground.

"I will gladly bear that burden, Azumi... If it means I can save my people and free them from the oppression of humans..." Kiyomi comments back to her, "No price is too high for this..." She mutters under her breath. She lifts her hand up to her cheek, feeling the wound Azumi managed to give her before falling down. She looks up at the blood on her fingers, then back at Azumi. At least, now she'll be safe from harm.

COMBATSYS: Kiyomi has ended the fight here.

Log created on 15:13:17 05/04/2015 by Kiyomi, and last modified on 09:33:45 05/05/2015.