Neo League 0064 - NL#0068: Zach Glenn vs Cracker Jack

Description: Zach Glenn and Cracker Jack slug it out in a bone shattering brawl! (Winner: C.Jack)

Cracker Jack has a narrow hold as the early frontrunner in Neo-League, and he wants more matches to keep his grip on the spot. He's going to have to start fighting unfamiliar fighters, and Zach Glenn is certainly this. Shadaloo has plenty intelligence on him, although all of it is classified beyond Jack's security clearance. Jack knows that Zach spent a few weeks in a Shadaloo lab being interviewed by Lord Vega himself, and that it caused a great deal of discussion within high command's scientific division. He also knows that Dr. Senoh left the lab repeatedly looking quite disturbed. And if something disturbs Dr. Senoh, it scares the Hell out of Cracker Jack.

Due to the cold of northern Hokkaido, Jack has doffed his typical lounge lizard attire, for a far more practical outfit. He wears a furred Russian hat, black fur and leather jacket with the Shadaloo symbol - a skull with wings - emblazoned on the back, and black leather pants with a flannel lining. Completing the outfit is a pair of Arctic capable boots, laced tightly. Standard Shadaloo winter gear, his only choice for this fight. Now that Delta Red stole his title belt, might as well be more open about his affiliation, even if 98 percent of the world wouldn't recognize the symbol he wears.

Jack descends into the snow powdered valley in his black Arctic gear, sticking out like a sore thumb but nonetheless incredibly warm and cozy, carrying his baseball bat in leather gloved hands. He pauses in the middle, seeing the braziers beckoning him into the catacombs, and lifts his hat with his left hand as hot mist comes out of his mouth. Where's Glenn?

A gust of wind blasts through the valley, blowing up snow and ice in billowing clouds for a moment. When things settle out, Zach is standing there wearing a modified version of standard Marine Corps Extreme Cold Weather gear. Snow patterned camo parka, black boots, with a black wool patrol cap covering a balaclava that covers most of the face. Winter goggles sit atop the patrol cap. The large wooden sword slung over his right shoulder is definitely not issue, however.

Zach had signed up for the Neo League as a way of adding to the training he regularly put himself through. Monster hunting is dangerous work and anything he could do to better himself in a fight, provided it wasn't fatal, would be helpful. Zach squints at the Shadaloo symbol with a scowl.

"Well shit," Zach says, loud enough to be heard. He doesn't seem to sound pleased, either. "Evil McBigchins send you after me?" he asks as he bring the wooden claymore free from the rigging that held it to his back, taking the weapon in both hands. He doesn't believe for a second that this was a random pairing.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn has started a fight here.

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Zach Glenn       0/-------/-------|

Hearing the voice, Jack turns around to face Zach Glenn, staring at him from across the snow-laden field. Cracker Jack sizes up Zach, spotting his weapon. Wooden sword, similiar to Jack's bat. Probably hurts harder to get hit with, but lacks the elegant baseball bat's superiority when it comes to deflecting projectiles. This will be interesting. Knowing full well that Zach Glenn knows what Shadaloo is from their previous experience, Jack laughs at Zach. "I don't think Lord Vega is Scottish, Zachie." He begins strolling forward towards Zach, with a faint rightwards cant to his steps to slowly move towards a point five feet to Zach's left, assuming Zach didn't move. Jack takes his sweet time about it. "I did this on my own personal initiative. I doubt he particularly cares, however, if you're not dead. Funny thing is, Mister Glenn, I have absolutely no idea why." He taps his bat in his left hand, as he grins, staring at him. "And I don't think I want to know, either."

Cracker Jack rolls his head around on his shoulders, pausing where he stands, his right hand gripping the bat harder, with a dull creak of leather. "Let's get this over with." He swings his bat around in his hand as if it was a Shaolin half staff, knowing the technique from imitation but quite practiced at it, before he begins running towards Zach. His boots crunch the snow as he rushes at Zach, mist coming from his mouth quick and steady as he nears the mysterious sword fighter. Jack jumps into the air straight at Zach, leaving the ground as he raises his bat. As he completes the arc of his jump, he falls towards Zach, left hand snapping out to grab his head. If he gets a grip, he grunts and forces Zach to keel over, before slamming his bat onto Glenn's rear abdomen, aiming to smash his kidneys. Unsophisticated, improvised, but effective.

COMBATSYS: Cracker Jack has joined the fight here.

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Cracker Jack     0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0       Zach Glenn

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn blocks Cracker Jack's Cracker Blitz.

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Cracker Jack     0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0       Zach Glenn

Zach deftly slaps the outstretched hand with the end of the sword, foiling the strike, but not all of the momentum Jack had as the larger man crashes into him. "Probably because he doesn't think I'm worth the trouble," Zach grunts before slamming his forehead at Jack's nose to create some distance. If it works, Zach whips the sword around in a brutally short arc. Golden not-fire slides along the length of the blade as Zach channels a sliver of Soul Power through the weapon, augmenting the sword's impact!

COMBATSYS: Cracker Jack blocks Zach Glenn's Random Strike.

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Cracker Jack     0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0       Zach Glenn

Jack lands awkwardly as his hand is slapped away, tumbling into the man in military camoflague. Jack's head snaps backwards as the headbutt hits him in the nose and causes Jack's own skull to snap backwards, forcing Jack out of grappling quarters. Bleeding from his nose, he swings his bat in from overhead with his right hand, slamming his wooden weapon onto Zach's from above, forcing it onto the ground. Jack's left hand then joins the right on the grip of the bat as he lifts it upwards in a tight, even movement, aiming to uppercut Glenn with the tip of his bat. "To me, you're just another victory towards greatness!" Jack spits back, his voice sounding odd because of the recent hit to his nose.

COMBATSYS: Cracker Jack successfully hits Zach Glenn with Aggressive Strike.
- Power hit! -

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Cracker Jack     0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0       Zach Glenn

Zach staggers as he tries to fight the force of the bat against his sword, drawing him off balance and open for the second part of Jack's attack. The bat catches the former Marine cleanly under the chin, giving the Shadaloo thug some good feed back even as it sends the psion sprawling into the snow. Zach rolls to one side, picking himself up. He rubs at his jaw carefully, working it side-to-side to make sure it's not broken or dislocated.

"Greatness, huh," Zach asks as he spins the sword in a wide arc. "And for that, you're willing to sell your soul to a madman?"

Zach doesn't finish the thought, charging at Jack. Soul fire roars across the blade of the sword as Zach brings it up and over in a crushing arc aimed at Jack's collarbone!

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn successfully hits Cracker Jack with Heavy Strike.

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Cracker Jack     1/-------/=======|====---\-------\0       Zach Glenn

Cracker Jack smoothly moves out of the swinging stance after a brief follow through, ready for Zach as he gets up. "Everyone's gotta make a living, right buddy?" is all Jack can say as he spreads his feet far apart, hunched over with his bat across his waist. "I just happen to make a pretty good one!" As the sword comes down heavily, Jack isn't fast enough to get out of the way. The bokken slams into his collar, causing his hand to spasm as he drops to a knee, his bat falling in the snow. His left hand on his left knee, he lowers his head, breathing heavily as he feels his right side light up as if on fire. "Gettin' mean, huh..." he mutters, his hand slowly moving to his bat's grip. He grabs it, suddenly, then dashes forward, swinging the bat at Zach's head in a classic batter swing, apparently aiming for the side of Zach's head with the torque of the bat sailing through the air in a blur. "HA!" he shouts.

COMBATSYS: Cracker Jack successfully hits Zach Glenn with Batting Hero.
Glancing Blow

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Cracker Jack     1/-----==/=======|======-\-------\0       Zach Glenn

Zach hunches his head low, trying to get his skull as below his shoulder line as much as he can to avoid the strike. It... almost succeeds, with Zach catching the bat on his shoulder instead of his head. Glenn staggers under the weight of the strike, dipping slightly to his left. He lets out a grunt of pain, sliding his left foot out a little more before removing his left hand from the grip of the sword.

More of that golden fire unfurls around the hand as Zach closes it into a fist as Zach fires a sharp three-quarters uppercut at Jack's jaw. If the punch connects, Zach detonates the collected Soul Power at the point of impact!

COMBATSYS: Cracker Jack interrupts Dynamite Punch from Zach Glenn with Home Run King.

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Cracker Jack     0/-------/----===|=======\======-\1       Zach Glenn

Jack jerks backwards from Zach as he avoids the meat of the strike, sliding in the snow from his rapid motion and temporarily off balance. His eyes spy Zach taking his left hand off the wooden sword, and Cracker narrows his eyes slyly, staying in a partial crouch from his poor footing. Then, as the uppercut comes in, Jack flexes and pulls back, taking part of it across his jaw, but flowing with the punch fluidly in a style he must have picked up from watching someone like Balrog fighting. He swings to the side, recovering his footing with a smooth motion, then lifts his bat in the air. As Zach's arm swings out from the uppercut, Cracker Jack grips his bat with both hands, lifts it upwards, then brings it down at Zach's elbow from his right and Zach's left, the side his arm is extended on. The bat slams into Zach's arm, as Cracker Jack emits a slow hiss from his teeth, a sign of pure menace. That was satisfying.

Zach lets out a roar of pain as his left arm bends in a way that is not quite normal. He lets the arm drop to one side, the limb dangling more or less uselessly. "That's how it goes, I guess," he says gasping as he tries to keep his balance. "/Fine/," he spits as he stabs the sword tip into the ground.

Yelling with something between pain and fury, he lunges at Jack, grabbing for the larger man's head top simply slam him into the ground. If that works, Zach channels all of the soul power he can muster into a torrent of raw force directly at Jack's skull!

COMBATSYS: Cracker Jack blocks Zach Glenn's Meteor Shoot.

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Cracker Jack     0/-------/-======|======-\-------\0       Zach Glenn

Cracker Jack pulls his bat away, expecting the large surge of power from Zach as he mangles his arm. As he sees the hand going for his head, he drops his bat to the snow and puts his hands down immediately, looking like he's going into pushup position as Zach forces him to the ground face first with a powerful slam. He goes slack for a moment, teeth clenched as his muscles relax. As the Soul Power slams into his skull, he's jolted back into awareness, shoving himself off the ground under Zach and onto his knees. His hands grab Zach's right wrist, as it burns with psychic energy, and Jack shoves himself to his feet by using Zach as support, hopefully pushing him backwards off balance as well. He then leans back and jerks the arm, attempting to yank Zach up against him, lift him into the air, then spin him once before tossing him away, into the snowy field.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn fails to interrupt Cyclone Toss from Cracker Jack with Soaring Dragon EX.
- Power fail! -

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Cracker Jack     1/-------/=======|=======\-------\1       Zach Glenn

More of that golden fire surges along Zach's arm as he tries a second uppercut with every bit of power he can summon not only from the wellspring of energy within him, but also his legs, hips, and torso.

It fails. Spectacularly.

Zach is sent flying several yards, his own efforts helping Jack's to send the psion a ridiculous distance across the valley floor. Zach lays there for a moment, gasping for air. Well, he thinks to himself, this has certainly been instructive. Glenn has learned that his self-imposed cirriculum has a fairly steep learning curve.

Cracker Jack adjusts his hat so he can see, then bends down to pick up his baseball bat. He walks to Zach's sword first, as Zach lays on the ground a distance away, kicking it in the opposite direction, before he moves to focus on Glenn again. With plenty of room between them - and Zach no doubt recovering by now - Cracker Jack begins running, at a steady jog, with the bat in his hand. He's been beat up, but he has plenty of energy left to fight, and fight he will. He holds the bat in his right hand, left in front of him in case Zach tries another breakthrough, and swings the bat with a mighty surge at Zach, aiming to bring it down from directly above on Zach's skull.

COMBATSYS: Cracker Jack successfully hits Zach Glenn with Grand Slam Crusher.

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Cracker Jack     0/-------/-------|=======\======-\1       Zach Glenn

The bat slams down hard. Zach's eyes snap open. Too late to get out of the way. Too much momentum on the bat to stop it. The options all universally suck. Zach's right hand clenches into a fist, soul power spinning around the arm with enough force and momentum to twist itself into an almost drill-like shape.

The bat strikes home just as Glenn drives the fist at Jack's chest, and a tiny bit to Zach's right. He puts as much rotation into the punch, corkscrewing the strike as much as his positioning will allow. Jack will likely get some really good feedback through the bat as Zach's eyes roll back into his head.

Hit or miss, Zach does not stand up.

COMBATSYS: Zach Glenn can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Cracker Jack deflects Heartbreak Shot from Zach Glenn with Batting Hero.

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Cracker Jack's bat pops off Zach's skull with a satisfying noise that echos through the mountains for miles. Now reacting on sheer instinct, spittle flying from his slack jaw, he twists to the side as Zach thrusts his energy covered fist towards his chest, feet shifting. As the arm passes him, scuffing his black leather coat, Jack hops backwards a step. He then brings the bat directly down on Zach's wrist with both hands, in a final insult, the bat breaking over Zach's extended arm. Jack tosses the remnants of the bat aside, exhaling as his chest shoulders sink. He looks at Zach, satisfied, unzipping his coat to let some of the gathered heat out. Shoving his gloved hands in his pockets, he begins to trudge out of the valley, back to the Land Rover where his Shadaloo driver waits for them.

COMBATSYS: Cracker Jack has ended the fight here.

Log created on 18:11:07 12/04/2015 by Zach Glenn, and last modified on 06:37:45 12/17/2015.