KOF 2017 - Act 2: Mission 8 - Culling The Horde

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Description: The Southpoint Canine Labs have since been blown up and abandoned, picked clean of information and supplies. Then why are there monsters crawling around it? Lord Dohma has his orders to prep the labs, for the arrival of a precious gift from the Dark Lord. Ky Kiske, late to the party as usual, has come to investigate the Ultratech lab. Instead of finding secrets already pilfered by the Ikari Warriors, Ky Kiske is forced to confront the hostile band of monsters, lead by the psychotic Lotus. The presence of this monsters are sinister, and Ky Kiske may learn what loose ends are buried deep under the rubble below.

Dusk approaches at the site of the Southpoint Canine Labs.

At least, what's left of it.

Having been blown up, the whole place is mostly a big rubble pile, with parts of the building only remaining in certain places. It's been ransacked, picked clean by vultures looking for trinkets and other shinies. It seems, however, that not everyone has heard this news.

Moving among the ruined remains of rubble move strange, terrifying creatures. They look like larger than normal humanoids, tall with all lean muscle. This is easily identified due to their most defining trait: they have no skin! Or at least not MUCH skin at this point. They appear to be mostly glistening, moist muscle mass and tendons, with the white of bones visible in some places and blank zombie-like eyes staring off. It is clear they CAN see however, as they appear to be digging. Their powerful arms lifting and moving rubble with suprising ease.

In among them, giving directions as well as searching areas is the one who appears to be their boss: Black Lotus.

She gives an amused grin as she comes across a fake skeleton commonly found in doctors offices. Picking up the skull, she mimes it in a mock ventriloquist act before tossing it over her shoulder to resume her search.

Ky Kiske had been dispatched by the Holy See to follow up on some troubling rumors about Gear reseach. He arrived in time to hear the reports of the explosions that collapsed the labs which possibly, /hopefully/, destroyed whatever experiments were being performed there. He arrives around dusk, when things ought to be settling down for the night; better to be undisturbed for what is to come.

He was not prepared for what he found. In retrospect, he really ought to have been, but that is how things tend to go. Of course you find shadows scuttling about in the darkness. Ky unclips the Thunderseal from his belt, and stalks towards the mass of monsters, intending to send them off to eternity.

The flickers of lightning sliding along the blade herald his approach, but that is not enough for one such as Kiske. "Stop this at once," he calls out. "Leave now, and I will allow you to leave with your lives. If not, then you will bear the consequences!"

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske has started a fight here.

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At Kys words, the creatures stop and stare at him, eyes suddenly alive and feral, mouths full of teeth snarling, and hands clearly ending in sharp boney tips. However, they do not advance. Not just yet.

Their mistress hasn't given the order.

Speaking of Lotus, she slowly walks around the rubble between her and Ky, eyes locked on him and an amused grin on her face "Well well. Aren't YOU the bishi type.... and that sword..... overcompensating?". The grin becomes a savage smile showing sharp teeth "Be a good boy and run along. Better yet, don't bother. This might be more fun, and no witnesses! MEATS BACK ON THE MENU!".

With a point from Lotuses finger the creatures, 6 in all, rush towards Ky with bloodthirsty howls!

COMBATSYS: Unfleshed has joined the fight here.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0        Unfleshed

Lotus keeps back, allowing her minions to take the lead. "No witnesses would be better," Ky agrees. "What happened here should stay buried here." Ky's eyes narrow, and his stride turns into a sprint. Lightning crackles across the blade of the Thunderseal as the Knight drops into a low slide to trip up the first of the creatures.

It seems, however, that he is not done there, as he rises up out of the slide to sweep his weapon at the midsection of a second beast. He holds nothing back; against a normal human the strike would be disembowling.

COMBATSYS: Unfleshed endures Ky Kiske's Stun Dipper.

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

*CHUNK!* The creature doesn't even seem to TRY to dodge it as it impacts cleanly.... and stops dead about half-way through the creatures muscle mass!

It doesn't even seem to notice the injury, despite blood beginning to leak from it and it's mouth! It screams at Ky as it claws at him, moving forward along the blade regardless of the damage being done to it!

Meanwhile, the rest swarm around him, attempting to claw at him as well from multiple angles!

COMBATSYS: Unfleshed successfully hits Ky Kiske with Dirge of the Forsaken.

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

Blood and cloth fly as the claws slash Ky from more angles than he expected. He mutters a quick spell under his breath and the wounds, more annoying than severe aside from their numbers, start to close themselves. He regards the situation, picking the slowest of the bunch before charging.

Kiske thrusts his hand forward, letting out a sharp yell as he summons forth a glyph of electrical energy that is driven into the face of his chosen target!

COMBATSYS: Unfleshed blocks Ky Kiske's Durandal Call.

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

Looking for the slowest, Ky would see that the one he just struck, due to muscle trauma, is just such a target! It raises it's hands at the last minute, stopping most of the damage, but not enough to keep the attack entirely back! Enough of the shocking blast slips around the cracks between to impact enough of its head to send it to the floor, writhing in agony. Alive, but clearly unable to fight!

As the rest close back in again, one comes from the side, attacking with both of it's hands at Kys exposed side in an overhead in an overhead strike!

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske interrupts Elegy of Lost Opportunity from Unfleshed with Arc Sweep EX.

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Ky Kiske         1/----===/=======|=======\=======\1        Unfleshed

Ky is already moving for his next move when the monster approaches, bringing the Thunderseal in low. "Too slow," he murmurs, before launching skyward. The weapon sweeps in a high arc, aimed at the creatures jaw even as its fists smash into and slide off of his shoulder. The momentum of the leap is enough to allow Ky to make a slow backflip at the height of his jump.

Ky is not done there, however, lashing out sharply to decapitate the creature with a second precisely laid cut at the same place his first blow struck!

With clean precision Kys strike snaps the creatures head back, and his second cleanly takes off it's head. So keen is his blade that the strike passes through, slicing the creatures on either side of his target! Staggering back from the sudden ferocity of the strike, an almost animalistic fear seems to come over them, but if it IS such, it doesn't last for them all!

In a frenzy of teeth and claws, three of the creatures bum rush Ky, giving it their all to destroy the target they have been set against!

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske dodges Unfleshed's Gravestone of Final Acts.

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

Ky weaves and slips through the trio's attacks. It appears that he is working his way towards something. Something the monsters were too dumb to pick up on. Lotus might have noticed, or maybe not, it's hard to say. But Ky knew it was there; it called to him through the ether telling him of its presence. The glyph he had deployed earlier had not disappated after it had connected.

Ky dives, rolls, and leaps away from the trio, sweeping his blade through the glyph. The construct of lightning that erupts looks like a long thin blade that will stab through all three creatures as it lights up the night!

COMBATSYS: Unfleshed fails to interrupt Charged Stun Edge from Ky Kiske with Hymn of Better Tomorrows EX.

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COMBATSYS: Unfleshed can no longer fight.

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Ky Kiske         1/-------/=======|

The three creatures follow after Ky, not noticing what he is doing all that well at all. In their fervor, they manuever directly into his trap, and are struck cleanly as they move on him!

While not dead, they are injured badly enough to fall to the ground, out of the fight for the time being due to injury.

It is at this point that giggles are heard from behind Ky. Yellow cat eyes, glowing dimly in the low light, remain locked on Ky as Lotus watches him from atop one of the rubbish piles "So big and tough..... i guess that sword ISN'T compensating for anything! Teehee!". This last bit she actually says sarcasticly, making it clear she is mocking him!

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske awaits the next challenger.

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Ky takes a deep breath and a ready stance, whipping the blade down and away to slew whatever ichor had not cooked off of the OutRage weapon. He looks nonplussed at Lotus' taunts, keeping his own eyes on here. "Last warning," he says. "Leave now, and you live."

The response is likely what Ky expected..... or would expect if he knew Lotus.

With a gleeful laugh, a pair of daggers are drawn and she LEAPS into the air at him!

This time she remembers to do so sharp-things-first despite how fun the alternative can be! "MAKE ME, BISHI-BOY!

COMBATSYS: Lotus has joined the fight here.

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

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske full-parries Lotus' Catch the Prey!!

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

Ky frowns and brings the Thunderseal up in an almost negligent parry of the strike, allowing Ky to open a bit of distance. "Your execution, then," he says simply, before leaping at Lotus. The sword is swept up, and then down on a brutal arc aimed Lotus's neck. The sword itself, however, is not the whole of the attack as multiple after-images follow the weapon's path. Each multicolored image crackles with its own lightning!

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske successfully hits Lotus with Greed Sever EX.

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

Her attack parried, Lotus has too much forward momentum to stop, and has no leverage with which to properly dodge Kys attack! The strikes slice her throat open cleanly, the afterimage electrical attacks charring the flesh around the incisions!

She doesn't seem to stop for this however, zipping around in a high-speed blur, striking at Ky from several angles with monsterous speed!

At those moments she stops to strike, Ky can see clearly that the strikes, while still there, have already stopped bleeding and clotted!

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske blocks Lotus' Slice and Dice.

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

Ky notes the faster than usual regeneration, notable even for a darkstalker. "Impressive," Ky says as he easily blocks each strike. "But speed alone does not will battles." He watches, and then anticipates where Lotus will strike next. "You must also train." His free hand wreathes in lightning before resolving into another of those odd glyphs he used earlier.

This one is aimed at Lotus' face with simple precision.

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske successfully hits Lotus with Split Ciel.

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Ky Kiske         2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\===----\1            Lotus

The attack takes Lotus cleanly in the face, knocking her back! She catches herself with her hands, using the momentum to execute a handspring to land on her feet. Her face is blackened and charred, but she doesn't seem to care, grinning through caked and cracked lips even as heat blisters begin forming "Who woulda thought. A bishi AND a boyscout! All you need is a shield with a star on it and your good to go! HAAHAHA!"

Not waiting to see if he gets the reference, she moves in fast as she laughs, bringing both of her daggers at Ky simultaniously, potentially overbalancing in the process!

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske dodges Lotus' Deep Strike.

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Ky Kiske         2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\===----\1            Lotus

Ky... does not get the reference. Nor does he get stabbed; the Knight sidestepping before settling into a stance that is almost like a prayer. He grips the Thunderseal in both hands, point towards the heavens and directly along his centerline. Energy, wisps of lighting flow both into and out of Ky as the energry wraps around him like a cloak. He brings himself into a ready stance.

"Begone from this world," he says solemly. Then he charges Lotus, the thrust technique readied being fairly obvious.

COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske successfully hits Lotus with Rising Force+.

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Ky Kiske         0/-------/--<<<<<|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2            Lotus

They were modest to greed,
Generous to the truth of the world.
When the heart is peaceful,
The seven seas cry.

Ky's charge gathers impossible speed as the previously deployed glyph wraps around him. A solid stream of lightning trails from the Thunderseal, piercing through anything that lies in its path.


It's all Lotus is able to do to try to dodge Kys Rising Force. She manages to evade only so much as to avoid being bisected! A LARGE chunk, however, is taken out of her side, exposing organs and speweing blood, toxins, and who knows what other vile substances!

Her body shaking from exertion, Lotus slowly pulls herself from the ground to a stand, a look of distant agony on her face, despite her burnt-faced grin and dribbling blood from her lips. "W-well done... bishi-scout!" she coughs up a wad of green poison-filled mucus "Enjoy your victory. Guess the boss'll n-need someone.... elelse to find Leopaldon". With that, she leaps away, trailing bile and gore, making good an escape!

Ky, looking around, may realize that while he was battling their master, the fleshless minions he had been fighting before have retreated behind his back already! Even the ones he slew are gone!

COMBATSYS: Lotus can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Lotus successfully hits Ky Kiske with Toxic Miasma.

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Ky overcommitted when he employed the Rising Force. It could not be helped; the technique required everything in terms of focus and power. As a result, he is unable to get clear of the corpse-splosions. He drops to one knee, gasping and coughing as the miasma does what it does. When it clears, the darkstalkers are gone. There is not much to find here, and so Ky is left only with a name to follow:


COMBATSYS: Ky Kiske has ended the fight here.

Log created on 18:16:31 09/15/2017 by Ky Kiske, and last modified on 19:05:05 09/17/2017.