SNF 2018.03 - SNF: No Go Do Jo

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Description: While normally we stay away from certain dojos, especially in the wake of the Mt. Fuji attack, we've been directed to arrange this match. We will not even be disrupted by the students of this remote mountain dojos, with the exception of one individual and a camera crew and judge to oversee it. The mysterious Hayate, a promising young teenager, defends the dojo against Japan's most beautiful woman; Mai Shiranui. Not exactly the beautiful ninja he was hoping to face here, but one that will certainly prove her worth in a fight.

The young shinobi known simply as Hayate, of the Mugen Tenshin Tenjinmon Ninjitsu school, has no real interest in the trappings and customs of martial arts tournaments and challenges. His art is one designed for shadow wars, to protect his people, and to eliminate evil from this world. It is not meant to be a tool to achieve fame or fortune. Such is not the way of the shinobi. Their lot has always been to remain unseen.

Of course, not everyone agrees with that sentiment. There are a number of ninja that participate openly in large scale fighting tournaments. Who use their skills for the sole, express purpose of achieving fame and fortune. Others come out of the shadows for other reasons, as well. Some simply to follow their hearts. His opponent tonight might be one of those, though he does not know which. Nor does he care.

So the question is, why does Hayate now stand here, waiting for the heiress of the Shiranui style ninja arts? Why does he present himself before a referee and a camera crew, in a remote mountain dojo, to perform in an arranged match for the world to see? The answer is simple. It is a step towards a larger, more personal goal. That of finding his sister and returning her to their home village to face whatever fate awaits her. She was, as far as he knew, last seen as one of the winners of the King of Fighters Tournament. While he might feel pride in that fact, he will still do his duty above all else.

So, perhaps by participating in these meaningless fights, he might be able to get close to her. Perhaps even draw her to him, so that he can plead his case to her and end all of this madness.

And so, with a stoic sense of resignation, Hayate kneels inside the hallowed halls of this seemingly sacred dojo. The dark wood is stained and polished, pristine and traditional in its stylings. It is, he will admit, a comforting place for him, despite the mildly distasteful circumstances.

As for the man himself, he is dressed in the garb of his station. His lustrous, chestnut hair is kept out of his eyes by virtue of a steel band ith ornate and intricate designs of traditional Japanese patterns etched into the surface. His eyes remain closed, and his boyishly handsome face is tranquil and at peace, as he meditates. His athletic form is clade in a skin tight bodysuit of dark, inky black, over which he has adorned himself in a steel hotoke dou cuirass, strapped over his shoulders, and on the sides by brown leather belts. More armor plates protect his sides and hips, disappearing under a thick, leather belt wound about his waist and fastened with silk rope. His pants are loose, flowing and black, traditional pants for the shinobi shozoku, allowing for superb mobility and freedom, and they tuck into a pair of dark, lacquered wooden suneate shinguards, under which his feet are covered with very modern and technical looking boots that seem to be designed for the express purpose of running and climbing. His forearms, too, are protected with metal plates, in the form of modern kote, and his hands clad in jointed steel tekko. On his back is afixed his prized ancestral uchigatana, Jinran-Maru, the hilt over his shoulder, while at the small of his back, straight across, is a wakazashi.

To some, Mai is the epitome of all that is wrong with some schools of ninjutsu. Her traditional Shiranui Clan kunoichi wardrobe is anything but stealthy, and her fiery and dynamic style is anything but subtle. The fact that she regularly takes part in events like these--Saturday Night Fights, and even the King of Fighters--would make some more conservative ninja frown with concern and dismiss her as not worthy of being called a ninja.

Mai does not especially seem to care. The Shiranui Clan has financial needs, and their often altruistic choice of missions simply don't pay the bills very well.

Two small paper balls roll into the floor of the dojo and then explode into dense clouds of white smoke. From out of the cover comes a short, voluptous woman in a revealing red and white uniform with a long, balled tabbard on the back and what are definitely traditional ninja tabi socks. She turns a perfect cartwheel and then lands bouncily on the tatami mat floor before sweeping out with a fan in broad pose.

"Japan's Most Beautiful Woman is here!" says Mai, flashing a smile. She points the fan at Hayate.

"Do you think you're ready for Shiranui-ryuu? -- err." She pauses suddenly, clenching her teeth.

"Hayato?" ... she seems to have misplaced the name.

Hayate, is not one who would look down on Mai for her path, even if he finds it to his personal distaste. It truly isn't even that, but rather more of a lack of interest. He doesn't need money, as the Shiranui clan might. The needs of the Mugen Tenshin village are met by living life largely as their ancestors have for thousands of years before. Off of the land, and with traditional means and customs.

So, when he rises to his feet after her explosive entrance, Hayate does not look put off. Even at her introduction of being the most beautiful woman of Japan, despite the arrogance of such a claim. He bows to her deeply, at the waist, his eyes still having not opened to look upon her outfit yet.

"Shiranui Mai," he says, his voice deep, but soothing in its calm. "Thank you for your participation. I am prepared to see what the Shiranui-ryuu has to offer. I do hope that you, in turn, are willing to accept the lessons of Mugen Tenshin Tenjinmon style Shinobido."

His arms cross, sweeping before him and then fluidly sweeping apart, with one fist loosely balled before him, and the other down lower, by his hips. Likewise, his feet shift with a languid sort of movement, with one foot sweeping forward and his knees bending to lower his center of gravity to somewhere between them. This presents a slimmer target to her, offering up only his side. Finally, those deep, golden brown eyes open, casting their honey hued gaze on her with a look of sincerity.

"This won't take long!"

Suddenly, he leaps forward, somersaulting like a spinning cannonball in the air, his trajectory carrying him over Mai's head. His hands whip out, attempting to grab her by the shoulders of her skimpy outfit and use them as leverage. If he manages this, his body twists, turning his orientation until as he lands, he lands on one knee, while yanking her back and slamming her head into its bant counterpart, before rolling back from her and onto his feet.

COMBATSYS: Hayate has started a fight here.

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Hayate           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Mai has joined the fight here.

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Hayate           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Mai

COMBATSYS: Hayate successfully hits Mai with Kagero Mawari.

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Hayate           0/-------/-----==|====---\-------\0              Mai

The Shiranui household is fairly self-sustaining. Mai's lifestyle, however, is not.

"Of..of course!" Mai answers to his greeting, snapping her fan shut to commit to a bow of her own. She watches Hayate carefully as he shifts his position, her kunoichi's eyes tracing out his stance and equipment with a deceptively keen awareness for someone who couldn't even remember her opponent's name a moment ago.

But then Hayate is already on the move. Mai drops into her offensive stance, a forward-inclined, bouncing position with her fan collapsed and at the ready in front of her. When Hayate cannonballs in she moves to intercept, but he clears her head in a smooth motion and his palms plant on her shoulders just long enough to change her position. She's still trying to back into a proper guarded stance when Hayate's knee catches her in the face. Her eyes widen briefly before impact before she snaps them shut.

The impact hits Mai with enough force that she tumbles backward into a roll. The initial falls seems anything but intentional as Mai is bowled over onto her back, but mid-tumble she recovers enough to tuck and roll until she stops in a low crouch. She immediately palms her nose.

"Owww!" she says, slightly nasal--did Hayate break her nose? "Don't--don't assume I'll be some pushover just because of a lucky shot!"

Mai snaps her fan in between her teeth and starts executing a series of handsigns. Her nose is definitely bleeding now that her hand's away from it. As she finishes the handsigns, her chi surges with a flash of heat and flame potent enough to lift her tabbard and give the SNF viewers a brief view of her infamous red thong. Before it even subsides Mai drops into a low sprint, closing the gap with Hayate before rolling forward into a cartwheel. Her tabi-clad foot comes in with a strong axe-kick as she flips forward, but Mai does not stop there. She comes out of the cartwheel in a forward lunge, body wreathed in fiery chi as she thrusts her elbow toward Hayate's belly.

COMBATSYS: Hayate blocks Mai's Hissatsu Shinobibachi.

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Hayate           0/-------/----===|=======\==-----\1              Mai

"I wouldn't dream of it!" Hayate returns to her proclamation towards not being a pushover. He still looks alert, on guard and prepared. It's clear that he does, in fact, take her seriously.

And he's doing so as she starts conjuring forth her ninpo through her kujikiri. He can practically feel the surging heat from her chi, roiling from her like when you hold your face too close to the oven door and open it.

He'll pretend he didn't see the thong.

As she comes cartwheeling in at him, Hayate brings his fists up, creating a protective barrier of steel and leather and flesh and dense bone to cover his head, defending him from the heel of her axe kick. His raised knee and elbows provide the buffer for the flaming elbow thrust that follows.

Skidding back, he keeps his traction and balance, letting her momentum drive them both in the same direction together. Only when her flames and force diminish does he come snapping out of it with a quick, snapping elbow aimed at her face that is intended solely to upend her defense, so that he can follow through with a double palm thrust to her chest, using the entire force and weight of his body to attempt to send her flying away from him.

COMBATSYS: Mai interrupts Fierce Punch from Hayate with Kagerou no Mai EX.

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Hayate           0/-------/-======|===----\-------\0              Mai

Mai slams against Hayate's guard hard, pushing with deceptive strength for a peti...feminine, figure. Looks aside, Mai's blows imply a strength that only comes from rigorous physical training.

When she can't work her elbow through Hayate's guard, she bites down on the fan, giving one last shove before curling her toes and kicking back away from him and into a short slide across the school floor. This seems well-timed, as she narrowly avoids the elbow aimed at her face with it.

It does not, however, prepare her for the follow-up palm strike. As Hayate goes in, Mai executes another series of handsigns. She speaks with the fan still clutched firmly in her teeth.

"Shiranui ninpo! Kagerou no Mai!"

And as she finshes speaking, she clasps her hands together, fingers pointed upward. Another explosion of fiery chi follows, erupting around her in a great pillar of flame that surrounds her--but not enough before Hayate is already primed for the blow. It slams into her chest, Hayate's hands sinking in before Mai is launched backwards! She soaks, smashing through a paper wall rear-first before landing with a brief bounce before coming to a stop in a seated position.

"Tch..." Mai rolls over, shakily rising back into her fighting stance (but still rubbing her chest from the blow just a moment ago.


The Shiranui mastery of their ki to create fire is admirable to Hayate. Of course, his own elemental attunement does not fall along those lines, so he could never hope to emulate it, but he can certainly admire it.

Well, less so when he's practically diving head first into the gout of flame that Mai has erupted around her person. It burns and crackles, heating up the metal of his armor and searing him inside of it, through the protective bodysuit. He feels like a steamed lobster. But he does not abandon course. His palms strike true and send the kunoichi flying.

And her gives chase.


Hayate reaches out as he dashes at her, grasping at her wrist to lift her from the ground and upset her balance and defense. Provided he does gain the advantage, he suddenly pivots on one toe, snapping a kick up under her chin with enough force to send her flying overhead. As she descends towards the earth, Hayate of the Wind will do something that Mai might find strangely familiar.

He seems to flicker, leaving streaking after images of himself in his wake, seemingly made of the wind itself. And that blurred movement, so swift that the human eye cannot follow it, will end with a powerful elbow thrust, aimed straight for her back. It does seem like something that a certain blonde haired American Ninja might do.

COMBATSYS: Mai blocks Hayate's Kuretsuso.

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Hayate           0/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0              Mai

Mai seems to have expected her accusation to bring pause. Perhaps she's spoiled for the likes of Andy and others. Hayate's steel will keeps him laser-focused on his goal, and that puts Mai on the defensive once more. She's pulled forward and put off balance, but this time, Mai is a bit more prepared.

The snap kick toward her throat is met with with a defensive block from her fan as it slips in to intercept the blow. Even with it Mai is launched into the air, soaring briefly below landing in a defensive posture.

But the careful block leaves her a bit more ready for the incoming elbow strike. Mai slides a second fan out her cleavage, then snaps both open, folds them over, and intercepts the blow with the two weapons. Even with them the impact slides her backwards on her tabi socks, but at the end Mai is positioned to counter-strike.

The kunoichi steps out of her block aggressively, planting her foot and then swinging her opposite leg around in a solid, one-legged mule kick.


COMBATSYS: Hayate counters Medium Strike from Mai with Kaimon Sen.

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Hayate           0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1              Mai

The moment that Mai manages to raise a defense against his upward spiking kick, is the moment that Hayate knows that his attack will be largely ineffectual, and possibly countered. He still commits to it with all he has, of course, if for no other reason than to wear her defenses down. You can only mitigate so much damage from blocking. In the end, you will tear yourself apart just as surely as taking the hits if you keep it up. It is best to end a fight swiftly and decisively.

Or know how to turn your opponent's own actions against them.

Mai comes in with that heavy kick and Hayate's lips curl into a momentary grin, his eyes flashing with a clever impishness, as he proclaims, "You're mine!"

He catches her leg before she can build full momentum with it, and uses it to jerk her forward, towards him and upsetting her balance. He uses that, drawing her in, to add more force to his own weight as he tucks in his shoulder and slams himself forward into her with all of his might to try to knock her away from him, and back into the wall.

Mai is mid-kick when Hayate makes his exclamation.

"What?" she asks, briefly. It is a question that quickly gets its answer through Hayate's counterattack. Mai staggers when she's pulled off balance, and before she can recover, the shinobi shoulder-checks her in the ribs hard enough to send her tumbling backwards again. This time she does not bounce up quite so quickly, even if she does bounce.

Mai grumbles for a moment, rubbing her ribs where Hayate impacted them. "Why can't I fight a so-so shinobi for once instead of these badasses? All these fights are making me look bad!"

Mai handsprings to her feet, landing with a slight wobble before she establishes her balance. She hurls her fan with a quick flick, sending it flying like a shuriken.

"Why can't you be more polite and shy like my Andy?!" What is she even talking about?

COMBATSYS: Hayate full-parries Mai's Kachosen!!

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Hayate           1/------=/=======|=======\-------\1              Mai

"You're very strong!" He confesses, even as he draws his arms up in an x before his face at the sight of the spinning fan flying at him. A swift knifehand chop sends it crashing to the floor and shattering into splinters, even as he advances on her once again!

"I am very polite!" Hayate exclaims, looking, for a brief moment, genuinely confused. What had he done to present anything other than the utmost respect? He has, thus far, ignored her calling him by the wrong name, politely ignored her panty flashing and jiggling, and he's shown her the respect of not holding back in combat with her. He cannot think of one thing he might have done to offend.

Reaching out, Hayate attempts to grab hold of Mai's wrists, pulling her forward and jerking her arms open to expose her fleshy, vulnerable body to him. He sweeps his weight back, onto his back leg and rolls it forward onto the forward foot as he thrusts both fists out, intending to pummel her with the force of not just his fists, but his entire body.

COMBATSYS: Mai full-parries Hayate's Rasetsu Sho EX!!

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Hayate           1/------=/=======|=======\==-----\1              Mai

Mai puffs out her cheeks in response. Perhaps she doesn't take the compliment seriously. Perhaps she does, but she's flustered that he's throwing it out her suddenly. Maybe it's annoyance at her fan being deflected.

But whatever the case, she can't dwell on it for virtue of another incoming attack. Hayate grabs her by the wrists and pulls her forward, but the kunoichi seems ready this time. She flips forward with the pull, somersaulting and turning as she slips out of his grip. With a deft leap, she soars over the incoming rush to land slightly behind Hayate, where she readies herself for the counterattack.

She lands like a coiled cobra, then immediately springs forward with a huge surge of flame. The meteoric attack is like the flipping elbow strike from before, but many times magnified through additional fiery chi. Just where does this woman draw all her energy from!?

COMBATSYS: Mai successfully hits Hayate with Chou Hissatsu Shinobibachi EX.
~~ Alluring Hit! ~~

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Hayate           1/--=====/=======|==-----\-------\0              Mai

Hayate flashes the Shiranui kunoichi a grin that could stop the hearts of women cold, had he become the public figure she had. He seems pleased when she slips out of his grasp, flipping over him so nimbly. She was proving the point, and he was glad for it. "Good. I had heard that Shiranui-ryuu was a strong shinobi art. We need that now more than ever."

He feels the heat surge on the back of his neck as Mai bursts into flame. He ducks as he pivots on the heels of his boots, spinning to face the oncoming blow and attempting to avoid it altogether, but, her strike is too fast, and he too off balance by her agile display.

Her elbow crashes into his face, and for a moment, as he reels back from the force of the blow, he is engulfed by the flames of her fighting spirit. He feels his jaw nearly shatter under the weight of that force, and he's pretty sure he'll have a click whenever he stretches it from now on. But, that's okay. It is a small price to pay for seeing the secrets of the Shiranui firsthand. One day, he might even have a chance to face the other heir to the art, Andy Bogard. But not today.

He recovers his balance just before falling, flames still rolling off of his shoulders and arms. These are extinguished with a burst of wind as he suddenly darts forward in a blur of motion, leaving trails of mist behind him. He reaches out to lift one of Mai's arms, in the effort to open her defenses and leave her side and stomach vulnerable to his attack.

The attack comes in the form of a brutal elbow, straight to the solar plexus that, should it strike true, should cause the air to be expelled from her lungs forcefully and have her breaking over his strike.

In one single movement, however, Hayate, sweeps around in a lightning fast spin, with his other arm tucking in for another elbow. This one, on the other hand, is accompanied by that same flickering dash, surrounded by the power of the wind. Hayate practically dashes right through Mai with that last elbow, putting a few meters of distance between them where he comes sliding to a spinning stop to face her, one arm held out and behind him to the side, and his other hand up before his face, extending to fingers up before the bridge of his nose. Classic ninja pose right there.

With all of these dashing elbows, it seems that the Shiranui school and Mugen Tenshin may have crossed before, and from it, the principles that form the Zaneiken and many of Hayates own attacks are shared between the two.

COMBATSYS: Mai blocks Hayate's Shippu Oboro EX.

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Hayate           1/--=====/=======|====---\-------\0              Mai

Mai pointedly looks away in response to the smile. Nice it is, she's not on the market! "Yes," she says, quickly. "That's not the first time I've heard that!"

She's in the middle of a short slide from the elbow when Hayate goes on the counterattack. Pulling another fan from her top, she goes on the defensive by slipping the weapon in between her exposed side and the incoming elbow. The fan clatters away bent, and Mai blocks a second elbow with her own. The third hit is intercepting with a double palm block, but the speed and power with which Hayate executes it is enough to throw the kunoichi out of the way in a stagger.

But she doesn't fall, and now Hayate is behind her. Reacting quickly, Mai backhops, threatening to smash into the other ninja with that sizeable backside of hers in an attempt to bowl him over while his guard is down!

"Urgh..." Mai bites her lip. "Maybe I need to up my training routine." She executes a series of ninja handsigns, Shiranui's chi flares dramatically again as she focuses her energies. Just how much chi does this woman have?

COMBATSYS: Hayate fails to counter Random Strike from Mai with Ho O Sen.
~~ Alluring Hit! ~~

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Hayate           2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\==-----\1              Mai

Mai manages to intercept the first elbow with one of those sturdy fans, and Hayate is all the more impressed. She manages to deflect and absorb the brunt of his damage, which would have ended a lesser opponent. That is something of a signature move for him, after all. "Good, but be careful! I haven't unleashed my true strength yet!"

She comes barrelling at him, butt first, and Hayate is, for a moment, totally confused. All he sees is a crimson thong and milky white flesh hurtling at him like two meteors threatening to crash into him face first.

It remains uncertain which came first, the concussion of Mai's rear end against Hayate's face, or the bloody nose itself.

Regardless, what is known is that the shinobi master, at the last moment, tries to reach up and catch that rocketing booty, but it is to no avail. While he might have clasped at it, the force and momentum of her attack pushes through his grip to strike true, knocking him back and to the floor, with the aforementioned nosebleed.

Mai lands on the soles of her ninja tabi, her tabbard fluttering back into its proper place of keeping Mai at least somewhat decent.

"That's more like it!" she beams, glancing over her shoulder at Hayate. After she does, she pivots on her heel to face him once again, dropping back into her fighting stance. She draws yet another fan, crouching low before powering forward.

Mai lands on her toes, spinning around to whip her tabbard at Hayate like a whip. As she does, it bursts into flames suddenly, swinging around like a makeshift meteor hammer!


COMBATSYS: Hayate blocks Mai's Ryuuenbu EX.

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Hayate           2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\=------\1              Mai

Hayate lays there for just a moment as Mai congratulates herself, blinking up at the high ceiling of the sacred dojo that they battle within. Did she actually just smash her butt into his face? Did that really just happen?

He kips up onto his feet, just as she starts to spin, sending those massive beads on the end of her tabard whipping at him and igniting with those never ending flames. The Mugen Tenshin shinobi raises one arm, his hand open and palm up, letting the flaming cloth whip around his plated gauntlet, so that those beads crash against it with a hard clacking sound. The fire heats up the metal, and sears his flesh under the protective bodysuit, but he pays it no mind.

He uses that to pull her in with a sudden jerk.

He leaps, then, his hands reaching out to grasp Mai's shoulders. Arcing overhead, he flips, so that it looks as if he might land head first behind her. As he does so, his feet push in against her back, and when he does land, it is tucked onto his shoulders, wrenching her into a painful backbend in the process. With that, he pushes off with all of his might, attempting to send Mai soaring not only towards the ceiling, but even through it.

COMBATSYS: Mai full-parries Hayate's #Raijin#!!

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Hayate           0/-------/-------|=======\===----\1              Mai

Mai's balled tabbard crashes into Hayate's tight guard, clanging against his armor on impact. When he yanks her forward, Mai's eyes widen. He drops backward, setting up the launcher, but Mai moves with deceptive speed to intercept the manuever.

The kunoichi twists in the air, curling as Hayate goes low. For a moment, the two move in parallel, Mai shifting her position in the fraction of a second she has to evade the double-kick to her spine. Instead, her tabi meet Hayate's feet, and Shiranui is launched skyward at blinding speed anyway--but with a bit more control of her direction. She spins end-over-end, curling into a cannonball as she soars toward the roof!

She collides legs first, bending into a crouch against the roof. The whole building rattles with the impact, but Mai keeps her footing. Her fan is slipped into her teeth with a click, and she goes through another series of handsigns with a flash of fire.

"Such technique--but here's one of my own! Shiranui ninpo! Houou no Mai!"

And with that, she kicks off from the roof, rattling it again as she drops like a meteor down toward Hayate wrapped in fire dense enough to completely shroud her.

COMBATSYS: Mai successfully hits Hayate with Houou no Mai EX.

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Hayate           0/-------/---<<<<|>>>>---\-------\0              Mai

What just happened?

Hayate pushed Mai off, but it didn't feel right. He felt a force pressing back against his feet, almost equal in measure. Normally, all he feels is muscle and bone collapsing. Did she really manage to adjust and adapt to avoid his most powerful technique?

As he rises into the air in pursuit of her, he realizes that it is just so.

He doesn't have time to move or avoid the cannonball attack of flame and fury that follows. Still suspended in the air, almost frozen in his ascent, the ninja of the wind tries to twist his body into a corkscrew, hoping for a near miss. It doesn't work out so well for him. Caught up in the fire, Hayate feels the full weight and momentum of the kunoichi crush him, and send him like a bullet back down to the earth below.

He crashes to the wooden floor, and shatters it in a spray of shards of wood and splinters, hitting the grassy floor that resides under the upraised dojo itself. Out cold.

COMBATSYS: Hayate takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Hayate can no longer fight.

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Mai smashes into Hayate during her flaming descent, eventually smashing into the wooden floor with a splintering of wood on impact. She rises up slowly from her crouch, breathing heavily, bruised, and bleeding a little from the intensity of the fight. After a moment's rest, she flips open her fan and starts waving it front of her face to cool off.

"That was intense, but you can never underestimate Japan's Most Beauti--"

Mai looks over at Hayate. "Oh, he's out." She dashes over to check on him with the SNF medical staff get their butts in gear.

Log created on 10:23:27 03/30/2018 by Mai, and last modified on 18:31:19 04/02/2018.