Description: Maxima continues to be carted about through the United Kingdom and after his loss to Yoshimitsu he meets the mercenary Bullet. The two clash as Bullet looks to have a strong start in her league showing while Maxima tries to recover from his previous loss.
%"Ehn? Another one?"
That was the question asked when Maxima found himself being transported while doing repairs on himself. While he was shut down to do internal repairs it looks like he was loaded up on a helicopter and being moved on to another part of the United Kingdom. Thankfully the fight itself wasn't until the following day so Maxima had some time to get everything back in order. He didn't sign up for tour of the UK, but it certainly seems like he is getting to do something of a mini one. Not to mention the staff has been good to him so he can't complain too much. He just would like a bit more of a break. Fighting the likes of Abigail and Yoshimitsu in recent days has him needing some time to tinker and get himself into full working order. Thankfully he is made out of something much more than scrap or he might be breaking down at this point.
He has to wonder who he faces today as he stands there in front of Westminster Abbey. They idea was to fight inside, but Maxima just didn't trust himself and he didn't want to mess up anything historical. "So where are they?" he asks as he looks to the official that was nudging him forward saying it was time to fight.
Bullet, by contrast, is new to this whole Neo League bit. As a mercenary, reputation is essential. One's livelihood is made or broken on what the clients think, whether its professionalism or just raw strength. If a client wants a monster killed or a target brought in, they're only going to hire someone up for the job.
So Bullet is looking to prove herself through a little "friendly" competition. She surely can't be the only merc signed up for this, she tells herself as she walks into the street facing Westminster. One hand goes up to run her fingers through her hair, pushing it out of her face with a sort of careless abandon. Once she does, she gets her hand on her shoulder and rolls it in the joint in some warm-up stretching.
"Hey," the mercenary says, looking Maxima over. "You're the guy, right? They didn't give me much of a sitrep here."
Being close to seven feet and sideburns most men could only dream of having does make Maxima stand out against the crowd. He stands there looking like he is waiting in a patient manner when Bullet finally shows herself. He glances over to her and already the cyborg is analyzing things as he just gives a nod.
It is an unfamiliar face, but it looks like the readings are already giving back information that this isn't going to be a walk in the park. He is just fine with that even if perhaps his cybernetic body could use something of a break at this point. What good is all this high end technology though if he can't push it to the limits?
"I'm the guy." he finally responds and he gives a little crick of the neck and he lets his suit start to power up. There is a hiss as steam streams out of the vapour cannons as they start to power up. "What's your name? I'm Maxima."
"Heh, cordial then, are we?" the woman says, checking that strange looking gauntlet on her arm. She seems to be inspecting a piece of equipment. "I'm Bullet." She reaches around and tugs at the seat of her shorts, tugging them down in the back.
"Is that...steam? Looks like this may be harder than I thought." She leans forward, shifting her stance a little bit so that she looks ready to charge or lunge at any moment. "I hope you're ready."
"Bullet eh?" He smirks some. Not like Maxima was his given name. He assumes much like her it was one to mark a new start or something with the lifestyle she has chosen. "No point in not being cordial. Treat those how you want to be treated and all that."
He then raises an arm and holds it out. There is a light blast of steam that comes from it on command. "Don't worry. I don't use it full force in these situations." If he were fending of NESTS or some boundy hunter that decided to ruin his day? That is a different story. Even Yoshimitsu who was stabbing him with swords didn't get to feel the effect of a full on blast from the cannons.
"Well then come on and show me what you got." he tells Bullet as he waves a hand as if motioning at her to come at him. He remains calm and collected as he is more interested in seeing what this woman can do before engaging fully in combat.
Bullet eyes Maxima warily for a long moment. Her nose crinkles and her fist clenches. Is it something he said that's put her on edge, or something else?
"You aren't another of Sector Seven's damned science experiments, are you?" Bullet pulls her glove taut, looking ready to go. "If you are, I've got a few questions for you when we're done here."
And then dust and stone suddenly explodes behind Bullet as she breaks into a full run toward Maxima. In just a few seconds she's closing the gap, then leaping upward toward him to plant her hands on his shoulders. If she does, she slams him upward with a brutal kick, her follow-up right on the heels of the grab.
COMBATSYS: Bullet has started a fight here.
COMBATSYS: Maxima brings his battle systems online.
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Maxima 0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0 Bullet
COMBATSYS: Bullet successfully hits Maxima with Cutting Sheer.
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Maxima 0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0 Bullet
His head tilts as he gives a shake of his head. "Don't know what that even is." Maybe if he was still part of NESTS he would have a bit more of an idea, but it isn't like he gets to keep up to date on many a things when usually on the lamb. Despite that he keeps note to remember that name. Perhaps it is another company NESTS is using as a cover or the like. "Sorry to disappoint on that one."
The downside also of being a cyborg is everyone gets curious. He doesn't mind answering small questions, but he isn't really going to just blurb out how he became one. Thankfully the fight starts and he doesn't have to worry about talking so much.
He finds her hands on his shoulders quickly and it seems like he is dealing with another swift fighter much like Yoshimitsu. He looks to get an arm in the way of that kick, but she nails him square on. That is also around the point she probably has realized the cannon isn't the only strange thing about him. He also is like hitting a wall of steel or the like.
It might just be enough of a surprise to allow him to catch her with a fist to the chest once she lands and she will soon experience the blast steam up close if she doesn't act quickly.
COMBATSYS: Bullet blocks Maxima's M4 Model Vapour Cannon.
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Maxima 0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0 Bullet
Bullet's boot impacts Maxima's chin with a clang, forcing the smaller fighter to push off into a short hop back away. She lands in a three-point stance, hunkered down once more that same position as before. She bobs on her heels, trying to keep mobile.
"Tch. Not your problem then. Hell, it might be better for you in that case." Bullet's gold eyes widen when Maxima is already moving on her, throwing that steam-burst of a punch toward her chest. Her gauntlet snaps up in an instant, catching the fist with a clang, but the burst of steam launches her into a backward slide for several meters before she plants her fingers in the ground to stop herself.
"So you're just full of surprises," Bullet says with a tinge of bitterness. "But I've got a few tricks of my own! Flint Shooter!"
She snaps her arm forward, bracing that big gauntlet with her free hand. As she does, the gauntlet fans open and shoots out a jet of flames that rip across the ground toward Maxima.
COMBATSYS: Maxima endures Bullet's Flint Shooter.
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Maxima 0/-------/--=====|===----\-------\0 Bullet
Surprises all around and the fight hasn't even been going for long. There are probably much more to be had. In this case Bullet is the one showing what else she can do as jet of flame is released. Most people would love to get out of the way of that. Most people also aren't cyborgs.
Maxima doesn't even hesitate as he continues forward. His body heating up and some bits of his cybernetics getting thrown for a loop from the intense heat, but he continues to surge forward and out of the fire quickly enough he doesn't take too much damage. More importantly the sideburns are fully intact somehow.
His arm extends once more as he chases down Bullet and looks to slam his fist into her once more. This time usuing his forward momentum to carry her along for a ride for a good few moments before one more blast looks to send her flying away. "Hup!"
COMBATSYS: Bullet dodges Maxima's Maxima Press.
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Maxima 0/-------/--=====|===----\-------\0 Bullet
"What the-" Bullet watches Maxima power right through the flame jet, scattering the burst in a shower of sparks. Even so, Bullet's reflexes are well trained and she's already on the move as Maxima closes the gap between them. When his fist comes in search of her, Bullet weaves in, ducking in close. She grabs hold of his arm with her left hand, riding the momentum for a moment as she throws a gut punch with her right, almost as if she's testing for gaps in that dense cybernetic body.
"Some kind of cyborg, huh," she mutters. "Guess competition is stiffer than I thought."
COMBATSYS: Maxima interrupts Medium Punch from Bullet with Bunker Buster EX.
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Maxima 0/-------/------=|=======\-------\1 Bullet
"Lady, you have no idea." If she thinks Maxima is a strange one she still has a lot more to see. And Maxima doesn't even know yet that a a dinosaur is even entered into this league yet. His fight with Yoshimitsu alone was enough to make him realize he isn't perhaps the oddest fighter involved.
She brings that punch around and she finds no give as the blow to his gut seems to do nothing at all. And wait, is he on fire from the flames she used earlier? No, that seems to be a flame like aura surrounding Maxima now as he gives a punch to the gut in return to knock her upwards. He leaps up to impact with a shoulder then bring a fist about to use the vapour cannon to fire her back to the ground.
He drops to the ground a few feet away and that aura fades as he gives anotehr crick of his neck. He tries to hold back a little, but at the same time this is a contest so he can't just let her wail away at him. "You okay there?"
The punch catches Bullet clean in the stomach, slipping past her own punch and knocking the wind from her lungs and spit from her mouth. She wheezes and starts to draw back, but not fast enough to evade the follow-up. The shoulder cracks her in the ribs a second time, but Bullet is starting to reach for Maxima---likely with the aim of putting him in some sort of counterhold. She never gets the opportunity for the second punch and vapour cannon blast dunks her back to the ground hard enough to send her into a roll.
The merc's gauntlet grinds on the pavement with a small shower of sparks before she hooks it enough to get back on her feet.
Bullet grunts as she rubs her bruised ribs and takes several deep breaths to get her rhythm back. Once she does, it's back into a sprint once more. This time she starts with an upward kick, aiming to launch Maxima in the air. She follows that with a second, dashing downward kick to set up her next move!
COMBATSYS: Bullet successfully hits Maxima with Serpentine Assault.
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Maxima 0/-------/--=====|-------\-------\0 Bullet
Bullet lands heavily with the dive kick, then is off of Maxima in an instant. She takes hold of her collar and breaks into a dash, swinging him around into the nearest wall with a slam. She follows up with a brutal series of punches, the last one lingering when Bullet braces her gauntlet and discharges an explosive burst from it.
The response is not a verbal one, but a physical one that results in a kick with enough force to actually bring the quarter ton cyborg off his feet in the air and then a quick second one coming in at a downward angle to just give him a speedy meeting of the ground similar like what he just did moments before only to be grabbed and whirled about into a wall that causes it to almost give way completely from his impact.
The punches seem to be doing some damage too as it chips away at his hard metal body, but it is mostly the big explosive blast from the gauntlet that does the most damage as it pushes him through the wall fully and ti crumbles down.
It slows him, but doesn't stop him. He only needs a moment to start getting to his feet as he pushes rubble aside and comes right at Bullet once more. HIs hands clapping together as he raises them high and comes downward in a heavy chop looking to slam down on her left shoulder.
COMBATSYS: Maxima successfully hits Bullet with Mongolian.
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Maxima 0/-------/-======|===----\-------\0 Bullet
Bullet takes several labored breaths as Maxima takes the hit through the wall. She raises her left gauntlet up and works the fingers for a moment. "Afraid I was gonna break my hand there, tough guy. What are you even m--"
Suddenly Maxima is mobile again, and Bullet has to react. She brings her arm around to block, but it's too little, too late. The double-fist smashes into her shoulder with enough force to knock her to her knees and draw out a gasp of pain.
"Shit!" she hisses, kicking away from Maxima before he can execute a follow-up. As she lands, however, she's already working again. Fiery chi builds up around her, surging through that gauntlet especially. As it hits its peak, Bullet pumps her fist like she's loading a gun, the heat surging into a flaming aura.
COMBATSYS: Bullet gathers her will.
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Maxima 0/-------/-======|=======\-------\1 Bullet
"I thought you would have figured it out by now. They don't make my kind out of junk you know." It would seem like a waste of money. As of what kind of actual metal that reinforced body of his is made out of it? he probably isn't going to tell at all. Instead he is more than fine with barreling forward to keep things in close as she tries to get a moment to break.
She finds time to try and gather her energy, but it isn't stopping the forward momentum of Maxima. He is going to keep her on her toes and see if she can keep up with his pace instead of letting her dictate it.
If anything she can be thankful it seems all he is going for this time is a straight forward punch to the chest. There is no hissing coming from the cannon mounted on his wrist and no blast of steam afterwards.
COMBATSYS: Maxima successfully hits Bullet with Fierce Punch.
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Maxima 0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1 Bullet
"Yeah...so I see," Bullet says with a wince, power surging. Maxima is moving on her once more, however, and in that instant, Bullet flinches. She knows better through years of training. In fact, this is practically all she knows. Even so, it may be that she expects too much. Perhaps she sees another vapour cannon blast coming and reacts accordingly.
What she gets for it as a straight punch to the chest. It launches her backward hard enough that she crashes rear first into a parked car, spidering the windshield and denting the hood.
"Ugh, damn," Bullet says, coughing a few times as she rolls off and gets back to her feet. She shakes her head several times to try and clear it, then glares at Maxima. "All right...locked on target."
She suddenly shoots forward, flying like a missile to try and deliver a gut punch. From there it's an uppercut, Bullet riding with it before dropping back down into a double stomp to try and ride Maxima to the ground. If she does, she plants her gauntlet again, powering up a sizeable charge before unloading the shot at point-blank.
COMBATSYS: Maxima interrupts Lock On from Bullet with M9 Model Maxima Missile EX.
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Maxima 1/------=/=======|=======\======-\1 Bullet
Property damage is something he tries to avoid. That is why when on the run he tried to stay out of town. The last time he got caught was Potemkin initiating a fight in Gatlinburg and the damages were catastrophic. In this case it is only a damaged car at least and he is pretty sure the league will cover the damages. Her doesn't exactly have the money to pay for it himself.
"You're good. A bit unrefined, but with some practice...." he trails off. She mentions being locked on and them comes flying in right at him. That first hit slams hard and the uppercut slams into his jaw staggering him. All looks to go according to plan until she goes for that double stomp.
Hard to tell if Maxima was playing possum or not, but he steps back and then as she comes downwards he brings a fist upwards to catch her with a big punch to knock her away again. Once again one thankfully unassisted by the mounted cannon.
Bullet grits her teeth as it takes some effort to get Maxima airborne. Even so, she keeps with it. This maneuver seems to be well-practiced. Drilled over and over again until it's executed practically be muscle memory alone. When Maxima intercept it with his diving punch, it drives Bullet to the ground with a crash that cracks the pavement.
"Nngh," Bullet groans. "I give. Hell, what are you even made of? Almost as bad as the Red Devil..."
COMBATSYS: Bullet takes no action.
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COMBATSYS: Bullet can no longer fight.
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Maxima keeps himself ready evenonce she crashes to the ground. He has been in too many fights to know someone could be faking things and when it looks like she isn't going to move and attack he finally relaxes and lets things power down. "Don't know who that is, but I hope that is a compliment."
He moves one arm then the other as he works out kinks. Given the beating he has taken the past week or so he feels like he isn't too bad off. There will be repairs, but nothing like what he had to do after fighting Abigail or Yoshimitsu. "Hey, good job. Just keep at it and you'll be a pro. No joking." He rarely jokes because his sense of humor isn't the greatest.
He looks to the official that gives him a thumbs up that the fight is officially done and he turns to walk away. A rare thing for him it feels these days. "Now where the hell is K'....Still haven't found me yet you dope?"
COMBATSYS: Maxima takes his battle systems offline.
"Yeah," Bullet says, breathing out her nose. She works her jaw for a minute, putting her hand to it. With a grunt she sits up, trying to shake the stars from her head. "He's a real piece of work."
"Hey, wait." Bullet calls out. Don't patronize me. I'm a professional." It takes her a moment to get to her feet. "You're just a monster with those upgrades. You been in the military or something? You know your way around a fight I can tell. Even without that gear you'd be pretty dangerous." She waits for a long moment, before continuing.
"If you aren't with Sector Seven, could you keep a look out? You may catch their interest carrying around that kind of tech."
He stops when Sector Seven comes up again. He turns about and looks over his shoulder to Bullet. There is a soft nod. "No promises. If I haven't run into them before I doubt I will run into them sometime soon. If they are bad news I will take care of them."
Wonderful, another group he might have to keep an eye out for. Someone as dangerous as NESTS or that NOL group that has the bounty on his head? At least he is aware of them now. At least he would assume they are dangerous since Bullet doesn't come off as a bad person here. He is a pretty good judge of character so he will trust her for now.
He turns back about and continues his trudge forwards. Someone runs up mentioning another fight and he just raises a hand. "A break. At least a day or two." the cyborg says. He needs time to recharge. He is a machine, but also needs some rest. No matter how good the technology he can't keep going nonstop.
Log created on 14:10:32 05/30/2018 by Maxima, and last modified on 12:03:41 06/12/2018.