The Bell Tolls - TBT Act 1 - You Only Live Twice

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Description: After the mess surrounding King of Fighters, foreign powers have generally tried to avoid Japan. But when word goes around that psionically-gifted teenagers are being targeted around the world, Max Evory was put on alert. As he puts two and two together, Max realizes that the psychic nephew of a British diplomat is likely to be the next kidnapping target! The clock is ticking, and if Max doesn't act quick, Shadaloo agents will claim themselves another test subject in the V Project!

Night has fallen on Pacific High. All in the dorms are either asleep, or cramming and finishing homework by desk lamps. The main lights have all been shut off.

It is under the cover of this darkness that an even darker darkness appears. A squad of 5 soldiers, only lightly armed, silently and with practiced ease make their way across campus. Their target is simple: kidnap the son of a British diplomat studying here. Unknown to him, he has been gifted with psychic potential.

Potential a certain third party wants dearly!

In position, the make their final move, this time taking them from the cover of darkness towards the door entering the dorms itself......

Maximilian Evory, British assassin and diplomatic attache, had arrived in Southtown the night before, rushed to the embassy after the violence broke out. Having been attached to the Hong Kong desk on the hunt for the missing Jezebel Faiblesse and her suspected activities in Southeast Asia, Max Evory was taken to Southtown on a high speed cigar boat, crossing under cover of morning mist from China.

"Max, you need to slow down," comes the voice of Jixiao Pei, the Chinese-British agent assigned to him as an interpreter in Japanese. She was dressed in a black suit, matching his, both of them wearing black sunglasses, him with an ear piece and attached wire moving down into a feed in attached to his collar, her with a microphone unit on her matching ear.

"You know how Caucasians drive, Pei," Max replies, skidding across the a crowded intersection, horns honking and people coming to a halt, before he jerks the shift about and bucks over a curb. "We only think the other guy is driving poorly."

A tire blows out, and Pei laughs, as Max pushes his sedate black sedan with cop engine and enhanced suspension into the Pacific High access parking lot, the wheel bouncing and jostling car.

Max gets out of the car and slams the door shut, as Pei pulls up a center-mounted laptop that immediately taps Pacific High's security systems.

Max moves briskly towards Pacific High, a door opening from a night time proctor that was prepared for Max's entry.

With no time wasted, the soldiers pick the lock on the back door, and quickly in standard enter and clear formation file into the mostly-empty hallway of the dorms. Once inside, they make a beeline for the student in questions room!....

Or would, if they didn't suddenly find themselves face to face with Maximilian. They stop and stare, suddenly taken off guard despite all their training, for a beat.....

COMBATSYS: Shadaloo Agents has started a fight here.

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COMBATSYS: Max has joined the fight here.

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Max              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0  Shadaloo Agents

<< Max, those five agents do not match Southtown or Akatsuki elements in the city. As suspected, an undefined element is attempting to kidnap Radcliffe Bradbury.>>

Max Evory lowers his hand from his earpiece, and quietly straightens his black tie.

"Do you gentlemen play golf?"

He smirks, and rushes forward, with a swing of his arm out at the tallest Shadaloo agent, giving it intended weight but aiming at the lower core for a demand of a block, before he swivels about with a trunk turn and slaps his left arm downwards at any blocking arm. If he gets a grip, he then twists about with fast footwork in a graceful shift to pull the arm up, before snapping it to the side downwards on the elbow with a twist to place the trapped agent between him in the others, before a final, triumphant flip over his knee to the ground.

COMBATSYS: Shadaloo Agents fails to interrupt Bone Breaker from Max with Multiple Tackles.

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Max              0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0  Shadaloo Agents

For all their training, the Shadaloo soldiers are completely taken off guard once more by Max's golf comment. When he moves in, the proper response in their training is to surround and subdue the attacker from all sides while one of their number is focused upon.

Instead, they freeze, too shocked that this man seems completely unintimidated by them (abnormal response in their experience). While they stand there, one of their number gets a proper workover, ending with a yelp of pain and a THUMP as he is flipped to the ground! Only then do the rest FINALLY find their senses, and begin to move in on this interloper!

Max Evory releases the arm of the flipped enemy, focusing on the four still standing around him. He turns about and lashes out a hand to grasp his wrist, before he strikes with a front kick to the stomach. If the move works as intended, he'll boot him off his feet and to the ground with his arm in tow, twisting it about and stomping on the back of the man's neck with a hard jam downwards with the twisting grip turnover and then a sharp leather heel from his finely polished shoe.

COMBATSYS: Max successfully hits Shadaloo Agents with Combo Grapple.
- Power hit! -

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Max              0/-------/-----==|=====--\-------\0  Shadaloo Agents

The second soldier shouts in pain as his arm is twisted, gets booted, then is still as hes stomped.

The others seem to pay little attention to their injured, the remaining three continue their assault! A mix of punches and kicks is sent Max's way as they try to find gaps in his defense. The first one, slowly recovering, slips around behind, and attempts to hold Max still for the others for a moment, before attempting to down him with a shoulder throw!

COMBATSYS: Max interrupts Gang-Up Beating from Shadaloo Agents with Dancing Blade.

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Max              0/-------/-======|=======\=------\1  Shadaloo Agents

Max ducks down beneath the first punch, pulling a small knife out of his pantcuff where it's stowed above his shoe, before he jams it upwards with a slash into the soldier's belly.

There's a kick from behind that knocks him forward before he swings around with a dance and slashes across the man's face, before he responds to another punch with a catch and a jam of the knife into the arm. He gets caught by the man behind him, being punched by the three after the exchanges of knife wounds, before he breaks free with a roar and jams his foot backwards, into the captor's leg, with a minor jam to the leg.

Max whips around, now with all four (plus their disabled man) in one side, standing there with his bloody knife in his hand. Max is breathing slowly but steadily, red crimson juice dripping down from his short dagger.

Breathing hard themselves, the squad splits up, quickly encircling Max as one charges at him as a distraction!

Then, on unspoken cue, the come at him one at a time, each from a different direction, sending blow after blow at this brazen fighter! Whoever is directly behind him prioritizes their attack, and the rest follow suit as Max turns this way or that!

COMBATSYS: Shadaloo Agents successfully hits Max with Synchronized Beating.

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Max              1/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1  Shadaloo Agents

Max spins about with his knife, staying in position, as the Shadaloo soldiers surround him, before he's struck in the back, grunting as he's knocked forward into a hard hammer to his jaw. He twirls into a kick to his stomach, dropping his knife, before he's struck in the back and falls to a knee, then getting kicked in the face and falling onto his back.

And then, on his back, he's ready with a quick draw into his jacket, a Walther pointed directly up at one of the men, grinding his teeth and clamping his jaw shut as he fires a single round upwards at the chest of the rogue soldier.

COMBATSYS: Shadaloo Agents dodges Max's You Know My Name.

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Max              0/-------/------=|=======\==-----\1  Shadaloo Agents

The commmandos eyes are visibly wide in his mask, and he dives to the side as the shot goes off! By some miracle, he manages to succeed as the bullet impacts the wall behind him and travels outside!

At this point, one of the men behind Max rushes in, attempting to grab ahold of him and hold him still so he can't shoot the weapon further!

Arms laced under his own, the rest of the squad move in to take shots at him while helpless!

COMBATSYS: Max dodges Shadaloo Agents' Hold and Punch.

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Max              0/-------/------=|=======\=------\1  Shadaloo Agents

Max rolls away from the grasping arms and pulls to his feet, sliding his gun back into its holster under his arm.

He strikes a combat position, arms up loosely with his fingers curled in, linked together tightly from years worth of calistheinics and martial arts drills, smirking.

"It appears you boys need a breath of fresh air."

He charges forward into the quartet of soldiers, charging as he attempts to grab one and shove his hands around his neck, before swinging him around into a fire extinguisher box, slamming his head into the wire-weave glass and rupturing the red container on his head to produce an explosion of carbon dioxide.

COMBATSYS: Shadaloo Agents blocks Max's These Hands.

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Max              0/-------/-----==|=======\==-----\1  Shadaloo Agents

The soldier that is grabbed gets his hands up in time, his wrists being grabbed instead of his neck!

As a result, he manages to keep himself on his feet, fighting back the attack and stalling Max in his attempts! A few also pull out knives of their own, and again they move in as a group, some punching, the others swinging or stabbing at Max with their weapons!

COMBATSYS: Max blocks Shadaloo Agents' Armed Combo EX.

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Max              0/-------/----===|=======\==-----\1  Shadaloo Agents

Max struggles with the Shadaloo officer as he wrenches him around by his wrists, before flinging him into a wall and turning aside to deal with the other three with knives.

Max blocks one knife thrust with a push, before another cuts across his neck. Blood splashing out, he turns about and chops the third upwards into the air, grappling the wrist and twisting the knife out of his hand. He pulls at the man he has caught, attempting to flip him over his back over his shoulder by the straight arm, before he jukes backwards into a wall to avoid the other two with knives, neck bleeding.

COMBATSYS: Shadaloo Agents interrupts Power Throw from Max with Gangbang EX.

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Max              1/-------/=======|====---\-------\0  Shadaloo Agents

The commando grabbed and on which the flip is attempted is only half-successful, and BOTH go down! The other remaining members of the squad move in with somewhat reckless abandon, punching at Max with fist and knife! Unfortunately, they are still only partially successful. Some of their strikes miss and hit their compatriot, who is knocked down and dazed in the process! At this point, only 3 remain standing, and they seem to be in something of a panic, wanting to end this guy faster than he is willing to go down!

Max is tossed to the ground beneath the man he throws, dragged along atop him. And then, three men clamber atop him, punching and stabbing him, as he curls forward on his hands and knees, grunting and growling as he feels shanks pierce his muscle and fists batter his bones.

And then, he surges to his feet with a furious roar that wakes the student body, attempting to throw the three aside with his arms snapping outwards and his head kicking back.

COMBATSYS: Shadaloo Agents dodges Max's British Tiger.

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Max              1/-------/=======|====---\-------\0  Shadaloo Agents

The squad is not composed of newbies. They can tell something is coming as Max attempts to get up, and when he shouts, attempting to push himself up and throw them back they respond perfectly, moving back out of the way of his thrusting attack and roar! They wait a beat before moving in again, the man facing Max directly throwing a strong punch at his face plain and simple!

COMBATSYS: Max interrupts Power Strike from Shadaloo Agents with Cobra Headbutt.

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Max              1/-----==/=======|=======\-------\1  Shadaloo Agents

Max spins around to face the surrounding Shadaloo operatives, his hands opening and closing in rhythm with his breathing. And then, as he takes a shot to the jaw, he steps aside, before he snaps his hand up to grab the wrist and twist the palm upwards and the arm to the side. There's a blur and a snap of motion, as he slams the top of his forehead into the Shadaloo soldier's nose, holding the arm fast in case of rebuke.

The soldier falls backwards as his face is smashed in. While not dazed completely, he is limp due to being in pain and trauma.

From behind, one of the other two comes from behind with a knife, stabbing downwards towards the back of Max's ribcage!

COMBATSYS: Max interrupts Fierce Strike from Shadaloo Agents with Parkour Tackle.

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Max              0/-------/----===|=======\======-\1  Shadaloo Agents

Max releases the wrist, and looks to one of the agents, his face a demonic contenance of fury. But then, the knife jams into his ribcage, and he drops to a knee, screaming in pain, as it sinks between his bones and into his lung.

He spits up blood, shuddering as his neck falls with his hand on his risen knee.

Slowly, he turns about, before he whips his elbow to jam into the man's crotch from below, then rising into the air with a lion's leap. He slams the assailant with the knife up into the wall and ceiling, smashing him against the drywall and tile, breaking him against the building. He turns about and throws him aside down the hallway, leaving him open to the remaining Shadaloo operative.

The final remaining member of the Shadaloo 4th commando unit stares at Max for a moment. His teammates are mostly down, and this big man looks like he's about to paint the walls with him. He seems to think for a moment, then abruptly drops his knife.

... and in one smooth motion pulls out a pair of molotov cocktails that had been on his belt, lighting them in the same motion as it took to pull them free, and throws both at Max's feet!

COMBATSYS: Shadaloo Agents can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Shadaloo Agents successfully hits Max with Molotov Storm.
Grazing Hit

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After letting go of the bottles, the soldier shouts an unknown command! Instantly, those still able are on their feet, helping their cohorts up and making for the door they came in through! The soldier who threw them looks at Max, his eyes seeming to smile even without his mouth visible "So which will it be..... us, or the students? See ya round, big man!". Then he too makes for the exit with his compatriots as the sound of a helicopter can suddenly be heard closing in from outside! Seems one of them called for evac just in case.......

The fires smolder around Max, as he flicks his wrists and adjusts his cufflinks, before straightening his tie.

<< Pei, our boy is safe. >>

Max grits his teeth as he passes through the fire, heading towards the dormitory with a limp, on the moving to protect Radcliffe Bradbury.

COMBATSYS: Max takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Max has ended the fight here.

Log created on 17:28:00 07/03/2018 by Max, and last modified on 20:07:47 07/09/2018.