The Bell Tolls - TBT Act 1 - Objet d'Art

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Description: Maki, hearing about the violence on the streets, does what she does best: Clobber gangsters. When an art museum is broken into, the plucky ninja rushes to the scene of the crime. There, she finds several unconscious police officers, slashed and bleeding on the ground. To her surprise, however, it's not Akatsuki, nor is it Syndicate that Maki runs into; it's Decapre, the masked Shadaloo Doll. Her target? One of the rarest works in Duke's holdings: a small jade statuette of a dragon. Maki must stop her from making off with the mysterious, psionically attuned statue, before she brings it to Shadaloo for nefarious purposes.

There's trouble in the streets and the gangs are going at it. It's just like the trouble in Metro City, only on a far larger scale than before. In fact, it's spread very well beyond Metro City. It's spread even to Southtown! And it's not just your typical street gangs either. Rather, it's the Yakuza that's up to no good along with the Southtown Syndicate that are going at it. And when the Yakuza are involved in things, they can get very messy in a rather nasty way. But regardless of how dangerous it might be, there are people who are willing to step up to the plate to try to stop these things from happening! And one of them is the young but definitely courageous ninja known as Maki! Even if they're more dangerous than the Mad Gear was, Maki's stopping at nothing to stop the trouble!

It just so happens that Maki's been in Southtown clobbering crooks left and right, while providing various taunts to them about how they're barely warming her up and things of that nature, when she hears of something happening nearby at the museum. With the police getting things under control in the area she was in, Maki takes off running to the museum, wondering who's up to no good. "I don't care whether it's the Yakuza or the Syndicate. Whoever's behind this is gonna pay!" Maki says as she spots more goons in the way, resulting in her taking to using acrobatics to rebound off various buildings and take to the rooftops, using those as her preferred method of reaching the museum without facing more trouble.

When Maki finally arrives, she's a little out of breath, but it doesn't take her long to get focused on what's happened. She spies numerous police officers lying on the ground with rather deep looking cuts. At first, Maki's eyes widen as she begins to wonder just who could've done it. "It might be the Yakuza, since they're known for extreme methods of torture." A pause. "But what if it's the Syndicate?" Her eyes narrow and she scowls. "Only one way to find out!" With a yell, Maki dashes towards the entrance to the museum and makes her way inside quickly, looking for whoever's responsible for all this carnage and ready to punish them with a good clobbering!

A mission like this could no doubt have been given to come low rank member of Shadaloo, but then that begs the qestion who to send? One doll is fine. But the coice had been made on Decapre. Was it to lower the amount of witnesses? The trail she'd left already showed just how light a touch the Doll would use.

Not light at all.

The trail of bodies leads Maki towards one particular exhibit, featuring all manner of local artifacts. And within the room peering into one glass display is the figure of the black clad doll. Hand brought up to press against the glass of one case, housing a jade statuette of a dragon.

"Target aquired. Retrieving objective." A gauntleted hand is drawn back, the woman's words clipped and emotionless, before the hand smashes into the glass. What worry was there for alarms to go off when violence in the streets and already too many tripped? There was no need for subtlety here.

It doesn't take long for Maki to find the source of all this trouble. Thanks to the trail of carnage and destruction, Maki has an easy path to where the person behind all of this can be found. And it turns out that it's, surprisingly enough, not the Yakuza or the Syndicate. Instead, it turns out that the person responsible is...


Recognizing the uniform of the Doll, Maki's eyes widen again as she realizes that this isn't entirely a case of the two sides being involved, but rather a potential third party causing trouble. As soon as Maki regains her composure from this shock, she shakes her head and scowls deeply. "You there! Stop!" She points her tonfa at the mysterious woman who seems intent on causing more trouble. Apparently, though, it's too late, as the woman has smashed the display case. "Who are you and what do you think you're doing?!" Maki screams, slowly beginning to realize that this woman is more than likely the cause of all the destruction and carnage. It doesn't surprise Maki one bit, considering what Shadaloo is capable of doing.

"Not that it matters really." Maki says as she begins to assume a fighting stance. "Because I'm afraid your damned act of destruction is coming to an end right here and right now!" She grips her tonfa tightly. "The police may have been no match for you, but I'm afraid that I'm a bit of a different story! I am Maki Genryuusai, Bushin-Ryuu ninja, and I'm going to clobber the hell out of you!" She gestures towards Decapre. "Come on!"

COMBATSYS: Maki has started a fight here.

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As the clinking of broken glass settles, Decapre flicks her hand before looking over it to ensure there's no damage to herself. Her hand then extending once more to reach for the statuette before there's a sound behind her. Her hand pauses, hovering a moment before the masked face turns to glance over her shoulder. The crimson lenses of the mask that covers most of the Doll's face glowing for a moment. "Threat detected. Mission on hold." there was a slight Russian accent to that deadpan voice. As she turned, extending her arm, a glow of Psycho Power beginning to emit from the gauntlet. "Destroy."

There is no further introduction from the Doll as she fluidly adjusts into her own stance, seeming to size Maki up for the fight. A slight tug at her lip suggesting a smirk.

COMBATSYS: Decapre has joined the fight here.

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Decapre          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Maki

From the way this mysterious woman talks, Maki can definitely tell that she's Russian based on her accent. And the mask makes her definitely realize that this woman is hiding some kind of dark and potentially deadly secret. Not that Maki wants to find out what it is. When the Psycho Power starts to glow, Maki realizes that it is, indeed, one of Shadaloo's dolls, and Maki scowls even deeper. "These poor girls, being subjected to..."

Maki shakes her head. "No, gotta focus on taking out the danger here!" She twirls her tonfa around a little as if to emphasize her personal weapon of choice before staring at the doll. "Sorry, but I'm afraid you're not going to be destroying me tonight!" She smirks a little. "I've dealt with punks worse than you before, and you've got no chance against me!"

As soon as she finishes speaking, she's off like a bullet! The blonde-haired ninja is rushing directly at Decapre with swift speed that is only fitting of a woman who calls herself a ninja. Then she takes to the air, but she's not trying to jump over Decapre, but rather trying to jump AT her!

As she gets closer, Maki attempts to flip herself over in midair and grab for Decapre's shoulders. If she succeeds, Maki will perform a one-eighty in the air and then toss Decapre to the ground!

COMBATSYS: Decapre fails to interrupt Tengu Daoshi from Maki with Scramble.

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Decapre          0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0             Maki

There's no reaction from Decapre at the scowl. Her own weight shifting as she watches the ninja. And then there's the burst of speed. The doll is not slow herself, and she has additional tricks up her sleeve. As Maki leaps Decapre's body moves forwards, beginning to vanish from sight, except for the glow of her eyes, which seems to be all it takes for Maki to catch the Doll in her attempt to counter.

There's a grunt of surprise from Decapre before her own momentum is stopped, shoulders grabbed, and then the world lurches as the blonde femme fatale is flung to the ground. Immediately twisting her body and attempting to roll away from any further attacks.

As soon as Maki hits the ground, feeling somewhat relieved that her attack hit, she's got her tonfa gripped tightly and is sternly watching Decapre to see what she's planning on doing next. Right now it seems that she's rolling away, attempting to give herself some space between herself and Maki. Unfortunately, while she might be intending to get away, Maki's not going to let her do that. "That was one of my favorite attacks, but let me tell you, I'm just warming up!" She spins her tonfa again. "I've got a lot more where this came from!"

Taking a few running strides, Maki rushes towards Decapre, then leaps atop a nearby display case and crouches down for a moment, before springing off of it and flying directly at Decapre with her foot outstretched. "Yaaaaaaaaah!" Maki cries out, flying at the Shadaloo Doll like a human missile.

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits Decapre with Hassou Kyaku.

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Decapre          0/-------/---====|==-----\-------\0             Maki

Decapre was trying to get some distance to reasses her opponent, to begin a counter assault, only Maki is once more closing in with incredible speed, and collides with the girl. There's a growl of pain from Decapre as she's griving back. But this time she's moving on the offensive, as plants her foot on the ground and begins to charge forwards, the blades hidden in her gauntlets snapping outwards trailing that sickening glow of Psycho Power as the Doll unleashes a flurry of slashes, shrieking with rage as she attempts to just perforate Maki as much as she can.

COMBATSYS: Maki dodges Decapre's Rapid Dagger.

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Decapre          0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0             Maki

The slashes look painful, but Maki's not about to let herself get hit with Psycho Power. Who knows what that feels like? Actually, Maki knows because she's battled against Lord Vega before(!) and while she didn't come out on top, she does know how it feels to be hit with Psycho Power. So the slashes hit nothing but air as Maki jumps away quickly and stares down the woman. "You've been programmed to do as you're told. I would feel sympathy for you, but I can't." She sneers a little. "After all, you serve one of the most evil people in the world." She shakes her head. "And now you're causing trouble in the middle of a major crisis here!" She takes a deep breath and blows it out. "I won't let this go unpunished!"

Maki rushes in quickly, attempting to deliver an elbow to the stomach of Decapre. Who knows if her stomach is tough enough to endure such a blow? Maybe Decapre can come back now?

COMBATSYS: Decapre interrupts Medium Strike from Maki with Psycho Sting.

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Decapre          0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0             Maki

The words that Maki spouts would maybe elicit a reaction from one of the Dolls who hadn't been as damaged as Decapre from the program. She was one of the first. Her mask can cover the physical scars. But the mental ones are obvious from the ferocity with which she's attempting to attack Maki. Decapre understands enough to know that she's not succeeding. Some form of shame at that flashing through her mind. Before she plants her body firmly in place her right hand dropping.

It's a painful ploy, but the Doll needs to begin to turn things around. As Maki's strike connects, that guard that hand been dropped is turned into an attack, the girl's right arm suddenlly lancing upwards, Decapre attempting to jam the blade into Maki's midsection, before there's a sudden explosion of Psycho Power through the blade in a point blank blast. "STING!"

COMBATSYS: Maki has ended the fight here.

Even the best of the best get a bit ahead of themselves. In this case, Maki is a bit on the arrogant side as she thinks she's going to be able to strike at Decapre as she passes by. She thinks her elite speed gives her the upper hand against the Psycho Doll. In fact, there's a slight smirk on the ninja's face as she rushes in to try to hit Decapre. But that smirk is soon wiped away and Maki's expression is that of pain. Rather harsh pain at that.

The midsection is not a pleasant place to be hit. Maki's had that happen to her many times throughout her life, and it really hurts a lot. Even moreso when there's the issue of Psycho Power being sent into your midsection too. And when that Psycho Power hits Maki's torso, she gasps, unable to bring herself to scream at how much it hurts. Because to say it really stings is a definite understatement. It leaves Maki doubled over and gasping for air as she steps back a little, the ninja holding at the spot where the Psycho Power went into her, teeth gritted and eyes narrowed.

After a moment, Maki looks up again, her eyes narrowed in a fierce glare as she looks at Decapre. "You bitch!" Maki screams. "You think you're all that because of your Psycho Power!" Maki's breathing increases in tempo as she continues to yell at Decapre. "You picked the wrong ninja to piss off, and now you're gonna feel how bad it hurts when you piss me off!

The ninja takes off running, but just before she gets into striking range of Decapre, Maki suddenly drops onto the ground, landing on her side, or so it seems. Instead, just as she's about to land, the ninja plants her tonfa firmly on the ground and begins to spin around rapidly with her leg outstretched. Decapre had best watch out if she doesn't want to get hit by the human whirlwind!

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits Decapre with Bushin Senpuu Kyaku.
- Power hit! -

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Decapre          1/------=/=======|=======\-------\0             Maki

Decapre seems to smirk ever so slightly at the success of her counter, though it's hard to tell, the woman's emotions already as erratic as they are. One moment extreme, the next seemingly non-existent. It seems, that Decapre's attempts to regaining her footing in this fight are not all too successful as Maki gets angry. The language that flies may tweak something deep down in the broken assassin, but before she can move aside her leg is struck causing the doll's body to lurch into the air, though she twists her body, lashing out with a leg kick Maki in retaliation, before landing in a crouched position.

COMBATSYS: Decapre successfully hits Maki with Random Strike.

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Decapre          1/-----==/=======|=======\=------\1             Maki

Maki prides herself in being able to evade her enemy's attacks. It's one of those things that ninjas are taught to do, that is evade the enemy attack and then retaliate with a counter-attack. Of course, sometimes Maki prefers to make the first strike. And sometimes Maki doesn't always quite evade her opponent's attack, which is the case here when Maki's timing is a bit off as she gets back onto her feet. She suspects that Decapre will attempt to strike her again, but what she doesn't realize is just how quick the Psycho Doll truly is. Maki is kicked in the leg and stumbles backwards, dropping to one knee briefly before getting back onto her feet.

"I didn't see that coming," Maki mutters. "But it doesn't matter, because I will triumph over this!" She points her tonfa at Decapre. "You of few words, I'm sorry to tell you this, but you're not getting what you came for!" Even though she's got a slight limp in the leg she was kicked in, Maki still advances on Decapre, this time attempting to strike with her tonfa itself, aiming for Decapre's stomach.

COMBATSYS: Decapre dodges Maki's Medium Strike.

A snear from Decapre at the comment. As she weaves around the strike from the tonfa, dipping to one side, and then the next, to avoid the strikes. There's almost a growl of pain from Decapre as one hand thrusts forwards.

"Don't INTERFERE!" she shrieks as Psycho Energy lances from her palm in a flash towards Maki's chest. The bolt of energy moving far faster than most people would be able to percieve. In that moment Decapre's body darts to the side and kicks off one of the nearby displays seeking to stab the ninja once more with her blades with a near animal cry.

COMBATSYS: Decapre blitzes into action and acts again!

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Decapre          1/-------/=======|=======\=------\1             Maki

COMBATSYS: Maki dodges Decapre's Invisible Ray.

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Decapre          1/-------/=======|=======\=------\1             Maki

COMBATSYS: Maki dodges Decapre's Power Strike.

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Decapre          1/-------/=======|=======\=------\1             Maki

"I'm NOT interfering!" Maki yells as she dodges the Psycho Power that might be invisible to the naked eye, but once Maki got a glimpse of it, she immediately zipped out of the way. When she notices that Decapre shifted to her side, Maki jumps away again, not wanting to risk being caught by any more of Decapre's attacks. "I'm protecting what belongs to the people of Southtown! If your 'Lord Vega,' or whatever his name is, has a problem with me doing this, then tell him to come see me personally!" Sure, Maki might be biting off a LOT more than she can chew, but in the heat of the moment, you tend to say things you don't mean to.

"Of course, once I'm done with you, he might get the general idea!" Maki tries to grab Decapre from behind and throw her over the ninja's shoulder. Whether Decapre can right herself in the air or roll once she hits the ground is irrelevant. It's all about the survival of Maki's ninja techniques.

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits Decapre with Quick Throw.

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Decapre          1/-----==/=======|=======\=------\1             Maki

How had Decapre manage to become involved with someone capable of matching her speed, and who seems to be shrugging off her attacks. This can't stand. No, she will not simply allow herself to be defeated. As the world lurches from the throw, the doll lets out a growl as she impacts the ground, rolling away and pushing herself up to her feet. One hand holding her head, as the other is held in front of her, fingers trembling. Her mask's eyes glowing brighter as Psycho Power crackles over that palm. "DIE! DIIIEEEE!" is the now enraged Doll's cry as she thrusts her palm forwards, unleashing the massive orb of energy towards Maki. The Psycho Stream's path leaving a wake of scorched ground beneath it.

COMBATSYS: Decapre successfully hits Maki with Psycho Stream.

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Decapre          0/-------/------=|=======\======-\1             Maki

Not only does the orb leave scorched ground beneath it, but it also leaves quite the burn on Maki. Especially considering she tried to avoid it. Instead, the burning, stinging pain of the Psycho Energy surges through her, causing her to cry out louder than she thought she could possibly scream. Finally, the pain stops growing and Maki goes flying a little, crashing into a nearby display, her head hitting the bulletproof glass and leaving a slight mark. As she slides to the ground, blood can be seen painting the area beneath where her head hit. For a moment, Maki is out of it as she blinks her eyes several times, trying to get the room to stop spinning and everything to become whole again.

As her senses return, Maki lets out another cry of pain and reaches for the back of her head. It doesn't take long for her to find the spot where she hit, because there's another gasp of pain and Maki brings her hand back to look at it.


The sight of her own blood causes Maki's senses to return somewhat quicker than normal, almost like seeing that she's bleeding makes her realize just how hard she's been hit, and how desperate her enemy has become. Almost immediately, Maki rises to her feet, only to collapse to one knee as the pain in her leg returns which, combined with the pain in her head, causes her to become disoriented again. But Maki pushes back onto her feet again, hunched over and gasping for air, yet not ready to call it quits.

"S..S...sorry, but I'm afraid..." A cough. "I'm... I'm not... about to die... just yet..." Maki's breathing becomes slower and deeper. "I've got... to... finish this fight... any... way... I... CAN!"

As she says the last word, Maki seems to glow with a strange aura, almost like the chi within her body has taken over her and given her power like nothing else. "You've beaten me pretty badly, but I'm not admitting defeat! I will stop you from taking what is not yours! You are going to PAY!"

Maki then dashes towards her opponent, swinging her tonfa at Decapre, then intending to deliver another swift strike, followed by a vertical upwards strike, and then throwing a couple of kicks for good measure, before finally delivering one last thrusting kick to, hopefully, send Decapre across the room and away from her!

COMBATSYS: Decapre parries Maki's Bushin Gou Rai Ha!!

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Decapre          0/-------/----===|==-----\-------\0             Maki

There is no way Decapre would allow herself to roll over and fail. No, even with her body bruised and beaten, swaying from continued assaults, she can't help but smile at the way she's seemingly turned things around. As Maki attempts her own counterassault to put Decapre down, the Doll brings one hand up to bat the first strike aside, then, her other arm brings a gauntlet up to parry the next. A duck below the next before she brings a leg up keep Maki's kick at bay before her body blurs backwards, appearing in a crouch.

There's another blur of movement as Decapre is suddenlly beneath Maki and launching herself upwards attempting to strike Maki into the air with her knee. Should that succeed her right hand would then attempt to stab into the girl once more and twist to slam her into the ground.

COMBATSYS: Decapre successfully hits Maki with Concealed Kill Invert EX.
Grazing Hit

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Decapre          0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0             Maki

Maki doesn't know what to make of the situation. All she knows is that there's more Psycho Power coming her way, and it really hurts! Finding herself down on the ground again, Maki cries out as the wound on her head is aggravated, resulting in her yelling a few choice words as the dizziness returns. With her vision blurred and finding things a bit shaky. Maki somehow rolls into her stomach and pushes herself onto her good leg using her tonfa. Gasping even more, the woman finally returns to both legs, although given the way she's hunched over, her eyes are half open, and her bad leg is noticeably limp, she's not going to last for much longer.

"Gotta... stay... focused..." Maki grunts, attempting to move in on Decapre and smash the Psycho Doll with a hard whack of her tonfa.

COMBATSYS: Decapre interrupts Genkou from Maki with Psycho Sting.

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Decapre          0/-------/---====|=======\-------\0             Maki

It all comes down to one final strike it seems. Decapre growling as she braces, attemping to ready her attack, dropping her arm closest to Maki before the tonfa slames into her. There's a cough from Decapre, a tremble before one moce the psycho power infused blade unsheathes from the gauntlet and stabs into Maki once more, a smile actually plastered on Decapre's face before there's the eruption of Psycho Power through the blade and into the ninja. As she waits to see if her opponent can continue, waiting to feel Maki's body going limp and giving out.

By now, Maki's body has taken all it can take. She's pretty much going limp now, about ready to collapse. But in an act of final desperation, in hopes of getting a draw instead of a total defeat, she raises her tonfa and attempts to strike Decapre one last time before going down...

COMBATSYS: Maki has reached second wind!

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Decapre          0/-------/---====|=======\-------\0             Maki

COMBATSYS: Maki successfully hits Decapre with Quick Strike.
- Power hit! -

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Decapre          0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1             Maki

Maki starts to fall to the ground, looking very limp...

Then suddenly, just as she hits the ground, she rolls forwards, getting into a crouched position, apparently having gained a new burst of energy! She's not fully healed, but she's gained some more strength to go fighting a little longer. "Don't count me out yet!"

The tonfa strikes true, Decapre's body twisting as she collapses into one of the nearby displays, panting. Her body pushed to it's limits as she can feel fatigue filling her. Even with the world threatening to darken she pushes off the display and instead scrambles to grab Maki by the throat with both hands with a scream. THrowing her full weight into the Ninja and attempting to strangle her, even as darkness seeps into her vision. She must not fail...must not...

COMBATSYS: Decapre can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Maki dodges Decapre's Power Throw.

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A good attempt, but unfortunately the Psycho Doll fails to grab Maki. Namely because she staggers to the side and then falls to the ground, rolling away before getting onto her feet again. She watches as the Psycho Doll goes down for the count and sighs, but smiles a little. "I think... I think I stopped them..."

By now, police officers and EMTs are coming to check in on things. Maki can only hope that Decapre doesn't try anything funny once she recovers. Because Maki's all battered and bruised from what happened and doesn't need to go clobbering anyone again anytime soon.

A few moments later, Maki is being helped out of the museum by a couple of police officers and a few EMTs who have applied bandages to her injuries and are applying an ice pack to the back of her head, which has been bandaged as well, since apparently the cut wasn't as bad as she thought. Still, from the way her face contorts, it does hurt.

"At least... I did what I had to..." Maki says with a sigh to no one in particular.

Log created on 20:19:26 07/03/2018 by Decapre, and last modified on 23:38:07 07/09/2018.