SNF 2018.09 - SNF: Refined Tastes

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Description: Kelly has been a regular face through the SNF season; despite her strange powers and Darkstalker nature, she has seen nearly as many fights on the regular forum as the sister format, the Midnight Channel. As such, she makes for an excellent introduction to new fighters on the scene. The newest fighter? Area, bringing in her father's machinery to the refinery in order to demonstrate the pure power of his technological wizardry. Will it impress Kelly, or will the patent be pending?

Due to the dangers of the area, the zone set aside for the crowd is smaller than usual. Nonetheless, they sit, talking silently amongst themselves as they wait for the excitement to start.....

This is clearly identified by the buzzing of the camera drones! The small camera-equipped fliers fly ingo the area, taking various positions as the operators go through their checklists to ensure all the controls are working properly. The crowds cheer in approval as they know this marks the start of things.

First on the field walks Kelly Mason! Clad in her normal attire of Jeans, T-shirt, and sneakers combined with a denim jacket, the dark-skinned woman gives a wave and friendly smile to the crowd as she steps out from behind the old truck on the lot. Stepping into the fighting area, she gives a bow as the cameras zoom in on her. It's a very unremarkable entrance as she goes to take her position near one of the arena corners for her opponent.

"Ah, the smell of..."


"Ugh, it reeks."

Thus are Area's first words that can be picked up by the camera drones spoken as she skates into the junkyard fighting... ring? Zone? It's not organized enough to be a ring, so she settles on 'zone' in her mind. Still, she can handle it. It's for science, publicity... and fighting!

Area is not at all the kind of person that most of the crowd was expecting. Who knows what that is, but what they got is a short blonde teenager with her hair braided into two tight tails and held there with weird mechanical-looking hair ornaments, a strange-looking shirt with metal shoulder guards, a giant mechanical arm affixed over her right from the elbow down, and mechanized skates. Also, she is grinning.

"So! It's you they put me up against!" Area points with her giant mechanical hand, using one giant mechanical finger for emphasis. She pauses, still pointing. "I can't tell if they have a very low regard of me or not. But nonetheless! I'll show you the power of machinery in beautiful, analytical combat!"

To be honest, Kelly doesn't like the smell any better than Area does..... but shes hiding the fact behind her smile for the crowds benefit.

In response to Areas comments, she just smirks "So i'm up against the Technomancer Gaige, eh? I take it you left Deathtrap at home?". A few chuckles are heard from the audience from the Borderlands players. Kelly continues "Power of machinery? This should be good...... where's Tim Allen when you need him. Guess i'll have to do the rewiring myself". Again, a few of the older folks in the audience give a few chuckles.

Area clearly does not get either the video gaming reference (she doesn't play) or the Tim Allen reference (she's too young, and not American anyway).

She elects to completely ignore them. "You're welcome to try, but I don't think anyone who thinks with their muscles will be able to figure it out in time." Area skates in a little circle before she comes to a stop, braking while facing Kelly. She makes a little come-here gesture with her mechanical hand - apparently she has pretty fine control over those fingers, despite the size and bulk.

The challenge is met with a nod from Kelly, who drops into a wide stance, one hand back, the other forwards with palm up "Lets find out mecha-maid!"

COMBATSYS: Area has started a fight here.

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Area             0/-------/-======|

COMBATSYS: Kelly has joined the fight here.

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Kelly            0/-------/-------|======-\-------\0             Area

"Maid? Maid? I will have you know that I am an inventor and an engineer, not a /maid/! We can hire people for that!"

Area lowers her body weight too, letting the skates roll her forward slightly - and then with a kick off, she accelerates toward Kelly. Fast - very fast, because those aren't just skates, they are completely inexplicably *rocket skates* that go from zero to fast in about no time at all.

Area doesn't stay on the ground, either. She rises up, and the skates throw her into the air, right over Kelly's head so that she can land... on top of her, as it comes out, as Area tries to stomp Kelly to the ground and then accelerate past her, ending up behind where Kelly was to start.

COMBATSYS: Kelly blocks Area's Alternative Catch.

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Kelly            0/-------/------=|======-\-------\0             Area

Noticing the acceleration, Kellys first move is to step to the side, attempting to avoid what might be a charge. When Area goes airborn, she knows the attack will hit from above.

She can't outmanuever the speed of closure, nor leap up to meet it, so she ducks, arms going up to defend at the last minute! Being low to the ground helps brace her against the hit, which hurts mightily despite her jackets padding!

As Area passes, she stands. her eyes glow bright white for a moment, and firey white energy glows in her hand. This she throws, an orb of white fire, at Area as she presumably circles back around for another pass!

COMBATSYS: Kelly successfully hits Area with Channeled Blast.

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Kelly            0/-------/----===|======-\-------\0             Area

Area is pretty fast on those skates... in a straight line. She isn't so great at fast turns, as it turns out, and Kelly gets a good opening as Area turns back toward her. Which she takes.

Even using Cancer as a shield, Area takes the full force of the blast. It actually pushes her backwards on those wheels until she recovers, skating (no rockets this time) toward Kelly as if she was going to slam into her. "Ah! An impressive display. I'll have to take notes!"

Area lunges toward Kelly's legs, trying to grab her with that giant mechanical hand in a wide, sweeping grapple and literally lift her up. Not for long - just long enough for her to punch with her unoccupied hand and then unceremoniously drop her, after using her as a punching bag for a moment.

(Fortunately, Area's real arm is nowhere near as strong as her mechanical one. She can pick Kelly up one-handed, but her punches aren't *that* dangerous... though that doesn't mean they're harmless.)

COMBATSYS: Kelly deflects Combo Grapple from Area with Repulsion.

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Kelly            0/-------/-----==|======-\-------\0             Area

Keeping a watchful eye on Area, Kelly rotates her position as the technomancer manuevers around. Her guess about the manueverability on those skates was, pun fully intended, dead on!

As Area goes for the leg grab, kelly gets that mischevious glint in her eye, and puts her back arm down, grabbing the mechanical wrist! With a sudden jerk, Kelly stands back up and pulls her arm back to it's proper position, in the process pulling Area forwards and off balance! That done, she brings up her glowing forward hand beneath Areas stomach area. A burst of psionic enegy pulses from her open palm into Areas lower stomach, sending her up and forwards with her skates momentum in a flipping throw!

Moving with the momentum, Kelly lets go, returning to her ready stance "Entry number one for your notes: Don't charge from far away. Keep it short ranged. Otherwise your opponent can use your momentum to their advantage". She gives a smirk and a wink.

Instead of picking up Kelly like she'd intended, Area finds herself flying through the air. She windmills her arms, but does not manage to regain control after her launching until -


Area did at least manage to not hit any pointy junk. She did hit a pile of paint cans left and abandoned and scattered them anywhere, but fortunately they have been there long enough that the paint is dry and Area is not splattered when she rises from the pile. It was just very, very noisy.

Area is scowling when she pushes herself out of the junk heap. She does not immediately rush in again, but just hangs back, pushing up her glasses with her free hand. They gleam as she watches Kelly, waiting for a moment.

COMBATSYS: Area calculates her next move.

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Kelly            0/-------/-----==|======-\-------\0             Area

The more cautious movements on Areas part aren't lost on Kelly

Someone is finally learning it seems!

Kellys dimly glowing eyes never move from Area, tracking the skater as she circles. Due to the skates and wider motions, Kelly doesn't need to move too much to keep the circle going, as her ability to maintain acceleration isn't as great. However, she isn't without short-term speed!

Gauging her speed and trajectory, Kelly waaaaaaaaaits for it, then at what seems like just the right moment moves in with a burst of speed, attempting to head Area off with a clothesline to the upper chest and neck area!

COMBATSYS: Area blocks Kelly's Strong Punch.

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Kelly            0/-------/----===|=======\-------\0             Area

Area's tendency is actually toward defense in the first place. She just has to outwait Kelly long enough to figure out what she's going to do, and then react to that.

"Well?" Area asks, suddenly. "Are you going to come at me? Or are you afraid of technological advancement?" She makes a pinching gesture with her mechanical fingers, just as Kelly rushes in toward her.

Area is prepared for that. She absorbs the impact of the blow against the outer shield-like frame of Cancer, the mechanical arm; it rocks her backwards, and she feels it all the way up her arm. She lets it push her backwards, in fact, skating in reverse to clear some distance between her and Kelly.

"Let's see your defense against this!"

The thrusters on Area's fist activate, sending it flying out in a rocket punch... toward the ground at an angle, not toward Kelly directly. The fist hits the ground and burrows in with a rumbling noise, leaving Area with two perfectly normal hands. She waves toward Kelly, wiggling her fingers.

And then the fist comes *out of the ground* from underneath, rocketing straight up under Kelly's feet and flying into the sky before arcing back to Area's waiting arm!

COMBATSYS: Kelly dodges Area's Download.

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Kelly            0/-------/----===|=======\-------\1             Area

Kelly can only blink for a moment as the punch strikes the concrete, leaving Area with seemingly no defense...... but if that is in the ground, and she's too far to attack, it means.....

That the attack will come from below!

The thought comes to Kellys mind mere milliseconds before the punch does, and she leans back, the mecha-fist missing by less than an inch! Kelly does a quick backflip out of the way of the arm in case it has more suprises, and once on her feet, dashes around it towards Area! If her fist is still in the ground, it means she is not only limited on mobility due to the cable connecting things to her arm, but potentially lacking defense for any attack that follows up fast enough! With a running leap, she kicks out with a glowing foot at Areas head hoping for a potentially quick takedown!

COMBATSYS: Area reflects Diving Kick from Kelly with Emulator EX.

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Kelly            0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0             Area

Area recovers /fast/ from throwing her fist away; it falls back down and snaps back into place on her arm as she raises said arm, giving her access to the mecha-fist again.

And that's good, because she needs it almost immediately.

When Kelly comes in, the sides of the mechanical fist pop open, making it look even more shield-like for the moment, with little nodes visible in the structure of the machine. She holds it palm-out and literally catches Kelly's fist, the nodes emitting an electrical aura. It's half mechanical, but the taste of it feels like chi to the sensitive - just what has Area been building in there?

"Ha ha ha!" Area flings aside Kelly as the shield crackles back out of existance, the sides of the gigantic fist closing back up. "Now do you see? Technology can do what fighters can't on their own!" Area actually laughs, though it's short. "Intelligence stands supreme!"

... and fly she does! Kelly lands hard on her back, rolling backwards with the momentum. Despite this, she is visibly hurt as she regains her bearings on her feet. She suspects a cracked shoulderblade or some other generally bad injury internally, but she'll worry about that later. She other laughs a bit herself "Stands supreme.... so that's why we're two for one so far? Seems a bit quick to consider yourself superior there Miss Poindexter".

With that, Kelly rushes in, closing fast but stopping short of a charge. She only wants to get in range with a minimum of forwards momentum. Once able, she throws out a series of punches and kicks at the mechanicly-inclined marauder!

COMBATSYS: Kelly successfully hits Area with Charged Combo.

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Kelly            1/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0             Area

"I'll have you know my social ability is average for my age," Area replies, which may just prove that it isn't.

When Kelly rushes in, Area defends herself, but her lack of experience comes to the fore. She successfully deflects a couple of the opening strikes, but Kelly manages to jar her elbow in such a way that Cancer, the mechanical fist, drops low, and then she can hit Area a good deal more solidly with the flurry.

"Agh agh agh OW. I'll show you!"

Area sweeps her mechanical arm sideways to push Kelly away from her, then draws it back, making a fist. The thrusters on the back flare to life, but Area holds it in place, forces building up and causing the whole thing to vibrate ominously -

And then she throws it forward, letting the thrusters fully fire! It actually pulls her along with it as she delivers a great rocket punch directly toward Kelly's midsection, constantly pushing forward, and that same electrical chi shrouds the fist to increase the damage!

COMBATSYS: Kelly fails to deflect Great Cancer EX from Area with Railgun.

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Kelly            0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0             Area

Kelly has but a moment to realize just what Area is doing before she throws up her hands, both palms forwards, white firey psionic energy flaring. Her eyes, too, ignite seemingly with the same white flames. The punch impacts this glowing field, and pushes her back! Theres a struggle as Kelly desperately tries to hold out against the intense velocity as well as the electrical sparks arcing from the attack!

She seems to hold her ground, and just start to push back, when the exertion and drain on her power takes its toll, and the energy barrier within her palms shatters! The psychic backlash from this causes Kelly to give a small scream of pain as she gets the words biggest migrane coupled with the sudden rushing impact of the crackling fist of energy against her chest! An explosion of dust and concrete erupts from the blow as it sends Kelly flying back! She bounces a few times off the ground before lying still.....

A moment passes before she starts trying to push herself shakily back to her feet, bleeding from a nostril as well as from her eyes and ears due to cappilaries bursting. Her vision blurry, head spinning and hurting, and ears ringing, she has to take a moment to wait for her senses to recover from all that just happened.....

As the thrusters cut out, Cancer sparks once before shutting more or less down. No smoke rises from it, but it does seem a little overcharged, judging by the fact that Area stops using it pretty hastily; the gigantic fist just held like a giant blunt object or a shield, defending her upper body by holding it crosswise across it.

Area clearly believes in hitting people when they're down. Or, at least, when she thinks she has the advantage.

She doesn't wait for Kelly to fully recover, only long enough to make sure she's capable of still fighting, before she skates forward, accelerating without benefit of rocket thrusters - just plain old skating. "You can give up!" Area calls, before she goes low, trying a skidding slide to trip up Kelly before she recovers!

COMBATSYS: Area successfully hits Kelly with Aggressive Strike.

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Kelly            1/------=/=======|=------\-------\0             Area

As Kelly begins to finally regain her bearings, she looks up just in time to register part of what Area says before being SLAMMED in the face with the sliding strike! Her head snaps back a moment with the force of the impact before a look of anger crosses her features! Her eyes open to reveal they are once again flaring with white fire, as are her hands and feet!

With a burst of speed seemingly not possible with someone in her current condition, Kelly blurs forwards with a palm strike! With all the force she can muster, she follows through with the mometum after impact, rolling low and spinning, her back heel flying up in an arcing flying axe kick aimed at Areas head in an attempt to deliver a knockout blow!

COMBATSYS: Area blocks Kelly's Dead Man's Hand.

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Kelly            0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0             Area

Kelly's blazingly fast assault connects with Area as she recovers from her aggressive blow. Hard, as it turns out - hard enough that the axe kick sends Area flying for some distance before she hits the ground and rolls, almost slamming into another pile of junk like the last one she hit.

This time she elects to stay down... mostly. Area tries to rise, and manages to get halfway up - far enough up to launch her rocket fist one last time, trailing electrical sparks across the junkyard as it flies toward Kelly! It returns afterwards, at least, but it only needs to connect for a moment.

For her part, though, Area slumps down afterwards, and she doesn't catch the rocket fist on its return so much as let it hit the ground next to her. She's gassed out. "Ha... ha..."

COMBATSYS: Area can no longer fight.

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Kelly            0/-------/------=|

COMBATSYS: Kelly slows Upload from Area with Channeled Blast.
Glancing Hit

COMBATSYS: Kelly can no longer fight.

Shakey as she is, Kelly is still coherant enough..... as the rocket fist comes at her, she raises her hand in a panic, firing another bolt of firey psionic power..... it impacts the fist in midair, slowing it as it flows around, but unfortunately for her not enough to halt its velocity. Kelly is struck in the chest, and goes down hard. Exhaustion hits her as well, and she simply lies there, too spent to get back up.

After a couple dozen seconds pass with no reaction from either fighter, the refs call things. The fight is declared a draw, and the med-teams move in to assist with injuries where needed.

The crowd, meanwhile, cheers! It was a very good battle in their eyes! Some camera drones hover over the crowd, while others focus on the fighters as they are aided and recover.

Log created on 18:43:31 10/05/2018 by Area, and last modified on 09:40:13 10/06/2018.