Zabel - Old Line and Same Old Song and Dance

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Description: Zabel was on the prowl looking for a bit of fun and trouble. Both come in the form of the Southtown Syndicate's Okuno. Leave it to a girl to be the cause of a fight that gave Okuno an eye opening experience on what sort of fighters walk the Earth

The Old Line is a favored spot for certain Southtown Gangsters. It's sufficiently rowdy enough for those types, at least. Tonight, several Yakuza are hanging out to listen to music and drink after doing their rounds of shakedowns, beatings and whatever else their bosses ask of them. You can easily tell by their loud suits or expensive sportswear, a missing finger or two, and the fact they make sure the rest of the bar's patrons show sufficient respect.

They are also drunk. While this group of thugs are all low level, one in particular seems to hold some sliver of authority: Okuno Hideki, clad in his own garish outfit, sullenly sitting at a booth surrounded by some young females, hard liquor in hand. Despite the jovial rambunctiousness of his peers, he looks perpetually like he's pissed off about something even while diving into vice. "Go get me another drink," he commands one of the girls. "Hurry the hell up!"

"Yo, buddy. Can you ease up on the chainsmoking? You know all that is going to lead you to an early grave."

The bartender's words just make One Zabel Zarock give a bit of a cheeky grin in response. "Mate, I don't think I got to worry about that." he replies after exhaling the smoke. It is more just an old habit he still indulges in without fear of consequences at this point. Same with the alcohol. At least the zombie is in his more human guise, though the white eyes and blue skin still make him stand out quite a bit. "Just get me another beer. I thought this place was supposed to be fun and you just keep worrying about my habits."

It is a rare time where Zabel isn't causing too much trouble yet. Of course that may change. He has only paid a bit of mind to the gangsters that have occupied one part of the establishment, but what he does do is slip his arm around the girl that was going to get Okuno a drink. "Well what do we have here. Looking for some fun there, love?" the Aussie asks and gives a somewhat charming smile. Already his otherworldly power seems to be affecting her as she looks a bit hypnotized and soon ends up in his lap. It doesn't look like Okuno will be getting a drink soon.

Okuno happens to notice this turn of events. The vein in his forehead begins to stick out and throb as the sight of some asshole snatching one of his girls finally registers in his brain. One of his fellow Yakuza notice this and decides to help his bro out. He motions to some of the other drunk Yakuza, and Zabel will soon find them crowding around him. "Hey, freak, you feeling up our women?" One in a green suit jacket asks. "Yeah, go get your own...or go home and jerk off, hahaha!" Another in a tracksuit jeers.

Was it intentional? Hard to say, but the crowding around doesn't seem to have Zabel too worried even if everyone else is quickly getting away. Even the girl herself seems to snap out of the daze he had her in leaving him sitting on a barstool on his own with the half smoked cigarette in his mouth. "Freak? Well I don't think I have been called something so nice in awhile mate." He replies while taking the cigarette from his mouth and idly flicking it at the man that tells him to go home and rub one out.

"Well I was sort of looking for fun, but I guess it found me." There is a strange rippling that runs over his discolored skin and he closes his eyes. He gives a bit fang filled grin before laughing and those eyes open back up. Black pits with just red glowing dots now gazing back at the Yakuza.

The Zombie stands up as a few bones start to pop out from his skin and his hair goes spikey and wild and his big, long tongue hangs out for a moment. "Well if we are going to party how about we start right now? Time to get caught in a mosh, boys!"

COMBATSYS: Zabel has started a fight here.

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Zabel            0/-------/------=|

COMBATSYS: Okuno has joined the fight here.

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Zabel            0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0            Okuno

At this transformation, the Yakuza stagger backwards in horror at the sight of Zabel. "Wh-What the hell? Why's he look like that?!" "Shit, he really is some kinda freak!" "What do we do, what-"


The Yakuza's chatter abruptly ceases as Okuno's voice roars through the establishment. The man himself stalks right up to Zabel, teeth gritted, eyes bulging and vein pulsating. "Kisama...I don't give TWO shits about what you are! You takin' that chick there...was like spitting in my face!" Spit flies from his mouth when he talks. "OUTSIDE. PARKING LOT. NOW! THOSE ARE THE RULES!"

Without even waiting on an answer, Okuno is already heading outside into said parking lot and the crisp winter air for the fight to ensue.

"Well the more correct term would be Darkstalker, mate, but freak works too." Zabel replies with a grin before he finds Okuno quickly in his face. Zabel isn't exactly tall and he has a very lanky frame , but well looking like something out of a old horror movie tends to be enough of an intimidation factor normally. That grin won't leave his face too even as he is chewed out by the man and he reaches up to idly wipe at the spit on his face."

"Heh, didn't have to spray it." There is movement as he gets up. Something weird skulking about and kind of keeping to the shadows. He reaches to pick up a beaten up electric guitar and swings it over his shoulder to rest across his back as he gets up and slinks outside.

His gaze flicks between Okuno and his crew with an amused smirk. "So is it just one or all of you? Doesn't really matter to me." He says while one of the protruding ribs extends out further to idly pick at his teeth some. "Could use a snack either way."

In the parking lot, Okuno stands surrounded by the other thugs. "You pissed me off, so I got you all to myself!" Okuno proclaims. One of the others looks to him. "Bro, are you sure? All of us could-" Okuno abruptly turns his wrath on the man. "SHUT UUUUUPPPPP!"

He looks back to Zabel. "The only snack you're gonna get is my fist down your throat, you bastard!" he yells. "You think you're hot shit, don't ya? I hate guys like you! You need a lesson in humility." The others start to cheer and hoot at Okuno's bravado. The man immediately adopts his stance - both fists held forward, elbows and wrists bent, one leg also slightly bent. It is recognizable as something like a muay thai fighter's stance.

Of course, he also looks completely new to it. Without warning, Okuno charges Zabel, rearing a fist back to slam it into his face. "GYAAAAAAH!"

COMBATSYS: Zabel blocks Okuno's Aggressive Strike.

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Zabel            0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0            Okuno

"I would be careful, mate. You look like you are about to have a heart attack. Trust me, it isn't easy coming back from the dead." His brows waggle some and he soon finds Okuno coming straight forward and looking to bring that fist right into the zombie's face.

Zabel takes a step back and be brings a hand upwards to let the fist slam into it. The impact makes Zabel slide across the ground a bit, but he isn't as frail as his body looks. The zombie shakes his arm some and it kind of moves in way no human limb should. "Nice! I want to see more of that. Now don't chicken out on me when I decide to get nasty!"

It isn't long for him to display that nasty streak either as he takes a step back then pushes off his feet to leap upwards. His leg lifting up as it just twists and makes nasty sounds. Bone and flesh somehow reshaping and looking like a damned buzzsaw instead of a foot that comes downwards in a slashing motion across the front of Okuno's torso.

COMBATSYS: Okuno blocks Zabel's Skull Sting.

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Zabel            0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0            Okuno

Okuno growls as Zabel continues to crack wise. He does not like people cracking wise even when he's trying to beat them up; so the zombie rocker is definitely hitting all his buttons. "I'm gonna rip YOUR heart out and EAT IT!" He looks up just as Zabel's foot reforms into an organic buzzsaw. Okuno blocks with one of his arms, the saw biting into his flesh, cutting through his suit, sending blood spraying from the wound. "Aaaah! Shit!" he yells. "What...the hell!?"

He did not expect this sort of weirdness. But he is the type of guy that, when fearful, compensates with more anger and bravado. Once Zabel comes down, he attempts to sweep the zombie's legs. If successful, he then attempts to slam Zabel's head between his right knee and his right elbow in a pincer-like maneuver as he falls.

COMBATSYS: Zabel blocks Okuno's Phoenix Catch.

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Zabel            0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0            Okuno

Bone cuts into skin, but Okuno manages to stop it from doing real damage. And in moments that leg just snaps back into place like nothing ever happened. "Ahh, about the heart, mate. Well nevermind, we'll get to that when we need to." he says with a low chuckle. He seems fine with cracking quips, but he has the movements to make it up too. His gaze remains focused as he wants Okuno and also keeps an eye on any friends that decide to join in on the action.

That sweep comes in and knocks Zabel off his feet, but he seems agile enough to sort of fall backwards into a roll instead of forwards where Okuno was hoping to catch the zombie with that nice little head crunch. He sort of pauses in mid roll and then shifts momentum to come forward again this time back towards Okuno. He pops out of the roll and he swipes with a hand. A hand with boney fingers that extend out of the skin looking to further rip and tear at the ganger if they manage to hit.

COMBATSYS: Okuno blocks Zabel's Quick Strike.

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Zabel            0/-------/----===|=------\-------\0            Okuno

Okuno sees the fingerbones extend, and again uses his arms to protect his vitals. Zabel's fingers slice into his arms once more and make fresh, bloody gashes through his clothing and his skin. "B-Bro!" one Yakuza cries out. Okuno growls. "I'm fine, idiot!" he snaps back. He has bled before in fights, both to defend himself against others and to prove himself. But this felt different. Still, he had training now. He had to prove that he was different from the rest of the street trash.

The other Yakuza still are watching, poised to strike but afraid to do so just yet. Okuno keeps his arms raised as he circles Zabel...and suddenly he rushes forward, swinging his head to smash it into the side of Zabel's. He follows with a second headbutt to the other side of Zabel's head, then finally one underneath Zabel's chin in a rising headbutt.

COMBATSYS: Zabel counters Gatling Headbutt from Okuno with Death Phrase ES.

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Zabel            0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0            Okuno

It was bad timing as a whole. Zabel was on the prowl for trouble and a nice soul. The girl got away which is a shame, but there are others out there. He could always look for her later. For now he is at least quiet. That amused smirk hasn't left his face at all which can be just as infuriating as his words in this case.

The lengthy fingers snap back into place and Zabel steps back. He watches and his movements shift to try and give Okuno little opening. At the same time he is not making any sort of attack himself. Possibly because he was anticipating his opponent would get impatient and come right at him instead.

Those red eyes grow brighter when Okuno comes in and that head is caught between the hands of Zabel. "Gotcha!" There is little time for the ganger to realize what is going on before he is being zapped as if he just slammed up against an electric fence. Electrical energy surges through him up until Zabel lets go by pushing the other man away. "Might be worth listening to your friends."

The electricity surges through Okuno, who screams until his voice is cut short from his whole body convulsing from the current running through him. There's a sound like a generator kicking into overdrive, and then he's shoved away, staggering until he lands flat on his back, smoke curling up from him and his eyes rolled up to their whites. The worst possible thing as happened, too: he's pissed himself. Then he twitches, twitches some more, then sits up with a loud gasp...looking down at his pants in the process.

He looks furiously at Zabel, then gets up and runs at him, until he jumps up and kicks out, performing a dive kick right for Zabel's face. "AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!" he screams in fury.

COMBATSYS: Zabel dodges Okuno's Diving Kick.

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Zabel            0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0            Okuno

There is a moment where Zabel is quiet and his gaze moves down before glancing back upwards. He just starts to laugh. Probably not the best thing for him to do given how riled up he has Okuno already. He doesn't at least comment on it. In part due to the fact he is laughing and also he soon finds Okuno coming right at him looking to plant his foot into the zombie's face.

Zabel leaps back to avoid the strike narrowly and stopping his laughing in the process. "Tell you what. You're a much better fight than I would have given you credit for when you started spouting off stuff at me. I do have to say been awhile since I seen anyone piss themselves when fighting me though!"

Bones explode from his pale flesh once more. This time he spins about and his legs twist and look more like the bottom of a top while he comes forward, the protruding bones looking to tear at Okuno once more.

COMBATSYS: Zabel successfully hits Okuno with Death Hurricane.

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Zabel            0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0            Okuno

This was unbelievable; Okuno has never faced anyone this strong before. Sure, back in high school there were guys he'd pick fights with that clearly were bigger than him...but that was a long time ago. He was supposed to be a thug nobody messed with. With his new martial arts, he thought it'd be easy...but this is now a rude awakening to what exactly the caliber of warrior walks the Earth. This is no street punk he can bully or shopkeeper to strongarm. This was a fighter. More than that, an inhuman one.

Such thoughts briefly flash into his mind as he makes a weak attempt to block, but Zabel's spin is too much for him to handle. More portruding bone rips into his body, blood flicking onto the pavement as his suit is further trashed. There's even a nice slice across his cheekbone under his left eye. "Argh!" He steps back fromt he assault.

"You expensive...these pants are?! You'll die for humiliating ME!" he declares. He resumes his stance, but something shifts. His anger reaches a point where it begins to affect the motion of his entire being. Suddenly he comes at Zabel in a burst of speed that even takes the watching Yakuza off guard, as they can only gape as Okuno unleashes first a jumping superman punch down on Zabel, then quickly dashing behind him to grab him by the neck and fling him into the nearest car. This all happens in the span of a few seconds.

After this, Okuno is left panting hard, sweat dripping down his shaved head and steaming up his sunglasses. His previous wounds, too, are starting to bleed profusely, staining his tacky suit.

COMBATSYS: Okuno blitzes into action and acts again!

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Zabel            0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0            Okuno

COMBATSYS: Zabel blocks Okuno's Strong Punch.

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Zabel            0/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0            Okuno

COMBATSYS: Okuno successfully hits Zabel with Power Throw.

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Zabel            1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0            Okuno

The zombie comes out of the spin as his body unwarps itself once more. His head tilts some as he looks down at the pants once more then smirks slightly at the comment. "Already died once, mate. Won't be nothing new to me!"

His actions combined with the not so subtle jabs with his words might be catching up on him. He keeps pushing Okuno and taunting him and even with all those wounds inflicted the gangster stills tands and finds the energy to attack in rather quick succession. Zabel was ready for the punch, but he was too busy stopping that with both arms raised to absorb the impact his neck is left right open to be grabbed and then hefted up.

He is sturdy when being struck, but he is light and relatively easy to pick up and fling. He slams into the side of that car and leaves a nice Zabel-shaped dent in it before he sort of flops on the ground and quickly rises up. "Hah, some fight still left in you. Good!" He shifts forward to lunge towards Okuno once more. This time there is nothing really fancy about his strike. More just a clawed hand looking to rake downwards across the chest of Okuno and further wound him.

COMBATSYS: Okuno fails to interrupt Medium Strike from Zabel with Phoenix Flight.
# Disabling hit! #

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Zabel            1/------=/=======|=======\-------\0            Okuno

Okuno can't believe the other guy is still going either, what with his wide eyed expression. "Who the hell are you?!" he demands, although his energy running out makes it sound decidedly less threatening. Zabel comes in for a claw swipe. Suddenly, fiery chi flame erupts around his head, causing gasps from the Yakuza onlookers. "B-Bro's head is on fire!" "What the hell? Is that...chi?" "No way!"

Okuno doesn't seem to notice this development. He gives another wordless yell as he attempts to perform a FLAMING HEADBUTT upon Zabel before he can get close...but Zabel is faster and stronger. The strike slices across his chest and cuts a deeper gash open, blood flying into the air. "GUH!" Okuno's legs buckle and he falls to a knee, gasping.

Perhaps a bit too close. Zabel didn't expect Okuno to come at him in such a way and that fiery headbutt almost connects if not for the blow the zombie just delivered causing Okuno to be staggered.

"Think that may have been something you asked before all this happened." he licks at the blood on his hand with his long tongue. "Zabel Zarock, but I guess you wouldn't know me anyways. Don't look like you are into metal much." he chuckles. "That and you are a bit young. I died a few decades ago. I still think I look pretty good if I do say so myself."

His left arm starts to shift again, becoming a long spike of bone that crackles with electricity. He lunges forward looking to impale Okuno on it. and draw the human close. Another electrical surge will be unleashed into Okuno once more if it connects and then Zabel claws upwards at the same time as he pulls his arm free. "You entertain me though. I think I'll let you live when this is all said and done. You and your friends."

COMBATSYS: Okuno blocks Zabel's Evil Scream.

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Zabel            0/-------/-------|=======\=------\1            Okuno

Okuno manages to keep his body from being impaled, but the spike still stabs him in the upper arm and electrocutes him, causing him to scream and thrash. Zabel does further damage ripping it out. The Yakuza looks pretty badly thrashed now, but anger keeps him going. "I don't care what you are! Yakuza don't back down from ANYTHING. Even the dead!" he snarls.

He then throws everything he has into one last assault. He throws out a leg and performs a spinning back kick that sweeps across Zabel's face. He follows up with a furious rush of jabs, hooks and crosses on Zabel, before finishing with a leap into the air, slamming his elbow down on the top of his opponent's head.

COMBATSYS: Okuno successfully hits Zabel with Phoenix Beatdown.

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Zabel            0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0            Okuno

Okuno continues to show he is resilient and manages to still stay on his feet and fight back. His persistence is paying off too because he lands that kick across the face of Zabel and the zombie's head twists in a manner where a normal person's neck would have broken. The assault continues with each jab planting firmly into Zabel with a meaty sound on each impact. There is the snapping of bone and when that final elbow slams down on the top of his head it almost looks like it is just going to shatter open, but the skill just collapses inwards and Zabel slumps to the ground in a heap.

His body twitches a few times then it starts to rise back up. The caved in skull pushing back out as he reaches up to twist his head back around properly. He shambles a bit on his feet to regain his balance and even if he is taking back his regular shape it seems Okuno did well to slow him down. "Boo!' the zombie says and laughs a bit before leaping into the air. Legs twist about and morph again, a drill like looking spike as he twists about in the air and comes downwards at Okuno.

COMBATSYS: Zabel successfully hits Okuno with Loudness Screw.

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Zabel            0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0            Okuno

Okuno survets his handiwork, gasping for breath as he stares. Then he lowers his guard. "Got him," he says, grinning and showing his gold teeth. "Bro, look out!" A Yakuza shouts. Okuno was just turning when Zabel gets back up. Okuno sputters in indignation and surprise, just as Zabel leaps up then comes down to drill him.

Drill him he does, as Okuno can't even muster a defense as Zabel plows into his shoulder. "Aaaaaugh!" The thugs cries, flying backwards as fresh blood flies from the wound. He hits the ground, slides a little, and lies still, mouth agape in unconsciousness.

COMBATSYS: Okuno takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Okuno can no longer fight.

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Zabel            0/-------/-----==|

His legs untangle once more and Zabel lands on the ground. "Heh, well more fun than I thought I would have tonight." he says while stepping over. He looks over Okuno and nods before looking back to his friends. "Take your mate home. He'll live." The man seems too stubborn to die at least. "You all are lucky I am in a good mood."

His more monsterous visage starts to fade as he looks more human once more. He produces a cigarette and lights it up. He eyes the bar and the crowd that came to watch the fight seem to be giving him wide berth. "Well, time to find somewhere else to hang."

He steps over Okuno and starts to wander down the street away. Maybe he can track down that girl from earlier. He is feeling peckish now after expending that much energy. He'll just be careful not to draw too much more attention to himself. Who knows who might be lurking about to still give him a hard time.

COMBATSYS: Zabel has ended the fight here.

Log created on 22:21:03 02/05/2019 by Zabel, and last modified on 17:32:23 02/06/2019.