Tsinghua - Maple Syrup

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Description: Tsinghua returns from yet another meeting, only to find himself prey at Ichika, the Kamaitachi that had shown up on the southtown news prior- The boy is forced to defend himself, and Velvet Blue eventually needs to clean up the situation.

Another evening, another meeting with the sleazy Chinatown businessman mr. Ming. Just having settled a deal where the Gong Estate will be sending some of their finest traditonal dancers to perform for the businessman and his guests at a local party- He leaves the office with a sigh, bowing as a goodbye as the overweight gentleman waves him off.

"Mng xiansheng, zu hao de ywan." (The best of evenings, mr. Ming)

Tsinghua never liked dealing with Ming, he is kind of a creep- But as one of the Gng Estate's longest (and richest) contacts, business comes before his feelings.

The boy is left on the chilly Southtown Chinatown streets, as he pulls his cloth Hanfu garb closer. Back to the hotel, it seems- Ming offered a room for him to stay, but Tsinghua politely declined. He walks, quickly- The last time he was around this part, and had a meeting with the portly businessman, he ran into a scary bat-lady. Moreover, he had been /strongly/ adviced (ordered) to stay away from bat-eared darkstalker that roams these streets at night. Tsinghua had considered him a friend- But ms. Yao showed him what he really was, a menace.

His head darts around, obviously nervous. But surely Tsinghua, the odds of having another such encounter with a creature of the night would be minscule..


A couple days have been spent by a certain creature in silent, simmering recovery. The supposed demihuman had been quite knocked around by Jae Hoon; and despite in every way seeming a fitting meal, only now has she skulked and gathered sufficient energy to fully recover; by most accounts an impressive convalescence, but hardly any manner to fix her wounded pride. Picking on little ants had been fun, but her true aim is recovery... while before, a presence like Tsinghua might be beneath her notice, the taekwondo expert certainly taught her not to be so picky...!

Darkstalkers are fiercely territorial as a general rule, but Ichika is a new interloper; standing upon the corner of a building, looking down over the street that Tsinghua walks with a twitch of rounded ears and agitated flicks of her tail. A sense, perhaps familiar, would likely settle on him...

Of being watched.

A little ripple of movement, the sound of wind, and a petite girl is now behind. Wearing a daringly short red skirt and white blouse; not that of someone in school, instead perhaps a clubber of party-goer doing some kind of cosplay. Yet despite her casual stance and slight frame, her presence is anything but. The movement of ears and tail prove she wears no outfit... red eyes mildly glowing in the shadow of the adjacent building.

Demihumans are... legal to be out and about. Exceedingly rare, but. Little about how she chews her thumb or gives a toothy grin is reassuring. "You seem a bit weak... are you? It's so hard for me to judge, these days...!" Depending on Tsinghua's savviness for recent news, she might be readily identifiable. Not a lot of monster-girls have been caught cutting people down on video!

"Eek!" The boy gets rather startled at the girl's sudden appearence, and he takes a few quick steps forward before turning around warily. And indeed, another demi-human it is. The messenger's nervousness spikes through the roof- He might not be aware of the news; As he is only visiting here. But he has had enough experience to be cautious in these situations-

Though, who knows- Maybe she is friendly?

"E-Eh..? Weak?" He shakes his head, seemingly changing the subject as he leers at the girl. "G-Good afternoon, Miss. You- Startled me." Despite the tenseness of the situation, Tsinghua bows and takes an initial friendly approach. "I am Tsinghua- It is nice to meet indeed, but I do have to be on my way, you see." Another step back- as he feels her presence just looming over him. "I need to-- check in to my hotel before a certain time.."

Tsinghua's small-talk might strike Ichika as a little odd, considering this situation. But the boy seems determined to evade this situation, if at all possible.. though that choice will not belong to him.

"Oh...! So formal. Aren't you a gentleman!" Ichika says, giggling into her hand and seeming to be somewhat charmed. "Those kind of manners are a little nostalgic... hmm. I think I like you, a bit?" She tilts her head to the side, before extending one arm away from her. Slowly, tanned skin and fingers deform; converging into a growing blade that slowly curls into a sickle, perhaps a meter long.

"Your soul has a good resonance to it, you see..." She brings up the half-moon to her face, letting it curl and cover one of her peering eyes. "And I've never seen a hunter decide a little bunny was so cute they still should let themselves starve... you won't take it personally. Right?" Her aura begins to seep out, then; she feels dark and unpleasant. Primal and wild, like an evening storm or powerful beast.

It's clear this will not be a situation solved by diplomacy... perhaps, though, it is still one that could be resolved with some very quick feet? She's shedding her proverbial skin that allowed her to better blend into the night, but that gives Tsinghua plenty of time to decide the first action to take!

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua has started a fight here on the left meter side.

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Tsinghua         0/-------/-======|

Alright, this is certainly not a friendly lady. As soon as she makes the threat, Tsinghua grabs the cane from his hip- A long mahogany shaft with a engraved silver, spherical head- And points it toward Ichika as she points it toward his soon-to-be opponent. "I implore you, please leave me be!" He pleads, as he takes a few measured steps back, like a fencer.

Should he run? The thought crosses his mind but, who is he kidding; He knows that this creature will be many times quicker then he could ever be. Seeing that blade grow, he makes the split-second decision of indeed deciding to take the initative, spinning backwards as he takes a loose can from the dimly-lit streets, tossing it in front of him as it freezes in mid-air, he points the stick, resting his second hand just below it's silver head- Almost aiming it like a rifle, before giving the kinetically-frozen cane a measured thwack with his weapon. There it hangs, vibrating- Until the messenger puts together his hands to release the spell, leaving the can to curve toward his opponent, seemingly having a slight homing affect attached to it as it's imbued with his chi!

COMBATSYS: Ichika has joined the fight here.

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Tsinghua         0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0           Ichika

COMBATSYS: Ichika fails to slow Guding Gen (Hu Qi) from Tsinghua with Slicing Wind.

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Tsinghua         1/-------/=======|===----\-------\0           Ichika

"I told you it's nothing personal!" Ichika repeats, as if this somehow had any bearing on how Tsinghua would react. Intent on gathering up her strength, she does seem a little surprised by the youth's chosen course of action. A can...? A harmless sort of toy. Yet freezing it in mid-air as it wraps with roots merely makes her more curious, as the manifestation of that unnatural limb of hers finishes. There are many creatures in this world, but not an excess are able to shapeshift in such an aggressive fashion...

Once the can is launched in her direction, she spreads her stance, and then violently lashes out with the sickel. It cuts through nothing, nowhere near the quickly approaching can; until it suddenly is cut nearly in half, with a few shards of bark and metal. A split second later, a great roar of wind severs the ground in a long, inch-broad gash, although not properly aimed to be any threat towards Tsinghua himself...!

Were his attack more mundane, that would have been the end of it. But although his projectile went from 'one' to 'two'... that homing infusion shows it's worth. Momentum little affected by so perfect and sharp a cut, the path of both converges. Ichika had been giggling towards the boy, and glances up with startled ears as both strike into her with force almost completely unreduced!!

She slides backwards a foot, a mish-mash of gnobby plant and warped can dropping heavily before her. "...ow." she says then, having gone from jovial to clearly angry. "...that hurt." This potentially bodes ill. She might have been easier to deal with if she remained lighthearted... although Tsinghua likely has some idea of her powers; the creation of blades, AND the manipulation of wind, effectively enough to make it cut...? She's a fierce amount of chi within her, even if it's not very technically refined!

Tsinghua shivers, he got lucky- As her attempted defense ended up working in his favor. "S-Stop this at once!" He doesn't sense her threathening aura fade, and as such- Decides to shuffle closer.

But suddenly, Ichika would feel something change in his Chi- It would turn rawer, more primal. And the earth would shake beneath him, just enough to be noticeable- While the boy looks surprised for the moment, this feeling is not unfamiliar to him any more- He has experienced these flares many times over by now, especially in that weird cosplay 'Star Wars' shenanigans. So he quickly decides to adapt, and roll with it, as he finally dashes in close enough for a strike of his own; small chunks of rubble seems to get pulled from the cement around him, coalescing around his walking stick, turning the usually lithe weapon into a cracked, earthen mace- A yellow sort of energy seeming to be emitted from between the cracks.

He wield the far heavier weapon with a measure of effort, as it seemingly seems to slightly halt the momentum of his swing; Overhead and with two hands, it lacks his usual elegance- After the swing, impact or not, the rubble would fall off, revealing the normal-looking walking stick that still lay below.

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua successfully hits Ichika with Crushing Strike.
Glancing Blow

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Tsinghua         1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0           Ichika

As a creature who feeds on auras and souls, Ichika can assess and revel in Tsinghua's chi better the some. But rather quickly, the youth might be curious to find her sneer at his building power, in clear distaste. "What... this again?" she asks, as if somehow familiar with it. "Disgusting!!" Her movement is sharp, but the whirling stone grazes her, stone breaking off and crumbling about as she flits away at a speed that might be difficult to follow.

"You are the second one to have this energy in you!! I've no interest in it, I can't eat it!!" She is holding a small bit of concrete, hurling it aside with haste. "It'll make the real you taste much worse!!" She then drops down upon all fours, still keeping one sickel-arm drawn out, other hand pressed with body low.

Only for Ichika to launch forward, a whirl of wind amplifying her speed considerably. In a split second she would be upon Tsinghua, unleashing a barrage of quick, furious swipes of her bladed arm; each amplified in speed and power by wind, which flits off to cut and churn the ground around him.

"Come!! Come!! Come!! I'm not here to PLAY, anymore... if I don't regain my power, that man will simply capture me again!!"

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua blocks Ichika's Furious Flurry.

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Tsinghua         1/------=/=======|======-\-------\0           Ichika

"E-Ah!" The boy braces himself, putting the cane in the way of as many of those dangerous, dangerous cutting strikes around him. He deflects strike after strike, channeling his energy through the mahogany wood to make sure her sharp blade doesn't cut through his only weapon. But eventually; One cut slips through his block, creating a nasty, though thankfully narrow gash through his wide garb and into his shoulder "Gah!" It slowly starts to seep, turning the white cloth around it a muddied crimson.

"Wha-? Do you know anything about this energy?!" He asks, with some measure of desperation as he spins back, striking a pose as he stands on his back leg, holding the cane by the side of his head, pointing toward Ichika; Watching her with all the concentration he could muster- All her swift motions, the blade-arm's trajectories, forming a plan inside of his head as he prepares for her next strike.

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua calculates his next move.

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Tsinghua         1/------=/=======|======-\-------\0           Ichika

The last sweep is done, Ichika kicking backwards casually as she tilts her head in seeming confusion. "...? It's not your power. I don't care beyond that. You're already tainted... but I'm sure you'll still be plenty edible!" She sways slightly, acting in a manner that seems confusing and unpredictable, as if to toy with the attempt to carefully watch and guess.

Before she zips forward, in a couple bursts of wind; little shimmers of her approach, trying to disorient with speed more difficult to visually track. Only to come instead from above; her leg pointed high, descending as she unleashes a fierce axe-kick straight down with a little growl, seeking to break through the youth's defenses using sheer force!

COMBATSYS: Ichika successfully hits Tsinghua with Strong Kick.
Glancing Blow

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Tsinghua         1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0           Ichika

Insight is insight, even it if comes from a source such as her- Not his power, is it? That explains some things, but creates more questions on other fronts. Tsinghua attempts to dodge to the side; That fierce speed creating trouble for the boy as he finds himself narrowly being hit. It sort of skims off of his already cut shoulder, hurting a great deal as the boy *hisses* in pain through gritted teeth, quickly laying a hand on the point of damage, trying to ignore the numbing pain spreading throughout.

The boy pushes himself forward, ducking low and attempting to slam a palm into her stomach from an odd, diagonally-upward angle. The attack is infused with nice, clean, wood-like energy. It's like maple Syrup! A small shaft of gnarled would sprout from his palm at the strike's apex. Tsinghua holds the stick in his other hand, at the defense. "I ask you, please leave me alone!"

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua successfully hits Ichika with Shou Tui.

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Tsinghua         1/---====/=======|=======\=------\1           Ichika

The exchange is brief, another sharp strike from Tsingua impacting Ichika in the ribs; she slips apart, a brief hop before skidding across the ground on all fours, raking her sickle in an angry line. Annoyance is clearly on her face, as the hapless girl is well-hassled. "People in the world now are too stubborn..." she murmurs. Well... there's other ways to fight, too.

Her tail sways, making to circle Tsingua briefly... then a burst of wind helps shroud where the demihuman goes. From straight behind, both arms and legs shoot out, attempting to capture Tsinghua in a surprisingly tight embrace. Before she tries to sink her teeth into his shoulder -- and draw away a small bit of his essence, with an annoyed little hiss, before flitting away before any resistance could be potentially damaging. "Do I need to hunt more mundane folks, for awhile...?! I'm getting impatient!!"

COMBATSYS: Ichika successfully hits Tsinghua with Deadly Kiss.
Grazing Hit

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Tsinghua         1/---====/=======|=======\===----\1           Ichika

"Eeeeeeh?" This is not a nice kind of embrace, as he sort of shifts and struggles in an attempt to wrench free- Ichika's teeth start to dig in, as the boy feels a slight bit of his energy getting drainer. However, he fortunately manages to pull himself free before the bite could really enter his shoulder fully- His escape does painfully have those teeth cut through his skin from a different point, however. "A-Gah!"

His shoulders had really been getting hit with the brunt of her force- The slash, the axe-kick, and now the bite. "Just... get away from me!!" Uh oh, Chi seems to be gathering around the boy at a frightening pace, and he stows the cane on his hip, shifting his stance to be more forward-leaning as his front hand is put outward in an open palm. All of that energy seems to coalecsce on his back palm, and eventually, he performs a single, slow step toward his opponent-- Thrusting out his palm towards the Kamaitachi's torso!

COMBATSYS: Ichika blocks Tsinghua's Closing Letter of Fate, Destiny Conclusion.

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Tsinghua         0/-------/----===|=======\=====--\1           Ichika

When his palm would make contact with Ichika, she would feel the chi surge through it- And only get stronger! With a second push into his opponent with that same palm, a large, sprouting tree would start to emerge from it and /rapidly/ grow and expand outward, forking into many rough branches as the wood strikes the Darkstalker, pushing her further away as it grows longer and longer.

*cough, cough* The boy looks rather spend, as the Tree he conjured up from his hand grows to take root, and break through the concrete below them, sticking out in southtown Chinatown as a weird sort of monument that would promptly have to be removed.

Ah, only a taste; although it does confirm to Ichika that Tsinghua's got rather the above-average wellspring of energy within. If only she could bring down the tenacious boy, she would be well on the way to her recovery... yet she lands carefully behind, crouching once more and licking her lips in a way decidedly hungry. The expression and poise of someone who just tried to take a bite out of a potential meal, clearly...

Still, that is a great amount of energy within. Ears perk as he thrusts out, flexing her free forearm into a second sickle and crossing both before herself. The impact hits dead center, sliding her backwards... before a literal tree erupts out where she just was! In a ripple of leaves, branches and bark she seems to vanish...

But lets out a little laugh from higher above; a bit out of easy reach, Tsinghua will see the kamaitachi lounging belly-down across one of the branches, scratches along shoulders, arms and side. "Come on... what if I promise not to kill you? Will you give up then?" she asks. She's not used to fighting for such a duration without success! Before leaping down, hurtling from straight above Tsinghua as she brings up her heel and then drops it down, ripple of metal as she manifests a sharp edge right where it would make contact...!

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua dodges Ichika's Medium Kick.

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Tsinghua         0/-------/----===|=======\======-\1           Ichika

That attack seems to have been marginally effective, despite it being more or less defended against- The tired boy sees that kick coming, and dips to the side- As it's terrifyingly sharp blade narrowly misses his head. "N-No! If- If I get defeated again--" His dodge transitions into into a spin, as he pulls the cane from his waist to swipe a heavy, horizontal swipe diagonally upward, all around Ichika.

"--I don't know what master Yao will do with me!" He seems.. afraid of whatever that prospect might be. "I have dissapointed her too much lately.."

COMBATSYS: Ichika dodges Tsinghua's Fierce Strike.

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Tsinghua         0/-------/----===|=======\======-\1           Ichika

"Tch..." the Darkstalker states when she again drives her foot into the ground, seeming to be similarly fairly exhausted. She suddenly drops down, nearly flush with the ground as the weapon swooshes over her in a violent displacement of air. Then, she uses an appendage not many fighters have much experience defending against; spinning in place, her tail lashes out -- just the tip curled into a blade, trying to strike the back of Tsinghua's calves with lacerating force, before leaping up to cling to the side of the oddly-placed street-tree... given how nimble she is, the youth might have just given her better defensive options! "If only I had my proper power back...!! You'd just let a poor girl starve!!"

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua interrupts Aggressive Strike from Ichika with Zhongzi Mucai.

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Tsinghua         0/-------/-======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2           Ichika

His attack rendered unsuccesfull, he shifts the position of his cane back- Low this time, pointing backwards past his sides. He looks- Looks very, very closely- And thankfully, this time, he manages to correctly predict the next exchange of blows.

The boy concentrates, seemingly unmoving- Yet, Ichika might notice that the target of his calves would suddenly grow a thick layer of bark, a sort of shield that makes the strike cut through much less deep then it normally might have. And when she attempts to make her upward escape..

The boy jumps, tracing a half-moon upward as he retracts the cane from his side, whipping upward and slamming itself into Ichika from below. "I'm sorry, but I cannot be your meal today- O-Or Ever!"

The whirl of chi works as intended, slamming hard into Ichika's side with an obvious grimace, scraps of her white blouse trailing behind as she sinks claws into the side of that manifested trunk. Ears go flat with a hiss, the sort of feral aggression that would set most hearts to skipping in the wilds.

"You're doing well..." she nearly coos, both arms having returned to normal; a confirmation that she seems able to freely shift her body into those odd sickles. Climbing higher up the tree, she keeps those crimson eyes locked on Tsinghua below. Before vanishing in a burst of wind, once more.

She appears, only for a moment, behind Tsinghua; then in a loud displacement, she moves with insane speed to the front, rearing back her arm and unleashing a fierce strike of splayed claws, aiming right across the boy's cheek...!!

COMBATSYS: Ichika successfully hits Tsinghua with Medium Punch.

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Tsinghua         0/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2           Ichika

Panicked, the boy looks around as his opponent fades into the darkness, holding his cane in hand ready to parry whatever she'd throw at him- Unfortunately, he couldn't get himself to react to the blindingly fast speed.


Tsinghua cries in pain, as her claw rakes open his cheek with a violent gash, blood trailing behind the sharp nails. The droplets fall onto the boy's clothing, creating very noticable stains in the snow white fabric- He puts sleeve on the cheek, trying to stop the flow- But simultanously does a quick diagonal overhead /twack/ toward Ichika's center mass, hoping desperately to nick her before she once again fades or dashes away from his reach!

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua successfully hits Ichika with Quick Strike.
Glancing Blow

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Tsinghua         1/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2           Ichika

Again the wind roars, although there's a glancing feel of that weapon hitting something; it's not a clean blow, and the kamaitachi lands in a crouch upon an adjacent car. Wind seems to crackle and roar around her, eyes fiercely burning as she stands up.

"Here... let's see if this will finish you, annoying little human...!" She gathers up a ball of chi, whirling and fighting as it builds up; pure wind, it would seem. Her arms tense as she compresses it, before launching it out with a less then sane giggle.

It would erupt into a great cyclone all around Tsinghua; ripping branches from his tree, bowing it away with pops and cracks. The kamaitachi leaps into it, brief shadow of her whirling about. Before she begins to swipe; lacerating strikes of wind-emboldened metal, from all directions, countless times...!!

Then she launches from above, trying to impact Tsinghua and drive him down upon the street with a purr. Again snapping down her teeth, this time aiming at his throat; bladed fingers intent on sinking into him as she makes to drink heavily upon his very essence!!

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua blocks Ichika's Final Flurry.

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Tsinghua         1/-------/=======|>>>>---\-------\0           Ichika

His blow glances, but he feels the impact- Yet, now he sees Ichika's building of Chi. He can feel it, this attack holds a ton of power. He dashes back, as the orb erupts into that fierce eruption of wind and clashing branches- He manages to escape finding himself in the eye of the storm, but the heavy wind still batters him, as he holds his cane in front in a feeble attempt to dampen some of the impact- The energy does seem to sort of bend around him, his inner defences managing to somewhat protecting himself. "Hnggg-"

But that was only the first part of an aggressive set of attacks- Slashes of that sharp metal coming his way- Some, he manages to parry with his chi-emboldened stick, others barely manages to slip through and create more stains of red onto his once impeccably clean clothing. In a last-ditch effort to prevent his vunerable neck from being taken, he can only put out his arm as a fill-in target for her teeth, before barely managing to fend her off by agressively swinging his bitten-arm. "Ah- Ow, ow.."

After all of that, he is barely still standing- Supporting himself with the cane like an old man. A few tears stream down his bloodied face, tracing a clean stream. From the pain, one might imagine. "Please- Leave..." But the determination seems to win out, as he raises his cane above him with his arms perfectly horizontal, before he makes use of that peculiar effect of taking away it's movement- It hangs perfectly still, while it starts to grow a set of spectral-looking roots that fade into the air, somehow holding it in place. Like a gymnast's bar, he uses it to swing himself forwards, kicking up sand with a chi-infused leg, creating a shaft of sprouting wood from the ground that suddenly starts relentlessly homing toward Ichika- Tsinghua meanwhile momentarily balances himself on his flying stick, in preperation for whatever the Darkstalker would have in store next.

COMBATSYS: Ichika dodges Tsinghua's Yajun Bang.

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Tsinghua         1/-----==/=======|>>>>---\-------\0           Ichika

Teeth compress happily upon that forearm; the second time she has thefted a bit of his energy, although in both cases it was glancing. It likely proves without a doubt that she can 'eat' him in some manner... nothing so literal and basic as a wild animal. His very vigor, vitality, lifeforce -- that seems to be her goal. Are all demihumans and darkstalkers this way? Perhaps they are feared rightly!

"Mmm... you're so close to repelling me, vibrant young man!" the Kamaitachi coos, curling her fingers towards her mouth as blades vanish, again grooming upon the wounding metal. "But it feels like you're a little more groggy then me, at this point...?"

She watches her opponent perch, before shifting her ears at the oddly manifested limb. It seems to delight her; she darts about, nearly playful, and when it finally attempts to slam upon her, the girl erupts forward; slinking past, a moment later cutting it to shreds of wood and bark.

"But my goal here isn't to have fun!!" There's a lethality to her, now. She pursues, no longer attempting any sort of subterfuge. It's raw, wind-infused speed of a powerful creature. Wind ripples around her in a tight band, trailing after with an eruption that sends broken ground and bits of vegetation flying.

Trying to impact Tsinghua dead center; she is fully capable of flight it would seem, intent on driving him back to slam into the side of an adjacent building. Two sickle-hands aiming to drive into his ribs, as again those hungry teeth snap towards his shoulder.

Trying to feed, yet again...!! Each time, getting closer and closer to the meal she desires...!!

COMBATSYS: Ichika successfully hits Tsinghua with Hurricane Rush.
~~ Alluring Hit! ~~

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Tsinghua         1/-----==/=======|=------\-------\0           Ichika

"N-No" He feebly reacts as he sees his conjured timber whiff and smash into a nearby streetlight, bending the metal pole slightly. The next sequence, in a great moment of clarity, look to unfold in slow-motion for the boy.

Perched upon his stick, he sees- knows, that Ichika is about to catapult into him when her feet leave the ground. It seems that, for a moment, he twitched- attempting to jump off, away- Away from her attack. But somewhere along that process, something in his body snapped- Refused to move.

And as such, time looks to continue down it's normal speed for Tsinghua, as the Kamaitachi crashes into him and pins him to the wall. The boy is limp when those blades sink deep into his chest. He howls out in pain for a final time, his head raising up- a final set of tears flowing freely, until he falls unconscious right then and there from the shock of the grievous injury.

And as such, ichika is free to feast onto his battered and bloodied self; Finally getting the meal she has hunted so hard for, all this time. The boy is still brimming with Chi, although there is just a whiff of that inedible earth-like energy that wants to find a target, but remains unreleased.

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua takes no action.

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Ichika           0/-------/------=|

COMBATSYS: Tsinghua can no longer fight.

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Ichika           0/-------/------=|

Her mouth pulls away from the wound, and an odd tether of brilliant, vegetation-colored energy ripples out. Little globules of energy dance like foxfire around her, and the comparison would be stark; a progressive shrinking of Tsinghua, as if a rapidly accelerated dehydration, while her own wounds fade away, her energy returns, tail flick-flicking as her entire mass seems to subtly increase...

But when the gauntless of Tsinghua might grow alarming to the myriad onlookers nearby, many of which who are recording openly, she breaks the link, standing up and putting a paw to her mouth. "Mmph... there's not much left. I'd be greedy... but like I said. You're cute... I don't -have- to kill you~" She just lingers there, letting Tsinghua slump to the sidewalk beside the building, drunkenly wriggling with happy flicks of weasel-ish tail...

"So there he is," there is a loud clacking of boot heels as Velvet descends from a nearby rooftop, coming down and looking like... a sort of half-transparent shadow before he slowly bleeds into sight, revealing none other than Velvet Blue.

The darkstalker club owner and vigilante hero is not unknown around Southtown, at least the more downtown, rough areas. Especially around the old theater district. The blue-tailed and bat-eared entertainer is spoken about as being some kind of host for the area. And speaking of hosting...

"And what do we have here? This one went dark on me, and I've not been able to feel him about, and now I find him in this state," Velvet hissed, more in sympathy for the pain the boy had likely gone through, as he approached Tsinghua's battered body, crouching down and kneeling next to him.

"...?" Ichika's ears flick whens he hears another, senses the presence. She's not particularly hostile; well, beyond the natural predatory air of an openly aggressive darkstalker. The crowd lingers at a far distance, and it seems no mundane aide has yet to respond beyond the distant keen of sirens. "Ooh...? Did I steal your meal?" she wonders, retracting the last of her bladed claws into her hands. "Apologies~ I'm new to the city, you see! I don't know the territory, yet..." A peek of red eyes down towards Tsinghua, with a bit of a giggle. "He'll live... or you can have his scraps, if you'd like!" Wind ripples about the kamaitachi, gradually hefting her a few inches off the ground. It must have been a good fight; her skirt and blouse are nearly in tatters, although most of the bruises and impacts beneath are now well-faded...

The quaint, almost pithy way the darkstalker newcomer had apologized to Velvet almost seemed to set him off, causing ire to rise in their voice.

"New to this part of town, and you did not come to pay your respects to /me/?" Velvet sounded like he did not think this situation appropriate at all, but perhaps not for the proper reasons a human might. This seemed more about idignity and over respect for a territory, or the sway they might have held over it.

"Hmph... Velvet forgives you, for now," Velvet Blue had their yellow cat-like eyes trained on Ichika, now narrowed into slits from the street lamps, arms folded across their chest.

"This one..." he paused, tilting his head, as if trying to find the right word. Not /belongs/ to him, that was weird, and creepy, and far too much like... too much like... them.

"You may reside here as you wish, though you will do well not to call the attention of the library down upon us all, I am taking this one back with me," Velvet stooped to pull Tsinghua up, laying him over his shoulder.

"Now begone," he gestured, moving to turn away.

There's no fear, there; even when Velvet grows a bit upset. She's just grinning, coquettish, the apology never reaching her eyes. "I didn't." she admits, without hesitation. Countless unsaid implications, there. "The Liiiiibrary? What's that?" This is -- well, anyone who dares to attack a city should know of the NOL! "Don't you worry about me...! I don't like those noises coming this way... hmm, hmm, enjoy the scraps~" Then she bursts straight up, carried by the wind; once a bit above the buildings, she angles ninety degrees and shoots past them at a surprising speed... looks like she's one of the very rare sorts capable of flight. That will certainly make her a hassle to capture, down the line...

COMBATSYS: Ichika has ended the fight here.

Log created on 16:36:54 05/10/2021 by Tsinghua, and last modified on 20:36:14 05/12/2021.