Neo League 0165 - NL#0176: Banyu vs Rachale

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Description: A dockside battle between Rachale and Banyu, newcomers to Neo League! [Winner: draw]

In the area set apart for today's NL match, with the fantastic backdrop of the crashing ocean, A large, dark-skinned man was sitting over the dock's edge, looking into waters and boats that are entering and leaving. He is dressed in a black tunic, and loose pants. Wearing a sort of skirt over it with a wave-like pattern of extremely intricate design, and a headband with the same motive. He could be seen stroking his thick beard, while having a somewhat longing look in his eyes.

But man, this guy was taking his sweet, sweet time!

Only when Rachale would arrive, the man would have stood up. Turning around to face his first-ever opponent in such a setting. He approaches the girl to offer a firm handshake with his right, putting the left hand on his heart as he makes a slight bow. "I am Banyu Darma." A deep, rumbling voice, and a very simple set of words as a greeting.

"I have to fight some old fisherman?"

That was Rachale's comment - fortunately not in Banyu's hearing - when she found out who her opponent for her debut Neo League match was. While there are old wise masters out there, she is willing to put money down that some retired fisherman is not one of them... and since that's the only thing she knows about him, that's what she's going with.

But she showed up on time anyway, walking onto the dock like she owned it, the strange double tonfa she uses held loosely in her left hand. She looks impatient, but at least Banyu stood up when she got there, offering her a hand.

She doesn't take it.

"Rachale. So you're the guy, huh," she says instead, looking up at Banyu. "Guess it takes all sorts. Hopefully you can keep up, old man." Rachale never does take the hand, though she does give him a sort-of-polite nod... or it would be polite if she hadn't taken a step back, leaving him hanging as she passes her right-hand tonfa to her right hand.

COMBATSYS: Rachale has started a fight here.

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Rachale          0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Banyu has joined the fight here.

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Rachale          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0            Banyu

"Hmph. So Be it. If you will show no respect, It will have to be learned through battle." He responds, with a frown on his face. He takes a few steps back, reaching his starting position for his own Debut on the worldwide fighting scene. "I will show you the strength of my harpoon, little lady."

And with that, he enters his stance- His legs are in what's known as the donkey stance, wide and deep. His front hand is stretched in front of him in an open palm, while the back is pulled into his side, the hand facing upward. "Despite your utter lack of tact, the best of luck, little lady."

When he'd confirm his opponent to be ready, he would change his grip- His back hand moving above him in a loose fist, the knuckles pointing upward, leaving room as if he's holding some sort of shaft- Suddenly, water seemes to surge out of his hand, swiftly forming a watery harpoon he's now holding in that same position; A prime position for a throw! He steps forward, reeling back his arm before launching it forward, letting go as the watery spear flies point-first toward Rachale. A growing, watery cord attaching itself between the spear and Banyu's hand.

If the projectile would hit, and impale cleanly, Rachale would find herself connected to Banyu by that cord, which the fisherman takes advantage of by pulling the harpoon toward him, getting his opponent in melee range.

COMBATSYS: Rachale blocks Banyu's Harpoon Wrest.

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Rachale          0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0            Banyu

"I'm here to fight, not to make friends." Rachale brings up her own hands into a fighting position; spinning the tonfa once (as much for appearances as anything else), she adopts a left-forward stance; left hand raised, right well back, and with her left side facing Banyu. "If you want respect..."

She grins, though it doesn't reach her eyes. "Earn it."

As water forms in Banyu's hand, Rachale is already moving. She's chosen to rush forward, probably unsprirising given she holds herself like a close-in fighter; she manages a running block, catching the harpoon on her tonfa and causing a splash of water more than any kind of impale.

But though this might not be quite the way he expected it, he's getting her in melee range anyway. Rachale leaps at the last moment and comes in with a spinning kick, arcing her red-glowing boot through the air - and on contact with Banyu, there is a sudden burst of heat and force as the aura around the boot seems to explode, bouncing her up in a double jump and possibly knocking him back a step before Rachale lands on the dock again.

COMBATSYS: Rachale successfully hits Banyu with Proton Kick.

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Rachale          0/-------/-----==|=====--\-------\0            Banyu

"Tch-" He exhales, as his attack is rendered mostly unsuccesfull. Instead, he finds himself being jumped at- It seems that he tried to shift his body to the side to evade, but instead gets socked straight on his face- Exploding fiercely onto cheekbone as he gets knocked straight away and into the floor! "Aguaah!".

Banyu slams his fist against the dock, an echoing sound ringing out as he painstakingly rises to both feet again. "You have skill." While he states this plainly- He does look grumpy- Grumpier then usual. The large man walks back into range, raising up his front leg as he balances on his toes- Displaying a surprising amount of agility for someone of his stature and age-- He whips up the leg further, before coming down with it in a hooked axe-kick aimed at the back of her head- "Hm-!"

COMBATSYS: Rachale dodges Banyu's Medium Kick.

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Rachale          0/-------/-----==|=====--\-------\0            Banyu

Having kicked off Banyu (more or less; does explosive backblast count?) Rachale does a backwards flip before landing on her feet, raising her arms and tonfa back into her combat stance quickly. The wooden dock rattles under her foot as she hits a loose board, but it doesn't seem to give her much of a problem.

"I should hope so." If Rachale isn't good, she doesn't get paid, something that's as true in her day job as the League. Her goal is to build her reputation, and if she's doing *that*, she can't lose in her first public match in a while.

Banyu is more agile than Rachale expected, but not more agile than Rachale herself is. She circles, fist and weapon raised; as he goes in for the axe kick, she slips sideways almost like a boxer, making it perhaps ninety degrees around the other fighter and narrowly avoiding the downrushing strike. At the same time, she lashes out, jabbing with her left tonfa. It's a quick jab, followed up with a stronger blow from her back right hand as she spins the weapon so that the longer segment is forward, extending her reach (and power) dramatically. "Ha!"

COMBATSYS: Banyu blocks Rachale's Power Strike.

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Rachale          0/-------/----===|=======\-------\0            Banyu

"Hnngg-" Another frustrated sigh, another inefficient blow. He turns to face his attack just in time to absorb the first jab of the tonfa with his meaty shoulder- For that second, larger haymaker, he pulls in his arm to his opposite side, before moving it smoothly back to his front with upper arm raised up- A rather active block, swiping away the attack while his forearm takes the brunt of the damage.

Then, still in melee-range, he stomps both his feet once, alternate- Each impact with the ground sends his chi surging through the ground, before creating a rising geyser from the earth's surface- Twice. Threathening to batter into Rachale, and potentially knock her skyward a few feet.

COMBATSYS: Banyu successfully hits Rachale with Madura Geyser.
- Power hit! -

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Rachale          0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1            Banyu

Rachale feels the dock tremble when Banyu stomps on it, but at first she's not sure what he's doing. He's not aiming at her feet, precisely. She's not getting her toes stomped on and he's not trying to stomp through the dock - or if he is, he's not doing a very good job of it.

But then she feels the chi build, and she gets out about half of a curse word before the geyser blasts upwards, drowning out her words and literally throwing her into the air. Her rise is uncontrolled - she was caught by surprise, and perhaps it's a little more powerful directly over water. It's not like she'd know.

Rachale manages to control her descent by going directly into a diving kick. It's not quite the way she *wanted* to jump, but it's good enough to get her there, and once she's airborne she knows how to come down exactly the way she wants to: foot-first, nearly but not quite straight vertical.

COMBATSYS: Banyu parries Rachale's Sky Splash!

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Rachale          0/-------/=======|=======\==-----\1            Banyu


In a smooth motion, Banyu literally bends over backwards like a professional limbo dancer in a wild display of momentary balance and agility; Rachale's feet missing his nose by the most narrowest of margains. In that moment, from that odd position, Banyu punches straight up, after reeling back his arm. His middle-knuckle extended to form a sort of point; Out of that knuckle, a spectral, Triangular point of Chi seems to have manifested, risking to pierce into Rachale before exploding with a violent /splash/!

"The seas lead one to develop unrivaled balance, young lady."

COMBATSYS: Banyu dazes Rachale with Sharkfin Knuckle EX!

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Rachale          1/---====/=======|=======\====---\1            Banyu

Rachale touches down an instant before Banyu punches upward, driving his fist directly into her bare stomach and causing her to fold around the blow. She lets out a muffled 'whoof' at the impact - especially when the explosion of chi goes off, causing her to bounce upward and then land on the fist a second time.

That hurt. Enough that when Rachale finally gets to her feet, she's still kind of seeing stars and out of breath; she can't catch enough air to get a coherent response out to Banyu, though she does mutter something that is hard to make out, especially for someone whose first language is not English.

She DOES have enough air to snap a fast strike at Banyu's head as she retreats, giving herself a moment to recover. It's fast and will sting if it connects but it's nothing like she can do (and has done) with enough time for a wind-up.

COMBATSYS: Banyu endures Rachale's Quick Strike.

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Rachale          1/--=====/=======|=======\=======\1            Banyu

Banyu can't help but give a satisfied smile as he finally manages to get some clean hits on his opponent. "I did not hear what you said, but it hardly matters- come-" He responds, in his indeed somewhat choppy english he dashes further toward Rachale as she makes her landing, her strike hitting him square on the forehead- Indeed, it did sting- But he seems mostly undeterred, as he retracts his right upward to to the opposite strike, before coming down with a diagonally-downward chop onto her right shoulder! "You will not escape--"

COMBATSYS: Banyu successfully hits Rachale with Medium Punch.

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Rachale          2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2            Banyu

In close, there's not much room for Rachale to get away from Banyu. His fist comes in, slamming down on Rachale's shoulder, and though she turns her body with the blow, she can't possibly absorb all the force. She feels the impact run through her body...

...but she's still there. Right in front of Banyu. And rather than an expression of pain on her face, there's anger crossed with anticipation. "You don't understand. I don't want to escape."

"I want to kick your ass! FLASHING..."

Rachale emphasizes this point with a sudden strike. Left first, then right, left right left - she emphasizes the flurry with a loud yell, especially when she finishes it off by standing on one foot and kicking several times with the other, then performing a powerful somersault kick as the finale, putting her entire strength and speed into the last blow. "SUN!"

COMBATSYS: Banyu blocks Rachale's Flashing Sun.

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Rachale          0/-------/---<<<<|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2            Banyu

"Hohohoh, then come as close as you like." He quips back- Right when he sees her winding up her own attack. Banyu does his best to employ his active- style of blocks onto the flurry, bracing his arms while swiping the attack away- However, a select few strikes do manage to flip through- He looks quite tired by the end of the barrage, and the only defense he can manage now is crossing his arms in a tight guard in front of him- Absorbing the upward kick- But blowing open his guard in the process! That one was mighty close.


In tandem with his words, he suddenly drops low into a split-- Chopping toward the side of both Rachale's knees with both hands, attempting to make her drop to her knees. He would follow up, whether entirely sucessful or not, by attempting to push his opponent onto the floor with a swift palm-strike, finally raisng his arm high, manifesting the water-made harpoon pointing downward, and /Thrusting/ it toward Rachale. A similair thing might happen if it connects- She would be impaled, and connected to Banyu by the spear's cord.

COMBATSYS: Banyu dazes Rachale with Whale Burial!

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Rachale          1/------</<<<<<<<|>>>>>>-\-------\0            Banyu

Rachale's somersault flip kick ends with her vaulting backwards several steps on sheer momentum. She lands in a deep crouch, then rises, breathing hard for a moment.

She has very little time to recover before Banyu is on her again. He comes in low - lower than she expected, he's a big guy and much taller than her and most of his attacks have been from high because of it.

Taken down to her knees, Rachale's response is to rise, but the palm-strike dead center on her chest slams her back down. From there she *knows* she's not immediately getting up, and her plan becomes to defend herself from the ground. She raises her arms to block in front of her, tensing her entire body.

The chi-spear hits her and *sticks*. But it doesn't immediately stop Rachale from trying a last-ditch assault; she pushes herself up with her legs, kicking upward until she manages to do a handstand. Which isn't easy, what with the harpoon and all, but she manages it long enough to push herself to the sky, doing one somersault kick, then another -

Then she hits the end of the 'rope' and is pulled back to the ground, slamming down on her back with enough force to rebound slightly. The questions are: is Banyu still standing? And is she able to rise? At this point, it's not very clear...

COMBATSYS: Rachale can no longer fight.

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Banyu            0/-------/-<<<<<<|

...well, it's clear that Rachale, after her hard landing, is not going to get up after all; she's too dazed. That only leaves Banyu in question.

COMBATSYS: Rachale successfully hits Banyu with Twin Danger.

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Banyu            1/----<<</<<<<<<<|

"Yes- Take that- Ughuyaaaaa!!" Successful, but knocked skyward by the handstand-kick first, and knocked further and further up before his opponent thankfully reached the end of the line- His yell, however, continues all the way for a few seconds until he finally crashes into- And through the docks.

*Crack, Splash*

And into the water he goes- Twitching for a moment, but finding himself unable to move, similarly to his opponent. "Bangsat!" (damn!)

The judge looks between the two fighters with a examining eye. Before nodding, seemingly having come to a conclusion. "Draw!" With of both of his arms, he declares the result. Leaving the Fisherman to grumble in the pile of wood and shallow water he crashed through.

COMBATSYS: Banyu takes no action.

COMBATSYS: Banyu can no longer fight.

Log created on 15:17:36 05/13/2021 by Rachale, and last modified on 20:37:10 05/13/2021.