The Descent - Round 1 - They Live

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Description: A haunted Graveyard rife with eerie lights and skeletal hands creeping forth from mounded dirt plays host to the Thunder God and the Killasaurus as ironclad order meets screaming chaos.

A Tournament begins.

One where even the Gods must march to battle. In the graveyard, realm and state of the remembered and lost alike, a storm brews. Thunder and lightning echo in the heavens as blue bolts dance across a black field. In a blinding bolt, lightning strikes the ground. A figure steps forth from the light, dressed in white robes and gold trim with a blue sash around his waist.

A harvester hat is worn on his head covers his face until his chin lifts, glowing blue eyes examine his surroundings, his black gloves, fingerless, meet each other and tighten.

"May the Elder Gods watch over me." he turns his eyes forward, looking for his opponent. Raiden has arrived into the battle."

A Tournament begins.

One where even the Gods must march to battle. In the graveyard, realm and state of the remembered and lost alike, a storm brews. Thunder and lightning echo in the heavens as blue bolts dance across a black field. In a blinding bolt, lightning strikes the ground. A figure steps forth from the light, dressed in white robes and gold trim with a blue sash around his waist.

A harvester hat is worn on his head covers his face until his chin lifts, glowing blue eyes examine his surroundings, his black gloves, fingerless, meet each other and tighten.

"May the Elder Gods watch over me." he turns his eyes forward, looking for his opponent. Raiden has arrived into the battle."

"Creepy as -fuck.-"

As the silhouette of Alexis emerges from the shadows of the graveyard and into the grim green light cast by torches placed around the grounds in anticipation of the upcoming match, she shakes one of her boots free of -something- that didn't want to let her pass - though it's difficult to tell whether it was a mere tangled root or something more sinister reaching up from the ground in an attempt to stop her.

As the light pours over her figure, the Canadian punk-rocking brawler's face is revealed to be a shade more ghostly pale than usual thanks to the liberal application of makeup, her lips black by contrast, and wolf earrings dangling from her ears. In tandem with the spiked black collar around her neck, the distressed midriff-flaunting black tank on her body with the 'WARWOLF' logo on the chest, and the silver wolf's head piercing in her belly button, it appears that she's decided to appear in the match under the wrestling guise of 'Phantom Wolf' - though without the mask that she'd normally wear with the costume. Her outfit is rounded off by a pair of black fingerless gloves with wolf logos opposite the palms and a pair of elbow pads, along with a pair of black leather short shorts on her hips.

"Not you, I mean - this fucking graveyard. I swear I saw something moving back there."

Taking up a less-relaxed stance, she raises her hands up in a defensive posture.

"Name's Lexi. Hope you don't mind an age gap when it comes to your bloodsport."

COMBATSYS: Alexis has started a fight here.

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Alexis           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Raiden has joined the fight here.

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Raiden           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Alexis

And so it's a God versus a rocker wrestler in what the stories will call the most metal conflict ever. Her appearance is that of a warrior, though Raiden is not used to so many logos. Raiden frowns ever softly as he looks at this 'WARWOLF', taking measure of her ability, potentially. "Lexi. My name is Raiden. Age has little value in battle, experience will tell the victory." He looks around. "Sometimes the dead do not rest."

But yes, the bloodbath will begin! He takes a string stance and his hands lift and crackle with electricity. Outstretching his hands, a blast of lightning emerges from his palms and rages towards Alexis!

COMBATSYS: Raiden knocks away Alexis with Lightning.

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Raiden           0/-------/-----==|=====--\-------\0           Alexis

"Yeah... I know that from personal experience, eh? Speaking of." the gothified wrestle-'lexis remarks as she flexes her fingers in her grappler stance. There seems to be no sense of recognition of who exactly she's up against - but Alexis has never been one to afford the appropriate gravitas to the authorities she encounters in her life.

The flash of lightning overpowers the green glow that illuminates the area, flashing in Alexis' aquamarine eyes as they narrow at the danger. It's more power than she was anticipating - and she's not quite in the groove. As the arcane electricity crackles toward her, she throws her arms up as if to ward it away from her face in simple survival instinct - but the blast slips below her guard and slams into her chest, sending her flying back to crash into an upright stone cross marker, leaving it an overturned stone cross marker as it cushions her fall with all the comfort one might expect.

"Jesus Christ," Alexis wheezes on her back as little arcs of electricity leap through her twitching body, a large hole burnt through the wolf logo on her tank to create a smoking cleavage window. Forcing her spasming muscles to action, she shoves up off of the gravestone to stand uncertainly upright, bits of black fabric flaking away into the darkness of the graveyard as she presses a palm to her chest to steady herself. As she does, she closes her eyes - breathes in - and opens them again.

When they come back to visibility, they've shifted in colour - her left now glowing yellow, the other glowing red. A faint whistling sound gathers around her as barely-visible wisps start to emerge from her skin, the bare patches of her chest and back and arms and legs glowing dimly with what appear to be silver runic tattoos. The Thunder God, of all people, would almost certainly be able to recognize the work of some dark ritual magic at play in the punk rocker's aura, a cursed blessing to augment her unnaturally.

"Alright, Gandalf. Let's see if you take as well as you give," the girl remarks, her voice sounding raspier and darker than moments before. Then, rushing toward him with supernatural speed, she leaps off of a headstone, narrowly avoiding a spectral skeletal hand that gropes for her ankle as she does, throwing herself sideways as she aims to cross-body into Raiden's chest with her own - then, if successful, swing herself around him and hook her arm around his neck before dropping backward to drive him head-first into the ground! If that works, the impact would be supplemented by a discordant sonic scream like an amplified, distorted guitar being smashed into something solid - though whether what could be a devastating assault against a mortal would have much effect against the God of Thunder has yet to be seen.

COMBATSYS: Alexis successfully hits Raiden with Stage Dive EX.
- Power hit! -

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Raiden           0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0           Alexis

It's electrifying!

The lightning blast strikes true, knocking Alexis straight into an upright grave marker and leaves her twitching. It wasn't the most comfortable landing in the world, sure, but Raiden has no problems wit hthe age difference after all. After the blast, he starts to walk towards Alexis, lightning bursting like fire in his eyes. Though as she starts to stand up, Raiden's steps grow slower and slower until he comes to a stop.

The runes on her arm... "Child, what have you done?" He's upset by the appearance of those runic tattoos, as if done by some kind of witchcraft or dark sorcery. A curse? Self-inflicted or forced upon her?

Then she's charging.

Raiden lifts his hands as if to grab her in mid-air, but she's charging with surprising force! She takes him off of his feet with that cross-body maneuver and she throws him head first into the ground! His body buries into the dirt until it comes to a stop. The Thunder God smashes his fists into the ground to enter an upright position from his crouched stance.

"...not bad."

But then he's charging forth like some kind of spear, taking flight and going perfectly horizontal! His body crackles with electricity as he tries to lunge straight into her and knock her airborn. If successful, he'll bring both his hands upwards and try to smash her right back to the ground!

COMBATSYS: Raiden knocks away Alexis with Supercell EX.

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Raiden           0/-------/--=====|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2           Alexis

With enough gung-ho - and a matched investment in dark pagan sorcery - it seems that even a god may be momentarily brought low by the mere mortal that Alexis has, at the hands of Outworld, found herself to be. She tumbles away from the tornado-DDT as grave markers crack from the cacophony unleashed by the impact.

"Just gone all-in..." she grunts as she props herself up onto her knees, then to her feet -


Raiden slams into Alexis at lightning speed, driving her skyward with the impact and flipping head over heels as lightning engulfs her. She's left completely at the mercy of the Thunder God as he follows up moments later with the two-handed smash - driving her crashing through the roof of a mausoleum.


Inside the dusty tomb, body covered in singe marks and clothing crackling and sizzling, sprawled in a sundered sarcophagus, Alexis groans. To be so utterly demolished by what amounts to little more than an opening volley... after all that she's sacrificed, everything she's endured to bring herself into this fight once more? Is this the power that she bargained for, bartered from her own murderer? Where is the thrill of power she'd felt in her fight with Sheeva? Is it all an illusion? Despair starts to creep into Alexis' heaving chest as she gasps in musty air. A cold, clammy feeling on her spine...

Abruptly, Alexis realizes that the sensation is a bony hand creeping from behind her toward her neck. She turns and sees that the skeletal occupant of the sarcophagus has been disturbed my her intrusion - its eyes now glowing as its bones rattle with life. The mandible clatters as the skeleton speaks:

'Come back to us...'


"Fuck you!"

Illusion or not, the speaking skull explodes to splinters as Alexis' fist hammers through it to crack the stone coffin behind. She hoists herself out of the box and shakes the grave dust loose.

Broken and bloodied as she is, her ass on the brink of being consummately kicked, the Canadian can't help but feel as though she's back in her comfort zone.

She sucks in a breath.


The mausolem's sealed entrance explodes open from the force of the Canadian fighter's chi-fuelled kiai, and moments later, Alexis emerges, her lungs swelling as she unslings the weapon she brought with her to the fight - an axe and a guitar in one, the body of the instrument serving as the head of the weapon, its edges sharpened to serve violent ends. Adopting the guitar configuration, she presses her fingers to the strings and starts to play the opening riff of, perhaps on the nose, AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck.'

As she does, waves of scarcely-visible sonic energy ripple through the air like pummeling and slashing blades toward the Thunder God, accompanied by keening wisps of damned soul essence filtering through the audio assault, her red eye glowing brightly!


COMBATSYS: Raiden dodges Alexis' Shredding Solo.

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Raiden           0/-------/--=====|>>>>---\-------\0           Alexis

The strike from Raiden rings true to the ears of the Gods and lightning engulfs Alexis's body, sending her back to the earth like a star that has lost all of it's light. The dusty tomb she's buried in, he can sense her disillusionment with her own strength. Despair begins to overtake her. Would this truly be so simple? Where is her courage of heart? Even in the darkest of times, even a mortal can stand up to a God.

Even a mortal can win.

Though her defying nature rings to Raiden's ears as she curses the dirt the skeletal being rose from and comes up to challenge him once again. He looks upon his enemy as he starts to approach, though her chi explodes with an aura like Raiden has so very rarely seen before: The kind of aura that will never surrender. Thunderstruck begins to play and it's enough to disturb the dead. They reach to touch Raiden, but the legendary riff of thunderstruck is so metallic that their grasping hands turn into the classic rock symbol in their hands.

Even the dead stand to witness her strike.

Sonic waves approach Raiden, slicing through mausoleums and upright tombstones on their way to strike him. Raiden is no fool: if he tries to stand against this, even those shredded waves can harm him. In a flash of lightning, he appears immediately to the side of Alexis, his fist cloaked in electricity.

His fist sharply comes toward her: an honor he bestows upon so few as a worthy opponent - his target is her jaw. He mutters two words that ring like thunder.

'God Fist'.

COMBATSYS: Raiden knocks away Alexis with God Fist+.
+ Epic Hit! +

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Raiden           0/-------/------=|>>>>>>>\>>>>---\1           Alexis

If there's one thing to be held as a testament to Alexis' force of will, it's the scars that are left on the battlefields where she fights, even - perhaps especially - when she loses. It has, after all, been scarcely more than a year since she practically destroyed the Sydney Opera House in her lost match against La Huesuda - and here, rocks that have withstood decades and centuries of weather are now sheared and defaced by the unholy power of sound and metal.

Still, though the graveyard crumbles around her, the Thunder God's lightning speed leaves him unfazed by her brutal riff - and her musical posture leaves her open to the full power of the God Fist.


Lightning dances through Alexis' body as she sparks and sputters through the air, flames clinging to her hair and clothing as she flips head over heels before crashing down onto a statue of a winged angel, knocking it off of its pedestal and sending dust to fly into the air before igniting with another puff of flame from the cinders still burning off of her tank top, covering her with another layer of black soot. Lying on the unhallowed earth, her shirt burnt away to leave the tatters of a sports bra beneath, smoking and blackened and broken, Alexis could well be dead... again.

Then, with a zombie-like groan, the Canadian punk shambles up to her feet, her aquamarine eyes glinting in the dark. Her head tilts to the side with a cracking sound from her neck as her silhouette stands in the haze of dust and green torchlight.

Then, finally, her voice pierces the gloom like sandpaper and vitriol:

"Why don't you try hitting me harder next time, eh?"

The points of aquamarine light shift to yellow and red as she suddenly rushes forward, suddenly transitioning from 'shuffler' to 'fast zombie' as she charges the God of Thunder with the unrelenting will of the damned. Throwing herself forward, she attempts to slam her shoulder into Raiden's midsection and check him to the ground unceremoniously - and if she manages to pin him beneath herself, the punches that follow would rain down like a hundred-year hailstorm, each wailing with the pain of a soul lost, each ready to echo with dissonant aural release on impact, ready to drown out the berserker howl of a damned woman attempting to defy God himself.

COMBATSYS: Alexis has reached second wind!

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Raiden           0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0           Alexis

COMBATSYS: Raiden blocks Alexis' Beatdown in Three Four EX.

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Raiden           0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0           Alexis


The blow is mighty enough to end most lives in an instant. Her body discarded by the force of the impact until it hits the ground solidly after connecting with the statue of an Angel.

ironic that it is in an angels embrace that she might find her peace. Only...she doesn't. She rises again like an unholy monster and Raiden watches her with some small sadness. "Oh child, what have you done to yourself?" She tells him to strike harder, and he realizes he may have to vanquish her more than once to keep her down.

She charges, and her shoulder checks him, but his forearm seems to have blocked her tackle, or the majority force of it. He lands crouched and her raining blows echoes a pain of the damned. Yet, why is her strikes finding no home? Why do her punches, a hailstorm of pain and anguish, find empty space? They are pushed away or outright blocked by the Thunder God, who looks at her with sudden power in his eyes.

From his hands, he tries to grab her head and torso, and lightning so hot and searing that it's stark white charges forth as if to teach her a real electrocution!

Is this the final act or does the rocker have more? The mortal who stood to challenge a God.

COMBATSYS: Alexis blocks Raiden's White Lightning EX.

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Raiden           0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0           Alexis

Smoke still wafts off of Alexis as her fists pound at both Raiden and the air around him, heedless still of the power that she's contending with. It is, after all, a familiar feeling for her to be outmatched in both skill and might, having faced demons, monsters, and humans demonic and monstrous - she even fought a dragon to a draw, once, technically. Regardless of her opponent, though, her response is the same - to establish a policy of mutually assured destruction and hope for the best.

As Raiden's hands reach for her head and chest, she brings up her arms - the right one catching the Thunder God's hand before it can inflict potentially fatal burns to her crown, the left barely holding back the heat from her heart as her forearms start to smoke.

"I made a deal," she hisses wetly as her discoloured eyes lock with Raiden's. "A deal so that the next time I die, I hopefully take at least a few Outworld fucks with me. I'm not planning on going out quietly this time!"

With that, Alexis starts to growl, pale wisps of souls spiralling through the air around her as their voices seem to join in, the sound building rapidly to a deafening roar - graves crumbling in an ever-expanding ring around the pair as she gathers aural energy!

COMBATSYS: Alexis surges with the power of rock!

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Raiden           0/-------/---====|=======\-------\1           Alexis

"They only ever end badly. I hope it was worth it for you." There is pity in Raiden's voice, even as he's blocked from once again hitting her with some shocking power, she was....strong. What she lacked in force, she made up in force of will.

She already beat death today.

Yet, she gathers her power, her energy, her fury...the aura builds. The dead join in her song, to push her to box with such a being. Yet, with this energy, this aura, and yet...

Even Raiden must respond.

The skies Darken and lightning dances in the heavens like a dragon waiting to mark prey, rain starts to fall and a hurricane builds around them as this song they make together reach crescendo.

In the eye there is peace. Energy about to blow.

"I meet you."

COMBATSYS: Raiden gathers his will.

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Raiden           1/------=/=======|=======\-------\1           Alexis

More and more flakes and ashes blow away from Alexis and into the hurricane, leaving her more and more exposed as the silver lines on her skin light up. Between the thunder and the whirlwind, the noise alone is enough to deafen and destroy - but as Alexis shapes and sculpts the chi to her will, the howling suddenly becomes an impossible silence amidst the surrounding chaos, the energy assimilated fully.

For a moment, the ashes in the air around her seem like snow to the Canadian, and she's reminded of another place and time far away, her first real fight, and its own whirlwind ending...

...and the corner of her lip twitches upward as she draws a quiet conclusion about herself.

Lunging soundlessly forward, Alexis aims one of her elbow pads at Raiden's midsection - and if it lands, the silence would be broken by a thunderous report as a resounding note would be struck, sending ripples reverberating through the eye of the storm.

Whether or not that should succeed, she would follow up the attempt by reaching for Raiden's shoulders, attempting to pull the elder down to double over so that she could sling a leg over his neck and trap his head between her thighs. At the same time she'd try to slip both arms under his to lock him into a double underhook, before kicking out with both legs to drop freely - intent on driving the God of Thunder face-first into the grave dirt with her weight and smash down atop him with her hips, unleashing a deep violent chord of distorted energy to wash over the cemetery!

COMBATSYS: Raiden endures Alexis' Drop D EX.

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Raiden           1/---====/=======|=======\-------\1           Alexis

The crescendo rises until it's almost deafening. Raiden keeps themselves locked in their Mortal Kombat, his eyes never waver from hers. There is no fear to be found in Raiden's gaze. No terror to be inflicted by some unseen force. He was not going to use supernatural means to defeat her. But she has already taken so much punishment, so much pain, much. Yet her will endures.

He notices that slight twitch.

Before he can react, Alexis is lunging straight for Raiden! The silence is broken by Alexis's elbow striking Raiden in the midsection, making him double over from the impact, which makes it easy for her to practically pile drive Raiden straight into the dirt! The distorted energy washes over the cemetary, expanding their combined auras and seemingly silencing the field.

Yet, Raiden lies there: still as the grave. Until his eyes open. His fists have blades of electricity pour out from them and in a blink of an eye, he's gone.

He reappears in front of her, swinging his fists as if he were trying to slice her across the abdomen and across her knees, with a final thrust intended for her chest! Will he strike true?

COMBATSYS: Alexis endures Raiden's Direct Current.

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Raiden           0/-------/----===|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2           Alexis

Rolling away from the impact, Alexis comes to rest with her derriere smudging away what remains of the inscription on a wizened tombstone, drawing in rattling lungfuls of ozone through her sootstained nostrils and open mouth. In spite of the odds, she's dealt a hit - a palpable hit - to a being whose power she still doesn't fully fathom, though she is by now acquainted with it in the way roadkill is acquainted with the car that ran it over.

Still, there's hope.

Until -


Alexis coughs out black fluid as her knees and stomach buckle, doubling over from the initial impacts of the Thunder God's strikes, the unnatural light in her eyes seeming to flicker out. Where her skin isn't already blackened, it is by now an ashen grey, leaving her looking all the closer to the edge of death as her hair falls in her face.

As the final thrust strikes her in the chest, though, a red gleam rises from behind her blitzed bangs, a single eye igniting as the corpse-like woman faces her own destruction.

Standing her ground, she takes the blow to the chest, electricity arcing through her as the tattoos that fuel her burn with the Thunder God's lightning, straining to hold her physical form together.

Then, suddenly, she's trying to crash ghoulishly into Raiden, to pin him beneath her and pound him again and again with blackened and bloody fists, heedless of the crackling skin - to take him with her, as if she would dare entwine the fate of a god with her own -

COMBATSYS: Alexis has reached third wind!

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Raiden           0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0           Alexis

Still, somehow, holding together, even as her very heart threatens to turn to ash in her chest...

COMBATSYS: Raiden blocks Alexis' Beatdown in Three Four.

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Raiden           0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0           Alexis


The sound of Raiden's electric hands impaling Alexis through the chest cause that black blood to ooze out, her coughing out black fluid as she buckles from the initial blows, her kneecaps all but destroyed and her guts trying hard to stay in. But...she's not dead. He has, so far, killed her three times, and three times she rises. The dark magic that holds her body together is powerful.


Yet, she made a deal. It may have been for immortality. But despite her skin falling apart, despite her body threatening to implode on itself, she still comes after him! Raiden's heart breaks for this girl and that he was the opponent she had to face. Bloody fists come after him, ghoulishly rushing him and though she rams into him, the Thunderer stands tall and her blows find hard muscle as a solid block or his hands pushing her fists away, though the few that land seem to cause damage considering how Raiden winces.

Even a God can be hurt. Even a God can feel pain.

"Forgive me, child, that I must be the one to put you to rest."

He tries to push her awayh, lunging forward with a standing kick aimed for her face and two knife-hand strikes for her chest. If those connect, a weapon forms out of his lightning, a hardened bo staff that he swings in the air as he attempts to strike her at her head.


COMBATSYS: Raiden successfully hits Alexis with Deadly Storm.

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Raiden           1/-------/=======|>>>>>>-\-------\0           Alexis

Pushing Alexis off in her current state of disrepair is a trivial task for the God of Thunder. Left open by that shove, she's struck full force in the face, sent staggering backward and exposed for the knife-hand chops that thunder against her chest. The bo staff materializes and cracks viciously against her head, leaving blood streaming in rivulets from her crown -


- and suddenly, the lights appear to have gone out again. The red glow in her eye winks out as she stares emptily at Raiden. A weak, gasping breath can be heard as she draws in air with desperation, a death rattle as she fills her faltering lungs -


- then suddenly, a banshee keen of a multitude of voices erupts from her mouth, the air filling with shrieking glass as it flies forth from between her lips, joining with the wave of sonic force rippling toward Raiden -

COMBATSYS: Alexis can no longer fight.

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- before the dark forces sustaining her give out, and the body of the Canadian collapses lifeless to the ground.

COMBATSYS: Raiden blocks Alexis' Power Chord EX.

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The strike with the kick, the hands...and the bo staff all find their mark and she bleeds from the crown. Though Raiden eventually stands up tall, staff dematerializing in his hand as he watches his opponent start to fall, start to see the light in her eyes finally go out. Though he looks upon her. There's a sudden realization as her death rattle fills her lungs and Raiden immediately lifts his hands to his ears.

The sudden sonic scream like that of the dark banshee immediately gets to work against Raiden, though the Thunder tilts his hat to protect his head from the majority of the impact, though his ears still ring long after the scream. Though the wave of sonic force fail to lay the God low, Raiden hears the 'thud' of the body collapsing to the ground.

"You were a worthy opponent. May you rest in peace...with the consequences of the deal you made. I hope we meet again someday."

He turns to leave. There is a skeleton upon the ground whose rest was disturbed who creaks out an eerie tone.


Raiden lifts his hand up into the air, where a thunderbolt strikes him and he disappears back into the heavens, awaiting his next match.

COMBATSYS: Raiden has ended the fight here.

Log created on 20:22:01 07/12/2022 by Alexis, and last modified on 21:19:39 07/18/2022.