Description: It's an entirely real Graveyard with an entirely real storm which continues to rage long after the Elder God of Thunder's presence has faded, populated by an entirely real girl with entirely real swords; entirely real, skeletal limbs bursting through the drenched earth; and an actor who must wrestle with the looming threat of notes from an entirely unsympathetic audience.
Ahmya's last fight was a brutal affair in a charnel house. She faced the Bloodedge and fought him to a standstill. When she woke up, she just got the sense that something, karma, maybe fate, had sent Ragna on to face what may be a destined enemy. This left her slipping to the secondary bracket and, honestly, she feels a little better about it.
Thusly, she's in this haunted graveyard awaiting her opponent. She's not sure the information she was given is correct. A movie star? Really? Still, she's here, she's waiting and doing her level best to tune out the wails of the damned as she fidgets with her swords.
Pain is what Johnny Cage has been in since the last fight he was in for this tournament that he probably shouldn't be involved in. He really shouldn't be galavanting around the world sticking his nose in supernatural business. It's not really his cup of tea. He knows a super hot super soldier style chick that really should be doing this kind of thing but sometimes he gets so far into character he ends up in...
"A graveyard? Seriously?"
Johnny Cage's black and pink Cage Kick sneakers (instead of a Jumpman symbol they have the Johnny Cage Shadow Kick symbol) crunch the ground as he makes his arrival onto the scene.
"I mean, if they want me to reboot Buffy, I'm in. But this is gonna' be one helluva screen test."
Cage finally notices his opponent for this here bracket and offers one of his patented Movie Star Wink and Finger Gun Combos. It's followed by a grin and a question.
"Are you ready for this?"
Johnny Cage throws on his black and pink zebra striped sunglasses while humming that annoying ass jock jam...
The young woman starts a little as she hears feet crunch on the dying grass of the final resting place of the unquiet dead. She blinks a few times, surprised. "Oh my, I thought the information was wrong. You're Johnny Cage!" Of course she knows who he is. Japanese or not, he's a huge movie star and a fairly big name on the fighting circuit. She looks away for a second, embarassed. "Um. When this is over," And my alter ego hasn't gutted you, "Can I get, um, an autograph? That'd be really cool."
She sighs and rolls her shoulders, her weird tunic-dress thing fluttering in the grave breeze. "I am, but I'll apologize ahead of time if I, well, lose control." She shifts her feet, flipping the blade in her left hand into a reverse grip and taking up a stance.
"Hey, don't even worry about it. I make everybody lose control." Johnny flashes his signature grin... and then follows that up with a raising of a single finger. "Uh, everybody that's Over 18, Consenting, and a Super Fan. You look super young so I'm gonna' just move this right along to the part where we punch each other in the face a lot."
Johnny Cage slides his Cage Kicks into fighting position. "Autographs are fifty. But if you kick my ass, I'll give you the I'm Unconscious I'll Sign Whatever Discount." Cage with the quips as usual.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage has started a fight here.
Johnny Cage 0/-------/-------|
COMBATSYS: Ahmya has joined the fight here.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0 Ahmya
She blinks a couple times at his disclaimer. It takes her a moment to get it, and she grimaces a little. Then the autograph charge. She assumes he means Dollars American, so she does the math and looks a little disgusted. She's not an Idol-head, because she's not a sad and lonely man. She sure as hell isn't going to spend that much.
So she'll have to go for the free option, which means she needs to win.
Her muscles tense, and she moves. She's quick, and it looks like she's been well trained, but her expression is worried. Without warning she moves, dashing at the action star, boots thudding on the earth. She strikes low, her weapons bursting into violet as her tainted chi infuses them. Striking at Johnny below the knees, she brings the blades back a touch and then leaps upwards, dragging the edged weapons with her as she somehow does a standing backflip, the apex of her jump at least the height of a full grown man.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage counters Cloudburst from Ahmya with Mime Time.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0 Ahmya
Johnny Cage's eyes try to keep up with Ahmya's movements but that speed is something else. Thankfully, he's got his sunglasses on so things can stay hidden. He can't be showing his hand too early. Especially against someone that's just got all the weapons ever while all he has is this really cool CageWear jacket now available on CageWear.com.
When Ahmya's arrival aims for that low strike, Johnny Cage's hands come up in a fit of what might actually be a sprinkle of invisible chi as he his mimelike movements create a quick box to stop those blades from striking true. For a brief moment, Johnny Cage is trapped in the invisible box until he punches through it with a shattered glass sound effect from somewhere.
Johnny Cage reaches through to grab Ahmya and toss her overhead and away from him. Just needing a little bit of distance if she's going to be trying to chop him up with those blades of death!
The blades throw eldritch sparks as they skip across the invisible box. Her eyes widen slightly as she goes upwards, only to be seized in mid leap.
Johnny hucks her across the graveyard, and she impacts on the ground ungracefully, bouncing once and skidding across crispy grass. Shaking it off, she rises, blinking away a bit of a daze. "Huh. Neat," she says as she makes ready to go again. Her low heeled boots dig for purchase, and she charges again. She almost seems to flicker as her body exceeds speeds that should be possible for a human, blurring in and out of clarity as she closes. This time, she just does a traditional samurai pass, lashing out with her left hand as she darts past Johnny. Simple and classic.
COMBATSYS: Ahmya successfully hits Johnny Cage with Evasive Strike.
- Power hit! -
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0 Ahmya
"How are you this fast?!"
Johnny Cage gets his answer when the blurring Ahmya slices past him so fast that he doesn't even actually have time to get his arms up. His arms are pushed together and brought up to protect himself but by then the blood is already pouring from his chest. It's leaking right out of the two NN's off his JOHNNY tattoo. Worse than that? His jacket has been sliced.
"Oh come on! I just had this shipped here!" A piece of the stylish jacket falls down to the dead grass below and Cage just shakes his head. "Disrespectful."
Cage tries to keep up with the much faster opponent by just leaning in and aiming a fist at the spot he thinks she'll be blurring into next!
COMBATSYS: Ahmya blocks Johnny Cage's High Punch.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0 Ahmya
Ahmya flickers to a stop, swinging her blade towards the ground and flinging the blood from its edge. "Oh, that? I, um. I kinda teleport a little," she answers sheepishly, wincing as the expensive jacket piece falls to the ground. "I ... Oops?"
Still, the fight isn't over. Ahmya darts again, juking and dodging to be as unpredictable as possible, but Johnny Cage is not only a great actor, he is a wise and cunning fighter. The young woman flickers again, pivoting to come at the actor again, and nearly runs his fist right into her mouth. Somehow, she notices in time, pivoting slightly, to take it in the shoulder. There will be a bruise, but she gets to keep all her teeth.
This is still kind of a gift horse. She dips low, her blades blooming in violet chi, and she pivots, rising into the air in a spin. The blades lash out again and again as she ascends, trailing lines of purple demon energy behind them.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage just-defends Ahmya's Elysium Halo!
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0 Ahmya
"... How the hell do you teleport /a little/? See, this the BS I be talkin' 'bout. They always got me fightin' some teleporter or mystical ninja or a GOD. I'ma' start carrying a gun."
Cage's complaining gives him just enough time to see that Ahmya's doing that violet chi thing and he knows that chi is never a good sign. So he does what any Hollywood Superstar would do and that's hold his hands up in front of himself in an attempt to protect himself from lashing blades. Which he manages to do but only realizes when the arms of his jacket are sliced off and also fall to the graveyard ground as well.
"... Huh." Johnny Cage takes a moment to look at the weird jacket-vest thing he's wearing not by choice at this moment. "This ain't half-bad. I smell new merch." Mental note acquired. "These singe marks are kinda' sick too."
Johnny hops backward and for a second his hands glow with his own green chi energy. "I'm probably gonna' get sued for this but..." With a smirk, Johnny brings his hands up and thrusts them in Ahmya's direction to fling that green (MK) fireball in her direction.
COMBATSYS: Ahmya dodges Johnny Cage's Out Take.
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Johnny Cage 0/-------/--=====|======-\-------\0 Ahmya
This time, Johnny Cage deflects her attack faultlessly. The blades do not bite, the chi does not burn, and she lands, amazed. Her head tilts slightly as he seems to enjoy the alterations to his jacket. In the meantime, a little voice begins to chant in the recesses of her mind. She ignores it for the moment, having no desire to even hear what it says, though she can truly guess, and it's revolting.
The megastar draws back and hurls a ball of energy her way, and the young woman charges it. She throws herself into a baseball slide under the projectile, popping back up with a grunt of effort. She resumes her stride, charging at Johnny. Her weapons draw back, she makes ready to strike.
She vanishes in a ripple of air.
Most of the time, she would attack from behind or the sides. This time, she tries to be a little less predictable. She reappears above and to Johnny's left, dropping like a rock and lashing out with both blades.
COMBATSYS: Ahmya successfully hits Johnny Cage with Setsuna.
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Johnny Cage 1/------=/=======|=======\-------\1 Ahmya
Teleporters are the worst...
Hold on. One sec.
Johnny Cage rolls his eyes, "Ugh. Teleporters are the /worst/." The quip comes as Ahmya makes herself disappear once again. "Never again. I swear to god, the next time I get paired up with someone that doesn't actually stay and fight, I'm just gonna' forfeit. Seriously!"
Johnny's annoyance is likely falling on deaf ears since there's no actual crowd at these fights. Which, for the record, also sucks but maybe that's for the best since he almost died last fight. Anyway, with all of these thoughts in his head, he doesn't even realize that the way he's backing up and sidestepping is putting him right in the path of the falling Ahmya! There's no protection at all from those blades as they slice right through him, blood spraying and now the J and the Y of his tattoo are leaking his Hollywood Royalty blood. Uncool.
Cage is in pain, that much is obvious, even as he waits for the rest of his vest-jacket to fall off his body. As the pieces do, he holds up a camera (must've been in a jacket pocket or something) and he turns the flash all the way up before trying to snap a photo of Ahmya.
COMBATSYS: Ahmya blocks Johnny Cage's Say Cheese.
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Johnny Cage 1/------=/=======|=======\=------\1 Ahmya
Ahmya lands, taking a little hop back from Johnny as she flicks even more blood from her blades. The few drops that don't flick off start to boil as violet chi licks along the edges like fire. She looks a little upset that she wrecked that nice jacket. Less so for hurting him, it's a fight after all, but that jacket looked expensive and she slashed it to bits. Oh well. He's a rich actor, it shouldn't be that big a deal, right?
Especially if he charges fifty bucks for an autograph.
The camera comes out, and she squints at it in confusion for an instant before she realizes what's about to happen. She whirls, turning her back on Johnny, but a shade too slow. A big gnarly dot is, for the moment, planted in her vision. She tries to blink it out, but it's stubborn. She'll just have to live with it.
She rushes Johnny again, the tails of her 'dress' fluttering behind her as she leaps, invertingfully in midair as she begins to spin, lashing out with her blades again as she arcs over the megastar.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage interrupts Lotus Dance of Oblivion from Ahmya with Cliffhanger.
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Johnny Cage 1/---====/=======|=======\=====--\1 Ahmya
Cage is trying his best to keep up with the speedy spryness of his opponent. Seriously, he's trying his best. There's not much that his normal humanity can do to match the teleportation speed that's coming from Ahmya. Before he can even really muster up another quip, this girl is back in the air and spinning towards him with blades and dress tails galore. It's nothing but bad news as far as Johnny Cage can see.
"Let's kick things up a notch!"
Johnny Cage leaps into the air empowered by his one-liner and as he starts to bend backwards his body is wrapped in The Glow. If anyone has reached the Final Level it's Johnny Cage. Anyway, it's the same green as his fireball from earlier and it's wrapped around his whole body as his feet kick into Ahmya!
There's probably a combination of sparks and blood from the impact as he still manages to get cut up something fierce (there's a slash of blood striking right through the JOHNNY tattoo now) as his body finishes that Flippy Kick foolishness and comes crashing back towards the graveyardian earth below.
Once more, Ahmya takes to the air, and once more she pays for it. Despite the fact that her blades bite a bit, Johnny's empowered flip kick catches her dead in the abdomen and flings her away before she can do truly heinous damage. She plows through a gravestone, shattering the granite with her body, skidding and rolling to a stop. She's still, chest heaving with breath before she slowly rises. It's a strange movement, fluid and snake-like. Suddenly, Johnny will immediately notice that a blue snake marking has seemingly just appeared, wrapped around her left thigh and coiling upwards to somewhere hidden. It's starting to glow.
Her head tilts slightly, mismatched read and blue eyes regarding the megastar as if for the first time. Then she vanishes again.
She reappears, flickering through the space, shedding grave dust with every motion. She twirls both blades into a reverse grip before she simply lashes out with her hands, reaching for an arm. Should she snag it, she will pivot hard, trying to huck The Cage Man into a gravestone. She is far too strong for her build.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage dodges Ahmya's Power Throw.
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Johnny Cage 1/---====/=======|=======\=====--\1 Ahmya
Johnny Cage may have managed to get to the part in the script where he gets to showcase some of his skills because when Ahmya reaches in, Cage is backpedaling out of the way and giving himself some room to spin on his heels. He doesn't actually spin too far because if he does, that damn teleportation's going to kick in again and then where will he be? Swinging at the air again!
Feeling a little bit rejuvenated from his fancy footwork, Johnny Cage brings both of his fists up and just starts jabbing away in this speedster girl's direction. Maybe if he tries to lean in with some speed of his own he can catch her before she's BAMFing around the graveyard again!
COMBATSYS: Ahmya full-parries Johnny Cage's Rapid Jabs!!
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Johnny Cage 1/---====/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Ahmya
She didn't hurl Johnny away, but that's fine. The suddenly ... listless seeming Ahmya closes her eyes. They do not open as Johnny comes for her swinging. She just -moves perfectly-. Each fist that comes for her is gently pushed aside. Guided away from her body with a fluid motion. Her arms move in tandem with each other, almost seeming boneless like a snake as she shoves the punches away.
Capitalizing on her deflections, she spins the blades into forward grips in her hands and surges forward, thrusting the weapons like fangs at the megastar's abdomen. Her face, once friendly and sometimes annoyed is now devoid of any emotion whatsoever. It's eerie.
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage just-defends Ahmya's Power Strike EX!
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Johnny Cage 1/---====/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Ahmya
Johnny Cage is making the T symbol with his stinging hands. "Okay, I gotta' take a second to just say that was effin' sweet. Noice!" Yes, even in the middle of being slashed to a bloody mess by this girl and her swords, Johnny Cage can recognize pure talent and skill when he sees it.
"Okay, Time In!"
Johnny Cage breaks the T of his hands and that's just in time for him to see those same blades he just praised coming at his abdomen. He drops down to the ground into his signature splits and raises his hands over his head to shove at those wrists of Ahmya's and keeping those blades from coming down any further!
"... I'm going to hell for this. I can feel it."
Johnny Cage accepts his fate and shrugs those shoulders, his hands dropping from defending himself from being stabbed through. He shouldn't but he's already down here. So...
"When in Rome, right?"
And here comes his Signature Move!
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage successfully hits Ahmya with Nut Punch.
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Johnny Cage 1/-======/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Ahmya
Ahmya tilts her head as Johnny does the signature split, her eyes flickering slightly wider as he shoves her hands up and away. She seems to take this all in stride, looking down at the man as he doesn't rise. Her confusion is what does her in. The blow is sudden, brutal and, honestly, would be really embarassing if she wasn't being quote-unquote possessed.
The punch staggers her, almost seeming to shock her out of her fugue-like state. She stumbles backwards, clutching herself in pain, trying to catch her breath. She's not looking the best right now but she doesn't fall, she just keeps stepping backwards, finally managing to catch her breath. Even in her largely emotionless state, this makes her frown.
Ahmya gestures, and the ground rumbles violently, hellish chains bursting free to try and bind up the actor. Should they catch, she takes a step towards Johnny and vanishes. She reappears closer, taking another step before once more blipping out.
When she reappears, she's close, reaching out to cup Johnny's face in her hands gently. It's almost a senual gesture until one remembers the blades in her hands, held in reverse grip. With no expression at all, she will draw them in a brutal X across his chest.
COMBATSYS: Ahmya successfully hits Johnny Cage with Skandha Avidya.
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Johnny Cage 2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|>>>>---\-------\0 Ahmya
Johnny Cage takes the recovery time of Ahmya to pull himself back up to his standing position. He keeps his classic smirk on his face as he does so and even looks at his fist as if he weren't sure that was going to work. Still, it did and he's impressed with himself. He doesn't have an opportunity to celebrate though because...
Ground Rumbling and CHAINS OF HELL bursting forth and snatching Johnny Cage up without even a second of hesitation. His arms and legs are pulled apart and he's trapped in this particular foreshadowing position without even an opportunity to dodge. Not that it's possible to really dodge magical chains of hellatious death.
And then, for the viewer at home, the scratching of a record happens as the image freezes.
"Hey. It's me, Johnny Cage. I bet you're wondering how I ended up in this position. It's a long story. But I don't think I'll be alive to tell it. Sonya? Remember Me!"
With that voice over all done, the image once again returns to movement and Ahmya manages to get up close and too personal with Johnny Cage's face. Cage raises an eyebrow and doesn't get to actually come up with a quip in time because those blades are back at it and slashing brutally across his chest. There's so, so, so, SO much blood that it's impossible to see much of anything but bits and pieces of his JOHNNY tattoo. The impact slashing impact strong enough to knock him right out of those chains and down to the blood-stained ground below.
The weak knees of Johnny Cage curl up beneath him just a bit. He's managed to scrape up enough energy to pull himself into a bit of a crouch. He coughs up some more blood as he tries to bring his eyes up to look at Ahmya. "I'm losing too much blood to say the Rocky V line so just pretend I did, alright?"
With every ounce of energy he has left, Johnny Cage lurches upwards with an Uppercut of Deadly proportions and aiming it right for Ahmya's chin. It's followed up by another one of even stronger mettle. And finally, one more Deadly Uppercut as his arm and fist are surrounded by The Glow in his attempt to unleash a last ditch effort before he loses too much blood to stay conscious...
COMBATSYS: Johnny Cage can no longer fight.
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COMBATSYS: Ahmya full-parries Johnny Cage's #Deadly Uppercut EX#!!
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Johnny falls. There's so much blood. Part of her rails against it. Fighting the voice that grows ever louder, telling her to kill. She watches impassively as he shifts and coils, readying to make one last ditch effort. He rises, rocketing up in an adrenaline fueled uppercut. Time seems to slow for her as a voice echoes in her mind. Bellowing and ordering her to do one thing.
F I N I S H H I M !
He rises, swinging for the fences. Ahmya uses the flats of her blades to thrust his fist aside. She spins gracefully, it would be a sublime sight if not for the gore. Inverting her grip again, she swings her arms around her torso, thrusting them into and then all the way through Johnny's torso from behind as she pirouette's around him. She holds him on her blades for a moment, as if she's giving an offering, and then she just tilts them, leting him slide off to the ground.
She doesn't even look at her handiwork before she just blips out of existence, teleporting away with her twisted powers.
An 8x10 of Johnny Cage flutters to the ground at Ahmya's feet signed:
o My Biggest Fan,
Log created on 20:09:38 07/27/2022 by Ahmya, and last modified on 03:28:15 07/29/2022.