PPV Chaos - Tora vs Seishirou

Description: Rival ninjas square off in this edition of PPV: Chaos. (Winner: Tora)

Despite all appearances (and Seishirou's odd absence from the fight,) the
more or less usually-packed space of the Lobby is emptier than usual, people
having been cleared out and all neccesary airport foot traffic redirected
through the visitor's center. While the crowd certainly hasn't shrank any,
now they're packed into a much smaller area than before. Despite this area
being a smaller fight, nonetheless, the hype-victimized spectators are here;
more itching to see a cheap fight than anything else. They've been corraled
across one half of the airport, leaving the rest of the Lobby--from doors
through courts and a portion of the gate, both top level and bottom, are
relatively empty. The bored-looking announcer who wishes he got in on that
cool-sounding Dan fight and a camera crew are standing by donig their best
to keep up the excitement, and a large screen lives off the top level, in
case the crowd couldn't directly see the supposed fight from their location.
Overall.. a large area for what will likely be a large battle. If Seishirou
ever gets here.
We are above the system. Over it. Beyond it.

Taking a short moment to check his hair (yeah, still unruly), checking for
spots on his forehead protector and jumpsuit, Tora strides out past the
cameras, heading towards the middle of the lobby with a wide wide grin.
Taking a moment to give a thumbs-up to the camera -- with a wink for good
measure -- Tora turns to his opponent, sighing. "Shaderio, now, if you wanna
go on home now 'cuz this is.."
Turning to look around with no small amount of puzzlement, Tora tries to
figure out where Seishirou is. 'Cuz he's not where he's supposed to be.
This isn't how it's supposed to work.

Well, at least one half of the fight's here. At this point, the announcer is
probably going into some exposition on Tora Uzaruto's performance in his SNF
matches. To drag things out.
Ryouhara is indeed not present. Not quite the early beaver as per usual?
Hardly. This is because he's been occupied. With the task of making sure
there are less options for his opponent to be able to successfully get the
drop on him. To not do so would be stupid in a ninjitsu fight. So, he's
roughly late. About ten minutes, to be specific. He's not even that far
away, a silent streak checking skylights, ceilings, upper levels, kiosks,
everything with a decent view of the lobby, save the Women's Bathroom. And
even there he may have knocked politely.
It's only a little bit after that Seishirou decides to make his appearance.
The ninja appears, as if waiting the entire time, from what was apparently
thin air. Or the ceiling. One of the two. Arms folded, he looks over to the
relieved announcer and his opponent, calmly.
"...Sorry I'm late. I had to pick up some groceries before I came."

Tora turns to face Seishirou, an annoyed expression on his face as he sees
his opponent. Finally. "Hey, hey, you jerk, you can't just hold stuff up
like that!" Not to mention making me look stupid on camera talking to
nobody. "So, so, you BETTER be ready to fight, dammit, 'cuz I'm gonna have
to kick your ass even harder'n I was gonna. And I WAS gonna give you a
chance to back out clean and all, but no, you left me standin' here!"
With a disgusted noise, Tora settles into a ready combat stance, flashing an
obscene gesture before stilling, waiting for an indication that the fight is
going to begin.

COMBATSYS: Tora has started a fight here.

".. And isn't that just the way folks? Looks like Tora's getting FIRED UP!"
Announcer Blue is grinning now. Bout time things started to heat up in here.
Smirk. "You'll live," Ryouhara points out, critically. Before he takes two
easy steps back. settling into a looser pose, leaning back with his hands at
his sides. Oh, having checked the place thuroughly, he likely knows
Daisuke's location and even more likely doesn't care. Once acssured that
Daisuke was not Tora in disguise, or something to that effect. Doesn't
matter anyway, he's got one last thing to check.
"I'm not backing out of anything, Uzaruto. You'd better be ready." The way
he puts this carries a certain degree of implication in it--and in case Tora
missed it, Seishirou is going to put this plainly. "...I expect you to
impress me, and more importantly, not to suck." .... What? Seishirou's
already ready, despite his stance. This becomes very quickly apparent, after
the announcer sidles up and comes in with the tagline for these little
bouts. "..Alright, ladies and gents, let the CHAOS begi-"
A grey blur just shot past the announcer, probably killing his tie on the
spot. The blur, unless impeded, will come right past Tora's shoulder in it's
current position, grazing it. Only after it's already embedded in the far
floor will it become apparent that Seishirou threw a kunai.
Let's begin.

COMBATSYS: Seishirou has joined the fight here.

COMBATSYS: Tora blocks Seishirou's Kunai Shot.

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Tora             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0        Seishirou

Tora frowns slightly as Seishirou starts to speak, already suspecting he
isn't going to like where this is going. Narrowing his eyes, he stares at
Seishirou until the other boy gets to the point. Not to suck. Blinking once,
Tora scowls openly, clearly upset by the statement. But, instead of saying
anything he keeps up his ready stance, waiting to see, waiting for--
There's a blur, and Tora twists to the side, as if from an impact to his
shoulder. But instead of falling back or around, he continues the twist into
a full turn, coming back up into a ready position again.. With the blade of
the kunai in his hand, a few droplets of blood on his arm. ".. Yeah, yeah,
you just shut the hell up. You can't talk about sucking, you barely tied
with that Hibiki freak. Whatever."
And that said, Tora bursts into motion himself, charging across the lobby as
he shifts the kunai into his hand, lunging to stab at Seishirou.

COMBATSYS: Tora successfully hits Seishirou with Kunai Crush.

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Tora             0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0        Seishirou

"Heh. Funny you should say that." The Hibiki freak? That's weird. Seishirou
saw a lot of Tora in the unspeakable pink thing. And vice versa. The
unspeakable orange thing would be upset to hear this, however, so he doesn't
mention it. Oh, Seishirou's not one for direct trash talk. Because this is
going to be a serious fight. When Tora caught thek unai however, he was
mildly impressed. He usually throws faster than most people can see, let
alone react to. He must be getting rusty. However, he doesn't pay it much
heed. While his eye couldn't pick out the blur, the blood is noted. That,
plus his clearing of the area... it'll have to do. And when Tora -stabs-
him, that's not the only blood that's going to get on Tora's suit. A brief
strangled cry is given when the blade finds home in his stomach.
Unfortunately, when Tora gives him his own kunai in the stomach, Seishirou
manages to strangle his reaction just enough. "Hrmph, you getting quicker?"
With that, he'll attempt to get a grip on Tora's stabbing arm with a
web-handed grip. If that works, Seishirou will then twist around to get Tora
behind him, holding the arm over his shoulder, to slap his free hand on the
citrus ninja's side, and _fling_ him through the air and maybe into a
garbage can of poor manufacture (25 cents per) with a judo-esque shoulder
throw. It's certainly a quick and unorthodox movement, but what'll be even
more amusing... is, if successfully thrown, the -pink.-
With the hand on the back, Seishirou will have used a small pack to plant
paint on Tora's side. But only if what he intends works just as planned.

COMBATSYS: Seishirou successfully hits Tora with Quick Throw.

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Tora             0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0        Seishirou

Tora has just opened his mouth to make a comment about quickness, when he
finds himself redirected into a trash can. Bowling into it roughly, he takes
a moment re-orient himself, turning the crash into a sideways roll before
coming back to his feet. Turning to glare at Seishirou with annoyance, he
judges the distance before glancing down to see how badly soiled he i-
. wait. That's not the color it's supposed to be.
Realizing that a section of his jacket is now the color of the fool that
gave Seishirou so much trouble, Tora looks back to his opponent with renewed
ire. "... your ass is gonna pay for that." And with that, he leaps forward,
his right hand glowing a faint orange as he launches a simple -- but glowing
-- punch towards Seishirou, aimed for the gut.
The same place he stabbed Seishirou, in fact.

COMBATSYS: Seishirou blocks Tora's Burning Hand.

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Tora             0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0        Seishirou

You like the irony? "Tch." Seishirou did.
Wiping his now pink-stained hand off on his pants, Seishirou regards Tora as
he recovers, tracking every movement. "Now that that's done, we can go about
this seriously." While he's still very much so on-guard, with a marked Tora,
Seishirou can keep track of and zero out at least one of them, should he
start replicating.
Or at least, so did the plan go.
When Tora comes at him with that glowing fist, Seishirou stares at it,
briefly, blinking once, before he just draws up a plated hand to knock the
fist aside, the chi still managing to touch him lightly as it does so.
Completely unfocused power, but a faint graze still managed to be felt,
however lightly. Hrn.. that's something that he didn't manage to detect in
the Billy fight. Regardless, it's odd. Using Tora's momentum to circumvent
him, Seishirou spins around on one foot, and launches into the air as well
and firing off a short pounce kick, clear at the back of Tora's head,
axe-style, heel first, hands behind him in a very practiced attack form.
It's very close quarters, but in such a situation, it's not uncommon for him
to break this down to simple kinetics. Let's see how much damage Tora can
really take.

COMBATSYS: Tora blocks Seishirou's Strong Kick.

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Tora             0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0        Seishirou

Tora blinks as he again finds himself being used as a step in Seishirou's
attacks. Starting to turn, he widens his eyes as he realizes that a leg is
moving towards his head. Unable to do much about it at the moment, he
instead turns into a dive away from the kick. While he doesn't manage to
avoid it, he does manage to reduce the impact. Taking the impact to
influence his momentum, he turns the dive into a forward tumble, a cloud of
white chi-smoke appearing just behind him, as another Tora materializes
mid-air. The tumbling Tora holds out his hands as the appearing Tora kicks
backwards, and between the leap and the shove, the new Tora has a great deal
of momentum.
Momentum channeled into a flying clothesline attack, targeted at Seishirou's

COMBATSYS: Seishirou dodges Tora's Bunshin Ambush.

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Tora             0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0        Seishirou

Landing and skidding to a stop, Seishirou folds himself across the ground.
But the counterattack comes fast. Very fast. The calculated risk inherent in
Seishirou's last was that if he were able to land the blow, Tora would be
too busy flying away to capitalize on the close quarters.
However, ninjitsu is largely about defeating--and looking beyond assumptions
like that.
When Tora's duplicate comes at him--almost right on top of him, Seishirou's
eyes are wide. Unfortunately, he's not surprised enoguh to be taken by the
attack. The clothesline passes throguh empty air as Seishirou sidesteps it.
And then he's gone. While the half-nin's been improving on his speed, so has
Ryouhara. And when next you see him clearly, he's actually hanging.. upside
down. On the ceiling of the first floor. Clinging, upside-down, by a
grappling claw, and counterbalanced against the ceiling. Very tensed
position. Then he attacks, with a spread of kunai directed at where be
believed the marked Tora was. Can't let those guys get around him, it'll be
a huge problem tactically.

COMBATSYS: Tora blocks Seishirou's Kunai Flight.

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Tora             0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0        Seishirou

As soon as he realizes that Seishirou isn't caught in the ad-hoc trap, Tora
aborts his lunge into a quick roll, coming back up onto his feet at the same
time the other -- 'Marked' -- Tora does. Both start casting their gaze about
quickly, looking over the terrain before registering a faint 'clak'. Turning
to face upwards simultaneously, both Toras blink as they realize what's
next. Leaping simultaneously, one Tora -- the one without the pink splotch
-- becomes two for a moment, long enough to catch all the Kunai, then
returns back to just one. The cloud of white chi smoke helps obscure the
position of the marked Tora for a moment, before he begins drawing attention
to himself. The marked Tora is standing in the corner of the lobby, an aura
of orange chi-flame develops around him as he holds his hands before him,
palms together, eyes closed.
The Tora who was catching Kunai, a bit of blood spattering each sleeve,
looks up at Seishirou. "Yeah, yeah, Ryouhara. Runnin' off, like always.
Ffeh." And with that, he crosses his arms, looking up at Seishirou
But if you look close, even the Tora looking up at Seishirou has a faint
aura, although this won't be picked up by the cameras.

COMBATSYS: Tora gathers his will.

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Tora             1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0        Seishirou

What the...
While Seishirou's eyes track things, it becomes apparent to him that... all
of them bleed? .. These chi copies are either better than he thought, or
there's something he's not seeing right now. ... There has to be a secret.
There's a difference between their auras, but that can be faked easily, and
as such is disregarded. But that other one is bleeding. Can that be faked as
easily? Frown. Ryouhara finds, very quickly that even given data, he cannot
figure out this skill in an instant. He doesn't like that. It bothers him,
in some basic way. So instead, he kicks a sole neatly into the climbing claw
and then leans back, his hair and tail somewhat amusingly standing on end.
He folds his arms.
Scoff. "...Running off? I hope you're at least not dense enough to think
that staying in the middle of your technique is a sound idea. Do you really
think I'm that stupid, pink citrus?" Smirk. In the end.. he had to buy some
time. Even the slightest bit will improve his understanding of just what he
was seeing.

COMBATSYS: Seishirou focuses on his next action.

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Tora             1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0        Seishirou

Tora's smirk fades a bit as he stares up at Seishirou, turning into a bit of
a glare as he catches what the other ninja called him. The glow fades from
both him and the marked Tora in the corner, and the two of them move to
position themselves on opposite sides of Seishirou from below, both with
brows furrowed. "Yeah, yeah, crack it up, Shaderio. Sure, stay up there,
play your little games. I'm just gonna stay down here until you're ready to,
you know, fight."
And with that, both Toras cross their arms, looking up at Seishirou with
identical expressions of impatience and annoyance.

COMBATSYS: Tora focuses on his next action.

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Tora             1/------=/=======|====---\-------\0        Seishirou

Hey, it's only fair, right? It's a small stalemate, but one in which
Seishirou can use to set up what comes next. His eyes can't figure out that
jutsu, but he might just have to take the hard way out of this.
"...The way I see it... when I was fighting with you, you weren't doing so
well. So. I was just giving you the chance to take this to the next level.
But I see I'll have to force it.." Let's see how just fast all of you can
It's at about that point that Seishirou disappears, blurring across the
ceiling in the instant it takes for gravity to understand that Seishirou
ought not to be up there. In an instant, his climbing claw finds the edge of
the ceiling, to grip and then flip up into the void between levels one and
two of the airport, just above the escalators now. Hands visibly leaving his
backpack and holster, Seishirou has... a multitude of items, now. Shuriken,
Kunai, as many as his hands can fashion and bring to bear. It's at about
that point that Seishirou chooses to really let fly. Shuriken and kunai fly
in swarms at the marked Tora, and then at the other. But that's not
all--where Seishirou just left, he left a set of boxes in his stead--kunai
launchers, aimed at the looking-up Tora. And his natural arc of movement
yanks the string tethering them all in the 'off' position. Unleashing a
solid amount of artillery at such unnatural intervals, Seishirou's aim is
clear--hit both of the Toras at once. And while his eyes watch them, see
just who does and does not bleed.

COMBATSYS: Tora blocks Seishirou's Large Thrown Object.

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Tora             1/-----==/=======|====---\-------\0        Seishirou

Well, this is gonna suck.
Tora has enough time to realize how much pain is going to be inflicted on
him to widen his eyes, open his mouths slightly at envisioning the impending
wounding, and turn to cover his faces. The shuriken and Kunai fly towards
each Tora, and there's a couple of bursts of white chi smoke as another Tora
appears, momentarily, in front of each of the previously present Toras,
trying to deflect -- with bare hands if necessary -- some of the blades
before dissipating again, leaving only two Toras, each a few nicks and cuts
obvious, and slightly torn jackets. Some of the kunai that were knocked
aside have a little blood on them from impacting the duplicates.
Turning to face Seishirou, both Toras narrow their eyes, then break into
action,leaping into the air. Each catches on something -- a wall, the side
of an escalator -- to kick up into the air, each aiming to intercept
Seishirou before he manages to land, one aiming to catch Seishirou by the
legs, the other aiming to clip Seishirou across the chest.
Both aiming to slam him back on the first floor tiling.

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Tora             1/-----==/=======|====---\-------\0        Seishirou

COMBATSYS: Tora successfully hits Seishirou with Bunshin Pileup.
- Power hit! -

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Tora             1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0        Seishirou

.. Chi duplicates can -not- do that. Needless to say, Ryouhara commits
every single thing that happens next to memory. In an instant, he has the
information he needs. Nicks, cuts, the blood on his weapons.. that doesn't
fade. They're -all- bleeding. So if these are not polished versions of
Daisuke's technique, just what are they? Seishirou, hovering upside down in
his flip, has only instants to divine it, before he rights himself, and the
Toras jump him in mid-air.
Ryouhara's subsequent crash into the tiling is hard enough to break a good
number of them before he manages to soak the rest of the impact.
"....ngh.... I don't know what the deal is with that technique," Seishirou
finally admits a moment later, rising on shaky feet, "...but it's pretty
good for a half-nin." He begins, rubbing an arm across his face. He pants
hard, simply waiting for the clones to hit the ground, the period of time
allowing him to think on this.

COMBATSYS: Seishirou focuses on his next action.

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Tora             1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0        Seishirou

Shoving off of each other, the two Toras land again on opposite sides of
Seishirou, dropping into defensive crouches as the hit the floor. Looking at
Seishirou with a bit of a smirk, one Tora remarks wryly, "Well, I guess it's
a good thing there's two of me." The other adds with hardly a pause, "'Cuz
that'd be a whole, wouldn't it?" Still regarding Seishirou warily, both
Toras begin to glow with orange chi-flame auras, as before. But this time,
their auras are equal, there is more of a concentration around the leading
fist of each Tora.

COMBATSYS: Tora gathers his will.

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Tora             1/=======/=======|=======\-------\0        Seishirou

He's almost obviously not amused. ".....Your sense of humor sucks."
"I'll give you that your jutsu is pretty good," Ryouhara allows, again.
Surrounded, Seishirou continues in this vein, being very mindful of the
uneven tiles around his footwear. He's seemingly unaffected by his strategic
issues. "But I have to wonder. Is that and your hand your only real
techniques?" You can almost see Ryouhara's eyes glimmer with perception in
the light of that flowing chi. "...Is that why you rely on it so much? Or is
it that you're afraid? You can talk big, Uzaruto... but in the end, until
you back it up with something good, you're not going to be anything but a
half-nin!" He states this in a dire, critical fashion. He's not taunting
Tora. He is telling Tora what he beleives to be the absolute truth. Even not
being able to figure out that jutsu.. And then, Seishirou is gone again, a
brief colored streak moving past the marked Tora. As he does however.. he
seems to leave a trail of fire, moving side by side with him, threatening to
encroach on Tora. A fast, fast attack. The Katon Goukakyuu torch technique,
essentially strafing Tora and looking to, peripherally, create a bit of a
'firewall' between him and the twins, when all's said and done.

COMBATSYS: Tora overcomes Katon Goukakyuu Half Burst from Seishirou with
Kage Bunshin Kunai Surprise.

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Tora             0/-------/---====|=======\-------\0        Seishirou

Tora remains in his steadfast defensive crouch as Seishirou speaks, looking
determined and vaguely annoyed. Even at the declaration of being 'only a
half-nin', Tora doesn't shake in the slightest. The wall of flame, however..
That definitely gets Tora's attention. His eyes widen a bit as he realizes
what, exactly, is coming to bear on each of him, and how much that could
hurt. Looking startled and a bit distressed at that, both Toras take a quick
step back, before deciding on the only available course of action.
There's a blur around each Tora, along with a few large clouds of chi smoke.
For the faintest of moments, there's an indistinct blur of orange around
where both Toras were standing.. And then the metal goes flying. As with
Seishirou's trap for Tora earlier, an immense amount of shurikens and kunais
fly out of the cloud of white smoke, tearing through the flame at varying
angles, dissipating the flame before it can get to where Tora had been
standing.. and possibly, some of it getting through the wall of flame to get
at Seishirou on the other side.
When the chi smoke dissipates enough for the cameras and spectators to make
out anything clear, both Toras are leaning forward slightly, hands on their
knees from obvious exertion, each holding one kunai. And they're grinning.
"Yeah, yeah, whatever.. Maybe I got more, maybe I don't. But I got enough,
either way, and that's all the counts!"

COMBATSYS: Tora successfully hits Seishirou with Kage Bunshin Kunai Surprise.

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Tora             0/-------/--=====|=======\-------\1        Seishirou

Peering at the flamewall that he'd just built, it became apparent from the
lack of interactivity that Seishirou didn't hit Tora. Blast. He's wasted
valuable energy on that, too. But when Ryouhara actually peers beyond that
wall.. his eyes widen. Just a tad. And when the shuriken hit the air, he can
barely evade it. Barely--as in, get hit. When the shuriken nail him, he
slides back, as if to lessen their impact, flexing his back in pain, and
gripping a hand to the artillery in him. It takes only a moment to rip them
out. Tora's still missing his point. Alright. That's fine. Apparently, he'll
have to beat it into him.
It's around there that, from Seishirou's last known position, a blurred
fist tries to find the marked Tora's nose.

COMBATSYS: Tora blocks Seishirou's Fierce Punch.

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Tora             0/-------/-======|=======\-------\1        Seishirou

Tora blinks as Seishirou comes streaking his way, fist-first. Putting up a
hand in an attempt to deflect the incoming blow, Tora doesn't quite move
quickly enough, and he only realizes he can't stop the punch just before it
hits his face.. And so hit his face it does, if only for a moment. A very
small short moment, before the marked Tora disappears in a white cloud of
chi-smoke, his vanishing only leaving the very faint sound of wind pushing
inwards.. Air filling a vacuum, but softly.
Flinching, the other Tora -- sporting a pink splotch of paint on his side --
grumbles, "Well, well, at least you're fightin' for real, now. I can't
really complain about that. But, you know, you whine that I don't have much
to show you, then you come at me with a punch? What's up with that?" Tora
walks over to a column, leaning against it as the orange aura forms around
him again, but he's maintaining a casual posture now, as if certain he has
everything under control. "I dunno, kinda hippycritical of you, innit?"

COMBATSYS: Tora gathers his will.

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Tora             1/-----==/=======|=======\-------\1        Seishirou

It's an odd sensation, punching a slow vaccuum, but you an clearly see the
faintly startled (and disgusted) look on Seishirou's face, the look of
someone whom has stuck their hand into a bowl of eels. Regardless. He
recovers. And turns to face Tora. The paint. It shifted places? ... That
means something. And Seishirou isn't sure what it is. Regardless... He has
to make a move. And it just so turns out at his ninja partner's
admonishment, Seishirou just smirks, darkly. "I hope you've figured this one
out by now."
The punch was a distraction. Why? Seishirou never -did- put down those kunai
he pulled out, did he? Dropping low to the ground, Seishirou lets fly with
two kunai from one hand, a spread shot with a wide angle. What Tora might
not notice, though, is the fine line between them. If the kunai zip around
Tora.. they'll tense up. And bind him to the pillar he's leaning on almost
instantly. Following.. is one of his lighter bomb patches.
The following explosion will probably not be anywhere near enough to crack
the pillar, with a Tora to block most of it.

COMBATSYS: Tora blocks Seishirou's Improvised Tactics.

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Tora             1/----===/=======|=======\-------\1        Seishirou

Tora frowns slightly, looking at Seishirou with no small amount puzzlement.
Figure it out...? Then Seishirou begins to move, causing Tora to straighten
slightly with alarm. Uncrossing his arms, he starts to take a step from the
pillar when the wire catches him, pinning him against it. Eyes now wide, he
blinks as he sees what's coming.. and is suddenly obscured by another set of
chi-smoke, as a Tora appears on the shoulders of the first, then another
burst of smoke as the first tora vanishes, right as the remaining Tora leaps
aside. It isn't quite fast enough for him to escape the explosion unharmed,
but at least the brunt of the blast hits the pillar, chipping at the finish
and generally making a mess.

Even as he's diving into a roll, however, Tora's giving the non-verbal
answer to Seishirou, flinging a pair of kunai at the other ninja just before
contacting with the ground. Afterwards, he comes up into a defensive crouch,
much more wary of Seishirou's actions than a moment ago.

COMBATSYS: Seishirou dodges Tora's Kunai Flight.

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Tora             1/----===/=======|=======\-------\1        Seishirou

From his crouched position, he sees that Tora just barely escapes. With some
. serious work? What the ... Seishirou's eyes narrow to thin slits. That
was a good escape job, but the implications...
It's about then that Seishirou makes the decision to really put the heat on.
But then Tora's response in a flit of kunai is noted. And Seishirou doesn't
catch them. He doesn't sidestep them. Instead, he jumps -over- them, a neat,
low pouncing flip that carries him just barely over the knife swarm. As he
does.. a small silver sphere drops to the ground at Tora's feet. And begins
to exhale smoke. A lot of it. Fast. And when Seishirou hits the ground, an
instant later, it's under the cover of smoke that he attempts to flat out
dagger-thrust his shoe into Tora's chin, -right- in front of him, crouch to
crouch. This is to knock him out of his senses and clear into the upper
echelons of the airport. He offers little time for Tora to collect himself,
as when he stops rolling, the bomb is already gone off and he is already

COMBATSYS: Tora interrupts Shishi Rendan from Seishirou with Kunai Crush.

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Tora             1/---====/=======|===----\-------\0        Seishirou

Tora catches out of the corner of his eye that something is up, but as usual
with this guy, no idea what. Just as he's coming out of the roll, and the
smoke is filling the area, he's already pulling out a kunai in one hand.
Turning slightly.. There.
Sensing but not quite seeing or hearing, Tora swings the kunai in a downward
stab, just as he feels the boot impact with his chin. A quick cut through
Seishirou's thigh on the downward swing.. And as he gets knocked back by the
blow to his jaw, the blade jerks back upwards in a ragged pull, tearing at
Seishirou a second time.
Losing his grip on the weapon as he flies backwards, Tora lands against a
pillar instead of on the second floor, only bearly managing to catch himself
with his hands without smashing his spine against the concrete. ".. wow." He
shakes his head once, then turns to see what came of Seishirou.

"AAgh!" He wasn't expecting that. The Shishi Rendan was always one of his
quickest and best techniques. While he was aware of the danger of a
close-quarters kick, that was purportedly what the smokebomb was for. But
when his leg is shredded, he is unable to complete the attack. Otherwise
Seishirou would have made it hurt a lot more. But when Tora lands?
Seishirou's -not- where he was when he last looked.
Just an obscuring haze of smoke.

COMBATSYS: Seishirou takes no action.

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Tora             1/---====/=======|===----\-------\0        Seishirou

Rubbing at his chin, Tora steps from the pillar looking around with a bit of
concern. Seishirou's not there, and it's not obvious where he went.. Well,
that's not good. Pausing for a moment in his search, Tora closes his eyes
briefly to concentrate, two clouds of chi-smoke bursting to his sides as two
more of Tora appear. Opening his eyes, all three of Tora begin looking
around, keeping their backs to each other in a ready defensive formation.
"Okay, okay, so, first you go runnin' off, and now you're hidin'. What's up
with that, man? I thought we were gonna fight. I know I cutcha a bit there,
but I don't think you're gonna find your momma to kiss it and make it
better, and hidin' in a closet or somethin' doesn't win you the fight."
One of Tora, the one with the pink splotch on his side, glances towards the
announcer off on the sidelines. "Hey, hey, does he forfeit if he doesn't
show up?" Despite his words, all three of Tora remain quite cautious,
constantly looking around for whatever trick might be coming up, even as
each draws a single kunai from a thigh holster.

COMBATSYS: Tora focuses on his next action.

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Tora             1/---====/=======|===----\-------\0        Seishirou

The announcer? Seems to be looking around too. Gabbling for a moment before
regaining composure at Tora's prompt, the announcer decides to pipe in,
"Well, folks, it looks like Ryouhara has disappeared! If he doesn't show up
soon, we'll have to give this match to Tora Uzaruto!" In a carefully
measured worried tone, intending to cause tension. He's paid to talk to the
audience just in times like these. And he's still looking for Seishirou. As
a matter of fact, a good thousand or so eyes are. There'd probably be a riot
if the fans didn't get what they wanted. However, they're not about to be
disappointed. As the smoke fully clears, a scant 7 or 8 seconds later, it
becomes clear that Ryouhara's built something again.
A delicate little wire and spring driven teeter system, made of bamboo
halves. They're still wobbling back and forth, rolling little marbles in
them in a carefully set rhythm, wound up by a small improv spring, similar
to the kind you'd find in a watch. However. These springs soon fail (another
few seconds). At which point the device, having no other way to keep the
marbles in place, begins to dump the little hissing balls all over the
floor. Rolling in a small swarm towards the Toras.
Wait. Hissing?
The corresponding sequence of explosions are small, but designed,
regardless, to scatter the Toras in all directions. This is comparitively
easy to avoid. Compared, of course, to Ryouhara, whom has been watching the
whole time. Whom, speeding out from behind a column, will attempt to make
his move in this distraction technique. The still open wound seems -not- to
slow him down much, as he slides in towards the marked one... attempts to
seize him roughly, and stab in the gut, with a kunai. He's feeling the pain.
But he's fully intending on sharing it. This is his answer to Tora's
question. What, you think he'd just run away?

COMBATSYS: Tora blocks Seishirou's Medium Kick.

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Tora             1/--=====/=======|===----\-------\0        Seishirou

Tora turns one of his three heads towards the contraption, and is instantly
wary of it. Seperating slightly, the three Toras put a little distance
between themselves even before the machine completes its cycle, dumping the
little balls towards him. Blinking once, the marked Tora stares at the
rolling objects for a few moments before the hissing noise registers, and
Tora realizes he needs to move. The other two dive off to the sides, while
the marked Tora dives into a forward roll to move past the rolling
At realizing that there's more coming in the form of Seishirou returning
favors, Tora quickly comes out of his roll into defensive posture, just in
time for the kunai to reach him. Turning with the slice to minimize the
damage, Tora reaches to try to grab hold of Seishirou's arm, even at the
risk of possibly cutting himself more.
The point? To immobilize Seishirou for a moment, and negate that obscene
speed advantage the "top ninja" has always held over Tora, if only for a
moment. Because a moment is all the other two Toras will need to complete
their jump kicks, one towards Seishirou's head, the other towards his back.

COMBATSYS: Seishirou fails to counter Bunshin Ambush from Tora with Kawarimi.

COMBATSYS: Seishirou can no longer fight.
COMBATSYS: Seishirou has left the fight here.

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Tora             1/=======/=======|

Well, here's a problem. With the weapon bound in Tora's grip and Seishirou's
arm locked, Tora appears to have won the fight. Ryouhara glares at him,
pointedly, even as he -hears- the clones initiating their attack behind him,
as if to curse him on the spot.
"Not bad, Uzaruto.." .. Seishirou appears to drop something behind him.
At that point, Seishirou's hand will slap over Tora's gripping arm. Tora
might feel the world start to fall away as Ryouhara makes an attempt to use
a ramming motion to roughly pick him up and move. Very... very fast. But
something's wrong. There's a rough sliding sound as the ninja's foot hits
something, and with widened eyes, Seishirou realizes, with a searing
reminder, that not only did his ankle just twist from the sliding motion of
undetected marble chips from the explosions on the ground, the force of the
improper stance causing the straps on his sneak sandals to pop beneath him,
and further stressing the kunai wounds already on that leg.
With a rough cry, the speed that Ryouhara had only begun to muster drops to
0 in an instant, as he loses his balance. .. This is about when the clones
strike him. The ninja at this point, is sent flying clear across the
airport. And slamming, roughly, into a storefront, though the landing is
clearly in a concrete portion, and not hard enough to do much more than to
slightly crack the glass. Seishirou slides down.
".. But.. it's .. not .. over.. yet.."
Slumping over, Ryouhara hits the ground hard, cheek-first.
Leaving only a small novelty snowglobe in his former place.

Tora matches Seishirou's glare, even up until his own arm is grabbed, and as
he's starting to be moves. Starting to get dizzy from the abrupt change in
momentum, he closes his eyes for a brief moment -- then realizes that this
isn't as controlled as Seishirou normally would be. Opening his eyes, he
realizes that this isn't going to go the way Seishirou expects, and has to
smirk. As Seishirou cries, the marked Tora disappears in a cloud of
chi-smoke, leaving only the two Toras that knock Seishirou aside.
One of the two Toras disappears at that moment, leaving the last Tora to
look between the snowglobe, and his fallen opponent on the other side of the
airport. Frowning for a moment, he finally shakes his head. "Man, man.. That
crap looks cool when it works, but damn. Playing Santa looks awful dumb when
you're knocked out like that." He looks towards the camera, flashes a 'V'
sign with one hand, then walks off, examining his side. He can be heard to
mumble, "jeeze, I hope this stuff washes out. What a pain. Stupid punk and
his stupid.." At that point, Tora is out the door.

COMBATSYS: Tora has ended the fight here.

".. And there you have it folks, the winner is TORA UZARUTO!" While the
announcer hypes up the ending, the camera crew get one last shot of Tora
walking out and the downed loser, before shutting down the rig, to ship the
tapes off to the printing press. And when Tora leaves, it's amidst much

Log created by Kobun, and last modified on 17:17:31 04/21/2005.