SNF 2005.10 - Kain vs Gen

Description: After an informal sparring match some time back, Kain and Gen meet again, this time in a SNF match. Things go poorly for Kain, though, when Gen manages to land several heavy blows in quick succession. (Winner: Gen)

SNF, a shortcut to Gen's ultimate goal. Wandering the world for months at a time certainly does end up with him coming across a few particularly strange and powerful individuals, but unfortunately, one particular one who is no longer around aside, none of them have the strength of will, or rather the evilness inside of them to finish the old guy off. There must be people who would, somewhere, so why not sign up for SNF and hope for the best? Maybe there is someone who can give him his death match, who can strike him down or be struck down himself. Lesson one: Acceptance that death is unavoidable.
That's why he's here, today. At the arena, bright and early, in his typical outfit. Alert as always, ready to fight, and dying of a horrible illness. He stands with his arms hidden in their opposite sleeves, as an assassin such as him knows that even the best fights in the world benefit from deception. Lesson two: Conceal your actions.
Gazing from his corner of the arena, Gen waits peacefully, motionlessly... expectantly. Who is his opponent today? It was Kain, yes... Gen has fought him before. Whether he is capable of killing Gen is still not certain, but he's certainly capable of defeating the old man. Gen did more research in to the man, but came up mostly blank, and yet their previous fight gives both of them knowledge of the other's fighting style, something that was a deciding factor in the previous fight. On even ground, both understanding how the other fights, who will come out on top? Lesson three: Know your opponent.

Well, Kain certainly wouldn't have any /problems/ with killing Gen. But he doesn't really have a reason to do so. And certainly, killing people on live television tends not to be a good idea, unless you're really sure of what you're doing. And all Kain is really interested in for the moment is the test of his skills. And that's certainly something that Gen should be able to provide.
The cheering of the audience is ignored as Kain walks into the arena. Being attractive and powerful appears to be enough to retain fans even when you're not especially personable. Although the fact that Iori has fans should be a good enough indication of that. Kain gives Gen a brief, respectful nod as he walks out onto the arena floor, settling into his casual stance, with one hand in his pocket, as he moves to his starting position.

COMBATSYS: Gen has started a fight here.

[\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  <
Gen              0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Kain has joined the fight here.

[\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////////////////////////////]
Kain             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Gen

Indeed, both of their skills are to be tested today. Gen lost the last fight, but it wasn't a hopeless loss, and who knows, perhaps the old man has gotten better since then. Yes, Gen remembers fighting this guy well. He's not senile yet, and Kain was surprisingly strong--unexpectedly strong, perhaps. Gen hopes to prove today that it wasn't a hopeless defeat, that he has the skills to take Kain on... since he probably won't end up dead on live TV.
So, Gen waits, watches, stares. The nod is returned by a miniscule nod of his own, but Gen mostly concentrates on observing for now. Kain's movements in normal situations reveal plenty about his body and fighting style, giving Gen a foot in the door, the door to Kain's weaknesses. Lesson four: Never stop learning about your opponent.

COMBATSYS: Gen focuses on his next action.

[\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////////////////////////////]
Kain             0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0              Gen

Kain often likes to take a moment to prepare before launching an attack at his opponent, but it's not strictly necessary. Tonight, for whatever reason, he's ready to get things started quickly. So as soon as the announcer makes the call to fight, he's rushing off toward Gen.
It's not a headlong, uncontrolled charge, though. Kain's not a berserker, unlike some people who may or may not be in the audience. He's very careful trying to get within just a few inches of being able to reach Gen. He doesn't need to be able to touch him though, because when he suddenly sweeps out one arm, purple fire leaps forth from in a wave, threatening to engulf the old Chinese fighter.

COMBATSYS: Gen blocks Kain's Schwarz Cutter.

[ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////////////  ]
Kain             0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0              Gen

Gen would've waited until he was ready to make his attack had he have hesitated, anyway, but fortunately he doesn't have to worry about that. Kain is a man of action. Sure he talks, too, but he still doesn't need to be /told/ to strike first.
The arc of purple flame is defended against with one palm and opposite forearm, taking away the most of the damage from the burning attack. After soaking the attack up, Gen retaliates, launching himself for Kain. Actually, more accurately he launches himself over Kain, trying to kick the man in the back of the head, fairly gently, landing behind the younger fighter and quickly turning around to face him. Lesson five: Never expose your back to an enemy.

COMBATSYS: Kain blocks Gen's Saizu.

[  \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  //////////////////////////    ]
Kain             0/-------/------=|=------\-------\0              Gen

A quick twist of his body is all it takes for Kain to redirect the kick from the back of his head to his shoulder. Conveniently enough, it also has him turning around to face Gen's new position. Kain certainly doesn't need to be told that leaving his back to his enemy is a bad idea. He's been forced into that position often enough when fighting multiple opponents, and it's usually been a painful experience.
He's not just going to stand there and face Gen, though. Kain's foot bursts into flames as he's spinning around, and by the time he's facing Gen his foot is lashing upwards in a heavy strike aimed for the old man's jaw. And if he should manage to hit, there'll be a nice explosion of purple fire on impact.

COMBATSYS: Gen interrupts Schwarze Lanze from Kain with Kirou.

[          \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////          ]
Kain             0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0              Gen

A lesson Kain has learned, apparently. However, Gen's landing behind the other fighter leaves him crouching down low; perhaps Kain wasn't quite expecting as much, thus why the kick only barely strikes him. The flames manage to damage Gen, sweeping over him with the burning kick, but the actual leg flies over his head, his face signed but not impacted by the foot. Sure, it still hurt, but not as bad as it would've otherwise.
Of course, at the same time as this, two hands thrust forward to jab Kain in the gut, striking two vital pressure points on either side of his lower torso. The impacts hurt like crazy, plenty of force put behind the jabbing motion as well, a combination of raw power and extreme precision put in to this move. Lesson six: Your opponent's defense is weakest when their offense is at it's strongest.

Judging by the noise of surprise and pain that escapes from Kain's throat, that attack definitely hurt. He staggers back from Gen, doubled over and with one arm pressed against his gut. He coughs a couple times, but then shakes his head and starts to straighten back up. Kain's not one to show a great deal on his face, but he does look at least a little wary now.
Wary enough that he doesn't rush right back in to continue the attack. Instead he hangs back, waiting for Gen to make the next move. Kain can summon his fires in an instant, so he doesn't need to have those at the ready, and so he just stands there, hunched over slightly.

COMBATSYS: Kain focuses on his next action.

[          \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ////////////////////          ]
Kain             0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0              Gen

Calm before the storm. Gen is fully aware that Kain is watching his every move, preparing for his next attack, which is perhaps why he flies for Kain almost immediately when he's sure no immediate counter attack is on the way, Gen leaping from the ground in a similar way to the last aerial attack he performed, just slightly lower. The speed of the attack is notable, assuredly. Lesson seven: Hesitation spells defeat.
This time, two legs are aimed for Kain's chest in a somewhat less refined, but still effective 'drop kick', both legs kicking him in the chest at the same time, before the other fighter performs a back flip off of Kain's chest or defenses, hanging in air for that moment, as though prepared to defend himself aerially, or perform a follow up attack from this position, if given the chance. Lesson eight: Every second counts.
Getting sick of the lessons yet?

COMBATSYS: Kain fails to interrupt Uken-Shakudan from Gen with Schwarze Flame.

[              \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  < >  ///////////////////           ]
Kain             1/------=/=======|=======\=------\1              Gen

Okay, perhaps Kain could have stood to pay attention to lesson seven. Not that he was hesitating. He was quite prepared to strike, and strike quickly. It's just that Gen is moving a bit faster than he was expecting. And because of that miscalculation of speed, the blast of flame that Kain launches out goes flying harmlessly past Gen, while the old assassin lands squarely on Kain's chest with both feet, knocking the German off his feet and sending him skidding across the arena floor.

Lesson nine: Small failures happen.
With Kain dazed by the attack and Gen still hanging in air by invisible wires, he's in a perfect position to launch another assault. Altering his direction in air, Gen is sent straight back down for the prone Kain like a rocket, one leg slamming in to his chest. Gen lands on the ground in front of his opponent, who if the first leg hits is staggered long enough for another kick to send him straight up in to the air, although it's more the old fighter hooking his foot under his opponent and flipping him up rather than an actual kick, the technique sending Kain high up with slight horizontal movement.
Of course, that's not the last of the pain. Gen positions himself to receive the person he just sent sailing with the powerful kick, jumping up in to the air, higher than Kain as he's already falling by the time he jumps, a downward stomp sending Kain straight down to the arena, impacting with the ground hard. Finally, Gen lands on his opponents head with both feet, crushing his head between the arena floor and his own weight. The attack is violent and not as perfectly precise as some of his other attacks, the hits not having a specific, small window of which to hit, and yet it's still just as effective. Lesson ten: Strength and accuracy, mind and body. Both must be trained equally.

COMBATSYS: Gen successfully hits Kain with Kouga.

[                       \\\\\\\  < >  //////////////////            ]
Kain             1/=======/=======|=------\-------\0              Gen

And so Kain gets knocked around, as once he fails to avoid the first blow he's pretty much along for the ride. Finally he gets slammed down to the arena floor, and then Gen lands on his face, causing his skull to knock painfully against the stone underneath it.
Things are going poorly, so it seems it's time to pull out the big guns. Kain rolls away from the Chinese assassin, and as he starts to climb to his feet his entire body begins glowing with blue energy. Occasional whisps float off from Kain's body, trailing away briefly before they fade. Whatever he's doing, he's channeling a /massive/ amount of chi through his body. And then his goal becomes somewhat clearer as the air above Gen begins to roil with swirling blue chi. There's not long to admire the pretty colors though, as the cloud quickly increases in size and density, before final smashing down in one devestating wave. Whether or not it hits Gen, it's quite possible that the blast has enough force to split the raised stone arena floor in half.

COMBATSYS: Gen blocks Kain's Himmlischer Atem.

[                       \\\\\\\  < >  //////////////                ]
Kain             0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0              Gen

What's he planning? All that energy, it's going somewhere, but Kain isn't attacking... Gen is sincerely confused for maybe a full on second which could've made all the difference, but it's not long before he notices the swirl of chi above him, turning up to stare at it for a moment. And then the huge ground splitting energy ball comes down for him, threatening to smash him in to bits.
Gen's hands are thrown up at the last second, both palms catching the huge blast of energy. It doesn't just dissipate with the impact, continuing it's path down, and thus Gen only tries to hold the chi ball off for a moment before jumping out from under it, rolling along the ground as the weakened but still powerful energy ball leaves a crater in the raised stone floor of the arena. Lesson eleven: Pick your battles.
With this fight coming to a close, Gen rises to his feet and is quickly flying for Kain once more. This time, one leg extends out like a spear, the point aiming to smack Kain right in the heart, hopefully for Gen bringing this fight to it's dramatic close. Lesson twelve: All other lessons are meaningless. There is no time to think of lessons in battle, only time to fight.

COMBATSYS: Kain just-defends Gen's Ouga!

[                    \\\\\\\\\\  < >  /////////////                 ]
Kain             0/-------/-----==|===----\-------\0              Gen

Despite Gen's skillful deflection of the attack, Kain is still glowing with energy. He's in no real danger of 'burning out' or the like, of course, although he's probably going to have one hell of a headache in the morning. Still, if that's what it takes to have a chance to win this... At this point, though, hanging back is not an option. Kain knows that he's running out of time, and he's going to have to hit Gen /hard/ if he wants to win this.
Gen's leg snaps out, but it doesn't hit Kain in the heart. Kain's hand lashes out and grabs the incoming limb by the ankle, stopping it dead. And hopefully, holding Gen in place for just a little while. Because it only takes a moment for Kain's body to flare up with purple fire on top of the blue energy already surrounding him. Purple fire which then blasts outwards, engulfing a good-sized area around the German.

COMBATSYS: Gen interrupts Schwarze Kreuz from Kain with Ouga.

[                          \\\\  < >  //////                        ]
Kain             0/-------/=======|=======\=------\1              Gen

Well, that's one way of handling things. Kain's defense of the attack is met with Gen's eyes widening, both to get a better view and in surprise of the expert defense in these last few seconds. The leg being grabbed stops Gen, but only for a moment. Kain's heart /is/ kicked, Gen's other leg flying up and smacking against it right away, dealing the damage before Kain's own attack, weakened by Gen's preemptive strike, sends the older fighter flying back and away from the flaming one. He skids on the ground, picking himself up quickly after landing to assess the situation, uncertain if there's still danger to be found.

And Kain staggers back after that impact, coughing up blood as his body tries to convince itself that it's not really dead after that last hit, despite the cessation of heart functions for a few moments. He stumbles, then falls to one knee. The blond fighter tries to get back up, but his body has apparently had about all it can take.
Still, even with his body in shambles, Kain's chi flows freely, so he's got one last chance to at least take Gen with him. As he collapses forward he fings out one arm, pumping as much chi as he can muster into the fireball which leaps forth. Enough, in fact, that his glove actually steams slightly as he slumps to the ground, arm stretched out in front of him.

COMBATSYS: Kain can no longer fight.

[                        \\\\\\  <
Gen              1/------=/=======|

COMBATSYS: Gen blocks Kain's Schwarze Flame.

[                          \\\\  <
Gen              1/-----==/=======|

The final strike by Kain is offbalance, which gives Gen plenty of opportunity to lift a forearm to absorb the attack. And with that done, he's left standing, Kain downed, the fight over.
"The winner, Gen!" The Gen of which they speak is highly unconcerned with the crowd's reaction and the announcement that he has won. He stands in place, uncertain of whether or not Kain is conscious, but saying to the fighter regardless, "You are quite talented indeed. Continue to train and perhaps soon you will be worthy of a deathmatch." Which may mean little to Kain, really, but then again, the will and feelings of others aren't something Gen cares much for. He then turns, leaving the medics to deal with Kain should he need it, hobbling himself off the arena, going to put some aloe on his burns.

Log created by Kain, and last modified on 10:30:38 10/02/2005.