Neo League 101 - #115: Charlie vs Saishu

Description: Battle in India! Saishu and Charlie meet once again, on the dusty streets of India. Of course, the Kusanagi comes out on top, but a good time is had by all.

India! Bawowoooohhh~ (elephant trumpetting)
India, fabled mystical land of legend, once a land of luxury and bustling commerce, now really crowded and full of jobs outsourced from other countries. But that still counts as bustling commerce, right? Even if all the luxury is everywhere else. Well, today the streets of New Dehli are as busy as ever, and a deep haze of smog has settled over the congested intersections where cars honk loudly and needlessly. A cow has decided to settle down in the middle of the road, and nobody can do anything about it. Cows are holy, after all. And they can't understand shouting.
It looks as though this is going to last for at least several hours -- until the cow begins to levitate. Crowds of people going about their daily chaos stop to stare for a few short moments as several gasps are heard. The slightly startled cow bobs up and down, visible above the hoods of the squat automobiles, but the animal quickly settles down and complacently floats a couple feet higher than before, all the way to the sidewalk. Finally clear of the gridlock, it becomes clear that the huge cow was not, in fact, floating.
It was being carried, by a man in a green kimono.
The people applaud. He bows, and then waggles a finger at the uncomprehending cow before, grinning, he leaps up past several awnings and onto the wide roof of a huge complex of stalls, the dusty expanse of dried mud and brick cracked in places but strong enough to have lasted for decades.
Saishu Kusanagi crosses his arms, and calmly ignores the circling helicopters armed with video cameras as he awaits his opponent.
%He grins.

[OOC] Charlie says, "I feel like I just saw that scene from RotJ. O.o"

[OOC] Saishu says, "From what?"

India... Charlie hasn't been to India in a while, not since he was here for that one assignment that we don't like to talk about. It was a long time ago, anyways. Unbeknownst to Saishu, not all the 'copters flying overhead are Neo League copters, though all but one are, and that one blends in perfectly.
Whop whop whop whop whop... that one Non-league copter descends, getting about, oh, say fifty yards from the ground. Then a door opens, letting in quite the breeze--a thick, black nylon cord drops out of the copter, but stops well short of the ground, and then--then there's Charlie, ziplining down.
"WOOOOOOH!" he cries, as he hits the end of the rope, grabbing it just enough to make the rest of his fall controlled, the ex-Air Forcer landing in a bang and a puff of dust and sand, which, when it clears, shows Charlie kneeling down, and grinning.
"So, Kusanagi, we meet again," he says, all mock-dramatically, as he rises to his feet, straightening his vest and immensely glad for the warmer weather of India.

[OOC] Charlie says, "Return of the Jedi."

[OOC] Charlie says, "The scene where Luke uses t3h Forse to lift up C-3P0."

"Charles!" barks the elder Kusanagi, his grin only intensifying. He doesn't seem surprised in the least at the man's dramatic drop from the sky. "Nice to see you again! Nice to see you making the circuit! Ha ha! Not as retired as I thought I was!" Saishu's arms remain crossed, but his eyes sparkle merrily as he shifts his stance slightly. Some people at the ground floor, figuring out what's going on, are clambering to the roofs of other nearby buildings, and the surrounding windows bristle with watching people and children.
"But beware!" he cries, suddenly lowering himself fiercely. "This time, I won't go easy on you! It'll be like the time I went fishing for sea bass in the creek near my house, and I got a great white shark instead and had to fight it to the death!" His eyes mist over with recollection for a moment. "Boy, Shizuka was mad about the shark chunks all over the wall! She doesn't get mad like other people. She gets mad about the *eyes*, you know what I mean? Fortunately, I got my son to clean it up! Made him build character! Ha ha! That'll teach him to be young!"
Without any warning, his eyes suddenly narrow, and with a rushing exhalation, he brings his palms together and ignites the air between them, summoning up a ball of flame which he just as quickly disperses, as easily as he breathes. It only took a second. Looks like that's his ready-to-fight exercise...
"Now, come at me, kid! You ready!?"

COMBATSYS: Saishu has started a fight here.

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Saishu           0/-------/-------|

[OOC] Charlie says, "May I take first action?"

[OOC] Saishu says, "Go for it."

"Hey old man!" He doesn't believe that tripe about retirement anymore than he expects Saishu does. But the long speech still brings a grin to his lips; he patiently waits out the--pardon the pun--fish story--and just steps back to his spot, shaking his arms and legs out. After Saishu does the fire thing, still impressive, and makes his last bit of speech, Charlie raises his hands into the classic boxer's pose.
"Hey, old man, I don't think you went easy on me last time. And believe me, I won't go easy on you, even if you -are- a hundred and twelve!" He isn't... really. "Am I ready? I was -born- ready!" And Charlie proves it--his legs tense and right as the announcer shouts "FIGHT!" he's taking off, three or four long steps taking him in close to the older Kusanagi, his hands reaching out to try and snag Saishu about the neck. Should he get his man, so to speak, he'll pivot hard, using hip and arm to bodytoss Saishu the way that Charlie came from.

COMBATSYS: Charlie has joined the fight here.

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Saishu           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Charlie

COMBATSYS: Charlie successfully hits Saishu with Strong Throw.

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Saishu           0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0          Charlie

"Ha ha! My age has given me nothing but strength!" Saishu chortles as Charlie rushes with blazing speed, apparently unconcerned. He steps forward to intercept the attack--
"Oof!" grunts Saishu as a hand suddenly shoots to his lower back, wincing slightly, and then "Urgh!" as he's bodychecked and hurled away from his opponent. Yet despite his back trouble, the elder fighter is able to quickly roll to his feet, and still grinning, he immediately counters with a fierce blast of flame. "HOU!" he shouts, spinning his arm and sending a wave of flame up, and then, lunging forward in his own characteristic staggering style, he lashes out with a thrust punch with his other hand, and emits a huge gout of flame again, firing out like a lance. "HYA!"

COMBATSYS: Charlie endures Saishu's Homura Gasane.

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Saishu           0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0          Charlie

Charlie has little time to either worry about Saishu's back or celebrate the success of his throw, for even as he's turning around to follow Saishu's path the elder Kusanagi is in his face and throwing those flames. Charlie doesn't even deign to block, or evade, but instead braces for the impacts, going with them, so that the flames don't blast him off his feet, but instead leave him close by. Singes, a lot, but Charlie's a hardened warrior, used to pain. And he can dish some out, too, hopefully; hoping to catch Saishu in his recovery phase, Charlie suddenly launches himself into the air, kicking up and out with his left leg, the heel slicing through the air accompanied with a burst of white-green chi, the force of the kick enough to throw Charlie into a reversed somersault, with his right heel following close behind; hit or miss, at the peak of his aerial ascent he'll turn to face the direction he was originally.

COMBATSYS: Saishu blocks Charlie's Somersault Shell.

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Saishu           0/-------/--=====|===----\-------\0          Charlie

[OOC] Charlie says, "Psh, all that effort for that. :)"

[OOC] Saishu got lucky. XD

[OOC] Charlie says, "How were the chances, incidentally?"

[OOC] Saishu says, "18% dodge, 45% block."

[OOC] Charlie says, "Oh, not that bad. Coo'."

"Hup!" Saishu lets himself be carried forward by his attack even though Charlie stands his ground, and somehow, rather inexplicably, is able to stumble into a guard position and half-parry the powerful air-shearing rising kick. He's thus able to maintain his constant rushing momentum, and immediately follows up with a series of fierce punches, arms and hands twisting as his kimono sleeves billow distratctingly, attacking fast and hard and unpredictably.
Naturally, he's grinning.
"Come on, come on!"

[OOC] Charlie says, "For some reason I feel like being crazy."

[OOC] Saishu says, "Awesome."

COMBATSYS: Charlie fails to interrupt Fierce Punch from Saishu with Step Kick.

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Saishu           0/-------/-======|====---\-------\0          Charlie

[OOC] Charlie says, "Unfortunately crazy in this case meant fail. XD"

[OOC] Saishu says, "Bah!"

Expecting an attack at the weakest point of his Somersault Shell--knowing he hit Saishu's arms, not his body--Charlie attempts to countersrike, on landing. But the old coot is just a bit too fast for him and those punches strike true, staggering Charlie back; he finally pushes off and hops back a few feet, ending the assault, trying to get his bearings back.

Saishu waggles his eyebrows and shifts his stance.
"Now now," he says reproachfully, "don't take it easy on me just because I'm old enough to be your father, kid. I've still got the spark!" He snaps his fingers and winks, and a spark drifts up from his hand. It's pretty cute.
But jovial as his gaze his, his eyes are studying his opponent carefully...

COMBATSYS: Saishu focuses on his next action.

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Saishu           0/-------/-======|====---\-------\0          Charlie

Well. He gets a bit of a breather here, though he isn't using it to rest up persay... he snorts, smirking at Saishu.
"I wouldn't dare," he says--win or lose, he wants to acquit himself well. It's time to fall back on some of the lessons he learned from the men who taught him how to fight, even if he did surpass them in skill some time ago...

COMBATSYS: Charlie focuses on his next action.

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Saishu           0/-------/-======|====---\-------\0          Charlie

[OOC] Saishu scratches his chin.

[OOC] Saishu says, "Clearly, this calls for strategy."

[OOC] Charlie says, "I'm not walking into an interrupt e.e"

"Oh yeah!?" retorts Saishu, though what he's actually retorting at is hard to say. But suddenly he lunges -- in the opposite directly, and grabs a clothesline trailing over the roof of the building. It appears to be attached to two taller apartment buildings on either side, but one of them appears to be currently abandoned and scheduled for revamping, and it is in that direction thtat Saishu pulls. Basically, in one tug, he tears the entire window out and pulls it towards him fiercely, burying himself in dirty laundry.
Then he spins.
"HAAAAA!" he shouts, and swings the splintered and dilapidated windowsill at his opponent, wielding the clothesline as though it were a flail.
The children in the other building start shouting excitedly.


[OOC] Charlie says, "Ok fine. :o"

COMBATSYS: Charlie interrupts Random Weapon from Saishu with Step Kick.

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Saishu           1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0          Charlie

[OOC] Charlie says, "Yappy old man. ._. XD"

[OOC] Charlie says, "Of course that probably did a pittance of damage."

Oh man. Yeah, that's it. That's the Saishu Charlie wants to see. That crazy-go-nuts kind of man who, Kyo aside, built Kusanagi-ryuu into the house it is today. And Charlie's feeling inspired. So he sets himself--and starts running for Saishu as the windowsills are flailed. He reaches up--and grabs the spinning clothesline--the windowsills smashing together just above Charlie's head. And he YANKS, hard, pulling Saishu forward, lunging at the same time, planting a booted foot into Saishu's stomach. Pain? Not so much, the adrenaline's taking over to some extent.

The kick rips the clothesline from Saishu's hands and sends the flail spiralling over the edge of the roof, eliciting excited and dismayed shouting from below as Saishu skids back with a quiet 'umph', but maintains his footing and steadies his stance.
Still grinning fiercely, he slams his sandaled feet onto the mudbrick roof and sends a few new hairline cracks running through it as his body suddenly gleams with a rosy light, wind whipping around him as heat waves ripple, distorting and obscuring that mysteriously cheerful face...
One hand reaches out of that field of energy, and beckons.

COMBATSYS: Saishu gathers his will.

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Saishu           1/---====/=======|======-\-------\0          Charlie

[OOC] Charlie hmms. Choices, choices.

Even though Saishu beckons, that energy makes Charlie wary--very wary, in fact--and so he elects -not- to come at Saishu.
"Not this time, old man!" he calls out, cheerfully, though those in the know will note the tightening of his gaze, the increase in intensity... the way his feet shift to get better balance, a lower center of gravity... no, he wants to see what Saishu is preparing for him now. It's sure to be something special--and especially painful.

COMBATSYS: Charlie focuses on his next action.

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Saishu           1/---====/=======|======-\-------\0          Charlie

"Really?" murmurs Saishu, and the surging power fades and dissapates. "Hmm, too bad... how boring. I guess I'll just go..." And looking sad and rather forlorn, the elder Kusanagi casts Charlie a forlorn glance, and just shakes his head quietly before soundlessly flexing his legs and leaping backwards without looking behind him, sailing over the edge of the roof, still standing straight.
Then a quiet *boing*.
And Saishu comes hurtling back up into the air, having propelled himself off a flexible awning, and shoots into the sky, pointing his finger at his opponent and grinning hugely, eyes wide. "GOTCHA!" he shouts, and that finger surges with incredible power--
--before it unleashes a torrent of flame in the image of a whirling, coiling, ravenous serpent, surging forth to engulf Charlie in its merciless flame-jaws!!

[OOC] Charlie says, "AHAHAHAHAHA"

[OOC] Charlie says, "Oh man"

[OOC] Charlie says, "Ok."

[OOC] Charlie says, "I think I will be eating this. BUT."

COMBATSYS: Charlie interrupts Orochinagi' from Saishu with Step Kick.

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Saishu           0/-------/----===|=======\=------\1          Charlie

[OOC] Saishu LAUGHS.

[OOC] Charlie says, "Hahahah HOW"

[OOC] Charlie says, "Oh god that still hurt."

[OOC] Charlie says, "Man I am so dead if you connect again."

[OOC] Saishu says, "WTF!??"

[OOC] Saishu says, "How does that even happen"

[OOC] Charlie huhs?

[OOC] Saishu says, "Like, ICly."

[OOC] Saishu says, "I'm midair, shooting a huge projectile at you."

[OOC] Charlie laughs.

[OOC] Saishu says, "That's so awesome and ridiculous."

[OOC] Charlie will just have to be creative huh. XD

Oh, oh man. The flames... the flames again. It looks -so- painful. And it is. No time for ponderings, no time to worry. Charlie crouches down, then -leaps-, pushing off with all his leg strength, turning his leap into a rocketing, rising drop kick. That plunges -right through- the famed Orochinagi.
Charlie emerges out the other side of the flames, still trailing them, his vest smoking, as he once again impacts Saishu in the stomach... the fall, he expects, will do as much damage as the flames...

[OOC] Saishu says, "Onesec, gotta pose for other scene. XD"

[OOC] Charlie nod.

Saishu watches Charlie plunge through his attack... and grins.
"Ha ha!" is all he says, before he's kicked square in the stomach and doubles over, being cast back a bit in midair. Yet if Charlie's afraid of the fall, he doesn't have to worry, because Saishu has something else in mind -- he spins, and fires a quick blast of flame in the opposite direction, directing his fall toward his opponent as he recovers from the kick, and then, still grinning as much as ever, attempts to latch onto Charlie.
Then he'll try to twist himself, and spiral down to the roof, piledriving Charlie into it.
Okay, so, maybe he *should* worry about the fall.

[OOC] Charlie says, "Oh man."

[OOC] Charlie says, "I'm... I'm almost tempted to try it -again-..."

[OOC] Saishu laaaaughs

[OOC] Charlie says, "Would you hate me if I did?"

[OOC] Saishu says, "Absolutely not. If you want to, go for it."

[OOC] Charlie hmms. Let's try something else instead. :o

[OOC] Charlie says, "I think."

[OOC] Charlie says, "This will quite probably fail horrible. :)"

COMBATSYS: Charlie fails to interrupt Strong Throw from Saishu with Sonic Break.

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Saishu           0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0          Charlie

[OOC] Charlie says, "Oh yeah."

[OOC] Saishu says, "Whoaho, close."

[OOC] Charlie says, "It's going to take a miracle to pull this one out. I don't think I necessarily did anything wrong though."

[OOC] Saishu says, "You only did one thing wrong."

Charlie is, to say the least, quite surprised when Saishu doesn't just fall too... and he tries to get the man away. But for naught; the fall is crushing, and Charlie elects to just lie there for a moment, taking in all the pretty colors going through his brain... he's honestly not sure he wants to get up and out of the Charlie-shaped dent in whatever he hit. Felt like a stone wall, for sure.

[OOC] Charlie hmms.

[OOC] Saishu says, "And that was?"

[OOC] Saishu says, "DARE TO CHALLENGE ME."

[OOC] Charlie WHAPS.

[OOC] Saishu XD

[OOC] Charlie also just "..."s at some news he just received.

Saishu quickly lunges to his feet, and then waves his arms at the cameras in a bizarre but highly dramatic gesture, eyebrows waggling and eyes blazing.
"It's time!" he shouts loudly. "For... THE SAISHU'S ELBOW!"
Then he falls on Charlie, and tries to drive his elbow into the man's face in a final punishing blow.

[OOC] Saishu says, "What?"

[OOC] Charlie says, "Just... my oldest friend's ex-fiancee just died. He was like, younger than I am, I think."

[OOC] Charlie says, "As far as your jab punch goes, I have to hope for a miracle... XD"

COMBATSYS: Saishu successfully hits Charlie with Jab Punch.

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Saishu           0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0          Charlie

[OOC] Charlie says, "Nope."

[OOC] Charlie says, "Hahaha."

[OOC] Saishu says, "Oh, damn. What happened? o_o"

But--the elbow never connects. Thank god, that looked painful. It doesn't connect because Charlie sits up, but that very act of sitting up seems to have drained him; he lifts a hand, wearily, and chuckles (in a very pained tone of voice).
"Alright, grandpa, you win this time. But I'll challenge you again, you know." Charlie doesn't seem overly concerned with the loss... the League, to him, is mostly a way to help keep his skills up, win or lose.

[OOC] Saishu says, "Also, feel free to use your most powerful special."

[OOC] Charlie says, "Haha. Naw."

[OOC] Saishu says, "Shucks."

[OOC] Charlie says, "I already passed."

[OOC] Charlie says, "Or I should've."

COMBATSYS: Charlie takes no action.

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Saishu           0/-------/---====|

COMBATSYS: Charlie can no longer fight.

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Saishu           0/-------/---====|

[OOC] Charlie says, "He apparently died of complications from diabetes. I never met him. I'm just worried for her."

[OOC] Saishu says, "I see.."

[OOC] Charlie says, "Anyways. I'm putting it out of my mind for now. :)"

"Oh!?" Saishu pauses, mid-elbow drop, and then grins again, and reaches down to help Charlie up. "Feel free to challenge me anytime, sport!" the elder Kusanagi exclaims, cheerful enough for a crowd of people. "Just put your message in a bottle and send it down a stream, and it'll probably reach me fishin' somewhere! Ha ha!"
hen, gathering his kimono around him, Saishu leaps away, into the night. Day. Window. Whatever.

COMBATSYS: Saishu has ended the fight here.

[OOC] Charlie laughs.

[OOC] Charlie says, "Ok. :)"

[OOC] Charlie hms. I'm still not sure I did anything expressly wrong during the fight.

[OOC] Charlie says, "Except, maybe, overuse of brace. Not sure."

[OOC] Saishu says, "You probably shoulda blocked my Homura."

[OOC] Saishu says, "Chi's my strongest stat."

[OOC] Saishu says, "And that's my full chi non-projectile move."

[OOC] Charlie says, "Probably."

[OOC] Charlie says, "I was actually hoping for the Tough Out. XD"

[OOC] Saishu laughs. "ohh, of course."

[OOC] Charlie says, "But yeah. If I had blocked that, I might've had a better chance. That -did- hurt."

[OOC] Charlie says, "Anyways. OOC?"

[OOC] Saishu nods XD

Saishu heads OOC.

Log created by Charlie, and last modified on 11:32:06 01/01/2006.