Neo League 426 - Exhibition! Ingrid vs Gabriel

Description: Neo League: Ingrid and Gabriel have a showdown in a forest clearing near Southtown. [Winner: Ingrid]

This was an official sort of match, but looking at Gabriel you wouldn't know it. She was here for different reasons. She was here because she had to work on this sort of thing from time to time, beating people up and the like. Also she had another reason, Ingrid would be her opponent. This was something, someone she had to meet, she hadn't yet. It would be interesting, but you wouldn't know she felt that looking at her. She had the lack of interest showing on her face which she was quickly single handedly making into a cliche.

Ingrid arrives in a fairly simple, and perhaps boring manner, walking out of the tree line and into the clearing without grandeur. Her last fight in the Neo League had ended in a loss, but considering her opponent it was an all but expected development. The young woman moves at a brisk, though comfortable pace, trying to make sure that she isn't late, but rather right on time. She smiles when she catches sight of her opponent, someone she's seen and socialized with plenty, and yet someone who, despite being a fighter, she's yet to see so much as throw a punch. Not a bad thing at all, but perhaps strange.

She approaches Gabriel genially, making no comment on the boring and bored look on the other teenagers face. "Good afternoon, Gabriel. How has your violin practice been going? I feel sad that I haven't seen much of you lately."

She hadn't been practicing,

"I have not been practicing of late."

She might be ashamed, feel guilty, but she doesn't show it. This however is an exercise of will, because wasn't it disgraceful not to put serious practice into something, especially the violin? She was pretty sure it was.

"It is good to see you, Ingrid-san," she says with a polite bow. She doesn't curtsey because that's European and she isn't.

She was dressed plainly in a school uniform which suggested she was just out of school, and might explain her lack of a sword. But she didn't come unarmed. Instead of her sword she brought a long shard of glass which is shoved into a sash like it were a sword. Apparently just broken from a window on the way here.

"Oh, I see. Perhaps you would care to practice with me some time, then. I suppose that I haven't been practicing either; duets are far more fun." Ingrid seems to be all smiles, even if Gabriel may or may not have disgraced herself by not practicing. "And it's very nice to see you as well, Gabriel." She does curtsy, perhaps because she is European. "I really do feel bad about not checking in with you more often, you know. Perhaps once this is over we could talk?"

"I find those terms agreeable," Gabriel replies and takes a moment to give her pendant some attention, you know a kiss and maybe some prayers. Afterall it was the source of her power right? Well she thought so anyway. She then wastes no time in falling into something of a fighting stance, taking her eyes to a narrow look to keep on Ingrid. She looked like such a small and young girl who was strolling around a park, even apparently, when she fought. To be honest it was kind of unnerving even for the Crusader of Light.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel has started a fight here.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-------|

Ingrid smiles warmly, "Good. Perhaps we should get started then so that we can talk, then." Her own posture loosens and relaxes, her arms held easily at her sides as she sways slightly from side to side. She casually lifts a hand and brushes her hair back behind her shoulder. Being small and young does lend to looking like a small young girl, though she actually tries to play that down, what with the suit and all. She may wear a petticoat, but then the fashion of skirts is so short, these days. "I'm ready, if you are."

COMBATSYS: Ingrid has joined the fight here.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Ingrid

Pleasantness aside, it was time to start. First thing was first. Getting through the whole, hitting each other, thing. This was of course, what most people considered impolite. But it was expected. Gabriel would use that defense if anyone ever pointed out just how rude attacking someone actually was.

She opens with a straiht forward thrust to the face, hoping, perhaps to catch Ingrid off guard? She doesn't bother with her usual exclimations though.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid dodges Gabriel's Serpent Snap.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Ingrid

With the fight in full swing Ingrid's guard is completely up, and when Gabriel sends the thrust towards her face she simply makes a quick hop backwards, the attack stopping short of actually making it to her. She then smiles a bit, and reciprocates, swinging her arm in a quick underhand motion, golden energy sparkling behind it, and sending out a large ball of glittering psi lifting in the air and then quickly falling back down towards Gabriel. Maybe she didn't like the attack aiming for her face?

COMBATSYS: Ingrid successfully hits Gabriel with Sun Shot.
- Power hit! -

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Gabriel          0/-------/--=====|=------\-------\0           Ingrid

Not a good start. Though Gabriel seems intent on avoiding taking the brunt of that attack, she gets hit head on with it anyway. Not cool. It would take a while to recover from a hit like that. But she's not going to let it get her down. It does cause her to give some serious glarage to her opponent whom is usually considered a friend of hers, but right now, only an opponent. Well. She had a long ways to go to turn THIS one around.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel focuses on her next action.

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Gabriel          0/-------/--=====|=------\-------\0           Ingrid

Ingrid seems to have chosen the correct course of action, but even though she's now in the lead, it doesn't mean that she's in the clear. She's had fights where there were major turnarounds, and then some where it turned right back around again. For someone who fights tactically as she does, letting it get to her head could be fatal. In the last few fights she's stuck with the flashy maneuvers, and it's seemingly come back to bite her in the backside, so she decides to alter her strategy a tiny bit and try something else. As Gabriel backs off, Ingrid moves in with a powerful burst of speed, reaching for Gabriel's shoulders to try and yank her forward, thus taking her off balance, and then sweep one of her long legs and kick her legs out from under her while shoving hard, in an attempt to simply throw her to the ground. Not very ladylike, but it could work.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid successfully hits Gabriel with Strong Throw.
- Power hit! -

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Gabriel          1/------=/=======|==-----\-------\0           Ingrid

Well that was unexpected. Although, quickly becoming expected as Gabriel finds herself in a once again unpleasant position, her expression growing darker. But she was really going to have to just go for luck. Not much point in actually trying anymore with normal tactics with the way she's done in a matter of moments. Instead she decides it seems to go for desperation measures to try and change things to her favor quickly, or to end things quickly by losing. One way or another, something would happen. She therefore begins to pray. Yes, literally kneels down and prays. It was all she had. A prayer. But while she does, her usually purple energy glows gold. Her entire being begins to glow and the aura starts to expand outward in a searing light.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel successfully hits Ingrid with Mirai e no Yakusoku.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-------|=======\-------\1           Ingrid

Ingrid definitely had a streak of good luck there, but it ends in fairly spectacular fashion as Gabriel goes down to pray. Whatever god she's praying to must have answered her prayers, because the golden energy that surrounds her blasts into Ingrid despite her attempt to hunker down and remove the brunt of the blow. But her techniques against this kind of energy are all but inadequate, and it blasts through her defense as if it weren't even there, blowing her off her feet and flinging her backwards. She hits the ground hard, and then slowly picks herself back up. "That was... very impressive, Gabriel." For the moment, she seems to be gathering her wits about herself more than anything else, though she's keeping a really close eye on Gabriel as well.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid focuses on her next action.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-------|=======\-------\1           Ingrid

For a moment Gabriel just remains in the meditative stance, then slowly picks herself up, now apparently done with that whole thing of praying, or whatever. Ready to face a new day? Hardly. But she had her lucky hit. Most people got the hell out of the way of that particular attack and for it to land, she knew she had to start acting smart again. It was terribly unlikely luck would favor the bold if they relied on that sort of thing and besides, Ingrid saw the move once and she wasn't likely to fall for the same trick twice. Instead Gabriel goes to mess up her concentration, grabs a clot of dirt and flings it at her, most disgracefully.

"Gomen, but if I had given up completely then I wouldn't of tried something so rash."

COMBATSYS: Ingrid overcomes Thrown Object from Gabriel with Sun Burst.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Ingrid

Ingrid sees Gabriel stand up and throw dirt at her. Now, this could hurt a tiny bit if it hit, but it could also get her dirty, and she really doesn't feel like getting any dirtier than she already did, what with getting blasted backwards and hitting the ground and all that. So, as the dirt flies a bright flash surrounds Ingrid, one that Gabriel might notice is actually in the form of the Symbol of the Eternal Goddess, the same as that on her hairpieces. She then lifts her hands up to her chin, where a small little dull sphere of energy forms, which she 'blows' towards Gabriel. The clod smashes into that, seemingly unaffecting it, and it floats on. "There's no need to apologize for your tactics, Gabriel."

COMBATSYS: Ingrid successfully hits Gabriel with Sun Burst.

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Gabriel          0/-------/---====|-------\-------\0           Ingrid

There wasn't much Gabriel could do, in the circumstances, but get blasted back, thoroughly blasted back. It's really amazing it doesn't blast her into pieces, given the strength of it, but she does manage to keep her wits about her at least somewhat this time. It was the first time the impact wasn't as great as the previous impacts. Though still enough jarring to set her into a pose of careful unmoving. On one knee she crouches, not attacking, simply waiting, for the moment at least.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel gains composure.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0           Ingrid

For her part, Ingrid seems completely content to wait. She doesn't want to give up any advantage she may have gained, but at the same time Gabriel seems very capable of dishing out some major pain when she has to. With her opponent on the ground Ingrid begins twirling a lock of her hair around her index finger, and simply standing there waiting, making sure Gabriel isn't about to pull some kind of fast one on her. Maybe she has a plan of some kind.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid focuses on her next action.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-----==|=====--\-------\0           Ingrid

A waiting game would be in her favor at the moment, Gabriel knew that Ingrid would come though, depending on what she did, or didn't do, but either way, she would come. So it was a choice, how to act.. She seemed to be mulling her options over and over before finally pushing to her feet. Any more time wasted on the ground would probably not benefit her much, not right now anyway. A brief adjustment to her things and she wrings out her hands, watching . . waiting.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel focuses on her next action.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-----==|=====--\-------\0           Ingrid

It appears to be a battle of wills, an old fashioned staredown. This is the sort of thing that Ingrid enjoys. Does Gabriel consider it an actual staredown? Perhaps, perhaps not, but to Ingrid the rules are set, and obvious. The first one to break the monotony and attack will be the loser. Of course, such a staredown tends to be terribly boring for the viewers at home, but then she's really not trying to play this fight up.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid focuses on her next action.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-----==|=======\==-----\1           Ingrid

Okay.. Clot of dirt, mark 2! Gabriel reaches down, after keeping her eyes intently on Ingrid, grabs another clot of dirt and flings it at her, just like she had previously flung, only looking perhaps a little, maybe not a lot, but a little, yes a little more rocks in it.

"Perhaps the goddess will favor, or perhaps.." she doesn't finish the statement, making basically just a big mess. There was a big rock in there two, she had to use both hands to fling it.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid dodges Gabriel's Large Thrown Object.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-----==|=======\==-----\1           Ingrid

Ingrid smiles a little to Gabriel as she gets more dirt to throw, now with added and improved rocks. Perhaps her move wouldn't have worked as well this time, what with the rocks, so rather than that, she leaps up into the air and simply sails over the top of the rock as it flies at where she was standing a moment ago. The young woman landing right next to Gabriel. She then gives her a little pout. "Gabriel, throwing dirt at people is not very nice, you know." What happens next? She bends down, picks up a clod of dirt, and tries to throw it into Gabriels face at point blank range, of course.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel reflects Thrown Object from Ingrid with Mimic.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-----==|=======\==-----\1           Ingrid

Well that wasn't so bad, really, Gabriel could handle that er.. Sort of. She was throwing dirt for a while anyway, so when the dirt comes her way, she just sort of goes with it and ends up flinging it right back. Though she at least does give a reply, of sorts,

"My deepest apologies, however I am tasked with the will of the Goddess and she does not favor failure." Which of course, sucks for her followers.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid negates Reflected Thrown Object from Gabriel with Thrown Object.

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Gabriel          0/-------/-----==|=======\==-----\1           Ingrid

Ingrid, upon seeing the dirt tossed right back at her, grabs some more dirt, and the clods hit midair, crumple, and fall to the ground. Thus ending probably one of the weirdest Neo League fireball wars ever. "In that case I believe I can forgive you, Gabriel, but do know that throwing dirt at me under normal circumstances would make me most unhappy."

"Acknowledged," Gabriel replies, and thus does not attempt to throw more dirt at Ingrid, instead she just tries to do a double palm thrust to the girl aiming dead on at her chest. This is apparently an attempt to hit her solidly, squarely, in what would perhaps be.. Painful? Well if she could pul it off.

She givse a bit of a grunt while throwing her weight into the attack, truly intended to cause some sailage.. so to speak.

COMBATSYS: Ingrid counters Strong Punch from Gabriel with Sun Upper.

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Gabriel          0/-------/=======|=======\====---\1           Ingrid

When Gabriel goes to punch her, Ingrid is all too ready to intercept it, though it may not have been obvious at first. She waits until Gabriel is committed in her swing, and then leans forward and points, a disk of swirling energy forming in the air and catching the punch perfectly, the energy of the disk suddenly disappearing and entangling itself around Gabriel. Ingrid then swings the arm she pointed with and Gabriel is flung high up into the air, far higher than normal actually, before she's allowed to drop all the way back to the ground. However she lands, it can't feel good.

That attack, was, much like every other attack Ingrid hit her with today. Absolutely deathly painful. She flops back, knocked clear across the area and skidding a few times to a halt. Natrually one would like to take their opponent out with their final attack, but she wasn't getting up, no way, no how. She was just plain down. Though the last look on her face, plastered there, was one of defiant annoyance that wouldn't lift. At least. No time soon.

COMBATSYS: Gabriel takes no action.

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Ingrid           1/---====/=======|

COMBATSYS: Gabriel can no longer fight.

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Ingrid           1/---====/=======|

Ingrid lets out a little sigh as the fight seems to end, the officials making it official. Imagine that. Once it's all said and done, Ingrid walks over to Gabriel with a smile and leans forward, offering a hand to help her up, if she accepts. "Well, that was certainly invigorating. I'm glad you didn't use any more of those praying attacks, that was rather painful."

COMBATSYS: Ingrid has ended the fight here.

Gabriel, staring at the sky,

"The goddess does not favor those who depend on her power too much." she stats, though doesn't ay that most people get out of the way. Perhaps easier said then done. It was an attack though clearly intended to nuke a large area and not necessarily to catch people off guard.

"Perhaps my tactics were not as good as I had thought." she comments, offhandedly.

Ingrid says, "Heh"

"Help those who help themselves? I can understand that easily enough." Ingrid then crosses her arms once the offer to help Gabriel up isn't accepted, "Oh, I don't know about that. Your tactics were admirable, but because I was paying close enough attention I was able to surmise your actions before you took them. Sometimes it can be as simple as that. If I had done one thing different earlier the entire fight could have turned out differently, though I do prefer to rely on tactics, luck does have it's place."

"I believe I will remain here a while." Gabriel says, being a poor loser perhaps but not trying to get up by her own accord either. She was still seeing doubles a bit. That energy. It burned into one weirdly, you could see she pondered a bit over it, but kept her thoughts to herself the entire time. For now, just silent .. consideration..

Log created on 11:54:26 07/28/2007 by Ingrid, and last modified on 16:04:43 08/12/2007.