Neo League 501 - #505: Zach vs Ryo

Description: Zach enters the Neo League Meatgrinder once more, this time fight Ryo Sakazaki. Highlights include an almost-epic, if short-lived, fireball duel. (Winner: Ryo)

The KYOKUGEN Dojo, standing in ALL OF IT GLORY before Southtown! Peacefull, ravaged by vicious fighting, scrap parts of a firetruck lying around, beautiful flowers trampled and--

Wait, that's aint right.

Yet, it is: the Kyokugen Dojo was attacked last night by two ruffians vowing revenge on Ryo Sakazaki who is, right now, busily trying to clean and fix everything up, starting by picking up scrap parts and tossing them into a pile. He's, himself, a little wounded, but he had worse before. Much worse.

Go figure that nobody is /home/ when there is chores to do.

Zach blinks once or twice when he gets to the Kyokugen Dojo.

He had been here before, in his Neo-League debut. The place was a lot more... pristine then. He looks a bit uncertain, then looks at the card he was given as part of his League back-log, then around at the wreckage again.

"...Hello? This /is/ the Kyokugen Dojo, right? I'm looking for a..." Zach looks at the card again, "Ryo Sakazaki. Do you know where I could find him?" Zach looks a little uncertain at this point.

The Orange-gi wearing man stops mid-way through lifting a particularly heavy looking piece of red metal, letting go of his charge to look over that newly arrived man on his properity. At least this one don't seem to be hellbent on revenge, this time.

"That'd be me," Ryo says, dusting his hands off as he straighten ups, looking up and down at the man. "Anything I can help you with?"

Zach looks Ryo over real quick; muscled, more than likely hella-strong. Definitely do =not= want to get hit by him, Zach thinks as he hands the embossed Neo League card to the older man.

"I'm supposed to fight you, or I was at any rate. Tournament has been keeping me busy. Trying to clear my backlog," Zach comments as he looks around, "Man. Place was a lot cleaner the last time he was here," he says with a trace of awe in his voice.

Ryo gives a little more attention to the man as he pull out the Neo League card, tilting his head faintly to a side. "You're here for that, too, huh?" Sakazaki replies, crossing his arms over his chest and pausing to think.

He's still sore from yesterday's battle, but he already feel a lot better. "Oh, yeah. Let's just say that some sore lossers tried to rough things up around here." The Tiger replies, shaking his head. "Alright, so, you want a match, then?"

Zach nods, "Yeah. Your name was on the list I was given, anyway, and I remembered how to get here, so.." Zach shrugs, the logic should be simple enough from there. Zach looks around, "Any place you want to do this thing?"

"Right here is just fine." Ryo replies, relaxing a bit and stretching out his arms, warming himself up for the battle ahead. So, this guy sounds like a complete newbie to this whole 'League' stuff, huh...

Complete newb to fighting in general. Zach nods once, and slides his feet about shoulder width apart. That's it. His complete and total 'fighting stance.'

Definitely new to this.

Zach examines Ryo, tries to figure out how the larger man will move. He knows Hotaru receives instruction here; should he expect something fast-paced, or...?

COMBATSYS: Zach has started a fight here.

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Zach             0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Zach focuses on his next action.

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Zach             0/-------/-------|

Now that is the problem when you have a student who's primary fighting style is pretty different than the style of the place she studies in:

Sakazaki bobs his head once, flexing down his knees and outstretching out his arms, taking his world famous battle stance, eyes focused on the young man. "Alright, then -- show me what you've got, kid! Come on!" Ryo says, motioning the newbie fighter to come closer and pretty much take the first shot.

COMBATSYS: Ryo has joined the fight here.

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Ryo              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Zach

COMBATSYS: Ryo focuses on his next action.

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Ryo              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Zach

Zach's eyes narrow; he's not that much younger than Ryo is, actually. He just /looks/ like he is. Zach concentrates for a moment, bringing up that purple energy he is becoming known for. Ryo, as canny as he is, more than likely can tell from his vantage point that it isn't chi. The feel is way off.

Zach whips up a hand, firing off a small sphere, about the size of a baseball at the Kyokugen Master as he leaps to the side to get mobile.

COMBATSYS: Ryo overcomes Warning Shot from Zach with Kuuchuu Ko'ou Ken.

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Ryo              0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0             Zach

Of course, Ryo realises that his opponment is not that much younger than he is, but that was a reflex from the Tiger. Also, calculated -- to rise his ire a bit so that he has more intent of 'showing him whatfor'. If his guts feeling is's going to be a massacre, and he might as well give a few pointers to the newbie so he don't get killed by the many psychos in the league.

He can think a few from the top of his head.

He watches the ball -- ball that is clearly not chi in any remote kind of way. "Hm! You can throw energy blasts -- that's good, always useful! But...don't rely just on that! It can turn around on you really fast! KO'OU KEN!"

With blinding speed, a bright blue burst of chi forms in his right hand is thursted out, firing off a large fireball that obliterates the warning shot and soars toward Zach.

COMBATSYS: Zach slows Kuuchuu Ko'ou Ken from Ryo with Warning Shot.

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Ryo              0/-------/-----==|=====--\-------\0             Zach

Zach's eyes go wide; he doesn't say much right now. He's too busy not getting splattered by the obviously better fighter.

He snaps the arm back up, firing off another blast like the one Ryo fired through. "HAAAAH!" Zach figures two can play this game.

Maybe not. The Ko'ou Ken slams into his gut, sending the younger fighter sprawling to the dirt. Zach picks himself up, and shakes the cobwebs loose. This will likely allow Ryo a chance (or three) to smack Glen good.

That hit does not come. For you see, Ryo has given himself a personal challenge in this battle -- he shall not move from his current position to defeat this guy.

He might as well handicap himself a bit to give this guy a shadow of a chance, after all. Plus, it might be actualy more fun that way!

"RRAAAAAAH!" Sakazaki lets out, executing a complete set of arm rotation before spreading them out, a powerfull burst of energy emanating from the young man. Some grass flies, the ground cracks faintly under the power under the fighter as he just...waits.

COMBATSYS: Ryo gathers his will.

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Ryo              0/-------/-======|=====--\-------\0             Zach

Zach frowns a bit; this is his first time seeing someone give a show of power like Ryo's actually. His own 'power summon,' while a bit flashier, doesn't have any effect on the terrain around him typically. He eyes Sakazaki for a moment, catching his breath and trying to find something resembling an opening in his stance.

COMBATSYS: Zach gains composure.

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Ryo              0/-------/-======|===----\-------\0             Zach

The chi charging aura evantualy dissipates, but Ryo Sakazaki keep his ground. His expression his neutral, watching the new fighter with a passive gaze. He raises an eyebrow, tilting his head and says. "Well? Come on! I'm sure you can do better than that!"

COMBATSYS: Ryo takes no action.

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Ryo              0/-------/-======|===----\-------\0             Zach

Zach tilts his head to the side, still searching for an opening.

He's not finding one. "Looking for an opening, actually," Zach admits as he shakes his head, "And not really finding one." Zach sets for a moment, then starts to run at Ryo at a full charge, "And if that is the case, I guess I'll hafta /make/ one!" No sooner does Zach get in close to Ryo, does the wanderer drop his center of gravity abruptly. This sends Glen into a feet-first power-slide aimed at Ryo's ankles!

COMBATSYS: Ryo dodges Zach's Heavy Kick.

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Ryo              0/-------/-======|===----\-------\0             Zach

Ryo Sakazaki smirks when Zach comes rushing at him. That's a logical course of events, he supposes! Can't find anything weak to hit...then you have to make one!

But that's trying way, way too hard in the Tiger's tastes. He waits, and waits until the kick comes close enough and...hops up, just above the heavy sliding kick, allowing Zach to slide past him.

He lands swiftly, turning around. "Don't go all out! Only pull all your strength into blows when you are /certain/ that you will hit!" Ryo sermons as another burst of chi emmanates from his body -- not as powerful as the last one, but it's definetively flashier this time.

COMBATSYS: Ryo gathers his will.

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Ryo              1/-----==/=======|===----\-------\0             Zach

Zach is not even on his feet yet when he is trying for the next move. See, the slide was a set-up actually. Zach kicks his feet back up over his head, and sheathes them in that strange purple glow. Sakazaki has no doubt encountered Psycho Power before.

Zach's whole body tenses like a coil for a moment before lashing out in an arcing drop-kick. Zach saw Andy Bogard do something like this in some tournament video. Don't ask him which, Zach couldn't tell you.

COMBATSYS: Zach successfully hits Ryo with Blast Bash.

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Ryo              1/---====/=======|===----\-------\0             Zach

Oh yes, he definetively has, on theses very grounds at that. That crazy chick that attacked the dojo and demolished half of the building...Ryo defeated her, but it was an surprisingly close fight.

Ryo, as he told himself, does not move an inch, waiting for Zach to come in and deliver that kick. It lands, straight in his face, rocking the Tiger's body backward but not enough to make him stumble back.

Still, that kind of stung.

"Not bad! That's a lot better! Keep going!" Ryo lets out, lifting up a feet to deliver a kick quick aimed at Zach's cheeks.

COMBATSYS: Ryo successfully hits Zach with Light Kick.

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Ryo              1/---====/=======|=======\==-----\1             Zach

Zach takes the kick square in his glass jaw.

His jaw doesn't break, mind you, but the force of the kick sends the smaller man tumbling across the yard. He slams into some of the wreckage, and sits there for a second. After the moment has passed, Zach pulls himself to his feet and tries to shake the stars away from around his head.

He only succeeds a little; Ryo hits pretty hard.

COMBATSYS: Zach gains composure.

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Ryo              1/---====/=======|=======\=------\1             Zach

Hm. He didn't flied through the air and landed into a coma. That much is good, at least.

Ryo still don't move, watching Zach taking his time and regaining his wits. "Come on! Come on! I know you can pull off something grandios -- do it! Go all out on me!" Sakazaki shouts, another burst of bright blue chi gathering in his right hand and tossing it in Zach's direction to get him off his butt and actualy DO something more than anything else. "KO'OU KEN!"

COMBATSYS: Zach overcomes Kuuchuu Ko'ou Ken from Ryo with Burst Stream.

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Ryo              1/--=====/=======|=------\-------\0             Zach

Ryo's shouting, and more importantly, the Ko'ou Ken get Zach's attention. Zach does not seem worried, oddly. He actually smiles a bit.

"Just remember. You asked for it." With that Zach's power flares to life, a strident purple-white blasting out of Zach. He pulls both hands back into a very familiar pose; both hands cupped together by one hip. The flare sweeps and swirls, and collects between both palms as Zach holds it there for the briefest of moments before thrusting both hands forward in a classic 'Hadouken' manner.

The five-foot diameter column of royal purple energy that screams toward Ryo might cause him to fall short of the goal he had set for himself as it devours the Ko-ou Ken on its way in.

COMBATSYS: Ryo overcomes Burst Stream from Zach with Haoh Sho Ko Ken.

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Ryo              0/-------/---====|=------\-------\0             Zach

Indeed, he asked for it, because that's excatly what he wanted the younger fighter to do: show the best that he can pull off!

"Now it's getting interesting," Ryo mumbles with a smirk, watching his Ko'ou Ken devoured alive y the enormous column of purple, psychotic energy. The Raging Tiger crosses his arms, eyes closing briefly. His entire body glows with the very same bright blue chi energy, gathering into his arms.

The grass around his feet -- or what's left -- blows by an unknown wind, pointing toward Zach.

"Haoh..." Ryo mumbles.

Then, it happens: he thrusts out both hands, with and fingers shaped like claws, releasing a truly enormous wave of pure destructive chi, easily as tall and large as the man firing it toward the incoming psycho power. "SHOOOO KO KEEEEEEEEN!"

The two energy projections clashes with one another violently, struggling...but the Haoh Sho Ko Ken evantualy break throughs, dissipating the Burst Stream and soars toward the psychic.

COMBATSYS: Ryo successfully hits Zach with Haoh Sho Ko Ken.

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Ryo              0/-------/---====|=======\======-\1             Zach

Zach grins a bit as his attack is broken, almost easily by the Kyokugen Master. He knows he can't dodge this; it's too big, too fast.

The blast slams into him and into the truck wreckage behind him. Smoke and debris is kicked up everywhere, hiding the young man for a moment. Ryo hears something before anything is seen.

"One... more... try..." A glint of purple pierces the smog. The glint spins, twirls, and then... enlarges as Zach fires a /second/ stream at the man. This one all but screams as it makes its way towards Sakazaki. However, Zach's clearly on his last legs; this blast is definitely slower than the one before it. After the roar of the blast dies down, Ryo hears the distinct sound of a body hitting the ground. The dust is cleared, and Zach is face-down in the dirt.

COMBATSYS: Zach can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Ryo endures Zach's Burst Stream.

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Ryo              0/-------/=======|

Hm. He took the Haoh Sho Ko Ken pretty well, Ryo thinks. Some people flies into the horizon and are never seen again, until they pop up suddenly out of the blue two years later and vowing horrible, horrible revenge upon them.

His eyes widen a bit when he watches ANOTHER stream of pure psychic power heading his way. Now, that was just UNPROBABLE...but that's the name stampler of fighting.

Lots of crazy stuff happens, especialy stuff that shouldn't really happen.

Ryo braces himself, spreading out his arms and wait for the horrible pain to come. The Burst Stream hits the Raging Tiger. He grits his teeth, his right foot sliding back just a bit...but nothing more than that.

Hrrng. That stung. More than the last blast to be certain. But no matters -- the fight is over, now, for he supposes that the guy wont get back up anytime soon now.

But best be certain he didn't kick the bucket or anything. So, Ryo makes his way toward the wreckage, knees down a few paces away and stare down at Zach. "Hey, still okay in there?"

Zach twitches for a moment before flopping over onto his back, gasping for air. He weakly opens one eye, and aside from some serious bruising looks like he could do with a day's rest.

"Dont'... bury me yet," he chuckles breathily. "I'll be fine. Could use a nap though." Zach grins faintly. His whole world hurts right now.

Ryo lets out a laugh. "Good, good! You fought pretty well -- keep it up and you're going to become pretty awesome." Sakazaki says, pushing himself back up. "I'm going to call for an ambulance, you stay here." Not like he COULD move.

"Heh. Got a ways to go yet," Zach responds, still not moving. "A lot of fine control to learn." Zach figures that if he can control his wild talent, then maybe Ryo's words could become reality. But first things first, right? Maybe an actual fighting style might also help that along.

Log created on 13:25:47 09/29/2007 by Zach, and last modified on 09:59:43 09/30/2007.