Neo League 501 - #514: Billy vs Maxima

Description: Billy fights Maxima... TO THE DEATH!! Maxima reveals the shocking secret Billy's sister has kept from him all these years! What could it be?! Read the entire log to maybe find out!! (Winner: Billy)

Canada; Nobody in their right mind would ever want to set foot in America's hat, but for Billy, such happens to be grudgingly worth it. Having been on a mild hiatus to better hone his skills, focusing more on the fundamentals then the decades experience he has accumulated through his career as Geese's right hand and a former championship contender, it seems Maxima is going to be the first true test of his mettle. The arena is an open area situated before a sports coliseum, roughly fifty feet square and cordoned off with velvet rope. Marble tiles pave the area, and myriad cameras of different height have already been set up. The crowd is rather respectable; After all, Billy Kane's absence from Ken's event had brought in some question, and an anticipated rise to stardom is anticipated!! ...Unless Maxima foils that before it begins!
Situated in his own corner, donning his standard blue leather ensemble with blond hair held back by a taut bandana, Billy looks no different then usual; He's performing a few stretches, almost artistic, utilizing his crimson staff. A few fight reporters are trying to get his attention rather overtly, but he's seeming to be purposefully neglecting them given the smirk. Even if the crowd is favoring Billy, he's by no means underestimating his opponent... Who has talent far beyond someone of such little exposure...

Oh, Canada. A beautiful land. A peaceful land, unaccustomed to the rigors of battle. A land of harmony... and ironically, home to the world's strongest battle cyborg.
They'd probably be very proud if they knew.
It's one of the first times that Maxima has returned to his home country, if not his home town; a place he has deigned never to visit again, if he can help it. Too many bad memories. This, however, is pleasant. Refreshing. The massive Canadian has spent a good bulk of his time since arriving visiting places he had gone to see as a young child, enjoying the atmosphere. Indulging in his nostalgia. It's been a nice time, but unfortunately... Maxima isn't here for sightseeing, and as such, the wandering ended almost as quickly as it began. He can't indulge himself that much. After all -- he's here for a fight.
As Billy Kane stretches, another man enters the arena. Huge, easily towering over Billy in sheer size, but any hope of being intimidating is erased with the pleasant, easy-going grin on the man's face and the non-chalant way he enters their stage, hands clasped behind the back of his head. "Billy Kane, right?" Maxima asks, head tilt to the side. He knows who Billy is, even without the files being pulled up and information being fed to his brain. He knows the man's calibre is very likely beyond his own. This is going to be a hard-fought battle for Maxima, to say the least. But... he just grins.
"Let's see how well I can do against a King of Fighters."

Certainly there's no arguing who has more raw physique, but unsurprisingly Billy appears to care less; Which is unsurprising, although his own smirk is less outwardly friendly by most accounts. He's in the midst of crouching down, one arm holding the staff across his shoulder, other shifting to rest upon a knee. With a crack of his neck he appraises Maxima, appearing to be at least grudgingly satisfied. "Pretty sure." is retorted when his name is mulled, as if it's a damn stupid question and Maxima really should know better then to ask it. Of course, the tone is more teasing then actually outright mean, but he rises with a rather loud twirl of his weapon, fluttering masterfully through the air before slipping beneath an armpit as his stance spread. "Well, you aren't the first! Let's see if you are worth my time!" He then gestures in a ‘Cmon, cmon' manner that would probably get him slapped by Geese were he nearby, as it's disturbingly similar to Terry's own. But the crowd begins to grow more excited, as it seems the fight is on – although Billy, whether through sportsmanship or curiosity, is ceding the first move to the massive figure opposite!

COMBATSYS: Billy has started a fight here.

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Billy            0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Billy takes no action.

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Billy            0/-------/-------|

Stupid question, maybe -- or Billy underestimates his fame. Maxima at the very least knows who he is, the question is merely something to break the ice. In fact, with all the information in his mind that he was given by NESTS, he might just know more about Billy than the Brit might think. Still, information not relevant to the fight is shunted out, discarded for battle data; capacities, strengths, any known weak points. Even as all this occurs, Maxima calmly, easily cracks his neck, arching a brow at Billy's words. A grin splits the Canadian's lips, lowering himself into a simple fighting stance. "... Huh. Yeah, let's see," he mulls. This will be an uphill battle for him. But at the very least...
... it'll be a learning experience.
As Billy makes that universal 'bring it on' gesture, Maxima wastes no time. Rather than staying back and analyzing further, the massive Canadian -bursts- forward in a sudden thrust of speed, moving with a surprising amount of acceleration. His path brings him dead-on towards Billy, his right leg pulling back... before snapping -forward- in a swift, simple knee to the gut. A kneeing strike that'll feel more like a battering ram being shoved into Billy's stomach, if it connects. "HMPH!!"

COMBATSYS: Maxima has joined the fight here.

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Maxima           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0            Billy

COMBATSYS: Billy fails to counter Light Kick from Maxima with Fire Dragon Pursuit Cane.

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Maxima           0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0            Billy

There's plenty of information that could have been garnered from Billy's public outings, most of which marks him as dangerous due to being adaptable more then anything else; Few weaknesses and some potent strengths makes him at least worthy of his former fame, even if he's going to have to work on sustaining it in the future. The speed in which the large man moves is somewhat startling, but he decides to take a relative risk; Gauge just how hard the other man can hit, twirling his weapon and beginning to lower it, attempting to intercept with the length of his shaft. Yet Maxima slips in too close, belting him in the stomach for his trouble. Billy rises a good meter from the ground, grimacing as he lands swiftly enough. He braces one hand on the ground for a moment, other holding the shaft near the end. Vulnerable to some, maybe, but given his somewhat more savage grin and new fire to his eye it's hardly a bad start. "Not bad... You actually hit as hard as you look..."

Dangerous. That's just the right word to consider Billy as. Maxima sees that cane thrust out, and knows what intentions lie at the length of it, but he's gained too much momentum to stop -- or to be stopped, apparently. Maxima is silently thankful that Billy isn't quite so successful, his knee driving into the other man before snapping back with a remarkable recovery time. Maxima is already wheeling backwards as soon as the strike lands, watching as Billy comes to a halt from the strike. He grins.
"What can I say... it's a gift."
But, Maxima doesn't spend any time small-talking. Even as he speaks, he pushes off his right foot, leading forward in a charge towards Billy. About mid-way through, he leaps, taking his large body an impressive height through the air. His right arm cocks back, and as he descends... he unleashes all that force pent up in it in a rapid-fire piston blow aimed for Billy's face, seeking to crack across his skull just before Maxima's landing.

COMBATSYS: Billy blocks Maxima's Quick Punch.

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Maxima           0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0            Billy

The rush forward is noticed, tension fluttering through the British brawler as he shifts up his forearms, crossing one before his face as the other, palm facing outwards, braces upon it. The full strength of Maxima's strike hits thusly, catching the fist even as the kinetic force surges through. Billy skids back a good foot, wiry body tense as steel, but with arms trembling he smiles just a bit wider. Quite suddenly he disengages, leaping backwards to put a few meters between them. And then, spiraling his weapon around, he launches forward; The end arcs along the ground, scarcely an inch, before with a snarl he whips it upwards with both hands. With any luck, the reinforced end of his staff will smack Maxima right across the face with no small amount of force! The crowd at least appears to be enjoying it; even if off to a rocky start, it's still an underdog match!

COMBATSYS: Maxima endures Billy's Fierce Strike.

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Maxima           0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0            Billy

Hardly discouraged at the feeling of Billy's palm intercepts his massive fist. There is a surge of force before Maxima pushes -off- and back, just as suddenly as Billy does. Landing smoothly on his feet, the hulking Canadian watches just as closely as Billy once more bursts into movement, dark brown eyes narrowing. He notes the power behind the other man's forward thrust, but rather than attempt to get out of the way... Maxima moves -straight- into it.
That staff arches across the ground, sweeping upwards. Maxima, however, does not stop his forward momentum. Sacrificing his defense for the betterment of his offense, that shaft cracks solidly over the side of Maxima's head in a sickening crack. The force behind it is obvious, but, oddly enough? No blood comes forth from the injury... and Maxima doesn't stop his charge. Barreling straight for Billy, Maxima seeks to bypass the other man's defenses, flinging his right fist forward. His arm arcs downward, threatening to slam into Billy's chest with amazing force. Yet, just before it does? Scant inches from Billy's body, Maxima's wrist -expands- outward into a series of armcannons, which release a concentrated -BLAST- of high-pressured air; steam, which seeks to slam into Billy's chest with more force than a normal punch ever could. "HAH!!"

COMBATSYS: Maxima successfully hits Billy with Vapour Cannon.

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Maxima           0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0            Billy

Realizing his own rather less then stellar defenses at the moment, Billy decides to try and stall the loss of momentum by rushing forward himself, leaning forward in an attempt to take whatever the large man opted to dish out. Yet he had not anticipated the burst of air; He's impacted, and only his own preparation for such sheer power makes the sudden slam into the ground and following roll away even mildly endurable. Hacking a moment, hand gripping his chest, he slithers up to a stand, spitting some blood aside. "Hrrmph. Let's turn up the heat..." And with that, Billy finally unleashes one of his more dangerous moves; Quite suddenly snapping out his right hand, and at the apex of that force disengaging the three sections. Chain swishes in a metallic rasp as it launches out, trying to hit Maxima in the stomach and double him over... Yet at the moment of contact, letting out almost a mad cackle, Billy twists and yanks backwards; And the entire weapon bursts in a flash of napalm-like flame, trying to engulf Maxima before wisping off a second after contact breaks and he withdraws it back into a single piece. Let's see how he fares against this manner of assault...

COMBATSYS: Billy successfully hits Maxima with Blazing Cane Thrust.

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Maxima           1/-----==/=======|=======\-------\1            Billy

Maxima, of course, can see when things are going awry -- better than most, better than even those prided for their observational skills. Those dark eyes see much more than any normal person should, noticing the tightening of Billy's defenses, the sudden preparation that comes within a split second's notice. He, however, is undeterred; the fist, the heated, high-pressure steam, strikes cleanly, if not with full force. But Maxima still lands as smoothly as he did before, dropping immediately into a fighting stance upon stopping...
... just in time to get a flaming shaft thrust into his belly.
The staff strikes soundly, sending Maxima reeling... just in time for that sudden BURST of chi-borne fires to strike cleanly, SLAMMING into Maxima with burning fury and sending him straight off the ground in a short, backwards jump. Maxima lands only a few feet away from where he is struck in a stumble, coming to an ultimate stop only a fair distance from Billy. Shaking out his head, Maxima says nothing -- nor does he pursue. Instead, he stops... and watches. Eyes seeing, searching, analyzing -- looking for weak points in Billy's defenses and waiting for the opportune moment to strike.
"You hit pretty hard, huh?"

COMBATSYS: Maxima focuses on his next action.

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Maxima           1/-----==/=======|=======\-------\1            Billy

"When I feel like it." Billy muses, slipping back even further in a cautious manner more then genuinely defensive. He's not about to throw away his gained advantage so simply, yet the lack of advance seems to only spark a smile. "Well... Lemme make this interesting for ya!" With that, Billy shifts his hands into the middle of his staff and begins to spin it rapidly, building up into an almost helicopter-like crescendo of viciously whooping air, displacing around him. Heat is almost tangible, broad golden sparks flickering about him. And then either end ignites, forming a violently frothing pinwheel of flame as big as Billy is, manipulated almost artistic as he wrings backward. And then unleashes it, guiding it with a heavy flick of his weapon. "Go to hell!!" The pinwheel shape lasts only a moment before congealing into a huge fireball, scorching the tile black behind as it screams onwards right towards Maxima...

COMBATSYS: Billy successfully hits Maxima with Blazing Whirlwind Cane.
- Power hit! -

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Maxima           2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|-------\-------\0            Billy

... This does not bode well.
As soon as Maxima makes note of the sudden surge of chi weling up within Billy, he knows that nothing particularly -good- can come of it. This turns out to be fairly true; soon enough, Billy is thrusting forward that staff in a sudden, swirling vortex of chi and fire. The surging hellstorm bursts forward and Maxima... really has no time to do anything. The force comes far, far harder than anticipated; searing into Maxima's body with a massive amount of force, it is more than enough to send him BLASTING backwards far further than previously. The Canadian's smoking body impacts the ground roughly, churning up the marble flooring until he comes to a final stop at least twenty feet from Kane.
"... guh..." Coughing up something that does not even remotely look like blood, Maxima slowly brings himself to a stand, wobbling just a bit upon his feet. Lowering himself in preparation, he begins diverting power from his systems straight into his legs... just as Billy might notice the man's feet -opening- up into a pair of what would appear to be rocket boosters.
As Maxima speaks, those boosters suddenly -ignite- into a surge of golden, artificial chi, the force enough to give him pure, upward momentum. Maxima PROPELS through the air at startling speeds until he is nothing more than a dot in the sky... at which point he makes a sudden, twisting -reversal- of his momentum.
Billy has all of a split second to react before Maxima is bearing down on him, falling from the heavens like a meteorite encased in a brilliant, blinding sheath of golden energy. If Billy isn't lucky, or careful... he'll find himself suddenly CRASHED into by four hundred and eighty three pounds of Canadian cyborg, with such an intense impact that the ground beneath him will cave in for several feet as dust and debris EXPLODES out.

COMBATSYS: Billy endures Maxima's Bunker Buster.

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Maxima           0/-------/=======|===----\-------\0            Billy

"You aren't bad..." Billy muses, as the wafting smoke flares out and dissipates into the air, the lithe Syndicate second in command standing tall with the base of his staff impacting the ground. He's still in good spirits, apparently enjoying the far from one-sided fight. "Maybe in a few years, you'll be a world contender..." The shifting feet catch his guard, but rather then wallow in surprise he instead shifts the grip of his staff, leaning down. "BUT NOT YET!!" With that, Billy is impacted by the maneuver... Yet he angles himself such that he's not pancaked, snapping down the end of his weapon and embedding it into the cratering stone. Such hurts – it hurts a hell of a lot. But he's had worse, and now he can finish it. Likely before Maxima even notices within the haze of collapsing stone fragments whether Billy is still standing or not, the end of his staff shoots out with pinpoint force, to catch him in the throat. And then, in likely his best show of strength thus far, he whirls about – to snap Maxima overhead in a broad arc, trailing like a ribbon behind his crimson weapon. With the end result of /slamming/ upon the ground shoulders-first, with hopeful finality. Billy is panting regardless, tattered and dirtied, bleeding badly from a corner of his mouth. Maxima is a damn long way from a nobody...!

COMBATSYS: Billy successfully hits Maxima with Fishhook Throw.

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Maxima           1/----===/=======|====---\-------\0            Billy

Again, Maxima notes the sudden preparation in Billy's body, noting the fact that his attack likely is not going to hit as solidly as he may have intended it. He just has to prepare for that, however; as Billy takes the full hit in such a prepared state, Maxima still impacts as hard as possible, the ground depressing in from the sheer force of his mass and the momentum that he moves with. Yet, before he can react, before he can even recover himself... he finds the butt of a staff striking his throat. Silently somewhat -thankful- that he doesn't really need to breath anymore, Maxima is hefted up -- an act that, even with his cane, Billy might find to be oddly difficult to accomplish even considering the man's immense size -- and then SLAMMED into the ground with a groan of pain.
"Urgh..." Slowly dragging himself up, Maxima is clearly done now; he's taken too much damage, though despite the burns and the torn clothing, there is not a spot of blood to be found. Shaking his head free, he takes one final look at Billy... and smirks. "Guess this is the end of it, eh...?" And with that, Maxima will surge -forward- in one final attempt, seeking to take a firm hold of Billy's shoulders...

COMBATSYS: Maxima can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Billy blocks Maxima's Maxima Revenger.

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An iron-tight grip secures itself onto Billy's shoulders within a moment. Without much preparation or boastful preludes, Maxima will lift Billy up from there, and simply SMASH him into the ground with such force that it shatters the marble beneath him. From there? The cyborg -throws- Howard's right-hand man straight into the air like little more than a ragdoll, his body lowering... before unleashing a single, mighty headbutt. Usually there is more to follow, but with all the damage Maxima has taken, he just can't keep it up. Soon enough, the Canadian collapses to the ground, panting.
"... whew!"

"For you...!" Billy responds with utmost confident to the hulking figure as he approaches, spiraling his staff again. Yet the grapple is somewhat unexpected, and it's only his quick reflexes that dampen the crash into the ground. Finding himself airborne, he grits his teeth downwards and kicks out a foot, suddenly shifting his staff before the headbutt. It still slams in, making both arms go numb and sending Billy shooting backwards like a rocket, landing in a crouch and skidding for some distance. Wobbling just a moment, he painfully gets up to his feet with a light sigh, spitting to the ground before wiping from his mouth. "Hah! Got my blood pumping with that one! Good fight!" In the end, despite his loss Maxima's earned Billy's respect; This is actually a harder task then one might think, as he turns to the crowd and throws the horns with his free hand. "Hey hey hey!" The announcer calls it there, and without bothering to check on his opponent's condition Billy strides to the edge of the temporary arena and steps over the felt rope; He's going to need a bottle of Tylenol after that...

Log created on 13:24:24 10/03/2007 by Maxima, and last modified on 05:43:07 10/05/2007.