Neo League 676 - #699: Spider vs Setsuka

Description: A knock-down, drag-out fight in Chinatown, with two fighters of very differing methods and yet very similar mindsets going at it... (Winner: Spider)

The street has been blocked off in this section of Chinatown, and fans are gathered around, to watch a Neo League match! The fight is between two relative newcomers - on one hand, Setsuka, who no one's ever heard of, and the other, a small time pitfighter and mercenary, Ari 'The Spider' Abraham. The Spider stands in the street, smoking a cigarette and waiting for his opponent.

COMBATSYS: Spider has started a fight here.

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Spider           0/-------/-------|

Honestly. The chance to fight is what draws Setsuka to this... not the chance of glory. She has her own reasons for fighting.... very -personal- reasons... and those reasons are what spurred her to accept this invitation. Yet the Spider waits still... his opponent having yet to arrive properly... in fact, the crowd is beginning to whisper, and mutter. Is she a no-show?

Maybe she is--but it isn't likely. Then, suddenly, the crowd parts, at the far end of the makeshift arena... and a woman steps through. Raven hair, long, tied back in a ponytail, begloved... wearing a dress that is stunning and yet clearly made to allow freedom of movement.

And she steps through the crowd, smiling enigmatically.. as if enjoying some small joke only she knows. "You must be the one they call 'Spider'," she says, her voice low, sultry. Oh yes... she's carrying a blade, in her left hand; looks like a katana, but shorter... without question, she suddenly faces her opponent, turning her right shoulder towards him, her gloved right hand gripping that hilt of that blade...

The Spider begins walking towards Setsuka, in a casual manner. "Yep." As he nears her, his arm lashes out at her, attempting to catch her by the upper arm. He then turns about and attempts to hurl her over his shoulder by it, and spike her down into the ground by her head. He's not wasting any time.

COMBATSYS: Setsuka has joined the fight here.

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Spider           0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Setsuka

COMBATSYS: Setsuka fails to counter Hymn of Solomon from Spider with Oborozuki.

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Spider           0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0          Setsuka

Hmn. She misunderstood his intent... swinging her sheathed blade up to intercept his arm, what she thought was a strike... turned out to be a grab and she made it easier. She makes no sound of protest as she's hurled into the ground--not even a sound of pain. Instead, you see...

... she starts laughing, as she rolls away, rising to her feet. "That wasn't bad... but you need more than that if you're going to beat me..." Naturally, he probably does have more than that... but she wants to see. Finally, there's that soft-sharp metallic sound as the blade is popped free of its restraint, though it's still sheathed.

Flexing the fingertips of her right hand, she settles the hand on the grip of the blade, and once again resumes her stance.

The Spider isn't moved by the taunt, only frowning. He tosses his cigarette away, exhaling a cloud of smoke. Taking a moment to adjust his aviator shades, he cricks his neck to the side. He then explodes forward, with an eye gouge.

COMBATSYS: Setsuka blocks Spider's Quick Punch.

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Spider           0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0          Setsuka

Ah ah. The eyes are the windows the soul. Setsuka isn't about to let Spider get away with trying to break her windows like a common thug. She doesn't move until the last minute, flicking her blade's scabbard upward, catching the impact there--a small shiver of the impact coming through the blade. She tsks softly. "How rude," she murmurs... but then, she's the one using the blade, isn't she?

Speaking of that blade... suddenly, it flicks out. The movement is almost too fast to see, really, almost just a silvery line as the blade lashes out for Spider's left inner thigh--aiming to carve a small chunk out of it, or at least slide a nice cut in. Nothing that'll leave him unable to walk...

COMBATSYS: Spider blocks Setsuka's Quick Strike.

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Spider           0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0          Setsuka

The Spider punches suddenly, knocking the blade away with his hard fists, leaving a little nick on his hand from where it caught the razor-sharp edge. He then grabs at Setsuka's shoulders as he attempts to get inside weapons range. His head lashes forward, aimed at her nose, in an attempt to smash it with his forehead. "Rrgh," he grunts.

COMBATSYS: Setsuka dodges Spider's Mark of the Anointed.

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Spider           0/-------/------=|==-----\-------\0          Setsuka

Ah ah. Not this time. Setsuka plants her back foot, and skips backwards, moving exactly as much as Spider does--disallowing him the grab. Her backskip leaves her in perfect weapons range too--once again, the blade flicks outwards, this time aiming high--an attack intended to cut his neck open, perhaps. Only, as quick as it is...

It's a feint, her right leg snapping up and out, almost simultaneously, to try and catch Spider right in the stomach witha a bruising kick. "My, you -are- a wild one," she says, though she doesn't sound displeased. Actually, rather the opposite--she's pretty overjoyed to have found someone who isn't afraid to get dirty...

COMBATSYS: Spider fails to counter Light Kick from Setsuka with Star of Zion.
- Power fail! -

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Spider           0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0          Setsuka

The Spider ducks back from the blade, only to be caught in the diaphram by Setsuka's foot. The wind is knocked out of him as he staggers backwards a few steps. His hand clasps his stomach as he sucks in air, his aviator shades knocked off, revealing his menacing brown eyes, that bore into Setsuka like beedy little wheels from Hades. He narrows his eyes, sneering.

Setsuka smiles--it is a smile that is sickly sweet, and yet menacing at the same time. The crowd is roaring, betting, shouting, as they do at such things... yet she pays no attention to them at all. Instead she begins to stalk forward... setting herself... then suddenly she blurs forward, almost as if she were teleporting--though it isn't a true teleport, simply a quick speed boost that sends her right to where Spider is.

And then she's planting her booted feet, as she reaches out with her right hand, seeking to grab Spider by the shoulder--if she manages that she'll turn, twist, hurl him forward and onto the ground, face-first, using a leg to trip him.

"Ooh," she murmurs, as she rushes forward, "That looked painful..."

COMBATSYS: Spider blocks Setsuka's Yamikaze - Nage.

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Spider           0/-------/--=====|==-----\-------\0          Setsuka

The Spider gets taken down, but his hands slap the ground ahead of him, and he recoils off of it, coming back up to his feet in a graceful motion. He takes advantage of the close quarters, attempting to wrap his arm around Setsuka's gripping her shoulder and using his hopefully superior strength to force Setsuka down to her knees, before he slams his fingers into her elbow.

COMBATSYS: Setsuka fails to counter Quick Throw from Spider with Oborozuki.

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Spider           0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0          Setsuka

Once again, he reaches for her--and once again, she attempts to counter. But the man -does- have superior strength--he is able to force her to her knees, and she grunts, under her breath, as he forces her down, then pinches her elbow, apparently trying to strike a pressure point. He's successful, briefly... but not for too long.

Soon enough she whirls away from him, getting clear, rolling away and back up to her feet. Infuriatingly, she's still smiling... despite the pain in her elbow she has to be feeling... "Again... that wasn't bad," she murmurs...

The Spider grunts as Setsuka breaks away. His hands slowly move to his sides as he watches Setsuka, glaring at her. He turns to the side, spitting out a mouthful of blood on the ground, some of the crimson saliva dripping down on his chin. He raises his arm, wiping it off on his brown jacket. He simply stares at the girl, waiting for her to attack.

COMBATSYS: Spider gains composure.

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Spider           0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0          Setsuka

Setsuka utters a small laugh, sweetly mocking. "Come now, no need to be so stoic," she teases, almost as if she were normal.. once again, she darts forward, though she leaves any superhuman speed behind, and once again, her game is a game of feints--this time, perhaps, in the opposite manner, as she feints a low stomp, perhaps aiming to smash his toes with her heel.

Only the telltale hiss of the blade precedes the true attack, a cut lashed out for Spider's right upper arm, what would be a shallow and painful cut indeed, if it were to land... the question is, will it?

"You hardly look as if you're enjoying yourself," she pouts, as if facing down a woman with a sword is something to be enjoyed. Then again, to her mind, maybe it is...

COMBATSYS: Setsuka successfully hits Spider with Quick Strike.

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Spider           0/-------/--=====|====---\-------\0          Setsuka

The Spider's foot draws back, but he's caught across the arm by the slice, blood oozing out of the wound and darkening his jacket. "This is a good jacket," he says, displeased. His arm swings up, attempting to catch Setsuka by the arm pit, before picking her up and flipping her over.

COMBATSYS: Spider successfully hits Setsuka with Hymn of Solomon.

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Spider           0/-------/--=====|======-\-------\0          Setsuka

Once again... caught. And finally, he's starting to do some real damage... but Setsuka just laughs all the same. Of course, the breath goes out of her; it was a stunning success. But for all his attempts to immobilize her, the woman is still moving fluidly, see, with only the most minor of impairments. "Mm," she purrs, "That was better..."

But still... not good enough? She's still moving, after all. Perhaps she ought to take another risk... she jolts forward, swiftly, adding yet another feint to her attack process... as if she were to rush forward at him again... only to pull aside, and let her blade talk. Two slashes, one horizontal, the other vertical, before the blade is resheathed.

It sings with power, with the deadly promise a blade holds... but should those strikes bite true, Spider will find that they are done expertly, to wound, not to kill...

COMBATSYS: Spider fails to counter Power Strike from Setsuka with Star of Zion.

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Spider           1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0          Setsuka

The Spider gets slashed upwards across his chest, the across the chest again, leaving a pair of bleeding wounds on him. He stumbles backwards, in considerable pain, grunting as he touches his chest, then looks at his bloody hand. He could really use another cigarette.

She starts laughing again, a silvery edge of mania touching her voice as she crouches, then leaps forward--not a very far leap, mind you, just enough to put her at head height. Acrobatically, she tucks while she's in the air, then lashes out with a booted foot, intending to impact it right into the Spider's temple--perhaps seeking to ring his bells...

Then again, the attack is a bit swifter than it is strong, though she lands well from it, coming down into a low crouch, blade sheathed but once again at the ready... "Mmm... it looks as though that might hurt too..."

COMBATSYS: Setsuka successfully hits Spider with Light Kick.

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Spider           1/-----==/=======|======-\-------\0          Setsuka

The Spider gets struck by the kick to the head, his cranium lashing to the side as he stumbles in that direction. He narrows his eyes, and lets out a gutteral growl as his muscles flex and surge, his chest slowly rising and falling. As veins pop out all over his hands that grasp the air, he rushes forward, attempting to latch onto Setsuko with a reverse headlock, then deal a chop to her spine.

COMBATSYS: Setsuka fails to counter Masechet from Spider with Light Kick.

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Spider           0/-------/----===|=======\=------\1          Setsuka

Now she -does- scream--because that little combination -hurt-, badly. Taking too many risks, she is... but still... she's headlocked, and then the chop to her spine draws a gasp from her. Her body twitches, spasming hard, a physiological reaction that can't be helped--but once she's free, she rises again. Her body a little bent, she's still got plenty of fire inside her...

Merely awaiting what trickery the man has left for her.... she knows she can still win the fight. She can still hurt him, badly. She just needs the proper chance to do so...

The Spider releases Setsuka after the blow is finished. He's bloody and tired, the wounds on his chest and shoulder leaving little pools of his blood on the ground. His hand lashes out as he lunges in, aiming his fist for her throat. "Die."

COMBATSYS: Setsuka counters Quick Punch from Spider with Tenryuu Gaeshi.

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Spider           0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1          Setsuka

"Oh, he finally speaks," coos Setsuka--with just enough time to regain her composure, she is able to prepare for that 'final' strike, particularly with it aimed for her throat... once again, she ducks back, just a half-step. Then she's reaching up, her right hand finding his fist, and clenching it, effortlessly.

Turning, she puts on a burst of energy--like static-shock through his body, and if he knows the difference, it doesn't feel like chi--an energy that suddenly impels him upwards as she sweeps her hand up. He's tossed about three meteres into the air before landing, probably not too far from Setsuka...

The Spider lands on the ground with a grunt. He climbs back to his feet, shaking his head to either side. The grizzled spy takes a step forward, before lashing out with his fist, attempting to cram it right into Setsuka's chest, aiming for the diaphram. It's fast and vicious, leaving him open defensively.

COMBATSYS: Setsuka fails to counter Star of Zion from Spider with Shimatsuri.

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Spider           0/-------/--=====|

COMBATSYS: Setsuka can no longer fight.

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Spider           0/-------/--=====|

Ah, defeat. It is not something Setsuka is used to tasting--and in this case, it tastes coppery, as she chokes on her own blood. Internal injury, perhaps, if not severe. She drops to the ground afterwards--long enough for the match to be called in The Spider's favor... but then...

Then she rises again, sword in hand. Not too injured, apparently, as she smiles, again, sweetly, but with that edge of malice behind it. Of crazy. "Mm, that wasn't a bad fight at all..." She starts laughing, as she walks away. "Enjoy the points... I'm sure you'll need them..."

Her? She got what she wanted out of the fight... for now.

Log created on 20:59:15 06/04/2008 by Setsuka, and last modified on 03:49:17 06/05/2008.