Devil's Tournament - DT R1: Kain vs Mukai

Description: In the first round of the Devil's Tournament, Kain R. Heinlein does battle with the 'Obsidian Knight' near the edge of a cliff in rural Japan. Between fireballs and large chunks of rock, it was probably a good idea to be well away from anything people might get upset about being destroyed. (Winner: Kain)

Kain R. Heinlein has not entered the "Devil's Tournament" for the money. No, he has plenty of that already. He's entered because he knows who Akuma is. And if you want the opportunity to really push your abilities, you'd be hard pressed to find a better target than Akuma. Of course, getting to him means getting past all the other fighters in the tournament, and there are definitely some folks who are no slouches.

Kain himself, for one, which is a good reason to have his battle in a nice, remote spot like this desolate cliff in rural Japan. He's not familiar with his opponent, but just by himself Kain has enough power to cause considerable collateral damage, so he sees nothing suspicious in this.

Of course, it's not actually that desolate at the moment, since quite a few people have made their way out to observe the match. From a safe distance, though. Some remote operated cameras have been set up within the danger zone, but the actual audience is mostly well back from the cliff, with a few risk takers getting a bit closer for a better look.

At the moment, Kain stands dangerously close to the edge of the cliff, leaning forward slightly to peer down the long drop, seemingly without any discomfort. It's quite a long fall, but Kain has faced dangers such that mere gravity holds little fear for him.

There are many fighters out there in the circuit that like to enter with quite a bit of flair. It may be to compensate for something, be it experience perhaps, seeing that the experienced Kain R. Heinlein will be facing a nobody no one has ever heard about. Perhaps to intimidate the foe, Kain is after a formidable warrior so it no surprise his newcomer opponent will try every trick on the book to get an edge, an intimidation is a legit way to accomplish this. Or may be just plain ego, some people do like to highly of themselves, and to be fair, you need to have quite a bit of confidence to face the likes of Kain, much less enter the devil tournament to face the demonic Akuma.

However, this particular fighter may be taking it a bit too far.

*boom!* *boom!* *boom!*

Steady pounding comes from seemingly everywhere around Kain, heralding the coming of his foe. Are those wardrums? Who would be arrogant, and antiquated enough to use drums as their intro?

*boom!* *Boom!* *Boom!*

As the drumming comes closer, the earth itself begins to tremble. Maybe this guy brought a whole band with him?

*Boom!* *BOOM!* *BOOM!*

The booming becomes louder, almost ear shattering. So loud in fact that the earth itself begins to crack. There's no way that sound are drums, it's just too loud!

It's steps!

Walking at a leisurely slow pace, climbing up the small hill that leads towards Mr. Heinlein comes a staggeringly tall figure. A dark skinned eight feet tall man dressed in mere white pants and sandals. His face is completely covered by a full medieval knight helmet which is clearly used more for secrecy's sake than protection as there is no way there's armor big enough to cover the mountain of a man now before Kain.

The golem like... -creature- extends his arms up as if to address a large crowd and speaks through his helm.


He looks around as if trying to find his opponent, suddenly looking down when he spots Kain a fair bit of distance away from him.

"I am The Obsidian Knight! And I shall be thine opponent today good sir!"

His accent is clearly forced, almost as if he hastily rehearsed it before this.

COMBATSYS: Mukai has started a fight here.

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Mukai            0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Kain has joined the fight here.

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Kain             0/-------/------=|-------\-------\0            Mukai

Even with the shaking of the ground, Kain doesn't seem to see the need to step away from the edge of the cliff. He does turn around as his opponent draws closer, however, allowing one eyebrow to raise as he looks over the other man. The Obsidian Knight certainly strikes an odd figure. But then Kain smiles thinly. He might just get a good fight to start things off. Mukai can hide his face, but he can only do so much to hide his power, especially from someone as attuned to chi as Kain. And even if he's not currently displaying his full power, a strength like Mukai's is hard to miss.

"Interesting." Exactly what is interesting is not elaborated on, however. "Then let's begin." And as the last syllable is still hanging in the air, Kain rockets toward Mukai with enough force that the spot where he was standing on the cliff edge crumbles, sending a small amount of dirt falling over the edge. There's a flash of black flame as Kain whips his leg around, leading with a blazing kick toward Mukai's midsection. Kain isn't much for smalltalk.

COMBATSYS: Mukai just-defends Kain's Schwarzer Stob!

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Kain             0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0            Mukai

"Aye! Have at thee!!"

One does not need to be attuned to the flows of chi to sense the Knight's power. The very fact that the earth itself trembles with each step he takes kind of gives it away. Naturally, there are many mortal men that can have this same effect on the ground if they are of sufficient girth, Hugo would be a perfect example.

But of course, as Kain correctly deduces there is something more to this Knight than mere raw power. It is as if the air around him rippled and crackled with energy, something which most burly men like Hugo, Zangief or Tizoc cannot say the same.

The kick comes directly to his stomach and the knight looks down as it strikes his abdomen.

He doesn't even twitch.

"A worthy effort! But futile!!" The giant warrior RAISES his massive arm, adjusts his visor a little as it apparently bothers him, and BRINGS it down up Kain's head as if it were a giant mace!

COMBATSYS: Kain blocks Mukai's Disruptor.

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Kain             0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0            Mukai

Having gotten a sense of the kind of power Mukai's probably packing, Kain isn't too eager to take a direct hit. He brings up an arm to meet Mukai's, taking the blow on the limb and pushing it to the side while side-stepping himself. An opponent shrugging off a hit like that isn't a good sign, but Kain can still work with this. For one thing, that helmet appears to be obscuring his vision...

Kain continues slipping to the side, attempting to slip far enough around Mukai to get out of his field of vision. He then drives in, a blue glow surrounding his fist as he attempts to drive a punch deep into Mukai's side, just beneath the ribcage. This is followed by quickly taking a step back, trying to observe the reaction. In most circumstances it would be at least flinching in pain, but Kain can't make that assumption here.

COMBATSYS: Mukai blocks Kain's Fierce Punch.

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Kain             0/-------/-----==|==-----\-------\0            Mukai

The giant Knight gives a huff of hot air, letting it billow off his helmet when his club like arm collides against Kain's defenses. He raises his vision up to notice that he, without even knowing it, has his opponent against a cliff. He doesn't appear to try and press this advantage by pushing Kain back, but he's not getting out of the way either, almost as if letting Kain decide his fate. Will he try and risk everything by dancing back and possibly fall? Or will he fight toe to toe against the mountain of a man?

For the Knight in question, this is a quandary he seems to be asking himself by the way he tilt his head from left to right, attempting to judge Kain's actions by what he does.

So far he's playing the middle game, throw in quick punches to the ribs and jump away as soon as possible. The Knight decides to take the blow on the arms this time around as he actually has to squat slightly to intercept the punch with his biceps. As Kain moves back, he's clearly out of range of the man's arms, but perhaps not so much from his legs.

"A Ha!!" The golemn like creature seemingly sees an opening and makes a sweeping kick at Kain's feet just as he's jumping back to trip him and bring him to the floor sideways!

COMBATSYS: Mukai successfully hits Kain with Execution.
- Power hit! -
> Determined Hit! <

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Kain             0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0            Mukai

Kain's legs get swept out from under him while he's still landing, and it's done with such force that he doesn't have time to try to recover. He hits the ground hard, teeth clacking together from the impact. And a thought: Kain can tell that this guy is more than he seems, and even the regular audience can probably tell that he's pretty tough. But the helmet and the manner of speech make him seem somewhat ridiculous. It'll be pretty embarassing to get shown up by something like that.

Kain frowns for a moment, then quickly whips himself to a crouching position. Before he actually rises, though, he summons up his black flame, which begins pouring out all over his body. A moment later it blasts outward, launching Kain up to a standing position and engulfing everything around him in a dark inferno.

COMBATSYS: Mukai endures Kain's Schwarze Kreuz.

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Kain             0/-------/=======|=======\-------\1            Mukai

Always have to be wary of the odd ones. Part of the man's strategy may be that by presenting himself in a ridiculous manner his opponent is less likely to take him seriously. Although it's hard not to when one is as big as him, he's certainly eccentric, but does that mean he's harmless? So far Kain is finding out that the giant is not a clumsy buffoon as must would be wrestlers tend to be, but his antics can only take him so far.

"What's this!?" The giant warrior actually takes a step back when Kain attacks him as something he does unnerves him greatly. "Dark Energy!!?" The Knight can do little from his stupor but to be engulfed in a giant inferno despite his attempts to bring his arms around himself to protect his torso as best he can. "Bah!!" As the smoke clear, the Obsidian Knight emerges looking burnt from the attack his metal helmet glowing red from the heath.

"Begone! Evil Spirit!!" Proclaims the self appointment Knight of good energy as he summons a giant pillar to the palm of his hand and RAMS it on Kain's face to drive him back towards the edge of the cliff.

So much for playing fair.

COMBATSYS: Kain blocks Mukai's Impact of Steel.

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Kain             1/-------/=======|-------\-------\0            Mukai

Kain's eyes widen momentarily, and he brings up both arms for this one. The pillar slams into him, driving him back through the dirt, but doesn't manage to break through his guard. It does push him dangerously close to the edge of the cliff, but there's not quite enough force to drive him over. Heinlein doesn't even spare a glance backward; he does have plans in mind for if he goes over the edge, and he'll deal with that if it happens.

And so once again Kain leaps toward Mukai, this time bringing a leg sweeping around in an attempt to drive a foot into Mukai's side, a blue glow surrounding the limb as it nears impact. And once again Kain tries to quickly draw his leg back. He needs to find a weak spot before he really commits, and so far it doesn't seem that there's too many of them.

COMBATSYS: Mukai blocks Kain's Medium Kick.

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Kain             1/-------/=======|=------\-------\0            Mukai

"Hm!! Impressive!!" The giant is quite taken back when Kain endures the giant pillar sent in his direction, digging his heels valiantly on the ground to prevent himself from falling. It's clearly not a feat any man could do, which the Knight seems to know judging by his helmeted expression. Though Kain may not be able to find any weaknesses on the giant, the Knight can't seem to get past Kain's impenetrable defenses either.

When Kain attacks once more, the warrior raises his arms again to summon another pillar, this one he holds vertically as if he were grasping a giant seal. As the kick connects solidly on his abdomen, the Knight brings that giant pillar DOWN upon Kain's head to drive him deep into the ground this time. "HRAAA!!!"

COMBATSYS: Mukai successfully hits Kain with Terrestrial Shock.
>> Decisive Hit!! <<

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Kain             1/----===/=======|===----\-------\0            Mukai

Kain attempts to leap to the side as the pillar comes crashing down, but for such a large object Mukai is able to move it quite quickly. The force drives Kain into the ground, leaving a dent in the dirt shaped vaguely like Kain's body. It also briefly knocks the wind out of Kain, leaving him staring up at the sky for a moment.

It doesn't last long, though, and fairly quickly Kain is rolling out of the way, trying to open up some distance between himself and Mukai. It's looking like it's not going to pay to stay in close against the other man's strength. Kain waves an arm in Mukai's direction, sending a shower of small black flames launching toward him to serve as a distraction while Kain gets back to his feet.

COMBATSYS: Kain successfully hits Mukai with Schwarzer Funken.

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Kain             1/--=====/=======|======-\-------\0            Mukai

"HA HA HA!" The man gives a guffaw when his giant pillar collides with Kain slamming him into the ground bellow. "Thou art flattened!" He exclaims whilst taking a few steps back, if only to give himself some breathing room or perhaps not risk overextending himself and accidentally push too much forward into the cliff.

As it so happens, this is apparently a mistake since it also gives Kain some room to maneuver and send a volley of energy in his direction. The warrior curls his arms again to protect himself but the fire seems to stick to his burly figure causing him quite a bit of pain! "ARGH!!" The Knight staggers back and spins around giving Kain his back in order to still hide his face and hastily removes his helmet. "Merciful Gaia." He's heard whispering "This bloody thing is burning my face." Once he's done complaining he places his helm on again and spins to face Kain.

"Thou fool! I am not yet defeated!"

COMBATSYS: Mukai gains composure.

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Kain             1/--=====/=======|=====--\-------\0            Mukai

Kain raises one hand into the air, a glimmer of gold light appearing from between his fingers. And he allows himself at least a little banter. "Well, I suppose we'll have to fix that, then." The light flares brighter for a moment as Kain clenches his fist, and the air above Mukai begins glowing brightly blue, starting to swirl about as raw chi energy coalesces.

Just a moment later Kain opens his grasp, then drags his arm down toward the ground. The chi follows the motion, bringing a wave of energy crashing down toward Mukai. But it doesn't stop there, followed by another, and yet another, attempting to return the favor and let Mukai be the one driven into the dirt.

COMBATSYS: Mukai endures Kain's Himmlischer Atem.
~ Cruel hit! ~

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Kain             0/-------/-------|=======\==-----\1            Mukai

The giant warrior clearly narrows his eyes from beneath his visor, feeling the air around him crackle with dark energy. Almost as if mimicking Kain's actions he too begins to lift his hands to the sides, taking the stance he assumed in the beginning, almost as if to trying to embrace Kain from far away.

Like an indomitable mountain, the Knight stands tall despite being well aware of the chi forming all around him. His fingers curl and uncurl concentrating on /something/ as the attacks descend upon him. Over and over and over he is struck, but he remains still even if he's being pounded into the ground, his helmet dented beyond recognition, probably going to be stuck on his head after this.

At long last the attacks stop coming, and the giant is still standing there, arms extended, hands open, gaze...dead set. What has he been doing all this time? Just posing?

If Kain is asking himself this he might realize there's a shadow behind him as the cliff has suddenly coiled around itself like a solidified wave of water.

The Knight makes a 'come' motion with his hand and the entire earth MOVES behind Kain, taking him directly towards the waiting arms of his opponent who swings a giant kick directly for his gut, sandwiching Kain between his attack and the wall of earth behind him!


COMBATSYS: Kain just-defends Mukai's Titan!

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Kain             0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0            Mukai

The wall of earth pushes Kain toward Mukai, but with just a little arrangement of his position he's really riding it toward his opponent. Kain reads the timing of the massive kick, swinging his arm out to meet the incoming foot. But rather than an impact on flesh and bone, Mukai's foot strikes a burst of chi that erupts from Kain's arm, pushing the foot aside without ever coming into contact with Kain.

And also without slowing Kain down. Heinlein makes use of the opportunity provided by Mukai commiting himself to a heavy attack by trying to strike while he's still open. Stepping in swiftly, Kain attempts to grab Mukai by the throat, thrusting a hand in below the area protected by the helmet. Black fire erupts from his hand, threatening to engulf Mukai's entire head, helmet and all, while Kain continues to squeeze down on his neck.

COMBATSYS: Mukai breaks through Schwarze Schleife from Kain with Terrene Tower!

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Kain             0/-------/---====|===----\-------\0            Mukai


The Knight's kick is deflected by energy! Sending his massive body backwards as the momentum of his attack is used against him. "To use Gaia's gift to harm me...heh..." The knight comes to an abrupt stop as he digs his heel on the ground, unwilling to fall backwards after such a transgression. "The nerve with some humans." Once he's done whispering to himself, the giant warrior sees Kain reach for his neck in an attempt to continue burn him.

The Knight is grabbed, his thick neck squeezed but as Kain brings his second hand to engulf's the man's head in flames he reaches for Kain's neck and pries him off, lifting him high up in the air.

At the apex of his lift, a giant pillar arises from the ground quickly and the giant warrior SLAMS Kain's head into it like a blacksmith striking an anvil, utterly shattering the pillar in the process.

When it comes to a direct contest of muscle, Kain's grip can't win against Mukai's. He gets pried off, then slammed into the new pillar hard enough to leave his head ringing. He manages to break free in the impact, twisting away, but there's blood on his face and his vision is glazed over for a few moments. He shakes his head, trying to clear it, and takes several steps away from Mukai.

And Kain would rather not have Mukai following him while he's trying to recover, so he thrusts both hands out in the other man's direction. Black flame spirals down both arms, merging together and forming a massive fireball which is sent flying in Mukai's direction.

COMBATSYS: Mukai endures Kain's Schwarze Kanone.

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Kain             0/-------/-======|======-\-------\0            Mukai

The giant Knight reaches up for his helmet once he slams Kain, but as he suspected he finds that it's stuck and is not going to be able to remove it any time soon. "Maybe this disguise wasn't a good idea." The man hhms to himself after several failed attempts of prying the thing off, even with his monstrous strength that doesn't seem to come off any time soon.

As if answering his request, Kain sends a volley of fire in his direction which impacts against his head, utterly destroying the helmet he had one to reveal his face. It too is dark skinned, with spiked up white (and slightly charred by now) hair.

He doesn't look too good, but despite his seemingly grievous wounds he manages to grin ferociously. "Fiend...." Mutters he through clenched teeth as a giant rock forms on his hand almost the size of Kain's own attack. He raises it up into the air and FLINGS it at him, seemingly still intent on pushing the man over the edge even if its the last thing he does.


COMBATSYS: Mukai can no longer fight.

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Kain             0/-------/-======|

COMBATSYS: Kain dodges Mukai's Heavenly Shock.

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Kain             0/-------/-======|

All things considered, Kain would really rather not have to use one of his emergency plans for what to do if he finds himself going sailing out over the cliff. Especially not with a rock potentially there to land on top of him. He quickly hops to the side as the rock shoots past him, causing his hair and coat to flutter. The missile continues to fly out, over the edge of the cliff, and begins arcing downward. Hopefully there's nobody hanging about down there.

Fire in his hand, Kain turns back to his opponent, looking him over warily. The unusual looking man was looking pretty battered, but if he's still got more fight in him, well, Kain's got plenty of fire left where the rest came from.

COMBATSYS: Kain takes no action.

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Kain             0/-------/-======|

COMBATSYS: Kain has ended the fight here.

Not surprisingly, the man doesn't have any energy left. He staggers back and forth, cursing silently as his last desperate attack misses and goes on one knee. " the earth." He wheezes before sinking into the ground.

Log created on 18:17:14 04/24/2012 by Kain, and last modified on 09:47:25 04/30/2012.