The mountain, with its frigid temperatures and unforgiving slopes, was his oldest friend and fiercest rival.
Icy wind buffeted him from every side, tousling his dark hair and tearing at his clothes. A blinding snow drift roiled over him like a seething wave, pelting his heavily muscled physique with bits of ice and frozen pebbles. Every breath was a sharp intake of cold that seared his lungs and robbed his breath.
These inhospitable conditions were enough to drive even the most stalwart of warriors to seek the warmth and safety of shelter. Worse still, he’d only sat on the mountain’s western slope for twenty minutes and already felt he was at the end of his perseverance.
It was during moments such as this that he reminded himself of his vow at his mother’s funeral. Seeing her lie there in her casket, robbed of the vibrancy of life, had broken him. Seeing his father, a strong and confident man, shattered to pieces had steeled his resolve. No matter the challenge, Gyoza couldn’t permit himself to give up.
He clenched his fists in his lap, sitting cross-legged against the harsh wind blowing at his back. Gritting his teeth, his dark gaze pierced through the white flurries as he stared into the vast, mountainous wastes looming below him.
No matter how long it took, he wouldn’t give up on getting stronger. Maybe someone’s life would one day depend on it.
The ice and wind outside the ship the ship was slamming away, but inside Ruby was as comfortable as she had been in weeks. Years ago she had won a large amount of prize money with the numerous tournaments she had entered and instead of spending it on buying property or getting an apartment in a big city she bought herself a full sized ship. It was meant for space travel, but she had renovated it for comfort instead of the multi-person accommodations it was intended for. A lavish bedroom, a few knocked down walls converted into a training facility, even an indoor garden.
Lounging in her rather extravagant garden, she saw the light go off signalling the ship was landing, lifting her shades and giving it a strange look. Moments later she was grumbling and half-stomping her way through the corridors onto the bridge.
"Why exactly are you landing? Here of all place?"
Leaning over and staring out the front of the ship she was glaring around seeing nothing but somewhere she didn't care to be. Giving a look back to her ship crew and back outside again she sighed, spinning on her heel and throwing her arms up confused, waiting for someone to speak.
"You told us to alert you if we found anyone on this trip you could train with"
"I sure did. And you didn't did you? You landed in the snowy armpit of Earth without asking."
Sighing and rubbing the bridge of her nose she closed her eyes, trying to sense for anyone in the area, eye twitching as she opened and stared daggers at the one speaking to her before.
"I'm not sure this is someone worth fighting, but I'll have a look. We'll talk about this later. I'm gonna get dressed and head out there. Get someone to have a look at the garden. Someone hasn't been watering my plants enough lately."
Clicking her tongue disappointingly towards them she walked off, got dressed and stood by the door to exit. Slowly it began opening and immediately she was met by everything she wanted to avoid about this entire part of Earth, shivering and shaking her head. Before the door fully opened she leapt out and landed with a muffled stomp as she looked around for who was out here, before trudging over and stopping close enough to talk.
"Why would you want to voluntarily be out here? I'm gonna guess you are training, yeah?"
Thread pl is 26,000 total, but currently dropped down to 1 using ki suppression.
Something large descended through the gale force winds and thick, gray clouds like a wraith. It broke through, tearing through the wisps like snapping spider's thread as the ship descended upon the mountain.
He glanced up, eyes growing wide as it loomed above him, a gigantic sentinel come to observe him. Its engines stirred up even more snow, blasting him with fierce winds that forced him to rise to his feet, hunkering protectively behind his forearms.
Ships weren't an uncommon sight, but rarely did they ever stop here. Whatever solace he'd sought for training was gone, and Gyoza doubted he'd find the right state of mind again.
A voice reached him over the howl of the wind. He peered through his forearms, spying a red-haired woman standing just a few feet away. Despite being buffeted by the winds and snow, she handled herself as well as he did on the treacherous side of the mountain.
There was more to her than meets the eye, but a quick sense for her power level proffered him nothing at all. Gyoza didn't see the harm in entertaining her question.
"Uh... yeah." He frowned, rubbing the back of his head. "I've been training on this mountain for years but I don't seem any closer to enduring the conditions of this place for very long." He shrugged, offering a slight grin. "Did you come here to train yourself?"
Kamae had been all over the world so far, from deserts to islands to cities. Yet he had avoided the mountains for the simple fact was... ice mountains had nothing in them. Rarely was there any secrets to be had, animals, buried treasure, or even ruins. It was had to find anything of value in a frozen tundra of despair, and for someone like Kamae... it was like going to someone's after party and seeing misery was already present. How could he make a mark on a place that was already miserable? How could he make anything worse if the world was already barren?!
Yet he had come here nonetheless to examine it, to see if his hunch was right... and it was. Wasteland of frozen ice as far as the ice could see in this disgusting mountain range of bleakness... He growled to himself as he floated through the air, the Sankishin's invisible frame carrying him through the air. To anyone watching, it would look as if he was flying and technically he was... but in truth the Sankishin's aura, an invisible force to the naked eye but could be sensed was carrying him. He was just along for the ride, or at least he was... when he spotted two people in the snow.
At first he wanted to ignore them, but curiosity was a powerful motivator and having turned nothing up for his travels, he drifted down to the mountain. There he would land, his yellow hood covering his eyes in shadow as he looked this two individuals over in silence, wondering just what had gotten this insane fools out here in the first place?
Her eyes continued to narrow, partially because of the terrible weather that was quite frankly already pissing her off a bit, but trying to wrap her head around his idea of training.
"Why exactly would you want to endure these conditions? Do you live here? If so why? This place sucks. Or are you want of those types who thinks you gotta be miserable and half dead to train properly?"
Crossing her arms she looked back at her ship as one of her crewmen were standing in the doorway, throwing her up arms in a quick motion to tell him to shut the door. He looked back confused with a hand to his ear as she screamed out over the sounds of the wind blowing.
"Shut the door!"
Returning a nod and a thumbs up towards her he reached over and smacked a large button as the ramp pulled up and the door began to close to hide him from view. Turning back she was in the midst of rolling her eyes and crossed her arms once more, blinking to try further adjusting to the weather.
"Not sure yet. That's the plan though. My crew spotted you out here."
Her power level was being kept low but her senses were wide open, uncomfortable in the area and not trusting her other senses as well as she might have normal. Feeling another power level spiked them immediately causing her to look around, unsure of the exact direction it was coming from. It took a minute of looking around but she caught a glimpse of something moving closer, and it looked like they were flying in, but, who flew like that? Seemed they weren't keen on introducing themselves either, landing and standing ominously in front of them.
The newcomer had a strangeness about him. He hadn't spoken a word since landing, staring them down. The red-haired woman, who was growing more flustered by the second, echoed this with her pointed greeting at the strange man. Still, however, he had yet to utter a single word.
Gyoza wrapped his arms around himself, staring at the two intruders. The wind picked up, howling across the mountain. He shivered, wrapping his arms around himself. His plain T-shirt and workout shorts weren't fitting to keep him warm in this environment.
He'd been interrupted twice now, and his endurance training was ruined.
Despite the strangeness of these circumstances, there was also ample opportunity. How often did two opponents just show up out of the blue?
He wasn't sure if he believed in destiny, but he did believe in taking advantage of every opportunity. Today's endurance training might have failed, but the harvest was ripe for a good fight.
"Listen, dude and…" He glanced at Ruby with a sheepish grin on his dimpled face. "...erm, dudette… I'm not sure why you two showed up here last minute. However…"
He stripped off his T-shirt and kicked off his sneakers, leaving him bare-chested and barefoot.
"I'm always up for a challenge. Why don't we all train together? Maybe a little spar?" He flexed and stretched, his impressive physique astonishing for such a young person. His body bore the scars of a lifetime of harsh training.
He bounced up and down on the balls of his feet, rolling his shoulders to limber himself up. "At the very least, it'll help us get warm."
Kamae watched as the two individuals greeted him awkwardly, unsure how to respond to someone such as himself just randomly showing up. The boy seemed to be training somehow, then requesting they all train together. This made Kamae raise a brow at the offer, but he decided why the hell not. He said nothing as he held out his arms then, the Sankishin forming as an aura around him before darkening. Soon taking on the shape of a demonic entity and solidifying itself around him.
Kamae said nothing more as he waited for the others to get ready. He simply chuckled at the boy's curious offer from earlier. A group of strangers show up and he asks if they wish to spar. He didn't see a reason they shouldn't, as he would get to see what they were made of. The snow melting around Sankishin Kamae, flames emitting from his mouth as he let the other to get ready. No point in speaking, no words were needed given they were only here to fight. What else was their to say, he had no interest in making their acquiesce yet.
With proper time given to preparations, the demon held up a hand towards the boy, a flame forming in his palm as he did so. That flame then unleashed a swirling vortex like a tornado of fire at the boy. A simple attack but effective in getting the boy moving while his other hand raised towards the girl. Instead of a vortex, he unleashed a wall of flames. The wall roughly seven feet tall, moving towards the girl and aiming to smother her in fire. Both attacks were not aimed to inflict lots of damage, showing that Kamae was not here to instantly atomize the two but was taking part in the fight as advertised.
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"My name is Ruby, not Dudette. And like I said, crew found you out here standing around in the cold. I been looking for someone to train against. Tada!"
Despite her words there wasn't any excitement of flamboyant nature to them, more so as if she was bored. In truth she just hated this weather, even if it seemed she was unintentionally the most appropriately dressed for it. That fact was only compounded by this crazy person getting even less dressed than they already were, causing her to make a confused look and drooping some, staring.
"I get it now, you are just crazy. I've met a crazy person. All this time trying to find someone to train with, and it's an actual insane person."
Her hand came up to palm her entire face, shaking her head and sighing as it slid down and away, laving a look of disbelief.
"You know what else keeps you warm? Not standing out in the cold."
Even through all of this the third stooge hadn't uttered a word yet, only furthering her luck of finding a pack of insane whatever the hell these two were. One decided getting half nude and flexing was a good way to show off and prepare himself to fight, while the other was going more in the direction of, what the hell was he doing exactly? It was a strange display that caused her to pause, unsure if he was trying to light himself on fire or be intimidating. There was part of her tempted to simply cut her loses and get back to the comfort of her ship and pretend this never happened.
In her mind all she could do was hope this was simply unique energy and an equally strange use for it, but in her gut she was worried it was yet another magician or wizard or whatever the hell they liked calling themselves. She hated magic, finding it to be cheap trickery, and until she was sure otherwise, she couldn't help giving this mime the stink eye.
As the wall came at her, she gave a motion as if she had no other choice but to react, lifting a single leg up bent in front of her as it closed in. She had learned years ago that she could produce not flames so much as super-heated energy and air with one of her kicks, eventually turning it into a proper flashy technique. She didn't look to use that here, but a certain variation of it wouldn't be out of the question, fighting fire with fire in a sense. Pulling her arms back to keep her balance, she let out a loud grunt as she bent her other knee for just a flash of a moment and threw her leg into a wide crescent arc with her full physical strength, not quite creating a flame but pushing the wave directly around her back with a strong wave, even as the rest passed around her.
"A mute who throws fire at strangers. Not cool."
Guess this is where a fight officially starts. +1MP for the turn
His eyes grew wide as the silent human raised his hands and a strange energy coalesced around him. It took on the shape of some type of demon, much to Gyoza's dismay. He staggered back a step or two, nearly planting on his butt in the snow as he gaped. Ruby's beratement of him fell on deaf ears as fire danced in the demon's palm, growing in size before a full torrent was unleashed at him.
The coiling flame swirled like a tempest, briefly mesmerizing him before he leaped aside at the last second, the column of fire soaring past him to scorch the side of the mountain, melting the snow in a steaming hiss.
He landed to the side, staring at the hissing mound of scorched earth. Gyoza gave a long low whistle, shaking his head. "Dude! I bet that power comes in handy when your take-out food is cold." A sharp pain in his side caused him to wince. He hugged his arm protectively against his midsection; the skin on his left side was flushed a bit red and a little raw from the heat of that attack. "Guess I dodged too late... rookie mistake, am I right?"
He flashed a grin at Ruby, but she was busy repelling the wall of fire. So much for messing around—this wasn't going to be an average friendly spar, he could sense that now.
This demon guy was dangerous. While the heat from his flames warmed the air around them, Gyoza knew if he took a blast head-on that he wouldn't last very long. For the moment, Ruby didn't seem to be the aggressor. Maybe it was better to work together.
His bare feet slid in the snow as he hunkered down, slipping into his fighting stance. Gyoza closed his eyes and inhaled a deep breath, focusing his energy. There was a low rumbling sound as he unlocked his true potential. He doubted he was any stronger than they were; he'd have to get in as many good shots as he could manage before either of them got too serious. Pushing off the ground, he soared towards the demon man, fist cocked as he threw a heavy right punch aimed at the side of his head.
Kamae was glad they could at least defend themselves from a little bit of fire, both able to weave through the attacks in their own way. The demon lowered his arms then, letting the two regain their footing. It would seem the male was less equipped to fight him in raw power, but the female was even slightly stronger than he was when he hadn't transformed. This made the demon smile a bit, as he knew that this could be a little bit of fun. The Male launched himself at the demon, flying through the air to throw a straight punch... Predictable in a simple minded manner. The Male's hand would be greeted by a hand of Sankishin Kamae.
He would grab hold of the man's hand, letting him come to a rest on the ground but keeping a firm grip of his opponent. The eight foot fall demon's hand holding the whole of the human's own fist. He looked to the girl then, pointing a finger at the girl as a bit more flame gathered on the tip. From there the flame grew and grew till it was roughly half the size of Kamae, looking like a large exercise ball. The fire ball launching itself at the girl once more to attempt to slam into her.
His attention returned to the Male then, still keeping a firm grip only to let him go. But he did not let the man go without a going away gift, as he released him with a smile. The gift was a fire ball in his palm, aimed to explode directly in front of the Male's face. He was enjoying himself, as he was testing their might. He wondered if they could defeat him together? Perhaps he would find the answer today.
She simply gave commander nudist a roll of her eyes at his tuck and roll attempt, watching him barely avoid the flames then quip it after the fact.
"I think the rookie move was dodging. Go through, not around. Quickest point is straight ahead and all that."
She had been hiding her energy when she showed up, but once she put both feet on solid ground again, it looked as if it had spiked up to her full base power level as if it had been there all along. It was hard to tell if the shirtless wonder was hiding anything, but given the way he barely dodged the last attack, she was a bit worried he wasn't. From what she could tell the other guy was about where he was supposed to be, but there was no real way of knowing, though she doubted he was trying to hide his power level at the level it was sitting at. It was still a strange attack, an annoying greeting, and he still refused to say anything, which quite frankly annoyed the piss out of her. Sure she had shown up just as randomly, but she at least said something.
Her eyes simply tracked The Flasher as he charged in, looking like his muscles had overtaken his brains. Maybe the guy couldn't sense energy in the same way, or maybe he was trying to show off, but Ruby didn't look overly impressed either way. Doubled the power level he started with wasn't bad, but it was still feeling around half the guy he was sprinting at, leaving her to cross her arms for a moment, more curious what was about to happen than immediately join in and help. She showed up for a bit of training and found a battle between a fire wizard and a half nude cave man.
Seemed the battle for the ages was stopped in its tracks before it ever got going, and the simple way the attack was blocked was equal parts amusing as predictable.
"Put the fire away before you hurt yourself."
Her middle finger raised in return to his finger pointing, and it looked like she wasn't gonna get to sit back and watch this after all. Waving her hands mockingly as if she was fake scared, she started casually walking towards the tall whatever the hell they were, keeping her middle finger pointed towards them.
"Guess I should have said to put it away before I hurt yourself."
Her arms dropped as did her stance, springing into the air and leaping over fire spell number two, showing off her leg strength. Her left leg extended as the other bent to match, aiming to kick this guy in the side as he decided it was a good idea to take his attention off of her.
She was happy to announce her thoughts on his fire attacks, assuming it was all a product of magic in some form, and hoping to make good on her warning.
His fist was caught with ease. It felt as if he'd punched the mountain itself. His knuckles stung, arm bulging with exertion as Gyoza grit his teeth. This guy didn't take him seriously. Could he blame him? His punch had no effect at all; the demon man ignored him briefly, firing off another powerful fireball at Ruby, who seemed to be handling herself with ease against the fiery assault. All the while Gyoza yanked and tugged at his fist, unable to free himself from the monstrous being's grip.
Suddenly, the monster released his grip, freeing Gyoza from his clutches. He barely had time to register surprise, eyes widening at the explosion of flames that roiled over him. "Augh!" He went soaring backward, landing hard in the snow, wisps of smoke curling off of his body as he sat up, shaking the cobwebs from his head.
How the hell was he supposed to BEAT this guy?
He wanted to prove he could keep up with the best fighters in the world, yet thus far, all he'd down was get swatted aside while the other two entertained each other. Was he ready for this level of competition? Or was he a fool for even trying? Yet he couldn't shake that delicious anticipation that filled him. There was nothing more exciting than a tough fight! He did a handspring, landing on his feet again. It was time to get serious.
Instead of charging straight in, he rushed low and came in behind Ruby, putting real weight behind his next punch as he sent it hurtling towards the demon, seeking to strike in the same place where Ruby's kick would land.
The girl seemed to believe magic was some sort of weakness, or perhaps she believed it could not hurt her? Perhaps she thought physical fighting was much more effective than using spells to bring down ones foe? No matter the reason, Kamae considered her a fool that should be taught a lesson. Whatever she was planning would not come to fruition, the demon holding up a hand to block the incoming attack. She would meet his fist, but he had taken his eyes off the other fighter in that moment. His belief the male was not a threat caused the demon to make a mistake, one that caused him to be jabbed in the side.
This caused Kamae to make a loud "GAH!" as he looked down at the boy. He raised his hand up then before attempting to swat the boy away like one swatting away a small animal. After the swing, the demon let out a roar which caused his whole body to erupt into fire. This fire seeking to push his foes back from the heat and shockwaves of his energy being sent outwards. From there, Kamae waved a hand before him in a wide arcing motion. Fire orb appearing in regular intervals between each one before totaling five.
From there the orbs would take up their positions a top of Kamae like a holy of flames, spinning in a very slow motion while the got ready to engage the duo once more. He had come here not to prove a point, but it seemed this two had to be taught a lesson... A lesson the demon was gladly to give out. After all, they should learn to kneel before their betters right away!
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She could feel the energy behind her, not surprised so much by the attack but by how quickly the other guy had recovered and launched back into the fight. It was all so quick, as she hadn't even landed a kick yet. Maybe he was faster than she thought, or maybe she had moved slower than she anticipated. Her kick met something solid, but it was not her aim. As she fell away and landed back on solid ground she was surprised yet again as there was a solid punch landed where she had targeted with her kick, and for the third time in a short span surprise filled her mind as the mysterious stranger made an audible noise.
Maybe he could help her, though she never felt she needed it, but the way this strange guy was tossing fire and blocking effortlessly, perhaps she wasn't giving him enough credit. It seemed the shirtless guy was about to be swatted like a fly, and at the very least she could try and stop that much from happening, jumping and lifting her leg high, dropping it down to kick the guys arm down before it connected. Her hand reached out and pushed the shirtless fighter back, giving him a look and pushed him a second time, making the mistake of taking her eyes off the pyromancer.
It was by sheer luck that she had pushed him out of the way, more trying to make space for her to fight than help him, but it meant they were in a better position, or at least he was, to not get hit immediately with the waves off heat. She wasn't the type to take cover, jump out of the way, and most assuredly not run when someone else was coming at her to attack. Her first instinct was to jump into the fight feet first, fire or not. Flexing her muscles she looked to bulk up as if decades of weight training had suddenly caught up to her all at once, filling out the otherwise loose fitting clothes and stretching them to their absolutely limit. Planting her back foot she took a loud deep breath and jumped right at Kamae, and as she closed in she spun in mid air, as the bitter cold air swirled around her visibly, meeting the rushing fire caster with a heavy spinning roundhouse.
MAX Power - +10% to all techniques. Turtle School Secrets makes it cost no mp but I gain no mp while it's active
Using Light Attack || Tornado Roundhouse 20% power + 10% from MAX Power = 7,800 - 1kp
Her shove was light but forceful. Her crimson eyes met his, and in surprise, Gyoza stumbled backwards and landed on his butt in the snow. His brain struggled to reconcile two things: first, she was actually defending him and second… Ruby was uber cute. As she bulked up, her muscles more than doubling in size and launching her attack at the demon man, it became clear her motive was to give herself plenty of room for fighting. Gyoza frowned, folding his arms as he sat in the freezing snow, watching her attack. For a brief moment, he thought she might be into him. Of course, fighting a demon spirit was simpler than figuring out the female mind.
“Aw, man… I wanna have a go at this guy too!” Gyoza frowned, watching the other two fight. His eyes drifted upward to the swirling halo of fiery orbs above the demonic spirit’s head. It was clearly intended to be some sort of attack, but he hadn’t launched it yet? What was he waiting for? Was it steadily building in power? Or was something else at work here? “Uh… Ruby?” He pointed at the fiery orbs, but Gyoza doubted she was paying him any attention at this moment. “Alright. I’ll figure it out myself then. This is a spar, after all.”
He wanted a fair fight between the three of them, and things were escalating so quickly, Gyoza could do little more than briefly feel out the power of the other two. They seemed to be closely matched, yet both fighters were more than twice his own strength. They were going to take him seriously, one way or another. He hopped up from the ground, charging back into the fray. Gyoza dove, sliding beneath Ruby as he sought to grab hold of Kamae's legs, trapping him so he couldn't avoid the ruby-haired woman's devastating kick. Maybe it would stun him enough to cause those nasty looking orbs to disperse.