Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Nov 23, 2022 18:07:17 GMT -5
Having escaped the deep inner Central city, Griselda stumbles forth into a sprawling forested hill on the nearest reach of the Eastern Lands. Usumidori's black and gleaming blade has carved forth a portal as it always does for her and promptly closed behind her. It felt so wrong to do that without having his presence bearing over her. To direct her in some manner. If the people's reaction to her untethered meant anything though... She definitely grew stronger. Hell, if she concentrated, she could feel the difference between herself and the other humans there.
"Hah... Now... Now what?" Maybe just time. To collect herself and where she was going now. If Usumidori truly was gone there was going to be a lot to pick up after him. That sword still radiates his blood-colored warmth though. Like it's sleeping right next to her. She took a long hard look at it before stepped away from where she fell.
Around her were green brush, trees, and the random noise made by the birds and other forest creatures. She was more than fearless walking through it at this point though. Far removed from her days as a child getting in trouble for exploring outside the manor. Something about that, specifically, stuck out to her. All this strength and she could possibly use it with no strings attached now.
Find out who got her family killed.
She... might need to spot someone to learn how to control her unbridled energy though. A proper teacher, Usumi was no. He taught what would be useful for her to know in aiding him, specifically.
Sesame was not patient. He needed the sound, the sound of a heroic soul to crush with his fist. That was all he was looking for, but he needed to strike at the right time. Where he'd find the heroes he was looking for. To face off with them head-on and crush them into dust! But to do that, he needed to have at least some numbers. Doing this all alone was not going to be wise. He'd not get exactly what he wanted. And who he was looking for now, was Usumi. But they seemed to have vanished. They had a connection of sorts, that Usumi granted to Sesame a long time ago. But he couldn't feel their power anymore. So he had gone on the hunt to try
That was the hunt he had been on, to find Usumi. And for a long, he had found nothing he had searched across Earth and had found nothing. Until now. As he had been exploring The Eastern Pastures, he had found her. Well, not Usumi but her body. The Girl Griselda. As she had been thinking for herself Sesame's eyes darted from the darkness of the woods. "I been looking for you, I can never remember what they liked to be called. You may want to illuminate my bodybag." Sesame was ragged compared to his normal disposition. The magic that Usumi had used on them, the wound that was inflected on them by Fend. all of those things had changed Sesame. Since the battle against the heroes on Battle Island he had only grown more desperate for that battle. Usumi might be one of those tickets to secure it. So when he found Griselda instead of Usumi, he was less then pleased.
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Nov 23, 2022 21:01:41 GMT -5
Her lack of control and sense of energy would prove to bring back a friend of sorts. Of Usumi's making, of course. Mulling over her own thoughts, she had found herself kneeling near a tree. Frowning to herself before the voice of a familiar came through the woods. It'd get the mortal girl to jump in her boots, quickly taking a stance to defend herself with the sword at ready and turning only to see a demon in bad shape. Yet, he seemed not too pleased to find Gris in this form.
No, this was Usumi's ally. Not Griselda's. She kept her guard. Back hovering a few inches away from the tree she rested near. The name was as ready on her mind as much of Usumi's allowed memories could be.
"It's Griselda... And you're that Sesame person, aren't you?" Sesame's never really heard the softer and more posh girl that Usumi hid in. He had a damn good hold over her for a while, so getting dumped in that fight on Battle Island must have done a number to him, by any estimate. Sesame would clearly see the blade at her side in its sheath though. Backed up like a wild animal, she does keep herself in a stance ready to defend herself.
"He's gone. I don't know what happened entirely, but he's been gone for a good week and he's not responded to me. It's like he just... never existed." Partial lie. She had her theories as to why the blade remained... Not that she'd trust other demons with it. Usumi instilled in her that sort of caution.
"I've been looking for him, among other things. Hope you're not expecting me to give him to you though. It's been a while since I got to use my body for so long." A mild warning. WC: 311 TWC: 585
"I am Sesame that is correct." Sesame looked down at Griselda. She seemed to be ready to defend herself which was wise. Considering, Sesame had very little love for Griselda. She claimed that over the past week, Usumi had not appeared they was just gone. "Hmm, so their dead? I doubt that." Usumi was tough they would not die so easily. Guess, there was something he needed to do to bring the demon back out. Griselda seemed to be aware that he may try something and called out that it was the first time in a while she had control over her body, she'd not give that up easily.
"See that is the thing. I need Usumi. I don't need you. If they are dead, killing you will be a mild exercise!" Sesame-powered exploded to the forefront. He didn't power up to his max yet, he needed a bit of a challenge first. If Usumi was gone he imagined once he went all out the less experience Griselda would be on the backfoot. Sesame would then kick off the ground rushing towards Griselda. But he didn't just attack right away. Instead he would vanish around Griselda trying to use his speed to confuse her. He wanted to test how strong she actually was int his current state. As he couldn't sense her power he would have to assume she was at least somewhat powerful. Eventually the afterimages would all rush right at Griselda but the real Sesame came from behind to slam his palm right into her back to knock her to the ground!
Wc:264 Attacking Griselda with non kp attacks Powerlevel:90,000 - Kp:6/6 Mp:1/6 Damage Meter:0/250
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Nov 24, 2022 14:25:38 GMT -5
Griselda squinted up at Sesame as he seemed to doubt her almost naturally. Like he saw through her. Without Usumi, she'd undoubtedly be target to many demons like him, but this one was an even more personal affair. A couple of steps were taken back as she tried just talking her way out.
"Well, even if they are dead, I shouldn't suffer a fate like this..." She braces for what she knew was coming. What Sesame threatened her with. The blade is drawn rather quickly as the pink one launches forth and goes at her. Gris had a good deal of speed behind this backpedal. Giving a warding slash at an opponent that didn't actually close the gap instantly.
"Hey, we can talk about this!" The difference, while minute, is enough to sorta throw off her game. She couldn't sense him directly and he outmatched her in the swift department. backing up, she'd be caught looking around and waiting for an opening before a vision strikes her like a daydream.
"You have to learn to track opponents without relying on their power signature. Heightened, your natural senses can catch out most who rely on subterfuge as we do." It was Usumi. Not talking to her, but she could feel like she remembered those guiding words clear as crystal when she needed them most. Closing her eyes a moment, she focused on her hearing and.
CHNK! Griselda grunts and turns on a dime to meet the palm with her blade. To catch it in a high guard before trying to draw it down and cut at him, should he not pull back quick enough.
“It not about what should or should not be. It is about what I want. And I want Usumi.” Sesame darted forward as he went to attack Griselida. She wanted to talk but Sesame had no interest in doing that. He wanted to awaken her dormant power. If Usumi was in there, he was going to awaken them from this slumber. When he darted around Griselda and came in close, his palm strike was meet by the side of her sword. Sesame pushed against the sword but Griseldia drew the blade down slashing Sesame’s chest open. He would skid backward holding the slash wound that she created with her strike. Sesame would lick the blood away and grin. “So your vicious yourself. You could of cut me apart. But indeed you are not a pushover. I’ll have to try something with a bit more force.”
Sesame would begin to circle around Griselda. He was trying to be careful and figure out what level of power he should muster against the girl. She clearly was strong. She was able to react, parry Sesame’s strike and slash Sesame’s chest open. So, he was going to have to weaken her to awaken Usumi’s power. Sesame would stop moving and bring his body low. He would leap forward rushing towards Griselda. He would thrust a palm strike at Griselida once more, but this time he would power his fist with ki and try to send a powerful sound wave through her body to knock her to the ground.
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Nov 24, 2022 19:41:59 GMT -5
Griselda wasn't aiming to outright kill those who wished her harm, but when push came to shove she was going to fight back. her sword swipe itself to the side, covered in demon blood as she jumps back away from Sesame and grits her teeth. With a fluid motion she twirls the blade in her hand to whip the blood off and onto the forest floor.
"Vicious? I do what I must to survive. It's hard to tell if your kind understands that concept or not. Disturb a snake and expect its bite, Sesame." She'd rest control of the blade in both hands with a slight sweat beading on her forehead. Anxiety was going to get to her before Sesame did. She's never really fought an opponent on his level without Usumi assuming direct control. It seemed someone didn't care for talking though. he just wanted to do what he wanted to do. Lunging at her again. At the same time, she tries to jump away from his grasp, only to take a concussive blast to the chest.
Only... That's what it seemed at first. The loud bang 'hits' the light air that was originally where Griselda's form was before shimmering. Dispersing quicker than normal into a completely black silhouette of her form and then fading with the wind. Carried by the blast's disturbance. Sesame had seen Usumi use similar powers to evade attacks, fading into shadow and reappearing around a target. She's got this first part down brilliantly, but the lack of erasing her presence as Usumi did?
Sesame felt her power reemerge right behind him, already in a stance to chop at the demon's back with the advantage. That sickening red dripping from the empowered blade on its way down. Her heart was pounding, she hadn't felt so... Alive before.
"We can stop at any time!" Griselda dodges the incoming Heart Racer (36,000) with a Dark Departure (0KP 50% Evasive | 39,500)!
Griselda then launches a Heavy Blow (2KP 40% | 31,600) @ Sesame!
"I'm not being critical. Being vicious is what everyone needs. It is your life I am trying to take. So of course your not going to lay down and die." Sesame's fist arched forward towards Griselda but she quickly vanished avoiding his strike. She had done this move before, well Usumi had done this move before. She was not just some girl, she had some of Usumi's power. It made him think if he kept pushing her to the limit, then she would be forced to use Usumi's true power. Perfect, he knew she was still in there. Now to bring her out.
Sesame was more than ready to counter this incoming strike. As Griselda would swing her sword toward his backside, Sesame would vanish with his demonic speed. The sword would tap thin air as Sesame would reappear in the air above Griselda. He would spin a few times rocketing himself into the ground near Griselda. His eyes darted up grinning with delight at her. "Well, that is impressive. Another quick and strong attack. But let me take you to the limit." Sesame would pull his fist back pulling the same sound energy into his palm. He was going to strike Griselda, but not right away. As he pulled the energy into his fist would dart forward trying to uppercut her with his non ki empowered fist. Then he swing to drive his other fist into her gut to send her flying back!
Wc:244 Dark Depature to Dodge Heavy Blow! Then Fired Back with Heart Racer (Light) | 2 KP 40% Attack | Power:36,000 Flying at Griselida
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Nov 25, 2022 22:49:12 GMT -5
"I don't need opinions from more demons!" She grit her teeth as she continued with her strike, a mix of her frustration and a bit of the demon's own unmatched speed between them allowing him to easily avoid the worst of this counter strike. She was quick to pull her sword back into a defensive and spin to meet him head on where he landed, but as soon as she had that uppercut would connect with her head. Forcing it to jerk up and the rest of her body to stumble into an unstable footing.
"Tch!" Without the true reaction time of Usumi, she'd promptly then take the rest of the combo to the gut. Felt this unusual sonic propulsion smash into it and send her jetting into the treeline behind her. Smashing past a few trees before tumbling to the ground. Minor scrapes and bruising no doubt appear under her dress.
"Hah... Ow... You hit hard..." With some distance, the girl would pick herself up with some winces and grunts. Pulling her blade back up to guard herself. She knew where she flew from, so she knew where he could most directly come from. Peering past broken trees and catching her breath for a moment. Griselda takes the incoming Heart Racer (36,000 | 46%)!
Sesame darted inwards after dodging her attack. His fist was able to crash into Griselda and sent her flying away with the force of his sound strike. Sesame would not go for a second attack as he stared down at Griselda. He was waiting to see if she had awakened Usumi's power. But Sesame was disappointed as Griselida just groaned about how the attack had hurt. "Dispositioning Usumi. Where are you Usumi?" Sesame would speak up as he slowly began to walk to where Griselda had been launched away. "We don't have to keep playing this dance. Bring out Usumi. Or I'm gonna keep beating you until he wakes up." Sesame would focus his energy inward as he kept walking towards Griselda. He was building up to his maximum energy. He was not sure if he was going to attack with full force. Maybe that would be enough to awaken Usumi's power. But Griselda was not so weak that he could make such a risky move. There was a lot to consider. Sesame would finally walk to where Griselda was, as she got up. He would lift his leg up and send an axe kick downward at the swordsman to try to bring her back down to her knee's!
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Nov 30, 2022 2:49:31 GMT -5
She wouldn't get much of a breath. Sesame was right on top of the game. Slowly making his way over just as she was picking herself off the ground. Griselda has felt worse, but something tells her, from memory, this was only the surface of what this pink demon could do. She let out an exasperated sigh and shook the light pain away.
"I already told you!" She lifted her blade to the sound of shaken metal on metal while Sesame closed the distance. Taking a deliberate step or two back of her own. All while keeping her eyes on Sesame. Even with the other demon calling out his name, she couldn't feel any movement in the blade. No lingering thought in her head from him.
"He isn't talking to me, and I can't sense him! Nothing I've done so far will bring him out!" No doubt that wouldn't stop him from trying to beat the Usumi out of her. Like the good old days, where he only was allowed control when she was in danger. Before she could get anything else out in respect to her own personhood. Sesame was right atop her even before she could finish her steps away. Throwing a wild cleave of a kick down onto her.
Rather than deflect it head-on, the smaller woman would step to the side and launch herself up. Not exactly at Sesame's face, but rather over. In one clean hop, she would clear over Sesame and land on the other side. The sword found it's sheath as she landed in a crouch. Desperation lead to a rise in power sensed from the girl, but rather than that typical red glow from her black blade pouring over the handle while she held a charge of energy...
It was light blue. Much unlike Usumi's influence over her, there was this hint of cool orderly blue that fell off her blade much liek the red usually did with her empowered blows. Before she could even see it herself she instinctually pulls the trained blade at the apex of charge. Blue sparks release from the blade as she draws is at Sesame while dashing forth. A wave of blue energy behind the sword now. It was a weird nondescript sensation this sort of energy left, but it definitely wasn't Usumi's demonic force in that moment.
Griselda uses a 4MP Transformation Boost! New PL is 158,000
Griselda will then throw a Judgement Cut (4KP 70% | 110,600) @ Sesame!
“He can’t talk to you? You can’t sense him? Maybe he is just deeper than he has ever been before. If I keep beating you, eventually you're going to awaken his power. So, stop resisting.” Sesame pulled his leg upward as he got close to Griselda. The leg was met with the stone-hard ground as Griselda blasted into the air. He would glance upwards at her and began to rise. Sesame would slowly rise to look towards her. His face slowly twisted into a grin. Was she tapping into Usumi’s power? Yes, she was finally giving in. Tapping into the power of Usumi’s power to defeat Sesame. He would spread his arms waiting to see her attack. But the aura that came from her sword? It was not demonic.
Sesame would keep standing firm as Griselda swung their blade downward into his flesh. Sesame's power increased to its max as the sword swung cutting into his flesh. Sesame took a step back blood running down his chest. “No, no this is not going to work. You raised my hopes for a moment. So let me try this again. I want to talk to Usumi. I don’t need to talk to you.” Blood ran down Sesame's mouth. The sword strike had done some good damage to him. But just as quickly he seemed to recover. Sesame pointed his fingers toward Griselda. Then he thrust said fingers into the side of her shoulder to knock her to the ground and send a powerful shockwave through her entire body. It was his weakest attack in this state but it probably is enough to deal vicious damage.
Transformed So Power is now 450,000 Took 25 Damage from Judgement Cut. Using Slient Hymn Power:90,000 - Kp:4/6 Mp:0/6 Damage Meter:25/250
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Dec 2, 2022 11:02:27 GMT -5
For a moment it looked like she had done something to him. Like, actually hurt him enough to make him back off. The slash of the blade catches a lot of exposed skin, forming a gash down his chest and covering it and the sword in blood. Griselda didn't keep next to him and hopped back a step with a cautious stare. He didn't even seem phased by that. Nothing in his voice or tone seemed to indicate it, only that he was even more insistent in his goal to beat Usumi out of her.
"I... I don't care, get away from me!" Griselda was in no position to respond to this switch in power. Something overwhelming for the girl, and she'd only be able to track it with her eyes before Sesame was onto her. Next thing she knew there was a powerful jab into her shoulder. Something that'd probably eviscerate a normal human but instead sends pain throughout her body as she tumbled back to the ground. Usumi's blade is flung a few feet behind her as the girl's body gets laid out, her body spasming as she cries in pain.
"A-ahh! Hnnnng!" On her back, the youth's mind was spinning. Her head bent a bit too far back into the ground where she stared at the treeline behind her. For that moment everything inside her was rattled. She'd never felt anything like it. When she'd eventually settle on the ground, her cries turn to whimpers as she turns onto her stomach away from Sesame. Looks like there's something dislocated as she tries dragging herself to the blade. Her hair and dress were now a bit raggedy from being tossed around a few times.
Sesame would knock Griselda to the ground with the sound clad blow! Sesame would put his hands behind his back and wait to see if Griselda was going to transform. He wanted to see Usumi appear. Sesame would watch as Griselda simply crawled away to grab her sword. She was really disappointing him. “No, your supposed to power up. Where is Usumi.” Sesame would crotch down to stare her down. Like waiting for a piece of prey to realize that it was being stalked by the king of the beast. How long was he going to have to wait? For this power to rise. Maybe he needed to encourage her to do something. “I see, you need to increase your power. So I am going to give you one chance. I am going to allow you to use your strongest attack. When your power reaches it apex, attack me. When you fail to kill me? I’m gonna kill you.” Sesame stared her down making his threat clear. Even if he does not back it up. Killing Griselda would do him no good. He needed Usumi. He was quite sure that Usumi was in there. But maybe he couldn’t unlock this power by beating her down. Maybe they were truly gone? He was not sure, and he didn’t want to take the risk.
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Dec 5, 2022 3:00:50 GMT -5
Griselda was half expecting Sesame to stop her scramble for the sword. Even over the dozen or so seconds it takes for her to crawl over. But, no. Rather, he seemed to watch with disappointment. Lower himself to just watch her struggle. Even once she got there, it wasn't like she felt like picking herself up instantly. A hand lurches forth to grab that handle, only for her to make the slowest effort to pull herself up. She had some blood escaping her mouth that she had to spit out, and a gash running atop her head that spilled blood near her right eye and down in a streak.
"Wait... Wait." Sesame was giving another hard and fast ultimatum here. One that may do her more good than just trying to off her instantly. picking herself up at a snail's pace, first to a knee, before lifting back to her feet with the sword in tow. She wobbled in place a few times and tried looking him over with a shaky wave of her free hand.
"I can do that... I can do that! Just give me a moment. Oww." That hand tries cleaning her face of blood. Of smudges from the grass. Not much really came off, but if given time this would act as a breather for a bluff she didn't know she could pull off. Sesame barely looked hurt as is...