"Obviously I'm not - you can stand up to my power, clearly." Lottus replies, looking very pleased with the notion. "Not many can take my attacks and cancel them out like you have. And as for these Gods you want to have punished, well, I think we can wor-"
Lottus' eyes suddenly slam shut, and he reels forward, clasping his hands to his head as if suddenly struck! The golden aura suddenly flares erratically, and Lottus' glowing golden hair seems to fade back and forth between the gold and a deep black. Lottus drops to his knees, his body shaking as if he were caught jacketless in a blizzard.
"D...Damn it...!!" he growls furiously as the odd rippling of his golden aura seems to sputter. After a moment, the aura fades completely, leaving the Saiyan far less powerful, and royally pissed. "Damn it! Damn it, dammit, DAMMIT!!"
Lottus slams his fists into the ground, shattering the stone like porcelain.
"DAMN THIS AGGRAVATION!!" Lottus rasps, livid that his ability to hold the Super Saiyan form was still... imperfect. He rises to his feet, looking at his now bleeding knuckles. "Useless..! This can't keep happening, DAMN IT!!"
Shaking his head, Lottus looks over at Tsuya, disgust in his expression, but obviously disgust towards himself and not towards his opponent.
"Looks like I won't be able to give you a good work out, this time around." Lottus says to the tall woman. "Damn my own weakness! I haven't mastered this form yet; it's still too new to me."
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Feb 19, 2023 18:23:45 GMT -5
If there were two things Tsuya had going for her after all this time, it was patience and stability. All the swordsman had to do was keep the Saiyan at bay before the aura of gold ate too much into their spirit. Lottus, after their final clash, seemed confused that she'd pointed out he was the only spirit of such strength currently and kinda seemed interested in her more open declaration moments before the golden aura started to sputter on empty fumes. Those black locks would reveal themselves phasing a few times before Lottus's power dropped. The warrior woman would smile and simply sheath her blade.
"Your energy is explosive. Are you surprised it burns so quickly?" Tsuya crossed her arms again, carefully observing the Saiyan's little breakdown. "No gift is given with Mastery in mind. Your fury and enthusiasm are frontloaded. It leads to your spiritual energies leaking like a runny faucet. You must stretch that raging fuel out if you want to contest with anyone like me." No doubt some of the other powerful beasts like his prior opponent haven't mastered it to such a level to rest in it as Tsuya did. But, to be fair, hers was no transformation of the soul.
"No need to feel ashamed for such shortcomings. So long as you understand where you must work. It seems we both got to learn something from this little exchange." She had no real ill will towards a weaker opponent or inexperienced fighter. Even one who'd probably normally be cruel to her would have the roles reversed. Tsuya, stepped forth and offered the downed warrior a hand to lift himself up by. Despite her large stature being more lithe and lanky than a built stock like Lottus, she was firm. As her power should suggest.
"Every little loss is a place to grow. Even in Death, as it currently stands."
"No, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised." he replies, his demeanor different than when spurred by the power of the Super Saiyan form. He takes Tsuya's hand and allows her to help him back to his feet. "I don't feel any shame about it; failure is something I'm quite accustomed to."
Lottus scratches his head, mulling things over.
"It's a matter of time. I've learned to control the Oozaru form, I can learn to control this form." Lottus remarks, almost absently. "But you have a point - it's not mental control, it's energy expulsion..."
The Saiyan, having calmed down considerably, sets his eyes on Tsuya.
"You speak from experience, I'm betting?" Lottus inquires, starting to look Tsuya up and down again, though he seemed to be more appraising the calmness of her aura, rather than her appearance. "If you're as ancient as you've suggested, then you had a starting point too."
Lottus crosses his arms over his chest, looking thoughtful.
"Well, enough about me," Lottus says, shrugging at his predicament. "What about you, then? Not your power. This whole thing you've been going about - you have some kind of beef with the Kais over the whole afterlife thing? What're you down here for?"
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Feb 23, 2023 2:40:15 GMT -5
Tsuya wasn't unaccustomed to the beasts that lurked at her age. Most were monsters, their energy unstable and dangerous. There was respect to be garnered in some, but ultimately it made for an unsettled universe each and every time. That's how the stories went in ancient times, the stories her masters would have been told were myths. She wouldn't really care either way how the saiyan looked her over as she simply craned a head over at him.
"But of course. We all start somewhere." Soul degeneration was the closest thing to true death that existed in the kai's realm. And beings much like she avoids it by being stuck in their own sort of personal lock box for so long. Hell, that's how Usumi was still around too. Stuck in his ways as he were. "Right at this moment? I'm merely catching up on what the Kais are doing. A simple woman from an age where we were not so complicit with the presence of this lording over the land after death. Some were strong enough to fight the Kais in their own realm." Tsuya laughed through her nose and offered to show the blades at her side. Lifting her hakama up just enough to show the ebony and ivory pair.
"What my current status means now is unimportant. I am the last of them, persevering past my masters and pupils alike. I could set upon a new age of powerful warriors. Glean where these strong mortals stand and go from there. Who knows... Perhaps it was fate that I survive with my vengeance intact only to be left alone." Wandering with the cold, steely winds of an empty universe without anyone she knew previously. If she weren't so detached, she might break down from the idea alone. "You're the first I've talked to who seemed worthy of these words, at the least. Do not mistake it for trust. There is much I do not know of you beyond the greater basic desire to fight and struggle. Man is not above acting just as treacherous as the Children of the Tree, so you'll have to excuse my vagueness." She hums a moment to herself while tapping her own chin, taking a few steps around Lottus as she observed him again. While most of what she spouted, she did believe, many more were just an amalgamation of the struggles of man surrounding her order and inside it.
"Creators of the worlds, yet they can't stand it when their playthings outflank them in agency and power. If you run into any of them, I'd trust them as far as I could throw them. Their seemingly benign senses of justice, order, or sometimes even cruelty is underlined with this inferiority they feel at the likes of us."
"My experience with trust so far is what got me killed in the first place, so eh," Lottus remarks. "Well, partly at least. I'm only partially sure one ally betrayed our agreement, and the other quite literally spat in my face. Something about me just seemed to scream kill it, I guess, HA!"
Lottus barks a laugh - his own morbid sense of humor amusing the Saiyan.
"As for fighting Kais, I've met a few of their lower level types... what are they called... Shins? Shinjins? Something like that." Lottus replies evenly. "One of them was at the battle that I died in, though he was helping me. Not sure why yet."
"And I'm not sure what makes me meet the criteria for worthiness - I just do as I want. No one rules over me. Well, except when they can just magic their way between realms and toss me down a hole whenever they like. Though, I don't feel like I'm giving them what they want down here." he continues. "So there isn't anything to know about me. Short and simple is that I'm a Saiyan. War was my way of life, and that pissed people off. I don't particularly give a damn about justice, or order, or anything like that. Been accused of cruelty plenty of times though, HA!"
Lottus looks up at Tsuya, meeting her gaze.
"Revenge is lonely for a reason. People like us wouldn't seek it if there were others standing with us, now, would we?" he inquires. "So, let's cut the double talk, I'm not an idiot - I can see when someone has more nails than hammers to beat them down with. You're looking for a hammer, and perhaps I fit the bill."
Lottus steps closer to Tsuya, grinning up at her.
"Like I said, War is my way of life. And I'm used to being an extra hammer when someone needs things nailed down." he tells her. "So, you in the market for new hammers?"
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Mar 25, 2023 4:04:55 GMT -5
"Hmm. This 'criteria' is exactly why one such as I had to come forth and speak my mind. A violent killer, able to defy his place because he wants to. It shows a lack of control on the Kai's part and their Shinjin." Lottus at least caught on quickly. Her dancing around the visit here was part of the gauge. Despite just being a guy who did what he wanted, there was no denying that strength uncapped was exactly what made the gods failures. She had to see for herself how this one started. The spirit laughs a little and pushes some hair back over her shoulder that had fallen some way between the end of combat and now.
"Very well, no sense of talking around a man steeped in his mysteries, as all simple men claim. You're acquainted with the Shinjin. At least the ones presently active. Your experience appears mixed?" her glossy green eyes follow Lottus on his step up. No longer needing to sate his cravings for violence, she had little to fear. "Plenty of nails regardless. Enough to keep you entertained for eternity. In Death or Life." For casually talking about killing and usurping holy supervisors, her demeanor remained that cool-tempered soul that she approached Hell with. "For now, this hammer can do as they wish here. I've not an urgent need for one yet. But I will be watching. When the time comes I could, perhaps, free you of your spirit's shackles here and return you to the Universe proper. There, where your revenge can be realized."
A dark sort of miasma started to cloud the road behind the imposing lady. Stepping back as she smiled to the Saiyan. Meeting the 'first' was just a step. It would only escalate, and she'd need to find out her own details. Details she probably wouldn't bother sharing as Lottus seemed more interested in the thrill of the fight than anything. Tsuya didn't need anything more than a strong arm any time soon. Her real ideals were a lot less forward than this, but dealing with the worst of mortals? It required a certain demeanor.
"When I've regained my focus, I will return to set you free. That will be my part in this bargain. Think about where you wish to exact your punishment in the mean time. I wish to see where that chaos goes." She'd paused, waiting as a greyish portal opened up a few meters behind her. The shinigami held her ground there while watching Lottus, patient in waiting for what he had to say.
"This hammer doesn't need permission to do as he wants." Lottus replies, amused. She had attempted subtlety when remarking how simple men preferred their secrets. The remark had not gone unnoticed - but neither did he care about the opinion of those he'd only briefly met; and less so of those he would not likely meet.
Lottus glances past Tsuya as a dark sort of mist or fog began to form behind her as she spoke, giving promises of aiding him in escaping Hell, and an interest in bearing witness to how his revenge would take place.
"You can know my intent now, Tsuya." Lottus says, his eyes glinting with a malicious focus of his own. "Should I return to the Living Realm, I want to be returned to the place I died in. The Tuffle City of Hatchi. I plan to exterminate them this time, and obliterate their ability to make more of that damnable weaponized Destron. I can't do anything about the minor variants out in the universe, but I will see to it that my revenge for my Rapini's death is finally done."
Lottus smiles again.
"There will be another Super Saiyan there, I know it. One of the ones that killed me; Nasu." Lottus tells her. "When I return, it will bring him and others. But, I have a distraction for them; some rather violent Shinjin calling themselves the Four Horsemen. One of them, Vale, came to me and offered aid - an offer I agreed to already. Perhaps you too can aid in that battle. Nasu is at least as strong as I am, and he may have shown the power to others."
Lottus chuckles darkly.
"Help me out with that, and I'll play your game of chaos as much as you like." Lottus tells the spirit. "If Hatchi burns, and the Tuffles lay destroyed, you can have my hand in whatever chaos you want."
Post by Tsuya Kusanagi on Mar 29, 2023 1:53:50 GMT -5
There it was. Tsuya only gave the man that dry smile as Lottus made himself clear. In his own way, he capitulated and eventually wrested his current goal from his ego. There were no truths louder than the spark in one's eyes that came with malicious intent. Lottus probably didn't mind being used if it meant he got the good fight and his anger justified in whatever way he saw fit. Tuffle City, Hatchi. The place of his death. He wished to eradicate them and a weapon of destruction in their possession. The names of these places escape her at the moment, but it was nothing she couldn't look into between then and now.
"Consider it done. Allow me to prepare for this arrival, and you will have your day soon enough. We can only hope history does not repeat itself. I doubt there will be just the One Super Saiyan, as all things catch up with the Universe's Cycle. Do not get complacent about being the first." The mention of Shinjin being among some allies worried her not. Even as mortal enemies, the vile Shinjin who were open about their cruelty proved to be useful as both a tool and prime example of her creed. Vale... She'd have to look into it. Something about that name rang familiar. Regardless, she could deal with them later. As all scum should be dealt with, even those maligned. With a set goal in mind, the wandering Shinigami had a goal to follow, even if temporary. The example would surely draw more little godlings out.
"Perhaps I meet with your other benefactors before we conduct this. Better to gauge numbers and strengths before decimation ensues. Until then, I have business outside that scope to attend to. I'm sure you'll keep yourself busy." She offers a little bow, leaning over the Saiyan for a moment before reaching for her ivory blade. Rather than draw it on him, this time she turns and slashed a quick cross shape into the air. Ripping the atoms of Otherworld apart to reveal a grey portal of some variety. Ichor of twilight bleeding into the afterlife as it struggled to keep itself open against the protections put in place here. She'd sheath the sword back as quickly as she drew it and sighed. Stopping herself short of leaving just yet.
"Is there anyone in the Living that would be amicable to your goals, before I go? Could never hurt to have a conversation with them either."
It was a best case scenario so far as the conversation had gone. Lottus had followed after the sensation of a mighty power, challenged it, and found an ally - even if only a situational ally, and one that likely would be only so for specific times. It was good enough. Tsuya was powerful, very powerful. But he knew it wouldn't be enough if Nasu had been training hard.
He needed to build allies of his own this time - Fukushu had been strong, but he was the only one comparable to Lottus during the last attack. He needed at least three more like Tsuya at least. After some thought, Lottus nods.
"Yes, actually. There are a small few." he replies, nodding. "There's a Majin called Jinx that seemed to be interested in giving me advice for returning to life. She claimed that much of her power was gone, but recovering quickly. I'm not sure if she'd care about my reasons, but she could be very valuable for a battle."
Lottus considers for another moment.
"There was a Namekian called Marimba that my ally, Fukushu, brought in. He is strong, so far as I know. He faced multiple enemies at once, largely by himself. If he's grown stronger since the battle at Hatchi from before, then he will be good to have as well." Lottus says, crossing his arms over his chest. "...And then there's that Shinjin, Vale. Not certain if you'll want him around, given what we've talked about, but he and his brothers are bodies. If they are as strong as he was claiming, then they too will be good to have. And they, so far as I know, want me as one of their allies as well. Use my name with Vale, if you want to. It should be useful for that."
Lottus then turns from Tsuya.
"There's no rush, or time table. I'll be scoping out Plant first if you are able to bring me back to life." Lottus says gruffly. He was not about to be overwhelmed a second time. "I look forward to seeing if we work well as allies - my last allies were liars and betrayers, so hopefully this time around things will go differently. I don't mind death, now that I know that this is where I go. But I have no intention of dying again as I had before. Once Hatchi burns, and the Tuffles destroyed, consider me in your debt. You'll be able to call on me for any battle you yourself require."
With that, Lottus gives Tsuya a nod, and walks away once he hears what else she may have to say first.
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