Jyushin stood in shock as the Arcosian continued its despicable life. The Ronin could not believe the treachery of his own ability, it must be that his Katana is missing, his powers so reduced since his imprisonment, so much to be enraged about, yet Jyushin reminded himself of the path. He turned to fully face the Matriarch, his hand reposed at his waist side, ready for the next burst of attacks to unfold if necessary.
“The galaxy is a mess because I have been asleep for nearly a milenia, I am the cleaner, the one winged angel come to remove the disease of this realm. My absence is my fault, that I own, the path requires ownership, but my sentence has been paid, my debt to my failure understood… Now I must repay the galaxy for what I have missed. It is the useless such as yourself Matriarch that have driven this galaxy, this planet, by series of unfortunate events, to fall to such a state of disarray. I will clean you. I will find the true fruits and devour them as I will devour you and your slave.”
Jyushin dashed forward and launched a series of targeted strikes with each hand movement. They would flow like sword movement, long strides of strength bearing down upon the Arcosian with the edge of Jyushin’s stretched hands with the intent to crush, slice and stab. He follows the barrage of strikes with two large ki blasts that he would build up in each palm pressed against the Matriarch’s chest.
The difference between fighting an opponent armed with a sword and a sufficiently strong opponent mimicking the motions is not actually that large. The metal itself was barely relevant once one obtained any appreciable level of ki control. Hayle knows this well enough that she doesn't underestimate the incoming attacks even if the style is peculiar. She dodges where she can, parries where she must, thrusting the armoured plate of her forearm into the side of the strikes to divert the force without taking the blow full-on. When the change-up to ki blasts happens, she punches out, slamming one ball into the other and blowing the pair of fighters back apart with the impact. It stung, mildly, which only made her more infuriated.
Still he rants and raves about his purpose. Maybe it was even true. But if he were meant to be some divine destroyer, he was clearly not up to the task. Whilst she considered herself stronger than 99.9% of the universe, that last .1% she was wise enough to know she could not stand against in a fair fight. Such was the trouble with living in an age such as this, and whilst she wasn't making much headway against him, the reverse was also true.
Not that she could be bothered to try and explain this to him. Explaining anything seemed largely pointless.
Instead, she continued to wheel backwards with her flight, flinging out a handful of bright blue energy blasts in a vague arc. This was mostly a diversion; intended to try and keep him back whilst her tail wrapped around a tree.
Which she then sent hurtling through the exploding balls of ki to express her displeasure.
Active PL: 30,000
HP: ▰▰▰▰▰▰▰▰▰▰ 270%
RESULTS:Hayle is mildly singed, backs off, throws some token energy blasts and a tree at him. +2 KP / +1 MP
Jyushin’s feet planted hard into the earth, the jungle floor was moist and soft, so he shifted a bit as he stopped short to watch the ki come into existence before him. The attacks spanned outward in a crescent and Jyushin braced for impact, but as he did so a giant earth life form was launched at him. What Jyushin understood to be an Earth Tree, a living breathing member of the ecosystem, was speared towards him like a projectile. “So you share the disdain for these Earth lives as well!” Jyushin spoke aloud as the tree gored him.
The base of the once living member of the jungle pierced directly through Jyushin’s body and as he lay against the ground, his body was almost separated by its size. Jyushin’s expression was of distaste, yet it never really differed from his resting face and he sliced at the tree trunk with the back of his hand like an ax. The trunk split and he slinkied up to his feet like a spring without a sign of any wounds at all. Steam shot out of the Majin’s shoulders and head and his jaw chomped and clenched tightly.
“You share similar values as I Matriarch! If only you could not be so deceptive! May I give you another chance to produce the Papaya Earth Fruit?! The nightmares of the fallen call to me, they pray for us. Before you decide, take ferry upon the Arrow Styx.” Jyushin announced.
The Ronin strung his arms back as if he were pulling a giant bow and arrow. He took aim at the Arcosian, gave her a wink and as he let go a huge arrow of ki flew forward with all intentions of piercing the Matriarch and holding her in place.
Jyushin Used The Arrow Styx 20% at Hayle for -4800DMG
Light Attack || The Arrow Styx Jyushin orchestrates a series of hand gestures in careful order then mimics an archer pulling back on a bow to then unleash a sharp beam of ki towards his target. Power: 20% KP Cost: 2 KP Variants: Homing
The laughter that comes out of Hayle is as wild and terrifying as any. The woman usually worked so hard to maintain her composure, but the sheer absurdity of this situation had her disbelieving. The gall of this creature, to think that they could trade a few blows and then she would be magnanimous enough to act as though he hadn't spent the past several minutes promising her death in a variety of different ways and trying to make it happen.
"No. That deal expired. Wave to it on your way to the next life!"
Her aura flared around her as her scouter warned about the gathering power, and suddenly she reversed course. Coming in right for him at high speed, he might well assume that she is making the same mistake as last time; but there is one close-range technique at the least that she has found workable on most species in the galaxy.
The blast of energy streaked towards her, and her brilliant blue flames flares in answer. She swung one fist around to slam the arrow down into the earth where it explodes in a plume of smoke - and again, she relies on the fact that he didn't seem to believe he needed to defend himself.
At first it looked like she was going to jam her fist into his guts again - but at the last moment, the feint is revealed and that pointed tail of hers comes piercing around instead. Not going for anything so easy as the centre mass, but instead aiming to drive directly into the Majin's eye socket.
Eyes, you see, are a pretty reliable source of both psychological and physiological pain when they burst. She might not know how he worked, but she could hopefully rely on that.
Active PL: 30,000
HP: ▰▰▰▰▰▰▰▰▰▰ 270%
RESULTS:Hayle uses Power Boost (+10% tech) Hayle clashes Natural Cruelty with The Arrow Styx! 9000 vs 4800! She wins! 4500 bleedthrough as she tries to spear his eye with her tail. -1 KP / -2 MP
Light Offensive Technique || Natural Cruelty|| Starting Tech Hayle’s form of standard martial arts, utilising her tail and horns as well as hands, feet, knees and elbows. She tends to favour hard strikes to soft areas. Power: 20% KP Cost: 1 KP Variants: None
“A deal is never expired until the negotiators are both themselves. You lack much of the path’s teachings!” Jyushin exclaimed as his attack was thwarted.
He watched as she burst towards him, her cloak rippling in with the rush of the air as she sped. The small Arcosian appeared right beneath him and as he bent over to examine her next attack he was fooled, again by the deceiver and her tail speared right through Jyushin’s face. The tail broke completely through the gray and pink mass of a face and showed itself through the back of Jyushin’s head. His facial features shifted and existed around the new orpheus.
Jyushin kicked against her with his feet and pushed himself off and free from the impaling tail. His head quickly reformed and reshaped itself, its two long appendage-esque antenna resting at the sides. As he flew backwards he slammed his back into a nearby tree and was hit atop the head with a number of items.
As Jyushin held his hand before him to catch what had slammed into his head he held a large orange and green organic pod, it was the Papaya. Jyushin stared at it, it was completely unfamiliar but there was a smell to it, sweet, that reminded him of Cotton Candy. Then it hit him, upon the Papaya Tree Map, the image of this very item, this must be the treasure. “I have found your item of worth Arcosian, where is my reward?” Jyushin declared with a calm tone.
He reached upwards into the canopy of the tree and pulled a bunch of Papaya from a high branch. He absorbed the lot of them through his mouth as it opened wider and wider to fit the entire bushel. He tossed the single papaya towards the Matriarch with his free hand before he devoured it as well. His eyes widened and they moved from side to side as he thought.
“You may be spared… the Great Papaya is a delicious earth treat!”
Jyushin Took -19% DMG From Hayle’s Natural Cruelty Jyushin Finds The Papaya Tree and Tosses One to Hayle
2/6 KP +2 (No Tech) 5/6MP +2 (Post + DMG) 19/310% HP - 19% (Natural Cruelty)
There is some satisfaction in feeling the blow strike true. Yet, where she had hoped for screaming and wailing, there is none of that. The Arcosian frowned deeply as Jyushin reformed, apparently none the worse for wear. This was, she thought, going to take a considerable amount of time.
Then he threw something at her, and she snatched it out of the air. It wasn't until he ate the rest that she actually looked at it... and saw that she now did indeed have exactly what she had come for. Hayle's lip curled with displeasure. She wanted to kill this man. It wasn't an urge she experienced often; she had killed plenty in her long life, but it was rare that she did so out of a desire to watch some unfortunate soul die rather than because the circumstances necessitated it.
Now, she was faced with a dilemma. She could press her advantage and continue to try and find some means by which this infuriating madman could be made to suffer... or she could return to her ship with the fruit and the seeds within. It wasn't the honey-drenched treat she had first been hoping to enjoy, but it was a step towards her greater goals.
And in the end, as much as her pride ruled her in so many ways, her desire for profit came even over that.
"Well done, Jyushin Moto. You have found the one thing that could have stayed my wrath in this moment, and you have given it to me."
The words almost stuck in her throat. But this was the price of doing business, wasn't it? Sometimes, you had to set your personal disdain to one side and regard the situation with cool detachment. If she fought now, the fruit would surely not survive. By the time they were done, perhaps the entire jungle would be irreversibly damaged. Better, then, not to risk it.
"I wish you luck in your, quest, to recover what was yours. May it restore your clarity as well as your power. I will take my leave and forgive your disrespect. This time."
And with that the woman turned and began to fly away - back to the City, her ship, her people... and the chocolate she would use to soothe her frustration.
Wordcount: 382 Total Wordcount: 3890
Hayle is leaving! She can be stopped and if so will be back to 3 KP / 4 MP but otherwise she is out!
Jyushin looked towards the Arcosian as she flew off, but he wasn’t really paying attention. Behind his stare were the thoughts of something so deep, so ravenous that it clawed away at his consciousness and threw the Majin deep within himself. Jyushin felt himself falling and falling into a pit of ooze. Liquid overcame him and swelled around his form, suffocating him completely. It wasn’t until Jyushin’s mouth flew open from desperation that he realized his plight was his victory.
He swam through the pulp of a gigantic Papaya fruit and began to drink the juice and pulp he sank into. After only a few gulps the entire Papaya was consumed by the Majin and he laughed in a floating abyss until Jyushin awoke, still standing and watching the Matriarch fly away.
“This Papaya fruit… powerful, tangy and sweet. These earth worms do not deserve the goodness that springs from their ground… they should be devoured and the fruit saved… the path determines they shall all be devoured… stick to the path." Jyushin spoke out loud as the remnant juices on his hands absorbed into his skin.
“The Arcosian has proven useful, noted for later. A growing list on this planet, they shall all be made use of… the gates beckon and request the most of me, they always have… this Arcosian will open the gates, but first she will provide me more fruit!” Jyushin clenched his fist and returned his body to his disguised Ronin appearance.
The lone bladesman without a blade continued through the brush, following no distinct path with his head facing the canopies above. His eyes were looking for one thing and one thing only, Papayas. His heart called out to his blade, his soul cried for it and so with each step there was a sense of relief because each step upon the path was a step towards success.