The Announcer skid onto the stage, his fine shoes leaving a small scuff mark in the tiling that’d surely be lost in the battle to come. Putting a hand through his hair, he adjusted his sunglasses, and addressed the crowd. It’d grown somehow even larger than yesterday; just how many spots did they have left to fill?
”Welcome welcome one and all to another exciting match in the 25th Tenkaichi Budokai!” His words brought a roar from the crowd. One guy particularly close to the edge of the stands accidentally spilled his soda from the sudden and loud cheering. How unfortunate!
”Today’s next match is going to be quite interesting! Two fighters, both of which haven’t appeared in our tournament’s Elimination Rounds, will be matched up in this bout!”
Straightening his tie, the Announcer continued. ”Our contestants today are sure to be powerful! We’ve got the mighty Heran, Erbia! Versus the Malleable Majin; Kaza! Who will come out on top? Only time will tell!”
A camera crew wheeled across the grass, making sure to get good angles of the fighters as they entered the ring. ”Remember you two: Ringout or Knockout to win! No flying, no maiming, and have fun!
The Preliminary Rounds of the Tenkaichi Budokai begin! This fight will end on April 25th at the time of this thread's creation if someone hasn't lost by then!
Now that the elimination rounds were finally over and done with, it was time for the preliminary rounds of this Earthling tournament to take place. The Heran mercenary leaned against the wall of the room they'd given him to wait inside till it was his turn to fight, observing each of the other fights that had taken place carefully. The better to know those he'd probably be fighting either later on in the tournament or even after it was done. The fact that the Tuffle lady had been able to get away with having a full techno battlesuit though was still a surprise to be sure.
The amount of grief he'd gotten from Korla about that since they had all figured the Broljin couldn't compete since she fought using a blaster... Earth's little "martial arts" tournament seemed less and less like a martial arts fight and more akin to a structured one on one battle royale brawl. Not that Erbia was complaining mind you. This was giving him the perfect opportunity to get in some decent fights and spar against a plethora of people.
The rules were relatively straightforward as well. No flying, and no maiming. It was sort of implied that killing was also off the table, but to be honest where was the fun in just killing your opponent in a tournament anyway? His name was soon enough called out, as well as that of his opponents with the referee announcer person thing giving their species as well. The Heran mercenary groaned as he discovered he'd be fighting a bloody Majin. Given what he'd seen so far in this tournament, plus his travels through space... He hated fighting Majin.
They had no visceral substance to collide with. No bones to break, no musculature to mash up, no tendons to tear, no ligaments to lacerate... It was almost like fighting sentient thick slushy pudding. But, a fight is a fight, and in order to get to the next one he just needed to beat up this Kaza person. He cracked his neck and began to make his way out to the arena.
Erbia looked out at the crowd, nodding and smirking towards Rassica and Korla sitting in the front row who both nodded back. Well Rassica nodded, Korla gave a full on cheer instead which the crowd around her soon took up. The Heran merc then turned his focus towards his opponent before cracking his knuckles. "Let's make it a good one for the folks here shall we?" he suggested before grinning. "And don't make it a boring one for me either. I'm here to get entertained just as much as the rest of this crowd." Erbia half-ordered, wondering how this Majin Kaza would react to the pseudo-ultimatum.
The moment her name was called, Kaza emerged from one end of the inner ring of the tournament grounds, stepping out onto the paved road leading toward the arena. A cheeky grin was plastered on the girl's face.
The Malleable Majin...She quite liked that.
With a confident stride, Kaza sauntered her way toward the ring without much a care in the world. Her shadow emerged from the ground behind her and hurriedly followed the Majin, carrying a towel and a cup filled with a particularly hazardous flavor of Hetap X-treme. The sweat was carefully patted off of her forehead as she slurped from the soda, before idly tossing the cup behind her. Kaza's shadow then sunk back into the ground, latching onto the Majin's form.
She flashed a cheeky grin as her eyes crossed one of the cameras, sticking her tongue out for the world to see.
Climbing the steps, Kaza met face-to-face with her opponent. Was it just her, or were blue people really common on this planet? Kaza huffed out a sigh; Being blue was her thing...! Kaza rolled her eyes as the Heran began to speak. One of those faux-respectable high and mighty types. The absolute worst.
''Ooo, ain't you bossy?'' Kaza retorted with an idle wave of her hand. Intimidated was one of the things she most definitely wasn't.
''Y'know, just for saying that? I think I'll do the exact opposite~!'' Kaza never really responded well to being told what to do. Kaza's shadow once again emerged from the ground. Both Kaza and her doppelganger sunk into identical mirrored stances, bumping fists with perfect synchronization. Her Kili slowly began rising as she looked toward the crowd.
''You all wanna see a fun fight?! Too bad! This guy over here totally jinxed it!''
Without another moment of pause between the two, Kaza suddenly sprinted forth! She began to circle the Heran from one side, whilst her shadow took off into the opposite direction. Concentrated orbs of shadowy Ki began to form within the palms of their hands as they ran around their opponent. As if throwing a baseball pitch, both Kaza and her shadow launched the sizzling orbs of Ki toward Erbia! Being the little trickster she was though, only her shadow's attack had some real oomph behind it. The other? Merely a distraction.
''Sorry about my shadow! She gets bored sometimes, has a mind of her own, you know?''
Using [UT]Shadow Magic to animate Kaza's shadow to fight alongside her! Just flavour.
[LIGHT]Bon Bon Bop used for 20% damage! 1 KP spent for 2,480 damage. +2 MP Gained. 1 passive, 1 for Tech use.
Now that he had eyes on her, Erbia could sense this Majin Kaza's power was just about on par with his own strength. Maybe just a little bit stronger. And then she began to talk. Yeah this was definitely a Majin alright... Behaving like a spoiled child. The Heran sighed and shrugged, raising an eyebrow as her shadow seemed to rise up from the ground and apparently take on a form of its own to mirror the Majin's own. The exact opposite huh? Erbia wondered if that was merely her being a spoiled child and not wanting to take this fight seriously... or a setup?
He didn't have long to consider it as before the announcer guy even had a chance to declare a start to the match, both the shadow Majin and the flesh Majin took off and began to prepare energy blasts. Erbia braced himself, crossing his arms and taking a few steps back so that the blasts would strike into his front a bit more than his sides.
When the blasts did collide with him, there was something curious about the explosions... Only the Shadow Majin's technique had any energy behind it, rather than the Flesh Majin's. As the dust and smoke began to settle Erbia unfolded his arms and chuckled. "The exact opposite huh? Not bad. A two on one fight where either one of you could be the real threat..." the Heran analysed, smirking as he looked towards the blue Majin girl. "I think I might actually enjoy this fight." he declared before streaking off towards the real Majin.
The shadow may be able to launch real attacks, but he wasn't stupid enough to think he could actually punch a shadow or blast it. Well, maybe the latter, but it wouldn't do any damage. So he'd focus his efforts on bringing down the flesh and gum version, and the Heran would start by trying to slam an uppercut fist straight into the girl's gut before bringing his other fist down into the side of her head!
With how malleable and flexible the Majin race can be, he doubted he could knock her into the air with the first strike which is why he just went straight for the head punch right after the gut strike.
Tanked the Bon Bon Bop, taking 2480 PL Damage = 22.40086713034053% of 11,071 PL 22/250
Medium Attack Technique || Star Rusher
First the target gets kicked/punched into the air, before then being kicked/punched back down towards the ground. Hard.
Power: 50% KP Cost: 3 KP Variants: N/A
Star Rusher PL: 5,535.5! = 5,536 PL
KP: 3/6 MP: 2/6 (+1 technique, +1 20% damage)
Word Count: 380 Total Word Count Thus Far: 839 Post Number: 2
Post by Majin Kaza on Apr 20, 2021 13:48:13 GMT -5
Kaza clicked her tongue, she wasn't exactly expecting the guy to just...Take that hit.
''Ugh!'' She let out, stopping dead in her tracks and letting her arms fall to her side. He was totally supposed to like, waste his energy against it! Why wasn't he cooperating? What a loser. A big, stinky, blue, dumb loser. ''It's not fun if you just stand there, come on!'' Kaza complained, directly contradicting her previous idea of only focusing on winning. She couldn't help it, having fun was all she knew how to do!
''Why are you talking to yourself?'' Kaza asked in a judgemental tone, tilting her head to the side. ''Never saw Shadow Magic before, have you? Oh well! Makes this all the easier.'' The Majin shrugged as she continued to taunt her fellow blue-skin.
Well, Kaza wasn't exactly blue. More like...A really saturated shade of bluish purple?
''EEP-!'' Kaza eeped. Her opponent was charging right at her!
Acting on pure instinct, another orb of pitch-black shade magicks materialized within the palm of her hand. Kaza thrusted the orb forward to clash with the Heran's fist, halting it's momentum slightly but ultimately failing to do so completely. The orb shattered as remains of Ki fluttered into the wind as Erbia's fist flew straight into Kaza's gut.
Spittle flew from her mouth as Erbia's fist buried itself deep within Kaza's stomach, stretching her malleable flesh to absurd lengths. The punch to her head left her a bit dazed, leaving a nasty-looking dent within her head where the Heran's fist landed.
''Oohoho~! That's pretty good!'' Kaza giggled under raspy breaths, that actually hurt quite a bit! With a sudden 'pop!' the dent in her head plopped back to it's regular shape, right as Kaza rammed her head forwards for a nasty headbutt!
Kaza's shadow had gone unnoticed this entire time, and had managed to sneak behind Erbia whilst he attacked Kaza. The doppelganger's form began to shift and morph as limbs turned into numerous long tendrils of inky blackness. The tentacles snapped forwards and intended to wrap around Erbia's limbs and torso, trying to pull the Heran away from Kaza and toss him toward the edge of the arena!
''So are you just one of those people that tosses punches and kicks like some sorta big, stinky, dumb gorilla? You really give off that vibe.''
Using [LIGHT]Bon Bon Bop to clash with Star Rusher! 5536 - 2480 = 3,056 (25%) damage taken!
Steaming Mad gives Kaza another MP this turn. More Shadow Magic shenanigans also
Seems that Kaza was starting to enjoy this as well, although she hadn't expected him to just take her hit from before. <Sorry kid, but I ain't some idiot novice brawler.> the Heran thought to himself, even as the Majin's dented head literally popped back into its original shape from earlier. When her Shadow began to wrap itself around him like some kind of demented octopus, Erbia couldn't help but think back to that little Shinjin girl Phakk's pseudo-sentient magic ooze stuff.
If these two forces were somehow related... For now though, the shadow was solid. At least so long as it was gripping him even as the Majin went to headbutt him. "Oof! Not a bad blow for a bubblegum." Erbia said with a smirk. He could feel the shadow majin tensing up, preparing to do something. Now was his chance!
"As much as I'm enjoying this double act, I think you two should get reunited!" said the teal Heran with a grin, his fingers suddenly blazing with strings of energy that tried to "stitch" the Shadow Majin onto the regular flesh and blood Majin whilst at the same time trying to restrain her as well! "You're not the only one who can pull off a trick or two." chuckled Erbia as he tried to then use his energy strings to throw the Majin and her shadow self over towards the edge of the ring!
Two can play at this game of Toss The Foe!
Erbia uses Psycho Thread!
Light Attack Technique || Psycho Thread
The user points his hand at his opponent and traps them with thin strings of purple energy. Handy for when you want to prevent a target from escaping.
Power: 20% KP Cost: 2 KP Variants: Homing
PL: 2,214.2000000000003 = 2,214 PL!
KP: 1/6 MP: 4/6 (+1 post, +1 technique)
Word Count: 246 Total Word Count So Far: 1085 Post Count: 3
Post by Majin Kaza on Apr 20, 2021 17:03:52 GMT -5
Kaza sucked in a sharp breath through her teeth as she stumbled back after her headbutt. That slight twinge of pain she felt as her head crashed into Erbia's was oddly pleasant to the Majin. But was anyone truly surprised that Kaza was the sadomasochistic type? She surely wasn't.
A large grin crept onto her lips as the tendrils of her own shadow wrapped around Erbia, constricting the Heran's limbs.
''Thanks! I do try~!'' Kaza giggled back arrogantly, thinking herself completely safe from further harm. The Majin flexed her arms at her sides and began to gather Ki, a malicious smirk further tugging at her lips. ''Alright, ready to go bye-bye?'' She asked.
But that's when the Heran finally pulled a trick out of his own sleeve. Strings of Ki suddenly shot out from his fingers, piercing her shadow's paper thin mass and darting over toward Kaza herself! She let out a brief yelp as the strings pierced her own flesh and started to tug at her form. Was he stitching them together...!?
''Waah!-'' Kaza shouted out as she felt her body lift from the ground and get swung away to the other side of the arena.
Kaza immediately turned her head to look out toward the other end of the arena, quickly waving her hand in a rising motion to manipulate the shadows surrounding the paved arena. The shadows rose, erecting a dense pitch-black wall that Kaza managed to land onto. The Majin's fingers dug into the inky substance, keeping her stabilized against the vertical wall.
''Guess you're not completely ooga booga...'' Kaza huffed out.
She slowly moved her free hand toward the wall and motioned away from it, like someone trying to manipulate the waters of an ocean. A huge portion of shade began to swirl alongside Kaza's arm like a black mist, embedding it's dark power into her own being for a moment. Kaza's own shadow merged with this energy as well, causing her power to nearly double in an instant.
Ah yes, the 'Fuck-You Beam'. She felt inspired after seeing Erebos use it sometime ago.
In an instant, Kaza unleashed a monstrous wave of golden-brown energy! It hissed as it tore through the space between Kaza and Erbia, shaking the very foundation of the arena they fought on.
Tanking the Psycho Thread! 18% Damage taken.
4 MP spent for +x1 modifier! PL for this post: 24,800
[MEDIUM]Butterscotch Boiler fired for 12,400 damage! This has the bleed variant.
KP: 0/6 MP: 1/6 Damage: 43/300 Word Count: 796 + 384 = 1180 Post Count: 3
Now... that had to be cheating! Erbia blinked and tilted as the Majin made a literal wall appear out of the shadows which stopped her from getting ringed out. He gave a glance over to the referee before shrugging his shoulders and prepping himself for whatever madness was going to come next. "Bullshit. Funny bullshit, but bullshit all the same. Oh well, keeps this interesting at least!" he declared deciding he'd roll with it. It would have been a little anti-climatic to have their fight end so soon after all that. And he was just starting to get warmed up~
Speaking of warming up, it seemed that the Majin was done playing around as well. More of this shadow magic stuff swirled around the Majin's arm, and Erbia figured he didn't have a move right now that could deal with whatever attack she was planning on making. So he began to run towards her, and sure enough here came a massive wave of energy streaking across the distance between the pair of them! He sensed her power flaring up briefly for a moment before she'd launched the attack, and its energy definitely felt almost as strong as he was in his base state.
Now, he could simply transform and brush it aside... But he wanted to see just how far this match could go in their respective base states! So Erbia crossed his arms over his body once more and trusted in his own Heran physiology, taking the hit in his stride and digging in his heels. The blast pushed him backwards, further and further towards the edge of the ring before with a mighty roar he spread his arms and split the beam so that it would strike into the ground behind him in two places.
Sparks flew across his damaged body from the magical energy blasts residue on his skin, his feet a mere inch away from the edge of the tournament ring. The Heran rolled his shoulders, his shirt and jacket falling to the ground in tatters from the blast. He cracked his neck from side to side, spat out some blood and then began to walk back towards the center of the ring, his eyes not once leaving the Majin girls. "Not a bad shot. But your people aren't the only ones who can take a hit and keep on hitting!" he declared with a chuckle, raising his arms like a gladiator champion of olden times for the crowd.
They came here for a show after all, and seeing a warrior continue to stand and keep walking the walk, and talking the talk after being smashed into by an attack like that? Well hell, he was going to put on a show, and he was loving this fight so far. So much so in fact, the Heran thought he might even be able to use that technique in this fight. He had been planning on saving it for later in the tournament... but why not eh? The Majin had brought out some big guns, so why not show the same respect? He just needed a little more energy before he could use it though...
Used "Durability" Core Trait to tank the Butterscotch Boiler!
Durability: Once per thread, after all other damage reductions, reduce an incoming attack's power by an additional 40%.
40% reduction to Butterscotch Boiler's 12,400 = 7440 remaining
7440 PL = 67.20260139102159% = 67% Damage taken
No Technique used +2KP
3/6 KP 6/6 MP (+1 Post, +1 Damage)
Word Count: 528 Total Word Count So Far: 1613 Post Count: 4
Post by Majin Kaza on Apr 20, 2021 18:08:33 GMT -5
Through the density of her own crackling Ki, Kaza could see the vague silhouette of her opponent being pushed further and further back toward the edge of the ring. Like some sort of deranged madman, the Heran decided to simply charge straight into the attack and meet it head on. Did he have that much faith in his own power? Nah, he was probably just insane.
''Haha~! I like your guts!'' But Kaza preferred insanity over arrogance.
She watched on as the last remnants of her Ki were cast aside, tearing into the ground behind Erbia and leaving two sizzling craters in it's wake. The Heran's clothes were torn to shreds, and he looked worse for wear. Somewhere though, Kaza doubted that her opponent was just an idiot. Insane? Sure; But something was telling her that Erbia simply did for the sake of fun.
Detaching herself from the wall of shadow, Kaza landed back onto the lightly cracked pavement of the arena. The shade behind her quickly sunk back into the ground, as did her own shadow. Kaza needed a moment to collect herself after exerting so much energy.
''Suuure, you can take a hit.'' Kaza loosely acknowledged the Heran with crossed arms as he walked toward the center of the ring. ''But can you do this?!''
Kaza suddenly stomped down with her foot, yet instead of it echoing against the pavement, her leg dug straight into the concrete! Her malleable flesh zipped and zoomed beneath the earth in a heartbeat, emerging from the ground beneath Erbia in an attempt to kick him against his ugly jawline! ''That's what I thought!''
No actions taken!
KP: 2/6 MP: 2/6 Damage: 43/300 Word Count: 1180 + 271 = 1451 Post Count: 4
The blue Majin girl was definitely on the same wavelength as himself. He doubted either one of them would transform before the other did, and were just enjoying this fight as much as each other. It seemed though that making that wall, followed up by that big attack had drained her of her stamina for the most part. Erbia watched as the wall and her Shadow Duplicate disappeared and dispersed back into being regular ordinary shadows. So it seemed that even this magic stuff could take a toll on your energy reserves... Good to know for the future.
When the Majin stomped her foot into the ground, the Heran was expecting some kind of ground quake type of attack, or even a long range strike... But in that heartbeat of time he remembered one of the more annoying aspects of fighting against their bubblegum of a race. They can stretch into nearly impossible shapes and lengths. The heel of her boot collided with his jaw in an almost cartoon-like fashion as it erupted from below the arena floor.
As it did so he tried to grab hold of her leg, attempting to wrap it around his arm. "Seems we're both starting to stretch our limits." Erbia quipped, earning a loud boo from a certain green skinned and white haired Broljin watching from the stands. "Yes I know that one was bad Korla! Shut up!" he ordered, the Saiyan woman sitting beside the Broljin in the stands swiftly bonking her on the head.
Erbia sighed and shook his head before he tried to start spinning on the spot in an attempt to basically hammer throw the Majin into the air and maybe out of the ring! He doubted that would work, but he was almost counting on it to not work. Just a little more energy, and he'd be ready to show this Majin his burning soul for battle. Now, what would she do to counter or respond to his attack?
No technique, +2 KP KP: 5/6 MP: 6/6
89/250 Word Count: 330 Total Word Count So Far: 1943 Post Count: 5