SamJaz (Level 20)

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Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Museum Hunt - part one - "A Hot Day" - RP

@Justalittlegirl: @waybig1010101: @Fehafare:

"Y'all fagets gunna die."

Assault's eyes widened at the taunt that came from the gun under his poncho. "Ah, that wasn't me." He told everyone hastily, backing off before he made more enemies than he needed to, rapping his knuckles on Vinto's metal casing to shut him up.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Going for the Kill RP (Closed)

@Kuro_San:

Having restrained Toshi, Hitomi began receiving instructions on how to disable her. "Ryugy-jo? Yes, I was there."

She didn't like the information she was given after that. Releasing that psycho was tantamount to crossing the godzilla threshold.

But what choice did she have?

Plugging her ears, Hitomi opened a sealed off section of her Kaspa by an inch, doorway aimed at Toshi's ear.

-=-=-

Speed.

More than acceleration.

The act of moving without resistance.

As Guren would cut through obstacles, Hal's flowmotion pushed water aside, allowing his body to move as if above the surface.

Speed.

More than acceleration.

The act of moving past without destroying.

As Guren was pulled through the water, Hal curled into a ball and launched himself towards his opponent as if shot from a cannon.

Speed.

More than acceleration.

The act of already being there.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » (LOCATION) Inazuma Gakuen: The School of Warriors

@Kuma_From_Argentina: @Vapovile:

(OFFCHARACTER: I'm fine heading to day two)

"Off Course." Eaglestrider told his colleague as they left. "Thank You For The Advice."

He stealthily completed his drink, said his goodbyes, and made his exit, placing a large tip with his payment as he did so.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Moon Reach - [KG RP]

Smirking, SamJaz stepped in, falling forward face down before stomping his foot on the ground and pushing up. The effect was an incredibly low advance that slipped under Richter's guard, followed by a jumping uppercut aimed for Richter's chin.

A risky move that leaves you open if your opponent sees it coming.

A guaranteed knockout if it works.

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"But arsenic makes the best seasoning." Bone pouted, looking through the fridge for something to eat. "Pasta sound good?"

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"You could say that." Rin said, her double sitting next to Emily from the other side. "Nice get-up."

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"Huh? Ciel?" The man asked, vision clearing. "Is that really you..?"

Elliott kept quiet. This didn't seem like something she was needed to get involved in.

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"Ah, my apologies." Naoto said with a bow, tossing another attacker over his shoulder as he did so before using his vision to start restoring lost limbs.

As an ability unrelated to Sorsoms, there should be no ill effect.

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Soon, the five women would return to the Crown Household.

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Archie burst into the music room door, then stepped back in horror at the scene.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Moon Reach - [KG RP]

SamJaz raised his guard- too late, getting knocked down as the elbow struck his jugular.

He lost balance, falling onto his backside- having lost his standing getting too greedy with his attacks.

He rolled off the floor and got to his feet some distance from Richter, nursing his neck as he got back into his stance.

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"We already decided against Bellclair..." Bone sighed, getting up to her feet and patting Molly on the shoulder. "Come on Jessie. Let's cook."

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"You seem nice yourself." Moore said with a smile, sitting down on a chair before getting pushed off by Rin. "What the hell Rin!?"

"You didn't offer it to Emily." Rin said, picking up her glass of milk. "Rude."

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"Uuuuuuuuugh... my head..." The man groaned, slowly getting up.

=[ Looks like I won't have to. ]=

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"Well that's just slander." Jenny told the knight as he walked away, Naoto continuing to defend Isaac through fancy swordplay.

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"Well what's the point of paying all that tuition if you're not learning anything new each day?" Hagane joked, ruffling Mary's hair.

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Archie sprinted as Tudor's pains turned into chokes.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Moon Reach - [KG RP]

Pressing his advantage, SamJaz struck with body punches from his right fist and pulled Richter into clinched combat.

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"Nope. Hate your guts." Bone said, wriggling out of the hug and walking over to the couch. "And you smell. Like wet cheese. In a sock."

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"That depends, are you my girlfriend's mother?" Moore asked with a smile. "I'm Moore. Nice meeting you."

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"What's he doing here then..?" Elliott asked as the man stirred.

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"There was a pandemic." Jenny told the knight as Aerith dragged Elise out of the way. "A sudden outbreak of amputation. Wouldn't get too close if I were you, you might catch it."

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"So, anything interesting happen at school today?" Hagane asked her girls.

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There was a scream, and Archie looked towards the source of the sound.

The music department.

He started running.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Theme Song Game

@Kuma_From_Argentina: Yeah. Gen's a middle schooler with a love interest that wants him to quit boxing and join the baseball team, SamJaz is his upperclassman with a chainsword, Phantom's still a jewel thief but is in a love triangle between Aleister Crown's fiancé Clare and the Phantom's rival Hagane.

Also, Kuro-san is a crotchety headmaster of Gen's school. 2017 was a pretty weird reboot.

Song goes to Hal.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Going for the Kill RP (Closed)

@Kuro_San:

Well, Hitomi had her exactly where she wanted her.

Now what?

Hitomi realised her mistake quickly, she hadn't planned for what to do with her once her mouth was burned- having been so focused on the method of stunning her she forgot to plan a finishing blow and now the city was in danger because of it.

She didn't have long, but she made do with what she had available, drawing on her minotaur wool to bind Toshi's limbs and shove another scalding Takoyaki into her throat to keep her down.

--=-=--

Crap. Not even a broken leg or anything?

Still, he held an advantage under the water, and he intended to keep it. The enraged Guren was chasing him above his head, and Hal was counting on refraction to dull Guren's aim as he struck down with his blade.

He raised his hand to catch Guren in a collision spell, which he would use to drag his enemy down into the water with him after screwing up his shot. If Guren had accounted for the effect the water would have on his aim, then Hal was likely gonna lose an arm.

All going well, however, then Guren would be down here and at the fat man's mercy.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Moon Reach - [KG RP]

One punch connected, and another returned. SamJaz turned his chest to send the worst of the impact away, but he still felt a rib snap in his chest.

Gritting his teeth, SamJaz pulled his fist back from Richter's face and struck his chin with his left elbow, stepping in to strike the same spot even harder.

___

As Crown landed, the Proxemical raised his barrier.

And the ground beneath their feet exploded.

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"No, stop, you're choking me." Bone lazily protested, flopping her arms uselessly as she smiled with her face tucked into Bellclair's hug.

This could turn out alright.

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Rin waved at Moore, and Moore waved back, then at Rebecca. "Hi." he said, walking in with Emily and hanging his coat on the hook.

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Once he was home, Grave didn't stay up that long. He'd eaten a kebab on the way back, and was in bed asleep by seven.

He was just really, really tired today.

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"Something wrong?" Elliott asked Ciel.

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Naoto looked at Elise, then smiled. Of course he wanted to use him as bait. It was the smart thing to do. It would lead them right to their base and they could solve this problem with ease.

"Of course, Elise-dono."

Aerith blinked, watching the short samurai step in the midst of the lynch mob, draw his sword and sheathe it almost instantly having cut off five hands and slicing through many other belts. Trousers fell, and Naoto slipped out of the mob with Isaac in hands.

Jenny was going to kill him for foiling her trap.

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"Alright then." Hagane told the twins, turning around and walking back with Yukari. .

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The girl continued muttering insults, until she found her way to the source of the sounds.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Osaka Ablaze RP

@Vapovile: @Kuma_From_Argentina: @Justalittlegirl:

The horned woman and the young child were both of immense interest to Naoto, and balancing the two was a challenge of restraint for the samurai. As it turned out, perhaps the best course of action for the moment would be inaction.

"Well, Elise-dono, Sparky-kun, I hope our city of Osaka is to your liking." He told his companions. "I will be in your care for the time being."

--=-=--

As the questioning continued, Alvin heard Sid's request to have Raisa looked at. "Yeah, I'll be right there." The waster told him as Aoki submitted to the combined questioning. Alvin exercised the powers within his Gainen Medal, healing the gambler's wounds and regenerating his teeth. A clearer voice and a happier spleen makes for a more amicable hostage. Once he was dealt with, Alvin left him in Crow's capable hands and ran towards Raisa, explaining his abilities and offering his services, as well as extending healing to anyone in the team who requested it from him.

He could give support from now until the rest of the mission. Perhaps that was his best role after all.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Going for the Kill RP (Closed)

@Kuro_San:

"Hate to say it, but you got shortchanged my girl." Hitomi told Toshi-no-Hakaisha, walking past her without so much as a glance before sitting down on a bench. "Not sure what information when you were sent to bump me off, but I'm no warrior. I'm a seamstress."

Hitomi placed another Takoyaki into her mouth, forcing herself not to wince as the ball scalded the inside of her mouth. She chewed, then swallowed. "I'm not gonna fight you. I can't. What am I going to do, knit a cardigan at you?" Hitomi laughed, taking another stick. "No, it's hopeless. I'll just have this last meal and you can do whatever you want with me."

Hitomi chose her words carefully, as well as her mannerisms and poise. She needed to portray serenity and grace in the face of an execution- a Yamato Nadeshiko if ever there was one. This entity was used to the people of the samurai as they first encountered european influence. Perhaps the politics of mortals were of no interest to the likes of Toshi-no-Hakaisha, but she would remember people she dealt with. So Hitomi needed to be familiar, identifiable, while also being foreign enough to be interesting.

Interest is what would keep her alive right now. Hitomi needed Toshi-no-Hakaisha to play with her. To toy with her. To probe her and see what makes her tick. She can't be random or entirely too unpredictable, otherwise she'll be more trouble than she's worth. It was a careful balancing act, but it was Hitomi's and the city's best chance right now.

Her apparent defencelessness was an act, however. She still had options she could exploit should her assassin display weakness. So while Hitomi was to act as bait, she was also to act as investigator.

Swallowing another piece of Takoyaki, she held the box out to Toshi-no-Hakaisha with both hands and a slight bow. "May I offer you a taste?"

--=-=--

Hal's traps seemed to be in vain as Guren set up his red dome encircling Hal. The obese speedster could see gaps around him where his opponents feet failed to touch the ground, and again Hal saw how his opponents ideology was holding him down.

The wind and sky had long been considered symbols of speed and freedom, and touching the earth seen as something unpleasant, or something that slows one down. Perhaps, even subconsciously, Guren shunned the earth for this.

Abandoning his crab trap, Hal focused his collision magnet onto the anchor, sending it deeper and deeper into the water until it touched the seabed. Gripping the golden thread tightly, Hal made his move.

He pulled, spinning in a hard sphere to and dragging himself in like the rip chord of a chainsaw engine, Hal smashed through the pier below him, smashing through to launch water and debris into the air above him. Small things, inconsequential things, all designed to make his opponent trip and slip.

Under the water, Hal pulled into the beach front and kicked outward- blasting himself through the water to escape from under the dome and running through the water towards the next pier, sending waves behind and ahead of him signifying his path. He'd double back, however, just before reaching the second pier to vault onto the beach front and run back towards the first pier and beyond.

What he'd do next? Well, that'd depend on what happened next.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Theme Song Game

I like that. I like that lots. I think Callis fits this theme well, especially in the 2017 remake anime.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Moon Reach - [KG RP]

Knee blocked, SamJaz quickly stepped back with his newly trained skill- front leg first, kicking the back leg away to quickly step out of the chop's reach. Impressed with himself for managing to pull off the technique, SamJaz reversed the motion to launch a feint then a left hook in close range.

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Altair simply looked up as the towers began to fall down onto both of them.

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"Distractions dismanctions, if you can't keep your head in the game then that's only as good as you are." Bone argued. "We'll get you out on the prowl, right?" She asked, turning to Molly to back her up on this one.

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"Nope, perfectly calm." Moore said, knocking on the door. "Which means it's gonna be tough."

After a second, a thought occurred to him.

"Why did I knock when it's your house?"

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=[ Yep. Early night for us methinks. ]= Grave said, feeling like yawning but finding his jaw incapable of doing so, merely exhaled air out of the nose as he washed his hands.

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"Thank you miss Neroline." Ashley saluted, before taking Alicia by the hand and running for the door.

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Rin smiled, then went off to get dressed and finish cleaning up.

Before they knew it, Moore was knocking on their door.

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Elliott got to the ground and started healing him, turning him over so his face was visible to Ciel.

"A prisoner of this place is probably an ally right now, right?" She asked her partner.

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Naoto shook his head and continued watching.

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"Hey!" Hagane said, taking the hug. "You lot ready to go home?"

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"Honestly, would you keep it down!" Tudor shouted as she walked. "Some of us are trying to work here!"

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » The Vice Before Christmas - RP

@Vapovile: @Kuma_From_Argentina: @Justalittlegirl: @ChronoWolf:

"MADE IT!" SamJaz shouted as he entered the house, just head of Luna and Alicia. "Dunno about you, but that beach felt like it took a month to climb."

Dumping his sack by the Christmas tree, he opened it up revealing a large supply of presents for anyone to take from. He didn't know who was coming and who was going to be absent here, so he'd hedged his bets where most of the gifts were concerned. By which he meant that the unnamed gifts were socks of waterbreathing- a traditional gift with an awesome twist that he'd picked up in a little shop near Paris.

Seeing most of the guests already in conversation, SamJaz smirked back at Luna and headed for the buffet table. "Thanks for inviting us Haruko." He said as he passed the seamstress, handing her his Christmas gift to her with a wink and a shushing action on his lips. "Merry Christmas!"

--=-=-=--

Hal hadn't stayed long after first appearing with the two Shinodagirls- he had five other Christmas parties around the globe to attend to last night. Of course, tonight was the one night of the year he could truly go at full speed and not raise suspicion, especially with his current attire. Should anyone see him, they'd be laughed off as another santa theorist.

Making his way back to Haruko's party, he was slightly frustrated to see that everyone he knew, especially Haruko, was already in mid conversation already. Kinda killed the mood, but he'd give the party another few minutes before he got back from another party's toilet break.

--=-=--

Recognising her schoolmate, Olivia tugged on Julia's sleeve and tackled Elyssa. "MERRY CHRISTMAS!!" The blue-haired shinodaborn shouted, hugging her friend before releasing her to accost Rachel with her very violent affection. "I MISSED YOU! How could you both leave me this whole week!?"

Following his master's example, the penguinhound reached to hug Elyssa with his flippers and began licking her face.

--=-=--

"This is nice." Hitomi told her date for the evening, enjoying the night air. As boyfriends went, he wasn't too bad. Actually, she really enjoyed his company, though he could stand to be a bit less formal sometimes.

Well, maybe a bit of class wasn't undesirable either.

"Alright, let's head down." She told Swallower, patting him on the wing. "We've got a party to get to."

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » When Life Gives You Lemon Lords - RP

@waybig1010101: @Justalittlegirl: @Vapovile: @ChronoWolf: @Fehafare:

On the rooftops, a certain lady was dressing. Her clothes had evaporated while watching the events from afar, and she'd had to retreat some distance in order to find something to wear. Just when she'd worked out the safety zone through trial and error, the nudifying field seemed to have vanished.

Sighing from the wasted effort, Menthe adjusted her hat as she continued to monitor the situation. Lime and Chestnut were dead. Orange had been forcibly withdrawn from the scene by Pumpkin, who seemed to be using the situation to assassinate Lemon.

He'd underestimated his targets, or at least not accounted for a good third of the additional fighters present. He'd certainly not accounted for Pumpkin's betrayal. Regrettably, it seemed that her services might be in need after all.

Reaching to a nearby lime tree, she plucked the fruit and held it over her face, reaching up with a gloved finger and pulling at her eyelid.

She squeezed the fruit, and a drop of citric acid fell into her left eye, then to the right. Menthe blinked, spreading the juice over her cornea and preparing her Mojito.

Ruined Spring

The firefight between MoG, SamJaz, Luna and the armoured pumpkins began, with SamJaz providing covering fire with his magic after Mog's initial shot as Luna made her charge.

Explosions of boiling pumpkin soup began to cover the ground as armoured witches began hurling small cauldrons onto the battlefield, SamJaz running from cover to cover to check on the Master of Game's conditions as Luna smashed through the knights.

"You okay man?" SamJaz asked, checking on the entity before hurling his keyblade towards the armoured witches, knocking them back and splitting many in two, spreading the pumpkin soup as they broke apart.

Main Streets

As Hitomi rolled through the dirt to dodge the globules of acid, she wove dirt and dust around her, forming a blouse, vest, skirt and leggings as she got to her feet. "Hitomi Nakamura, seamstress." Hitomi told the Swallower as she drew a pair of scissors from the bag on her back, spinning it on her fingers to hack through another pumpkin skull. "And I'll just stick to Swall, if that's alright with you."

Through the combined efforts of Haruko, Dan and Slayer, the numbers of the Pumpkin drones were dwindling, and Slayer had begun to notice that they weren't getting back up so easily as before. He roared to the sky, "MID VUR SHAAN!", a roar that would empower those who could call him their ally at this time, making their blows swifter and their strikes harder, he himself hefting a felled tree in his spare hand to further quicken the slaughter of overwhelming odds.

Back Streets

The archers dispersed at Alicia's counter attack, ignoring Arthur's pleas for peace as they began firing arrow after arrow. Each one would grow into binding roots upon impaling a target, reaching out for the nearest warm blooded being to strangle and capture.

Erin enclosed her beefcake opponent as Catherine decapitated the scythe-wielding vassal, leaving the flame witch Chase left standing to deal with as she spewed burning death towards both Catherine and Melea. Inside the whirlwind of petals, the swordsman, Jack swung his blade at the walls, only to find himself trapped.

Turning back towards Erin, Jack removed the massive pumpkin from his shoulders and placed it on the ground, sitting on it as he shifted shape into a young blonde girl, seemingly no older than Erin herself.

"We're not attacking a hot spring." Jack told Erin. "Lemon's attacking the ones who ruined the Melon Lord a couple months back. Between you and me, I just want this over and done with so we can get out of here." She lied. "Tell you what. You help me and I help you. All I want is Lemon dead so my friend'll be free and I'll head back to my bosses and say there was nothing I could do. I'll turn down my guys just enough to keep up the appearance of helping but none of you guys will get hurt. Friends?" She asked, holding out a hand towards Erin to shake.

Wrecked Building

Kelly twisted in the air around the flying spear of crystal, hurling it back as Sid launched a barrel through the air towards him. The two were working in tandem now, fighting this powerful foe and they had him against the walls.

The Lemonlord caught the crystal and slashed the barrel, Kelly catching Swallower's globule of acid in her vector and carrying it around Sid's explosive kick and hurling it into Lemonlord's gut, blasting him through the wall.

The Lemonlord rolled in the dirt, landing on his back and looking to the sky.

A green moon was in the air, growing in size- no, it was getting closer. And it wasn't a moon, it was... a mint leaf?

Behind his masks, the Lemonlord's eyes widened with horror.

She wouldn't.

Kelly pounced through the smashed wall, kitchen sink in hand as she brought it screaming down towards the Lemonlord's chest, only for him to roll out of the attack and burst into another house, running for cover.

(About time I posted too)

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Flat 14, Crown House, Empire Way, London

Updated the location, for some strange reason. Meh. Ignore me. Need sleep.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » The Vice Before Christmas - RP

@Justalittlegirl: @Kuma_From_Argentina: @Vapovile: @Fehafare: @chaosknight: @waybig1010101:

Hitomi climbed onto the Swallower's back with a smirk. "Onward!" She told him, wrapping her arms around his shoulder and cuddling up to his back as SamJaz, Luna, and Alicia reached the house.

"HO HO HO!" SamJaz shouted as he walked into the apartment, waving a gloved hand as he hefted his sack. "MERRY EVERYONE!"

--=-=--

Hal sprinted, carrying the two girls and their animal as Olivia guided her obese mount. They found the house within seconds, and Hal dropped the two of them off at the front door before pulling on a green reindeer-motif t-shirt and ringing the doorbell.

"Alright, once someone comes, we all sing We Wish You A Merry Christmas, okay?" Hal asked the two girls, Olivia enthusiastically nodding at the plan.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Going for the Kill RP (Closed)

@Kuro_San:

"Five minutes... something hot in her mouth..." Hitomi said before spotting a Takoyaki stand at an opening outside the alley. "Any advice on food preferences?" She asked her helper, dashing towards the shop and placing a 1,000 Yen note on the table and taking a box of 24 balls.

The ground shook with the Titan's steps, and Hitomi knew she didn't have much time. She started walking back towards the battlefield, fighting the instinct to keep running, before taking a takoyaki by the stick and shoving it in her mouth, fighting the urge to blow on it first.

It scalded her tongue, yes, but she wanted this to be believed.

--=-=--

Hal started turning, but was punted in the backside and rolled along the pier. He landed on his back, looking up to see a piece of cloth hanging from a lamppost.

Looking towards Guren, he saw the scratch, and his plans started evolving.

"You drunk mate?" Hal asked his assassin, getting to his feet while sending Collision strands from the tips of his fingers down through the gaps in the pier, picking up a crab trap and an anchor while remaining on all fours. "You don't seem to be running straight."

If Hal was right, then Guren wasn't the best dodger in the world- his need for speed led him to minor collisions when using that technique. Was Guren simply going too fast for his mind to keep up?

He wanted to test this- taunt Guren into another forward attack, then bring these obstacles up at the last second. Would the swordsman gracefully dance around them, as Hal would? Would he force his way through, cutting through the obstacles? Or would he trip up like an ox and make an ass of himself?

Let's find out.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Moon Reach - [KG RP]

The elbow strike connected with the arms, while SamJaz stomped down on the ground and used the recoil to launch a full-bodied knee-strike to Richter's ribcage.

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The red gear vanished mid-flight, and the armoured assassin shoved a wristblade towards Aleister's neck as a tank fell from the sky towards them.

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"Huh, that's sweet I guess." Bone replied. "Still, you'd think he'd be fine with you mingling with normals."

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The two managed to get Emily's replacement uniform without too much trouble, and were heading home within the hour.

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Grave got them into the bathroom and business was dealt with.

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"I promise to have her home before she turns into a pumpkin." Ashley told the succubus.

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Rin smirked. "Same here." She said. "So, how'm I doing so far?"

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"That looks like a dude." Elliott said, finding the control panel. "Hang on, lemme defrost him..."

A lever was pulled, and stone started evaporating around the prisoner.

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Jenny maintained her distance, folding some paper in her hands while Aerith began making polite small talk between Elise and Naoto, until a paper aeroplane hit Aerith in the head.

"Oh?" She asked, catching it as it fell before unfolding it. "Blue Hand approaching the nerd, going to use him as bait to trace their hidey-hole... does this mean anything to you two?"

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"Hey Lily, had a good day?" Hagane asked her daughter, returning the hug. "Where's Mary? She's not being held back is she?"

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After a while, Tudor pulled her headphones out of her ears. "Would you turn that down!?" She shouted.

Post by SamJaz (13,079 posts) See mini bio Level 20

RPG » Going for the Kill RP (Closed)

@Kuro_San:

Intangibility upon convenience.

Well piss on a stick, that was not something Hitomi was fighting anytime soon.

Rolling aside from the strike that smashed the street, Hitomi wove a cloak of dust and sprinted into an alley, getting the hell out of there as fast and as silently as she could. Her phone started talking in her bag, so Hitomi muted the call and plugged her bluetooth earpiece in to catch the second half of Akane's warning.

"Help is on the way, that sounds great." Hitomi explained, hiding behind a skip to catch her breath. "How long do I have?"

--=-=--

Hal ducked under Guren's slash- an attack not aimed at him but dodging was a worthwhile habit nonetheless. And what he saw was near-teleportation.

This was not good. In fact, this was one of the worst match-ups Hal could have been presented with. One of the most universally accepted attributes of speedsters is that they are not particularly durable, at least on a Hidden World scale. They have to compensate by not being hit during the fight, but this is where Hal dominates over other speedsters. His sumo-like muscle gave him weight and force, meaning that unlike a speedster that relies on hundreds of light blows, Hal can finish most fights in one, overwhelming attack and flatten his enemy, moving too fast for them to dodge.

But there lied the problem with Guren- he WAS fast enough to dodge. More than that, he had longer reach that Hal, and he had the swords. Any attack Hal could make would result him him being bisected.

That's not to say he was defenceless. Just as Guren could dodge Hal's mighty blows, Hal could stay out of range. Hal was shorter, than most men, himself barely coming higher than Guren's waist, and swordsmen generally preferred enemies of even size. Hal also had his collision strings- giving him crude telekinesis to grief Guren with.

But that was Hal's best option- aggravating the assassin. Guren had already shown himself to be prideful, arrogant, and a self-lover of his own philosophy. When questioned, he shows off. Hal could use that to his advantage. Press, poke, and irritate the dragon, and eventually he'll do something stupid. Or burn you to death. Dragon provoking was a fine art, not one to be taken up lightly.

Hal stood still at the start of the pier, looking out to Guren as he challenged the fat man to run past him. Hal couldn't afford to go back in-land, but fighting on sea would be suicide if Guren could use that technique to overtake him.

"Acceleration isn't anything to be proud of." Hal called out to Guren, having decided on his plan. "All it proves is that you were going too slow, Jogger."

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