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  1. If everything went wrong, what would be the worst case scenario for your characters? Simply being dead isn't good enough.
  2. I want to spar.

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    What do they want? Why do they want it? What were they told they needed? Why do they need it? Do they want what they need, and do they need what they want? What aspects of themselves aid in their journey? How do they get in their own way? What are they lacking to accomplish their goals? Probably a decent starting point.
  4. Character Power Survey.

    I do appreciate the responses so far. Hopefully I can get some more during the weekend. I removed the ones that were made in error.
  5. Ancient Character Rating Quiz.

    As said, it was an old quiz. There was a time when characters that could do the absolute highest levels in it were actually thriving in the realms/forums/chats that came before Valucre. There are some characters that players had that were retooled to then fit into Valucre, or they only sent an 'portion' of their character into Valucre. We always joke that Ishtalle [Corban's sentient sword] is stuck at the TSA trying to get into Valucre.
  6. Character Power Survey.

    Thank you. I removed the duplicate. Probably in a week or two. I'm only at 60 entries. I'd like more.
  7. Character Power Survey.

    This is intentional. Everyone has their own internal scale, and often times they decide on what their character is capable of based off the stimulus of the situation. Mild Powers isn't codified to this extent of a scale, but I can gauge what people are building their characters are based on their own scoring of their character. You can do it for as many characters as you would like.
  8. Character Power Survey.

  9. Character Power Survey.

    For science.
  10. https://goo.gl/HR16tl Do not share your choices with other people. The more people that do this the better. It's short. Thank you.
  11. NAT - Old is the Victor.

    I believe I wrote up some of my thoughts already for the next event in this thread.
  12. NAT - Old is the Victor.

    There's a level of good faith that is to be assumed from competitors. No reason to worry. The event is finished, and is one of the few tournaments in recent memory to accomplish that task.
  13. NAT - Old is the Victor.

    Character sheets were only meant to provide the information of a character so that a judge or player could reference them. At no point were sheets graded. I stated that plainly. If you had issue with how a character was accomplishing a task, it was the job of the player to contact a judge during the fight.
  14. Not Another Tournament - Log Book.

    Corban-Last Thursday at 8:26 PM BGM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imbw-fj8coU Joanna would find herself floating upon a smooth platform that defied attempts to mar or mutate its surface. Similarly, the shifting cosmomirage defied explanation. Finally, there was the other presence that shared this platform…a shadowy simulacrum of herself. It was the dual blades, the pig tails, and the competing influence over the surrounding dark energies that would unnerve many. However, perhaps she had the fortitude to clash with her own shadow. Mimi spread her arms wide, flexing her newfound powers. Ten shadow orbs were part of the repertoire…but in her last battle she felt as if she was unable to use some of her amazing creativity. They vibrated in place before extending into thin, aphotic blades that stacked together like the wings of a bird. The ten blades floated behind her like wings, occasionally sharpening against each other with a metallic sound. "Come, and show me what you're made of!" Spoken like a true shadow boss. -e- @Ataraxy Ataraxy-Last Thursday at 8:30 PM Joanna glanced around the current match’s stadium, mouth set firm and hands held steady at her side. Both her swords hanging from the left of her hip weighed down enough that she felt their presence, but not enough to slow her down in by any means. Her black hair, set in quickly braided pig-tails were stone still, not a single gust of wind present in the void of an arena. For as far as she could see or tell, the stadium was the only structure. Everything else was just a black void. In every direction. Up. Down. Left. Right. Nothing. Other than nothing and the stadium, there was another Joanna, presumably her opponent, about 25 meters away. The ten spheres with her bumbled around her vicinity as usual, currently nothing but dormant black bubbles. Their existence was a simply trick, however, as it often led her opponent to believe Dark Energy was limited to the spheres. It was only upon their doom that they realized their assumption was incorrect. Dark Energy was everywhere. It was as if Joanna were a waterbender in the middle of an infinite ocean. As her clone extended the spheres into bladed wings, Joanna commanded a single sphere toward Joanna. It was split into 5 smaller pieces, each sharp as a needle. With one acting as the center, the other four hit the four corners as if forming a 2 dimensional box around the center needle. A second sphere followed behind the initial sphere by approximately 4 meters. Though the second didn’t split. It would appear to be less formed than the other, the edges wiggling as if having trouble holding its form. Two more spheres fell to be around a foot in front of Joanna: one held at chest level while the other fell to knee level. “I’m just made of flesh? What are you made of clone?” <e> Corban-Last Thursday at 8:37 PM Mimi watched as Joanna created a blockade with her spheres, her new sight beyond sight allowing her to see the ethereal hands that pushed these pieces around on the board. It was as if she was able to see the ninja stage actors behind the play. No doubt that Joanna could also see what she did, which mean that security through obscurity would not work for them. They would have to act with purpose, and less subterfuge…mostly. She skated across the ground, a greasy streak of dark matter following behind her. At any time she could flip the sandpaper over to reveal its rough edge…and this stuff was everywhere? Fascinating. "I am thou, and thou art I! I too am made of flesh, even as our constructs aren't. The ubiquity and multifarious nature of your powers gives you an advantage, but I wonder how you would fare against an equal?" -e- Ataraxy-Last Thursday at 8:44 PM As Mimi ran toward the tossed spheres, Joanna cocked her head to the side for a moment of pondering. She hadn't been taught a lot of vocabulary words beyond what was necessary, so a lot of what the other her said was just about nonsense. Just sounds in a void. Now with momentum, the split sphere needles increased at a natural pace locking in on Mimi and entering the 5 meter range. The second still lagging behind at nine. Two of her dormant spheres slammed into her feet. They, however, injured nothing, instead melding around her feet in a sort of hermes boot type fixture. The seventh sphere soared high up into the distance of the void. <e> Corban-Last Thursday at 8:49 PM Hmmph, so the Prime did not actually want to show her what she was made of. Very well then! She'll just have to start this off. Pulling one of the swords out from behind her, it suddenly expanded into a much larger slab. It was the very antithesis of a slender and elegant blade, more akin to a jagged piece of human-sized rock. Was she for real? And to follow up, she tossed it! With a single augmented toss, she made it set sail for behind Joanna. However, while it was natural for someone to look at airborne objects, that was dangerous against someone who launched floating swords straight at her. The repulsive properties of dark energy made for an excellent cutting edge. If flesh parted as it was severed, then her cuts would be clean and quick to Joanna's detriment. For something that comprised 70% of the universe, one would think that it'd be more obvious in appearance or perhaps infectious. Instead it was malleable (by her standards), and quite multifaceted in its ability to change hardness, elasticity and even keep a charge. Would they cut? Would they pierce? Only one way to find out. -e- Ataraxy-Last Thursday at 8:57 PM There had been a nagging thought in the back of Joanna's mind since she'd first laid eyes on her opponent. -Was she me?- As it turned out, the answer was obviously a no. The imposter was obviously new to the manipulation of Dark Energy, using it only at its most basic level. Not that it particularly annoyed Joanna; rather it made the young warrior happy. At last she could test the depth of her understanding against someone like herself. Hopefully the clone could last long enough. Because Mimi failed dodge in preparation of the speeding needles, it would only make since for the five piece, or at least one, to find its mark in Mimi's skin. Its speed having increased in mulled in natural momentum until reaching a max speed. It would be a split second later that the second sphere would collapse. Not explode or implode, but collapse. Gallons of black liquid bursting from the inside and cascading around Mimi's legs. It wouldn't matter whether the woman was moving, beginning to move, or standing still. The black liquid was like a glue. Though liquid in form, the material was extremely sticky, sucking in whatever touched it. Joanna's boots kicked in, blasting her at a diagonal angle from the stadium and away from the large dark energy rock. Her Dark Energy boots propelled her into the air, constantly pressing down on the elements through a combination of Reverse-gravity and mental control from Joanna. <e> Corban-Last Thursday at 9:02 PM 'Was she for real?' If referring to the one before Joanna then no…she wasn't real, not once the shadowy simulacum was struck. By mixing Nega-Erkokinesis and some illusions, she could use its variable density to be convincing enough gravimetrically to pass a cursory inspection, but probably not enough for Extra-Destructive Testing practices. Once the slab landed, the dark energy fell away like sabot fins to reveal the woman within. As expected, Joanna evaded the blade wings. Perfect! With a flex of her shoulders she beckoned them to reassemble behind her, and immediately chased the woman. Mimi may not be her, but she still had her powers and her previous combat experience presented an X-factor. Angelwings…shadow clones…for those observing, she was using tactics from previous fights on new opponents in the dream fights, adapting. With the combined lift of ten blades, now impromptu dark energy thrusters, she rose up to Joanna and twisted her body, the blade wings now forming a serrated ring around her and on a crash course to slice her in half from the waist down. -e- Ataraxy-Last Thursday at 9:13 PM Joanna blinked and then chuckled. She couldn't help it, it had been a rather smooth illusion trick that her clone had just pulled off. It was a rather interesting trick, feeling almost like there was a ninja in front of her than anything else. Substitution jutsu at its finest. In the moment before Mimi took off, at the instant that her silhouette vanished from the original spot, Joanna began to rotate her remaining spheres around her body. A ring of defense one might say. The liquid from the collapsed sphere continued to spread, and would continue until the entire platform was captivated. Joanna changed her trajectory toward going up, closing the space to the earlier tossed sphere. With Mimi spinning around like a top, her sight would naturally be rather harshly hindered. It would be at that moment that the sphere Joanna had previously sent spiraling into the sky would come crashing down toward Mimi, shaping itself into a giant ball. The edges were a bit unusual, but it held as a giant black ball barreling toward the turning clone. The air around Joanna began to buzz and frizzle, instantly expanding to a five foot radius. One which not even her own dark energy spheres would enter. Anything entering that vicinity, weaker than the power of assimilation would find itself...well assimilated. Corban-Last Thursday at 9:24 PM Influence worked both ways. If one sought to cover the entire platform in order to prevent the opponent from getting a firm grasp, then what happens when someone already put a hydrophobic coating down? Mimi had originally made the streaks to catch Joanna and create fissures in the ground…similar to how that one electro raver had sought to influence the entire field and bind her. Seems they had similar ideas. It was as if people were copying each other! The nerve of them! Despite managing several properties at once, Joanna was able to concentrate enough to perform a midair adjustment. Two could do that as well. Mimi kicked off of midair, a pane of dark energy groaning before shattering back from whence in came. Her trajectory was not Joanna, however…but the field itself. Landing upon her fissure, she did as promised…and aimed to flip the ENTIRE sheet of sandpaper over. Only, the situation was reversed: instead of presenting a rough edge in case Mimi tried to attain influence, it would instead be a smooth edge for her. If this was a game of Go, it would be a masterful play that would have her owning substantial territory. -e- Ataraxy-Last Thursday at 9:32 PM Joanna, using her true vision as well as simple feeling, could see how Mimi attempted to take "influence" from Joanna concerning the liquid Dark Energy on the field. However, there were two things that would lead the woman's lack of knowledge to hurt her. For one, the liquid was not hydrogen or a natural "liquid." It was barely a liquid state, being somewhere in between a fluid liquid and a glue like substance. Coating wouldn't do anything. The second was that there was no such thing as maintaining influence over the growing pool of Dark Energy liquid. Not all Dark Energy was malleable or controllable. Especially not the Dark Energy that came from a sphere which had collapsed. That was chaotic energy. Not even Joanna could touch that. Therefore Mimi, upon landing, would actually find herself stuck to the arena's surface having landed in an area she'd thought to be made to repel "liquid." Even if Joanna wasn't entirely sure how someone copying her abilities could create a substance like that. Continuing upward, Joanna entered the enormous black sphere, all but ignoring Mimi as the woman captured herself. <e> Corban-Last Thursday at 9:41 PM Joanna had air superiority, unfortunately…but Mimi did have some enviable real estate. Although it was difficult for her to manipulate, it was still bulk matter. Perhaps it wasn't combustible just yet, since it was still glue-like. She had previous fought someone who had great command of Entropy, after all…and although she could not affect the entropy of the area to that degree, she still retained some of that knowledge. It was true; she had been mistaken about the properties of this particular one. But it still exhibited tactile properties and was very much a thing. If it was so chaotic then it would not stick, and it would certainly spill over the edge of the platform. With a clap of her hands, her blades bolted to the ground, their arrangement appearing more like some kind of futuristic cannon. Although they were made of similar materials, the hardened aspect of her current blades lent itself well to resisting high pressures! The air was lit ablaze with the repetitive bangs of vulcan fire as she systematically fired the glue in compressed slugs at Joanna -e- Ataraxy-Last Thursday at 9:47 PM The previous 5 meter radius of assimilation having encompassed Joanna’s body connected with the enormous black sphere. The Dark Energy material was easily altered from neutral to assimilation, increasing Joanna’s range of assimilation from a measly 5 metered radius to one of 15 meters: an assimilation sphere with a thirty meter diameter. A steady and lasting ability. As the charge of her sphere continued to raise, Joanna looked down at Mimi and frowned. Why was the woman so concerned about the platform? The thing didn’t really even matter anyways. She had no need to land on it. Neither of them did. “There’s fifteen meters of incineration under me. I couldn’t really step on that platform if I wanted to,” she muttered under her breath. Having come back to her, nine spheres hovered around the edges of the large black sphere like the rings of Saturn. Rotating around her as if they awaited her order. It was then that Mimi, feet stuck to the ground, launched sporadic slugs of the compressed Dark Liquid at Joanna. Not that it really mattered. The slugs would hit the outer shield of the Assimilation field and dissolve. As everything did. Even so, Joanna moved toward Mimi and kept her approach in a random zigzag so that it would be impossible to predict her next movement. Turning three of them into large cubes, each with 5x5x5 dimensions, Joanna aimed her finger like a gun toward Mimi and shot the cubes toward the clone. The edges of each a separate color from the rest. A light grey in a field of black. Corban-Last Thursday at 9:57 PM By the time Mimi finished her barrage, her 'blades' were looking rather pitiful. The stress of firing left them with cracks here and there, and dings in their edges. She bid them to drink from the watering hole at her feet, the fount of dark energy that she dug within this space recoating them. …Fount? Indeed, the fissure she had made was spilling upon the ground, diluting what existed there prior. The field was once polished and patterned, but now it was dark. The cup runneth over, the matter falling over the edge and into the void like an infinite pool. Joanna remained high above her, just as imperious as Mimi had been with her. That said, she didn't take it personally; she knew the fun in mimicking someone, and turning the tables. That said, she didn't have much time to think about that. Joanna was closing in with an aggressive and manic formation. Her blades combining into a large buster blade, she swept upwards. In the same stroke her infinity pool of dark energy moved like the tide to the moon's pull. What would happen when they intercepted the cubes? -e- Ataraxy-Last Thursday at 10:05 PM Joanna tisked, her beyond sight witnessing the large draw of energy Mimi pulled from the infinity that was Dark Energy. Randomly pulling on energy was useless. Dark Energy formations pulled on the surrounding Dark Energy on its own. Forcing it to draw more that it needed was a useless brainial effort. Oh well. It takes practice to realize that. Her cubes continued to plunge downward, there large bodies closing in quickly. It would be only a matter of seconds before Mimi's buster blade crashed into the first square. And would, in essence, rip it apart. If she also swung at the other to cubes, a similar effect would occur. The cubes were irrelevant in the scheme of things. The grey corner of the spheres would explode a moment after the blade vanquished the cubes, creating a random myriad of little explosions. The explosions weren't exactly powerful, and when completed, would leave the platform with remnants of their explosion. Tiny Dark Energy particles of a neutral state, and under Joanna's manipulation. Joanna herself continued her approach, though, to be honest, she wasn't in any rush. <e> Corban-Last Thursday at 10:15 PM The polarity of these particular particles was no bueno. Treating the top layer of her pool like flypaper, she cut it off like the moldy surface of parmesan cheese and sprinkled it off the edge of her platform. Joanna did not seem to be in a hurry to attack her right now, although there was that imposing ball she had summoned up. Still, if Joanna was going to approach, and perhaps land…Mimi would give her the red carpet. The dark energy splashed upwards from the edge and swept towards her, and yet she herself didn't change positions. Although the glue-like DE that bound her before had been scattered away, she remained standing in the same position. There was the dense that the dark energy gathered was getting denser, and combining with her weapon…-e- [first para, add in front] And switch! The wave went from liquid to a non-newtonian solid upon impact. With the backing of the platform beneath it, it absorbed the force of the incoming cubes with a great thunderclap and dropped them upon the platform with a thud. This form factor also meant that the explosions did not quite touch her, covered was she in her own waters. -c- Ataraxy-Last Thursday at 10:23 PM Joanna eyed her opponent with a wary gaze. It wasn't that she wasn't impressed, it was that she wasn't really bothered by it. The remnants weren't there to explode or to do damage: in fact, it was to Joanna's benefit that they had been dusted off to the side. The remnants, having been pushed off the edge of the platform, stopped right there. They didn't fall into the abyss, preferring to hover at the edges. And suddenly they were no longer remnants, but particles, drawing upon the infinite being that was dark energy. They stuck to the edge of the platform, attaching to each other so there was no longer space in-between. And the started to rise. The sphere around Joanna grew even larger, blasting out at a twenty foot radius. At the same time, Joanna entered a distance of thirty meters from Mimi. A sphere detatched itself from the rotation to hover thirty meters, dead center above the platform. <e> Corban-Last Thursday at 10:33 PM The remnants could try, although they were still specks embedded within pieces of Mimi's own, larger dark energy masses. The effect was roughly equivalent to school bullies ganging up on someone for their lunch money and given a swirly. "Ugh." Was this how it was going to end? A bomb dropped on top of her? To be rained on so hard that it would blot out the sun? She would rather it end in other ways. Now possessing sufficient reserves, with the entire platform sucked clean, she leapt off the platform as if launched by a spring. This placed her no longer beneath the sphere, and at eye level with Joanna twenty meters away. Her footing in the air was guaranteed by an aphotic black tile. "…" Mimi lofted her weapon in a high kendo stance. -e- [paused for OOC deliberation] Ataraxy-Last Thursday at 10:45 PM Even if Mimi did manage to soar up to eye level with Joanna in a matter of seconds, she wasn't any closer to defeating Joanna. In fact, if Mimi was 20 meters away from Joanna, she was basically hitting the edge of Joanna's field of effect. This also implied that the sphere which had detached from Joanna was no behind Mimi. In a manner of cause and effect, the sphere extended and split into three arrows, each launching themselves at a different part of Mimi. All controlled, unaffected by momentum. The sphere of influence around Joanna also near instantly expanded, now twenty five meters. Which, even if the arrows wouldn't have hit, would turn Mimi into nothing. <e> Corban-Last Thursday at 10:50 PM --- Ataraxy wins --- Warlock-Last Monday at 8:04 PM This was by far the strangest of the battlegrounds he had fought in, but that would not matter on this day. Goliath looked upon his opponent from the other side of the platform, ready to find victory in battle. With his ax in hand, he would charge forward, shield at the ready. As he would charge, Goliath's spirit would call to his patron spirit, asking for its strength as his large legs made their way to his opponent. Through the blessing of this winter spirit, Goliath would not suffer the effects of his own attacks, the air beginning to grow colder as he charged his opponent. This would be a good fight indeed, one that many would remember. Kasai Uchiha-Last Monday at 8:06 PM Kiki had learned from her previous fights two important lessons: 1) no one dies. And 2) she was far too nice. Smashed together into harmony, it meant she was going to switch up her fighting style. Her arms were spread out as the air warped and twisted with white sparks and the magnetism being generated around them. Iron dust flew from the container on her back, surrounding her through the air. She also ran at the orc, the dust rushing around her body though her eyes could still see through the spacing in the effect. Kiki could tell her opponent was big and strong. She could also sense the dropping of the temperature by the various changes in the heat signatures that her eyes could barely see due to spectrum vision. A master of the cold versus a master of metal. Odd mix. Warlock-Last Monday at 8:16 PM Raising his ax towards his opponent, he would send forth a cone of cold that would spread out through a wide area, making it difficult to dodge. If it struck then she would be hit with freezing temperatures, making it difficult for her to move. An added bonus of the effect would be that the metal dust around her would be blown away by the freezing wind, making it difficult to use. The temperature would lower even more, the power of winter fueling his next spell. When it was ready he would use it, ultimately sealing his victory in this battle. Kasai Uchiha-Last Monday at 8:19 PM By now, both of them were at the center of the platform. The electromagnetism pulled at the iron dust that surrounded her. It closed in onto her body, and it instantly sealed as the cold wind struck against her. Well it would have felt cold were it not for the heat being generated through the metal encasement that was now upon the top of her. Using her power, she was creating thermal energy, resulting in the iron now atop her body becoming warm. She had become Metal Kiki! And she was still running. Goliath's weapon was raised, which meant briefly his offense was out of the window. It left his shield to remain, which she shoulder checked into with her right shoulder. An electromagnetic pulse followed but the orc would feel nothing due to having no metal on his person. <e> Warlock-Last Monday at 8:27 PM Using his superior strength he would swat at Kiki, bashing her away from him to his left as he turned to face her. While his ax was temporarily unable to strike, he was prepared to use it now to cleave into her. Swinging downwards at her chest he would attempt to end her here and now. The temperature continues to decrease, more power being funneled into his spell. It was risky not to use it now, but he was prepared to make that risk in order to finish this quickly. Kasai Uchiha-Last Monday at 8:32 PM The swat led to a very funny outcome. Kiki did not fly away. Not in the traditional sense. Her hands were stuck to the metal shield. And with the swat, she simply rode the motion of his arm. Her feet were pressed against it, too. The electromagnetic pulse had magnetized her briefly to the shield, allowing her to stick to it like a spider. It would be pretty hard to swing such a long axe at a close range. Mostly because Kiki had used this moment of his arm's swing to reposition herself onto his back/ left shoulder area. No longer stuck to the shield, she brought both of her warm hands forward to cover over Goliath's eyes. "Peekaboo!" Her warm hands had then became hot. The iron over her body took on a more glowing red color. Time for harsh burns! To cool herself, she removed the metal from her back area, allowing a convection to take place. Good thing Goliath gave her a natural air condition, too. <e> Warlock-Last Monday at 8:37 PM He screamed out in pain, but knew this would be his perfect time to activate his secret weapon. Calling upon the power of winter he activated his Coldsnap spell, which as he had spent three turns fueling with channeling the power of his patron spirit, would be incredibly strong indeed. From all directions would come an almost instantaneous effect of freezing, Kiki would take it full force as she had decided to grapple him. Her blood would freeze, her organs would shut down, death would come in a matter of moments before he fell backwards to crush her under his weight. Kasai Uchiha-Last Monday at 8:42 PM The freezing effect came upon her. An instant sizzling effect happened. The cold power interacted with the growing hot iron and it caused the usual interaction of elements to happen. The prep power of both of their abilities were equal, which not made it come down to what happens when thermal heat meets anything cold. The answer was obvious. Though the skin on her back became brittle, the metal beneath it was her real skin. And it was coursing with the thermal heating mechanism she was using on the outer layer of her metal but at a lower effect to not burn her insides up. What ends up happening is that the cold snap does not finish her off. And his ability does cool down her hot iron, making them both fizzle out. But as he fell toward the ground, all Kiki had to do was push her feet off and sprawl in the air as the orc came falling backwards. And in turn, the metal on her fingers took on a very sharp design. And with just a thought, it shot into his eyes and into the rest of his skull cavity. Should it work. <e> KING-Last Monday at 9:16 PM @Kasai Uchiha, @Warlock - Judgement: As detailed in the roleplay-discussion thread, the heat attack that Goliath suffered in his last post would have been more than enough to render him in a state of disrepair. "Howling in pain" is a severe downplay to the level of damage he would have sustained by having those "glowing red" metal hands over both of his eyes, and without and ignore pain talent (which he clearly doesn't have by the admission of feeling pain at all) I do not feel he would have been able to continue thusly. Kasai Uchiha is the winner.