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[MT2:1] Tharraleos vs Rai

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Whoa..

Rai looked around at the surroundings, and tentatively kicked the grass at her feet. She was in an open grassland, and she recognized the city of Dougton in the distance, just like how it was usually depicted in pictures. It was hard to believe that all these didn’t actually exist. The level of technology of the Holosseum wasn’t something she could achieve by herself. Just experiencing this alone had already made it worth it to enter into the tournament! 

Putting her name down as a contestant had been done on a whim. Rai had low hopes that she would win, though.. But the castle prize!! How awesome it would be to be the owner of one!! She was athletic enough; her treasure hunting adventures kept her in somewhat good shape. She often climbed, crawled, and swung to places people didn’t usually reach, but she never considered herself much of a fighter - except for that time when she fought a zombie outbreak in Renovatio! Ooh boy, was that scary!

Gotta focus! Rai pulled her thoughts back to the present. She gripped her gun tightly with both hands to steady her nerves. The gun was her pride, built with her own hands and improved over the years. Instead of shooting bullets, it was powered by magitech and shot glass orbs that were infused with elemental magic. Many nights were spent focusing her raw power into these orbs. Usually, she wouldn’t use the gun to shoot people, but this was an exception, and anyway they wouldn’t really be injured.. Right?!

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The technology of the Holoseeum was indeed something to marvel at. Even with a mind strong enough to see past illusions, these surroundings felt way too unnervingly realistic. Surveying the vicinity from a literal bird's eye perspective was Rai's opposition. Standing at 6 and two thirds feet, this was no mere man, but a humanoid beast. The lofty feathered wings jutting from his shoulder blades is what propelled the odd creature forth. Pitch as the midnight sky, they nearly tripled his height in total wingspan. The body of this combatant was robust and primarily feline, sporting tawny brown fur over his well muscled frame. His head and legs were plumaged, however, and this amalgamation of bird and cat traits denoted he hailed from the species commonly known as Griffins.

Such would be a mostly true assessment. Tharraleos was the name of this heraldic hybrid and there were a few oddities not usual among his mystical relatives. The various webbed extremities and hydrodynamic scales along his midsection lead to the idea he was of a different variant. Masters of air, land and sea, the Aerasginero were incredibly powerful and capable warriors. On top of being able to increase battle efficiency in differing ways, the bipedal form seen currently acted as a suppressant for the true monster only those worthy enough faced. A much more sinister power also dwelled within, attained from a long since defeated mage centuries ago. Triggered from instances of self pride, this deadly ability would show itself soon enough.

After some time, Tharr would see his foe down below in the near distance not far away. His senses were acutely honed and the female was seen with enough clarity to seem as if she was only a few meters away. From her view, it'd likely be a large blur that was steadily approaching. The Seagriff would keep his wings outstretched, using them to gradually descend downwards. Before long, and assuming Rai didn't make any attempts to shoot him down, he would halt his momentum a safe distance away and hover idly in place a good distance from the ground.

"You must be my opponent." Called out the proud beast. Clear dialect emerged from his golenrod beak, showing he was intelligent and capable of rational thought. His words were spoken with such ferocity they vibrated the air around him. The flight bearing limbs would continue their flaps, gently landing him on the grass soon after.

"Best of luck, and may you fight valiantly." He went on to say, folding his wings along his back where they'd appear to resemble a cape of sorts. His stance would shift ever so slightly to a more defensive position, piercing gold eyes locked on the woman as if she was prey. 

@jaistlyn

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Rai looked around for her opponent, but she hadn’t expected him to come from above. She stared, mouth agape, as Tharraleos descended. She had never seen a Griffin before, though she’d heard of the race.

"You must be my opponent.”

“Y-yes, I g-guess,” Rai stumbled over her words, though it was more out of surprise over his voice than out of fear. She was too fascinated to be truly scared. “Wow. It’s an honour to meet you,” she said as the beast landed. “I’m Rai. I’ve never seen one of your kind before. You’re pretty cool!”

”Best of luck, and may you fight valiantly."

Uh yeah, they were to fight, not to make friends, though she wondered if he would be willing to befriend her when they were done. While Rai was daydreaming, her quick mind was subconsciously sizing up her opponent. She was many times inferior in terms of physical prowess, and there weren’t much to hide behind in this arena. She had to try and keep him away. On the other hand, he was a large target, which made him easy to aim. He could fly, but she could shoot. She’d bet an impact to his wing would throw him off course, no matter how tough he was.

“Well, if this is a game, don’t mind if I start first!” Rai shot a round red orb the size of a fist at Tharraleos. It was a straight shot, no tricks, and at this distance away, even a speedy human could dodge it. Whatever surface the orb landed on, it would explode in flames. Rai was just getting herself and her weapon warmed up.

 

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Being greeted with such regard would make most feel inherently hubristic. This woman had already gained a good deal of respect from the hybrid just by acknowledging his presence like so. Usually mortals were to flustered from fear to even utter coherent sentences. This also added to the reverence Tharr exhibited. Rai would see the gold of the Griff's eyes flash a purple color momentarily 4 different times. This was the essence of pride revealing itself and adding a quartet of reserves to his inner reservoir.

"I will be certain to leave a last impression on the prowess of the Aerasginero." The bird cat responded, golden beak nearly twisting into a grin. The name-drop of his kin resulted in the brief alteration of eye color to occur once more. With the skirmish underway, Tharr shifted his stance to a more defensive one, taloned feet firmly rooting to the ground. He watched every last move of hers ever so intently. He remained stationary as the crimson ball was seet careening his way. It seemed as if it was to make contact, and after a certain distance was crossed, a direct hit was inevitable.

The ensuing pillar of flames would encompass the warrior, obstructing him from view for a few moments. Once it subsided, Rai would see he hadn't moved from the spot yet was unscathed. Glowing dimly in his left arm was one of the handful of weapons he had at his disposal. Being the only tool focused purely on defensive, this was an opaque construct of purple hardlight in the shape of a slightly larger than normal Greek Aspis. 4 feet in diameter, the aptly named Shield of Chivalry was currently at 40% strength with the 2 reserves designated to it. This bestowed it with enough resilience to deflect the projectile while still leaving it in feasible condition. Their properties physically resembled glass and a small number of cracks were seen across his barrier. This was hardly enough to deter him, and peering over the construct, he'd continue to watch her. Charging in headstrong would be foolish, especially with the magic infused rounds she had. Those would prove hazardous if they were allowed to break his hide, given he'd take quadruple the damage as a result of his fragility towards magic based attacks.

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“..?” Rai made a sound of puzzlement when the Aerasginero elected not to move away from her attack. The dissipating flames revealed a shield which had completely blocked the bullet. The purple of it matched the shade of his eyes when they flashed, though she had no idea what the flashing meant. ”That’s a beautiful shield!” Rai called out. But why had he not dodged? Maybe he was still gauging her abilities. To damage the griffin, she had to either whittle the shield down, or create an opening. However, Tharr’s willingness to take an attack head on meant that he was fully confident of his shield’s power. Her gun held only 9 more orbs, and it wasn’t wise to waste them. 

“Your turn!” Tharr’s golden eyes pierced into Rai’s over the shield, and she stared back at him, focused on catching the moment when he would make his move. She kept her lower body loose but steady, and her gun trained on him. This was in preparation to either dodge if he charged, or shoot if she saw an advantage.

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"It is equally dangerous, as I will promptly demonstrate." Responded the Seagriff, evident but still faint smirk barely blocked from sight. The tone in his words would make it possible to distinguish this, though. Extending his robust furred right arm to the side, another armament of identical makeup to the previous manifested in his scaly pawed mits. This however took the guide of an Aboriginal hunting tool; its 3 foot length suiting the towering beast well. Given the ever fitting designation as the Bigoted Boomerang, Tharr would rear it back and send it hurtling directly at the gunswoman.

From her position, she'd find it went sailing just to the left by a notable amount. The sound of wind being distorted by Its sheer velocity would likely be registered as it passed by. Seconds after, multiple thunderous footsteps would drown out most noises as Tharr suddenly dashed forward at full speed. Even more, the ground mildly shuddered as the earth trembled under the weight of the mutant. You'd think his speed would be reduced to a lumbering pace, but even with his mass and shield still held true,  he'd reach the quickness of a healthy grown man without such restraints. Potent leg muscles allowed him to cross short distances in quick bursts and the combatants barely exceeded such.

It seemed his intentions were to have her meet the construct swiftly and very closely.  Meanwhile, the travelling boomerang was on a trajectory calculated preemptively by the methodical creature. It circled around, aiming to strike from the left where he'd likely be in a few moments; exactly where she stood. Though it did seem like this was to have bone shattering results, the damage would be deceptively lacking. The ranged object would have as much force as a hefty shove with the single reserve it used. With only one more, the Aspis was hardly any better, though was still very capable of sending any decently sized human to the ground relatively unharmed.

Either of them were brail enough to shatter on contact, sending a swarm of glowing indigo particles and shards of harmless energy scattering about before dematerializing. Truly that would be eye catching, would it not? Even in the chance Rai evaded, the clever hexaped was fully intent on having his toys dispose of each other. In the end, they were distractions to grant him access to striking range. Even as defenseless as he'd eventually and perhaps purposely appear, there remained one unused reserve. Tharraleos was most definitely not one you'd like close to you in a bout. Even in virtual reality, being on the receiving end of his animalistic ferocity would be unforgettably painful.

@jaistlyn

 

Edited by True Lycalo
Grammatical alteration

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The weapon that Tharr produced was more than half of Rai’s height. When such an object came hurtling at you, and when your opponent had assured you of the lethality of it, the common reflex was to dodge away. The whoosh of the boomerang rippled Rai’s short hair about. Her blood pounding with excitement, she focused her attention on Tharr. The boomerang could have been a distraction, and it seemed Rai was right when the bird-cat charged towards her. Although she knew that his shield might block her next bullet, she still shot at him to slow him down, while she regained her balance from dodging the weapon.

The shield blocked her orb completely again, but this time she had shot a water orb, and the liquid spilt over the shield and splashed harmlessly over Tharr.  The impact may have slowed his steps. What the treasure hunter didn’t expect, was that the shield disintegrated into a puff of glittery particles. Surprised by the sight, Rai heard the returning boomerang too late. It smacked her right in the middle of her back, driving her a few steps forward towards her opponent. Rai almost fell over, but managed to stay on her feet. Ow, that’s gotta leave a nasty bruise! 

Tharr’s multiple layers of deception had managed to force Rai closer to himself, but now, bereft of shield, he was visibly open to her attack.

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Tharraleos was mostly successful. His boomerang had done its job as a distraction, though what he wasn't expecting was how quick her reaction was. The shield shattered instantly upon colliding with the bullet and he came to an abrupt stop just under 7 feet away. This had left him out of range for a majority of his options. The only limbs able to reach her were his versatile wings, and they would only likely be riddled with holes. A contingency was set up for this shortcoming and within his paws forged one more construct. The Boastful Bostaff was his second most ranged choice with its 9 foot length. But with only 1 reserve in tow, it wouldn't last long and he was need to strike with swift precision.

Capitalizing on her brief imbalance, Tharr would poke and prod with the rod from a safe distance. 3 of these would thrust forth before it too followed suit with the weapons before it. Their damage would feel like a weak punch, but it was their speed and accuracy that held priority. The first had the most force and was aimed at her gut to further her disorientation. The subsequent 2 would be directed for very specific pressure points on her shoulders. Being struck with these would render one's arm completely numb of feeling for a short while. It'd certainly be a task to aim yet alone fire a gun under such conditions, and if the strikes connected, the hybrid would close the remaining gap and follow through with his original intentions.

@jaistlyn

Edited by True Lycalo

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A strategy was already worked out in Rai’s mind - shoot an ice bullet at the griffin, freeze the water on him and root him to the spot, before pummeling him with magicked bullets. That ought to prevent him from pulling out another shield.

Alas, Tharr was already prepared for his next move when Rai was still finding her balance. Even her quick reflexes couldn’t save her from the long rod that appeared out of nowhere, and struck its target as intended. While impressive in appearance, its strength was surprisingly low - until Rai attempted to raise her arm to shoot at Tharr, and found out that she couldn’t. She stared at the shimmering purple particles in momentary confusion, then hurriedly backpeddled away from the charging beast, while trying to shake feeling back into her arms. However, the human couldn’t hope to match the Aerasginero’s raw speed.

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