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Phighting Game: Miscellaneous extras
I don't really have anything better to do for the moment, so I may as well give this a try.
"You made the right choice."
"Come forth Socrates!"
"I'll show you my justice."
Continue?: "I just need to stand up..."
Continue!: "I'll make you proud!"
Game over: "Time to close my eyes..."
Playstyle: power-up based rushdown character, most of Sen's attacks are fast, but are weaker with relatively short range. However, she comes with an Idea gauge that charges a little as damage is received, and can be charged more quickly with a skill that makes them vulnerable for the duration. Once charged Sen would be able to release it to summon Socrates, greatly increasing Sen's damage and range.
"Let's go Diogenes!"
"Someone called for their Big Sis?"
"I'll crush them for ya."
Continue?: "Guess I got careless."
Continue!: "I'll get them this time!"
Game over: "So this is where it ends..."
Playstyle: Power-based Grappler
As a grappler, Kokkoro is focused on getting in past the opponent's game and taking control of the game by keeping their opponent off their feet. She'd have a few rushing grabs that come with super armor and the general goal of forcing an opponent to the wall in order to combo more effectively. She has the same Idea gauge as Sen does, which increases grab range and damage for a short time when activated.
Crucible of Conviction
<i>and so the curtains close upon an act acted through. But of course, no act would be possible without its conductors behind the scenes. Thus, dear audience, I invite you for a peek behind the curtain.
Somewhere within the realm of Purgatory, a demon dressed in white lets out a hefty sigh.</i>
Demon in white: "I trust thy entertainment is finished Pheles?"
<i>As the demon speaks, a familiar girl dressed in black materializes near her. It was their preferred form of travel, and who wouldn't? With the ability to switch between planes effortlessly.
Pheles lets out a low chuckle, a loathsome characteristic of hers.</i>
Pheles: "You don't have to sound so disappointed Mephis. I offered to let ya come."
Mephis: "Someone has to keep Purgatory from falling apart, especially with thy insistence on taking Therion."
Pheles: "He hasn't gone on a walk in forever. Besides, they're... The right amount of disturbing..... Hehehehe..."
Mephis: "That aside, did everything go according to plan?"
Pheles: "Aww.. Do you really have that little faith in me? Sen's running, but she can't hide who she really is anymore.
I found some really cute toys too... Hehehe. Too bad the boy seems to be taken."
Mephis: "Anything else?"
Pheles: "Well... Lets see... Ah yes, I think that stuffy old lady Izanmi might have caught on to our little trick near the end."
Mephis: *sigh* "Subtlety never has been a strength of yours. So long as no offense is taken we can proceed as planned."
<i>The curtains close once more, the pair laughing in self-satisfaction. It would be some time before the next act began, yet all the same it would inevitably come all too soon...</i>
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<i>Sen doesn't say anything for a few seconds, instead staring at her hand, tuned out of the world until Kazuo finally lays a hand on her, snapping her out of her stupor. Sen steps away, brushing off Kazuo's hand</i>
"Thank you for your concern Sumeragi-sensei. But I can get home on my own."
<i>Paying no heed to any one else's questioning of her, Sen turns back towards the entrance and runs off. Though her exit point is the same as everyone else's entry, they would all return to the place they entered this world from.
For most of our participants that of course means the electronic store, but for Sen at least, it was her very own home. It didn't seem like they were going to get any meaningful answers from her today.
Now all that's left is to let everyone bid their farewells, and once the show is finished moving, I'll pull the curtains shot once more.</i>
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<i>As much fun as its been, with the charade over, it was about time for curtains to draw to a close on this show. So then.</i>
SS: "Little pests..."
<i>With all of their defensive options removed, Shadow Sen has little choice but to accept these attacks, though they raise their blade to deflect Chie's attack, the Shadow's arm is stopped in midair, and, unable to defend itself, sliced off, leaving a faint, murky substance to trickle out of its wound.
Asami strikes the shadow while its recovering, causing it to trip forward a little from the force, but the shadow is able to recover, turning its near fall into a lunge, aiming to pierce Sen's heart with its remaining arm</i>
SS: "That just means I have to kill you first."
Sen: "I was thinking the same thing. Socrates!"
<i>The Shadow's lunge is stopped by the appearance of a figure in dark, red armor. The spirit has no legs, instead floating a few inches off the ground, with its upper body covered in knight-like armor. Like its master, Socrates wields two swords.
One of which slashes through the shadow's chest while the other aims for its helmet.
With all of its options exhausted, Sen's shadow begins rapidly bleeding the same black substance, shrinking until its finally back to Sen's form.. Utterly defeated, kneeling on the ground</i>
Shadow Sen: "Not.. So soon.... I wasn't ready."
Sen: "No one ever is."
<i>Sen steps towards her shadow with a sigh, looking down on her other self. She almost seems to pity the shadow.... But her pity soon turns to confusion as the Shadow begins to laugh.</i>
Sen: "What's so funny?"
Shadow Sen: "I spent so much time deflecting we never got to the accusation. Isn't that what you're all here for?"
<i>The Shadow ignores her real self for the moment, looking towards the defense team, Kalib, Sana, Chie, and Asami. At the same time, Kazuo and the others proceed through the open doorway. Kazuo, Sumeragi, Thorne, and anyone else who followed them are able to witness</i>
Sen: "I still have no idea what you're talking about."
<i>Sen averts her gaze with a frown. An almost guilty appearance, perhaps. At least if one weren't used to her cold, almost emotionless gaze.</i>
Shadow Sen: "The murder of your classmate, Rei Ha-."
<i>The shadow doesn't get to finish its sentence before the real Sen drives her sword through it. Despite their best efforts, Sen's hand is visibly trembling as they pull the blade out, letting their shadow fade into nothingness once more.</i>
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Shadow Sen: "Its funny, you're starting to remind me a bit of my partner."
<i>Kalib's first blow is met by the flat of the Shadow's blade, before being redirected to the side and leaving him stumbling while the shadow jumps away, back out of his reach once more.</i>
Shadow: "Kokoro never hit anyone like that either."
<i>on the other end of the room, Sen looks over at her left arm, a point Asami might remember bears a lion mark similar to the one on her Shadow's cape. Sana's words hurt, but they weren't entirely wrong. Perhaps it was just how they said it, but it was more infuriating than anything.
Hopefully Chie was right, but regardless she couldn't stand by any longer. Sen lets out a loud sigh before stepping up onto her platform.</i>
Sen: "First off, there's nothing between us. Second, I really can't stand by. You're making a mockery of the system my father protects and everything it stands for."
Shadow: "Is that really the worst thing you can say about me? You're the defendant here. You're powerless."
Sen: "You threw out protection back when you started manipulating the rules for your convenience."
<i>Sen jumps down onto the dirty courtroom floor with a thud, before drawing her hand over her right shoulder. With a burst of light the girl has transformed, wearing a dark outfit that resembled a school uniform with a short cape covering her left shoulder, her right arm revealed and bearing the lion symbol, an ensemble that Asami would likely remember.</i>
Sen: "Lets start with this, its not reasonable to keep them from attacking you yet you can attack whoever you like.
In fact, this entire time you've been dodging and deflecting questions instead of answering them, so how about we put a stop to that?"
<i>Sen Megumiba has joined.
Rules in effect - no magic
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<i>I suppose Yu is correct in his observation that the room's gotten a bit too crowded. Not to put any blame on you Thorne, it was really too large regardless. Guess the little sign joke backfired a bit huh?
So then, lets bring this scene to its resolution.
Fortunately for Thorne, ice is the only magic type the Thunder-wielding Bourbaki doesn't resist. They weren't too powerful after all, the caster is frozen before being blasted against the wall and shattered.
The Ghouls surrounding Answer didn't fare much better, though they weren't frozen solid, they weren't likely to go anywhere either. This, of course, leaves them perfectly vulnerable.
Answers itself, however, received little more than a coating of frost on top of his nigh-impenetrable armor.
The cat's thunder combines with Muse's wind on its way towards Answers, electrifying the very air. Answers is buffeted by wind, with lightning coursing through its body, yet it doesn't seem to respond to those either. There is no anger, there is no sorrow nor desire. There is only duty.
The Ghouls, however, aren't nearly as lucky. Unable to move, they can't defend themselves either as Kazuo's swarm of maggots devours them... Well alive isn't a good word for it, but whole if nothing else. The shadows fade away into the darkness from whence they came.
These maggots also get beneath the armor of Questions. Though he doesn't seem to notice them, they're able to gradually wear away at his armor.
Questions rears up, preparing to meet Scathach's blow with a bite of its own, but in its weakened state they're no match for the Persona, whose blade pierces through the guardian's mouth and shatters its metallic mask, and causing the creature to disippate into a red mist.
Seeing what happened to its companion, Answers wasn't inclined to stick around.</i>
Answers: "Know this, the answers you seek may not be the answer you desire."
<i>Before letting out a fierce howl, a roar that pushes the wave of maggots away from him and opens another abyssal portal. Rather than something coming out, Answers dives into it, leaving the group with its ominous final words.</i>
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Sen: "Now you're just projecting. I've already told you there's nothing between us. Just give it up already."
<i>Sen is somewhat indignant at Sana's comments, but the accusation doesn't seem to strike home, and the shadow barely notices the mist, as they are instead forced to focus on Chie.
Chie's first kick is met by the flat of the Shadow's blade as the knight shoves them off, effectively putting a stop to the barrage by throwing Chie a fair distance away. It probably wouldn't hurt, but this gives it the time to parry her persona's blows after the first few cut a short distance into Shadow Sen's armor.
They don't even need to turn around to accurately predict the arc of and deflect Haraedo-no-Okami's blows. Almost as if the monster is used to fighting surrounded.</i>
Shadow Sen: "Its fine. It doesn't matter how many I kill."
<i>Finally, the creature brings up both of its blades to meet Chie's final blow, its feet dragging in the dirt as it blocks this final, lightning quick blow, escaping the barrage with little more than scratches on its armor.</i>
Shadow: "Their mere presence is a crime, and criminals must be punished."
<i>Sen's Shadow brings their hands together, its two blades meeting back to back, before it unleashes a spinning slash whose force reverberates throughout the battlefield, clearing away the mist that had gathered around it. While Sen's perch on the defendant's bench is safe, anyone who had descended is at risk of being caught up in the slash.
Once its finished, the Shadow notices what Asami and Kalib had done. While it was too late to stop the healing, it is still able to revise the rules in answer to Asami.</i>
Shadow Sen: "It does now. Since healing is too much of a nuisance, its banned now too."
Sen: "You're not even going to make an excuse?"
SS: "If you don't like it, then just find a higher authority to appeal to. Its not hard."
Shadow Sen Passive - Duelist's Stance. Deflects the first physical attack aimed at it each round, minimizing damage.
Shadow Sen: Heat Wave - Heavy Phys to any foe on ground level.
Rules update: Complete list
No Elemental attacks (basically phys only)
No more than one combatant may attack the same target
and now no healing.
It doesn't get much more biased than this....</i>
Crucible of Conviction
<i>Funny how in two encounters Questions draws most of the ire. And this time was no different.
Just as Kazuo is tethered to Questions, so too is Questions tethered to Kazuo. He can't really do much to avoid any of the attacks coming his way, but despite all this power the metallic armor covering this creature's face receives little more than scratches from Sumeragi and Yu's physical attacks.
But for what its worth, the physical impact forces the creature to close its mouth, shattering the chains binding Kazuo. Despite the chains' dissapearance, Kazuo still feels oddly heavy, as if a burden had been placed onto his soul.</i>
Questions: "If thou desirest passage, thou must either defeat us and forge thy own path.
Or perish and follow the path of those before."
<i>Just as Questions had received little damage from the Quake, Answers' armor made him similarly resilient to physical attacks. And his summoned Bourbaki floats a few inches off the ground, making him immune to this particular form of attack.
Since Thorne had asked a question, it was his role to answer.</i>
Answers: "I am he who answers, guardian of the Gates. There is no desire, there is no protection. There is only duty."
<i>Bourbaki provides a more direct answer, striking its staff against the ground before waving it at Thorne, aiming a blast of lightning at the boy
Meanwhile, Answers turns to Muse, who it had previously become acquainted with.</i>
Answers: "Thy thirst for destruction knows no bounds. If thou seekst nothing more than to destroy, then I shall provide thee with fuel for thy fire."
<i>As before, Answers howls, a roar that reaches the very depths of the underworld, opening a dark space beneath the creature.
From this space emerge three humanoid creatures, shadows that most closely resemble a desiccated body. The three ghouls take a moment to adjust to their new location
Unfortunately for Sumeragi, by now Questions is no more than a hollow shell, empty of anger, sorrow, happiness, left only with duty. So attempting to draw its wrath is largely fruitless.
Still, at least it wouldn't target Kazuo anymore. Since Sumeragi is the closest target, the massive hound aims a swipe of its razor-sharp claws at the teacher, shortly after her weapon struck off its chain.</i>
Questions: "What is thy desire? If thou seekst nothing more than to guard thine companions, then why dost thou not leave? Our duty is none of thy concern."
Kazuo: no longer chained
Questions: Sharp Swipe at Sumeragi (heavy phys)
Answers: Summons 3 ghouls
Bourbaki: Ziodyne at Thorne
Ghouls 1, 2, and 3: recovering
<i>Naturally, this is the scene that the cat would see upon returning to the main room.</i>
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<i>Kazuo is rather funny when you rile him up. Something incredibly easy too. Its hilarious in a way. I can't help but laugh.</i>
Pheles: "I think I understand what that stalker sees in you. But you might wanna be more careful when speaking to your superiors."
<i>I open my eyes again, flashing a wicked grin as I look back to Kazuo.</i>
Pheles: "I'm extremely forgiving, but not all demons can say that."
<i>Of course, everyone was so eager to get in and attack... My job here is done, so I'll let them play with only a few parting words.</i>
Pheles: "You've made your choice... Have fun then... Hehehehe...."
<i>Words whose purpose would soon become clear.
Kazuo's meltdown causes the creature's armor to rapidly heat up, but it doesn't seem to melt. Rather as the metal grows redder and redder, a wide, zig-zagging crack opens up in the metalic part of their helmet, forming a second, or perhaps a "true" mouth.
Just above these jaws, faint dots begin to glow, red for the red guard, and blue for the blue. These "eyes" withstand Yu's massive bolt of lightning, before the two guards let out a howl in unison.
A tortured scream whose force blasts away Sumeragi and Thorne, scattering Kazuo's swords against the walls and assaulting the ears of everyone in the room.
Once their chains are shattered and their true forms freed, the two guards begin to speak once more</i>
Red: "What is it thou desires?"
Blue: "If thou seekst destruction, then let us grant thy wish."
Red: "I am he who questions."
Blue: "I am he who answers."
Questions: "State thy desire."
Q+A: "and may the roar of thine souls bring light to the answers thou seekst."
<i>And so the battle can begin proper
The red guard, Questions, seems to take Kazuo as his primary target, dropping low to the ground before launching a pair of massive chains out of his mouth at Kazuo. If the chains connect, he'd begin to feel much heavier than usual as Questions attempts to drag Kazuo into his maw.</i>
Questions: "What is thy Purpose? What benefit dost thou seek from this intrusion?"
<i>meanwhile Answers seems satisfied looking around at the others. He can feel the emotions residing in their hearst, their rage, frustration, hope, and despair. The blue one focuses their eyes on Thorne before stating</i>
Answers: "The end of thy journey lies elsewhere. Turn back, or this devotion shall devour you whole!"
<i>Answers lets out another roar, this one much more palpable to the ears. Rather than launching attack, his roar creates a faint abyss around him, from which emerges one of the white, spellcasting Bourbakis from earlier, which remains close enough to pass a free hand over Answers and comply with the rules.
Question and Answers: true form revealed
Questions: Binding chains on Kazuo
Answers: Summons Bourbaki
Bourbaki: idle after summoning.
Once the cat enters the clearing, he fails to find the Princess, or any such foe. The flower's clearing is filled with butterflies like those from earlier, the faint blue denizens that were utterly harmless.
Butterflies that form a stark contrast with the flower, which has grown much larger in the time he has vanished, now easily large enough to devour a human whole, with its outer petals covered in blinking eyes that search blindly for a meal.</i>
Flower: "More... So much more.. Hungry."
<i>The flower breathes in deeply, creating a vacuum that gathers a dozen of the butterflies towards him, before snapping its mouth shut to devour them whole.
As an aside, this should have been triggered when you first touched the flower, but I didn't really think a cat should fight this thing alone. Consider it your final warning.</i>
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Sen: "I... That's not really what I...."
<i>The girl tugs on her sleeve, not really sure how to handle Sana's confession. But she doesn't have to consider it long before her Shadow interrupts them with a laugh</i>
Shadow Sen: "An excellent idea. But banning weapons would be rather inconvenient for me as well. Besides, its not really fair for there to be four of you to only one guard no? In the interests of fairness we really should be attacking one at a time."
Sen: "Oh come on, you can't just make up rules based on your own convenience."
Shadow: "And why not? That's what they're for. After all, its convenient to follow the rules. Suddenly you're not responsible for any of your actions. Its fine to kill Revenants, because the laws of Purgatory require it. Its fine to impose yourself on your classmates, after all you're not the one who banned gum."
Sen: "That's entirely different. I didn't make up any of those, they were agreed upon by society as a whole."
<i>While Asami's attempt was admirable, the shadow simply steps to the side before delivering a sharp kick while Asami recovers from their lunge, likely forcing them off the pedestal.
Under the new rule, more than one person attacking the same target is forbidden, thus both Chie and Sana's attacks are stopped as soon as they're begun, as Kalib is both closest to the target and the fastest to post, his is the first, and only, attack to go through.
Feels kinda bad to nullify Sana for a third time in a row, but they keep being part of the most common action category.
Fortunately, it seems Asami's mist was able to wither the creature's roots enough for Kaleb to pry it open before blasting the second shadow out of the ground. With both of their opponents down, Sen's Shadow lets out a sigh.</i>
Shadow: "Guess the prosecution's evidence didn't hold up after all. Oh well, the decision's already been made... Questions! Answers! Deal with these pests."
<i>but in the end, nobody came. Out of options, the shadow finally steps off their pedestal. As the shadow descends, they're covered in an inky black fog.</i>
Shadow Sen: "Must fall under the summon rule. Fine. I'll deal with you myself."
<i>Did someone call for a stupid-looking boss? Once the shadow's dark cloud reaches the floor, something emerges.
It would best be described as a knight towering twice the height of any real man, with a long helmet pointed towards the sky. Their armor is a deep, blood-red with a dark cape that bears a golden lion symbol flowing behind them.
The shadow holds two crimson longswords, one in each hand, scaled up to fit the shadow's increased size and wielded with deadly precision.
The shadow stands still for a moment, watching their opponents carefully</i>
Shadow Sen: "Make your move then, but the law is absolute. It knows no defeat.
Sen: Rules ganging up illegal
Shadow 2: dies lol
Shadow Sen has joined the brawl!
Reminder on the rules so far
1. No summons
2. No elemental attacks (basically phys only)
3. no ganging up (one person can attack one target)
Crucible of Conviction
I suppose we've put this off long enough, so its finally time for the next chapter of our play to begin. For those who seek to follow through I assure you that I aim to make our little play.. Interesting, if nothing else.
And for those in the audience who would rather stand by and watch... Well the words of a certain flower come to mind, but none of that matters in the end.
So without further ado.
<i>It had been a long time since rumors of the midnight channel had come and gone, fading into obscurity. For some time it was as if the worst was over.
you'd have to be paranoid to continue checking it after all this time. Even those who knew the true secrets of the realm. Yet, for once, it seemed, such persistence would be rewarded.
Seemingly of its own accord, the channel lights itself back up, showing a high-school age girl with long black hair walking towards what seemed to be a massive courthouse. The girl looks to the side as something catches her attention, but continues onwards regardless.
Some might recognize the girl as a classmate, others may have heard of her as the sole survivor of a mysterious bus accident a little over a year ago. Still others may not have heard of them at all, drawn by nothing more than their own foolishness.
I suppose that's where the question begins. Just who are you?</i>
Ichijouji Ramen Shop
<i>It was a calm day, average at the least. One might even call it peaceful, just as any other. Or at least as peaceful as such a bustling city could ever be.
Our young heroine, a girl about sixteen years of age stands in front of a small ramen shop hidden in some discrete corner of the city. There's still traffic aplenty, but not so much to make it difficult to meet up and chat.
Which is perfect, for the occasion. Sen waits outside the shop, checking her phone. Sen had promised to bring Niko and Akia here after all, so she thought to follow-through. Though of course, anyone who passed by would see her.</i>
A City Between
OOC: Sort of just putting this up to see what happens. I don't have any grand plans nor am I entirely sure what'll come, or if anything'll come, but I thought it might be interesting to observe, if nothing else.
IC: <i>Its strange.. Dark. Your memory is hazy, though it feels like you were doing something important, the thought of it eludes you. Though you cannot see, or hear, you feel a dark, powerful presence around you.
Yet in a moment it is gone. Leaving your newfound peace undisturbed. Everything is gentle, yet strange.
For the time, it seems as if everything that makes up yourself is gone. One is left as if floating in a void, only vaguely aware of others around you. Other small, winged creatures like an insect, left drifting half-asleep through their consciousness.
However, you maintain a few strands of identity. A key memory or two from one's life. A fragment of self-consciousness that one could grab onto. An anchor to allow one to pull oneself out of the void, and back to consciousness.
And so, who are you?</i>