Duelist League: Haru vs Kauchemar
Duelist League, still League-ing, still Dueling. As part of Haru's Dark training, he puts it to the test with the Nightmare herself, Kau! Stationed as an open entertainment event in Carmina, watch as sick beats are dropped and dazling Artifacts shine bright like a diamond.
"Kau," says edgelord Haru, which is really just normal Haru after getting his booty handed to him by Mia in Dark training. "It is time to take this training to the next level," he declares dramatically, fuil with the emphatic hand whip across his body and fwoosh of the noodly arms. "I challenge you to a Rap battle!" he says with a point that would make Phoenix Wright proud. The point turns into a fist. "However! Since I lack Song, I challenge you to a Duel. Let the citizens of Uruk watch in awe of sick beats, amazing monsters, and more dazzle than you can razzle in a workweek." The hand has gone through evolution in its motions. First it was a point, then a fist. Now its spirit fingers, both hands this time. Razzamatazz. He must have been hanging out with Shenmi too much.
The other free hand is used to flick open her menu and execute the actual Duel Challenge to ensure they're under the protected system, since Haru seems to have forgotten to that admist all his other theatrics.
The duelist turns around and takes his long stepped ten paces away from Kau, bordering Monty Python levels of extension in the noodle legs. Haru's final steps are marked with four golf ball sized orbs floating out and around him. Like Kau's staff, Haru channels his Wave Artes through these orbs and has made classy modifications since last time to not need to hold it in his hand. The orbs begin to change from a slow orbit to a spinning speed in a circle around him. It becomes so fast that it looks like a solid ring of silver is around the Enchanter. The ring goes to his feet at the tenth footstep, where he stops. Slowly the circle ascends from boot to the top of his head, transforming his navy blue jacket and denim jeans into the custom outfit that was obtained when Adventuring with Gwen. Thick boots of silver and red. Baggy deep blue pants with a red sash hanging low. An open V-neck shirt that comes to the end in the Artificer's hands. Horns in his silvery hair. Finally he turns around and beckons to Kau, "Lets do this," as the orbs settle to his side, two by two, like some mechwarrior missile satellite ready to fire off.
Outfit Reference: https://i.imgur.com/NHCnDCn.jpg
The equinoid were fang snaps her fingers a few times, tapping a hoof and flicking her tail as if it was an upside down metronome. Got to get into sync, find the rhythmn she wants. The other hand grips the shaft of her staff tightly, and what appears to be a rose blossoms at the back of her hand, sending thorned vines coiling across her fingers and partway up the shaft as she does.
"o/~ There's only two types of people in the world
The ones that entertain, and the ones that observe
Well, baby, I'm a put-on-a-show kind of girl
Don't like the back seat, gotta be first (oh-oh) o/~"
And that's when she takes two steps, with the beat, towards Haru, and swings her now prickly rose vine entwined staff at the noodle armed enchanter.
"o/ ~ I'm like the ring leader, I call the shots!
I'm like a firecracker, I make it hot!
When I put on a shoooow
I feel the adrenaline moving through my veins
Spotlight on me and I'm ready to break
I'm like a performer, the dance floor is my stage
Better be ready, hope that you feel the same! o/~"
One of the four orbs fires out a bolt of concentrated dark energy, the sum of much Dark training as of late into the energy of the arcane. Done in Haru style thats a bolt aiming right for the important bits, like the head.
But then she strikes the butt of her staff to ground, creating the visual of it cracking open, and undead rising. Except rather than the typical humanoid shamblers its a large half-rotting feline that emerges, charging the other summoner. "Check it out. A leper leopard. Now you're really in a spot!" It's followed by raising a chunk of stone from the ground as she steps back, intercepting the crystal hurtled at her though still pelting her with the deep digging shrapnel.
But the summoner game continues, as several specters are called upon Haru to harass him with their vexing presence, while at the same time Kauchemar conjures up a wave of jellyfish infested water and sends it crashing down upon him as well.
The large stone golem erupts from the ground drills first as the large feline gets a scratching pounce in. Its momentium is near tackled upwards by Terra who viciously twirls it on its drill arm as it thump thump thumps towards Kau with an overhead attack from the other. Slow and powerful, the large summon is no match for Nightmare Mobility. It is around this time Haru realizes the damage lines do not heal immediately, the claws poisoned as his health clips during regular intervals. No time to worry about that, the phase jumping Mare is preparing a sonic counterattack. Too hard to track. "Won-qu!" he howls, the ice lion summoning out in a howling chorus to his master as a sheet of raw ice appears. It shatters, causing acidic burns back towards the bard. Another surprise! Alchemical ice!
"Lets heat this dance up," Haru grins, he is really enjoying this. Too much. "Ignis. SPhere. Inimicos." The four stones begin to blink in sequence, charging up after each word in the chant. Which one will it be. Have to focus on each one, each angle, he sets up a gambit with every Wave Arte. Then 'FWOOSH' raw fire in its classical form heading towards Kau.
Unfortunately it puts her in a precarious position when Haru triggers his devious trap card, and the power of his orbs locks down -all- her defense cool downs by some stroke of luck. You can tell when the moment of realization hits when her glowing eyes widen. "Oh shi--" Then censored by a crystal shard shooting by, snapping her head to the side as it gouges her cheek. Then a ball of thorns impacts with her gut! The Were Fang teeters from the blows, totters the other way, but manages to briefly hold her footing. "Okay, fine then." Again she raises her voice.
"o/~ I'm the Bard of the Dread, here to make a stand
Dark overture from the Underworld, played by my horrid hand
I'm the Bard of the Dread, Darkside celeberty
Upward bound from the underground, and you can't take that from me o/~"
Now this time there are plenty of undead swarming onto the field as Kau brings up an old time favorite -- The Zombie Mosh pit! And as they're swarming around Haru she puts aside her own pain, and takes a dramatic leap off the stones into the crowd below! "STAGE DIIIIIIIIVE!"
Dark mist gathers around the stage. Is this the Game Over screen? Flames lick out of the center. Fire rises, burning, cleansing, and from this Phoenix inferno rises Haru.
Just in time for Kau to capitalize on Haru's defensive state, the assault continues. Haru kicks backwards, drawing up a sheet of alchemical ice. Broken through like a Juggernaut. Another sheet. This one slows the charge down, enough to be arms length from Haru as he holds out a another shard, this one of glittering quartz, "The Howling Commander sends her regards." Dramatically he lets his hand drop as the point blank is released like a guillotine from above.
It isn't really a hard summon to outmaneuver, as Haru can easily outpace the swinging ghost glove and throw a fireball back in the direction of his opponent. Which she promptly shadow dances away from the epicenter of, having used the Binder more as a harrier than an actual assault.
Because it gives her a few moments to get the real pain train coming, retrieving her staff and raising it over her head in a swirling motion as frost and dirt fume from the skull atop it, up into the air into a vagely humanoid form. That's totally jacked, like if Arnie had been made of ice and rock.
"o/~ Can you hear the sound? The ice comes rumbling down. Pounding on the ground o/~" Kauchemar swings down with the staff, and the elemental follows the command by diving it's frost coated bulk down at Haru! "AVALANCHE CRESCENDO!"
"Time to enchant up some magma. Can yuou smell what the Nox is cooking?!" the Wave Artes caster begins, the four orbs swirling in a gambler's choice. Which one will fire it off? "Ignis. SPhere. Inimicos." That one? No that one. A Magma Orb shoots out with all the intensity of a high calibre round. True to form if Haru actually cooked something, it'd come hot as hot sludge.
The bard twirls around, scraping her staff across the ground to draw up and arc of dirt and throw it defensively into the path of the attack, so one again she only has to deal with the deep digging splinters rather than the attack itself. Then brings the staff to bear once more, unleashing it's disruptive display of bright illusionary color flashes and auditory dissociation to disorient Haru. While the sound and light show from hell conceals the real audiatory threats generated by the Nightmare Bard herself.
"Rachel," the Artificer says as a large bird of fire appears behind him in an omninious flap of the wings. "Ignis. Pluma. Ambiente. Ardeat. Nos." The chant continues as he stands there, silver hair whipping about as a torrent of feathers fill Carmina. For the two duelists it raises the heat to a sweltering volcano level, something that burns away the pain for Haru while immolating his bardric duelist. While his trusty fire birb lays down the heat, Haru reaches down from the ground to summon up thick red vines. They burn even as they are summoned, a different kind of fireball: one that is burning vines. There is that whole Sephiroth in the fire look from the villain in half glasses, holding a big ball of plant-fire, hurling it towards Kau like some Disgaea Overlord, sans the cackle.
"Okay, your overgrown self-roasting chicken really needs to go." Kauchemar summons up a swarm of ghastly spirits and sics them on summoner and his summon alike, their very cursed nature enough to at least stall of that phoenix effect. Long enough for her to shift her position away from them and get out one of those flasks of regenerating mist to gulp down while she's got the oppritunity to do so.
Oh no. It... its a stunning effect. Right as he lets that thing rip towards Kau. A regular Meteor spell making plantfall on Alpha Kautori-6.
When it leaves you lying on the ground in a figurative smoking crater, yes, it's your finale move.
Kauchemar manages to hold up one hand, and point vagely in Haru's direction. "Good job," the horse groans, well, hoarsly.