[PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Locations: Village School, Hieda House

[PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Hong Meiling » 30 Mar 2013 18:48

Meiling sat beneath a plum tree on the outskirts of the human village. Though she went there only rarely, she felt it was the most appropriate place to do the odd thing she was required to attempt today: she had to reach Senkai, a place with no direct path. She lacked the spiritual power that the Hakurei maiden possessed to simply will herself there, and she could not slip through cracks. Meiling did however, have another way in mind. She sat in the lotus position, her breathing coming almost to a standstill as she closed her eyes to the pleasant spring weather. The cool breeze and warm sun was lulling her to sleep almost, but she kept her concentration. What she was attempting would require all of her skill and control, an-

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Meiling opened her eyes, having felt warm rain pattering on her face. She lay on her back on the ground...but it wasn't the soft grass she'd been on moments ago. Running fingers along the brickwork, she could see she was in a walled courtyard adjacent to a three story building. It looked like a Wéiqí den, or a tea-house. A very elaborate one. The sky was grey and overcast, a steady rain pouring down incessantly. She was soaked to the bone now, and couldn't help but feel a little sense of confusion. Was this Senkai? It wasn't what she'd expected. Then again, she was pretty sure the Realm of Hermits was whatever it wished to be at a given time. The architecture reminded her of Guangzhou, as did the clothing of some of the people gathered outside the doors of the building. Animatedly talking and gesturing, while having no facial features. It was quite strange, but Meiling supposed they were illusory, or otherwise a projection of her own mind. Soga had to be around here somewhere.


We have agreed to do battle on her home terrain, and she will certainly realize the intrusion soon enough.


Nudging her way through the crowd, she'd enter the establishment, which was crowded and noisy. Yet it felt strangely muted, like there was a cloak muffling all sound. Her own steps were crisp and loud as they echoed on the hardwood floors. Everything was a washed out blue-grey haze, definitely feeling like a dream. Meiling's red hair stood out like a splash of blood against all this, and she fond herself unconsciously tugging one of her braids. Where was Soga? Stepping past a couple of faceless patrons who were playing a game of dice on the floor, everyone seemed to be ignoring her. She wondered if she was the dreamer, or the dream itself. Blue eyes scanned the crowd, looking for that one that would stand out. There were steps in the back that led upwards, maybe she should try there next. She was concerned that an attack could occur at any time now, being on the ghost's home turf.
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Soga no Tojiko » 02 Apr 2013 18:02

Why would she do that?

That was Tojiko’s first thought when she first learned of her next opponent, an opponent that, from popular words at least, hails from where her own practices seems to originate and is even a practitioner. What baffles Tojiko is the curious detail that suggested she’s playing mercenary to those that can be called ‘devils’, bloodsucking demon of the night. No self-respecting Taoist would ever willingly stoop so low as to serve as a slave to an unharmonious monster as the western nightwalkers… except perhaps when that someone is someone not unlike Lady Seiga. Indeed, her second train of thought brought her the image of the wicked hermit herself, certainly not helped by the fact that Seiga herself came from the mainland.

The facts add up to an unfortunate misconception.

It’s a misconception that she’s willing to see if it’s true or not, one way or the other. The fact is if she can’t even reach the Realm of Hermits then she’s not worthy of becoming her opponent after all.
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Senkai changed...a new will must have entered it.

Tojiko can feel the qi of the place shifting to accommodate its new form. Opening her eyes, she can see that it is now almost indistinguishable from a place from the outside world…a place that she has no recollection of ever visiting. It’s sunny outside, she can even hear the bids chirping in the distant trees, nothing like the storm raging in her last fight. At a first glance it seems like a disadvantage for her, but it also serves as a reminder for her to use her lightning powers with a bit more...subdued bent. Looking around her, she seems to have been transported to a second floor of a sparsely populated restaurant or a tavern, though her naginata is still beside her. She has no care about the other features that Senkai has recreated; those are just illusion that can easily be purged however realistic they might seem. Adjusting her dress, now sporting a side-cut to accommodate easier movements in fights, the ghost patiently waits the arrival of her opponent.

Feeling the wooden floor beneath her legs – now looking like a normal set of legs, albeit ghostly – Tojiko stands up, taking her naginata with her. The polearm towers over her, giving her undeniable range superiority over a hand-to-hand combatant. Tojiko knows from her battle with Momiji that any range from a melee combatant will give her significant advantage, and the naginata will make it even harder for a martial art specialist like Meiling to close up and take an advantage.

…Still, it has been a long time since she recalled her skills in naginatajutsu and she’s out of practice. She still needs to be extra careful here.

Closing her eyes and settling down her uneasy mind, she can sense the presence of another source of qi besides herself and Senkai, step-by-step closing in on her location. To confirm the arrival of her opponent, she makes her way down to the ground floor, only to come face-to-face with the Chinese gate guard herself.

“I have been waiting for you, and...” She brings forward the tip of her naginata to the full view of the martial artist, measuring the distance between them. “Well met. Please, it’s your move to make.”
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Hong Meiling » 03 Apr 2013 01:40

Meiling was taken unawares, as the ghost made almost no noise as she moved. Suddenly with a blade tickling under her chin and a powerful spell-caster mere feet away. A bad way to start a fight. Thankfully, Meiling was not as helpless as she seemed as a leg pivoted out in a flash, pinning the head of the glaive to the wooden pillar on her left, right hand sweeping out towards a nearby table. She scooped up a steaming tea kettle, hurling it at Soga's head as hard as she could. Without waiting a moment longer, she'd jump straight up, legs splitting so that she was held up between both pillars. As fast as she could, she'd wriggle her way up and then grabbed onto the bottom of the railing, swinging her legs to and fro. Finally she swung far enough to vault with a flip atop the second story balcony overlooking the first floor of the tea-house. With a glance over her shoulder down at Soga, she'd smile and bow gracefully.

"It might be a formal duel, but you'll find that I treat every fight as a lethal one. Well met, Tojiko no Soga. I am Hong Meiling of the Scarlet Devil Mansion and I see you have a question written on your face...as well as tea. Ask, before we continue."

Meiling hadn't had time to see if she'd connected directly with the missile, but she tended to put direct, violent action over flash and showy maneuvers anyways. It was a fight after all, not a performance for an audience. Or was it? Somehow she felt they were being watched, even here in what might best be described as a waking dream. She shook her head, assuming a low, ready stance even though Soga was still on the first floor. She did not expect that her height advantage would mean much once that naginata started swinging around. Senkai or not, she'd feel it if that wave blade found her flesh. Meiling would slowly circle along the perimeter of the upper floor, hearing the rain increase louder and louder outside. Some of it was dripping through cracks in the roof, ringing loudly off of pots and kettles. None of the patrons seemed the slightest bit disturbed by the sudden violence, even though Meiling could easily have struck one with the pot. They seemed real enough, at least in terms of being physical obstacles. Or opportunities...

It occurred to Meiling that she barely knew her foe. She was one of the recent newcomers in the wake of the mess with the treasure ship and other assorted incidents, but nothing she ever really knew about personally. A Taoist, or so Sakuya had said. What Soga practiced with devotion and fervor was something that was basic instinct and natural to Meiling. She acted on it without understanding what or why she did it. How different they were, in that regard.

And yet how similar too. We might have been sisters in another life time, but we'll have to find our common ground on the field of battle.
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Soga no Tojiko » 09 Apr 2013 14:14

Her retaliation caught Tojiko off-guard, as her polearm’s stuck momentarily to the wall it pinned her movements for a second as the martial artist retaliated with an improvised projectile. Tojiko recovered long enough to intercept it with the naginata’s other end, causing the kettle to topple and spills its…empty content to the ghost. It seems that her opponent expected something to pour and drench her in liquid, most likely tea. The kettle breaks in its second impact towards the ground, an ordinary clay-made one, not even steaming with content. As the remains of the kettle spins uselessly on the ground, the ghost’s attention shifts towards Meiling, currently giving her a formal bow to signal the start of this formal duel.

It seems she really perceives a different reality than what I presently sees, interesting.

Floating slowly towards the second floor of the tavern, Tojiko lands on the opposite end of where Meiling’s currently standing, creating quite a bit of a distance between them.

“A fair request. You won’t mind if we talk as we fight our duel, yes?” As she finishes her sentence she scoops one of the empty seats on the second floor with the sharp tip of her naginata and flung it low towards the cautious martial artist. At the same time her right hand glows with electricity, and after her makeshift projectile she extends her right hand forward and fires three lightning danmaku towards the martial artist, restricting her movements. Not willing to give her opponent much room to breathe she dashes forward, naginata up front.

“Why then pray tell,” She follows the seemingly innocuous casual talk with a huge arcing swing from her polearm, targeting her opponent’s upper body. “Do you serve such unsavory patron? Have you no shame?” As the polearm completes its arc she uses its momentum to accelerate the weapon and her body upwards, coming down towards Meiling with another huge swing with her weapon, this time vertical. The series of attack at melee range might leave her quite vulnerable for counterattacks and a bit contrary to her earlier battle plan…but perhaps that’s what Tojiko wants.
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Hong Meiling » 09 Apr 2013 18:37

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXTN12Vazwk


Meiling gulped inwardly as the ghost slowly drifted up towards the second floor. Not that it was unexpected, but...it left her feeling like reach was just not going to be a problem for Soga in this fight. Meiling was going to need something besides speed and agility to keep out of the reach of that Naginata. The only thing that fit that requirement was bullets. Lots of bullets. But there's no clear shot, and shredding structural supports isn't the best idea right now. She waits until there's an opening, for now settling with banter. Meiling certainly had no issues with talking during a fight, even if it was distracting. Usually that worked in her favor. Usually. But with Soga, she seemed resilient, faster than she'd expected from a dead thing. And certainly not lacking in energy or the fire needed to press the attack. This was going to be much tougher than Sakuya.

"Not at all. Go right ah-"

Meiling had just enough time to hop over the sliding chair as it crashed into the wall behind her, tucking and rolling low towards Soga as the lightning bolts strike the ground just behind her. The sickening stench of ozone, burning wood and hair fills the drinking house. At least one bystander is immolated by a strike, turning into shards of glass as the illusion of him implodes violently. That last strike just barely kissed Meiling's hair, and showed she wasn't against an amateur at all. She barely has time to leap to her feet in recovery before she feels pain blossom in her arm, unlike any she's known in quite some time. The naginata sinks into her bicep, the only reason she doesn't lose the arm entirely is due to her lateral movement from her recovery. Scarlet droplets spray, and Meiling uses the force of the strike to carry her more to the left.

This isn't like Sakuya's knives. That's just danmaku projectiles that sting...that naginata on the other hand...

The martial artist bites back a scream as she leaps and tumbles over the booth to her left, almost going over the railing. She balances precariously on it as Soga keeps hacking away at her legs, hopping and tumbling away from each blow with barely any margin for error. Dodging towards Soga in the first place had been a mistake, but Meiling hadn't had much of anywhere else to go. This was making the best of a very bad situation. Those heavy, slow strokes were faster than they looked, and her right arm felt numb and useless at the moment.

"Ahn, hnngh...shame? I suppose I don't. I'm far worse than her, in a way. She can at least control herself!"

She needed to open up some distance between them and catch a breather. She found the answer by kicking backwards off of the railing, raising a palm towards Soga as she fell. An outsider human might liken the effect to automatic weapons fire, as a blistering stream of rainbow danmaku sprayed the upper floor and all around Soga, causing furnishings to explode and shatter. Illusory people were ripped and torn apart by the spray, tumbling dramatically as everything seemed to be moving in slow motion. Soga would have only have mere seconds to react as the entire railing and balcony was perforated with brilliantly colorful bullets. It was like staring into a large, bright prism, except a lot more painful. Meiling hit one of the tables on the first floor, breaking the legs and causing it to crash to the floor with an unceremonious thud. The tinkling of broken crockery and plates resounded in her ears, as well as a faint ringing from hitting her head on the table. She dragged herself to her feet quickly, assessing the situation in moments.

Her right sleeve's gone, so is most of that upper arm. She's lost a lot of blood, but what's fatal for a human is merely painful for her. Even Reimu would barely be left standing after something like that. That ghost definitely meant business, and even if the fight wasn't fatal in Senkai, she really didn't want to see what would happen if the blade found her neck.

"If you must truly know, it wasn't my choice at first. But staying on was. I don't regret it, not even for a moment. They're far less monstrous than I've been."

Talking was getting a little difficult at this point.
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Soga no Tojiko » 16 Apr 2013 15:56

The section of the floor struck by one of her lightning projectiles left behind a sizeable hole and as the other places struck by them, it begins to catch fire. She noticed in-between the flurry of iron she unleashed upon the youkai that the illusion of the few visitors of the tavern fading away, leaving behind empty seats behind. The last vertical slash from her polearm managed to draw blood, a fact that seemed to contradict the strictly non-lethal spirit of danmaku duels if not for that fact that for youkais lacerations are not a big deal at all. Meiling used the last attack’s momentum to put herself out of reach from her naginata, though the force almost put her over the top and onto the first floor below. Tojiko, recognizing her prowess of balancing, gives her respect by continuing the assault, not giving Meiling time to even catch her breath.

One. Two. Three. A series of attack aimed at her legs greeted Meiling while she’s trying to balance herself over the railings. The combination attack is relentless as she provides Meiling barely enough time to stay in a firm surface as one by one the railings fall victim to her polearm. Finally there’s scarcely any room left for Meiling to navigate away from the blade as Tojiko prepares for her last attack, a huge sweeping swing with the intention of leaving Meiling with no option but to jump backwards right to the first floor.

"Ahn, hnngh...shame? I suppose I don't. I'm far worse than her, in a way. She can at least control herself!"

“What-“

Tojiko’s question is cut short by the flurry of rainbow-colored danmaku manifested themselves around her, effectively blanketing the entire arena with bullets as it envelopes the second floor with a bright explosion of energy. Caught off-guard by the martial artist’s ability to produce a huge number of bullets, Tojiko’s flat-footed reaction only bought her enough time to charge her ornate naginata with energy to shield her from a couple of bullets before sheer number overwhelms her. She feels a number of bullets hitting her whole body before a stray bullet managed to score a direct on her forehead, sending her flying through the far wall, leaving no mark because of her ghostly body.

As the dust settled, there’s a huge hole where the second floor used to be as anyone looking upwards can see straight to the roof. There’s no sign of the ghost except her naginata, unharmed but making its way downward. After a few seconds it finally lands on its sharp edge downward as it makes a light gash on the wooden floor below, stopping stiffly at the middle of the room. The surroundings stay silent for a few moments before Meiling breaks the silence.

"If you must truly know, it wasn't my choice at first. But staying on was. I don't regret it, not even for a moment. They're far less monstrous than I've been."

“Is that…right?”

It’s hard to gauge where the voice’s coming from, the ghost simply vanished from direct eyesight. In fact if one tries hard to track the general direction of the voice they would stand face-to-handle with the naginata.

“I have seen wicked ones practicing our way. I have been accused to be less than virtuous. I certainly will not claim that I am still a human.” A pair of ghostly hands climbs out of the wooden floor, grasping the naginata and using its firm position to drag the rest of its ghostly body from the confines of the ground below.

“-And I understand that even monsters can practice what I believe in. Perhaps that would make us both monsters.” With little struggle the ghost managed to drag herself out, looking very much a visible mess after the last attack. While her clothes and her body are made from the same ghostly substance, a few torn ‘fabric’ here and there further accentuates this image. A spellcard floats ominously a mere inch in front of her face. The spellcard along with her stiff movements invoke the image of a jiangshi.

“Let us continue then. Monster.”

Thunder Arrow [Gagouji’s Tornado ~ Raging Storm]

The spellcard glows quickly with power as the temperature around the tavern drops significantly. With little warning violent winds suddenly ravage the tavern’s vicinity, picking the remaining tavern tables and chairs and flinging them around with impunity. Among the winds, arrow-like lightning danmaku spreads around in a chaotic fashion, affording anyone within the distance little maneuvering room. Tojiko herself stands calmly in a little eye of the storm inside the circular winds, perhaps a little suspiciously set within the range of her polearm. Carefully hauling her naginata off from its resting place, Tojiko confidently adopts her stance again as the building is torn apart by the storm inside it.

“Come.”
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Hong Meiling » 19 Apr 2013 19:04

"The best fighter is never angry." - Laozi

Meiling was already moving by the time her spray had finished. Scrambling over the broken furnishings and firing snapshots at Soga every time she had a bead on her, the roof was starting to come in as the wind inside picked up. A spellcard? Well, it was about time was't it? Meiling leaped over a final counter near the entrance, seeing the ghost come pass from being transparent to visible once more. That naginata floating about on its own was quite eerie, and was throwing her off a little. She calmed her nerves, flowing like water over each lightning bolt as it sought her out. Tumbling backwards over one very close striking one, Meiling would hand walk down the counter quickly before cartwheeling onto her feet again. She braced herself, stance loose but ready to firm up the instant she took resistance from a projectile or blow. Blood running down her forearm staining what was left of the fabric there, multiple nicks and cuts across her calm features.

"Monsters of the id, perhaps. The base unnatural urges of humanity given shape and speech?"

Her hands moved quickly, a circular motion before her, the spellcard appearing in the whirlpool of color before her. Her Qi was flowing into it faster and faster, drawing on her reserves as the storm would begin to fade a little, suddenly the rainbow colors brightening.

Water T'ai Chi Fist [太極拳 ~ Shuǐ Taai'gikkyun]

The fast circling watery rainbow would absorb the power of the storm, internalizing it into a chromatic orb, expelled at almost supersonic velocities, hurtling towards Soga with incredible violence. The whirlpool dissipated as soon as the storm was sapped of all its power, the barrier now gone. But the missile launched at the ghost would tear through her and anything else for a good 200 meters before fading, if she did not evade it very quickly!

Even if she did, it would blow out the back of the building, allowing the howling gale and rain outside to begin pouring in, which was Meiling's cue. She jumped from her perch, flying right past her opponent for the impromptu exit. She'd land in mid-air, hovering with just one foot touching one of the railings in the courtyard. Meiling almost looked like she was dancing in the air, inviting her foe to come outside after her.
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Soga no Tojiko » 25 Apr 2013 11:36

Tojiko calmly observes how the martial artist handles her barrage of danmaku. Nimbly dodging between bullets, relying on instincts, it seems she’s better equipped to dodging randomly patterned danmaku than compact, constant and calculated stream. She definitely needs to keep that fact in mind, as well as becoming more careful at the gatekeeper’s ability to actually deliver a surprisingly fast ranged counterattack. Formidable though Momiji might be; perhaps her inexperience on ranged combat proved to be her undoing at their last fight. Not with this opponent.

The ghost’s stance shifted to a wary one as Meiling begins to gather her chi in a circular motion, preparing for a spellcard. The rainbow orb expelled resembles a crystal ball, but its true nature is soon revealed as it absorbs the essence of her storm as its own power.

So she uses the compatibility of the elements as both a shield and a method to attack. Clever.

As she’s snapped back to reality after that brief praise, the ball of energy is already dangerously close to the place where she’s floating. With a last ditch evasion effort, she managed to accelerate her body fast enough out of the ball’s trajectory, leaving the wall behind her to take the brunt of the attack. The result is a large hole where the concrete used to be, and an increasingly imbalanced tavern structure. By now, any traces of the illusionary customers have faded away, leaving the building eerily empty.

Tojiko turns around to find her opponent flying past her to the sunny courtyard outside. Eyeing the increasingly unstable foundation the tavern has, Tojiko calmly floats towards the large hole, throwing a particularly dense torrent of bullets at the remaining foundation of the tavern.

Walking towards the other side of the hole, Tojiko’s deliberately slow walk stood contrast with Meiling’s graceful acrobatics. Behind her, without its foundation the tavern building slowly lost its footing and slides down with a resounding BOOM!

“I see your skills at chi manipulation are exceptional. If so, care to take a guess on what this place represents?”

Outstretching her right hand, Tojiko gathers the ambient electrical charges of the environment, compressing it into a spherical shape, filled with unstable electrical current. With a flick of her wrist, she releases the sphere at Meiling’s direction. As it arrives at its destination the sphere ‘explodes’ outwards releasing electrical energy in an area, a veritable electrical grenade.
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Postby Hong Meiling » 03 May 2013 17:55

The fight had to end soon. She wasn't going to be able to go on forever, while who knew what a ghost's reserves were? Meiling veritably danced in the air, kicking from surface to surface. She saw the fragments from the energy projectile out of the corner of her eye. It was one of those times you just couldn't think. You had to want to move your body, and it would move the way it should. Pure instinct, as she felt the tingle of electrical charges pass mere inches from her. Her maneuvers seemed entirely suicidal, attacking straight through the explosion. There was no way she should have been able to do that, short of a spell card, right? But none hung in the air, no announced presence. The girl that had been Meiling had exploded into droplets of water, while still retaining a faint outline of her original form. Each droplet, like a fine misty rain, came through unscathed, materializing mere feet from Soga.

The rain was pouring down even harder now, and Meiling poured right along with it. When she wanted to move, it was there. When she wanted to move, she was moving. No thought, no words, no taunts. Just pure movement and violence. Meiling was inside of Soga's defenses now, so close the pole-arm was more of a bludgeon than a cutting weapon at this range. But she didn't expect the ghost to give up so easily, her legs carrying her in as close as possible. This was a dangerous gamble, but thinking and taunting were beyond her now. All that mattered was her opposition. Qi gathered in her arms, a flash of red-white energy from the entire environment. She pulled it in from all around her, focusing it to a single point. The spell card was there this time, though it was faint and indistinct.

Scarlet Inch Crush.

The blow was staggering, an extremely short but potent blow with just one palm strike. Enough that it would have knocked an Oni back on its heels momentarily. What effect it could have on a ghost in a realm like Senkai was another matter.
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Soga no Tojiko » 12 May 2013 15:59

Tojiko observes her opposite number’s movements for what seemingly the umpteenth time in this fight. Curiously enough, the more she concentrates on Meiling’s movement the less it seems she understands about its pattern. It’s quite a perplexing turn of events, as if something inside her mind prevents her to understand her opponent. Fair enough, she’s been intentionally varying her attacks in order to keep her in her proverbial toes, but no matter how many times Tojiko adapts her previous experiences against an opponent with similar tactics it won’t stick.

The fact frustrates her to no end; and that’s why she failed to predict the water droplets attack.

Initially, the ghost thought that Meiling lost her mind, boldly charging towards the electrical explosion of energy without a care of her own safety…at least initially. So sure of her demise that Tojiko lowered her guard momentarily as the explosion engulfed the martial artist’s body, only to hastily bring her guard back up when Meiling suddenly materialized in front of her, closing in past the ideal distance of the naginata’s range.

Noticing the red-white streak of energy coming from Meiling’s palm, the ghost hastily charges her own weapon with qi, yellow glow of electrically-infused energy reinforces the naginata’s frame as Tojiko prepares to parry the coming blow.

With a loud crack, the naginata’s broken in twain.

Stunned momentarily as pieces of her ornate weapon’s flying all over the place, Tojiko’s suddenly taken aback by the force of the blow, lessened it might be because of the weapon absorbing the blow but nevertheless still powerful enough to send her reeling. Undaunted, she catches a glimpse of the tip part of her naginata flying just above her position, the yellow glow of her thunder still present. With a fluid motion, much more fluid than what she had displayed earlier, she managed to catch the half-weapon.

HaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAH!

As if suddenly answering Tojiko's kiai, the clear sunny skies of her side of Senkai uncharacteristically darken a bit as one of the clouds above sent its lightning downwards, attracted by the residual energy still present in the weapon. The lightning strikes the weapon with a resounding crash, creating another electrical explosion as the conduit item turns to ash before it…
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Hong Meiling » 14 May 2013 03:53

Meiling was right up in her opponent's face, and by all logic it should have been a simple matter to just crush the opposition. But that wasn't what Danmaku was about. It was about beauty, elegance, not just rude efficency. The dragon girl had a thought as that lightning started to superheat the air around her, burning into her dress. Her muscles ached, her vision blurred, and everything smelled like tangerines for some reason. She was pretty sure she'd taken at least one blow to the head in the fight, but this close, Meiling would not stop. The gate guard adopted a stance similar to her danmaku whirlpool from before, but it was different. Her palms cupped together, spreading and then suddenly striking the air above her head.

Lightning, that would have smote her on the spot, suddenly crashed into an invisible barrier, rippling out along it. The white-blue energy suddenly became many brilliant colors, like a rainbow colored bolt. The energy splayed across her whirlpool and down all around her, suddenly arcing back up again. The insane explosion took on the image of a lotus flower in bloom, all the colors of nature at once, before folding back in on itself. Washing over both Soga and Meiling. To fight and come this far, Meiling would not rely on simple brute force, she had to prove her beauty and mastery.

水莲花闪电! - Shuǐ Liánhuā Shǎndiàn!
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Soga no Tojiko » 25 May 2013 03:47

The crash was inevitable.

As the lightning strikes down from the heavens, the brilliant explosion of ki met the strike head on, a veritable clash of different themed energies. The deafening sound resulted from the encounter echoes far and wide into even the most remote corner of Senkai, though only momentarily. As the aftereffect of the explosion made itself known, silence reigns over Senkai governing the mismatched mix of colors in the middle of the enclosed space. Colors and residual energies fade away to reveal the victor of the clash, the one still standing after the two veritable hammers hurtling down against each other and withstood their mighty force.

One Hong Meiling.

It was curious indeed. Even if the explosion of energies was impressive, it is still mostly danmaku. Add to the fact that her opponent is a ghost and there is still concern for Meiling to keep her sense open and wits sharp. After all, who’s to say that the ghost can’t just grab her legs down from the underground and dragged Meiling to Hell with her? A bit less likely in a danmaku duels granted, but an apt example if a bit paranoid of what the ghost can do in this environment.

Which is odd, as several minutes passed by with only silence and the rain accompanies her; there is nothing else for Meiling to indicate that the ghost is still here with her. It is as if the ghost just simply vanishes from the enclosed space, her presence nowhere to be found.

And then, as gradual as the space’s initial formation, the enclosed space begins to unravel one by one.
It started subtly from the patches of grass around Meiling gone missing. Then the teahouse begins to fade in the background, becoming just a memory as the nothingness swallowed it whole. Then the sky itself begins to gradually fade into a swirling mass of colors, the energy needed to facilitate the change with the enclosed space. Meiling would find herself ‘standing’ in the middle of unshaped void, bringing to mind the comparison to Pangu as he first emerged from the egg.

As if a will had shaped the mass of energy in haste however, Meiling soon found herself in the middle of a dojo-like room. A sound of clapping can be heard in the middle of the room, the sound that came from none other than the ghost herself.

“Impressive.” As she ceases her claps, Meiling can notice her appearance as more…ghostly than earlier. Her body is transparent and fleeting, as if she only bothered materializing to congratulate her opponent. “I’ve certainly underestimated you, and I paid the price.” If Meiling would glance on the side of the room, she would notice the naginata broken earlier resting on a weapon’s rack.
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Re: [PoST Round 2] Hong Meiling vs Soga no Tojiko

Postby Hong Meiling » 25 May 2013 05:05

Meiling didn't even exhale, didn't move an inch until the world completely dissolved away. There was a slight tremor in her arm as she realized what had happened, uncoiling from a tension that was strong enough to split stone and wood. Easing out of her stance, reaching up to wipe her eyes. It was over? It hardly seemed to have begun. Soga had so much life and fight in her, even for one of the honored dead. Certainly, Meiling had not thought her any less dangerous for being a ghost. More so, in some ways. She had no fear, just as Meiling had been filled with it. Water had met the Heavens, and Water had triumphed. It had flowed and crashed around the fury of the skies, becoming one with the foe, rather than trying to avoid or smash it.

The Chinese girl suddenly bowed, her crimson braids falling about her face. The bow was much lower than before, one of respect and genuine heartfelt admiration for her opponent. She did notice the naginata, the pole-arm resting in its rack. This place, what was it about this place? It felt more like home than the Mansion ever had, more than even her beloved garden had. But it was slipping away. Soga no Tojiko was fading, the Dojo becoming increasingly a fleeting, waking dream. She opened her mouth, the only words she could find before it streamed away:

"Thank you."

The colors bled out, the lines blurred. Soga's warm smile was all she could see as the world turned all white. White with red. She wanted to stay, she wanted to know more. But the dream wouldn't go on. It wouldn't continue, and the dreamer finally, beneath that tree...


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Meiling sat beneath a plum tree on the outskirts of the human village. Her blue eyes opened, though what they gazed at no longer was present. She felt a little heavy in her heart, then a sense of exultation. She could return at any time, when she wanted. She had found someone who could truly match her in courage, and in the deadly beauty of a close run fight like that. It had been unlike anything else she'd ever experienced. This was not a goodbye, it was a new beginning. She smiled, looking across the grassy hill at the human village below. It was almost dusk now, but it felt like a new drawn.

[Here ends a fabled battle between a Chinese Girl and a Spirit of the Japan That Was, so long ago.]
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