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Red.exe vs. Pianissimo.exe; ONB Tournament Round 5, Final: Red Wins
Topic Started: Sep 29 2009, 05:57 AM (1,801 Views)
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As the Navis jack in, their Net Operators are shown a 3-D model of the arena their Navis will be fighting in with various features labeled and highlighted as the presentation runs. At the end of the presentation, the environmental statistics for this arena are displayed for reference.

Quote:
 
Sky Shrine

Bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds, radiant sunshineÖ and no ground in sight what-so-ever; this is the Sky Shrine. A dozen small platforms of condensed clouds serve as the only footholds, and the restÖ is just open air. Look down, up, to the side, or wherever, and youíll still just see more sky on the horizon. Each of the cloud platforms can hold 2 people on them at a time, but not much else. One wrong step and youíll find yourself fallingÖ

Ö Into the grace of the Bird God. In the absolute center of the arena floats a golden statue of a winged creature that keeps watch over the battlefield with its jewel-embedded eyes. In a testament to the Bird Godís power, the statue rests in the air with no support or propulsion at all; it merely floats in its solitary position forever. As an act of benevolence, the Bird God has even graced the arena with his power: whereas you would normally find yourself falling through the abysmal sky with a misstep, the Bird Godís presence loops the sky. That is, falling far enough down makes you come up to the top, going out one side makes you come back in on the other, and so on. The Bird Godís influence expands about 50 meters in all directions from the statue, making for a fairly sizable battlefield. With no real danger from falling or environmental hazards present, the Sky Shrine tests the full potential of all who would enter its sacred grounds.

One last note to all competitors: just because thereís no ground doesnít mean thereís no terrain. One thing the Bird God doesnít reign over is the weather, and attempting a terrain change in the Sky Shrine will summon forth a storm cloud to emulate the terrainís effect through the weather. While rain and hail are common fair, do be careful to watch for things like fire and metal storms.

Terrain: 100% Missing
Special Effect: Bird Godís Grace (Falling loops back to the top of the arena, and vice-versa)

Objects:

Bird-God Statue (Immortal, Immovable, enables Bird Godís Grace)
The Bird Godís statue is almighty; no attack can harm it. In fact, donít attack it. Angering the Bird God in his territory is a terrible idea.

Platform Clouds x12 (Immaterial, Floating, Bouncy)
These super-dense clouds serve as the only standing points in the Sky Shrine, and thankfully, they accommodate well to that fact. While there is a large amount of space between one Platform Cloud and the next, you will find that jumping off one will give a powerful spring to your jump that will let you reach the next cloud with ease. Since they are still clouds in the end, though, any attacks on them simply pass through with no effect.

Storm Cloud (Immaterial, Floating)
The Storm Cloud only appears when a competitor creates a change in the weather. Unlike the Platform Clouds, it is not dense enough to support a Navi, so the only reason for its existence is to create weather. Depending on whoís involved, this could be a blessing or a curse, as that lightning storm that was helping you a minute ago might turn into a leaf storm thatís ruining you the next.


Once the information is relayed to the Operators, they are given a few moments to strategize with their Navis before the match begins...
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Two columns of red light crashed down onto the network, landing on the fluffy clouds and revealing the figures of Red and Myun.

"Wow!" Red gasped, observing the breathtaking view of the arena, a battle in the sky. The designers really liked to play this up apparently. A final battle above the clouds with the two final contestants standing above the rest of the entries in a match that was sure to be nothing less than awesome.

The fairy-tale fighter suddenly felt overwhelmed, amazed she made it all the way here, but then...

"It's ok to be nervous, but if we got this far, it's safe to say we've tried our best and will keep on trying our best as long as we keep going," Shin commented, taking off his sunglasses.

"Yeah, I'm ready, no holding back and fight to win, but also..." the caped crusader started.

"Fight for fun!" Shin and Red proclaimed. Myun, also slightly invigorated, pumped her fist into the air as well.

[JACK IN]
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Pianissimo materialized halfway through a cloud as he was jacked in, then...rose through it to stand on top. He glanced down at his feet, then up and across the field at eleven other clouds, then down at the floating statue below them. "Well, here's something you don't see every day. And better than a cake at that."

"Little bright, though," he added, glancing up toward the sunlight, then away again.

"I like it. Say you fight in freefall here," Duke commented after reading over the arena specifications. Pianissimo merely shook his head before looking over at Red.

"Looks like we're enemies here. Don't take it personally," he said.
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"I'll do my best!" Red giggled, giving Pianissimo a thumbs up.

"Let's have a great match," Shin said, grinning madly and setting up his folder and holoscreen.

"Yeah," Myun grunted, punching in Pianissimo's general direction as a sign of sportsmanship.

"Battle Routine Set," Red started, twirling in place before facing forward again and pointing high into the sky. "Execute!"

[Red_Riding_Hood.exe: 210 HP]
[Myun.SP: 100 HP]

[READY]
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And then there were two... After a long, arduous, and brutal climb, two competitors survived to reach this point. Through exemplary combat ability, foresight, and teamwork between Navi and Operator, Shin and Red, and Duke and Pianissimo remained as the only two teams left in the ONB Tournament. Now, with both Navis here in the Sky Shrine arena, the final battle was ready to commence.

"Those who would enter my holy ground have done well to come here...! resounded a mighty voice through the endless airspace. "Operators Shin Fujiwara and Duke Rigel! Navis Red and Pianissimo! Victory is the only key to open the way to the Sky Shrine, and you all have obtained it! The Bird God has acknowledged your power! As the voice kept booming, Red and Pianissimo could follow their ears to the source: the floating golden statue.

"Now, with my watchful gaze upon you, engage in this final battle to decide the ultimate champion! The Bird God has spoken!"

Red.exe: 210 HP (On the 6-o'clock Platform Cloud, mid altitude)
Myun.SP: 100 HP (On the 6-o'clock Platform Cloud, mid altitude)

Pianissimo.exe: 200 HP (On the 12-o'clock Platform Cloud, mid altitude)

Terrain: 100% Missing (Bird God's Grace active)

Objects:

Bird-God Statue: ??? HP (Absolute center of arena)

12 Platform Clouds: ??? HP (At varying altitudes, spaced out at clock positions)

Storm Cloud: ??? HP (Not currently in the area)

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"It..." Shin began, a bit flabbergasted.

"...talked," Red finished, her mouth also gaping wide open. This was the SECOND time something in the arena that resembled no normal commentator navi or something similar had become the judge of the battle. Maybe she was popular with objects? Red considered a subtype reformat if that was the case, but for now.

"Let's use that storm cloud to our advantage, shall we?" the red-caped crusader suggested pleasantly, bending her legs into somewhat of a frog's stance, before pouncing high into the air with the aid of the springy clouds and her own, natural abilities.

"Incoming!" Shin yelled excitedly, eyes glinting as he sent in two similar chips into the PET.

"Here I...go!" the fairy tale fighter announced, pulling out two large Boomerangs from seemingly nowhere, before sending them arcing toward Pianissimo.

This was, of course, simply a distraction from the duo's main strategy. Fairly knowledgeable about Pianissimo's usual assassination-type tactics, the Boomerangs may just be there to make him teleport away to somewhere else while the wooden blades curved around the arena before disappearing.

Taking note of this, Myun bounced off the cloud as well, toward wherever Pianissimo might be ending up, and then tried to PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE, but maybe that wouldn't work, so she used her ears to try and PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE, TWICE.

Though in actuality, the punches were more likely aimed at bigger parts of his body, like his chest or general upper body, so yeah.

Then she bounced away to other platforms so Pianissimo couldn't catch her or something.

"Ha!" the crimson crusader grinned as she launched her Treebomb into the Storm Cloud and immediately marked the projectile with a quickly-drawn revolver.

"And so... let it begin," Shin murmured, smirking as his navi unleashed a bubbling blast of not-really-so-ionized water at the storm cloud.

What the effects would be, Red had no clue, but it sure as hell wouldn't be safe to just fly looping through the arena while it rained something dangerous.

With this in mind, Shin prepared the only adequate defense.

SUDDENLY, BEES, MILL... HUNDRE... Fifty of them, surrounded Red in a honeycomb-shaped barrier to protect her from the nasty weather, whatever it might be. They might possibly be able to sting Pianissimo if they survived.

Then the sun came out and healed Red and everyone waited.

Red's Actions:
1. Airstep Jump [Gain High Altitude]
2. Boomerang1 at Pianissimo [60 +25(Bonus) Wood DMG]
3. Boomerang1 at Pianissimo [60 +25(Bonus) Wood DMG]
4. Throw Treebomb into Storm Cloud
5. Fire Bubbler at Treebomb [60 +15(Bonus) Wood DMG + Group Attack + Ground Attack + Aqua Boost 30]
6. RiskyHoney1 [Counter 1-Hit for 5x10 +25(bonus to first) Wood DMG]
*Sunshiny Day: Heal 15 HP to Red

Myun's Actions:
*Run Myun Run: Jump toward Pianissimo's position
1. Attack Pianissimo [50 DMG + Impact]
*Rhythm Boxing to Pianissimo [2x10 DMG]
2. Jump to another platform [Dodge?]
3. Jump to another platform [Dodge?]
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((Battle theme))

This... Pianissimo thought, folding his arms and looking across the expanse at the statue, Is a new one. Somewhere between a loud voice over an intercom, an annoying announcer that the assassin had a strong urge to kill, and two countdowns, one of which was accompanied by a round of 'Happy Birthday', the concept of a talking statue announcing the final round hadn't quite occurred to him. Nor, for that matter, had it occurred to him that a single floating statue and a ring of suspiciously solid clouds qualified as a 'shrine', but he supposed that was beside the point.

Eventually, the words "The Bird God has spoken!" reached his ears. "I guess that's as good a cue as any," he said, jumping off the side of his cloud opposite the direction of the sunlight.

As he fell into the shadow of the cloud, his body broke apart, dissolving into nothing before he could fall far enough to test the potential of the 'Bird God's Grace'. That would have to wait for a later time.

He reappeared a moment later, dropping out of the sky a few feet above the cloud Myun was currently occupying. He chose the target expecting Red to plan on him coming straight for her. Instead, he swung his sword in a downward slash as he fell, then jumped back off the cloud as soon as he landed on it.

Now he would test the 'Bird God's Grace.' Not bothering to teleport or, well, do anything like that again, he simply let himself fall, though he shifted his position somewhat in hopes of directing his fall toward where he had seen Red. Twisting around and looking up, he caught sight of her high above, and pointed one arm up at her position. Four pieces of a compressed air gun materialized slightly off of his arm as Duke loaded the requisite chip, then closed around it. The assassin fired upward, hoping to knock the fairy tale girl even higher.

Turning downward again, Pianissimo continued his fall, flattening his scarf against his armor to prevent it from fluttering too violently in the wind. Eventually, a ring of twelve clouds came into view below him, all encircling a single golden statue. So it really does just loop around, he thought, looking around. He caught sight of Red again, and requested more chips from Duke. As the first of them, a RageClaw, was uploaded to his systems, he swung his right arm back. A large black set of claws materialized over it, curved so as to grip surfaces, objects, and enemies with ease. Of course, for his purposes gripping was less of a concern. As he located Red and began drawing closer, he began bringing the arm back forward, and then swung it down as he passed, attempting to throw her ahead of him.

Over his opposite arm formed a large cannon, much in contrast to the smaller air gun he had used only moments ago. He aimed this too at Red, and fired.

"That's odd...if attacks pass through the clouds and you two don't, then what happens if one of you is thrown bodily into one of them?" Duke asked, not paying attention to the fact that Pianissimo was already working on doing just that.

Ignoring this, however, Pianissimo merely said "Hopefully, we're about to find out."

Within a few seconds he too landed, using the "bouncy" nature of the cloud to keep moving. He jumped to the next cloud, then back to the one he had landed on, hoping to dodge any incoming attacks.
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1. Cloak and Dagger: Teleport to Red's cloud, 70 Slashing to Myun
*Speed of Darkness: Drop off the cloud
2. Airshot Red from below: 20 damage+microburst
-hopefully loop around somewhere in here-
3. RageClaw: Attempt to throw Red into cloud (20 Slashing+20 Impact?)
4. Cannon Red: 40+Knockback
5. Dodge
6. Dodge
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The Bird God has decreed that there be battle, so let there be battle! Pianissimo wasted no time in attacking as he teleported to his opponent's cloud, but Red and Myun were equally as anxious to get moving. Red leaped straight up into the air with some help from the bouncy Platform Cloud, while Myun jumped forward, clear across the battlefield to Pianissimo's #6 Platform Cloud to begin her own attack.

... Or rather, she would have if Pianissimo hadn't moved to the #12 Platform Cloud that Myun was just on. His sword found nothing to cut, her boxing gloves found nothing to punch, and at the end of it all, nothing happened. "Your anxiety has created a stalemate! The Bird God is displeased! The Bird God has spoken!" shouted a discontent golden statue.

The Bird God's boredom would not last long, however, as Red and Pianissimo, being separated only by altitude, began their attack on each other. The little hooded lady threw a Boomerang honed by her own Wood-focused powers, and the crafty assassin in turn fired an AirShot as he dropped off the #12 Platform Cloud and went into freefall. Both attacks hit their mark, and while Pianissimo took more solid damage from the exchange, Red was sent flying straight up from the forceful impact of the AirShot (85 damage to Pianissimo, 20 damage to Red). While Pianissimo intended to loop back up to the top of the arena in his freefall, he hadn't calculated the sheer velocity he'd be giving Red by shooting her. In the time it took him to fall down to low altitude, Red had already looped up through the top of the arena back to the bottom. She had another Boomerang in hand and threw it haphazardly, but the sheer speed at which she was moving completely ruined her aim and sent the spinning weapon flying off into the distance. Now the only things left were two Navis, falling and flying through the air in opposing directions... right towards each other. Oops. Without a means for either of them to change their trajectories, Red and Pianissimo crashed straight into each other in a somewhat comical fashion. "This aerial battle is amusing! The Bird God is pleased! The Bird God has spoken!" announced the mighty lord of the skies.

Well, now that they had already collided, Pianissimo chose to make the best of a bad situation. Armed with a RageClaw, he grabbed Red by her hood and threw her back towards the #6 Platform Cloud in an experiment to see what would happen (20 damage to Red). She didn't crash into it like he hoped, nor did she pass through it like he suspected. In truth, the Platform Clouds were just as bouncy on the underside, and throwing Red up against it was comparable to throwing a rubber ball at a wall. She ricocheted off the cloud and away from Pianissimo, but Red was determined to not be thrown around that easily. With a Treebomb in hand, Red threw it down (it being the shortest route) into the Storm Cloud... that wasn't there? With no obstruction to stop it, the seed just began to freefall endlessly like the Navi that threw it. Oh well.

Red aimed her Bubbler to spur the Treebomb seed to life, but with it not being embedded in the Storm Cloud like she planned, her shot missed by a mile. As an added bit of misfortune, Pianissimo was reading his own shot as Red fired hers and managed to nail her with some Cannon fire, knocking her further away until she started falling again below the #3 Platform Cloud (40 damage to Red). After all this, Pianissimo finally got to loop back up to the top of the arena like he originally wanted.

After that was a large amount of nothing, as Pianissimo just took an evasive stance in his fall, Myun hopped around on the various Platform Clouds, and Red summoned up a RiskyHoney defense and got a little help from the sunlight (+15 HP to Red). Needless to say, this stall in the action did not sit well with the omnipotent judge. "Battles are won by action, not waiting! The Bird God has spoken!"

Red.exe: 145 HP (RiskyHoney, Rebounded off the 3-o'clock Platform Cloud and falling, low altitude)
Myun.SP: 100 HP (On the 10-o'clock Platform Cloud, high altitude)

Pianissimo.exe: 95 HP (Freefall above 6-o'clock Platform Cloud, high altitude)

Terrain: 100% Missing (Bird God's Grace active)

Objects:

Bird-God Statue: ??? HP (Absolute center of arena)

12 Platform Clouds: ??? HP (At varying altitudes, spaced out at clock positions)

Storm Cloud: ??? HP (Not currently in the area)

Treebomb Seed: (Freefalling, mid altitude)

(PM summaries by Tuesday, October 13th at 5:50 PM EST, 2:50 PM PST)
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"Is he going to do this the entire battle?" Duke asked the falling Pianissimo. "Because if he is I'm going to shut off the PET's sound so I don't have to hear it." He took a sip of his coffee, then inserted more chips.

"Don't be a baby," Pianissimo responded. He was quickly annoyed by the Bird God's commentary as well, however, and tried to tune it out while thinking the smartass commentary is unnecessary. The assassin is annoyed. The assassin has spoken. Though, of course, he chose not to say it out loud in case the statue was capable of smiting him or something similar. He scanned over the chip selection Duke had given hm. "Cannon and sword...curious choices."

"Hey, I'm trying to conserve here," Duke defended himself.

Pianissimo merely rolled his eyes, then drew his katana and swung it through the air as he fell. Darkness spread out from the tip, like black dye diffusing through water, until it covered the entire seemingly endless arena, including the bird god statue. The bird god cannot see. The bird god is displeased. The bird god has spoken, Pianissimo thought as he faded out of view, trying to predict the statue's next comment. As he finished this thought, he realized the cloud he had jumped off was right below him, and allowed himself to land.

And promptly jumped off again, this time allowing it to bounce him toward the one Red was currently falling under. He touched down on it and materialized the second cannon over his arm, aiming upward.

"Hey, I dare you to shoot her through the cloud," Duke said.

"What."

"Seriously, do it. It'll be awesome."

Pianissimo shook his head. "That is a stupid idea," he said.

"No it isn't. She'll never see it coming,"

"Except that you're saying it within earshot of her netop you idiot," the assassin retorted. "But fine, whatever." He aimed the cannon down at the cloud, and fired straight through it. At the very least, if it did somehow hit, it would get her down to him faster. Not that she would be able to see her.

So he waited. And waited. And then sidestepped to the other side of the cloud in case Red managed to gauge his position. As he did, he drew his katana and activated the sword chip. The blade pulsed a blue, muted glow as he swung it first in a horizontal swipe, and then in an upward vertical slash. On the end of the second attack he jumped away again, aiming to fall off the cloud again. As he moved, however, he swung a third time, cutting through soundwaves in the immediate area to create a pocketed silence effect around Red.
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1. Call of Darkness: Invis, Illusion, 20HP Barrier.
*Speed of Darkness: Jump to cloud nearest to Red
2. Cannon Red: 40+knockback - through the cloud
3. Dodge
4. Sword Red: 80+slashing
5. Sword Red: 80+slashing
*Swordplay: Dodge
6. Deep Silent Complete to Red: Inflict Silence
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"He thinks it's annoying? I think it's kind of amusing," Shin mused as Red rebounded off the cloud, a beacon of light shining down on the red-caped wonder, healing a bit of her injuries.

"I agree! But let's focus on me falling. I bet you I can jump in midair," the crimson crusader daringly proposed, smirking. Well at least she was having fun.

"But there's no ground...." Shin pointed out, flailing his arms as if he were in freefall and not Red.

"Watch me," Red grinned, flipping upright and gathering wind below her feet, crouching, then propelling herself skyward... or well, more skyward with a artificial platform of... wind? At any rate, it was as if she was blasted upward by a tornado, which she was probably trying to form in performing this leaping procedure.

"Ok, you win. Now... where's Pianissimo? It got all dark, all of a sudden," Shin grumbled, taking off his sunglasses and grimacing when he saw the darkness was not, in fact, due to his shades.

"It must be some kind of magic trick! Or uh... a special power only Pianissimo-san can do!" Red proposed, fumbling for words.

"You mean a Signature Attack?" Shin inquired rhetorically, sweatdropping.

"Yeah! That!" the fairy-tale fighter exclaimed, happy to have reached some sort of understanding.

In the meanwhile, Myun decided to jump toward where she last saw Pianissimo before it became all dark and swing her fists around to see if she could hit anything. A curving, left blow came first, striking against something, but it could easily be an illusion. Unperturbed, Myun lashed out with her ears, striking twice in the general area, before following up with a flashy right uppercut before purposely falling off the cloud and trying to escape into the looping sky.

"I think Myun got a general grasp of his location, if you can't find him, seek him out!" Shin suggested, grinning.

"Right! The powers of all that I am will be combined into this one shot!" Red called, summoning a storm of cherry blossoms to her right hand and a gust of wind to her left. The power swirled into orbs of might and, aiming at where Myun thought she saw Pianissimo last, Red crashed the orbs together, mixing their energy together and releasing a spiraling stream of pink destruction at her opponent, hoping its inherent properties would be enough to hit him.

"Now wha- Oh," Red started, before receiving Shin's chip data. Grinning, the maiden of nature pulled out a revolver, and, taking aim at Pianissimo's supposed location, blasted kernels of corn, powered up by Red's natural element, at the assassin. She then dropped a minibomb below her, a slip of the hand, but she probably had a plan for it later.

Locating her opponent's general location again, Red decided to swamp him out. Inhaling deeply, Red churned up a poisonous concoction inside her own body that was sure to do some lasting damage to her opponent.

What happened next would probably be described as very unladylike.

A flood of scalding, hot chocolate spewed forth from the confectionary warrior's mouth, attempting to engulf the musical enemy with a wave of cacao and give him some lasting damage for a while.

"I should really reprogram that to something less gruesome," Shin mumbled, grimacing as if he thought it was a cool idea in the past but now realized the error's of his ways.

"Don't worry about it," Red replied, trying to comfort her operator while licking the sides of her mouth to clean off the chocolate stains. A blue sphere encased the red-caped warrior as she fell through the air, waiting for her opponent's next move.

Red's Actions:
*Sunshiny Day: Heal 15 to Red
1. Airstep to mid-altitude, if possible.
2. Cherry Blossom Spiral to Pianissimo [105 Wood DMG + Break + Knockback + Phasing + Seeking](5 TCD)
3. Cornshot1 to Pianissimo [50 +25 Wood DMG + Trick Shot Spread]
4. Drop Minibomb on Pianissimo? [60 DMG + Blast 1]
5. Demonic Chocolate Maelstrom to Pianissimo [100 DMG and 20 delayed DMG for 2 turns](4TCD)
6. Barrier [Generates 10 HP Barrier]

Myun's Actions:
*Run Myun Run: Jump toward Pianissimo
1. Attack Pianissimo [50 DMG + Impact]
*Rhythm Boxing to Pianissimo [2x10 DMG]
2. Attack Pianissimo [50 DMG + Impact]
3. Acrobatical evasion
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Whether they were lamenting or loving the presence looming over their battle, Pianissimo and Red had little choice but to continue their battle at the Bird God's decree. To address this whole "falling to infinity" thing, Red took another big leap off a wind current and managed to land herself neatly on the #4 Platform Cloud as she received another boost from the sun (+15 HP to Red). As Pianissimo fell to the #6 Platform Cloud, he drew his katana and let raw darkness bleed out of the tip. The pitch-black essence quickly spread throughout the sky until it was all starved of light. Whether this was strategy against Red or a ploy against the Bird God... Well, that's Pianissimo's little secret. Either way, like a true assassin, Pianissimo faded into his self-fabricated darkness, raising his defenses with a barrier as he reduced his visibility to nothing.

"Brash warrior! Darkness is just another color of the sky to the Bird God! Day and night are all within the Bird God's domain, and the Bird God will not be impaired by any of it! The Bird God has spoken!" The gaudy statue's (literal) ruby red eyes glistened for just a moment in the dark sky, as if to prove its superiority. Perhaps the Bird God needed to remember that he wasn't a competitor?

Undeterred by the black air, Myun leaped forward to the #6 Platform Cloud where she last saw Pianissimo falling. However, for the second time in a row, Pianissimo leapt away to begin his assault just as Myun arrived to begin hers. She did the best she could against the invisible adversary, but when he's just not there... Myun's fists sliced through the air harmlessly, and the battle continued on with no change.

Red had much to fear against the unseen assassin, especially since he had just quietly landed on the same cloud as her. As Pianissimo loaded a Cannon for some intense point-blank action, Red could only think to lay her hopes in her Cherry Blossom Spiral attack. She had no idea where to aim it, but thankfully, it had its own ideas. As Red unleashed the flowery energy, the attack engaged its Seeking properties to hunt down Pianissimo's presence. Surprised by Red's accuracy, Pianissimo could only watch as the Cherry Blossom Spiral shredded his barrier to pieces. He could feel the blow from the attack pushing him off the cloud, but he was otherwise unharmed, invisible, and armed with his Cannon. Before he outright dropped back into freefall, Pianissimo fired. The blast struck Red and knocked her off the cloud as well, but instead of damaging her like he hoped, the brunt of the blast was absorbed by Red's honey-laden defense. And, of course, this made the bees inside it very pissed. A quintet of stinging insects swarmed out of the crumbling hive as circled around the general area. They really had no idea where Pianissimo was as he fell, so the only thing that could make any of them hit was pure luck. And, unfortunately for Pianissimo, the biggest and strongest of the bees was also the luckiest one as it crashed into him just before he dropped out of range (35 damage to Pianissimo).

Realized that she actually got some hits in while she herself was hit, Red went on a mass offensive to try and pin down her invisible opponent. He probably was knocked off the cloud, so her best guess was that he was falling with her not too far away. She drew and fired a CornShot, which missed the invisible Pianissimo by a mile and a half. Next came a projectile double team in way of a Minibomb and Red's... chocolate vomit... "That is disgusting! The Bird God is displeased! The Bird God has spoken!" Surely every spectator of the match shared the Bird God's sentiment. No one, though, probably felt that quite as much as Pianissimo, who saw the glop flying through the darkness towards him. By the grace of god (perhaps one of the bird-ish variety), Pianissimo escaped the attack by just a hair, and he wouldn't end up feeling vile for the next week. In his urgent effort to escape the chocolate, though, Pianissimo forgot about the Minibomb, which managed to catch him in the chest (60 damage to Pianissimo). Pianissimo had drawn a Sword to make his own attacks, but with both of them being in freefall a moderate distance from each other, he really had no way of making that work.

In one last effort, Pianissimo cut the air with his blade to create a sound-nulling wave that chased after Red. Unfortunately for him, the hooded fighter had been given a Barrier to project around herself, and the powerless Silence inducer fell on deaf ears... So to speak. At this point the darkness was beginning to break up, and the soon-to-come sun would shed some light on just how dire a predicament Pianissimo was in...



Red.exe: 160 HP (Freefall below the 4-o'clock Platform Cloud, low altitude)
Myun.SP: 100 HP (On the 6-o'clock Platform Cloud, mid altitude)

Pianissimo.exe: 1 HP (Freefall below 5-o'clock Platform Cloud, low altitude)

Terrain: 100% Missing (Bird God's Grace active)

Objects:

Bird-God Statue: ??? HP (Absolute center of arena)

12 Platform Clouds: ??? HP (At varying altitudes, spaced out at clock positions)

Storm Cloud: ??? HP (Not currently in the area)

(PM summaries by Sunday, October 25th at 4:20 PM EST, 1:20 PM PST)
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((Pre-emptive and pre-assuming music with a really silly title.))

Like that time with Druidman, Red could feel the flow of the battle, and felt that she needed to make these next few moves with all her effort if she wanted to claim victory.

But she wasn't alone, she had Myun, and Shin on her side as well. So why not make it one hell of an attack?

"Shin?" Red inquired, grinning with anticipation. "You thinking what I'm thinking?"

"Right with you," the self-proclaimed ace smirked, twirling 4 chips out of the folder. "Myun! Head him off! We'll be right behind you!" Shin called.

The boxing bunny nodded, all this time waiting for their opponent to get to a position where she could punch him. Deciding she had waited long enough, Myun leaped at wherever Pianissimo was and readied her fist, ready to smash it into the assassin's face...

...when a Boomerang span right into their direction.

Fearing the worst, Myun just slammed her face at Pianissimo's chest while simultaneously whacking at him with her ears. Two punches, two ears, one spinning Boomerang, boy was the assassin in a lot of hurt if those hit.

Her fist charged and readied, Myun delivered a powerful slug, that could potentially break through most defenses, at the opponent, before plopping down, putting her dukes up.

Meanwhile, Red was enchanting the GrassSeed that had served her so well in her last battle with prayers to the god of the storm.... which was possibly also the Bird God, but the fairy-tale fighter didn't really think of that.

"Oh wind, call upon the clouds of darkness and bring upon a mighty storm. Hear my cry!" the wind mistress shouted, getting into a pitcher's stance and then throwing the GrassSeed like a fastball into the sky.

What happened next depended on the arena itself, but for now...

"Two Boomerangs and one cyclone, this'll be fun," the crimson crusader giggled, twirling another Boomerang before sending it flying toward Pianissimo. Would it go up, down, or all the way around? If anything this stadium loop was pretty fun. A ray of sunshine cast down on Red seemed to make this a point.

Intending to brave the storm, the red-caped wonder gathered wind around her feet and crouched down, aiming to soar higher than ever, and jumped.

The springy cloud and the gust of wind sent Red flying high into the sky. Taking a bird's eye view of the arena, Red once again located Pianissimo's position, and reached into her picnic basket...

...to pull out an over-sized machine gun with a barrel bigger than usual. If one looked closely, they could see that the ammunition was not bullets, but rather...

...pastries! Pies, eclairs, cakes, doughnuts, cookies, and more chained to each other to load into the firearm. If anyone really knew Red, they knew that these pastries were not ordinary at all.

"Let's have... a late breakfast, all you can eat!" the confectionary warrior called, pulling the trigger.

Twelve shots. Rapid and powerful and moving seriously faster than speeding bullets, the pastries descended, their bread covered maliciousness attempting to crash into Pianissimo and explode on contact, the deadly ingredient of the day being gunpowder. It would be Pianissimo's last supper.... or breakfast.

Opening the chamber, Red loaded yet another piece of ammunition into the firearm, which had switched into a sniper rifle somehow, possibly to better fit the ammo it was firing.

"Burn," the caped crusader grinned, aiming and firing a deadly blast of flame at her opponent. Combined with the ever impending grass storm, this could possibly become a tornado of fire that engulfed her opponent. It was the last shot, so she had to make it count.

Had they grasped victory? They could only wait until the storm subsided.

Myun's Actions:
1. Wait for Pianissimo to get to mid-or-high altitude.
*Run Myun Run: Jump at Pianissimo
2. Attack Pianissimo [50 DMG + Impact]
*Rhythm Boxing to Pianissimo [2x10 DMG]
3*. Break Attack Pianissimo [50 DMG + Impact + Break]

Red's Actions
1. Boomerang1 at Pianissimo [60 +25(Bonus) Wood DMG]
2. GrassSeed at High Altitude [Summon Grass Storm Cloud???]
3. Boomerang1 at Pianissimo [60 +25(Bonus) Wood DMG]
*Sunshiny Day: Heal 15 to Red
4. Airstep to High Altitude
5. Pastry Bomb to Pianissimo [12x10 DMG]
6. Heatshot to Pianissimo [40 Fire DMG + Spread1]
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For once I have to agree with the bird, Pianissimo thought, barely missing the brunt of the chocolate blast. That IS disgusting. And how did she manage to get so close with it. The assassin glanced back at his scarf, which was caught in the edge of the stream and had become completely saturated in the chocolate. Sighing, he removed it, letting it limply fall through the air below until it dissolved into data, returning to the PET. It was at about that point that Pianissimo considered the wisdom of investing in more defensive options on the future.

Well, he thought, requesting chip data, Time to try and turn around an impossible situation. The first of four chips was uploaded, and he activated it immediately: a healing chip. Momentarily amused by the fact that this was probably the first time he had actually used a recover, he let the healing data flow through his body, then drew blade as he saw the main arena fading into view below him once more. One of them would jump to meet him soon enough, probably the rabbit. This time, however, he was ready. Instead of moving to them, he waited for Myun to jump at him, then swung the katana in response, executing a devastating slash designed to catch the rabbit SP before she could get close enough to punch him.

As for ranged attacks...well, for the moment he didn't have much choice but to hope the speed of his descent would be enough to throw them off-target. Thinking for about half a second, he shifted his body to alter his descent toward the center of the arena. It wouldn't be much. In fact, it might not do anything to change his movement, but even still he tried.

And it gave him some cover for his next move.

As he shifted his position, he tapped the side of his helmet, activating a program embedded within.

Its eyepieces flared a brilliant red, just for a second.

A storm cloud began to form overhead, obviously the arena's interpretation of terrain data.

An idea entered his head for something to accompany the storm. He turned his gaze on Red and activated the secondary program.

From Red's point of view, the stormcloud would appear over the entire arena, possibly even overtaking any terrain changes of her own, except for one point, directly over her. Predictably and not very pleasantly for a navi that had gone wood sometime after Pianissimo had last run into her, they began to rain...fire. Lots of fire, all around the fairy tale navi, but for some reason not raining on her as well.

In reality, however, the summoned firestorm was localized directly where she was falling.

Satisfied, Pianissimo activated the next two chips that had been uploaded: a pair of guards. Two massive, muted-yellow shields materialized from a wire frame web of data on either side of him. Each spawned strapped over his arms, near the shoulders. "Sorry," he called back to Red, "but I don't think I'll be dying just yet. Better luck next time." With those words, he pulled his legs up closer to his body and drew his arms across his chest, effectively causing the shields to clamp together around him like a clam shell.

Inside, he activated the second recovery chip, and waited. For the moment, that was all he could do.
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1. Recover50: Heal 50 (obviously)
2. Silencer Myun: 150 Slashing
*Speed of Darkness: Shift direction of descent toward center of arena
3. Nightmares: FIRESTORM (lava panel) over Red, illusion of FIRESTORM everywhere else
4-5: Guard1 x2, closed over Pianissimo
6. Recover50: Heal 50 (again)
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For how much of an advantage Red held, the battlefield as a whole feel eerily quiet as the pair of combatants freefell through the sky while they each waited for the other to make a move. Myun, the lead-off for Red's attack plan, held steady until Pianissimo would loop back to the top of the arena, and in that interim period, he managed to sneak a healing chip through to patch up some of his most severe injuries (+50 HP to Pianissimo). Both he and Red looped not long after that, and as the little lady continued to fall towards the #4 Platform Cloud, Myun jumped to intercept her target...

*shlick*

And now Red had two SPs. Err... Two halves of an SP, anyway. Myun's ambush backfired in the biggest way as Pianissimo's blade sliced cleanly through the rabbit's middle (150 damage to Myun). There was just a single moment of confusion as Myun attempted to register what happened, but her data retreated back to the safety of Shin's PET before she became permanently diced. "Impressive swordplay and cruelty to animals! The Bird God is pleased! The Bird God has spoken!" shouted the reigning lord of the arena in total disregard to whatever complaints the local PETA branch would have.

Naturally, Red wouldn't respond well to her SP being bisected either, and considering that she was armed with weapons... Perhaps provoking her wasn't a super idea. She had two Boomerangs ready to go, but there was one thing Red wanted to do first: harness the violent power of the weather to accentuate her will to win! Not through a raging thunderstorm, violent winds, or a torrential downpour... but by leaves? Red threw her GrassSeed high up into the air, causing dark cumulonimbus clouds to form around it. The coverage of the cloud mass expanded further and further until it covered the enter southeastern region of the arena, casting its dim shade over Red, Pianissimo, and even reaching far enough to envelop the Bird God in the center of the field. As everyone looked up to observe the declining weather, down upon them rained healthy green foliage that you'd only think to see in the most tightly guarded nature reserves. Despite the ominous clouds above, the whole scene was rather majestic, and the Wood-based weather adjustment was certainly doing Red a favor (+5 HP to Red). On top of that, there was a sudden break in the cloud cover to allow a beam of sunlight to engulf Red and further repair what damage she had (+15 HP to Red) before the light quickly was swallowed up once more by the clouds. "It is raining a fresh spring day! The Bird God is surprised! The Bird God has spoken!" noted the mighty statue. With the weather now under her control, Red launched her Boomerang pair. Unfortunately, Boomerang did not seem to be her lucky chip this fight, as they both missed just like their brethren earlier. One flew way off by a mile as Pianissimo shifted his weight around to alter his fall, while the other missed Pianissimo's neck by a matter of a millimeter. Really, this one was just criminal.

Just like some people don't like rain, though, Pianissimo clearly wasn't a fan of leaf storms. As such, he opted to... well, rain lava on Red's parade. He activated a program within his helmet to hack the section of the Storm Cloud above Red and convert the comforting rain of leaves into a nightmarish hail of fire. To make matters worse, he created an illusion over the area to make it seem that the tiny fire storm around her was actually the product of the entire Storm Cloud, making it seem like there was nowhere for Red to run. "Adding fuel to the fire, are you? The Bird God has made a joke! The Bird God has spoken!"

And run she did not, although whether that was out of bravery or insanity was up for debate. By jumping off an air current created by the heated weather to get a better angle on Pianissimo, Red vaulted straight up into the Storm Cloud... as in, right into the source of the fire storm. Ouch. Still, she showed more willpower than any little girl should ever have and readied her next attack despite the burning heat around her (20 damage to Red). In true cartoon fashion, Red produced a pastry-loaded machine gun from her picnic basket and locked it in on Pianissimo. Pianissimo, in turn, produced a pair of Guards and clammed himself up in them to prepare for the confectionary combo. Red pulled the trigger without hesitation, and the dozen pastries all flew haphazardly towards their target. The long range, coupled with the distraction of the burning atmosphere around her, mucked her aim up pretty badly, sending several of the pastries on long paths to nowhere. Still, whatever quality was lacking was made up with quantity, as five of the projectiles found the way to Pianissimo. The first two bounced of the Guards as expected, and the repulsed impact rushed back to Red for a heavy hit (120 damage to Red). The other three pastries hit Pianissimo across various parts of his body, dealing moderate damage to the already ailing assassin (30 damage to Pianissimo).

The propulsion from Red's Airstep left her hanging up in the Storm Cloud for just a little while longer, which all in all, was probably not good for her (20 damage to Red). While she was scorching, Pianissimo took another opportunity to repair the freshest damage upon his body (+50 HP to Pianissimo). In one final attack, Red took inspiration from both the real and imaginary fire around her and loaded a HeatShot. She fired, hit Pianissimo... and did way more damage than she should (80 damage to Pianissimo)? Not only did the air around him explode, which was very weird considering he was already surrounded by fire in Red's eyes, the clouds above Pianissimo vaporized with the attack, casting a single ray of sunlight down upon his body. Red just had to wonder was what going on... as the Bird God laughed at the antics of his combatants playing with fire as they were.


Red.exe: 20 HP (Suffering from Fire Storm illusion, within the Storm Cloud's real Lava spot above the #4 Platform Cloud, high altitude, freefall imminent)
Myun.SP: DIVIDED AND CONQUERED

Pianissimo.exe: 1 HP (Freefall near the Bird God Statue, mid altitude)

Terrain: 100% Missing (Bird God's Grace active)

Objects:

Bird-God Statue: ??? HP (Absolute center of arena)

12 Platform Clouds: ??? HP (At varying altitudes, spaced out at clock positions)

Storm Cloud: ??? HP (Spanning the central and southeast areas, producing a Smoldering Leaf Storm (Grass effects, Lava effects localized around Red); clear zone around Pianissimo's position)

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"No, Myun!" Red cried after her attack was executed. Surrounded by a firestorm and losing her precious partner was starting to get to her.

"We were supposed to win... together," Red sniffed, shaking a little as she eventually started to descend. "And was... our plan all for nothing? I can't see anything but fire... I... I..." the crimson crusader started, accelerating downwards at an increasing rate.

"No! You have to stop thinking like that!" Shin yelled, slamming his hand on the counter, eyes twitching in frustration.

"But... it's hopeles-" she began again, interrupted by another slam on the counter.

"If you give up like that of course it'll be hopeless! We've gotten this far, right? We did what we did to get here and you just want to throw it all away!?" the self-proclaimed ace growled, his normally mellow exterior cracking.

"I can't change what's happening, we'll lose and there's nothing-" the wind mistress started to reply, but Shin kept beating her too it.

"Stop that! There's always something you can do about an situation. Humans, navis, we're both separated by digital space, but we share the same roughness and toiling through life. Don't give up, and..." the Asian balled up his hands tightly, trembling with energy,

"FIGHT!"

....

"You're right, Shin. Let's do this," Red responded, wiping away her tears and grimacing. "Though it looks like I can't escape, I'll just have to use that to my advantage!"

"Now you're getting it. Here, use these to try to get Pianissimo to your location," Shin ordered, grinning madly while sending in five battlechips.

"Alrighty, time to close the curtain on this show," the red-caped wonder commented, licking her lips.

In an instant, Red was gone and a giant yellow shield formed right in front of Pianissimo's face. The fairy-tale fighter was right behind it of course, but this was a precautionary measure if the assassin had predicted their up-close-and-personal assault. A ray of sunlight shined on Red as if to bless her actions.

Waiting for the moment the Guard would subside, the maiden of nature twirled a shortened bamboo spear in her hand and slashed at her foe menacingly. If that wasn't enough, the girl's left hand grew monstrously huge, covered in bear fur and feral claws protruded from it.

Red stabbed down once more at Pianissimo's chest, then sent a powerful punch at the assassin's body, trying to slam him toward the Number 4 Platform Cloud where, Shin predicted, he might take the full damage of his own firestorm.

Though, if the assassin had dodged it, there was still a countermeasure. Inhaling deeply, Red gathered up massive amounts of air into her body before taking aim at her opponent, and releasing the accumulated wind into one powerful burst, enough to possibly send the assassin to his doom.

But that was the last move to make... Once the storm cleared, the victor would be decided.

1. Areagrab to Pianissimo's position. [Teleport, Dodge, Movement, +1 Accuracy]
2. Guard1 [Block one hit and Reflect 60 DMG]
*Sunshiny Day: Heal 15 HP to Red
3. BambooKnife to Pianissimo [85 Slashing DMG]
4. BambooKnife to Pianissimo [85 Slashing DMG]
5. Rageclaw Pianissimo to #4 Platform Cloud [20 DMG + Impact]
6. Airshot to Pianissimo [20 DMG + Microburst](Shoot from mouth)
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Pianissimo was at a loss for a few seconds as the air exploded around him in the last attack. How had Red managed to...was the Bird God influencing...

Oh right, fire in a leaf storm. How silly of me, he eventually though. He looked up into the ray of light that had appeared in the wake of the attack. He supposed more sentimental navis would call it his light of hope, a physical representation of the few more minutes he had bought himself by taking out Myun and surviving Red's last salvo.

Duke sent a few more chips, four in fact, as Pianissimo continued to fall. "Hope that's enough, I'm starting to run out of options over here," he said.

Pianissimo examined the chip data being sent: more recovery and Guard data, as well as an airshot and a vulcan. In response both to Duke's comment and the chip selection, he activated the recovery data and thought, Gee, thanks for reminding me how boned I still am.

Still looking up into the sunlight, Pianissimo pondered this thought as he allowed the healing data to flow through him. Whether they realize it or not, when someone says or thinks 'I am', they think of their every possible way they could accurately finish the sentence, or everything else they could have said preceding it. Their entire identity. In Pianissimo's case, it came in the form of flashes. Brief statements about who he was. Duke's navi. Member of Neo-Requiem. Enemy of the NetMafia's Techari family. Assassin.

I am an assassin.

The word is broad...too broad, but in its most basic form it means one who kills for a living. A professional murderer.


Had he actually done that lately? Not since before the tournament at least. He must be a terrible assassin. As he straightened his body out in an effort to reduce air resistance and fall faster, he laughed at the thought.

I did not make this choice. No navi ever does. We are artificial, creations born of human will to exist in a world they cannot. A world also of their own creation. So what is our purpose? Humans with enough knowledge wield the power to tear our world apart, or change any aspect of it from the outside. The same goes for navis. If something about us goes against their will, they have the power to change that to suit them.

In fact, I'm sure some do.


As if to prove his brief dive into the philosophical wasn't distracting him from the battle, he raised the Guard, between himself and Red. It might slow his fall again, but it would keep him alive longer. But still, it wasn't enough. The roar of the wind, the random commentary of the Bird God...there was too much noise. Drawing his katana with his free hand, he sliced at the air as it rushed past. A crack sounded from behind the shield, but the rush of wind that usually accompanied the technique was lost amid the already present rush of the air as he fell. Instead, it slowly died out, along with all other sound in the arena.

And hopefully, the voice of that damn statue with it.

But what about the rest of us? he thought, continuing his internal monologue. I know Duke has the programming skills necessary, and that we've disagreed on several occasions. And yet I'm mostly the same as I was when I first awoke. The same assassin.

The same assassin that was apparently terrible at his work.

I suppose it's not for me to question. Instead I'll focus on what I am, and what I am not. I am no longer a newborn, nor am I a fledgling navi who has yet to acquire the power to do my own job. I am also not emotionless. Because of this I have the capacity to enjoy my work, sometimes a little too much. I am a professional, and I could have torn apart any of the other navis in this tournament in an instant. Voltman understood this, in fact he realized it firsthand. Mirage and Traceur were victims of idiocy and random glitches, though the latter would have been finished had the last attack connected anyway. However, that fight never should have lasted long enough for him to lag out. Anyis was the same way, though I suppose it could be said that neither of them stood a chance in the first place.

I suppose it could also be said that since we never entered this tournament with the sole intent to win it, we haven't tried our hardest. Hell, Duke's lack of sleep is evidence enough of that. As for me, I've been lax. Red has the same weaknesses as any other navi. Three hits, maybe four, would have done her in. Even less with my normal folder. Why I've been driven this far rather than doing so, I don't know. It certainly wasn't because we've been allies in the past, I cleared that up before the match again. I suppose it's the same laxness.

But even if I entered this tournament for fun, I should have stayed at the top of my game from the start. Can't have myself going soft now, can I?





So that's enough screwing around.




Letting go of the guard, Pianissimo activated the AreaGrab chip and vanished from behind the shield. When he reappeared, he was on the opposite side of Red from the Bird God Statue, his right arm encased in a compressed air gun that was trained on the fairy tale navi. He fired, and as he did an explosion of sound followed as the silent effect on the arena ended suddenly, any and all advantage Pianissimo had gained from it channeled into the airshot attack. If his aim was good enough, the attack would send Red right into the statue.

He followed up the attack with his left arm, now playing host to a Vulcan gun. He fired off five shots after Red, an extra attack that would hopefully tip the end result of the match slightly in his favor if sending her into the statue wasn't enough or backfired.

Satisfied, he allowed himself to continue falling. The result of this match was left to the grace of the Bird God now. But if it was to be his end, then at least he would have went out with a bang.
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1. Recover50: You know what goes here
*Speed of Darkness: Pseudo-Dodge (attempt to make self fall faster)
2. Guard1: Between self and Red
3. Enjoy The Silence: Gain five instances of Strengthen30
4. AreaGrab: Teleport+Take Aim: Teleport so Red is between self and Bird God Statue
5. AirShot Red into Bird God Statue: 20+150 (All five instances of Strengthen used) + Microburst
6. Vulcan2: 5x10 at Red
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Both Navis were worn out. Pianissimo was, once again, on his last leg. Red had a lot of things go wrong for her, and now she wasn't in much better shape than her opponent as fire continued to burn around her (10 damage to Red). As they continued their freefalls, both struggled to find the will to continue.

Now the burden was on the Operators. With their Navis in the pits (figuratively), both went about getting the fighters back into action. Shin spoke of bravery, life, and fighting when it matters, reviving the warrior's spirit within his young Navi. Duke... wished Pianissimo well and sent him some chips, leaving the assassin to do some soul searching to find his own fighting spirit. At least he left something for Pianissimo to patch himself up with (+50 HP to Pianissimo). "Different strokes for different folks, the Bird God guesses? The Bird God has spoken!"

Now that the combatants were reinvigorated, the battle commenced. Red made the gutsy first move of teleporting right up to Pianissimo's face. She immediately summoned up a Guard, but she was caught by surprise to find that the fire wasn't hot here. In fact, this was a comfortable, familiar feeling... Grass? Well, whatever (Red gains Regen 5). Pianissimo tried to make himself fall faster to get away, but terminal velocity is a very stubborn thing, so he ended up just summoning up his own Guard as well. "A defensive standoff! The Bird God is anxious! The Bird God has spoken!"

Red waited nervously for Pianissimo to do something against her Guard as they both continued to fall, but behind his own defense, the killer Navi opted to hit the arena's mute button with his sword, cutting the air in such a way to nullify the sound around him and power up his attacks (Pianissimo gains 150 Strengthen). Of course, the patience of a little girl can only go so far, and Red soon hit her limit, causing her to thrust her BambooKnife out from behind the Guard. As expected, the blade bounced off and the impact collected on the shield for a moment before firing back at Red. The close proximity between the two gave Red no time to set her defense back up, but in her luck, the reflection managed to catch the edge of her own Guard, and the reflection re-reflected off the rounded shield's side back at Pianissimo (60 damage to Pianissimo). Thinking this was a good chance to follow up, Red slashed once more with the BambooKnife, but the recoil from blocking another Guard's reflection turned out to be greater than expected, and as a result Red's aim was skewed just enough to let her blade pass by Pianissimo's face with no contact. The Bird God might've said something here, but what with the sound being sucked out of the arena, that was a bit impossible at the moment.

This mistake was Pianissimo's chance. It was his turn to teleport just as his adversary had done earlier, but he was a bit more choosy about the destination. When he reappeared a second later, he was underneath Red in such a way that he could see the Bird God behind her, as they had both fallen well into low altitude by this point. Red lashed out with a RageClaw on her other hand in an effort to catch Pianissimo, but the assassin put just enough distance between them that the effort was for naught. In exchange, Pianissimo raised his right arm encased in an Airshot blaster that had been imbued with every decibel of sound he had collected earlier and pointed it at Red. He pulled the trigger, and an audio explosion ripped through the Sky Shrine. The Bird God found his voice, the Platform Clouds and Storm Cloud shook, and Red got absolutely belted by the sound waves (170 damage to Red). The impact was so strong that it actually sent her flying in the opposite direction, and... perhaps as Pianissimo had planned, crashing into the Bird God (Irritation to Bird God). "You dare lay a hand on the Bird God?!" shouted the golden statue to no one in particular. "Beings who do not respect the Bird God do not receive the Bird God's Grace! The Bird God is angry! The Bird God has spoken!" With that, everything felt... different. More... open. That weird feeling that told Red and Pianissimo it was okay to fall wasn't there anymore, and for good reason. For violating his trust, the Bird God had revoked his blessings from the arena, leaving the fighters to fall to their doom (Bird God's Grace inactive)!

Being the one at lower-altitude because of that Airshot, Pianissimo immediately got that feeling of imminent doom, which also told him to not look down. Red wasn't far behind in getting that nerve-wrecker. If they didn't do something soon, there was a long, long, looong fall waiting for them. Pianissimo and Red both had one gun chip left. Pianissimo had a Vulcan, Red an Airshot. 2 shots, 2 Navis, 1 chance. They were doing this. They were making this happen. Or else.

Red loaded up the Airshot in her throat and readied a blast of candy-scented breath, and Pianissimo lifted his other arm to reveal his Vulcan. Red managed to syphon just a bit of energy from the grassy weather around them (+5 HP to Red), but with Pianissimo's number of bullets, that wouldn't matter. Both Navis were ready to finish this, so they fired. Air rushed out of Red's mouth, and bullets sprayed out Pianissimo's gun. Both attacks passed by each other without conflict, on target to wipe out the opposition. Since they were both on target, though... The first bullet hit Red (10 damage to Red). The Airshot hit Pianissimo (20 damage to Pianissimo). The second bullet, by some strange intervention, missed by a mile, leaving the third shot speeding right towards Red's eye...

She winced for the incoming strike, but it never came. After a cautious first few moments, she cracked one eye open to see the bullet at a standstill, right in front of her. Really, really right in front of her. Also, she wasn't falling anymore. She wasn't rising up either. She was just... standing in midair. The "fire" grass storm seemed to have completely stopped in place too, leaving leaves completely frozen in the air. She nervously backed away from the projectile to try and find Pianissimo, but he was nowhere to be seen. Suddenly, a loud voice boomed from above:

"Congratulations, young warrior! Two Navis entered, one remains! You have emerged victorious and won the ONB Tournament in the Bird God's Sky Shrine! The Bird God congratulates you! The Bird God has spoken!" It's like his ire from being hit before wasn't even there. What a fickle statue.

Red.exe: 1 HP (Stopped in midair under the Bird God, staring down a bullet)
Myun.SP: DIVIDED AND CONQUERED

Pianissimo.exe: EJO'D

Terrain: 100% Missing (Bird God's Grace inactive, area suspended)

Objects:

Bird-God Statue: ??? HP (Absolute center of arena)

12 Platform Clouds: ??? HP (At varying altitudes, spaced out at clock positions)

Storm Cloud: ??? HP (Spanning the central and southeast areas, producing a Smoldering Leaf Storm (Grass effects, Lava effects localized in the southeast); clear zone near the Bird God)


--MATCH OVER--
WINNER: RED.EXE


Red GET: 15000z and Sanctuary

Pianissimo GET: 15000z or VariableSword

Red AND Pianissimo GET: Bird God Figurine (With real gold finish!)
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*spin and victory pose*
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As the airshot hit him, the last of Pianissimo's defenses failed, and his data was forcibly ripped from the arena. Before he was hit, however, he managed a few final words to the Bird God and to Red.

"Heh. And so...it ends."

Half a second later, he reappeared flying through the air, hit the ground, and tumbled to a stop inside the PET. From there he heard the Bird God's announcement of the winner, and saw two mementos of the tournament materialize beside him. An unusual sword with a yellow-green finish and...a figurine in the image of the Bird God.

"Self-important statue..." he muttered.

((Taking the VariableSword))
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"Holy..." Red started, still gawking at the bullet right in front of her.

"Crap..." Shin finished, gawking at how close the match was.

Immediately jacking out and reforming as a hologram in front of Shin, the navi and operator looked each other in the eye and...

"We won!" Both cried in unison, trying to hi-five each other after jumping into the air but utterly collapsing elsewhere since one of the participants was a hologram.

"Wow, that was intense. And... wow... what a prize," Shin whistled, taking a look at both the money and new chip they received, and also the Bird God Trophy. It was a hard battle, and like a dream come true.

"Well Duke, I guess we'll see you guys around sometime," the self-proclaimed ace said, grinning.

[JACK OUT]

[GET: 15000z and Sanctuary]
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