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Within Nature ~ Training [Rush] (CLOSED)
« on: January 28, 2018, 01:41:47 PM »
 It was a spot Dr. Budonoki had picked out in advance -- the wide, quietly flowing stream was idyllic in some ways, a ribbon of soft-spoken blue contrasting the vibrant reds that dominated in Forever Fall. It was interrupted only by a single fallen tree trunk that bridged the water, and it was to this that the old Faunus led Juno.

"Juno Vert... the files the school has on you make it clear that you're a capable and creative fighter." Budonoki made his way over to a tree not far from the water where a number of simple metal poles were waiting, placing his staff aside and picking one up. "And I see no reason to contend that. Your performance at the Vytal Festival showed your skills quite clearly. However..." He gestured for Juno to grab one of the wooden poles. They were about four feet long and sturdy looking, the sort that one could easily spar with.

"Your go-to melee weaponry are all hard-light constructions, are they not? Very light and agile by nature, durable... but virtually weightless." The professor tested the balance of his pole, tossing it from one hand to another and spinning it deftly as he did. "To be a Huntsman, you must be ready to adapt. We do not always have the advantage of our preferred weapons, after all, and improvising in the field can prove just as critical as good preparation. Today, we'll be working on your balance. Get a feel for your weapon, then step up onto the log and face me when you're ready to begin..."
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Rush] (CLOSED)
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 05:18:43 PM »
Staves. Juno never had luck with staves. Be it his mother's weapon, Vermilion's spear cannon, or any sort of staff he tried to noodle around with, something about the weapon never really clicked with him. Which, well, was enough of a disappointment when one doesn't consider the fact that it is essentially just a long stick. Nevertheless, the doctor had his reasons.

Once the order was given, Juno reached out and grabbed one of the staves, absentmindedly twirling it in his hand. The stick was well balanced, sturdy, and rather high quality. Thankfully, it was a shorter staff, meaning he could get away with movement based more on swordsmanship than stick fighting. After acclimating himself to the weight and grip of the weapon, Juno adjusted his grip, wielding the staff in a backhand manner before stepping up to the log and edging his way forward. "Whoever gets knocked in the water loses, I take it?" he inquired, the assumption based on the sheer number of martial arts movies he had seen as a child. "Very well. I'm ready when you are."
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Rush] (CLOSED)
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2018, 08:19:28 AM »
The old Faunus chuckled. "You're very competitive -- a good trait in a Huntsman. But no, this is not a contest." Stepping up onto the log, Budonoki assumed a relaxed stance, holding his staff at just above mid-way. "I know that you could use your Semblance fairly easily to avoid being knocked off. Instead, your challenge is to try to knock me off. Now... whenever you're ready."




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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Rush] (CLOSED)
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2018, 03:21:01 PM »
Juno paused as he listened, pursing his lips as the challenge wasn't exactly what he had expected. Nevertheless, he was doubtful it would turn out to be all that difficult. His own semblance negated most concerns about being knccked off himself, though there was no penalty for that anyway. However, he was faced with an experienced huntsman. A task like that, while simple in theory, was not going to be easy to execute. "Very well." The young man stated, tucking the stick beneath his arm as he edged his way onto the log... And immediately going for a backhand swipe to the huntsman's left ankle.
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Rush] (CLOSED)
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2018, 05:30:41 PM »
Juno's opening move was swift, calculated -- and immediately intercepted. Budonoki barely seemed to move his body at all as his staff swept deftly to intercept the backhand. "Good form -- aggressive, unannounced, not bad. I can tell it isn't your first time picking up a staff weapon."

The elder faunus was suddenly in motion, staff whirling before tapping back Juno's -- twice -- in what seemed a heartbeat. These weren't strong strikes but they came swiftly and precisely, aimed more to see how Juno would respond than anything. From there the pace quickened rapidly, with Budo throwing two feints at Juno's right leg then his mid section before coming in with a narrow swipe aimed at Juno's right arm. All the while the surgeon's gaze never left Juno, watching carefully to see how he responded.
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Rush] (CLOSED)
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2018, 04:04:31 PM »
The doctor's retaliation wasn't unexpected. What was unexpected, however, was how nimble the man was. Juno was left with little time to react as Budonoki struck his staff twice, forcing the young man to double back and go on the defensive. Each incoming strike found itself parried or narrowly dodged but with every move, Juno found himself ever closer to the end of the log, slowly losing his room to maneuver as he was pushed back.

Seeing as how he eventually had to do something, Juno took a deep breath, his aura swirling violently around him as his body all but froze, taking the strike to his arm with a grimace. However, with his Semblance active, the young man did not move, and he had time to act freely before he ran out of time. Quick to capitalize on his advantage, Juno lunged forward, moving to strike the man's chest with his knee.
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Rush] (CLOSED)
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2018, 12:24:01 PM »
The old faunus was clearly pleased with how Juno was responding, a soft smile on his lips as he brought his own knee up to intercept Juno's. "Good! You understand that the staff is just one tool -- your arms and legs are levers as well, as is your body... and your emotions."

Launching into a low back flip, Budonoki immediately recovered his stance upon landing. He had, however, tipped his hand in what he'd said, giving away the true aim of the exercise. "Your team returned from, shall we call it, an unofficial mission recently." He was clearly referring to the rescue operation for Caja. Returning to the matter at hand, the old cat whirled his staff before launching a flurry of short, abrupt strikes Juno's way. "The wisdom of old says that we must understand both ourselves and our enemy if we are to succeed. Yours is a complicated path, with faunus as both hated foes and dearest friends." There was a pause in the professor's movements during which he adopted a defensive posture. "Your thoughts and feelings towards the faunus are complicated, conflicted, yes? Show me. Come at me!"
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Rush] (CLOSED)
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2018, 02:19:15 PM »
Juno's brow furrowed as his strike did next to nothing, even with his semblance up. He had expected to, at the very least, disrupt the man's balance, and as the violet light surrounding him faded away, the young man could do little more than return to his stance and prepare for the incoming assault. What he wasn't prepared for, however, was the revelation that Budonoki knew where Juno had been before this trip.

The young man froze for but a moment, processing the information, only to take two quick jabs to the shoulder, and a third strike to his abdomen. Narrowly avoiding an incoming strike to his head, Juno cursed himself for letting his guard down, and slowly returned to a more defensive stance, glaring at the man. He knew. How much did he know? At the very least, he understood that the fang was involved somehow. Did Malina tell him? Who else did that bitch tell?

All these thoughts swam through his head as the man continued to speak, prompting Juno to straighten up as no threat was made present. Budonoki seemed intent on getting a reaction, a glimpse of Juno's emotion expressed through aura, through raw power. In all honesty, Juno probably wouldn't have needed the man's permission to let loose at that point.

The young man was silent as he jammed his staff into the surface of the log, his posture shifting into one more suited for hand to hand. About as quickly as he had dropped into posture, however, Juno lunged toward his opponent, dropping into a sweep, followed by a quick flurry of kicks, each attack enhanced by a violent surge of concentrated aura.
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Rush] (CLOSED)
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2018, 05:55:24 PM »
And here it was... the force and intensity the old faunus had been driving at since the outset. Quicker, perhaps, than expected -- Juno had no trouble bringing the force of his emotions to bear, and in that flurry of counterattacks Budonoki glimpsed not just the fierce spirit that had carried the brawler's rising star during the last Vytal Festival. He could see it writ large in the boy's aggressive moves, in his body language: rage and frustration, driven by fear... possibly even regret. The desire to push back and force out. To create distance and enforce boundaries. Hell, jamming the staff into the log carried much the same connotations as a profanity-laden middle finger. As expected, these were the attacks of someone who really, really didn't want to talk about it.

As expected, however, did not necessarily mean "prepared for".

The leg sweep came in fast -- Juno was operating in his element now, fighting his way, so of course he'd be swifter and more effective. Budonoki was a Huntsman, true, but most of his life hadn't been spent as a warrior and Juno had the advantages of youth behind him. A half-recovery as his body went sideways was interrupted as the first year's foot came flying his way, sending the faunus into a rolling landing. The wood groaned beneath them with the impact; the teacher was quick to twist and spring into a crouch, but the student had momentum and was already on the offensive. Weathering the blows as best he could with staff and arm blocks, Budonoki reminded himself that he had asked for this, literally, and that it served a higher purpose. Even blocking, though, the kicks Juno was doling out packed a wallop... so Budo decided to stop blocking. Between when he'd let go of his staff and when it hit the water he'd ducked beneath one of Juno's kicks, stepped in close for a leg sweep of his own, and followed it up with a rising windmill kick to the chest.

It was time to see how far this could go.
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Re: Within Nature ~ Training [Rush] (CLOSED)
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2018, 11:23:34 AM »
Juno reacted immediately to one of his kicks hitting nothing but air, halting his barrage and stepping back out of range. The windmill kick that followed the manís counterattack was somewhat unexpected, however, and Juno could do little more than raise his arms to block. Budo was strong, that much was undeniable. Of course, the man was a veteran huntsman, whereas he was just a first year, and the fact that Juno was even putting up a fight had to mean that Budo was toying with him, or didnít want to win in the first place.

Just because the old man was holding back didnít mean he would.

Juno rushed in as the threat of an incoming kick was no longer apparent, lunging into a rising knee before whirling around and striking out with an axe kick to hopefully knock the man either into the water or flat on his back.
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