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I had initially found strange and irritating to have to reach Mistral by going all the way to Vale and then from then to the continent of Anima instead or just getting there directly via ship from Vacuo. Reflectin on it though I realized that my client probably didn't want to take any chances and sought to minimize the possibilities of someone noticing my arrival by making me take a detour. As I said: irritating. But a job is a job, and besides, it was all paid. One thing that wasn't paid, and that I felt I quite needed after the long and uneventful travel from Vacuo to Vale, was a good fight. 
So, as is my custom, I reached out for Beacon students and/or Huntsman for a sparring partner. Just to shake off some rust, blow off some steam, and pass some time before resuming my travel towards Mistral.
Unfortunately, the only one to reply in a timely fashion had been a first-year student. Hardly a challenge, considering my experience and ability, but beggars can't be choosers and so here I am, strolling inside an old abandoned factory building and looking around with mild interest. 
What has that to do with anything, you might ask? In short, the answer is that my sparring partner for the day has a sparring ground of her own! That had been a lucky occurrence, that had saved me the trouble of renting a place for the occasion, and reduced the amount of traces I could leave behind. 

"I feel I should thank you again for offering this place as a stage for our little pastime... Amane, was it?"

I said addressing the girl that had accepted my request for a training partner. Of course, I hadn't used my real name and instead presented myself as Amelia Honeydew (I like honeydews, don't judge): a travelling huntress looking for some stress relief.   
I was wearing a pair of tight black but elastic pants, my combat boots, and a black leather jacket. Under it a black tank top and two pairs of holsters for as many guns.

"It's not often I happen to meet first-year students that have their own training ground. You must be quite rich, yes? But I digress... Since this is your place I feel compelled to ask if you have any rules you want me to observe or have any warning regarding the place. Should I pay attention to not shot towards the ceiling, lest it crumbles and falls on our heads or anything similar? Do you want a plain and unobstructed stage or do you want to set some obstacles and covers to spice things up a little?"
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Re: It's raining bullets [Shoko-La vs Amane - Practice Match]
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2018, 12:47:59 AM »
On a corner of Vale’s industrial district is an old, abandoned building, once a piano factory until a large section of it had burnt down in a fire a few years ago, taking the lives of a number of workers. After the incident, nobody wanted to go near the building anymore so it was left there and forgotten. However, recently the building has found use again and was purchased by one Amane Petrichor at an extremely low price. Despite seeing the occasional shifting figures in the corner of her vision or random pings on her aura detection, it was a perfect location (spacious and private) to train without disturbance.

Today, as her team and other students were training at school, Amane had her own idea to improve her combat skills. Between the White Fang, Illustrious, OGRE, and other unsavory people she came across on her missions, she needed to fight against a more realistic opponent and not instructors or other students at Beacon, so she had tasked one of her contacts with locating an assassin or rogue huntsman to train against. Her contact, having a vast underworld network had deduced Shoko-La’s identity as she passed through Vale and signed up for the assassin’s offer under Amane’s name.

Parking her motorcycle inside the building, Amane gets off and pulls out a gun case stuffed into her backpack. She sets it on a nearby table and opens it to reveal a P229 pistol with six loaded magazines. This is what she will be using today. She also takes out a small bundle of violets and sets them at the center of the burnt section of the building before picking up her gun, screwing on the silencer and loading a magazine in, then pushing the slide back. She loved that feeling of the heavy pull and everything clicking into place.

As she waits for Shoko-La to arrive, Amane decides to warm up a little. Keeping her weapon lowered as she gets into position facing a few targets across the span of the fifty meter long building, she flicks it up quicker than the blink of an eye while squeezing the trigger and nails one of them just slightly off center. Having fired her first shot of the day, Amane lowers her gun, then once again flicks it up, making her way through the targets at a rapid pace. Detecting the woman, Amane decocks her pistol back to double action and places it on the table before turning around and listening to her. "Just not the Ducati, not there- she gestures with her hand to the burnt area with the flowers -everywhere else is fair game."
« Last Edit: June 23, 2018, 01:59:09 AM by Inexhaustive »
Explorer / Beacon First Year / Enigmatic Aimbot of Team CASA (Casanova): Amane Petrichor - "Win your battles before they're fought."

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Re: It's raining bullets [Shoko-La vs Amane - Practice Match]
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2018, 07:04:26 AM »
I regarded the student with a considering glance, evaluating her on my personal threat scale. For starters, it surprised me to see her using just one gun. No aspiring hunter or huntress could possibly use just one plain pistol as the main weapon. Mechashifting pocket-knives that turned into rocket launchers? Sure. Plain old guns, not so much. Against even a regular Grimm, a single gun didn't do enough damage fast enough and became dangerously useless against the bigger ones unless you were able to consistently hit the eyes of the monster.
But maybe she is exceptionally good with a gun, what do I know? She could have a semblance that increases accuracy or let her control the path of her bullets... that would be convenient. Or I'm just annoyed because not only I'm fighting a first-year student, but she is also heavily outgunned. Of course, I won't use my semblance, but maybe I should use only two guns?

"Say, lass, are you really going to fight with just that one pistol?"

I asked while opening my jacket and revealing four double-barreled guns. I grabbed two of them and secured them to the back of my custom-made combat boots. Each one had two magazine equipped: one of propulsion dust and one of elemental dust (the right one with lightning and the other with water).

"Oh well, it's not really my business. If you're confident you'll be able to fight back I can use all four guns, but I've no problem with using just one or two to make this a more interesting training. What do you say?" 

The other two guns twirled in my hands, skillfully handled in a display that would not have been out of place in a cowboy-themed fair. 
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Re: It's raining bullets [Shoko-La vs Amane - Practice Match]
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2018, 04:35:28 AM »
Amane's response to Shoko-La's question was to eject the magazine from her gun and load a fresh one in while securing the spares in her coat and the used one in her waist. She watched silently as Shoko-La talked and spun her guns around. All Amane could think of was how utterly and dangerously nonexistent this woman's trigger discipline was, especially for a huntress.
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Re: It's raining bullets [Shoko-La vs Amane - Practice Match]
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2018, 08:41:25 AM »
"Really? No answer? I was asking for your benefit but... I guess you're okay with me doing whatever I want, then.   Ah, to be so young again! You're trying to act like the serious huntress all work and no fun, aren't you? Come on! This is a friendly spar! No reason to be so standoffish."

Oh well, if she wanted to fight with a weapon disadvantage then more power to her. For all Shoko knew, her opponent might have had an overpowered semblance that she could rely on.
As things were, though, Shoko's plan was pretty simple: use one of her guns to block or deflect the bullets that she couldn't dodge while using her other gun to punish the disparity in weaponry.
So she began to walk towards the blond girl. There was no rush, and against a gun, she knew better than to charge forward without caution. Sure she could tank some bullets, but why waste aura?
Her intention was to get close enough to make it a hand to hand fight, where her own prowess and a superior number of weapons could grant her the biggest advantage. It wouldn't have been fun to have a sniping contest in such an open space even if the girl had some ace up her sleeve. Shoko doubted it could be anything able to bring her down with one hit and she wasn't so green to fall twice for the same trick.
As for ammunition, the gun in her right hand was equipped with water and propulsion dust, while the left one with propulsion and ice dust. She had, of course, all kinds of dust magazines in various belts, the main one around her waist and one for each thigh.
She didn't think she would need them though. 

She had, of course, stopped spinning her guns since she had started walking. Now the left one was angles sideways before her, parallel to her chest, clearly meant to protect from incoming attacks, while the other was aimed at Amane.

"Since you're not the talkative kind, shall we begin and let our guns speak for us?"

She could barely keep her face straight while delivering such a silly line. No doubt the girl before her wouldn't realize the it was a mockery of her seriousness, but Shoko didn't really care: her humor was for her own amusement, after all.
She stopped at a couple of meters, and with a light smile that only slightly curved her lips, she fired the first shot.
It was such a telegraphed shot that if it managed to hit, Shoko herself would be embarrassed for her opponent. Originally the gun had been aimed at Amane's chest, but just before pulling the trigger, Shoko had lowered the aim in order to fire a water dust ammo at the girl's left thigh.
Contrary to popular belief, water ammo packed quite a punch and could drench the target after causing a nasty bruise on the point of impact.



Shoko-La's Aura: 100%

Combat log:
One water dust ammo shot: I'd say 5% it if its?


OOC: On the topic of ammunition, we should agree on the capacity of the guns. Six shots? Nine? Twelve?
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Re: It's raining bullets [Shoko-La vs Amane - Practice Match]
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2018, 02:30:06 PM »
Amane kept her gun lowered towards the floor, both to exercise fantastic trigger discipline and so Shoko-La couldn’t predict her line of fire. She ignored the feint, having picked up that Shoko-La’s hand wasn’t properly braced for a committed trigger pull but the moment Shoko-La moved her gun down to squeeze the trigger, Amane flicked her pistol up while pulling the trigger and fired a shot towards the other woman’s barrel. The two bullets collided in midair, creating a splash of water that fell to the floor. With her gun now in single action after the initial shot, Amane didn’t wait to watch and chained the shot with five shots in less than two seconds, each bullet precisely aimed while taking into account Shoko’s movement speed and blocking. The first one went towards her center of gravity near her navel, the second went towards her left shoulder, the third went to her left kneecap, the fourth one to her head, and the fifth to the right side of her chest. Amane had experimented with using two guns at once before but very soon realized that just learning to shoot one gun with deadly precision at rapid-fire speeds made for more efficient use of her training time, which she spent the better parts of her second and third year at Signal practicing and drilling into muscle memory.

Combat Log: Attack defended + 5 shots at 4% each

Aura: 100%
Stamina: 100%
P229 (.357 Sig) Ammo: 6/12 | 53 (-6)

OOC: If you're asking me, Shoko-La's guns look a lot like two-barrel muzzleloaders but that doesn't seem very fair... I don't see anywhere there might be a functional magazine on their appearance (especially with barrels that large) except for the big orb which could be a Dust crystal, so how much do you want to say her guns' capacities are?
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Re: It's raining bullets [Shoko-La vs Amane - Practice Match]
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2018, 05:52:18 PM »
In the split second that took Shoko-La's brain to register that her bullet had been intercepted mid-air, all she could think was a simple: "Oh. That's some nice skill you have there."
There was no time to marvel at the feat though, because Amane's gun continued to move, and so had to do Shoko if she didn't want to be riddled with bullets. She immediately got on the defensive, slightly bending her knees and moving her hands while following the blonde's aim. The assassin interposed the flank of her right-hand gun to block the first shot, then used the right-hand one to block the second and the third and dodged the shot aimed at her head. Having decided to suddenly move her head that way though caused her next move to be slightly delayed. So when her left hand came up to follow her opponent's gun, Shoko realized she would not manage to defend in time. So her body twisted to the right and backward in an instinctual attempt to dodge.
A frustrated hiss of pain escaped her pursed lips when the bullet impacted her side. A clean hit. She hadn't managed to move enough to dodge it even partially. But at least she hadn't been staggered as she would have been if she had been hit in a stationary position and in a more central point.
A detached recess of her mind pointed out to her that she could have fired a propulsion dust-round to give herself the push needed to dodge in time. She had miscalculated.
As things were she instead continued her current movement: both her guns now aimed at Amane while offering her a smaller target (now she was positioned sideways, her left shoulder towards the girl) and slightly crouched. A position ideal to sprint. 

"Two can play at this game, dear."

And sprint she did, giving herself a powerful push towards the girl while firing simoultaneosly with both guns (she took care not to step on the water on the floor: slipping would have been embarassing). Four shots in total, two water ones, aimed at Amane's right side (just under the ribcage) and then at the right shoulder, and two ice ones the mirrored the first two on the left. Dodging in either direction would probably result in being hit by at least one bullet, but it really didn't matter: Shoko-La's intent wasn't really to land a hit anyway. She wanted to close the distance. Of course, Amane would not permit that so easily, either by backpedaling or by trying to stop her advance by showering her with bullets while standing sideways to dodge all four of her shots at once.
It wouldn't have mattered: she was ready to take advantage of each scenario. She could be way more slippery and agile than most, and no better way to prove it that by dancing around the enemy.


Combat log:
4 out of 5 attacks defended

4 shots fired, 4% each, plus dust effects on hit

Aura: 96%
Stamina: 98%
Ammo:
Right-hand gun 4/6 water - 6/6 propulsion
Left-hand gun 4/6 ice - 6/6 propulsion
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Re: It's raining bullets [Shoko-La vs Amane - Practice Match]
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2018, 04:15:36 AM »
Despite four out of her five shots not hitting their mark, Amane was rather amused by her opponent flailing her arm to block the first three shots and turning to dodge the fourth. She was also quite impressed at Shoko-La making all those awkward broad movements in under two seconds without losing her balance or spraining her wrist. Very nice...

As Shoko-La got into a sprinting stance, Amane flicked her pistol to the woman’s supporting back foot the moment she was about to take off while firing a shot, taking advantage of the tensed muscles to be more difficult to dodge and to throw her off balance, with the momentum carried through the push hopefully sending her face forward into the ground. As a safety measure, Amane also fires two bullets in near-instantaneous succession, sounding like a single gunshot to the untrained ear. Each round was angled towards the sides of the tips of Shoko-La’s guns pointed towards her, taking advantage of the assassin’s one-handed grips to parry the guns aside and possibly knock them out through the weaker, more open areas of her hands by leveraging the impact force. Both bullets ricochet off and continue towards Shoko-La. "You ever considered shooting normally?” Amane asks in a genuinely curious tone. “Might do you a whole lot better.”

Combat Log:
- Foot Shot: 4% + 3% faceplant
- 2x Parry Shots - Chance of disarm, ricochet (2%)

Aura: 100%
Stamina: 100%
P229 (.357 SIG) Ammo: 3/12 (-3)
Action Time: 1.5 seconds
« Last Edit: June 30, 2018, 04:22:57 AM by Inexhaustive »
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