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OOC: Given that Mogan's semblance is time-based, I'd thank you if you could specify the timing of Jima's actions so we don't get confused and make mistakes.



"So, Jima, are you sure you want me to use my semblance?"

Mogan asked her teammate while entering one of Beacon's training halls, already wearing his combat gear. 

"You saw the damage it can do... "

This was the first sparring match he would have with one of his new teammates, and to be honest he was a bit worried. Not only because of his semblance (after all the chances of causing permanent damage, if he was careful, were reasonably low), but because during a fight he tended to show his competitive spirit and could come across as quite arrogant and smug. 

"But I can understand your reasoning. I too, as a general rule, try to fight without using my semblance and so have to adapt to opponents who are free to use their semblances. Take Suntalia, for example! Ahh... must be nice to have an easy and powerful semblance like hers."

Mogan reached the center of the stage and shrugged to loose up his shoulders.

"One last piece of advice, before we start: I'm a liar, so don't trust me."

He then fell into a fighting stance. He positioned sideways, slightly hunched like a coiled spring, offering a smaller target. With his left leg forward and his right arm close to his chest ready to deliver a full force punch, with the aid of Take, of course. His left arm, which was instead covered by Give (the one with the concealed blade and the whip), was before him. His left hand was open, with the palm facing upwards.

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With a confident smirk, he gestured with his left hand, inviting her to get close and daring her to attack.

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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2018, 03:19:58 PM »
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Let's follow the 5 second rule per post! Assume every action/post takes place within 5 seconds, unless stated otherwise. So Mogan's semblance would say, take two posts to come into effect. In the case of the below, let's say the entire action takes place over 5 seconds of Mogan's surprised and can't pull back or 10 if he manages to catch himself.


"C'mon Mahogony, you don't trust me to handle myself?"

The sparing match had been her idea. Ever since that improvisational workout with that first year had nearly ended in her losing - her, a third year - Jima had been looking for any opportunity to improve her skills. So beyond the drafts for new weapons that peppered her sketchbook, the theoretical applications of the Grab n' Go in combat, she'd asked Mogan to go up against her to test her skills. And more importantly, to not hold back.

"I need the practice. Unlike you, Suntalia, or even Lily, I don't have the grace of an offensive semblance. I need to work around someone like you."

She took her place opposite, unhooking Goliath from her waist and shaking forth the mace's vicious spikes in one smooth move. That familiar cocky grin fell into place on her face, even if it was a ruse -  this was going to be one hell of a learning experience, no matter which one of them won.

"Advise dutifully noted - besides, with my semblance, it's hard to get anything by me."

She loosely swings the mace in circles with one hand. Mogan was obviously expecting her to go right to him, but Jima still had a few tricks up her sleeve, and there was no time better than the presence. Rather rushing him as he anticipated, she brought the mace around so that the diamond-shaped tip that concealed the mace's internal grappling hook could fire off with a click - flying forwards to (hopefully) wrap around his hand. Unless Mogan manages to dodge, that, Jima would aim to bring him into range with a harsh yank as the cord started to withdraw - and if he made it into her range without untangling himself or pulling back, then she'd bring spiked end of her mace down across his front in a strong, two-handed bash.

Attack Log:
Grappling Hook Yank: (2%)
Mace Bash (8%)

Jima's Combat Log:
Aura: 100%



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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2018, 06:08:25 PM »
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Honestly, I don't think that this fight will be that slow paced. Considering it will probably be a mid-close ranged fight. And besides Mogan semblance doesn't have to reach 10 seconds to work. The consequences of an impact start ramping up immediately, so for example, after 2.5 seconds they will be 1.5 stronger than the originals. Anyway, if we discover that the five seconds rule isn't practical or can't be applied for timing reason we can just change it.   


The moment Jima pointed the lower tip of her mace towards him, Mogan realized that he was going to soon discover one of the hidden features of the weapon. With a loud click, something shot out of Jima's mace, angrily buzzing towards him and approaching in very fast.
When in doubt: deflect it.
Mogan was fairly confident in the defensive capabilities of both his armored arms, but Take was definitely the one that was more oriented towards defense, so his instinctual answer to Jima's first move was to try to use Take to intercept the incoming projectile by retracting his left hand and bringing forth his right one.   
Only that he didn't manage to deflect anything. Jima's grappling hook, as per design, simply wrapped itself around his right forearm that had helpfully put itself in the way.

"Ah, a grappling hook. Makes sense."

He had just the time to form this thought before his opponent used the rope connecting them to abruptly pull him towards her. Unfortunately for Jima, Mogan hadn't learned to fight the day before, and instead of falling on his face and be dragged on the floor like a fish, he used the force kindly offered by his teammate to roll forward. This move brought him in a crouching position just before Jima. Being yanked had hurt a bit, but he was ready when her spiked mace fell towards his head.  Honestly, Mogan wasn't sure of what Jima's wanted to obtain with this move. Sure, she had undoubtedly put him in a less than advantageous position, but also placed him in a perfect spot to turn the table on her.
And so Mogan did the only logical thing anyone in his position, said position being that of someone whose head was being threatened by a big spiked hunk of metal, could do: prevent the aforementioned piece of metal from making contact. That objective he achieved by grabbing the neck of the mace with both hands.
He buckled under the force of the impact, falling on his right knee, but in return, his right hand, right under the head of the mace, clicked audibly when he augmented his grip with the mechanical features of his weapon.
At this point, Mogan could have tried to disarm Jima, but he knew he couldn't exert much force from his current position. What he could do was bring her to his level: her mace would lose much of his power if she couldn't swing it properly, after all.
And so his left hand also clicked, and from it shot out his own grappling hook, aimed squarely at the middle of the sternum.
His aim, besides taking a chunk of her aura, was to use this distraction to stand up and in so doing find himself right in front of Jima, with both hands gripping her weapon to prevent her from swinging it. He didn't think she would abandon her weapon... but then again she didn't really need to. After all, even if all went according to his plan, she would find herself in the perfect position to deliver the most devastation blow know to mankind. Mogan could only hope that Jima would not stoop so low as to hit below the belt.


Attack log:
Grappling hook impact: I don't know. I guess we can compare it to a gunshot, given the short distance, but what damage it does depends on where Jima gets hit (if she even gets hit). A direct hit to the head I think should take at least 15 to 20% (20% being the worst case scenario: the eye or the throat), but other than that I think 10% max should be okay for a direct hit to the chest (the one described), stomach, shoulders or arms. A scratch between 2 and 5%, depending on the softness of the interested area.   


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Aura: 96%
Grappling hook yank -2
Absorbing the impact from the mace -2
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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2018, 06:29:57 PM »
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C'mon, Jima's not that cruel. She may go for the occasional crotch shot, but he's her teammate even if they're fighting. and for the sake of clarification (bear with me) - five second rule works?

Jima rapidly twists her head and upper body to the side as his left hand raises, but with the point-blank range the shot's nearly unavoidable. She gives a light hiss as it glances across her sternum, visibly glaring down at Mogan."Watch the tattoos."

She's getting pretty tired of people grabbing her mace, but Mogan rising gives her a golden opportunity. At the same moment he stands up, she Pivots on her right foot, simultaneously trying to yank her mace out of his grip while delivering a kick to his stomach with steel-toed boots. With  a little luck, it'll land - otherwise, he'll hopefully at least be moving to avoid it.

Attack Log:
Stomach Kick (6%)

Jima's Combat Stats:
Aura: 100% (-5%)
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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2018, 05:57:34 AM »
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I guess we can try to make it work. If necessary we can specify the timing inside the five seconds.


What to do, what to do? On one hand, Mogan was in a perfect spot to press his advantage. Close quarter fights were his comfort zone, after all, and Jima was effectively trapped, forced to abandon her mace or to keep him close and suffer the consequences.
On the other hand, this was a spar, and it wasn't Mogan's intention to win at all cost... ok it was his intention to win, but not in such an unsatisfactory manner! After all the situation they were in had stemmed from the mistake that had been Jima's first move.
So Mogan resolved to try and "reset" the fight. He hadn't expected Jima to be able to dodge his surprise attack, especially not from such a short distance, but was nonetheless ready for her countermove. Not an optimal countermove, in his opinion, as he was easily able to interpone the back of his left hand between Jima's boot and his stomach. He grunted in pain as the impact, even if dulled by his armor, traveled up his arm. Sure he had to release the grip on her mace to defend himself, but that was fine for more than one reason.
The first reason was that his whip was still partially coiled around his left wrist, and all he had to do to punish Jima's kick was to activate the lightning dust it was equipped with. He wasn't sure that would be able to shock her through the boot, but it was still better than taking a direct hit. Of course, Mogan had also activated the rewind mechanism for the whip/grappling hook.
The second reason was that he didn't need both hands to interfere with Jima's ability to swing her mace. But that wasn't important, given the fact that he released the grip with his right hand too. Why do that? Nothing Jima had done had forced him to let go of the mace, but as said before, continuing to fight an opponent that had been for all intent and purposes basically disarmed, wasn't the objective of the spar.
The third reason was that he used the force of Jima's kick to jump back and regain some distance (a couple of meters give or take). His right hand was still connected to the mace's grappling hook, but as he had proved before, that didn't give Jima much of an advantage. 

"They must be sticker tattoos if you are afraid they can be damaged by a scratch through clothes and aura! Don't worry, I'll buy you a children snack that has one of those as a surprise after I win."

Mogan teased with a cheeky smile,
Yeah, pretty arrogant, but honestly he felt his chances of losing were pretty low. Jima didn't have an offensive semblance and on top of that her weapon was slower and easier to dodge or grab than, say, a sword. For Jima, Mogan was one of the worst matchups. 

"I get that you hoped to score a heavy hit with that first move of yours, but from what I've seen you didn't have a plan B or a way to keep up the pressure if the first attack failed, am I wrong? Your mace is a heavy and powerful weapon but you need to have the range advantage over me to make it shine, so I don't understand why you choose to bet everything in the first exchange. If I hadn't let go of your mace I could have just stood there and kept hitting you with my left hand, that i remind you has also a hidden blade, and you would have been forced to let go of your weapon sooner rather than later."   

Mogan made a brief pause to show the hidden blade on his left arm. It was obvious that if he had remained close, he could have cut her to ribbons or stabbed her at any moment and she wouldn't have had her weapon available to defend herself.

"The grappling hook was a nice surprise, but using it to open the fight isn't a waste of opportunity? I don't want to sound lecturing, but given that your weapon doesn't look complex you should try to exploit its secrets to turn the tables on your opponent when he least expects it or when he thinks he has the upper hand, no?"

Another pause to let his words sink in before the final proposition.

"So how about you free me from your grappling hook and we start again?"

The offer was a good one. After all the grappling hook wasn't much more than a nuisance. Sure it limited Mogan's ability to dodge around, but he didn't need it if he could just grab the mace or step inside her guard.

"And this time we get a bit more serious..."

He thought, feeling the familiar sensation of his semblance slowly activating. He had wished to activate it when he had seen Jima trying to kick him, so hopefully, it would already be active for their next clash.

Attack log:
Lightnin whip: steel isn't the greatest electricity conductor, but it still works. That said I had no idea of what kind of damage such a short shock could cause. Let's say 2%?

Mogan Combat log:
Aura 93%
Absorbing the impact from the kick through the armored hand: -3%
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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2018, 01:55:24 PM »
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Works for me! Jima's taking this fight a little more seriously than normal, so forgive me if she comes off as rude.


Unfortunately for Mogan, the bottom of Jima's shoes are rubber-soled, so the electrical shock from the whip did absolutely nothing to his opponent. It does however, get a brief eyebrow raise out of Jima, wondering exactly what her teammate was thinking. As he steps back though, she tilts her head carefully as she listens to what Mogan had to say - unfortunately, he's right. There's a clink-clink as she activates a mechanism on Goliath, the grappling hook quickly retracting.

"I'll give it to you Mogan, you have a better eye for strategy than I anticipated. I'd like you to notice though, this fight's literally been more talk than action - so stop trying to pick apart my moveset, and come at me. I want no holds-barred, full-on brutalization. I don't care if you break my aura, beat me to a bloody pulp, or anything. Just stop talking and come show me what you're made of." There's a more serious set to Jima's face than usual, that characteristic smirk gone - her eyes have closed, and she shifts so one foot is slightly behind her, shoulders squared, with Goliath loosely dangling from one hand. It's not what you'd anticipate for as a battle stance, but she seems ready - and it's proven by Jima copying the same gesture Mogan performed earlier.

Jima's Combat Stats:
Aura: 95%
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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2018, 05:04:52 PM »
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I'll ask for forgiveness in advance. If there is anything you wish to clarify let me know!




After Jima had released him from her grappling hook and delivered such a passionate speech, mimicking his own mocking gesture, no less, there was only one thing Mogan could do.
He started to laugh but regained his composure soon after and closed his laugh by smashing his right fist into his open waiting left hand, all while keeping both arms parallel to the ground, in a gesture that universally meant that he was ready to fight seriously. 
All that was left on his scarred face was only the most obnoxious cocky grin imaginable. His eyes, meanwhile, kept scanning Jima critically, examining her stance that was so full of openings that he had trouble deciding how to best approach it. It was like going to a restaurant with a 20 pages menu.

"I'm glad you noticed! I kind of have to strategize, given my careful approach to combat. As for the talk... as a matter of fact, I not only did notice the unusual amount of words we have exchanged, but I'm sorry to say that those have been part of the fight too. I mean... I literally cannot believe that worked. My Oum, Jima! Didn't I just tell you not to trust me? And yet you threw away the only advantage you had gained from your first surprise attack just because I fed you some half-truths!? Sure, in my opinion, you could have used the element of surprise better, but you still got what you wanted, no? You could have used the grappling hook to limit my movements and influence my choices, yanking it at any moment to create openings. Sure, that could work both ways, but with the aid of the retracting mechanism, you could have exerted more power than me without giving me any warning and/or time to react in the best possible way. That said, considering that this is a form of training and that the Vytal tournament is approaching, I hope you'll remember whatever you're learning today, as will I. So I hope you won't regret asking me to "beat you to a bloody pulp", when you'll be in one of the infirmary beds, looking at the ceiling and revaluating your life choices."

His semblance had finished warming up, so he now had to be careful. Being hit hard could spell disaster, but he was confident that landing even one hit on Jima could bring a chain reaction that would leave her unable to react. With a series of mechanical sounds, the armor on his right arm rearranged itself into a cannon with a muzzle at both extremities, while from his left forearm the hidden blade emerged, extending itself over his hand to extend his reach.   
So Mogan did what he could do best: bamboozle, distract and confound his opponent, blinding him (or her, in this case) to the real menace. He had revealed all his aces at once, sure, but what he had gained was an opponent that had no way of knowing what Mogan would use and in what way and that had to be on the lookout for each and every weapon in his arsenal.
What better way to deal with a semblance that "enhanced" the senses? Give Jima too much to worry about and she wouldn't be able to keep track of everything. Or at least that was the theory he wanted to put to the test.

Mogan dashed forward: no need for subtlety or elusive maneuvers when your opponent literally had detached senses. 
Three things happened during the aforementioned sprint.

The first was that Mogan's right hand was kept open with the palm towards the ground, the cannon aimed squarely at Jima's chest. Said right arm was extended protectively before his body, the hand approximatively at the height of Mogan's stomach. It's purpose, besides using the cannon at the right moment, was to intercept Jima's mace (or grappling hook) when it inevitably would be used to strike him. The moment that the mace moved up to strike and not to defend would be the right time to fire basically point-blank the cannon at an unprotected target. If instead, the mace came up to defend head and torso against the incoming assault, the cannon would work wonderfully as a potential threat too dangerous to ignore, and that would leave open areas for the other two weapons that Mogan had deployed. And he could fire a shot anyway just to bring her teammate the pain she so clearly wanted inflicted upon herself.

The second was that Mogan's grappling hook fired again from his left hand, this time aimed at the upper thigh beside which dangled Jima's mace. An easy enough place to defend with the mace, a much harder one to move out of the way without upsetting one's balance unless the dodge was flawless. After all, Mogan knew that Jima knew that he could electrify the hook/whip, so she would not risk being hit directly by it (because he could and would electrify it if it managed to hit the intended target). She could try to kick it or stomp on it, but with the other threats coming could she really afford such a time-consuming and opening-creating maneuver? Raising that leg would surely impede the movements of the mace, wouldn't it? Anyway Mogan didn't care, because the third thing that happened was that he thrust his left arm, the hand angled sideways in order to have the palm pointing away from the rest of Jima's form, forward in a stabbing motion aiming at the shoulder opposite to the one at which the grappling hood had been aimed at the start of the dash.

All these moves would leave him with his left arm stretched above his right one, in a perfect position to defend against a counterattack by crossing his arms before him, or by bringing the right arm low to block kicks or the mace.

The best case scenario for Mogan, and conversely the worst for Jima, was that she would use the mace to defend against the hook, and only then bring it up to try and stop the blade. At that point he would have fired with the cannon, likely hitting her in the chest. But even if she managed to bring up the mace in time that would not matter, because the cannon shot would surely push the mace with enough force for it to hit her chest anyway because of the recoil, leaving the way open for the blade, no? Well... not exactly. Because you forgot that Mogan's semblance is now active.
That means that if Jima's thigh is hit by the hook, she has one countdown on her, while if she uses the mace the countdown will be on the mace. Keep this in mind because it will be relevant later.
Nothing happens at first in any case, so Jima can bring the mace up to attack or defend without problems. Let's say she tries to put the mace between herself and the cannon as any sane person would when following one own instinct of autopreservation, at this point the cannon shot hits either her directly or the cannon. If the hook has hit her before, and the cannon hits her now, then the effect of the hook will appear (likely making her stumble because of the sudden impact and subsequent pain) and a new countdown will be applied on her, only for it to be activated once the blade hits its mark. If this sequence of events happens as described here, once the blade makes contact Jima will feel the impact of the cannon and the countdown for the blade strike will be applied to her.

But what if she manages to intercept the cannon shot with the mace? The grappling hook doesn't make enough difference to influence the mass of the mace and is only useful as a distraction and to make Jima waste precious instants. Well, in this case, a countdown is applied on the mace, but nothing happens and so the mace can continue its travel to block the blade.
At this point, various things can happen.
1) Jima intercepts the blade before it strikes her, intending to damage it in some way, and in so doing activates a countdown on the aforementioned blade without stopping the countdown on her mace.
2)  Jima intercepts the blade before it strikes her, without intending to damage it but only to protect herself, and no counter is applied to the blade.
3) Jima thinks she will manage to intercept the blade, only for said blade to violate all the rules and move abruptly and quickly horizontally towards the other side of her body in what can be considered for all intent and purposes a slash and no longer a thrust, evading the mace and applying a new countdown. It would look like someone had pushed the blade laterally by applying a sudden force. And that is exactly the case: do you remember Mogan's gesture before his last speech? He sure does, and his internal clock, honed by countless fights, practice, and experiences (some less successful than others etched into Mogan's skin) is very precise.

"Be careful what you wish for... punk."






Attack log: I've no idea where to start. So I'm going to take the cowards way out and leave it all to you.   ;D

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Aura: 93%
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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2018, 12:03:26 AM »
Mogan's rushing head-on at full speed, bringing his left arm up to fire the grappling hook and prepping his canon. They've both spent long enough talking for him to activate his semblance, so he has the opportunity to strike - and with everything he's betting in this attack landing, it's likely he's got a devastating amount of power behind it.

Time to move.

That back leg suddenly shifts, and seconds before Mogan manages to make contact with either weapon, Jima ducks under his left arm, throwing herself beyond him in while tucking herself into a forwards roll, tucking the handle now-harmless head of the mace up against her stomach, with its handle sticking out and back to the right. At the same moment, the grappling hook fires once again, successfully hitting the far wall so the cord is stretched across the room. Successfully completing the roll, she comes back up in a dead-sprint, pushing off behind him - yanking the cord hard to pull it taunt, and hopefully trip Mogan - who's momentum won't stop easily at this point, and it'll hopefully carry him directly into the cord. Regardless of whether not he trips, the head of Goliath opens up - and a point-blank shotgun blast sounds out, aimed directly at Mogan.

Dodge that.

Attack Log:
Shotgun Blast (8%)

Jima's Combat Stats:
Aura: 95%
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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2018, 05:16:34 PM »
It sure is nice to plan such a complicated attack just to have your opponent dodge out of the way, effectively making all that thought a wasted effort. Well maybe not a wasted effort, because it's still useful for future reference, but the end result is still disappointing. From Mogan's point of view, Jima had taken a big risk in dodging the way she did because there was a possibility he could have adjusted his aim and fired anyway, hitting her during the evasive maneuver, but it had worked, so Mogan really had no reason to complain.
The idea of tripping him and using the shotgun on him also wasn't all bad. In truth, Jima was trying to do her best with the tools at her disposal while probably trying use advantage of what she knew of his semblance. Using the shotgun on him was a very good move because while hitting him with a lot of circular pellets at once would not trigger his semblance in any significant way (because each individual impact would reset the counter and only the final one to make contact would have the chance to have a proper countdown), it would prevent him from knowing where said last pellet was and so he couldn't plan accordingly.

Alas the distance between them wasn't quite enough to give the cone of the shotgun-blast the space it needed to become too wide to be blockable, especially given the fact that Jima had opted for a point-blank shot. In her shoes, Mogan would have waited at least a couple of moment more before firing, and in so doing forcing the opponent to try and defend himself from a wider blast. A thing that Mogan could have done by bringing both his arm together before his face and torso. That would have protected him from the shotgun but would have left him unable to counterattack because both his arms would have been occupied. As it was, however, a using a gun point-blank against a heavily armored opponent wasn't exactly the best idea, and you'll soon see why.

The moment Jima began to move to his left while firing the grappling hook, Mogan's mind threw his carefully laid trap out of the window and reformulated his plan of action. Jima was right in thinking that he couldn't stop his sprint with such a short notice, but then again he didn't need to. If she wanted him to trip against her grappling hook's cable, all he had to do to avoid it was to jump. And that's exactly what Mogan did, but not before reacting to the new circumstances. 
He twisted his head and torso sideways while in midair towards Jima's new position and her shotgun's muzzle pointed at him, and with his head and torso, he moved both his arms too.
Even if Jima hadn't said a word (a fact that annoyed him a bit, given his previous speech), Mogan didn't need to hear her voice to know what had crossed her mind while pulling the trigger. So in his mind, he gave his own retort, underlined by a vicious smirk.

"I don't need to."     

His left arm extended itself towards Jima's shotgun's muzzle, with the hand open and the fingers united in the universal hand gesture that meant "stop". When Jima fired, Mogan's left hand was only a few centimeters away from the muzzle, and all of the pellets from the shotgun impacted harmlessly against his armored hand. Sure he had felt the impact, but it wasn't much, given the express defensive purpose of his armored arms.
Having had to keep his hand in such a way, Mogan couldn't fire his grappling hook at Jima, but once again he had other arrows in his quiver...
While his left hand handled the defense, his right arm handled the offense.
Mogan's right arm was as well aimed at Jima, but the hand was closed in a fist so that the cannon would have a direct line of sight of the target. The moment Mogan heard the roar of Jima's shotgun, he silenced it with the roar of his own heavy equipment. It was a good thing that the spar was still in his early stages: an ordinary cannon shot was not exactly a light hit, but when fully enhanced by his semblance it became something capable of wiping out a huge chunk of aura from someone. So, on one hand, Mogan hoped his shot would hit its mark, on the other, he really hoped that in such case Jima would be able to stop the countdown at least before it reached five seconds.

But enough digression! Let's get back to the action. Last time we checked Morgan's position, he had made to jump over Jima's cable while defending and counter attacking. But what then? Well, he would, of course, land on the other side, turning to face Jima and observe the consequences of his most recent actions and, whatever he had managed to hit Jima or not, he would move back a couple of meters and deploy his whip.
There was no reason to use it yet. The message was clear: between the cannon and the whip he had the range advantage and could just bring her down safely with those, and now he knew he had to watch out for the grappling hook and the shotgun, so it would be hard to hit him with those if he kept his distance. It was clear at this point that Jima probably didn't want to attack him directly anymore (wise choice) and planned of letting him attack in order to create the right circumstances for counter attacking and take advantage of Mogan's own semblance against him. She didn't have much choice: after all, she was outgunned, outsemblanced, and possibly outmatched on skill, technique, and experience. But even knowing that, Mogan couldn't just abandon all of his advantages just to play fair, could he? Hadn't Jima asked him not to go easy on her? So he would force her to take the initiative unless she wanted to be whipped into submission... now that would be quite a nice show. A kinky one, no doubt, but who was he to judge? 




Attack log:
Cannon shot: I'd say at least 15% for the normal one, but even if Jima takes the hit we will have wait to see how much time the semblance has to charge before we can assign a definitive damage value.

Mogan's combat stats:
Aura: 91%
Absorbing the shotgun blast with the armored hand: -2%
The last pellet has applied a countdown that, if brought to ten seconds, will probably shave at least another 2% of aura. 
In other circumstances, I would not have considered any damage taken, but blocking a point-blank shotgun blast with one hand, even with a heavily armored one, without any backlash seemed a bit much.
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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2018, 04:04:37 PM »
Don't let him land a hit don't let him land a hit don'tlethimlandahit-

When you're that close to your opponent, there's not really any room to dodge. Jima doesn't have much room to maneuver, but that doesn't mean there aren't options. As he moves to block the shot from her cannon, Jima can see him pulling that right arm around, so she immediately throws herself backwards - rolling head over heels in order to avoid the inevitable canon shot. She can hear it sail overhead through the roll, returning Goliath to it's standby mode and tucking it up against her stomach in order to take it with her. Halfway across the room, the hook detaches from the wall and starts to zip back into the handle from the mace, and as she successfully comes back up on her feet.

The klink-klink of the grappling hook fully retracting is drowned out by the fact she immediately pumps out two more close-range shotgun shots. With the fact she and Mogan are meters apart, they should land easily, and at the very least, force him to start moving again.
 
Attack Log:
Shotgun Stats (6% x 2)

Jima's Combat Stats:
Aura: 95%
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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2018, 07:13:37 PM »
Crouched and repaired behind his arms, which were joined in front of his head and torso. Mogan was tempted to goad Jima again with some remark about the poor efficacy of her shotgun, but considering he hadn't managed to land a solid hit yet, he didn't feel he had the needed edge.
The metal pellets pinged on his heavy armor like raindrops and doing, unfortunately for him, quite more damage than he expected. He had just blocked a point-blank blast with one hand before, it was clear that even if the cone was larger this time, he just had to use both arms to block.
After the second shower of pellets, ended he could only hope that his bluff would pay off. 

"It should be clear to her at this point that the shotgun is useless against me unless she can fire it past my defenses. And that is just not going to happen unless she takes some serious risks."

Mogan thought while rising to his full height and starting to walk sideways, maintaining a constant distance from his teammate, ready to react to an eventual attack on her part.

"I mean, she can't expect me to do all the work and keep attacking head-on when I've nothing to gain from it, right?"

He then suddenly moved his left arm, sending the whip to crack towards Jima's head, only to stop it halfway, bringing it back and lashing it out again towards her right leg: a feint. 
Again the whip stopped halfway and was brought back and redirected, this time toward the other leg (at the height of the knee) and for real.
Mogan wasn't afraid of the possibility of Jima catching the whip, both because of its speed and because she very well knew it could be electrified at any moment. His only objective was prompting her to attack or alternatively score some light hits that could apply his semblance and then capitalize on it.   
All the while his right arm was aimed at her, the threat of the cannon always present.


Combat log:
whiplash 3%

Initial Aura: 91%
Double shotgun blast: -16% (halved by the armor, last 1% has his own countdown)
Final aura: 83%

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Re: The winner gets a plasma globe [Mogan vs Jima - Practice Match]
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2018, 05:05:11 PM »
The motion as Mogan is forced to block her shots gets determinated grin out of Jima, finally needing to do something to parry her damage. She might just be able to get somewhere, if she can keep up that level of damage and force him on the defensive - he might have have the superior firepower, but all she needs to do is stay a step ahead.

That first flick of his whip is a feint, and she doesn't flinch away as it streaks towards her head and then her leg, instead only staring down Mogan as she pumps the barrel of the shotgun and prepares to fire another blast - but not before that whip suddenly changes direction as he goes to deliver his actual blow. She immediately moves to dive to the side - and she's fast enough to avoid it wrapping around her leg to deliver a shock later on, but not fast enough to avoid the stinging sensation as it makes contact. She comes back up out of the combat role a bit clumsily, still on one knee, and fires off another shot at Mogan's unarmored right side.

Attack Log:
Shotgun Blast (7%)

Jima's Combat Stats:
Aura: 92% (-3%)

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