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Fields Outside the Crystal Empire - Princess Cadance v. Sadowi
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:44:02 pm »
Challenging: Princess Mi Amore de Cadenza

Setting: The late morning sun, low in the sky due to the latitude, shines her ardent gaze upon an expanse of tall grasses and perennials in a field just outside of the Crystal Empire, visible in all its glimmering beauty by the horizon and crowned with the magical aurora. Also off in the distance, but not yet where the sky touches the earth, mountains, some capped with snow, dot the landscape, their angular slopes of terracing marking them as homesteads. The temperature is cool right this moment, but is sure to rise as the day ascends.

Challenger: Sadowi, an undead marine of the damned frigate Codrington.

Powers and abilities: A marine, this pony has great proficiency with many weapons, most notably poles such as the boarding hook, javelins the likes of a harpoon, and staves, though he is best with the sword. Without the need for food, water, or oxygen he never tires. Without true gelatinous eyes connected to the brain with nerve cells and instead bestowed teardrops of light able to assume any orientation for eyes along with a career on a small ship that loved the waves but rolled miserably, he is more or less an organic gyroscope, jumping, leaping, hopping, rolling, dodging, sidestepping, cartwheeling, flipping, and/or pirouetting his way across the ring. His gallop is fast, but his reflex is equal to 2.7x108 meters per second and he sees in bullet time.
As an Earth pony, he cannot fly and wouldn't dream of it, but he can jump and is coordinated enough to "climb" through the air, using falling objects or projectiles as platforms.
Sadowi is ambidextrous and can stand, walk, and fight on his hind legs.

Flaws: Proficient, but he has less true experience with weapons not mentioned above. He is not as fast as he once was due to his undead state as a zombie and not a skeleton, still toting around bunches of spare flesh. Flesh, though damp, also makes him more flammable. Raised as a servant to a noble family, he has a strong sense of honour. Facing a head of state, he will give her first move, allow her to choose which fighting discipline (dueling form) she would like to encounter, and will combat with the honour system. For example, should a foreleg of his be struck he will remove and not use it for the rest of the fight.

Armour: Sadowi wears no armour, for it slows him down when he's running awa-er, around and would have been a nightmare to maintain on a far-sailing commerce raider.

Dueling forms:
Ataru: emphasises erratic, almost unbalanced acrobatics to outmaneuver and confuse the opponent and their momentum to deal powerful blows or to flow into the next steps. Most commonly used.
Aegis: utilises precise blocks, short-step dodges, and parries to dizzy or tire the opponent before striking. Very useful in confined areas and against opponents of all sizes, but with his slight frailty he tends to avoid this form.
Parting the Silk: an elegant form most commonly used to practice balance. He always begins with this to transition to others.

Sadowi can do his forms unarmed, though his reach and lethal damage will be impaired.

Equipment: Goldnail: a dao, or Middle Kingdom broadsword.
Sinkhook: name originating from its distinctive, barbed appearance and its guard made from fishing wire, this blade bears little resemblance to the talwar it was cut down from. Attached to another length of fishline coiled around his right foreleg, the weapon can be used as an offhoof sword, a fishing hook, a grappling hook, or a kunai. Will not be used and will stay sheathed on his back, without any fishlines around forelegs, should Princess Cadance choose to face Sadowi in his Parting the Silk or Aegis form.

Fight to: death, surrender, or incapacitate


An earth pony, pelt blued from a drowning, stood at parade rest, his hindhooves hidden by the long grasses and his forelegs crossed over his breast, and eyed, or leered, at his opponent. "Wellnow, what a lovely Princess."
« Last Edit: October 14, 2015, 11:08:42 pm by Sadowi »
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Challenge accepted.


Powers and abilities:
Energy Beam: Shoots a straight beam of energy at the target, can move around while firing.
Energy Blast: Fires a strong but concentrated blast at target.
Shield: Covered her in a shield that lasts until she is weak/fatigued or it is destroyed.
Levitate: Can move and throw objects around her.
The Support of Love: Can convince nearby animals/ponies to fight for her out of their love (messed up i know).
Love Conquers All: If she is at max potential and energy, she can release a huge wave of energy in all directions either burning or sending them flying back. This takes a long time to charge up and can be interrupted.
Charm: She has a chance to temporarily stun a target.


Cadance is strong minded and will fight to the very end, rarely ever giving in even if she is on the verge of death.

Armor: None

The lack of armor helps her move faster but her defense and she can't take consistent hits from opponents as she will quickly be overwhelmed. Cadance typically likes to stay at least at a hover from the ground to help her react fast to attacks. Sometimes she will use her wings to defend her.

Fight!
Cadance lands in front of Sadowi.
"I've told you many times. I don't want to see you anywhere near my kingdom!" She took a step towards the undead stallion. Although his appearance was frightening a little, she tried her best to hide it. "Don't talk to me like that."

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Sadowi popped off his head and held it in his right hoof. Bowing deeply, he brought his hoof to his chest where his heart was, using his head in place of a hat. "Of course, Princess," he drawled. "'Ndeed you have, so many times I'm starting to think 'Prince' Shining Armour might be jealous. But if I remember, trespassing is a crime punishable by death...trial by combat."

He began to unravel the fishing line coiled around his right foreleg and rewrapping it loosely around his sinkhook, deliberately staring at the blade and strands as he worked. When he completed the small chore, he tossed his secondary weapon aside and unsheathed his dao and spun it once over his left forehoof before taking his standard dueling opening stance, the legs he stood on slightly apart and his torso facing away to have his right arm and shoulder forward towards Cadance.

"Come at me, little dove. I'll give you an honourable bout, with your initiative, but will you me? Is your knight in shining armour coming to save you?"
« Last Edit: October 14, 2015, 11:07:51 pm by Sadowi »
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"You leave Shining Armor out of this! A changeling hive and evil king have tried to kill me and failed. I doubt an undead pony could come close." Cadance gains more ai and begins by shooting a beam of magic directly at Sadowi.

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With a calm flick of his wrist, Sadowi angled his blade and took a swing to deflect the beam away from both combatants, laughing merrily. "Hah hah hah! No no no, dearie, the two of you were too weak to stop miss Chrysalis on your onesy. Y'all had to go 'that's the power of love,' because 'it's strong and it's sudden, and it's cruel sometimes. But it might just save your life.'
"And as for Sombra, that's just a pass intercepted and Princess Cadance for the touchdown."


He remained on the ground and watched her, for she was currently too high up for him to reach.
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"Yeah an interception I was able to make." Cadance shot more beam at Sadowi hopefully to throw him off his footing. "You are going to feel just how much power love gives me."

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Sadowi took a step back for every beam that the princess shot at him and ended up walking backwards and in ellipses. Chancing a quick glance behind him without losing his footing by taking bigger steps than normal, he caught sight of the sinkhook lying on the grass off to the side, close enough to reach in a reasonable amount of time. "What are you doing up there?" he jested and nodded to the unused sword nearby. "Don't make me pick that blade over yonder up and throw at you and yank you back down to Earth.
"Or you throw something at me. Go on, I dare ya."
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Cadance gritted her teeth. He was trying to get in her head.

Firing from a distance is wasting her energy right now as it's have little affect on him.
She lowered herself to a low hover as her horn levitated picking up a pike that had been stuck in the ground and charged at Sadowi.

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Running forward as well, Sadowi met the charge, and as soon as he came close, he shot his free forehoof forward to grasp the pike and leapt a little ways off the grounf, throwing out his hindlegs like pistons in a kick aimed for the princess' snout. "He-ey," he sang. "He-ey. What's the matter with your head?"
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Cadance took a direct hit on her snout causing it to bleed as she stumbled backwards. Gritting her teeth and growling she charged at the stallio again this time with her horn charging energy, releasing a beam a few feet in front of him.

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Yanking up on the pike he held with his free hoof, Sadowi brought his body closer to the pole, pulling himself lower, closer to the ground and watching the beam cut a divot on the tip of his nose and between his ears, singing some of his mane. Far too close. He released his grip and fell back onto the ground, cushioned by the tall grass, and stood back up to see Princess Cadance charging at him again, this time with her not being a body's length away. He sprinted for two steps, then dropped down, kicking off with his hindhoof behind him before dropping down onto his knees, one extended and the other in back, using the momentum he gained to slide along the ground in hopes of evading his opponent by going between her legs.
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Cadance quickly adjusted and pointed her horn downwards right at Sadowi who was trying to slide under and released an energy shot.
« Last Edit: October 19, 2015, 11:52:26 pm by Princess Cadance »

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"Arrgh," grumbled Sadowi as he watched the beam launch from her horn and bury itself squarely into his neck, charring a tunnel that bored completely through. Slowing standing up from the slide, he put up his sword and pointed to his throat. "Well princess, you've got me. Shall I leave now?"
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"W-what.... How did you..." She landed and fluffed her wings. "You agree to leave and stay away?"

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He walked around for a bit before he found his other weapon. Sitting down, he coiled the wire back around his right foreleg where it belonged. "Leave? Yes, princess. But stay away? Heh, I can't resist or stay away from you any more than Prince Shining Armour can, what with his hooves running all over you when y'all think no one is watching. Hey, privileged royalty such as yourself, but with no foals after all this time? I...heck, I feel sorry for the two of you. 'Twon't be long until word gets out that you're barren because for some idiotic reason the male cannot be blamed, but you know how ponies love to talk."

He tossed up the sinkhook, both blade and line catching the sun and reflecting light. "I can take you away from all this, you know."
« Last Edit: October 20, 2015, 12:04:21 am by Sadowi »
"It is so much easier to live placidly and complacently. Of course, to live placidly and complacently is not to live at all." -Jack London