[The Proving Ground] Catching Up

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Re: [The Proving Ground] Catching Up

Thu Jan 06, 2022 9:08 pm

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Luckily, the moments of distraction were fleeting. It was an area that Elisabeth had improved in greatly, although it tended to rear its ugly head when the pair were back together for the short periods allowed by his job. She had often considered asking him to request reassignment to Faldrass, so Balthazar could actually live in the home they shared, but as quickly as the thoughts surfaced, she banished them away again. It would never make him truly happy, being assigned to someplace more remote without the constant slew of things to investigate. More than anything, Elisabeth wanted him to be happy - he deserved that.

Her plan mostly worked, for varying values of ‘worked,’ but Elisabeth marveled at the seemingly never-exhausting bag of moves Balthazar had available to him. It wasn’t presumptuous to say that the young woman was skilled, yet sparring with him always felt like the first time they had done so, leaving her feeling clumsy, awkward, frustrated, and hopelessly on the back foot. Yet she knew it was precisely those feelings that spurred her to be better, learn and grow, pushing her in ways that were hard to describe, but she knew she was better for having them.

The sweep wasn’t as effective as she would have liked, but then again, not surprising. Elisabeth got a good kick in, and that was reward itself, remembering a time when all she would have encountered was air. Balthazar had retrieved the training sword, as predicted, and took a moment to critique what had happened while he stepped back from her.

Rubbing her leg a bit, she considered what he said, keeping up her guard as she grinned lightly at him. “Close quarters are the only way I accomplish my objectives, though. You have a longer reach than I, so you can keep me quite busy in numerous ways while I must be creative to thwart your advances, good sir.”

The spar had stalled, but her objective was still clear – the sword. Instead of attacking Balthazar, who now held her training sword, Elisabeth launched into a run for the other blade, waiting to see what he’d throw at her next.

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Re: [The Proving Ground] Catching Up

Fri Jan 07, 2022 7:52 am


32 Vhalar 721
"Close quarters would have just cost you your leg in a real fight. Would it have been worth it?" Balthazar pointed out to Elisabeth when she defended her decision to remain close rather than to break from him and create distance. A leg was a valuable thing. If you lost an arm in battle and had the strength to endure the pain, maybe you could keep fighting- but not a leg. When Balthazar paralyzed an opponent's leg they tended to freeze where they were or fall to the ground and both were bad positions to be in in a fight. He wanted better for Elisabeth who had learned most of her combat in training rather than really battle. Balthazar had learned the opposite way and while it made him more aggressive it made him a little more cautious when teaching. He did not want his mistakes repeated. Without his mutations, he'd have bled to death from little mistakes a long time ago.

He was about to offer other advice when Elisabeth took off towards the sword that was sitting on the ground and Balthazar made no move to stop her. He thought about shifting the ground beneath her feet suddenly to knock her down or sending a low gust of wind for the same purpose, but he didn't. He let her pick the sword up and as soon as she had it in her hands, he attacked. He came in quickly and was there the moment she was upright with the sword. He swiped upwards diagonally with the wooden blade towards Elisabeth's midsection and if she brought her sword around to block it, he would try to seize her wrist with his free hand so he could disarm her again. If she did not and instead parried it, he would come around with another quick swipe of the blade.

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  • Once Paradigm Is Removed: He glows faintly, his skin is warm and sometimes hot to the touch, and when he gets angry sparks literally fly off him. He's a the middle of a field of static electricity so every once in a while when you touch him, you get shocked. Fire leans towards Balthazar and droplets of water seem magnetically attracted to him. He has a series of cracks on his right pectoral that glow of soft emerald. His eyes and the cracks reaching down to his cheeks glow a dark blue. The etheric cracks spiderwebbing up his arms glow orange.

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Re: [The Proving Ground] Catching Up

Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:32 am

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He had a point. He always had a point and usually good ones. Balthazar had practical fighting experience, and while Elisabeth still had a slight edge in the blade department, movement, tactics, and strategy were still firmly Balthazar's areas of expertise. That combination tended to put her at a severe disadvantage every time they sparred. She knew she was getting better and could take small comfort in it and knowing that she was being trained by one of the very best.

It used to be that they trained together all the time, but as time wore on and responsibilities separated them for periods, those sessions became rarer. However, instead of mourning their loss, Elisabeth chose to embrace the time she and Balthazar could spend together, listening to his critiques and enjoying being in the same space with him. The time was a gift, and she wasn't one to waste it.

Their spar continued, and Balthazar let her get to the sword on the ground. Immediately as she grabbed it, though, he attacked with swiftness, using her focus on obtaining the sword to distract her from what he was doing. It was a good tactic, but detecting movement was something Elisabeth did well. He was faster than she was – much faster – but the young mage had gained enough skill to know she was in a vulnerable position.

The diagonal swipe came, and blocking wasn't an option. Blocking an opponent's strike simply stopped motion, which was never a good thing. Always better to move with the flow of combat, in her opinion. Elisabeth parried the strike away from her, anticipating a follow-up. Jumping back, attempting to get her body out of the way of the follow-up strike, she used her jump as the anchor to her own attack sequence, turning counterclockwise and bringing her sword around for a direct horizontal strike, but then following it up with a series of alternating backhand strikes, attempting to back him up a bit and cede ground to her. In no way did she want any part of her body near enough to him that he could use his paralyzing ability, so she took care to mind that.

A brief flicker of thought came to her, an instinct telling her to use defiance to gain an advantage, but there was one problem with that idea - Elisabeth's mutation. The mutation 'lottery,' as she called it, had left her with a horrible tell, for one that knew what they were looking for. Ribbons of color swirled in her eyes when she channeled the elements, even telling someone which element she was working with by the color of ribbon. For that and multiple other reasons related to the magic she shared with Balthazar, he'd know the moment she reached for it.

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Re: [The Proving Ground] Catching Up

Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:01 am


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Elisabeth was lucky Balthazar had not tested whether or not he could paralyze limbs with his kicks because he might have tried if he had any confidence in it. Elisabeth was faster than him with a sword but he had a card he hadn't played yet. It wouldn't be fair by any means but he knew that by now she was probably looking for some way to get an edge over him as well. He always said to strike first. It was time to practice what he preached. As Elisabeth began her series of backhanded strikes with her sword, Balthazar was thrown on the defensive for a few trills. Only a few. As soon as he realized he was losing ground, he stomped his feet a little harder on the ground. Elisabeth might have thought it was defiance or some effort to turn the earth against her, but it was only him activating the enchantment on his boots.

Elisabeth was fast until the boots effect took hold. Time did not stop, it never stopped, but it did seem to slow down just a little. Balthazar saw one of her backhanded swipes coming in and had too long to consider how he wanted to disable it. Worse, he was even faster than he would have been before. He pushed inward when she struck and relied on his strength to force her sword down and out of the way. After that he was in a range she did not want him in and he did exactly what she didn't want. He threw a fast, paralyzing strike at her sword arm before following up immediately with a swipe at her sword to try and knock it from her arm.

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  • Once Paradigm Is Removed: He glows faintly, his skin is warm and sometimes hot to the touch, and when he gets angry sparks literally fly off him. He's a the middle of a field of static electricity so every once in a while when you touch him, you get shocked. Fire leans towards Balthazar and droplets of water seem magnetically attracted to him. He has a series of cracks on his right pectoral that glow of soft emerald. His eyes and the cracks reaching down to his cheeks glow a dark blue. The etheric cracks spiderwebbing up his arms glow orange.

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Re: [The Proving Ground] Catching Up

Mon Jan 17, 2022 5:44 am

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Elisabeth was always looking for an edge with Balthazar. She needed more ‘edges’ than he did, being the lesser skilled combatant in many ways. However, the problem was that her advantages were obvious, either to her opponent or the people around, and could attract unwanted attention. She was a practical, logical sort, and those types of things did occur to her.

During life-or-death combat, that wouldn’t be a consideration. At home, on the warm, orange sand of Haven? She would have used all the tools she had, not having to worry about prying eyes. But inside the Proving Grounds? It was a bit more problematic.

Balthazar, as always, had advantages. Watching him, he stomped his boot, and while Elisabeth wasn’t sure what that was supposed to do. However, in the preceding trills, she was sure something had, in fact, happened. The man closed the distance between them with unnatural speed, and before the mage knew what happened, he was very much in a position to do what exactly what the young woman knew he would, and didn't want. Hadn’t she taken every precaution? Something different was going on, but Elisabeth didn’t have time to figure it out as the strike came in, paralyzing her sword arm for a trill.

He could throw everything he wanted at her – and usually did. But the one thing he generally didn’t consider was that every time he showed her a different tactic, trick, ability, whatever, it made her more robust and resilient. It was for that reason and that reason alone that Elisabeth was able to hang on to her sword as his hit, moving out of range as quick as she could, retreating before he decided to do more damage than the young woman could quickly recover from.

Grinning at him, she rolled her eyes theatrically. “You realize that sometrial, I will find a counter to that damn ability of yours. Use it enough, and I’ll figure it out. Besides, if you wanted to surrender, you could just say so.”

The flow of a fight was a crucial detail that most overlooked. The problem with retreating was that one had to start the attack all over again, unable to use the momentum of battle to push them. Still, Elisabeth understood the significance of tempo, what it offered, and what it potentially could take away from one’s ability to win. That usually gave her a bit of an advantage over more common fighters. Balthazar, however, was not a common fighter.

Shaking out her arm quickly, sword still in hand, Elisabeth launched towards him, renewing her attack. It was fast and hard-charging, but a slightly different look than he had seen before from her, which stood to reason – he hadn’t sparred her in quite some time.

Lifting her arms a bit, she flicked her foot out, attacking with a kick to the stomach, but it would never land, nor was the kick intended to land – a feign – intent on distraction. Usually, when the hands left their guard position in front of a body, it was a mistake and clear opening to be attacked.

Elisabeth was counting on Balthazar to take the opening. If he did, she would immediately attempt to block with her sword, lock up his sword, and then strike with the kick as intended, pushing forcefully with her foot against his stomach to hopefully push Balthazar off balance.

If he didn’t take the bait, that was a different story.

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Re: [The Proving Ground] Catching Up

Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:31 pm


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"By the time you do, I will have another." Balthazar replied with a small shrug when Elisabeth insisted that one trial she would find a way to counter his paralytic ability. He was sure that with enough time and pain to build endurance, most people could overcome it. It was effective because few people had gone through it. Elisabeth, on the other hand, experienced it whenever they had the chance to spar. He chose the same regions every time with some small intention that it would help her build a resistance. She'd held onto her sword despite the jarring shock of him striking his blade against it and she retreated before he decided to do anything more damaging. Good. She was learning to run away. Sometimes that was the best decision. Not that he ever did.

Elisabeth launched into attack again and Balthazar might not have needed the extra speed he had to overcome her offensive, but he still had it to work with all the same. Elisabeth flicked her foot out as if to attack, or fein an attack, with her limb while damaging her guard with her sword by lifting it a little to strike with her leg. He wasn't sure what she expected he was going to do when she stuck a limb out in front of him and he wasn't sure it was the speed that gave him the full edge, but rather than strike at her, he struck the side of her leg directly and took a step back to disengage. "Do you have some secret desire to lose a leg?" Balthazar asked before moving in to attack her.

He held his sword in one hand rather than two and launched into a series of three swipes. Elisabeth might have favored the longsword but Balthazar's faldrunium blade had always felt comfortable wielded either with one or two hands. The training sword felt more comfortable in one so he moved to attack with his body sideways and the blade in one hand. His first swipe was a simple downward flick of his sword arm towards Elisabeth's shoulder. If blocked, if Elisabeth attempted to lock swords, he would push in with a kick similar to the one she'd attempted because the blades would have already been locked in place. If she parried, he would follow up with another two similar strikes.

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  • Once Paradigm Is Removed: He glows faintly, his skin is warm and sometimes hot to the touch, and when he gets angry sparks literally fly off him. He's a the middle of a field of static electricity so every once in a while when you touch him, you get shocked. Fire leans towards Balthazar and droplets of water seem magnetically attracted to him. He has a series of cracks on his right pectoral that glow of soft emerald. His eyes and the cracks reaching down to his cheeks glow a dark blue. The etheric cracks spiderwebbing up his arms glow orange.

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  • Oops, Oops, Ouch: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks in Faldrass. There are two scars on the sides of his abdomen from being stabbed and a slash across his back which blends in with the whip scars.
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