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Date: 2019-04-18
Pose Count: 14
Alexis Raskoph 2019-04-18 23:08:55 104539
    THere's a construction site somewhere in MItakihara-- one that spans a whole three city blocks. In the daytime it hustles and bustles with activity-- construction workers moving about, vehicles driving through constantly... but with a Barrier, things like that don't really matter. Not that one is up yet, but Stahlritter is waiting for one to be brought up there any moment now. Whenever Rashmi arrives. He'd suggested using this place for an In-Barrier training site, purely because the unfinished, mostly open buildings and the construction equipment make for plenty different obstacles and tunnels to slip through.
    THe Knight himself is perched up on the corner of a very much finished building nearby, high up enough to overlook the construction site while he waits for the redhaired Mage.
Rashmi Terios 2019-04-18 23:12:26 104540
He doesn't have to wait long, either; there's a gleam of sunlight catching metal above the skyline, then the rush of displaced air as Rashmi dives out of the sky to hover, bright-eyed and grinning, above the unfinished steel edifice. "Hi Stahlritter, Kriegsfauste!" she chirps, and her book gives an echoing chime. "How you doing?"
Alexis Raskoph 2019-04-18 23:20:03 104541
    "Rashmi," the Steel Knight's booming voice rumbles out, as he slowly rises up from his crouched posture. Nope, even in his Knight form the GErman isn't really bothered with the japanese culture of addressing most people by their family name. Meanwhile, one of his gauntlets chimes out, <<GUTEN TAG>>.
    ...Yes, volume control is still not quite a thing with Krieg.
    "Just us today?"
Rashmi Terios 2019-04-18 23:26:17 104542
"Just us," the redhead answers with a smile. "Nice spot you've picked out, too!"

*bing!* << SPACE-TIME BARRIER >>

As the dome of green-black energy closes over the pair, shunting them well beyond the worries of the activity down below, Rashmi tilts her head. "So! Do we have any rules for this one?"
Alexis Raskoph 2019-04-18 23:33:22 104543
    "Take the opposite side of the site," he tells her in response, a thickly-gauntleted hand rising up to point along the construction yard, now emptied of all non-magical life. "No stealth-based tactics on my side. Flying allowed as long as you stay beneath the rooflines. Your only job is to keep me from physically reaching you. This sound alright?"
Rashmi Terios 2019-04-18 23:39:34 104544
Rashmi comes to attention in midair, snapping off a smart salute, and dives for her place. "What's my finish line?" she calls as Nicomachea's screens start to flicker into view in their standard arrangement. "I know how I lose, but how do I *win,* y'know?"
Alexis Raskoph 2019-04-18 23:47:58 104545
    "Fifteen minutes," he calls after her, the fiery t-shaped visor resolutely looking on after her. "Your usual tactics focus on support. Today, your only objective is to survive on your own." His hands curl into tight fists that promptly get slammed together, creating a small, audible shockwave from just that alone. "If you manage to knock me out before then that's fine too."
Rashmi Terios 2019-04-18 23:50:28 104546
"Sounds good!" Rashmi chirps, and with a wave of her hand summons a half-dozen Barrets, hovering and seething in the air above her head. "Nico-kun and I have been working on a few wrinkles anyway, this'll be a great time to test them out!"

The redhead bobs in the air once, and extends her free hand. "Whenever you're ready!"
Alexis Raskoph 2019-04-19 00:07:09 104547
    He stands there for a moment, in stillness. Head tilting from one side to the other a few times over to stretch out his neck. ANd then...
    "Here I come."
    WIth that announcement, he leaps off the roof, and the instant he lands, he's already running after her at the kind of speed that he's figure is left in a blur. Crossing over the large yard where construction equipment and supplies have been gathered, he suddenly veers just off to the side. It might seem like he's doing it with the express purpose of making him a more difficult target, but there's a further purpose to it. He rounds by a pile of iron poles, grabbing one and spinning it about in it's hand once before pulling it back as though he was an olympic spear thrower.
    And it's launched with the force of a record-breaking olympic competitor too, towards Rashmi-- loaded with mana to be primed to explode when it hits anything. Even if it's a shield.
Rashmi Terios 2019-04-19 01:06:47 104548
Rashmi has had a good number of lessons beaten into her by her last few battles; top among them, 'Don't block when you can get out of the way.'

And thanks to her Flier Fins, she can do exactly that, diving in a steep angle beneath the path of the exploding pole, her Barrets lancing out in a wide fan, curving inward to track the moving Stahlritter. Each individual Barret may only hurt as much as a hard punch augmented by a standard Barrier Jacket, but the impacts do add up, and Rashmi likes to tune for homing.

Deep within the webwork of exposed steel, concrete, and drywall, a golden light flares into being, accompanied by a Device's voice:

*bing!* << SOLAR SHIELD -- BLUE SHIFT >>

If she really *does* have any new tricks, she hasn't taken them out yet; this shield simply emphasizes kickback over blocking strength.
Alexis Raskoph 2019-04-19 01:25:46 104549
    It's a pleasant surprise rather than a worrying one, since it's sparring session for the explicit purpose of helping one another grow. And thus, rather than exploding right in Rashmi's face, the steel pole explodes just past her after being kicked off by the shield. Not quite giving her the same vision impairment as intended.
    However, down below...
    It quickly becomes evident that there was another purpose for Stahlritter picking this as their training site. THe multiple crimson chains that unfurl from his arms with Kriegsfauste's mode change reach out every which way from him, spinning out to grab onto rebar poles, bricks, industrial jackhammers-- anything heavy they can reach to pull back and start swinging about him in some bizarre improvised barrier of construction equipment. NOt that it's a very sturdy one-- each time a Homing Barret goes for him, a chain swings back towards him and intersects into their path and slams the object they've grabbed into them. ANd each time one gets destroyed, the freed chain reaches out again, for a new one while the Knight leaps through the unfinished masonry.
    "Self-guided attacks are useful and all--" he calls out, while two chains send sledgehammers flying forward. "BUt they're predictable!"
Rashmi Terios 2019-04-19 01:37:40 104550
"That's not always a bad thing~!" Rashmi says, darting away from the shield down a half-finished hallway -- the shield was formed in *front* of her, not around her -- and another cluster of Barrets forms up and spirals outward to weave along the beams.

"Sometimes it can make responses predictable too!"
Alexis Raskoph 2019-04-19 02:01:03 104551
    "Hm?" The Knight's advance along the hallway surrounded by exposed steel and brickwork comes to a stop when he takes count of what's happening. His foot stomps into the ground, and he starts to turn--
    ...And pull his right arm up and inwards, straining against the suddenly-tightened chains.
    And something breaks. Both above and below them. What with the floor and ceiling both starting to come down.
    That's... one way to attack and defend, one guesses.
Rashmi Terios 2019-04-19 02:11:29 104553
*bing!* << SOLAR SHIELD -- RED SHIFT >>

That's certainly a nontraditional way to escape a collapsing ceiling; call a shield into existence for maybe a half-second, then explode it.

Poor shield.

And Rashmi zips through the hole made in the ceiling, weaving through support beams at a relatively sedate pace.

Behind her, at odd intervals, more Barret materialize, hanging motionless where summoned. And none of them light off as Stahlritter passes by.

Ominous golden globes.