This...was her hell. It takes a hefty amount of courage to want to come back here. Especially now. Her used to be home. Now a place that once was one of beauty is completely flipped upside down. She never rememberedthat it was this bad.Perhaps the changes simply drifted away into an entirely new different formatting due to other influences. She doesn't know, and does have the heart to know the answer.
Now most of what she believes to have been her home is now a volcanic region. Which in her mind plays on her heart strings even more. Tallegra would keep her head up though. As she was completely set on improving in some way. The mental and physical training that she will force herself to endure is what she needs to feed on. Now is no time to be foolish.
Which is why she brought along the stranger that she believes will change her into something greater. So she won't have to fear running into the past unprepared. If the warrior Majins can look at death and laugh comfortably she wants to do the same. The air due to the heat of the lingering lava rivers made some breaths incredibly stale. Almost irritating in fact. But she grew a costume to the change of temperature as it wasn't changing any time soon.
The groundur she was standing on might have been rugged, but it was usable in terms of learning footwork. Possibly fighting stances as she doesn't really have any. Or maybe just normal conditioning was to be expected she had no clue. Sansho has all the elements in this situation. He is her volunteer trainer, which means that the ball is in his hands. She has no right to obligate the choices made now. Mostly because she didn't want to. That is how serious this is to her. To make up for all the wonderful souls she lost at the expense of her survival. Although deep down leaving when her "parents" asked was a great choice and there is no getting around it. Sometimes it simply feels too unreal though to know they are gone.
Tallegra although not entirely confident, was somewhat excited despite how harsh all of this seems. Her breaths now calmed. Looking on to the blazing flames and flowing lava. Nothing burned hotter and brighter than her will however...
Current PL: 26,321 (Base Form w/ Heavy Weights; +50% gain)
Molten magma churned and oozed about the volcanic rim, white-hot and viscous. The visage above the site shimmered and wavered from the heat alone. The sulphuric stench of slag and brimstone could suffocate any unprepared individual. Clouts of yellow and orange and black smoke poured and billowed from within the mouth of the volcano as the thick lake of hellfire continued to bubble and flare. The heat was enough to burn and blister one's skin—and that was at a sizeable distance away from the mountaintop.
Rugged feet stood about the ground of hardened molten rock and charred ash. Sansho had called her out to this place if she was at all serious in training. He had not known of the majin's past, not the trauma that she carried upon her shoulders in lieu of what had once happened here—he had merely used it as a test of her resolve. That test would only grow in difficulty as she was about to undergo her trial by combat within these inhuman conditions.
She had arrived. Sansho was somewhat surprised by her determination, given how weak she seemed, though he had to take into account that, by comparison, she was superhuman in comparison to the average mortal on this world. She had no excuse to refrain from coming, and he had expected nothing less.
Crimson eyes flashed from behind the veil of sulphuric gasses as he turned his head to where she stood, a gap of several meters between them. Despite the lightly obscured vision, he could still make out her expression. He could see the discomfort in her face, and the lack of formal discipline in her posture. He was going to change that, and it was not going to be an easy ride for the majin.
The demon huffed as he glared over his shoulder. "So, you have come." He turned to face her, his scarred and reddened body from the heat in clear view. It caused barely any discomfort to the hulking fighter, used to such conditions. "If you have the will to face me, then you had best the will to fight." He extended a hand out, palm upwards. His fingers twitched inwards, signalling her forward. "Show me your strength, girl!"
The momentary pause in between the two of them set up the tone far quicker than an arrangement of words can. The teacher and his currently unworthy student wishing to prove otherwise. Her willpower and determination attempting to fill in more gaps within her mental strength than it is used to. She can't afford to lose focus on her goals. Not now.
As the demon, Sansom spoke his words. Tallegra took the dying seconds as one last time that she can spend in the safety of her mind. Trying her best to not disrespect the man, and keep her mind in the state of survival. She was going to need it if she is to grow beyond where she is. She knows that whole heartedly. Thus upon command, the challenge has begun...
As if it was a switch that was triggered upon the demon's call. The Marine girl let her left foot move back, the ball of that same foot planting itself on the ground firmly. She kept her toes pointing towards Sansho before dipping her upper body inward. Withoutthe ability to fly she would have to try to enhance her footwork firstly. So within the two seconds it too to set up her running stance. The power in her legs and calves tensed up, then released in a burst.
She jolted forward without hesitating on a second thought. Her baggy pants only holding miniscule resistance from the wind being captured in it. But her will to come at Sansho without fear kept her charge secured. So she kept on. No unnecessary noise as each step was focused and only made her running speed faster and faster. Her red eyes staring at the demon looking for a place in his form to aim her incoming strike towards.
Within three seconds if Sansho hadn't planned to meet her at a shorter distance and indeed stayed in place. She would be only five meters away. Which as split seconds shaved away. Swiftly Tallegra would place her left leg forward making it here anchor. From here she kept her back straight to watch his shoulders for sudden movements. While at the same time with her left arm at her waist, she prepared her right arm for the attack which should have only been half a secon.
Her lack of fighting knowledge left her plans limited and hopeful. As she was in high spirits that she'd be able to hit him hard enough let alone touch him regardless. Still having come this far she would follow through. Leaning her body into her punch to shorten travel time keeping her arm chest level. Wanting to keep close and at least get the chance to hopefully get most of her power towards breaking him out of his stance. Overall attenpting to strike Sansho with her closed right hand leading the charge with a heavy mid-level punch.Sansho
Current PL: 26,321 (Base Form w/ Heavy Weights; +50% gain)
Sansho watched the girl carefully, eyes never blinking or shifting away from her visage. She had good posture for sprinting, he could give her that much, but that was all. With how long it took her to get into position before finally setting off, it was well too choreographed. It gave her opponent too much time to get ready and prepare—and against a demon, those precious moments could decide whether one lived or died.
He never changed his stance. He never dropped into his usual position. He didn't need to; it wasn't as though he was fighting a serious opponent. His arm stayed extended even after the majin had begun her attack. It wasn't so much as a taunt as much as it was a gauge, a way to keep her at arm's length. It was, essentially, a target for her—she couldn't hope to get close if the demon was going to be able to use that arm to keep her away. He had tested to see if she would do something about that first.
She didn't. She rushed in headstrong, with the intention of dealing a body blow. That arm that the demon had outstretched swung down to meet hers, batting her strike out of the way with the heel of his palm. His other hand quickly reached out, as fast as lightning, and grasped at her head. The demon's palm was enough to almost cover her face completely, and digits wrapped around her skull like a claw machine. A snap of his arm straight pushed the majin backwards with great force, sending her back almost to her starting position.
"You are slow," he called out to her as his arms relaxed by his side, "and your posture is clumsy!" Once more he raised his arm, and beckoned her to strike. "Again!"
Magma flowed and bursted out of the nearby volcanoes, some landing on Cloud. "Ow! Ow!" He didn't know how anyone could stand this place! Then again, it seemed he was the only one here. Cloud was trying to climb onto the top of a volcano seeing as he had nowhere else to go, being wanted in nearly every city. The surface was made of hardened lava, hard and gray, not to mention it had layers making it hard to climb. He began getting impatient and tried climbing faster, causing him to trip and tumble down the volcano. "Screw this, I'm going to fly..."
Going into the sky, Cloud could see.....absolutely nothing special. It was just more volcanoes and hardened lava. The region wasn't interesting at all, not one bit to Cloud. Cloud was ready to go somewhere else, perhaps the Bamboo Forest? He began to fly east but whilst he was flying Cloud saw two figures on the surface. He couldn't make them out, perhaps he could get closer? While Cloud was interested, he didn't want to get caught by approaching. He flew down, a good distance from the duo.
Looking around, he decided to hide behind a volcano. Slightly peeking out, Cloud could see....Tallegra? It was strange a majin would be in a volcanic region, unless they had some kind of emotional connection towards it? His thoughts were cut off when he saw the demon. Oh, that's why she's here, to train with Sansho, thought Cloud. The last time he tried fighting Sansho he lost miserably. But, he did grow alot ever since then.. He might as well join.
But before he does, Cloud wanted to watch them both fight. Just how strong have the two of them gotten since their first visit? Cloud couldn't sense ki so he simply had to guess. Looking at them both, Cloud simply waited for Tallegra to make her next move.
Her attack was thwarted in a way, that showed Tallegra her inadequate execution way before Sansho said anything. Her punch diverted into unlessness, and before she could even blink. Her momentum was killed from one swift movement from her opponent. Her face literally palmed by Sansho which from how it happened it left her shocked completely, while trying to ignore the strain into her neck along with the loss of balance. For that one moment all she saw was the reddish-brown darkness that was Sansho's palm before being pushed backwards.
She stumbled back awkwardly trying her hardest to stop herself which felt like it was a fight of its own to do. Flailing about, try her hardest to avoid falling completely, even though she was only a couple seconds away from tripping and doing exactly that. When she came to a stop she stared at Sansho with a look that showed how distraught she was about this. And yet listening to him talk triggered her will to keep going. To get better, and overcome this! She couldn't allow herself to slow down.
Tallegra growled lowly in irritation as she straightened up her posture, and then would charge the man. Her inner strength empowering her left hand as she built up the power within her palm to actually conjure up a compacted presence of Ki as she ran towards him. Without a second thought she then flung her left arm forward to send a screaming ball of magenta colored Ki directly at him.
All the while her legs movements were more driven. Running at a much faster speed than before. Wind resistance becoming much less of an issue the closer she became. Ten meters away she would plant her forward foot hard into the ground, and use the strength in her legs to leap upward and forwards. Now taking an arced flight path for attack.
Within the closing moments she tilted her body back midair while pulling back her left leg. Growling firmly as she used the power she had to send a strong kick with the same leg towards Sansho's shoulder this time. Again attempting to throw off his stance. Her torso no matter where her leg went would be twisted to the right. Her right leg now tucked underneath the other in a bent fashion. For whatever reason she was set on trying to break through Sansho instead of working on opens that she needed to look out for. Her mind though was made up regardless and she would strike without fear. Her plans and potential still not even close to budding yet.
Current PL: 26,321 (Base Form w/ Heavy Weights; +50% gain)
The girl was learning, the demon admitted in his own mind, yet she lacked discipline. He could see the confidence partly drain from her, as though the thought of giving up crept around the back of her mind like a parasite. At the same time, her agitation began to show. The demon wondered how much he would have to push her before it became full-fledged anger, and wondered how she would cope with it—anger easily clouded one's judgement.
A small sphere of energy formed in the majin's hand, and was released with a heavy toss like a baseball. The bright magenta glow against the thin veil of sulphuric gasses was easy enough to notice. The extended arm of the demon twisted and flicked to the side, batting the blast to his side. The ball flung outwards wildly before curving around, striking the ground behind Sansho some distance away. The resulting explosion caused ash and magma to spurt from the crater that had formed like a miniature volcanic eruption.
Bright crimson irises traced the majin's movements. She was quicker than before, and the demon had thought maybe she had learned something. But it seemed whenever she took a step forwards, she took two steps back. A good distance away from Sansho, Tallegra went airborne in an attempt to strike him from a higher vantage point. But the fact that she took to the air within sight of her opponent, coupled with the fact that she couldn't fly, left her an easy target.
With the distance so far between the two, and with the majin's linear path of travel, it gave Sansho plenty of time to plan and react accordingly. Not that he needed it. His opponent's leg swung from the side in an aerial half-roundhouse kick towards his shoulder. His arm flung upwards and blocked the strike with his forearm, stopping the attack in its tracks. His wrist twisted and turned outward, grasping at her pants leg with tight fingers before dragging her down to the ground as though her was tearing down a curtain from its railing. His leg then lifted up, almost vertically, before aiming to come down hard on Tallegra, the heel of his foot poised to strike into her abdomen in an axe kick.
Sheesh that's a bit harsh, thought Cloud. The demon until now easily countered or simply dodged every one of the majin's attack. He clearly was stronger. However the majin seemed to be getting smarter and kept on trying! If anything it seemed like something he would do. While he did want to see how much the majin would still fight, Cloud thinks he knows enough by now, it should be time he entered the fight.
Stepping away from the volcano and walking ever so slightly towards the two, Cloud wondered, Would they be okay with me just joining their training session out of nowhere? Should I still join? Ehhh, why not. Whilst walking towards the two, they didn't seem to notice. He walked closer on the hardened lava and crumbled rock, the noise still not being noticed. And then, magma began to fall on him, possibly from the explosion from before. "S-Shit! Gah it burns!" Cloud shouted at the top of his lungs... Wow, very professional Cloud, yeah, just perfect.
"Hey there. I'm sure you remember from East Capitol. Mind if I join?" He looked at the demon, with eyes that screamed, "I'm going to wipe the floor with you." Cloud wasn't like before in East Capitol. He got stronger, alot stronger. However, would pure strength alone be enough to beat the demon? Or would he have to use his brain and smarts? Nah, I'm fine with just my fists. This time, I'm going to beat him, unlike before. thought Cloud. He hoped Tallegra wouldn't get in the way, but this was HER training session so he couldn't just push her away. Cloud waited for the two's response.
She had been stopped again, yet this time much rougher than the simple push or swat of the hand. No Sansho sent her whole attack crashing down literally. From the way, she kicked she hadn't figured out a counter attack simply from her not planning ahead. With that, she was punished for it, with no way out other than down. Straining to try to brace, but only failed meeting the rugged ground hard. The landing knocked the wind from her chest making her groan fade away. The collision made her bounce off leaving a dent within the terrain. However, there was no time to whine about it, as her eyes watched the frightening sight of Sansho preparing to kick while she was underneath him. It was a struggle to react, but with her reflexes, she ignored the staggering discomfort from losing her air and instead forced her body to move. Gripping the ground with her hands, while she used her hips to swing both legs towards the back of Sansho's pivot leg. The movement alone hopefully sweeping the leg completely as she aimed for the back of the knee.
Though if that leg wasn't already losing ground by the time her sweep kick already made contact she, would then have no choice but to swing her hips the other way and roll from underneath him and barely dodge the axe kick. She had no intentions of being hit by that, or receive anything else that Sansho could possibly do from that range. Without a second thought, she pushed herself onto her feet and leaped backward by ten meters to catch her breath that only just now returned to her. She huffed a little but didn't want that slowing her down. Ignoring her now dirty clothes she was just about to give this another go until Cloud had distracted her with his voice. She was confused because she didn't expect to even find another person out here.
She remembered him though. Her mind had a lot of different thoughts going around, but with him here he slowly found his way into the situation. Tallegra sighed for a moment as she knew that he wanted to join before he even said anything. She was trying to figure out what to say, and how she felt about the matter all at once. Closing her eyes to keep from thinking about anything else. But her mind had been made up a long time ago. She didn't want to be rude so she tried to say it as kindly as possible. Considering how training was going so far that was hard to do in general still. "Join if you want, but don't think you won't be a target too if you get in the way." She said with a slight growl. Her tone was way different than what Cloud would be used to, maybe even Sansho for that matter. Something deep within her was spooling up her emotions. Turning it into strength...and even anger actually. She was getting distracted for far too long, and well it was irritating! She shook her head now ignoring Cloud and roared a little as her power grew in a short burst. Sansho will for sure be able to tell. As for Cloud, he may not have to sense like Tallegra, but the sheer minor force of wind pushing outward from her energy spiking could be felt regardless.
A dark red aura shimmered around her body for a short time as her ki expanded, and her physical body tightened up as her muscles became more defined. And with that, her focus was realigned with her trainer. She would slowly raise her left leg in front of her as her hard gaze met him with straight eye contact. Her power building before suddenly her leg came crashing down on the ground. Rumbling the area fiercely as her ki and strength funneled into the ground, then pushed upward. Streams of magma shooting from the ground around her, as three chunks of rock were forced out of the ground in front of her. Suspended by her energy waves long enough for her to use them. She hadn't planned this, but her fighting instincts were getting better. The chunk of rock directly in front of her would be kicked hard sending it flying straight to Sansho. The one to the left would be met with a swift, spinning backhand which would again send it flying to Sansho. The other rock to her right kicked straight upwards which would come in on Sansho like a mortar shell.
Now, this was not to be flashy. No this was her third attempt, but now she had a plan. By now the first two rocks would have already gotten to Sansho. As nice as that is, she was still determined to fight this man head on or nothing. So she readied herself, and before anyone might even be prepared for it. Not even by Tallegra herself. With the increased strength she had forced out she'd dash forward at a stupidly fast speed. Sansho most likely could track it if he was paying attention, but the trick was that this dash the very moment Tallegra moved a step forward turned into an unexpected Z-Vanish. Something that she accidentally triggered merely with power alone.
Still, her focus and mind only registered as her just being within a striking range of her target. Which was right in front of Sansho depending on where he was after the first two rocks came in. Still, with no time to lose, Tallegra tightly tensed her left hand and would send it forward with a scary amount of force for a Majin like her to even have a basic attack. This punch being thrown as a midsection uppercut that if hit how intended would actually be used to also literally pick Sansho up, and make him collide with the third rock that was falling in from above. Although if blocked she would then simply, us her other hand to punch and push him back. Which then let her body flip forward, and reverse wheel kick the rock right at Sansho.Sansho
Current PL: 26,321 (Base Form w/ Heavy Weights; +50% gain)
The majin was resilient, the demon would give her that much. The slam to the ground that she received wasn't exactly a subtle takedown, and she had taken the impact with much durability. He could see the pain and discomfort in her facial expression and briefly limp body, though he had expected so. What he wanted to know, however, was whether or not she was going to be able to shrug off the pain and keep going. He was pleased that she had done exactly that. This wasn't just training; this was going to be treated like a real fight. He expected her to treat it the same.
The majin retaliated with a sweeping leg, hoping to at least topple, if not at least unbalance, the demon with her attack. But as limb connected to limb, Sansho never budged. It was like striking a tree trunk with a baseball bat and expecting to cut it down. With the lack of leverage and force from her prone position, coupled with her lack of power, it only caused the pants leg of the demon's gi to rustle about.
But at least she did not put all of her hopes into it. She had rolled out of the way when it was apparent it wasn't going to work, a contingency plan should the first one fail. The heel of the warrior's foot came crashing into the ground, ash and magma from beneath the surface exploding outwards from the impact itself. Molten slag seared the flesh around the heel of his foot, but it was of no consequence to him. He had bared worse.
He prepared himself for the majin's next attack as soon as she got back into position. But something caught his eye, and perhaps hers too. Tallegra had focused her attention on the boy nearby, but Sansho hadn't even given him the benefit of half of his, not even turning to acknowledge him. His aura, however, began to flow like a crimson shroud around his body, signifying his irritation—he was not one for having his training interrupted.
Neither was his partner, for all intents and purposes. His eyes never tore away once from her, and he could see her irritation turn to frustration, and frustration into anger. Part of his goal was complete; she had reached the breaking point where most fighters' cognitive function turn from calculation to bestial instinct, lashing out with reckless abandon. It was time to see if the majin was to fall into that pitfall.
She was beginning to channel that into power. It was the first step to being able to effectively fight, but it was now a test of whether she could control that power, or if the power will overwhelm her. Sansho watched as she began to undergo a transformation—a bloody red aura surrounded her form, and her muscles became more toned and defined as though she had bulked up a little. The demon huffed, and changed his stance. No longer was it a neutral, relaxed standing position. He shifted sideward, with one arm bent low in front of him while the other was behind and high. Now that he had gotten the majin serious, it was about time he did the same.
With the slam of her foot, three chunks of solid rock burst from the ground below, along with the flaring arcs of magma. Two of these rocks was sent flying at the demon. Sansho spun on his front leg, twirling a full three-sixty with his back leg extended, delivering a roundhouse kick to the boulders headed towards him. Hardened bone and muscle smashed through the rocks, shattering the pair into small chunks and shards. The fragments exploded in all direction, with much of them flying past him from their momentum.
He had taken his eyes off of her for only a brief moment, but that was all the girl needed in order to close the gap. It was as though she had used the rocks as a distraction—and it had worked, somewhat. What was more instrumental to her success was the demon's naivety—he had not expected her to gain as much speed as she did.
A sudden fist was thrown out once more towards his midsection. With as much speed and power she had exhibited, the warrior was not going to treat this lightly. One hand tucked inwards to block the strike, while his second hand braced the first. The impact of the strike sent a jolt through his hands, his wrists, his arms. The pressure from the punch had even made its way towards his chest, like being shot at by an air cannon. It did very little damage in the grand scheme of things, but it could have been serious had he not blocked it.
Sansho didn't even have the time to deliver a counter attack by the time she majin had made her next move. Jumping upwards, she spun forwards, striking the heel of her boot against the third rock that was above the demon. He had scarcely given a care to notice that the third rock was missing, and she had positioned it above as an elevated bombardment.
The demon twisted to his side and held a hand out. He caught the rock with a single large palm as though it were a baseball, and spun around. Using the existing momentum and his own power on top of it, he launched the rock back at her twice as fast. As the projectile flew, the demon also leapt up at her with great speed, his arm tucked to his side, ready to strike. if the majin would stop the rock, then the warrior had no qualms with ploughing through it—and, perhaps, her.
The majin said, in a slightly hostile way, that Cloud could join, but if he got in the way he'd be targeted as well. While he was slightly annoyed by the majin's threat, he felt the exact same way. He began to charge up a ki blast but was just as soon disrupted by Tallegra's scream, causing wind and small debris to come at Cloud's way. It was surprising at first, but Cloud quickly adjusted. From just a scream alone, she was able to send tiny chunks of rock and wind towards him. He was getting excited and soon began running towards the two with the intent to engage whoever tried throwing a fist towards him first. However, yet again, he was stopped right in his tracks when Tallegra crashed her foot down, causing three chunks of rock to appear and magma to shoot out, startling Cloud yet again.
Geez, I swear she was just as strong as she was in East Capitol? Was she hiding this much strength back then?! thought Cloud. Turning his attention back towards the fight. Tallegra now seemed to be engaging in her master plan. She swiftly backhanded two of the cunks of rock, causing them to shoot speedily towards the demon! While the other remaining one would be kicked straight into the air where it would then land on the demon. And to top it all off she would then rush for a punch. He was shocked at just how well the majin was doing against a fighter comparatively much stronger than her. Would Sansho still be able to counter everything Tallegra set up? Before this, he did, but now the majin's strategy was much more well thought on. Her power just oozed with determination and confidence, both traits he definitely had.
Cloud was majorly shocked at how similar he and the majin were so similar, but the one thing that sets the two apart was that Cloud took the easy way out along with letting his emotions get the best of him and Tallegra didn't. She was putting up more of a fight than he did back in East Capitol against Sansho! If Cloud really wanted to defeat Sansho, he had to be just like that. He had to use his head and mindlessly rush in, something he's known for doing. But how exactly was he going to do all this? He decided to watch the fight, desperate for ideas.
Sansho easily broke the two chunks of rock with a roundhouse kick, however all that didn't matter as Tallegra tried landing a punch, only to be blocked by the demon and sending back only a few feet. It did minimal damage but it was still a punch nonetheless. And it wouldn't have landed if not for the chunks of rock. Almost like a distraction! That's what Cloud needed! But he had to find a perfect moment to make one. The majin jumped forward and continued her plan by kicking the third chunk of rock towards the demon, only to be caught easily and thrown back by the demon. Sansho preformed a leap towards the majin, ready to strike with his fist, with enough power to completely destroy the rock, and possibly the majin.
This was his chance! Cloud began to jump at the tip of his shoe, then flew foward towards the duo. In a rush, Cloud charged a surge of energy, releasing it all into a single beam, flying towards Sansho. If the demon continued with his strike, he'd surely get hit by the beam. If he counters it with another attack or try to dodge, then it should provide enough time for Tallegra to dodge the boulder and out of the demon's grasp. The demon had to choose between either, taking a good amount of damage, or counter the attack. The most preferable one was the second one, as Cloud mainly used the beam for a distraction, damage-wise it would do near nothing!
Her power surged at an intensity that she wasn't used to. She couldn't understand where this power came from, but she liked it. She wasn't afraid to let loose that at the same time she needed to keep a leveled head the best she can manage. No matter how strong she gets she still has to gain control over herself. Especially with her lack of experience. The attack she threw at Sansho went much better than what normally is the outcome. She took that as a mental note for now but kept on her toes. Watching as much as she could with the short amount of time in between blows. Her last attack from her angle was close to hitting its mark, and yet still Sansho managed to protect himself. Even using the boulder as a means of counterattacking. She notices the speed that the rock was moving, which was much faster than what it was moving when it was flying towards him. She used this to wager the strength difference which wasn't on par yet. At least to the current power that Sansho was using.
Though just before she made her move, she didn't see it coming. But with her energy she...sensed it? Yes, she could feel the power building and it wasn't coming from Sansho. Which means it was definitely Cloud. She sensed the power he was using for his attack, and with that t was only a second later that both Cloud and Sansho's energy levels became apparent to her. It was amazing, but she had no time to think on that matter. Focusing back on the boulder even though she knew that Sansho was closing in. By the time the beam Cloud shot was moving in Tallegra made contact with the boulder. Using her presence alone to slow its momentum frantically. From here it was depending on what happened on the other end. If the beam distracted him she could completely stop the boulder and safely descend towards the ground.
But if perhaps the beam missed, and didn't even faze him. The moment Sansho breaks through the boulder Tallegra would have disappeared right before his eyes. Although not in the form of a Z-Vanish. No, her power while currently untamed would trip up her Majin Magic which prompted her body to actually escape through a portal opened up behind her without the majin knowing. The portal shutting just as her body completely made its way through. She didn't know wouldn't she was going. And neither would anyone else... KP: 3/3
Current PL: 26,321 (Base Form w/ Heavy Weights; +50% gain)
There was no stopping the demon. His course was set, and he had no rhyme or reason to back down from what was a sure-fire strike. His arm lashed out forwards, his clenched fist striking through the rock and sending its shattered fragments across the landscape in an explosive surge of energy and ki. Dust and debris created a thin veil between the two of them, their visions obscured for just a moment save for the crimson pinpricks of Sansho's eyes. Flesh was about to connect to flesh.
And then flesh connected with only air. The majin had disappeared, completely vanishing from whence she was, with no sign of her emergence within the nearby vicinity. The ordeal had confused the demon, gritting his teeth slightly as he wondered where she had gone—or even if she ran away from the fight.
So many thoughts dulled his attention, and something ploughed into his side, burning his arm and causing him to grimace as he descent from the air. A sudden thud against the ashen ground caused it to split, dust and charred earth flinging and flaking up from where Sansho had landed. Hunched down on one knee, his right hand grasped at his left arm. The flesh was darkened, almost a brown-black color. He could smell the burning hair and skin that came off of it. A mix of burning and tingling pain shot through the limb as though he was struck by lightning—and for all intents and purposes, he was.
His head turned to where the attack came from. His teeth gritted harshly, with almost enough force to shatter them against each other and pierce his own gums. His brow furrowed deeply, creases spreading across his dark, tanned face; any more snarling would tear his flesh asunder. A torrent of anger and rage began to crash against the walls of his soul—who would dare interrupt his training? Who would dare be stupid enough to attack him from his blind spot? Who would dare dishonour the art of combat with the demon of all people?
Flashing, blood-red eyes caught sight of the one who dared as much. The small boy, Cloud, was now fixated upon the demon's gaze; and his gaze was deathly in of itself. Sansho rose to his feet, facing the boy. His snarl was like an angered beasts, and what it craved for now was death… or a close approximation to such.
"You plan on carrying this grudge for so long, boy?" Sansho cried out, his voice loud and booming, even over the sounds of erupting lava. "Then you will carry it to your grave!"
The demon still carried on with his plan of trying to strike the majin. However, after the rock was crushed, the majin seemed to disappear! The demon became stunned and confused once the majin vanished. So did Cloud, but he went on with his attack. Now that the demon was confused as to where Tallegra was, he was defenseless and didn't see the beam coming! Perfect! While this is quite a weak move, it should do to damage him! thought Cloud.
The beam came closer and closer in the demon's vicinity, before landing on his arm. The impact causing an explosion to occur. Cloud stopped shooting the beam, catching his breath. The explosion was still quite close to the ground, causing debris, consisting of hardened lava and rock, to shoot everywhere along with magma. Once the debris and smoke cleared up, he could see the demon's, now burnt, arm. It was a darker tone than the rest of his skin, slightly red and brown. The magma stopped shooting from the ground, now landing on the floor.
All around us was lava upon lava upon lava! Almost the entire area was covered with it! Granted it would cool down sooner or later but the sight was still surprising. The floor was, literally, lava! While Cloud was in awe, the demon was not. He stood up and glared at Cloud with his red eyes, glowing and flashing, more than Cloud had ever seen. He was angry, to say the least. The demon snarled under his breath then shouted comments about Cloud. In response Cloud said, "Only one of those things are true, demon. I'm not going to carry it to my grave nor am I going to die." Cloud's face began to form a smirk, eyeing the demon. "Instead, it's going to be you who dies here!"
Cloud charged in a hefty amount of ki, before releasing it all out. The reaction of energy bursting out was air being shoved outward, along with the lava on the floor. The lava shot all around the hybrid, causing the lava to take on a tsunami-like effect, rushing towards the demon. The waves of lava were coming close. Cloud completely forgot about where the majin was, but he was too focused on the fight to care.