"Damn it's cold up here..." Gochen whispered to himself.
The frozen windswept dunes made whistling noises just outside the crater of Jingle Village, Gochen wondered what had happened up here, he had heard Jingle village was supposed to be a good place but it was just gone. Gochen was used to warm sandy beaches where the sun shown all year long and the oceans weren't frozen solid. He missed the beaches with the bikini clad women laying down on the shores getting tans, and enjoying life. Up here the women in other areas all had large winter coats that left a lot to the imagination. Gochen tightened his red coat and pulled down on his toboggan to try and keep the cold out and the warmth in.
All of a sudden a surge of energy from somewhere nearby caught the attention of Gochen. After being up in the cold for a week training as hard as he could, he wasn't used to noticing this amount of power coming from nearby. It was strange to sense this much, this far up north... especially in Jingle Village. On of the reasons he had come up here was to get away from the fighting the rest of the world had to offer. Up here he could just be himself and train as himself.
The power he sensed was further out in the dunes, yet too high to not find out who or what belonged to the power. He cleared the first snowy dune and looked out over the horizon and was greeted by darkness and the many lights the northern lights had to offer. He thought he spotted something in the distance but wasn't quite sure.
It had been a while since Liang paid another visit to the more colder climates after meeting Daiki. To that end, he had decided it was time for a follow-up trip. Taking his standard method of wearing his weights and bringing a few supplies along with him, he set off for wherever a random flight would take him; that is, at least, until he sensed a power level mid-flight as he soared over the frozen landscape. While at first he was going to ignore it, he'd remembered what his Saiyan friend had said to him about meeting other people and interacting with them to strengthen yourself. He halted for a few moments mid-flight, having cloaked himself in a thin layer of ki. He turned his head toward the direction of the power that was a portion higher than his weighted own. With a slight smile crossing his lips, he took off toward the source with haste. As he came closer and closer he slowed his velocity, scanning the land below to try and spot anyone out of the ordinary.
It didn't take long for him to decelerate into a low float and soon spotted the figure he was looking for, presumably; he was peering curiously over the top of some dunes, likely searching equally hard for Liang as Liang had been for him. He wondered if this man had the same motivations he'd had when he first met his Saiyan friend, and being he had supplies with him he figured he would help him on his way if he'd been running low on provisions. As he came closer, he didn't spot a tail. Was this one human, like him? He hadn't seen a human warrior anywhere near his caliber before other than the kickboxer he'd narrowly beaten, but this guy was a fair league above that one. Folding his arms gently as he landed near the figure so as to not surprise him, he uncurled an arm and offered a wave, placing that hand on the strap of his back afterward as he approached with a slow and calm walk.
''I was wondering where that energy I felt was coming from, and it looks like I found the source, hm?'' He offered a friendly smile before setting his pack down. ''My name is Liang. It's funny to meet someone else that might be training out here. Not long ago I wasn't far from this place training in the cold, too. How are you doing on supplies? I've got some water and a bit of food if you haven't found any animals to catch.'' He figured it would be best to come off as friendly and non-threatening as possible; there's no telling what the other man could have encountered out here by now, and he could have been on edge after sensing Liang's energy. He kept a comfortable distance unless he was invited to come closer, but he almost immediately was impressed by finding another human dedicated to becoming stronger. It was an intimidating road to walk, what with battle-purposed Androids and things like Saiyans popping up more and more often on the planet they called home.
"Hello! Thanks for your offer stranger, I could use a few supplies, I thought Jingle Village was supposed to be around here somewhere, do you know what happened to it? All I can find is a crater. Also you can fly? Its the first time I've ever seen anyone fly... pretty impressive. Oh, my name is Gochen by the way. What are you doing all the way up here?."
Gochen walked down off of the dune he was standing on and walked closer to the stranger Liang. He reached out his right hand as a gesture of good faith.
(I was told Jingle Village was reduced to a crater so I changed a sentence or two in my original post and this one as well)
Just as he thought, the fellow human wasn't doing so great when it came to supplies. At the question of his ability to fly, he smiled. ''Yes, it's actually one of the first things my Master ever taught me. If you've knowledge of how to manipulate your ki, think of it as creating a platform beneath your feet. Your body will follow above that platform, so long as you manipulate it correctly. It's a little tricky at first, though it offers a great advantage. My Master once told me that opponents who could fly had an immeasurable advantage against those who could not, much like a bird of prey.'' While a blunt explanation, it did get the point across. If you couldn't fly, an enemy who could would find no trouble scooping you up and dropping you from miles and miles into the sky. In the current world they lived in, it was an important skill for a warrior and somewhat surprised Liang that this fellow fighter hadn't grasped it, at least by the sounds of it. He brought a hand to his chin in thought, tapping his index finger against the flesh and bone thoughtfully.
That was, until, Gochen mentioned Jingle Village. The mention of it had unsettled him; nothing left of civilization or humanity other than a most likely still smoking crater. Hundreds of lives lost in the blink of an eye, and the world kept turning. It was this sort of event that shook his faith in what the strongest of humanity stood for. Sure, there had been news coverage, but had anyone tried to stop it? He pushed the thought into the back of his mind to the best of his trained meditation as he shook hands with the fellow human bearing a genuine smile. He already had a good degree of admiration for the man. He had an idea, and though at first it came about as cross, he figured he'd give curiosity the chance to rear its head and see what would come about. ''Jingle Village was a terrible tragedy. I haven't heard anything outside of news broadcasts, and where I stay, even those are fairly seldom. I'm out here because not long ago I trained, just like you, in the frozen dunes of Earth. I did alongside a Saiyan named Daiki, who taught me much about handling my energy.''
He then took a few steps back and gave his bag a swift kick toward the other Earthling. ''To be honest, I sensed your energy, and I found something admirable in how far you've already come. If you wish, reach inside that bag and get yourself a long drink of water. I find myself curious on how another human has developed alongside me. If you wish to have anything but a single bottle of water, i'd like to see you take it by the force of your will. Your power is admirable, and I think we could both learn something crucial to our training if we were to exchange friendly blows here. Do you accept?'' He offered a friendly smile before hopping back a few more steps and letting out a slow, calm breath, dropping into the fighting stance of the recently-deceased Tiger School.
''If you'd accept a friendly bout...'' (Music, Click Me!) He dropped his legs into a loose stance with his knees bent, his leading right leg forward and his arms relaxed but his elbows locked. His hands spread wide, he curled his fingers tightly inward toward his palms, making half-fists. He uncurled his left and waved it toward himself.
''Then show me what you can do.''
He offered that same genuine half-innocent smile, curling his left hand back in. He'd calmly wait for a battle response past that. From the path he walked, he knew that if this man walked the same road, they'd not only learn of each other but grow in more ways than one from a friendly spar.
Gochen was surprised by the offer the kind stranger had made, yet he wasn't offended. Clearly he knew what he was doing, and he obviously had the power behind the challenge, so, Gochen thought, why not?
He rummaged through the strangers bag taking a cantina of water out and taking a nice long sip of the refreshing water. He smiled a bit as he didn't realize how dry his throat had become. He took another gulp and then replaced the cantina in the bag. He saw a little baggie of trail mix and helped himself, just a handful of the assorted nuts, chocolates and raisins that were in the bag. He then closed the bag and replaced that as well. He looked back up to the stranger, smiled and raised his eye brows and head in an approving manner. He then carefully zipped the duffle bag closed stood up, wiped the crumbs from his face and then used after image. He moved as fast as he could, coming up from the left side of the stranger and trying to deliver a right knee to his temple. If he succeeded then he would do a cartwheel into a handstand in front of the stranger and kick with both of his feet into the strangers chest, pushing off with his hands. If he was able to do that as well then he would land behind the stranger and wait for him to recover.
Liang waited patiently for the fellow human to refresh himself before the battle, though he didn't waver in his stance. He knew as soon as the goods were replaced into his bag, it was likely the fight would be on. He let out a calm breath as he watched the warrior break into a run before vanishing from sight momentarily. Liang's eyes widened at equal portion in impressed satisfaction and surprise, then narrowed in focus. ''I've seen this used before. Handy trick, I have to say...that kickboxer sure did love it. Now, where are you going to strike from? I don't see any signs of movement from the land to my left, nor my right. Will he be bold and strike from the front, or the back? I've got a fifty-fifty shot...'' In the momentary inner monologue, he had decided to commit to frontal defense right as the fighter appeared, and he quickly twisted his body; a second later, and he would have gotten very familiar with Gochen's kneecap at point blank. Raising his left arm and supporting the block with his right, the knee sent him stumbling a few steps with some recoil, immediately placed on the defensive.
He was surprised by the fighter's acrobatic finesse as the kicks to his chest landed cleanly, and when he saw Gochen's body move, he turned the backwards recoil from the blows into a one-eighty degree spin kick, whipping around to try and connect with Gochen's ribs. If it connected, he'd attempt to follow up with a strong elbow toward the right side of his opponent's head. If blocked, he'd retreat back out if he could with a defensive stance and continue looking for a way to reverse his current defensive situation. His arms were still a little numb from the blocked heavy knee, and his chest offered a light ache from the kicks he'd received. ''He's pretty good! Faster than I would have given him credit for without the ability to fly. I wonder where he's trained before this; or is he self-taught?'' He found himself becoming more and more curious as he continued thinking.
I didn't make my usual like button mark here, but I vaguely remember reading over a thread with Gochen and Liang involved, so I'm going to lean on the side of yes it was, but check with Liang and his recent add history to be certain.