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Subject Post 2Subject: Re: Make it Stop [Ceal/Kai] Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:59 am
The Wastelands which dotted Earth had quickly become Jian Yijun's favorite training spots. The varying climates and types of enemies he would encounter at different Wastelands added a bit of spice and needed diversity to Kai's training regiments. The challenge of adapting to extreme temperatures both high and low was an added point of interest for him, especially because as a fire element user he wouldn't normally have to deal with the cold but being able to train in it was necessary to deal with those who directly countered his own abilities. In some locations endless rain poured down soaking the land in a torrential monsoon, never abating. In others molten lava erupted from cracks in the ground, an environment even Hollows tended to stay clear of.
However today he was in an arid desert, a land which could best be described as barren. Not even cacti grew here. Devoid of animal life of all kinds, the usual expected sounds of vultures was replaced by the occasional roar of whatever monstrous Hollow or demon currently called this wasteland home. This only increased the appeal to Kai as it meant even if he got wrapped up in some larger-than-life battle he needn't worry about loss of life of any kind besides his own. Burning heat radiating from the brilliant sun casting an all-seeing light across the land also happened to enhance his fighting capabilities nicely, allowing him to take on more and more powerful opponents while pushing himself past his own limits continuously. In a region swarmed by all kinds of villainous creatures and enemies, this fact was particularly nice.
Having already done his warm up taolu, or training forms, Kai had been spending the past hour or so going from group to group of vile beasts and monsters and demonstrating what he was capable of to the unawares creatures. Kai walked up to a ragtag arrangement of Hollows and demons seemingly in cahoots in order to survive in such desolate, dangerous lands. Acting quickly he rushed forward and immediately dispatched the closest enemy with relative ease, bifurcating it entirely with the large blade of his ancestral weapon Erphtal. Before the rest could react Kai had already launched a ball of glowing green flames at his second victim's head, destroying the Hollow's mask and killing it in the same instant. Wanting to take out the rest of the group in a single action, Kai launched Erphtal at the chest of one of the larger demons before dropping to his hands and began spinning in place with his legs in the air. This created a whirlwind inferno, incinerating his remaining enemies in a vortex of fire.
Now finished with yet another pack of beasts Kai began walking toward an old trail which seemed ancient in origin if for no other reason than curiosity. Without warning a significant spike in energy accompanied by a rather loud scream shot up a few dozen meters down the path he was now traveling on. Thinking someone had come under attack Kai immediately began sprinting and turned the nearby corner. It was then the Chinese youth was greeted by a strange scene: A blonde-haired girl clad in somewhat risque clothing was sobbing on the ground while her surroundings appeared as though they'd been ravaged by something. Having already witnessed both incredible and terrifying things in his short life, Kai approached the woman cautiously with both hands gripped firmly around his weapon. Wary of the circumstances he had come across, Kai cleared his throat and spoke a bit to whoever it was kneeling in front of him.
"Are you alright? My name is Kai and I'm a Warden in Vanguard, I'm here to help if you need it. What happened here exactly?"
Subject Post 4Subject: Re: Make it Stop [Ceal/Kai] Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:17 am
Kai watched with surprise as pitch black electric energy arced across the pathway, its origin being the clearly frightened girl doubled over in the middle of nowhere. Though Kai had experienced war and death on a scale previously unimaginable to him, this entire situation seemed a bit out of the ordinary. He was starting to believe what had occurred wasn't quite so simple as some unknown assailant being the cause of the surrounding damage, frightening this woman in the process. Kai's thoughts raced as his gaze repeatedly ran over the scenery once again to ascertain any further information which could help solve this puzzle since the apparent victim would likely not be of much use in this mission.
When her head shot up Kai was finally able to get a look at her face, though it was still somewhat veiled by locks of golden hair. Her luminescent green eyes immediately reminded him of his own. Just a person... having met incredible and vile individuals capable of mass destruction if not more, Kai occasionally had to remind himself of people's humanity despite their inhuman tendencies. Before he knew it she had already fled backward until reaching a wall, evidently in fear of Kai himself. Well that's not how people usually react when I say I'm Vanguard. It was true, usually people either just ignored him or asked for his help. Her halfhearted attempt at getting him to leave would hardly dissuade the Warden from further investigating the scene and circumstances he'd found himself in.
"Listen I can't leave, not until I've figured out what has happened. Few understand but giving help when not asked for it is the essence of being a hero. I could just walk away because you asked me to...but I won't. Everyone deserves kindness, even when they don't want it." To emphasize his final statement Kai placed lifted Erphtal with his right hand and impaled it into the ground next to him, its bottom blade keeping it standing. While her decision to summon some sort of serpentine creation of ebony electricity might have been able to force a lesser man back, Kai continued on by stepping toward the girl. Assuming she didn't do anything else to hinder his movements, once only a meter or so away Kai reached his right arm out and held his hand open in an offer to help the girl to her feet. The realization she may have caused this destruction had already crossed his mind, but regardless he was going to do everything in his power to reassure the distressed and frightened woman he wasn't there to harm her.
Subject Post 6Subject: Re: Make it Stop [Ceal/Kai] Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:22 pm
Kai observed intently the various emotions and thoughts seemingly running through the fallen woman's mind, flashes of changes appearing across her face. Though by no means an emotional man, having grown up in a conservative and traditional household which emphasized working hard and focusing on improving his standing in business and life over personal feelings or connections, Kai had still learned to read the reactions and responses of those he met. While usually reserved to give him an advantage in business meetings, in this particular case the intuition he had learned over the years allowed him to keep track of what appeared to be infighting of some kind within the woman he'd just met's mind.
When Ceal's black electricity-amplified arm dropped to her side, no longer held up threateningly against the man approaching her, Kai breathed a sigh of relief. He hoped this meant she was starting to ease up and give his offer some more thought, potentially even considering accepting it. The fact his words seemed to inspire a sense of surprise in the woman told Kai all he really needed to know about her history with individuals like him: Either there was none or those she'd met weren't truly heroic. The concept of heroism had grown tremendously important to Kai, inspiring both his words and actions. Though he used to be prone to hesitating in the face of danger, now he rushed toward it head-first if it meant defending the defenseless and protecting those who could not protect themselves. It was true this meant he repeatedly came face to face with death itself, nearly being destroyed on multiple occasions in just a short time, but to Kai it didn't matter. All that mattered was putting his life on the line so others wouldn't have to.
With such powerful drive like few others experienced or had of their own, Kai pushed himself in situations which placed him directly in the line of fire without worrying about his own safety or welfare. This was evident in his current actions, particularly his ignoring of the static electricity-like feeling nipping at his clothing and skin. The woman's unwillingness to or inability to accept his kindness drove him to speak aloud once again. "Everyone has darkness in them, even the most brilliant of angels. However we all have a duty to fend it off, not just for our own sake but for the sake of those around us. We are all in the same boat together, sailing through an ocean of darkness which would love for us to destroy each other. I can't make you change who you are just because I reach my hand out and say a few pretty words. You have to decide for yourself if you're happy or proud of who you are. If you decide you could use a little help up, well...accept my offer and we'll see what happens. Remember: Everyone deserves kindness, no matter what they've done or who they are."
Subject Post 8Subject: Re: Make it Stop [Ceal/Kai] Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:48 pm
Watching intently as the girl still huddled over on the ground reacted to his words, Kai quickly realized his speech would not have its desired effect. Instead of inspiring her to forgive herself and others, she seemed to just get progressively angrier and angrier until eventually reaching a boiling point by the time he stopped speaking. Though he had sought to resolve whatever issues she was having, at least temporarily, through peaceful discussion and symbolic gestures of kindness, it was clear it wouldn't be quite so simple to bring Ceal back to reality. This realization was reinforced by her immediate explosion of anger followed by lashing out, quite literally, at the Chinese youth. Despite attacking suddenly, Kai was just barely able to defend himself in time from the whip of electrical black energy his newest foe produced. He did this by blowing air from his lungs, creating a flamethrower originating from a few centimeters away from his mouth. This green fire quickly enveloped the black whip and also pushed Kai back three or so meters from the force of the blast.
Now safely located away from Ceal, Kai was able to get a grip on what was starting to occur with his opponent. Her wild and chaotic words emphasized her currently destructive state of mind, revealing whatever she was dealing with was far worse than anything Kai had imagined. Her words dripped with pandemonium in animalistic fashion, proving to Kai she was ready not just to fight but to even kill him if need be. Though Ceal's last words stung deep into Kai's heart, it was the entirety of her speech which truly saddened the man in ways he had not had to deal with recently. Though every single caused Ceal to fall deeper into a put of despair and dementation, Kai closed his eyes and faced the ground for a few seconds. Chaos and destruction may wash over his surroundings like a tidal wave, but Kai was considering his next actions very carefully.
After a short gap of silence, Kai began speaking out loud to Ceal without looking up at her. "You may experience or cause incredible pain, commit or have committed against you terrible crimes. But-" at this point he looked up and opened his eyes, revealing what seemed to be a raging inferno in his soul through the glowing green of his gaze, and finished speaking "-Never believe yourself to be unforgivable. I shall help cleanse the darkness from your soul. Forgive me."
As Kai finished speaking both his hands tightened into fists and were suddenly coated in flames of green. Assuming a combative stance by shifting his right foot back about half a meter and his hands raised and facing Ceal, he prepared to do battle with someone he very much did not want to fight. Despite these feelings he cocked back his right fist and, using his entire body, swung forward with it in the form of a punch, bringing his entire right side with it as he did so. This action caused a large blast of fire to burst forth, quickly growing in size conically until it was nearly five meters wide and would, if it reached her, completely envelop Ceal. He doubted this attack would be enough to take her down given what he had just witnessed, so he followed up with three rapid jabs in a left-right-left format, sending forth a smaller sphere of green flame with each. Though not very large individually, on impact the spheres would grow into larger infernal explosions and build on each other, encompassing much of the terrain surrounding the demonic girl Kai faced. Each of his attacks roared as if it was a mighty mythological dragon behind the fire, not a mere man. Now he waited.
Subject Post 10Subject: Re: Make it Stop [Ceal/Kai] Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:40 am
Wanting to observe how his opponent would or could deal with his attacks instead of relentlessly following up immediately, Kai stood still as his firm gaze followed her movements. After having observed her previous attack and demonstration of her electric-like power, Kai came to the conclusion her ability was not fit for direct confrontation with something overwhelming like fire and was likely better for more precise attacks. This realization would be proven true, at least for now, after she dove behind one of the nearby stone pillars in order to avoid his spheres of fire. To him this meant if he continued on with large, destructive attacks he could eventually catch her off guard. Whether this meant using Stances or not would quickly be determined.
From behind the safety of a large pillar Kai's foe prepared and fired what seemed to be some sort of arrow with a cable attached to it, perhaps hoping to end this conflict quickly with a direct hit. However, after all the life or death, war-like situations Kai had been through these past few months, his awareness and reaction speed had been sharpened to superhuman levels. Before Ceal's weapon made it halfway between the two combatants, Kai had already managed to shift to Ranger stance and nocked an arrow. After momentarily taking aim at the projectile, Kai loosed his own with the goal of them colliding mid-air. Once the two missiles collided, the jade arrow would explode into a miniature inferno capable of melting metal from the heat alone. Though unsure of his opponent's weapon's durability, Kai hoped that would be enough to do away with her most recent attack for now.
Without hesitation Kai continued his aggressive ardour and immediately nocked another two arrows in his bow before firing them as well. This time they hit the lower end of the pillar Ceal was hiding behind and became lodged in the rock structure. "Hiding in the shadows is no way to live life!" As he said this the arrows exploded as their predecessor had, this time with enough force to break apart significant chunks of the pillar's base. The inferno created by the arrows would likely have enough intensity to push the remaining stone over and, if she remained still, onto Ceal. However he very much doubted she would allow herself to be crushed to death so Kai switched back to Standard Stance and prepared for his next action.
Not sure of exactly where Ceal would go next, Kai wanted to make it as difficult to approach him as he possibly could. This train of thought led him to dropping onto his hands with his legs raised up off the ground. Once in position Kai spun around in a circle over five times, with each rotation sending out a wide ring of burning green flames meant to engulf the surroundings and, if she neared him, Ceal herself. Each of these rings of fire was tilted slightly differently than the others, making it especially difficult to avoid them all and land an attack from above or below. Once Kai figured he had done enough for now, after almost ten waves of fire had been launched at his surroundings, he twisted and turned quickly until he was in a kneeling position with his Ranger Stance bow once again back in his hands and aiming for his opponent. He would not allow himself to be surprised or attacked from the shadows again.