This is a pure rookie match - Roufas, ranked just this season, against Baralai, who's never had a match. Unfortunately for Baralai, he'll have to wait for next time to get his first win. Roufas's powerful Lifesprinkler technique will quickly tear through Baralai's horrible durability, ending the fight well before the young Praetor can use Looming Glaicer or Drill Shot - both skills that require a number of turns elapse before they can be used. His offense, combined with his myriad uses of full healing, easily outclass Baralai while keeping Roufas out of harm's way- a recipe for success in his debut appearance.
Being the leader of New Yevon has its perks. Having a crack at a PC in his first match in the DL...well, power confers many things. And unlike Shuyin, who tanked in his first and only DL appearance, Baralai has a good chance to win his debut match. He brings blistering speed and Looming Galcier, which is normally enough to shut down your average PC. But Roufas isn't your average PC; his healing and speed let him match turns with Baralai before the deadly status attack goes off. Even with buildup time required to fire off the attack, though Baralai has plenty of ways to delay Roufas and get to that deadly turn.
*A day before the match.*
"Hey, outta the way!" Rikku said, smashing into someone leaning up aganst a wall in a hallway, in a rush to watch the disco dance contest.
"Well, doesn't that beat all. I'd figure you'd be more polite to me after last time." Rei said, brushing the dust off of himself. "It didn't pay then, now did it?"
"You!? Because of you, I had to work six weeks in this place! Paine made me buy her another stupid sword, so I didn't even have anything to show for massaging Zidane all that time! Why should I be polite to you?" She said angrily.
"Because last time, you had that happen to you? Hah, you're nothing but a burden to your friends anyhow." "What!?"
"Hey, what's going on, Rei...and who...oh, is this the person Momo got the airship loaned from?" Nina said, walking up to the pair.
"Momo? That stupid bunny rabbit ditz rigged that match so that she could get her hands on the airship, and forced me into agreeing to that bet!" Rikku yelled angrily. "Then I had Paine choke me because of it! Ugh! You'll see! I'll make sure my friends never lose again! That'll show you burden!" Rikku said, storming off.
"...Rei, what did you just do?" Nina said, fluttering her rainbow-colored wings.
"I think....I think I just made Baralai lose. I just remembered he had a match tomorrow." Rei said, staring after the scantily-clad girl. "Doesn't that beat all. I need to go talk to Setzer about placing a bet on that." He said, walking off...
*The next day.*
"Well, I guess it's time to fight." Baralai said, pulling out his staff.
"It was time to fight before you tried for five minutes to convince me not to." Roufas said, yawning and pulling out his sword. "Well, let's get on with this."
"I'll show Rei. I'll show him good!" Rikku yelled, as the massive Machina Maw lept onto the rim of the open-air arena. "All I have to do is just blast Roufas from here. It's simple, I've blasted people with this thing a hundred times." she said, ignoring the massive spray of stone rubble her passing showered upon the nearby crowd. "Just fire both cannons at him, and some missiles, and he'll be a shattered statue. Then Baralai will thank me, and I can rub it in on that stupid Rei, and..."
"Um, excuse me." "Oh, be quiet." Rikku said, preparing to fire off both of the massive Machina's cannons and it's missile pods at Roufas. "There, now just a few more seconds.."
"...you just hit me in the head with a boulder, and now you're going to fire a pair of cannons and a pack of missiles down where they can hit the crowd?" Citan said, looking at the strange girl. "Yep!" She said, grinning.
In a flash, Citan unsheathed his sword, then quickly returned it to it's sheath, an action that Rikku evidently didn't even notice, just as the missiles fired...
"Wha? What the...heeeeeeeyyyyyyyyy!!!" She shrieked, as the recoil from the missile pods shoved her backwards over the edge, the upper body of the massive machine falling off it's severed legs.
"...wonderful. It never occured to me she'd get a shot off like that." Citan said, adjusting his glasses, and watching the pack of missiles sail at a somewhat higher, somewhat altered trajectory. "Well, at least she won't rig the match the way she wanted." He said, watching most of the missiles plow into Baralai, smashing him into a wall, quite unconcious.
"Well, it could have been worse. It could have been in a match people cared about." Citan said with a sigh, looking at the sparse crowd...
"You can't be serious." Paine said.
"She really did it." Rei said, shaking his head.
"And now she has amnesia from having a machina fall on her head?" Yuna said, looking at Rikku's bandaged head.
"Not....quite. She seems to think she's someone else, actually." Momo said, with a sigh.
"...Chu? Why are all chu talking about me?" Rikku mumbled sleepily...