The duel between Ryu and Terra began predictably. Ryu transformed into his Golden Kaiser state, and Terra entered her Esper form. Magic flared around her body, as a blast of azure light detonated around the dragon lord, blasting the golden hue from his body, rendering him human once more. A smirk crossed the glowing face of Terra... she was strong enough. And now, the two of them would enter a lock... Ryu transforming to strike, her blasting away his forms as they appeared, both waiting for the other's power to run out. But she had the advantage... the power of the Kaiser dragon was too great a strain for Ryu to maintain, especially manifested fresh. Her Esper form would depart long after Ryu's last Kaiser fell... and even if they ended up reverting at the same time, with his main source of attack power tied up in his transformations, she would have enough power to crush him. No matter what option he picked, she would win this. No matter what he tried, it would end in failure.
This proved to be prophetic, however... as in Ryu's case, Failure most certainly IS an option. Which is why the sorceress was surprised to see a tiny green whelp facing off against her, rather than the return of the shining Kaiser, after the second blast of darkness cleared from Ryu. And when the glowing woman cleft the little wyrm in twain with a single strike of her sword, returning the man to his human form, and a third enveloped him immediately thereafter, she paled as he transformed into it again. At a single AP per transformation, with the same cost to maintain, he could keep transforming indefinately... or, at least, longer than she could maintain her own transformation. Eventually, her aura of power would fade, and when it did, the next time she killed the beast, her foe would flare with golden light, and she would be helpless before him. It was only a matter of time.
Match to Ryu by forfeit.
Though few will speak of it, villainy has a strict hierarchy, one which dictates that once a villain has been subjected to a particular fate, another villain or hero of equal stature can inflict it again free of penalty and with no resistance tolerated.
Last time Wugui had encountered a villain of Chaos' stature, the results were... well, suffice to say Wugui isn't eager to play guinea pig again anytime soon.
So it was no real surprise when Wugui checked the schedual, noticed who his opponent was, and high-tailed it back to Kowloon as fast as his magic-immune legs would carry him.
Chaos was rather disappointed, though. A nice cursed puppet would have been the perfect birthday gift for Kary.
Zog will win though his sheer endurance. Be prepared to sit down for at least 20 minutes if you plan on challenging him without the D. Heart (or Agini), and I don't think Adel made the trip to Tunlan.
It was the shortest duel in recorded history. .000000001 seconds after Drachma entered the ring, he was knocked out cold by a barrage of attacks that would have floored a weapon or three.
Apparently, he hadn't bothered to check his outfit before he entered the ring. Wearing a "Magical Girl Ghaleon groupie" shirt attracted the ire of a rather annoyed Godlike champion who had been waiting to avenge himself on a certain ninja pervert.. and well, it was at least over fast for Drachma.
Rumor has it that Ghaleon's posted a 500,000 gold reward for information leading to the capture and brutal death of the pervert who printed up those shirts, and helped to give Edge's girlfriend a win.
When reached for comment on the shirt and bounty, Edge laughed, wiped the lipstick off his mask, and quickly fled from an enraged Royce looking to turn him into mulch for his role in the entire fiasco.
For all that Alhazad might be a demon and a cunning one at that, she does have a weakness: Princesses. I mean, let's look at her history. She's been defeated by Cecilia in Wild ARMS and in the DL, she lost to an opponent who ALSO happens to be a princess. Therefore, Toadstool, being a female member of the royal family, defeats the magic demon for all that is good and holy to keep this endearing tradition to continue.
That and faster characters with a decent amount of Magic Defense and healing smashes through Alhazad's tricks. You know, whichever one works for you.
Princess Toadstool: 37
Sleep or ID, Sleep or ID....hard to choose when either one will net you a victory. Marivel seems to be the most underrated character in DL history.
Marivel Armitage: 45
Unlike his previous matches, Watari was a little worried about facing Franz. Afterall, the mantor trainer was actually an experienced soldier, and being attacked with a lightning rune is not a pleasant prospect, even if Franz isn't the most skilled with it.
Watari's solution to the problem was as straightforward as it was ingenious. A carefully placed letter, seemingly from Sten of Highfort, detailed a plan to hold Iku hostage as part of some further, undefined plot to avenge the monkey's loss weeks before. Not one for diplomacy or critical thinking, Franz immediately gathered his platoon and launched the most impressive Mantor assult the DL had ever seen.
Of course, Iku was actually at a spa, a little vactation that had been donated to her by a mysterious benefactor. It had all been so sudden she had neglected to inform Franz, hence his suspectability to the ransom.
It wasn't likely anyone would pin it all on Watari though. Since, really, who cares if Highfort is razed to the ground by a hotheaded mantor trainer?
Ahhh, Yang, your strategic genius is bounded.
When Peppita asked Yang to arm-wrestle rather than fight, Yang wasn't fooled. Everyone had seen that giant fuzzy friend of hers eat a table and a couple chairs just because they were covered in pies.
But he had a plan! Build up his power and then start. Simple, effective. Just end it in one fast burst at the start. What could go wrong?
It sounded simple, until you remember that Peppita also had the ability to build up the power of others.
So, after summoning her Fairy Friend, she promptly started dancing, as both took their seats at the table.
The arm-wrestling started.
And Yang's arm went through the table.
Then through the floor.
Yang didn't mind so much. It hurt surprisingly little.
Then he realized the arm wasn't attached anymore and passed out.
So Yang's strong point isn't strategy.
Now, Peppita's having to reassure the big fuzzy titan. He's really soft hearted and didn't mean to hurt Yang like that.
Meanwhile, Yang's joined a fighting tactics school. If he isn't good at strategy, he can become better, right?
Well, picking Gares' School of Strategic Battle and Motivational Speaking probably wasn't the best start. Maybe he just needs to research things in general more.
Peppita Rosetti: 39
Gotta Gotta Catch Catch 'Em 'Em All All
Considering how both Gogo and Ash fail on indescribable levels, the moment Mewtwo is even released, he promptly smites either of the winning trainers with Psychic.
Match to the Psycho Kitty.
Oh glories of glories, Rinoa had done it again! After one week of chattering and flattering and nattering and damselling, she had once again cracked the shell of another stubborn, anti-social, boring cold fish of a man and got to his sweet, caring, loving, and her worshipping interior!
Once Sephy was all mopey and dopey, but now he's a charming, wining, dining stud! It's enough to make Rinoa feel all happy and sappy for another job well done!
And Sephy's invited Rinoa to his home in the North Crater for a surprise! Yup, Rinoa thought as she opened the now taste-fully furnished portal to core of the craater, another job well done by the lovable host of Lovingly, Heartily Yours. And then she died.
Thw whisper-keen edge of the Masamune finished its wide arc and Sephiroth smoothly sheated the legendary sword. Pushing away his silver locks, the SOLDIER walked to the center of the room, sat down on a chair, and put on a headset.
"Welcome back folks to Heartbreak Hotel, where yours truly help you split up from your annoyingly clingy love interest by splitting them up." he said in a a surprisingly uppity DJ voice, "As you can guess from the two dull thumps earlier, that was Squall's request, Rinoa Heartily, losing her head in a rather literal way. I would like to give special thanks to my mother for helping me bait that air-headed harpy. Mother, you're the best, and I hope you got the Jecht punching bag I sent you. And now, for the next request..."
The one-winged angel snapped his fingers, and one of his failed clones brought him a stack of papers.
"Ah, here's a letter from one of our beloved dragoons! 'Dear Sephy, I never thought I'd be doing this, but Shana has been tormenting me for as long as I have met her...'"
Rinoa converts Sephiroth: 27
Sephiroth maims Rinoa: 48