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This time, Laurent is more prepared and roll out of the way, before attempting to engulf Dracula in an Inferno, using a similar pillar of flame to try to strike him, potentially reaching his face.
Takumi fires off arrows in quick succession. He's trading some aim in exchange for that, though.
Brain nods vigorously, before he toon-physics his way out of there. Somehow.
There's a bit of a mess left behind.
The saiyan's ki spikes a bit, punching the ground below him.
Bismark avoids the attack due to pure luck this time, as he leaps through in between the moments where Dracula disperses and turns into bats.
He falls flat on his stomach though, causing him to flinch.
HABIT stops to taunt, only to get comboed from bat to bat.
Cheelai sidesteps a bat and honks into Phoenix, the two's clumsiness rendering them unharmed but unable to retaliate.
At Dracula's new location, he uses a circling variant of Dark Inferno, where each orb fired alternates between moving clockwise and counter-clockwise in an orbit around him as they slowly travel outward from him (Infernal Spiral).
Bismark jumps back on his feet. This time he knows he heard something.
He isn't left with any time to wonder though, seeing the incoming orbs. This time he focuses and slashes at every orb that gets close to him, figuring that, in the case that he can't destroy them, he might be able to knock them off course.
Takumi spring backward and follow Bismarck's action, shooting at the orbs and giving Laurent the time to switch pages on his book.
HABIT clashed his katana with a fire orb, attempting to set it off course.
Cheelai fires shots at Drac's kneecaps, not knowing about the head thing. However, she gets hit by an orb, not paying attention to their movements.
Phoenix gets down and searches for evidence, dodging by accident.
The orbs are unfortunately unstoppable.
And, of course, Cheelai's shots go right through Dracula's misty body.
He teleports and unleashes another Hellfire/Eruption combo, although this time the Eruption is three simultaneous pillars right in front of him rather than targeted or spread-out.
Laurent casts a Thoron, attempting to have it spear Dracula through the face. Takumi, meanwhile, crit, letting loose an arrow of superb power towards the vampire lord's cranium.
Onyxis - Yamoshi and Bardock
Gunnor dodges the first spike easily with a blur of speed. Although suddenly he trips and falls. The icy exterior on his armor drains, and a cold breath starts to release from his helmet. He almost utters a word right before the second one lands, dead on. His armor cracks and his helmet nearly shattered into pieces. A look of incredible surprise was on his black face. His eyes that once glowed a bright iceblue were now a deep red. He looks at Yamoshi with fear in his eyes, he starts to stand frantically.
Onyxis - Project!Jhin
Far away from the castle, Project!Jhin was moving across the snow, what was that on his sensors? He nears a hill overlooking the area where whatever had crash landed would be. The cyborg clutched his holstered hand cannon, holding it to his side. His wool coat flowed in a brisk wind. A smell of fire suddenly intruded in his nose. He stopped, reaching the peak of the hill. He looked down at the Nightbringer, the red overlay on his mask glowed. He was analyzing his target, who was this? His sleek robotic body was a void black, and a very bright red. Probably very obvious to see. He was laughing inside his mask, he thought something about this man funny.
Bismark backs off a little and gets an idea. He releases more smoke, covering his whole body in it, then charges forward and lunges towards Dracula, having his smoky armor take the brunt of the fire, breaking down as it burns, and tries to slash at Dracula's face with both of his claws.
Edited by IchigoMontoya on May 20th 2019 at 2:45:56 AM
The Nightbringer kept walking, passing through a small valley of frozen hills. The heat coming off of him starting to melt the sides of the two structures next to him. He didnít notice the cyborg on the top of the peak. His flaming katana in its sheath on his hip.
Cheelai thinks for a moment before aiming for a headshot, then backstepping away from a shot.
HABIT is blown back, but is not hit by any new attacks.
Phoenix finds another piece of evidence!
There is an impact flash from Cheelai's shot, and Dracula drops to his knees, his cape draped over him.
Then he stands up and spreads his arms out in a manner very reminiscent of a T-pose, becoming enveloped in dark energy, growing in size...
... turning into a giant monster like the one Bismark feared.◊
If anyone bothers trying, they will find that Dracula is no longer intangible everywhere except the head; his entire body is vulnerable in this form.
Dracula makes three advancing claw swipes with massive power and weight behind them (Claw Strike).
Edited by KiriK on May 21st 2019 at 7:42:53 AM
When Dracula drops to his knees, Bismark looks overjoyed.
"We already won?"
The poor guy's joy lasts for but a second, as Dracula transforms. Bismark stares, his expression frozen on his face, and a whimper escaping him.
Bismark gets struck by all three strikes as a result, ending up crashing into the wall and being pretty badly hurt.
"Ouch... hhh... ow...", he groans, pained, and desperately searching for one of the capsules.
n't ne it
"Hhhh... w... what...?"
Don't need it
"... what?", Bismark asks, confused, and not realizing he's talking out loud while the voice he hears isn't.
We don't need it.
Bismark, breathing heavily, strangely feels like he should do as he's told, and slowly gets up, which reveals that he has a pretty bad-looking gash in his chest and stomach area, and it's deep enough to draw blood. Naturally, upon seeing that, Bismark starts to hyperventilate.
Edited by DevilPsyco on May 20th 2019 at 11:12:36 AM
Laurent put forth a shield but his arm's torn up and the attack break through, sending him flying through the room.
Takumi is shocked at Dracula's form but is noticeably less so when Laurent is struck, and furiously attempt to sink arrows into Dracula's torso. Glass Joe, meanwhile, is distressed at Laurent's beating and resolve to help him.
He prepares a punch, his entire body is shaking but for once in his life, he's determined not to cower.
Dracula spews a spread of Hellfire from his maw. Unlike in his human form, this does consist of three fireballs flying from the same origin point in different directions, rather than being at different elevations and traveling in the same direction.
Thanks to this fact, Glass Joe is safe from the fireballs due to being right underneath Dracula (for the coming punch) while they're aimed at middle and long range, for people like Bismark and Takumi.
Sorry for skipping you, Def, but I was in a bit of a rush. You can post for the previous round's actions and this one, if you want.
Yamoshi powers down, standing over Gunnor. "Last chance to leave."
"There will be no need for that."
In what felt like an instant, Yamoshi is just gone, leaving a heavily wounded Gunnor and a bored/seizure-having Bardock there alone.
Yamoshi tumbles to a stop on a plateau, kicking up dust and ash all around him.
Hit appears in a flash in front of him. "I have brought you here to kill you quickly, quietly, and without risk of attack from bystanders. Nothing personal."
"You understand that this feels very personal to me."
"Well, that is a shame. Are you going to fight to your last breath, Saiyan, or give up with little struggle?"
Edited by KiriK on May 21st 2019 at 10:19:49 AM
Bismark then gets hit on his shoulder by one of the fireballs, hissing in pain, and more smoke escapes him, starting to swirl around him.
Yes. This is good. We need more. Give in...
"Hhhhh... HHHHHH..." "HHHHHHHHHHHH-"
Bismark lets out a roar as the smoke settles around his body. He's gone Burnt again...
Growling, he takes a step forward, staring at the group and Dracula. He doesn't attack yet, but when he does, who knows who it'll be.
Takumi's struck by the fireball and is sent skidding, while Laurent fire off another Thoron, attempting to strike a distracted Dracula.
Hurgh... I've survived worse, vampire...
Glass Joe punches up, UPPERCUTTTTT !
Mory continues the dodging game, though she start to look worried as attacks graze her.
Edited by Bolded1 on May 20th 2019 at 12:01:49 PM
He suddenly dashes forwards, flaring his quills.
The Porcusinge slams a paw onto the ground, causing geysers of flame to spurt out of the dirt and start moving forwards.
Dracula's shins get ripped through by the Thoron.
And then Glass Joe uppercuts him, leaving a noticeable bruise. Of course, like all harm to Dracula, this bruise fades away.
Dracula brings a claw down in an overhead swipe (Claw Smash), trying to smash Glass Joe and Bismark off the floor like bouncy balls.
Edited by KiriK on May 21st 2019 at 7:42:31 AM
Inside his mind, Bismark is completely lost in a dark abyss of swirling smoke. He tries to cry out, but his voice doesn't work. He starts to panic, grabbing the sides of his head and breathing heavily.
"You're giving up?"
Bismark pauses upon hearing the voice, one different from the one he'd been hearing during the fight. ... actually, it's a voice he remembers having heard before, long, long ago.
"What did I tell you before? You're too good to be a quitter."
Bismark looks around, coming face to face with another Elsen, one that seems to have a little bit more muscle on him. Bismark's eyes go wide, but his voice still can't be heard.
"I know what you're thinking. But I have to disappoint you. I'm not really here. I'm a memory from your subconscious. I can only speak like this to you because we're both in your subconscious right now."
Bismark looks confused.
"... you went Burnt. It took control."
Bismark looks shocked, then desperate.
"Calm down already. Things aren't lost. Thanks to the training you've done here, you should be able to do something about this. ... I think. Not sure. You miiiiiight be doomed. Oh well Bismark, I'll miss you~"
Bismark calms down a little and looks unamused at those last parts.
"Jeez, lighten up. It was a joke. There is something you can do to get this under control, and I can tell you what. Come closer..."
Bismark obeys, and the Elsen begins to whisper...
The Burnt starts to approach the group sinisterly...
It then charges right for them, planning on striking at all of them.
But it never comes to that, as the Burnt, while right behind them, suddenly stops running and clutches its head. Its growls cease completely as some of the smoke around his body gives away, making for a thinner layer and more natural body proportions.
Suddenly, the Burnt breathes in harshly, then lets out a grunt, after which it ignores the group completely and raises its claws up to block Dracula's overhead swipe. The Burnt's legs shake because of it, and the pressure on its body definitely doesn't help with the still-bleeding chest wound, but it still manages to hold the claw off.
It then lets go with one hand, making him fall over due to Dracula's heavy claw, but making sure to also slash at Dracula's torso with its freed hand while he's falling.
Laurent smiles as he clutches his arm, seeing Bismark seemingly controlling himself. He does cast a shield over Glass Joe, who's still sent flying. Takumi leap up into the sky and attempts to shoot arrows at Dracula.
This then start playing, in the room, as Iron Man burst through the wall and fire two repulsors blasts !
Skeleton problems, sorry.
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