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The New Lieutenant (Open)

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Re: The New Lieutenant (Open)

Post by Shiroki on Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:24 pm

When employing decoy tactics, certain precautions apply. You dont stand near the front, because thats just an invitation to get caught up in a lucky hit. Nor do you hide waaay in the back because thats the obvious tendency and what most people will expect.

Therefore he had settled for middle ground within the clone crowd. Unfortunate, what with the wave of light coming their way. The arena was flat and featureless. No peaks or elevations offering shelter from a the-floor-is-lava scenario. Already a couple of the frontline clones would be beyond saving at its rate of travel.

He took a moment to consider if he even wanted to maneuver out of this after all. Because essentially thats what the clones were there for. Decoys. They wouldnt attack, wouldnt shield, their only purpose being living dummies that would multiply every time when struck...adding to the overall number and making it that much harder to spot the real one hidden among them. The idea was to have Hanzo keep using his Shikai ability getting rid of the harmless fakes--and in doing so use up whatever charges needed to be spent to avoid any backlash effect.

Maybe the wide angled shot served this purpose. Maybe not. If it didnt, he still had to save a few dummies in reserve just in case they were needed for erasure. They took considerable effort to create and maintain, and if his entire army was wiped out by one shot it was unlikely there would be enough time to create a new one. Not unless Hanzo sportingly agreed to stand around and close his eyes while he attempted it.

So he stabbed Inukaze up to her hilts into the ground below him, then flash-stepped to a platform of solidified air overlooking the arena several feet above. Willed the clones below to scatter believably while simultaneously activating Recall, causing the marked ground to buckle and heave as it threw up a spire of earth towards him--a new land formation that clones flocked to in droves, scaling it like a swarm of fleas to avoid the brunt of Erasure shot.

Some would not reach the peak in time. A few remained still stranded on the ground in the path of the blast and others had simply not climbed high enough. But at least a couple would make it out of harms way and that should be fine for now
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Re: The New Lieutenant (Open)

Post by Hanzō Judai on Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:55 am

The drawback of Erasure Shot was that it was a charged attack. The longer Hanzo remained in position, the more potent the shot became, meaning a rapid fire such as this only left a faint mark in the hill Shiroki had formed, but those clones who got caught in the thin white light were destroyed. The actual reiatsu of the clones was erased, preventing the division effect by entirely circumventing it. Both of Hanzo's coins depicting crates vanished with a chime.

Hanzo breathed out slowly, holding the combined weapon at an angle. The moment he'd fired, his tattoos faded until they were back to their original color. As he looked up, locking eyes with one of the Shiroki,the tattoos began to increase in luminosity, but only to the brightness of a glow-in-the-dark toy. Nowhere close to the brightness they'd held before.

"Damn... Looks like this ability has a cool down..." Hanzo sighed, taking the weapon off his shoulder. His breath hissed as the tip of the staff touched the ground near his foot and he braced himself for it to vanish, only for nothing to happen. For some reason, he couldn't erase anything right now!

Combat:

Coins left: Three coins total, one sword and two hearts.
Time remaining: 25 minutes.
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Re: The New Lieutenant (Open)

Post by Shiroki on Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:14 pm

Seven down. Three to go.

Too slow. Much too slow.

Truth be told, he had expected ALL the coins to vanish with that last technique instead of just two. After all, he had lost more than two decoys. So much for the simple hypothesis suggesting each instance of erasure cost a single token. Apparently the Universe disliked working in convenient and coherent ways.

Thanks a lot, universe. Screw you too.

The first hypothesis being wrong meant it was time for an alternate theory. For that, he needed to look harder at what had transpired. Then see if those things prompted a possible explanation. Not exactly advisable in the midst of battle, this uncertainty being the reason why he preferred to know about opponents skill set before he even engaged them. But maybe with the presence of decoys buying some time it was worth a shot.

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1. Not one token per item erased obviously. Otherwise he would be limited to 10 uses and they had already gone beyond that.

Come to think about it, had they been keeping count? The disappearing ground to start with...then the way it managed to scratch through an air barrier.. then Inukaze...the Hado...and that last shot had claimed more than 2.(possibly)

Right then. Was there a pattern here? Like how it could only erase in a certain order, or category maybe?

Ground. Then air. Then zanpakuto reishi-- did it have to be a diffetent 'type' each time? If so 10 tokens meant 10 different unique targets he had to come up with.

No. Evidence contradicted this hypothesis. He had seen 2 tokens vanish with that last shot after all. So that meant it wasnt just one per unique use. And hadnt the ground disappeared twice? He was pretty sure it had.

For some reason that number seemed important. 2 separate instances of ground vanishing. 2 tokens in a single shot... Put these observations together. What did they suggest?

Not 10 unique targets. But...5, maybe? Make that...target categories? Worth 2 tokens each?

2 decoys. 2 ground (elemental??). Zanpakuto. Air barrier. 1 Hado. Suspicious evidence. But not fully conclusive.

And what would a person do? According to Oshi in her more adult moments: try to DISPROVE said theory.

Theory: the shikai is limited to affecting 2 items of each category. Every time an item is affected a token is lost. Secondary hypothesis, limit 2 suggests 5 categories given total start number of 10.
Tertiary hypothesis: One of the categories is Elemental, seeing as how it affected both ground and air. (2 prior usages)

Prediction: If l unleash another element based attack, he will be unable to absorb it.

Well, ground was out of the question. It wasnt something he could control reasonably. So was water. Fire kido existed but could be dangerous if the prediction proved false. Which left...

"Hado #58: Tenran,"

Once again he cast over a wide area, reducing the overall power but blocking retreat so it had to be faced head on.

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Re: The New Lieutenant (Open)

Post by Hanzō Judai on Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:39 am

Hanzo's eyes widened at the incoming tornado. Using the training the Kenpachi put him through made him think through his options.

Dodge? No, the spell was too wide, he couldn't escape.

Slice through the wind? That's not how physics works!

Erase the wind? His tattoos were still faded, and he had no idea how to target the very air itself.

That left only kido... the one thing he never practiced. Well, all or nothing...

"E-El Escudo!" Hanzo stammered, raising his left arm defensively. Joy burned through his veins as the green light started to form between him and the tornado. He was doing it!

KABOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

The explosion was quiet impressive, really. When somebody with no experience attempts Kido, they tend to put far more power into the spell than needed, resulting in it literally blowing up in their faces. Or, in this case, in their left arm. Hanzo was engulfed in the smoke and reishi-flames as the barrier spell exploded, launching him backwards and upwards, then driven into the ground face down as Tenran hit him directly.

The weapons Hanzo wielded were thrown from his grasp in the Kido explosion, clattering near Shiroki. Their master lay facedown groaning, left arm at an impossible angle and bleeding from various ruptures. A bone was clearly sticking through his forearm, the end jagged and scorched. The hourglass floated above his prone body, sand trickling down. Despite the poor shape of the Shinigami, the coins and hourglass shone brightly.

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Coins left: Three.
Damage: Failed to use a Bakudo barrier, resulting in explosion equal to Advanced Spiritual Combat. Then hit with the Advanced Hado from Grandmaster Spiritual Combat. As Shiroki's not trying to obliterate his LT, I assumed he held back quite a bit.
Time remaining: 12 minutes. Sand falling faster due to intensity of the situation.
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