>Introduction & Summary: You are Katja Hartkern, unorthodox Kyokugen Karateka and a participant in this year's "The King of Fighter's: Infinte Match" tournament alongside your best friend Yuri Sakazaki and King... Though as of right now, you're shouldering Yuri as the two of you walk up the street back towards "La Illusion", the Bar & Grill that King usually runs daily but has closed for now in order to hold a few "Friendly" sparring sessions between your "Women's Team" and "The New Gorgeous Team" of Fiona Graves, Tsuyako Horikawa and Mai Shiranui (All three of them now "Sorta-Kinda-Good Mates" to your eyes, even in light of Mai's relationship troubles that you had tried to help her out with earlier that morning). The sparring match between yourself and Yuri had surprisingly had gone in your favor, though you honestly can't understand why; You really couldn't be THAT much stronger in the two weeks since your last bout... Could You? The same could also be said of your sparring match with Tsuyako inside "La Illusion" little less than half an hour ago, along with the legitimate fight you had with Andrew Draco (Nee "Mr. X") at The Pao Pao Cafe last night. All three of them had decided that it would be better to concede rather than press the issue and try to KO you (Though Draco's forfeit seemed the most out-of-place, as he admitted that he's got a complex about you)...Could it be that with less than a week before "The Infinite Match" begins, they all wanted to try and test your abilities and get a baseline of what you could be capable of in a legitimate fight (Likely a plausible explanation for Draco & Tsuyako)? Or are the laws of karma finally come to repay you for all of the truly awful things that have happened to you over the last three months?>The Rules:http://pastebin.com/Dj9z4r1t>Previous Thread:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/31490389/>Contact Information:https://twitter.com/WeaselThat>Stats Page:http://pastebin.com/aVcUPrqh
>>31683387As before, let's get this started with a vote, shall we?>A. Ask Yuri how the fight went from her perspective and maybe try and shed some light on why she seemed so eager to attack you?>B. Ask Yuri what's up with all of the "Rushdown" fighter's you've seemed eat up for breakfast lately by waiting back and counter-hitting them and see if you can try to encourage her to show a little bit of patience the next time she fights? (Or something...)>C. Let Yuri think over how the match went with you on her own, then check in with everybody back at La Illusion, then ask if there's a nice restaurant around to get something for Lunch, because you're STARVING right now... (Plus, maybe you could invite them all to come with if they want to?)>D. Try to talk about what was going through your mind and what you felt about Yuri's overall "Gameplan" as you walk up to "La Illusion"; Maybe you could learn something from her words?>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)>F. Assume the role of....? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain control of in a possible "Side-Story")
>28 Threads>Of THISYou are the literal cancer that's killing /tg/.>>31683434>E.End this stupid quest and kill yourself like you should've at the end of the 16th "Thread".
>>31683434>>31683387I wouldn't go so far as to straight-up kill yourself, but this quest is dead as a damn doornail. >E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)End the quest, lurk more and write somethimg better than this.
>>31683434 >F. Assume the role of....? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain control of in a possible "Side-Story")Bizuki Iijima, because fuck it, she should've been the MC to start with.
>>31683434Seconding >>31684260 to keep this quest alive.
Thr fuck is with all the haters today? Yeah, he's made mistakes in the past but he's apologized for that incident in Round 16 like a million times and ACTUALLY LEARNED from what happened IMHO. >>31683434 >A. Ask Yuri how the fight went from her perspective and maybe try and shed some light on why she seemed so eager to attack you?
>>31683796Go back to /qtg/.>>31683990I'll admit that the thought HAS crossed my mind on a few occasions, but it just wouldn't sit well with me if I dropped this without any warning, especially after how close it's come to the start of the tournament itself.>>31684260>>31684375And it looks like this will take the vote unless more arrive shortly...
>>31684529I honestly don't know Anon.>>31684375>>31684260>>31685303And it's a TIE... Vote to break it /tg/!>Pic, as always, is Unrelated
>>31685389>A.Bizuki shenanigans can wait until later.
>>31685389 >A. Ask Yuri how the fight went from her perspective and maybe try and shed some light on why she seemed so eager to attack you?
>>31685528>>31685303>>31684529>>31685733OK, that settles it; Option A wins the poll and updates are on the way...
Lost internet connection for a little bit Anons; Apologies for the delay.>>31685733>>31685528>>31685303>>31684529>Updates officially resume>You now assume direct control of Katja Hartkern>Days until the start of "The Infinite Match": 7>Days until you're fight with "The Soul of The Streets" Team: 7>Time of Day: 1:32 PMYou don't say much as you shoulder Yuri while the two of you walk together, a somewhat uneasy silence starting to form between the two of you on account of the facts that you had fairly, almost decisively beaten your best friend and former sparring partner andalso because Yuri had no real excuse to try and hide behind her loss to you."What made you want to come in on me?" you ask, seemingly to break the silence as "La Illusion" is now within sight, a bicycle resting up on the side of the front entrance."Huh?" Yuri asks in turn, seemingly not listening to you for a seond or so."Y'know, how ya' started to just rush in and try to overwhelm me with strikes'n'shit" you tell her.Yuri pauses at that, then pouts as she says "I'dunno, I just thought it would work I guess", then explains "I've had a good run of luck doing it at the dojo, so I figured it was worth a chance to try it on you."You nod at that and say "Fair point", clipping your words before asking "But, well, no offense 'Uri, but it just didn't seem like I felt anythin' off it 'tll the end y'know?""Yeah... And none taken" she replies, then says "And no offense to you, but I always thought you have a bit of trouble when it comes to stamina and longer fights, so I kind of tried to make it last longer and wear you down more at the start.""Y'really think I can't get that sorto'thing fer long?""Kind of...?" she replies with an awkward smile as the two of you walk into "La Illusion" once more, your eyes spotting Mai Shiranui in the back talking with Fiona & Tsuyako, wondering about what she's wearing and why it seems to stick to her like a second skin...
>>31687021>A. Try to hide your raging libido and greet Mai, possibly bringing up her current attire if the conversation leads there...>B. Ask Mai "Wot's with the Yoga Clothes?" and say hello to her.>C. Tell her that it's going to be a little bit before you feel like you could maybe fight her, as you just got done battling Yuri & Tsuyako...>D. Ask King for some more water, then ask Mai and the rest of her "Gorgeous Team" if they'd like to join you for lunch somewhere (As you feel like you're STARVING right now...)>E. Keep talking with Yuri about how the fight went and maybe bring King and the others into it, if only to keep them from feeling left out of your attention (Or something, you don't know...)>F. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)>G. Assume the role of....? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain control of in a possible "Side-Story")
>>31687137B.Mai in spandex? Isn't that Yuri's thing?
>>31687137>>B. Ask Mai "Wot's with the Yoga Clothes?" and say hello to her....unusual.
>>31687286>>31687367>>31688340Apologies for the delay Anons; I had to commute.Either way, Option B wins unanimously and updates are on the way.
Ran into an old friend that wouldn't quit talkin' about stuff and let me get this update in quicker.>>31688340>>31687367>>31687286"Hi Mai" Yuri says as the two of you walk over to her table, Mai seemingly drenched in sweat and glistening like a particularly delectable roasted chicken or sirloin stake, your libido and hunger mixing and matching at a pretty strange time right now (Though you thankfully don't say anything that could let any of the others get an idea of that)..."What's with the stretchy clothes Mai?" you ask as you take a seat up at the bar, then motion for King to get you some water bottles."Eh, I had to cycle over here; Hatsune told me if I did I could take the rest of the day off..." she replies with a slightly-winded-sounding breath."You REALLY cycled all the way over here though?" Tsuyako asks as she takes the words right out of your mouth."Well... No, not all the way; I did like two thirds of the route, then I sorta gave up and did some transportation jutsu to get here" she sheepishly admits, then asks "Please don't tell your mom OK?".Tsuyako nods and Fiona Graves shrugs and says "Eh, close enough", then turns to you and asks "How'd your fight go?""It was good, yeah..." you reply with a nonchalant tone to your voice, trying to downplay ho you beat-up your best friend."It was something different compared to the scrubs that're starting to show back up at the dojo" Yuri says with a smile as you polish off another small bottle of water."Two fights already huh? I should've got here quicker" Mai says with an almost teasing tone of voice, then asks "You feel like you could do one more round with me?"You pause at that and take a deep breath, taking a long pause to think over how your body feels right now...
>>31689923>A. Agree and ask if you could fight her outside, near where you placed your motorcycle... Or better yet, maybe you could ask King if there's somewhere else you could fight that isn't that dusty lot you and Yuri just fought in? (Roll 1d100 for How Much Health you regain while asking King)>B. Decline, but tell her that you need to wait for a few more minutes... (Roll 1d100 for How Much Health you regain)>C. Decline outright, then ask if Fiona or King if they could maybe spar with Mai or something... (And no, it's not to sate your libido or create any kind of wild fantasies or something; You know that they had fought earlier and are probably the "Freshest" to get another round in)>D. Shrug and tell her that you need a few more minutes before you really can tell whether you're up for another fight or not... (Roll 2d100 for a Perception Check and for How Much Health you regain talking with her)>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
Rolled 50>>31690006>>A. Agree and ask if you could fight her outside, near where you placed your motorcycle... Or better yet, maybe you could ask King if there's somewhere else you could fight that isn't that dusty lot you and Yuri just fought in? (Roll 1d100 for How Much Health you regain while asking King)Back-to-back fights might be good practice for the tournament.
Rolled 64>>31690006 >A. Agree and ask if you could fight her outside, near where you placed your motorcycle... Or better yet, maybe you could ask King if there's somewhere else you could fight that isn't that dusty lot you and Yuri just fought in? (Roll 1d100 for How Much Health you regain while asking King)
Rolled 69>>31690006>A.OK, yeah, we get it: Mai's fucjing HOT... Could you lay off the fanservice a little?
Rolled 78>>31690486>Implying that this kind if cheesecake is a bad thing.I kind of like it compared to all of the smut in the rest of the quests on /tg/.>>31690006 >A. Agree and ask if you could fight her outside, near where you placed your motorcycle... Or better yet, maybe you could ask King if there's somewhere else you could fight that isn't that dusty lot you and Yuri just fought in? (Roll 1d100 for How Much Health you regain while asking King)Gotta push it to the limit.
>>31690070>>31690238>>31690555>>31690486OK, Option A overwhelmingly wins and updates are pending...
>>31691717>>31690555>>31690486>>31690238>>31690070You close your eyes and take another breath, trying to fight off your appetite and curb your curiously raging-sexual drive, wondering if you could really go one more match and especially against Mai Shiranui (As while she's unfairly criticized for her lack of fighting prowess and "Being part of the Furniture" as far as KOF Tournaments go, you know that she's been training hard and has that certain gleam in her eye that reminds you of yourself)...You look up at her and reply "Yeah, I think I got one fight in me today... But it's too bloody cramped in 'ere to fight...""Yeah, I probably wouldn't be able to really stretch out and pull off my basic moves in here" Mai tells you, then looks to King and asks "You mind if we fight outside?""The lot in the back is probably big enough if you don't mind getting pavement scrapes" she says before she takes a sip from a glass of white wine.Fiona nods at that and asks "You mind if I watch?"You shrug at that as Mai motions you outside, watching her walk out as you do a few quick stretches and follow her, Fiona, Tsuyako & Yuri following you out of "La Illusion" as you head out to the small parking lot where you placed your motorcycle and find Mai doing a few hamstring & calf stretches on the wall your bike's leaning on.You unzip your leathers a little and make a motion as if you're letting off a little extra steam from your body as Mai pulls a pair of fans from seemingly nowhere in particular, then extends them so that they nearly hide her body from the next down as she spins and almost magically slips into her "Traditional" Shiranui Ninja Garb (That looks about two sizes too small for her), then assumes a fairly "Hunched Over" combat stance, momentarily distracted by her "Dancing Figure" as you switch into your own fighting stance and get your "War-Face" on...===>Your Health: 70%>Mai's Health: 100%>Your Ki: 0%, 1 Bar of Ki>Mai's Ki: 0%, No Ki
>>31690486In this guy's defense, Katja has had two fights in a row, so any latent sexual frustration would've been worked out by now, at least.
>>31691756===>BATTLE START!===>A. Rush Mai down with high and low strings of basic punches and kicks and try to get up into her face, as she might not have the right attacks to keep you off of her... (Roll 3d100 for Speed, Evasion & Attack Damage)>B. Back away from Mai and let her come to you, feeling her fighting style out and looking for chances to counter-hit her after defending her (Possible!) advancing attacks (Roll 3d100 for Speed, Defense & Counter-Attack Damage)>C. Move in and out of Mai's possible attack range and try to play "Footsies" with her, spacing her out while keeping up a strong defense all the while (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Defense, Evasion & Attack Damage)>D. "Power-Up" and try to possibly cow Mai with your most brazen of attacks, using a flashy and unrelenting offense to slam counter-hits home and get some damage in before the inevitable fatigue sets in... (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that Mai gets "Rattled" by your attacks; Uses 1 Bar of Ki)>E. Focus on spacing and using advancing dashes like the "Raijin Sprint" & "Raijin Lightning Rush" to try and possibly confuse Mai into making "Rookie" mistakes (IE "Get Tricky with her") (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that your Eccentric Attacks will throw Mai off of her "Game")>>31691821Katja hasn't really had any sex in four years and has admitted that Mai's attractive to her eye... But yeah, I think I'll tone it down for this fight.
Rolled 20, 90, 20, 24 = 154>>31691986E. Some of the best offense is the most nonstandard tactics. Put in another sphere, "the one thing worse than someone who knows what he's doing is someone who DOESN'T know what he's doing."
Rolled 97, 85, 13, 52 = 247>>31691986 >E. Focus on spacing and using advancing dashes like the "Raijin Sprint" & "Raijin Lightning Rush" to try and possibly confuse Mai into making "Rookie" mistakes (IE "Get Tricky with her") (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that your Eccentric Attacks will throw Mai off of her "Game")Can Katja actually outsmart a Ninja though? Well, only one way to find out...
Rolled 6, 43, 38 = 87>>31691986>>31691756>A.Option D was pretty tempting, but Mai's a pretty grizzled veteran by now and wouldn't be fazed by our tricky stuff IMHO.
Rolled 57, 16, 98 = 171>>31691986>>A. Rush Mai down with high and low strings of basic punches and kicks and try to get up into her face, as she might not have the right attacks to keep you off of her... (Roll 3d100 for Speed, Evasion & Attack Damage)
>>31691986Four years? Is Katja even a virgin? Still, we get that she's in a dry spell and is still inching along barely trying to make sense of her potential sexuality, among other things. She's found a very strong outlet in her habitual working-out, at this point. "Wanna rub one out? Go work out" and things like that. Would Katja really be that clouded by her lack of sexual contact?
>>31692250>>31692299>>31692448>>31692511And it looks like yet another TIE... Vote to break it /tg/!>>31692549No, Katja isn't a Virgin... And honestly, she's kinda-sorta-maybe bisexual as of this point, but doesn't really have the confidence to try dating girls just yet (Hence her attraction to Shen Woo). And yes, she HAS been as clouded as you're thinking, but she's trying to break out of it as of late...
Rolled 90, 65, 47 = 202>>31692616Damn... Is she desperate? Or just doesn't really care about getting any at this point?Also stick by my Option A vote.
Rolled 54, 47, 15, 87 = 203>>31692448Still, Weasel has all but outright said that Mai is naught but a jobber in the KoF. Yuri and King even admitted that in the last tournament, the Women's Team was very quickly knocked out by Team Japan.>>31692616>>31692616Reaffirming E.We still have to explore what exactly would make her attracted to men and women alike (men have the biological excuse) beyond her running excuse of "I don't have enough data to properly swing one way or the other."We can get (but Katja probably doesn't see yet) how attraction can come from the other direction from both genders. In fact, that was one of the main points behind Katja's initial genesis: her androdgynous, masculine design and confidence (meant to stand out from all other women in the KoF just for being so wildly out there) would be attractive to everyone else. Guys would love to hang out with her and be with a strong woman, and girls would be inexorably drawn to her inherent masculine charm, strength and presence with something approaching awe and infatuation. Guys want to get with her, girls want to be protected by her. That was part of the original idea.>>31692716Part of me thinks she's kinda desperate, as she wants to get this all figured out as she slowly gets her life back on track, but she's done very well up to this point to mitigate her sexual frustration.
>>31692716>>31692965I sadly have to commute Anons, but the voting is still open until I get home...
Rolled 60, 51, 34 = 145>>31692965Switching mine to A for expediency. We'll stick with the orthodox before we go for the funky.
>>31694496>>31692716>>31692511>>31692448OK, back from my commute and option A wins the vote; Updates are on the way shortly...
>>31694496>>31692716>>31692511>>31692448You feel your body strain a little as you take up your stance and decide to forgo anything other than straight-up combat, rushing towards Mai at a furious clip while using the "Heat" you feel in your body to force yourself to try and land a few punches and kicks as quickly as possible... Curiously, Mai seems to be able to block most of them, yet can't quite get close enough or respond quick enough to try and land any real counter-hits; Indeed, the few hits she does get to connect seem to bounce off your torso as you land a Ha'oh Raijinken, knocking Mai back and out towards the other side of the small parking lot as you take a moment to catch a breath before running back towards her once more.Mai recovers from your attack fairly well with a Ukemi and throws out a "Folding Fan" like a frisbee, then runs towards you after you dodge it and tries to get you in a"Cross-up", her foot outstretched as she flies through the air... Though you take the first hit and one more lazy-looking smack to the face with her folding fan, you bust out of her combo with a "Blow-Back Attack" and hit her with a Hien Shippu Kyaku, knocking her down to the ground with an electrified foot and seemingly pinning her down to the outer edge of the Parking Lot...Unfortunately, you couldn't get your follow-up throw command to land and she smacks you with a horizontal fan strike, then transitions into a "Dragon Flame Romp" that feels like your "Kangaroo Suit's" on fire, though you grit your teeth and recover in time to block her curiously rare follow-up attack: A longer, more drawn-out version of her "Dragon Flame Romp" she dubs as a "Heavenly Serpent's Tail Swing"...Fortunately for you, your guard doesn't break despite the "Chip Damage" that attack does and Mai's eyes widen when she gets ever-so-slightly off-balance afterward. leaving her open for you to...?===>Your Health: 58%>Mai's Health: 87%>Your Ki: 43%>Mai's Ki: 73%
>>31696085>A. Press on with your unrelenting offense and try to build up some more "Meter", as it seems to be working and you don't feel any real damage from Mai's attacks (Yet...) (Roll 3d100 for Speed, Evasion & Attack Damage)>B. Try to land a throw on Mai and then move in and out of her possible range, feeling out her style of fighting a little (As well as giving you a possible moment to try and collect your thoughts) (Roll 5d100 for Luck in getting your throw to land, Speed, Defense, Evasion & Attack Damage)>C. Start to use your dashes like the "Raijin Sprint" & "Raijin Lightning Rush" to try and possibly confuse Mai into making mistakes you can capitalize on, sticking with unorthodox attacks most of all (As a "Heads Up" approach doesn't seem wise right now...) (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that your Eccentric Attacks will throw Mai off of her "Game")>D. Play the spacing game with Mai and use "Footsies" and other tactics to try and counter-hit her (Possible!) advancing attacks (Roll 3d100 for Speed, Defense & Counter-Attack Damage)
Rolled 72, 46, 57, 56 = 231>>31696327>C. Start to use your dashes like the "Raijin Sprint" & "Raijin Lightning Rush" to try and possibly confuse Mai into making mistakes you can capitalize on, sticking with unorthodox attacks most of all (As a "Heads Up" approach doesn't seem wise right now...) (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that your Eccentric Attacks will throw Mai off of her "Game")She's already a bit frazzled because we stuffed her techniques. Going with a strange offense will really throw her off.
Rolled 23, 70, 75, 97 = 265>>31696327 >C. Start to use your dashes like the "Raijin Sprint" & "Raijin Lightning Rush" to try and possibly confuse Mai into making mistakes you can capitalize on, sticking with unorthodox attacks most of all (As a "Heads Up" approach doesn't seem wise right now...) (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that your Eccentric Attacks will throw Mai off of her "Game")
>>31696549>>31697086Going with this if there aren't anymore votes soon...
Rolled 38, 79, 54, 73 = 244>>31697321>C.Mix it up and confuse her FTW.
>>31696549>>31697086>>31697879You aren't quite sure if Mai was expecting a throw or a strike from you right away as you zip past her with a deft usage of your "Raijin Sprint", then bash into the small of her back with a "Raijin Lightning Rush". She seems startled from the attack and only just Ukemi's out of your 7-Hit punch combination to get hit with yet another Ha'oh Raijinken, though this one seems to stun and knock her backwards her rather than knock her over entirely (As it's the "Weak" version, done mostly for it's speed) as you hop back and away from Mai's instinctive counter-attack: A backwards somersault while engulfed in flames that tries to hit you with the "tail" of her "Outfit" (Known as the "Hishou Ryuu'en Jin")...You wait for Mai to harmlessly fall back down to the ground before you try to rush towards her, only for Mai to hop away from you just as you "Fake" out of it and land a standing Hard Kick to the side of Mai's head (Curiously not trying to hit her face, even though it normally would connect there on most average-sized opponents) just as she throws out another Folding Fan that hits you squarely in the crotch..You don't try to capitalize on the small opening you get from the attack and instead hop away from her, staying right in the middle of her range and seemingly find the perfect spot to pick Mai apart, as her long-range attacks could leave her open long enough for you to try and sneak in a counter hit while her "Get OFF Me!" short-range attacks just don't seem to do enough to keep you from advancing...That's when you start to pressure her a little with yet another "Raijin Sprint" that leads into a "Tani-Otoshi" throw, though you hold off on another "Denjin Haoh Shou Gouken" as Mai Ukemi's out of the throw and tumbles towards you in a lazy-looking, yet fast cartwheel, her elbow outstretched and leading her like a lance...===>Your Health: 56%>Mai's Health: 69%>Your Ki: 15%, 1 Bar of Ki>Mai's Ki: 3%, 2 Bars of Ki
>>31699093>A. Stick with plan and try to keep confusing Mai; It seems to be working and you can just feel the electricity in the air... (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that your Eccentric Attacks will continue to throw Mai off of her "Game")>B. Block whatever Mai's going to start throwing out at you and try to pick her offense apart piece-by-piece with well-placed counter-attacks (Roll 3d100 for Speed, Defense & Counter-Attack Damage)>C. Try to roll past this tumbling Elbow-Cartwheel Attack Mai's doing right now and move in and out of her attack range, keeping yourself in that Mid-Range "Sweet Spot" as long as you can to frustrate Mai into submission (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Defense, Evasion & Attack Damage)>D. Try to punish Mai's "Hissatsu Shinobi Bachi" with either a "Strong" Ha'oh Raijinken or a "Strong" Kohou and get back on the offensive side of this match, setting up your pressure game to try and take her down for the count! (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that your Attack will "Stuff" Mai's incoming strike) (Please specify whether to use the ha'oh Raijinken or the Kohou with this Vote)
Rolled 41, 77, 38 = 156>>31699416>B. Block whatever Mai's going to start throwing out at you and try to pick her offense apart piece-by-piece with well-placed counter-attacks (Roll 3d100 for Speed, Defense & Counter-Attack Damage)
Rolled 49, 20, 44 = 113>>31699416 >B. Block whatever Mai's going to start throwing out at you and try to pick her offense apart piece-by-piece with well-placed counter-attacks (Roll 3d100 for Speed, Defense & Counter-Attack DamageRollin' to help the cause.
Apologies for the delay Anons; I fell asleep for a short bit and these will be the last updates for the night.>>31699583>>31700171You throw up your hands at Mai 's "Hissatsu Shinobi Bachi" and block it without much trouble, though trying to actually land a counter-hit against Mai proves to be easier said than done as she starts to unload a flurry of quick punches and kicks after that, almost immediately turning he tables and starting to put some serious pressure on you as you can feel your decidedly strong defense slowly start to crack...That's when you go for a pretty risky Kohou attempt and (Amazingly) counter the end of Mai's best "Target Combination", sending the two of you flying through the air with curious grace on your part as Mai recovers in Mid-Air and tries to "Dive-Bomb" you with a "Musabi no Mai", though you again defend it as you feel like you NEED to get back on the offensive and try to recover some lost ground towards Mai, who might've been toying with you all of this time and/or has FINALLY calmed down a little bit and got used to your attacks... You put that thought out of mind as you block the "Musabi no Mai" and go for a Thrust Punch that hits Mai Squarely in the stomach, though once again her speed is clearly starting to pick up as this fight wears on, as you don't try to go for a follow-up attack as you "throw-Clash" with Mai, breaking her attempt to grab you and quickly going after her with the fastest "Raijin Lightning Rush" you can muster, knocking Mai back a little bit and opening up some much-needed breathing room for you.That's when you hear Mai yell something and watch her quickly "Power Up", her beautiful body glowing a slight orange-ish/yellow rather than the "Usual" gold you've seen others get as she grins and rushes towards you, your mind racing as to what you could do as you feel like you don't have the strength to keep blocking her attacks like you have been for the moment...
>>31701456===>Your Health: 43%>Mai's Health: 59%>Your Ki: 55%, 1 Bar of Ki>Mai's Ki: 49%, 1 Bars of Ki (Activated "Max Mode")===>A. Try to eat away Mai's "Powered Up" time by evading her attacks, moving in and out of her attack range and conserving your energy to try and NAIL her with a DM or SDM, depending on how rough this fight starts to get (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Defense, Evasion & Attack Damage; Could use up to 2 Bars of Ki)>B. "Power Up" yourself and try to fight Mai Head-on, getting back on the offense NOW before she totally overwhelms you and you snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (Roll 3d100 for Speed, Evasion & Attack Damage; Uses 1 Bar of Ki)>C. Throw caution to the wind and go for either a Ryuuko Ranbuu or a Fuujin to Raijin no Tenshouken, confident that either one could take out Mai right here and now... Right? (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that your DM will connect; Uses 1 Bar of Ki) (Please Specify whether to use either the Ranbuu or the Tenshouken with this vote)>D. Try to block Mai's attacks and hope that your guard can hold out long enough for you to get lucky and land one big, devastating Counter-Hit to end this fight (Roll 4d100 for Speed. Defense, Counter-Attack Damage & Luck that your Guard will hold out)>E. Try to block Mai's possible onslaught of attacks and see if she'll give you mercy as you "Throw in the Towel" and admit defeat (As you don't want to end up in the hospital a week away from "The Infinite Match") (Roll 2d100 for Speed & Defense)>F. Something Else... (Write-In" Vote)===>Pause UpdatesAs always, I'd like to thank all of the Anons that participated today despite my fairly wonky internet connection and hectic schedule... If this thread survives the night, updates will resume at 8:30 AM PST / 11:30 AM EST; If the thread 404's, a new one will be made at around 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST.Lastly, the voting poll is open until updates resume.,, And good night /tg/.
Rolled 34, 21, 44, 12 = 111>>31701706>C. Throw caution to the wind and go for either a Ryuuko Ranbuu or a Fuujin to Raijin no Tenshouken, confident that either one could take out Mai right here and now... Right? (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that your DM will connect; Uses 1 Bar of Ki)Tenshouken.
Rolled 82, 54, 5, 4 = 145>>31701706 >C. Throw caution to the wind and go for either a Ryuuko Ranbuu or a Fuujin to Raijin no Tenshouken, confident that either one could take out Mai right here and now... Right? (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Evasion, Attack Damage & Luck that your DM will connect; Uses 1 Bar of Ki)Tenshouken, if only becaude we need to practice it more...
Rolled 97, 3, 27, 5 = 132>>31701706>A.We runnin' now.
Rolled 44, 26, 58, 11 = 139>>31701706>>A. Try to eat away Mai's "Powered Up" time by evading her attacks, moving in and out of her attack range and conserving your energy to try and NAIL her with a DM or SDM, depending on how rough this fight starts to get (Roll 4d100 for Speed, Defense, Evasion & Attack Damage; Could use up to 2 Bars of Ki)
>>31704830>>31705469>>31705499>>31706067Alright, and the new session begins with a TIE... Vote to break it /tg/!
Rolled 1, 62, 74, 93 = 230>>31706413Anon from >>31705469 here. Switch my vote to A please.
>>31706608>>31706067>>31705499OK! Option A wins the vote, but I unfortunately have to commute right now Anons; The first update should be up in around an hour or so (Gotta go to the chiropractors today)...
Apologies for the delay anons; It took longer to get myself adjusted than usual today.>>31706676>>31706608>>31706067>>31705499>Updates officially resume>You're still in direct control of Katja HartkernYou oh-so-briefly think about "Powering Up" and try to go toe-to-toe with Mai Shiranui, though you instead hop back and only just manage to avoid her odd, almost floating kick (the "Red Crane Strut") and try to counter it with a standing Hard Kick, again connecting on the other side of Mai's head (Rather than her face).That hit knocks her off balance a little and you capitalize by using the "Raijin Sprint" to dash past her, though you don't try to land a follow-up attack; Instead, you hop away from Mai and try to buy some time, hoping that you can force her to waste her limited time whilst "Powered Up". Curiously, it seems to be working as it feels like Mai's starting to panic a little, genuinely surprised that you're matching her Ninjustu-Honed speed (Albeit in short bursts) and using it to run from her... Though oddly enough, she doesn't follow you straight away; Instead, Mai throws out a yet another Folding Fan and tries to force you to "Eat" a "Mix-Up", though you feel like you've seen this tactic enough to know what to expect...Or so you thought as you casually block her folding fan, your eyes widening as Mai hops into the air and engulfs herself in flames yet again, looking to end this fight with the "Powered Up" version of her "Phoenix Dance" DM... Feeling that you've gathered enough energy, you "Power Up" yourself and try to break her out of her DM with your "Fuujin to Raijin no Tenshouken", praying that you don't kill her in turn...Against all odds and common wisdom, your fist connects, though not without getting hit by Mai's fine, flaming form... However, you seem to soak up the hits and yell "Fuujin to Raijin no TENSHOUKEN!", making sure that your corcscrewing, electrified uppercut lands in spite of the pain you feel...
>>31708554You dig deep within yourself and feel as though you've hit her an astounding 20 times, an extremely large version of the electric trail your "Strong" Kohou usual has doing most of the extra hits as you could swear that the strange, almost Haiku-like Kanji forms on the brick wall beside you:>この拳が (kono ken ga) (This fist...)>知っていません (shitteimasen) (I don't know it...)>でも分かる (demo wakaru) (But I understand)As both of you land, Mai hitting the ground HARD as you stumble forward, your head spinning from the after-effects of Mai's DM as you push your hands forward and try to keep yourself from face-planting onto the pavement... Though your vision starts to get blurry as you can hear voices far off in your mind as you flop over and pass out lying on your back, the hazy blue sky the last thing you see...===>DOUBLE KO! DRAW GAME!!===>A. Continue to play through this scenario as Katja Hartkern,possibly going on a "Dream Sequence" of-sorts until your conscious mind awakens again...>B. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)>C. Time-Skip to when Katja Hartkern awakens, whenever that may be... (Roll 1d100 for How fast her recovery is [IE How little time she spends unconscious]))>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
Rolled 42>>31708703 >C. Time-Skip to when Katja Hartkern awakens, whenever that may be... (Roll 1d100 for How fast her recovery is [IE How little time she spends unconscious]))
>>31708703 >A. Continue to play through this scenario as Katja Hartkern,possibly going on a "Dream Sequence" of-sorts until your conscious mind awakens again...
>>31708957>>31708965>>31708977Looks like a three-way TIE... Though none of the options have enough votes to be "Official" yet (At least 2 votes per option).
>>31709207As it stands, I'm going on a lunch break with the voting still up and open until I can get to an internet-friendly place in my podunk little town (Shouldn't be TOO long, but you never know with my bad luck...).Current Voting Tally:Options A, B & C = 1 Vote EachOption D = No VotesAgain, Vote to break the TIE /tg/!
Rolled 2>>31709301 >C. Time-Skip to when Katja Hartkern awakens, whenever that may be... (Roll 1d100 for How fast her recovery is [IE How little time she spends unconscious]))Rollin' to help poor old Katja out...
Rolled 19>>31709301>C.LIVE KATJA LIVE!!!
>>31709717>>31710310>>31708965>>31710385Alright, back from Lunch and Option C wins the vote; An update is on the way...
4chan stopped working on me for a while Anons; Apologies for the delay.>>31710385>>31710310>>31709717>>31708965>Days until the start of "The Infinite Match": 7>Days until your fight with "The Soul of the Streets" Team: 7>Time of Day: 2:45 PMYou groggily wake up on a cot in a loft-style room, the sunlight glare from a window right into your eyes as you slowly take a look around. You can see a desk with a stack of papers on it, along with a hanging heavy-bag and a "Speedbag" up on a wall from where you lie, noting the scuffs and marks on the wall behind it as well as how well-used the bags look to you...."Fuck me, I feel like I got run over by a road train" you hoarsely think out loud as you slowly sit up, holding your arm up as you check to see how badly your body got burned and/or beaten... And curiously enough, you don't see any kind of scarring or burn marks, nor even feel like your body's in all that bad of shape; If anything, you feel hungry enough to eat a live horse or something right now as you hear a door behind you open.You shift your body and turn to see King walk in with a couple of packs of ice and a glass of water for you, but sets them down on her desk and heads over to you and asks "Hey there... How are you feeling right now?""Hungry..." you mumble, wondering how the rest of you looks as you unzip your motorcycle leathers some more and check your body for more possible burn marks, again not finding anything too substantially wrong with you aside from a few slightly pink-hued patches of skin on your abdominals that feel hot to your touch."You got burned a bit from Mai's attack, but I'm impressed that you recovered as quickly as you have" King explains as she heads over and tosses you a couple of "Hard" ice-packs. You snatch them out of the air with some difficulty, though you can feel the strain as you move to put them on the pink-hued spots on your stomach.
Running into even more internet connection issues Anons; Sorry for the tardiness on my end...>>31713106"How're the others holdin' up?" you ask, wondering about Mai as the sound of her hitting the ground rings through your mind as well as trying not to wince at the pain those ice-packs feel on your arms."Oh, they're alright I guess; Mai's a little worse for wear, but they're all downstairs waiting up on you" King explains, admitting "I had to give Fiona a bit of a warning when she started arm-wrestling with her trainer though..."You chuckle at that, then start to cough a little as you feel your sides hurt a little bit, King pondering "You want me to go tell them you're OK? Or do you need some more time to yourself?"You pause at that, thinking that you'd honestly wouldn't mind having some down-time to try and think through what exactly made you pass out... On the other hand, you know that Fiona, Tsuyako, Mai, Yuri... Hell, even Hatsune Horikawa are all probably worried sick about you after your fight.>A. Tell King that you'd like to see them all for a little bit... And maybe ask her if she could get you something to eat? (As you feel that your dizziness comes from hunger rather than another concussion)>B. Tell her that she should tell the girls downstairs that you need some space to yourself right now, then ask not to be disturbed until you can get up and walk downstairs under your own power.>C. Shrug and say that you wouldn't mind seeing your friends for a little bit (Emphasis on the "Little" part, asyou aren't feeling all THAT great right now)...>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)>E. Assume the Role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)
>>31715134A. As long as Katja shows she's still alive, that should be enough.
>>31715134>>A. Tell King that you'd like to see them all for a little bit... And maybe ask her if she could get you something to eat? (As you feel that your dizziness comes from hunger rather than another concussion)Food IS one of the three traditional followups to a good fight...
Still having issues with the Internet connection where I'm at Anons; I might leave earlier than expected just to get home to a stabler connection.>>31715515>>31715553"Ah hell, send'em up" you tell King with a weariness to your voice that masks your enthusiasm for seeing your friends."You sure?""Oh yeah, I'm doin' fine" you reply, really meaning it as you do a few rotations of your shoulder to break through that stiff feeling you can sense throughout your body. "Just grill up some chicken or get some food for me please, because I'm REALLY hungry" you add, your stomach sounding like you had swallowed something that was still alive.King nods and says "Sure. I'll get some bandages too" before heading downstairs, leaving you to your thoughts for a moment before you hear a stampede of footsteps pounding up the to the door, "The New Gorgeous Team", Yuri & Hatsune Horikawa all heading through to King's office to greet you."Katie!" Yuri practically squeals as she gives you a gentle hug, squeezing her back a little bit harder as you ask her to give you a REAL hug instead."You doin' alright Oz?" Fiona asks as she gives you a shoulder-hug."Yeah, just hungry and got a few light burns on my arms" you reply, showing off your light-pink hued skin on them. "Wow... You're a real hardy one, huh?" Mai asks, wearing a pair of large sunglasses to try and hide the bruises you gave her when your "Fuujin to Raijin no Tenshoulen" connected."Yeah, I guess so... But I DID recover from a bloody coma in a week; Something like that pinwheel thing was just a love-tap t'me" you jest as you fist-bump Tsuyako & Hatsune."Damn... You sure you don't want to get into wrestling? Because you could be a Hardcore Match Queen if you keep this up" Hatsune jokes. Tsuyako smiles as she tells you "Seriously though, it's great to even see you up and talking with us...""Wot, it wasn't THAT bad... Right?" you ask, wondering if you had made ANOTHER miraculous recovery...
>>31718279"Well... I guess you could say it wasn't looking too good" you ear Yuri start to explain, though Fiona cuts in to offer her two cents."It was pretty bad at first; You weren't breathing when we got to you... Turns out you swallowed your tongue when you fell over and I had to yank it out and do a little mouth-to-mouth to get you breathing again.""Really...?" you ask with the utmost seriousness, then look at Fiona and tell her "Thank you.""No problem; You're just lucky I worked as a lifeguard at some rinky-dink pool back when I likved in Vegas" she replies with a shrug."So... How you'd feel after all that Mai?" you ask as you turn to look at her, your neck a little sore."Fine" she lies, trying to not let on how you had really given her a run for her money in spite of the fact that you had fought twice before hand..."You worked out all morning with me and rode over here on a bicycle; You SHOULD feel tired" Hatsune says with amazement at Mai's blase attitude, though she asks Fiona "She DID ride all the way here, right?"Fiona looks back her, then to you, then to Mai and says "Yeah, of course; She's not leading our team for nothing..."You give Fiona an odd look, but don't say anything more about it and ask "You gals workin' t'night?"Fiona & Tsuyako shake their heads "No", though Mai explains "No, but since they're on leave for the tournament all they have to do are a few "Training Montages" for the suits at their wrestling federation...""Not too bad then" you reply, though Hatsune holds up and and says 'It's no picnic though; it's pretty tough when you've got 5 cameras on you and you're wearin' a swimsuit that reveals everything 'cept your maiden name."Mai blushes at that last part, obviously feeling that it's a dig at her for that "Leotardo No Mai" trick she sometimes does during her Chou Hissatsu Shinobi Bachi Desperation Move as you feel waves of nostalgia wash over you, feeling like you're back at the dojo you've never been to...
>>31719398>A. Keep talkin' with the girls to try and hide your hunger and pain until King gets back.>B. Let everyone else talk and just sit back and relax a little; You've had a rough 24 Hours or so and need to rest a little.>C. Ask Mai how the fight went from her perspective and see if you can pick her fighting mind for possible advice (Roll 1d100 for Persuasion)>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)>E. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)Slow connection tonight Anons; Please bear with me.
Rolled 42>>31719767>C. Ask Mai how the fight went from her perspective and see if you can pick her fighting mind for possible advice (Roll 1d100 for Persuasion)
>>31719767>>B. Let everyone else talk and just sit back and relax a little; You've had a rough 24 Hours or so and need to rest a little.Take it easy. Conceal suffering with relaxed brevity.Stiff upper lip, eh chaps?
>>31719909Switching to B. We should mellow for now.
Rolled 48>>31719767 >B. Let everyone else talk and just sit back and relax a little; You've had a rough 24 Hours or so and need to rest a little.
>>31720150I'll ignore that roll, as it wasn't required for Option B...>>31719909>>31719968You rest your eyes a little and let out a contented sigh, laying back in King's high-backed sofa and just trying to relax a little... Though Yuri taps you on the shoulder and asks "You sure you're OK? You look a little out of it..."You look at Yuri as if to say "Mate, one of me best friends had to resuscitate me; Why WOULDN'T I look 'Out of it'?", though you say nothing on that and instead ask her "Would you after three straight fights?" with a slightly dry wit to your voice.Yuri mulls it over, then blushes when she realizes how redundant her question sounds, though you give her a playful punch on the shoulder and say "Just kiddin' sunshine; I AM a bit out of it, but I'd rather be around you'n' the others than just feelin' down by meself" as Fiona & Tsuyako start to argue like the virtual couple that they (Probably) are, Hatsune looks around King's desk and finds a Mini-Fridge in it and pops as Mai casually takes a seat next to you on the couch."You could be a really good sparring partner, you know" Mai says as you get a closer look at the bruises starting to form on her face. "Yeah, that's what 'Uri here always said" you reply, then hear Mai whisper "Thanks for letting me blow some steam off with you; I really needed it" into your ear and take another breath, smiling at that."You really feelin' what I told you, huh?" you ask her in a low voice."Oh yeah... I hadn't had a work-out or fight that enjoyable in YEARS" Mai replies with a slightly devilish smile, a dark part of your mind wondering if she's coming on to you or something (Or if it's just your mind playing hunger-related tricks on you) as you ponder where King might be right now...
>>31721343>A. Keep listening to the girls talk about stuff and "Shoot the Shit" a little longer; You need this more than more fights or training exercises right now..>B. Ask them to give you time alone for a little bit, as you need to just be with your thoughts for a few minutes or so before you try to talk with them all back downstairs.>C. See if you can get a few of your friends to help you up to your feet and check yourself over for the amount of damage you took from fighting Mai (Roll 1d100 perception check) >D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)>E. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)
Rolled 43>>31721375>>C. See if you can get a few of your friends to help you up to your feet and check yourself over for the amount of damage you took from fighting Mai (Roll 1d100 perception check)
Rolled 93>>31721375 >C. See if you can get a few of your friends to help you up to your feet and check yourself over for the amount of damage you took from fighting Mai (Roll 1d100 perception check)
>>31721375>>A. Keep listening to the girls talk about stuff and "Shoot the Shit" a little longer; You need this more than more fights or training exercises right now..Our luck.Let us not push it.
>>31722827Looks like the votes and the rolls say otherwise Tiger...>>31721420>>31722538Looks like Option C has got this vote locked in unless others show up soon (Within 10-15 minutes)...
>>31722538>>31721420You shift in your seat a little as you look at Mai and tell her "Nice t'know...", hopefully brushing off any kind of amorous advance from her (Real or simply imagined)as you try to get up and curiously stand without any trouble at all, the blanket you had draped over you as you feel sore more than anything else...You note that your "Kangaroo Suit's" zipped down almost all the way and hanging low on your hips as you take the covers off and find the T-Shirt you had on earlier had been replaced by one that was a tad too small for you, highlighting your ample chest a little TOO well as you do a few lazy stretches to shake off the soreness and stiffness you feel in your body, your balance still there and nothing wrong as you ask Fiona "Wgat time d'you have t'leave for your flight Fiona?"Fiona pauses at that, then shrugs and says "I have to be at South Town International by like 6 PM, so I've got time for a little bit of stuff to do", curiously sounding a bit downbeat at the fact she's going "Back Home" to Iceland."It'll only be a few days, right?" you hear Tsuyako ask her as she puts a hand on her shoulder, Yuri's eyes widening a little at how close Fiona & Tsuyako really are as you nod at Hatsune and ask her for a bottle of water from King's mini-fridge.She tosses one towards you and you catch it easily, taking a good chug from it as you ask "What're you gonna' do when the tourney starts? You on a team yet?"Hatsune smiles at that as you can hear Mai & Yuri whispering among themselves about something as she replies "Nah, not this time... Just seeing my little girl go out there and fight at this kind of level is a hell of a thrill in itself.""Huh... What about Yashiro'N'Shermie then?"Hatsune shrugs at you, then says "I'dunno, I don't think they're in it either; They couldn't get somebody to run that shop they've got" she replies,almost softly admitting "Anyways, I got what I came here for anyway... I'm content to just watch for now."
>>31724137Your mind flashes back to that one guy you see around here and there, but you drop the subject and playfully try to ask "What, the fight start to run out of ya' from runnin' me girly mates into the ground?"Hatsune chuckles at that, but shakes her head and replies "Nah, just doesn' feel right for me this year... It's another league compared to what I'm used to physically."You shrug at that, though Hatsune says "And yeah, I think I'd be winded if I really tried to fight most of the people this thing's got... They kinda remind me of the old tryouts AJPW would do; They'd hold a mass tryout once a few years and up to 2,000 teens would show up. Then they narrow it down to half. Then run drills and narrow it to half again. Then halve it AGAIN. In the end, they might ask you to do 500 squats and 100 push-ups... And while I probably could do that in my prime, most people just couldn't. You can't... No one can."You hold your tongue at that, not wanting to damper the mood and boast about how that was basically your Daily Routine when you were at the Kyokugen Dojo as Hatsune continues her story. "But the point was that they'd choose the ones who TRY and don't give up. They looked for heart... And in my mind, when I size up all the fighters in this tournament just seeing them at the party last night? Any of them could win it; They all have heart... Even the guys and girls that get shit on in the press over how they seem to exist for others to beat up, they could win it on the right day, or at the right time or whatever... Because they've got the heart and soul to do just about anything to achieve victory.""And that was when it dawned on me that I probably couldn't win this tournament if I tried to enter, no matter who I was with... I lost that fire in my heart a while ago I guess" Hatsune concludes with a knowing sigh as Yuri & Mai STILL seem to be discussing something in hushed tones as Fiona & Tsuyako casually get close to one another...
>>31724886You don't quite know what to say to that, though a part of you wonders if you made a wrong decision going with Yuri & King, as Hatsune feels like the kind of "Wise Old Sensei" Takuma Sakazaki SHOULD'VE been to you and the rest of Kyokugen Dojo... Though that thought flies right out the window when King walks up the steps holding your meal, the smell of a grilled chicken with a small salad and what looks like a slice of cake wetting your appetite enough you almost instantly drool.>A. Try talking with Hatsune a little about her "Glory Days" and try to possibly help her out of whatever funk she could be in between bites of your gracious meal.>B. Let that thought linger in the air for a second as you head to King and generously thank her for the meal she has for you, then listen to what the others have to say about the "Heart" of a fighter. >C. Shrug and admit that you can't really add anything to that, as in spite of all of the crap you've had to deal with as a fighter, your will to fight and "Heart" hasn't really wavered (Yet...) (Roll 1d100 for Persuasion)>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)>E. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)
>>31725276>A. Try talking with Hatsune a little about her "Glory Days" and try to possibly help her out of whatever funk she could be in between bites of your gracious meal.
>>31725276>>A. Try talking with Hatsune a little about her "Glory Days" and try to possibly help her out of whatever funk she could be in between bites of your gracious meal.Katja uses tact!...But it failed...Ah, for the social skills of a blind, dead, ornery badger.
>>31725276 >A. Try talking with Hatsune a little about her "Glory Days" and try to possibly help her out of whatever funk she could be in between bites of your gracious meal.
>>31725397>>31725437>>31726238You quickly grab a small chair that had been tucked into the corner of King's office and quickly thank her for the meal she oh-so-graciously cooked for you, hoping that your words could give her an impression that you'll definitely talk to her in just a second before asking Hatsune "Not to try and pry, but what were you like when you were 'In your prime'?"Hatsune takes a look at you as you start to eat, overhearing King talk with Mai & Yuri for a second before she replies "Damn, that's like trying to capture lightning in a bottle..."You shrug at that and tell her "Humor me then" in between bites of your salad as Fiona & Tsuyako seem to turn their attention to their trainer as Hatsune clears her throat."Well... In my time, when AJPW was at it's best and women's wrestling was at an all-time high in popularity, I had the kind of status only rockstars and A-List actors nowadays get" she starts to explain, pausing for a second as the memories locked in her mind seem to flow out."What's funny is that I wasn't even the brightest start that AJPW had back then; They were talent-rich and to be honest, I always felt that I was kind of ordinary next to someone like Manami, or Akira or Etsuko or Yumiko...""How'd you get into the 'biz?" you ask as you attack your salad as though your life depended on it."Well, I was a champion amateur wrestler, but at the time my main goal was Judo, mainly because I was going to get to a demonstration of it at the first Olympics that allowed Women's Judo... And though I didn't get a win or anything, I got recognition back home for being the only Japanese women to do well at the demo tournament AND scored a deal for some vitamin sports drink company that took off thanks to my add getting plastered almost everywhere" she says as while Fiona & Tsuyako have heard all of this they can't help but listen anyway as you feel as though you're sitting right next to the center of attention in the room.
>>31727172"Seriously, I did every talk show, game show, newspaper; you name it and we did it because my add for that drink was the hottest add in all of Japan for like a year" Hatsune says, then pauses before adding "... But I REALLY got started when I met a guy who introduced me to my soon-to-be boyfriend and god damn, I remember thinking "I have never seen more blood in a ring in my life" and thinking if I should really get into this or not... But you know, that itch I had when I got knocked off the Olympic Judo team and didn't fight for like 3 months after the Olympics ended got scratched and I kind of got hooked to it all.""How many matches were y'doin'?""Like around 200 a year, sometimes twice in one night" Hatsune admits. "Not a lot of down time either."You nod at that as you finish off the salad and go after the chicken again, asking Hatsune "What made you stop?"Hatsune thinks about it for a second, then looks to her daughter, then back at you and replies "Well, two things really. One, almost all of the top-drawer talent AJPW split up and went off into like a million different feds and companies'n'shit, so there went my friends and co-workers. Secondly, well, when I found out I WAS pregnant with my princess here", stopping to touch Tsuyako's hand, "I kind of stopped caring about what my careeer was going to end up and started just focusing on Sox here."You pause at that, thinking of the kind of matches that you had watch Fiona & Tsuyako do before asking Hatsune one last question before going after your dessert: "D'you think that if you went to, or found out about a King of Fighter's tourney when you were still young and filled with vigor, would you do it?"Hatsune pauses once more, Fiona asking you "Damn, I though they were filtering out the smarks today" with a grin and a wink towards you as Hatsune finally replies "Yeah, I probably would've... But for pure skill and power? I was FAR behind the caliber of fighters they had even back then."
>>31727433"What makes you say that?" Fiona asks, uncanilly taking the next question your mind had jumped to right out of your mouth as you finish up eating your grilled chicken."I wasn't as strong then like I am now... Plus, not gonna' lie, I was kind of bad place when I found out I was pregnant" Hatsune admits, though she looks to her daughter and adds "I needed to really calm down and just..."You try to fill in her silence with empty words as Tsuyako looks like she's going to cry, then gives her mom a big ole' hug.>A. Keep talking with Hatsune and the others a little bit longer.>B. Quietly ask one of the girls to chauffeur yourself and your Triumph Thruxton motorcycle home, as you're in no shape to ride right now.>C. Lay back a little bit and let the others chime in on Hatsune's thoughts and opinions about stuff (To guess)....>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)>E. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)===>Pause UpdatesI thank all of y'all for sticking with this quest through thick and thin, as it's all thanks to you for continued sessions... Speaking of which, assuming this thread survives the night updates will resume tomorrow at 8 AM PST /11 AM EST; If the thread 404's, a new one will start up at the usual 9 AM PST / Noon EST Start.Either way, good night /tg/... (Also forgot to mention VOTING IS NOW OPEN until updates resume!)
>>31727631>A. Keep talking with Hatsune and the others a little bit longer.Dude in the red blazer, second from the left.
>>31727631 >E. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)Andrew Draco, because I want to try and get a clearer picture of what lead him to do the things ge's done.What? It's compelling IMHO.
>>31727631 >A. Keep talking with Hatsune and the others a little bit longer.>>31730497I'll admit that he's a fairly intruiging character, but now isn't the right time to switch to him... And tobe honest, I kind of eant to see how the side-story with Jean Gabriel & Bizuki Iijima pans out first.
>>31730596Stupid phone glitching out on me again...
>>31729365>>31729277I know... He's almost reaction-image worthy.>>31730596I apologize for the delay Anons; My computer's having some truly odd problems this morning... So much so that this might be the last day I can post for a LONG while (It's enough to get me to start thinking about sending my formerly-trusty lap-top out to a tech to try and scrub any viruses it might have.Anyway, Option A wins the vote and updates are on the way ASAP.
>>31730596>>31729365>>31729277>Updates officially resume>You're still in Direct Control of Katja Hartkern>Time of Day: 3:17 PMYou wait for a moment to ask Hatsune some more questions as Tsuyako keeps hugging her mother fairly tenderly... Though Hatsune tells you "Yeah, it was a magical time... But I've got to tell ya', it was right for me to semi-retire when I did; I look back on what all of the hype and fame and shit did to me and just...", then lets her voice trail off to emphasize her point.You solemnly nod, then start to take a few nibbles of the dessert King threw in for decor you suppose as Mai adds "Yeah... It's hard to keep a balance on who you really are when everybody's telling you 'Oh, you're awesome' or 'You make traffic stop' or whatever; It can REALLY get to you after a while..."Hatsune nods at that as you continue to nibble on your piece of Black Forest Chocolate cake, Fiona adding "It can only really get to you if you let it though...""Yeah, that's true" Hatsune replies, adding "And it's hard for a lot of people to wrap that around their heads" after a slight pause."You weren't like one of those prima-donna's that was havin' caviar or some shit sent up t'your dressin' room though, right?" you ask her."Caviar?!" Hatsune replies with a laugh, then explains "Dudette, I didn't make enough to afford something like that most of the time... But I kind of was a shit to a few of the bosses and individual promoters that wanted "Something More" than my wrestling skills.""OH..." is all you say, Fiona asking "How bad did it get? Because I can't EVEN try to recall all of the smarmy jackasses that tried to get something like that out of me..."Hatsune mulls it over with Tsuyako whispering something into her ear, then looks at her and says "Well, most of them shut up after a while, ESPECIALLY after I sent one guy to the hospital" with a particularly devilish grin, flashes of Takuma switching to his "Mr. Karate" persona in her eyes and voice...
>>31731445"Still, it wasn't like I wasn't interested in sex or anything; Hell, if half of them were a little more natural about it..." Hatsune starts to say, then switches to something related, but different out of respect for her daughter. "AJPW had a VERY strict "Three No's" policy still in effect at that the time regarding what you did in the locker room and one of them happened to be "No Men"... Shit, I had to get called up in some random tag-team when one of the hottest Tag-Teams they had got busted violating thatat some big, multi-promotion "Supper Card" or whatever it was..."Yuri comes over and asks "You gonna eat the rest of that?", feeling like she's left out a little as you wordlessly hand her you cake as Hatsune continues taking or a little bit more. "And believe me, with the travelling I did, I got, well... 'Frustrated' a lot, but I found that it helped me put on my best matches..."Fiona & Tsuyako both nod at that, though you can tell that Tsuyako's a little uncomfortable about her mother talking about her past carnal desires, so you ask her "What about drugs & drink?""One of the other "No's", but it didn't stop others from trying to sneak either in anyway" she replies, then says "I kind of stayed clean to be honest; I remember this one time, they had popped Nakano-San for Cocaine when she had invited me to tour with her for some American Promotion just before I had to retire...""Oooh... That shit ain't cool mate" you quip."Dude, you're like one of those crazy truckers that run all around Japan or something" Yuri adds, Hatsune replying "Yeah... Not me though; I'd go out and dive for fish and shit just to kill time whenever we'd stop near the ocean just to get AWAY from that kind of bullshit...""Wait, you were an Ama too?!" Mai asks, thinking of a story her grandfather told her about going to some far-off fishing village in his youth and being "Rescued by a mermaid" when he had gotten caught out by rip-tide while out swimming in the ocean...
>>31731738"Yep! My mom was one of the last to learn the art and actually makea living off deep-sea diving" Hatsune replies, Tsuyako adding "I also learned how to do it too... It's a really cool exercise to help with your breathing.""I'd bet! You'd dive for like what, two minutes and come up for air?" Mai asks, genuinely sounding interested."Two and half for me, actually" Hatsune replies, adding "And my baby girl here can last like three minutes on a full breath right?""Bloody hell..." you think out loud, an ideaf or a new training exercise taking shape in your mind as you ask "Y'think I could try somethin' like that? Because I LOVE swimmin'n'all and I get this feelin' that I just can't get a deep breath sometimes...""I think you'd need more meat on your bones sweetie" Hatsune tells you after giving you a look-over, Tsuyako explaining "The belief for Ama was that having a layer of body fat was needed to combat the cold waters... That and you'd do it naked, or in a tiny little loincloth to try and let your own body heat dry you instead of getting that cold feeling wet clothes can give you."Your eyes widen at that last admission, though Hatsune adds "That's the old-school way of doing it though; Now, you'd just get a wetsuit and be done with it... And yeah, it could be a hell of an exercise if you found a body of water that was deep and cold enough."You nod at that, though Fiona boldly asks "Sounds like fun... Wanna try it out at that one beach out near where we shot that swimsuit catalog?", then says "Only kidding Oz, only kidding" with a sly grin almost as quickly as she brought it up.
>>31731941>A. Keep talking about stuff with the girls just a little bit longer, because you feel like you're learning more from them about, well, EVERYTHING than just sitting in front of your lap-top or something... Though you SHOULD ask what time it is just in case Fiona needs to leave to make her flight out.>B. Tell Fiona that you'll "Take a Rain cheque" on that and ask one of the girls to chauffeur yourself and your Triumph Thruxton motorcycle home, as you're in no shape to ride right now and it's getting a little long in the day...>C. Boldly take Fiona up on her offer and quickly try to go virtual skinny-dipping with her, Tsuyako, Mai, Yuri, King & Hatsune (If they're up for it, of course...)>D. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31731954>A. Keep talking about stuff with the girls just a little bit longer, because you feel like you're learning more from them about, well, EVERYTHING than just sitting in front of your lap-top or something... Though you SHOULD ask what time it is just in case Fiona needs to leave to make her flight out.Freediving in Australia sounds like a risky proposition.
>>31732062>>31732264You think about cheekily accepting her offer and doing some semi-nude "Freediving", if only to say that you actually did it (As it's a bit like the idea of skydiving naked to you in how outlandish it seems), but another "Don't you have to get goin' for your flight though?"Fiona pauses, then checks her phone and says "Sheeeit... I really gotta get going guys.""Really?" Tsuyako asks her, sounding a bit disappointed at that as Hatsune gets up and does a few quick stretches, taking a look at her."Yeah... My flight's out of here by 6 PM, it's like over an hour in good traffic just to get back home..." Fiona replies as heads over to you and says "I'll see you in the ring Katja."You sit up from your chair and grab her hand, telling her "I promise I won't hold back" in a partly friendly, yet oddly "Cold" voice that almost scares you in how direct it is and wondering where it came from inside of you.Fiona grins and says "Likewise" in a slightly sultry voice, trying to hide her intentions a little bit more than you had as her grip hardens in your hand, then looks to Tsuyako and assks "Ready sweetie?""Yeah..." she says with a sigh, then looks to you and says "It was cool fighting you Katja... Let's do it again soon huh?"You give Tsuyako a hug, then Hatsune looks at you and says "Yeah, back to the salt mines I guess..." with a slight grin, then looks over to Mai and asks "OK, you better get ready because I'm actually running with you all the way back to the house."Mai's eyes widen at that as you, Yuri & King all stiffle chuckles as she sighs and nods, then looks to you and says "Kay, I'll be seeing you around Katja", pausing to admit "And thanks for this morning. I really needed that" as she places a hand on your shoulder.Just about everyone else takes a look at you, though you brush off any funny ideas they might have by saying "Yeah, just talkin' about what you're goin' through helped out a lot huh?"
>>31733132Mai nods, then leads her "New Gorgeous Team" out of King's office as Yuri & King turn to you and ask "OK, what's up with Mai?" in almost in perfect unison just as Mai's teammates started asking her the same thing downstairs.You shrug, then ponder if it would be better to be blunt and honest over what had been going on with Mai and her relationship troubles with Andy Bogard and Draco... Though at the same time, you also think it might be rude to tell them if she hasn't brought it up already (Which, judging from their reactions, they haven't).>A. Come clean over what has been happening with Mai, Andy and that fucker Draco.>B. Stick to the principle that you shouldn't air other people's dirty laundry and tell Yuri & King to ask Mai themselves, as it IS rather personal...>C. Shrug and only partly tell your teammates what has been happening with Mai, probably leaving out the fact that she and "Blue Mary" had spent the night at your place...>D. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31733281>C. Shrug and only partly tell your teammates what has been happening with Mai, probably leaving out the fact that she and "Blue Mary" had spent the night at your place...Let's just say Mai and Andy are on the rocks right now.
>>31733281 >C.Let's be respectful of what Mai's going through right now.
>>31733390>>31733468You look at Yuri & King and say "Well, Mai & Andy are on the rocks right now... And I'd just leave it at that t'be honest.""Really?" Yuri asks, though King purses her lips and says "Hmm... I wondered why she had been drinking so much lately...""Why wouldn't she come to us though? We're like her best friends still" Yuri asks you as you shrug at that."Busy trainin' I guess... But I'dunno, the two of you've known her longer than I have" you reply."Mybe she's still mad at u from that one night at The Pao Pao?" King ponders out loud, thinking about that one drunken catfight to end them all just after the "Lost" thirteenth KOF Tournament."Maybe... But I don't think that she'd STILL be holding onto that, especially after we apologized and stuff right?" Yuri asks as you feel yourself stretch out a little bit your body feeling "Normal" as you zip your leathers back up and think that it might be time to head back to your place...You're not leaving already are you?" King asks as you tighten your gloves and stretch your neck out a little bit."I'dunno, maybe... I feel good enough t'ride and I don't think I'd like to walk back home from 'ere" you reply, then do a light calf stretch and feel the strain of trying to do it in your stylishly charred "Kangroo Suit" leathers."Come on Katie, hang out a little more... You NEED to rest after that hit" Yuri pleads and you pause, really picking up on that certain intangible "Little Sister" kind-of vibe she has towards you as you think it over for a few seconds...>A. Shake you head and say your goodbyes, then try to ride back to "The Imperial Hotel" and take the rest of the day off recuperating from your fights.>B. Stay a little while with Yuri and King some more, possibly crafting strategies in advance of your fight with "The Soul of the Streets" Team.>C. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31733875>"Maybe she's still mad at us from that one night at The Pao Pao?" King ponders out loud, thinking about that one drunken catfight to end them all just after the "Lost" thirteenth KOF Tournament.Fixed. Also, I have to commute after this post, but the voting is open until I can return.
>>31733875>>B. Stay a little while with Yuri and King some more, possibly crafting strategies in advance of your fight with "The Soul of the Streets" Team.>one drunken catfight to end them all
>>31733875>B. Stay a little while with Yuri and King some more, possibly crafting strategies in advance of your fight with "The Soul of the Streets" Team.
>>31733875 >B. Stay a little while with Yuri and King some more, possibly crafting strategies in advance of your fight with "The Soul of the Streets" Team.
>>31733966>>31734041>>31734146OK, Option B unanimously wins the vote and an update (Or two) is on the way...
>>31734041>>31734146>>31733966Your body language relaxes as you admit "Yeah... Y'know wot? I think I'll cool my heels a little, stay a while... Well, if King 'ere'll let me."King shrugs as she says "I don't really mind... But I was wondering about what we're going to do about our opponents for next week."You pause at that, then grin as you tell her "That was just on my mind too... You know anything 'bout these guys? Aside from them bein' underrated o'course."King takes one last sip of her glass of wine as Yuri explains "Well, the Boxer guy is a really defensive fighter; He can really hop back from you and he covers a TON of ground when he does... The other guy uses Basketballs and kicks to keep you away from him.""Yeah, Lucky's an annoying one to fight for that reason... But eavy D! can be scary at times because he has this" King starts to elaborate, but pauses as she remebers "THis sort of taunt he does before he charges up an attack.""Wait, one of those guys can just charge up like it straight outta some tradhy animation?" you ask."Sort of... I've actually seen him do it when I fought him back in the day; He's got like alternate versions of his attacks, but he only does them after getting Ki into his fists or something..." Yuri thoughtfully adds."Huh... 'Kay, but is there like a limit to how many he can do or whatever? Because that sounds pretty damn crazy t'me..." you ask, wondering why exactly the formerly US Sports Team seem to get the reputation of being laughingstocks."He does it when he wants, but it only affects the first attack after, I think" King replies, thinking back to that fight and trying to remember what Heavy D! did back then... "He also can trick you into blocking the wrong strike, so that it's like he's got regular unblockable attacks.""Dang... Gotta be on my toes for him" you think out loud, wondering if he can string together his attacks to make truly outlandish combinations... "Any videos of him fightin' we can watch?"
>>31736731"Heavy D! is a professionally-trained boxer, so he's inherently dangerous to deal with. Lucky Glauber plays basketball and does karate on the side, but any inherent lack of skill is more than made up for with his sheer size and reach. Duck King is Duck King: he dances more than he fights, but that makes him exceedingly tricky, as he can attack from the craziest angles. Plus, he's the most experienced on the team with the tournament, so combined with his unpredictability would make him the most dangerous member of their team.">Not just saying that instead of going into their actual in-game mechanics
>>31736914While that IS true, keep in mind that Yuri & King only fought the US Sports Team ONCE and NEVER had a chance to fight Duck King, while Katja's only watched Duck King fight once as well...>>31736731"Yeah... But I don't think my phone can acess videos like that" Yuri replies."I'm also pretty sure that even if we had something to watch them on, we couldn't get an internet connection anywhere close by" King says, then asks you "You got anyhing on their third man? Duck King?""A little I guess" you reply, then explain what you saw of him the first time you met Tsuyako & Fiona at The Pao Pao Cafe 2, Yuri & King waiting for you to finish before they add their "2 Cents"."So he's a mix-up fighter then?" Yuri asks after you concluded your story.You nod at that and reply "Yeah, he's really unpredictable and sorta has a "Screw with you" vibe instead of a straight-fightin' one... I know that he Tsuyako fits because he was preyin' on her inexperience.""Hmm... Alright, so we've got a professional boxer, a Basketball player that does Karate on the side, but is over 7 foot tall and has reach in spades... And a dancer" King thinks out loud."My money's on Duck King bein' the toughest nut t'crack, just because of the unpredictability he's got" you reply, stroking your chin before you ask King "Is that one bloke REALLY that tall though?""Oh yeah, he's a monster" Yuri says, then adds "He's also got this weird dash move like you have to get him out of tight spots too... But if you corner him or back him up to a wall he's cake; He needs Ki to actually get out and try to punish you."You nod at that, then ask "Kay... Who d'you think would be best t'try and take him down?"Yuri shrugs, no treally getting what you're trying to ask, though King says "I think if you got close, you could be the perfect counter for him... And I would go against Heavy D! if he goes first; I can space him out with Venom Strikes and play "Keep-Away" against him."
>>31737214>A. Agree to that plan and head on home; You've got a lot of research to do about Lucky Glauber, Heavy D! & Duck King as well as recover from your fights.>B. Keep talking with your teammates about the upcoming battle ahead of you, possibly offering to host them at your place at "The Imperial" so you can get some more detailed discussion going (Roll 1d100 for Luck that they'll take up your offer)>C. Listen to whatever Yuri & King have to say about "The Soul of the Streets" Team and casually >D. Something Else... ("Write-In"/"Combine up to Two Votes" Vote)>E. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)
Rolled 38>>31737214You do know that King and Duck King co-own the same bar, right?>>31737324>B. Keep talking with your teammates about the upcoming battle ahead of you, possibly offering to host them at your place at "The Imperial" so you can get some more detailed discussion going (Roll 1d100 for Luck that they'll take up your offer)
Rolled 62>>31737405Maybe because the timeline got screwed up, that's not the case anymore?>>31737324>B.
>>31737405Yes, but not the one in South Town though; They co-own the one in England that King used to take Mai & Yuri to in their various KOF endings (For a time at least).>>31738044See above, but that's a good answer as well...OK, Option B has this unless more votes arrive shortly...
Rolled 33>>31737324>>B. Keep talking with your teammates about the upcoming battle ahead of you, possibly offering to host them at your place at "The Imperial" so you can get some more detailed discussion going (Roll 1d100 for Luck that they'll take up your offer)
Internet got spotty on me for a minute Anons; Sorry for the delays.>>31738443>>31738167>>31738044"It'll be good to see Duck again though... I haven't had a chance to catch up with him for a while now" you hear King say, replying with a 'Hmm?" as though it were a verbal question mark."You started up that other "La Illusion" in England with him, right?" Yuri asks, remembering the few times that Mai had taken her back there to celebrate "The Women's Team's" early successes."Yeah... But I haven't seen him around much anymore after he got picked up to be some hip-hop guy's "Mix-Master"..." King replies, admitting "And to be fair, he kind of was only a backer most of the time: I rarely worked with him.""You still own it though?" you ask out of curiosity."Yeah, but I let a friend of mine run most of the time" she answers, then says "Speaking of which, I have to do orders for a second; Excuse me" as she heads over to her desk and grabs a calculator and a stack of files that were on her desk.You shrug at that and figure it's best to leave King in peace and quiet for a moment, though not before telling her "Right, I'll be downstairs" and slowly walk down the steps towards what looks like the modest kitchen La Illusion has behind the bar, a small door partially open that leads out into the very front of the bar itself as you look around for your motorcycle helmet just in case t could've got swiped or something...You find it and place it up on the bar proper as you hear Yuri walk down the stairs and asks "What's the rush Katie?""I'dunno, I keep gettin' the feelin' that I need t'get goin'..." you reply, then explain "I'm in good spirits about how today's gone but I can't really fight for now, I'm tired and we've got a pretty solid baseline plan for next week... Right?""Well... Yeah, I guess so" Yuri starts to question, then agrees with you as she asks "But do you really want to leave so quickly though? And can you even get home safely?"
>>31740503>>31737405You shrug again, then sit on a bar stool and muse "I guess I COULD go for a beer..."Yuri rolls her eyes at that, then asks "What is it with you and alcohol Katie?""I'dunno, it calms me down I guess" you think out loud, not really questioning why you're able to drink as much as you do. "I need somethin' to help me shut down and it'd take a reservoir to get me drunk enough t'quit functioning...""You never get that feeling that maybe you're living life too hard or something?""Look, sunshine, I know I put them down alright? But I ain't an alcoholic and I was, I wouldn't have been able to even join the Dojo and spar with you" you tell her, conviction in your words as you ask her "What's even got you talkin' 'bout this all of a sudden? It ain't like you t'judge others like your dad... No offense."Yuri looks at you, a part of your mind trying to read what could possibly be Yuri's motives for this line of questions... But she doesn't show you enough to get a representation of what she wants as she says "I'dunno, I worry about you sometimes..."You pause at the honesty in your best friend's words, fighting back the urge to tell her "Yeah, ya' bloody-well SHOULD worry 'bout me" as you tell her "Then what's with the forced drama mate? Y'know I hate that shit t'begin with.""It just doesn't sit right with me that one of my best friends can drink so much when I can't even last a whole beer" she pouts as she takes a seat next to you.You take a long pause, then ask her "Does it REALLY affect you that much? Especially when King drinks wine like it's goin' outta style?""Well..." Yuri starts to say, but pauses before answering "Yeah, I guess so. I just sort of never noticed it before... Plus, you never drank when you lived-in at the dojo."You look at her and think of whether you really could hold off and go "Cold Turkey" for the whole tournament or not to try and calm your best friend's nerves a little before "The Infinite Match" begins...
>>31740989>A fighting Australian going sober>For the entire tournament
>>31741051I know right?>>31740989"Yuri..." you start to say, then stop as an oddly "Cold" rage starts to wash over you for a moment, especially since she had NEVER brought this up back when you were regukar sparring partners at the Kyokugen Dojo...However, you let that rage flow out of you when you ask her "The pressure of this thing's really gettin' to ya' huh?"Yuri looks down at the floor and nods. then explains "I just... I just really feel like we can win it this year, and I want to try and make sure that you and King were taking this as seriously as I was I guess."You let her words linger in the air as you can hear walk downstairs to join you in just a few seconds or so, wondering if you >A, Go "Whole-Hog" and pledge sobriety for her for the entire tournament; You want to prove that you believe in what she has to say and show her that you CAN change in that way, just as you had with everything ELSE in your life so far...>B. Flatly refuse and try to tell her as politely as you can that honestly, if you felt like your drinking HAD affected how you fought before you got picked up to join "The Infinite Match", you would've backed off or quit drinking entirely already. (Roll 1d100 for the Power of Persuasion)>C. Tell her you'll lay off the sauce a bit for her, but you aren't going to quit drinking entirely; You want your mind and body to be as comfortable as you can be going into this tournament and going "Cold Turkey" NOW isn't a very good idea to you.>D. Tell Yuri that she's free to do as she pleases, but you're sticking with what you know and tell her that you ARE taking this seriously (Trying to hide the rage you feel at the fact that your best friend might think you're just goofing off a week before the biggest Martil Arts Tournament of your life).>E. Something Else... ("Write-In"/"Combine up to Two Votes" Vote)>F. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over)
>>31741384>You let her words linger in the air as you can hear walk downstairs to join you in just a few seconds or so, wondering if you should:Fixed, as I had to make a few adjustments to that post to get it under the character limit and forgot to end that last sentence properly.
>>31741384>A, Go "Whole-Hog" and pledge sobriety for her for the entire tournament; You want to prove that you believe in what she has to say and show her that you CAN change in that way, just as you had with everything ELSE in your life so far...It's not like Katja needs to drink to fight, anyway. Not like that Chin Gentsai coot.
>>31741384 >C. Tell her you'll lay off the sauce a bit for her, but you aren't going to quit drinking entirely; You want your mind and body to be as comfortable as you can be going into this tournament and going "Cold Turkey" NOW isn't a very good idea to you.
Rolled 33>>31741384>>B. Flatly refuse and try to tell her as politely as you can that honestly, if you felt like your drinking HAD affected how you fought before you got picked up to join "The Infinite Match", you would've backed off or quit drinking entirely already. (Roll 1d100 for the Power of Persuasion)>>C. Tell her you'll lay off the sauce a bit for her, but you aren't going to quit drinking entirely; You want your mind and body to be as comfortable as you can be going into this tournament and going "Cold Turkey" NOW isn't a very good idea to you.C-c-c-combo vote!
>>31742267>>31742302Aren't Australian Aboriginees reviled for being infamous drunks?
Love KOF fight mechanics but hate some of their character designs.
>>31742407KoF characters were designed to stand out a little more than what you'd see in other games like Street Fighter. In fact, Kyo specifically goes against the grain of Ryu and Ryu-esque protagonists by being a young, cocky, exceedingly arrogant high school kid who subsists on talent more than hard work.
Rolled 54>>31741384 >E. Something Else... ("Write-In"/"Combine up to Two Votes" Vote) Combine B & C like Tiger did.
>>31742407>>31742464 SNKP have also been more fluid as far as redesigning certain character's looks from time-to-time (Kyo Kusanagi having three outfits, Iori Yagami having a couple, Terry Bogard having his original design and his Mark of the Wolves look, Mai Shiranui even having four legitimate outfits she's worn throughout various games [Even if they're all varying states of "Skimpy"]...)>>31742371The fact that Katja seems to be a "Functioning" Drunk is a jab at that, though she's only (Allegedly) half-Abbo...>>31742302>>31742791And this combination of votes seem to take the poll unless more arrive shortly...
>>31742791>>31742302You try to ignore the jab that Yuri (Your best friend for crying out loud!) just took to your pride as a martial artist and calmly tell her "Look... I don't know if I can get it across t'you right, but I'm 'ere to win this just like you, and King and the 69 other mates and sheilas that're in this Tournament with the three of us... And while I probably AM gonna kick back on the sauce a bit until the tournament's over, I'm not gonna quit drinking right before the biggest fight of my life to make you feel more confident'o'me or somethin'", pausing to take a breath before you admit "And just so ya' know, if I had felt that my drinking WAS a detriment to me fightin', I would've quit a LONG time ago... 'Kay sunshine?"Yuri doesn't say anything to that as King walks out through a hidden door that leads to behind the bar itself, then notes Yuri's downtrodden expression and asks "What's wrong?""We're..." you start to tell King as she walks over to the two of you, though you stop and instead ask Yuri "Well, we were just talkin' about you, weren't we?""Yeah" Yuri admits, feeling like she's a bit presumptuous of your drive to fight as she tells to King "I was talking to Katie about going sober for the tournament; No booze until after it ended... you know, to keep our minds sharp and our focus up?"King nods at that, though she asks "What's wrong with what I do now?" like her honor had been personally attacked (As she's almost as fond of wine as you are of Foster's Beer)..."Nothing alright!? I just..." Yuri starts to argue, then switches tack and tells King " I was just talking about how Katie here might be drinking a little too much. That's all."You look at her and reply "I'm in complete control of myself at all times awright; I'm not a bloody rip-snortin' dru~unk like every other Aborigine seems t'be", though you immediately regret saying that as Yuri seems shocked into silence by your response.
>>31743467King seemingly picks up on your mistake and tries to compromise by saying "It's an idea that has it's merits, but I really think we should wait until the day of our flight out to San Francisco before we go through with it..." You sigh at that and say "Kay, I'm cool with that I guess... Hell, it'll just make that winner's champagne taste even better yeah?", trying to lift Yuri's spirits up a little bit as you get up off your bar stool and walk to grab your helmet."It was a lot of fun hangin' with ya' today mate" You tell King as you give her a quick hug across the bar, then say that "I prolly won't be up for a spar tomorrow, but the day after's down yeah?""It would have to be a pretty late one, as I'm working that night... But yeah, I'd love to get an idea of how you fight before we get to business" King says as you smile at that, then walk back down to Yuri and tell her "I'm headin' home right about now...", then ask her and /king "Either of you want to come back t'my place and check out those videosof our opponents?""Hmm... Not today, no" King says, admitting "After what Fiona did to me, I'll need to go home and stretch it all out to keep from getting cramps tomorrow morning."You nod at that and ask Yuri "What about you 'Uri?""... No thanks; I get home quick in case Dad decides to kill me for staying out as late as I have today" Yuri replies as she turns around to give you an unexpected hug, what feels like tears in her eyes as she whispers"And I'm sorry for doubting you after you came back after that fight with Mai; I don't know WHAT'S going on with me today...""It's alright, it's alright" you quietly reply, then tell her "It's just like King said, you've the right idea... You just can't get so extreme with it like your dad would" before asking to call her before you leave "La Illusion", slipping on your helmet outside and hopping on your motorcycle to ride back home, feeling surprisingly good as you dice through traffic like always...
>>31743713>A. Continue to play through the Current Day (5/24/XX) as Katja Hartkern, focusing on studying Lucky Glauber, Heavy D! & Duck King's fight videos online when you get back home.>B. Time-Skip to later that noght and go on a "Dream Sequence" as Katja Hartkern.>C. Time-Skip to Thursday, May 25th as Katja Hartkern.>D. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over; SNKP-Related characters only please!)>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31743836>C. Time-Skip to Thursday, May 25th as Katja Hartkern.
>>31743836 >D. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over;SNKP-Related characters only please!) Andrew Draco.
>>31743836 >D. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain direct control over;SNKP-Related characters only please!)Fiona Graves. Don't ask me why, but I've got this weird vibe that something BIG is going to happen revolving around her...
>>31743836 >B. Time-Skip to later that noght and go on a "Dream Sequence" as Katja Hartkern.
>>31744131>>31744593Connection got screwy on me Anons, hence the late response...If no other votes come in quickly (IE Within 10-15 Minutes of this post), Option D will win the vote and force a TIE between playing as Fiona Graves or as Andrew Draco.
>>31744593>>31744131>>31745166I Apologize for the lengthy delay in between replies Anons; I simply fell asleep.OK, Option D officially wins the vote, but there's no clear-cut winner between wanting to gain direct control of either Andrew Draco or Fiona Graves... Vote to break this TIE /tg/! (And please be quick about it, as I'm still fighting off some drowsiness on my end...
>>31746670Fiona. She's been awfully mysterious about this whole thing.
>>31746783>>31744593>>31746670OK then, last updates of the thread are on the way shortly (And hopefully get in before I pass out and break my lap-top's keyboard or something)...>Pic Unrelated
>>31744593>>31746670>You now assume Direct Control of Fiona Graves>Time of Day: 4:59 PMYou ride "Shotgun" with Mai driving you out to South Town International Airport, your eyes closed and hidden behind a pair of fashionably large, slightly "Retro" sunglasses as you steel yourself for the long journey "Home"... Though in your mind "Home" is either in Las Vegas, NV or in Southtown with Tsuyako, NOT across the "I can't thank you enough for driving me out to the airport Mai" you tell her, really meaning it as while you HAD a car waiting for you at the airport and ready to roll and pick you up wherever you'd fancy, using it would've raised questions among your friends that you're just not ready to answer yet. "No problem...Though why didn't you get Tsuyako to do it? She seemed kind of down at the idea you were leaving" she replies.You pause at that. as you don't really have an answer for her... Which is when you retreat to the same old "Stand-By" that you told her when this trip came up: "Well, it's like I said before: I've got a TON of family back in Europe and they're dying to meet me...", though you truthfully admit "And I guess I just that I wanted to get out of the United States before I decided to change my mind and blow them all off to spend more time with her."Mai doesn't quite know what to say at that as she continues to speed towards Southtown's busiest airport in Andy's BMW, a part of you wondering if it's even still his from how much Mai uses it..."OK... But what's with all of the luggage you packed though?" Mai asks you, seeming to let the previous topic drop as she adds "And not to get too far off-topic, but that's an AMAZING coat by the way...""Yeah, I've had it for a while now" You tell her, looking at the slightly purple hue to it's otherwise inky black color as you answer her query about your copious amount of clothes by saying "It's cold enough in Iceland that you gotta dress in like crazy amounts of layers to keep warm, you know?"
>>31746783>>31749212Mai nods at that as she turns off the highway to the "International Departures" gate, unaware that while you ARE going to end up in your ancestor's homeland soon enough, there's one stop you feel as though you feel compelled to try and make beforehand... Besides, it'll be a nice respite before you before you arrive in Reykjavik to kiss your elder family's asses and beg them to let you take your "Real" name back in exchange for a sword that you don't even have on you."All for a sword you can't even fucking use" You think to yourself as another grim reality hits you: If you somehow end up winning this tournament with Mai & Tsuyako, the bosses back at the South Town Wrestling Federation more-or-less are going to lock in your "Ultima" gimmick for the rest of your god-damned career there... But if you lose and become that "Blood Sister" Biker-Nun character you want to make happen, you'll end up squandering the best chance your birth parents have had in decades to get that stupid "Sword of Lesphia" back to them and get back on their good graces...It's a hell of a conundrum that feels like a gordian knot for your mind to try and solve as Mai pulls up to the curb just outside of the front entrance to the airport, snapping you back to the here-and-now of getting your bags (Which ARE filled with clothes, though most of them are for the tournament) out and getting to the right gate on time (Even if it's only for show, as you have instructions to get on a private jet on the other side of the whole airport).You hop out and grab your bags, your strength being tested by the weight of them as Mai follows you out while pulling your only rolling "Carry-On" as the two of you hunt for the departures gate you need to go to... Which doesn't take long at all as you give Mai a quick peck on her cheek a say a few quick goodbyes before getting stuck going through FIVE separate security checkpoints before arriving at Gate H-19, a few guys in suits waiting for you.
>>31750511>A. Keep playing through this scenario as Fiona Graves and Time-Skip to when you arrive in Europe.>B. Resume Direct Control of Katja Hartkern and Continue to play through the Current Day (5/24/XX), focusing on studying Lucky Glauber, Heavy D! & Duck King's fight videos online when you get back home.>C.Time-Skip to later that night and go on a "Dream Sequence" as either Katja Hartkern or Fiona Graves (Please specify which character to go on a dream sequence with as part of your vote).>D. Time-Skip to Thursday, May 25th as Katja Hartkern.>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)>F. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control over)=+=+=+=+=>Pause UpdatesAs it's unbelievably late on the PST, I'm sadly going to have to cut this stream of updates shorter than I expected... However, assuming that this thread survives the night Updates will resume at 9:15 AM PST / 12:15 PM EST; If the thread 404's however, expect a new one at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST.Regardless, thanks to all that participated and good night Anons. (Also, Voting is OPEN until updates resume.
>>31750692>D. Time-Skip to Thursday, May 25th as Katja Hartkern.
>>31750692so is katja ever gona get that lightning spear that she saw in Gabriel's collection?also Calso
>>31753584Maybe...>>31751038And we start the new session with a TIE... Vote to Break it /tg/!>Pic Unrelated
>>31755983>>31755983>TFW No Replies
>>31756399>>31755983>MFW STILL no repliesCall it a thread and regroup another day?
>>31751038>>31757036OK, updates will officially begin shortly...
>>31751038>>31757036>Days until the start of "The Infinite Match": 6>Days until your fight with "The Soul of the Streets Team": 6>Date: Thursday, May 25th>Updates officially resume>You now resume Direct Control of Katja HartkernYou spent the rest of yesterday going onto the most obscure video-sharing websites around, scouring for match videos of Heavy D! & Lucky Glauber first of all, as Duck King seemed to be MUCH more popular than they were (With more videos for just him than "The USA Sports Team" COMBINED). You went to bed that night with visions of some the absolutely, RIDICULOUSLY long combinations of attacks that Heavy D! could do off of one hit (And re-watching one video in particular about five times just to get an idea of how every one of his punches connected) and think that Yuri Sakazaki & King were more-or-less dead-on in their assessment of your opponents, typing up some notes on your lap-top before "Crashing" at around midnight.You feel fairly refreshed when you wake up the next morning, though you definitely feel the hits you took from the three sparring matches you had yesterday, as well as the slightly-older bumps and bruises from your late-night fight with Andrew Draco at the Pao Pao Cafe the day before last...You crane your neck and force yourself to get out of bed, gingerly doing some stretches and feeling like your body's fighting you every step of the way as you try to keep yourself limber for your "Warm-Up" Routine, let lone your "Advanced" course or any kind of work-outs today...>A. Keep stretching and force your body to get back to where it was yesterday (When you weren't quite at "100%"), because this feels a little bit off-putting to you...>B. Take a break and get some food in you before try to get another good stretch in before you try to do any kind of work-outs today.>C. Stop stretching for now and take a swim in the pool; That always helps... Right?>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31758359>B. Take a break and get some food in you before try to get another good stretch in before you try to do any kind of work-outs today.Katja may have Kyokugen conditioning, but that's no excuse to overwork.
>>31758359>>A. Keep stretching and force your body to get back to where it was yesterday (When you weren't quite at "100%"), because this feels a little bit off-putting to you...
>>31758499>>31758861Looks like yet another TIE... Vote to break it /tg/!
>>31759386Switching to A.
>>31759433>>31758499OK, updates are on the way with Option A breaking the TIE...
>>31759433>>31758861Despite the fact that it feels like your body's running into a brick wall, you keep trying to stretch and hope that you can at least attempt to go through your "Warm-Up" routine before breakfast as you breathe deeply to try and let go of the pain and strain you feel right now. Slowly but surely you can feel yourself start to regain your previous flexibility, though it takes you longer than you can remember as it's nearly 45 Minutes until you feel up to trying to do a "Normal" stretch, only going at a pace you're comfortable with for most of that "Warm-Up" routine as you consider the kind of punishment you've been putting yourself through lately...You somehow manage to get through your "Warm-Up" stretches, though you don't try to push it any harder than you feel comfortable and instead take a pretty damn good shower, your aching muscles seemingly soaking up the hot water that runs down your chiseled form.That's when you pause as you feel an odd, almost tingling sensation throughout your extremities as you finish washing up, pondering you should try to ignore it and get some breakfast or actually try to see what it's about, the hot water from the shower particularly inviting today...>A. Put off training or food for a little bit longer and see if there's a hot-tub or sauna you can use; If there is, try to take a soak or a nice steam for a little bit...>B. Use whatever your body's feeling right now to drive you to take a swim, or work with some bodyweight exercises to keep your fitness levels up.>C. Keep showering and let the hot water soak into your body some more, as you seem to be feeling better by the second with it on right now...>D. Dry yourself off, get some food in you and take a rest for a little while longer, contemplating whether you should just take the day off and focus on light exercises today... (Roll 1d100 for a Perception Check)>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31761157>>A. Put off training or food for a little bit longer and see if there's a hot-tub or sauna you can use; If there is, try to take a soak or a nice steam for a little bit...
>>31761157>>C. Keep showering and let the hot water soak into your body some more, as you seem to be feeling better by the second with it on right now...We are tingling. Like a spider. Showering gives you superpowers.That is why neckbeards are weaker than most.This is Fact. Or I made it up. I forget.
>>31761157 >A. Put off training or food for a little bit longer and see if there's a hot-tub or sauna you can use; If there is, try to take a soak or a nice steam for a little bit...
>>31761231>>31762599Sorry for the slow internet connection today Anons; Thunderstorms are brewing in the area and it might be affecting my service tower...Regardless, Option A wins the vote and updates are on the way.
>>31761231>>31762599While the sensation of hot water dripping over your body is quite a pleasant one, you you shut the shower head off and grab a towel to dry yourself, that "Tingly" feeling still with you as you look around for a sauna, or a hot-tub you could borrow for the day... Hell, a big bathtub would be nice to soak your battered body as thoughts of training or going out today seemingly fly out the window for the moment.Sadly, you don't find a sauna or hot-tub anywhere in this so-called "Villa", though you DO find a hidden alcove next to the gym that holds a fairly "Moody" bathtub, dimmer switches to set the lights inside the curiously large, windowless room... You shrug and figure that it'll do and draw yourself a hot bath, that sensation you felt in the shower seemingly starting to spread all around your body like a rash, though it's not entirely uncomfortable as you slip into the bathtub, pondering if it's big enough for more than just one person for a moment and then almost as quickly chastising yourself for letting your inner carnal desires color your mood...>A. Fight to stay awake in the 'tub and think through how you could go up against, you don't know, maybe that one flame-wielding "Pretty Boy" that caught your attention in one of those match videos you remember watching last night.>B. Try to keep your head up and rest your eyes, body & mind in this bathtub; You honestly need a little R&R after what you've done in the last few days...>C. Think about whether you're going to actually train today or not as you soak in the bathtub, planning your day much like Winston Churchill would... (And wonder why his name popped up in your mind, because history wasn't a strong suit for you in college.)>D. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)>F. [Insert Lewd-as-FUCK Action Here]
>>31763570>B. Try to keep your head up and rest your eyes, body & mind in this bathtub; You honestly need a little R&R after what you've done in the last few days...
>>31763570fstart thinking about mai then let our mind wonder over to Gabriel (implications if what else we are doing/enjoying)
>>31764337Even if Katja were "working off stress," she wouldn't be thinking of Jean-Claude. He did try to kill her.
>>31764490OOC Draco tried to kill her not gabe directly and katja did enjoy the date even tho it was mostly a mission
>>31764718Jean-Claude is the one who put hits on everyone in the dojo and had her place ransacked. And then he took Katja on a date afterwards (knowing she was bugged and working for someone) because he "felt sorry for her" after all he did to her.Fuck him.
>>31764854fair enoughbut katja doesn't know about gabes reasons just that he likes her.
>>31763570 >B. Try to keep your head up and rest your eyes, body & mind in this bathtub; You honestly need a little R&R after what you've done in the last few days..."Petting the Kitty" is nice and all, but I think this quest is juts fine without anything TOO graphic IMHO.
Sorry for that delay Anons; Had to get dinner started and lost track of time.>>31764337>>31764490>>31764718>>31764854>>31765088To be quite honest, I get the feeling that if Katja's going to fantasize about ANYONE, it would be Shen Woo for a guy and either Mai, Fiona, Tsuyako or Shermie for the girls side of things (As She thinks of Yuri too much like a sister to try and fantasize about her like that...)>>31763614>>31765354However! Option B wins the vote and updates will (Hopefully!) arrive shortly.
>>31765354>>31763614As you close your eyes and soak up the warmth of the bathtub, an oddly dark part of your libido tries to take over your mind and have "Relieve some Stress", though when you actually start to do so a part of your "Rational" side cuts in and sort of stops you (Which was just as well, as the first person that came to your mind's eye was Jean FUCKING Gabriel and there was no way in hell you were going to get off to THAT creep)...You let out a sigh, then sink a little under the water a tiny bit more and just relax for a little bit, not worried about the time as it seems to stretch on forever, your aches and pains even from an hour ago disappearing and feeling as though they floated up and dissolved into the water... Though just as the hot bath began to turn lukewarm, you hear your stomach start to growl as you wake back up from a half-sleep you were taking and sit up in the bath, doing a few neck stretches before you get up out of the 'tub and start to drain it, drying yourself off and going for the door when you hear the knob jiggle slightly.You thank your lucky stars that you had thought to lock it as flashes of some far-off dream fill your head as you don't make a sound, quickly wrapping a towel around yourself and intently waiting for something on the other end to happen as well as charging up your Ki just in case you have to fight...>A. Ask "Who is it?" in a friendly voice, then get ready to beat the ever-loving crap out of whoever got a hold of your address...>B. Stay perfectly quiet and still, waiting to see if whoever's on the other side will break the door down on you or something; If they actually do, take them down with a righteous fury and unload your most devastating "Normal" (Read: Special) Moves.>C. Open the door for them and hope that it's just housekeeping or something, though if it isn't and they try to attack fight them as hard as you can despite your practically nude form.>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31767119>A. Ask "Who is it?" in a friendly voice, then get ready to beat the ever-loving crap out of whoever got a hold of your address...
>>31767843>>31767879>>31768746"Who is it?" you ask, the first words you've even spoken out loud all day as you carefully wait and see what's going to happen, visions of a particular nightmare presenting themselves in your mind as your body fills with an unbridled electricity just in case something BIG goes down... Which makes it all the more of a shock when you hear a voice reply "Housekeeping, sorry to disturb" in a fairly broken accent.You pause at those words and feel a slight pang of disappointment at the fact that you weren't going to fight for your life against some thunderous god with a mammoth of a body today... Then ponder if that's healthy to think about as you unlock the door and open it, noting the older, "Pudgy"-looking guy in a less-detailed version of the same general uniform you've seen around "The Imperial" time and again in the last few weeks."I'll get changed and leave ya' to your work" you tell him, then just as quickly head back upstairs and into your bedroom, quickly changing into some pants and a clean shirt to go over your underwear, smartly grabbing your wallet, cellphone and the small bag that carried almost all of your worldly money and the precious stones that your father had looked after for nearly three generations...You look at them all with thoughts about what really HAD happened to him swirling around in your mind for a second before you hear your stomach growl yet again and get a move on, briskly arriving at that small cafe in the lobby to get a "Brunch" going as you think over how you'd like to spend the day over some cinnamon rolls or a stack of pancakes or something (But definitely something sweet to match the laid-back attitude you have today)...>A. Think about how the rest of your day's gonna go over Brunch.>B. Ride out to Meadow's Park for some Tai-Chi after you're done eating.>C. Wait for that cleaning guy to leave and do some calisthenics to keep your fitness up.>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31769802>A. Think about how the rest of your day's gonna go over Brunch.We should still take it rather slow, since we had a one-character victory last thread.
>>31769975Apologies for the delays Anons; My service provider's hiccuping on quite a few people's Internet Connection tonight...Regardless, Option A has this poll by default unless more votes arrive...
Sorry again for all of the connection issues Anons... I'm honestly going to have to turn in early tonight; These are the last updates for the session.>>31769975You get a Cinnamon Roll and a few pieces of fruit to try and offset the amount of sugar, fat and whatever-else is in of these things as you take a quiet seat in the back of the cafe. You let your mind wander a little bit as you start with eating the pieces of fruit, wondering if your body's trying to tell you something with what you felt in the bathtub soaking (And briefly pondering if you should call up Shermie, or Tsuyako so you could "Relieve some Stress" your body had pent-up over time)... Then jump to thinking about what all of those dreams you've had really mean, as most of them have either turned out to be true or are close enough to what you've experienced in the last few weeks, the cleaning guy and meeting that older man in South Town National Park being perfect examples of the imperfect Deja-Vu that's come to be just an everyday occurrence to you lately."But what does it all MEAN?" you ask yourself in between bites of your brunch, thinking that some kind of sign would reveal itself if you had thought about it hard enough... But once again, you can't seem to hit upon that certain, almost magical dawning or realization you probably helped others have had over the course of the week.You know for a fact that you're probably not going to try and seriously work out today though, as you can STILL feel that you're fairly "Tight" all throughout your body as you start to nibble on your larger-than-expected Cinnamon Roll. that something more like a walk or Ta-Chi session at Meadow's Park would be good to do today, not to mention some meditation could be beneficial as well...Which leads you to ask yourself "Am I really missin' anything t'day?" out loud in a low voice, then grab your cellphone and double-check your phone for any plans, or missed messages you might've overlooked...
>>31774381>Shermie possibly becoming Katja's first booty callYou tempt fate, Weasel.
>>31774837Maybe Shermie has a really killer massage routine that does the trick for Katja.
>>31774837Yes... Yes, I do. What of it?>>31774878Very early on in this quest, Katja had a complex about swimsuits and other "Girlish" clothes, and Shermie (Along with Mai, Fiona & Tsuyako) helped her out of it when she had wanted to buy something from her boutique for a laugh.>>31774381Your eyes widen when it dawns on you that you had penciled in an appointment with a realty agent Robert Garcia said could help you find a place after "The Infinite Match" ends, then quickly call up his number."Offices of Jerry Goldman; How can I help you?" the receptionist on the other end asks."Well, my name is Katja Hartkern and I think I have an appointment with Mr. Goldsman over going to look at houses" you truthfully reply."One moment" the receptionist tells you as you can hear him(/her?) feverishly type on a keyboard in the background, then tells you "I don't actually have you on file here for any appointments... Would you like to schedule one?""Yes please" you almost immediately reply, adding "The earlier the better" in the hopes that you could hopefully start doing this BEFORE the tournament starts...Though your hopes for that get dashed when he/(she?) tells you "I'm sorry, but he's booked solid through the first of July.""Huh... Well, does he have anything solid on like the tenth or something?" you ask, hoping that you'll have that sweet, legal tender from "The Infinite Match" to spend it on a nice place of your own (And possibly buy it outright, as you got bloody sick and tired of having to deal with rent payments at your old place)."Yeah, that sounds perfect... Can I get your phone number so Mr. Goldman can get back in touch with you to firm up that date?" he asks and you comply, then hang up and finish the rest of your cinnamon roll, thoughts of a life away from this ritzy place with everything you could want all-too real to you now, especially when you're probably going to have to move out fairly quickly...
>>31775155I was there for Katja's panic attack in the swimwear store.
>>31775454Really? Good on'ya, but I thought it was worth mentioning again for any newcomers out there...>>31775155You sigh as you head back up to your room, finding the place absolutely spotless, just like the day you had arrived and check over everything just in case that guy had stolen anything from you, your 6th sense about bad luck and bad things happening to taking over your mind for the moment...After a thorough search turned everything you own back up with no problems, you turn your mind over to what you could do today, as all but a few of the more intense training exercises don't seem to suit you after that fighting frenzy you went on yesterday, but then again you don't want to completely neglect yourself and your training either...>A. Head out to Meadow's Park and do some Tai-Chi on your own to try to calm your Mind, Body & Soul down quite a bit.>B. Sit and meditate in the "Villa" to try and calm your restless spirit and see if you can get to the bottom of your emotions today (Roll 1d100 for a Perception check)>C. Call up Shermie and see how she's doing, as you haven't talked in a short while and didn't get a chance to see her at "The Infinite Waltz" party a few days ago...>D. Straight-up admit to yourself that you're "Done" for the day, then Time-Skip to 5/26 as Katja Hartkern.>E. Time-Skip to later that night and go on a "Dream Sequence" as Katja.>F. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)>G. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)===>Pause UpdatesFirstly, I thank the Anons that could bear with my screwy Internet Connection today and hope that they enjoyed themselves participating. Secondly, if this topic survives the night Updates Will resume at around 8 AM PST / 11 AM EST; If it doesn't however, a New Thread will be made on 4/30/14 at the usual 9 AM / Noon Start-Time.Lastly, until then? G'night /tg/.
Rolled 49>>31775583>B. Sit and meditate in the "Villa" to try and calm your restless spirit and see if you can get to the bottom of your emotions today (Roll 1d100 for a Perception check)Some navel-gazing should help sort things out.
>>31775583 >A. Head out to Meadow's Park and do some Tai-Chi on your own to try to calm your Mind, Body & Soul down quite a bit.
>>31778441>>31779086>>31779730Apologies for being late to check in on the thread Anons; I had a LATE night and didn't really sleep all that well.Regardless of that, thesession begins with a TIE... Vote to break it /tg/!
>>31780041>>31779086Going with this if there aren't any more replies...
>>31779779Change to C. We'll see if she can help Katja out of her funk. Getting this "stress" settled should make a lot of other things easier, as it's actually starting to notably distract her, which we don't need as the tournament starts. Plus, she seems like a nice-enough gal.
>>31780041>>31779086>>31780569>Updates Officially resume>You're still in Direct Control of Katja Harkern>Time of Day: 11:07 AMYou let out a sigh as you look around this absolutely incredible pad, your heart sinking as you keep thinking about how the kind of luxury you've been given these last few weeks would probably be impossible to match once you leave, though you stop yourself from feeling too spoiled when you recall that you're probably only here because Takuma Sakazaki bugged Robert Garcia into letting you stay here to make up for his failings or something... Which only makes you feel worse as you shake your head at that, a part of you knowing deep down that Robert DOES care about you in the same way almost all of the others back at the dojo seem to do.Which is when you try to snap out of your funk by calling up Shermie, as it had been a while since you had last seen her and, to be honest, you wouldn't mind to have her or even her big-squeeze Yashiro help you out of what's going on with you today (As Fiona Graves has already left for Europe and you just don't want to try and get something going with Tsuyako without her knowledge, more-or-less confirming in your mind that they really are a couple)... "Oh, Kat-shaa! It's good to hear from you" you hear Shermie say, her voice as bubbly as ever (Though her fabulously "Fake" French accent seems subdued compared to when you last heard it)."Yeah, nice to hear your voice again too" you reply, scratching your neck as you try to calm down."How's everything been?""Well... I guess y'could say I've been under a lot of stress lately" you admit. "And I'dunno, I figured you were the first person I could really talk to about it..."Shermie pauses at that, then asks "OK... Well, what's on your mind?""I mean, it's like, Well..." You start to say, then pause to take a deep breath and tell her "Again, I'dunno, I just get this feelin' like me whole body's burning up, even though I'm not sick or anythin' yeah?"
>>31781490You let your voice trail off a little bit as you get greeted by silence on the other end of the line, then add "Or like I've got this bloody itch that's came up and I don't whether I should just..." before you pause yet again, your face turning "Beet Red" as you admit "Fuck it, I don't think I should've called ya' about this.""No, it's OK... But do you really not have anyone you could think of to scratch that itch of yours?" Shermie asks, a hint of surprise in her voice."God, just hearin' her say that's makin' me want to shove me head in a..." you think for a second, then shake your head and reply "Nope! And the only ones that MIGHT be interested left for Europe for the tournament...", though you wonder why you're "Nope!" came out so cheerfully considering your plight. "Speaking of which, are you'n'Yashiro fightin' in "The Infinite Mach" or whatever? Because I didn't see either of ya' at the party for it.""We have the entries, but we just can't find someone to fill that third slot after Hatsune-chan decided not to compete this year" Shermie says with a sigh, though she enthusiastically adds "However, our match is scheduled to be in South Town and we have about a week to keep looking, so "Never say Never" you know?""Well, that's good" you reply, hoping that Shermie doesn't try to push that previous subject and focuses on something clean and wholesome, like bashing people's faces in or suplexing others into the ground..."And you know, I would like to help you with 'Relieving some stress', I really would... But I don't want to make my Yashie-Kun jealous and I know how you told me how uncomfortable you can feel around manly men like him" she replies as it sounds like she has to leave the phone and make a sale, the sound a few electronic blips and beeps of a cash register on the other end of the line ringing in your ears."Oh yeah, that's right" you think out loud, waiting for her to pick up the phone as you feel childish calling her up right now.
>>31781723You hear Shermie pickup after a few minutes as she says "Sorry about that, I had a few customers to tend to...""No worries" you meekly tell her, the awkwardness of this whole conversation weighing heavily on your mind as you ask "He's not into that kind of thing though? I'd think it'd be every man's fantasy or somethin'..."Shermie giggles in an impossibly cute voice and replies "Well... It's not like we haven't talked about it a little, but I can say he's not like most men" she replies as your unease reaches a fever-pitch "Yeah, he's better than them ain't he?" you joke to try and keep this conversation lively"That's why he's my man" she replies, but then has to hang up and says "I'm sorry ma cherie, but I have to go; More customers and such" before she does.:Well shit, NOW what do I bloody do?" you think out loud, your face in your hands as you know that if your desires are affecting you THIS badly, you'll probably get destroyed in the tournament if a fight goes the wrong way...However, you feel a tiny bit better about it when Shermie offers you a slight glimmer of hope by leaving a text message that reads "I'll talk to Yashie about it and see what he says, though I can say for sure that we'd want to take you out to dinner or something beforehand <3" about five minutes after she had hung up.>A. Text her back and try to make a firm date, as you have to probably fly out to San Francisco pretty soon for your fight against "The Soul of the Streets" Team...>B. Try to go through some Meditation to try and calm your nerves and soothe yourmind, body and soul a little bit.>C. Ride out to Meadow's Park to do some Tai-Chi by yourself, hoping that it'll sate your lust... Or at least subdue it enough not to feel distracted.>D. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)>F. [Insert Lewd-as-FUCK Action Here]
>>31782180Ftry ti relieve a little stress (if anyone else wants to get creative please contribute)
>>31782180>>C. Ride out to Meadow's Park to do some Tai-Chi by yourself, hoping that it'll sate your lust... Or at least subdue it enough not to feel distracted.Tai Chi solves all problems.
>>31782722Going to go with this if there aren't any more votes so->>31783260Never mind! Looks like yet another TIE... Vote to break it /tg/!
>>31782180C. Discipline over desire. We're Kyokugen, after all.
Got caught up making lunch for others; I apologize profusely for the delay anons.>>31783260>>31783587You decide to put off any thoughts about "Reliving Stress" for now and swiftly get dressed to ride out to Meadow's Park for some Tai-Chi, not even recalling how you had gotten into your new clothes until after you had zipped up your jacket and were riding down to the lobby, helmet in-hand and the phrase "Discipline over Desire" running through your head like a mantra of-sorts.The ride out the park itself was rather uneventful, though the day was absolutely gorgeous and a part of you was glad that you had a chance to enjoy it, though dark thoughts of your own mortality filled your mind when you finally arrived there... "Will I even live through this tournament?" you ask yourself, thinking back to the stories you've heard from your time at the dojo as a gust of wind blows through the cherry blossom trees that dot the park, almost magically causing the stray petals around you to flutter and twirls as you simply stop in your tracks and take in just how fucking BEAUTIFUL this place looks to you today. After taking your time, you find that deserted spot you had started to learn Tai-Ch and take off your riding jacket, do a few quick stretches... And promptly feel like you have no idea what you're doing, as it's been long enough since you've thought about doing this that you haven't got a clue as to where you're supposed to start, dark thoughts about all of those head injuries you've had over the last three months coming back to haunt you...>A. Take some time to think this over and REALLY concentrate on recalling exactly how your Tai-Chi routine went (Roll 1d100 for a Perception Check)B. Hold off on Tai-Chi and instead try to go through your "Advanced" stretching routine.>C. Contemplate what's wrong with you today while admiring the beauty of the Cherry Blossoms (Roll 1d100 for a Perception Check)>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
Rolled 19>>31785185>>C. Contemplate what's wrong with you today while admiring the beauty of the Cherry Blossoms (Roll 1d100 for a Perception Check)Huh.Deserted location.Unusually beautiful today.Stray cherry blossom petals swirling in the wind....Shit. Boss fight?
>>31785318Going with this once more if there aren't any other votes soon...
>>31785318>>31786655You look around for a moment, half-expecting someone to try and jump out of nowhere and fight you or something... But no one (Or thing) does and you take a breather against a nearby tree, idly wondering what's WRONG with you today, but mostly enjoying the scenery a little bit, taking in the simple smells and pleasures of the surrounding foliage.Though when you eventually get bored of doing that, you close your eyes and simply try to focus on finding your inner core, that practically mystical ball of energy in your mind that's supposed to be the representation of your Ki... But instead you can only think of Mai, Fiona, Shermie or Tsuyako in various states of undress as you open your eyes and then close them once again, really trying to find that center of yourself to see if anything's amiss..You move your hands out in front of you, your mind's eye drawing out a big ball of electrified Ki that feels almost like it's really in your hands, though that's not the most unusual part of this process today; That would be reserved for your Ki itself, as while most of the time you've tried to do this you end up finding maybe a small, relatively pale ball the size of a Grapefruit, today the visualization of your Ki feels like it's the size of a Volleyball and glows a bright Blue, remarking in your mind that it looks a bit like a spherical bug-zapper as you close your hands in on it, not even aware of the fact that you're consciously moving your hands to cover that ball in the "Real World" and not just in your mind..."You here for that Tai-Chi thing too huh?" you hear a voice ask as everything flashes away from you in an instant, your concentration broken as you look around to see who exactly just interrupted you... And find a fairly slim looking guy with long, blonde hair and glasses, his face framed by a fairly stubbly beard and accompanied by a small dog (A Pomeranian maybe?) that looks like it was simply a ball of fur with legs sticking out of it.
>>31787456You don't think much of why this guy feels familiar to you, instead trying to limit the amount of rage you throw at him by replying "Nah, i was just here to train by myself today... Besides, I thought the guy stopped doin' it after a while?""Nah, I heard that he's back to like once a week or something" the dude in front of you replies, then asks "Shit, I fucked you up didn't I?">A. Nod and ask him to either give you some space or fight you, as you aren't exactly in a good mood today... (Roll 1d100 for Intimidation)>B. Tell him "Yes, you did", but add that you weren't really concentrating all that much anyway, trying to be friendly-enough to him.>C. Admit that you weren't really gonna stay much longer and maybe head out to Sound Beach or something to relax, as you DID put on that Black One-Piece Swimsuit just in case you felt like going out to the beach today...>D. Throw out a Ha'oh Raijinken and storm out of Meadow's Park; This guy was the last FUCKING straw for you today...>E. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)>F. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31787500B. Be nice.
>>31787500 >B. Tell him "Yes, you did", but add that you weren't really concentrating all that much anyway, trying to be friendly-enough to him.
Maybe we should try that waterfall meditation training all those mystic warriors (and likely Takuma as well) practice. It toughens the body, frees the mind and strengthens the spirit, and it should steel our resolve. Plus, we're already here, and you did say Katja has her one-piece leotard on.
>>31788814While that IS a good idea Anon, the only known place that has a waterfall like that is in South Town National Park, and Geese Howard is there waiting to fight us...>>31788234>>31788591"Yeah, y'did... But I wasn't REALLY trying to go all-out, so it's all good mate" you tell him, channeling your rage into more manageable words than what you'd probably say to him had this been 3 Months ago, pangs of nostalgia again rumbling through your mind.The guy looks at you and shrugs as his dog barks at you, wagging his(/her?) tail as he then squats down and starts to pet and play with her (As you hear him call his dog "Jenny") as you get up from the tree and start to do your warm-up stretches once again, more to show-off rather than actually get ready to do your Tai-Chi routine."Oh, you go to that dojo too huh?" he asks as you continue to stretch, hiding your surprise that he recognizes your Kyokugenryuu-honed stretching techniques."Used to... I ain't exactly on good standin' with Takuma anymore" you reply as you FINALLY can go back at it at your "Normal" speed for a change, the guy and his dog watching you go for a little bit as "Jenny" barks at you some more."Holy jesus, that's fuckin' SICK" you hear him absentmindedly say as you finish up with a more "Advanced" pose or two, then ask you "How long did you fight with them dude?!""... 12 Years on-and-off, with the last four years 'ere in South Town" you truthfully tell him, then ask "You need to go through warm-ups and want to train with me? Or are ya' good on your own?"He lets out a sigh that sounds a bit like a verbal question mark, then starts to say "Shit man, I don't know", pauses for a second and then adds "Fuck it, I can probably go a round with you if you'd like.""Ah naw mate, I meant some Tai-Chi; I'm not up t'fightin' today" you reply, hopefully clearing up any possible ideas he might have about showing his (Probable) beginner's-level Kyokugen Karate skills to you...
>>31789437The guy in front of you shrugs again, then says "Damn... 'Kay, I guess I'll join you with this shit then" as he squats down and starts to play with his dog a little, then does a few quick stretches while you wait for him to get ready so you can lead him through your Tai-Chi practice.Curiously enough, you feel an odd ease with him around you as you virtually ignore him after the first five minutes, focusing on remembering the routine as you go through it as more people start to arrive after about half an hour, two "Homey"-looking black guys and a stocky white dude waiting around and shootin' the shit with each other (As they seem to be waiting on their buddy finishing up his session with you)...You ignore them for the most part, though you partially watch the two black guys start doing some funky-looking Martial Arts training of their own as the other guy plays with this long-haired dude's dog... Which is when you subtly speed up the routine to the pace you had practiced at by yourself as your psuedo-student starts panting as he tries to keep up."Your shit is WEAK Bax!" you hear one of the guys yell half-jokingly as you decide to finish up quicker than you'd like to to help this "Bax" guy save some face... The stocky white guy yells "FINALLY!" as you conclude the session, "Bax" and his buddies look to leave, though not before he bows and thanks you for your time instructing him."Whatcha y'all doin' out 'ere?" you ask the group, trying to be friendly to them a little bit. "We're on our way to a tournament down in China Town" the black guy with dreadlocks tells you.>A. Ask them what kind of tournament it is, then decide if you want to go or not.>B. Politely decline, then go through that same Tai-Chi routine again on your own.>C. Decline and head out to Sound Beach for some more R&R.>D. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31790057>A. Ask them what kind of tournament it is, then decide if you want to go or not.
>>31790057>>C. Decline and head out to Sound Beach for some more R&R.Meh.
>>31790166Switch to C. This is our off day. Though it'd be nice to know what's going on.
>>31790575>>31790916Alright, Option C takes the vote and updates are pending...
>>31790575>>31790916You think over this guy's offer, but ultimately decline as you tell him "Sorry mate, but I'm not in the mood; It's me day off and I'm a REALLY big tourney that's startin' up soon...""Oh... You mean South Town Regionals? We're all going to that one too" "Bax" asks, drawing a curious look from you as you've never heard of such a fighting tournament before now."Nah Mate, "The Infinite Match" you clarify, a sense of pride swelling within your voice as "Bax" and his posse seem awestruck at what you said."OH... Damn, that's the serious one ain't it?" the other black guy asks you as you grab your jacket and zip it back on you, not quite comfortable with your "Sweater Puppies" noticeably bulging against (And almost through) your shirt."Yeah... I'm on The Women's Team with King and Yuri" you reply, "Bax" looking like he just shat himself at your "Name-Drop"."Dude! Yuri SAKAZAKI? Like, the only daughter of my dojo's grand-master?" he asks, again awe-struck as his dog starts barking again.You hear the rather stocky friend yell "Jenny's gettin' HYPE!" as you squat down and hold out a hand to pet her, then look up at the four of them and reply "That's the one... She was my best friend and sparrin' partner fer a long time", curiously feeling :Old" at that sound of that."Sheeit... Well, see you'round then" the dreadlocks guy says as you hop up and shake his hand."What're your names mates?" you ask, getting quickly introduced to Baxter (The long-haired dude with glasses and a beard), "Pat" (The stocky white guy that doesn't look like he can fight), "Kenny" (The dude with dreadlocks you shook hands with) & "Ryan" (The other guy, who aside from being African-American doesn't stand out all that much). You give them all a nice send-off before you decide to ride down to Sound Beach, the day's sun slowly starting to wane as you can feel a warm wind blow through you as you strip down to the Black Swimsuit you had put on before you had left...
>>31792504...Yes... Mainly because he doesn't actually PLAY KOF games, though not from a lack of effort or interest (Fucker's got a full-time job outside of his channels and streams and runs KI3 tournaments every once and awhile).Thinking about it, he should've shown up in a Capcom Vs. SNK Quest, but whatever.>>31792365The hot sand feels good on your "Boot-Stank" feet and the sun feels even better as it shines down on you, though after a few restless minutes you start to do sprints in the sand just to feel like you've done SOMETHING relevant to the tournament today, practicing your "Raijin Sprint" as well as trying to quicken your your reaction time from turning around so as to land a "Raijin Lightning Rush" on your virtual opponent more effectively.You spend about an hour doing that, though you stop when the wind gets a little chillier and you start to hear your stomach growl back at you. You force yourself to do a few "Cool-Down" stretches before you grab your clothes, hop back on your bike and look for a place to eat, eventually riding down past Shermie's "Fantastique La Femme" and thinking about what you could have to satisfy your appetite before you dizzily pass out on your beloved Triumph Thruxton at around 65 MPH...>A. Head back to "The Imperial" and spend the rest of the day in, Time-Skipping to 5/26 as Katja Hartkern.>B. Look around for that one Haitain place you had lunch at that one time and think over what you'd like to do for the rest of your day.>C. Stop in at Shermie's and see if she can recommend anywhere to eat around here, maybe picking up another swimsuit or something to show her business some love...>D. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31792919>C. Stop in at Shermie's and see if she can recommend anywhere to eat around here, maybe picking up another swimsuit or something to show her business some love...
>>31792919>>C. Stop in at Shermie's and see if she can recommend anywhere to eat around here, maybe picking up another swimsuit or something to show her business some love...
>>31792919 >D. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)Fiona Graves, because I get the feeling there's something more than what posted last time...
>>31792919 >C. Stop in at Shermie's and see if she can recommend anywhere to eat around here, maybe picking up another swimsuit or something to show her business some love...
>>31793228What's there left to talk about though? We know Fiona's got some skeleton's in her closet, but I don't really think there's anything more to reveal about her until the tournament starts... Unless she's like Wolfgang Krauser's daughter or some shit, which WOULD be a surpirse IMHO.>>31792919>C.Let's just hope that it doesn't get TOO awkward in there...
>>31793474Krauser's German, not Nordic.
>>31793474See >>31793491>>31793069>>31793198>>31793287Option C overwhelmingly takes the vote and updates are on the way.
>>31793474>>31793287>>31793198>>31793069You partially think about what the name of that one place you had lunch nearby was called, but instead you use the nearest stop-light to turn off the main highway, then find a parking lot to turn around in so you can ride back towards "Fantastique La Femme", partially wondering if you'd look desperate and/or out-of place considering your call to Shermie earlier in the day...You take a breath as you park your bike up by the loading dock in the back of the building, then slip your helmet off and ponder what you'll say to her to try and break the ice... Then promptly discard any of the honestly lame-sounding excuses and walk around to the front entrance, casually walking inside a relatively busy store, with a few rather fetching-looking women looking at some of the wild designs Shermie has on offer (Though most of them are with either a friend and/or probable significant other).You pause and look at a few of the newer designs, spotting a few of the very bikinis and one-pieces you had modeled for Shermie's catalog, then remember that you never actually bought one for yourself as a keep-sake or something to show your friends and possible future children/grandchildren when you get old... Then shake that last part of your idea off as you spot Shermie talking with Yashiro Nanakase, "Shiro's" white hair and tall, muscled build unmistakable (As well as his rather "Odd" fashion sense, though you have to admit he wear's suspenders almost as well as Vanessa does)...You again take a few breaths, wondering if you really should be in here as you aren't quite sure what to expect from her... Though before you can get up to the check-out counter, you get tapped on the shoulder as a rather androgynous girl with "Pixie-Cut" brown hair asks "Are you?", then stops as you glance at her, taking a good look at her and seeing that she's got an arm in a black, "See-Through" cast that looks like a gothic spiderweb up crawling up her arm.
>>31794415"Yeah?" you ask in-turn, noting that she's got a copy of the store's catalog in one hand (And looks like she could fill out anything in the store quite nicely on a second glance). "Could you sign this?" she asks, sounding slightly nervous as she holds up the catalog in-question.You shrug as you really take a look at the cover shot, seeing that it's part of that group photo session you had taken after the fight on the beach with Mai, Fiona & Tsuyako (Which you're only now starting to remember), then ask her "Sure... But what's with the cast mate? Because I would've signed that if there was enough material for me to lay a marker on...""Oh, well, this is a prototype design that uses Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound to try and help the recovery time on my bones" she says, sounding relatively well-versed in a rather odd subject to you."Bloody 'ell... Guess we're really livin' in the future eh?" you reply, not really knowing what else to say about something like that."It works for me though; The doctors said I'll be out of it in like two more days" she says, then adds " And the cast itself is pretty cheap too; It's 3D-Printed and custom-made to fit individual arms and stuff."You nod at that, then tell her "I'll need t'borrow a pen, so hang on a tick" before you walk up to the check-out counter and greet Shermie with a wave, Yashiro giving you a look but not saying anything as you stop up at the counter itself."Why Kat~shaa, what a pleasant surprise" Shermie almost teasingly says, asking "What would be the pleasure?""Two things, actually" you start to say, trying to sound like you're winding her up before you drolly ask "One, I need t'borrow a pen because somebody here wants my autograph..."Shermie quickly gets out a black permanent marker as Yashiro asks "So, How've you been?", bumping shoulders with him for a second."Not too bad ya' big lug" you reply as you grab the pen out from Shermie's hand and non-verbally ask her to wait a second...
>>31794774You walk back over to that girl in the arm-cast and quickly ask her "Kay, who should I make it out to...?""Uh... No one I guess" she replies, "Ah c'mon, you really just want my name?" you reply, seemingly sounding like you're hitting on her even though you haven't consciously thought of that at all."Well... Make it out to Avery" she says as you briefly ponder what kind of dude would be named that nowadays (Not knowing that it's actually her name)."Right... Any particular message, or just a quick 'You're so beautiful' or what?" you casually ask, taking time with her as you hadn't had the chance to do so when you were at the signing just last week."Uh... Well, no, nothing I can think of" she again nervously replies as you wonder how old she might be, or if this is her first time asking for something like this from another woman.. And curiously seeing some of yourself in her as you sign the catalog:>"To Avery: You're beautiful no matter what you wear. Love, Katja" And hand it to her with a sly smile, nodding at what you picked up from her as her eyes widen and she hugs you with her good arm, her chest curiously feeling as though it were almost as large (If not larger) than yours in spite of her appearance suggesting otherwise...You nod and tell her "Hang on, I need to get this back" and casually walk back to Shermie and Yashiro, handing them the pen back and asking Shermie "And two; I'm bloody starving and need a place to eat 'round here NOW... Any suggestions?"Shermie pauses at that and places a hand under her chin, her other arm supporting it and her incredible chest at the same time (With the faded pink of her dress letting your mind wander a little)... Finally replying "Well, there's Bully's down the street from here: They serve basic Americana as far as food goes, but they make it better than anywhere else in the city" Shermie says."Basically, it's a really good burger joint that makes all of their shit fresh daily" Yashiro adds.
>>31795141You're tempted to just buy a catalog and get out there, as something like that sounds wonderful to you right now... Though you keep yourself amused by asking "Anything else?""Well, there IS that one place just down the street... "Montego Bay's" I think it's called?" Shermie replies, your mind saying "THAT'S the place with the Jerked Chicken!", though she adds "It's a little too spicy for me and they don't like it if you complain too much.""They can be real assholes about it too" Yashiro again adds, as you wonder if you had caught those guys on a good day or something, because they had treated you pretty well..."They seemed nice when I went in there" you tell them, then ask "What that Seafood place I keep smellin' 'round here?""Oh... That's "The Formerly Frying Dutchman" Yashiro says, admitting "I didn't really care for them all that much... Expensive too.""You were always a fan of Chinese Food though Yashie-Kun" Shermie reminds him as you ponder where to go, because all of them sound good to you right now... And also start to consider if you should invite your newly-found fan Avery with you.===OK, here's a Two-Part Question Anons. Firstly, choose between:>1. Ask Avery out to lunch with you; She's JUST the kind of gal you'd like to try and "Relieve Stress" with...or >2. Quietly head out of Fantasitque La Femme and eat alone in (Relative) peace & quiet.Then, combine of the above Options with one of the Votes Below:>A. Get some grub at "Bully's" (Burgers, French Fries Etc. Etc.)>B. Try something new from "Montego Bay's" (Jerked-Freakin'-EVERYTHING, with a specialty on Chicken)>C. Go for some Seafood at "The Formerly Frying Dutchman".>D. Risk it and ride back to "The Imperial" and cook something up for yourself and possibly deciding to spend the rest of the day in...>E. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)>F.Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31795904>1. Ask Avery out to lunch with you; She's JUST the kind of gal you'd like to try and "Relieve Stress" with...>A. Get some grub at "Bully's" (Burgers, French Fries Etc. Etc.)That sounds kinda predatory, using and exploiting a fan like that. It should be a nice treat for the gal to get to hang out with her new favorite model.
>>31795904 >2. Quietly head out of Fantasitque La Femme and eat alone in (Relative) peace & quiet.& >A. Get some grub at "Bully's" (Burgers, French Fries Etc. Etc.)This is the chick that Bizuki corrupted and Kazunori & Jean fought, isn't she? So no FUCKING way are we asking her out for lunch IMHO.
>>31796162This is, indeed, one of the agents that Bizuki kidnapped. However,1. She's no longer under Bizuki's control.2. Katja has never met Avery before and therefore has no clue she was involved in any of that.3. She's introduced herself as a fan to Katja, and she seems inoffensive enough.You want to avoid Avery because of meta reasons.
>>31796246... Fuck it, seitching the first part of my vote over to 1 to speed this up and also because I have no argument against that logic.
>>31796246Very astute all around Anon; I'm not a fan of "Meta-Questing" either.>>31796403>>31796033OK, the combination of 1 & A has a lock on the votes right now unless more arrive shortly... I'm also getting a little bit tired, so these maybe the last updates of the session.
And what do you know? I fell asleep for a little bit... Apologies for that Anons.>>31796403>>31796033You nod and ask Shermie & Yashiro "So, wanna' join me for lunch at that 'murrican place down the street?", hoping that they don't get the wrong idea or impression as you can see that Avery girl looking around at some of the more raunchier suits Shermie has for sale.Yashiro shrugs and says "Thanks but nah, I just got back from that one place in China Town that ACTUALLY serves Hosaki-Menma..." "And I just got back from lunch with him, soo..." Shermie adds, not wanting to sound like they're giving you the cold shoulder as you shrug... Though she tells you that "We'll go out soon though... I promise" in a teasing voice that gets your mind racing (Among other things).You nod and give her a cheeky grin, then tell her "Kay... Just get me a catalog and I'll be on my way", not wanting to waste her time as a few of the people browsing start to form a small line behind you.Shermie hands you one from behind the counter and says "Compliments of the house" with a smile, drawing a few complaints from so,e of the "Bro's" as you grab it and give her a quick hug, then fist-bump Yashiro say "See ya' big guy" before you look around for that gal from before, spotting her looking at a drab, but functional two-piece designed after what most beach volleyball players back in the 1980's-Early 90's could've worn."Hey, er... I was gonna go out t'lunch at that burger joint down the street and I was thinkin' maybe I could invite ya'?" you ask her, getting an indescribable, wide-eyed look as you add "Just as a friend's all... Most of mine are workin' right now or out of the city."Avery looks at you and says "Of course! Let me get this paid up and I'll be out in a minute" and you smile at that, nodding before you quietly tell Shermie & Yashiro that you packed your 'bike out back and ask them to try and watch it for you a little bit before you head out and wait.
>>31797433It didn't take long for Avery to walk out with a small bag over her shoulder as you walk with her down the street and look for "Bully's", the smell of Hamburgers & French Fries (Among other things) slowly leading you in the right direction."So... What do you for a living?" Avery asks as she sounds like this is a real date or something...You stop at a Four-Way intersection, the "Bully's" sign within sight as you tell her "Well, t'be honest I can't really say as t'what I do... And it's like, well, I AM unemployed and all, but I can't tell I'm busy."Avery nods, then asks " You can't really talk about your job, huh?""Nah, not even that; I just don't really have one'side from "Martial Artist"..." you tell her as the two of you cross the street, admitting "I guess y'could say that I've worked a few part-time gigs here'n'there to put food on the table... But nothin' dirty."She seems even more at ease with herself as the two of you walk into "Bully's", finding the atmosphere fairly lively despite the "Upscale" decor, then get in line and ask her "Y'been here?""Once or twice" she says, then tells you "I'm not big on eating meat, but I like their bugers here.""Any particular favorite?" you ask, hoping that she can lead you to something delectable, as you feel like a black hole has started to form where your stomach used to be...Avery thinks about that for a second, then shakes her head "No" as you get escorted out to a small table, the booths the two of you sitting in feeling small in comparison as a waitress hands you your menus as you pore through them as if you were searching for buried treasure.In the end, you settle on a simple Hamburger with some Lettuce, Tomatoes and a hint of Cheese, Avery ordering what sounds like a Fish Burger (Or something) as you decide to get a small milkshake to add to casual attitude you've had all day."So... Who'do YOU work for?" you ask, partially curious and at the same time not expecting anything from her...
Avery looks at you for a moment, drinking a glass of water before she says "I'm not allowed to discuss that with, well, ANYONE really...""Ah, gotcha" you reply, your mind going back to what Seth & Vanessa had told you about how confidential there work is, as this woman has that slightly unusual air about her that you can feel drama that could possible surround this woman's every move...>A. Talk about what made her get into fighting or something, because it sounds like she has (Or had) the same problems you did growing up A]and might've even tried to kill herself, do you never know)....>B. Ask her what kind of training she does, because you wouldn't mind knowing how to try and replicate that (As she seems to have that uncanny, intangibly perfect mixture of size, muscle and curves to her outfir,...>C. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)===>Pause UpdatesI thank the all of Anons that helped make this quest run today. As always, updates will begin at 9 AM PST, Noon EST barring some kind of delay or disater to befell my lap-top. However, if the thread 404's I... Actually, I won't be around to make a new thread until at least 5/1/14 at the usual start time.Either way, good night Anons and sleep well... (Also, the voting is open until Updates resume.)
>>31797936>A. Talk about what made her get into fighting or something, because it sounds like she has (Or had) the same problems you did growing up A]and might've even tried to kill herself, do you never know)....
>>31797936 >A. Talk about what made her get into fighting or something, because it sounds like she has (Or had) the same problems you did growing up A]and might've even tried to kill herself, do you never know)....
>>31800536>>31801910>>31802029Sorry for the delayed response Anons; I had issues getting back online... However! Option A easily wins the vote and updates are now pending.
>>31800536>>31801910>>31802029>Days until the start of "The Infinite Match": 6>Days until your fight with "The Soul of the Streets Team": 6>Date: Thursday, May 25th>Updates Officially Resume>You're still in Direct Control of Katja Hartkern>Time of Day: 3:45 PMYou take a good look at Avery and chide yourself for thinking that you could/should try to bring her home with you, as you sense that she has the same kind of insecurity and apprehension about this whole situation you still have about certain "Other" things in your life... Which is when you decide to change tact and ask her "You into fightin'? Martial Arts, betterin' oneself through combat or whatever they sell ya' to get ya' hooked...""Avery nods, then beams "I'm a black-belt in Akido... But, I don't think I could make a career out of fighting like most of the people I meet do.""Any real reason? Because you look the part...""I guess I don't have that "Killer Instinct" that most people do; I keep thinking "OMG what am I gonna do if this guy gets sent to the hospital? Or the morgue?" when I fight someone... And it's why it took me so long to get my Black-Belt" she replies as the waitress sends you your preposterously-large "Milkshake", looking more like an Ice cream sundae in half a pitcher of milk than anything else."Bloody hell... No way I'm gonna finish THAT monstrosity" you think to yourself, then ask Avery "You wanna split this thing?" Because I don't think I could finish it meself."Avery shrugs at that as you nod, get up out of your booth and look around for a condiments station or something, eventually finding a soda-fountain that looks just like it had time-traveled from the 1950's, grabbing two of the largest straws you could find and handing one to Avery when you sit back down."What made you get drawn to it in the first place?" you ask before taking a taste of the "Shake", finding that it tastes DAMN good compared to most other "Fast-Food" kind of places you've been to.
>>31803650Avery pauses at that, looking slightly apprehensive as you ponder if you had struck a nerve within her or something... Which is when you tell her "Because t'be honest, while I've enjoyed my time fightin' and trainin' and bettering myself'n'all, well...""You don't feel like it was worth it?" she asks, seemingly jumping in on your train of thought.You take another sip of your shake, thinking it over for a second before you reply "Nah, not that... Just, I feel like I got into it for all of the wrong reasons and I kind of shut myself out of a "Normal" life when I didn't need to.""Why?" she asks, her tone of voice suggesting that she might have something in common with you (Aside from the whole "Epicene Amazon" look the two of you seem to share, though her coloring couldn't look anymore different from yours)..."Well... It's kinda personal" you tell her, adding "AND a bit harsh to talk about openly..." before you ask "Y'REALLY want t'know?" when you see Avery's expression remain unchanged.She nods as you think "Of COURSE you would", taking one last sip of your "Sundae"-Sized Milkshake to buy time to think of what you'd want to say, or how MUCH you want to say...>A. Tell her most of what you've been through in your life and the struggles of what you had gone through at the Kyokugen Dojo, though leave out certain, "Graphic" parts of your story.>B. Ask Avery again to elaborate on what got her into fighting and learning the mystical ways of Martial Arts before you add any of your experiences in (As she didn't really answer your question).>C. Tell her the whole damn truth, though ask her if she's okay talking about some of the touchier subjects in your past before you just say them out loud...>D. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31803954>A.Because talking about rape is NOT polite lunch conversation, no matter how many doujinns you've read (Or not)...
>>31803954>>A. Tell her most of what you've been through in your life and the struggles of what you had gone through at the Kyokugen Dojo, though leave out certain, "Graphic" parts of your storyNo spaghetti. Not today.
>>31804150>>31804328>>31804415You look up at her and start to say "Well, I grew up in 'straya, in the fuckin' Outback with no real social interaction aside from me mum'n'dad... So I didn't really care if people thought I was a boy or whatever, because I didn't really start to hit puberty 'till I was like 16", pausing as the food you and Avery ordered arrives and the smell seems almost infectious to you, then tell her "Sorry, let me have a few bites 'o'this and I'll continue.""No problem" she replies as you take a modest bite of your 'burger, the taste matching the exquisite look of the meal itself (As this thing looks JUST like the adverts most fast-food chains would use to convince customers to buy something, usually leading to disappointment when the reality doesn't match the fantasy) as you take a moment to add some gloriously golden French Fries to your gullet. "Damn, that really hits the spot sometimes" you say in between a few bites as Avery quietly munches on her "Fried Fish" sandwich."It's good, yeah" she casually says, her words seemingly suggesting you need to keep talking about what happened that lead you down the path your life's currently on."Yeah, well, like I was saying, when I hit 16 I moved to Sydney and well, it was a hell of a shock to me sense and I started really, consciously trying to act more like the girls I roomed with and knew from school..." you start t'say, then try to hide what REALLY happened as you admit "And at around my 19th birthday, I just sort of felt sick about it and renounced everything I had let in, because I looked in the mirror and thought 'Who the fuck is this bitch? This ain't me...' and used my anger'n'rage to start trainin' and fightin'..."Avery pauses at that, her eyes wide as you conclude by saying "And that's where I am now... Though I DID end up bein' stronger than the average bloke thanks to all'o'that" as you take a few more bites of your meal.
>>31805111"Dude, are you me?" Avery asks, sounding like found a long-lost sister or something. "Because that's like almost what happened to me...""Really?" you ask, curious at her remarks (And wondering if she could possible be that "Woman up in Oregon" one of your dreams mentioned, pondering why that would even come up)."Yeah... Well, close enough anyay' she says, taking a bite from her 'wich before elaborating. "My whole life, my mom was trying to be like this "Advocate for Women's Rights" and was SUPER-Hardcore about how I'd look, or act, or dress..."You raise an eyebrow at that, visions of what that "Women's Crusader" Mai had talked about might look like, though you don't ask her right away as she continues to tell her possible side of the same coin you were given in life."And I was just, miserable... I thought my femininity was a curse, or that I should've been born a boy or something through my mother... So I started taking Akido classes and tried to transform myself into something she would be proud of; The kind of woman she always championed whenever she'd blog or make a speech at some rally somewhere..."Apologies for having to cut this off right now Anons; I have to commute IMMEDIATELY, with updates ASAP.
>>31805245Aikido, not "Akido." It's a counter-based style.
>>31805599Noted. Also back after my commute after getting caught up in another "Rubber-Necking" situation on my only way to town...>>31805245You quietly but-in and ask "Not to sound nit-picky or get off-track, but I thought it was spelled 'AI-kido' with an 'Eye'?""OH! Sorry, I guess I let my accent color my words" she replies, blushing a little.at her faux-pas "Where are ya' from Avery?" you ask, again thinking about that cryptic tidbit from a dream and hanging on her words."I was born in Portland, Maine, but I've lived here since I was like ten..." she replies.as you try to conceal your surprise or show the fact that your dream was half-right, switching back to what she was talking about earlier."So, you get through your classes, you try to turn yourself into what you THOUGHT your mum wanted you t'be...?"Avery looks down at her food, the silence alerting you that you might've been better off then quietly admits "She kicked me out of the house", adding "And did like everything she could to distance herself from me so that she could make a run at the fucking local senate or council or whatever, I don't know..."Your eyes widen at that, as you can really feel that the two of you could be cut from the same cloth as she takes a BIG sip from your "Sundae"-of sorts and attacks her sandwich like it's going out of style..>A. Explain that you know EXACTLY what she's feeling right now and try to help her out with the little wisdom you've learned from your time at the Dojo and elsewhere.>B. Let out a sigh and tell her that while it's hard to deal with things like that in life, it could be an unseen benefit too (Using your exile from the Kyokugen Dojo as an example) (Roll 1d100 for Diplomacy/Persuasion)>C. Give Avery a hug, or hold her hand or something to help her talk through it some more.>D. Ask her if she's comfortable talking about this and switch to something else if she says "No"...>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
Rolled 94>>31807451>B.Katja uses Tact!...But it failed...
Rolled 20>>31807451>>B. Let out a sigh and tell her that while it's hard to deal with things like that in life, it could be an unseen benefit too (Using your exile from the Kyokugen Dojo as an example) (Roll 1d100 for Diplomacy/Persuasion)This feeling - is this... optimism?
Rolled 44>>31807451 >B. Let out a sigh and tell her that while it's hard to deal with things like that in life, it could be an unseen benefit too (Using your exile from the Kyokugen Dojo as an example) (Roll 1d100 for Diplomacy/Persuasion)
>>31807585>>31807607>>31807762OK! Option A unanimously wins the vote and updates are on the way...
>>31807585>>31807607>>31807762You let out a long sigh, then look into her eyes as you start to lay out something that had been brewing in your mind for a while now. "Look... I ain't one fer words'n'everythin', but I..." you pause, then shake off the "And it's fuckin' cliched to say it or whatever, but I know EXACTLY what you went through, or are still goin' through..."You keep looking at Avery as she seemingly asks you "How?" without words, almost looking like she's going to pop you in the face and "Blow up" over this... Which is when you hold up a hand to try and tell her "Hang on" and continue your explanaition."About a month ago or so, I got exiled from my Karate Dojo" you tell her, Avery's eyes widening and her curiously large eyebrows also raising up, giving her an "Anime-Eyed" look that sort-of unnerves you for a moment, though your oddly calm voice hides that well. "Yeah, and JUST as I was about to ascend to being a "Disciple" and get all kinds of clout from them, too... And believe me, when you go there day-in, day-out for four straight years they can feel like a family... which it makes it all that harder when they're gone."Avery solemnly nods, feeling like you had gotten a part of your point across as you clear your throat. "The thing is, looking on it even now, it was obvious to me that I was sort of just hiding myself away from the world in that dojo; I even went to live there for the last few weeks I was still involved with them and I NEVER had the drive to go out most of the time, or even try to hold down a steady job or whatever; I swept all of that aside trying to mold myself into what I wanted to be, to be the baddest bugger t'ever walk into this town, or any other I stumble into.""And you know what? I've probably learned more, and lived more, on my own than I had in my time in the Dojo, or even when I was going to their offshoot branch in Japan" you admit, surprising yourself with those words as Avery again nods and sniffles a little.
>>31808411You mean B. But you can roll a bit of A in there as well.
>>31809065Yes, meant B on that one Anons; I have to admit I'm a bit tired today...>>31809017"God, that's just..." Avery says, trying to fight back some tears as you hold her hand."Hey, it's awright; I've been through worse, let me tell you" you calmly tell her, then add "But what I'm tryin' to ask is, well, how long have you been on 'yer own, or away from your mum?"Avery pauses for a second, then answers "About two years now.""And how d'you feel about it now? What have'ya done since then?"Avery takes another long pause after you take your hand off of hers and grab a few french fries, listening her tell you "You know... Aside from what she did to me, and breaking my arm a few days ago, my life's been pretty good.""Yeah?""Yeah... I mean, I wouldn't have had the chance to get my black belt, or a job, or ANYTHING if I was still living with her.""Y'see? 'In the chaos that life can bring, you always got a way t'reinvent yourself, or at least try to...' Well, that's what my dad used to say" you tell her, then casually finish up your meal before it gets cold as you get an odd smile on your face."Fuck dude, can I like spar with you or something once my arm heals?" she asks, adding "Because you're like a thousand times better than the councilor at my job.""You've got a shrink where y'work?" you ask, pondering what she could possibly do for a living as you take a look at her well-developed arms and neck. "Well... A supported one, yeah" Avery tells you, seemingly trying to keep herself from telling you EXACTLY what she does for work (IE Secret Agent In-Training with the same Agency that Seth, Vanessa & Ramon work at)."Huh... And yeah, I wouldn't mind giving you a shot, but I'll warn ya': I don't hold back all that much AND I'm considered t'be good enough t'get invited to fight in the latest "King of Fighters" gig" you add, not wanting to boast but at the same time giving Avery an idea of how powerful you are.
>>31809641She shrugs, then says "I know of a few friends that could be on your level and sparred with them; I'm cool" Avery says, then grabs a nearby toothpick to scratch a little bit of her arm."How DID you break your arm?" you ask, hoping that it wasn't rude of you to do so as she continues to try and relieve her itchiness."Oh, well... I was going through a tournament and headed out for something to drink from a vending machine across the street from where it was being held and, well, I got hit by a hit-and-run driver" she fibs, not ready to talk about what she experienced while under the control of Bizuki Iijima or the fight that she had with Kazunori Kazahaya or Jean-Claude Gabriel..."Jesus H mate... Sounds almost as bad as some of the crap I've been through" you reply, then take another sip of your rapidly-melting "Sundae"-sized milkshake."Yeah... I got through the tournament and only lost on a technicality though" Avery again fibs before sipping the 'shake with you, an oddly romantic air between the two of you as you wonder if it's appropriate to ask her back to your place after only one psuedo-date? (Or even if it's right to assume she "Swings that way'?)>A. Bive Avery your cellphone number, then explain that you have to head home (And take the rest of the day off, possibly Time-Skipping to 5/26 as Katja Hartkern if desired)>B. Ask her if she wants to still hang out or something, as you honestly don't have anything else planned today... (Roll 1d100 for Luck that she agrees)>C. Politely leave and give her your contacts, then head home and maybe do some light training to round out your day.>D. Ask her if she can still train despite her arm and see if she's interested in heading back down to Sound Beach to "Show Off" the kind of powers you have... (Roll 1d100 for Luck that she agrees)>E. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)>F. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
Rolled 98>>31810067 >D. Ask her if she can still train despite her arm and see if she's interested in heading back down to Sound Beach to "Show Off" the kind of powers you have... (Roll 1d100 for Luck that she agrees)[/u/-boating Intensifies]
>>31810067>F.Combine A & E, going back to Fiona Graves.
>>31810067 >A. Bive Avery your cellphone number, then explain that you have to head home (And take the rest of the day off, possibly Time-Skipping to 5/26 as Katja Hartkern if desired)Timeskip to 5/26 after this one Weasel.
>>31810292Dat Roll...>>31810575>>31810388Looks like a TIE... Vote to break it /tg/!
Rolled 39>>31810067>>31810616>>D. Ask her if she can still train despite her arm and see if she's interested in heading back down to Sound Beach to "Show Off" the kind of powers you have... (Roll 1d100 for Luck that she agrees)Ah, the age old tradition of bonding over violence. And lightninghands.
Rolled 76>>31810067B and D may as well be the same. This votr goes towards whichever has the majority.
>>31810675>>31810292>>31810737Not necessarily Anon; Option B is a more "Casual" option, while D is more in-line with what Katja usually does and could be seen as the flip-side to B IMHO.Regardless, Option D wins the vote and updates are on the way.
>>31810936Well, we did promise a slow day, so I don't expect much today. If anything, we could frolic in the water a little with Avery (we DID confirm her name, right?) before hanging out more. Heck, we could invite her to our sparring with King to watch.Katja has an official fan. This is cool.
>>31810936>>31810737>>31810675>>31810292The mega-sized milkshake finally empties as you feel absolutely stuffed from that meal, letting out a contented sigh as you look at Avery and ask "I know we just got through this big ole' meal, but d'ya want to head out'n'watch me train or something?""Watch?' Dude, I'll work out with you on leg-training stuff" Avery replies, seemingly scoffing at the idea that she should merely be a bystander because of her broken arm...You smirk at her as you put down money for the bill, emptying out your wallet to cover it (As you hadn't really brought much money with you today, as well as the fact that you didn't really plan on going out anywhere), then put on your coat and lead her out of "Bully's" and back down to check your beloved 'bike that's (Thankfully!) still parked behind Shermie's boutique."You ride?" you ask as you move the 'bike back a little bit, hopefully concealing it's presence even more than before."Oh god no, I'm terrified of motorcycles" Avery replies, explaining "I got into a pretty bad accident with a friend once and have been put off ever since..."You shrug at that, knowing that a few of your roommates in college had told you the same thing, then place your helmet and jacket near the bike and try to lead her back out to the beach, though you seemingly take a wrong turn and end up wandering through a few of the back-alleys behind "Fantastique La Femme"."I think I know how to get out of here" Avery tells you and you let her lead the way, back-tracking a little and ending up about half a block from the corner of the street that Shermie's shop is on, then cheekily jay-walk across the street to hit the beach and walk over to a few old-fashioned changing tents near the very end of the part of Sound Beach. a"Just a second, OK?" Avery asks as she nervously closes the tent behind her, prompting you to do a few stretches after stripping back down to your black One-Piece, wondering "What's takin' her so long?"
>>31812328You try not to stare when Avery finally walks out, showing off her newly-bought Black Bikini, looking every bit of the beach volleyball player that her suit was designed to ape as you can tell she's a little nervous, her skin somewhat pale when the light hits her."How many years have you been doin' Aikido?" you ask, trying to think of what you had looked like when you had just started training at the dojo as the parallels between you and Avery feel to be too great for you to ignore."Like 6, 7 years now" she replies as you see that she's grabbed her clothes (A button-Up shirt, Blue-Jeans and "Chuck-Taylor" tennis shoes ) while she walks with you.Gotta commute again ASAP; Updates will return shortly.
>>31812410How built is Avery? Overall build?
Sorry about that delay Anons; Updates resume NOW.>>31812560Kind of average, but relatively toned and well-proportioned for the most part... Or basically about as convincing of a "Trap" as Katja is/was conceived to be, but a MUCH smaller woman all-around. (Though she could be strapping her chest back a little... Also, there's a reason why I've been using a certain character's image in posts regarding her appearance,)>>31812410"Y'really sure that you can work out on that arm?" you ask as you try to keep your eyes firmly looking at Avery from the neck up (As something's drawing you to look at her abdomen, even though she's not even close to being as musclebound as you are).Avery doesn't say anything, but gives you an intangibly "Wanna Bet?"-Kind of look and starts to run up the beach, curiously fast in spite of holding onto her clothes and half-clutching her cast-covered arm.You start to run after her, using the "Raijin Sprint" in short bursts to catch up to her in almost no time at all and sprint ahead of her a little, running backwards as you taunt by saying "Not bad, but I don't you can match me mate" then REALLY start to run, Avery giving up after a half-hearted chase as you nearly run up a quarter of the beach, almost all the way back up to being directly across the street from "Fantastique La Femme".You do a few more "Cool-Dow" stretches, then sheepishly jog back down to Avery, meeting her at about halfway between where you left her in the dust and where you ended up as you yell "Sorry mate, I kinda just got in the zone and left ya'...""You're WAAAY too fast" Avery says with a half-pant, half chuckle, then asks "Seriously, how did you even learn how to GO that fast?!""Well, I was a big fan of doin' Triathlon's and played a spot of Tennis in Highschool" you reply, then add "But I guess most of this came from years and years of drills at the various Kyokugenryuu Dojos around the world..." with a curious grin.
>>31813702Avery looks at you for a moment, then asks "Kyo-ku-gen-rye-you?", phonetically sounding it out like she might've heard of it before."Yeah... It's a Karate style that prolly the hardest in the whole world t'learn. Why?""... My Aikido sensei has a feud with a man named Takuma Sakazaki, and he's supposed to be the founder of Kyokugenryuu, right?""... Yeah...?" you sort-of ask, then ask her "Ah fuck, don't tell me y'learned Aikido from that Todo guy that shows up from time-to-time to give my ex-master shit?"Avery nods and admits "Yeah... But I don't really care about the feud he has though."You breath a sigh of relief at that, then ask "So... You learn anythin' about Ki yet?" you ask, looking to possibly show-off your inner energy to this woman."I can use it in one big burst, but I can't casually throw it out yet... And that's with two GOOD arms" she answers, sounding slightly dejected at that.You shrug and tell her "It's all good, just wonderin'... Well, I kind of get talked about when it comes to what I can wield with my Ki compared t'most" you tell Avery, really feeling the need to try and show off a simple Ha'oh Raijinken or an Electrified Kohou or something."What, you don't manifest flames like everyone else?" she asks."Nah... 'Fer some reason, I can electrocute people" you reply, sounding surprised even at yourself for outlandish that must sound to the average person.Avery stops walking with you for a moment and says "That IS odd...", sounding like she wants to see a demonstration.You motion to have her stand back a little and slowly channel your energy up through your hands, assuming a combat stance as you through out a "Strong" Ha'oh Raijinken, Avery's eyes widening at the ease of how you just did the attack without any other distractions.You smirk at her response and almost-casually launch yourself into the air with a "Strong" Kohou, mostly to show her the trail of electricity that the attack usually leaves in it's wake...
>>31814279You land with an almost feline grace and turn back to Avery, who's beaming like a kid in a candy store at what she just saw."Yeah, no, I wanna learn how to do THAT!" she says, sort-pointing at you as you walk back over to her, mostly trying to hide the fact that doing those attacks upset your stomach (As the old saying of "Fighting on an empty stomach" comes back to bite you a little bit)."Yeah? Well, I honestly wouldn't recommend goin' to the source sweetie, because I'm prolly the best woman they've ever had learn Kyokugenryuu and I honestly got fed up with how they were treatin' me after a long while" you truthfully tell her as the two of you walk back down the beach a little bit, looking to get your clothes back from the mostly deserted changing tents."Could you teach me then? After the tournament you're in ends of course" Avery asks as you pause for a moment at her words, a part of your mind in disbelief that SOMEONE out there would actually try to learn something from a relative "Greenhorn" like you... But then you think about the stories you had heard about The Todo Style's dojo and figure ANYONE is better off trying to teach Avery how to fight...>A. Agree and tell Avery "When the tournament I'm in ends and your arm heals, give me a call", give her your number and then show off your "Raijin Sprint" just to drive home the kind of power you can teach her.>B. Offer up a non-committal response, but exchange numbers and tell her that you'll see her around, maybe even offering her to spectate your sparring match with King tomorrow? (Roll 1d100 for Luck that she agrees)>C. Decline Avery's offer, telling her that the teaching gig just isn't for you... But add that you'll start sparing with her when her arm heals and you get back from "The Infinite Match".>D. End it on a "Cliffhanger" and Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character in this storyline to gain direct control of)>E. Something Else... ("Write-In" Vote)
>>31814769>A. Agree and tell Avery "When the tournament I'm in ends and your arm heals, give me a call", give her your number and then show off your "Raijin Sprint" just to drive home the kind of power you can teach her.Probably can't replicate everything, but we'll see about getting close.
Rolled 89>>31814769>>B. Offer up a non-committal response, but exchange numbers and tell her that you'll see her around, maybe even offering her to spectate your sparring match with King tomorrow? (Roll 1d100 for Luck that she agrees)Can we really teach her much? At the very least, we'd need to see what she's like healed up before we can say for sure.
>>31814946Katja's not had the chance to show she's much of a teacher. Avery would basically be learning secondhand Kyokugen, assuming she survives the Kyokugen conditioning.
>>31814769>A.Motioning to call our Kyokugen-Bootleg the "Tasmanian Tiger Style".
>>31814877>>31815190Best way to put it is "I doubt I can teach you anything, but at least we can compare notes."
Rolled 64>>31814769 >B. Offer up a non-committal response, but exchange numbers and tell her that you'll see her around, maybe even offering her to spectate your sparring match with King tomorrow? (Roll 1d100 for Luck that she agrees)Let's get real here; Katja's basically one-of-a-kind and can't really teach what she knows to someone... But she COULD end up being the "Terry" to Avery's "Rock", and that's all kinds of awesome IMHO.
>>31815524Yeah, Avery's not going to get any formal training, especially since more-or-less everyone says Katja's electricity isn't something you can just replicate no problem.
>>31815556Yeah... As best to my knowledge, Electricity in the SNKP-Verse is basically limited to Benimaru (Who's a descendant of Galford from the Samurai Shodown games) and Shermie, with Blue Mary & Malin having electricity-based attacks only through mechanical means.>>31815190I like your style Anon.>>31814877>>31815524>>31814946OK, looks like a TIE... Vote to break it /tg/! Or combine the votes, I really don't care either way.
>>31815718Also Mr. Big with his sticks.Combine A and B."I'm not sure what I can teach you, but at least we can compare notes. Call me."
>>31815718>>31815744Don't forget Kim Dong Hwan, one of Kim's twin sons.
>>31815718Combine A & B please. Also, Isn't Mr. Big 'strayan too? Or is that just wiki fanons going nuts and restructuring canon?
>>31815744>>31815768Oh yeah! Forgot them for a second...>>31815907The SNK Wiki DOES have Mr. Big as being from Australia... Maybe there's something in the water hthat creates Electricity in their Fighter's Ki?>>31815744Going with this unless there are any other votes on the way... Also, it looks like this thread's gonna auto-sage fairly soon Anons; I hope to have the updates conclude quickly.
>>31815907>>31815744>>31815524>>31815190>>31814946>>31814877You stop in your stacks at Avery's offer, not really knowing what to say or how to even respond, as the idea of you, of all people, teaching someone else a fighting style that you barely know the ins-and-outs of yourself, not to mention the fact that your Electrical Powers are supposedly impossible to learn how to create (As you've did a little bit of research last night and only turned up three legitimate useres of electricity in KOF Tournaments)..."What's wrong?" Avery asks as she she stops alongside of you, "Well... I'don't know how to put it really, but I don't know if I can really teach you anything" you truthfully tell her, explaining that "Because for all of the time I've been in the dojo and studied the arts and whatever, some of my most powerful attacks came to me AFTER I got exiled... And I never really learned how to do them properly either; They'd come t'me one day, I'd figure'm out and then BANG! New move I can use..."Avery looks a bit destitute at your word as you add "And while Flame-Based Ki is thought t'be relatively easy to try and learn'n'create, my Electric base is REALLY rare; Only three other know fighters in all of The King of Fighter's have been known o do it... Plus, I don't think you can learn how to something like this."You run past Avery three straight times, really pushing yourself and the "Raijin Sprint" to it's limit before you stop and take a moment to catch your breath, that meal you had earlier almost at the back of your throat although you force it back down as Avery says "I know I can't be you, alright? But I still want to learn how to really fight, and I don't want to be stuck being a defense-first fighter my whole life; It's just not me..""Wait, what's wrong with being about your defense first?" you ask, not quite sure that you had heard her right (As you were also taught that a strong defense was tantamount to becoming a Kyokugenryuu Master).
>>31817197Since we're here, ask why Avery was so drawn to us, and not just because she recognized us from the model catalog.
>>31817197"Well, yeah, I mean Aikido is fundamentally a defense-oriented style that draws on your attacker being reckless to deal damage to them" Avery starts to say, adding "And my sensei had taught me that I had to stay away from my opponent and react to what they were doing, that the whole fundamentals of fighting were around reacting what my opponent did", though she stops for some reason and looks down at the sand."OK, your guy isn't THAT far-off, because while that IS a big part of fightin' 'n'all, but it shouldn't be your end-all, be-all tactic to try and stop somebody. Because there WILL come to a point where you can't react fast enough in time t'stop what's coming at you" you tell her, then bluntly ask "And shit, why're you even interested in me?" as it dawns on you that this woman could be a spy, or yet another assassin or some other bullshit you'd have to deal with.Avery pauses, then asks "Do you promise not to tell anyone? Like a to the grave kind of promise?""... Sure" you reply, hoping against hope that this isn't yet another one of Jean-Claude Gabriel's hired goon-squad as Avery clears her throat."Well... I heard my superiors talk about you a little when I had come back to say hey after my injury... And I guess I wanted to see what you were really like" she answers, then adds "I'm sorry for not being as open about it as I should, but you can guess how it goes with working for them at times...""Superiors?" you ask out loud, your voice almost making the quotation marks around your one-word question for you. "Hang on, you work for Seth don't ya'?""Yeah... He's my boss" Avery replies, then asks "Why?"You shrug, then admit "I had a hunch you were involved somehow... But don't you have enough time to spar with Vanessa, or Ramon or whoever?""No, Not really... They're like superstars of the agency and they're usually either too busy or not interested in sparring with a nobody rookie like me" Avery replies, sounding dejected at her own words.
>>31817700"You DO know how busy they are, right?" you ask her, knowing from talking to Mary & Vanessa that the kind of life they lead isn't exactly a walk in the park as the two of you start walking down Sound Beach again..Avery nods, then says "I don't know, I just need somebody to help polish my skills so they don't rot and go unused... And aside from the big three, no one's good enough to really last against me in a fight."You mull it over a little, the sun starting to drag lower and lower on the horizon, though it's not quite at the point of really starting to set when you tell her "OK" with a small sigh."Oh... Kay?"You take a breath, then explain "I'm not sure what I can teach you, but at least we can compare notes... Maybe you could call me sometime once I get back and your arm gets better?" you ask her as the two of you can see the changing tents out in distance creep ever-so closer.Avery genuinely smiles at that and says "Hell Yeah! Let me get my phone" and starts to run towards the changing tents, her pace not as fast as before as you jog to keep up with her a little, then stop just before the two of you arrive there.Avery runs into hers and zips-up the front as you walk though yours to find all of your clothes still there, changing back into them as you walk out and wait for Avery (Though you don't mind, as it WOULD be hard for her to get her clothes back on, considering the bum arm).You grab your cellphone and she fishes out hers as the two of you quietly exchange phone numbers, then tell Avery "The hardest thing about learnin' how to fight with the Kyokugen style is your conditioning; It's a VERY steep mountain t'climb and nearly everyone that tries to stick it out at the start ends up giving in and quits at some point...""Yeah, I've heard that... Do you REALLY have to do like 500 sit-ups every day?" she asks, not sounding adverse to the idea but wanting to make sure that it was a legitimate stipulation of Kyokugenryuu's training.
>>31818142"Yep! And 100 Push-ups for each arm, jogging out in the cold with Takuma leadin' yo and the rest behind him. 100 Punches, 'Hundred Kicks... And that's the bloody BEGINNER'S take on it" you add for added affect.Avery nods, then says "Almost sounds like fun" with a smile that reminds you own own mood on the day that you had first stepped foot into the dojo they had in Osaka.You snap out of your reverie and ask her "Yeah, it can be once you get used to it", then asks "It's Avery right?""Yeah... And that number's my cell right now" Avery tells you as the sun starts to set a little bit, the formerly blue skies now shifting into a shade of purple as the two of you jay-walk AGAIN to get back onto the right street and start walking over to "Fantastique La Femme"."You wanna hitch a ride down?" you ask as you take a moment to re-acquaint yourself with your Triumph Thruxton motorcycle, zipping on your gloves and Jacket and leaving the helmet off for a little bit longer. "No thanks" Avery says, quickly adding " I live pretty close by, so I don' need a car or a bike to help me out..."You shrug and nod at that, then start your bike up, yell "See ya' around Avery!" through your helmet and give her a gentle shoulder-hug before you ride off into the city of South Town, the setting sun at your back and an oddly-attractive girl to help out in the realm of Martial Arts and stuff to think over as you make tracks back to "The Imperial".You arrive there in little less than an hour and take a shower before deciding to take what's left of the day off, though you DO go for a swim just before you fall asleep at around 9:45 PM...=+=+=+=>END UPDATESThanks to all of the Anons that have made this Quest last as long as it has. Unfortunately, I won't be able to start a new "Round" until May 3rd at 9 AM PST / Noon EST, as my schedule's getting pretty crazy these days (Hence all of the delays today)...Regardless of that, thanks again and have a wonderful night /tg/!