>Previous Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/39528534/>Introduction:You are Katja Hartkern, Martial Artist, competitor in the latest King of Fighters tournament for "The Women's Team", and right now you're starting to think that anybody who ever said that it's easy dealing with "Journalists" and photographers were full of shit."Just a press conference at Wellington Memorial Stadium" King told you. "Maybe a quick photo-op" she said. Yeah right; You became the center of attention the moment you rolled up to the "Player's" parking lot on your motorcycle, the press sticking cameras and microphones to your helmet before you had even had a chance to park your 'bike and take the bloody thing off. Fortunately, the security guards back them up long enough for you to gget your bearings and offer up a quick smile, flashbulbs going off as you're reminded of something your mom once said about how "A photo can steal your soul", or something... On one hand, you're kind of glad that there's attention towards you and your friend's efforts in "The Infinite Match". On the other, you wish that they were a little bit more conscious of the fact that you could beat the holy spirit out every single one of them... And once again, that "Dark" kind of side slips into your mind as you arrive at the stadium's "Press Room", logos and banners that look like they got copy-and-pasted from the official website adorning the wall behind you."No Yuri or King...?" you ponder as you're lead up to the center of a large platform, a long table in front of you wired with three stationary microphones. A couple of techs get the mics and cameras ready, some feedback checks and a couple of "FOCUS!" calls leading to the cameras rolling, feeling uneasy about how or even what to do before your friends get here...===>Rules: http://pastebin.com/XfCGjiZh>Stats Page: http://pastebin.com/nAn2xs5x>Teams Bracket: http://pastebin.com/rzSNWQ1N>QM Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeaselThat===
>>39913671>A. Take a few questions from the press while waiting around for King & Yuri. How bad could it go?>B. Wait for somebody from the "KOF Committee" or whatever it's called to get a handle on this; You're not exactly experienced with this kind of thing... Yet...>C. Ask the guy that lead you up here to put this on hold until Yuri King get here; You're not comfortable with it looking like all of this press is here JUST for you.>D. Something Else...? (Write-In Vote)
>>39913704>A. Take a few questions from the press while waiting around for King & Yuri. How bad could it go?
>>39913704>A. Take a few questions from the press while waiting around for King & Yuri. How bad could it go?Good to see you again Weasel.
>>39913756>>39913838A couple of nervous seconds pass as you aren't quite sure what to do. Part of you wonders why was it felt easy talking to reporters the first time it came up and what feels different this time around. Is it the room? The fact that they got a hold of you the first time around instead of you going to them? Why the hell was this shit called up anyway when a phone interview could've worked just fine?"Fuck it" you think, tapping the microphone just in case there's anything wrong before starting to speak. "Hey there... I'dunno where my 'mates are right now, but I can answer a couple'o'questions before they arrive if that's alright."You look see the press corps stand up and start waiving their hands, a cross between over-anxious schoolchildren and scenes you've seen mocking church-goers as more flash bulbs go off. Eventually, you spot an older-looking man with glasses and pick him to ask your first question.>"Benson Hurst from the Tribune. There are a lot of rumors going on around you and your past... My principal question though, is when did you finally decide to come out as a Woman?"Oh fuck this shit. Really? REALLY? THAT is how this is going to go? First question right off the bat and it's striking a nerve raw enough you can practically feel the knife stabbing it... >A. Honestly try to answer the such a "Loaded" question, going into detail about the struggle you've had with your own identity as a person, let alone your body...>B. Stare him down with a mean glare and simply say "No Comment." (Roll 1d20 for the power of your "Strayan' Stare")>C. Laugh this clown's question off and see if the mood lightens up when you take another one from someone else.>D. Go full "Straya Cunt" on these poor fools; Lay out all of the crap you've had to deal with in the last 5-6 Months to get here and why the guy who asked this question has no idea what the hell he's talking about.>E. Something Else...? (Write-In Vote)
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>39914172>B. Stare him down with a mean glare and simply say "No Comment." (Roll 1d20 for the power of your "Strayan' Stare")Stare-Down FTW.
>>39914172>C. Laugh this clown's question off and see if the mood lightens up when you take another one from someone else.
Rolled 3 (1d20)>>39914172>B. Stare him down with a mean glare and simply say "No Comment." (Roll 1d20 for the power of your "Strayan' Stare")
>>39914200>>39914416This isn't one of those quests where the lower is the better right?
>>39914200>>39914416You can feel you blood boiling at this guy's question, staring at him with a mean glare while trying to hide how badly you want to chew him out over it. He doesn't even flinch at your "Strayan' Stare" and you sigh out "No Comment", then look around and take the question from a girl your recognize from when these hacks followed you to that old gas station out in the middle of nowhere.>"Do you have any plans for further endorsement deals outside of your work for Fantastique La Femme? And will you pose for her fall line?"OK, here we go. "Actually, yes to both. I can't really talk about the big deal I'm workin' on right, but I wouldn't mind modelling for Shermie in the future."A couple guys stand down, but most of the press are up and still looking for a few answers. You see another girl with thick glasses and take her query, with still no sign of Yuri or King...>"What do you feel about the shameless display of sexuality most women in these tournaments show off and what would you do to change that?"Huh... Two out of Three on the sex front. Looks like the corps are serious about either painting you into a corner/turning you into a spokesperson for something you don't want to be involved with, or this is an actual "Issue" that they HAVE to have your opinion on...>A. Explain that if you can fight at the KOF level, you should be able to wear whatever you want as long as you don't break any laws.>B. Tell her that you're not really in favor of it and express that you dress the way you do in fights because your clothes offer you the most flexibility possible.>C. Ask her why such a thing is even an issue in the first place, citing how many shirtless, buff guys are in the tournament and how the marketing men and women in "The Infinite Match" sexualize them more than women at times.>D. Shrug your shoulders and admit that you don't really care about what others where; You're just here to fight'em.>E. Something Else...? (Write-In Vote)
>>39914987>D. Shrug your shoulders and admit that you don't really care about what others where; You're just here to fight'em.Also, *wear*
>>39914987>C. Ask her why such a thing is even an issue in the first place, citing how many shirtless, buff guys are in the tournament and how the marketing men and women in "The Infinite Match" sexualize them more than women at times."What's funny to me is I can see a guy like Shen Woo or that boxer Python walk around without a shirt on, but no one complains. I fight in a wife-beater & camo pants and people get mad? Really?"
>>39914987>D. Shrug your shoulders and admit that you don't really care about what others wear; You're just here to fight'em.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxK_nA2iVXw
>>39915360>>39915051"To be honest, I don't really care what the other fighters in this thing wear, or even what my opponent has on; I just want to win."You get a couple of nods and a chuckle or two at how earnest you sound, but the girl with glasses doesn't seem amused at your reply. >"So you're in favor of women getting turned into commodities and parading around in next-to-nothing?"Ah... THERE's the angle she was looking for. You take a pause, then reply "Now see, I'm not in favor of something like that at all. There shouldn't be a pressure, or an expectation for a girl in this tournament to walk around stark naked in pasties, or whatever." >"What about "The Gorgeous Team?" All three of them walk around in tissue paper they decided to call "Clothing".""Well, in that case two of the three're contracted to a Wrestling Company, right? So it's not like they've got a say in what they can wear, or even what kind of moves they use in a fight. For Mai Shiranui... Honestly, I think she wears what she wears because it makes HER feel empowering. Not the crowd watching her fight, not the person she's fighting, just her."You take a glass of water and clear your throat before you continue your rebuttal, cameras and recorders at the ready. "Besides, I can see a guy like Shen Woo or that boxer Python walk around without shirts on, but no one complains. It's almost expected of them to show off their abs'n'arms..."The girl with the glasses starts to say something, but stops as you get a few more nods and smirk at your point, a couple of women in crowds cheering for you. You're about to take another question when you spot Yuri & King off to your left, the cameras flashing up again."What took ya'?" you ask them as they get seated and situated next to you at the table."Long story" is all King says as their mics are readied. Judging from both her and Yuri's body language, it seems like that they got into a fight with somebody on the way over here or something...
>>39915994>A. Take and Answer Questions as Yuri Sakazaki.>B. Take and Answer Questions as King.>C. Keep going as Katja and see what kind of questions these hacks throw at your friends.>D. Get a quick synopsis of how the rest of the conference went and figure out what you want to when it ends (Write-In suggestions encouraged.)>E. Something Else...? (Write-In Vote)
>>39916030>A. Take and Answer Questions as Yuri Sakazaki.
>>39915994>D. Get a quick synopsis of how the rest of the conference went and figure out what you want to when it ends (Write-In suggestions encouraged.)Get something to eat, then try to do some Tai-Chi at Meadow's Park.
>>39916030>>D. Get a quick synopsis of how the rest of the conference went and figure out what you want to when it ends (Write-In suggestions encouraged.)I am new to this quest, and I just want to teeth fly
>>39916563You talking about fighting scrubs, or something else?>>39916030>D. Get a quick synopsis of how the rest of the conference went and figure out what you want to when it ends (Write-In suggestions encouraged.)Tai-Chi in the park sounds good.
>>39915994>>39916030>D.Fuckin' dealin' with PR sucks, always man. We have nothing to say to these punks.We should try and hook up with our Southtown friends. We've been training for... about every thread. Which is fair considering we're in a fighting tournament, but we gotta live a little.Maybe call someone to hang out with. Maybe ask Yuri or King how to prepare for that hot date with Angel or something.
>>39916621Yeah, I want to orchestrate a drum concerto on some faces
>>39916682This bubbling "dark side" is concerning, though. Some time to self-purify would be good.
Internet having issues today; So sorry for the wait Anons!>>39916475>>39916563>>39916621>>39916682Surprisingly, the rest of the conference went pretty smoothly after Yuri & King showed up. You hung back and let the spotlight rest on them for the remainder of the whole thing, only answering a couple of "Soft-Ball" questions from a pretty knowledgeable 10-Year old for some late-night TV show after the main gig was over and done with. Sooner than you thought, you ask King "So... What happened?" walking back out to the parking lot."Just as I was locking up my place, some black guy with dreadlocks decided to try and fight a little girl at the front door" King starts to say. Your eyes widen for a second when you flash back to those two guys you dealt with yesterday, but snap back to attention as King finishes her explanation."I got rid of him pretty quickly, but the little girl was something else; She actually tried to shank me with a pink switchblade." "Whoa... Was it one of the "Little Sisters"?" Yuri asks, explaining "One of my new students has been having problems with a gang of little girls and she sounds like a member to me.""Yeah, I've heard of them here'n'there" you chip in.King shakes her head. "At least she ran when a cop tried to arrest her. Lucky too, because I would've demolished her for slashing my new suit-coat in half..." She pauses for a second as the three of you make it out to the back parking lot where teams and players using the stadium usually go. "Still, a gang of little girls?""The jackass that challenged me to a fight bragged about beatin' one up, so I'd figure their the big thing around town now" you say, trying to make the idea sound less preposterous than it is."Oh yeah... You get any name off that guy or what?" Yuri asks you."Not yet... I'm not gonna bother until the tournament's done anyway. Besides, I've got a thing tonight and" you start to say, but then stop yourself a little too late.
>>39917368"I thought you "Blew off steam" last night?" King asks, a hint of concern in her voice."Er... Well..." You sputter, then take a breath as you straddle you beloved 'bike. "I got a date.""Oh? With who?""Uh, that's the thing; It's, well..." Fucking'ell, just SAY IT already! 'You've got a date with some chick on "Team Jackass" and get the fuck out of there! "It's kind of a blind date, I guess...""Kind of'? Who is he?" Yuri asks."... Angel.""Who?""That's not the guy down who works down on 5th street at the tire shop, is he? Because that guy hasn't paid his tab up yet" King asks.Well fuck, this awkward. You're half-inclined to hop on your bike, ride out to that park East of Southtown and meditate/do some Tai-Chi/stretch right about now...>Wat Do?>A. Come clean and tell them that you're going out on a friendly date with Angel from "The Wildcard Team" and need advice on how to go about it.>B. Ride out of there without saying a word and do a "Miss X" impression at the Pao Pao Cafe 2, taking on all challengers until either Yuri or King find out you're there.>C. GTFO of there and ride to "Meadow's Park" for some calming Tai-Chi; Who knows, maybe somebody'll show up to fight or something...>D. FREAK OUT AND PUNCH PEOPLE.>E. Something Else...? (Write-In Vote)
>>39917598>A. Come clean and tell them that you're going out on a friendly date with Angel from "The Wildcard Team" and need advice on how to go about it.I mean, it's not a date-date. We just met in the hotel gym, talked a bit and agreed to get a drink. She seems cool. That's when Yuri and King explain who Angel was and who she used to work for.
>>39917598>A. Come clean and tell them that you're going out on a friendly date with Angel from "The Wildcard Team" and need advice on how to go about it.No point in hiding it. And it's not a "Real" date right? They're going to rip us a new one for dating a member of a team that we rip on in-character all of the time.
>>39917598>B. Ride out of there without saying a word and do a "Miss X" impression at the Pao Pao Cafe 2, taking on all challengers until either Yuri or King find out you're there.Eating a couple of tomato cans at the bar wouldn't do us any harm.
>>39917690For those just catching up or are otherwise unfamiliar with KOF, Angel comes from the NESTS Saga and was a member of the NESTS Team (alongside the likes of Kula, Foxy and K9999). On paper, she's a Mexican luchadora, but she's a genetically-engineered literal superhuman, with inhuman strength, agility, stamina and reflexes. She was one of the most successful experiments to come out of NESTS, the malicious international conglomerate seeking to establish the new world order; Angel was, for all intents and purposes, their #1 enforcer and top-rate assassin/silencer. At the end of the NESTS Saga, when the company fell apart, Angel disappeared.Quest canon says that Angel escaped the fall of NESTS and went dark, where she had a change of heart, swore off NESTS and their ways, and is effectively becoming "clean." She even exterminated a crazed K9999 (who felt wildly attached to her).
>>39917662>>39917872We're already dealing with the dark side since the last Miss X stunt. Besides, not coming out to our teammates won't help in the long run.
>>39917904Also keep in mind that she chose to fight like a certain WWE Superstar because she got bored after so many missions and wanted to fight with a handicap...?>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wswdkqYSniY
>>39917690>>39917826>>39918084A thousand lies flash through your head, each one sounding less and less likely to impress your friends. What can you say about wanting to date somebody that's not only a competitor in The King of Fighters, but is teamed up with a pair of guys you despise on principle? AND is probably more-than-capable of killing everybody in the whole damn city if she felt like it?... Well, that last part's just a "Maybe", but still... Fine better come clean then."Nah, she's somebody I had a talk with at the gym" you admit. "Sounded like a cool girl t'me...""Girl?""Wait... Tell me she didn't have silver hair..." King groans."... Yeah she did. And I know, I'm a hypocrite" you lamely tell them. "So what?""Katie... Dudette, she used to work for NESTS.""How did you know?" King asks Yuri."Ryo fought her once in a tournament" Yuri explains. "Doesn't remember losing to her though...""NESTS?" you ask, feigning limited knowledge on the subject."Some crazy, maniacal syndicate that tried to blow up the world with a laser from space" King tells you in a matter-of-fact tone. "The decided that Southtown was a good test target.""... Well shit, I know how t'pick'em huh?" you laugh nervously, then mumble "First that guy at the acupuncture place, then Satan incarnate, now some sleeper cell fer'a'bloody conspiracy theory...""NESTS doesn't exist anymore as far as anyone knows, but you can never be too sure..." King says. "What were the two of you going to do anyway?""Drink Tequila at your place prolly.""She's on that team you hate too, right?" Yuri asks.You nod. "That's the thing, she seemed nice enough t'me... She didn't give a damn when I was at the hotel gym while the dumbass twins were sparring and goadin' me while I worked out.""They're at your hotel?" King asks, incredulous. Another nod from you is all there is as an all-too-familiar awkward silence gets between the three of you. Thank god there aren't any cameras nearby...
>>39918660Finally, Yuri offers you something close enough to advice to break the mood. "Well... You know, you can never really judge a book by it's cover, right? Because the last guy that got black belt at the Dojo looked like a typical gang-banger, but he's actually kind of a nice guy..." Before she can continue rambling on towards a meandering point, King cuts right to the bone of your "Date" and what might happen."You know what? Go ahead. Date her. You're a big girl-" "FOR YOU!!!" you hear some guy that sounded like the jack-off from the phone call yell off in the distance, then hot-foot it out of there before any of you could see where he was.That almost threw King off track, but she gets back on it quicker than you thought as you strap on your helmet, lifting up your visor to hear her."Look, I don't want to pry in your life anymore than I have to, so I'll just say this: You end up in the paper? I'm charging you double if you get drinks at my bar. You end up in jail? I'm kicking you off the team and not returning your calls."You look at king dead in the eyes and nod solemnly, firing up your Triumph Thruxton and riding off through the countryside surrounding Southtown, losing track of time but enjoying the summer rays beating down on you. Eventually, your arrive at "Meadow's Park" and start to do some quiet Kyokugenryuu Katas by yourself,taking off your jacket & helmet and working up a sweat before a little bit of Tai-Chi... A great way to relieve some stress.Unfortunately, you're interrupted by somebody yelling "Your shit is weak!" right when you stuff a landing after a more complex movement you half-remember.>Roll 1d100 and describe who this mystery person might be; You feel like a "Sparring Session" to clear this wanker off...
>>39919182>Roll 1d100 and describe who this mystery person might be; Depending on who it is, you might a "Sparring Session" to clear the bloody wanker off...Fixed.
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>39919182Yashiro Nanakase.
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>39919182Motherfucking Shen Woo.
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>39919182"Hanafuda", the leader of Second Southtown branch of "The Imoutos" gang.
Rolled 36 (1d100)>>39919579>98Wellp.>>39919182Alice Chrysler, Terry Bogard UBER-fan.
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>39919182Rock Howard
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>39919225Brandon Fraser, completely wasted at 1 PM and deeply depressed about his eternal struggle to pay his life-ruining alimony.He wants to give Katja relationship advice to avoid the dark path he went down.
>>39919579... OK then.>>39919930The feels are strong with this one.>>39919182>>39919225You look around and ready yourself, sensing someone nearby. Eventually, you spot her staring back you: A girl in her teens with long blond hair and looks impossibly cute in a schoolgirl outfit."The fuck you lookin' at?" she asks, her voice sounding cute enough to cause diabetes but laced with venom."What'd you want? I'm busy.""Bitch this my fucking turf! Not that old man or his stupid "Kids", not that glasses guy with the pompadour, MINE. No get off it" she exclaims.You try not to crack up at her antics and go back to doing Kyokugen Kata, simply asking "... And?" after a long pause."And what? You retarded or something? Do you know who I am? ""No, I don't. And I really don't care.""Who whoa what did you say to me? You really want some of this bitch? Better back the fuck up before you get smacked the fuck up" she yells, holding her hands up in a pose that's equal parts cute and scary."So THIS is what an "Imouto" looks like" you ponder as you stop, then dodge a slash to your mid-section as a "Switchblade" pops up out of her clenched fist. A couple more quick slices to your abdomen hit air as you deliberately tumble and grab your coat, zipping it up and clocking the schoolgirl in the face with a "Beer-Bottle Chop".She took the hit better than you thought, but still got up like you just struck a little girl... Which you kind of did, really, and she plays it up to the fullest."RAPE!" she yells, that cute voice playing the sympathy card."Oh come on, there's nobody 'round here fer'bout a mile" you reply, arms crossed.And just like that she charges again, yelling "BITCH I'LL FUCK YOUR SHIT UP!" with that blade of hers straight out at you. Curiously, it bounces off of your jacket like something out of a cartoon as you casually push her away from you into the cherry blossom tree you had your back to...
>>39920350She looks dazed after that hit, her eyes a little glassy-looking to you. A concussion? Maybe... But even if there's a strong-enough reason to fight this little girl, you didn't come for that and should probably give her a shot to leave in peace...>A. Give her the cold, hard stare you inherited from your parents and simply ask her to "Leave. NOW." (Roll 1d20 for Intimidation)>B. Put up your dukes and fight this girl; She's obviously serious about slashing you to ribbons... Hell, is this the girl that King fought? Then she's just asking for trouble (Roll 3d20 for Speed, Defense & Attack Damage)>C. Walk over to her, grab her by the hand... And "Fuujin to Raijin no Tenshouken" her ass out of here (Roll 3d20 for Luck, Speed & Attack Damage)>D. Make a tree and GTFO of here.>E. Something Else...? (Write-In Vote)
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>39920540>A. Give her the cold, hard stare you inherited from your parents and simply ask her to "Leave. NOW." (Roll 1d20 for Intimidation)
Rolled 8, 13, 1 = 22 (3d20)>>39920540>>C. Walk over to her, grab her by the hand... And "Fuujin to Raijin no Tenshouken" her ass out of here (Roll 3d20 for Luck, Speed & Attack Damage)Stabby Imouto blasting off again?
Rolled 6, 3, 3 = 12 (3d20)>>39920540>C. Walk over to her, grab her by the hand... And "Fuujin to Raijin no Tenshouken" her ass out of here (Roll 3d20 for Luck, Speed & Attack Damage)There are people you can reason with in Southtown. Our attacker clearly isn't one of them.
Rolled 15, 18, 9 = 42 (3d20)>>39920540>C. Walk over to her, grab her by the hand... And "Fuujin to Raijin no Tenshouken" her ass out of here (Roll 3d20 for Luck, Speed & Attack Damage)
Rolled 4, 2, 2 = 8 (3d20)>>39920854Fucked that up.
Rolled 8, 20, 7 = 35 (3d20)>>39920540>C. Walk over to her, grab her by the hand... And "Fuujin to Raijin no Tenshouken" her ass out of here (Roll 3d20 for Luck, Speed & Attack Damage)
>>39920880>>39920871>>39920820>>39920728>>39921111You feel awful for doing this, but it's clear that this chick just doesn't want to listen to you and is pretty damn dangerous with that knife of hers... You casually walk over and offer her a hand to help her up, ready to land something big if she tries something stupid. Sure enough, she does and you grab her arm and uppercut her through a gap in the tree branches, thankfully not using any electricity to launch her into the sky.You don't even check to see if you can hear where she landed, or if she's just stuck in the tree or whatever before you get the hell out of there, riding off down the main route through Sound Beach and taking stock of the day's events near the Pao Pao Cafe 2. Well, you got to train with criminals, nearly got killed by one of them before you talked her out of it by offering to take her out on a "Date"-of-sorts, made it through a pretty invasive press conference, and just clobbered a crazy young girl through a tree.And you're more than willing to put yourself out in the public eye through Robert Garcia's Australian clothing venture & Shermie's swimwear company... God, you're gonna have to get your head checked one of these days; Something's just plain WRONG with you if you think that could work out with your violent tendencies.You glance at the cafe, a little past 4 O'clock as you check your messages, an unlisted text being all you've got. Curious, you read it and figure that it's Angel:>"Ho~la. What time you want 2 meet up?"You ask "Where are you at right now?" and get an inhumanly fast reply.>"The hotel. My guys are done with the "Meeting" so I'm free for whatever.">A. "I'll meet you there ASAP and we can ride on my bike wherever you want.">B. "You up for some Chinese? I'm near China Town right now... How fast can you get here?">C. Text her the directions to "La Illusion" and tell her that you'll see her there in a few hours.>D. Something Else...? (Write-In Vote)
>>39921444Also going on break for a half-hour or so. Voting is still open.
>>39921444>>B. "You up for some Chinese? I'm near China Town right now... How fast can you get here?"
>>39921444>B. "You up for some Chinese? I'm near China Town right now... How fast can you get here?"
>>39921444>A. "I'll meet you there ASAP and we can ride on my bike wherever you want."I'm beginning to imagine a heartfelt scene with Angel crying her eyes out as she reveals all the terrible things she did, how she killed people who didn't deserve it, how she's not a human but a weapon and tool, how she's scared she'll relapse, and how she doesn't deserve anyone, least of all Katja, to hang around her. I want to see a rare, vulnerable Angel. I wonder why.
>>39922096I have a feeling that Kat's going to have to get her tanked before we hit a scene like that...
>>39922249Well yeah. You're only going to get that from Angel if you get her drunk first. It all has to come back and hit her.
Rolled 1 (1d100)>>39922096So you can break her and make her need you, you fiend.>>39921444>B.We freshened up like crazy when we were on a date as a wire before, but Angel seems way more chill about this sort of thing.
That obviously took longer than half an hour. Terribly sorry Anons.>>39921686>>39921832>>39922122>>39922820You can hear your stomach growl a little as you think about would be nice for dinner; That Haitan place is good and you haven't been there in a while... But then again, you don't want to give those guys the wrong idea or get run out of the place... Then the Chinese place you went to with the Kung-Fu waitress sounds good and you text her back with a plan: "You up for some Chinese? I'm near China Town right now... How fast can you get here?">"As long as it's not Kazahaya's shitty bar, I'm in."You text "Nah, it's a place across the street from my acupuncture guy. Pretty good stuff. Just watch the waitress they got; She'll clean your clock if ya' try somethin' stupid.">"She hasn't seen what I can do. ^_^">"C U at 6."Her message stares back at you for a little bit, then you put your phone away and soak up sun on the beach a little bit, letting your toes rest in the wet sand as the tide's higher than when you were last here. Sooner or later you suit back up and roll into China Town, the neon street signs that make the district so attractive to tourists not on just yet.You arrive at "The Sleeping Dragon" pharmacy, careful not appear too inconspicuous as you hang around for a little bit. You're too nervous to wonder if Shen Woo's back in town, but you ponder what he'd do if he saw you with someone else... The guy had charm, sure, but he seemed like the kind of intense dude that would go off on somebody.Before you can tie yourself up into knots over people you barely know judging you for things you haven't done, you hear a buzzing noise frantically drawing closer to you. Sooner than you think, a Yellow Vespa shows up, the sound of it seemingly trailing behind it when she stops.You can't help but take a quick look at her as she gets her goggles and open-face helmet off, a toothy grin on her face. "Hi~ii Katsha. Hungry?"
>>39922096>>39922249>>39922373>>39922820Translated: "I...I seriously do love you...So...Please don't hate me..."
>>39923429Melts my heart every time. Also, more connection issues and their starting to piss me off.>>39923149"Always" you tell her before leading her across the street, not even recalling the name of the place before you get inside. Then rationality hits you. "Wait, how'd you figure where'd I'd be?""Kazahaya goes to your guy all the time" she explains. "I guessed that since this was like the only good place in the city that does accu, achoo" she starts to say, but stops as she tries to spell "acupuncture". It's kind of cute, actually..."Ah-cu-punk-ture" you say, phonetically sounding it out before getting your order. From there, it was kind of quiet for a little bit; The whole "Can't tell if aroused/murderous" vibe from the gym creeps into the silence for a few minutes as you waited for your food. Yet, it felt comfortable... Again, it's confusing trying to grasp what it means, so you figure it's time to try and slip in some idle chatter."How'd you end up in Southtown?""... I kind of drifted around, lived as I pleased for a bit. Stayed in and out of hotels wondering what I wanted to do with my life."Damn, heavy stuff already. Especially for a "Date". You let her continue though; She seems to need to let it out more than you ever did."One day, I was at a gas station and some guy was trying to mug somebody. Normally, I'd let it go; Just mind my own business and ride off.""And?""... I'dunno why, but I felt like helping that guy" she says. "The mugger was this greasy-looking motherfucker, fat as a ham. He had some pop o his punch though. Hit me right here" she explains, pointing to her cheek. "I didn't even flinch; Just smiled at him. He gave the guy his money back and ran the fuck off."You chuckle at that, then ask "Who was he?""A 'Talent Agent' for a local Wrestling Company. He owed it to me to get a try-out, I aced it and started working here" she concludes as your food arrives.
>>39923862>A. Ask her if she's had fun and/or worked with Fiona Graves & Tsuyako Horikawa.>B. Let her eat a little and see if she asks you anything "Big" about you, or your past or whatever. Hopefully, she leaves anything about NESTS alone...>C. Eat with her and enjoy the silence together; She doesn't seem to mind it and it's rare to be able to just... "Be" with somebody.>D. Something Else...? (Write-In Vote)>E. Assume the role of The Angel and ask Katja about what got her into all of this. ("This" being fighting/the martial arts/etc. etc.)I'm going to try and get a tech to help me figure out what's wrong with my router, because the connection is cutting out badly and I paid too much on upgrading my old one to let this crap stand...Expect about an hour break, then maybe 3 more posts before calling it a day.
>>39924231>>A. Ask her if she's had fun and/or worked with Fiona Graves & Tsuyako Horikawa.then>>E. Assume the role of The Angel and ask Katja about what got her into all of this. ("This" being fighting/the martial arts/etc. etc.)
>>39924231Sucks about your router. >B. Let her eat a little and see if she asks you anything "Big" about you, or your past or whatever. Hopefully, she leaves anything about NESTS alone...
>>39924231>A. Ask her if she's had fun and/or worked with Fiona Graves & Tsuyako Horikawa.
>>39924231>A. Ask her if she's had fun and/or worked with Fiona Graves & Tsuyako Horikawa.Then>E. Assume the role of The Angel and ask Katja about what got her into all of this. ("This" being fighting/the martial arts/etc. etc.)Is it weird that I can see Katja having a gimmick like that one Karate guy on Lucha Underground? Also, has Ryo entering the Buriki One tournament happened yet?
>>39924442There aren't enough Luchadoras in the world to unmask though.
>>39924231>A. Ask her if she's had fun and/or worked with Fiona Graves & Tsuyako Horikawa.Where in the world are those two fighting anyway?
>>39924231>A. Ask her if she's had fun and/or worked with Fiona Graves & Tsuyako Horikawa.And also how she fell in with bums like Kazahaya and Draco.
>>39924580Wolfgang Krauser's castle? That's where Fiona last was, anyway.
>>39924654Their first fight location was in Iceland agains Billy Kane, Raiden & Hwa Jai. God knows where they are right now.
>>39924231You dead Weasel?
>>39926190Almost. I nearly got electrocuted trying to deal with my router, but I got it working better than ever. As always, nothing but apologies for the wait.>>39924580>>39924442>>39924383>>39924293"You have any fun?" you ask, but are taken aback at how voracious Angel is with her meal. She's practically attacking her meal like a hyena in one of those documentaries that air on "The Nature Network". You don't say much as you try some dumplings, but note that she nodded at you."Oh, so~ory. I eat big when I use up a lot of my energy" she says, wiping off her face a little bit. "But yeah, it was good for a while. why?""I know a couple of girls that work for, wotsit, Southown Wrestling Federation?"She nods and you ask her "Ever get a chance to work with Fiona Graves? Tsuyako?"Another nod. "Oh yeah, I worked with them a lot when I was on a full-time contract.""Really?""The company didn't really have a place for girls, so they had me wrestle guys for a little bit while they built up the division and designed the belt and stuff. This... Was like 3 years ago?""Time flies, huh?""Yeah, a lot of crazy stuff happened. Made it feel like 10 years to me... Not in a bad way, but just alot of good memories. And it took them FOR-EV-VAR to find girls that could hang with me, so there were a lot of bad ones too."She smiles after that, a smirking version of that grin from just a little bit earlier. "Have trouble "Well, like I said they had to build up their women's league again because most of their talent got poached by a couple of the bigger guys, Vince & Dixie" she explains. "Plus, well... I'm too strong and I just can't help it. I just... " she takes a long pause, then concludes "I would do a move, right? And people would break.""Break what?"She shrugs "Just break. Bones I don't really know the names of, you know? So finding guys that can last with me, that's hard enough. But finding women that can take my punches..."
>>39924725Correct.>>39924442Yes, but it hasn't come up yet.>>39926598"Like finding a needle'n'a haystack, huh?" you ask, knowing just how strong those two are from sparring with them."Exactly. And they're lucky they have those two now. They carry that part of the company in a way I couldn't... Which is why I walked away from it full-time."You can tell that there's an odd kind of vulnerability for someone that's visibly so strong... Or rather, can be visibly strong. "Those two're good gals. Tsuyako's mum taught me a lot too.""Oh man, Sue~yah's mom would've been the shit back where I worked." Your eyes widen at that. "Yeah?""It's because she can really..." she pauses, looking for the right word. "Stretch" somebody? Yeah, that's it. Part of my try-out was her trying to put me in as much pain as possible and you know, I really felt it."You're kind of puzzled by her "My blessing feels like a curse, you know? Because I'm so strong... I'm pretty much impervious to pain. And it got to me after awhile... Like, you know how somebody could like slap you in face with a hard look and say "WAKE UP!" or something? Like in the movies?"She pauses for dramatic effect. "Never worked on me. The slap would feel like a mosquito bite at best. But that girls mom, Ha-Sue-Ney? Her hits had bite. She could keep me honest.""Same with your friend too, I take it?"She nods. "It's why I miss her. I'm like a rock, yeah? But she was stone cold. And nobody likes a hot rock all the time, yeah?"You're lost the analogy (Probably because you're not big on Pro Wrestling anymore, at least not American wrestlers) but you joke "I'dunno, I had a coupl'a hot stones massage my body this one time. Felt really soothin' t'me."She giggles, but you ask her something that's been nagging on your mind. "How'd you end up in KOF though?""What, this year?""Yeah. I would'nt peg you t'be the kind of gal that would let two guys like that boss ya'round."
>>39926598Shit, left out a ?" at the end of ""Have trouble?" ...>>39927122"Well, I kinda boss them around" she starts to explain. "I left the company, SWF, on OK terms.""OK""Well, see, there was this pay-per-view they were going to do right? First one they ever tried and they wanted like, "5 Star Matches" from everybody working that night... So I came up with the idea a couple of weeks before to have my match be "Hardcore".""... I'm listenin' ""So, basically tables, ladders, chairs, a mop, a guitar, whatever anyone could use to try and beat the hell out of each other yeah?" she tells you. "So, we get to the end and what was going to happen was that Ultima - Fiona, you know - was going to stagger up, go crazy and power-bomb me through a table.""You were OK with that?""Yeah, I was leaving the company. I was losing my belt that night no matter what; It was just "How do I want to go out?" you know?" she elaborates. "But what made me leave on "OK" terms was that I wanted this big, metal cage they spent a ton on building to be in place, and I wanted to go off of that through a table."You were hurrying up a little to eat your food while it was still hot, but that last line "Through a table, off of a cage?""Yeah.""How high was the cage?"Angel pauses at that, then gets out her phone and plugs away at the built-in calculator, then shows you a number that makes your jaw drop."4.9 meters? ... You were gonna let somebody through ya' off of a 16 foot drop?!"She nods, a big smile on her face. "I could do it. Still can do it probably.""And they said no.""She nods again, her smile gone. "They changed it so that I would lose the belt in a "Loser leaves town Match" and the head guy didn't want to work with me after that. He softened up after a while..." she grins again. "Anyway, I had some money stashed, but not really enough to get by on for long. So about a month ago there was an add in the paper looking for KOF-caliber fighters."
>>39927509>"They changed it so that I would lose the belt in a "Loser leaves town Match" and the head guy didn't want to work with me after that. He softened up after a while..."And there weren't even any thumbtacks. Weak.
>>39927509"At the time, I kind of wanted a break from fighting. It had lost it's luster for me... Well, trying to hold back like I had did a little bit. So really, I was just going to pop in, check it out, maybe leave if I could get out before I got called up...""No real passion to actually get in on it though?" you ask."... No, not really. Because like I said, I have to hold back all the time. I fight the way I do to hold myself back. And when I wrestled, it felt like I was love-tapping people."You eat a little hearing that, your food starting to get a little cold but you motion a "Keep going gesture with your chopsticks."So when I get there, it was a mad house. 50 people were ahead of me. So now I'm like "OK, something's up" and walk out... When they bum-rush a guy and he slieds on his belly all the way out the door.""... How?""Grease wrestler from Turkey, I think? maybe Cyprus. He had this accent... Anyway, long story short, by the time they got to me, they were both kind of done and some little girl showed up and told me that they wouldn't be seeing me. I had waited for like 3 hours for a chance to even SEE these two guys and paid $10 to get in the door, no meal, nothing. So I just storm out mad you know?""Then what mate?" you ask, oddly mindful of the "Mate" at the end."They call me up the next day, say they were sorry, then offer to meet me privately the day after.""They give you a deal, or what?"Angel nods before finishing up the last of her Sweet & Sour Chicken. "They can be pretty shitty and they argue like a married couple, but what scares me is, well... I get this feeling like if I met them right after I quit work, we could've had a lot of fun together."She lingers on that sentence and you leave it there, because you can guess what she means by "Work"... And damn, you haven't even touched on your life yet huh? Figures as much; You always seem to meet people more interesting than you. But this one at least has some things in common.
>>39928268>A. Keep letting her go and talk; Angel seems to have a knack for story-telling.>B. Let her ask you questions; You can tell she's had enough for now.>C. Finish up your food, then ask her if she wants to club-hopping or something.>D. Something Else...? (Write-In Vote)>E. Assume the role of The Angel and ask Katja about what got her into all of this. ("This" being fighting/the martial arts/etc. etc.)Last Vote for today. Make it count.
>>39928311>A. Keep letting her go and talk; Angel seems to have a knack for story-telling.The fall off the cage through a table thing isn't just a Mick Foley reference, right?
>>39928311>B. Let her ask you questions; You can tell she's had enough for now.We'll ask her more about "work" shortly, as it's best to hear her side of it. Plus, given our origin story and the recent visions we've had, it's going to tie together sooner or later.
>>39928311>>E. Assume the role of The Angel and ask Katja about what got her into all of this. ("This" being fighting/the martial arts/etc. etc.)
>>39928268>She lingers on that sentence and you leave it there, because you can guess what she means by "Work"...She never really explained it herself, though. All we have is hearsay from our teammates on her former major employer.
>>39928416>>39928419May as well merge the two, as they're effectively the same thing.
>>39927122>YFW you imagine Katja as Stone Cold Steve Austin Can we learn a Stone Cold Stunner in time to use it effectively on somebody in the tournament?>>39928442Katja seems to have a "Believe it until proven otherwise" kind of mindset.>>39928311>E. Assume the role of The Angel and ask Katja about what got her into all of this. ("This" being fighting/the martial arts/etc. etc.)
>>39928311>E. Assume the role of The Angel and ask Katja about what got her into all of this. ("This" being fighting/the martial arts/etc. etc.)
>>39928311>B. Let her ask you questions; You can tell she's had enough for now.And heading to sleep.
>>39928573That's actually kind of scary. And awesome. Especially considering how much beer she drinks.>>39928311>B. Let her ask you questions; You can tell she's had enough for now.
>>39928388Correct. It's also a small nod to the late, great Mae Young and story about how she wanted Bubba Ray Dudley to piledrive through the top of a cell through a table... When she was 80 Years old.>>39928416>>39928620>>39928795>>39928573>>39928419>>39928593Combining these because as >>39928548 pointed out, they're kind of one-in-the same anyway and it's late in the day/night for most of us.You can tell that talking like is something Angel's wanted to do for a while now, but it feels like you might wearing her patience a little thin, so you ease back a little and see what she might want to ask you. If the conference earlier in the day taught anything, sometimes it's just better to relax and let a conversation go wherever it might lead.After a little bit of silence enjoying the last of your meal, she asks you "So, how did you get into all of this?""Well... I kinda fell into it really."She looks at you in a "Go on?" kind of way, but yet again you feel that nervousness from the press conference and try to hide it from her."Yeah... Look, I ain't really the best kinda story teller or anythin', so do't like expect t'go on about my life but... I guess it started when I got out of highschool. I was pretty athletic back then; A mean tennis player, might've been good enough for women's soccer.""What position?""Center Forward" you fire off without missing a beat. "You play The Beautiful Game too, huh?""I was a goalie on my team" she says. "It's been a while though...""Cool... And I swam too, but on my 18th birthday, well... Things kinda got a little too real for me. I don't want to get too far into it, but I got this idea that if I worked hard enough, trained enough, got strong... No one would want to bother me anymore. No one would go after me, or stare at me fer'too long... I would be at some kind of peace.""... That's just being a shut-in though. You're not solving anything wrong with you" She says.
>>39929288And just like that, she cuts right to the bone, cleaving through layer upon layer of bullshit you've built around yourself for oh-so-long. Uncomfortable? Absolutely. Well, at least she's the one doing it... You nod and admit "I eventually figured that one out, but my mind was stubborn enough that it took me quite some time.""In the mean time I held odd jobs to get by. Construction mostly, but I had a couple of other little gigs. Before I started in Kyokugenryuu Karate, I thought about being a chef or somethin', but I lost interest after a while.""What did your family think?""I can't really say. My dad had vanished on some business trip and mum had been gone fer'a while when I started learning my arts."===>You now assume direct control of Angel>Time of Day: Late Afternoon-Early Evening===She doesn't seem like much of a talker to you, this Katja woman. Mybe going on and on like a chatterbox was too much? Whatever, you can get a picture from her in your mind's eye or whatever the fuck they call it. Because if she really is old man Hartkern's long-lost "Daughter", then he hid her damn well; Nobody in NESTS would've guessed that their top geneticist kept a copy of one of their first successful "From-the-ground-up" super-soldiers for himself to dote on... Or is she one of the last "Sisters" of Katherine Hart left? Who's to say; It's all under the bridge now. Just another nightmare you'll forget about soon enough. "How old are you?" you ask her, going off on that hunch."C'mon, y'know it ain't proper t'ask a woman that?" she teases, then admits "29. I'll hit the big 30 in August.""Huh... And you lived in Japan for how long? 5 years?"She nods. "In and'round Osaka, mostly. When I heard that the founding family of the art lived here, I kicked myself fer'wastin' all that time with the yahoos I was with.""That bad?""The first sensei I had though the "Dark Energy" I got inside me was a GOOD thing" she exclaims.
>>39926598>"Plus, well... I'm too strong and I just can't help it. I just... " she takes a long pause, then concludes "I would do a move, right? And people would break.">She shrugs "Just break. Bones I don't really know the names of, you know? So finding guys that can last with me, that's hard enough. But finding women that can take my punches...">>39927122>"My blessing feels like a curse, you know? Because I'm so strong... I'm pretty much impervious to pain. And it got to me after awhile... Like, you know how somebody could like slap you in face with a hard look and say "WAKE UP!" or something? Like in the movies?">"Never worked on me. The slap would feel like a mosquito bite at best. But that girls mom, Ha-Sue-Ney? Her hits had bite. She could keep me honest.">>39928268>"... No, not really. Because like I said, I have to hold back all the time. I fight the way I do to hold myself back. And when I wrestled, it felt like I was love-tapping people."So this is effectively Angel's "World of Cardboard" speech. Or her "I'm a weapon, not a human" speech, depending on how you look at it. Did Angel ever elaborate on her "blessing"?
>>39929625Wait, "Dark Energy?" The fuck is that? If it's related to the shit that Rugal guy had... You shudder at the thought of Kathy with something like that, then look back at her. Maybe she's something else entirely? A coincidence? Nah, she's got the electricity; The "Sisters" all had electricity the same way the Kusanagi clones had flames."What about that spark stuff from your hands? You learn that, or is it like a pair of gloves or something?""I had to learn it the hard way" she says, then explains "I got struck by lightning trying to get my body to produce Ki" with a matter-of-fact tone."... Que?""Yeah, that was fun. Goin' to the hospital after electrocuting myself with it was even better" you hear her say, a kind of gamesmanship going on between the two of you just like with Katherine..."Damn... I wouldn't know how that could feel; Closest I got was a cattle prod when I was younger" you admit."Multiply that by a million and you've got a start" she tells you. "But other than that? Real peachy, yeah..." She pauses after saying that and you catch on the bitter irony behind her words. "I'dunno, I keep thinkin' that all the choices I made were bad ones that somehow became right.""What do you mean?""Like... Shit, I;dunno where t'start. I keep getttin' the feeling that I got into fightin' fer'all the wrong reasons, y'know? And that I kept at it because I was in too deep, I couldn't let it go... But y'know, every hardship I had has turned out fer'me. I get kicked out of the dojo after the second electrocution? I make more friends in two months than I ever tried in a decade.""I get electrocuted? I become that one in a million that can harness electricity on a daily basis without hurting meself. I lose my place? I end up crashing on one friend's couch after another and get stronger because of it. I go to buy some bikinis? I end up breaking out of my shell and model."She pauses, then admits "Before all that I was just locked away from everything."
>>39929941You raise an eyebrow at that and feel compelled to say "Yeah... I can understand."God damn, there's something about this woman that makes you want to cry. She makes you want to just lay it out there: the whole 'I'm not human. I had no purpose in life but to be a sword for somebody else. Katherine gave me something and I thought this other guy did too' thing you've gone over in your head a thousand times. You don't though. ... Well, Not yet anyway; You want to be somewhere secluded before you can start really getting into talking about that because even now, there just might be some holdout from NESTS somewhere. Shit, there were two whole teams of them in KOF this year, not including yourself and Katja here! Small world. Crazy world. Awesome world all the same. Definitely one that you want to see with a "Wingman"... And this chick might be one that could fill that place in your life.===>You now resume the Role of Katja Hartkern===You don't know what came over you when you went off on Angel about the choices you made in your life up to now, but she seems to get part of it. Enough that she's not put off by it at least. Which is good because it's been at least an hour since you arrived here and business has slowed down enough the two of you look a little conspicuous sitting at a table together."Hey... What time is it?" Angel asks you, sounding a tad annoyed, a tad bit curious.You flip your phone out and tell it's just past 7 PM, the sun setting and a golden glow washing over parts of the city."Huh... What's there to do around here other than fight?" she asks, though not too loudly. Last thing either of you need is to get some old geezer pissed off enough to fight you for no good reason."You dance?""Not really. I need something to get going like that" she says.You get the hint and offer "Fancy a drink at "La Illusion?" while covering the bill for your meals.Her smile is all you need to know.
>>39930216>A. Lead Angel up to "La Illusion" and see where the night takes the two of you.>B. Follow Katja Hartkern up to "La Illusion" as Angel and see if they've got any good tequila or not...>C. Call it a night as Katja, but see if Angel wants to go out another time or something; You had a good heart-to-heart kind of deal with her and who knows, she might be willing to actually talk about her (Possible) past life...>D. Something Else...? (Write-In Vote)>E. Assume the role of...? ("Write-In" Vote to determine which character to gain control of for a possible "Side-Story") ===>Pause/(End?) ThreadThanks for playing today! If this thread stays alive long enough, I'll make an effort to continue it tomorrow @ 10 AM PST/1 PM EST. If the thread 404's however, I won't be able to start a new one until Friday at the earliest...As always, you can check my Twitter feed for quest related announcements. Until next time...
>>39930305>A. Lead Angel up to "La Illusion" and see where the night takes the two of you.Force King to make nice with the former super-assassin.
>>39930305>>B. Follow Katja Hartkern up to "La Illusion" as Angel and see if they've got any good tequila or not...
>>39931511Blue board mate.
>>399303055 KB GIF>>39930216 #>A. Lead Angel up to "La Illusion" and see where the night takes the two of you
>>39931511Seriously? At least spoiler that kind of thing mate.>>39933899>>39930422>>39930349Sorry to have to announce this, but I will not have the chance to continue Round 46 today. (I got called in earlier than usual to cover for a guy at work who went on leave for his parents' failing health.)However, I plan to run the next thread tomorrow at the usual 10 AM PST/1 PM EST start time, as I've got a couple of days off and can try to QM this without interruptions.Again, so sorry about this everybody.
>>39934554Damn, you just can't catch a break huh? Thanks for running this though.
>>39934625I guess so. I'm used to my schedule getting chopped and moved around a lot though and I don't really mind the extra hours or anything, but it makes planning a day or two to do this hard.>>39934554Thread's archived on sup/tg/.>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/39913671