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Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2019, 10:20:07 PM »
Smokey had wandered around the expo for a little while longer after leaving the booth.  Unfortunately, there wasn't really anything that caught his eye, so he was left with naught to do until the fight.  Thankfully, it looked like that was taking place sooner rather than later.

As soon as the arena started opening up, Smokey did his best to get in as soon as possible.  Although his first impressions of this new technology was relatively negative, he knew better than to write it off without actually seeing it in action.  On top of that, this is a fight with a huntress.  Even if he's not participating himself, he can get a lot of experience just watching how the fight plays out. 

As he sat down, he saw the woman up on the stage.  Is she their fighter? Smokey idly wondered as he looked her up and down.  Appearances can be deceiving, but from Smokey's perspective, she doesn't look like the type to straight-out brawl.  If he had to guess, he'd say she was a "run-and-gun" type of fighter that likes to keep her distance.  However, if that were the case, would Shard really force her to fight without her weapon?  He glanced over the face-plate and the structures on her shoulders, trying to discern their purpose.  Were they a form of the prosthetics the reps were touting earlier?  If they are, how will she use them?  Do they transform?

Smokey's not even in the ring yet and he's already analyzing her.  Maybe combat school has been good for him after all?
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Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2019, 01:36:58 PM »
Putting Ergia back in its place on his harness on the way, Nathan arrived at the arena entirely looking forward to both observing and participating. Upon arrival, he was guided into the arena and allowed to unceremoniously plop down on a seat. He'd arrived a bit late but this place was still good.

Looking at the stage, a Faunus - clearly - walked in. He remembered seeing her around earlier, but she hadn't exactly been an attraction at the time. Now that he looked closer, though, he saw that she was very undoubtedly endowed with some prosthetics. The glowing eye behind the hair, the metal plate that's seemingly integrated into the soul somehow, it almost screamed cyborg. No idea what the things on her shoulders were, though. He was excited to find out.
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Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2019, 12:19:24 PM »
"Ladies and gentlemen!" The announcer called out, hushing the light anticipatory conversations in the room. "It's time for what you've all been waiting for; a showcase of our latest inventions, and what better way to show it than a match in the ring?" There was some vocal appreciation from the hunter and civilian communities in the room at this, though it quickly died down as the announcement kept going.

"This here is our lovely lady Lynn Aubin, ex-huntress and present security employee of Shard INC! A quick bit of backstory-" He started enthusiastically, though the start of talking about her history seemed to leave Lynn a bit more stoic if that was at all possible. "Over a decade ago, she suffered a debilitating injury in the line of duty, suffering the loss of her eyesight defending her town from bandits. But here at Shard INC, we saw this tragedy that had occurred, and sought to help one of our noble huntresses once again pick up her weapons - over the course of several years, we developed an implantation that allowed her eyesight to be restored!" He made an indication towards Lynn, and she fidgeted just a little before lifting up her hair at the front, the faceplate dropping down over her eyes before anyone could get a clear view of them. "But we went further - this not only keeps her previous visual clarity, even as a faunus, but bolsters it to higher levels! Yet both we and her weren't satisfied with this - we could do better, further develop her as a huntress along with her training. And so, we have something special to show you today!"

There was a small pause, and then deep blue flames sprang up around Lynn, fanning out from her and leaving a thin sheet of frost over the ring. "Lynn's semblance is a projection-type; she generates flames that freeze what they touch, rather than burn!" There were several 'oo's from the civilian side of the audience, and Lynn still looked a little uncomfortable to the trained eye under all the attention - she wasn't especially used to the public eye, it seemed. "Her weapon, Winter's Grasp, uses dust to augment these in a variety of different ways and weaves it into separate attacks! But you'll notice there are no gauntlets on her hands today - no, my dear audience! Instead, she'll only be using what we've worked together on to augment her style of fighting further-"

There was a series of mechanical whirring noises, before the inconspicuous ridges on her shoulder and back suddenly unfolded to the sound of gasps, a huge and hollow pair of fierce-looking claws unfolding from her back.

"-what we like to call the 'Doorknocker'! And the lucky people going against the device being... well, would you look at that! Recent Vytal Tournament contenders and both participants at our very own Beacon Academy, Nathan Eau, and Smokey Emberstone!"
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Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2019, 04:06:05 PM »
"Lynn Aubin, huh?" Smokey quietly muttered under his breath as he followed the crowd's applause.  He observed carefully as the hype-man sang her and the company's praises.  If what the announcer said is true, then Smokey would be impressed that Shard managed to fix her sight.  He's no eye doctor or anything, but even a layman could guess that it must have been a complicated process, even for a company that specializes in prosthetics.

Of course, if fixing her eyesight was all Shard was interested in, he doubted they'd go through all this pomp and circumstance.  And he was right, because the very next thing to happen was a demonstration of Lynn's semblance, which covered the entire arena in a thin layer of frost.  Cold Fire.  Smokey cupped his hand to his chin and stroked his stubble as he considered it.  Back before he discovered his own semblance, he took one of those online personality quizzes that tried to guess what his ability would be.  Obviously they were all wildly inaccurate, but he remembered there was one result that revolved around the manipulation of ice.  If he remembered correctly, the associated personality type was a...

"...a tsundere?"

Smokey was brought out of his musings by the unveiling of the prosthetics.  So this is what Shard has been hyping up for all this time.  Those claws certainly look powerful, and they probably pack quite the punch.  Yet, despite the fanfare and the crowd's reaction, Smokey remains unimpressed.  From his perspective, those menacing claws looked more like a ball and chain weighing her down.  If the intent was to give her more power, than those were little more than a stop-gap measure. 

Smokey has no delusions on who would win between him and a huntress; there are first-years that he couldn't even land a scratch on, there's no way he could close the gap on someone with potentially decades more experience.  However, if it was a contest of power between 'Doorknocker' (admittedly, a really cool name) and Matchstick, that's a different story entirely.

And lo on behold, Smokey gets an opportunity to put his money where his mouth is, as the announcer calls out his name.  The gunlugger can't help but smirk as he stands up from his seat and makes his way towards the arena.  It's time to see what Shard Inc. is really made of.
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Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2019, 09:25:26 PM »
Nathan briefly looked around when the announcer started speaking, but failing to locate him anywhere, he opted to just stare at what would ostensibly become his opponent as he listened.

The first bombshell that was drop was restoring sight. He wasn't a biological or medical expert or anything, but as far as he knew, the next best thing that'd been done was embedding some electrodes into someone's cerebral cortex to give a 25 pixel screen. Complete restoration, understandably, came as a mild shock - not that he was actually able to see what that meant, as he was both too far away for a good look and the woman's - lady Aubin, as it were - faceplate dropped in front of her eyes after barely a split second.

The second thing that impressed him was the blue flames - endothermic fire? Something like that, maybe. Regardless, the mere range of the flames was already quite impressive. He momentarily wondered about exposing her battle tactics like that, but then remembered what he had to write to get into the raffle, so kinda evened out in the end.

But then, two MASSIVE metal limbs, tipped with equally enormous claws, sprung forth from behind the ex-Huntress. That was cool. Questionably practical at first glance, but damn was it cool. Come to think of it, weren't extra limbs always cool?

His musings were abruptly cut short as he heard his name mentioned in the speakers. His eyes widened in the best expression of mild panic he could manage - which most people would interpret as mild surprise instead, sadly. Just as he was hoping for somebody, anybody, to tell him what to do, he saw someone else get up and walk to the arena and followed suit. Hey, come on, it was his only lead.
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Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2019, 07:40:13 PM »
"Please welcome our guests to the stage!" The announcer requests, a round of applause and a few jealous glances sent towards the two. Lynn slowly glanced over, watching the pair of them move to the stage - though it was difficult to tell her thoughts with a good half of her face hidden behind the faceplate. She struck a somewhat unnerving figure, slow but fluid movements of her body and the claws connected to it as she waited for them to join her on the ring.

"The rules are simple!" Continuing excitedly, the announcer addressed both the audience and the participants as each was handed a small aura monitor by one of the employees, who quickly scampered back off the stage. "We thought it would be most appropriate to follow the recent Vytal Festival! There's a little twist; we're not having ring-outs in this, but we are otherwise following the fifteen percent aura rule. We don't quite have the funding of the Vytal Festival for this little exhibition match, so we'd prefer keeping it directly within the ring rather than risking anything that could result in a lawsuit!" He joked, and a faint barrier flickered around the arena before fading again, unseen but prepared. The arena was still fairly large - it was a training ring, after all.

"So, if the combatants could all get prepared, we can get the battle underway! We'll give you ten seconds!"

Lynn stared down the two as they'd approach the ring - or, well, her face followed them at least. Hard to tell. She still seemed to look a little uncomfortable under all the attention, though that may have just been a general tightness to her form or combat-readiness. Nonetheless, she took a slight breath, and seemed to focus - the ring starting to feel just a little colder as she calmed herself and brought her semblance to the ready.
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Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2019, 12:21:09 AM »
As Smokey makes his way to the arena, he draws the weapon he's so proud of, a massive revolver that borders on comically over-sized.  It looks like someone took an over-clocked shotgun barrel and stuck it on a pistol stock so it could be fired with one hand, but only in the hand of a gorilla.  Going by looks alone, anybody who tried to fire it would be more likely to have it fly out of their hand than get an accurate shot.

Yet, despite the massive size, Smokey seemed more than comfortable with the weight.  He flips open the cylinder with one hand and begins loading each individual chamber as he steps into the ring.  As the last bullet slides in, he flicks the cylinder back into place and loads a fire dust cartridge.  However, after finishing prepping Matchstick for battle, he doesn't rest it on his shoulder like he usually does.  Instead, he holsters the gun and walks up to his prospective opponent.

"So, uh," he begins awkwardly, scratching the back of his neck, "Listen, injury or not, I don't think anyone's gonna be surprised if a huntress takes out two first years.  But, uh, those things you got there?" he points to the Doorknocker, ""Just from lookin' at 'em, I'm pretty sure they've got a big weakness.  'Course, I guess the only real way to find out is to test it, so, uh, if it's all the same to you, I want you to take one of those things, and I want you to hit me as hard as you can with it.  If you want, you can go ahead and freeze my feet in place beforehand if you think I'm gonna dodge or somethin'."
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Re: Shards of Knowledge [Shard INC][Semi-closed; PM]
« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2019, 05:23:11 PM »
Nathan arrived on the stage and took one of the slap-bracelet monitors from the employee - who quickly scampered back out of the line of fire. He was wondering how exactly it'd go - was it a 2v1? - but his questions were promptly answered by the announcer. Turns out, it would be a 2v1. He took note to try and not do things that'd reach outside the barrier, not that there was much danger. The barrier should be able to take Ergia's rifle mode without too much problems.

When he was prompted to start getting ready, he wondered whether he should use Ergia's rifle form for the start and when he turned to what was ostensibly his teammate for the time being, he decided against it. The guy's gun was WAY bigger than his. How did he even wield that? It looked like an artillery piece more than a rifle.

Taking Ergia off his back, he spun it a bit as it turned into a staff before gripping it in his usual stance. The surface of the staff parts briefly crackled with electricity before a bright, orange glow covered them. No sense in not going all-out against a superior opponent from the get-go. The heat would probably be useful against her anti-fire, too.
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