GYM Gladiator: The Final Escapade
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off in a relatively rundown part of town, away from the main streets and noise within lies a secluded GYM, in noticeably better shape than the area around it. Standing just outside itâ€™s doors is a single, Grey-haired teenager examining the place
â€œInteresting, there are marks around the doorframe, in addition, the door itself seems much more recent than the building around it. Possibly it was forced in at some point, then replaced.â€
The teen takes out a small notepad and pencil, and begins writing things down, muttering all the while as he almost absentmindedly opens the door and wanders inside himself
Soon a man, wearing some kind of prison clothes But without any orange shirt and has two revolvers, two shotguns, an axe and a tommy opens the door, soon entering the GYM and takes a look around
Debatable, but alright.
They'd find another teenager inside, idly tapping the surface of a juice bar, looking bored out of his mind. Upon seeing Yu and Torque, he lights up, cracking his neck and smiling.
"Well then, haven't seen you two around. New custom?"
Right after he finishes speaking, he lets his eyes lower for a moment before turning to the door in panic, turning yellow. Upon seeing them intact, he sighs in relief, his eyes changing to purple.
*In multiple orbs of glowing light, Fayth appears in the GYM. He fires a beam of light from his hand, blasting the doors off their hinges. He turns to Eito, laughs at him before disappearing again.*
Yu keeps mumbling for a moment, staring at the floor while he makes a few more notes before looking up at the sound of Eitoâ€™s voice
Oh, sorry. I hadnâ€™t noticed you there. Yeah, Iâ€™m pretty new here. Looks like your doorâ€™s been beaten up pretty badly, marks on the floor too. Anything happen here?
Torque watches the door gets blasted off, he covers himself with his arms until it was over before he sighs and walks over to Yu and Eito
Eito witnesses the destruction of the door with the kind of stoic look only a man who's given up can have.
He mutters some more to himself regarding Fayth before shaking his head and looking up at Yu.
"Yes. That. That happens a lot. I've gotten used to it."
He idly eyes Torque, eyes changing to a deep red as he waits for a response.
"For a moment, I thought a Malefactor destoryed that door but nope it's just some random person"
Yu slowly looks between the now-demolished door, and Eitoâ€™s utterly defeated look, writes a few more things on his notepad, before speaking back up
â€œI take it itâ€™s stuff like that. Itâ€™s a... Weird tradition, but I guess everywhere has its quirks. If anything itâ€™s admirabld you keep replacing it.â€
Yu scratches something off his notepad before finally noticing Torque with a nervous laugh
Oh, sorry, I hadnâ€™t noticed you either. Youâ€™re... Rather quiet
Eito nods to himself at Torque speaks.
"Don't know what that is, but yeah, he does that a lot. One of these days, I will have revenge."
He sighs before leaning back and looking at both Yu and Torque.
"So, since I can assume you haven't been here before, I guess it's my job to inform you of this place's purpose."
He gets up from his seat and walks around the bar, revealing the two swords and two guns sheathed and holstered at his waist. He motions to the right, where a couple of large, round arenas can be seen.
"There's the fighting rings, were all the crazies in this place go to commit acts of incredible violence in a relatively safe place."
He then motions to the left, where a lot of actual gym equipment lays around, nicely organized.
"There's also a normal gym here but almost nobody uses it, anyways."
Alex was going to come here alone, but fate had other plans as he saw the three
Torque looks at Alex and waves
"Nice to see you here after what happened"
Alex weakly waves back
"And no blade arm monsters as well. Care for a battle?"
Alex pointed at one of the arenas
Torque takes a health pack before noding to Alex
"Sure, might as well"
Yu follows Eitoâ€™s motions, glancing around the arenas and actual normal gym equipment, hemakes a brief note on the arena, before walking over to the equipment
â€œSounds like the fighting gets pretty intense, probably causes those marks I found earlier.
Huh, wow, these are really well maintained, probably a combination of care and relatively little use.....â€
Yu mutters to himself, taking a few more notes before looking back st Eito and asking
How much is a membership anyways? Or Is this more of a per-visit thing? I havenâ€™t actually used a gym before, but I figure while Iâ€™m in town it might be good to get some use.
Kushala flied towards the now destroyed doors, she stopped a few metters away and landed to approach the hole by walking, she lowered her head and put closer her wings in order to go through the hole that was a door before.
Kushala walked towards the others and lowered her head to perform a reverence.
Greetings humans, I hope my presence doesn't scare you, don't worry because I'm not going to attack you.
With the reverence done Kushala lied down in order to not look hostile.
I also would like to know what are you doing, if I can know it, I don't want to intervene in something I shouldn't.
Alex walks into the nearest Arena And gets into a fighting stance. Then, he casts darkness on part of the field and hides
Eito puts a hand up to his chin for a moment, as if in thought before lookjng back at Yu.
"As far as I remember we don't actually charge anyone. Pretty sure the boss just runs this place so people can fight without destroying the city. Me and him make most of our money from hunting Shadows anyways and my mentor used to before he got all depressed."
Eito shrugs and gives no further answer, wahing idly at the Kushala afterwards.
"Heya, how's the, uh...Dragon business going these days?"
*A faint voice repeadly saying "running" approaches the GYM. Soon, Maria runs in, followed as always by Kyu. Unfortunatly for her, she fails to see the remains of the door, tripping over a piece.*
Hello? Your doors... GAH!
*And face planting into the floor with a loud thud. Kyu sits next to her collapsed form.*
Yu almost jumps when a dragon flies in through the destroyed doorway, he takes a few deep, calming breaths, and begins rapidly drawing something on his pad, glancing between it and Kushala
You just... Surprised me Is all. I havenâ€™t seen... A dragon? Like you before.
I was just talking to Eito about this place, itâ€™s my first time visiting after all...
Yu focuses his attention back on Eito, occasionally sneaking something into his pad
So you see it as a sort of public service... And...
Yu glances back up at Eito, setting his pencil into the spiral on his notepad and closing it for once
You said your mentorâ€™s not doing so well? I guess youâ€™ve tried talking to him about it.... Do you know whatâ€™s wr...
Yu shakes his head for a moment, apparently thinking better of it
Sorry, itâ€™s not my place to ask. I hope he gets better
"Dragon business? What in the world is dragon business? How can I even... I prefer to not talk about it..."
Kushala half-closed her eyes and looked away for a second, then she looked again at Eito.
If you call Dragon business the fight for my life in a hostile world you can call it that way.
Kushala passed one of her front claws through her face to clear her mind.
Don't think bad, I say it in a cruel way, but don't worry, I'm storng enough to survive by my own, well Eito, what have you been doing those days?
He brushes a hand through his hair, revealing a couple grey or white strands as he does.
"Well, it's not really my place to say either. This isn't exactly a problem from which one gets better by themselves but I think he can probably stop moping about in the future. Regardless, what are you up for this evening? Just some working out or do you want to fight?"
He then faces Kushala once more, cringing slightly.
"Maybe not the best wording used but anyways, i'm doing fine I suppose. I mean, everything's the same as ever so there's not much to be said. Oh yeah, and thanks for the horns you gave me a while back. Still not sure what to do with them but I've got a couple ideas."
*Maria looks up slightly before pouting and putting her head back to the floor.*
Owww.... The agony... Am dead... No...
Yu pauses for a moment, one hand on his chin before breathing out a sigh. He hadnâ€™t used the arena, so it would likely be useful to see how it turns out, so as to better plan future visits
â€œI think Iâ€™d like to try both. I can use the practice arena to help warm up a bit before going into a more normal workout routine.â€
Yu goes ahead and walks over to one of the unoccupied arenas, cracking his knuckles before looking back
â€œErr.. How does this work exactly?â€
Kushala tilted her head a bit when Eito mentioned the horns, she also blinked a few times.
You still have them? I though you already used them, but is true is good to save things or think about what to do with them.
With that said, Kushala looked at Maria and walked towards her.
Are you alright human?
Eito starts walking towards the arena Yu got in, looking back at Kushala and shrugging.
"What can I say? I'm pretty busy!"
Upon getting in the arena, he dusts himself off and looks back to Yu.
"Two people agree to fight, get in here and then do their best to beat the absolute fuck out of each other using any and all weaponry and powers. Each fighter brings their own equipment, usually. Since i've seen nobody else volunteer, I suppose i'll be your opponent."
*Maria leaps to her feet, spins in a circle and looks at Kushala.*
Oh, I'm perfectly fine. I just like attention. Tee hee hee.
Kushala stared at Maria for a second, then she turned back and walked away, she didn't even bothered on saying anything.
Kushala looked at Eito and Yu and lied down again.
"I onder what they will do, I'll watch them for now.
well he did mention insane violence, guess it makes sense to simulate a real fight. Yuâ€™s Hand drifts to the old katana at his belt, itâ€™s a bit dull, but thatâ€™s probably a good thing if this is just practice. Yu breathes deeply to calm himself before nodding
Alright, Iâ€™m ready whenever you care to start.
I think they'll partake in the grand super time of ages long past of murder death kill where the winner will be the ultimate true murderifier of the land who we shall all fear and obey.
*Maria looks at Kyu.*
But they will never defeat Darth Mar, destroyer of all and Kyu the adorable. Mwu Ha Ha.
OOC: I'm leaving, good bye.
Sorry for the long wait, had to do stuff
Sorry for the wait, forgot about this for a bit.
Eito nods and walks to the opposite side of the arena, resting his hands on the hilt of his swords.
"Alright then! Here we go!"
And with no further warning, Eito immediately draws both blades, Tyrfing engulfed in Fire and Murgleis in Cursed power. He sprints forwards at an almost unnatural speed, feigning a stab the moment he gets close and then dashing to the right and slashing with Murgleis before backing off shoul he go unharmed.
Suuuuupeeeer sloooow moootiiiioooon fiiiiiight. Bchaw bpow. Isn't that right mr... uh
*Maria looks around for Kushala, who seeme to have vanished.*
Mr dragon? Well, that was rude.
Yu flinches initially, bringing his sheathe up in time to try blocking the feint, only for nothing to come. Instead, he gets slashed across the shoulder, responding with an attempt to shove Eito as he goes by.
I.. Iâ€™ll admit, Iâ€™m not used to anything this fast I guess... Iâ€™ll get used to it.
Yu takes a deep breath, keeping his katana in its shear and slowly advancing on Eito again, his eyes sharp for any sudden movements
Eito flows with the shove, intending to move back anyways. His eyes slowly shift to a red coloration.
"For all intents and purposes, this is a real fight, buddy. Come at me like it's life or death!"
H chuckles as he sprints forward once more, but not quite getting close enough to attack, instead throwing Murgleis at Yu like a throwing knife and unholstering his pistol, firing off 3 times at his opponent. Distracted as he is by executing this, he seems to have slightly neglected keeping his guard up for his left flank. Should he go uninjured, he'd push forward to attack with both weapons.
"Come on! Show me how strong you are!"
Yu dodges to the side of the knife, more focused now than ever. One might notice a flash of blue as the knife flies by, Yu waving his hand through the air and shouting
In an instant, a small, fluttering form appears over Yuâ€™s shoulder, the feminine figure flittering itâ€™s wings as a gust knocks the bullets just off course before being directed at Eito himself
Iâ€™m a bit more of a leader than straight-up Fighter. Youâ€™ll have to forgive me for that.
Eito braces himself as the wind reaches him, sending him back by quite a bit before it ends. After that, he looks up at Yu, his grin turning near psychotic.
"There's no way a regular Persona User would have just a Pixie as his Persona. That can only mean that you're no regular user, but one of those Wild Cards! Oh, this is gonna be fun!"
He sheathes Tyrfing and instantly curls his hand around a blue glowing object, blue flames appearing behind him with a large hellenic suit of armor covered by a red cloak and holding a spear bigger than even itself walking out of them.
The Persona raises it's spear, pointing it at Yu, who suddenly feels just a bit weaker.
"Might as well use mine if you use yours, yeah?"
Eito says this while slowly backing up and eyeing Yu up and down, his eyes starting to glow.
â€œYouâ€™re right about that then. Here goes.â€
Pixie remains flittering around Yuâ€™s shoulder as he stands up tall, though it might have felt a little vague, Yu knows that dodging is going to be a bit more important now, but since Eito wants a match of strength... Yu runs forward, waving his hand in front of himself once more
â€œIzanagi, Double Thrustâ€
and by Yuâ€™s side appears his faithful samurai in grey armor, Izanagi, itâ€™s long spear aiming for Odysseusâ€™s side, covering most of the immediate field of view while Yu goes under him in an attempt to tackle Eito
Odysseus dashes to the right, but isn't quite fast enough, instead getting his side pierced by Izanagi's spear, instead of backing off, he grabs the weapon and pushes his hand up against Izanagi's face plate.
Sparks go off at his hand, which soon turn into a veritable inferno of flame aimed straight at the opposing Persona. Meanwhile, Eito kicks away from the ground the moment Yu comes near and tries to trip him and, should that fail, pistolwhip him right in the head.
"Ah, the old 'Send your Persona to attack and then attack your opponent yourself while they're distracted' trick! Awfully long name, but it's a real classic!"
Shortly after Izanagi strikes Odysseus, his spear becomes electrified, aiming to shock his foe in combination with the strike. Of course, this wouldnâ€™t hurt as much as the agidyne he takes for it, but though Izanagiâ€™s faceplate gets scorched, it doesnâ€™t seem willing to let go, instead aiming to thrust the spear into the ground, Odysseus still attached
Is the Persona really the distraction, or am I?
As for Yu, his focus on the personas keeps him from doing anything about the trip, so Eito is able to finish off his balance, though once Eitoâ€™s foot reminds him of the rest of the fight, Yu goes ahead and keeps going, hoping to use his earlier momentum to slide out of reach while kicking backwards, somewhat aimlessly in hopes of keeping Eito off him
"Good question. The answer is that I don't care but I just gained insight on one of the classics, so thanks for that."
Odysseus allows Izanagi's spear to go right through and pin him to the floor. However, being an empty suit of armor with no fleshy inaides makes it trivially easy for the Hoplite to push against the ground and slide up Izanagi's weapon, dealing slightly more damage to himself in exhange for getting up close and personal.
Odysseus brings his own spear back before bringing forward twice with weak but quick attacks aimed at Izanagi's eyes. Meanwhile, Eito flips a switch on the underside of the pistol, which makes a blade force itself out at a downward angle. He takes the kick at the waist but brings the weapon down anyways, attempting to stab Yu's leg.
"That all you got?"
As Odysseus slashes for Izanagi's eyes, the persona is replaced by a much, much smaller pixie, not only causing Odysseus to swing over the small creature, but the persona also begins to fall a short distance without Izanagi's spear to hold him up. Once again, with his focus on the persona, and inability to see behind him Eito's able to strike Yu's flailing leg, immediately causing him to reflexively retract it, a gasp escaping his lips as he does so
"Y... Yeah, I think that's enough for now... I think I understand why no one has the energy for a normal exercise after this... I'll... Keep that in mind."
*Maria waves at the two.*
You fight wells, soldiers of doom. Not as good as I, the great Demon lord Darth Mar, but it was a fun fight for me to entertain myself and the great Kyu the Adorable with. You shoul be the proud peoples.
Eito chuckles to himself and snaps his fingers to make Odysseus disappear as he walks over to Yu, reaching into his pocket and chucking a small green pill at the downed teen.
"Take one of those, it'll deal with the leg. Anyways, it may just be because i'm a bit of a violet psycopath, but that was pretty fun, no?"
And with that, he leans up against the wired wall of the arena, waiting for Yu to get up.
"And yeah, if you want to actually work out, i'd not advise fighting first. As I said, this is essentially community service so all the psychos in this place, me included, get to have their fill of fighting without destroying anything and everything around them."
Upon hearing Maria, he snorts in amusement and rolls his eyes.
"Yeah sure, kid. Real proud."
Why wouldn't you just clap.....
Stil holding his leg, Yu does his best to take the green pill, sure enough the pain subsides rapidly, though its still probably not a good idea to push the leg further. he'll definitely be able to use it at least. Yu slowly sits up, faintly chuckling as he scratches the back of his head
Definitely looks like I've got a lot to learn. But I understand how useful it can be. Thanks for the lesson.
Yu slowly gets up and bows to Eito, before taking another bracing breath and walking towards the arena's wall in order to lean against it and bring his notepad back out, already taking notes on the experience
Well, obviously I didn't actually clap because... uh... SILENCE TRAITOR!!!!
*Maria looks over at Kyu.*
Nailed it, right Kyu?
*Kyu just sighs and shakes its little fox head.*
You disagree? Darn.
Should Yu inspect his leg anytime soon, he'd find the flesh around the wound very slowly knitting itself back together.
"You're welcome, I guess. Anyways, want a milkshake? Technically speaking, I'm not allowed to make them for people anymore after our..."
Eito stops and coughs into his fist very suspiciously.
"Bee infestation. But to hell with that, I say if you can fight you deserve a nice drink."
Despite not actually waiting for Yu to answer the offer, he goes over to the arena's door and jumps out, walking staright to the counter to make the drinks, looking up at Maria with a raised eyebrow.
"Hey kid, want one?"
"Yeah, I'll take one, just vanilla"
Yu writes down a last few notes on his pad before leaving the arena himself, following Eito to the counter, putting his notepad back in his pocket before asking the obvious question
"What does making milkshakes have to do with a bee problem? I thought they just went after flowers."
Yes. Please provide great sustin... susti... sus... drinks and stuff. Please. Wait, what was that about bees?
Eito nodded along as he created the shakes, only looking up once he was actually shaking them. The two could see the utter confusion and mild terror in his eyes as he spoke.
"Yeah, they, uh, they weren't normal bees. An angry war god burst through the wall and demanded somebody fight him. Then some gaint yellow hex shaped things flew in on insect wings, found one of the milkshakes I made and then proceeded to try and drink it. And then their giant queen, which i'm sure weighed more than a grown man flew in on her own tiny wings."
He stops for a moment as he moves to the second drink, eventually getting back to the story.
"She was pretty different than her fellows, with what I can only describe as a dress made out of hexes for a bottom half and just a weirder, less creepy bee for a top half. She had a taste of the shakes. Couldn't get rid of the fuckers after that until I used creative application of a lighter and bug spray. I may or may not have burnt the place down."
He clears his throat awkwardly and finishes the milkshakes, putting little straws in the cups and sliding them over to Yu and Maria, carefully avoiding eye contact.
Yu watches Eito for a moment, blinking before taking his notepad back out. Well, Eito did call himself crazy multiple times, its entirely possible that this is related. On the other hand, he had noticed some signs of damage earlier, so Eito very well might have burned the place down too, its... Difficult to discern. Yu sighs and shakes his head, ceasing his notetaking to begin drinking. After another moment of silence, he speaks up
Well, personally if I were a bee abomination I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy these milkshakes too. Though perhaps not enough to make a home here specifically, maybe raiding every now and then
Beeware the misbeehaving bees. They will bee very dangerous for you to murderify. Yo ho ho ho. Bee pun!
*Maria starts drinking her milkshake.*
Is good. Many thanks.
*Maria gives Kyu some milkshake before drinking more.*
Usually the pun would be grounds for an execution, but Eito looked too traumatized to bother.
After a couple more moments of this, he shakes his head, eyes changing colors rapidly as he gets out of his seat once more.
"So, I kinda have a schedule I've got to keep to, so i'm afraid I can't entertain you further with the multitude of ridiculous and horrifying things i've seen in my time here for the moment. Feel free to sit there and do whatever, i'll maybe come down to close the place up later on. See ya."
And with that, he casually waves to Yu and Maria and unlocks a door off to a side corridor, walking in and locking the door once more.
Eye colour guy is gone. We've been in one place for too long, so we have to go too before mr Sam finds me. Later, wierd peoples of this place. Next time, we shall not show mercy. You shall be begging us for birdseed, just like that song. Farewell, mortals. Ya ha ha!!!
*Maria bows slightly before spinning in circles 3 times, Kyu running around her, before the two run out of the GYM.*