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PostSubject: Tainted Soul(Closed)   Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:19 pm

The world spun as Adrian lay there on the ground. His lungs were working as hard as they could. Several ribs of his were broken. His left ankle was sore, probably sprained or twisted. His right wrist hurt but he could still move his arm. The world sounded so very far away. He could hear cheering. His vision was blurry as he lay there. He saw his attacker standing there, arms raised, in triumph.

"GET UP! MOVE FASTER! COME ON BOY! I HAVE A LOT RIDING ON YOU!" shouted a spectator as Adrian hit the ground, groaning as he did.

Adrian rose slowly, using the Devil's Teardrop as a cane to steady himself. Drawing the weapon from the ground he panted lightly, raising the blade in a defensive position. He gripped the hilt with both hands. He waited, watching his opponent, the ogre laughing as it watched him.

"Aww! Poor weak little human! Perhaps you're ready to rest? Or are you ready to admit defeat and give up on your meal?" the Ogre taunted as it rested it's heavy wooden warclub on it's shoulder.

The heavy wooden tetsubo was studded with iron or steel or some other kind of metal. Adrian panted as the world spun slowly. He breathed slowly as his eyes closed. His arms dropping along with his blade as he breathed. Living with these beings, these 'savages' as some might call them, you had to fight for nearly anything. Be it food, treasure, or respect, you had to be ready to defend yourself at all times. The 'village', if you could even call it that, circled around them, some taking bets, others just jeering and cheering.

In most cases Adrian wasn't anywhere near favored. In his first fight nobody had expected him to win. And they had been especially surprised when he'd taken the ogre down in two simple strokes of his sword. But since then Adrian had garnered some fear and respect, which was rare. But there were always the demons pushing their weight around. Be them the ogres he usually sparred with, or the fat ass demons that tried to eat everything in sight. Or even the imps that while weak and small they were fast and very smart as far as demons went.

Sighing Adrian popped his neck to the left then the right before he raised his sword again, charging straight for the demon in front of him. He had a new surge of strength flooding him as he ran forward. He stopped suddenly, leaping backwards when the Tetsubo came down, slamming against the ground. Rushing forward he ran up the weapon before leaping forward as the Ogre let the war club go. The Devil's Teardrop arced around, slashing across the Ogre's side, as it moved away from the swordsman quickly.

The cut was light but the creature had surely felt it. And without the Tetsubo it was reduced down to it's own hands. When it came to these fights only what you brought with you could be used. And with the Devil's Teardrop just a thought away, Adrian was never unarmed. Even among the demons that was something that was unusual. Even the 'Goddess' didn't have that kind of power. Combine that with his uncanny ability to take a blow that would crush most humans, Adrian was someone they knew they couldn't take lightly. But no matter what they didn't take him seriously.

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PostSubject: Re: Tainted Soul(Closed)   Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:49 pm

"Dammit! And what do you expect to do boy? It's taking everything you've got to swing that sword of yours! You can't beat me!" the Ogre taunted before it stepped forward it's fist drawing back.

Adrian just smirked as he stood there, watching the fist come in. He grinned his lips moving quickly, his voice vanishing under the roar of the crowd. He smirked, as his eye twitched, the Ogre's fist stopping just short of Adrian's face. Stopping dead there. The swordsman just laughed as he brought the Devil's Teardop over his head.

"You just don't get it do you?" he asked when the crowd had gone quiet. "Without your weapon you can't hurt me... Don't you get it? I was chosen by our lady for a reason."

The fear was evident in the Ogre's eyes as it stared at the swordsman that stood there, completely not phased by the jab in the slightest. The swordsman brought the Devil's Teardrop down with all his might, cutting cleanly through the wrist of the large demon's still outstretched arm. The crowd watched as the swordsman severed the demon's hand at the wrist. The swordsman turned, using the speed of his turn to throw everything he could into the next strike that cut deep into the demon's thigh. He watched the beast fall over, and moved over it, putting a foot on it's chest. He knew that it was still capable of winning if he wasn't careful but there was no way Adrian was going to let him win either.

When it came down to beating a group of people acting and showmanship was just as effective as a mastery of your craft. If you made yourself seem stronger than you were, you could intimidate a lot more people. But when you did that around demons you had to be careful. If you were too strong then you were stuck fighting for your life every moment of every day. But if you were too weak, then they would crush you and take you down. But if they thought you were weak when you were still strong, and then show them, well you had a recipe for nobody ever made a move against you after seeing your skill. But that was only if you kept getting stronger.

Ogres were powerful demons and nowhere near the bottom rung. But they liked to be the top dogs. So training with them always made it easy to get strong. At least if you could survive their training. Running through the woods, evading hunting parties, dealing with attackers that challenge you for your meal. Or a dumb asshole like the demon that Adrian stood over. Dealing with stupid people was part of life. But then again sometimes you were the stupid person. Like right at this moment. While Adrian was expecting a fair fight between the Ogre that challenged him he was not expecting the big brother to step in.

Adrian raised his sword and blinked when he felt the ground come from under him. Lifted by his arm he frowned as he was turned to face the larger ogre standing there. He gulped lightly before he was tossed away like an empty soda can. Hitting the ground in a roll Adrian grunted, crying out as his broken ribs shifted.

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PostSubject: Re: Tainted Soul(Closed)   Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:55 am

Panting as he lay there, Adrian turned his head, watching the larger Ogre beat the smaller one up. The masked male grit his teeth as he rolled onto his stomach, crying out in pain as his broken ribs shifted. He pushed himself off the ground, shaking as he got to his feet. His breath was quick and shallow, the only way he could breathe without causing himself immense pain. He willed his blade back to his hand as he brought it up slowly. He watched the larger Ogre drag the smaller one away, and he smiled. He let his sword fall before he nearly passed out on his feet.

His eyes opened hearing the sound of someone whistling. Turning his head he recognized his master's Forge. He lifted his head slowly, looking down at his body. His chest was covered with what looked like bandages. But the green liquid on them had to be something else. He just lay back, his eyes closing again as he relaxed.

"How long was I out?" he asked.

"Oh good. You're awake! You were out for two days. You're lucky. That Ogre's big brother would have torn you apart if you had killed your opponent. You couldn't take both of them on at once. But be careful. They might be out for blood." the old man said, as he looked over at his apprentice. "What was that fight over anyway?"

"He wanted my lunch. I said no." the masked male said, slowly rising, his hand pressing against his chest weakly. "I feel better."

"That's my super special healing solution. Makes you good as new in a few days."

"Nice to know."

"Just remember that it can't bring back lost limbs or the dead. Just helps you heal faster."

"I'll remember that. I swear if I just had Goranova with me I could have taken them both down in a matter of seconds!"

"Well they don't know you don't have it. They think it protected you!"

"I used magic."

"They don't know magic like that!"

Adrian sat there, staring at his hands. Ever since his decent into the Spiritual Arts and magic he had relied only on one spell. Another spell he'd learned out of necessity but he wasn't so sure how good he was with it. He sighed, running a hand through his hair. He'd have to find another spell of some kind. Maybe one that calls white lightning down on his opponents or one that allows him to obliterate them with a touch. Maybe even one that can destroy the opponent's strength. Reduce an Ogre down to human strength and nothing was as good as the jeers he'd get for that. Reduce a group and none of them would mess with him ever again. But he'll have to be careful if that happens. He sighed, and stood before stretching.

"Well let's get this over with. I'd like to avoid having to go to them for a while. Anything you can do for me?" he asked.

"Well if you stay here to work, you can always avoid them." he said, grinning.

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