Jul 17, 2019 8:42 PM
Unbitwise's characters in Datemate Dungeon
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Once in the rhythm of things they can block a little stronger, reach a little farther, swing a little faster — and revel in motion.

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They clearly enjoy fighting, too - it's a rush, both physically and mentally. Challenging, to try and adapt new strategies, and to fight a reflection of themselves.

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The staff has an opinion on how this fight should go and does its best to break the symmetry in Lianne's favor.

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They spin past Marian, dancing almost, striking out like a viper at their opponent.

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The motion shall be inevitable, the strike shall be true, the result — Marian's shoulder hit as they turn to respond.

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They get knocked back, off balance enough Lianne can pivot and slam the staff hard and fast against theirs, which sets them to rocking back on their heels. Lianne follows with a jab that forces them back if they don't want their head hit - 

Which is enough for them to fall.

They go to turn it into a roll, to recover and get back to their feet - 

Lianne's faster.

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Lianne's faster, and with Lianne the staff goes exactly where it should, and Marian is down and pinned, with the staff pressed across their body in an unyielding hold.

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"Hah!" Lianne says, and accepts Marian's yield before helping them to their feet. "Thanks, staff! That was a big help."

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Any time!

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"You getting a feel for things?"

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These things! I'm sure there's lots more things in the world.

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"There are! I can try showing some of them to you, either as a weapon, or if you want to try taking human form?"

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Ooh, how does that work?

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They'll just bounce the mental sensation - having been a human who could turn into a weapon is similar enough.

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Okay, so —

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A human appears.

He's — wriggly. And bouncy. Look at all the movement he can do ALL BY HIMSELF.

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They laugh - not meanly, but in an excited-for-you way.

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Hmmm, how about — hug!

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That gets a squeak and then a hug back.

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“Thank you!”

He steps away and dances like he heard of the concept once.

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They laugh. Unfortunately, they're not a particularly good dancer, otherwise they'd offer to help.

Once he settles some: "Do you want me to show you around? I can explain some things like names more, if you'd like."

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“Sure!”

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They'll nod to Marian, then lead him through a different door - the area around the training rooms is pretty boring, and they're not taking him near (Marian's? Their?) labs yet, but they can explain and list example names while they walk.

It's a fairly minimalist place, but it's massive, and there doesn't currently seem to be anyone present except Lianne and Marian.

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Names seem kind of arbitrary. None of the examples sound like names he should have.

The architecture is interesting, though. Look at all this space you can walk, run, dance, or fight through!

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She laughs a bit. "Any idea of what you should have as a name?"

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