May 18, 2021 4:18 AM
lay of leithian, or, why decima is no longer allowed to propose thread ideas while manic
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She snorts. "I'm too scruffily handsome to be Sauron. He'd be shinier."

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Cute.

"The best defense is being the most dangerous one in the area, which is about more than power or fighting. But a weapon's a good place to start."

"So, miss most lovely, if I attacked you right now, how would you defend yourself?"

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"Right now, as in from this position?"

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"Sure."

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"Spring over the basket which I will kick at you while grabbing my bow and retreating further into the trees. Sing a song of confusion and deception while I ready my shot."

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"Good instincts," she says. "That'd have a good chance of getting anyone untrained - recent conscripts, street toughs who're new to threatening people."

"I would like to do some formal spars, but it'd also be fun to do some more informal stuff - like if we were actual opponents. Tracking, ambushing, using the terrain."

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"Spending multiple days on it would give us a chance to run the full gamut..."

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"You aren't looking to run off sooner?"

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"I was planning a bit of a vacation, anyways. Sparring with you seems like an excellent one."

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Smile.

"I would like that."

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"First spar should probably just be hand to hand, but you can borrow some of my weapons for later ones."

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"All right." She stands, brushing off her legs.

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She does as well, stretching a bit and stepping to a mostly flat area covered in clover. "Fight until surrender?"

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"Yes," she says, bending in half in nearly every direction as she stretches.

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(Gosh she's pretty.)

Beren only stretches lightly and subtly, taking a ready position and letting Luthien start the match.

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She launches in with a tight flurry of jab-jab-kick.

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Beren is quite possibly the best fighter Luthien's ever faced. She doesn't go easy on her at all, flowing around Luthien's strikes, tanking a few hits, feinting, hitting back hard and fast - she adapts quickly to Luthien's style, trying to leverage any weaknesses in Luthien's fighting to her own benefit.

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Luthien is graceful, flowing into a quicker dance at Beren's prodding, take her hits without complaint. She makes alterations to her style quickly based on what Beren exposes.

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She's grinning rather widely and testing out different approaches - increased aggression, faster and lighter touches... Feinting around Luthien, trying to trip her up...

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Luthien seems to be having the most trouble with the higher aggression.

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She flows into their dance, avoiding blows, trying to dance around Luthien...

And then surges into a full-on attack, swinging herself into Luthien's space, blows hard and fast, uncaring entirely of retaliation.

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She holds up for a bit-

then falls back and calls "Enough!"

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