Completed [Kendoka Sasaran] Kuvan Test

Martini attempts the Kuvan exam.

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Built into the cliffs overlooking the Suvan Sea, Riverfall resides on the edge of grasslands of Cyphrus where the Bluevein River plunges off the plain and cascades down to the inland sea below. Home of the Akalak, Riverfall is a self-supporting city populated by devoted warriors. [Riverfall Codex]

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[Kendoka Sasaran] Kuvan Test

Postby Martini Elwood on June 25th, 2017, 7:40 pm

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"Others." - "Common." - "Tukant."

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Kuvan status, huh?

Martini hadn't thought about it much. Often she would hear people mentioning their tattoo, but Martini had never tried to get it. The rumor was that you had to a be decent in weaponry over some sort of combat to apply. Martini wasn't amused when she found the rumor to be true. She had applied and failed, but she was back to put her skills to the test.

What she didn't expect was the strange look the men of Riverfall were giving her. She didn't have muscles, and she was dressed in a basic Rivarian outfit. The sheathed strapped to her hip held her dagger.

She had stopped by loads of leather for gloves, unwilling to wield her dagger without them. She liked to keep her hands smooth and unharmed, else her drawing would become difficult.

Still, they looked at her as if she had three heads. Mostly she thought it because of her gender since most Akalak treasured their women. They tried to keep them from harm.

As a girl in Syliras Martini had asked her father for fighting lessons, he handed her gloves and a dagger and told her to try it out. She had tried her best, but she wasn't very good at it. However like everything else she tried she gave it all her effort. Eventually she moved from h k terrible o decent.

Then she discovered art and hadn't picked up the dagger since. She didn't know how to find her instructor, but she was sure she stuck out like a sore thumb so the Akalak would most likely find her.

"Martini yes?" A voice spoke behind her. She turned to find Akalak with short hair and a beard. She nodded slowly and was surprised when he charged her with a shout of 'begin'. He immediately took out a dagger and drove it toward her, frightening the young woman.

She didn't have enough time to pull out the dagger and even if she had she was paralysed by shock - and mild fear. She took a step back and fell on her back before trying to shield herself with her arms. A guest of air rolled past her and when she felt nothing she slowly opened her yes to look.

"You fight? Or is not ready?" The Akalak had stopped before her and offered a hand to help her up. She took it hesitantly, her heart beating in her ears. After he pulled her up she spoke.

"I- I wasn't prepared for, um, that." She took a few deep breathes to calm herself before taking out her gloves. Once done she sheathed her dagger while the Akalak scrutinised her. He seemed mildly disappointed, as if he wasn't expecting much, but he had excepted a bit better.

"That no good. Always be prepared. Anything happen anywhere." The Akalak spoke to her in broken common, but Martini could tell what he was saying. She nodded and he charged her again. She wasn't really experienced with fighting a moving target, but she supposed she could handle herself.

He swung his dagger down on her, an arc of deadly precision. Martini had moments - no ticks - to block it, and he slowed when she flinched before putting the dagger up to defend herself. He had made it easier on her by holding back a bit. She felt the blades clash all the way up her arm. Could she really handle this?

He didn't give her time to think about it though, as the Akalak had soon braced for another strike. Martini needed to find an opening. If she didn't right back, she knew she would fail the test, and wouldn't have the courage to take it again.

She took a step back as he swung down, a battle cry ripped from her lips as she struck out with the dagger, her eyes closed as she neared his body. She couldn't look to find out if she had hit him, but could open her eyes when she felt herself bounce back.

Had he just deflected her dagger? How much strength did it take to both deflect and distance an opponent?

The brunette didn't know how she was supposed to win, but she supposed she could try attacking on her own. So she charged the blue skinned man, dagger raised for a slash.

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[Kendoka Sasaran] Kuvan Test

Postby Martini Elwood on June 25th, 2017, 8:28 pm

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She had closed her eye again and was deflected, this time her arm flew to the side of her face, leaving her upper body open to attack. She really didn't like glint in the Akalak's eye. She dived to the side, trying her best to stay on her feet as she tried to turn and face him. He was already coming at her.

She tried her best to redirect his flow of energy, but it ended with the blade being knocked out of her hand and her bum planted on the ground. She had managed to put the Akalak slightly off course, but it wasn't enough for her.

She was breathing heavily and her lungs burned from the strain. She was dizzy and she wanted to cry. She couldn't even look at the Akalak she was so frustrated. She pulled her knees into her chest and hicupped a sob. She was useless in battle, she couldn't even come up with a scenario where she would be needed.

She lifted to look at the Akalak before crawling to her dagger. She had done nothing but humiliate herself today. It was time to change that. She wanted to prove herself, no matter what she was doing, that she could be competent at it.

"You not give? Brave woman. Round two?" Martini refused to give up. She couldn't, not when she sought o prove herself. The Akalak regarded her with approval as she nodded and charged him. She would not give up. She would give her all. She swung the dagger toward him, with as much force and speed as she could.

She tried her best to keep her eyes open. She knew now she had no reason to worry about the man being hurt, he could handle himself. She would fight to win. He slashed up to meet her dagger, throwing her arm away just as he had before and offset Martini's momentum.

She moved with her dagger, barely dodging a swing of the Akalak's. She needed this practice. Maybe if she could get behind him she'd have a chance. She regained her footing slowly, waiting for he Akalak to come to her.

He did.

She swung across with might, fast and precise, something she couldn't hope to mimic in the near future. She stepped back to dodge, then forward to push him to the side as his momentum flowed that way. The Akalak looked surprised, but she continued falling with him and putting the dagger to his neck as landed heavily on his back. He grunted, but Martini kept her position until he called to her.

"You do good. Need more practice, but good." Martini lit up with hope, removing herself but keeping her guard up and dagger out as he hadn't said the training was over yet. The Akalak stood and looked her over. She was breathing heavily and covered with dirt. She looked proud, and proud she should be.

"You put dagger away?" Martini shook her head and narrowed her eyes. She didn't know if he was testing her or not, but it was better safe than sorry.

"You didn't say if I passed or not." The Akalak nodded his approval and put his dagger away. If he tried anything she would attempt to consider inter it, but he made no move to charge or close the distance between them before he spoke.

"You pass. Take this and get Kuvan tattoo. You come anytime and practice."
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[Kendoka Sasaran] Kuvan Test

Postby Orin Fenix on July 7th, 2017, 6:24 am

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Character Name

Skills
    2 Socialization
    2 Endurance
    2 Tactics
    2 Weapon: Dagger
    2 Observation
    1 Acrobatics
Lores
    Obtained Kuvan Status
    Riverfall: Men Stare at Women
    Tactics: Always Have to Be Ready
    Endurance: Refusing to Give Up the Fight
    Tactics: Don’t Worry About Opponent’s Safety
    It’s Not Over Until It’s Over
    Location: Kendoka Sasaran
Rewards/Consequences
    Pending ST Approval, Martini is now a full-fledged Kuvan
    Bruised buttocks that make walking difficult for 5 days
Notes :
I really enjoyed this thread! It was short, but sweer, and it's always nice to see scrappy fighters prove themselves against the big scary Akalaks. Keep up the good work!

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