<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "HA!"
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "Nice job, Zigs. Now aren't you glad I conned you into signing up?"
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "... conned?"
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "Talked you into it, then?"
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "Mmmhm."
<Fac-Palace> Colette Brunel giggles faintly.
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi sounds smug. "You know what this means, right?"
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "No, but you're going to tell me anyway, aren't you?"
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "Of course!"
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "I get a cut of the prize money! Hee hee!"
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "..."
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "I don't recall them announcing a monetary prize."
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "WHAT?"
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "There has to be a prize."
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "There's ALWAYS a prize."
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "If there isn't? Sackbeat that stupid man in black until he gives you one. Mm hm."
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "I imagine there's something, it's just not known yet. Besides, I apparently have another fight left."
<Fac-Palace> Paula says, "I don't think I heard anything about money either. Just..uh..the immortality of being forever known as the champion."
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "Yeah, but Zigs doesn't care about stuff like that, so it's not much of a prize for him."
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "It's not something I can share, though."
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "Well...actually..."
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "I was contacted and told that I'd be fighting the WarMech later today, location still undecided. I may not yet get anything."
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "If you told people I had a big hand in it and praised me warmly, that'd be fair enough."
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "..."
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "Call me coach!"
<Fac-Palace> Paula says, "The WarMech? You mean..that thing that SOUNDS LIKE: THIS?"
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "Feh, Zigs can take him."
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "Hold onto that good luck charm until then, okay?"
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "I believe so. I've gotten some information from the Palace's database, but all I know for sure is that it's a formidible opponent."
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "If you insist. I'm not one to believe in luck, or charms, but the battle against Dual was... close."
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "Hey, it worked, didn't it?"
<Fac-Palace> Ziggurat 8 says, "Perhaps."
<Fac-Palace> Yuffie Kisaragi says, "That's what it's good for. That extra little 'push.' Combined with your fighting skills, it was enough to make you the winner!"
It's the Asian-esque village of Wutai! Better desc pending.
Yuffie Kisaragi doesn't usually wear things like this.
'This' being a silk kimono she liberated from Shang Tsung. It's a
little big on her, but it's expensive, and that's what matters. As to
why? She's...not really sure. It just seemed necessary. Normally she'd
claim that she wanted to help calm Ziggurat 8's state of mind. But
since when did he ever need calming in the first place? She heaves a
sigh, kneeling on a tatami mat with her hands neatly folded on her lap.
All the necessary pieces are arranged on the floor; except, of course,
for the guest of honor. The front door is left open, so that Ziggurat 8
may enter freely.
Yuffie doesn't normally do things like this? Ziggy's
never been to a tea ceremony before, let alone one that required a
dress code. He doesn't have much in the way of multiple outfits,
luckily the robe Yuffie gave him fits on over his normal attire.
It's true, Ziggy rarely needs help being calm. It's part of who he is. There's really only one thing that can throw him off the deep end, but thankfully that's not something that can just happen out of the blue. As far as anyone in the Palace is concerned, Ziggy is the model of calm, rational behavior.
The cyborg arrives in Wutai, and is easily directed to
Yuffie's house, accompanyed by a number of odd stares when the
residents find out who he's looking for. He pays him mind to it, and
finds the house easily enough. The robe seems to fit relatively well, a
bit tight in contrast to Yuffie's loose fit.
Yuffie Kisaragi lifts her head at the sound of heavy
footsteps and the creak of floorboards. Ah. He's here, then. Her cheeks
are pink, but the set of her brow /dares/ him to say anything about it.
"You came pretty fast," she notes, and blinks. "Kneel there," she
points at the mat across from her. Her hands settle back on her lap.
"So. Do you think you have a good chance against WarMech?"
Hopefully Ziggy won't damage the floor, is it treated
for big metal boots?
He glances at Inoue. Hmm, pink cheeks. Is he that
brave? ... brave, but not stupid. Walking over to the other side of the
table, he kneels (difficult given the size of his legs, but the robe
neatly obscures them so no one need question HOW he does it, haha!).
"I'm not sure..." He responds. "I've analysed the
records the Palace still has on the WarMech. There's not many specific
details, just notes on its formidibile strength, and mention of an
attack called 'Nuke'." Before saying any more, Ziggy reaches into his
pocket and takes out the 'charm' Yuffie gave him earlier, and places it
on the table. "You can have this back if you'd like."
Yuffie Kisaragi looks at it. She looks at Ziggurat 8,
then at the doll again. She smiles faintly and rests her fingers on the
doll's head...then pushes it back. "You might need it. Keep it a bit
longer." And level it up some more! Picking up a small bowl, she fills
it via a clay pot with a little water, and sprinkles in some dried tea
leaves. Mash mash mash. "Then again, you might not. You're strong,
you're fast, and you can really take a beating without losing a step.
But I'd like to think it helped somehow, you know?"
Ziggy shakes his head. "I don't know. I don't believe
in things like luck. However the item capsules are a significant random
factor of the fights. In the end the last item I got likely saved me.
So, since the charm isn't overly cumbersome I'll hold onto it a bit
more." And level it up. Sneak sneaky ninja.
"I'm still suspicious of this Man in Black's motives.
He never mentioned anything about another match after the finals, and
he choses the opponents. I'd like to think they were all enemies the
three of us could defeat, but he could just as easily set us up with
impossible matches. I get the feeling that there's something bigger
going on behind the scenes of this tournament. I don't like being set
Yuffie Kisaragi frowns. There's a faint twitch of her eyebrow as she keeps her head bowed, eyes closed. Mash mash. Mash mash mash. This is troublesome. She wanted to claim credit in Ziggurat 8's impending victory. It made her happy, and besides, it cleared her free of any guilt she might have felt at having him yank her out of danger from Shang Tsung's mansion. This debt will /not/ be repaid if he falls into some sort of trap, because she urged him to give it a go. "Maybe I should go with you," she states firmly. "It can't hurt to have an extra pair of eyes to watch your back. It's my duty as a Blade anyway, so don't try to talk me out of it."
"But, I'm capable of dealing with a bad situation.
Don't worry." Ziggy states. "I'm skeptical that the Man in Black will
allow someone else to interfere with the fight. If my only chance to
find out what is going on is to win, I'll have to do it honestly, even
if HE cheats." Ziggy can take care of himself, he doesn't seem TOO
concerned. That may change once he starts fighting the WarMech.
Then he blinks. "...duty as a Blade?"
Yuffie Kisaragi is still uneasy with this. Enough so
that she fully intends to tag along whether Ziggurat 8 says it's okay
or not. Or whether he /knows/ or not. "Yeah...it's a group we're
putting together. Me, Presea, Phoebe..." She grins, setting down the
bowl and filling it with hot water from a larger clay pot before giving
it a quarter-turn, and passing the freshly-brewed tea to her guest.
"All of us prefer to be the ones doing proactive work. Defending is
nice and all, but I'm much better-suited for going on the offense. So
is Presea. I think Phoebe is too. So, we're banding together to
organize strategies, plan attacks...things like that. No leaders, just
"Hmmm..." Ziggy ponders, as Yuffie explains her
situation. A new group, eh? It's no secret the Palace Guard hasn't been
terribly active lately. "I see. So you think an unstructured group that
specializes in offense and assault is needed? I agree that more direct
action against the Fortress is desired. Particularly after recent
"But how well do you think a group like that will function? If everyone trusts each other, then a leaderless group could get by. But you would have to make sure that enmity and ill feelings were kept in check."
Yuffie Kisaragi shrugs faintly, watching the cup of tea
intently. He'd better drink it. And he'd better like it! "I think it'll
work great. We all hate EVIL, and none of us are the types to betray an
ally. Outside of harmless practical jokes, I mean," she coughs into her
fist. Gee, to whom could she be referring? She pauses for a moment,
studying Ziggurat 8's face. Not active lately...? And he's been aching
for a chance to study and bash EVIL too, hasn't he? Wasn't that why he
joined the tournament, for the opportunity to obtain information on
their enemies? "...Say, here's a crazy suggestion. Why don't you join
us?" she grins. "You don't have an iota of enmity or ill feelings,
you're always so calm and rational! Presea is too. I don't think we'd
have any problems, honestly."
Ziggy sips tea. He doesn't seem to indicate whether he
likes or dislikes it. "Hmm..." Ziggy says, thinking it over. "A chance
of pace may be nice. But I'll have to think about it."
Ziggy finishes his tea. "Thanks for the tea, and the
support." The cyborg stands, removing the robe. "It's time for me to
get going. Hold onto that for me."
Well, as long as he's not spitting it out, or making
weird swallowing noises while his face contorts, Yuffie can only
suppose that the tea is a success. "Uh?" She catches the robe in her
arms, blinking down at it, then up at Ziggy. And she grins. "All
right." She pushes herself to her feet, brushing down at her kimono.
"I'm coming along with you. Just to make sure there's no funny
business!" she winks. And also to flaunt the fact that she's wearing
Shang Tsung's kimono. If he's watching, it'll piss him off, and that's
She's a stubborn one. Oh well. "As long as you promise
not to interfere with the fight." He says, while pilling the
materia-stuffed doll on his chest. "I suppose it'll be fine."
Yes... it'll be JUUUUST fine. Where's the dramatic
thunder-clash when you need one?
<Live Broadcast> A random advertiser gets his
moment to shine.
"And now, the match you've all been waiting for! Ziggurat 8, champion
of the Melee event, takes on the mighty robotic guardian itself,
WarMech! The battlefield: Sky Palace! A teleporter has been set up from
the base of Mirage Tower to the stands, but don't wander from them -
I'm told Tiamat herself is in attendance! The battle will start in ten
Sky Palace is a palace floating serenely in the sky with no visible
means of support. Normally the home of Tiamat, the Fiend of Air, and
quite under her control. For the Smash tournament, though, a very, very
long bridge has been taken over, with stands set up along the sides and
the battlefield itself quite long and narrow.
<InterZone Chatter> Yuffie Kisaragi says,
"WOOOOOOOOOO!!! Kick its shiny metal butt, Zigs!"
<InterZone Chatter> Paula says, "Go Ziggy!"
Welcome to the battlefield!
The stage, today, is the long bridge WarMech often
patrols. Although it's only about twenty feet wide, it's very, very,
/very/ long, giving ample room for the combatants to move about. The
stands are along the bridge, giving a good view to onlookers.
The Judge General, with chocobo, is in a judging box just big enough for him and his mount. Why he rode a chocobo inside Sky Palace, the world may never know. His face is hidden, but he looks serious as he waits for the contestants to arrive.
Ziggy arrives via warp. Eyeing the long bridge
cautiously he has a slight sense of foreboding. He'll be able to keep
his footing without too much trouble, that's not what he's worried
about. The tournament itself has him thinking. The disappearance of the
Hands, this Man in Black, these extra matches. Perhaps he's thinking
about it too much, but he hopes to get some answers when this is all
said and done.
Provided he wins, anyway.
He does one final check of his systems, even though he
had a system scan when he left earlier. Weapons ok, and reflexes ok.
The only other thing he needs is to be able to watch WarMech closely,
and react quickly....
WarMech is here.
It appears to be in some sort of rest mode, as it's
just sitting there, although it does focus its cameras and other
sensors on Ziggurat 8 once he steps onto the battlefield.
Ziggy's own sensors aren't as elaborate as WarMech's no
doubt, but the cyborg's full attention is on the hulking monstrosity.
He swings his arm, flinging the Jack Knife into place and pauses. He's
waiting to see just how fast that machine can move, given how large it
Judge General and his chocobo stay in their little box.
After a few seconds more, he brings up his whistle to
his platemail-helmeted head, and blows it. It, surprisingly, sounds.
"The rules are the same as previous matches! Good luck to both
contestants! The game will begin on my signal!"
The Judge waits a few seconds, then blows it again,
sharper this time.
WarMech reacts almost immediately to the sound of the
second whistle. It rises up to its full height, the green light on its
front pulsing brightly as it scans the immediate area to locate
Once it has done so, WarMech begins to walk forward,
slowly. It doesn't need to move quickly. "ELIMINATE THE CYBORG!" Its
voice is robotic and artificial. The smaller red light under the green
sensor flickers, then lets out a thin red laser beam toward Ziggy.
Ziggurat 8 with its Beam weak attack!
Ziggy sees the WarMech prepare to fire, and readies himself to move. As the laser is fired Ziggy leaps off to the side, escaping the path of the attack. So, what he read seems to be accurate, the WarMech can fight more than adequately enough without going into melee range. Ziggy excels in melee range, though, so he'll have to close the distance quickly.
Before running head-first into the giant death machine,
though, Ziggy charges his cybernetic arm with some light electric ether
and fires a similar laser-like attack at the WarMech.
Now that opening laser volleys have been traded they
can start the REAL fight.
Ziggurat 8 strikes
WarMech with his Laser Blade weak attack!
WarMech /does/ seem to be coming closer. Maybe it
doesn't know that Ziggy is better at close range. Maybe it doesn't care.
If WarMech has a weak point, that would be its speed.
It doesn't seem to have very much - it just slowly stomps its way along
the bridge, every step bringing the menacing war machine closer.
"TARGET IN SIGHT," it drones, apparently neither knowing nor caring
that it's speaking out loud. This time, a yellow beam fires at the same
time as the red one, slightly larger and more powerful.
Ziggurat 8 with its D-Beam attack!
As soon as Ziggy fired off his first attack he began advancing towards the WarMech rather quickly. If the fight is kept at range he'll be at a disadvantage.
As the WarMech prepares to fire again Ziggy's eyes quickly scan the Mech for signs of attack. As soon as he sees a yellow glint coming from the Mech, Ziggy prepares to leap to the side. Once again he narrowly escapes being struck. Closing the distance now, finally, Ziggy leaps upward. Once he's level with the WarMech's 'eye' (or whatever resembles an 'eye' anyway) Ziggy delivers a swift series of kicks, each accompanyed with a burst of fire ether.
Ziggurat 8 misses
WarMech with his Cyber Kick attack!
Judge General watches impassively. That's his job.
About this time, a capsule appears about forty feet up
in a flash of white and drops. It bounces off the metal of the bridge,
then rolls a slight distance, toward Ziggy's probable landing spot.
WarMech's response to someone kicking at its eye (well,
visual sensor unit) is to blink. Blinking, when you are a giant
nuclear-powered war machine, involves sliding a metal shutter down over
the entire array of electronics in that area. The flame and feet strike
it hard, deforming it badly but not breaking through; the shutter
grinds upwards back into its spot and may have been rendered unusable.
The close range that Ziggy prefers doesn't throw the
WarMech off, either. Rather than pulling back and using guns, it simply
continues to move forward, attempting to push through and trample
Ziggurat 8 underfoot. It's big and heavy and sometimes that's enough.
Ziggurat 8 with its Bash attack!
Random Smash Item: Mr. Saturn (+weak)
Ziggy is thwarted by being blinked at. That's a new
one. The WarMech proves to be even more impressive.
Just as his attack finishes, Ziggy lands a lighter kick
on the external shell of the WarMech to throw himself off and back
several feet. In this position he is able to get out of the way as the
WarMech tramples forward.
When the capsule lands near his feet he wastes no time
snatching it. Capsules can be a blessing or a curse, but so far they've
treated him well. This time, though, he's just treated with a Mr.
Saturn. "BOiNG?" It asks, curiously. Ziggy doesn't like to treat cute
things roughly, but an item as an item. Ziggy chucks the Mr. Saturn at
the WarMech, maybe it'll clog up one of its weapons.
Ziggurat 8 misses
WarMech with his B@iNG Z@@M!! weak attack!
The Mr. Saturn flies right past WarMech, as the machine was starting to turn and actually had a hope of evading for once. "OPPONENT: TARGETTING SYSTEMS APPEAR NONFUNCTIONAL," it informs Ziggurat 8, apparently not terribly impressed by his aim - although then again, given WarMech's track record today, maybe it should have just stayed quiet.
The round discs over WarMech's hips pop open and reveal
large, menacing-looking guns. Both of them immediately start to fire
into the air as WarMech deliberately slowly moves them toward Ziggurat
8, trying to strafe them over the smaller cyborg.
Ziggurat 8 with its Vulcan attack!
You have taken 20 damage.
Damn your cute little eyes, Mr. Saturn! You failed!
Ziggy doesn't have much time to regret using the capsule, though, the
WarMech has turned around rather quickly.
Neither of the fighters have showned much luck with aim so far, though for the WarMech that changes quickly.
Ziggy tries to get out fo the way, but is peppered with
bullets as the WarMech strafes around. A few of his systems take a bit
of a hit, but he still seems in relatively good shape, considering he
was riddled with bullets.
Once the WarMech stops firing, Ziggy prepares another
attack of his own. He doesn't waste time getting back into melee range
just yet, not when he has at least a few ranged tricks up his sleeves.
Charging his cybernetic arm with more electric ether, much more than
last time, Ziggy punches the bridge with his fist, sending an electric
shockwave towards the WarMech. Now, how well can this thing JUMP?
Ziggurat 8 strikes
WarMech with his Lightning Fist attack!
Judge General keeps watching because that's what he does.
Just like the capsule, a Pokeball appears in the air,
dropping down. This one, however, falls almost right next to WarMech.
WarMech either cannot or will not jump. It doesn't even
react as the electrical shockwave washes over its lower legs, crawling
up the metal to the knees. The electricity starts to dissipate by that
point, but its legs are smoking very slightly.
About this time, something happens that WarMech was
prepared for: a Pokeball drops. Extending from a hidden hatch on its
side is something that looks like nothing so much as a bucket on a
long, multijointed arm; the Pokeball drops in and is pulled inside the
machine. Deliberately, it takes aim at Ziggy with its main cannon - and
shoots its acquired loot right out.
Ziggurat 8 with its Pokeball I Choose You weak attack!
You have taken 14 damage.
Random Pokeball: Weezing - Poison Gas
And what comes out but a...
"WEEZING!" The multiheaded thing doesn't yell so much
as - well, wheeze. Irritated by being launched so fast, it emits a
cloud of purplish-black poison gas before vanishing, off to wherever
Pokemon used in this competition go.
Judge General misses
Ziggurat 8 with his Weezing: Poison Gas attack!
For a brief moment Ziggy feels a bit better about the
fight, as the Lightning Fist shockwave hits the WarMech head on. But
then the Pokeball is fired at him.
No, it doesn't hit him in the face, or anything so comical, but it does impact with his left shoulder, whereupon it strikes the ground and opens. Instinctively Ziggy leaps forward a few feet, which was the right thing to do. He makes it out of the radius of the Wheezing's gas cloud just in time.
Now the cyborg finds himself in melee range again. So
time to do what he does best. Snapping the Jack Knife back into place,
Ziggy lunges forward, practically diving into the WarMech's various
weapons. Suicide? Well, not if he's fast enough. Ziggy starts spinning
around rapidly, the blade slicing at various parts of the Mech. Once
his spin is done he leaps back again, hopefully to get out of the way
in time before WarMech blasts him into swiss cheese.
Ziggurat 8 strikes
WarMech with his Cyclone attack!
Random Smash Item: Barrel Cannon (+stun)
WarMech is heavily armoured, even underneath, so
Ziggurat 8 doesn't disable the WarMech straight off. Even so, it's
starting to look a little beat up and scored from the rapid attack, far
faster than it can deal with easily. It actually staggers back one step.
This also allows it to scoop up the barrel-cannon the
same way it got the Pokeball. It's a big bucket. There's room.
Unfortunately, no matter how hard it shoots the barrel, it won't hurt -
all it can do is trap Ziggy inside.
WarMech strikes Ziggurat 8 with its Barrel Trap stun attack!
Ok, now things are looking a bit better for the cyborg. He delivered a potent attack, hopefully it'll slow the WarMech down a bit. He seems ready to dodge just about anything as he eyes the WarMech intently, waiting for the mechanical monster to make a move.
Which it does, unfortunately. Ziggy isn't quite
prepared to dodge a barrel, though he SHOULD BE, he knows by now
anything is possible in the Tournament.
Ziggy gets effectively barreled, and incapcitated for the moment. This is... embarrassing.
Just be glad it wasn't a star rod. Dodging WarMech shooting happy little sparkly stars would be beyond the mental limits of most mere mortals.
WarMech watches the barrel for about five seconds,
making sure that the person is well and truly trapped inside. Taking
the opportunity to back up, he reverses, attempting to put some
distance between it and Ziggurat 8. Another pair of beams lances out
toward the barrel as it does so, breaking it before it launches.
Ziggurat 8 with its D-Beam attack!
You have taken 21 damage.
Due to being stuck within the barrel Ziggy is wholey
unable to dodge the D-Beam this time around. He gets a good sense of
what it WOULD have felt like had he not dodged it the first time. The
barrel breaks and Ziggy spills out. He doesn't remain sprawled on the
ground, he throws himself back to his feet very quickly.
WarMech is proving to be quite the challenge, indeed.
But Ziggy is far from beaten yet. Using fabulous Xenospace technology
Ziggy calls a small rocket launcher into existance on hsi cybernetic
arm. Taking aim he fires a volley of rockets at the WarMech.
Individually each rocket is weak, but there's many of them. Enough to
stack the damage up quite a bit.
Ziggurat 8 strikes
WarMech with his MSP89SX Missile Pod attack!
The rockets actually do some significant damage to WarMech's side, leaving a smoking dent in the heavy armour plate. Unfortunately, it is not enough to disable the machine, and it focuses all its attention firmly on Ziggurat 8 again. Even more unfortunately, now it knows the target is actually a threat.
The tubes and systems all over WarMech start to hum
ominously, and the glowing green 'eye' turns into a blazing spot of
light. "INITIATING. FIVE. FOUR. THREE. TWO. ONE." During the countdown,
it keeps its eye on Ziggurat, sending out a green dot on him as it
The blast is, strictly speaking, probably not actually
nuclear. It isn't radioactive. It is, however, very hot, very bright,
and very, very explosive.
Ziggurat 8 with its NUCLEAR smash attack!
Ah, the nuke. Ziggy's heard of the nuke. Quickly
sending the Missile Pod away, Ziggy readies himself, and watches the
WarMech closely. The machine makes the mistake of counting down, this
gives Ziggy enough warning.
Just as the WarMech says 'TWO' Ziggy makes his move. He
charges towards the WarMech and leaps into the air just as it says
'ONE'. Even if the WarMech tilts upward, Ziggy proves to be faster, and
narrowly escapes being hit with a nasty strike.
He's not finished, though. Ziggy lands on the WarMech's
top, and jumps again, high into the air above the WarMech. Ziggy
quickly forms some giant balls of fire ether and kicks them down at his
giant opponent. After five or six strikes he forms one final, huge,
ball and kicks it down, blitzball-style. Ziggy then lands several feet
behind the WarMech, whether or not the attack was successful.
Ziggurat 8 misses
WarMech with his Meteor Shot smash attack!
WarMech starts to move as soon as the blast dies down. This means that it can angle itself to avoid the worst of the strike; what it can't avoid hits its heaviest armour. Eventually, it emerges mostly unscathed aside from a hole in the top of its body.
On second look, that hole is an opened hatch, not a
blasted-open hole. With a flash of light and sound, a missile launches
almost straight up, the hatch snapping closed again. The missile arcs
at the highest point of its path, and rockets down toward Ziggurat 8;
this gives WarMech enough time to turn around.
Ziggurat 8 with its Missile attack!
You have taken 25 damage.
Random Smash Item: Bob-Omb (+FMV)
Ohcrapmissile. Ziggy isn't in the best position to
dodge a missile after landing from his precious assault. The missile
explodes on his back and knocks the cyborg forward. He remains crouched
in a kneeling position for a moment. That must have hurt. He DOES
stand, though, he's not ready to throw in the towel.
Especially not now that he has a capsule in his hands. Apparently it landed near him, and he grabbed it while kneeling. Opening it up he finds himself in the possession of a giant Bob-Omb. He got one of these in his last fight which did quite a number on K Rool.
He's not going to Chuck-Norris it into his foe this
time, though. He settles for chucking it at WarMech the traditional
way: Waiting till it's about a second from exploding, and letting 'er
fly! Whether or not it damages WarMech the shockwave and flash from the
explosion is enough to disorient Ziggy for a moment.
Ziggurat 8 strikes
WarMech with his Zeeky Boogy Doog! finisher attack, but is stunned by
The WarMech is hidden by the cloud of smoke for some
time. When it finally does clear, it's obvious that it took fairly
significant damage from the blast; sparks occasionally erupt near its
'eye' and the armour is much more beaten-up than before. Its weapons,
however, are still functional; both the weapons on its sides orient at
the disoriented Ziggy, and WarMech lets loose with a barrage of bullets.
And it doesn't even need to strafe this time.
Ziggurat 8 with its Vulcan attack!
You have taken 23 damage.
Ziggy is peppered with bullets again. He seems to have
trouble dodging the attacks that aren't just one solid blow, but rather
a series of smaller attacks. ie: Bullets.
He takes quite a bit of damage from this attack, and it shows as he's visibly bleeding in the few parts of him that are still visibly organic. His mechanical parts have become damaged, as they are leaking fluid with some occasional sparking. It seems both combatants are nearing their brinks.
Ziggy still has some fight in him, though. Namely,
another Pokeball which landed near him. This could be good or bad, but
he's not going to hesitate, not at THIS point. Clicking the button on
the Pokeball, Ziggy tosses it at the ground and says a simple command.
He needs to work on his Pokemon Trainer mannerisms if
he's ever going to raise his Aron right.
Random Pokeball: Lugia - Aeroblast (GM Area)
Go? It goes.
Specifically, the Pokeball opens to reveal a very large
bird-like Pokemon who seems less than happy at being ordered around in
such a way. "LUUUUUUGIA!" it calls, beating its mighty wings to take
off into the sky...where it hovers, looking down. (Fortunately, Sky
Palace has very high ceilings.)
It spends a few moments looking there before beating its wings more strongly, sending an almost horizontal whirlwind whipping around the battlefield. THis only lasts about five seconds before Lugia vanishes, but that just might be enough.
Judge General misses
Ziggurat 8 with his Lugia: Aeroblast smash attack!
Judge General strikes WarMech with his Lugia: Aeroblast smash attack!
The only thing WarMech can do when the whirlwind comes
is to dig in its feet and brace. This is less than ideal. The wind is
strong enough to literally lift armour plates and increase the size and
scope of damage it's already taken - but at least the war machine isn't
totally blown away!
Seeing as it cannot trust the wind currents right now, WarMech settles for firing lasers at Ziggurat 8. Wind does not stop a mighty laser, after all! Unlike before, this is not a sustained beam, but a more erratic collection of scattered shots to improve its accuracy. That, and a lot of little attacks seemed to be working better.
Ziggurat 8 with its Beam Spray attack!
As the Lugia launches its attack Ziggy has enough sense
to run back a few feet. He's not THAT familiar with Pokemon that he
knows exactly which ones do what, but why take the chance at this
stage? His gamble pays off, as the Lugia's whirlwind strikes only the
WarMech, and not him.
Once the whirlwind subsides Ziggy dashes forward. As the Beam Spray is fired Ziggy leaps from side to side, narrowly dodging each shot. Once he's close enough he leaps up and snaps the Jack Knife into place. Aiming for parts where the armor of the WarMech has broken off Ziggy strikes twice at the exposed areas in rapid succession, once horizontal and once vertical.
Ziggurat 8 strikes
WarMech with his Cross Lancer attack!
WarMech has been knocked out!
The blade bites in twice without much effect, and
WarMech keeps struggling...but the third is different.
The third severs an internal wire connecting WarMech's processor with his legs...while he's in mid-step. Unable to control his legs, WarMech literally collapses forward, crashing to the bridge with a colossal thud. His weapons rotate, but are jammed partially underneath him, and as he can't get up...
Judge General rises up on his chocobo, blowing his
whistle. "GAME! Victory goes to Ziggurat 8!"
<Live Broadcast> "GAME! Victory goes to Ziggurat
The WarMech collapses. As Ziggy lands from his final
attack he waits, in a ready position, just in case it gets back up.
Wait for it, waaaaaiiiit for it......
When the Judge calls him the victor he finally relaxes. This was a hard fight, but he came through in the end. He'll need some repairs, though, but it's nothing too serious.
Now... he has too wonder 'what comes next?'. He glances around the bridge, and towards the Judge General, as if expecting the Man in Black to pop in with another cryptic statement.
"So, what happens now?"
"Now," the Judge says, "you may go home and rest - and
after fighting down the War Machine, I'd imagine you need it." He may
have smiled. It's hard to tell. "You will be contacted by the
organizers in the future."
INCOMING! Ziggurat 8 soon finds himself the target of a
ferocious ninja glomp as Yuffie bodily leaps at him, laughing. "YOU DID
IT! I knew you could, oooooooooo, ha ha ha ha!" And she ruffles his
immaculate slicked back hair while she's at it, to add insult
to...well, insult. She means well!
Ziggy doesn't seem overly satisifed by the response.
But like the Judge, it's hard to tell, his own face is mostly
unreadable. Right now he just seems... tired. So the Judge was pretty
But, if there's anything Ziggy has, it's patience. He's come this far, he can wait another little while. The Man in Black, though, is far too suspicious to just ignore---
AHH FLYING NINJA! Ziggy verly nearly falls over when Yuffie jumps at him, his balance is poor at the moment. "Yuffie..." He grunts as he tries to pry her off of him. Don't mess with the hair! D: "Thanks... but right now I just need to get some repairs."
Taking off the little pinned doll he had on his chest, he hands it back to the ninja, for REAL this time. No givesies backsies.
Yuffie Kisaragi grins, accepting the doll. Strangely
enough, it seems to be a little 'fatter' than it was before. She picks
at the stitchings on the back, peeking at the interior. Then she whoops
in delight! Ah ha ha ha, she knew that would work! "Repairs schmepairs,
smile a little, you retard!" she laughs. "You freaking WON! Go
celebrate, do something you wouldn't normally do for fun."
Ziggy sighs again. He's really not in the condition for
celebrating, even if it was something he'd do. "Later, perhaps." He
says, non-committingly. "Maybe once this is truly over I'll celebrate.
We'll see what happens once X has his final fight." Against his MYSTERY
"Thanks for the offer, though." Ziggy says as he turns to leave the arena. Most of his systems REALLY need some checking. The damage wasn't too severe, but it'll be troublesome if he leaves it unattended.
The Judge has nothing more to do here. Getting out of the box with his chocobo (don't ask how), he starts to head off.
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