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Duel challenge (Daelia)

Post by Violet Clarke on Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:51 pm

The spear felt strange in her hands after all this time.

Violet Clarke was in the arena for the first time in two months. She'd been away from camp visiting her father while he was on leave from the army, and only returned a couple of days ago. It wasn't long before she decided she'd best get back to training. After all, she was a demigod. Monsters could be lurking around any corner. Strangely, that hadn't been a problem back in Portland. She'd been able to avoid detection from any monsters during her time back home. Obviously she had kept her staff in her room, but she wasn't given an opportunity to use it. She was so caught up in catching up with her dad that she had forgotten to train.

The staff was a beautiful weapon granted to her by her mother, Ceres. It was a smooth dark-brown, made of some wood Violet couldn't identify. It was a decent size, longer than a sword but shorter than a javelin. And of course, it wasn't just a staff. Violet flexed her hand, pointing the bottom of the staff towards the ground before tapping it on the ground twice quickly. A spearhead retracted from within the staff, Imperial gold gleaming menacingly in the afternoon sun.

She'd come here to get back into the swing of things. Opposite her was a training dummy. She sized it up, preparing to make a strip. Her arms were exposed outside her armoured leather tunic, her gauntlets covering her forearms. As she held her staff, she admired the legionnaire tattoo on her right arm, and the new one she'd gotten back in Portland on her left. It had taken some convincing, but Violet had managed to get her father to allow her to get herself a new tattoo. This was a sleeve, a collection of flowers and thorny vines that ran down her arm. To remind her of who she was. A daughter of Ceres.

Violet began to strike out at the dummy, incorporating some of her acrobatic skills into her combat style, her hair whipping across her face as she leapt around the dummy. It was a little difficult at first, but after a while, the spear felt less and less awkward in her hands.
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Post by Daelia Fitzgerald on Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:54 pm

Daelia examined the knives she had just gotten altered the day before. Ruby had done an excellent job and now the knives felt like an addition to her arms. However, Daelia wanted some practice with the knives, preferably practice that did not involve hacking a dummy to pieces. That was easy enough and could be achieved with a kitchen knife much less twin daggers. She wanted someone to spar with, though how she could spar with just two daggers seemed questionably difficult. Of course she had been learning how to handle daggers in her lessons, but that was with someone else armed with a dagger as well, but in an actual battle, her opponent would have a sword or a spear. Still, perhaps she could go to the arena and see if she could get in some practice. Or maybe even get a sparring partner.

She prepared to leave for the arena, pulling her hair up into a bun and put in the chopsticks Ruby had also made for her, and stuck the twin daggers in her belt. The chopsticks werenít like normal decorations, but were actually designed to be a weapon, like a small knife that wouldnít harm the wearer, but would be just as effective as, say, a kitchen knife. Then, leaving her satchel so she would be free to practice, Daelia went off to the arena. There was already someone there, hacking apart a dummy with a spear just as Daelia had done to test out her new knives yesterday at the forge. The dark-haired girl seemed to be a bit out of practice with the spear, maybe it was a new weapon or she hadnít been practicing, but the longer Daelia watched, the better the girl got. Not that she had been watching for a long time, maybe just a couple minutes.

Daelia cautiously moved further into the arena. She could probably just quietly pick out another dummy and try some new techniques on the dummy. That would have been what Daelia would do had this happened a year back, when she was new to the camp. But she was not the same person she had been and, after all, she had also been considering getting a sparring partner. What better time than the present?

Moving a bit closer to the girl, Daelia called out, ďDo you want to try that spear out with a partner or would you prefer to finish disemboweling the dummy first?Ē She hadnít meant to sound so sharp. It was just a part of her personality. Trying again, she said, ďIím Daelia, by the way.Ē

The spear in the other girlís hands was really beautiful. It would have looked good as a staff, too, but a staff wouldnít be very effective against a monster. Daelia herself had always been more interested in knives and daggers, but perhaps the other girl was a bit more passive aggressive. Taking out her knives, Daelia eyed the spear once more and said dryly, ďIíve never tried to spar knife against spear, but Iíd be willing to try if you are.Ē
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Re: Duel challenge (Daelia)

Post by Violet Clarke on Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:55 pm

Violet had been hacking and slicing for quite some time. Her feet were grinding into the ground, some flower shoots growing up around her leather boots. A focused expression was cemented onto her face as she weaved her spear around her body, piercing and cutting the dummy in various spots. She stopped swinging when the voice of an Irish girl was heard behind her, calling her out on fighting a stationary target.

Violet shoulder her weapon and turned to face the other girl. She was pretty, however a little younger than Violet. There was something intimidating about her icy blue eyes, and they were sort've captivating. Almost to an extent that the girl nearly didn't notice her scarred hands. Damn, those looked painful. Though this girl had sounded a little harsh when she spoke, her next words were a little kinder.

She introduced herself as Dahlia, asking if she'd like to spar with her. Dahlia was armed with knives, much shorter weapons than her spear. It would certainly prove for an interesting fight. Their weapons exploited much different ranges, so the fight would be quite dynamic. Violet held the speak horizontally behind her back, supporting it with her arms against her back. "I'm Violet. And sure, I'll spar with you. I'm already warmed up", she grinned.

She took to the centre of the arena, waiting for Daelia to join her before she twirled her spear into her hands. Raising an eyebrow, she egged Daelia on. "Your knives won't reach me from over there!".
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Post by Daelia Fitzgerald on Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:25 pm

Daelia eyed her new opponent. Violet hadnít seemed to be offended by what Daelia had said, even if she had been a bit harsh. In fact, it seemed to have opened a new challenge, as if to see who would win: the girl with the long-range weapon or the girl with the short-range one. Though the name Violet had always struck Daelia as a more gentle name, as it was also the name of a flower as well as a darker, more neutral shade of purple, the girl standing before her was anything but gentle. In fact, with the spear in her hand, Violet seemed more intimidating than anything else. Daelia also faced similar prejudice, if one could call this scenario that name, as her name also originated from a flower: dahlia.

Mimicking Violetís movements, Daelia moved to the center of the arena, a good distance away from Violet, at least five feet, to give her time to think and analyze the other girl. Violet appeared a bit older than Daelia, so possibly that meant the other girl had received more training. And judging by the familiarity with which she held her spear that was not a new weapon, unlike Daeliaís daggers. So perhaps Daelia would have to resort to trickery to win, though she doubted she would win this bout. No, Daelia was still too inexperienced, both at camp and with the daggers she held. But perhaps the two of them would become regular sparring partners and Daelia would begin to win a couple matches.

Daelia couldnít help but grin at Violetís latest comment, clearly to get the fight started. Violet had the first advantage, as a fight almost always seemed to start at a distance. And as the other girl had a spear, it would be very easy to keep Daelia away using the very sharp point of her weapon. No, to win, Daelia had to get up close and somehow disarm Violet. How, she had no idea. For now.

Seeing that Violet twirled her spear, Daelia raised an eyebrow. So now they were showing off. Well, Daelia could do that. Throwing the knife in her right hand in the air, Daelia passed off the other dagger to her right hand, then caught the other one with her left. When she had first started pottery, Daelia had been particularly clumsy, always knocking stuff from her table to the floor, so she had practice catching small items. Of course, she had been a very little girl at the time, so the initial clumsiness had faded. But she had still retained her one-of-a-kind skill of catching objects. Not unique, but definitely useful, especially with showing off. Then she answered Violetís jab: ďNot yet I canít.Ē

As this was a friendly fight and Daelia didnít want to maim, she couldnít throw one of the knives, nor would she in a battle, so she went ahead and charged, to try and catch Violet off guard. She moved as if to stab overhead with the knife in her left hand, then a second after, she moved the right knife towards Violetís stomach. Hopefully the girl would see this. If not, Daelia could easily stop the attack. Then, without pausing to see if her attack worked, Daelia dropped suddenly to one knee and swept her leg in an effort to knock Violet off of her feet. If this worked, Daelia could theoretically knock the spear out of Violetís hands and put one knife to her neck and quickly win the match. If not, she would make up the rest as she went along. Some part of Daelia hoped this initial attack would not work, so as to keep the fight more interesting. She felt she had found a good sparring partner.
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