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Honestly, there is no reason for this training. Your fighting style is great. You have good combination of defense and offense. I must say, this is probably your best character. There isn't really anything to train.
The only you have to work on is your writing. I'm not expecting results fairly soon, but you have the capability. Sit down and write what is happening. Don't think that your are fighting me. Look at it like a story. It is up to you to tell the next part of the story.
I ended this because it hasn't really done anything for you, I think. If it has, awesome. But you already have the skill, just watch your moves and time frame.
Instead of continuing this, I would like you to fight me in the thread I posted for a fight with Samuel. I will continue to hound you about your writing, but I mean the best.
|"You're gonna get whooping cough if you keep that up." Joe said with a grin as he raced away from Phoenix. The shards were coming quickly as Joe raced from them. Using his air manipulation Joe spun the air below him into a small tornado. The shards of coal, were swept up in the high powered winds. Joe stood on a slab of rock as the other "hands" circled around him. Then he sent them forward at his opponent while he lowered himself back into the ground.
|A smile crept across the face of Phoenix. And then he blew a small flame from his mouth.
While it is true that Coal, when heated, turns into diamonds, ash does not. Ash will combust when flame is added to it, causing an explosion in areas there is no room for the pressure to go.
In this case, that pressure was where the hand was grasping Phoenix's body. The ash coating Phoenix lit on fire, including that under the hand. In an instant, the earth covering him exploded in multiple directions, freeing Phoenix. The immortal was not harmed by this explosion, as it was pure fire.
When freed, Phoenix quickly put distance between the two of them, rocketing the coal shards below the ground towards Joe.
|OOC: You're becoming DIAMONDS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
BIC: Joe burst forth from one of the "hands" he had sent at Phoenix. Using the others to get to the rock currently containing his foe. Joe quickly lowered himself and Phoenix to the ground. Joe was going to take them both underground, unless Phoenix gave up his attempted technique,
OOC: That edit was just a grammar thing to lessen any confusion
|"Not bad. But not good enough for me."
While Joe had control of the air, Phoenix still had control of the ash. He allowed it to be blown away, only to reform farther away. The ash condensed into coal, taking the shape of small shards. The shards flew towards the area Joe was last seen, spreading out over a fifty meter radius. There was enough ash to have a coal shard every meter apart. The coal would pierce the earth, and then circle in an underground torrent. Anything caught in its wake would be torn to shreds.
Phoenix allowed himself to be caught by the hands, but quickly spewed ash forth to coat his skin an inch thick. He then began to heat his body to volcanic temperatures.
Joe was in for a surprise, if he was still alive down there.
|Joe began to think of his next attack. He raised several small plots of land, they started to grow slowly and then they rapidly took off into the sky racing towards Phoenix's figure. The ash was spiraling around him, Joe saw this and reacted by spreading the ash apart with his air manipulation. Phoenix's figure was in sight now. The pillars of land took on the shapes of hands as they raced to grab the being in the air.
|Nine of Phoenix's light orbs faded into nothingness after too much contact with the smaller rocks. One, however, remained to smash into the defensive dome and destroy it.
"Into the ground, huh?" Phoenix said as the smoke cleared. "Ready when you are."
More ash continued to swirl around Phoenix, growing in thickness.
**A ranged attack cannot occur when the opponent is hidden. Good.**
|Joe was breathing heavy, that last attack took a bit of enery. Joe raised his hands towards Phoenix's Holy Fire, "Here's a bit of manipulation, fire needs oxygen to survive. Even holy fire!" With that Joe took a deep heavy breath in. One by one the small orbs of light faded into nothingness. All that remained were the ten vibrant orbs soaring towards him. Joe then lifted a dome of earth around himself. Using his contact with the ground to see through his barrier Joe blasted a massive amount of small rocks towards Phoenix and his remaining orbs. As the projectiles raced towards Phoenix, Joe lowered himself into the ground of the stadium.
|"Hmm. Already getting the hang of combination attacks, huh? Not what I had in mind, but a great attack. I suppose there is not much you can change with air and earth, but I am amazed at how you handle these two opposites with such power," Phoenix responded as the dust settled. His left eyebrow was arched high in amazement. An elementalist with great promise.
"I will not bother to teach you any more combination attacks, but using your elements together is a strong technique. However, such things take time and energy. That attack would take at least two posts to complete. Passing down the words of a certain Master of Energy, an unspoken rule in the art of simbattling is that each post lasts approximately two seconds. Circumstance may change this time limit, but not by much."
Phoenix then reached out his hand, Holy Fire erupting and taking the shape of a sword with a golden blade. Wings then erupted from the immortal's back, and he took flight. "Now lets see how you defend against ranged attacks. I won't be charging," he winked.
Holy Fire erupted forth in a large fireball, breaking apart into a barrage of smaller orbs. As they flew towards Joe, ten of the orbs turned into a resilient light. They raced through the air faster than the other obs in an attempt to distract him from the fire. At the same time, Phoenix spewed ash from pores, that floated around him lazily.
"Think quick. The light will break any defense you put up if it hits."
|Joe cracked his knuckles as he took in what his mentor was saying. Manipulating the elements had become second nature to him. He focused as he gathered up a sheet of earth around himself. The soil and rock covered him and formed a large boulder. Safe, he was feeling safety. This technique would take time to break down but also it wasn't just for defense. Joe used his manipulation of earth to sense what was around him. Then using his control over the air Joe ventilated the inside of the boulder with constant fresh air but he also used the wind to thrust the boulder at the tree. As he was nearing the old scarred trunk he brought up the earth around the tree to keep it from moving with the attack. He also used this technique to keep his opponents from moving when he attacks. As the boulder was nearing the tree Joe almost phased out of the back of the stone. It collided with the tree and then Joe clentched his fist. Success, the boulder then burst into pieces scattering small rock shrapnel, whipping in every direction. Joe stopped the bits of rock from hitting himself and Phoenix by raising a wall of air before them both. Then as the dust cleared Joe took the rocks surrounding the base of the scarred and cracked tree trunk and sent spike piercing the ancient wood.
|With many creaks and groans of protest, the tree slowly returned to its former state.
"Interesting," Phoenix stood in thought for a moment before continuing. "Do you take a liking to the bow? Would it not be easier to do this?"
With a gesture of his hand, the character Samuel appeared next to Phoenix, his dark clothing a contrast to Phoenix's white shirt. He lifted a single hand at the tree and shot a condensed form of from it. When it hit the tree, it fanned out, severing the trunk as though a sword had cut through butter. Before the tee could fall, it mended itself with more groans.
"Or, of course, simply manipulate the air around the tree alone, saving time," Phoenix said, unnerved by the power displayed. With another movement from his hand, Samuel had disappeared again. "Which brings me to my next lesson. Attacks are not used so narrowly. A single power can lead to extraordinary things.
"For example, I have the power to summon and control Holy Fire and heat. These powers have lead me to control over the lesser fire of mortals. However, I cannot summon this lesser fire. I can, however, create it. In my journeys, I have also discovered how to manipulate energy. I cannot control it, but instead can transfer all of the energy into heat, or fire. For example."
Phoenix stooped down to the ground and picked up a rock. With astounding speed, he threw it towards Joe with power enough to pierce the man's skin. Just before it hit, however, Phoenix tuned all of the kinetic energy the rock had into flame. The small orb of flame hovered in spot while the rock fell harmlessly to the ground.
"Now," Phoenix let the flame go out as he continued. "That is not all. Fire, of course, is heat. Heat is energy, as I just explained. But what else does energy create?"
Before Joe could answer, the immortal once more raised his hand, palm up. He summoned the golden Holy Fire. It slowly flickered, growing brighter and brighter until a ball of light hovered in the hand of Phoenix.
"Light," he answered. Without a movement, the ball flew towards the tree with astounding speed, shattering the entire plant in a large explosion. A sprout slowly began to form from the scattered pieces of wood until a giant tree stood in their wake, its huge canopy casting a large shadow over the training area.
"Where I am going with this is manipulation. What else can you do with your powers besides their basic functions. This is key to becoming a worthwhile fighter. Now, I would like you to find a way to manipulate any of your various elements. Be sure to describe, Vince. I would like to know what is going on inside that head of Joe's. Let us feel the struggle he is going through to accomplish this."
|Joe readied himself and focused his energy. First he lifted two spiked pillars of earth out of the ground. he then sent the spikes at the tree. As they neared the tree, they twisted around each other and finally piereced the trunk. Joe then dropped to his knee and mimed himself holding a bow and arrow, soon the shape of an arrow formed and he pulled back and released the arrow. It sailed toward the tree. Then Joe removed his twin pistols from his jacket and fired them at the tree. Using his control over the air he pushed the bullets into a straight horizontal line, then he removed his trench knives, charging them with air he ran at the tree. Underneath him the earth seemed to move with him, he was almost skating on the surface of the ground. He was moving with elegance and speed, nearing the tree he slashed. His knives, charged with his air energy, sliced through the trunk of the tree.
|"So you rely upon your powers? A good fighter should be able to commit to hand-to-hand if need be. The circumstances arise more than a few times in a fight, especially with a close ranged fighter, like myself."
Phoenix gestured towards the tree, now on his left, with an open hand. "Since you rely so heavily upon your magic, I would like you to attack this tree using all of your elements. Use each element only once, and by itself. Do not worry about the tree--it will heal itself after every attack. As for post time, consider it abolished with your next post. Take as much time as needed to use all of your elements and any other attacks."
Phoenix then let his hand fall back to his side and waited patiently.
|Joe stood and looked at his jacket. It was also dirty. "I am a peculiar fighter. I worry about my defense first, when I have established a good defense I begin my offense. I rely heavily on my magic to do so. So when put in a hand to hand fight I am not in my element."
|The way Phoenix had sent the kick towards his opponent, he was using the grabbed leg as the center of his spin. By Joe moving it upwards, towards the kick, all it did was raise the height of the kick.
Either way, it did not matter after Joe threw his away. Phoenix rolled to his feet quickly, his teeth showing in a congratulatory grin. "Well, you didn't manage to hit me, but you are defending properly. Not bad, but be careful."
Phoenix slid his feet in and stood straight again, leaving his fighting stance.
"Now, Vince. Instead of ruthlessly fighting, I am here to train you. In a dirty shirt, at that," Phoenix muttered the last sentence in a disappointed tone. "Before we move on to magical attacks, I want you to tell me what your strategy is. How does this character, Joe, fight. Is he a close quarters fighter, or a ranged attacker. Does he lean more towards the offensive scale, or the defensive? Knowing this about your character will greatly improve how you manipulate them during a battle."
|Joe now in a half kneeling position clasped down on Phoenix's foot, he quickly moved it into the path of Phoenix's oncoming kick. So Phoenix had two choices he could stop his original kick or he could kick himself. Joe rotated his shoulders and threw his opponent away from him.
|Joe successfully grabbed Phoenix's leg, but his plan did not work out so well.
Instead of simply allowing Jo to pull up on his leg, he flipped over onto his chest and pushed up, 'jumping' with his arms to compensate for the height of his leg being lifted. While he did this, he continued to twist, sending his other leg towards the head of Joe.
As Joe had dropped to the ground, there was no plausible way for him to send a kick to the now-empty area where Phoenix's leg would be. Since he had, the man was extremely off balance with a kick mere inches from his face.
"Keep it up, Joe. You're not trying hard enough. Once you hit me good, we're taking a break. Be sure to describe your next post. Give me imagery."
|Joe saw the blow going at his knee, he acted quickly. There was no way to dodge the attack but he could lessen the impact. He quickly allowed his leg to drop. Phoenix's kick landed but not in the place where he had expected. His foot was now in Joe's thigh. He acted quickly by reaching for Phoenix's foot. the grab would be almost impossible to avoid and if he did grab Joe would lift Phoenix's foot and send a kick to the back of Phoenix's knee.
|Phoenix blocked neither, however. Dodging was more his style. He ducked and slid to to his left, under the punch. The kick would do nothing, however, except provide Phoenix with an open opportunity at Joe's other leg. With Joe standing on one leg, his chances of dodging a kick to the side of his knee were improbable. The blow would sprain the joint in an instant, if not break it.
"Sloppy. And you made me dirty my shirt."
|Joe ran at Phoenix, he threw his right fist at Phoenix's cheek, and he also sent his left foot towards Phoenix's right side. If Phoeni'x blocked either or both attacks he would leave himself open to a direct attack.
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