An OC VS match where Nik is humbled by @RoseMaryM 's Pyry. Writeup and fight scene by @AlbionBard
Oh, and art by Jymaru.
Born in a small mountain village outside of Vale by the name of Silva, Nik grew up on the stories of Gilded Heroes told by his father. These stories became a hobby and drove him to train as one of the village's hunters, warriors (not academy trained huntsmen) trained to protect the village from Grimm attacks. In his younger years, he met the three others that would become like siblings: Ignaty Malinovyy, Xavier Argentum, and Olivia. After losing his father, Nik continued training with his siblings under an old soldier turned weaponsmith named Brennan Argus (prefers Argus). A few short years after the kids began training with Argus, Nik’s attention was piqued when he heard news of Beacon Academy’s admission season and convinced his siblings to apply with him. During the initiation in the Emerald Forest, they lucked with the chess pieces and became Team ONIX.
Pyry was originally born in a small town in Atlas, though his father wasn't too fond of the child. Thus he decided to simply threaten Pyry's mother, telling her that if she didn't leave, he would lash out. Without any further ado his mother left to live in Vacuo, hoping that she wouldn't have to see her Ex again.
Initially Pyry had a huge interest for Photography and Arts, focusing a lot of his time on that. His mother however was not very fond of it, or at least didn't care, showing more and more neglect towards Pyry. This behaviour upset Pyry at first before he decided he simply didn't care.
Pursuing his dream he decided to apply for Photography school and lessons at the age of 15, having done normal education beforehand. One year before his graduation, Pyry failed his course due to rising tensions with his mother and family - Pyry having found out about his father.
To help channel and focus his anger with his parents he decided to take on the path as a Hunter, spending roughly 2.5 years at Vacuo's Combat School to gain qualifications for Shade.
At age 20 Pyry got accepted into Shade Academy.
Pyry is physically fit, but due to his late start on combat training, is not as toned for combat as many others his age. He has a lean build with decent muscle strength, particularly in his
Arms, with good to high levels of athletic skill . nevertheless despite his blunt combat style, he is not well equipped to be a direct combat tank due to his slim build and stature.
Nik is physically fit, well conditioned due to his second and only other hobby being training and honing his skills. This regular exercise helps maintain his strength and endurance. The persistent training has granted him with above average strength, endurance and average speed. Unfortunately his agility is below average.
Verdict: these two fighters are actually very close in the measuring here, with Nik’s weakness being Pyry’s strength and vice versa, but ultimately we feel like Nik comes out slightly the better here, as such we will award him a slight edge in Physicality.
Aggressive and straightforward. Pyry likes to charge at enemies and shoot them directly. He doesn't know, or at least doesn't do, stealth. His shotgun is loud, and so is he in battle. Using his Maul he often simply wails at his opponents without taking things such as strategy into account. Besides the general combat instruction from his tutors, his fighting style is entirely self manufactured, simplistic and lacking finesse, but loose and adaptable for the same reasons.
Nik focuses mostly on his skills in a fight over physical advantage. He rarely makes the first move, instead watching his opponent in an attempt to discover their tells. Opponents with unpredictable fighting styles obviously give him the most trouble as he can't effectively predict their moves.
While first training with his father, a retired huntsman, Nik was taught, and gained proficiency in, one-handed and dual wield swordplay. His mother, also a retired huntress, trained him in sword and shield, and shield only combat.
While training with Argus, Nik honed his skills further and started mastering his preferred fighting method with a one-handed sword. He has also learned and developed a fighting style that focuses on deflecting an opponent's strikes in preference of blocking them. This saves Nik's stamina during a fight and has a chance to throw his opponent off balance.
Verdict: despite the difference in paragraph sizes, this isn’t as one sided as it would appear. While Nik is a more highly trained fighter, Pyry’s fast, improvised and blunt attack style is none the less something Nikolas will struggle with beating outright. Despite this closeness however, we still ultimately feel that Nik takes the Martial skill edge.
Aura and Semblance
Semblance - Telekinesis: Can manipulate objects and people without touching them, he most often accompanies his semblance with hand gestures. Theoretically, Nik can affect objects with an unlimited amount of mass but the heavier the object, the more of his energy is drained until he has no more. Because of this, he mostly focuses on manipulating dust which is stored in his cybernetic arm.
Fire Dust: Used as fireball type projectiles or if ice needs melted.
Lightning Dust: Used as lightning bolt type attacks. (Or if the battery on his scroll dies)
Ice Dust: Used to interfere with opponent movement, i.e. freezing feet to the ground, etc. Can also create barriers to block projectiles.
Air/Wind Dust: Used for high velocity movement, temporary flight, and landing strategies.
Gravity Dust: Only used when Nik wants to attempt a heavy lift with his semblance. The gravity dust effectively halves the energy drain of using his semblance because it makes the object lighter.
Semblance - Icy Fog - Pyry's Semblance allows him to create small blizzards* and incredibly cold fogs.
The Fogs, in it's strongest capacity, currently cover an effective area of 100m² (5m in each direction, with him being the epicentre) whilst being 5m in height. Size of the fog may reach outside of these 100m² due to winds, use of Dust etc. However it will never exceed 400m² (10m in each direction). The closer you get to the edge, the less effective and cold it is. Smaller scale fogs are usually colder, thus sometimes able to freeze and jam others' weapons or temporarily even work on enemies themselves. Sustaining a Max. Sized Fog takes an incredible amount of Aura and Energy, making it hard for Pyry to keep it up for longer than 5 minutes before taking some serious damage such as Frostbite, trouble breathing and loss of consciousness.
The small "blizzards" are mainly channeled into the Maul-Variant of his weapon, thus creating a frost field around the head of the Maul.
The Ice crystal on his Gloves enhances his Semblance. When using his gloves he can create handsized blizzards in his hands, "throwing" them at his enemies to freeze their foot or hand in place.
Verdict: Both semblances on display here are powerful and useful in there own ways. After consideration, we feel like Pyry’s has greater applications and viability in a direct fight and thus will take the edge in this category
Weapon of choice
Lazer Solemnity, also known as LZSM, is a two way hybrid weapon. It's standard form is its compact Shotgun form. The Gun uses mainly energy- also more commonly known as laser- blasts. Dust stored inside the gun acts as a catalyst for its energy blasts, depending on which type of Dust is used, the blast may have different attributes. Using Earth Dust is known to cause jamming more often than Ice or other types of Dust. When out of a Catalyst, Pyry is unable to use the Shotgun form of LZSM. It readies using a pump mechanism.
LZSM's Maul form is more of a bat than an actual Maul and has no specific extra attributes.
Argus: Custom made sword that can transform into a lever action rifle. Named in memory of his mentor's passing.
Specifics: 4' long x 8" wide blade (total length approximately 5')
Gun barrel is .50 caliber diameter and 42" long.
The gun's magazine is a cylindrical canister inserted into the mechanism where the sword blade and hilt meet. Each ammunition canister stores 32 fire dust rounds before a reload is needed.
Cut into the blade is a hook that is used as a disarming tool in sword mode and a forward grip in gun mode.
Verdict: Nik’s gunblade is a fine piece of equipment, but Pyry’s Maul has several significant advantages; The disarming tool on Argus will have little effect on the opposing weapon and the extra reach it offers will do little against a weapon designed to get up close and keep the fight there. Pyry takes the edge for his weapon of choice.
A trained warrior vs a laid back vagabond. Two huntsmen with similar weapons and very different backgrounds. But when the time comes for them to face off head to head, who will prevail? Here’s our usual dramatisation of a match of the majority victory scenarios.
Our battle takes place in the Vale dockyards, with Nikolas on the ground first of all, turning as he hears the sound of a maul being rapped on the side of an empty shipping container. Turning to find Pyry Sandoval behind him, who in turn shoulders his club and beckons Safir to attack him. Bringing his gun up to his shoulder, Nikolas fires a three round burst, cartridges clattering down in rapid succession as he pumps the lever. All three are deflecting by Pyry as his spins the Maul in a tight figure of eight formation, before bringing his own weapon into gun form and firing a pair of shotgun blasts down range, something Nikolas drops to his left and rolls to avoid.
The stray energy bolts tear into the metal corner of the steel containers that line their corridor of battle, sending sheet metal shrapnel flying, causing Nikolas to shield his face this his cloak before raising a steel clad fist towards the metal and, the hand aglow with the aura of Graviy dust, pulling the already weakened metal until the stack of containers, weakened by the damage to the bottom-most on the stack, begins to fall and tip over to land directly over Pyry, who is forced to leap backwards to avoid the crushing impact. Without hesitation, Nikolas shoulders his rifle and fires as soon as Pyry’s leap takes him above the barricade of battered boxes. Sending rounds downrange enough to put holes in the edges of the smaller man’s short jacket. Landing on both feet with his empty hand aglow with hoarfrost, Pyry triggers his semblance in it’s projectile form, throwing a small, concentrated pocket of sub zero wind towards his enemy. With an almost casual flick of the wrist and the glow of a red Dust crystal, a wave of fire meets the cold head on and evaporates it harmlessly. Pyry glares at the result and it’s cause for a few moments, before angrily unleashing three more such blasts, only to have them repelled in the same fashion. The pair stand braced for several more seconds in total stillness before Pyry tries a fourth ice wind with identical results to the first three. This final one is met with Nikolas sighing in exasperation under his breath.
Pyry regains his composure, smiling as he reaches up to lower his goggles over his eyes. Juggling his shotgun in his right hand, he returns it to Maul form, leaping down off the broken containers to close the gap and weaving through the hail of bullets Nik replies with. Running hard, he strikes past the larger man, glancing a blow of his defenses as he turns on the spot, constantly moving to try and enter and remain in his slower opponent's blindside as the two lock weapons, parryings, weaving and blocking each other's strikes. This lasts less than one revolution before Nikolas ducks low, aiming a sweeping cut at Pyry’s legs. A move Sandoval had been waiting for; leaping over the cut, Pyry turns a mid air flip, leaving himself upside down just long enough to grip Nikolas’s sword arm by the shoulder and fire off his semblance, instantly coating the arm in a thin but tight layer of ice. Even has he cries out from the sudden, painful cold, Nik already has his free hand heating up to melt the entrapment, but too late.
Pyry’s Maul crashes into his head and sends him sprawling. Nikolas finds himself sliding on a ground covering in ice, unable to find the footing to rise in time as Pyry comes in for another strike, this one sending his sword flying from his grasp in the manner of a golf swing, the backswing of the same stroke getting him right in the side of the ribs and sending him sliding down the iced up concrete. Raising his Dust Gauntlet mid roll, Nikolas sends a wave of kinetic force back towards Pyry, tearing the ice up from the ground and sending it back at him in a wave of shards. Sandoval’s response brings his shotgun back up, blasting into the cloud and reducing it to a wave of water vapour that rolls over him. Nikolas meanwhile, had come to a rest against the wall of containers and had found his feet, even know charging back towards his lost weapon. His hope fades however as he feels a familiar frost crawling up his legs and begins to fall forwards as the power of Pyry’s semblance locks his limbs, finding as he falls forward, the swing of the Maul coming the other way to meet him. The blow to the chest reverses Nikolas’ momentum, landing him on his back and leaving him stunned, winded and evidently defeated, Leaving Pyry Sandoval as the winner.
This fight was one that ended up having many layers. Can Pyry win the short fight? yes. Will Nik win the long fight? also yes. what will Pyry do if the fight starts looking long? try to end it right now. Can Nik hold out well against an all out attack? By our judgement, he simply could not, as he could not find an overwhelming win condition in his kit besides his ability to outlast his opponent consistently, while both Pyry’s weapon and semblance both provided battlefield situations that Nikolas struggled to cope with with his own options. Despite all that this was a very close fight to call, with Pyry edging out the win on his fingertips, but once victory was in his grasp, claiming it directly and completely.
Big thanks to the judging team on this one; Sosen, Jymaru and PandaBrady.