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1 Carnival of Fortune[Open/Sparring] on 24/04/14, 03:32 pm

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The Balbadd docks were usually bustling with all kinds of work and very little play. Trade from all over the world came to port in this centralized neutral democracy and goods were usually being loaded and unloaded from sun up to sun down. However there was a unique circumstance this evening as a lunar eclipse was scheduled for tonight and a great festival was being held in celebration. Docks that were usually filled with coolies and labourers were now lined with stands and performers. Countless exotic foods and wares were on sale with heavy discounts and every kind of entertainer from fire blowers to jugglers was out and about trying to earn tips. There was even a bearded lady or two!

Throughout all the good fun and cheer, one man among the crowd stood immune to the festivities. Crimson haired and dressed as if he too were a performer, Zafar strolled down the docks scanning the area with calm precision. The former assassin was wearing a mask with a bright smile on to hide his disgusted expression below. A festival like this seemed innocent enough on the outside, but beneath the surface he could see the truths binding this city together. The biggest and most extravagant attractions which were garnering the most business were funded by the most wealthy people living in Balbadd. People who happened to be running for seats on the democratic cabinet to advice the country's minister.

In the end it was all just a ruse for the strong of the world to gain favor from the weak so they might be used to gain more power. Yet even though Zafar felt repulsed by the hidden agenda's present, he was still doing a good job of seeming like just another cheerful entertainer performing card tricks for change whilst maintaining a strict silent act. The red haired clown just finished performing a slight of hand trick for a group of kids who cheered for an encore. Just as Zafar took a bow, one of the more drunk patrons stumbled backwards into him. Instead of being the one to fall over, Zafar stood standing thanks to his strongly centered gravity causing the man to bump off of him falling flat on his face.

The drunk took that to mean he'd been pushed and turned around to see Zafar's cold piercing eyes through the slits on the mask. Instead of fear, the inebriated fool only felt anger and began shouting at Zafar making a scene. The man broke part of his bottle on the dock floor before getting to his feet and pointing the makeshift weapon at Zafar. "You know who you're dealing with!? Why won't you say somethin' huh!? You wanna die!? I said to apologishe! The drunk slurred his words as he shouted but even under threat of a weapon Zafar did not break his silence and instead spread out open hands as he waited for the drunk to make the very poor decision of attacking.

Zafar wanted to play the chances of this event out. Would he have to waste his time dealing with this thug? Or would someone else step in and change the rules of the engagement? Only time would tell.


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Today, the Docks of Balbadd were brimming with life and festivity. Today was the Lunar Eclipse Festival, a grand festival organized to celebrate this astronomical phenomenon. Today, the Docks were going to be filled with attractions, such has exotic food stands and performers from far away countries. This was an incredible opportunity to meet new people and experience new things, so the young adventurer, Arsham Zubayr, had "no choice" but to participate in this remarkable event and breathe in the festive air.

~ Let's see if something interesting happens! ~

The air of the Docks were filled with music from strange and unfamiliar instruments, beautiful and mysterious. The smells of so many different types of food being cooked all over the Docks were fusing together to create such a mysterious and enveloping aroma that could almost dull  the mind of the brightest. Yes, Arsham enjoyed this type of festivals, even if they have a darker agenda behind them.

~ Time to visit the food stands... ~

The festivals aroma captivated even Arsham, tempting him to give in to the seductiveness of the exotic meals presented before him. But Arsham didn't have a lot of pocket money to spend on excesses like these, even if they were on discount, so he had to restrain his appetite with the smaller portion available. Since he couldn't delve into the world of delicacies around him, the young adventurer decided to enjoy the only attractions of the festival he didn't need to pay for. The performers.

~ Wow, that guy is amazing! How the hell did he swallow that freaking broadsword? ~

Arsham loved this part of the festival. The performers weren't the most noticed attraction, but they were, without a doubt, the most diverse of them.

You can say all you want about food and drinks, but a man that can spit fire with a tarantula in his mouth without burning it nor getting bitten, the way I see it, wins the contest! Every. Single. Time.

The reason Arsham enjoyed the entertainers so much was because he liked to engage with them and talk to them. You can't talk to food, nor ask what's it's story. A street performer, however, always had something interesting to say. Today, Arsham was especially captivated by a strange red-haired clown, the one doing tricks for a group of kids. Arsham was observing him from afar, but he could still read him a little. He seemed cheerful on the outside, doing his tricks and all that, but something about his body language seemed off. He didn't look very happy there, almost discontent in fact. His body was to stiff for someone having fun, it looked more like he was forcing himself to be there. Even so, he was playing his part on the festival, which means he's someone who, for some reason, needs to be doing this job. Arsham wanted to engage in conversation with him but he wasn't really sure what was the right approach.

~ What should I say? Maybe I should just watch one of his tricks and then ask him about it... ~

The seafaring adventurer decides to get closer and watch the red-haired clowns show. Now, from a shorter distance, Arsham could notice this man had a very toned body, definitely not a clown's body. More like a acrobat or a martial-arts fighter. He also noticed the strange metal rings ornamenting the clown's body. How could they have fitted? Has Arsham pondered about this questions, some drunken lout bumps into the performer and lands on his face. Arsham had to control his will to laugh at the situation, but he immediately controlled himself. The man might react badly to it and Arsham doesn't feel like hurting someone today. Unfortunately, he didn't need to laugh for the man to display a bad reaction towards the clown, who had no fault in the situation. The drunk broke his own bottle so he could threaten the clown into asking an apology. But the clown had a most curious reaction. A reaction no performer would have. He invited the drunk to attack. Oh yes... This guy was good... This man was clearly not who he said he was, which made Arsham unquestionably curious about him. Believing he had to stop this mess, before the clown breaks the man's neck and ends up in prison, away from him, Arsham intervened, standing between the two with his left shoulder pointing to the drunk and his right shoulder to the clown, facing them both. When he spoke, he was addressing the drunkard

Arsham:
Come on, there's no need for this. Put the bottle down before things get out of control and people get hurt. This his a festival! Come on! Let me buy you another drink!

Arsham tried to calm tempers down, especially the drunkard's tempers. The clown stood there calm and steady has a rock, with his face mask smiling provocatively at the drunk's face.


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As Zafar stood defenseless before the drunkard his eyes remain locked on the man's as a killing intent began to brim from every fiber of Zafar's being. It seemed as though he would have to get his hands dirty but rather instead of taking the ordeal personally, Zafar really only saw the drunk as an annoying fly that needed swatting. A mere second before Zafar would have been attacked, consequently signing the drunks death warrant, a new face stepped between the two, 'Ho~?' Zafar silently and mentally expressed his amusement as the game of chance he'd chosen seemed to have payed off, a fool playing hero really DID show up! At least that is what Zafar hoped was the motivating factor the well dressed young man had in mind when he got between the two strangers to stop their fight. Zafar loved those kinds of straight forward people as their purity often lead to possessing strong resolves. On the other hand, the new man could be acting based on ulterior motives as well which would ultimately serve to annoy Zafar further.

Unsure of Arsham's intentions, Zafar stifled his excitement and simply watched as Arsham offered to buy the drunk a drink in a vain attempt to soothe his aggressions. The offer resulted in more slurred shouting from the man which was all but indecipherable as a spray of spit accompanied each syllable.  In his liquor fueled rage, the man rose his make shift weapon in preparation to make an attack, but the attempt would stop there. Spotting the hostile movements even with Arsham standing between them, Zafar reached out to one side with one of his long limbs and bridged a deck of cards between one finger and thumb. Fifty two cards would then be sent flying from Zafar's hand straight into the drunkard's face causing him to panic. The last card, an Ace of Spades, would actually stick to the poor fool's face blocking his vision and creating even more panicked fear in his movements. He would swipe his broken bottle blindly in hopes of doing something, anything to the targets of his spite.

Zafar would simply step aside and let the unknown "hero" decide how to react now that conflict was unavoidable. The cards were just as much to help Zafar by stopping the attack as much as it was to draw him into a fight so the assassin could observe him for strength beyond that of his character. However honestly no fighting would be needed to take care of the drunk as a simple side step in one direction or the other would leave the inebriated man to run himself right off the side of the docks and into the water below.

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Although Arsham had no desire in fighting the drunk, he, however, had "intention" to fight someone. But, the situation was relatively under control. If the man were to actually try something, Arsham was prepared to defend the attack and neutralize him. Arsham would soon regret to have underestimated the situation. It would seem that when high levels of intoxication, masked clowns and lunar eclipses are coupled together, unpredictable things happen. And something unpredictable happened indeed. As soon as the inebriated man raised is weapon to strike, the masked clown launched a deck of cards against the drunkard's face, which surprised him in such a way he started panicking. And, just to rub salt to the wound, one of the cards, the Ace of Spades, was sticking to his face, rendering him unable to see.

~ Why the hell did he - ~

Arsham didn't have much time to think about it, but this action unveiled quite a few things about the man behind the mask. It revealed he really was an experienced fighter, since only someone experienced in battle could have had such a quick reaction to the drunk's attack. It also revealed that he enjoyed battle and he knew how to start one, since he knew that such action with only bring chaos and only those comfortable in chaos choose to cause it. But the most important revelation, the more crucial to Arsham, was that the man wanted to watch him. Observe him act. Arsham spiked his curiosity and now the clown want's to see if he really his worth his time.

~ It would seem we caught each others attention... ~

The problem with all this deduction and psycological games was that really life was happening at the same time, even if at a slower pace. The drunk, in his own tornado of booze and fury, was waving his broken bottle all around the place, which was endangering everybody around him, including Arsham. But, to make matters worse, the man's blind rage could harm even himself, since in his drunken state he would surely fall to the water and possibly drown. Arsham couldn't let something like that happen, even if he was a drunken fool, so he decided to act. He took a few steps back to get himself out of the danger zone and observed his movements. After finding some kind of pattern, if you can even call it that, Arsham predicted when would the next slash occur and where would he be more vulnerable. He then let the slash occured and took the opportunity to put the drunk into an hammerlock, a traditional Navy hold, by grabbing the wrist of the drunk's "knife" arm, so that the arm is held bent against his back, forcing his hand upwards towards the neck, thereby applying pressure to the shoulder joint, all while forcing the man to the ground. It would be painful, but it would definitely make him drop the bottle and submit.

Arsham:
Are you calmer now? Put down the bottle, there his no need for us to continue with this game!

The man ended up dropping the bottle but he didn't answer and stopped moving all together. Frightened, Arsham released his hold on him to see if he was okay. It would seem all that booze and excitement and the pain from the hold made him pass-out. Relieved, Arsham sat on the ground and took a breath in.

~ Pfew... That was intense! ~

After resting for a few seconds, Arsham got back up again and looked around him. It would seem that the incident had little to none effect on the festival. The people that noticed it ran away and the only person still standing there was the red-haired clown. It would seem that Arsham got the perfect opportunity to introduce himself.

Arsham:
Are you okay? Sorry about getting between you two! My name is Arsham. Arsham Zubayr. And you are...?

Arsham extended his hand to greet the mysterious man, hoping he would greet back.


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There was almost no emotion on Zafar's face when his observation had begun. While Ashram's interjection had been an amusement, he was ultimately expecting to watch a pathetic exchange likely ending with both men injured. The finely dressed samaritan shattered the dull expectation with a swift back step just outside the drunk man's reach. The mastery over some form of fighting style revealed itself as Arsham calmly watched the trajectory of the belligerent attacks briefly. The execution happened so fast Zafar would bet that the drunk would have had no idea what had happened even if he wasn't drunk. The take down was clean, efficient, and dealt no serious damage to the victim. A fist that fights to protect the lives of others. "This one is pure~" the assassin silently thought to himself as a pleasured look overcame his expression.

Zafar was now staring intently at Arsham and said nothing even as the gentlemen introduced himself and made a gesture to shake hands. Zafar merely gleamed at him with a creepy glee. It was a mental struggle for Zafar had to hold back his killing intent. "Ahhh!~ I want to punch him right here and now!...But if we fight here there will be all sorts of interruptions..." Realizing that he needed to get the "hero" somewhere alone Zafar finally moved into action by making an elaborate flourish with one hand while bowing. The "clown" and his smiling mask took a foreign stance with his arms moving dramatically in a dance-like fashion. This display was followed by a few steps back from Arasham. Then without warning, the acrobat suddenly performed a powerful kick which caused his body to spin through the air in a flip with his body parallel to the ground in a seemingly inhumane maneuver.

Upon landing from his trick, Zafar made another elaborate bow. He was trying to keep the silent clown act and offered the dance as a "gesture" of gratitude. As Zafar rose from his bow he utilized his Fundamentals of Water ability to jumping into the air with another acrobatic flip. As Zafar's manuever carried him 10m/s through the air, the clown's swift hand would reach out and attempt to steal Arsham's hat. The acrobat would move a total of ten meters in and arc away from where Arsham was standing and landed between the passing crowd without hitting anyone.

If successful, Zafar would don the hat before waving to Arsham before ducking into the festival crowd to disappear from view. Surely, the man would come after the crazy clown to reclaim what was rightfully his. If unsuccessful then Zafar would still smirk beneath his mask and attempt to flee. Zafar's crowd walking skills would carry him swiftly past the traffic of festival goers moving along the main dock and disappeared into a dark alley where he would wait and turn to face the festival just withing the reach of light. There Zafar would look for Arsham among the many passing faces with a eager grin.

"Come on...soon..." Zafar would be able to hold back until he saw Arsham following after him, searching through for Zafar like a needle in a haystack. Had the well dressed fighter made it this far, then moment Zafar laid gleaming yellow eyes on him it would be clear to Arsham he was being watched. An incredibly potent killer intent suddenly poured from Zafar, surging up around him like some invisible phantom of death. Average people near by would feel a chill down their spine at most, but all of the intent was directed heavily on Arsham. If he was really worthy of attention his eyes would instinctively turn to the threat allowing him to find Zafar there. Waiting. Watching. Staring.

Zafar would flee once more, but for the final time. This alley led right into an empty lot surrounding on all sides by buildings. It was intended to be a park of some kind but was never funded leaving a flat and lifeless dirt mound. Once here, Zafar would run to the middle of the small 6mx6m area. There the clown would stop only to turn around and await his pursuer. The moment Arsham stepped out of the alley way and into the lot Zafar would reach up with one hand to remove the hat if stolen and/or the other to remove his mask. With his elated smile now almost matching the mask's expression, Zafar would bow again before finally speaking, "Greetings, I apologize for my poor manners. My name is Zafar Mushtaq, but please don't feel like you need to remember it. You won't be needing to~" Zafar ended his words almost playfully in a manner that made it clear he was insinuating something. But exactly what the clown meant would not be fully clear.

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Name: Fundamentals of Water
Tier: D
Cost: 10 Stamina
Weapon Type: N/A
Class: Supplementary
Range: Close
Duration: Instant
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Description: The user of this skill makes use of flexibility and skills of observation earned from daily training to perceive incoming attacks and then move out of the way with inhuman speed and movements. An instant burst of acrobatic movement at 10m/s occurs when the ability is activated. The user flips, twists, and otherwise evasively attempts to dodge an incoming attack. The user of this technique can move up to 10m away from their starting position in any direction however it should be noted that this move is not an auto dodge and the user can still be hit if the incoming attack is too fast or big to avoid.


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