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* Julia Cole

    (04/22/2018 at 14:15)
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Mid-August, 1953
Afternoon
Coral Caves

Julia stood at the entrance of the Coral Caves, eagerly awaiting the duelists. While being a referee for duels wasn't new for her, this part was. Being the first face the duelists see. Getting everything started. It was a little nerve-racking, but Julia would manage. After all, she was on this side of it this time, unlike the duelers, who had no idea what was in store for them. She had sent each of them a letter that morning at breakfast to meet at the Coral Caves around this time and to wear something that they didn't mind getting wet, and that was all they got.

“Alright, everyone here?” Julia asked, looking between the three of them. “Good! First things first...” And Julia waved her wand, casting Bulla on the duelists and herself, creating a breathable bubble around each of their heads. “There we go! Alright, moving forward!” Julia directed as she led the three of them to the reef. She herself had donned a stylish bathing suit for the affair, since she'd be going under as well.

“Alright, dive in! Don't worry, the charm will let you breathe underwater!” Julia jumped in herself and waited until the others had as well. “Alright, you all read the rules, right? Of course you did, you're all smart. Remember, only one successful disarm allowed! Oh, and...” Julia looked as she noticed a few shadowy figures swimming nearby. “...watch out for the mermaids.”

However, these mermaids were a sight to see. Instead of the typical mermaids the students would be used to learning about, these were different. From the waist up, they looked completely human. Normal teeth, eyes, everything. They still had the tail of a fish like traditional mermaids though. However, like traditional mermaids, they still weren't terribly keen on humans.

“Alright. Three, Two, One, DUEL!”




(Only one successful disarming spell or action allowed per duelist.)

(For this duel, you'll be underwater)





Round 1 of 5:


Piper Eden - 80%

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Daisy Kawaguchi - 60%
((Ref note: Sorry, I miscalculated!))

vs.

Poppy Applewhite - 95%

vs.

Mermaids - 50%


Your Referee for this duel will be Tallulah Sloe.
« Last Edit: 04/23/2018 at 17:18 by Julia Cole »
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* Daisy Kawaguchi

    (04/22/2018 at 17:55)
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Mermaids and caves and sharp catching rocks were not Daisy’s idea of fun, but duelling certainly was. The young girl cast a furtive look around her opponents, lithe fingers twisting anxiously around the neck of her wand. It hung loosely by her side, no pockets available in the tight black bodysuit she had acquired for the competition ahead. Her skinny legs were left bare below the thigh, the light fur of tiny hair now sticking on end as the cool breeze brushed against them. Her hair, usually black and sitting at her shoulders, had disappeared under the bright latex of a yellow swimming cap. The bubble on her head was just an added effect.

The crew was motley to say the least. Piper Eden she knew by sight but added to the mix was a younger girl who could have been no more than twelve. An odd choice, Daisy thought. She would likely have a hard time against two fifteen year olds – though truth be told, duelling could result in some interesting results.

Regardless, Daisy exacted her target quickly. The whistle blew. She wasn’t hanging around.

”Petrificus totalus!” she cried, pointing her wand squarely at the older girl (Eden) in an immediate attempt to disable her and get more time to act. It was likely the mermaids themselves would be difficult opponents. The last thing Daisy needed was another fifth year throwing spells at her back.

Of course, that still left multiple problems.

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’Bad idea, Pipes.’

Yeah, yeah, yeah, she knew, she knew.

Dueling without a wand probably wasn’t the smartest idea. But Muggles dueled without wands all the time. Made careers out of it, even. And as Pipes lived half in the muggle world, she was more than a little familiar with the tactics. After all, it had been part of the reason she’d been expelled from Salem in the first place.

Truly her whole life had been chewed on by people telling her ‘Piper, you can’t. And Piper, you shouldn’t. And Piper, what were you thinking? And Piper, no.’

She, however, had her own prerogative and it went something more like, ‘Piper you can, Piper you should, Piper yes.

However when she’d been told to wear something to get wet in, she started to feel tiny flickers of nerves. Not because she was afraid of the water. She’d never had extensive swimming lessons but she had a general idea of how to move in the water. It was only that if she had anything going for her in this lopsided duel it was that she was quick on her feet and pretty good at chucking things at people. And now she had neither of those things at her disposal.

Only sort of listening to Julia, she eyed Poppy warily and then glanced at Daisy, who very surely had a wand… Game face on, she washed away any sign of nerves as they entered the water.

And like a live wire exposed to water, she was jolted into action. A plan, she needed a plan. What did she have? A ton of water. Some rocks. The clothes on her back. Mermaids.

Mermaids.

Didn’t they hate witches and wizards? Or at least not trust them? Was that even the right creature? She didn’t know for sure. But Daisy had a wand and Piper didn’t and that could maybe count for something.

”A witch!” She called to the mermaids while pointing at Daisy, “She’s a witch, get her!” All she could do was hope that the Mermaids would distrust the other girl enough to help Piper out.

It wasn’t much, but it was something at least.
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Pax Fellwater

    (04/23/2018 at 06:21)
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Maybe that first duel had made her a little cocky. Maybe after beating out two older boys with wands and an enthusiastic girl with good aim and a pair of shoes, Poppy’s ego had inflated a little bit. As soon as she made her way into the caves in her faded red swim suit, however, saw her two new opponents with her own eyes, doubt started to do that funny, creeping thing to her stomach.

She’d known Piper had signed up, but looking at the girl now through the lense of opposition, it was different. Piper was bigger than her, rougher. Piper knew things, had been places. Even though she didn’t have a wand either, Piper, like Poppy, didn’t need no wand to fight.

There was no denying a wand could be useful, however, and her other opponent definitely had one of those. And so did Julia.

”...First things first…”

It happened suddenly, and Poppy had not been expecting it. The Bulla charm wrapped around her face before she knew what was happening. For most duelists--indeed for the other two present--this was nothing really out of the ordinary it seemed. For Poppy--to whom magic was still an unexplored frontier--it was vastly out of the ordinary. With a surprised squeak! Poppy flailed, smacking at the air bubble that had manifested over her nose and mouth. As one who as ever tried to smack at air could imagine, this did not end well for her.

With a look sullen look and a reddened nose, Poppy plopped into the water after the others.

”...Oh, and… watch out for the mermaids.”

Mermaids?!

Poppy dunked herself without further thought and sure enough, there they were! Beautiful, like princesses with hair floating around them in ethereal crowns. Their tails glistened where stray light caught the iridescent scales as the creatures darted through the water, quick as any fish. The little girl trapped in a fairytale dream felt a wish bubble up hard in her chest: that she could be one of them.

She could already breathe down here, how easy would it be to just swim over and plead for them to take her--

A flurry of action shot through Poppy’s consciousness. A whistle and shouting swelled through the water at her. The girl (not without some effort) pulled her attention from the gleaming fish people. The girl with the wand had it pointed at Piper. Pipes was yelling something at the mermaids. For now, the little girl was on the edge of everything, not the focus, and that was where she liked to be.

Hoping Daisy was sufficiently distracted by her altercation with Piper, Poppy lunged with all her might through the sluggish pull of water toward Daisy and tried to grab the other girl’s [Daisy] wand from her grasp [disarm].

Poppy had thought long and hard after the last duel. What had she planned to do with Castor’s wand if she could have gotten hold of it? She didn’t know any spells, and there was a nagging suspicion in her brain that Abra Kadabra was not going to be what m u g g l e s had hyped it to be. What would she do now if she managed to get Daisy’s? The simplest answer was play keep away. If she had it, then they didn’t, and that meant no spells flying toward her, and everyone would be on more even footing.

She could play this game.
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Tallulah Sloe

    (04/23/2018 at 15:39)
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ROUND ONE

A1.  Piper attempts to solicit the mermaids’ assistance, turning them against Daisy.  You’ve definitely caught their attention, but they seem unsure of what to do next!
[Ref’s Note:  Talking is a free action, and you did not request any modifiers, so there’s nothing to roll for here.  You can double check how physical attacks and physical actions work HERE, and can check in with myself or Julia Cole if you have any questions!]

A2.  Daisy attempts to cast Petrificus totalus on Piper.  Success!  But Piper is wiley and wriggles out of the way.

A3.  Poppy attempts to lunge at Daisy, trying to grab her wand from her hands to disarm her.  Success! Poppy now holds in her hot little hands Daisy’s wand!
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A4.  A lovely looking pink-tailed mermaid with brown braids, seemingly offended by Piper’s attempt to win over the mermaids, gives Piper a swat with her tail as she swims past.  Ouch!  That’s 6% Damage!



Round 2 of 5:


Piper Eden - 74%

vs.

Daisy Kawaguchi - 60%, disarmed

vs.

Poppy Applewhite - 95%, armed with Daisy’s wand (-2 Ability if attempting to use it)

vs.

Mermaids - 50%

[REF'S NOTE:  Edited to fix my application of Velocity (I had applied Piper's to Daisy, whoops; Action order changed but did not affect rolls at all) AND to reflect that Daisy is specialized in a spell, therefore has the 10% Health Penalty.  Thanks for being patient with me, folks!  Round Time remains the same.]
« Last Edit: 04/23/2018 at 17:20 by Tallulah Sloe »
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Poppy Applewhite

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SHE HAD THE WAND!

And not the first idea of what to do with it. For a moment of pure elation at her surprise success, Poppy ignored this problem, but it came nagging back quicker than you could say “Got yer wand!”

Even a year and more on from her first introduction to magic, she’d never been allowed to use it. She’d been patently denied going to get a wand of her own--That was for when she was Older (did her eyes just roll?)--but now she had This One! It didn’t feel like anything special in her hand, but in the fluid excitement deep inside her chest, she felt something holding onto that wand tight.

It wasn’t going to do her any good if Poppy couldn’t keep holding onto it, though. She needed to make sure Daisy didn’t get it back. Being slippery was her forte, however, and they were in the water, right?

With a flurry of arms and legs, one hand clutching her wooden prize, Poppy tried to swim away erratically so that she was harder to hit [+1 agility] and hoped the swarm of bubbles from her flailing would be enough to distract Daisy a little [act twice] from the escape attempt. None of this, however, would solve just what exactly she should do with this wand? She couldn’t just play keep away the whole time!

Could she?
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Tallulah Sloe

    (04/24/2018 at 15:44)
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ROUND TWO

A1.  Poppy swims erratically in hopes of being a more difficult target and of getting an edge on the competition.  Success!

A2.  A rotund merlady with a shimmery blue tail and blonde curls, perhaps drawn by all the splashing, swims up to Poppy and tugs on her hair.  That really hurt!  6% Damage.



Round 3 of 5:


Piper Eden - 74%, one round missed, two until forfeit

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Daisy Kawaguchi - 60%, disarmed, one round missed, two until forfeit

vs.

Poppy Applewhite - 89%, armed with Daisy’s wand (-2 Ability if attempting to use it), +1 Agility, may act twice

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Mermaids - 50%
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* Daisy Kawaguchi

    (04/25/2018 at 12:38)
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Daisy could have cursed. The damn pipsqueak had taken her completely by surprise and worst of all, now had her wand in hand. The girl felt immediately naked. Though the first eleven years of her life had been spent in complete ignorance of the magical world, Daisy had never felt more at ease than in the first few hours of her time at Hogwarts. Even in London in the home of her parents, her wand was never far away. Tucked inside her jacket. Sitting at the bottom of her satchel. She had no cause to need it but her wand acted as a mental safety net. Its presence meant she could at least act if required.

Now though, she had nothing.

Daisy kicked out, the depth of the water suddenly overwhelming.Why couldn’t they have just dueled on solid ground like normal witches and wizards? She cast a glowering look towards the banks of the caves. That surely would have been a much better idea. Even rocky, uneven ground was much more preferable to a mermaid-filled lagoon.

Rocky. Rocks.

Brilliant.

While physical altercations were not allowed in dueling, there was nothing stopping Daisy from using the physical objects around her.  Despite the charm around her head, Daisy took an instinctive breath as she turned a dived, now searching instead for the bottom of the lagoon. Instantly the green, murky waters coloured her vision but luckily for Daisy it was not her eyes that she required now but touch. Arms outstretched and palms flat, she kicked hard in the water, further and further into the depths of the Lagoon. All around her she could see tails and even at one point the grisly, angry face of a mermaid leering from the depths.

It was not long before she found what she needed. The bottom of the great expanse was, as she had expected, no soft and silty but in fact covered in hard, smooth stones. Daisy immediately grabbed what she could, taking swiftly in hand a number of small pebbles and stuffing them rapidly down the front of her swimsuit before kicking hard off the floor of the lagoon. She was grateful to Julia Cole at least for the decent bulla charm. The swim back to the surface had an added difficulty with the extra weight,  and would have been nigh impossible had she been forced to hold her breath. When Daisy’s face at last broke the surface she thanked Merlin she had at least taken an interest in swimming.

Again, Daisy wasted no time. Grabbing her first pebble, she squared up the little mite [Poppy] so arrogant as to steal her wand. Raising her arm, Daisy pitched the pebble with all her might, hoping  to strike her [deal damage] or even better stun her [act twice] so that she might retrieve her wand.

Tallulah Sloe

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ROUND THREE

A1.  Daisy tosses a pebble at Poppy, hoping it stings and gives gives her a little more time to work with.  Success!  Poppy can’t wriggle out of the way.  That one stings. 5% Damage!
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A2.  A silver-haired merman with an ornate-looking yellow tail swims very close to the group, scowling, but does not interfere.



Round 4 of 5:


Piper Eden - 74%, two rounds missed, one until forfeit

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Daisy Kawaguchi - 60%, disarmed, may act twice

vs.

Poppy Applewhite - 84%, armed with Daisy’s wand (-2 Ability if attempting to use it),  one round missed, two until forfeit

vs.

Mermaids - 50%

[Ref's Note/Edit:  I forgot to add the -3 Resistance Penalty to the damage roll for Poppy's missed round.  Correct Damage is 5%, not the originally posted 2%.  Thanks for bearing with me!]
« Last Edit: 04/26/2018 at 16:03 by Tallulah Sloe »
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Poppy Applewhite

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She changed her mind about the mermaids.

“OW!”

The exclamation filled her air bubble as she stalled suddenly in her flightswim. She tried to blindly retaliate, lashing out wildly, but the fish lady moved with surprising speed and was gone.

“Come back and say it to my face, you chicken fish!” Poppy shouted to the deep, “Yer just mad I got legs! I can swim after you, I’d love to see you flopping around on the ground!” No need to mention that she did little more than flop through the water, comparatively.

“OW!”

Once again her voice swelled in the close air of her bubble charm. Her hand--the one with the wand in it--shot to her shoulder where a red welt had blossomed, and Poppy cast her gaze about wildly looking for the source: Daisy. Poppy had the girl’s wand, but Daisy, she saw, had rocks.

A rock fight Poppy could handle!

"So it's like that!" She shouted now at Daisy.

Poppy dove, going for her own arsenal, the looming aquatic specters gliding about her. It took her longer than she thought to reach the bottom, and by the times she got there, her nerves were on edge. With fumbling, water-weighted fingers, the girl collected--one, two, three!--pebbles and turned back toward Daisy just as a merman bright as sunshine swam startlingly close.

Poppy opened her mouth to scream. One of those high-pitched, amplified whistles that only young girls seem capable of producing, and only in the back of her mind wondered if mermaids had sensitive ears [½ damage] or if it might be enough to stall her opponents [act twice].
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* Daisy Kawaguchi

    (04/26/2018 at 13:21)
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Merlin. Children were the worst.

There was no small pleasure reflected in Daisy's smile as she watched the pebble bounce of the younger girls shoulder. Success! She was not necessarily a fan of violence. There were usually smarter, more wily ways to get what you required. Sometimes however it was the only thing left. Daisy had just raised to her arm to take another pitch when -

A silver glimmer flashed in the corner of her eye.

Daisy hesitated before slowly lowering her arm.The glaring face of a large merman leered back at her, scales shimmering in the afternoon sun. Perhaps he was not pleased with her treatment of the younger girl, or maybe he was just not happy with their presence full stop. Either way, Daisy didn't like the situation, and didn't feel bold enough to take another pitch, lest he see the action as a threat against himself.

It was then that Poppy's high pitched scream erupted, piercing the air shrill and loud. Daisy herself winced, ears popping. If there was one thing dueling was teaching her it was that she was in no way cut out for motherhood.

Taking the opportunity Daisy dove, forgetting her pebbles and instead making a break to the girl in front of her. Medusa curse the little thing and her screams, albeit somewhat muffled underwater. It took only a few moments thought to swim the few meters separating them. Ducking underneath her young opponent [Poppy], Daisy reached for her wand in an attempt to grab it back [disarm].

There was no way Daisy was going to swim with the fishies without it.

Tallulah Sloe

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ROUND FOUR

A1.  Poppy screams real loud at the mermaids, in the hopes that it might sting some and stall them out.  Success!  The mermaids look miffed and some are clutching their ears.  1.5% Damage!

A2.  Daisy attempts to snatch her wand back from that meddlesome Poppy.  Success!  Daisy is rearmed!  Reunited and it feels so good!

A3.  A looming merlady with a frilly green tail and very long, red hair screams back at Poppy!  Turns out it’s not just little girls who have a corner on that market.  Ouch, your poor ears!  5% Damage!



FINAL ROUND:


Piper Eden - Forfeit

vs.

Daisy Kawaguchi - 60%, rearmed

vs.

Poppy Applewhite - 84%, may act twice

vs.

Mermaids - 48.5%


[REF NOTE: I had to make a slight edit to Poppy’s HP.  See note in above round.  Thanks for your patience.]
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Tallulah Sloe

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FINAL ROUND:

A1.  The mermaids as a group swirl around the duelers as a group, but it seems like we'll end this duel at a stand-off--the mermaids posture, but make no move!



FINAL RESULTS:

Piper Eden - Forfeit

vs.

Daisy Kawaguchi - 60%

vs.

Poppy Applewhite - 84%

vs.

Mermaids - 48.5%


congratulations to
Poppy Applewhite
the winner of Duel Two!
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