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Author Topic: Duel Three: Hir v. Nettlebed v. O’Brien v. Valenti  (Read 392 times)

* Vega Nettlebed

    (04/14/2019 at 20:07)
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“…I suppose that’s that, then.”

Vega tried not to look too pleased with herself as she watched Virtue Hir get escorted off the block, and failed terribly. She hadn’t needed Athanasia Valenti’s help, after all. Brooklyn would have been proud, she thought, and then promptly wished that she hadn’t, for the thought of her friend— or rather, lack of friend— was still raw, still painful.

Her smile faltering somewhat, and then thinning into a closed line, she turned back to the only other girl left on the block. They had been allies, both undeclared and then declared, all the way through and up until this point. Now, however, there was nobody left to stand between them. And this in turn meant…

“May the best girl win?”

Levelling her wand at Athanasia, Vega attempted to cast, “Commutati Profundus Levis Plasticus Textus! She felt a little guilty, as she aimed again at Athanasia, and followed her first spell with a second, “Commutati Profundus Levis Plasticus Textus!” The younger girl had been nothing but loyal throughout, but she wasn’t, Vega assumed, an idiot. She must have realised what would come next, regardless of whom she chose to team up with. 

Mucus Chiropterhinus,” Vega attempted to cast at Athanasia next. It was one of the more exciting spells, she personally thought (bats made of your own snot? Even Nashira Nettlebed would be hard-pressed to come up with something as disgusting as that), yet she very rarely saw people trying it out.

There was only one potion left for her to use. She had been hoping to try it out on Virtue, but it looked extremely unlikely now that she would get to follow through with her original plan. Not wanting to waste the opportunity entirely—it was only to trial her potions, after all, that Vega ever stepped foot on the duelling block—she curled her fingers around the last vial.

“If it works, I’m really sorry.” This was what she prefaced her attack with, and she even meant it, too. She was beginning to quite like Athanasia Valenti. That still didn’t stop her from doing what she did next, which was to attempt to throw her Super Stinging Nettlebed Potion at Athanasia, her only opponent left on the block.

Athanasia Valenti-Rose

    (04/14/2019 at 21:06)
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Athanasia had managed to free herself from the hole just in time to see Virtue drop back into the ground.

Deep brown eyes watched in awe of the scene that followed. Vega sent a flurry of attacks, one after the next in fast succession, at the younger girl. Nasia first spell hadn’t landed, which stirred up a bit of irritation within her, but in the end, it hadn’t mattered. Vega alone had done enough damage to knock Virtue out of the competition.

She watched, almost mournfully, as Virtue was escorted off the block. She watched as Vega smiled, presumably proud of her work, and Athanasia realized that she, too, was proud of the expert combination of spells and potions. Vega Nettlebed was a good ally to have, and, she thought as she watched the older duelist redirect her attention, a very formidable enemy.

“Good luck,” she said with a firm nod, and she found she really meant it. Vega had proved herself to be just as skilled as Virtue, perhaps even better, which both frightened her and filled her with competitive fire. Her wand, which had been tucked beneath her armpit during her scramble to get above ground, was quickly returned to her right hand.

Paintbrush pointed directly at Vega Nettlebed, she attempted to cast “Expelliarmus.” Having witnessed first-hand how nasty the effects of a Furnunculus could be, she wasn’t in any rush to be on the receiving end of one. While she surmised that the Nettlebed girl probably still had a large supply of potions left in her arsenal, stripping her of her wand and thus curtailing her access to magic would, hopefully, limit the range of damage she could do, at least for a little while.

A brief pause ensued while she debated her next move, before, in a spark of what she would consider to be genius, Athanasia moved to aim her wand at Vega again and said, “Wingardium Leviosa,” hoping to lift her opponent off the ground and away from any adjacent materials she might be able to use in a physical retaliation.

Neither of the spells she’d just cast were particularly challenging. In fact, if she recalled correctly, both were taught to first years. However, when used together, Athanasia was sure they would create a highly desirable result that, if she played her cards right, might just result in her victory.

* Olette Carroll

    (04/15/2019 at 17:58)
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Round 6

A1. Athanasia attempts to cast Expelliarmus at Vega. Success! 8% damage!

A2. Athanasia attempts to cast Wingardium Leviosa at Vega. Success! It’s not very painful though. 0% damage!

A3. Void. Vega is disarmed.

A4. Void. Vega is disarmed.

A5. Void. Vega is disarmed.

A6. Vega attempts to throw her Super Stinging Nettlebed Potion at Athanasia. Success! 8% damage!




Round 7 of 7:

Virtue Hir - KO’d

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Vega Nettlebed - 14%, -2 abi, disarmed, must use a physical action to rearm herself, will float for 2 rounds or until Athanasia successfully casts another spell, unable to use physical actions to recover objects from the ground, will receive additional damage when falls

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Étaín O’Brien - Forfeit

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Athanasia Valenti - 24%, -4 res
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Athanasia Valenti-Rose

    (04/16/2019 at 01:57)
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“How’s the view up there?”

She didn’t want to laugh, not really, but seeing such a fierce, strong-willed girl held captive by her spell-work (she did that!) made it impossible to keep a subtle smile from playing onto her lips whilst she spoke.

The feeling of joyous victory was short-lived. Even suspended high in the air, Vega Nettlebed still managed to do a nasty bit of damage. The potion exploded at her feet, drenching her legs in a liquid that further splashed up to lick at the lower parts of her arms. Almost immediately her skin began to burn and sting in the most agonizing way possible.

In that case…

Aiming for Vega’s socks, she pointed her wand and cast, “Commutati Brevis Lentos Calidus!” Retaliation was only fair. It wasn’t a particularly painful piece of magic, not like the stinging concoctions and boil-inducing spells the other girl had been flinging around the block throughout the duel, but it still created a decently uncomfortable situation for the target. Nasia also wanted to gauge both her ability to cast the spell— she expected it to be successful. She tended to expect success in almost all things she attempted, though if this duel had taught her anything, it was that abilities on paper don’t always translate perfectly in practice— and her opponent's reaction, because such things could be useful to know for future duels.

“I had fun.” This time, the smile she offered was big (for Athanasia Valenti), bight (again, for her), and nothing but one hundred percent genuine (this was true no matter who was wearing it). The burns, while painful, had done nothing to dampen her newfound respect for the older girl. "You make a good partner, Vega Nettlebed."

* Vega Nettlebed

    (04/16/2019 at 16:37)
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She wanted to be annoyed, she really did.

But even wandless and helplessly floating above the duelling block, Vega couldn't quite manage to look as incredibly irritated as she wanted. It was an unnerving feeling, not being fully in control of her own emotions, and it was something that she rarely, if ever, let happen. Yet the problem was that she had, over the course of one silly summer duel, decided that Athanasia Valenti was quite enjoyable company. She would have been even if she had accepted Virtue's offer over Vega's, but this last point -- that she had picked the Nettlebed over the Hir -- was one that tipped her over the boundary of 'acceptable' and firmly into 'likeable' territory.

This, too, was rare when it came to Vega, who was rather picky when it came to her friends.

"The view," she started, still trying to maintain a stony expression and almost succeeding at it, "--is quite nice, actually." She wasn't lying, either; Virtue Hir's paint splatters, the very same that she had detested when they had been flung at her minutes before, looked rather more attractive from this angle, covering the white canvas of the duelling block instead of her. A smile of her own, mirroring the other girl's in its reluctance to come wholly forth, appeared and rendered pointless all of her efforts to look unimpressed.

She worked quickly after that, kicking off her shoes in her hurry to strip the socks Athanasia was aiming at from her feet. Socks now in hand instead of on foot, Vega balled them up, tucking one sock into the other, and attempted to throw her makeshift missile at Athanasia [damage].

"You make a good partner, Vega Nettlebed."

"Yes," Vega said, and this was another rarity, for she was not a partner kind of girl. Another smile flared, "You make a decent one, too."

* Olette Carroll

    (04/16/2019 at 18:16)
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Round 7

A1. Athanasia attempts to cast Commutati Brevis Lentos Calidus on Vega’s socks. Success! However, aside from a little discomfort, it’s not really painful. 0% damage.

A2. Vega attempts to throw her balled up socks at Athanasia [damage]. Success! Vega’s got quite the arm on her. 13% damage!




Final Results:

Virtue Hir - KO’d

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Vega Nettlebed - 14%

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Étaín O’Brien - Forfeit

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Athanasia Valenti - 11%




Congrats to Vega Nettlebed for winning the duel!

The following characters will receive +1 bonus point to add to any stat in their duelling profile for the 1956-1957 Duelling Tournament: Virtue Hir, Vega Nettlebed, Athanasia Valenti.
« Last Edit: 04/17/2019 at 16:07 by Olette Clarington-DuPont »
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