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 Heaven Under Siege, Feb 22nd 2:00 PM [Closed]
Iron Fist
 Posted: Jan 10 2018, 10:09 AM
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The sworn protector and champion of K'un-Lun had left K'un-Lun. The gate to the Earthly realm had opened, Danny had stood before it and fought off The Hand and their attempt to invade the pillar of Heaven. Before the gate closed, Danny had made a decision. No longer would K'un-Lun wait for the Hand to attack decade after decade. If the Heavenly city was to be protected then The Hand needed to be destroyed. If he left his post, left K'un-Lun, he could avenge his parents death, destroy The Hand, and ensure the Celestial cities safety for all of eternity. That was two years ago. Danny had accomplished the first task. Avenging his parents death and reclaiming Rand Industries from The Hand. He had, so far, failed to destroy The Hand.

That should not have been a problem, he did have eight more years until the gate to K'un-Lun opened. Unbeknownst to Danny their was a lot more about being the Immortal Iron Fist that he needed to learn, and other ways to reach one of the Pillars of Heaven. Had he stayed he would have been their when the portal opened, and would have been ready to fight them off. As it was, K'un-Lun was practically defenseless. Raizo, The Hand Daimyo (Lord) with his ability to enhance his perception had come through a portal with a cadre of ninja. Though he had brought another with him. A more powerful Lord. Tomi Shishido "Leader" of The Hand. The attack on K'un-Lun had begun in a most swift and merciless manner.

For several days, Danny had tracked down lead after lead. With only a scroll to guide him. That scroll, written in K'un-Lunese spoke of something called Ley Lines and provided an incantation or ritual that could tap into those Ley Lines and open a portal to K'un-Lun itself. All it required was the heart of the Panchen. (Great Scholar) Danny had been to late. It had taken too long to find the hidden scholar. The Panchen had been assassinated. Though it seemed the Great Scholar had predicted his demise. Scribbled on the floor in blood the words "Beneath Bleecker NY."

A few calls were made to a few trusted allies and the search beneath Bleecker Street began. Danny had first called Spider-man and got him up to speed. Telling the story of Danny Rand's disappearance as a young boy. The real story, not the one the news got. Danny told of K'un-Lun, a Pillar and Capital City of Heaven, of the training and the fight with Shou-Lao the Undying. That he was but one in a long line of Iron Fists, and the sworn enemy of something called The Hand. Spider-Man was clued into The Hand as well. Danny then called Shadowcat, Slate, and Hawkeye. Giving them the place they needed to search. He would need a group to save K'un-Lun, he just hoped this small band would be enough.

The Sewers beneath New York led to a catacomb of sorts, followed by mild resistance by left behind Hand and finally a shimmering portal. Danny never paused to sight see or marvel at the shimmering portal that looked like a pristine pool stood on end. Instead he went straight through and found K'un-Lun under siege.

Scores of Ninja scurrying about like a plague of locusts. Monks of the Heavenly city doing what they could to fight off the scourge. Their resolve rattled because their Champion had not been their to stand as the Vanguard and hold off the storm. "Welcome to K'un-Lun. The place of my making." Danny said, resolve setting across his facial features. His iron fist igniting with that golden glow. "Expect to fast the best The Hand has to offer." Danny broke into a full sprint, running head long towards his sworn enemy.

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Gorgon is Gorgon pre resurrection so just his base ability. His swords are also not the mystical ones. Just regular ones.
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Spider-man
 Posted: Jan 10 2018, 12:46 PM
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Spidey had been in the moment Danny said 'please'. Being able to punch ninjas was just a secondary plus. He'd balked just a little at going through the city sewers, however. And more worryingly, the rest of the group would get to hear the ominous line "Not again..." from the web-slinger. When it came to New York, Spidey had been everywhere. Especially the bad parts. Why did villains always use the bad parts. Why couldn't they just have their secret bases in penthouses and laser tag arenas?

Throughout it all, however, there was only one word repeating in Spidey's head. 'Cool.'
Help out a fellow member of the Amazing Spider-friends? 'Cool.'
Magic portal to Ancient City right out of literally every Kung-Fu movie. 'Cool.'
Army of ninjas? "So... the Hand... ninjas probably don't use lawsuits, do they? More "dishonor on our clan, stab stab stab", right? Darn. I think I'm gonna have to volunteer myself as Eastman and Laird's personal bodyguard."
Also 'Cool.'

He looked between the others present at the portal before going through, as Spidey lacked Danny's instinctive understanding of the supernatural. In particular he settled on Hawkeye... a man wielding a bow and arrow. "So... do I call you Robin Hood, or Green Arrow? Either way, cool bow, nice to meet you, welcome to the Amazing Spider-friends: Ninja Punching Division. Name's a work in progress!" He quipped, before holding his nose and diving through the portal feet-first. It was a weird magic water portal, after all. And spiders had a rather legendary disadvantage with water.

After landing on the stonework outside the ancient city, however, Spidey was finally at a loss for words. Even through the destruction, the carnage, there was a glimpse of the beautiful city behind it all. And out of respect, he hadn't brought a camera. He was kicking himself for it with every second.

Spidey soon sprinted after Danny to get to the action, hoping he wouldn't be the only one there who could keep up with the Iron Fist in a sprint. "Does this mean I lost the bet about you getting your powers from being bitten by a radioactive dragon?" Even with his joking tone, this was Serious Spider-man. He knew full well he was charging into a life-or-death scenario with potentially hundreds of ninja, and he was fairly sure the Conservation of Ninjutsu rule didn't apply in real life. Though if it did, he was sure to find out soon. Regardless of the danger, however, Peter kept that unflappable wit and optimism on in full. This place was Danny's home, and it was busy getting the everloving crap kicked out of it. He was sure the man would need all the friends he could get. "Cause I may or may not have made that bet."

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Slate
 Posted: Jan 10 2018, 04:00 PM
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It had been just over a week since Shane had met Clint Barton and had a chance encounter with a ninja of the Hand. If he hadn't been searching the area where his mentee Billy had been attacked the day prior the encounter wouldn't have happened and the scroll revealing the secret to opening a portal to K'un-Lun might have slipped away entirely. It was funny how things sometimes worked out.

Even with Danny having explained both K'un-Lun and his connections to it Shane was still at a loss when it came to really understanding all of it. Not that he was slow or anything of that sort, but he just had a hard time wrapping his head around clearly mystical things. Despite the fact that the X-Men as a team had encountered mystical threats in nature before, his own first exposure had been during the recent trip to the museum, and that had been both bizarre and somewhat terrifying. Shane had decided then that magical threats sucked.

K'un-Lun wasn't a threat, but it was being threatened. So when Danny contacted him he agreed without hesitation to help defend it. Having been present when the threat to the Heavenly city had been revealed he felt somewhat duty bound to assist in its defense.

Danny's call had come at what would have normally been an inopportune time because of Shane's class schedule, meaning the Hand had been quite inconsiderate in planning the time and date of their invasion. Luckily Kitty had also been recruited to assist the small team of protectors, which Shane saw as a boon in multiple regards. Her being part of the security team made it much easier for Shane to have his afternoon class canceled without having to provide a seemingly nonsensical explanation for it –very much a “win” in his book. The young woman also had some prior experience with the Hand and she was capable of becoming intangible, likely giving her a great advantage on the battlefield –those factors didn't hurt either.

Shane had met up with Clint prior to joining the rest of the strike team in the sewers. While the two traveled to the designated entry point he had asked a series of questions ranging from, “You sure you're okay with all of this?” to “How are you holding up?” Because he cared, and he didn't want his new friend to make any decisions he might regret. He had wanted to be sure that Clint was aware of the danger and that he was okay facing it head on. To learn that he was had brought a smile to Shane's face.

Once the team had assembled, Shane regarded each with a nod and/or a wave. @Iron Fist, @Spider-Man, Shadowcat, and Hawkeye all seemed prepped and ready to face the unknown and win back the Heavenly city of K'un-Lun from the likes of the Hand. After descending into the dark tunnels, Shane accessed a sample of beryl –heliodor– embedded in the interior lining of one of his uniform gloves. The hard yellow crystal gave his bulkier body a smooth, translucent appearance

As the team traversed the sewers on the way to their destination they were forced to take down various Hand stragglers, all probably stationed at various points to keep people from reaching the portal. “No Spidey,” Shane remarked to a somewhat randomly delivered question about whether or not the Hand utilized lawsuits, “I figure they're probably more the 'slash first and ask questions never' kinda guys.”

When they finally reached the shimmering wall of what appeared to be vertically standing water Shane stopped momentarily as Danny simply strode through. Gazing at the magical gateway, Shane listened as Spider-Man rambled off some peculiar name suggestions for Clint, making the geokinetic realize that they hadn't actually been properly introduced. And who had given him the authority to name the team? Who was going to remember the Amazing Spider-Friends: Ninja Punching Division?
But before Shane could properly introduce Spider-Nerd to the archer, the former dove through the portal while holding his nose as though he was leaping into the deep end of the kiddy pool.

“Okie dokie,” he said, giving the remaining two a flat look and shrugging. As he took off running toward the portal he called back to them, “That's totally not gonna be our name!”

Travel through the portal was instantaneous, and Shane slowed to a stop as he came up alongside Danny and Spider-Man. Shane was afforded only a few brief moments to take in the sight of the Heavenly city, which was already being overrun. He listened to Danny's brief introduction and subsequent warning as the others arrived and before the Iron Fist and Spider-Man rushed off to join the monks fighting to stave off the invasion of the Hand in what was sure to become quite an intense battle. While Shane wasn't as fast as the two out in front he gave Hawkeye and Shadowcat a nod before taking off himself.
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Hawkeye
 Posted: Jan 10 2018, 11:34 PM
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"Really it's fine, I wouldn't have agreed to come if I thought I couldn't handle this." Clint assured his friend again, it was good that Shane was checking in to make sure that their teams token human was going to be okay with not only the mission but with the superhero team up. It showed that Shane was not just a considerate friend but someone who was genuinely concerned with the well being of the people around him.

It looked like they were the last two that showed up, their conversation seemed private, so Clint quieted. The trek through the sewers was simple, but when Clint downed a rogue ninja, he did stop to grab his arrow from the man's body as he walked by. He had a more massive than usual quiver strapped to his back along with as many arrows as he could comfortably carry (with some extra special arrowheads in the pouches on his vest) and his favorite bow in hand. "You can call me Hawkeye." Even though he'd spoken to the kid, he couldn't help but cut a look to Slate, who didn't warn them that they were bringing a twelve-year-old to the mission. Great, babysitting duty.

Taking a deep breath, Clint decided to hold his breath as he entered the portal-

Holy shit it was a mess on the other side. There was a fight going on, and Clint had the sudden feeling that he needed about a thousand more arrows, he'd run out soon enough so it looked like he was going to have to sweep the battlefield one side to the other so he could pick up his arrows as he reused them. Not the first time he would have had to do it, but never on his sort of scale, watching as Iron Fist ran off with Spider-man hot on his heels. "What did I get myself into?" He murmured under his breath as he unhooked his bow from his back and drew an arrow from his quiver. Clint ended up doing a double take as he glanced over at Shane to see the man nearly see-through, he looked kind of like lemon candy, "Oh wow." His eyes roamed the now transformed geokenetic with pure amazement on his face.

Oh but then Shane was running off too, leaving just Clint and Shadowcat at the back, "You can go ahead and run off too, you don't have to babysit me." He smiled down at her but then notched his first arrow, sinking it neatly into the heart of a ninja that was approaching. If he were hunting deer it would have been a slightly messy shot because no doubt the ninja was suffering from internal bleeding, but damn did it look epic when he just downed the guy. One deep breath later and he was producing another arrow, "Weirdest second date ever," He was talking to himself and not expecting an answer, just taking several steps forward before letting an arrow fly. "I was expecting maybe sushi or something, not this."

Well time for the archer to really enter the fray, so he too decided to charge forward so that he could be on the edge of the crowd that was fighting.
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Shadowcat
 Posted: Jan 13 2018, 09:49 PM
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Apparently if you wanted to find a heavenly city, you just had to crawl through the sewer a bit. Who knew? At least with her powers, she didn’t have to touch anything. That didn’t stop her from wanting a bath already, though, and it did nothing to spare her from that godawful smell. But K’un-Lun wasn’t the only thing to be found in the dark. The Hand were there in the sewers, too, to little surprise; they were basically vermin anyway.

Of course, even knowing the locale and their opponents ahead of time, the girl had still agreed in a heartbeat. If Danny needed an extra exterminator, she’d gladly suit up. It was the exactly what Kitty had given him her number for in the first place.

Speaking of their company, though, there was a reason even a ten-year X-Man like Shane had been kept in the dark about the Hand: the more people that knew, the more that turned up dead. So while she could appreciate the need for a team, Kitty was decidedly displeased that Danny had widened the circle to get it. It wasn’t just Shane, either. She didn’t know the first thing about this new guy. And Peter? For the very first time, each of his clever little quips actually just ratcheted up her tension. The Hand were serious business. They needed to be handled as such.

Treating this like a joke was only going to get everyone killed. And unlike the invading ninjas, death for them was a one-way ticket.

So for the most part, Kitty kept to the back. She kept quiet, kept her ears open instead of her mouth. That way, it was easier to hear those rats as they scurried in the darkness. Each one they passed was another trailmarker on their path. Each one they passed was also put down, hard. Eventually that sewer emptied into an old catacomb, and before long… Was that a Stargate?

“Why’s it always magic nowadays?” the girl grumbled under her breath. She’d had enough of this shit lately.

She didn’t wait for an answer, of course. One by one, team let’s-argue-about-the-name-after-we-win stepped through those shimmering waters and into... something else. The sudden brightness caught her by surprise, and she had to shield her eyes against the sunlight. But quick enough, the scene before them came into view. That mystical city grew up the hill and beyond it, towering into the sky, and the Hand were already crawling along every inch of it. That meant the team’s entrance at the foot of it put them at a distinct disadvantage; they’d have to fight for every foot.

As a few of the others charged recklessly ahead, Shadowcat held back. She took a moment to study the scene, to map out that theater of war. She wanted to know where the struggles were, where they could turn the tide, where she could be of most use. But at least her and the new guy agreed on one thing: it wasn’t standing there protecting him. Not when he could down a ninja like that. “Nice shot!” Kitty praised, flashing him a quick smirk as she dove into the fray.

“Keep it up, Hawkguy!”

[Iron Fist, Spider-man, Slate, Hawkeye]
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Iron Fist
 Posted: Jan 14 2018, 11:52 AM
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"I shoved my fists into Shou-Lao's burning heart. He's a massive dragon. A bite would have bitten me in half." Danny said as they made their way up the set of stairs leading to the Eternal City. Any other time he would have told the tale of the mighty fight between himself and Shou-Lao, the mighty Oriental styled Dragon that every Iron Fist was tested against. Though today was not a day for stories of battles fought and won. Today was a day to make those stories, and to save the Eternal City from the worst possible fate that could fall upon it. The fall of K'un-Lun to The Hand would eventually mean the fall of Earth to The Hand.

The Hand had already been at the steps and made their way into the City. A few bodies lay upon the steps. Cut down by various means. Most notably where the tell tale signs of cuts by skilled Katana. Though there was a rather peculiar sight at the top of the steps. Two monks mid strike had been petrified and turned to solid stone statues. "Gorgon." Danny said with a shake of his head. "If their is nothing you take seriously Spider-man at least take Gorgon seriously. Your reflexes will not save you from his gaze." Gorgon was not only one of the Daimyo, he was one of THE Daimyo. Which added to the gravity of the situation and the seriousness. If Gorgon was here then The Hands plans for K'un-Lun was of paramount importance.

Movement caught Danny's eye. A monk, gravely injured, still clutching his Dao styled sword, tried to push himself to a standing position. The sword shook as he tried to raise it to defend against what may have been the second set of invaders, only to drop once he spotted Danny. "You came." The monks words were K'un-Lunese, though somehow everyone understood what he was saying. A little bit of hope filled his dying eyes. "Where is the Yu-Ti?" Danny asked as he moved to use his chi to try and heal the monk. Though the monk stopped him. "Save your chi for the fight. Yu-Ti is guarding the entrance to the Garden. They must not get to the tree." The monk gasped and whizzed before speaking his final words. "Call him and he will come."

Danny slipped his hands over the monks eyes and turned to look up at the massive double doors that were wide open. Resistance on the stairs had been minimal, a bulk of the enemy was inside no doubt trying to take the Garden. The Hand were aware of their presence and had begun to move to block their entrance into the Eternal City. Danny was not going to have any of that.

Rushing forward, Danny's hand ignited with the golden light of the Iron fist. A katana cut across, only to be stopped by the Iron Fist, shattering it on impact. The ninja clutching a useless hilt got to hear what an expert roundhouse kick to the ear sounded like before crumpling to the ground. Danny pressed forward, his fist biting deep into the abdomen of another as he dipped low. Katana narrowly missing the top of his head before that ninja shot forward like a human throwing star. Most of the fights on Earth, Danny had pulled his punches. Here, at K'un-Lun, Danny was not pulling a single one.

The Immortal Iron Fist burst through the doors. Monks were fighting ninja all over the place. "The Iron Fist has returned." One of them shouted in K'un-Lunese. A set of 10 ninja. Knuckle dusters on their hands instead of katanas rushed to surround Danny, and Danny Rand went to work.

The Ninja Raizo crouched in the shadows, his gaze narrowing as he watched the "heroes" swarm into the city. His gaze falling on Spider-man as he made a series of concealed hand gestures. Spidey would feel a tingle as Raizo mirrored Spidey's perception. A Shoge hook dangled from his hand as he moved to engage Spider-Man. Swinging the hook before throwing it out to strike at the wallcrawler.

At the back of the courtyard, Gorgon made two expert swipes, cutting down two monks before turning his attention to the door. His hands rose to remove the glasses from his face before entering into a jog towards the heroes. His eyes shifted as a monk stepped up for an attack, only to be nearly instantly petrified by the Gorgon's gaze. "Take the Garden, send for the others." He said in Japanese that of course anyone that could hear him would miraculously understand. If they weren't in a fight yet, they all were now.

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 Posted: Jan 14 2018, 03:02 PM
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"Danny came up with the name, not me!"

Spidey knew his mythology from more than just a few games of Dungeons and Dragons, so when he saw the stone statues... "Gorgon? Like... Oh. Gorgon." He stared for a moment, then pat the Iron Fist on the shoulder. "Got it." His tone had changed at that sight. And only further changed, as he watched the monk die. Things had become abruptly more serious, far more than just a real-life martial arts movie. Or rather, exactly like, with all the brutality they usually involved. People were dying, now it was time to go to work. His mind shifted into all the possibilities of dealing with an opponent he couldn't look at...

...but before he could follow and help, his spider-sense tingled, and he dodged onto a nearby wall to dodge a hooked weapon that would have neatly taken off his head. He looked over as the masked ninja recoiled his weapon, narrowing his eyes behind the mask. Spidey fired a web-line at him, only for the man to dodge in a way he could recognize more than anyone else. 'Spider-sense?' He thought to himself, wondering how this ninja had the same sort of perception... but not for too long. Raizo threw a volley of shuriken at Spidey, who dodged with a web-line to an opposing wall. Only to be greeted by more shuriken, one of which grazed him on the shoulder. "Okay, you're fast. I get it. Ninja." Spidey fired a brief salvo of small web-bullets much in the same way as the ninja was launching shuriken, aiming to do the same as the ninja was doing to him - testing his reflexes.

The two were soon locked in a midrange battle of shuriken, chain-hook-throws, web-bullets, and so many acrobatic dodges that it might be hard for others to follow the two of them. The bullets were a ruse, however, Spidey was doing it to waste the man's ammon and draw the man off the ground. The ninja wore hand-claws, an effective way to replicate a spider's climbing ability, but proof that from the looks of it the man was no true wall-crawler. That meant that while he could dodge on the ground, if Peter could catch him off-guard in the air, the ninja lacked the web-shooters required to pull off Peter's particular brand of midair dodges. It was a war of attrition, but one he could win. He just had to keep it up and wait for an opening.

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Slate
 Posted: Jan 15 2018, 12:31 PM
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Being in shape as he was, Shane wasn't a particularly slow man, but he had no kind of actually enhanced speed. Iron Fist and Spider-man had clear advantages when it came to covering ground quickly, so it came as no real surprise that as his heliodor filled UM boots stomped forward as a pace that was somewhat above-average the gap between him and the pair widened. If not for their open comm devices Shane might have missed the group chatter.

The rather peculiar group chatter.

While he'd grown accustomed over the years to tuning out most random background talk, he did pick up on a few odd quips here and there. Shadowcat mispronouncing Hawkeye's codename had been humorous enough, and while Shane had been jamming his fist deep into the gut of a rushing ninja –likely causing all sorts of internal complications and bleeding– at the time he may or may not have chuckled. A comment delivered by their resident “Hawkguy” about the battle being the weirdest second date ever would have caused the crystallized geokinetic to pause had he not been busy backhanding another assailant.

Date?

Shane kept quiet, trying to focus more on discussions that might provide them with insight into their enemies. Basically anything that Danny said.

Knowing that the ninja of the Hand were capable of being returned to life, essentially making them a potentially endless nuisance, Shane had few qualms with going all out. While he could self repair from the damage he might sustain his friends could not. Holding back could mean the difference between victory and defeat –life and death for the people he fought with. It with with that knowledge and a modicum of fear that he punched with full force and kicked with all of the power that he could muster.

Danny's warning of a man called “Gorgon” piqued his interest as he ascended the steps to the city proper, and as he reached the top he understood why their foe had been given (or had taken) the name. Like the mythological monster, the very real Gorgon seemed capable of turning people to stone. Pausing only momentarily, his eyes narrowing in anger, Shane shook his head before moving onward, still lagging behind the two fastest in their party. “If this Gorgon is still here, I'll try to keep him occupied and try to take him down,” he said into the comm, blocking a throwing knife with his crystal face. “Everyone else stay away from him! I'm already made entirely of stone –of a kind– and I can fully control it. Pretty sure he can't stop me.”

Okay, so he wasn't entirely sure that Gorgon's powers couldn't somehow override his own, but he was geokinetic, and he surmised that his authority over stone would trump being turned into... well... stone. But if anyone in their group had any way of possibly standing against the power of a petrifying gaze it would likely be him. The very last thing that he wanted was for anyone else to suffer such a fate.

Making his way through the doors as Danny and Spider-Man faced off against foes of their own, Shane witnessed the petrification of one of the monks stepping up to strike at a charging katana-wielding warrior. If he was still capable of feeling normal bodily sensations his stomach might have knotted at the sight. Changing his own body was one thing, but having one's body forcibly changed into stone was a terrible way to go.

So many ninja were present in the courtyard and if he wasn't careful Shane knew he could find himself overwhelmed. As potentially unkillable as he might have been, he could still be rendered useless in a fight if he couldn't move or if a telekinetic was involved. Still, the man with the petrifying gaze was his target, and he made his way forward to intercept him before he could reach anyone else.

As another monk made an attempt to reach him, Gorgon's glare met him as well, adding another statue to the courtyard. Reaching his target, Shane reared back to throw a hard punch to the man's jaw, but the man was too quick, and as those devilish eyes locked onto him Shane could sense a sudden and drastic change in the makeup of his body.

His questionable experiments in the Danger Room had taught him that when he assimilated a mineral, along with becoming bulkier as usual, his body was fully replaced by it, inside and out. While he hadn't really felt the pressure applied by Julian Keller's intense telekinetic force he had sensed it, and when his body violently exploded his consciousness remained fully intact, though heavily disoriented for several moments.

This wasn't much different. While he didn't feel the change he certainly sensed it. The molecular makeup of his body was changing from heliodor to something else. His joints immediately stiffened, and while he could still fully sense his body he was unable to move it. At least right away. The shock of being transformed from a type of beryl into what he surmised to be limestone had thrown his geokinetic senses off long enough to make him actually worry.

For several seconds Shane stared at Gorgon, who had stopped to stare back, apparently pleased with his ability to turn a gem into stone. But that smugness wasn't allowed to last, as Shane's ability caught up with the fact that his molecular composition had changed –and while the change was drastic, he could still control limestone as easily as heliodor. The punch, while affected by a significant loss of momentum from his momentary petrification, resumed and Gorgon swiftly raised his katana to catch Shane's fist –the blade making shallow cuts into his limestone fingers. The durability of the heliodor would be missed, and while he could feasibly revert to his human form and assimilate it from his uniform once more, he wasn't sure that he'd have the same control over his petrified body if he wasn't already some form of stone. That and he was significantly more vulnerable to other attacks when his body was flesh, blood, and bone.

“You're not turnin' anyone else to stone!” He grunted, grabbing at the end of the katana with his free hand while opening his fist to wrap his other fingers around it so that he might attempt to snap it in two or at least bend it.
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 Posted: Jan 17 2018, 01:19 AM
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There was always a bit of strangeness when Clint was the new guy to a group. He couldn't tell how long the others had known each other, but as Shadowcat and Slate were members of the X-men, it was no doubt that they'd worked together several times before. Not that he really cared at the end of the day, this was apparently the team of Spider-man and friends, but Clint felt distinctly on the outside of that one. He'd only come because Shane had asked because he'd somehow gotten himself involved in all of this and after completely destroying the geokenetic the other night at darts he thought that he kind of owed it to the guy.

Kitty was offered a cheeky grin as she complimented his shot, but it quickly turned into a scowl as she got his name wrong, "Its Hawkeye, I'm not over here calling you Shadowbat." He rolled his eyes but didn't dwell on it too long, he had more important things to worry about... Like sailing an arrow to Kitty's right to down the ninja that had been rushing to intercept the intangible girl.

For a second there was a distinct feeling of being outclassed because while Clint worked hard to keep in shape and boxed often enough that he could sure pack a punch, he was not going to ever want to go hand to hand with a trained ninja. Instead, he was hoping that if he positioned himself well enough, he could just take down people from a distance to help keep the scores sort of settled. Three more arrows were let loose in rapid order, each of them finding their mark easily before the large man decided that it was time to get some shit done. Landing a boot straight into the chest of one of the ninjas that he'd maimed earlier, he roughly yanked out the arrow that was embedded in his throat, causing more damage on the way out than it had on the way in. That arrow was then notched, and in just a few seconds Clint had picked a new target to fire the bloodied arrow at because while he was not going to go and start trying to face off with anyone, he thought he could at least provide cover.

Charging forward to follow the path that his arrows had taken, he was ripping out arrows and refiring them as quickly as he could. All the way up until he got in range of where Iron Fist was fighting an entire basketball team full of ninjas on his own. They were all moving too quickly for Clint to get a good shot, so his attention shifted to Peter. The wall-crawler was locked in battle with some guy with a hook, but Clint decided to provide a bit of privacy, aiming for anyone who tried to butt into the little back and forth that they had going.

By the time that his eyes locked onto Shane, the man had been turned to stone and while that usually would not be anything to worry about they'd just been warned about this guy and the stone monks decorating the area suggested that he was nothing to be messed with. Closing his eyes for a second, he took a deep breath before opening them again, "Don't anyone run for the far corner of the building, I got some more coming that way and something to take care of them." Reaching into his vest, Hawkeye easily changed out the arrowhead on the arrow he had in his hand, changing the normal one for an explosive arrowhead. Notching it with ease before letting it fly straight into the chest of the first of the group heading over from around the building. The first ninja stumbled backward from the contact to tumble into the rest of his pack, but a second later the explosion went off, sending shrapnel and bits of ninja crashing into the others. It would not put them down forever, but it would be good enough to stop them until they regained consciousness.
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Shadowcat
 Posted: Jan 21 2018, 03:54 PM
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“Uh… thanks?” Frankly, she had no idea what game the new guy was playing, but she could at least try to humor him. “I won’t call you Croc-guy either, then.”

Was this supposed to be some kind of pneumonic to help him remember their code names? To her, it just seemed like it would make things even more confusing. Besides, half their party didn’t even have animals in their names, and good luck finding a creature to rhyme with ‘spider.’

Where did Shane find this guy again?

Despite his eccentricities -- “You do know we can hear everything you’re saying, right?” -- at least he was good with that bow of his. Hawkguy sank shot after shot into the approaching ninja with expert precision. Iron Fist wasn’t holding back, either; he took on all challengers, despite the overwhelming odds, and held nothing back. Meanwhile, Slate and Spidey proved they had what it went to go toe-to-toe with the two in charge.

But violence wasn’t the only path through the enemy, at least not for Shadowcat. If the Hand was here for the Garden, that’s where she needed to go. But just because she could sail past the invaders with ease, that didn’t mean she was skipping the fight.

As one ninja ran to intercept the small girl, considering her an easy target, Kitty shifted in his direction, and kept running right on through him. Only when she’d reached the other side did she rematerialize… along with her blade still hanging through the ninja’s lung. The others she encountered fared no better. For a girl who had always loudly protested the use of lethal force, for once, she had no qualms in leaving a trail of bodies in her wake.

Because the Hand were already dead.

And unfortunately, they wouldn’t stay that way.

[Iron Fist, Spider-man, Slate, Hawkeye]
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 Posted: Jan 22 2018, 07:13 PM
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Danny Rand kept pressing forward. Loud concussive thumps echoed across the court yard as Danny threw punches with the Iron FIst. Ninja going from highly skilled combatants to arm and leg flailing wrecking balls as they sailed backwards from the force of his strikes. Like some game of K'un-Lun ninja bowling. Though the assault was starting to have a visible sign on Danny. His forearms were turning a bright shade of purple from blocking the heavy kicks and punches. Several nicks and scratches were becoming present from Katana strikes that had gotten a little to close for comfort. The downside of bringing fists to a sword fight. Danny would remedy that problem.

A ninja raced in. His katana sill sheathed. Danny's vast knowledge of martial arts identifying that particular form almost immediately. Iaidō, the Way of Mental Presence. A style that relied on attacking or defending from a position where the weapon was sheathed. To be drawn to defend, attack, and return to the scabbard. Its practitioners were incredibly fast and often transitioned to other forms should the initial strike not disembowel the enemy. Danny planted his feet and watched at the ninja raced in and in a blinding display drew his katana and attacked. Danny rushed in, bringing himself face to face with the ninja, and gripped his elbow. Preventing the blade from being drawn across Danny's midsection. His free hand popping up, a thumb digging into the ninja's eye. That hand on the elbow slid down and with a rotation, Danny popped the ninja over his hip and onto the ground. The Iron Fist made a thick thwoomp and Danny continued on the move. A katana in hand to keep the ninja off balance until he could close the gap with t he iron fist. "Yu-Ti! You should not be out here! Get into the garden." Danny shouted as he raced towards the man who was the head of the monk order within K'un-Lun. "Someone had to do the job of the missing Iron Fist." Yu-Ti spat back and continued his own assault.

Raizo grinned at the attempted war of attrition. The Spider-man was aiming to run him out of shuriken and maintain a distance advantage. As the pair left and dodged from building to tree to ground, only to return back to the buildings and repeat the process. Though Raizo was more crafty than anything. His movements deliberate as he volleyed and moved. Ending up next to a shuriken embedded within a tree, only to retrieve it. One stuck in a wall or laying on the ground. A good ninja always tracked where their shuriken went. A good ninja also always guided the conflict to a place of his choosing. Three shuriken sailed out. Two at a higher angle and one to a side. Giving the Spider Man a choice. Take the shuriken hit or dodge to the ground. Raizo moving into position with a spinning leap. Raizo feigned a round house kick, only to pop his Kusarigama behind him. Concealed by his body and he tightened his spin, pulled his leg in from the false kick and rotated the weapon back towards Spider-man to strike at him.

Gorgon glared at Slate. His eyes narrowing as the giokinetic paused for the briefest of moments before regaining his composure. A cool grin crossing Gorgon's face as Slate gripped the blade of his katana. Gorgon's free hand drawing the second katana that sat across his back. A rotation of his hands changed the position of the new blade. The edge now facing away from Shane so that the blunted rounded end could batter the man as opposed to the the sharpened edge doing little more that ruining what was arguable a finely crafted edge.

Gorgon released his grip on the captured blade. Knowing better than to resist the pull of Shane's overpowering strength. Letting the sudden lack of expected resistance cause a bit more movement in Shane's hand than he had wanted. The reversed held katana in the other hand coming down and across to batter Shane in the across the thumb before Gorgon shifted position, dipped low and brought the sword back across the knee. Right across the center of the knee cap. Gorgon following the momentum of the strike to roll to the side and rise to his feet. A good ninja was always aware of their surroundings. His foot slipping underneath the discarded katana of a felled ninja and popped it up into his waiting hand as he shifted into position and brought both weapons to bear. The sunlight glinting off of that mirror like finish of the original katana he had drawn from his back.

Maki Matsumoto watched the archer Hawkeye with growing interest. His aim was almost as good as her own. Almost as far as she was concerned. Maki decided that she wanted to play a little game with the man.

Two throwing stars zipped out as Maki raced low to the ground. A little English added to the rotation for both the desired effect and to make them harder to deflect. Both throwing stars caught the air just right and dipped suddenly. Embedding themselves in the ground at Clint's feet. Cutting his shoelaces as they sunk into the ground. With a tuck and roll. Maki somersaulted to a crouched position and this time hurled a Kunai knife. Aiming for the arrow rest. A little reduced stability if her heavy knife managed to embed itself or otherwise damage that part of the bow.

Rising to her feet. Maki unfolded a War Fan in one hand and drew a couple throwing stars with the other. A grin and a wink before the sharp eye'd ninja woman raced forward, aiming to close the gap and hinder Clint's ability to draw and shoot.

"Shall we have round two." The voice would be familiar for Shadowcat, as well as the visual that accompanied it. Cherry blossoms sailed in off to the side and re-materialized to reveal Pale Flower. Though she was a bit different than the last time Kitty had encountered her. A deep, almost cherry blossom shaped scar was present on her cheek, just below her left eye. That had not been their before. Blood stained katana and tanto in hand, Pale Flower sneered. "I look forward to sending you back to Hana piece at a time."

Her form burst into cherry blossoms as she dashed forward, sailing past Kitty with a good amount of speed. Pale Flower could choose what materialized first as well. Just like Kitty, and let that Katana materialize followed by a sneaky swipe with the tanto. Her feet touched down and she struck a defensive position. Not wasting movement to fully turn around as he eye glared over her shoulder at Shadowcat.
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 Posted: Jan 23 2018, 05:30 PM
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Spider-man was smart. Really smart. Albert Einstein plus Neil Degrasse Tyson plus an AV club nerd smart. Unfortunately, while he was creative, that smart had never fully translated to combat. In the years Peter had been Spidey, he'd only very rarely encountered an opponent he couldn't soundly defeat by abusing his Spider-Sense and web-shooters. Venom had really been the first, and that was because he was immune to Peter's senses.

This ninja, however, was a whole new story. He'd seen through Peter's tactic, so clearly ranged combat was not going to stay an option. Sure, some of the shuriken were going wide, but there would be enough that he could continue making Spidey dodge forever. However, Raizo clearly knew that this high speed dodging was more taxing for himself than the superhuman Spider-man, and tried a new tactic. One that would definitely be an issue.

Spidey's spider-sense was a fickle thing. It gave Peter insights in how to dodge, but there was only so much he could get from what amounted to a reflex. So it didn't give him the ability to predict things like attacks being used to lead him into other attacks. As the shuriken flew, Spidey dove down, landing in a crouch, only to be immediately dodging a kick. What came after the kick, however, he couldn't react to, something Raizo was sure to notice - Peter's spider-sense couldn't react to feints, or too many attacks being launched at once. "Hnnh!" Peter grunted, as the blade sliced a long, cut upwards across his chest from sternum to shoulder, easily ripping through the thin fabric of his costume. Before Raizo could launch a follow-up, however, Spidey blind-fired a web backwards and launched himself out of range.

And thus they were back to the game of web bullets vs shurikens once more, but now Peter's mind was racing. He was outclassed in melee combat for sure, but he was seemingly outclassed in tactics as well. Which left only one option. He had to beat him with the thing Peter did better than everyone he knew - math. And more importantly, Peter had realized the weakness in his power as well.

After a bit more dodging, he calculated where one of Raizo's dodges would land, and fired a web-line ahead of it so that it would hit the ninja right as he landed on a tree at his current velocity. The ninja would either have to get hit by a web, or bail out in mid-dodge, where Spidey would snare him with a web from his other hand. And once he was caught, Spidey would burn up all the webbing in whichever hand wasn't catching him, to cocoon him up in an impact web. He'd be out half his web supply, but no matter how many knives the man had, a cocoon of webs would stall him long enough to get in for one good punch.
And with Spidey's strength, he only needed one.

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 Posted: Jan 25 2018, 11:47 PM
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Even when he had an advantage, Shane knew better than to get complacent or overly cocky. Training with Logan and the other members of Gold Team had taught him that even a sure victory could easily be turned around if one underestimated a cornered opponent. Gorgon wasn't cornered, but his trump card had failed to have any lasting effects on the man who could already turn to stone. Had he been in a flesh and blood form then the petrifying glare might have been problematic, but Shane wasn't about to revert to his normal form to find out. Whether or not his geokinetic powers would kick in and take control was something he was keen not to know for sure.

Regardless, with Gorgon's powers having failed to end his life Shane knew to treat him like he would any other opponent who had been partially thwarted: with utmost caution. That meant he knew to expect something, but what that was was unknown.

The moves came as quickly as the geokinetic should have expected, but he was still taken somewhat off guard. A swift grasp at a second katana wasn't something he anticipated, nor were the quick and calculated strikes to his thumb and kneecap. Being made of solid limestone and possessing no nerve endings or normal pressure points, Shane should not have been affected by the attacks –he couldn't even properly feel them. Yet there were some aspects to his newly discovered mutation evolution that he had yet to fully process or master. While he had surmised that while in stone or mineral form he was essentially a geokinetic entity controlling a solid body that had temporarily consumed his flesh and bone form his instincts were still based on natural reaction and reflex. The blows to the thumb and kneecaps did nothing to harm him, but the shift in momentum from Gorgon relinquishing his katana had done enough, and the blows had still caused him to pause and reflexively flinch as though they had dealt real damage.

By the time he had caught himself enough to right himself, still holding the blade of the katana in his now slightly scratched up palms, his foe had managed to regain his composure and acquire another blade. In possession of two blades once more, Gorgon seemed to remain confident. As the man leveled his weapons, Shane's eyes narrowed slightly at the slight glare of sunlight reflected off of the surface of the blade that had struck his thumb and kneecap.

A reflection. His eyes darted to the blade he still held, noting its similar sheen.

Shane had doubts about keeping up with Gorgon's speed and fighting flow, so if he was to take the man down in order to prevent him from petrifying any more monks or his friends he would have to think outside of the box. Reverting to his normal form in order to use his full range of geokinetic skills was out of the question considering the dangerous nature of his foe's power and the fact that Shane was unsure how his body would handle petrification that he didn't cause himself, so he would have to remain a fighting limestone statue holding a potentially deadly weapon.

In his periphery he saw a quickly approaching monk, who seemed either oblivious to the identity or power of the foe they faced or was just so desperate to try to take the man down to save his city that he was willing to throw away his life in a futile attempt to do so. Shane wasn't the only one to notice their approaching interloper, but as Gorgon turned to dispatch the monk the geokinetic removed his left hand from the blade of the katana, keeping it firmly gripped in his right as he ran for Gorgon and thrust the blade out toward his face.

Toward, but not through. With his right hand still wrapped around the blade near the guard, Shane shoved the blade in front of Gorgon's eyes, turning it so that the man would be looking directly at the side rather than the edge. It was a desperate attempt of his own, but if he had learned anything from his brief studies of mythology (mostly through movies, video games, and some fantasy novels) it was that a petrifying gaze sometimes worked both ways, with the gazer not necessarily possessing immunity. Even if it failed, he might still block the villain's gaze from affecting the approaching monk.



Hawkeye, Shadowcat, Iron Fist, Spider-man
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 Posted: Feb 7 2018, 02:58 AM
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"You know," Clint spoke easily to Shadowcat as she headed off, ripping another arrow from an unsuspecting target he'd left on the ground, "You say that like I've got something to be embarrassed about. Unless you can read minds because that's totally not okay." He was teasing quietly, but after the first few quips, the archer became deathly quiet.

In fact, if it were not for the sound of the occasional grunt or groan from the ninja that he was pulling arrows out of his comm wouldn't have picked up on anything. He didn't think much about Kitty's question because he was too busy trying to make sure that no one else would come into the courtyard. Sadly it left him a bit vulnerable as he was standing in a place without the optimal amount of coverage, he'd have hopped into a tree if he'd had time, but he'd run up, and he needed to keep moving or else he'd run out of arrows. If he did that then he'd be a sitting duck, he was crafty and could crash a car with a single quarter, but he'd rather not be forced to throw acorns or something at the enemy.

Maybe if Clint didn't have hearing loss, he'd have heard the sound the throwing stars made as they came straight for him, the sudden feel of one of his boots feeling a bit looser at the ankle had him looking down to find the two throwing stars. "Aw shoelaces, no." The muttered words were followed by a quick twist in the direction he assumed they'd come from, turning straight into the knife that had been hurled straight for his bow. The knife sliced at the leather grip on his bow, but the way he was standing the momentum carried the blade straight into his chest.

Good thing he'd invested in the stab proof kevlar.

The blade still sank in, and he'd bleed enough to make it annoying but thankfully the blade only just broke the skin, the Kevlar kept it from going any deeper. Yanking the blade out of his vest he threw that at the approaching woman first, aiming for her midsection before notching an arrow and letting it go as quickly as he could. It was not the cleanest shot, but he'd needed the arrow out of his hand or else he'd waste it.

One hand reached behind his back to latch his bow onto the holder attached to his quiver, the motion was practiced and natural, almost like he'd done the same thing a million times before. His own throwing knives came next, he preferred the lighter weight knives with the bare handles. They'd been the type he'd learned with when he'd just been an apprentice in the circus, but he felt like he could have thrown them with a blindfold on and still have hit the target. This time the objective was just a fleet-footed woman, but he needed to keep her a bit away because while he had a longer reach, she had that ugly looking fan that was bound to do some damage if she caught him with it.

Oh hey good news, he had the throwing stars that he took off the ninja the other night! He might have looked stupid than taking the hard to get weapons off of the unconscious ninja they'd found in the city but he was thankful that he had now.

Slate, Iron Fist, Spider-man
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Shadowcat
 Posted: Feb 8 2018, 04:46 PM
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"Shall we have round two?"

That day was too recent to have been forgotten. She’d replayed those events too often in her mind since. She knew that voice in an instant, even before those soft pink petals swept into view. The sight and sound conspired to send chills through the girl, and she tensed in apprehension because she knew.

Those flowers were as deadly as they were delicate.

“Funny,” Kitty deadpanned, tapping a finger to her own cheek, just below her left eye. “‘Cause she already went home with a piece of you.” Her thoughts, however, did not match her outward bravado; inward, she was cursing up a storm. It shouldn’t have been a surprise to find Shirohana here. The woman had come to New York for a reason (one that Hana’s premature attack had kept them from discovering), and of course a Yakuza snake like her was in bed with the Hand.

Pale Flower, however, seemed eager for a fight. If she’d just attacked instead of pausing to announce her presence, her opening move might have had more luck. As it was, Shadowcat had enough foresight to phase free of the assault and return a strike in kind, a broad stroke across her opponent’s torso. Chances were the woman would just burst away, an irritating reminder of how closely matched they were in abilities.

But Kitty had learned from their last fight. Unfortunately, there were no robots to detonate this time, but Shirohana could be harmed by flame. Separating or destroying an individual blossom, too, could harm her, as evidenced by that souvenir on her cheek.

How Kitty would accomplish either feat, though, she as yet had NO idea.

So for now, the girl kept on her toes, ready to trade blows until an opportunity presented itself. Until then, Pale Flower got a glare right back.

“Bring it, bitch.”

[Iron Fist, Spider-man, Slate, Hawkeye]
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