I'll generally make comments about any changes/my thoughts on how well you're doing first before I post. Feel free to respond back at the top of your posts or through a PM. First things first I will say that I would like for you to add your character sheet to your signature; it appears that you have the General DI topic there and not your character sheet. Please add this line in its stead:
-Battles are fought in turns, you post after a response.
-Fighting happens in "real time"; meaning you can, if you wish, go back in time a little to describe actions and things you do before any attack the opposition lands (within reasonability).
-Be as descriptive as you can. More information makes for better battles.
-Do not ever control your opponent's character (or pets) in any way.
-Characters are, typically, allowed two actions per post: One defensive action and one offensive action. Regardless of whether you were attacked or not, you may only attack once per post.
-You can only use 1 special/spell per turn (you can use multiple skills per turn, but only 1 special per turn). Specials that have an effect on your opponent count as your one offensive action.
-Try to be fair in both your attacks as well as your dodges. Getting hit every now and then is not the end of the world, and deepens your character. (And makes battles more interesting)
-A minimum of 2 paragraphs (though more are desirable!)
-No "unblockable" attacks. There's always something, somewhere that can happen.
-Be creative, use the world around you to your advantage.
-Use a spell checker, or a program that helps with punctuation. It can't hurt...and can generally help your posts become more readable. Reading your post before you submit it can take care of accidental misspellings as well.
-Have fun! Battles are supposed to be enjoyable. If you don't like it, something is wrong.
The last guest who had shown his true temperament upon her grounds she had been sorely tempted to kick down the stairs. Idly fingers grasped the edge of the paper she held too tightly, crinkling the parchment; it mattered little as the information she needed had already been read. Long fingers coaxed it inwards to her palm where she crumpled it into a ball and hid it away into a pocket at her side.
The end of the summer season set the multitude of cherry blossoms to hang heavily, the limbs thick with the color. With the wild grasses below and the early evening sky above, it made for quite a bright palette. Edges of mountain framed the sun still in the sky yet, throwing occasional shadows here and there. As it was the middle of the great tournament she was a part of, she welcomed the reprieve and the chance to welcome new blood into the fine web of people she'd started to nickname as 'the greats'. Sutera couldn't help but hope that he was kinder than the last one who tested her patience.
To the left of the path kept the knee high grasses, something she welcomed for it hid things she found too distracting for the new ones who entered. To the right kept a winding pool that shined in the sunlight between the trees which stood guard. In stark and unnatural contrast, there was nothing to taint the surface of its wildness. The few grasses were just as tall, sure, but the water was clear and perfect despite the flowers were dangled threateningly just above.
It was a wild, magical place; it was her own place. But not even the samurai had a clue as to the true nature of it all. It was completely surrounded by mountainous rock except for the single staircase which led down. It was here she heard the footsteps of Morgoth approaching, the noise making her turn. It was first the hair and color of him that earned an inward smile, one that never graced her mouth. A drow. This was going to be fun. Her voice cast outwards like a net then, the woman with her weapon still sheathed at her side and standing some ten yards from the last step."Welcome, stranger."