-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 of the opposition lands (within reasonable limits)
-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, and 1 special and multiple skills per turn though). Specials that have an effect on your opponent count towards your one offensive action. Defensive specials count as a special use and your defensive action. Misc specials (buffs mostly) are neither one but still count as a special use.
-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.
-There is a minimum of 2 paragraphs required in a post (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 puncuation. It can't hurt... and can generally help your posts more readable.
-Have fun!!! Battles are supposed to be enjoyable. If don't like it, something is wrong.
Tiam looked at the note nailed to the door of the Drunken Seahorse with distaste. It had been quite some time since the old man had contacted him, and Tiam had liked things that way. He didn't like being asked to run willy-nilly across the surface of DI. The pirate was about to cast the tea-coloured note into the street when a quick glance at the map showed that the location was within the walls of the city. There was nothing wrong with that, then. It would only take him about five minutes to get there, and then another five or so minutes for the fight. A gold piece for ten minutes work certainly seemed worth it to him – it was far more than one could make during a full day's work in the marketplace picking pockets.
Tiam wandered his way through the streets of Jadra's Gate, passing through two marketplaces until he ended up on the main thoroughfare. The road led two places, the main gate and Jadra to the east, and the harbour to the west. Tiam turned west down the road clogged with a constant stream of carts rolling to and from the docks, walking along the fringes to avoid a chance horse kick or being rolled over by a particularly ornery driver. All that he had to deal with instead were annoying hawkers, the occasional street urchin, and the rest of the crowd.
After about fifteen minutes of slogging through the dense crowd, a frustrated Tiam arrived on the docks and took a deep breath of the salty sea air. The undertones of refuse and fish only served to make him feel even better rather than worse – the smells of the docks brought back too many fond memories to do otherwise. Now all that he needed to do was find the right place. The note had said something about dock 43, but there were only 42 docks in the harbour, and each of them was full. Tiam walked down the line from pier to pier and found nothing.
Tiam asked a port official, but that resulted in nothing more than a strange look and a “are you drunk, son?” before the official walked away. Tiam looked at the crudely drawn map again, thoroughly perplexed, when he noticed that the 'X' marking the location was actually on the south pier.
Tiam made his way to said pier and saw a small stone pyramid with a chipped, white 43 painted on one side marking a small, beaten up slip dock. The old man was sitting cross-legged at the mouth with his book and the series of weighted, non-lethal wooden training weapons laid out on blankets behind him.”Took you long enough. Can't read a map, boy?”
The old man was as condescending as always, and seemed to be aware of Tiam's approach despite being absorbed in his book and having sound drowned out by the sloshing of the waves.“Phaw! You couldn't draw a map to save your life, old man. Your hands must be getting shaky at your age.”“Or you should get your eyes checked. Probably spent too much time staring into the sun as a child.”
It was only then that the old man looked up, his eyes heterchromic, one blue and one green. Tiam could have sworn the man's eyes were brown the last time they had met. “You know the drill boy. Non-fatal weapons, don't try to kill her. You should be well schooled in this by now.””Can it, old man. I know what this is about by now.”
Tiam dropped his spear and javelins and picked up nonlethal versions of his weapons. “So who do you have lined up for me this time? Not another chimera-taming cat man, I hope.”
A few test thrusts and slashes familiarized Tiam with the weapon.“Not this time. This time your trainee should be right up your alley.”
The old man's smile showed perfectly white and straight teeth. ”The only catch is that you'll have to get into the water.”
Tiam felt himself rising off the ground and he growled in anger at the odl man, demanding to be let down.
He was let down, after a fashion. The old man first levitated him off the pier and then unceremoniously dumped him into the water at the base of the slip dock. The water was only a foot deep, but the splashdown served to completely soak Tiam's pants and the bottom half of his shirt. ”Hey jackass, that was completely unnecessary.”
Tiam's tone was dejected as he stood and started to trudge out of the water, boots flooded.”It was completely necessary. Now don't come out until you're done. She'll be here soon.”
Tiam felt the familiar psychic force push him back into the water, causing him to stumble and nearly fall back down into the water. ”Enough of that!”
Tiam felt another push and went down. The pirate made an aggravated sound but didn't say any more, suspecting that opening his mouth would just land him on his ass again.
One of these days, that old man would get it.
(So my post was pretty long for an introduction, but there it is. You can enter any way that you would like, but you'll need to swap your weapons out for the non-lethal ones before we can actually fight. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.)