"First, let me introduce myself. I am Musalis, priestess of Ochre. Which already makes you guilty of accusing a priestess, which also implies disrespect for my God; since it basically says that Ochre chose wrong in making me a priestess. You called me an abomination at first sight, which is points at confused or wrong morals. As for your demands, I would let you take my head - I think I would survive that - but I suspect that you would crush it. Kneeling before you has the same problem; I assume you would use my vulnerability to strike a devastating blow at me. Also, notice how I am in the judge's chair? That means you are supposed to pay me respect, not I you. And you are supposed to defend yourself, not bother your judge with groundless accusations. Furthermore, you are carrying a weapon into a courtroom; not even caring enough to conceal it. And you did all these mistakes within fifteen second of entering this room - and uttering but one sentence. I shudder to think of just how much wrong you have done in your whole life."
Musalis stepped down from her high horse, literally not figuratively, Josh had little doubt her tirade would continue for a while yet, she seemed like the type. Sure enough as soon as she was level with him she continued her little game, as if her words truly carried some kind of weight in the situation.
“You are going to fight a child, and accused it of being an abomination, making you guilty of child cruelty. Then there is your hairstyle - I am not usually one to judge fashion sense, but Yikes. You are also guilty of not introducing yourself, indication lack of basic courtesy. And, being in the semi final, I infer that you lost your last battle, pointing at a failure as a warrior... I would go on, but I think it is only fair to give you a chance to defend yourself. A chance that you were not willing to give me when calling me an abomination.”
“And I am the priest of Kirstaline, Weigher of Souls, does that not make you guilty of accusing a priest? Or is it simply undead priestesses that are exempt from accusations?” If little Musalis wanted to play this little game of who could one up the other Josh was more than willing to play, right up to the point where he imbedded his axe into her head. “A question though, did Ochre really choose you? Or did he simply have no other choice than to raise a random corpse to be his voice. Last I check Ochre didn’t exactly have the largest number of followers to do his bidding.”
Josh moved closer to his opponent, he was not shocked by the ‘revelation’ that this was a child, he’d known that the moment he’d seen her, her skull being somewhat of a giveaway. She had the body of a child, but this was no child he was about to fight, far from it. “You are no child, there are many condition under which a child that while still young ceases to be a child, you fall under a number of them. The moment you choose to fight in this tournament you placed yourself amongst the adults, when you began to follow your God’s call, fighting in his name you cast aside that which made you a child to serve him, and when you died and rose again you ceased to be a child... Nay... You ceased to be a person. All things live once, after you die that’s it your dead, there is no coming back. You die, your soul is weighed and your afterlife is given to you, be it good or bad. That is life, to break this contract that is created by the act of being born you break the greatest rule of all and that is a personal affront to my Goddess. I am no here because I lost, I am here because my Goddess sent me here to fight you and send you back to the other plane.”
“This will be fun; normally I have to hold back in a fight, so that my opponent can still walk away at the end of the battle. There’s no such problem here, I’ll carry your pieces to the graveyard myself if I need to.” Josh raised a second hand to his weapon, and swung it down off his shoulder and at his opponent at the same time. It wasn’t the hardest or fastest swing he’d ever done, it was just to get the ball rolling and see what this skeleton was capable off.