Semi-Finals: 3 way battle! Audiobabe (sasjhwa) vs. Bean (834n) vs. Unitzoid (Fading Aura)
Now we determine who goes to the finals. This battle is a three way grand melee between Audiobabe, our magical sonic superhero and defeater of Bean, Bean, the physical martial artist, and Unitzoid the magical hydro superhero. The first one to drop finishes the ArenaBattle in Third Place.
1 - Bean runs out from one side of the arena, twirling his staff. Unitzoid slides out on a slick of ice, propelled by a blast of water. Audiobabe floats out of her side riding a shockwave.
2 - Bean and Unitzoid meet first and Unitzoid rapidly covers Bean in ice! (15 damage). Audiobabe lands and sends a thunderclap rolling across the sands. Unitzoid ducks behind the frozen Bean, and the thunderclap shatters the ice, but doesn't damage either opponent.
3 - Bean leaps towards Audiobabe, but Unitzoid fires a spike of ice towards Audiobabe, skewering her in the abdomen! (8 damage). Bean, who dodged the path of the ice spike, turns to attack Unitzoid.
4 - Audiobabe growls at Unitzoid and fires a pulse of sound into the sand, causing the arena floor to vibrate and shake, and launching a geyser of sand into the air! Unitzoid dodges Bean's attack, and the geyser's sand sprinkles the audience, ruining Linkara's beverage.
5 - Bean swings his staff around at Unitzoid, smacking him in the side, then pulls back so the staff's edge is under Unitzoid's armpit, and shoves, tossing Unitzoid backwards and tweaking Unitzoid's nerve for (13 damage)! Audiobabe launches into the air and fires a concussive blast towards the sands, but both opponents have moved by the time it hits the sands.
6 - Unitzoid draws forth the water in the air around the arena, where it builds into deepening, darkening clouds. These clouds begin to express a positive charge, inducing a negative charge from below. Moments later, there's a CRACK! and a bolt of lightning jags downwards, hitting Audiobabe along the way! (11 damage).
7 - Bean runs and launches a kick at Fading Aura, but he fires a geyser of water beneath him and launches himself into the air. Audiobabe hits the sand with a *whoomph*.
8 - Audiobabe sits up, and sees an opportunity. She smacks her hand into the arena's sand floor, and with an extremely low *WHUMP* the sands pick up, moving outwards in a wave. The sand overwhelms Bean! (10 damage).
9 - Unitzoid causes the storm to abate, swirling into a single drop of water, which then breaks into a hundred balls of ice. That ice falls to the arena floor! Bean manages to dodge the ice balls, but Audiobabe gets hit for (8 damage). Audiobabe responds by triggering a hemisphere of noise - a tight, powerful soundwave that moves across the sands and through the air, destroying the ice balls as they come.
10 - Bean runs, then dives beside a sand dune as Audiobabe's pulse arrives at him. He then stands and runs towards her. Unitzoid is hit by the pulse, and takes (7 damage)!
11 - Bean hits Audiobabe in a full run, hitting her in the throat with an extended arm! (12 damage). Unitzoid lands in the sands and starts to run to the two other combatants. Audiobabe chokes, surprised by the hit.
12 - Bean hits Audiobabe in the chest, cracking her sternum! (15 damage). Unitzoid arrives just in time to start an attack on Bean, when the judges put a halt to the combat.
Winners: Bean and Unitzoid. They both glow, are healed, and amidst cheers, head off the arena floor. They will be your two finalists.
Loser: Audiobabe. A half dozen ogres dressed in t-shirts that say "Staff" run out and sit Audiobabe's body into a chair, then clean her up, prep her, and force feed her a bottle of water, that heals her. Groggy, she looks around. Other ogres run out and set up a stage, and then finally, amidst fanfare, the band "Ogre Bahd Boyz" come out and sit by their instruments.
One of the "staff" ogres sets a microphone in front of Audiobabe, and as she stands, he takes the chair away and runs off.
Audiobabe sings her way into Third Place in the ArenaBattle amidst the loud thrumming of the hottest ogre band on the planet.
Afterwards, she's led off stage and eventually shows up near Serge XIII, just below the Judge's box, in the best seats of the house.
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