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last_kallig ([personal profile] last_kallig) wrote in [community profile] milliways_bar2017-04-24 10:30 pm

EP: Weapons Practice or Moving Meditation

Some days, the shadows of her past are closer to the surface than others. That's why Ibani gave up on sleep at 4 in the morning and went outside to train with her wooden practice blade. The sun is up now, but she's back at her training after a brief rest. The motions of the lightsaber forms are a kind of moving meditation for her, and proper practice never hurts.

Even so, she'd be glad of company that wants to talk, observe, or maybe even spar!
iprotectyou: Baze tilting his head back and laughing (hahaha)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-04-24 11:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Baze is thoroughly pleased to see Ibani out and about, especially going through forms. He dips back into the bar to put his repeater cannon up in his room and acquire a bo staff--not to mention look for Chirrut, where the hell is he? Oh, well, he'll catch up later.

Baze approaches Ibani loudly, stomping in the squelching mud, six-foot staff slung over his shoulders. "Hoi, Ibani!" he says, announcing his presence when she looks up--not that he needs to, really, but it's just polite. "Working on lightsaber practice?"
iprotectyou: Baze tilting his head back and laughing (hahaha)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-04-25 12:37 am (UTC)(link)
Baze laughs. It's a great, booming belly laugh, suffused with joy, indicating he's pleased with her teasing and everything else. "It is a small tree! I'm here to challenge you, but not without Chirrut. He'll come eventually. I'm out of practice, you see, from hauling around guns rather than working with staves," he says, waggling his eyebrows. "Do you mind taking us both on at once? You'll have the advantage, of course, being a Force-user. I know nothing about forms. It might be an education!"
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze smiling (smile)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-04-25 12:59 am (UTC)(link)
Baze beams at her enthusiasm. He can't feel her happiness through the Force, like Chirrut can, but he can see it in her bearing, hear it in her voice. He's inordinately pleased.

"I won't try to maim you, but watch out for Chirrut," he says, grinning toothily. "He fights dirty when he gets his blood up." Baze blinks, cocking his head. He looks very much like a giant, lost puppy. "I've never heard of Force lightning."
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze blinking (if you say so)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-04-25 01:20 am (UTC)(link)
Bases attention sharpens at the scent of ozone in the air, sharpening even further at the appearance of the purple ball of light. He stares in wonder, flavors of awe and fear running through his emotions and screaming in the Force. "Oh, Ibani," he breathes, reaching out for it, and drawing back. "It's breathtaking."

He shakes his head, looking to her face. "Chirrut would be terrified. He hates thunderstorms', for the smells and sounds," Baze says, and gives her a searching look. "Your training must have been very harsh if you had to cultivate negative emotions. Don't worry about demonstrating more lightning if you have to call upon grief to do it."
iprotectyou: Baze giving someone an incredulous look, furrowing his brow (are you serious)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-04-25 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
"They tortured children?" Base says, and his expression darkens like a thundercloud passing over the sun. He spits on the ground, swinging his staff off his shoulder and grounding the end of it in the dirt, as if he could stamp out his displeasure.

"That's wrong." And it's as simple as that.

He keeps an eye on the lightning as her anger shines through, marveling at her control even through her emotions. "But you survived, and I'm glad of it. Are you against the Order?"
idontneedluck: (I don't need luck)

[personal profile] idontneedluck 2017-04-25 03:36 am (UTC)(link)
"Good!" Chirrut isn't pretending to use his staff as his walking stick, carrying it braced over his shoulders with both arms looped over top. His confidence in managing the terrain outside is growing.

"What isn't stopping you?" He just approves of her not stopping in general, but specifics are always good.
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze smiling (smile)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-04-25 03:45 am (UTC)(link)
Baze's mood was growing darker and darker, but with the appearance of his beloved friend, Baze lights up with a jovial smile again. "She's facing bad odds," he informs Chirrut, crossing to him and shaking Baze's free hand around his friend's waist. "She's trying to reform the Sith Order so they won't torture children anymore."

It's clear from his tone and what they can feel in the Force that Bazs approves of this course of action. "I've already challenged her to a spar. I have a staff, and we should both come at her at once because I'm out of practice and she uses the Force."
idontneedluck: (I am one with the force)

[personal profile] idontneedluck 2017-04-25 04:01 am (UTC)(link)
"What, tree, Baze what have you done?" Chirrut alters course abruptly to go investigate what exactly Baze has brought as a weapon. "Though I would not say no to a good two on one fight. It's been too long." Sure, he's been beating on troopers for years now, but... that's really not the same.
iprotectyou: Baze giving someone a skeptical look, with his eyes narrowed and his lips thinned (chirrut my dear friend)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-04-25 04:28 am (UTC)(link)
Baze releases Chirrut and guides his hand to the larger man's staff, allowing the smaller one to trace the length with his fingers. The bo staff is six feet long, made of wood, and about three centimeters in diameter. Baze catches Chirrut's playful expression. It's the face of a seven-year-old boy who's just thought of a zinger and is about to unleash it on the world--a sly, over-enthusiastic smile.

Baze watches him open his mouth--and smacks him upside the head preemptively.

"None of that, there's a lady present," Baze says, scowling, a face he knows his friend can't see. Baze cuffs him again for good measure. "And I will never forgive you if you leave me alone in this fight. She uses lightsaber forms, Chirrut. I wouldn't have a chance."

He separates from his friend, planting his feet in the mud, and leveling his staff at Ibani. His intake of breath slows, as it always does before a fight, centering him. It's a cue for Chirrut more than anything. "When you're ready."
idontneedluck: (I don't need luck)

[personal profile] idontneedluck 2017-04-25 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
"Let's see how good your 'average' skills are." Chirrut retorts drily, taking the field. He brings his staff down off his shoulders with a lazy twirl, listening to how the kyber sings.

Satisfied, he smiles, and charges.
Edited 2017-04-25 19:33 (UTC)
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze smiling (smile)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-04-25 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Chirrut's charge almost takes Baze by surprise. Almost. He follows suit, not as quick as he used to be, but still fairly fast for his size. When Chirrut swings his staff to Ibani's left, Baze plants his foot in the mud and swings left, aiming for a disabling strike to her ribs.
idontneedluck: (I am one with the force)

[personal profile] idontneedluck 2017-04-25 11:23 pm (UTC)(link)
That would be Chirrut who gets tapped, much to his chagrin. He had frozen when the Force had shifted, waiting too long while trying to sort out what it was he was feeling.

"Do that again." He demands, dissatisfied with his own performance.
iprotectyou: Baze looking off to the side, wrinkling his nose (how about no)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-04-25 11:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Baze is woefully out of practice, but there are still three things burned into old muscle memory, three things he never does in a fight. One: he never moves in a straight line. That's an easy way to get smacked. Two: he never stops moving. To freeze, liKe Chirrut did--much to Baze's shock--is to leave yourself wide open. Three: he never tilts his head back, leaving his chin exposed, even to watch Ibani's impressive jump and landing blow.

Baze shifts on his feet, watching her carefully. He doesn't laugh at his friend, feeling sympathy for his frustration instead. Baze crosses to her right, slowly, keeping his guard up. After a quick glance to Chirrut, Baze launches himself at Ibani, holding his staff high above his head and shoulders in an effort to catch her in her jump.
idontneedluck: (I don't need luck)

[personal profile] idontneedluck 2017-04-26 12:00 am (UTC)(link)
Chirrut's smile is triumphant when his staff meets hers with a resounding crack. He moves opposite Baze with liquid grace, seeking to cage her.
iprotectyou: Baze giving someone an incredulous look, furrowing his brow (are you serious)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-04-26 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
Baze avoids the kick on Ibani's descent, but just barely. He curses himself for his slow reactions. Chirrut is right. Base lacks almost all of his former grace. Though being perfectly balanced, the staff is heavy in his hands and the wood rubs his callouses, earned by handling his gun for two decades, the wrong way.

He adjusts his grip once again and draws a quick breath. Working in tandem with his friend and partner, Baze closes the distance between him and Ibani, hanging the end of his staff at her face.

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