Belesara City: Spartan Training grounds. (Past event.)

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(This is an event that happened in the past. Topic is for Ysandir only.) (Event happened in the morning of day 5, in Belesara city. In the Spartan Tower)

Down on one of the lower, below ground floors of the tower was the combat simulator. It strongly resembled a big colosseum that had a lot of modern and technical things in it. There was the viewing area, up in the stands where other Spartans could go to watch. There was the control room up where the 'king' would normally sit. There was no throne there, instead there was a normal seat with a really technical looking control panel. Then there was the arena, which had a metal tile floor, the tiles looked like they were not attached to eachother. Because they weren't. The arena was capable of changing shape through technical means. It was a place that the Spartans, old and new, would come to test their abilities and to practice.

[size=14pt]Beta: David[/size]​
Faction: Spartan. Rank: 3rd in command (Highest ranking beta in the Spartan faction)

David, the guy who usually trained the new recruits, walked down to the arena where he assumed Ysandir would be waiting for the test she had requested. He was more then happy to run her through it, after her five days of training she was getting the hang of everything in this world and he figured she was ready to give it a shot. There was a virtual scoreboard on the wall near the entrance that showed where all of the other Spartans have placed in this test.

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(Information not required to know)
Highest level completed. (Meaning, they lost on the next level)
Highest level completed.
Level 10: Mendores, Estellese, David
Level 9: Fate
Level 8:
Level 7:
Level 6:
Level 5: Kathryn, Jill
Level 4: Andrew, Elizabeth
Level 3: Sarah, Kate
Level 2: Cathrine,
Level 1:

Those names, among many, many others were listed on the scoreboard. The vast majority of the Spartans ranked around 3-4, and the numbers who reached higher then that drastically dropped with each level beyond that. Out of the couple thousand Spartans, only three people had completed all ten levels, and only four had completed nine. About 60% of the Spartans completed 4 or less.
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Ysandir shifted uncertainly in the center of the arena, having been waiting for 20 minutes already, as she awaited David and the start of the simulation. She wanted to arrive early, and mentally prepare herself. She hadn't been in combat since her first day in the game, and even then it had been so fast and messy. This would be the first time, since she'd begun training, that she would really be testing herself. She would finally be able to see how much - or how little - progress she'd made. She let out a shaky breath of hot air as she saw David enter the arena, and swiped at a strand of damp red bangs. She would be fine, because she had to be fine, and there was just no getting around this any longer. They said she was ready, she hoped she was ready, and either way, there was no backing out now - not really.

As he approached, she straightened up from where she leaned, and came to stand at easy attention, waiting for her training master to do what he came to do - put her through hell to see where she ranked. She just hoped she at least made it past the first level. Lord knew, she'd never be able to show her face to the others if she couldn't. She selfconsciously adjusted her armor and weapons, and resettled her shield on her arm, leather boots creaking with the movement.
 

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David smiled a bit when he saw Ysandir already in the arena and ready. He walked in in order to quickly debrief her on what was going to happen incase she hadn't seen the arena in use before. "Great, you're here already." He mused, checking to see if she had her weapons and such ready.  "Alright, a brief rundown of what will happen, incase you haven't seen others doing this before. You're going to be put in up to ten fights, back to back. There is no breaks inbetween, no chance to heal or rest. Each fight will be significantly harder then the last. Thus, the difficulty is not only in how tough each individual fight is, but how tough the fights before it are. If you take a hit, it's going to hinder you for every fight after that. If you exhaust yourself in one fight, you're still going to be exhausted in the next one. You'll need to balance completing the objective, and making sure you can continue fighting afterwords." He explained.

"Now, there is no need to worry though. As rough as our training is, we do our best not to put our soldiers in danger just for training." He added. Making a gesture to someone who was up on the control board. After a moment, a panel on the ground slid aside and what looked like a robot jumped out of it, then the panel closed. The robot was metal and human shaped, and it carried a sword. Although the sword was not real, the blade was a cylinder that had no sharp edge. "In the simulation, it will look like they have real weapons and magic, but this is what they really have, the dangerous things are all holograms. It can't do more then bruise you if it hits. I do warn you though, the simulator will make it look and feel like you were really cut and wounded. And I know you're probably weary about such things considering where we are, if you're ever worried and if you get hit, touch the wound. You won't feel it there, despite it hurting" He explained. "One thing to note though. While it is a simulator... The scenery is real. Don't go jumping head-first off a tall building, that can and will actually hurt you" He chuckled.

"Any questions before we start?" He asked.
 

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Ysa nodded and seemed to listen closely as David explained the simulator to her, and went over the levels and what not, a small frown creasing her brow in concentration. When he finished, she mutely shook her head to indicate that she had no further questions, and shifted into an easy waiting position, trying to calm herself by taking what she hoped were quiet, deep breaths. She was nervous - like, final exam nervous - but she was confident enough to think she could survive and knew that she wasn't facing death. On second thought, she almost wished she was facing a life-or-death situation. Nothing got you moving at your best like the certain knowledge that failure meant death!
 

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"Alright, great. We will begin then. If at any point you want to stop, just say so and we will stop the simulation." David answered. "And remember, use your kinetic barrier to your advantage. That's your best defense. If your spartan shield is damaged, it will repair itself in thirty seconds. (10 posts) Getting hit again resets that timer. But thirty seconds is easily manageable in combat. If you let it completely break it has to completely rebuild itself and that will take ten minutes (200 posts) to come back. This simulation is not going to take ten minutes to complete, it is incredibly rare for any fight to take that long." He said, giving her one last tip before leaving. That, was something a lot of newbies didn't think about. They often just thought 'hey I got a barrier I don't need to worry about getting hit', and let it break early on. Losing it's benefits in the very beginning.

Davidius left the arena and headed up to the control room. There was a couple other Spartans who had wandered into the stands during their conversation, just people Ysandir had bumped into before and spoken to once or twice. And a few others who were just interested in how the new recruit would do, there wasn't a lot people there.

Once Davidius left, the test began. The arena did not change for this round, staying as a colosseum-like appearance. The example robot that had been pulled up was dropped back under the tiles of the floor. Although one that looked just like it entered from one of the gates.

[size=14pt]Training bot[/size]​
Difficulty: Challenging

It was just a normal humanoid figure with a short sword and a kite shield much like the ones Ysandir had been given, minus the spear. This one did not have any special abilities, but as all the training bots were, it was not a pushover when it came to fighting. The bot cautiously approached Ysandir, it's shield on it's left arm and sword firmly grasped in it's right. A small message board on the right side of the room read "Round 1: Defeat all enemies."





~Status effects~
Buff: Spartan shield (Normal): The Spartan armor will project a barrier around the wearer to protect them from harm.
        Barrier health: 100%                                    Recharge time: 0 seconds
 

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Ysandir merely nodded to the advice, a frown of concentration and though already adorning her heartshaped face. As David left, she moved herself in to position in the center of the Arena and waited for her first challenge to begin. A few moments, as she waited, were spared to note that she had a few watchers - not a full crowd, thank the gods, but enough that if she bombed the first round she'd be hearing about it in the halls and practice yard until someone did worse. Her attention was recaptured as the dummy bot disappeared and, out from the other side of the Arena, entered the first challenger.

Ysandir let out a puff of air she'd been holding on to as stats and information about her defenses and gear ran like a prayer through her head. "Round one." she said softly to herself as she drew her spear and, loosening the straps, slung the shield over her back to protect it and keep it to hand. Taking the standard defensive position, she faced the bot and waited for it to finish approaching where she stood in the center. As it came within distance for combat, she began to slowly move around it, cautious, as she eyed it, deciding whether or not she would try for the first move. After a few moments, took a quick step forwards and a little to the side, angling her spear for a lunging jab that would allow her to test the bot's reflexes and defenses, without getting within easy range of the bot's short sword, her movements smooth and practiced, but still possessing the stiffness of someone who was not yet a proficient master with the style.
 

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The bot watched her too as it came within striking range, the spear was a good choice in weaponry against it since the range of the spear can counter the short sword. It did not guarantee a win, but gave her a slight advantage as long as she could keep it at a range. It also slowly began to circle her, waiting for her to make the first move. Like many trained fighters, it followed the logic of 'The first move is always the mistake' or, in other words, it valued counterattacking over attacking.

Then, as she made her move and took a jab at it the bot was quick to react. Moving like a highly trained fighter it used it's shield to deflect the jab and push it off to the side, the side of it's body that carried the shield. Then the bot quickly attempted to rush forwards. Trying to close the distance between itself and Ysandir while her spear was extended from her attack. It was counting on using the time she took to pull back to close the gap, but there were many ways that such a maneuver could be avoided.


~Status effects~
Buff: Spartan shield (Normal): The Spartan armor will project a barrier around the wearer to protect them from harm.
        Barrier health: 100%                                    Recharge time: 0 seconds
 
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