(2018-05-23) Spettacolo Spar
So maybe you should join?
raffiano carina 
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Summary:
A challenge is issued and met, but both are fairly equal. Until they aren't.
Related:
Any plots or larger stories this is part of, any links to related logs or pages?
Misc Info:
Which one yields? The Albrici or the Mercenary?

While the major thoroughfares of Matora spread out from here (the Via Principale, Impero, and Ovest), the Ponte Speranza that spans the Merzia is a capstone to the west while the main archways into the Piazza Spettacolo crown the eastern portions of the plaza. The archways are magnificent, letting entrants and spectators alike into the only venue for the sport of jousting in the city of Matora. During festivals, more banners unfurl in celebration in the Plaza of Travelers.

Its the day after, maybe this is that day they agreed to spar? Either case, Raffiano has been in the Spettacolo briefly already, just to train. He hasn't trained as much at the training grounds with the Vindicti still underway. So he is near the archways leading into the piazzo reserved for training and sport, leaning against it even. One leg kicked up just a little and planted on the wall. He has, a dagger in hand with an apple in the other. He's working to cut and slice it for ease of eating the fruit, a break perhaps. But he is armed and ready, just in case some Gaspari comes to challenge him, or jump him even. Have to always be prepared, which he is.

Sure it was the day for the spar and Carina was dressed and ready. While she's not wearing plate or anything, she does have on leather, it's the least of what she travels in when she is going about town. Her steps are a determined stride and she approaches when she notices Raffiano by the arch, hesitating once she's beside him. "Looking for trouble or looking to create it?" A brow arched before she smirks. "With your sense of direction I'm surprised you found this area." A slight reminder of the day before and his getting lost.

The sound of booted feet echo off the tiled ground and bounds between buildings as a group of Wyvern Company guard march through the piazza.

A slight grin comes to his lips when she mentions trouble and looking or creating it. He doesn't kick off or look up just yet. There is a chuckle at the sense of direction comment. "What, I'm at the Spettacolo?" He blinks with feigned surprise to look around. "Yeah, as just waiting for trouble to find me today, before I got too lost." Kicking off the wall, and grinning to her then, "Looks like it found me." He offers over an apple slice from what he's cut off. "Now, I admit, I'm torn, between besting you, or letting you knock me down. I sort of don't mind being bottom." Laced with just a little innuendo, he raises a brow, then turns towards the training grounds within. "You ready to show me up then?"

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|            Carina (Dex)             |
|          Critical Success!          |
|    Attribute: 14     Roll: 14       |
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A flutter of pigeons near the fountain causes a stir as they beat wings heading for a nearby rooftop.

Awake and alert, Carina just listens to his joking around and watches as he cuts the apple slice. Before he can even react, she reaches over and takes the apple, not the slice he offers and bites into it with a satisfied look. "I think I am ready to school you on how to spar, or how we do it in the Wyvern Company. You ready then?" She walks off into the Spettacolo, her steps more a strut as she bites into the apple again with another satisfied crunch.

"Well then," grins Raffiano, gladly eating what slices he has as she takes the apple itself. "I'm ready for some of that, certainly." Of course, following her with that strut, he clearly is referring to sparring that he has prepared for. So in he walks behind her. "I think you're trying to distract me, its working," he teases, then "No wait, I mean nothing distracts me while I'm fighting. I'm a serious duelist. One of the best in the city. Focus and determination wins the day." A grin, "Though my instructors said no such, more avoid the pointy end was starting advice. A few scars would disagree with that, or my ability to follow their instruction." He'll move until they have a space for themselves, eating his slices and then discarding what's left out of the way, to reach for his sword. Not to just start fighting, but to prepare.

There's no shame in her game as Carina finishes all but the core of the apple. Of course, that she tosses back in his direction, since he was previous owner and all. A half grin is given as she does toss it not directly at him, but towards him somewhat. He follows her and she draws her blade as he does. "I suggest you avoid the pointy end then." And she takes her stance, prepared to pull her punches some, so to speak, as they spar.
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| Raffiano (Dex) |
| Success |
| Attribute: 12 Roll: 10 |
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He catches the apple at least, only to discard it with the remains of his slices as well. Then a dusting of fingers to doublet and his sword makes its appearance. "That is my plan, I advise the same Signora." A grin, a blink, maybe he doesn't advice that, he may want to win and all. Getting into stance and facing her, he grins. "Ready then?" And he lunges a little just to get them moving and warmed up.

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|                       Attack Roll Carina vs Raffiano                       |
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|    Carina: Success                  ||    Raffiano: Success                |
|    -----------------------------    ||    -----------------------------    |
|    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe||    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe|
|    Shield: Y      Mount:            ||    Shield: Y      Mount:            |
|    Passion: 0                       ||    Passion: 0                       |
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|    Result: Tie. Both rolls tie.                                            |
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Carina gets into her stance and as soon as he makes his lunge, she lifts her sword to stop it, countering and finding his blade the same. It's a loud clash, one that draws some attention of some nearby to watch. The audience doesn't make a difference either way to the mercenary, but she concentrates, watching his moves as her hands tightens reflexively on her sword.

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|                       Attack Roll Raffiano vs Carina                       |
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|    Raffiano: Success                ||    Carina: Success                  |
|    -----------------------------    ||    -----------------------------    |
|    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe||    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe|
|    Shield: Y      Mount:            ||    Shield: Y      Mount:            |
|    Passion: 0                       ||    Passion: 0                       |
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|    Result: Raffiano wins as their roll was higher.                         |
|    Raffiano rolls (5 5 1 3) for 14 total damage.                           |
|    Armor and/or Shield reduces by 12.                                      |
|    Carina takes 2 damage.                                                  |
|    Carina checks their Dex: Success.                                       |
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Their weapons ring and Raffiano doesn't hold, joke as he may, he views it as respect to not do so. The weapon is turned and he does withhold as he would in any spar. Their swords strike each other and he turns his next to meet, a clash, but turn the blade down to strike past. Pulling at the last moment to reduce damage other than perhaps a bruise. A nod, well played by her, even with his being the first strike to land.

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|                       Attack Roll Carina vs Raffiano                       |
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|    Carina: Failed                   ||    Raffiano: Success                |
|    -----------------------------    ||    -----------------------------    |
|    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe||    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe|
|    Shield: Y      Mount:            ||    Shield: Y      Mount:            |
|    Passion: 0                       ||    Passion: 0                       |
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|    Result: Raffiano wins the roll with their Success.                      |
|    Raffiano rolls (1 4 6 6) for 17 total damage.                           |
|    Armor and/or Shield reduces by 6.                                       |
|    Carina takes 11 damage.                                                 |
|    Carina checks their Dex: Knockdown!                                     |
|    Major Wound received. Checking for Consciousness: Success               |
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First strike indeed is by Raffiano and Carina may be a touch surprised as she takes the hit. It smarts in more ways than one but she tries not to let either way show! Her hand loosens then tightens again on the sword handle and she watches and waits for a break. Taking it, she is mistaken and is knocked down because of it. Wham! On her back, her sword at her side so she can only look up, dazed a little. A grin finds her features though as she blinks. "You're better than you let on."

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|                       Attack Roll Raffiano vs Carina                       |
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|    Raffiano: Success                ||    Carina: Success                  |
|    -----------------------------    ||    -----------------------------    |
|    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe||    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe|
|    Shield: Y      Mount:            ||    Shield: Y      Mount:            |
|    Passion: 0                       ||    Passion: 0                       |
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|    Result: Carina wins as their roll was higher.                           |
|    Carina rolls (6 5 3 6 4) for 24 total damage.                           |
|    Armor and/or Shield reduces by 12.                                      |
|    Raffiano takes 12 damage.                                               |
|    Raffiano checks their Dex: Success.                                     |
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It was a solid hit, he could fee it, even if the blade was away from cutting, it might still leave a mark or a nick somewhere. Raffiano looks down at her, "I have feints within feints." He is teasing, "Do you yield, or another pass, I think you like it a little rough." The sword play, he lets her to his feet. "But it remains between us, can't have my enemies knowing I sort of know how to hold a sword now, can we?" Then she is ready and they exchange blows again, this time, her blade finds him. He stammers back a little, a light cut to his shoulder. "Ah, and you're as good as I was hoping." He rolls his arm and returns to the spar with her.

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|                       Attack Roll Carina vs Raffiano                       |
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|    Carina: Failed                   ||    Raffiano: Success                |
|    -----------------------------    ||    -----------------------------    |
|    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe||    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe|
|    Shield: Y      Mount:            ||    Shield: Y      Mount:            |
|    Passion: 0                       ||    Passion: 0                       |
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|    Result: Raffiano wins the roll with their Success.                      |
|    Raffiano rolls (1 5 2 3) for 11 total damage.                           |
|    Armor and/or Shield reduces by 6.                                       |
|    Carina takes 5 damage.                                                  |
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He had knocked her down! Carina was so totally going to pay him back for that! When she gets to her feet, she smirks at his word play, "I give as good as I get." The words come out between clenched teeth even if she's not so much angry, but she does not like to lose! He finds her again and gets a piece of her. He is certainly winning, as far as hit by hit goes, he had even taken her down and allowed her to get up, but she's not quite out of the fight yet.

The sound of booted feet echo off the tiled ground and bounds between buildings as a group of Wyvern Company

A flutter of pigeons near the fountain causes a stir as they beat wings heading for a nearby rooftop.

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|                       Attack Roll Raffiano vs Carina                       |
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|    Raffiano: Fumble!                ||    Carina: Success                  |
|    -----------------------------    ||    -----------------------------    |
|    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe||    Weapon: sword  Armor: hard leathe|
|    Shield: Y      Mount:            ||    Shield: Y      Mount:            |
|    Passion: 0                       ||    Passion: 0                       |
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|    Result: Carina wins the roll with their Success.                        |
|    Carina rolls (4 3 2 2 6) for 17 total damage.                           |
|    Armor and/or Shield reduces by 6.                                       |
|    Raffiano takes 11 damage.                                               |
|    Raffiano checks their Dex: Knockdown!                                   |
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He's had some hits, hers have been more damaging to him. This one again cuts at Raffiano, giving him a little nick that may heal away, not even a trophy, but a good hit all the same. He is sent backwards and to the ground. From their he looks up, considering how his body feels. "I think you've shown you're the better this day, Signora." He grins, not moving just yet, "If you want to continue we may have to agree to drop swords and transition to grappling." He wiggles a little, not too seductive so much as to look like he's wresting. "But your one arm, with the sword, is better than mine today at least."

The sound of booted feet echo off the tiled ground and bounds between buildings as a group of Wyvern Company guard march through the piazza.

He was yielding? Carina looks down at him with a touch of disappointment, stepping back to allow him his feet. "Your first knockdown and you're calling the fight?" There is no offer of a hand to help him to his feet, but she doesn't look away. "I thought we were fairly equal of give and take and perhaps we are. That is nothing when it comes to stamina though or duration and you seem to be lacking both."

"If you want to see stamina and duration, Signora," grins Raffiano, "That is another contest entirely. I could go until I'm too wounded to stand, but I plan to be ready for any other such fight that may come my way." He gets to his feet as she doesn't offer a hand. He probably rolls over on hands and knees, and gives a little glimpse of the back side, undignified as the position could be even. Then he is standing. "You've quite the arms there Carina, I bet you could well lift me up." He waggles his brows a little too at the thought. "This is how they raise the Signora in Ranga is it? I'm considering joining Wyvern more and more, if I get a chance to meet some of these women." Though, really, he's just looking at here, in a good place despite his pains, evident when he moves a little. He doesn't play it up, but she did hit him a good couple of times.

There's no missing his meaning, or at least the double entendre as it were, and Carina eyes him "I am sure you've tested that repeatedly," she tries for a measure of distaste in her voice but finds herself intrigued despite herself. It's when he mentions joining the Wyvern Company to meet more women that she comes back down to land from those thoughts and she nods tersely, watching as he gets to his feet. "I'm not attempting to lift you, Signore. Perhaps a visit to Ranga is in your future to see how others are raised there." She smirks. "Are you wounded?"

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|        Raffiano (Awareness)         |
|               Success               |
|    Skill: 10 Mod: 0  Total: 10      |
|    Roll: 5   Status:                |
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A nod of his head, tested repeatedly, "Precisely." He agrees, and he might notice that change in demeanor from her. He moves to put his sword away, "Wounded, certainly, it was a good spar. I would not give up so easily for a bruise or two. You do have a strong arm." He nods looking at it, then to her, "I'd rather not go to Ranga, I'm sure they cannot live up to my expectations, having met the best one here in Matora already." And he gives a nod, "The question now, is, when she's not besting sons of Matora in combat, or upholding the law. Does she enjoy the drink and some gaming. Work hard and play hard?"

"I suppose there is nothing wrong with that." Carina says of his whole repeated testing thing. Eyes rake over him as she looks and surveys his wounds. "I would also rather not go to Ranga, my home is wherever the company sends me now." Brows lift as he mentions having met the best one and she smirks. Was he flirting with her? Asking her out? Wooing her? It had been a long while since she felt like anyone a man would notice. "I do drink and I do game." With a mysterious smile she leaves the rest unanswered as she strides off before he could get a chance to get to specifics in asking her out. If indeed that was his intention at all!

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