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From what little data she could collect on The Devil, Kade couldn't exactly make up countermeasures for when they would inevitably come to blows. That said, she wouldn't have been prepared to fight him anyways considering she had expected her opponent to be Jinx and her alone. As far as Kade was aware, this was the first time The Devil made an appearance outside of America... He [i did] execute some international villains and heroes though, so perhaps his presence was one that was kept under the radar in other countries.
There was a fury in Guardian's movement as sword is brought to bare, and it is brought with killing intent. While fighting Jinx, her movements and attacks had meant to incapacitate or wound, not maim or kill. This became a completely different scenario as more power pumped through the suits systems, bringing down many more tons than the machine weighed of force with an overhead chop.
The figure in the dust didn't even flinch and just when victory seemed to be assured for Guardian, the sword slammed in to something invisible just above Devil's head. The force of the blow created a gust of wind that parted the dust and debris like a tide, revealing the figure who had been shrouded in it. For some reason, seeing him as a mere man frightened Kade even more as he just looked up at the blade inches above his head like it was a simple Christmas ornament. Guardian's systems flashed with warnings as she put her mechanical muscles in to overdrive, but Devil never wavered, the extra force seemingly not even registering to him.
[+red “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”] He says, and the sword above his head, the size of a helicopter blade might I add, begins to [i deconstruct]. It doesn't shatter, it begins to fall away in to geometric shapes. The process goes down the blade, the handle, and just as Kade realizes what's happening, the armoured suit's hand begins deconstructing as well. Quickly Guardian reels, pulling the hand away, and thankfully stopping the process at the wrist. The Guardian's other arm comes across her body, shield expanding, the energy field expands, and in a flash bursts like a mortar on steroids at Devil, sending his form flying back in to a pile of wreckage. It created another cloud of dust upon landing, but she wasn't going to wait for him to reveal himself again. Or get up.
The arm missing its hand comes up and a compartment on the forearm opens up, a small repeater cannon is produced, and begins firing heavy plasma blasts in to the cloud. Luckily she had the foresight to install this in to this Guardian battle suit, but this suit in particular was mostly made for hand to hand. Most of her heavy artillery was used for dealing with robots or aliens... She wished she brought something heavier to deal with Devil.
[b “I hope that hurt you son of a bitch!”] Guardian's voice cuts through the sound of settling debris, as the cannon stops firing. However, the response she got was probably warranted. A giant chunk of wall or pillar came from the dust, and Kade was [i just] fast enough to bring up her shield to block it. The blow was clearly enhanced by Devil's powers, as the hit made her suit stagger back, red lights and warning blowing up in her face on her HUD. The second she moved the shield away, it was almost like Devil just [i appeared] in front of her. She yelled as she swung the right arm of her machine. The Guardian overshot somehow, twisting itself over and on to the ground. Kade lets out a grunt as she braces the impact, her head slamming off of the console, putting stars in her eyes. What she saw next when she got her bearings again, she didn't have to register on her scanners.
Right in front of the Guardian's field of view was its arm, sheered off despite the heavy armoured plating and alien tech. It was futile, but Kade tried to get the Guardian up, only for it to be thrown on its back. The next thing she knew, there was the sounds of deconstructing and tearing metal, and the armour covering the cockpit was pulled away, revealing Kade in the seat, wide eyed and disbelieving. A split second later her training kicked in and a plasma pistol was at the ready, only to be pulled out of her hand by an unseen force. The same force then viciously ripped Kade from the cockpit, a piece of stray metal taking a chunk out of her side on the way out, a cry of pain followed. She was tossed like a rag-doll off to the side, Devil approaching her, no doubt savouring the moment.
Kade spits some blood in his direction as he slowly approaches her. [b “It looks like I got you pretty good.”] What he was wearing had some gashes, spots that the plasma bolts had hit still steaming, and he had a small barely noticeable limp. The wounds were no doubt superficial because of the nature of his powers, but that felt sort of like a win to her. She lets out a feeble laugh as the man approaches her with an outstretched hand as if to choke her. [b “'Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.'”]
It was too bad she didn't think to bring a second pistol.
[font "Times New Roman" Jinx made sure she smiled right in the camera's lens as she ran by it. The guards mostly took themselves out; there wasn't much to do. Of course, she emptied the bullets on like two or whatever...]
[font "Times New Roman" The vault itself didn't pose much of a threat. It just so turned out there there was a coincidental break in its circuits and it shifted open with the sound of a couple fizzled out wires. Jinx grinned to herself, thinking about how it was [i just her luck].]
[font "Times New Roman" She slipped into the vault with a bag slung over her shoulders, quickly filling it with stacks of cash. Sure it was getting heavy, but what was there to complain about half a million dollars? Of course, Jinx's bank accounts could live without it, but it wasn't even the actual money that was the best part of a heist; it was the absolute thrill of it. Nothing compared to the adrenaline that flooded every vein in her body. She wouldn't trade it for anything.]
[font "Times New Roman" She shifted the automatic rifle to be at her side and switched a pistol to her thigh holster. It was kinda cumbersome with all the weapons, but she hadn't been sure what kind of loudout she'd be needing when going against Guardian.]
[font "Times New Roman" Honestly, Jinx wasn't sure if the hunk o' metal was a man or a woman, though for some reason she kinda expected a woman. Or someone very feminine. It was something about Guardian's mannerisms that kind of gave them away... But either way, Jinx was [i absolutely] sure that they would show. There was rarely a time when they didn't.]
[font "Times New Roman" She could hear guards shouting outside the vault. She couldn't tell what they were saying, but it might've been--]
[font "Times New Roman" Guardian burst through the entrance, effectively putting a smirk on Jinx's face. [b "I see you put on your big girl panties to come see me today,"] she laughed as she lunged for her enemy. They fell into a dangerous game of give-and-take. Jinx had some close calls almost being crushed to death and gave Guardian a couple herself.]
[font "Times New Roman" [i If I can damage the suit, they'll have to fight me hand to hand,] she was calculating, trying to shoot strategically at joints in the armor's figure. While they were weaker, they were still strong as hell. She had to figure out how to get to the circuitry itself.]
[font "Times New Roman" A sigh escaped her as she moved further back from the Guardian to plan her next move. Just as she started to move forward, a thundering sound scared her and the wall to her left imploded on itself. Fear ran freely on her features for the first time in several years when she realized who was making an entrance. The dust barely seemed to settle, but Guardian knew who it was, too. And hey, why didn't anything land on her? She should've been shredded by the shrapnel--]
[font "Times New Roman" [center "Run."]]
[font "Times New Roman" Jinx paused, hopelessly stuck in a limbo of confusion, as the robotic mammoth moved to attack Devil. He seemed completely unmoved by the effort.]
[font "Times New Roman" [i How does he not fear that tons-heavy suit coming his way?]]
[font "Times New Roman" Jinx didn't hesitate. She fucking ran. She clutched her bags of money to her chest and ran.]
China was such an interesting place to visit. The culture, the people, the food, it was always fun to come back here. Even if it was for [i work]. Kade Jensen AKA 'Guardian' was sitting in front of a laptop at a small cafe, scanning what she could from the local feed. It was a tedious endeavour, but it was something Kade had become used to long before she became a superhero. However, if she had her powers back then, it would've made her job a lot easier, but then again, she was dealing with a whole different animal now.
A file pulled up over the mass of security feeds, a picture of a woman glancing over her shoulder smiling defiantly at the camera that captured her image. Information scrolled down under it like an ancient Chinese scroll, displaying information in regards to the individual. The priors were probably longer than her arm span if she printed them off. [b “Jinx.”] Kade muttered to herself, swallowing something bitter that wasn't her coffee.
Jinx was probably one of the Guardian's greatest foes. She had the ability to manipulate magnetic forces and probability, so as one can imagine Jinx was formidable against the likes of Kade, her claim to fame being a powered mechanical suit of armour... Let's just say Kade is still a little butt-hurt over their first encounter that happened a little over five years ago. Since then, Kade had to make a few modifications to her armoury for when they came to blows again and again.
[i And again.]
Like most heroes, Kade tried to keep an eye on her villains, especially the slippery ones who didn't like to stay in prison. Once Jinx had escaped for the millionth time, Kade made a very apparent effort to track her down. She was barely a blip on the radar, but once it hit the systems, Kade was informed and she immediately came to China to put Jinx back in a cell.
The sun was beginning to set, sweeping a crimson and gold light through the streets, the hustle and bustle of the people only barely slowing down. It would be night soon, and that meant that Jinx would more than likely strike.
[i Ping!] It was like magic. An overhead map of the area appeared on the screen, a red dot placing itself just where she thought it would. [i Industrial & Commercial Bank of China]. The biggest bank of the 'big four' in China, and Kade's first guess as to where Jinx would be villain-ing. Needless to say, it was time to get to work.
The Guardian landed in front of a hole that was in the side of bank, alarm bells wailing over the audio feed, and the beginnings of a fire registering on the infrared scans. She had arrived just as the party was starting.
Stepping through the hole, Kade's 8 ton, 12 foot tall battle suit was a lot nimbler than it appeared. Her usual suit made her about a foot to a foot and a half taller than she was in person, but considering she was up against Jinx, she needed the extra weight and equipment. For what it was, the battle-suit was actually quite light weight, mostly consisting of carbon fibre, alien substances from other adventures, and carbon nano-tubes. The bulk of the weight was coming from the Faraday-cage cockpit and stainless steel and titanium alloy plating; plating which was diamagnetic due to superconducting. However, despite the fact that Kade had created a suit that was able to deal with Jinx's magnetic might, she still had to contend with the probability control and the other woman could still hurl things made of Ferris metals at her.
And that's exactly what happened. When she arrived to the main event, here was barely an exchange of pleasantries before Guardian and Jinx began their chaotic dance. It was just like old times. The fighting, the yelling, the quipping, the laughing. It was almost like seeing an old friend after a long time, the two of you barely needing any time to catch up before you're in sync again. But that all changed real fast. So fast that Kade's calculations and Jinx's control over probability were rendered inert.
A hole blew open in the wall closest to them, concrete, metal, and other materials showering them like shrapnel. The Guardian's shield came up, expanding, and then expanding again with an added energy field, protecting Jinx from the deadly rain. Before the dust settled, before the voice could be heard, she knew who it was. The giant sword resting on her back extended and came at the ready.
[+red "I will also turn My hand against you, And will smelt away your dross as with lye And will remove all your alloy.”]
[i 'Isaiah 1:25.'] She thought facing the silhouette curtained by dust and debris. [b “The Devil.”] Guardian spoke, her voice modulated through her suit. This was the bastard who was killing all of the villains and heroes. When Kade had first heard of him, she didn't believe it, she was off-world at the time of his debut, but soon learned that he did in fact exist, bearing witness to the execution of a friend. And there was little anyone could do to stop him.
The robotic head atop the Guardian's suit turns and looks down at Jinx. Despite it being that of an emotionless machine, it almost seemed like concern was registering on its characterless features. The two of them weren't enemies anymore in the face of this particular foe. [b “Run.”] Is all the mechanical voice said, before the body jumped in to do battle with The Devil.
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