Jazz in: Frigid Dragon Slayer

Jazz made it...he barely escaped the yawning abyss...as it devoured the rest of the field...his rewards were intact...but...everything else but the ring of snow and ice...it was completely devoured...the shimmering pools he noticed...and the absolute cold he felt when it reached out to grab him...everything brought him near to run away from the giant chasm of darkness.

But where his GigasHit had fallen in...he could see ice...a hole in the death that pervaded across the field...

Y-You're not thinking of going down in there...are you!? Stephine stammered, she had been watching, but she didn't want to break his concentration on the fight. But now she could see what her new navi was planning, Jazz had been staring intently at the hole he made and he wasn't looking like he wanted to leave without answers. He closed his eyes and breathed deep.

I need to. Like it or not, Sharo has been...and always WILL BE...my home...I have a duty to protect it...no matter what happens. If you don't wanna operate me, that's fine, but I'm finding out what's going on and that hole's my way in. Jazz spoke simply. Calmly. And bluntly. He continued to breathe deep breaths, the cold air chilling him to the bone all the same, but...the air was clear...it was free of pollution unlike the air in Electown and Netvagas were...he was going to see this to the end, one way or another.

Stephine sighed. Slotting in two subchips for Jazz, his body fully recovered by them almost immediately. Swear to whatever gods you believe in, if this gets you deleted I'm reminding you RIGHT NOW this was your idea. I'm operating you like it or not and I'm not gonna wait for you to come limping home. I'm popping our last Escape if things get too much, Jazz...IF this doesn't kill you first. Stephine replied, Jazz only smirking and letting out a chuckle. Wouldn't have it any other way. Jazz returned, turning around and stepping back towards the end of the outer region of panels, a song began to start up, a melody beginning to ring in his ears and Stephine's PET. Getting his bearings straight and lining up, calculating this time...Jazz ran full speed towards the edge of the platform, jumping once, twice...and on the third jump...leaping off into the air, sending him flying headlong towards his intended destination. Come hell or high water...I'M KICKING THE ASS OF WHATEVER IS IN HERE! NOBODY MESSES WITH MY HOME. NOBOOOOODYYYYYYYY! Jazz screamed at the top of his lungs, slipping between hell and heaven to whatever lay behind the dark curtain.

(MiniEnergyx2 used, Recover100, Rabbit Kick used to jump down the rabbit hole)
[Modlocked]

Crystalline blue swallowed Jazz's vision. For several moments he plummeted, only to feel his back collide with the icy surface. His fall became a slide as the tunnel levelled out; from what he could see whipping by, he had to be deep, deep inside a glacier, or a frozen mountain. His fur wasn't quite enough to keep from feeling the scrape against his back, but it was weathered smooth enough that he at least didn't lose any.

His momentum finally petered out. The tunnel behind him vanished around an upward corner; getting out manually would be a trick, to say the least. A quick look around would reveal little more than more of the same caverns, curiously round and weathered smooth. They were tall enough, at least, to stand up in, though it was still cramped enough that if Jazz had any issues with claustrophobia, they would absolutely be showing themselves right about now.

He could hear something. Louder than whispers, now, more like a packed assembly hall, rife with low murmuring. There were only a few ways to even turn: he could proceed further down the tunnel, or duck through a narrow crack in the wall at his left, or take the hole just behind him that...

...hadn't been there before.

There were the murmurs again; Jazz could almost make out words. They sounded close, closer.

Right underfoot.

-The Things that Lurk Beneath the Net-
42494E415259.WORM: ??? HP [1 Movement Away, Down]

-P̵̸͠R̶͠E͞҉̷͝Y͢͏̵̴-
Jazz.EXE: 200 HP

-Terrain-
100% Ice [Wormtunnels: Forward, Left, Down]

-Special-
Wormtunnels: Cramped tunnels limit movement to the paths currently visible

-EXTERMINATOR - PURGE THE INFECTION-
-BATTLE #5 - START!-
Jazz fell. He fell and fell until he couldn't fall no more. He was swallowed by crystal blue and he could feel the cold on his back, all through his suit and fur. He groomed himself damn near daily, so he at least didn't catch or rub off on the cold tunnels that swallowed him whole. He could still see despite it all, but...he finally slid to a stop within the tunnels that surrounded him, up, down, all around him he could barely move, his floatshoes finally kicking in again to prevent himself from slipping about...but he needed to get moving and fast. He didn't know what or who was within here, let alone what was causing the voices down below...they were close now...closer than he ever been outside whatever he had found himself inside of.

Three tunnels presented themselves to Jazz, he could proceed down the tunnel he slid into...there was a tunnel to his left he could barely fit his way into...or he...could go down the tunnel...that wasn't there before...that wasn't a trap or anything, no sirree. Ya gettin this Stephine?I'm seein it, Jazz. Real shitshow here and no idea what could happen around here...stay alert, go slow. The two spoke, Jazz's heart raced as he was getting antsy about everything going on, it wasn't claustrophobia setting in, he'd seen more than his fair share of tight spaces in the last thirty-some years...but he couldn't stop feeling like he had gotten himself in deeper than he should have. Drop the Firebomb my way. Gonna give this thing a present if it makes it down there. Jazz spoke simply after a moment, he had a trio of choices besides him...but he could use this to his advantage if he was lucky. A quick chip slotted into his systems, Jazz would create a small metallic sphere in his hand, a warm pulse emanating from it as he breathed deep, he had one chance to do this, he'd make his presence known after this, if the...thing...below him didn't know he was there already. Taking matters into his own hands, Jazz would turn to the hole that opened up as he came down and quickly, he would drop the bomb down the hole, just...hover his hand over the hole and drop it in wholesale, not even looking down in case it was looking up at him.

Quickly, Jazz would move his way to the crack in the wall next to him, he wanted to get himself out of the "main" tunnel he dropped down as fast as possible. His body doing everything to squish and squeeze it's way in, Jazz would hope he could do such without much...renovation. His wide thighs beginning to chafe as he tried to enter, but hopefully, all things considered, he could fit into and shimmy down into this tunnel, hopefully he could get further down the tunnel, slowly but surely.

Overview
*Floatshoes active, Ignore panel effects excepting terrain weaknesses
*Mass Destruction: +1 Range to Blast/Nova/Splash/Spread chips
1: Drop FireBomb1Damage: 60 + Burn(10) + Blast2
Accuracy: C
Description: A bomb that bursts into intense flames on impact.
Duration: Once
Element: Fire
Special: Burn(10): Deals 10 Fire damage per action to the victim starting the turn after this attack hits. This effect stacks with other timed damage effects, including other Burn effects. Can be cured with Status Cure.
Trader Rank: D
down hole that opened behind him
2: Squeeze into crack on his left/right
3: Begin moving down the tunnel slowly, making sure to not drop down somewhere without his express consent.
-Turn Split-
<(For your listening pleasure.)>

The bomb dropped a short distance, and went off with a strangely-muted whoomph as Jazz shimmied his way into the narrow crack. A bestial roar shook the walls, far too close for comfort. The crack turned into a deep, narrow crevice, the result of a natural fault in the glacier itself. Running was out of the question; it was all Jazz could do to free-climb his way across the uneven rock, one handhold at a time. The faultline extended far, far beneath him, deep and dark as an ocean trench.

A rhythmic series of crashing noises echoed around Jazz's ears in the tiny space. Like plates smashing, magnified a thousandfold. It was coming from behind him.

Something whistled through the space bare millimetres from his foot, fast enough for Jazz to feel the rush of displaced air. Right behind him, through the crack, he saw what looked like a double-row of shiny white tiles, each one a handspan long and wide, evenly spaced, rounded at the edges. There were hints of something reddish above and below them.

The mouth opened. Only darkness lay behind the teeth.

-The Things that Lurk Beneath the Net-
42494E415259.WORM: (??? - 80) HP [Behind Jazz] [1 Action Remaining]

-P̵̸͠R̶͠E͞҉̷͝Y͢͏̵̴-
Jazz.EXE: 200 HP [Slow] [3 Actions Remaining]

-Terrain-
90% Ice [Wormtunnels: Forward, Down]
10% Missing [Mouth of WORM, Behind]

-Special-
Wormtunnels: Cramped tunnels limit movement to the paths currently visible

-EXTERMINATOR - PURGE THE INFECTION-
-CONTINUE?-
Jazz had managed to get the worm with his bomb at the very least...but something seemed off...either way, he made his way out of the crack...into a crevase...it seemed at the very least he wouldn't automatically jack out if he fell...but he had to keep moving, even if he was a bit slow in doing so.

Hand over hand, the navi would begin to move himself, slowly but surely as he grabbed every hand and foothold he could, the rabbit would begin to slowly move himself downwards, he saw the teeth...the giant gaping maw that threatened to swallow him whole and then some...but this thing had to be taken care of somehow. At least with his bomb he could slowly chip away at it's data. Stephine, Sword. Jazz spoke briefly, the chip being slotted in almost immediately. Jazz would make sure to put it to good use, holding a hand out as he formed a curved, sharp spike in hand. While he couldn't make more than one, it would have to be enough.

Stabbing the sword-pick into the ice firmly as he slowly made his way down, feeling all around as much as he could for hand and footholds, the lapine navi would make his way downwards, hoping to find another entrance to the tunnels that the worm has carved out for itself. He was gonna be getting dirty very quickly, probably very soon, but for now, the immense structure he was climbing on made it less than feasible to do so outside, the worm would have to be fought sooner rather than later, but hopefully he could find ways to fight it without endangering himself...too much.

Overview
-spice End-
4: Equip SwordDamage: 80 + Slashing
Accuracy: B
Description: Creates a sword made of solidified energy, with a very short blade. Hits one target per slash
Duration: Until Overridden/Broken. Breaks automatically after 6 swings.
Element: Null
Trader Rank: D
as a climbing pick
5: Proceed downwards slowly using SwordDamage: 80 + Slashing
Accuracy: B
Description: Creates a sword made of solidified energy, with a very short blade. Hits one target per slash
Duration: Until Overridden/Broken. Breaks automatically after 6 swings.
Element: Null
Trader Rank: D
as leverage and a stabalizer
6: Keep proceeding downwards if no other entrance/exit presents itself
The climb had become a race against the clock. Wedged completely into the crevasse Jazz had squeezed into, the beast's movements were limited to how fast it could chew through the solid ice. The aid of both a sword and gravity did wonders for picking up the pace, though the teeth were still terrifyingly close, gnawing the crevasse into another perfectly smooth tunnel just above Jazz's hands. In his new perch, every look up at his hands put the maw in his vision. Where the ice it devoured went, it was impossible to know.

Putting his trust fully in his Operator, Jazz slipped through the dark crevasse, and into a cavernous space. It was curiously bright on this side of the crack, every wall a gleaming white-blue. Sliding down the side of one such wall without a hope of a stable footing, it would be up to how clever Jazz was with his sword if he wanted anything like steering. Wind whipped past his cheeks as he rapidly picked up speed.

The earth shook under the bunny's fluffy rump. Above his head, the ice exploded, and he got his first good look at the worm. The maw that had chased him hell for leather through the tunnels was distressingly humanoid: two perfectly straight rows of teeth, a slimy tongue, lips pulled into a snarl that would be ugly even on a normal face. Mounted on the business end of a giant, fleshy worm, with too many hands and feet to count flailing beneath its mass...well, only Jazz knew how he felt looking at it, but it was a sure thing that whatever it was, he was probably feeling a lot of it.

If Jazz's descent could be called precipitous, the nightmare-beast's would be better called 'freefall'. While the rest of its mass coiled and twisted behind it (it was still gushing out of the wormtunnel), its mouth tracked Jazz unerringly. Teeth clacked together at a tempo a human could never have hoped to match - it was getting closer.

-The Things that Lurk Beneath the Net-
42494E415259.WORM: (??? - 90) HP [Behind Jazz]

-P̵̸͠R̶͠E͞҉̷͝Y͢͏̵̴-
Jazz.EXE: 200 HP [Sliding]

-Terrain-
90% Ice [Worm-nest: Left, Right, Up, Down]
10% Missing [Mouth of WORM, Above]

-Special-
Sliding: Moving with your momentum will increase evasion

-EXTERMINATOR - PURGE THE INFECTION-
-TURN #2: BEGIN-
Jazz had begun his slide down the side of the cliffs that he had precariously tried to climb down...no, that of course wouldn't go to plan, his ass was sliding down the glacier now and gods knew what kind of hell he had managed to get himself into...and then he saw the creature...the worm...begin to vomit itself out of the tunnels it had created. Infinite looking legs...two sets of gnashing teeth...that tongue...it grossed out the rabbit to begin with...now this made him lose all sense of an appetite for...ever probably.

WHAT THE FUCK!? Did someone make the human centipede a virus or something!? WHO WOULD MAKE THIS KIND OF SHIT!? Stephine exclaimed as she watched the worm begin to show itself fully, even if it wasn't completely exposed. Jazz wouldn't say anything, he needed to concentrate for the moment, his body slowly becoming engulfed in a hard shelled casing as a much softer bubble of energy enveloped his body just over it, protecting him...provided it wouldn't get through them as easily as it did the ice. His body sliding across it quickly as the WORM was beginning to fall down towards him, it was catching up quickly and he needed to juke it as much as he could. He was on the defensive and was quickly falling himself, there was no way he could simply fall forever with this thing on his ass.

His head turning towards the WORM again and again, Jazz would make his calculations as much as he was able, letting the horrifying creature begin to close in on him, he was waiting for a chance to make his move to juke the creature out, if only a little bit. Inch by inch, bit by bit, Jazz kept his head over his shoulder as much as possible, letting his momentum keep on going for a bit longer...then when he thought he had the WORM close enough, he would slam his pick of a sword down into the ice near him, arm fully outstretched as he began to shift his momentum as much as he could, hand gripping hard against the pick's hilt as his feet began to quickly shift himself towards the right and send him down that way just the same, rabbit looking for a way back inside the WormTunnels...even if it felt like that wasn't a viable thing to be doing right now.

Hand still on the pick as he shifted, the navi would make damn sure to try and wrest the pick from the ice, attempting to bring it up as far as he could to unhook it from the ice, letting his momentum send him in a better direction. All while his netop was freaking out, mumbling to herself as Jazz began to summon a large gun into his free hand, head and body turned towards the WORM as best he was able to while sliding down the side of the giant glacier, the weapon in his hand beginning to charge up a blast of pure wood elemental energy, a soft hum coming from his weapon as he tried to get a bead on the WORM. Eat this ya abomination Jazz spoke before letting the charged up ball of energy, an explosive potshot to try and smack dead into the WORM's body, an explosion of energy rocketing out in a quartet of directions, an X-shaped indentation wherever the blast had landed.

Overview
*Floatshoes active, Ignore panel effects except terrain weakness damage
*Mass Destruction: +1 Range to Blast/Nova/Splash/Spread chips
1: Signature: Combo Defense to self (40 HP Casing and Barrier, 2 TCD)
2: wait for WORM to get closer, about a couple body lengths
3: Jam SwordDamage: 80 + Slashing
Accuracy: B
Description: Creates a sword made of solidified energy, with a very short blade. Hits one target per slash
Duration: Until Overridden/Broken. Breaks automatically after 6 swings.
Element: Null
Trader Rank: D
into the ice to help turn to the Right
4: Steer towards the right and try to take Sword out of the ice
5: Make sure to wrest Sword out of the Ice
6: Signature: X Rabbit Blaster--->WORM (60 Wood, Shot, X shaped Splash, 3TCD)

Cooldowns
Combo Defense (2)
X Rabbit Blaster (3)
Jazz's baited FireBomb still burned in the WORM's belly, stoking its fury higher and higher every second. With its meal securely in its eyeless sights, Jazz's horizon was swallowed more and more by a chattering blender of teeth. It didn't seem possible, but the beast's mouth was moving even faster than before, with a noise like a chain gun in a porcelain factory. The unholy darkness awaited, but the odds of entering the void in one piece seemed unfavourable, to say the least.

Jazz's solution was to raise his guard and attempt to deke the oncoming storm. His quick thinking got him out of harm's way just as the WORM's teeth carved a trench deep into the cavern wall. While its sheer mass and jaw-force ensured the abomination didn't even slow, by the time Jazz wrestled his Sword back, he was well away from the thing's head, falling somewhere around its midsection. A myriad hands reached out just in time to catch an empowered blast almost dead in its center of mass; so massive was the beast that the energy blast clipped it in the coils a second time on its way out.

Roaring in pain and noticeably damaged, the beast thrashed on its way down. This had a nasty effect on Jazz, who had the bad luck to be within range of many, many tons of fleshy worm being thrown about at catastrophic speeds. The beast didn't seem to care that it was causing itself damage with its thrashing, as long as the tiny thing that had avoided being eaten was punished. In one pummeling second, Jazz's defences were totaled, though the bunny had just barely managed to remain unscathed.

Sensing that it no longer held the high ground, the WORM pointed itself straight down at the earth. Its teeth chewed through the ice fast enough to disappear from view in seconds. The hole it had just made would whip past Jazz in just as long again; if he wanted to take the chance of taking the fight to the sickening creature, he would need to decide right now. Otherwise, the slope would soon level out, and Jazz would be forced to face it on open ground, with neither hidey-holes or gravity to help evade its jaws.

-The Things that Lurk Beneath the Net-
42494E415259.WORM: (??? - 250) HP [Burrowed]

-P̵̸͠R̶͠E͞҉̷͝Y͢͏̵̴-
Jazz.EXE: 200 HP [Sliding] [Defences Broken!]

-Terrain-
100% Ice [Worm-nest: Down Hole, Forward to Nest Depths]

-Special-
Sliding: Moving with your momentum will increase evasion
Burrowed: Burrowed entities can attack other burrowed entities in the same tunnel. Attacking from tunnels to surface still requires exiting Burrow

-EXTERMINATOR - PURGE THE INFECTION-
-TURN #3: BEGIN-
Sliding down at rapid speeds, Jazz was quick to notice he was about to level out, even with the floatshoes beneath his feet, he couldn't stop his decent down to such a place and then there was the hole the WORM had created to escape him...fighting it head on was a bad idea, no doubt, but...he had his ways to make the thing exit the ground. Stephine. We got any terrain changing chips? Something to eject the WORM out from it's hidey hole? Jazz asked as he came up on the hole, he had to make a quick choice. Surprisingly enough, Stephine sent him a chip...and it was a full scale change to boot. MudStage eh? Lets try it. Jazz spoke simply, the rabbit immediately activating it upon seeing what it was. If he was right, it would eject the worm from it's hole and give it a love tap to boot, he could figure out his plan of attack immediately afterwards.

Upon the activation of the chip, Jazz's feet just above the snow and ice, would send out a pulse of energy all up and down the mountain he was sliding down the side of. Snow and ice melting away rapidly to reveal the earth beneath it, the earth beneath it immediately beginning to absorb the moisture from the melting ice and snow. Rapidly, Jazz sent down torrents of mud all down and around the WORM, least of all it's hideyhole it dug, the navi watching as a thick clay-like earth flooding the hole and filling it to the brim without a second thought...he was hoping the WORM would surface in front of him, he wanted to delete it now before he hit the bottom of this mountain of newly made mud, he would have no chance on even terrain...making him wish he had stayed in the tunnels for one reason or another...mistakes were most assuredly made, but he was gonna correct them...now where was the massive thing?

Overview
*Floatshoes active
*Break Passive: Mass Destruction (+1 coverage to Blast, Spread, Splash and Nova attacking chips)
*Equipped: SwordDamage: 80 + Slashing
Accuracy: B
Description: Creates a sword made of solidified energy, with a very short blade. Hits one target per slash
Duration: Until Overridden/Broken. Breaks automatically after 6 swings.
Element: Null
Trader Rank: D
in the shape of a climbing pick. 6/6 uses remaining(?)
1: MudStageEffect: Full Stage Mud Terrain Change
Accuracy: S
Description: Changes the entire battlefield to Mud Terrain.
Duration: Once
Element: Wood
Trader Rank: C
, full stage change to Mud
  • Non-Wood Elementals get -10% Evasion penalty and reduced movement speed, 25% (+/-25% RP) chance to fall or get stuck (1 action to get free).
  • Automatically triggers Aqua Boost for appropriate chip attacks.
  • Wood attacks: Change terrain hit to Soil.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Wood + Slow1.
, eject WORM to surface to gage its position
----Turn Split, 5 Actions remain----
Even this far beneath the surface, the power of Battlechips still had sway over the Net. The glacier began to groan and creak around Jazz's ears as a significant layer of its base was transmuted into wet, boggy earth. The wormtunnels underfoot immediately collapsed, temporarily pinning their creator under their own tremendous weight before it managed to dig itself out. The last entrance to the tunnels whipped past Jazz - if he wanted out, he would have to climb, and that didn't seem like the wisest option now that he was stuck in the bog with the WORM.

The WORM that was coming right for him, bellowing rage and flecks of spit from a mouth that could fit Jazz standing. The last of Jazz's slide was just barely enough to keep the torrent of stampeding limbs from running him down; as his momentum petered out, the whole of its fleshy body whipped by bare inches away. Up the hill, the head made an about-face, ready to come back for another go at its would-be meal.

-The Things that Lurk Beneath the Net-
42494E415259.WORM: (??? - 310) HP [Mud] [2 Actions Remaining]

-P̵̸͠R̶͠E͞҉̷͝Y͢͏̵̴-
Jazz.EXE: 200 HP [Mud] [Sword: 4/6 uses] [5 Actions Remaining]

-Terrain-
95% Mud [Nest Depths]
5% Missing [Mouth of WORM]

-Special-
Nest Depths: there appears to be no way out at present

-EXTERMINATOR - PURGE THE INFECTION-
-TURN #3: CONTINUE?-