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[summons] Wavehaven | Early winter | Mid morning | Clearing rain, cold | Calling Regent

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Bucky was coming back along the sand after his morning run. He’d taken it a little easier than usual - concerning energy, ready for his sparring match with Regent. She hadn’t seem put off (for you know, Regent) when he let her know he wanted to delay their plans a few days so he could focus on hunting for Cae and Magnus and helping out, but as he’d realized with Volly, you couldn’t put something off forever, and so they had arranged it for today. He was more curious than anything, given that her siblings had all spoken of her prowess in battle.

Well, she wouldn’t find him an easy target. If she was going to train the pack for him, he wasn’t intending to go easy on her, and he doubted she would on him. He jogged up the sand dune that led to the hillside, letting out a few barks once as he climbed up the loose sand. The rain that fell lightly was already letting up - it would stop altogether soon, he thought, sniffing at the rain-scent in the air. Once at the top, Bucky stopped to listen for an answer.


Jul 14, 2017 05:01 AM

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Regent had only gone on a short run this morning, hence why she was back so early in the day. But, this was because she was expecting Bucky’s call, as he just did there. So, she made her way towards it.

She had observed him quietly, how he moved, even how he trained, just to see what information she could gather. And of course, she had played out any possible outcomes in her mind.

Nevertheless, she knew it was going to be a tough battle, and neither of them were going to go easy on each other. At least Regent hoped Bucky wouldn’t. That wouldn’t be the sign of a good leader straight away.

She was slowly nearing him, her orange coat dripping lightly. “Lead Ranger Bucky.” A nod of respect.


Jul 14, 2017 06:03 PM — Post #1

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So she swam even during winter. Bucky tended to avoid the water more in his crazy-thick winter coat because drying took all day with the damn thing. Not to mention

He dipped his head, relieved Regent had greeted him in kind. Perhaps she was starting to react with a touch less hostility than he’d gotten from her initially?

Either that or she was just the Regent version of pleased that Magnus was sick and out of the way for now, even though Bucky suspected having Caesar nursing the Knight wasn’t exactly the sort of distance Regent was hoping for.

“Regent Proleator.” He replied more formally than he spoke to most wolves, signalling to her he was quite happy to keep this business. After spending a little time with March though, he couldn’t help but compare what polar opposites the two twin sisters were.

“Are you ready for our spar? I’ve though about a few small challenges, but I’ve no preferences if they take place before or after a traditional spar.” The request itself was her first test, though Bucky didn’t look or speak down upon Regent. He was honestly looking forward to seeing what she had. The physical exertion would prove a good distraction, he’d always enjoyed a good scuffle.


Jul 14, 2017 06:14 PM — Post #2

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Regent actually appreciated that Bucky used her full name, although she did have to admit she missed her full title of ‘General’.

As expected, the spar was going to occur. “Certainly. I have made necessary preparations, and I hope you understand that I will not hold back.” She stared at the male, trying to see if there would be any wavering in his stoicism.

This was a matter of proving herself. Not just to Bucky and the Rangers, but to her own sense of confidence as well.


Jul 14, 2017 06:19 PM — Post #3

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Bucky was actually becoming quite fond of that patented Regent stare. It was the sort of intensity a hunting raptor got before they honed in on a target.

Regent wouldn’t find him as easy to snatch up and dispatch as a mouse of fish however.

“I would expect nothing less.” He held the gaze levelly, without flinching, his own expression cool and neutral. Poker face engaged. “No intent to severely harm ought to be specified, obviously, but I’m not bothered by a bite or two.” As long as she didn’t try to blind him or break his leg, neither of which he’d ruled out. He didn’t know how much she disliked him at this stage.

“Let’s begin with the smaller challenges before we progress outright to the spar.” He decided since she had given him no preference. “I would first like to see how your offensive tactics stack up. I’d like you to try to knock me down this dune.” He moved back so he was standing atop the one-sided sand dune, indicating where he meant. “I will not be reciprocating in trying to displace you, just using defensive moves at this stage.” 

He nodded to show her if she agreed he was ready, stance squared but light upon the loose sand. She had a slight tactical advantage given she was standing upon the hillside, at a higher point than the top of the dune. But one could also argue that his size afforded the same minor advantage against her, so he wasn’t bothered. 


Jul 15, 2017 03:20 AM — Post #4

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[ Edited: Jul 15, 2017 03:22 AM by Bucky ]
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Regent nodded to his specification of the rules. She wouldn’t have injured Bucky anyway, he had a job to do, and that job involved her sister and brother, as well as the safety of March and herself. He was a strong male, and Regent thought him quite a good soldier to at least assist in protection in case of attack.

Offensive tactics first. Regent wasn’t fond of a direct offensive attack, especially on an enemy that already expected you. But, she could make this work. “Then let us begin.”

Regent’s eyes flitted around as they analysed Bucky intently. Squared stance and a large frame made for a very solid object. As strong as Regent was, she was still only small, and that showed when she was near Bucky. So, there would not be much weight to push him directly down the hill.

However, there was enough weight between the two of them. More specifically, on Bucky. If Regent could somehow get underneath him and force him to lose balance, then his own weight would take him down the hill.

A double blink. A twitch Regent developed when she had her strategy all laid out.

She launched forwards, keeping herself low against the sand. When she got near to Bucky, instead of raising up like a normal, illogical wolf, Regent ducked down and pounced low towards his right front leg, opening her mouth and protecting her face with the intent to grab a hold and take Bucky off balance.


Attack: Grabbing hold of Bucky’s leg to take him off balance
Defense: Ears pinned, eyes squinting
Damage: None


Jul 15, 2017 09:03 AM — Post #5

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Bucky nodded once in agreement and waited patiently while Regent studied him with her hawk-stare on full force.

She made a dive at him, unexpected dipping low. Like him, Regent didn’t always like to go for the obvious in fights, which was good. Bucky used the same strategy a lot.

He didn’t want to give away the response times of his reactions just yet, knowing his speed was what took many wolves by surprise since nobody every expected big wolves to be quick. So he made no attempt to dodge from the leg hold, feeling her jaws close just above his ankle.

He slipped back, but let his weight sink down onto his hindlegs, not falling down the dune quite so easily. Then he braced, and aimed a strong push back at Regent.  If she moved back a step he would move forward one and regain the ground he’d just lost. His ears flattened in determination.

((Attack: Shoving at Regent to try and push her back.
Defense: Stance squared, ears back
Damage: right foreleg in a hold. ))


Jul 15, 2017 09:20 AM — Post #6

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Regent of course expected the initial plan to not work. He was a strong wolf after all, and that was more of a test to see how cunning he was. Turns out he knew the tactic.

The push back was strong, and Regent’s paws slid through the sand. She made no attempt to dig her paws in, there would be no point. The sand provided no traction, and if Bucky managed to get Regent off balance it would only lead to her being on her back, and therefore instantly losing.

So there was only one way for it. As Bucky pushed forwards one more time, Regent released her grip, hoping he would waver forwards. Then, the princess slid underneath the front of Bucky and pushed diagonally upwards. The combination of any wobbling Bucky had, plus the off-center push should in theory be enough for him to falter to fall on his side.

Attack: Releasing grip quickly, hoping Bucky would lose balance and pushing to the side so he would topple sideways.
Defense: Ears back
Damage: None


Jul 15, 2017 09:32 AM — Post #7

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Bucky immediately advanced back to his original point atop the dune when he felt Regent slid back in the sand. He applied the pressure to the push he was aiming at her just a second too long and he felt himself tip forwards just slightly. It wouldn’t have been enough to unbalance him on its own except she released her hold and shoulder barged him. It was a very purposeful blow, right at the exact point at his chest meant to unbalance him - and to a degree, it worked. His hindlegs, still holding more of his weight, saved him from going too far back, though he did loose a little ground.

He didn’t fall completely but he went down on his knees in the front. His hindlegs extended further back, trying to gain enough traction to push him back to his forepaws, but he suspected Regent would launch her next attack before he was up.

((Attack: None, regrouping
Defense: Ears back
Damage: Down on his front knees, sort of bowing, hind end higher than his front))


Jul 15, 2017 09:40 AM — Post #8

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A perfect maneuver. Bucky was off balance, but about to push forwards, meaning Regent was stuck underneath him for the time being. Then again, that was possibly the best place for her, because she couldn’t use size to her advantage. Rather, she couldn’t use her size to her advantage.

Since Bucky was practically leaning on Regent’s back, she shifted her weight to the side, and this time attempted to do the same attack, pushing with her shoulder, but in the opposite direction. That should take him off-guard.

Attack: Same attack, but to the other side
Defense: Ears back
Damage: None


Jul 15, 2017 03:36 PM — Post #9

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Bucky grunted slightly at Regent rammed him again. Given his weight hampered his this time it didn’t have as much force, but with him down on his knees he did loose ground - he was now about halfway down the dune.

Regent was still too close, within easy reach of another ram-move. But it wasn’t in Bucky’s nature to simple go quietly. He’d managed to bring his hindlegs underneath him, and rocking back he tried a risky move, but one that would really test Regent’s reactions.

He tried to jump over her to land higher up the dune.

Attack: None, in midleap over Regent.
Defense: Ears back
Damage: None


Jul 15, 2017 04:44 PM — Post #10

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Regent knew Bucky wouldn’t do this move in a true fight. Or at least she hoped he wouldn’t. Regent said she wouldn’t hold back, but as the underside of his rear end drew nearer with his leap, she had to suppress the notion of ‘fighting dirty’.

Not that she would in a real fight. In Regent’s mind, the concept of ‘fighting dirty’ held no place. Fighting with honour just put you at a disadvantage, and Regent played to win. Not to look good to other people.

But still, instead of snapping her jaws upwards, Regent went to grab Bucky’s right back leg, pushing herself in the opposite direction, knowing full well she was moving to the lower ground. She also brought her tail in for good measure. Regent didn’t know how dirty Bucky fought either.

Attack: Grabbing back right leg and pushing, in an attempt to pull Bucky down on the ground
Defense: Ears back, Tail tucked
Damage: None


Jul 16, 2017 07:45 AM — Post #11

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Unbalanced by Regent’s leg grab, Bucky plummeted sooner than intended, neatly snapping out the forelegs he’d curled up under his chin to take the weight of his landing. The soft sand dune absorbed the shock of it, but his back end was severely unbalanced given she had one of his legs, and the free hindleg held his back end up on its own, and not steadily at that.

Rolling his weight more forwards, he kicked the leg in Regent’s grip straight backwards at her, aiming for the dead center of her chest. It had a duel purpose - trying to wrench free of her grip but also knock her backwards. If she avoided it and managed to keep her hold as well, he knew it was only a matter of seconds before she got him to the bottom of the dune - and he didn’t intend to go easily, even if only using predominantly defensively moves was a bit of a handicap. 

Though he could be a little competitive naturally, the object of this particular exercise had been to see her offensive tactics, not necessarily beat her.

((Damage: Back leg in a hold
Defense: Kicking back at Regent ))


Jul 16, 2017 07:52 AM — Post #12

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It seemed Bucky’s plan of attack wasn’t entirely risk based, as he kicked with the leg Regent had a hold of, instead of taking the chance with the other.

Still, Regent hadn’t fully anticipated the strength of the kick, or perhaps it was because she herself was off-balance. It landed on her chest, knocking her head back with it and releasing the grip, but thankfully Regent managed to push enough against it, stopping herself from sliding down the dune too much.

Although she still needed to reach. Regent launched herself up again, but this time hoping to get to the side of Bucky. An attack from behind made it easier for her to get to Bucky’s neck or shoulder, and considering he just kicked the right one out, she went for the left of his body.

Attack: Going to grab and pull Bucky’s left neck or shoulder
Defense: Ears back
Damage: Little winded from kick


Jul 16, 2017 11:33 AM — Post #13

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Regent darted around him to complete the task of getting him to the bottom of the dune. She was fast, lithe like many a smaller wolf could lay claim to. Bucky swung to face her and as she closed on the logical target of his neck he brought his up paw to fend her off. She struck his shoulder instead, and the impact of her hold pushed him the final short distance.

He was at the bottom of the dune, and acknowledged her achievement with a simple dip of his head, expecting it would enough to halt their current exercise.

“Good.” He intoned, and though the word was singular, he meant it. Regent was clearly well trained, but she also hadn’t overthought anything, allowing instinct to carry through as well. You couldn’t be slow in a fight, and she hadn’t been.

Still, he was curious to see if she held up as well when he wasn’t reacting strictly defensively.


Jul 17, 2017 04:27 AM — Post #14

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Regent stood prepared, in case of counter attack. She had managed to get Bucky down, despite their size difference, but she didn’t know if the fight was over.

But when he nodded and spoke, Regent relaxed her muscles and exhaled. “Naturally.” Because of course it was natural for a general that trained soldiers to also be good at combat.

She looked over herself for any damage, then observed Bucky, seeing if she caused him any unnecessary injury. She hadn’t thankfully. She wanted him to be in top condition for their spar.

“What do you have in mind next?” Regent was ready for anything.


Jul 17, 2017 12:35 PM — Post #15

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