OOC: Quick announcement. After discussing with staff, I’ve been granted the authority to treat this as a proper staff boss fight, *with the exception of being able to inflict permanent injury or death. This entails some minor instances of bunnying to keep the narrative and flow of combat going without taking too much time, while making the process of managing a large scale fight more practical and realistic. This also means that, within reason, I can decide whether your character gets injured or not*. Normally staff would run this fight but they’re busy, so I’ve been given the responsibility of treating powerful NPCs as the threat they're supposed to be while operating under strict restrictions.
If you have any complaints and/or want to address the implications in further detail, PM me, hit me up on Skype or have a chat with staff. Ultimately, if I make a show of foul play and power abuse, a GM will step in and take over but if you’re hoping for an easier, fairer fight out of it, I can guarantee that whatever they’ll put out will make my efforts pale in comparison.
tl;dr: this is a boss fight and it will be run the way boss fights have been run for the past four years*
Unfortunately for Arvas, he had misjudged his foe. The moment the spear struck his shield and he began to force it away, it retracted with the speed of a rubber band snapping back into place, ready to defend against a follow-up while he pushed against nothing. The Rahkshi of Elasticity parried his blow by deflecting it to the side, leaving the Fe-Toa’s arms outstretched and his torso wide open. Immediately, its mechanical hand gripped his forearm and swung him around with incredible force, never letting go while its arm stretched out, further and further until he crashed into the cavern wall with a solid thunk. Through the pain and bits of rock falling onto him, he felt the Rahkshi let go and heard a defiant shriek headed his way as it approached to finish the job.
The Chameleon Rahkshi’s staff pierced the air, missing the Toa of fire by inches as he soared to safety. It hissed in surprise, eyes following Peho up to the roof of the cave, then back down to the immediate threats approaching its exposed rear. Having taken advantage of the opportunity before it even presented itself, Toshiko was already midway in her attack before realizing that Hammerlock was yelling her name and crying out warnings. Abruptly, blistering heat set the Vortixx’s world aflame when two pillars of fire came crashing down on her and the Rahkshi, briefly engulfing them both. The Rahkshi’s shrill cry reverberated against the Mangaia’s walls, and when the flames dissipated, only blackened soil remained where it once stood.
However, Hammerlock noticed the creature’s escape. It circled around fast, its camouflaged shape little more than a smoking distortion in the atmosphere. Once it had drawn enough distance, the shimmering stopped. The absence of movement would have left the Rahkshi an imperceptible detail in the dim light had the Vo-Lesterin not been tracking its retreat. Oddly enough, the hit and run tactic it employed twice now was nowhere to be seen. Instead, it simply stood there, blending in with its environment.
Oceanna’s cry echoed throughout the cave, signalling to the Rahkshi of Laser Vision that Flabbergaster wasn’t its only concern. It looked over its shoulder to see Rannin running right towards it, hissing in annoyance. The Rahkshi spun around but something grabbed its feet and rooted it to the ground, leaving it stuck halfway in its turn with its left side facing Rannin and its right facing Flabbergaster. Forced into an awkward position with no time to dig itself out, the Rahkshi hurriedly brought its staff up to block the Toa of iron’s swing but failed miserably to compensate for the mammoth strength driving his sword's edge. The blade bit into the staff and drove it back until the sheer force swept the Rahkshi off its feet and out of Oceanna’s grasp. The Rahkshi flew into the path’s inner wall with a loud crash before falling onto its hands and knees, momentarily stunned, and the most it could do was look up and fire a few laser beams in all directions to ward anyone off while it scrambled back to its feet.
Volin, quietly observing the battlefield from afar, kept a lookout for danger and any opportune moment to strike. Arvas getting flung around like a ragdoll warranted most of his attention, shifting his aim to the tan Rahkshi advancing upon the vulnerable Toa of iron. Finger on the trigger, he felt its push as he pulled against it, and just as he was about to fire, he heard a scream that sent his heart plummeting into his stomach. Whirling around, a white Rahkshi bursted out from the darkness that led them to this chamber, its manic red eyes focused on him. Panic-stricken, he fired a bolt at the menace but it batted the projectile away effortlessly, roaring in a hate-fuelled rage that would make a Kane-Ra whimper in fear.
Volin had no time to reload his crossbow, so he flung plasma in the Rahkshi’s direction. Like his bolt, the Rahkshi had no problem avoiding them, and in mere seconds it would be upon him. Volin knew he wouldn’t stance a chance if it came down to head-on duel between them, so he began to take a few steps back.
OOC: Rahkshi of anger introduced