Black0ut & Frostlich1228 A Duel Between Monsters Havenbrook Manor 12:45 p.m. The state of the busy traffic going in and out of the Havenbrook manor was made more chaotic as a certain wolf Thrope roamed restlessly, asking after Kva and her whereabouts. After spending an hour looking, and still not finding the stoic Hunter, she returned to the training ground to her somewhat more natural job as one of the de facto training instructors for the Newly-fledged Guild members. There she saw Kva make her way out of the forest, stretching and heading towards the Manor. Quickly passing her duties and charges off to another trainer she strode purposefully towards the woman, a look of determination on her face. Noting this, the Death Priest stopped, casually glancing to the side towards the Wolf Thrope. Titania stopped short, eyeing the warrior. "I hear you're a warrior to be feared, even to be shown respect from tough veterans like Eraqus. So, naturally..." The Thrope started, tossing one of her daggers at the Elf's feet, "A challenge is in order." The other hunters in the courtyard looked onward as Kva looked down at the dagger. "This is sudden... You know I do open sparring every other day, why not wait until then...?" Titania shrugged noncommittally, "Probably cause I'm impatient. Somewhat because you handily defeated a friend of mine. But mostly because I keep hearing about you from second-hand stories." Titania explained, cracking her knuckles, "Most of them aren't even that credible, or even believable. I doubt your mask consumes the souls of your fallen opponents, and your rapier doesn't look like the kind that could obliterate entire cities." "Would it be so unlikely?" She chuckled lightly. "Very well. I accept your challenge." "Very well. That's how I would want it anyway." She said, turning to face her and readying her Rapier, keeping her whip behind her back. Titania held up her hand, chuckling at the other woman's readiness. "As much as I'd like to fight you here... well, we can't properly fight here, not when weaker Hunters and staff are at risk. Forest?" "Very well, If you can't restrain yourself well enough, I suppose we can fight alone." Kva shrugged, replying with disinterest. "It's more about seeing you at your best rather than my own control." Titania replied, shrugging noncommittally, "Of course, if you'd rather have a less passionate battle, by all means, we can stay and fight here." "I honestly don't care. If you want to fight in the woods, then so be it." She rolled her eyes under her helmet. "Maybe the moody bit was right..." Titania muttered under her breath before walking past the fencer. She didn't stop to see if the woman had followed her or not, instead unsheathing her two swords to double check to see if the blades were fit for a bit of sparring. Kva had indeed followed, checking the straps on her armor and her helmet as she walked. Hearing the woman's steps, Titania sheathed her swords. "So... where are you from? Helvan? Themosa? Or somewhere small and out of the way?" "Virando. A town called Sissetta. You've likely not heard of it, and if you have, it's for its graveyard." She explained, cracking her neck. "I'll have to see it sometime. Hopefully, I'm well enough within a few nights to make a trek there." Titania cheerily said, before looking back at the slow progress. "I'm sorry to do this... but this is taking too long." The Thrope suddenly turned around, reaching for the Elven woman legs and back. Kva instinctively jumped backwards, readying her rapier. Titania took off with a sigh, seemingly disappearing before the elf fell backwards, but continued moving as though something picked her up. With another sigh, Titania merely asked, "You think I'm that much of a despicable person that I'd attack you without notice?" "I don't know you. I don't know what you would or wouldn't do. It's merely caution. Next time tell someone what you're going to do before they feel the need to take your head off." She lectured the Thrope, brushing herself off. Titania rolled her eyes, muttering something under her breath, before speaking louder. "You wouldn't have unless I drew my steel as well. Otherwise, you would have lashed out and killed me when I first picked you up." "You don't know anything about me. What you did was not even foolish, it was stupid." Kva glared through her helm. "Let's get this over with." "Gods, you're bitchy. Fine. Give me a second to set you down, even though I should toss you into a tree." Titania replied, one of her eyes becoming somewhat feral. She slowed to a stop and placed the Elven woman down. Unsheathing her blades, the Thrope started to walk around Kva, gauging the priest's form for any hints at an attack. started to walk around Kva, gauging the priest's form for any hints at an attack. Placing her whip arm behind her to make it less of a target the Fencer pointed her rapier forward, circling parallel to the Thrope, waiting patiently. Titania continued her circling, trying to flush out her opponent's secondary attack. Her keen eyes roamed over her body while her mind recalled all the details she knew. After recalling some of the rumors that seemed legitimate, she taunted loudly, "So... are you bitchy by nature or is it because you chose a useless god to worship?" This made Kva merely laugh, however. "Your jeering is like a child. I wonder if you keep company with that dragon, you seem to have much in common with your temper tantrums." "And you're any better? I think you have a skewed, arrogant view of yourself... you remind me too much of all the stereotypical Elf types I've seen." Titania retorted, pointing her shortsword at Kva, "Just as well, considering your frigid coldness towards everyone. May your god never save your soul." "I was trying to warn you of your foolish actions. If you see fit to ignore my advice by using a thinly veiled arrogance argument as a defense, does that not make you the arrogant one? Unwilling to accept words of wisdom?" She pointed out, stepping forward with her blade. "And need I remind you, you came to me for this duel. I have no need to prove anything to you." Titania lunged forward attempting to knock Kva's rapier from her hand with her shortsword, while her longsword was thrusted at the woman's chest. Predicting the lunge, Kva expertly sidestepped and quickly aimed a slash of her sword for her leg. Titania jumped back, the rapier cutting the leather but not quite reaching skin. With a grin, Titania went on the offensive, willing to receive damage but not yet willing to die. The flurry of blows was meant to distract the Elven warrior from the foot that blurred towards her with lethal intent. Kva played it safe, backing up, using her rapier to parry her longsword while staying just far enough away so that her shortsword couldn't reach her. Titania smiled and backed off. Circling around the woman, she offered a laugh. "I daresay you have my skill with the blade. Probably even more so... since you're holding back." "Proper spacing is key in any fight. If you can be in range of your weapon while out of your opponents, you are at a huge advantage." Kva stated, lowering her gaze and moving forward, going on the offensive and throwing out a number of lightning-fast rapier thrusts. She then suddenly jumped back, pulling her whip out from behind her and sending it towards Titania in a wide arc from her left side. The rapier attacks were hurriedly deflected, save for one that cut her left arm open, due to Titania's still great speed, but the lash bled further into Titania's arm, causing her to drop her shortsword. The sudden damage caused the Thrope to become fully feral, her attacks with her longsword and injured claw losing the finesse they had in exchange for powerful physical strength. Smirking under her helmet, Kva was confident she had her where she wanted. The Death Priest returned to her defensive stance, her rapier glowing after the strike on Titania's arm; she then tilted the weapon upwards twice in a taunting 'come and get me' manner. The wolf Thrope smiled as well, as her body began to blur with the speed she had been building up before she thrusted her sword forward at lightning speed, the more sane part of her mind cringing in horror at what was to come. Kva seemed like she had some trouble reacting to it, unlike before, however, the Thrope went for another predictable thrust, which the Death Priest expected. Kva dodged by jumping off the ground, then off a nearby tree, pushing herself away from it and back towards Titania in one fluid motion, going for a slash once more aimed at her legs. Kva found the Thrope's longsword was only able to deflect the blade somewhat, a small slice still hitting her leg as a dagger moved forward to punch through the still-moving Kva. Suddenly, the Fencer turned into a cloud of smoke, passing around Titania. She then rematerialized behind her, her spiked whip wrapped around the Wolf's Neck.