A brief history of Character Battle: back in the day, there was a forum game which was brawling between users. I remembered the fad even after it had passed, and years later, revived the concept...just with it being characters. And then I ran it for a while. Unfortunately, I had difficulty maintaining the whole project. The idea started simple enough, and personally, I did nothing to make it grow...it's just that other people really got into it, bringing a whole life to it, up to and including one of the longest-running, most-successful roleplays of all time (which I had no involvement in). That scope was beyond my ability to run, so eventually, I stepped down.
Three years later, the concept was revisited. While I wasn't around at the beginning for the first round, I gave my blessing to the concept once I returned...up to, and including, participating, by using Ruby's abilities as they are shortly prior to the comic's canonical start. (In short, when she is a complete and total amateur, even more a rookie than when the comic begins.)
Now, both of my opponents eventually bailed, and I took a break myself in order to focus on the actual comic, but all the same, these comics were made.
My initial opponent was someone about the same power as Ruby stat-wise, but with the advantage of being immune to magic...which almost all of Ruby's attacks are based off of. The bit about Ruby being her world's equivalent of a knight is because that's basically what riders are. I made a three-part move. Here's the other two.
My opponent had to bow out, so using the above, we got a second fight. Starting with his move. Which was three parts, too. To clarify, I did not make the three images following.
This guy, unlike my original opponent, was just a normal human. (His creator did volunteer, knowing this.) So, that's why he was outclassed in every way.
That trick actually would work on Ruby, by the way.
Then, I made the last move in the fight, which my opponent never responded to:
I was hoping it'd continue, but alas.
See also: fanart.
See also, also: fanart by me.
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