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What were you saying about my hair, huh!?
— Josuke when someone insults his hairstyle

Josuke Higashikata is the protagonist of Diamond Is Unbreakable, the fourth part of the manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and its various adaptations and spin-offs. Josuke is noted for his inherent kindness, which is reflect in the healing ability of his Stand, though is quick to anger if his hairdo is insulted.

Josuke was born out of an affair between Joseph Joestar and Tomoko Higashikata and grew up without his father with his grandfather, Ryohei Higashikata, acting as a father figure instead. During the time of DIO's return, Josuke started to develop his Stand, which he would later name Crazy Diamond, though lacked the fighting spirit to use it and grew extremely ill as a result. Tomoko rushed Josuke to the hospital, only for her car to get stuck in the snow, though he was saved by a then-high school student with a pompadour, who threw his coat under his mother's car so their car to plow safely through the snow. Though he never could track the teen down, Josuke grew to idolize his savior, even styling hair into the same style as him.

In April 1999, Josuke was confronted by Jotaro Kujo, his nephew and Joseph's grandson. Jotaro informed him that he was put into Joseph's will and warned him that Angelo, a serial kill who Ryohei had a histroy with, had developed a Stand of his own and was on the loose. After this, Josuke got involved with the various Stand users that lived in Morioh, making friends with the friendly ones while fighting those who used their Stand power for evil, most notably Angelo, Akira Otoishi, and Yoshikage Kira.

Battle vs. Joker (Persona) and Morgana alongside Okuyasu Nijimura (by Leolab, Wassboss, Dargoo Faust, and Appelmonkey)[]


WINNER: Joker and Mona

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Battle vs. Noriaki Kakyoin, Muhammad Avdol and Iggy alongside Okuyasu Nijimura and Shigekiyo Yangu (by Wassboss)[]

Light flashes in Muhammad Avdol’s face and he shields his eyes from the sun as he sits up. As his eyes adjust to the brightness he looks around in confusion. “I’m sure I was in DIO’s mansion but now I find myself in a forest” he says aloud as he stands and surveys the area. The foliage is thick, but he can see the tops of buildings peeking out over the canopy telling him he’s either in or right next to a city. A large oak tree is sat in the middle of the clearing he woke up in and resting against it is a Japanese teenager with red hair, dressed in a school uniform. “Kakyoin?!” Avdol says rushing over to his unconscious friend. He doesn’t respond initially but after a strong shake his eyes blink open. “Mr Avdol?” he says softly “You’re alive?”

Avdol frowns. “What do you mean by you’re alive”

“Polnareff said you were dead, that you’d- “Kakyoin’ s eyes bulge and he sits up suddenly, running his hands over his stomach. “This can’t be.” Avdol helps him to his feet as he continues to inspect himself.

“Is something the matter Kakyoin? Are you hurt?”

“No. That’s the strange thing though.” Avdol eyes him quizzically.

“You aren’t pleased that you’re not hurt?”

“It’s not that. The last thing I remember was fighting DIO in Cairo, I’d just figured out the secret of his Stand, but he’d punched me through the stomach with the World. Now I awaken in a forest, speaking to a friend I thought was dead”

“You thought I was dead?” Avdol inquires.

“Yes. Polnareff said you’d been in a fight with one of DIO’s minions and that you and Iggy didn’t make it.” Avdol suddenly remembers a spirit of unimaginable horror bursting towards him from the dark right before he blacked out. “I remember something attacking us, a Stand I think it must’ve been but that’s it before I woke up here.” A thought pops into his head. “Is it possible that we’re in the afterlife?” Just as Kakyoin is about to answer there is a rustling from the nearby bushes and a Boston terrier wanders out, nose planted firmly on the ground as it sniffs. It looks up at the two men and cocks its head at Avdol, almost as if it can’t quite believe he’s there. “Iggy! You’re here as well.”

“You might be right Avdol, maybe we have died, and this is where out souls have gone to. But something doesn’t seem right, I don’t feel like I’m dead.”

“Maybe this is the work of an enemy Stand then, maybe it only looked as if we died but instead something else happened to us.” Avdol points to the buildings he saw earlier. “We should head towards that city. If we are in the afterlife or somewhere else entirely then we should try and see if we can find anyone to explain where we are.”

“That’s a good plan Mr Avdol. We’ll get our answer one way or another. Are you joining us Iggy?” Iggy watches the pair passively as they walk off but even, he can’t help but be curious about the circumstances and soon trots after them.

Meanwhile in the heart of Morioh, the Invincible Trio are plotting their next big score. “Okay then here’s the plan,” Josuke explains “Shigechi you use your Harvest to take three sandwiches from St. Gentleman’s while I distract the cashier.”

“What do I do Josuke?” Okuyasu asks.

“You’ll stay outside with Shigechi in case something goes wrong and we have to run. We should be fine though, people are too busy with their own thing to look out for three missing sandwiches.”

“I don’t know Josuke, should we really be stealing from a bakery,” Shigechi pipes up “Why don’t we just buy the sandwiches ourselves.”

“Because me and Josuke are broke idiot. Unless you’re offering to pay for us.”

Shigechi’s hand snaps down on his wallet defensively. “No way, you still haven’t paid me back from the last time.”

“So, it’s settled. We go with my plan then.” Josuke checks his watch. “St Gentleman’s opens in 10 minutes, so we need to get going if we want to get there before the lunchtime rush.”

As he disinterestedly follows Avdol and Kakyoin through the city streets, Iggy can hear his stomach rumbling. They were in Japan apparently as Kakyoin had found out from one of the locals and with that mystery cleared up all he can think about is the last time he had something to eat. His nose catches a whiff of something delicious and he leaves the pair of Stand users to find out where it is coming from. The smell is coming from a group of teenagers sat on a bench, with opened food bags next to them on the ground. Iggy is especially interested in one of the bags which is sat next to a small fat kid. “Looks like an easy target” Iggy thinks to himself and casually wanders over waiting for the kid to look away before snatching the sandwich in his mouth. “Hey that’s my sandwich!” he yells out and gets up to chase after him, as his two friends laugh hysterically at his bad luck. However, Iggy is too quick for him and loses him in the crowd.

Winding up in an empty construction site Iggy drops his hard-earned lunch on the ground, tearing open the packaging to reveal the sandwich within. He’s about to tuck in when he notices a small yellow bug crawling onto the wrapping. He bats it away with his paw, but another appears to take its place, then another, then another. Soon a small swarm of the bugs are crawling all over the place and snatch up the sandwich and start to carry it away. “That’s my sandwich you stupid dog” Shigechi says, breathing heavily after the chase. Iggy growls angrily and summons the Fool, swiping away the bugs but more quickly take their place.

“It looks as if you have a Stand as well” he continues pointing at the Fool, “but it doesn’t matter because my Harvest is invincible!”

“Where’s Iggy?” Kakyoin asks. Avdol stops walking and looks around but he can’t see their canine companion anywhere in sight.

“I wouldn’t worry about him too much he probably got bored and wandered off. He’ll find us again by himself” he replies. As they continue walking, they brush shoulders with a pair of teenagers heading in the opposite direction. “I can’t believe Shigechi had his food taken by that dog” Josuke says.

“Even I’m not that stupid,” Okuyasu says “I wouldn’t want it now anyway if that dog has slobbered all over it.” He feels a slight tugging on his leg and when he looks down, he sees one of Harvet’s bugs pulling at his trouser leg. “Hey Josuke! What is this all about.” Josuke bends down to inspect the stand which seems to be pointing in one direction.

“I think it wants us to follow it,” he ponders and as he does the bug starts jumping around excitedly and rushes off in the direction it was pointing. Josuke and Okuyasu rush after it intrigued, and it leads them to a construction site. Their attention is quickly drawn to what looks like a large sand cloud from the centre of the site and they go there to find Shigechi on his knees, Harvest’s bugs forming a barrier around him. A large metal creature with feathers on it’s head is swiping viciously at the barrier. “SHIGECHI” shouts both Josuke and Okuyasu and they immediately summon their stands to help. Josuke uses his Crazy Diamond to batter the creature away with a series of rapid punches and Okuyasu swipes at it with the Hand, managing to erase several parts of the creature. It crumbles into sand suddenly, leaving the pair confused.

“Shigechi are you hurt?” Josuke asks rushing over to him.

“That stupid dog almost killed me!” Shigechi screeches angrily.

“Dog?!” Josuke thinks and as he does so Iggy wanders into view from where he was taking cover. He growls angrily at the trio and the Fool reassembles itself from the sand in the area. It launches itself at Josuke and Crazy Diamond rushes to intercept but the sand bends out of the way of the strike and wraps itself around Josuke’s arm, hurling him across the area. Okuyasu launches himself forward swiping away the air in front of him to gain momentum. Iggy uses the Fool to create a protective barrier but the Hand swipes right through it and Okuyasu drives his foot into Iggy’s face, rocking his head back. A pained yelp turns into a snarl of defiance and Iggy throws himself forward teeth bared and sinks them into Okuyasu’s leg. Shouting in pain he tries in vain to shake the Boston terrier off, but his grip is strong.

Iggy feels an immense pressure on his body and is forced to let go of the leg. Harvet’s bugs are crawling all over him, dragging him to the ground and pinning him in place. The Fool manages to swipe the majority of them away, but the distraction is enough for Josuke to rush into with a punch which launches Iggy though the air and into a nearby container. Cushioning most of the blow with his Stand the impact is still enough to leave the small dog dazed and the Invincible Trio close in, cutting off the means of escape for their final attack. Suddenly a barrier of flames fires up in front of the trio cutting them off from their opponent. Muhammed Avdol stands at the entrance to the construction site, fingers crossed directing the flames. “I think it’s time we evened this fight up a bit don’t you think Kakyoin” he says, and the teen joins him.

“Yes, Mr Avdol I think it is.” A green tentacle latches around Okuyasu and Josuke and drags them forward, leaving Shigechi to face Iggy alone once again. Crazy Diamond grabs onto a metal bar and wrenches it out of the building scaffolding, hurling it with all it’s might at Kakyoin. It doesn’t get far however as it is melted harmlessly down by Magicians Red. Hierophant Green tosses the pair high into the air and opens up the palms of it’s hands. “EMERALDO SPASHU” comes the cry from Kakyoin and a barrage of green emeralds explodes forward. Using their Stands to block the attack another shout of “CROSSFIRE HURRICANE” rings though the air and fire licks at their clothes. Set alight by the flames Okuyasu rolls on the floor desperately and Josuke looks around for a water source. Spotting a barrel filled with rainwater he uses Crazy Diamond to pick it up and drenches his friend, putting out the flames. Healing the burn wounds the pair back up cautiously as Avdol and Kakyoin advance on them.

They walk backwards into Shigechi who is desperately trying to hold off the Fool’s vicious attacks with his Harvest. “You need to send your Harvest to get some help,” Josuke whispers “Send them out to find Jotaro, Koichi, Rohan, basically any Stand user you can find.” Shigechi nods and half a dozen of the bugs break away from the main swarm and scamper off into the city. Kakyoin attempts to snag Josuke’s leg again but this time he is too quick and snatches up the tentacle with Crazy Diamond, dragging the Stand over to him. Okuyasu barrels towards Avdol to prevent him aiding his friend using the Hand to erase the flaming ankhs being flung at him. The Hand grabs Magician’s Red and tries to push it’s right hand into it’s face but the Stand is able to match it’s strength and just about keep it away. It drives a kick into the Hand’s side and twists its arm away, causing Okuyasu to grimace in pain. It channels fire into its hands and scorches Okuyasu’s arm badly and finishing the move off with a driving knee to the chest. Okuyasu crumples to the ground and Avdol turns his attention to Josuke who is using Crazy Diamond to pummel the hell out of Hierophant Green’s face.

“Okuyasu!” he shouts in anguish and stops his relentless assault on the green stand, leaving Kakyoin barely conscious. In a rage his stand slams into Magician’s Red and shoves it into a wall, giving it a few good body shots to wind the user. Satisfied they won’t be getting up for a while, he rushes over to check on his friend, who is badly burnt and unconscious, but still alive and heals him up. Kakyoin stumbles as he stands up, his nose bleeding and face badly bruised and Avdol groans as he straightens up.

“I’ve not encountered a stand with that much power since Star Platinum” the Egyptian mummers to himself.

“Hey Jotaro” Koichi says waving as he spots him coming out of his hotel. “Have you heard from Josuke today?”


Koichi laughs nervously. “Oh, okay I was just wondering. Normally we’d have met up by now to do something, but I haven’t spoken to him since yesterday.” An uncomfortable silence descends, and Koichi fidgets awkwardly and desperately tries to continue the conversation. “So where are you going?”

“What’s that on your shoulder” Jotaro says abruptly.

“My shoulder?” Koichi says confused and cranes his neck to see one of Harvest’s bugs perched there. “Oh, that’s the Stand of the kid Josuke and Okuyasu met a few weeks ago, Shigechi I think his name was.”

“Why is it here?”

“I don’t know.” The bug hops off Koichi’s shoulder and darts down the street. “We should follow it just in case it’s something important.”

Back at the construction site things are going less than well for the Invincible Trio. Shigechi is now lying prone alongside Okuyasu, having been badly wounded by the Fool after it finally breached his defences. Josuke is backed up against the wall with the three more experienced Stand users surrounding him. “It’s time to give it up now,” Avdol says sternly.

“Yeah right I’m not just going to give up against the Stand users who beat up my best friend!” Josuke snarls defiantly.

“Have it your way then. CROSSFIRE HURRICANE!” The flaming ankhs slice through the air and Josuke only barely manages to dodge out of the way as they blast a hole in the wall behind him. An emerald splash from Hierophant Green is blocked by his Stand but a couple of the projectiles breach the defence and bury themselves into his leg. He stumbles and an attack from the Fool slams him into a wall causing him to drop to his knees in pain. The trio prepare for their final attack but before they can the melted metal pole from earlier starts glowing. Reassembling itself into its previous form it shoots through the air suddenly. Taking Kakyoin’ feet out from under him and smashing straight into Iggy, sending the Boston Terrier hurtling though the air before slotting back into the scaffolding.

Mustering up all his determination and fighting past waves of pain Josuke throws himself at Avdol with a cry of “DORA! DORA! DORA! DORA! DORA!” The rapid-fire barrage of punches are much too fast for him to dodge and Magician’s Red’s defences are soon breached. The barrage is cut short however as Hierophant Green grips Crazy Diamond around the throat. It tries to shake it off but despite being relatively weak the Stand is able to maintain its grip for a surprising amount of time before being tossed aside. Avdol uses his own Stand to create a binding chain, pinning Josuke and his Stand to the floor. Josuke squirms and flounders in an attempt to break free but the oxygen depravation from the flames quickly has the desired effect and the Morioh teen is soon lying unconscious on the floor.

The flames dissipate as Avdol slumps over, the pain from the punches setting in as the adrenaline wears off and Kakyoin looks around wearily as Iggy limps over. “We’ve got to get to a hospital Mr Avdol” he says breathily. It’s at this moment a kid dressed in a green school uniform not dissimilar to Kakyoin’s rushes into the area.

“Josuke! Okuyasu! What happened!” he screams and a small green alien thing hovers above him. Despite their aching bodies the Stardust Crusaders prepare to fight again but stop dead in their tracks when a familiar face appears. “Jotaro!” Avdol says in shock. If Avdol was shocked, then the expression on Jotaro’s face is nothing short of sheer astonishment as he looks at his deceased friends.

“Kakyoin. Avdol. Iggy. You’re. Alive” he says.

“You know these people Jotaro?” Koichi asks confused.

“They were with me in Egypt. They were my friends. But they died. I know they did.” He looks around the scattered bodies and frowns. “What the hell happened here”

“We found Iggy fighting these three teens in this construction fight. I don’t know what he did to piss them off, but we had to step in and help. Do you know these people?”

“Yes. The one with the pompadour is my nephew.” Avdol and Kakyoin look sheepish.

“If we’d know that we might have gone easier on him,” Kakyoin says quietly. Josuke, Okuyasu and Shigechi are starting to come around and they sit up groggily.

“Jotaro. What’s going on here?” Josuke asks.

“It looks as if you ran into a couple of old friends of mine.” Jotaro helps the teenager to his feet.

“That stupid dog stole my sandwich!” Shigechi complains, still not over the theft and Iggy growls menacingly. “Is that what this was all about? A sandwich!” Avdol says shooting Iggy a glare.

“It doesn’t matter what it was about now,” Jotaro says “The important thing is that everybody is alive.” His gaze rests on Kakyoin, Avdol and Iggy as he says this, and he smiles.

“We have a lot of catching up to do.”

Winner: The Not-So Invincible Trio

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What this battle ended up coming down to wasn’t the Stands or their powers but the people behind said Stands. Avdol, Iggy and Kakyoin were much more experienced in using their stands in battle and this helped them out against the relatively inexperienced Invincible Trio. Furthermore they all showed better tactical ability in battle whereas Okuyasu and Shigechi were lacking in that department.

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TF2 Royale (by Wassboss)[]

This warrior won a Battle of the Season Award

Chapter 1: Unions, Holy or Otherwise[]

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Standing atop the tallest building, Peter Parker can see all across the dry dusty town. The buildings are old and have seemingly been abandoned for some time and even from this high up he can see the rot set into many of the wooden parts of the structures. The quiet is something especially foreign to him and a far cry from the constant noise and bustle of New York. From his vantage point in the dead centre of the town he can see all of the control points, including his own which is located right on the outskirts. “Would it be better to capture the points nearest to mine and move out or get the ones furthest away and work back towards it” he ponders. As he thinks he notices something zipping through the air in the distance before diving down towards his control point. “Just my luck” he grumbles, leaping from his watchtower and swinging across the town.

Touching down on the ground near to his control point he hears a voice in his head telling him someone is capturing it. Crawling up the side of one of the nearby buildings, Peter edges forward until he can see onto the point itself to get a view of the person. The man on the point is dressed in a black and white costume, with vibrant orange hair standing straight up on his head and his back to him. Peter prepares to fire off a web to trap him but just as he is about to the man turns suddenly, firing off a beam of energy with envelops him in a blue glow. Peter tries to move but finds he is completely immobilized and the man lifts into the air, floating slowly towards him.

“You utter fool! Did you really think you could sneak up on me that easily!” the man says. “I’ve had my drone patrolling the area to look out of anyone coming but I bet you didn’t notice that did you! Oh I was so hoping there would be another Super in this little contest,” the man continues. “And that’s what you are right? I can tell by your costume. Very nice design I must say although it could do with a cape.”

“A cape? That’s a bit old fashioned, isn’t it?” Peter says.

“Not old fashioned no. It’s retro. Anyway what is your name?”

“I’m Spider-Man”

“Spider-Man?!” the man says chuckling. “That’s a stupid name. I’d have gone with the Human Spider personally that sounds way better. Well Spider-Man it looks like I, Syndrome, have caught you in my web.” Syndrome laughs at his own joke while Peter rolls his eyes under his mask. “The question now is what do I do with you?"

"Let me go?"

"Ha, I don't think so. You’re nice and secured inside my Zero Point Energy so you’re basically no threat but I don't really want to be lugging you about this dingy little town. I think it might be better to just kill you.”

A chamber on Syndromes right gauntlet opens out and he takes out a small I shaped device from out of it. With a wave of his wrist Peter is flung backwards, slamming into the ground, and skidding across it before smacking into a nearby wall. Syndrome presses down on a button on the device which starts beeping, revealing it as a bomb and tosses it at his downed opponent. Still recovering from the effects of the energy beam, Peter can only watch helplessly as it detonates. However out of nowhere some jumps in front him and the ground between the pair and the explosion seems to rise up, leaving them safe from the blast. Peter gets unsteadily to his feet and looks upon his saviour, a teenage boy in a school uniform with a pompadour.

“Looks like you could use some help” the kid says. “I say we deal with this guy first and then see where we stand,”

“Sounds like a plan to me,” Peter says.

Syndrome meanwhile clenches his fist in anger. “You stupid brat. I’ll make you pay for that.” He fires off a beam of energy and the teenager dodges out of the way. Peter fires off a web, aiming for the gauntlet but Syndrome zips away, rising high into the sky as he continues to fire off beams of energy. Peter uses his webs to swing up into the air to meet him, sending wave after wave of webs to try and intercept him. Eventually one of them hits it’s mark, hitting Syndrome right in the face. He claws at the webbing around his eyes, touching down on the ground briefly as he tears it away to regain his vision. He doesn’t notice the kid with the pompadour running up to him and Peter watches as Syndrome is thrown back suddenly, smashing through a nearby wooden shack which collapses on top of him.

Extracting himself from the rubble Syndrome fires off another blast of energy and this time is quick enough to catch the teenager in its beam. Syndrome them takes out another bomb from his gauntlet and throws it at the helpless teenager. However the bomb stops suddenly in mid-air before suddenly shooting up into the sky where it explodes harmlessly overhead. While he is distracted Peter latches onto the gauntlet with his web, tearing it away from Syndrome’s hand and throwing it into the distance, releasing the teenager. Sensing the fight is slipping away from him the supervillain tries to flee, lifting off into the air with his aero boots. Before he can however Peter snatches one of the boots away and he careens down into the ground.

Peter lands next to the teenager, checking he is okay before turning his attention back to Syndrome. “Look let’s not do anything too hasty here,” Syndrome says worriedly. Peter extends out his wrists and a stream of webbing hits Syndrome dead on, pinning him to the wall. “Please don’t kill me,” Syndrome says in a panic.

“I’m not going to kill you,” Peter says. “But we are going to leave you stuck to that wall there for the remainder of this.” He then turns to the teenager. “Thanks for the help kid.”

“Ah it was nothing. No way was I going to let a crazy bastard like that go around killing people. I’m Josuke by the way.”

“I’m Spider-Man. Or well my real name is Peter but I guess I’m more used to being called Spider-Man.”

“Oh yeah, I thought I recognized you. My dad is into comics and stuff, pretty sure he has ones about you in his collection. But what are we going to do now? We are supposed to be competing against each other after all.”

Peter thinks for a second. “Well since we worked together so well before how about we team up. Once we’ve got everyone all trussed up like old jet boots over there, we can have a friendly duel to see who gets to capture all the control points.”

“I like that idea Mr Spider-Man.” Josuke extends his hand and the two shake. “So why don’t you go capture that point back from that idiot and then we’ll move on to the next point.”

Bliss eyes up the nearby point with caution. Located close to the middle of the town, it's bound to be a magnet for the other participants and sure enough it’s not long until he sees a man approaching from a nearby street. He is wearing a long coat and sunglasses and strolls unhurriedly towards the point, idly picking his nose. Bliss steps out from the doorway of the building he was standing in, revealing himself to the man who slows to a stop. He pulls a blob of snot out of his nose and inspects it.

“Hey Mister, you’re in the way. Get out of here and I won’t even kill you. I’m only interested in the point.” Bliss doesn’t answer instead rushing at the man. “Fine have it your way,” Mr 5 says and flicks the glob of goo at him. It hits Bliss on the chest sends him stumbling with a powerful blast but it doesn’t do any real damage and he continues on with his charge after recovering. He swings a punch at Mr Five which connects solidly and both are sent flying, Bliss from the explosion and Mr Five from the sheer force of the blow.

Bliss extracts himself from the wall he has been flung into, effectively unharmed from the blast. Mr Five isn’t as lucky and when he gets to his feet he is moving gingerly. “You hit pretty hard. It’s like taking a punch from that idiot Luffy. But I've got more tricks up my sleeve.” He pulls out an old timey revolver from his jacket pocket as Bliss runs at him again, flicking open the cylinder. Instead of loading any bullets however he instead blows into the chambers before snapping it back into place. He points it at Bliss and fires but nothing appears to come out of the chamber and the mage is confused until he is sent recoiling from an explosion.

Another blast hits him and another and another and while they don’t do any real damage to him the force of the explosions are enough to knock him about. Mr Five begins to move towards the point as he fires, occasionally taking the time to breath into each of the chambers again. Bliss tries to use these lulls in the explosions to try and get closer but each time he does another six shots are there to keep driving him back. Mr Five steps onto the point as Bliss gives up on trying to get to him directly and instead begins using the nearby buildings to cover his approach.

“Scurrying around like a cockroach, are we?” Mr Five says mockingly. “Once I’ve captured this point I’ll come and crush you like the bug you ar-”. The deafening sound of a gunshot rings out and Mr Five is flung forward, a massive gaping hole in his head and his brain matter oozing out onto the ground. Bliss looks around the source of the gunshot but he cannot see anyone anywhere. He carefully approaches the body of Mr Five and inspects the bullet wound. The size and shape reveal it to have been caused a high calibre round, probably from some sort of rifle. Knowing trying to capture the point would be suicide unless he can find and dispatch the gunman, Bliss decides to try and find the mysterious shooter, slipping into one of the nearby houses.

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Jun begins to pack up his gear, knowing to stay in the same spot after a successful kill increases the chances of being found especially as the man he just killed was clearly in a fight with someone. Having already picked out a second sniping point he moves quickly and quietly. Smashing the cracked glass in an upstairs window he sets up the tripod for his sniper on the frame. Making the necessary adjustments he looks through the sights. Seeing nobody around he settles in for the wait.

Kimiko jumps across the rooftops towards the nearest control point which has the symbol of a knife floating above it. Jumping down to the ground, she steps onto the point and it begins to flash red. She looks around to see if anyone is nearby but there is nobody about. She begins to count down in her head the time left before the capture. Just as she counts fifteen, she feels a small shockwave nearby and turns to see a tall bald man in a long black trench coat that covers his entire body walk onto the point, pausing the capture for the moment.

“Damn it. I ain’t seen nobody in this godforsaken place for ages and when I finally do it’s just some little girl,” Sundowner says angrily.

“Who are you calling just some little girl?” Kimiko says, feeling her anger flare up inside.

“Run along now girlie,” Sundowner continues. “War is no place for you.”

“I’ll show you whose just a little girl,” Kimiko snaps. “JUDOLETTE FLIP FIRE,” she shouts, jumping high into the air and gathering fire around her. She lands next to sundowner the flames lashing out at him and making him jump back off the point to avoid them.

“Now that’s more like it,” he says grinning. “Maybe I underestimated you girl,” he continues, taking out Bloodlust. He dashes at Kimiko, swinging the blades as she dodges around. She ducks under a swipe and drives a kick into his stomach but is left hopping on her other foot in pain as she strikes something hard and cold. Sundowner presses on this momentary distraction and if not for an acrobatic flip away from Kimiko he would have taken her head. As she backs away, she reaches into the satchel and takes out several eagle shaped emblems. With a cry of, “Arrow Sparrow” she throws the emblems which suddenly burst into flames and head towards Sundowner. He tries to dodge out of the way but they home in on him and as he disappears around the corner, Kimiko sees a giant fiery explosion rattle the nearby houses.

“That should put that pig down for a while,” Kimiko says, going back to the point where the counter has reset back to zero. Before she can start capturing however Sundowner lands in front of her. He has discarded his black trench coat to reveal his cyborg body and four glowing red shields now protrude from his torso.

“It’ll take more than some fancy bombs to get rid of me,” he says mockingly. He lunges at her with Bloodlust and she dodges out of the way, taking out her personal Shen Gong Wu.

“Cat’s Eye Draco, Arrow Sparrow,” Kimiko says as she combines the two weapons to create a giant fiery phoenix which smashes into Sundowner. He manages to get his shields up just in time however and the flames lick around him, leaving him mostly unharmed apart from a few singed outer plates. Kimiko jumps above him and brings her leg down in an overhead kick but Sundowner is much too quick to react, raising another one of his shields. As soon as her leg comes into contact with the shield she is flung back, landing hard on the point. She cries out in pain as she looks down on her mangled and bloody leg. As Sundowner strolls over to her, she tries to get up but she can’t put any weight on her leg.

“You’ve got to help me; my leg is really badly hurt” she whimpers.

“Sorry girlie, no can do. This is War.” Kimiko tries to crawl away but Sundowner slices her clean in half with his HF blade from head to toe.

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With Kimiko now dead the point should be flashing red but instead it remains in a neutral state. Sundowner looks around confused and sees a priest, leaning against one of the wooden frames that make up the cover around the point. “I was alerted to someone trying to capture my point” the Priest says, his voice deep and disinterested. “I come back to defend it and see a man butcher a child as she pleads for her life. Doesn’t that strike you as needlessly cruel?”

“You know what they say, Kids are cruel. And I LOVE TOUCHING KIDS” Sundowner says confidently. An awkward silence passes before he realizes what he just said. “I mean I’m in touch with my inner child. That’s what I meant. Anyway you’re a priest ain’t ya? You probably agreed more with what I said the first time.”

The Priest seems to ignore the jibe as he continues. “Do you believe in God? Mr...”

“Sundowner. I’m Alabama born and bred me, so of course I believe in the Almighty.”

“And do you believe your actions are just? That you will go to Heaven?”

“You know what they say Churchie; war is Hell. But it sure feels like Heaven to me. So what comes after I don’t much think about. But there’s lots of suffering and fighting in the world and He doesn’t try and stop it. And He could after all but he doesn’t. He didn’t stop me killing the girl after all. So maybe He likes the bloodshed and the suffering. But we ain’t here to have no fancy discussion about God and heaven. So you going to fight me or not?” The Priest seems to contemplate the decision for a while before speaking.

“You make some interesting points. And I think it would be a shame to have to kill someone so intriguing. May I propose an alliance?”

“No offence but I don’t need no help. Certainly not from no man of the cloth.”

“Okay then a truce. I’ll stay out of your way and you stay out of mine? Until there’s nobody else left of course but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

“Okay sure. You can keep your point by the way. I ain’t interested in this silly little game I’m just here for the fight.” Sundowner says.

“And admirable mindset I’m sure,” the Priest says as he starts to leave.

“Hold on a second. I gave you my name but you never told me yours?”

“Kirei Kotomine,” comes the reply as the Priest disappears into the town.

Chapter 2: Matthew 7:15[]

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Syndrome squirms about in the webbing but no matter how hard he tries he cannot break loose. He gets a signal from his drone, informing him that a heat signature has been detected nearby. “Hey! Over here,” Syndrome shouts. He gets no reply so he tries again. “I know someone’s there; can you come and help me.” Again he is met with silence and he begins to wonder if the drone has just made a mistake when he catches movement in the corner of his eye. A man in priest robes walks into his field of vision and Syndrome breathes a sigh of relief, surely a priest would help him out of this predicament. “Am I glad to see you. Hurry, come and help me free.”

“And why should I do that?” Kirei replies.

“Because we can help each other out. Work together or something.”

“You’re already immobilized. Freeing you would just add another person I’d have to defeat in order to be victorious.”

“But I can be useful to you. I got in a fight with these two other people so I know what they can do. Surely that information would be helpful right?”

“That is true. If you tell me about the two people who defeated you then I’ll let you free.”

“Sure, sure. That sounds like a fair trade to me,” Syndrome says. He begins to describe his encounter earlier while Kirei listens. He talks about how one of them could shoot webs from his hands and move around with great agility and how the other appeared to have some sort of telekinesis. As he finishes describing his experience, Kirei nods.

“And these two, where did they go into after you’d been tied up?”

“Well first the one called Spider-Man went and recaptured his point and then they went that way,” Syndrome says flicking his head in the direction. “So now I’ve told you everything I know can you please get me down from here.”

“Why would I do that when you’ve given me all the information I need?” Kirei says.

“What! No way. We had a deal!” Syndrome says angrily.

“You are in no situation to demand anything.”

Syndrome starts to open his mouth to protest more when Kirei suddenly reaches into his robes and takes out a singular Black Key. With one sweeping wave of his hand the sword buries itself into Syndrome’s skull.

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Kirei retrieves his blade from Syndromes head before assessing the situation. Syndrome had indicated the pair had headed off in the direction of his control point, although there appears to be a second one in between the two. Kirei notes that control point is currently owned by the same person who owns the control point nearby so he heads off in that direction.

“So you’re telling me you can’t see my Crazy Diamond?” Josuke says.

“Nah all I saw was that guy go flying without you even touching him. I didn’t see anything else.”

“Huh. That’s interesting. Guess I’ll keep note of that for our fight later on,” Josuke says jokingly. The pair approach the next nearest control point. “So which one of us is capturing that one? Rock, paper scissors to decide again?”

“Since I capped the last one, I think it’s only fair you cap this one,” Peter says.

“Sure thing, just wait here and I’ll be back in a second.” Josuke strolls over to the point while Peter rests against a nearby wall. He watches as the teenager takes a step on the point and freezes, his expression changing from a laidback smile to a look of worry. “Uh, Mr Spider-Man. I think you need to take a look at this". Peter shoots forth a web and swings over to stand by Josuke who points into the corner. His mood drops as he looks upon the mutilated body of a young girl.

“Who would do such a thing,” he says horrified.

“A sick bastard that’s who” Josuke says, disgust dripping from his voice. He walks over to the body and stands over it. “She’s even younger than me.”

“We’ll find the sicko who did this,” Peter says walking over to Josuke and putting his hand on his shoulder comfortingly.

“Tragic isn’t it” comes a voice from behind and the pair turn sharply. A priest stands just outside the point and immediately upon setting eyes on him Peter feels his spidey sense tingle slightly.

“You know about this,” Peter says.

“Sadly yes. This is my point. I heard someone capturing it and I returned just in time to see this poor girl have her life cruelly taken from her,” the priest says shaking his head.

“And what about the person who did this? Why didn’t you stop them?” Josuke asks.

“He was too strong, too monstrous. I knew I could not hope to defeat him. I had to flee or else I would join the girl in the afterlife.”

“But hang on a minute,” Peter jumps in. “If someone killed this girl, on your point, then why did they not capture it?”

“That I truly do not know. Maybe he does not have an interest in this contest. Perhaps he is only interested in murder and mayhem. I cannot hope to understand the mind of one who does such horrible things.”

“And this man where did he go afterwards?”

“He headed off in that direction,” the Priest says, pointing towards the centre of town. “I must warn you though he is a dangerous man. His body is not flesh and bone like you and I but is made of metal.”

“Woah. Like a terminator? Or Robocop?” Josuke says. “Well whatever he is we’re going to go and stop this guy. We can’t let him do to anyone else what he did to this girl. Right Spider-Man?”

“That’s right. The contest can wait for now, the important thing is that this maniac is stopped.”

“I am not strong enough to fight this man. I hope you will not think poorly of for not joining your crusade. I am a man of God; I am not capable of the violence needed to defeat such a monster.”

“It’s okay, don’t sweat it,” Josuke says.

““I wish you two brave young men luck," the Priest says before walking away into the town. Peter waits till he is no longer in sight before beckoning Josuke in close.

“I’ve not got a good feeling about that guy,” he says quietly.

“Why? He’s a priest, aren’t they supposed to be trustworthy?”

“Trust me Josuke when you’ve been fighting bad guys as long as I have you get a sort of sixth sense for this thing.”

“So what are you saying that he’s lying? Do you think he killed the girl?”

“I don’t think so,” Peter admits. “But I don’t trust everything he said to us. I think we should keep our wits about us when dealing with him from now on.”

Bliss finishes his sweep on the houses in the area the gunshot came from, finding little evidence of anyone about. A room on the upper floor of one of the houses had clearly been disturbed recently but there was no clues as to where the shooter had gone to. As Bliss thinks about his next move a brief glimmer of light catches his attention, coming from a set of houses a few hundred yards away. Curious, Bliss walks quietly over to the area, scanning the upper windows. At first, he sees nothing and begins to wonder if it is simply his mind playing tricks on him. However as he gets towards the farthest house in the cluster, he sees the very tip of a barrel poking slightly out of the window. Edging around the side of the building, he moves towards the door giving access to the house and takes a step in. As his foot touches the floor, he feels how loose the floorboards are and a slight creak emanates from it as he puts his weight down. He lifts his foot up and places it back outside again. “They’ve picked this place carefully,” Bliss muses, the creaking floorboards preventing him from getting into the room without alerting whoever is upstairs. He bends his knees slightly and jumps into the air, landing as softly as he can on the roof.

Bliss positions himself over where he believes the gunman to be before he jumps, slamming his feet down into the roof as he lands and smashing through it. He lands in the room below and Jun whips around in surprise. He swings his rifle around to hit the intruder but Bliss bats it aside and slams into him, sending them both crashing through the window. Jun lands on his back, scrambling to his feet as Bliss straightens up and realizes that he is facing that rare opponent who is taller than him. Jun reaches for his pistol and Bliss rushes at him, driving a punch into his chest which drives him back. He feels a stinging in his knuckle and notices the armour Jun is wearing flash with blue electricity before subsiding.

He comes at the SPARTAN again, grabbing him by the waist and slamming him into a nearby wall, hitting him with a dozen more punches as he does. He then suplexes him over his shoulder, the energy shield crackling again and again before giving out. Jun wriggles free from the sorcerers grasp and draws his knife, lunging forward and stabbing him right in the gut. The knife shudders as it connects but Bliss is unaffected and he punches him hard in the jaw. The force of the blow knocks his helmet off and it clatters to the ground as Bliss punches him twice more with even greater force. Jun is send crashing to the floor from the blow and Bliss shakes his fist, which is still sore from the effects of punching the energy shield.

Looking down at the unconscious form of his opponent, Bliss considers snapping his neck, ending his participation in the contest immediately. He opts against it but his eyes fall on the rifle which is lying in the dust nearby. He picks it up and examines it briefly before crushing it in his hands, dropping the broken weapon on the floor. Satisfied the man is no longer a real threat to him, he moves on, leaving Jun behind.

“Where the fuck is everybody,” Sundowner shouts angrily. He kicks a nearby lamppost and it crashes to the ground. “Is everyone here a yellow-bellied chicken shit?”

“Not everyone,” comes a familiar voice as Kirei walks out into the street.

“Oh great it’s church boy again. Look mister I’m going to have renegade on our deal from earlier cause there is no other fucker here and I’m itching for a fight.”

“Don’t be so hasty,” Kirei says calmly. “Not when there are far more worthy opponents than I about.”

“Oh yeah. And where the hell are they?”

“Looking for you actually. Two of them came across my point earlier, saw what you did to the girl. Didn’t seem too happy about seeing your handiwork”

“No shit. Then where are they?”

“They’re heading towards that control point in the centre of town. The one with the crosshair symbol over it.”

“Oh shit I just came past there. I would’ve missed them. Good thing you warned me.” Sundowner rushes off back towards the centre of town. Kirei watches him go, outwardly unbothered but inwardly smiling at the thought of the chaos to come.

Chapter 3: Red Sun Over Paradise[]

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Josuke crouches over the body lying sprawled out on the ground, a single bullet wound through his head. “I don’t think this guy was killed by the same person,” he says. “This is much cleaner, looks like it was a professional marksman who did this.”

“So where do we go from here then? The priest said he was heading towards the centre of town but we don’t know where he went after that. We don’t even know what his emblem is so we can’t tell which of the control points are his,” Peter replies.

“There are two neutral points to the east,” Josuke says gesturing. “Nobody besides us has more than two points so they must have belonged to this man and the girl. Maybe he went that way. I’ll try and figure out where this shooter went. He isn’t the man we’re looking for but it could help to know where he is.”

“I’ll climb to the top of the point, see if I can spot anybody,” Peter says and he leaps away. Josuke summons Crazy Diamond and taps the mans head, the bullet slowly floating out and away. He follows after it, hoping it will lead to whoever the shooter was. The bullet travels in a straight line for a bit before zipping down a side street and Josuke quickens his pace so as not to lose track of it. He turns the corner and sees a heavily armoured man lying face down on the floor. Hurrying over to him he is relieved to see he is still breathing although by the look of his face he has taken quite a beating.

“Hey, are you okay Mister?” Josuke says, gently shaking him. The man slowly starts to come round, rising onto his knees with a groan.

“I think so,” Jun says as he rubs his aching head. Josuke notices the man’s demeanour suddenly become a lot colder and he gets to his feet. He reaches for a gun and Josuke sends forth Crazy Diamond, who snatches it away.

“Woah calm down there. I’m only here to help.”

“How do I know you won’t kill me?” Jun replies.

“If I wanted to kill you, I’d have already done it when you were unconscious.”

“That is true.”

“See, we might be competing against each other but nobody needs to die. I’m Josuke.”


“Well Jun I’m wondering if you could help me out. You wouldn’t have happened to see anybody with a cyborg body coming past, have you?”

“Are ya’ll talking about me?” Sundowner says, walking out from off the main street.

“Are you the one who killed the girl?” Josuke says.

“Yeah, that was me. Put up a good fight she did.”

“You didn’t need to kill her though. Especially not like that,” Josuke says, disgust dripping from his voice.

“She knew what she was getting into. War ain’t pretty kid.”

“Well your face won’t be pretty once I’m finished with it,” Josuke shouts. He tosses the gun back to Jun and runs at Sundowner. The cyborg’s shields begin to move around his body but Crazy Diamond is much quicker to react and a double handed punch sends Sundowner reeling. He draws Bloodlust as Josuke follows in with his attack, Crazy Diamond throwing punch after punch after punch. It is quickly apparent that Sundowner is not able to see the Stand as nearly all of them land and his own strikes are aimed at Josuke, each of which are easily batted away by Crazy Diamond. After taking one too many punches to the face he leaps backwards to give himself some breathing space.

“Damn kid. How are you doing that?” he says. Josuke doesn’t answer instead coming at him again with Crazy Diamond. “Whatever it is, I like it. You’re putting up a better fight than the girl that’s for sure,” Sundowner says grinning. This time when Josuke gets in close enough to throw a punch he jumps over it, clearly having figured out a way to tell when an attack is coming without seeing it. Now behind Josuke he is about to swing his blade when he hears gunshots ring out behind him. His shields rise up almost instantly to block them and leaves Josuke for the time being, rushing over to Jun who is trying to reload his magazine. Smashing into him with his shields up, the explosion sends Jun flying and he lands on a nearby roof, his energy shields flashing furiously.

Satisfied he is dealt with for now, Sundowner turns his attention back to Josuke just in time to feel the air shift as another attack from Crazy Diamond comes at him. Sundowner charges forward, shields up in front to protect him and they flash as they detonate. A rhythmic beat of explosions and flashes commence as the Stand pummels the shields. Sundowner slowly begins to creep forward, forcing Josuke back until he is backed up against a wall. Mustering up all his strength the cyborg darts forward and Josuke is forced to jump away as he slams hard into the wall, smashing through it and leaving debris everywhere. Josuke lands awkwardly and feels a sharp pain as his ankle twists. Sundowner, meanwhile, clambers through the hole he just made.

He runs at Josuke again who once more sends Crazy Diamond to intercept. However this time Sundowner is expecting it and swerves around where he predicts it will be. His prediction is correct as he feels no resistance as he barrels on towards Josuke, now defenceless. He raises Bloodlust, ready to cut Josuke into pieces when he feels something latch onto his legs. He flips forward onto his stomach and growls in frustration as Josuke hobbles away to a safe distance. “What the fuck,” he rages, looking behind him to a person in a red costume. “Is that motherfucking Spider-Man?” he says in disbelief.

“You’ve heard of me then,” Peter says. Sundowner slashes at the webbing around his legs to free himself.

“Yeah, I’ve heard of ya. Thought you were some comic book character not a real person.”

“Unfortunately for you I am real. And I’m not letting you hurt my friend.” Peter says.

“You’ve got guts kid; I’ll give you that. However I’m going to have to rip those guts outta you for the buzzards to feed on,” Sundowner retorts, settling into a fighting stance ready to face this new foe.


Kirei sees the emblem above one of the nearby points begin to flash red, indicating someone is capturing it. He decides to investigate, walking towards it unhurriedly. As he rounds the side of the surrounding walls, he comes face to face with the person capturing the point, a tall bald man with pale blue eyes. “Excuse me sir. I believe you are involved in this contest as well, correct?” The man doesn’t answer instead darting forward suddenly and throwing a punch which Kirei sidesteps, feeling the sheer power of the blow as it skims past him. “There is no need for us to fight. We could work together. There are others here who pose a much greater threat,” Kirei says calmly, hoping to turn the situation back around.

The man pauses in the middle of another punch, as if he is contemplating the suggestion. Kirei relaxes slightly but he soon rues this action as the man throws a punch with his other hand, catching him off guard and almost connecting if not for the most agile of flips. “Clearly this man is not interested in alliances,” Kirei thinks. When the man comes to attack him again, Kirei steps forward within the arc of his punch and slams his fist into his ribcage right above the heart. Bliss drops to his knees and Kirei looks down on him disinterestedly, waiting for him to die. He is surprised however when the man rises suddenly, grabbing him by his frock and planting a headbutt right into his face. Kirei is sent flying, flipping in a summersault, and landing on his feet a fair distance away.

A trickle of blood drips down from his nose and he wipes it away wondering how his opponent managed to survive such a strike. He doesn’t dwell on this however drawing several of his Black Keys, throwing them at Bliss as he strides towards him. He doesn’t even attempt to avoid them instead flicking his arms at them as if to knock them away. However they imbed themselves into him, throwing off his momentum and staggering him. Kirei uses this opening to close the distance, swinging a kick at Bliss’ head. He blocks it with his shoulder and Kirei follows up with another kick in the jaw which sends him reeling.

Kirei clasps his hands behind his back as his opponent spits blood onto the ground and he sees a flicker of emotion cross the man’s face; anger or wariness he is unable to tell. Bliss rolls his shoulders before resuming the fight and sends several jabs his way but each one is simply dodged. Kirei quickly catches onto the rhythm of the punches and goes on the counter, striking with a lightning fast jab of his own which crunches into Bliss’ already injured jaw. He grimaces but does not flinch, reaching out and grabbing Kirei by the shoulders. He tries to shake loose but the grip is strong and Bliss swings around, lifting the priest off his feet. He releases to send Kirei hurtling through the air in the direction of the point. He tries to correct in the air but the speed he is going at makes it hard. Just before he hits the point, he manages to right himself, kicking off the side of the point to land safely on the ground.

He straightens up and looks around for his opponent but he is nowhere to be seen. He muses on the fight, once again wondering how the man survived a punch to the chest like that. It should’ve shattered the man’s ribcage into his heart and killed him instantly but yet he was not only able to survive but also continue to fight unimpeded. “Alone I can manage him but if he should meet up with the others…” Kirei says to himself. He looks at the point, briefly considering if he should capture it, especially as it is neutral and would not alert anyone. He decides against it, knowing the priority is to find this man and kill him before he has a chance to ally with anyone.


Peter flips over Sundowner as he charges at him, landing in a crouch and shooting out webs in an attempt to tangle him up. His shields quickly swivel around to block them, a familiar red flash indicating they have connected. Josuke attacks from the front with Crazy Diamond, making Sundowner back away slightly as he manoeuvres his shields back into place to block the punches. Peter uses the distraction to fire off another web to latch onto the metal rods attaching the shields to Sundowners body. Pulling with all his might, he feels the rod buckle and then break. He flings the broken shields off into the distance and Josuke takes full advantage of the cyborg’s lack of defence as Crazy Diamond driving a punch into Sundowners face.

“That was a clever move,” Sundowner says, rubbing the spot he was struck as he backs away. He clicks the separate swords of Bloodlust together in their shears form and twirls them around, slicing through another web from Peter just before it connects. He lunges for him, grunting in frustration as the superhero effortlessly dodges around the attack. He fires two webs right into Sundowners face to blind him before driving a double footed kick into his chest. He stumbles back right into Josuke and his Stand slams punch after punch into his back. Sundowner turns and swings his sword at the same time, the blade bouncing off Crazy Diamond without doing any harm.

Peter shoots out another web, this time aiming for Bloodlust. He manages to get a grip on it, yanking it away. Now weaponless, Sundowner takes several more punches from Crazy Diamond as he moves into a more defensive stance. Suddenly he drops down and slides forward, going underneath the Stand and going for Josuke. He grabs the teenager in a bear hug and slams him into the ground as hard as he can, knocking him unconscious as his head bounces hard off the ground. Peter rushes in to help but Sundowner picks up Josuke and hurls the unconscious teen at him. He jumps over him and twists in the air, turning round to create a web net which Josuke hits, coming to a stop and lying safe in the webbing.

Turning his attention back to Sundowner he sees the cyborg has retrieved his weapon and is running right at him. He shoots webs at his feet to entangle him but Sundowner is used to this trick by now, jumping up and over the web. He swings his sword as he lands, narrowly missing Peter as he just about manages to move out of the way. He throws a punch of his own which Sundowner blocks with his arm and then returns the favour with another swing of his sword. Peter tries to dodge it but Sundowner switches his attack at the last second, catching him off guard and burying the tip into his shoulder. He pushes down, pinning him to the ground with the blade and making the superhero cry out in pain. Sundowner snaps off the second blade, leaving him pinned to the ground. “You fought well,” he says as he stands above him. “I haven’t had a fight that good in years, really got the old blood pumping, not that I have much of that left with this new body of mine. Unfortunately you had no chance really.”

“Yeah, and why’s that,” Peter says through gritted teeth, fighting against the pain.

“Cause I’m FUCKING INVINCIBLE” Sundowner shouts, a shit eating grin plastered over his face. He raises his blade above him and Peter looks away, waiting for the inevitable. After a few seconds pass with nothing happening he looks back up to see Sundowner stood rigid, a hole smack bang in the middle of his forehead. The cyborg reaches up to feel it, a look of confusion on his face before the sound of two pops as two more holes appear in his head. He topples backwards, his face still confused and Peter turns his body as much as he is able, seeing Jun stood with his pistol raised.

“He doesn’t seem too invincible to me,” the Spartan says quietly.

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Jun walks over to Peter, holstering his gun and gently pulling the sword out of his shoulder. He takes the superhero’s good arm and helps him to his feet. Josuke, who has regained consciousness, walks over to the pair. “That looks nasty,” he says indicating the gaping hole through Peter’s shoulder.

“I’ve had worse, at least it wasn’t my back,” Peter says grimacing.

“It’s okay, my Crazy Diamond can fix that right up for you.” Josuke steps in close and Peter feels a pressure on his shoulder as if someone is grabbing onto it. The pain starts to ebb away and looking at his shoulder he can see the skin, muscles and tendons beginning to heal. Once the Stand has finished, he can barely tell that there was even a wound there to begin with and he swings his arm in a circle testing it.

“Wow, that’s a pretty useful thing to have,” he says in awe.

“Yeah, it comes in handy. Unfortunately I can’t use it on myself otherwise I could do something about this twisted ankle of mine,” Josuke says. “What about you, are you hurt at all?” he says turning to Jun.

“My shields and armour took most of the damage so I’m fine.”

“That’s good,” Josuke says. “So what do you think about sticking with us for a while? Me and Mr Spider-Man have a little arrangement where we work on beating everyone else and then have a spar to see who gets the overall win. We can include you in that if you want?” Peter watches Jun carefully as he seems to ponder the decision but he doesn’t sense any danger from him.

“Sure,” Jun replies after a while. “I’m a Sniper you see but I ran into someone else before and he destroyed it so I’m a bit out of my element. Plus if I run into him again, I don’t think I could beat him alone.”

“Well you won’t be alone,” Josuke says smiling. “You’ve got us now.”

Chapter 4: Dropping Like Flies[]

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Now sure he has lost the Priest; Bliss stops to inspect the extent of his injuries. He fingers the tears in his coat and shirt, feeling a wetness. He frowns at the smattering of red on his finger when he removes it. “This is the first time something has caused me to bleed in almost three centuries” he thinks. His ribs are also digging painfully into his flesh and he can tell at least a few of them are broken. His jaw still stings from the kick however it is not as serious as the other injuries. His thoughts go back to the man who inflicted these injuries on him and he feels a sense of trepidation at the thought of having to fight him again. “Four centuries of being the strongest man in the world and now I run into someone more powerful than me” he thinks, cursing his luck.

Banishing these thoughts from his mind for the time being, Bliss takes a look around. He can see three points which are currently neutral, one is owned by him and the rest are owned by the other remaining contestants. Annoyingly, all the neutral points are on the other side of the town. The nearest point to him has the emblem of a winged foot above it and looking around he can see there is another point with the same emblem above it, in fact it is the second closest to him. He decides to check out the nearest point, figuring that whoever the person with that emblem is heading east.

As he approaches his eyes are drawn to a collapsed wooden building, indicating there had been a confrontation here recently. His suspicions are confirmed when he spots a person, suspended up against a wall in some sort of white webbing. They are not moving and as Bliss gets closer, he can see blood pooling down from a wound directly in the man’s forehead.

“Unfortunate isn’t it.” Bliss whirls around to see the Priest. “You left a trail of blood from our fight earlier,” Kirei continues, seemingly reading Bliss’ mind.

“I take it you were responsible for this,” Bliss says indicating Syndrome.

“Yes. It was mercy more than anything. If some of the others in this contest had found him his death would have not been quick. But their needs be no more bloodshed here. We can work together.”

“I don’t trust you,” Bliss says.

“Very well,” Kirei says with a sigh. He covers the distance between them in the blink of an eye and Bliss is barely able to raise his arms in defence from the punch aimed right at his throat. Kirei then sweeps his legs, sending him tumbling to the ground before aiming a kick at his head which rocks his skull. The priest then reaches down, grabbing him by the head and attempting to snap his neck. Mustering up all the strength he can Bliss wrenches himself free, snaking out a punch to the gut which knocks him back. Bliss leaps at him from a crouch, not wanting to give him any time to recover but even this is too slow as Kirei draws and throws half a dozen Black Keys into Bliss as he barrels towards him. The force staggers him and when he brushes the blades out of his torso, he can feel the blood spurting out.

He defends himself from several more of Kirei’s attacks but the blood loss from his wounds is starting to take its toll. As a punch slaps weakly off his forearm he realizes too late this was merely a feint as a Kirei’s knee slams into his gut. If his ribs weren’t broken before they are now as a wave of pain wells up inside him. A flash of steel and a sharp searing pain in his chest is next to follow and he looks down to see a black key sticking out of his chest, piercing through his enhanced skin, and jabbing into his heart. He drops to the floor, propping himself up with what strength he has left as Kirei looms over him. “End it,” Bliss says quietly, accepting his defeat.

“No. I have other plans for you yet,” Kirei says before Bliss’ vision goes black.

“Control point is being captured”

“Hey guys, I just got a warning one of my control points is being captured,” Peter says to Josuke and Jun.

“Which one?” Josuke asks.

“The one I originally started with, back where we fought Syndrome.”

“Well, we’d better get over there then, see who it is and-,” Josuke starts when suddenly he stiffens. “Uh we may have a problem. I’ve just got an alert saying my control point is being captured as well. And it’s my original one as well which means…”

“It’s on the opposite side of the town,” Peter finishes. “So, which one do we go for?”

“Honestly, I think we should split up,” Josuke says reluctantly. “You’re pretty fast with your web slinging so if you go back and see who’s at your point, me and Jun can go to mine and deal with whoever is there. And if you can’t handle whoever is at your point you can always come back to us and then we’ll all go together.”

“I think that sounds like the best course of action,” Jun chimes in.  

“Yeah, I think I agree,” Peter says. “I’ll meet you at your point. If I’m not there in five minutes then I’m in trouble so come and help me.”

“Of course, Mr Spider-Man. Good luck.” Peter latches himself onto the nearest building and begins swinging back to his point. He’s about half way there when he hears a voice in his head telling him his point has been captured. Picking up the pace he touches down next to his point about twenty seconds later. His spider senses flare up and he readies himself for an ambush but to his surprise he finds a man lying face down on his point, not moving. He hurries over to him and touches his neck, feeling a very weak pulse. Turning him gently him over onto his back he is shocked to see several large blades jabbed into the man’s body.

“Who did this to you?” he asks.

“Th-the priest,” Bliss says weakly. “He pinned me to the roof above the point. I think he was trying to set a trap.”

“I knew he couldn’t be trusted,” Peter says angrily. “It’s okay, there’s a friend of mine who can heal you up. I can get you to him.”

“No. It’s too late for me,” Bliss says. “Stop the priest, he’s too dangerous, too powerful.” With these last words Bliss slumps back, his breathing slowly to a halt.

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With Bliss’ death the point returns to a neutral state and despite wanting to rush off to find Josuke and Jun, Peter waits to complete the capture for what seems like the longest twenty seconds of his life. Once the point has been captured, he swings away, hoping his allies are safe.

“Huh that’s strange,” Josuke says.

“What is?”

“The capture on my point has just stopped. Which doesn’t make sense right? Surely, you’d finish a capture you’d started right?”

“Unless you were interrupted while doing it,” Jun says. “We should be careful.” The pair approach the point, Jun drawing his pistol. It is eerily silent, no sounds of a nearby fight and when they get to the point there does not appear to have been any sort of struggle. “Something’s not right here,” Jun says. Josuke is about to respond when something blurs towards him and Crazy Diamond’s arm launches out of his chest, grabbing the projectile mere inches from burying itself into his flesh. Jun immediately points his pistol in the direction of the projectile but before he can even fire, he is thrown off his feet.

Josuke recognises the attacker as the priest he encountered earlier. Kirei ignores him for the time being, instead making a beeline right for Jun who is starting to get up. He fires his pistol which Kirei blocks with his forearms before slamming into him and grabbing him by the neck. With one swift movement he snaps his neck, dropping the Spartan’s limp body to the ground.

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“What the hell,” Josuke shouts angrily. Crazy Diamond emerges fully and he runs at Kirei who grabs Jun’s gun from his hand and fires off the remaining of the clip. The bullets are easily batted away by the Stand and Kirei tosses away the now empty pistol and ducks under a punch from Crazy Diamond. He slams a fist into its torso but it has no effect whatsoever and a second punch does connect, sending Kirei sprawling to the ground. He scrambles away and tosses several of his Black Keys to cover his retreat. Most of these are caught by Crazy Diamond but one of them strikes it in the shoulder but much like Kirei’s punch it also has no effect on it.

“Ah, so that spirit you control is immune to conventional attack,” Kirei says. “It must function similarly to a servant.”

“I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about but I’m about to serve you up a beating,” Josuke retorts. As Crazy Diamond throws a barrage of punches, Kirei has his work cut out trying to avoid them all. He backs up into one of the buildings and Josuke and his Stand follow him in. As the fight continues inside, Crazy Diamond slowly begins to demolish the area around, destroying the furniture and even smashing several holes in the wall. Inside the enclosed space Kirei struggles as he can’t make use of his full mobility to keep out of the way of all the punches. Several manage to sneak through his defences and stagger him and sensing weakness Josuke subconsciously starts to step in closer, eager to finish the fight as quickly as possible.

Kirei notices this and when a powerful downward swipe comes from Crazy Diamond, rather than attempt to dodge it he instead lowers himself and raises his arms above his head to block the attack. This gives him an opening to get around the Stand, lunging towards Josuke and aiming a punch for his chest. Crazy Diamond rushes back to intercept the punch but it can only divert it and it still strikes Josuke in the arm, a sickening crunch indicating a broken bone. Josuke cries out in pain and Kirei swings a kick at him, smashing him in the leg. It buckles and Josuke only just manages to stop himself from falling.

Kirei moves in for the killing blow but before he can something hard smashes into the back of his head, knocking him down. As he rises a brick smashes into him, followed by another and another. He holds him arms up to protect his face, unsure as to what is happening until he notices the bricks slotting back into one of the holes Crazy Diamond had made earlier. When the bombardment of bricks stops, he looks around for Josuke and sees him hobbling away towards the exit. As he reaches the door, Crazy Diamond tears it off of its hinges, hurling it at Kirei who ducks under it. Once Josuke is through the doorway, the door lifts off the floor where is landed, again facilitating a duck from Kirei before slotting neatly back into place.

Hurtling through the air, Peter swings with reckless abandon towards the meeting point. He is relieved to see that the point is still showing as belonging to Josuke but his relief isn’t long lasting as when he gets closer, he can feel his Spider-Senses spike suddenly. Landing right on the point he spots Jun lying on the floor and he rushes over to see his neck has been wrenched horribly out of shape, clearly indicating he is dead. He can’t see Josuke anywhere however and he shouts out to him but there is no answer. Looking around frantically he quickly spots one of the buildings has several holes smashed into it and heads over to that, running through the door to see the inside a complete mess. A door on the other side of the building is flung open onto the street and Peter goes through that emerging into a maze of alleyways.

Peter jumps up onto the roof of a nearby building. “Josuke!” he shouts.

“I’m over here” comes a feint shout from off in the distance. Peter starts running across the rooftops in the direction of the shout. He calls out to Josuke again but this time he doesn’t get a response. He does however hear the sound of crashing and banging coming from a short distance away. As he gets closer, he hears a cry of “DORA DORA DORA DORA DORA”, which he recognizes immediately as Josuke’s stand cry. Zoning in on the area the noise is coming from, the sound of fighting subsides until there is a deathly silence.

“Josuke! Are you okay!” Peter calls out, his anxiety growing as he gets no response. He jumps down into the street where he heard the sound of the fight and what he sees gives him a knot in his stomach. Josuke is sat up against a wall, his eyes wide open and glazed over, a single long blade sticking out of his throat.

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“Poor kid,” Peter says quietly, feeling a lump in his throat. He walks over to Josuke’s body, reaching down and closing his eyelids. “I should have done better,” he murmurs. “But I swear Josuke I’m going to win this. For you. For Jun. For all the others that evil bastard has killed.”

Chapter 5: The Tangled Web We Weave[]

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Once again having returned to the highest point of the town, Peter takes stock of the situation at hand. Currently he owns the two westernmost points and the Priest owns one. The other six points are all neutral so Peter realizes that everyone else in the contest has been eliminated, it is now only the two of them left. “My best bet is to start capturing the point closest to the ones I own and then continue moving east,” he decides. Dropping from his vantage point, he plummets towards the ground, waiting from the momentum to build before shooting out a web. As he swings through the air towards the point he scans the area below him, looking for Kirei but seeing nothing but empty streets. Reaching the first of the neutral points he touches down on it, beginning the capture process.

There is no sign of Kirei as the twenty seconds pass and as Peter turns his attention to the next closest point he sees why as the knife emblem hangs over it. Instead of swinging towards it Peter instead climbs over the buildings between it, running over to the point to find Kirei stood on it, hands by his side, seemingly calm. “It would seem that we are the final two,” the Priest says.

“Only because you killed all the others!” Peter shouts angrily.

“That’s not true though is it. Remember her?” Kirei says gesturing to the body of Kimiko, which still lies in the corner of the point. “Or the one who did this. His point has turned neutral which means one of you or your allies must’ve killed him.”

“He was dangerous. We tried to subdue him non-lethally but we couldn’t. Jun had to kill him or he would’ve killed us.”

“Then how can you moralize with me about the act of killing? You freely admit that sometimes people have to die. Yet you scorn me when I kill but give your friends the freedom to kill as long as they can justify it? Given the situation was I not justified to end life in my pursuit of victory as you and your allies have done?”

“Josuke was just a kid. He wasn’t a bad guy. He wasn’t a killer. And you can’t justify killing him as just a by-product of you winning, you could’ve subdued him and captured the points,” Peter argues.

“Perhaps. But the methods I used are more much more effective. As you can see, it has left me with only one more obstacle to victory.”

“And that would be me, right?”

“Regrettably yes,” Kirei says.

“Well you can try to kill me. Plenty have before. But even despite what you’ve done to my friend I won’t stoop to your level,” Peter says, tired of talking. He shoots out a web but Kirei is expecting it and the web splats harmlessly against the wall of the point. He draws and throws half a dozen black keys which Peter dodges before ducking under the follow up punch from Kirei. He returns with a punch of his own which is blocked and he gets a knee to the gut for his troubles. He tries to back away and put some space between the two but Kirei doesn’t let him, following in with a flurry of punches and elbows which takes all of Peter’s agility just to avoid being hit by.

Peter changes tact, moving in close instead of trying to back up and shooting a web at point blank range which latches onto Kirei’s hand, pinning it to his body. Another web latches onto his other arm with the same effect and Kirei struggles against the bonding as Spider-Man jumps into the air. He turns his body to block the swinging kick with his shoulder, the force from the momentum driving him back. Another pair of webs latch onto his feet and Kirei falls flat on his face, grunting in annoyance.

Peter lands down next to him, coating him with more and more webs until he is immobilized on the ground. Satisfied that he has been neutralized as a threat he returns to the point, replacing the knife emblem with a winged foot emblem as the twenty seconds elapses. He looks over at Kirei, who is thrashing violently against the floor but not seeming to have much luck escaping. “Hopefully that keeps you occupied while I finish this,” Peter shouts mockingly before swinging off to get the rest of the points.

The next several points are captured without fuss and as the eighth point flashes up with his class emblem Peter knows he is only one point away from victory. As he swings towards it his trajectory takes him over the alleyway where he found Josuke’s body and he can’t help but glance down at where he left the teenager. Blinking away the tears starting to form in his eyes as he lands near to the final point, he feels another twang of guilt at seeing Jun’s body again but doesn’t let it slow him as he runs towards it. He’s only a few metres away when his spider senses begin to tingle.

He swivels around, catching a pair of black keys right before they bury themselves into his neck. Throwing them to the ground he catches a flash of movement to his left and he moves to block but he is much too slow and an elbow slams into his jaw. A punch to the temple fills his vision with stars and he flails about, swinging his fists wildly in an attempt to hit his opponent. Nothing connects however and as his vision starts to unblur and right itself he let’s out a gargled grunt as a punch to the neck drops him to his knees. “If you’d killed me back there then you would’ve won,” Kirei says. “Do you see now why your path of mercy has led to pain, suffering and failure?”

Peter swings at kick at Kirei’s shin but it is easily blocked and a kick to the head sends the superhero sprawling. Fighting off waves of darkness to keep himself conscious he tries to crawl away to give himself space as Kirei strides over to him. He throws an uppercut which Kirei dodges however this was merely a ruse as a web shoots out from Peter’s rising fist, latching onto the windowsill of the building above. Rising up he smashes a kick into Kirei’s face which knocks him off his feet. Kirei lands gracefully turning to see the building his opponent had latched onto was in fact the final control point, where Peter now stands, the neutral emblem above flashing red.

Kirei does not hesitate, rushing towards the point, counting down the seconds until capture in his head. He reaches for his black keys but Peter fires off a web which rip them from his hands, sticking them to a nearby wall. More webs come thick and fast at the priest who weaves his body around to avoid them, running in a zig-zagging and erratic movement to try and stop Spider-Man from predicting his movements. As he counts past the ten second mark, he realizes he won’t get to the point in time with this strategy. Peter fires another web which Kirei ducks under, reaching for his final black key and tossing in one quick movement. Without time to properly aim the blade isn’t particularly accurate but it is close enough that Peter has to move to avoid being hit and Kirei uses the distraction to leap forward, covering the last few metres towards the point in one bound.

Just as he is about to touch it however another web latches onto his arm, yanking him back and attaching him to the overhanging arch on the inside of the point. He dangles just over it, his feet only inches away from touching the point and halting the capture. Peter rushes forward as Kirei tries to break free, shooting more webs to reinforce the first one so that he cannot break free. He then jumps up at him, twisting his body to avoid the kick Kirei sends his way and driving a kick of his own into Kirei’s jaw, smacking his brain into the top of his skull and knocking him unconscious.

Touching back down onto the point, Peter sighs in relief as the capture finishes and the final control point switches from neutral to his winged foot emblem. Leaving Kirei hanging limply from the point he walks off the point and into the street, looking up at the sky and blazing sun above which shines like a diamond. “That was for you Josuke,” he says with a sad smile, as the simulation ends and the world around him starts to crumble into darkness.

Expert’s Opinion[]

9Th Place: Mr.5, 18 Points

Mr.5 had a decent powerset but lacked in mobility and durability meaning he couldn’t really avoid fights nor last that long once people closed the distance. His arrogant personality also meant he couldn’t really make allies with all these factors combining to leave him in last place.

8th Place: Kimiko Tohomiko, 19 Points

Kimiko finished slightly higher than Mr. 5 with her greater mobility meaning she was better poised to capture points and avoid fights. However her lack of durability, hot-headedness, and unwillingness to kill meant she was at a massive disadvantage against the rest of the roster.

7th Place: Syndrome, 27 Points

Syndrome actually had a power-set that seemed almost perfect for this scenario, with his aero-boots giving him the best mobility out of anyone and his zero point energy gauntlets are a great tool for immobilizing. However the man behind the gadgets was arrogant and a show-off and Syndrome would inevitably attract attention onto himself and set himself up as a target. He also lacked in combat experience so would be likely to panic when things stopped going his way.

6th Place: Sundowner, 50 Points

Sundowner was probably the more powerful person here in terms of pure combat ability, with his cyborg body giving him the speed, strength, and durability to take on any of the other contestants. However it’s because of this fighting ability that he ended up drawing a target on his back and incentivising other warriors to team up and take him down especially with how bloodthirsty he was.

5th Place: Mr Bliss, 52 Points

Mr Bliss had the widest range of placements out of anyone and so it’s fitting he ended up finishing dead in the middle. Bliss was very strong and very durable which allowed him to stay alive for a long time but he lacked anything special to propel him into the upper rankings.

4th Place: Jun-A266, 53 Points

Jun’s focus on stealth and his skill as a marksman meant he could avoid the early skirmishes by simply setting up a sniper nest and waiting for people to come to him. His MJOLNER Armour also gave him good protection if he was found and his patient and calm personality meant he wouldn’t panic in the heat of combat. However at this point he could no longer simply hide away from the fighting and Josuke, Kirei and Spider-Man could all beat him in a straight fight.

3rd Place: Josuke Highashiktaka, 75 Points

Josuke had a lot going for him in this royale. Crazy Diamond is an incredibly powerful stand with an incredibly versatile ability and these advantages were only heightened by the fact that most of the other warriors here couldn’t even see it. Josuke is also friendly and easy to get on with which would secure him allies early on. It’s not surprise that many people tipped him to survive and he was the only warrior other than the winner to get a first place vote. However he simply did not have the mobility of Spider-Man nor the kill Instinct of Kirei which left him stuck in third.

2nd Place: Kirei Kotomine, 80 Points

Kirei was the only warrior in this royale to not have a single deviation in his placement rankings, finishing second in every single vote. It’s not hard to see why either as Kirei had pretty much all the qualities you would need for this particular royale. He was a highly skilled combatant, intelligent, a master manipulator, highly mobile and had the killer instinct which the other two warriors in the top three lacked and what guaranteed his second place finish. He finished second not because of any flaws of his own but simply because the winner simply had a better skillset.

1st Place: Spider-Man, 88 Points

Much like Kirei, Spider-Man had all the advantages you need to succeed in a royale. He was a powerful fighter, with unrivalled mobility because of his web slinging and agility and a nice enough guy to attract allies. His only weakness was his unwillingness to kill but he could get around that with his web creation which gave him an easy way to immobile his opponents non-lethally. He was the only warrior here with the ability and the conviction to try and win via the control point objective and that is what propelled him to victory.

To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.