Deja Vu, Volume Two (Private)

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Deja Vu, Volume Two (Private)

Post by Metilinos on 4/16/2016, 10:58 pm

The arenas in camp were always far more show-stopping than Dimitri figured they needed to be. The marble that surrounded them was absolutely marvelous, especially with the sun beaming down on it. He'd been here so many times the last two years, but it was only now that he'd taken the time not to focus so heavily on improving himself. The demigod felt so different from what he was two years back. Dimitri had become more than just a friendly face who worked around camp. He was pulling serious weight, as were many demigods after recent events.

After Ariadne had died, Dimitri saw so much of himself in Eloise, a daughter of Hermes he'd hardly ever spoken to prior to Lear's reveal. He could tell what she was going through, and so he'd decided he wanted to teach her to survive, just as Evander had taught him so long ago. When she stood up and volunteered to fight against Lear, Dimitri had no doubts; she could fight, her potential could be just as much as any demigods, which was virtually limitless.

"I was thinkin' 'bout maybe takin' you outside've camp for this; no quicker way to learn than in the moment. But I figure you should 'least be comfortable holdin' a weapon and knowin' your stance before havin' to do field testin'." Dimitri explained. He turned to the weapons rack; it somehow never seemed to be even relatively empty. There was a shortage of Imperial Gold in the west, yet the Greeks were nearly buried in Celestial Bronze.

"See anythin' you like?" Dimitri asked.
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Post by Sienna on 4/17/2016, 12:06 am

Louie had partially been hoping to show up to the arena with Eye of The Tiger playing on loop. But she supposed she could do without it. After all, she was here to learn not dance. When she had first joined camp she had opted for a bow and arrows because she was afraid of the close quarter combat that swords would bring her. Let her just say this, it was the biggest mistake of her life. Because now she was 18 and having to play catch up. But she was determined to get better. She had to in order to get revenge. When Dimitri offered to train her, she jumped at the chance.

She arrived to the arena wearing a striped tshirt and sunglasses. Her blonde hair was up in a ponytail because she couldn’t afford to have it in her face. Honestly hair in her face really bugged her sometimes. But that’s beside the point. She was led over to a rack of swords. Honestly they all looked the same to her. Although she did notice a particularly shiny one, so she picked it up.

“Hows this?” She asked.
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Post by Metilinos on 4/17/2016, 11:49 pm

Dimitri took a minute to scale the demigod. She wasn't the bulkiest person, but agility could always out-match raw muscles in any sword fight. She'd tied her hair up, which was a good tell-tale sign that she was serious about this. Dimitri hadn't had any doubts that she wanted to learn; it was one of the reasons he'd wanted to teach her, having stood in her exact same shoes once.

"'Sa good one, called a xiphos." Dimitri mentioned the name of the Greek sword slowly; it wasn't a usual part of his vocabulary. "The blade is curved slightly on both sides, we call it a leafed blade. Ain't used all too commonly passed the Greek age. It takes a fair amount've practice to get used to." Dimitri explained. "First sword I ever held, actually. Best for slashin', on account've the structure." Dimitri was no sword historian, but he coincidentally knew more about the xiphos than any other blade, due to Evander.

Dimitri walked next to Eloise. "No matter what sword you're usin', grip means everythin'." He adjusted the sword in her hand, slightly. "Keep your thumb tucked under the hilt, and your fingers wrapped 'round the handle, tightly. Always hold it tightly, just don't go cuttin' off your circulation." Dimitri gestured towards a dummy, it was going for a good cause. "Lemme see your technique, just slash at the dummy a few times."
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Post by Sienna on 4/18/2016, 10:11 pm

Louie let all the weapon information sink in. She wondered how long it would take for the sword in her hand to feel natural. She had heard somewhere that swords were supposed to be like an extension of the arm... wait-no. That was from Avatar: The Last Airbender. But she figured it was probably true anyways.

The bright side of this all was that even though she had never really trained with a sword, she had seen it been done a million times. Somedays she would hide from her brothers in the arena’s, knowing that they would never look for her there. Besides there were a lot of camp-mandated tournaments and stuff. Still, holding a sword was weird for her. Nevertheless, she nodded at Dimitri’s requests, and slashed at the training dummy. Each swipe created a tear in the fabric of the dummy, in the end she made big X on its chest.

“So how’d i do?” She guessed that if it were a real person they'd probably be bleeding. But then again, if it were a real person they could've just moved or something.
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Post by Metilinos on 4/19/2016, 11:08 pm

"Definitely not too shabby." Dimitri replied. He ran his fingers along to wounds in the dummy, they were definitely enough to take a monster down of the two slashes hit, and also enough to at least make most people and demigods kneel over in pain. As much as Dimitri didn't like to think about it, he knew he was at least partially teaching Eloise how to fight what would potentially be another demigod. Dimitri walked over to the rack of swords, pulling out a random blade. It didn't in particular matter which, as he wasn't intending to fight, but defend instead.

"This one's a kopis, a helluva lot more easier to master, but it ain't a very multi-purpose tool." The southerner spoke on the subject. He'd held most kinds of swords at least once since he'd began fighting; it was good to know how to use a weapon in case it was the only resource available. "Just'n case you ever get stuck usin' one, its only real combat purpose is to chop. You wind it up behind your back and release, it's 'nough to take off a limb, but it ain't fast and it ain't very versatile."

"Lookin' at it from the sidelines makes fightin' look like it's the most intense art there is. But learnin' to fight ain't too different from learnin' a language or an instrument. You learn the basics and the rest starts to click like clockwork, 'till it all feels normal." Dimitri explained. "Make sure you're usin' your wrist and forearm separately when you're slashin'. It ain't necessarily 'bout strength with blades; the sharp edge will do the cuttin' for you, it's more 'bout the technique. Try an'slash at me a few times. We'll see where you need work."
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