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Castor O. Nox
[Episode] Punch Drunk!  G7UGK6I
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Name : Castor O. Nox
Epithet : Sanpaku | The Azure Pheasant | Duke Of Lvneel
Age : 25
Height : 5'9"
Weight : 175lbs
Species : Three-Eye Tribesman
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Blockbuster
Alliance : Nox Prime
Crew : Nox Pirates
Ship : The Wailing Calamity
Crew Role : Captain | Navigator | Book Collector | Pride Sin
Devil Fruit : Goro Goro no Mi
Haki Level : 9
[[busospec]]
Hitpoints (HP) : 525
Attack (ATK) : 495
Defense (DEF) : 450
Reflex (RX) : 560
Willpower (WP) : 500
Level : 80
Experience Points : 8000
Bounty : 500,000,000
Quality Score : S
EXP Bonus : +0.20 (To all allies)
Income Bonus : +0.17 (Turf) +0.10 (Blockbuster)
Shop Discount : -20%
Berries Berries : 150,000,000
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Mon Jun 20, 2022 4:48 pm
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Sanpaku (산빠쿠)



Whether it be expensive thrills or luxurious staycations, the resort atop the tree provided all kinds of 'services' for their elite clientele.

Such an environment made the perfect meet-up spot for businessmen of all trades to throw down a thousand-dollar steak and exchange low-brow offers until one party's finesse sticks, that's the business on Kyuka Island.

Others came here to vacation, escape the crazy terrorist attacks by furry beings in the outside world or the ambitious ideals of the Revolutionary Army, or even the suffocating laws of the World Government.

Nox and the Big Red Tin man were no different. Discarding his traditional wear, the pirate captain opted for a tight-fitting suit and a pair of well-placed sunglasses to hide the intensity of his eyes. Shaving his hair down to a buzz cut with a high top, the black and white color scheme of Castor's hair was shaven like a freshly cut pasture.

Designer belt, shoes, cufflinks, and ties were all provided by Miss Jazzy Courtier herself of course. As a budding method actor and wanted man, Nox's pastime of assuming other identities was one of leisure and convenience honestly.

Duke has noisily scattered off somewhere in the casino area, and Nox himself was dying to try the high-end restaurant 'The Blue' that had been advertised to them extensively in the hotel lobby.

His third eye was concealed by a headband that ironically was branded with an eye itself. A slight tongue-in-cheek joke to his actual identity, a prideful man needs a sense of humor, or else he's just a prick.

Upon arrival to the dining room area, Castor was escorted to his seating on the main dining room floor, which sat against giant built-in aquariums. Smaller sea kings and a variety of fish populated its contents and provided the ultimate experience for this posh and prude high dining package.

After waiting less than a minute, a personal waitress appeared - dressed in what seemed to be steam-pressed shots, a shirt, and suspenders that were so sharp, you could cut your finger on them at the wrong angle. Everything on her, and even the other workers seemed so thought out and put together, Nox began to feel out of place in such a bougie place.

"Goodday Mr.Bastion. My name is Gestelle. I shall be your waitress this evening. May I take your order?" The charming woman declared almost like a script, bowing as she completed her line with pristine diction.

Assuming the role of a prissy aristocrat type, "Can have a bottle of North Blue's finest wine?"

"Ah. The Jules. Goes at about one point five million a bottle. Room temperature or slightly chilled?"

"Chilled. I'll also have some oysters to start and a T-Bone Steak - medium rare."

"As you wish."

The mundane exchange was accompanied by the super cool notes of the staple Jazz Band on the ones and twos, the real star of the show was the lead singer - whose sultry voice would make a grown man cry.

However, one person inside The Blue wasn't exactly keeping it low-key at all. Centre floor, escorted by at least ten to twelve of his juniors, a slew of promoters and managers all try to appease the man's huge ego - The Former Paradise XXX Boxing Champion of the Seas - Phelo Cortez.

A massive of a man, definitely in the heavyweight class, standing at about 6'9", chiseled physique and rugged facial structure, a sleek greased obsidian hair was immensely well-kept and flowed down to his shoulders.

He was loud, crude, and pig-headed. Everyone around him knew it but no one dared to speak up, either out of fear or respect for the man-in-ring skills. Of course, Castor knew nothing about the man until this moment.

However, the murmurs from the various tables in the room told him all the information he needed to know within a matter of minutes. As the waitress returned, resting the sparkling wine glass on the table, she'd empty the million-dollar bottle contents to half full of the fixture.

"What's your opinion on the former champ over there?" Castor inquired, gripping the base of the glass as he'd nudge his head subtly over to Cortez's direction.

"He practically lives here now. Retired about three years ago from fighting actively but got into tons of bar fights across the resort. Usually, that behavior would get you banished but he's in sweet with the General Manager of this place - Kazuma." The waitress explained with a sigh.

"He's also the touchy-feely type. The other gals love him cuz he tips big but I'm not that kind of chick." Geselle explained with a hint of disdain and a shiver, resting the bottle on the table, and plugging it.

"Interesting." Castor responded, swirling the wine in the glass in a circular manner.

A loud laugh overpowered the jazz players' strums, "Bring more wine! More food! Play faster, senors!" Cortez heckled at the staff of the establishment.

@Ryoichi Ayugai



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Ryoichi Ayugai
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Name : Ryoichi Ayugai
Epithet : The Boxing Bear
Age : 22
Height : 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m)
Weight : 198 lbs (95kg)
Species : Human
Faction : Marines
Crew : The Guardian Knights
Ship : The Grand Steamer
Marine Rank : Petty Officer
Crew Role : Gunner
Devil Fruit : Kuma-Kuma no Mi (Bear-Bear Fruit) Model: Polar Bear
Haki Level : 6
Hitpoints (HP) : 278
Attack (ATK) : 280
Defense (DEF) : 245
Reflex (RX) : 325
Willpower (WP) : 355
Level : 47
Experience Points : 4714
Quality Score : B
EXP Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Income Bonus : +0.13
Berries Berries : 193,023,400
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Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:11 am
"LAND AHOY!"

The loud shout could be heard from the top of the watch tower on top of the tallest mast without sails lowered on the steamship they were sailing on. This shout alone was enough to have the crew gather on the main deck of the ship to look over the railing. Included within the bunch, was Ryoichi himself.

The land indeed could be seen from the distance. A strange land, with a large mushroom, creates an umbrella effect. Paradise sure was full of strange-looking islands. But Ryoichi should not be one to talk. He had only barely gone to a handful of them yet. There was yet a lot to see.

"Okay! We will have a brief stop here on this island to restock and drop our beloved polar bear off! The man hasn't had a vacation since he graduated. And as a nice bunch of people, we shall give him three days off... Uninterrupted!

The familiar voice could be heard from the current acting first mate of the Guardian Knights, Celia, who had walked on the deck, having the crew immediately form up and salute, including Ryoichi.

"Everyone to your positions! From the looks of it, we got roughly fifteen minutes until the docking!"

The orders were handed over to everyone, except to Ryoichi, to who Celia personally came. She motioned Ryoichi to take a step aside from the crew but remain visible to everyone. It was to avoid the loud shouts from the preparing crew.

"This island. Kyuka. This does not belong to World Government, nor to pirates, exactly. It accommodates everyone... I mean, everyone. So please, behave yourself. Do not pull any unwanted attention to yourself."

Her words were strict, but meaningful, hinting at a slight worry, especially what had happened on the most recent Amazon Lily visit, where Ryoichi disguised himself as a polar bear... In the jungle... And got captured.

"Yes Ma'am."

And with that short exchange of words, Ryoichi left to the crew quarters where he packed a small bag, changed into more of free wear than his marine uniform... And awaiting the time to get off the ship.

-Moments later-

"Lower the ramp! Get ready to restock!"

The orders were handed, and they restocked with what they could on this resort island. Ryoichi however marched off the ship using the ramp, with the bag over his shoulder.

"Let the vacation begin."

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Castor O. Nox
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Name : Castor O. Nox
Epithet : Sanpaku | The Azure Pheasant | Duke Of Lvneel
Age : 25
Height : 5'9"
Weight : 175lbs
Species : Three-Eye Tribesman
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Blockbuster
Alliance : Nox Prime
Crew : Nox Pirates
Ship : The Wailing Calamity
Crew Role : Captain | Navigator | Book Collector | Pride Sin
Devil Fruit : Goro Goro no Mi
Haki Level : 9
[[busospec]]
Hitpoints (HP) : 525
Attack (ATK) : 495
Defense (DEF) : 450
Reflex (RX) : 560
Willpower (WP) : 500
Level : 80
Experience Points : 8000
Bounty : 500,000,000
Quality Score : S
EXP Bonus : +0.20 (To all allies)
Income Bonus : +0.17 (Turf) +0.10 (Blockbuster)
Shop Discount : -20%
Berries Berries : 150,000,000
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Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:17 am
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Sanpaku (산빠쿠)



Awaiting his steak, Castor opted for a bit of eavesdropping.

"They are three things every man needs in life, carbon." Cortez declared, emptying the remnants of the tequila into a shot glass on the table.

"Beautiful Women. Lots of Money. And Powerful Fists. Possessing those three things will add constant excitement to your life." Cortez continued, downing the shot as he'd gloat to his manager, a tiny rat-faced man by the name of Paco.

"We've been living the high life since your amateur days. I always knew you'd be the one to take over... Aside from that kid Lu Shang... You showed the most promise." Paco declared, reminiscing on the earlier days of the duo.

"Pwahahaha... That scum of the earth. I wonder what that bastard's up to? Regardless. The resort owner has been kind enough to accommodate my needs in every way. I owe him about. My fists are itching to come out of retirement." Cortez declared with a devilish smirk.

"Sir. Your dinner is served." Geselle's voice snapped Nox back to the present.

Sipping his wine, "Thank you." Nox responded, shooting the woman a quick grin of his pearly whites.

"Y-You're very welcome." Geselle responded with a slight stutter, as she wasn't accustomed to customers around these parts saying thank you for much of anything.

Turning his attention to steak momentarily while following the conversation with Cortez using his abilities, Castor's knife seemingly separated the steak's fibers like a hot butter knife slicing through a stick of margarine.

The juice escaped into the plate, creating a bath for the meat chunks to marinate in momentarily before being slowly shoveled into Nox's mouth. The man who'd known nothing of fine dining or high-class living was taking in this role as much as he could, as he couldn't wait to strip off these clothes and get back to his regular garb.

However, as for now, the man sitting on cloud nine. Everything was delicious.

"Send my compliments to the chef." Castor stated, wiping his mouth gingerly from any spare steak residue.

"Indeed I shall Mr.Bastion. It says on your record that you're a Lvneel Native. The Chef also happens to be from the North Blue. Would you like to meet him?" Geselle inquired.

"Gashi Gashi... You've been looking at my record. Have you taken a fancy to me?" Nox inquired grinning.

"N-Not like that in the least sir! As you know, all of our guests are required to fill out a person of interest form before being allowed access to the resort. It's part of resort policy to make sure all of our guests' more... intimate or personal needs are tended to." Geselle responded, nodding her head in admiration of the business organization tones.

"I'm kidding. Understood. After all, who knows who comes through your doors, right? Blood-thirsty pirates fill the seas these days. Nerve Wrecking." Words from the man who started a civil war just a month or so ago.

"Exactly! Our policy is - Whoever you are in the outside world shouldn't affect the quality of our service." Geselle concurred nodding. "Though you are correct... I am a bit afraid of the sea dwellers... Paradise is swarming with Big Names." Geselle stated with a sigh.

" However. Not to worry. This resort is protected by plenty of mercenaries. Independent contractors - whether it be members of the Bounty Hunter Association or rogue ones who are signed on by Holyday Inn." Geselle explained.

"Yikes. BHA. Them again. Essentially... A ton of hotshots to keep the monsters in line." Nox thought to himself. "I feel absolutely ten times more safe knowing that." Nox started with a sigh of relief. Finishing his glass, "I think I'll take you up on that offer to meet the chef."

@Ryoichi Ayugai



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Ryoichi Ayugai
Tracker

Name : Ryoichi Ayugai
Epithet : The Boxing Bear
Age : 22
Height : 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m)
Weight : 198 lbs (95kg)
Species : Human
Faction : Marines
Crew : The Guardian Knights
Ship : The Grand Steamer
Marine Rank : Petty Officer
Crew Role : Gunner
Devil Fruit : Kuma-Kuma no Mi (Bear-Bear Fruit) Model: Polar Bear
Haki Level : 6
Hitpoints (HP) : 278
Attack (ATK) : 280
Defense (DEF) : 245
Reflex (RX) : 325
Willpower (WP) : 355
Level : 47
Experience Points : 4714
Quality Score : B
EXP Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Income Bonus : +0.13
Berries Berries : 193,023,400
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Tue Jun 28, 2022 7:04 am
Before Ryoichi had the chance to go and blow his hard-earned salary, he needed a place to stay. Luckily this very island is just perfect for it. As Ryoichi looked up from where he was standing at the docks, he could see a towering, almost umbrella-shaped tree.

On top of that tree-looking thing, there was his main destination. The resort of the island. Rumors on the ship were that everything and everyone is allowed there, as long as they have the berries.

He straightened his back and began heading towards the tree where he could find a way to get on top of it. On his way, he encountered many tempting stalls and actual stores full of all sorts of exotic goods from all around the world, most being from Paradise.

Being the carnivorous creature that he is, the food stalls that served freshly grilled meat tempted him the most... But he had to keep himself from going to buy anything. As much as this is vacation, this is also a mission for Ryoichi... The mission is to enjoy himself, without going broke.

Through a certain route, the man had made his way to the top of the umbrella-mushroom-shaped tree, where he was greeted by a massive resort.

"May I take your luggage, sir?"

A well-dressed and spoken man offered his services at the front door of the resort. Ryoichi's vacation mode kicked in, and the back bag that looked fairly modest, pieces of cloth sewn together and held over the shoulder with twines was handed to the man.

"Follow me, sir."

The man carried the bag and lead Ryoichi into the resort, all the way through a tall building with a well-decorated interior, to the front desk.

"A new visitor is here, madam."

"I am not a madam, I am miss!"

The receptionist snapped back at the well-spoken resort worker who then placed the bag down next to Ryoichi who was by the reception desk and head back outside to greet the new upcoming visitors.

"Ugh... I mean. I apologize! Welcome to Holyday Inn! Name and island of origin, please. How many nights will you stay?"

"Two nights please, the name's Ryoichi Ayugai, from Notice island." Ryoichi tapped his fingers on the reception table as he waited while the receptionist was checking through the reservation book.

"You are in luck, a room will free up in a couple of hours, in the meanwhile, you can take your time and enjoy our wonderful restaurant and island." the receptionist motioned with her hand to her left towards another large doorway that leads into the fancy-looking restaurant.

The receptionist finished a couple of quick calculations and then looked at Ryoichi, staring straight into his eyes, ready to kill the holiday mode for a quick brief moment. "That'll be fifty-one million berries."

Ryoichi's jaw dropped as he heard the price. For most of the people there, this did not seem like that much of an astronomical price... But for him, he could live with that money for a good few months if not a year! But he took in a deep breath to accept this 'challenge'.

Fortunately, being a marine and having lived most of a few recent months on the sea, he had built a small reserve. The man dug out the wallet from the cloth bag he had and began to place the berries down on the counter. Meanwhile, the receptionist lady snapped her finger, calling another well-dressed and spoken resort worker to collect the bag.

"He will take your luggage with himself and into your room when it's ready. The key will wait for you here with me in a few hours. Please. Enjoy your stay!" the receptionist gave Ryoichi a bright smile... A smile that could brighten up the room, and make someone's day.

Ryoichi nodded and smiled back, albeit he was not that open and bright. The man made his way towards the restaurant area. Why not have himself stuffed with food before he heads off to explore?

Upon entering the room, he could notice one major fact. The man was not dressed for the occasion. He was wearing short pants, flippers, and a sleeveless slightly purplish shirt, while many others were wearing suits and dresses. This will definitely catch the eyes of disgust, probably.

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Castor O. Nox
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Tracker

Name : Castor O. Nox
Epithet : Sanpaku | The Azure Pheasant | Duke Of Lvneel
Age : 25
Height : 5'9"
Weight : 175lbs
Species : Three-Eye Tribesman
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Blockbuster
Alliance : Nox Prime
Crew : Nox Pirates
Ship : The Wailing Calamity
Crew Role : Captain | Navigator | Book Collector | Pride Sin
Devil Fruit : Goro Goro no Mi
Haki Level : 9
[[busospec]]
Hitpoints (HP) : 525
Attack (ATK) : 495
Defense (DEF) : 450
Reflex (RX) : 560
Willpower (WP) : 500
Level : 80
Experience Points : 8000
Bounty : 500,000,000
Quality Score : S
EXP Bonus : +0.20 (To all allies)
Income Bonus : +0.17 (Turf) +0.10 (Blockbuster)
Shop Discount : -20%
Berries Berries : 150,000,000
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Tue Jun 28, 2022 12:03 pm
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Sanpaku (산빠쿠)


Being escorted to the kitchen area by Geselle, Nox's eyes quickly glanced at the most interesting person in the room. A new visitor it'd seem who was criminally underdressed.

As the duo passed the man at the entrance who was about to be heckled by restaurant staff - nonetheless, Geselle directed their route to the stainless steel kitchen doors.

The area was extremely well kept, chefs from all across Paradise came here to sharpen their skills under the great Master Chef Hiroshi. Standing at the core of the Kitchen, the North Blue Native barked orders to the staff similar to that of a Pirate Captain aboard a tussling vessel.

Geselle guided Nox to the 6'7" man's base, peering down at the colossal bear of a man instantly softened from his hard rugged demeanor to a regular speaking tone.

"Aha. Yes. You smell like home! My lovely assistant here tells me you are from Lvneel. Such fantastic wine." Hiroshi broke the ice twiddling with his tripwire mustache.

"Indeed. I was a bit homesick. After that meal and a sip of Jules - that alone calmed my heart." Castor stated fondly.

"Are you aware of the fall of the Montblanc's? I never thought it'd see that old fart and his spoil brat be taken down by Pirates. Especially with the Vikings so tightly attached to the King. However. I guess times change. Ragnar and his crew are active pirates on the sea again and the Montblanc Heir has become obsolete." Hiroshi stated.

"I haven't been home in years. However. As a Knight, I often send and receive mail from Sir Bearington of the Guard. It seems things are settling down there. I was alarmed at first when I heard of a pirate's involvement but if Bearington's pick now sits on the Throne. It eases my heart a bit." Nox theatrically acted.

"Fantastic! That brings me a bit of peace as well. Papa and I used to travel there from our island Notice all the time. After the fall of the Germa in Notice, it was truly a new leaf on life." Hiroshi declared.

"Germa? Germa 66? As in the comic book characters?" Nox inquired.

"Aha. But they aren't just characters - the Germa is indeed a real army." Hiroshi responded with the gusto of an eight-year-old.

Meanwhile, on the dining room floor, Cortez caught wind of the situation at the door with the tackily dressed patron and sent a tailor and designer from his team to rectify the issue.

Interacting with the staff by whispering in her ear, the trio now looked towards the sably dressed Marine with the same intent that a child does when getting ready to dress up a doll.

@Ryoichi Ayugai



Word Count: 1,944
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________________________________________________________
Ryoichi Ayugai
Tracker

Name : Ryoichi Ayugai
Epithet : The Boxing Bear
Age : 22
Height : 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m)
Weight : 198 lbs (95kg)
Species : Human
Faction : Marines
Crew : The Guardian Knights
Ship : The Grand Steamer
Marine Rank : Petty Officer
Crew Role : Gunner
Devil Fruit : Kuma-Kuma no Mi (Bear-Bear Fruit) Model: Polar Bear
Haki Level : 6
Hitpoints (HP) : 278
Attack (ATK) : 280
Defense (DEF) : 245
Reflex (RX) : 325
Willpower (WP) : 355
Level : 47
Experience Points : 4714
Quality Score : B
EXP Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Income Bonus : +0.13
Berries Berries : 193,023,400
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Wed Jun 29, 2022 1:34 pm
"Right this way, sir."

Ryoichi was greeted by a waitress, who was hugging the menu against her chest. She motioned to Ryoichi to follow her to the table where he would be seated. Despite the looks that Ryoichi was receiving, most likely due to the way he was dressed, he was not treated with any contempt.

He was not sat down in any far corner or next to the kitchen door. In fact, he was placed fairly in the middle of the entire dining hall. Just as he was seated down, the waitress handed the menu to Ryoichi.

"Please, when you have decided what to order, call us."

With a sweet smile, probably from her years of service, or simply for the fact that it's the proper etiquette in the customer service job, she left after having said what she had to. Ryoichi nodded his head and opened the menu.

"Two million for a meal? And more? Huh... So that's how it feels like to be of different social status huh?" the low mumble escaped his lips

He had swallowed down the astronomical price of the nights in the resort cost, but the price they asked for food hit him even harder, especially since food is very close to his heart. But the stomach was growling, possibly even echoing in the very room.

It was the decision and ordering time, and he motioned with his hand to the very same nearby waitress. But what to choose. He thought he was ready... But who is ever truly ready? Some people work better with pressure. It was time to have a blind choice.

"Have you decided what you would like, sir?"

"Um... Yes... Umm..."

Ryoichi closed his eyes and had the finger randomly slide up and down on the menu. Instead of making a decision himself, he decided on fate to make one for himself. As his finger stopped on one of the choices, he showed the choice to the waitress.

"Ah, T-bone steak. A good choice. How would you like it?"

"Medium, please. And, what drink would you suggest with it?"

"Absolutely. My suggestion would be Shiny Ruby. Red wine."

"I'll have that, please."

The waitress wrote down the order, nodded her head, took the menu, smiled, and left. Meanwhile, Ryoichi had no idea if the wine the waitress had suggested was any good, or not. But the mand trusted the suggestion.

All he could do now was wait for the order to arrive. While the man was waiting, he could see three people standing in front of him... All have a similar weird glare towards him, one even has the tape measurer in his hands.

"We'd like to dress you up to per our client's orders."

"Huh? No thanks. I am quite comfortable."

"I am afraid this is not the matter of choice. More of an order."

"An order? Who do you think you are, or he?"

"Please sir, come with us and we'll get you dressed up in no time."

"I refuse, as a matter of fact, who is the one who even ordered you to do that?"

Ryoichi began to feel uneasy in the given location. He was forced to do something he did not want to. He expected this to be a free place. While he was talking to the waiter's trio, he tried to keep his voice as calm and low as he could, but this echoing room sure had its way to forward it into others' ears, that of Cortez included. Ryoichi wanted answers.

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Tracker

Name : Castor O. Nox
Epithet : Sanpaku | The Azure Pheasant | Duke Of Lvneel
Age : 25
Height : 5'9"
Weight : 175lbs
Species : Three-Eye Tribesman
Faction : Pirate
World Position : Blockbuster
Alliance : Nox Prime
Crew : Nox Pirates
Ship : The Wailing Calamity
Crew Role : Captain | Navigator | Book Collector | Pride Sin
Devil Fruit : Goro Goro no Mi
Haki Level : 9
[[busospec]]
Hitpoints (HP) : 525
Attack (ATK) : 495
Defense (DEF) : 450
Reflex (RX) : 560
Willpower (WP) : 500
Level : 80
Experience Points : 8000
Bounty : 500,000,000
Quality Score : S
EXP Bonus : +0.20 (To all allies)
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After enough time passed and Cortez's designer trio was still in the negotiation phase, the retired boxer saw the action as a form of disrespect.

"Oi! Cabron!" Cortez shouted slightly annoyed. "Can't you read the room? You're making the other guests here rather uncomfortable. I'm offering you a top designer suit on me. I'd appreciate it if you could play along so I can get back to celebrating." Cortez shouted from across the dining room.

In the kitchen, one of the sous chefs who stepped outside for a smoke break came back into the kitchen and delivered the news about the commotion outside. Castor's curiosity about Cortez prompted him to end his conversation with the North Blue Chef.

However, Hiroshi didn't take much offense as he'd tag along behind the Knight as well, it's not every day you get to see a man brave enough to get into altercations with the Former World Champ.

"Champ. C-Calm down. Need I remind you this place is protected by Kazuma and his men. The last time we started a brawl here... We almost got banned for two years." Paco recollected, shivering due to anxiety.

"Paco. Relax. Tranquillo Papa. I just want to know why the street urchin declined my kindness." Cortez declared as he'd take in a raw shot of Tequilla from the bottle on the dinner table.

The kitchen staff plus one emerged to watch the dispute unfold. "I keep hearing mention of Cortez being a former champ. How good was he?" Castor inquired.

"Superb Mr.Bastion. Aside from a few others in the League. If it's just pure boxing skills - he's definitely in the top three. However, when it comes to his attitude and foul play - I'd say he's number one." Hiroshi explained.

"Ah. So he's a cheater." Nox declared in disappointment, temporarily breaking character to answer honestly.

"Bwahahaha... Your quite the honest man, Sir Bastion. That analysis isn't exactly incorrect. I wouldn't say it's 100% accurate either. Cortez is a man who only fights fair against opponents he deems worthy.

That's why he's always fought fair in title defenses. Other than that - he'll cheat his way against opponents he doesn't deem worthy."
Hiroshi explained.

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The debate was slowly heating up, but the voice remained lower and somewhat calmer, at least Ryoichi tried to keep it that way. Every time he said something, he could hear Celia's nagging voice in the back of his head about not causing any troubles, especially not on this island.

This discussion eventually reached the ears of the man who had orchestrated this very idea to have Ryoichi dressed up in a more lavish way. And this very discussion also managed to have the man respond to him.

Ryoichi shifted his sight towards where the voice came from. A rough accented voice from a rather rough-looking yet well-dressed man. The manner of speech and the way he looked really did not match each other.

"Well. As I live and breathe. Former champ himself."

Despite the man clearly having antagonized Ryoichi's way of living and having tried to make him do something he did not want, the man's reputation increased Ryoichi's curiosity in him. That led Ryoichi to stand up from the table and slowly make his way towards the table where Cortez was sitting.

"Former champion himself here. Then again, I should not be surprised, you are, after all, a former champion of these parts... Phelo Cortez."

It shouldn't be a surprise that Ryoichi knows about the boxing legends in the world... Then again, no one knew what Ryoichi knew. As a matter of fact, most did not even know he was a boxer himself. He was particularly not at that famous one.

"So what brings you to celebrate here? Last I heard was that you were retired... So it could not be a win in a ring... Unless you are into down-low stuff these days?"

Ryoichi grinned as he then folded his arms, sort of questioning the former champion, acting as if he was familiar with him, occasionally forgetting that he is no one special in the world of boxing on a bigger scale! Meanwhile, the three waiters who had followed Ryoichi were swarming around him, readying themselves to dress him up... Truly, an odd situation.

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They are a few words Cortez hated to hear about himself and that's the phrase - 'Former Champ'. It reminded him of his last bitter bout. However the man didn't waste time on easy emotions like anger, another urge befell Cortez.

Getting up from his seat, the six-foot-nine male first fixed his suit and shuffled over with his naturally puffed-out chest to stand before the stranger.

"I know you. I just can't quite... Put my finger on where from." Cortez stated as he'd stick his face directly in front of Ryoichi's own to provoke him. Walking around in a circle, he'd examine the man's physique.

"You asked about the reason behind my celebration Puta. It's simple. I'm hosting a boxing show at Kyuka Hall, it's one of the most prestigious rings I've ever had the pleasure to box in while I was active." Cortez declared with immense pride.

Suddenly, the two men became the focus of the entire dining experience. Patrons watched on in suspense, chewing on their meals as slowly as possible to take not only the ambiance of the food but the impromptu drama that was unfolding on center stage.

The jazz band accompanied with a groovier play style - playing a classic - G E A note ensemble. A song by the name of Alafia. As the notes scuttled around the room, Cortez after moments of examing him finally put his finger on who he was.

"Aha. You're the prick who beat Hawkins on Notice for his belt. I remember clearly now. They were a few rookies from the North we're looking to be monsters in the Paradise League but after losing, Hawkins went on a bit of a spiral." Cortez stated.

"My last conversation with him... He was carrying around a picture of you. Saying he'd get revenge. After his debut in the X Division - he lost all three bouts. That's the strange thing about boxing. One loss can put you off your game.

Once your momentum is crush..."
Cortez concluded, stepping back a few steps to tease a boxing stance.

"Relax. No need to tense up. Let's talk and have a seat. What's your favorite bout in the League so far... It has to be Short Stack Versus Mathers in the XX Division for the belt. Classic." Cortez walked away, back to his chair, gesturing for Ryoichi to have a seat.

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Ryoichi was not close to the height the man called Cortez was, and as he stood up, all the well-built man could do was look up at him. After all, Ryoichi was only six-foot-one tall. But the size of his did not faze Ryoichi. The size was relative, an easy obstacle to overcome.

But the former champions' aura certainly carried an intimidation factor with it. When the man leaned his face close to Ryoichi, in an attempt to intimidate him, he realized certain familiarity about it. As if he had seen it happen to him before.

No matter, for now, he kept listening about what has brought the man to celebrate here on the island. "A boxing show huh? That's quite interesting." at the mention of this venue is one of the best, he could not comment, especially since he did not really manage to compete outside of Notice.

To his surprise, however, in some way, he was recognized. He could not help but widen his eyes at the mention of his and Hawkins's fight. To his surprise, that fight reached the ears of fighters in Paradise.

"In my defense, he took that title from me before I retook it. It is an honor to be known by someone, especially here in Paradise."

Speaking of Hawkins reminded him of where he had gotten the mannerism he had. From Cortez himself in front of him. The leaning in and intimidating with his face, was a dead giveaway, heck, it even sparked flashbacks of it happening in the first match Ryoichi had against Hawkins.

Ryoichi's flashback:

"It's nice to hear what Hawkins was up to these past few years. Explains his anger towards me upon our most recent meet-up. I happened to have an encounter with the man. Vengeful he is. Caused some trouble up on Flevance, non-boxing way. It was saddening to see him introduce himself to the world of mixed martial arts."

The tension eventually eased up as they had managed to find a certain common ground, heck, Cortez even offered Ryoichi to have a seat at his table, which Ryoichi graciously accepted. What happened was something he had expected.

It was something that every boxing fan, heck even the boxers themselves take part in. It involves the past, the present, and in some cases, even the future. It is none else than the talk about the boxing world itself, especially comparing former boxers to each other, present-day boxers against the older day boxers... And of course, the bouts from the past and present, and those that are still coming.

"While I agree with your choice, I tend to lean more towards the match-up between Weissman versus Cherry. It felt like two goliaths of XX heavyweight went against each other. Out of most recent history, however, I'd say Packie versus Weatherman welterweight title was a total clusterfuck. Battle of the century they called that. The press sometimes is full of funny people. Weatherman only hugged his opponent. I say the judges were blind. Packie should have won that."

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Cortez couldn't believe the blasphemy being articulated by this rookie pup. "Weissman and Cherry were two sloppy boxers who should've never laced their gloves in my ring. I fought Cherry when he came over to the XXX Division. A shell of the man he once was." Cortez responded passionately, snatching the Tequilla off the table to take a shot to calm his nerves.

Weissman Versus Cherry. Really? What was he six years of age?

Then the man continued to spit even more propaganda which caused Cortez to respond without even thinking, slamming his fist through the dinner table. "Packie couldn't live up to the hype! That match was a money grab on both sides and spit on both their names. At least Weatherman has a strategy. Not all fights have to be slugfests." Cortez defended as a fellow point fighter himself, he recalled the disenfranchising looks of so-called Knock Out Specialists who were one-trick ponies in his opinion.

"What about your opinions of Robberts versus Kaleb for XXX Middle Weight Belt?! That showcased real boxing. No scummy promoters pushing for a knockout. Just two giants playing the Long Game - the right way!" Cortez shouted eagerly awaiting Ryoichi's response.

Disappearing from his position next to Hiroshi and Geselle, Nox used the commotion as a chance to take a seat at the dinner table. Warping from his solid-state to lightning state - to reappear in the chair opposite the position Ryoichi sat in.

Honestly, Nox wasn't a boxing fan. However, anything that dealt with someone's passion, he was truly intrigued by it as he didn't have one himself. Among the liquors on the table, Nox set his sights on a gourd of Cherry Blossom-infused Sake.

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The tension was rising. Ryoichi simply remained sitting there as the man smashed through the table with his fist, but to say that he did not feel even more uneasy was an understatement. He had struck the never, and he could not help but feel a grin form.

"Struck a nerve did I?"

These few words could be Ryoichi's last... Or this could be the beginning. Ryoichi's opinions about boxing went completely against that of Cortez. While on the surface, both of them were boxers, deep down, they both believed in completely different styles.

Ryoichi believed in the art of quick knockout. While Cortez seemed to believe in a prolonged fight, taking it all the way to the end for the judges to decide. Each had its own plusses and minuses.

The tension did not ease up at all. As a matter of fact, Cortez threw a curveball toward Ryoichi. Questioning about one more of a legendary match that had happened. He let out a soft sigh as he then stared into the man's eyes to answer his question.

"A great matchup... I agree. It was clean. I do not mind long matches. But."

The heated discussion began to reach Ryoichi. He was all in for it now. He stood up from the chair and stared at the man, not in the same intimidating way as he did, but there certainly was an aura of a fighter in the present.

"We are entitled to our opinion... But to claim one style of fighting is superior to other is false! A long game is a strategy! But who claims that strategy is cleanest! The referee and judges can be bought! Packie and Weatherman felt like a sham! It was clear who the winner was!"

It was a clash of opinions at this point, almost like a match in the boxing ring, except this one was happening in a restaurant, full of people who tried to enjoy their meal, but, one would be lying if they said that did not pique their interest.

"Knockouts ensure your win is not ruined by sham judges! You knock the living hell out of the man and you are the clear winner! Good knockouts will always be remembered, and the discussions if the
the match was rigged or not barely happen afterward!"


At that point, what Celia had tried to hammer into Ryoichi's head went completely out of the window. It was now too late, and Ryoichi is about to spout out something that will highly likely get him into trouble. The man seems to be collected in his duty... But when it comes to boxing, he has his own agenda.

"Good knockouts will be remembered! Dyson, Mali, Rocky! They all ended their careers with more knockouts, and a lot of them are still remembered to this day. Surely you would be remembered more as well if you had participated in more of them! Instead, you were busy promoting and gathering your money! Live that high life! The boxing community had their idea of you! And you know it was not the greatest!

What had overcome Ryoichi had never happened before... The man had never lost his cool the way he did in boxing history. The man threw out great accusations. All he could do now was be ready to probably not get knocked out. Cortez was known to throw a punch at the place... And the boxing world knew it, Ryoichi included.

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"Eh! Do knockouts ensure memorable victories?! Ludacris Cabron! Do you know how many hotshot rookies swung their way to a Punch Drunk ending? More knuckleheads than I can count on one hand." Cortez shouted passionately.

As the man's anger intensified, so did the playing of the jazz band chopping through the musical score to set the mood.

"Great boxers can win regardless of sham judges or a bought referee. Of course, I acknowledge a knockout. Pound for pound, I slug harder than the best of them but I have a family. I want to be able to be active in my children's lives. Being brain dead on a bed won't allow that, so I box smart." Cortez shouted, standing up at the same time Ryoichi did with his fist folded.

"Clearly. From the way we dress, the expression on your face as you look at such a cheap menu... Your way of boxing hasn't provided you a quality life." Cortez stated condescendingly.

The final straw was Ryoichi insulting his way of life. The rebuttal about him living the 'High Life' was true of his current status but what did the rookie know about his upbringing.

As Cortez's emotions welled up, the boxer almost instantly fired off a right hook towards Ryoichi's face. The images of him in the slums of Mirrorball Island digging through garbage to survive, his father a former boxer - brain dead from being known as a slugger, and his mother's eventual remarrying which lead to his abandonment as a street orphan flooded his mind.

Watching rich shit stains like Lu Shang and his contemporaries buy their way into the Leagues and out of disqualifications - he truly has scraped from the bottom to top. How dare some wetback punk tell him about strategy. Absurd.

Seconds before Cortez's punch could've rocked Ryoichi's brain, Castor lunged onto the table, intercepting the punch with an open palm. Neutralizing the man's point of impact, Castor molded his Haki in a manner of a net. Coupling the punch's impact and pushing back with a bit of force of his own.

"I was entertained by the discussion but as soon as the violence came into play- I had to step in." Nox chimed in.

Taking a deep breath, Cortez having his punch neutralized brought him back to reality, no longer overwhelmed by his emotions.

"Are you one of Kazuma's Enforcers? My apologies for causing a scene." Cortez retracted his hand, fixing his suit.

"Don't apologize to me. Apologize for the people's meals you ruined... Gashi Gashi." Castor declared with a chuckle, ironically standing on the meals of Cortez's guests. Nox's thousand Berri shoes added a whole new kind of spice to the patron's gratin and pork cutlet.

An idea struck Cortez after feeling the strangers fighting spirit.

"You claim Knock Outs are superior. Then prove it. Two days from now - I'll be throwing my boxing show in Kyuka Hall. Your style is against my style but of course, I won't box some rookie for free. My price has always been the same since climbing the top of the mountain.

250,000,000 per bout!

What say you brat?! Put your money where your mouth is?!"
Cortez shouted.

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"Then learn to block or dodge a punch followed by a proper counter!"

The discussion was in full motion at this point, borderline argument, that is, if it already was not one at this very point. Both sides were throwing out their ideas about their respective boxing styles. The background jazz truly made this an interesting, even somewhat exciting scenario for those spectating.

But for a brief moment, Ryoichi began to feel sorry for the man standing before him. He had heard the man's story, albeit briefly. That brief story about caring for one's family... Very respectable, especially coming from a man with such a reputation... The good, but towered by a lot of bad and shenanigans.

Heck, the brief story even lead Ryoichi to loosen his fists up a bit. It leads him to second think. He had gone too far, and he slowly began to realize it... Only for that realization to shatter the moment Cortez in front of him decided to throw another jab of an insult towards him.

"The fuck do you know about me and my life?"

The hand balled back into a fist as he stared at the man. At that very point, one could easily say that the argument was in full swing. Question was, when will someone swing a fist?

"I surrendered my title after retaking it to pursue something noble! I did something that did not involve getting money through the entertainment industry! Had I wanted to earn it, I would have kept on going with boxing! And even then earn it through the honest way! Need I remind you of your forty-secondth match-up?! An accidental plate in your glove?!"

As he was defending his case... His choices... He could not help but feel the scenes scroll past in his mind of the past decisions, and what lead him to them. His father, the former semi-pro boxer, also a former marine officer, tries to push his son to either of the paths, eventually letting Ryoichi decide whichever he likes. The moment of his biggest loss against Hawkins... The moment of defeating the bear to solidify his final decision... The sense that one gets when they protect something, or someone.

While the scenes rolled through his mind, the first fist was already launched, and it was coming towards Ryoichi. Snap back to reality, quickly. Cortez's fist was fast, despite his retired status. At that point, the only thing that could save Ryoichi was to use Haki.

Without the help of Kenbunshoku, the fist would have already been in his face, and he probably sent backward into someone else's table. Fortunately, that was not the case, and in just a nick of time, Ryoichi moved his body a bit sideways to avoid the incoming punch, only to then throw an uppercut of his own with the right fist.

The punch of his would stop just in time before it managed to land on Cortez, releasing a soft gust of wind upon the stop. The reason for stopping was the intervention of a stranger who ended up protecting Ryoichi from the possible shot in his head.

Deep down, the man was actually very glad that someone had intervened. His emotions had gotten the best of him. While he was not there to attack first, he had always realized what he was saying would probably end up provoking... The deed however was done... And a challenge was issued.

"Two days?... I only need one."

Ryoichi was locked and loaded. The way he said it, sounded like he was full of confidence. Which is the truth, was always training, always in action. He was fit and ready for anything that was to be thrown at him.

At that point, Ryoichi could have made a decision. Walk away... The man did not even have the money to pay to face the man in the first place! two hundred and fifty million berries?! Someone was thinking way too high of himself. But the challenge was already accepted.

Now there was a small challenge before the real challenge... Where to get the money?

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Sanpaku (산빠쿠)



Cortez almost flipped into a fit of anger once again at the man's bold claim of only needing one day to prep. Spitting physical at the idea onto the floor, "Big words from a poor man. I doubt you even have that kind of cash or the backers to front it. So how about we look into some of those organs of yours?" Cortez inquired in an eerie manner while grinning.

Hopping out of the pork dish to the carpeted floor below, Castor raised his hand into the air. "I'll front the 250,000,000. Under the condition that I can be his second." Castor declared grinning.

The entire table that accompanied Cortez broke into laughter at the statement. "Where will you find that kind of berri half-pint?" Cortez responded smugly.

"Gashi Gashi... Find it? I already have it here on my account. Geselle!" Castor beckoned.

The waitress came running over to the commotion at a swift pace. Removing his key card to the resort, Castor instructed Geselle to check the amount balance on his account.

The woman's eyes began to spin at the number of zeros that belonged to the traveling Knight.

"Miss Geselle. Do tell the good gentleman. Do I have enough for his bet?" Castor started smirking.

"U-Ummm yessir! More than enough!" The woman shouted revealing more than she should've but Nox didn't mind - it was a fake balanced hacked by Red Devil's handy work anyway.

"Good. Seems like we have a bet. Two days. My client and I will meet you in Kyuka Hall. Five Round Knock-Out. That's all the time we'll need. If he doesn't win in five rounds, I'll double the wager." Nox declared confidently, raising the steaks.

"D-Double?!" Paco shouted in astonishment. "We'll talk amongst ourselves and get back to you-" the coach interjected only to be outspoken by Cortez.

"Fine. Double. Beuno. If he wins in five rounds, I'll never lace up my gloves again." Cortez stated with pride.

"See you there." Nox announced, retreating from the hostile environment, gesturing for Ryoichi to follow him.

It was at this moment, that Paco had a heart attack.

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Ryoichi clenched his fists and grit his teeth. As irritating as it was, Cortez was right. Ryoichi did not have such money on him. As a matter of fact, he had just spent a great chunk of money on the hotel, not to mention some for the meal, which is just now being served on the table despite all that was happening.

His luck was to turn, however. The stranger who had stepped up to stop the punch that was coming toward him decided to volunteer himself as the backer... The condition is that the man would be his second in this matchup.

At that point, it did not even matter that the man was his second, he had a man spotting for him... The only thing he had to do now was to meet the second condition that was set for this fight. To win within five rounds.

At that very moment, Ryoichi already began to prepare himself mentally. Boxing is not only about being physical. It's also a mental game. The opponent should not breach into the man's mind in the ring and outside it.

He stayed quiet as he was listening to the remainder of the conversation, even hearing that Cortez would finally surrender his gloves for good IF Ryoichi managed to win against him. It would be a tragic day for the boxing world, but one that was inevitable.

When the business talk was finally done and the date and conditions were set, it was clear the man who had decided to sponsor him wanted to have a word with him... But Ryoichi wanted to grab his meal with him as well. So before following the man anywhere, Ryoichi headed over to his table.

He grabbed a hold of the plate of pleasantly scented T-bone meal, a fork, and knife, and also the glass of rich fruity-smelling Ruby-Red wine, only to follow the man to where ever he was headed.

"Listen. I appreciate the decision on your part... But what's the main reason you are doing this? Have you ever even seconded someone in boxing? Do you even know anything about boxing? You certainly do not look apart."

Multiple questions had formed in Ryoichi's head, only to then blurt them all out, almost all in the one same sentence but he managed to stop himself and form at least some pauses in between each sentence. Whatever the man had in plan, Ryoichi certainly was curious to hear about it.

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Alliance : Nox Prime
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Devil Fruit : Goro Goro no Mi
Haki Level : 9
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Hitpoints (HP) : 525
Attack (ATK) : 495
Defense (DEF) : 450
Reflex (RX) : 560
Willpower (WP) : 500
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Sanpaku (산빠쿠)


As Nox exited the establishment, he'd retrieve his access card from Geselle, pay respect to the chef, and quickly exit the restaurant. Ryoichi trialed behind him, inquiring on the man's origins and why exactly did he offer to be his second for the fight.

"Gashi Gashi... I never even watched a single boxing match in my life. Heard about the term 'second' in a book I read once." Nox declared.

"Don't worry though... I'll have all the information I need within a few hours. Go freshen up and meet me in the resort's gym tomorrow at 4am. I'm off to the library." Nox said waving his hand dismissively as he walked away.

"My name's Basion. I'm a Knight from the island of Lvneel. I may not look like it but if there's one thing I know... It's how to win a fight." Nox stated.




"That seems to be all of the guns Red Devil. Thank you. These will help in our efforts against the refugees." The stranged masked contact declared.

"Anytime. Now for the information at hand. What are the results of the pills I gave you last time?" Red Devil inquired, opening a notepad within the tin suit to jot down notes.

"Aside from the side effects... They are game-changers. Super Human Strength, Cognitive Abilities, and Hyper Focus. If I had to use an analogy, it's like instantly turning a Chore Boy into a Marine Captain after one dose." The masked contact alluded.

"Excellent. Unfortunately... In my last wave of rodent testing... It proved too volatile in them... I was hoping the human phase would go smoothly." Red Devil declared, his entire suit trembling with excitement.




The Next Day...


In Kyuka Gym, Nox had shredded his suit for a green and white jumpsuit. Around his neck was a long white towel, long enough for him to be able to grab both ends with ease.

His learnings from the eleven odd books he read until the morning solidified the strategy he wanted to try to take Ryoichi's boxing to the next level.

Shadow Boxing with himself, the man's sloppy stance, weak-looking jabs, and shitty right were more than likely enough to discourage even the most desperate of amateurs yearning for a coach.

Regardless, once Ryoichi arrived, Castor did indeed have a routine built and it should change the boxer for the better but will he be willing to trust Bastion's strange methods to execute it.


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The man had downed his dinner while he had a word with his new 'sponsor' and also apparently a trainer. He handed over some clear 'orders' to meet him in the hotel gym, and already at four o'clock in the morning...

For some, training that early in the morning would be unheard of, but for Ryoichi, it was nothing new. The rigorous training he went through since he was but an early teen. That all prepared him for the training he was about to receive in the Marine Academy.

All that disciplined training has remained a cornerstone of his very life. While he does not wake up at four o'clock in the morning, the man has no problem adjusting himself properly for any training task at hand... The biggest problem was, that he was on vacation!

"So much of this damn vacation... Stupid Ryoichi... Stupid..."

He opened the door and entered the room... A rather fancy room, with a queen-sized bed covered with white sheets and at least four pillows. But before he could even see the rest of the room, he immediately barged into the bathroom.

He let the water flow from the faucet and immediately put his hands under it, splashing some in his face. He took a long look in the mirror, trying to cool his own head and reflect on the incident back in the restaurant.

"Okay... Okay... It's fine... What happened... Happened. All I have to do now is win, somehow."

He shut the faucet down, grabbed a towel, and left the bathroom while drying his face up. At that very point, after he had made up his mind, something flipped in his head. He did not even have the time to check out the beautiful room he checked himself in with his own hard-earned money.

It was like in the olden days when he was preparing himself before the matches. He never disrespected a single opponent... He should not have disrespected this one either by saying he was ready in one day... But he was glad there are two days to prepare.

He did not even check the clock. Instead, he removed his clothes and laid himself down on the bed, and pulled the blanket over himself. Before the man shut his eyes, he fiddled with the den den mushi that was on the bedside table... The alarm was set... It was time to sleep until the next day arrives.

-The next day-

The alarm rang... The eyes opened, and Ryoichi sat up from the bed. Three o'clock in the morning had arrived. Ryoichi climbed out of the bed, put on the clothes that he had been wearing since yesterday, and left the room.

With his eyes burning with determination, he set his way out of the hotel. The roadwork was awaiting. It was something he always did before hitting the actual gym. It was a perfect warm-up for the entire body, not to mention great cardio training for speed and stamina.

The entire run lasted for one whole hour, well, almost. He may have spent a bit more time on it, but a little bit past four o'clock in the morning, Ryoichi arrived at the resort gym, dripping from sweat he had built up in this warm Paradise climate.

"You want to break your wrists with these punches?"

A small remark was thrown towards the man who had been waiting for him in the office. That ought to get his attention and show that Ryoichi was present to be 'trained', but from what he had seen... He did not really have high hopes.

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Alliance : Nox Prime
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Ship : The Wailing Calamity
Crew Role : Captain | Navigator | Book Collector | Pride Sin
Devil Fruit : Goro Goro no Mi
Haki Level : 9
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Hitpoints (HP) : 525
Attack (ATK) : 495
Defense (DEF) : 450
Reflex (RX) : 560
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Sanpaku (산빠쿠)


Sensing the man's presence, the undercover pirate ceased his pitiful display of boxing skills and shifted focus to the intermediate boxer. "I never actually fought using a boxing stance... I was eager to see how it felt. I got ahead of myself." Nox stated, chuckling to himself with a tad bit of embarrassment.

"Anyway." Castor declared clearing his throat, "Your opponent is the former XXX Paradise Central Fighting Champion - Phelo Cortez. From what I could find from the records in the library, he's an outter-boxer with a mean left hooker." Castor declared, confidently mispronouncing the boxing terminology.

"Due to the stipulations of the fight... He'll try to win by fatality. So we just need to gut him first." Nox declared once again with the confidence of a drunk man on the dance floor. Digging into his duffle bag of tricks, he handed over a blindfold to Ryoichi.

"Put this on." Nox instructed. "With two days left... I'm going to sharpen your ability to dodge and pivot on your feet. It'll be useful in countering Cortez." Nox reassured the boxer.

Once the man had given into his selfish request, Nox would then empty the contents of the bag into the ring. Eleven metallic balls, all highly conductible to electricity. Energizing them, they'd levitate off the ground and spiral around the man's body in a circular fashion.

The air in the room changed but before curiosity could've foolishly led Ryoichi astray, Nox enforced a single rule. "If you remove that blindfold before I say so - I'll be taking your right arm as compensation. Okay?" The Knight Imposter stated cheerfully.

"The object of this exercise is simple. Dodge the metal balls I'll be hurling at you without seeing. If you get hit, you'll be slightly electrocuted. The first few balls will be a bit under a tasers level... As the exercise progresses, it'll be equivalent to sticking a wet fork in an open socket." Castor stated.

"Do you understand the conditions Mr.Ryoichi?" Nox started smirking broadly.




Collecting the files of the drug testing from the Revolutionary Army contact, Duke swallowed the papers into the tin suit's mouth. "Send my regards to the brass upstairs," Duke stated, after tilting into a bow.

Exiting the quaint cafe on the resort grounds, Duke was approached by an old-time client of his. Surrounded by an entourage, the nervous customer trembled before Red Devil eager to do business.

"Ah! It's been a while. How's our champ doing, Paco?" The Red Devil inquired.

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Ship : The Grand Steamer
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Hitpoints (HP) : 278
Attack (ATK) : 280
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"I could notice that."

Ryoichi let out a remark, perhaps a bit of a rude one in the strange man's opinion, but an honest one in Ryoichi's opinion. It was the truth, however. The stance was atrocious. One bad punch and bye-bye beloved wrists.

Either way, Ryoichi silently listened as the man went to 'ramble' about the upcoming opponent. While Ryoichi already knew a fair bit about his opponent and his patterns, after all, the man was a champion in his prime and the word reaches even the blues, Ryoichi simply nodded.

He could not however help but squint his eyes and cringe a bit as he heard a couple of terminologies. While Outter boxer was technically right, it was the fatality that hit him a bit... Boxing is not so brutal after all, right?

But Ryoichi was aware of what the man understood. At that point, the demands flew in. The first demand was to wear blindfolds. He was already aware of what was coming for him. He had experienced similar training while he was practicing his usage of Kenbunshoku Haki.

"You know, the only reason I am doing this thing here and letting you try and train me is that you were too generous and decided to sponsor me."

He was hesitant to put the blindfold on. Could he really trust the man? But he eventually did put the blindfold on. This island was safe enough space. Everyone was welcome here and people would simply not go on any form of rampage.

When the blindfold was on, he listened to the man's instructions. All was as he had figured it out from his former training. The twist however was that the balls thrown at him would have electricity. So they'll hurt either a bit... Or a lot.

"Not a fan of your threats. A true champion can even win with one arm... How realistic it is is still to be seen."

But the man seemed to be ready. He assumed his boxing stance by moving his left foot forward, and the right foot back. He turned his left side of the body a bit forward while moving the feet. He lowered his chin and moved both of the fists close to his face, assuming a sort of ball formation. The elbows were blocking his ribs.

"Give me your best shot."

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Age : 25
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Weight : 175lbs
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Faction : Pirate
World Position : Blockbuster
Alliance : Nox Prime
Crew : Nox Pirates
Ship : The Wailing Calamity
Crew Role : Captain | Navigator | Book Collector | Pride Sin
Devil Fruit : Goro Goro no Mi
Haki Level : 9
[[busospec]]
Hitpoints (HP) : 525
Attack (ATK) : 495
Defense (DEF) : 450
Reflex (RX) : 560
Willpower (WP) : 500
Level : 80
Experience Points : 8000
Bounty : 500,000,000
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"I wouldn't call my actions threats... Just a bit of violence to generate change." Nox declared grinning, fighting to conceal his bloodlust.

" However, I will warn you... They are more to these projectiles than what meets the eye." Nox chuckled as the electrified balls hovered around him. "If that's put your mind to ease a bit. Let's commence." Nox stated, snapping his fingers.

The first three sphere's shot off like rockets towards the man's mid-section. Depending on his reaction to the speed, he'd up the speed of the projectiles up a notch for every round that Ryoichi managed to avoid.

The training wasn't truly geared for Haki, but it trained space perception and hearing. The balls contained tiny bells that make a rattling sound as they vibrate.

Due to being concealed in a ring, the object of the exercise was to avoid being cornered on any side of the ring, as opposed to dodging the electrified orbs - that was indeed the base condition.

Nox would shuffle the balls in patterns that attempted to pin the man into a corner. It was a common strategy employed by Cortez, as it was easy with his size to block out the referee's line of sight and slide in a few illegal blows below the belt.

Meanwhile, Cortez sat in a sauna for roughly six hours in deep meditation. Releasing some of the steam from the room, Paco entered to check in on his client.

"Are you sure you even need these for this chump, Cortez?" Paco inquired shaking the tiny prescription bottle of pills.

Exhaling loudly, "Of course. After all, we are announcing my return to the league at this event... We've tested enough of Red Devil's products to know... They can allow me to box like I once did in my prime with minimal consequences." Cortez explained.

"Slaughtering some North Blue punk to make a statement... You've grown cold, jefe." Paco declared with a chuckle, tossing the boss his meds. Catching the prescription, Cortez downed three pills orally.

Back at the gym, in the shadows, a dandy-dressed man in a suit observed The Knight Bastion and the Marine Ryoichi from afar. This man's name is Kazuma, the director of operations on Kyuka Island. Nothing happens within the walls of this luxurious resort without getting the man's stamp of approval.

The supposedly small exhibition at the beginning of Cortez's surprise return show was now marketed and sold as the main event. Shuffling a pair of dice in his hand, Kazuma grinned widely, happily simply at the possibility of making more money.

And it wasn't only the fight he'd have his eyes on.

"Who are you Mr.Bastion? I've checked through your account and everything seems to be in order on the surface. However... I just can't understand how a lowly lapdog to a Blue Dweller's King would come into such wealth.

Unless. You aren't who you say you are. And that's fine. Most of our visitors aren't but I'm officially intrigued."
Kazuma murmured to himself.

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Name : Ryoichi Ayugai
Epithet : The Boxing Bear
Age : 22
Height : 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m)
Weight : 198 lbs (95kg)
Species : Human
Faction : Marines
Crew : The Guardian Knights
Ship : The Grand Steamer
Marine Rank : Petty Officer
Crew Role : Gunner
Devil Fruit : Kuma-Kuma no Mi (Bear-Bear Fruit) Model: Polar Bear
Haki Level : 6
Hitpoints (HP) : 278
Attack (ATK) : 280
Defense (DEF) : 245
Reflex (RX) : 325
Willpower (WP) : 355
Level : 47
Experience Points : 4714
Quality Score : B
EXP Bonus : +0.20 (to all allies)
Income Bonus : +0.13
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The training had begun. Deep down Ryoichi understood the training. As a matter of fact, he thought it was actually quite a decent one. Who knew the man who on the surface looks like your regular noble knew such things. He did introduce himself as a knight... But was the man the knight, or honorific knight, the title which the kings and queens of the world present to outstanding people?

That remained to be seen, there was no time to question it. It was time to focus on the projectiles that were already coming for him. He tightened his stance on the spot, but he left his fingers loose in the balled fists. The already blindfolded eyes closed.

With deep breaths, he tried to calm himself, trying to let the fear go, the fear of getting hit. It was not due to the fact that he was getting hit, it was more about the fact that he did not know how much the zaps from the metal spheres were to hurt him.

Unfortunately, despite him trying to let go of his fear and stay calm and focused to use the Kenbunshoku Haki, he was too late. The deed was already done, the spheres were already sent his way. All he could feel, or even see with the Haki now was Bastion just standing there.

He had not prepared for it. But what he could do in case he was not ready to dodge was to block the attack. With his curled-up body, the spheres hit his elbow and his wrist, zapping the man immediately as they hit him.

"Yow!... Tsk... Son of a bitch..."

The zaps, even when low-powered, as the man promised, were unexpectedly hurtful. But he was surely ready for the next one! This time he was ready for it. Thankfully the zap had not disturbed his focus on the Haki, and he could, fortunately, visualize Bastion's intent and was able to dodge the attack using his footwork.

But this single dodge led to another series of spheres incoming for him. For each following four spheres, he was able to dodge every single one thanks to the Haki, but they all had one thing in common. They all kept on increasing in speed... And eventually, another one caught him, zapping him, and even harder!

The man gritted his teeth. This one had hurt him even more. It even left the hit left a red marking on his forearm. He had however begun to notice something about the spheres. As the spheres kept flying faster towards him, he began to hear something ringing a bit louder and faster in the said spheres.

The man had toned his animalistic senses down to focus more on the Haki, but that seemed to be a false thing to do. Instead, the man should have had them work together... In 'harmony'.

All the weaving and dodging, being so extremely focused on the attacks coming toward him had blinded him. The man had not kept his attention to the surrounding, and thus, he was forced to the corner of the room, right where he could get hit with ease.

But if boxing had taught him anything, is that there are no impossible ways out, all it takes is some proper skill and readiness. And ready the man was. The animalistic senses had to work in tandem with Haki.

The man sniffled, trying to identify a certain scent from the sphere, but all the gym equipment in the room all projected metallic scent from the, and mass stink of sweat. The constant metal clanking also disturbed the hearing, but less so than the while scent aspect. He was at least able to pinpoint the quiet weird dinging sound coming from the spheres.

The first two hits hit him while he was in the corner, zapping him, and even harder than the previous zaps. One of those spheres even broke through the small gap between his elbows, in the middle of his stomach area.

Thankfully, however, thanks to the combined work of his animalistic senses and also, the Haki, the man had sensed the sinister intention of going for his family's jewels... And he was able to act upon it! He performed a quick weave in time, using his footwork and body's motion to dodge away from the sphere just in time, along with it, getting out of the corner.

Ryoichi was free once more!

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Faction : Pirate
World Position : Blockbuster
Alliance : Nox Prime
Crew : Nox Pirates
Ship : The Wailing Calamity
Crew Role : Captain | Navigator | Book Collector | Pride Sin
Devil Fruit : Goro Goro no Mi
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Attack (ATK) : 495
Defense (DEF) : 450
Reflex (RX) : 560
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Sanpaku (산빠쿠)



The men continued the rigorous training over the next two days. The training was also to help Ryoichi become familar with the feel of the ring, which Cortez had fought many bouts in.

Kyuka Hall | Day of The Fight


Official commentators from the XXX league were brought in to give play-by-play analysis to those watching across Paradise. After all, Cortez had booked the fight on Snail-View for a very high buy-in, as the opening card matches consisted of current and former champions who flew in as a favor on the weight of Cortez's name and... A hefty cheque of course.

All of the resort attendees piled in by the hundreds, even those from nearby islands bought day passes just to watch the extravaganza. In the locker room, Castor sported a red and white jumpsuit, with dark black sunglasses, a cigar, and a towel strapped around his neck.

Strange, since the pirate had never smoked a day in his life until today! However, when drama calls, an actor answers.

"Look, kid. We've trained hard for this moment. You're gonna be the champ. Just believe in yer fists and your training." Bastion declared in the deepest voice he could've mustered. "Every time you hit him with a shot, it gotta feel like he tried kissing an express train!" Bastion shouted, smacking the towel against Ryoichi's back.

Meanwhile in Cortez Personal Lockerroom...


Shadowboxing with high intensity, the former Champion was in A1 conditioning thanks to a little medicinal assistance. His body felt light, reminding him of his younger days. Paco was out and about taking side bets, investing the champion's money against suckers who dared to bet against the Cortez Brand.

As per usual, he'd place his patsies among the crowd to sway the opinion in the room, there are a lot of things money can buy you in the world, fake favor and friends are two of them. There were about three matches on the card before Ryoichi versus Cortez would be scheduled to take place.

The Junior Heavyweight and the Super Welter Weight XXX Paradise champions were on the card, as well as, a mixed martial arts exhibition match as an appetizer for the more gore-hungry attendees.

Sitting in the Private Sky Box, Red Devil and the resort organizer Kazuma watch on amongst a select group of elites. The broadcast of the event is to commence at 7:00 pm sharp! It is now 6:53 pm.

@Ryoichi Ayugai



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Crew : The Guardian Knights
Ship : The Grand Steamer
Marine Rank : Petty Officer
Crew Role : Gunner
Devil Fruit : Kuma-Kuma no Mi (Bear-Bear Fruit) Model: Polar Bear
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Reflex (RX) : 325
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The days went by flying, containing rigorous training which sharpened both his mind and body. Of course, this said training contained plenty of rest. Fighters are no good when they are exhausted to death.

It was the day, or more specifically, it was the big evening. The 'long awaited' fight night was up! The massive hall was fast being packed up with the crowd, most being the resort visitors, but a lot were from the lands off from the famous resort island.

While the crowd was busy gathering up in the arena to witness the big promoted bout, back in the locker rooms, the fighters were preparing themselves. Amongst them was Ryoichi with his very own 'team' who all helped him to get ready.

As the man was sitting down on a stool, he had both his arms raised up in front of him. Both of his arms are being wrapped up with white bandages, apply two layers including a couple of white tapes to finish the tie-up.

While the arms were being bandaged up, behind him, there was a lady massaging the man's shoulders and neck, helping with the preparing process.

And that left Ryoichi to prepare himself more mentally. Ryoichi's eyes were closed. He was breathing slowly, in and out. For him, the fight was already going on. The first battle one has to face is that of a mental one. And that one is going on ever since the challenge was issued. What he had to do now was focus to finish the final stretch of it.

While Ryoichi was focusing on the whole mental battle, his 'investor' turned 'coach' was spitting out some words of 'encouragement' towards him. He of course could hear it all, he was not that deeply focused on the 'meditation'. He weirdly had heard something similar before in his life... Was it from a book? A movie? A radio show? It sounded familiar, but the man could not put his finger on it.

The preparation time was up. The blue boxing gloves were put on and as Ryoichi stood up, white robes were put on as well. "Lets go." the man punched both of his fists together against each other, indicating that the man was ready to leave.

But before he moved towards the exit of the locker room, he performed a swift flick with the fist towards Bastion's cigarette. The fist did not touch the cigarette, but it felt as if a soft gust of wind emerged thanks to the punch, possibly extinguishing the 'flame' of the cigarette. The punch was not intentional, all Ryoichi was trying to do was point at the man's cigarette... It was not possible, the gloves did not enable him to do it!

"Cigarettes weaken the lungs, remember that."

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Epithet : Sanpaku | The Azure Pheasant | Duke Of Lvneel
Age : 25
Height : 5'9"
Weight : 175lbs
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Faction : Pirate
World Position : Blockbuster
Alliance : Nox Prime
Crew : Nox Pirates
Ship : The Wailing Calamity
Crew Role : Captain | Navigator | Book Collector | Pride Sin
Devil Fruit : Goro Goro no Mi
Haki Level : 9
[[busospec]]
Hitpoints (HP) : 525
Attack (ATK) : 495
Defense (DEF) : 450
Reflex (RX) : 560
Willpower (WP) : 500
Level : 80
Experience Points : 8000
Bounty : 500,000,000
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Sanpaku (산빠쿠)



It was showtime. Seven on the dot.

The opening bouts were superb. All of the former champions put on a clinic in the ring. The localized gamblers put in place by Kazuma netted earnings in the millions, of course, money had to be made on the side for the resort as well.

Those in attendance felt the big fight feel in the room, the announcer was an official mic man from the XXX League as well, the Water Mouth Lenny Roberts. Lenny serenaded the crowd with his slick nicknames, catchphrases, and smooth introductions.

It was rumored he was paid around the same amount as big-name boxers on the card by Cortez to be involved with the event but if you asked Lenny about it directly, he'd just slick back his pompadour in one and say his trade slogan - "That's the show business baby."

"First off we'd like to thank our sponsors for the night... From PK & Associates... Monkey D. For that late night stamina boost to show the ladies who the true King of the Bedroom is! Monkey D. One Pill. A True Romance Dawns!" Lenny announced, shuffling through the array of scorecards flawless.

"And now. For our main event." Lenny announced. The cue caused all of the lights in tr room to dim, Cortez was scheduled to enter from the East and Ryoichi from the West.

Cortez music played first.



"Introducing to the ring - weighing at 238lbs of 100% chiseled lean muscle. The South Blue Savior - Former XXX Junior and Heavyweight Champion of Paradise! Pheloooo Coooortez!" Lenny barked into the microphone. The crowd was livid.

Bursting into chants, the Mexican Messiah came out to a rain of applause. He'd been missed by his fans, peers, and even his rivals.

"Cortez! Cortez! Cortez! Cortez!" The high-energy crowd rained down cheers like a heavy wet season rain in the tropics. The man strutted down the long rampway with charisma and machismo, sliding between the ropes with grace and swagger.

Accompanying him were his coach, a few cheerleaders, three medics, two bookers, an 'investment' analysis, and a trained senior medical professional.

Ryoichi music plays.



"Introducing to the ring - weighing at a hefty 198lbs! The North Blue Slugger - The Amateur with the chops to shake the former champs' socks! Former Notice Junior Heavyweight Champion - The Self Proclaimed Boxing Bear - Ryooooichi Ayuuugai!" Lenny barked into the microphone.

The response from the crowd was mixed but Ryoichi's music was a classic, selected by Nox of course. Half of the crowd sang along to the song, and the other half glared quietly in their seats, yearning for the ever elusive first-round knockout.

How Ryoichi would handle this pressure was all at him but Castor stood firm at the boxer's side, resting his palm on the lower back of the fighter.

The crowd began to snicker at the man's second, a small feeble old man with a first aid kit and a smoked cigar in his mouth. Compared to Cortez's corner, it was indeed no contest in prestige alone.

Once both men were in the ring, the resort organizer would be cued in by Lenny for a special announcement. "Good Evening. My name is Kazuma. I am the resort's lead organizer. I hope you all have been enjoying yourself so far. I have a special announcement to make.

After talking it over with the League, they have complied with my one-time special request. Usually, fighters would have fought for years in the various X, XX, and XXX leagues before they even have a chance to niff for a world title.

However. As a favor to the Kyuka Hall and Resort, the winner of this match will not only be awarded the prize money wagered between the competitors but a commemorative cup which contains a golden ticket!

This ticket can be redeemed at any time... For a chance to challenge in any weight class for the XXX Paradise Championship!"
Kazuma announced.

The man's revelation sent the crowd into an uproar.

"Gashi Gashi... Well. We definitely can't lose now." Nox declared smirking, spitting out the crushed cigar.

@Ryoichi Ayugai



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