Rania was about to talk some more, but stopped dead on her tracks as soon as Chiaki uttered a word. While listening to the echange, Rania examined her nails with great attention. Her eyes only left her hands to look at Kanbaru when the blue haired girl spoke up. ONce her last word left her mouth, a terribly heavy silence weighed on the group. It was broken when Rania, a smile back on her lips, spoke up; "You're pretty, I will give you that much."
she said to Kanbaru. Rania's gaze inspected the girl up and down. "...Although I do not know if you were the right choice as a Code Keeper. We'll see if you are worthy of my legacy."
Rania didn't have the look of a close quarter fighter, even less so in her transformed state. However, with impressive speed, a blood red whip appeared in her hand which she immediately lashed out to grab Kanbaru's right foot. Rania, or rather; Pharaoh, raised her left leg and pressed it against the girl's chest, pushing, while pulling on her whip, making them fall on their back. She licked her lips looking down. Nothing was more pleasing than putting one's enemies into submission. All the while, seemingly out of thin air, a long and very large cobra came slithering out of what pocket dimension it had been kept in. It's tail was spun around Pharaoh's legs, while the most massive part of it's body served as a wall separating Chie from Rania - leaving her alone with Chiaki behind. "I've made up my mind; I'll test you here and now."
Hitting the ground as she did wasn't as much an issue as it was the whip slowly lapping at her magical reserves with its tight embrace of her ankle. There was a grunt of impact and not much else, seeing as Rania was greedily drinking in the sight of her with an unabashed arousal that even Kanbaru thought was exessive given the circumstances. However, if she was going to take the first strike then Kanbaru was to be certain her reprisal made certain this wasn't a game for Rania to luxuriate in. "You're taking this far too lightly if you think you're in that good a position."
Kanbaru fired back, only for her empty hands to grasp her Devil Arms and match her verbal assault with an all too real one. Each round blooming into a cluster of ice crystals upon impact with either wall, scale, or the lurid Egyptian's flesh. As this went on a pillar of ice rose between her shoulder blades, boosting her back onto her feet harshly without interrupting her reprisal."And I'm not going to let you slink away till I get that apology."
The empty black eyes of Apep fixated on Kanbaru as the snake moved to coil around it's master. The ice shots connected with it's scale, causing some damage. However, the absorbed magical energy had already seeped in the summon, making it somewhat tougher. The snake's head contorted back under it's own coiled body and came back up top side with Rania now standing on it, keeping her whip tense with both hands.
She laughed "If I took this seriously, it would be over way too fast. I have not had a proper fight in a long time."
With a hiss, the snake uncoiled itself completely as it launched straight at Kanbaru, gaping mouth wide opened. The ice on it's skin shattering as the body and scales contorted and moved against itself. Hit or miss, Pharaoh would use the momentum of the snake's movement to launch herself on the other side of Kanbaru to try and lash the whip around the girl's throat.
Kanbaru was under no misconception Rania would be out just like that and still she persisted in not taking this seriously. Apep at least took the attack as enough of a threat to shield the former Code Keeper before lunging forward with jaws agape. Rather then take the beast head on the Icy magical girl dropped her devil arms and gripped the supporting pillar of ice behind her. The floor beneath her feet lost all friction beneath a sheet of creeping ice that spread down the hall in either direction and Kanbaru capitalized on this with a heave, swinging herself around the pole before flinging herself beneath the lunging serpent upon her back.
Coming up just as she had before, Kanbaru scowled beneath her mask upon finding Rania standing behind where she'd been, whip cracking harmlessly between them. "Your fast, but let's see you keep that up on black ice.""But first, I think we can do without the cold blooded reptile."
A snap of Kanbaru's fingers and a sextet of icy spears rose from the frosted floor, converging beneath Apep's head were it no doubt rested after colliding with Kanbaru's prior pillar in the hall. She couldn't be certain it would pierce but the snake hadn't consumed much of her magic and it was hogging up too much space to leave on the field long.
As Apep reached his destination, the icicles found their mark. However, instead of hitting below the head like anticipated, they hit the body...because instead of stopping at the pillar, the snake went right through, back into the 'invisible portal' hence it came. "Nicely done."
Rania cracked her whip at her feet this time. A quick look at the ground would reveal it slowly being covered in some black mist that came out of seemingly nowhere. It crept forward, but even as it would touch Kanbaru's legs she'd feel nothing coming from it directly. Rather, what looked like skeletons with black, misty bones raised from it. Yellow lights for eyes fixated on Kanbaru. Two of them had thrown themselves at Rania's feet for her to climb onto, acting as more solid ground. "You move well - but this battleground does not really favour you, don't you think?"
With a move of the short scepter she held in her other hand, the signaled the small army to go forward. The servants began running at their target as one; some fell due to the ice, but would get back up or straight up crawl towards their destinations. Other chipped at the ice with their weapon, sucking away the magic bit by bit.
In the confined space of the school's corridors, Kanbaru was under real threat of being overrun."Tch. You as well, but that's only to be expected."
The Icy Magical replied in kind as Rania deftly mitigated her attempts to turn the environment against the Egyptian. She settled her hands on the lapels of her coat, straightening it out from the abrubt slide across the floor while her adversary raised a veritable army in the confined school halls. They were ragged things of bone, metal, and cloth and looked as brittle as any videogame skeleton. If the Serpent had been a priority threat superceding Rania, then these were the fodder she'd use to set herself up for a decisive blow from her whip. "These boys look pretty hungry for magic. Do you not feed your peasants or are you in the habit of controlling gluttons?"
She noted, eyes taking in the way her ice was broken down with each attack from the growng horde and figuring they had the same properties as their Master. Beneath her hood there was a gleam of dark amusement in Kanbaru's eyes, her arms encasing themselves in thick gauntlet's of ice as she had when restraining her edgy Club President. Holding them apart with the palms outward, she welcomed the coming horde as ice rose to swallow her whole, a sphere or murky frozen matter dominating the hall's width."Dessert is on me tonight."
Kanbaru's words barely escaped the orb, but her intentions were clear when she shot a pillar up 45 degrees from behind her, launching herself bodily down the narrow hall like a pinball to trample the skeletons before her and close upon Rania
Rania looked unfazed by everything that happened, but upon closer inspection her eyes were following Kanbaru's every actions with utmost attention. That being said, the ex code keeper kept her composure and didn't move a muscle. Rather, as soon as she understood the bluenette's plan, she smirked.
With another grand movement of her scepter, the skeletons all altered their course and began amassing in front of Rania. Those furthest away evaporated into thin air to re-spawn at Rania's feet. The skeletons began climbing atop one another in a grotesque scenery of desperate servitude until, eventually, they formed a thick wall of bones - weapons at the ready. Rania crossed her arms, confident. "Bold move."
she laughed "Come then. Deliver all of your sweet, sweet nectar onto me."
The greed of her adversary was apperant in every lustful curve of her lip or the lidded gaze that bored into Kanbaru's approaching form. If the situation wasn't what it was she half expected Rania to start tearing off her clothes instead of siphoning off her magic, though judging by her sadism she didn't believe the possibilities to be mutally exclusive.
With Rania withdrawing her skeletons for a single condensed wall of bones and weaponry Kanbaru had nothing to abstruct her path forward, the ice sphere gaining more and more momentum till at last the fated meeting of metal and frost drew imminently close."Too easy."
But ultimately, Kanbaru didn't intend to bull rush Rania at all. An orb of ice never impacted a waiting wall, but a torrent of shrapnel certainly had. Her fists clenched and the sphere shattered around her, jagged shards and obong chunks larger then her head throw forward in a storm of minutie too numerous for the eye to track. With it she herself rocketed forward, an ice wreathed gauntlet leading forward with claws outstretched for the general location of Rania's neck to punch through the barrier and take the Pharaoh in close range where her whip would do her little.
Rania's smile faded away as she realized what was coming. Instead of receiving the girl's body onto her laps, her minions were shot at by a multitude of chunks of ice and icicles. Some skeletons were dissipated by the attack, indeed weakening the wall. Yet, despite the fragments passing through her minions and landing around her, Rania didn't move.
Her eyes widened slightly when she saw the icy hand actually pass through the wall. Surprisingly, Kanbaru would feel her fingers wrap around Rania's neck. After the initial surprise, Rania quickly let go of her scepter, which seem to disintegrate, and grabbed her whip with both hands to wrap it like a rope around Kanbaru's forearm. The wall of skeletons all simply vanished in black fog, blocking Kanbaru vision for a moment. "Pretty and daring. Alas, as much as I enjoy rough games..."
Kanbaru would feel her magic being drained through the whip. Rania kept on going as she pulled on the whipe to bring Kanbaru closer. As she did so, she twist and turned on herself to pass the whip around the arm twice more until she was almost pressed against her target. With one hand, she ran the back of her finger against Kanbaru's cheek.
If she had previously wished for Rania to take this more seriously, her wish was now granted. The girl could feel the full extent of Rania's magical aura now as they got this close, and she seemed un-bothered by the cold hand grasping at her neck."You might earn that apology yet."
The wall came down and brought Rania and Kanbaru face to face, the both of them flush with the excitement of conflict and flush with their perceived successes. In Kanbaru's grasp was Rania, held firmly enough she wouldn't have the chance to bring her snake to bear. In Rania's grasp was Kanbaru's arm, the limb wound thrice over by her whip which made short work of melting through the ice and digging into the magical girl's coat. An unpleasant sensation of her power being drained creeped up the limb like a slow ache, but she kept her focus on the slowly encroaching ex-code keeper."I could say the same of you, though I think you're aware enough that it's unnecasary."
Kanbaru replied, oddly at ease despite the positions growing increasingly in Rania's favor as she was drained by the whip. Already the fingers around Rania's throat where down to her gloves, water seeping between them as the ice in contact with the whip melted. However, that had no effect on her other arm, which she rose and brushed against the Pharoah's cheek, the tip of her clawed thumb grazing dangerously while rest of her fingers cradled the back of her skull. "How about we call this whole thing a wash, you apologize to my partner later, and we can...compare notes. We don't need to be total brutes like our partners now, do we~?"
The contact of the ice on her skin did little to cool off Rania's battle lust. Locked in this rough embrace, her eyes scanned Kanbaru's in silence, wearing her almost constant smirk of superiority. Then, the foreigner leaned in closer until she was just a inch away from the bluenette's face and almost whispered; "Agreed."
Then, Rania turned around. Using what magic she stole, and her own, she pulled on the whip while pushing Kanbaru upward with her own leg, leaning her whole body forward. With this level movement, she overpowered and slammed Kanbaru on the ground on the other side, knowing full well she could take it. She had better be. She then walked around Kanbaru and landed her foot on the girl's chest again, looking in the direction of the fighting still on going. "That is, if you still have a partner. Unlike me, Chiaki was not in a playful mood."
Briefly looking down at the girl laying before her she added "...and had a much less desirable opponent. I would not bet on her chances of survival."