Nozomi was fast, popping her chakra pills, and as Isobu slapped the ground, Nozomi leapt, reaching out and still managed to grab onto the tail, dragged into the air with them instead of being left where she had been. Always reactive, always watching for certain actions so she could use them, that was the way Nozomi tended to fight. It lent itself well enough here, and with her strength, speed, and reaction time, she was well within her ability to react and jump, grabbing on.
Isobu lobbed the bomb down at the ground, the massive, dense chakra colliding with the earth in her mind, something that should have resulted in cratering immediately and then exploding with such intense force that Nozomi could hardly believe it. The sheer power behind the attack was enough to dwarf any of her own jutsu in scale, barring perhaps her Colliding Waves, but this was a magnitude stronger than even that.
The explosion ended up encroaching on them, enveloping Manda, Isobu, and Nozomi in its might, and Nozomi was sure that it was the end. There was simply nothing she could do at the moment. However, she was determined to pull through. All of her will power and intensity focused on one goal. She would pull through. Nozomi would survive this explosion. She wouldn't let Isobu kill her, freeing itself. She wouldn't fail Honiko. She would prove Hizashi wrong. She would pull through. She had to.
That singular thought filled her with an immense source of energy, and as Manda and Isobu seemed to burn next to her, the force ragdolling the group, Nozomi felt.... nothing. No pain, no strain from holding onto the tail she had been holding onto, nothing. For a moment, all of her fatigue disappeared, her mind was clear, and everything was okay. In fact, she hadn't ever felt better.
Due in large part to the fact that she was holding onto Isobu's tail, pulling on his chakra and absorbing his energy, when they were launched, bits of Isobu's tail falling apart with her still holding it, Nozomi was launched with them, her grasp on the tail quite strong.
The combined weight of Isobu and Manda shuddered her inner world, although with the smoke from the explosion, the sound was all that they heard. Nozomi's body landed on the ground with a thud as well, but much less audible, and much less damage done. As the smoke cleared, two things were evident almost immediately. Something was off.
The Bijuu bomb would normally have completely obliterated the area that it impacted, and the weight of Isobu and Manda would have been enough to crater the earth around their impact site as well, but that proved to be something untrue in this situation. That was the most evident part. And the second thing that became apparent, came fast to everyone involved. To the two watching their fight, Nozomi was still in the fight. Isobu hadn't been freed in his final gambit. Manda was still summoned. That could only mean one thing. Nozomi was alive.
However the true extent was unknown. The smoke cleared more and more, blown away by the winds of the area with haste, and Nozomi was in a kneeled position while she yanked the chakra from Isobu's tail with all her might, surprisingly as undamaged as the area itself. Isobu's Bijuu Bomb hadn't had quite the effect that the tailed beast had hoped for. In fact, it was perhaps the opposite. He'd come out more damaged than anyone.
You see, Nozomi's will power was unmatched in its intensity at times. The fact of the matter was, her drive to prove herself and win this match, to survive the explosion, to win for Honiko, it sustained her. Her body and mind had become fully protected from harm. The mindscape itself, being part of Nozomi's psyche and thus linked directly with her full well being was given the same protection that Nozomi herself was. And Nozomi suffered not the cratering, nor the damage to her inner realm. Beyond that, the place was just incredibly sturdy to begin with, held together by the power of her seal as well.
Isobu was damaged as well, but he wouldn't be out for very long, given that Bijuu could actually regenerate their damage. Perhaps the most annoying part of the Bijuu was that damaging them was difficult to begin with, but they could heal that back with little issue as well, so fighting them long term was more or less impossible.
Manda, now freed from Isobu's grasp and injured enough for it to be an annoyance, but given his own armored hide, the Bomb wasn't too much of an issue for him. Another one or two of them would be required to keep him down. For he was Manda, the boss summons of the Snakes of Ryuchi Cave. No single mere attack would be able to keep him down. Not even from a Bijuu.
Nozomi, having done a complete extraction at this point, using Isobu's own attack, which had weakened him, to do so, reached deep inside her core, pulling on a hidden valley of energy that existed inside her. Her Chakra levels began to build back up again, in addition to her still absorbing Isobu's chakra, as her own will drained her stamina to refill her chakra again.
Standing up fully, Nozomi formed the shadow clone hand seals, making 3 clones of herself to finish this job with her. Manda kept Isobu restrained, while the turtle was weakened for the moment, not resisting at all. He turned his head, now freed from the grasp of his opponent, and lunged forward, sinking his fangs into the exposed muscle of Isobu, injecting his paralytic venom into him, infused with his chakra to make it more potent. "Girl, finish your job and dismiss me. I grow tired of this fight and this world.
" Manda said lazily, having done what he was needed for. Manda maintained a nonchalant demeanor, as if this was all beneath him, but he saw something in this girl. A girl who could tank a Bijuu Bomb and get back up with no problem. A girl who could damage a Bijuu. And a girl who, amusingly, wore a Dragon's Talon on her neck. If he was less disposed currently, he would laugh at that, but he wouldn't just yet. This girl was more than met the eye.
Nozomi nodded her head silently, focused on watching Isobu for any signs of movement. Nozomi began to form handseals for Viper's Wrath but instead of actually finishing the jutsu, Nozomi held the last seal, ready to blast Isobu at a moment's notice. Since she was capable of one handed seals she held it with one hand and placed a hand on Isobu once again, draining him of chakra herself.
Meanwhile, while Manda had been biting Isobu, and throughout Nozomi's own handseals, her 3 clones had been working on their own. 2 of them each took a single tail in their hand, and began their own extraction processes, while the third also took up Nozomi's own action of keeping Isobu in check. She however, had gone up to Isobu's mouth immediatly on creation, since he'd formed the Bijuu bomb before using his mouth.
She had been planning on keeping his mouth shut, but spied another opportunity. His eye socket was completely empty, the eye being destroyed for the moment. An idea hit the clone. She didn't even think before launching herself into the empty eye hole. She formed the same hand seals as the real Nozomi did, launching a Viper's Wrath directly inside the socket, sure to knock out the creature, or disable him for the rest of the match. See, Bijuu were unusual. They couldn't "die". And since Isobu's chakra was tied to Nozomi's seal, dying was even less possible for the creature, as usually a Bijuu's chakra disperses across the world before it came back later at full strength. His chakra was locked inside Nozomi's seal, and killing him would simply leave his chakra there for her to take, and his "body" would reconstitute itself over time. Functionally immortal so long as he was inside Nozomi, she could make him brain dead for a bit at least, the chakra completely hers to take uncontested at that point.
The clone would destroy itself in the process, restoring the rest of its chakra to Nozomi in the process and perhaps that would end this fight with Nozomi as the undisputed victor.
Destiny Point LBP USED.
Completed 1 Extraction (1/3)
Started Extractions 2 and 3 using clones.
PREPARED: Viper's Wrath on Real Nozomi
-5 stamina activating Hidden Reserves UA, +1 Stamina for -1 Con
Stamina: 128/210 (start) -> 203/290 (Hidden Reserve) -> 50.75/290 (3 clones)-> 65.75/290 (Chakra absorb UA) -> 96.5/290 (Clone 3 returned Chakra)
Nozomi Absorbing UA: 45/105
Clone 1: 50.75/50.75
Clone 2: 50.75/50.75
Clone 3: 50.75/50.75 -> 30.75/50.75 (Viper's Wrath) Returned 30.75 to Nozomi
Manda post [3/2]
Summon Name: Manda
Appearance: Manda is the largest snake in the world, being out-sized only by his modified clone, Manda II. He easily towers over buildings, trees, and large rock formations. Due to his length, he is even larger than Gamabunta and Katsuyu, and was easily able to coil around Katsuyu, having additional length behind him. Additionally, he could open his jaws wide enough to swallow Gamabunta whole. He was coloured purple, and had black rings running down intervals on his body. He had massive fangs, though they were arranged in a way similar to that of a constrictor snake instead of a viper or other venomous snake species, presumably carrying venom in them from the way they were designed, and green eyes. He also had four horn-like protrusions on his head. Manda was very snobbish and proud, believing himself superior to everyone except those that have proven to be stronger than him.
Element: Earth, Lightning
Skill(s): N/A - Traded for another element
Strength: A -> S Coil
Constitution: A -> S++ Petrification
Petrification - Capable of hardening body to withstand ultra powerful attacks, Generic Booster (+2 Tiers to Con) [S-Rank]
Coil - Generic Booster (+ 1Tier Str for the purpose of crushing) [C-Rank] (Petrification and Coil Maintained)
Burrow - Digging Underground, Generic Booster (+1 Tier Speed for the purpose of moving underground) [C-Rank]
Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique
Venom - Paralyzing Venom Agent secreted from fangs. Capable of full body paralysis for 3 posts [A-Rank]
Thunder Tail - Capable of covering Tail in Raiton and attacking opponents with it to inflict A Rank Damage [A-Rank]
Earth Release: Tearing Earth Turning Palm
Maintaining- Petrification and Coil, Activating- Venom Technique
Manda Stamina: 84/185
Constitution: B -> A (BLS) -> B (HR)
Stamina: B+ -> A+ (HR)