The two strikes to the Kagzran woman's head struck true, but Shala didn't seemed all that phased by the strike. And if she was, she wasn't entirely moved by it. The pale woman growled in the face of the Brench woman and immediately lashed out for a powerful punch, but that strike was blocked, caught in Soranna's hands.
"You don't get to win!!!!!"
The overlapping, harmonious echo of voices that spewed forth from Soranna's mouth were a little disorienting, largely because of how unnatural and chaotic it sounded. Being possessed by countless spirits in the heat of the moment tended to do that to a person, and based on the amount of power she was outputting, and how well she was doing against Shala, it wasn't hard for anyone near by to recognize that she wasn't entirely herself in this fight.
She seemed to be doing better because of it.
Once the punch was blocked, Soranna, or at the very least her body, lunged forward and retaliated with a vicious uppercut to Shala's jaw. The Kagzran woman was immediately rocked and went into a spin in order to build up momentum to cleave Soranna in half with her sword. Instead of blocking outright, the Renzani ki that surrounded the yellow-orange hued woman twisted and contorted its form, shaping itself into some sort of slope that not only allowed the blade to glide casually past, but throw the alien attackers balance off course. By the look of her face, it was clear that she wasn't pleased by it.
Wasn't anymore pleased when Android Pi smashed into her ribcage.
Immediately taking advantage of the opening, Soranna went into a flip and smashed both of her feet into Shala's face. The woman nearly lost a grip on her sword, but managed to catch it at the very least second. "I don't know what happened, but you have become a nuisance, woman!"
Shala boomed."Let us take her down!"
The Hero Force Android boomed; Soranna merely nodded. In unison, the two launched themselves at the woman, unleashing a flurry of seemingly coordinated punches, kicks, and elbow shots. Many of them were blocked and parried by Shala's sword being used as a shield, but enough good shots managed to slip in between her guard; the woman received an elbow to the face from Pi and a stream of ki from Soranna that blasted her into a nearby building.
"This is now over!!!!!"
Both arms outstretched, Soranna began to build up a significant amount of ki, the multihued auras of the Renzani Stone beginning to crackle and pop as she mustered up power for her Renzani Cannon in order to pull off the very same feat of power she'd told Ryden not too long ago that she wouldn't be able to do for awhile.
It hadn't been awhile
yet, but the tandem souls within her sure were preparing their current vessel to do it again!"I'll hold her off while you prepare,"
Pi exclaimed before he flew off toward Shala, just as the Barbarian woman headed toward the pair herself.
Almost immediately, their fists clashed, negating each others punches. Shala backed off a brief second for a downward swing of her sword that Pi managed to avoid by tangling her and her weapon in its taser cables. The Android then used the whip like weapons to pull her off balance and strike her in the ribcage three times before he unleashed the full power of the electrical weapon. And as the surge of electricity ran through her body, Shala let out a blood curdling scream.
And then she began to laugh through her pain."A won---wonderful ppplann!!! ....almost would've worked...."
And through the pain, Shala's aura expanded as she mustered up her own ki to utilize her Electric Judgement, hijacking Pi's currents entirely. Within seconds, all of the juice from his taser cables was stolen from him, the static buildup instead dancing around Shala. "Would've worked if I couldn't control this myself!"
She then sacrificed her face to headbutt Pi twice, nearly caving in its metallic face. The force of the strike still forced the head down into the body, nearly destroying the neck and what would've been collarbones had the machine been organic.
And still tangled to the machine, she then flew toward Soranna just as she unleashed the Renzani Cannon, using Pi to absorb the brunt of the attack. The force of the ki blast knocked the Hero Force machine off into the distance and severed the cables it used to bind Shala, and now with free reign, she went off to attack the Brench woman once more.
A stream of electricity was launched toward the Renzani powered woman, who then generated a shield to protect herself from the attack as she flew off to meet Shala herself. The air cracked as they collided to exchange a series of blows, both fighting practically even.
And then there was an intrusion.
Not a malicious intrusion, mind you, it was a helpful hint and a sign of comfort from one of the nearby allies using her telepathic abilities to inform Soranna that help was coming. Help was always welcome as it would see to it that Shala would fall in battle this day. Unfortunately, telepathic help had a downside: it broke concentration. Communing with countless spirits, utilizing that communion to not only synchronize their thoughts with yours, but their movements with your own took a lot of effort. Each spirit, one after another controlled a heartbeat of movement in a collaborative effort to drive Soranna's body and power. No one spirit had absolute control over this, nor did Soranna herself.
Speaking with Soranna directly simply brought her and her control to the forefront in order for her to intercept and interpret the telepathic message. Soranna went from being driven by the souls of the dead to being in control of her body. Not necessarily a bad thing, unless you were trying to punch an alien invader in the face. Combat skill and power dropped sharply in a matter of moments.
Shala went from merely being able to keep pace with the Brench to casually dodging a right hook with ease. "Damn!"
Soranna bemoaned as she attempted to follow up her attack with a roundhouse kick. It was also avoided."Looks like you ran out of steam!"
Three sickening explosions of force reverberated off of the buildings as Shala drove her elbow into Soranna's sternum, brought it around to catch her in the temple, and then rotated just enough to use her knee to crack a rib. And just as Soranna's body began to fall, Shala caught her by her hair and smashed her face into her knee.
Afterward, Soranna's body was dragged up to eye level. "Now, it's time for you to die!"
Shala's sword wielding hand repositioned the weapon with the grace of someone who hadn't yet decided on how they were going to maim and kill someone. There was kind of a shrug to it, the A'Liot simply deciding to let chance and momentum figure out how the Brench would be severed in half.
The fatal strike was interrupted by some red looking person with an energy sword of his own slashing down on Shala's attacking arm, causing her to lose her grip on not only her blade, but Soranna herself."An Arcosian!?"
Shala shouted in surprise as she gripped her now burned and scarred arm.
Soranna, on the other hand, gracefully drifted down on to an overturned bus, cushioned by some last minute activation of giant pillow construct she managed to create for herself. She didn't lose conscious, but she'd be damned if she had to move any time soon.