With little time to think, Abbi takes a defensive stance as her ameliorated adversary approaches. Although she successfully blocks the blow from the axe with her shield—causing it to splinter further—the giant performs a sucker punch to Abbi's face, sending her tumbling backwards. It takes Abbi what feels like an age to get up, but realistically could've been no longer than a few moments, otherwise she'd surely be easy prey for any of the potential champions.
Looming in the distance, axe in hand, chaotic determination sprawled across her face, the giant appears to be giving Abbi a chance to collect herself. "Eye? Black. Nose? Fractured, most likely. ...Mouth?" Abbi spits out a tooth in the direction of the whirlpool. It's going to be tougher than before to get to the giant, but assuming the impenetrable flesh is no longer a variable she has to consider, if she does manage to get close enough, it should be an interesting battle.
Abbi takes just a moment to collect her thoughts. "Quick resource recap," Abbi thinks—or, more accurately, allows her inner light magic to communicate to her,—"You've entered four Prismatic states and three Infraultra states, consuming 55% mana." Abbi looks at her shield, which she figures to be between 50-60% of its original size after her stunt with the Ultraviolet bullets, and her adversary's improved assault. "I can work with this," Abbi flaunts her newly toothless grin as she marches toward the mountainous woman once more.
Abbi uses almost the entirety of her shield to reforge her spearstaff one last time, blinding her foe with its golden, orbed end. "Spearstaff combo!" Abbi cries as she sprints to her target, aiming for her gut once more. Unexpectedly, due to the minor concussion from the previous assault, and the giant's flailing, the spear impales arm instead of body, causing Abbi to be elevated off the coral and onto her adversary, establishing her grip with her clawed illumite gauntlet. This does little but cause her opponent to change the position of her hold on the axe, seemingly unbothered by the prospect of injuring herself in the process. Abbi retracts her clawed illumite gauntlet and spearstaff, kicking off the giant's lower abdomen, meeting the ground all too soon with a nasty thud and rolling before she can be struck. Splintering on impact with the ground, the spearstaff automatically reforges back into a shield from losing too much of its mass.
While still attempting to disregard her previous injuries, Abbi knows there is something else wrong... was it her shoulder? No, her collarbone. It didn't matter, at least not right now. Piercing through the pain, Abbi rises once more and reforges what is left of her shield—rapidly approaching 40%—into her sapphire sword. The giant appears to beckon her to approach now. "Forever underestimated," Abbi shakes her head. This provides her with the fuel she needs to return to battle.
Prepared for anything, Abbi approaches her adversary again, albeit with less agility and more attentiveness. When she gets near, as expected, the giant swings her axe and... misses entirely? Abbi's blind had surely long worn off by now. No, she almost seems... distracted? But all of the other combatants are preoccupied with their own endeavours. Not one to squander an opportunity, Abbi shrugs it off and jumps, slashing at her foe's gut and chest with a swift movement. Snapping out of whatever daze she was in, the colossal contender reaches to Abbi with her arm once more; not to punch this time, but rather to grasp. Fruitlessly slashing with her sword, Abbi feels the giant's grip tighten around her arm, causing a lapse in focus which returns her sword to its shield state, and catapulting her towards the vortex.
While set to land several feet from the mighty maelstrom, Abbi flashes back to when she first entered the arena and calculated the proximity of which she could safely approach; assuming she would roll a few feet further upon impact with the ground, this would almost certainly push Abbi into her personal "red zone", based on her mass and the vortex's pull. Abbi lands on her shield, skidding ever closer to the whirlpool. As quick as her magic will allow, Abbi reforges her shield into her emerald dagger, impaling the ground with it in order to anchor herself. While mostly successful, the incident did cause Abbi's left illumite powder encrusted boot to loosen and fall victim to the vortex's vacuum.
Abbi's stunt may have saved her life, but her resources are few—her shield approaching 30% and mana at 15%—and her injuries are many. The giant—showing signs of injury only on her body, not her face—once again appears to be giving Abbi the chance to recover, bellowing something she can't quite understand, but assumes is an invitation to an imminent injurious incident. However, Abbi has other plans. While she still has enough of her shield to maintain her dagger, she prepares for something greater than mundane melee or reductive ranged combat. Abbi returns to the defense, finally adjusting to her opponent's newfound agility, which while now closer to Abbi's own, the mammoth's size still proves a natural disadvantage in this particular sense.
Abbi's new, learned technique allows her to block each mighty blow from each leftward axe swing with her shield, and dodge the rightward attempts as she swiftly retrieves the illumite splinters from the previous attack, binding them with her illumite pendant. Block, dodge, retrieve... block, dodge, retrieve. Battleworn and focused, the giant would likely consider this practice of collecting illumite illogical when she could be attempting to strike instead; but it was crucial for Abbi's penultimate plan.
Once an additional 10% or more of her shield has been splintered, the collected fragments spiralling along her illumite pendant around her neck, Abbi makes her move. With the momentary glow of her amethyst eye, Abbi enters her Ultraviolet state. "Remember me?" Abbi boasts, firing one bullet of ultraviolet light directly into her adversary's abdomen, and another at her axe-wielding hand. The blasts not only injure the beast of a woman, but splinters an additional 4% off of her shield. "Just enough," Abbi grins.
Unaffected as ever, even by the Ultraviolet bullets, the formidable fighter charges at Abbi; little does she know what she's heading into.
"Iridescent Replenishment!" Abbi utters through gritted teeth—well, what teeth she has left, that is—focusing all of her pain, all of her experience, and all of her light magic on this single spell, which she is only able to use as a result of entering seven Prismatic states and four Ultraviolet states, consuming 90% of her mana, and having her shield reduced to 20% of its original size. What remains of her illumite shield, as well as the 10% of illumite crystals she retrieved and bound to her pendant, now surround Abbi in a swirling, high-speed barrier, glistening with color, cycling between them in the order she refracted with them—red, orange, yellow, blue, green, violet, red, yellow, blue, green, and violet—before combining into a brilliant white light, impenetrable by direct attacks. Abbi's own illumite vortex manages to attract half of the remaining 70% of illumite splinters scattered around the arena, strengthening her iridescent barrier.
The resultant barrier produces an "explosion" of refracted, highly concentrated light at different, random angles, presumably inflicting small, laser-like burns upon and blinding the approaching giant for a few moments. This doesn't stop Abbi's adversary from attempting to eradicate her, however; ever persistent, the blinded behemoth bounds towards the barrier, swinging her axe to little avail as the light-fuelled illumite shards almost reforge themselves, curving around the axe's blade mid-swing in order to protect their light source; Abbi.
Inside the swirling mass of illumite crystals, Abbi levitates off the coral ground below and feels the refracted light replenish her; she no longer feels pain in her face or collarbone, however that tooth will have to be sorted out later, perhaps with an illumite alternative. As well as her health, Abbi's mana is replenished by 65% (50% base + 35% Prismatic - 20% Infraultra), totalling 75% with her remaining 10% mana. Abbi returns to the ground, as the spiralling illumite barrier that surrounds her subsides and reforges back into her shield, also at a healthy 65% (20% shield + 10% pendant + 35% attracted) of its original size.
Feeling rejuvenated, and restored to approximately two thirds of the state she originally entered the arena–more or less—Abbi stomps with her one remaining illumite powder encrusted boot, inviting the attention of the entire battlefield.
"Come into the light!"