Soon's precognition was barely enough for her to block the unexpected attack with both arms, her physical abilities were never great, so in the end, she was still sent flying straight to the ground, perhaps if she didn't have the armor the damage would have been much greater.
"Tch, that attack range is dangerous...we have to finish this now"
The esper got up and flew towards Vali, she doubled down on John's strategy and used her telekinesis to further pin him on the ground, light orbs floated right above both John and Vali, as if waiting for an order to strike.
"Those bruises are gonna show tomorrow, I hope you are happy! In any case, I'm not here to play your stupid games, do not move, and tell the warlock to come out already."
Vali hadn't been fully prepared for what John did next. The charge though the wall of dirt took him by surprise and before he had any time to react he found himself down on the ground, grappling with his opponent. Although it wasn't necessarily his preferred style of combat, he was far from unfamiliar with wrestling and grappling. For a moment he had forgotten the severity of the situation at hand and even looked forward to beating his opponent by pinning him to the ground. The sudden sensation of being affected by something other than John made him remember that he couldn't take this lightly. His Aegis was on the brink of being shattered as well. While it didn't mean the end for him, it would certainly make things more difficult for a while.
As much as he hated having to go for the throat right away, Vali understood that he had to turn the tables, at least until he got his footing back. Rather than struggle against John and try to get free, he grabbed onto his opponent holding him with both of his hands.
"Trace on..." he whispered and his Aegis flared up in response. The usually invisible barrier took on a dull light blue hue, with small wisps, embers and smoke of the same colour all emanating from it. It almost looked like Vali was giving off heat, or as though he was about to self-immolate in azure fire. Yet what John would feel wouldn't be heat, but rather the opposite. Cold, unnatural cold which invited no ice, yet was somehow more harsh and bit deeper than a blast of frost would. Rot, decay, death. The vegetation in the immediate area around the two shriveled up, became black and then turned to dust.
The blue flame of death, one of the few options necromancers could pursue for offense without relying on corpses, blood and bones. Lazar was far from being a master, in fact short of training he never even used the flame. Yet for Vali a small will-o-wisp floating over Lazar's palm had been enough to prime his Aegis to take on the flame's properties.
John always saw it as a win to make an opponent grab him. He figured, given how Vali dodged strikes, his shield could only take so much. John just needed to break through, and then every contact point was another location where he drained power from Vali. He dug his claws into the shield and slapped at Vali’s legs with his tail. Vali wasn’t going to get away now, and it seemed he was trying to win the grapple.
That wasn’t going to happen. He was only mildly worried when the aura around Vali took on the appearance of fire. It looked like his own, which had even less effect than regular fire did. At least regular fire could burn his clothes. Then it reached him and cold struck him rather than heat. He reeled, but he was stuck tight. He realized now why Vali had grabbed him. There was no attempt to win the wrestling match.
He was just keeping him there for this attack. It was the same feeling as when he imbibed the energy of others, but in exact reverse. Where the flames touched him, they pulled energy and life itself away, leaving darkened, shrunken skin. He thrashed, swiftly weakening. It became less and less possible to escape the longer he was caught. “Miss, I would be greatly in your debt if you broke his hold on me.” John smiled back at Soon, hiding the rising panic in his heart.
"Well I tried being reasonable but you don't seem to listen, I'm gonna have to put you down now."- Soon told Vali as she shot her first light beam without a single warning straight to Vali's wrist, looking to sever his hand altogether.
soon, more tiny light orbs followed, they gently floated around until they were lined up with any body part of Vali, and shot right towards him. there was no noise to the attacks, and their speed made them seem instantaneous.
Her virtual machine signaled her she was at 30% capacity.
"well, can't afford to just keep dragging this on any longer"
As she left the light orbs to deal with Vali, Soon moved yet again towards the cabin, this time she was not as gentle, and she set the foundation on fire.
"Gonna cook you inside your house if you don't come out and stop your friend, y'know?"