Author's Note: Let it be said that Arabian Fight (an obscure Sega arcade beat em' up with a middle eastern theme) is not a great game by any stretch, but it does have a playable character by the name of Ramaya who is pretty easy on the eyes. I played though the entirely of this game awhile back. There's a few things you can put Ramaya though such as a body slamming Lizardman... but for this story I focused on the beginning. This is pretty much what happened to me on my first playthrough. It also has some spoilers for the game, if you're concerned about that sort of thing. Oh, and I'm also trying something new with a few pictures to try and add something to the story. Enjoy. ------ Ramaya awoke with a start only to find it was still dark out. She had not expected to wake up until their ship reached port, but a loud crash had interrupted her sleep and the swaying of the boat nearly tossed her out of bed. At first she feared they had run aground or hit something at sea... but as she got to her feet she could hear the panicked voices in the hallway. The thump of footsteps sounded above and below her. It sounded like chaos outside her room. As she neared the door, she could make out voices. “Pirates! We’ve been boarded by pirates!” Pirates? Attacking in the dead of night? This is not good... She thought. It was worse than running aground, they were being attacked. As her heartbeat began to quicken, she immediately focused on her duty. She had to find and protect Princess Lurana. Even though she appeared as a beautiful dancer, she was actually part of a royal guard for the princess’ journey across the ocean. She did not waste any time and rushed out of her room into the mess of frantic sailors. Even though the princess’ room was up the hall, she had to push her way through just to get there. She found the door broken open and the room tossed. The princess was nowhere to be found. “Oh no...” She muttered. Damn! They’ve already been here... I hope she hasn't been hurt... There were three others tasked with guarding the princess but she decided there was no time to find them all. The pirates were not wasting time and they were surely taking Lurana to their ship. Ramaya ran to the upper deck. She could hear swords clashing and screaming as fighting broke out all over. The pirates were trying to cover their tracks. As she climbed higher, only a small cabin separated her from the ship’s deck. But as she entered, a mob of pirates were waiting. Ten or so men turned as she took a moment to take up a fighting stance and look over her enemies. It would not be easy. Especially in such a small area. But the princess was in danger. “What’s this? There’s a dancer on board?” A pirate cackled. “Where is the princess? Return her at once!” Ramaya declared. The pirate’s response did not surprise her as they readied their fists and rushed toward her. She launched herself into the crowd with a flip and flying kick. One pirate went down hard as she caught him in the face and did not get back up. It was a good start considering their numbers. As much as she didn’t want to fight them, they blocked the door to the main deck so she had little choice. The gang of pirates were momentarily caught off guard as a dancer in a pink dress lashed out with punches and kicks. But Ramaya’s luck did not last as numbers caught up with skill. A pirate slipped behind her as she tossed a man to the ground and grabbed both of her arms. She gasped in surprise as her arms were suddenly wrenched behind her back. It rendered her defenseless to oncoming attacks. And before she could struggle and break free, a barrage of punches landed on her stomach. Each blow made her grunt as she doubled over in pain. “Augh! Uagh! Argh! Aaah!” Then a right hook caught her in the face and the room flashed and swayed as dizziness set in. Enough of this! I have to break free! They had her right where they wanted her. Ramaya shook her head, desperate to have her senses back. She could hear the pirates cackling as they took turns punching and kicking her. The next man drew near and she jumped up to wrap her legs around his neck. The pirate holding her arms did not let go and she wrenched her body to the side to bring both men crashing to the ground. The mob of pirates stumbled backwards, and she had her opening to strike back. With a twirl she attacked in every direction with the hope of breaking through. I must reach the princess! To her relief, it was enough to get to the door and exit to the main deck. That feeling did not last as she found herself facing a larger crowd of pirates. Princess Laurana was in the midst of their mob along with a man wearing a blue turban and an eye patch. She knew it was the pirate leader, and he had the princess’ wrist firmly in his grip. “Unhand the princess! I will not ask you again,” Ramaya said, pointing. The pirate leader laughed and took a step forward. She could see his left hand was actually a hook. And it was covered in blood. “Ha! Is that a demand? We’re the ones who make the demands here!” Ramaya watched as the pirate leader made a quick gesture and set his crew on her. Her adrenaline was rushing, but there was far more room to maneuver on the main deck than the small cabin. Her dress might not have provided much protection, but it allowed her to be quick on her feet. She was much faster than the pirates, striking with snap kicks and darting away from danger. The once confident gang of pirates quickly became frustrated and rushed headlong into high kicks and punches to the face. Ramaya felt small relief as their numbers dwindled. She could not fail here, the princess’ safety was depending on her. “Useless dogs! Can’t handle the smallest task!” The pirate leader barked. “But Captain Shoulder...” Ramaya was too busy fending off pirates to notice the pirate leader Shoulder hand off the princess to his men and enter the fight. She was in the process of jumping into a flying kick when a chain wrapped around her neck. Her hands shot up as she was brought to the deck with a brutal yank. Shoulder’s hook hand had a long chain attached to it, and now he had it lassoed around Ramaya’s neck. She gasped for air as she tried to free her neck with no luck. Shoulder gave a hard pull and sent her sliding across the deck into the hands of his men. They wasted no time kicking the graceful dancer while she was down. “Augh!” I have to... get this off my neck! The pirates did not hold back. Ramaya curled up to defend herself and continued to wrestle with the chain around her neck. It was only a matter of time before she was dragged around the deck again. A foot landed squarely on her chest and sent her rolling over in agony. Her air was running out. Then, as the world began to fade, the chain slid loose and she gasped for sweet oxygen. Even though the pirates used her pony tail, they still got her back on her feet. She knew there was only one way to save the princess at this point. She had to rely on her magic. Hopefully her firestorm would lay waste to the pirates without burning the ship down. The only thing she needed was an opening. A punch to the face sent her spinning around, but away from the gang of pirates. She felt the railing of the ship as she caught herself. The fight was really starting to wear on her. Even though she was on her feet and out of the hands of the pirates, she had to take a small moment to center herself. When she turned around, the pirates were waiting for her with cruel smile. Even though she could not hide the pain on her face, she curled her hand into a fist. But she could not throw a punch before one of them wrapped his hands around and lifted her off the deck. No! He has me pinned! I can’t- Ramaya let out a strained yell as she was given a crushing bear hug. Her arms were pinned and her feet swung uselessly as she arched her back with her head turned toward the sky. Another squeeze made her grit her teeth until she gasped with pain. Another. Her body couldn’t take such punishment. She couldn’t take such punishment. Her breaking point was coming up fast. “Aaaaaaaaauuuuuggghhhh!” I can’t take much more of this! Her eyes began to tear up. Before the next squeeze came she slammed the pirate with a headbutt and felt relief as he let go of her. It was now or never. She had to use her magic. Within her mind she tried to escape the pain and concentrate... but was snapped out of it with a kick to her side. “Urgh!” The pirates closed in. She tried to take her time, kicking and punching only at the right moments. Then one of them tried to get at her with a wide swing. She flipped backwards out of harms way only to land in the path of an uppercut. In the rush of the battle, she noticed only a second too late and watched helplessly. No! Not one more hit! For the princess’ sake! Against Ramaya’s prayers, the uppercut connected right in her face knocking her off her feet and flat on her back. “Nooooooooo!” Ramaya gasped. She hit the deck with a thud as the very last of her strength was knocked out. Captain Shoulder and his pirates surrounded her as she lay on the deck in pain, desperately trying to catch her breath. What followed was the longest twenty seconds her life. She did not know what she was waiting for. A second wind. A burst of strength. Something that would let her get back on her feet. But it didn’t come. All she could hear was the laughter of pirates and Princess Laurana screaming her name. “Ramaya! No!” Two pirates lifted her off the ground allowing everyone to admire her limp form and labored breathing. She was barely conscious. “What do we do with her, captain?” The pirate who administered the final blow, asked. “I could think of a few things.” Ramaya felt someone grasp her breast. Within her mind, she recoiled in fear. The grasp turned into a squeeze and soon she was being felt up. She knew pirates had no sense of honor, but she did not expect to be at their mercy. She was helpless to stop them as they fondled her until her breasts turned hard. "Uunh." She found herself moaning against her will. "Ha ha. I think she likes it!" "We have the princess," Captain Shoulder said. "What about the others?" Her spirits rose. The others. It would be up to them. They could still save the princess and come to her rescue. “We took care of them. Locked them in the hold.” Despair set back in. Ramaya had been the last hope and failed. No one could help her now. "Good. You can do with her as you want. Just make it quick." No! Ramaya wanted to struggle with all of her might... but she had no strength left to give. One of the pirates drove his knee into her stomach. She folded over forward and landed face first, with her butt hanging in the air. The pirates did not hold back and she felt the full force. They picked her up off the ground and held her so one of them could kick her in the face. Her head snapped backwards from the blow as she screamed in pain. Worst of all, the princess watched from nearby unable to look away. "That's for kicking me in the face!" "Easy!" One of the pirates growled. "I want to have my way with her!" "You don't want that. Who knows where she's been?" The pirates decided on a beating as Ramaya endured more punches and kicks. Her bare midriff became a popular target that took the most punishment. It was not long until she felt sick. She was beyond her limit. "...please... enough..." Ramaya moaned. "Looks like she's had enough." A pirate laughed. "She should have thought of that before putting up a fight!" A hard punch landed in her gut making her wretch hard. The pirates did not stop until her graceful body was numb with pain and her dress was nearly ruined. She felt like she was slipping away. This must be the end... for me... But before Ramaya could hold on no longer, the pirates finished taking out their frustration on her. Captain Shoulder was ready to move on. “Throw her overboard!” One pirate grabbed her legs while the other grabbed her arms. And with a quick toss Ramaya went overboard into the restless seas. Princess Laurana watched helplessly as she was dragged away to the pirate ship. Unknowingly, the pirates threw the real Princess Laurana, disguised as a dancer named Ramaya, into the sea and made off with her decoy. The cold ocean hit Laurana as hard as any punch as she entered the water. It restored her senses as she regained consciousness and realized she was now face down in the ocean. Her body erupted with pain as she tried to swim to the surface for a breath of air. Every movement was a losing battle, but somehow she broke the waves and found a piece of driftwood to hold onto. Her body was choked with pain and her mind was wracked with despair. Princess Laurana was stubborn and would not abandon any of her people to pirates or thieves. She wanted to save Ramaya, the loyal servant who acted as her decoy. Instead things had gone badly, the pirate ship and her chance at redemption was slowly disappearing over the horizon. She did not have the strength to climb back on her boat and the ocean was carrying her away. Everyone... forgive me... I’ll find someway to make this right... Laurana shivered. Her revealing dancer’s outfit was no comfort in the cold ocean.