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Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by treave, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. Tribute Scholar

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    I'd say C2 is probably best. Jing can probably scout ahead based on his agility and stealth scores to see if there's any truth to this "monster" idea (but then knowing Jing's luck it'll show up just because he's the one checking).

    We could have Jing stay with the emperor, if we're all really that concerned about Gao Ying turning coat.
     
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  2. Jester Arbiter

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    Ok screw this flop to C2
    C1 - 2
    C2 - 4

    if this is vote that leave:
    C2 - 5 votes
    C1 - 2 votes

    Lets get over this.
     
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  3. treave Arcane Patron

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    Let's have C2 then. Sending the Emperor through the tunnels, huh.
     
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  4. Tribute Scholar

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    And then everyone was eaten by the horrible tunnel monster, starting with the emperor.
     
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  5. ScubaV Prophet

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    Seems an update is coming soon? I wonder how long until
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    ?
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Well, if some details could have been handwaved with the palanquin, why not here? Like the monster attacking only when Jing gets there, because shit luck.
    :lol:
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    Ah, who am I kidding? We're fucked either way, aren't we?
     
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  7. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    (non)Spoiler alert:

    Everything will go wrong, and we're gonna die horribly.
     
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  8. Baltika9 Arcane

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    By far, the worst thing about C 1/2 is that it brings the bag with the Emperor in it right into the middle of Taiye Hall, the territory of the Grand Eunuchs and Gao Yang. If he doesn't betray us or our friends, then he will have earned BRO 4 LYFE status.
    Which probably isn't gonna happen. :lol:
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    Disappearance of the Golden Emperor

    Prince Li Jiawu of the Great Tang Empire frowned, his thick fingers tapping irritably on the polished wooden desk. He stared at the eunuch in front of him before finally letting out a great sigh and granting his servant permission to leave. The eunuch’s face was flushed with relief as he bowed and departed the prince’s chambers hastily.

    “What do you think about all this… nonsense, Grand Eunuch Li?” He turned and glanced at the elderly statesman, who was reclining on a comfortable couch, attended to by two child eunuchs of his own. “Hm?” Grand Eunuch Li raised his distinguished head and smiled. “This matter of Emperor Taisheng ascending to Heaven?”

    “Yes, of course. That is the matter to which I refer.”

    “What of it?”

    Prince Jiawu forced himself to swallow a retort at the Grand Eunuch’s disrespectful, mocking smile. It would not do for him to lose his temper – the Grand Eunuch’s backing was essential if he was to make sure that brat of a Crown Prince tastes defeat. “Do you not think it curious?” he said. “Even my mother, Lady Wu, has been picking up such gossip from the servants, and she has expressed her concern to me numerous times.”

    “Yet we cannot stop them from talking, Your Highness,” drawled the eunuch as he raised his wrinkled hand for one of his attendants to massage. “It is an open secret that the Emperor had been seeking the fruits of immortality. If you were to insist on stamping out all talk of him succeeding… that would be rather naughty. Rest assured your brothers would spin it to your disadvantage.”

    “But they are claiming to witness all these little omens happening all over the place! Incense smelling sweeter than usual, a shower of rain from a clear sky-“

    “Patience, Your Highness.” The Grand Eunuch spoke crisply, cutting the prince short. “If you are concerned that this is the Crown Prince’s plot, planned in retaliation for sending him to Guizhou, there is no need to worry. My best agent has informed me that the Crown Prince is still agonizing over how to resolve his problem down south. He has no men to spare to meddle in Chang’an.”

    Prince Jiawu looked unconvinced. Scratching his beard, he leaned forward on the table. “You mean… Gao Ying?” He whispered the name hesitantly, as if to say it out loud would invite some form of trouble. “Can we trust him?” Grand Eunuch Li shook his head. “Trust no one. This is a lesson both Grand Eunuchs Wei and Wang will learn very soon. They still believe he is working for them, when in truth he is working for me. I do not trust Gao Ying, but there is no benefit to him betraying me. We are all men of the world. We deal in tangible matters… certain rewards. After all, Your Highness, once the Crown Prince falls you are closest to the throne. It will not be long now. Soon we will be ready to tighten the vise around Li Shun’s neck.”

    “Yes. Yes, you are right, Grand Eunuch. As usual,” said the prince with some measure of relief. “I am sure-“

    An urgent knock at the door interrupted his words. “Who is it? What is it?” snapped the prince, his patience of late already tested sorely by the incessant rumours of his father’s ascension flooding the palace.

    “Your Highness, prince! I… er…”

    “Spit it out, servant!” grumbled Prince Jiawu as he got up from his desk.

    “It’s news… from the palace physician, Your Highness. The Emperor seems to have awakened.”

    The prince took an involuntary step back, his face paling. “W-what? Are you sure?”

    “Your Highness, that was what the physician claimed,” came the reply. “P-perhaps you would want to see for yourself?”

    “What is the surprise, Your Highness?” asked the Grand Eunuch calmly. “Though the palace physician assured us that the Emperor’s own actions have led to a coma, he also said that he was not certain if the Emperor would ever wake again. There was always a chance of this happening.”

    “Yes, I understand,” replied Prince Jiawu, calming himself as he puffed his chest out. “The throne will be mine sooner or later. I must present a proper face to His Majesty. Come, Grand Eunuch, let us be the first to greet the Emperor.”

    ***

    “Father, are you there?” shouted Prince Jiawu. There was no response – nothing had changed from the moment he arrived ten minutes ago. The door was locked, though the lights were lit. With a snarl, he turned to the physician. “You told me that His Majesty was awake. What is the meaning of this?”

    “B-b-but Your Highness, I did see his silhouette through the windows. I tried opening the doors but he grunted at me. Then, I smelt sulphur. Your Highness, you understand very well that His Majesty dislikes people entering his quarters when he is performing alchemical experiments!” protested the physician fearfully as he shrank back from the angry prince.

    “Oh, brother, what is this? Were you threatening Father’s personal physician?” Prince Jiawu cursed his luck as he saw his younger sibling arrive with a cocky grin. “This is none of your business, Zhuangchen.”

    “How can it be none of my business?” laughed Prince Zhuangchen. “I heard from some sources that Father was awake. With all these recent rumours of him ascending to Heaven bodily… well, you know I just had to take a look. I am sure the rest of our siblings will be here quite soon.” Prince Jiawu narrowed his eyes, glaring at his younger brother. Could he be the one who had spread those rumours? It was possible, thought Prince Jiawu. Zhuangchen was a conniving little bastard, like his mother. Lady Wu often complained about the two.

    As the two princes waited impatiently in front of the doors to the Emperor’s personal chambers for their father to respond, more and more of their siblings arrived. There were princes and there were princesses, and they began calling out to their father, begging for him to say something.

    “It looks like it is going to be a long night, my friends.” Grand Eunuch Li bowed to the other Grand Eunuchs, a fair distance away from the royalty. The Grand Eunuchs Li, Wei, Wang and Zhao – the real powers behind the government – would not have missed this for the world, despite their advanced age. As the minutes ticked by, Prince Zhuangchen spoke up. “This could be dangerous. What if His Majesty has collapsed again?”

    The royal siblings looked at each other worriedly. “Well…”

    “If he hasn’t, and you broke in, he would be quite angry,” muttered the young Princess Taile. The one unspoken thought running through most of their minds was if it was okay to just leave the Emperor to his own devices. After all, even if he died… Grand Eunuch Li sidled to the perplexed Prince Jiawu and whispered in his ear. He broke into a brief grin before loudly declaring, “I will take responsibility for this. We break down the door. It is our own father! Should we not be concerned? This is not the time to worry about his wrath – I will suffer it gladly if it means he is healthy and well.”

    Saying that, he threw his strong body against the door. It creaked, but did not fully give way. The Emperor’s chambers were well-barred. He tried again. The perplexed guards and his siblings began to help out in a rare show of brotherly cooperation. Finally, the door was thrown open and they stumbled into the room.

    “Father! Father, where are you?” shouted Prince Jiawu as he strode around the quarters, looking for the Emperor. It was a large chamber, complete with its own study and the Emperor’s alchemical benches. There was a large cauldron boiling over. The stink of sulphur filled the air, and the heat was unbearable. Dozens of royal princes and princesses fanned into the room, looking for the Emperor, but he was nowhere to be found.

    “This is impossible. How can he not be in here?” Princess Taile peeked under the large royal bed, but saw nothing except dust. “The door was barred and we had to break it down. Where would Father have gone?”

    “He must have been here until recently,” said Prince Zhuangchen, looking at the cauldron, his gaze calm and calculating. “The fire was lit not an hour ago. Could he have left before we got here? Physician, you were here, were you not?” His question was phrased accusingly, as if the physician could be guilty of some deception.

    “Impossible,” said the physician nervously. “I-I was in front of the door all this time! I never left! The guards could testify to that!”

    “I am afraid Father could not have left before we got here,” said Prince Qi, looking more closely at the cauldron. “Do you see how this boiled down? I know a bit of alchemy myself. The cauldron was probably lit no more than ten minutes ago. That means it was done while we were all outside.”

    “It could be that Father heard us shouting and became annoyed,” murmured Princess Taile. The royal siblings started muttering worriedly. They knew the Emperor tended to have a temper when he was interrupted with his alchemical work. “Then where is he right now? That is the question, isn’t it?” asked Prince Zhuangchen testily. “Perhaps he went out of the window,” ventured Prince Qi.

    “This is the third floor,” sighed Prince Jiawu. “At his age he would really have to be an immortal if he managed to pull that off.” There was a deep silence as everyone in the room stared at him. They had all heard of the rumours. Prince Jiawu scowled back. He was feeling a growing sense of disquiet in the back of his head. “A-anyway,” he continued, trying to take charge of the situation, “The windows are all closed. There would be no way for someone to close it if they had jumped out.”

    He tugged at his robes – he was feeling rather hot. It looks like his siblings felt the same; the hot cauldron and that foul smoke coming from it was making the room very uncomfortable to be in. “Let us order an all out search of the palace and retire to Lengchang Hall to discuss what happens next,” he said. There were quick calls of agreement – none of them wanted to be in the room any longer.

    ***

    Prince Jiawu had always found the cool fans of Lengchang Hall soothing. He did not get to enjoy it for long, however. Scant minutes after all of them had arrived, a messenger ran in. The Emperor had been spotted. They instantly rushed out of the hall, to the front of Linde Palace. As he ran, Prince Jiawu found his steps unsteady. It must be the tension and the stress, he thought. It had been a long night after all, and he had had little rest this past month.

    His feet stopped. He looked up.

    That was the Emperor, floating in mid-air.

    There was no doubt about it – though he could not make out every detail of the man’s features in the night, he saw enough to be certain. He was in his royal robes, his hands outstretched.

    “O sons and daughters of the wise Sage Emperor Taisheng!” A beautiful female voice resounded around the courtyard, apparently coming from thin air. It was a voice that lodged itself firmly inside Prince Jiawu’s skull, beguiling and attractive yet authoritative. “You are blessed indeed to witness this moment of your father’s ascension.”

    “What is this? Who are you?” Prince Qi called out.

    “I am the Queen Mother of the West, Xi Wangmu. I have been the patron of your father’s research over the years, imparting the knowledge of immortality unto him. And now, forty nine days after he succeeded in synthesizing the Elixir of Life, his transformation is complete,” declared the voice. “Behold, descendants of Huang Di, the birth of a new immortal to join the celestial ranks!”

    There was a bright flash in the sky. Golden light flooded his sight. Prince Jiawu averted his eyes, pained from the glare. As it subsided, he saw that many of his siblings had fallen to their knees, kneeling before the strange sight. He found himself inexplicably doing the same. The voice continued, “With the Emperor Taisheng’s ascension, his earthly throne is now vacated. The Jade Emperor has decreed in his wisdom that the succession shall be performed in accordance to the laws of the dynasty and the express wishes of the great Taisheng. There will be no strife, only peace.”

    Prince Jiawu stared into the lights, trying to gather his thoughts properly. The atmosphere was overbearing – he found it hard to think. Was this divine presence? He would not know, as he had never been in a god’s presence before, but it had to be.

    “What does that mean?” asks Princess Taile, looking up at the floating Emperor in confusion. The Emperor waved his hand across the gathered crowd in response and shook his head. The voice spoke, “Emperor Taisheng has selected his heir years prior to his ascension. His name is known to the people, and he will be next to rule after his father. The Crown Prince Li Shun has now succeeded the Mandate of Heaven from his father, and will rule as wisely as his forebears had. Thus Heaven has decreed.”

    “But-“ Prince Zhuangchen attempted to speak out, but another flash of light sent him back to the ground, prostrating in front of the gods.

    “The Will of Heaven is absolute and just,” said the voice sweetly. “Stay strong on the path of virtue, O sons and daughters of the Sage Emperor. Remember, the gods are always with you…” There was one last flash of golden light, brighter and more painful than any that had come before it, as the voice faded away. He thought he could almost see the visage of a beautiful heavenly maiden within that light. When Prince Jiawu recovered his sight, he saw the Emperor’s robe fluttering down from the heavens. It fell, together with a clattering sound – staggering to his feet, he saw a wooden tablet, inscribed with writing.

    The siblings got up, looking around in awed confusion. Prince Jiawu picked up the tablet and began to read from it, in full view of his siblings, the Grand Eunuchs, and a gathering of servants and guards.

    It was a divine mandate that declared the succession of the Crown Prince Li Shun to the throne of the Great Tang Empire.
     
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  10. Baltika9 Arcane

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    ...and one hour later, everyone was eaten by a grue.
     
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  11. Kashmir Slippers Augur

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    So... Is there any way that I could see what we actually agreed on doing? I get lost when I look through the pages since the last update. Great update.
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    And we went with C2 (Gao Yang and Cao'er).
     
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  13. Fangshi Arcane

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    Well, so far so good now we just have to slip away with the Emperor, hopefully we still disguised him in case they send out riders "just to make sure".

    Well at least the grue will also die, I mean the Emperor is probably poisonous by now what with all of that mercury.


    Also seems Gao has managed to infiltrate all of the Eunuchs' spy networks, quite impressive really. Hopefully he remains loyal to Shun, with Gao on his side the prince could do great things I think.
     
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  14. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Wait, it worked?!!
     
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  15. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    That... went too well for it to be true. I guess that means shit will go down in the tunnels, then a naked Taisheng will be seen running through the streets out of some sewer grate.
     
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  16. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Nah, Xi Wangmu will take offense at us and Qilin for impersonating her and, well, Miss Jiutian will have to share her head with two trollish perverts, instead of just one.
     
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  17. Fangshi Arcane

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    Come and knock on our door.....
    We've been waiting for you......
    Where the kisses are hers and hers and his,
    Three's company too.
     
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  18. Nevill Arcane

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    It was a magnificent and PERFECTO update to behold.

    Whatever happens in the tunnels, if they don't find the Emperor's body, Shuns succession is nearly guaranteed.

    I only hope our friends make it out of there in one piece.

    PS. I am surprised Qilin managed that speech with a straight face. The girl must have rehearsed a lot.
     
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  19. MystiKnight Novice

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    I'm not gonna lie. The second I saw the title of the chapter I flipped out. Bravo, treave, bravo.
     
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  20. Lambchop19 Arcane Zionist Agent Literally Hitler Batshit Crazy

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    I was thinking more along the lines of rocks fall, everybody dies, but yeah...
     
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  21. RealDDc Learned

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    ...and on the trip to Maniac Island the former emperor died of old age.
     
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  22. Jester Arbiter

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    Everything according to plan for now we will see if sound tactical decisions will the rest of THE PLAN work here? We will see after commercials.

    Still hope it will be worth of over 20 pages of discuss.
     
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  23. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    You mean 3 pages of planning and 17 pages of arguing, paranoia and fear of the supernatural.
     
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  24. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    K, can we tickle the Emperor and see if he'll wake up now?
     
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    Fall Into the Darkness

    “’The gods are always with you’? Where did that come from?” you laugh, helping Qilin down into the tunnels. The three secret police assigned to help you were moving ahead, guiding the way. She giggles. “Hey, it worked, didn’t it? Did you see Beardie’s face when I started speaking? He seemed like he was about to start drooling.”

    “Beardie – ah, Prince Jiawu, that stinker,” you say. “I was paying more attention to the Grand Eunuchs. They all looked like they were about to keel over and die from the shock. Pity they didn’t.” Qilin skips ahead, clearly in a good mood. “Well, thank you, Xu Jing.” She grins, giving you a demure bow. “This is the most fun I’ve had in ages. We should do it again sometime.”

    “I think once is quite enough, Miss Chi.” Gao Ying steps out from a side passage smoothly, placing himself between you and Qilin. He plucks a torch from the wall, looking at you. “I am pleased to see that you made it here with no trouble, but we should be going as soon as we can. This is not a successful plan yet.”

    “Don’t you ever lighten up? Where is Cao’er? And the Emperor?” you ask – Gao Ying is the only person you see. The eunuch’s lips twitch slightly, apparently amused by something you said. “They are waiting in front; I sent them slightly ahead to save time. Do not worry, they are safe. Come, let us hurry and join up with the others.”

    As Gao Ying turns away, Qilin falls back to walk by your side. “Do you think he’s going to kill us? Should I stab him in the back?” she whispers. You wince at how boldly she is making the suggestion, before noticing that she’s actually grinning at your discomfort. “Stop fooling around,” you hiss back.

    “By the way, Xu Jing,” says Gao Ying calmly without turning around, “Why did you suggest this plan?”

    “You ask that only now?”

    “I am just curious. Your reasons would not have affected my decision to assist anyway.”

    “Well,” you say, scratching your head, “Shun wouldn’t really want his father dead if there was any other way.”

    “You do realize the dangers of keeping Emperor Taisheng alive, don’t you?” says Gao Ying. “If he should ever awaken…”

    “He would find himself at Master Zhang’s dinner table, probably dressed up in some strange outfit,” you reply promptly. “Yes, I did consider those consequences, but once we get him to Maniac Island it would not make a difference.”

    “I agree.” Gao Ying’s answer surprises you for a moment. “Once there it would not matter if he was dead or alive. Then is it not simpler to ensure he is just dead, instead of going all the way to Yinhu Island? For example, in these tunnels, any amount of accidents could happen…”

    “What would you tell the Crown Prince, that his father slipped and cracked his head against a rock?” you snap.

    “Perhaps,” replies Gao Ying. “He would see through me and understand the necessity of it. The Crown Prince is a wise man, a man far greater than you and I. He is the only one who can bring order from this chaos the country is embroiled in.”

    “He is still a man, Gao Ying. He has emotions. By nature he is as far from cruelty as I can imagine. If he has to murder his own father to take the throne it will kill his own heart.”

    “That is why he has me,” says the eunuch fiercely. “I work in the darkness while he walks in the light. I will do whatever is necessary to ensure the security of his rule. He does not need to know about the deeds I commit to keep him safe, and he will not ask. That is the understanding I have with His Highness. Can you say the same of yourself?” You can feel the strength of Gao Ying’s conviction from his words. It is a loyalty that is admirable, something that you had to respect. It is the loyalty of a tool, burning its own life up for the sake of its master. Something that you should have – something you had… but when did your feelings begin to change?

    Up ahead, you notice a group of flickering torches. As you approach, you see Cao’er. She beams happily and runs to you. The Emperor is lying on a stretcher, looking dead to the world – though with Cao’er here, that is not likely at the moment. Gao Ying stops in his tracks, looking at the Emperor. Then, he shakes his head. “You are a dangerous existence, Xu Jing,” he says suddenly and softly.

    “Yes, I’ve been called that in bed, something I think you wouldn’t have any experience with,” you reply jovially. “Oh? You’ll have to show me after this,” croons Qilin seductively into your ear, butting in where she is not needed. Gao Ying only laughs dryly. “Your humour falls short of the mark today.” He turns around to face you. “You make the Crown Prince soft. Your presence endangers his capability to be a proper monarch. I fear that you will drag him into the morass of failure.”

    “Hey, that sounds rather threatening,” you say. “Please don’t tell me you are going to say something stupid like, ‘I have to kill you for the prince’s sake’, or anything like that?”

    Gao Ying stares at you, silent. Then, he speaks.

    “I-“

    The sound of rattling chains disturbs the darkness.

    “Well.” You sigh. “I guess this was going too well.”

    There is an unearthly moan, a weak and pathetic noise. Though it is soft, it echoes through the tunnels – you have no idea where it is coming from. Every single person is frozen to the spot, wondering which way they should go. The sound resolves itself into words… you can just about make out a name.

    Li Ming.

    Emperor Taisheng’s name.

    As the moan dies off, it is replaced by another rattling of chains, louder this time.

    A strong, freezing wind blows forth, snuffing out the torches.

    Then, without warning, the screams begin. “Cao’er! Qilin!” You shout out to the girls, trying to get to them in the darkness. You find Cao’er’s hand first and grab onto it, pulling her close to your side. She clings onto your arm immediately. You can barely make out a dreadful silhouette, blacker than the dark of the caves, tearing apart men with its long, lanky limbs. The stench of blood thickens in the air. “Li… Ming!” it howls, striding for the Emperor. Suddenly, a burst of light fills the tunnels. The thing moans in pain, staggering back.

    “Ha, I still had one of the light-making satchels left!” exclaims Qilin exuberantly. “Get the torches!” shouts Gao Ying. The secret police retreat and begin lighting up the torches as they go. As the darkness recedes, you see the assailant shivering, panting in front of you. It is a man after all… his hair is long and tangled, and his beard matted. A large, iron vest is clasped over his chest – dozens of thick needles have pierced it through. His limbs appear to have been broken and set back together wrongly multiple times, healing in such a way that it must pain him even to move an inch. Heavy iron manacles shackle his wrists and ankles, and the rusty chains appear to lead down a side tunnel. Are they still attached to something?

    You had no more time to ponder, however, as he lets out a scream of fury. Gao Ying attacks immediately, striking with his fingers almost faster than you can see, but the madman blocks all of his attacks effortlessly, deflecting his blows as if he were toying with a slow child. “Take the Emperor and go!” he shouts to his men. If he ever had wanted to kill the Emperor, he certainly does not have that inclination now – it would be easy to leave the stretcher and let this strange person do the dirty work. As the secret police grab the Emperor and make a run for it, the madman screams the Emperor’s name again, distracted.

    With a jerk of your fingers, you unleash the spider silk threads. The madman is still between you and the way out: with his overwhelming bloodthirst, there is no way for you to get past except to go on the attack. You throw them around the madman’s neck and arms, pulling tightly. His arms are forced apart – as he turns his face to you, you see to your horror that his eyes have been sewn shut and his nose cut off. Gao Ying does not waste any time – drawing a dagger, he tries to plunge it into the man’s neck, but the wind begins to blow again, colder and stronger. The torches flicker and die for the second time. You realize that the wind is flowing from the madman – his qi must be immense. The eunuch is blown off his feet, his dagger clattering to the floor. The madman breaks the threads that have been said to be stronger than steel. Then, with a frustrated roar, he strikes the side of the tunnels.

    The earth shudders.

    Rock and dust begin falling from the tunnel ceiling as the supports tremble. This is bad. The ground shifts underneath your feet.

    There is a loud cracking noise as the floor falls away. The madman plummets first, a victim of his own mindless rage. In the darkness you find it hard to move, unable to find steady footing anywhere you go. You hear Qilin scream, her figure swallowed up by the darkness. You cannot tell if she is alright, but before you can even worry about her your feet find empty air.

    You drop, Cao’er clinging onto you desperately like a baby monkey.

    As your hands scrabble desperately for purchase, you manage to grip onto a soft, sandy outcrop, which begins crumbling as soon as your fingers sink into it. The sudden stop jerks Cao’er off. “…ah…”With a tiny yelp she begins to fall, but you react quickly and grab her arm before she is lost.

    Your grip begins to loosen. It is only a matter of time before you fall. Your feet try to find a surface to kick off but fail – it seems that you are in a bad position.

    As your fingers finally close around nothing but loose soil, a hand seizes your wrist. In the gloom you are unable to see who it is.

    “Xu Jing! Can you use your qinggong to climb up?” It’s Gao Ying… the last person you would have expected.

    “No! I haven’t learnt how to kick off thin air!”

    You can feel him straining, but after a while he says,“…You are too heavy. I cannot pull you up.”

    “There's two of us, eunuch. You should have trained your strength,” you snarl. His grip begins to slip…

    ***

    A. With all your strength, you toss Cao’er up, telling the eunuch to take care of her. The motion will likely result in your fall, but at least she should be safe. You’ll just have to find a way out after you reach the bottom.

    B. You let go of Gao Ying’s hand. Knowing Cao’er, she might actually decide to jump in after you and get hurt on the way down. It might be better for her if you shield her now as the both of you fall.
     
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