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

  1. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    I'm thinking of making some pun with Durin(g)'s Bane at this point, but then I figure most of you don't deserve something that horrid.
     
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  2. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Yeah we're essentially using our faith in both options.

    In A we're essentially hoping Jing is a good and tender enough lover to make Bai Jiutian like him enough not to hate Jing with all her strength, or at least recognize the severity of the situation. I hope Jing doesn't let it slip that he saw it happen once to Song Lingshu, Bai would probably get pissed, thinking we set it up so Bai got hit.

    In B we're essentially leaving Bai Jiutian to die, which may either archieve this (eliminates a rival), or maybe Bai/someone else manages to save him, somehow. Also, leaving Bai Jiutian to die is kinda dickish. Sure, best thing Bai ever did for Jing was helping him with Song Lingshu (oh, and serving him wine ni Heihu), and otherwise Bai has been a meanie and a cunt to poor ol' Jing.

    So, we got two YOLO options, and one of them ends someone's else YOLO.
     
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  3. Absinthe Erudite

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    How much perception does that take? And was Jing in Chaos or Order mode while Bai Jiutian was reading these moves? Chaos should be harder to read, yes?
     
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  4. asxetos Augur

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    if there was an option to bring her to Cao'er i would vote for that but it seems A is the way to go for max harem.
     
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  5. Kipeci Magister

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    I was kinda surprised that treave didn't leave an option to ensure BJ's death while she's in a compromised state so that she can't speak anything about our technique or be a bother, given how Jing was able to assassinate that random secret service guy with much less benefit in sight.

    Then again, that was unambiguously a dude. Has Jing killed a woman yet?
     
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  6. treave Arcane Patron

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    Less than 10, Chaos, and yes.

    Fixed.

    That was more than two years ago, with a (marginally) less mature character and he's not that desperate at the moment. It's not like Bai was threatening to do anything that would harm the Emperor. If Bai Jiutian had clearly been on the Zhang clan's side that option would be here.

    Besides, I'm taking a break from offering blatantly schizophrenic choices just for edginess sake.
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    White End

    By the time the sun drops below the horizon and night falls outside the hut, you are already very thoroughly certain that Bai Jiutian is not a man. She is huddled in the opposite corner across from you, an old blanket wrapped tightly around herself, her hair disheveled and undone from the exertions of the day. You had tried to be as gentle as possible, but the both of you had still ended up putting a few holes in the thin wooden walls of the hut. Thankfully there was no one around to listen but the birds in the trees. Sniffling and red-eyed, she glares at you, murmuring curses under her breath.

    “If you tell anyone about this, I will kill you,” says Bai Jiutian coldly.

    “I thought you would kill me anyway,” you reply.

    “What is done is done,” she spits out bitterly. “I will just have to consider it my bad luck that I was saved and despoiled at the same time.” Bai shifts her body under the blanket as a blush creeps up her cheeks; for just an instant, it parts slightly, and you see a glimpse of pale skin. Your gaze moves away guiltily, unbidden memories returning to your mind. Strangely, part of you still remains unsatisfied; you wonder if it is the lingering effects of the drug.

    “There are more important things for me to focus on than my… my chastity,” she continues haltingly – you can see the barely restrained turmoil in her eyes. She is definitely more affected by what just happened than she tries to show... it must be taking a superhuman effort of will to hold back all of the conflicting emotions within her at this moment, and to focus on what she thinks is more important.

    “There will be trouble between Huashan and the Zhang clan after this thanks to Zhang Manxing. Now that we are working together, I hope you do not mind when I name you responsible for his death," says Bai Jiutian without batting an eye.

    “You have guts, saying it to my face like that. When did I agree to work together with you?” you laugh.

    “It benefits me more than it disadvantages you. Your reputation is already terrible in the eyes of the orthodox world anyway. Trust me, Xu Jing, you have no better choice in this matter. This will work out... for us both.”

    “You would set the Zhang clan after me.”

    “They already have you in their sights. I would just hasten the timetable. …besides, you have to take responsibility for what you did to me.” She finishes her sentence quietly, looking down at the ground.

    It is a very strange way of taking responsibility, you think. This is no different from blackmail. It is strange that she is stating her intentions outright – perhaps she intends for you to reason with her? Now that you have healed her, however, you do not have any realistic way of making Bai Jiutian listen to you by force…

    ***

    A. You attempt to convince Bai Jiutian to refrain from fingering you as the culprit. You cannot afford to make further enemies of them. There has to be a better way.

    B. You allow Bai Jiutian to name you as the culprit. It would not make a difference anyway if the Zhang clan is already after you. Drawing their suspicion away from Bai would probably allow her to operate more easily too.

    ***

    1. You offer to teach Bai Jiutian the basics of Wuxiang Qiankun in return for some tutelage in sword techniques, trading knowledge for knowledge. Perhaps this will strengthen your alliance.

    2. You offer to teach Bai Jiutian the wrong basics of Wuxiang Qiankun, sabotaging the teachings so that she might hurt herself when practicing it, while asking for some tutelage in swords in bad faith.

    3. You don’t make any such offer. What will be will be.

    ***

    Qilin is the only person that greets you when you return to the inn in Chang’an early next morning. Still tired from your trip down Huashan, you drop onto the chair and rest your head on the table. “Where are the others?” you ask.

    “They’re still sleeping soundly, tired from a little conversation session we had last night,” says Qilin.

    “Really? What was it about?”

    “Oh, wouldn’t you like to know?” She smiles mischieviously, and says, “It’s for girls only, so you don't need to know, dear. Anyway, while you were away, we had two messages coming in. One is from Chief Jiang, and the other is from Master Qi.” Qilin recites the messages to you from memory, and you listen intently.

    Chief Jiang’s message contains a brief update on his investigations: he seems certain that the Zhang family are ultimately behind the incident in Youxia City, and has extended a suggestion that you should leave Chang’an as soon as possible in a bid to draw the Zhang family’s attention away so that he can investigate even more deeply.

    Qi Liuwu, on the other hand, conveys worse news; it seems that he is now on the run from the Beggar’s Sect. His former sect members had attacked him with the intent to capture or kill, but thanks to the Wuying Leipo Kick you taught him, the old beggar had managed to fight his way out of Chang’an, and was now headed to the east. He says that he will meet up with you in Yangzhou, just before the Conference of Swords is scheduled to be held.

    You sigh.

    “Oh, one more thing,” says Qilin. “We encountered that monk, Xuxian, while you were up on the mountain. He was on the run from some goons of Zhang Manlou, and we hid him for a while.”

    “What is he doing back here?” you ask, puzzled. He is probably one of the most wanted pugilists in the jianghu at the moment thanks to what happened at Shaolin.

    “He claims that his teacher instructed him to return to Shaolin Temple and repent for his wrongdoings. It looks like he is genuinely making his way there to beg for forgiveness.”

    You wonder if it is going to end well… you suspect that the monks of Shaolin might not be as free with forgiveness now that Abbot Fangzhang is no more.

    “By the way, darling?” Qilin’s tone of voice is strangely sweet.

    “Y-yes? What is it?”

    “Did anything happen while you were up on Huashan?”

    “Why do you ask?”

    “Oh, I just thought I smelt something on you… no matter. Even if you don’t tell me now, I’ll slowly and lovingly squeeze the truth from you tonight,” she smiles.

    ***

    A. You head east by way of Luoyang, heading towards Shaolin Temple. You might be able to catch up with Xuxian before he arrives at the temple; you would like to speak to him and perhaps offer him safe escort to Shaolin, if needed.

    B. You head east by way of Wudang and Xiangyang. You would like to visit Wudang and check out the situation there, unwelcome as you may be... you wonder how Guo Fu is doing right now.

    ***

    On the way there, you will continue your practice of martial arts. Pick two:

    I. You learn the animal-taming technique, Wudu Fushun, from Qilin. It might be good to have some animal servants in the future.

    II. You learn a form of neigong from Qilin - while your streams are separated, you can allow your qi to take on a poisonous nature: Liedu Zhuanhua Skill (烈毒轉化功, Fierce Poison Transformation Skill), the Wudu Cult's basic neigong skill. It transforms the user's qi into one of a poisonous nature, allowing them to inflict crippling pain upon an opponent even when unarmed. It can also absorb all toxins, turning them into temporary fuel to strengthen the neigong of the practitioner, though at a cost of weakening the body in the long-term if overused.

    III. You learn the Yuhe Finger from Cao’er. Now that you can manipulate your qi, you will be able to use it to heal others.

    IV. You learn the Qingcheng Stab from Yifang, incorporating it into your self-taught technique with the Yuchang Sword. As her skill with it is perfect, watching her demonstration will likely gain you a perfect understanding of the technique.

    V. You learn the Guihe Formation from Yifang, asking her to demonstrate the possible variations for all six members to you until you have memorized it all and are able to execute it by yourself.

    VI. You learn the Qingzi Sword (青字劍, Green Letter Sword) from Song Lingshu, a swift swordplay that is heavily focused on offense; it is said to be one of the quickest sword techniques in the jianghu. Designed to be used in conjunction with the Chengzi Step to form the Qingcheng Sect's famous Qingcheng Jianwu combination technique.

    VII. You learn the Chengzi Step (城字舞, City Letter Step) from Song Lingshu, a defensive qinggong geared towards evading the attack patterns made by weapons, particularly those from the orthodox sects. Designed to be used in conjunction with the Qingzi Sword to form the Qingcheng Sect's famous Qingcheng Jianwu combination technique.

    VIII. You learn the Liushen Shanshen Great Skill (六聖善神大法, Spenta Ormazd Great Skill), from Yunzi and Armaiti – this is the characteristic fiery neigong of the Fire Temple. Your qi will take on the characteristics of fire, augmenting the damage done by your attacks and burning your enemies.

    IX. You learn the Dingdi Step (定地步, Earth-Stabilizing Step) from Armaiti, a technique that allows you to remain in an extremely stable, grounded stance while not losing an ounce of your usual speed. It will increase your defensive ability greatly when employed.

    X. You meditate on Wuxiang Qiankun, attempting to advance your knowledge of the technique to a higher level now that you have had more practical experience with it in a real fight.

    XI. You meditate on Wuxiang Qiankun with Xuezi’s help, allowing her insights to guide your development of the technique in a different direction than you would have on your own.

    ***
     
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  8. profreshinal Arcane

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    posion qi sounds better after every story arc, everywhere we go poison is plenty.


    Conference of swords is going to be interesting, some of these swords are in the hands of our enemies. Chances are the Zhang family holds Yu's family sword.
     
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  9. asxetos Augur

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    B1, I want to trust BJ. She is very vulnerable right now and going for B1 hopefully will sway her to our side.
    A, Going for B1 above means we cannot visit Guo Fu and bring Zhang Family heat onto him. Plus the monk will have useful information.
    X + XI > VI+VII, Is this a valid combo treave? I think we should avoid fire temple tecniques at the momment since they will only lead to loooong debates in the future on wether we should use them or not.
     
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  10. Kipeci Magister

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    Ah, I'm never going to get us to learn Wudu Fushun at this rate... well, fine. I'm sure we can just super-copy stuff when we ultra-master WQ.

    B1 (+1 SWORDS) Also, there's no way that we're going to be able to talk BJ into admitting that she killed zhang. If we'll do we'll just piss her off, and she can just blame it on us anyway and folks will believe her. It's not as if Jing hasn't tried this before.
    A - There should be some sort of solidarity between us legendary-skill folk who are being pursued by the zhang clan, right?
    X XI - Powering up the super move is never a bad idea, especially when it requires a lot of effort over a long period of time. If we're moderately lucky we may get other skill boosts out of this as when we meditated the last time given our extra practice against BJ (or else we empower the mvoe itself), though I'm half expecting the stat boosts to be in drinking or something else weird if they do happen.
     
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    I think that we should take the heat for this:

    Setting ourselves as the bait could have the positive side effect of ensuring that the Zhang family is so focused on ensuring that we die that they don't pay enough heed to Chief Jiang piecing together all their crimes. treave, if we offer to teach Bai Jiutian the Wuxiang Qiankun Skill, will she be at Level 1, or will it take her some time to truly understand the technique? As I understood it, developing formless qi took even Ahura years, and the only reason Jing was a natural at it was because his qi was a great big mess already. I'm inclined to teach her, because nothing says "I'm sorry for raping you" like teaching Miss Bai your most powerful and legendary martial arts technique.

    As for where to go next, the situation with Xuxian seems to be the more pressing one. That whole thing is suspicious to me:

    Xuxian doesn't seem to have a mean bone in his body, yet the info we got from Qi paints him as some sort of violent dude. I'm not sure if I trust the new Abbot, he could be a shill for the Douchebag Generation. If this account is true and Xuxian did attack the Abbot, then I'm sure he must have had good reason to feel threatened. In any case, I have a bad feeling that the Shaolin will simply swarm him and neutralize his neigong if we aren't there to watch out for him.

    As for the techniques, we've got quite a few cool options. I still think that we should improve our skills with the Yuchang Sword, which we've sadly neglected up to this point. It'll also round out our sword skills even more. For the other choice, I'd like to see where Xuezi's insights will lead us.

    B3 B IV XI
     
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  13. treave Arcane Patron

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    Regarding the votes, you can combo however you wish but I'll be taking the top two votes. I might or might not accept conditionals, depending on how hard it is to tally, but if I do I'll take only one conditional.

    As for Wuxiang Qiankun, it'll depend on Bai herself how fast she can progress. You'll just pass on to her all the basics she needs to get started on the meditation. Whether she achieves level 1 quickly or not is on her.
     
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  14. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    B1 A X XI

    First of all we did enough damage to BJ as it is. We can give her WQ for all I care (she is conflicted = craves Jings D). Also she has bad type of neigong (as in singular not chaotic type) for the tech so it will be a delayed activation. Oh and did I mention +1 SWORDS?

    Then we could see what it is with that jinxed monk with lazors.

    And finally MASTER WQ by doing both things.


    BTW treave is there a flying Neigong/Qinggong tech?
     
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  15. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    B3 B IX X
     
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  16. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Also, to the nine hells with whatever Tian'er thinks. We saved her life when we could have left her like that. She doesn't have to thank us, but she has no call to put any blame on us.
     
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  17. Kipeci Magister

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    Hey treave, I know that Qilin is going to attempt to wring some information out of Jing about this but how much does he intend to allow her to know? Something as vague as 'sex with BJ', specifically 'sex with BJ but the dude's a lady' or just nothing at all? And to what extent would this be expected to trickle through his posse if he does tell her anything? BJ seemed pretty definite on no one finding out about this, ever.
     
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  18. Azira Arcane Patron

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    +1 to this vote, except that I wouldn't mind a boost in drinking skill. ;)
     
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  19. treave Arcane Patron

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    Qilin will probably find out as much as she wants to. The news won't travel beyond her. Maybe to Cao'er, but no further.
     
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    B1 trading and misdirecting zhang family.

    A Shaolin B Wudang

    VI. You learn the Qingzi Sword (青字劍, Green Letter Sword) from Song Lingshu, a swift swordplay that is heavily focused on offense; it is said to be one of the quickest sword techniques in the jianghu. Designed to be used in conjunction with the Chengzi Step to form the Qingcheng Sect's famous Qingcheng Jianwu combination technique.

    VII. You learn the Chengzi Step (城字舞, City Letter Step) from Song Lingshu, a defensive qinggong geared towards evading the attack patterns made by weapons, particularly those from the orthodox sects. Designed to be used in conjunction with the Qingzi Sword to form the Qingcheng Sect's famous Qingcheng Jianwu combination technique.

    I understand the need and desire to master our super powered technique, but I like miss song techniques and fire temble techniques more because we can use them more freely.
     
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  22. Nevill Arcane

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    treave, just how much we would be able to learn if we focus on Yuchang Sword? Will it be an equivalent of training with Zhang on the island?

    I wand a second sword technique to match our Minamoto kenjutsu, because of the conference that we are very likely to attend. Not having a technique to go with the legendary sword does not look too good. Will the result of our training be on par with the existing tech in terms of power? We can mimic it from Yifang who knows it perfectly, so we should be able to tell... I think.

    Then again, things are going to get really bad very soon, so maxing on the Wuxiand Qiankun takes priority over learning a pair of moves.

    Will trhe girls continue to pick the moves from our arsenal?

    That would explain what Chanfeng was doing there, too.
     
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  23. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    I have to agree. And on higher levels we will LEARN through WQ, remember guys. I think there should be less empassis on hiding it, we need to train it TO THE MAX!
     
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  24. Azira Arcane Patron

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    I wonder how miss Song would feel about knowing BJ's gender.. Would she seek comfort somewhere? Or would she just go "nobody's perfect" and still sigh dreamily about BJ? :M
     
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  25. Esquilax Arcane

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    Just to stir up some good, old-fashioned Codexian paranoia: much in the same way that we can teach faulty techniques to BJ, she can probably teach faulty swordplay with some subtle flaws in it that would get us killed in a serious fight. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

    :troll:

    Well, the real benefit of Wuxiang Qiankun training will be more in the MYSTARY boosts that it provides than it will in being able to mimic people on our same level of neigong. Realistically, if the Zhang family is coming after us (and they are certainly coming for Xuxian as well) and a few of them know the techniques from the Jiuyang Divine Skill manual, their level of inner strength is going to far outstrip that of our own, so we won't be able to mimic their moves, training or no. From that perspective, I suppose learning more techniques is preferable.
     
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