Official RPG Codex Discord Server

  1. Welcome to rpgcodex.net, a site dedicated to discussing computer based role-playing games in a free and open fashion. We're less strict than other forums, but please refer to the rules.

    "This message is awaiting moderator approval": All new users must pass through our moderation queue before they will be able to post normally. Until your account has "passed" your posts will only be visible to yourself (and moderators) until they are approved. Give us a week to get around to approving / deleting / ignoring your mundane opinion on crap before hassling us about it. Once you have passed the moderation period (think of it as a test), you will be able to post normally, just like all the other retards.
    Dismiss Notice

[LP CYOA] 傳

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

  1. Nevill Arcane

    Nevill
    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2009
    Messages:
    11,120
    Shadorwun: Hong Kong
    So, then, a question to those who chose 1A.

    How are we going to introduce ourselves to our opponents? Registering is one thing, but what do we do once the fight starts? An orthodox is expected to state their school, as this is their pride and honor to belong to one. What do we say?
     
    ^ Top  
  2. Baltika9 Arcane

    Baltika9
    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2012
    Messages:
    9,537
    'K, let's do it. I'm loving this idea.
     
    ^ Top  
  3. treave Arcane Patron

    treave
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    11,311
    Codex 2012
    It'll be easier with 1B. With 1A you'll have to procure another crest if you want to both compete and send someone else in.
     
    ^ Top  
  4. Zero Credibility Arcane

    Zero Credibility
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,925
    Come on people - vote for 2B. I want to find out what happen to Yao and Cao'er. Where are those two weirdos, what have they been doing since we left them, did Cao'er already pass that test or does she need our help? We can work out the debt to Yao and he can help us, both with medicine and advice on how to best handle our opponents - especially important for 1B voters, we would need a master to help us analyze our opponents if we are only spectating.
     
    ^ Top  
  5. Nevill Arcane

    Nevill
    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2009
    Messages:
    11,120
    Shadorwun: Hong Kong
    Funny you should say that. How do you see 1B winning?

    *Sigh*. I should have known that the only way to play ninja at the 'Dex is to be a Highly Visible Ninja. We'll end up an unholy hybrid between Boshen and Minsc.

    "None shall see me... THOUGH MY BATTLECRIES MAY GIVE ME AWAY!!!"
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
    • Brofist Brofist x 3
    ^ Top  
  6. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

    ERYFKRAD
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2012
    Messages:
    20,158
    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    'sway better than hiding under teacups, strictly speaking.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  7. Zero Credibility Arcane

    Zero Credibility
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,925
    Well, I don't at this point, but if people are going to vote 1B then 2B makes sense because:
     
    ^ Top  
  8. Baltika9 Arcane

    Baltika9
    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2012
    Messages:
    9,537
    Look, we took 1B in the last update to make Jing a more cunning and reserved fighter, going anonymously* is very in-character for that. I could see the 1C or 1D choices going to participate directly, the first one for his theatrics and charisma and the second one for the fighting (we could have played off a dumb brute rather easily), but not this more cunning version of Jing. With all the feints and tricks available to us, plus the anonymous cover, we can really troll a lot of the contestants and learn so much about them through using our sneaking skills and putting a stunt-double out there to gauge their reactions to Zhang's "apprentice" that we'll come out with a decent amount of knowledge and they'll have shit-nothing.

    LWC1996, you are right that I want to keep them out of danger and your again right that I want to get this shit settled ASAP. We procrastinated enough as it is, all the meanwhile that psycho is out at large in the world (corrupting all the young girls with her ridiculous teachings about betrayal; how will build our harem with that? She's our ultimate nemesis!), and she is a threat to Shun, whom I also worry for since he's our first, one and only BRO. There is also the fact that our Scholarbro went there before we parted ways, which means there's a good chance we may into him. So, yes, I'm sticking with 2B, because I'm a Mother Hen.
    Sadly, we're not Fighter-Jing, we must act appropriately and play to ours strengths, otherwise it's us who's going to get played.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  9. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

    ERYFKRAD
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2012
    Messages:
    20,158
    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Jing seems to be going more and more into a spy route, in my opinion.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  10. Kipeci Arcane

    Kipeci
    Joined:
    May 22, 2012
    Messages:
    2,978
    Location:
    Vicksburg
    I say we took it to augment his natural speed in the swift combat specialties he has in unarmed fighting and stabbing with swords, in addition to being somewhat more perceptive of the tricks of his enemies. Able to dodge the blows of his foes even while analyzing them, he will be better at absorbing information from them in a straight up fight. See how that works?

    I detest stealthy spy shenanigans as banal, at least with this character.
     
    ^ Top  
  11. Baltika9 Arcane

    Baltika9
    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2012
    Messages:
    9,537
    Oh trust me man, I'm as pissed as you are and my butt will be sore for a long while about that. To explain how I feel:

    But we can't let our personal desires to get in the way of what makes sense, and for the this Jing, it's 1B.
    Sorry man, that's the name of the game that will work for us. We must also consider his mental state (trolololing) as well as his physical state now. 1B plays to that perfectly and makes sense in the context. We must capitalize on all our strengths, this dude has shifted to a more "tactical" level, as opposed to a "confrontational" one, it only makes sense for us to take advantage of that. This tournament is absolutely not our goal, our goal is beating them in their schools in the most humiliating manner possible. That means turning the flow of information that Esquilax so perfectly described to our advantage.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
    • Brofist Brofist x 2
    ^ Top  
  12. Nevill Arcane

    Nevill
    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2009
    Messages:
    11,120
    Shadorwun: Hong Kong
    No. No, we may not, and will not into him. The Harem King must draw a line somewhere.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  13. Grimgravy Augur Patron

    Grimgravy
    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2013
    Messages:
    3,359
    Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire
    The whorehouse can't move and is terribly unlikely to be destroyed. The same can't be said for Master Yao and Cao'er. Choose 2B, people.
     
    ^ Top  
  14. treave Arcane Patron

    treave
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    11,311
    Codex 2012
    1. A - 14, B - 7
    2. A - 11, B - 10

    ***
    Closing the votes with AA victory.
     
    ^ Top  
  15. Zero Credibility Arcane

    Zero Credibility
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,925
    Wait a second treave - I think you miscounted Lambchop19 vote. I think he flopped to BB, which would make a 2B victory.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 2
    ^ Top  
  16. treave Arcane Patron

    treave
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    11,311
    Codex 2012
    Huh, looks like it. Thanks for spotting. So it's AB then.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 2
    ^ Top  
  17. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

    The Brazilian Slaughter
    Joined:
    May 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,873,328
    Location:
    Belém do Pará
    Whew, thought we were gonners there. Saved from the uhihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihih!

    Still think we should't have participated, we're gonna give away our unique advantages and when we start, fuckers will come loaded with qi-rending techniques that give us the hurt.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  18. Jester Arbiter

    Jester
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2013
    Messages:
    1,493
    I sense power of Quadra post. How the hell you did it?
     
    ^ Top  
  19. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

    ERYFKRAD
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2012
    Messages:
    20,158
    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Teh powahz of mobile slowness.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  20. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

    Storyfag
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2011
    Messages:
    9,653
    Location:
    A Dark Place
    Man, this thread sure does grow fast.

    Too bad we had to abandon Master Yao, but I think there was no other choice :(

    treave, does defeating the other disciples at the tournament count for our new Master's purpose of humiliating the orthodox sects?
     
    ^ Top  
  21. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

    ERYFKRAD
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2012
    Messages:
    20,158
    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Only if we declare ourselves to be his disciple.
     
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  22. treave Arcane Patron

    treave
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    11,311
    Codex 2012
    Yup, and they have to be acknowledged as one of the best in their age group. You'll find out rather early from locker room gossip who are the candidates from each sect for you to exterminate now that you've chosen to participate.
     
    ^ Top  
  23. treave Arcane Patron

    treave
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2008
    Messages:
    11,311
    Codex 2012
    Rumours of Qingcheng

    After searching fruitlessly for a few days, you are forced to trade away a good amount of your rations to a beggar for news of Master Yao and Cao’er; the Southern Maniac was not the type to have money lying around for your perusal. The beggar, looking slightly put off at the dried gall bladders and jerky, decided to fulfil his part of the bargain anyway. You found out that he had last been spotted heading west, to Chengdu.

    ***

    The sparse vegetation rustles. You hear shouts. Men, their voices coarse and mocking. You lightly run up a nearby tree, nimbly catching onto a branch and pulling yourself up to find a vantage point. You’ve heard from the traders that this route is infested with bandits. Perhaps this is one of those encounters.

    A young nun backs out of the bushes; it’s the same rookie that you fought on Yinhu Island. She has replaced the skull cap you took from her. Three more thugs waving axes surround her, shouting and leering. The nun – Sister Yifang, you believe she was called – draws her sword and takes a stance. The bandits laugh at her. One of them steps forward, striking at her with the back of his axe – it seems that they plan on taking her alive.

    The nun leans backwards to avoid the attack and cuts the man’s arm smoothly in one single motion. A thick red line appears across his hairy forearm. As the bandit shouts out in pain, his comrades lash out at the nun in retaliation. Her footwork is light and agile, carrying her away from the wild strikes of the bandits with ease. However, her counterattacks only manage to scratch the bandits, doing little else. From your perch, you quickly understand the nun’s problem. Although she is skilled for her age, she is afraid to hurt them. Her nervous slashes lack killing intent.

    Slowly but surely, the bandits corner the nun. She backs into the tree that you are on, finding nowhere to run.

    You leap off the branch without warning, landing knee-first on the face of one of the bandits.You feel his nose squash under your knee as you smash him to the ground. Rolling back to your feet, you immediately bring your heel down on the fallen man hard. There is the sound of cracking bone, though you do not bother looking at your handiwork. Instead, you take the measure of your remaining opponents. They are strong men but clearly untrained and unrefined.

    The first attack comes, the axe’s head whistling through the air. Your arm sweeps out and intercepts his swing before it reaches its apex. With your left hand you dig into the man’s inner wrist; you tighten your grasp and rip your fingers away. Blood trails along with your fingers, your claws splitting his skin and tearing his tendons at the same time. The bandit’s hand seizes up painfully as he drops the axe. At the same time, you adopt the stance of the Chuzhan Fist. Breathing in deeply, you take a quick half step forward as you drive your vertical fist into his chest with all your might, unleashing your inner strength in an brief, explosive burst. The man is thrown backwards, crashing into a nearby tree. He flops to the ground and lies still, as leaves from the shaken tree fall all around him. When you turn around, the other bandit has turned his back to run. You crouch – from this distance you can reach him with a single pounce.

    Before you can do so, a hand pulls at your sleeve. “No, Master Xu! Don’t do it! You must not kill and add to your bad karma!” You shake your arm free and turn around to frown at the nun.

    “Well, I did not kill them. See, they’re still alive,” you say.

    You go over to inspect the men that you had beaten. The first one has his nose entirely squashed, and from the way the entire front of his face is slightly caved in, even if he is not dead now he will not be waking in the next few days. The other man is not moving at all, blood trickling from his eyes, ears, nose and mouth. His eyes are blank and staring, and he doesn’t seem to be breathing.

    “Well… it was an accident,” you say. You had spent a lot of time attacking the Southern Maniac with all of your strength, only for him to laugh it off. Evidently the bandits are not in the same league of durability as your master.

    The nun begins praying fervently over the bodies, chanting a sutra over and over again. You scratch your head as you look around you awkwardly. She can probably find her own way from here. Turning around, you walk off. “Wait, Master Xu!” The nun shouts at you breathlessly as she catches up, having finished her prayers. “What is it now, sister?” You look around you, searching for paths through the woods which you can take to lose her.

    She looks up at you with her clear dark eyes and frowns. “Master Xu, I was praying for your sin of murder to be cleansed and forgiven. It is not polite to walk off just like that.”

    You laugh. “Thank you, sister. I will find an opportunity to repay you for your service.” As you turn away, she calls for you to stop again. With a sigh, you whirl back to face the nun. “What is it now?”

    The nun begins to fidget. “Ah, it seems… you see… I’m not too familiar with forests.” So, she’s lost. You give her a pitying look. Leaving her stranded here would be cruel. She may be a Castration Nun out for the sword and your testicles, but you don’t really regard them as your mortal enemy. They are just doing their job after all. With a nod, you beckon at the nun to follow. Her face breaks out into a dazzling, grateful smile.

    ***

    Three days after you saved the nun, you still have not managed to get rid of her. For three days and three nights she followed you, preaching Buddhist sutras in an effort to get you to abandon your evil ways. You feel like Monkey being pestered by the Xuanzang Monk. It has gotten to a point where you are half-tempted to send her off with the Yuchang Sword and face Zhang’s punishment instead.

    “Why are you separated from Sister Miaozhu and the rest?” you ask. The question has been bothering you for a while – you see no sign of the other nuns, and you doubt they could catch you in an ambush nowadays.

    “We were summoned back urgently by the Abbess. I am not privy to the knowledge; only Sister Miaozhu knows, but apparently it has something to do with Qingcheng. We got separated somewhere back when the bandits attacked. I don’t think they would look for me because we were needed to hurry back to Emei. In such a situation, they would have had to obey the orders and move on without me.”

    “Such irresponsible nuns,” you grumble.

    “I believe you are kind at heart, Master Xu. You would never have saved me if you weren’t. If you repent and turn over a new leaf, I am sure you will do much good in the world,” says Yifang very earnestly. You sigh and ask her a question before she can begin trying to convince you of the error of your ways again.

    “I am curious, sister. How old were you when you were sent to Emei?”

    “I am an orphan. I grew up in the care of the nuns,” she replies with a smile. “I owe all I have in my life to them and the Buddha’s teachings.”

    Well, that explains part of her behaviour. Suddenly, you are reminded of one of the teachings you received back in the palace, from an old Buddhist monk. Perhaps this will work. “Sister,” you say sweetly and slyly, though she does not show any signs of suspecting the sudden change in your tone, “To save a person, you must know that person. You cannot save that which you do not know, for not even the Buddha will claim to know the hearts of all men. There is sin within, but to cleanse that sin on my behalf, you have to understand that sin. This is what I have heard from a master monk, many tens of years older than us. He said, before you wish for the salvation of a person, first ask yourself this question: who is this person?”

    “Who… is this person?” she repeats.

    “That is right,” you smile. “Who is this person that stands before you? Ponder upon that, learned sister.” With that, you stop the conversation, leaving her to puzzle over the question. That should shut her up for a while. If she is going to Emei, that is on your way – Emei is very close to Chengdu. You suppose you could let her tag along, loathe as you are to do so. The naïve girl wouldn’t survive a day on her own, you’re sure.

    ***

    You manage to reach Chengdu in relative peace and quiet, as Yifang is preoccupied with your question. Wasting no time, you begin getting to work searching for rumours of Master Yao. Unfortunately, what you hear makes your heart sink.

    According to word on the street, Master Yao has been captured just a week ago after fleeing from his assassination of the head of the Qingcheng Sect, Song Jiangke. The story goes that Yao was called to heal Song of an ailment, but the mad physician decided to kill his patient instead. As far as you can tell, Cao’er has been captured and imprisoned along with him. The new head of the sect, the previous leader’s daughter, Song Lingshu, plans to execute Master Yao in a few days for his murder of her father.

    “That is horrible,” says Yifang, her hands put to her mouth. “I know of the Killer Physician, he used to pay frequent visits to the Abbess. I didn’t think he was the sort to do such a thing.”

    “I don’t think he’s the sort to do such a thing,” you say quietly.

    “I-I can help you, Master Xu,” says the nun nervously. “Emei and Qingcheng have been long-time allies because of their proximity. I might be able to get the Abbess to do something about this.”

    “I don’t think I want to be in the favour of Emei when I still hold your precious sword,” you laugh. “It’s okay, I will figure out something on my own.”

    “Stubbornness is one of your bad traits, Master Xu,” she says. “Help will be given to those who ask for it. That is one of the principles of Emei. If… if you’re unwilling to seek the sect’s aid, I could perhaps help talk to Qingcheng for you. I know Miss Song. We were childhood friends, so I could talk to her.”

    “Why are you so keen to help me out?” you ask suspiciously.

    “I’m not sure,” she bites her lip. “Is helping people a bad thing? I can’t stand by and do nothing when someone is in trouble.”

    Truly, she is an earnest child that should have stayed cloistered on Mount Emei.

    ***

    A. You do not need her help. Tonight you will head towards Mount Qingcheng, sneak into the compound by yourself and locate Master Yao and Cao’er. You are confident enough in your abilities to do so.

    B. You will ask for her help in talking to Song Lingshu, daughter of the recently deceased. Of course, you will keep your identity a secret. You will then use that opportunity to scout the surrounding area, should negotiations fall apart and Yifang fail to convince the new head of Qingcheng.

    C. You will request Emei’s help in saving Master Yao. It is not too far away; if it is true that the Abbess knows the Killer Physician, perhaps she will be willing to help out. They might demand for the sword in compensation, but you will cross that bridge when you get to it.

    D. Since you are at Qingcheng, you might as well get started on Zhang’s challenge to save time. You will set Master Yao and Cao’er’s freedom as your price should you win; if you lose, they get to name whatever price they wish. You will have to think of a way to force them to accept the challenge, but you are sure you can come up with something.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
    • Brofist Brofist x 6
    ^ Top  
  24. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

    ERYFKRAD
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2012
    Messages:
    20,158
    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    B>D.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
    • Brofist Brofist x 1
    ^ Top  
  25. Kashmir Slippers Magister

    Kashmir Slippers
    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2011
    Messages:
    1,018
    Location:
    Here, obviously

As an Amazon Associate, rpgcodex.net earns from qualifying purchases.