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

  1. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    We need to chug down a potion of Freudian perception to resolve this possesion matter.
    I am almost sure the demon has penis envy.
     
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  2. treave Arcane Patron

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    The Ten Swords Conference II

    The garden, one of many within the compound, is filled with the song of crickets. You walk with Qilin towards the small pavilion by the pond. Under the waning moon, you can hardly see her expression. The pavilion is lit up by small lanterns hanging from the roof. Nie Wuxing and his wife are sitting there, engaged in idle chatter while she tidies his graying hair. You cast a look around, wondering if Bai Jiutian is spying on you from somewhere. If she is, you see no sign of her. When Nie Wuxing sees you, he rises from his seat, spreading his hands outwards in a gesture of openness. “Young Master Xu. It is good that you decided to accept my invitation.”

    Inclining your head slightly, you say, “It would be remiss of me not to offer my respects to the esteemed leader of the orthodox world and his beautiful lady.”

    “Well met, Xu Jing. I am pleased to see you too, Qilin,” smiles Madam Nie softly. Her tone of voice and demeanour lack the sly sharpness that you had encountered while eavesdropping that night in Huashan: she seems to be every bit a gentle, lovely matron.

    “Madam Nie, the pleasure is all mine,” beams Qilin.

    You notice Madam Nie frowning slightly, but her expression clears up in the next second. “Yes,” she chuckles, “it would be too soon to expect you to call me mother, wouldn’t it? I have hardly been there for you after all. Well, no matter. Come, don’t just stand there. There is room to sit.”

    After the Nie couple settle down opposite you and Qilin, you speak. “Why have I been summoned, Master Nie?”

    “It was just a friendly invitation, not a summoning at all. Let us talk as peers, about the upcoming sword conference,” says Nie affably.

    “Oh, that’s good. For a moment I was worried that you still held a grudge against me for stripping one of your daughters,” you grin, and all that affableness disappears in a flash.

    The crickets cease their chirping as Nie Wuxing stares at you, glowering. He grits his teeth and growls, “Man Tiger Pig, you-“

    There is the sound of a shoe tapping on the ground once. Nie Wuxing’s eyes dart towards Madam Nie for a second, and he coughs, composing himself and stroking his well-groomed beard “Right. Let… let bygones be bygones. I am sure it was just the folly of youth.” Laughing awkwardly, he takes a deep breath before continuing. “Xu Jing, I am sure you are aware of the importance of this conference. It is not just about the jianghu. No, these legendary swords are treasures that represent the values of our country and people. Righteousness. Nobility. Fighting against tyranny. Of these, the Xuanyuan Sword is the most important of all not because of its power but because it symbolizes the right to rule. We cannot simply hand it over to anybody. None of us here at the conference have the right to wield it… under Heaven, there is only one man worthy of that sword.”

    You offer up a name. “Zhang Manlou?”

    The expression on Nie Wuxing’s face is rather enjoyable to behold as his dignified lecture comes grinding to a halt. “W-what are you talking about? That is… that is treason! Do not say such things, even as a joke!” he sputters. “Of course I mean our great Emperor! Who else would I be talking about?”

    “I believe you have many misunderstandings about us, Xu Jing,” says Madam Nie. “Do you think that we seek to overthrow the Emperor, or to cause him harm in any way? We do not. We are loyal to him and his rule. But the Emperor is surrounded by sycophants and foolish advisors, and if we do not deal with these pests they will do irreversible damage to the Empire.”

    “Removing them is our duty, as responsible members of the pugilistic world and loyal servants of the Emperor,” declares Nie Wuxing. “All that we have done thus far, we do for the sake of the country.”

    You do not see exactly how they have contributed, to be honest. Still, you are not here to argue their motives. That would be rather futile at the moment. “Does this mean that you will call for the Xuanyuan Sword to be given to the Emperor?”

    “Yes. That is what I will do tomorrow,” nods Nie Wuxing. “My partners have agreed with my course of action. I was worried that you would have ideas of your own, but my wife pointed out to me your acts of service to the Tang. I knew then that you are a patriot, just like me.”

    “Acts… of service?” How much do they know?

    “You were raised as the prince’s right-hand man, were you not? It is a pity you did not come to Huashan when you were sent away; we could have raised you to greater heights,” smiles Nie. “Your recent actions in Youxia were also… interesting, to say the least. So, what do you say? Will you join me in serving the Emperor’s cause tomorrow? I know you have influence over a few others… your assistance will serve to make tomorrow’s conference merely a formality.”

    “The Emperor is in Chang’an,” Qilin points out. “How would you get the sword to him, Master Nie?”

    “Of course, I would gladly take the duty of transporting it. Huashan is the nearest sect to Chang’an. It would not be out of our way to do so.”

    You let out a short laugh.

    “Is something the matter?” frowns Nie Wuxing.

    “No, it’s nothing. Do you expect me to make a decision right now?”

    “That is unnecessary. I just need you to think about this proposal, Xu Jing. It would be very helpful to your reputation.”

    And his, you think, but you do not say it to his face. “Very well. I will think about it,” you say.

    “Excellent! I am so glad that you see reason, unlike your master.”

    “Oh, he sees reason too. He usually finds it in the guts of people.”

    “R-right. Yes.” Nie Wuxing’s expression grows dark – it is not exactly fear... hatred? Disgust? “I recall hearing that he came with you to Yangzhou. It looks like he has not come to the island.”

    “My dear,” interrupts Madam Nie, “you think about Zhang Jue too much. Still, now that we have time to talk about other things, I am curious about one thing. Qilin?”

    Qilin looks at her mother, her face a mask of polite sweetness. “Yes?”

    “I heard that you have been with Xu Jing for quite some time now. Are the two of you planning on getting married any time soon?”

    Oh no, not another one.

    Qilin shakes her head politely. “It is not time yet. The both of us have too much to do. When the time is right…”

    “That is not good,” mutters Madam Nie, frowning. She raises her finger at you. “Xu Jing, I would appreciate it if you do not toy around with my daughter. I have heard… rumours of your philandering ways. In fact, I have seen evidence of it first-hand.”

    “Wh-what?” explodes Nie Wuxing, rising to his feet. “First-hand! Did he lay a hand on the twins?”

    “I can assure you that I haven’t,” you say, raising your hands. Not the twins, at least.

    “Now, dear, calm down,” sighs Madam Nie as she coaxes him down. “It was an acquaintance of mine. You would not know her… but I am sure Xu Jing does. Quite intimately. Count yourself lucky that you have not sired a bastard child, young man.”

    “I can’t help it if my darling is popular with women,” smirks Qilin. “It only enhances my own reputation further.”

    “That is what you say now, dear daughter.” Madam Nie shakes her head a bit wistfully. “If you do not marry, it will all be for naught. Did you know that your father never married me?” At the mention of Chi Tianxie, Nie Wuxing looks away, evidently displeased. Madam Nie ignores him and continues on. “We lived together but he never officially took me as his wife. He always had other women on the side. I do not know what stories he told you, but I only left him because I had to.”

    “That’s rather easy for you to say at this point, Madam Nie,” Qilin shrugs. She does not deny the accusations of her father’s infidelity, however. You wonder if it is true.

    “I know I haven’t been there for you all these years, but I and Wuxing tried to get you back when you were but a babe.”

    “Yes, we did,” confirms her husband. “We confronted Chi Tianxie to obtain custody of you, but Tulu Huodu intervened.”

    “Even at that time he had decided that you would be his heir, and he would not let you go no matter how I pleaded,” says Madam Nie sadly. “I had my reasons.”

    “Everyone has their reasons. I have chosen my path… I will not be swayed from it at this point, Madam Nie.” Qilin’s voice is quiet but full of resolution as she holds your hand under the table. You give her an encouraging squeeze in return.

    Madam Nie lets out a heavy sigh. “That it may be… but the two of you should heed my words and marry as quickly as possible. Who knows what could happen in the near future… even tomorrow? Life is short. For example, what would you do if my husband offered you Shuixian and Mudan in marriage as a show of his desire to be your comrade?”

    “I never-“ begins Nie, but a glance from his wife cuts him off. He nods. “There would have to be some preparations to be done, but to be honest, I… I think you have the potential… to be a good… ally.” He seems almost pained to speak those words – you have doubt if he believes it himself – but he forces them out anyway. “Not both, of course. No. That would be improper. My best disciple, Bai Jiutian, will take one of them as his wife.”

    You cannot believe that the Nie couple are making such an offer. It isn’t like you succumb to any maiden you come across – you even feel slightly angry on the twins’ behalf, at having such parents. “Hm.” You turn to Qilin. There is an amused smile on her lips. “What should I do? They’re offering me twins.”

    “Don’t be greedy, darling, you already have a set at home. How are you going to take care of another?”

    “I only said one!” growls Nie Wuxing.

    “I am sorry, Master Nie,” you laugh. “I just cannot take this proposal seriously. I mean no offense to the Twin Flowers, for they have indeed blossomed into ladies befitting their name, but you must have forgotten who I am.”

    “Man Tiger Pig cannot be tied down by anyone or anything,” chuckles Qilin.

    “And so I must respectfully decline, Master Nie,” you bow. “They would not be happy with me. Well… until the first night comes around, that is… but you know what I mean.”

    As you expected, he is forced to choke back his rage even as he glares at you.

    It seems that there is nothing else that they have to say. Promising that you will give his proposal due consideration, you leave the pavilion – Nie Wuxing is red-faced and not entirely happy, while Madam Nie is looking at you and Qilin thoughtfully, not anywhere near as ruffled as her husband is. You are unable to guess what she is thinking at all.

    You enjoy the quiet walk back to your chambers with Qilin. “They might still be plotting something,” mutters Qilin, biting her lip. “I don’t think that’s all there is to their plan.”

    “Whatever it is, we will see how it goes tomorrow,” you say. “Get a good night’s sleep. I’ll be back in a while.” You kiss Qilin on the cheek and pat her on the bum, sending her swaying on her way. She seems to be rather pleased; there is a spring in her step. On your part, you wonder what you should do next. At this unearthly hour everyone should be fast asleep, but you are feeling full of energy tonight…

    ***

    A. You head off to have a last minute discussion of Nie’s proposal with Shun: there is no guarantee you can meet up with him tomorrow. If you can manage to convince Shun to reveal himself right after Nie makes his argument, you can end the conference quickly and easily by placing the Xuanyuan Sword into his hands. Still, you are not sure if it is safe for him to do so…

    B. You sneak into Bai Jiutian’s room once again, planning to wake her up for a late night chat. Perhaps she might be able to give you a bit more insight on what her master and mistress have in mind – it all seems too noble for you to believe. You need more information before the conference begins, and she can give it to you.

    C. You attempt to find out more about the mansion and its hostess – you have not yet gotten a glimpse of the Xuanyuan Sword nor of the veiled lady who claims to be Lady Ji’s sister. A night raid might yield surprising results for you.

    D. You think you are better off spending your time in bed, resting in preparation for tomorrow. Sleep is very important. You don't want to doze off at the table tomorrow, after all, or - Heaven forbid - wake up late.
     
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  3. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    I fucking called it! Madam Nie is the one wearing pants in this relationship. Just like Qilin in ours... Well shit, like mother, like daughter?
    Voting for B, Bai deserves a little update so we can backstab the backstabbers with her (I do believe she can be swayed to become a real friend, she might be upright as hell, but so is Lingshu and it worked with her. Talk to her sense of adventure! There must be more to her personality then 'I'm trying so hard to fill these MAN shoes, ANGST!').
     
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  4. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    Poor Nie wuxing.
    Not only does his wife keeps him in tight leash, but Xu Jing trolls him a bit.

    Anyway D
    Sharp and well rested mind is best weapon in conference.
     
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  5. treave Arcane Patron

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    You missed the last chance for that with the long training. As for traps, it's a bit too reliant on the spider silk rather than general trap skill. Maybe, but at this stage a point or two there isn't important anymore.
     
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  6. Nevill Arcane

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    So Bai Jiutian, secretive as she is, told the Madam about us, or the woman have noticed that something was wrong and pried the information out of her, which seems more likely. Madam Nie is the first class manipulator who holds all the threads to her puppets. She even tried to get a grip on Qilin by striking where it hurts the girl the most, and I hope she failed to plant the doubts in her head. We must prepare ourselves for the possibility that our moves were anticipated and that Jiutian might feed us whatever Madam Nie wants us to hear.

    I have half a mind to go to sleep, as I think the other options are rather foolish.

    Still, if there even a remote possibility that Bai Jiutian is an independent player that can break free from the caring claws of her shimu, I feel I have to pursue it.

    B for now.

    Damn, I feel bad for the Twins. First they are pawned off to zhang manxing, now to Man Tiger Pig, and after that it is Bai Jiutian's turn.
     
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  7. asxetos Augur

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    A: I think Shun will know when it is the right time to show up. He doesnt need us to inform him.
    B: This is the most interesting option.
    C: This can turn out very badly if we are caught.
    D: I dont like inaction.
     
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  8. Ifeex Scholar

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  9. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    Nevill I agree completly.

    If we are trailed and go for A everytging goes to shit.

    C might give us some insight but is masively retarded aswell.

    D is a waste of opportunity (but then again sleeping once in a while might help too).

    I hope if we go with B treave will make BJ less 2 dimensional. Id love to hear more of her back story and all...
     
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  10. Nevill Arcane

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    I think any revelations Shun might make will have to wait until our Master arrives, and I really hope he does. Things are rapidly becoming complicated.

    Still, it is nice to know what our enemies have planned, and the plan itself is pretty cunning. It makes it hard to disagree with him in public.

    We'll see how we can derail it, I suppose. Fortunately, all of our allies (except Yandi?) are on board with the fact that we act in the Emperor's interests.
     
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  11. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Glad that worked out. And I think I understand the general outline of their plan: win the vote under Shun's name, send Wuxing to Chang'an and assassinate Shun before he gets there, leaving the sword in Manlou's hands.

    Still deciding between B and D.
     
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  12. Nevill Arcane

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    Do they know where Shun is, though? I don't think so.

    It is obvious that the sword was never intended to reach the Empreror, but there may be several ways it can be achieved.
     
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  13. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    With B I think the upbringing that Nie's gave to BJ might be their plans undoing. She is too righteous for THEIR own good.
     
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  14. Nevill Arcane

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    Just where did you get that? Are we even talking about the same character who sent her shidi to his death at our hands, then attempted to murder him herself twice when no one was looking?
     
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  15. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Palace? They probably don't expect him to be here, but they are expecting to win under his name which throws me off immediately. Planning to off Shun with the help of their legendary manuals after they 'secured' the sword for him would make for one day way to retrieve it.

    By the way, Wuxing could not have been any more fake in his speech. Poor, whipped bastard just wsnts to be loved. :(
     
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  16. Kipeci Arcane

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    D.

    Not getting sleep derailed most of my hopes and dreams in the SPEEEHS!!! part of the Epic, and I don't want that to happen again.
     
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  17. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    But Manxing was EVIL! +M
     
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  18. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Yeah, this soothes ominous. Lets go check and check in with BJ, see if she can provide more insight.
    B
    Hopefully Armaiti or someone else from our gang won't let us oversleep. Babysitting is basically get job here, right?
     
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  19. Nevill Arcane

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    Do you mean yet another marriage proposal, or a barely veiled threat?

    I get a feeling Madam Nie wants to get rid of us by whatever means, as we have proven ourselves an ally to the Emperor and a thorn in her side, but she also wants to spare her daughter, so she tries to distance her from us. It is not working out, though.

    The question is, what does she love more, her daughter, or her ambitions? I think we know the answer.
     
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  20. Nevill Arcane

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    Nevertheless, I find it funny how the man tries to put up a show of how he is still in control of the situation, to keep at least an appearance of dignity, while being totally oblivious to how ridiculous he looks like. "Yes, I can sell my daughters out, but not more than one! I have standarts!" :lol:
     
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  21. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    Its kind of sad. Sure he is crooked, but his wife just pushes him even further.
    His wife is the Emperor Palpatine.
     
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  22. Kz3r0 Arcane Sad Loser

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    Why anyone thinks tha they are lying?
    By taking control of the pugilist world they have basically become as powerful as the emperor, and by pledging loyalty to him they are shielding themselves by being declared traitors and their entire clan exterminated.
    It's possible that this is just a stratagem to have the emperor allow them to take power while is not yet secured, but is not so far fetched that they are not really planning to overthrow the emperor now or anytime else.

    Votan:
    D
     
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  23. Nevill Arcane

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    Because they chose to ally with the zhang clan, and not with the Emperor?
    Because the zhang clan is interested not in giving the power away to Huashan, but in seizing it for themselves?
    Because the zhang clan already committed treason by attacking the imperial constables and stealing the manual - and Huashan are directly involved?
    Because there is a speculation that the zhang clan have planned for the conference way back when they murdered the Xiahou clan?
    Because Luoying manor, to which Taoying island is apparently a successor, was always anti-government?
    Because of Nie Wuxing's reaction at a mention of manlou's name?
    Because of ten more reasons I am not bothering to remember right now?

    Yeah, there is no way they are sincere. And Shun has no illusions about the matter, either:
    But feel free to cooperate with them. :lol:
    By the way, do not forget that Madam Nie is connected to the Youxia incident (making her guilty of treason if it is ever proven). She mentioned it in passing when we visited Bai Jiutian:
     
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  24. Jester Arbiter

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    A sound best. We got more than half conference ready to protect Emperor.
     
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  25. Kashmir Slippers Magister

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    A We brought a lot of people with us to be able to defend against... something. we might as well help the Emperor. Besides, Nie and his cohorts are going to try make the plan pan out anyway, so we might as well try to work it in our favor.
     
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