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

  1. Kipeci Arcane

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  2. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Oddly truncated, think you've missed a few words here?
     
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  3. Azira Arcane Patron

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    And yes. Yao's been a bro to us. B1
     
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  4. treave Arcane Patron

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    Fixed, thanks for catching.
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    God...dammit, Yao. Crazy old coot done goofed.
    B3. Let the Emei come and rescue him. Song Lingshu needs to be alive for Zhang's challenge. That and I want to curb our bloodthirsty streak; while I really admire Zhang, that's one trait I don't need.
     
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  6. treave Arcane Patron

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    You just need to paint the words "Xu Jing, Apprentice of the Southern Maniac was here" in her blood all over her room's walls. That would satisfy Zhang's requirement and amuse him tremendously.
     
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  7. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    So if we assassinate her it will not fulfill Zhang's quest?

    I'm leaning towards B1/B3, not sure if in B1 we would be making the same mistake as Yao and endangering Cao'er. Though killing her in B3 shouldn't be too hard if we can find her.
     
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  8. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Why stop there? Let's rape the corpse, put it up on the main square, legs spread wide, and make her a necklace of her own intestines.
    And sign our name plus where to find us.
    :troll:
     
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  9. Nevill Arcane

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    What does B2 imply? Intimidating Lingshu into releasing Yao? Or just Cao'er? Or both?
     
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  10. treave Arcane Patron

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    Basically if you take responsibility for it, it'll fulfill Zhang's requirement. After all, having an assassin sneak in and kill the head of the school a week or so after the previous head was assassinated is humiliatingly inept.

    Yes. You can't demand she do it on the spot, because there's nothing stopping her from raising the alarm or fleeing while she is bringing you all the way to the dungeons, but you'll tell her that if Yao isn't released, you will be paying her visits until she does. And if he is executed, she might as well not wake up. Of course, you'll also tie her up and gag her so that you can make off with Cao'er more safely.

    But if we're doing that much already, why not just kidnap her to ransom Yao? Jing should be strong enough to carry her and Cao'er over the walls. Hm...

    Though I suppose it doesn't solve the problem of Qingcheng's feud against Yao and might even worsen it.

    edit: Or if you guys have any better ideas on how to negotiate in A2 or B2 with the knowledge you now have about the event, go ahead and throw it up for discussion.
     
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  11. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    B3. Get Cao'er out of here and send the cavalry for the old man. To hell with assassination work, I never asked for this. If Yao is so determined to go through with this he can do it himself when he gets better. Our priority must be Cao'er.
     
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  12. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    B3.

    Cao'er first, Lingshu we do the challenge after.
     
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  13. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I'm glad we pushed and wheedled and edged for A. The fact that the daughter was also the target of Yao's price and that she knows it means that negotiations would not have gotten us as far, or given us as much information.

    I have to think on the current choice a bit more...
     
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  16. Nevill Arcane

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    I actually don't have a good answer to this.

    My kneejerk reaction would be B3 - honoring Yao's request while not condoning his madness. Why do people want to go with B1? The girl is sinless here, it was old Jiangke who abused his power. What could posssibly make you want to murder her in cold blood? This is just insane.

    However, I can't help but feel that continuing with our stealth mission to lead Cao'er out is pushing our luck. She may not be held in a dungeon, but she is still a prisoner. There should still be guards around, and she is in a very crowded place. Sneaking her out would be complicated, and you do not really expect her to jump over the wall with you, do you? And you only have 2 hours left until dawn.

    But I don't feel like I can ignore the old man, either. He is obviously planning something, and he wants Cao'er out of here when the time comes. He probably wants to go through with the assasination attempt when Emei will be paying a visit.

    The following line is strange:
    Note the use of "likely" and "instead", as wel as that Cao'er's rescue must be kept secret. The initial plan was not for the nuns to rescue Yao. What, then, did they intend to do? Did he plan for them to get Cao'er out, and now that we are here, he changed his plans?

    I want this bloody feud to be over, and B3 does not seem like a way to do it, not to mention it can blow in our face with disastrous consequences. I am almost tempted to go A1 or A2. Will need to hear what others think of our chances.
     
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  17. Esquilax Arcane

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    treave, I have an idea that would be a combination of A3 and B2: we use our mask to threaten Song Lingshu tonight and break her psychologically. After that, we beat a hasty retreat out of the school. When morning comes, we return to issue Zhang's challenge against Song Lingshu tomorrow while she's distraught and sleep-deprived.

    She would be in no position to accuse us of being the person who threatened her the night before - she would have no proof, and the idea of another assassin coming so close after the previous one would be implausible. Of course, during the fight itself, we'd pull her close and reveal that we stopped in for a visit the night before.

    Anyways, I knew that things weren't quite as rosy between Qingcheng and Emei as Yifeng believed:

    Expect to see a lot of this inter-sect covert warfare among orthodox types. If we had gone to Emei, it's possible that they would have used Jing as an enforcer to do some dirty work for them in exchange for calling off the Castration Nuns for a little while.

    Nevill, I think Yao's plan was this before we happened to show up: he was expecting to die, but because he's had a long relationship with the Emei nuns in the past, I am speculating that they might have had an agreement to take Cao'er in should he die during her apprenticeship. Even though we don't know the details, Yao is a brilliant man, and should we complete his tasks, I think it'll all work out in the end.

    Not voting yet.
     
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  18. Nevill Arcane

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    He is not one to back out from requesting his price. He fully believes Lingshu has to die.
    The line I quoted implies that if Cao'er is freed, the nuns won't come. The Emei do not seem to care about Yao himself. Perhaps he promised them a new member?
    I think he is planning to free himself once he is healed and murder Lingshu while Emei visit and search for Cao'er (will they come in peace, or will they invade the place? They are allies with Qingcheng). I don't see this working out well unless we intervene. But of course, we can make things even worse.
     
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  19. Jester Arbiter

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    We have possibility of getting two young lady's from this and no one is pursuing it? I think that explaining the whole situation to her could be interesting.

    And vanishing of heir could be nice smoke screen.
     
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  20. Kashmir Slippers Magister

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    We are not our master. The only reason we took the price at the Songfeng school was because the guy was a dick. Rescuing Cao'er is paramount.
     
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  21. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Cao'er has some connection to the Emei, that much is certain. As if she is an estranged Emei neophyte, or for some other reason, the Emei value Cao'er - and not Yao. As if they learnt we had rescued Cao'er, they wouldn't bother with Yao...?
     
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  22. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    theory: Cao'er was originally Emei. While healing the Emei abbes of terminal illness, Yao discovered Cao'ers immortal eyes and wanted her as an apprentice instead of the usual price. The Emei could not accept this without imposing one rule for Yao; Cao'er must not kill. And now the emei are coming to rescue her. Not Yao.
     
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  23. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Pretty much, and I hate the idea of being anyone's pet Lithuania Hitman, so I am against assassinating her for Yao. Also, it's not Zhang's methods and techniques I think will make us a bloodthirsty douche, it's our Inner Khorne that will. In other words, it's up to us to use his teachings for good or ill. The girl is innocent, this is Yao's crazy talking here. If he wants to exact his price, let him. He has a plan with the Emei, they will probably come for him once they find out Cao'er is absent. As to why:
    Simple,
    He wanted to make us her caretaker. When we went with Zhang, he had to change his arrangments and pull favors with the Emei: if he dies, they take her into the convent. Now, I'm sure the nuns would love to have such a promising medic on their side, especially one that can use pressure points.
    Thing is, I'm not okay with her joining the convent.
     
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  24. Nevill Arcane

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    Let us gather our facts.

    1) Yao wants Lingshu dead.
    2) He is prepared to die for it, for it is a matter of principle to him
    3) Nuns are coming to take care of Cao'er. And if Yifeng story is of any indication, they care for young girls by enlisting them in their sect.
    4) The old Song is the one at fault here, not Lingshu.
    5) Cao'er is kept in better conditions than Yao. This shows that Lingshu is able to differentiate between her father's murderer and the assistant that is innocent of his crimes.

    The nuns might be desperate for a new member, especially the one that has a rare trait. Can you imagine what a fighter she would be with Immortal Eyes? This is not just a sword that have waited for them for a hundred years and can wait for another. This is an urgent matter to them. We want to prevent (3) at all costs. Now that I think of it, going to Emei would be a horrible, horrible idea, unless you plan to swindle them out of Cao'er somehow.

    Combining (4) and (5), there is a good chance that Lingshu is actually a decent person, unlike her father. He was rotten and unworthy to be a head of a major orthodox sect. There is also a matter of recent change in policies, though for now it is unclear why it happened.

    We might want to prevent (1). And (2), for that matter, but it is contrary to (1) for the moment.

    I am seriously considering Song diplomacy with A2. The reason why I do so while I was opposed to it at first is that we have learned several important facts:

    * Song Jiangke was corrupt. He tried to wiggle his way out of the payment and gone against his word. This behavior is disgraceful for an orthodox, and defending such conduct brings dishonor to the entire school.
    * Lingshu might not know that the circumstances that led to the death of her father were that Yao saved her own life.
    * Nuns, that she considers her allies, are planning something in Qingcheng that Lingshu does not expect.

    If Lingshu is more trustworthy than her father, and we can put a right spin on these facts, we might come to an understanding. But there is a more difficult matter, and that is Yao himself. How do we make him back off? Would saving his life from execution be payment enough for him to spare Lingshu? Life for a life, and all that? Esquilax, Baltika9? Did I miss something?

    This is a mess. It would be so much easier if there was a living and tangible villain we could scewer and be proud about it.
     
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  25. Kipeci Arcane

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    We swore a debt to Yao, we should fulfill it in its entirety if possible.
     
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