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

  1. treave Arcane Patron

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    Riverside Rest

    When you arrive at the meeting spot the next morning, just outside the gates of Yangzhou, Nie Wuxing eyes your entourage warily, a frown creasing his brow. He seems to be looking at Yunzi. “So, Xu Jing… you are travelling with the Holy Maiden of the Fire Cult?” he asks, rather authoritatively. In front of all of his followers he probably feels that it is required of him to have his usual airs of being the leader of the orthodox sects.

    “This is extremely disreputable, even for you,” chimes in Liu Ye, the leader of Kunlun Sect. His friend, Su Cheng, agrees quickly. “Why would you bring a murderous foreign witch along with you?”

    Yunzi’s face turns red in anger, preparing to retaliate with a word or two, or even perhaps a choice attack to their faces, but you wave one finger quickly in warning, causing Armaiti to hold her back. She whispers in her Holy Maiden’s ear, attempting to get the furious girl to calm down. “Many things have happened in the past few years. As it so happens, I have heard that the Fire Temple is no longer as belligerent as it once was, and I thought this was a good way to allow them to understand how peaceful the land is under the protection of the Eight Sects,” you explain.

    “Is that so? Are you not merely bewitched by that foul slattern?” gestures Su Cheng angrily.

    “Your mother is a slattern!” spits Yunzi vulgarly in response, and you sigh. Su Cheng takes a step forth, apparently so offended that he is willing to come to blows over it. When he realizes that no one else has come forward, however, that single step appears to be all he is willing to take.

    “That is quite enough, my friends,” interrupts Nie Wuxing. “As orthodox pugilists we must demonstrate restraint and mercy. Just be careful around the Holy Maiden so that we can keep the imperial treasure safe, and I think all else will be fine. Xu Jing, you will ensure your group does not come into conflict with my people, will you not?”

    “If you did not want any conflict in the first place, you should have shut your stinky mouth and not asked about the Holy Maiden’s presence,” says Xuezi loudly. She has been in a rather bad mood ever since returning from Taoying Island.

    “I… what?” Nie Wuxing steps back, stroking his beard in alarm at the child’s outspokenness. He seems to be at a loss about how to respond; should he lecture her for her foul mouth, or treat her like a gentle, caring uncle?

    “Perhaps we should be moving on,” says the Sword Saint calmly, appearing behind the orthodox contingent with his disciple.

    A wave of murmurs spread throughout the pugilists as they turn to salute him and notice his missing arm. Su Liaojing gives you – or rather, your arm – an impassive glance.

    Nie Wuxing seems rather taken aback at Shangguan Chuji’s arrival. “Chuji shidi, I… did not expect to see you here. And… your arm…”

    “I had a terrible accident, which is the real reason why I had to miss the Conference,” lies the Sword Saint with a straight face. “I am very much in favour of Xu Jing’s idea that we present the Xuanyuan Sword to the Emperor, however. Will you allow me to accompany you on this journey, Nie shixiong?”

    “Xu Jing’s idea… yes,” mutters Nie Wuxing.

    “I can see no reason why not, dear Shangguan,” smiles his wife, who has remained quiet thus far. “We have not travelled together for many years.”

    “Thank you,” bows the Sword Saint politely.

    “By the way,” continues Madam Nie, “Minyue? Where are you? Your master is here. Come, it is rude to hide. Shuixian, where is she?”

    One of the Huashan twins coaxes an unwilling Zhang Minyue out in front of the Sword Saint. “H-h-hello again, Master Shangguan. How have you been?” she stutters, not willing to meet his eyes.

    He stares at her blankly for a while, before the light of recognition flashes in his eyes. “Oh, right. You. Thank you, my good disciple. I have been well.”

    As the purported master and student begin an awkward conversation for the benefit of those around them, you unconsciously twitch the right arm that he has so kindly bestowed upon you. Cao’er’s technique was sublime – though you had to painfully remove what was left of your own arm, it seemed to be a divine miracle that you could even move this donated arm. The process of fully joining the arm was excruciating, and even now it did not feel anywhere near as comfortable as your old one… still, she had assured you that it would improve quickly with time. For now, you still had problems channelling your qi through your new right arm.

    ***

    The trip to present the Xuanyuan Sword began without any further issues. Even though the journey was ostensibly to be conducted together, the orthodox pugilists seemed to keep their distance from you. Liu Qi and Su Liaojing have stayed with the group, along with their masters, but the rest of the younger pugilists have departed for their respective mountains. Bai Jiutian has kept a quiet distance from you, seemingly deep in thought, while the Twin Flowers constantly stare at you with a mixture of suspicion and irritation.

    Zuo Qingfeng and You Lanhai had left a note saying that they had been informed of their children’s new location by an Imperial agent, and rushed ahead by themselves. They had thanked you for your intercession with the Emperor, and hoped that they would meet you again on better terms in the very near future.

    Qi Liuwu and Jiu Mou, keeping a low profile after their victory over Chief You, are also travelling separately to Xiangyang with a small group of their most loyal beggars. It looks like they plan a decisive strike to end this beggar civil war.

    Of Master Zhang there was no news, but you have an uneasy feeling that he might choose to appear at the worst possible time.

    In the meantime, you reach your first stop, barely a day away, at the riverbank. Storm clouds are gathering above your head, and the water level of the river has risen to a risky mark. It looks like you can only start travelling along the river, towards Xiangyang, tomorrow; the boatmen are refusing to go anywhere at the moment. While awaiting the boats, you would have the opportunity to rest at a riverside shelter built specifically for travellers.

    It is not a very comforting shelter – even if spacious, the building is nothing more than four walls and a roof. As the rain begins to fall over your head, spattering against the tiles, you wonder if you should take the opportunity to chat with someone. It might also be a good time for you to consider your future training; though most of your time will be taken up with teaching Qilin, you think you can still squeeze in some light practice here and there.

    ***

    Your practice will focus on:

    A. The new arm you have, attempting to get back into shape quickly and to see if you can derive any new insights from its presence.

    B. Further developing the Wuxiang Qiankun Skill, delving further into its mysteries and potential.

    ***

    You approach someone to talk to (pick three):

    I. Chi Qilin
    II. Cao’er
    III. Yifang
    IV. Song Lingshu
    V. Yunzi and Armaiti
    VI. Xuezi
    VII. Guo Fu and the Wu Brothers
    VIII. The Sword Saint and Murong Yandi
    IX. Bai Jiutian
    X. Huashan Twins
    XI. Nie Wuxing
    XII. Madam Nie
    XIII. Liu Ye and Su Cheng
    XIV. Liu Qi and Su Liaojing
    XV. Zhang Minyue
     
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  2. Ifeex Scholar

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  3. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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  4. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    Less downtime = good. While WQS is teh best skill we need to have our arm ready for combat.

    Too bad we only have 3 talkie choices :-( Cao'er > Xuezi - Xuezi seems pissed but well... Cao'er deserves a little attention from time to time. Then there is Tsunzi that needs to be reminded that we have to restrain ourselves, for now.

    Also Bai for luv points (and dat ass).
    :love:
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Pretty dumb to practice our WQS right next to Nie's buddies, debunked by treave
    And we do need to get used to our new arm quickly and get back in shape.
    As for taking to people, is rather garner the support of the young non-Douchebag disciples for the coming days. With our close ties with the Cult now public (thankfully, they do not know of our Lordship yet), I have a feeling shit will hit the fan at the meeting with Vairya.
    And then, Enter Lord Zhang.
    :yeah:
     
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  6. Absinthe Arcane

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    Voting A II V IX.

    A - Our neigong is not working properly with our new arm, so we should fix that before we delve into Wuxiang Qiankun.

    II - Jing needs to show Cao'er some attention.

    V - We're inviting Fire Cult buddies too, so we should make some preparations so shit doesn't hit the fan.

    IX - We should get caught up with Bai Jiutian now.
     
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  7. tropic Scholar

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  8. treave Arcane Patron

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    Your practice is primarily meditation in both options. How would they know if you aren't shouting out the name of the skill every few seconds or so? Assume acceptable privacy for the conversations.
     
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  9. Kashmir Slippers Magister

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  10. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    Well this is hard.
    I am mostly torn between talking Nie family.

    I think it's good to establish good realitionship with Wudang bros And I am quite intrigued by Kunlun and taishan Discplines.

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  11. Baltika9 Arcane

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    treave, are we training Qilin Maniac style?
     
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  12. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    We ought to speak to BJ and Madam Nie both to cross examine their stories and attain further insight into their plans. Let's keep our mind focused on why we came here in this entourage in the first place, which is to thwart whatever these schemers are doing with the Zhang clan.

    I'm not set on Cao'er however. We've just neglected her a fair bit, and this is a good way to settle her. Plus she might help us some more with the arm.
     
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  13. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    I am not sure about talking with both Bai Jiutian and Madam Nie at the same time. Both are quite suble and smart people even if we have privacy.
    Talking to Nie wuxing or twin flowers might yield surprising result since they seems to be more emotional prone.

    Of course we must remember that this is also waifu choice and thankfully treave gave us three choices.
     
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  14. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Yeah they're both quite subtle and smart, but they're not psychic. If we time talking to them at the right times (Just before BJ goes for a bath or something, before running off to Nie) then we may be able to ply them for information using what the other has told us as ammunition.

    I don't think Nie's daughters know anything. Nor do I think Nie himself knows much. I'd be willing to flop to probing Nie and his wife, or BJ and Nie however.
     
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  15. Baltika9 Arcane

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    So that means a Madam Nie romance?
    :bounce:
    But Smashing Axe is right on the money here:
    Good point about both BJ and Madam Nie. The former is somewhat of an ally of ours, the latter is the actual planner and thinker behind Wuxing.
    Yeah, I'm flopping to those two plus Xuezi. She is very pissed about us not unsealing her and I want to smoothe things over because I get the odd feeling that we will need her help soon. That, or calm Yunzi down.
     
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  16. asxetos Augur

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    I think that understanding the new arm is more important than even WQS now.

    Edit:
    Nice arguements by Smashing Axe . Flopping Yunzi and Armaiti to Madam Nie
     
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  17. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    I think that both Madam Nie and Bai Jiutian will be interested about what we talked to each of them.
    Especially Madam Nie and I think she will try to drill information out of Bai Jiutian, if she heard from someone or saw us talking to Miss Bai Jiutian.

    I think Nie Wuxing should have decent grasps what his wife plans to do, since Madam Nie still needs her husband to command Hueshan.
    Twin flowers might have heard intresting snippets and snappets during their time with Nie wuxing and Madam Nie.

    Yifang might know something interesting since she did spend time with castratation squad and I bet those old nuns know or at least can gave us educated guesses about nie wuxing or orthodox world generally.
     
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  18. Fangshi Arcane

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    A, IX, XII, XIV.

    Getting back up to speed should be our first concern I think rather than further pursuing WQS.

    As for who to talk to I agree with Smashing Axe, focus on the plot in front of us. I would however also like to talk to the orthodox apprentices and see if we can not learn something of their motivations. It might still be possible to win them over or at least plant the seeds of doubt in their minds about their masters. Hopefully we can start to make the sort of connections with them that will benefit the Cult and ourselves in the mid to long term.

    The only flaw with this arrangement is that it completely neglects all the waifus but I am sure Jing can find a way to make it up to them somehow.
     
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  19. Tribute Arbiter

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    Voting A for the first choice. I don't like the possibility of our weird qi doing damage to the Sword Saint's arm or something.

    As for who to approach, I didn't even vote for whether to travel with them, so I'll abstain from that for now in favour of the people who actually did have a plan.
     
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  20. Kz3r0 Arcane Sad Loser

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  21. Azira Arcane Patron

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    WQS naysayers, the lot of you! :rpgcodex: Will vote in a bit, but rest assured that I'll vote for WQS. :obviously:
     
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  22. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I'm down for A, Cao'er & BJ, not sure about doing the Madam as well though.
     
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  23. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    We can also fuck up in here, if Super loli or Yunzi spark off the keg powder, so to speak.
    Anyway flopping to
    X
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    . I Like and I am Interested in old Nie Wuxing here and we could get decent information as well try to defuse situation here Cao,er waifu talk
    X These could be potential information sources about Kunlun and Taishan ambitions. It seems that it isn't only Hueshan who are in bed with Zhang Clan. Twin flower trolling

    VI. Xuezi.

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  24. Nevill Arcane

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    For the first choice, A.

    I don't think there is much success to be had in talking with Madam Nie. The woman seems to be slimy as hell. The intrigue is her forte, not ours - it would be very hard to catch her off-guard.

    It might pay off, but... let's just say I don't feel like it.

    I still want to use this trip to talk to the people in the enemy camp. This is a very rare opportunity and we banked very much on it. Thinking about the hell that will break lose once they learn about Vairya makes me want to milk it for what's it worth. So:

    IX. Bai Jiutian
    X. Huashan Twins
    XIV. Liu Qi and Su Liaojing

    I am rather set on the last two, as I feel that further relationship with Taishan and Kunlun could only be established through them, and they know about our connection to the Emperor. Bai Jiutian is a somewhat obvious choice, though it seems doubtful she would be able to tell us much under Madam Nie's watchful eye... we might want to get some privacy, first. A sparring, perhaps? Nie Twins are there because I have no business speaking with Su Cheng and Nie Wuxing. I could probably swap them for Xuezi or Cao'er.
     
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  25. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I am concerned about Xuezi's hair-trigger temper and we do need to work out what we'll do with the arriving Ameshas. Maybe a Xuezi-Yunzi-BJ combo will be better? Nevill had a point about Madam Nie being a cunning snake.
     
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