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

  1. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I don't think BJ will want to look so petty as to say, "hey, did u take my pills y u not give bak". I don't mind if 2B wins, but I don't see much harm in taking it. I'm happy to be persuaded.
     
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  2. treave Arcane Patron

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    It's probably about half commoners, half pugilists/associated people. I'll close the votes in... uh, let's make it two hours.
     
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  3. Absinthe Arcane

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    There are polite ways to accept that this has happened while making the other guy look petty. Dude, at best it heals us in time for a surprise attack after the tournament which we could nevertheless defend ourselves from or escape. More likely, it does nothing since we are healed quicker when we did not need to be healed. At worst it poisons us or otherwise fucks up our neigong with Nameless's fire technique or the residual not-Yuhua Duqing Palm. In the middle ground we look pathetic for taking his stuff and not obliging him, which reduces our ability to get Bai Jiutian to fight us on our terms and might hurt rep.

    Basically, there's almost nothing good about a 2A where you don't fight Bai Jiutian, but there are still a few ways it can fuck us.
     
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  4. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    You are right, he wouldn't do that. The reason I'm for returning medicine to him is the same one he gave it to us - public theatrics. He tossed the medicine publicly to us to play the hero role and to force us to a duel before we could recover on our own. We should return it the same way as a public statement that we are not going to take dubious charity from our enemies. And if he still insists on a duel after that we have one more justification to publicly tell him to fuck off by playing to his honour (or is that ego) since our arm is not going to heal in time. It just looks better than not doing it, and since we are not planing to take him on right now and have any use for it against the Nameless tomorrow, we might as well use it some other way. True, we might just get attacked by someone later on, but I think that in a regular fight we can hold our own or at least retreat even with our arm half-healed.

    Also, I noticed this little gem:
    Oh, what a hero. A member of the committee responsible for preventing exactly the kind of fights that almost happened here promising to do his damn job if we agree to his terms. Otherwise there might be more such challengers and they would presumably just look the other way, after inviting us here in the first place. We should call him out on this bullshit as well.
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I'd love to beat the smarmy fuck at his own gamw-defeating him in our condition would have a lot of bonuses, and we could totally do it with Yandi+Frathouse+Yifang- but AB is fine bt me. I can see both sides, and we're definitely not his little ape to d a nce to his tune. Master Zhang can moan all he wants about us declining, but we're well within our rights. The way we can phrase it is, "I can either stay and fight your punk ass, or I can go get laid. See ya later, loser." After we bring their invitation plot to light, tge truth shall set us free.
     
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  6. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Very well. AB
     
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  7. Well, I'd kind of like to keep them for later. You never know when you might need some magic tea leaves, especially when your meridians are all gone and most pressure point doctors can't help you. We'll see what happens in the next update though.
     
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  8. Jester Arbiter

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    I don't expect my version of letter to be final its more like concept mby something more polite would work better. So simple version would be 1) make a demand JB can't accept right away and give him some time to consider/deal with getting us time to heal and play this game on our terms. 2) Use the public attention of JB vs Man Tiger Pork match to issue Z challenge in way it would look bad for 8 sects to decline or use small fry tactic. 3) Gain some info from people JB faced before like last year forerunner if we will hit Emei. Some sore loosers could say that troll win in last fight is invalid so mby redo that match if needed. 4) Mby use this quest as opportunity to met heads of school and solve some things. People chosen by heads would be best for clearing challenge and if some small fry would say its not fair that they were not choosen? Old timers decided you suck to much sorry talk with them. BTW niggers owns us money so we could met Qi to get our share and find out who are beggars skilled champions are we still need to find them i think. Mad one would not be amused if find out we didn't face them.
    Possible but i don't think that is the case. Palladins... ehem shiny guys either do it to disguise thmselfs or cos they believe that trully. I picture BJ second with add on of narcissistic touch, you know "look at me doing the right thing. I am greatest person alive aint I? Course i am." Can be wrong course we dont know much about him, with isnt part of his public image at least.
    I dont think that declining herb like that would be good thing to do. I expect that explanation for not taking medicine for it being suspicious wont work, it would be afront towards JB like telling him: you poison those screw you! Taking into consideration his reputation such insinuations would looks very badly for all orthodox parties. We WOULD look like sore ungrateful looser for that. Excuse that we appreciate gesture but don't wish to be indebted to him/wish to face this problem with our own strength would work better but dont void that loose. Its more like loose/loose more situation.
    Old guard did tell us that generation currently ruling the martial art world is no good so people are directly affected by this.
    Mby not discredit rather like humiliate him.
     
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  9. Jester Arbiter

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    In my letter
    "PPS THX FOR MEDICINE JACKASS! YOUR ASSISTANCE IN MAKING 8 SECTS MY BIATCH IS APPRECIATED."
    or mby
    "WILL SELL THIS FOR SHITLOAD OF GOLD, TODAYS DRINKS ON YOU SUCKER!"
    Isnt polite discussion a wonderful thing? Master Qi would be proud of us.
     
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  10. Jester Arbiter

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    Emm yeah its not like Jing got any gray hair or something.
    :troll:
     
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  11. Nevill Arcane

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  12. Jester Arbiter

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    and i would succeed if not for this meddling attention to details.
    Recalled that later.
     
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  13. treave Arcane Patron

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    Tournament Finals: Nameless

    In front of you stands your opponent, the masked fighter known as Nameless. The audience is excited and louder than ever. Two mysterious masked contestants – one of which has admitted to be Zhang Jue’s disciple and has received a challenge from the previous champion, while the other has exhibited a style of martial arts no one has ever seen in near flawless victories all through the tournament – it is no surprise that the final match would draw a larger crowd than usual.

    After the both of you bow to each other, you spot the Abbot of Shaolin observing the match from his seat. You should probably try to win this one. Right before the match, Master Qi had made his customary appearance and happily informed you that both he and Abbot Fangzhang had decided to pool their money and bet on you for the grand finale. Something about showing those foreign devils what for, he’d said.

    As the fight begins, you try to recall everything you know about your opponent.

    The fighter is a she, under that disguise. She is likely affiliated with the other two masked fighters in the tournament, Faceless and Shapeless. Qilin has told you that her moves hail from a form of martial arts practised by a Zoroastrian fire cult – it is likely they all belong to the same organization. She is highly skilled, almost as good as Yifang. Both Qilin and Cao’er think Nameless is at least as fast as you are, though not nearly as strong.

    She makes the first move, darting in to deliver a blow to your solar plexus. You parry her attack and throw your foot upwards in a kick that she dodges gracefully. Nameless steps back, her expression inscrutable behind that tiger mask. With a slight, mocking shrug, as if that exchange disappointed her, she dives back in again with a flurry of punches and kicks. You retaliate with the same, the both of you moving around the stage in a flowing dance of attack and counter-attack. She matches your speed with ease, finding more than enough time to give a reply for whatever you can throw at her. Your superior strength will be of no use if you cannot find a way to pin her down.

    As the exchange of moves continues, you realize that she is steadily increasing her focus on your left side, where your defense is poorer thanks to your injured arm. A quick feint to your left causes you to overextend yourself, compensating too much for your injury. Nameless is quick to capitalize on the chance that she has created. Two solid blows land in the middle of your chest, forcing you back.

    Instead of pursuing you, your masked opponent puts her hands on her hips and shakes her head wordlessly. The crowd cheers at this reversal; Man Tiger Pig is getting a taste of his own medicine and they are enjoying the show.

    You scratch your head and nod vigorously in response, acknowledging that you have to do better. Taking a stance, this time you go on the attack. Cao’er had told you about a little quirk that Nameless seems to exhibit. She will always favour evading to her right, attempting to keep to her opponent’s left. Taking careful, measured strikes, you wait for your chance.

    Even as Nameless takes a quick step to her right, narrowly dodging your straight kick, you have already predicted her course and begun your follow-up. A single elbow strike is all you can manage with your left arm, but it is enough to force her to block. Your attack crashes against her forearms, causing her to give out a single yelp of pain. Being the scoundrel that you are, you ignore a damsel’s cry of distress and act to compound said distress by lashing out with the back of your fist. Your blow breaks her guard, forcing Nameless to back off in a hurry.

    This time, it is your turn to play to the audience. You wag a finger at her, sending the crowd wild.

    Nameless raises her hands and claps it thrice slowly and sarcastically in response. Then, she rushes in to continue the fight.

    After a series of blows, again you lure her into dodging right. As you launch your counter, you realize that you have been tricked. She is ready for you this time. Her leg snaps up swiftly in a powerful crescent kick. Cursing your carelessness, you redirect your efforts into defense just in time to grab her foot, stopping it from landing right in your flank.

    You pull at the foot, trying to drag her towards you, but with a quick wiggle she frees her foot from the boot and hops away, leaving you with a piece of empty footwear in your hand. Before you can drop it, however, her other boot comes sailing towards you, smacking you right in the pig’s snout.

    The crowd seems to really like that one, judging by their guffaws.

    Nameless skips from bare foot to bare foot before settling into a stance and beckoning at you, daring you to make the next move.

    You oblige.

    The dance continues, as both of you circle around the stage without managing to get a firm upper hand on the other. Nameless is quick enough to evade your blows and skilled enough to prevent you from drawing your sword. On the other hand, her attacks aren’t powerful enough that you are unable to block them, unlike Guo Fu’s hammer-like punches. She is using her neigong to augment her strikes – with every hit you can feel a mild burning sensation where her fists and kicks land, but your own qi swallows up the effect quickly enough for it not to matter.

    More worryingly, she seems to be getting faster and faster with every exchange, as if she is testing her own speed against yours. You are not sure if you will be able to keep up at this rate; Nameless could very likely end up being quicker than you are. It looks like she has been holding back throughout the competition... You have no choice.

    Taking a deep breath, you exert your qinggong. Your steps become lighter and faster; your sudden burst of speed catches your masked opponent off guard as you manage to get behind her.

    At this range and angle, even a lightly executed Chuzhan Fist should be enough to hit her. You drive a straight punch right towards her back.

    She turns, surprised.

    Then, she – somehow – somersaults backwards from her disadvantageous position before your fist hits home. As she lands, she immediately runs at you, faster than she has ever moved before.

    It’ll be a feint. If you throw an attack at her right now, she will evade it and counter – she is ready for it. You settle backwards into a defensive stance.

    It does you no good.

    Nameless’s visage blurs as she darts to the side right before she gets into range, faster than your eyes can follow. This is a speed you cannot match. You try to turn your head to track her, something about her technique seeming extremely familiar to you.

    That’s right.

    There's no mistaking it.

    Yinglang Step.

    You know enough of the technique to prepare a counter attack, but the masked fighter has already flanked you with incredible speed, her palm hitting just under your ribcage. She unleashes her qi with that strike. The burning is intense. It is as if the churning, murky sea of oil that is your own qi was just lit up by a match. A searing conflagration scorches your body from within for just a brief second before your internal energy swallows it up, smothering it in darkness.

    It looks like Nameless was expecting you to fall with that attack… her follow-up comes a split second too slow, as does your counter, from the unexpected strength of her neigong. The both of you evade the mutual attacks by a hair’s breadth.

    Her uppercut catches the chin of the pig, tearing it off.

    Your Shouwang Claws hooks the cheek of the tiger, ripping it off.

    The paper-and-cloth masks flutter to the ground of the stage as the crowd holds their breath.

    Your first thought is that you should have thought of that. A mask underneath a mask. Nameless is wearing an ornate, white porcelain mask that covers the top of her face, her straight black hair having come untied thanks to the force of your attack. Stylized fire is painted across the surface of the mask. Even with her face covered, however, you can tell that she is likely a peerless beauty.

    A beauty that is decidedly not Persian, whose people you have seen before during your time in the court. Instead…

    The corners of her lips twist upwards in a taunting smile full of mockery as she hops backwards, putting some more distance between the both of you. The match is still on, even if the both of you are now unmasked. Well, you more so than she is…

    ***

    A. You have no hope of matching her speed – and having a chance of winning – without going all out and using Yuanshi Hundun in combination with the Kuanglang Step. If that is what you need to do to achieve victory, so be it.

    B. You hold back on using your neigong; Nameless is not Guo Fu, and you could just as easily kill her or injure her too severely if you lose control at an inopportune moment. You will try to win without it.

    ***

    1. If she is who you think she is… you attempt to engage Nameless in conversation. Perhaps it will distract her. Or perhaps it will distract you. Still, you need to know for sure.

    2. You would rather focus on the fight instead. You can always talk to her afterwards, right?
     
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  14. Jester Arbiter

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    flop A2

    lethal tech/ non lethal/ lethal/ non lethal
    sounds like Russian roulette to me
    Ok lets play that.
     
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  15. Bloodshifter Educated

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    A2.

    From the North?
     
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  16. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    A2

    If that's who I think she is, we have no hope of winning through simple tauntering, she clearly knows troll-fighting too. Its not going to work this time, folks. We need to focus on the fight. Who would expect Man Tiger Pig to focus seriously rather than on troll-fighting?
     
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    treave, if we pick A, that doesn't necessarily mean we'll come at Nameless with the same intensity we did against Guo Fu, right? If she's Yunzi, a possible strategy here could be to simply call her name, then use the burst of speed from Yuanshi Hundun to just push her out of the ring. However, I'm afraid of the onlookers listening to us and getting a hint of her identity; does Jing know any Tujue phrases that he can use to talk to her? Maybe, have Jing say something like "Daughter of Khan Bulun" in Tujue to show that we know who she is?

    All the evidence points to this being Yunzi:

    She's faster than us, we're much stronger, she's using the Yinglang Step, and is not Persian. It makes sense that a nomadic tribe like the Tujue would end up encountering groups of Persians in their travels. I'm almost certain that she's Yunzi, everything about Nameless is consistent with that.

    You realize that if we seriously injure her, we lose the match anyways, right? It's a loss by DQ. She's tough, but the only reason we were confidently able to go up against the big guy with such intensity is that he is a fucking beast with a powerful defensive neigong. That logic won't work so well here, I fear. Anyways, it's not like we haven't fought seriously in the tournament before, I'm fairly sure that Nameless/Yunzi will be prepared for our intensity.

    Voting B1 for now, though I could be persuaded to flop. I'm positive she's Yunzi, everything we know is consistent with it.
     
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  19. treave Arcane Patron

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    You will try not to strike killing blows, but with your techniques there's always that risk. As long as you are using your neigong it will fall under A. As for Tujue language, Jing doesn't really speak it. He doesn't know the word for daughter, for example. There's no need to call out her name to talk to her, though.
     
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  20. Nevill Arcane

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    Ask her how's the horse and show her the amulet. She'll know.
     
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  21. Kashmir Slippers Magister

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    Now where have we seen this before...? A1

    A2
     
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  22. Absinthe Arcane

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    A2 If this is Yunzi, then showing any opening or weakness means we lose. Besides, she can take it. Yunzi is definitely not the type to relax her guard in the middle of a fight. Against Jing, if anything, her competitive spirit would be even stronger and she would easily resort to any tricks to open up Jing's guard. Since Jing is injured and Yunzi will exploit everything she can, we have no alternative but to go at it 100% to be able to win.

    A1 means we try to go at her full power but without putting our full focus on our fighting techniques. Either she trips us up or we wind up accidentally injuring her. Either way, we lose. Any vote that starts with B means we lose. If we can't match her, it's game over.

    Besides, I highly doubt she wouldn't talk to us afterwards.
     
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  23. Kipeci Arcane

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    A2 or B1, whichever has more votes. I'm not sure which choice we should go with, as if we injure her or kill her we'll obviously lose in addition to having done that, but we might not get far enough with our regular boostery, either.
     
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  24. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    B1.
     
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  25. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Time for our abyssmal luck to kick in...

    Let's do it!

    Um, you guys voting A1, do you want to kill her? Because that's the killing choice if ever there was one. We'd be engaging her in a mutually distracting conversation whilst using a deadly technique that requires both luck and mental focus to be non-lethal. It's not going to turn out pretty.
     
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