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

  1. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Possible, but then he didn't pass out, regardless of the potency of what he had. That's gotta take some endurance.
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Bunk? Since when are we on a ship?
    Oh, Normandy. Right.

    Anyway, Scholarbro's "angsty poet," sorrowful and broken look will attract all kinds of compassionatte girls that want to "heal him" (Cao'er), "I can save the world" nuns (Yifang, hopefilly) and easy college girls.

    Meanwhile, our :obviously: YOLOtiger will mingle with young ladis of class and distinguished birth. To each, as they say, their own.
     
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  3. Nevill Arcane

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    Normandy is the herald of The Great Decline, Serenity is classics.

    Cao'er deals with the ailments of the body, not the soul, so it is only Yifang for our Scholarbro, unless he drops that angsty teenage act and goes back to his refined gentlemanly self. I know I liked him better when he was just a nerd.

    And the Abbess would have a word with you for placing her girls in the same sentence with the easy ones. :mad:

    Right, the WiBs. We must help Liu Chanfeng to get rid of a certain misconception about males.
     
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  4. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I was thinking more along the lines of Yunzi, Quilin and Young Mistress Song Lingshu. We have to worm our way into her heart while she is still grieving, before BJ does, to secure Yao's life on his trial.
    That, and getting our own sect to dictate through a figurehead (by pure love and passion, of course) would be cool, too.
     
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  5. treave Arcane Patron

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    Yangzhou Tales

    Miss Xia seems reluctant to part with her prized employee, but finally agrees. By the end of the negotiations for Yu’s freedom, you are left with not a cent to your name and a very grateful scholar. You had forfeited all payments from the deal involving Yao’s Protective Sheath for two years in order to afford his ransom. You hope it is worth it.

    You return the next day and find Xiahou Yu waiting for you at the gates of Yuhua Hall. It was just a day, but his transformation is dramatic, the alcohol-fueled haze in his eyes replaced by a bright determination. He bows sharply when he sees you. “Thank you very much for freeing me from Yuhua Hall. I am not sure how I can ever make it up to you, but please let me try!”

    “Oh, don’t worry about that. Money is where you find it,” you say, recalling Qi Liuwu’s quip. “We are going to have to find some, though, unless you want to be eating wild rabbit for the rest of your days.”

    “Ah, about that…” Xiahou reaches into his clothes and pulls out a small pouch. “It is not much, but the girls in Yuhua gathered some taels together for me. It should be enough for food, though not lodging.”

    “You are surprisingly popular, aren’t you?” you grin. “Not bad. Your drinking must have impressed the courtesans.”

    “No, I will never drink again,” he replies quickly, a wild look in his eyes as he gulps audibly. “Ever.”

    You are not sure how long his resolution will hold out. Nodding, you say, “For now, we will be travelling together. You want to meet your Liu Chanfeng again, don’t you? I may have business with her too, so we will stick together until then.”

    “Forgive me for intruding,” he asks suspiciously, “but I have been wondering; just what business do you have with her?”

    “Don’t worry,” you laugh. “I’m not interested in her that way. To be more specific, it is probably her friends that I have business with. Well, the sun is high and I have not yet eaten. As a mark of your gratitude, I’ll have you treat me to a good lunch, Brother Yu.”

    ***

    “She never told me this, but here I found out that she used to be a rather popular courtesan at Yuhua Hall,” begins Xiahou Yu as he retells the story that he has pieced together over the past two years. “When she was eighteen, she fell in love with one of her regular customers, an influential man’s scion by the name of Zhang Manlou. He was scum of the worst sort.” Xiahou grits his teeth angrily. “His godfather is one of the Grand Eunuchs of the Imperial Court, Grand Eunuch Wang.”

    You remember Grand Eunuch Wang well; of the four old prickless bastards that stood at the top of the court, he was probably the worst nag and the pettiest fellow of the lot – not a day went by without him complaining about one thing or another.

    “As such, that scum thought himself untouchable,” continues Xiahou. “He toyed with Chanfeng’s feelings and made her think that he genuinely felt for her. Then, he got her pregnant.”

    “I thought the girls at Yuhua Hall were supposed to use protection,” you interject.

    “They do, but it is not perfect. On the off chance that they do conceive, the child is taken care of by the Hall,” replies Xiahou.

    “So, the child…”

    “Poor Chanfeng thought that Zhang Manlou would take responsibility, and so instead of having it in Yuhua Hall she went seeking him in his mansion in Chang’an.” The scholar’s hands ball into fists as he stares at the table angrily. “He was married, yes, but what rich man cannot afford a wife or mistress? Still, the bastard disavowed any knowledge of her, in front of his entire household. Then, he attacked her. It was the one thing she did not believe he would do. Zhang Manlou practices a neigong called the Huangu Skill (還骨功,Returning Bone Skill). The unborn child was killed. She was left with that mark on her face. She returned to Yuhua Hall for only a month, before disappearing. That was six years ago, when she was eighteen.”

    With a deep sigh, Xiahou downs the cup of tea, though by the expression on his face he clearly finds that it is a poor substitute for wine.

    “I’ve found out that she was recently spotted together with members of the Black Dragon Society, which has its headquarters in the vicinity of Xiangyang. They are a vicious bunch of mercenaries and assassins for hire… I am not sure why Chanfeng would be with them. I have also heard that there is a small, obscure school called the Wunan Sect hidden somewhere in Shennong Forest, a few days' travel from Xiangyang. Apparently they are an all-female sect, taking in those who have been betrayed by men. I feel that that is probably where she is.”

    It looks like no matter what, your investigation would take you to Xiangyang next. Still, you are in no real hurry to leave Yangzhou at the moment. You wonder if you should see if there is anything else to do here. Keeping an ear out for news on the grapevine, you find that…

    ***

    A. The most influential martial arts establishment in Yangzhou, the Zhou Clan Manor, is gathering pugilists to conduct a campaign against a band of pirates that has been terrorizing the southern coast. Payment is what you can claim from the pirates’ plunder; most pugilists are participating to make a name for themselves, however.

    B. The two largest merchant clans of Yangzhou, the Dao family and the Jian family, have been feuding for generations. It looks like they may be about to go to war; this could be a lucrative opportunity if you stick your nose in whether as a negotiator or to help one side over another.

    C. Nothing more in Yangzhou interests you; you think you should hurry over to Xiangyang instead and continue pursuing your lead as fast as possible.
     
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  6. Kipeci Arcane

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    This is a definite danger zone for us. Xiahou Yu is grateful that we've freed him, but if he finds out that we're doing it in large part to track down and possibly kill Chanfeng, he is going to be pretty pissed off. He might even go Hulk on us and unleash his inner beast, which I'm pretty sure is his special trait, just like Jing's chaotic qi. My point is, I think that if it came down to either us or Chanfeng, he'd probably pick her. I don't think that Yu has a good impression of the reigning Dynasty either:

    Jing obviously knows better about the people who assaulted Yu, but I believe that Yu is under the impression that he's being hunted by Imperial assassins. Just something to keep in mind, considering our character's allegiances.

    As for the members of this Black Dragon Society, I think that being the apprentice of the most ruthless, feared and respected killers in the pugilistic world might give us an in with them. treave, would anybody believe us if we walked in to the Black Dragon Society's headquarters claiming to be Zhang's apprentice, or is our fame insufficient for that? I'm guessing that since our sole achievement thus far would be winning an orthodox martial arts tournament, I doubt that a bunch of very unorthodox assassins and mercenaries would have heard about it. Also, does Yu know that we're the Southern Maniac's apprentice?

    Going into Assassin HQ is risky, but we need to know what exactly Chanfeng is doing around them. My initial impression here is that she's preparing for another hit on the Crown Prince and putting together a team. Considering all the lethal techniques that we possess, I'd say posing as an aspiring assassin is definitely a possibility.

    I gotta admit, A is tempting. Bringing fame to our name (and not infamy) is important, and it sounds like a shitload of fun. It'll boost our skills a lot and put us in contact with more pugilists, which is important because I can't help but get the impression that we might be way out of our depth with C, especially without Cao'er to help us through any potential scrapes. Another thing that I really dislike about C is that it gives an intelligent and perceptive guy like Xiahou Yu reason to be suspicious; why would we ignore a few obvious money-making opportunities after going broke to follow the trail of this woman? He's not the same naive kid that he was a few years ago, he will know that we are hiding something.

    But still, we have a mission, we've been ignorant of things for years, so we ought to follow this incredibly dangerous lead that we have. C, but I could flop to A.
     
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  8. Kashmir Slippers Magister

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  9. Nevill Arcane

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    B. How can I not vote this when Yojimbo is one of my favorite films by Akira Kurosawa?
     
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  10. treave Arcane Patron

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    They won't recognize you but breaking a limb or two should be enough to convince them, if that's how you want to play things.

    Edit: Also, as said in the update there is no real need to hurry out of Yangzhou. Only leave if you do not want to get involved in any of these quests.
     
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  12. Nevill Arcane

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    treave, what about the rumors concerning Huluzi? We did not deem them unimportant, right?
     
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  13. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Definitely goi g for A, this is a great chance to earn some cash, see what Scholarbro can do in combat, get totally hammered with him later (tea? Yeah right), learn from the house of pugilists and the random talent they employ. Not to mention the potential for Pirate Princesses.

    The great slaughter will please Khorne Zhang.
    :troll:
     
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  14. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Pirates?!? And this being wuxia, there's also ninjas...

    I don't see how anyone would not vote A
     
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  15. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Indeed, why do we want Romeo and Juliet in Wuxialand? Let's go kick names and take ass with our new bro.
    That, or go off in search of Shadow Wolf. But I prefer A.
     
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  16. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    C>A

    Pirates gonna win anyway.
     
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  17. treave Arcane Patron

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    Why would there be rumours of Huluzi? If you're talking about the Shadow Wolf thief, they don't seem to be in the area anymore. No news of them.
     
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  18. m4davis Scholar

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    A for now just cause we need money and with our strength I think we can carry alot of loot
     
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  19. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Well, it would probably be wise to concentrate on our task at hand now that we have a lead or two. Probably. But screw that, we have pirates to fight and loot to plunder. I just can't say no to such an opportunity, especially since I was thinking that going bandit hunting after we left the Maniac's island would be a good opportunity to earn some fame and fortune. Sure, these assholes are not the ones that robed us and threw us of a cliff, but they'll get their turn as well.

    A > C
     
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  20. Baltika9 Arcane

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    We'll be getting our share of pirate booty, alright. Pirate princesses, prepare to party with Jing and Yu! Truly, this will be a victory bash of legends!
     
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  21. C - We still have Zhang's quest to deal with, right? Better hurry up with our investigation.

    edit: Not sure if we should reveal ourselves to them. They wanted to incite a mob against Zhang, remember?
     
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  22. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Oh please, we already declared Zhang's apprentice to the world, we have a rep. And I'm pretty sure that wiping out a den of pirates will do wonders for our fame/infamy (of course I'm going for a blood and skull sacrifice to our patron.)
     
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  23. Nevill Arcane

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    Yes, him. So he is a thief (that's new)? He has to be pretty famous for the rumors to spread so far away. What did he do?
     
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  24. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    I'm pretty sure he's talking about not revealing our identity to that mercenary group in C choice, because they could have quite likely been the ones that tried to frame us in the first place.
     
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  25. Esquilax Arcane

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    Well, I'm sure that we'll have a few alternatives on how we want to approach the Black Dragon Society once we get there. I'd also like to remind everyone that we still have the seizure-inducing poison that Qilin gave us, so we've got a few options there.

    There are different levels of fame here. I am pretty sure that nearly everyone in the pugilistic knows who Master Zhang is and what he looks like, but we would have to prove that we're the real deal if we show up at the Black Dragon Society HQ with our real identity.

    I'm pretty sure that it wasn't the Black Dragon Society that framed us. If you'll recall, we were able to discern that the masked Zhang impostor was a woman - plus she used a technique similar to the Yuhua Duqing Palm - so I'm leaning heavily towards the Wunan Sect that Chanfeng is likely part of being the culprits here. That's not to say that there couldn't be a Wunan sect member inside the Black Dragon Society HQ that would suddenly be aware of our presence should we choose to reveal ourselves.

    The assassin organization strikes me more of a "for sale to the highest bidder" group rather than one that would bother actively trying to fuck over the orthodox sects. I could be wrong on that part, but nevertheless, I don't think that they framed us.
     
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