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

  1. Baltika9 Arcane

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    That's the general idea, yes.
    We're about to find out. I can barely wait.
     
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  2. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    In before this is playing into the ghost's hands and giving our true name gives it ultimate power over us.
     
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  3. treave Arcane Patron

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    Fox spirits... not really a necessity to steal life force. What they need is just essence and the means to cultivate it, with the end goal usually being immortality. The form of energy doesn't matter, it can be from people (via sex or other means) or self-cultivation or just basking in the light of the sun and the moon (a lot slower, of course). This applies to spirits of all sorts, like pigs and snakes and trees. After enough cultivation they become able to take on human form, but this does not mean they are immortal yet - just technically very long-lived. At this point they can mate with humans, creating half-spirit babies.

    This is different from ghosts, which are the souls of the dead in particular, who have the ability and desire to specifically take in yang energy, being yin entities.

    Generally, I'd opine that the hierarchy in power on the supernatural side would go from ghosts > spirits > immortals > deities. It is possible to advance from stage to stage, generally through gathering lots of essence over a very long time (read hundreds to thousands of years).

    Now, with that said, I guess I'll begin prepping the update with an AA victory.
     
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  4. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Hmm, so if there is a demon spirit/ghost around here, we could strike a deal for her to follow us around and we'll provide her with plenty of yang energy? Jing is pretty much made out of it.
     
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  5. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Probably not a good idea. Don't want to have our qi rendered useless again.
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Yang energy represents the physical aspect rather than spiritual, which is Yin. And if this demon gets her Yang from sex, well, I'd say we put our tsundere charms to good use and get ourselves a demon follower, I'm sure she doesn't want her battery broken. Who better to teach us about our esoteric qi, them being creatures of the spirit world.

    We'll see though, for all we know this is the real Yunzi.
     
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  7. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    "Xu Jing, you must have sex with me more often! At this rate, I shall never become immortal!"

    We're being tricked into writing a hentai by committee, aren't we.
     
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  8. Baltika9 Arcane

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    "Tricked" is not quite what I'm thinking here. So long as she, ahem, reciprocates the favors we should be good.
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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  10. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I meant more in the sense how Yang is more "raging, impulsive, energetic, outgoing and male" etc... Jing, by definition, is pretty much the avatar of Yang and his actions through the LP confirm this. At least, that's what I'm theorizing.
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I see, and I won't argue with Yao's expertise. Wonder what will happen if a demon or a spirit gets a taste of our chaos.
     
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  13. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Tsundere confirmed.
     
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  14. Nevill Arcane

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    As if it wasn't apparent enough.

     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    Man in Black in the Library

    “Xu Jing.”

    “Xu Jing… You wouldn’t be… No, it doesn’t matter now, does it?” She shakes her head, a slightly melancholic look on her face.

    “You are rather strange, aren’t you?” you ask with a laugh. “First you ask my name, then you say it doesn’t matter? Make up your mind.”

    “No, I didn’t mean that-”

    You interrupt her. “So, now that you know my name, am I expected to keep calling you Holy Maiden in return?”

    “…very well,” she replies reluctantly. “Yunzi… that name should do, for you.”

    “Yunzi, huh? I have no problems calling you that – it’s less of a sting to my pride than praising the oh-so-Holy Maiden at any rate. It is my unfortunate pleasure to meet you, Miss Yunzi. Shall we be off?” You give her a mocking bow, eliciting a rather nasty glare from the girl. You wonder if it wouldn’t be easier on you to just ditch her somewhere.

    After some more walking, you spot something moving in the gloom ahead, near the library entrance. Stopping in your tracks, you reach for another talisman – there are about eight left. “W-what is it?” asks Yunzi nervously. As your eyes focus, you see that it is a man clothed all in black, fiddling with the door. His movements seem unsteady and fatigued. “Do you see? That man?” you whisper. She squints, peering down the dimly lit corridor. “I can barely make him out… wait. That silhouette looks familiar. I think he is one of the leaders that attacked us at Wufushan.”

    “Are you certain? I wouldn’t be so sure about recognizing someone from just a silhouette.”

    “Shut up. I’ll be certain after I’ve brought him down and taken a good look at him.”

    The man opens the door and enters the room. The both of you creep forward quietly. By the time you reach the door, you hear a girl giggling inside. “Well, that can’t be good,” you sigh. “We should go check out the other places, right?” asks Yunzi hopefully. You shake your head. “Of course not. This is perfect. Hold this.” Passing the candle to her, you pull out a talisman. Then, you draw your sword and kick down the door, leaping inside with a shout.

    You see the man in the embrace of a pale, half-dressed girl, their lips locked together. Yunzi stifles a gasp behind you. As the ethereal girl draws back, you can see wispy tendrils of fog being drawn into her mouth from the man’s gaping jaws. His eyes have rolled up into his head and his features seem shrivelled. The girl turns her attention to you, her eyes flat and dead. She seems rather solid for a ghost, but there is no fooling your eyes. She is not of the living, not anymore.

    The ghostly girl’s nose wrinkles as she sniffs the air in your direction. “The poisonous, foul-tasting boy? It looks like our illusions didn’t cage you as well as we’d hoped. What business do you have with me? You are interrupting my pleasure.”

    “Now isn’t that funny?” you say, “I don’t recall asking to be knocked out and put into some lousy room. That should be my line. What business do you have with us?”

    The ghost sighs, cradling her meal gently. “I suppose the priest you came with didn’t explain it to you. Why should-“ You dart forward and wave a talisman in her face. With an ugly shriek, she drops the man and shrinks back, backing away from the piece of paper. “I would appreciate some answers,” you ask sweetly. “Fine! Fine!” moans the ghost in a panic. She explains with a hurried shout, “We abduct or seduce young men so that we can partake of their yang energy and transfer it to our mistress, Lady Mi!” Suddenly, your talisman burns up, turning into ashes. It looks like they do not have a long shelf-life. Before you can draw another, the ghost turns incorporeal, fading away with a frightened look on her face and escaping your questioning.

    With some disappointment, you turn your attention to the man on the ground. He is breathing, but barely. A glint of metal catches your attention; reaching into his robes, you pull out a silver crest with the Imperial symbol. A high-ranking palace operative? With a start, you peer at his face again. Though the feeding has aged and shrunken him, his face still remains slightly familiar. You are unable to put a name to the face, but you think he might have been a lackey of Grand Eunuch Li. His eyes open, darting wildly around the room. Then, they focus on you.

    “Xu Jing, is the coast clear?” asks Yunzi, as if expecting you to clear the room before her royal entry. “C-can I come in?” She seems about to panic. “In a moment,” you call back. “There’s something fishy about the room.”

    “Ah…” exhales the man on the floor. His shriveled arm grabs yours – in the dim light you can make out a circular tattoo of a black dragon on his wrist. Could he have some sort of connection with the Black Dragon Society? Even in his weakened state his grip is strong enough that you cannot break it easily. The man’s gaze wanders all over your face, and a sudden light of recognition dawns in his glazed eyes. “You… are you…” he groans.

    You look at him impassively. “Xu Jing! H-hurry up! I think there’s a strange wind blowing outside here!” It’s probably just her imagination, but you should decide what to do quickly.

    ***

    A. You can end his life quickly and bloodlessly – Yunzi would likely be too nervous of her surroundings to check the corpse properly, and you can blame it on the ghost. An agent of the secret police and possible member of the Black Dragon Society that has recognized you and is likely working for Eunuch Li is a person you cannot allow to live.

    B. There are too many questions you need to ask him. You keep him alive for now so that you and Yunzi can interrogate him – if he was truly part of the swordsmen that attacked her, this means things are a lot more complicated than you had been led to believe. You can always try to silence him later, though you are not certain you will get a better chance.
     
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  16. Esquilax Arcane

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    We have to grease him. This individual is likely an Imperial Court infiltrator into the Black Dragon Society, from a different faction than the Prince's. However, I am confident based on the reputation that we have established as Zhang Jue's apprentice and a thorn in the Imperial Court's side that we can get into the Black Dragon Society without this person vouching for us. In our injured state, there is no way that we can take on an operative like this once he gets fully healthy. Not every opportunity for information is worth the risk, and I feel that this is one of those times.

    There are a lot of potential dangers in allowing this person to live, and few benefits. Totally not worth the risk, especially since our Infamously Unorthodox reputation would allow us access to the sort of seedy, cutthroat underground that this person has access to as well.

    A
     
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  17. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Given the amount of people here related to our background, I wouldn't be surprised if this guy is actually our father or something. I want information, and this guy seems to know us. I know the risks, but I think even in our weakened state, Yunzi and and Xu Jing can take him on.

    That said, could someone refresh my memory. What is the Black Dragon Society?
     
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  18. Nevill Arcane

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    Why is he dangerous to us? What exactly do we know about the secret police and Eunuch Li?
    I mean, Yunzi knows us, and we aren't offing her.

    Keeping people that know our agenda alive is a risk, yes, but what exactly are we risking here?
     
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  19. treave Arcane Patron

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    Factions within the Court are more dangerous to the Prince than factions outside the Court, and even less reason to let you live thanks to your reputation prior to exile. It's not like you've made a lot of friends in the corridors of power. You pissed in Eunuch Li's bowl. Furthermore, if you plan to contact the Black Dragon Society, snuffing him now as a precaution against possible meddling might be worth it, if he is already part of them. After all, who will they believe, an established member or a volatile newcomer?

    They might be content to let you bumble around now, but once you start investigating in Xiangyang things could change. If they already have an agent in there it means they have an agenda. Of course, this doesn't mean you absolutely have to kill him, but it means he is riskier to your mission than anyone you've met so far, since the Prince does suspect court backing in his assassination attempt. Any palace agent is naturally suspect to Jing.

    In the end this is just one possible thought process justifying killing him, of course.
     
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    I think the information is worth the risk. We wanted to infiltrate the Black Dragon Society for info, right? Well, here is it falling into our laps. If we interrogate him here, we might not even need to follow up on the Xiangyang lead or go near the society at all, depending on what we manage to get out of him. Yunzi has incentive to help us against him too, since she thinks he attacked her. Worst comes to worst, we have the Five Poisons Special Powder which I think we can probably use to poison him if he becomes a threat.

    Tentatively, B.
     
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  22. Anabanana Augur

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    I wonder if Lady Ji of Luoyang Manor has a similar arrangement... hence her seeming eternal youth and immortality.
     
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  23. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    I daresay when she took our memories/skills she fed on a part of our spirit. I think the scholars around her keep her sustained.
     
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  24. Esquilax Arcane

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    The Black Dragon Society are an organization of mercenaries and assassins that Liu Chanfeng has connections to:

    Okay, so it's implied that the Court was responsible for the attack on the cult at Wufushan (to what end, we still don't know) but that doesn't justify allowing a man this dangerous to live given that he serves interests that go against our character. It seems like we're taking an incredible amount of risk for what's overall very little gain: we get information on the attack at Wufushan, Grand Eunuch Li's intentions with regards to the Black Dragon Society and potentially information on interactions that this person has had with Chanfeng. The last one is the most useful, but this person serves someone who we are opposed to and he knows everything about us - we will never get another chance like this again. Also, it isn't like we can't seek this information out ourselves with the BDS given our own fearsome rep.

    As for a fight, I would suspect that the Emperor's very own secret police would be a whole lot tougher than you describe. Jing and Yunzi may be among the best fighters of their age group, but I'm sure that at this point the Emperor's elite secret police would be able to stomp both Yunzi and Jing in his current condition pretty easily. Anabanana made a good point about the poison we possess, but there remains the matter of how we're going to poison him to begin with. If we want to take him out (and I think we should) there will never be a better time than now.
     
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  25. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Well, I'm kind of torn. I certainly see why killing him right here could be a good idea because I advocated that we should be putting as much distance between us and our past as possible. I wonder if the man would have recognized us if Yunzi didn't use our name. We barely recognized him at all. On the other hand, he is a posible lead to somebody in the palace connected to the conspiracy. Is he still working for Li? What is he doing in the Black Dragon Society and what is their role in this whole thing? Just who is the Emperor's secret police working for? If even a part of them has gone rogue / started working for someone else, that could present a most direct threat to the Emperor and to the Prince. These are all very interesting questions.
     
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