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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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    Nah. Jing knows better than to dive into a fight against Liu Chanfeng at the moment. Just explaining that it was a rather risky choice to take.
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Finally using that 7 INT of his, huh? Here's hoping the crazy woman won't cripple us forever. Or castrate us.
     
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  3. Fangshi Arcane

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    Whew, good to see the boy does have some common sense (never doubted it...) . Let the wife Yunzi handle this one.

    I do wonder how Xiaoqi will react to this though...


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    Oh, I agree, she definitely cares at least a little (even if she does not love him). The way she hesitated when she verbally dismissed his help and the careful way she incapacitated him without harming him all suggest that she is concerned over his safety. She wants to do this alone (well with Xiaoqi, though the kid is more a tool than a partner) to spare him, it actually reminds me of Jing running off to do the assassination by himself (also weakened) because he wanted to spare his friends, did not work for him either...
     
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  4. Nevill Arcane

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    You know that Yunzi would never allow it.

    Since no dirty males participate in the fight, she will be extremely confused. The fight may be over before she decides on whom to help.

    Besides, she wanted to see some moves from Yunzi, so she might as well stand back and enjoy the show.
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    treave, off topic question: how does Jing view Master Zhang at this point? What are his opinions on him personally and his teaching methods and the teachings themselves? How close does he feel to him?
     
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  6. treave Arcane Patron

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    Jing views Zhang as his master, and Zhang sees Jing as his pupil. That's all there is to it. It's a very pure relationship in that sense. Teacher and student, with nothing like friendship or kinship to get in the way.
     
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  7. Baltika9 Arcane

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    B-but what about love?
     
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  8. treave Arcane Patron

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    The only love is the love for martial arts.
     
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  9. Fangshi Arcane

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    What is love?
    Oh Zhang, don't hurt me.
    Don't hurt me no more...
    :mca:
     
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  10. Anabanana Augur

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    I see Baltika is gunning for the hidden Zhang Jue route...
     
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  11. Nevill Arcane

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    Depth perception is greatly overrated. See Monocular cues.

    Basically, there are several ways to compensate for the lack of depth perception. The size cues alone should grant most of the necessary information about distance to objects. In fact, binocular vision makes aiming more difficult - people often close one eye when they shoot.

    It is bad news for our peripheral vision, though. Cuts the field of view by a quarter.
     
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  12. Azira Arcane Patron

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    What Nevill said. When aiming a bow, rifle or other ranged instrument, the shooter will often close one eye, to better concentrate. I always use my right eye when aiming. Lucky for me I'm also right handed, so it fits together. You can learn to use the other eye, but you often have a preferred one.
     
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  13. ScubaV Prophet

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    Good thing Jing has INT 7, because Codex has INT 1. :rpgcodex:
     
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  14. Azira Arcane Patron

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    He who controls the flow of butthurt controls the codex. :troll:
     
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  15. MystiKnight Novice

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    I dunno man, I think giving the Codex 1 in INT is kinda pushing it...
     
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  16. treave Arcane Patron

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    Encounter on the Road

    “Go get her!” you say, pointing at Liu Chanfeng.

    “What?” frowns Yunzi. She looks at you as if you are mad. “She’s trying to run off! No time to explain, just subdue her!” you say. Yunzi gives you a pitying look, but runs towards Chanfeng anyway. Recognizing her hostile intent, Chanfeng immediately takes a stance and meets Yunzi head on. The two women begin their fight while you look on. Chanfeng’s poor condition has her hard-pressed to find a response to Yunzi’s swift attacks, but somehow she manages to dodge the strikes by the skin of her teeth. This would be a much more equal match if she had not just escaped from imprisonment. As they continue exchanging blows, you move towards Xiahou Yu to free him.

    “Xiaoqi, help us escape! Quickly!” shouts Liu Chanfeng suddenly, realizing that she cannot hold out much longer.

    “Y-yes, Mistress!” shouts her faithful disciple. The girl runs towards the fight and places one hand in her robes – she must be looking for yet another of her trademark smoke bombs. If she pulls it off Liu Chanfeng will have the opportunity to escape. This takes priority. Turning away from Yu, you sprint towards Xiaoqi’s back just as she passes you. Taking advantage while her guard is lowered, you scoop her up from behind and sling her slight body over your shoulder as she screams in fright.

    “Let me down!”

    “Haha, no!” you laugh. “Just sit quietly and watch. A lady shouldn’t interfere in a proper duel.” You carry the struggling girl away from the fight. “No! I’m going to be defiled!” She doesn’t seem to be listening to you. Crying out in panic, she slaps you on the back.

    It hurts more than you would expect. In fact, it feels exactly like she just used the Yuhua Duqing Palm on you.

    “Oh, sh-“ You feel the familiar thorny qi digging its excruciating way into your body. It looks like you underestimated her. You drop Xiaoqi as you sink to your knees, your internal wounds reopening painfully. Coughing up blood, you fall flat on your back, staring up at the sky. It is a very clear sky. You feel like you could get lost in that blue expanse…

    “Uh oh, did I kill him?” mutters Xiaoqi.

    “No,” you manage to grunt out, fixing your eyes on her. She leaps back with a yelp. You try to get up, but find that you are unable to even twitch a finger. This might be bad. Xiaoqi looks at you warily and attempts to turn away, but she is stopped by a hand on her shoulder. It’s Yunzi. Xiaoqi freezes up like a little herbivorous animal.

    “So, did you get her?” you ask, looking up at her from your comfortable spot on the ground.

    “I didn’t get her… she fainted by herself,” shrugs Yunzi as she gestures behind her. Craning your neck with tremendous effort, you can just about make out Liu Chanfeng collapsed on the ground, though with more elegance than your own posture. “She overexerted herself trying to keep up with me,” continues Yunzi. “Not a very satisfying match, really. She wasn’t in good condition. What’s the matter with you anyway?” She looks over you, turning her head to the side. Then, she looks at Xiaoqi. “Wait, no, no need to tell me. You tried to molest Xiaoqi and she fought back? Was asking me to go after Liu Chanfeng just a ruse so that you could abduct an innocent girl?”

    “That’s exactly right, big sister,” says Xiaoqi with conviction, somehow having found her courage back. “I managed to take down this beast in man’s clothing.”

    “If you keep saying that, one of these days I’ll really do it. Look,” you sigh, “Just go undo Xiahou Yu’s immobilization, then find something to bind Liu Chanfeng. We need to talk.”

    ***

    “Thank you again for stopping her,” says Xiahou Yu gratefully. “In her condition she should not be rushing anywhere, let alone after Black Dragon Society mercenaries.”

    “It’s not me you have to thank. Yunzi was the one that did most of the work.”

    “Don’t be so modest, Jing. It was your idea.”

    “How did you convince her anyway?” you ask. “I’m shocked that she stayed after that.” Attempting to reason it out with Chanfeng had been useless in the aftermath of the fight. Suddenly Yu had told everyone to leave him and Chanfeng alone for some time so that he could persuade her. He had gotten a small jar of wine from somewhere too. You wonder if that factored in the persuasion. Surprisingly, Liu Chanfeng had agreed to accompany your group as far as Emei the next morning. She seemed reluctant to do so, but whatever Yu said, it seemed to have convinced her.

    “She’s not an unreasonable woman,” says Yu calmly, as if the argument had never happened.

    “Only you would think and say something like that about that woman,” you reply.

    “Ha, maybe,” laughs Xiahou Yu cheerfully. “Now, finish up the food.” Yunzi had categorically refused to take care of you, Xiaoqi wouldn’t come near you, and Liu Chanfeng would probably rather die than feed a man, and so the job of being your caretaker while you were paralyzed fell to him. He lifts the spoon to your mouth, but the sudden shaking of the wagon spills the thin gruel.

    “Riders in the distance!” shouts Yunzi.

    “The Black Dragon Society might have caught up,” says Xiahou Yu worriedly. “I’ll go take a look.” Due to your unfortunate affliction they had been forced to procure a wagon to transport you. It was not surprising that the Black Dragon Society would be able to follow your trail like this, though you had hoped they would have given up once you exited the Xiangyang region.

    No such luck, you suppose.

    Resting on the bed, you keep your ears open and your breathing steady, listening to the happenings outside. You hear the hooves of horses striking the ground, though there are too many for you to keep an exact count. Perhaps twenty to thirty. They seem to be approaching from different directions… there are two groups. There are shouts, and a brief scuffle with weapons drawn. Then, you hear one group breaking away, their sound of their horses receding further and further from you. Some muffled conversation begins to take place outside the wagon.

    After a while, Xiahou Yu climbs back in, followed by a cheery, cute girl with short hair.

    “Good day,” she grins, “I’m sorry to interrupt while you are in your convalescence, but it would be remiss of me not to introduce myself to a fellow traveller on the road.” Even though her words are formal and polite, she gives off an affable air.

    “This is Miss Song Lingshu, the head of the Qingcheng Sect,” introduces Xiahou Yu. “She and a band of Qingcheng disciples scared off the bandits just now. I thought you would like to thank her personally, brother.” You try not to let the surprise show on your face. This is not what you expected Song Lingshu to look like. “I-I’m grateful, Miss Song,” you stammer. “I have long heard of your name and the fame of your sect. To think we would be saved by such a great person…”

    “Oh, don’t start with that,” laughs Song Lingshu. “I am not one for exaggerated talk. It was nothing, I was just following the principles of justice that my dear father taught me – to help the people wherever I go.” Strange, that is not what you know of him. Song Jiangke probably did not practice what he preached. “Your father must be a truly admirable man then,” you say. She does not seem to catch the hint of sarcasm in your voice; a look of sorrow crosses over the girl’s face. “Yes, he was… but he is no longer with us now.”

    “I… see,” you say carefully. “I am sorry to hear that. It must be a great loss to you.”

    “Well, it falls to me to uphold his legacy now, and continue the fight for justice. One cannot mourn forever,” she replies, smiling brilliantly. It looks like her optimism and cheerfulness cannot be suppressed for long.

    “What brings you all the way out here anyway?” you ask. She had not participated at the youth tournament, having had to stay in mourning over her father’s death. The girl explains in a carefree manner, “You see, I just took over as head of the sect. I thought I would travel to Wudang to pay my respects to the Grand Taoist Wang Zhengchong. He is the leader of the pugilistic world, and as a young leader it is my duty to pay obeisance to my elders. I was just coming back from there.”

    “Did you manage to meet him?”

    “No,” she sighs, her shoulders drooping. Here is a person that clearly wears her emotions on her sleeve. “He is in seclusion. I did manage to speak to some other old guy – “ Suddenly she turns red as she apologizes. “Sorry, I misspoke! I mean, the acting head, Master Daoshi! I’m sorry. My father used to try and teach me proper etiquette, but it has been quite difficult for me to keep to those lessons all the time.”

    “If he is old and a man, then you did not speak falsely,” you say. “I am sure Wudang’s masters wouldn’t go so far as to deny their own age and gender.” Song Lingshu laughs brightly. “You are an interesting person… you remind me of Huashan’s Young Master Bai.” You try your hardest not to make a face of loathing at the sound of Bai Jiutian’s name. How in the world do you remind her of that guy?

    The Qingcheng head continues, “I have heard that you are headed to Chengdu. Would you like me and my fellow Qingcheng disciples to escort you there? I think it would be safer. The roads are rife with bandits nowadays.”

    “Oh, no, we couldn’t possibly ask you to do that,” you say humbly. “As the leader of a great orthodox sect, I am sure you are busy enough that you would not want to be slowed down by us.”

    “We are headed in the same direction anyway. So, what do you think? Wait, I haven’t got your name, have I?” She gives you that cheerful grin again. You glance over her shoulder, at Xiahou Yu. He nods – he is agreeable to it. The decision is yours to make, however.

    ***

    A. You accept the escort offer. The roads are dangerous, that much is true, and in your current defenseless state any extra assistance, even from an orthodox sect, would be helpful.

    B. You reject the escort offer. Though she may have good intentions now, you do not know if she will remain the same if she knows your true identity, or that of Chanfeng's, who has a bit of notoriety of her own.

    ***

    1. You reveal your identity as Zhang Jue’s disciple up front. You would prefer to be truthful rather than for her to find out later; you do not want to start off this acquaintanceship with a lie. It can be left up to her whether she wants to escort you or not then.

    2. You do not reveal your identity. It is probably wiser to just pretend to be some sick boy seeking treatment; as Zhang Jue’s disciple you are disliked by most of the orthodox fraternity. If she knows of your connection to Master Yao, things might be even worse.
     
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  17. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    Great job guys! Nothing bad will happen, how could it when Yunzi is there to protect us? :butthurt:

    Oh, STR and AGI are now 0.
     
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  18. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    A1. Rather, 1 then A. Considering 2 heavily, however.
     
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  19. Kashmir Slippers Augur

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    Dem stats...

    A1
     
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  20. treave Arcane Patron

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    It's okay, you're almost at Emei. Almost. :lol:
     
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  21. Esquilax Arcane

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    Felled by Xiaoqi... how the mighty have fallen. I thought we could have handled her without being hurt, even in our state, but now we're even more fucked. Gotta get to Cao'er ASAP. treave, is there any way we'd be back at 100% for the challenge in four to five months time?

    We're slowed down, so of course we accept the escort. Now, the real question is whether to reveal our identity - if the BDS catches up with us, she'll find out who we are and feel betrayed if we lie to her, but if we tell her the truth, then she might refuse to help us in the first place. I'm not nearly as concerned with her knowing that we're Zhang's apprentice as I am with her knowing that we used to be Yao's apprentice; treave, is it common knowledge that we were with Yao before being Zhang's disciple?

    Oh, btw, Song Lingshu was at the youth tournament, as a spectator:

     
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  22. treave Arcane Patron

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    Ah, yes, didn't participate, then. Though we can just assume she didn't pay enough attention to recognize you by sight, or didn't witness the final fight, or a myriad other reasons why she isn't immediately going Man Tiger Pig. If not, blame it on the rollback and my poor memory. :lol: One of her disciples might recognize you, however, so there's that risk.

    As for the Yao connection, there's a chance that people know. The Songfeng people knew, and the news will have started spreading after the pirate incident. You don't know if Song Lingshu knows yet, however.

    And for healing, it's almost impossible to fully recover by the challenge now. You could hope that Cao'er gets her hands on some golden fox leaves. That'd be very helpful.
     
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  23. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    HAHAHAHA.
    God that was hilarious despite thought i voted for asking Yunzi to attack Chanfeng.

    Anyway we are in deep shit now either way now, I wonder if we will be okay for Fire cult challenges even if we don't have to participate it. Cao'er will be tested to the limit of her skill, if we want to join in the challenges in full health.

    I am torn between telling her the truth of lying to her. Lying to her now might bite us back later on, but it ensures safe passage to Emei. On otherhand revealing her the truth will cause butthurt now, even if she doesn't know about us being Yao appearance.

    A1>A2. For now..
     
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  24. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    :lol:

    Someday we will learn not to take up every combat opportunity that comes our way.
     
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  25. Anabanana Augur

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    At least we got our party of bros that Absinthe really wanted, eh? :troll:

    A1.
     
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