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

  1. I was thinking more along the lines of rocks fall, everybody dies, but yeah...
     
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  2. RealDDc Learned

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    ...and on the trip to Maniac Island the former emperor died of old age.
     
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  3. Jester Arbiter

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    Everything according to plan for now we will see if sound tactical decisions will the rest of THE PLAN work here? We will see after commercials.

    Still hope it will be worth of over 20 pages of discuss.
     
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  4. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    You mean 3 pages of planning and 17 pages of arguing, paranoia and fear of the supernatural.
     
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  5. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    K, can we tickle the Emperor and see if he'll wake up now?
     
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  6. treave Arcane Patron

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    Fall Into the Darkness

    “’The gods are always with you’? Where did that come from?” you laugh, helping Qilin down into the tunnels. The three secret police assigned to help you were moving ahead, guiding the way. She giggles. “Hey, it worked, didn’t it? Did you see Beardie’s face when I started speaking? He seemed like he was about to start drooling.”

    “Beardie – ah, Prince Jiawu, that stinker,” you say. “I was paying more attention to the Grand Eunuchs. They all looked like they were about to keel over and die from the shock. Pity they didn’t.” Qilin skips ahead, clearly in a good mood. “Well, thank you, Xu Jing.” She grins, giving you a demure bow. “This is the most fun I’ve had in ages. We should do it again sometime.”

    “I think once is quite enough, Miss Chi.” Gao Ying steps out from a side passage smoothly, placing himself between you and Qilin. He plucks a torch from the wall, looking at you. “I am pleased to see that you made it here with no trouble, but we should be going as soon as we can. This is not a successful plan yet.”

    “Don’t you ever lighten up? Where is Cao’er? And the Emperor?” you ask – Gao Ying is the only person you see. The eunuch’s lips twitch slightly, apparently amused by something you said. “They are waiting in front; I sent them slightly ahead to save time. Do not worry, they are safe. Come, let us hurry and join up with the others.”

    As Gao Ying turns away, Qilin falls back to walk by your side. “Do you think he’s going to kill us? Should I stab him in the back?” she whispers. You wince at how boldly she is making the suggestion, before noticing that she’s actually grinning at your discomfort. “Stop fooling around,” you hiss back.

    “By the way, Xu Jing,” says Gao Ying calmly without turning around, “Why did you suggest this plan?”

    “You ask that only now?”

    “I am just curious. Your reasons would not have affected my decision to assist anyway.”

    “Well,” you say, scratching your head, “Shun wouldn’t really want his father dead if there was any other way.”

    “You do realize the dangers of keeping Emperor Taisheng alive, don’t you?” says Gao Ying. “If he should ever awaken…”

    “He would find himself at Master Zhang’s dinner table, probably dressed up in some strange outfit,” you reply promptly. “Yes, I did consider those consequences, but once we get him to Maniac Island it would not make a difference.”

    “I agree.” Gao Ying’s answer surprises you for a moment. “Once there it would not matter if he was dead or alive. Then is it not simpler to ensure he is just dead, instead of going all the way to Yinhu Island? For example, in these tunnels, any amount of accidents could happen…”

    “What would you tell the Crown Prince, that his father slipped and cracked his head against a rock?” you snap.

    “Perhaps,” replies Gao Ying. “He would see through me and understand the necessity of it. The Crown Prince is a wise man, a man far greater than you and I. He is the only one who can bring order from this chaos the country is embroiled in.”

    “He is still a man, Gao Ying. He has emotions. By nature he is as far from cruelty as I can imagine. If he has to murder his own father to take the throne it will kill his own heart.”

    “That is why he has me,” says the eunuch fiercely. “I work in the darkness while he walks in the light. I will do whatever is necessary to ensure the security of his rule. He does not need to know about the deeds I commit to keep him safe, and he will not ask. That is the understanding I have with His Highness. Can you say the same of yourself?” You can feel the strength of Gao Ying’s conviction from his words. It is a loyalty that is admirable, something that you had to respect. It is the loyalty of a tool, burning its own life up for the sake of its master. Something that you should have – something you had… but when did your feelings begin to change?

    Up ahead, you notice a group of flickering torches. As you approach, you see Cao’er. She beams happily and runs to you. The Emperor is lying on a stretcher, looking dead to the world – though with Cao’er here, that is not likely at the moment. Gao Ying stops in his tracks, looking at the Emperor. Then, he shakes his head. “You are a dangerous existence, Xu Jing,” he says suddenly and softly.

    “Yes, I’ve been called that in bed, something I think you wouldn’t have any experience with,” you reply jovially. “Oh? You’ll have to show me after this,” croons Qilin seductively into your ear, butting in where she is not needed. Gao Ying only laughs dryly. “Your humour falls short of the mark today.” He turns around to face you. “You make the Crown Prince soft. Your presence endangers his capability to be a proper monarch. I fear that you will drag him into the morass of failure.”

    “Hey, that sounds rather threatening,” you say. “Please don’t tell me you are going to say something stupid like, ‘I have to kill you for the prince’s sake’, or anything like that?”

    Gao Ying stares at you, silent. Then, he speaks.

    “I-“

    The sound of rattling chains disturbs the darkness.

    “Well.” You sigh. “I guess this was going too well.”

    There is an unearthly moan, a weak and pathetic noise. Though it is soft, it echoes through the tunnels – you have no idea where it is coming from. Every single person is frozen to the spot, wondering which way they should go. The sound resolves itself into words… you can just about make out a name.

    Li Ming.

    Emperor Taisheng’s name.

    As the moan dies off, it is replaced by another rattling of chains, louder this time.

    A strong, freezing wind blows forth, snuffing out the torches.

    Then, without warning, the screams begin. “Cao’er! Qilin!” You shout out to the girls, trying to get to them in the darkness. You find Cao’er’s hand first and grab onto it, pulling her close to your side. She clings onto your arm immediately. You can barely make out a dreadful silhouette, blacker than the dark of the caves, tearing apart men with its long, lanky limbs. The stench of blood thickens in the air. “Li… Ming!” it howls, striding for the Emperor. Suddenly, a burst of light fills the tunnels. The thing moans in pain, staggering back.

    “Ha, I still had one of the light-making satchels left!” exclaims Qilin exuberantly. “Get the torches!” shouts Gao Ying. The secret police retreat and begin lighting up the torches as they go. As the darkness recedes, you see the assailant shivering, panting in front of you. It is a man after all… his hair is long and tangled, and his beard matted. A large, iron vest is clasped over his chest – dozens of thick needles have pierced it through. His limbs appear to have been broken and set back together wrongly multiple times, healing in such a way that it must pain him even to move an inch. Heavy iron manacles shackle his wrists and ankles, and the rusty chains appear to lead down a side tunnel. Are they still attached to something?

    You had no more time to ponder, however, as he lets out a scream of fury. Gao Ying attacks immediately, striking with his fingers almost faster than you can see, but the madman blocks all of his attacks effortlessly, deflecting his blows as if he were toying with a slow child. “Take the Emperor and go!” he shouts to his men. If he ever had wanted to kill the Emperor, he certainly does not have that inclination now – it would be easy to leave the stretcher and let this strange person do the dirty work. As the secret police grab the Emperor and make a run for it, the madman screams the Emperor’s name again, distracted.

    With a jerk of your fingers, you unleash the spider silk threads. The madman is still between you and the way out: with his overwhelming bloodthirst, there is no way for you to get past except to go on the attack. You throw them around the madman’s neck and arms, pulling tightly. His arms are forced apart – as he turns his face to you, you see to your horror that his eyes have been sewn shut and his nose cut off. Gao Ying does not waste any time – drawing a dagger, he tries to plunge it into the man’s neck, but the wind begins to blow again, colder and stronger. The torches flicker and die for the second time. You realize that the wind is flowing from the madman – his qi must be immense. The eunuch is blown off his feet, his dagger clattering to the floor. The madman breaks the threads that have been said to be stronger than steel. Then, with a frustrated roar, he strikes the side of the tunnels.

    The earth shudders.

    Rock and dust begin falling from the tunnel ceiling as the supports tremble. This is bad. The ground shifts underneath your feet.

    There is a loud cracking noise as the floor falls away. The madman plummets first, a victim of his own mindless rage. In the darkness you find it hard to move, unable to find steady footing anywhere you go. You hear Qilin scream, her figure swallowed up by the darkness. You cannot tell if she is alright, but before you can even worry about her your feet find empty air.

    You drop, Cao’er clinging onto you desperately like a baby monkey.

    As your hands scrabble desperately for purchase, you manage to grip onto a soft, sandy outcrop, which begins crumbling as soon as your fingers sink into it. The sudden stop jerks Cao’er off. “…ah…”With a tiny yelp she begins to fall, but you react quickly and grab her arm before she is lost.

    Your grip begins to loosen. It is only a matter of time before you fall. Your feet try to find a surface to kick off but fail – it seems that you are in a bad position.

    As your fingers finally close around nothing but loose soil, a hand seizes your wrist. In the gloom you are unable to see who it is.

    “Xu Jing! Can you use your qinggong to climb up?” It’s Gao Ying… the last person you would have expected.

    “No! I haven’t learnt how to kick off thin air!”

    You can feel him straining, but after a while he says,“…You are too heavy. I cannot pull you up.”

    “There's two of us, eunuch. You should have trained your strength,” you snarl. His grip begins to slip…

    ***

    A. With all your strength, you toss Cao’er up, telling the eunuch to take care of her. The motion will likely result in your fall, but at least she should be safe. You’ll just have to find a way out after you reach the bottom.

    B. You let go of Gao Ying’s hand. Knowing Cao’er, she might actually decide to jump in after you and get hurt on the way down. It might be better for her if you shield her now as the both of you fall.
     
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  7. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    A. Best have her keeping an eye on Gao.
     
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  8. MystiKnight Novice

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    A. You scared me after all the talk about death flags, so save the potential waifu and fall on your own. Heck, if she does fall down or something, she'll probably land softly on Jing or something silly like that.

    Also, do we have any more of that steel silk? It would be great to go full spiderbro as we fall.
     
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  9. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    Yup, we're fucked.

    A - in case we toss her up, she MIGHT come back after us, possibly with backup. Or she might just stupidly jump after us, hurting herself in the process, but I refuse to believe in her stupidity.

    If we go with B we might get hurt in the process by shielding her fall and she would be down there with us, in danger. Though if she is there she could help us with her perception to defeat the monster and in case Qilin got there somehow and is badly wounded she might help.

    Wait if the madman wants the emperor, wouldn't it be safer for her to be with us?
     
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  10. Nevill Arcane

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    "Let's go through the tunnels", they said. "What can possibly be down there?", they said. "LET'S DO EET!"

    Though hiding in the bottomless pit would probably bring us to the same spot. Of course, the madman could have been nicer to fellow prisoners than he is to the Emperor's escort.

    I am not sure about A or B. If Qilin is down there, she might need medical attention. Hell, we might need medical attention.
    I can easily see Jing doing A to protect Cao'er, but that does not bode well for our chances. We might start relying on our friends more.

    B. Let's find our way out together.
     
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  11. asxetos Augur

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    I knew it was too good to be true.

    Voting A.
     
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  12. Nevill Arcane

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    You don't say? What could have possibly lead you to this thought?

    Yeah, right.
     
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  13. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    Well I guess whatever we would have done, something would have gone wrong.

    Go in the tunnels without the emperor? -> Monster appears because he's hungry.
    Try to stash in the tunnels ? -> Monster finds us and classifies us: breakfast.
    Try to stash in the imperial agents HQ? -> Grand Eunuchs find us and imprison us.
    Go with the emperor through the north gate? -> Qilin, Ying and 12 imperial agents misteriously dissapear. A search for them is issued.
     
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  14. Nevill Arcane

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    Yes, I'd like to ask treave about other possible permutations. Would they impact anything, and what exactly?

    The prisoner is after the Emperor or his servants. What would happen if we hid with Qilin in the bottomless pit (though this may be spoilery) in A1? Would we met him anyway? Would Qilin be able to find her way out of the Palace? How? Or would she end up being apprehended and we would end up with another problem on our hands (after all, if there is no strife, there is no story)?
    What would A2 lead to? B? C with different characters?

    It was a freeform choice, so I have no idea if the consequences differed, and how.
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    Nah, the Emperor is the attractant. Something else happens if you don't transport him through the tunnels. You can probably guess what.
     
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  16. Nevill Arcane

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    Hell if I know. Gao Ying goes apeshit on Jing? Stray eunuch agents stumble upon us?
    Ying does not have an answer to his question and smothers the old man?

    If Jing weren't there in the tunnels, but stayed with the Emperor after transporting him out, would it still happen?
     
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  17. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    Yeah sure, and I bet the other people that were attacked by the monster were also smuggling emperors through the tunnels.

    Well if you are saying that A1 would have only led to Ying killing the emperor and disposing of his body, and everyone else getting away safe, I'm already preparing for a roll back

    Since we might rollback treave might not want to tell us all that.
     
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  18. Nevill Arcane

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    Wat. No rollback until we are dead. And maybe not even after.

    What I can't get is why. The only thing that differed is that we exchanged words. Why would they affect him so?
    He certainly does not consider our influence on Shun to be positive, and does not share our perspective. Did he really reconsider, or did he never intend to kill the Emperor in the first place?
     
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  19. treave Arcane Patron

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    Uh, so you're very sure that they weren't? Or that the Emperor wasn't involved one bit?

    Seeing as you actually voted in favour of the last one, it's rather unsporting of you to ask for another rollback. It would be fairer to give that opportunity to those who didn't vote for a rollback. If I'm inclined to give one at all.

    When he talked about killing the Emperor he was mainly testing Jing's thoughts. He would actually do it, though, if the Emperor had woken up at any point of the journey. Since Jing's rationale - regardless of voter intent - is for Shun's sake and run mainly by emotion, he then comes to the conclusion that Jing is not good for the prince. A confrontation would go down if the madman doesn't interrupt. As for why he did not leave you to die, you did help him out (even if you didn't mean to) by tying up the monster. Jing didn't notice, but he was actually one move away from being killed.

    In most of the other scenarios you'd have had to fight him, though who won, or if there would be any deaths, is up in the air.
     
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  20. Nevill Arcane

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    Rollback! ROLLBACK! I wanted to strangle the fucker since our BDS meeting!
    Nah, I am kidding.

    But one of the reasons why I am taking Cao'er down with me is because I don't want to leave her in his care, and especially not when he knows she means so much for us. He is ruthless enough to use her as a leverage against us, somehow.

    Wait, what? He just told us what his priorities were, and gratitude, along with other common human feelengs, rated pretty low on this list. He told us he'd do everything for Shun, he is a fanatic that we were 3 years ago, and yet he saves the person who endangers his monarch by merely continuing to exist because of a personal favor? Either he is a total hypocrite, or he is more confused about his feelings than a 13 year old teenager.
     
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  21. treave Arcane Patron

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    Well, I understand your confusion, but explaining this would be a spoiler for further interactions with Gao Ying, so I'll let you think what you think. His actions were meant to be surprising and unexpected.
     
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    B. We need her help and I'd really rather have her where I can see her if she's going to try and come after us anyway.

    Amazing updates. I'm guessing that this old man is somebody that Li Ming ordered to keep there, and that's why he's still bearing that grudge after all these years? Glad we chose this route, this is a fascinating plot twist.

    The Disappearance of the Golden Emperor, though... damn. I could almost hear the seagulls cry, treave, that's how beautiful it was. OH DESIRE~
     
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  23. Tribute Arbiter

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    I'm not sure whether to vote A or B, other than we need to find Qilin after we fall (since that seems likely in both cases), and I seem to remember her falling in as well.

    Of course I wonder if that agility upgrade wouldn't have been enough to make sure we actually made it back up. Doesn't matter either way if it would have meant abandoning Qilin. And hey, Gao Ying owes us his life now, after we picked the spidersilk option.
     
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  24. Nevill Arcane

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    Damn, we should have sent him ahead with C1. :lol: The Emperor is a small price to pay to get rid of such an ally.
    Funny how everyone considers him 'their' man. Perhaps Shun is similarly misguided in his trust.
     
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  25. Tribute Arbiter

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    I don't trust Gao Ying farther than Cao'er can throw him, but he's useful for now.

    I'm also deeply amused that Gao Ying considers "not a horrible ruthless bastard" to be "too soft to be a proper monarch". Has he missed the rebellion that's been fermenting in the country? We've had remarkable, once-in-a-century men like Xiahou Yu swearing themselves against the government because of the ruthlessness of the previous emperor, to say nothing of Luoying Manor.
     
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