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

  1. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Codex messes up? Duh. :M
     
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  2. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    What did Lampchop outline for A? 400 comments between updates is a bit too much for me to remember.
     
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  3. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Yeah, I get lost in the discussions as well.
     
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  4. treave Arcane Patron

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    Return of the Taishan Heroes

    Trekking down the hill, you look back, up at the Sword Saint and his disciple. He waves you good luck; he wants to observe the battle a little longer before deciding what to do… if he does anything at all. The man is already yawning. It seems that he is not too convinced that your decision to weigh in on the side of the Fire Cult will bear any significant fruit. Murong Yandi had argued to be allowed to intervene, but his master had held him back, too. He would have to watch from the hill for now.

    “Strange, I thought you would have gone for the fire girl from the start,” quips Qilin. “What’s the matter, getting shy?”

    “She can handle herself,” you say.”I need to warm up on some orthodox prigs first.”

    “Such trust! I’m jealous.” Qilin laughs, and moves closer to Cao’er. “Are we still going with that plan to reel in Number Three? I mean, I thought our darling here was going after her first, so…”

    You seem to be hearing something disturbing talk. “Wait. What are you talking about? What Number Three?” Qilin only gives you a smirk, her arm around Cao’er’s shoulder. “…it’s between us girls. You don’t need to concern yourself with it. Go… you have a fight to win…” says Cao’er calmly, pointing ahead of you. She has become a lot more assertive with you lately, though you think it is warranted, given the amount of stress you put her through in the past month. Sighing, you shake your head. “Don’t do anything stupid.”

    “Look who’s talking,” retorts Qilin with a grin. “Just go and have your fun, you idiot.”

    “Yes, yes, I hear you.” Giving the girls a brief wave, you head down the steep approach to the battle, hopping from rock to rock.

    ***

    The Fire Cultists under attack consist of a group of twelve nubile maidens; somehow Cao’er had neglected to mention that particular point to you when recounting her observations. You do not recognize the fifteen or so Taishan and Kunlun fighters attacking the cultists: they are in their twenties, and you have never seen them before. You make the last leap just in time, throwing a string of silk around a raised sword-arm that is a moment away from striking. With a pull, you send the Taishan man sprawling to the ground in the perfect position to serve as your landing cushion. Your feet land on his back as he shouts in pain.

    You look around at the surprised combatants. The Taishan disciple below you tries to throw you off, but a stomp on his spine tames him quickly. “I seem to have gotten a little lost,” you grin embarassedly, giving the fighters a little bow. “I was looking for the site of the Fire Temple challenge, but this doesn’t seem to be that place, is it? It looks more like a hooligan’s brawl than a proper match.”

    “Who are you?” challenges a Kunlun fighter, shaking his staff in your face. “Whoa, careful where you point that stick of yours, friend,” you gasp, gently pushing away the pole to the side as you rock backwards on your heels, causing the man underneath you to groan in discomfort. “The rules of the jianghu state that you should first introduce yourself before asking a fellow pugilist’s name,” you say, lecturing the Kunlun disciple. He frowns at you before taking a step back, calling out his name. You look to the side, at the frightened girls. “Doesn’t seem very orthodox, attacking a bunch of defenseless girls like this, whatever your name is,” you mutter. “I just introduced myself!” he shouts. “These are evil cultists that ambushed and murdered our noble masters, and just who are you, you disrespectful bastard?” demands the Kunlun fighter again. The other orthodox pugilists begin drawing closer, hostile intent in their eyes.

    “Ah, right. You did introduce yourself. I apologize, but I am bad with names. Especially if they are about to cease mattering in a while.” You grin, spreading your arms out to your sides as you introduce yourself: “I am Xu Jing, the Man Tiger Pig, disciple of the Southern Maniac.”

    The orthodox fighters take a synchronized step back, their faces turning pale. It looks like your reputation has not diminished in your absence. “You! You are siding with these foreign cultists?” snarls a female Taishan fighter. “I thought that as heretical as your master Zhang Jue was, he would not have trained such a traitorous brat!”

    “I don’t know, should I side with you?” You turn your head to the side, asking what appears to be the eldest girl of the cultist bunch. She gives you a confused look. One of the other girls whispers something in her ear, in a foreign language, and her eyes widen. “Y-you are the Holy Maiden’s…” she stammers. “Yes, yes, please help us! We don’t want to die here!”

    “Sounds great, that. I don’t think anyone wants to die here. How grateful would you be?”

    “I… ah…” she blushes, uncertain. “…I would be very grateful, young master,” she says shyly, looking down.

    “Hold on, how grateful would you be if I helped you out instead?” you grin, turning back to the female Taishan disciple. Her face goes red, but more out of anger. “This is your duty as a fighter of the Central Plains. Gratefulness has nothing to do with it!”

    “Well, that settles it.” You sigh loudly. “You can’t expect me to do anything else after hearing that, can you? Anyone who worships some foreign fire god, get behind me,” you call out. As the cultist maidens make a run for it, you hop off the man you were standing on and give him a good kick, sending him back to his brethren. They hurry to catch him, allowing the girls to slip through their fingers. Folding your hands behind your back, you give the orthodox fighters an arrogant sneer, raising your eyebrows. “What are you still waiting for?” They respond with a roar, charging at you as one.

    You jump. Your first kick breaks the staff of a Kunlun fighter, sending the man flying. You step on his chest and push off in mid-air, soaring towards your next target. This time your kick is blocked successfully, but you move on to another opponent immediately as you continue your assault on the orthodox pugilists. The Taishan come at you with swords, the Kunlun with staves. You finally land on the ground – six wooden staves rush towards your head from all directions, but you throw your hand up, swiftly weaving a web that catches half of them. With a shout, you pull, tugging it from your opponents’ hands with your superior strength and using the staves you captured to knock away the other half. You swing the three staves around wildly, smashing them into your opponents. Dropping the silk, you take advantage of the opening in their formation to launch an all-out assault with the Wuying Leipo Kick.

    You blow past the Taishan and Kunlun disciples like a powerful hurricane, leaving them broken and battered behind you. It is over in moments: your opponents had no counter for your kicks. Wuying Leipo Kick is probably a technique that has not been seen for decades in the jianghu. In the wild, furious exchange of blows you had understood that the fighters you were facing would be considered skilled in their own right, but they had failed to comprehend the relentless aerial assault you delivered and suffered for it.

    A few of them roll over, groaning in pain as they clutch their heads, while others remain unmoving, probably unconscious. You had held back in the attack, but out of concern for your own safety, you had not done so to the extent where they would not be heavily injured. In a fight like this, if you slowed down even a bit, the orthodox pugilists might have been able to turn the tide with a lucky hit.

    “Seniors! Oh no!” comes a panicked shout. Seven pugilists dressed in Taishan robes come rushing in, followed by a young man dressed in Kunlun robes and wielding a particularly long staff. You vaguely remember the Taishan disciples. “Seven Heroic Youths of Taishan? Or something like that, I presume,” you say casually, dusting the dirt off your boots. They glare at you, united in hatred, but it is the Kunlun disciple that speaks. “You must be Man Tiger Pig then,” he says, his face serious. “I am Su Liaojing of Kunlun. May I ask what you are doing here, and why you attacked our seniors?”

    “I’m just doing what everyone else is doing,” you say. “Attacking the weak.” You give them a feral grin, but they do not shrink back. You can tell that though the fighters you just beat were their elders in age, that is not necessarily so in terms of strength.

    “The cultists poisoned the masters of the Eight Sects and then brought down the cliff as a means to sabotage the tournament. I do not think you are right to protect them,” replies Su Liaojing.

    “Really?” You look over your shoulder, at the twelve girls huddled together in fear. “When have I ever done anything right by the Eight Sects?” you laugh. “This should not come as a surprise.”

    “Indeed, it doesn’t,” he says calmly as he settles into a crouching combat stance that you do not recognize, his long staff held away from his body. He is remarkably composed; you don’t think taunting him will give you any advantage in a fight, and you take your own stance as you curl your fingers into claws.

    “Wait, Brother Su,” calls out one of the Taishan Youths… you don’t remember which number he is. One? Two? “We have a bit of a debt to settle against Man Tiger Pig ourselves from the tournament. Can you leave him to us?”

    “That is just fine with me,” replies Su Liaojing, though he remains in his stance. “Are you confident?”

    “With our full Qixing Beitou Formation, Man Tiger Pig’s defeat is assured before the fight even begins!” boasts the Taishan disciple.

    ***

    A. You call out Su Liaojing, saying that you will defeat him first before taking on the Taishan Seven. He is rumoured to be Kunlun’s best young fighter, losing only to Yunzi in the tournament: you will see just how good he is.

    B. You take on the famed Qixing Beitou Formation of the Taishan Sect. This is the most powerful technique they have to offer – break the formation, and they can have no complaints about your strength.

    C. Taking both these Taishan and Kunlun disciples on at once should not be impossible for you as you are right now. You will challenge Su Liaojing and the Big Dipper Formation simultaneously and prove your superiority over them.

    D. You are not here for a fair fight. You make a surprise attack, trying to catch the Taishan disciples off guard and disabling as many of them as possible so that their seven-man formation cannot be performed at its full effectiveness.
     
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  5. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    D>C. MAXIMUM FUCK is go.
     
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  6. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Wait, they know we are here and that we are going to fight them. And they waste our time by arguing who is going to have their head kicked in by us first? What more do they want, a written invitation? Fuck that, this isn't a game and they should know that.

    D
     
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  7. profreshinal Arcane

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    treave could you fill out the list with the names of their "best of the young disciples"?

    Shaolin Temple:

    Wudang Sect:

    Emei Sect:

    Kunlun Sect:

    Huashan Sect:

    Taishan Sect:

    Qingcheng Sect:

    Beggars' Sect:
     
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  8. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    I'll go with B, although we're strong, I don't know if we can beat them all, in a fair fight.

    Difficulty wise, seems this is the order A<B<D<C.

    With A we are going to fight only him. How powerful is he, remains to be seen, though I think we can defeat him rather easily.

    With B we will be fighting seven guys in a formation of their choosing, which seems to be tougher.

    With C we fight both, now, this seems like the choice with the highest probability of getting our ass kicked, though it is one step forward toward completing Zhang's Challenge, and would certainly be the Zhang Choice.

    With D we fight both, though denying them any advantage, seems more likely to succed than C in any case, though less likely than A or B, and will give us lots of unorthodox points.

    B>D>A>C

    I'm going with B since I know most of you guys won't vote it and the flop will make my vote a D and because B is one step forward to completing Zhang's Challenge and comes with less of a reputation loss.

    D
     
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  9. asxetos Augur

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    Teach these kids a lesson and lets hope we dont kill anyone by mistake.
     
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  10. treave Arcane Patron

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    The ones that you know of?

    Shaolin - Xuzhan, Xuzheng, Xuzhu
    Wudang - Wu Brothers, Guo Fu
    Emei - Yifang, Yiling
    Kunlun - Su Liaojing
    Huashan - Bai Jiutian, Twin Flowers
    Taishan - Seven Youths
    Qingcheng - Song Lingshu
    Beggars - unknown
     
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  11. profreshinal Arcane

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    I realized I had no clue about beggar sect and I still don't, damn.
     
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  12. Nevill Arcane

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    I think we'd better not hand over the LP to Lambchop19 just yet.

    Wait, is it our karma that our choices turn out to be perverted regardless of our intentions? The Twin Flowers get swept off their feet in A, Bai Jiutian turns into a girl in B, and the cultists turn out to be beautiful maidens in D. I am almost curious to find out what would happen if we had gone with C, but some saner part of my mind tells me to let it slide.

    So much troll. So Jing.
    :love:

    Hmm, the stories the disciple give do not match:
    Not to mention that that's a lot of bullshit:
    It seems awfully like a rumor spread among the more impressionable younger folk. But who did this, and for what purpose? A massacre does not really benefits the Eight Sects, and certainly not the Cult. So is it done by someone else trying to diminish their influence?

    Something to note - we just took out 10% of orthodox forces single-handedly, and are about to add another 5% to the list. Not bad.

    If we rank our opponents, it seems to go along these lines:
    Vahista > Bai Jiutian > Jing = Guo Fu = Yunzi = 2 Huashan Twins = 3 Wu Brothers =(?) 7 Taishan Youths > Muron Yandi =(?) Best Kunlun Disciple > 4 Taishan Youths.

    If that is about right, fighting the disciples from both schools fairly puts is in an undesireable position. Myself, I am tempted to go B, because D is likely to result in casualties, and I'd rather not help the Fire Cult too much.

    treave, is D within the confines of our challenge? It implies that it is not going to be a fair fight, but how fair a fight needs to be to satisfy Zhang Jue?
     
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  13. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Well, if a freaking assassination of Song Lingshu while she was sleeping would qualify for the challenge, then why the hell wouldn't this? If they are stupid enough to lower their guard like that to us, that's their problem.
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    This wasn't part of the deal, man, this was supposed to be the homo option.
    :rpgcodex:

    As for the choice, we really must impress Shagguan enough that he will step in on our side and not theirs. Maybe skipping out is for the best?
     
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  15. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    D - They should pay for their idiocy.
     
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  16. Nevill Arcane

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    Good point about Shagguan. The swordsman does not kill, and he would not appreciate the slaughter of orthodox pupils. Hell, he does not appreciate the massacre of the cultists.

    I think I'll go B with this one. This is impressive enough, and it does not make him side against us.

    Flopped to D.
     
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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    treave, what skills would a sneak attack utilize? Stealth+SoH?
     
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  18. treave Arcane Patron

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    Zhang Jue shouldn't have anything against D, but it'll definitely sink your reputation with Taishan and Kunlun a lot more than the other choices do.

    What sneak attack? They're standing right in front of you. You charge them at full speed.
     
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  19. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Who said anything about killing them and why would that be more likely in any particular choice? Regardless of what we choose we are going to have to disable them anyway.
     
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  20. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    Well this is a real fight, and the sooner we beat them the sooner we can go help/save/challenge somebody else.
     
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  21. Nevill Arcane

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    D seems like a lazy way out, beating someone with a trick where you could not do it in a fair fight, demonstrating your 'superiority' without actually becoming better.

    You held out against regular disciples, and still heavily wounded them.
    Here you will not - can not afford, actually - to pull your punches, and your goal is to disable as many as you can as fast as you can. If they have to die, so be it. That is how I see the choice.
    They are not Guo Fu, individually, they are weak, which means that there might be casualties if you go all-out.

    Yes, there is that. Their well-being will not be your priority.
    As Baltika9 said, you might want to consider the fact that there is a sword master currently looking at you.
     
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  22. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    OK, but why is that more likely to happen in D then in B? Or is our goal in B to not disable them as quickly as possible?
     
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  23. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Well, Shagguan has this whole "who is worthy of my help" moralfaggotry going on (I think that's his excuse to not do shit). If we act like too much of a dick, he'll either let Yandi loose on us, or come after us himself and that we cannot afford.

    Though I suppose, since the fight is inevitable either way, it might not matter this much. And then there's the definite Unorthodox points bonus.

    Hmmm.
     
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    treave, changing my vote to C>B. Can't edit the original.
     
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  25. Nevill Arcane

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    You can't be serious.
    You'll be disabling them while they can not muster a defense.

    Besides, in D, you'll be fighting the enemy that is normally twice as strong as you. In B, you are attacking opponents that as a whole are of equal strengh with you. You don't have a luxury of controlling the damage in D, you just don't have enough resourses to do that and still win the fight.
     
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