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

  1. Baltika9 Arcane

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    There's something bugging me about going D:
    Sounds like this job is really shady and whatever it's goals are, they won't sit well with the Manor. I won't speculate on what this is all about, but why would they maintain such strict secrecy otherwise?
    In the end, I think we'll probably have to choose between following through with the plan and getting a massive rep penalty with the Manor and somewhat of a boost with the Prefect and by extent the Imperial Court, or abandoning the plan in favor of the Manor and getting an even worse rep with the Court and our name slandered in the world in general (don't underestimate a scorned politician). Why would we want to sell those guys out in the first place, though? They're the types that collect the rarest knowledge in the world and bring it back to their haven for DISCUSS! and a wanderer like Jing will find them very useful in the absence of a traditional Master and dogma. Not to mention that a lot of these guys may be very well connected in Orthodox circles.
    As opposed to what rewards from the Prefect? I doubt he has qi specialists just chilling around the house.
     
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  2. treave Arcane Patron

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    Current tally:

    Nevill - B
    ERYFKRAD - D
    Azira - D > C
    TOME - D
    Jester - B > A
    Smashing Axe - C
    Kipeci - B
    Grimgravy - C
    Ifeex - C > B > D
    XenomorphII - C
    ScubaV - B > D > C
    Lambchop19 - C
    Storyfag - D > C
    Baltika9 - C > A
    The Brazilian Slaughter - B
    LWC1996 - D
    Esquilax - B

    A - 0
    B - 6
    C - 6
    D - 5

    With the D > C flops, it would become

    A - 0
    B - 6
    C - 8
    D - 3
     
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  3. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I wonder, will it be possible to placate the Castration Nuns with our awesome poetry skills when (and it's a matter of when) they come? And by placate I mean seduce.
    "Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I want nuns in my bed
    I want those nuns to be you."
     
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  4. treave Arcane Patron

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    With our character's luck, the band that finds you will be 60 years old on average.
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    So what? Doesn't the Harem King's love encompass the universe? Beauty is a light switch closed curtain away.
     
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  6. treave Arcane Patron

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    Oh, nothing wrong with that. Just that tough old biddies are less likely to be charmed by you so easily. You'll need to bring out the big guns.
     
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  7. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Haiku, then? Ladies of their experience should be able to appreciate that.
    "Age is not a barrier to love,
    Even the wizened heart can be warmed by youth.
    S&M at my place later?"
     
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  8. Nevill Arcane

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    treave, my vote is straight B (it is what was bolded). Sorry if it wasn't clear - D is only an option should the first attempt fail.
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    A'ight. Fixed it.
     
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  10. Esquilax Arcane

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    Okay, so we aren't a great poet (yet), but we're charismatic, we have some skill at speech, and our experiences in travelling with Yao and in trying to counter the lies Rong told about us have made Jing very good at thinking on his feet. treave, I'm assuming that the battle royale is unarmed - what's the ruleset? Whoever gets pushed out of the ring or incapacitated is out?

    However, the deciding factor for me here is that there are three spots in the poetry competition, but only one winner in the big battle. Note that poetry in this competition isn't just something you write; it's meant to be recited, and we have a little bit of Speech skill and great natural charisma. It's not just the words, it's also how you say them: anybody who has had to hear a high school student recite a Shakespearean sonnet and wanted to claw their eyes out knows exactly what I'm talking about.

    There might also be ways to sway the judges to our side as well.

    B
     
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  11. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Your school too, huh? Good times.

    Anyway, this Manor is a pretty prestigious place from the sound of it and the competition to get in there will be fierce in both contests. Sure, most of them will be hacks and amateurs, but you also have to consider that these tryouts to get in there happen once every four years. I'm sure there's a long list of people with actual skills that were waiting to get in there for a long time, and this is a caution about both B and C. The only reason I'm going for C is because our combat skills are simply better than our artistic skills, no matter which way you look at it. I also wouldn't gamble on the poor integrity of the juries, I'm pretty sure a pre-selection process for such a :obviously: place has fairly honest judges. Can't be letting just any rabble in Aphrodite's presence there.

    Edit: also, how much money do we have?
     
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  12. treave Arcane Patron

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    Yes, you're right on the main rules.

    Enough to get by frugally in Xuzhou till spring, at least if Yao keeps working.
     
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  13. treave Arcane Patron

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    I'm calling it for C on the basis of the D > C flops, as B and C are tied while D is one vote behind.

    So, C wins.
     
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  14. treave Arcane Patron

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    The Tournament at Quewu Square

    You decide that your strengths are in combat, not poetry. After all, given the reputation of Luoying Manor as a hall of scholars, the competition in the poetry contest should be much tougher. With that optimistic thought in mind, you head to Quewu Square.

    Despite the cold, stalls have been set up all around the arena to cater to the large number of spectators. The hawkers call out their goods with gusto. There are the usual mantou, candied fruits and fried cakes being sold, but the hot pot vendors are also out in full force today. The stage for the competition is a large, raised square platform. It seems big enough to fit thirty people, though there isn’t much room for manoeuvring with all thirty there. Making your way to the registration table, you find that most of the slots have already been taken up.

    Before you write your name down, you look around you; your arrival hasn’t gone unnoticed by the other competitors. Between the public appearances you have made with Master Yao in the city, and your reputation as his apprentice, attempting to register under a false name would be a waste of time.

    You confidently write your name in ink, completing the registration.

    The rules of the tournament are as follows:

    One must not touch the ground outside the stage with any part of his body.

    One must not use any weapons, whether openly or concealed.

    One must not strike to kill or to maim.

    It appears that to lose, the participant must be thrown out of the ring. You continue to sniff about for more information. Most of the participants are in their late twenties, and probably more knowledgeable than you are in the field of martial arts. You spot a couple of thugs, a monk, and a few priests, though most of the participants appear to be scholarly in background

    After a while, you manage to strike up a conversation with a warrior-poet from Changsha, far to the south. His name is Ling Tong, a member of the Zifu Hall, a small gathering of gentlemen scholars in that city. According to him, the competitions do attract participants, but not as many as one would think. A good number of the fellows of the manor will pass their invitations on to worthy disciples or friends during a trial year, so that they may have a chance to be accepted. Others trade it for favours, though outright selling the invitation for money appears to be a taboo and could lead to a revocation of their fellowship.

    “By the way, young master Xu, I will say that many of the competitors here will be looking to come to an understanding before the battle starts. Do you know what I speak of?”

    You nod, rubbing your chin – a habit you have started to pick up from Master Yao stroking his beard all the time. It only makes sense. “A non-aggression pact? That would make things neater.”

    Ling Tong beams at you. “Exactly. This is not my first time participating, and I happen to know a few familiar faces. If you like, I could spread the word that you will be in on the pact. Your, ah, reputation for defeating the heir of Songfeng precedes you. I think I would rather you direct your ability at others, at least for the initial minutes of the match,” says the man honestly.

    “My reputation, eh?” you say, curious. “What have you heard, by the way?”

    “Well,” the man speaks carefully with a smile, “two tales. One where you are the villain, and one where you are the hero. In both, you strike down the young Rong with a single blow. I believe that, at least, is the truth. To be honest, after talking with you I would prefer the heroic tale of ‘The Apprentice Defends His Beautiful Physician’.”

    “Beautiful… wait, never mind.” You have no idea what that old drunk Qi Liuwu told his beggars, but the results are certainly terribly embellished. Perhaps you should tell Master Yao to send a note to Qi about this.

    “So,” says Ling Tong brightly, “Will you accept my offer, young master Xu?”

    ***

    A. You accept his offer.

    B. You accept his offer, but see if you can secretly form other pacts on your own.

    C. You reject his offer.

    ***

    After your conversation with Ling Tong, you begin to wonder if there are any more things that you can do to increase your chances of victory…

    A. It’s time to get sneaky. You haven't lived this past year without learning a thing or two about the concept of 'fairness'.

    1. You’ve come prepared with a powder from Cao’er. It is a fast-acting laxative which you will introduce into the shared jar where the fighters drink from. They can’t fight you when they are fighting their stomach.

    2. You gently and surreptitiously prick whatever lax fighters you can find with a needle lightly coated with Three Poison Powder. At these quantities it will not kill them, but it will likely cause nausea and dizziness after they take to the stage.

    3. You begin spinning a sob story, complaining about Master Yao forcing you into this competition. Though there are some ruffians here, many of them appear to be honest gentlemen. You hope to gain sympathy and make the other fighters lower their guard in the ring afterwards.

    4. You attempt to divide and conquer, following the precepts of the great strategists of old. Walking from one fighter to another, you begin to spread vague insinuations that certain fighters might resort to cheating, or have made rude comments about the other.

    (Pick at least one from the above choices, all A votes will be considered as one bloc in voting.)

    B. You do all of the above. If you’re going to cheat, you should give it all you’ve got.

    C. You… try not to cheat. Let this be a fair and honest match!
     
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  15. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    CC.
    I'm likely to flop on the first one though.
     
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  16. Azira Arcane Patron

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    What? You don't seriously expect the rest of the competitors not to cheat, do you?

    BA1
     
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  18. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Let's not overplay our hand
     
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  19. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Sure I do. Doesn't mean we should. What if THAT was the actual test, honesty and such shit, as opposed to Actual last man standing?
     
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  20. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Unlikely. Possible, but unlikely.

    "Yes, we award the invite to the first person to get thrown out of the ring, by virtue of him not openly cheating."

    How would they know? :M
     
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  21. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    How would they know... For one they could have plants within the contestants, for another, being scholarly warrior guys would hardly imply that they can't into human nature. I even suspect that fairplay would be valued by them. Maybe not aggressively or openly enforced, but valued where it's found.
     
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  22. Azira Arcane Patron

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    They might also appreciate the initiative and ambition of the one winning. Might be they see fair play as nice, but naïve. Do we know if this manor leans towards orthodoxy or unorthdoxy?
     
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  23. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    A A1/4
    I see no reason not to accept his offer, but we shouldn't spread ourselves too thin.
    A2 seems too shady. Stabbing people with needles? Not cool.
    A3 is just lame. Throwing our master under the bus for a dubious advantage (they might go easy on us) is ridiculous.

    Not cheating at all has its appeal too.
     
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  24. treave Arcane Patron

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    Luoying Manor has a respectable reputation though they maintain a remote distance from affairs of the orthodox sects, being concerned only with pursuit of arts and knowledge, plus an appreciation for martial arts. They behave more like a gentleman's club than a hive of scum and villainy, regardless of the personal proclivities of the members of their fellowship. That is all that can be said for now.
     
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  25. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Gentlemans club might frown upon gentlemanly behaviour, yes. They might, however, appreciate the joke of the laxatives. Who knows?

    In any case, Jing isn't superman. Let's give him a leg up by playing a bit dirty. Just a bit.
     
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