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

  1. Nevill Arcane

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    They will let them out of jail, but not us, huh? :|

    Okay...
     
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  2. treave Arcane Patron

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    No, just that if you guys wanted a buddy team you should have gone with A1.
     
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  3. Esquilax Arcane

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    No, they probably had the good sense to run away. :lol:
     
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  4. Nevill Arcane

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    I would have assumed we would each run our own way, if it comes to it.

    Oh, well, if they run, that should make us look less guilty. Right? Right?

    Probably wrong, and it would make us the only one they can execute. :P
     
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  5. Tribute Arbiter

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    That is actually why I voted A1 in the first place. Flee with Yunzi, Cao'er, Qilin, the monk, and the bandit. Everyone associated with the incident (plus our girls) gets the fuck out of dodge.
     
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  6. RealDDc Learned

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    Jing does see enough responsibility to stay and explain but doesn't feel guilty to accept consequences if there are any for him. It was an accident after all.
     
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  7. Nevill Arcane

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    But how would you stay and explain if not by accepting the consequences? The prince is dead, and you are to be questioned, but it can't happen in front of an angry mob.

    It's not like if we get a life sentence we would accept that and won't ever attempt to run away.
     
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  8. a bear named spigot Arcane

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    i wanted hijinks with our fellow manslaughterers :cry:
     
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  9. RealDDc Learned

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    If they don't listen and make us guilty for murdering the prince, they'd need to force Jing to accept consequences. Execution is out of question but why should we accept imprisonment? They can't force Jing unless he'd let it happen, and for that he'd need to be guilty. But he isn't it was a accident so he doesn't feel guilty.

    If they do listen and don't make Jing guilty for murdering the prince, but accept it as an accident and ban Jing, Yunzi and companion from town as consequence, then it would be acceptable.

    I don't see the direct connection between Jing explaining that it was an accident but then automatically surrender to whatever the consequence may be.
     
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  10. treave Arcane Patron

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    You accept temporary, comfortable imprisonment so that they don't end up attempting to capture you for questioning by force, and you don't end up having to slaughter the Tufan army over a simple accident. It's not like their puny jail is going to be able to hold you if you actually want to leave. They'd have to do a Yang Xue on you, chaining you up and putting a special vest that restricts martial arts on you that ends up not working because you have no acupuncture points for it to work with.
     
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  11. Nevill Arcane

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    One does not need to be prosecuted or found guilty to be detained. By choosing to find a peaceful way of resolving the matter, you agree to that.

    The fact of the matter is that no one will listen to you right now, especially since most of them don't speak Han and you don't speak Tibetan.

    Worry not, bros, we will yet gain +1 SPEECH out of that!
     
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  12. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I was hoping we would be pleasing Khorne Lord Zhang this day. Guess not.

    Would B1 have worked?
     
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  13. Tribute Arbiter

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    I would not mind +1 Speech.

    I don't really see it happening, but it'd be nice.

    Having checked the character sheet, Jing's Speech skill is only at "better-than-average"? He's done a hell of a lot of good work with it for its rating. Is that because whenever he uses it he's usually playing entirely to his strengths (i.e. trolling, catching people off-guard by being surprisingly decent, or business negotiations)?
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Mediating in a language we don't even know? Guys, that's +2 SPEECH! right there.
     
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  15. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I hate you guys. ELOPE WITH YUNZI failed. :cry:
     
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  16. Esquilax Arcane

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    Jing and Yunzi are star-crossed lovers. Fate just seems to conspire to keep them apart. And honestly, I don't think she would have appreciated being kidnapped. Reading comprehension fail.
     
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  17. Nevill Arcane

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    It was not supposed to be a kidnapping. She would go with you voluntarily.
     
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  18. Tribute Arbiter

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    Well, now we know why. Rob Halford > Yunzi, according to the codex.
     
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  19. Nevill Arcane

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    Hell, even Tenzin > Yunzi. The 'Dex really must hate the poor girl.
     
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  20. Tribute Arbiter

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    Don't look at me, I was all for eloping with Yunzi and getting her the hell away from places where she's a figurehead for once. Not to mention broing it up in the Central Plains with the monk and the Little Tiger, dodging Amesha Spenta all the while.
     
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  21. treave Arcane Patron

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    Price of Freedom

    You raise your hands as the soldiers surround you. Yunzi stares at you in surprise. “What are you doing?” she hisses. You reply, “Trying not to make things worse, what does it look like? I’m sure if no one does anything rash-”

    You hear a scream from behind you. Looking over your shoulder, you see Pang Xiaohu leaping onto the rooftops with his qinggong, having cut down a soldier that tried to apprehend him. “It was nice fighting with you, my friend! Let us meet again!” he shouts to you before he disappears on the other side of the building. Before the commotion from his escape has subsided, soldiers begin shouting and scattering from the other side, and you hear cries of “I’m sorry! I really didn’t mean to do it! I’m sorry for hitting you too! Sorry! Please forgive me!” as Xuxian too blasts his way clear in a panic and jumps to safety, heading for the city walls.

    “Well.” You look straight ahead, at the advancing soldiers.

    “Killers! Witches!” You hear someone call out: you recognize the voice. Zhang Manxing. He is gesticulating at you and Yunzi, and shouting loudly. “Killers! They killed the prince. The fire witch planned this!” Then, surprisingly, he starts babbling in Tibetan.

    “He is repeating the same thing, and his command of the language is horribly broken, but…” mutters Jixuan Wuni. A refrain begins to rise amongst the crowd.

    Killers.

    Witches.

    Suddenly, the ground shudders underneath your feet, turning the hostile murmurs into groans of panic. As you try to keep your balance, the Amesha Spenta Armaiti lands besides you gracefully, a young woman perhaps only a few years older than Yunzi herself. “Holy Maiden, shall we go?” The soldiers are afraid to approach; it seems that the reputation of the Amesha Spenta’s strength is known in these parts.

    “Yes, Armaiti. It is best to leave the city in such a situation. There is nothing more we can do here,” Yunzi casts you a glance, and her servant follows her gaze. “Shall we bring him along too?” asks Armaiti, her face impassive. Then, a slight smile surfaces. “Or are you putting that elopement plan into place, Holy Maiden? You know that I’m obliged to come along if that is the case.” Yunzi glares at Armaiti, fuming. “There is no such thing! I keep telling you that! Look, Xu Jing, are you coming?”

    You shake your head. “No, I’m staying to try and talk things out-“

    “Okay.” Grabbing Yunzi, the Amesha Spenta flees with her before you finish your sentence.

    Well.” You look at the spear points aimed at you, and sigh.

    ***

    The dungeon accommodations are quite inviting. It is better than the ones you enjoyed while in Chang’an: say what you will about the dearly departed prince, it seems that he treated his guests well. The iron manacles are well-maintained and do not bite into your ankles, though you could probably pull them out of the brick walls with some effort. You look at the wooden cell bars, tapping them. It would take you only a strike to smash them.

    Yawning, you stretch your arms, leaning back. It has been more than half a day since you were taken into custody. You had proclaimed your submission loudly – partly to show your goodwill, and partly to hint to Qilin and Cao’er what you were planning – sitting down in the middle of the stage, but even then it had taken nearly an hour for the hostile spears pointed at you to be lowered. It took all of your restraint to last that length of time; if you had so much as made a move, you were sure that it would have been a fight that would only end when you made the streets of Dukezong run red with the blood of their army. Finally, your surrender was accepted, and they clapped both you and Jixuan Wuni in chains nervously.

    Even as you wait, the leaders and surviving royalty are convening a council to discuss the freak accident. As you were led away, you had whispered to the minister that accepted your surrender a single sentence: “Have Princess Rinchen meet me in the cells by nightfall, or I will free myself.” Left unspoken was what you would do after you freed yourself; you let the minister imagine it himself. Your reputation would paint the picture for him. He gulped nervously and nodded.

    The shadows shift, and the light changes. Night comes, and yet you receive no news of the princess’s visit. Shrugging, you begin gently pulling your feet against the manacles, feeling the strain of the chains. The guard outside your cell looks at you nervously, as he has been whenever you so much as twitched for the past few hours, and you bare your teeth at him in a friendly grin.

    Then, you hear footsteps approaching.

    The princess appears, with no escort, but it is not the princess you had been expecting.

    Princess Sonam Jinpa, the younger sister of Princess Rinchen, puts her hands on her hips and begins speaking to the guard in Tibetan. He gives her a bow and hurriedly runs up the stairs.

    “Where is your sister?” you ask. The young princess shakes her head, and begins speaking in almost perfect Han. “My sister is busy with the political council. Besides, she is rather upset about our brother’s death. I am sorry, but did you expect her to just accept it and meet the man who caused the incident?”

    You don’t seem to be too upset or scared to meet with me,” you point out.

    “I’m made out of tougher stock than the rest of my family. My brother was a good man with good ideas, but unfortunately he was weak to axes. That is just how it was.” You stifle back a chuckle as Princess Jinpa puffs out her meager chest in pride, making a morbid comment that you think is rather insensitive to Prince Tenzin’s very recent death; perhaps it is some sort of cultural difference that you don’t understand. “Anyway, I am her representative here, Xu Jing. What did you want to tell her?”

    “First of all, it was an accident. I am very sorry about that,” you say solemnly.

    To your surprise, Princess Jinpa laughs. “My sister already realized that, although not everyone is convinced. That is not a problem.”

    “Well, it is a problem if she is the only person convinced.”

    “We will come to this later,” replies the princess dismissively, waving away your concerns. “Anything else?”

    “I hope this entire debacle has not closed the door on her relationship with Jixuan Wuni.”

    “That will not be a problem either. He has already been found innocent of all charges and freed, and my sister is a faithful woman. We will come to this later. Anything else?”

    “There should be no repercussions towards the Fire Temple, I hope?”

    “The public seems to be rather angry, thanks to some rumours by this foreigner named Zhang. My sister will be working to defuse the situation. She’s good friends with their Holy Maiden. Anything else?”

    “Can I go now?”

    “No.” Her eyes twinkle, reminding you of the terrible things that happen to you whenever girls’ eyes twinkle.

    “Alright,” you sigh, “Time for that ‘later’ you were talking about. What is Princess Rinchen’s plan?”

    Princess Jinpa begins pacing around the cell’s narrow corridor with her hands behind her back, sounding mature and well-studied for her age. “This is how things stand right now. Our council is split into two factions. One side supports our distant uncle, Prince Lobsang, who is now ruling in Lhasa. They propose that we reunite the two states in marriage to rid the bad blood between us and make for a stronger Tibetan kingdom. The other does not wish for such a reunification and supports Princess Rinchen, and to that end has proposed that my sister marry one of the brave fighters in the tournament to strengthen Tufan. There are only two choices that would work. This Zhang fellow, who has very good ties with the Tang dynasty and was invited by the deceased prince himself to the tournament. And Xu Jing, who has personal strength and would be a good general for our forces, and actually performed well in the tournament itself.”

    “I would think that the soldiers would be too angry at the accidental death of their prince to serve under me,” you say, and Princess Jinpa shrugs. “Look, I am just reciting what my sister told me to say. Take it up with her. She knows stuff I don’t.”

    “I would if she would come.”

    “Anyway, let’s continue. My sister, on the other hand, wants to marry the man she loves, of course. To that end she has proposed a second option to her supporters. I will be married to either Zhang Manxing or Xu Jing. She prefers the latter, it seems. The ministers will accept this compromise.”

    “Right, so who would you prefer?” you ask, grinning. “You would be the one getting married after all.

    She hems and haws, looking away from you, before saying, “I suppose you look better than that Zhang. He tried to flirt with me during the pre-tournament celebration. I thought he was creepy. Yes, you would be better.”

    “Thank you for your approval, my princess. So, am I just to sit here and be traded away like a princess in a game of marriage?”

    “Correct. That is what you’re supposed to do. It’s penance for your crime. You will serve the Tufan state loyally, to the best of your ability, from now on. By demonstrating your goodwill for your entire life, you will make up for the death of Prince Tenzin. If you refuse, you will never leave this place alive.”

    “Is being married to you that bad that it would be considered punishment on par with execution?” you laugh. The young princess flushes. “Why don’t you find out?”

    “That would be nice, but before I answer, could I ask you a question?”

    "What is it?"

    "If, for instance, a situation happens right now where Princess Rinchen is forced to choose between marrying someone else or running away with Jixuan Wuni, what would she pick? Would she abandon her city, or will she do her duty?"

    "Isn't that clear already? She'll run away with him, like how lovers are supposed to do. Really, why would anyone give up the chance to travel the world and see its sights? Now, your answer?"

    "Well..."

    ***

    A. It is not up to them to decide whether or not you get to leave this place. You are leaving. You refuse the offer. You will break free from the manacles and escape; it looks like there is little else you can do here, except to pay a visit to Jixuan Wuni and advise him to follow Princess Rinchen's lead.

    B. You break free and find Jixuan Wuni to give him your advice, now that you have heard the whole situation. You also kidnap Princess Jinpa while you're at it, so that the ministers of Dukezong do not have any more princesses to give away to Zhang Manxing. If they have ever heard of the infamous Man Tiger Pig, they really should have seen this coming.

    C. You agree to the marriage. You suppose it is for the best even though you are entirely unwilling; you’ll just have to explain it to Qilin and Cao’er and hope that the princess is okay with sharing. This is the only way you can have Jixuan Wuni as a ruler of Tufan short of slaughtering all of his rivals and installing him by fear and force.

    ***

    1. You go looking for Zhang Manxing. It looks like you have unfinished business with him.

    2. You don't go looking for Zhang Manxing. Let him do as he wishes: your paths will surely cross again one day.
     
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  22. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Hmm. Hawt princesses and a government post.
    Or B.
    Hmm. Hmm. This is a hard choice. treave, can't we ask her how she feels about sharing right now?
     
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  23. treave Arcane Patron

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    Sure. She says she wouldn't really know but she believes relationships should be monogamous. And then she gives you a suspicious stare.
     
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  24. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    EVERYONE FLEES. YUNZI. ELOPEMENT PLAN. ASKS US TO COME.

    YOU FUCKERS. :negative:
     
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  25. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Haha. She's such a kidder.
    Easy B.
     
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