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

  1. Nevill Arcane

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    Because AC never had a chance in hell. And yes, I want a clean win.

    Sorry, can't argue further, got to run. A4 is winning anyway.

    I bet playing sides against each other in the field and maneuvering alliances without resorting to outright cheating would impress the Fellows better that just losing due to some misguided loyalty.

    That is something to consider, but we also need an invitation, and I don't want to deal with the governor. And I don't pick my bros on the street.
     
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  2. Esquilax Arcane

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    AC won't work. We'll be fighting a bunch of martial artists who are older, better, and more experienced than Jing once the alliance breaks. It just doesn't look like a winning strategy. Playing groups against each other might be.

    Are we here to impress a bunch of dudes we just met or are we here to get into Luoying Manor? In order to get in, we have a contest that pretty much tacitly accepts cheating so long as you don't get caught. At times we do have to keep appearances and play courtier, but this isn't one of those times. We wanna get into the Manor - to that end, I can't say I really give a shit about the feelings of a bunch of strangers we're competing against here. The goal is to get in, not impress them.

    Actually, wait a sec:

    treave, does this mean a lot of people that might lose at this event will get invitations anyways? This might move me to go for AC. All things considered, I'd rather do things cleanly here if we've got alternatives for getting an invitation.
     
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  3. treave Arcane Patron

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    A lot? No, I don't think so.

    I'd assume a lot of those worthy disciples or friends already obtained an invitation from their sponsors and wouldn't be participating in the competition, assuming the fellows did not want to attend.

    This is why the competition is rather sparse in the first place. These are mostly the ones not well-connected enough to obtain one. And you do have alternatives for the invitation should you fail to get it here. It's never been an all or nothing situation here. The other options in the previous choice, A and D, could still be on the table. Also, you could always mask yourself and unburden one of the three poetry winners of theirs. Or even jump the winner of this competition in a dark alley and steal it.

    And when it comes right down to it - they do hold it every four years. There is no shame in coming back when you're older, stronger and wiser. A fifteen year old fellow is certainly unprecedented (and good for bragging rights), but there's no guarantee that you will pass the trial to become a fellow even if you get there.

    edit: I'm not ruling out the possibility of some of the losers getting an invitation, but you don't know if there are any lurking fellows in the audience and might not want to bank on there being some. You also don't know what will impress them. Some may like cheating. Some may enjoy blatant cheating. Some may like fairplay and a valiant last stand. You don't know who's there, or if there's anyone there.

    Probably best not to bank on making an impression on a bunch of people who may or may not be around when you don't know what type of impression would impress them.
     
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  4. Nevill Arcane

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    AC won't win a fight. We want to impress the Fellows, not our dudes. By being clean, not stupid. Thus BC. Smartphones suck.
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I'm sorry, what? You do realize we are the streets right now, right? We aren't even "beggar level," our situation is as ghetto as it gets. :lol: The streets are pretty much the only place we can find friends right now.

    Which brings up an important topic: we need a bro that will watch our back in the future, someone we can rely on in any situation. That used to be Shun, but it's over for a long time now, maybe forever.
    Cao'er isn't physical enough to go with Tigerbro on all the crazy shit we'll do; Yunzi isn't anywhere close to us, sadly.
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Flopping to AC, let's fight this clean and let some other asshole get caught cheating. We're too :obviously: for that.
     
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  7. Esquilax Arcane

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    treave, what does our character know of Zifu Hall? He has some Scholarly Knowledge, so does Jing know if this place is reputable?

    Anyways, I've decided I'd rather do this shit clean. We tried to do things with integrity back in Songfeng, we ought to continue with that. I think I've been way too wrapped up in winning this competition at all costs, and not concerned enough with the sort of character that we'll develop along the way, and that's ultimately more important. Sadly, time's almost up so this will probably be only symbolic.

    Flopping to AC > BA4
     
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  8. treave Arcane Patron

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    You haven't really heard of it. It's probably some obscure hall, dime a dozen. Scholarly Knowledge deals with knowledge of the classic texts, not of current affairs, so it wouldn't be covered anyway. The characters all start with a relatively small pool of knowledge of the world of martial arts, which you're building as you go along.

    With yours and Baltika's flops, I believe that puts C at 11 to 8 for A.

    Coincidentally, I'm about to close the polls to prepare the update, so the winning vote appears to be BC.
     
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  9. Baltika9 Arcane

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  10. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Wankers. The laxative prank would've been hilarious.
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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    Sometimes I do wonder just why that orthodox/unorthodox vote was so split in the first place.
     
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  12. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Really? This is the 'dex. You've done one CYOA already. How can you still be surprised/full of wonder?

    Not that I mind. I'm impressed actually. I thought you'd be a bit jaded by now. +M
     
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  13. Baltika9 Arcane

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    We'd be more renegade than Vader in his academy days.

    I'm sure I missed it, but what year is it in the gameworld?
     
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  14. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Considering treave's avatar, The Year of the Pensive Ape?
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    Try Again

    The gong reverberates throughout the square, signalling the start of the match.

    The roar of the crowd rises above the shout of the fighters as they rush at each other. From the corner of your eye you can spot a few others hanging around near the edge of the ring, like you are. There’s no time to worry about them, though, as a bullish man charges at you, hoping to shove you out. You lower your body and feint towards your right. As he turns his body slightly, you dart quickly in the other direction. Your right foot catches the man’s legs, knocking him off his feet. Without waiting for him to recuperate, you dive into the melee. You are not a small adolescent, but the difference in mass is too great for you to fight him head-on at the ring’s side. One slip of your feet and he would toss you out of the ring.

    As you wander along the confusing battle, quickly shrugging off any stray hands that attempt to capture you find yourself face-to-face with people that you’ve made an agreement with. A brief nod before turning away is all that is mutually given. Even so, you meet far more foes than you do friends; it was hard to convince more than a handful of contestants by playing it straight. At the same time, however, you couldn’t strike too freely because as it turns out, most of the ones who did agree to team up with you were fighting each other.

    Suddenly, two large arms encircle you just when you have dodged a rather scary blow from one of the participating priests. You struggle to get free, but the hairy man holding you up appears to be a grappler of no mean skill. Every time you seem to be slipping out of his grasp, he cuts you off with a well-timed strategic squeeze, shifting his grip to keep you subdued.

    “Hey, hey,” you say, desperate to find a way to overcome the man, “What’s this? Are you that interested in books too, uncle?”

    He certainly looks more at home using books to paper up his hut in the mountains, rather than being anywhere near Luoying Manor. His laugh booms in your ear as he shouts, “Of course I am. I am the Bookwise Mountain Man, Shan! Now, boy, off you go!” With a tremendous shout, he hurls you into the air before you can speak another word. You are sent flying clean over the heads of the other competitors, towards the edge of the ring.

    With a quick flip, you land on your feet instead of your back, but your balance is off. Your feet stumble backwards until you are teetering on the edge of the ring… but you’re still in it. Safe!

    Or so you think, as with a shout of “Got you!” the idiot who had charged at you at the start of the match blindsides you, carrying the both of you off the platform.

    And that’s how your first tournament at Quewu Square ended.

    ***

    You trudge back to the inn through the streets of Xuzhou with nothing to show for your participation but bruises. You had acquitted yourself respectably, being the 16th participant out of the match, but losers do not get any prizes. Only one person was going to walk away with the invitation, and today that would be the Bookwise Mountain Man.

    “Hey, hey there!” shouts a bright, clear female voice. “Aren’t you Master Yao’s apprentice?”

    As you turn around, you see a pretty adolescent girl waving at you. She’s dressed in the colorful clothes of the southern Miao tribe, with multiple bracelets and bangles adorning her hands and feet. Her long hair is left free, however – you’d usually see Miao girls tie them up in an ornate head decoration. The girl runs towards you excitedly.

    You sigh. Perhaps this is a business opportunity in the making, with the girl looking for Master Yao, and you’d at least bring in some more money.

    Lost in thought, you are caught off guard when the girl throws her arms around you. She presses up against you, rubbing her cheek against yours. Is it some sort of Miao greeting? “Now, let’s see… “ she whispers gently in your ear. You feel a sharp stinging pain in your back. As the Miao girl moves away from you with a spring in her step, humming lightly, you collapse to the ground as the pain grows. Your muscles begin to convulse and you find yourself staring up at the girl as she looks at you with a dazzling, expectant smile.

    Then, you pass out.

    ***

    You feel your cheeks being pinched. You open your eyes.

    “Oh, look, Master Yao. Your no-good apprentice is awake,” says the voice of the person who’s just poisoned you.

    You’re back at the inn, looking up at the Miao girl who is frowning at you. Slightly annoyed, you sit up suddenly, hoping to catch her head with yours and play it off as an accident.

    “Whoa!” The girl jolts away quickly. She has good reflexes. “What are you trying to do?”

    “I don’t feel like lying in bed,” you reply quickly. “Who are you? What did you do to me?”

    “Master Yao, you raised such a rude apprentice,” the girl says as she sprawls into a chair in an unlady-like posture. “Then again, he’s just a kid after all.”

    “Right, and poisoning me in the street was an adult thing to do, right?” you retort at the girl who can’t be older than you are.

    “Ah, but you fell for a woman’s touch, didn’t you, boy?” she smiles, with a hint of mockery in her lips. You can’t find any words to respond this time – she is right. You did let down your guard partially because she was a cute girl. She giggles, batting her eyelashes. “Nothing to be ashamed of. An adult woman’s charms are irresistable to a virgin boy.”

    “Oh yeah?” you sneer. If she’s going to continue provoking you... “Like that body of yours is anywhere near a real adult’s. I’ve seen the real thing, and you just don’t have the curves.”

    The girl flushes red. “Wha-“

    “Stop it, now,” growls Master Yao, “or I’ll flick the both of you a dozen times in the head.”

    The both of you clam up immediately. It looks like the girl too has felt the power of Master Yao’s Tanzhi Divine Skill (彈指神功, Finger-Flicking Divine Skill). She gives you a smile and sticks her tongue out.

    “The two of you are going to get along so well. I wonder what bad luck I attracted to have her visit while you are around…” sighs your master. Cao’er comes over to you with a bowl of medicine. “…drink …counters poison,” she mumbles. You do so dutifully. It is bitter, but nothing you can’t handle.

    “Cao’er, Cao’er,” calls out the Miao girl with a theatrical sigh, “I lose to you again. You keep finding ways to defeat my poisons in mere hours.” Cao’er nods in acknowledgement at the praise, though her fingers pull at your bedsheets nervously. “So, does anyone mind telling me what is going on here?” you say acidly. “Why is there a mad girl in our room?”

    “This is Chi Qilin, a veritable pest,” grumbles Master Yao. “She appears every now and then to consult us on poisons.”

    “I usually greet the master or Cao’er with a sampling of my latest poison,” she says with a sniff. “It’s not my fault that his latest, most useless apprentice ever doesn’t seem to know how to deal with poisons.”

    “I was distracted,” you say, though your excuse sounds hollow.

    “Oh, because of that ignominious defeat you had at the square? I was watching the match. I suppose anyone would be distracted at losing so badly,” Qilin replies cheekily.

    “I’d like to see you try better,” you say.

    “I could. I could beat you in ten moves. In fact, I already beat you in one move, out on the street,” declares the girl triumphantly. There’s something about her that reminds you of a certain someone that also rubs you the wrong way. You grit your teeth. You hate pushy girls.

    “Let’s put that to the test, then. I’ll take you on in a fair match.”

    “Sorry, I’m allergic to fair matches. That’s why I’m an experienced adult, and you’re a no-good kid,” she grins. “Master Yao, where did you pick up this bumpkin?”

    Yao sighs loudly, seeing that he won’t be getting any peace as long as the girl’s in the room. “Cao’er brought him to me. He was half… no, nine-tenths dead. Of course, it wasn’t a problem for me. Why are you here bugging me, Miss Chi?”

    “I just heard you were in town,” she smiles brightly. “Figured I could drop by and exchange some medical information with Cao’er. It’s just a coincidence, I was here in the first place to attend the winter conference at Luoying Manor.”

    “You have an invite?” you blurt out, unbelieving.

    “Of course. Who do you think I am?” grins Qilin. “I’m not you.”

    “She probably obtained it from her father,” says Master Yao wearily before you can say anything. He’s probably going to kick the both of you out if another argument flares up. “He’s one of the fellows of the manor. Now, I want the two of you to stop getting on my nerves, or it’s finger flicks. Do you understand?”

    You and Qilin nod quietly. As Yao turns back to his books, she sidles up to you on the bed. You edge away from her, sensing a threat of some sort.

    “Are you still mad?” she says, her voice suddenly low and timid. “I didn’t mean it, you know.”

    “No, not really,” you say awkwardly, though you still remain highly suspicious of her motives.

    Before you know it, she presses against you from behind tightly, her arms draped over your chest. It looks like you may actually have to retract that comment about not having curves. You feel her breath tickling your ear. “I’m sorry.” And then, she bites it gently.

    “Hey, what are you-“ Even the chambermaids weren’t this forward.

    “Hush now,” she whispers. “It won’t be long.” Her arm moves up your chest and under your robes. Somehow you can't find the strength to pull away from her. Yao snorts loudly, muttering about kids nowadays. Cao’er is already at the corner of the room, drawing circles with her fingers while making darting glances from between her tangled mat of hair.

    You feel something slither into your clothes, traveling down south.

    “What was that?”

    She’s already pushed herself away from you, a cruel, mocking smile on her face. “Just my pet snake, Xiaoqing. She has all the curves you’d want in a lady.”

    ***

    You’re forced to get rid of Xiaoqing outside the room, as Master Yao makes good on his promise and kicks the both of you out after giving a very painful finger flick that leaves your foreheads red. The damnable Miao girl runs off giggling with her snake, leaving you half-clothed in front of the innkeeper who has come up to see what all the commotion is about.

    It’s been a long day, but you can’t rest yet. You’ll need to think about what to do next; should you continue attempting to get into Luoying Manor, or should you give up for now?

    A. You try to get into contact with the scholar Jiang Du, but you find out that he’s away, called off to the capital for urgent business. He appears to have left his invitation at home, however. You could sneak in, or perhaps you could persuade his wife to let you have it.

    B. You attempt the prefect’s test. It looks like he hasn’t yet decided on a suitable candidate, and the opportunity is still open for you.

    C. You go for one of the invitations of the top three contestants in the poetry competition. They will probably be drinking wine and exchanging poetry at Yuntang Pavilion daily until it's time to leave for the conference.

    D. That stupid, no-good, poisoning girl Chi Qilin has an invitation of her own. It’d be proper payback to sneak up on her and take her invitation in recompense for all her mischief.

    E. You give up on getting an invitation. You'll continue working here until spring comes and the roads are more conducive to travel. Then, after listening for information from the incoming travellers, you will move on, as a wanderer would.
     
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  16. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    I'm in half of a mind to get that damn girl, through, would flip-flop to D.
     
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  17. Nevill Arcane

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    The spice must flow, the harem must grow. Flopped to A. We'll catch 'em all yet.
     
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  18. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    B > D A for me. I'm just curios about the task the prefect wants us to do. And if that fails, we can try the girl.

    Make that B > A. I'm not for mugging that girl, even if she is pushy. Morality aside, that's all we need at this point - an enemy that is a good poisoner and well connected.
     
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  19. TOME Cuckmaster General

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    Oh wow. Real gentlemanly match it was.

    A>B
     
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  20. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    What choice won then? B C?
     
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  21. Nevill Arcane

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    Was there a winning choice to begin with? Maybe it was supposed to happen after our talk with a prefect?
     
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  22. treave Arcane Patron

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    BA4 would have divided the field long enough to put you in the last 8 and given you a further choice to decide victory. You'd win with proper use of laxatives.
     
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  23. Azira Arcane Patron

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    If only to see Jing fail amusingly, D
     
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  24. Azira Arcane Patron

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    See guys? Laxatives! Always laxatives..
     
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  25. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    No surprise, we didn't win. We didn't try much of anything. It is a little surprising some guy wanted to take us out so badly he took himself out doing it. What's his deal?

    A - Seems pretty straightforward. A little breaking and entering or persuasion things may have gotten easier with the scholar out of town.
    B - Shady dealings. Benefits and drawbacks as previously discussed.
    C - A douche move stealing from the poets. On the up-side we might pick up a thing or two.
    D - Given the wording we let this girl get under our skin and make us react. I don't like it. She's probably expecting us to come after her now. Let her stew and come to us. Can't let the ladies pull our strings. It's supposed to be the other way around.
    E - Why give up now?

    A > C
     
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