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

  1. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    I for one agree on taking an active role in the leadership of the cult.

    Back when we could have been a tufan general, we had the chance to do so in a nation of imbeciles and incompetents, and it wasn't even top tier rank. We would have had authority, but not that much, while also having a shitload of more of responsibilities and we would have married that plain gal instead of Yunzi. I was worse on all possible fronts. That is why I wouldn't had sacrificed our freedom for a shitty deal like that.

    The Fire Cult on the other hand seems to have competent people running it, the Amesha Spenta, which are at their own level of badass, nearly reaching Zhang Jue, give us freedom to do whatever we please and consider us their new Lord, their god, even if somewhat reticent, and give us potential far beyond a kingdom or a harem (we can have both and more).

    All in all, I say we should concern ourselves to try and be the best leader they could ask for, both by learning their traditions and respecting them, and by being in general badass and defeating all who threaten them.
     
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  2. This bickering over whether or not we read up on the cult is beyond retarded and I have a feeling it stems from ppl wanting to larp Jing in a certain way rather than any rational reasoning. :/ Who cares, really? Maybe he's curious about the religion he's had two deadly fights with and now has been named protector of. Maybe he'd like to make sure they aren't sacrificing infants. Maybe he just doesn't want to look like a moron when he's introduced as the new leader. Maybe he just wants to feign interest to ease the anxiety they all have to be feeling about losing Ahura. Maybe he wants more ammo to tease Yunzi with.

    Besides, it might be interesting to read some more about what they are about. Worst case: Jing get's bored when he sees it's all bs and we never hear of it again.
     
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  3. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    And it's not even an update choice :lol:

    Codex gonna Codex, and the bickering and DISCUSS will never cease.
     
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  4. Heh. Next we'll be bickering about whether or not Jing should masturbate in his down time.

    "Jing would never do that! He's a man of action, not a man of fantasy!"
    "I think he looks at porn scrolls while he does it."
    :roll:
     
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  5. treave Arcane Patron

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    If he does, Cao'er will know, and behavioral corrections may have to be made...
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    treave, out of curiosity, did they manage to translate the whole Avesta and it's twenty one books, in the original original poetic/liturgical style, into Han?
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    Return to the Central Plains

    “About this Lord thing,” you begin, looking at all of them seriously. “Is it a title sacred to your religion? I do not mind what I am called, and do not demand any certain title, but if your heart does not believe in the words that your lips make, then you do me, yourself, and this Temple a disservice.” This earns you a moment of silence broken only by the intermittent flickering of the Eternal Flame. “Wise words, Lord,” replies Haurvatat finally. She bows her head, averting her eyes from you. “It is more habit than tradition. Lord Ahura was not overly keen on the full title in daily usage, and thus we have shortened it to a single word. There is precedence for your personal preference. I will still call you Lord, for to me that is what you are, and I hope you do not find it as a mark of dishonesty on my part.”

    “Very well then, Lord. I hope you will not mind if I call you Lord Xu, to differentiate you from the previous Lord,” says Manah, prompted by Haurvatat’s words.

    “I’ll gladly call you Lord Jing, if you want to get closer to us,” smiles Ameretat. “Or would you prefer Master?” It looks like you are not getting away from the title of ‘Lord’.

    “You seem to have a different way of doing things, little Lord,” says Vairya, nodding. “As you wish. What about you, Vahista?” The Amesha Spenta of Fire is passed out on the ground, in a small pool of clear wine that has trickled from the gourd still clutched in his hand. Haurvatat casts him a brief look of disgust before apologizing to you. “My apologies, Lord. Please forgive him for this ugly behaviour. There is no other with more faith than Vahista, and the events of last night… well…”

    “Someone is coming,” remarks Manah suddenly. “Please step back from the Flame, Lord Xu.” You can hear the hurried footsteps approaching the chamber too, and you do as he asks, moving to the side of the room. In a matter of moments, one of the cultists appears, gasping. He bows to the Amesha Spenta, prostrates in front of the holy flame, and proceeds to rattle off a sentence in their language. After hearing him out, Vairya nods and waves him away. As the cultist leaves, he glances just briefly at Vahista before running off.

    “It seems that there are two girls out there threatening to attack the Temple if we do not hand you over,” says Vairya.

    Qilin and Cao’er must have come looking for you.

    ***

    The sight of you calms them down quickly enough, and the three of you are provided a guest chamber to rest in as the Amesha Spenta begin running about the Temple, preparing for your departure. “Lord Ahura’s quarters need to be tidied up, but they should be ready by the time you return.” Ameretat winks as she closes the door.

    “Excellent work, darling.” Qilin gives you a wide, proud grin after you tell them of what has transpired. “With this, you now have the backing of both our Wudu Cult and the Fire Temple.”

    “…your domination of the pugilistic world is not far away now, Jing…” adds Cao’er dreamily.

    It seems that they may have let your takeover of the Fire Cult get to their heads.

    You stay the night at the Temple; you are still exhausted from your exertions, and it is a long trek back to the Central Plains. The Amesha Spenta see you off discreetly the next morning. “I apologize for my unseemly behaviour yesterday, Lord,” says Vahista with a tinge of regret and awkwardness. He continues to address you as Lord even after the others conveyed to him your wishes, though you can tell that he is still depressed. Vahista looks unkempt and unfocused, as if he had trouble sleeping and struggled out of bed to see you off. Hopefully there will be enough alcohol in the Temple for him to drink his sorrows away.

    “Will you be heading back to the Central Plains, Lord?” asks Haurvatat. You nod. “If there is a bloody struggle about to sweep the pugilistic world, I should meet up with the Holy Maiden and Armaiti as soon as possible.”

    “I wish I could go with you, Lord Jing,” says Ameretat despondently. “I never got to visit the Central Plains.”

    “Lord Xu, we will communicate by pigeon,” says Manah. “I have bred a good flock that will unerringly find their way back here.” He passes you a small cage containing one of the birds. “I spent last night ensuring that the pigeons will be able to recognize and track you down no matter where you are, so even if you are on the road, they will find you. Should you have any urgent matter to convey to us, please feel free to send a message back.”

    “Thanks. This will be helpful,” you say, and Manah bows, apparently pleased at your praise.

    “Well then, little Lord. We will take care of things here, so go on your trip without worry and become stronger.”

    “If I become any stronger, the next time we meet you will not be my equal,” you say, half-jokingly.

    Vairya bursts into laughter. “Good! I hope that the next time we meet, you will grant me permission to fight you.”

    On that alarming note, you depart the Fire Temple with Qilin and Cao’er.

    ***

    You had carried a packet of Kunlun's Fire Powder Medicine with you. Before you left, you wondered if you should leave it with the Fire Temple, as they might be able to delve into its secrets on your behalf.

    A. You leave the Fire Medicine with the Amesha Spenta, asking them to figure it out.

    B. You don't; you might need it on your travels.

    ***

    The little cottage is nestled in the lush forest between Emei and Qingcheng. A small wooden fence has been erected around it, and a garden of herbs is carefully tended in the yard. As you draw closer, you see Master Yao plucking leaves from a plant carefully; zhizi, a herb that helps to cease bleeding, if you are not mistaken. Sensing your approach, he looks up. The grouchy old physician cannot help but grin. Cao’er runs towards him. The former abbess of Emei hobbles out of the cottage, aided by a beautiful young girl – Yifang, looking even more similar to Cao’er now that her hair has grown out.

    “A family reunion, huh?” Qilin smiles as she looks at the heart-warming scene unfolding in front of you. “Do you want to visit your home too?” you ask. The Wudu Cult is south of here, and not too far a distance to travel. She shakes her head, laughing. “You know what is going to happen the moment we walk past the gates. We’ve had this talk before.” You had, during the two years on Maniac Island. Qilin was not ready to settle down just yet – for her, marriage would signify that she would have to take her responsibilities as the heiress of the Wudu Cult much more seriously. Her father and uncle were quite keen to recruit you as part of the family, and should you arrive at the Wudu Cult, marriage festivities would likely be in short order. “Besides,” she continues as a hint of teasing slips into her voice. “we are already husband-and-wife in all but name. That is enough.”

    Later that day, you find yourself sitting down to tea with Yao and Miecao. Your first master’s hair is still rather short from the time he spent as a monk, though little else has changed about him. Miecao, on the other hand, is a lot more frail than you last saw her, though her gaze remains sharp and commanding. It looks like the battle at Heihu had taken its toll on the former leader of Emei.

    “The poison had dissolved too much by the time I managed to take a look at her,” says Yao. “I was unable to identify it, though it was particularly tenacious. Still, I got rid of all of it in the end! No one else could have, hah!”

    “Stop your bragging, old man,” says Miecao slowly. “In any case, the only people with the capability to make such a poison are the Wudu Cult.” She casts a suspicious glance at Qilin. “I trust her,” you say firmly, and the two old people nod, accepting your words without any further questions.

    The conversation turns to the battle at Heihu Valley; Wang Zhengchong had dueled Ahura, gaining the upper hand, his Amesha Spenta had rushed in to save their Lord from certain defeat, prompting Abbot Fangzhang, Abbess Miecao and Qi Liuwu to jump into the fray. From what Miecao had said, it seems that Nie Wuxing and the remaining masters had done a remarkable job of looking like they were helping out, darting around the sidelines of the battle. When the cliff collapsed that clique had managed to land somewhere safer. Abbot Fangzhang had protected the rest of them from the massive rain of boulders that followed the fall with his Jinzhongzhao, but due to the poison that had struck them all, it took too much of a toll on him. Qi Liuwu lost his arms attempting to strike away all of the falling rocks and was finally pinned down. Miecao herself succumbed to the injuries and went into a coma, and she could not tell you much else. When she awoke it was already over, but by all accounts, it was Wang Zhengchong that had somehow freed them all from the sea of earth and rock.

    “Never trusted that Nie scum,” mutters Yao. “He’s really a coward deep down inside, despite all those airs he puts on. Glorious leader of all pugilists under heaven, my arse.”

    “What is past is past,” sighs Miecao. “Now, I suspect you did not just drop by merely to have tea with two old people, Xu Jing. You are not the sort to pay your respects for no reason.”

    “I really did miss the both of you,” you say. “But yes, I have come back because I heard of something disturbing. Do you know of the Xuanming Jiuyin, Xiaoming Jiuyang, and the Wuxiang Qiankun manuals?” Their wrinkled faces turn pale and grim. “Why, my stupid disciple? Are you after those books? Trust me, nothing good will come of it,” says Yao. “They are cursed. Those who chase after that sort of power will not find a happy end. The stories that are even now travelling throughout the jianghu confirms it.”

    “I am not after their power, Master,” you say. “I am just concerned that others will obtain it.”

    “If I were you, and I came across those books, I would burn them,” grunts Yao. “You burn all the books anyway,” you laugh heartily.

    “Xu Jing, be careful about this. These manuals are not something to take lightly. People have died for them, entire families exterminated down to the last child and dog,” warns Miecao. “The last time they were sought, a hundred years ago, the entire jianghu was consumed in a bloodbath.”

    “It sounds like these manuals have a long history,” you say. “When were they written?”

    Miecao sighs. “Was your pupil always this inquisitive?”

    “Only when it comes to the martial arts, I am afraid,” replies Yao. “Well, there is no harm in telling him a bit about this. He would run headlong into trouble whether or not he knows anyway. Jing, the manuals were written at different times in history. I do not recall the exact details, but I do remember that the first of these, the Xuanming Jiuyin Holy Art, was written in the late Han dynasty, just prior to its collapse, while the Xiaoming Jiuyang Divine Skill appeared at the start of the Sui dynasty. The Wuxiang Qiankun Skill is perhaps the most recent of these, emerging two hundred years ago.”

    “If you want more details, the library at Emei should provide you with some of the information that you need. One of our forbidden arts, the Jiuyin Huagu Palm (九陰化骨掌, Nine Yin Bone-Dissolving Palm) is said to be a technique found in the Xuanming Jiuyin manual. Sister Miaozhu is the abbess now,” says Miecao. You recall Sister Miaozhu - she was the head of the Castration Nuns, and no stranger to you. “She might be willing to help you out. If you really do want to find out more, however, I suggest you head to Shaolin Temple. Their repository of knowledge in martial arts is the greatest out of all the Eight Sects.”

    “I see,” you say thoughtfully. “Thank you for the information.”

    “I just want you to assure me that you will keep my granddaughters safe,” replies Miecao testily. “I fear that in the coming storm, even those who are unwilling will be swept up in it. We do not have much friends left alive in the pugilistic world. In that case…”

    “Speaking of which,” interjects Yao, “What about that Song girl in Qingcheng?” He poses the question to Miecao. “Didn’t Liuwu say something about that when he dropped by a few days ago? Right after he briefly blabbed about some Imperial constables guarding the Xiaoming Jiuyang manual being slaughtered by mysterious men-in-black.”

    Miecao nods, and turns to you. “You should know this too – if I recall correctly, you were friends with Song Lingshu of Qingcheng. It looks like her late father’s friend, the senior disciple Mao Sanjiao, has taken over as head of the sect.”

    “What about Song Lingshu? Is she still there?” You are concerned about what you heard of the Imperial constables too, but given the circumstances, that was likely not a lead that you could pursue swiftly.

    “Well, we do not know about that, but we expect that she is,” replies Yao. “I just thought you would like to know.” Then, he grins. It seems that he expects you to want to do something about it.

    Since you are already here, you might as well visit Emei or Qingcheng.

    ***

    A. You head to Emei, seeking out Abbess Miaozhu and asking for access to their library. Miecao will write a recommendation for you, though whether or not it will be accepted is not something she can guarantee, as she no longer has any power over the government of the Emei Sect.

    B. You head to Qingcheng. If Mao Sanjiao has taken over the sect, you would like to find out just what happened that led to Song Lingshu being deposed. She did you a great favour before, saving you from the pursuit of the Black Dragon Society; if you can help her by any means, you will.

    C. You send Qilin and Cao'er to Emei while you visit Qingcheng.

    ***

    A. You tell Yao and Miecao about all that has transpired in the Fire Temple, including your current status as Lord of the Temple, and the presence of the Wuxiang Qiankun scrolls within the inner chamber.

    B. You do not tell Yao and Miecao about your adventures at the Fire Temple; it is better if they do not know.

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    Vote Tally (open)
    Kipeci - AAA
    Nevill - ABB
    Smashing Axe - ABB
    Baltika9 - ABB
    Fangshi - ABB
    Elfberserker - AAB
    skaraher - ABB
    XenomorphII - ABB
    Esquilax - AAB
    Tribute - ABB
    Akkudakku - ABA
    Jester - ABB
    Kz3r0 - ABB
    Grimgravy - ABA
    Kashmir Slippers - AAA
    ERYFKRAD - ABB
    Absinthe - ACx
    Lambchop19 - AAB
    Azira - ABB
    profreshinal - BBA
    Rex Feral - ABB
    Zero Credibility - ABB
    Anabanana - ABB
    ScubaV - ABB
    The Brazilian Slaughter - ABB

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    Final tally:

    Fire Medicine-
    A - 24
    B - 1

    Emei / Qingcheng-
    A - 5
    B - 19
    C - 1

    Tell / Don't tell-
    A - 5
    B - 19
     
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  8. Kipeci Arcane

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    Alrighty! I guess we've not told them that we're heading up that cult now? Anyway, I think I'll vote A, probably. B is fine too. Whatever wins is alright with me, really.

    It's also good with the title, we appear to have almost made up for all of our relations with the Fire Cult in that one stroke. Not sure how A would have gone over? I don't imagine that'd have changed things much but they seem a bit happier this way, maybe.
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    I can add a choice to come clean.
     
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  10. Kipeci Arcane

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    Is Yifang going to hear? Because if that's the case, I'm pretty sure a lot of gossip would begin spreading a bit fast... I think our former master and Miecao would have tighter lips, though.

    edit: make that vote AA, I didn't see the first option. More research will be great, I'm sure we can resort to some other tricks if we need them.
     
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  11. Nevill Arcane

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    ABB. How can I forget the only ladyBRO in the orthodox world?

    The last time we ignored Mao Sanjiao, we paid dearly for that.

    Do not tell them about the Fire Temple. The less they are involved with you, the better for them.

    And yes, Yifang is a bit too naive to keep secrets from people. She does not know how bad of a serpentarium the orthodox world have become since Nie took over.
     
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  12. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    ABB - I'm not really sure what I want to do with the second choice. They both sound like good options.

    I doubt Miaozhu will give us access to the library, not without us giving up our sword.

    Also, as much as I trust Yao and Miecao. We should make it a matter of practice keeping our association secret. At least for now. The less the puglistic world knows about us leading the Fire Cult, the better.
     
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  13. treave Arcane Patron

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    Combination of the title choice and deciding to go to the Central Plains as they recommended. A would give you a bit less of an increase, but an increase nonetheless. Call me by my name, I insist, and LORD MAN TIGER PIG do not go over well with them, although they follow your orders anyway.

    Also, a correction to the update: there are three choices for this update, two added after the posting.
     
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  14. Kipeci Arcane

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    ... and now that the next choice has been added, my vote shall be AAA!

    That doesn't seem to work too well, at least not against the scrolls we read.
     
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  15. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Seems my 'get their scriptures' plan didn't make it in. Damn. :(

    Anyway, this one's not too difficult for me. ABB, let our Persian alchemists figure out it's secrets so we can blow even more shit up. And Uncle Mao has waited for our "respects" long enough.

    treave, do they or Yifang know if Yunzi came this way recently?
     
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  16. Nevill Arcane

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    I bet Yunzi is not too keen on having her identity known around these parts.
     
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  17. treave Arcane Patron

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    You have it, I just didn't bother writing about it.

    Yunzi wouldn't know where Yao and Miecao are hiding out. Cao'er was the one who guided you there. You'll have to ask in the nearby city, Chengdu, but she isn't advertising her identity so it won't be easy. She definitely wouldn't have visited any of the Eight Sects, except to look at the pretty mountains.
     
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  18. Fangshi Arcane

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    For the first choice A. Might as well let them work on it, perhaps they can unravel the secrets of the powder and we can mass produce it or something.

    I don't really want to risk losing our sword/fighting Emei right now so B. We already have reason to believe that Mao is involved in a lot of shady dealings, it would probably be wise to finally investigate the man and it should be something we can manage.

    For the final choice B. What they don't know can't hurt them. We don't need word getting out that we are leading a foreign faction and the location of that copy of the scrolls should be kept a secret for as long as possible.

    ABB
     
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  19. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Ah, didn't see it in the inventory list is all. Can't wait to sink my teeth into it.
    I wonder if we can offer them shelter in our temple if we go 3A.
     
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  20. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    The other thing that concerns me is that Abbess Miaozhu may be Nie Wuxing's catspaw. Given that he specifically targeted the old bro squad for elimination, its likely he had converted most of the successors. The guy that replaced the Qingcheng broad is also very obviously a Huashan conspirator.
     
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  21. Nevill Arcane

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    It is quite obvious, since Nie trains his people under all of the sect masters. zhang manxing told us as much.

    The mere thought of having someone like zhang anywhere near a nunnery amuses me somewhat. There is no decline greater than that.
     
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  22. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    ABA.

    Miss Song was pretty BRO with us, it's only natural that we return the favor.

    We can decide what will we do with Mao Sanjio when time comes. We can also visit Emei library after our visit with Miss song even though with our track record we might have to flee from both Qincheng and Emei after whatever ruckus we cause during our visit to Emei.

    I think it's better to tell Mieco and Yao about our status as new firelord and about the scrolls. They are wise as fuck and capable despite their age. Who knows maybe they can offer some surprising help down the line, if they know about current situation.

    Edit: corrected my vote.

    Edit: new vote
    AAB
     
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  23. Nevill Arcane

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    You seem to be confusing 2A and 2B votes.

    And probably 3A and 3B as well. :)
     
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  24. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    Oh fuck:oops:

    I meant ABA

    Edit: AAB
     
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  25. skaraher Arbiter

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    ABB

    Knowledge is power, and we should guard it well.

    Mao Sanjiao is critical to the plot, and is likely involved in Nie's coup. And going to Emei without Miecao's influence to protect us from the old hags wanting their sword back (And our balls with it) is just dumb.
     
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