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

  1. Nevill Arcane

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    So you think it would have been possible to avoid the explosion if there was one more Nie Wuxung on our side? It would make a ton of difference? Somehow I doubt that.
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Avoid the explosion? Hell no. Help out on the stage during the gang fight where Wuxing and his cronies were play-fighting and not actually doing shit? Hell yes.
     
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  3. Nevill Arcane

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    But the Abbot have lost his life and Qi Liuwu his arms when they were trying to protect the rest of the team from the rocks. Which resulted from the explosion. Which you seem to think would have happened anyway.

    I don't know, man. From what we've seen, the Frathouse were endangered more by the backstabbers than by actual foes.
     
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  4. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    I guess we would have arrived in time to save them from falling rocks.

    Being at Nie wuxing level is nothing to sneeze at though.
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Right, and the Manly Conqueror's Spear is strong enough to break through anything, which includes rocks.
    Which means we could have saved Fangzhang and Qi Liuwu's arms from them.
     
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  6. treave Arcane Patron

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    It does if you're actually contributing, not all of the Amesha Spenta are as good as Vairya or Vahista. It'd be enough to force Ahura to beat a hasty retreat before the cliff collapses, at least.
     
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  7. a bear named spigot Arcane

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    you guys talk about a lot of dumb shit
     
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  8. Tribute Arbiter

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    Sure it does. 1 Luck mostly seems to mean that his luck is extreme, and Jing stumbles into terrible situations constantly. First he gets beaten nearly to death and thrown off a cliff by bandits, only to be picked up by a guy who states outright he'll kill him if he tries to leave. Oh, and he's got an apprentice who is A) quite possibly insane, and B) in love with Jing. Then he gets sent off on a sidequest and ends up nearly accused of murder. Then he stumbles into the most dangerous man in the jiang hu who threatens to kill him and all his friends if he doesn't accept an apprenticeship, despite that life expectancy as one of Zhang Jue's apprentices is about that of a world war fighter pilot. And then it turns out that that sword he found means he's constantly being attacked by nuns who want to tear his balls off. Oh, and his new master smashed all of his meridians and nearly killed him in order to force him to master his qi.

    A simple sidequest to fight some pirates turned into a life-or-death political struggle between two nations where he had to get himself beaten half to death to prevent a massacre.

    A vacation to a mansion saw him get into a life-or-death fight with a toad demon.

    Everything about the Black Dragon Society.

    The fact that every time Jing introduces himself he ends up fleeing from the place while it's either literally or figuratively in flames.

    He's the one guy in 20 years who runs into the crazed cannibal lurking in the tunnels underneath the palace, and almost has to hack his own arm off to escape.

    He reaches Heihu Valley just too late to save any of the Frathouse Bros.

    And the fact that a "freak accident" just murdered the prince of Tufan...

    Oh, and then there's the part where a simple sneaking/investigation ended up awakening a god of chaos and darkness that he had to completely rework his own chi and momentarily achieve enlightenment in order to fight off.

    LUC 1 comes up almost constantly, it's just that Jing usually either bullshits his way through it or powers his way through it, usually at some cost to himself. Also occasionally it results in good things, like him ending up on the good sides of the Frathouse, and the Sword Saint, and just stumbling across a legendary sword.

    I have to wonder, though, what would a LUC 10 character be like? Would they have a perfect quiet life where they just coast through everything, or would they have similarly extreme luck, it would just mostly be good things and they wouldn't have to take absolutely insane risks in order to come out ahead?
     
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  9. Nevill Arcane

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    Comes with the sign.
    But yes, we seem to run into these situations constantly. Makes getting the best out of them all the more rewarding.
     
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  10. treave Arcane Patron

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    Women = Bad Luck

    Therefore

    LUC 10 = No Women
     
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  11. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    :hmmm:
     
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  12. Tribute Arbiter

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    So we just sleep with an endless train of handsome men, then?

    Jing's already pretty homo, it wouldn't be that much of a stretch.
     
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  13. Nevill Arcane

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    We should have gone for the Dog Adjutant. He would have all the women.

    But then he would probably be castrated right in the prologue, too.
     
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  14. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    Naah, probably something worse.

    All the woman who would chase us are ugly ones and we stir up homolust in handsome young men
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    Qingcheng Succession

    “I’m going with you.”

    You look at Yifang, who is standing in your way. She had run out and stopped you right before you left the cottage. “Pardon me?” She stares at you, looking eerily similar to Cao’er. “I said, I’m going with you. You are planning to visit Miss Song, right? I will come too. She is my best friend after all, and I have not heard from her in a few months.”

    You laugh. “It looks like you are as nosy as ever, little nun. Well, not like I have the right to say anything...”

    “Please do not tease me, Master Xu!” she exclaims. “I am very serious about this. If you do not take me along I shall follow you anyway.” She would. In that respect, she and her sister are definitely alike.

    “Take her along, Xu Jing.” Miecao is standing at the door of the cottage, Yao holding her hand as support. “Whether you visit Emei or Qingcheng, Yifang should be able to help you gain entry.”

    “She would be bored keeping us company all day anyway,” adds Yao. You cannot help but sigh. “If the grandparents have said so, then I will let that be the final word.” Miecao is right – it would probably be easier to gain entry to both sects with an honest, upstanding orthodox pugilist like Yifang around. “I will keep her safe and bring her back as soon as I am done,” you say.

    Yifang shakes her head firmly. “You do not need to worry about me. I am no longer the same girl you once knew.”

    “In more ways than one, clearly,” you grin, making your gaze obvious as Yifang flushes. A sudden burst of killing intent from Miecao stops your teasing. The former abbess’s stony, unflinching glare bores into you and rids you of any impure thoughts you might be harbouring. “W-well,” you say, “if you are packed, then let’s be off.”

    ***

    “So, why did you stop being a nun anyway?” asks Qilin. The four of you are sitting in a Chengdu restaurant, having spent some time gathering information about the Qingcheng Sect before making your approach.

    “Grandfather and Grandmother needed someone to take care of them, and my sister was… well…” Yifang casts an awkward look at Cao’er, who only gazes back blankly. “What?” says Cao’er brusquely. It seems like there is a bit of friction between the two sisters – Cao’er had spent the better part of the last two years with you on the island, and that had left only Yifang to take care of Yao and Miecao in their old age.

    “Do you not think you might be a bit selfish at times, sister?” says Yifang quietly.

    “…I go with Jing. No matter what,” replies Cao’er with an air of finality. Yifang seems displeased; the argument is likely to continue. Qilin glances at you; you understand what she is trying to convey with her eyes – she is asking if you want to step in, or leave it to her.

    A. You step in, trying to mediate the conversation between Yifang and Cao’er. Perhaps you can take charge and try to find a solution for all four of them to live together peacefully.

    B. You leave it to Qilin to solve the problem between Yifang and Cao’er. She should be able to understand them better than you do; you’ll follow what she suggests.

    ***

    The conversation moves to the topic of Song Lingshu and the Qingcheng Sect afterwards. It is a topic that makes you clap your hands to your face, leaning your elbows on the table. As it turns out, Mao Sanjiao is planning to marry Song Lingshu, a girl young enough to be his daughter.

    “Again? Is this the season of marriage?” you groan.

    “…disgusting old man…” comments Cao’er.

    “It makes some amount of sense. Mao Sanjiao does not have an heir yet. Should Song Lingshu marry another man and bear a child, they could gain enough support to form another faction in Qingcheng, and threaten his reign,” says Qilin. “Right now, the entirety of the Qingcheng Sect is already united behind him. Making the popular daughter of the last sect head as his wife will only strengthen that support into something unassailable.”

    “Under the leadership of Mao Sanjiao, they have also gone from strength to strength in the past two years by pursuing the policies Song Jiangke laid down,” you say, laying out what you have found. “In fact, they have absorbed many smaller schools, and turned them into branches of Qingcheng all over the country. They might not have the numbers of the Beggars, or the clout of Huashan, but as far as wealth and influence amongst the commonfolk go, Qingcheng Sect would rank very highly.”

    “I would call it a well-timed move,” Qilin says. “The question is, is the girl being pressured into it, or is she doing it willingly?”

    “I cannot see Miss Song doing it willingly,” says Yifang confidently. “We need to talk to her.”

    “I don’t think we can just walk in there and demand to see her,” says Qilin. “Besides, the wedding will take place in two days, and a lot of luminaries from the other sects have been invited for the festivities. I hear that the new head of the Beggar Sect is already here, as are the masters of Taishan and Kunlun. I am unsure who Wudang and Shaolin would be sending, but as for Huashan, Bai Jiutian is present as his master’s representative.”

    “Abbess Miaozhu will probably be attending too,” says Yifang.

    “I think I have just about had enough of weddings,” you mutter, and Cao’er pats your hand tenderly. “Anyway,” you continue, “what do you suggest we do, Yifang? She is your friend after all – you know her better than we do.”

    Yifang lowers her head in silence, thinking deeply. Then, she says, “I should be able to obtain an invitation if I ask. The people at Qingcheng still know me. We will be able to get in that way without doing anything wrong; they have set up rooms at the sect for the visitors.”

    “They are also hiring more servants to assist with the big day. We might be able get in from there, Jing,” says Qilin. “That way, we also get paid!”

    “Perhaps you could sneak in yourself to talk with her,” Cao’er says. “…you did it the last time with me.”

    “Or we could just walk in openly on the day of the wedding to pay our respects,” you say, causing all three girls to glare at you.

    ***

    It looks like Yifang and Cao’er would enter Qingcheng via invitation, while Qilin would infiltrate disguised as a servant. As for you…

    A. You enter with Yifang and Cao’er, using the invitation to gain entry. You will disguise yourself as best as you can, allowing you to mingle with the orthodox pugilists more easily and befriend them. Even if they do recognize you, your invitation should shield you.

    B. You infiltrate the help together with Qilin, talking your way into service. This should gain you entry to places like the bedchambers and the kitchen easily should the two of you think up some dastardly plot regarding the wedding, as well as pick up information from the servants.

    C. You sneak into Qingcheng alone at night, separately from the others. It would be too late for you to sign up with the help or enter by invitation afterwards, but you only need to talk with Song Lingshu and find out what she thinks about all this.

    D. You will arrive on the day of the wedding to pay your respects to the couple, walking in openly without any fear or invitation. There is no need for you to skulk around or pretend to be someone else.

    E. This distraction might be a perfect chance for you to gain entry to Emei – the girls seem keen on poking their nose into Qingcheng’s business and you will let them do so while you head over to Mt. Emei to sneak into the library.

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    Vote Tally (open)

    ERYFKRAD - x C>D
    Tribute - A A
    Nevill - B B
    Smashing Axe - A B>A>C>D
    Akkudakku - B B
    Kashmir Slippers - A B
    profreshinal - A B>C
    Elfberserker - A C
    Baltika9 - A B
    XenomorphII - A A
    Lambchop19 - B B
    Kipeci - A E
    Rex Feral - A C>B
    ScubaV - A B
    Azira - A B
    GreyViper - B A
    Anabanana - A B
    Jester - B A
    Absinthe - A C
    archaen - A B
    Kz3r0 - B A
    Esquilax - A C
    Grimgravy - A C
    Zero Credibility - B B
    Ganymede - A D

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    Final tally:

    Mediate / Don't mediate

    A - 17
    B - 7

    Method of entry

    A - 5
    B - 12
    C - 6
    D - 1
    E - 1
     
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  16. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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  17. Tribute Arbiter

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    AA for now. I don't want to stay uninvolved with Yifang and Cao'er, and I'd like to start building bridges with those sects we actually like. Song Lingshu will be our top priority here, but I do want to get on with mending our reputation with Wudang, Shaolin, the Beggar's Sect, et al.
     
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  18. treave Arcane Patron

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    Regarding invitations, to pre-empt any questions: etiquette dictates that the orthodox pugilists cannot make an unprovoked attack on you if you're here by invitation. The most they can do is challenge you to a friendly match to 'lighten up the festivities'. As for them possibly recognizing Cao'er as Yao's apprentice, they won't if she's cleaned up and well-dressed.

    Of course, being able to get to the kitchen has its own advantages, as do the other choices.
     
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  19. Tribute Arbiter

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    I suggest we go in under invite and remain entirely civil and friendly. We need to start working against the rumours that have been circulating in our absence.
     
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  20. Nevill Arcane

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    BB.

    Let the girls enter via an invitation while you infiltrate the building and give indigestion to everyone, then proceed to the final stage of the plan.

    And I think Bai Jiutian will be attempting to do something about Lingshu, too. We might want to be prepared for that.

    This marriage should not happen. It is suicide to allow Mao to control half of the pugilistic world.
     
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  21. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Divinity: Original Sin
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    B>A>C>D

    Being staff would help us gain a better understanding as to what is going on. It's the best option for both skullduggery and counter-skulldugerry.
     
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  22. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    Holy crap I have no idea what to vote for, so many options ;p

    Seems there is a lot of tension between Cao'er and Yifang... I do believe Qilin will be better in negotiating with them, she is a woman after all.

    For option 2 I vote B - we get in with some time advance, probably no one will be the wiser who we are and we can go around the place mostly unimpeded. But we need to make sure Miss Song doesn't identify us prematurely. Oh the skill to change our apperance would be a godsend here!
    C would probably be a good option too as long as we don't fuck uo (LUC 1 I'm looking at you...).
    A seems a little risky if 'Uncle' whiffs what we want to do.
    Crashing the party is probably a bad option and E is just asking for trouble probably (not that I don't trust our girls skills, I don't trust those orthodox assholes).

    So my vote is BB.


    Think of the horror if we would have went to Emei - no way to stop the wedding.

    And I freaking bet the old geezer would even poison Miss Sung afterwards (and find scrapegoats) to solidify his power.
     
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    Rumours or not this is a cloak and dagger situation and we can't help it :-( unless Qilin still can go into the kitchens and poison the food so everyone is weak and groggy, then going in by invintation would work PERFECTLY!
     
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  25. Tribute Arbiter

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    At the moment I'm assuming none of the options this early on are "Song Lingshu is screwed" options. If they are then no, we shouldn't go with A.
     
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