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

  1. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    At least manxing wont be popping up anymore to wreck our shit.
     
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  2. Nevill Arcane

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    Nobody here is arguing against the fact that the guy had to die and that his murder was justified.

    But you'll have a lot of fun convincing the BRO sects this was the case.
     
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  3. Tribute Arbiter

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    Yeah, I'm just saying it's slightly ironic that this one's the one we get raked over the coals for.
     
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  4. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    Fuck that. We went wrong when we chose to be Ean instead of Shulgi. Everyone would have cowered in their corner thinking we were out to get them.
     
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  5. Tribute Arbiter

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    Cue a long involved plot-arc involving deposing his eunuch backer and then getting an Imperial denunciation of Zhang Manxing (and possibly also Bai Jiutian is we can manage it in a way that wouldn't just increase hostilities between the Eight Sects and the court).
     
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  6. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    Him being a relative of a Grand Eunuch, I don't see that happening.
     
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  7. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    Those guys wont live forever and Emperor word is still the most important.
     
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  8. Tribute Arbiter

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    I said it'd be a long arc.

    I doubt Jing is enough for imperial intrigue to ever actually do it, though.
     
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  9. Tribute Arbiter

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    Yeah, but we just failed at Taoist enlightenment a few updates ago.
     
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  10. Nice. Looks like we picked the total f up choice. Been a while. I guess song won't be traveling with us. I just hope this Zhang loser is finally dead.
     
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  11. Tribute Arbiter

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    First we don't take the Happy Yunzi Vacation Time choice. Now we fuck up the Happy Song Lingshu Vacation Time choice.


    :negative:
     
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  12. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    No no. We only kill the innocent bodyguards who hate his guts and had a plan to kill him in the forest.

    Song Linshu is disillusioned with us and goes back with Zhang who gets to be a hero.

    Then he brags how we kidnapped Song Linshu and killed his bodyguards just before being handily beaten by him, fleeing with our tail between our legs and admitting he has a bigger dick.

    Just when things can't get any worse Qilin tries to poison him, but gets caught by Bai Jiutan who beheads her in one strike. Cao'er runs to save her only to get caught and raped to death by manxing. Yunzi dies of a heart attack seeing all this.
     
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  13. Esquilax Arcane

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    On the bright side, Yunzi is married to us now, so we have her for much longer than just a vacation.
     
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  14. Tribute Arbiter

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    Yeah, but that doesn't mean we're actually out here broing it up with her.
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    Four Lions Formation

    The moment your killing intent is fully unshackled, birds flee the trees and all that is left in the forest is the gentle whisper of the wind. “H-hey…” Song Lingshu raises her hand towards you tentatively, unnerved by the murderous feeling radiating from your presence. You ignore her, focusing intently on the men ahead of you: this is not merely going all out, this is a fight where you have no intention of letting any of them leave alive. Here is the man who would have violated Qilin and Cao’er, and the ones that crowd around him. You take a step forward, just one step closer to Zhang Manxing, and his lackeys burst into action, diving in front of him.

    “I’ll take on Zhang Manxing!” shouts Song Lingshu, running past you as she draws her sword – it seems that she does not want to stay too close to you as you are now, and would rather throw herself into a fight. She passes Zhang’s lackeys, but they do not stop her; instead, the entirety of their concentration seems to be focused on you. It looks like they are not just any run-of-the-mill thugs that Zhang picked up by the street… they recognize who the bigger threat to their master is, and are prioritizing accordingly. They are not amateurs.

    “Were you trained by the palace guards, by any chance?” you ask. They have taken up a rather interesting, wall-like formation with their swords raised, orderly and imposing. “We are the elite bodyguards of the Zhang clan, the Protector Lions,” says one of them. “You will not pass.”

    “I rather think I will,” you say, and charge towards them. Their movements are crisp and well-drilled – they may not be anywhere near as fast as you are, but the formation that they have memorized makes up for that. Moving as one, they support each other and box you in, relentlessly making up for one another’s shortcomings. “Interesting formation!” you shout out, blocking and parrying their swords with your own. “What is it called?”

    “This is the esteemed Shishi Formation (四獅陣, Four Lions Formation)! You will not get to the young master for we will stop you here!”

    “Amusing!” you laugh. You could probably destroy their formation quickly with your Shouwang Claws or Wuying Leipo Kick, but perhaps this would be a good test to see just how far your Wuxiang Qiankun Skill can go. You gather your qi and separate the streams calmly. Yin towards the left, yang towards the right. The movements of the formation become clear to you as the flow of qi in your body starts to mirror their own. You move, slotting in perfectly into the patterns of the Shishi Formation. They barely have enough time to be surprised.

    Drawing the Yuchang Sword, you go on the attack with a blade in both hands. You replicate the steps of the four-man Shishi Formation just by yourself, suppressing theirformation as you dismantle its patterns. Soon, you are the one boxing the four in, dancing around them and keeping them on the defensive.

    Their formation breaks.

    You drive the Yuchang Sword through the chest of one, the sharp blade sinking in so easily that you feel like you are stabbing air. You twist and cut, passing the sword through his ribs as you spin and take off the head of another bodyguard with your wodao. Following through with the movement, you suddenly reverse the direction of the cut and slash downwards, catching the third with a clean slice right through his torso. Droplets of blood fly through the air, blossoming into crimson petals wherever they fall.

    The fourth is already beginning to run, turning his back to you.

    Sheathing the wodao, you lunge forward, impaling him with the Bloody Diamond Horn. Your claws crush his spine, snapping it as your fingers drive deep into his back. You can briefly feel his heart beating wildly beneath your fingertips. He falls forward, as dead as his comrades. You flick your fingers downwards, allowing the deep red blood that stains them to spatter across the ground.

    You turn towards Song Lingshu and Zhang Manxing. Song Lingshu actually appears to be driving him back, but the instant your attention falls upon them, she cannot help but disengage from their fight, distracted by your powerful killing intent. Song Lingshu’s face goes pale, while Zhang Manxing’s expression is suffused with intense fear at the sight of the swift, merciless deaths you have given his men. To his credits, his knees do not buckle and he does not freeze up, but he immediately turns, attempting to flee.

    You leap towards him, covering the distance in a single bound. Before he can react, you allow your qi to collapse into chaos as you summon all your strength, raking your claws downwards and across his body.

    Blood spills. Red flecks rise into the air, but it is not his blood. It flows from your fingers.

    His tunic is torn apart by your blow, revealing the protective metal vest that he wears underneath. It is lined with countless tiny, sharp needles. The vest too is irreparably damaged where you have struck it, but the only injury he has suffered from your attack surfaces in the form of deep, bleeding furrows running down the length of his torso. His eyes are still bulging in surprise at the speed and strength of your attack. The vest saved him from certain death – he would have been torn in two if he had not been wearing it.

    A sharp pain shoots up your arm, spreading from your injured hand. The tips of your fingers have been shredded and punctured by the needles, and you realize that they have also been poisoned. You are forced to your knees by a sudden light-headedness. You begin redirecting your internal energy to battle the poison – it is nothing too severe, compared to some of the toxins you have read about. “Xu Jing!” calls out Song Lingshu, her voice filled with concern as she runs to your side. Looking up angrily, she attempts to grab the fleeing Zhang. “Zhang Manxing, you despicable wretch! Using a poisoned vest? Hand over the antidote!” He hops back, his face full of panic as he spots you slowly rising back to your feet. In fear for his life, he decides to throw everything he has at you to survive. Reaching inside his tattered clothes, he draws out a small pouch and empties its contents towards you and Song Lingshu.

    “Watch out!” You finally find the strength in your throat to shout out, but it is too late.

    A yellow, sweet-smelling powder, light enough to float in the air, expands in a large cloud. You wave your hand hard, using the force of your qi to bat away most of the powder, but Song Lingshu is caught halfway reaching for Zhang, and takes the brunt of what is left right in her face. She stumbles immediately, falling back – you stretch out and catch her. You hear the crashing of branches as Zhang Manxing disappears into the bushes, desperately putting as much distance between you and him as he can. Say what you want about that slippery bastard, his qinggong is quite well-suited to running away – he is out of sight in a split second. Gritting your teeth, you attempt to get up and chase him, but a hot warmth rushes through your body, making your legs weak. You are forced back to your knees, cradling Song in your arms. It looks like you inhaled a small amount of that powder by accident too.

    You look down at Song Lingshu; her face is flushed and her body feverish. Her eyelids are trembling and half-closed. You scoop her up in your arms; she lets out a loud gasp, shuddering, and strangely falls into a daze, staring blankly at you as she breathes heavily. Her cheeks blush visibly. At this rate, you cannot waste any more time here – if you do not make it down the mountain and to the rendezvous point quickly, things might go from bad to worse very soon.

    ***

    “It is the Chunfeng Huafen (春風花粉,Spring Wind Pollen). A very powerful aphrodisiac, Jing…” says Cao’er. “It’s the same one that he tried to use on us in Tufan, I believe,” adds Qilin. You had arranged to meet up with the rest of your party at the same hut you had once used when rescuing Cao’er – they had arrived before you did, your travel speed slowed down by the effects of Zhang’s powder. Cao’er continues her explanation: “…with that much dosage, if it is not purged from her body, her body will give out from the strain.”

    “So, how do we do it?” You are still feeling a bit of the effects yourself; it is not a drug that can be neutralized easily with just neigong. Song Lingshu’s moans from the bedroom do not help your condition any. “…the easiest way is to bed her…” says the genius physician bluntly.

    “You mean…”

    “…make her Number Three,” she nods.

    “Y-you can’t!” stammers Yifang, shocked by the discussion. “Is there no other way?”

    “It is the safest way,” says Qilin. “Or perhaps you would like to do it, Yifang?”

    “I… I can’t,” squeaks the former nun.

    “Then we need someone who can,” grins Qilin.

    “Well, if that is the easiest way, what is the harder way?” you ask – surely there has to be some other method.

    “I can make an antidote…” Cao’er nods. “…but the ingredients need to be bought… need to go to Chengdu.”

    “Well, it isn’t too expensive,” Qilin says, “but it takes some time to prepare. Miss Song will just have to hold out for a few days.”

    ***

    A. You ‘cure’ her, if that is what it takes. It is partially your fault that she got hit by the aphrodisiac anyway – had you not injured yourself, she would not have run over out of concern. You have to take responsibility sincerely.

    B. You persuade Yifang to ‘cure’ her, if it works that way too. She is her best friend after all, and you think it would be more acceptable to Song Lingshu to have Yifang take the role of being the one that purges the pollen from her body.

    C. You would rather hold out for the antidote. You will purchase the ingredients and have Song Lingshu hold out for a few more days so that Cao’er can prepare it properly. You are not very sure if Miss Song would appreciate the traditional curing method all that much.

    ***

    Qilin worked hard to gather information about the happenings in Qingcheng after it was found out that Song Lingshu ran away from the marriage. It seems that the Abbess Miaozhu, the Wu Brothers of Wudang, Guo Fu, and the Xu monks of Shaolin had attempted to put in a good word for Song Lingshu, portraying her as a girl who has always known right from wrong. At the same time, Bai Jiutian cast aspersions on Mao Sanjiao’s ambitions in a far more subtler manner than Song Lingshu’s own words - the contrast in approach worked extremely well, nudging public opinion against Mao in a polite manner beyond reproach.

    Then, Zhang Manxing arrived, bleeding profusely all over Qingcheng’s shiny floor.

    He made his courageous report of how he fought off the vicious Man Tiger Pig and Song Lingshu. Bai Jiutian was utterly shocked that the man he spotted turned out to be Xu Jing, and blamed himself for telling Zhang and getting his shidi into mortal danger.

    Strangely, Zhang Manxing had divested himself of that vest before he arrived at Qingcheng – none of the orthodox pugilists saw it.

    At first, the pugilists of Emei, Shaolin and Wudang did not believe Zhang Manxing, but upon checking his wounds, and finding the bodies of his bodyguards in the forest, they had no choice but to admit that this was your handiwork. The traces of distinctive, chaotic qi that you left behind in their wounds were enough to confirm your presence.

    Instead of outrage, they seemed to have expressed disappointment.

    Bai Jiutian seemed to be rather interested in examining the bodies of the bodyguards, though he ended up making no conclusions... at least none that he shared.

    In the end, the public sentiment amongst the pugilistic community appeared to be that Song Lingshu had fallen into bad company, but the deaths were nothing they did not already expect from Xu Jing. How they would react from now on was anybody's guess.

    “I appreciate the thought, but you didn’t need to go after Zhang Manxing,” sighs Qilin. “It was safer to just run. You know how our reputation is like anyway.”

    “What is done is done, I suppose?” You try to smile awkwardly. “Oh, cheer up!” Qilin gives you a tight hug. “While you were busy sneaking Miss Song out, I went into the laundry and put some experimental ointment in Zhang’s undergarments.”

    “Really? What does it do?”

    “It’s a refined, non-contagious version of a rare toxin sample my uncle brought back from overseas. He calls it Meihua Poison (梅花毒,Plum Flower Poison), but it is not extracted from plum flowers at all. We are holding out high hopes for this product… it is slow-acting, indistinguishable from other sex sicknesses, and should rot his pecker right off! Oh, and give him ugly sores all over and eventually culminate in blindness, agony, and death.”

    You stare at Qilin. “You said non-contagious. It means that there is a contagious version?”

    “Yes, the Wudu Cult refined it. It’ll only affect the target, thanks to our special ointment!” she says proudly.

    “Are you very sure?”

    “Very sure. Don’t worry.”

    Perhaps you shouldn’t worry about it, or ask too much about these matters…

    Yes, that's right. There are more important things for you to think about.

    Like where you should go next.

    ***

    A. You decide to go to Emei to read about the Jiuyin Huagu Palm. It is rather certain that you won’t be very welcome there at the moment, but you don’t think they can stop you from sneaking into the library if you wanted to.

    B. You head north, towards Chang’an. It seems that Shun’s imperial constables had a lead on the Xiaoming Jiuyang Divine Skill manual, and were actually in possession of it for a brief period of time. It would be a good track for you to follow up on.

    C. You head east, towards Yuhua Hall. The orthodox sects surely have their own leads and ways of pursuing the manuals, but you have your own contacts that they would find it hard to draw upon. Perhaps the ladies of the hall could give you some clues.

    ***

    Vote Tally (open)

    Sex/No Sex:

    ERYFKRAD – A
    Azira - A
    GreyViper - A
    Lambchop19 - A
    Ganymede - A>B
    Akkudakku - A>B>C

    profreshinal - B>A
    Smashing Axe - B
    Jester - B
    Kashmir Slippers - B
    Tigranes - B
    Absinthe - B>A

    Tribute - C
    Esquilax - C
    Fangshi - C
    Elfberserker - C
    XenomorphII - C
    Baltika9 - C
    Rex Feral - C
    Nevill - C
    The Brazilian Slaughter - C
    ScubaV - C
    archaen - C>B
    Kz3r0 - C
    Anabanana - C
    Grimgravy - C
    Sunnmøring - C
    Zero Credibility - C>B

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    Final tally:

    A – 6
    B – 6
    C – 16


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    Next Destination:

    GreyViper - A
    Lambchop19 - A
    archaen - A>C

    Esquilax - B
    Fangshi - B
    XenomorphII - B
    ERYFKRAD - B
    Rex Feral - B
    Nevill - B>C
    Smashing Axe - B>C
    Absinthe - B
    Kz3r0 - B
    Ganymede - B
    Anabanana - B
    Zero Credibility - B>C
    profreshinal - B
    Tribute - B>C
    Tigranes - B>C

    Elfberserker - C
    Baltika9 - C
    Azira - C
    The Brazilian Slaughter - C
    Akkudakku - C
    Jester - C
    ScubaV - C
    Kashmir Slippers - C
    Grimgravy - C
    Sunnmøring - C

    ***

    Final tally:

    A – 3
    B – 15
    C – 10


     
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  16. Tribute Arbiter

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    Qilin appreciated the sentiment and gave him dickrot for us.

    Truly she is the greatest wife.

    Gonna go with CC>CB for now. We've wronged Song Lingshu enough for now, I don't think anyone having sex with her under duress is a good plan. Currently voting Yuhua Hall because we need to keep our heads down and we might need the money, but Chang'an might also be a good idea.
     
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  17. Esquilax Arcane

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    Oh man, and Zhang Manxing is alive too! The only winning move was not to play, I guess. Emei is out, and I'm not sure what we could get out of Yuhua Hall right now. Our relationship with them is neutral.

    CB
     
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  18. Fangshi Arcane

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    CB

    Since we just made a big production out of trying to kill the "evil rapist" we probably should not go around raping people, so C for the first choice.

    For the second choice I would avoid A. We have done a fair bit of damage to our relations with the Bro Sects here. It might be wiser to stay away for awhile. The constables seem like a good place to start since they have an actual lead. I could also be convinced to go with 2.C since we could pick up our money while we investigate.
     
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  19. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Well fuck.
     
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  20. Tribute Arbiter

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    Yeah, the whole point of voting 1 for me was that nobody would be alive to tell anyone about our using it.

    And then he got away anyway.

    Just how high IS his LUC score?
     
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  21. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    CB CC for now.

    A1 just leaves foul taste for my mouth. Maidens should enter our harem willingly without any substinience affecting it.

    As for second vote...

    I am torn between B and C. Yuhue hall is very good at information gathering and we could collect our money, but latest trail is in Chengdu.
     
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  22. treave Arcane Patron

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    Not high enough that he'll be naturally immune to a targeted syphilitic bioweapon, this I can confirm, if it gives you any ease of mind.
     
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  23. Rex Feral Liturgist

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    :hmmm:

    This is an utter failure.
     
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  25. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    This one had nothing to do with luck. Zhang actually came well prepared and we shouldn't be surprised he used poison and iron west against us.

    Zhang the lesser unsurprising seems to be very good unorthodox fighter.
     
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