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

  1. Nevill Arcane

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    Did we tell her about the reason why we wanted manxing dead? Did she believe us, considering he had the poisoned vest on and an afrodisiac at the ready?

    Also, what does she think about the reason manxing have followed us? I was under the impression that she didn't buy his story, because it pictured her love BJ in a not so positive light. Or perhaps she has her suspicions and can accept the fact that Bai have sent manxing for us to kill him? It would have been easier for her if she believed he was a scum of the lowest sort that Bai could not directly deal with, but this level of reasoning is probably beyond her white-and-black worldview.

    Or does she, being the airhead that she is, simply prefer not to think about these things too hard?
     
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  2. Ganymede Learned

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    Holy shit dat Cao'er.

    :love:
     
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  3. treave Arcane Patron

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    She'll believe Jing about that, especially after Qilin talks to her. But she would still prefer to bring him to trial for his rapey ways because rape doesn't get you a death penalty by the current laws of the country. She is fine with delivering him to trial with his limbs broken, though. She doesn't know what Qilin did yet, and Jing doesn't think it's a good idea to tell anyone ever.

    There's a bit of doubt in her heart about Bai now, but she isn't thinking about it further for now. However, there's room for that doubt to grow if Bai takes further actions that don't fit her image of him.
     
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  4. Nevill Arcane

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    Wait, when did we upgrade our qinggong? I felt so bad we passed it up, but we ended up getting it anyway.

    Beautiful. :)

    :hmmm:

    Cao'er ended up the best fighter in the bunch.
     
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  5. treave Arcane Patron

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    Here:

    I think I did mention that the skill mimicking isn't everything that Wuxiang Qiankun has in his repertoire somewhere, though I don't recall which page it is on. As you continue to focus on developing it, even if it doesn't hit a level up yet you'll get stuff like +neigong, +skills, and also improvements to the way you can execute certain techniques etc.

    Just the third style, not that she got everything else before it. Grappling suits her better because she adapted the technique to aim for the crippling pressure points near the tendons, allowing her to render a limb totally paralyzed within a second of grabbing it since she doesn't have the strength to match up to other fighters in a straight fight.

    In terms of actual skill it's still Yifang > Lingshu > Qilin > Cao'er.

    Once/If you get Yunzi and Armaiti, they'll be added to the list too. I'll try to give chances to train the girls between every arc.
     
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  6. Nevill Arcane

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    Nah, I meant the overall divine skills in throwing weapons and pressure points. She is dangerous. Not quite what I expected when we first met her.

    As for Shouwang Claws Style Three, for some reason the image of Cao'er executing Zhang Jue's techniques cracks me up. :D

    Not to distract you from the update, but two more questions (the last ones for today, I promise):
    What was the lecture Yifang promised us about? Is it too late for that?
    Was Lingshu the one Jiutian got those fox leaves from back at the Young Tigers Tournament? I am trying to gauge how Jiutian views Lingshu, since he mentioned he got them from a 'precious friend'.
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    Cao'er's Immortal Eyes are now solidly past 10 PER, helping her achieve wonders in those skills. She can hit a fly with a needle if she wants to.

    Yeah, you'd have gotten it if you had stayed at Emei back before the timeskip. It was actually a full hour of Buddhist preaching, regardless of what was claimed before... so, lucky escape there, I figure?

    Yes. Though he could be lying about the friend part for his public image.
     
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  8. Ganymede Learned

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    Everyone knows there's a direct correlation between kung fu and emotional/mental issues. And Cao'er is an even bigger nutcase than Jing.

    Although this is disappointing:
    I would have thought she got plenty of practice giving Jing the old Bloody Diamond Horn.
     
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  9. Tribute Arbiter

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    Cao'er's PER is now absolutely terrifying.

    And we gave Song Lingshu the No-Effort Sword Song? She's going to return to Qingcheng with a pretty impressive array of new techniques. That might help her in her bid to be an accepted leader.
     
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  10. Elfberserker Liturgist

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    Is it just me or does this cracks up anyone else?

    :incline:


    TREAVE you must tell us does Yifang have whip techniques? And also:bro:
     
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  11. treave Arcane Patron

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    The Beggar's Tales

    The old beggar leads you to a ramshackle inn on the outskirts of the city. The only people you see lounging outside the establishment are a few rough-looking men, who give you the natural, challenging stare of those used to owning the place – or at least, pretending to. You stare back with your single eye. Their gaze breaks first.

    As promised, you find Jiu Mou within the inn, at the furthest room in the back. He looks up as the old beggar brings you in. With a silent nod, he tosses a tael at the beggar. The dirty old man gives him a quick salute and hurries away. “Wait,” you say, “I already paid him a tael to find you.”

    Jiu Mou makes a face of exasperation and groans, “Liu, that old bastard! Oh well. In times like this I can’t be picky. Chief You has eyes and ears almost everywhere in the union.” He leans back, gesturing at the cheap food and wine laid out before you. “Take a seat first, Xu Jing. I need to be going off again soon. There is – unfortunately – beggar business in the east.” He gives you a pained look as he says it.

    “I never knew beggars were so busy,” you say, doing as he asks. “The one I knew seemed to take life easily enough.”

    “New management, new rules,” he sighs, pouring you a cup. Then, he gets up.

    “Going so soon?” you ask, puzzled. “We haven’t even started talking.”

    “Thankfully, it’s not me you came to see,” he grins. “The old man will be here soon. I’ll let him do the gabbing, heaven knows he loves it so much. I’m sure I’ll see you somewhere around the jianghu on our wanderings, someday.” With a quick nod and the flash of a dirty smile, Jiu Mou exits the room, leaving you alone with the meal.

    Not knowing what else to do while you wait, you tuck in.

    A dozen minutes later, the door opens again.

    “Hey, kid. Long time no see.” Qi Liuwu enters, having maneuvered the door open with his feet.

    “Master Qi.” You incline your head, your greeting muffled by the food in your mouth.

    He sits down with no issues, his empty sleeves hanging loosely from his shoulders. He is a bit more aged than before, but the former beggar chief seems to be in better condition than Miecao. “It was quite a surprise when I heard that you were looking for me. You must have a few questions to ask,” he says, expertly lifting a gourd to his mouth with just his foot. It looks like even the lack of arms will not prevent him from his drink.

    “I didn’t come just for the questions, Master Qi,” you say. “I thought it would also be nice to sit and drink with you.”

    “Yes, that would be nice,” he laughs, dextrously manipulating a pair of chopsticks using his toes. Evidently he has no problem going about his daily life too, and you smile, impressed. Qi Liuwu catches your smile and shakes his head slightly. “It wasn’t easy getting to this stage.”

    “It is a shame, though. What did happen on that day?”

    Qi Liuwu’s story matches that of Miecao’s, and you gain no further insights. He seems rather certain, however, that the cliff was brought down by the energies of Wang Zhengchong and Ahura’s battle. The conversation then turns to Jiu Mou, and the Tufan situation.

    “I guess you could call him my protégé,” says Qi Liuwu. “When Chief You called for the snap election and took over, I did not contest on the terms that Jiu Mou would be acknowledged as the vice-chief. It is almost traditional for the vice-chief to be promoted to Chiefhood during the beggar elections, as it is a position that helps him garner support from the rank-and-file of the Beggar’s Sect.”

    “Elections?”

    “Oh, yes. As beggars, we believe in giving every member an equal say in determining our leaders. Every few years, or when it is called for, we pick the members of the council as well as the chief,” explains Qi Liuwu. “When my nephew got into contact with me, I figured that I might as well give Jiu Mou some exposure to royalty too.”

    “What were the two of you doing in Tufan anyway? I was surprised to see a beggar there, contesting for a princess’s hand,” you say wryly.

    “Oh, that wasn’t all that important, my nephew already had that filthy bastard Zhang Manxing around. We were there to investigate the Shaolin monk Xuxian.”

    “Him? The one with the powerful inner strength?”

    “Ah, yes, of course you would have fought him,” nods Qi Liuwu. “He used to be a cook at the temple. One day he injured the Abbot and escaped from Shaolin. Apparently he learnt some of their techniques without permission.”

    “Isn’t that a matter for Shaolin to handle, however?”

    “Not if one of those techniques was the Xiaoming Jiuyang Divine Skill,” grins Qi Liuwu.

    “You mean…”

    “Yes, we believed that his drastic increase in inner strength was due to that particular manual. In the last struggle for the manuals, Shaolin Temple was rumoured to have kept a copy of the Xiaoming Jiuyang skill, though they have always denied it. They still do. Jiu Mou talked to Xuxian, however, and we can confirm they have at least a copy of the first part, which advances the neigong of the practitioner.”

    “Then, the copy of the Xiaoming Jiuyang Divine Skill that was stolen from the constables was…”

    “No, that also appeared to be the real deal, as far as I could tell,” said Qi Liuwu, shaking his head. “There have been quite a few copies of these manuals made over the years, some real, many fake. Most have been lost to the world thanks to the slaughter that usually accompanies them, but once in a while, they reappear…” He closes his eyes and sighs. “Anyway, my nephew told me that his agents managed to track down and uncover that manual in an old temple just south of Chang’an, hidden behind a Buddhist statue. It was sent to a safehouse for his constables to guard. He hoped to use secrecy as his primary defense, but apparently there is a leak somewhere, compromising his efforts. The constables on duty were no match for the assailants. I do not know much more than this; only the Imperial Constables have access to further information.”

    “Are they undertaking an investigation into the missing manual?”

    “Maybe. I don’t know. They do have other things to do, though I would assume that the deaths of their brethren would have stoked a bit of anger in their hearts. Anyway, there is one other thing I have heard that you might be interested in.” Qi Liuwu leans forward, grinning. “The Ten Great Swords. You still carry the Yuchang Sword, don’t you?”

    You nod.

    “Perfect. Apparently there is going to be a Conference of Swords on Taoying Island in a few months. All of the current holders of the Ten Great Swords have been invited.”

    “I didn’t hear about that.”

    “Yes, well, you were off wandering foreign lands, weren’t you?” he laughs. “I have it on good faith that there is a bait being dangled here… the Xuanyuan Sword.”

    The most powerful of the Ten Great Swords… you can’t help but grin disbelievingly. “Someone really knows how to bait swordsmen out.”

    “Considering that the jianghu is in a mess over the Three Manuals already, I have good reason to believe that every current wielder will attend the conference… including those who have kept themselves secret thus far. It is said to be a peaceful conference, a meeting where the Ten Great Swords meet up and elect a leader who will wield the Xuanyuan Sword.”

    “It looks like whoever planned this has intentions of forming a power bloc of their own,” you say. “Given that some of those swords are in the hands of the Eight Sects, I can’t see it going over well.”

    “Oh, I don’t doubt that the Eight Sects’ leaders like Nie Wuxing will be present. Wudang, too, even if they have lost their Qixing Longyuan Sword. They are going to want to see who shows up with it.” Qi Liuwu nods confidently. “It might prove to be an enlightening conference.”

    “I doubt that it will be a peaceful one,” you laugh, and the old beggar laughs together with you in agreement.

    ***

    Before you end the day’s meeting, you wonder if you should exchange tips with Qi Liuwu: he must not be able to use many martial arts now that he has no more hands. Perhaps you could teach him the Wuying Leipo Kick in return for verbal instruction in the Xianglong Palms.

    A. Offer to spend a few days teaching Qi Liuwu at least half of the Wuying Leipo Kick technique in return for seven more moves of the Xianglong Palms.

    B. You don’t make the offer; you would rather spend the time investigating other places in Chang’an and its vicinity. You might miss out on important information otherwise.

    ***

    You find out that Gao Ying had left the city soon after your talk with Qi. It looks like you have lost your opportunity to meet with him for now.

    A. You pay a visit to the Imperial Constabulary, now that you have heard from Qi Liuwu. There might be someone in the headquarters you can talk to.

    B. You exit Chang’an and sneak up Mount Hua. You are interested in talking to Bai Jiutian; antagonistic as he may be, perhaps he may be of aid to some of your goals here in Chang’an.

    C. You go to the Zhang clan manor to pay your respects…

    D. You leave Chang’an, heading towards Luoyang in the east. Shaolin Temple is there, and it is clear they have at least part of the Xiaoming Jiuyang manual.

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    Vote Tally (open)

    Final Tally:

    Kick/Palm:

    Tribute - A
    Baltika9 - A
    Kashmir Slippers - A
    ERYFKRAD - A
    Rex Feral - A
    Fangshi - A
    Azira - A
    Kz3r0 - A
    GreyViper - A
    archaen - A
    ScubaV - A
    Absinthe - A
    Jester - A
    TOME - A
    profreshinal - A
    Akkudakku - A
    Ifeex - A
    Grimgravy - A
    Tigranes - A>B
    Lambchop19 - A

    Nevill - B
    Elfberserker B
    Smashing Axe - B
    Esquilax - B
    XenomorphII - B
    Kipeci - B

    A - 20
    B - 6


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    Next Destination:

    Tribute - A>B
    Baltika9 - A
    Kashmir Slippers - A
    Elfberserker - A>D>B
    XenomorphII - A
    Kipeci - A
    Absinthe - A
    Jester - A
    TOME - A
    profreshinal - A
    Akkudakku - A>B
    Grimgravy - A
    Esquilax - A
    Lambchop19 - A

    Nevill - B
    Rex Feral - B>A
    Smashing Axe - B>A
    ScubaV - B
    Ifeex - B>D

    Fangshi - D>A
    Azira - D
    Kz3r0 - D
    GreyViper - D
    archaen - D>A
    Tigranes - D>A

    A - 14
    B - 5
    C - 0
    D - 6


     
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  12. Tribute Arbiter

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    Emei is known for their skills with the whip, from what I remember.
     
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  13. treave Arcane Patron

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    Yeah, she does. It's more of a horse-tail whip though, rather than the leather one you might be imagining.
     
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  14. Tribute Arbiter

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    AA>AB. Why wouldn't we teach the old man our kick techniques? We owe him for the palms he taught us.
     
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  15. Baltika9 Arcane

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    AA.
     
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  16. Nevill Arcane

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    Hm. I guess without Xuxian's part whoever has the manual won't be able to access the whole technique.

    I am glad Liuwu is doing well. I was afraid he was taking it harder.

    I guess now would be the time to visit either the constebulary, or Bai Jiutian - either to continue the investigation, or to sabotage Nie Wuxing's powerbase.

    BB.

    Does he need it, though? He is not participating in the tournaments lately.

    This is not a courtesy, this is a trade. It's not that I don't want him to have it, but if it is on a-favor-for-a-favor basis and I feel I don't need the tech, I think I can safely refuse without hurting anyone's feelings.
     
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  17. Kashmir Slippers Magister

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  18. Baltika9 Arcane

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    "Do we need seven more moves to the technique that drew Vairya's blood at level two?" Yes. Yes we do.
    Interesting tidbit:
    Taoying Island is the successor to Luoying Manor. We really ought to go there and jack the sword, lest Wuxing gets his grubby paws on it and becomes a real problem.
     
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  19. Nevill Arcane

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    Do we want to meet Yunzi on the road to Huashan? Yes, yes we do. ;)

    It is about opportunity costs. Something is bound to happen in those few days.
     
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  20. Tribute Arbiter

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    He's still in the jianghu, which means he's going to need to be able to fight, and fight well. He needs some solid kicking techniques, considering he's got no arms now.
     
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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Which is true, but seven more levels of the Eighteen Palms (we'll have half the set) and giving Liuwu some self-defense techniques will be worth it. No arms and all.

    We don't know if Yunzi is here, but she sure as hell wouldn't be going to Huehueshan. treave, can Qi Liuwu put word out on the street for a girl named Yunzi to help us find her?
     
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  22. Nevill Arcane

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    Sorry, I may have missed it. How many fights he was in for the last two years? Or was he not a part of jianghu all this time?

    He have switched his activities from fighting to political affairs. I don't think he needs much in terms of firepower now.

    Why? I've heard the mountain is pretty this time of the year. ;)

    Nobody in the Central Plains knows the Fire Maiden goes by that name, right? Serious question.
     
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  23. treave Arcane Patron

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    He doesn't have the same clout he has before. Too risky, the Beggar Chief might be wondering why he's looking for this person using the beggars' network and would investigate further.

    Yeah, they only know her as the Fire Cult's Holy Maiden.
     
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  24. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Would the Constables be able to help us out there? Kinda feel dumb for missing out on her in Qingcheng when our Ameshas told us to find her.
    Nevill, the Douchebag Council is in charge of politics, and this is the jianghu. Unfortunate accidents do happen and a man with no arms is an easy target.
     
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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Ax
     
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