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

  1. Absinthe Arcane

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    Ahura's strategy was to be the biggest, baddest motherfucker in the room and make sure everyone else bowed down or got bent.

    Also, there's some space between "super techniques for all the amesha" and "do nothing to improve the Fire Temple's defenses." For instance, we gave them an upgrade with the fire medicine.
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Ahura's "strategy" was to replace the Eight Sects as the protectors of the land. What I envision us doing is getting ourselves and our Ameshas to such a level of power that we can tell the sects "don't fuck with me and I won't fuck with you" and have it actually work. And if they still decide to attack us, then we will be able to back up our talk with deeds.
     
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  3. Absinthe Arcane

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    And what I envision as the result of your reckless distribution of super techniques is the ancient chinese equivalent of a world war, where we would play Germany.

    I'd rather create separate power blocs to keep the peace than tie ourselves to the Fire Cult and escalate shit in the hopes that nobody would try to call our bluff.
     
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  4. Baltika9 Arcane

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    That kinda doesn't make sense. Germany was gangbanged because it was the aggressor, not because it had superweapons, i.e Ahura's approach. If we want to talk in modern terms, this would be more like a nuclear peace.
     
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  5. Absinthe Arcane

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    I'm talking World War 1, where everyone was getting ready for glorious war and - surprise - shit hit the fan.

    Your concept is still ridiculously tenuous and dangerous. The US and Russia almost nuked the shit out of each other on a number of occasions. Stop thinking of a nuclear standoff as a good idea.
     
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  6. Nevill Arcane

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    Yes, it is going to devolve in a bloody war. I don't think it is avoidable right now. But our relationships are going to determine how supportive certain sects will be of the war efforts and how ready they will be for peace negotiations.

    That is why we play nice. If they think we can't be reasoned with at all, they will wage a war for extermination. If they thnk otherwise, after an initial failure or two they might decide that this is not worth it, and resort to other methods.

    That's because you are not quite following what we are arguing about.
     
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  7. Baltika9 Arcane

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    WWI was more about entangling alliances which started with "Oh, you attacked Serbia? We attack you!" "You attack us? Then we call in our friends!" "Well, so do we!" ad infinitum.
    Anyway, I think we're having a miscommunication here. I am for making friends with the BRO sects and fostering relations with them, I am for building goodwill with Shangguan (getting him as the leader of the Ten Great Swords faction is a great idea, Absinthe, gotta hand it to you. i honestly didn't think about it like that). But at the same time, I do not expect all the Sects to cut us a break and just say "Oh, new leadership? Xu Jing is your new Lord? Never mind, welcome to the club!" Bloodshed and confrontations will happen with at least half of the sects, there is too much bad blood on both sides, so I am sure it will be unavoidable, so to that end I am in favor of strengthening our personal position, via manuals and training up our Ameshas as much as possible.

    Say what you want about the Cold War, but it never did escalate into full scale nuclear war.
     
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  8. Kipeci Arcane

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    It's a hell of a lot better than the other side being hostile while having nukes while you have nothing, though. Can you think of both nations being able to go without a direct war over that period if the Soviets hadn't later developed nukes? They'd had very hostile relations earlier and at one point some US forces had invaded to support the Whites during the Civil War before either side had nukes. With nukes, the stakes just became too high.

    I don't see why there's this ridiculous dichotomy. Go with Ahura's strategy of being an absurdly powerful badass, don't go with his strategy of antagonizing everyone else to prove that you have a massive, throbbing dick so that you get put down by a bigger fish who previously would have had no real reason to deal with you. It's good to pursue friends where possible but it may be sufficient to just leave them at a point where they're friendly enough they won't join in on an attack against you, since actually getting the orthodox sects to fight against each other in a controversy over whether to destroy or defend a foreign fire cult that previously killed a good number of orthodox pugilists all around probably isn't going to happen. Being strong has its own benefits... having power on the scale of the five great pugilists will inevitably draw people who want to apprentice themselves to Jing or the other absurdly powerful Amesha Spenta and are willing to join the cult to do so, swelling the ranks of the Fire Cult with martial hopefuls as well as helping to even the disparity in power. If Jing could go with the 100 man match before, how many more pugilists of that power could he handle now, let alone with greater power? And with the greatly reduced average strength of the Orthodox heads, Jing might actually be one of the stronger pugilists out there already even considering the masters.
     
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  9. Esquilax Arcane

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    I think we can all agree on one thing: the historical analogies displayed here are probably off-the-mark and retarded.
     
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  10. Kipeci Arcane

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    wait til you see level 11 of Jing's skill
     
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  11. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Well, we can call a peace conference over a serving of delicious Persian ice cream, since they invented it around 400 BC and we are bound to have at lest one craftsman among the exiles. Everyone loves ice cream, right?
     
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  12. treave Arcane Patron

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    Zhang Manxing lies on the cold ground, coughing, writhing. The oozing pustules all over his body leak a disgusting mixture of black, red and white. His fingers claw the earth. He is dying. Cast out by his family who had been fearful of the disease that took him, he had no place to go but to find a spot in the forest and await his death. Alone.

    He hates. There is so much hate in him, so much anger at this unfairness that the world has dealt him, that he swears his ghost will haunt the earth forever. What did he do to deserve this? Nothing. He knows that he did nothing to deserve this fate. A series of painful coughs rack his frail, emaciated frame as his back arches, his muscles seizing up in agony. He rolls on his back, throat too parched and hoarse to even scream. His face is pointed at the sky, but he sees nothing. His eyes are useless except to distinguish between light and dark, another side-effect of the disease that has all but killed him.

    It is night, isn't it? He is sure it must be night, though laying there in the cold winter he has lost all track of time. He is sure that it was dark just moments before, but there is now light. Light that grows brighter by the second. The wind whips up. There is a roaring in the distance. Louder. Louder. It seems to come from high above him. From the heavens. Could it be that the gods are pitying him? Is he being sent salvation? He dares not hope.

    He feels the fire before he hears it coming. The heat sears his body, the blast flings him away. His mind is too scrambled to understand anything of what has just happened, slipping away into darkness.

    In the darkness there is nothing.

    But there are voices.

    Voices that promise him things.

    Things like...

    Strength.

    Power.

    Immortality.

    ***

    Zhang Manxing opens his eyes. His sight is clear... perhaps clearer than it has ever been his whole life. He slowly sits up, still shaken, vague memories of fire and death vanishing with every passing second. He looks at his body. He is naked, but whole. His sores are no more. His prized instrument is back where it belongs, between his legs. A throb of pleasure runs up his spine unbidden.

    As he gets shakily to his feet, he surveys the land before him.

    Then, he begins laughing.
     
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  13. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Yeah, manxing needs to die in front of our eyes. Not leaving it up to fate or Qilin's poisons.
     
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  14. Esquilax Arcane

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    I would compare Zhang Manxing to Dio, but that would be completely unfair to Dio, who had smarts and a set of balls to rival Jing's Ean's.

    Calling it right now: Zhang Manxing will reach above Yang Xue tier, and it will be up to Xu Jing and BRO Jiutian to stop him.
     
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  15. Baltika9 Arcane

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    You mean Ean's? Yeah, Jing is a pretty hardcore dude, but he is nowhere near the level of Sphere Diplomacy.
    Edit: yet.
     
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  16. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Zhang Manxing... Epic Mk 2?

    He'd be the best character ever!
     
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  17. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Right, seems like a good time for a PRAY tally, we're at 12/20.
    PRAY tally (open)
    Baltika9
    Anabanana
    Elfberserker
    Smashing Axe
    RealDDc
    Kz3r0
    Zero Credibility
    Azira
    Akkudakku
    Absinthe
    Tribute
    Lambchop19

    Total- 12

    Any more takers at the moment?
     
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  18. Nevill Arcane

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    If Heavens themselves are supporting manxing (why? what for?), then I hope the LP ends with the whole China converted to Zoroastrianism.

    There will be no negotiations with manxing's benefactors. Not now, not ever!
     
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  19. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Because Nuwa is the psycho ex-girlfriend that has revenge sex with the guy you hate the most and then sends you the pics.
     
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  20. Akkudakku Arbiter

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    I have become GOD! Ahahahahaha! The power surging through my penis veins! Xu Jing I will rape destroy all you love and care about! This will be my revenge!


    (BTW did Jing ressurect the fucker in this alternate scene? Or are just gods hating us so much?)
     
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  21. treave Arcane Patron

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    Xinchun Restaurant, Youxia City

    Although Youxia City is not governed by any official of the government, it pays its tribute to the Imperial Court; after the brief war between the Tang army and the Bandit Kingdom, the much diminished bandits agreed to a treaty that reduced their territory and established the independent status of Youxia City – it would no longer be under the thumb of Pang Hu.

    The lord of the city is Du Yao, who was once a minor bureaucrat in Chang’an. Under his rule Youxia City has become known for its lucrative black market. If there is any city in the Central Plains that can be called a nest of miscreants and thieves, this is it. However, Youxia City is also one of the freest cities; there is little in the way of taxes and regulations. It now runs a thriving business off of the bandits, the nearby Tang garrison, as well as a multitude of visitors whose strange and perhaps disreputable tastes are catered to.

    You catch your first sight of the city as you come down the mountain pass. Unlike the stone walls surrounding the more respectable cities, Youxia City is surrounded by wooden ramparts. The buildings in and around the city are constructed haphazardly, with no thought given as to planning and layout; more than anything, it seems like a collection of buildings that have sprouted all over the place like mushrooms. The path to the city is well-lit with lanterns, and the city itself is full of life. You can feel the activity even though you have not yet stepped past its gates.

    Your group arrives separately from Jiang Zheng’s constables; they had to strap the paralyzed Fu Xia to a horse for a good part of the journey after he attempted to flirt with Cao’er and Yifang, and from that moment onwards Jiang had ordered the two groups to move separately until further notice.

    The guards at the gate do not stop you, nor they do even pretend to notice you; they seem more preoccupied with their game of dice than anything else. As you pass under the rickety of arch, Song Lingshu lets out a murmur of astonishment. Narrow streets and crowded buildings stretch out before you, packed with all manner of activity both legal and illegal.

    “First time travelling the jianghu?” you ask.

    She shakes her head. “No, but I’ve always journeyed with either my father or Mao Sanjiao. They’ve never brought me to these places.”

    “I do not like it here,” says Yifang, lowering her head. “It is sinful.”

    You laugh. “Of course it is. There is no place without sin in the world, sister.”

    “There’s no need to worry, Yifang,” says Lingshu happily. “Just like there is no shadow without light, the darker the evil, the more brightly our justice shines! We should be able to do much good here.” Apparently Lingshu and Yifang had busied themselves righting wrongs and capturing criminals in Chang’an while you were occupied with other matters, earning a small reputation for themselves as they assisted the city’s constables in their duties.

    You wonder amusedly how they will find Youxia City.

    “We are supposed to meet up with Chief Jiang at Xinchun Restaurant, aren’t we?” asks Qilin.

    “That’s right. Should we ask someone for the way?”

    “There’s no need. I know how to get there. It’s the most famous restaurant in the northern region, beating out even Chang’an’s famed Fuman Restaurant. Their roasted duck is to die for,” she says excitedly.

    “You seem really knowledgeable about food for someone who can’t cook,” you remark.

    “Oh? You seemed eager enough to tuck in the last time I made something for you.”

    Your face twists into a grimace as the memory comes back to you, causing Qilin to giggle. To be fair, you had no choice in the matter whatsoever, at the time…

    Qilin leads the way through the narrow streets, and you remind Cao’er and the others to follow closely. You would not want any of them getting lost. Cao’er seems to take it quite literally, however; she clings on to you, with Yifang clinging to her, and Song Lingshu taking her friend’s hand at the end of the line – it is enough to attract the attentions of the passersby as you walk down the street like a mother duck leading her ducklings.

    You reach Xinchun Restaurant without any mishaps on the way. It is a large, wooden structure three-storeys high and full of raucous revelry. Entering the building, you see that it is packed – there must be hundreds of customers here. Most of them look like they can hold their own in a fight; there are soldiers, thugs, bandits and pugilists both men and women, and even a few drunken monks lounging about. The waiters are busy scurrying about the place, serving the dishes as fast as they can.

    Looking around, you spot Jiang Zheng and his constables at a table, food already on the table. Xiaofang and Fu Xia are talking animatedly, the former having put on a very feminine disguise and the latter now cured of his paralysis. Lady Suien has her nose in her books rather than the food in front of her. Chief Jiang is the only person actually eating, though he does so quietly and slowly, taking his time.

    Approaching them, you ask, “I am sorry, but this place appears to be rather full. Could we share this table with you?” Jiang Zheng looks up at you and nods stoicly. As your group takes their seats, Fu Xia moves away nervously when he sees Cao’er. She ignores him, instead taking out her own books and burying herself in them, just like Lady Suien opposite her. The waiter comes over; Qilin takes care of the ordering before you can say anything, rattling off a list of delicacies. The waiter takes her order readily before running off.

    “I hope you can pay for that,” you whisper.

    “But you’re the head of the household, darling!” she replies, feigning a look of shock before grinning. “Don’t worry, the government will pick up the tab, won’t they?”

    Jiang Zheng scowls, but nods. “Necessary expenses,” he grunts.

    Qilin flashes you a look of triumph.

    As you wait for the food to come, you begin talking to the chief constable. “What are we doing here?”

    “The first rule of any investigation is to keep yourself fed. Can’t run one on an empty stomach,” he says. “Besides, we all need some rest after the journey. After this, I’ll pay Du Yao a visit. I’m sure he already knows I am here, so it is better to meet him sooner rather than later.”

    “What do you need me to do?”

    “Just be prepared for anything. You can come along with me if you wish. If I am unable to find out anything from Du Yao, we will have to keep our ears open in this city. Leads will surface sooner or later… in fact, look over there.” He gives a surreptitious jab with his thumb that only you can see. You slowly shift your gaze slightly so that you see who he is pointing at: a man with untied long hair, sitting together with three others at a small table. They appear to be wearing uniform colours, black and red. “That’s the uniform of the Jinkong Sect,” explains Jiang Zheng. “The man with the long hair is one of their senior disciples, Xi Mukang.”

    “It wouldn’t be surprising to see them here, since their sect is nearby, right?” you offer.

    “No, it wouldn’t. They could be here for entirely unrelated reasons. But it would be a good idea to keep an eye on him anyway. We also-“

    “Come on, ladies, hang out with us instead! These men are more interested in talking to each other than plucking the beautiful flowers in their midst!” Jiang is interrupted vulgarly by a red-faced large man leaning over your table. His sleeves are ripped off – on purpose, it seems – baring his muscular arms. The interloper drapes one such arm over Song Lingshu, grinning. Her nose wrinkles; he probably stinks of alcohol.

    “So, how about it?” he grins goofily.

    Before you can do anything, Lingshu drives an elbow into the man’s gut, sending him stumbling away in pain. There is a smile on her face. “Don’t you know it is impolite to lay your hands on a lady? Really, you should behave yourself,” she calls out, as the man falls to his knees, hunched over.

    A split second later, chaos sweeps the restaurant; it looks like the fallen man was part of a rather larger group. They rush at her, but with an expert twist of her wrist she brings one man down and kicks him right in the face. Yifang immediately leaps to her aid, nervously guarding Lingshu’s back as she takes down a grown man with a chop to the neck.

    You try to stand up to stop the fight, but Jiang shakes his head, his face now set into a frown that seems to be on his face more often than not ever since the two of you became acquainted. “Don’t worry. It is not that unusual in Youxia City for a fight to break out, and it’ll be a good distraction while I leave. In fact… I think I should leave to meet Du Yao now. Before anything else happens.”

    Meanwhile, the small brawl that Lingshu and Yifang have gotten themselves in has widened in scope; some of Lingshu’s careless attacks have sent men flying into other tables, angering even more of the patrons.

    One of them attempts to grab Cao’er, charging at her. Annoyance smouldering in her eyes, she flicks her fingers, sending a chopstick shooting right into his eye. He falls, rolling on the floor in agony.

    Yet another one goes after Lady Suien. Without so much as looking away from her books even once, she draws a strange, unwieldy contraption from her robes and points it at his legs. There is a bang and a puff of smoke, and her assailant hops backwards as he clutches his bleeding thigh. He crashes into the drunken monks’ table, spilling their food all over the floor. The shaved ones spring to their feet, shouting angrily both at him and at your group. Fu Xia stands up and tries to talk with them, but instead becomes entangled in a fight with the monks.

    Xiaofang, on the other hand, is just sitting and staring at the chaotic mess all around her.

    The Jinkong Sect members are looking around angrily, as if they too have been infected by the mood and want to participate in the brawl, but Xi Mukang is still sipping his wine calmly. That only lasts until a flying man knocks the cup from his hand. They, too, join the fight.

    “Try this, it’s good!” says Qilin as she dangles some nice-looking duck meat from her chopsticks. She seems entirely unconcerned at the brawl going on around her that now threatens to engulf all three floors of the restaurant.

    ***

    A. You leave the restaurant to meet Du Yao, the most influential man in the city.

    1. You do so together with Jiang Zheng. It would be a good opportunity to introduce yourself to the lord of the city formally, and you would be able to pick up more of the investigation directly that way. Besides, he probably already knows of your arrival in the city anyway - you should pay your respects honestly.

    2. You arrive separately from Jiang Zheng, introducing yourself as if you had no relation to him. Perhaps Du Yao will say different things to different people. This could yield valuable information that Jiang Zheng would not be able to obtain; your reputation as the Southern Maniac's apprentice could be advantageous here.

    3. You sneak after Jiang Zheng, shadowing him into the estate. Just in case – it could be more interesting if no one knew you were there. Perhaps you might be able to uncover more secrets as you snoop about Du Yao's residence and eavesdrop wherever you can.

    ***

    B. You stay in the restaurant so that you can keep an eye on the Jinkong Sect members.

    1. You will make the girls behave and sit down, and then you will crush this entire restaurant by yourself. There are perhaps two, three hundred people here at least. No problem. You’ll just have to beat them down until they give up, and you don’t think it will take long. Still, it is a pity you did not learn the Lion's Roar... it would have been perfect here.

    2. You join the girls in the brawl and lend them a hand. You will fight together with them until your opponents surrender or the restaurant is destroyed, whichever comes first. It might not be too wise to leave everything up to the hot-headed Lingshu. Though you probably don't have the right to criticize her on that aspect.

    3. You sit back and enjoy the meal with Qilin. The rest of the girls can handle the fight; it’ll be good practice for them. Besides, Qilin is really insisting that the duck is very good, and you’re more interested in whether it lives up to the hype. Anyone that interrupts you does so at their own peril.

    ***

    Vote Tally (open)

    Final tally:

    ERYFKRAD - B3
    Kz3r0 - A2
    Ifeex - B1
    Zero Credibility - B3
    Smashing Axe - B3>A3>A2
    Rex Feral - B3>A3
    Akkudakku - B2>A3
    asxetos - A1
    Nevill - B3
    profreshinal - A2>A3
    Elfberserker - B3
    Baltika9 - B1
    Kipeci - B3
    Azira - B2>B3
    Tribute - B3
    Jester - B3
    Kashmir Slippers - A1>B3
    archaen - A3>B3
    a bear named spigot - B3
    XenomorphII - B2
    The Brazilian Slaughter - B3
    GreyViper - B3
    Lambchop19 - B3
    Fangshi - B2
    Esquilax - B3
    kazgar - B3
    Absinthe - B3

    ***

    A1 - 2
    A2 - 2
    A3 - 1
    B1 - 2
    B2 - 4
    B3 - 16


     
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  22. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    B3. That duck better be worth it.
     
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  23. Kz3r0 Arcane Sad Loser

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    A. You leave the restaurant to meet Du Yao.


    2. You arrive separately from Jiang Zheng, introducing yourself as if you had no relation to him. Perhaps Du Yao will say different things to different people.
     
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    I'd rather stay, if only to keep an eye on the girls. Yifang and Lingshu are not well-suited for the Youxia adventures.

    I take it B3 will allow us to talk with Xi Mukang, as we would be the only people not busy fighting.

    Centering all attention on ourselves with B1 does not sound too good. If anything, it would be nice avoiding fame around these parts. Besides, will the government cover those expenses, too?

    On the fence between B2 for Lingshu bro-points and a more controllable fallout, and B3 for sheer awesomeness and conversation opportunities, though leaning to the latter.
     
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