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

  1. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    Bah, I like the attributes of 1C, but straight up fighting wild animals just feels stupid. I still advocate for anything else.
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Awesome training, though, and it's not stupid if it works. After beating the shit out of bears and tigers, human opponents won't be half as terrifying. 'Sides, we're a warrior, this is what a warrior does.
    It is what Tigerbro is, it's not like we're losing all our other stats and decisions up to this point.
    Besides which, it'll be a red-blooded character that gets all the babes and all the friends.
     
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  3. treave Arcane Patron

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    Ifeex - CA > AA
    Zero Credibility - DA > BA > AA
    The Brazilian Slaughter - BC
    TOME - AA
    Esquilax - CB
    Jester - AC > DA
    Kashmir Slippers - AA
    Kipeci - CB
    Azira - CB
    kazgar - CB
    Grimgravy - AC > BC > DC
    ERYFKRAD - CA > CB
    m4davis - CA
    Smashing Axe - AA > BA > DA
    Baltika9 - CB
    Lambchop19 - BC
    XenomorphII - BB
    Nevill - BB
    Tigranes - BB
    ScubaV - BB
    LWC1996 - BA
    Absinthe - A > B > D
    Bloodshifter - DC

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    Current tally:

    1. A - 6, B - 7, C - 8, D - 2

    After D > A flops:

    1. A - 6, B - 8, C - 8, D - 2

    After A > B flops:

    1. A - 3, B - 11, C - 8, D - 2

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    2. A - 8, B - 9, C - 5

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    BB wins.
     
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  4. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Cool! We just need an intelligence or a perception increase and I'll be happy with our character's mental stats.
     
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  5. Azira Arcane Patron

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    I can live with that. Still, I think it's a shame we won't be the likable bear of a man with stupendous strength and good drinking skills. :M
     
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  6. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Oh well, He can get str to 9 if push comes to shove.
    :(
     
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  7. Jester Arbiter

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    Hell yeah would prefere A to be able make those Zhang skills partially non lethal still B1 is good enough for me.
     
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  8. Kipeci Arcane

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    darn vote preferences, I thought we were winning
     
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  9. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Vote preferences are the devil. I'd also prefer only one vote per person and allow flopping, but no preferential if this, then that conditional flops. But this is treaves LP, and treaves rules. :salute:
     
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  10. treave Arcane Patron

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    But then people will complain they didn't get to flop in time. :mad:
     
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  11. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Fuck, i didn't get to flop on time!
     
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  12. Nevill Arcane

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    All four flops were "anything but C" votes. There is no mistaking that. So the point is moot, really. Not everyone is online when the votes close, and there is never a clear deadline - preferential votes are pretty much a given.
     
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  13. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Not everyone being online is part of these CYOAs. Why bitch and moan about that?

    Again, I dislike preferential voting, but I respect that it is treaves choice. I won't try to actively change his mind.
    But I think "anything but" votes are childish and I'd rather be without them. Choose your poison and stick with it. I'd prefer to only do preferential voting if treave is asking for it specifically. That's just how I roll mind you.

    Now. Feel free to rebut and call me childish in return. I'm good with that. :smug:
     
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  14. Kipeci Arcane

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    I get that and all, I'm just butthurt that my least favorite option won when I thought we were barely going to edge it out.

    Question, treave; is it possible anymore to boost STR up to 10 without the use of neigong, or did that boat just pass/float on by a while ago?
     
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  15. Azira Arcane Patron

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    People complain all the time, treave-bro. Take it as a compliment; it's a sign they really care about the protagonists in your CYOAs. :bro:
     
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  16. treave Arcane Patron

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    A Taunting Invite

    The nuns are here again. Perched on a comfortable tree, you watch them pass under you as they venture nervously along the little dirt road that leads from the pier. You cock your head, studying them. There’s still six of them, but one of the regulars is not present. Perhaps you should enquire over her health. After all, they are rather old.

    You heave yourself off the tree, dropping down lightly – though not entirely silently – on the path behind them. Still, they do not notice – their footsteps are loud enough to conceal your landing.“Hello, sisters. It’s a pleasure to see all of you again,” you say warmly. The entire group of nuns turn around swiftly, in a stance prepared to do violence.

    “Xu Jing,” says the head nun politely and coldly with a nod of her head.

    “Sister Miaozhu,” you bow, proceeding to greet each sister by name. “And Sister Miaoshen, Sister Miaofang, Sister Miaoqi, Sister Miaoying… I am pleased that we meet each other in good health once more, but where is Sister Miaoli?”

    “Sister Miaoli is not well enough to make the trip this time. Her health has been poorly recently, and the Abbess deemed it time that she retired from active duty on the team,” replies Sister Miaozhu tersely. The Emei nuns never referred to their squad as the Castration Nuns that the rest of the jianghu colloquially called them; to them, it was only the ‘team’. You had made the mistake of bringing that up in the third of your five encounters so far – you had barely managed to get away with both your testicles and the sword that day.

    “My sincerest apologies, sister,” you say regretfully. “I was looking forward to challenging her variant of the Guihe Formation this time. I see that you have brought someone to take her place, though?” You crane your head to take a look at the last nun, who is standing out of sight behind the expansive Sister Miaoshen. “That is Sister Yifang, the newest member of our team,” says Sister Miaozhu. “Yifang, introduce yourself to the thief.”

    The nun obediently steps out in front of you, her palms placed together. You resist the urge to whistle. Your first impression is that she is wasted as a nun. Her looks would command attention in any city. Demurely, she bows to you and introduces herself. “Good day, Master Xu. I am Yifang of the Emei Sect.“ The girl is definitely younger than you are.

    “Xu Jing, disciple of the Southern Maniac,” you respond.

    “I know this might be a waste of time to ask,” sighs Sister Miaozhu impatiently, “but can we have the sword back now?”

    “I’m sorry,” you say sadly. “As you know, my master has bid me guard the blade with my life. If I give it away I will lose my head.”

    “If that’s the case, we can help you!” blurts out Yifang, suddenly pleading for you to see reason. “Emei will protect you if you return the blade to us. Please, Master Xu, let us help you.” You glance at the older nuns. Some of them are rolling their eyes and sighing, others are snickering.

    “Words are wasted on his ears, Yifang. This boy is as bad as his master. Don’t let his sweet tongue fool you,” scolds Sister Miaofang as she scowls at you.

    “Indeed I am,” you laugh, stepping backwards as you draw the Yuchang Sword concealed in your sleeve. Now that the latest session is about to start, you drop all pretenses of formality and polite speech. You know you shouldn’t annoy them, but you just cannot resist. “I never thought I would see a naïve young nun sent along with the tough old biddies. It is as if a lone flower has blossomed in a field of weeds, its beauty made more apparent by contrast.” Sister Yifang’s pale, pretty ears turn red almost instantly.

    And with that, the nuns come after you with renewed vigor in their creaky old bones.

    You find yourself surrounded before you can even slip into a more heavily forested area. “We won’t make the mistake of allowing you to vanish into the trees this time,” cackles Sister Miaoshen. You grin, concentrating on their movements. The Guihe Formation is flexible and ever-changing; it is not as famous or as powerful as the Emei’s renowned Xuannu Formation, but the Castration Nuns are specialists in this formation and and have improved it in interesting ways every time you met them despite their old stodgy looks.

    They come at you, in pairs and threes, breaking away and attempting to misdirect your attention. Unlike your first encounter, the Emei nuns had begun using swords against you a while back. In your hands the Yuchang Sword soars through the air; you effortlessly parry Sister Miaofang and Miaoqi’s attacks coming at you from the left and right, knocking their swords away with your greater strength. The dry leaves on the ground crackle behind you; instinctively you leap forward, past the two nuns, as Sister Miaoshen’s grapple embraces only empty air.

    You find yourself face to face with Sister Miaozhu. The head nun has always been the most skilled of her team. Her sword is graceful and deceptive, rooted in the Emei Swordplay known for its misdirection, while your prowess with the sword is still that of an amateur, relying on your superior strength and speed to compensate for the lack of techniques. Sometimes you think that if she were the one with the Yuchang Sword instead of you, your defenses would be skewered in a flash.

    You take two steps backwards – if Sister Miaozhu pins you down now, it would be all over for your ballsack. If this part of their formation hasn’t changed, Sister Miaoqi should be approaching you from behind, while Sister Yifang would charge in from the left. Sister Miaozhu would retreat to draw your attention straight ahead.

    Sister Miaozhu steps back, following the pattern. At this point, you would usually turn and attack the nun approaching you from behind, but this time you decide to try something different. Using the space granted to you, you spring forward with a powerful lunge – the Pine-Cutting Sword. There is a slight smirk on Sister Miaozhu’s lips as she reads your attack easily and avoids it altogether. That’s what you guessed she’d do. You channel your internal strength as you land. The uncontrolled energy of your Yuanshi Hundun surges throughout your body. You sway the moment your feet hit the ground, allowing your instinct to act in concert with the chaotic qi. Your swaying allows you to dodge Miaozhu’s counterattack by a shave, and you then turn the momentum of your evasion into a spinning backhand. Your strike hits home, knocking the nun away.

    As you regain your balance, you see the youngest nun flying right at you, her sword outstretched. Sister Yifang throws herself against you. You let yourself be driven back by her attacks, as she forces you out of the center of the Guihe Formation.

    “Yifang, stop!” shouts out Sister Miaozhu.

    She turns slightly, distracted by her superior’s call, and you take that chance to vanish. Crouching down low, you slip out of her vision and dart off behind a tree with a burst of speed. By the time she turns her eyes back, you’ve circled to her side. You rush at her before the senior nuns can come to her assistance. Upon seeing you leap out of the foliage, Yifang freezes up. She closes her eyes tightly, flinching as your hand rises up to strike. With a roar, you make a claw with your fingers and swoop it downwards to pat her on the head twice and gently pluck off her skull cap. You chuckle as you leap onto a low hanging branch and use it to clamber beyond their reach.

    The young nun touches her shaved pate confusedly as she looks up at you twirling her skull cap in a carefree manner. When she arrives, Sister Miaozhu looks at you reproachfully, as if you are some wayward child that is too stubborn to accept instruction.

    A gong is heard in the distance.

    “Sorry, sisters,” you grin. “We’re short of time today. My master is calling.” Without waiting for a response, you disappear into the jungle that you know so well.

    ***

    The Southern Maniac’s library does not have any shelves; the books are stacked up in towers two or three times taller than the average man. In the midst of this forest of books, Zhang Jue sits, awaiting your arrival. “It looks like you managed to get a souvenir this time, my apprentice,” says Zhang Jue as you walk into the library. “Truly, your perversion knows no bounds.”

    “You did say for me to get an item off their body this time. Should I have ripped off their robes instead? It would be an interesting use for your Shouwang Claws,” you reply.

    “I was expecting you to come back with a sword or two,” says Zhang, looking rather bored. “How did the session go?”

    “The Guihe Formation is still too difficult for me to break in fair conditions,” you say honestly. “I could have defeated them today if I disregarded your restriction, but that was because one of their veterans had been replaced with an inexperienced girl. Still, here I am on familiar territory. On neutral ground I may not fare as well.”

    “Do you feel that the restriction on killing the nuns is a burden?” he asks.

    “Not at all, master,” you reply confidently. “I agree with you. Were you not the person who said that for a killer like me, learning not to kill will improve my abilities faster?”

    “Only because if you kill off all your toys, you will have nothing left to play with. How will you learn then?” Zhang laughs in amusement before he changes the subject dismissively. “Now, you seem to have been training rather hard recently, so I think you deserve a vacation.” He pulls out a heavy-looking envelope from his tattered robes and tosses it to the floor in front of you; it makes a clattering noise.

    “Within you will find a wooden crest. It is an invite to the Young Tigers Martial Arts Competition that is due to be held a few months from now.”

    Picking up the envelope, you open it. Indeed, there is a crest within, with the face of a tiger carved into the wood. You sit down, waiting patiently for Master Zhang to continue.

    “It is jointly organized by the Eight Major Sects. You know of them from your studies. The competition is by invitation only, and limited to participants under the age of twenty. Usually, the only places receiving the invites would be the major orthodox sects, with a small number of invitations up for grabs via smaller tournaments.”

    “Who did you have to kill to get that invitation, Master Zhang? It looks like a rather orthodox competition. You shouldn’t be anywhere on that list.”

    “It was sent here by their stupid committee. Oh, I do wish I could kill them, but I’m afraid they’ll just run and hide behind Taoist Wang’s garments when they see me.”

    “So, you want me to kill them instead?”you say, half-jokingly.

    “No. Not yet, at least,” replies Zhang. “I believe they sent this here because they know I have found an apprentice. They want to demonstrate that their superiority. What better way than to have the Southern Maniac’s apprentice lose terribly in the competition?”

    “That sounds rather petty, Master Zhang. Do they care about your reputation that much?”

    “Oh, I suppose they are entitled to some pettiness, given the way I crippled or killed some of their seniors back in the day,” grins Zhang fiercely.

    You sigh. “I presume you are sending me to this competition?”

    “Yes. I do not require victory, however.”

    At this, you are surprised. You would have expected that Master Zhang would have demanded you demolish the opposition at all costs. Zhang laughs again. “Oh, that look on your face is precious. I fully expect that you are able to seize victory. I just don’t require that you do so. As I said, this is your vacation.”

    “Is there something else you have planned, master?”

    “Very astute of you. Good. The competition is just a sideshow. The prelude to the real test I have for you. Xu Jing, I order you to go to each of the eight major orthodox sects, and challenge the best of their young disciples. I have heard stories of how this generation – your generation – has the potential to be the best pugilists ever seen. I expect my disciple to be the greatest amongst them. Do anything you have to win, to show that you are the strongest. Maim them if you have to. Kill them if you need to.”

    “I see,” you ponder, glossing over the incitement to murder that your master just casually threw out. “The competition will allow me to scout out my future opponents, and make myself known to them. Is that it?”

    “Yes. Win if you want to. You can also lose, if you want to. Hell, if you don’t want to join, don’t do it! Show up and mock them from the sidelines, if that entertains you. All I require of you is to complete your challenge and win there. You would be a severe disappointment if you fail, Xu Jing.” You don’t need the Southern Maniac to clarify the consequences of your failure.

    “How long do I have, master?”

    “I will give you a year. That should be more than sufficient,” smiles Zhang. “You cannot call yourself my disciple if you cannot complete such a straightforward task in a year. Prepare yourself to leave the island; you will go alone. I will keep an ear out for your exploits, my apprentice.” Despite your misgivings, you are beginning to feel excited. This will be the first time you have set foot on the mainland in nearly a year and a half. You have been given a year to complete your challenge; that should leave you with plenty of time to adventure and finally get working on Shun’s mission.

    ***

    The martial arts tournament for fighters under twenty may be a good chance for you to mingle with your peers and find out where you stand in relation with them. However, you might not want to attract attention by going there either.

    A. You decide to join the Young Tigers Martial Arts Competition with the invitation you have been given. The potential knowledge, contacts and benefits you may accrue from participating are too tantalizing to give up.

    B. You decide not to join the Young Tigers Martial Arts Competition with the invitation you have been given. Given your reputation, it is too risky. You would prefer to keep a lower profile before you begin your challenges to each of the sects so that they do not know your capabilities.

    ***

    Whether you join the competition or not, there is time before it starts. As Master Zhang has advised that you only begin the challenge after it concludes, you have perhaps a month or so to do as you will. You use that time to:

    A. Travel to Yuhua Hall to investigate the woman in black that attacked you so many years ago. Perhaps you may find out something.

    B. Track down Master Yao and Cao’er – you would like to find out if they are okay. They might even join up with you again.
     
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  17. treave Arcane Patron

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    There are ways, though they might involve minor reductions in other stats.

    To be honest, I'm not too sure I understand why there's this drive to have a single best maxed-out stat?

    No, Codex is just easily emotionally engaged. Look at the Bioware thread. :troll:
     
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  18. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Ah, voting time. This time with fewer options, should be less messy. :salute:

    AB
     
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  19. Smashing Axe Arcane Patron

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    Nice update, seems we're well on our way in becoming a decent puglist.

    Was voting BA, but I think that due to the unpredictable nature of our fighting style, any information an opponent might glean from our fighting technique would be difficult to apply, more so than if we were fighting in an Orthodox manner.

    I would like to meet up with Yao, but I think we've neglected our duty to the Prince for too long. It'd be good to further our investigation.

    Furthermore, we may bump into our Scholar bro there.
     
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  20. Zero Credibility Arcane

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    Voting AB.

    1A because of the chance to scout out the competition for our task. And since we don't have to win that, there is no reason to show our full capabilities in the first place. Hell, we can even do some misdirection here that could make our work easier later on.

    2B because I like Yao and Cao'er. We did promise to work out our debt to Yao and I want to know how Cao'er is doing - I seem to remember she was supposed to take some kind of test - did she pass it already? Plus, maybe they can also help us, perhaps with our real mission if not the current task.
     
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  21. Grimgravy Augur Patron

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    Nice. We made a nun blush. We've only fought with nuns and animals for the past year and a half. We need some experience with different styles. We should check in with the people who actually care about us. I want to know how they are doing.

    It's too bad Luoying Manor isn't an option. I hope we get back there and learn something at some point. We sacrificed knowledge to become a fellow after all.
     
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  22. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Oright boys and girls, did we just scoop a nice-looking nun for our future harem?

    Voting AB.

    1A I want to see how our peers do against us, preferably without killing them.

    2B Because I want us to repay our Debt to Master Yao and make sure Cao'er is doing ok.
    Could be temped to flop to 2A; we got lots of possible hos, we need more bros I feel, Ean always did best when he had bros.
     
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  24. treave Arcane Patron

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    2A has you attempting to enter a literal den of hos, so...
     
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  25. Azira Arcane Patron

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    And their signature poison palm is useless against meridian-less Jing, so what're they gonna do if he can't pay? :troll:

    Jokes aside, I'd rather have Jing try and pay back a bit of his debt to Yao and Cao'er.
     
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