You are Maro of Jin, it is the final day of your training at the Dojo of Centered Flame, you were enrolled here by your family five years ago putting your life on hold and forcing you to live apart from them at the recommendation of your family tutor Rokan... She also provided the letter that gained you entry to this bending school in the first place, were it not for her even your stiff and proper family name and a hundred bags of gold would not have seen you trained here for five years. You are your families firstborn child and the only bender in the family.In your five years at the Dojo of Centered Flame did you learn to be:[ ] A calm fire bender, focusing your mind on your inner strength and indomitable spirit, nursing the tiny flame in your soul into a roaring inferno when necessary but never allowing it to overcome your reason[ ] A tempestuous fire bender, channeling your emotions into your bending, leaping before you look and living life with a passion few can match.
>>24773829[ ] A calm fire bender
>>24773829>[x] A calm fire bender, focusing your mind on your inner strength and indomitable spirit, nursing the tiny flame in your soul into a roaring inferno when necessary but never allowing it to overcome your reasonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6a5OHvhQTs
>>24773829>[ ] A tempestuous fire bender, channeling your emotions into your bending, leaping before you look and living life with a passion few can match.I know it's the more dangerous choice, but that's what makes it fun!
>>24773829[X] A calm fire bender, focusing your mind on your inner strength and indomitable spirit, nursing the tiny flame in your soul into a roaring inferno when necessary but never allowing it to overcome your reasonFire is life itself, not merely anger and fury. Besides, Iroh is the coolest firebender and he followed the calm method.
>>24773969o god so sad
>>24773829The only element we need is the element of surprise.
>>24774028No Avatar thread can be without those feels.
>>24773969>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6a5OHvhQTs>Right in the emotions.Will give a few more minutes to pick up potential players then move on to next few options.
>>24774043gonna have to support wang fire time.
Is this set in TLA times, LOK times, or somewhen else?
>>24773911>>24773969>>24774004>Calm bender locked in.In your time here at the dojo of centered flame, your teachers spent a great time molding you into their image of a composed proper bender and a noble of the fire nation. You found great comfort and friendship in the teachings of one of the masters at the school - Master Ren Zhao... who many believed to be stuffy, though when it came to teaching you how to explore your own mind and soul through meditation no Master was better qualified.In addition to nurturing the body and soul, the school taught all variety of curriculum pertinent to the well educated in the fire nation. Martial training was available to you at the dojo as well for not only fire benders were sent here from societies elite, but non-benders as well.Tell me what weapon did you focus on mastering in your years here at the dojo.[ ] jutte[ ] sabers[ ] staff[ ] other (specify)>>24774226>Set well, well before TLA.
>>24774331>[ ] other (specify)Jazz Hands.
>>24774399Might i suggest that if you don't want to have fun, you not actively try to ruin it for others? You have the option of filtering or hiding the thread, go do something you do enjoy rather than shitpost.
>>24774331polearm and archery. Let's try to be practical and mindful.
>>24774331No weapons, hand to hand master.Brass knuckles or some kind of claws if we must. Perhaps some sort of metal glove.
>>24774419Seems cool, let's go with this.
>>24774331I vote for the staff.
>>24774331[X] other (specify)The Guan Dao, because glaives are the sexiest weapons ever. Polearms bitches.
>>24774419Fuck yea, Jazz Hands!
>>24774331>[x] other (specify)Spear. A couple of different spear styles are taught as part of Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, which was the basis for Firebending, and polearms are awesome.
>>24774468I'm >>24774492 and I'm switching to this, because Guan Dao is ALSO taught, and it's even more awesome.
>>24774419Seems like fun, let us have the mystical ability of jazz hands.
>>24774478>>24774419>>24774456That's silly and stupid. Not this.>>24774492>>24774468One of these two, a spear/polearm either a qiang or a guan dao. I'd prefer the guan dao.
>>24774457Here.Switching my vote to >>24774492
>>24774468>>24774446>Not going to say you cant take these, might not have made it 100% clear that this is a school for 'very' important fire nation folk, they primarily teach weapons more oriented around personal defense, with the ability to keep on your person constantly. So think stuff like jian, sabers, etc.
>>24774468I'll change to support the guan dao over claws / knuckles if we can't be purely hand to hand.
>>24774562Ah, given that I'll change my vote from the Guan Dao to the Jian, the Gentlemen of Weapons.But I'm fine with the Guan Dao as well.
>>24774562Fair enough. Staff it is. If we really need to we can pick up other training later.And besides, walking around with a staff looks cool.
>>24774562Switching my vote back to the staff then.
>>24774562Ok then... Changing back to claw gauntlet things for my vote.
>>24774419This could be a pretty good idea - it's distracting, allowing us to get blows in on our opponent, or set them on fire to turn them gay.
>[ ] OtherLets go with a fucking badass single sabre style and be ourselves a noble born firenation duelist.
>>24774331Staff sounds good, it's versatile, very transferable to other weapons like spears and polearms, innocuous, and not that hard to find.
>Staff/polearm locked in - note that having this be your best weapon doesn't mean you didn't train with any others. Almost done cursory questions.>>24774736>That would be rolled into the basic hand to hand that firebenders typically learn.In your five years at the dojo, while many others focused on weapons that they'd be able to keep on them at all times without making terrible breaches of social etiquette, you stuck with your staves, spears and polearms when you had to fight with something other than your bending.Many of the Masters were amused by it and some of the fellow students commented in whispers that it was only appropriate that someone who was just barely a noble by luck of the island of Jin managing to garner the notice of the firelords tax collectors, learn something as plebian as the staff.You studied hard though for you dared not let your conduct risk bringing shame back to your family, or to your tutor for sponsoring you here.What subject did you perform the best at in your schooling?[ ] politics[ ] war strategy[ ] history, ethics and social functions[ ] other (specify)
>>24775013>[x] war strategy
>>24775013[X] war strategyWe are damn good at tactics and strategy, and probably also good at Pai Sho as part of that. I'd also like to suggest spending time reading poetry and philosophy in some of our free time.
>>24775013>[2 ] politics>[1 ] war strategy>[ 3] history, ethics and social functions>[4 ] math
>>24775013>[ ] history, ethics and social functionsI thought you guys wanted to be Iroh 2.0 or something. Sure he was a general, but HOS seems more him that war strat. Even if he was a general
>>24775056>I'd also like to suggest spending time reading poetry and philosophy in some of our free time.Would fall under history, ethics, social functions. Should note that it's currently a time of peace for the fire nation, and the major ways to rise in social standing are either to get into the military, or attempt to become a political functionary, or hope to be married off to someone of higher status.
>>24775073>[X] history, ethics and social functions
>>24775134And I linked to that instead of >>24775013because I'm an idiot...
>>24775107Okay, makes sense. I'm keeping my vote as War Strategy, but if possible History/Ethics as not our best subject but something we pay more attention to than politics or any other academic subject.
>>24775013History, ethics, and social functions. This is pre-LoA, we are not a military empire, we are a location of high culture.And we already probably get sneered at for using an airbender weapon.
>>24775036>>24775056>>247750733 war>>24775103>>24775134>>247752123 socialiteNeed a tiebreaker
>>24775281Voting for history, ethics and social functions.
>>24775013[X] war strategyWe're from the boonies, we're not going to be politicking or socializing with the best of them. But with war, war is where skill is truly recognized no matter your origin.
History, ethics, culture.Oh and might I suggest that we use a staff made of solid metal?We can use our firebending to heat it up till its glowing hot, combine that with the basic heft of your average staff swing and we'll have a pretty devestating weapon.Oh, and I figure we can have a Polearm blade customized so that it can be added to the tip when we need to get ded choppy.
>>24775281History, ethics and social.There is no war yet.
>>24775308No we fucking arn't you tard, we have a family tutor with a proper family name and hundreds of bags of gold. Also the fire nation isn't an imperial nation till LoA. War isn't a much demanded trade for us, as opposed to say... the earth kingdom.High culture. Do our family proud.
>>24775314Oh and I would like to note an emphasis on the ethics and history part of our education.We'll probably spend a lot of time with non-fire nation types or at least people who've traveled a lot during our education so that we can bring the best ideas back from foriegn cultures to enrich the empire.
>>24774080... you had to go and bring that up again...
>>24775281[X] History, Ethics, and Culture.
>>24775303>>24775314>>24775335In your time at the dojo, you took great advantage of the training that would allow you to become either a court functionary, or put you in a similar position to your tutor Rokan, as was her suggestion on strategy.>>24775365>You misread that - we're *barely* nobles, tutors to noble families in up and coming provinces are appointed and it just so happens that Rokan happens to be one of the best, she actually *chose* to head to the island of jin.Suddenly one of the great brass bells rings throughout the dojo, and you snap out of your meditation having spent the morning centering yourself and reflecting on your time here... Instead of the Agni Kai challenge that comes as part of graduation. As Master Ren Zhao explained "The Agni Kai is merely a formality, you and your peers will be graduating regardless... but it is a social formality, Victory will see you return home in glory potentially gaining the notice of your betters, loss will see you sent home in shame allowing those whose names do not have such history to rise to prominence mimicing the movements of the celestial bodies within the fire nations elite".You have roughly an hour before the Agni Kai is set to commence.Do you :[ ] Seek out Master Ren Zhao for advice[ ] Head to the dining area, as it's still early and you are hungry.
Also I think we need a couple dozen of pic related strapped around our waist, maybe hidden in some forearm and shin wrappings.Solid metal, wieghted, balanced, made by the finest Fire Nation crafters available.If we heat 'em up till they glow they could set fires or cause horrific wounds.
>>24775602[X] Seek out Master Ren Zhao for advice
>>24775602[ ] Head to the dining area, as it's still early and you are hungry. Eat we need POWER!!
>>24775602>[ ] Head to the dining area, as it's still early and you are hungry.Inner peace, yo. We ain't sweating the agni kai.
>>24775602>[x] Head to the dining area, as it's still early and you are hungry.The stomach is the sea of chi. We don't want no empty sea!
Pigging out on food before a great physical challenge, or seeking the advice of a master...Hrmm.... so the question is do we want to win our fight or fucking puke all over the dueling grounds....My vote is obvious, seek out Master Ren Zhao.
>>24775699>>24775651Go to the kitchen, give one of the dish scrubbers the fistful of low value coins you usually give him.Recieve your usual meal of rice, some scraps of meat, and some tea before seeking out Ren Zhao. We'll eat on thge way because MAro of Jin is a multitasker.Failing that seek out master Ren Zhao because Maro doesn't settle for second best.
>>24775602>[x] Head to the dining area, as it's still early and you are hungry.We need pie.>>24775649We aren't Mai, anon. We don't love "fruit tarts" anywhere near that much. We prefer pie.
>>24775760this seems like a good idea... given no wait in line
>>24775760Voting for this.
>>24773829We are not making your homebrew Avatar 4e Firebender for you.
>>24775791waiting in line is for students who want decadent food stuffs like fish-spider caviar and pear-berry cakes.Maro of Jin came to this academy to study and even a single wasted moment is an insult to his lineage.>>24775789all I'm saying is on top of flamenwerfing we could throw fireballs.Fireballs which have knives inside of them.
>>24775013>[ ] other (specify)Competitive Volcanic Basket Weaving
>>24775760>Go to kitchen, get some small things and bring a pot of tea to share with master Ren Zhao.You make your way quickly towards the dining area, and upon spotting a young student you know is serving Master Ren Zhao this week you have a stroke of insight - by relieving her of her duties, you can both attain some food and some tea for your master and yourself, and share a short meal with him before your duel.All goes well when you talk to the student, and make your way to the brother-monks making food this morning, getting a small platter of bite sized foods and the expensive tea imported from Jin that initially struck off your relationship with Master Ren Zhao.You are leaving the dining area when you see him... Your opponent in agni kai today, Ten Ping, a fellow student you hold no love for."Maro of Jin, I see you're still being the diligent servant taking up the duties of your betters upon yourself - Even though they have just been enrolled here. You really know your place don't you"[ ] Ignore[ ] Confront (saying what)[ ] attempt to move past him.
>>24775821voting for this as well
Rolled 14>>24776057[ ] attempt to move past him.big smile and a gree with him."it is only right for the week to serve"(or something like that)
>>24776057>[x] IgnoreAnyone have an appropriate Iroh quote?
>>24776057He just mad cause we stylin' on him.Ignore
>>24776057ignore & move past him. we can light this pompous little bitch on fire after we chat with Ren Zhao
>>24776127"A leaf in the storm can whether the harshest of winds."
>>24776057Voting to ignore him.
>>24776057[X] IgnoreJust keep on walking. He's unimportant.
>>24776057Only sensible course of action is to ignore him.Let Maro Of Jin's face be like stone, ignore Ten Ping's very existence. He is nothing to us but another stone to be smashed with our staff.>[x] Ignore him
>>24776057"I do not understand how you are set to be graduating today Ten Ping, when you have failed to take the lessons of your tutors to heart. Service to the fire nation is an honor and there is no servitude amongst equals, Master Ren Zhao counts me amongst his friends" You say politely... masking what would otherwise be considered absolutely scathing words.You notice a twitch underneath Ten Pings left eye, made all the more visible by a mole - a clear sign that he is angry with you. As you attempt to step past him he proceeds to give you a shove - something that would have normally been weeded out of other students, but was only allowed to persist in Ten Ping as he sits 107th in the line of succession for fire lord - which practically makes him royalty around here, It doesn't help that he's *very* rich either and his families donations to this dojo have occured for the last 250 years.DC 13 balance please (only first 3 rolls count)
Rolled 9>>24776393"(look down at him and smile, I assuming we are taller than him) "how, weak"
Rolled 14>>24776393Welp.We're breaking his fucking jaw when the duel comes around.>feereat itselfCaptcha seems to think our choice of a big stick was correct
>>24776393>>24776430You stumble briefly after the shove Ten Ping gives you, but honestly you expected it and make a quick recovery. You don't even bother to spare a glance back at him, knowing the dismissal will only cause him to fume more as you make your way to the quarters of Master Ren Zhao.Setting down the platter and using the ornate knocker built into the door gently you announe yourself "Master - it is Maro, I sought to speak with you before my agni kai challenge today, I have also brought food and relieved the girl serving you today, may I come in?"You hear some shuffling from beyond the door, then it creaks open and you are greeted by a smile that splits the face of what the vast majority of students consider the stuffiest brother monk here."Maro! you brought food eh? I hope you brought that wonderful tea too!"Bringing things inside and pouring tea for the master, he asks you what you have come here to discuss[ ]Family[ ]Your opponent.[ ]Agni Kai.
>>24776663The Agni Kai and Ten Ping, as in, what is and is not acceptable in terms or armor, weaponry, fire bending.... and whatever consequences may await us should we break ten pings jaw with our staff.
Rolled 3>>24776663>[X ]Your opponent.then[ ]Agni Kai.
>>24776663[X]Agni Kai."Master, I find myself in some amount of trepidation over the upcoming Agni Kai. While I believe myself more than Ten Ping's equal in skill if not decorum as well, I still am anxious. While I doubt there are any words that can assuredly put my heart at rest I would like your advice."
>>24776663>family and agni kaisince this will be our last time to actually understand our master. also learning about the agni kai as much as possible would be pretty useful
>>24776663>Agni Kai"As you know pupil Agni Kai is a contest of firebending ability, it is generally non-lethal although accidents have... unfortunately happened. It is fought in an open air arena where any can be observed and it is fought next to naked even amongst the female students" giving you a wink he proceeds to note that he's almost surprised you aren't watching the womens challenges already."On your opponent Ten Ping, while he seems stupid and rash at times, he does know what he is doing and he is a good bender - as good as you even. He is aware of this and so he will seek to disrupt your calm, for he knows that like all other firebenders you carry the potential for great rage within your heart".[ ] More about Ten Ping[ ] Family
>>24776902[X] More about Ten PingFirst give ourself a happy moment of envisioning the nearly naked female firebenders. Then ask about Ten Ping, why he's such a jerk and how to throw him off his game.
>>24776902Why the fuck do we need to have our instructor tell us about our own family?
>>24776902So the game plan for the fight is stay frosty and wait for Ten Ping to fuck up.Now let's talk about family.
>>24776902"I completely forgot about the womens challenges" (eat quickly, run)
>>24776944>Because you haven't been in contact with them for 5 years, aside from the occasional letter.
>>24776902Does Ten Ping have any weaknesses?What is his skill in hand-to-hand combat like for instance? Could we use our skill as a fire bender to say for instance blind him (flash of light, not permanent blinding) and then strike him in the groin or stomach to get him out of the fight that much quicker?How should we represent our family in this fight? Should we bring along our staff and use it to block and direct bursts of flame for instance? Or is tool use frowned upon during the Agni Kai?
>>24776973And now is the appropriate time to ask? We can catch up after the competative fireflinging.
>>24776972Maro of Jin could easily find a den of ill repute if he felt like veiwing female nudity. You bring shame to our lineage!>>24777013have to agree with this, crushing victory over the Insolent Ten Ping is the most important thing right now.Emphasis on crushing.
>Some form of consensus please.
>>24777097Okay for the sake of progress, just ask if we can use our staff in the agni kai.After that, head over to the challenge field and meditate/wait/oggle female combatants.
>>24777150>>24776972>Being a pervertReally?
>>24777009>>24776938>ten ping posts>>24776956>>24776958>Family posts>>24776972>I-wanna-see-sweaty-babes-werf-flmmen posts.Just post some stuff about ten-ping and follow it up with a letter from home or something/
>>24777150I sincerely doubt we can use the staff, I mean if we're doing it practically naked I doubt they'd allow for weapons.But I do agree on the ogling ladies part, maybe after asking about Ping or something like that.
>>24777161>pervertA healthy admiration for the athletic female form is not perverted, it is completely natural. We'd be a pervert if we were trying to peep on them in the shower. This is an Agni Kai, and they should be proud to display all signs of their prowess, including their build, to the world.
>>24777177>>24777206Ogling is fine.But only if we find some time to properly center ourselves on the truly important thing here.Smashing Ten Pings face in and proving to him why he'll never be worthy of being in so much as the same city as the fire lord.
>>24777206>HealthyNeglecting our preparation for the competitive fire flinging to oggle our classmates.Totally healthy and normal.
>>24777236>Smashing Ten Pings face inNo. What is truly important, is showing him the error of his ways. That the path of petty brutality is NOT the way to true strength. And if we get to smash his face in while we're at it, that's just a bonus.
>>24777236>Calm Firebender>Smashing people's face in.Uh buddy, think you might need a dictionary.
>>24777280Iroh's prison break was pretty face-smashin'
>>24777236nah man. we're a calm, collected fire-spewing madman. just gotta show Ten Ping that rage is inferior to zen with a fireball or two.
>>24777163"Master... we both know you dislike Ten Ping for his attitude that he owns this school, and were it up to you, you would have had him thrown out long ago... Is there any advice that you can give me that will help to beat him?""Ten Ping's form and ability are equal to your own, and you are one of the best pupils I have ever seen Maro... his greatest weakness however is also his greatest strength - he is a hothead, emotional and he risks flying out of control. Should you somehow humiliate him in the ring, your fight will be much easier" Ren Zhao nods with sagely grace before adding "I see something in your countenance that suggests you are troubled Maro, speak to me of it"."It is thoughts of home Master, it has been five years since I left and I only receive a letter twice a year, roughly around my naming day and close to the day of my celestial signs greatest height" You speak, almost with melancholy... an attribute that has garnered you some attention from female students - the soul of a poet some have said."... I have recieved another letter for you this year from your tutor, I hesitated to speak of it until after the agni kai for I was instructed to read its contents. I will speak to you of them later - Go now it is almost time for your duel".
>>24777306He didn't do it out of anger to a single entity, nor did he hold a grudge against the individuals he face-smashed.
>>24777333>humiliate him in the ringPants him.
>>24777333I guess it's just safer to asume we can't use our staff, even though it would be really poetically just to beat Ten Ping with a "plebian" weapon when he considers himself so far above us because of his breeding.In any event, let's get to the challenge area.
>>24777333As you approach the agni kai platforms, you have time to see the last few seconds of one of the womens duels... it seems one of the girls has foregone anything but the most basic defenses in a charge towards her opponent, there are three gouts of fire from her opponent which she leaps over to land right in front of her, bringing her forehead down at a breakneck pace... straight into the other girls nose.An audible crunch is heard throughout the arena. The headbutter has found victory... and sent her opponent home in even greater shame than usual.Walking down the stairs, you report to the master overseeing the agni kai challenges, and you strip down to not but your small clothes, and hand your robes over to the master.It is time. You are mentally prepared, Do you:[ ] let ten ping come to you[ ] go on the offensive[ ] evade.
>>24777393Good strategy. We could also make a big show of not taking him seriously, that would probably piss off an egotist.Also I kind of want to play Maro like Ender from Ender's Game. "I didn't want to win the fight - I wanted to win all the next fights too."
>>24777453>[x] let ten ping come to youHe shall fall on his own sword.
>>24777323>>24777334Okay we might as well get it out of the way.Strength in fire bending comes from an inner fire right? Presumably a drive of some sort. Yeah that can be rage and a desire to be superior to others but it can also be a desire for self improvement.We're a calm firebender so I think our Inner Fire is a a desire for self improvement combined with being a model citizen of the Fire Nation.What do you guys think our inner fire should be?
>>24777453Evade. Mockingly if we can.
>>24777484Our love for our qt3.14 gf at home
>>24777468>>24777486YOU HAVE NO HONOR.He shall come to us and die.
>>24777453>[x] let ten ping come to youEmpty your mind, be formless, shapeless.
>>24777453let ten ping come to youAs for to get him in raged give him some advice on what he can do better. That should make him pissed off beyond belief.
>>24777453[X] let ten ping come to youMock him some on the way, try to make dodging his attacks look easier than it is.
>>24777482>>24777470>>24777453Lets let him come to us and use flashy, but strategically sound, moves to fend off any fire or punches he throws at us.I'm thinking we finght like bruce lee personally.
>>24777541see >>24777504Sadly the rest of the quote is a water metaphor. We must modify it, into a fire metaphor.
>>24777484I like the idea of going back to our home island and making it the most prosperous place in the fire nation, but since we aren't that high on the pecking order of nobility we do it from the shadows, maybe take over our islands underworld of crime under an alias, sort of like the Blue Spirit if you will. You can't stop crime, but you can control it. And once we control it we can rule the isle of Jin, and hell maybe even the whole fire nation.
>>24777572You mean like Iroh did with lightning redirectin?
>>24777572I noticed that right after I posted.Maybe we can turn it into a metaphor for a wildfire?I mean a forest fire can actually modify air currents and suck oxygen in to fuel itself.>Be like thwe wilddfire, surge with power and might>Let your inner flame move through you and guide you>Be like the flickering candle flame one moment, and the like the roaring inferno the next
>>24777598hmm, its certainly an idea.its either that or travel the world in the hopes of finding the best ideas, tools, crops, and writings to improve our home island.I kinda like the HIGH ADVENTURE motivation more,
>>24777453Having made up your mind on the strategy you will use, you walk to the center of the arena. You bow to your master, you bow to your opponent... who spits on your feet.>He will try to disrupt your calm. Your mentors words echo in your mind.You both turn and begin to take ten steps from each other... one, you find your inner flame and begin to nurse it, two, three, you are better than him this is not arrogance - this is fact, four, five, six, sending him home in shame would please your master and bring your family glory, seven, eight.... and a gout of fire whips past your head and in front of your eyes.Immediately leaping into a butterfly spin, you quickly shoot a gout of flame back at him, aimed directly at his feet, which he hops back from. Upon landing you take an easy cat stance.DC 12 COME HERE check please.
>>24777598I like this idea a lot actually.
Rolled 14>>24777699Lets smirk at him and bursh our thumb against our nose.Maybe make a snide remark about being the 107th in line for the fire lord's throne.
Rolled 19>>24777699Keep focused on the fundamentals, keep using gouts of flame to destroy his footing when he approaches, keep him off balance. Make him angry and impatient.
>>24777731oh what kind of die was it supposed to be a d12? or something more...
>>24777688Damn both of those are good ideas...ooh I know when we cause enough trouble on the island and have to leave for a while. That is what we do go on adventure to find stuff that can make our homeland better.>>24777644I like the wildfire idea as well that shit is both so destructive yet vital and necessary.
>>24777699>As with all rolls, only first 3 d20 count, 20 is a critical success, 1 is a critical failure (can be canceled out by a critical success), regular successes are just that.>>24777730Success.
>>24777764Without the wildfire to cull the undergrowth a forest stagnates and eventually turns to rot. Devestation is always followed by renewed growth.Maybe we could try and get ahold of some banned texts or illicit substances in the hopes of finding a productive use for them?
>>24777768"Resorting to cheating already Ten Ping? I had thought someone so close to the throne would have more... honor"The mole twitches under his left eye, he shoots another two gouts of flame, which you deflect with simple circular hand movements, then he leaps into a butterfly twist creating a moving stream of flame in the air as though it were a waterbender technique - he learned well from the few times you got to practice with other benders it seems.You roll under it and come up as he lands you are no further than 10 feet apart[ ] Attack (dc : medium)[ ] Provoke (dc : hard)[ ] Defense (dc : medium)
>>24777876Lets attack attack him, use our wildfire style to teach Ten Ping the Error of his ways.
Rolled 8>>24777699Rolling a d20
>>24777876[X] Provoke (dc : hard)Let's get him more off balance. He's already twitching.
>>24777876Defense. Easily defense.We are going to humiliate him through letting tire himself out and hit only air.
Rolled 9>>24777899forgot to roll
Rolled 11>>24777833Exactly why I liked it so much. Not to mention delaying the inevitable wildfire only makes it that much worse. It can even be possible if delayed long enough to leave earth scorched to such a degree that trees can't easily claim it that is if the forest comes back at all.>>24777876Provoke
Rolled 12>>24777876provoke him
>>24777903>Rolling a d20 for what? You didnt specify the action. For anyone familiar with pred quest I'm going to be using a dice style similar to his.
>>24777938Attack locked in due to crit fail. Please roll 2 more d20 for attack to see if there's a crit success to cancel out crit fail.
Rolled 19>>24777938Good thing it wasn't in the first three...
>>24777963Sorry, 1 more d20*
Rolled 20>>24777963Well crap
Putting this on repeat is making this thread incredibly enjoyable.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dEeMX64
>>24777973>>24777974>>24777976>>24777981>>24777983>>24777984that is quite the simultaneous post
>>24777963For something like this I'd suggest having people choose the course of action, and then have rolling. Instead of rolling as they choose one of three actions. Because then a bad roll on one thing will make people change votes, it gets all convoluted and hard to keep track of if you have the choosing of the action and the rolling for success on the same thing.
>>24777876>ProvokeMOLE!! MOLE!! HOW BIG IS YOUR MOLE!!?? HOLY SHIT EVERYBODY, LOOK AT THAT MOLE!!!
Rolled 16>>24777984>not this insteadhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KApH38PZlecI'll Make A Man Out Of You is awesome, but there is only ONE piece appropriate for an Agni Kai.
>>24778029Mole. Bloody mole. We aren't supposed to talk about the bloody mole, but there's a bloody mole winking me in the face. I want to c-u-u-t it off, ch-o-o-p it off, and make guacamole.
>>24778007Dice Pantheon has a sense humor if a very messed up one.
>>24778045>>24778029Moley Moley Moley Moley Mole........MMole....MMMOOOLLEE
>>24777983>>24777973>>24777938>welp you guys managed to not fuck this up too bad.Coming up from your roll you slap your hands down towards the cold stone of the agni-kai area... shooting a fan of flame over Ten Pings feet.He screams in pain as does a backwards handspring launching a blade of fire at you with his feet, you dissipate it easily with a clap of your hands.In the process of bouncing back from his hands to his burnt feet, Ten Ping stumbles and crumbles under the pain... whereupon he shouts at you "IM GOING TO FUCK YOUR SISTER, SWINE".You stop dead "What?""Your precious fucking master didn't tell you did he - your sister has an arranged marriage into my family, to my little brother. I'm going to rape her every chance I get".DC 16 Composure check
>>24778093And this quest now has officially lost my interest due to breaking theme so hard.
Rolled 8>>24778093oh boy
Rolled 3>>24778093I must not rage.Rage is the mind-killer.Rage is the little-death that brings total obliteration.I will face my rage.I will permit it to pass over me and through me.And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.Where the rage has gone there will be nothing.Only I will remain.
Rolled 12>>24778093Shoulda picked anger flames.We could nuke him with this shit.
Rolled 14>>24778093"I sincerely doubt that the limp noodle you call a dick could rape anything and that's assuming my sister doesn't castrate you."
Rolled 13>>24778093>"That's nice. I'll be sure to tell her how to beat you."
Rolled 18>>24778093We shall see about that.
Rolled 2>>24778093Composure, he's lying.
>>24778093This.... I kind of agree with >>24778105Raping his sister, really? That's not even Rival-Talk that's just douche-antagonist for the sake of being a douche-antagonist and it's not even done properly. Also, in public he's talking about raping people? Come-on.
>>24778093Oh.He just earned himself some broken legs, courtesy of our fists.But do it with a look of pure serene calm
Rolled 13>>24778115Which sister is he talking about the one who likes kicking or strangling orphans? Or is it spirits help his family the one who had the bright idea to see what happens if you can tame a dragon or underworld for that matter?
>>24778146Yeah uhh... even for an edgy take on avatar this just is fucking stupid.This was a mistake.
>>24778160>He just earned himself some broken legs, courtesy of our fists>Not just castrating him ourselves
>>24778160test rolling because it seems to not want to work for some reason.
Rolled 1>>24778206That's because you're missing the 1, it's dice+1d20, not dice+ d20
Rolled 8>>24778206You have to type out full notation. "dice+1d20", not just "dice+d20".Like this.
>>24778104>>24778112>>24778113Well I think its fair to say that we've lost our shit.
Rolled 14>>24778206put dice+1d20 not dice+d20
>>24778105>He could be spouting bullshit, he could be telling the truth, in our masters words he does seek to disrupt our calm... and I always intended to portray the setting a bit grittier than the tv show was capable of.>>24778104>>24778112>>24778113You are angry. You are *very* angry. While ten ping is still down, you proceed to make a stomp towards his head, which he sweeps away.He spins and kicks and is currently doing a handstand due to his injured feet... apparently he intends to fight upside down now.[ ] attack[ ] regain composure[ ] defend
Rolled 17>>24778230Even roll? Regain Composure.Odd roll? Unleash the Fury.
>>24778230>[x] regain composureTrue strength comes from control.
Rolled 14>>24778230[X] regain composureControl it.
>>24778230It doesn't matter if its a lie. It was fucking retarded and completely out of line with the settings feels.
Rolled 13>>24778230Regain composure. Remember what our master said, don't let him get to you.
>>24778206Breaking his legs we can attribute to an "accident" during our ceremonial duel.Castration would be a little harder to explain
Rolled 10>>24778230Regain composure
Rolled 13>>24778230>regain composure, we need to calmly incenerate him
Rolled 5>>24778230[X] Compose yourself.
Rolled 17>>24778227>>24778222>>24778220oh, stupid me. thanks guys.
Rolled 18>>24778266Not if its caused by fire.
>>24778230Whip out our dick and start copterin' in his general direction.Nothing says "I don't give a fuck." quite like some dude playin with his cock in the middle of a firefight."Oh what's that? I can't hear you over how big my cawk is."Then jizz lava on him
Rolled 12>>24777963Rolling to cancel our fail.
Rolled 16calm down, us completely not reacting will make him angry. once we are calm, called shot to the groin.
>>24778230>Regaining composure succeeds.Ten Ping is clearly lying... he gets away with quite a lot here and he's always hated you, but such outlandish claims? You close your eyes, you take a centering breath... and with your minds eye you notice that his attacks have held an intensity that you've never felt before in a duel... Clearly he means for this to be an 'unfortunate accident'.Exhaling smoke and fire you open your eyes again, to see your opponent springing from his hands into another blade of fire... and rolling to his feet tenderly. The blade is easy to dodge.You can end it all here, this man is not worthy of his lineage.Attack roll please
Rolled 6>>24778374>1 please
Rolled 3>>24778374Cripple him. Cripple him for life.
Rolled 12>>24778374Unleash the wild fire.Ours is the fire that brings new growth.
Rolled 7>>24778374Aim for his dick.
Rolled 16>>24778400And now we accidentally make our own feet explode or some shit.
Rolled 7>>24778374Let the inner flame be.
Rolled 12>>24778374let's do this
Rolled 1>>24778374leave no corpse remaining
Rolled 16>>24778451Damn it...
Rolled 12>>24778451well fuck
Rolled 2>>24778451What the hell anon. Clearly we suck at fighting.
Rolled 14>>24778451Why do you all keep rolling? First three and no-more count EXCEPT FOR ONES YOU TITS.
>>24778410Trying something that to your knowledge no one has ever attempted before... you bury yourself in your centering void. There is only the flame - unconciously you make small slow circular movements, much slower than would normally be used in firebending. You feel the energy building both within and without.In the void you begin to notice two distinct types of energy... positive and negative, and you begin to separate them within your body. You pay no attention as you see Ten Ping begin to charge you on his seemingly recovered feet... You are focused within the void and the energy.As he nears you, you take a single step forward and thrust out your first two fingers, and let the energy you have seperated come colliding back together as you release it.You have done it... this new thing, you have created lightning. In your eleation you momentarily fail to notice a smoldering Ten Ping at your feet... you don't need any of the masters to tell you, an accident has happened. You have killed Ten Ping.End of first thread.
When we take ping down its gotta be with a hammer punch to the nose or a roundhouse kick to the jaw.A bruce lee style Kiai shout is required.
>>24778513And nothing of value was lost.Seriously, he was a jerk, and WE JUST BECAME A LIGHTNING-BENDER.
>>24778510>Only the first three rolls count... If people are rolling multiple options, a crit success or crit fail locks in an option.
>>24778513Oh shit adventure(aka running for our life) here we come. So much for the underworld idea I suppose.
Five gets you ten that asshole had some highly connected relatives in the capital and now we've got assassins to deal with.
>>24778513Well this is certainly going to lead to some excitement. >>24778543I'd personally change that a bit. I'd advise instead of having rolls for every single attack and defense to have it be we lay out plans of action for the next exchange, then dice are rolled and instead of it just being one attack that is described it covers a short exchange of attacks, defenses, and so on.
Rolled 10>>24778513>You have killed Ten Ping.Had it coming.
Has this been archived yet?
>>24778642When's the next thread?And give the server time if you're gonna get specific.
>>24778513I'll stick around a bit for sort of a taiga dojo / q&a session.I apologize for the people who were upset by ten pings crazy claims - it was my inability as a writer that made that incredibly jarring because up until that point I hadn't ever conveyed that I wanted to do a grittier bending series than the cartoons ever could have been. I'm also heavily basing it off of historical periods in china where if you were nobility that could be counted in any quantifiable distance from the throne, you could literally get away with shit like that.I seek only to improve as a writer, and hope to avoid writing more jarring things like that, will attempt to avoid shitty writing like that in the future.
>>24778660Only planning on running 1 a week, on saturday or sunday at around 9 4chan server time.I'm always open to feedback as well.>>24778642Have not archived yet.
>>24778699Grittier version of the Avatar universe?I'm lookin' forward to that.So OP, since this is a gritier universe can we expect stuff like human trafficking, opium dens, and political corruption?
>>24778699It was a bit jarring, I didn't mind it but it was a bit out of the blue, he was always a complete cock in many ways but this was rather extreme. It could have been built up to a bit more. I like that you're going for a bit more grit in the Avatarverse, it'll be interesting to see.
>>24778738Actually I already have a wonderful little crime boss lady already in mind... and Opium is right in her alley.
>>24778699interdasting i look forward to moar.
>>24778772Then she'll be the first crime-boss we supplant.Also could you give us some background on our family? At least what we knew before we came to the dojo.
>>24778772fascinating.Can we upgrade our staff and take up the use of items like hollow metal balls that contain lamp oil?How about arranged marriages and jockeying for position. Fuedal china wa sall over that sorta thing
>>24778911If by "supplant" you mean "bring into our service with hot dickings".Heh.HOT dickings.Heh.
>>24773829I asked you several questions when you were talking about this in the quest thread general to try and help you figure this out. I can't play tonight I just wanted to say good luck with this brosquito.
>>24778911Your grandparents have long since passed away, Your grandfather was a firebender though and something of the village mayor... when a new method for growing a specialty tea was invented on the island and the tea made its way to the mainland the island of Jin suddenly became of interest to tax collectors, and more or less elevated the village mayor to a tenuous position of lesser nobility.Your father Maru was groomed to inherit the position by his father and had a decent arranged marriage, that produced you and your sister Pan who is 7 years younger than you.Your mother Sho nagged pretty hard to get an imperial tutor sent out to educate you, and Rokan showed up when you were 7... She's widely considered one of the most influential and important tutors in the fire nation and mostly she came to Jin to be closer to tea production for a few years. She trained at the same dojo you were in and is a firebender herself... truthfully her station is far, far, far beyond what your family should have *ever* been able to get for a tutor. She was only in her mid twenties when she came to Jin, and is now in her mid thirties having been with your family for 12 years (when she hasn't had other business to attend to). A written note from Rokan could probably see you into the firelords court - in fact it got you your education for free at the dojo, which is unheard of.Maro is 21 right now, but his birthday is coming up soon.It takes roughly three weeks to travel to Jin from the mainland (boats and islands without many roads) and it's considered verymuch 'frontier' territory.
>>24779096The reason that what Ten Ping said didn't really get met with immediate disbelief is that you know your mother Sho is seeking to marry off pan to someone influential and thus solidify their grasp on nobility... and if Rokan were involved as well... it would easily be possible.Rokan is her own beast though and has her own grudges within the courts, she has an intense physical presence as well and liked to tease you before getting you sent off to the dojo of centered flame. She is currently unwed
>>24779096>>24779148For a bit of setting information - this is well before the fire nation came up with their steam boats as well... so it's manual sailing, unless you want to pay to get into a waterbender ship.The nations are getting along reasonably as well, but there are some signs of outward aggression from the earth kingdom. Air nomads have also gotten involved in some conflicts and ended things with tornados.
>>24779148Hmm, as much as I like strong older women I don't think we should try to seduce Rokan. Mainly because she's known us since we were a kid so I doubt it'd work out at all.That being said paying her a visit sometime would be good.
How many years before LoA are we?What is the current Firelord's name and what is his stance on interactions with foriegn nations?Does this era have crossbows? (it should, china had them for AGES despite the things never appearing in LoA)How about Triads and similar crime groups, what are they like?Can we have a Tiger-Ox as a personal pet? (Tiger, large as an ox, has ox horns and a little tail tuft designed for slapping flies)
>>24779281>How many years before LoA are we?I dont want to specify, because it ruins my ability to come up with bullshit. Lets just say that at this point we're the first firebender to have created lightning.>What is the current Firelord's name and what is his stance on interactions with foriegn nations?If we get to the point where it comes up, I'll think of something>Does this era have crossbows? (it should, china had them for AGES despite the things never appearing in LoA)Fuck crossbows. Yu Yan Archers make silly wooden mechanical devices look idiotic.>How about Triads and similar crime groups, what are they like?I don't want to spoil things there yet... lets just say I have some notes for it and it might come up more quickly than you'd think.>Can we have a Tiger-Ox as a personal pet? (Tiger, large as an ox, has ox horns and a little tail tuft designed for slapping flies)Too expensive for us.
I just realized something. Dragons are still around at this point. We should totally find a dragon and hang out with it.>>24779281Hmm, a Tiger-Ox would be nice, other good ones would be a Shirshu or a Komodo Rhino, or really anything with a Rhino in it.>>24779374Which nation is the current Avatar from? The Avatar does exist at this point, right?
>>24779461Yes the avatar exists. I haven't decided the nation i want to use though as it's unlikely to ever come up for us at the moment... at least until word of us killing someone with lightning gets around.At the moment I'll stick to the in character reason of Maro personally doesn't know what nation the avatar is from
>>24779374>Yu-Yan archers.>Elite archers who were probably training since the day they could walk to fire bows.That's not what crossbows are for.China used several models, one of the more sensible ones being a long stock that served as a sort of brace.The soldier would plant the crosbow's business end towards the ground and then use his feet to streatch out the bow portion of the crossbow until it would lock into place. Then he'd load his bolt/arrow and fire.The point is that it was easier to use than a bow and you could make lots of them and give them to some dumbass you forcibly conscripted and hit the enemy with a literal rain of projectiles.Crossbows are quantity over quality.On the otherhand that sort of thing was made because we didn't have guys who could toss fire.A world like this is probably all caught up on bender mysticism anot too interested in techy ways to kill people.speaking of tech, would it be possible to get ahold of special materials? There's that commet that swings around and makes firebenders stronger.Maybe there's pieces of meteorites and what have you that improve bender abilities.Hell socka made a vorpal blade out of one.
>>24779571China also had bows that were meant to be braced with your feet and drawn with both hands. China had tons and tons of goofy stuff.As far as goofy materials goes? your answer is a firm "Lol i udnno"
>>24779571>There's that commet that swings around and makes firebenders stronger.Sozin's Comet, which is actually what's called an "Earth-Grazing Fireball". However, this distinction is a recent one, so it's not really important.
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.htmlQuest archived, under firebender quest please upvote
>>24779650"Earth-Grazing-Fireball" huh? Sounds like Sokkas "Fake-Fire-Bending.">>24779637as opposed to what?A sloppy "u wot m8?"anyway now we need to start trackin' down celectial materials or that special kind of glass you get when lightning strikes.We can use it to make jewelry that will help us channel the lightning.
>tfw Kyoshi warriors don't exist yetM-Muh waifu
>>24779781Well yeah, she was just before Roku. We're way before that stuff.On a random note she lived for 230 fucking years which is pretty impressive.
>>24779781Sokka fucked your waiu.Sokka.You are after the comic relief guy's sloppy seconds.Have you no pride?I kid of course. Sokka's a fucking badass.You know her name is Russian for "bitches" right?
So we got lightning going right?We're the first lightning bender.We use a staff.... which is surprisingly appropo considering what we're manipulating here.We need to wear lots of metal and work on generating a sort of defence field that makes even touching us deadly.>>24779781Tai-Lee was always my favorite.
We need some kind of name/title for once we get famous/infamous. How about "Maro the Thundering Lance" or something to that effect.
>>24780228Maro of the Lightning.The interesting bit will be when the avatar tracks us down and demands we teach her lightning... and we refuse.
>>24780250>herI like where this is going
>>24780228We use a staff not a spear.We should go with something like "The Implacable Storm"oh and I forgot the picture of muh waifu...
>>24780228Just Maro of the Lightning or Thunder, lightning is new and unique enough that it can be its own thing and not need lance or spear attacked.>>24780262She'll learn the way of the lightning spear from us if you know what I mean.
>>24779803>tfw Sokka and Suki are the only ones without a kid in LoK
>>24780268>In your five years at the dojo, while many others focused on weapons that they'd be able to keep on them at all times without making terrible breaches of social etiquette, you stuck with your staves, spears and polearms when you had to fight with something other than your bending.Technically we use both
>>24780275>implying there kid isn't off being the Avatar setting's equivalent of Snake somewhere
>>24780285yeah but a spear wouldn't be as good for channeling lightning.A staff could be made entirely of a single cast piece of metal, we could even increase its effectiveness as a conductor if we took some metal working lessons and put copper rings and or studs on it.A spear would be riskier since we'd have to have some way to attach the head to the shaft.Though I suppose we could also be one of the first people to use a solid metal weapon (I.E. nothing that will burst into flame if it gets too hot) in the avatar verse.
>>24780338A jutte, wand or sai would actually be best for lightning... Metal staffs are sort of a bad idea, not that having a focus increases your bending ability anyways
>>24780353A lot of the movements for a jian would actually be very similar based on what I learned of jian useage
>>24780364>>24780353>>24780338http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKb3HlcYYAE speed it up a bit and you have lightning
>>24780353>thinking only in terms of lightning blasts.>Not thinking about using electrical energy in grapples >Not thinking about using a stafs heft and reach to send an electrical charge into an opponent to make a staff strike that much more lethalNot familiar with a jutte but a wand or a sai would be worthless for lightning.Much easier to just fire a palm blast than use a wand or a stab-dagger.
>>24780413The primary purpose of sai was to grapple and entangle other weapons. Even a single sai could be used to provide some insane leverage on holds and other shit because a properly sized sai's length was measured by hooking one of the prongs between your thumb and first finger and then having the main prong extend from thumb + first finger all the way down to elbow - that's about a good 14-16 inches of steel.
>>24780450Okay I concede that a sai is useful for disarming weapons and would be excellent if we went all ninja-y.I still don't see how a sai would be a good replacement for a staff or even a bit of weighted chain.Throw out the solid metal idea, give it a wooden core and use copper and similar high conductivity metals and create a sort of rudimentary tesla coil and you have a good bashing weapon that can channel your lightning.but if we go that rought we might as well just use a guan do...We should probably just switching over to a pole arm... maybe even one with a sai style stabby bit at the end.
>>24780506you're getting way too wrapped up in trivial details, the staff doesn't need to be made of anything special in order for you to be able to bend with it. Zuko had paired sabers that he could set alight at will
>>24780619Dude where do you think you are?Fetishistic attention to details is half the fun of this sort of thing.
>>24780671there is a line and you just autism'd it.
May run again tomorrow. Unsure of what time.
what time period is this taking place in?korras time? after the defeat of the pheonix king? some time post invasion? invasion? pre fire nationg invastion?
>>24780733read>we are the first fire bender to use lightning
>>24780733Unspecified but long as fuck time before TLA. Maro is the first firebender to have generated lightning
>>24780688whatever mang.>>24780733from the looks of things the earth kingdom are gonna be the imperialistic ones this time around.
>>24780506I would personally go for one of those Buddhist monk staffs with the ring of rings at top.It'd look dramatic as hell when we used it for lightning, and it'd jangle as we walked. Still completely usable as a staff as well.
>>24781263Oh boy. that was an unexpected direction. I quite like it.
>>24781263So long as we have a special way to release one ring as a lightning boomerang.
Electricity=magnetsWe need a firebending version of metal bending
I don't think you guys understand that you no Bender in any series has managed to utilize a weapon with their bending. Yet here we are talking about how neat it would be to make a staff conduct lightning. That thing most people do a quick dance to create a single bolt from? And that we Just learned, even if by accident.
>>24781577Lots of Earth guys used hammers, Zuko used it with his twin sabers, Aang has used his staff in Airbending.
>>24781594That has nothing to do with the dance and the Lightning. Zuko used FLAMES that thing they create INSTANTLY.
>>24781601Well yeah, it'll be hard to channel it through a weapon, it'll take time and practice. But might still be possible.People use weapons with their bending all the time, and we don't have many examples of lightning bending in the show and it's never been shown not to be incompatible with channeling it into a weapon.
>>24781612Not saying it isn't! I'm just pointing out that we're getting ahead of ourselves
Fire upgrades to LighteningWater upgrades to BloodEarth upgrades to Metalwhat does air bending upgrade to?
>>24782884My guess would be doing things with vacuums, extreme weather change like massive tornadoes and hurricanes, making blades out of air, soundbending perhaps.They do just have flight which is OP anyways, they don't need much of anything else.
>>24782884Seeing as they're monks and I swear I recall some bells in their temples, I'd wager that it's sound.The lightning, blood, and metal bending are all extremely advanced with only a few typical examples of each.I'd think that a bender as young as aang would never have mastered sound bending, despite already being such a capable airbender... I don't think we've seen an avatar yet that's mastered any of the advanced bending disciplines.I can imagine it though, soundbending to rupture internal organs, eardrums, perhaps even hypnotize people... A tool to enhance it would be a wind drum...That'd literally be the most lethal bending as you would not even need Line of Sight... Its subtle offensive capability would exceed lightning, undermine blood, and likely rupture metal if used properkly with the right vibrations.And with how flighty airbenders often are? You'd literally need to be an earthbender with 360 degree earth dome to block out the sound.. and even then, you wouldn't be hitting them.
>>24784504samefagAlso, toph would DIE vs soundbending.
>>24784518Oh jeez. Yeah.