You are Maro of Jin, also known as "Maro of the Lightning".It has been mere hours since you attacked the holdings of the crime lord Lao Len and killed her accidentally setting her opium den and smuggling warehouse on fire. The resultant fires quickly spread throughout the docks district and chased many people out - but burned out the heart of the criminal infestation in this city with a purifying flame. Before Lao Len died of the wounds she incurred in battle with you, she told you that your sister was being held at the House of White Tiles, a place that was momentarily being used as a safehouse for Lao Lens slave trade.On your way to the House of White Tiles you encountered a guard captain named Ling Yi, who had been ordered not to let people out of the docks district. With a few simple words you helped him confront what he already believed - the orders were unjust. Disobeying orders he let people through the gatehouse.You returned to the House of White Tiles to find out that the women who were supposed to leave the house with Flame-lily were all being held, with Flame-lily and Snow lotus being seperated as ringleaders. Signalling Ming Puar to cause a distraction, you infiltrated the hidden underground complex and rescued the women being held there, among them was your sister Pan. Telling Ming to take the assembled women to Ling Yi for refuge, you returned into the house to confront Zhao Peng - the housemaster. Upon defeating the guards that lao len had sent to him, you were immediately leapt upon by an enraged Zhao Peng, striking at you with a wooden rod. In the midst of defending yourself Snow Lotus and Flame-Lily sprang to action... and Zhao Peng was killed by Flame-lily.Cont.
>>25326025The three of you left the House of White Tiles pausing to watch it burn as the rains started, before also seeking refuge with Ling Yi. It is the morning after what will come to be known as the Night of Black Tiles. You and the women you rescued are currently under Ling Yi's protection.[ ] Seek out your host and thank him[ ] Seek out Flame-lily and ask why she killed Zhao Peng[ ] Seek out Pan and ask her story.[ ] Seek out Snow-Lotus and ask what she intends to do with her life now.
>>25326063[X] Seek out your host and thank him
Okay find Flame-lily and see how well she's coping with the "stabbed a psychotic merchant who liked to buy and own women" thing.
>>25326063>[x] Seek out Pan
three different posts and three different directions already. You will have time to do all of them if you want, it's just up to you the order that they're written in.
>>25326063>Seek out your host and thank him
>>25326113>>25326306looks like we're going with this then. writeup coming soon.
Rolling out of the small bed you were provided with, you decide to find Ling Yi and thank him, both for disobeying orders and for taking in refugees last night.Spotting a soldier as you exit the isolated room provided to you as a monk, you quickly learn that his captain is taking breakfast and had requested to see you as well. Not wanting to let an opportunity pass, you grab your teapot and a small bundle of tea leaves, and follow the directions the soldier gave you.Stepping into the Captains quarters, you bow deeply. "It is good to see that the virtuous rise early, even when they have been battling blazes all night Ling Yi" you praise the man."I did not ever expect to hear myself being called virtuous by a monk, please come and sit and share food with me" Ling scoffs slightly before extending a polite offer."It may be impolite of me to ask, but..." Ling Yi begins as you start to prepare tea "I have many questions Master Maro, I barely recognized you as a monk last night, when you passed through the gatehouse I noticed that there was damage to your clothing and finally you returned to me from a direction where the fires had not already spread following a seeming caravan of women entertainers... I was made a captain because I was observant, I must hear your story".[ ] Tell Ling Yi the truth.[ ] Concoct a lie (DC:Hard)
>>25326532Or him, in this case.
>>25326532[X] Tell Ling Yi the truth."Well, it's kind of a long story and I'll give you the full details if you want, but in short there was a complete monster who enslaved and killed women, so I dealt with the situation."
Rolled 19>>25326532LieIf we get caught tell him its best he doesn't know and that we will be continuing on our journey shortly.
>>25326638Rolls are for after options are locked in. I'll let you know when to roll.
"I will speak plainly with you Ling Yi, though it may be dangerous for me to do so. Last night was merely part of a story that began almost a week ago. To begin I am not a monk, though I have lived with them for the last five years. I apologize for that deception, it was a necessary disguise"."Many who have disguised themselves as monks have ended up actually following the deception through, you do not need to apologize for virtuous actions taken in disguise"."When you know my whole story you may not deem my actions so virtuous. The fires last night were partially caused by me, but I shall get to that in time. I have trained at the dojo of centered flame for the last five years and as you may know our graduation ceremonies have an honorary agni-kai... unfortunately accidents happen sometimes and in my case I ended up accidentally killing a fellow student named Ten Ping. I do not mourn terribly for the deed as Ten Ping was a blight, abusing the power and privilege granted by his house name. The monks deliberated what to do with me for many days as accidents would normally be ignored, however the dispute involved a house close to the firelords own... and my own house which is barely nobility on the island of jin".Sipping the tea you have poured Ling Yi nods and motions you to continue your tale.Cont.
>>25326971"It was determined that I would be sent from the school in the guise of a mendicant monk, and my master asked me to swear an oath to confront evil wherever I found it. I entered shen jiao and quickly ran afoul of a crimelord named Lao Len. After beating some of her thugs and issuing a challenge to her, I sought refuge in the house of white tiles where I learned that my sister Pan was in lao lens possession - though I have yet to hear the story of how she got there. I had to accelerate my plans and in a raid last night I ended up killing lao len... and burning down half the city. I returned to the house of white tiles to find that Zhao Peng was deep in lao lens pocket an admission from her own lips - having bought many of the girls working at his house from her slave markets. I confronted Zhao Peng and he flew into a rage... and in self defense I killed him.""... that's quite a story and it would make you quite the criminal too, however in my time as guard-captain I have served with magistrates and learned of something they refer to as the Eight Deliberations. They could ease your plight"[ ] ask about the eight deliberations[ ] Ask why he hasn't decided to take you into custody.
>>25326987[X] ask about the eight deliberations
Ask about the 8 deliberations AND why he hasn't taken us into custody.
>>25326987>[ ] ask about the eight deliberations
>>25326987[ ] Ask about the Eight Deliberations
>>25326987[ ] ask about the eight deliberations
>>25327058"Why haven't you taken me into custody?" You ask Ling Yi."Because you saved me the karmic burden of a thousand souls last night, and for that I will *always* honor you." he kneels and bows so that his head touches the floor, a gesture of greatest respect."What are the Eight Deliberations you speak of?""In short... they are pardons, they acknowledge whatever crime you committed but pardon you from the guilt of them. The first deliberation is for family members of the firelord, his own family within seven steps, and his wifes family within six steps. The second deliberation is for old retainers of the firelord, for people who have served him so long they merit his special favor as he treats them like family. The third deliberation is for the morally worthy - People who the country should look up to as an example, I believe you fall partially under this area. The fourth deliberation is for those of ability - for those of great talent either forgiven for offensive poems, or for being unbelievably skilled in the commanding of an army... I saw flashes of lightning last night and heard thunderclaps in a clear sky... If that lightning belonged to you I believe you fall under the fourth deliberation. The lesser deliberations are for achievement, high position, diligence and guests of the state. You would need someone with some political clout to advise the Firelord to pardon you though."Thanking Ling Yi deeply you finish breakfast and tea with him.[ ] Seek out Pan to hear her story.[ ] Seek out Flame-Lily to ask why she killed Zhao Peng.[ ] Seek out Snow-Lotus to ask what she intends to do with her life now.
>>25327210>Seek out Pan to hear her story.
>>25327210Flame lily is next. We have to help her with her "I shanked a guy" karma.
>>25327210Find Pan and find out what she's doing here.
>>25327210>[x] seek out Pan
>>25327210[ ] Seek out Pan to hear her story.
"Maro, it was an honor to dine with you this morning... I'm glad that the rains came last night even though there was no hint of them during the day. The waters saved many lives and put out many fires."Asking Ling Yi for directions to Pan's room you part from his company. It is a walk of only moments and it seems like she demanded to stay in the company of Ming Puar. Knocking on the door, Ming Puar opens, you look past Ming to your sister."... She had a fitful night Maro, she was brave when she spoke to Ling Yi, but Gen Xiao Ren thinks it was all she could manage. I that when you returned into the house of white tiles she thought she would never see you again. She clung to me like I was a surrogate for you.""... Did she speak to you of anything Ming?""No, she didn't... I will give you two some space".Pan is still sleeping[ ] Prepare a cup of tea for her.[ ] Wake her gently.
>>25327417>* I believe thatYay typos.
>>25327417>Prepare a cup of tea for her.
>>25327417>[ ] Prepare a cup of tea for her.
>>25327417>Prepare a cup of tea.
>>25327417Give her the T
You remember that Pan always had a fierce temper - in many ways worse than your own. It was always safer to wake her with the smells of cooking food and drink than it was to try and coax her out of bed.Hunger numbs fear as well and you suspect that there's a lot that in her too. Preparing food and drink, you hear your sister begin to stir... you decide to wait and let her wake on her own as you continue working on the few things you remember she liked to eat."... Maro? Is that, really you" she whispers with some incredulity."Yes Pan it is, come and eat. I would like to hear about how I found you where i did"Poking at her food in a subdued manner, she starts to explain how your mother Sho had finally found a good match for her and intended to marry her off. The solemn listless way your sister tells the story clashes with your memories of her as a bright, happy child. Pan tells you that she was not even given the name of the family who she was to be married off to. The journey went well and she was excited at the prospect of travel, nervous at the prospect of marriage (fifteen is somewhat young for marriage in the fire nation)... and then raiders attaked the ship, killing all the crew in front of her... the raiders recognized the house insignia upon her clothes and decided to take her to lao len. Pan insists that she wasn't mistreated saying the pirates knew they could sell her for more that way."... Maro, I'd like to go home"[ ] I think that would be best[ ] We need to gather more information before we make a decisionIn either case, roll for hugging.
>>25327729Forgot[ ] Dont answer her yet, seek out flame-lily[ ] Dont answer her yet, seek out snow-lotus
Rolled 13>>25327729Oh god, crit fail and we end up strangling her.
Rolled 5>>25327729[X] We need to gather more information before we make a decision
Rolled 2>>25327729You are already hugged.
Rolled 51>>25327729maximum feels
Rolled 6>>25327729>We need to gather more information before we make a decision"I have some theories about to whom you were betrothed, and it is possible that the pirate attack was targeted."
>>25327815It's d20>>25327778>What the hell? you call yourself fifteen and old enough to be married, your tits are as hard as turtle shells.>PAN TEMPER ACTIVATED "ONII-CHAN NO BAKA">pan tries to murder us.
>>25327729I normally like being the highest to roll. Now not so much.
Rolled 5>>25327778Also, add"What has been going on at Jin since I left, Pan?
Rolled 5>>25327729>flatness herbacklWhat are you trying to tell me captcha.
Rolled 4>>25327855>>25327815reroll with a d20.
Rolled 15>>25327729Gather info
Rolled 4>>25327729Retry for a hug
Rolled 17>>25327940info pls
All those crit successes the other day and you cant even crit succeed at hugging? You guys are like the worst big brother ever.>>25327949Writeup incoming
Rolled 3>must save from crit failure
>>25327972Worst but still heroic and always there in a pinch big brother.
>>25327987It's official.Maro is awkward as fuck around his sister. She radiates a spaghetti field that only effects Maro.
>>25328089Maybe he's just tsundere for her?
>>25327787>>25327858Sweeping your sister into a hug, you reassure her that she's safe. "I think we need a bit more information before we go home Pan... there's still some unresolved things here... but speaking of home, tell me about it - I've been gone for five years and haven't heard nearly enough about it".Pan talks about your father for a bit, saying how he's prettymuch unchanged but his love for pai sho has grown as he's gotten older, he often complains because he cannot find a decent match against anyone on the island except for rokan who routinely beats him so bad it's unfunny. Sho when not working herself into a frenzy about marrying off Pan has been getting better at embroidery and raising small animals - she would absolutely love the guinneapigbat that follows you around Pan giggles."Rokan often complains that she misses you Maro... she's still unwed. I suspect she actually cared about you beyond just teasing you, she just didn't know how to express it ever.""... Somehow that worries me greatly Pan. It was pleasant talking to you about home."[ ] Find Flame-Lily ask her about why she killed Zhao Peng.[ ] Find Snow-Lotus ask about what she intends to do with her life now.
>>25328089The last time Maro saw his sister, she was 10. Now he's pulled her out of a slavery ring and she's pretty emotionally distraught.Walking on eggshells above claymore mines probably doesn't do things justice.
>>25328146[X] Find Snow-Lotus ask about what she intends to do with her life now.
>>25328146>[X] Find Flame-Lily ask her how she's doing after she killed Zhao Peng.It was her first kill, wasn't it?
>>25328146[X] Find Flame-Lily ask her about why she killed Zhao Peng.Let's send the bat with her once we ship her home.
>>25328146That chick on the rag?
>>25328146>Find Flame-Lily ask her about why she killed Zhao Peng.
>>25328234The clothes are very sheer - look carefully and you can see the whole back leg. If Maro were asked to describe Rokan a summary would be "Beautiful, but terrifying - like a dragon."
>>25328273So she gives him a terrorection?
>>25328189"I'll have an answer for what our plans our as soon as possible Pan. I'm considering returning to Jin strongly as soon as I sort things out here".Leaving the room you run into Ming Puar again and explain that you'd like her to stay close to Pan and serve as her bodyguard in the interim.Then you head straight to Flame-lily's room, knock politely and wait for Flame-lily to open.A minute passes... then five minutes pass, then ten minutes.[ ] Barge into the room[ ] Knock again.
>>25328427[X] Barge into the roomDammit she better not be trying to kill herself.
>>25328427>Knock again."It's me, Maro. Are you dressed? I'm coming in."
>>25328427Pelvis thrust into that room with all the glorious manliness of Vividor.
>>25328427>[X] Knock again.>[X] If she doesn't respond, declare that you're entering now and barge in.
>>25328427>knock again"Flame-Lily I find myself concerned with both your Karma and emotional state. Please open the door."
>>25328373A man who hasn't experienced a terrorection does not know what it truly means to have a boner.>>25328427Barge into the room
Rolled 18>>25328427Lessons of lightningThere is no Greater teacherI Thank the HeavensHaiku I just made for when Maro practiced lightning during the storm in the second session.>>25328427Oh jeez, she's committing sudoku, bust in and stop her!
>>25328613Shit, she used a pen, we are too late.
>>25328471>>25328523>>25328534Knocking again you state loudly "Flame-Lily, it's Maro... If you dont answer me I'm coming in"Around what sounds like a loud squawk and rustling of clothing you hear "Uh... just uh, one - TWO minutes, I'll be right there".Waiting patiently you're about to open the door, when a slightly dishevelled flame-lily slides it open and greets you. "... I didn't sleep well... and the new dress you bought me is hard to put on by myself, normally I'd have had help from others at the..." her sentence trails off."I thought you would be upset about that... that's what I'm here to talk about. What happened last night?""Well... when I tried to get the other girls to leave those men in dark clothing showed up and we were all hurried back to our rooms. Then I tried to get them to leave again and Zhao Peng dragged me and Snow-Lotus away from the others. He said terrible things to me and even worse to her". Flame-lily speaks sullenly."... and when I came back?""Zhao Peng panicked, he turned furious and I started to believe what you had said to me about him beating a girl to death... I was so worried and I was terrified he'd find the knife you helped make for me"."Why did you kill him, I could have defended myself""... everything happened so fast I didn't even really realize what I was doing. I did it mostly I think because I was afraid for you Maro, you're the nicest anyone has ever been to me."[ ] What do you intend to do with your life now Flame-lily?[ ] Thank you for talking to me - leave and seek out snow-lotus.
>>25328729>forgot muh picture
>>25328729[X] What do you intend to do with your life now Flame-lily?
>>25328729>What do you intend to do with your life now Flame-lily?
>>25326560Late, I know, but I just can't pass it up.
>>25328729>[X] What do you intend to do with your life now Flame-lily?Need you even ask?
>>25328729[X] What do you intend to do with your life now Flame-lily?I'm curious as to what she will do.
>>25328729Give her a hug, and sit down with her. Ask her what she intends to do with her life.
>>253287555 stars.>>25328729Whatchu gonna do with yoself gurl?
>>25328729Taking Flame-lily's hand and sitting down across from her you begin "I know I asked you the other day to think about what you might do if the house of white tiles was gone... have you decided on anything?""Its... all so new and sudden. You have to understand Maro. I've been there since I was a child, I was never very popular despite being relatively pretty - there were always prettier girls. I'm not very good at poems, song, or dance. My only real strengths were at pai sho and tea and you don't get bought out of a house by a nobleman for that... I expected to stay there until I was old and cast out on the streets. Maybe if I was lucky I'd end up being chosen to be the next owner... but I've never been very good at business either. I don't think I can answer anything for you right now, but you have been the kindest person I've ever met... and I could I would like to travel with you Maro."Flame-lily looks at you with hopeful eyes and gives you a gentle squeeze of the hand.[ ] Say Yes, unconditionally.[ ] Offer to take her to Jin with you at some point.[ ] Decline[ ] Withhold answer until you find out what snow-lotus is doing.
>>25328994And with that I'm going to a (hopefully brief) break.
>>25328994Guys, I think she might be a blood bender. Because all of it is rushing to my head.
>>25328994Withold answerBut really, probably not.Pity and horny are unfortunately mutually exclusive
>>25328994>[ ] Offer to take her to Jin with you at some point.Explain that she would be able to serve our household as a servant.
>>25328994She saved our life and killed a man for us.Unconditional yes. She's a free woman now.Also QM keeps on dropping hints that she might be far more useful than she appears.
>>25329094She may have a latent talent for bending.
>>25328994[X] Offer to take her to Jin with you at some point.She would probably flourish there.
>>25328994>[ ] Offer to take her to Jin with you at some point.She would make a great servant. Plus, we'll need someone to play pai sho with back home.
>>25329094>>25329119Honestly, I think we should take her. If only because she can buy stuff for us while we're playing Monk.
>>25329094>Inb4 she's the Avatar
>>25328994Unconditional yes is going a bit far.But our dad does want a Pai Sho player. Offer to take her to Jin and hire her into the family as a servant.
>>25328994>[X] Make sure she knows what she's getting into.
>>25329166Ooh good idea voting for this.
>>25328994Explain how dangerous or life is and that if she sticks with us. She'll see more conflict. then[ ] Offer to take her to Jin with you at some point.
>>25329142>Imblyping adt she wudnt maek uz disgizin as nobleman 10/10 cuz parfect waifu.
>>25329361>>25329166>>25329248I say some combination of these. Offer her a safe and comfortable role with our family, or if she really wants to be brave, she can come with us.
>>25328994[X] Say Yes, unconditionally.[X] Offer to take her to Jin with you at some point.She can do what she wants. If she feels like following maro she is free too. But we should also offer to bring her to jin because it is far safer there for her then with us. Her choice though.
>>25329684seconding, but we definately need to explain to her that she might end up killing again if she stays with us. Also, Flame-Lily's a great pai sho player, right? we should see if she's any good at military tactics, squat maneuvering, etc.
>>25329631Please beware of Rokan. I don't think my terrorection can take her teaching us to never let our eyes wander. Or it could be nothing.
>>25329761*squadi'm assuming she doesn't know how to play a space dwarf army
"You are a free woman now Flame-Lily, my life is currently incredibly dangerous - I accidentally killed a nobleman in a challenge and I'm pretending to be a monk so that my family doesn't take responsibility for it. I can take you to Jin with me, but beyond that I'm unsure if it would be safe for you to travel with me... though if you wanted to I don't think I could tell you no." You explain, conveying your doubts.Joy instantly spreads across Flame-lily's face and she leans in and kisses you on the cheek. "I hope you never have to kill again Flame-lily""Please, just call me Lily now... Wait did you say you're not a monk?""No... I'm actually a nobleman.""... Really?""Ask Pan - She's my little sister, we come from Jin""So... you're not held by any of the oaths monks are?""Only by my own heart and convictions."She seems to think on this for a while, as you leave.[ ] Speak to Snow-Lotus about what she's going to do with her life now.[ ] Speak to Ming Puar about her contract with you as a bodyguard.
>>25329897Yay for forgetting trips. Was starting a rhubarb cake.
>>25329775>Rokan taught us the proper etiquete in all matters fire nation.>She taught us proper etiquete in ALL matters fire nation.>Including [i]courting[/i] etiquete.
>>25329897Snow lotus next. I think she'll need comforting and reassurance more than Ming. Ming's a strong girl.
>>25329897Time to talk to Snow Lotus.
>>25329897>[ ] Speak to Snow-Lotus about what she's going to do with her life now.
>>25329897>[X] Speak to Snow-Lotus about what she's going to do with her life now.She needs it more right now.>"So... you're not held by any of the oaths monks are?">She seems to think on this for a while, as you leave.WELP.
>>25329928>good, will make for easier access of terrorection
>>25329987Yeah... she wants the fuck out of Maro. I do not see this going over well.
>>25329897[X] Speak to Snow-Lotus about what she's going to do with her life now.She's probably going home to her nation.
>>25329983Leaving a - by her own admission, hastily dressed Lily behind, you head over to Snow-Lotus's room, you knock and are promptly greeted by her."I didn't mention it last night, but thank you for freeing me and all the others from that place Maro" she immediately begins"I swore an oath to my Master Ren Zhao to never let evil stand in my presence... that house was corrupt beyond all measure. If it weren't for you Lan Se Shui and Lily I'm not even sure my rescue attempt would have panned out.""Flame-Lily is far braver than I... I could not strike at Zhao Peng.""That's unimportant, what happened is done with now. I want to hear about what you'll do with your life from here on"."I intend to return to the northern water tribe.. in fact I have already spoken to the other girls of the house and the majority of them intend to return to their homes, those who cant or wont hope to find a new house to entertain at. I have no ideas on where they could find one as the house of white tiles despite or possibly because of its corruption drove all other entertainment houses out."[ ] Ask if she needs money to get home[ ] Suggest that Fire-Upon-Snow a noble lady you met the other week may be willing to take the other women in.
>>25330372>[X] Suggest that Fire-Upon-Snow a noble lady you met the other week may be willing to take the other women in.>[X] Ask how she intends to get home.In that order.
>>25330372Well Fire-Upon-Snow DOES seem to like throwing money around.
>>25330442Tasty fruit when other farmers are turning to non-food crops? An investmentEntertainment house now that there's a void in the market? Investment.
>>25330478You say that like Applied Economics was a common study for nobles and noblewomen in particular.
>>25330372[X] Suggest that she meet the noble lady.I'm not sure she would be willing to take charity.
>>25330478Crazy Lightning Shooting Ninja Monk?You bet your sweet ass that's an investment.
>>25330372>[ ] Suggest that Fire-Upon-Snow a noble lady you met the other week may be willing to take the other women in.>[ ] Ask if she needs money to get home
"Do you need money to get home?""Surprisingly. No, I have my own money... and those that don't Ling Yi has been authorized to give a reasonable amount money and pay for their travels. Apparently news got to the city magistrate quickly and he's trying to avoid a scandal by getting rid of the evidence that he was letting this go on under his nose""I think I may have employment available for the women who wish to remain, I met a noblewoman who seemed to understand economics... I think if I speak to her she would be willing to invest in the women remaining.""A smart idea Maro... I will tell my tribe of you when I return. Travel to the norther water tribe may take time, but I'm sure you would be an honored guest amongst us. I intend to leave tomorrow, I will miss you" leaning in quickly snow lotus kisses you on the cheek opposite of Lily.[ ] Speak to Ming Puar[ ] Collect companions and go to speak to Fire-Upon-Snow
>>25330755Yes I'm here. but it takes me a little bit to write things up, please be patient unless I'm taking like 40minutes between posts.
>>25330795"So about that contract."
>>25330529>Crazy Lightning Shooting Ninja MonkBut we're not a monk.
>>25330820>please be patientIt was also kind of a bump.
>>25330795Speak to Ming Puar. Thank her for her aid and loyalty in these past few hours.
>>25330820Write faster dammit. I want three chapters worth of content in 15 second. If you don't I'll complain to the mods.
>>25330795>[X] Speak to Ming PuarWonder where we'll get kissed this time.
>>25330795>Speak to Ming Puar
>>25330859>Implying Gen Xiao Ren wont kiss you in the head if you do something dumb like try a tit grab - suggested when we first met her.
>>25330795[X] Speak to Ming PuarHe contract is now up. I wonder if picking up a guard when the need arises and then firing them is a sound plan.
>>25330856I hope to the spirits you're being facetious.
Returning to Lily you ask her to join you in the room being shared by Pan and Ming Puar. She accepts gladly.Knocking on the door you enter and stopping Ming Puar who thinks you're here to speak to Pan again from leaving, you all take seats."It occurs to me Ming, that I never really discussed the terms of your contract with me as a bodyguard. Our contract has seemingly come to a close and I wish to offer you 30 silver bu for the work you did for me over the last day, in addition to allowing you to retain the armor and other tools I bought for you." as you say this, Lily gathers up and counts out the amount you state and presents it to Ming.Pan comes over to you and whispers "I would feel safer if we kept her hired on until we got back to jin""It was a pleasure working under one who so values honor and justice, Gen Xiao Ren and Myself thank you". Ming says, bowing deeply.[ ] Offer to extend her contract[ ] Let ming take her money and leave.
>>25331142[ ] Offer to extend her contract
>>25330836Doesn't mean we can't become one. If only for the sake of protecting our increasingly threatened Chasity. >>25331142Offer to extend our contract if she is willing to keep an protect our sister. As much as we love to protect her we can't always be there when it counts.
>>25331142[X] Let ming take her money and leave.She's fulfilled her role already. We can zap anything that attacks us.
>>25331142>[ ] Offer to extend her contract
>>25331142>Offer to extend her contract"I can say the same to you. Sadly is seems virtue is lost to most. Would you like to continue traveling with me? I still have need of a bodyguard and I'm sure you still have need of work."
>>25331142>[X] Ask her what she intends to do now.
>>25331142Offer to extend contractEven the Avatar needed his team of bitches and WANG FIRE! If we keep Ming Puar, all we need to do is find a Wang Fire.
>>25331226"Ming, Pan says you make her feel safe - would you like to extend your contract until we reach my home island of jin? whenever that may be?""I would gladly do that. Gen Xiao Ren finds you fascinating... Dragon of Storms"."I think almost every matter I could imagine has been resolved. The very last thing to do would be speak to the lady Fire-Upon-Snow about if she'd take in the few girls remaining from the house of white tiles."Pan pipes up with "Fire-Upon-Snow? Rokan taught me about her! She used to work at a song house... then a nobleman bought her out of the house for an amazing price. She was to be his second wife solely for her economic acumen... it seems in the last few years both the nobleman and his first wife died of natural causes, leaving her in charge of the house. Her fortunes have grown amazingly. The nobleman and his first wife had no children, and she did not bear him any either.""That is fascinating Pan, do you think she'd take the offer?""Most likely Maro."[ ] Head to Fire-Upon-Snows house dressed as you are.[ ] Change into the noblemans clothes and head to Fire-Upon-Snows house.
>>25331425[X] Change into the noblemans clothes and head to Fire-Upon-Snows house.
>>25331425Dressed as you areShe met us as the wandering Monk, so we'll Monk it up with her.
>>25331425Head to her house in monks clothes if we go in noblemen's outfit we can look forward to getting pounced on.
>>25331425We definitely have to look the part. Dress up to go see Fire-Upon-Snows. Though we may have to leave out the fact that we were the one who killed peeps and burnt down half the town in the negotiations.
>>25331203Chastity is for eunuchs.>>25331142>extend the contract>add the stipulation that her main objective is to protect Pan, not you.>also, doesn't Pan translate to "bread" in like...spanish?
>>25331469>>25331447If we dress it up it will be much easier for her to figure out who we really are.
>>25331485In multiple languages actually. She wasn't named after bread though.
>>25331494Is that really that much of a bad thing, you think?
>>25331425>[X] Head to Fire-Upon-Snows house dressed as you are.Monk till the end, bitches.
>>25331425Nobleman's clothes.We're not a monk today. We're maro of jin.We'll monk it up when we leave the city.
3 for monk, 3 for nobleman.Tiebreaker please.
>>25331511Yeah, even the Japanese picked the word up from Portuguese traders IIRC.
>>25331565Then I will cast for noble
>>25331425>[ ] Head to Fire-Upon-Snows house dressed as you are.
>>25331565Wear our finest. This has to be on the up-and-up.
>>25331599>>25331616>>25331621Right. 1d20+7 for appearance
Rolled 17 + 7>>25331646
Rolled 15 + 7>>25331646Rollan
Rolled 10 + 7>>25331646
>>25331658>>25331665>>25331672welp looks like we gonna get some. I mean she already liked us before but now fuck.
>>2533165817 again. I seriously want to work some kind of numerology into a logo or trademark saying involving 17.
>>25331658Write-up coming in a bit.
>>25331425[X] Head to Fire-Upon-Snows house dressed as you are.Are we still in armor? If so let's change to monk clothes.
>>25331728There is a 48.8% chance of getting at least 17 when rolling 3d20. Just saiyan.
>>25331836I think he meant specifically 17. We seem to roll it exactly quite a bit.
>>25331836Not with /tg/ dice.
>>25331836Yeah, yeah, I know, painting the bullseye, but I meant 17 in particular, not better than 16.
>>25331912Still a good roll
You make a few requests for grooming supplies from the soldiers and ask Lily to run a small errand purchasing a perfume for you. You set about sterilizing the tools borrowed, shaving, cutting your hair to proper length and dressing in the appropriate manner.Pan sits and watches you the whole time providing a strict reminder of Rokans lessons of etiquette. When you err (which suprisingly you do not do often) Pan quickly points it out and you correct it. Lily returns with the scent you requested (Cinnamon and Oak) and watches in amazement as you transform from destitute beggar monk into a proper nobleman.Stepping back into the barracks, you return the items from the soldiers you borrowed them from... and they barely recognize you, when they do a look of pure shock at your transformation.When Ling Yi sees you he looks more shocked than even his soldiers, bowing deeper than befits his station towards you. You gather your immediate companions : Ming Puar, Pan and Lily and seek out the House of Fire-Upon-Snow.As you enter the streets, crowds part for your group. It takes only a short journey to Fire-Upon-Snows house and the steward quickly hurries you into one of fire-upon-snows lounging rooms. A small selection of pipes and tobacco's are brought out for your perusal, as well as a large amount of applepears, Ming Puar takes one of the pipes and pan recommends a tobacco for her, while Lily delicately peels an applepear. Fire-Upon-Snow finally makes her appearance, in clothes suggesting that she's done nothing but relax since buying out the local stock of applepears."So the Monk has turned into a Nobleman... You tricked me that day in the market" Fire-Upon-Snow begins.[ ] Flatter her[ ] Business first.
>>25331836/tg/ dice laughs in the face of mathematical probability.Physical laws do not apply to dice rolls here.Only dice rolls that cause bitch tears can be counted upon here.
>>25332303Oh and third option[ ] present her with the first poem of her generosity.
>>25332303[X] Business first.We're still a monk, just not an official one.
>>25332347>[ ] present her with the first poem of her generosity.Oh hell yes
>>25332303A: I'm reasonably certain we shaved our head.B: apologize if we have caused any embarassment to Fire-upon-the-snow and tell her we have a bussiness opportuinity for her.
>>25332347>[ ] present her with the first poem of her generosity.Give her the P......oem of Generosity.
>>25332303>[X] "My dear lady, nothing Maro the monk did on that day was anything Maro the noble would not have done. Nonetheless, I apologize for the deception. When I leave this town, I will once again don the facade of the monk. But for today, for now, I come to you sans that mask to trouble you with another unreasonable request.">[X] Business first.
>>25332303[X] Flatter her[X] present her with the first poem of her generosity."I must apologize for my deception my Lady, even for a kind and generous beauty such as yourself I could not reveal who I was no matter how much I wished to. To pay for such trickery, making you believe I was a handsome monk rather than a handsome nobleman, I shall return to you the poem crafted from your name that you generously gave me."
>>25332347Writeup for poem incoming - once I defeat my cat who is trying to steal my rhubarb cakey because cool-whip
>>25332608>once I defeat my cat who is trying to steal my rhubarb cakey because cool-whip>ycfw
>>25332608>tfw the only poems you can think of now are along the lines of>Kittens stealing cake>Know not generosity>Unlike wise ladies
>>25332410>>25332454>>25332386"To let go of painincurred... What a charityto self and others!"With laughter that reminds you of the small bells Song kept on himself, the lady say "So you *are* a poet... I thought you were merely handsome as a monk, but you're stunning as a nobleman... If only my husband were as good looking as you, he wouldn't have passed without an heir", she says scandalously.You hear Pan gasp at the lady daring to say something so bold, which draws her attention. "What have we here... the daughter of the house schooled by Rokan? Well this *is* rare... tell me what brings you here girl""... My brother has business with you""Brother? So the monk really is a nobleman... and schooled by the greatest tutor in the fire nation. I must hear this story. I have heard rumors that Rokans appetites are legendary, forgive me for gossip - but is there truth to them?"[ ] Attempt to redirect conversation back to business (Medium-Hard)[ ] Quash rumors about your tutor (hard)
>>25332798>I'm not very good at poems actually, I generally just google search for something and then insert it. So yeah, I'm prettymuch blatantly plagiarizing people, but its for sake of pacing. If I had to write haiku's I'd take much longer to post.
>>25332801Redirect the conversation. Just quashing the rumors outright would acknowledge them and put a harsh tone to the proceedings. We want her to be amenable and acceptable to us, not ticked off that we didn't want to gossip.
>>25332801>[ ] Quash rumors about your tutor (hard)"I assure you, she left me largely unmolested by anything but the occasional wooden stave and blunted sword."
>>25332801>[X] Indulge in some idle gossip - carefully directed so as not to besmirch your tutor's name - as a way of gaining her trust.
Rolled 16>>25332801[X] Quash rumors about your tutor (hard)Can't let slander about the lady Rokan spread.
>>25332801[X] Quash rumors about your tutor (hard)"I assure you, Rokan while a harsh mistress in many ways was not a harsh mistress in any of the ways gossip suggests."
>>25332801right, please roll 2d20 for quashing rumors (one for yourself, and one for pan). I will take the best of *each* within the first 3 rolls
Rolled 7, 20 = 27>>25332895
Rolled 2, 9 = 11>>25332895
Rolled 3, 12 = 15>>25332895
Rolled 1, 15 = 16>>25332895Rolling to defend her honor.
>>25332904>>25332910>>25332911So, we suck, but Pan is a boss.
>>25332904It looks like we're rather unconvincing, while Pan might as well be a rhetorician.
>>25332904Well Pan just knocked this shit out of the park. Writeup coming soon(tm)
>>25332913Thank the spirits you're slow.
>>25332926Is rhetorician even a word?
>>25332904>>25332910>>25332911Maro of the lightningHe defends his sister wellHis own honor not
>>25332949Yup, it means an expert in formal rhetoric.
>>25332956>Unfortunately >Maro of the Lightning has>One syllable muchWhy don't we have a name more suited for haiku?
>>25333019FUCKI need practice
>>25333019Storm Dragon Maro?
>>25333019Or just Maro of Lightning?
>>25333074Yup, that's 5.
>>25332801You ungracefully spurt and sputter. To think that someone who doesn't even know your tutor could mention something like that... Sure Rokan teased you often and would frequently slip into the hotsprings your family had when she knew you were bathing. But you always believed that was to fluster you, or prepare you for situations when other noblewomen might try to ply you with their bodies. Nothing ever came of it aside from some minor embarassements. You begin to open your mouth to say something incredibly undignified when your sister Pan forgets the meek display she's been putting on, you can tell with a glance that Fire-Upon-Snow has struck upon Pan's legendary temper, you pray silently to your ancestors that five years of tutoring with rokan has taught her better how to control it."Gracious Lady, we are not here to gossip with you about one of our greatest friends and possibly one of the wisest and most respected citizens in the fire nation. We are here to speak of matters far more pressing and important than a ladies appetites - which as I recall your own gathered quite their own following." The desire to gossip is struck off Fire-Upon-Snows face as sharply as if she were struck... and with that verbal rebuke you'd almost think she were.Ming Puar blows smoke from the pipe she borrowed and seems to find great enjoyment in this."Master Maro, I beg your forgiveness... I have forgotten my station and your own in seeking to gossip about someone you surely hold close to your heart. Let me forget this shame and us move on to what you came here to discuss." Fire-Upon-Snow apologizes and begs.Cont.
>>25333246"You are a generous person and so I shall treat with you generously lady. You may have heard rumor that the house of white tiles burnt to the ground last night... through some personal investigations I found that the house was actually part of a slaving and smuggling organization, which was decapitated in a lightning raid last night. There is a power void in the market, I do not wish to see it be filled by filth again. Many of the girls wish to return home but a few know there are no lives to be found for them anymore in their homelands, I came seeking you to ask if you would extend your benefaction upon these women, treat them fairer than the criminal zhao peng and prevent crime from easily re-entering the streets of shen jiao""... I did not think you came to me to offer me such a lucrative proposition. This is the second time you have been the spirit of good fortune for me. What's the catch""Only the willing may work there, the women must earn fair wages, they must have adequate days off, anything else must be negotiated between you and the women themselves. I trust you will treat them fairly.""Of course Master Maro... is that all you wished to speak to me of?" she hints that there may be something else she'd like to discuss in private.[ ] Yes, that's all[ ] I am preparing for a journey, could you lend me your steward so I might find the most worthy places to shop?
>>25333332>[X] I am preparing for a journey, could you lend me your steward so I might find the most worthy places to shop?
>>25333332Go with her in private to "discuss" what it is that she's interested in.The steward question can come after we're in private if we even care much about it.
>>25333332[X] Yes, that's allI'm sure we can find food that will travel if we look.
>>25333332>[ ] I am preparing for a journey, could you lend me your steward so I might find the most worthy places to shop?Hell, why not.Also>>25333333Need to see who got that post number.
>>25333403To clarify, I just don't like the idea of being in any nobles' debt.
>>25333332>she hints that there may be something else she'd like to discuss in private.Let's see what she wants
>>25333391>>25333437It's pretty damn obvious what she wants - and we're not taking off for it in front of Pan or Lily.Accept the steward and move on.
>>25333332"I can think of nothing, and yet you give the air of one who still wishes to speak."
>>25333391Dude our precious adorable little sister would pick up on that.>>25333332Yes that's all
>>25333489Good...Friends?She wants to be good friends?But I thought we were good friends.
>>25333562Only the best of friends.
>>25333332>[ ] Yes, that's all
>>25333332So right, what's the consensus here, are we taking the steward or not?
>>25333332[X] I am preparing for a journey, could you lend me your steward so I might find the most worthy places to shop?We can discuss this in private if need be.>>25333436We're not in her debt, if anything she's in ours. We just handed her two very good investments on a silver platter.
>>25333436Dude its the other way around.>>25333735talk to steward.
>>25333735I'm seeing a majority for taking the steward.
>>25333735Discussion of steward... and whatever else she may want to discuss... in the next room. Because surely Pan's already picked up on this as well, and she might surprise us with information that's actually important.
"We have a journey ahead of us honourable lady. It would help if we had someone proficient in attending to the needs of many to purchase the things we'll need for our journey. May we have use of your steward for the next day?""Master - no Lord Maro, you have been the spirit of good fortune for me, you have shown great humility and astonishing compassion in my presence... I would be shamed if I did otherwise... your generosity eclipses my own."End of firebender quest episode 8 wordwordwords. Follow me on twitter (https://twitter.com/DelicousBread) for updates on running and some occasional idle banter. Next episode is probably going to be shoppingtastic. Also Q&A open while I catch up on this weeks animu.>>25333898She wanted the dick, She was being unsubtle about it. Pan and Lily would have picked up on it while Ming smoked herself into a stupor.
>>25333996So, um... I have to ask. Is there a reason there's two girls in our immediate vicinity that want the D? Is it just there in case the playerbase wants it?
>>25333996Yeah, I figured it was all about wanting the dick, but then again that'd be the classic nobleman's blunder, right? Assume she wants the dick, but end up making an ass of yourself when she suddenly reveals some vital bit of non-dick-related intel?
>>25334079Who says there's only two?
>>25334079Actually, the playerbase has seemed remarkably uninterested in waifus so far.
>>25334111There's really only one I'd be interested in anyway, out of the characters we've seen. If for no other reason than fearboners.
>>25334079As always women seem to go after those with power, but I'm confident my monkly brothers will resist their temptations. After all there is still injustice in the world.
>>25334079I try to give this quest a pretty solid nod to actual history and asian cultures - to the best of my knowledge, nobles were generally promiscuous as fuck.Taking a second wife wasn't a shameful thing and in fact it was considered quite honorable if you bought her out of one of the entertaining houses - it also displayed your wealth and power.
>>25334111I think it's because the playerbase is more interested in being a lightning-shooting fire-breathing martial artist than in acquiring our own girl. Every quest and their brother has waifus / husbandos, very few feature firebending.I know at least I'm here for the justice, the do-gooding, and the kung-fu-fightan.
>>25334153I'm more interested in the political aspects of marriage. We're a noble, we can't afford to be interested in common women. It would lower our station in the world.
>>25334192Actually no, it wouldn't. To be honest Maro would have probably expected to marry rather low because his family probably wants to keep him in charge of jin. It's his sister that would be married off for political reasons.>>25334216Archive is up. http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/25326025/
>>25334228So is our plan to do some shopping, take Pan home personally, then continue on the righteous quest of do-gooding and wuxia?
>>25334177So what does the book say on third, fourth, and fifth wives? Or would that start to fall under the heading of "mistresses"?
>>25334256It varies greatly depending upon the individual. Some men are perfectly happy with just one. Some previous firelords have had hundreds. Public opinion is a resounding 'meh'. Within the family politics comes into play cause there's main lines of succession and the like.
>>25334289Awesomeness. I approve.
>>25334302Next episode might be a day for finding out more about your companions.
>>25334338Speaking of companions, how's our guinepigbat been doing?
>>25334379I often forget about him when I'm writing actually. He's gorging on applepears.
>>25334396D'awww. I still say he is going to be the key to victory one of these days. He will have a shining moment of glory, and it will be awesome.
>>25334415I would be so stoked if that happened, because I played a Firebender in an A:TLA game, with a pet Flying SquirelFox, which sacrificed itself to save my character one day.
>>25337021Ah but you only found this little guy... he may already have an owner