>Character Listing>http://pastebin.com/5tVbUeKJ>Terminology Pastebin>http://pastebin.com/R7RKmVS9>Archive>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Wulin+Hero+Quest>Twitter>https://twitter.com/WulinHero?lang=en>Sky's Character Sheet>Cultivation: C+>Internal Arts: Heaven's Blessings (C+,)>External Arts: Endless Sky Forms (C+), Carefree Saber (C-)>Techniques: 1rst Form Yin-Yang Rotation, 2nd Form Traversing the Instant PathApologies for last night's abrupt end, during the server maintenance my internet crapped out for some reason.
>>36604108WULIN QUEST YEAH
>>36604108My body is ready.jpeg
>>36604108Let's get this tourney started!
>>36604169Just what, 3 more people to talk to, maybe hobo if he shows up, and then we're set foooor....we don't know exactly yet.
So this is actually the ninth thread, right? Last I checked we were one off.
>>36604243One was misarchived as 7, so there are two 7's.My bad.
>>36604243This is the tenth.Check the wulin page quest page, you'll see clearly 2 sevens, one after the other.
>>36604108FUCK YOU WULINSAGE I WAS GOING TO GO TO SLEEEEEEEP
>>36604314BUY ENERGY DRINKS AND COFFEEI'm using my "studying stock" for this
>>36604325I used my studying stock for studying
>>36604331>not having a studying stock so large it'll last well into the next semesterI pity the fool
>>36604314Hey, I didn't choose to be born in a shitty timezone.>>36604325Disregard education, acquire kungfu.>>36604108>Previously in Wulin Hero Quest>After making it through the Preliminaries with surprising ease, Sky was moved to the inside of Yuan Manor with the entourages of the hopefuls of the major factions by himself. Having spoken with Brother Genshu and Ao Zhuzheng first, he later met with Junzi Society's quietly intelligent Yang Meilin and Wudang Sect's remarkably nice Ma Huizhong. Approaching the Heaven Sword Alliance's Xiao Jian, he was abruptly (and somewhat rudely) warned away from continuing the tournament any further, as he will be putting himself in great danger.>Wulin Hero Quest Continues!
>>36604401Oh don't get me wrong OP, I'm studying while I participate.Calculus + Kung fu = fun
>>36604428Six Radians, One Solution Style!
>>36604401"I advise you to leave, Hero Tiankong," the young man says, without opening his eyes. "This tournament will be extremely dangerous. More importantly it's an almost entirely a meaningless title, and a political ploy by our host. It would be senseless of you to risk your life over something so trivial as a title, especially given you show exceptional talent and promise."You pause, frowning at his direct method of address."....thanks, but I've got my own reasons for being here and unfortunately I can't back out at this point if I want to follow through with them," you say.You are finding your sense of humor is not nearly as ready to be deployed around this guy."It seems we have something in common then," he mutters, turning towards you, opening his eyes and placing the tip of his sheathed sword on the tile floor, both hands on the pommel."I assume you had a specific reason for approaching me? These fights will not be easy and concentration is important. I would assume you'd want your own privacy respected as well, in fact."You keep frowning.>WDYS?>"....actually, I just came over here to socialize." [Honest/Irritated]>"Who pissed in your egg flower soup?" [Regular Irritated]
>>36604518>"....actually, I just came over here to socialize." [Honest/Irritated]
>>36604518>"....actually, I just came over here to socialize." [Honest/Irritated]"To properly meet my opponents and introduce myself"
>>36604518>...actually, I just came over here to socialize. And properly introduce myself to my opponents. Seemed polite.
>>36604518>>"....actually, I just came over here to socialize." [Honest/Irritated]
>>36604518>"....actually, I just came over here to socialize." [Honest/Irritated]"Thought it would be polite to introduce myself to my opponents. If I'm ruining your focus, though, I'll leave."
>>36604660>>36604548I like these.
>>36604537, >>36604548, >>36604611, >>36604623, >>36604633, >>36604660, >>36604699"I thought you looked kind of bored. Thought you might want to talk to someone who isn't kissing your ass like the guys over there always seem to be," you say, nodding at the seven Heaven Sword Alliance elders who came with Xiao Jian."Your attempts at humor are an unnecessary gesture. I do not require 'icebreakers' in conversation. My elders are honorable men who have earned their place in the Jianghu, and I'd prefer them not insulted," he says, but he doesn't sound angry.He doesn't sound ANYTHING."I wasn't trying to be funny," you say as frankly as you can manage."Your wit does you credit, but it's misplaced in conversation. Honored Brother Genshu is much the same way I think. I should hope you rise to the heights he has, as you show impressive skills for one unaffiliated with any known faction.">WDYS?>"What is WITH you dude?" [Angry]>"Nice sword." [Change Subject]
>>36604817>"Nice sword." [Change Subject]
>>36604817Thank him for the compliement>"Nice sword." [Change Subject]
>>36604817>>"Nice sword." [Change Subject]
I was thinking, why don't we share our tale with brother gensho and ask if he recognizes our inner style? he knows all 72 styles, surely he has heard of ours. or if not, he would probably become curious enough to ask about it among the older shaolin
>>36604817That's a nice sword you've got there.
>>36604817> Good bye then. And good luck.This guy is hard to deal with.
>>36604925He knows all 72 - shaolin - styles.
>>36604967oh, i missed that part.still, he is probably our best bet. and actually ASKING for help tracing our origins rather than just hoping someone approaches us after seeing us fight in the arena would probably net better results. Since most people who do recognize it might not think to say anything to us.
>>36604817Apologize for insulting his elders.
>>36604988We already have that strategist guy who is with Yuan.
>>36605016You mean the guy who was with the Tangs? Maybe, though there's a very high chance of being manipulated by that guy towards his own ends and getting nothing for our troubles.
>>36604827, >>36604830, >>36604836, >>36604867, >>36604885, >>36604889, >>36604905, >>36604948"...thanks. Nice sword," you say, changing the subject.The one in the middle right of the pic."Your attempts to change subjects are somewhat clumsy, but I must agree," he says, holding it out. It's blade is much wider then most jian swords, but it still seems to retain it's flexibility."Sword Heaven Castle's Unrivaled Sword," he says, giving you it's name. "It belonged to my father when he was younger. Thank you for complimenting it.""...sorry for insulting your elders.""Apology accepted.""....."".....""Yeah, I'm just gonna go," you say, bowing with a salute then leaving.You go and lean against the far wall sighing. The guy is just way to hard to talk to."Met Xiao Jian I see?" comes Genshu's voice RIGHT NEXT TO YOU....like always."BUDDAHSHITTINGDICKNIPPLES!" you say in surprise, babbling out the curse of random words. "Why can't you ever just WALK UP like a NORMAL PERSON?!""I was sitting right here the whole time," he says with a smile, legs folded and his right hand raised in meditative prayer.
>>36605103Goddamn Genshu always pops in like he goddamn Spiderman.
>>36605103goddamn it genshu quit being awesome
>>36605016I'm not entirely sure that Ironheart was recognizing us in particular. I think he might just have been interested to see there was an actual xia in the crowd of amateurs. He was looking around for threats, saw us, and focused on us because he could tell we actually had skills. Then we locked eyes and stared him down, and that impressed him. Him pointing us out to Tang Shijing was just him going "Hey, look, one of them is actually worth something."
>>36605170that seems likely but lets play it by ear with him
>>36605016Yes, but I don't trust him.I would rather share our tale with trusted individuals like our monk friend and have them ask around on their circles than rely on someone like that.
>>36605170I'd be wary around Ironheart and company. They are local clans, and if anyone had any idea where our Ba might be, it would be the locals. These guys might be collaborators (in which case we may also need to punch some answers out of them, like a pinata).
>>36605328>punch some answers out of them, like a pinatai KEK'D
>>36605103"...yeah, I met Xiao Jian," you say, refusing to give Genshu the satisfaction of aggravating you further. "Must be a huge burden trying to walk around with that pole shoved up his ass all the time.""I take it you didn't like him?""No.""Hm. That's interesting. Why?""He's rude, has no respect when he talks to folks, has no patience for conversation, and doesn't seem to give a shit about manners either.""That's funny," he says with a smile, still meditating."What is?""So you basically dislike him for the ways he's exactly like you then.""What? Bullshit!" you say, offended."You're remarkably direct, have no patience for proper address, consistently disrespect authority, and every time you engage in conversation not somehow directly related to your goals you liberally sprinkle it with biting sarcasm. And you're rude.""I'm not EXACTLY like that!" you protest."In what way have I stated are you different then?""....I'm funnier then he is?" you finish lamely."Indeed, I'm afraid Heaven Sword Castle's young master is not possessed of a developed sense of humor.""See? Different!""Also, both of your lives are perpetually overshadowed by your fathers, there's that too.""And jusy what the HELL do you know about my father?""You mentioned you were looking him and later mentioned he trained you and have shown that you were trained EXCEPTIONALLY well. I made an educated guess," he admits, shrugging"....okay, it's a GOOD guess, but I still say I'm not much like that guy.">WDYD?>Speak with Iron Palm Sect's Qiu Qiang>Speak with Resplendent Phoenix Society's Hong Lan>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai Zhu
>>36605372>Speak with Resplendent Phoenix Society's Hong Lan
>>36605372>Qiu QiangThat's the angry guy, right? I'm irritated. Let's go fuck with the angry guy.
>>36605372>>Speak with Resplendent Phoenix Society's Hong Lanmore women for sky
>>36605372>>Speak with Resplendent Phoenix Society's Hong LanYo Phoenix why so secular?
>>36605372>>Speak with Resplendent Phoenix Society's Hong Lan
>>36605372>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai Zhu
>>36605372>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai ZhuHong Lan a shit
>>36605372>Speak with Iron Palm Sect's Qiu QiangAngry man needs beat down
>>36605372>>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai Zhu
>>36605372Hong Lan I guess, sure, we could go talk to Qiu Qiang. However, given that we're already annoyed, it's best not to immediately dive back into what we think is going to be "this guy is a dick" scenarios.
>>36605372A sense of humor makes all the difference, Genshu. If you weren't funny you'd just be some bothersome monk. Instead, you're the coolest guy ever.
You know, after bro's duel, assuming he knew where the guy was staying, we should have asked him to introduce us to his rival.For information gathering purposes.
>>36605372Can we ask him about his thoughts on the tournament having an ulterior purpose? Before we go and visit >Speak with Resplendent Phoenix Society's Hong Lan
>>36605372>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai ZhuI forget, was Ai Zhu a man, or a woman?Either way, Hong Lan and Qiu Qiang should be saved until last. They're clearly going to be the most difficult.
>>36605559Woman. The Emei Sect are Buddhist nuns.
>>36605586The chaste kind of nuns or the worldly kind of nuns?This is important.
>>36605639Depends on how much you donate to the temple, heh
>>36605639implying we couldnt have her abandon her vows for us
>>36605372>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai ZhuBecause i like the name.
>>36605639The leader of the sect is always a nun. The individual members however, are not always nuns.Still pretty chaste tho.>>36605372"So what's all this really about, Monk?" you ask, leaning against the wall and folding your arms, looking over the crowd. Yang Meilin and Ma Huizhong are laughing about something, while Hong Lan is glancing over at you occasionally while speaking with her sect."Ah, the Great Question! What does it all mean?""The TOURNAMENT.""Oh that. I confess I do not know for certain," he says with a shrug."That's not the same as 'I have no idea', Monk," you point out."Quite. I will say that the tournament itself is likely about determining the title. However Yuan Shanlin's intentions are much vaguer. He's always been generous, friendly, and charismatic, especially for the people in Sichuan and Chengdu in particular.""Isn't he a neutral party?""He's one of the Four Houses, yes. Four family-based clans, each in one direction, who are of middling size but good influence in their respective realms. All have famous leaders, and all cooperate when they are threatened as individuals.""Why? Seems a little unusual from wgat I've learned.""All four heads of the clans are sworn brothers and traveled the Jianghu when they were younger.""Oh. So what's the Tang Clan's in on this then? They're strictly neutral.""The Spiders of Sichuan always have clouded motivations and objectives I'm afraid. I won't even attempt to guess at them.""Some help you are.""Only the Buddah knows all, Hero Sky. Don't look now, but Lady Hong Lan is approaching," he says, nodding in the direction of the radiantly beautiful woman sauntering you way."Crap, I don't want to deal with another womaHEEEY!" you say as Hong Lan shows up, giving you the Wulin Salute...a little uh..lower on the bow then normal."I was just talking to-" you say, turning to the empty space in the wall where Genshu sat previously.
>>36605808It's like instead of a bat crashing through young Bruce Wayne's window, it was a copy of the Lotus Sutra.
>>36605840>"That's it! I shall become...a Shaolin Monk!"
>Spiders of SichuanI wonder if they have a habit of getting a spider tattooed on them.
>>36605865Spiders always do.
>>36605808>"Ah, the Great Question! What does it all mean?">"My SIDES">"Oh, that. I confess I do not know for certain."
>>36605871Zhu'er has a spider tatto anon.
>>36605889Anyone can have a spider tattoo.
>>36605977Coincidence? In the Wulin? Hahahahahaha.
>>36605977Conservation of detail anon, if it wasn't important it wouldn't come up.
>>36605808One of these days, I swear, I am going to chain that monk down. Let's see him ditch us then...>>36605991Indeed, he must not be from around here.>>36605840>>36605857Shit, I just looked that up and now I think I'm hypnotized.
>>36605808daayym shes hot
>>36606040Just to clarify; Hong Lan is physically at least supposed to be the most attractive woman if the bunch. Weather you consider her personality attractive however is up to individual tastes.>>36605808"Hi Handome," the Phoenix Society hopeful says with a smile "Hong Lan, Resplendent Phoenix Society.""T...Tiankong, No Faction," you say attempting to regain your composure."I came over here to see what was so funny and interesting about you that everyone wants to see you. If you're as nice to talk to as you are to look at I'll be REAL impressed...,">WDYS?>"How long have you been with the Phoenix Society?" [Inquire RPS]>"I notice you haven't been speaking with anyone else here except your clique." [Inquire Hong Lan]
>>36606206>most attractive>Lianshi9/10 tasteI prefer XingcaiOn-topic>Inquire Hong Lan
>>36606206>"I notice you haven't been speaking with anyone else here except your clique." [Inquire Hong Lan]
>>36606206>>"I notice you haven't been speaking with anyone else here except your clique." [Inquire Hong Lan]i dont trust her, her flirting is probably insincere
>>36606206>>"I notice you haven't been speaking with anyone else here except your clique." [Inquire Hong Lan]
>>36606206>>"I notice you haven't been speaking with anyone else here except your clique." [Inquire Hong Lan]this could be fun
>>36606249Or she flirts with everyone
>"I notice you haven't been speaking with anyone else here except your clique." [Inquire Hong Lan]>>36606249I agree completely. She's trying to put us off our guard. That said, this could just be how she communicates. Until she actively tries to use her sexuality as a weapon, we should still be polite and consider the possibility that she's just caught by Sky's evident animal magnetism.
I wonder why she's unavailable?Maybe her flirting is insincere, or maybe the assumption that she likes girls is wrong. Or maybe it's the assumption that she likes only girls that is wrong? But then why would she be unavailable?Questions!
>>36606335no its the female monk lady thats unavailable this women is fair game
>>36606335Oh, makes sense I guess.
>>36606360No man, it's this one specifically.He said so, the feminist group is the one with the unavailable candidateGo re read that thread.
>>36606386see this is what i get when sage does like 4 threads in 2 days confused
>>36606206"Why so antisocial?" you ask."Hmmmm?" she says, looking you up and down in a very obvious way."You've not spoken to anyone outside of your sect since you got here. Everyone else has, except Qiu Qiang and Xiao Jian, and they're sticks in the mud. So why not you? You clearly are chatty enough with your friends?""Maybe I'm shy?" she says, giving you a coy smile and crossing an arm beneath her bustline, putting ahead on her chest."Yeah, somehow I doubt that," you say dryly."Hm. You ARE pretty funny. Is it true you have no sect?""Why does everyone ask it like the announcer didn't say it every time someone's face hit the floor last round?""Want to join the Resplendent Phoenix Society then?>WDYS?>"Say WHAT?" [Confusion]>"Pass." [Outright Refusal]
>>36606417>>"Pass." [Outright Refusal]this is a verbal game for herCaptcha: iswled case
>"Say WHAT?" [Confusion]
>>36606417>"Say WHAT?" [Confusion]
>>36606417>>"Pass." [Outright Refusal]i knew there was an agenda behind her flirting
>>36606417"Why do you want me?"
>>36606417>Say WHAT? [Confusion]
>>36606417>"Pass." [Outright Refusal]Nah, girl, I'm busy.
>>36606417>>"Say WHAT?" [Confusion]
Well, she does present two very good reasons to join theSociety...
>>36606417>"Pass." [Outright Refusal]We don't need to join and if we react with confusion, we're playing into her game. We have other ways to get information and by a flat refusal, we re-take the conversation's initiative.
>>36606417>"Pass." [Outright Refusal]she's testing us
>>36606417>"Say WHAT?" [Confusion]Let's see what she has to say.
>>"Say WHAT?" [Confusion]
>>36606417>"Say WHAT?" [Confusion]>"Pass." [Outright Refusal]I am intrigued and appalled.
>>36606417>"Pass." [Outright Refusal]she's trying to pull some shit.
We've got three write-in's here who could break this particular close tie, should said writeinanons wish to change their vote?
>>36606552Oh yeah, I see those, niiice
>>36606589>>36606578>>36606529>>36606488>>36606480>>36606474>>36606465>>36606449>>36606445feel like it makes us seem dumb. It's going to happen. So if we could could we at least say something along the lines of >>36606471
>>36606628Might not happen if >>36606471, >>36606472 pick a vote.
why are we trying to give up conversation control
>"Convince me."Yeah, kick the ball back into her court.
>>36606670>conversation controlAnd now that's a thing, we're playing a manipulation game folks!Sky is suddenly not who he used to be.>>36606628I change to pass, fuck it let them have their retarded shit
>>36606670Why do you care about conversation control?
>>36606692In fact Sky frequently manipulates conversations. Notice how whenever he feels uncomfortable about a subject or doesn't feel like lying (since he's awful at it) he immediately deflects with sarcasm and humor?So far only Genshu's able to see past the tactic because he's quite adept at it himself.
>>36606709it lets us gleam more info from people
>>36606748no, it makes us look like an ass
>>36606732But that's very in character, and isn't really manipulative.That's not manipulation in the least bit, that's just avoiding subjects.Anon is under the impression outright denial is an important piece of conversational chess. Which sky never treated any convo as before, did he?Plus, there's no humour in "pass".Unless you make it so.
>>36606748>outright refuse>she says ok and leaves>Hahaha see we got more info this way!Except it doesn't.
>>36606771Sky is an ass
>>36606802Not like this though, he's an humorous ass.Not a cold ass.
>>36606802We should work on that then.
>>36606773Dodging subjects is in fact manipulating a conversation. Manipulating conversations doesn't automatically make you a dick mind you.>>36606802Kinda. I like him though.
>>36606793Thing is, people like her never just take 'no' for an answer and go. By doing the unexpected (and let's face it, Wulin Sage wouldn't have Sky come off as blunt; the character is FAR too sarcastic for that), we win back a bit of control here. Even a bumpkin like Sky knows that if someone starts a conversation with, "Hey Handsome~" they're after something!That said, I don't really mind too much, either way. Falling over himself in the face of a social attack would be in-character for Sky.
>>36606836ohh dont get me wrong i like Sky two but he is an ass; an ass i love
I hope we have a nice long conversation here, there are so many things we can ask this girl.Also she seems to be a sexy flirty womanly woman who clearly has more going on than is apparent due to unknown complicated circumstances, which can be pretty cool.
>>36606894god damn you auto correct
How about we sarcastically say "Yeah sure! I would LOVE to join a society i just met and know nothing about!" or something like that.
>>36606802In all fairness as his writer...yeah, he kinda is. Gets it from his pa.>>36606417"What? Why?" you say, thrown off a bit."Why not? You have no support, no clan, but lots of talent. With backing you could be hugely important in the Wulin one day, right? Why not let the Phoenix Society be your big, strong back?""I thought the Resplendent Phoenix Society only let in women?""Of course not, we have men in it too. Not many," she admits, "but not for lack of trying on our part. We get so bored all the time...,""No offense, but I try to stay out of secular matters,' you say. "You ladies seem a bit too involved there.""So join and then don't bother with them!" she says with a sweet smile. "I'm sure we can think up all kinds of ways we can use you~""So you only want me for my body?" you say with a smirk.She laughs. ACTUALLY laughs this time."Oh, you ARE funny. I like that. But seriously, you're saying there's nothing at all I have to offer you you can think of? I can only try so hard you know~" she says with a feigned pout.>WDYS?>"You're trying awfully hard already." [Casual]>"So why doesn't Ma Huizhong like you?" [Prod]
>>36606978>"You're trying awfully hard already." [Casual]
>>36606978>>"So why doesn't Ma Huizhong like you?" [Prod]there is a story here
>>36606978Why not both!
>>36606978"Heh, you're trying awfully hard already...So, why doesn't Ma Huizhong like you?">watch for reaction
>>36606978>"You're trying awfully hard already." [Casual]>"So why doesn't Ma Huizhong like you?" [Prod]Time to diffuse this. Obvious ploy to get our power on their side is obvious.She's never going to talk to us as an equal, until we earn her respect. That won't happen, if she thinks she can play us like a flute and move us like a chess piece.That said, Sky wouldn't be Sky, if he wasn't smirkingly casual
>>36606978>>"So why doesn't Ma Huizhong like you?" [Prod]
>>36606978>"So why doesn't Ma Huizhong like you?" [Prod]
>>36606978[Casual]There are already too many people with sticks up their asses around here. Be cool.
>>36606978>>"You're trying awfully hard already." [Casual]
>>36606978"You're already being a bit pushy. Maybe I don't find that attractive in women?" you smirk."I don't think you KNOW what you find attractive in women, do you Hero Sky?" she counters right back."Well...uh," you say, for once completely at a loss for words.She was actually spot on there; you know when a woman is pretty, but beyond that?You've never focused on anything but martial arts your whole life, you're lucky your dad even told you how sex works."Maybe we could help with that?" she says...and she's a bit closer now.You feel nervous, edgy. Like you need to block or dodge because this feels like....wait.This feels EXACTLY like fighting.You prod, she deflects, she moves closer, she tests your defenses, looking for an opening or MAKING one if you can't find one naturally.You think fast, latching onto your first counter-attack, trying to figure out anything about her to use."Ma Huizhong doesn't think very highly of you," you say suddenly, and she stops (so she WAS moving closer, it wasn't just your imagination) and withdraws slightly."Hero Hizhong's just paranoid. He seems to think anyone who isn't exactly like him is somehow up to something and isn't worth trusting," she explains with a shrug, trying to brush it off like it doesn't bother her.But you caught her reaction before she could stop herself.>WDYS?>"ARE you up to something?" [Honest]>"How about Duan Lei?" [Prod]
>>36607463>"How about Duan Lei?" [Prod]Press the advantage.
>>36607463>>"ARE you up to something?" [Honest]She obviously is
>>36607463>"ARE you up to something?" [Honest]
>>36607463>>"ARE you up to something?" [Honest]lets not bring our bro into thisalso called it should have passed on her offer but nooo
>>36607463>ARE you up to something?Bro's business is bro's business.
>>36607463>>"ARE you up to something?" [Honest]
>>36607463>"How about Duan Lei?" [Prod]USE OUR ACE
>>36607463>>"ARE you up to something?" [Honest]Other than the fact that if we agreed to join her clique we would likely be disqualified automatically.
>>36607537>>36607529>>36607525>>36607500>>36607499>>36607490>actually asking instead of using what we already know
>>36607558it would give her information that we know duan lei
>>36607579I think it was pretty clear from us using his style during the preliminaries.
>>36607463>"How about Duan Lei?" [Prod]Put her on the back foot... Then ease off. We don't want to make enemies here; just show we won't be manipulated.>"ARE you up to something?" [Honest]
>>36607592fuck i forgot about that
>>36607463Why aren't we using the info our bro gave us?>[Prod]
>>36607463>"How about Duan Lei?" [Prod]
>>36607463>>"How about Duan Lei?" [Prod]
In before "Besides, you don't actually like men right?" and spaghetti goes everywhere.
>>36607667Oh, man we need this actually.
>>36607667eh, I think that theory is firmly trounced.
>>36607667Maybe our bro was saying not to get involved because she's a manipulative bastard instead? Or possibly because a bunch of other men of the ridiculously powerful variety are already after her? Maybe he was just saying 'don't stick in the crazy. Or maybe she's just a skank or something. He never actually explained it.
>>36607463"You certainly SEEM like you're up to something," you say in all honesty. "I'm just trying to figure out if it's as straightforward as it seems.""How so?" she says, seeming amused."You want me because you see a skilled fighter you can apply to something else I'm guessing. Maybe it's more complicated then that, but I'm guessing that's the basics, right?""Is that so wrong? I promise I wouldn't mistreat you~" she says, fluttering her eyelashes."Pretty sure flirting with someone only to get something you want IS mistreating someone. Only difference is you're convincing them that they enjoy being mistreated in the meantime,""You're a bit cynical, aren't you? Can't someone just be happy in service to a cause, even if they don't particularly care what the cause is?""I dunno; why doesn't Duan Lei like you?" you say, completely shifting the conversation."I...what?" she says, and her face suddenly becomes an expressionless mask. She seems to you like a play actor who forgot her lines."That's two friends of mine now who say you're a bit shady, and I'm inclined to agree," you say with a sarcastic nod of your head.Though if they hadn't told you earlier so she might have hoodwinked you there."I don't care what Duan Lei thinks. He has nothing to do with me or my family," she says almost mechanically."I never mentioned your family. Why did you?" you say with a raised eyebrow.She shakes her head, backs off, and the smile returns. It's a bit less inviting this time though.Now she looks to you more like a cat looking at a mouse."It's a shame Handsome. I thought we might be fast friends.""Friends don't lie to each other and hide intentions with pretty words and skimpy clothes," you say, and your words mark an absolute finality in the conversation.She gives a little sigh, and then walks away.You gotta admit though, watching her go's almost as fun as watching her walk up. She makes walking a whole multi-dimensional visual exercise.
>>36607854She's definitely manipulative, though that's not automatically a bad thing.What is a bad thing is that we don't know her goals or how chivalrous she is.Plus, yeah, she's probably already got other suitors chasing after her, which would be trouble.
>>36607881Welp, that's that.We came out alive and free, so I'll call that a win.
>>36607854Honestly my best guess is she is either the girl Lei wanted to marry or the sister of that girl who got him jilted.I'd like her as a waifu but it seems to not be. :(
>>36607881bet she is the sister od bros ex
>>36607887I was just tossing out random ideas as to why our bro thinks she's bad news. The bastard part was the important bit on that appellation.
>>36607881This conversation certainly have gone worse.
>>36607925of bros ex
>>36607881We may have made an enemy... but you can't win them all.
>>36607947She already leaned towards being an enemy, even (or particularly) because she pretended at being a friend.The only mistake I can see is Sky letting on he considers her suspicious, but Sky's not the type for spycraft and courtly diplomacy.
>>36607923Wouldn't be too despondent just yet.>>36607881You're pretty sure you know what Duan Lei meant now; to be available a woman has to be open to some degree.You highly doubt Hong Lan has been anything like "open" or "vulnerable" in a very, very long time."Sheesh. I liked it better when people who meant be harm threw punches....">WDYD?>Speak with Iron Palm Sect's Qiu Qiang>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai Zhu
>>36607947implying we wont defrost this ice queen eventually
>>36607970>>Speak with Iron Palm Sect's Qiu Qiang
>>36607970>Speak with Iron Palm Sect's Qiu Qiang
>>36607970>>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai Zhutime for a female monk
>>36607970>Speak with Iron Palm Sect's Qiu QiangOne more aggravating conversation, then we can finish off with someone sensible.
>>36607970>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai Zhusexy nuns
>>36607947I don't think she's so sensitive that she'll see rejection as a hostile action. We're playing hard to get, here.
>>36607881why did we get so mean?maybe we can ask her to start over
>>36608004Sexy BUDDHIST nuns. Totally different look than what you're thinking. Still fairly hot, though.
>>36607970"Sheesh. I liked it better when people who meant be harm threw punches...."That really is a perfect transition to meeting Qiu Qiang. I kind of wanted to save him for last but eh screw it.>Speak with Iron Palm Sect's Qiu Qiang
>>36607970>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai Zhu
>>36607970>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai ZhuLet's leave Qiu the Grumpy one for last.What do people have against Ai Zhu?????
>Qiu QiangLet us learn the art of angry punching.
>>36608062Nothing. I just want to have a normal conversation after we talk to the angry punching man, to bring us back down to an even level.
>>36607970>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai ZhuWhy not save Qiu for last? He's the angriest, it's obviously gonna be loads of trouble...
>>36607970>Speak with Emei Sect's Ai ZhuIf we leave her until last, she might take it as a slight, on behalf of her gender. Qiu's a big guy and he's grumpy; he can stand to wait a while.
>>36608085But it's anticlimatic as fuck to talk to the angry guy then talk normally.Something interesting will happen when we talk to him, I'm sure, so we might as well leave it for last, no??????
from what i can tell about Hong Lan is that she is the typical woman near power makes men do the heavy lifting while making them think the idea was there's to begin with; when it was actually her's.
>>36608122More or less. The Resplendent Phoenix Society are all about the ideal of soft power, having influence rather than command.
>>36607970You shake you head, exhaling and walking back over to the table where food was, getting some more wine.The Emei girl is near the table, helping herself to some food. It's not much, just a little bit."Hey could you-" you begin and she...squeaks like a kitten ("MEEP!") and backs off?".....pass...the soup ladle?" you say finishing your sentence.Great. Another crazy one."Oh! Um...yes, I can!" she says, smiling awkwardly."So....""Hm?""Are you going to?" you say, perhaps a bit more dryly this time."Oh! Yes, sorry, sorry!" she says, giving you the ladle and backing off with a bow."Thanks. I'm Tiankong, Sky," you say doing the salute.She blushes, looks back and forth, as if for an escape route, and then takes a deep breath and returns the salute."A..Ai Zhu, Emei Sect!" she says firmly with a nod, mustering her courage.>WDYS?>"Are...you okay?" [Hesitant Friendliness]>"Calm down, I'm not going to eat you." [Reassure]
>>36607975Meh, not interested either way.
>>36608333>>"Calm down, I'm not going to eat you." [Reassure]
>>36608333>>"Are...you okay?" [Hesitant Friendliness]
>>36608333>>"Calm down, I'm not going to eat you." [Reassure]good be an act but if not i like her already
>>36608333>"Calm down, I'm not going to eat you." [Reassure]
>>36608333>"Are...you okay?" [BUSTA WOLF]
>>36608414A someone who played most of the Fatal Fury games as a small lad when they came out, I approve of this post.
>>36608386god damn it the need for sleep made me pick the wrong word should be could be
>>"Are...you okay?" [Hesitant Friendliness]
>>36608333>"Are...you okay?" [Hesitant Friendliness]
>>36604108>>"Are...you okay?" [Hesitant Friendliness]
>>36608333>"Are...you okay?" [Hesitant Friendliness]>"Calm down, I'm not going to eat you." [Reassure]Both sounds good and awww!And yeah, I don't DISLIKE Hong Lan. If anything, I respect her as much as anyone who is cunning over powerful. I just think we need HER respect, before we can begin to trust her.
>>36608333>>"Are...you okay?" [Hesitant Friendliness]>>"Calm down, I'm not going to eat you." [Reassure]In that order. It just doesn't make sense other wise.
>>36608608haveing her respect or not i wont trust her at all for the simple reason is she is cunning
>>36608656But combining might and cunning is the key to victory, anon.
>>36608656Eh, well, mistrust is healthy and she DID immediately try to manipulate us. Still, we'll have to disagree, there
>>36608333"You alright? I'm not going to eat you or anything" you say, quirking your head to the side and raising an eyebrow."I'm...I'm fine! I'm just...no, I'm okay! Thank you for asking, Hero Sky!" she says with another bow, her hands wrapped around her sword."Okaaaay....because you look like you're about to fall over or feint. And with my luck I'd catch the blame for it and the entire Emei Sect would swear blood vengeance on me and I SO do night need that right now," you say, rubbing your hand down your face."Oh, no that would never happen! I fall over on my own all the time, they'd understand perfectly!" she says, bobbing her head eagerly to reassure you, her ponytail bobbing with her."A...Ah," you say, not sure what to make of that admission.>WDYS?>"So...how 'bout 'dat Emei Sect?" [Inquire Emei]>"Why are you so nervous anyway?" [Inquire Ai Zhu]
>>36608734>"Why are you so nervous anyway?" [Inquire Ai Zhu]Aw, she doesn't know what to do with herself, does she?
>>36608681i dont deny this but only a fool trusts the cunning completely >>36608714i just dont want blind trust; i like hedging my bets so to speak>>36608734>>"Why are you so nervous anyway?" [Inquire Ai Zhu]
>>36608734>"Why are you so nervous anyway?" [Inquire Ai Zhu]
>>36608734>>"Why are you so nervous anyway?" [Inquire Ai Zhu]
>>36608734She is adorable and now our mascot. We are stealing her.That said, she IS the Emei sect's representative, so there is absolutely ZERO chance she is as harmless as she seems.>"Why are you so nervous anyway?" [Inquire Ai Zhu]>>36608753She is adorable and she must be ours. Not as a concubine or wife, but as a little sister we can dote on.>>36608757>i just dont want blind trust; i like hedging my bets so to speakWuxia is a story of great passions, anon. Those who sit on the fence, do not know the river.That said, it's a valid point and I can see why you have it; I just disagree.
>>36608734"Okay, I get that you're really nervous, but why? I mean, I'm a little shaky here too, but you've got a sect backing you.""I'm...I'm sorry, I've just never spoken to one before!""To one what?""A man!"You stare, trying to process THAT bit of information."Okay...yeah, I could see how that might...make you a bit nervous," you admit slowly.I mean you don't know all that much about women, but you TALKED to them before at least."I'm not nervous! Well, okay, I AM but I-EEEP!" she squeaks as she walks around the table and trips loudly on the carpet, dragging food off of it with her!You rush, moving like the wind to catch it before it falls on her, holding a plate in each hand just before it falls, standing over her!You glance over at the others in the room. Qiu Qiang and Xiao Jian are as aloof as before, but the others are looking over at you both, confused at the weird visual of her fallen on her rump with the rug tangled around her foot while you stand over her, awkwardly holding food plates.The Emei Sect on the other hand just looks exasperated; they all appear to be sighing sadly or facepalming."Sorry...," she says, looking dejected and facing downward.Ah shit.She's gonna cry isn't she? You hate that."Oh, no harm done. Good reflex training!" you say with a chuckle placing the food onto the table.You pick her up, easily haul her light body to her feet (she's much shorter then you), and brush her off, her arms held close and nervous unsure as to what you're doing at first."See? There. All better," you reassure, smiling as best you can.She turns a different shade of red, backs off and mutters a "thank you"."So you're a nun?" you say, changing the subject, and she shakes her head."Nope. Abbess Huran is, but we're not all nuns or anything. We have lots of Buddhist values and Daoist teachings. Ours is the first sect to combine both in history you know!" she says, happy to be informative.
>>36609093Ok so, a dojikko. I wonder how she fights... that we really gotta see.
>>36609093Oh man, i hope we fight her in the competition, we can probably 1HKO her by showing off our abs.
>>36609300I imagine she is completely different in an actual fight.
>>36609333What if she isn't (and normally wins anyway)?> capthca: tianmien examining
>>36609093You are now manually hearing all of Ai Zhu's lines as spoken by the English VA for Sasami in Tenchi Muyo.You wonder how in the WORLD this awkward girl could possibly be a xia, let alone a hopeful for a Top Ten Young Hero."Okay, but there's no men on Mount Emei then?""Nope. Since we have SOME nuns and our Abbess is one, no men are allowed. We don't mind them though, there's lots of brave heroes in the Jianghu who are men!"An older Emei sect girl walks over and stand over Ai Zhu."Greetings, Hero Sky. I am Li Ruyo, Zhu's elder sister," she says with a bow, shooing her off and telling her to go visit the others. Ai Zhu gives you a happy "bye" with an adorable smile and heads off."Thank you helping my Little Sister avoid further embarrassment. She's a little bit shaky; this is her first time off Mount Emei you see.""No, really?" you say in the most exaggerated voice possible.>WDYS?>"Are you sure it's a good idea to even bring her off the mountain?" [Question Ai Zhu]>"Is she going to be alright? And I mean in the 'won't die in a fight way'? [Question Emei Sect]
>>36609333she can't -eat- when a man says hi to her.grappling will, doubtless, be super effective.
>>36609300>>36609333>>36609369 We can just go into that match sans shirt. If it works great, if not we'll be at no disadvantage.
>>36609370>>"Is she going to be alright? And I mean in the 'won't die in a fight way'? [Question Emei Sect]
>>36609370>"Is she going to be alright? And I mean in the 'won't die in a fight way'? [Question Emei Sect]I mean if she stumbling like that at the sight of me......... imagine what a good looking guy could do.
>>36609370>>"Are you sure it's a good idea to even bring her off the mountain?" [Question Ai Zhu]lets not insult her skill
>>36609370>"Is she going to be alright? And I mean in the 'won't die in a fight way'? [Question Emei Sect]
>>36609370>>"Are you sure it's a good idea to even bring her off the mountain?" [Question Ai Zhu]
>>36609415This is an entertaining choice
We could suggest a mutually beneficial arrangement: Friendly sparring.They get to see some of our styles and she gets to be acclimated to men. We get to see some of their styles and get to know them better.
>>36609370>"Are you sure it's a good idea to even bring her off the mountain?" [Question Ai Zhu]We should also go with >>36609522 suggestion as well. We stand to gain a lot by it.
>>36609522This be bretty gool
>>36609370"Hey, will she be alright? These fights are gonna get rough, and she seems a little young to be-""Ai Zhu is eighteen years old," Ruyi clarifies.Oh okay. Just....short and immature then.Ruyi looks over you carefully and seems to make some kind of judgement."Ai Zhu is nervous, and perhaps even a little clumsy, but she is a remarkably proficient martial artist. Her parents were both skilled fighters and she has inherited much of their internal energy, as well enhanced it using our training methods.""Having a good internal doesn't make her a good martial artist!" you protest with worry in your voice. "It also requires enough external kungu so-""She has a nearly eidetic memory. Everything she reads, sees, or watches she remembers," Ruyi elaborates. "She knew many of the initial forms of Emei Swordplay by heart when she was thirteen, and now can perform them better then I can even though I am five years her senior in age. She learns new forms so quickly that we have actually had to slow her teachings, so she doesn't practice forms that she doesn't yet have the internal energy to safely perform without injuring herself."You're silent, caught off-guard by that."....what if she has to fight a man though?" you ask, and then Ruyi gets awkwardly nervous."I....ahhm....we're hoping we can teach her to get over that by watching combat!" she says with a nervous laugh."I could help out with that if you wanted? Friendly sparring before she has to fight a man?" you offer."I...you would?" she says, surprised."Yeah, sure. I mean, why not?""...and in return?"
>>36609830In return we get to spar with someone as good as you just described. It should be just as educational for us as her, if not more so.
>>36609830"Uh I get to fight someone strong? And it's nice to help someone with their... difficulties"
>>36609830"I...don't really understand the question."
>>36609830... you lost me
>>36609830Nothing needed in return but we can always ask for help finding Ba or at least a lead.
>>36610001Are you me?
>>36609830Oh hell she can do the same thing we can but likely better....at least we have the internal energy advantage at least.Well fighting her will at least give us a better idea of our self.
>>36610001>>36609918>>36609895Best response ever. I mean sure, it's more honest to say we're just doing it because>never turn down free practice>get to know a competitor before the competition>be nice because gosh darn it she's so adorableBut being deliberately obtuse and snarky is so much more Sky.
>>36610061It's not exactly the same thing.
>>36609830"How about not letting Iron Asshole over there fold her in half like a paper during their fight?" you suggest, pointing a thumb at the Iron Palm Sect Head.>InterludeRuyi pondered the unknown xia's offer and terms and imagined:>Qiu Qiang: "RRRAAAGH! QIANG SMAAAASH!">*obliterates her in a in a single earth-shattering blow, reducing her to a fine pink mist*>Interlude End"Your...terms are acceptable!" Ruyi says, shaky for some reason as she says it. "I must consult with my sisters, but I think they'll find it an agreeable offer at least.""Glad to help. Hey, back there you made some kinda decision about me. What was it?"She smiles. "I decided that any man who is considered a good man by Ma Huizhong must be chivalrous at heart.""Yeah, he seems like a decent guy," you agree. "You know him or something?""Uh...no!" she says, blushing furiously and shaking her head. "That is...I've admired him! His uh...reputation for chivalry is well-known! I...I must go now!" she says, heading back to the Emei group a lot faster then she left it.
>>36610149She learns forms on the fly, Sky invents them on the fly.Should be an interesting match.
>>36610158These Emei chicks needs to go out and talk with people more
>>36610208He can learn them easily, but not on the fly.Her knowledge will allow her to adapt a bit, but not like Sky.At the same time he can make shit up like a pro. While she can learn shit up like a pro.It'll be fun.
>>36610149Indeed but she would actually be better at it then us.Our only hope is our greater reserves. Especially with our current lack of technique.I have a feeling she may prove a very dangerous person for us especially in the long term.
>>36610158Your interludes are always the best, Wulin Sage.>>36610215Agreed. Oh this will be fun for a number of reasons.>>36610226Yeah, honestly, out of all our enemies thus far, she seems like the most dangerous. See, I SAID she was no-where near as harmless as she seemed!When we spar with her, we have to keep our internal arts a secret. She might just learn them... Plus, we can hit her with them in the actual tournament and secure a win.
>>36610226Then it's great we're going out of our way now to establish ourselves in the role of "helpful virtuous xia", isn't it?
>>36610263Internal arts are harder to learn by observation than External.
>>36610263I don't think she's quite that much bullshit.
>>36610285True. You can observe how a person moves their body without too much trouble. Observing how they move their chi is a lot harder, at least in the middle of a fight.
>>36610158You shrug, and walk over to the far side of the hall and pass by Qiu Qiang."Hey-""Go away.">Oblige>Do Not Oblige
>>36610313>>Do Not Oblige
>>36610313>Do Not Oblige"Not the talking type I suppose."
>>36610313>>Do Not Oblige"But-"
>>36610313>>Obligefuck it lets just go
>Do Not ObligeAs if there were any other path
>>36610263I doubt heavens blessing is so shallow that it can be mimicked through observation. Separating Yin and Yang shouldn't be an easy concept to grasp from lightning bolts flying around.
>>36610313>Do Not ObligeNow why'd I do that? I'm just trying to get to know my contemporaries. Respectfully.
>>36610313>[Do not oblige]"Well! Now I have to know, what crawled up your ass and died?">half assed friendly manner.
>>36610406>And then Sky died.
>bothering someone who does not want to be bothered
>>36610313>ObligeAh, whatever. Let's go talk to the people we like.
>>36610338, >>36610339, >>36610340, >>36610343, >>36610348, >>36610350, >>36610377, >>36610406, >>36610407"I...was about to ask where the bathroom was," you finish, an obvious note of annoyance in your voice.You look and notice even though he stands with his sect that they're all a good four or five feet from him."Xia, I am under no obligation to humor your death wish at this very moment by continuing to have this discussion with you. If you wish so very badly to feel the weight of my Iron Palm, then challenge me to a fight first when the tournament begins," he says, his voice not even bothering to conceal the threat behind it.He sounds intelligent and well-spoken enough. He's no thug. He's just a prick.>Agree>Do Not Agree
>>36610593>>Agreefuck it why not
>>36610593>AgreeLets do it
>>36610593>AgreeFuck it, we'll have to fight him sooner or later. Why the fuck don't we take him first? He's in DIRE need of being taken down a peg or two anyway.We'll need to fight Ai Zhu second though. The more she can observe us, the harder it will be for us to come up with something new to coutner her.
>>36610593>"You are a big guy"
>>36610593>Do Not Agree"It was not my intention to offend you, nor to make an enemy of you. I merely wished not to make my first introductions at the end of a fist."
>>36610593How about not? We already promised to fight Zhengzhu first guys.And really, this guy is not going to hold back. At all. He will kill us unless we bust our our best moves, why would we fight him first and thereby show our best stuff to everyone and possibly get injured to boot?Jesus.
you're in the club and this guy slaps your gf's ass wat do?
>>36610593>>Do Not AgreeWe promised we would fight someone else
>>36610593>Do not agree"I have other obligations."
>>36610593>Do Not Agree
>>36610593>>Do Not Agreechanging my vote
>>36610593>Do Not AgreeGuys seriously.
>>36610593>Do Not Agree"My dance card's already got someone scheduled for first. You okay with taking second, bug guy?"
>Do not agreeForgot about best waifu
>>36610683That's not even comparable.Fuck, in this situation WE are basically that guy walking up and slapping some girl's ass.This guy was over here minding his business, maybe he had a bad day. Maybe every day is a bad day for him. And then we come over here and start talking to him, and continue to pester him after he makes it clear he doesn't want to talk.That's not us being a dick. That's us being an annoying little prick that nobody likes.
>>36610632 HereAssuming that we already have other people that we promised to fight first then we decline
>>36610593>Do not agree
>>36610683Laugh at him. He has bad taste
>>36610771I was jokingthis was me>>36610482
You did not in fact agree to fight anyone at all first, just to clairify.And for people who are worred about him being tough?Every single fight, regardless of what order in happens in is going to be a challenge, possibly each worthy of it's own thread depending on what you do.
So we can't just take our shirt off and grapple to beat Dojikko girl?
>>36610856We probably can.
>>36610830Meh, that's fine, but I still don't want to fight the guy who killed his own father in a duel and is known for being brutal and not holding back AT THE VERY START.I thought we said we would fight Zhengzhu first but maybe that was just something she said during one of her, ah, "moments".
>>36610830ohh well then agree then i thought we agreed to fight someone first already
>AgreeMeh, it'll be amusing to say the least. Besides, we ensure Ru Yi's interlude doesn't become canon
>Do not agreeLet's not be morons. We learn fast, so we fight some other people to grow stronger. Other people who aren't jerks and who won't kill us.
>>36610593That sure is some confidence, I'm sure that after our bout everyone will readily recognize him as the third or fourth strongest man present at this gathering.
>>36611004>inb4 he absolutely wrecks everyone.
>>36610593"...Sure, I'll bite," you say simply.You can tell this guy is hard, but you aren't afraid; all you have to loose is your life."Excellent. Would you like to make the announcement when Yuan Shanli returns, or should I?""I'll do it.""I see," he says, folding his arms behind his back, closing his eyes.".....the bathroom's that way.""Thanks."You walk off in the direction he pointed.
>>36611043Eh, he told us where the bathroom is.Hahahahahahahahahaha
>>36611065WE'RE FRIENDS NOW!
>>36611043A worthy first fight
>>36611043>" *Humpf* You dare talk to me the prince of all saiyans? The most powerful man in the galaxy? I'll show you in a fight just how strong I am. ... the bathroom is that way"
We're deep in autosage by the way
While I don't like the thought of going up against someone who might strike to kill in the first fight, at the very least his Iron Palm is probably one of the better techniques for us to study since it doesn't mainly focus on weapons, the same as ours.A lot of the xia here appear to mainly be weapon users, so I was a little concerned.
>>36611123Yeah but two more pages before a new thread would be needed.
>>36611141I'll ask again; everyone up for a new one?I've actually got a solid way to cap this one off coming up.>>36611160Page 7.
>>36611160355 posts, page 7 deep.
>>36611133We have some advantage in our first fight though, having some tricks up our sleeve. Having them againt that guy might make it more even.
>>36611163YEAH WE ARE, CAPN!Also, is it already archived?
>>36611163a repeat of last night please
>>36611172How many Empire State Buildings?
>>36611177True. Both pros and cons.
>>36611194No, will after this last post.
>>36611163We're always up for more. Don't be shy of taking a break if you start to feel some burn out coming on though.
>>36611163YES! NEW PLEASE! MY BODY IS READY!
>>36611255We can keep going.
>>36611043>A Short While LaterYou walk out of the rest room (you found it after running down some servants after getting lost in the Manor) after reliving yourself and washing your hands clean, heading back to where the main hall is.It doesn't take long; the maze of corridors and stairs (man, you don't even REMEMBER stairs getting here!) confuse you and get you even further lost, and you wander in the torchlit halls for something like thirty minutes."Dammit! Why do people even OWN houses this big? There's NOBODY IN HERE to enjoy them!" you say, eyes staring down the hallway you came from.You suddenly feel a presence behind you. That Monk again, obviously."Well at least this time you let me know you were he-" you say turning around, and stopping in mid-sentence.It's not Brother Genshu.It's Ironheart."Nice performance out there today," he says, all seven feet of him looming over you like a mountain over a mouse.His voice is surprisingly quiet, and it's hard to hear even in these silent halls.You find yourself clenching your fist to stop yourself from shaking under his gaze. Your mouth his closed, but behind your lips you grit your teeth. Your feet shift slightly, ready to take a stance."Come see me after the tournament, Little Dragon. We have things to talk about."And with that he turns and walks away, his gigantic form slowly disappearing into the dark hallway.".....What?" is all you can manage in reply, long after he's gone.>To Be Continued
>>36611427now im imagining Ironheart being the sise of Raoh
>>36611427Dun dun DUN!Alternately: Oh fuck.
>>36611427Yet another point for the "Ba is Storm Dragon" theory. Certainly lots of people in the wulin call themselves dragons, so to refer to a young xia as "Little Dragon" isn't too weird. But with everything else...
>>36611467He is. Ironheart is described as "around seven feet tall" and Raoh is 6'11". They're built on the same scale.
>>36611467>>36611506I tried to think of the biggest, scariest, and meanest kungfu badass ever, who's mere presence is a walking "Oh FUCK" moment.So of course I came up with Roah.Sue me if Tetsuo Hara got the archetype perfect the very first time he did it.
>>36611555Hey, we're not complaining. Huge kung fu badasses are fun.
>>36611470Seems most likely, though the Storm Dragon might on a outside chance also be a uncle or something.
>>36611470no, too obvious.were' going to keep being given hints that ba is storm dragon, but it's actually ma
>>36611593In before Storm Dragon was the younger brother of Ba, and wasn't even the one to inherit the full techniques of our school.
>>36611611Ohohohohoh!I like you anon.She taught dad the basics before she died? or no, wait, she didn't die at all. He ran away with the baby to keep us away from her wicked clutches and raise us up right and she is the one who kidnapped him!
>>36611611Feng Renshu was a man, though. And given that there generally are less compunctions about the status of women in the jianghu than in conventional society, there wouldn't be much reason for our mother to disguise herself as a man. I'm not saying it couldn't happen, but it seems unlikely.