Welcome back to Tai Lung's journey on the path of redemption. In our previous thread, the trio managed to defeat He Ling after hard fought battle full of Putrid Brews, fireworks, and good old fist fighting but not before setting a building on fire and breaking a few ribs. In an effort to be responsible, Tai Lung leaves the bat tied up for the Furious Five to take charge of much to their confusion. Deciding that Xin Lan and Chan Ming have proved themselves trustworthy, Tai Lung reveals the final goal of his travels, The Pools of Contemplation, before inviting them to join as his companions. While Xin Lan agrees immediately, the two needed to persuade Chan Ming a bit before she agreed to join in hopes of finding her place in the world. Before leaving, Tai Lung decides to try and reconnect with his father through an anonymous letter. However the group's voyage across the sea is far from tranquil. During a freak storm, Tai Lung and the crew of the Gale Cutter find themselves under a terrible curse. Ultimately Tai Lung prevails in freeing the crew from the curse's effects by facing his own fears and proving that the crew is worth of sailing the oceans. Success comes at a cost however, as the martial arts master pays the ultimate price, his own life.Now Tai Lung find himself face to face with someone he'd never thought to find again. The man who discovered the secrets of Kung Fu before he passed on, Master Oogway.
You stand there stunned as the old turtle walks into the small hut and closes the door behind him. You immediately fall to one knee and bow in respect. You're not sure why but even after all these years, all you've been through, you still feel respect for the old master. Ooway eyes you mischeviously and motions for you to rise. "Now now." He says gently. "I think I should be thanking you." You rise slowly and look at him in confusion."Thank me? Why?" You ask. Oogway smiles and chuckles. "For visiting." He says simply. "It's not every day I meet a true master of Kung Fu." He explains. His words contain no jest, no sarcasm or form of ill will. They are spoken as fact. If you didn't know better, you might have even heard a hint of pride in them."I...but you're..." You say struggling to think of some way to convey that Oogway was the one who deserved that title. Especially after all you had done in the Valley of Peace. Instead you finally settle with, "It's good to see you again master. But...I thought...I thought you died." Oogway looks at you surprised."Died? Is that what Shifu told you?" He asks. You nod solemly. Much to your surprise Oogway laughs. "My, my. Shifu never could see past the literal sometimes. No I simply passed on. Though I suppose, in a certain way, that would seem like dying. As my good friend Luo would say, 'Death is only the next adventure'.""You know Luo sir?" You ask in surprise. Oogway's face lights up."Ah so you've met him too I'm guessing." He says as he takes a seat. "Yes, Luo was a student of mine. Although he took more to the meditation and philosophy of Kung Fu than the fighting. Not that there's anything wrong with that mind you. Much like a tree, Kung Fu has many branches. All of them different and varied but all connected by the same roots." You look surprised."Luo is a Kung Fu master?" You ask. Then...why didn't he escape the bandit camp? you think. Instead you ask, "But then...if you didn't die. How did you end up here?" Oogway smiles."Well...how did you end up here?" He asks gently. You open your mouth and then close it. Unlike Oogway, you did actually die. Perhaps the subject should be broached gently.>What do you say?>Tell Oogway the truth. You're dead. Explain what you were doing before you met your demise.>Try and change the subject. Ask where you are. A place where the dead and the "living" can speak to each other. Could these be the pools you sought? You do feel at peace here. Far more than you ever had while alive.>Ask Oogway what that creature was. You've never seen anything like it but it seems so familiar.>Write in.
Yikes forgot to link the archived threads. Here you go. Sorry about that. Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Tai%20Lung%20quest
>>4454577Well... my best guess would be I bled out. I was fighting, then there was the trial, and then... then I was at peace.
>>4454563I can’t help but hear https://youtu.be/pVYeJyZCwzE when reading this.>>4454577>Tell Oogway the truth. You're dead. Explain what you were doing before you met your demise.>Ask Oogway what that creature was. You've never seen anything like it but it seems so familiar.
>>4454611Ok I legitmiately laughed out loud at that. Maybe I'll use that during introduction posts.>>4454611>>4454594Taking these votes. Telling Oogway we died and asking what that creature was. Writing.
>>4454577>Tell Oogway the truth. You're dead. Explain what you were doing before you met your demise.
>>4454611support, be visibly sad but resigned about it
You cough and decide to be truthful. "Well...my best guess would be that I bled out. I was fighting, then there was the trial, and then...then I was at peace." You explain. "I woke up here after that. I...I died." You say trying to come to terms with that yourself. Oogway gives you a surprised look. "That...that is bad." He says before smiling gently and adding, "If you believe that is the end." You look at Oogway confused. "You mentioned some kind of test. Why don't we start from the beginning? We have plenty of time and I enjoy a good story." He says getting up and offering you a seat as he begins to grab two bowls and pour some soup. You sit down on the surpisingly comfortable chair and begin your tale. You start from the very beginning, from you fleeing the valley of peace all the way to the curse on the Gale Cutter before concluding with your death. As you go through your journey, you finally get a feel for how much you've changed on your journey. From only helping others for profit to putting your life on the line for the sake of everyone else. Throughout your tale, Oogway stays completely silent. He never speaks up or interrupts you and while it seems like he's simply enjoying your tale, you can sense that he's processing every word as if he was your closest friend. When you're done you simply stay silent, unsure of how to continue. With nothing better to do you take a sip of your soup and find it incredibly delicious. The warmth seeps through your body and relaxes it. You can't help but continue to eat until the bowl was empty leaving you content and full. It dawns on you that you were eating despite being dead. Before you can ask about that, Oogway speaks up."You've had quiet a journey my friend." He says. "But one that was fufilling and rewarding. It finally seems that you've acheived inner peace.""So...my journey is complete?" You ask, unsure of whether to be glad or disappointed.Oogway shakes his head. "Not necessarily. A journey is made of many parts. Some wish to get from point A to point B. Others wish obtain something along the way. And some simply wish to wander. But when all of them reach their supposed end, they soon find themselves on another road. After all, all roads are connected to one another in someway. Some may seem to have an ending but that is because you've reached the next town. It is good to take a break and reassess where you wish to go next." He says. Oogway gives you a reassuring smile and places a hand on your shoulder. "However even at the end of your current road, I can certainly say this. I'm proud of you Tai Lung."You look at Oogway in shock. "You're...you're proud of me? But I...I attacked the Valley of Peace. I ruined so many lives. Hurt so many people. I betrayed your teachings. Even Shifu says that you saw evil in me. I...don't deserve your priase." You explain. Oogway shakes his head.
"I never saw evil in you." He explains gently. "I saw darkness and that darkness was doubt and fear. Doubt of your place in the world. Fear of failing your father's wishes and ideals. That is why I said you could not be the Dragon Warrior." He smiles. "Simply because, I did not believe you wanted to be it.""But I did!" You say a bit too loudly. "I trained all my life to be it. To receive that honor." You say settling down. Oogway gives you a knowing nod."Perhaps in the beginning you did." He admits. "But along the way, you lost sight of what you truely wanted. You simply wanted to become what everyone else wanted you to be. Shifu saw your skill and promised you the title. Perhaps in your eagerness to make him proud, you convinced yourself that it was what you also wanted. I cannot say if I was right or not. I simply saw doubt in your heart and wanted to give you time to figure that out." Oogway gives you a small chuckle as he says, "Although I might say, you did take that very poorly. However despite all that you've chosen to go find exactly what you wanted. To become who you want to be and because of that and the people you helped. I can say that I am proud of you. Proud to call you my student but more importantly proud to call you my friend."You breath catches in your throat and you feel your eyes burn. You turn your back to Oogway and look at the fire before half coughing half clearing your throat to change the subject. "Master...what...what was that creature?" You ask as you try to hide you rubbing your eyes with scratching your head. "It seems so familiar but I've never seen anything like it." Oogway makes no mention of your actions or even acknowledges what you're doing and awnsers your question."Ahh...I was wondering that myself." He says mysteriously. Oogway gets up and opens the window to the hut. He waves something in while saying. "Come on in little one. There's no need to be shy. I'll always welcome some more company." The same creature gently floats in, it's movements showing caution. "It is a wind sprite. A child of the wind as it were. Not quite a spirit but also not quite the wind itself. They and many others are natives to this land." The wind sprite makes a few squeaking sounds. You don't understand the noise but at the same time you can get the general gist of what it wants to convey. Friendship, shyness, curiosity of you being here. However it seems Oogway understands it quite perfectly. "It seems to be a friend of yours." He explains. "However it's surprised at your presence here. I don't think either of us expected you to be here. Now it's wondering what to do."
>What do you say?>Tell Oogway you don't know it's talking about. You've never made friends with anything like that.>Ask Oogway to tell the wind sprite to leave. You don't really want to deal spirits right now after your trials.>Tell the wind sprite that it can stay here. It's harmless and it's presence doesn't bother you.>Ask Oogway where exactly are you. The only time you've seen a nature spirit involved massive rituals. How could one appear here so easily.>Write in.
>>4454666A friend?You seem friendly enough, but I don’t seem to remember meeting you before. Have I forgotten?
>>4454666I think the sprite might be Bao, or a creature born of her psyche. Remember how she said that whenever we felt the wind, that would be her? Maybe this wind sprite is the embodiment of that.
>>4454692Yeah, I think you're right. It's the only character that comes to mind really.
>>4454703>>4454692So are you identifying it as Bao then as a write in?
>>4454707I would rather ask it if it’s somehow related to Bao. A bit rude of us to just assume, and all that.
>>4454707What they said >>4454721
>>4454721What they said 2: Electric Bogaloo
>>4454721>>4454724>>4454728Sounds good. Asking the wind sprite if it's related to Bao somehow. Writing.
"Do you know Bao?" You ask as she immediately comes to mind. The wind sprite spins in the air happily and flies around the room. It makes more of the squeaking sounds as it flies. The ideas of friend, happiness over remembering her, and glee are what you can interpret. Oogway nods as he listens."It seems your friend is happy that you remember her. Seems like you two share a common friend. It wants to go and bring more of it's friends with it to visit. If that's ok with you." He explains. You shrug."I...this isn't my home master. If you're ok with it I suppose there's no harm." You say. You look at the wind sprite. "You're friends with Bao right?" You ask. The sprite stops flying and comes closer to you. It nods happily and spins again. "Can you give her a message?" The wind sprite tilts it's head and emits confusion. "Could you tell her something?" you repeat but again the sprite seems to just emite confusion. You sigh. "I'm sorry but I can't really understand you." This time the sprite seems to emit frustration and anger at you. Oogway chuckles. "According to the little one this isn't the first time you 'can't really understand'." He says. You look helplessly at Oogway. "What does it want?" You ask."Well it seems your friend is confused over why you need it to deliver a message. From what it's saying, you can do it yourself." He says. You look at Oogway in confusion and then to the wind sprite."I can't. I'm dead." You tell the sprite. "Sorry." The sprite doesn't seem to comprehend. You look to your former master for an explanation.""Ah...My apologies Tai Lung but sprites don't really understand the concept of death." He turns to the wind sprite. "Tell me my small guest. How can he send a message. He's...a bit lost." The wind sprite makes more noise. This time understanding is harder to come by. It seems to want to say something related to gift but mixed the concepts of honor, power, and wisdom. Trying to make sense of it makes your head hurt. Oogway listens and his eyes widen a bit before he turns to look at you in what you can describe as awe and honor. "What?" You ask getting a bit exsasperated. "Well...according to our small friend here. All those who are blessed by Shenlong himself should be able to communicate with the wind and it's friends. It seems very frank in its frustration on how willfully ignorant you're being." He says very bemused. You simply stand there, dumbfounded and unable to process words. After a bit you manage to speak.>What do you say?>Stand there dumbfounded a bit more. You really can't seem to proccess this.>Ask the wind sprite to explain. The more this conversation continues the more confused you are.>Ask Oogway to explain. Maybe he has an understanding of what's going on. At least he can understand the sprite.>Tell the sprite that it's wrong. You might have been one of the greatest martial artists of your time but even you never received a dragon's blessing.>Write in.
>>4454776Well, the little gal seems positive... let's give it a shot and meditate a bit. Feel the wind. Try to make some sense of the sensation. Maybe look around edge of consciousness if we're missing something. This is a new environment, time to examine our awareness of it...
>>4454776>Ask Oogway to explain. Maybe he has an understanding of what's going on. At least he can understand the sprite.Maybe it was the true form of the ocean spirit? I recall some chinese stories feature a dragon that lives in an opulent castle under the sea, who bears a myriad of treasures that any mortal would covet. Including magical artifacts...
>>4454790>>4454802I think i can combine these two. Writing.
>>4454802https://mythopedia.com/chinese-mythology/gods/dragon-king/#:~:text=In%20Chinese%20mythology%2C%20Longwang%20(龍王)%20lords%20over%20the%20seas,of%20the%20concept%20of%20yang.Oh fuck it may have been he...
>>4454851Huh, good thing we left a good impression with it then
"Master...do you know what's going?" You ask. "You can understand the sprite." You think for a bit more. "Could it have been the ocean spirit? A reward for my trial?" Oogway shakes his head. "Shenlong is the dragon deity of agriculture, rain and thunder..." He thinks. "Perhaps you might have met Longwang. The dragon king." He laughs as he faces you. "It seems you have lead a very eventfull life. Receiving the blessing of a single dragon is one thing but to meet an avatar of the King of all Dragons and earning his respect...why it sounds like something out of Luo's stories." You balk a bit at the revelation. Considering how you stood up to what could have been the King of all Dragons and then proceeded to demand that they held up their end of a bargain all while bleeding out, it was quite the surprise the spirit didn't simply end you right then and there."I'm sorry but I still don't understand. I've never met Shenlong let alone recieved his blessing." You say. "But if Longwang is the King of Dragons, then I supposed it would be within his power to grant me a blessing." You look at the wind sprite. "Is that right? Was it the Dragon King who blessed me?" The wind sprite jitters mid air emenating immense frustration before it squeaks and flies out of the building."Perhaps I shouldn't translate that..." Oogway muses. "But it seems very certain at the least that you do posses some kind of blessing. Perhaps a bit of meditation might help." He suggests. You nod and sit down in the grass, crosslegged and close your eyes. You attempt to clear your mind and find it to be increadibly easy to do so. Something you couldn't accomplish while alive. You attempt to stretch out your conciousness and feel something but it comes back empty. You furrow your brow and attempt to feel the wind. What returns is an odd sensation. While you don't feel anything, you swear you should be able to. Like an instinct you once had but had now lost. Just out of reach but within sight. You focus a bit more on that feeling. On the very edge of your perception, just where feeling and imagination blur together you feel something. It's faint but familiar similar to the wind sprite. It also feels hollow as if missing something. It's all rather confusing to you."I...I don't understand." You simply say. "I'm not sure what I'm supposed to feel or do. It's like...trying to perform some kind of technique or action that I have no instructions on but I know I should be able to do naturally." You sigh and open your eyes. "I don't know what to do." You admit.Oogway nods. "It is best you don't rush these things. You do have a lot to take in today. Like a river, it may rage and flow but you can never make it move faster than it desires. You have plenty of time now, so you may do things at your leisure." You stand up and look around before finally asking a question that you've been meaning to voice.
"Where...where are we? Where the dead can meet the living?" You ask.Oogway simply smiles. "Come with me my friend." He says opening the door to his hut. He leads you outside and you find your breath taken away. https://youtu.be/c4oLMGThh3kA vast sea of clouds stretches as far as the eye can see. They clouds themselves glimmer and sparkle as if made from pulverized gems. Dotting the vast ocean are hundreds of floating islands, some with their own pools of water, others with water falls that tumble down into the bottomless cloud sea. In the distance you can see various figures, sprites of various colors and elements, exotic birds and animals long thought extinct...and dragons. In the farthest reaches of the sea you can see them flying through the endless sky and diving down below the clouds. They are nothing like their divine brethren but nonetheless they are beautiful."Welcome Tai Lung to Eureka, the Forbidden Land. Or as it's more commonly known as The Spirit Realm.">Welcome to the Spirit Realm. What does Tai Lung do for his first few weeks here?>Relax and meditate. You have never felt more at peace here. (What do you meditate on?)>Train. You now have unlimited time and energy. Continue on mastering your martial arts skills.>Explore. Eureka, the Spirit Realm, is a new land untouched by mortals and unknown to you. (What do you wish to look for?)>Spend time with Oogway. The man you knew but never truly got to know as you devoted, much to your detriment as you now realize, to martial arts. (What do you wish to do with him?)>Spend time with the spirits. You can understand them on a fundamental level but you feel like you could do more. Learn to properly speak with them.>Write in
>>4454911>meditates and tries to learn how to contact bao, you have things you need to say and she is the only one who can say them, you left ming and your bunny friend safe, but alone
>>4454911Tell me this because it will inform a lot of my planning and ideas does time move the same here as on the mortal plane
>>4454911>Relax and meditate. You have never felt more at peace here. (What do you meditate on?)Oogway said we had obtained inner peace. Meditate on that further. The Tai Lung of the trial still lurks within us, the primal instinct, so our inner peace rests on a shaky foundation right now. Perhaps it's time to figure out what Tai Lung of the past and present TRULY wanted to be - not what others wanted him to be.
>>4454911>Relax and meditate. You have never felt more at peace here. (What do you meditate on?)Take in the ambience. Contemplate the quest. If we’re dead, how does that change our search? Should we continue on, or look for something else? If we really passed trial offered by the dragon king himself, what are we going to do to not go back on our claims? Or are we supposed to simply lay back and enjoy sunshine? We probably needn’t worry about our friends, they should be safe now...Maybe do some wandering and exploring if answers don’t come to us spontaneously. Look if we can find some familiar place or other people, while taking in the fantastic, otherworldly sights...
>>4454932No it does not. The concept of time does not exist in Eureka. You can spend months here and have it feel like seconds once you realized that time has passed. In comparison to the land of the living you could spend centuries here and have only a few months pass in the living world. Oogway would have told you that. Mostly because it sounds cool and also because I don't want you to rush coming back to life. Just so players can enjoy the spirit realm with no pressure.
>>4454931>>4454937>>4454941We're meditating. Perhaps for the first time in our life. Writing.
You decide to take Oogway's advice and take things slowly. Even if you wanted to, you couldn't force the answers to come, if there were any. With his permission, you settle on the roof of Oogway's home. From there you could get a full view 360 view of the world around you. You cross your legs once more and close your eyes. You wanted to find out a way to contact Bao. The wind sprite said, or rather emoted, that you should be able to do so. If you could somehow figure out how to do it then perhaps Bao could contact Xin and Ming. They were safe but...also alone. You were the reason they traveled and now you had left them. You try your best to send some sort of message to Bao. At first you try to send words to her or images or even ideas and concepts but try as you might you just couldn't. It was like trying to send a letter to someone you didn't have an address to. You were simply flinging your thoughts to nothing. However as you meditate and continue to try, you feel you senses extend beyond your normal five. You slowly begin to feel the presence of other beings of wind. Sprites and even some spirits. At first they were just inklings, vague feelings in the back of your mind but soon they become more pervasive. Eventually they become part of your senses like feeling the wind on your face or the ground under your feet. You could feel them out whenever you wanted but could ignore their presence just as easily. More oddly, the location you first sensed, the one that felt hollow, also became more pervasive. It still felt hollow and empty but for a few moments it changed. From an empty husk to a full lush area filled to the brim with the presence of air but suddenly was snuffed out, becoming hollow once more. Through your meditations you also realize that you could no longer feel the wind. There was never a breeze or gust of air and even moving your hand didn't make you feel anything. Perhaps that was why you couldn't contact Bao but that didn't make sense as the sprite was insistant you could still do so.You open your eyes and to your shock you find that the vines that grew on the side of Oogway's home have enveloped your body completely! You struggle for a moment and managed to break out of the plant matter. Jumping to the ground you rush into the house to warn your master of some kind of attack. Oogway looks at you confused for a moment but then smiles and chuckles. Oogway informs you, adding to your current shock, that you'd been meditating for at least a month or so. You balk and he continues. "You see my young friend. Time doesn't really exsist here. It is fluid. What seems like a few seconds could possibly be a few months if not years. Furthermore...you no longer have a real body. You have no needs. No hunger, no exhaustion, not even a heartbeat to remind you of the time. I saw you meditating but I didn't want to distrub you. You seemed to be having a rather intense meditation."
You sit down and contemplate on that as Oogway places a bowl of noodles infront of you. Despite not needing to eat, the food is delicious once more. Perhaps it was the fact you hadn't tasted food in months, the fact that it reminds you of when you were alive, or simply the comfort food always gave you. You thank your master and go back to the roof. Resuming your meditaion, you focus on the peace within you. Oogway said you had acheived inner peace. What had led you to this state? Perhaps it was conquering your own fears but that felt too prideful. Perhaps it was your death. You were no longer tied down by mortal needs but upon recollection you were at peace in the brief moment before you died. You slowly come to decide that it was not the fact you made a noble sacrifice but the fact that you managed to save everyone. The fact that you were a good man. No longer the selfish coward that wanted everyone to see how powerful he was but a man willing to stake everything to keep the ones he held dear safe even if it meant he'd never receive recognition, even if he wouldn't live to see the fruits of his sacrifice. You had redeemed yourself if to no one but your own eyes. You had proved to yourself that you were capable of being better. But as you come to this realization, another image creeps into your mind. The image of yourself, grinning with pride and smugness. The beast you fought so hard to supress, your most primal instinct. You frown and try to look away but you force yourself to face it. You had acheived inner peace but even now it was fleeting. You could easily slip back to that man. Contemplating on what Oogway said weeks ago, you decide that perhaps you needed an image. To decide the person you wanted to be. Not someone the world wanted to be.As you wonder the awnser to that, you come to think of something else. You were dead. You could no longer continue your journey to the Pools. So what did you have to do now? You had died passing the trial of the Dragon King himself, proving that you had the will and valor to continue despite the odds. What were you to do now? Was coming here your reward for a noble death? Or were you to continue upholding the ideals you proved in this world too? Try as you might, you really can't come to an awnser to that. You can simply find peace with the fact that your friends were safe even if you wish you could contact them to apologize. You exhale to center yourself and slowly open your eyes. Once again your find yourself enveloped in plant life but this time it's flowers. Morever, you see that several wind sprites are floating around you. Some even rest on your shoulder and head. Upon you stirring, the sprites float around you ementating happiness and excitment. You free yourself from the plants and hop down to grab another meal and contemplate what to do next.
>What does Tai Lung do next?>Train. You now have unlimited time and energy. Continue on mastering your martial arts skills. Perhaps even invent a new technique.>Explore. Eureka, the Spirit Realm, is a new land untouched by mortals and unknown to you. (What do you wish to look for?)>Spend time with Oogway. The man you knew but never truly got to know as you devoted, much to your detriment as you now realize, to martial arts. (What do you wish to do with him?)>Spend time with the spirits. You can understand them on a fundamental level but you feel like you could do more. Learn to properly speak with them.>Write in.>What kind of man does Tai Lung aspire to be?>Write in. (Because giving suggestions are to limiting. That and it's your vote. Remember it's not something that becomes hard set. Just a suggestion to guide Tai Lung.)
>>4455031Some mood musichttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmL9DVS0snY
>>4455040>>Spend time with the spirits. You can understand them on a fundamental level but you feel like you could do more. Learn to properly speak with them.>he aspires to...uh...he's not sure yet, but he feels confident he'll find out
>>4455053I dig it. Avatar had some nice music. Maybe Tai Lung will become Iroh in the future. Or maybe he'll find an Iroh figure.
>>4455040>Spend time with the spirits. You can understand them on a fundamental level but you feel like you could do more. Learn to properly speak with them.>A good man, the kind of man a father is proud of, the kind of man that is given respect not because he demands it but his character has earned it, the kind of man that when the chips are down and hope is lost is able to rekindle the fire of faith and save everyone, that is the kind of man Tai Lung wishes to be
I reckon I know what Tai Lung wants. He wants to be recognized. He wanted to have a legendary battle that would go down in history, one that would acknowledge the skills he worked so hard for. He wanted the title of Dragon Warrior, who is acknowledged in all of China as the greatest warrior of all. He wanted his father to be proud of him. He wanted Oogway to say that he was worthy of all this.Tai Lung wants recognition most of all, and perhaps immortalization in history. And why shouldn't he? Who else has worked nearly as hard as him, has shown such enormous talent as him? It's not a bad desire to have, everyone has different goals in life. He just let that desire consume him in the past, rather than controlling it and letting it drive him to greater heights.There's a few different ways to achieve this, depending on the level of one's ambitions and whether they're inclined towards malevolence or benevolence. He Ling, of similar desires but grander ambition and malevolent intent, wanted to become a tyrant emperor. A similar route, but in the benevolent bend, would strive to be a benevolent emperor ruling over a prosperous nation. But for Tai Lung, I think the role of Hero matches him the best. Not as grand as a ruler, but remembered all the same.
>>4455040>>Spend time with the spirits. You can understand them on a fundamental level but you feel like you could do more. Learn to properly speak with them.>Build his legend and legacy
>>4455040>to doExplore, we’re still unsure of our next steps and new sights might bring inspirationTrain, find ways to move faster to respond to threats (some sort of wind walk?), or to neutralize blows directed at someone else (some sort of wind barrier?), or to coordinate with others (wind whisper?)>to beWe let our fighting prowess define us before, and while it ended in a disaster, it can’t be disputed that our martial arts allowed us to prevent a lot of harm coming from those who did nothing to deserve it - merchants, children, citizens or sailors... it remained for us the means by which we could make up for our crimes as we traveled.The specifics still elude us... (we never did reach the pools, after all...) but if the martial arts we abused were to begin with something we’ve been taught, would it not behoove us to pass them on, along with the wisdom we’ve eventually come by at expense of those we harmed?>wandering (still searching?) vigilante, but now with ambition to share martial skills along with words of warning of letting the power control you.
>>4455059>>4455124>>4455150>>4455443>>4455477So it seems like Tai Lung will talk to the spirits. As for the man he wants to be, got some great write ins. The gist seems to be Tai Lung wants to be a good man, the kind his father would be proud of and is given respect because he as earned it. A person that inspires hope and faith when all is lost and the backs are to the wall. However, Tai Lung wants to leave some kind of legacy. Not of a ruler, benevolent or otherwise, but of a hero. He wants to use heroism as a driving force to propel him to new heights and test his limits. In doing so, he wants to share his knowledge and experience to serve as a warning about letting power corrupt the weilder. That is the kind of man Tai Lung wants to be. A hero, a savior, but ultimately a good man.Of course if I'm combining the wrong aspects everyone's write ins do let me know. With that, I'm getting to writing.
>>4455817Works for me, but maybe tone down the I will be the savior of this world angle as that is bordering on machiavellian ego to me and I think after his trail and death it doesn't fit
You come to the conclusion that if you were going to live here, then it would be best that you learn to speak with the spirits of this world. Doing so would require you to explore a bit as it seems like the sprites were still rather shy and didn't visit often. At least, sprites that weren't wind sprites seemed to be. The wind sprites seemed to have become comfortable with your presence and would often visit. And they accompany you in your journey. https://youtu.be/r2DG5-sjqsoIt seemed like only a few moments when you stepped foot out of Oogway's door but you soon find yourself in a thick forest. The grass underneath feels soft and damp, almost like moss and you can hear odd chirps and squeaks off in the distance. You can't really tell what kind of creature would make that noise but you find the fact that there are other creatures, living or not, in this world a strange comfort. The trees themselves look as if they were hundreds of years old and yet were as green and vibrant as ever. Their leaves were a soft purple and seem to rustle despite there being no wind. After a while of travel, you realize that they rustled for you as you approached. The wind sprites around you emit feelings of curiosity at your wandering but seem rather happy to float around you and follow. Looking up, light seems to filter through the tree tops differently than back at home. It hits the purple leaves and seems to refract into multiple different colors as if through stained glass. However the lighting of the forest doesn't change to reflect that. It still looks clear as if you were walking through an open field on a bright sunny day.As you walk, you speak with the sprites trying to comprehend the deeper meaning behind their speech or at least the emotions they seem to emit. The sprites seem all too eager to talk to you. They emit feelings of joy and gratitude when you talk about yourself. Recognition seems to radiate from them when you speak about the places you've been or the people you've met. When asked about themselves, they seem to be a bit vauge but you can understand that they are you friends. You're not sure what you mean by that but at the very least you can agree they're not threatening. You continue to speak with them and slowly, as if understanding simply dawns on you, you slowly begin to understand actual words from them. Their sentances are simple but you can actually speak to them somewhat properly though you still feel that some of what they convey is missing. Your walk leads you out of the woods and to the edge of the island. You leap off of it and land below on to another. This island seems to be some kind of plain though the sand between the grass feels like soft beach sand.
https://youtu.be/xU5tQIDMAEw You continue your journey and out of the corner of your eye you can see the island rise and pass others below. You come across some other kind of sprite. It looks like a small mouse with a shell made of rock on it's back. Rather than fly like your wind companions it burrows underground and scoots around. Your wind friends fly over to it and seem to dance around it. The earth sprite peeks it's tiny nose out of the sand to sniff. Curiously, you don't feel anything from this sprite. No emotion seems to emanate from it. Your wind sprites seem to understand it though and they help roughly translate for you.The earth sprite seems to be intimidated by your presence. Not your physical being but rather what you represent. Shenlong's blessing carries weight and as such you being here must be of great importance. You shake your head and explain that you're simply attempting to learn how to speak with the people of this land. The earth sprite seems to at least comprehend that you're not a threat and burrows underground. A few moments later, several more sprites pop up and examine you curiously. You take a seat and try to communicate with the small creatures but it seems impossible without being able to sense their emotions. You take a deep breath and half meditate on it, trying to sense them as you could the wind sprites but nothing comes to you. However, through speaking with the wind sprites and their interpretations, you slowly become more aware of the earth sprites. Eventually, you can get vague glimpses of their emotions. The earth sprites seem to get a bit bored and burrow back underground leaving you alone. You decide to get back to traveling and wander some more. Your island has descended in the time you spent speaking with the earth sprites and you find yourself below all the others. Wandering a bit more you find a waterfall hitting the edge of the island. Looking up, you see another from which the water was spilling down from. You leap into the falling water and swim upwards. Despite the powerful looking currents, it's incredibly easy to swim and you reach the top in no time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUD6ts2kLcQThe island itself seems to be one gigantic lake with a ring of land around it. You settle yourself at the edge of the lake and simply watch the water. The water shifts a bit and you see a pair of eyes poke out followed by a smiling mouth. The eyes notice you and the mouth grows into a larger smile as the face quickly dashes towards you. It leaps out of the water and lands in what looks to be a large water drop. The sprite bounces around you and looks rather happy to see you. The wind sprites explain that water sprites are naturally very curious people and tend to be a bit absent minded when it comes to things such as authority or titles. Much like the water, they tend to flow with whatever is happening and it's why it doesn't seem to fear you like the earth sprites. The water sprite gurgles out something and more of the faces jump out of the water and join you as drops. You can't understand these like the earth sprite so you decide to meditate on this like before. It takes just as long but you soon start to feel emotions off of the little guys as well. As you're learning you see something else rise from the water. A creature about your height, shaped much like the water spirit that challenged you to a trial. A full fledged spirit. It hovers over to you with contempt and the sprites all hide behind you. You slowly rise to your feet and get ready for a fight as the spirit studies you. You spend a few tense moments looking at each other before the water spirit slowly bows to you and emenates respect. The spirit turns and sinks back down below the depths of the lake. You decide that with that, it's time to return back to Oogway's hut.
The journey back was much simpler. It was as if thought alone pulled you towards the small hut. It doesn't feel nearly as long as your travel when you find yourself back at Oogway's door. The wind sprites dance a bit, say goodbye and leave. Oogway greets you happily and it takes a bit for you to remember how to speak. "It seems like you've had quite the journey." He says. "You seem much more aclimated to these lands." You nod and are almost afraid to ask. "How...long have I been gone?"Oogway smiles. "Oh...about a 4 or 5 years. Give or take a few." You resist the urge to spit out your tea."So you've been alone for half a decade?" You ask. Oogway laughs."Not alone. No. I've had many visitors. While you were gone. Mostly spirits and sprites but never alone." He says. You sigh. You just weren't used to the fact time seemed to fly so fast. Perhaps you should settle down for a bit before traveling again. You spend the next few days or months or weeks simply enjoying your time on Oogway's island. After a while however, a handful of wind sprites return and greet you happily."Tai Lung! Tai Lung!" They sing. "We found a friend! Come see! Come see!" You tilt your head."Who?" You ask."A friend!" They insist. You sigh. Once the wind sprites had an idea stuck on their head, it was very hard to have them elaborate on it. However, you had planned to explore a bit more today.>What do you do?>Tell the wind sprites to take you to this friend. If you don't, they'll continue to pester you about it until you do yeild. Not that you couldn't ignore them for a while.>Tell the wind sprites to wait. You want to do something else. (What do you want to do from the choices below?)>>Train. You now have unlimited time and energy. Continue on mastering your martial arts skills. Perhaps even invent a new technique.>>Explore. Eureka, the Spirit Realm, is a new land untouched by mortals and unknown to you. (What do you wish to look for?)>>Spend time with Oogway. The man you knew but never truly got to know as you devoted, much to your detriment as you now realize, to martial arts. (What do you wish to do with him?)>>Spend time with the other spirits. You can understand them on a fundamental level but you feel like you could do more. Learn to properly speak with them.>Write in.Tai Lung has learned:Speak with sprites and spirits of the wind (Basic Understanding)Communicate with earth sprites and spirits (Comprehend Emotion)Communicate with water sprites and spirits (Comprehend Emotion)
>>4455887Sounds good to me.
>>4455902Let’s meet the friend
>>4455902>>Tell the wind sprites to take you to this friend. If you don't, they'll continue to pester you about it until you do yeild. Not that you couldn't ignore them for a while.
time to make a list of sprites to find and learn their language:fire spriteslightning spritesice sprites(unless they are like water which means we can understand them)magma sprites(same as ice if we can understand them then we only need to speak to fire sprites)wood sprites( i think wood is a element unless its also ground)metal sprites( if they exist)(possibly also ground type sprites since alot of metals come from the ground)light spritesdark spritespossibly poison?(is poison a element?)crystal sprites( more than likely the same thing with metal sprites except they are gems) i think thats it unless i forgot any other elements
i wonder if its possible to become the avatarmaster of all elements(who needs 4 when you can have them all)
>>4455909>>4455927Gonna go meet the friend it seems. Writing>>4455929Not in terms of flinging fire and wind unless that's an actual thing in the KFP universe but you can certainly go for being one with nature and being capable of communing with the elemental spirits.
did more research turns out their are more elements( i think unless we are only sticking to nature)spacetimevoid( basically both space and time)energy( we do know chi so i think we already know this)magic( i dont think it exist in this universe so we can possibly cross it off)creation/life( creation and life are basically the same thing)destruction/death ( same thing as creation/life)telekinesis?( i dont think this exist in the universe so you can probably also cross this out)elements that also exist but dont need to be added:nuclear( basically advanced poison plus its too powerful)poison( i still dont know if its a element)dreamscreativitytemperature( fire and ice already exist)reality( also known as essokinesis)tachyon( fictional element)formgravity( space exist)emotionsound( unless we want to be naruto)love( how would this even work?)weather( the nature elements already exist)magnetism( i think that comes with metal already)polonium( its a real element surprisingly but its too op)combustion( basically explosion which i think comes with fire)smoke( comes with fire i think)moon( i dont really see the point in having sun and moon elements)sunblood( oooh spooky vampire magic)sorry for the long list
>>4455934would be neat could you imagine summoning elemental spirits to fight for you?
>>4455938That is quite the list. How about we stick to the basic elements for now. Earth, Wind, Fire, Water. Magic I think does exsist in universe I think but Tai Lung and his friends have shown no aptitude for it. At least Xin Lan hasn't mentioned anything about it. And Ming has never tried anything out side of alchemy and medicine.
>>4455945yeah im fine with that
>>4455949plus mostly all the other elements( aside from ligh(yin i think) and dark(yang) basically come from these 4 so it works
>>4455952wait no nvm light and dark aren't basic elements all of them stem from the 4
>>4455938Psssh, you only need five elements to master the universe, my friend. Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Seven if you include the metaphysical aspects of Yin and Yang.
>>4455952which ones does wind fall under? Fire? Wood?also>metal has metal as ambient music
You sigh and stand up. It was best that you see what the sprites wanted or you'd be spending the new couple of weeks trying to ignore them. "Alright." You say. "Let's go meet this friend of yours." The wind sprites dance happily in the air and begin to float off. You jog to keep up with. "Well I can't fly." You say, having to remind them for the umteenth time. The wind sprites float down to shoulder level and lead you out to the other islands. The journey feels quite long as you traverse several islands. Every so often, you do see other sprites or spirits hanging around. While the sprites do edge close to you out of curiosity, the spirits ignore you and go about their buisness. As you continue to traverse Eureka you begin to feel somethings. You quietly calm your mind and simply follow the sprites as you feel out with your senses. Soon enough a familiar aura hits you. You're headed in the direction of the hollow place that you always feel at the far edge of your senses. Only now it's one of the rare times that it's full to the brim with the presence of air. "Where are we going?" You ask as you pull yourself back to awareness. The wind sprites bob up and down."To the friend!" They reply."But I mean the location. The island." You explain."Forest island." The sprites say in hushed tones. You raise an eyebrow. There was plenty of forest islands but you've never heard them speak of one like that."I take it, it's special then?" You ask."Very special. Secret special place." The sprites say as your group step around a large boulder. The sprites point to an island far above you and even without having to meditate you can feel the aura of air radiate from it. "Well..." You say digging into your bag. "Time for you guys to help me. Here, can you tie this to a tree up there?" You ask handing them on end of a rope. The sprites take the rope and look at it curiously. "How do we do that? Is that a new game?" They asks. You purse your lips."No...just...just do this." You say taking the other end and spending a few minutes teaching them how to tie a knot to a nearby branch. "Only you use that end and do it to a tree trunk." You say patiently. The sprites laugh and fly up carrying the rope. You only hope that they don't take your example litterally. Giving the rope a gently tug, you feel it sturdy enough and begin your climb. By the time you reach the top, thankfully you see the end of your rope attached to a tree."Hurry! You take too long to fly!" The sprites shout as you untie the rope.
"Yeah, yeah." You mutter as you put your rope away. "Lead the way." You and the sprites wander into the forest. Immediately you feel something that sends chills down your spine. A breeze of cool air. It feels refreshing and relaxed. The sprites near you slow down a bit as if they too start to relax and calm down. You continue through the woods and the aura of air becomes stronger and stronger but not oppresively so. Instead if feels like you had slipped into a cool river. It envelopes and surrounds you but instead of feeling the weight bear down on you, you simply feel it flow all around you.https://youtu.be/bYoGFvn_fOkYou finally break through the tree line and come into a clearing. Within the clearing you see a large stone shrine of a dragon. The carving is immacualte with every scale made out in the finest detail. The statue curves and bends so smoothly that at a distance you'd probably mistake it for the real thing. At the base of the statue you finally notice that there's someone there praying. A young female cat dressed in a shrine maiden's attire. As soon as you step into the clearing her ears perk up and she looks around before turning to face you. Her glowing blue eyes widen as she brings her hands to her mouth and speaks."Tai Lung?" Bao says in shock.>What do you do or say?>Write in.With that, I gotta go make lunch. Happy write ins!
>>4455968air is windspeaking of metal music a tongue drum would be a cool instrument to learnhttps://youtu.be/cJ_tDgn66CA
enter your inner obi-wan kenobi"well hello there"
>>4455983>In the spirit. The rumors of my death were greatly understated.
>>4455983>"Bao?">"It is good to see you again... yes? Is this... is this where you have been... since we last met?"
>>4455983>scoop her up into a hug it has been literal years from your perspective, then with some choked emotion say, "In the spirit Bao, in the Spirit"
>>4456062>>4456133Man inner peace has really helped Tai Lung express his emotions to people. Or maybe it was the dying. I'm putting my money on the bunny pets. You guys ok if I combine these two?
>>4456152I personally wouldn’t vote for rushing over and giving her a big, tearful hug, but if she were to initiate the embrace I don’t see why we couldn’t return the gesture.
"Bao?" You reply, stunned. "It's good to see you again..." You say then cautiously add, "...yes?" Bao nods lowering her hands and smiling before running up to you and hugging you tightly. You find yourself smiling for what feels like the first time in years, including those you've spent alive, as you return the gesture and lifting Bao up into a hug. "But yes, It's me. In the spirit..." You motion to the shrine around you. "Is this...is this where you've been since...you know...we last met?" You ask still feeling guilty over her situation."I come here every morning for my daily prayer." She says. "I clean the shrine and maintain it then I go back to the forest at home." "Every morning?" You ask confused. "But this place feels empty 90 percent of the time." You look around and it dawns on you that the source of the massive aura of air and the moving wind comes from Bao herself. "And...it's you. You're the reason why this place feels full..." Bao giggles."I guess it would feel longer for you." She says. "Time doesn't really work here in the spirit realm like in the living realm. For me, I come here every morning of the living world." She explains then comes to a realization. "Wait...how long have you been here?" She asks. You think about it for a bit."Well...according to Master Oogway...I've been here for about 6...maybe 7 years." You admit. "I spent most of it meditating.""What?!" Bao asks shocked. "Even for me that's a long time. Though...I guess I'm more aware of time in both realms...How did you come here?" She asks. "What happened to trying to find redemption?">What do you tell Bao?>Tell her the truth. You died and ended up here. You're not sure how she'd take the news though.>Change the subject. Ask Bao how she ended up here. She makes it sound like it's easy. As far as you know, Oogway is the only person who's ever come here willingly and it doesn't seem like he can leave.>Ask Bao about the wind sprites. They speak as if they're close to her.>Ask about the blessing the sprites mentioned. You're supposed to be able to do things but you can't seem to do any of them. You're not even sure how you got it.>Write in.
>>4456204>Tell her the truth. You died and ended up here. You're not sure how she'd take the news though.>Change the subject. Ask Bao how she ended up here. She makes it sound like it's easy. As far as you know, Oogway is the only person who's ever come here willingly and it doesn't seem like he can leave.
>>4456213>>4456241Take these options. Writing.
https://youtu.be/whCBXWMCAYIYou go silent for a while. "Tai Lung?" Bao asks quietly."I...died." You say quietly looking away. Bao covers her mouth once more, eyes wide. "My...friends and I were caught in some kind of curse at sea. I took a bad hit. I bled out while taking a trial to save them all. I suceeded and saved everyone but in the end I guess I didn't have the strength to keep going." You explain. "Then I woke up here." You look around. "In the spirit realm." Bao hugs your neck."I'm sorry...I'm so, so sorry." She whispers."It's...it's alright." You say. "My friends are safe. The crew aboard the ship is safe and they all have the sea spirit's permission to sail the seas. Maybe I redeemed myself that way. Maybe I didn't. But at least I can say it was a good death. Not one due to cowardice but due to compassion. I only wish...that maybe I could have stayed around longer. Maybe finally told my father that I was sorry in person." Bao wipes her glowing eyes."You didn't deserve to die." She says. "Even before I got used to being a priestess, I could sense good in you. You were just starting out but...I had hoped that it would grow within you. I'm glad that it did." She says with a sad smile before looking a bit thoughtful. "It's strange though...when people pass they don't come here. They go to receive judgement and if they lived good righteous lives or lives of valor and great deeds they go with their ancestors. If they don't...well...they receive their just punishment.""Are you saying I'm being punished?" You ask slightly amused. Bao shakes her head in embarassment."No! Just...very few people are brought here after death. And never without reason. Some people, simply ascend to this realm through intense meditation or spiritual awareness. For others it's as if they simply become aware enough to be able to enter here. Like an epiphany. Did you speak to anyone after dying before you awoke here?"You shake your head. "No. I simply died and awoke here...those who come here. What happens to them?"Bao shakes her head. "I don't know. All I know is that they never age. They never truly die. It's as if time and reality ceases their hold on them. Maybe it's a reward. Endless adventure. Endless time to ponder the secrets of the universe. You can relax for as long as you want. Think for as long as you want. Maybe eventually, people find their fill and move on."
"Then what about you? Why are you here? You make it sound like you can come and go as you please." You ask. Bao looks a bit sad."I'm a High Priestess. Moreover I gave my up my life to be one. To channel the will of the wind spirit...or so I thought. In reality, I'm a priestess of Shenlong himself. I'm split between this realm and the next. Like a spirit, I can come and go as I please but I can never move on. I'll never grow old and die. I'll never need to eat or sleep...but I'll never be able to see my ancestors. I'll never be able to have a final rest. Like nature itself, I've become a fact of life. I'll always be. Perhaps...maybe if another is chosen to be a priestess in my place I can come here and enjoy eternity for a while but soon she'll die and I'll have to return to my duties. I'll never allow another to take my place like this. And I'm sure you'd never ask anyone to do so either."You say quiet and let the weight of her words rest on you. Not because you needed to understand the gravity of them but because you needed to feel that guilt. To remind you of the consequences of your actions. If not for Bao then for anyone else you come across. Bao gives you a small smile."It's not your fault." She says as if reading your mind. "You don't need to feel that guilt. Especially now. You seem...more relaxed. At ease.">What do you say?>Tell Bao that it's because you've reached inner peace with yourself. You no longer feel conflicted with who you are but that doesn't mean you've become an emotionless person. If anything, it's helped you empathize with others.>Ask about the blessing the sprites mentioned. You're supposed to be able to do things but you can't seem to do any of them. You're not even sure how you got it.>Ask Bao how she's been doing. She's bound to the forest and now here. Does she get lonely? Does she regret her actions?>Ask her if she knows Oogway. He's been here for far longer than you or her.>Write in.
>>4456320>>Tell Bao that it's because you've reached inner peace with yourself. You no longer feel conflicted with who you are but that doesn't mean you've become an emotionless person. If anything, it's helped you empathize with others.>ask if she know who we could talk to about going back if we are out of the normal flow then maybe it would be possible
>>4456327+1when tf is ming gonna get on CPR?
>>4456341we bleed out man, that isn't something CPR can help, we have to figure out a way back ourself
>>4456320>tell her about inner peace>ask her if the villagers at least have their act together>ask if there is something you could do for her or get her to help
>>4456320>>Tell Bao that it's because you've reached inner peace with yourself. You no longer feel conflicted with who you are but that doesn't mean you've become an emotionless person. If anything, it's helped you empathize with others.>>Ask about the blessing the sprites mentioned. You're supposed to be able to do things but you can't seem to do any of them. You're not even sure how you got it.
>>4456327>>4456341>>4456588>>4457139Tons of voting for inner peace but uhh...all over the place for the second thing.
Phew, sorry about that guys. Got pulled way for something and it kind of snowballed. Gonna get to writing now.
>>4457700I just caught up with the last thread, and I kinda want for the furious 5 to be informed of our demise. Because by convention, that just means that when we hurl ourselves back into reality, we will undoubtedly enter a situation where they need saving, and our appearance would have a real "Oh shit" effect.Also, shifu needs a big hug
>>4457729>I just caught up with last thread, and I really liked how the trial and death was handled but I kinda want for the 5 to be informed of our demise4chan ate part of my post
>>4457733Hey thanks! The trial and death were something I was kind of nervous about to be honest. Well actually the last half of the arc was something I was worried about. I'm glad people enjoyed it.
>>4457729>I kinda want for the furious 5 to be informed of our demise.They already know, they were there when Shifu got the news.
>>4457781Oh really? Sweet!"Reports of my death were, greatly, exaggerated" better be used.>>4457753You did fine mate. Best hijack so far
>>4457781Wait wasn't that the "false" ending?
fuck yeah tai lung quest. gonna read the last thread to catch up.
You give Bao a smile. "I've apperantly acheived inner peace. At least according to my master. I can't say he's wrong. I do feel...better. About everything. It's like a weight has been lifted off of me. Every thing feels clearer and I can focus on things faster."Bao nods and gives you a happy smile. "I felt that. Your steps don't feel like your carrying the world on you. Perhaps you found your redemption after all.""Perhaps I have. I never expected it to be like this though. Figured there'd be more...recognition?" You say trying to find the right words."I know what you mean." Bao says. "You wish your father could see it or that there was some way someone could tell him." You nod. "How did...""I can feel it right off of you." She says. "Kind of like reading your mind only it's more intention and emotion. Comes with the position." She says. "Although you're also a special case." You raise an eyebrow at that."Oh? Seems like I'm pretty popular for the special cases department." You say and Bao giggles. "First, I end up here. Next I learn I have some kind of blessing from the great dragon Shenlong, now you seem to be able to read my mind." You continue."Well...it is kind of my fault." She admits looking away with a bit of guilt and fidgets."What do you mean?" You ask."Well...remember when I told you whenever you felt the wind on your face that'd be me?" She asks. You nod."I never forgot it." You say solemnly. "Not after what I did to you. Never after what I did to you."She shakes her head. "That was my decision Tai Lung. Not yours...but...when I told you that. I mean it figuratively. I didn't mean to do anything but I guess..." She sighs. "I was litterally just been made a preistess. I guess I wasn't aware of my power or maybe I really did want you to be safe but...it wasn't until much later that I realized...I gave you the most powerful blessing not just a priestess could give but I could give." She admits."The sprites mentioned something like that. Like I mentioned, all they would tell me or at least according to my master was that I was blessed by Shenlong himself." You say. "I'm supposed to be able to talk to you the wind itself and it's friends. But I've tried and nothing." Bao nods."Yes...well perhaps you haven't noticed but there is no wind here." She says half joking. "But yes, you should be able to. When you were traveling. Have you ever felt the wind feel a bit...funny?" She asks."Funny how?" You ask."Think about it." Bao says. "Just close your eyes and try to remember." You tilt your head and think. You're not sure what you're trying to remember though so you simply try to think about the wind. For a bit nothing comes to mind but then like when you sense wind sprites it slowly flows into your conciousness. You open your eyes.
"Emotion." You say. "Sometimes it felt like the wind had emotion." You explain remembering times you would feel things like anxiety or reassurance in the wind. "Like...it was trying to reassure me or like the air it self was nervous." Bao nods and smiles wide as she claps her hands together."Exactly!" She says happily. "That was the blessing. The wind sprites were trying to talk to you." She giggles. "You have no idea how many times I've had the little ones come back to me angry. They kept saying you were hearing them but not listening. Sometimes I tried to speak with you but it seems like you weren't even hearing me.""So that's it?" You ask. "I can speak through the wind? Why couldn't I see them? And I couldn't even speak to the sprites here until I spend a few years trying to understand them." "That's because you're not a girl." She says. You give Bao a weird look and she laughs. "I'm just teasing. What I mean is that you're not a priestess or priest. You don't have the training. The blessing it powerful just like a martial arts technique but if you don't know how to use it then it's weak. Only true friends of the wind are supposed to receive this blessing. It takes decades of meditaion and study to earn this gift and I gave it to you by accident.""How? Why?" You ask questions filling your mind. "What is it really supposed to do?""I wanted you to be safe." Bao says. "When you have power like mine, intent and wishes blend a bit. I wanted you to be safe. I was flowing with so much power and no training on how to use it so my wishes became my will and my will manifested through a blessing. As for what it does, first of all this." She says motioning to the shrine."You're not supposed to be here. No one but me, Shenlong, and wind elementals are allowed here. The great dragon himself and powerful wind spirits guard this place. You're allowed to step foot in this sacred place because of your blessing. You're marked as a friend of Shenlong himself. That blessing carries power and respect. You just never noticed it because mortals rarely interact with spirits and dragons in the living realm.""Wait." You say. "When I took my trial. The water spirit or Dragon King whoever that was, they said my parton had backed my claims. Did they mean..." Bao nods. "He probably sensed your blessing but...I don't know about that last bit. Unless..." She shakes her head. "I wasn't told about this. Who ever that was went around me and that's a big deal. That only means they spoke to Shenlong himself." "Are you that high up in the hiearchy?" You ask impress.Bao nods. "When anyone prays or gives offerings to Shenlong or any wind spirit. It goes through me. I'm second to him in pretty much everything. That shrine in my village. That shrine is...unfathomably old. Older than China itself. It just shows that you shouldn't judge something at face value...though I guess you're living proof of that."
You shuffle uncomfortably as you hold Bao remembering certian vows priestesses take causing her to giggle. "Oh don't worry about all that. We're friends and technically I never took those vows. I paid a heavy price for this. I'm allowed certain leniencies and you saved my village. If anyone deserves to be infromal with me, it's you. Just...don't tell anyone. Then they'll try to do it and...well I'm gonna be obligated to punish them."You cough and try to change the subject. "So the other abilities of this blessing?" You ask."Well...you should be able to speak with wind sprites naturally." She says. "Though without training I guess it'd be only vague emotions. Which is why you could only feel that in the wind and not me. You simply weren't receptive to it." You nod. It made sense considering you could naturally understand the emotions of the sprites when you arrived. "That doesn't apply to other elementals unfortunately. You should be able to sense the wind, and it's friends. But you already can. Like you said, you sensed this place without any training. With a bit more practice you'd have been able to see them in the land of the living." Bao then gets serious. "The most powerful gift this blessing is being able to visit here from the land of the living through meditation. This is a very big gift Tai Lung. As you know, this is Shenlong's home. His scared land. Under normal circumstances, the fact that you can visit here is one of the greatest rewards the great dragon can gift you. You're not a friend of the wind in title alone. You are literally his friend. That's why there's only been 2 other mortals in exsistence that have been bestowed this honor." You balk at this. "And you just gave this to me by accident?" You choke out. Bao nods. "And Shenlong is ok with this?"The cat shakes her head. "I don't know." She admits. "Perhaps he's not even aware of it. Every day I worry he'll find out and punish you.""What about you?" You ask. "What will he do to you? Can I do anything? Maybe I-" Bao places a finger on your mouth."No. You can't release me. I won't let you either. For better or for ill, this is my destiny. This is a great honor even under the strange circumstance we both find ourselves. I don't know what the great dragon will do." She admits. "But we can both rest easy knowing that you died a hero. Perhaps it was He who backed your attempt at the trial. That means something. If he did back you, then that means he's aware of your blessing and for now has let you keep it."You stay silent and let those thoughts sink in. "Then is your village safe? Are they treating you well?" You ask through her finger. Bao smiles.
"They're doing fine. The village is prospering and their crops are doing well. It may be a small village but the great dragon protects all his disciples. Perhaps he prefers it to stay small and humble. Or perhaps it used to be much larger. Either way, the villagers are paying their dues and the kids are safe." You nod seriously. "Oh don't worry. If they weren't worried about the wind spirit they'd be worried about you returning to punish them." She giggles."Do you...interact with them anymore?" You ask."Not really." Bao says. "I answer their prayers in omens and signs as I'm told to do. I heal their sick and tend to their wounded through their medicines. I'm not allowed to favor them over all the other villages I tend to." "Other villages?" You ask. Bao gives you a wily grin."I'm the highest priestess remember? My village isn't the only place that offers prayers. There's temples and shrines I need to check. Of course those have their own monks and priests/priessess to tend to them so it's not often I have to leave the woods. Which is why I come here every morning. I have my own little shrine to care for. I prefer it that way.""So you can leave the woods?" You ask feeling hopefull."No. Not in the physical sense." She says. "I can visit the other shrines...umm...think of like walking into another room of a house. They're all connected but I cannot leave the house itself. I just sort of...let me show you." Bao hops out of your arms and walks into the tree line. A few seconds later she smiple appears walking out of the tree line across the clearing. She then waves, walks back in and suddenly you feel a tap on your shoulder. You turn to see the young woman grinning at you. "Like that." She says hopping back in your arms. "Only each one leads to a new shrine. I can never leave the woods but there are certain areas I can go to.""So...if I was to visit some other shrine to Shenlong or the wind. I could see you?" You ask."For the average person, praying isn't enough. But you're a friend of the wind. I would definitely come to see you even without prayer. To you, wind sprites and spirits are your friends. Call on them as if you would any friend and they will come should they have the time. Myself included. Like I said. This is a very powerful blessing. Not one for abuse.""I understand." You say."I hope so. I'm not telling you this because I'm being a stickler for the rules. I'm telling you this because it's my fault you have these responsibilities and...I'm worried about you. I don't want you getting punished because you didn't know."You nod. For something this great, you'd have to take special care not to offend the one who gave you this. For you and Bao's sake.
>It seems like Bao is doing well. She seems to have more self confidence as well thanks to her trials. What do you say?>Ask Bao if she's met Oogway. He's been here far longer than you.>Ask Bao if she can leave this island. Perhaps the rules are different here. Maybe she can travel with you or at least visit Oogway's hut.>Ask...ask if you could see the great dragon himself. If you're to be a friend of the wind. You want to earn this right. For Bao's sake.>Ask Bao if she can speak to Ming or Xin. Maybe she can let them know that you're doing ok.>Write in.>>4457821That was indeed a noncanon ending. But that doesn't change the fact that Shifu does need a big hug.
>>4457913Ask if she met Oogway. And welcome any advice she offers. It was indeed nice seeing her.
>>4457913>Ask if it's fine to stay here a while. Maybe you can teach her some of what you know, in exchange for her teaching you some of what she knows.A priestess is fine, but a priestess that can kick your ass is even better. Especially if any malevolent spirits come around these parts.And hey, she'd be great to learn the arts of a priest from, to enhance Tai Lung's spiritual skills and awareness.
>>4457919support, follow up with him since you are a special case does that give you the chance to maybe one day go back and see things through with your friend and see your father again
>>4457919>>4457941>>4457959Asking if Bao knows Oogway. Writing.>>4457937This option seems cool. I'll have to keep this one in mind for next time.
You decide to leave the serious discussions for a while. You carry Bao to the shrine and set her down on a bench before sitting next to her. "Do you know a turtle by the name of Oogway?" You ask. "He lives here in the spirit realm now. Ascended." Bao thinks for a moment."Turtle?...Oh!" She says coming to a realization. "Yes, I know of him. I haven't met him personally but the sprites say he's nice enough. The spirits say he's pretty wise as well but they don't tend to interact with him much. They seem to respect him though which says something. Why?""The spirits are right. He is very wise. He was my father's and my master before he left the land of the living." You say. "He was- I mean is a man that even in my darkest times I respected and feared. More importantly he's one of the two people I embarassed and shamed with my actions. Even after all I've said and done before his passing he still greeted me like an old friend." You rub the back of your neck. "I don't...I can't understand why he would though." You admit. "I'm glad that he see me as such but...""You feel like you deserve for him to be mad at you." Bao says reading your feelings. "That he shouldn't want to see you." You nod."I'm don't really know what to make of it." You say."I think that it's ok you feel that way." Bao says gently. "I means you regret your actions. That you're willing to change. Maybe it's because I can feel what you feel but I don't think you're afraid of him because you're some kind of coward or afraid of being caught for your actions. You want penance. Sometimes though...it doesn't come through punishment or pain. Sometimes all it takes to heal is forgiveness. I think Oogway understands that. He doesn't want to harden your heart through pain. You've had enough of that. Instead I think he wants you to open it. Instead of worrying about how to repent for your sins, he might want you to move forward and learn to be happy.""But how? What do I do?" You ask. "Do you have any advice you can give me?"Bao nods. "Talk to him." She says simply. "I'm not Oogway. Ask him questions, learn from him. If you want to know why he's being nice to you ask him. If there's any doubts in your heart over his actions, voice them. You're no longer alone Tai Lung. You have friends here and we'll be happy to help you in any way we can." Bao smiles but then her ears perk up. "I have to go." She says gently. "They're coronating a new priestess and they want me to oversee it or at least hear it." Bao stands. "It was good talking to you Tai Lung.""It was indeed nice seeing you again Bao."
>What do you want to tell Bao before she leaves?>Ask Bao if she can leave these woods. Perhaps she would like to come visit you and Oogway.>Ask if it's fine to stay here a while. Maybe in the future, you can teach her some of what you know, in exchange for her teaching you some of what she knows.>Ask Bao if she can try and contact Ming or Xin. Maybe she can let them know you're ok.>Ask Bao if you'll ever see her again.>Write in>What do you do afterwards?>Head back to Oogway's. You have much to talk to him about. (If you do, what do you want to talk about?)>>Ask him why he choose Po as the dragon warrior. He wasn't able to defeat you as the prophesy said.>>Ask Oogway if he ever regreted Shifu taking you in. You used his teachings for evil and even though you did die in the name of good. You've done a lot more for the sake of evil.>>Ask him what Shifu thought of you while you were in jail.>>Write in.>Explore more of the spirit realm. Perhaps a bit of sight seeing might help you a bit.>Write in
>>4458052>Ask Bao if you'll ever see her again.>>Ask Bao if she can try and contact Ming or Xin. Maybe she can let them know you're ok and to not give up on there goals, your working on a way back>>Ask him why he choose Po as the dragon warrior. He wasn't able to defeat you as the prophesy said.
>>4458052>Ask if it's fine to stay here a while. Maybe in the future, you can teach her some of what you know, in exchange for her teaching you some of what she knows.>Head back to Oogway's. You have much to talk to him about. (If you do, what do you want to talk about?)>>Ask him why he choose Po as the dragon warrior. He wasn't able to defeat you as the prophesy said.
>>4458057>>4458073>>4458080I'll be nice. We'll throw three questions at Bao. Writing.
https://youtu.be/8LXTui5vl6Y"Will I ever see you again?" You ask causing Bao to laugh. "Of course you will silly." She says poking your head with two fingers. "I told you. I come here every morning...although for you it might be a bit longer. You can sense when I'm here. Just ask a sprite to let me know and I'll hang around for a bit longer if I can." "Then is it ok if I come here to stay a while? It's...relaxing here...reassuring." You ask. Bao nods with a smile. "I did say that your blessing allows you to come here. You're a friend of Shenlong. His home is yours. Just...you know. Don't make a mess of the place.""Good....maybe I can teach you somethings next time?" You ask. "In exchange for what you know?""Thinking of becoming a priestess?" Bao teases. "I'm not sure I'd be very good at hitting things but it sounds like something to try out. I don't know what I can teach you to be honest. Still it'll be a nice way to pass the time. I really should be going now." She says."Wait!" You say. "Just...one last thing. Please...my friends Chan Ming and Xin Lan. Could...could you let them know I'm ok?" Bao gives you a sad look."I...can try." She says. "I can't directly communicate with other people that aren't worshipers of Shenlong. Even then at best I can give them hints and omens. Direct visions and the like are reserved for only the most pious or for things of great importance. I'll send them messages with the wind sprites. I'll speak with spirits of water as well. Perhaps they'll lend some aid. They were at sea right? Clearing a trial from a water spirit or Longwang himself might have bought you some leniency in asking favors for them. But I can't gaurentee anything." You nod."Then that's all I'll ask." You say as you stand up yourself. "Good bye Bao." You say. Bao throws herself at you and hugs you tightly. "See you." She says. "Try not to cause too much trouble." She teases letting you go and walking off into the tree line before fading away. You feel the aura of wind fade away along with the air itself as she leaves, making the shrine feel empty again. Hollow. You gather your things and look up. "Well? We better get going." You tell the wind sprites. "Otherwise, we might miss dinner again. Then you won't have the smell of food to enjoy." The wind sprites float down and dance around you, frantically trying to get you to go faster so they can enjoy some food.Much like your previous travels, the journey back to Oogway's hut is fast. It always feels like simply thinking of a location brings it towards you rather than propelling you towards it. Nonetheless you arrive just in time for food. "I had a feeling you'd be back." He says as you enter the small house. He hums quietly to himself as he sets out two plates one the small table."You sensed me, master?" You ask as you assist him in serving the meal.
"No..." He chuckles. "Your small friends told me you were coming." He admits as the two of you take a seat. The two of you eat in silence before Oogway speaks up. "It seems you have something on your mind my friend? Perhaps I can help you allviate your worries?" You try not to awnser but remember what Bao told you. Swallowing your bite you speak up."Master...Why did you choose Po as the Dragon warrior?" You ask. "He wasn't able to defeat me as the prophesy said." Oogway takes his time to put his cup back down. "I'm afraid I don't understand my friend." He says. "Po didn't beat me." You say. "In our battle. I defeated him. Granted...it was a hard victory but I won nonetheless." Oogway gives you a wise smile."Is that so?" He asks. "And yet here you are.""I wasn't him who killed me." You remind Oogway."Killed? I thought you died?" He says now teasing you. "Such a violent word. I believe that Po did not defeat you in combat but...did you continue to rampage?" He asks."N-no...when I realized what I had done...I ran to fath- I ran to Shifu." You admit. "And from there?" You're old master asks."From there I ran...from the Valley. That's when I started my journey." You say and Oogway nods sagely."And thus the evil Tai Lung, scourge of the Valley of Peace was defeated and from the battle the Tai Lung that stands before me was born." He says. "Not all battles are fought with one's fists. Often times, the true battle lies here..." He says tapping your chest. "In the heart." He gives you a big smile. "Po was chosen because he would not be blinded by the honor. His unique point of view would force you to open your eyes." You nod. "Ah...but it seems there a bit more to it is there?" He guesses."I..." You start and sigh. "I...am still...upset I suppose." You explain. "I worked all my life. Dedicated all my waking hours to training and still...he was able to keep up with me...it feels like he cheated."Oogway chuckles. "It is true that Po is a savant in Kung Fu. Perhaps it is because of destiny or fate. You, however, were one of the greatest martial artists of your time. Perhaps of several generations. You fought the Furious Five alone and won then followed up with a victory against the Dragon Warrior himself. Mastered all 1000 scrolls of Kung Fu. That is no small feat." He takes a sip of his tea. "But yes it is a bit cheating." He teases. "None the less, you still persevered and one. I have no doubt that if you had lived longer. Po would still struggle to best you despite his role. Though it seems that no longer is your goal.""No." You admit. "It's not. I simply wanted to help people. I wanted to be a man Shifu would be proud of." Oogway pats your shoulder."And I believe that you were exactly that." He says. The two of you finish your meal and you step out. You lay on your back and look up at the sky, wondering if your friends are ok.
>What do you do?>Talk to Oogway. (What else do you wish to speak to him about.)>Wait for Bao. See if she managed to make contact.>Head back to Shenlong's shrine and Meditate. Perhaps something will come to you.>Explore the spirit realm a bit more.>Write in.
>>4458198>>Explore the spirit realm a bit more.>>Ask a wind spite to come to find you when Boa returns with news (that is a very long time from our perspective allowing for much exploring)
>>4458198>Talk to Oogway. (What else do you wish to speak to him about.)What are his thoughts on He Ling? Will he be able to escape? If he escapes, will the Five and Po be able to stop him? After all, He Ling was a monstrously powerful opponent.We could also talk to him about He Ling's mysterious abilities, and the Bats that supposedly ruled once upon a time. It'd be helpful to know how to counter such powerful abilities should we ever come across them again.
>Talk to Oogway. (What else do you wish to speak to him about.)What are his thoughts on He Ling? Will he be able to escape? If he escapes, will the Five and Po be able to stop him? After all, He Ling was a monstrously powerful opponent.We could also talk to him about He Ling's mysterious abilities, and the Bats that supposedly ruled once upon a time. It'd be helpful to know how to counter such powerful abilities should we ever come across them again.
>>4458307This plus >Can you teach me some more kung fu master.If we are going to go back, I think learning how to use chi properly would be good to know. And oogway is basically king fu's inventor
>>4458307>>4458411>>4458462>>4458555Asking Oogway about He Ling. Writing.
https://youtu.be/lSjBh71Im-MFollowing Bao's advice, you spend some time with the old Kung fu master. You tell him the story of your exploits from leaving the valley to your death in detail. Oogway, as always, listens attentively to your words. "That is quite the journey you've had." He admits nodding. "He Ling certainly seems like a fearsome opponent.""What do you think master?" You ask. "Surely you've heard of these creatures." Much to your surprise Oogway shakes his head."In all my years, I've never encountered such a person." He says. "While have heard and read stories of such beings, it was all through myths and legends. He claims that his kind once ruled all of china and I do not have reason to doubt that. Our nation, though old and prosperous, is a mere child in the grand scheme of time. Even our records indicate that some of our greatest structures and buildings, including the Forbidden City, the place where the emperor himself resides, was here before our nation was founded. If what He Ling says is true, one must wonder what caused the downfall of his people's kingdom. Remember Tai Lung, regardless of good or evil, one must observe history lest destiny chooses to repeat it. Like a great river, one must tread carefully lest they are washed away in it's currents."You look out the window. "Then his abilities are a mystery to even you?" You ask."I'm afraid so. Though it is possible that even our techniques are a reflection of theirs." Oogway admits bringing a bowl of soup to you. He slowly begins to stir it with a finger. " He Ling's for subjugation and control. To rob those of their strength to use against them. And ours for defense and protection. To defend those we love and prevent harm to those who cannot fight. Remember my friend, though you use your techniques to fight, and it results in injury to your opponents, your ultimate goal is to subdue them and to protect. Not to escalate the fight or bring undue harm to your opponent. You bring enough force to bear to end the fight but no more. Where as He Ling uses his strength to rob his opponents to fight, he uses it to force control of those he see's beneath him. To turn their hope into despair. In doing so, he brings more and more strength against his foes and grinds them until they are unwilling to fight back. As proven in your fight against him, our techniques focus on harmony and balance. As such, our and our nation's greatest strength is unity. It is why when faced against the strength of you and your friend's he faltered and fell. He Ling relies on his own power and though he robs others of theirs, he only trusts himself. Such thinking leaves him rigid and unable to adapt. Arrogance, pride and greed vs Humility, honor, and self sacrifice. The yin to our yang" He says as the soup forms the famous symbol as the ingredients and water seperate.
"But master, the idea of yin and yang promotes balance. You're saying that his techniques are meant to be used against us." You point out. Oogway smiles and turns the bowl so the split flips around."Or perhaps...our techniques were made to balance out his. We are not conquerers or tyrants Tai Lung. While we fight in the name of good, our ideals are not the only ones. We strive to uphold peace but we will never force it upon others. If we find someone who is happy with different ideals, it is not our duty to force him into ours." He explains."But what if their ideals are wrong?" You ask. "What if they come to harm others?" Oogway nods as if you were asking the right questions. He gently touches one half of the soup and then the other, placing a bit of each within the other completing the symble. "And thus it is complete. Even within the light there is dark and with in the dark there is light. There is no perfect balance my friend. That is what makes us unique, mortal. It is this chaos with in the calm. The eye within the storm that makes life wonderful. No one is perfect my friend and we would never want that. Without imperfection there is no progress."You nod as you let the the turtle's words sink in. "I'm still worried Master." You admit. "Do you think he will be able to escape? Will the Five and the Dragon Warrior be able to defeat him if it happens?"Oogway smiles at you. "You sound very much like your father when Po was chosen. As I told him that day, 'One often faces their destiny on their way to avoid it'. If He Ling escapes, we must have faith that the Five and Po will defeat him. They embody the same teaches you and your friends showed in your battle. Teamwork. Never loose hope Tai Lung. Often times, hope is the key that turns the tide of battle.""Always remember that even in the darkest of nights, all it takes is a single spark of light to banish away the shadows. Never lose hope, do not be afraid to stop and ask for help lest you lose yourself in the shadows as you try to run away from them..." You say quietly as you repeat Luo's words."Ah...one of Luo's sayings. It is good you took them too heart." Oogway says happily."But if they were to fight He Ling. How would they counter his techniques? I've never seen anything like it. If I don't know surely, the Five won't either." You ask.Oogway thinks. "Well...from what you told me...simply don't get hit." He teases. "I do not know my friend. His techniques are frightening. Perhaps if there was a way to study them, one could find the yang to his yin and find a way to counter them. Unfortunately, I am not that person and I hope that you never have to become that person either."You are about to ask something else when a wind sprite flies in through the ceiling. It floats frantically, and much to your surprise, you hear Bao's voice come from it. "Tai Lung? Please come quick! It's important. Shenlong wants to speak with you!"
>What do you do?>Ask Bao if anything is wrong. You want to go with as much info as you can.>Go immediately. It's best not to keep one of the great dragons waiting.>Ask Bao if Oogway can come with you. Perhaps he might have some insight to share with you.>Write in.
>>4459047>Go immediately. It's best not to keep one of the great dragons waiting.>"Thank you for your wisdom Master Oogway."
>>4459047>What's wrong?>Talk while running [loping?]We really don't wish to keep our "friend" waiting more than a few years while we run. Thank oogway on the way out.
>>4459046>Perhaps if there was a way to study them, one could find the yang to his yin and find a way to counter them.EZ. Just keep gassing him.>Go immediately. It's best not to keep one of the great dragons waiting.
>>4459053>>4459055>>4459059>>4459064We running. We have a new best friend we have to talk to. Writing.
"I'm on my way." You tell the sprite as you move over to gather your small bag of travel equipment. You sling it over your shoulder and bow to Oogway. "Thank you for your wisdom Master Oogway but I must go now. My 'best friend' wants to speak with me." You say before running out of the door. You run to the edge of Oogway's island and leap as hard as you can onto another below you. You land on all fours and sprint. Water sprites hop out of a nearby river to looks at you curiously only to be surprised and fall backwards into the water once more. You focus you mind on the shrine much like you focus on Oogway's home in hopes to make travel faster. As you do so you reach out with your senses and feel the area full once more. You sense dozens of wind beings within the forest, not just sprites but full spirits as well.You throw yourself into another water fall and swim upwards to get to another island. Once you reach the top, you see other water spirits swiming around. This time they do not come close or give you trouble. Instead they cast a glance at you and then towards your desination, respect and a sense of duty ementating from them as they understand your urgency. Instead of running around the lake, you leap onto the water and run across its surface. A feat much easier than running across a turbulant ocean during a storm. As you reach the edge of the lake, two wind spirits fly down to you. Instinctively, you leap up and the two spirits create a gale that carries you upwards towards Shenlong's home. You land and feel the wind in your face once more. This time however, the wind feels anxious and restless. You don't need to meditate to know that these are reflections of Bao's emotions.https://youtu.be/suyCi-xdjNoAs you run, several more wind spirits emerge from the trees and accompany you like an advance guard. You reach the clearing and find Bao praying at the shrine once more. She opens her eyes and turns to see you, worry on her face. "I'm here Bao." You say gently as you approach her. Bao nods and stands up."Good." She says running up to you. "I don't know what's going on." She asks. "He's never asked me to summon anyone before. I'm not sure how long it's been since he's ever addressed anyone directly." "It'll be alright." You assure Bao. "I hope so." She says. "He's just waiting for me to let him know you arrived. Although I think that's just a formality at this point. He's surely sensed you by now.">What do you say?>Tell Bao to let Shenlong you're here. It's time you see your 'friend'.>Ask Bao if she's managed to contact Xin or Ming. Was she able to send a message?>Ask Bao if she knows why you were summoned. Is this for a punishment?>Write in.
>>4459107>Tell Bao to let Shenlong know you're here. It's time you see your 'friend'.
>>4459107All the more reason to not keep the boss waiting.>Tell Bao to let Shenlong know you've answered the summons
>>4459107>Tell Bao to let Shenlong you're here. It's time you see your 'friend'.
>>4459107>Tell her to let Shenlong know you're hereDon't worry, there will be time to talk later little kitty
>>4459111>>4459112>>4459130>>4459133Time's time to meet the big man himself. Writing.
>>4459107>Tell her to let Shenlong know you're here
"I'm ready." You say. "Let him know I'm here." Bao nods and hurries back to the shrine. She kneels and clasps her hands as she prays."O Lord of the Wind,Protector of the land and guardian of Rain.Your chosen friend as arrived. Great Dragon, we heed your call. By your will we arrive.Bless us with your presence so that we may speak again!Shenlong, dragon of wind, rain, and thunder!"https://youtu.be/g8-KeilGatUAs the last words leave Bao's mouth, you feel it. The island itself rumbles underneath your feet, the winds around you whip into an uncontrollable frenzy threatening to tear the trees from the small island. The sprites around you tremble in fear and dance frantically and the spirits bow and genuflect as their forms flow more fiercely threatening to burst. The aura of anxiousness is torn apart and replaced with one of sheer power. Unlike Bao's aura, this one presses down on you, overwhelming your new senses and becomes oppressive. Only Bao seems to be unaffected by all this. Then...you hear it. A thundering roar as if thunderclaps themselves had become alive. From below you, you can sense something parting the clouds and instinctively your body shuts your supernatual sense away out of fear. The skies darken and lightning flashes in the air as you see it. A large emerald dragon flies through the air. It's impossibly long and you cannot tell how much of its body is left as it coils upon itself and Shenlong's head decends upon the small clearing.The great dragon's eyes are a crimson red both blind and all seeing. It does not open its mouth to speak but when it address your group is speaks in a language you do not understand. The words flow through your body and mind much like He Ling's attack however, Shenlong's words strike at your very soul reverberating through your entire being forcing comprehension into you."I welcome you, bearer of my blessing." Shenlong says. "You tread upon my home. My sacred land among the world of spirits. Though I know that it is not through my will that you carry such honor, know that it is by my generosity that you both still stand before me."
You bow as deeply as you can. "I thank you great dragon!" You shout above the wind. "It was never my intention to receive such a blessing without your authority. I do not wish to dishonor this gift! However, should you decide that I am not worthy of such a gift please do not punish your preistess! It was not under ill will that she granted me this gift!" Shenlong slowly turns to face Bao. The young woman bows in revrence and fear. "The small one has served me dutifully since her anointing. Her sacrifice and diligence has proven her devotion and loyalty to me. It would not behoove me to punish her for an act of kindness that she did not know." The dragon speaks as he turns to you. "This does not however demonstrate your loyalty. You who have been titled friend of the wind itself must still earn the right to wear the mantle. The Dragon King has declared your honor and valor. However, I will still acertain your character! Prove yourself to me, and we will speak again but as friends.">What do you say?>Ask what Shenlong wants you to do. Some kind of trial like on the pirate ship.>Ask Shenlong if it was he who conviced the Dragon King to allow you to take the trial of courage.>Ask the great dragon why you're still allowed to keep the blessing. Surely someone of his power could revoke it at anytime and thus save himself a great deal of trouble.>Write in.
>>4459180>Ask the great dragon why you're still allowed to keep the blessing. Surely someone of his power could revoke it at anytime and thus save himself a great deal of trouble.
>>4459180>Ask the great dragon why he allows us to keep the blessing. His generosity is great but unexpected.>What trial would you ask? or is it of my choice?
>>4459180>Ask Shenlong what does he have in mind as ways of measuring the character. Some sort of trial, like that of the Dragon King's?>Incidentally, was he who convinced the Dragon King to allow us to take the trial? We're thankful for that opportunity, too.I don't think we're in position to ask about keeping the blessing desu
>>4459195I mean, so long as we ask curiously, we can learn more about this lord of dragons. And from there learn a bit more on how we should act and respond. Show a bit of our analytical nature, eh?
Ooh a tie. I'll just leave the votes up for a bit longer.
Rolled 1 (1d2)Fuck it1 = stay2 = change
>>4459195I'll vote this.
>>4459195>>4459220>>4459263Then away we go. Side note, I have a few bits of lore I've thought up because I have too much damn time on my hands. Thought I don't know if anyone cares to hear them. Currently, I've thought of an in universe reason why several of the Kung Fu masters don't have actual names and are named after their fighting style. The Furious Five are a prime example of that but like I said, it's mostly fluff stuff that doesn't matter. Anyways, writing.
"What do you ask of me Great Dragon?!" You shout. "A trial? Like that of the Dragon King?" Shenlong's voice reverberates throughout you once more."I ask that you prove your friendship." The great dragon says as it casts its gaze over the sprites and spirits of the forest. "My children are dying Tai Lung, defender of weak, the one cast his back to the darkness. During your life you sought to redeem yourself, you fought for those who could not, gave your life so others may yet live. Now I present to you a task. Someone seeks to unbalance the spirit realm. They claim the lives of my children and the children of the other great dragons. Among us all, only I have a champion. You. Though you bear the title, I cannot call you my most trusted friend. You have proven you bear the qualities for the blessing when I conviced the Dragon King to allow you take his trial. Now I ask that you prove yourself to be a true friend of the wind. Find whoever is defiling this realm and stop them. Do this for me, and I will regard you as a true friend.""So then it was you who the Dragon King refered as my patron!" You say bowing. "I am thankful! Because of you, I was able to save my friends! Could it have been you as well that gifted me the opportunity to see my old master again?" You ask. Shenlong's eyes flash."Indeed. Your death was untimely, however fortunate it is that you are here. Perhaps it is destiny that you find yourself here and I find myself in need of a champion but it matters not. Should you have survived I would have summoned you none the less." The great dragon watches you. "Your mind is awash with questions. I will honor the gift my priestess has bestowed upon you and allow you to ask them frankly. Know, however, that your title is not protection. You are still a stranger to me and I to you. Speak with that in mind."You nod.>What do you ask the Great Dragon?>Ask if he has an idea of who could be behind the killing of the spirits or where could they be.>Bao mentioned that there was only 2 other people in exsistence that bore your blessing. Ask about what they were like. What did they do to earn that honor?>Ask if the other Great Dragons are ok. While it's an absurd notion, who ever is striking against the spirits is perhaps trying to get to them or their followers if any exist here.>Ask if Bao can come along. She is a friend of yours and by extension Shenlong. You would welcome any company Shenlong has to offer.>Write in.
>>4459312>Are the other dragons okay?>any clues who is doing it?It would be nice for Bao to come with, but eh. She has her place here.
>>4459312>Ask if the other Great Dragons are ok. While it's an absurd notion, who ever is striking against the spirits is perhaps trying to get to them or their followers if any exist here.It would make sense if something had made the sea dragon more agitated than normal.
>>4459312Well, Bao has her job to do so let's leave her to it... but if the Dragon allows to indulge in curiosity a bit>Ask about the two other friends, what are or were they likeThen let's get >Investigating>Ask if he has an idea of who could be behind the killing of the spirits or where could they be.>Ask if anything anomalous, out of ordinary accompanies the killings - some sort of sign or sensation we could look for and follow. Where the crime was taking place - was it in a specific area or all over the place. Something we could use to begin our chase.
>>4459330>>4459337>>4459338Asking about the other dragons. Then doing some investigating. Also asking about the last two friends of the wind. Writing.
"Are the other great dragons ok?" You ask. "If someone is targeting the sprites and spirits then they may be going after you or your followers. As foolish as that sounds, pride can blind someone to reason." You say. Shenlong moves in what you assume to be a nod."My siblings are safe." Shenlong replies in what you think could be relief perhaps surprise. The great dragon is too much for you to attempt to read his emotions like you could Bao or the wind spirits. "Should anyone attempt to strike at them, their folly will be their undoing. However your concern for those who worship us is not misplaced. For now we have forbidden our priest's and priestess's practice of meditation in an attempt to earn the right to visit our sacred shrines. Bao has been made an exception due to her unique position and her connection to you. However, after this meeting she too will be forbidden from visiting until the matter is resolved. Despite her protests." Bao looks at you sheepishly."Sorry. I tried to ask to stay here incase you needed help." She explains. "But when Shenlong says no, he means no.""It's alright Bao." You say. "I appreciate the attempt." You face the great dragon once more. "Is there any signs or clues I can follow?" You ask. "Perhaps an old enemy of your and your friends? Or a specific area where it's happening?""Whoever is behind this hides their presence well." Shenlong says. "However their crimes are not so easily hidden. Our children are not simply dying. They are vanishing." You look at Shenlong a bit confused and Bao speaks up. "When a spirit or sprites dies, their chi is dispersed. Returned to the world so that they can be born anew or feed a living things. The cycle of death and rebirth for elementals is what keeps the living world alive. Unlike mortals who are returned to their ancestors, spirits simply become the energy that sustains us all. It is rare for them to die but they can." She explains."So the fact they vanish is not only not supposed to happen it's bad." You surmise. "If there are no spirits then nothing will sustain the living world...""And everyone will die." Bao says quietly. "Your friends Ming and Xin Lan. Your father. My village.""How much time do we have?" You ask Shenlong abruptly, forgetting your manners momentarily."Currently the balance is preserved." The dragon says. "There is no immediate danger to either of our realms. However, should this continue, the balance will inevitably slip and will soon spiral out of control."You think. "So...if the spirits are vanishing then that would include the wind spirits." You nod. "I can sense those far better than the others. So I'll be able to sense them vanishing." You look up. "Is there a specific area I can search?" You ask. "I would rather not sacrifice your children as bait." Shenlong rumbles quietly.
"Well spoken." He says. "The spirit realm does not follow the conventional directions the mortal realm does. However, use this shrine. It is your home and sanctuary. Where you face is north. Northwest of here is where the greatest loss of the spirits has been felt. That will be the best area to conduct your search."You nod. "Thank you." You say bowing again. "I will do my best to honor those who bore this title before me. You mentioned I could ask candidly. I would like to learn more of the 2 indiviuals you graced with this honor." Shenlong remains quiet for a while before speaking."You have not earned that right, Tai Lung." He says. "Return successful and we may speak of my past. Those who I have granted my friendship have meant a lot to me and I have guarded their memories will all my might. Beyond being indviduals of greatness, they were truly my closest friends. Ones who I enjoyed their company immensely." With that Shenlong goes quiet and waits patiently.>What do you do?>Ask Shenlong something else.>Ask Bao something. >Thank the great dragon and go to find the culprit.>Do something else before you begin your search.>Write in.
>>4459398>Thank the dragon, wish Bao well and get looking
>>4459398Thank the Dragon and head out.Maybe we could stop by Oogway if he has any idea what could be vanishing spiritual energy and taking it out of circulation. I wonder if it could be some alien entity eating it, or a machine like mako reactor... well I guess we’ll find out.
>>4459398>Thank the dragon, wish Bao well and get looking>Ask that they let oogway know where we have gone. We did leave in a bit of a hurry.
>>4459407Seems a bit presumptuous. Do this but let oogway know ourselves or ask one of the wind spirits to do it.
>>4459401>>4459405>>4459407>>4459427>>4459429Heading on out. Gonna let Oogway know where we've been. Writing.
You bow. "Thank you Shenlong. I will make sure that the spirit realm is safe." You turn to Bao. "Bao. Stay safe. I'll you once this is all over." Bao nods and hugs you. "I should be telling you that." She says. "Be careful.""I shall be watching Tai Lung." Shenlong says. "May you succeed in your trials." With that the great dragon roars and flies off into the dark rain clouds before diving down far below the island and into the sea of clouds beneath. The great dragon's presence fades and you find yourself tired and breathless. The winds die down and the residents of the shrine calm as well before they bow once more and go their seperate ways. Eventually the oppresive aura and atmosphere is replaced with Bao's soothing and relaxing one. She lets you go and nods. "I need to leave too." She says. "I'll see you later. I believe you can do it." She walks off into the tree line and fades away, leaving the place hollow once more. You center yourself and let your mind and body relax once more before you look up. "Don't worry." You tell the sprites and spirits. "I'll find whoever is behind this." You head off and make your way back to Oogway's house. You find the old Turtle looking off into the direction of the shrine. "Master, I'm back." You say."So I see." He says gently. "It is strange times indeed. A great dragon rising from the clouds." You nod. "What did Shenlong wish to speak to you about?" You relay what happened at the shrine to your master. For once in your life, the old turtle seems at a loss for words. Instead he places his hands together and bows deeply to you. "Master! You don't...I don't deserve such an honor." You say."The honor is mine." Oogway replies. "To live long enough to befriend a friend of the great Shenlong himself.""I am not his friend yet master." You protest. "I have yet to prove myself.""Nonetheless, for a great dragon to ask a favor of you speaks highly of your character." He says standing. You cough and try to change the subject."Master...the spirits. What could be causing this?" You ask. "The simply vanish. Their chi not returning to the world." Oogway thinks for a while and sits down. In another event that you'd never thought you'd see, Oogway gives you a sad look."I am afraid I bear some responsibility for this." He says. "What?!" You respond in shock. "What do you mean?" You ask. The idea of Oogway being behind something like this or rather any crime is almost impossible for you to fathom.
"My friend. You are not the only one I have known to fall to the darkness in their heart." Oogway says quietly. "Perhaps...it is best I start from the begining. In my youth...long before I had founded the Jade Palace. I was a warrior like any other. Wandering the world, righting wrongs and fighting for justice. It was a time of strife and war. What would later be known as Luo's greatest litterary work. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Oogway sits down. "But I was not alone. There were many a young man and woman who wanted to make things right. To fight for peace. And none more than the man I once called my brother. Kai." The old turtle says with sadness in his heart. "Together we rose to heights never before seen in the world of martial arts. Eventually others joined out cause and we soon lead an army. But that story is for another time." He says. "It was in one fateful battle that I fell in combat. I was mortally wounded but my brother refused to give up on me. He carried me for days on end, searching for help. I was ready to pass on. To see my ancestors. When all hope seemed lost, when it seemed like darkness was ready to decend, he found it.""What did he find master?" You ask."A small village of pandas." Oogway muses. "It's funny how fate works out like that. These pandas were not warriors but they were masters of a mystic art known as Chi." He smiles at you. "Yes, it is here where I learned of the power. Using their mastery of Chi, they healed me. Brought me back from the brink of death. They had heard of us and our exploits. Wanting to see the world returned to peace, they taught us how to use it." Oogway becomes somber once more. "But Kai became obessed with it. It darkned his heart. Eventually, he began to thirst for power and attacking all those who claimed to have knowledge he did not. Especially if he thought it related to Chi. We met once more after our fateful day in the panda village. It was on that day, I struck him down." "You killed him?" You ask shocked.Oogway shakes his head. "No. I banished him to this realm. I had hoped that perhaps this land would allow him to find peace and with that he would see the error of his ways. Now I am afraid it was me who made an error.""What makes you think it's Kai that's behind all this?" You ask."Chi was his greatest obession." Oogway says. "If the spirits of this land are not being dispersed back as Chi then I fear perhaps he has acheived the same powers as He Ling. I do not know how he could have here in the spirit realm but...now another friend must ask a favor of you." Oogway looks at you. "Please my friend. If it is truly the man I used to call a brother that is behind this, put a stop to his madness."
>What do you say?>Assure Oogway that you will do everything you can to stop Kai. Your old master deserves peace of mind for his mercy.>Ask Oogway something. Perhaps he might have information that can help you.>Ask Oogway if he would like to join you. This could be his chance to make right what he thinks he did wrong.>Write in.
>>4459512>Ask Oogway if he would like to join you. This could be his chance to make right what he thinks he did wrong.I honestly don't think he'll be up for it but wouldn't it be interesting if he was?
>>4459512>>Ask Oogway if he would like to join you. This could be his chance to make right what he thinks he did wrong.>>I would be honored to have you on this quest master
>>4459512>Ask Oogway if he would like to join you. This could be his chance to make right what he thinks he did wrong.
>>4459517>>4459541>>4459592Asking Oogway to be our battle buddy. I like that phrase. Battle buddy. I hope Xin Lan is our battle buddy. Writing.
"Master." You say placing a fist in your palm and bowing. "I would be honored if you joined me in this quest." Oogway gives you a soft smile."I am afraid I cannot join you my friend." He says. "This task is for you alone. The great dragon as asked this of you himself.""But master, you know Kai better than anyone." You say. "Your assitance would be more than just welcome. It might be necessary." "Perhaps." Oogway says. "But I do not know if I could bring myself to face an old friend in combat once more." He says. "The years may have been kind to me but I still bear the weight of my actions all those years ago. I am the one who sent him here. That much is true. Often times, I wonder...did I do the right thing?" He asks. "Was what I did truly a mercy or was it a curse I inflicted upon him?" You don't awnser as you are unsure of how to respond. "My friend, I do not ask you to do this because it is your duty. I ask this because I am afriad." He admits. "Unlike what those around me believe, I am not fearless or perfect. I too have things I regret and fear. And I fear facing the consequences of my actions so many years ago. I did what I thought was right that day and I did what I thought would help me atone for that in the following years. I taught many students so that they would not make the mistakes I made."You stay silent. You understood what it meant to feel the mistakes of your past weigh on your back. However Oogway more than made up for in the years he was in the living world. You were sure of that. Still you felt that perhaps the old master was being too hard on himself. You wonder if there was a way to convince him. Unfortunately time was not on your side, so if you were planning on trying to convince him you'd have better do it fast.>What do you do?>Continue to try and convince your master. (What do you tell him?)>Respect your master's wishes and head on out. You have a killer to catch.>Ask Oogway something else before you leave. (What do you ask?)>write in
>>4459673>I will not force you to go, Master Oogway. But I would advise you to think on which choice you would regret the most. Going to your brother and trying to stop him through words - or actions, if it must come to that - or staying here and wondering what could have been. If nothing else, if we must end him, then it would be a mercy to have it be by a friend's hand instead of a stranger's.
>>4459673oogway in his youth
>>4459690sounds like a fair reply but we shouldn't waste too much time.
>>4459673>>Respect your master's wishes and head on out. You have a killer to catch.
>>4459673At the very least he could come and talk with Kai. Say anything that's been weighing you down all these years. Then you can leave.>>4459792This is the only reality I will accept.
>>4460305I wake up to check votes before going to do a few things around the house and I see this. I guess I made it guys! People enjoy my quest enough to make strawpolls! Though I think the final option might be too OP. >>4459792I can't unsee that. I guess we know how Kai got his dual Jade swords. masterful pic related.Anyways it seems like votes are to try one last time to convince oogway to join you. I'll get to writing in about an hour or so.
>>4460305I did my part.Have you?
>>4460305>Nobody picked Bao but meWow, shit taste guys. She deserves all the hugs that makes her the best......wait...does that mean that......Shifu is the best waifu?
>>4460366that is a mental image I did not need, sir
>>4460371Only the faithful are safe from such images, for they reject the notion outright. Convert to the true choice and all shall be washed away
"I will not force you to go, Master Oogway." You say quietly. "But I would advise you to think on which choice you would regret the most. Going to your brother and trying to stop him through words - or actions, if it must come to that - or staying here and wondering what could have been. If nothing else, if we must end him, then it would be a mercy to have it be by a friend's hand instead of a stranger's."Oogway gives you a look and gives you a smile. "My how the young ones grow." He says as he stands. "You are right my friend. A life of regret is not a life worth living." He makes his way back in doors. Moments later he emerges wearing a battered old cape and staff. Upon further examination you notice that the cape is an old worn battle banner. "Perhaps what Kai needed was no solitude to reflect upon himself but rather a friend to pull him out from the darkness." He says. "But we must be careful. Kai was one of China's greatest warriors perhaps even greater than you or I. It was said that in our final battle, the earth itself trembled from our attacks. He has spent countless years here in the spirit realm. If he has spent them training then his strength will be beyond measure. Moreso then He Ling."You nod. "Perhaps so master." You say. "But Kai will lack the one thing we do. Teamwork and peace within ourselves. Perhaps that will be enough to convince him to stop or at the very least to subdue him." Oogway nods.https://youtu.be/cvTyxN1768w"Then let us be on our way." He says. "And hope that our journey will not be full of tribulation." You turn and the two of you begin your journey towards the location Shenlong gave you. The two of you travel far and wide. Going from island to island and keeping an eye out for anything strange. Your journey, leads you farther and farther out beyond any known islands that you are aware of. Though you cover a great distance it does not seem that it has any effect on the islands themselves. While each unique and beautiful none of them become more strange of esoteric as you would have assumed. "Master." You say as the two of you run. "How far out have you traveled here in the spirit realm?""Far." Oogway replies. "Though even now these islands are becoming strangers to me."Farther and father the two of you travel and soon the feeling creeps up on you. The presence of wind begins to weaken and grow faint. You slow a bit to feel out a bit. You notice that the other elements are feeling weaker as well. "I think we're getting close." You say. "The energy of the elements is beginning to weaken." "Perhaps we should slow our travel." He says. "And begin to look around for clues."
>What do you do?>Continue to travel. You're clearly heading in the right direction. Perhaps you'll run into Kai or whoever is doing this soon enough.>Stop and meditate. See if you can feel some of the sprites or spirits vanish. It will however mean that you're sacrificing their lives for this.>Meditate and try to sense some kind of anomoly. If it is Kai is stealing Chi like He Ling perhaps he can be sensed as well.>Look around on the nearby islands. Perhaps there are clues of a battle. The sprites might not be able to fight but the spirits would not go down quietly.>Write in.
>>4460399>Meditate for some sense of an anomloly While master oogway looks for clues of a battle in a descent distanceWe can't wait for them to vanish. That is very much not being friends to spirits, allowing them to die.
>>4460399>Meditate and try to sense some kind of anomoly. If it is Kai is stealing Chi like He Ling perhaps he can be sensed as well. Let’s look for a trail of emptiness we can follow to Kai.>>4460305>viper>0.0%>mfw Also, who the fuck is out here picking Tigress?
>>4460399Lets try meditating, and if we can’t find any anomaly that could clue us in, we could try expanding our presence, making our own chi stand out from the ambience, try to bait the guy with our own soul.
>>4460413>>4460426>>4460436Looks like we're gonna try to sense stuff via meditaion. Writing.
You slow to a stop. "If Kai is stealing the Chi of the elementals. Then perhaps I might be able to sense him." You say as you sit down to meditate. "Master could you search the area for signs of battle? Unless Kai is targeting sprites, the spirits would fight back." "And interesting theory." Oogway says. "Keep your senses sharp my friend. I will be right back." He leaps high into the air onto another island and out of sight. You cross your legs and focus. You close your eyes and begin to feel out for energy. As you start you're immediately hit by fear. Not yours but that of the beings around you. Mixed in is confusion. They don't understand what is going on, death is not a concept they can comprehend. At least not the finality of it. You try to push the emotion away but it is impossible. Instead you decide to internalize it, to accept it and move on. You feel the presence of several beings of wind nearby and farther out you think you can sense some water spirits. Then fire spirites, then earth, then wind and water again. You furrow your brow and continue to focus on it. The energy continues to swap around at random. You are used to islands changing their affinity, however the change is gradual and over a long period of time as spirits move on or choose a new home not as quick and frequent as this. You try to pin point the location of this anomoly but it moves quickly and hard to keep a focus on. You open your eyes. Perhaps that is why the dragons could not find the culprit. By constantly swapping elements, someone feeling out would probably only catch a single element. The absence would be noticed but not the person.While you stand a wait for Oogway, you feel yourself shiver. The fear you felt still resonated a bit within you as you stop sensing. Like children, the sprites were hiding, unable to comprehend what was happening only that it was bad. Instinctively you understood that the lack of spirits around here meant that they were the first to go when they leapt to defend the weaker sprites. You find yourself clenching your hands. Cowardice. Plain and simple. Like the bandits wanting to use innocent merchants as suicide bombers. Like the villagers ganging up on Bao. Whoever was behind this was taking advantage of the weak.You relax your fists and breathe deeply trying to calm down and you see Oogway landing near you. "Battle surrounds us, Tai Lung." He says. "Several of these islands are damaged. Be it by wind, earth, fire or water. However, there are also gashes. Blade marks in the trees or in the rocks. Kai's favored weapons were swords.""How should we proceed then Master?" You ask."I would suggest that we split up if you wish to preserve the lives of your friends. However divided we are weaker. If Kai has indeed become stronger, then we may not stand a chance on our own." Oogway replies. "Ultimately this is your quest, and I will follow your counsel."
>What do you want to do?>Split up. You're likely to find Kai faster this way. However, as Oogway says this may be the strongest opponent you've ever faced.>Travel together. It's hard to find the location of the anomoly via meditation but perhaps you can follow the destruction. >Try and find a way to lure Kai. Instead of going on a chase you can lure him to you. That way you can pick the location of the confrontation should it occur.>Write in.
>>4460500>Lure Kai to us, Call out to the wind sprites and tell them to tell the others. "Come to us my friends, Come to us and we shall keep you safe, tell others to come, we shall protect them."If we pick a good spot, then Kai should be drawn towards us with how much Ki is concentrated in a single space. Once he appears, he will no doubt wish to face us and Oogway rather than the sprites, because we are so much stronger.
>>4460500>Try and find a way to lure Kai. Instead of going on a chase you can lure him to you. That way you can pick the location of the confrontation should it occur.> Think of chang ming and wonder how they're doing right now
>>4460509Supporting, excellent idea.
>>4460509>>4460512Going to try and lure Kai towards you. Writing.
>>4460500If we’re luring him, I urge against drawing sprites our to do so as it would go against our resolve to not use then as bait.If we can wave our Chi around, make it noticeable perhaps with meditation or exercise (let’s hope we don’t attract some lewd sprites that way), maybe that could work. But otherwise we could follow the trail of destruction.
>>4460564It's not just using them as bait with intent to cause them harm through inaction, it's genuinely offering them protection through our presence.
>>4460509Support>>4460500I dont know if this a possibility, but would we be able to communicate to the more older and stronger spirits & sprites to herd the weaker sprites away if we do manage to lure Kai here? I dont know if they could do this, but could spirits give us any advice on how to fight him?
>>4460586You can speak to wind elementals just fine. The best you can do with earth and water elementals is sense their emotions and you've not encountered fire elementals yet so they are completely alien to you. It would be possible to ask them to do this yes.
>>4460591As far as I know, I dont think there is a reason why we cannot communicate through the wind sprites, and for them to pass on what we said to the other sprites.
"You're right master." You say. "I do wish to save my friends but we can't afford to split up. However there is a way to preserve their lives and stick together." You raise your voice and call out. "Children of the elements! Come to us my friends, Come to us and we shall keep you safe, tell others to come, we shall protect them." You turn to Oogway. "We bring Kai to us. With so many spirits here it's bound to attract his attention. And when he arrives, we'll be his focus. Our Chi should be far stronger than any individual sprite.""A wise strategy." Oogway says. "Together we stand a stronger chance of facing Kai and of protecting the sprites. I only hope that we should not come to blows or placing the sprites in more danger." The two of you wait and dozens of sprites come to you. Wind sprites float from all over, water sprites splash and hop behind you, earth sprites emerge from underground, and even fire sprites that looked like small salamanders seem to ignite from the smallest of sparks. They all gather near you and Oogway full of fear. Much to your surprise, you sense a heavier presence. Full fledged spirits make their way towards you, their humanoid forms landing near you and standing at attention. You don't need to ask why as they all emanate the same thing. Duty. "It seems like we are not the only ones with the little one's safety in mind." Oogway says looking around. You turn to the spirits. "Thank you for coming." You say. "We intend to confront the one who is threatening you all. While we don't wish for this to escalate to combat, if it comes to that could you please lead the other to safety? We will hold the frontline. Please seek shelter in your dragon's shrines if negotiations break down." The wind spirits nod and the earth and water spirits seem to understand as well. You're unsure of the fire elementals but it seems that the other spirits shore up your lack of communication.You're all tense as you wait and keep an eye out. The spirits patrol the nearby area as best they can. The wind spirits fly a short distance above you. The earth elementals dive below the ground and you can faintly feel them move underneath your feet. The fire and water spirits stand guard near your group ready to leap. After what feels like several hours, your ears catch something. The faint ringing of chains...>What do you do?>Wait for the noise to approach. It's best that they come to you.>Go towards the noise. Try to cut them off before they reach your group and give them time to disperse.>Tell the spirites to leave now. Hope that you and Oogway's Chi is enough to draw who ever is making the noise towards you.>Write in.
Gonna make lunch guys. So I'll be back in a while.
>>4460610>Wait for the noise to approach. It's best that they come to you.I trust the sprites and spirits to be capable enough to run if/once negotiations fail.
>>4460610Head towards the group, maybe have Oogway follow short distance behind to step in after we confirm our target and get his attention (and be closer to spirits if it turns out to be a distraction)
>>4460610>Wait for the noise to grow slightly louder, as to determine the direction, then tell the spirits to move in the dead opposite direction. The chained man will have to come through us to get to the spirits.
>>4460622>towards the groupmeant towards the noise
>>4460617>>4460622>>4460623Looks like we got three completely different votes. Can't really combine them either.
>>4460696>Wait for the noise to approach. It's best that they come to you.
>>4460696The votes are "Wait for him to come close""Wait for him to come close, then tell the spirits to run in the other direction" and "Head towards the noise"Two are quite similar
>>4460623I’ll support this to break the tie.
>>4460718By allah, i will BEAT you with my shoeI already broke the tie
>>4460717Well shit, you're right. I read the second as run in the opposite direction for some reason. That's...that's embarassing. Anyways! Looks like we'll be waiting.>>4460718Thanks anon. Always appreciate people voting to break ties even if they normally don't vote....even if said "ties" are because of me being dumb.
>>4460721WhoopsieAnyway, interesting factoid, Oogway is supposed to mean "the most powerful individual in the universe" and "turtle."
>>4460732God damn.His parents had high expectations for him.
>>4460744Or they were very literal minded
You wait. Although the urge to go and confront whoever was making the noise was great, it could leave your friends open. You listen closely, the sound of chains weren't the only thing that rings out in the distance. You can hear the sound of something flying through the air and hitting a tree. Judging by the noise, the object embedded itself into the tree as you can't hear anything fall to the ground or bounce off the wood. You can hear the movement coming from south and you turn to the spirits. "Go. Head north and take the long way toward your shrines. Stick to the skies, stay in the ground or water, and don't manifest until you're safe. Don't let them see you. We'll hold them off." The spirits signal they understand and begin to leave via their prefered means of travel. You and Oogway stay behind and face the treeline. "Master, what do you think?" You ask. "Do you think he'll come quietly?""Kai was always quiet stubborn." Oogway admits. "Even in his youth he always prefered to stick to his own path. But that never precluded him from changing his mind when shown the truth or undeniable facts. Perhaps there might remain some of what once was my friend in him. Enough to reason with him."You let out a breath and nod. Perhaps this one time, you could talk out the issue though you have your doubts. You can hear the sound of heavy footsteps approaching followed by the jingling of chains. From the trees you can see a figure emerge. A tall heavy set bull, with a jade sword in each hand. The blades have chains attached to the hilt, and even more curiously you can see a series of jade amulets hanging from his hip. The bull's eyes glow green, though unlike Bao's eyes they still retain their pupils. "Is that him?" You ask Oogway. The old turtle nods."Yes, that is Kai." He says eyeing the newcomer.Kai's eyes lock on to the two of you and you see him smirk. "Well, well, well...if it isn't Oogway himself. Finally decided to go and die on us old man?" He asks."It is good to see you once more Kai." Your master says. "I am glad the years have been kind to you."Kai snorts. "And I am glad they have not been to you. Makes it easier for me."You step forward. "We don't have to fight." You say. Oogway nods."Kai, perhaps we can discuss this as old friends once more." He says gently."Oogway, you never could resist trying to talk things out." Kai laughs scornfully. "Well then let's talk. You and your little friend.">What do you say?>Ask Kai if it's him that's killing the elementals. Better to confirm that he's your man rather than assume.>Tell Kai you know he is capable of stealing Chi. Ask him how he learned such a technique.>Ask Kai what his goal is. He's stealing the elemental's Chi but to what end? What could be worth threatening both realms.>Write in.
>>4460732Really? Damn, he really did live up to the name it seems. All I know is the Shifu is close to Sifu which is chinese for teacher. Though it probably could just be a weird translation.
>>4460768>You are the one who has been killing the elementals? Why? To what end?We must know the aim if we are to find a way to position our way around him
>>4460768>Ask Kai what his goal is. He's stealing the elemental's Chi but to what end? What could be worth threatening both realms.
>>4460768Ask him if he was killing the elementals and what he hopes to gain in such manner.
>>4460776>>4460788>>4460796Asking Kai what his goal is. Writing.
"Are you the one who's been killing the elementals?" You ask. Kai laughs."The straightforward type huh?" He says swining his sword. "Maybe I have. Those little balls of Chi are basically ripe for harvesting." "Why?" You ask trying to keep your anger in check. "Do you realize what you're doing? If you continue this you'll damn us all." "If it gets me one step closer to my goal then it's a risk I'm willing to take." Kai replies. "Kai, my friend, what goal could you possibly have that would make any of this worth while?" Oogway asks. "These spirits mean you no harm." Kai chuckles. "Because I'm so close." He says. "Just a bit more Chi and I'll be able to break free from this place. I've already gathered the Chi of every master in these lands. Now that you're here it'll make it all the easier to break free. And once I'm back in the land of the living, I'll be free to tear down everything you've worked so hard to build!" He says holding up his several jade amulets. He laughs. "And you know what the best part is? It'll be you that does it. Imagine everyone's faces when it's the great Oogway burning down all of China!"Oogway raises a hand. "My friend. It is not just my legacy that rests in the land of the living. It is both of ours, of our fallen friends, of those that came before and after us.""LIES!" Kai shouts. "It was always you! Whenever anyone needed advice, it was the great Oogway they would ask! Whenever there was trouble, it was you they would come for aid! Even the Emperor himself would ask for your counsel! I was left in the dark! I was the more talented one! The one who always leapt headfirst into combat! The one who was the shield that everyone would rally behind!"Oogway nods. "Yes. It is true that you were the more talented one. You were always my better in combat. It was you who I relied on in battle. The one who I always knew would never falter. And the one who saved my life. That is why it pains me to see you like this. It does not need to be this way."Kai huffs and snorts in anger. "You're right. It doesn't have to be like this. It won't. Not when I'm done with you and that child next to you. Soon all of China will see who truely is the greatest. I will make them see." You sense that the negotiations are slipping. It's clear that Kai's grudge against Oogway is preventing him from seeing reason but you're not Oogway. Perhaps you might be able to function as a third party arbiter.
>What do you do?>Try to talk Kai out of this. Perhaps you can offer some insight from your own experiences.>Ask Kai something else. He's angry which means he won't put much thought to his answers. This might be your change to gain insight on his abilities and motives.>Let Oogway continue talking. This cause the conversation to end in a fight but you can use this time to position yourself and take advantage of the fact you know a fight will break out.>Take a fighting stance. You should have known that you couldn't talk him out of a fight. You've seen this too many times.>Write in.
>>4460856>You as well hmm? Second to someone elses story and left to rot in the dank and the dark while others praise the less skilled and those who haven't worked half as hard as you had? Denied your destiny and legacy?We should probably try opening some middle ground here. If we can focus on building a rapport, we can halt this before it becomes violent.
>>4460867Maybe follow through with something to the effect of. >"What can you see happening when you are finally free? When you have crushed all of china and burned it to ashes? When every last dissenter and skeptic is dead before you?"
>>4460856Sounds promising >>4460867If we can show him we can relate maybe we could have a shot at convincing him that his goal is a vain illusion And not worth the atrocities.
>>4460856>Try to talk Kai out of this. Perhaps you can offer some insight from your own experiences.Let's focus on the similarities:Both of us have been 'betrayed' by the ones closest to us. Abandoned by the ones we considered family, and opposed by them.Both of us have worked immensely for what we have, though Kai has stolen the work of others as well (Perhaps we can leverage his pride against this. At one point he was a warrior of remarkable skill from only his own efforts, just like Tai Lung, before he started stealing Chi. If we imply that his theft devalues his efforts, it might have some effect. Maybe imply that he's afraid his own power isn't good enough?)
>>4460878Both of us have actually been "betrayed" and denied our legacy by Oogway, but we probably shouldn't bring that up as a point for him to focus on.
>>4460867>>4460872>>4460877>>4460878Punching Kai in th-..wait. We're talking things out? Sounds like character development to me. Writing.
>>4460909Well, every time we tried to brainlessly punch things out we got our ass handed to us on fine china (heh). Using our head, however, has been a consistent source of success. A results-oriented guy like Tai Lung would surely see that.
>>4460909What is better? To be born good and humble, or to struggle every day to reign in your hubris and Sin?
>>4460909>>4460917How fucked up would it be if Kai countered with speech-fu and convinced Tai Lung to join him in being evilchads?
>>4460909I wanna talk things out. They're friends. Friends shouldn't be trying to murder each other.Plus there's the fact kai will kill everyone if he keeps stealing sprites. It doesn't matter if he things this if for the good of China. Shit's gonna break.
>>4460919>>4460921Probably whichever gets me to buy Skyrim: Remastered Turbo Edition 76. On a slightly more serious note, I gotta figure out how to bring the conversation around for this quote.>>4460923Now that would be scary as all hell. >>4460924I agree with both sentiments. Plus, and personally, I see this as yet another step forward for Tai Lung. He still gets mad, he still wants to punish those who do wrong, but he's slowly starting to come around to trying to at least see the other person's point of view before slamming his fist into their face.
>>4460921I think you mean>T. Paar-thunarnax, Dragon of Fire, words and inner peace, the first master of chi-Redirection
>>4460852>Try to talk Kai out of this. Perhaps you can offer some insight from your own experiences.We still have time to talk to him. Lets try buttering him up to ease his anger down to a simmer. He's a well know fighter and without his help china would not be the same. Perhaps, if he were able to leave Eurika without the need to absorb all the chi, he can first take a tour of the lands to see the fruits of his labor before destroying everything.>Just a bit more Chi and I'll be able to break free from this place.>I'll be free to tear down everything you've worked so hard to build!>The one who always leapt headfirst into combat! Oogway I think admitted he thinks he might have made the wrong choice. There are some points that need to be addressed though. Sure, he can gather all the chi he wants and burn down China, but what comes next?>>4460923very fucked>>4460930Maybe we should take a note out of the Fat One's book. If it worked on Lung then it might work on kai. Plus, did he ever tried asking a dragon to let him out? it probably would had been faster than wasting hundreds of years gathering chi.
I stumbled across this and thought it relevant.https://youtu.be/sH6E7Oe9Al8
"So I'm not alone then?" You speak up. Kai turns to face you. "Denied what's rightfully ours. Years of practice and dedication. Hours upon agonizing hours honing our craft and for what? To be a character in someone else's story? To be passed up simply because it's not our destiny? We struggle and we hurt and we bleed and all we get in return is to see those less skilled and less talented than us receive the praise we deserve!" "What do you now of struggling?" Kai spits. "What could you possibly know about what I've lived through?""More than you can imagine." You say. "I can see your anger for what it is. I have felt it myself. The betrayal of one who we considered family. Abandoned by those we called friends and opposed by them. Why won't they see our side? Why can't they understand why I'm angry? Don't they see all of this was for them?""You know nothing." Kai says. "Nothing!""I do know is that it doesn't take a genius to see the talent flowing through you. You are one of China's greatest warriors. You single handedly helped shape the nation to what it is today. You say that you were Oogway's better. Well here is the man now, telling you that it's true. So tell me. Why is a man so powerful lowering himself to steal the talent of others like come kind of petty thief?""What did you just call me?" Kai growls. "This isn't like you." You say. "You're only undermining your own acheivements. The great Kai would never stoop so low as to steal the talent of others. Not when he has his own. What's the point if the goal is to make everyone see you for your power? Futhermore, even if you do manage to get free and burn China to the ground. If you kill and destroy all those who deny your legacy and dispute your power. What will everyone think? That the great Kai used the power of others to win. Not that he himself was so strong that none could oppose him and that's exactly what you don't want isn't it?""You don't know me!" Kai shouts. "A child like you couldn't possibly understand who I am and what I stand for!""Then tell me who you are!" You say. "Tell me of the Kai that once was! The one who was wronged! What pushed him to become a thief? What made him betray his own ideals?"Kai steps forward breathing hard before realization dawns on his face. "What did you just say?" He asks.>What do you say?>Tell Kai that you wish to know more about him. He was once a great man. One that even Oogway, the person everyone reveres, looked up to. (What specifcally would you like to know?)>Ask Kai what happened to him after visiting the Panda village. What changed him? If he truly hated Oogway before he simply could have let him die.>Ask Kai about his relationship with Oogway before their final fight. The two of them were brothers. That is not something that is simply thrown away by something as petty as recognition.>Write in.
>>4460974>Tell me about the Village, What changed?>I want to know why you finally decided that your own superb skill wasn't good enough. You were one of the cornerstone inventors of kung fu, What principles did you have and what was sore dire that you let them fall.A good start
>>4460974>Ask Kai what happened to him after visiting the Panda village. What changed him? If he truly hated Oogway before he simply could have let him die.This is just a theory, but maybe it was fear, at least back then? Fear that he wouldn't be strong enough to protect his brother in the future. So he yearned for more power, but lost sight of that goal eventually.What do you fellas think?
>>4460983Not impossible. Something to keep an eye out for but not to bring up. He could have just been trying to step out of his brothers shadow. Could be he wanted to make Oogway proud.Could just be as you say.
>>4460978>>4460983>>4460993Asking about the panda village. Writing.
>>4460856>Try to talk Kai out of this. Perhaps you can offer some insight from your own experiences.Hmm oogway brought him here if he changes his mind to no longer seek hatred & harm the spirits maybe we can bring him back to the living only if he sees the error he has done & seek contentment
>>4461068Oops didnt see the post, dam auto wasnt on Well i still stick my thought on the part of oogway & contentment
"I want to know you." You reply. "Perhaps the world might not recognize your skills but I would like to. Oogway spoke of you as a brother. The one man he trusted above all others. You probably saved his life on many occasions but there was one time that stuck with him. What happened at the village Kai? You were one of the cornerstones of Kung Fu. What caused you to abandon your ideals? What was so dire that you'd go so far as to fight your own brother?"Kai glares at you. "You've never experienced war." He says. "You'd never understand.""So help me understand." You say. "I know the tale. Your brother is mortally wounded, you take him to the village, then something changed.""That's it?" He asks incredulous. "I simpy took him to the village? I carried him through blizzards! I begged at the doorsteps of strangers asking for aid! Threw myself at their feet! Degraded myself and my pride just to be told no! I didn't simply carry him! I sacrificed everything to save him! What would you know about holding someone you hold dear and watching the life fade from their body?!""Everything." You reply coldly as you remember holding the broken body of your father before being forced to flee. Remebering the bodies of your friends, broken and bloodied from your trial. "So what happened next?" You ask.Kai looks into your eyes but says nothing. He turns to look at Oogway. "The chose him!" He spits. "I was the one who brought him there. I was the one who wanted him to be safe but apperantly it wasn't enough! It was him they taught to use Chi! Just another step the Great Oogway had over me!" Kai begins to pace around angrily. "I wasn't going let him get ahead. I wasn't going to be left behind. Not anymore.""My friend." Oogway says gently. "If you had wanted to learn, you could have simply asked. I would have gladly taught you what I knew."Kai looks seethingly at Oogway, glaring at him with all the hate he could muster but doesn't say anything. You shake your head. "That doesn't make sense Kai." You say. "If you truly wanted to rise above Oogway, you simply could have left him to die. I don't believe that simply not being taught a technique would make you resent the man you fought so hard to save.""No." Kai replies angrily. "No. It was Oogway that changed!" He shouts. "No longer did he want to fight. Soon all he wanted to do was talk.""We had fought all of our lives Kai." Oogway replies. "It was time that we would need to try something different. Our goals were noble but violence was perpetuating violence. I saw that during my time in the village. You had left, as I was told, to go back on the battlefield, content that I was safe. As I recuperated I spent the time learning, meditating and had come to that conclusion."
"You let people die Oogway!" Kai shouts. "Chang and Jun in the battle of White Peaks! Ling at River's Pass! The Na twins! We all fought to defend China while you simply TALKED!" The bull swings one of the chained blades at the treeline, slicing the row down. "And what good did it do?! Remember the mountian pass? Remember how your so called friends stabbed us in the back?!" Oogway nods sadly."Yes...each and everyone of them." He says quietly. "Not a day went by when their losses weighed heavy on my heart. But it is was not our place to hold grudges. All of our friends gave up their lives knowing the risks. All of them willing to give everything to bring peace to China.""They didn't have to!" Kai shouts. "If we had fought harder! If we didn't take- If I was only-" Kai lets out a roar stomps at a nearby rock shattering it.>What do you want to say next? Kai is revealing more about himself but he's also becoming agitated.>Tell Kai that you understand the need to want more power to protect everyone. You once wanted the same thing but it became lost in your lust for power. Ask him where he learned to steal Chi.>Ask if he thinks the man he is now is the man his friends died for. Perhaps if your blunt about his death's friends it will force him to realize what he has become.>Ask Kai about his banishment to the spirit dimension. Perhaps the battle between brothers might make him see reason. (What would you ask?)>Ask Oogway something. Perhaps something from his point of view will help ease things.>Write in.
>>4461102>Tell Kai that you understand the need to want more power to protect everyone. You once wanted the same thing but it became lost in your lust for power. Ask him where he learned to steal Chi."Let me guess - it was a bat, wasn't it? And they told you many things to nurture the burning rage in your heart."I think I'm starting to get the bigger picture...what if Kai was a ploy to get someone to consolidate chi for them, only to serve as a feast for them? It would shift suspicion off them, prevent retaliation from the gods and dragons of this realm. And hey, it makes sense - if you're an absolutely ancient chi-stealing being, you're going to want bigger and bigger meals to sustain yourself.Naturally, that's just a theory. But BIG if true.
>>4461102>>Ask if he thinks the man he is now is the man his friends died for. Perhaps if your blunt about his death's friends it will force him to realize what he has become.
>>4461127Shit, wait, my theory is evolving even further. Let me weave a hypothetical plot that spans hundreds of years in the making.A freshly banished Kai meets a certain bat, one we know well ourselves, in Eureka. This bat is patient, cunning, and powerful beyond belief. Perhaps they met in combat, or on more peaceful terms, but in the end He Ling chooses to endow Kai with the secret of Chi Theft. He Ling, at this point, sets about collecting whatever amount of chi he still needs to resurrect himself, but he only does it while Kai is actively collecting. This makes it harder to pinpoint the culprit(s). He Ling, being more experienced in the arts, manages to bruteforce his way back into the mortal realm first.There, he accrues more chi. Rather than putting it into a jade army, he incorporates this chi directly into his body to augment his direct combat abilities. He hides in the shadows, as he did in Eureka, and continues to accumulate power...even as Kai finally bruteforces his way into the mortal realms himself. Kai, using his Jade Army, conquers the current government. He crushes the strongest living warriors and adds them to his army. But this army's weakness is that it distributes the power among 'many', and so He Ling is free to move in and drain each jade soldier dry. Eventually, he defeats Kai in the same manner with ease, since he consolidated chi in himself instead of spreading it out. China is his to take, and not as a villain - but as their 'savior'. He is stronger than ever, and basking in glory and adulation. So begins the tyrant's rule.Of course, that's what the plan was. In canon, a panda ruined it by defeating Kai. In this, a leopard ruined it by defeating He Ling.
>>4461102Fuck my heart. I kinda wanna give the big guy a hug. I wonder if he can feel emotions and intent as well.
>>4461160Oh god oh fuckm support for asking Kai if he's most any bats that went by the name of He Ling.Wait. Actually he acquired his powers before his banishment. Still might be worth name dropping He Ling.
>>4461226Oh, that's right.In that case...i don't know!
>>4461102>"They didn't have to!" Kai shouts. "If we had fought harder! If we didn't take- If I was only-" Kai lets out a roar stomps at a nearby rock shattering it.We always wonder what could have been. I have an idea I would like to throw around with Kai. Say if we were able to briefly bring back all the friends hes lost in battle so he could talk to them on last time. Would he be willing to let all the stolen chi go? I'm banking on maybe one of the dragons being powerful enough to drag them from heaven or hell. Maybe we can ask a wind Sprite and see if they know.
>>4461376Careful, we shouldn’t start making promises we can’t keep. Even a dragon might not be powerful enough to retrieve someone from another afterlife.
>>4461424Maybe if we can distract him enough to buy time, we could ask a wind sprite if they know or not. Or ask the sprite to ask a spirit. Or ask the spirit to ask the dragon. I don't know a lick of psychology. Comfort and aggression I'm not sure would work. Comfort could work if Lung was smaller, younger, and adorable. He is none of those.
>>4461102If we choose to enter a fight, we are saying that what we fight for is worth of us possibly paying the ultimate price. Is that not always so?Oogway, what sort of China were you and your friends fighting for?Would it be the same had it been taken with a closed fist over an open palm? Would that be an image worth laying down lives - or fighting for at all?
>>4461483They were warlords, they did take china with a closed fist.But the main point of his anger seems to be a betrayal by oogway that led to the death of their friends. We can play into that
>>4461376Using the quote you highlighted, he wants power to never let a friend die due to his own weakness again, but here he has no friends left to protect. A classic "what use is your stolen power now? What use when all you are doing with it is destroying what your friends gave their lives to defend?"
Tons of cool suggestions. So it looks like the "winning" vote, is to name drop He Ling and ask about what they were origionally fighting for, focused around the central theme of wanting to be able to protect your friends.Also there's a vote for just asking Kai if the thinks he's still the man his friends died for.Still plenty of time to vote or correct me. I'm just doing my morning skim before I go do some chores.
As for asking for Kai's friends to be momentarily brought to the spirit realm? That's a really really big favor to ask. The great Dragons themselves aren't in charge of the dead. That falls to Yánluówáng aka King Yama. He judges who gets sent to their ancestors or even reincarnation and those who are sent to the court of hell. Nerdy head canon stuff, the great dragons can intervene and pull souls from Yama's courts both heaven and hell (you're a prime example of this as you are here before even receiving judgement) but it's generally considered bad form and not without a major reason (again you carry the title of Shenlong's BFF and he kind of needs you to deal with the current situation). It's the spiritual equivalent of say federal police sticking their nose in state affairs. At least that's my reasoning for now. I'm trying to keep the mythology simple because I sure as hell don't know it beyond basic google searches.
>>4461701>>4461674Huh neato. But yeah you seem to have the general idea. We are focusing on trying to get through to him that he's lost his way, using his starting ideal of wanting power to protect his friends to illustrate how far he's fallen.
>>4461528Makes sense to me. I can support this.
"We always wonder what might have been." You say. "What if I stepped in faster, what if we never gone?" You look at Kai. "When we enter a fight, are we not saying that what we're fighting for worth us paying the ultimate price? What sort of China were you fighting for that you were willing your lives with?" You ask."We wanted a China that was good!" Kai shouts. "One that was unified under a single ruler, not split among factions all vying for their own agendas. One where children didn't have to go to bed worried that their next waking moment would be their house burning down around them! That's what our company was about. We were supposed to protect everyone!""And as we attempted to do so, we slowly became that which we fought against. Slowly people began to ally to our cause. Slowly we began massing power, armies, followers. We had gone from mercenaries to warlords." Oogway says quietly. "Even you saw the changes Kai.""It was what needed to be done!" Kai spits. "When all was said and done, we would step down! That was the plan! Instead you chose to turn your back to all that an tried to play with our lives as a diplomat!""No my friend, I tried to save our lives by pulling us all out before war consumed us all." Oogway says. "The emperor himself had acheived the foothold he needed to maintain the peace. The people rallying behind him as well. The War of the Three Kingdoms was coming to an end.""A fat load of good that did!" Kai shouts. "In the end it was only you and me! Your so called friends, our enemies, betrayed us! They lead you around with false talks of peace! Took advantage of us trying to do it your way! If we had only stayed our path then none of this would have happened! They would be gone and we would all still be here!""And so you sought the secrets of Chi." You say. "So that you wouldn't lose anyone again. But would it have been the same if you had created the China you wanted with a closed fist over an open palm? Would that China be worth dying for?""Yes! Yes it would have! We would have ended the wars! With no one left to cause trouble we could rebuild China. A China safe for all!" Kai says."But now China is unified." You point out. "Your friends' lives weren't in vain. You and Oogway managed to make that happen. The people are safe and content.""It's not worth it if they're not here." Kai says through gritted teeth."Regardless if they're here or not. What good is your stolen power now?" You ask. "You defeat us and escape only to raze what your friends gave their lives for to the ground? It's not just Oogway's legacy you'd be destroying. It's also you and your friends. You wanted a China were people are safe. Why do you want to be the one who burned down the house the people slept in?""You don't understand...You just..." Kai falters.
"Somewhere you lost your way." You say. "You had good intentions. You wanted to protect those you had left but you let your anger consume you. You kept being pushed and pushed and pushed until you wanted the pain to stop and the only way you could make that happen was to throw it on to others.""And so you decide to lock me away." Kai says glaring at the two of you. "Because you know I was unsalvagable. Just like your wars, just like those who claim to do things in the name of peace while holding a dagger behind their back.""My friend. I did not banish you because I thought you were no longer worth saving." Oogway says. "I did it because I hoped that you would be able to find peace here. Away from the wars and battles that hurt you. Perhaps you would be able to see where you went wrong rather than the world forcing the view on you. I hoped that I would be able to shoulder your burdens as I continued to try and unify our country. Alone with the only thoughts of my friends being every mistake I ever made. Including your banishment." Kai breathes hard and you can see a weight fall on his shoulders."Kai." You say. "Where did you learn to steal Chi?" You ask. "I've faced someone with similar abilities. A bat by the name of He Ling. Was it he who taught you? He claimed that his people were the original rulers of China long before either of us were born. His power...it was unnatural. Perhaps, it was never meant to be weilded by us. We both have been victims of letting our own glory and power corrupt us. You were once a good man Kai. Which is more than what could be said of me but even I managed to overcome it and become someone who does good. You can still be a good man once more.""What does it matter?" Kai asks looking away. "What does anything matter.">What do you say?>Write in.
>>4461846>Life is what you make of it. Would you like to come and enjoy a warm meal while you think things over? I'm sure you two have a lot of catching up to do.I get the feeling he's lost the spark of violence that was driving him. Should be safe now...Unless he flips his shit. 50/50 odds, really.
>>4461846Every action, every word, every breath we take matters, for good or ill. Even if they sometimes don't go the way we'd like or expect them to.I've travelled China recently. It is a land at peace. I don't know if I'll yet have chance to, but as far as I'm able, I'd like to keep it that way. I'd... say that risk of betrayal is worth the image of children playing without knowing their parents - or themselves - will be drafted into a war or perish in some supernatural calamity. Would you please help me?
>>4461846Nothing matters by itself kai, nothing can. But if you are willing to see, then this isnt you by yourself anymore. Release the great dragons children, let them return to their homes and let your vengence go. This agony can stop and your friends legacy will be preserved, Your legacy will be restored. Your honour redeemed. Then, we can try and mend this rift, together.Feel free to rewrite this, because I'm terrible at not sounding like a walking cliche good guy
>>4461876Get him to release the spirits first, then we can take him for soup
>>4461883>Feel free to rewrite this, because I'm terrible at not sounding like a walking cliche good guyDon't worry about. Pretty sure 90% of what I write is cliche as well.
>>4461876>>4461877>>4461883Taking these. Writing.
"Every action, every word, every breath we take matters. For good or for ill. Even if they sometimes don't go the way we'd like or expect them to." You say. "Alone it might seem like the world is against you or that the situation is hopeless but time and time again I've been proven wrong. Right now it might feel that way, but if you're willing to see you'll notice that it's no longer you by yourself anymore.""My friend." Oogway says. "We have both made our share of mistakes. Both lost in what we thought was the correct path. Now we have been given an opporunity to make amends. It may take time, years even, but I'm certain that together we may find the right way.""I...I'm not sure." Kai says faltering. "I don't know what to do. Why do you trust that I will make the right decision? What guarentee do you have that I won't simply turn on you?""I've traveled China recently." You say. "And it is a land at peace. I don't know what the future will hold but as far as I'm able, I'd like to keep it that way. I'd...I'd say that the risk of betrayal is worth the image of children playing without fear of their parents or even themselves being drafted into a war or perish in some supernatural calamity. Together we can do our part to keep China safe here in the spirit realm. Release the spirits Kai. Let them go home. It's this small step, this small act of kindness that will set you on the journey to let your agony stop. You can uphold your friend's legacy and follow their wishes. Please...would you help us?"Kai gives you a long look then turns to Oogway. Oogway gives him a smile. Kai sighs and raises his hand to his amulets...before tearing them off and throwing them away. The amulets shatter, releasing all energy into the air. No spirits flow out much to your sadness but you can feel their energy flow out and disappate back into the world. You can feel the elemental energy slowly flow back into the island before evening out and dispersing to other areas. Alongside the energy, other people come into being. Old kung fu masters you recognize from scrolls look around in confusion."Life is what you make of it Kai." You say. "Right now, you may not know what you would like to do but would you like to come and enjoy a warm meal while you think things over? We can try and mend this rift, together." Kai doesn't respond but Oogway places a hand on his shoulder."Come my friend." He says. "Young Tai Lung is right. Our journey may be a long one but even a journey of a thousand miles begins with but a step. Let us start that journey together once more." Kai says nothing but behind to walk with Oogway and the two of them begin to make their way back home leaving you with the rest of the kung fu masters.
>What do you do?>Head home with Oogway. Best to make sure Kai has some kind of support.>Excuse yourself and head to your home. Shenlong's shrine. Let him know that it's over.>Invite the Kung Fu masters to Oogway's. They too might need some help coming to terms of what happened.>Write in.
>>4461939>Invite the Kung Fu masters to Oogway's. They too might need some help coming to terms of what happened.
>>4461939Ask a wind sprite to inform Shenlong of what happened, and if it would be possible to get some guidance from him or Bao on the masters.Meanwhile get the masters up to speed on where and how they ended up. Can't just leave them behind, but I feel it wouldn't be a good idea to drag them on Oogway's reunion either.Once we get update from our friends, or the masters begin to get taken to their appropriate afterlives, or whatever is supposed to be happening, catch up with Oogway and Kai.
>>4461942>Head home with Oogway. Best to make sure Kai has some kind of support.Making sure Kai's change sticks takes precedence over reporting on what Shenlong knows of already.
>>4461942>Excuse yourself and head to your home. Shenlong's shrine. Let him know that it's over.It'd be awkward to invite others to oogway's home. And the big dragon man DOES need informed of the situation's peaceful resolution. Plus I'm sure the kung fu masters don't want to see Kai right now.
>>4461942Tell the masters what happened then ask that they forgive kai. Then go talk to the dragon.We did it lads. We mastered talk-fu
>>4461942>>Head home with Oogway. Best to make sure Kai has some kind of support.
>>4461942Hmmmmm>Head home with Oogway. Best to make sure Kai has some kind of support.>>4461958The dragon does need to know, but we can pass off the info through a wind Sprite so we dont have to leave.
>>4461965This too, but also ask if they would like to keep in touch.
>>4461956>>4461947>>4461965>>4461970>>4461972Going to Oogway's home after talking to the masters. Sending a message via a sprite when we find one. Writing.
Man when will we get back to chan min and xin lan. I miss those guys already
>>4461989Give it a few hundred years training with kai and oogway to undo death.Nothing big
You bow to the other masters. "Masters, you have been freed from Kai's control by Kai himself. In life, he was a great warrior tasked with the great weight of protecting the country and friends he loved. In his attempt to find the strength to keep everyone safe, he lost his path. We all know the temptation of seeking greater power for good or bad. It is what all mortals go through. I ask that you find it in your hearts that you forgive him so that he may find his path anew rather than damn him and push him back into the darkness." The other masters look among themselves and nod returning the bow."While we find it hard to forgive someone who harmed us we will try to do so." One says. "After all it is in overcoming the difficult that we find the strength to lend to others. We wish him well in his journey to redemption." The other masters incline their heads in agreement."Thank you great masters." You say. "Should you need a place to rest or someone to talk to. I'm sure that Oogway would be happy to receive you. Together we can work to keep the spirit realm safe." With that you turn and begin to make your way back to Oogway's home. Along the way, you wave down a spirit. "Please let the great dragon know that my work is done. Kai has been subdued and the energy of your brethren has been freed. We are heading to Oogway's place now to rest." The spirit acknowledges your request and flies off towards the shrine. You finish your journey to Oogway's hut and find smoke coming from the chimney. Stepping indoors, you see Oogway preparing a meal. Kai himself seems to be fidgeting with a necklace bearing a small ivory flower, not quite something you expected him to wear. Unsure of what to do or say you sit down on the bed you woke up on. It dawns on you how odd it is for Oogway to have a bed considering neither have slept since your arrival here.With the atmosphere of the small hut growing more and more awkward you decide perhaps you would break the silence.>What do you say?>Ask Kai what he wishes to do now. He has a chance to start anew perhaps voicing his ideas might help him find a purpose.>Ask Kai about his life with Oogway and their friends. Perhaps reminiscing might help him mend the tear in his and Oogway's friendship.>Tell Kai of your story. Perhaps in hearing what you went through it might give him the strength in conintuing. Maybe he has some advice he can give you?>Write in.
>>4462009>Ask Kai what he wishes to do now>Offer to share your own story, if he wishes to hear it and offer advice or comments of his own.
>>4462009>>Tell Kai of your story. Perhaps in hearing what you went through it might give him the strength in conintuing. Maybe he has some advice he can give you?We heard some of his backstory. Its only fair he hears ours.
>>4462012Supporting.I’m not sure this is the end of the problem, it feels way too easy. I have a feeling Shenlong and the other dragons aren’t going to be content with Kai simply repenting and will demand that he be destroyed or something.
>>4462020Perhaps, but we could swing to have him undergo something akin to the seven labours.
>>4462023That’s what I was going to suggest, asking them to task him with repairing the damage he did to their realms and then some. Nobody gets deleted and Kai gets another chance to enrich the world.
>>4462009Break the ice and talk about the things in modern day china.
>>4462012>>4462014>>4462017>>4462020Telling Kai about our past and asking him what his goals are. Writing.
"You know...I also went down a similar path as you." You start. Kai doesn't respond. "All my life I was told I something special. That I would grow to be a legend. So I trained and trained. I was determined to be China's greatest hero. To save and protect everyone but somewhere along the way, I lost sight of that. It stopped being about helping people and more about gaining power and renown. When the time came, I was denied the title I felt I so rightly deserved. I exploded in rage. I razed the Valley of Peace to the ground and in the end nearly struck down my father. It wasn't until 20 years of incarceration that I was given another chance and I nearly squandered it. I returned to my old angers and nearly acomplished what I set out to do decades earlier. Somehow, by some miracle, I was convinced to stop. I saw what I became. I saw that I was nearly about to kill the one man who gave me everything. So I ran. I traveled trying to find out who I was. What started as one act of kindness for a bounty became an intervention on the behalf of a young woman then the investigation of a murder. It all began to snowball until finally I had friends for the first time in my life and then I was willing to give everything to keep them safe. Until I finally did." You fidget a bit. "I guess what I'm trying to say is that, right now it may seem like you have nothing and nowhere to go but it gets easier. You take a step forwards, maybe do something minor and then you find that spark inside you again. You begin to remember what it's like to be good. You see the pain in others. Then one step leads to another and soon you find yourself standing up for others. It's a long journey but I think you of all people can do it. Especially since you were a good man from the beginning. So the question becomes...what do you want to do?"Kai holds the ivory necklace in his hand and looks up. "I think...I want to see my friends again." He says. "I want to tell them I'm sorry."
You nod. "Then let's work towards that. Somehow, someway. We'll find a way to let you see them again. But first we-" You're interrupted by a loud roar in the distance. The three of you run out of the hut and you feel it. The oppressive force of the wind. The three of you are force to your knees as you can feel the pressure increase to heights you never felt before. The winds whip around and shatter the windows in Oogway's hut as an emerald dragon rises from the clouds below. You try to stand but are forced back down when you feel the weight of the earth itself on your body. Another roar echoes out and you see a golden dragon emerge as well from the clouds as it slowly entwines with Shenlong. Your body groans and sweats as you feel the heat and fury of fire itself hit you. A ruby dragon rises as well to join the others but not before you feel the sheer strength of the ocean itself and a dragon of sapphire rises. The four dragons roar and descend upon your small island. They surround it and slowly lower their heads down."Your champion has failed Shenlong!" The golden dragon roars forcing meaning into your soul. "The murderer yet lives!""Perhaps your pride has blinded you." The sapphire dragon roars. "Your chosen one was unable to preform his duties.""Silence!" Shenlong roars as it faces you. "Tai Lung. What is the meaning of this? The killer yet lives. Explain yourself!"You struggle to look up and face all four of the dragons as you speak.>What do you say?>Tell Shenlong that he asked you to stop the killings and find whoever did this. He never mentioned that you had to kill them.>Tell Shenlong that you have stopped the killings. No one has to die and the Chi of the deceased has been returned back to it's rightful place.>Tell Kai to explain himself. Perhaps if he tells the dragons that he has given up his goals they might let him live.>Write in.
>>4462113You asked me to stop the being who was unbalancing the realm and murdering your children, Dragon Shenlong. I have done so and more than that, their chi has been returned to the realm.My duty was followed to the letter but not as you expected, I think there is a better path than death and execution. Kai has committed many sordid acts and deserves to repay his debt to you, atonement proper beyond his true death.Perhaps it's mortal folly that presses me to plead his case, but I believe Kai both can make amends and is willing!Justice by service, rather than death.It's all up to the dragons now. But I'm hoping they have more spite than cold revenge lined up and just give him a few nigh impossible tasks
>>4462125Supporting, this is a good speech. We may need to sell it a bit harder, though. Maybe tell them that Kai could not only help repair their realms, but expand them? I dunno.Of course, there’s Kai’s decision on whether or not to abide by their ruling. That’s out of our hands, though, and if he chooses suicide by opposing four angry dragons then there’s not much we can do. Kai did wrong them pretty severely, after all, and they’re not incorrect to be as mad as they are.
>>4462146I think we are selling it hard enough with "Hey idiots, if you kill him then you are wasting the potential of one of the most fearsome warriors in chinese history"
>>4462113>I have been tasked to stop the killings, and that has been achieved. The Chi taken has been returned into the world, captured spirits released.I have sought remediation and redemption, over retribution, when pursuing the task.>I submit to your judgment whether that is satisfactory, or what else would need to be done.
Gonna me dinner. Be back in a bit. Then we'll get to the speeches.
>>4462125>>4462146>>4462151>>4462158Tell the dragons we did what they asked only we think Kai can do more good alive than dead. Writing.
"You asked me to stop the being who was unbalancing the realm and murdering your children, Dragon Shenlong. I have done so and more than that, their chi has been returned to the realm." You say. "My duty was followed to the letter but not as you expected, I think there is a better path than death and execution. Kai has committed many sordid acts and deserves to repay his debt to you, atonement proper beyond his true death. Perhaps it's mortal folly that presses me to plead his case, but I believe Kai both can make amends and is willing! Justice by service, rather than death."The great dragons float around you as the skies around you flash with thunder and lightning. "You presume to have better judgement than us, mortal?" The ruby dragon roars."I do not!" You shout and face Shenlong. "Great Dragon Shenlong, you once allowed me to speak candidly because of my title. Now I ask that you allow me that boon again. Please, let me explain my reasoning so that I can show you that I only had the best interest of you, my friend, at heart!" Shenlong remains quiet."Very well small one. Speak your mind openly." He says after a long while."Shenlong, do not allow this mortal's folly to persuade you. His title is only that, a-" The gold dragon begins before she interrupted by Shenlong."Silence!" The dragon of the wind roars. "Do not presume to have authority upon those I wish to call my friend! He will speak and then we shall decide. Never let it be said that I do not honor the blessings I have given!" You wait for the roaring to calm down before speaking."Great dragons! I will admit that when I started on this quest, I was aware that the need to strike down the culprit was a possiblity, but upon consulting my master I learned that the one behind the killings could be his friend! He himself felt responsibility for banishing Kai here in hope that he might find peace with himself. Peace he could not find in the mortal world. Rather than allow my master to wallow in his guilt I convinced him to join me so that we may perhaps settle this peacefully. In truth, I also wished for my master to find peace with himself as well. As you can see, we succeeded in ending the conflict peacefully. I learned the true motives behind Kai's doing. I understood his pain and I know that his intentions were originally good. Great Dragons! I allowed him to live because I sought remediation and redemption. Not retribution. Retribution is what caused him to falter, it is what pushed him to this. To seek retribution would be an insult to the man he was once before. To the ideals he once upheld. Much like me, he can use this as a chance for redemption! He can be a warrior that champions your causes and protects those you hold dear! To kill him would be to deny yourself a potential ally!"
The great dragons grow silent once more. Then Shenlong speaks once more. "You speak of this man's redemption. You say he has changed and wishes to be a guardian rather than a killer. Do you vouch for him? Are you willing to place yourself on the line for a man you only recently met?""Yes! I do! I believ-" You begin before you're interrupted."No." Kai says. You and your master turn to face Kai as do the dragons. "What are you doing?" You ask confused. "This is your chance to turn things around. You can-""No." Kai repeats. "I thank you for you words but the awnser is simply no. I know what I have done. The crimes I committed both here and in the world of the living. If I want to see my friends once again. I want to see them with a clean concious." He turns to the dragons. "Dragons! It is true that I slew your children! It is true that I seek to redeem myself! So I will submit to your punishments! If it means I must fight my way through the 10 courts of Hell to see my friends once more in the afterlife then so be it! Oogway and Tai Lung are good men! Even in my darkest hours, they saw a light in me that I thought I had lost. They offered me compassion rather condemnation but it does not change the fact of what I did! Perhaps I could be a guardian of this place and help repair the damage I have caused but not while my hands are soaked with the blood of the innocent! I will submit to any trial you place before me. I will suffer through any punishment so that once I am done, I am a clean man once more!"The dragons turn to face you. "It seems like the man you wish to fight for has denied your offer of redemption. What say you?" The sapphire dragons says.>What do you say?>Try and convince Kai that going through hell itself is admirable but it is not the only path to redemption. The path you offer allows him to at least be with his closest friend. >Tell the dragons that Kai has his own idea for redemption and while it is not one you had envisioned as long as they offer him the chance to redeem himself and see his friends once more then you are ok with it. Simply killing him would be a waste.>Ask Oogway for help. Perhaps he can convince Kai though from what you remember him saying, he is stubborn unless shown hard evidence for him to change his mind.>Write in.
>>4462231That he recognizes that he strayed from the path of righteousness and is willing to prove himself in finding it once again. That he feels he ought to earn his redemption rather than be given it.
>>4462231>Tell the dragons that Kai has his own idea for redemption and while it is not one you had envisioned as long as they offer him the chance to redeem himself and see his friends once more then you are ok with it. Simply killing him would be a waste.Well, it's his choice in the end.
>>4462247This. If the man wishes to earn his forgiveness then who are we to deny him that?
>>4462247>>4462252>>4462253We won't argue with Kai only that he deserves a just chance. Writing.
"Only that he recognizes that he strayed from the path of righteousness and is willing to prove himself in finding it once again. That he feels he ought to earn his redemption rather than be given it. I will not deny him this if that is his wish. I only ask that you give him a fair chance rather than deny him outright." You say.The dragons watch you and your group carefully. "Very well." Shenlong says. "Kai, for your crimes against the spirit realm and for a friend of the elements vouching for you, we sentence you to this trial. You shall spend your time in the 10 Courts of Hell as you wished. Yánluówáng shall administer your trials. Should you succeed, we shall offer you a second chance. Be it returning to the spirit realm or returning to your ancestors. You performance shall decide your fate. Should you fail, enternal damnation shall be your only consolation."Oogway steps forward. "My friend. Is there no other way we can convince you to stay?" He asks. "We have only just met once more."Kai shakes his head. "No. You offered me a land of peace to make my admends and I spat in your face by killing those here. This is my last chance. This is what I deserve. Even you can't argue that."Oogway shakes his head. "I can but I will not deny you if this is what you truly wish. I wish you the best of luck." Kai stand in the center of the four great dragons. He turns his back to you two and the dragon's eyes glow. Kai's body is engulfed in flames and he begins to burn away.https://youtu.be/H1Pz3EO2pHILooking back, he says, "Oogway. You were right. I was always the better fighter...but you were always the better man. Perhaps...perhaps if I was truly your brother I would have stood by your ideals more. If I had...perhaps they would all have made it to enjoy a peaceful China. Perhaps next time, we can all see each other once more and laugh about the good times." As the flames consume the last of Kai, he says his final words. "Goodbye old friend. Never change."Oogway clings close to his staff. "Goodbye Kai...my brother." He says quietly as tears form in his eyes. The great dragons roar."It is done!" They say. "The realm of spirits is safe once more." The three other dragons dive back down into the sea of clouds. Shenlong remains to address you.
https://youtu.be/eJzlkVhlxyI"Tai Lung. What you did most would consider a betrayal of the order of a Great Dragon. Most would have done as they were told for fear of retribution. However you stood by your decision. Regardless of your orders, you chose the preservation of life over duty regardless of the individual's past. It is because of those qualities that you rise above those you worship me. It is because of them that I see you for the man you wish to be. And thus, I am glad to call you my friend. When you and your master are done mourning, return to home to me. We have much to discuss and your reward to claim." The great dragon of the wind gives you no chance to reply as he roars and dives below the clouds once more. Leaving you and your master alone.>What do you wish to do?>Skip to when you next meet Shenlong.>Speak with Oogway. What do you want to talk about?>Do something else. What do you wish to do before meeting Shenlong.>Write in.
>>4462306>>Speak with Oogway. What do you want to talk about?I'm not sure how to write this out, but basically ask him if he has a idea of how Kai would have liked to be honored when he died back when they were together in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms? Some Funerial Rite or whatever to perform? Like I know the guy isn't dead, but he's litterally going through all 10 layers of hell, and even if he succeeds its 50/50 if he returns to the spirit realm or joins his ancestors, so someway to honor the man he was and chose to be again with this trial seems appropriate.
Work fag phone posting here. Did we at least figure out where Kai learned to steal chi?
>>4462369He didn't say, unfortunately.
>>4462369I do kind of regret Kai not saying where he did get the ability but at the time him just feeling defeated seemed more appropriate.
>>4462375At any rate, it's possible that Oogway knows. Either from their time together in life, or from the brief period of time where they were together but tai lung was talking to dead kung fu masters and whispering messages to the wind like a weirdo.
>>4462379Hey the wind is a chill dude and according to the polls has a pretty decent waifu. Although according to said polls my mom is as good as a waifu so...I hope your proud mom. Anons on the internet want a furry kung fu master to date you.
>>4462375I regret not having the time to ask the question. I was busy.
>>4462382Not gonna lie dude, you're a pretty bomb writer. hit me in the feels when shenlong told tai lung he saw him for the man he wished to be
>>4462441Thanks man! Means a lot to hear people are enjoying the quest. I'm turning in for the night guys. Votes are open until I get back.
>>4462314SupportBut after we check if oogway is okay then can we get some chi training. Since shofu cant have taught us it.
I like the bit where Tai Lung didn't become the Dragon Warrior and through dumb luck instead became a Dragon Warrior.
>>4462777Fate works in mysterious ways.Irony even moreso
>>4462314>>4462423>>4462461Setting up a memorial to Kai. The man may not be dead but he will live on in our memories.
>>4462777>>4462785Funnily enough...erm...you guys kinda cucked Po out of the plot for Kung fu panda 3. So...who knows if he'll become a master of Chi now like he did in the film.
>>4462836>Implying we don't issue him a challenge to face us at last on top of the highest mountain in the land, to see once and for all who is the superior dragon warrior.
>>4462837Waaaaaaaaaait. If Oogway does actually teach us the panda chi techniques, then we return to the land of the living, that would mean that by prophecy/fate/continuity that we would become his mentor...
>>4462841Probably? Unless Po finds his home village once more and learns it from them. In the film Po becomes Oogway's successor and honestly, I don't think Tai Lung is the kind of dude to settle down like Shifu and Oogway did at the jade palace. He'd probably end up traveling more along with whoever he chooses to be his waifu. Unless he decides to remain celibate for whatever reason. But really that's up for anons to decide. At the moment, he's kind of past challenging Po to prove who's the better dragon warrior. At least in my opinion. He still would challenge Po to see how they've both grown though. That still feels in character. But again, its up to the votes. I simply try to offer suggestions that seem reasonable to the situation and growth as weird as that sounds.
>>4462848Nah, I getcha. For my own interpretation [and because I like the conversations] Tai lung is more liable to continue to wander as a Xanxia hero of the wind than settle down, that much I agree with.But given that as per the film the panda's have forgotten their ancient techniques, I wouldn't put it past us to either be tasked or asked to teach Po "When the time is right" which I personally like to envision as a duel in a suitably cinematic area to prove how much of kung fu Po has mastered. If only because it's cooler in my head.Training him unprompted however, seems very far fetched.
>tfw trap rabbit will never break Tai Lung's sternum trying to give CPR
>>4462866It's ok anon. Xin Lan can get handsy with Tai Lung in other ways but then again Chan Ming is the medic. So who knows what will happen.
You help Oogway to back to his home. It seems like the old master is slower than ever before which is unsurprising considering the weight the man must feel on his shoulder right now. The two of you spend a moment of silence before you two begin to preform funeral rites by lighting incense and offering prayer. While Kai might have been spared, he was now facing the most harrowing journey you could ever imagine. Even you couldn't imagine what trials Kai would be facing and you wish the master nothing but luck. Still, it feels like you could be doing more to honor the man."Master..." You say gently. "Perhaps...maybe we could find a way to honor Kai. We have offered our prayer but perhaps we can do something more? Do you know how he would have liked to have been honered should he have fallen while you and your company were still together?" Oogway thinks for a while."We never really did speak of our deaths while we were together." He admits. "Rarely people ever do. However, I think the best way he would like to have been honored would have been with success in unifying China." He shakes his head. "But we have already done that, so I think that the next best thing would have been a feast perhaps a celebration in his name. Kai would always be the one who forced us to move forward even things seemed bleak. I think he would have been happy knowing that we remember him in celebration rather than mourning." You nod."Perhaps we could invite the other masters." You suggest. "For a celebration of the man he used to be. Of the man he will return to be. We can let them know of who he once was so they don't hold resentment in their hearts." Oogway smiles albeit with still some sadness in his eyes. "Yes. That sounds like a good idea. I think Kai would very much enjoy that." He says. "Perhaps you can go and gather them while I prepare the feast. I would like a bit of a break from traveling if that is ok with you." "I understand master. I will return as soon as I can." You say and depart. Through a combination of running, asking the spirits for help, and sheer coincidence, you manage to gather several of the masters you released from Kai's grasp. Others were no where to be found or politely declined due to being in the middle of some kind of meditation or training. You return to Oogway's to find a large table lined with food and candles.
"My friends, thank you for coming." Oogway says. "I understand that perhaps you did not meet Kai under the best of circumstances, but I am grateful that you have journied to learn more about him. Please, come and sit." The other masters bow and you all take a seat as the feast begins. At first, the table was quiet with only the sounds of eating sounding out but soon people began to speak and talk. Stories were shared of both good times and bad. Reminicing of friends lost and made and slowly mutual understanding came around. While only Oogway truly knew the man known as Kai, everyone learned to empathize with the man. The story was as old as time itself and in learning of Kai's past they learned to let go of their grudges. The feast slowly came to an end after what felt like months and in a impromtu ceremony everyone lined up and one by one each master offered a prayer and lit a stick in incense to a small prayer shrine for Kai. The master soon began to depart but they all offered to come back in a year's time to celebrate someone else who had fallen in battle. Oogway nods and as the last master left he turns to you."Thank you my friend." He says. "In an effort to ease my pain, you have created a place for others to grieve as well. While this feast may have focused on my brother, you have now paved the way for us to celebrate others whom we have lost."You bow. "It was nothing master. I'm glad that I could do something to help." You say as you begin to clean up. "Now where to put all this?" Oogway chuckles as he waves to the large table. "Perhaps we should build a dining hall now if we keep inviting guests." The two of you clean up and store things in a pile behind the hut for the time being.>What do you do now?>Ask Oogway for some training. He did learn about Chi, something you never read in all the scrolls you mastered.>Go to Shenlong. He mentioned something about a reward and wanting to speak with you after you were done mourning.>Head to the shrine and wait for Bao. You never did get the chance to ask her about your friends.>Write in.
>>4462894>Ask for training first>Then go to ShenlongSome training will take your mind of Kai's journey Oogway, then I think we can call our mourning done.
>>4462894>Go to Shenlong. He mentioned something about a reward and wanting to speak with you after you were done mourning.>>4462899Shouldn't we talk to Shenlong first? Wouldn't want to keep the great dragon waiting any longer.
>>4462902True, On reflection it's best not to push it. Being his friend grants privaliges, and is indeed an honor, but friendships are not based on pissing the other about. >>4462899I retract the training from my post
>>4462902Support, let’s not put this meeting off for too long.
>>4462899>>4462902>>4462904>>4462906Meeting Shenlong. Writing.
>>4462858I do love the idea of Po meeting Tai Lung who is meditating on a snowy mountain top to be trained by him. That sounds awesome.
>>4462927Real martial artist/Xanxia Energy
Once everything had settled down, you spend a while to make sure your master was at peace. Though it still seemed that Kai's decision weighed heavy on his heart, he wore a sense of optimism that put you at ease. "Master, I have to leave to see Shenlong. I don't want to keep him waiting." You say. Oogway nods."The Great Dragon has offered you his friendship. Although it is a great honor, it must be treated like any other, with mutual respect for one another. Best not to keep him waiting." He says bowing to you. You awkwardly bow back."Master, I still do not feel like I deserve this praise." You admit. You wonder if it would ever feel correct for the man you looked up to all your life to bow to you. "But thank you." You say before excusing yourself and making your way to the shrine. You don't sense Bao there as the wind spirits carry you to the island. The spirits bow to you when you land, much to your surprise, before they walk with you to the center clearing. When you arrive, you stand around unsure if you should pray like Bao did. The idea feels a bit silly so you decide that you would simply sit at the statue of the Shenlong and meditate. You let your conciousness expand and feel around the forest around you. You can sense the wind sprites dancing around and playing, the wind spirits doing their duty and guarding. A few of the wind spirits fade out of existence as they go to the realm of the living. You can faintly sense them for a moment, as if on another layer before your concentration lapses and you lose your lock on them. You're not sure how long you spend watching the denizens of the forest, your friends, before you can momentarily feel Shenlong and your mind shunts you out in fear of what it might perceive. You open your eyes and stand as the great dragon coils around and lowers itself down upon the shrine. "Tai Lung. How are you, my friend?" The great dragon asks. The question throws you off for a moment before you awnser."I'm...I'm fine. Thank you." You say. "We have come to terms with Kai's decision and we can only pray for his safety and success." The great dragon watches you carefully."Friendship is an odd things." He admits. "Mortals are so easily willing to give it, even when it means pain.""Friendship is...a complicated subject." You say. "We find it in the oddest places and sometimes we do evil things in the name of it but it also drives us to greater heights and greater acts of kindness. I like to think that in the end, good ultimately comes from it." The great dragon nods.
"To me you have proven yourself, and I gladly give you my friendship. I promised you a reward but I must ask. What weighs so heavy in your heart?" He asks. You think. Truthfully, you didn't really feel anything in particular in the moment but perhaps Shenlong sensed something in you much like Bao or you with the forest spirits. You decide to speak and hope that it would be revealed."I..." You pause. "I...worry for my friends." You say. "Xin Lan and Chan Ming. Though I trust the Dragon King. I can't help but worry how they will react to my death. We were to travel together and now I am no longer their for them. I also partly feel disappointed. Though I may have found the redemption I was seeking, I will never be able to tell my father about it. I will never complete my goal of finding the Pools of Contemplation or even simply to enjoy the world in which I was born in. I feel as though I could have acomplished so much more. Though I am grateful for your intervention in bringing me here, I simply cannot help it." Shenlong listens patiently before speaking. "You have done this land a great service." He says. "Perhaps it is good that you voiced these concerns. For you see, my siblings owe you a great reward for saving their children. Though they disagree with your methods, that is not their authority to decide if you were right or wrong. They do however, recognize your heroism. As such we have come to an agreement. Under my backing, we feel that a person of your heroism is better suited outside of this realm. We offer you this, a chance to do good once more. Time cannot be turned back. We cannot prevent your death. However, we can return you back to your friends so that you may once again have a chance to serve China once more as one of it's heroes. What say you?"You look up at Shenlong in awe. "I...can come back to life?" You ask. "Yes! Please!" You shout before catching yourself. "Yes, I accept. Tell your siblings that they have my eternal gratitude. I...cannot say how much this means to me.""I will let them know. However, know that this is not a gift we offer, this is a reward you have earned by your own hand. Only through your actions is where this comes from. Be proud of your work, my friend." Shenlong says. "However...that is not my reward. Instead I offer you something else, as a tribute for your work and as a token of my friendship."
>Shenlong offers you a gift! What do you want?>Learn Dragon Style Kung Fu. Become the dragon on the battlefield with this style. Unknown to any living being this legendary style of martial arts is only written about in stories and myths. As destructive as the great dragons themselves, only the greatest of masters can harness it without utterly destroying those that face it.>Aquire the Dragon's Travel Clothing. Ultra lightweight and super durable, these clothes never grow dirty or tear naturally. Their durablility also provide adequate defense against cutting and slashing attacks turning nicks and close cuts as well as the attacks of novices or untrained fighters into nonlethal impacts. Direct attacks from experienced fighters will still harm the wearer and they offer no protection against the impact of blunt weaponry. The winds themselves enhance the threads redirecting arrows that would merely clip you and making them miss. As with melee attacks, arrows that would be a direct hit will still find their mark.>Ask Shenlong to reforge your replica Sword of Heroes making it become it's sister blade, The Blade of Dragons. Like a Dragon's claws, it's sharpness is unparalled allowing you to cut through nearly any material found in the mortal world. Furthermore, your friendship with the elements will allow you to meditate and charge the blade with an element of the associated dragon giving the weapon extra properties for a limited time when activated. For wind it allows you to replicate the intro to the first Kungfu panda movie and have it cut things at a distance with a blade of wind.>Ask for another blessing. While you can't ask for another major blessing of friendship like the one you have with Shenlong, you can ask for a minor ability. Things like ultra enhanced leaping height, waterwalking or breathing are fair game. (leave a suggestion and I'll let you know if it's ok.)>Write in.
>>4462983>dragon style kung fuWe are martial artists, our strength comes from our own power and skill. We have said as much and now it shall be.But I would also ask that we have just a bit more time to learn about chi from oogway, since that knowledge no longer resides in the land of the living and we only just heard about it from the man himself.
>>4462983>Write in.>Ask Shenlong to pluck for you a cloud from the sky, that you may ride upon it and travel like the wind wherever you go.We Sun Wukong now.”NIMBUUUUUS!”
>>4462983The sword we keep lugging around as a memento is a very tempting choice, but I suppose the most appropriate choice will indeed be>Learn Dragon Style Kung Fu. Become the dragon on the battlefield with this style. Unknown to any living being this legendary style of martial arts is only written about in stories and myths. As destructive as the great dragons themselves, only the greatest of masters can harness it without utterly destroying those that face it.
>>4462983>>Learn Dragon Style Kung Fu. Become the dragon on the battlefield with this style. Unknown to any living being this legendary style of martial arts is only written about in stories and myths. As destructive as the great dragons themselves, only the greatest of masters can harness it without utterly destroying those that face it.
I tried to make all of them feel appropriate. Dragon style kung is an obvious choice but Tai Lung is already a master martial artist.The clothing help shore up his defenses but he has a high endurance already.The sword is a good choice for a weapon since your hand to hand only atm but again you already are a master of melee.and the blessing is just incase you want some neat extra effect.
>>4463018I mean, a master martial artist we are, but you can never have enough martial arts.All were enticing, but the arts man.
>>4463018So does that mean asking for a flying cloud here would be sort of cheating?
>>4463018i picked dragon style because, even if he doesn't wanna be the dragon warrior anymore, self-improvement is still a core of his person
>>4463026Why ask for a cloud when you can ask for floating jump like in that film, crouching tiger hidden dragon?
>>4463026Flying around like Goku/Son Wukong is cool. I'm legit tempted to say fuck it and allow it. Tai Lung is become a full legend now. Having some kind of magical item for people to speak about would be appropriate. Even if it could break the "balance" of the setting. Flight is a pretty powerful boon in any game.
>>4463031Hey, that almost worked as a pun
Looks like becoming the dragon of dojima is winning but I'm gonna go make lunch so I'll be back later to count votes. Hope the rewards seemed appropriate at least.
>>4462983>Learn Dragon Style Kung Fu. Become the dragon on the battlefield with this style. Unknown to any living being this legendary style of martial arts is only written about in stories and myths. As destructive as the great dragons themselves, only the greatest of masters can harness it without utterly destroying those that face it.I don't like flight as a power unless it is VERY limited or an inherent to a race.
Cloud sounds absolutely awesome but personally it feels a bit too overpowered, especially considering what else we're getting. Maybe if there was some strict limiter on it, like having mind perfectly unburdened, or as a means of conveyance on a perfectly selfless quest, or that it carries you only to where you are meant to go rather than where you want (i.e. it gets you into trouble)
>>4463031Because flying clouds are both cooler and significant to Chinese culture.>>4463033Ah, that’s a relief. I figured it wouldn’t be too overpowered given that it only really helps with travel. It doesn’t look like it’ll happen unless people start voting/switching, though.
>>4463038The dragon of dojima style is a queer discipline. For it relies completely on lethal strikes that somehow incapacitate yet never slay, even when using weapons that by all rights should cause instant death.A powerful school of techniques indeed, it is said the founder of the school never slew anyone.
>>4463045>mfw I spammed Majima's knife heat action through the majority of the game before dislocating shoulders in beast style. Also used lightsabers in the final area of the game.
>>4463052You didnt use a lightsaber in the final battles, did you master Luo? Surely you wouldnt.
>>4463057Against Nishikiyama and Jingu? Nah, by then I had full Dragon Style unlocked and I wanted to finish the game bare knuckle brawling. Plus it has some really kick ass heat actions.
>>4463066Good good.Personally I just find it a bit taboo to go through the climax using a weapon barring things like mad dog style and slugger. We are trying to prove the conviction of our ideals through combat, why would you swap out your fists and skill for "slice and get stunlocked"?Jingu is a bitch though.
>>4462983>>Learn Dragon Style Kung Fu. Become the dragon on the battlefield with this style. Unknown to any living being this legendary style of martial arts is only written about in stories and myths. As destructive as the great dragons themselves, only the greatest of masters can harness it without utterly destroying those that face it.Are we Yakuza now?
>>4463087Nah, it'd be cool though
>>4463078I know what you mean and just being able to grab a dude's gun and back hand the shit out of him only to turn and sumo slap the fuck out of a luitenant is just so cathartic. The one thing I'm sad is that Get Over It https://youtu.be/AtVUw5fkeV0 wasn't playing in the last fights leading up to the final bosses. That was my favorite song in the game especially when trying to go save Shinji.>>4463087Sorry boss. Yakuza is japanese. We're Chinese.
>>4463093It's a shame, but kiwimi 2 and 0 have the best songs flat out. 2 got the boss fights and 0 has the Karaoke.But I think I've derailed the thread a bit too much already, so I'll stop now.
Question: Do we get a big fuck off scar from where Tai lung got nearly disembowled?
>>4463123Oh yeah. Your fur won't grow evenly along that line anymore. A wound that bad won't heal without leaving a mark.
>>4463126So as a Spirit Warrior of Shenlong, will our eyes glow emerald green? Maybe get some faint glowing around the wound that killed us?
>>4463142If we pull a Kai, not really. Just some faintly coloured eyes and sometimes a glow about us, pretty easy to miss.
>>4463142Nothing too obvious. There's always a faint breeze when you arrive or enter an area (for dramatic effect) The wind doesn't seem to effect you like it does others (like your clothes don't whip about all over the place) and for those more attune to the supernatural your Chi and Aura are attuned to the wind. Those who are even more attuned to it (namely spirits and other magical beings or very high ranking priests) can sense Shenlong's presence with you. Kai had green eyes because he was channeling the Chi of the masters he stole.For more obvious stuff? You can roar like a dragon now when you're upset or fully embracing the Dragon Style Kung Fu. Super scary. Speaking of which>>4462987>>4463009>>4463012>>4463039We're learning dragon style kung fu. Also people have been voting to learn Chi stuff form Oogway so in order no to drag this out suggest a technique you think Oogway would know to teach you. Personally, I imagine he'd teach you Chi healing. Channel your inner Chi to heal the wounds of others at the cost of redirecting the damage to you. You can choose to heal someone partially so as to not simply trade wounds with a person. If you have more people who can manipulate Ki you can evenly distribute the damage across everyone. Also leaves you exhausted when you do it.
>>4463161I'm fine with Chi Healing though I wouldn't mind some tips on how to use our chi better in general. The mystical side of Kung Fu was always Tai Lungs weakness.
>>4463161>Chi Healing- Enter a trance [coma] to supercharge your healing rate from weeks to days or heal others by taking on their wounds. Possible side benefit, is just giving chi to others as seen in the third film, but eh.
>>4463184Yeah this is good. Being able to internalize your Chi to heal yourself makes sense as something you'd learn before learning to channel it into others. The idea is having like an emergency healing option without making Ming completely obsolete. Hence why it leaves you completely drained and you take on other's wounds. It can buy you and someone else time to receive healing but it's not just a cure all. Even healing yourself like you suggested has issues to balance it out. You're completely defenseless and you have an increased healing rate not regeneration. So if the injury is particularly bad, even speeding up the healing rate won't save you from dying but it still might be enough for aid to come.
>>4463194Lose a hand, stick that shit on and drop into the trance within about...30 seconds to 2 minutes and the level of healing should re-attatch it, but that's about the only level of regen I can picture occuring.
>>4462983>Learn Dragon Style Kung Fu
>>4463194>Being able to internalize your Chi to heal yourself makes sense as something you'd learn before learning to channel it into others.Like this?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npSW9wy35lY
>>4463205yeah that's the gist of it.
"Teach me Dragon Style Kung Fu." You ask after hearing the options. "So that I can use your strength to protect those dear to me." Shenlong's eyes flash. "So be it." He says. "The style of the great dragons is often known as the strongest style. You must take care with it's power 'for the strongest man does not live in safety when the entire world is made of glass to him.' " The dragon says and you begin your training. You spend weeks then months studying the technique of the dragons. It's based upon the movement of the dragons themselves fluid and powerful. Your strikes based upon strength and power the dragons exert as well as the storms they bring. Your training has you standing on an empty island and following the movements of Shenlong. At first it feels strange as you swing your arms and legs in the direction the great dragon flies but soon as the movements begin to overlap with one another they begin to make sense. It has been a long time since you spent time learning a new form, a new technique. You missed the shortness of breathe, the ache of your muscles, and the repetition as you study the moves over and over. You slowly go through each form and begin to interweave other styles into it as Shenlong suggested."A warrior must take care to not fall into patterns. Like the blowing wind, the flowing river, or the raging fire you must be able to adapt and move with the flow of battle. Like the dragons themselves, ever coiling, your movements must flow from one another. The Dragon style is strong because it also allows adaptablity. The dragon style shaped the other schools much like the dragons shaped the world. It would be folly to think a single style is the key to victory. A single element is not enough to grow food or to build mountains. Like the earth you must be steady. No matter how hard the wind blows, it can never make the mountain bow." The dragon instructs. You continue your training but during your breaks, you spend them with Oogway."I will teach you what I learned at the village." Oogway says. "Chi is not a technique in itself but merely the energy that flows through us all, as you are already aware. By flowing it through oneself, you can manipulate the life forces. By allowing it to flow through one another you can share the flow of life. I can show you how to heal yourself with Chi and to heal others but be wary my friend. These techniques are not miracles. They can help others but by joining life you also join wounds. To me Chi is a form to help the wounded. To you might be something else. To study Chi means to study your innerself." Oogway shows you how to manipulate your Chi. You learn how to internalize it and focus it to urge your body to heal faster. You learn how to flow your own life force through someone else, bolstering them by drawing their injuries to you."Master, is there no other technique you can show me?" You ask but Oogway shakes his head.
"I'm afraid not my friend." Oogway says. "Chi is not a muscle or a series of movements. It is esoteric and fluid. This is a path you must journey on your own. Perhaps others have their own philosophy in Chi and through that what one would consider a technique. For example, we share the same ability. To stop someone with our Chi. However, when you use it, you force the body to halt as a reflection of how you used your power. To force control on others. But when I use it, I merely ask the body to relax and rest. I do not wish it harm and ask it that it do none to me. I wish you the best of luck on your journey in this area and hope the best for you."The time comes when it is time to leave. You stand in the shrine nervously as Bao appears. She runs up and leaps into your arms to hug you. "I heard the news!" She says happily. "I never thought that something like this could happen." You smile and nod."Yeah, I didn't think it would happen either." You say. "Well I got some news for you." Bao says. "I managed to get in touch with one of your friends...well...kinda.""What do you mean?" You ask."The girl, Ming. She's surprisingly receptive. Most people can never hear the words of spirits. But she...well...it seems like she got the idea I was trying to send. Kind of like when you used to feel emotion in the wind? Only she got the idea of what the spirits were trying to say not the emotion. She thinks it was hers. Last I saw she was running to the captain saying she has a feeling you're ok. I'm not sure how that will work out though. At best it's a gut feeling but at least there's hope." Bao explains."What about Xin Lan?" You ask.Bao's face darkens. "Whoever they are...they're wong. Like a void, there's nothing there. No Chi, no spirit, nothing. None of the sprites wanted to get close. The spirits reported it because they were the only ones willing to get near and their message wasn't heard if it even reached your friend.""Can't be." You say. "He Ling was after Xin Lan as well. There has to be Chi to steal otherwise, he wouldn't be interested in him.""I don't know Tai Lung. I've never heard or seen anything like it. It's unnatural." She says going quiet.>What do you say?>Tell her you trust Xin Lan with your life. They were there when you fought He Ling despite the fact they could have fled. They were there to warn you of the curse despite them not having emotions.>Tell Bao that Xin Lan hasn't done anything to garner your mistrust but you'll keep an eye on them.>Ask Bao if she knows of a way for Xin Lan to get his emotions back. Perhaps that's why they're an anomoly.>Ask Bao if Ming's receptiveness means anything in particular. Does that mean she can be a priestess as well?>Thank Bao but keep her words in mind. Best to not ruin your last day here with somber talks.>Write in.
>>4463244>I trust Xin with my life, but maybe it's that he is missing his emotions that you don't like him.>Is mings receptiveness anything special?And once that heavy shit is out of the way>It's been great seeing you again, I'll try and keep in touch.We can talk through the wind now, we just need to practice.
>>4463244>>Ask Bao if she knows of a way for Xin Lan to get his emotions back. Perhaps that's why they're an anomoly.
>>4463248I'll make a list of the abilities your blessing grants you sometime.
>>4463244>Write in.Probably has to do with something with their rough upbringings. Probably shouldn't elaborate more for Xin's sake.
>>4463248>>4463251>>4463260Guess we're taking all these. Writing!
No wait...one is to mention their state and the other to keep quiet. Let me see how to swing this.
hol up!! is our homie still possessed?
>>4463315Do you want to ask Bao that or are you asking me?
>>4463324just a general question to anyone really
>>4463328Xin Lan isn't under the affect of the curse. Dragon King lifted it. There we go. Using spoiler tags for their intended use.
"I trust Xin Lan with my ilfe, but they are missing their emotions. Maybe that's why you don't like them." You say. Bao frowns."No. I just..." She sighs. "I don't hate them. I just...it's wrong." Is all she can say. "Like a memory you never had but try real hard to find. Or a whole at the bottom of a bucket. It's there. You can see it. But at the same time it doesn't exist and it shouldn't." She chews her lip. "I don't know. I can't explain it." She admits."Maybe if they find a way to get their emotion back they will return to normal. I've never heard of anyone not being able to feel a thing. Do you know how they can do that?" Bao shrugs. "I've never heard of such a thing but Chi is the source of life. It's what makes us who we are. If they are truly missing something important like that...then I guess it's possible it would make them seem wrong in the spiritual sense." She admits. You decide to change the subject before things got more dreary. "What about Ming? You said she was more receptive. Is that anything important? Does that mean she can be a priestess like you?" You ask. "Well...it just means she's more sensitive to the supernatural. Granted that extra receptiveness means her mind would be more experienced to shielding her from it too considering she'd have to cope with it. She could be a priestess if she likes but anyone can. It would really depend on her. That sensitivity could be latent talent for the supernatural. The hard part would be finding some way for her to learn. You know how many frauds exsist. Even more so, how many people believe those frauds.""Hmm..." You say wondering. Ming was an alchemist and that didn't really seem to resonate with magic but you've definitely seen stranger things. "I'll keep that in mind. First I'd have to convince her of that." You chuckle. "It's been great seeing you again Bao." You say. "I'll try and keep in touch."Bao grins. "Well just visit any shrines of Shenlong or the wind and ask for me. We've been over this. Or you can meditate and visit here. Maybe you'll catch me around just don't hang around here too long. Getting the hang of balancing time here and time in the realm of the living tends to be hard for mortals.""Yeah. I should be able to do that but we already know how the speaking through the wind went." You say. Bao giggles.
"Practice Tai Lung." She says. "You'll get the hang of it. Just get used to any weird looks you'll get."As the two of you exchange goodbyes, you feel the pressure of all four elements as the four great dragons decend. "Tai Lung, it is time." Shenlong says. "Are you ready to depart and enter once more into the land of the living?""I'm ready." You say bowing. "Thank you for your hospitality and friendship Shenlong." Thunder cracks throughout the sky and the dragons open their mouths for the first time."Then I wish you good luck my friend. I will always be by your side in your quest. Do not be afraid to visit should you wish to speak to me. Even of the most idle of things." The great dragon says. You nod and the four great dragons breathe out plumes of fire down upon you. You close your eyes waiting for the impact......and awake with a start. You get a sense of vertigo as the world around you moves and you realize its the pirate's boat. You breathe a sigh and feel the wind leave your lungs, the slight burning sensation as your body asks for air before you inhale, and more importantly...the beating of your heart.You're back in the land of the living.>Eureka: The Forbidden Land Arc. End.>What do you do now?>Check your wound. You're alive but in what condition. You doubt the great dragons would have revived you only to let you die but you want to make sure how healthy you are.>Go outside and check your surroundings. Best to check the condition of the ship.>Look for Xin Lan. Hopefully they're doing ok.>Write in.
>>4463392>>Check your wound. You're alive but in what condition. You doubt the great dragons would have revived you only to let you die but you want to make sure how healthy you are.
>>4463392>Rip your shirt off and roar to the heavens that TAI LUNG LIVES ONCE MORE!
>>4463410I'm tempted to support this, but we're most likely shirtless and wearing some bandages. I mean, I will support this if the wound is sealed and we're not a risk of reopening stiches. If not then>>4463392>Check your wound. You're alive but in what condition. You doubt the great dragons would have revived you only to let you die but you want to make sure how healthy you are.
>>4463410>>4463416You know what, Luo I'm gunna back up the second anon, I'm up for roaring that we live again, just so long as we aren't about to rip off our bandages or something.
>>4463410>>4463416>>4463434Sounds good to me. We're alive. Why shouldn't we be happy about it. Writing.
You pat yourself down. Arms, check. Legs, check. You stand and put your hand to your heart, feeling it's beat. Your focus is broken when your stomach growls. The sensation brings a smile to your face and you find yourself chuckling, then brusting out into laughter before your elation brings you to shout, "TAI LUNG LIVES ONCE MORE!" You laugh and wipe the tears from your eyes at the absurdity of it all. But not before the door to the ship deck slams open and you throw yourself to the side to avoid something flying towards you! One of Xin Lan's combat knives embeds itself on a support beam where your head was not a few moments ago.Your rabbit friend dashes forward and leaps, planting both their feet on your chest before you can stand and holds their other knife in the air before stopping. Recognition flashes in their eyes and they grow wide. "You're...you're alive." They say. "No way..." You reach out and pet the rabbit's head and play with their ears. Xin Lan seem to be in too much shock to bat your hand away like normal."Yeah. I'm alive. Thought with the curse gone, you'd stop wanting me dead." You tease. Xin Lan chuckles and bursts out laughing before backflipping off your chest. "Ha! You're alive!" They shout. Your rabbit friend punches your arm and their laughing dies down to a chuckle. "Ahh...I have no idea what the normal reaction is for something like this." They sigh as drying their eyes. "Convcining?" They ask going to get their knife once more. You shake your head. "First bit was. Then so was the happy laughing but then you kind of lost it." You admit as you stand. "Though I can understand you being out of practice.""Yeah well, it's not often I see someone rise from the dead." They say. "What happened? I saw you die. I tried to save you." They say pointing to their chest. Its that this point you notice that they're shirtless. Your mind stalls as you struggle to decide if you should look away or not. Instead you look down at your chest to mask your confusion. You see that your bandages were different. Rather than the regular ones Ming placed on you, you see that they're made from some kind of torn material that you soon recognize is the remains of Xin Lan's old costume. "I...I've been through a lot." You admit. You tell Xin Lan about your adventure through the spirit realm, about Kai, about the Great Dragons. Xin Lan crosses their arms and tilts their head."Sounds pretty crazy." They say. "You sure it wasn't like some kind of coma dream you were in?" "Xin...you saw a large spirit of water before I died and the dead walking once more. Is this so hard to believe?" You ask.
"...No?" They say unsure. "I mean...I felt your heart stop. So I know you were dead. But...you're not rotting and you're not trying to kill me over some curse.""I'd say the same about you but I notice there's was a knife where my head used to be pinned to the wall." You joke."Very funny." Xin Lan says. "It's your fault for screaming like a crazy person. I thought the great sea spirit came back to finish the job. What was all that about?!""I came back to life." You remind Xin Lan laughing. "Cut me some slack and besides. How do you know it's still not happening?" You joke."Because you're not dead." Xin Lan teases. "The zombies couldn't dodge a stationary target even if they tried." Xin Lan motions you to follow and they lead you to the deck. The bodies and carnage were cleaned up though you couldn't help but notice a large stain in the center. "Yeah..." They say quietly. "No matter how much I tried that stain wouldn't come out. Still I think I did a good job tossing the corpses back into the sea." They pick up fishing rod or more appropriately rope tied to a stick. "Was fishing before you decided to scream like a crazy person." You nod then something dawns on you."Wait...if you tossed the corpses off into the sea. Why am I still here?" You ask.Xin Lan looks at you for a moment then drops their personality. "I couldn not do it." They say tonelessly. "As irrational and illogical as it was. I simply could not do it. Disposing of the corpses would prevent disease from spreading, it would prevent the ship form smelling foul, and it would make navigating around easier but...no matter how many times I looked at your corpse I would simply find another task to perform. Eventually, I decided to place your body below deck. I do not know why I did it. I simply did.">What do you say?>Thank Xin Lan. Because of that you woke up in the ship instead at the bottom of the ocean.>Ask Xin Lan how long had you been dead. If they managed to clean up the entire ship, then it must have been a while.>You're not sure why but you feel a bit grateful that Xin Lan is willing to drop their personality to speak to you as they truly are. Ask them why they do that.>Ask what the situation is. You're still on the pirate ship meaning the others haven't come back. Best to talk and plan at the same time.>Write in.Don't worry Xin Lan still wants to talk about your spirit adventure. Even they're still curious about it.
>>4463502>Thank Xin Lan. Because of that you woke up in the ship instead at the bottom of the ocean.Wait......We were still some distance away from the other ship. Are we stranded?Well gang, looks like we need to make an oversized oar and paddle our way to civilization. Perhaps we can find a nice water or wind sprite to give us a direction to where the others went.
Thank Xin Lan. Because of that you woke up in the ship instead at the bottom of the ocean.Then ask Xin Lan how long had you been dead. If they managed to clean up the entire ship, then it must have been a while.
>>4463502>Thank Xin Lan. Because of that you woke up in the ship instead at the bottom of the ocean.>Ask what the situation is. You're still on the pirate ship meaning the others haven't come back. Best to talk and plan at the same time.
>>4463502>>Thank Xin Lan. Because of that you woke up in the ship instead at the bottom of the ocean.>>You're not sure why but you feel a bit grateful that Xin Lan is willing to drop their personality to speak to you as they truly are. Ask them why they do that.Eh, not worried about the time that much, but I do want to thank our friend for not throwing us overboard, and trusting us enough to not have to act when we're around.
>>4463521Yeah it's basically Xin saying "I'm telling you the truth. This isn't something based off of what my personality would say."
>>4463497>hey say pointing to their chest. Its that this point you notice that they're shirtless. Your mind stalls as you struggle to decide if you should look away or not. Instead you look down at your chest to mask your confusion.This reminds me of that one green text with a buff anon and a twink anon. I can't find it but there was even a bit of art made for it.>cover your nipples!
>>4463513>>4463514>>4463520>>4463521>>4463533Thanking Xin for not tossing us overboard and by a small margin thanking Xin for being their real self for us and trusting us with that. Writing>>4463534That sounds hilarious though I don't think I've read that one.
And I clicked the wrong post. Meant this one >>4463536 looks like I should be thinking about heading to bed. But that sounds like being responsible .
"Thanks." You say. Xin Lan tilts their head."What for?" They ask adopting their personality again."For not throwing my body overboard." You say. "If you had, I'd be waking up at the bottom of the ocean.""Oh...you're welcome?" They say confused. "I guess it'd be pretty embarassing having to tell ol Shenlong that you died again." They smirk and they suddenly seem to remember something. "Oh speaking of thanks..." They say as they leap up and flick your forehead with their finger. "I should be thanking you for this!" They say drawing their knives. "You big dummy! How long have you had these?! I thought I lost these ages ago back at Soknan! Do you know how hard these are to get some to make for you without looking suspicious as hell?" They shout pouting."Sorry..." You say sheepishly. "I've been meaning to return them to you but things just kept coming up." Xin Lan throws their hands up in exsasperation."I was out weapons! Even willing to take a probably cursed sword!" They shout as they stop towards the edge of the ship and sit down to fish. "Still...it was probably good you didn't give me them before I went on a murder spree..." They say grumpily. "Still want that cool sword though..." You can't help but chuckle at the sudden change in tone as you sit down next to them. Xin Lan looks away. "...also still good to have you back." You pet their head once more and they grumpily bat your hand away."You know..." You say quietly. "I do appreciate that you're willing to drop the act to speak to me. I don't know why though just...feel grateful for it." Xin Lan looks at you oddly but doesn't say anything. "Can I ask why you do it? I don't think I've ever seen you do that for Ming.""I do not know." Xin Lan admits once again dropping the act. "I...thought it was to convey the fact that I am telling you the truth. So you would be sure that my responses were not simply due to what my persona would say in the current situation. Now I am not so sure. Nor am I sure what word would best describe it." They admit. "All I do know is that it changed back on the Gale Cutter. Perhaps when we spoke in the crow's nest or perhaps when I was confronting Daichi.""Trust." You say. "I think you mean the word is trust." Xin Lan looks out into the ocean."Perhaps." They say. "The concept is forgien to me beside it being a state of mind in which my victims would not conceive of the true threat I posed."
You stay quiet and look out into the ocean as well. The two of you simply sit together and say nothing before Xin Lan speaks up. "So...Shenlong huh? He's your new best friend?""Jealous?" You joke."Not in the slightest. Hope he enjoys his things going missing for weeks on end only to find them in your bag." Xin Lan shoots back."I said I was sorry. Why were you even in my bag anyways." You ask."You were dead." The rabbit simply replies. "And I needed to see what my supplies were."You stay quiet. "Yeah, I'm Shenlong's friend. It's hard for me to believe myself to be honest but it's a great honor. That and seeing my old master.""Must have been a great time." Xin Lan says. "I've never seen you more relaxed.""I acheived inner peace." You say. "I found peace with who I was and content with how I died. At least that's the short of it.""Does it feel good?" They ask."Kind of? I feel...at ease. Like an entire weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I no longer worry about things like I once did. I feel like I acheived my redemption for one." You explain."So does that mean we're no longer looking for the Pools then?" Xin Lan asks tugging at the rope only to find no catch. You shrug."I still think we should look." You admit. "It'd be nice to get some affirmation but not only that I'm not the only one looking for something.""What do you mean?" "Well Ming still needs to find that something she's been looking to make her stand out as an alchemist. And then theres you. We gotta get your emotions back. You said you wantd to call me and Ming friends right?" Xin Lan doesn't reply and you don't push it. Instead you simply sit back and enjoy the view. The thought of what Bao told you, however, creeps into your mind."Whoever they are...they're wong. Like a void, there's nothing there. No Chi, no spirit, nothing..."You shoot a quick glance at Xin Lan. They were stock still, not saying anything, not looking at anything in particular as if simply waiting for a reason to act. You wonder if they were still before you decided to shout but now you wonder what Bao and the spirits saw. >Do you try and sense out Xin Lan with your new abilities and Chi training?>Yes>No
>>4463596disbecause why not
>>4463596this, don't want to ruin them friendchips
>>4463596>>4463601>>4463608>>4463616Asking because we're polite. Writing.
"Hey Xin?" You ask. The rabbit's ears twitch and they stir."Yeah?" They ask."When I was in the spirit realm, I tried to send a message to you guys. Wanted you to know I was in a better place." You say."How'd you plan on doing that?" Xin asks confused."I know someone." You say. "Her name is Bao. She's the high priestess of Shenlong. Asked if she can check up on you guys." Xin Lan shoots you a look."Is there anyone you don't know?" They ask. "First Luo, then Shenlong, now you know his high priestess.""Well...It's my fault they're in that position." You say. "She traded her life to save me. I acted too slow. Now she'll never know true rest. She seems ok with it but..." You go quiet."Sorry..." Xin Lan replies. "So you asked her to message us? I didn't hear anything." You nod. "Yeah. There was no guarentee you would. Unless you're at one of her shrines the best you can get is omens and the like. She sent some sprites to try and pass the message on. Didn't work out too well.""Well I don't know how I'd receive a ghost telling me things about a dead man." They say."Well that's the thing..." You say cautiously. "The sprites were afraid of you.""How's that work?" Xin Lan asks. "Not like I can kill a spirit."
"...To them...you appeared as a void." You say. "Something never seen before. As she put it you're just...wrong. Like something that shouldn't exsist but still are there. As she put it, like a memory you never had but are trying to remember. Or a hole in the bottom of a container. You're there but at the same time not. No soul, no Chi, nothing."Xin Lan looks at you. "That's...what?" They say. "But I do have Chi. You used Chi strikes on me. Can't really do that without...you know. Chi. And as for a soul...I don't really know about that to be honest." They sigh. "Just what I needed. No emotions and no soul." They grunt."I don't really know myself but...I wanted to ask if I could try and sense you. Experience what they saw myself." You say. Xin Lan gives you a wry smile."You know, I ussually charge by the hour when someone wants to get intimate with me." They say."Wait, you've slept..." You start and Xin Lan laughs. "No and judging by your expresssion neither have you." They say laughing uproariously. You look away trying not to confirm or deny anything. "So is that a yes?" You ask. The rabbit shrugs."I guess? I mean...I couldn't stop you if I wanted to. Not like I can get mad or offended. Litterally incapable of that." They say. You nod and take a deep breath. You close your eyes and quiet your thoughts before reaching out with your senses. You can feel a few water sprites hanging around the bottom of the boat curious over your presence. You sense a few wind sprites hanging around before the float away with the wind currents. And then it dawns on you. A large gaping void sitting right next to you. You feel like you simply reach into it and never reach the bottom. You're afraid of pouring your Chi into Xin Lan for fear of them simply draining you completely as you try to fill an infinite chasm. Just as your about to look away from the abyss you think notice something. You're unsure if you want to proceed.>Do you press onward?>Yes. >No
>>4463641>NoJust wanted to check on that shit, we should git gud at spiritual shit before we go down that rabbit hole
>>4463650>>4463651>>4463656We're pressing onward. Last post for the night guys. Writing.
You want to look away. You really do. But this was for your friend. For the person who grew in darkness and was denied a normal life. So you persist and carry onwards. You delve deeper into the darkness and feel it consume you. It's as if all your senses were lost and you wander aimlessly in the dark, blind to all around you. Even the presence of the sprites around you fade away into nothingness...You fight the urge to panic and continue, singlemindedly, forward. All that acompanies you is the feeling of your own heartbeat in your ears and you worry that even then you'll lose that. Just as you are about to give up, you feel something again. Fleeting, almost imperceptable in the darkness. You try to find it but only manage to feel yourself become more lost within the void. The emptiness soon begins to eat away at your inner heat and your body slowly starts to go cold. You wonder if this is how Xin Lan lives their life, stuck in this fast sea of emptiness unable to see the world as others can. No joy, no sorrow. Simply existence.You steel yourself once more and press even farther. Farther than you ever hand for anyone else to feel something. You fear never being able to leave. Never being able to view the world once more and that's when you find it. In the vast sea of emptiness, struggling with all it's might. A small spark. It struggles and fights with all it's might to not be drowned out and you reach out to it tentatively. Afraid that even the slightest touch would snuff it out. Despite your near blindness, you can sense that this small spark is something new here and despite it's small size, despite it being almost imperceptable even to you at this range, you sense one of the most powerful things you ever felt before. Something far greater than any spirit or sprite ever shown. Hope.
And that's it for tonight guys. Tomorrow we'll see what mess we get into. Thanks for the votes, hope you enjoyed the story so far!
>>4463679Very nice. Rest well, OP!
>>4463677>HopeAll it takes is a single spark of light to banish the shadows.Good on your friend.
You come back to yourself with a start, your brow drenched in sweat. Xin Lan looks up at you when you move, evidentally having gone back to fishing. "You doing ok? You look like you're about to keel over again.""Yeah..." You say. "Just took a lot out of me. Never really tried something like that before." You admit."Well I'm glad I could be your first." Xin Lan says grinning. "I managed to get some fish. A lot more than I ussually have." They admit motioning to a pile of large fish behind you two. "Come on. I'll show you where I cook the stuff. Surprised I haven't burned the boat down." They admit leading you to the back of the boat. At first you think you see a trash pile but then you realize that it's some kind of contraption. A large concave shield sits with the curve facing down, proping it up and keeping it in place are wooden wedges, and resting ontop of it is a large iron. Ashes fill the area around the pot and Xin Lan grins at you. "See? Pretty smart huh? Bet Ming would've flipped if she saw this.""Uhh...what is it exactly?" You ask. Xin Lan frowns."Obviously it's a fire...thing. Look. You put wood on the shield around the pot and make a fire. Put some water in the pot to boil and the shield keeps the heat from lighting the boat on fire...at least that's the idea. I...try not to have the fire going for to long." They admit. You nod. You had to admit that it was at the very least, pretty creative."So does it work?" You ask eyeing the ashes. "It has so far. Getting the fire started is what takes time. After that, it's nice bland stew for us!" They say proudly. "I tried drying fish. Ship has a ton of salt on it but it just takes too long." The rabbit draws a knife and kneels to start removing the scales from the fish. "If you want, you can try to get a fire going...or you can start gutting fish. I mean I'm ok with just sitting around and doing nothing but I know normal people tend to get a bit crazy when they have nothing to do. Then again, neither of us are particularly normal." >What do you want to do?>Ask Xin Lan if he's interested to know if you found anything.>Help Xin prep the fish. It's a simple task and you can do it while resting.>Ask Xin what the situation is with the ship. Perhaps you can get it moving.>Meditate and try to do something with that.>Write in.
>>4464124>"Wanna know what I found?">"Whats the situation with the ship? Still got our sails?">Help Xin prep the fish
>>4464124>Meditate and try to do something with that.Work on spiritual senses and communication. See if we can urge the Wind and Water spirits to give us information on where the other ship is, and to steer us towards it with moderate haste. I say moderate because two people can hardly manage an entire ship going at breakneck speeds, even if they're insanely fast.
>>4464124>Help Xin prep the fish. It's a simple task and you can do it while resting.So... how long have we been gone actually. And do they have any idea where we are. How has the weather been.We might want to pick a direction and get to sailing.
>>4464124While:>Helping Xin prep the fish. It's a simple task and you can do it while resting.Ask:>"Wanna know what I found?">"Whats the situation with the ship? Still got our sails?"Then:>Meditate and try to do something with that.
I have also come to another realisation after properly reading the previous threads instead of skimming them. Bao < Ming
>>4464124>Ask Xin what the situation is with the ship. Perhaps you can get it moving.
>>4464135>>4464137>>4464142>>4464144>>4464171Talking while preping food then meditating. Writing.
You sit down and take a knife to start gutting the fish. It had been a long time since you've done this. The two of you work quietly before you speak up. "Do you wanna know what I found out?" You ask Xin Lan. Your friend hands you a fish and says,"Sure? I mean...I'm not really all that spiritual. I only really use meditation to pass the time. Kind of hard to push away all extraneous thoughts and emotion when that's how I live my life." They shrug. "So what did you find?""Hope." You say quietly."Sorry?" "I found hope." You repeat. "It was small and buried deep within you. But it was there, fighting to stay alive. Fighting against all odds."Xin Lan tilts their head. "So it's dying out then." They say. You shake your head. "No. More like it was lit once more. Do you feel anything?" You ask. Xin Lan shakes their head."No. I feel like I always do. Nothing at all." They say. "What does hope even feel like?" You shrug."I...have no idea." You admit. "It's like...a fire inside you. Burning and urging you to continue. A feeling that despite all odds, you know things will be ok. Feel anything like that?""Nope." Xin Lan says moving to start the fire and leaving you to finish gutting the fish. You frown. You were certian you felt hope. It was powerful despite how small the flame was. Part of you wonders what that feeling would be like if it was in full force but you do concede that perhaps such a small flame wouldn't have too much of an effect on your friend. "Well it still means something." You say. "It means you're not completely gone." You snort. "There's still hope." Xin Lan gives you a look."Oh you're terrible." They say shaking their head.Changing the subject you ask, "So then what's the situation then?""About as bad is can be I suppose." Xin Lan says. "Ship is in bad shape. Wheel is busted and I have no idea how to fix it. Sails are pretty badly torn up but I guess we can fix them? We have no food and about a barrel of water.""So then what was your plan? Just sit around and wait for someone to find you?" You ask. Xin Lan drops their expression and looks at you."My plan was to die Tai Lung." They say tonelessly. "You had died, the Gale Cutter was gone, and the chances of them or any other boat finding me is, logically, impossible. So I planned on simply sitting and allowing myself to die. It was the most logical conclusion. Attempting to live would just be an exercise in futility.""But you're still here. Fishing and trying to stay alive." You point out. Xin Lan nods.
"Yes, it's something I've realized myself. As I sat next to your corpse after failing to save you, I found myself stand up and search for supplies and take stock of the situation. Then I crafted a fishing rod and began to hunt for food. Soon, I found myself cleaning the ship, making a device to cook meals." They say. "I don't know why."Immediately you say, "It sounds like hope to me. Hope that someone would find you." Xin Lan doesn't say anything for a while."Perhaps." They say once more and they stay silent. You're unsure what they're thinking."How long has it been since I died?" You ask."Approximately 1 week." They say. "Has the weather gone bad like during the curse?""No. The days have clear ever since save for one day when it rained. It was fortunate that it happened. I had run out of water to drink." Xin Lan replies. You decide to leave your friend alone for a while. Maybe they wanted to ruminate on what you told him. Finally done with the fish you clean your hands as best you could and settled into a meditative trance. You were still somewhat emotionally exhausted from sensing your rabbit friend so it takes you a bit longer to get settled. You cast your thoughts out to some windsprites, the only sprites you can communicate normally with."Hello." You say a bit awkwardly. The sprites around the ship stop and notice you. They float around within range but keep their distance, still nervous about the void that is your friend. "We're kind of stranded here. A few of my friends left on another ship about a week ago. Could you and maybe some of the children of water go and check on them? Maybe they're on their way towards us? If there's a spirit around could you let them know I'd like to speak with them?""Friends. Find friends." The sprites echo. "We'll find friends for you friend. Goodbye!" The sprites fade out and leave quickly in the direction you last saw the Gale Cutter leave." You come back to yourself and sit. All there was left was to wait for the sprites to return with news.>What do you want to do now?>Talk to Xin Lan. You're unsure what they're thinking but even if it's for your own benifit, it'd be nice to speak with someone. (What do you talk about?)>Go look around the ship. The wheel is broken and the sails are torn up. If you plan on sailing it's best to see if you can do anything about it.>Try fishing. Perhaps you can get a bit more food. With two mouths to feed, it's best to be safe about food stock.>Write in.
>>4464229>>Try fishing. Perhaps you can get a bit more food. With two mouths to feed, it's best to be safe about food stock.
>>4464229>fishWe are not all that good at fixing things. Leave that to Lan.
>>4464229Dragon King really came through. Talk about benefits in having friends in high places.Better not make a habit of imposing.>Take a look around the ship, see if there's something we can do get it under control.
>>4464229>Go look around the ship. The wheel is broken and the sails are torn up. If you plan on sailing it's best to see if you can do anything about it.
>>4464240This is a very special occasion. But we should make a habit of dropping in every month or so
>>4464253Yeah, he seemed like he could use some company. All the more reason to be extra careful to not make him or the other dragons feel like miracle dispenser
>>4464232>>4464234>>4464235Gonna fish. Writing.
>>4464256Again, stranded in the middle of the ocean is an exceptional situation to talk to the water spirits.But I agree with you. The guy is our friend and we need to put the work in. At least the mortal perception of work, no idea how the dragons see it.
You lean over and picks the makeshift fishing pole. Realizing that there's two people to feed now meant you'd need more food and seeing as you're half the reason behind that it's best you put some work in. You make your way to the edge of the boat only to hear, "I don't wanna see that in your bag later! Put it back when you're done." You can't help but laugh. It's only slightly past noon and the sun shines brightly on your back, making you feel the heat. You wish you had your old hat to cover your face but there was nothing you could do for now. Instead you stay still and do some mental exercises to ignore pain.The first bite happens a few minutes later and you pull the rod back. Despite the fight the fish puts up, it's no match for your strength. A fish the size of your arm flops around on deck and you quickly secure it so it doesn't jump back into the ocean. About half an hour later, you snag another. You spend the next few hours waiting patiently and by the time the sun is starting to set you have a nice pile of fish behind you. You stop incase the fish start getting wise that the boat is a dangerous. Xin Lan is busy stirring the pot of fish. Even the smell of this basic meal makes your stomach growl. "Got a good haul?" They ask. You nod and show them the fish. "Excellent. To night we'll eat like kings!" They shout waving a spoon around. "Ah so you were born a boy then?" You ask with a smirk. "Keep that up and I'll let everyone know that a girl just kicked your butt." Xin Lan says pointing the spoon at you. "Even if it is to your ancestors."You snort and begin preparing the fish. "So then...what's the plan?" Xin Lan asks. "What makes you think I have a plan?" You ask."You always have a plan." They say. "Plus you have that look in your eye.""Look? What look?""The look." They say vaugely. "I dunno. You just got a look. What do you got in mind?"You sit down and take a bowl of soup. "Well...I asked some sprites to go see if they could find the Gale Cutter. Hopefully they can bring some news." Xin Lan take a sip of their bowl."So you did your witchcraft thing then?" They ask."It's not witchcraft." You say. "I spent like a decade learning to speak with the spirits. They're my friends."Xin Lan nods, not understanding. "Well...do you think they'll find anything?">What do you say?>Say that you're sure they will. It'll just take them some time.>Say you don't know but it's best that you try to have a backup plan just in case.>Tell Xin that you hope they do but you're currently unsure if you should stay here and wait or attempt to find a way home.>Ask Xin Lan something.>Write in
>>4464307>>Say that you're sure they will. It'll just take them some time.
>>4464307We hope they do. But while we wait, we might as well get busy and see if we can fix the helm
>>4464307>Say you're sure they will, it'll just take some time> Ask about how we're going to get more water
>>4464307I am sure they will, but we should still have a backup plan. If we can fix the sails, the wind should be on our side. Failing that, I will become the wind and push air into the sails to speed us along. Martial arts style.
Gonna go make lunch guys. I'll be back in a while.
>>4464313>>4464321>>4464322>>4464319Say you're sure they will but you need to have a backup plan just in case.
"I'm sure they will." You say taking another drink of your soup. "Still it's always good to have a backup plan. We have food at least but how do we get more water?" "I don't know." They say. "We have a few barrels. About 3. I moved them out when it started rained. Didn't want to run out and hope it rains again. So we should be good for a while. We just need to be careful and conserve it as much as we can. I even drink the left over broth of the soups I make.""Well...we also need to get about making this ship sail worthy. If we can repair the sails, at least we can move again." You say. "There's also the wheel. I'll have to take a look at that.""Good luck." Xin Lan says. "I can't make heads or tails of it. I'll get on fixing the sails then." They say. "Though to be honest with you, should we even move? The further we head out the less likely we'll be found though I guess the goal would be to find land again. Do you know how to navigate a ship?"You shrug. "Kind of. I was being taught by Bohai but I only have the basics." You admit. Xin Lan frowns. "That'll make things harder then. We could just end up lost.""I can ask the spirits for help." You say. "They could be able to lead us safely though it's best we don't overly rely on them. Like people, they're not tools and we can wear out our welcome.""Yeah...I kind of felt the "wearing out our welcome" first hand, thanks." Your friend says. The two of you eat quietly with the dying flames being your only source of light as the night slowly arrives. Xin Lan coughs and looks away bashfully. "Hey..." They say quietly. You look up from your meal."Yeah?" You ask.Xin Lan goes quiet and chews their lip. "What...what's friendship like?" They ask.You're caught a bit off guard by that. You supress the urge to ask why and come off as rude even though you know full well they couldn't be offended. You take another sip of your soup to gather your thoughts.>Well anons? What is friendship like?>Write in.
>>4464414Lemme think.If the Gale Cutter takes longer to find us, let's make an improves drying rack for the fish, and an improvised primitive water purifier using evaporation.Ok maybe the first, but I'm unsure of either of then know how to do the latter.
>>4464414To put it in the bluntest possible way, friendship is nice, like a warm feeling you might get from drinking a nice cup of tea or bowl of soup like right now. To explain it in a way Xin might understand better, friendship is a better convience that being strangers or associates, as you're able to afford more trust.
>>4464414Friendship comes in many forms my little bunny friend.You are my friend and I think the best way to explain it is being willing to help them as far and often further than reasonable. It's also enjoying their company and.. well, I suppose taking on their quirks and moods.A sad friend is a burden of sadness on all of their friends, a happy friend is a weight of happiness over all of his friends as well. Support and mutual trust is in there as well, I suppose.It's hard to explain
>>4464414> I don't know, friendship is pretty new to me as well. I didn't have much friends until I met you and chang.
What ever we choose to say, channel your inner Oogway.
>>4464414>That's... hmm...>Funny, the concept was not so long ago about as alien to me as it is to you.>I suppose it's when you have someone that you are not worried to show your back or weakness to. Someone you can rely to help you when you need, and someone you feel compelled to help in turn.>Someone you can rely on to share his thoughts without ulterior motive. Someone whose joys and troubles you feel like your own.
Well damn. Something has come up guys. Gotta stop for today. Just when all the good speeches would happen. Guess that leaves more time for write ins. I'll see you guys tomorrow.
>>4464448This is the best one so far I think, since it fits with Tai and Lan will get itSupporting
Maybe draw on our adventures."Friendship is when you have someone to help you paralyse and disable an ancient chi stealing bat"That sounds like a oogway-ish quote Via what Tai lung thinks wise sounds like
>>4464448Switching to support this
>>4464448>>4464455>>4464460>>4464842You know, I don't know what's sadder. The fact that potential bunny waifu Xin Lan can't feel feelings or the fact Tai Lung legitimately never had any friends up until now where he is BFFs with an assassin, a genius alchemist, and the great dragon Shenlong himself...as well as a handful of kung fu masters.
>>4465173Still pulling for girl bunny for hybrids
>>4465241Shouldnt mix such drastically divergent races. At best they will be sterile, at worst they will be stillborn.
So, where does meat in the KFPverse come from?
>>4465241>>4465264Uhh...I'm gonna leave the logstics of that to the people fighting the wars. I'll just stoke the flames.>>4465277>pic relatedI dunno...I mean you got fish. Erm...squirrel people aren't a thing so that? Not going to lie, wrote myself into a corner on that one with the fish. In the movies everyone eats noodles so you got me. Cannibalism isn't a thing.
>>4465283Maybe it's the Narnia approach where the animals can be talking or non-talking, with the non-talking being a fair game.
>>4465283Ah, the arms dealer approach
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nks5xKOD70o"That's...hmm..." You say before going quiet. You give a small smile. "Funny, not so long ago the concept was about as alien to me as it is to you." You say. You mull over it a bit more before speaking. "I suppose it's when you have someone that you are not worried to show your back or weakness to. Someone you can rely to help you when you need, and someone you feel compelled to help in turn." You look up at the starry sky. "Someone you can rely on to share their thoughts without ulterior motive. Someone who's joys and troubles feel like your own." Xin Lan finish their meal and lays splayed out on their back to look at the night sky. For a while the neither of you say anything and allow the sounds of the ocean and the crackle of fire fill the void.https://youtu.be/yeeJcf92Q84"Are we friends?" They ask. You nod. "I like to think so." You say. "I consider you my friend and you want to be able to do the same. I trust you with my life. Do you trust me with yours?" You ask. For a while the rabbit says nothing."...Yes, I do." They reply quietly. "I cannot say why but I do." You rest on your back as well. "You don't have to." You say. "All that matters is that you do. Friendship...isn't something you can explain. It simply is. Why or who we befriend is a mystery in of itself. Some say it's like a warm feeling you might get from drinking a nice cup of tea or bowl of soup. Others would explain it as being willing to help someone as far and often further than reasonable. For us...perhaps it's a bit of both.""I can't feel anything." Xin Lan says."Maybe not now." You say. "But perhaps in the future you'll look back and will.""Friendship sounds dangerous." They reply."Perhaps it is." You admit. "We run the risk of getting hurt. Perhaps of our trust being betrayed...but it's also dangerous from an outside perspective. It grants us strength, gives us hope, and helps push us through our darkest hours. Those who would oppose us would have to face our combined might, fueled by something they cannot understand. I suppose it's a risk like any other." Xin Lan stays quiet. "Sounds like friendship is when you have someone to help you paralyse and disable an ancient chi stealing bat." Xin Lan says."I guess you can see it that way. It's true, we probably would have never defeated He Ling if we hadn't trusted each other." You say."I didn't really trust...I just did the math." They admit."But you trusted me enough to show the real you back on the Gale Cutter. And enough to tell me to leave you here knowing that I'd come back...unless you mathed that out too?" You ask."No." The rabbit replies. "I didn't. I just...knew. Knew that things would turn out alright. I suppose I was wrong on that. You died.""It's not about being right or wrong." You say. "Just that you believed." You yawn close your eyes. "Hey big guy?" Xin Lan says."Yeah?""Thanks." They say."For what?""...For being my friend."
>What do you want to do next morning?>Get on repairing the wheel. Best to make yourself busy while you wait for the sprites to return.>Fish some more. It'll kill time and feed you two though you have plenty food at the moment.>Meditate and see if you can get in contact with a spirit or sprite to ask them something.>Write in.
>>4465287Maybe, when I wrote about food and stuff all I really considered what was common chinese meals. Didn't really think of where the meat comes from though at this point, I'm just gonna hand wave it.
>>4465297>Get to fixing the wheelLet's see if we can first. If not then we will just need to make do with fish.Also >"for being my friend"DAAAAAWWWWWW
>>4465297>>Get on repairing the wheel. Best to make yourself busy while you wait for the sprites to return.That was sweet.
>>4465297>Get on repairing the wheel. Best to make yourself busy while you wait for the sprites to return>>4465295Adorable.
>>4465306>>4465320>>4465323>>4465325Reparing the wheel. Writing.
>>4465295> For being my friendMy heart, it aches
You wake to the motion of the waves. The grogginess of waking up is a foreign to you after so many years of not sleeping in Eureka. You yawn, stretch, and look around. Xin Lan is still splayed out before you, fast asleep with their ears covering their eyes. You decide to leave them alone. There was no set schedule and you couldn't rush your rescue so if they wanted to sleep in then it was fine by you. Inspecting the wheel, you see the rope that wraps around the steering wheel is cut. With your very limited knowledge, you know that this is the rope that is used to turn the rudder itself. You head down below deck and examine the rest of the mechanism. It looks sound but down here the rest of the rope is shredded as well making it completely unsalvagable. If you wanted to fix the wheel then you would have to find a new set of ropes that were strong enough to turn the rudder and long enough to run the width of the ship."Hey!" You hear Xin Lan call out. "TL you down here?""I'm over here!" You call back. "Back of the ship." You see your friend fade in from the shadows as they look at the rudder mechanism. "So, you understand any of this?" They ask. "Kind of." You admit. "Lucky for us, the only thing broken is this rope. It runs through these pullies and around the steering wheel. I think I can fix it. I just need rope that's long enough and strong enough." "What about the ropes on the masts?" They suggest. "I mean...you can't possibly need all of them for a sail right?" You scratch your head."I don't think so..." You say unsure. "I think if we don't need to adjust the sails too much we should be fine but if we shit another storm, we'll be in trouble.""The days have been cloud free. I don't think we'll hit any storms anytime soon." They say."What about the sails?" You ask. "Any idea on how to repair them?" The rabbit thinks."Well...we can try to patch them up with some of the blankets here. That might work." "Wait...you had blankets and decided to tear your shirt off to use as my bandages?" You ask confused."Have you seen the blankets here? I was trying to save you, not give you like 5 different diseases. Plus I didn't think I had the time." Xin Lan admits."Fair enough." You say.>What do you want to do?>Follow Xin's suggestion. Cut some ropes from the sails. It'll hamper your ability to adjust for wind power but it'll at least give you some steering potential back.>Try to find something else that could be used as rope for the rudder instead. If things get bad, then you don't want to be caught with crippled ship.>Ask Xin if there's anything else wrong with the ship. Best if you know the full damage before you start allocating resources.>Write in.
>>4465372Well, hopefully the weather won’t deteriorate as long as our friends don’t need to adjust it. And steering is more important for, well, steering the ship even if we get favourable wind, right?Still, let’s check the hull before we commit. It wouldn’t do to accidentally scuttle ourselves if we do get the helm working...
>>4465372Just move the rudder yourself manually with a big fuggin stick or using your kung fu powers.
>>4465372Do a full ship inspection, find out what is vitally broken and what isnt.
>>4465380>>4465393full inspection it is. Writing.
"We better check the rest of the ship. Make sure the thing doesn't fall apart when we try to move." You say moving back to the deck. "You notice anything broken?""Besides everything?" Xin Lan jokes. "Not really. The hull were both ships collided was broken pretty bad. I managed nail some planks around that so now water just dribbles in not gushes when the waves hit but I only got the obvious bits. The masts are dinged up but the fights but I think they're ok? You're the sailor here." "I'll give them a look. The wind was pretty bad." You reply and walking around the mast. As Xin Lan said, the mast was chipped and nicked from various bladed weapons nothing to worry about but something catches you eye. A long thin crack running up the side of mast. "Something wrong?" Xin Lan asks reading your facial expressions."Yeah..." You say running your hand over the crack. "The mast is cracked. Happens over time with the constant wear. The Dragon King's storm must've been exceptionally rough on the wood. If the wind picks up, and we want it to go at a decent pace, then we run the risk of the crack opening up and ultimately the mast will snap in two.""Eesh. Anything we can do?""We gotta figure out how to hold it together. Like...a metal ring or maybe wood planks." You say."We got wood all over the place." Xin Lan says stamping their foot. "Gonna have a deck full of holes but at least we'll be able to move. Already been using it for fire, what's a bit more?""Got any big nails?" You ask. Xin Lan frowns. "Not really. We'll have to dismantle that from the ship itself if barrel nails won't work." They think. "We could pry some of the railing off. Those might work? Definitely the nails holding that pole upfront would work."You shake your head. "That's for holding the ropes to the sails." You say."Aww really? This stupid ship..." The rabbit grumbles. "So...we risk a few nails that hold the thing that holds the sails, or we risk the nails not holding as we sail?""Pretty much." You sigh. "Want more bad news?""No..." Xin Lan says crossing their arms. "...yes...""I'm gonna just off the ship." You say."What?!""I need to check the rudder itself." You say. "If the masts are in this shape...I gotta make sure our steering doesn't snap while turning." Xin Lan throws their hands in the air.
"No more ocean adventures after this!" They shout. "I don't care if we need to run across the four great oceans with Ming on our backs to get you home after we find the pools but I'm never stepping on a boat again!" They huff. "...I'll go get you some rope." They grumble and wander off. Once you were secured with a rope to one of the railings you leap off into the ocean. The water is cool and refreshing but the salt stings your eyes as you swim. You see the disembodied faces and eyes of water sprites floating around like jellyfish before your concentration laspes and they fade out of view. Lucky for you the rudder is fine. There's a chunk missing from it but it will hold and won't impede your steering. You emerge from the waters and climb back up to see Xin Lan still grumbling as they making a makeshift needle and pulling a blanket apart to make thread. "So? What else do we need to pull apart now?" They ask."Nothing." You reply. "Rudder is fine. How's patching up the sails?""It'll be slow but it'll get done. Luckily we have plenty of cloth to work with. How do you want to handle the rest though?">How do you want to fix the ship?>>For the wheel:>Use some rope for the sails to fix the wheel. You'll lose some ability to adjust for wind power but you'll be able to turn.>Find something else to use to fix the wheel.>Write in>>For the mast>Use nails from the rails. They're weaker and might give out if the winds become too strong but they won't cost you anchor points for the sails.>Use some nails from the bowsprit infront of the ship. They're hardier and will hold fine but you'll sacrifice some anchor points holding the sails themselves.>Write in.
>>For the wheel:>Use some rope for the sails to fix the wheel. You'll lose some ability to adjust for wind power but you'll be able to turn.>>For the Mast>Use some nails from the bowsprit infront of the ship. They're hardier and will hold fine but you'll sacrifice some anchor points holding the sails themselves.As long as the sails don't fly off we should be fine, it might be slow but at least we'll get somewhere
>>4465475I'm beginning to think it would've been easier to just dismantle everything above water line and put together a big kite. Oh well.>Use rope from the sails to fix the wheelhopefully wind could be our ally here so we don't need to fight against it and can make do more with less.>Use some nails from the bowsprit infront of the shipif I'm imagining it correctly by sacrificing the rope we are sacrificing use of portion of the sails and so we won't need that many anchor points for the sails either. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I'm kinda out of my depth. Pun intended.
>>4465491that makes sense to me.
>>4465500>>4465491>>4465481Using ropes from the sails and nails from the bowsprit of the ship. Writing.
"We'll use the nails from the front." You say. "I'll get to cutting some rope from the sails to get steering back up again." "Alright. Just leave the nails at the base of the mast. I'll punch them in. I think we might be able to use some of the old barrel rings to hold it in place." Xin Lan says. "You can get that whole contraption working downstairs." The two of you get to work. Tearing out the nails was slightly cumbersome as you had to keep double checking to make sure that you weren't completely compromising the ship's sails. Xin Lan in the meantime is high in the air, dangling from the sails themselves as they sew a blanket over the tears. Once you lay the nails at the base of the mast, you climb up as well and begin to look for a rope to cut. Part of you wonders how absurd this would look to anyone else. Two random people dangling dozens of feet in the air and leaping about like something out of a story. You jump down to the deck and gather up the rope to being fixing the wheel. That was fairly easy if not a bit time consuming having to go up and below deck every so often to make sure the wheel felt right. By the time the two of you were done, it was sun set. Like the day before, you and Xin Lan gather around the small fire to eat."When we hit land, I'm so looking for a bath house." The rabbit says. "I got salt everywhere. Then I'm looking for a new set of clothes." "What happened to that suit you were wearing back in the city?" You ask"I left it on the Gale Cutter. Plus I only wear it for ops. It's great for blending in the dark. Not so good for the day." They reply. "Thinking something flowy. Maybe travel clothes. Actually, no. Bath first, food next. I'm gonna just buy everything off the menu." They say.You try not to chuckle and just get back to your meal. >What do you want to do before bed?>Talk to Xin Lan. Ask them something?>Meditate. Maybe the sprites have news for you. Or ask a wind spirit to assist you in moving the ship.>Make one last check on everything. Tomorrow you'll try to move the ship and you want to be sure everything is in shape.>Write in.
I'm gonna go make lunch guys. I'll be back in a while. Hope you've been enjoying the quest so far.
>>4465576>Talk to Xin "Good work so far, But when we get back to land I'm going to get a big plate of meat buns"Bond over desire for food.>Meditate for news and for practicing on talking to sea spirits. Never stop training.then we can go to sleep
>>4465594+1>>4465578Man, simple concepts executed well are the greatest shit. I'm loving it.
>>4465578Simple stuff executed well, as another anons says.If I had any critisism, is that this doesn't feel like Tai Lung from the films, but this is both A] a fanfiction and B] we have already moved past his redemption so....eh. Otherwise, nothing bad and plenty of good. Just need to avoid Talk-no-jutsuing most of our primary problems and we will be golden
>>4465612I can understand that. Tai Lung from the films did feel a bit one note and in trying to give him more depth I probably went too far. My general gist for him is to have him kind of quiet and reserved until things go bad and he gets angry. I feel a lot of his old anger is gone and he's now trying to find what fills that void.As for his redemption, he's achieved peace of mind and in his eyes he's achieved it. The rest of China on the other hand doesn't. You're still a wanted criminal. As you go farther out to the edges like you are now, people might not be as fearful but still wary. You're still a ways away from the edge though. So it's not like dying to save the crew of the Gale Cutter has pardoned you. As a matter of fact, who knows if you'll even tell people you died. Ming might not take it as well as Xin and some might not even believe you. Ontop of that, it's not like Daiyu's crew can tell anyone you saved them. Then they'd have harbored a criminal and helped him escape. I like to hope that a big obstacle to your redemption in China's eyes is your name. You can't go flaunting it all the time but if you don't then no one will ever know you're good now. It's something I myself am having trouble getting around but I'm optimistic votes and write in will help with that. Also talking out of everything is something I will have to curb I admit.
>>4465668>As a matter of fact, who knows if you'll even tell people you died. Ming might not take it as well as Xin and some might not even believe you.Its gunna be really hard to argue with the massive fucking scar we have from the wound that made us bleed out.
>>4465594>>4465598>>4465601Bonding over food then meditating.Writing.>>4465687Fair enough. Speaking of scars, let's take a look at it why don't we?
>>4465668China doesnt have any affect on if we have been redeemed or not. All they can affect is how they view us.But anyway, so long as those we help know our name, or indeed just that a scarred snow leopard is helping out, it will be enough.Until shen shows up. Then we may need to get a bit more active biting at the flanks of shens army while po and the others deal with him directly.
"Good work so far, but when we hit land I'm getting the biggest plate of meat buns." You say. Xin Lan gives you a smirk then grins."I'll admit, meat buns sound pretty tasty right now but the real prize is fried food." They say hungrily. "No soup for me for a while. Oh...maybe dumplings. Fried dumplings.""You sure? Don't want to go for some nice shrimp noodles?" You ask returning the smirk."No." Xin Lan says. "No more sea food. I'm taking a hiatus from that stuff. Vegetable egg rolls..." They wonder."I could go for some fried rice." You admit. "The kind with bits of vegetables in it.""I could go for plain rice with some nice sauce on the side." Xin Lan says. "Ugh...but then I'll never be able to keep my figure." They pout. "You know, if I didn't know better, I'd have taken you seriously." You say. Xin Lan sticks out their tongue."Hey a guy needs to keep fit." They say. "Otherwise I'll never be able to keep up with all the crazy stuff you do." You scratch at your at you bandages absentmindedly and look down. The bandages looked slightly bloody but you assume that's from the blood already on your person when they were applied. Your chest didn't hurt so you assume Shenlong and the other dragons must've healed you when you were ressurected. You remove them and look at your chest. A long scar runs down your torso from your heart all the way doen to your side, just above the hip. The fur around the scar is fluffier and uneven, and at the very edges of the wound it's thinner. The odd length helps obscure the scar slightly but you can tell if you stood straight, the whole thing will be revealed. Looking at it makes you feel uncomfortable. It's too...perfect. The cut is too clean and too straight. You can remember the ache your heart felt as it had to pump harder to keep you alive, the cold dead feeling in your limbs when the last of your life drained from your body. You're pulled back from your thoughts as Xin Lan whistles."Now that's a scar." They say. "Not that I didn't expect there to be one but still.""It's a good thing I was never really into fashion." You say."Yeah but you know what they say. Women are really into scars." They reply."Are they?" You ask. Xin Lan shrugs."I dunno. I'm not a girl." They say giving you a very effeminate wink. You shoot them a look as they snicker and go back to their soup. Xin Lan's jokes aside, you were happy that the worst you got was a scar. You had heard tales of old masters who's scars still pained them as much as the day they were wounded. Or of wounds that never healed properly, permanently crippling their owners. You decide to push those thoughts aside and meditate a while. Perhaps your friends had returned and where waiting for you to contact them. You even your breathing and relax your mind. You find a few wind sprites hanging around and swooping around playing in the winds.
Hello. Are you the ones that I asked for help?The wind sprites stop playing and pay attention to you. Tai Lung! Tai Lung! Good news! News! They chant eagerly.What's good news? You ask.We found your friend! The smart lady! She's on that wooden thing! They're playing hide and seek!You mentally tilt your head. Hide and seek? You ask.Yes! You're hiding and they're seeking!You nearly stand up. They're on their way? How far off are they? In what direction? You ask. The wind sprites seem confused unable to understand you. You sense that concepts such as distance and directions are not a thing they pay attention to. Erm...can you move towards them please? Like if you were going to take me to them? You ask. The sprites float off north west of your position.This way Tai Lung! This way! Fly quick! They sing.I'm sorry my friends, I can't fly but I thank you the for invite and for your help. You say and bid your goodbyes. You spend the next hour or so attempting to speak to water sprites. They sense your presence but can't make their way onto the deck. You try to speak with them and make a bit of headway however, unlike in the spirit realm, you have biological functions and no long can spend months and years on end in a singular task. It's a bit frustrating but you try to not let that put you down. Eventually, you decide to get some rest and figure things out in the morning.-----"So your ghost friends are sure that Ming and the others are on their way?" Xin Lan asks as they are attempting to "sow" a shirt. You had woken up to them hunched over and grumbilng about their needle being bad. Upon asking them what they were doing they replied rather grumpily, "I need a shirt. Crew of the Gale Cutter know me as a girl."You nod in response, "They were certain. Sprites don't lie persay. They might get confused or misinterpret information but something like a smart girl on a boat playing hide and seek with us is kind of hard to mess up." Xin Lan nods as they slip the dirty cloth over their head."How do I look?" They ask. You frown."You look like you're wearing a pillow case." You say. "Good enough." Xin Lan grumbles. "So then...do we wait here? Or should we try to move?">What do you want to try?>Set sail. You know the general direction of where the Gale Cutter is. The faster the two of you meet up the sooner you'll be safe.>Wait here. If the Gale Cutter is on it's way, moving your ship might send you off course and the others father away.>Write in.
>>4465792If we can move north west, Perhaps. But I've got an idea. Do the sailors have a standardised morse code/system to signal for help? Because we are able to roar as loud as a dragon, and those bastards can probably scream for a while. So my idea is that we move north-west as much as we are able, and every hour or two scream out "SOS" or something to that effect on the way.If we can do more than roar sounds, and actual words.......Heh.
>>4465792It do be a trap!>Wait here, if the gale cutter is on it's way moving your ship might send you off course and the others farther away.we have no idea how to navigate the ship soooo might as well stay put
>>4465792>Set sail. You know the general direction of where the Gale Cutter is. The faster the two of you meet up the sooner you'll be safe.
>>4465809and by It I mean xin lan, xin lan is totally a trap.
>>4465809>It do be a trap!Sorry anon, still haven't decided that. But keep dreaming. It might come true.
>>4465809Fair enough. But I'm still on that idea of "Screaming loudly to let them know we are here" idea. Ming will probably realise that we are here, not because it sounds like us, but because "Tai lung is always near trouble"
>>4465792>Set sail!Well we put all this effort into fixing the ship, might as well make use of it.Funnily, there's a song for children in my language that speaks of a guy who rides a cruise steamship towards a girl he wants to go out with but she is doing the same and they pass by each other and have to find each other later.
Looks like moving is the winning vote? Unless>>4465823changed their mind?Also regarding Xin Lan and their lack of self identity. Would anyone care for a bit of lore regarding the Five? Granted it's shitty head canon stuff but you know...it's stuff.
>>4465844to prevent a stalemate, I'll stick with setting sail.And....sure, why not. Headcanon is always interesting to listen to, sometimes.
>>4465846Cool. Sailing it is. I'll get back to headcanon stuff after the write up if I don't forget.
"Let's get moving." You say. "If we can close the gap between us then the sooner we'll get rescued." You say and head off to take the wheel but Xin Lan blocks your path. "Whoa there big guy." They say. "How about you teach me how to work the ship before we hop on..." They sigh. "...another ocean adventure." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J_bL2bjQ-k"This will be the last ocean adventure for a while. I promise." You say with a grin. You show Xin Lan the basics of steering and working the sails. Together you manage to get everything set and wait for the wind to blow. Almost immediately the sails catch wind and expand outward. The seams on Xin Lan's patches hold and you can feel the ship underneath you creak and groan as you start to move forward. Slowly and steadily you move as the ship begins to gain speed. "How's are ropes holding up down there?" You shout stamping your foot and turning the wheel. You feel the familiar resistence of the ocean as you do so. Xin Lan rush up to the deck. "Ropes are holding fine!" They say. "Leaks are nonexistant. We're doing great!" "Keep an eye on the ropes at the front of the ship!" You call out as you feel the ship slowly begin to turn towards the northwest. The wind hits your face and you feel elated, happy that once again you're back in the world of the living and taking destiny by your own hands. The two of you keep an eye out as you sail all day but you see no sign of the Gale Cutter. It's not surprising but part of you did kind of hope you would come across each other in the first day. Nonetheless you were at least happy to have something to do. After a few more hours, Xin Lan leaps down from the crow's nest and makes their way towards you. "Man, I'm glad to be moving agian." They say. "How's the ship handle?" "It's resisting a bit but I'm guessing that's because everything is worn down." You admit. "You heading to sleep?" "Was about to ask you the same thing. Are we going to sail through the night?" They ask.>Do you wish to sail through the night?>Yes>No>Also anon brings up a good point. You might not directly cross the Gale Cutter. How do you wish to send a signal out?>Write in.
Headcanon stuff, doesn't really had a bearing with the game just fluff of the setting. Ever wonder why The Five don't have names. Or rather why many of the masters in the films don't have names? They're just Tigress, or Mantis. Procupine ect. Obivously, it's just because it sounds cool in the script, they're main characters, and it's a nod to the style themselves. You know Crane style, mantis style ect. But I like to imgaine that Kung Fu masters, once they acheive the highest level of mastery in the art, take on the name of their style. To embody it. To not only use the style but become the style. They stop being who they once were and become another in the lineage of their style. So there's always a Master Crane or Master Ox it's just not always the same person.The Five are the highest form of this. From what I saw in some clips, they were all kind of adopted by Oogway at a young age. So being so young, they were given the name of the style they were prodigies of (which coincidentally is what animal they are) so that from the start they embody it and interalize it as their own identity rather than having to learn how to discard who they once were and take on a new identity. That's one of the reasons why they're so strong. Because the philosophy of their fighting style is part of who they are and not just an aspect they practice. It's a mark of honor and pride because they uphold a long tradition of mastery.Xin Lan is the exact opposite of this. They were raised without an identity. Without anything to give them individuality so that they can become anyone. They can adopt any personality or persona so at to be able to get in anywhere and kill any target. They have no creed and no ideals to hold them back. No gender to have them slip up in a disguise. Should they die, they have no legacy to trace back and nothing they can give that could give away the organization they belonged to. But of course...we know that's slowly changing. So the question becomes, why does Xin Lan stick to only one persona?
>>4465876Best not sail through the night. But I think if we have a lantern we can light then that would do us some good. I reiterate my previous idea of screaming very loudly to summon aid.
>>4465902As for why does Xin stick to one disguise, well thus far it's because as he said that he was using this persona to integrate into society. That is its purpose and that's the one he uses most. There is also that he is travelling with us, in which it makes the most sense to keep their disguise as a base as to not alienate his travelling companions.
>>4465726Also completely forgot about Shen. I'll have to look through the summary of the second movie.
>>4465941Shen is a pretty interesting character.
>>4465958Hmm...well I guess I gotta watch the flim and see if I can fit that in here. Weekends are pretty slow for votes desu.
>>4465908>>4465921two votes. We're not moving for the night. Lighting a lantern and maybe screaming? Writing.
"Let's stop for tonight and close the sails." You say. "Best that we keep out strength up. Besides, I'm not entirely sure how to nagivate a ship in the dark.""Sounds good to me." Xin Lan says yawning. "I'm gonna go warm up some left over soup. Have something warm to sleep around tonight." "Speaking of fires..." You say. "We should light a lantern. Could work as a signal." "Would it?" Xin Lan asks. "It's a pretty small flame. I'd think our stove would make more light.""Better to have both." You admit. "Plus with a lantern we don't have to worry of it lighting the ship on fire.""That's true. I think I saw a lantern in the captain's quarters." Xin Lan hops down to the door and rummages around for a few moments before returning with a hooded lantern. "Here you go." They say handing it to you. The lantern has half a candle left. It would last you a few nights at least. You light the candle with the flames of the pot and hang it on the mast. Having the lantern light was comforting somehow. By rote the two of you sit down once more to eat."How far can they be?" Xin Lan asks. "Last I remember we were about a day away from port. It's been way longer than that." You shrug. "I don't know. Maybe the curse threw them off course. Maybe they waited a bit on shore to let their wounded rest.""It's the latter. Then I can be mad at them for that." Your friend admits. "But we're good now right? Curse is gone.""Yeah, the curse has been lifted. All that's left to do is wait." You sit down and pat the ship when for some reason, you remember something for back in the city. "Hey...whatever happened to that thing you were trying to recruit me for?""The one where you tried to kill me over?" They ask. You go quiet. "You don't have to apologize." They say. "I underestimated your reaction back then.""I know...you can't get mad about it but that doesn't make it right." You say."It's fine." Xin Lan says. "I mean you weren't wrong about what you told me." When you don't reply they give you a small smile. "I told you that we'd be able to buy our own ship. I wasn't lying. Granted after riding around in this clunker I think I'd settle for a manor." "So...what was the job?" You ask. Your friend grins.
"Let's just say, the Anvil of Heaven made a very generous donation to our cause. Ming and my ship fare included." Your eyes widen."You didn't...""I did." Xin Lan grins back. "Granted majority of it went to the unfortunate soul who owned that bakery but I left a tidy sum to Ming for helping us. Should keep her afloat for leaving her job. The rest I kept. Still a nice handful and if we get our share of the loot back on the Gale Cutter, we should be set for a while." They say laying on their back."Wait...why'd you leave money to the bakers? How does that factor in to your thought process?" You ask."Well...I figured that you burned the bakery down in some tactical decision to take down He Ling. Nothing out of malice. So I figured that if you didn't regret your actions, Ming would. So to buy her silence and build rapport I left enough money for them to recoup their losses." Xin Lan admits. "Plus it was easier than carrying several hundred thousand in prize money around in my person.""So...after all that...will you got back to stealing?" You ask."I'm not entirely sure." Xin Lan admits. "It's part of this persona and was also necessary to my survival. Now that I'm traveling with you, we can earn money without resorting to theft. I know Ming wouldn't approve and stealing does put our quest into jeporady. What do you think?" They ask.>What do you think about Xin Lan's theivery?>Tell Xin Lan that they shouldn't steal anymore. While it's part of their persona, people changing is also something that happens so it wouldn't be out of the ordinary if they did stop. Stealing might be useful but it also puts everyone at risk. Even innocent people like Ming.>Say that they should only steal when neccessary or according to some code. While they were trained as an assassin, theiving seems to be something they're exceptionally good at. It would be a shame to not put those talents to use. Plus it's party of th