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Haven't decided if this will be oneshot or not, lets see how this goes.

You are a cultivator who through many adventures and tribulations has finally founded your own sect with you as the patriarch. The region you are located in one fraught with perils both outside and within. You think over your skills and how they may be utilised to ensure the prosperity of your newfound sect.

Pick your cultivation:
>Extremely talented mid Core Formation: You start much weaker than the other options but your growth potential (read: you have a +20 buff to personal cultivation) is extremely high. Rather than start as regional power, you start as a minor power that must pay tribute to a regional power.
>Moderately talented mid Nascent Soul: The moderate choice with no bonuses or detriments.
>Untalented late Nascent Soul: The strongest early option however your talent sucks (read: you have a -20 buff to personal cultivation).

Pick one boon:
>Strong: You are much stronger than normal for someone of your cultivation. This could be due to talent, experience, etc. (write in what you want the reason to be). You fight as if you are 1 minor stage higher than you normally are.
>Lucky: You are much luckier than most and crit succeed on 90-100 instead of only on 100.
>Beloved: You are well loved by anyone and everyone. Minor buff to personal diplomacy, minor buff to disciple loyalty, minor buff to relations with other factions.
>Life-saving treasure: You possess a powerful life-saving treasure that will save you from dying once and only once.
>Write in

Pick one bane:
>Weak: You are simply much weaker than normal for someone of your cultivation. This could be due to permanent injury or lack of talent or etc. (write in what you want the reason to be). You fight as if you are 1 minor stage lower than you normally are.
>Bottleneck: You are stuck with a hard bottleneck in your current stage and cannot progress. Unless you are extremely lucky (read: roll 100), you will never progress beyond your current stage.
>Lecherous: You are quite the pervert and instead of choosing disciples by such factors such as talent or loyalty, you instead choose to focus resources on disciples with a pretty face. Moderate reduction in disciple loyalty and talent.
>Cannot see Mt Tai: You pissed off a lot of people you shouldn’t have with your arrogance, you start with all relations in your local region at strained and suffer a massive personal diplomacy debuff.
>Write in

First post is chargen for the hero unit/you, after that there’ll be another chargen for the sect. Character personality will depend on either write in I like or dependent on cultivation/boon/bane choice. 1d100 bo3 will be used with + or - mods.
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>>4558507
>Pick your cultivation:
>>Extremely talented mid Core Formation: You start much weaker than the other options but your growth potential (read: you have a +20 buff to personal cultivation) is extremely high. Rather than start as regional power, you start as a minor power that must pay tribute to a regional power.
Pick one boon:
>Strong: You are much stronger than normal for someone of your cultivation. This could be due to talent, experience, etc. (write in what you want the reason to be). You fight as if you are 1 minor stage higher than you normally are.
The patriarch has the blood of demons running through his veins. His superhuman heritage gives him power beyond his circumstances.
Pick one bane:
>Demonic Sect: You are the patriarch of a sect of demonic cultivators, one of many heterodox sects which defy the will of the heavens. Your own vassals will seek to undermine you if they sense even a hint of weakness, the cult to which you pay tribute will not hesitate to crush you if it fears your growing might, and all righteous cultivators abhor your way of life. You and your followers are unmistakably evil.
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>>4558507
>Extremely talented mid Core Formation: You start much weaker than the other options but your growth potential (read: you have a +20 buff to personal cultivation) is extremely high. Rather than start as regional power, you start as a minor power that must pay tribute to a regional power.
>Strong: You are much stronger than normal for someone of your cultivation. This could be due to talent, experience, etc. (write in what you want the reason to be). You fight as if you are 1 minor stage higher than you normally are.
>Cannot see Mt Tai: You pissed off a lot of people you shouldn’t have with your arrogance, you start with all relations in your local region at strained and suffer a massive personal diplomacy debuff.
The generic Xianxia novel MC build.
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>>4558507
>>Extremely talented mid Core Formation: You start much weaker than the other options but your growth potential (read: you have a +20 buff to personal cultivation) is extremely high. Rather than start as regional power, you start as a minor power that must pay tribute to a regional power.
>Lucky: You are much luckier than most and crit succeed on 90-100 instead of only on 100.
>Lecherous: You are quite the pervert and instead of choosing disciples by such factors such as talent or loyalty, you instead choose to focus resources on disciples with a pretty face. Moderate reduction in disciple loyalty and talent.
We shall have a harem.
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>>4558507
Cultivation:
>Extremely talented mid Core Formation: You start much weaker than the other options but your growth potential (read: you have a +20 buff to personal cultivation) is extremely high. Rather than start as regional power, you start as a minor power that must pay tribute to a regional power.
Boon:
>Lucky: You are much luckier than most and crit succeed on 90-100 instead of only on 100.
Bane:
>Lecherous: You are quite the pervert and instead of choosing disciples by such factors such as talent or loyalty, you instead choose to focus resources on disciples with a pretty face. Moderate reduction in disciple loyalty and talent.
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>>4558507
>Pick your cultivation:
>>Extremely talented mid Core Formation: You start much weaker than the other options but your growth potential (read: you have a +20 buff to personal cultivation) is extremely high. Rather than start as regional power, you start as a minor power that must pay tribute to a regional power.
Pick one boon:
>Strong: You are much stronger than normal for someone of your cultivation. This could be due to talent, experience, etc. (write in what you want the reason to be). You fight as if you are 1 minor stage higher than you normally are.
You are actually a expert in human physiology and used this knowledge to craft the perfect body.
Pick one bane:
>Hate of DYELs: you absolute hate people that don't proprely train the body, you have massive diplomacy debuff agaist people that don't cultive they bodies.
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>>4558507
>Extremely talented mid Core Formation: You start much weaker than the other options but your growth potential (read: you have a +20 buff to personal cultivation) is extremely high. Rather than start as regional power, you start as a minor power that must pay tribute to a regional power.

>Lucky: You are much luckier than most and crit succeed on 90-100 instead of only on 100.

>Bottleneck: You are stuck with a hard bottleneck in your current stage and cannot progress. Unless you are extremely lucky (read: roll 100), you will never progress beyond your current stage.
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>4558531
>>4558539
>>4558549
>>4558552
>>4558561
>>4558576
Its been an hour and the winning choices are:
- Extremely talented mid Core Formation
- Strong or lucky (1d2, 1 luck, 2 strong)
- Lecherous
- Choices made mean the dao is: The Harem King, a dao purer than lust and infinitely more complex than simple love. You desire to sleep with countless woman and build a massive harem filled with women who love you. You gain enlightenment on your dao whenever your harem increases in size.

There are many reasons for one to walk the path of the infinite dao, yours however is one of absolute simplicity and purity. You want hot chicks. You really really want hot chicks. And if you have to become a god damn cultivator for the hottest chicks (cultivator females have access to pills that improve their looks so every female cultivator is a "jade like beauty") than that's what you'll do.

Your teacher (who has now long passed the mortal coil) was astounded by your dedication and your amazing talent but you couldn't care less about any of that. No you had always set your sights on your goal of becoming the harem king. It is to that purpose your Loving Hearts sect was founded, a purely female sect where members are chosen for their beauty.

Whilst it was a fully female sect outside you, that's not the only thing special about it, what your sect's focus and specialty?

>Sole Weapon (Write in a weapon or we can vote for it after): Sect is specialised in a certain weapon and almost everyone in the sect develops a dao focusing on that specific weapon. This makes your sect predictable to your enemies with experience (i.e. weaker vs enemies that have fought your sect before) but on the upside, massively improves speed of cultivation for all your sect members.

>Countless Techniques: Your sect has a focus on having as wide range of techniques for your sect as possible so that each individual has their own tailored technique. This makes your sect members skill level vary extremely (aka pray to the dice gods), your sect members are just as likely to win vs someone a major stage ahead as they are to lose to someone a major stage below.

>Pill making: Your clan focuses on making pills that have many varied effects not the least of which is to increase cultivation speed. Due to their consumable nature, pill making is expensive but provides significant boosts to cultivation speed as well as other benefits.

>Artifact crafting: Your clan focuses on making magical artifacts that have many different applications. This will drastically increase the power of your sect members when they have their artifacts with them but due to your sect members relying on their artifacts, they are much weaker than normal without them. Artifacts are in general disallowed from tournaments or when “giving pointers”.

>Write in (I’m sure I’m missing other possible xianxia choices so feel free to suggest some, make sure suggestions have both a positive and a negative)
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>>4558593
>>Pill making: Your clan focuses on making pills that have many varied effects not the least of which is to increase cultivation speed. Due to their consumable nature, pill making is expensive but provides significant boosts to cultivation speed as well as other benefits.
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>>4558593
>>Pill making: Your clan focuses on making pills that have many varied effects not the least of which is to increase cultivation speed. Due to their consumable nature, pill making is expensive but provides significant boosts to cultivation speed as well as other benefits.
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>>4558593
>Pill making: Your clan focuses on making pills that have many varied effects not the least of which is to increase cultivation speed. Due to their consumable nature, pill making is expensive but provides significant boosts to cultivation speed as well as other benefits.
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>>4558593
>harem dao
oh dear
>Formation building: Your sect focuses on directing the flow of qi and the power of the five elements in order to create powerful formations. This is perfect for creating traps and building infrastructure, but doesn't lend itself well to sudden battles.
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>>4558606
>>4558610
>>4558618
>>4558622
Its been an hour and the winning choice is:
- Pill making

Your sect was one focused on the creation of pills, an expensive process due to the consumable nature of pills as well as the many possibilities of failure when creating pills. Of course as patriarch of a pill creation focused clan, your pill making skills are unparalleled within the region.

What region was this by the way? Your sect resides in the:
>Fertile Fields (the left side of the map): A popular region with many regional powers both righteous and demonic. Outside the occasional barbarian raid from the north, this region rarely faces external problems. Instead its constantly filled with internal threats as the clans and sects within the region constantly scheme and war amongst one another. Tribute will be primarily wealth.

>Hellish Plains (the right side of the map): An immensely unpopular region due to the frequent raids by the demons from the Demon Lands. Between the conscription for The Twins, the endless demonic raids and even the occasional unintelligent dragon looking for a snack, this region is hell. Luckily due to the above, resources are plenty and conflict between factions rare. Tribute will be primarily your cultivators and yourself.

>Serpent Spine Mountains: A region with no clear leaders or powers for a good reason. The serpent Spine Mountains are filled with monstrous beasts and your clan will face constant attacks. In addition, the demi-humans that live here are unlikely to accept your sect unless you provide many benefits for them at a cost to yourself. On the upside the constant combat and danger means your sect members are in general significantly more powerful. The many beast cores harvested from the monstrous beasts also provide a moderate profit which you won’t even need to share as theres no-one else insane enough to choose this place (i.e. no tribute).

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>>4558678
Many pill makers within the region would often try and contact you for pointers. You have enough tact that you have no intention of ever revealing the truth that your renown pill making skills were only due to the fact you spent decades creating the Everlasting Beauty pill, a secret pill only you can make that grants effective immortality to its consumers. The immortality was only a “minor” side effect, the true and more important effect of the pill was that it enhanced the consumer’s beauty drastically and prevented the loss of the beauty.

You yourself consumed it a couple hundred years back and unlucky it did not work on men like it did on women. Instead of giving beauty and immortality, it instead drastically improved your power such that you’ve never lost afterwards against anyone of the same minor realm.

Of course you made sure to also test it on a woman just in case. You still remember your first disciple that you took 50 years ago, she was the first other person and so far the only other person you’ve trusted enough to provide the Everlasting Beauty to. Luckily the pill worked this time just like you expected and she is both immortal and beautiful.

This is your “backup” character in case you die and your only competent “elder” who does not have a minus mod on their rolls. The other unchosen all suffer from your lecherous bane.

>She was a “jade like beauty” of Foundation Establishment that controlled your administrative

>She was a “jade like beauty” of Foundation Establishment that controlled your sect intrigue

>She was a “jade like beauty” of Foundation Establishment that controlled your sect military
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>>4558678

>Hellish Plains (the right side of the map): An immensely unpopular region due to the frequent raids by the demons from the Demon Lands. Between the conscription for The Twins, the endless demonic raids and even the occasional unintelligent dragon looking for a snack, this region is hell. Luckily due to the above, resources are plenty and conflict between factions rare. Tribute will be primarily your cultivators and yourself.

>She was a “jade like beauty” of Foundation Establishment that controlled your sect intrigue
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>>4558681
>Fertile Fields (the left side of the map): A popular region with many regional powers both righteous and demonic. Outside the occasional barbarian raid from the north, this region rarely faces external problems. Instead its constantly filled with internal threats as the clans and sects within the region constantly scheme and war amongst one another. Tribute will be primarily wealth.
Let's play to our strengths.
>She was a “jade like beauty” of Foundation Establishment that controlled your sect intrigue
Intrigue is one thing we'll excel in, as long as we don't accidentally cuck a rising young master and get ourselves obliterated.
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>Fertile Fields (the left side of the map): A popular region with many regional powers both righteous and demonic. Outside the occasional barbarian raid from the north, this region rarely faces external problems. Instead its constantly filled with internal threats as the clans and sects within the region constantly scheme and war amongst one another. Tribute will be primarily wealth.
>administrative
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Administrative would also be good to maximize our pill trading, I just think we'd have an easier time focusing on intrigue given our lechery. I would've preferred a less-coom inclined MC but that's a genre convention so there's no problems there.
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>>4558678
>Fertile Fields (the left side of the map): A popular region with many regional powers both righteous and demonic. Outside the occasional barbarian raid from the north, this region rarely faces external problems. Instead its constantly filled with internal threats as the clans and sects within the region constantly scheme and war amongst one another. Tribute will be primarily wealth.
>>4558681
>She was a “jade like beauty” of Foundation Establishment that controlled your administrative
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>>4558688
>>4558695
>>4558696
>>4558737
Never write whilst drunk. Sorry anons, I fell asleep. Next update tomorrow.

You are located in the Fertile Fields region, an area filled with factions much more powerful than your newly found sect. Most of these factions are controlled by a nascent soul patriarch which means any of them can easily crush your Loving Hearts sect. You currently pay tribute of half your income per turn to the:

>Golden Merchant Alliance: An alliance of countless sects and organisations focused on accruing spirit stones and other forms of wealth. The Golden Merchant Alliance controls almost all auction houses within the Fertile Fields region as well as the only port to The Narrows. On the upside the Golden Merchant Alliance are unreliable so it’s much easier to break free, on the downside the Golden Merchant Alliance is unreliable so any protection offered is heavily variable.

>Fang Clan: A righteous sword clan with a powerful metal elemental bloodline that makes their members fight as if half a small realm above their ability. The Fang Clan mostly relies on tariffs and taxes on trade from the other powers passing through their territory. Unfortunately for the Fang Clan and fortunately for you, the Fang Clan is constantly at war with one side or another due to its central location sharing borders with all the other powers. This means a betrayal at the correct moment could easily ensure your freedom. On the downside there’s always the possibility of being caught up in one of the Fang Clan conflicts.

>Shu clan: A clan focused almost solely on killing monstrous beasts from the Serpent Spine Mountains as their cultivation method is based on absorbing beast cores. The Shu clan cares little if at all about its tributaries and are unlikely to bother protecting them without benefits. On the upside the Shu clan cares so little about its tributaries that outside the wealth tribute, they are unlikely to ever ask for anything else.

>Eternal Hate Sect: A demonic sect that practices a cultivation method that involves manipulating and torturing souls. The only reason this sect still exists is that it is by far the most powerful of the factions within the Fertile Fields region, the Eternal Hate Sect has 3 nascent soul elders and a near dead spirit severing patriarch. Tributaries are often abused and must humiliate themselves on top of the wealth given. Mortal kingdoms within the region are often barely functioning (so reduced tax and recruitment) due to widespread wanton slaughter of mortals. This is very hard mode however on the upside, you do not need to deal with any major powers outside the Eternal Hate Sect.

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>>4559085
Your main sect hall and elders council room was sorely lacking in any kind of grandeur, you feel slightly depressed just looking upon the barren room that fails to compliment the beauty of the women within. Hopefully with time, you will have a proper sect hall and elders council room that will properly accentuate the beauty of its ladies.

Xing Xiaochen is an early foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration. To her fell the tasks of managing your many wealth incomes such as spirit stone mines, herb fields or taxes from weak mortal kingdoms. She was the first disciple that you took and the one you trust the most. Originally an accountant when mortal, Xing Xiaochen combat ability is extremely poor even for a pill creation clan however her administration skills are exemplary. She is generally calm and collected in her reports.

“Master, our current wealth sits at 10 with an income of 2 (base 10 minus 5 for tribute and minus 3 for pill creation clan).

Our mines and herb fields are well in order however the mortal Bao Kingdom under our control refuses to pay its taxes as they refer to us as “upstarts led by a dimwit who thinks with his micropenis”. It is likely this is some kind of ploy by some faction to test how you treat mortal kingdoms as you’ve already demonstrated your power as a Core Creation expert and its unlikely the Bao Kingdom is this stupid.

Internally I suggest spending wealth to create a Contribution Board that tracks the achievements of all disciples within the sect and rewards them based on how much they benefit the sect. This will likely cost 10 wealth but the loyalty boost would be worth it. ”

Biyu Tang is an early qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. Whilst she’s generally proven useless in most her tasks, you’ve kept her around as shes managed to “convince” you with her charms and flesh. Plus some eye candy was always nice as she had a nice ass. She thinks of herself as some kind of master schemer and manipulator but in reality all you see her as a flamboyant child eager to show off.

“Patriarch, last night was wonderful was it not?” An obvious powerplay to showcase she has your favour, sigh. If she was any less skilled in bed, you’d have thrown her away and hired someone more competent for the role.

“Move on with the report on intrigue please Biyu”

“I heard some rumours from my sources that the barbarians may start another invasion soon.” You note that she doesn’t mention in how many years or any more concrete information.

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>>4559087
Finally there was Chen Chenhau a late qi condensation elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars. She had the most massive breasts you’ve seen in all your years and blonde hair like the barbarians. You even suspect she used to be a barbarian if not for the fact that she speaks the Fertile Field tongue as if she was a native. Unlike Biyu, Chen was shy and refused to do anything with you in bed and of course you’d never force one of your sect members. Additionally Chen suffered from stage fright and can never lead your members in wars.

“W-we have 1000 qi condensation members, 1 foundation establishment elder and 1 core creation patriarch.

U-ummm s-sorry recruitment has been slow. Your reputation patriarch of being the sole male and founding a female o-only sect is causing i-issues. Most of the newbies are entering with resigned beliefs that they will be sex slaves in return for cultivation lessons.

What’s w-worse patriarchs policy of focusing on beauty means the newbies and juniors who do willingly join are g-gold diggers who we can’t really trust.

Additionally talent wise its generally significantly below average for a sect of our size however on the upside, our pills means that we are keeping parity cultivation realm wise with the standard even if the foundations of our members are mostly below average meaning they often lose to those in the same stage.”

As stated this is a civ quest, it will use 10 year per turn format. You may pick one choice for the clan and one choice for yourself.

Clan action:
>Focus on wealth
>Construct something (write in, price varies)
>Focus on intrigue (write in target)
>Focus on recruitment (more qi condensation members)
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Write in

Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
>Improve cultivation
>Interact with (write in)
>Deal with the Bao Kingdom (write in approach)
>Write in
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>>4559085
>Golden Merchant Alliance: An alliance of countless sects and organisations focused on accruing spirit stones and other forms of wealth. The Golden Merchant Alliance controls almost all auction houses within the Fertile Fields region as well as the only port to The Narrows. On the upside the Golden Merchant Alliance are unreliable so it’s much easier to break free, on the downside the Golden Merchant Alliance is unreliable so any protection offered is heavily variable.
>>4559089
>Create a Contribution Board
>Deal with the Bao Kingdom (Try a mix of diplomacy with a hint of intimidation since we're strong)
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I take back my complaining about us being a coombrain earlier, this is great.

>>4559085
>Golden Merchant Alliance: An alliance of countless sects and organisations focused on accruing spirit stones and other forms of wealth. The Golden Merchant Alliance controls almost all auction houses within the Fertile Fields region as well as the only port to The Narrows. On the upside the Golden Merchant Alliance are unreliable so it’s much easier to break free, on the downside the Golden Merchant Alliance is unreliable so any protection offered is heavily variable.
The Golden Merchant Alliance would protect a steady source of high-end pills like ourselves, but aren't united enough to hold us down. A very solid choice given that we aren't combat focused.

>>4559089
>Create a Contribution Board
The earlier we get this the more genuine it's going to seem, and we don't need wealth right now so we should make the investment.
>Deal with the Bao Kingdom
For our approach to the Bao, be friendly and find humor in their claims but don't be a limp floormat about it, and find a method to demonstrate our strength if we can.
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>>4559107
+1
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>>4559107
>>4559206
>>4559353
>Contribution board
>Diplomatic intimidation (which means you fall into the trap)
You decide first things first, you need to deal with the substandard level of loyalty of your juniors. Deciding to trust your disciple Xing Xiaochen, you give orders to invest in a contribution board. A mere 10 wealth to create a magical contribution board that fairly distributes missions, rewards and more is a bargain.

Secondly you decide to deal with the Bao Kingdom with a bit of diplomatic intimidation, no need to kill anyone if not necessary. You quickly begin flying towards the Bao Kingdom palace yet as you land upon the palace landing pad, you notice a trap being sprung.

It seems to be an poisonous array trap composed of 7 layers and 7 different poisons which you note has enough power to even injure a core creation cultivator. You make a note to interrogate the Bao Kingdom monarch as you casually walk through the array. A calming ice pill to counter a burning toxin, a soul nourishment pill to counter a soul consuming poison and so on and so forth.

Whoever created this array obviously had no real information about you as everyone knows poisons are completely worthless against pill masters who always have dozens of pills on hand to counter whatever poison is utilised.

As you pass the seventh layer of the poisonous array, you’re attacked by 5 foundation establishment cultivators who clearly expected you to be weakened by the array. You casually kill them with your Pill Forging Flames, a low level technique made to heat up your pill cauldrons. There’s no way you’ll fight seriously against mere foundation establishment juniors. Its unfortunate there was no beauties amongst the 5 as you would’ve likely spared them and invited them to be an elder within your sect.

You slaughter your way past the qi condensation royal guards and enter the throne room where the fat Bao Kingdom king Shao-Didi Bao is quivering in his seat. You note with a hint of condensation that the king hasn’t even reached foundation establishment, the standard for most mortal kingdoms.

“h-how? this is impossible, impossible, impossible. 5 foundation establishment mercenaries and the array from THAT person yet you’re unharmed? IMPOSSIBLE” he rants like a pig.
You easily capture the king however now you need to deal with the rest of the Bao Kingdom royalty:

>Out by the roots: Wipe out the Bao Kingdom royal family to ensure no future complications. Kill them all, children and their family pet too. (Patriarch trait: ruthless)
>For the Dao: Kill all the males but spare the women, you’ll even sponsor one of the beauties as new queen (Patriarch trait: “gentleman”)
>Kindness: Spare the whole royal family outside king Shao-Didi Bao (Patriarch trait: kind)
>Write in (Note: You are deciding your patriarch’s general response towards enemies with this choice so write a personality trait with your choice)

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>>4560548
You arrive home with your prisoner and make a note to get him interrogated sooner or later. Normally you’d leave this to your intrigue elder but you have a feeling she will probably mess it up if you do. Whilst you did easily break past the trap, the stress of what would’ve happened if it was not a poison trap stresses you.

The first thing you do once home is enjoy yourself with a couple of your disciples who have been making flirtations at you. This helps relieve almost all your stress (the lecherous patriarch has massive stress reduction due to sex sex and more sex).

10 years pass as you deal with many matters both minor and major, the contribution board is now complete and you note with a smile that your disciples have much improved in their loyalty to the sect.

Xing Xiaochen is an early foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration. She is generally SKILLED in administration.

“Master, our current wealth sits at 2 with an income of 2 (base 10 minus 5 for tribute and minus 3 for pill creation clan).

We are seriously underfunded and if something comes up which needs our wealth, we may very well fail due to lacking funds. I suggest to spend some time improving our funds.

The many auction houses within the Golden Merchant Alliance would happily auction your pills if you focused on making pills. Of course focusing on making pills would mean you can’t do anything else.”

Biyu Tang is an early qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. She is generally INCOMPETENT in intrigue.

“Patriarch, I have a suggestion for the new contribution board. Perhaps our bed service may be worth contribution points? This will heavily incentivise disciples to service you patriarch.” Whilst clearly this was a ploy by Biyu to gain more power, you do note that this would help further your Dao of Harem King.

>Accept, contribution points are now rewarded for sexual services (+Dao, +Biyu relationship, -Disciple power, -Disciple loyalty)
>Deny, contribution points are only for services that help the sect (no bonuses or detriments)

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>>4560551
Chen Chenhau a great circle qi condensation elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars.

You note that Chen Chenhau has improved her cultivation in these past 10 years, maybe soon your sect will have another foundation establishment elder.

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war.

“W-we have 1200 qi condensation members, 1 foundation establishment elder and 1 core creation patriarch.

Recruitment, t-training and loyalty has improved these past 10 years due to the contribution board since prospective members and current members feel like the sect is more than just your p-personal h-harem.” She blushes as she speaks the last bit.

“Talent wise, there has been no changes however, our disciples are still below average compared to other sects our size. We are only keeping up in cultivation realms due to pills. Our disciples foundations are still r-really bad. There’s news that in 20 years there will be a cultivator competition within the Golden Merchant Alliance so we really should improve our disciples before than to prevent loss of f-face.”

Last turn was the tutorial so you auto succeeded every roll, now rolls decide everything, good luck anons.

Clan action:
>Focus on wealth
>Construct something (write in, price varies)
>Focus on intrigue (write in target)
>Focus on recruitment (more qi condensation members)
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Write in

Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
>Improve cultivation
>Interact with (write in)
>Interrogate Shao-Didi Bao
>Focus on making pills
>Write in

Known future events:
Barbarian invasion in ? turns
Golden Merchant Alliance cultivator tournament in 2 turns
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>>4560548
>Feed Bao a special soul-cracking pill and wait for him to beg you for mercy. Allow him to live by feeding him an antidote, but only after he has told you his motives and sworn to pay the Loving Hearts tribute from now on. In exchange, we will of course offer them our protection. (Sense of "Fairness")
>>4560551
>Deny, contribution points are only for services that help the sect (no bonuses or detriments)
A Harem means nothing if it is not of its own volition.
>>4560554
>Focus on wealth
>Focus on making pills
Once we have 6 Wealth we can relax and focus on training our members. Doesn't matter how many Qi Condensation members we have if we're the only Core Creation tier member.
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>>4560548
>For the Dao: Kill all the males but spare the women, you’ll even sponsor one of the beauties as new queen (Patriarch trait: “gentleman”)
>Deny, contribution points are only for services that help the sect (no bonuses or detriments)
Clan action:
>Focus on wealth
Your own action:
>Focus on making pills
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>>4560554
>For the Dao: Kill all the males but spare the women, you’ll even sponsor one of the beauties as new queen (Patriarch trait: “gentleman”)
>Deny, contribution points are only for services that help the sect (no bonuses or detriments)

Of course anons chose the harem option right out of the gate.
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I think we should try to get influential within the Golden Merchant Alliance. The Loving Hearts are weak in combat and not numerous at all, but happen to be masters of pill creation and if we can get an influx of wealth, we can compensate for our weakness, if not grow stronger. Do you guys think we should try to start a dynasty with our harem members so we can have some extremely loyal and relatively more talented members to use as a core for our sect? The problem with that is we would have sons, but encouraging them to start their own harems could be a good way to get more subsects, and of course marrying our daughters off to other sects is a foolproof method of spying and getting wealth or even minor artifacts. Some of them are bound to go their own path but that's fine, as long as we give them a foundation to build on, they'll improve our standing as they gain fame.
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No update until much later today but heres some cultivation realm information. If it wasn't obvious, this quest uses a simplified version of the I Shall Seal The Heavens cultivation system.

If theres any terms you don't understand than refer to: https://immortalmountain.wordpress.com/glossary/wuxia-xianxia-xuanhuan-terms/.

Each major realm is split up into early, mid, late and great circle. Each stage is significantly stronger than the last.

The cultivation stages are:

Qi Condensation (Lifespan 200 years): Cultivators condense the Qi in nature into a Core Sea and can use their core sea qi for many techniques and powers. Around 1 in 1000 mortals have the TALENT (whether bloodline or natural) to reach Qi Condensation naturally. Almost all of your disciples in the Loving Hearts sect DO NOT have this talent and are only advancing due to pills that boost cultivation. This leads to almost all of your disciples having poor foundations.

Foundation Establishment (Lifespan 400 years): The Core Sea of Qi Condensation stage condenses into a Dao Pillar. As you progress, a total of 9 Dao Pillars are created. Most mortal kingdoms (which total around a few million people each) are ruled by someone who has reached Foundation Establishment. Foundation Establishment is necessary to fly naturally without magical artefacts. Around 1 in 1000 qi condensation cultivators have enough talent to reach Foundation Establishment naturally. It is very difficult to breakthrough from Qi Condensation to Foundation Establishment. Your only disciple Xing Xiaochen who has average talent only reached Foundation Establishment after you spent around 10 wealth worth of resources and 30 years personally assisting her breakthrough. Meanwhile you yourself took a mere 3 years to break through to Foundation Establishment and it only took that long because you kept being distracted by women.

Core Creation (Lifespan around 800 years): The pillars formed in Foundation Establishment melt and become a core. It is here in Core Creation that one must choose a Dao to follow. Your Dao is a fundamental truth that encapsulates you as an individual. Most minor clans and sects are ruled by a Core Creation expert. Around 1 in 1000 foundation establishment cultivators have enough talent to reach Core Creation naturally (if you've been keeping track that's 1 in 1 billion chance for a mortal to reach core creation naturally which is why most mortal kingdoms only have Foundation Establishment at best). You are one of the youngest to reach Core Creation due to extreme talent, massive amount of pills and an extremely focused + stable Dao.

Nascent Soul (Lifespan around 1600): You don't know too much about this stage but it involves a Dao Spirit created inside your Core breaking out. Each major regional power (i.e. those written on the map in OP) has 1 or more Nascent Soul patriach/elders.

Spirit Severing and above: Whilst you know they exist, its unlikely to matter until near the end of the quest.
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>>4560855
This is the coolest premise for a civquest I've seen in years. Thank you for running and not bailing Unnamed Patriarch. I'm already subconsciously minmaxing our future expansion based on what information we have now and it's been a blast. Since our sect members have no talent whatsoever but we have extreme talent, could we make a bloodline of average talent to reinforce our sect's currently abysmal competence?
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>>4560548
>For the Dao: Kill all the males but spare the women, you’ll even sponsor one of the beauties as new queen (Patriarch trait: “gentleman”)
>>4560551
>Deny, contribution points are only for services that help the sect (no bonuses or detriments)
>>4560554
>Focus on wealth
gotta improve our gains
>Interrogate Shao-Didi Bao
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>>4560881
If you wish to create a bloodline it'd be a roll like most things that aren't 100% certain. Either your heaven defying extreme talent creates a bloodline (which anons can customise) or it fails and your kids are average mortals (which means they have standard 1/1000 chance to become a cultivator). If you're willing to spend alot of time and/or wealth than the chances for successful bloodline creation goes up drastically.
>>4560612
>>4560711
>>4560761
>>4560904
>For the Dao: Kill all the males but spare the women, you’ll even sponsor one of the beauties as new queen (Patriarch trait: “gentleman”)
>Deny, contribution points are only for services that help the sect (no bonuses or detriments)
>Focus on wealth
>Focus on making pills

Can I get 3 rolls of 2d100, first is for clan action, second is for personal action. Best of 3.
I'm still unsure if I should reveal possible results but I'll do so for the first roll (focus on wealth) so you have an idea of the DC. Crits have priority over normal rolls.

1: Crit fail and you lose 5 wealth possibly becoming in debt and having to pay interest
2-10: Drastic fail and you lose 3 wealth
11-25: Very bad fail You lose 1 wealth
26-49: Fail so you gain zero wealth
50-74: Success so you gain 5 wealth
75-99: Very good success so you gain 10 wealth
100: Crit success so you gain 10 wealth and your income increases by 1

Story update will be in couple hours at earliest.
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Rolled 20, 47 = 67 (2d100)

>>4560935
We Shall Sunder the Heavens With Our Schlong!
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Rolled 66, 22 = 88 (2d100)

>>4560935
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>>4560935
That makes sense, it just seems inefficient to be a once in a generation cultivating savant with a harem in a world where bloodlines are insanely powerful and have a problem with that harem being weak at cultivation, and then not doing anything with it. We should try to turn our Lechery into a strength. Probably won't be able to keep track of all or even most of our kids but that's okay, as long as a handful have Foundation Establishment potential we'll be in the clear. Even then, untalented ones can help with pill creation and so on.
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Rolled 3, 81 = 84 (2d100)

>>4560935
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>>4560974
The heavens gave retribution lol
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>>4560977
There can be no doubt we are a heavens-surpassing pill maker. That's probably why we were allowed into the Golden Merchant Alliance despite having almost no power as a sect, our pills are that damned great.
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Rolled 26, 63 = 89 (2d100)

>>4560935
>>4560940
>>4560974
god speed anons, 66 and 81
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>>4560939
>>4560940
>>4560974
>Clan action: 66
>Personal action: 81 (LOL)
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The Bao Kingdom is a mighty kingdom ruling over a population of 3 million people and with over 100 qi condensation masters. You are Ruo Bao, formerly the 9th princess of the Bao Kingdom and now the queen of the Bao Kingdom.

To be honest you really hate your fucking job. You were previously expecting to be married off to somewhere you could laze about all day.

Too bad all of a sudden your father pisses of a core creation cultivator. As if that’s not bad enough the “great” cultivator randomly chose you to rule the kingdom because “your wild beauty is evermore brilliant than the most bewitching flower”.

The fuck does that shit even mean?

You’d like to say you know what the fuck you’re doing but in reality you have almost no training for the role of queen at all.

Normally you’d become a figurehead or something but since everyone is scared of the cultivator you’re actually stuck with the shitty role of ruling.

You swear on your (probably) dead father that you will slap that idiotic cultivator the next time you meet them.
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“Achoo” You sneeze, geez was someone talking about you behind your back? Whatever, you give out the orders to focus on wealth generation and that you yourself will focus on pill creation.

Of course that means leaving the job of slowly torturing that fat pig Shao-Didi Bao to your “intrigue division”, a division that has so far proven themselves excessively incompetent. You’d think beauties would easily be able to garner information just from looks alone but nope, they’re all excessively useless. Maybe you can train them in the future or something.

Your sect quickly works to squeeze as much extra wealth out of whatever incomes there are, whether it be the spirit stone mines, the herb gardens, the taxes of the mortal kingdoms, the pills made or etc.

To put it as frankly as possible, your sect’s measures work mostly due to the competence and administration skills of your disciple Xing Xiaochen who tirelessly works to ensure every bit of wealth that can be squeezed out is squeezed.

You do however note another smaller factor in the success could be attributed to the drastically lower corruption within the sect after the contribution board was created. Whatever the case, you have earned 5 additional wealth this turn.

1/2
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>>4561783
Taking the advice of your disciple and administration elder Xing Xiaochen to heart, you too decide to actually bother to make a couple batches of pills to sell.

Normal pill alchemists who’ve dedicated their lives to pill making have a success rate of 70-80% whilst their apprentices have a success rate of anywhere between 20-50%.

A pill master such as yourself? You have 100% success rate whenever you actually can be bothered to focus on making pills and aren’t distracted by women.

These couple years was quite fortunate for the clan (and less fortunate for your libido) as you actually knuckle downed and focused on pill creation.

From mundane pills such as Appetite Control pills to heavenly pills such as the Sunspirit pill, you make all kinds of pills with an air of boredom.

Whilst you were renowned for your pill making skills, you were completely bored with pill making now that you’ve already completed your magnum opus, the Everlasting Beauty pill.

A few years of solitary pill making and you finally have had enough, you bed almost a 100 women within the same night to relieve the boredom.

Afterwards you travel with the short distance to the Golden Dragon Pavilion, one of the many auction houses of the Golden Merchant Alliance.

You are greeted by reverence and immense respect by the auction staff, apparently they still remember that time 30 years back when you last visited (you needed spirit stones at the time for your disciple’s breaking through) to sell one of your half assed prototypes of what would one day be the Everlasting Beauty pill. Something about most spirit stones ever earned in a single sale or some such, you can’t remember much of the details anymore.

Unlike last time, your sales this time caused less trouble however you still made a massive sum of 10 wealth from the sale of your pills.

You were invited to stay at the auction and to purchase but did you purchase anything from the auction? You currently have 15 wealth. You may go into debt but there will be interest.

>Yes you purchased the:

>>Life-saving treasure for yourself (-5 wealth)

>>Many artefacts for your juniors (-1 wealth per 100 sets of equipment that makes your qi condensation fight as if 1 minor stage higher)

>>A defensive array (-4 wealth for moderately powerful array that can defend vs core creation for awhile, -12 wealth for very powerful array that can defend vs nascent soul for awhile)

>>A phantasmal training palace (-10 wealth and your juniors foundations and power are all significantly improved)

>>An one time use artefact that is said to significantly increase the chance to create a bloodline (-15 wealth, 100% chance to create a bloodline)

>No you just sold your pills and left
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>>4561784
>>A phantasmal training palace (-10 wealth and your juniors foundations and power are all significantly improved)
I'm TEMPTED to get that bloodline artifact but we need to improve our subordinate's training my any means we can, and that's more important immediately.
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>>4561784
>A phantasmal training palace (-10 wealth and your juniors foundations and power are all significantly improved)
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Besides, we seek the Dao of the Harem King. It would be tragic if we couldn't make a bloodline on our own.
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>>4561784
>>>A phantasmal training palace (-10 wealth and your juniors foundations and power are all significantly improved)
are we going to roll for this?
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>>4561802
>are we going to roll for this?
Nope lol. Whilst theres variability for how much each individual qi condensation sect member improves from it, its not going to require rolls. Remember this isn't about a single one or two exceptional sect members, this is about managing thousands.
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>>4561805
ah, alrightie.
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>>4561784
Fun update op
>>A phantasmal training palace (-10 wealth and your juniors foundations and power are all significantly improved)
We need to prepare for that tournament
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>>4561788
>>4561794
>>4561802
>>4561876
>A phantasmal training palace (-10 wealth and your juniors foundations and power are all significantly improved)

You decide that before anything else you need to address your disciples horrid foundations and weaknesses. Whilst it’s expected for pill focused clans/sects to be weaker than martial focused clans/sects, its currently ridiculous how weak your disciples are. Not only do they lose against someone within the same minor stage as them, they’re also likely to go barely even with someone a minor stage below them.

It is to these ends that you purchase the expensive Phantasmal Training Palace: Qi Condensation Version. It looked like a small dollhouse however you knew its true power as a powerful artefact.

The phantasmal training palace will allow your disciples within Qi Condensation to train themselves without risk as it will draw their minds into the palace where they will need to climb floors filled with ever more powerful enemies (e.g. first floor is early qi condensation, second floor is mid, etc).

Time passes at 1/100 the rate within the Phantasmal Training Palace so even mere days spent inside by disciples would lead to massive gains.

Also being able to safely practice their combat abilities without risk should help improve their capabilities significantly.

Best of all, you could even link usage of the Phantasmal Training Palace to the Contribution Board once your disciples realise how useful it is.

10 years pass as you deal with many matters both minor and major, you note that the Phantasmal Training Palace has been a huge success as many disciples work endlessly for contribution points so they can use it to enter the Phantasmal Training Palace.

Xing Xiaochen is an early foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration. She is generally SKILLED in administration.

“Master, our current wealth sits at 8 with an income of 1 (base 10 minus 5 for tribute and minus 3 for pill creation clan minus 1 because Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency).

The Bao Kingdom administration is currently tax inefficient and are sending less than their normal tax however it’s unlikely to require your personal intervention as it will resolve itself within 50 years (5 turns).

Alternatively you could choose to personally intervene if you feel the income lost is necessary in which case I suggest you intervene as early as possible.”

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>>4561910
Biyu Tang is an early qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. She is generally INCOMPETENT in intrigue.

“Patriarch, some of my useless followers tortured and otherwise interrogated Shao-Didi Bao however he refused to answer any questions even after extensive torture. Those followers have tried everything from Truthtelling pills to Soul-Cracking pills however all they’ve managed to accomplish is to drive the man mad. I’ll make sure to discipline the followers responsible for the failure. If I was personally there than theres no way such failure could occur.”

You resist the urge to sigh at the childish avoidance of responsibility. Biyu is useless as usual in her role but… shes just too damn good with all her techniques like that one which involved her tongue last night.

You wave at her to get on with her report.

“Also I’ve found out through my countless sources that there will be a war soon between the Shu and Fang clans over tariffs on beast cores.” She looks at you as if you should praise her for this information however without accurate dates of when “soon” is, you’re unlikely to be able to utilise this information.

“Finally I have information on all the participants in the Golden Merchant Alliance tournament. The tournament will be between qi condensation disciples. The tournament will feature all direct tributaries of the Golden Merchant Alliance”

Wait what? She actually had useful information? You stare at her wide eyed like some kind of stranger had replaced your useless intrigue elder. Biyu glares back at you with annoyance as she continues.

“The ones involved will be the Xu Clan, One Heaven Church, The Thousand Sword Empire and obviously our Loving Hearts Sect. The Xu clan focuses artefact creation, the One Heaven Church focuses on illusion techniques whilst the Thousand Sword Empire focuses on obviously swords.”

Whilst it is unlikely you will win the tournament, you do note the need to retain face and make a showcasing of strength so the other tributaries don’t see your sect as a weakness they can exploit.

2/3
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>>4561911
Chen Chenhau a great circle qi condensation elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars.

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war.

“W-we have 1400 qi condensation members, 1 foundation establishment elder and 1 core creation patriarch.

S-strength wise our disciples’ power have improved enough that they can fight evenly with someone of the same minor stage as they are. A massive improvement from before.

I’m really sorry but I-I need a personal favour, I’m so close to Foundation Establishment but I just can’t break past. Can p-patriarch h-help me break past it?”

Clan action:
>Focus on wealth
>Construct something (write in, price varies)
>Focus on intrigue (write in target)
>Focus on recruitment (more qi condensation members)
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Write in

Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
>Improve cultivation
>Interact with (write in)
> Fix the Bao Kingdom issues
> Help Chen Chenhau break through to Foundation Establishment
>Create your own bloodline
>Write in

Known future events:
Barbarian invasion in ? turns
Shu vs Fang clan war in ? turns
Golden Merchant Alliance cultivator tournament in 1 turns
Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency ends in 5 turns
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>>4561913
Clan action:
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
Your own action:
>Help Chen Chenhau break through to Foundation Establishment
The clan action is to avoid the sect jobbing in the tournament and the personal is because probably a war is going the break out and another foundation establishment is going to be useful
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>>4561916
+1
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>>4561916
+1
>"Of course my oh-so-delectable peach, how ever could I deny your affections?"
We're a pill making monster. Imagine how dangerous our sect would be if we weren't brute-forcing no-talent randoms into proper cultivation.
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Also we can't ignore our own cultivation. Once we have some breathing room we need to start pounding pills until we're at the Nascent Soul stage. Falling into complacency is a dangerous trap for any cultivator, especially one that seeks the way of the Harem King.
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>>4562036
The only thing that could break him out of that is if he meets someone that threatens his desires.
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for objectives, i have training our espionage meister and making our commander less shy and capable of leading our forces
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>>4562064
>when the Eternal Hate sect's Spirit Severing elder is impressed
>>4562078
We definitely need to get Biyu Tang some proper training. Our pills have us in an advantageous position in regard to warfare because nobody wants to be on our bad side when we've got the pills but the incompetence at intrigue is absolutely killing us.
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>>4561916
+1
we should probably make plans on what we'll do for the next turn now.

i support getting BT(Biyu Tang) proper training, and getting better financial support for the next turn. Then we can relax and cultivate our dao and focus on training our disciples(specifically the talented ones)
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>>4561916
Support

So im gonna do a quick analyses, hopefully im not retarded in this:

Objectives:
-Get better intrigue advisor/improve our current one (important, but not the most important)
-Get better war advisor/improve our current (VERY important as a war is on the horizon + barb invasion + she's gonna break through probably, making her a pillar of the sect.)
-Break through to nascent soul (important, we are a minor power we lose 5 wealth a turn just in tribute, this would improve everything, a nascent soul draws more disciples as well, theres just too many advantages too this.)
-get more talented disciples (no rush for this i think)
-Build more important buildings such as a technique repository or a library or orgy house.
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>>4562838
+1

I'll also add making a system that makes the disciples more loyal(and hard working). Personally, I want to also build our personal spy network because I want to make a ruthless paranoid murderhobo MC
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>>4561916
>>4562019
>>4562036
>>4562064
>>4562078
>>4562104
>>4562753
>>4562838
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Help Chen Chenhau break through to Foundation Establishment

Can I get 2d100 for how successful both are please.

Update much later when I'm not so busy. I don't want to ruin an update due to being rushed as I want to create a proper update for the tournament. In the meantime heres some additional information about your local region.

The Golden Merchant Alliance is made up of countless merchant companies, sects and clans however in reality its only held together by the leader. The greedy grand patriarch Yuan Renminbi who is a mid stage Nascent Soul elder controls the many companies/sects/clans of the Golden Merchant Alliance. Generally speaking, most factions within the Golden Merchant Alliance are allowed to have free reign to do as they wish so long as tribute is paid. Whenever Yuan Renminbi interferes in the Golden Merchant Alliance, its almost always an excuse to force people to give him wealth. Tournaments held by Yuan Renminbi are famed for being nothing but an excuse to squeeze wealth and its likely the losers of the tournament will face heavy loss of wealth.

The Golden Merchant Alliance has 4 direct tributaries which are generally given free reign to do as they wish. To become a direct tributary, you must have at least a Core Creation patriarch and be able to provide some kind of bonus to the wealth generation of the area you rule over. The 4 direct tributaries are The Xu clan, One Heaven Church, Thousand Sword Empire and the Loving Hearts Sect.

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>>4562971
The Xu clan is a clan focused on artefact creation and its members even possess the Metal elemental bloodline that much improves their crafts. Whilst the most powerful of the 4 tributaries in actual battles, the Xu clan is the weakest in tournaments and when "exchanging pointers" due to artefacts being disallowed in such settings. You have no real information beyond the basics of this clan however you do know they only have 1 core creation cultivator at the late stage. They rule over 2 mortal kingdoms and countless minor sects/clans.

One Heaven Church are known to be a bunch of crazed zealots. They worship an immortal known as the "One Heaven" who they believe is the sole true god. Luckily this immortal is long gone into the Starry Skies however the One Heaven Church still possesses fragments of this immortals techniques. They are tolerated by the Golden Merchant Alliance mostly because no-one can remove them even when their presence negatively affects wealth generation. Their illusionary arrays are unbreakable for those below spirit severing and whilst their members are average in combat, they are specialists in escape due to their many illusionary techniques. They rule over a single mortal kingdom and their patriarch is known to be in the great circle of core creation.

The Thousand Sword Empire is an ascended mortal kingdom where its original king, sword cultivator Ran Yuan reached Core Creation yet refused to found a sect or clan. Instead the king made his kingdom into an empire after absorbing the surrounding kingoms. The Golden Merchant Alliance tolerates this empire mostly because Ran Yuan is distantly related to the Golden Merchant Alliance patriarch. It directly rules over around 10 mortal kingdoms and its patriarch is in early core creation.

The Loving Hearts Sect is the weakest of the 4 direct vassals and is mostly tolerated due to the existence of its patriarch who is well known to be a master pill refiner. It is rumored that the Loving Hearts patriarch could even be a grandmaster pill refiner however most think of this rumour as a lie. In truth you actually aren't a grandmaster due to the fact that your Dao does not suit pill refining and neither does your personality. However you reached grandmaster level temporarily when you crafted the Everlasting Beauty pill even if its unlikely you will ever reach that level of enlightenment again.
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Rolled 69, 67 = 136 (2d100)

>>4562971
>Yuan
>RMB
lol
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Rolled 96, 60 = 156 (2d100)

>>4562971
HI YAAAAH
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>>4562978
>96
Ffffuck yeah
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>>4562978
>96
Good anon
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>>4563005
I think we need another roll but a 96 is very good. Even if we only improve our Qi Condensation members to a competent standard we'll be saving face in the tournament.
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Rolled 71, 70 = 141 (2d100)

>>4562973
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>>4562971
>Update much later when I'm not so busy. I don't want to ruin an update due to being rushed as I want to create a proper update for the tournament. In the meantime heres some additional information about your local region.
Righteous. This has been a great civ quest OP, thank you for running.

>>4563013
>70
Noice.
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Rolled 90, 50 = 140 (2d100)

>>4562971
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>>4562838
Sees good
>>4562971
Qm what type of action we need to improve the advisers, a personal or a clan action?
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>>4563150
Presumably that 96 will find us a replacement for intrigue among the fresh new rookies.
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>>4563649
Or a Foundation Establishment member from someone that had lingering talent the palace awakened. Anything would be good for us.
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>>4562976
>>4562978
>>4563013
>Clan action: 96
>Personal action: 70

Today marked the 123rd day since Yue Shijian’s died in the Starry Skies against the Thousand Sun Cult. Today marked the 123rd day since she’s been reborn in a body not her own.

On the first day. After she inexplicably found herself in a young girl’s body she thought she was going mad. However as the days worn on she was beginning to think that this was no dream or inner demon tribulation.

She had lost her cultivation but her mind was as sharp as ever. This was real. The body she was in lacked even the smallest miniscule drop of talent yet was remarkably pretty like every other disciple of the sect she was in for some reason.

When she found out more about her “harem” sect and its “lustful patriarch”, she couldn’t resist harrumphing in disrespect, she’s lived over 10,000 years but it’s the first time she’s ever been involved in such a worthless sect.

She was debating escaping the sect at first but quickly realised that the possible benefits outweighed the detriments especially as for some reason, the trash sect had above average pills and even a phantasmal training palace.

With the focus of the sect on training disciples and Yue Shijian’s own Stellar Eternity Art, she quickly reached Foundation Establishment despite her body’s non-existent talent. The fact she had felt a slight resistance to enter mere Foundation Establishment almost made her spit out blood in anger.

Hero unit: Early Foundation Establishment disciple Yue Shijian is unlocked (Talent: Non-existent but her cultivation method means her effective cultivation speed is high, Power: Heaven defying, Loyalty: Non-existent).

A hero unit is like your elders in that they have an actual name, personality and background.

1/?
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>>4563867
You and Chen Chenhau are isolated within a cultivation cave as you slowly push pulse after pulse of qi from your palm into the small of Chen’s back. These pulses of qi help push her ever closer to breaking through to Foundation Establishment.

“U-umm d-do I really have to be n-naked to do this?” asks your disciple with a blush.

"Of course my oh-so-delectable peach this is an absolute necessity.” you explain with your “super serious old master” look.

Of course there was no real reason, you’re talented and experienced enough to easily pulse qi to her even with clothes in between you HOWEVER A NAKED WOMAN WAS A MAN’S ROMANCE. That and you probably won’t be able to concentrate due to the boredom if she was clothed.

It took around 7 years of nonstop focus from the two of you as well as countless pills however finally she forcibly broke through however you note with a grimace that Chen Chenhau is unlikely to ever break past Foundation Establishment without serious fortunate encounters.

To be honest Chen Chenhau’s talent was only average at best and it was unlikely for her to break into Foundation Establishment, even with your help, you could only help her barely break through at the cost of her future possibilities. Maybe in the future you can create a pill or find an artefact to help assist Chen Chenhau but for now she’s forever stuck at Foundation Establishment.

“T-thank you patriarch *sniffle*, i-it always my d-dream to one day achieve Foundation Establishment so even i-if I never reach c-core creation, t-this is o-okay” Chen Chenhau says between sniffles and tears. She was a horrible liar, she’s clearly immensely saddened that her future was cut short. What thanking you? You don’t deserve her thanks at all.

70 which was 5 under DC which meant yes she broke through but she fucked her future prospects doing so
2/?
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>>4563868
It is finally the time for the tournament between the direct tributaries of the Golden Merchant Alliance, hopefully these last 10 years you’ve dedicated resources to training disciples should be enough that your sect doesn’t humiliate itself too bad. Whilst you had no expectations to win, you knew it was just as unlikely for your sect to lose horribly.

You glance at a report, your sect now has 3 Foundation Establishment elders, it seems luck is with you as one of your disciples you didn’t even pay attention to randomly rose from Early Qi Condensation to Foundation Establishment in a mere 2 years. You of course quickly inducted her as an elder within the sect however you note that the beautiful flower was of a particularly venomous and condescending sort.

The tournament platform was made of solid gold with countless jewels embedded in the edges. 4 great towers surrounded the tournament platform, each tower was stunningly brilliant. A mechanical tower that walked on its own legs for the Xu clan, a tower formed from countless interlocked blades for the Thousand Sword Empire, a tower that endlessly changed shape due to countless illusions for the One Heaven Church and finally a tower decorated with countless heart shaped flowers for the Loving Hearts Sect.

A seemingly ordinary old man floated in the sky above the platform. Compared to the splendour all around him, this ordinary old man didn’t seem to fit at all yet with a single word he commanded the fates of all present.

“Attention. Welcome my delightful piggy banks to the Golden Merchant Alliance Tournament. To be quite frank, we have information that those accursed barbarians will be invading within the next ten years. Of course this should come as no surprise to all of you as anyone with a half decent intrigue division should’ve realised this from the barbarian movements.” Explains nascent soul grand patriarch Yuan Renminbi with an air of boredom.

You resist the urge to strangle Biyu as you glare at her and for once Biyu seems suitably ashamed as she refuses to meet your eyes. When this is all over, that girl is totally getting a spanking.
3/?
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>>4563870
“As such we will be levying a war tax to help in the defence against the barbarian invasion. Of course those who are more useful in the war will be required to pay less so that’s why the exact war tax is different depending on your tournament placement.

No matter what you place, the patriarch of each clan/sect/etc. will be expected to assist in the defence vs the barbarians.

1st place: 0 wealth war tax and you must provide 500 Qi condensation and 1 foundation establishment troops. As the prize for winning, you’re provided a jade slip which can contact Yuan Renminbi for a one time assistance.

2nd place: 5 wealth war tax and you must provide 500 Qi condensation and 1 foundation establishment troops

3rd place: 10 wealth war tax and you must provide 1000 Qi condensation and 1 foundation establishment troops

4th place: Be glad you will face no war tax, instead your lands will be the bait we use against the vile barbarians. Know that your sacrifice will be remembered.

As many of you know barbarian invasions are major crisis so even if we must lose your production capabilities, it is a necessary sacrifice to ensure the prosperity of all within the Golden Merchant Alliance”

Shit, the stakes have just increased immensely, this went from a somewhat friendly competition to one where your literal sect can possibly be at stake.

Almost immediately after the words, the patriarch of the Thousand Swords Empire flies towards your sect’s tower as he demands in a booming voice
“Let us exchange pointers, patriarch of the Loving Hearts sect, let’s help give our juniors some encouragements before they compete.”

You’re no fool, obviously the Thousand Swords Empire patriarch Ran Yuan thinks that he can easily defeat you as a morale boost for his disciples. This would normally be true as a sword cultivator far surpasses a pill refiner cultivator in combat however you are not an ordinary pill refiner cultivator.

You note that Ran Yuan has recently reached mid nascent soul meaning the two of you are equal in minor stage. If you win you’ll give your sect a much needed morale boost whilst if you lose your sect will receive a significant morale loss.

How did your exchange of pointers turn out?

And how did your disciples do in the tournament?

2d100, best of 3. Just so everyone knows, your disciples need a 100 or higher to come first place as well as a 50 or higher not to come last place. I
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Rolled 52, 23 = 75 (2d100)

>>4563872
Well, let's give it a shot. inb4 1,1
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Rolled 9, 29 = 38 (2d100)

>>4563872
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>>4563150
>Qm what type of action we need to improve the advisers, a personal or a clan action?
Personal to improve the advisor, clan to improve everyone involved.
(e.g. personal would be to help Chen Chenhau get over her shyness, clan would be to train your disciples for war)
>>4563876
>>4563910
These rolls...

You're barely winning the personal combat pointer exchange and are losing the tournament even with the morale boost from winning the pointer exchange.

Whoever rolls third better roll well or else theres a pretty decent chance the sect is wiped out during the barbarian invasion.
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Rolled 55, 45 = 100 (2d100)

>>4563872
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>>4563927
Uh... does that morale boost help them pull through?
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>>4563927
>>4563933
Barely, you're like 2 wealth in debt but at least you're not stuck as the bait for the barbarians. Anons made some decent choices focusing on training + buying the phantasmal training palace. The original DC was like 80 to not come last because your disciples were so shit.


Update sometime tomorrow, I'm off to bed.
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>>4563868
>70 which was 5 under DC which meant yes she broke through but she fucked her future prospects doing so
Can you explain this my man ?
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>>4563920
So I would say that your next action should be
Personal action:
>Help chenhau get over her stage fright(this is basically a top priority action)
Clan action:
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
Or
>Focus on wealth
After all I am guessing if we get too much in debt is going to trigger a game over event


>3rd place: 10 wealth war tax and you must provide 1000 Qi condensation and 1 foundation establishment troops

We should select our new unit for the obligatory foundation stablishment troop, she probably has some ridiculous martial skill's.
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>>4563985
She has no loyalty so she wouldn’t be that wise a choice.
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>>4563969
Chen Chenhau didn't have the talent to naturally reach the Foundation Establishment stage so our MC made some shortcuts so she could breakthrough at the cost of crippling her long-term advancement, but the odds of her being able to advance long-term without our assistance was negligible. Calling it a bottleneck is generous, unless we bust our ass researching she's going to stay where she is and I'm not sure she's worth the effort to improve.

>>4563985
Backing,
>Help chenhau get over her stage fright
>Focus on wealth
After this we should focus on getting to know the heavens-defying genius in our sect and getting her to teach us the Stellar Eternity Art.
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>>4564259
>unless we bust our ass researching she's going to stay where she is and I'm not sure she's worth the effort to improve.
The research might might be worth it but not for her sake. A pill that helps with advancement is always valuable.
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>>4564264
Of course, if we can find a way to consistently break through the bottleneck we caused, we might be able to brute force members into Foundation Establishment.
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>>4564259
>After this we should focus on getting to know the heavens-defying genius in our sect and getting her to teach us the Stellar Eternity Art.
An important thing to note she considers the MC and sect to be trash. She isn’t going to stop unless we improve the sect/MC massively.
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>>4564327
The worst part is that she isn't wrong. Maybe we should focus on our own cultivation before doing anything else. If we reach Nascent Soul that might impress her enough to tolerate the sect until we can eke an understanding out of her.
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Are corpses ever used in pill making? I was wondering if being the bait could be turned into a profit.

We should invest in healing and scar removal pills too.
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>>4563876
>>4563910
>>4563927
>55: bare success only because you have the boon Strong
>45: only a bare success because of the morale boost from the first roll

You calmly agree to the exchange of pointers as you wave your hands forward sending a phoenix made of scarlet flame in a greeting. The Thousand Sword Empire patriarch Ran Yuan answers your greeting as his Sword Dao creates a thousand blades of qi which form together into a dragon. The dragon made of sword qi crashes against your phoenix and both the dragon and phoenix breaks apart.

Whilst you didn’t expect to succeed with the first attack, the fact that your exchange was completely equal was a surprise to you. After all you had power that was sufficient for you to fight a minor real above yourself yet you were barely even. Your surprise is mirrored by Ran Yuan who clearly did not expect a mere pill refiner to be equal to a sword cultivator when both are equal in major and minor realm.

With that as the impetus, both of you start taking the battle more seriously as a hundred different techniques are exchanged between the two of you. Ran Yuan’s techniques radiated forceful tyranny whilst yours radiated soft calmness. Sometimes the forceful tyranny crushed the soft yet other times the soft calmness breezed past the forceful tyranny.

A hundred different exchanges yet neither of the two of you could find an edge. However whilst you were still calm, Ran Yuan was enraged and with every exchange in which the two of you were equal, did that rage increase.

“How could a mere pill refiner ever fight equally with a sword cultivator? How am I not overpowering this idiot who spends all his time focused on women? This is clearly impossible. I refuse to accept this.”

These thoughts and others like it raged endlessly within Ran Yuan so it was no surprise that after the 137th exchange that Ran Yuan made a mistake. A mistake which you easily capitalised on to end the exchange with your victory.

From the hatred filled glare of Ran Yuan, it is likely you’ve made an enemy today however you ignore it for now and instead bask in the cheers of your sect as well as the silence of the Thousand Sword Empire.

1/?
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>>4564944
Emboldened by your success your disciples fight with a fervour normally unseen in your sect. However unfortunately the heavens care nought of their feelings as your disciples are crushed easily by the other participants.

Sure you’ve spent time and wealth training + purchasing a Phantasmal Training Palace but the other clans/sects/etc. have also done the same not to mention the fact that they’ve done it for much longer.

Your sect disciples simply could not keep up with the other faction’s disciples even after all the time and wealth you’ve invested in them.

Whilst the heavens did not smile on you today, it smiled even less on the Xu clan. The Xu clan’s focus on artefacts meant they were weak in tournaments where artefacts were banned so it is with no surprise that they performed poorly.

Meanwhile everyone expected the Thousand Sword Empire to easily come first however the morale loss of watching their patriarch lose to “a mere pill refiner” ruined their performance.

The tournament results were
1st place: One Heaven Church
2nd place: Thousand Sword Empire
3rd place: Loving Hearts Sect
4th place: Xu Clan

2/?
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Xing Xiaochen is an early foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration. She is generally SKILLED in administration.

“Master, our current wealth sits at -2 with an income of 0 (base 10 minus 5 for tribute and minus 3 for pill creation clan, minus 1 because Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency, minus 1 interest).

We desperately need to make wealth however we may not have the time for that. The barbarians will be invading soon and we will likely need defensive arrays and fortifications in case anything goes wrong with the “bait” plan.

Alternatively if you trust in the plan’s success I recommend we focus on making wealth. The interest payments will disappear after we are above 0 wealth.”

Biyu Tang is an early qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. She is generally INCOMPETENT in intrigue.

Biyu Tang squirms in her seat as her butt is probably still heavily bruised from the massive spanking you gave her.

“Patriarch I’m focusing all my efforts on learning more about the barbarians, you can expect a report sometime soon. Otherwise I’ve had no choice but to give up on information gathering elsewhere due to the crisis of the barbarians taking precedence” As useless as always it seems, you really do need to train her and the intrigue division when you have time.

Chen Chenhau an early Foundation Establishment elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars.

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war. Her cultivation progress has completely stalled to the point it’s unlikely for her to ever progress beyond early Foundation Establishment.

“W-we have 1600 qi condensation members, 3 foundation establishment elder and 1 core creation patriarch.

We must send 1000 qi condensation members and 1 foundation establishment elder. Who do we send?”

>Send Xing Xiaochen
>Send Chen Chenhau
>Send Yue Shijian

Clan action:
>Focus on wealth
>Construct something (write in, price varies)
>Focus on intrigue (write in target)
>Focus on recruitment (more qi condensation members)
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Write in

Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
>Improve cultivation
>Interact with (write in)
>Fix the Bao Kingdom issues
>Create your own bloodline
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang
>Write in

Known future events:
Barbarian invasion in 1 turns
Shu vs Fang clan war in ? turns
Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency ends in 4 turns
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>>4564958
Damn... this is a hard one.
>Send Chen Chenhau
She has to learn somehow. Can we roll for this QM?

>Focus on wealth
>Improve cultivation
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>>4565038
+1
She gotta stop with her stage fright soon
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>>4564958
>Send Yue Shijian
Clan action:
>Focus on wealth
Your own action:
>Improve cultivation
My reasoning: I decided to send yue instead of Chen because is show multiple times in the updates that she cannot lead, so the for the DC for war is going to rise for something ridiculous, the only other away out is to train her, but if we fail the training action we are completely fucked.
In other hand yue has probably thousand years of experience in combat and wars, I am gambling in fact that I think is not going to be beneficial for her to betray us during the war
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>>4565038
>>4565057
The DC is probably is going to rise for something ridiculous like 90+, if we send someone that by qm words:
>She CANNOT lead your forces in a war
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>>4565062
He’s right you know.
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>>4564958
>Send Yue Shijian
She's honestly the only one remotely qualified to lead. Those 10000 years of life experience must be good for something.
>Focus on wealth
gotta get out of debt
>Improve cultivation
gotta keep ahead of everyone else
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>>4565068
The thing is she isn’t loyal to us yet so it’s risky
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>>4565038
>>4565057
>>4565058
>>4565068
Focus on wealth and improve cultivation seems to be clear winners.
I'll provide some additional information to help anons choose.

Yue Shijian:
+Large bonus to percent of your forces that survive if you succeed
-Nonexistent loyalty means high chance she ditches the sect or worst case scenario betrays sect if you fail the roll

Chen Chenhau:
+Large chance the "shy and cannot lead" debuff is removed if you succeed
-Good luck with the DC, its like 80ish at the lowest success

I'll lock in votes and ask for dice rolls in 1 hour. If tied than I'll roll 1d2 to choose between the two.
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>>4565078
Qm can you give a approximately DC for the yue shijian roll ?
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>>4565075
I would say that is less risky, because there is actually consequences in betraying someone during a war.
If we survive she is going to be hunted down, maybe even the alliance is going to help after all nobody like desertion.
So what I am saying is she is probably not going to leave us in the war, because is too risky.
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>>4565079
Around 75 for complete success. 50 so she doesn't actually betray (51-74 would be she just leaves). Her roll is less about "success of the plan" and more "does she betray you or not".

Theres no correct option, all three possible choices are all equally good and bad in their own ways.
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>>4565081
Think about it from her perspective, she reached foundation establishment in less than a years time even with her body's shit talent. All she needs to do is spend 10-20 years uninterrupted and she can probably reach nascent soul and be untouchable by everyone in the region.

With the war against the barbarian invasion, she can safely progress whilst everyone is busy dealing with it so it becomes a cost benefit analysis as she doesn't fear reprisal for betrayal. What has more benefits, staying with a weak sect or betraying it for benefits? Staying with a weak sect whilst being forced to "waste time" leading a war force or just leaving? The possible benefits of loot from the barbarians vs the time wasted leading an army? etc. etc.

Frankly Yue Shijian sees leading the army for a couple years in a war as a waste of time she could spend cultivating so it all comes down to whether she decides it worth it or not based on the above cost-benefit analysis.
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>>4564958
This suggestion is going to be pretty out there. I wanted to send Biyu but apparently she's still qi condensation after all this time wow. She's going to die of old age at this rate.

>Send Chen Chenhau
>Focus on Wealth

>Go to Xu Clan's lands offering to assist with pills. Bring Yue Shijian to gather the wounded and heal them yourself. Once you're out of pills, capture any barbarians to your liking and return to restock, rinse and repeat.
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>>4565088
The only thing we have to offer is a pill that grant immortality (which is usually the realm of ascended cultivators meaning it’s an immortal tier pill).
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>>4565090
No-one knows about your immortal tier pill outside Xing Xiaochen but yes you could use it as a bribe to ensure her loyalty if you're willing to reveal that secret.
>>4565089
Biyu is both lazy and untalented. She not only is still in Qi condensation, SHE HAS NOT IMPROVED A SINGLE MINOR STAGE IN 40 YEARS. She's only an elder because she's great in the bed.
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>>4565038
I agree, sending Yue Shijian is a very serious risk because if she leaves us, we'll lose a potentially extremely valuable asset.

>>4565094
I'm not sure if we should reveal ourselves but we should continue cultivating to be sure we don't get overwhelmed by the heavens-defying talent in our midst.
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>>4565038
>>4565057
>>4565058
>>4565068
>>4565089
3-2 Chen Chenhau wins
>Send Chen Chenhau
>Focus on Wealth
>Improve cultivation

Can I get 3 rolls of 4d100.
1st 1d100 is Chen Chenhau's fate.
2nd 1d100 is how well the war goes
3rd 1d100 is on wealth accumulation
4th 1d100 is on improving cultivation

Update sometime tomorrow, I'm off to bed.
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Honestly I don’t get why we’re getting a sect level off the bat instead of something reasonable like bandits or why there are no events that have benefits instead of constantly throwing problems our (the ones the involving rolling don’t count since randomness is awful for the players). Even the hero unit isn’t a benefit because the very fact it has no loyalty makes it liability.
The reason this is a problem is because this is suppose to be Xianxia. There are suppose to be silver linings after a disaster, good things are suppose to bring problems, and just like Yin and Yang there is always good and bad in everything.
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Rolled 9, 21, 11, 44 = 85 (4d100)

>>4565108

>>4565115
Well that's why I'm trying to just spend time with Yue, maybe something happens that will change her opinion on MC.

Chen on the otherhand is building up to break through on her own quest. Maybe in the war, maybe in a completely different way.

It'd be pretty cool if it turns out she's way better at Intrigue and switches over, for example.
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Rolled 64, 95, 70, 72 = 301 (4d100)

>>4565108
HERE WE GO

>>4565115
That's because we chose Hard Mode for our sect, if they had talent we would be annihilating right now.
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Rolled 61, 89, 53, 11 = 214 (4d100)

>>4565108
Pls an over 80 first roll pretty pls
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>>4565123
>>4565135
>>4565141
>64 for Chen Chenhau
>95 for how the war goes
>70 for accumulating wealth
>72 for improving cultivation
Not bad, not bad at all.
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>>4565146
indeed, but i'm said my 89 was wasted
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>>4565150
It wasn't wasted anon, it just didn't have the chance to shine.
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>>4565135
We aren’t on hard mode.
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>>4565172
We aren't in Hard Mode for our location but we are for our Sect. The Loving Hearts are essentially one master pillcrafter forcing a thousand mortals with no-talent into cultivating. The fact that we were able to make 3rd place in the tournament is insane.
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>>4565174
spekaing of our bane, i looked again at our options and actually i don't think i'd choose anything else. the weak one would just negate our strengh and the other ones seemed harsher than the pervy penalty but soon we'll be on our way to the sex cult of professional mistresses and hookers
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>>4565212
I thought Untalented Late Nascent Soul + Strong + Bottleneck could've been interesting but I'm content with what we have
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>>4565241
I don't think bottleneck would be a good idea, altough the +20 would help us alot
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>>4565248
The thing about Bottleneck is that it's a classic Xianxia barrier for a sect master and makes sense with an Untalented Late Nascent Soul. It's also the only bane that can be recovered from.
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>>4565123
>>4565135
>>4565141
>64 for Chen Chenhau
>95 for how the war goes: LOL
>70 for accumulating wealth
>72 for improving cultivation: 92 with bonus so you’re at 92/150 to reach Late core creation.

just realised I’ve been writing clan instead of sect in the prompts, sorry QM is retarded

Grand Knight John Smith looked upon the worthless fools in his army who had been chosen to die in this year’s Grand Crusade.

It was the 9th Grand Crusade, a crusade ostensibly to teach “yellow monkeys” the holiness of the one true God however in reality it was simply a method for the nobility to get rid of their 3rd or 4th sons to reduce possible inheritance disputes.

The only reason he was stuck on this pointless excursion was because he pissed off too many important priests within the capital. The priests had been quick to pronounce a “divine message” for him to go get himself killed fighting worthless yellow monkeys in this worthless crusade.

A single grand knight (what the yellow monkeys often called Nascent Soul), 5 master knights (core creation), 25 advanced knights (foundation establishment), 10,000 knights (qi condensation) and 100,000 mortal soldiers was a joke of a force.

Grand Knight John Smith was already making plans to fake his own death and disappear as he had no intention to die with the rest of the “dues vult” screaming fools.

Of the 5 master knights that had been forced to come on this pointless excursion, he knew that 3 of them were already planning to fake their deaths and desert like he was.

Who knew how many of the smarter lower ranked knights had the same thoughts.

This crusade army was like a pile of sand which could collapse at any moment.

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Chen Chenhau was shivering in fright as she flew at the front of her army. Some may think she was frightened of the “barbarians” but no she was scared of something much much worse.

The endless stares of expectations from the disciples was like a weight on her shoulders. She had fled from her homeland across The Narrows to avoid those expectations but somehow once again she was in this situation.

‘A broken spear, a shattered core and a bloody sun’

She remembered what happened last time people put faith in her, what happened to people who trusted in her and who believed she would protect them. Puke crawled up her throat as she desperately struggled not to vomit at the memory.

No she wasn’t that person anymore, she could do this, she could lead and win and and…

‘a laughing man radiating the brilliant glow of the sun yet almost in contrast, his hands were covered in blood and guts of what was once a child, a child that was her ******’.

No she can’t, not again.

Not ever.

1/2
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>>4565995
fuck word limit, no space for options

You had spent several years in secluded meditation focused on advancing your cultivation. You feel that you’ve halfway broken through to the late stage and would only need a bit more effort.

The most problematic thing you’ve noticed about your cultivation is that your pills are having less and less of an impact on your cultivation speed. You suspect the fact you’ve taken so many over the years has caused your body to start building some kind of resistance to pills that increase cultivation speed.

Whatever the case, you take a short break from cultivation to find one of the reports left at the entrance of your cave. As usual, her reports are perfectly precise and concise as a result of her accountant background.

You find out that your sect has managed to make a nice 5 wealth in the years you were secluded due to the sects focus on wealth generation. Most likely the war helped increase wealth gains immensely due to the fact everyone was mass buying pills to improve themselves.

Of course other reasons were also possible but whatever the reason, what matters is that now your sect is no longer in debt and your income is back to positive.

You have 3 wealth with an income of 1 (base 10 minus 5 for tribute and minus 3 for pill creation clan minus 1 because Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency).

Meanwhile the report about the war from Biyu left you stunned, what the fuck the war is already over?

As you read the report you find out that the barbarians fell to internal issues once their nascent soul and many of their core creation died extremely early on in the war. Apparently Yuan Renmibi had easily slaughtered them one-sidedly. If this report is accurate than you’ll need to raise your fear of the Golden Merchant Alliance grand patriarch.

Of course since the report is by Biyu, you have some doubts on the accuracy but surely she wouldn’t mishandle information as crucial as this?

In other news, you find out your attempt to get Chen Chenhau to step out of her shell and be less shy was a complete failure.

Making her the leader of your army was a mistake as Chen Chenhau had a massive breakdown to the point she actually deserted the army and returned to the sect.

Luckily the war still turned out to be resounding success with only 200 of your qi condensation members dying even when they lacked a leader. Apparently the leaderless barbarians had walked into every trap presented to them.

The Golden Merchant Alliance threatens to put a bounty on Chen Chenhau (for deserting) unless you pay them 10 wealth but you know with a bit of negotiation the actual price to ensure theres no bounty would be much lower.

Alternatively you could not waste years in negotiation and just accept the 10 wealth price so you can focus your efforts elsewhere.

2/3
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>>4565996

Sect action:
>Focus on wealth
>Construct something (write in, price varies)
>Focus on intrigue (write in target)
>Focus on recruitment (more qi condensation members)
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Recruit Barbarian deserters (very very low chance of a core creation or foundation establishment elder)
>Write in

Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
>Improve cultivation
>Interact with (write in)
>Fix the Bao Kingdom issues
>Create your own bloodline
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang
>Negotiate cost of removing Chen Chenhau bounty
>Write in

Known future events:
Shu vs Fang clan war in ? turns
Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency ends in 3 turns
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>>4565998
>Recruit Barbarian deserters
We only have asian pussy apparently, we want a more diverse harem

>>4565998
>Negotiate cost of removing Chen Chenhau bounty
I mean we have too, 10 wealth will cripple us, definetly have to punish chen though
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>>4565998
>Recruit Barbarian deserters (very very low chance of a core creation or foundation establishment elder)

>Negotiate cost of removing Chen Chenhau bounty
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>>4565998
>Recruit Barbarian deserters (very very low chance of a core creation or foundation establishment elder)
>Negotiate cost of removing Chen Chenhau bounty
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>>4565998
fuck me even, with a 64 the fail was deserting. what's the worst that could've happened op ?
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>>4566057
Sub 50 she's crippled permanently because her memories act up as she's fighting.
Crit fail (1) and she dies.
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>>4566067
40+ year trauma, this is starting to sound like we should hire barbarians for mental care facilities.
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>>4566039
>>4566042
>>4566055
Seems pretty landslide.
>Recruit Barbarian deserters (very very low chance of a core creation or foundation establishment elder)
>Negotiate cost of removing Chen Chenhau bounty

Give me 2d100, 3 rolls.
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Rolled 41, 65 = 106 (2d100)

>>4566140
I have nothing to say here.
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Rolled 54, 43 = 97 (2d100)

>>4566140
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Rolled 39, 85 = 124 (2d100)

>>4566140
For fuck's sake, we need another military commander.
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>>4566146
>>4566159
>>4566209
>Sect action: 54, fail
>Personal: 85, very good success

Hearing news of the many barbarian deserts, you decide to recruit a few to shore up the disciple losses from the war as well as to have access to more varied beauties. The chances of possible foundation establishment or core creation elders only make it even more enticing. Unfortunately your sect's ill repute works against you here as the few deserters of the barbarian who are willing to join "yellow monkey factions" mostly avoid your sect. Those who are willing all turn out to be males and you have no use for males. Maybe if your sect reputation was less poor or you were willing to accept male disciples it would be different but as is no barbarians joined your sect.

Whilst your sect recruitment of deserters didn't your negotiations which took over 6 years finally ended with a resounding success. You managed to convince the Golden Merchant Alliance representatives to lower the cost of removing Chen Chenhau's bounty down to 2 wealth. A massive drop compared to before which you attribute mostly due to the fact the desertion didn't really cause too much trouble as the war was won one-sidedly. Of course you make sure to punish Chen Chenhau anyways for the wealth loss by forcing her into isolated cultivation for 10 years.

1/2
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>>4567337
Xing Xiaochen is an mid foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration.

She is generally SKILLED in administration. You note with pride that she has improved her cultivation.

“Master, our current wealth sits at 2 with an income of 1 (base 10 minus 5 for tribute and minus 3 for pill creation clan minus 1 because Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency).

I have nothing else to report."

Biyu Tang is an mid qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering.

She is generally INCOMPETENT in intrigue. You note with some consternation that she finally improved a minor stage. At this rate of cultivation progress you'll either have to sneak her a Everlasting Beauty pill without telling her or accept her eventual death.

"Patriarch the Thousand Sword Empire armies has been showing suspicious movements near our borders however despite my valiant efforts I've failed to find out anything concrete.

In other news I hear that over the Serpent Spine Mountains that another Human-Demon Annihilation War has begun. Thank the heavens we're not stuck on that side."

Yue Shijian is your temporary elder responsible for your military matters due to Chen Chenhau's isolated cultivation punishment. You note with wonder that she has already reached mid foundation establishment so fast, you're even somewhat suspicious how she does so. Shes generally venomous and condescending in her interactions with you and the rest of the sect.

You have no idea on her capabilities but as far as you can tell she's absolutely AVERAGE however you have suspicions she's not trying her best at all.

"1400 qi condensation, 3 foundation establishment, 1 core creation... what a joke." she disparages. You note she makes no suggestions or offers at all as if she couldn't care less.

Sect action:
>Focus on wealth
>Construct something (write in, price varies)
>Focus on intrigue (write in target)
>Focus on recruitment (more qi condensation members)
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Write in

Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
>Improve cultivation
>Interact with (write in)
>Fix the Bao Kingdom issues
>Create your own bloodline
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang
>Write in

Known future events:
Shu vs Fang clan war in ? turns
Some kind of conflict with Thousand Sword Empire in ? turns
Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency ends in 2 turns
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>>4567337
wasn't 54 a sucess ? or it failed because it was a very low chance ?
>>4567339
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang
We need better reports from the ma'am
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>>4567346
>very very low chance of a core creation or foundation establishment elder
I did say.

I cbfed opening sect modifier sheet but the dc was like 65ish to even get qi condensation because your sect reputation sucks. it was like 85 for foundation establishment and crit success (100) for core creation
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>>4567339
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang
She needs to prove she's worth the EB pill.
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>>4567339
>Sect action:
>>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)

>Your own action:
>>Improve cultivation

let's reach late core already, we just need a 60.
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>>4567339
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Improve Cultivation
I'm not certain Biyu is worth continuing to train.
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>>4567339
>Focus on training disciples
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang
We actually made the harem, how enjoyable!
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>>4567449
+1, maybe if we roll well we'll get a better intrigue elder. If we do, we can put BT as figurehead since MC just doesn't wanna part with her
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>4567346
>>4567379
>>4567449
>>4567513
>>4568091
>>4568939
Everyone agrees on training disciples but its 3-3 Training Biyu Tang vs Improve cultivation.

1: train biyu
2: improve cultivation

Can I get 3 rolls of 2d100 please bois. Update in 2 hours or so.
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>>4568984
I missed the vote, but look at that, the choice I wanted won.
I think it might be time to cut out Biyu Tang and replace her with a more qualified haremette. Harem King Dao or no, she's been a terrible spymistress and if we train her she might get the idea to use her talents against us. Then again, I could be wrong.
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Rolled 39, 89 = 128 (2d100)

>>4569005
huh
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Rolled 100, 29 = 129 (2d100)

>>4568984
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Rolled 93, 94 = 187 (2d100)

>>4568984
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>>4569006
>>4569044
>>4569142
>Sect action: 100 crit
>Personal action: 94 with bonus means you're 150/150 late and 56/150 great circle

Biyu Tang was hard at work within her room where she was elegantly sprawled across her enormous bed. Every so often, she would elegantly roll from one side to the other, going all the way until she was at the very edge. Elegantly in this case was obviously a euphemism for her being a lazy degenerate. Biyu was truly enjoying her position, her parents had called her useless outside her pretty face but look whos laughing now. She's still alive enjoying the easy life of power without effort whilst her hardworking farmer parents were dead without achieving anything. Truly to elegantly laze about and let others do all the work is the Dao. Her elegant reminiscing is broken when one of her attendants rushes towards her

"Urgent news elder. Apparently the Phantasmal Training Palace had a hidden legacy that was unlocked due to one of the qi condensation disciple's great combat skills and now the sect has a foundation establishment elder".

Than not even 5 seconds after that

"Urgent news elder. One of the qi condensation disciples unlocked their bloodline and soared to foundation establishment"
Almost immediately after that

"Urgent news elder. One of the great circle qi condensation disciples who was near the end of their lifespan broke through to foundation establishment."

Please stop already with all the extra work. Just let me elegantly rest in peace.

Pick a hero unit out of your 3 new foundation establishment elders, those unchosen become generic foundation establishment elders:
>Powerful elder who's strong for his stage and has alot of battle experience
>Talented elder who cultivates fast and has a powerful bloodline
>Extremely loyal and hard working elder who is otherwise average

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After endless years of secluded cultivation you feel a change in your body as your core increases in size drastically. Finally you've reached the late stage of core creation and you even feel like you're somewhat along the way to reach great circle. The recent war against the barbarians had made you realize the necessity of strength to protect your future harem so for once you were actually pretty dedicated in your cultivation. With actual sustained effort combined with your monstrous talent, you made massive progress.

1/2
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>>4569044
>>4569045
oh look, maybe this time we get someone loyal.

Although actually if Xiaochen improves that'd be cool.
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>>4569229
Xing Xiaochen is an mid foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration.

She is generally SKILLED in administration.

“Master congratulations on progressing on the long road of cultivation. Master, our current wealth sits at 3 with an income of 1 (base 10 minus 5 for tribute and minus 3 for pill creation clan minus 1 because Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency). At least the Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency is almost over."

"Our massive increase in foundation establishment elders has resulted in countless different new factions forming internally within the Loving Hearts Sect. I suggest to either encourage the factions or try to prevent them. Encouraging factions will lead to increased competitiveness and therefore increased cultivation speed and general power of disciples. Discouraging factions would result in a small increase in loyalty overall."

Biyu Tang is an mid qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. She has massive bags under her eyes as if she hasn't slept in days.

She is generally INCOMPETENT in intrigue.

"Patriarch I've been so focused on dealing with all the new factions due to the new elders that I've had no time to focus on anything else. Currently there are 3 new factions, one formed for each of the new foundation establishment elders."

Chen Chenhau an early Foundation Establishment elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars.

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war. Her cultivation progress has completely stalled to the point it’s unlikely for her to ever progress beyond early Foundation Establishment.

"Congratulations on t-the y-you k-know." stutters Chen Chenhau.
"A-anyway we have 1400 qi condensation, 6 foundation establishment elder and 1 core creation patriarch. We've been having recruitment issues lately because theres been alot of bad rumours about the sect coming from the Thousand Sword Empire. "

Sect action:
>Focus on wealth
>Construct something (write in, price varies)
>Focus on intrigue (write in target)
>Focus on recruitment (more qi condensation members)
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Write in

Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
>Improve cultivation
>Interact with (write in)
>Create your own bloodline
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang
>Write in


Known future events:
Some kind of conflict with Thousand Sword Empire in ? turns
Bao Kingdom tax inefficiency ends in 1 turns
Some kind of conflict with Thousand Sword Empire in ? turns
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>>4569229

>Extremely loyal and hard working elder who is otherwise average
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>>4569231
You do know the whole point of variable loyalty is to get players to interact with those individuals if they want to increase that loyalty right? That and its more realistic not everyone is 100% loyal and will do whatever you say like a slave.
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>>4569229
>Talented elder who cultivates fast and has a powerful bloodline
Hear me out, if we get a stable bloodline we don't get only one Foundation Elder, we get a dynasty.

>>4569259
>Focus on wealth
>Improve cultivation
The Nascent Soul will be ours.
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>>4569229
>Extremely loyal and hard working elder who is otherwise average
Sect action:
>Focus on intrigue (Thousand Sword Empire)
Your own action:
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang

As for the issue of factions... maybe we could encourage a few large factions rather than completely discouraging factions or permitting the factions to continue as they are. There'd be a degree of unity, and they would still be competitive.
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>>4569259
Sect action:
>Focus on wealth
Your own action:
>Train someone in intrigue(Extremely loyal and hard working elder who is otherwise average)

serious lets not waste actions training biyu when there is someone clearly better
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>>4569229
>Talented elder who cultivates fast and has a powerful bloodline
>>4569259
>Focus on wealth
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang
She's close to late condensation and can reach foundation if she stops being a lazy ass
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The reason I want to get the talented elder who has a powerful bloodline is that we could potentially improve the bloodline with our own talent. Extremely loyalty is good but they're only average with less long-term benefits which has me hesitant.
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>>4569266
I was too late to attempt that

>>4569229
>Talented elder who cultivates fast and has a powerful bloodline
>Create a bulk order with Wu clan to supply equipment. Low volume, not particularly high standard, but consistent orders over a long period of time.
Giving them stable revenue as they pick themselves back together is good for making allies.

>Interact with the new Hero and train in Intrigue
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>>4569259
>Talented elder who cultivates fast and has a powerful bloodline
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang
Also the bulk order from >>4569393.
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Changing my vote from >>4569262
>>4569289 to this >>4569393
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>>4569266
Then give people more than one action every ten years.
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>>4569695
Its mean to be a trade off. Do you want to focus on increasing a character's loyalty or focus on your own cultivation or etc. Also this is a cultivation quest, even at core creation your lifespan is around 800 years much less nascent soul which is 1600 years. 10 year turns are nothing.
>>4569268
>>4569278
>>4569295
>>4569393
>>4569563
>>4569619
This was confusing as fuck to tally up but okay I think this is accurate.
>Talented elder (Wen Zhu) who cultivates fast and has a powerful bloodline
>Create a bulk order with Xu clan to supply equipment. Low volume, not particularly high standard, but consistent orders over a long period of time.
>Train your intrigue elder Biyu Tang

Give me 3d100 best of 3. First is sect action, second is personal action, third is counter intrigue against Thousand Sword Empire. Writing will commence whenever the rolls are done.
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>>4570325
I would say that improving loyalty of just one person for 10 years is kinda weird, and the possibility of failure is even weirder.

Id say its not realistic when spending 10 years, but cultivators hold their petty grudges for damn long times.
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Rolled 38, 53, 30 = 121 (3d100)

>>4570325
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Rolled 18, 85, 82 = 185 (3d100)

>>4570325
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Rolled 9, 97, 99 = 205 (3d100)

>>4570325
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>>4570353
Good anon
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>>4570361
Was Biyu worth a 97 tho?
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>>4570325
One action per fucking ten years is really stupid. No competent civilization game does this because it’s a stupid way of handling the action economy. You can’t convince me that talking to someone requires the same dedication cultivation does nor do you have to actually lock yourself in a room and isolate yourself when you cultivate (close door cultivation wouldn’t even make sense for the MC since he wants to be a “Harem master” thus it would make more sense for him to be a dual cultivator and require constant contact with women). Seriously what’s your excuse?
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>>4570337
>>4570351
>>4570365
>Sect action: failure
>Personal action: significant success
>Counter intrigue: significant success It was originally something else but I decided to combine it with the Xu clan trade interaction failure because it flowed better when writing.

With the Xu clan still recovering from being the bait in the barbarian war, you decide that now would be a perfect time to establish friendly relationships with the clan. Especially with the Thousand Sword Empire making suspicious moves at your borders, you need every ally you can get. Once you tell your idea to our personal disciple and administration elder Xing Xiaochen, shes quick to work out the details to maximise potential friendships.

Your Loving Hearts sect makes a large bulk order of artefacts from the Xu clan. Your sect makes sure to order low volume, not particularly high standard, but consistent orders over a long period of time. This way our sect could help assist the Xu clan with stable revenues as they recover from the damage wrought in the war against the barbarians.

At first your sects attempts at diplomacy and relationship building works out stunningly. In the first couple years, there was much talk between your elders and theirs about a potential alliance or favourable trade agreements.
However everything goes wrong in the last few years of the trade deal as your trade caravans are repeatedly attacked by “bandits” along the way. It got so bad that it even required foundation establishment elders from both sides watching over the trade to ensure its success.

It was only with much effort from your elders that you found out that the bandits involved belonged to the Thousand Sword Empire. Whilst the Xu clan is still grateful for your attempt at building relationships, this soured things as the Xu clan had no intention of being involved in a possible conflict between you and the Thousand Sword Empire, especially when the Xu clan was still recovering from the barbarian war. On the upside all relations between the Xu clan and the Thousand Sword Empire has turned strained with increases in tariffs between the two.

You have suspicions that the Thousand Sword Empire bandits allowed themselves to be purposely caught to ensure that no alliance formal or informal is built between your sect and the Xu clan. You grit your teeth in annoyance at the schemes of Ran Yuan however at least you now know without a doubt that the Thousand Sword Empire regards your sect as an enemy. You are much more prepared for any further schemes and tricks.

1/3
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>>4570386
With the possible of future intrigue conflicts with the Thousand Sword Empire, you dedicate time to train Biyu into being a proper intrigue elder. Your many years of following the Dao of the Harem King allows you much insights into intrigue which you slowly and by slowly I mean VERY VERY SLOWLY drill into the useless Biyu’s head.

“Intrigue is a like a game of Xiangqi (Chinese chess). Sometimes you have to withdraw, sometimes you have to sacrifice one of your pieces to win - preferably a chariot or a soldier rather than a king or general. Do you understand Biyu?” you explain to Biyu.

“*snore*” she answers.

“*Whack* Wake up! I swear the next time you fall asleep I will force you to go into secluded cultivation for 50 years.” You rage as your temper gets the best of you.

She looks up at you with puppy dog eyes as she leans on you with her massive breasts.

Sigh. In the end you lose out to her charms and end up not punishing her beyond besides a few smacks whenever she fell asleep.

However whilst she proved as lazy as ever and learned slowly, Biyu was surprisingly effective when you actually conducted any tests with her.

By the end of your 10 years training her in intrigue, Biyu reached at least an AVERAGE level of intrigue skill. A massive improvement since she raised from INCOMPETENT and skipped BELOW AVERAGE straight to AVERAGE.

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Wen Zhu had always been talentless. Even through she tried her best and did exactly what everyone else in her family did, she simply failed to achieve the same results. Her father had always pointed out life isn't fair but is it so wrong to want to stand on the same starting point as everyone else? Why was life so unfair?

Almost as if to prove her beliefs on the unfairness of her life, one day she was kicked out of her clan because "she didn't put in enough effort and lacked the clan dragon-fire bloodline". Exiled from her clan, she travelled far to the east past the Serpent Spine Mountains to the region known as the Fertile Fields. Countless times in her journey she almost died but luckily her kind mother had at least given a few artefacts for her to protect herself as a parting gift which she had promptly spent surviving the Serpent Spine Mountains many dangers.

She had aimed to join one of the major sects of the Fertile Fields however each had refused her due to her lacking "tenacity, talent or anything of worth". She had raged for days and left with no other choice joined the only sect which would take her. The Loving Hearts sect yet in an act of absolute irony, her bloodline ignited within a year of joining. She was sure any of the other major sects and even her own high and mighty clan would accept her now but she refused. No she was going to show everyone by making this lowly Loving Hearts Sect the most powerful sect.
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>>4570376
>Been crying nonstop for last couple posts
Calm down and enjoy the quest anon. If you're not having fun you can always drop it. No-ones forcing you to play.
Also dual cultivation is between equals you know? Main character is the only core creation in the sect.
>>4570389
>travelled far to the east past
QM had a brain derp, that should be west.

Xing Xiaochen is an mid foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration.

She is generally SKILLED in administration.

“Master congratulations on progressing on the long road of cultivation. Master, our current wealth sits at 4 with an income of 2 (base 10 minus 5 for tribute and minus 3 for pill creation clan ).

Our factions having neither received your blessing or naysay are starting to cause many issues internally. It's come time to choose whether to allow the factions or deny them.

>Allow factions
>Deny factions

With our deteriorating relationships with the Thousand Sword Empire I suggest we concentrate some actions on them for now. Whether we want to increase our defenses near their borders, attack them openly (which would need sufficient bribes to the Golden Merchant Alliance for allowing it), raid them discreetly or even negotiate with them.

In somewhat better news, Yue Shijian has reached great circle of foundation establishment. Maybe master will want to focus some time on befriending her as its likely at her pace to reach core creation. Its unlikely she will stay with our sect if she reaches core creation currently."

Biyu Tang is an mid qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering.

She is generally AVERAGE in intrigue.

"I've heard word that the Shu and Fang clan will begin war within the next 10 years. Also the Human-Demon Annihilation War to the east pf the Serpent Spine Mountains has ended in a stalemate as usual. "

Chen Chenhau an early Foundation Establishment elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars.

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war. Her cultivation progress has completely stalled to the point it’s unlikely for her to ever progress beyond early Foundation Establishment.

"W-we have 1500 qi condensation members, 6 foundation establishment elders and 1 core creation patriarch.

U-umm if theres an open war between us and The Thousand Sword empire, its currently looking like an ASSURED LOSS. We're outnumbered 3 to 1 qi condensation wise and 2 to 1 foundation establishment wise."

Sect action
>write in

Personal action
>write in

FUCK WORD LIMIT
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>>4570399
>Allow factions
let's give our blessings to them

>Increase defenses on our borders with the 1K sword empire
>Befriend Yue Shijian
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>>4570399
>Deny factions
Sect action
>Focus in recruitment
Personal action
>Befriend Yue Shijian
Reasoning: denying factions give us a minor loyalty boost that we need. For the clan action is best to focus in recruitment after all the sword sect outnumber us in 3 to 1 qi condensation wise and 2 to 1 foundation establishment wise. The yue action is because someone that is near core and extreme martial skill is going to be useful in a war.
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>>4570399
>Create a test to be acknowledged by yourself as a faction
something leadership oriented

Sect action
>Improve relations with our mortal kingdoms
Place defenses, uphold justice, improve roads/infrastructure. An attack from thousand sword will do a lot of collateral, better make sure they like us before that.

Personal
>Befriend Yue Shijian
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>>4570399
>Allow factions

Sect
>Focus on training disciples
I get that more disciples is good, but in this scenario > quality > quantity

Personal
>Cultivate
Befriending Yue is definetly a good option, but think of it like this: we fought the 1K emperor/bossdude to a standstill on equal cultivation stages. We have broken through, but he might have as well, as he seems to be talented to reach as far as he has as a "normal" mortal cultivator, if we roll decently this turn and cultivate next turn as well we'll break through putting us at an solid advantage in combat against him, which will decide a LOT
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>>4571010
>I get that more disciples is good, but in this scenario > quality > quantity
I got it, the problem is our base is outnumbered 3 to 1 so might wanna reduce this a little
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>>4571024
The difference is gonna be in the higher echelons though, we could probably solo hundreds if not thousands qi cultivators. So i think if we can come out on top in the high tier battles, we could turn that higher stage power to the thousands of weaklings and break their morale pretty easily.
This is pure speculation though, based on my experience with xianxia's
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>>4571076
>we could probably solo hundreds qi cultivators
Don't want to give concrete numbers but yeah around there. If no interference you can probably kill hundreds of qi condensation cultivators.
>>4570406
>>4570424
>>4570578
>>4571010
>Allow factions
>Build defenses within mortal kingdoms
>Befriend Yue Shijian
Can I get 3 rolls of 2d100 to see how everything goes. Writing once rolls complete.
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Rolled 48, 13 = 61 (2d100)

>>4571603
see me fuck this up
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Rolled 99, 86 = 185 (2d100)

>>4571603
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>>4571659
Lol its okay anon this >>4571678 anon has your back it seems.
Inb4 third roller does even better and rolls a 100 crit for the Yue Shijian scene which makes the scene basically "you made her wet as fuck and she wants to fuck you"
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>>4571678
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Rolled 54, 56 = 110 (2d100)

>>4571603
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>>4571678
>>4571690
wtf my rolls are usually terrible.

My bloodline of dice luck is aligned to xianxia of all things.
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>>4571659
>>4571678
>>4571699
>Sect action: massive success
>Personal action: moderate success

With the suspicious moves of the Thousand Sword Empire, you make a point to properly prepare for a defensive war. QM is presuming that since anons chose to create defenses that they would want a defensive war over a offensive one. Correct me if I'm wrong.

The most crucial step of this is to deal with your mortal kingdoms you rule over. You rule over 3 moderately sized mortal kingdoms. The moderately sized ones contain a couple million people each.

The 3 mortal kingdoms you rule over are the Bao kingdom, Xiaochen kingdom and Shu kingdom.

Bao kingdom is a mortal kingdom formed approx 700 years ago by a core creation cultivator who discovered a minor spirit stone mine within the country. It is currently ruled over by a queen called Ruo Bao who was forcibly installed by yourself. They are responsible for around 20% of your income (i.e. 2 income) in spirit stone tributes. Your current relations with this kingdom are EXTREMELY POOR after what you did to their king.

The second kingdom you rule over is the Xiaochen kingdom which was formed 90 years ago when you forcibly installed Xing Xiaochen's sister Ling Xiaochen to the throne after wiping out the previous lineage. Just remembering what happened 90 years ago pisses you off and you'd love to never go near the place but unfortunately its responsible for 10% of your income in the form of its many rare spiritual herbs as tributes. Both you and Xing Xiaochen originate from this area. Your current relations with this kingdom are POOR mostly due to both you and elder Xiaochen's immense dislike of the place resulting in constant social faux pas and disrespect.

The final kingdom you rule over is the Shu kingdom formed by an exiled Shu clan core creation cultivator 1200 years ago. They are responsible for around 40% of your income in beast cores as well as providing the majority of your disciples. They are the most powerful mortal kingdom under your rule but luckily the kingdom focuses almost completely on hunting down monstrous beasts and expeditions to the Serpent Spine Mountains. Their ruler is the hotblooded king Li Shu. Your current relations with them are VERY GOOD as they like the fact you only recruit beautiful women as disciples instead of taking the individuals with actual talent.

Whilst building fortifications and defensive arrays, your diplomats and other sect members managed to heavily impress and befriend one of these kingdoms. Which is it?

>Bao Kingdom
>Xiaochen Kingdom
>Shu Kingdom

This looked like as good as time as any to go into more detail about your vassal mortal kingdoms. Sorry about the loredump. Short post today because I'm really tired. I'll stay around for another couple hours so feel free to ask any questions. No more updates today however.
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>>4571783
>Bao Kingdom
xianxia worlds are densely populated, wow.

If the Shu kingdom is tough enough for Sepent Spine, then they can take care of themselves. A warning and perhaps allowing disciples who hail from that region to help defend should be enough.

They might target the herbs because we're pill makers, but that's an acceptable loss and they're not working so well for MC anymore anyway.

That leaves the spirit stones. Can spirit stones and beast cores be used in pill making?
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>>4571795
>Can spirit stones and beast cores be used in pill making?
No spirit stones and beast cores are mostly used to improve cultivation or to craft artefacts.
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>>4571783
>Bao Kingdom
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>>4571783
>Bao Kingdom

Question for the qm, can you give us a scale for the relations? Is VERY GOOD the best it can be? Does it become harder to improve already high relations? Or some info along these lines.
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>>4571863
HATED ENEMY>EXTREMELY POOR>POOR>AVERAGE>GOOD>VERY GOOD>TRUE FRIENDS

I spent like 5 mins trying to decide if this knowledge would be OOC or not but decided with Biyu's improvements that this information would be known IC.

Choosing Bao Kingdom would move them from extremely poor to poor and make them much less likely to betray you during the inevitable conflict between your sect and the thousand sword empire.

Choosing Xiaochen kingdom would move them from poor to average which would completely remove any chances of them betraying you and increase likelihood of them sending any help in the war instead of just watching safely from the sidelines. Of course this is a moot point if their kingdom becomes the battlefield as than their full force would assist either way.

Choosing Shu kingdom would push them from VERY GOOD to TRUE FRIENDS which means rather than them being willing to provide you a tribute of manpower, they would instead fully invest themselves in the war. Of course this is a moot point if their kingdom becomes the battlefield as than their full force would assist either way.

Note relations normally don't improve just from one action, you rolled a 99 to get this benefit.
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>>4571783
>Bao Kingdom
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>>4571783
>Bao Kingdom
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>>4571880
This almost makes me wanna vote xiaochen kingdom, so we know we're secure in 2 of our 3 vassals and we're ready for betrayal in our last one
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OP where are you ?
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>>4572870
It hasn't even been a day yet anon.
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>>4571795
>>4571817
>>4571863
>>4571907
>>4571919
>>4571795
>>4571817
>>4571863
>>4571907
>>4571919
>>4572157
>Bao Kingdom
Whilst your sect constructs many defensive arrays and fortifications throughout your vassal kingdoms, none of them equal the Star Fortress that is constructed within the Bao Kingdom. The Star Fortress is a magnificent work of art with countless layered arrays of defenses both magical and mundane with a focus on poisonous qi attacks.

Your sect had created it after altering the 7 layered poisonous array the Bao Kingdom once attempted to use against you. Your sect's knowledge of poisons (since what kind of pill sect doesn't know about poisons) had enhanced the original array significantly such that the poisonous defenses are incredibly debilitating and deadly

One of the key features of the Star Fortress is that its defenses are so powerful it can even resist core creation cultivators for hours much less foundation establishment cultivators which it can defend against for decades even with a numerical disadvantage. Those that attempt to ignore the fortress and fly past it will suffer constant homing qi arrows filled deadly poisons,

The Bao Kingdom was of course much enthused by your sect's focus on their land's defenses although the truth was you had constructed the fortress in such a way that's its defensible both for and against the Bao Kingdom since you didn't trust them not to betray you. It was simply a nice misunderstanding that they thought your sect particularly cared about their kingdom.

They even held a massive party to thank your sect for its "focus on their safety" however the event left you and most of your sect extremely confused. At the event, almost as soon as the queen Ruo Bao had seen you she had slapped you across the face much to the chagrin of everyone else there. Normally when you're slapped by a woman, its because you had left them on a one night stand or had slept with one of their daughters yet you're sure you've not done either to Ruo Bao.

On the upside you were able to gain 1 wealth as an apology from the Bao Kingdom.

1/3
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>>4573090
Huh, how did that happen.


Yue Shijian, your great circle of foundation establishment elder whose cultivation speed is probably the highest within your sect by far and whose combat ability is apparently unmatched within the sect.

You’ve always wonder what kind of secrets she has but you’re not normally one to pry into the secrets of your disciples. Almost all of your elders has their own story and hidden past but you’ve always believed in never pushing or prying secrets from your beauties.

However with the possible war between your Loving Hearts Sect and the Thousand Sword Empire in the near future you’re left without a choice. Yue Shijian is too powerful for you to ignore her and so even through it’s not in your nature you must pry.

At first your attempts to get closer to Yue Shijian fail due to the sheer condescending tone Yue treats you with. You’d think that Yue wasn’t just a foundation establishment cultivator from how much she looks down on you however you aren’t one who pursues the Harem King Dao for nothing.

You start with flattery but she scornfully points out “flattery is like chewing gum, enjoy but never swallow it”. However you do note that whilst she won’t “swallow” your flattery, she still very much enjoys it.

Over the course of a few years of playful pursuit and flattery you’ve managed to worm you way into the heart of Yue Shijian. Think of the dance of light seduction between you and her like a board game of xianqi. She knew how the pieces moved and could even be called somewhat competent however you were a grandmaster of the pursuit and seduction of women. You knew when to attack with a flattery and when to attack with gifts, you knew when to retreat and when it’s okay to advance and you knew thousands upon thousands of schemes and strategies to sway her.

You quickly discovered over the past few years of pursuit that she was clearly far above you in worldly experience and knowledge however for all her experience, she still could do nothing against a master seducer such as yourself for you far surpassed her in the dance between genders.

Whilst she refused to tell you her many secrets, she did seem much more friendly by the end of your 10 years of swaying her. With your immense knowledge of woman and Dao of Harem King, you’d say Yue Shijian somewhat likes you although you’re pretty sure she still completely looks down on you and your sect.

At the very least she’s unlikely to leave your sect unless she far surpasses you in cultivation and even than she would remain on friendly terms with you personally.
2/3
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>>4573092
You spend time over the last couple of years ensuring the successful founding of many different factions amongst your sect members. You do overt acts like directly giving your blessing and creating a yearly team based tournament to help push the factions into competition. You also do many more subtle acts such as purposely overlooking minor acts of bullying as well as sowing seeds of discontent between the different factions. Hopefully this will push your sect disciples into constant competition and rivalry which will result in much increased cultivation speed and overall power.

Xing Xiaochen is a mid foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration.

She is generally SKILLED in administration.

“Master, our current wealth sits at 7 with an income of 2 (base 10 minus 5 for tribute and minus 3 for pill creation clan ).

With our current wealth, maybe we can hire some foundation establishment mercenaries for the upcoming conflict between our sect and the Thousand Sword Empire? I predict it'll cost around 1 wealth per early-mid foundation establishment or 3 wealth per late-great circle foundation establishment.

Any wealth "spent" will be reserved for purchasing mercenaries when/if war breaks out. On the upside this will bridge the gap between our sect and the Thousand Sword Empire, on the downside thats wealth reserved we can't use elsewhere."

Purchase foundation establishment mercenaries?
>Yes (write in how many)
>No

Biyu Tang is an late qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. Huh Biyu improved? At this rate she may make foundation establishment before the end of her life.

She is generally AVERAGE in intrigue.

"The Shu and Fang clan war has erupted over tariffs. The Fang clan are offering 10 wealth for Core Creation cultivator mercenaries. Maybe patriarch can become a mercenary for them? On the one hand its a massive wealth for us on top of any loot taken from battle, on the other hand Thousand Sword Empire may act whilst you're busy and being a mercenary has personal risk.

Additionally one of my super lucky spy informs me that the Xu clan patriach has found the tomb of a spirit severing cultivator in their lands. No-one besides us and the Xu clan knows currently. Do we want to do anything about this? If nothing is done its highly likely the Xu clan will dramatically increase in power and their patriarch may even reach nascent soul."

3/4 Biyu rolled a 100 btw if it wasn't obvious
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>>4573102
Chen Chenhau an early Foundation Establishment elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars.

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war. Her cultivation progress has completely stalled to the point it’s unlikely for her to ever progress beyond early Foundation Establishment.

"W-we have 1600 qi condensation members, 6 foundation establishment elders and 1 core creation patriarch.

O-our new fortifications mean we'd have a small chance to actually win the war if we fight purely defensively and waste enough of the Thousand Sword Empire resources that they q-quit due to cost being too high."

Sect action:
>Focus on wealth
>Construct something (write in, price varies)
>Focus on intrigue (write in target)
>Focus on recruitment (more qi condensation members)
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Write in

Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
>Improve cultivation
>Interact with (write in)
>Create your own bloodline
>Write in


Known future events:
War with Thousand Sword Empire in ? turns
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>>4573105
Sect action:
>Explore tomb of the spirit severing cultivator try to get a mutual agreement with the xu clan to share the rewards to avoid conflict.
Your own action:
>Improve cultivation
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>>4573106
dude, there's no way they'd agree to that. They'd have to critfail and die to traps and beasts inside before they'd be willing to split in thanks for bailing them out.

>>4573105
screwit, let's do this

Sect
>Purchase/Construct farms for hallucinogenic perfumes/poisons from One Heaven Church
>Mention that Thousand Sword Empire is preoccupied with us

Even if they don't exploit the vulnerability, maybe we can use the poisons as an alternate challenge to push for cultivation.

Personal
>Take Yue Shijian to plunder the Xu tomb.
Wow harem king stronk. Should we just like, seduce the fuck out of all the mortals?
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>>4573189
>dude, there's no way they'd agree to that. They'd have to critfail and die to traps and beasts inside before they'd be willing to split in thanks for bailing them out.
Ehh it'd be a roll to get them to agree, the information you have is blackmail worthy (i.e. let us split the spoils or we'll reveal your tomb).

But if you did fail or only barely succeed the roll DC than your relations with Xu clan would plummet like no tomorrow which could lead to another Thousand Sword Empire situation once the Xu clan fully recovers from the barbarian war after effects. It leads to the scenario of how much players care about the possible tomb rewards.

>Wow harem king stronk. Should we just like, seduce the fuck out of all the mortals?
Yeah you have massive bonuses from your personality and dao vs women in social settings lol.
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>>4573212
Qm what happens if we try to ridden the tomb without an agreement with the xu clan, our relation is going to fall automatically or we are still gonna for it ?
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>>4573219
>or we are still gonna roll for it ?
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>>4573212
Are we stealthy enough to loot the tomb without them noticing us?

If we "only" piss them off I guess we just write off any chance of alliance, but having them declare way would be kinda bad.
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>>4573219
You'd need an agreement with Xu clan or you'd need to fight them for access. They have the only entrance closely guarded.

You're not stealth focused (hell you're not even combat focused) so attempting to sneak in would end pretty damn badly. Attacking and forcibly entering is actual sect suicide since you'll be at war with two different factions at once on top of the wealth bribe to the Golden Merchant Alliance.

Honestly unless you're confident in a 100, you'd need to negotiate. This would be different if you had a stealth focused dao instead of harem king dao.
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>>4573237
Okay, I'll change my vote then

>>4573189
> try to get a mutual agreement with the xu clan to share the rewards to avoid conflict.
>Tell Yue of the Xu tomb
>If she can reveal any secrets or knowledge that would be handy for a leverage in negotiating, she can come with us.
>Otherwise, we bring Xing Xiaochen
wonder if Yue can pose as some sort of trap specialist.
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>>4573230
There is almost zero chance of them declaring offensive war against you. Any offensive wars need to bribe the Golden Merchant Alliance and the Xu clan just don't have the wealth for that after having their territories ravaged by the barbarians in the barbarian war recently.

Worst case scenario would lead to Xu clan taking intrigue actions or small raids against you.
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>>4573102
>Yes (2 early-mid)
gotta close that gap a little
>>4573102
>Biyu rolled a 100 btw if it wasn't obvious
wait a minute, she rolls as well ?
>>4573105
>Purchase/Construct farms for hallucinogenic perfumes/poisons from One Heaven Church
>Train Chen Chenhau to get her rid of her impediment on leading troops
We need this, specially since we need all of our top dogs in case of a war
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>>4573290
>wait a minute, she rolls as well ?
I'm rolling in the background for all hero units and all major regional factions on the left side of the map. I'm also rolling for the 4 minor factions within the Golden Merchant Alliance.

You didn't think the other factions were just sitting on their ass waiting for you right?

Admittedly its only 1 roll for each of them instead of your 3 rolls but players should have some kind of advantage over the non-player factions.
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>>4573300
>You didn't think the other factions were just sitting on their ass waiting for you right?
no, but i didn't expect them to roll kek
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>>4573106
Complement to my vote
>Yes(3 early-mid foundation establishment)
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QM can we subtly leak the info of the Xu clans findings to the 1k empire, stoking conflict and preventing an agreement, then when theyve gotten the treasures from the tomb, ambush them? As the mantis stalks the cincada, the fisherman reaps the rewards or something like that
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>>4573799
Yes, you can leak the information to the Thousand Sword Empire but if they found out you were responsible than Xu clan would hate you. All options (besides sneak in and frontal attack) anons mentioned so far including this one are viable choices.
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>>4573799
>>4574040
An interesting suggestion, though I'm not certain it's any better than agreeing to split the loot between ourselves, The Xu clan would make a dangerous foe.
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>>4573106
Support but also hire a great circle foundation establishment, for inscurance
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>>4573106
>>4573241
>>4573290
>>4574306
>Sect action: Make agreement + explore tomb with Xu clan
>Own action: Improve cultivation

Almost fucked this up than realised one of the anons changed their vote.

Please give me 3 rolls of 3d100, first for convincing Xu clan, second for improving cultivation, third for counter intrigue vs Golden Merchant Alliance.

Will start writing once rolls complete.
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Rolled 51, 48, 40 = 139 (3d100)

>>4574328
I'm guessing the merchant alliance is looking for a way to get us to start the war and tax us again?
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Rolled 98, 79, 50 = 227 (3d100)

>>4574328
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Rolled 39, 49, 62 = 150 (3d100)

>>4574328
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>>4574336
Blessed xu clan, so willing to share :)
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>>4574330
It's about your mercenaries hired.
>>4574336
>>4574338
>Sect: 98 Massive success
>Own: 79+20=150/150 great circle. 5/1500 to nascent soul
>counter intrigue: 62 minor success
The forest was ancient, dark, and filled with qi. Its canopy was dominated by massive trees and what meager light dancing between the branches allowed for a patchwork of mushrooms to claim the floor.

In the deepest regions of this ancient forest sat a small worn down mundane looking mausoleum. On a stone stele is carved the words "My name is The Three Eyed Thief. I welcome both the brave and foolhardy if they want my legacies."

Whilst the outer appearance left much to desire, the insides of the mausoleum was astounding as it had clear spatial compression because the many winding paths and trap filled rooms within would never fit otherwise. The Xu clan estimated that the mausoleum inside was around 1000li squared (that's 2000km squared).

No threats or even hints of threats were needed in the negotiations with the Xu clan as they easily agreed to share the rights to plunder the tomb. With such a massive amount of area to search for treasures and legacies, it was no coincidence that the Xu clan was happy to share the rights to plunder the spirit severing tomb with your sect in return for a small 1/10th of any spoils your sect managed to gain.

Whilst you're busy with cultivation, you make sure to sure to send qi condensation disciples as well as foundation establishment elders to explore the tomb.

Unfortunately your sect loyalty whilst above average isn't the best and you can't trust most of your qi condensation disciples to keep the secret. In the end you only manage to send 100 qi condensation disciples as well as your elders Yue Shijian, Wen Zhu and your two generic unnamed elders. Other elders were busy managing the sect or had no interest in the massive risk.

The exploration was a resounding success with only the loss of 50 qi condensation disciples yet massive gains. Countless minor treasures of the qi condensation and foundation establishment level were found which when you total up is around 10 wealth.

In addition, almost all of your disciples and elders sent had massive improvements in cultivation stability and general combat power.

Apparently this was all due to the many insights of Yue Shijian who's the only reason any qi condensation disciples survived. A new faction known as the Yue fan club faction seems to have formed within the Loving Hearts Sect due to this with its members being insane fanatics.

Yue shijian: Almost broken through to core creation
Wen Zhu: Reached mid foundation establishment
50 qi condensation disciples: they are now elite qi condensation disciples who can fight around half a minor stage above their level, with enough resource investment, almost all of them may reach foundation establishment. Whilst loyal to the sect, they are first and foremost of the Yue fan club faction.

1/?
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>>4574389
You're not sure if its your dedication or the sheer threat of the Thousand Sword Empire but your cultivation over the past decade had made massive leaps as you find yourself cruising through late and into great circle of core creation.

However rather than stop here, you kept pushing and reached almost the peak of great circle as you feel yourself start to push against Nascent Soul. Your core within your dantian strains itself as you feel the possible explosion of it into an nascent soul.

Breaking through however could take hundreds of years so maybe you should visit the tomb of the spirit severer as well? But than again, the danger of leaving your sect unattended when Thousand Empire could bang on your door at anytime is troublesome.

You read through the reports and note your 3 new guest elders of early foundation establishment who were residing within the sect. They were your mercenaries who would aid you in return for wealth against the Thousand Sword Empire. You search through Biyu's reports about the three of them but don't find anything too suspicious about them.

One was exiled from the Golden Merchant Alliance and was now a rogue cultivator, one was a barbarian deserter and the third was a lifetime rogue cultivator within the territories of the Golden Merchant Alliance. You're a bit suspicious about the first and third but in the end you don't find anything incriminating.

Xing Xiaochen is a mid foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration.

She is generally SKILLED in administration.

“Master, our current wealth sits at 16 with an income of 2 (base 10 minus 5 for tribute and minus 3 for pill creation clan ).

We have a massive surplus of wealth currently so maybe we should use it somehow?

Also congralutions master, it seems you are finally putting your talent to proper use" You note the clear pride in her voice as she states this.

Biyu Tang is an late qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. Huh Biyu improved? At this rate she may make foundation establishment before the end of her life.

She is generally AVERAGE in intrigue.

"Bad news patriarch, I've just found out the Thousand Sword Empire patriarch has been consuming massive amounts of resources for his personal cultivation which is why there's been no real actions from them against us recently. Maybe a defensive war is a bad idea as if we keep waiting, their patriarch might make massive cultivation progress. Of course even if he does surely he won't reach nascent soul right?

Additionally, it seems the One Heaven Church patriarch got into conflict with a disguised barbarian deserter nascent soul and has perished. The One Heaven Church lands and mortal kingdom vassals are ripe for taking if we're willing to take the risk.

Finally the Shu and Fang clan war is onesidedly in Fang's favour"

2/3
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>>4574399
Chen Chenhau an early Foundation Establishment elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars.

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war. Her cultivation progress has completely stalled to the point it’s unlikely for her to ever progress beyond early Foundation Establishment.

"W-we have 1500 qi condensation members, 50 elite qi condensation members, 6 (3 mercenary) foundation establishment elders and 1 core creation patriarch.

Recruitment has stalled as many prospective recruits are joining the Shu vs Fang clan war or the Thousand Sword Empire. This isn't even mentioning the continued rumours about our sect that was never addressed.

We need more disciples at every level and if that's not possible than we need more mercenaries. We still can't really win against the Thousand Sword Empire unless we're lucky in a defensive war."

Sect action:
>Focus on wealth
>Construct something (write in, price varies)
>Focus on intrigue (write in target)
>Focus on recruitment (more qi condensation members)
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Write in

Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
>Improve cultivation
>Interact with (write in)
>Create your own bloodline
>Write in
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>>4574403
Clan action:
>Focus on training especific disciples(50 elite qi condensation members)
Your own action:
>Explore the spirit severing tomb
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>>4574403
>Purchase/Construct farms for hallucinogenic perfumes/poisons from One Heaven Church

>Explore the spirit severing tomb
We gotta address those rumors soon as well
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>>4574403
Sect action:
>Focus on claiming land and vassal kingdoms from the One Heaven Church
Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
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>>4574458
actually changing sect action to this, if it isn't a personal action
>Focus on claiming land and vassal kingdoms from the One Heaven Church
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>>4574403
>Purchase/Construct farms for hallucinogenic perfumes/poisons from One Heaven Church
>And/or offer asylum for their members
They can come over for treatment, no need to join us.

Personal
>Explore the spirit severing tomb
>Focus on protecting members from both sects and raising loyalty with our elders
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>>4574405
i'd support this, as well as addressing the rumors
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>>4574405
>>4574454
>>4574458
>>4574752
>>4575430
>Sect: 2-2 one heaven church vs focus on training specific disciples (50 elite)
>Explore the spirit severing tomb
Because I don't want to screw anons over too badly I'll let anons choose what happened due to you mostly ignoring the Thousand Sword Empire even when you knew they were going to attack you sooner or later.

Pick one of the following things that goes disastrously in the war next turn.

>Your sect is attacked whilst you're exploring the spirit severing tomb/otherwise busy and you'll sustain alot of infrastructure and unnamed disciple loss
>One of your hero units (aka named characters) dies. Will be random one decided by 1d5 instead of choice by anons.
>Ran Yuan reached early nascent soul due to the help of THAT person instead of only late core creation by himself

Additionally roll 2d100 for your sect and personal action as usual.
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Rolled 82, 17 = 99 (2d100)

>>4575474
>Your sect is attacked whilst you're exploring the spirit severing tomb/otherwise busy and you'll sustain alot of infrastructure and unnamed disciple loss
Time to kill Ran Yuan. 1v1 hell in a cell, anything goes, no do-overs
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>4575474
huh dice didn't work
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Rolled 72, 34 = 106 (2d100)

>>4575474
>Your sect is attacked whilst you're exploring the spirit severing tomb/otherwise busy and you'll sustain alot of infrastructure and unnamed disciple loss
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Rolled 45, 64 = 109 (2d100)

>>4575474
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>>4575486
Woops.
>Your sect is attacked whilst you're exploring the spirit severing tomb/otherwise busy and you'll sustain alot of infrastructure and unnamed disciple loss
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>>4575474
>>Your sect is attacked whilst you're exploring the spirit severing tomb/otherwise busy and you'll sustain alot of infrastructure and unnamed disciple loss
aww, we can't kill off biyu

This is why I wanted to go in the tomb first THEN let the others continue
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>>4575478
>>4575480
>>4575486
>Sect focus on train elite qi disciple: 82 moderate success
>Personal explore tomb: 64 minor success

You make arrangements to focus resources on the 50 qi condensation disciple elites with the hope that some of them manage to reach foundation establishment before the war against the Thousand Sword Empire.

You're slightly stressed about the possibility of an attack whilst you were exploring the spirit severing tomb however opportunities like it don't come every day and who knows when the Golden Merchant Alliance or some other power may seize the tomb once they find out. Plus if you manage to find some kind of legacy than you could even reach nascent soul soon.

You reach the Xu clan encampment outside the Mausoleum entrance and are quickly greeted with respect by the Xu clan members who have already been informed about your coming. If you had come to the tomb 10 years earlier you could've explored the place together with the Xu clan patriarch Wang Xu.

You enter and just like the reports say there seems to be spatial fuckery happening as you get a slight headache from the massive compression of space. Many of the rooms have already been explored and looted over the last 10 years however you ignore them as you quickly travel to a room Yue Shijian had reported was an area which needed at least core creation to pass.

The room was guarded by a mechanical construct you estimate to be close to late core creation from the spiritual pressure it exerted. It was a massive sphinx and as soon as you entered it asked what seemed to be a prerecorded message.

"If you wish to past this room you must answer my question. What walks on four le-" it doesn't even finish its message as you casually send a blow filled with the power of the great circle of core creation towards it.

There was no point listening to its riddles as according to Yue Shijian, answering the riddles correctly would only activate a trap and answering wrongly would start a fight.

The fight was extremely hard even through you outclassed the sphinx by a minor stage. You even were injured heavily and if you weren’t a pill cultivator who can easily heal ones injuries than the injuries may have lasted decades at least.

The experience taught you quite a bit about fear and danger as you revaluate your priorities within the tomb.

And so a couple years passed as you slowly explored the tomb. During your exploration you found countless rooms and puzzles clearly meant for late and great circle core creation cultivators however you completely avoided taking any risks even if the reward could be greater.

You stuck mostly to low-mid core creation level rooms and avoided taking any particular risks at all and just enjoyed the easy gain of wealth and treasures.

In the end you managed to gain 5 wealth risk free which you would call a win if not for the sudden ringing of your jade slip.

1/?
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>>4575569
The message you were given by your disciples were simple, it seemed whilst you were away that the Thousand Sword Empire had launched an attack.

Fuck, you would need a couple days to reach your sect from your current position deep in the tomb. You inform your disciples to hold out defensively for as long as possible until you arrive.

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You are Chen Chenhau and you were failing when it mattered most again. It had taken dozens of pills of Calming Mind not to be plagued with the visions.

The Thousand Sword Empire had come over like a massive tidal wave and using their late core creation patriarch Ran Yuan as an unstoppable hammer they had crushed through defence after defence. Without their own core creation patriarch to stop Ran Yuan, the “battles” were one sided massacres.

Of the three mortal kingdoms that your sect protected as vassals, all three kingdoms were occupied and faced heavy looting + damages that was unlikely to be fixed within at least 100 years. The loss is estimated to be at least 5 income per turn, maybe more.

You estimate the sect has lost 500ish qi condensation disciples (including quite a few of the “elites” that had survived the spirit severing tomb) and you know for a fact that the sect has already lost 2 generic foundation establishment elders. Of your three mercenary foundation establishment elders 1 had gone missing. At least the focus of resources on the “elites” had worked out with an increase of 1 foundation establishment elders which sort of mitigated the loss.

Your current forces amount to 1100 qi condensation disciples, 20 elites, 5 foundation establishment elders and 2 foundation establishment mercenary.

The enemy forces number 4500 qi condensation disciples, 10 foundation establish elders and of course their core creation elder

2/3
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>>4575572
Luckily you currently have a reprieve due to the Star fortress in the Bao kingdom that is buying precious hours as Ran Yuan is personally destroying the powerful fortress.

You have a few options whilst you await the patriarch to arrive back and whilst Ran Yuan is busy with the fortress.

The enemy is currently split into 3 armies of 1500 each, one occupied with each of your vassal kingdoms which is a chance for your sect.

You could attack one of their armies whilst Ran Yuan is busy with the Star fortress which would much improve that kingdom’s income after the war is over due to less looting not to mention the relations improvement. Of course additionally if you manage a massive win than it could drastically increase your chances to win the war.

Alternatively you can sit back and wait the patriarch to arrive back without risking any further losses.

>Assist the Bao kingdom
>Assist the Xiaochen kingdom
>Assist the Shu kingdom
>Stay and wait patriarch
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>>4575575
>Assist the Bao kingdom
possibly RIP Chen, but if there's a time to get over her bottleneck it'll be here.
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>>4575575
>Assist the Shu kingdom
I wanted to explore because we just discovered the dude was focusing on reaching nascent soul first and now he attacks
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>>4575578
Yeah Ran Yuan is only late and he wanted to cultivate much more before attacking you in a fair fight but you randomly left the sect than disappeared for years. He presumes you're either dead or busy elsewhere so took the free chance. This was always going to happen the moment you chose to leave the sect whilst the conflict with the Thousand Sword Empire was unresolved. For example if you had chosen to act as a mercenary in the Fang vs Shu war than Ran Yuan would've taken the chance to attack immediately just like now.
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>>4575587
interesting, so it was really either rushing the tomb immediately or letting everyone else have at it while we fortified
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>>4575587
So the game was rigged from the start
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>>4575575
>Assist the Xiaochen kingdom
Because shu already has good relations, bao has the enemy patriarch which is too threatening, so with this we'll secure loyalty and hopefully make a dent in enemy forces.

Also very frustrated i missed the votes because anons used sub-human intelligence in their votes. An enemy power has been preparing for warring you and you leave our territory??
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>>4575706
Honest question, what did you expect to happen?
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>Ran Yuan has massacred our harem
>for the sake of his pride alone
There will be suffering beyond all measure.

>>4575575
>Assist the Bao Kingdom
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>>4575575

>Assist the Bao kingdom
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>>4575706
>sub-human intelligence
Oh wise anon, hold of the all knowing intellect. I'm sorry we and the other anons didn't share your wisdom to magically know that the risk of Yuan breaking in the nascent realm didn't existed, wait it actually existed one the possible consequences is:
>Ran Yuan reached early nascent soul due to the help of THAT person instead of only late core creation by himself
So you're just being annoying acting like we didn't have any reason to take the tomb option.
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>>4575576
>>4575578
>>4575706
>>4576339
>>4576654
>Assist the Bao Kingdom
You are Chen Chenhau and you're determined that this time around you're not going to run away. You organize the troops into some half decent formations however most of the qi condensation disciples are disorganized and rather than an army it's more like a collection of individuals. You lack any particular skill and your attempts to make improvements to your army formations ends in failure. The only somewhat competent and well organised group that exists is the 20 qi condensation "elites" lead by Yue Shijian.

You decide to attack the Bao kingdom as the damage of spirit stone mining infrastructure is more important than spiritual herbs or manpower. Your sect is unlikely to have any issues with spirit stones in the following years if you succeed in the battle here but with both Xiaochen kingdom and Shu kingdom ignored, you are likely to face heavy issues in the following 100 years in herbs and recruitment.

Your 1100 disorganized army soon reaches the Bao kingdom where the local 1500 army of the Thousand Sword Empire has mostly stopped their looting to form a grand formation reminiscent of a sword. It's kind of scary when you see how practiced the Thousand Sword Empire troops are as if they all have army training. Luckily your attack which was unexpected meant not all the Thousand Sword Empire troops had gathered fast enough. Only 1000 of the 1500 had stopped the looting to form the formation. At the head of the army is their 10 foundation establishment elders who have all quickly flown over to engage your army.

On the ground the forces are your 1100 qi condensation+20 elites vs their 1000 qi condensation (with up to 500 possible reinforcements). Whilst you have the numbers advantage here, your troops are not trained for war and many vs many conflicts.

In the sky its your 7 foundation establishment desperately trying to hold out against 10 foundation establishment. What's worse is that if the two mercenaries think its hopeless than they may attempt to run even if it means their name will be forever marred in mud.

"L-leave this p-place or we'll d-destroy y-you" You shout out with the hope of scaring them but the enemy foundation establishment elders just laugh at you.

Give me 3d100, 3 rolls.

First is for your qi condensation army which is weaker than the Thousand Sword Empire. Your disciples aren't a proper army whilst theirs is.

Second is for your foundation establishment elders which are significantly stronger (due to Yue Shijian mostly who could solo half of them herself if she didn't have to deal with trying to prevent everyone else getting killed) than theirs. Note that due to Chu Chenhau's trauma, alot of people will die on crit fail.

Third is if any reinforcements occur which will mean maluses on the first roll. A crit fail with reinforcements means that Ran Yuan arrives and lots of people die.
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Rolled 67, 84, 39 = 190 (3d100)

>>4576731
ripperoni, how much money did Ran Yuan spend for this
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>>4576736
Alot, he had to bribe the golden merchant alliance to allow an offensive war (which was expensive even when he got a discount for being a distant relative), he spent a shit ton on cultivation resources to push himself into peak of late core creation and than on top of all that spent a moderate amount improving his troops.

Most of his expenses went to reaching peak of late core creation because in his mind that will guarantee a victory against you who he believes is still in mid core creation or just reached late core creation at best.
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Rolled 44, 24, 71 = 139 (3d100)

>>4576731
spin2lose
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Rolled 66, 18, 1 = 85 (3d100)

>>4576731
A nat 100 pls
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>>4576759
I sorry guys...
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>>4576759
Umm.

Okay, now this is really looking like a chinese mango with Yue Shijian as the protagonist.
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Rolled 6 (1d7)

>>4576759
LOL. Lemme see who dies.
1. Xing Xiaochen
2. Biyu Tang
3. Chenn Chenhau
4. Wen Zhu
5. ALL your unnamed elders
6. ALL of your qi condensation disciples
7: Lucky 7 means only the mercs die

Next update sometime tomorrow, I'm off to bed.
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>>4576768
So now we’re at basically 0 disciples of the lower level, nice and there the recruiting penalties
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>>4576768
You know, this is probably the only quest I know where losing our entire army won't cause a meltdown.

It's awful, but I also don't care at all about the harem king schtick. The hell is this going to do to MC's dao?
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>>4576768
>our supreme gentleman's entire harem has been exterminated
Time to impress the Eternal Hate Sect, Ran Yuan had it coming.
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Rolled 32, 74, 89 = 195 (3d100)

>>4576731
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FUCK I WAS LATE
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>>4576886
What could have been
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>>4576759
>>4576768
Oioi, aiai! We are ruined!
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>>4576736
>>4576748
>>4576759
>>4576768
>Qi condensation army: 67 which doesn't matter at all
>Foundation establishment elders: 84 great success (6 enemies killed)
>Reinforcements: 1 crit fail and Ran Yuan arrives
>Crit fail: 6 means all qi condensation disciples die

Yue Shijian looked down upon the battlefield with disdain, this whole war was a pointless waste of time in her opinion but whatever. Two opponents faced her, both of the great circle of foundation establishment.

“Well met fellow cultivator, I am grand elder ‘Blazing Blades’ of the Thousand Sword Empire. With the pride of the sect upon my back I challenge you to a 1v1 duel. Name yourself so I know what to remember you by when you die.” Called out the beautiful woman surrounded by 6 flying swords that were aflame with scarlet fire.

Yue glanced upon her opponent with ridicule and almost laughed at the sheer stupidity of what the woman before her was saying. Wordlessly Yue Shijian charged forward to meet the woman in an exchange.

The Stellar Eternity Art was an art that manipulated time yet at her current level her Stellar Eternity Art couldn’t actually manipulate time. Instead it only allowed her to increase the speed of her own perception of time. However that was enough as the increased perception of time allowed her to easily dodge the many varied attacks of the 6 blades whilst calmly analysing the opponent.

From Yue’s vast experience, most flying swords were manipulated in one of two ways at foundation establishment level. The flying swords either copied a master swordsman’s techniques or was manually controlled by the user. It took her three exchanges to realise her opponent was using a combination of 2 manually controlled swords and 4 swords with copied master swordsman techniques. From there Yue easily ended the fight in the next exchange when she crushed the head of the enemy woman with a fist surrounded by a nebula.

Her other opponent who was an elderly man who looked shocked at the extremely fast death of his colleague. He reacted fast as he pointed his finger at Yue and activated some kind of illusionary sword technique that showed one their own death. Yue had already died once and the so the illusions were useless and a single attack from Yue later the elderly man had a massive hole in his chest. He was dead within seconds without realising what had even happened.

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>>4577732
It had been less than a hand span of time but the fight vs the two great circles was over as Yue flew towards Chen Chenhau who was hard pressed in combat against her two opponents who were both also of the great circle.

Chen Chenhau wielded an ornate spear defensively against a massive mountain of a man with metal like skin and a lithe woman wielding a thin jian sword. The two enemies had flawless teamwork however taking advantage of their focus on Chen Chenhau, Yue Shijian lands a powerful blow against the man with metal skin only it dealt no damage at all. Yue shijian spent a single breath on thinking of possibilities before settling on the man using some kind of derivative Iron Skin technique which meant the weaknesses must be the same. Taking out a few thunder talismans she gained from the spirit severing tomb awhile back, Yue activates them towards the metal giant and promptly fries the man to death as whilst Iron Skin techniques protects against physical attacks well, it does poorly versus thunder attacks.

“No my beloved, you fucking bitch I’ll kill yo-“ The lithe woman shouts out but shes dead before she finishes as Yue Shijian easily kills her with a single blow. These people had eyes but couldn’t see Mt Tai thinks Yue scornfully.

“T-thanks” calls out Chen Chenhau however Yue Shijian ignores her as she promptly rushes to help the next worthless elder of her useless sect.

If it wasn’t for the fact the playboy patriarch was “somewhat” enjoyable to be around, Yue Shijian would’ve left the sect already especially when its stuck in a pointless war.

At her current rate, Yue was sure she could easily finish slaughtering the rest of the foundation establishment easily before helping the struggling qi condensation weaklings win the battle before the core creation annoyance Ran Yuan finished destroying the fort.

Unfortunately for all her experience Yue Shijian didn’t realise something, sometimes the heavens themselves will favour one group over another.

From the distance came a tyrannical aura rushing toward the battlefield. A massive phantasmal sword is formed before it cleaves apart the army of qi condensation disciples like a knife through butter. Ran Yuan had arrived.

Whilst Yue Shijian liked the Loving Hearts sect’s patriarch somewhat, she wasn’t foolish enough to die for his sect and so activating a lifesaving treasure (a pendant that teleported the user to somewhere she deemed safe) she had gained from the spirit severing tomb, she disappears from the battlefield.

Xing Xiaochen is injured by her opponent (the injury doesn't matter because pill sect)
Yue Shijian kills 4 opponents
Wen Zhu kills her opponent
Chen Chenhau fails but is saved by Yue Shijian
One of your generics kills the enemy


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>>4577737
Ran Yuan was confident, utterly confident in his victory. He had spent vast hordes of spirit stones saved over hundreds of years to reach not just late core creation but the peak of late core creation. Hell he had even sold his 3 lifesaving treasures just for cultivation resources.

He was sure as soon as he killed the lecherous pill refiner and removed the damage that fool had created in his Dao, he would even be able to reach great circle within the next couple of years.

Originally he was tempted to reach nascent soul by accepting the contract with THAT person but now that Ran Yuan thought about it, this was much better. No need for any suspicious deals, just absolute dominance of the trash by oneself for that was the nature of his Dao of “The Tyrannical Sword” that ruled over all.

Hopefully that foolish pill refiner didn’t get himself killed and was only busy elsewhere. He looked forward to showcasing the endless pyramids of pretty little disciple heads to that trash pill refiner.

It took only 10 moves of his massive Phantasmal Sword to wipe out all the Qi Condensation trash whilst casually fending of the attacks of the foundation establishment trash.

He heard reports from his 4 surviving elders that apparently his four grand elders had all been slaughtered by some foundation establishment slut. He made note to track down and slaughter the bitch for the insult to his sect.

With the Qi condensation trash dead it was time for the foundation establishment trash. Foundation establishment elders were often much closer to a patriarch so he intended to capture than slowly torture each of the elders to find out any possible weaknesses of their patriarch. Whilst assured of his own victory, Ran Yuan still would take any advantage given.

However just as Ran Yuan was about to start with the foundation establishment, he felt a powerful aura of the great circle of core creation. What? This was impossible, theres no fucking way tha-

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>>4577738
You arrive to find a scene straight from the hells which only an Asura could create. Your beautiful flowers were scattered across the ground in various states of dismemberment.

Ran Yuan that son of a bitch! You swear a vow by the heavens that you will not only utterly destroy him but will ensure his death is as painful and slow as possible.

You feel your Dao shaken to the point of shattering but so what? You forcibly piece your Dao back together piece by piece. Maybe you’ll have problems in the future with cultivation but for now you focus on the death of Ran Yuan and the saving of the few beauties that have survived.

A massive phantasmal blade attempts to strike against you but you casually shatter it with a flick. You and Ran Yuan may have been of equal strength when you had the same minor stage but now that you were a whole minor stage ahead? The difference between your strengths was almost insurmountable as you break and shatter through every sword technique Ran Yuan throws against you.

Ran Yuan wasn’t weak and he even managed to last a whole 30 exchanges before you crippled him by destroying his core within his dantian. You wonder why he didn’t use any lifesaving treasures to escape but you put it down to the man’s massive ego.

The enemy forces look upon you in terror as you easily crushed their patriarch but now you have a choice. What to do with their remaining forces?

>Kill them all for revenge (your shattered Dao healing speed is improved, your current Dao may be corrupted by a new Dao, all relations within Golden Merchant Alliance falls)
>Prisoners (due to you lacking personnel you lose your personal action next turn keeping track of them, prisoners can be sold as slaves/ransom, plied for information or slowly recruited)
>Allow them to leave in peace (massively improved relations with Thousand Sword Empire remnants)
>Write in
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>>4577737
wow not even an 84 can get chen to stop jobbing

>>4577739
and this means that baiting him to fight right after we cultivated actually worked in its own way.

>Execute all but one of the elders
>The last elder will be restricted within the Loving Hearts sect helping with repairs and arranging for reparations with the kingdoms, while the rest may leave in peace or act as messengers for said reparations.
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>>4577739
Torture them slowly. From now on every waking moment of their existence will be pain and suffering and torment equal to a FRACTION of what they have delivered unto us by marring our sweet beloved garden of delicate flowers. There will be no restoration, no mercy, no reconciliation. They will suffer until we've decided they have suffered enough, and then we will deliver their shattered, despairing, but oh so alive remains to the Eternal Hate Sect. It will be a gift, and those lowly Qi Condensation members of the Thousand Sword who are beneath our notice? They will spread tales, so that it will be known that we are to be feared and ANY slight unto our precious beauties will be repaid a thousandfold.
>tl;dr: push our pill-crafting to the limit to TORTURE the fuckers for one turn, then gift them to the Eternal Hate Sect
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>>4577742
Remember our protag is a supreme gentleman who genuinely, passionately loved every member of the Sect... and now they've been massacred for the sake of an inferior cultivator's pride. I feel like that's letting them go way too mercifully.
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>>4577747
I went for a middle ground between the presented options, but I'm not really sure what I'd want.

I'm not a fan of torture porn and rape tho.
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>>4577739
>You feel your Dao shaken to the point of shattering but so what? You forcibly piece your Dao back together piece by piece. Maybe you’ll have problems in the future with cultivation but for now you focus on the death of Ran Yuan and the saving of the few beauties that have survived.
so not only we lost 1100 people to the 1 we now have got some penalty to cultivation for no reason
>Prisoners (due to you lacking personnel you lose your personal action next turn keeping track of them, prisoners can be sold as slaves/ransom, plied for information or slowly recruited)
Let's go with this due to versatility and also the possibility of regaining people.
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>>4577745
>torture them slowly than send them to Eternal Hate sect
Anons already decided earlier on that you're the type of character that takes revenge but doesn't go full "out by the roots" with the Bao kingdom choice way back.

I can't really decide if this would be in character or not but I'll allow it if anons want to vote for it. Maybe this was the breaking point for the patriarch since he just lost basically his whole sect filled with possible harem members and lovers.
>>4577750
>no reason for cultivation drop
I mean your Dao is The Harem King and lots of your women just got slaughtered...
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>>4577749
No rape, none, only torture, because I cannot physically comprehend a supreme gentleman who's dedicated his entire existence to amassing a harem which his soul is dedicated to loving completely and unconditionally, would handle the outright massacre of them any other way. It's completely out-of-character to clean execute only the elders and let everyone else live with no hard feelings when they participated in the same butchery. I don't like torture either, but disproportionate punishment is a mainstay of xianxia shit, and this? Entire clans have been crippled and enslaved for a tenth of what happened here.

>>4577750
Will you stop bitching about the QM? The main character's Dao is oriented around his harem, that's his spiritual foundation, and it's just been massacred. Of course there's going to be some major damage.
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>>4577757
>I mean your Dao is The Harem King and lots of your women just got slaughtered...
so killing the guy helped the healing process considering we got our revenge (considering he killed all by swinging his dick)
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>>4577758
dude I thought dao was just this story's ki, not something psychological related
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>>4577758
Sure, but there isn't much enslaving we can do with the number of people we have left. The Eternal Hate sect isn't even in this region, so we can't actually protect ourselves politically if we cross the line.

We can loot whatever's left of the Thousand Sword treasuries, but unless we dedicate significant amounts of research time into mind altering pills while using them as guinea pigs, we won't have a secure working force.

And again, still not a fan of torture. Putting the only viable leader in house arrest outside their own territory will cripple them, and if One Heaven invades to take the lands, we have cause to "defend" our "allies".

From there, we have time to recruit people from them and all over without coming off as a boiling mass of anger.
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>>4577739
>Prisoners (due to you lacking personnel you lose your personal action next turn keeping track of them, prisoners can be sold as slaves/ransom, plied for information or slowly recruited)
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>>4577766
Dao is basically the spiritually oneness that encompasses everything, and a cultivator's Dao is which aspect of the Dao they align their cultivation towards. The Dao of the Harem King is built around his harem, 99% of which was just massacred because Ran Yuan couldn't handle being the equal of a pill crafter in combat.

>>4577767
They butchered almost everyone we loved, man, our MC's not going to be thinking of how to handle the long-run, he's gripped with grief and horror. Ran Yuan's actions were completely arbitrary, it makes no sense not to react appropriately. If we get a reputation as a boiling mass of anger toward those who wrong our sect to this extent, that's an objectively good thing, because nobody else will attempt to do it in the future unless they have massive clout, and it'll replace our reputation as a pathetic weakling who happens to be a master of pills.
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>>4577765
Somewhat anon. Think about it this way anon, if someone you cared about dies due to a criminal and the criminal is punished. Yes you received justice and revenge but does that bring the lost people back? No the pain of the loss still exists anon.
>>4577766
Your Dao is a fundamental concept and lifestyle that defines your path in cultivation. It is a fundamental concept that encapsulates you as an individual which most cultivators decide at core creation.

Those at core creation are limited to knowing their Dao and following their Dao internally (this manifests mechanically as social bonuses to all your rolls with females for you) however those at nascent soul can express their Dao outwardly not that you know anything much about nascent soul.

See: https://immortalmountain.wordpress.com/glossary/wuxia-xianxia-xuanhuan-terms/ if you want a more wordy version of my quick explanation of the above.

If your Dao is harmed than your very foundations and self is harmed so of course your cultivation speed is lowered and in worst cases stagnated.

>>4577767
One Heaven lost their patriarch so they are a non-threat and are currently only remaining free because Golden Merchant Alliance doesn't want their land, Xu clan is busy with tomb, your and thousand empire are at war with each other.
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>>4577772
No, I agree with the reputation thing, but going from there to "we MUST torture" is going full CCP.
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>>4577774
Is there a cultivation thing where we can "tax" the survivors of blood to use for cultivation or making pills? Is that considered the same as Demonic "drain them of life force"?
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>>4577781
>tax the survivors for blood
That's full on demonic which means pissing off 3 different major regional powers when you're a minor vassal power.
No anon you can't tax them of blood lol.

Okay anons I have to leave. This vote will stay open for another 6-7 hours before I arrive home.

Feel free to ask any other questions which I will answer when I arrive home.
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>>4577780
The way I see it,
>they massacred over a thousand women who we loved unconditionally
>we can either:
>imprison them for temporary profits and no justice
>or
>execute them, quickly and painlessly, very merciful
>or
>torture them in equal proportion to our (perceived) loss
A quick, clean execution and leaving one alive and unharmed to help us rebuild after they slaughtered our entire harem for the sake of their leader's pride is going to make us come off as a pushover. This is likely the most severe affront to us we're ever going to get, the most reasonable, in-character option is to make sure this doesn't happen again. It is not full CCP, the CCP would execute them immediately, but would an extremely overpowered, pill-refining master and supreme gentleman whose waifus were just violently butchered for no reason he can comprehend? It feels completely out-of-character.
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>>4577739
>Prisoners (due to you lacking personnel you lose your personal action next turn keeping track of them, prisoners can be sold as slaves/ransom, plied for information or slowly recruited)
They followed their patriarch and his petty plot, they deserve punishment. At least we can salvage something out of this mess.

The real problem is that the Golden Merchant Alliance is willing to allow tributaries to annihilate each other for some quick coin without consideration of the long term wealth effects. It's clear there's no benefit to the Loving Hearts to stay in the alliance anymore, so we need to take as much as we can from the Thousand Swords and One Heaven to secure our independence.
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>>4577787
>leaving one alive and unharmed
That's a good point, I forgot that they don't have to be unharmed.

Look dude, if we actually followed your "make sure it doesn't happen again", we would very immediately be picking a fight with the Golden Merchant Union and risk losing everyone else, particularly Yue since she'll just fuck off without even fighting.

I want to meet you halfway on this, but if you're just going to repeat that the ONLY thing to do is torture and there's no other option then there's no point in me replying to you.
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>>4577739
tentative adjustments to my vote here >>4577742

>Execute all but one elder.
>Surviving elder loses an eye, an arm, and maybe a lung.
>That elder chooses one Qi Condensation member to act as a messenger. That messenger loses a leg and an ear.

>The rest are imprisoned and used as guinea pigs for pills or recruitment
>Ransom requests must pass through the messenger, no matter how long it takes them to travel with one leg.
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>>4577739
>Kill them all for revenge (your shattered Dao healing speed is improved, your current Dao may be corrupted by a new Dao, all relations within Golden Merchant Alliance falls)
OUT BY THE ROOTS, as they say.
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We NEED to do something horrible to them, simple prisoners or letting them go isn’t good enough, I’m sure what we should do to them though. Killing them is quick, easy, and merciful but torturing them or using them as lab rats will be ‘equallivelent’ and will help fix our Dao but may piss off the head haunchos.
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>>4577794
Maybe torture is an extreme reaction, but the actions of Ran Yuan were themselves extreme and extremely heinous from our MC's point of view. I don't think we need to sink in that we're torturing them for the sake of torturing them, it's a prolonged punishment inflected via the pills we've mastered, over the fact that they butchered our harem. That's reasonable, in-character, it makes perfect sense, in-character, but a clean, painless execution of the elders no different from how we'd slay a random bandit is unduly lenient for the circumstances. The point is not torture for the sake of torture, it's torture for the sake of getting the message across that the Loving Hearts Sect is "off-limits" if they aren't willing to risk heinous consequences, and finding an outlet for our patriarch's grief. If we were a disciplined Sword Dao and they'd butchered our disciples, I would want to cleanly execute them to demonstrate our honor and restraint, but we are not, we're a "gentlemanly" Harem King Dao and they've butchered our harem. I'm sorry if I've frustrated you, it just feels bizarre to be civilized about his pow's in the current set of circumstances.

>>4577742
>>4577802
I'll support this, with the addendum that the execution of the elders is done, and known to have been done, through an overdose of pills. Imprisoning the Qi Condensation members is a little extreme, I wanted to release them and torture the elders, but turnabout's fair play and having ransom requests through a one-legged Qi Condensation member is clever, sick and terrible, but clever. This should build up our reputation considerably and from here on out, we can build our Sect back stronger. Something I hadn't considered about my earlier torture suggestion was that Yue Shijan might've left out of disgust, but this should come across much more reasonably.
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>>4577739
For now I’ll go with this

>Execute all but one elder.
>Surviving elder loses an eye, an arm, and maybe a lung.
>That elder chooses one Qi Condensation member to act as a messenger. That messenger loses a leg and an ear.

>The rest are imprisoned and used as guinea pigs for pills or recruitment
>Ransom requests must pass through the messenger, no matter how long it takes them to travel with one leg.
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>>4577739
Considering that the other option is gaining traction, switching from >>4577809 to support the plan in >>4577802
>Execute all but one elder.
>Surviving elder loses an eye, an arm, and maybe a lung.
>That elder chooses one Qi Condensation member to act as a messenger. That messenger loses a leg and an ear.

>The rest are imprisoned and used as guinea pigs for pills or recruitment
>Ransom requests must pass through the messenger, no matter how long it takes them to travel with one leg.
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>>4577739
>Kill them all for revenge (your shattered Dao healing speed is improved, your current Dao may be corrupted by a new Dao, all relations within Golden Merchant Alliance falls)
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>>4577739
>Prisoners (due to you lacking personnel you lose your personal action next turn keeping track of them, prisoners can be sold as slaves/ransom, plied for information or slowly recruited)
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>>4577745
>>4577750
>>4577769
>>4577793
>>4577802
>>4577809
>>4577812
>>4577813
>>4577820
>>4577843
>>4577864
>Kill all but one elder. Surviving elder loses an eye, an arm, and a lung.
>That elder chooses one Qi Condensation member to act as a messenger. That messenger loses a leg and an ear.
>All other qi condensation disciples are taken prisoner

Tfw I arrive home to a billion replies.

This had equal votes with “take everyone prisoner” (4v4) and whilst I want to be optimistic my change in usual run time or lurkers resulted in the increased players instead of it being samefags but I honestly can’t tell either way.

There’s 1 post ids on both sides and since the winning options aren’t that mutually exclusive, I’ve combined them.


You casually throw Ran Yuan now crippled body to Xing Xiaochen, you’ll make sure he suffers slowly later but for now you had to deal with the leftovers.

Three foundation establishment elders of the Thousand Sword Empire look upon you with fear.

One of them attempted to escape with a lifesaving treasure however you remove his head with a casual swipe before his artefact activates.

Another of the elders attempts to kowtow to you but with casual wave of your hands the elder is consumed with pill flames.

The final was a beautiful woman who had just peed themseles and it seemed she had heard wrongly about your character because she attempted to seduce you with words and the removal of her clothes.

You answer her by casually tearing off her right leg with nothing more than brute strength. You ignore her cries and screams as with a swipe you tear out her left eye. Just for good measure you make a claw with your hands and rip out one of her lungs too.

You force her to take a Flesh Restoration Pill and a Blood Replenishing pill so she doesn’t expire as you calmly yet coldly explain to her that your Dao was not of the common lust but of the harem king. You explain further she is to choose a qi condensation member who she shall remove a leg and ear from. That qi condensation member shall act as the messenger for all reparations and other matters. She fearfully begs for your mercy as she promises that she shall not fail you so ”pleasefortheloveofallthatsgooddon’tkillme”.

You hope such permanent proofs of your displeasure will ensure your reputation will resound across the lands. You didn’t care too much about your reputation as a lecherous idiot who was a pill master but this incident made you reconsider.

Sometimes it’s better to be feared such that no foe will ever touch what is yours and those you care about.

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>>4577913
Taking prisoners of the many Qi condensation disciples is both easy yet takes forever as you had to reach each of the 1500 armies individually, kill a couple people to make a statement than explain that they are all prisoners.

Between idiots that tried to run or fight back as well as needing to make examples of a few of the qi condensation looters who were particularly cruel, you were left with 3000 prisoners that you now needed to watch over.

You were likely going to be busy the next couple years dedicating it completely to watching the prisoners.

The only upside was most cultivators didn’t need to actually eat so at least you could actually support the prisoner amount without issues.

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Biyu Tang “elegantly” sipped her tea as she considered her own genius plan. Rather than risk her life in something stupid like an all-out war over a man’s silly pride, it was much better to stay at base and once the other qi condensation disciples arrived back, she could easily elegantly blend in. Any official documents were easy to deal with as she’s the intrigue elder after all and she’s already paid off a few other members to act as “witnesses” of her being at the battle.

Biyu Tang was proud of her low cunning but for once her low cunning worked out for she hadn’t died. Her sect patriarch hugging her in tears much later before spanking her black and blue in punishment is a story we’ll leave to the two of them alone.

Almost forgot Biyu is STILL qi condensation so had to make up a reason she survived.

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It takes months to finish dealing with all the preparations for the prisoners as your buildings and infrastructure can’t handle 4000 prisoners.

Whatever the case you walk through the empty sect that no longer had the fragrance of beautiful flowers and no longer had the whisper of gossip in the air.

You walked past it all into a large graveyard with over 1000 individual tombstones each filled with the names of the fallen flowers. It had taken you considerable time to gather each individual Qi condensation body and bury them but it was worth it. You speak out a long string of over 1000 names as you remember each disciple with a single line to represent them.

You leave the graveyard saddened but determined. This place would change you promise yourself, you will find new disciples and your sect WILL NOT end here.

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>>4577916
Xing Xiaochen is a late foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration. The battles against the Thousand Sword Empire has helped acted as an impetus to her improvement. You note with pride the determined look of calmness within her eyes, just like you, she refuses to give up here.

She is generally SKILLED in administration.

“Master, our current wealth sits at 31 with an income of -3 (base 7. Minus 5 for tribute. Minus 4 for Shu Kingdom damages. Minus 1 for Xiaochen Kingdom damages).

If you cbfed reading below than heres the numbers: 16-10+20+5.

Where do I even begin master? It seemed the foundation establishment mercenary that had gone missing had actually utilised the conflict to steal a large sum of wealth (-10) from us. Luckily a lot of the wealth was hidden so he didn’t steal too much. We have already put out a bounty for the man but I have suspicions that he has ties with the Golden Merchant Alliance so it’s unlikely the bounty will do much.

In addition, a lot of the herbs from the Xiaochen Kingdom has either been looted or burned so our pill production has dropped immensely not to mention the loss of sect members to actually make the pills.

This isn’t even mentioning the fact we’re stuck with 3000 prisoners who we need to deal with. Whether we sell them, recruit them or otherwise we need to do it fast so it frees master up to do other tasks.

>Sell them (500 prisoner = 1 wealth)
>Recruit them (In batches of 500, nonexistent loyalty and 1/3 chance for them to do a runner once you stop paying attention)
>Gather information (Since you’re using soul searching and truth forcing pills, 1/3 chance for useful information per 500 lost)
>Mad science experiment on them for pills and shit (1/3 chance for ??? Per 500 lost)
Make sure your choices add up to 3000 total, you can pick an option multiple times.


If theres one upside to all of this is that we have taken massive amounts of loot from the Thousand Sword Empire as well as what few treasures Ran Yuan didn’t use vs master. It totals around 20 wealth which with the 5 wealth of reparations we’ve managed to negotiate mean we have more than made up our wealth losses temporarily.

By my estimates it will take 100 years (10 turns) for the Shu and Xiaochen kingdoms to restore themselves. We can either dump in wealth to help them recover or we can take in new lands to make up for the losses in income. Of course taking new lands will have to wait until the sect is back on its feet."

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>>4577918
Biyu Tang is a great circle qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. Looks like the pressure and stress of the sect situation is even affecting someone as lazy as Biyu.

She is generally AVERAGE in intrigue.

“I’ve lost basically all my agents since we went all in with the war. The few agents I have left are all mortals or unreliable mercenaries. Honestly patriarch I have no real information that you wouldn’t be able to find out yourself.

If we spend wealth like water than maybe I can do something but as is I’m basically useless.” You bite back a snark about how she’s normally useless too even back when she had agents.

Chen Chenhau an early Foundation Establishment elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars.
Unfortunately it seems the conflict did not spark Chen Chenhau to progress like the others (i.e. she continues to roll absolute dogshit with a massive malus on top of that which makes the dogshit look good).

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war. Her cultivation progress has completely stalled to the point it’s unlikely for her to ever progress beyond early Foundation Establishment.

"W-we have z-zero (0) qi condensation members, 5 foundation establishment elders and 1 core creation patriarch.

W-with the loss of much of Shu kingdom and the kingdom at chaos, we have a massive loss in potential recruits.

I-I think we need to focus on recruiting from either the prisoners or elsewhere. M-maybe we can try to recruit from the d-demi humans of the Serpent Spine Mountains? Alternatively we c-could conquer more lands which would mean more recruits. Theres also the rumours of a couple rogue cultivator settlements backed by barbarian deserters but finding the place would be hard. Lastly we could try to recruit locally in the other factions territories if we don't mind the relations loss"

Sect action
>Recruit from demi-humans
>Recruit from barbarian deserters + rogue cultivators
>Recruit from other factions (pick either Xu or One Heaven)
>Demand "recruits" from Thousand Sword Empire
>Recruit from (Write in)
>Do something else (lol)

Personal action
>locked
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>>4577926
>Gather information (Since you’re using soul searching and truth forcing pills, 1/3 chance for useful information per 500 lost)
1500, we'll extract all their knowledge of the Thousand Sword Empire's secrets. Ran Yuan's stuff is now ours.
>Mad science experiment on them for pills and shit (1/3 chance for ??? Per 500 lost)
The rest of them. Way I see it, selling them for 3-6 wealth at best isn't really worth it compared to the other options.

Sect action:
>Recruit from barbarian deserters + rogue cultivators
It was mentioned earlier that the demi-humans wouldn't respect a sect in the Serpent Spine Mountains quickly, so our chances are pretty much nil. Furthermore, I distrust the Thousand Sword Empire at the moment, and I would like to maintain good relations with the Xu Clan while we're still 6 members strong.
Honestly, I would like to recruit from the One Heaven Church AND look for independents, but one action per turn... cultivators from the One Heaven Church will take longer to adapt to our culture, so independents it is.
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>>4577918
>3 Sell
>1 Recruit
>1 Gather
>1 Experiment
roll dem dice. Selling is more to spread the word and not piss off golden merchant too much than actual benefit, otherwise info would be way better.

>>4577926
>Recruit from demi-humans
I think we can make it work if we just make the next personal action or two for putting the moves on everyone. We still have mad social bonuses, time to make use of it.
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>>4577926
Can we replace Chen?
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>>4577960
>Can we replace Chen?
You can replace her with either Wen Zhu or Yue Shijian, both of which have their own issues.

Yue is a fairweather friend/disciple and when shit gets bad she will bail if she feels at risk.

Wen Zhu has no training so you'll have an INCOMPETENT elder for a couple turns.

Unnamed generic elders cannot become admin/intrigue/martial elders.

If anons want to vote for it I don't mind.
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>>4577918
>Recruit 500
>Gather information from 1500
>Experiment on 1000
We've got enough wealth to weather the income loss (and should outright invest in fixing the Shu kingdom next turn), so just take the cream of the crop and use the rest for some sort of gain.

>>4577926
>Recruit from barbarian deserters + rogue cultivators
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>>4577926
>Gather information (Since you’re using soul searching and truth forcing pills, 1/3 chance for useful information per 500 lost)
>Mad science experiment on them for pills and shit (1/3 chance for ??? Per 500 lost)
Half and half, I actually want to go all in on the mad science stuff but I doubt the others will go for it.
>Recruit from barbarian deserters + rogue cultivators
I’m really not sure about this recruitment vote since almost all of our options are terrible, the only good options we have are independents, the church, and random villages and such. Church has issues and villages aren’t great for large numbers even when compared to the others, so Independents it is for now unless someone has a clever idea.
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>>4577944
Support
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>>4577918
>Sell them (500 prisoner = 1 wealth)
1
>Recruit them (In batches of 500, nonexistent loyalty and 1/3 chance for them to do a runner once you stop paying attention)
1
>Gather information (Since you’re using soul searching and truth forcing pills, 1/3 chance for useful information per 500 lost)
3
>Mad science experiment on them for pills and shit (1/3 chance for ??? Per 500 lost)
1
>>4577926
>Recruit from barbarian deserters + rogue cultivators
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>>4577926
>Recruit them
But only the girls.
>Gather information
>Mad science experiment on them for pills and shit
1000 each. We shall gamble.

>Recruit from One Heaven Church
Their lands will be ours anyway, we could simply start assimilating them immediately.
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>>4577944
>>4577947
>>4577969
>>4577970
>>4578006
>>4578011
>>4578138
Lesson learnt, I shouldn't do votes like that.
>gather information from 1500 prisoners and experiment on 1500 prisoners wins with 3 votes
>Recruit from barbarian deserters + rogue cultivators

Strong willpower was a funny thing. It may seem like a massive benefit and in most cases it is however what about when you're being tortured? Those with a strong willpower just ensures their suffering is prolonged as their mind doesn't break from the horrors they suffer.

You started today once again personally torturing Ran Yuan. Normally one would die after what punishments you've inflicted on him but luckily Ran Yuan was strong of will so he stayed sane and you had plenty of pills to restore any flesh and blood lost.

You get a feeling you are slowly tainting your Dao each time you torture Ran Yuan but every time you remember the atrocities he committed, you renew your sense of purpose.

You've spent a few years trying to decide what to do with the prisoners and how to make use of their worthless lives. At first you think of selling them whether as ransom or slaves but mere wealth would not equal their crimes of going along with Ran Yuan.

No you will use half of them as sources of information with Soul Searching pills whilst you will use the other half as guinea pigs for testing your pills. Whilst a few will survive, you doubt any amount that matters will as you systemically reduce your prisoners to near zero.

As you make the decision you note the tainting of your Dao between your daily torture of Ran Yuan and your choices to systematically wipe out all the prisoners.

Your Dao is tainted with ???, mechanical bonuses wise you are slightly stronger in combat but your social bonuses from your Dao have been reduced. You've unlocked something extra to sever at Spirit Severing if you ever reach it.

Meanwhile your sect makes arrangements to visit the many cities haphazardly ruled over by rogue cultivators. Rogue cultivators can't even be called a minor power due to their complete lack of cooperation between individuals however they could be a good source of new disciples.

You have heard that recently many of the barbarian cultivators who had deserted from the war a few decades back had become rogue cultivators and were situated there which was an additional source of disciples.

You make sure your elders that are sent remember to only choose women even if it reduces your disciple numbers.

Give me 3d100, 3 rolls. Will start writing once rolls complete.

First is info from prisoners, second is experiment, third is recruit. You really want to do well on the third roll as its both your recruitment and how rogue cultivators will generally perceive your sect.
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Rolled 70, 81, 83 = 234 (3d100)

>>4579014
Calling it now, two nat 1s
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Rolled 88, 49, 24 = 161 (3d100)

>>4579014
things are rough as ever, hope my boy can get outta this
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>>4579019
>>4579020
pls not nat 1 on the 3rd anon rolling pls
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Rolled 35, 21, 18 = 74 (3d100)

>>4579014
Nat 001
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>>4579014
Hope thousand sword still has enough people that golden merchant wont complain
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>>4579027
Finally
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>>4579019
>>4579020
>>4579027
>Information gathering: 88 major success
>Experiment: 81 moderate success
>Recruitment: 83 moderate success
Your usage of massive doses of Soul Searching pills and Truth Forcing pills coupled with your massive amounts of prisoners meant your information gathering was generally an easy success. You find out alot of key information which such as:

- Thousand Sword Empire makes an income of 15 wealth per turn from their many absorbed mortal kingdoms. Their treasury is basically empty due to Ran Yuan spending it all on increasing his cultivation. Thousand Sword Empire does not have many herbs for pill making but instead has alot of different ores for artifact crafting and spirit stone mines. They also have ALOT more mortal manpower than you as their total mortal population is around 50 million (compared to your 10 million~ before the looting)

- Ran Yuan had went all in with his attack against you so the Thousand Sword Empire has less than 500 qi condensation disciples remaining and the sole foundation establishment elder you spared earlier

-They explain nearly all the defenses and arrays that exist within the sect territories. None of them are particularly powerful but this means you have easy countermeasures for all of them so you don't need to personally break them if you invade.

-Bonus information from major success: Finally and most mysteriously you find out that Ran Yuan had hosted some barbarians of unknown purpose who had left after a disagreement with Ran Yuan. Were these barbarians related to the deserters or was this some kind of other unknown barbarian faction?

Of course there was plenty of other more minor information or information of questionable authenticity. Pills after all could only make the consumer say the truth they believed and not the absolute truth. You're in a much better position if you ever want to subjugate the Thousand Sword Empire.

The only real roadblock to taking the Thousand Sword Empire lands is what Yuan Renmibi and the Golden Merchant Alliance may or may not do.

1/?
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>>4579074
You calmly experiment on the disciples ignoring their screams and cries. You're normally too moral and more importantly too uncaring about pill refining in general to forcibly test on humans but with such perfect subjects that had incited your rage, you go all out experimenting with tons of your ideas that was too dangerous to experiment with before. Your actions are almost demonic but as long as you don't use human lifeforce or souls for fueling cultivation, you're sure that no-one gives two shits about the qi condensation deaths from your experiments.

Each day the prisoners are more and more agitated as between the questioning and experiments, more and more of the prisoners are left in various states of dead and dying. You count over 10 organized jail breaks over the years but each is easily crushed by you as after all they are just Qi condensation juniors.

One such idea was to craft a pill that could help Chen Chenhau to break through her bottleneck at the Early Foundation Establishment stage. You called the pill the Bottleneck Smasher and it had taken you just over 500 deaths with countless failed products before finally you had crafted something worthwhile.

The Bottleneck Smasher pill was a resounding success that could help anyone under Core Creation to break through their bottlenecks but unfortunately the pill only worked once per individual. You contemplate selling the pills but decide on keeping it secret for now like your Everlasting Beauty pill. Maybe you could use the Bottleneck Smasher when you're lower on funds or when you need to impress disciples.

Another idea you had was to make a pill that would explosively increase your power in the short term in return for long term losses. The Exploding Power pill however was a failure as even with 500 deaths from it, you could not create something satisfactory. At best the pill would increase a qi condensation disciple half of a minor stage for a hours time but would ensure their death afterwards. Whilst the pill was a failure you could potentially sell it and its formula for wealth as those who care less about their disciples can use it for suicide troops.

Finally you had an idea about a pill that would allow you to control those that had ingested it. You called it the Spirit Control pill and unfortunately you could not make it work at all. At best the pill made the one who took it easily suggestable but it didn't specify between you or anyone else as the "master". Since many other pills already did this, the Spirit Control pill was a resounding which couldn't even be sold.

2/?
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>>4579075
Rogue cultivator cities were places of wanton chaos as often public peace is nonexistent and those with power ruled over all.

Duels between cultivators over face or resources were common and the only areas lacking chaos are the many auction houses of the Golden Merchant Alliance which no-one is stupid enough to cause trouble at.

Whilst Yue Shijian, Chen Chenhau, Wen Zhu and Xing Xiaochen were mostly used to the chaos due to having previous experience however there was one elder who did not have previous experience with rogue cultivator cities due to their own "elegance" (read: laziness), Biyu Tang.

Xing had to constantly pull Biyu away from wonders being showcased by vendors whilst trying to ensure stray shots from the constant fights didn't get Biyu killed. The two had known each other the longest as they were the first two of the Loving Hearts Sect. Whilst Biyu was actually older, anyone who saw the scene would think Xing was the older sister, taking control of an unruly little sister.

Meanwhile Chen Chenhau and Yue Shijian had started chatting, the two of them had grown closer after Yue saved Chen's life. Yue pretended to be disinterested yet always answered Chen's questions and talk with curt answers. Whilst Yue would deny it, she considered Chen Chenhau a friend and Chen Chenhau likewise considered Yue Shijian a friend.

Wen Zhu looked upon the rest of the elders with a slight tingle of jealousy. Of the 5 elders responsible (one generic elder had stayed back at base) she was the only one who had no connections with the others. Even through she now had talent, even through she now had unlocked her bloodline, she was once again alone. Was there even a point for her to stay within the current sect when its been weakened to this point she questioned herself? Her thoughts are stopped when suddenly a barbarian dressed in their ridiculous metal suits shouts out

"Princess Dawn is that you?" towards Chen Chenhau.

3/? I give up, word limit means I need to break this post apart.
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>>4579087

You look upon the report that was sent to you, apparently some of the barbarians recognised Chen Chenhau and had "declared they would join the sect to protect her". What the fuck?

Half of these barbarians were male, there's no way you'll accept males in the sect right? But than again your sect was really weak right now so even if they're men, help would help alot. But than again... round and round your thoughts go. There are 500 qi condensation barbarians willing to join, half of them are men. There are also 5 foundation establishment elders who are all men. In addition, it seems Chen Chenhau name has some worth to barbarians, if you spread her name maybe you can recruit even more barbarians?

Fun fact: Demi human and Barbarian choice for recruitment both would lead to a different scene for a different character only this turn.

In more boring news, you manage to recruit 200 rogue cultivators and more rogue cultivators will be willing to join for wealth.

Barbarians
>Recruit all 500 qi condensation and 5 foundation establishment even if theres some males (Your dao is even further damaged)
>Recruit only the women

Spread Chen Chenhau's name
>Yes
>No

Rogue
>Just the 200
>Offer wealth for more rogue cultivators (1 wealth per 100)
>Offer something else for more rogue cultivators
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>>4579088
>Recruit only the women
>Yes
>Offer wealth for more rogue cultivators (1 wealth per 100)
3 wealth.
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>>4579088
>Recruit only the women
>No
>Offer wealth for more rogue cultivators (1 wealth per 100)
3 wealth
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>>4579088
Can we pay the men who want to support chen to help with repairs and security? Maybe even invite them to Shu
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>>4579095
>Can we pay the men who want to support chen to help with repairs and security? Maybe even invite them to Shu
You can roll for it after you say no to them if you want next turn. The DC will be very high but don't worry it won't take an action. Also they'll do it for free if they accept,
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>>4579097
I'd prefer to pay them so they can properly introduce them as mercenaries and not mi'lady knights to the Shu, but if they're gonna insist...

>>4579088
>Recruit only the women

>No
Delay that until she has her breakthrough

>Offer wealth for more rogue cultivators (1 wealth per 100)
1 Wealth
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>>4579093
Support
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>>4579088
>Fun fact: Demi human and Barbarian choice for recruitment both would lead to a different scene for a different character only this turn.
inb4 the demis would recognize Yue
>Only women
>Yes
>>4579088
>Offer wealth for more rogue cultivators (1 wealth per 100)
3 wealth
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>>4579090
>>4579093
>>4579128
>>4579153
>>4579194
>recruit only the barbarian women (250 qi condensation)
>spread Chen Chenhau's name: No
>200+300 (-3 wealth) = 500 rogue qi condensation cultivators recruited

You decide against allowing the men to be recruited as your sect has and will remain an all female sect (outside you of course). Maybe you can arrange for the "knights" that are simping for Chen Chenhau to help with other non-sect matters such as helping restore your vassal kingdoms. You'll probably need a couple years to convince them to accept without hurting their "knightly ideals" or whatever else the barbarians call their face equivalent.

From what few details Chen Chenhau has been willing to share, she was apparently previously a barbarian princess of the core creation level before she lost a bid for the throne which lost her cultivation and "alot more". Her faction members had lost almost all political power and were even forced on the recent barbarian war which was basically a "suicide crusade".

Anyhow, you look upon your new recruits, most of the women here are less beautiful than those of your sect earlier as you don't have the choice to really care about only choosing the most beautiful with your sect at zero members. Many of the rogue cultivators had only joined because of the possibility of pills from the sect in the future or due to gaining a sign up bonus of wealth. As such it can be expected that their loyalty is all around pretty dismal. On the upside at least their base talent and power were significantly better than what your sect had before.

Meanwhile the barbarians are quite loyal as they seem to see Chen Chenhau as a possibility of them regaining power within their homelands. Their barbarian cultivation methods are strange and they mostly lack proper understanding of the proper way to cultivate. Instead of forming their own personal Dao that represents themselves, the barbarians seem to instead walk the path of a few pre-set Daos. This means they often cultivate faster and are more powerful in the lower stages (below core creation) but are weaker in the later stages (above core creation). You're still undecided if you should leave them to their barbarian cultivation methods of following pre-set Daos or try to teach them the proper way of following ones personal Dao.

Barbarian cultivators in your sect will
>Keep following barbarian cultivation methods (faster cultivation and small power increase below core creation, drastic decrease in both core creation and above)
>Follow the proper cultivation methods and develop their own Dao (No bonuses or detriments)

1/?
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>>4580320
Xing Xiaochen is a late foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration.

She is generally SKILLED in administration.

“Master, our current wealth sits at 26 with an income of -3 (base 7. Minus 5 for tribute. Minus 4 for Shu Kingdom damages. Minus 1 for Xiaochen Kingdom damages).

We still need more recruits but we've already taken in all the rogue cultivators and barbarian deserters who would accept. We can either attempt to attract members from elsewhere or simply accept the current numbers to focus on something else.

Now that we actually have some sect members, an alternative to recruitment would be to help restore the Shu and Xiaochen kingdoms. Xiaochen kingdom restoration would help our pill making capabilities whilst Shu kingdom would help our wealth and manpower capabilities. Of course waiting another 90 years for them to restore themselves naturally is also a possibility.

Finally we received a "massive" gift of 1 wealth from the Bao kingdom queen Ruo Bao who were thankful we focused our defenses and troops on them during the war."

Biyu Tang is a great circle qi condensation elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. She seems on the verge of reaching foundation establishment.

She is generally AVERAGE in intrigue.

"Patriarch, with the restoration of actual members comes the restoration of our information gathering abilities. The Shu and Fang clans war seems to be over with the Fang clan a dominant winner. Shu kingdom lost over 10 core creation experts and are significantly weaker whilst the Fang clan has only lost 2 core creation experts. Additionally both patriarchs have heavy injuries that are unlikely to heal for decades at least. It may be possible that the Eternal Hate Sect may make a move in the future since both Fang and Shu clans have been significantly weakened.

In more local news, the Xu clan patriarch Wang Xu exited the spirit severer tomb recently at the peak of the great circle of core creation. According to reports, he found many legacies and benefits in the tomb so its likely Xu clan patriarch will reach nascent soul within 30 years at the latest.

Renmibi Yuan has recently found out about the spirit severing tomb and has declared the tomb to be under his "supervision". He is currently exploring it.

Finally, the Xu clan has started making moves against the One Heaven Church territories. Whilst the Xu clan cannot actually attack the direct sect territories due to the Spirit Severing Illusionary Array defenses of the One Heaven Church, they can still take the mortal kingdom vassal lands. "

2/?
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>>4580320
>Follow the proper cultivation methods and develop their own Dao (No bonuses or detriments)
>Recommend that they see the world as Chen does to better understand and support her

>>4580323
Will it cost a turn to make gear orders from Xu clan?
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>>4580320
Chen Chenhau a mid Foundation Establishment elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars. Your Bottleneck Smasher pill has worked wonders with helping Chen Chenhua progress.

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war.

"W-we have 750 qi condensation members (250 barbarian, 500 standard), 5 foundation establishment elders and 1 core creation patriarch.

Our Phantasmal Training Palace and our Contribution Board seem to be assisting significantly in increasing sect member loyalty. Since our sect members t-talent isn't well you know b-bad this time, our sect members have cultivation speed of around twice standard sect members and are all in general more powerful. If theres any tournaments we're a shoe-in for the winner.

W-we have enough members now that maybe we can start taking territories f-from either the Thousand Sword Empire or the One Heaven Church. One Heaven Church lands means somehow interacting with the Xu clan whilst Thousand Sword Empire lands means dealing with alot of rebellions and other unrest issues more than usual since y-you are y-you know with R-ran Yuan."

Sect action
>Focus on wealth
>Construct something (write in, price varies)
>Focus on intrigue (write in target)
>Focus on recruitment (more qi condensation members)
>Focus on training disciples (low chance for members to increase a major realm)
>Write in

Your own action:
>Aid clan action (provides +10 mod to that roll)
>Improve cultivation
>Interact with (write in)
>Create your own bloodline
>Write in
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>>4580324
>Will it cost a turn to make gear orders from Xu clan?
Depends if you're doing a one time purchase or making a long term contract.

You can shop at any time for gear or whatever, it won't take a whole 10 years (aka a turn).
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>>4580326
Sect Action
>Help restore the Shu clan
>On the promise of secrecy, gift them a Bottleneck Smasher

Personal Action
>Get to know our new disciples. Improve loyalty and overall camaraderie. Rope Wen Zhu into this too.

Free Action
Should we wait for the barbarian's opinion of us to improve before inviting them to Shu?
>Order gear for our Elders
>>Xing Xiaochen - A protective cloak with minor obscuring properties. Should help if she needs to impersonate us in the future.
>>Chen Chenhau - A circlet designed to look like the sun. Generates an aura of healing/energy/radiance
>>Yue Shijian - A jade bracelet that can store spiritual energy to perform more Techniques without rest.
>>Wen Zhu - Protective shoes that step on poisonous swamps as easily as stone and ward away binding techniques.
>>Biyu - hahano, you don't get one
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>>4580326
Sect action:
>Take over the thousand sword empire lands
Your own action:
>Befriend Wen Zhu
Barbarian cultivators in your sect will:
>Follow the proper cultivation methods and develop their own Dao (No bonuses or detriments)
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>>4580336
Wait I am changing the sect action to:
>Help restore the Shu clan
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>>4580326
Barbarian cultivators in your sect will:
>Follow the proper cultivation methods and develop their own Dao (No bonuses or detriments)
Sect action:
>Help restore the Shu kingdom
Your own action:
>Improve cultivation
Sounds like we should upgrade to Nascent Soul soon. Where elephants tread the grass suffers -- better to be a smaller elephant than be grass in the Eternal Hate Sect's path.
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>>4580326
>Follow the proper cultivation methods
>Help restore the Shu kingdom
>Improve cultivation
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>>4580320
>Follow the proper cultivation methods and develop their own Dao (No bonuses or detriments)
>>4580326
>Help restore the Shu clan
>>4580326
>Improve cultivation
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>>4580324>>4580334
Sure all of those items can be purchased and I'll write some fluff that includes the choices when the characters are featured. Nothing there is powerful enough to cost wealth or have significant mechanical benefits besides the cloak which can fake core creation aura. That'd normally cost you 1-2 wealth but I'll let you have it for free this time.
>>4580336
>>4580344
>>4580412
>>4580441
>Follow the proper cultivation methods (250 barbarian becomes 250 standard)
>Help restore the Shu kingdom (write in addition: gift them Bottleneck Smasher)
>Improve cultivation
Added a scene with Wen Zhu since shes the hero unit with least interaction so far and some anons wanted to interact with her. Mechanically wise, theres no bonuses for this however.

The most important first step with your new disciples is to get to know them so you spend a few months messing around with your new disciples. Even with your Dao damaged, you still find the great game between genders to be incredibly easy or in other words, you seduce seduce and seduce more of your new disciples whilst "getting to know them" in bed.

It was during one of your many "adventures" with your new disciples that you got to know Wen Zhu a lot better. With your Dao of the Harem King, you could easily tell that Wen had been somewhat lonely the last couple years.

You were not one to allow your flowers to be lonely or sad so you had attempted to playfully flirt with her to cheer her up. You purchase Wen Zhu some new enchanted shoes whilst using one of your many tried and true one-liners.

It had gone disastrously.

It had gone disastrously in the sense that Wen Zhu clearly had no experience with male affection or attention at all. Instead you could easily tell Wen desperately craved to be accepted and loved by others.

If you were more manipulative or less caring about the wills of your harem, you could've easily brainwashed the young woman within weeks. Instead you spent the better part of a couple months training Wen so that she won't be so susceptible to tricks like seduction or manipulation. Wen had seemed annoyed that you were trying to train her instead of actually seducing her but its only natural. The great game of romance between genders only worked when both sides played. Taking advantage of someone who didn't even know the rules was not the kind of harem king you wished to be.

Unfortunately you couldn't focus too much time on Wen Zhu as you needed to focus on your own cultivation with the many looming threats both locally and regionally.

Give me 3d100, 3 rolls. First 1d100 is sect action to restore Shu Kingdom (your roll less about if you succeed as how much wealth it will cost to succeed), second is personal action to attempt to reach nascent soul, third is how much "help" is provided by the male knights simping for Chen Chenhau.
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Rolled 14, 66, 78 = 158 (3d100)

>>4581247
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Rolled 22, 69, 20 = 111 (3d100)

>>4581247
Then what kind of gear is powerful enough to cost wealth? Lifesaving treasures seem too consumable compared to stuff with combat benefits
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Rolled 42, 13, 44 = 99 (3d100)

>>4581247
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>>4581257
>>4581260
Remember Wealth is an abstract representation of a massive sum. For example the Xiaochen kingdom barely earns 1 wealth per ten years (aka per turn) whilst the Shu kingdom barely earns 4 wealth per turn. Your whole sect together only earns around 10 wealth per turn.

Stuff that cost wealth would be treasures that are powerful enough to fight against those at higher stages, life saving treasures, sentient gear, gear with legacies, training improvement gear, gear that are super effective vs x, gear that grant immunity to x, etc.

Most normal artefacts would just exist for fluff reasons and wouldn't have too much mechanical impact.
>>4581266
>Sect action: 42 fail (-10 wealth)
>Personal action: 79 with bonus and malus. 84/1500 to nascent soul. Less than 100 roll means no great insights to nascent soul.
>Help from knights: 78 moderate success (you're pretty close to TRUE FRIEND status with Shu kingdom)

"May the brilliant rays of the sun forever shine down upon you." the knights roar out as they do some kind of barbarian salute you and Chen Chenhau.

Finally you managed to get rid of the 250ish annoying males from your sect. Hopefully stationing them in Shu kingdom will get them out of your hair for awhile.

Some time later comes the reports that your tactic to remove some annoyances actually had unforeseen dividends in that the barbarian knights had been incredibly popular with the Shu kingdom commoners. The knights had apparently almost wiped out almost 100% of the banditry throughout the Shu kingdom. Whilst sending the knights to the Shu kingdom was a resounding success, not everything about your attempts to revitalize the Shu kingdom went as planned.

Your sect members had failed to spend wealth wisely in the many restoration projects and corruption amongst your disciples was common too. In the end a total of 10 wealth was required to restore the Shu kingdom to full functionality when the expected costs were around 5 wealth.

Meanwhile, your sect failures weren't the only failures you suffered over this past decade. You made some slight progress towards Nascent Soul however the progress is slow and haphazard. You can think of many reasons for this such as your Dao being recently damaged or due to your Dao being tainted. Whatever the reason, you manage to find no great insights in your path to Nascent Soul and will need to spend more time cultivating.

After a decade of only minor progress, you finally leave to find the sect in a festive mood and celebrating. When you ask what is happening, it's explained that your sect has a new early core creation cultivator.

Yue Shijian has reached early core creation and the sect was now alot more powerful than it was before, Of course the pressure of advancing is even heavier on you now since Yue Shijian would leave the sect (albeit on friendly terms) if she surpasses you in cultivation. You'll need to work hard to keep ahead of her so she remains in the sect.

1/2
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>>4581298
>sentient gear, gear with legacies
should I look these up somewhere? Not sure what the standards for these are
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>>4581298
Xing Xiaochen is a great circle foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration. Looks like she had been extremely lucky in her cultivation.

She is generally SKILLED in administration.

“Master, our current wealth sits at 13 with an income of 1 (base 10. Minus 3 for pill sect. Minus 5 for tribute. Minus 1 for Xiaochen Kingdom damages).

Our stockpiled spiritual herbs are starting to run out master and there are 4 options for what we can do. We can fix the Xiaochen kingdom, we can take new lands that have the herbs we need, we can purchase from other factions or we can ignore the problem and limit pill usage.

Besides those issues with pills, we may want to find and purchase a powerful defensive array that can last vs nascent soul level opponents just incase of any issues. With the Xu clan patriach reaching nascent soul in the next 20 years, conflict between the Xu clan and the Golden Merchant Alliance is inevitable. Whatever happens we'd need those defenses so we aren't crushed between a hammer and an anvil in their conflict."

Biyu Tang is an early foundation establishment elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. Finally, you were almost ready to give her an Everlasting Beauty pill if she couldn't advance before her lifespan was over.

She is generally AVERAGE in intrigue.

"Yuan Renmibi is still exploring the spirit severing tomb last we heard. Meanwhile almost all the lands of the One Heaven Church has been taken over by the Xu clan. Outside sporadic raids by the One Heaven Church, the Xu clan's rule within One Heaven Church lands seems to be stable. The Xu clan is now eying the Thousand Sword Empire lands, we must act soon if we want a "piece of the pie" or else the Thousand Sword Empire lands will be swallowed by the Xu clan too.

In addition, theres been minor conflicts near the Three Righteous Fortresses, its likely that another War of Eternal Hatred would begin soon within 50 years.

Finally there has been problems within the Hellish Plains. Most likely another Human-Demon Annihilation war will begin."

Chen Chenhau a mid Foundation Establishment elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars.

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war.

"W-we have 850 qi condensation members, 6 foundation establishment elders, 1 core creation grand elder and 1 core creation patriarch.

With the Shu kingdom functional, our recruitment of disciples is back to normal.

With Y-yue as a second core creation cultivator within the sect, we have enough power to easily take the Thousand Sword Empire lands.

Sect action
>write in
Your own action:
>write in

fuck word limit
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>>4581310
Sect action
>Conquer the Thousand Sword Empire's lands
Your own action
>Find a way to heal your Dao
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>>4581310
>Take the herb lands in the Thousand Sword Empire

>work some harem king magic on your disciples
I'm guessing this can't be combined with starting on the bloodline with Wen Zhu

>>4581312
the Dao is pretty simple. Either have lots of sex, or get a bigger harem.
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>>4581307
https://ni-tian-xie-shen-against-the-gods.fandom.com/wiki/Yun_Che/Equipment
https://i-shall-seal-the-heavens.fandom.com/wiki/Meng_Hao/Equipments
Basically the equipment from any xianxia protag should give you an idea. They're a bit on the op side but should still be relevant to explain legacy and sentient weapons.
>>4581314
Thousand Sword Empire doesn't have the herb lands you need, as mentioned before their lands are mostly concentrated on ores and spirit stones.
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>>4581317
Just for a comparison in case restoring the kingdom is better, what lands would have the herbs we need ?
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>>4581368
Xiaochen, One Heaven and Golden Merchant territories are the only local ones with enough spiritual herbs for your sect.

If anons are trying to choose between restoring Xiaochen kingdom vs taking Thousand Sword Empire territories than heres what it amounts to.

Its basically a trade off, do you want to focus on taking Thousand Sword Empire lands whilst suffering spiritual herb and pill deficiencies or do you want to focus on restoring Xiaochen kingdom at the loss of Thousand Sword Empire territories and Xu clan being even more powerful.

There's no correct choice, just choices.
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>>4581310
>Sect action
>Take over thousand sword empire lands
>Your own action:
>Go back to the ruins to try and find some insight into nascent soul
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>>4581317
Yeah I have no idea what to make of the power scaling. Some sort of scrying mirror would come in handy for management, but I can't think of a specific OP gift for each elder.

adjust >>4581314
to

>Conquer the most populous lands in the Thousand Sword Empire
Xu clan wants rocks, we want people, and they want customers.
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>>4581409
Going with this
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>>4581409
support
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>>4581409
>>4581440
>>4581441
wait what seriously? Why? Golden Merchant AND Xu are not going to be happy about that, and we've got maluses to remove.
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>>4581450
In case we can’t go to the ruins anymore I can change it to something else to remove our malus but that’s it
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>>4581450
you have a point about the golden alliance but even without the, malus the dc for nascent is ridiculous. if we want to reach nascent we need the tomb action, because the only other option is to take the improve cultivation action for near 20 turns
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>>4581485
Exactly, we have to either find a way out of the upcoming xu clan conflict or break through to nascent soul, the latter seems way more achievable + we'll keep yue shijian longer
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>>4581485
Oh, I think I understand. A lot riskier than I prefer, but it's not a bad course of action.
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>>4581312
>>4581314
>>4581409
>>4581440
>>4581441
>sect action: Conquer the Thousand Sword Empire's lands
>personal action: Go back to the ruins to try and find some insight into nascent soul

The Dao of Wisdom, a path in which instead of openly fighting one mostly rely on creating schemes for their enemies to fall in. Wang Xu, patriarch of the Xu clan had spent countless years in his youth being instructed in the Dao of Wisdom by his master. Whilst in the end, he didn’t follow the Dao of Wisdom, the many lessons taught back than still reverberated within Wang Xu’s mind. Plans to scheme, to plot, to ensnare and to manipulate all others for the benefits of the clan.

Wang Xu thought over the recent reports and how fickle the heavens were. All of ones schemes and plots can easily be disrupted by simple idiotic chance.

Ran Yuan and the Thousand Sword Empire had been one of the most critical threats to the Xu clan’s future. Ran Yuan was strong, extremely strong such that Wang Xu had never won a duel with the man whilst they shared a minor stage. Even with his trump card, Wang Xu estimated his victory chance vs Ran Yuan to only be around 50%. Yet this critical threat Wang Xu prepared much contingences and plans against was slaughtered by a joke sect that he had mostly ignored.

The joke Loving Hearts Sect had risen like a shooting star and the “lecherous pill alchemist” had turned out to be some kind of heaven defying talent. This wasn’t even mentioning the elders within the sect.
- Xing Xiaochen, the true heir of the lost Xiao kingdom and known as the woman whose deadly beauty wiped out a kingdom.
- Dawn Sun (Chen Chenhau), the third princess of the Empire of the Eternal Blazing Sun
- Yue Shijian, a woman who’s records are completely clean and ordinary to the point its almost certainly all fake. No ordinary woman born to ordinary mortal parents has talent and power this ridiculous.
- Wen Zhu who according to reports somehow survived the Serpent Spine Mountains at early Qi Condensation and possesses a powerful fire bloodline. Wang Xu is pretty sure she’s proof of an alliance between some secret family and the Loving Hearts Sect
- Biyu Tang who has a completely ordinary background yet somehow found out about the spirit severing tomb despite all efforts made to keep it a secret. Reports about her showcase her as incompetent but Wang Xu is sure she’s actually secretly super competent and is only pretending to make people lower their guard.

Meanwhile another critical threat, the One Heaven Church patriarch Luyan Tang had gotten himself killed by some random nascent soul barbarian cultivator over something as stupid as religion of all things.

1/2
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>>4582175
-Xu clan patriarch Wang Xu POV continued-
Plans upon plans had gone wrong but at least some things had gone as planned. Revealing the spirit severing tomb to Yuan Renmibi had perfectly worked as bait to keep him busy whilst Wang Xu pushed towards Nascent Soul.

Of course Yuan Renmibi isn’t an idiot, he’s sure to understand the tomb is bait but even if Yuan was threatened by Wang Xu, Yuan had less than 40% chance to kill Wang Xu before he advanced. Instead Yuan Renmibi was hoping to find a legacy within the spirit severing tomb to advance to mid nascent soul than crush Wang Xu who would only be at early nascent soul. Hopefully the many traps Wang Xu had set up within the spirit severing tomb would do the job and at least injure Yuan Renmibi or force him to waste a life-saving treasure.

The only issue left is how the Loving Hearts sect will react when the Xu clan proclaims an independence war. Wang Xu would prefer to get the Loving Hearts sect on his side to wear down the Golden Merchant Alliance troops and cause a two front war but he wasn’t foolish enough to expect too much.

However once again the fickle heavens twist his plans as he hears word that the Loving Hearts sect patriarch wants to enter the tomb. Since Yuan Renmibi had already proclaimed his ownership of the tomb, this was a directly hostile action against the Golden Merchant Alliance by the Loving Hearts Sect. Wang Xu rejoiced in his heart as this ensured the Loving Hearts sect are allies (read: fodder) in the following Independence War unless their patriarch was an idiot.

Acting hostile towards the Golden Merchant Alliance wasn’t the best choice but if you actually reach nascent soul than the gamble would pay off. If not you just pissed off the Golden Merchant Alliance meaning only logical choice to survive is act as Xu clan fodder

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Your negotiations with the Xu clan for taking the Thousand Sword Empire lands as well as entering the spirit severing tomb had gone well. The Xu clan patriarch had even given you map detailing many of the discovered dangers within the tomb that could kill a nascent soul much less yourself. On top of that the Xu clan was willing to allow you to take almost 100% of the Thousand Sword Empire lands. You're pretty sure the Xu clan wants favours from your sect in the future but whatever, it's worth it.

How did your sect's war with the Thousand Sword Empire go? How did your personal exploration of the Spirit Severing Tomb go?

Give me 2d100, 3 rolls.
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Rolled 17, 15 = 32 (2d100)

>>4582179
Rip, here's hoping redacted because let's not jinx it
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Rolled 75, 63 = 138 (2d100)

>>4582179
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Rolled 63, 94 = 157 (2d100)

>>4582179
BELIEVE
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>>4582196
>>4582189
I BELIEVE
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>>4582175
also lol BT misunderstandings
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>>4582196
Damn, nice roll
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>>4582196
Risks paid off, nice work anon
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>>4582184
>>4582189
>>4582196
>Sect action: 75 moderate success
>Personal action: 94 major success. 84/187 to nascent soul. 3/3 Nascent Soul insights unlocked. Your Dao is healed. Dao Oath made.
Dao Oath to balance 3 insights at once

There are alarm wards surrounding the tomb that weren't there last time. These were most likely made by Yuan Renmibi but you have no choice but to break them even if that would make you hostile to Yuan Renmibi and the Golden Merchant Alliance.

With two nascent souls in the local region, you NEED to reach nascent soul to ensure your sect's future. You break through the wards and rather than go for easy legacies for wealth like last time, you instead decide to try your hand at the nascent soul level legacy that you discovered last time.

The risk was high but you absolutely needed possible insights into nascent soul as otherwise it would take you over 100 years at the very earliest to break into nascent soul. It takes you weeks to find the nascent soul aura room from your previous time.

You enter the room determined yet also extremely cautious and fearful. A single mistake in the slightest could mean your death here. However almost as soon as you enter, you feel all your worries slip away for before you was a spectral women with three eyes dressed in form fitting pitch black clothes.

"I am a nascent soul level clone with the will of the original Three Eyed Thief. Defeat me and your path towards Spirit Severing will be clear as I shall bestow onto you the Divine Concealment secret technique as a legacy. I wish you luck." challenged the spectral women as she took a powerful stance emanating incredible pressure.

It was only some kind of spectral clone with a mere fragment of the original's power yet the woman before you emanated such pressure that you would die instantly with a single strike. Your death was absolutely certain if she attacked.

Yet so what? You had already won the moment the Three Eyed Thief's clone was a woman. It took you 13 words to stop the fight, 26 more to seduce her and 39 after to gain her love. As you didn't defeat her, you had no rights to the Divine Concealment secret technique but so what? A clone of a spirit severer didn't have all the knowledge of the original but she had enough knowledge compared to a mere core creation that a mere decade spent with her had helped your cultivation and Dao more than a century spent by yourself.

You reach a more comprehensive understanding of the 4 ways your Harem King Dao may manifest itself externally at Nascent Soul.
The two most viable paths are:
-The Bearer of Wills where oneself is empowered by his harem
-The Endless Legion where the harem is empowered by oneself
Due to your pill making skills you could choose:
-The Crafter of Eternal Love where neither harem nor oneself may die so long as the other exists
Due to your Dao taint you may also choose the path of:
-The Lone Protector who bears the burden of all by oneself

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>>4582275
Many things happened during those 10 years you spent with the clone of the Three Eyed Thief, there were moments of fun and pleasure just as there was moments of sadness.

The Three Eyed Thief originally had a playful yet malicious nature but it seemed the clone had neither of those traits. You fully supported her as she developed into her own person against the will of the original Three Eyed Thief. Rather than playful she was serious and rather than malicious she was kind. From a clone, she had developed into her own separate person.

Unfortunately she was still trapped by the will of the Three Eyed Thief to be stuck within this single room. You were currently too weak to truly free her but you had promised her a Dao oath that you would definitely come back when you were stronger and fully free her "so she could join your harem". She had laughed at your words but you had said them with full seriousness. You shall leave no beautiful flower unpicked so long as they accept you.

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To call it a one-sided war would be a insult to one-sided wars. No it was more like an elephant trampling on an ant. Your sect had one-sidedly crushed the resistance of the Thousand Sword Empire and occupied lands after lands.

The difference of having Yue Shijian who was core creation was enough for a victory by itself. Yue Shijian crushed through wave after wave of defenses easily without regard.

As if that wasn't enough, your sect had already gathered immense amount of information about the defences of the Thousand Sword Empire so even your foundation establishment elders were making immense gains.

The Thousand Sword Empire's last foundation establishment elder (and now patriarch) made a valiant last stand however he was slaughtered easily by Yue Shijian without care. 300 of 500 Thousand Sword Empire qi condensation had died pointlessly in "honorable defence" whilst the remaining 200 had deserted.

The Thousand Sword Empire had surrendered within weeks faced with the overpowering difference.

Within a mere couple years, your sect had gained almost complete control of the Thousand Sword Empire, your manpower had increased immensely as did your income. Whilst alot of the infastructure was damaged during the war and occupation, you increased your your recruitment by 2x (up to 5x once everything is stabilized) and increased your income by 10 (up to 15 once everything is stabilized).

Everything was looking good for your sect however unfortunately it was not to last. Yuan Renmibi has returned from the tomb and the Golden Merchant Alliance has finally decided to take out the rising threats of its vassal, the Xu clan. Since you've already been hostile towards the Golden Merchant Alliance, your only real choice is to assist them in the war. You declare your own independence and join the Xu clan in the war. After all if Xu clan falls than the Loving Hearts Sect would be next. In the future this war would be known as the Independence War.

2/3
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>>4582277
Xu clan allies has:
- 2000 qi condensation disciples
- 15 foundation establishment disciples and 10 hired foundation establishment mercenaries
- 1 early nascent soul patriach

Your sect has:
- 800 qi condensation disciples
- 6 foundation establishment elders
- 1 early core creation grand elder
- 1 great circle core creation patriach

The Golden Merchant Alliance has:
- 10,000 qi condensation disciples
- 50 foundation establishment disciples
- 3 early-mid core creation elders
- 1 late core creation grand elder
- 1 early nascent soul patriarch rip Yuan Renmibi, he rolled horrible in the tomb

In the Independence War you and your sect decide to do distribute your troops in the following way:
>Fully support the Xu clan (risk is low and disciple deaths are incredibly high but highest chance of war success as Xu clan has a Nascent Soul)
>Conserve forces whenever possible whilst loving hearts patriarch focuses on reaching nascent soul (risk is high and disciple deaths are moderate but if you reach nascent soul than everything works out. Fail to reach nascent soul fast enough and you're fucked)
>Option 1 but patriarch focused on reaching Nascent Soul
>Write in
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>>4582286
>Option 1 but patriarch focused on reaching Nascent Soul
Once we reach Nascent Soul, we'll annihilate our foes.
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>>4582286
Can we try to form a team with the Xu clan patriarch to decapitate Yuan?
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>>4582286
>>4582290
More specifically

>Xing and Biyu try to make it look like MC is cultivating to Nascent by pretending to be him.
>Chen and Wen fight defensive battles to sell the strategy
>MC, Yue, Xu patriarch, and whatever gear he's willing to offer try to assassinate Yuan directly.
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>>4582290
That's option one and the general plan of Xu clan patriarch.

Yuan Renmibi has the advantage in lower stage cultivators so he will try to just stay alive and buy time as much as possible because his troops will win it for him sooner or later.

Meanwhile Xu clan patriach Wang Xu needs to kill Yuan Renmibi asap so that he can than crush the remaining forces since there will be no nascent soul.

Of course you may think thats to prevent Yuan Renmibi from just staying cooped up at base? Without Yuan Renmibi on the field, Wang Xu has impunity to crush the lower staged forces.

So it becomes an endless cat and mouse game where Yuan Renmibi wants to buy time until his troops win whilst Wang Xu needs to kill Yuan Renmibi or else everything is over.

The advantage obviously lays with Yuan Renmibi but you should've expected this, they are a regional power vs two upstart minor powers.
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>>4582295
Okay, what about this strategy
>Conserve forces and have Xing impersonate us cultivating to Nascent

>MC and Yue go hunting down Golden Merchant's foundation establishment and core creation forces.
Yue is known to be abnormally fast at killing them even by herself. We're there to make it even faster and to counter any ambush they have planned while Yue operates "solo".
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>>4582289
IF we reach Nascent Soul. But yes we'd almost assuredly win if we hit nascent soul as it would be two nascent soul vs one.
>>4582297
It could work of course but jade slips to communicate exist so after the first few times they would see through it. It'd be a devastating first couple strikes through since both you and Yue stomp people at the same stage and they think you're playing defensive.
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>>4582295
>>4582299
We are two upstart powers yes, but we're a master pillcrafting sect and master artifact crafting clan. I feel between the two of us our odds are excellent. I think we should try to reach Early Nascent soul on our own as soon as possible, because if Yuan Renmibi reaches Mid Nascent Soul the Xu Patriarch could be crushed and then we'd be fucked in a way that doesn't fuel our Dao.
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>>4582299
I think we can take out just the Core Creation elders, then. That would significantly even the playing field for the lower stage forces, then Yue can openly take out foundation establishment disciples on her own.
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>>4582286
>>4582299
>>4582304
Okay, actual vote.

>Conserve forces and have Xing impersonate us cultivating to Nascent
>MC and Yue will go hunting down Golden Merchant's core creation elders, crippling their chain of command.

>We can then freely support Xu clan's strategy to bait out Yuan
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>>4582275
>-The Crafter of Eternal Love where neither harem nor oneself may die so long as the other exists
Wait that’s conceptual immortality, the sort of thing most cultivators (including the immortal ones) would kill or even betray their sect for.
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I think the Lone Protector would be a good path for us to take, because it sounds like a moderate personal boost that accelerates when our harem is in danger.
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>>4582310
Lone Protector will let us keep up with Yue no problem.

Eternal Love has very strong synergy since each elder protects the conceptual immortality in a different way(Xing stays in the back, Wen is simple and easily devoted, Yue is just strong, and Biyu is too lazy to care enough to be deceived)

Endless Legion will make recruiting a lot easier.

I think Bearer is the only one that's not a great path to take.
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Qm maybe my dumbass brain read over it, but how far away are we from nascent? Is it just one good roll away? Pretty important factor for our decision
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>>4582315
I think it's one good roll AND we don't lose a significant chunk of the harem. Again.
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>>4582314
Will bearer is actually the strongest all around. Think of it more like a bonus to all actions that scales with the harem’s size.
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>>4582322
We don't really have much trouble with personal actions. It just makes our weakness more obvious without improving the rate that we can expand the harem.
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>>4582314
These are my thoughts, I feel Lone Protector works best for our character development, especially since the pill of Eternal Beauty already preserves our harem's lifespan and I'd rather improve our personal strength.
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>>4582327
I think it makes us a "better" person, so in that sense its character development, but i kinda like being a pervy whimsical harem master
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>>4582325
Corruptions tend to be much weaker in the long run than “true paths”. Lone protector also looks like it has it’s own weaknesses bundled with it.
> The Lone Protector who bears the burden of all by oneself
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>>4582333
I agree, I think we're becoming more serious on a sect-wide scale but personally, as in on a personal level, I feel we haven't changed outside of the tragedy making us take our Dao of the Harem King more seriously, in that it's our duty to lead and protect our harem.

>>4582334
I'd be content with Bearer of Wills too but Lone Protector feels more versatile, which could be good, and could be bad.
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>>4582337
It’s actually less versatile from how it sounds. Think about it “bearing the burdens of the entire sect” is the most risky way of handling cultivation especially when you get only one action and losing members of the harem could be especially crippling to his dao, this is added to the fact that the dao only applies to the harem rather then the user.
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>>4582339
Hmm, I think I see what you mean, but how does that weaken Lone Protector compared to Bearer of Wills, when Lone Protector bears the burdens of all whereas the Bearer of Wills bears the wills of only the harem? I think Bearer of Wills is a more specific version of Lone Protector and stronger in its niche, that being the harem, rather than everything in general. They're both good choices.
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>>4582308
You already have Everlasting Beauty pill that grants immortality from aging. The Crafter of Eternal Love just ensures you and your harem literally can't be killed whilst the other is still alive. Of course not dying doesn't mean you can't be captured or otherwise fucked with.
>>4582310
Lone protector is moderate all around boosts when you're alone with additional bonuses when people you care about are in danger. It'll also cause minor issues at Spirit Severing but thats like end of quest level content so it won't matter for a long time.

Bearer of Wills and Eternal Legion are both based on your harem and has extremely variable power that scales.
Basically you're picking between whether you want your power based on your harem or based on yourself.
>>4582315
We're 84/187, we roll 3d100 with a +20 bonus. We kinda need to hit Nascent soul in one turn or we lose named characters on top of the generics.
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Can we mix some poison pills into their troops food and water supply?
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>>4582343
I'm thinking we should go Lone Protector then, because difficulty builds character development.

>>4582345
Most cultivators don't need to eat though, and they're fighting a master pillcrafting sect. That's the first thing they would look for.
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>>4582343
Can our sect add any bonus modifiers?
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>>4582286
>Option 1 but patriarch focused on reaching Nascent Soul
Time to rush my fellas
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>>4582307
I'll vote this.
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You know what? Forget my plan here >>4582289

>>4582307
I've thought about it and this is much more reliable on the warfront.
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>>4582289
>>4582307
>>4582384
>>4582404
>>4582705
>Conserve forces and have Xing impersonate us cultivating to Nascent. MC and Yue will go hunting down Golden Merchant's core creation elders, crippling their chain of command.

Roll 2d100, 3 rolls. First is how the war proceeds, second is personal roll.

Sorry but no additional updates today boys, its Christmas and I'm busy with family.
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Rolled 64, 95 = 159 (2d100)

>>4582947
RNG gods please
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Rolled 42, 16 = 58 (2d100)

>>4582947
Merry Christmas!
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Rolled 28, 5 = 33 (2d100)

>>4582947
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>>4582950
>>4582955
Merry christmas, indeed
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>>4582969
gentlemen, I suspect that one of us is the grinch
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>>4582969
Don't only 1s make crit fails?
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>>4582950
>>4582952
>>4582955
>War: 64 fail (unlucky, 1 off minor success, DC was pretty high due to numbers disadvantage even with bonuses from your personal action)
>Personal core creation hunt: 95 major success

The differences between the two forces were massive and the Golden Merchant Alliance cultivators were extremely confident in their victory so long as their patriarch doesn’t die. After all they had 4x the forces at qi condensation at almost double the foundation establishment elites.

Since one needs to be foundation establishment to fly unaided, foundation establishment cultivators worked well as an mobile hammer in the typical hammer and anvil strategy much like cavalry would work for mortal armies. Finally there was the core creation trumps which could easily wipe out whole regiments of lower troops easily when uncontested.

With the difference between qi condensation and foundation establishment numbers much less core creation cultivators, all factors pointed to the Golden Merchant Alliance’s overwhelming victory.

However, the Golden Merchant Alliance cultivators were soon in for a rude awakening to their delusions of victory. The Xu clan may be one of the weakest without their artefacts but the battlefield was not a tournament setting where artefacts weren’t allowed. With their many artefacts prepared over countless years, each Xu clan member could easily fight 2 equal stage enemies… at least before their alliance with the Loving Hearts Sect.

The Loving Hearts provided countless pills to vastly improve the overall power of the Xu clan members and unlike the Loving Hearts Sect patriarch, the cold hearted yet rational Wang Xu wasn’t above crippling his disciples lifespan/future prospects with pills like the Burning Power pill to increase temporary power in return for long term losses. Between the pills and the artefacts, each Xu clan member was fighting at equal to 3 members of the same stage.

This was combined with the many cunning plans of Wang Xu as well as the facts that the Golden Merchant Alliance was a combination of countless troops from countless different merchant factions only united by the greedy nascent soul Yuan Renmibi. This meant the Golden Merchant Alliance generally had horrid teamwork and troop unity which were barely held together by the core creation elders.

Yet even with all the above, this did not mean the Golden Merchant Alliance was losing. Sure the war was harder than expected however it was still assuredly the victory of the Golden Merchant Alliance, for even if 2000 fought with the power of 6000, it was still lower than 10000. This wasn’t even mentioning the battle in the skies between foundation establishment cultivators.

The problem with mercenaries were that they were opportunistic and self-serving which meant that almost half of the forces on the Xu side of the battle was not fighting seriously and taking as few risks as possible.

1/?
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>>4583451
Throughout all of this commotion, the Loving Hearts sect members acted conservatively as if they hoping their patriarch would break through to Nascent Soul. All the intelligence reports with verified aura readings spoke of the Loving Hearts patriarch focusing on cultivation deep within the defences of the Loving Hearts Sect.

That was why when the Loving Hearts Sect patriarch suddenly struck at the core creation elders of the Golden Merchant Alliance, the strike was decisive and caused much chaos.

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One of the Golden Merchant Alliance early core creation elders was hammering away at one of the Xu clan defensive fortifications with a mocking laugh. The man had a cruel smirk as he played with his enemy since he had the absolute belief he couldn’t be threatened as Yue Shijian was spotted elsewhere on the battlefield, the Loving Hearts sect patriarch was focused on cultivation whilst the Xu clan patriarch was currently engaged with Yuan Renmibi.

You were never particularly good at stealth so it wasn’t a surprise when your speeding flight towards the man was noticed almost immediately. The golden merchant alliance core creator was first surprised before a with a cold look he immediately attempted to take out a life-saving treasure with one hand in the form of a mirror.

The man activated the mirror with a shout of “father” but that was his last action before your fist blew apart his head in a single blow. Meanwhile the mirror activated its function and shattered as it summoned an elderly looking man who exuded the power of the great circle of core creation. He looks upon the dead early core creation man whilst sheding tears of blood.

“You dare kill my son? I’ll kill your entire bloodli-“ he screams but you end his tantrum half way as you send a fist killing the man with a single blow much like you had killed his son.

You two may have both been of the great circle of core creation but the distance between the two of you was as immeasurable as distance between the earth and the sky.

Meanwhile you hear from a communication slip that Yue had slaughtered the other two core creation elders of the Golden Merchant Alliance.

With the actions from you two, the fight was suddenly a lot more even however the heavens are ever fickle.

2/3
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>>4583452
What disastrous event happened almost immediately?

And what great boon will you gain for the heaven rewards those that survive its many tribulations?

Disastrous event:
>Your actions attracted attention and you came face to face with Yuan Renmibi. You need to buy a couple exchanges worth of time before Wang Xu arrives. (Very high personal risk)
>Someone you’re close to dies (Random hero unit randomly dies)
>Wang Xu fucks up and is severely injured (Your side just lost your nascent soul support, you’re fucked)

Great boon:
>Xing Xiaochen breaks into core creation and you may choose her Dao instead of it being decided by 1d3
>The knights simping for Chen Chenhau comes to your sect’s defense and they even have some new members including a powerful elderly knight (duration of war: +1 core creation, +10 foundation establishment, +500 qi condensation)
>You are assured to win the war in the end (note this doesn’t prevent the many deaths along the way whenever you roll bad)
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>>4583453
>Your actions attracted attention and you came face to face with Yuan Renmibi. You need to buy a couple exchanges worth of time before Wang Xu arrives. (Very high personal risk)

>Xing Xiaochen breaks into core creation and you may choose her Dao instead of it being decided by 1d3

the knights would overturn the war, but this helps us much more in the long run.
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>>4583453
>Your actions attracted attention and you came face to face with Yuan Renmibi. You need to buy a couple exchanges worth of time before Wang Xu arrives. (Very high personal risk)
>>4583453
>The knights simping for Chen Chenhau comes to your sect’s defense and they even have some new members including a powerful elderly knight (duration of war: +1 core creation, +10 foundation establishment, +500 qi condensation)
I mean we did it with that 95, so we safe
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>>4583453
>Your actions attracted attention and you came face to face with Yuan Renmibi. You need to buy a couple exchanges worth of time before Wang Xu arrives. (Very high personal risk)

>The knights simping for Chen Chenhau comes to your sect’s defense and they even have some new members including a powerful elderly knight (duration of war: +1 core creation, +10 foundation establishment, +500 qi condensation)
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>>4583453
>Your actions attracted attention and you came face to face with Yuan Renmibi. You need to buy a couple exchanges worth of time before Wang Xu arrives.
>Xing Xiaochen breaks into core creation and you may choose her Dao.
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>>4583453
>Your actions attracted attention and you came face to face with Yuan Renmibi. You need to buy a couple exchanges worth of time before Wang Xu arrives.
>Xing Xiaochen breaks into core creation and you may choose her Dao.
This will help us more in the long-run than the knight's assistance will.
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>>4583482
>>4583531
>>4583608
>>4583642
>>4583829
>Your actions attracted attention and you came face to face with Yuan Renmibi. You need to buy a couple exchanges worth of time before Wang Xu arrives.
>Xing Xiaochen breaks into core creation and you may choose her Dao.
You anons really want to rely on the dice gods huh? Don't regret it than if we die than.

“Impressive” comes out an amused voice from behind you. There stood Yuan Renmibi wearing a gaudy robe covered in mortal currency and with jewellery adorning every finger.

Did he fly over noticing something wrong? Or did your killing of the core creation cultivators activate some kind of contingency artefact? Or was it simple bad luck?

Fuck no time to think about why. You instantly pull out a jade slip to contact Wang Xu however… “Thieving Right” with those words the jade slip disappears from your hand into Yuan Renmibi’s Yuan Renmibi’s right hand.

Shit. Before you can do anything else, Yuan Renmibi calls out words “Thieving Left” and suddenly in Yuan’s left hand is a human heart. You vomit out blood as you realise that Yuan Renmibi had somehow directly stolen your heart through all your defenses.

You attempt to take out a Flesh Restoration pill but its immediately stolen by Yuan Renmibi before you can use it. With no other choice, you forcibly push your qi into your blood to act as a temporary replacement heart.

There had to be some kind of cooldown for his technique right? You take out countless items in a split second yet artefacts, pills and weapons are instantly stolen before you can use them whilst Yuan leisurely floats towards you.

“Pretty useful technique you see? Originally my Dao of the “Robber Baron” could only allow me to use the technique “Thieving Right and Thieving Left” a limited amount of times but that spirit severing tomb’s legacies helped me refine the technique so there’s now no cooldowns on Thieving Right whatsoever.” He says casually with the arrogance of the strong who doesn’t care about revealing one’s own techniques.

“Now than, that was a useful test. Try not to move too much, an intact body of a great circle core creation cultivator is worth a decent amount of spirit stones. I’d hate to lose out on profits.” Yuan Renmibi calls out whilst looking upon you as if you were no more than some kind of resource to be taken.

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>>4584415
With all your items locked away, you’re left with no choice but to utilise your techniques. You throw attack after attack at Yuan Renmibi yet the difference between you two was immeasurable. All your attacks are easily shrugged aside as if it was worthless.

Even if he was a nascent soul, the difference was way too much. What is going on?

“You look perplexed. Ever heard of the term “Money is power”? My Dao of the Robber Baron empowers my power based on how much wealth I’ve saved and I have over 300 wealth saved up. An immeasurable sum to trash like you.” Explains Yuan Renmibi as he slowly but surely advances towards you whilst shrugging aside your more and more desperate attacks.

Did you survive this encounter with Yuan Renmibi?

Roll 1d100, 3 rolls.

Since this is a crucial roll that decides our patriarch’s fate, I’ll reveal the DC.

100 crit success and you reach nascent soul mid fight like some kind of protagonist.

Its 90 to get through with nothing but superficial injuries your pills can treat.

80 and you’re only severely injured for 5 turns or so.

70 and you’re crippled permanently.

Lower than 70 and you die.

Crit fail and not only do you die, the backup character Xing Xiaochen suffers from intense damage to her Dao.
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Rolled 30 (1d100)

>>4584417
Dammit boys, we need at least an 80
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Rolled 5 (1d100)

>>4584417
>>4584417
So to beat him you need items of negative value. Poisons, Acids, maybe even debts if you can rules lawyer his dao
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>>4584454
rip, it's time to play as a weak disciciple now
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Rolled 67 (1d100)

>>4584417
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>>4584437
>>4584454
>>4584476
Lol, okay RIP. Rngesus wasn't on the patriarchs side. I've left Xing Xiaochen's personality mostly blank so anons can decide it.

Do anons want a full chargen about Xing Xiaochen or do anons just want to choose her dao?
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>>4584482
Seems like a great time to stop lurking. I'd pick the option of starting with a clean slate, but if that's impossible then full chargen.
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>>4584482
RIP, was expecting to be able to write-in something, not go straight to a roll. Wait does the thief thing mean he stole one of those suicide pills? Did he automatically consume them?

There's so much blank about Xing that I don't know what to make of her. Can you tell us anything about the xiaochen kingdom and how Xing and harem MC busted out?
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>>4584496
>There's so much blank about Xing that I don't know what to make of her
She was left purposely blank anon. She's the backup MC after all. Most things about her past can be decided with votes in chargen.

Some factors however are concrete:
- Xing Xiaochen is outwardly calm
- Xing Xiaochen was the 3rd princess of the Xiao kingdom before its destruction by the loving hearts sect patriach
- Xing Xiaochen is immortal and extremely beautiful due to the Everlasting Beauty pill
- Xing Xiaochen is skilled at administration

>Wait does the thief thing mean he stole one of those suicide pills? Did he automatically consume them?
He steals the but doesn't automatically consume them, they appear in his right hand before being placed in a storage ring.

Next post will be in awhile since I want to give the Loving Hearts Sect patriarch a proper decently written death.
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So qm it seems like the only viable option was to sacrifice a hero unit, the other two were basically pray for rng options, ngl feels kinda undeserved with the rolls we got
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>>4584507
If we had replaced Biyu with Wen earlier on and got her to a strong Intrigue level, it might have been possible to plunder the merchants during the war.

Looooooot of ifs, that one. Really, we just failed a DC 65/70 twice in a row. kinda eh, but this is a civ and there's less focus on individual write-in action.
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>>4584437
>>4584454
>>4584476
67: Fail so Loving Hearts sect patriach dies.
Your every attack is easily knocked aside yet you grit your teeth with conviction. You’re going to be the bloody damn harem king so theres no way you can die here. You pour your qi into pill flames as you form ten thousand massive phoenixes of flame however Yuan Renmibi jokingly bats aside your desperation with a golden aura filled gesture. However that is fine, for that was simply to buy time for your most powerful technique.

You form 16 lotuses of violet spiritual fire, each with 9 petals which is so hot that their mere presence melts steel hundreds of li away. These lotuses were not only extremely powerful but could endlessly recreate themselves with the spiritual energy of the surroundings so the fire would never go out. This was your most powerful move yet it barely even slowed down Yuan Renmibi who walked through the flames surrounded by his impenetrable golden aura. The only upside was that his golden aura seemed slightly weakened after your attack.

“Sigh, that attack of yours almost cost me 50 wealth you trash. You know what? After I’m done with you and that scheming Wang, I’m going to personally hunt down every one of your elders. They all seem like pretty special little snowflakes which mean they could sell for a pretty penny. Hopefully it’ll turn a profit and make all this not a waste of my time.” Explained the vile Yuan Renmibi as if he was simply talking about the weather. It was as if the lives of others had absolutely no value to Yuan Renmibi outside what coin could be made from them.

Fuck him. You remember what happened last time, how all your qi condensation disciples had been slaughtered whilst you couldn’t do anything. Fuck that. You won’t allow that to happen again. No-one threatens the harem of the harem king, not even a nascent soul. No-one harms the harem of the harem king not even a nascent soul. You will protect them, all of them even that useless Biyu. You feel your very Dao resonate with you as power explodes within you.

You can’t survive long enough for Wang Xu to come assist so its simple. You simply don’t need to survive. Plus this way you ensure this asshole doesn’t receive an intact body to sell. You force your qi into your core as you detonate your very core in a suicidal explosion attack. You smirk at the expression of surprise on Yuan Renmibi’s face and with that the heaven defying talented Loving Hearts patriarch died…

“Do you have any idea how much that cost? Damn trash wasting my money. How will you repay the wealth I lost to block that attack you trash?” ranted Yuan Renmibi who was unharmed albeit with the golden glow surrounding him much reduced.

Unfortunately, even with his death, the Loving Hearts sect patriarch did not manage to take Yuan Renmibi with him as such was the difference between Nascent Soul and Core Creation.

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>>4584548
Since anons wanted full chargen
You are elder Xing Xiaochen and you are just about to reach early core creation when an urgent message arrives.

“The Loving Hearts sect patriarch was killed by Yuan Renmibi.” Reports the messenger with tears in her eyes.

What? No that’s impossible. Theres no way that idiot could’ve gotten himself killed. Your master was a heaven defying talent who could do anything without effort. A fool more foolish than any other yet kind and stronger than any other. He was the backbone of the sect and the reason you’ve survived till now.

Currently you feel:
>Extreme sadness with tears in your eyes. Your calmness is just a façade you show to others. Deep inside you’re extremely emotional and loving yet the only one who knew the true you is now dead.
>A cold calmness. You’ve always been called a cold hearted bitch but you know better than to let emotions cloud your judgement. You will get your revenge sooner or later but for now you need to plan what to do.
>A maddening rage as you spit curse after curse from your mouth. Your normal calmness is just a stupid act cus no-one likes a foul mouthed girl, that mother fucker Yuan Renmibi is dead as fuck.
>Write in

As your emotions slowly subside, you accept the truth of your master’s death. Your master may have died but he did leave behind a legacy for you, his personal disciple. You look over your legacy, it is:
>The Everlasting Beauty pill’s recipe although too bad you don’t have the pill refining skill to make it.
>A map to a nascent soul “teacher” within the Spirit Severing Tomb.
>A contract made with Yue Shijian promising that Yue would continue to aid the sect for at least 100 years even with patriarch’s death.
>Write in

You think over your skills and abilities now that you are patriarch. You specialised in administration and:
>Pill refining
>Combat
>Cultivation speed
>write in

Besides your skills and abilities, what do you think would be your greatest weakness?
>You have few friends
>You can never let go a grudge
>You are unlucky
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>>4584552
>A maddening rage as you spit curse after curse from your mouth. Your normal calmness is just a stupid act cus no-one likes a foul mouthed girl, that mother fucker Yuan Renmibi is dead as fuck.

>A map to a nascent soul “teacher” within the Spirit Severing Tomb.

>Stealth and concealing presence.

>You are unlucky
This is going to get us killed haha
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>>4584552
>A maddening rage as you spit curse after curse from your mouth. Your normal calmness is just a stupid act cus no-one likes a foul mouthed girl, that mother fucker Yuan Renmibi is dead as fuck.
>A map to a nascent soul “teacher” within the Spirit Severing Tomb.
Even after death, we will fulfil our oath and help Xing advance in the process.
>Inspiring, teaching and leading others
>You have few friends
May I also propose straight away for her Dao as Queen of Burning Compassion? What I have in mind is that she gets more powerful by ruling her subjects benevolently and protecting them from harm. But it's also lonely at the top, hence few truly close friends.
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>>4584552
>Extreme sadness with tears in your eyes. Your calmness is just a façade you show to others. Deep inside you’re extremely emotional and loving yet the only one who knew the true you is now dead.
>A map to a nascent soul “teacher” within the Spirit Severing Tomb.
>Pill refining
>You can never let go a grudge
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too many choices it seems, impossible for anons to agree to anything
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>>4584552
>>Extreme sadness with tears in your eyes. Your calmness is just a façade you show to others. Deep inside you’re extremely emotional and loving yet the only one who knew the true you is now dead.
>A map to a nascent soul “teacher” within the Spirit Severing Tomb.
>Inspiring, teaching and leading others
>You can never let go a grudge
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>>4584552
>Extreme sadness with tears in your eyes. Your calmness is just a façade you show to others. Deep inside you’re extremely emotional and loving yet the only one who knew the true you is now dead.

>The Everlasting Beauty pill’s recipe although too bad you don’t have the pill refining skill to make it.

>Pill refining

>You have few friends
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>>4584552
>A maddening rage as you spit curse after curse from your mouth. Your normal calmness is just a stupid act cus no-one likes a foul mouthed girl, that mother fucker Yuan Renmibi is dead as fuck.
>The Everlasting Beauty pill’s recipe although too bad you don’t have the pill refining skill to make it.
>Pill refining
>You can never let go a grudge
What a shame, fuck.
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>>4584552
>Extreme sadness with tears in your eyes. Your calmness is just a façade you show to others. Deep inside you’re extremely emotional and loving yet the only one who knew the true you is now dead.
>The Everlasting Beauty pill’s recipe although too bad you don’t have the pill refining skill to make it.
>Pill refining
>You can never let go a grudge
Hubris killed us. Fitting I guess.
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>>4584580
>>4584733
>>4584760
>>4584796
>>4584990
>>4585023
>Extreme sadness with tears in your eyes. Your calmness is just a façade you show to others. Deep inside you’re extremely emotional and loving yet the only one who knew the true you is now dead.
>A map to a nascent soul “teacher” within the Spirit Severing Tomb.
>Pill refining
>You can never let go a grudge
qm is retarded, turns out there a female version of patriarch.
You’ve shed countless tears in secret and will surely shed countless more yet in front of the sect you must remain strong. Your calmness may be just a façade but its what your sect needs right now. Not a foolishly emotional girl but a strong and calm leader. You school your features into the calm mask you always wear in front of others.

You look upon the map and the instructions that master had written down. You’re not sure how master managed to befriend a nascent soul spectral clone in the Spirit Severing Tomb but you’re almost 100% sure that the spectral clone was female. After all your master had always been an idiot playboy… an idiot playboy that somehow always saw the heart of people. You blink back tears as your eyes disobey your commands to stay dry. Will every small reminisce bring tears? No you need to control yourself, you need to be strong.

It’s unfortunate that the Everlasting Beauty has been lost forever but on the upside, even with your pill refining, it was unlikely for you to be able ever create the pill. As the direct disciple of a MASTER pill refiner who was on the verge of reaching GRANDMASTER, you’ve dedicated quite a lot of your focus on pill refining. You are a SKILLED pill refiner albeit nowhere near MASTER skill level. At least now that you’re matriarch, you will be able to delegate someone else to be administration elder which means you’ll have more time to focus on your pill refining skills. You softly laugh to yourself in seeing the small silver lining of the recent tragedy.

You think over your sect’s future as you determine the number 1 priority. The Golden Merchant Alliance must be completely and utterly wiped out such that not even the smallest roots remain. You’ve never been one to forgive those that slight you much less those that harm you. “I will never forgive and I will never forget, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, blood must always be repaid in blood”. That was your Xiao family’s motto even if ironically enough the motto resulted in their own destruction. You shake your head slightly, no you were Xing Xiaochen now, not Xing Xiao.

You calm yourself down as you once again push your cultivation using the recent tragedy of your master as stimulus. Endless pressure builds within your dantian. Your foundation pillars start rumbling as they melt down into an orb which you repeatedly shape and condense. Soon you feel your core being fully formed however there was one final step. That of your Dao which you will now follow.
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>>4585576
You feel five possible Dao call out to you.

>The Eternal Protector: One who shall evermore protect that what is hers until the end of time
>Burning Love: The power of love and compassion shall burn the world and the world shall thank thee for it
>Fool’s Legacy: One who shall bear the legacy of the fool shall gain both his boons and banes
>Vengeful Heart: An endless path of blood and slaughter until the promised vengeance
>Unchosen One: One unchosen by destiny and fate but so what?

I kept flip flopping when trying to decide if I want to put specific mechanical benefits of each Dao but decided against it.
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>>4585577
>The Eternal Protector: One who shall evermore protect that what is hers until the end of time
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>>4585577
>Fool’s Legacy: One who shall bear the legacy of the fool shall gain both his boons and banes
Been a while since I've seen a legacy-focused character
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>>4585577
>>Burning Love: The power of love and compassion shall burn the world and the world shall thank thee for it
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>>4585577
>>Fool’s Legacy: One who shall bear the legacy of the fool shall gain both his boons and banes
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>>4585577
>Burning Love: The power of love and compassion shall burn the world and the world shall thank thee for it
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>>4585576
>qm is retarded, turns out there a female version of patriarch.
Really ? Who it was ?
>>4585577
>Burning Love: The power of love and compassion shall burn the world and the world shall thank thee for it
Let’s get something akin to our master’s in a way
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>>4585577
>Vengeful Heart: An endless path of blood and slaughter until the promised vengeance
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>>4585577
>Fool’s Legacy: One who shall bear the legacy of the fool shall gain both his boons and banes
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>>4585577
>>4585587
Since there's a tie forming and no one else votes for the Eternal Protector, changing my vote to
>Burning Love: The power of love and compassion shall burn the world and the world shall thank thee for it
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>>4585577
>>Burning Love: The power of love and compassion shall burn the world and the world shall thank thee for it
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>>4585587
>>4585589
>>4585593
>>4585659
>>4585689
>>4585782
>>4585784
>>4585842
>>4585844
>>4585997
>Burning Love: The power of love and compassion shall burn the world and the world shall thank thee for it
Samefags on both sides? Or just lurkers?
Two Daos called out to you most fiercely out of the 5 possible Daos you could choose. The Fool’s Legacy and the Burning Love both were viable choices, one bound by your remembrance of the past and one bound by your hope for the future.

In the end you remember your foolish master’s face and know what he would want you to choose. Rather than continuing his legacy and being bound by the past, your master would want you to choose for your future.

So you decide to pick the Dao of Burning Love. You aspire for a world where the strong doesn’t always crush the weak and where all lives will have value. Words like equality and freedom did not exist in a world such as yours however you shall make it so. You shall set the very world ablaze with the flames of your compassion even if the very heavens themselves deny it.

As you decide your Dao, a vision assaults you as you see a brilliant black flag with a burning red heart emblazed upon it. You almost instinctively understand that this flag is yours and will represent your sect in the future. Your flag stood upon a mountain, an immeasurably tall mountain of corpses. Was it the anguish of pain or the despair of death that clouded the corpses faces? Nay it was delightful smiles, these corpses had laid down their lives with smiles upon their face for your flag. Countless people who follow you will be sacrificed on your path as you incite them with the distant glory of freedom and equality. You accept this vision as a possible future, if your compassion needs the world itself as kindle than you shall provide it. For this current world must be burnt to cinders until one where true love and compassion can rule.

Your mechanical bonuses are in recruitment, loyalty and socialization. You are more well rounded compared to the previous patriarch’s one trick focus on women but each of your bonuses are smaller. Remember these are just the internal bonuses of core creation. Nascent soul its own external Dao bonuses.

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>>4586696
With the creation and subsequent stabilisation of your Dao, you leave secluded meditation for news about the ongoing war.
You receive a prompt war progress report from a red eyed Chen Chenhau who had clearly been crying earlier. With only a glance you understand Chen’s sorrow and her self blame. She believes that she had failed again and that her existence itself causes those close to her to die. You instinctively hug her and soothe her by whispering that its not her fault. The previous you would’ve never done such an open act of compassion but you find the actions come to you easily now with your Dao of Burning Love.

Current War Status: Slightly disadvantaged

Xu clan allies has:
- 600 qi condensation disciples
- 4 foundation establishment disciples
- 1 early nascent soul patriarch

Your sect has:
- 500 qi condensation disciples
- 5 foundation establishment elders
- 1 early core creation grand elder
- 1 early core creation matriarch

The Golden Merchant Alliance has:
- 6000 qi condensation disciples
- 30 foundation establishment disciples
- 1 early nascent soul patriarch

Your greatest advantage has been the fact that you wiped out all the enemy core creation elders making both you and Yue Shijian almost unstoppable in quick hit and run tactics. So long as you don’t stay around long enough to attract Yuan Renmibi’s attention, your 2 core creation cultivator advantage is immense.

On the downside, your foundation establishment and qi condensation forces are vastly outnumbered and cannot keep up. Almost all of the Xu clan foundation establishment elders have already died whilst almost ¾ of their qi condensation army has been wiped out.

Since your Core Creation forces are stuck on focusing on hit and run tactics, you are unable to get a decisive advantage for the lower ranks before Yuan Renmibi arrives.

Finally none of the Wang Xu’s traps and schemes are working against Yuan Renmibi who remains uninjured when the key tactic to win the war requires Yuan Renmibi’s death or injury.

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>>4586699
A communication by jade slip from Wang Xu suggests that at this rate the war will end with a loss so something drastic must be done. He suggests that your core creation members will act as bait for Yuan Renmibi so that Wang Xu can end the war decisively by killing Yuan Renmibi.

You have some doubts with this plan and to be honest you’re not sure you can even convince Yue Shijian to go along with the plan that would put herself at risk. Yue had been incredibly quiet since your master’s death and you get a bad feeling that Yue will soon leave the sect as your master was the only reason she had stayed. Asking her for this may just push her to immediately leave. On the other hand if this plan works than the war will end decisively in victory.

Do you go along with Wang Xu’s plan of using yourself and Yue Shijian as bait?

>Yes
>Yes but negotiate for benefits from Wang Xu due to risk (ask for wealth, artefacts, etc. more you ask the more likely he says no)
>No, regular war continues (you are currently at minor disadvantage)
>No you have your own plan to win the war (Write in)
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>>4586700
yeah that's not going to happen.

How much information on Yuan got transferred between his fights with Wang and deadMC? Do we know about the wealth thing? Or at least the thieving crap?
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>>4586703
IC (in character) you know next to no info about Yuan since Wang refuses to share anything outside basic info. For example you know he could steal things from people but not the rules behind it. You also know he has a powerful defensive golden aura but you don't know IC its based on his wealth or that attacks vs the golden aura deplete his wealth. You could probably negotiate for concrete details from Wang Xu but he'd only give you that information if you act as bait in his plan.
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>>4586700
Can we use our Dao to convince a portion of the other side's disciples to join us? How risky would that be?
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>>4586716
Roll for it as usual but generally pretty low chance with high risk. It'd be a different story if they were losing but why would the enemy cultivators join the currently losing side of a war?

Its still a possible action because of your Dao but don't expect it to be easy.
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>>4586725
>why would the enemy cultivators join the currently losing side of a war?
In the name of love, of course!
Well, we're taking risks both ways, and I'd rather end the war quickly than watch our disciples die, so
>Yes but negotiate for benefits from Wang Xu due to risk (artefacts)
Let's just hope we can convince Yue and survive the actual encounter.
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>>4586700
>Yes but negotiate for benefits from Wang Xu due to risk (ask for artifacts)
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>>4586711
>>4586700
Okay, how plausible is this

>Use our Dao to convince the gentlemen knights and possibly Shu kingdom to join us in avenging our master and protecting our lands from an oppressive and greedy tyrant.
>Agree to act as bait, but demand for information on Yuan, the herb regions of the land, and free access to the Xu tomb(can be negotiated down to a limited amount of time, but we decide when it starts)
>Carry poisons and flaming items on our person. If he wants to steal, he can steal our spite.

>Knowing that Yue is going to leave, don't have her act as bait. Instead, she is free to invade the golden merchant base, loot it, and leave while we're all busy fighting.
Yue's like the complete opposite of fighting for equality, but it's not like we WANT to kick her out. This should obligate her somewhat to help at the last moment, but even if she doesn't she keeps a good opinion of us.
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>>4586731
>>4586792
Damn, makes me feel like a brainlet when I propose some obvious option while other anons think up grand plans.
Changing my vote to this.
Also, having given it more thought, I believe we need to be careful about the bait tactic. It may be another one of Wang Xu's plots, where he defeats Yuan Renmibi and then obliterates us on the spot as well, securing both our and the Golden Merchant Alliance's lands for himself. Guess we'll have to trust him this time.
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>>4586792
>>4586822
inb4 we roll 1 and we lose xing too. who'd we even play after if xing dies?
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>>4586700
>Yes but negotiate for benefits from Wang Xu due to risk (ask for wealth, artefacts, etc. more you ask the more likely he says no)
Let’s focus on artifacts
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>>4586792
It looks too risky, having two leaders die in a row would definitely kill off our sect.
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>>4587358
The majority risk is actually on Yue, but just in a form that she would accept. If Yuan catches on to the plan, Yue's in deep shit.

The only plan that doesn't put Xing at terrible risk is to continue the war regularly, with or without reinforcements from Shu/barbarians. You uh, got a better idea?
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>>4586792
Supporting.
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>>4586731
>>4586766
>>4586792
>>4586822
>>4586832
If Xing dies here than your sect is basically over but I'll let anons choose how the sect ends with epilogue choices. Dw outside a crit fail this won't happen.
>>4586869
>>4587358
>>4587964
>Use our Dao to convince the gentlemen knights and possibly Shu kingdom to join us in avenging our master and protecting our lands from an oppressive and greedy tyrant.
>Agree to act as bait, but demand for information on Yuan, the herb regions of the land, and free access to the Xu tomb(can be negotiated down to a limited amount of time, but we decide when it starts)
>Yes but negotiate for benefits from Wang Xu due to risk (ask for artifacts)
>Carry poisons and flaming items on our person. If he wants to steal, he can steal our spite.

Okay this will need quite a few rolls. Give me 4d100, best of 3.

1st 1d100 is convincing Wang Xu to give you everything you ask for (and you asked quite alot), 2nd 1d100 is how well the bait plan goes (disregard this if you crit fail the first 1d100), 3rd 1d100 is if you receive any reinforcements in time (unlike with the boon option, this will just be 5 foundation establishment knights and 250 qi condensation knights), 4th 1d100 is how much loot Yue shares with you (I've already rolled for Yue and she rolled decently with a 71. This is less what she loots as what she chooses to share with you.)

Probs no proper update today, family has completely tired me out with all their craziness. I'll try and post the update sometime tomorrow.
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Rolled 21, 66, 12, 83 = 182 (4d100)

>>4588001
let's see how it goes i guess
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Rolled 29, 73, 84, 98 = 284 (4d100)

>>4588001
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Rolled 5, 13, 26, 48 = 92 (4d100)

>>4588001
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Rolled 26, 51, 12, 24 = 113 (4d100)

>>4588001
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>>4588005
>>4588006
>>4588012
>Negotiate: 29 major fail
>Bait plan: 73 _______
>Knights reinforcements: 84 didn't really matter
>Yue sharing is caring: 98 major success
Since you are taking most of the risk in the plan, you decide to negotiate for some benefits from the Xu clan and not just one or two small benefits but a massive amount of benefits.

You’ve always been decently competent at negotiations. With the boosts from your Burning Love Dao, you thought you had a decent chance to receive most of the things you requested.

Unfortunately however Wang Xu was not one to be swayed by your negotiation skills. Due to your weakened position, you accept the deal even through you know that Wang Xu was screwing you over. If only your master was still here the negotiations would’ve been fairer.

Whilst he was willing to provide the information on Yuan Renmibi, he only offered one other major benefit out of the veritable list you had requested.

What did you choose?

>Golden Merchant Alliance Lands that were rich in spiritual herbs (This is an effective income increase of 5 and will remove the spiritual herb deficiency debuffs so that your pill refining is back to normal)
>Free unlimited access to the Spirit Severing Tomb (without this, you would be extremely limited in potential access and would need to pay massive sums of wealth each time)
>A powerful artefact that can increase your effective power by quarter of a minor stage whilst below nascent soul (anons can feel free to write in fluff wise what the artefact is)

With negotiations complete, you start preparing for the plan. One of the things you’ve noticed from the gained information is that Yuan Renmibi’s power seems to rely on his wealth amount. If you could reduce his wealth than you could drastically lower his overall power. With this knowledge you plot with Yue Shijian on looting the Golden Merchant Alliance whilst you act as bait. Yue Shijian had been excited about your plot and the possible benefits to the point she even agreed to split the loot 50/50 with you. Whilst there was sure to be many powerful arrays and other defences, you have confidence that Yue Shijian would easily bypass them.

This was likely your last major endeavour with Yue as she was likely to leave the sect soon but you waste no time trying to convince her to stay. You can already see that Yue had firmly decided to leave so you’d rather just ensure her last moments with the sect was enjoyable rather than her having to deal with you begging her to stay.

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>>4589144
The first plan was simple, you’d pretend that you had overextended just a bit too much such that you could not escape before Yuan Renmibi arrived. From there you would work with Wang Xu to take down Yuan Renmibi. Wang Xu had been somewhat unhappy about your scheme with Yue Shijian but in the end he had accepted your scheme since on the off chance it works Yuan Renmibi would be heavily weakened.

You had purposely wasted a decent amount of time chasing down a group of Golden Merchant Alliance foundation establishment disciples when finally Yuan Renmibi had showed up. Almost as soon as you see him you feel your hatred and rage boil within you. You’ve never been one to forgive and to make it worse, Yuan Renmibi was the exact opposite of the kind of world you wanted to achieve. Yuan was selfish and greedy with the belief in the absolute trampling of the weak by the strong.

You glare at the murderer of your master as you begin the preparations of the trap. Wang Xu had studied Yuan Renmibi enough to know that Yuan Renmibi always liked to chat when he had an absolute advantage. So you converse with the man trading pointless barbs whilst accepting the greedy murderer’s mocking scorn and rants about how much wealth he will make with your body. You even bear with his disgusting words as he explains that after you’re sold as a slave, you will likely be ravished and tortured for the rest of your life.

After what seemed an eternity but was only less time than the span of a candle, the wait was over as tens of thousands of bolts of black lightning from the distance crash into Yuan Renmibi blasting him into the ground leaving a massive crater in its wake. This black lightning attack was apparently from an ancient cannon artefact that Wang Xu termed his trump card and each bolt of lightning individually had the power to kill core creation. With tens of thousands of bolts, the attack should’ve heavily injured or outright killed Yuan Renmibi no matter what defences he had.

Unfortunately this was not so...

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>>4589146
The area where the fight took place had once been a forest. Now there was nothing besides a massive crater and the smell of ozone. Standing before the crater was what appeared to be a woman who overflowed with an aura of kindness and compassion. Inside the crater was a man who radiated the aura of greed and avarice.

The attack burned the very atmosphere into ozone yet Yuan Renmibi covered in his golden aura was still unharmed. Looks like plan A hadn’t worked just like you expected. In Yuan Renmibi’s hand he held a scroll that seemed to be made of human flesh and bone. The scroll leaked out an immensely evil and cruel aura.

“You think I didn’t see a trap coming from a two bit schemer like Wang Xu? I had already prepared with the Payment of the Soul Scroll. A mere 1 million worthless mortal souls as payment and I can temporarily increase my power for a single moment enough that whatever trump card he used was worthless. Quite an expensive item from the Eternal Hate sect but for once I won’t complain about the costs.

After all, your beauty will sell for at least a fifty wealth and Wang Xu’s nascent soul corpse would get me at least a hundred more. Now without his trump card, my victory against Wang Xu and by extension you is assured. I hope you’re ready to spend the rest of your life as a sex slave, I’ll be sure to use you myself a few times before I sell you.” Explains Yuan Renmibi as he lazily reaches towards you with a lecherous smirk.

Perfect. You instantly stab out with your Heaven Piercing Dagger coated with poisons from spiritual beast thousands of years old. Your Dao of the Sevenfold Panoply further increased the power of the artefact by seven times.

The idiot who had thought you were a mere core creation junior was instantly stabbed through the heart. He didn’t see through your disguise or the fact you had swapped places with the Loving Hearts sect matriarch as soon as the initial attack with the Black Lightning Cannon was complete.

“You really talk too much. I never expected you to die from the first attack anyways.” You calmly explain as Yuan Renmibi leaps back whilst vomiting black blood.

“HOW?! WANG XU YOU BASTARD. ” screamed Yuan Renmibi with hatred towards you. Your Dao of Sevenfold Panoply at Nascent Soul allowed you to increase any artefacts power by seven times meaning with Yuan Renmibi’s guard down, it was easy to use an obscuring artefact to pretend to be a core creation cultivator.

“Thieving Right“ cries out Yuan Renmibi as he activates his annoying technique stealing your Heaven Piercing Dagger.

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>>4589144
>Free unlimited access to the Spirit Severing Tomb (without this, you would be extremely limited in potential access and would need to pay massive sums of wealth each time)

>>4589147
woah big update
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>>4589147
“You lads probably have heard that to be a knight is to be stronger than any normal man. Let me properly explain to you what that means since some of you are having doubts of involving themselves in princess Dawn’s struggles.

True strength is not martial might, or of reaching a higher knightly step or even to be powerful. It is to act with true conviction and belief.

If you’re here than that means you believe princess Dawn is the rightful owner of the Throne of Divine Flames and that her rule would be the best choice for our home, the Empire of the Eternal Blazing Sun. That means even if we may die, we must ensure she lives so that she one day arrives home to take the throne.

Now lets go fuck up these Golden Merchant Alliance fuckers”

250 qi condensation and 5 foundation establishment knights joined the war on your side with powerful motivation… sadly their motivation was for nought as by the time they arrived the war was already over.
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Life-saving treasures may allow one to escape a situation but they could not make up the fundamental difference of power between the now much weakened Yuan Renmibi and full powered Wang Xu. Yuan Renmibi escaped again and again with countless life-saving treasures but each time he was hunted down relentlessly. It takes almost a month but the Golden Merchant Alliance patriarch Yuan Renmibi is finally killed.

With the death of Yuan Renmibi, the war entered a one sided slaughter as the Golden Merchant Alliance had no nascent soul. Within 3 days of Yuan Renmibi’s death, the Golden Merchant Alliance had surrendered the war.

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>>4589148
>woah big update
I had half of it written yesterday but couldn't finish it because of family partying. This combined with today's post and me drinking heavily from new years means massive update.
>>4589149
Your Loving Hearts Sect and your allies the Xu clan have won the war. By default you have no particular rights to any major rewards from the conflict as the Xu clan was the main participant and you were just their assistance.

You simply have your independence and a guaranteed truce with the Xu clan for 50 years. However you can negotiate for some rewards and bonuses however the more you request, the more concessions you must accept.

Rewards (pick equal to concessions, each reward can be picked up to 3 times):
>Golden Merchant Alliance qi condensation prisoners (1000 per pick)
>Golden Merchant Alliance foundation establishment prisoners (5 per pick)
>Wealth (25 per pick)
>Golden Merchant Alliance lands (10% per pick, income of around 3 per pick, moderate increase to all resources and manpower, decreases stability and may have rebel issues)
>Tax on Golden Merchant Alliance merchants (Around 10 income per pick)

Concessions (each option can be taken 3 times):
>You are now the vassal of the Xu clan (this is equal to 3 concessions and can only be taken once)
>Yue Shijian must share 25% of what she looted from the Golden Merchant Alliance with Xu clan (moderate drop in Yue relations each time taken)
>Your sect must assist in dealing with Golden Merchant Alliance rebellions and other issues (lose sect action for 1 turn each time)
>Your sect must assist in managing prisoners for the Xu clan (lose personal action for 1 turn each time)
>You marry a Xu clan young master as proof of the friendship between your sect and the Xu clan
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>>4589151
>Golden Merchant Alliance lands (10% per pick, income of around 3 per pick, moderate increase to all resources and manpower, decreases stability and may have rebel issues)
Just once, we don't need a huge amount of herbs

>Your sect must assist in managing prisoners for the Xu clan (lose personal action for 1 turn each time)
This can potentially be a bonus for Xing's dao
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massive update but what the fuck do we pick? the only good concessions are giving away our sect actions imo
>marriage with some spoilt clan fuccboi
arent we in love with the previous main character or did I misread it?
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>>4589151
>land x 1
>tax x 2
>>4589153
I think we should give up all 3 sect actions. permanent income increase seems like good deals for our sect action
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>>4589144
>Free unlimited access to the Spirit Severing Tomb (without this, you would be extremely limited in potential access and would need to pay massive sums of wealth each time)
>>4589151
Rewards:
>Golden Merchant Alliance lands (10% per pick, income of around 3 per pick, moderate increase to all resources and manpower, decreases stability and may have rebel issues)
>Tax on Golden Merchant Alliance merchants (Around 10 income per pick)
Concessions:
>Your sect must assist in dealing with Golden Merchant Alliance rebellions and other issues (lose sect action for 1 turn each time)
>Your sect must assist in managing prisoners for the Xu clan (lose personal action for 1 turn each time)
10 income is massive considering how little we need to give up in exchange.
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>>4589144
>Free unlimited access to the Spirit Severing Tomb (without this, you would be extremely limited in potential access and would need to pay massive sums of wealth each time)
>>4589151
>Wealth (25 per pick)
>Golden Merchant Alliance lands (10% per pick, income of around 3 per pick, moderate increase to all resources and manpower, decreases stability and may have rebel issues) x2

>Your sect must assist in dealing with Golden Merchant Alliance rebellions and other issues (lose sect action for 1 turn each time) x3
Let’s go boys
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>>4589215
Actually changing my wealth pick to this
>Tax on Golden Merchant Alliance merchants (Around 10 income per pick)
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>>4589144
>>Free unlimited access to the Spirit Severing Tomb (without this, you would be extremely limited in potential access and would need to pay massive sums of wealth each time)
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Rolled 2 (1d4)

>>4589981
fuck
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>>4589153
>>4589169
>>4589194
>>4589215
>>4589956
>Free unlimited access to the Spirit Severing Tomb
>Rewards: Golden Merchant Alliance lands + 2x Tax on Golden Merchant Alliance merchants
>Concessions: 3x Sect action
You decide the massive benefits from the increase in income as well as some lands containing spiritual herbs is more than worth the 30 or so years your sect will be stuck dealing with rebellions and stability issues within the Golden Merchant Alliance. Although you've already been warned about the potential troubles in 50 years or so from the Eternal Hate sect, you believe that 20 or so years is more than enough to deal with any issues so dedicating 30 years is fine.

You meet up with Yue to find her carrying countless massive sacks of loot. Not even her storage rings could hold all the things she had looted from the Golden Merchant Alliance Yuan Renmibi's personal treasuries. You find countless artefacts, cultivation techniques and a veritable mountain of wealth which with your 50% can be summed up as:
- 2 powerful artefacts of the core creation level, each would be enough to raise a core creation cultivators power by a quarter of a minor stage.
- 20 wealth
- 2 Life-saving Treasures
- Countless cultivation techniques and secrets which are enough to start the creation of a technique pavilion/library. When created your disciples will be able to choose cultivation techniques well suited to them to increase their power and cultivation speed.

After giving you your share of the loot, Yue gives you a jade slip to contact her if you ever wanted to hire her for "mercenary work" as she promptly starts leaving. You had prepared a party for her but it seemed that Yue wanted to leave quietly without any fanfare. You hope that Yue at least visited Chen Chenhau before she fully leaves since you knew they were quiet close.

With the war finally over, you now have another issue. Who will take over the role of administrative elder?
>Wen Zhu who is currently INCOMPETENT at administration but could in time improve
>One of the generic elders who are AVERAGE at administration and cannot improve
>Look for a talented qi condensation disciple to act as admin elder (Result depends on roll)
>You will stay administrative elder even as patriarch despite the stress (you receive a -10 malus on all personal rolls)
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>>4589989
Consult Chen Chenhau and the barbarians if she's better off in administration.
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>Look for a talented qi condensation disciple to act as admin elder (Result depends on roll)
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>>4589989
>Wen Zhu
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>>4589989
>>Look for a talented qi condensation disciple to act as admin elder (Result depends on roll)
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>>4589989
>Wen Zhu who is currently INCOMPETENT at administration but could in time improve
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we're at page 10 so you're probably gonna need to start a new thread
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>back from IP ban
>oh a new qm name? did mc make his bloodline?
>mood is high, anticipating
>mfw mc died
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>>4589989
>>4589990
Support.
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>>4589989
>You will stay administrative elder even as patriarch despite the stress (you receive a -10 malus on all personal rolls)
>>4590233
I mean we did choose the super high risk option but desu it wasnt even that high risk since it only needed a 70 with best of 3 rolls.

We just got unlucky as fuck.
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Rolled 2 (1d3)

>>4590201
>need to start a new thread
I'll make it once we're back to standard turn actions instead of dealing with aftermath of the war.
>>4589990
>>4589993
>>4590056
>>4590071
>>4590108
>>4590233
>>4590288
>>4590633
>Another multiple way tie
1: Chen chenhau
2: Wen Zhu
3: Roll for it
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>>4590979
I mean I wanted to know what the barbarians thought of their princess leading an army in the first place. Do they prefer if she hangs back and stays safe? Or does she need to lead an army to eventually take back their homeland?
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>>4590979
You decide that Wen Zhu whilst inexperienced would be the best choice for administrative elder. Maybe with time she can become more well trained and effective.

With the aftermath of the war mostly settled, routine sect life returns. You walk into the elders council room and feel kind of weird. No longer were you the one giving the information and mere suggestions. No you now had to make decisions that would decide the fate of your sect.

Wen Zhu is an late foundation establishment elder responsible for your administration. To her fell the tasks of managing your many wealth incomes such as spirit stone mines, herb fields or taxes from weak mortal kingdoms. She looks excited at her new posting and the recognition of her ability. You give her a slight smile at her excitement as you hope the new role would make her feel much more at home in the sect since she had previous issues with loneliness.

She's still fairly new to her role and is currently INCOMPETENT at administration. Hopefully she improves in the future but for now you suffer from reduced income and wealth. Unlike the lazy Biyu, Wen Zhu seems decently hard working so she will likely improve her skill up to AVERAGE within 3 turns.

"Matriach, our current wealth sits at 53 with an income of 8 (base 12. Minus 1 for Xiaochen Kingdom damages. Additional 20 from taxes. Minus 75% due to lack of skill of elder.). 31*0.25=7.75 rounded to 8.

Theres still 70 or so years until the Xiaochen Kingdom damages are fixed but they are such a minor part of our income and resources now that I don't think it really matters too much.

We have a significant amount of wealth which we should probably use it... umm maybe building something or buying something? Sorry I'm not really sure what to suggest. Oh but wait you'd have to wait at least 30 years until you've fulfilled your obligations to the Xu clan first" explains Wen Zhu.

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>>4590999
They'd prefer she stay safe until at least nascent soul or preferably spirit severing but won't interfere in your sect matters. Technically the knights don't know about Chen's PTSD issues so they still think shes a super awesome commander that she was before her trauma.
>>4591000
Biyu Tang is an early Foundation Establishment elder responsible for your intrigue, espionage and information gathering. You and Biyu have known each other for a long time and were the first of your deceased master's disciples. Biyu is seems to have changed recently as shes slightly harder working after master's death. The key word is slightly as she's mostly still as lazy as before.

She is generally AVERAGE in intrigue.

"Xin- I mean matriarch theres so much to report I don't really know which to focus on but I'll start with local than go on to report about regional.

Locally, the Xu clan has obviously completely taken over as the regional power since they're the only one with a nascent soul now. Our relations with the Xu clan are mostly neutral with a truce guaranteeing no conflict between our two factions for 50 years.

After the 50 years, it's highly likely the Xu clan will try to vassalise us first with friendly negotiations or absolute force if we decline. Honestly matriarch, we're too weak to do anything but accept the vassalisation when it inevitable occurs since theres no way you reach nascent soul within 50 years.

Within the Fertile Fields, most righteous sects and clans are making preparations for the eventual defensive war with the Eternal Hate sect in 40 or so years. Theres even been rumours that the Eternal Hate Sect has been sending spies and assassins to try and kill core creation elders of regional powers whenever possible.

Finally, the Human-Demon Annihilation War in the Hellish Plains has ended badly for humanity with the loss of one of their nascent souls. Within the next 300 years, it is likely the Hellish Plains will be ruled by demons but that issue is far into the future."
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>>4591001
Chen Chenhau a great circle Foundation Establishment elder who was responsible for your military matters which mostly meant the recruitment and training of your sect members and leading them during wars. You note that both Chen's mood an cultivation have leapt immensely recently. Did Yue give Chen a parting gift of some kind? Or did master's death help push her cultivation immensely like it did yours?

She is generally BELOW AVERAGE at recruitment and training. She CANNOT lead your forces in a war.

"W-we have 600 qi condensation disciples, 5 foundation establishment elders and 1 early core creation matriarch. Y-yue leaving and m-master n-no longer being with us has weakened us alot. The increase in lands at least mean our recruitment is better. Should we keep with the previous patriarch's policies of recruitment focused on beauty or should we change it?

Recruitment policies:
>Keep as is (aka focus on beauty)
>Focus on talent (cultivation speed)
>Focus on loyalty
>Focus on combat power

Additionally, with master gone, should we now allow males such as m-my knights to join the sect?"
Allow males?
>Yes (recruitment increased and the knights but possible problems within sect)
>No (sect stays all female)

Sect action
>Locked for 3 turns due to your concessions to the Xu clan

Personal action
>Write in

Known Future events:
4 turns until Eternal Hate sect defensive war
5 turns until Xu clan truce ends
7 turns until Xiaochen kingdom restores itself
30 turns until demon issues
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>>4591002
>>Focus on talent (cultivation speed)
>Yes (recruitment increased and the knights but possible problems within sect)
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>>4591002
>Focus on talent (cultivation speed)
>Yes (recruitment increased and the knights but possible problems within sect)
>Inquire about Chen Chenhau's trauma. If possible, help her get over it.
It seems to me like she has great potential, but she's shackled by her past. We'll also need to begin working towards Nascent Soul soon.
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>>4591002
>Focus on talent
>Yes
>Cultivate
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>>4591002
>Focus on combat power
We are going to be at a disadvantage with the Eternal Hate sect and Xu clan. Rather than cultivating into a threat, we're better off being so hard to kill that attrition and cost makes us not worth it.

>No (delay until Wen Zhu is at least below average in management)
>Grant free access to our phantasmal training palace: Qi condensation

>Purchase/upgrade the phantasmal training palace
>Purchase/build a technique repository/library from the One Heaven lands
>Research ways to consume pills without hands. False teeth, foot-triggered vials, etc.
which of these are viable?
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>>4591023
>>Purchase/upgrade the phantasmal training palace
Viable, you could try and purchase the foundation establishment version of it (its a roll to find one you can afford since they cost anywhere between 50-100 wealth) or upgrade the qi condensation version of it.
>Purchase/build a technique repository/library from the One Heaven lands
You have no One Heaven techniques, you have your own techniques + lots of stolen techniques from Golden Merchant Alliance.
Completely viable to build a technique repository/library.
>Research ways to consume pills without hands. False teeth, foot-triggered vials, etc.
Viable.

All these choices are viable but you've given up your next 3 sect actions as concessions to the Xu clan. You'll need to wait until you have sect actions free again before you can undertake any of these.
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>>4591002
whats the benefit of keeping it focused on beauty? why is it even a choice?
>no filthy males
>cultivate
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>>4591071
So what's the value of a repository/library? Do we really need 10 years to make what's basically a library card system for lending out books?

Any of these we can do as a personal action?