Welcome back to Tai Lung's journey on the path of redemption, not only for himself but for those around him as well. In our last thread, the crew made their final preperations and finally confront the raider army that had been plauging northern China. With majority of the army captured and their leader in custody, Tai Lung and his friends journey with the Five back to Taishi in hopes of earning some well deserved celebrations.Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Tai%20Lung%20quest
"Are you saying you'll fail the Great Judge's trial?" You ask."No." Renshu replies, unwilling to look at you.. "I will not. While I'll never be a good man. I will become a man who does good. I will make up for my past crimes and show that I am not the person I once was but that will never change what I enjoy and how I view things. Only the decisions I make from now on and the way I will help others. I do not think I'll ever stop enjoying battle or harming others. I do not think I'll ever stop enjoying intimidating those who get in my way and making them cower in fear. But that does not mean I will use it against those who do not deserve it. As Hien struggles to find his path, so do I. I will be someone who is worthy of lighting the Great Judge's halls but I will always carry the burdens of who I am." Renshu stops and seems to contemplate something but doesn't continue. Whatever he was withholding from you, he felt uncomfortable about it, even more so than anything he had shared with you. Out of respect for your friend you do not choose to press him to divulge it.“I don't think I can or would ever change who you are in a million lifetimes, but I think that if I can help you even further or perhaps make your excitement easier to manage I will and I don't want you to hesitate to ask. Because what is a helping hand between blood-kin who can shoulder the weights of the world together?” You say quietly as you pull out a flask of water to drink. “You are my brother Renshu and I won't have you or Xin as anything but as you are, so long as you are content and doing good. I think that is what I wanted to give you and Xin, as our travels have continued, my own sort of Legacy that I have come to value since Zhengi. Doing good for the sake of good, setting an example that I hoped you and ming and Xin could follow and look up to. As long as you know that the feeling itself is wrong, and that you know the path you take is to help others, then perhaps it is also a type of good. Besides, I'm pretty sure that there are plenty of tales of battle-hungry warriors that were good people. We will make it work in the end, friend.”Renshu gives you a sad smile. “You’re a good man Tai Lung. Your past might be stained but I think that you were always good at heart. We don’t really deserve your friendship.”You return Renshu’s smile with your own. “Well that’s the funny thing about friendships, you don’t get to decide. If I say you’re my friend then you are.”
Renshu chuckles. “I’m afraid friendships are a two way path, my friend. Luckily for you, I gladly accept your offer.” You laugh and the two of you continue on your journey. At your speed, it only takes about an hour or so before you reach Xin Lan and the others. As expected, the groups were leading several carts full of raiders. The carts themselves were rather crude but the detail that stuck out the most were the beams in the center of every one. The raiders, now prisoners, were all bound to the beam itself allowing them to sit with their backs to them. You vaguely recall doing the same to the old pirate captain back on the Gale Cutter. You suppose that was more comfortable than simply piling them all on top of one another but you wonder how well it would hold up. As you approach, Xin Lan seems to be the first one to turn and face you.“Hello sleeping beauty.” They say with a smirk. “Bit of a lightweight when it comes to poisons aren’t ya?“Be nice.” You say, amused, as you ruffle their ears though the smirk on their face shows they would be anything but.>What do you do?>Talk to one of your friends as you travel. (Hien, Renshu, or Xin)>Speak with one of the Five, Po, or your Father.>Keep quiet and keep watch over the raiders as you travel. You can talk once everyone reaches town.>Write in.
>>4706333>Talk to one of your friends as you travel. (Hien, Renshu, or Xin)Talk to hien about his plans, if ge is going to the capital with the five, ask say sorry for snoozing after droping the scrolls on him.And have a talk with Xin about their confrotational streak. Maybe help along with the feelings of protectioness and anger. Smug is good, but too much and it becomes harassement.>Keep quiet and keep watch over the raiders as you travel. You can talk once everyone reaches town.If their back are against one anothe, than they can cut the bindings of each others, we will need to make a better sytem of transport.
>>4706333I'll support >>4706339Inquire as to the usefulness/validity of the scrolls. Did we miss any or what.Also we can mention how we'll be spending new years in the town and we really can't miss it, but afterwards we are willing to accompany them back to the city.And Xin does make a slight point. It wouldn't be a bad idea to start building a tollerance to toxins, but that could be a bit expnsive.
>>4706339>>4706348Talking to our friends. Writing.
You step aside and keep pace with Hien. "Sorry about falling asleep on you after just dropping the scrolls on you." You say but Hien shakes his head. "It's quite alright. We all had a long night last night. Even if it wasn't for the poison you breathed in, I wouldn't have faulted you for going to sleep after such a long battle." You scratch the back of your head, unsure if you wanted to tell the young lord that, while the battle was indeed taxing, you could have stayed awake for far longer. You keep that information to yourself however and ask about more pressing matters. "The scrolls. Where they the correct ones? Any missing?""I'm afraid I wouldn't know." Hien replies honestly. "While I knew of the existence of the scrolls, I had no idea of the means they were protected nor do I know the exact contents of them. The information seems complete however, and if any would have been missing, I would have guess it would be the cypher and the list of names. On that note, the list of names is quite eye opening. There are several names I did not know I was distantly related too. If such information wasn't a matter of national security I'd be tempted to send them letters asking for years of missing birthday gifts." Hien laughs. You can't help but snort in agreement to that. "So, if you don't mind me asking, what exactly is in them? I saw a few maps but I didn't study them in detail. I simply looked to see if they were written in coded messages." You ask. Hien gives a noncomittal shrug. "The maps were mostly military outposts we have and safe houses meant for the royal family. Nothing I can divuldge however. I'm sorry." You shrug. You had expected such an answer or even less than that. "I will admit though..." Hien continues quietly while glancing at the Five who had their backs to you. "There's nothing in the scrolls that would put you or your friends in any danger.""Thanks." You say quietly before speaking in a regular volume, "What will you do with them? Will you destroy them? Renshu mentioned he talked to you about taking them home.""Yes. I mean, yes I will keep them for now." Hien corrects himself. "Renshu made a good point. These scrolls might contain vital information and I'd rather not risk destroying them if that is the case. Delivering them home would be the safest for them." You raise an eyebrow.
"So you will be heading back to the capital then?" You ask. Hien pauses as if considering something before answering,"Yes. I think that would be best. I'm not sure it would be a good idea to stay away from the palace for too long or I run the risk of my sister sending the royal army to collect me." He jokes though it seems rather half hearted. You feel like perhaps Hien wasn't telling you everything but you were at least sure that he wasn't lying to you.>What do you say?>Tell Hien that he doesn't need to go back. He could travel with your and the others. Much like Ming, perhaps some travel would help him figure things out though you must admit that you're not sure if it's working out for Ming.>Ask Hien if he really thinks his sister would send the military after him. She sounds like a rather severe or strict woman.>Ask Hien about his parents. Would they approve of what he is doing?>Tell Hien that you'll be celebrating New Years. Let him know he's welcome to join.>Write in.
>>4706415>Tell Hien that you'll be celebrating New Years. Let him know he's welcome to join.>After you are done with all this raider business, perhaps making a journey across China could be an eye-opening experience. I fell like the pilgramage itself has been more beneficial to me than the destination I will reach. Although a fake identity could help you avoid any distractions.He can probably help avoid a grim fate for the raiders, and so far he had a good head on hia shoulders. As much I would love adding more people to the party, other's wellbeing take priority.
>>4706415>Let him know he is welcome>You truly are the paragon my friend. And who knows, perhaps wandering china would serve the imperial interest. An ear for their moods and minor trifles. Without sounding presumptious, you may enjoy that beyond dealing with the rich and protocol bound, I have so far.>>After you are done with all this raider business, perhaps making a journey across China could be an eye-opening experience. I fell like the pilgramage itself has been more beneficial to me than the destination I will reach. Although a fake identity could help you avoid any distractions.Really the thing I'm trying to get across is that we should encourage him to wander and know his people, perhaps even make pals with em. A wandering folk hero with the blood of dragons is a prospect that is actually beneficial and justifiable.
>>4706446That and we already have 3 people to headpat. We cannot add another without falling over!Plus, I kinda see the squad as a penitent measure of self improvement and discovery. Hien's on the way there, but it is his way to discover it, rather than following us.
>>4706446>>4706470Taking these. Writing.
"We are celebrating the New Year." You say. "You are always welcome to join us. We plan on catching up with the Five and joining them on their way to Zhengyi. From there we will continue on our journey." Hien seems to think about it. "Yes, I think I would like that." He admits. "Perhaps a bit of rest before we continue on our journey. Then back to buisness.""Perhaps you should consider travel some more after this raider buisness." You suggest. "I think that a journey across China would do you well. It is often said that the journey means more than the destination itself. Maybe you'll find yourself in your travels. It might even be more relaxing than dealing with the rich and protocol bound. At least I've found it to be.""I feel like most people would be inclinde to agree with you on that." Hien muses. "However, as much as they would dislike it, the courts are my place in this world I think. Although perhap you are right. Maybe I do need to find myself before I can devote my life to anything." He admits. "Perhaps next time I am free or find myself with nothing to do I will try it.""How often does that come about?" You ask."More often than you think. I'm not really expected to do anything in a legal sense. As the third child, I only really have my family's name. All the positions have been taken. Of course that does not stop others from expecting me to do something while at the same time giving me nothing to do at all." He says. "Sounds...irritating." You say, trying to put it politely."To say the least." Hien agrees. "But back to more important matters, I'm afraid I don't have much to offer for New Years. No gifts to give nor anything to offer." You can't help but smile at that. "I'm sure we can forgive you. Just this once." You tease. "You being there is more than enough. We here to celebrate with our friends not practice generosity...although don't tell Xin I said that. I'm sure they'll be very vocal about not getting a gift.""I do want gifts!" Xin Lan shouts. "That's the best part!"You give Xin Lan a look and they stick their tongue out at you. "In any case, you just being there will make everyone happy. There will be food and celebrating. Just enjoy yourself." Hien nods but seems to go back to thinking and you leave him to that. A few hours later, you all stop to make camp. The sun had set and the moon was slowly rising. You sit with your friends around a small fire and wait for your food to heat up.>What do you do?>Go talk to Xin or Renshu. You haven't spoken to them all day.>Talk to one of the Five.>Sleep. You have a long journey ahead of you.>Write in.
>>4706568>Go talk to Xin or Renshu. You haven't spoken to them all day.Talk with Xin about their confrotational streak. Maybe help along with the feelings of protectioness and anger. Smug is good, but too much and it becomes harassement.Than we check if any of the raiders are trying the old cut eachother rope method?
>>4706568>>Talk to one of the Five.tigress
>>4706590Good call.After we talk with Xin, I think that we should>Talk to ShifuAgain, plans for the new years though we haven't gotten him his gift.Maybe also address the mission and any hassles that came up, would be good to smooth those out and just generally speak with our dad.As for Po and Crane, we'll get to them. Checking the raiders should be done, but since there are 11 of us, maybe more than one person can stay awake to watch them per shift.
>>4706596I don't think she gives a fuck mate. I've grown contented that she doesn't want to mend any rifts and we've no obligation nor incentive really to do the same.We extended her the offer of talking and she refused, there's no point continuing with that path.
Grabbing some lunch. I'll be back to count votes after.
>>4706590>>4706598Talking to Xin. Writing.
You move over the pat Xin Lan's head now that things were winding down for the day. As you go to do so, your hand is slapped aside and you feel their smaller hand playing with your ears. "Gottcha first." They say with a grin. You return the grin. "You got me but next time I won't be so easy." Xin Lan grins mischeviously and they hug you around the neck. "Oh I'm always easy for a bit strong kitty like you big guy." They say. You cough and feel your face go a bit red. "Y-you know what meant." You stammer."And you know what I mean." They reply. "So, what's up?" They ask nonchalantly. You force yourself not to think about Xin Lan's innuendos and ask, "What I've been hearing a lot about you picking fights with the Five." You say as neutrally as possible. Xin Lan rolls their eyes. "If they call that a fight then I worry what our battle with the raiders did to them.""Xin..." You say patiently. "I asked you to be nice. What's this all about? If they're making you mad and you want to talk about it, you know I'm here to listen." Xin Lan pouts at you, gives your a slight glare before rolling their eyes and finally sighing after the seemed to have mulled it over. "I dunno. I don't like them. They keep bad mouthing you. They treat you like a criminal which I mean...they're not wrong. You are like public enemy number 1 but still..." Xin Lan presses their forehead against your chest. "...they don't know you like I do. They don't know what a good person you are. Outside you're big and scary, maybe a bit too gruff but in side...you're a good person. You got your burdens and own problems but you still decide to get even more weighed down by that big heart of gold you have. People come to you for help, hell people don't even gotta do that and you still offer to help. You just...do it. No matter how inconvienient or bothersome it is. It just...makes me angry. Not as angry as the guards did but still enough that I want them to feel it. So I jab at them. I poke their buttons because I know they won't do anything about it. What are they just gonna abandon the mission?" They shrug. "I dunno. They're jerks and I don't care to be around them.""Xin...we can't just pick fights because people bother us." You scratch your head. "Well...I mean we do kind of do that but not for little things like this. It'll deny us potential allies and even you know the benefits of that.""Yeah, yeah..." Xin Lan mutters. "I won't do it anymore." They mumble."Yeah, you said that the last time." You tease gently. "But really Xin...I'm here for you." Xin Lan simply tightens their arms around you as they give you an actually hug. You reach up and ruffle their ears as you let them go at their own pace.>What do you say?>Try to talk about something else. Get their mind off of things.>Ask Xin Lan something else. Maybe talking more about their feelings will help.>Let Xin meditate on their emotions. Go check on the raiders for now.>Write in.
>>4706959>Let Xin meditate on their emotions. Go check on the raiders for now.I think Xin is feeling some sort of frustration or indignation, that feeling you have when someone treats you wrong based on a preconception, or qhen thinga don't go right. Unfortunaly that's one of the few feelings that you just sort of have to just suck up and deal with.Being agressive against the other person will just worsen the situation. Although passive-agressiveness in moderation may be able to give them some release without completly jeorpadizing relations.I feel like a armchair psycologist. It's a dirty feeling.
>>4706959>Give em a hug back >check the raiders.Best buns.
>>4707295The buns need the big guy. Also cool team name idea. The Four Dragons.
>>4707572A bit presumptuous though. If we didn't know shenlong, I'd say it was a good idea, but given the prideful nature of dragons it just seems like asking for a "OH, YOU WANNA SEE THE POWER OF A REAL DRAGONS EH?!"I'm content sticking to the fateful four.
>>4707580Fair enough. To be fair the team name was more of what people named you rather that what you named yourself. I don't think anyone in the group would give themselves a team name. Well Xin might as a joke. Speaking of which,>>4706980>>4707295Hugging the bun. Letting them mull over their thoughts. Writing.
>>4707580How about wiverns? Just like dragons, only shittier.Not sure if it exist in chinese folklore though.
>>4707604I don't think so. That's more of a European thing right?
You wrap your arms around Xin Lan and hold them close. As much as you would like to, there wasn’t much you could say. Chastising them wouldn’t do anything. They couldn’t help how they felt. You couldn’t scold or advise them. This was something they had to decide for themselves and figure out on their own. You hold them for a while longer and gently rub their head before you let go. Xin Lan holds on for a bit longer before they also release their hold and sit in your lap. You give them one more pet before gently moving them aside and standing up. With nothing left to say, they simply stare at the fire and you move to check up on the raiders.You weren’t entirely sure of the efficacy of those poles and bindings so to set your mind at ease you make your way to the carts. Most of the raiders were asleep by now but the ones that were still awake were whispering and murmuring among each other. The chatter soon comes to a stop when they notice your arrival. Their eyes widen in fear and they shuffle uncomfortably, wincing as they aggravate any wounds they might have had. You pay them no mind and move to check their hands behind their backs. From what you can see, their bindings were still solid with no signs of tampering or wear. Satisfied you move on to the next cart and check those as well. None of the bindings there were cause for worry so you move on again. By the third cart you hear someone approach behind you. “Just what do you think you’re doing?” Tigress asks.“I’m making sure the prisoners are secure.” You reply calmly though there’s a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach when you refer to the raiders as prisoners. You can feel Tigress’s glare on your back and once you turn to face her, sure enough, she was looking at you with narrowed eyes. “I’ve got no reason to let them go if that’s what you were thinking.”“No. I’m sure you were thinking of some other way to undermine our efforts.” She says, crossing her arms though you very well doubt she meant that. “I don’t try to and I don’t plan on it.” You reply keeping your tone neutral. “Things simply happen and it turns out we run into you as well. There’s nothing sinister or planned about it.” Tigress remains unconvinced. “I’m not your enemy anymore.” You say quietly. “As much as you wish to deny it, I have no ill will towards you or your friends. I want to help people as much as you and the Five do.”“You could help by going back to prison.” Tigress says coldly. “You are still a wanted man.”You remain quiet. You’re not sure if Tigress was trying to goad you or if she truly believed that. Judging from what Ming and the others told you about her, you doubt she was the goading type. If she wanted to fight you then she would have done so already or challenged you directly.
>What do you say?>Tell Tigress that she’s welcome to try and take you in but she already knows how it will end. She stands no chance against you.>Ask if what she says is true then why hasn’t she attempted to take you in already. You’ve been right in front of her all this time.>Tell Tigress that unless she wants something, you’ll be going back to your friends. You’ve said your piece and you don’t need to explain yourself.>Ask Tigress something else.>Write in.
>>4707719>Ask Tigress something else.>Write inHow would that help? Is it not the point of locking people up to reduce the damage certain people can do to society?I think there is a different reason you dislike me, what is it?
>>4707719>If that is true, then why have you not tried already?>There's another reason you don't like me, It's not because of what I did to the valley, so what is it?
>>4707717>The point of a prison is to stop a danger to society or to reform a criminal. Ever since I saw that empty scroll, I've been only a danger to other "criminals", and would say.>I noticed how you despise me, in a way that few have so far. So unless you are some sort of fanatical to the letter of the law, you have some other motive. What did I do to you? Which of the mistakes I made ruined your life? I can't revert the past, but I can try to fix the future.We will make our sister open up and we will have a happy family damnit.
>>4707729>>4707731>>4707750Clearly there's something more behind Tigress's hatred. Twenty years of missed Christmas presents will do that. Writing.
>>4707750I think calling it an empty scroll is a bit revealing. Eh, who cares. Nobody but the panda gets it.
>>4707780It is a empty scroll though.It may also be some kind of mirror with a lesson that true power is inside of you all along or that the real treasure was the friends along the way, but it's still a empty scroll.
>>4707784The point of the scroll being hidden was that nobody could read it, hence not knowing the contents.
>>4707788Eh, fuck it. Making it hidden for such a shit reward was begging for a disaster anyway.Whose idea was it anyway?
Imagining Xin and Tigress vying for TLs attention, assuming they just become a big happy family, puts a smile to my face.
>>4707791Thats a good question. The movie seems to imply that not even oogway knew what it contained. He and Shifu were simply its guardians after who knows how many before them.
>>4707791No clue, but it wasn't that shit a reward, given the results.But on the same score, it's the most overglorified jade and gold encrusted fortune cookie in history
>>4707804The result would only work on someone like Po, that had innate talent but shit self-esteem, it would be worthless to anyone else, if not straight up detrimental to them.>overglorifies fortune cookieWhat if it was some sort of promotional trick for an ancient restaurant and whoever found it got it wrong?
>>4707819>The result would only work on someone like Po, that had innate talent but shit self-esteem, it would be worthless to anyone else, if not straight up detrimental to them.The movie did say that Po was destined to be the Dragon Warrior who the scroll was only meant for. So in a roundabout way with tons of plot based bs the scroll was made with only Po in mind. Funnily enough, it was also kind of made for TL as well. The whole mirror thing also functioned for him as it showed him who he had become although this effect was clearly not intended or perhaps it was. As Oogway mentioned, the Dragon Warrior was meant to defeat you but it was never said it would have been defeat in combat or physical might.
>>4707822But in this AU, Po didn't even defeat us, the fucking scroll did. Unless by learning the dragon style we became a dragon warrior, therefore this new dragon warrior defeated the old Tai Lung, in the same roundabout way of thinking that Obi-wan said that Vader killed Anakin.Fucking bullshit ancient magical chinese philosophy that's always right even when wrong.
>>4707827You fool, you fell victim to the 7th classic blunder.Never start a philosophical war in ancient china
“How would that help?” You ask. “Is it not the point of locking people up to reduce the damage certain people can do to society? Or to reform them? Ever since I saw that empty Dragon Scroll, I’ve only been a danger to other criminals.”“Don’t patronize me Tai Lung!” Tigress growls back. “You know very well you shouldn’t be free! You may claim that you no longer want to do harm but that will never change the fact of what you did!”“That’s true.” You agree. “Nothing I will do will ever change what I have done but I can move forward to make sure such things never happen again.”“No! That’s what the Five are for.” Tigress counters. “We’re here to make sure no one ever stoops as low as you ever again. To fix the damage you caused and the mistakes you made. Not to assuage your guilt and ease your conscience...if you even have those.”“So you say. That may be what the Five stand for but what about you? You seem to carry a hate towards me in a way few have so far. If you do not carry some fanatical adherence to the law then I clearly must have done something to you. You once mentioned I was an embarrassment to you and your father. What have I done? I cannot change the past as I have said before but I can work towards fixing the future.” You ask. “You know nothing of my father.” Tigress says in a quiet, menacing voice. “And you never will. A coward like you, who can’t even fulfil his own punishment. What would you even know about making amends? Of making a better future. You can’t even muster the courage to walk in public. You think I’m the only one who hates you? I’m just one who isn’t afraid of you. You can’t bully me like you can everyone else. Try walking around with your name openly if you’re so intent on doing good. See what the world truly thinks of you.”You shake your head. “I cannot. Not if I want to be able to help people. As you’ve said, you’re not the only one who hates me. It's much easier to help those in need if they aren’t immediately distrustful of me. I wish it wasn’t so but if that is how I need to operate to do good then I will. You, however, know who I am. Wouldn’t this be a good test to see if I have truly changed if you tell me what is wrong? There are no secrets, no deceit, so you know who you are dealing with when you lay your problems before me.”Tigress glares at you, her eyes narrowing even further. “I don’t need your pity.” She says raising her fists. “If you truly wanted to help then you’d offer to end your life here and now. But even I wouldn’t stoop to your level and make you do that. If you want then answers then you’ll have to beat them out of me.”
>What do you say?>Agree with Tigress. If you manage to best her then she has to tell you what’s wrong. If you lose then you’ll promise to leave her and the Five in peace and you’ll never speak with them again.>Try and talk Tigress out of it. Whatever she’s hiding is clearly making her upset and she’s acting irrational. There are better ways of doing this and fighting clearly isn’t one of them.>Say no. That’s it. Just say no. Tigress can do what she wants but you won't fight her.>Write in
>>4707890>Agree with Tigress. If you manage to best her then she has to tell you what’s wrong. If you lose then you’ll promise to leave her and the Five in peace and you’ll never speak with them again.I'm thinking we agree and just go full defense. Let her burn herself out. Definitely let our friends and the 5 know and do it away from the prisoners
>>4707890>Are you sure you wish to do this?I figure she is going to say yes anyway, but asking is to be sure.>There is a practice of my Brother and friend, that a clash of martial artists is a clash of ideals. I accept your challenge.Tell the others that Tigress and us are going to do a bit of training, so we will be in the forest if they need us. Then it is time to face Tigress.We are martial artists, our bodies speak more than our words can in many cases.
>>4707890>Try and talk Tigress out of it. Whatever she’s hiding is clearly making her upset and she’s acting irrational. There are better ways of doing this and fighting clearly isn’t one of them.>But isn't forcing the answer out of you through violence the exact thing that you believe I would do? To be a barbaric monster that takes what he wants? That hate you are carring leads only to dark places Tigress, I've seen it multiples times since I started travelling China.
>>4707905But if she refuses, accept it. Nothing like a fight to take out the anger out of your system.
>>4707905I mean that is basically my "are you sure" buffed up a bit so I will support itIt is a hard question when trying to deal with her, but if all you can do is lose, try anything.
>>4707890>4707900Agree, best option
>>4707926You ate one of the arrows anon, let me link it for you>>4707900
>>4707899>>4707900>>4707905>>4707926Yes wins. But are you gonna best the bejeezus out if Tigress or just dance around her. What's your fighting strategy for this?
>>4707939Tire and block her, maybe throw a few counters and chi strikes so we don't hurt her, the five need to be at full strength.Also part of me wants it so she admits defeat, specially since I know her problem with us is living in our shadow for her entire life, so she opens up crushed. I think Renshu is living rent-free in my head.
>>4707945He is best girl squad and schrodinger waifu so it's understandable.
>>4707939Tire and block, as the other anon said.We can't deal permanent damage but let her vent and then start laying on the chi-strikes, I think this would do some good. She gets to let loose on possibly one of two single masters who can keep up or surpass her, and we get a proper work out and nobody gets truly hurt.
>>4707945>>4707950Votes say we're using best girl strats. If we can dodge a Tiger hell bent on murdering us we can probably do it again...maybe. Writing.
“Isn’t forcing the answer out of you through violence the exact thing you believe I would do? To be a barbaric monster that takes what he wants?” You ask.“It’s the only thing I know you do.” Tigress replies, venom in her voice. “If you want to insist on badgering me for answers that you don’t deserve then I’ll just have to teach you in a way you understand.”“This hate you’re carrying leads only to dark places, Tigress. I’ve seen it multiple times since I started traveling.” You say cautiously. “Are you sure you wish to do this?” You ask again.https://youtu.be/5Z_TvlVH3tE Can’t have a sibling fight without this song. Xin and Renshu had it.“Maybe I didn’t make myself clear...” Tigress says as she tenses up. “I wasn’t giving you a choice.” She growls as she lunges at you. Instinctively, you had tensed up as well as your subconscious sensed danger. You raise your arm up just in time to block a kick with your forearm. The blow makes your limb go numb and the impact makes a small pocket of air burst making your ear ring slightly. You quickly swat aside Tigress’s limb and your other hand snaps in front of you to protect you from a punch that the Master throws at you as she stands on one foot. You catch her fist, trying your best to not strike at her as she attacks you. Your muscles tense and relax and it feels as if you were fighting yourself as well as Tigress while you put up your best defenses. You wonder if this is how Renshu feels all the time. Constantly at war with himself. With what he wants to do and who he wants to be. Tigress hops and thrusts her standing foot into your stomach. With no limbs available to block, you take the blow and flung backwards towards the carts with the raiders. You manage to plant your feet into the ground and roll out of the way to get a better position. The Kung Fu master gives you no time to breathe or contemplate any further as she rushes you down once more. She expertly steps behind your leg to prevent you from getting proper footing and hurls attack after attack at you. You find yourself being pushed to fight more seriously, blocking her fist with an elbow. A chop with your wrist against hers and a stomp with your shin at the height of her raised leg. Before you can untangle yourself, Tigress drops to the ground and sweeps your remaining leg. The two of you come crashing down and you feel her wrap around your arm as she plants her heel under your chin. A classic hold that allowed her to either dislocation any part of your arm or strike at your chin as her convenience. You stand, easily being able to carry her weight in one arm, and prepare to Chi strike her leg to disable it. Despite your speed, Tigress swings on your arm to avoid your attack and as she comes back up unleashes a flurry of kicks into your face. You stagger back and are launched backwards several feet when she kicks straight up under your chin.
You crash into several trees, your vision blurring and darkening. “You’re tricks won’t ever work on me again Tai Lung. Stop holding back! I’ll show you…” She shouts. “I’ll show you!” You stand up, rubbing your chin and spitting blood. “We never agreed to our conditions.” You say as if nothing even happened. “If I make you concede then you’ll tell me everything. If you win. I’ll leave you and the Five alone. I’ll never bother you again.”“You can keep your conditions.” Tigress spits. “I’ll be the only one to win.”“Then it is as my Brother and his sibling do it.” You say quietly as you take a stance. “A clash of ideals…”>What do you do?>Write in.
>>4708190Well, since she wants it so much, give the Dragon style. Use her lunges against her, she may be a master, but it's what this style is made for, right? To endure and punish.As soon as she begins to counter, change the way we attack. Make her confused.
>>4708190>Use Tigress's own momentum and attacks against her, let her own strikes drive her fists into the ground or other hard objects. Let her lunges drop herself to the ground.Although Tai Lung has never heard of it, it would be something akin to Aikido. The only harm she will receive will be that which she directs at us.
>>4708190I'm backing this >>4708235I was hoping she'd be smart enough not to start fighting us next to the raiders.
>>4708245Angry cats are scary. Angry tigers are scarier and give us a chance to unlock the tiger drop via acupuncture.Point being is that she mad and you already have like 4 sisters ahead of her in the hugs department. 5 if you count renshu.
Making dinner. Will count votes when I get back. Hopefully this ends well and you can expand the family.
>>4708297She's technicality already part of the family boss.Unless she's pregnant it's staying the same size, just happier.Invite her to the festival, I must collect them all
>>4708235>>4708245Going for something like Renshu's style. Why attack when others can make the attacks for you? Writing.
>>4708489Also time for some experimenting with styles. Hopefully things don't turn out garbage.
>>4708498I always reckoned that Tai Lung was a true martial artist, like Bruce Lee, rather than a stiff by-the-style-only fighter. Learning maneuvers and counters, but applying them where they work best rather than restricting himself to moves from any one school. And Modifying them with effective principles learned from other schools, as well. Fights are never straightforward or predictable, so don’t fight like you expect them to be that way.Maybe thats why Po is so good. Too unorthodox even for tai lung. His attacks dont seem like attacks.
Tigress dashes at you, running on all before she leaps into the air with a dragon kick. You quietly side step it and she lands, thrusting her foot behind her to strike you. Again you simply, deflect the blow, redirecting it into the ground. Tigress's foot crashes into the ground, causing cracks to run through the grassy dirt. She stands on it and steps forward thrusting both palms out......and striking the training dummy. The inflatable toy rockets away from both your palms and crashes into some dumbbells sending them scattering about with loud clangs. You turn to your father excitedly and Shifu smiles proudly. "Excellent!" He says with joy as he claps a hand on your shoulder. "You've improved so much these past few days, my son. Perhaps maybe it's time we move on to something more difficult." Your excitement only grows at that. "Really?" You ask and your father nods, taking a stance. "Like always let us start with the basics..." He begins and you attempt to mimic his form. Shifu nods in approval and moves slowly, showing you how to block an attack. You nod and go back to your stance, imagining an opponent attacking you. You copy your father's moves and raise your arms......to deflect Tigress's punch aside. Her fist rockets past your face, the force of her attack blowing air in your face, before she twists and swings her attack to strike the tree behind you! The trunk of the tree explodes and it begins to fall, threatening to crash upon you. You have no choice but you axe kick upwards with all your might and shatter what was left of it, raining splinters upon both of you. Taking advantage of your distraction, Tigress goes for your leg and moves to stomp down on your knee. You bend at the knee, causing her attack to miss by an inch, and you roll to the side while moving deeper into the woods. Your opponent follows you at the perfect distance, honed by years of training. The two of you exchange blows. Tigress on the offensive and you on the defensive. You move your elbow to block her strikes, she grabs on to flip over your head and you hold on to her to drive her head into the ground. She breaks free of your grip and the two of you catch your falls into flips to land on your feet once more. As the two of you crash into one another, Tigress extends her arm out, wrist loose and a single knuckle extended...
https://youtu.be/KeZPke-i3iM...the perfect form for a knuckle strike. Deadly and known for it's ability to deliver a powerful blow in such a small area. You know this will make you fath- Master Shifu proud. This will make him see that you really are doing your best. You attack connects with a wooden training dummy and it shatters upon impact turning it to wooden scraps. Heart racing you look back at your master and you feel it drop. He is not excited as you are. You could never explain it but his eyes...there was something about the way he looked at you when you mastered an art. Was it disappointment? It was but there was something else...sadness? Fear? Master Oogway never told you what it was. He would only tell you that if you looked hard enough, you could see what always lay in the center of it all...Hope. So why did it hurt to look? "Too slow. Not enough ferocity." He grumbles and begins to walk away, his cane thumping on the ground. He always had a limp but he never told you how he got it. Probably through some great battle. That only pushed you onwards. You too wanted to be a great warrior like your master. Like your dad. You push aside your nervousness and get back to practice. There was another move you wanted to try out but you had a bit of trouble with it. You push doubt aside, you'd get it eventually. Then you'd show your dad. Then he'd see. With a deep breath you take a running start......and Tigress leaps into a handstand. She transitions her momentum into her lower body turning the stand into an upside down butterfly kick. You raise both arms to block it. As the impact pushes you deeper into the ground, you swing your leg and sweep Tigress's arm from under her. She swings her legs and wraps them around your arm, bringing you down with her. The two of you roll on the ground, entagled, before you manage to break apart and create space between one another. Tigress takes her stance and you take yours before the two of you race towards one another, ready to clash once more...>What do you do?>Continue with your plan. It'll take a while but you know you can outlast Tigress in endurance. This isn't about beating her down. It's about showing her who you've become.>Become more agressive. Not in the sense you strike harder but rather in the sense of taking her down faster. You attack but with purpose. To end conflict, not to create it. To free others, not to dominate. To ensure peace, not tear it apart.>Stop. Stop it all. Perhaps the way is not to fight. You said it before, this is what is expected of you. Of the old you. The new you endures the burdens of others and so you will endure this and whatever else Tigress will lash out at you with. If you were so willing to take Xin Lan's attacks when he was furious then why can't you do it here? What's to stop you from doing it for others?>Write in.
>>4708533>continue to outlast her>"You should have done this away from the raiders"As enticing as it would be to lower our guard, we have already staked conditions upon winning. Further there is our audience, who we cant afford to start thinking that we are best able.
You did move deeper into the woods if you're worried about keeping face
>>4708533>Continue with your plan. It'll take a while but you know you can outlast Tigress in endurance. This isn't about beating her down. It's about showing her who you've become.
>>4708789It was a concern, but not the main one at this point.Let her exhaust herself and get it all out. Letting her wail on us may have been a good idea from a moral standpoint, but I don't think she's willing to learn at this point and nor does it fit with out ACTUAL ideology.Everyone gets a chance to change, everyone can be redeemed, and we only use force to defend ourselves and others.This falls under the third section
>>4708598This guy is me by the way
I just realised I can't do color on mobile for flash backs. Won't be home until late because of work. Ah well. I'll live. In the meantime, brainstorming ideas on how to help Tigress is an option until I get time to do a write up.
>>4708533>Continue with your plan. It'll take a while but you know you can outlast Tigress in endurance. This isn't about beating her down. It's about showing her who you've become.We may be letting her tire herself and get all of the hate in her system, but it doesn't mean we have to get beaten up like a bitch.And we may be now that the wicked break themselves on, but we only attack who deserve it. So no punching little step-sis.But it would be funny to get her in a stranglehold and stay that way until she calms down like a pair of brothers in a sitcom.
>>4708598>>4708790>>4708822Here's hoping Tigress isn't as stupid durable and stubborn as you. Writing.
The two crash into one another, the impact shaking the ground and causing the leaves around to shake and fall. Punch blocked by your forearm, an elbow to the neck stopped with your other hand. You shove Tigress away but she falls to the ground and swings her legs in a sweep. The two of you continue this pattern of attacking and blocking, neither one of you giving an inch, neither one of you faltering from your path. To anyone watching, the fight would look like a theater show. An incredibly choreographed dance of movement and technique. To a master, someone trained in the martial arts, the fight was a deadly dance, each move pushing and pulling the line of victory further and closer, each attack being the move that would bring victory or cause ruination. You step aside, allowing one of Tigress’s attacks to slip past you. It once again crashes into a nearby tree. The tree falls though luckily it lands away from you and her. It crashes behind you, tearing branches and smashing into other trees before landing on the ground. It lays there, ignored, as the two of you continue fighting. You duck under another strike, slip past her defenses, and stop your palm from striking her ear about an inch away. You weren’t going to hurt her but you definitely could send a message. Tigress slaps your hand away and punches you in the chest, sending you backwards. You land deftly on your feet and hear your opponent shout. “I said I didn’t need your pity! If you’re going to strike then follow through!”
You say nothing and take your stance again. There was nothing to be said. The two of you engage again, lost in the fight. Lost in your own goals. Tigress leaps taking advantage of the air and raining kicks and punches down on you, each attack helping push herself back up. You remember practicing that long ago as well. You shift your head from side to side and hold your arms up in the air to ward off the blows. Tigress stomps on your arm and rather than leap back up, she swings a foot back and kicks upward as she backlips off of you. The strike sweeps past your guard and…---...your head snaps to the side from the impact. Droplets of blood fall off the mace in the Rhino’s hand. “What’s wrong little kitty? Not so fun when your opponent can fight back?” The guard taunts as he backhands you, sending blood splattering off onto the platform you were chained down on. You had lost count of the times this occurred during the day, lost count of how many days you were down here and lost the feeling of how heavy your weights and clamps were. All of it lost in the abyss that was your fury. You didn’t have to say anything. Only wait. Soon it would all come to plan. Soon one of those fools would make a mistake and soon, soon you would be back home and ready to burn the Jade Palace to the ground. “Alright. Clean him up. Feel free to get a bit rough with him. He isn’t going anywhere…” The Rhino announces. A few more Rhinos step forward with a bucket of water and some filthy rags in hand. You could just imagine it. Breaking free of these bonds. Breaking every bone in these fools' bodies before strangling them with their rags and finally tossing…---
...Tigress aside as she goes in for another leaping kick. You reach once more to try and strike her Chi points but she manages to twist midair and bring her fist into your face, knocking you back. Never missing a beat, she presses her advantage by landing on all fours and tackling you. She draws her claws out and slices you down your chest, finally ending the remains of your poor shirt. Blood oozes from your new wounds and the one the raid leader gave you as it reopens. Still, you don’t strike. This wasn’t about hurting her. You grab her by the wrist and pull her close into a headlock. Tigress struggles against your grip and for once you have to actually try to keep your hold on someone. As you feel her elbows smash into your ribs, you can feel something else, Renshu and Xin Lan. You feel them approach and soon you hear others come near as well. The two rabbits leap down from the trees, and the rest of the Five emerge soon after. You hear one of them shout, “Tigress!..”---“...It’s Tigress!” You hear a villager shout as they all come rushing out of their buildings. You had taken down the bandit leader and several of his minions and your friends were taking care of the rest. You wanted to tell them to stay indoors until you were sure that all of them were dealt with but the joy in their voices and the adoration makes your heart skip a beat. No one had ever spoken to you like that. No one really spoke to you at all. Not even in the orphanage where you grew up. “Look, she’s so cool!” One child shouts. “Did you see how she fought all those bad guys?” Another calls out.“Miss! You’ve saved us!” A woman yells. “Your parents would be proud, young lady.” A man shouts. You can’t help but smile. You were being recognized for your efforts! All those years of hard work had been worth it. Unfortunately, you’re not sure how to properly thank them for this so you simply nod and gently remind them to be careful and to return to their homes until you were really sure the area was secure. As the crowd begins to depart, you hear it. Two elderly gentlemen talking among themselves.“That’s Shifu’s new kid isn’t it?” One asks gruffly.“Yeah I think so. Started up a new team.” The other says.“Well...here’s hopin’ she’s not another Tai Lung.” The first concludes. “I don’t think anyone could be as good or as evil as him.” “Shame. Kid had real talent. Not like kids these days…”Your face burns and you feel your eyes sting. Of course this was going to happen. Of course someone would bring him up. It wasn’t fair. No matter what you did. No matter how hard you tried. You weren’t Tai Lung. You sniff and wipe your face. This wasn’t the time. It never would be. You’d never do anything to embarrass your father like. You’d never be like Tai Lung if it was the last thing you did. Especially when it was he who- Your thoughts are interrupted when you hear a shout of...---
“...What in blazes do you two think you’re doing?!” Shifu shouts. “Stop this! Stop this right now!” The Five move in to help their friend and you see Xin Lan and Renshu stand between them.“Sorry. Can’t let you do that.” Xin Lan says, flicking his wrists and drawing his knives. Renshu motions for him to put them away. He slides his hand out of the other’s sleeve and adds rather calmly, “My apologies but it seems these two are settling something quite important. I’m afraid my sibling is right however, we cannot let you pass.”Tensions are high at the moment and Tigress uses this momentary distraction to break free and toss you to the ground.>What do you do?>Continue fighting. Your friends can handle what’s going on. This is between you and Tigress.>Try and talk to Tigress. You’re not really sure she’ll listen but your current plan doesn't seem to be working. You’re still at a stalemate.>Ask for help? Maybe someone can do something to break this deadlock. You’re not sure you’d feel satisfied with the outcome if that helps end all this.>Write in.
>>4709231>Flip to our feet and retake our defensive stance.>Talk to Tigress "We will finish this in a moment, Let's make sure Father and the five doesn't get the wrong idea. I don't think it'd satisfy you to end it like this.">Call over our shoulder, without moving our eyes from tigress "We are settling some frustrations, I ask that you don't interfere. Renshu, Xin, let them pass if they wish."
>>4709238Even if she continues attacking, we can still call to the others.But we have the other option. Dropping our guard and letting it occur. I don't think she'll take the shot given Shifu being present.
>>4709231I'm assuming Po is with the 5? Really hope someone is watching the raiders.>Get back in our stance>Talk to Tigress "Do you wish to continue?"
>>4709231>Try and talk to Tigress. You’re not really sure she’ll listen but your current plan doesn't seem to be working. You’re still at a stalemate.>Let's us pause for a moment. Last thing we would want is for the raiders to break free in a confusion, right?
>>4709392Oh, and shout to our friends and the five this is just a friendly spar and they should go watch over the prisoners.I don't think tigress would want her friends and father watching over her emotional meltdown.
>>4709399That's probably a better idea to call out to them.
>>4709238>>4709376>>4709392Trying to clear the air and talk to Tigress. Writing.>>4709376All the raiders escaped. This was my master plan as raid leader.
>>4709448So the old goat was Luo Khan all along! How could we have not noticed it before!
You take your stance once more. “We will finish this in a moment. Let’s make sure Father and the others don’t get the wrong idea. I don’t think it’ll satisfy you to have it end like that.” “You have no right to call him that.” Tigress snarls. Without taking your eyes off of Tigress, you call out to those behind you. “We’re just settling some frustrations. I ask that you don’t interfere but don’t attempt to stop them from approaching guys.” You say. “Just let them pass if they wish to.” You adjust your shoulders. “Do you wish to continue?”“I’ll never let you walk away from this.” Tigress growls. “Finish what you started!” You ignore the urge to point out it was Tigress who started all this. By this point you were sure she didn’t even care about the start. Before you can act, you hear Shifu shout once more. “Tigress that’s enough!” He barks. “Tai Lung can wait! We have bigger issues at the moment and you were supposed to keep watch on the raiders!”“Ouch.” Xin Lan mutters. “Talk about being knocked down a peg on priorities. Big guy is no longer public enemy number 1.” Renshu simply bats their head lightly.“My father is right.” You say, trying to ease the situation. “Let us pause for a moment. Last thing we would want is the raiders to break free in the confusion, right?”“Stop calling him that!” Tigress shouts. “And don’t talk to me like some kind of child!” She turns to face Shifu and the others. “Master, I can do this!” She pleads, her eyes wild. “I can take Tai Lung down! We can finally put him away for good! This is what you trained us for!” Shifu looks at you and then at Tigress. You’re surprised to find pain in his eyes.“Yes…” He admits softly then in a louder voice he continues, “Yes, when I formed the Five it was with the intent of defeating if not killing Tai Lung. In my fear and in my arrogance, I made the group to fix a mistake I was too much of a coward to face myself. But the Five have grown beyond that. You are the protectors of China! You’re so much more than just a task force to fight. You bring hope and happiness to those who you protect. Think of Po, who was so inspired by you. Think of the lives you saved and the people you reunited. That is what the Five are meant to be. That is your destiny. Not as some desperate action by some broken old man.” Shifu motions to him and the others. “Tigress, put your fists down. We can talk about this. You no longer need to let this consume you.”
Tigress shakes her head. “No. No, I won’t let you.” She says, her voice cracking. “I was trained for this! This is my destiny! This is what I was meant to do!” She points at you, accusingly and half mad from anger. “He destroyed lives! He hurt people! I’m done hiding! I’m done letting him just do as he wishes! If none of you are going to take him down, then I will!” She faces you, her eyes wild and tearing up. You’re not even sure what she was feeling at the moment. “You don’t just get to live a normal life after all you’ve done! You don’t have that right!” She screams. Xin Lan and Renshu tense up, ready to pounce but you hold your hand up behind you.“Don’t move!” You shout. “Nobody move…” “That’s right Tai Lung.” Tigress hisses. “Call off your “friends”. There’s no one to hide behind and there’s nowhere to run. You can’t take the cowards way out now. You can’t make excuses. You can’t hide behind what is going on at the moment.” She says as she slowly begins to circle around you.You keep your hands up to defend as the two of you move in a perfect circle, equidistant from one another. Two tightly wound springs just waiting for the slightest bump for them to spring forward. You keep your hands up defensively and you speak quietly and calmly. “Tigress...We don’t have to do this. Whatever is hurting you, whatever I did, doesn’t need to push you in this direction. You’re heading into a dark place and you have too much to lose for me to let you go there.”“I’ve already lost plenty thanks to you!” She shouts. “What’s a bit more just to see you suffer like you deserve…” The rest of the Five stand there, useless and stunned at their friend’s state. Tigress had always been the calm and collected one. In times of stress and uncertainty, she was the one they could turn to for stability. Never had they seen her so...unhinged. So raw and emotional. You feel the tension mount higher as you were quite literally facing off against a tiger ready to pounce. You can feel that spring winding up further and further. Soon enough it would break under it’s own force. Soon enough, Tigress would strike.>What do you?> Take the initiative. Strike at Tigress. Try and put her down as fast as you can and hopefully without hurting her too much.>Try and keep talking. Maybe if you can get her to vent then perhaps she might just give you enough leeway to talk her out of this.>Stay on the defensive and try to wear her down. Then when you see an opening, perform a single decisive strike.>Tell the others to join you in fighting Tigress. You can handle her on your own but you want to take her out as fast as possible, something you’re not sure you can do yourself without drawing out the fight or severely hurting her.>Run. Get as far away as possible to prevent as much damage as you can. You don’t want this accidentally spilling out onto the raider’s carts.>Write in.
>>4709682>Renshu, man the carts.>Stay on the defensive and keep her talking."You don't want my pity Tigress and I wont give you it, but what are you willing to lose to win against me? I am telling you, one master to another, winning against me is not a prize worth wallowing in your rage and spite over. Look at your friends for Dragons sake, is trying to beat me worth disgracing yourself? Hurting them with this display of self destructive recklessness?I have ripped apart the palace, attacked my master, disabled you and razed my home to the ground and I will pay for each and every soul until the day I day and until eternity after, but are you willing to do that to your family (Shifu and the five)?"
>>4709682I'll second>>4709714 but add something like "If you want to prove you're better than me then be better. Let go of this rage before it consumes you like it did me."
>>4709726I can see that. Though I will admit my next answer to her if she answered "Yes" was a yakuxa esqu "WELL I WONT LET YOU!".No idea what we would do at that point, but screaming feels like ti is important somehow.
Does Tai-Lung know the Wu-Shi finger hold? I would imagine he does if Po had knowledge of it but Po's also a big nerd so I dunno?
>>4709733Don't forget to take your shirt off! Or...what remains of it. Make saint kiryu proud.
>>4709734I don't know. Po says he "figured it out" and it was never shown if shifu was just trying to scare Po or actually knew the technique. I'd say he and TL do but at the moment they don't have nearly the Ki control Oogway does or the panda chi dragon warrior bs Po does.
>>4709737lel, is Tigress in the Yakuza Zero stage of Majima? Is the push she needs to become the Mad Tiger of the Valley of Peace.
>>4709734He does know OF the hold, I dunno about actually using it.But even so, no banishing Tigress to the spirit world.>>4709737She did that for us. We going topless from here on in.>>4709726On second thought it doesnt work. She doesnt want to be better than us, she wants to defeat us because that is what she was programmed to do from a young age, and we have cast a shadow over her all our lives.telling her to prove she is better is asking for trouble
>>4709740No. She's the Nishkiyama of Yakuza 1. Tired of living in your shadow. Tired of seeing you get away with shit. And Tired of you being happy. Plus you did also- well maybe I won't spoil it just this once. Hopefully you'll hear about it from her
>>4709714I elect to add a final line to my speech."Are you willing to follow my footsteps, become me, in an attempt to defeat Me?" As reference to all the damage she is doing to herself.
>>4709761I don't think she'd see it that way. She sees it as putting down a monster.
>>4709754Oh also betting we killed her parents and orphaned her based on that spoiler
>>4709682>Try and keep talking. Maybe if you can get her to vent then perhaps she might just give you enough leeway to talk her out of this.>Stay on the defensive and try to wear her down. Then when you see an opening, perform a single decisive strike.Talk and fight.>And why do you think I done what I did? I tought I had the strength, no the right to have the scroll! And I could not I lashed out! Can't you see you arebdoing my mistakes? Can't see you are turning into me? I will never have a nornal life! I will never even have a nornal afterlife! I already died once! I've seen hell! Fight your own hate, not me! Let me fix the future, in place of the past I can't correct!And by the love of Shenlong send Xin and the five after the raiders, Renshi and Shifu can help mediate this.
>>4709812>And when I could notGoddamnit.
>>4709677“Your destiny does not lie in violence. Neither did mine. My own poor choices were what lead me there. I’ve said everything I can on the matter now, so make your choice.”>Don’t move.
Tigress is angry but more importantly Luo is tired. I'm heading to sleep now. Only you guys can save lil sis. How is another thing entirely. Good luck!
>>4709781You know. That makes an awful lot of sense.
>>4710091At work but I'm >>4709781I'll switch to this >>4709872 seems more fitting of our MO.
So ot seems like we got talk and defensive fighting as the winning vote. Telling her how we fucked up, how this isn't her path and how we went go hell and we know we won't have a normal life. Sound about right?
>>4710613He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster . . . when you gaze long into the abyss the abyss also gazes into you.Basically yeah, we need to get through to her somehow that she will become like TL was if she doesn’t course correct. We are in a fight where nobody wins, no matter whose the victor.Honestly it almost sounds like Tigress needs to sort her shot out and truly figure out why she does kung-fu. If she is patient enough after this, perhaps she can meet Bao and Shenglong during New Year’s with us. Might help our case.
>>4710613Yeah, but send someone to look after the raiders. It seems they are escaping or rioting by what the five said.
>>4710690I think my writing might have fucked up there. They were yelling at you two not the raiders considering they ran to a scene of you holding Tigress in a head lock. That's my bad though. Sorry about that.
>>4710768Oh, I thought that when Shifu siad we had to stop and there was a bigger problem, meantbthat the raiders used the comotion of Tigress fucking fucking us through a cart to start a break out when we got out of sight.Some of the five still should go look after the raiders, noone wants to have a emotional breackdown in frontnof their friends, and Xin smugness will only make things worse. Renshu can stay, he's good with people, it can cover our fighting autism. Maybe Shifu too if he's too worried about his children hurting one another.
>>4710784Fucking sending us.That typo send a completly different message holy shit.
>>4710613Effectively "he who fights monsters" and "I know that I will be paying for my past until the courts stop judging"
The two of you continue to circle one another, eyes locked and bodies tense, ready to leap at one another at a moment’s notice. You had always imagined a situation like this as a child. Two masters circling each other for an epic battle, each one waiting for the slightest sign of weakness or hesitation to take advantage of. It was something straight out of the old stories only now it seemed anything but. You can’t help but wonder if this is how it felt for all the characters in those tales. Ready to fight and go for the throat but ultimately never wanting to do so in the first place. Finally, you speak up, “Xin, go keep an eye on the carts.” You say as you slowly shift around in a circle. “Help Hien.”“You already know what I’m going to say.” Xin Lan says.“And you already know what my response will be then.” You reply. You can feel the rabbit stare at you for a while before they turn around and head into the shadows. “I suggest you all do the same.” You tell the Five. “We won’t.” Monkey says shaking his head. “We can’t leave Tigress like this.”“Nor will I leave you.” Renshu adds, crossing his arms and watching the two of you carefully. “I will step in if I must to help you.”“You’re running out of options Tai Lung.” Tigress says as she clenches her fists. “Either you strike or I will. No more running!” You keep eye contact with Tigress. “It doesn’t need to be like this Tigress.” You say calmly but never lowering your guard. “Look at your friends for Gods’ sake. Is all this worth disgracing yourself? Hurting them with this display of self destructive recklessness? I’ve done terrible things, yes. Ripped apart the palace, attacked my master, and razed my home to the ground and I will pay for each and every soul until the day I die and until eternity after. Are you willing to do that to your family?”“WE ARE NOTHING ALIKE!” Tigress screams. “This is nothing, NOTHING, like what you have done. Don’t you dare try and take the high road with me. The only disgrace I’ve faced is allowing you to wander free for as long as you have! If you even had a shred of dignity then you’d have killed yourself the moment you realized what you had done. You think you can just walk around, do a bit of good and call it a day? You think it’s just that easy to wash your hands of this? That we’re all just going to forget what you’ve done?!”“No.” You say. “But I’m trying-”“SORRY WON’T BRING THEM BACK!” Tigress screams. “You think just because you want to change that it’s going to make everything better?! That just because you want to make amends that suddenly we’re all going to let you free and be friends? I’m not going to give you that satisfaction. You don’t deserve it. This isn’t a story or fairy tale. You need to wear this for the rest of your life.”Renshu slowly uncrosses his arms. “Tai Lung…” He warns. “Watch what you say.”
“And I will.” You say cautiously. “I’ve already died once. I’ve seen what hell is like. This is why I don’t want you to follow this path. This darkness isn’t your destiny. Let me work for a better future, in place of the past that I cannot change.” Tigress’s eyes widen further, lost to all reason.“Died already? Been to hell?” She repeats. Her claws jut out, slicing her clenched palms. “Why is it that I can believe you of all people could weasel your way out of divine punishment.” She breathes unevenly. “Very well then.” She whispers before looking at you. “You die tonight Tai Lung. No more running. No more avoiding it. I’m going to put you down like the manipulative demon you are. If I have to sacrifice my own soul to keep you chained down in hell then that’s what I will do. You don’t deserve happiness, friends, second chances, nothing!” She shouts. “You hear me?! Nothing! So just stand there and let me kill you if you have any shred of that dignity you claim you have!” “Very well.” You reply quietly. “Then if you want to walk that dark path...I won’t let you!” You tear the remains of your shirt off and toss them away. At last that tension, that spring between the two of you, snaps and both of you rocket at one another. In the corner of your eye, you can see Renshu bolting in your direction as he rolls up his sleeves. >What do you do?>Write in.
>>4710979>Utilize your inner peace to bend around her attacks, and to become like fluid to strike her central chi point. You've only really shown her what the tai lung of the past was capable of - now it's time to show her just how far you've come.Because inner peace style movement seems weird and hard to fight against, especially with how little tigress has seen them. She didn't even go with po during the events of the second movie, after all.Also because I feel like using a chi move in the inner peace mindset is bound to be effective at showing her what Tai Lung is truly like, on the inside, due to how chi works.
>>4710979I thought bringing up the hell thing was a bit strange. I'll back >>4710990 as far as fighting goes. Maybe toss in something about how killing us won't bring anyone back either. Shame we can't pull some bullshit that would show her how empty it would feel if she did kill us.
>>4710979>Close your eyes, let the wind and your inner peace guide your movements. Attack her with efficiency. No butrality, no rage, but also no mercy. Make our strikes just, make them like nature, just like the waves of a river washing on the rocks, the wind shacking the the trees. If she wants to close herself for our chi strikes, than we will channel the chi trough ourselves.Ok, here's my crazy idea to pull something out of our ass midfight, use the chi on ourself to guide our strikes towards her chinpoints, but instead of chi striking them, just attack normally.I have no clue if it's going to fucking work.
>>4711035And if we want to taunt her, say that the hell we visited wasn't even for us, when we died we went straight to heaven.And then we say we will show what Oogway taught us there.
>>4711038Why on earth would we want to taunt her?
In the case of fairness and being open of the situation because my writing sometimes doesn't convey what I think it does. Renshu is coming to beat the hell out of Tigress. She wasn't joking about wanting to kill you and he's gonna move in to help.
>>4711046I don't know, but it's an option.Maybe she would pass out of an aneurysm due to rage or something.>>4711047Oh. I guess we should tell him to stop them? Or atleast for him to only step in if we really need it.
>>4711047Call off Renshu. He should know we can handle ourself.>>4711051So is dropping trow and waggling our dick at her, doesn't make it any less retarded or out of character.
>>4711053Calm down my dude, I didn't even put in my vote, just saying I realized it due to circustances.That's even the reason I put in another post so it wouldn't confuse Luo.
>>4710979>"Stay back Renshu!">Enough stalling, Fight properly and disable herMaybe as >>4710990 describes, maybe as >>4711035 does, It doesn't matter anymore. All that does is that we stop stalling and start breaking her down. She needs to be stopped before she does something drastic.
>>4711059I feel like we should stay the course on the defensive. She's going to be getting sloppy if she's this angry and we do need her to be in fighting shape to transport the rangers. Plus it's not a good look for us to send her to the emperor beat to shit. TLs big flaw is that he can be too self sacrificing.
The only way to have walked out of this without a fight.Tigress: "I'm going to make you pay for what you done."TL: "Ok, make me pay for my crimes. Its what I would have done."Tigress: >pic related
>>4711072I honestly wonder how different it might've gone off we just took a beating off the bat and asking if she felt any better once she realized we weren't going to fight back. Feels like a case of the only winning move is not to play, but we're well past that
>>4711072But it's not we would have done. So far we atempted to diplomacy wirh every bad person and only fucking fight then when they don't stop.I'm not going to lie in a ideals fight to come out on top, I'm not a fucking politician.
>>4711072I sorta knew that. But at the same time, would have fucked up the last line.>>4711069I'm not saying brutalise her. I'm saying no pulling punches and no permitting her to keep wailing on us.Fight normally, take her down, chi strike her so we can god damn talk at her then give her to her friends.
>>4711077The answer very.
For thr sake of Tigress and consolidation. We are pulling a Bruce Lee and flowing like water. Telling best girl to not help us and take Tigress down with a Chi strike. That seems to be the majority vote I can see.
>>4711098Works for me
>>4711098Works for me too. Though wouldn't it be like Mohamed Ali than Bruce Lee?
>>4711132Was that an Ali quote? Thought it was Lee. Although we would be doing the whole float like a butterfly thing too.>>4710990>>4711035>>4711051>>4711053>>4711059Taking these votes then. Writing.
>>4711098I'm not sure about chi striking her, she shrugged it off last time. Better to just beat her quickly without breaking too much.
>>4711136It's not an Ali quote, I just thought that his style was more about flowing like water and dodging rather than Lee's more "gonna fuckin' kick you" style
>>4711152She dodged, not shrugged it off.
>>4711156Well, in that case I see no problem.
“Renshu stand down!” You shout. You can feel their anger and frustration but surprisingly, it’s not towards Tigress. It’s towards you. You duck under Tigress’s wild swing and block Renshu’s attack for her. “She’s trying to kill you!” He shouts. “I won’t let her!”“That’s not what this is about!” You shout. “If we don’t do this the right way then it’ll only send the wrong message.” You push Renshu back with your foot and bend backwards to dodge a kick. Rolling to the side, you intercept Renshu once more, his own eyes wild. “You have to trust me. You know I can handle her.”“I’d rather kill her than take that risk.” He says. “Let me help you! You can stop doing all these things by yourself! She had her chance! Just like everyone else!” You lift Renshu and backflip over Tigress. “Now’s not the time to argue.” You say. “Just stand back for now. If it looks like I need your help. If there is no other option then you can come to my aid. But no killing. Not her, not for my sake. Not ever. Please.” You plead. “Promise me.”“I...I can’t…” Renshu says, confusion and pain flowing through him.“You can. I believe that you can.” You say and you push Renshu away to confront the mad Tigress. “Promise me!” You shout but Renshu says nothing. At the very least he did not move to join in again. “Tigress, I’m asking you to stop this.” You ask again, sidestepping an attack aimed at your eyes. “I don’t want to hurt you and I don’t want you to kill. You’re better than me. You can rise above all this.” Tigress takes a swing at you and you block it but she simply rakes her claws across your arm. Pain flares through it and you feel it burn hot as warm blood flows from your wounds.
“Stop talking and just die already!” She screams. You grab her arm and throw her over your shoulder, she flips and cuts your shoulder open with her foot. You hold back the urge to grunt in pain. You had to show Tigress that you weren’t’ the man you used to be. You had to show her, somehow that killing you was not the answer to any of this. But Tigress wasn’t the only one at stake. You had to show Renshu first hand what you were talking about. Show him what it truly meant to be merciful. He wanted to change and you can show him how. Leaping back, you take a centering breath to calm down. This was something new. It could end up killing you. You’re not sure if Renshu could survive something like that but you didn’t get this far by playing it safe. You didn’t save the Gale Cutter by playing it safe. You didn’t pull Renshu to your side by not taking chances.Closing your eyes, you reach out with all your senses. You feel out for changes in the wind, for tremors in the earth, and finally you reach out with your sixth sense to feel out for Tigress. Unlike your friends, you could not push further than the surface and unlike Renshu, you had to maintain concentration to feel it but it was enough. Tigress was a ball of fire. Furious and white hot, threatening to burn all around her. You could feel it all, years of pain and anger. Festering and boiling over. The agony and frustration built up by decades of being held down. And the sorrow. Like a large ocean, thrashing and crashing against you, almost drowning you. You take it all in, imbibe in it as if in doing so you could lift it from her shoulders. The wind shifts, ever so slightly, and you duck. Tigress’s fist flies past you, missing your face by a fraction of an inch. The earth trembles and you duck under it, pivoting smoothly and avoiding a kick going straight for your ribs. Back peddling, you bob and weave, avoiding Tigress’s attacks. Each step flows into the next, like an intricate dance, almost as if this entire fight was rehearsed. You cannot see, and yet you can feel each attack coming as if they were being told to you in advance.
“Stop running away!” Tigress shouts. “Why can’t you simply face the consequences of your actions!”You push yourself forward. Simply dodging wouldn’t solve anything. You needed to go beyond that. Tigress attacks you once more, her claws reaching your eyes again. Instead of moving to avoid it, you raise your arm to intercept her attack and...gently push it aside. Like a parent handling a newborn, you gently move Tigress’s hand aside, despite the force and velocity behind it. Tigress’s attack flows off of you like water against a leaf. You follow up by moving as you were to avoid another attack. It was a strange sight to all those around you. As if you were moving in slow motion, every step deliberate and gentle where as Tigress’s ferocity and speed threatened to tear anything it touched apart. When the two collided there was no sound of impact or crash of bodies, instead it was as if Tigress was attacking thin air. You duck, bend your knees to go lower, and pivot around your opponent. A strange combination of moves that people could confuse as the drunken fist. And yet it was refined and graceful the likes only China’s greatest performers could do on stage. None of your moves seemed to register. No stomps on the ground or movements cutting through the wind. It was as if the very elements were flowing through you and you through them. You were there and yet not there at the same time. You continue to imbibe on Tigress’s feelings, letting them flow through you, letting them fill you up and remain within you. You feel tears fall down your cheeks and although you assume it’s from sensing Tigress, you’re not sure why. They felt distant and faded. You continue to dodge and avoid her attacks until finally, you unleash those emotions and return them to their owner, completing your dance.
It only took a second, but in that brief instant, you flowed under Tigress’s arms and struck. Five jabs into five different Chi points then a single palm thrust into her chest. The familiar blue rings ripple out, each one’s color fading away until finally a lone golden ring appears as you strike with your palm. Tigress’s body does not seize up as it did when you last attempted this technique, instead she goes limp and, despite the force of the blows, simply falls to the ground gently. Just as Master Oogway did so many years ago. Instead of ordering the body to stop, you did as your master explained it to you back in the spirit realm. You simply asked it if it could please stop and so it complied.The woods go quiet for a few seconds as everyone around you takes the time to register what happened. Then it all comes crashing down on them. “Tigress!” The Five shout and rush to her side. Tigress’s eyes lock on to you, fear and confusion in them, no longer madden. Tears run down her face but she is unable to move to do anything. Shifu runs up as well, obviously conflicted on whom to go to. The two of you lock eyes for a brief moment but you break the gaze and simply walk away. However, Tigress was not the only one who was crying. Renshu rushes up to you, tears flowing freely down his face, awe and amazement in his eyes. “That was...that was beautiful.” He says, breathlessly unable to find the right words. “Never...never have I’ve seen anything like that.”>What do you say?>Say nothing. It’s over. For now at least, it’s over. Go back to your camp and check up on Hien and Xin.>Tell Renshu to collect Xin. You’re leaving and heading to Taishi. Hien is welcome to join but you’re clearly not welcome here.>Try and talk to Tigress and the Five. You’re not sure what you can say right now.>Write in.[Congratulations Gents. Seems like you’ve invented a new fighting style (one that I will have to write up in its rudimentary form for you to develop) and your Chi has changed as well. No longer do your Chi strikes impose your will upon others but rather you simply ask of them to do as you suggest. This does not make you Chi strikes any less potent or effective, they are simply more humane and merciful.]
>>4711302Oh you poor Sociopath, I'm so sorry that you have to learn like this. But it really is like we say.>>4711320>Say to tigeress "Nothing I say or do will ever bring back those you lost. But I'm done making people fall and I shall never run from the consequences.">Go back to camp.So I'm going to go ahead and call this style "Empathy of the Spirit" if that's alright with you guys
>>4711332Also, for Renshu>"I meant what I said Renshu, Not for my sake and not ever. There is always another path so long as you stick to it."
>>4711320>Try and talk to Tigress and the Five. You’re not sure what you can say right now.>Say nothing. It’s over. For now at least, it’s over. Go back to your camp and check up on Hien and Xin.>Take care of her, the only thing grander them her rage is her sorrow, she needs friends and family. If she ever feels like putting it to rest, I'm still willing to listen.>Hug the bun. He must have felt the emotions too.Boss, that fight was incredibly hype. And amazing. Marvelous job on the writing.
>>4711332That name is perfect anon. I was thinking something like compassionate fist, put empathy fits much more.
>>4711337Yeah, it really was.And we also need a new shirt. And some sewing done for our cuts.
>>4711336That speech to Renshu is good too, we can say it while we hug and pet him.
>>4711337Wait, we still don't know that Shifu is her adoptive father, I change that part to just "she needs the support of her friends".
>>4711351Doing it while hugging him would be cute.Though perhaps we should phrase our 'I'm always willing to mend the rift' speech better than "I'm still willing to listen". It gives off a vibe of 'When you are ready to apologize I will listen' to me which will just antagonize her further.Maybe something more like 'If she ever finds it in her to accept my apology, then it shall still be standing">>4711356We do, we called him father and she told us to stop it because we "knew nothing about her father" and "We don't have the right". Maybe direct the 'Care for her' part of the comment to him.
>>4711362I was thinking a willing to listen like a willing to listen her grivances, but I see what you mean. Maybe still willing to talk? Any of your rewrites works too.And well, all of that is speculation, that we only know that's true because of meta knowledge but if Luo says if Tai Lung already connected the dots it may work. Although thinking back, if we did kill her family, it still would be best not to mention it anyway.
>>4711371Willing to talk works just as fine.Tai Lung did connect the dots about Shifu being the adoptive father. "You once mentioned I was an embarrassment to you and your father." and she repl-. . .Oh. Oh she wasn't talking about Shifu. OOOOOOOOOOOH I feel like such a scum bag holy shit. I do feel really shitty, maybe you are right and she doesn't actually consider Shifu her s-I've always assumed that she did, like Tai Lung did because that's how the movie presented it, but if I re read the thread without that bias I suddenly feel like utter crap.
>>4711382Well, she may consider him her father, but if she knew and remember her original ones, it doesn't mean she also consider them her parents too.But this is also speculation. We are going to have to find time to talk with dad about her full story.
>>4711390Best to play it safe then with just "friends."
>>4711332I was thinking something like "Way of the Gentle Spirit". I'll back >>4711336 to Renshu. Let's leave Tigress and the 5 alone for now. They'll come to us in due time. Also the not running from consequences bit seems a bit in poor taste.
>>4711337Thanks man. Did my best describe how things flowed off of you and give it a reason how it all worked.
>>4711409Explain, if you would about the "bad taste"
>>4711449I can kinda see it. It can be interpreted as throwing Tigress’s own words back at her face in a sort of gloating manner. Sort of like "I'm not running away now am I?" after you kicked someone's ass.That or anon might mean like you're trying to lord your morality over her after she's been kicked down a peg. She's vulnerable and defenseless but your still going over to tell her a speech. Perhaps that's not what is intended and I can certainly see it the other way. It all really depends on the delivery and words used.
>>4711449Considering one of the main things she said is that if we meant it we'd either turn ourselves in or kill ourselves it seems like an odd choice to beat her, do neither of those things, and then say that we're totally not running from the consequences anymore.
>>4711467Hnn. Don't want that. Don't want that at all.Right, lets try and consolidate this all into something that I'm hoping doesn't do the bad.To tigress "Nothing I say or do will ever bring back those you lost but I am done watching people fall."Turn to 5 "Take care of her, She needs her friends now more than ever with all the hurt she's holding. I still don't want to leave this rift like this, but if she ever has the mind to give me the chance, I will be there."To Renshu [hug as applicable, probably away from five] "I meant what I said Renshu, Not for my sake and not ever. There is always another path so long as you stick to it."Right, I know I may be being anal about this whole thing but in situations like this your words matter a whole lot about how things unfold.
>>4711484Ah right, I was more going for "Just because I'm not doing either of those things, it doesn't mean I'm running away"
>>4711485I still feel like we should mention her enormous sorrow. Most people will only notice the rage, but that one is a dead giveaway she needs comfort.Or maybe it would give off an idea of invading her privacy with emotion reading? I don't know the proper kung fu chi ethiquete.
>>4711492"Hurt and sorrow" then
>>4711485>>4711490I don't think anything we say will matter a lot to them right now. The raid leader was right, we do talk too much
>>4711498Anon, are you part of the family of the large cats? Because they are the ones that keep saying that.Atleast a "I'm still willing to talk" is important so she knows that it's all water under the bridge for us.
>>4711510I just think what we should do this time instead of talking (since that worked super well this whole fight) is to wait and listen when the time comes.
>>4711516No we must talk.We have to break the stereotype of our race, out of 5 bosses we fought 3 were large cats and those three refused to talk and were the ones we had to fight?The refusal for proper communication is obviously the root for the fact that despiste being a smaller part of the population of China, they commit most of the violent acts.We must change this, one speech at a time.
This fight almost had me in tears, I only wish there was more emotions out of Tai lung like realizing he was basically fighting himself because in many ways they're siblings much like Xin and Renshu
>>4711637Thats something I struggle to balance because I want players to make their own conclusions but I also want Tai Lung to have a bit of his own personality. I need to work on that to be fair. I'll leave it up to you guys if you want me to start including more of how TL feels or what he's thinking. I think I have a good balance at the moment but as one player said, and quite accurately, I do tend to be overly critical of myself.
>>4711690I'm good for how it is, but I'm not going to refuse a bit more of his emotions. Then again, it's a hard thing to quantify.>>4711498They wont care for what we say, but at this point I think we have moved into verbose villain territory and I dont think we can leave. TL has always spoken rather than letting his fighting doing the talking
>>4712195Was TL a talkative villain in the movies? I can't remember but it'd be funny if he went from talkative villain to inspiring speech hero.
>>4712314He talked a lot before every fight bar his break out and usually ended them with some putdown or villianous declaration.Namely "fly home and tell my father, his son is coming home"then "Shifu taught you well, but he didn't teach you anything"and finally "You can't beat me! you're just a Big. Fat. PANDA!"the second and third fights also had pre-fight monologues and the third had him shouting at Shifu throughout
>>4712339Well at least we're putting that habit to more useful endeavours. We could have ended up still gloating and taunting even as a good guy
>>4711336>>4711337>>4711409Speaking of which. Telling the Five to support Tigress and heading to camp. Writing.
“Take care of her.” You tell the Five. “She needs her friends more than ever with all the pain she’s been holding in. I don’t wish to leave her like this and have our disputes unmended but I feel like I would only make things worse by attempting to do so now. If she is willing to forgive me or at least give me the chance to speak to her about this, then I will gladly lend an ear. However, should she wish otherwise and no longer see me then I will abide by her wishes as best as I can.” With that you motion to Renshu and make your way back to camp. The walk is silent and heavy as you're both unsure of what to say. Despite it all, Renshu seems to be glowing with awe and pride at you which gives you some measure of comfort. Not at the fact that you impressed him, but rather at the idea that even you had family and friends to rely upon in times of need. You only hope that Tigress could find some measure of solace with her own friends.The two of you arrive at your small camp, now dark and empty with the campfire gone out. You reach for a nearby pack to grab flint to reignite the flames but Renshu gently places a hand on your arm. “Let me tend to those.” He says quietly motioning to your gashes. You nod and sit back while Renshu lights the flame himself and begins to boil rags, further ruining his shirt to make more bandages. “I’m afraid I ran out of actual bandages tending to the Five and Hien after our battle.” He explains. “Xin Lan needed tending faster than I could go and get them. I’m afraid my clothing will have to suffice.” “It’s alright.” You say quietly. “Anything will do. We can have Ming look at our injuries when we arrive at Taishi.” Renshu dips the rags into the water and you pull them into a hug. Renshu lets out a slight squeak and you hold them close. “I meant what I said to Renshu. You don’t need to kill. Not for my sake and not ever. There is always another path so long as you stick to it.” You’re quite surprised to feel Renshu grow a bit flustered despite all of their stoicism and serenity. It takes them a few moments to gather themselves before they answer. “I...I never thought it could be done.” He admits quietly. “I just...I never...you showed me differently. For the first time...when I saw you. I thought that maybe...just maybe I could be like you. I could fight without hurting anyone. That maybe there was hope for me…”
“There’s always hope.” You reply. “You simply need to want to change. I’ll always believe in those who truly wish to become better and you’re no exception. Not you or Xin. Everyone deserves a second chance and sometimes it takes a bit longer than others for them to realize it. As long as there still seems like there’s a glimmer of hope and a sliver of a chance then I will try.” You hold on to Renshu for a bit longer and you can feel something akin to pride and happiness as well as contentment. You hope that you managed to convey that you truly wish for them to be better and that you will support them as best you can. After a while Renshu speaks up. “Perhaps I should tend to your wounds now.” He says. “I wouldn’t forgive myself if you got an infection while under my watch.” You let Renshu go and he moves to prepare the herbs for your bandages. You sit there content and try to ignore the aches slowly creeping through your body as your adrenaline begins to wear off.>What do you do?>Make small talk with Renshu while he works. (What do you talk about.)>Ask Renshu to bring Xin over after he’s done tending to you.>Do nothing and wait patiently. Look at the stars.>Write in.
>>4712740>Watch the stars and consider what exactly we just did.Instinctively we have just created a new martial art but WHAT did we do for that martial art. There was some sense of emotional connection, so maybe if we meditate on how it felt like it worked we can come to a better understanding of this ability.Because I think we just did what we did on the gale cutter, but without entering a proper meditation.
>>4712755You mean when you fought the spirits? Or are you referring to something else?
>>4712740>Ask Renshu to bring Xin over after he’s done tending to you.>Do nothing and wait patiently. Look at the stars.Instead of asking to bring Xin, we both go where they are. We didn't finish inspecting the raiders and we have a cart to fix.
>>4712763When we sat down to do a deep dive into Xin's mental state and found a void with a flickering of hope in there.That took us a serious amount of meditation and effort, while we seemed to connect to tigress' emotional capacity without much more than some concentration
>>4712755Actually, ponder our new style instead of watch the stars. We invited trigress feeling on to us, becoming in harmony and than directed them back. And we became able to sence the difference in the elements surroding her attacks too, so was it something akin to our astral projection too? We know it's like our emotion reading, but it seems there is more to it.We really need to train it more and show it to Oogway someday, I think he would be proud.
>>4712777I was thinking once we refine it we could give it to Shenlong/teach it to him. A sort of "gift for gift" type thing, in return for his offering of Dragon style.
>>4712780We should teach it to Bao.She may never use it, but its a style fit for a priestess.Maybe Shenlonh could pass the knowledge to others priests of his? That way they could defend themselves without hurting people. So what happened in the forest village would never repeat again.
>>4712785Perhaps. Though I don't know if Bao has the time to learn, being a busy Bee and Shenlong not actually talking to most people barring the most holy and devoted of his priests, who are few and far between so it seems.
>>4712795Well, he can probably make a scroll with the technique appear at any of his major tended temple with a note for his priest saying "learn this faggot".And it can give Bao something to do in those free time gaps that are too short for something major but too small for something inconsequential.
>>4712773Xin is a deep dive because they're are a void due to their forced inner peace. Everyone else you can sense their emotions with a bit of meditation and you get more insight the deeper you delve. The situation is similar with Tigress yes but it was also a risk you took because if it didn't pan out, you'd have died on the spot. It was also helped by that fact she was quiet open about her emotions as most people tend to hide them a bit as a habit. It's also very dangerous to do so because you can become overwhelmed by a person's emotions as well leading you to be completely defenseless. Further more you're completely defenseless and unaware of everything around you.This is an incredibly rough style that you'd need to develop and work the kinks out but it shows hints of being quite powerful. Something perhaps Renshu could take to new heights seeing as he does not need to concentrate to sense emotions and he already incorporates it into his style.He however lacks one thing that is key to this form. To use it effectively you have to have absolutely no ill will towards your opponent. That's why it worked. Because you fought but never wanted to harm Tigress even if you could use violence to end the fight quickly, you never threw a single punch. You toss her aside and pushed her but it slowly evolved into not wanting to harm her and you went from a regular fight of ideals to attempting to soothe her pain. That's something that very rarely occurs in any fight.Of course people who can hide or manipulate their emotions or those you are not close to or know much about are effectively immune to this style but as you learn more about your opponent and their ideals you can slowly begin to make it more and more useful.All subject to change mind you but thats the rough draft I have.
>>4712777Yeah you're becoming more perceptive of changes in the elements as well. That's mostly due to your blessing and all the time you spend hanging out with spirits. Its not a big difference but for someone with your reflexes and skill. It's enough to help in battle.
>>4712755>>4712765Contemplation it is. Writing.
>>4712807Hmm. To make it truly effective we'd need to try and develop our empathy sense or develop a dun mock mockup about determining their beliefs and intentions.The no Ill will is a thing that we should keep though, that crap makes it utterly vital to avoid it being used as a weapon of the vicious.
What are your timeskip goals when it eventually comes? Here’s mine:>Ming fully develops her style and becomes a true martial artist of some kind, even if its in a more esoteric way>Xin gets their house, and finally decides on one set identity. >Renshu fully accepts the Third Path, and finds his own inner peace.>Hien uses his influence to help reform the cruelest parts of the justice system, allowing some criminals to get Help instead of merely Punishment.>Tai Lung refines his martial arts more, as usual, but also fully steps into the arts and releases a series of artpieces meant to teach others in forms and philosophy. And, of course, reinvigorate spiritualism and dragon worship by depicting shenlong and eureka.
>>4712909I'm with you on Ming, Developing her style properly then moving on to helping her with her spiritual affinity. Maybe letting her meet Bao to talk about it. Maybe.All of us getting a nice house would be cool, like really cool. We already went over some designs for it in previous threads. Make it a home.Renshu I want to fully fix his style and continue to improve his sense of self.Hien, he's outside of our scope now, mostly.and for TL, I think to compile he journey into a tome and send it to Luo, as a sort of retractive justification for us reading his story here. And of course, helping the others and himself with their styles and goals.
>>4712935Ideally id like to routinely visit he ling to reform him over time with speech jutsu, but realistically we would never be allowed within ten miles of his prison
>>4712909>Bao makes friends with our friends and often finds time to visit the gang through the little wind shrine.>Tigress doesn't lose her way and becomes a even better martial artist.>Shifu is proud of the five and his children, and finally forgives himself.>Luo's new book is an absolute best seller, however it starts an unfortunate trend for darker and grittier anti-heroes and misunderstood protagonists.>Po learns multiple different styles of martial arts and finally refines one to call his own. Now he just need to find Tai Lung for that spar he was promised.>Daiyu finds a romantic interest that actually stays in one place near the coast or is willing to sail with her.
>>4712942I don't think we should ever try to deal with He Ling again. Lets just not.>>4712949>Trying to cockblock DaiyuCome on anon, not cool. Ming will be there eventually.
>>4712960anon is right, daiyu is an obstacle in our path to waifu ming so we have to distract her with someone elseoh who am i kidding, bao is still best girl
>>4712968I just find it funny that it's the sailor who has to wait for their love to come back rather than the land bound, but that's just me.And yes, Yes she is Sometimes
>>4712960I'm not cockblocking her, it's just that Ming keeps wandering all over China and will problem lives with the rest of the group in the middle of some mountains. That would be hell for a sea captain.But if we find a nice moutain range near a big river or if she is that stubborn to trek through valleys and forests to visit her, than god damn she deserves it.I've been team Bao since we met her, Ming can do whatever she wants
>>4713038>Team Bao>Not changing team depending on whoever is in the update, up to and including Tai lungThen you are lost!
>>4713073I'm a deep believer in monogamy, your wicked poliamorous harem ways have no power over me!
>>4713135There is no Harem, for there is no lust. There is only the being who best exemplifies being the bestest girl who ever did try, and currently that's Renshu
>>4713142Bold of you to abandon Xin like that.
>>4713151The nature of Air is fluid adaptation, all get their time and their time shall come again.Accusations of being flighty and unable to pick favorites are completely untrue!
Sorry about the delay. Got very busy on my end. I'll have dinner and finish up the write up.
You let the pain slowly spread through your body and look up at the stars as you try to clear your mind. What was it that you had done just a few moments ago? Was it out of desperation or was it out of faith that it would succeed? You figure that didn’t really matter so much as the effect. You had been in complete peace with yourself and our surroundings. It felt...well you didn’t quite have the words to describe it. Even right now, at peace with yourself, did not match the feeling of being at peace in battle. There was no anger or hate. No anxiety or even excitement. You were simply there, allowing the fight to flow around you. You knew the steps needed to achieve your goal, to stop this quarrel without causing harm. You could feel what your opponent was feeling. Not just in intent or anger but it was almost like a glimpse at their motives and their inner turmoils. This new style felt so forgien to you. It was too gentle and almost too passive when you compared it to how you were raised to fight. Even the Dragon Style invented by Shenlong’s friend was based around ferocity. But that style was built for war. It was made with the intent to topple an empire and lead people to their freedom. To you Kung Fu was who you were. It was everything you built your life around. Granted, it was wrong and led you down an evil path but it was still who you were. This new style flew against everything you knew. And yet it felt...right. The crudest explanation was that it gave you the feeling you were told as a child that you would feel when you settled arguments through peaceful means. Such feelings never came of course, there were always ill emotions left over after such things, but this was it. Devoid of ill intents and hurt feelings. Simply...peace. Oogway once told you that Kung Fu was developed as a form of self defense and self discovery. Could this be the next evolution? No longer did you defend yourself but defended others from themselves. No longer was this about self discovery but about understanding those who you went against and helping them understand. So lost were you in your thoughts that you never noticed Renshu finished tending to your wounds and by the time you pulled yourself back from your thoughts, Xin Lan and Hien were fast approaching.“Xin Lan apprised me of the situation.” Hien says, breathlessly. “Is everything alright?”“Everything...well it’s better than we hoped.” You say and you explain the situation as it occurred after Xin Lan had left. Your friends cling to your every word in rapt attention and when you complete your short tale, Hien speaks. “Astounding. I could never dream of attaining such a state.” He says. “To think the once feared Tai Lung has achieved a style of perfect peace. It would almost be laughable if I hadn’t met you myself.”
“It was just as unbelievable in person.” Renshu adds. “Words cannot express what I saw and felt there.”“The only thing now is what to do.” Xin Lan says.“What about the raiders? They are still a priority.” You say.“They’re being taken care of by the Five now.” Hien says. “We…” He seems to struggle to find the words.“We backed off.” Xin Lan says. “Or rather, Po asked us if he could be left alone with his friends. Hien and I decided that it would be best to leave them be in the interim. We probably have worn out our welcome.” As if on queue, Shifu arrives and quietly makes his way toward your campfire. His face was composed but his eyes were conflicted and pained.“Tai Lung…” He begins, his voice clinical and professional. “Perhaps...it is best if you go.” Hien looks surprised and he uncrosses his arms. “Master Shifu. Are you certain?” Shifu nods and he looks away. “Yes. We believe that it is for the best considering Tigress’s state. Should Tai Lung remain, she may attempt something drastic. For that reason, we will not be heading to Taishi. We are still early in our journey and can still head towards another town. I understand you wished to celebrate the New Years with your friends and I wouldn’t want to keep you from that. We can handle transporting the raiders but we don’t wish to push strain Tigress mentally.”You say nothing for a moment. It made sense no matter how you tried to think otherwise. You were the source of Tigress’s pain and you weren’t sure if she would relapse should you remained nor did you think it would be healthy for the source of her agony to remain near her for a two week trip. Still, it did not do anything to dull the pain in your heart. You clear your throat a few times, unsure if you were trying to hold back tears or simply trying to ease the dryness in your throat before speaking.>What do you say?>Say that you will stay. You’ll keep your distance but you want to make sure the raiders are safely delivered to the capital.>Say that you want to speak with Tigress at least one more time. Maybe you can get through to her but you’re not sure.>Agree and leave. You’ve already caused enough damage in a few hours it seems. Best that you leave the injured with their loved ones.>Write in.
>>4713357>Agree and leave. You’ve already caused enough damage in a few hours it seems. Best that you leave the injured with their loved ones. Extend an invite to Shifu and the 5 for new years if they can make it.Let them go but also let them know they're welcome if they can make it and are willing. Wish we could've caught up with Crane.
>>4713357>I understand how difficult things would be if we were to stay around each other, but I ask just one more favor from you. Join me for the New Years celebration. You and whoever of the five that wishes to join, and po. There’s someone I want all of you to meet, and it’s unlikely I’ll be able to have you meet them outside of this one chance. I’ll steer far clear of Tigress until the celebration, if that worries you.
>>4713367Forgot to add mei ling to my vote too, dang.That cat is cool enough with us to extend the invite, yeah?
>Agree and leave. You’ve already caused enough damage in a few hours it seems. Best that you leave the injured with their loved ones.Man i was wishing we can combine dragon kungfu with the yin/yang style or the true peace style.
>>4713357>Agree and leaveWe have worn out our welcome, let's not disappoint our father. And hey, it gives us a chance to really let loose and run free.
>>4713452We can in theory, Dragon style's great strength is the ability to incorporate other styles into itself.>>4713367>>4713368We told them to take care of tigress, lets not
>>4713357>Say that you will stay. You’ll keep your distance but you want to make sure the raiders are safely delivered to the capital.>Father, could you tell me what exactly I did to Tigress to foster such a grudge? Her rage and sadness was on a level I've not seen before, and my mind wanders back to the atrocities I've did in the Valley of Peace.I need information, otherwise I'll keep speculating out of paranoia.>>4713357
>>4713564current information points to us having murdered her parents.
>>4713570Well yeah, but I need a concrete answer.The best source would be from herself, but Shifu will do.
>>4713560my vote says we'll stay away from tigress, there's nothing wrong with it
>>4713657Consider that we have asked them to take care of tigress because she needs their support and presence, then you are asking for her friends and master to join you for one of the main celebrations of the year.
>>4713668i doubt all of them would come, and besides...it's a once-in-a-lifetime thing we're talking about here, given one of the guests.
>>4713670Even one of them leaving is a rather damaging grievance, bar maybe Mei Ling or Shifu, and I'm iffy on Shifu.And lets face it, they don't have to meet the great dragon, there's no special reason for it other than just wanting to introduce them. Tending to their friend is a better use of time.
The talk of Xin getting their dream house in the timeskip inspired me to try and draw over the complex I made in photoshop so it looks less scuffed.I just started, so instead have a dirty colouring of the original one.
>>4713684Niiiiice. Though I doubt we could get proper brick walls.
>>4713711That's probably Xin's goal, and the one we end up living in would be made out of wood.But with enough dedication and autism they will remodel and renovate until it has marble walls and mahogany beams.
>>4713715Xin does have that energy about them, That's why they are best girl.So the green house is the shrine to Shenlong, The top blue house is our home and the bottom one was the alchemy shed/dojo wasn't it?
>>4713720Yeah. Couldn't decide between dojo/alchemy lab/guest house, but I knew we would need an extra building.An alchemy lab with a small greenhouse and garden would be the best idea though, we can have a spare room or two for guest and train in mountains/forest/river around the complex, or in the shrine if it's spiritual.
>>4713725Not sure about having a training house in the shrine, being it is a place of some worship but I think we could get away with actually putting the shrine outside of the compound so that it is closer to nature and not blocked off from the wind.By that tree, perhaps
>>4713684Hey nice job there! Love the peach tree near the pond. Perfect place to meditate or in Ming's case, force everyone to have a nice picnic instead of spending all their time indoors training.
>>4713743>Ming has a small collection of pillows to throw at the others when they try and meditate during the monthly picnic.>Xin joins in but with knives.Wholesome family fun
>>4713740Not having a training house inside the shrine, but any time we need to do chi meditation or some spiritual things we do it in there.Maybe have like a nice meditation cushion or something in the corner and we pull it to the middle when we need to use it.
>>4713788Well yeah, that's just the sort of place you go to meditate isn't it?
Alrighty, I'm back from wandering the endless halls of my library. >>4713364>>4713452>>4713558Leaving is the winning vote. It's best we return to our friends. Though we leave on a somber note perhaps the new years with those we are close too will lift our spirits. Writing.
>>4713684So I was redrawing it in photoshop with a mouse, was nearly done, and then a fucking storm came out of nowhere, cut the power and corrupted the files.God fucking damnit.
>>4713933And I just lost my entire post. AGAIN! I'm glad this library is endless because I'm about to scream down every hall.
>>4713969Ok, who here summoned the digital deleting demons? I won't judge you, but we need to find the entry point to make the exorcism.
You stand. "I see..." You say and you turn around to pack what little your group has. You hated to admit it but you could not bear to meet your father's eyes. You feel the burn of shame flow through you. Shame for how things turned out, shame for how your past once again came to haunt you despite all your attempts to be a better man, shame for being unable to look your father in the eyes. The silence is almost unbearable and you can feel everyone's eyes on your weighing you down with their stares. Thankfully, it was Renshu who broke the silence. There was none of his polite guidence nor of his mysterious tone. Only cold hard truth. "Stop avoiding your shame Master Shifu." He says. "Your doubts are holding you down and keeping you from doing what you have to do. You might fear that will be. You might doubt whether or not your actions did more good than harm but none of that matters now. You are at a crossroads and you no longer have the chance to avoid picking a direction. What you decide will effect the direction you and those you hold close will take. We may no longer be affected by your decisions but if tonight has taught me anything is that we won't stand idly by and allow someone to make the same mistake twice. Go to your students and give them the guidance they need and the guidance you always wanted to give them."You're not sure what Shifu's reaction is but there is another silence. You wonder if your father was angry or was he contemplating Renshu's words. You want to look back and confirm it all but you don't feel you have that right. You remake the knot on your bag you were working on for the last few mintues and finally hear Shifu turn around and begin to walk away. You can feel relief mixed with guilt and shame as you hear him leave. You don't have to time to dwell on it when you feel a hand strike you in the back of the head. "Say goodbye." Xin Lan says quietly. You turn to look at your friend, their face angry. They hit you once more with the flat of their hand, this time on your nose. "Tell your dad goodbye." They say again, this time louder. The confusion must be obvious on your face as they continue. "Stripes and I have a terrible family. Hell, I'm pretty sure what we hand outside of both of us couldn't even be called a family. So on Ming's behalf and mine, I'll be damned if I let you mess up yours." Xin Lan points at Shifu. "Go tell your dad goodbye.">What do you say?>Write in.
>>4714001Go tell goodbye to dad.>It's been good seeing you again father. I'm sorry we have to part under this circustances, but perhaps we will see eachother again in during better days. I will continue sending you my I'm still too mad to be emotional, someone less autistic please write sonething better.
>>4714001>Call out to Shifu "Dad! If we don't see you again. . . Before New years, then I wish you all the best new years you can enjoy. I hope you won't mind my letters."Xin is right, but I never expected them to be this right.But here, something to at least lighten the mood.
>>4714010That mad you didn't even finish your post. Kek
>>4714010sending my letters, and I hope to recieve some replies some time.>>4714028Fug
>>4714010>>4714013Taking these. Writing.
You nod at Xin Lan, your embarassment buring hotter than the hit's they dealt to you. You stand up and turn to face your father. With a bow your say, if a bit stiffly, "It's been good seeing you again father. I'm sorry we have to part under these circumstances, but perhaps we'll see each other again during better days." Shifu nods, "Yes...I think I would like that as well. Stay say on your travels Tai Lung." The two of you look at each other a bit awkwardly before turning around. You look down at Xin Lan who has their hands on their hips and is glaring at you. Despite their shorter stature they managed to perfectly mimic everything that made an upset Ming frightening. Xin Lan thumps their foot on the ground and points at Shifu. Evidentally you didn't do a good enough job of saying goodbye.You turn to face your father again, who was now leaving, and shout, Dad! If we don't see you again. . . Before New years, then I wish you all the best new years you can enjoy. I hope you won't mind my letters."Shifu stops and turns to look at you. "Yes..." He begins and stops as if to think about something. "Please..." He begs before quickly turning around and promptly leaving. You swear you saw something glimmer at the edge of his eyes. Once your father was out of sight, you turn back to Xin Lan who looked less than pleased but at least they seemed to have deemed your goodbye acceptable."You're gonna work on that." They say, waving a finger at you. "I'm telling Ming and we're gonna work on that."You could have made a joke. The emotionless assassin getting all riled up over family but that was tasteless. Instead, you decide to continue being open with your feelings and say, "Thanks...maybe if I was more open about things...then maybe none of this would have happened." Xin Lan's face softens and they rub the back of their head. "Ah geez...had to kill the mood didn't ya? Still...it's one of those things where perhaps it's better things panned out this way.""What makes you say that?""Well I wouldn't have met you, you dunce." They say punching your good arm. "But we're getting into talks I'm not in the mood going over right now. Let's just get packed and head out. You coming Hien?" They ask. Hien looks a bit surprised and they look behind them, in the direction of the Five. "Well...I...yes. Perhaps it would be best that I go with you. I'm not sure I could much to help the situation. However, if you give me a moment, I had something I meant to speak to the others about before...well never mind. I'll be back by the time you finish packing up. This won't take too long." Hien quickly makes his way after your father and the rest of you return to your work.
It only took a few minutes to make sure everything was packed up and for Hien to return. You and your friends immediately set off to Taishi at full speed. It only takes you a few days before you arrive at the edges of the sleepy little town. By the time you make it into the town proper, it was noon and the streets were bustling with activity. By now, it was obvious they were preparing for New Years. The market place and it's stores were heavily decorated in ribbons and artworks. The stalls were offering sales and various trinkets for the upcoming celelbration. It was a stark contrast to the dour mood you had left the Five.>What do you do?>Go to Chuanli's tavern. You could use a stiff drink and you vaugely recall promising Xin to invite them to one long ago. Although they probably wanted to do it in much better circumstances and between the two of you alone.>Go to the Captain's station. Best to apprise the Captain of the situation.>Go find Ming. See what she is up to and let her know how things went down.>Write in.
>>4714278>Find Ming first>Inform captainPriorities first, we have to find Best girl and make sure everything is alright, then get her up to speed. Once that is done, we can find best Girl and get him up to speed.
>>4714283>Captain>Best girlA new challenger?! Damn I'm good.
>>4714287Sure you are best girl
>>4714316Thanks anon. I'll harem TL and the crew in order to put an end to the waifu wars (at least on paper. We all know it'll never end.)
>>4714278>Go find Ming. See what she is up to and let her know how things went down.Best girl is actually Mei Ling. Sorry flyboy, we're gonna steal your girl.
>>4714278>Go find Ming. See what she is up to and let her know how things went down.We need to go to the shrine to alert Bao and Shenlong we are spending the New Years here, so the sprites and spirita can begin the preparations for their visit.
Making food because somehow an endless library has a kitchen...just gotta find it.>>4714397Chadlong and Bao always know where you are. So you dont' have to let them know (although it is polite to give them a heads up. they are your friends after all) in this instance though, they know you planned on celebrating in Taishi...at least I think I wrote that you mentioned it. In any case, it just a matter of calling for Bao like you would call any friend that's nearby over. It's weird but as mentioned before it only really works in wooded areas with a shrine strong in wind energy or one to shenlong. You're good on preping for them at the moment. But you're still free to visit them. Sorry if I made it seem like things weren't set on their end.
>>4714397I think the spirits have all been preparing their shrines and he is just waiting on us to give him a call.
>>4714413Oh so we would need to go collect them from a strong wind shrine and then bring them to Taishi?
>>4714420Making soup. Might be the last day where it's cool enough to enjoy it. The spirits have prepped the shrine. It's only temporary but it'll suffice.
>>4714452Nice.I just lost an hour so I am turning in, have fun guys.
>>4714413In this case then we just need to explain things to the captain, hang out in the tavern and maybe visit the other shopkeepers we met. The monkey and wolf were cool, the sheep was a nice grandmother and the baker couple will definitaly need some help with the featival coming up. Maybe even finally getting to see the mayor.The perfect time to sow the idea of a city councilWill Bao and our big friend be visible to mortals or will we have to find some special way for our friends to meet them?
>>4714470They'll be visible to everyone as far as you know. You never actually spoke to them about their arrival. Only if they'd like to show up.
>>4714283>>4714365>>4714397Finding Ming. Writing.
"Let's go find Ming. She's probably worried about us." You say looking around at the busy streets. "Can we at least take a bath first? I'm covered in dried blood and sweat. I'm all gross." Xin Lan complains as they scratch their bandages. You pat Xin Lans' back. "Are you finally going to show us what you have hidden under all that?" You tease and immediately regret your decision. Xin Lan smiles and pats your leg. "Why don't you take me out to dinner first big guy? I'm not that easy of a lay even if I'm willing to make an exception for you. Of course you'd need to ask my elder brother for permission too." They lean to look around you. "Stripes, the big guy is asking to see me naked. Are you going to let him do that?" They ask with a pout on their face. Renshu chuckles and shakes his head. "Defintely not." He says before adding, "Although if he was willing to do the same for me at another point then I suppose I too can make an exception. You did once say we were a set after all. If he wishes to court you then he must do the same for me."You cover your face and try to hide it as wiping sweat off your brow. "Renshu, not you too. I just wanted to make a joke about Xin being a boy or a girl..." You groan. Renshu laughs and pats your back. "I am sorry." He says. "But I could not help it. Come, let's go find Miss Ming and assure her we are ok. Then we can go clean up after she tends to our wounds properly."It takes Xin Lan a few minutes to finish cackling at your embarassment before they say, "Well do you know where to even look?"Hien, who had been quiet all this time but was doing his best to choke down his laughter, speaks up. "Perhaps she is at the mayor's home? It would be the nicest place to live and considering how influential she might seem since our planning, she could easily convince him to let her use a room at his manor."You remain quiet and simply feel out for Ming's presence. Now that you were closer to her, it was an easy feat to do so. You reach out and find her presence at the small inn you and your friends frequent. "She's at the inn." You say. "Guess she decided to keep the room we have been using.""Not surprising considering who the mayor is." Xin Lan snorts. "Well let's go then. The longer we wait, the longer I gotta wait for a bath."
---The inn was far busier than it was in the days before your departure. A fact that you had a hard time believing considering it was already packed by evacuees. Now you see traders and travelers roaming the halls, talking in the stairs and generally being a bit of nuisance. Luckily both your and Renshu were able to easily push past them all with your raw strength. You can see Xin Lan appraising each and everyone of them with the expert eye of a thief but they make no move towards any bags or coin purses. Ming's room was conviently at the end of the hall way with a window at the far wall. An easy exit and entrance point for someone of your group's acrobatics. You knock one the door politely and hear a shout from within. "I don't want to buy your things! I don't care if you're giving me a discount!" Xin Lan shoots you a grin at that."Relax, it's just us!" Xin Lan calls through the door. "You'll be too tired from working out to care about any of that kind of stuff. Now open the door or I'll pick the lock!"You can hear the sound of footsteps running to the door and of the locks being undone. Ming throws open the door and lifts Xin Lan off the ground to hug them tightly. "You're all ok....alive!" She corrects herself when she sees your group's condition. Somehow, she manages to pull you, Renshu and Hien into the hug before moving the group into her room. "Oh Gods, I've been worried sick. I mean...I know you were all going to be ok but still. And oh no, not again. Did you really have to lose your shirt? Well you're better of without it because I have a surprise." She rambles and let's you all go. "First things first, shirts off boys. I need to see where all your cuts and injuries are." She continues, her tone authoritative. She grabs her bag and being to pull out all of her herbs and medicines.>What do you do?>Talk to Ming as she works. Ask her about the festival. You want to keep things light and happy. The heavy stuff can come after the festivities.>Talk to Ming about the events of the fight and before your arrival. Maybe it's best to get all the gloomy topics out of the way first. >Say nothing and let Ming work. You're just happy to be around all of your friends.>Write in.
>>4714640>Talk to Ming as she works. Ask her about the festival. You want to keep things light and happy. The heavy stuff can come after the festivities.
>>4714640>Talk to Ming as she works. Ask her about the festival. You want to keep things light and happy. The heavy stuff can come after the festivities.What has she been doing while we were gone? Did she keep up her training? Did she strangle the Mayor yet? And such things.
>>4714640>Let's stay light and happy. Talk as she works
>>4713933So today I wake up and go finish my work.The transparent layer I was working merged with the one before, effectively removing everything I did again.I'm begining to think this image is actually cursed.
>>4715035Jesus. Perhaps the crew's home is to remain in a quasi state of nonexistence. We know it exists but we can't map it and the layout tends to change depending on what the story requires. Spooky.
>>4715111elemental spirits stole itas a prank
>>4715155>Sprites running away from a furious Xin yelling "It's just a prank bro! Just a prank!"
>>4715155Now you made me think on what would happen should the childlike sprites had acess to youtube and were influenced by it's "children" content.
>>4715166I have never felt more fear from typed words than this post linked.
>>4714646>>4714654>>4714781Talking to Ming about lighter matters. Writing.
Your friends unsurprisingly do as they’re told and you try to avoid Xin Lan’s body as you sit down on the bed and wait for Ming to get to work. Ming gently undoes your bandages, her hand soft and barely felt despite the work they did. “Why is it that you always get the worst of it?” She sighs like a mother chiding their child for playing in the mud. You try not to shrug, preferring to keep the events a secret for now. Instead, you say, rather truthfully, “Sorry. I don’t mean for it to happen.” Ming gently runs her fingers through your cuts, pushing the fur aside to get a better look at your wounds. Her free hand digs into her bag for medicine. “You should be. I spend more time patching you up then training.” She says.“Well we can change that.” You chuckle. “How about we double our usual jog tomorrow? We can do it at full sprint.” Ming gives you a look and lightly flicks one of your smaller cuts. “Keep that up mister and I won’t be using painkillers. Xin had their leg cut open to remove an arrow without it so I’m guessing it won’t be a problem for you.” She says. “Your whole arm is going to need stitches and your shoulder too. You’re not gonna be using it for heavy lifting for a while.” You nod, you didn’t want to mention it to anyone but your arm did feel a bit weaker. You had assumed it was simply tired and hurting from the cuts but you hadn’t considered it seriously injured. Ming seems to read your mind and she taps your nose. “And don’t go thinking about going unconscious to heal these. If you miss New Years, then so help me I’ll make sure you stay asleep.” She says with a pout. “Just be patient and don’t do anything stupid and you’ll be perfectly fine. Now chew this.” She continues, handing you a root. You stuff the painkiller into your mouth and chew.In between bites you ask, “So what have you been up to these past few days?” “Nothing much.” She admits with a needle held between her teeth. “I mostly just hung around town and waited for you guys to return. Got a book on cooking as well so that way I can compete with Renshu.” Xin Lan lets out a laugh at that. “I see you’ve neglected your training then.” You tease. “Well I guess we really are doing that double length sprint.” Ming takes the needle out of her mouth and sticks out her tongue. “I have been training! I even have been eating healthier too! Just look.” Ming flexes her arms as she attempts to show off her muscles. “I bet I can throw a mean punch too. Just ask if you’re brave enough.” She jokes. You grin. “I’d rather not. I’m not sure I’d survive a punch from you.” Ming nods sagaciously. “Wise move. I don’t want to destroy you either.” She says.“So why this place?” Xin Lan asks as they flop backwards onto Ming’s pillow to which Ming responds by swatting at the rabbit. “Alright! I get it.” They say. “You could just say I’m dirty you know.”
“This place suits me well enough.” She replies once Xin Lan sits on the edge of the bed with you. “It’s a bit small but I’m left alone and I can do some reading. The sun hits the window just right in the afternoons. Especially with some soup from the bakery.”“Got tired of the mayor huh?” Xin Lan asks. “You know if you just played it up a bit, I bet he’d have you eating feasts every night.”“No thanks.” Ming replies flatly. “I’d rather pull my hair out than deal with that man any longer than I had to. When someone makes you a pleasure to be around then you know they’re a problem.” She continues with a sly grin.“Hey! I’m pleasant!” Xin Lan shouts. “I catch the big guy staring at me all the time. Not to mention everyone else. I’m irresistible. Tell me you don’t want to pet this cotton tail.” They say as they turn around to wag their tail. Ming finishes up your stitches and flips Xin Lan around to begin treating their head wound. “Whatever you say cottonbutt. Well...this is just a light cut. So you’re not at risk of dying or anything dangerous. Just be careful of washing your head or you might tear the scabs then you’ll be bleeding all over again.” Ming pulls Xin Lan into a hug again. “Missed you, you little trouble maker.”Xin Lan blows Ming a kiss. “Love you too.” They giggle. “Well, I’m off to take a bath then. I’ll grab dinner on the way back too.” They say as they slip their shirt back on. “I’m gonna see if I can peek at what they’re cooking up for the competition as well.” With that Xin Lan opens the window and leaps out onto the street. Ming hurries over and shouts at them. “Don’t tell me! I wanna keep it a surprise!” You let out a laugh and lightly tug at your bandages. “I should go take a bath as well. Thanks for the help Ming.”“Don’t scrub too hard. You’ll pull your wounds open as well.” Ming says as she hesitantly looks at Hien’s bare stomach. She looked as if she was worried that one wrong touch would shatter the young lord. “Uhh…” She begins completely unsure of what to do. You chuckle to yourself and leap out of the window in the hallway.>What do you do?>Go take a bath. It’d be nice to clean off the blood in your fur.>Go speak to the captain. Let him know what has happened.>Go to the tavern for a drink.>Write in.
>>4715573>Captain firstWe are going in without a top, but we are also covered in wounds. I'm pretty sure this cancels out the faux pas.
>>4715573>Go take a bath. It’d be nice to clean off the blood in your furQuick bath then captain? Better not to turn up all bloody to report.Unless people want to report then have nice long bath?
>>4715582That was my plan. Get all the trouble and all of the crap out of the way first, then have a nice relaxing wash whereby we can collect our friends and have a drink together.
>>4715573>Go speak to the captain. Let him know what has happened.Raiders are down, scrolls found, Five taking them straight to the capital, we staying for new years than we go to the library and the prince catches up.I think thats all.I want the big green dragon to be a surprise.Then qe go take a bath.And than we take everyone to the tavern. Did Hien meet them or not? I don't remember.
>>4715608He hasn't so far, we introduced mantis and Viper to them.The others haven't been seen, bar the buns. Xin who they think is our significant other, Renshu who they think is a shaman and they Haven't met Ming or Hien.
>>4715577>>4715608Captain first. Bath later. Just avoided Xin and possible pasta spilling.
>>4715840Almost like I planned for that
>>4715848Doubtful. We all know you think Xinand everyone else is best girl. You're using your reverse reverse psychology on me.
>>4715853But what if I am only using reverse psychology To appear to be using reverse reverse psychology?
>>4715875Certainly a tactic the buns would use.
You wander for a bit before you find yourself near the guard station. You figure that it would be best to let the captain know how things went down. With everything that went on in the last few months, you think the man could use some good news. You walk up the worn path and nod to the two familiar faces guarding the door as you enter. The two give you an earnest salute and allow you to walk by. You make your way to the captain's office and knock on the door. The familiar gruff voice of the captain calls out from within. "Enter." He orders. You open the door and find the captain, per ussual, working on some paper work that was strewn on his desk. He looks up rather bored until he notices it's you. His blasé expression immediately shifts to one of seriousness and he motions for you to close the door behind you and to take a seat. As you do so, he reaches for something under his desk and pulls out a fine bottle of Chuanli's brew. "What's the situation?" He asks, skipping any plesantries and eyeing your injuries. "I'm hoping that those wounds were worth it." He says pouring a drink and handing you a small glass. You take the shot and down it, feeling the liquid burn your throat and the flavor spreading throughout your tongue. It certainly packed a punch but to your surprise it was a very refined taste."Depends on how you look at it." You reply vaugely as you remember your fight from a few nights prior. "But not in the way you would think." You quickly add. "We won, to put it simply. The battle was hard fought and not without it's troubles but luckily everyone made it out in one piece.""And the raiders?""Captured. They are in the Five's custody. The Five plan to go directly to the captial to hand them over to the imperial army. What will become of them I do not know. Hien will be joining them in a few days. We all returned to celebrate the holiday here and, thankfully, our victory." You explain. The captain nods. If there was any relief, he wasn't showing it."Good." He grunts. "Killed a few of those bastards for me and my men I hope?"
"I don't kill." You reply. "And I doubt any of the Five do either." The captain lets out a disappointed grunt but pours another drink. "Shame." He says holding up the drink in a mock toast. "But I can't fault a man for not wanting to take a life. Especially when said man went toe to toe with an army and returned not only alive, but victorious." The captain takes a drink. "Besides, knowing what will happen to them at the captial is good enough for me." He says humorlessly. A kind of darkness comes over his face as he's drawn back into the past before he takes a third drink and seems to come back to the present. "Well, I can't ask you to have done anymore than you already have. Hell, you've gone far beyond I thought any man would have gone. Best I can do is if anyone gives you or your friends shit, just send em my way. I'll sort them out.">What do you say?>Ask the captian something.>Ask the captain for a favor. He certainly seems open to the idea of rewarding you.>Thank the captain for his time and go somewhere else.>Write in.
>>4715948>Let the Captain know that we've invited a couple guests for new years that might cause a stir.Give the poor guy a heads up
>>4715948>Let the Captain know that we've invited a couple guests for new years that might cause a stir.
>>4715948>Thank the captain for his time and go somewhere else.>Ask the captian something.His name, can't thank a man for being a cool dude and not even get his name.Hope that Hiens spreads word of how actually useful this guy was in the capital. Maybe he will get to retire with a bonus.
>>4715973>>4715977>>4716009I can combine all these. This will probably be my last post for tonight and I'll pick it up tomorrow.
>>4716009No wait...you guys would already know...well it's possible TL wouldn't have caught on to it. But I remember Guang and Chuanli have mentioned that the captain's name is Jie and Chuanli has only said once that he was retired and that the captain tried to get him to be a guard but he declined. I can't remember if the captain mentioned he had retired from the army as well...Ah well. I'll set the record with this post.
"Thank you." You say. "Although...you've never told me your name captain. Despite all you've done for us, I'd like to know the name of the man who helped us." The captain scoffs and puts the bottle away. "I'm not all about that sensitive stuff." He says gruffly. "Not my thing. But I guess it'd be rude if I didn't tell you at this point. Name's Jie. You call me that while on duty and I'll take back everything I said and throw you in a cell for a few hours." He says. "No problems...captain." You say with a slight smirk. "Well...if there's nothing else, I gotta get back to this mess." Jie says waving to the papers on his desk. You nod and turn to head out before you remember."There is one thing..." You start and the rummaging behind you stops."Yeah?" Jie asks cautiously."I've invited a few friends over for the festival. They might...garner some attention." You say hesitantly and you can feel the captain glare into your back."What kind of attention?" He asks."Well...they're not from around here. So...they might not be exactly what the townsfolk are used to." You say cautiously."They're not mongolian are they?" Jie asks bluntly. "Because even I won't allow that. Not for you and not for the emperor's son himself.""No. They're natives just they haven't been to this part of China before." You say. Jie gives you a grumpy huff and waves you away."As long as they don't break the law and don't disturb the peace they're fine. Just keep an eye on em and make sure they don't get into any more trouble than you do." The captain says as he goes back to his papers. You nod and decide not to press the issue any more. You quickly show yourself out Jie's office and head back to the streets.>What do you do?>Go somewhere else. Some stores might still be open at this hour and there is the recent influx of traders as well.>Go take a bath. You could use a nice long soak in the hot springs.>Go back to Ming's room. You'd much rather sleep and get some decent rest before doing anything else.>Write in.
>>4716107>Go take a bath. You could use a nice long soak in the hot springs.Time to see Hien naked through coincidental timing.
>>4716107>Go take a bath. You could use a nice long soak in the hot springs.Time to engage fluffy mode.
>>4716122The time has come for me to write my first lewd work. HienxTLxRenshu coming to a pastebin near you...assuming I don't just pull a Tai Lung and spill all my spaghetti on my keyboard.
>>4716144Just go look for some furry smut site.It would probably have a lynx-leopard-bunny gay threesome in a bath.Than you just need to replace the names and your will to live.
>>4716163Luckily for all of us. Even I have enough dignity not to fall that far for a joke. I'll stick with running this quest and throwing mooks for TL to fight in his spare time.
>>4716107>take a bathWe are a dirty kitten and need to get rid of all the blood.
>>4716122>>4716124>>4716531Taking a bath. No smut yet. Writing.
You flex your hand which at this point begins to feel a bit stiff from your injuries and decide that this would be a good time to take a bath. The hot spring would help your muscles relax and you could really make do with washing the blood out of your fur. You hope that it was a least somewhat hidden among your wounds and that you didn't look like a psychopath wandering the streets. At that revelation, you pick up the pace and hurry over to the bathhouse. On your way, you're stopped every so often by a villager who offers you a polite greeting and sometimes an offer for a free snack or drink from various vendors. You politely thank them and promise to take them up on their offers for their gifts before continuing on your way, a funny feeling tugging at your mind but you can't quite put your finger on it. Deciding that would be something else to worry about at a later time, you finally arrive at the bath house. By now the sun had fallen behind the mountains and a pleasant darkness had convered the small town.The various lanterns and candles from the nearby buildings cast a warm glow on the path and the dying sunlight helps keep everything just visible enough to enjoy your walk. You can see the faint whisps of steam rising from the walled off section of the building and can almost feel the hot waters relaxing your body. Upon entering you see and elderly rabbit manning the counter who you recognize as the husband and father of the family that ran the establishment. You could never shake off the difference in stature between ordinary rabbits and your friends. Compared to Xin Lan, who's height topped off at around your waist, they were a giant compared to the poor rabbits and Renshu, who's height astoundingly reached around Ming's shoulders or your chest, was an absolute goliath. The elderly man looks up from his notes and gives you a friendly smile. "Looking for a bath? Well you're in luck. Most of the travelers have left by now. As a matter of fact, I think it's just two of your friends in there if I remember correctly. The young man with the long ponytail and the stripped one who does priestwork. My wife keeps going to him. I dunno what they fed that man. I've never seen a rabbit that large but anyways, the springs are free." You nod and hesitate for a moment. To be honest, you had kind of expected to bath alone. Even while traveling, you tried to stay modest infront of your friends. Prefering to bath while everyone else was off doing their own thing. You had always used the excuse of working in shifts, while one bathed the others worked on the camp.
What really bothered you was that it was with your friends only. With complete strangers, you tended to keep to yourself and no one seemed to mind your presence. With the others, everything seemed a bit more personal and made you feel even more bare. "Sir?" The man asks pulling you from your throughts. "Will you be using the springs?">What do you say?>Say that you'll be back in a bit. Hopefully the spring will be empty by then.>Ask if there was an empty spring for you. You kind of want to be alone with your thoughts while you bathe and the bathhouse has multiple sections.>Pay the rabbit and go bathe with your friends. It really shouldn't be this difficult for you.>Write in.
>>4716927>>4716926Shit, forgot to add my vote>Pay the rabbit and go bathe with your friends. It really shouldn't be this difficult for you.
>>4716927Oh yes. I'm going to run this quest into the ground. That is the /qst/ tradition.Jokes aside, don't worry it about it guys. I don't plan to add anything beyond fading to black or at worst, rude jokes made by Xin. This quest wasn't stolen with that in mind and I'm not going to let it get side tracked by something like that. We still got the sacred libarary to find and then the pools. Plus maybe some pirate queen to fight? There was also a swamp adventure that sounded cool.
>>4716926>Pay the rabbit and go bathe with your friends. It really shouldn't be this difficult for you.You can always use a towel and look at the wall.
>>4716926You know, sometimes we just have to get uncomfortable before we are comfortable. And huh, people who know who we are are not pelting us with stones.>Pay the rabbit and bathe with your friends.>Try to not show our discomfort, Xin will pounce on it.
>>4716932>>4716939>>4716943Taking a bath and getting over it. Writing.
>>4716937>Pirare queen.So did you end up reading about Ching Shih? She may have been way out of the time period, but it still feel like something that would fit in the world.
>>4716993Not yet, but I'm going to to. From the sound of it, she would fit the setting with a bit of alterations. We've already established piracy and privateers exist in the setting so adding a bit more fantastical elements and changing a few details could make it work.
>>4716996Fuck. Meant to put that image with the write up. Oh well.
"Right. Sorry." You say quickly as you dig some coins out of your bag and hand them over. The rabbit leads to a side room lined with lockers. They weren't large enough to contain everything a traveler would have but for the smaller things that one would carry on their person while in town, it would suffice. You put away all of your belongings and head to the small room before the springs to undress, making sure you kept a towel around your waist. Pulling the door open and doing your best to hide the redness in your face, you step out into the cool night. The hotsprings were as nice as you remembered them. A large pool of a natrual hotspring surrounded with half a dozen lanterns to illuminate the area and a large fence to block off viewers from the outside. A small gazebo was also set up with a tea set for those who wished for a drink mid bath. As strange as it seemed to you, there were people who found this experience to be a social one. With no roof, you could perfectly see the burgeoning night sky and the stars that were slowing coming back into existence. At the back end of the pool you can see Hien and Renshu, waist deep in water and sitting on a step within the waters as they were casually chatting. Renshu's ear turns slightly in your direction but he pays you no mind, possibly waiting for you to introduce yourself or perhaps not wanting to break off conversation with Hien. It was ultimately the young lord who finally notices your presence despite how still you were standing and he waves you over."Tai Lung! We had thought you already bathed." Hien says. You shake your head and try to look in his direction but past him or at least at some inoffensive section of his chest as you wade into the waters. Thankfully, your discomfort doesn't take away the soothing nature of the springs as the hot water hits your body and you begin to feel the tension slowly leave your sore limbs. "S-sorry." You say quietly as you look for a place to sit down a safe distance away from your friends but not far enough for it to seem odd. "I went to speak with the captain first."Hien tilts his head, though at you behavior or the fact you went to talk to Jie you can't tell. "The captain? Did something happen?" He asks. "Or...was it because of the Five?""No..." You begin and look up at the sky, pretending to look a the stars. "I just wanted to let him know what had occured during our fight against the raiders and what our plans were. No point in keeping him in the dark about it considering he's been nothing but helpful these past few weeks.""True enough. It wouldn't do us any good to keep our allies in the dark." Hien admits and you hear him shuffling in the water a bit. You nod, a bit lost in how uncomfortable you were to be able to think of something to say. The quiet, which under normal circumstances would be quite pleasant, felt rather oppresive and you debate simply getting out of the pool and bathing some other time. Fortunately Renshu speaks up for you.
"Please, we all came here to relax and the New Years festival is right around the corner. Let us talk of less serious matters." He says. "Tai Lung, what do you have planned for the festival?""Huh?" You ask turning to face the others out of habit and feel your face grow hot as you see them bare. Fortunately for you, the waters and dim light help obscure their lower waists and neither of them were leaning back with their arms on the pool's edge. You sink a bit more into the water to hide your embarassment. "New Years." Renshu says gently. "Do you have any plans? Have you bought any gifts for the others?">What do you say?>Say that you do have some gifts but you want them to be a surprise.>Lie and say you never thought about gifts but you have someone you wish to spend time with.>Say all you really want to do is spend time with your family and friends. You want this New Years to be memorable but if the others have suggestions, you'd be happy to hear them.>Excuse yourself and leave. Perhaps this wasn't the best idea. You're only making a fool of yourself infront of your friends.>Write in.
>>4717009>Say that you do have some gifts but you want them to be a surprise.>I want to experience everything that the festival has to offer. The first new years I've seen since I left the prison, an the first in my life with people I can consider friends.
>>4717009So it's true, he really does get skittish when it isn't in a battle.>I do have some gifts but I'd like to keep it a suprise>I just want this to be memorable with friends and family, so if the others have ideas lets hear them.
>>4716996Than I hope that it's before she takes the offer for amnesty. I want to kick her teeth in while talking too much.
>>4717032Is there any other way to beat someone up? Maybe a pirate will have more banter potential
>>4717059She may be the worst foe Tai Lung will ever face.Because before she married to a pirate and help him elevate him to a pirate king and than became the defacto leader after he died, and married her adopted son.She was a brothel matron that uses seduction and intrigue.That's why she was also called a madame.
>>4717063A shrewd political thinker, a brothel owner, A pirate queen and worst of all probably a master of the talent that all three occupations train. . . Witty and maybe flirtatious shit talking.
>>4717073>>4717063Man. I was just planning a fun ocean adventure to have Xin throw a fit. Now I'm thinking she should have been the Triad leader either before or instead of Jianguo.
>>4717087Nah, she became a tried leader after she accepted the amnesty, got a deal for her adopted son turned husband to be an captain of the chinese navy and keep 60 of his ships, starts a legalised casino/brothel/opium den and become an advisor for the regional governor.That woman was fucking scary.
>>4717095No shit. Top tier level villian. I don't think I could do her history justice.
>>4717023>>4717028Talking to our friends. Writing.
>>4717095And she was so good at negotiating with the weak Qing dynasty, that out of the 1700 pirates she lead, only 200 had some sort of pubishement after the deal, and those were probably the ones she didn't like. And that was after her navy got defeated by a squadron of portuguese Man o'Wars that got sent after she fucked about Macau too much.And the advisor thing? It was during the opium wars. For an anti-opium chinese viceroy. While she ran an opium den. And she got away with it.
>>4717113Holy shit man. That's some 4d chess she was playing.
>>4717115She also invested in the salt trade using half the ships that her son-husband kept.Trade between chinese ports, english taiwan and portuguese macau. All three nations that she had antagonised while being a pirate.I have no idea how she pulled a third of this shit.
>>4717113She cant keep getting away with this.>Tai lung and co ripping apart ships>Madame Ching: How about you dont?>Suddenly stopped
>>4717121>>4717108There is probably some exagerations due to the chinese tendency to inflate numbers and to make enemies thatbthey had difficulty defeating way more powerful than they were, but even if we cut a bunch of the actions, she it's would be a seductive, manipulative planner with enough authority and fighting ability to evade multiple authorities for years while building an armada an managing to enslave villagers and run enormous protection rackets.
"I do have gifts." You say trying to shift your eyes away from your friends. You notice that Renshu's stripes ran further down than just his ears and face. They also ran down his arms and sides of his ribs. Hien was also well built and you notice that he had no scars despite needing stiches from his injuries during your first escape from Xiqi. "But I don't want to say what they are. I want them to be a surprise. You?" You ask trying to deflect attention away from yourself. You felt like a child caught in some trouble. Renshu nods and he looks towards the sky as well. "I've managed to decide on what I would like to gift you all but I'm afraid they're inadequate in conveying what I feel." He admits."I don't think you need to worry about that." You say quietly, afraid that speaking would draw everyone's attention to you. "We all know that you did it with the best of intentions. I don't think Ming would ever tell you that your gifts were not good enough...Xin might though although we all know they'd be joking.""I'm afraid that I don't have any gifts." Hien says. "I'm not sure I could come up with something in time that would mean anything or would simply be just some trinket I picked up in a shop. I'm afraid I'll just simply have to burden you with my presence.""Don't say that." You say turning to face Hien. "We wouldn't have invited you if we didn't want you around. We've all gone through battle together. We have cause to celebrate together and besides, you're our friend." Hien rubs the back of his neck as he blushes."I'm afraid you flatter me. I don't think I've done enough to be considered a friend to someone like you." He says bashfully. Renshu chuckles."Funny, the rest of us were thinking the same of you." He says. "The son of the Emperor friends with the likes of us? It's almost like a joke in a comedic play. Combat and near death has a way of bringing people together. However, that is not the reason we consider you a friend. You've been considerate, compassionate, and attentive to us and those around you. Your goals mirror our own and you're unwilling to compromise your ideals to further your own agenda. From the outset, it seems as if we were meant to be friends.""You're also willing to change to be a better person." You say. "Even someone like you, who has nothing to lose and no reason to do so, wants to be a better person. We cannot fault you for it and I can personally say that I'm proud of you and to be considered your friend. Not of the son of the Emperor but of Hien." Hien lets out an embarassed laugh and looks away as his face grows redder. Renshu leans back and rests his elbows on the edge of the pool. "I think I'll be spending most of my time trying out the food and preparing for that night's meal." He says continuing the conversation. "After all, eating a reunion dinner with the family is the most important part of the celebration. I'll be going through the market looking for ingredients. I hope you'll enjoy it."
"I certainly will." You say as you scratch your chin thinking of what you wanted to do. "I just...want to experience everything. This is my first New Years since I left the prison and the first with people I can consider friends and family. I just want this to be memorable so if you guys have any ideas I'm all ears.""Well there is going to be a cooking competition." Hien says. "Chefs and various other townsfolk are competing so there's bound to be a veriaty of dishes to try out. Not to mention there's going to be a large potluck feast at noon. The whole town will gather together to eat with one another. It sounds quite wholesome. I think it would be nice if we could all gather together for that.""I would certainly enjoy that." Renshu agrees. "A bit of socializing before we spend the night in privacy. There is that training ground we used. Perhaps we can watch the fireworks from there.""There's going to be fireworks?" You ask surprised. "I didn't think the town was big enough to afford them." Renshu gives you a soft smile. "Perhaps I might have looked where I should have." He admits and for a moment your heart seizes as dozens of thoughts run through your head. Before you can look for your towel, Renshu continues putting you at ease. "I was snooping around to see if I can find out what would be made for the cooking competition when I saw a few boxes of fireworks at the general store. They were certainly too large for public use and they were labeled with the Mayor's insignia. I assume he had ordered them in a display of extravagance.""Then it will certainly be interesting." Hien says. "Let's keep this from the others. I think it will be a nice surprise for them.""Agreed." Renshu says. You sink a bit more into the water. Not out of embarassment but simply because the water seemed to finally be doing it's job and you can feel your body unwinding. Your wounds pulse a but as you feel the blood flow through them but with the heat of the water it was rather relaxing like the feeling of the end of a hard day's training.>What do you do?>Continue talking to your friends. (What do you talk about?)>Just relax for the moment. Renshu and Hien can talk among themselves or lead the conversation.>Relax for a bit and wash up. Best you get to bed soon before the night becomes too cold.>Write in.
>>4717209>Continue talking to your friends. (What do you talk about?)Invite them to go to the tavern after we leave. And maybe pick up Xin and Ming too. I want to introduce them all to the boar and fox.How long until new years? 3 days? 2? Tomorrow? If we have the time we can visit the other shopkeepers we made friends with too, so we could invite them along too.
>>4717233Invite our friends to visit the merchants with us, not invinting the shopkeeper to the tavern. Realized the ambiguity when I posted.
>>4717236You got roughly a week before the festival starts because you went full speed. Still plenty of time to buy gifts and the like but shops are starting to close down and most traveling traders will be selling their wares at higher prices.
>>4717209I'll support inviting them to the bar, but also>Clean upIt is why we got in here.
>>4717242Nice, than it's plenty of extra time to plant the idea of a town council after just visiting and hanging out with the good people of Taishi.
>>4717260Yeah, certainly something to. . . Hmm, why dont we bring up the idea now?Hien would probably have some insights into it.
>>4717279Eh, sure. He probably knows more about a tradicional chinese burocratic imperial system than a self sufficient quasi-democratic system, but he may have some ideas about it.
>>4717233>>4717243Talking politics with our friends while naked. Writing.
>>4717440Oh no we teleported to Rome.
You feel yourself dozing off a bit in the water as time goes by. Once you feel your eyes starting to close on their own you decide to talk again to stay awake. “Hey Hien, this town’s mayor is well...terrible. He keeps things going but it seems once he eyes an opportunity to advance his social status then everyone and everything is used to advance his goals. Just look at the situation with the guards and the town’s supplies. Can’t you fire him or something?”Hien thinks for a moment on that. “Yes...he does tend to be problematic in that regard. I am well within my position to remove him from his post however, I’m afraid I won’t have anyone to bring in to replace him. The other villagers are more than welcome to take up the position though.” You shake your head.“I asked the captain about it. He said not many are willing to take up that kind of responsibility nor do they feel qualified to do it.” You explain.“That is quite the conundrum.” Renshu says flicking his ears to get water off of them. “Confidence is not easy to acquire and much less so for one who feels they are unqualified. I assume you can be trained for such a position?”“Yes, the empire is willing to teach those who wish to take up the position of mayor though there isn’t much to the job. Simply maintaining order and making sure taxes are paid is the most I suspect a small town like this will have to do.” Hien replies. You sit up a bit straighter and grab your soap as you begin to wash your wounded arm. It would take time and it didn’t really expose you so you continue speaking, “What about a sort of council? Like several townsfolk acting as an advisory group. They can make choices by coming to a consensus and can open the floor to villagers who have suggestions or complaints.”Hien looks at you, intrigued. Part of you regrets speaking and you sink a bit into the water. “Hmm...a town without a central acting figure? I suppose such a thing could work...it has never been done before in a official capacity though I have heard of smaller villages having a leader and his own council of advisors much like the Empress and her advisory group.”“Is it illegal to do so?” Renshu asks.Hien shakes his head. “No. Unless this structure leads to illegality or immorality, for a small town such as this I suspect the empire wouldn’t bat an eye if Taishi continues to be loyal to the Empress, continues to run as it is right now, and they continue to pay their taxes on time. There is nothing inherently illegal or evil about attempting to govern a town in an unorthodox way. It’s just…” Hien stops and ponders a bit more.“Just what?” You ask.
“Well, I worry that such a command structure will fail without a leading figure. If the council has no way to break ties or disputes then it could lead the town to stagnate and ultimately fail and if such a person is chosen to serve as a tie breaker then it stands to ask why couldn’t they simply be the mayor..” Hien says. You frown. While you did want to get rid of someone who was incompetent at their job, you didn’t want to doom the rest of the people to do so.>What do you say?>Suggest a solution to the issue of deadlocks.>Say that perhaps this wasn’t such a good idea and ask for alternatives to the mayor.>Ask if they know anyone who could be mayor instead.>Write in.
>>4717599>A solution: have an odd number of individuals, alternatively the most pertinent individual to the situation in the event of a deadlock supersedes the opposing side, requiring majority however slight to overturn.
>>4717609Oh and >Ask if he knows anyone who is competent and would like to do so/ alternative replacements.Since hey, maybe he has a guy he met who is a good fit for the job.
>>4717599Ok, time to laythe structure I was thinking.First, there should be regular town meeting were all the councilours have to attend and the villagers are allowed to come, so they can propose changes and ideas. Maybe once a month.Second, it needs to have different departments responcible for every part of the city, like security, trade, infrastructure and agriculture, so people only really need to interact with what they know or have knterest with.Third, it needs to have an odd number of councilours to reduce the chance of a deadlock.Forth, it needs a head councillour, someone that is responaible for being the organiser and mediator, and has the right to break a deadlock. The head councilour can't vote directly unless there is a draw, but he is responsible for putting forth the issues for the day.Fifth, some positions need to be outside and paralel to the council, like treasurer and captain for example, so tax collecting and the military force can't be hakted during a critical time due to discussion.Obviously they aren't independent from one another, and for example the councilour of security and the captain have to work together, but it should allow for some deaisive actions should they be needed.
>>4717678Actually, the problem is that no one in the village wants to be mayor, so msybe a gead councillor won't work.So intead have an even number of councilours, but during each meating there is an host councilour. He can't vote unless there is a deadlock due to neutral votes, and it's a position that rotates. Put the job of collecting isuyes together if a internal relations department that wirks together with the treasurer. A glorified paoer pusher should be less daubting of an idea.
>>4717687Host counciller doesn't work, since any given meeting could have a given issue that requires them to chip in their expertise
>>4717696He can still present and debate, he just doesn't vote. And that ensure that should it have an draw, his opinion is the one that wins.But maybe there could be a clause that should it be an issue under his wing, the next in line becomes temporary host for that vote, and switches back for the next issue.
>>4717718And should it be an vote that involves the next one too, than the next one becomes temporary too.For example:Rotation is security > agriculture > internal affairs > etcHost is security and issue is expanding fields. Continue as normal.Host is security and issue is reducing the guards. Temporary host is Agriculture for that vote.Host is security and the issue is resuce the guards to expand the fields. Temporary host is Internal affairs for that vote.That way they can't sneak in a issue to screw another councilour out of the vote.
>>4717732Sounds complex, but if it's written up in easy language it shouldnt be an issue.
>>4718147Yeah, maybe some sort of written legislation or constitution so everyone knows how it works could help.Should it be an independent judiciary too? So some legal matters don't end up being a contest of popularity or being friends of with as much councilours as possible.
>>4718219And of course the judge is just a bureocrat that applies and interprets the laws of the empire, and any other local laws that the council made, so that way he isn't just a substitute for a mayor.
Is Tai Lung wise enough to suggest new politics?I mean Tai Lung is a kung-fu master and his philosophy doesn't go far to bureaucracy
>>4718219I'd have thought that the legal system would come under the guard captain/councilor of security but eh whatever works.>>4718237Is he qualified? No.Does he know what he is on about? No.Does it have potential to be worse than the current system? Yes.Does this mean we should ignore this and continue to let an inept buffoon who nearly brought ruin to this town multiple times over stay in power? Hell no.
>>4718237I have no idea.But than again Luo can interpret it as Tai Lung giving a rough outline and Hien is the one that actually organizes it the way we thought, so it doesn't feel out of place.Or maybe he was a natural political thinker and reformist but never had the chance to flourish.
>>4718243Yeah, but the captain has a very military and violent outline, that way the civilian make and judge the law, while the military catches and punishes the criminals.A way to reduce potential abuse.
>>4718249I suppose that makes sense.
>>4717609>>4717615You guys wrote an entire consitution is seems. You're all crazy but I appreciate it. Also the idea of being lost in an endless library sounds like a cool quest idea but I'll leave that as a meta narrative for me because it amuses me. Eitherway, TL isn't experienced or intellegent enough in politics to think of all of this, however he can give the basics and Hien can think of the rest.
>>4717678Another thing I just tought, the question of salary.I believe thatbthe councilours should have to continue working their normal jobs, so they keep conected to the people and the problems of the city. However, the extra work they have to do could impact their livelyhood, so perhaps they could earn a stipend of around 2 hours of daily work, so they could dedicate that time that time to their job. Maybe more if that's too little.The treasurer, judge and captain however should be dedicated professions, so they receive a normal salary.
>>4718420Hey, at least when we arrive at the heavenly library or whatever it's called you will have firsthand experience to write it.
>>4718437I guess you're right. Weird thing is there isn't a consistent logic to the layout...well aside from this singular room. It's like an employee break room. You know the small rooms with like a mini kitchen, a sink, and a door to the bathroom. But the decor stuck in the 80s which is fitting for an old library I guess. Kind of like pic related. No matter how far I wander, I can always get back here. It's how I haven't starved yet. Doors also have locks on them so I suppose it's safe enough. But you guys want to give Hien solutions so you can stop being uncomfortable. Writing.
>>4718442>It's how I haven't starved yet.How long have you been stuck there boss?
You mull over the problem. You had no experience in politics or government structures so you weren't really sure what the solution could be. You decide that instead of thinking for a few hours, you could try and throw suggestions out and see which one would stick. "What if...there was an odd number of counsel members? That way there would always be someone to break ties?" Hien nods and scratches his chin before suddenly standing up and, unfortunately for you giving you a full view of everything. Hien seems too lost in thought to notice you nearly drowning in your own flustered state as he begins to pace around hot spring. "Well...that could certainly work. Such a structure would certain lessen the possiblity for dead locks. Each member of the council could head a specific portion of the city's affairs. Agriculture, security, trade..."You look away from Hien and find yourself looking at Renshu, who was at least only visible from the chest up but Renshu's attention wasn't on Hien, it was on you. Your friend gives you an amused look presumably because they knew exactly how you felt at this time and for a brief moment you could see how they were related to their younger sibling. You were thankful that he at least had some restraint on teasing you. The two of you stare at each other for a few moments before Renshu turns to face Hien, who at the moment was muttering about "Compensation stipends." and "Host rotations", and calls out, "Perhaps this is not the best time my Lord. I don't think Miss Ming will be happy if you were to miss New Years over a cold you caught while planning political structures."Hien seems to be pulled back form his planning and turns to face the two of you. Thankfully, he slowly eases back down into the water. "Right...sorry." He says although it was quite obvious he was still contemplating a few things. Renshu turns and stands, his back to you, and begins to wash himself. "This might be a good time to finish here. The night is growing colder and I look forward to warmth of the inn." "Yeah..." You agree weakly and you do the same as you turn away from the others to wash up. The next few minutes were awkward but not unbearable. At the very least, you couldn't see the others and they couldn't see you. Your face burns with shame as you feel rather inadequate. Here you were, the man with no equal in martial combat, friend of the great dragon Shenlong, the man who conquered an entire raider army, and you couldn't even bathe comfortably with your friends. After what seemed like an eternity your friends finish up. As you hear them exiting, Hien speaks up. "Hmm? Someone must've misplaced their towel." You turn to grab yours when you see it in Hien's hand as he leans forward to pull it out of the water, stuck on a low hanging branch. It was yours...
---You somehow managed to survive your embarassment and after lying through your teeth about not bringing a towel with you, you and your friends manage to make it back to Ming's room. "Fluffbutt and the rest are back." Xin Lan calls out as they crack open the door slightly to peek out. They let you in and you see Ming reading by candle light. You recognize the book as "Art of War", one that she had mentioned starting several months ago. Ming looks up and waves a greeting before closing the book and setting it on the bedside table. "Well, we're gonna need to figure out sleeping arrangements because there's only one bed here and 5 of us.""I call dibs on the bed!" Xin Lan shouts and leaps onto the pillow. Ming gives them a look. "Fine...I guess I don't mind sharing it with you Ming." She shakes her head and turns to the rest of you. "I can see if there are spare pillows and blankets but I'm afraid the floor isn't very comfortable.">What do you say?>Say that sleeping can wait. You want to invite everyone for a drink.>Say that you can probably camp out in the woods. It's not very different than traveling.>Ask Hien if the mayor would allow you guys to sleep there. He seems easily manipulated.>Write in.
>>4718468That's the weirdest thing. I'm not sure. I didn't die so no isekai shit going on. There's a day and night cycle at least. I can see the sunlight and moonlight through the windows near the roof. And this place looks old. Like the kind of library you'd see in like the older states of the US or Europe. Thing is...there's wifi. Like legit wifi. Looked at the network names for the cliches. See if it spelt DIE or something but no, just regular boring "Librarywifiadmin". I didn't even put in a password for it and I'm not willing to discconect to mess with it. Other than that and the break room. It's the only modern stuff I found. Might have another look around in a few hours.
>>4718509>Go for a drinkSleeping arrangements, I thinks should go (Hien or Ming) while the floor/Window can take the buns and Tai Lung. Just got to hope that nobody Nick's the cover.I dont think TL could survive the suggestion of being used as a mattress for Xin and Ming, but it has happened before
>>4718541Feel like as long as Xin doesn't make a joke about it and it's phrased as a matter of convience then TL wouldn't mind. Though at this point, he's probably used to Ming and Xin snuggling into him.
>>4718509>Say that sleeping can wait. You want to invite everyone for a drink.We won against the raiders. That means it's time for a celebration.Tai Lung and Renshu can probably sleep while meditating. I bet Xin knows how to sleep while awake due to super-soldier assassin breeding program/training. So that leaves either Hien or Ming for the bed. Perhaps a chance for teasing them by suggesting they sleep together?>>4718517Well, good luck escaping the SCP boss.
>>4718579Ah yes, teasing, the weapon all others outclass us in.Let's do it
>>4718579Speaking of super soldier assassin training. Bunnies can sleep with their eyes open irl.>ScpFuck. You really think so? I was kind of hoping I was in the Sanctum Sanctorum. Guess I won't be sorcerer supreme. I'll have the elder scrolls quest do that then and blow up the mage's college. >>4718541>>4718579Celebrating and possibly playing the most dangerous game. The game of teasing. Writing.
"That can wait." You say and everyone turns to look at you. "I want...wanted to invite everyone to drink at Chuanli's Tavern. Introduce you guys to them. They're good people and their food is really good." You explain. "It doesn't seem to be that late. They might still be open." There was a silence and your friends look at each other. "The big guy is buying drinks? I'm in!" Xin Lan shouts as they leap out of the bed and into your arms. "Let's go!"Hien shrugs and smiles sheepishly. "I've never actually been to a tavern before. Least of all with friends. I'll go."Ming sighs, "Well someone needs to be responsible and keep an eye on you all.""There is enough cause for celebration. I suppose I will go as well, if only for the food." Renshu adds with a smile. You grin and and the 5 of you head out and go to Chuanli's tavern. The streets were empty save for the occasional trader wandering them and the rare drunk. You see a guard or two patroling the streets but you ignore them and any look they gave you. You were here to enjoy yourself and have fun with your friends not start fights. The tavern is oddly quiet when you arrive. Even at this hour, you know that it would still have a few patrons and the sounds of their drinking would ring out. You can see the lights from within but no one seems to be coming and going. "Maybe they're closed?" Xin Lan asks as they listen. "There's people inside though. We could knock.""Wouldn't it be rude?" Ming asks. "If they're closed we'd be barging in.""I'll ask." You say, "If it's too much of an inconvenience then we can try some other day." You lightly rap on the door with your knuckles and can hear the sounds of chairs moving from within followed by footsteps approaching the door. The door creaks open and you see a single eye looking out. "Can't you see? We're close-" Chuanli says before noticing who was at his door. "Oh it's you. Need something?" He asks, his voice still gruff but there was a tone of concern underneath it. You shake your head. "Sorry. I just wanted to get a drink and some food with my friends. I didn't know you closed early today. We can come back some other time." Chuanli opens the door and waves you all in. "Nah, don't worry about it. Come on in." He says before shouting behind him. "Boy! We have customers! Get down here and help me serve them!" "What? You said we were closing, old man! If you want me to pull an all nighter at least warn me before I-" You hear Guang shout back as he comes down some stairs. He suddenly stops his ranting as he sees you and your friends. "Oh hey! My main man! Old man, these aren't customers. They're guests." He says and his father shakes his head. "Customers, guests, same shit." He waves you to the bar counter and pulls some seats out for you and your friends."Sorry...we didn't mean to intrude." Ming says quietly.
"Don't worry about it young lady." Chuanli says. "Your friend has done right by my family and he's gone off to fight a war for people who would rather see him dead. Least I can do is serve his friends." He pulls several mugs out and begins pouring everyone a drink. Renshu politely decilnes his. "Some juice or water will suffice. While I don't wish to insult your hospitality, I'm afraid the man I become when I drink is not someone I ever wish to return." The old boar nods knowingly."I've lost a lot of friends to booze. Seen a lot of them destroy themselves. Takes a real man to know his limits." He says wisely and pulls out another mug to pour something nonalcoholic. "So I'm guessing you're here to celebrate your victory?" Chuanli asks you."How'd you know?" You ask, your mug halfway to your mouth."Jie told me." Chuanli says shrugging. "Says he can handle things himself and yet the old bastard can't stop coming to talk about the job. You'd think he'd figured it out that I was tired of it back in the army." He says chuckling. "Boy, go ask An if she's willing to cook something. I'm not serving them cold food. If not then start the oven." Guang nods and hurries into the back room. As the door opens, you get a whiff of something spicy.>What do you say?>Ask Chuanli something. (What do you ask him?)>Talk among your friends. This is one of the rare moments you have no pressing matters to attend to.>Write in.
>>4718630>Talk among your friends. This is one of the rare moments you have no pressing matters to attend to.
>>4718630>How've things been since we left? Are the preparations going well?Not sure to apologize for our lie of omission earlier, but I think we should.>Introduce our friends but let Hien give his own name.
>>4718639Oh and yeah, talk among our friends once it is all asked and done.
>>4718630>Talk among your friends. This is one of the rare moments you have no pressing matters to attend to.Introduce them all, drink, eat, maybe sing something. We been planning, solving problem and fighting since the ruined library, now it's time to rest.I bet that Chuanli is going to end the councilour of security if the plan goes through. Probably due to the infinite complaining of Jie.
>>4718694Yeah, there's no doubt about it. Listen to all that grumbling and griping and you can tell the pair are getting in on it.And we've sort of fucked him over there by giving Guang the push to take over the buissness.
>>4718709Quiet the opposite actually well in terms of giving Fuang the business at least. Chuanli has been pushing Guang to take over the family business so he could retire and be at ease knowing his son was taken care of financially. Guang being the rebellious youth he his, thought that was dumb and didn't want to do it. Until he found An and found a reason to work which is what he really needed in his life. Unbeknownst to him, a woman he loved giving him the push to be a responsible adult was the exact thing his dad went through after he left the army. Was aimless and willing to waste his money until he found his wife and wanted to provide for her. Its why being a real man is something both men insist upon. However you are right, Jie is gonna pester the hell out of him. They're good friends like that for a reason. Not sure if I mentioned they're army buddies.
>>4718735Guang did yes.And by "Fucked over" I mean we removed the one viable excuse he had to avoid councilor duty.
>>4718737Oh definitely. He'll probably do it and grumble but secretly he might end up enjoying it because it gives him something to do. Chuanli isn't really one who likes having nothing to do. With there being a council to split up duties he'd be more willing to take a role in the town's government.
>>4718755I call that granddad syndrome, named in honour of both sets of grandparents.One of their quotes is "I was retired for about a month before I asked to go back"
Jie: "Li you have to take the position on the council. Don't be an ass about it. Your boy and his girl are running the tavern fine. Hell better than your grumpy ass did."Chuanli: "You're an ass Jie. Even back in army you were one. Why can't you do it?"Jie: "Because I'm up to my tits in paper work transferring duties and I gotta keep an eye on the guard. No one else knows about this shit other than you and its not like you're doing anything anyways. I see you trying to play mahjong. You looked like my grandma."Chuanli:"Shut up Jie. Mahjong is..."Jie:"Boring as shit ain't it?"Chuanli:"Fine...where do I sign? But if I end up listening to stupid shit all day I'm sending them directly to your office. I'm retired damn it."
>>4718762Now you made me think of my grandpa.He spent an year complaining after closing his restaurant and retiring that he wanted to go back to work.Even woke up one day at 6 a.m., put his suit and drove all the way there without telling anyone.
>>4718766Years of conditioning is hard to break.>>4718763>Mahjong is shitYou court death For speaking the truth, holy shit is it a boring and terrible game
>>4718769Ming likes mahjong...only because at a young age she learned to count the tiles and cheat. She says it's just another level of strategy and math.Renshu likes mahjongBut as Xin puts it he's a fat liar because despite the look of calm and peace you can see it in his eyes that he's dying while playing it
>>4718636>>4718639>>4718694Enough fooling around. Time to celebrate! Writing.
So, 3 days of work and losing all my work 3 times, I finally finished the House HD Remaster.Hope you all enjoy it.
>>4718846I cannot disrespect this masterpiece and the pain that went into the art. Have this mans thanks sir.
>>4718846Felt like that the wood floor of the balcony was too bright, so I muted it a little.>>4718852Thanks man, but feel free to criticize it.
>>4718846Holy shit my guy. That's amazing. Kudos to your work and persistence.
You take a whiff and wrinkle your nose at the smell of spice. While you were a fan of spice in moderation, this felt like too much though you try not to judge prematurely. You assume the smell was coming from the mass amount of food Guang was preparing for the festival. At that thought you take a drink and ask the old boar, “How were things while we were gone? Not too busy I hope? Saw the new traders.”Chuanli, returning to his old habit of keeping mugs clean, shrugs and says, “As busy as we usually are this time of year. Luckily, someone I know gave my son the kick in the ass he needed to actually help this year. Plus, the young lady works miracles in the kitchen and can pour drinks like the best of them.” He sighs and you get a feeling of nostalgia attached to his words. “Reminds me of myself when I used to run this place with my girl…” Chuanli seems to reminisce a bit and you can see a slight pain in his eyes before he pulls himself back. “We’ve been keeping an eye out for the poor girl’s mother. She might have come back with this group but so far we’ve not seen any sign of her. The boy and I are keeping it quiet. Don’t want to worry her.”You nod solemnly. “I’ll keep an eye out too. We’re spending the holidays here.” Chuanli returns the nod, an oath between men to keep their loved ones safe. “Good man.” He says. “Could use an eye out there and more importantly after all this shit you can use a break.”“Speaking of breaks and celebrating…Drink with us.” You say. “You’ve been good to us and more than welcoming despite all the trouble we caused. We’re even interrupting your closing time. Why not celebrate with us? Guang and An Bo too. I’ll cover the drinks.” Chuanli gives you an appraising look and for the first time that you can remember, he cracks a smile. “Been a while since anyone invited me to drink. Even that old bastard Jie never does.” He says amused. “Forget paying, if we’re going to celebrate. We may as well do it right. Might not have the chance to have some peace and quiet during the holiday.” The old boar makes his way to the fireplace and tosses a few logs in before lighting it up. The tavern is lit up in a bright warm glow as heat begins to fill the room even more. Guang and An Bo emerge from the back room, her face a look of surprise at the amount of people here after hours. “Boy, come help me move these tables. We’re celebrating New Years with family early.” Chuanli says. Guang looks surprised before he grins. “Hell yeah.” He says punching his palm and moving to help. You wave An Bo over. “I asked you guys to join our celebration. These are my friends. Ming, the best medic and kindest woman I’ve ever met. Xin Lan, the fastest and stealthiest bunny in China. Renshu, my brother and the only man I’d trust to hold back an army on his own.” An Bo nods and bows politely. “And that’s-”“Siyu.” Hien says. “A pleasure to meet you.”
“Nice to meet you all.” An Bo says politely. “If there’s anything you’d like me to make, I can go in the kitchen and whip it up.” She says. “If it’s no bother, may I join you?” Renshu asks. “I would gladly assist in cooking. It appears we might need a small feast for our celebration.” He motions towards everyone and the tables. “I’ll help too.” Ming says standing up. “Anything to help seeing as we did barge in here.” An Bo smiles happily and nods. “Thank you.” She says opening the door to the back. “Please don’t mind the smell. Guang is trying to make something new for the competition but there’s plenty of room for us to work in!” Ming and Renshu make their way around the counter to join An Bo, leaving you, Xin and Hien to drink. “So what do we do?” Hien asks.“I know what I’m gonna do.” Xin Lan says with a grin. They turn around and wave. “Hey Guang! I hear you make some good drinks! Let me try some!” They shout before jumping out of their chair to go help with the tables. Hien smiles and gets to his feet to follow, unsure of where his place in this dynamic was but nonetheless happy to be included.>What do you do?>Go see the kitchen. Maybe there’s something you can do to help or maybe you can taste test and chat.>Go with Guang and the others. See what you can get up to.>Write in.
>>4718922>Go with Guang and the others. See what you can get up to.We will ruin Guang's work if we set foot in the kitchen. It's our bad cook aura.
>>4718922>Help GuangLet's not have a repeat of THE INCIDENT
>>4718922>Go with Guang and the others. See what you can get up to.
>>4718949>>4718958>>4718983Let's not ruin our friends work. Writing.
https://youtu.be/Up9ln1Hm6JMThere was no doubt in your mind that going into the kitchen would be disastrous. Rather than risk your friend’s hard work, you opt to instead go to Guang and the others. The 5 of you quickly push several tables and chairs together near the large fireplace. Soon enough, Ming emerges from the kitchen with a large pot in her hands, followed by Renshu and An Bo. “Make way!” Ming shouts as she plants the pot on the table with a heavy “THUNK!”. You hear liquids slosh within it and Xin Lan asks. “What? Done already? Let’s dig in!” Ming flicks Xin Lan in the back of the head. “Of course not! We’re not miracle workers.”“My apologies.” Renshu says as he delicately sets up a pot rack over the flames.. “But I had thought it would be more homely if we were to cook here with everyone else. There is plenty of room and I don’t think any of us would want to miss socializing because of making dinner.”“Guang can you help me move a table? We’ll use this to cut stuff and prepare the food.” An Bo asks to which Guang nods and obliges. Xin Lan pouts and crosses their arms. “Well if I can’t eat then I can certainly beat all of you!” They say drawing a deck of cards from their sleeve. “The best games are ones where the loser gets to drink!” “Check their cards.” Ming says, smirking as she hangs the pot over the flames and stirs it’s contents. “Make sure there’s no way they can cheat.”“My cards are legit!” Xin Lan shouts back as Hien pulls the deck from their hand and begins to shuffle through them. “Don’t forget to make sure they also drink actual alcohol and not water.” You add with a wicked grin. Xin Lan’s face somehow manages to grow a bit paler as everyone begins to pull apart their various means of deceit.
“N-now let’s not be hasty here.” They say waving their hands and backing up a bit.. “You’re still challenging a master here. I’ll be nice and let this slide by not playing. Wouldn’t be fair if I-” Their protests are cut short when you pick them up and sit them on your lap. “I’ll keep watch on Xin’s hands and cards. Chuanli can deal the cards.”“Big guy. Come on...you can trust me.” Xin Lan continues as the cards are slowly dealt to the group. “You’re nice and fluffy and I’ll always sleep on top of ya but maybe we can wait til tonight?”“I trust you with my life Xin, you know that, but you’re playing Cottontail.” You reply, a wicked grin spreading across your face. They may have been acting as part of their persona but you did take some joy over how flustered Xin Lan was getting. You liked to think of this as some kind of karmic justice for how many times they teased you. If not, then at least you felt like you got a pass on being petty for once.“F-fine! But I want the good stuff! None of the regular drinks!” They shout and settle down. Renshu chuckles darkly, “It seems the hunter has been caught in their own trap.” He says slicing through vegetables so fast that the knife was a long blur, almost solid in how fast it was going. Xin Lan looks over your shoulder and glares at their brother. “I’m not hugging you goodnight tonight.” They say. Renshu laughs. “You will.” They simply say.You decide not to move from your seat, lest you inadvertently cause some catastrophe in the cooking area. Instead you grab your cards and hide them behind Xin Lan’s ears. “I must warn you.” Hien says, smiling broadly and thoroughly enjoying himself. “I have played with what many consider to be big earners at cards.”>How do you play? (The game is poker)>Play aggressively. Raise as often as you can to try and force others to fold lest they risk too much.>Play conservatively. Only raise when you think you have the best chance of winning and fold when the cards aren’t just right.>Just go with the flow. You don’t care if you win or lose. You’re just having fun with your friends. You might end up drinking more than you intended.>There’s always cheating. You could try that.>Write in.
>>4719093>Just go with the flow. You don’t care if you win or lose. You’re just having fun with your friends. You might end up drinking more than you intended.I don't know how to play poker, so I shall vote for the option that represents me.
>>4719093Let's play up one of our strengths, now in card form! FULL CONFIDENCE TIME>Play aggressively. Raise as often as you can to try and force others to fold lest they risk too much.
>>4719093>Play aggressively...with a twist. You know renshu can hear the voices of the dead, so that's bound to give him an advantage none of you are prepared to deal with. So keep your cards pinned to the table, and never actually look at them.
>>4719195Breaking the three-way with this
>>4719326>>4719195We don't need to look at our cards. This can only end well. Writing.
Hey I'm still reading through the archives and just wanted to say that this is an awesome quest and I'm having a blast. Can't wait until I catch up.
>>4719349Glad you're enjoying the quest and thanks for reading! Hope you continue to enjoy it.
https://youtu.be/OSYqDJD4_M8Chuanli finshes dealing cards to those who want to join. "Alright kids. You know the rules to poker. Losers of the ground take a shot. First person to run out of coins to continue bidding has to chug an entire mug of drink. We all start with 30 coins or tokens, whatever we have on hand. Buy in is 2 coins and so on." Everyone nods. You're not too sure of the finer points of the game. You once heard that it was about guile and being able to read the table. That wasn't really your style so instead you simply set your hand face down on the table and bet high. "Do you even know what you're doing?" Xin Lan says looking up at you.You grin. "Of course I do. That's why I don't have to look at my hand." Xin Lan squints as they slowly put their hand to their chest so you couldn't see. "What do you mean by that? Are you using your witch craft?! Cards don't have Chi do they?" They turn to look around at the table. "Do they?" Hien and Chuanli shrug, completely lost. Xin Lan looks over your shoulder. "Stripes! Do cards have Chi? Is that cheating?" They call out. Renshu, who had been busy speaking with An Bo and mixing something in a bowl looks towards the table. "I'm afraid I cannot help you, little one. This is a battle you'll have to face alone...but yes some items may contain Chi if they were imbued with it.""That's cheating then!" Xin Lan calls out."I'm afraid I'm inclined to agree." Hien says. "It is using an ability none of us have and thus makes the playing field uneven." You continue to smile. "I am not using any sensing or Chi. Those things require me to meditate and inbuing Chi onto objects is a sorcery I do not know how to do. I'm just confident in my hand that I do not need to look at it." You motion to the deck. "Please continue and you'll see that I will win." Everyone looks at each other and your friends cautiously continue. Everytime it was your turn to follow the bid or raise the stakes you would raise them even higher. Chuanli grumbles as he folds, muttering something along the lines of, "Kids don't know how to respect the art of the game." Followed by Hien, leaving you and Xin Lan as the only players left."You know you can't win." Xin Lan pressures you. "You don't even know what your hand is. Just fold. Poker is a game of numbers and they're against you."
You chuckle. "If that is true then the question becomes, are you willing to put your faith in the numbers or are you going to risk losing on what could be the best hand possible?" Xin Lan looks at you, studying your face and resting an ear over your heart. "Even if I'm bluffing. Even if I don't believe in my cards, it's you versus probablity. I've made my choice so now make yours." Your friend's eyes flick from the cards on the table, to your face down hand, to their own cards. After a moment they grumble and set their cards down. "Fold..." They mumble. You chuckle and rake in everyone else's coins as you flip over your cards. A royal flush. The perfect hand."How?!" Xin Lan looks at you incredulously and Guang laughs as he comes back with a small keg of drink. "Looks like I'm late to the game." He says as he pours everyone a drink. "Alright, so this is an apple peach blend. Smooth and sweet with a light aftertaste. Cheers!" Guang says raising a smaller glass and downing it in one gulp."Incredible." Hien says sipping his shot and savoring the drink. "Guang, this is an artwork all on it's own. It's delicious."Guang beams. "You haven't had anything yet. Just wait til we go to the more potent stuff." He says with a cocky grin."So how'd you know you had a good hand?" Hien says as he sets his glass down. You shake your head. "I mearly set a path for myself and the cards followed suit. While one often faces their destiny on their way to avoid it, those who embrace the flow of fate are allowed to dictate where their path arrives at shore." You say as mysteriously as you can in an attempt to emulate Oogway."So in other words, you have no idea what you're doing?" Guang laughs as he taps the table to be dealt a hand."That remains to be seen." You say mystically. "Perhaps my strategy will lead to a new era of poker strategy or...it really might just ruin me." You say chuckling and drinking.
True to your word, the following games are quite random. For the first few, your strategy of bullying the others with high bids works. The others were not willing to risk so much money and be taken out of the game but slowly, they began to see that you strategy wasn't helping you in the long run. Despite your winnings, which came and went at the whim of the cards, your losses were just as big. The issue came that all your choices were made with no strategy so you often bid when you really should have folded. You drink just as often as you make the others and luckily for you, your inhuman constitution was holding back the symptoms of intoxication. After Xin Lan downs another shot of peach apple cider they look at you. "Hey big guy. As much as I like cards...what else do friends do at bars or parties? I wanna try something else with you." They say as their personality slips mometarily so they could be honest with you. >What do you say?>Suggest another card game. It really would be more of the same but often times a simple change of pace is enough.>Suggest darts. Chuanli and Guang might have a board here and if not, it's not hard to make one. Plus the game is easy enough for everyone to try and enjoy.>Dice games are also fun. Just throwing them gives one a sense of control over fate. Far more than being dealt cards.>Arm wrestling. Really it's just a chance to tease your friends and have fun than winning. You'd like to see them all try and take you down.>Write in.
>>4719394>Dice games are also fun. Just throwing them gives one a sense of control over fate. Far more than being dealt cards.Let's throw some bones
>>4719394>dartsNow Xin has the advantage there, but I think we can all live with it, and the drink so far should make this interesting.
>>4719394>Dominoes.It's the game I played my entire childhood and apparently it comes from China, so let's go. Actually Go could work too.But it depends on they actully having a set.I also remember some weird special chess I played in some mediocre chinese. That minigame was better than the story and combat.
>>4719696Mediocre chinese game.Afrer searching a bit, I found it was called Xuan-Yuan sword 7 and the minigame was Zhuolu Chess.
>>4719394>That game where everyone writes something onto a piece of paper, everyone selects one of those papers at random, and they put it up to their head for everyone except themselves to see and they have to guess what they are by asking questions. For the drinking variant, every three questions means you drink again.
>>4719717Do we have any spare paper? If so then I'm down for that, though I'm not sure if that'll work on fur.
>>4719842There is also that game were you say a phrase and have to tell to the next in line, and you see in the end how butchered it became.And that one were each person says a word in phrase, and the next one has to repeat the whole phrase correctly until it gets too big.Of course the loser has to drink.
>>4719923And that's when Xin always says something lewd so the big guy can never say it thus losing every time. Perfectly balanced
>>4719928That's why we go first. 4d chess move right there.But I am down for chinese whispers or as they call it locally, whispers.
So I think its a tie between paper game and whispers.
>>4720112one then the other
>>4720123Got a daredevil in the house.
>>4720123...I need more sleep. Should have thought of that.
You think for a moment. “Well if you want to try a game of wits, there is that one game where you are given a piece of paper with something written on it. You place the paper on your brow and you have to guess what is written on it.”“Oh I love that game!” Ming shouts as she pours some more ingredients into the boiling pot. The smells of food and cut ingredients begin to fill the large tavern hall. As it mingles with the heat and warmth of the fireplace the mood of the room slowly becomes more and more homely. Ming wipes her hands on a rag and hurries over to you and the others. “I want to play.” She says. “I used to play it all the time with my friends when we had sleepovers. Let’s see who else wants to join?” She asks. “I will. I just want to put this to cook.” An Bo says as she carries another pot to the flames. Guang rubs his hands together excitedly. “Aw yeah. An’s making her special rice.” He says. An Bo blushes.“It’s not really that special.” She says. “It’s just how I always make it.”Guang shakes his head. “No no. It’s like the softest, sweetest rice I’ve ever had. Just wait til you taste it. It practically melts in your mouth.”“Renshu are you gonna join?” Ming asks. “Not at this moment.” Renshu replies. “I would like to finish these pies first and then I need to make the spring rolls. Oh and the Chow Mien as well.”“Oh come on Stripes.” Xin Lan says. “That can wait can’t it?”“Only if you don’t want to eat.” Renshu says chuckling. “I will join you soon enough. I find cooking to the sounds of merriment rather relaxing.” Xin Lan rolls their eyes and hops out of your lap.“Alright Ming. Give me a word.” They say holding out their hand.“I’m writing them down and then we’ll throw them in a bowl for it to be random.” Ming says as she and An Bo scrawl some words down.“How about we make this interesting?” Guang says with a grin. “Every three questions, that person needs to take a drink.”“Interesting.” Hien says. “Though no doubt we’ll end up getting intoxicated faster than we would like. How about every 5 questions and every incorrect guess? There’s more chances to get it correct and enough chances to drink.”“Not as risky though.” Guang points out.“Well I don’t want to drink too much.” Ming replies. “I like the other idea.”“No way. Risk all the way. I’m with Guang here.” Xin Lan says. “Right big guy?”
>What do you say?>Go with Hien’s idea. It’s best that everyone moderates their drinking and it gives people the chance to play more games without getting wasted.>Agree with Xin and Guang. Games aren’t as fun without a little risk. The night is long and there will be plenty of time to let the alcohol settle down.>Suggest that everyone does both. Let everyone choose which version of drinking they want to do or not at all. Renshu doesn’t drink and choosing either would exclude him. An Bo doesn’t seem like she is a drinker either and you’re not sure if she’d speak up about it.>Write in.
>>4720256>Suggest that everyone does both. Let everyone choose which version of drinking they want to do or not at all. Renshu doesn’t drink and choosing either would exclude him. An Bo doesn’t seem like she is a drinker either and you’re not sure if she’d speak up about it.go at a comfortable pace, we're not gonna judge
>>4720256>Suggest everyone does bothI mean, if it's how you want to enjoy, then so be it. But dont you go changing your style on a whim.
>>4720249>Go with Hien’s idea. It’s best that everyone moderates their drinking and it gives people the chance to play more games without getting wasted.Every incorrect guess is how it usually goes anyway. Also the ones that don't drink alcohol have to drink a lot of water and juice instead and aren't alowed to go to the bathroom until the game is over. It's the system my friends came up to deal with the idiot that doesn't party or drinks.It's me.
>>4720293>idiot that doesn't party or drinks.I don't do either. Damn I'm uncool now.
>>4720293Chug water. . . Oh that is cruel. I though we stopped being a super villain
>>4720304It's actually a surprisingly effective way to reduce the adjantage of the sober person, the first few rounds nothing happens, but when it hits, it hits hard.
>>4720263>>4720285We're here to celebrate. No need to force rules on anyone. Writing.
“Let’s just let people decide how they want to play.” You say. “After all, we’re all here to celebrate. Otherwise, Renshu won’t be able to join in other games if you have to drink to play and it’s best to let people drink at their own pace. Making them take more alcohol than they can handle is irresponsible at best.” You say as you grab a piece of paper. “But I’ll play the harder game.” You say with a smile and place the note on your forehead. “Sounds good to me.” Guang says. “Think you can handle your booze?” He asks Xin Lan with a smirk. Xin Lan grins. “Sounds like you’re just asking to lose.” They say adjusting their note to their head. “So how does this work?” “Well...normally, people just go around the room asking everyone else a question or two and to try and guess but since you guys want to compete so bad, how about we take turns?” Ming suggests. “We’ll sit while one person stands and asks questions. Depending on how much they want to drink, then that’s how many they’ll get. For Xin, Guang and Tai Lung it’s three questions. Once they ask their three questions they can either try and guess or sit back down.”“Sounds good to me. Wanna change up the drink?” Xin Lan asks as they take their seat back on your lap. Guang gives a thumbs up in response and hurries back to grab a different keg. As you wonder what their father would think, you notice that they’re missing along with Renshu. A bit perplexed, you make a mental note of it but say nothing. If they didn’t return soon, you’d excuse yourself to look for them. Perhaps they simply thought of something and had to step out for a moment. Guang returns and places another small keg on the table. “Ok so this one is an orange based one. A bit sharper than the previous one but it’ll hit the right spots.”“Just orange?” Xin Lan asks, finishing their drink and offering their mug for a refill of the new brew. “The orange doesn’t like to play well with other flavors. It just doesn’t like fermenting well.” He admits. “I’m working on it at the moment but this is good. I swear.”“Fair enough.” Xin Lan says and they take a sip. “Alright big guy. You go first.” They say. You look down at them in surprise.“Me?” You ask.“Yeah. This was your idea so you go first.” They say, grinning maliciously. You shrug, ruffle their ears and set them on the table as you move to stand in front of your friends.>What are your questions? (You only get 3 so make sure they’re good ones!)>Write in.
>>4720438Right. So first is to determine if we are a thing or a person.If we are a person male or female.One we know that then ask if it is someone we know personally.If it is a thing, then ask how big it is.I'll have to know the answer to these two questions before I can come up with a third, maybe what is it made of?
>>4720453Sounds good for a start.Maybe for an objext saking if it's an utensil could work too?
>>4720453That's fair. You can stick with two questions and suggest third after the next write up of thats what people are ok with.
Dunno why I do this to myself ut I was searching for more character images and found this. Post time skip Hien? Well he doesn't have his wildly long hair but still.
>>4720463A thing can encapsulate a physical object, a colour or a concept.Asking if it is a utensil only narrows down one of these things so I think it is a bit too targeted.>>4720464I'm down for that.
>>4720479Doesnt look that muscular or have the same grin as his human counterpart but I can see it.
>>4720483The utensil question would be in place of the material, since a lot of objects can be of different materials while still being the same thing.
>>4720485Yeah I'm having a bit of trouble with character images. Makes me kind of regret dropping art in high-school. I'll just stick with human ones for Hien.
>>4720490Dont. Art fucking sucks and the teachers are usually negligent bastards or scathing disappointments who are bitter that they have to teach kids how to draw and paint, which is an individualistic medium rather than a stratified one with any pass or fail benchmark than what the teacher likes or the vague classification of "style" which was made popular by copy cats of the original vision.Or maybe I'm bitter against my art teacher. It's one or the other.
>>4720495I'm inclined to agree on both parts from what I've heard from my artist friends. It's a very rough and cut throat class because of what you said and more so at higher levels from what I've been told. I mostly regret not sticking to it and developing the skill. There's tons of thing I wish I could draw even at a basic level. The one thing I'm infinitely thankful for is I wasn't one of the kids who took art to learn to draw anime. I just wanted to sketch fantasy shit even if it man doing it in a realistic style and the concepts of lighting and colors were interesting to me as well. Tired picking it up but just like you said, there's no stratified or "correct" way of doing art so learning the basics is a bitch and a half. Literally every artist I've asked responds with "I dunno. I just drew and here I am." But they can talk my ear off about colors and how they blend or contrast in several mediums or how the eye follows certain lines, etc. Its frustrating as all hell as a novice but I suppose its like that in any constructive medium. The people we aspire to be like put in so much work and acquired their skill set over the years that they simply don't know how they were acquired. Only how to use them.I suppose that's my little rant on art or maybe it was just venting. I'll get back to what I'm decent at and that's writing. >>4720453>>4720463Two questions. Writing.
>>4720495The art teacher in college just gave classes on the history of art.I tought I would finally learn how to properly draw in a perpesctive that's just not a basic cube reshaped, but instead I had to write essays and answers tests
>>4720521Fuck, I meant high school.Must have confused with college because journalism, publising, and editing shared our part of the campus with art, music and theather.
>>4720515>>4720521Yeah, sucks. It's the same problem with writing workshops, in that part of story writing and shit is Character creation and interpretation and shit like that. You dont learn an objective measure, you learn what the teacher likes and dislikes.But while I could rant on and on about crappy teachers who blame the class for turning to drink and the stupidity of trying to quantify creativity, this is a nice quest where we try and have fun with the other players and characters we meet on the way, so I'm going to stop now and just enjoy the party games.
You quickly ponder what questions to ask. You only had three shots before you had to take a drink and sit down. If you wanted to guess what note you had then you had to whittle down the scope of it. “Is it a thing or a person?” You ask. That would be a good start. No point in asking questions about a person if what you had was no one at all. “It’s a thing.” Hien says and you nod. That was a bit of a setback. Had it been a person, then perhaps you could have narrowed it down further by knowing their gender. Nonetheless, this was a good step forward. At least now you could focus on objects or concepts rather than running through a list of names. You ponder a bit more. The next question would be crucial if you wanted to limit the amount you needed to ask. “How big is it?” You ask, feeling a bit proud of your question. While a simple one, it served two purposes. The first one, and most obvious, it would narrow down your search even more and give you a list of things depending on size. The second one was a bit more ingenious. Should your “thing” not have a size then it meant that what you had on your forehead was not a physical object but rather a concept and you can work that angle. “It’s about as long as your leg.” Xin Lan replies as they hold out their hands and try to size you up by forming a square with their thumbs and pointer fingers.“No it’s a bit shorter I think.” Hien says. “But roughly that size I guess.”You frown. Something that was the length of your leg. That didn’t really tell you much but at least you knew it was an object of some kind. You still had one question left before your turn ended and you had to take a drink or you could try the odds and guess.>What do you do?>Ask your final question.>Try and guess what it is.>Write in.
>>4720610Hmm, I'm inclined to think it is a weapon. But tai Lung is about the size of a man so maybe it isn't.Hmm. . . Well they said it's the size of our leg, so it's thick as a muscle stick and about half to 3 quarters a meter high, probably circular or rectangular.Anyone ringing some bells?
>>4720629Another good question is it "three questions and a guess" or "three questions, one of them has to be a guess or try again next round"Since if it's the second rule, we can try and tank the shot and spend this question to ask "What's it used for", which should give us an indication of where to direct our search, in which point we can come back around with a solid understanding of what to go with.
>>4720629They said long not big. So you got length to work with not thickness.
>>4720636I'm going with you get a three questions and a guess for simplicity.
>>4720636What's used for is a good one, support.
>>4720686Yeah, with >>4720640 I think if we can't get it with it's size and function, then we really won't get it with anything.
>>4720629It's one of Hien's blades, for sure.Either the one he had, or the one we gave him.The sword of heroes is quite long, about the size of tai lung's leg in length i reckon.But He Ling is a sword master, he knows the length of his blades to an autistic degree. So him correcting Xin about the length checks out there.That's my thoughts on the matter.
>>4720636>>4720686Asking what it's used for. Writing.
“So...what is this thing used for?” You ask. You didn’t have much of an idea at the moment but perhaps if you knew what your card was used for it could narrow it down to something. “I dunno...chopping things?” Xin Lan says, shrugging.“Yeah that’s about easily as I can put it.” Ming replies. “I think anything else is more or less the same thing but with different words.”“I guess you could say it’s used to build things?” Hien suggests. “I mean if you wanted to be a bit vague about it.” He adds when everyone turns to look at him.“I mean if we’re gonna say stuff like that then you could say it’s also used for fighting.” Guang adds. Ming shakes her head. “You guys are just gonna confuse him. Chopping things works well enough. That’s what it’s used for.” You’re about to say something when you hear the door open. Everyone turns to see Chuanli and the captain walk in from the cold.Jie’s eyes widen when he sees the whole crowd near the fire. “You said we were getting a drink.” He says turning to Chuanli. The old boar slaps the tiger’s arm and shoots him a grin. “Don’t be an ass Jie. This is drinking. We’re celebrating New Years like family and I’ll be damned if I didn’t get back at you for all the nagging you give me. Now sit your ass down and have some fun. I’ll go get your favorite.” The guard captain slowly makes his way towards the fire and awkwardly sits among your friends. “So...why does everyone have paper on their faces?” He asks.“We’re playing the guessing game.” Ming says. “Don’t tell me you never played?” She asks. Jie shrugs. “Not really.” He admits.“Well here. Put this on your forehead.” She says handing Jie a card. “We each ask questions to try and figure out what word we got without looking. Right now Tai Lung is trying to figure out his...and I guess if you want you can drink with them. Every wrong answer or every three questions you ask you need to take a drink.”Jie begrudgingly puts the card to his head. “Guess drinking games haven’t changed much…” He says. “So do you wanna guess what your card is?” Ming asks you. You shrug. You suppose you didn’t have much to lose.>What card did you get?>Write in.
>>4721938It's got to be an axe.
>>4721938We axed some good questions to come to this conclusionIt be an axe!
>>4721948>>4721950>>4721973Is it an axe or have I set up an entire quest to prank you all on April fools? Writing.
“Is...it an ax?” You ask. It could also be a large saw but chopping things with it would be a stretch. Maybe it was a giant knife. “I guess that was too easy.” Ming giggles as she takes the paper off your head and hands it to you. You look at it and sure enough, in clean writing, you read the word axe on it. “I bet I can do that.” Xin Lan says jumping to their feet. “First try too.”“You mean with only one question?” Ming asks as you go back to your seat. “Yeah, why not?” They say with a grin. “I bet I could do it.”“You know that ‘what’s on my card’ isn’t a valid question.” Ming replies with a smirk. Xin Lan returns the look and crosses their arms. “I don’t need to ask that. You heard the big guy. Something something path to success. Something something the way will open.”“I think you might have had too much to drink.” Ming laughs as she sits next to you. “Please, you think a little booze will slow me down?” They ask as they stand in front of everyone. The word on their card is “bowl”. “Alright. Check this out! I’ll do one better.” They say flicking their wrists and rolling their neck. “I’ll find out what’s on my card by reading your mind.”“Bullshit.” Guang and Jie say simultaneously. Ming looks at you and you return the look with a shrug. “There’s no way you can do that.” Ming says. “You don’t have mind reading powers and using Chi is cheating. You said it during cards.”Xin Lan’s grin grows wider. “No chi. No magic. Just pure mind reading. I bet you that I can find out what’s on my card without a single question. All I need to do is hold your hands.”“Sorry Xin, but you’re already taken.” Ming jokes as she holds out her hands. “But I wanna see this happen. No funny business ok?”“Sweetie, you should be worried if I did want you. You wouldn’t be able to resist me and my hands would be the first things you’d go for.” Xin Lan laughs and they lightly take her hands.
https://youtu.be/IAlNCtwBX6E “Alright. What I need you to do is to look at my eyes and nothing else.” They say as they begin to move left to right slightly. “They say the eyes are the window to the soul, you know. And the soul never lies. Deep down there is the answer to my question and no matter how hard you try, you can’t keep the truth from yourself.” Slowly, steadily, Xin Lan begins to move from their spot, taking Ming with them. The room grows quiet and all chatter ceases as everyone looks at the pair, their curiosity peaked.“You sound like your brother.” Ming says, still confident.“Maybe but you know them. So perhaps there is something to this, isn’t there?” Xin Lan says casually as they slowly move around the room. “See, every second we look at each other, every second our eyes search. I get closer to that truth. You do you best to hide it, cloud your mind with other thoughts, maybe even through a joke to lighten the mood but we both know it’s because I’m getting closer.” The two move back and forth, almost like a dance as Xin Lan continues to speak in that calm collected manner. “You do your best and maybe it’s enough. Maybe I won’t find it or I’ll give up but we both know that’s wrong. We both know I’m not that kind of girl.” The two spin in place, a small twirl to add to the mystique. By now everyone is enthralled in this performance with only the sounds of the crackling flames to break the silence. “By now I’m already through it all and you can’t help but give me the answer…” Xin Lan’s voice trails off as they look behind them and Ming’s sight follows. With a chuckle, they gently pat Ming’s leg, letting go of her hands, and they walk under her arm to a nearby table. They confidently grab a bowl off the table, the very same one Ming mixed the cards in and spin it on one finger. “Is this my card?” They ask with a smirk.Ming’s hands clasp her mouth. “I didn’t- I wasn’t...how did you do that?!” She asks stunned before they shout, “Y-you asked a question! You asked like three!” The room bursts into laughter and chatter. Xin Lan tosses the bowl to Ming, “So am I wrong? Or did I win?” Ming takes the bowl and looks over it thoroughly as if she would find some kind of trick or clue as to what just happened. Eventually she sighs and shakes her head. “You win.”“No way.” Guang says. “How’d you do it? No really how?”Xin Lan shrugs. “Like I said, A big guy once told me ‘I set a path for myself and the cards followed suit.’ “Jie grunts in amusement and takes a long drink. “If only my men were half as talented as that.” He says.“Yeah you should have seen them at poker.” You chuckle. “Maybe you’d change your mind after that.” The night continues with the rest of your friends taking their turns. Eventually all the cards are gone through. By then, you finally see Renshu return.
“Meal is done everyone.” He says as he gently sets a large plate full of food on the table. You notice a familiar instrument on their back. ”I’m afraid I had to make a quick run back to our room.” He says as he begins to set out plates and utensils for everyone. “It wouldn’t be much of a celebration without music.” He says and he places the instrument in a corner. “But that can wait. I’m sure everyone is eager to dig in.” Renshu was indeed correct, as he, Ming and An Bo being to move their meals onto the table everyone eyed it greedily and soon began to move their chairs around the growing feast. Steam flows freely from the food and stomachs growl which only seemed to make the drink that was now flowing freely from the kegs seem that much more refreshing. After a few minutes, everyone was digging in and helping themselves to as much food as they could cram into their plates. You find yourself sitting between Renshu and Hien at your left and right respectively. Xin Lan and Guang were at the opposite side of you. Chuanli and Jie were sitting at one edge of the table and Ming was sitting next to An Bo who herself was sitting next to Renshu. The sounds of clattering dishes and chopsticks join the chorus of chatter and soon the large empty tavern feels so much more smaller and welcoming.>What do you do?>Chat with someone next to you. Either Renshu or Hien.>Speak to someone opposite of you. Xin Lan or Guang.>Just listen in on someone else’s conversation.>Simply eat and enjoy the ambience. Turn your brain off for a while.>Write in.
>>4722076>Simply eat and enjoy the ambience. Turn your brain off for a while.Just enjoy the food.
>>4722075Cold reading, amazing.>Eat and enjoy the ambienceAfter everyone is done>Congradulate Renshu and An on their cookingWe rarely get to eat his food.
>>4722109>Cold reading, amazingIt's not cheating if anyone can do it. That's what hien said about chi. It sounded like something Xin would do given the buns' skill set.
>>4722117Maybe, but [s]he did ask 2 questions rather than one.
>>4722127Well they almost got away with cheating.
>>4722094>>4722109Just taking it all in...and listening to everyone talk too. Writing.
You take a bite of your food and pause. It takes a bit of will power to keep yourself from crying. It was delicious. You can’t remember the last time you had Renshu’s cooking or even the last time you had a proper meal that wasn’t rations or foraged. You find yourself eating greedily for a few moments before catching yourself and slowing your pace down. Looking at the other end of the table you can see Xin Lan is doing the exact opposite and enjoying as much food as they can yet still somehow managing to speak with Guang in a heated argument about food. “No you can’t just have sour drinks with sweet meals it doesn’t work like that. They’ll cancel each other out.” Guang says. Xin Lan shakes their head and downs some more drink. “Why not?! We got sweet and sour sauce. Baked goods have sugar with tangy fillings. I say that serving a nice hot meal with a cold hard drink is a good idea.”“Yeah? You know who else thought that was a good idea? My old man.” Guang counters. “Well it worked didn’t it? This place is great!” Xin Lan says taking a huge bite of steamed vegetables and motioning around the tavern with their chopsticks. Guang rolls his eyes and goes back to eating before the two go at it again over what was better, fried rice or steamed rice. You take a few more bites before serving yourself some stew. The broth was rich and flavourful. So much so that you felt you could subsist on it alone. You make a mental note to ask Ming to make it more often or was it Renshu who prepared it? You start to feel that haze that comes with a long hard day and nice hot meal come over you. With a sigh, you drink a bit more and lean back to let the flavor rest in your mouth. You manage to catch a few words from a conversation to your left and right as you try not to doze off.“I understand your trepidation but always remember that a good relationship is built on a foundation of trust and honesty. By voicing your concerns, you show that you trust your vulnerabilities to your loved ones and you let them know what is going on. Oftentimes all it takes to solidify a relationship even more is a simple conversation of one’s goals and fears.” Renshu says gently as he stirs his stew and blows on it to cool it.“I know...but I don’t want to burden him.” An Bo says timidly. “He already works so hard for the two of us, I just want to support him.”“Supporting him is well and good but not at the cost of your own wellbeing. With what the two of you went through, I’m certain Guang wouldn’t want you to push yourself or put yourself in harm’s way. That includes your mental state.” Renshu replies. “Voicing your concerns every so often is healthy and, despite their best intentions, one’s lover just doesn’t catch the other’s insecurities.” An Bo nods and seems to think for a moment.
“Do you think he’d want to have kids someday?” She asks. Renshu gives a polite chuckle. “I cannot say, however that is certainly something that you should discuss with your boyfriend. I’m certain he’d be very willing to discuss such matters.”“I think that the idea of a councilship is a novel one.” Hien says to your right. “However, it should come with regulations and restrictions to prevent abuse. Splitting the power evenly among council members is a good idea but there should be means to prevent one person from gaining too much leverage.”“You’d have a harder time finding people to fill those roles than writing up the rules for it kid.” Jie says drinking deeply. “Half the town is just too wary of taking the reins. They’d rather let that dumbass in city hall run things so long as it doesn’t burn the town down.”“But there will eventually be a vacant spot and someone will have to take it.” Hien points out. “The mayor won’t live forever and it’s best they ease into it before they’re forced into it by happenstance.” “You got any suggestions then kid?” Chuanli asks.“Well...no. I’m afraid I don’t.” Hien admits. “I was hoping perhaps either one of you would assist me with that. I cannot force the town to change. This is something you all will have to decide on your own. But if the captain of the guard voices his support for it then most people will likely follow. They trust you with their lives and you’ve shown yourself to be far more competent than the mayor.”Jie rubs his neck. “You’re really busting my balls on this one kid.” He says.“Like I said, it’s not up to me to decide. I can write up the legislature tonight or tomorrow night and let you have a look over it but ultimately the choice lies on the people.” Hien says. The voices around you begin to blend around as dessert is served and the dishes are replaced. You feel as though you cannot eat another bite but once the baked goods slide onto the table in front of you, you somehow manage to make room for it. The sounds of music begin to fill the room as well when Renshu grabs his instrument and begins to play. His music no longer sounded melancholic and foreboding but rather it was light and airy which reminded you of the spring time. Vivid memories of peach trees blossoming in the sun run across your mind. Soon the room quiets down a bit to allow the music to be heard by all.>What do you do?>Listen to the music and enjoy yourself some more.>Ask Renshu to play something specific. (Something like sea shanty or perhaps something more upbeat)>See if anyone around you can sign. What’s music without a little bit of vocals?>Talk to one of your friends.>Write in.
>>4722311>See if anyone around you can sign. What’s music without a little bit of vocals?Time for ancuent chinese kareoke. Everyone takes turns singing whatever song they want, no matter how good or bad it is.
>>4722311>See if anyone can sing>Join in ourselvesKaraoke [/Spoiler]With some Judgement Shinpan[Spoiler] could be neat
>>4722548That was just the song I'd attach to TL. Nice.
I think I'll have a bit of fun with these next posts. Well the last ones were fun but these might be interesting. I'll be doing a write up in about 2 hours or so. Sorry about that guys, today's a bit busier than usual.
>>4723109It's alright boss, I'm trying to not die due to food coma.The friday before easter is always a difficult time.
>>4723109I hope you have do some fun with it all.It's the point of a party celebration after all.
>>4722334>>4722548Singing time! Is TL any good? Writing
You finish the last bite of some sweet cake that An Bo made and sigh as you lean back in your chair. You’re not sure how much you ate but you think you might have gone up a few pants sizes in the last few hours. “That was delicious you guys.” You say. “Although it’ll take a few weeks to work all this off.”“Speak for yourself.” Xin Lan says, their cheeks slightly rosey from drinking. “I’ll be back to my usual good looking form by the end of the week...unless you want to help speed that up.” You choose to not answer that and instead take another drink. Now you were starting to feel it. You were slightly numb and buzzing but not really enough to be a problem. Instead, you kind of just felt...nice. It was like dozing off and being aware at the same time. However, you still weren’t ready to turn in for the night and rather than risk the feeling of drowsiness being a real feeling and not just the after effects of the alcohol you speak up. “We have music...but what about singing?” The room goes slightly more quiet but to your surprise, you didn’t really notice their gazes. “We are celebrating New Years and festivals always have singing. Why don’t we have some karaoke?”“Depends. You gonna sing?” Xin Lan says. “Bet you can’t do it.”“Well...I mean…Was kind of hoping others would go first...” You say rubbing the back of your neck.“Sing! Sing! Sing!” Xin Lan chants and the others grin before they slowly join in. In your buzzed state, you fail to recognize the absurdity of a room of party goers trying to force one of China’s greatest criminals to sing. “Alright!” You say waving your hands for them to stop. “I’ll go first but then you go Xin.”https://youtu.be/h5rljM__eNQ [JUDGEMENT -Shinpan-]You stand up and having no real place to go, you walk to Renshu and whisper in his ear to play something. Renshu nods and begins to play your song. You let yourself slowly get used to the tune before you open your mouth and sing. Your voice carries well through the room, deep and bassy. The room erupts into surprised cheers and your friends clap to the tune as you sign a song of rebellion and justice. How you refuse to fall to societal norms and choose to enact justice in your own way by breaking the rules and the very world itself. Xin Lan sticks two fingers into their mouth and lets out a whistle. “I know this song!” They shout and clamber over the table to join you. -We’re breaking the Law!Breaking the world!(Go break it!)-You stand on a chair and Xin Lan leaps onto your shoulder as the two half sing, half scream out the lyrics. Your friends laugh and raise their drinks in salute and as the song comes to and end they let out a cheer and clap, not caring for the quality of the song but rather the atmosphere of the room. -Raise your clenched fist!We are…That’s right, we are…Judgement!-
You raise Xin Lan in the air and they backflip off your hands and land on top of the table, fists in the air. You hop off the chair, a bit breathless though more out of exhilaration than exhaustion or lack of lung capacity. You pet Xin Lan’s ears, “Alright, it’s your turn.” You say with a chuckle. “Damn right it is.” They say. “Just watch, this one’s gonna top yours.”>What does Xin Lan sing? What song suits them the best? (Doesn’t need to be from the yakuza series, just something that fits the character and tone of the game.)>Write in.
>>4723354You task us with a great question. I feel that Incandescent is a great choice for this so far. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS2jLLnVMy8&ab_channel=AviatorsBut on the other hand, I think this is a much more accurate tune, Eye of the Storm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-rwrRtng_o&ab_channel=AviatorsJust change "guns" to fists and "six to stand, six to fall" to four.
>>4723354Mistral's theme from Metal Gear Risinghttps://youtu.be/h-rj8HVW3PQPart of the lyrics fits their past, and parts fits them joining us.
>>4723373And before you ask, You Wa Shock is good for Renshu. https://www.animelyrics.com/anime/hokutonoken/aiotorimodose.htm
>>4723376Actually, it might fit Renshu even more in retrospective.
>>4723367>mfw I plan on doing this with everyone.>>4723367>>4723373>>4723376>>4723377So many choices. Nice ones too! Man now I gotta choose one unless you guys want to come to a consensus.
>>4723383I'm fine for rabbit bun to pick.Good thing we have a stockpile for Ming and Renshu and Hien, eh?
>>4723383Ok, I'm putting my opinion right now.Ming's song has to be a simple, happy folk song that has nothing to do with her fighting style or ideals, just to fit the theme that she is the only normal person of the group.
I do plan to have guang and An bo be a deut and jie and chuanli probably singing some kind of sea shanty.
>>4723354Another idea that would fit Xin's only real interest that we know of, any of these two:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-7TdueEP9whttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PooVPdmH9bQ
>>4723389I feel like Hien would be trained in a more classical style.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmZMMSDx3Yg might be good for him, not because of the message it has but because of the elegance ingrained into it.
>>4723376Yeah this seems to fit stripes more I think.
I like this song for the group at least during combat because each one has kind of a motive to fight and it sort of fits. https://youtu.be/uOpN1YG3GjE
>>4723399Thats really good.Fear of the dark also is kind of a Xin song. https://youtu.be/0N1sqRYGbR4Maybe baka mitai for renshu? Though minor spoilers, he's never actually fallen in love.https://youtu.be/e6sBECDG0MU
>>4723420beserk's "My brother" fits for TL and Renshu.I'm struggling to find one for Ming. They are either all patronising or just not fitting for her.
>>4723437>inb4 every song mentions something as a reference to TL. Ming is giving me trouble as well.
>>4723443See, that's why my normal song for Ming is a good idea.Unless there is a song about being a war medic, or wanting to see to world, that could fit.
>>4723449Yeah even with that in mind I have a bit of a hard time thinking. Then again my musical knowledge is a bit limited to video game ost, popular anime and the like.
>>4723449Persona 5 music would be good for xin too. Ugh so many good choices I think a roll is required for this.
>>4723443I've got one for when she's near the end of her path https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZDt-O6r7rM&ab_channel=miracleofsoundFor something that just SOUNDS like how I'd imagine she could sing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOI5a6PBQi4&ab_channel=miracleofsoundAnd something for all the gang to sing in sequence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kslaeOUk7N4&ab_channel=miracleofsound>>4723449I'M TRYING! "Normal" songs are hard to find.>>4723455Yeah, just tally up the number and roll a 1d[whatever] dice for Xin
>>4723455Ok, so for Xin we haveIncandescentAviatorSilent SurvivorOpening or ending theme from the Romance of The 3 kingdoms series from 2010Fear of the darkWe need to roll a 1d7 or someone to break the tie
>>4723462RIGHT! this is the best I got for ming, and nothing else I can find is fittinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S9wvwQlWDQ&ab_channel=miracleofsoundLiterally just singing about playing a card game.
>>4723462Yeah that's true, they tend to be all about love, or how living in the country is great.Although Ming liking a sappy song just because she heard it from their parents when she was little would be cute.
>>4723464I'm going with Eye of the storm on the basis of they have steadily grown out of their forced state of peace and the lyrics reflect being able to rely on their friends for support in the transitioning period to a real person with emotions and all.
>>47234641d6, apparently I'm dumb and can't count.
>>4723467Ok, then it makes a 1d5.Actually, I will fuse both the romance songs into one so it's not favoring my vote Luo can choose between them if it wins, so a 1d4.
Rolled 3 (1d4)>>4723475neat, lets see what the dice vote for
Eye of the stormSilent survivor Romance of the three kingdomsFear of the dark
>>4723481>>4723480Romance of the three kingdoms it is!
>>47234803 it is. Tired rolling and it didn't take but we got romance of the three kingdoms...right?
>>4723484Indeed it is.Xin is an opera singer now.
>>4723484I'm always getting delayed! But romance it is. Writing!
>>4723488Which one will you choose boss? Angry war man or sad mourning womanJust realized it fits in that anime opening vs ending theme meme, it seems not even chinese semi-historical live-action drama can escape the weeb cliche[/spoiler[
>>4723495Welp, least we have all our shit lined up for the others!
>>4723502Oh no, but we will have to choose too.Better make a list for Renshu in case the dice needs to vote again.And look duets for the lovebirds.The only acceptable choice for tiger and boar is sea shanty 2 or drunken sailor.
>>4723504Renshu has1. You wa shock2. Baki Mitai3. My brotherUnless I'm missing anyone, throw them bones.
>>4723504Honestly and this might mess with Ming's choices but that gwent song was pretty good for the two soldiers. That and maybe if I die in battle by van canto but it fits better for our current party of five.
>>4723517I changed A stranger I remain to him because it fits way better, specially with crossing the sea and the voices not stopping, and them he finally finding a place he can be without remorse.
>>4723520Fair enough, it really sounds like something a bunch of drunk soldiers would sing after making camp
Xin Lan hops off of the table and gently pokes their brother’s nose. “I think I’m a bit drunk.” They whisper, giggling. Renshu smiles softly. “Liar.” He says. Xin Lan grins and let’s Renshu know what to play.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PooVPdmH9bQ [A Blurry World] The tune is slow and gentle, like a small river but it seems to carry weight and melancholy. Xin Lan begins their song and to your surprise it’s incredibly well sung. Like something out of a play, your friend manages to hit the high notes of the song as they sing in a female voice. There is no applaud or cheering as the room sits and listens politely. -On the ancient battlefield, how many ages have gone past?The road has no end, passions cannot be revoked.Looking back, our life’s ambitions were not fulfilled-The tone of the room shifts to one of quiet appreciation as Xin Lan sings of wars long past, families no longer existing but never truly gone.-Magnificent were southland’s sonsNot vanished but no longer existsSpirits of departed heroes will live foreverNo gone, but no longer hereThey abide in the mortal worldEnjoying eternity with Heaven and Earth-Xin Lan’s song hits it’s crescendo as they go on, eyes closed as they sing. For a moment you’re unsure if their singing was part of their act or if they were truly being moved by the music and lyrics of their own song. The music slowly dies down as does your friend’s voice leaving the room in contemplative silence. Slowly, you and everyone else begin to clap. Xin Lan gives a polite curtsy. “When did you learn to sing like that?” Ming asks. Xin Lan shrugs.“You learn to pick up a thing or two on the road.” They say nonchalantly. “Think I heard that while traveling around the capital.” They hop back onto your lap and settle there. “So, who’s next?” They ask.“I’ll go next.” Ming says standing up and hurrying over to Renshu.>You know what to do gents. What will Ming sing?>Write in
>>4723571I vote for "When forever comes" which is the second song here>>4723462That's it. I plan to leave Gwent to the captain buddies.
>>4723571https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8x4m-qpmJ8I have no idea what's it saying, but Youtube kept recommending it while looking for chinese pop for her to sing.
>>4723579>>>4723581>>4723581>>4723595So many songs. Any others you got in mind or should we roll now?
>>4723738YesKind gold eyeshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWqJTKdznaM
>>4723776Actually, scratch that, it goes way better for guang and an.
>>4723776>https://youtu.be/tc2tW0jFHPo [Embed]You can't just link always without linking Battlefield by Blind Guardian. Not after the robot unicorn attack game.
Good choice though. Although I never new the music video was trippy as fuck.
It would be nice if someone could sing I'll Make a Man Out of You, it fits the in the setting perfectly.The problem is I just don't know if would fit anyone here.
>>4723862Gah! That would have been hilarious if Xin sang that at Ming considering they've been recently training her.
>>4723864That's for Xin to do after they read the new book they are getting for New Years.
>>4723738A new idea now that i woke up.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bNITQR4Uso
Sorry about the late post but I won't be able to run today. I'll be around tomorrow though. Enjoy your weekend gents.
>>4725112Till later mate
>>4725112Ok then boss, stay safe and enjoy the holydays.
Alright Ming is singing. Writing.
>>4726659Side note, hope you guys had a nice holiday and safe weekend so far. Always good to take a few moments off and just relax when possible.
>4726670Everything was good except eating way too much, but that was my fault.Hope everything went well for you too.
https://youtu.be/tc2tW0jFHPoMing's voice carries through the room and though she was not what would be considered professional, her voice was pleasant and her enjoyment carried on through her words. She sang of familiar smiles and of dreams, a song that a mother sound sing to her child. It was friendly, upbeat, and simple enough that soon everyone was clapping along and singing with her which brought more warmth to the room.-Where was it, where have I met you before?Your face is so familiar to meBut I just can't recall at the moment.-Everyone rocks side to side with the tune and even the two gruff old men raise their mugs in enjoyment as the song continues. Ming's cheeks are also slightly rosey from the drink, despite the fact she had be drinking the least ammount out of all of your friends, but she was still all smiles as she sang. There was nothing bombastic or amazing about her preformance but it was just like her. Simply and wholesome, the reason you and all your friends turned to her. She was the constant in your group. Someone you could always turn to, someone you never needed to worry about with your troubles. The light in your group of darkened friends. Proof that sometimes, in order to stand out, you simply had to be yourself instead of some kind of special person.-Ahh...it was in my dreamsIn my dreams, its in my dreams I've met youWith your smile that is so sweet, sweet as honeyIt's you, it's you that I saw in my dreams..-Ming's song comes to a gentle end and she giggles as you all clap. She bows politely and then goes to put more wood in the fireplace. "Aright, who's next?" You ask as you look at everyone. "Yes, you do have to sing. Everyone does." You laugh as your eyes meet with Jie and Chuanli's. "So might want to think of a song." Chuanli grumbles into his mug while Jie, who was now loosened up by a copious ammount of alochol just laughs and claps his friend in the back.>I'll combine the last few I think so it doens't drag out if you guys want. Just vote on songs for Jie and chuanli and the couple, Guang and An Bo.>Write in.
>>4726735Mine was nice. Decided to be a bit fancy and fired up a small grill my friend let me borrow. Or rather he left it at my place ages ago and a combination of work and the pandemic have kind of left it in my garage. So I pulled it out and grilled some hotdogs and burgers. A bit lonely but I made some calls to family and had my fun.
>>4726760The old men sing the card song.I'm keeping always >>4723776 for the couple, it a good song.Although you make my dreams come true https://youtu.be/kY27wmTZwyg could work.
>>4726760Gwent for the army bro's.Hmm, for Guang and An Bo, while Erasure works, I say they should sing Street light strangers.
>>4726670Same to you man, the worst I had was a sick stomach from too much black chocolate.
>>4726790That must've been a lot of chocolates. I stopped when I got that bloaty feeling which I napped off. >>4726788>>4726789So we gotErasureYou make my Dreams (Come True)Journey's Don't Stop Believin' Anything else? Otherwise it might be rolling time.
Rolled 2 (1d3)>>4726806Nah, it was a single egg but I ate it in like 10 minutes.
>>4726810Guess we're going for You Make My Dreams come true. Writing.
An Bo stands up and holds Guang's hands in hers. "Come on. Let's sing!" She giggles trying to pull him up. Guang hesistates. "I dunno An. I don't really sing..." He says looking around the room. Chuanli gives his son and smug smirk but his eye glints of nostalgia though you're sure that Guang doesn't see it that way at this moment. "Don't be silly." An Bo giggles and continues to pull at Guang's hands. "It'll be fun. Everyone else already sang, even Tai Lung. Now it's our turn." Guang continues to look around as if trying to make up his mind. You raise an eyebrow at him and simply jerk your head in the direction of Renshu. The young man meets your eyes, swallows, and nods determined. He stands up and clears his throat. "Course An. Let's go. I'll follow your lead." An Bo smiles happily and half runs, half skips over to Renshu. All the while holding her boyfriend's hand.The music starts, it's beat simple but catchy, and to your surprise it's An Bo that starts to sing. She grabs both of Guang's hands once more and looks directly into his eyes as she sings.-What I want, you've gotAnd it might be hard to handleBut like a flame that burns the candleThe candle feeds the flameYeah, yeah, what I've got, full stockOf thoughts and dreams that scatterIf you pull them all togetherAnd a-how, I can't explain-Her words echo through the room as she pulls Guang into a small dance and though they're heard clearly by all, they only seemed to be directed at him. Guang's apprehension seems to melt away and he grins, a man in love and no longer aware of everyone around him. He laughs and lifts An Bo into his arms, carrying her as he sings back, his voice only for her and his mind far away from singing for his friends.-On a night when badDreams become a screamerWhen they're messing with the dreamerI can laugh it in the faceTwist and shout my way outAnd wrap yourself around me'Cause a-I ain't the way you found meAnd I'll never be the same-The two laugh and continue their small dance as they simply spin in place, lost in each other's eyes before they sing together. -Ah youYeah a-yeah, you make a-my dreams come true(You, you, you, ooh ooh ooh, you)Oh yeah, I've been waiting for, waiting for you, girl(Ooh, ooh, ooh ooh ooh)Oh yeah, you make a-my dreams come true(You, you, you, ooh ooh ooh, you)Me, you, me, you, meI've been waiting for, waiting for you, girl(Ooh, ooh, ooh ooh ooh)Oh my, you make a-my dreams come true-The song ends and the two simply laugh, still lost in their own world though they have enough awareness of their surroundings to return to their seats, An Bo in Guang's lap and they quietly chat among each other. "Yeah, they're in love alright." Xin Lan snickers. "Why don't you treat me like that?" They tease as they look at you. You chuckle and pet them. "Because if I do, I'll never hear you stop asking for it. Can't spoil you. That's your brother's job."
"Hey I can handle two men at once." They say proudly. "You wanna try it?" You shake your head and return to your gaze to your friends.Jie stands up and stretches a bit before they firmly clap their hand on Chuanli's shoulder. "You ready?" He asks amused."I ain't singing." Chuanli replies gruffly. "I'm too old for that shit.""Shut up. You weren't a quiet drinker back in the day. You're getting soft." Jie says laughing."Or maybe I'm smart enough to not want to die a soldier." Chuanli replies. "You're the mad one. Guard Captain after the military?""Mad or not, you're singing." He holds up a hand to Renshu to ask him to stop playing. Grabbing, his mug Jie stamps on the ground, his foot keeping the beat. He swings his mug back and forth, sloshing some drink on himself and the floor before half shouts his song as he sings.-Be you a lass or be you a gentYou’ll never pass on a round of Gwent!When your mail is a-mauled and your blades are a-bentTake a rest from it all it all with a round of Gwent!-Everyone soon begins to hoot and clap quickly to the beat as well and Jie bobs his head up and down to the music in his head. He plants a hand on Chuanli's back and lifts the old boar to his feet before shoving the mug of drink into his hand, a wild grin on his face. Chuanli glares daggers at his friend, swears under his breath, before taking a deep drink and joining in the shout singing.-A coin for the bardAnd drop another cardAnother round of GwentAnother round of Gwent-Jie let's out a loud roar that you realize is him laughing uproariously. He grabs a free mug of drink and the two men crash their mugs together, spilling more drink and joining their voices together for the next verse.-When you’re drowning in tears and your heart is a-rentBring back your cheer with a round of GwentWhen you’re stewed, full of beer and your coin is a-spentBefore you disappear, play a round of Gwent!-Jie, now increadibly drunk, waves at everyone to join. You, Xin Lan, Ming, Hien and Renshu all stand and join with your voices, each of them at different pitches and tones but adding to the revelry as you all sing the last portion of the song.-Long shall we playTo wile away the daysAnother round of Gwent!Another round of Gwent! A coin for the bardAnd drop another cardAnother round of GwentAnother round of Gwent-The song ends abruptly but you all cheer and take a drink as the energy of the tune still carries for a moment longer. Everyone flops to their seats, laughing and chattering excitedly. More drink is poured for everyone and you take the time to come down from the music, large grins on everyone's faces. Hien makes his way and says something to Renshu, who in turn smiles amused. He stands and hands the young lord his instrument. "I suppose it is my turn to add my voice to the music." He says.>What will Renshu sing?>Write in.
>>4726969So far the suggestions for Renshu have beenYou wa shockBaka MitaiMy brotherA stranger I remain
Rolled 3 (1d4)>>4726978Hmm. I vote Baka Mitai, since it fits the mood of the room.Though Renshu screaming a metal song of war and battle is an amusing scene I just can't stop laughing at.If people can't decide, just in case, lets see what the dice decide.
>>4726987Personally I think a stranger I remain somehow fits him perfectly, but it seems the dice wants him to sing about us.Damn, I lost the streak of the dice choosing my suggestions.
>>4726992I think we just obey the dice in this case because it's faster than a consensus on musical taste.
>>4726987My brother seems to be the song that plays that makes the raiders go "Why do I hear boss music?"
>>4726994Yup, we are all slaves to dice here. So it's time for Xin to tease us by saying their brother has a crush and will have to share us.
>>4727004It be what it be.Though it seems while we are buzzed we don't get embarrased and our quip talking game is increased.
>>4727004Xin and renshu did both tease TL with the idea that they were both a set and would have to share him. Guess the dice agree.The funny thing is that Xin doesn't realise how much like their brother they are. Or at least compared to how Renshu used to be. So Renshu making jokes like that is not something that's all that out of character for him. He just learned to restrain himself because old Renshu has he once said, was a violent toxic creature and that's not something he wanted Xin to grow up around. Granted he didn't change overnight so Xin picked up a few things.
>>4727009Yep that's the drunken master style coming in. By that I mean, TL's inhibitions are lowered and he's more laid back so the teasing rolls off of him and since he's not stumbling around because of embarrassment he can actually think straight...ish. liquid courage I think is the common phrase.
>>4727015Indeed it is. Liquid courage.A point to try and achieve without chemical inhibition, new goal!
So looks like Renshu is singing My Brother. I'll google the lyrics. Writing.
>>4727065It's like a 4 lines repeated 8 times, it will be easy
>>4727073Gonna have to change a single word to the song and it feels like I'm doing a disservice. Especially how bad the recent animes were.
>>4727085Ah yes, the clangning.I'm not much into berserk, but I have a couple of friends that follow it fanatically, so I get to hear them complain about everything wrong every time new adaptaion comes out.At we got the nose guy in 3D.
>>4727093I'm not a big anime snob, nor am I a massive fan of the manga (It's really grim and depressing for my taste but I can admit that the artstyle, presentation and themes are fucking phenomenal), but even I can see the 3d adaptation was just awful in every regard. It didn't need to be beserk in my opinion, it could have been pretty much any other anime and it would have been awful. Now some might say it's a bit unfair because as I've mentioned, the manga is beautifully drawn (gore scenes and the like aside) but the first anime adaptation was pretty solid from the clips I've seen. It was nicely draw for something that needed to move and such and its pretty unfair to expect animators to maintain the level of quality the manga had. Basically, I think the 3d adaptation earned the ire of the fans this time but as someone who isn't really invested in the series I suppose that doesn't mean much. But we did get memes out of it at least.
Renshu stands in front of all of you and takes a deep breath. He closes his eyes and sings, his voice loud and strong like something out of an opera. https://youtu.be/UVrcMRq7saA [My Brother]-My brother, come join meIn battle we are strongerWhen Evil will falterSacrificed to their altar.-Much like their sibling, you're amazed at how professional he sounded. You wonder if they were trained for this. It would make sense considering they might need to impersonate someone like a singer at any moment. Thoughts such as this make you wonder how they were raised. Renshu continues to sing, everyone wept up in the storm of emotion of his song. It seems like even in the music he prefered, blood and war were ingrained in it. Renshu's chants come to a crescendo as he holds out his arms out and seems to sing to the very heavens themselves. -Oh my brother, with your courage we can conquer,In your sword I put my trust that you will honorI will be the higher ground should you concede itAnd my body be your shield if you should need it.-Renshu's song comes to a halt and it feels like the energy is sucked from the room. Everyone seems a bit put off or confused but give polite claps, unsure if they should. Renshu goes back to sit down where he once was, unperturbed by everyone's reaction...at least on the surface. You could feel there was some worry lingering within him but you're not sure due to exactly what. It could be that he was upset over everyone's response to his song or it could be he might be concerned over everyone's views of him personally after it. You couldn't really tell. You feel Xin Lan bump you in the side with their elbow, a grin on their face."See? Told you." They say."Told me what?" You ask, slightly confused."He's perfect for you." Xin Lan says with a smirk. "Even sings about you.""Shush." You say, poking their head. "What happened to being my wife?""I'm willing to share." They respond sitting back and leaning against you. "Don't you remember? We're a set."
You shake your head and yawn. You were getting a bit tired and the drink was starting to get to you. You try not to think of how it would affect your combat performance but you couldn't really help it. It seems like everyone was winding down as well. Yawns were circling around and everyone's eyes seemed a bit heavier. Before you can suggest going to bed, Chuanli places a hand on Hien's shoulder. "Hold there boy. Where's your song?""M-my song?" Hien asks, a bit nervous."We all got a turn. Haven't heard you yet." He replies with an amused smile. "Didn't think you'd get out of this did you?""Well...no but I'm afraid I don't really have any songs to sing to you. At least none that would interest you." He admits."Come on man. Just sing anything." Guang calls out. "We all did it. You gotta man up and do it too.""Just make something up." Xin Lan says, arms being their head. "Can't be as bad as anything we sang." Hien thinks for a moment."Well...I suppose I could try making something up." He says. "I've never written a song before." The young man walks over to Renshu and holds out a hand for the stringed instrument. "May I?" He asks politely. Renshu nods and hands over the instrument to Hien. Hien takes it and gently plays a few notes as if trying to find the right one. Once he seems to have found what he was looking for, he looks around the room at each one of you seemingly searching for something else. He smiles and looks down as he begins to play a song you never heard. It's quiet and humble but slightly mysterious and captivating. A few notes in he sings,https://youtu.be/TMSx95iU-yQ [The Bard's Song]Now you all know The bards and their songsWhen hours have gone by, I'll close my eyesIn a world far away we may meet againBut now hear my song about the dawn of the nightLet's sing the bard's songHien's voice is something different than all your other friends. It's clear and captivating. It enthralls you to listen and you find yourself losing sense of your surroundings as you pay attention. There was just something that fit about it. Something that you would expect a storyteller to have. Hien pauses for a moment as he plays before he sings his "Bard's Song" with the full weight of his passion.Tomorrow will take us away far from homeNo one will ever know our namesBut the bards' songs will remainTomorrow will take it away the fear of todayIt will be gone due to our magic songsHien goes quiet as he lets his music entertain you, take your doubts and troubles away if only for the brief instance of this song. He smiles as he seems to know what to say next and looks at you, There's only one song left in my mindTales of a brave man who lived far from hereNow the bard songs are over and it's time to leaveNo one should ask you for the name of the oneWho tells the story
Without stopping, he waves at all of you to join and you find yourself singing along with everyone else, your voices all joined together and balanced into a beautiful chorus led by Hien's singing.Tomorrow will take us away far from homeNo one will ever know our namesBut the bards' songs will remainTomorrow all will be known and you're not aloneSo don't be afraid in the dark and coldPlus the bards' songs will remainThey all will remainThe voices die down and Hien's song comes to a slow close with his final verse, a verse that leaves you wanting more. Wanting to listen longer if only to hear what other tales you might hear from him.In my thoughts and in my dreamsThey're always in my mindThese songs of hobbit, dwarves and men and elvesCome close your eyes you can see them too...Hien's song comes to a close and everyone claps, the room invigorated slightly if only by a curiosity to hear more. "Do you have another song?" Ming asks curiously. "I've never heard anything like that.""I'm afraid not." Hien says. "I'm sorry to say that I made that up on the spot.""No way!" Guang says. "I thought this was some kind of fancy song from the south you knew.""It was really good." An Bo says gently. "It reminded me of times when I was told stories as a little girl. I always wanted to hear more.""It seems as if everyone would like to hear another song." Renshu says happily. "Would you like to attempt at writing another one."Hien shakes his head. "I do not think I'll push my luck any further tonight." He says happily. "Though I am glad you enjoyed my little experiment in music writing.""Well...you got talent kid." Chuanli says. "Haven't heard a song like that in years. Very few people have the ability to captivate an audience with music and much less so with a made up song. Still..." He says standing up. "It's time for bed. If you're all too wasted to get to bed, I can bring some blankets down and you can sleep here for the night. Floor's not soft mind you but it's better than having you wander out in the cold all night looking for your inn.">What do you say?>Thank Chuanli and accept his offer. The tavern is much more spacious than the inn and a hard floor never bothered anyone before.>Thank Chuanli but decline. You're still sober enough to get back to Ming's room and you don't want to intrude on a man's home because you drank too much.>Ask Hien if he can get you accomodations at the mayor's place. He probably has the best rooms in town and you don't want to burden Chuanli anymore than you already have.>Write in.
>>4727153>Thank Chuanli but decline. You're still sober enough to get back to Ming's room and you don't want to intrude on a man's home because you drank too much.Don't want to be a bother to them tomorrow when they will have to open up the tavern, after all they say worst part of being drunk is the next day.
>>4727153>Thank Chuanli and accept his offer. The tavern is much more spacious than the inn and a hard floor never bothered anyone before. I think it's best we don't go wondering around with a whole group of drunks.
>>4727153>Thank him but refuseIf we can walk straight without issue then we can go back to the rooms. If we cant, then accept his offer.
I'll be around to write up in 3ish hours. Then we can continue celebrating. Haven't even hit the festival proper.
>>4727908I really want to see how best waifu and best friend party.Specially curious about Shenlong and how he will appear, every possible option that I can come up with is equally hilarious in it's own way.