Previous chapters:https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Heretic%20Cultivator%20Quest_You are Huanliuxue (欢流血, Happy Bloodshed/ Happy to Shed Blood), Founder, grandmaster and Secthead of the heretical sect the Palace of Natural Laws (宫殿的野生彝宪, Gōngdiàndīyěshēngyíxiàn) and creator and foremost practitioner of the Apostate cultivation method, the Ruler of the Great Wheel's Law(统治者的这重大轮回法律, Tǒngzhìzhědīzhèzhòngdàlúnhuífǎlǜ). But, beyond even those supreme and honorable titles and seats you hold with regal pride and bearing, and the deeds you have performed to possess and hold them them to begin with and the accomplishments and victories you have achieved and won despite being an outcast of the world of cultivation, abhorred by the heavens, beyond even your slaying of the king of the Crow Demons, Baoli-Wuyawang (暴力-乌鸦王, Violent Crow King) or your quest through the primordial wilderness feared even by the gods and your sojourn into the ancient past of the world or your ongoing conquests of the Catacombs of the forgotten king and the bloodless warm, you have performed a deed so great and grand it will surely shake the earth and nine heavens alike and spread the name of Huanliuxue far and wide, both in the mortal realms and beyond even the Celestial! For you, the Wild Princess of Graves and Blood, Fated inheritor of the forgotten, forbidden and sealed legacy of Primordial beasts, and future empress of the whole world have performed a feat so impressive, so magnificent, that if word got out of your success it would surely cause both heaven and earth to turn upside down and immortalize your name into legend as a genius without peer, a talent without equal, a prodigy of prodigies! And what was this great, earthshaking deed you had done? What great victory had you won. Why only just rebuking the rule of the nine heavens themselves and going so far against their will to be struck by hundreds of bolts of heavenly wrath and face a storm unlike any other, all conjured up by the petty rage and pique of the so called, unequalled gods in the heavens!Yes! That's right! You obtained human form, despite being a "Mere Beast" and have thus broken one of the laws put in place ten generations ago and with a single roar, brought a massive swell of Primordial Beast Essence to flood the earth as the heavens gnashed their teeth and wept in shame at their failure to strike you down!And what's more, you've been blessed with a supreme Yin Physique in both your forms and all the unearthly and bountiful beauty that comes with such a potent increase of your bodies Yin energies. Power, Beauty and Infamy! All given to you by this one, once inconceivable victory against the unjust gods in the heavens! It would almost be enough to make you weep, if you were not busy flaunting your prizes and reveling in the results.Cont
>>5501769Or, you were, before you decided to do a good deed without compensation and repair the damages to the temple you faced the Heavenly tribulation in free of charge and without being asked. The temple which had once been the site of your hometown, where you had been born a simple and mindless white furred cat and where you had been born again as a demonic beast and where you have been reborn a third time as a Jade like beauty, able to shift between beast and human!And while you were being so kind as to labor and work despite being royalty and nearly finished fixing the mess the gods have left on the earth, an unfamiliar daoist, a lightning struck cultivator approached you. Right as you were nearly finished and prepared to head home and show off the fruits of your success. Of course, upon seeing such a beauty as yourself, he was immediately struck and began to praise and compliment you. But you are suspicious, for many reasons, some you cannot exactly name or put into words or explain, even if you were also very much pleased to be showered in such earnest and high praises so readily and freely. And certainly you didn't recognize his sect by the color of his uniform. You were uncertain if you could let your guard down around this boy, but he seemed honestly and innocently curious about you and the temple as well. Well, mostly innocently, at least concerning yourself. You might be young but you recognized that look in his eyes when he mustered the courage to look upon your radiant body directly and for longer than the span of a breath.So, you saw no harm in explaining to him the history of your town. its not like he'd be able to connect your story to the truth and realize you were Huanliuxue, as distracted and enamored as he was by your talent and beauty. Admittedly more so the latter."I suppose you could call her a local spirit" You mused, pursing your lips and pouting as you turned around the stone head of your idol and looked into its fierce eyes as you held it by the ears "Even though she is in truth a demonic beast, she is not demonic in nature, at least if the stories told about her are true""Wouldn't be the first wayward sect or cult to worship a beast or devil" The boy said, hands tucked to his sides as he looked around "Certainly, this temple has an unpleasantness in the air. But, I do not think a girl as beautiful as you would worship a wretched beast. So they must not be as dangerous as most of their ilk, if they are deserving of your respect, at least"Resisting the urge to throw the stone head at him and defend your good name by shouting at and scolding him, you accept that, in his own way, he was complimenting you rather than insulting you."She is. Very much so. Most beasts are less dangerous than we imagine, only against mankind for the sake of their own survival" You sigh sadly, as the boy with the lightning scars turned away in shame. Cont
>>5501770Or you hoped he did, you were pressing up your chest quiet a bit with how you were leaning against the neck of your own idol"And the cat whom this shrine was built to honor, was never against mankind to begin with, though she is hunted all the same as if she was one of the ones whom continuously prey upon humanity and only subsists on human flesh" You continue on, standing up just in case the boy was looking away bashfully rather than out of regret for his thoughtless words"What's her name? You seem rather knowledgeable about this deified beast" The boy said, quickly turning completely around after he saw your legs and hops, unhidden by the neck of the statue. You grinded your teeth, somewhat irritated now"Huanliuxue" You say forlornly, deciding to look towards the horizon like he now was"What a scary name" The lighting touched cultivator remarked "Sounds barbaric, bloodthirsty even. You sure she doesn't eat people""Well, she ate a few, and that is why she is worshipped" You say, rolling the stone head of your statue between your hands "This temple used to be a town on the Ling-Chuan border""Wait...is she that guardian spirit the local nobility claim as their protector?!" The boy shouts, turning around as he smacks his fist into his open palm and manages to look into your eyes for a moment before they drift down lower "Yes! And it is because she hunted the Ling invaders and devoured them. Not out of hunger, but for vengeance sake. People claim this burnt village had been her home, before she became a demonic beast, and it was here she first awoke as a demon" You say quietly "I do not know if its true, but, the story goes she was a kitten, once pampered and loved, drenched in the blood of innocent children shed by the cruel ambitions of Ling Meng""The graves behind her statue" He whispered sadly, managing to tear his eyes off of you to look upon them with sorrow and regret in his eyes "They belong to those children""Presumably. Before this temple was established, they were the only ones buried here. Some say she did it herself, others, early followers who traced her back to her origins. Whatever the truth is, the enmity and hatred she felt to those soldiers who cut down her caretakers, was potent enough to form a grudge" You explain, hugging your idol's stone head as you look up to the clear sky and sigh"And that is enough to turn even a kitten into a demon' The boy said sagely, nodding his head and crossing his arms over his own chest "Still, rather grim to worship a man eater just because they ate your enemies""The difference between an Avenging Hero and a Vengeful villain is only who exactly is telling you about them" You bluntly remarked, rolling your eyes "And, as far as anyone knows, she only ate Ling and his Men...and maybe a few tax collectors""Ah, that'd explain it! Peasants abhor tax collectors more than any devil or curse" The boy laughed, throwing back his head "Where is this Huanliuxue now"Cont
>>5501772"No one knows, Lord Chuan claims she follows him, some official were met with her and challenged to answer riddles by her, and some have reported seeing her stalking the city of Suiqi [雟栖, Sparrow's rest]" You say, trying not to smirk or giggle as the cultivator in green robes listened intently "and if I knew where she wandered, I'd not tell it to another cultivator""Most of our fellows would hunt her down to claim her core, I'd just like to ask her the truth" He said simply and humbly "I'm certainly not aggressive enough to want skin a cat, no matter how monstrous they've become. And she certainly, from your account, seems to be an oddity amongst demonic beasts. Most of them grow addicted to human flesh, as you well know"Not really. Most who do only eat humans cause they're richer in Qi or because they were already making a habit of eating them before they become Magical Beasts. Most Intelligent Animals don't even change their diet."It's a testament to her good nature and righteous character" You say through your teeth"Tell me more about Huanliuxue" The boy said cheerfully "She sounds fascinating, and I'd love to hear more of your lovely voice. So why not tell me all you know, so we can get better acquainted with one another"Was he trying to lure you into a trap or trick you into a date? You didn't trust him one bit. He was either in rut or plotting something!"Most of what I know is second hand at best, and at worst taken from plays, as nice as it'd be to listen to when its me saying it, you'd learn nothing more of Huanliuxue from me, besides children's stories and fictional adventures" You say cheerfully as you fit the head back on the statue and hold it in place as the glue and metal binds it to the body with your foot "Though I'm sure you'd enjoy spending time in my company, even if I was just gossiping about and insulting other girls, hmm""Yes" he brazenly admitted, returning your smile "I did say I wanted to hear more of your voice, did I not, sister? Perhaps, you could tell me of the monks who built this temple. They must be dear to you if you'd work on their behalf. Do they serve under your school?""You really are persistent. Kind of pushy to! If you want to flirt, be less aggressive. You'll scare more girls than you charm" You titter, wagging a finger "You don't sound scared" He shoots back, lifting an eye brow"I think its more cute than charming or frightening for that matter" You giggle, looking down at him past your nose "And at least you have the good graces to do more than flirt""I'm as curious of this temple and its idol as I am of you" He said with a shrug of his shoulders "and you seem to enjoy talking about what you know of it""Well, you'll be disappointed then" You say, hopping off the statue "The priests will know more about the temple itself, since it was also new to me"Cont
>>5501773"Then, all that remains is for you to tell me about yourself. How about we start with hobbies! I enjoy gardening and..." He said, trying to sound roguish, framing his chin between his thumb and finger as you skipped past him, ignoring his attempts to look alluring entirely. Which made him nearly collapse. "Now if you excuse me, I must return to my sect, for I have been gone for far too long and wish to see the progress my wonderful juniors have achieved in the meanwhile" You said cheerfully, smirking as you saw the devastated and desperate look on his face as you continued to walk away, backwards as you turned around to look at him with your hands behind your back."Wait. Wait. at least tell me which sect you belong to! I'd like to meet you again" He said pleadingly, clapping his hands together "And show you I can do more than just uh, embarrass myself in front of a pretty lady" "If fate favors you, you may. But stating your loyalties openly is presently a rather dangerous thing to do" You snicker, hiding your mouth behind the back of your hand "I'm sure a persistent boy like you could find me anyways, if you looked hard enough" "You're right, even though it hurts me" He sighed, shaking his head "I'll tell the monks a beauty fixed their temple up for them, I'm sure they'll be pleased, whether they know you or not. Stay safe on the road, Sister" And with that, he walked towards your statue, turning his back to you as he stared up at it. You watched him from the entrance of the temple for awhile. Seeing him walk past the statue, and sit down to pray in front of the nine graves behind it. You shook your head and continued down the road.'I'll take a roundabout way back home, incase he tries to follow or spy on me' You think, as you enjoy the Primordial Beast essence filling the air in your lungs, and soaking into the earth below your bare feet. The sun was high in the sky and shining bright.'He was pretty suspicious. And even if he was genuinely just trying to court me, I don't want a simpering pup following me around. It'd only cause trouble' You thought 'I'd have to kill him, if he found out what I really was. And that'd be a chore. Despite his somewhat airheaded behavior, he felt strong. At least Foundation Establishment Stage. And his kindness felt genuine and real'"Bah!" You shout, as your thoughts get all messed up and tangled.How'd a doofus like that get past Qi Condensation? You pause to consider that, scrunching your face for a moment before grumbling and continuing down the road you've chosen. You might need to head to Suiqi or one of its two sister cities and then boat down back to Fu's village. The hustle and bustle of the city would make it difficult for... whoever that was to follow you."Wait I forgot to ask her her name!!!" You hear him shout, even though you've put quite a bit of distance between yourself and the templeCont
>>5501776You decided then, just to be safe and sure the easygoing boy doesn't follow your tracks or scent, to take a slightly longer route to Suiqi. Unfortunately, while your trip to it was uneventful, besides a few local men begging you to become their wives and a few boys weeping as you ignored their advances when you stopped in a village to reorient yourself and make sure you weren't being trailed, it seems every time you step foot in Suiqi, you're fated to shed blood there!You were enjoying a free meal given to you at one of the finer restaurants in the city, that you and Siwang had cleaned up marvelously! Why, you barely recognized it with how much it had changed for the better since you and that clever little owl went on a bit of a killing spree of the local filth and villainy! And so, happily, you slurped at the noodles and sweet broth you were given, enjoying the foreign flavors your human tongue could experience, while the owner of the restaurant was being scolded by his wife, he was threatening him with a pan full of oil as you were surrounded by admirers, some who had followed you from their village in the countryside to plead their case and beg you to reconsider taking them as servants if you wouldn't have them as husbands or lovers.You didn't pay attention to them, besides when they ordered you more food, which the angry daughters working in the kitchen were all to happy to bring you as their brothers stared at you dumbly and the other patrons gossiped about your or joined the growing throng of admirers you had picked up the moment you sat down at your table. It was very enjoyable, being given tons of free food, compliments, praise and wistful affection.Though the food was spicier than the menu would have you think, you were happy nonetheless. Until some idiots started a fight in the street. You'd thought it was one of the local boys, trying to fight tow in your approval. Until the wall of the restaurant was blasted away, and wood dust and splinters fell into your bowl of sweet broth and noodles.That's when you realize they were cultivators. Low level Cultivators. Utter weaklings, probably only just managing to begin their cultivation this year and thus having rather big heads. And coming from rival sects, considering how fiercely they were fighting just outside of a lovely little restaurant. You felt a vein bulge on your brow, as you looked at your ruined food and felt anger boiling up inside. Did your previous, murderous jaunts in this city condemn you to have to spill blood in it whenever you visited it? Cause you were ready to beat some sense into those two idiots for wasting the gifts you were given!Cont
>>5501777What do you do, Huanliuxue?>Apologize to the owner for the mess, grab the chair you were sitting at, and hurl it at the nearest of the two fighters' head (Accuracy/ Strength Trial. DC 40)>Sigh and stand up and hurriedly leave. Knowing that beating some worthless trash will only draw attention. Which you don't want.>Get angrier that the two idiots are endangering innocents and command them to leave to kill each other somewhere else. And tell them if they refuse, you'll teach them a lesson (Good karma) (Martial Trial. DC 20)>Demand a replacement dish, and stubbornly try to keep eating as the two morons fight it out.>Write in
>>5501779>Get angrier that they are endagering peopleDo you utter fools have no concept of the lives of others? Is honour and morality absent from both of your educations! GET!
>>5501779Damn, I really don't wanna waste time with this trash...but we can't not do anything.Apologize to the owner for the mess, grab the chair you were sitting at, and hurl it at the nearest of the two fighters' head (Accuracy/ Strength Trial. DC 40)I don't even want the Karma. I just wanna put an end to their fighting and move on. We got more important things to do.
>>5501779>Apologize to the owner for the mess, grab the chair you were sitting at, and hurl it at the nearest of the two fighters' head (Accuracy/ Strength Trial. DC 40)
>>5501779>Get angrier that the two idiots are endangering innocents and command them to leave to kill each other somewhere else. And tell them if they refuse, you'll teach them a lesson (Good karma) (Martial Trial. DC 20)Stupid young masters
>>5501779>Get angrier that the two idiots are endangering innocents and command them to leave to kill each other somewhere else. And tell them if they refuse, you'll teach them a lesson (Good karma) (Martial Trial. DC 20)If brats need taming...
>>5501779>Get angrier that the two idiots are endangering innocents and command them to leave to kill each other somewhere else. And tell them if they refuse, you'll teach them a lesson (Good karma) (Martial Trial. DC 20)Hotheaded boys would truly despair at being scolded by a beautiful big sister.That said if one of them has the audacity of being a ling then he gets the harshest verbal whipping of all times, i want to see him cry so badly a chair to the face would have been a mercy.
>>5501779>Apologize to the owner for the mess, grab the chair you were sitting at, and hurl it at the nearest of the two fighters' head (Accuracy/ Strength Trial. DC 40)One day we will get into a serious fight with an actually skilled cultivator, but for now I will settle for feeding these two idiots a knuckle sandwich.
>>5501779Pretty sure we still don’t have clothes. Hopefully none of them tear at our shadow.But they disrupted our meal over their petty sect differences. I have zero chill over that.>Get angrier that the two idiots are endangering innocents and command them to leave to kill each other somewhere else. And tell them if they refuse, you'll teach them a lesson (Good karma) (Martial Trial. DC 20)>”Perhaps you don’t know how violent this city was. Being able to sit in a restaurant without care of someone trying to assault me brought joy to my heart. A joy you’ve ruined by blowing apart said restaurant. So let me be clear, continue this display and you’ll find support in each other after I rip your jaws off and you need help to drink soup. Now, start cleaning up.”Zero chill.
>>5501779Apologize to the owner for the mess, grab the chair you were sitting at, and hurl it at the nearest of the two fighters' head (Accuracy/ Strength Trial. DC 40)
6 and 6, a dead split.Though I admit I'm mostly in the scolding for the Karma, which is always useful, however I am unsure of the advantage of pissing in the cereal of two different sects by assaulting their boys.Threats aren't actionable.
>>5502182No one knows who we are and we're gonna split after this. Chair to the face just feels more satisfying than some grand speech, it gets the message across nice and simple.
>>5501779>Get angrier that the two idiots are endangering innocents and command them to leave to kill each other somewhere else. And tell them if they refuse, you'll teach them a lesson (Good karma) (Martial Trial. DC 20)
>>5502229See, I want a good old-fashioned beatdown in defense of sanity. Speech is admittedly optional for me, and we could even have it after we beat them if we’d like.The real question I suppose I should ask is whether we’d want to consider naming our sect here if we do fight. Build a rep as defenders with the locals. Think I’d vote no unless someone comes up with more compelling reasons.
>>5502256Talking about the whole debate about fighting or not, I don't think it's something we should do because this new "persona" of Huan Human form people will know she's a cultivator, martial artist or a really ballsy woman.Whatever it is, people are going to know and spread word. I say it's safer if we just scold these two idiots and go Home with some praises for being a mature woman putting two dumb novice cultivators on line
>>5502281lol you think there won't be a fight with any option involved? We're dealing with two young masters pumped on testosterone here.
>>5502293Yeah, and surely after being scolded and insulted by the same girl they like will make them choose to go and directly attack her or even attack the innocents around the place, anon
>>5502293If there is indeed a fight anyway, why not reap the rewards of a lower DC plus a point of Karma.
>>5502281That’s fair. And thinking over it, if a tongue lashing is enough to get them to stop and make amends to the local businesses and homes they’ve trashed, I’d accept that without a fight.Depending on how much lip they give or if they refuse to back down at all (or only one does while the other doesn’t), I’ll probably still vote to fight. But we can cross that bridge when we come to it.
If the "stern talk" option wins, I vote we at least let some of our graveyard aura shine through. Maybe the icy breath of the restless dead will cool their hot heads.
There will be a fight as well in the command option anons, it has a martial DC, and the second part says we will teach them a lesson.I don't know why to pick the chair throw option over it when the the other one is both easier (meaning we can succeed the roll by a larger amount), gives karma, and kicks their asses at the same time
>>5502349I’ll back this. Go ahead and link this option alone to the vote, I guess. Easier to track this way.>>5501779>>5501869Adding>Allow the chill of your Yin Qi to seep through if they push back during your speech so they understand you are not to be trifled with.to my vote.Any votes linked to this are only for this option. It is not a vote to discuss with them, merely a flavor vote if it does win. Even people who voted an option that doesn’t win should be able to contribute to fun write-ins.
votes14>Get angry - 7m43wNMK2Ps8duRWOUs48hf1h4F77FifYdNK3Upb9wuB1yu3X/rIh31WK>Throw chair - 74qhcAtBclQDl1UnyBBG6uA2GDH+mvpzmtd1CsGDb1K36v/ljE2OcQrv7>SpeechdNK3Upb9>Yin qiyFWPerAndNK3Upb9Honestly, this split is such a non-choice given that everyone wants to kick their asses if they don't behave, that if I were Grandfather I would just merge the two with Huan telling them their are idiots and then beating them up.Which is just the get angry option
>>5502353Why are you trying to give out our dao. Which is heretical?
>>5502361ThisI won't continue with it because I already gave my opinion on the matter of what's happening and Huan human form in >>5502281Also, something that I noted is that in the scolding option it's a martial check which makes me question if: The option it's still a diplomatic option that could end up without a fight, or just the fact that we threat those cultivators with an ass wooping is a way of using a "martial check" because we have the knowledge of it and it doesn't mean we won't end up fightingLike idk, it makes me think that maybe we should make a write-in stating that we don't want to fight to make it a "diplomatic check"
>>5501779>>Demand a replacement dish, and stubbornly try to keep eating as the two morons fight it out.
>>5502351Huan is not very analytical and neither should we.
The way I see it we are now building our "brand", our reputation as people Huan which is unconnected to our usual rep, so we have the chance to build a second public persona. A red-haired beauty clad in shadows with an aura of death about her is just rad to me. Sure it's heretical and will draw attention, but:-We are drawing attention already-With that much beast Qi released in the atmosphere I'm sure there is weird shit happening everywhere-This persona is far enough from Huans usual rep (bloodthirsty avenger, fierce protector) to somewhat obscure the connection
If anyone wants to make a connection, it will be with the legendary red-headed assassin Qiang who is rumored to have an aura of death about her. So this mysterious, powerful woman could be her teacher, or bigger sister. Or - dare I say it - mother?
>>5502497What? I'm really confused by what you are trying to imply
>>5502524I'm saying "this has lower DC plus we get good karma for same effect" should not really be the basis for our reasoning because it is not the way our cat thinks.
>>5502524Wait, is the Huan not being "analytical" means that she doesn't think before acting, and therefore picking a worse option would be more in character? Because she is definitely not some berserker that rushes in, given that she is built around agility and magic instead of pure strength, and in the fights she is always commenting and analyzing her enemies' moves and weakness (although this might be because it's just a xianxia writing staple)Huan picking the riskier options exactly because anons vote for it, not because of her personality, I doubt Grandfather would put something that is entirely different from her character as a default choice. So it's some kind of self fulfilling prophesy at best, instead of what makes more sense for the character.But if you really want to try choose the options based on what's "more in character", then I would say that getting angrier with them and telling them they are idiots is more than throwing the chair, given how we cleaned up this city plenty of times, and her distaste for orthodox cultivators being assholes not caring about the mortal world (which was caused by our previous options, but if it counted for the chair throw, then it counts for the telling them off as well), so rubbing it in their faces is something she would like to do. Specially given her internal monologue with the lighting struck about how beast aren't demons.
>>5502351Because I don’t especially care for karma. If we get some in the process of doing good then it’s all good, but I’m more interested in beating the tar out of these idiots who ruined our food more than I am in teaching a lesson.
>>5502531Well, I just gave you an explainaiton.It was not the reason, it was a bonus. It the best choice for both the mechanics and character for Huan.I still heavily disagrees with "Huan is not very analytical". A person doesn't need to be amoral to be analytical, they just need to know which option is the most valuable one, and choose to the the right one anyway.
>>5502532I wanna throw a chair in this kids smug face, and I can imagine Huan feeling the same. If you have a different read on her character, of course it is perfectly OK to vote for what you feel to be more appropriate. I just dislike the meta gaming reasoning. It's certainly not the way I make decisions in quests. In the end it's an interactive story, and I will vote for what I find appropriate or what might lead to interesting results.
>>5502538That's atleast understandable
>>5502541The atleast wasn't meant to be there, I forgot to delete while I was rewriting the post
>>5501779Personally, I feel like both options are inadequate. The first because it says nothing and the third because they face no punishemnt. So... I'd like to>Excuse yourself, grab the chair you were sitting at, and hurl it at the nearest of the two fighters' head then gut punch the other. After that, tell them that they should be more mindful of others so they must both pay for the damage they've caused and go kill each other elsewhere lest someone else do it for them.Dunno if this suggestion will matter but I feel like it's a good middle ground.
>>5502531Sounds more like metagaming than "being analytical".
>>5502563I tried to make the option I liked look more tempting and ended up making it look worse.
>>5502582Don't stress yourself anon, I doubt this is a very important vote.
>>5502582I was just criticizing the way he put it.
I kind of want to do something like> Get between both cultivators and block/deflect/neutralize all of their attacks until they're exhausted and ashamed, then go get some soupSort of like how we handled the insect sisters.
>>5502727I don't think they're as worthy of consideration as the insect princesses since they're both adult humans and not young demonic beasts so they should know better and they're having their fight affect and endanger uninvolved people. That's why I argue in favor of my compromise >>5502561
>>5502729Oh, the intent is very different here. I want to grind them into dust and shame for endangering the lives of people around them and interrupting our soup. Rendering them completely impotent seems like the most fun way to do it. Like a cat playing with a pair of mice even.
>>5502729For whatever it's worth, I like your compromise, it's similar to what I suggested in the tally, only in the reverse order
>>5502736I see, damaging their ego is all good but I'd prefer it if they got physically damaged until they gave up as well. There's a good chance that, after they recover from the initial blow, one of them will try to take a swipe in retaliation so Huan could do what you're suggesting whilst doing some more physical mockery like pulling their ear and nose, poking their eyes, tripping them, putting them in holds etc.Am I thinking too hard about this? Probably. Do I enjoy imagining it? Yes I do.>>5502740Thank you. The order of the actions is because I found it to be funnier that way. Just imagine that you're this hot shot cultivator fighting some asshole when suddenly the both of you get your shit pushed in by this bombshell of a woman that then tells you to pay up and then fuck off.
>>5502749I'd rather not damage any more property. Even if it is payed for, every broken chair or shattered bowl is one less customer they can serve until it is replaced. To say nothing of the giant fucking hole in the wall. These little shits.
>>5502754That makes think of another opportunity for a gag! I just imagine Huan asking the restaurant owner "Excuse me sir, can I use this?" while holding her chair like a stick only for the owner to agree in confusion of the whole situation.In regard to the property thing, Im sure they won't mind losing one chair when they will both get monetary recompense and fame from being the location that this incredibly beuatiful lady cultivator completely bodied two other cultivators single handedly.
>>5502767It's the principle that matters. We shouldn't be putting craters with these goobers' faces into the floor or splintering tables with their torsos if we're trying to tell them to stop being little assholes for doing that very same thing.
>>5502776But they're not in the restaurant, they just blew a hole into it.>>5501777> Until some idiots started a fight in the street.> considering how fiercely they were fighting just outside of a lovely little restaurant.
>>5502782That's even worse then. Then they'd be on a much more important infrastructure, being a road or street.
>>5502811But how is that relevant to what Im suggesting anyway? Huan won't be breaking anything.
>>5502811>>5502825Besides the chair that is.
>>5502825>using a chair as a projectileI've seen enough street fights to know the moment someone throws something, everyone else starts doing it too. We all know these morons are going to need to get slapped at least once each before they decide they should listen. It's how kids are.
>>5502830So you think that if we throw the chair then all the spectators will start throwing objects too? Even if that were the case, throwing the chair won't be the only thing we'll be doing. I think the onlookers will be a bit too occupied watching a ruby like beauty knock some sense into two retards to start throwing shit.
>>5502832No, only the people involved in the fight. I suppose "everyone" could have been more precise, I apologize. But that would mean shit like wagons and stalls would start getting thrown about. Because cultivators strong.
>>5502833But the point is to give them stunning injuries so they won't be able to do that, maybe mock them more if they try to attack Huan specifically like I said in >>5502749. As Huan herself said, they're utter weaklings who've gotten big heads. There won't be a problem in stopping them without any collateral damage. Again, besides the chair.
>>5502845Just tell them to fuck off and if they don't, immediately knock them out. So much nonsense.
Hold on a moment, if Huanliuxue hasn’t gotten an actual outfit yet, doesn’t that mean that she was out and about bumming meals while wearing nothing but her shadow? If those Young Masters realize this, I imagine there’s going to be some hilarity.
>>5502858And give them the chance to walk off with no repercussions? No fixing to the damage they've caused? If you want to argue, say something substance not out of hand dismissals.>>5502863Yes. Though they won't find out if they can't touch her.
>>5502871If it were up to me we'd kill them outright, man. You don't fuck with people's food full stop. People can strip whatever valuables they have from their bodies when they're unconscious. Even common stuff a cultivator may carry is expensive as hell for normal folks. Money was never the issue, it was wasting the time of these working joes that is annoying. Shit dude we could come back and pay for the damages ourselves, I wouldn't mind. I just want these clowns gone.
>Get angrier that the two idiots are endangering innocents and command them to leave to kill each other somewhere else. And tell them if they refuse, you'll teach them a lesson (Good karma) (Martial Trial. DC 20)
Ending the vote now, tallying the result.Get angrier that the two idiots are endangering innocents and command them to leave to kill each other somewhere else. And tell them if they refuse, you'll teach them a lesson:9Apologize to the owner for the mess, grab the chair you were sitting at, and hurl it at the nearest of the two fighters' head:7”Perhaps you don’t know how violent this city was. Being able to sit in a restaurant without care of someone trying to assault me brought joy to my heart...":1Allow the chill of your Yin Qi to seep through if they push back during your speech so they understand you are not to be trifled with.:2Demand a replacement dish, and stubbornly try to keep eating as the two morons fight it out.:1Excuse yourself, grab the chair you were sitting at, and hurl it at the nearest of the two fighters' head then gut punch the other. After that, tell them that they should be more mindful of others so they must both pay for the damage they've caused and go kill each other elsewhere lest someone else do it for them.:1 Get between both cultivators and block/deflect/neutralize all of their attacks until they're exhausted and ashamed, then go get some soup:1So, furious that these simpletons would endanger innocent lives with such a petty squabble, you'll command them to leave and find somewhere else to kill eachother, telling them you'll teach them a lesson if they refuse.Namely that they are merely frogs in a well, looking up at the sky.Update will arrive shortly>>5502356Thank you, Junior, for your assistance. Your Filial piety is praiseworthy
Sighing heavily, looking down at your ruined bowl of noodles and the dirtied table it now sits atop, the other dishes ordered for you spilt all over it and dribbling to the floor. All around you, there is screaming, and those unfortunate enough to be sitting close to the demolished wall have been tossed to the floor or slammed against the opposite wall from the force of the foolish novice's attack. They're battered, bruised and bleeding. None of them are dead, but one of the serving girls is unconscious, seriously injured judging from how her chest flutters as it rises and how slowly and infrequently it does. A deep cut on her brow will scar. Enough to prevent her from finding a husband. An older gentleman sits on the ground, his leg impaled by a chunk of wood separated from the wall when it was blown to pieces.A deeper fury than the annoyance you felt from having your meal interrupted, dirtied and ruined and your flock of admirers and meal tickets scattered, arises inside of you, bubbling from the pitch black mire of the cauldron of grudges you keep in your belly, ever fermenting and rolling. The weak trod over and crushed by the strong, without a second thought or even a pitying glance. Squashed like insects and beaten without reason. Caught in the cross fire of idiots with power and strength, punished for no fault of their own, all because the proud decided a quiet street of restaurants and food stalls was the place to settle their rivalry with a fight. A fight that not only wrecked this shop, but could end up killing its patrons. That. That makes you angry. Really angry. Steaming mad even! It'd be a different matter entirely, a much less serious matter, if the collateral victims of their squabble could defend themselves or fight back against them, but what can ordinary people due against a cultivator? Even if they're weakling trash, a world class martial artist would have to be lucky to come out on top in a fight against the lowest of Daoist Cultivators, or so supremely skilled they've probably already began to glimpse the dao of swords! Even if all of the patrons had the courage of lions and swarmed the two louts to chase them out, they'd be batted aside with a turn of their hand. And that is a story that has been heard far too often that it now it is accepted."The weak are prey to the strong" You hiss under your breath as you grab hold of the cup of tea you were waiting too cool so you could actually stand drinking it " the underserving and innocent are trampled by the ambitions of the proud and greedy"You stand and drain the tea in a single gulp and set the cup carefully down, miming as if you adjusting your Qipao as you strode over the mess your so called fellow daoists have made. The cowering crowd in the shop watches you as you apporach the two duelist, eyes wide with fright. Some you see are trying to muster up the courage to stop you and drag you to safety, slapping their faces and gnashing their teeth.Cont
>>5504014Some of them are already crying, excepting to see you become a beautiful corpse in the span of a single breath."What a load of horse manure! The weak are prey to strong? A mantra repeated by the Bloodthirsty and cruel" You say outloud, crossing your arms over...er under your chest as you march into the hole in the restaurants wall as the dust fully clears from the air "The simple and the brainless. Might makes right, this is true, but the mighty receive responsibility alongside the right to rule"The two idiots were not pay attention to you, or your short speech as they were exchanging blows in the air, shaving off parts of the store front and sending wayward spells and Qi blasts careening through the street and up into the sky. Both of them wielded Swords, overly decorated Swords more concerned with looking pretty and elegant than being properly balanced or well honed. They were also, shouting their various techniques for all to here. Very basic, novice techniques that any cultivator and even a few martial artists would recognize from seeing their beginning motions. Rolling your eyes, you shook your head, getting angrier with each passing second.A light cloud of grudge energy, a little tongue of black smoke, curled out of your mouth and lifted into the air"And that duty is to be a proper, benevolent ruler. That is the purpose of strength you absolute simpletons. To Defend even the worms of the world, rather than trampling carelessly over them" You growl under your breath "Not to, as many mistake it to be, to be able and allowed to bully, abuse and take advantage of the whole world like it was your personal playground"Still they ignored you, locking their blades as they met mid air, kept aloft by the force of their strikes."OY! Listen to me you! You brats with the big heads!" You shout, loosing your temper and composure at last "Can't you see destruction the two of you are causing in your clashes? Don't you realize you're both hurting people who have nothing to do with your squabble? You've shed much more innocent blood than you've spilled from your enemy! Neither of you are acting like proper Daoists! If you're so set on killing one another, go somewhere else to die. There are better gravesites than the storefront littered with the bodies of the wrongfully slain!"Your authoritative and commanding tone, shouted loud enough to be heard over the clashing of blades and declaration of techniques and maneuvers, is enough to give pause to the two delinquent daoists who daintily, like feathers, fall back to the ground, twisting around as they go. With robes still fluttering from their spinning decent, they raise their blades to you, expecting a fight, only for the right one, dressed in pink and red robes to begin chuckling as they see who exactly is scolding them.Cont
>>5504017"The battlefield is no place for a woman. Remove yourself before you are hurt" The one of the left, dressed in amber orange robes says, flicking his wrist at you "You have no place to intrude in a contest between men""Unless you're proposing to be the prize" Pink robes says in a rackish tone, waggling his eye brow even as you disdainfully glare at him like the walking pile of garbage he is "Fights get messy, where is the harm in that! If they didn't want to get hurt, they'd have had the sense to run away! They know the risks of watching a streetbrawl, this is Suiqi afterall!"That would've made sense, if Suiqi hadn't been cleaned up by the hunts of two demonic beasts and most of the criminal and corrupted elements in its administration, rule and underbelly had been dragged out into the street and butchered as they deserved. Now it was actually a pleasant, peaceful place to live, not just looking pretty and fair as it once had while hiding its various diseases under its dress. But, of course, the world of cultivation is slow to notice changes in the mortal realm."It is regrettable, but collateral damage can't be avoided in a bout between demi gods" Amber robes laughed boldly "Now begone, before this beast in heat drags you into our disagreement. If you are wise, you'd tell the ones cowering behind you to flee as well""You could've just let me have your sister, I would be a caring husband" Pink robes said flippantly, pointing his finger at his opponent"Demi gods? You little worms?" you laugh outloud, throwing your arms out "Why should these people flee, when you're the ones making a mess out of their home! They were enjoying their dinner before you two came along and wrecked the place! I'd say you have eyes but can't see mount tai, but I'm not certain you can see at all if you're this willfully ignorant of your place in the world and so proud as to scorn those with no quarrel over you!""What did you just call me?!" Both of them shout, their fragile pride crushed by the beauty before them laughing at them and making light of their "Serious" battle"Little worms? Blind fools? Egotistical brats? Mere frogs in a well? Mewling Kits who think themselves tigers?" You say cutely, tapping your lips as you pout and hang your head, eyes narrowed and filled with the venom of spite "is that not what you are? Novices who think they stand atop the world and above the heavens themselves. I'll give you once chance to break up this fight, leave this street...no, Leave Suiqi, and find somewhere else to kill each other, or else I'll have to teach you two a lesson you won't soon forget""Please! MY beloved! See reason and come back inside where its Saaafe!" The owner of the noodle shop cries out, before a loud, ringing thud sounds, as his wife strikes him with the pan in her handsCont
>>5504020"Please spare her masters!""You would not be so cruel as to steal away her beauty""Yeah get out of here you bastards! Don't you know there's a shrine to the happy bloodshed just down the street!""Don't you dare lay a hand on her you brutes, she is speaking what we're all thinking, you bullies""Do you think our red rose is able to back up that sharp tongue of hers?""You're right, the air around her has changed and become deathly cold""I want her to look at me like that, like I was living garbage""What a fierce look in her eyes!""Surely disciples of two proud sects wouldn't beat a young woman just for telling them off""Will you now?" Amber orange says with a smirk "I welcome you to try, now get out of here before I get angry with you, girl""Huh?! Seems I have to slap some sense into the little princess here" Pink robes declared, striding ridiculously told you, mocking you with his whole demeanor and all his bearing as he lifted back his arm and raised his hand "Maybe even give you a spanking, huh?"You shoot him a withering glare, looking down at him even though he is slightly taller than you are. His head is a queer sort of yellow, like dried summer grass. And his face reminds you of a dog's, dull and witless, handsome but less so than he imagines it to be."As if you'll be even able to touch a hair upon my head!" You boast, sneering as you step forward to meet the fool, while his enemy stays back, observing from behind his hanging black locks of hair with sharp, villainous looking eyes roll 1d100. DC 20. Best out of four Huanliuxue now has performed a total of 9 good karma actions...
Rolled 100 (1d100)>>5504023
>>5504025Well, they are getting absolutely demolished
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>5504023>>5504025
Rolled 11 (1d100)>>5504023dice~>>5504023>best out of four>100 on 1BOI
>>5504029>>5504033And at last, our ancestors are backing us
>>5504037Come on anon, we got that 100 but we still have one more roll to go.
Rolled 46 (1d100)>>5504023LET'S GOOOO!
>>5504025IMMENSE SUCCESS! 80 over DC and Five times DC! You achieve victory as easily as turning over your hand, utterly humiliating your opponents! Teaching them they were frogs lusting over a swan's flesh and a hundred years to early to challenge you!Update will arrive shortly
>>5504040Sorry anon, I couldn't carry the guilt in case I rolled a 1It happened before irl so I knew it might happen again
>>5504052That's understandable, but now you put the idea of a 1 happening on the fourth roll in my headBut I doubt that Grandfather would do that to us, after we got the bo4 as a bonus/upgrade. Right?
Kind of a shame that the karma option won. There’s good reasons for doing so, but I also can’t help but think back to HMQ where people would vote for options just because they gave Karma and didn’t bother with the in-character reasoning.Admittedly, this is probably just salt on my end, but I’ve getting some serious cognitive dissonance from how voters act karma isn’t on the line compared to when is.
You do not even need to use any of your techniques, expend any of your spiritual or internal energy or cast even the simplest of spells. You simple slip to his side as he swings his arm to slap you on the cheek, crouching under the rush of air it creates that moves through the already wrecked noodle shop like a whirlwind or twister. Standing back up, unbending your legs in one smooth motion, you grab a hold of his arm at its elbow as he leans forward, stumbling from putting so much strength and force behind his slap only to strike empty air. There's a loud snapping sound, like a cracking whip, produced from the speed of his slap causing a bubble of emptiness to form in the air and then to collapse in on itself as the air rushes back to fill it. You had grabbed hold of him so fast, the sound of his open palm strike was heard after you had gripped onto both his upper and lower arms. He stares, dumbfounded, feeling your hands on his arm but unable to understand how you vanished. Maybe he thinks he reduced you to dust and regrets his murder? Or maybe he realized, in the brief moment before you start pulling at his limb and bending the bones inside of it, that he had made a grave error judgement in thinking you were just a pretty face and not at all worthy of his respect, that you were just a sassy girl to be slapped and taught a lesson."Please, do not scream too loud" You whisper in his ear, purring slightly as you step behind his back and pulled his arm with you, contorting it in a painful manner as you press it flat against his back.There is a second snapping sound. Then a third. The first being his arm dislocating out of its socket, the latter being the joint in his elbow popping and then cracking as you break his arm like you would the wing of a sparrow.He did not listen and begins wailing and screaming bloody murder, like you had just fatally wounded him. Incensed, and enraged that he couldn't follow such a simple instruction, you throw him to the ground and pull back your leg. Touching your heel to your back, you send a current of Metal Qi down your leg, channeling it in a close circuit before manifesting it as bright blue sparks crackling down from your thighs to your toes.Then you kick him in his ass, as he slumps on the ground, bottom raised. Striking with the side of your foot, you hear a cracking sound as he screams so loud as to loose his voice and is sent bouncing into the noodle shop with a smoking, broken ass. Sparks fly out of his ears and out of his raised, golden hair, that is standing like the quills on a porcupine now. His eyes are empty, filled with tears, and he is drooling. And he is totally unconscious, the back of his robes torn away to expose his cherry red behind.The one with the long bangs hiding his eyes, realizing you are an actual threat and the danger you pose to his well being after you defeated the foe with whom he was equally matched and struggling with, tries to proactively defend himself.Cont
>>5504087By striking while your back was turned. Unfortunately for him, cats have a good spatial awareness. Though that doesn't really matter, cause the idiot was screaming as he tried to sneak up on you. It might be cowardly, but it at least showed he had enough sense to know a frontal attack would only end in his humiliation. Unfortunately, the prideful fool failed to realize that attacking your back would result in the same. His only winning move was to prostrate himself and grovel at your feet, or to simply run away. And even then, you might get into the mood to pounce on the fleeing mouse. Your blood was boiling and you had become rather excited already.Catching the tip of his sword between your fingers, stopping it above your shoulder, you twist around on your heel and lift up his sword. He stares at you, lip and arms trembling as you offer him an innocent smile and then slam a knee into his crotch. He gasps, eyes rolling back as his legs give out from underneath him and he slumps against you. You lead him around, stepping to his side and holding him up as tears fill his eyes and he tries to fumble for a spell talisman hanging from his belt. You smile sweetly, pat his cheat, let go of him and hop back, allowing him to stumble forward.His face meets the ground after you stomp his head down to it as he begins to fall, knocking him unconscious like his rival.Silence fills the street, as the patrons of the noodle shop look at you with awe and amazement, and those who hid behind their stalls or in the other stores peek their heads out, looking in disbelief as two young masters from the storied and mythical schools of daoist immortals lay on the streets, having been beaten by a fairy. They remain like that, frozen, staring at you as you flick your crimson hair back and stand atop the amber robed cultivator, arms crossed and chest lifted proudly."That should teach you two to not make a mess in someone else's house!" You declare loudly, sneering and cackling as the silent storefront erupts into cheers and the cowed and terrified shoppers, patrons and storeowners form a crowd, some of them jeering and kicking the pink robed blondie and others surrounding you to cheer you and thank you, falling to their knees, bowing and telling you just how amazing you were to beat the two menaces so easily. All the praise and gratitude is enough to make you blush and feel lightheaded with delightSo you bask in the adoration of the masses, as the guards arrive late and stare dumbfounded, and hear several exaggerated stories of how the red haired beauty made short work of the two troublemakers and prevented further harm from befalling the city or the locals by their hands. Their faces pale under their helmets, as they realize the two ruffians are cultivators by the daoist robes they wear. Cont
>>5504090They're terrified of angering them, even though one's bare ass is exposed for all to see and red like a baby's and the other is crying in the ground under your foot, holding his cracked eggs. And they're more terrified of offending you, realizing, as anyone with any common sense would, that you are no ordinary girl if you beat them so handily. The ten or so armed men speak in hushed whispers, trying to decide if they're allowed to take cultivators into custody, if they should punish any party out of fear of reprisal, or if they should just keep their hands clean of the matter. You know this, cause you can hear their discussion as clearly as the cheers and humble gratitudes and awed exclamations uttered by the crowd that has filled the street. Eventually, the most veteran amongst them, a man with a grey flecked beard, shuffles toward you, head bowed and eyes locked on the ground."We...thank you for intervening on Suiqi's behalf" He says meekly, wringing his hands "We trust you have scolded your juniors, and there will be no more trouble from them after this scolding they've received" They don't realize all three of you belong to different sects, they just see Cultivators and violent sages. "if it would not be troublesome, could you escort these young men back to the mountain grotos they came down from?" He asks pitifully, shivering as you smile sweetly, grinding your heel into the back of one of the "Wise sages" as he whimpers and pleads to you for forgiveness What do you decide to do, Huanliuxue?>Force the two idiots to compensate the noddle shop for the damages they caused, and apologize for their brutish behavior>Laugh, and tell them their masters can pick them up after they've been properly punished, and then browbeat the local law to put them in stocks and have them pelted with rotten fruit and other filth. Maybe then they'll learn to be humble>Wait for the two to wake up, and tell them to tell you who they are, why they were fighting, and which sects they belong to, so you can throw them in front of their gates in shame.>Enjoy the adoration of those you've saved, then leave Suiqi and go back home to Fu's village before the two cultivators can wake up>Act like you are their elder martial sister, then take them to the countryside and decide what to do with them there>write in
>>5504084What is HMG?Anyway, I believed that this option was in-character Huan, and we have skipped good karma options before, atleast two if I remember: not giving things to the pig demon for no reason, and healing the emperor while planning on killing him instead of doing for the goodness of our heart.I guess there could be an argument that anons chose to meditate instead of healing the brothers last thread because while it was a good option, it didn't give karma, but considering those two examples above, there is plenty of room for doubt.
>>5504092>Force the two idiots to compensate the noddle shop for the damages they caused, and apologize for their brutish behavior>Wait for the two to wake up, and tell them to tell you who they are, why they were fighting, and which sects they belong to, so you can throw them in front of their gates in shame.
>>5504092>Wait for the two to wake up and tell them to reveal who they are, why they were fighting, and which sects they belong to, so you can throw them in front of their gates in shame after they compensate the noodle shop for the damages they caused and apologize for their brutish behaviour.Is this too much? It might be too much.>>5504101Homeless Mutant Quest. If I remember correctly, karma points could be used to reroll nat 1s and, since the QM used a d20, there were a lot of nat 1s
>>5504110Thanks for the reminder, it's been quite a while since I read it. I do remember the rolling like a crack bitch memes now.RIP Crusty
>>5504110I think it makes sense that they're combinable, it's basically interrogate+punish.+1 cuz I don't think we should be ignorant of the sects and what they're about.
>>5504092>Force the two idiots to compensate the noddle shop for the damages they caused, and apologize for their brutish behavior>Wait for the two to wake up, and tell them to tell you who they are, why they were fighting, and which sects they belong to, so you can throw them in front of their gates in shame.So long as we don’t stick around for their elders to question us, I’m fine with dumping them.>>5504101Homeless Mutant Quest, an oldie that used to run back before /qst/ existed. It had a karma system like this quest does, except instead of unlocking new options each point of karma was a reroll. Now, players tended to roll like shit, so those rerolls turned out to be one of the most important resources in the quest and players went out of their way to get it whenever possible. That wasn’t really a problem early game where things like the characterization was mostly blank, but as the quest marched on karma choices tended to conflict with more options and players also got more insistent on getting those sweet sweet rerolls. Just read the quest, you’ll see what I’m talking about once you get about mid way through.
Did one of you archive this thread? Not complaining if you did. But I noticed it has been archived on suptg, sometime yesterday. Thankfully, with the proper tags, title and thread. If one of you did archive it, to keep it from being misarchived, thanks. Know a few quests did suffer from that a few days back.Thou It'd be really funny if someone tried to misarchive it and cocked it up.Anyways, here's some discussion fodder while I'm here. Fashion! What sort of outfits/ style do you want Huanliuxue to wear in her human form!
>>5504092>Force the two idiots to compensate the noddle shop for the damages they caused, and apologize for their brutish behavior.>Wait for the two to wake up, and tell them to tell you who they are, why they were fighting, and which sects they belong to.>Request writing materials, and write letters explaining what happened, why you intervened, and what you will do to any daoists that seek to disrupt the peace that Suiqi has found in explicit detail. Hand these letters to the juniors after telling them you will stop by their sects later and quiz their leaders over its contents using the spare letters you’ve written for your own reference before heading off on your way.We gave them a chance to stand down. They didn’t take it, we crit them into submission. Mission accomplished, the good karma is just a nice bonus for what I’d already have voted for.I don’t want to eat up time traveling to their sects and getting involved in their politics. That could turn into a whole adventure in itself and I’d prefer to get real clothes first.Send them with a letter, and threaten them with a checkup. Whether we actually do that is immaterial, they should be scared shitless of us now.
>>5504231>Fashion! What sort of outfits/ style do you want Huanliuxue to wear in her human form!Fingerless gloves. Nothing else.
>>5504231>Fashion! What sort of outfits/ style do you want Huanliuxue to wear in her human form!Honestly, I think some plain(er) robes would work. I don't think Huan would be one for ostentatious fancy outfits, instead wearing more normal clothes to better accentuate her natural beauty.
>>5504092>Help the injured in the noodle shop>Act like you are their elder martial sister, then take them to the countryside and decide what to do with them there
>>5504149>>5504404Voting for these two combined
>>5504092>Act like you are their elder martial sister, then take them to the countryside and decide what to do with them therewhile I do want to punish those fools further, I also really wanna get back home to our snug cave and avoid wasting too much time on this distraction. >Fashion! What sort of outfits/ style do you want Huanliuxue to wear in her human form!unlike other anons I actually picture her dressing quite flamboyantly, with long flowing bands of silk in different shades of red, and a rather excessive amount of jewelry. Maybe she would also incorporate some trophies from her conquests, like feathers from the crow king and such.
>>5504404I also support tending to the wounded!
>>5504231I like the Qipao. Just make it the pink that our sect is using
>>5504110Supporting>>5504231Oh I can explain this, recently there’s been an odd trend of someone intentionally mislabeling threads on suptg and this thread got hit (originally the title and description was for Elin Veteran). I’m assuming the site admin fixed it which is why the description is just the title of the thread. The things people do in their free time I swear.As for fashion, Huan has already shown to like dressing elegantly in the times we’ve possessed Yuyi as well as a slight interest in imitating Monu’s flashy style, so I’d say on the flamboyant side
>>5504092>Force the two idiots to compensate the noddle shop for the damages they caused, and apologize for their brutish behavior
>>5504092>Heal the Injured>Force them to compensate the noodle shop
>>5504092>>5504237Adding>Tend to the woundedto my vote. We need to do something while the one guy wakes up, and I’m certainly not trusting them to heal the wounded as part of their punishment either.Although…>Leave those with only minor wounds until the pair of frogs wake up, then have them observe basic first aid while you lecture and quiz them on what you are doing so they may assist others while they apologize.My anger has abated, but I still feel the urge to lecture. If their sect masters are of such poor quality that they can’t even fathom how to go helping people they’ve hurt at a basic level, I do feel the need to address that shortcoming while berating them.
>>5504092>>5504130I would also like to add>Tend to the woundedto my vote. It feel more natural to heal wounded->interrogate->punish anyways.
>>5504106Initial roundup - Phoneposting always sucks edition>Compensation - 7Ps8duRWOBBG6uA2G4qhcAtBcdNK3Upb9iQj6H76Vtd1CsGDb5SNdb3ZQ>Wait for them to wake up, lecture, toss them at the gates of their sects - 9 (8?)Ps8duRWOj2ILJce0Us48hf1hJPIXfPaLBBG6uA2G4qhcAtBciQj6H76V59xJdSMjdNK3Upb9>Above, but provide letters instead of delivering them to their sects - 1dNK3Upb9>Help the injured - 6N80gEXH4iQj6H76V1K36v/lj65P1A3FxdNK3Upb9Us48hf1h>Above, but having the fools help with minor injuries while lecturing them - 1dNK3Upb9>Act as elder sister - 4 (3?)N80gEXH4iQj6H76V (Could you clarify? Acting as their elder sister while also asking for details on their sects seems contradictory in front of the public)1K36v/lj65P1A3FxI put my write-ins in both their own section and under the main votes since they’re just slight reflavorings of the original ones.
>>5504754Nice, I got a free (You)Normally I also put the total votes as well because of the one less then half rule, but good work junior>>5504106I'll add>Help the injured in the noodle shopTO my vote, this way we can heal while waiting, make them pay for the damages and explain themselves, and them kick them out
Notice that one of these miscreants brazenly wears the colors we chose for our sect. Even if he didn't know, that is unforgivable.
>>5504901Huan after raiding Monu's wardrobe
>>5504766Ah. I’ll blame working and phoneposting for the sloppiness, even though I should have known better anyway.
what's even the point of being a female cultivator if you don't get completely ridiculous with your wardrobe?
>>5504231>Fashion! What sort of outfits/ style do you want Huanliuxue to wear in her human form!I don't see Huanliuxue wearing the coomer outfits, for one thing. she might find human desire useful but she doesn't need to show anything to use itI can easily imagine her wearing a wide range of outfits though, with some sportier and more masculine options like magua/Tang suit, or kun trousers, simple traditional ruqun robes, and also some more elaborate flashy brocaded things like picrel, though probably sticking to animal themes of herself and her students, and sect colors more heavily emphasized (though she shouldn't be one-tone!). she might also wear stuff like black guipao, which were reserved for 'unclean' people like butchers
>>5505557I don't know chinese fashion, but I'd honestly be fine with a large, mostly concealing one piece dress, Like Lo-Pan from big trouble in little China.
What earrings should we wear, if any?Something ostentatious and colorful, or a muted red jade? A hinting shape of a cat or a traditional sequence of jewel/metal?Or make a minor useful artifact to wear openly and keep people guessing?
>>5505667Honestly I don't think she'd wear earrings. The idea of stabbing something into her ears probably very much doesn't appeal to her ever since she got a piece of one taken off as a kitten.
>>5505785Oh excellent point, do we still have our notch? We took it from kitten form to demonic beast form to princess of the wild form so it would stand to reason we still have it in human form?
>>5505804I think the Yin physique might have removed it, because while a notched ear on a cat is kind of cute, on a human it would be weird.
>>5505807Grampa gave us slightly pointy ears so he's already taking some liberties there. I wouldn't mind a small notch, it's part of our brand by now like the red fur.
>>5505785That's fair. Mostly I'm wondering what else complementary jewelry we can use as hidden or not so hidden artifacts. Rings, amulets, the works. Although they'd have to be special. I can't imagine anyone's made multi-form transforming artifacts for ten generations, a distant project for Feiqing perhaps, after the important stuff.
>>5505807Yeah huan had become a puddle during the transmutation and then got the yin physique.I'm not even sure when we transform back her feline form will be the same, probably regenerated completely at the least so the notched ear may actually be gone...
Ending the vote, tallying the results now.Force the two idiots to compensate the noddle shop for the damages they caused, and apologize for their brutish behavior:10Wait for the two to wake up, and tell them to tell you who they are, why they were fighting, and which sects they belong to, so you can throw them in front of their gates in shame.:9Request writing materials, and write letters explaining what happened, why you intervened, and what you will do to any daoists that seek to disrupt the peace that Suiqi has found in explicit detail. Hand these letters to the juniors after telling them you will stop by their sects later and quiz their leaders over its contents using the spare letters you’ve written for your own reference before heading off on your way.:1Help the injured in the noodle shop:8-Leave those with only minor wounds until the pair of frogs wake up, then have them observe basic first aid while you lecture and quiz them on what you are doing so they may assist others while they apologize.: 1Act like you are their elder martial sister, then take them to the countryside and decide what to do with them there:4So at 14 votes, You'll Heal and tend to those injured in the two idiot novices' scuffle, who'll you'll force to compensate the noodle shop and apologize for their behavior in a suitable humiliating manner, before dragging them off to tell them who they are, why they were fighting and which sects they belong to so you can throw them in front of their gates in shame. Update will arrive shortly>>5504754Once more, I must applaud the virtues of the Juniors aiding me in the effort to tally up the vote! >>5504548Ah, that explains it. Thanks!>>5505804>>5505807>>5506147The notch remains. It adds to Huanliuxue's scuffed charm. And is, as noted, iconic.
"Hhmph" You huff, glancing down at the trembling, old guard whose legs buckle the moment he meets your gaze "When they wake up certainly, but there's more pressing matters I must attend to besides scolding my juniors for their ill-bred and loutish behavior"Hopping off of Amber Robes head and neck, you swagger back into the noodle shop, where the daughters and wife who previously looked at you with deadly venom in their eyes, now watch you with awe and respect nearing veneration. As you justly deserve for your heroics and should receive innately for your high status, regal birth and general magnificence in all things! Kneeling down next to the old man with the chunk of wall in his leg, you stem the flow of blood pouring out of the gaping wound with a wave of your hand. He winces, knowing what will come next, as with a delicate smile and touch, you rip the offending splinter from his thin leg. He bites down on his hand, drawing blood and turning pale, before with trembling eyes he looks down and to his amazement, sees that he is not bleeding rapidly and gushing out blood like a macabre fountain. "A real...a real cultivator! A mystic!" He says weakly, blinking as you lift up the hem of his robe and inspect the would be lethal wound more closely. "As if that was not already obvious, grandfather, but how perceptive you remain even into your old age" You say politely though with a little mocking to your ginger tone "It'll leave a scar, that'll surely ache, but that is certainly better than being a corpse, no?""This old man will have no complaints, being saved by a fairy such as yourself" He giggled, cheeks turning rosy as you used placed the scales of the Scarlet healing armor over his leg, and watched with, what would probably be deemed morbid interest as his flesh and skin reknit itself, latching on and pulling back together in a most entrancing fashion.But the crowd didn't judge you, as they followed behind you like a bunch of kittenss or ducklings, whispering and gossiping about you as they watched you work your miracles. The grey hair guard, urged and pushed forward by his fellows stammered and tried to press the issue of you taking away the dangerous youths still laid out on the ground. But you ignored him, as you were still busy with the more pressing matters, annoyed that he was being so impatient when you told him you had work to do before you could get to scolding and punishing. Namely saving lives that would otherwise be lost. You've found that treating wounds was about as fun as making them, and have made something of a hobby of treating the ill or wounded.Next, you marched up to the serving girl, who was already surrounded by several of his younger sisters, who were looking at her still, blood covered face mournfully with tear filled eyes and wetted cheeks. They were trying to bid her, to rouse her to wake, the older among them clearly fearing the worst, like their elders and their mother.Cont
>>5506593But, with a pat on the cheek and that creation of a patch of the Scarlet healing armor on her split open brow, the grisly scar on her forehead shrinks to be nearly imperceptible. Moments later, her eyelids lift and she looks around woozily. Smiling down at her, you pat her on the head and peak over the counter to see if her father is still alive after her mother walloped him with a pan. He's snoring peacefully on the ground, with a red mark over the whole of his face and a tooth or two missing from his smile. But besides a cloudy head, you deem he'll be perfectly fine when he wakes back up.Quickly, you move through the rest of the shop, checking in on the patrons and rolling your eyes when your admires act more injured than they are in the hopes they'll feel your gentle touch. The worst the rest of them have suffered are bruises or minor dazing, so you take a few bowls of water and freeze them to ice with a simple Cooling Spell. Then, you trick a few of the lovestruck boys following you around to break the ice into chunks, to then be wrapped in cloth and held against their bruises and concussed heads.Its around the time you've finished instructing them, that Amber robes begins to recover and wake from having his head stomped into the dirt, and pathetically tires to sneak away, crawling in the dirt to do so. Forgetting that cat's prefer struggling prey, you appear in front of him in a flash, and grab hold of his overly long bangs to look into his frightened eyes."I'm not through with you yet, brat!" You bark, as you drag him on his back into the noodle shop, where the owner's daughters have set about tying up and binding the Pink robe, who is still unconscious. "You don't know who you're messing with!" Amber robe blusters, before being silenced with a glare as icy cold as death's own grip, shutting him up and making him behave as you find a bowl half filled with ice to pout onto Pink robes back, to wake him.He looks up, and shrieks upon seeing you, prostrating immediately and blubbering as he smacks his head black, blue and bloody on the ground. Looking down at him in Disgust, you shake your head, disappointed even though you expected their pride to be as fleeting as it turned out to be."Stand up, and kneel before the owner of this shop. Its them you should be begging for forgiveness, and pleading for absolution for your truly brutish behavior! I've met wild animals with more decorum than you two! And greater tact as well!" You spit, snarling at them and smacking their heads together as they sit side by side one another, they do not fight back our raise their voices"It'd be a greater dishonor to our clan and our school to beg like dogs before mere mortals" Amber robes hissed under his breath"Its beneath us to beg at all, let alone for forgiveness from some mere peasants, especially ones as ugly as the girls here" Pink robe grumbledYou pressed your heel into Pink robes crotch and shoved two fingers up amber robes nose
>>5506594"Do I need to kick you two around some more until your robes are soiled red and brown?" You asked sweetly with pouty lips and fluttering eyes "Or will you swallow the pride you have no earned, be smart, and lower your head before you make your better truly upset? I can be a lot harsher if you'd prefer me to hold your heads down as you bow and hold your cheeks to force you to say your apologizes""You..you have no idea who our teachers are" Amber robe growled. So you slapped him, hard, knocking him out and one of his teeth out as well"Hmm, don't care. But if they have any sense at all, they'll scold you just as harshly as I am, junior" You say as you force him awake with a freezing touch to his chest "Now, get up, walk up to the lovely madam running this shop, throw yourselves to the ground, and apologize""I think we should listen. Live to fight another day, and repay this slight against us and loss of face another day" Pink shrilly shrieked as, without thinking, you had applied more weight and pressure to his groin"You'll rue this, red hair" Amber whimpered, his cheek now puffy and bloated"Goood booooys" You praised, squeezing both their cheeks before grabbing them by their collars and dragging them before the owner's fat wife, who was presently plucking hairs from the largest of the warts on her nose "Now, remember your manners and etiquette lessons, and apologize to this well aged beauty, hmm? Or shall I start breaking eggs again"Both the boys reflexively guard their crotches with their legs"That's what I thought" You cackled sadistically as the two of them shuffled forward. Pink robe merely feel to his knees and pressed his forehead to the ground, while Amber and orange robes threw his arm over his chest while flicking the sleeve of his other hand, fell to his knees and slammed his head to the ground dramatically"I didn't mean any harm, I was blind, ignorant and a fool. I regret my actions, please, find it in your magnanimous heart to forgive this foolish child" Pink robed said tearfully, putting on a good show of acting guilty and ashamed of himself"It was unbecoming of one of my stature to act in such a manner, to do harm to those who have not harmed me. Vainglory clouded these eyes of mine, and I deserve no pardon for the damage I have done" Amber robes said quietly, never raising his head, unlike pink who was now clinging on the matron of the noodle shops dress, crying into it and tearing at his hair"Words are wind" The iron maiden herself spat "My girl might be alright, and my customer might still be breathing, but what am I going to do about that wall""The heavens bless those who live righteous lives?" Pink robes laughed"It could serve as an attraction, to commemorate the great battle that took place here today!" Amber robes audaciously declaredCont
>>5506595"Great battle? I spanked one of you and kicked the other in his balls. you're full of yourselves and completely deluded if you think that is a great battle! Dumbasses!" You laugh outloud, causing both of them to click their tongues and turn away from you scornfully "No! You'll pay for the damages to both the shop and those inside of it""But you healed..." Pink robes said, his face twisting like he sucked on something sour before he saw your merciless glare and thought better of saying anything more. He turned to Amber robe, who nodded, and somberly, the two took out their wallets and offered enough for the noodle shop to not only repair their wall, but open up several new shops and keep them all stocked with imported ingredients. You and the old woman exchanged glances, sharing a look that only women who've found a good bargain in the market can make, before she milked them for all they were worth, sensing the same opportunity you had."That might be enough to hire the cheapest cleaners in Suiqi" She claimed boldlyThe two idiots put out more taels of gold. The old woman, displaying remarkable composure, did not flinch and kept that disdainful, unsatisfied glare in her eyes, as her eldest daughters dragged their younger sisters away to keep them from spoiling her scheme and ruining her gamble"Oh, I might be able to patch the wall with that, if I wanted to use salvaged and rotting wood" She scornfully huffed, crossing her armsMore gold, more silver, your eyes began to glitter and you felt an urge to bat the sparkly things around but held back, awed by the old woman's fortitude and self control. She must've been murder in games of dice!"Hmm, I might be able to get the wall fixed properly, and remortared if the builders I found were more generous than buddha himself" She said, gripping the counter to keep her hand from trembling'How far will you go grandmother?' You found yourself thinking in awe 'How bold can you be! This is marvelous!' Spirit stones were tossed onto the pile on the ground.Her composure and vitality failed her, and she fell backwards and fainted on the spot.Pink reached his hands to grab a few of the stones back, but you stopped his thieving with a sustained, deathly stern glare that could freeze flame if you looked at it long enough."There, we've settled our debt to the mortals here, are you happy now?" Amber robes huffed, so you cuffed him on the ear and wordless pulled him and his rival out of the shop by their collars. Pink robes, had already turned to prayer, expecting you were about to kill him as you dragged them out into the street, past the jeering and taunting crowd and the very much relieved guard force and into a more remote alleyway, similar to the one where you had killed Pan Da, the mad alchemist.Cont
>>5506596Tossing them on the ground, you crossed you arms and stood above them"Who the hell do you think you are!?" Amber robes roared. You just tilted your head and grinded your heel on the cobbles, shutting him up"You must be mad, if you think you can push the two of us around" Pink declared, with a trembling voice. You narrowed your eyes, and he covered his head and looked away, sputtering "He told me to say that""Worm" his rival hissed through his tightly clenched teeth"Who the hell am I? Who the hell are you to strut around with your heads held so high?" You shout back, lifting your chin imperiously as you disdainfully look down at them"Xia Xiaosi!" Pink robed declared "Foremost son of the Xia clan and son of its great patriarch!""Bastard adopted when he showed up in their latest round of recruits" The other sneered "Heard his wife made him a eunuch after that farce""Hah!" Xiaosi snorted, full of himself "at least I have connections, and my father remains complete. A man of his valor and renown deserves a concubine or two""But a Butcher's widow?" Amber robed said mockingly, shaking his head "I am Liu, of the Shīdì Clan!""Wetland Willow? what a terrible name" You muttered under your breath "Never heard of either of you"Both of them deflated and seemed to shrink somewhat when you said those words, not even attempt to make you recognize them by name or deed, hanging their heads in utter defeat."So why were the two of you unknown novices fighting to begin with" You sigh indifferent and haughtily, tapping your egg crushing foot on the ground loudly, to emphasize the threat it still poses to their manhoods "Oh various reasons" Xiaosi said with a smirk"This beast pursued my sister, my blood sister" Shithead Liu said furiously "Incessantly stalking her, bothering her and offending her ears with his vile flirting and lewd propositions""And that is enough to kill over?" You said, somewhat amused"Oh, we've hated eachother for years! Our sects are rivals, and this nitwit lost me the tournament that would've made me an inner disciple years ago! I'd have been two stages above him if it wasn't for that spiteful trick!" Pink robes declared"You're still farting about that fantasy of yours? It was a fair bout, and a fair Tie!" Droopy bangs defended, seeming offended he had been accused in such a manner "It was mostly him trying to bed my sister""Oh You're always trying to steal my spotlight, swamp boy' Blondie huffed"Enough of that, your voices are grating my ears and pushing me towards violence" You sweetly said, commanding them to be silence "So you're rivals, because your schools are rivals, and Xia won't leave well enough alone. Which sects do you belong to"Cont
>>5506597"Oh? Starting to feel worried and regret your brazen actions against us two rising sta..." Shitty Lui tries to mock you, but you silence him with a solid stomp between his legs. He slumps over, drooling, eyes rolled back into his head and empty of anything but agony. That makes the golden haired lecher behave!"I belong to the Heroic and loving Summer Sea Dawn Sect (夏季海黎明, Xiàjìhǎilímíng), and this haughty dog drooling like a simpleton, whose line has been assuredly ended by your righteous foot, belongs to the villainous and heartless Dusk Marsh Wolves Sect (薄暮沼泽狼, Zhǎozébómùláng), whom I'm sure my father would be happy to protect you from if you promise to stop assaulting my family jewels and mighty rod""No" You state plainly, making the Xia boy wheep and try to cross his legs to protect himself "Guessing that means your sect is by the coat and his is in marshlands. Certainly narrows down where the two of you came from, since I can't see either of you traveling for leagues just to kill one another in Suiqi of all places, no matter how stupid you are"He nodded rapidly, still guarding his groin as if his life depended on it"Good! So I know where to throw you two walking piles of trash for a proper scolding! So your sects can both no how shamelessly and shamefully you've been acting, hiding under the protection of there names" You say, which is enough to make Xia Xiaosi look as if you had just declared his execution and Shidi Lui to sit up straight, with desperation burning in his eyesThey begin begging ,pleading, falling on their legs and actually crying, as they try and make you reconsider.You hadn't actually been planning on dragging them back to their sects after interrogating them. Since you were just after information. But with how much they were begging you not to do it, a certain cruel urge, a wisp of sadism, rouse up inside you, and you began to actually think about doing so.Oh what to do, what to do, what to do! You certainly enjoyed watching these two worms squirm and they did deserve to be punished further, especially since they were being sassy and trying to threaten you.You tapped your chin, relishing in their fear and desperation. Ah! It was as sweet as the smell of decay!Cont
>>5506598What do you do, Huanliuxue?>Actually drag them both back to their sects and dump them outside the gates wearing signs that read their crimes to whoever comes out to pick them up>Fuck with them. Pretending to be ready to ruin their reputations and dirty their name with lies, slander and exaggeration, since you have dozens of witnesses who'll back up whatever you say.>Just tell them to go back home, and if you learn they do not better themselves or try to hide their wrongdoings from their sects, you will know and you will come back for them. Then go back to your temple, certain the two idiots are fearful enough to not be an issue, at least for now.>Promise not to tattle on them if they can open up a spot in the tournament both of their sects participate in for your sect. And no, you won't tell them the name of your sect. It'll be a surprise! >Write in
>>5506599>Actually drag them both back to their sects and dump them outside the gates wearing signs that read their crimes to whoever comes out to pick them upFuck em. They deserve it, fighting like that in a populous city.
>>5506599>Just tell them to go back home, and if you learn they do not better themselves or try to hide their wrongdoings from their sects, you will know and you will come back for them. Then go back to your temple, certain the two idiots are fearful enough to not be an issue, at least for now.Let's go home it has been too long>>5506554>the notch remainsbased
>>5506599>Promise not to tattle on them if they can open up a spot in the tournament both of their sects participate in for your sect. And no, you won't tell them the name of your sect. It'll be a surprise!
>>5506599>Just tell them to go back home, and if you learn they do not better themselves or try to hide their wrongdoings from their sects, you will know and you will come back for them. Then go back to your temple, certain the two idiots are fearful enough to not be an issue, at least for now.
>>5506599>Actually drag them both back to their sects and dump them outside the gates wearing signs that read their crimes to whoever comes out to pick them upYoung master humiliation is a Xianxia tradition
>>5506599What an absolutely based shopkeeper. >Actually drag them both back to their sects and dump them outside the gates wearing signs that read their crimes to whoever comes out to pick them up
>>5506599>Make letters explaining their deeds and punishments for them to deliver.>Also explain you’ll have the villagers delivering variations on their letters for the next several months to ensure they don’t dispose of theirs. Those letters will mention the other ones, and lying to their sect masters isn’t wise.>Tell them any replies can be sent to the village of Fu and Qiang. They’re both well-known enough that some couriers will know the location, and they’ll know who you are by description. They’re also good kids who won’t mind playing messenger for you, unlike these frogs.>Idly muse that if you don’t get a reply, you could ask Fu and Qiang to share these frog’s names and humiliations with every sect, traveller, and beggar they come across for a while. Fu would find it amusing, at least, though Qiang may see it as a waste of time…Let’s see how they react to us name-dropping Fu and Qiang as though we’re acquainted with them. Have them guess at our relationship and (eventually) have someone conclude we must be Qiang’s mother because I want this misunderstanding to start early so it can be entrenched before Huan realizes her oversight.
>>5506599>Actually drag them both back to their sects and dump them outside the gates wearing signs that read their crimes to whoever comes out to pick them upGod I want to do a tournament, but we have a bunch of other stuff to settle with our disciples first. We've learned of two of the participating sects, so at the very least that should be enough to learn how to get in if we want a shot at whatever the current sects call legitimacy.
>>5506599I'm gonna change >>5506636 to support >>5506701Either they take the punishment like champs and learn there's a fate worse than Death of we spread their misconduct outside their sect and the Suiqi noodle shop.And maybe the misunderstanding of Qiang and Huan will start spreading.
Can we use our grudge fuckery to curse them until they have done penance?
>>5506763Too Heretic and too obvious for that.From what we know we invented that, which means our Grudge Dao is illegal. We already used an Heretic cultivation technique by healing the people with the scarlet shield, but straight up using it in these cultivators, even if they are scared and novice, it's still means we're showing them we're heretic and words will spreadI think it's better if we keep things a secret for a while now. Eventually some asshole it's going to crash Fu's village again and any of our disciples will need to use their techniques, better if we hold on until then and reveal our sect to the world
>>5506803Yeah I get that. I thought something along the lines of "you're free to go, but the grudges of those you wronged will haunt you in your sleep until you do penance!" But if that's too obvious it might be smarter scolding them in a more analog way for now...
>>5506845For sure. If these two bozos have been given as much gold and spiritstones as their pridefulness warrants, each of their sects must have a strong foothold and support system in their regions.Based on their reactions to us tattling on them, both the Dusk Marsh Wolves and the Summer Sea Dawn sect have a standard of decorum these two chose not to match in their personal matters. I feel it's a given they have Gold Cores in their ranks and they're both sects on the "righteous" side, even if they're not allies. We probably don't want to meet them directly until we have clothes and a further leg up on our own cultivation. Their sects clearly acquired enough wealth to waste handfuls of it on these two, they'll have smarter cultivators with greater senses among them.
>>5506599>>Just tell them to go back home, and if you learn they do not better themselves or try to hide their wrongdoings from their sects, you will know and you will come back for them. Then go back to your temple, certain the two idiots are fearful enough to not be an issue, at least for now.Huan has a pretty good track record for making lower level cultivators straighten up, looking at the one sect. >>5506736>God I want to do a tournamentA tourney would be sick but these sects sound kind of small potatoes. As Huan said, they wouldn't travel for leagues just to kill each other in Suiqi, so they're not far from here. Huan should definitely sneak into a tourney or other official sect setting though. She's spent a lot of time reckoning with most of the rest of the world by now, just hiding from the sects. But now with a human(ish) form of her own suuuuurely she can get away with some more mischief
>>5506599>Just tell them to go back home, and if you learn they do not better themselves or try to hide their wrongdoings from their sects, you will know and you will come back for them. Then go back to your temple, certain the two idiots are fearful enough to not be an issue, at least for now.They are lucky that Huan has her own sect she must return to.>>5506701I would maybe back this if the replies were sent to the owner of the shop in Suiqi to be held until collection later. Fu and Qiang already bring enough attention to the town, bringing more is unwise in my opinion. Though the value in such an active effort seems unnecessary compared to just keeping an ear to the ground, waiting to see if they fulfilled their responsibilities.
>>5507097I could back this alternative for the letters. I’m mostly trying to think of ways to get them to actually tell the truth about what happened here if we don’t drag their asses to their sects. The one sect we intervened with was a longer effort than we’ve given these chuckleheads, so I doubt they’ll stick to it.
>>5506688Changing to>Just tell them to go back home, and if you learn they do not better themselves or try to hide their wrongdoings from their sects, you will know and you will come back for them. Then go back to your temple, certain the two idiots are fearful enough to not be an issue, at least for now.Remembered that we are wearing shadows, and someone that isn't a frog in a well could notice it. And that would be hard to explain
>>5507104Oh, that’s easy to explain. We had a bit of a disagreement with some powerful people, and our clothes were a casuality. We WERE on the way back home to get replacements since our standards are high, but we got distracted by a pair of assholes fueding and threatening to kill bystanders without deigning to even notice.But I do agree, probably not good to keep going around wearing a shadow.
>>5506599>Fuck with them. Pretending to be ready to ruin their reputations and dirty their name with lies, slander and exaggeration, since you have dozens of witnesses who'll back up whatever you say.>Also ask the old lady for a bit of money so you can buy clothes. (Since we need some clothes
>>5506599>Promise not to tattle on them if they can open up a spot in the tournament both of their sects participate in for your sect. And no, you won't tell them the name of your sect. It'll be a surprise!I don't trust these vipers off our leash just yet, they'll not learn any lessons if we release them immediately.I see blackmail as the only good thing and it's what they can understand in their petty little minds.No matter if or when we come to collect, they need a sword over their heads to behave.>>5506969Like this sage says, direct confrontation isn't a good idea, if they really have shameless seniors they'll turn the blame on us before admitting faults and strolling like a pinijata onto their front lawn is just asking for trouble.
>>5506599>Actually drag them both back to their sects and dump them outside the gates wearing signs that read their crimes to whoever comes out to pick them up
>>5506701Supporting, but also throw in >>5507481 mention of getting money for clothes.
Rolled 1 (1d2)Ending the vote, tallying the result now. Sorry for the three day wait. Got caught up in the festivities of the holidays. My clan members have given me a number of priceless treasures, Mostly booze. I hope your Christmas was as merry and fruitful as mine was. Actually drag them both back to their sects and dump them outside the gates wearing signs that read their crimes to whoever comes out to pick them up:5Just tell them to go back home, and if you learn they do not better themselves or try to hide their wrongdoings from their sects, you will know and you will come back for them. Then go back to your temple, certain the two idiots are fearful enough to not be an issue, at least for now.:5Promise not to tattle on them if they can open up a spot in the tournament both of their sects participate in for your sect. And no, you won't tell them the name of your sect. It'll be a surprise!:2Make letters explaining their deeds and punishments for them to deliver....etc:3Fuck with them. Pretending to be ready to ruin their reputations and dirty their name with lies, slander and exaggeration, since you have dozens of witnesses who'll back up whatever you say.:1ask the old lady for a bit of money so you can buy clothes.:2Oh, first tie in a while. Well to chop nails and sever iron, i'll break it with a coin flip.1= dragging them back to their sects2= just tell them to go home with a warning
>>5508783Couldn't you have done a final destination vote?
>>5508783Alright. So you'll continue the humiliation of the young masters Xia Xiaosi and Shidi Lui and drag them back home by their ears to shame them and make sure their betters are aware of their misconduct.
>>5508788Wait where's the 5 votes for dragging them to their sects? By my count there's 3.
>>5506620>>5506639>>5506693>>5506736>>5507521Wait no, here they are. Let me see the other ones.
>>5508785I could've. But I didn't want to make you guys wait longer for the update. I'll kowtow and offer face if you'd like, Ties are a rare happening in this quest, so I'm not exactly adept in handling them. >>5508789There's five. >>5506620>>5506639>>5506693>>5506736>>5507521There were seven, but two of them switched their votes
posting cause my last post isn't showing up
>>5508790Goddammit, your count is right. Reminds me of how first past the post can suck so hard.>>5508791I'd rather wait longer than have the clearly most unpopular vote win. Hell I'd voted for the write in if I had known it would come to this.
>>5508798If it was the most unpopular, the vote wouldn't have been tied. Anyways, focusing on writing the update now.Also. just pointing out, if you had voted for the write in, the "Drag them to their sect" Would've won without a tie breaker because then both the write in and telling them to go home would be at 4 votes.
>>5508801That's not how it works but im too tired to argue. Fair point on the latter half though, sleep deprived brain just thought anything but spending any more time on two bozos even if it didn't make sense.
For a moment, you thought of unhooking your claw from them. Letting them off the hook to swim away with their pride tattered, telling them to crawl home by their own power with a warning to not and try to cover up their wrongdoings, lest you track them back down and punish them even more severely than you did today. But. Buuut, while you know you need to go back home, show off your human form to your students and Mother, and find some proper clothes amongst many other things, seeing these two proud men throw themselves at your feet, begging for mercy and wetting their cheeks with fresh tears of desperation and fear. Well it awakened your sadism, sure you've been in general much kinder and gentler to those who live beneath the heavens with you and share the world that is rightfully yours, but the cruelty of your first days still existed in your heart. It was just more focused and sharpened once you had quieted the grudge that had stoked its flames into an inferno of hatred and murderous fury. After all, it was in a cat's nature to be cruel and to play with their prey. Even if you had become far more benevolent than you'd care to admit out loud, there would always be a primal glee in crushing those who oppose you without mercy or regret. Like pulling the limbs off of a shrieking mouse, or pulling the wings off a song bird as it sang or demoralizing and terrifying some up jumped beast who dared to hunt children before relishing in their, needlessly, extended demise.That was the sensation that turned your thoughts from the logical and safe option of just going home, to actually making good of your threats. Smirking maliciously, you looked down at Xia Xiaosi and Shidi Lui and reminisced on the other foes who've given you such a wonderfully pitiful show of cowardice and supplication, tossing aside all sense of dignity and pride to beg and weep for mercy after trying to kill your seconds ago and proudly insulting the great and mighty you. And these two worms had threatened you with retribution from their masters, before they began kneeling and all but praying at under your feet when they realize you weren't so easily cowed by such vague threats as them running crying to their grandfather with a twisted version of what actually happened in the streets of Suiqi this day.Narrowing your eyes, you realized, as you thought indulgently on indulging your often sleeping sadism, that it was actually more logical to make good of your threat to drag them by their ear to those same grandfathers they all just said they ask to kill you for the loss of face and slight against their "honor" they had suffered at your hands and feet. If they were allowed to skulk back home, wouldn't they lie to make themselves seem the victims, even after the beating they received and the threat of future retribution hanging over their heads?Pups wouldn't learn restraint if their elders didn't pin them by their throats, once in awhile. Cont
>>5508846And like that, all the cruel pleasure and sweet delight you felt at watching them squirmed turned to bitter ash on your tongue. Sure, it'd be nicer to let them off with a warning, but they'd just turn around and slap you on the back of your head the moment you looked away. Unless. Unless you made good on your first threat to drag them back to their homes, shaming them and revealing their crimes and thuggery before they could concoct some outrageous lie, that some red haired fairy attacked them for no reason while they were performing some heroic deed or another and how the beauty shamed them viciously after beating their innocent faces around until they were all bruised and bleeding.Luckily, since you didn't have to keep hidden out of fear of drawing the attention of greedy and ambitious cultivators after your beast core now that you could appear as human as any of them, it wouldn't take you long to get them back to their sects, drag them to the gates and present them in all their indignity, make them suffer the ignominy of being scolded publicly in front of their whole sect by the same old timers whose robes they were so willing to hide under.Except. Except. You began gnawing on the nail of your thumb, as your sense of caution joined the argument against your sense of reason and instinct of self preservation as well as the cheering sadism you had roused and woke up by enjoying their crying perhaps a little too much. Except, their grandfathers would be strong and wise, even if these imbeciles were anything but. Just because their students were lackwits and egotistical rubes, didn't mean their teachers were the same sort of trash. With how proud they were of their sects and clans, their patrons in both must've reached a venerable position in each and while certainly Nepotism was as common as weeds in the world of cultivation, one wouldn't have survived the state of open warfare between the Sects of the Ling lands and the Sects of the Chuan lands if they were useless and dull. They must've been cunning and skilled, and if they sects had a traditional rivalry, that meant they were old or at least heir and inheritor to the powerful sort of legacy. Even if they were minor sects in the grand scheme of things, those grandfathers they threatened to sic on you couldn't be the sort of weaklings you could trample over as easily as dried leaves.Sure, you beat the Crow King, and he was stronger than you before you killed him and gave his corpse to Monu to be refined into materials, but these teachers of theirs would have the backings of their sects, so if they decided to, on a whim or outrage upon seeing their disciples being humiliated by a stranger, to fight you, well, you wouldn't walk out unscathed.Lifting your upper lip and turning your eyes to the sky, you imagined the debate you were having with yourself as numerous, cartoonish versions of you shouting at each other across from a table.Cont
>>5508847And as you daydreamed, hoping that maybe a looser, more relaxed mind would find an answer to satisfy your urge to rub these loser's face in the dirt and tarnish their good reputation, taking all of their face away so you could revel in their despair and shame as well as your desire to remain safe and not court unnecessary danger by marching straight up to the elders of the Sea and Marsh sects and declaring their disciples to be trash and unworthy of even the slightest of respect or regard.And all the while, the two boys kept bowing and smacking their heads on the ground, their eyes red with tears and their faces sullied with dirt and filth. Glancing back down, the looks on their faces reminded you of puppies or kittens who had done wrong. Or criminals being marched through the streets, with their crimes written on boards they have slung over their chest."Inspiration" You whisper, grinning ear to ear as you lift you arms up and above your head, leaning over them as your face is cast in shadowed, leaving only a terrifying silhouette of your sadistic grin and gleeful eyes showing beneath your silken scarlet hair. "Heeeh!" Xia Xiaosi shrieks, trying to flee before you grab a hold of his ear, Shidi Lui simply keeps his head pressed to the ground, sweating and trembling all over "Please! If you must kill me, spare my face! I want to be a beautiful corpseWhat an Admirable Ambition. Fortunately for them, you had know intentions of killing either of them, since it'd be a foolish thing to do even if you had an actual quarrel or grudge with them beyond them ruining your meal and shedding innocent blood without causing any lasting harm."Oh don't fret, boy" You say with mocking concern, as you lift Shidi up by his collar "I'm just going to make sure the two of you go home without fighting and them drop you off at the gates of your school""Oh so you do have kindness in your heart, after all" Shidi Lui sighs, his shoulders falling and slacking in relief"With boards detailing exactly how you fucked up and all the wrongs you've committed, I'm sure that'll get the message across to your sectmates, without" You say, smiling as you thought 'Endangering my beautiful self on a whimsical sadistic desire' but said "Causing unnecessary strife between sects, there's a war going on already, no need to light any additional fires while I'm at it. After that, well I'll leave your elders to decided how to punish you to brutes who'd hurt old men and young girls alike""Oh...so you're even crueler than I thought. Your beauty hides a demon in your heart" Lui grumbles, wincing away as you glare at him and resist the urge to smack him upside the head"Shit. Shit. Please just kill us" His rival whimpers "My old man will do far worse. Please, have humanity, be merciful, do not condemn me to such a fate!""Oh stop being so dramatic" You bellow, smacking their heads together as you drop them to the ground "And get up"Cont
>>5508848"He really will!" Xiaosi cries out"I'll be back to cleaning the outhouse" Lui sighs, hanging his head, as if now of all times you'll be merciful "But, the weak are prey to the strong, so I'll walk to my humiliation, as you so desire, crimson fairy" "My father is going to string me up!" Blondie whines, shaking his head "This is terrible! Just terrible"It is also entirely your fault."Now, which of your sect is closest?" You ask cutely, tilting your head and clapping your hands together"Mine" Shidi says trembling "Unfortunately""At least I can see my rival get scolded" Xia cackled, as the two of them followed after you. Normally you'd be worried about being attacked from behind, but these two idiots have had the lesson of how bad of an idea it was to try and sneak up on you by the beating you had given them. Smiling, you wave goodbye to the owner of the noodle shop, his incredible wife and loyal daughters, and the old fellow whom you had saved. And then have to tell your admirers to go away, as they volunteer to assist you in escorting the two crude immortals to whatever temple or mountain retreat they'll be punished at. Really, they just want an excuse to keep following closely behind you, and are just blustering when they offer to detain the two brutes, you can smell their fear as clearly as you see the love written on their faces.So, leaving Suiqi, trailed by a practical parade of men of all ages and a few women who've come to bid you goodbye, you leave to travel to the southern swamps to dump Shidi at the steps of his temple in the murk and grime of the Dusk Marshes. _The Dusk Marshes. The poorest part of the lands ruled by the Chuan Clan, at least in the mortal realm. Dangerous and untamed, inhabited only by the outcast, desperate and poor, its story is quite different in the world of cultivation. Hell, even among martial artists, it is considered wealthy for the numerous poisonous creatures and schools hidden beside muddy hovels and constricting vines. However, judging from the number of empty and abandoned villages you pass by, it has become even dangerous as of late."Do you think their are demons lurking about, Big sister" Xia Xiaosi asked meekly, as you peeked your head through the window of a house in the latest abandoned village"Probably, that or bandits" You say carefreely "Or rogue cultivators running from the war. Could be anything really, a plague, a swarm of ghosts, a stampede of monsters...""The wolves would've kept any apostates or devils at bay" Shidi Lui says confidently "This is my brother and sisters territory, they wouldn't allow a demonic beast or heretical cult to carry out such slaughters"He was right about the former. While the place was thick with Primordial beast essence, and also unbearably humid, there were no sign that a beast had been the destruction of the five or so villages you had passed by"Hmm, so you say" You mutter, turning back to see both the men glowering "What?"Cont
>>5508849"Do we really need to wear these signs, the whole trip?" Blondie asks "I mean, its a great honor being seen at your side, sister, but uh...well I don't like the way I've been looked at""Like anyone would mistake you for her partner" His rival sneered " But, it is rather humiliating""That's the point. Search the village for survivors" You say, rolling your eyes as you walked forward, feeling beneath the heat of the swamp air, even as it clung and stuck to your shadow covered body.There was a lot of Yin Qi here. Demonic beasts hadn't come through here. They were avoiding it, if you had to venture a guess. You had sensed a few kids running around the outskirts of the dusk marshes, but here? If there were any of them at all, they were hiding.A hungry ghost perhaps? No. There'd be corpses left behind. Or purifying salt. But there wasn't. The towns were empty of life. Even livestock were gone. Except for a few, stringy cats that hid away as you approached, even the mice and insects had left these places.It felt like the underworld. The soil was cold and lifeless, and the air still and heavy.Something crunched under your feet. Sounding like a bundle of dried bones and stiff leather. Lifting your foot up, you found a curious little thing. A shriveled, mummified corpse, that fit in the palm of your hand.You turned it over, frowning and furrowing your brow deeply. Whatever happened here, was the work of a demon, a real demon. Or a demonic cultivator. Either way, you needed to get out of this swamp before they found you, or their crimes were mistaken for your own."Here" You say, tossing the shriveled corpse to one of the swamp cats, glancing back into the towering plantlife seeking to consume the village and feeling as if you were being watched. Neither Xiaosi or Lui found any trace of any survivors, though you knew where they had gone. The swamp had taken them.-"Now, walk the rest of the way up the path and kneel before the gates of your sect and say nothing unless spoken to" You command Shidi Lui, who had become reserved and frightened as the three of you passed by more and more abandoned villages. Though he didn't see any of the shriveled corpses you had found and studied to pass the time. There were traces of Wood Qi of a type in them, but you weren't familiar with the exact type, only that it was aligned to that element. And you had to admit, the mystery was beginning to unnerve even you, who found the little corpses rather cute in their own gruesome way. "Yeah, and kiss their asses to, while you're at it, swamp boy" Xia Xiaosi says, sticking out his tongue and pulling down his eyelid as his rival marched solemnly to his punishment"We could kill you for intruding on our turf, ya know!" He snarled back, but blondie just laughed"Guess its just you and me now, huh" He said, wiggling an eyebrow. You stopped his flirting with a solid stomp on his foot.Cont
>>5508851As you left the swamp, the abandoned cats followed you, escorting you away from the strange, plant choked villages you passed through again. And it was only then you realized you had never seen plants like the ones strangling those swamp huts. With vicious spikes and sticky leaves. They almost felt predatory. Which was a thought you stubbornly decided not to dwell upon, since the implications of it upset and distressed you greatly._Luckily, the trip to reach Blondie's sect wasn't long, and it was just a hop and a skip away from their rivals haunt in the marshes. And it was thankfully much more uneventful, and you knew the river than fed through both the marshes and the Coast of the Chuan lands, would lead you directly back to the heartlands of the lands of a thousand rivers and lakes.Unfortunately, Xia Xiaosi had become so intolerable, you had half a mind to just murder him and ditch his body in the nearest body of water, since he had become bolder and more flirty now that his rival was away, and no matter how much you slapped, kneed or kicked him around, he'd bounce back up again to try his luck almost as soon as you had shoved his face into the dirt or threatened him with castration. It was almost like the freak enjoyed the abuse. And that made you want to wash your hands of him all the sooner. "You really should visit our island! it is beautiful this time of summer, all the flowers are in bloom and the fruit of orchard dances in the slightest breeze! Oh, surely one as well traveled as yourself would know of our pride and joy, the singing reefs!" He excitedly chattered as you pushed him onto a boat with your foot, grimacing as he fell on his back and cushioned his head with his arms "And there is no better sunset than one seen from its beaches, though your red locks would certainly challenge its beauty""I'll pay you extra if you leave immediately and get this lustful cretin out of my hair" You whispered to the boatman, who looked at your pityingly and nodded "For you, its for free" He said with a tip of his hat "Oh come on, we've had some fun together, haven't we? Big sis?" He said teasingly, sneering as the boat left the dock and you glared at him as he and it vanished on the horizon"Should've just killed him" You grumble to yourself as you stomp away "Stupid masochist" 'I need to get home, before I run into any more idiots who need correction' You thought with a huff as you walked by a stall"Miss? Would you like to sample some of our fine fried fish? Free of charge for a beauty such as yourself"'I'll go home after lunch' You correct yourself, as the canny fisherman lifts the lid of the wok and lifted up to waft the aroma of fresh fish slathered in spices and fruit juices. Wiping drool from your mouth, you sit down at the stall and plan your next move as the chef tries to impress you by throwing the fish high in the air from the pan and then catching it, while keeping one eye on you at all timesCont
>>5508852What do you do, now that you've dragged the two morons back home to be harshly punished, Huanliuxue?>Just head home. Even if its obvious you succeeded, Monu tends to worry and you need to see if Ping and Feiqing have come back yet>Investigate the Dusk marshes, and search for the culprit behind the dozen vanished villages.>Search the dusk marshes for the newly awakened Demonic beasts you sense, deciding their safety is more important than finding the monster devouring villages>Feeling a sense of familiarity with the costal landscape, check the map of the region you found in the dimensional gourd when you first opened it (reveals several hidden locales)>Plan how to get Huili his spine back and get Chuandapo to be at least somewhat less lazy (Can be taken with other options)>write in
>>5508853Fuck, I want to go home. I want to go home. I want to go home. BUUUUUUUT>Get the new kids and bring them back to our sect.>Plan how to get Huili his spine back and Chuandapo to be less lazyOkay. No more after this. Get the kids, go home. Show off.No more. Get kids. Go home. Show off.
>>5508855+1And for the problem in the Marshes, I say it's the best opportunity yo send some of our students there. Which one? Idk, but they need to be somewhat powerful because I don't like how things looked in that place. Maybe even send them to just scout and investigate
>>5508855I Support this choice>>5508868Also this is a good suggestion, we can send some students of the advanced class to investigate since it's an overgrown swamp.Hopefully they will not clash with the swamp sect on it's doorstep otherwise we will have to castrate somebody for real.
>>5508853>Search the dusk marshes for the newly awakened Demonic beasts you sense, deciding their safety is more important than finding the monster devouring villages>Investigate the Dusk marshes, and search for the culprit behind the dozen vanished villages.Dammit, I want to go home, but the monster destroying villages is should also be killing kids, and the newly awakened are also like children.
>>5508868Actually, that's a good point, sending our hero students to solve this would be good, since they already have the reputation.>>5508899Changing to>Search the dusk marshes for the newly awakened Demonic beasts you sense, deciding their safety is more important than finding the monster devouring villages>Return home and send Fu and his group to investigate the swamp.
>>5508853>>5508868 +1>Plan how to get Huili his spine back and get Chuandapo to be at least somewhat less lazy (Can be taken with other options) Lets have those two deal with the swamp
>>5508853>Search the dusk marshes for the newly awakened Demonic beasts you sense, deciding their safety is more important than finding the monster devouring villages>Plan how to get Huili his spine back and get Chuandapo to be at least somewhat less lazy (Can be taken with other options)Fuuuuck. There’s so much to do! Let’s get the kid and leave the beast to the Sect in the area.
>>5508868Yeah, sidequest time. Give them a "oh fuck, it's a demon" talismen direct to Monu and send. . . Hmm, Huli, Chenpdao, Swiang, and Hong to deal with it.
>>5508869>>5508901>>5508903>>5508911Actually, I've been thinking in sending some of our Human students that aren't Qiang, Fu, Ping or Feiqing over there.You know, the chubby blind guy, Lafen and her "guard" that's skinny. But seeing how low level they are, I say maybe sending some of our Star students to watch their backs.They need to get some field experience, and from our beastly childs only baby Chuandapao could have problem with that (unless she get's some kind of training in some Dao that let's her move easily without depending on the water).
>>5508928Well, if we send the entirety of Fu's group (except the non-cultivators, it would be too dangerous for them), it would give them a big mix of skills.One way or the other, i rally oppose the idea of sending send our beasts students to investigate in the backyard of a orthodox sect. Seems they aren't dealing with the problem, but you never know when they can decide to do their job and patrol the lands.I wonder if the attacks where done by the crow queen and princess, since they used our tribulation to sneak into the mortal world, or just another demon taking the same opportunity
>>5508853>Search the dusk marshes for the newly awakened Demonic beasts you sense, deciding their safety is more important than finding the monster devouring villages> send our pupils here later to find the culprit
>>5508936>SpoilersI mean, it would be possible, but because I don't know if there's a difference between the Cultivation of Men is different to the Cultivation of Demons, it might be possibleI mean, between the mummified corpses and the Alien strange plants, it might be a Demon with weird rituals, or two Heretic Cultivators that one is a weird sadistic botanic Dao and other a Necromancer with a mummified focused Dao
>>5508948Well, I thought of it because of this>Whatever happened here, was the work of a demon, a real demon. Or a demonic cultivator.So if it's a heretic, it's a demonic heretic. Probably even worse than Frankenstein brother-in-law.Anyway, I think it's not the crows, the last thread said they were in a crow blighted mountaintop, not a swamp. So if it's an actual demon, it's another one.
>>5508853>Investigate the Dusk marshes, and search for the culprit behind the dozen vanished villages.We'll wander home eventually, honest!
>>5508928We could send the heroic human students as a face and siwang for support/scouting and the recruiting of non-human hopefuls.With his special eyes, flight and sense of justice we can trust on him for this role.And in the meantime we give remedial lessons for our more lacking students.
>>5508995Hey, I like that line up
>>5508995That also works.>>5508853Changing my vote>>5508903 to >>5508995 +1
>>5508853>Search the dusk marshes for the newly awakened Demonic beasts you sense, deciding their safety is more important than finding the monster devouring villages>Plan how to get Huili his spine back and get Chuandapo to be at least somewhat less lazy (Can be taken with other options)
>>5508995I will also support this, low level xianxia hero troupe with big daddy owl as a backup
>>5508995And if we really want to twist the knife or if the swamp sect drags their feet or raises their voices they could say that their senior sister with red hair saw there was demonic influence and sent them to help.
>>5508853Backing>Sending the heroic students + Siwang to investigate the swamp per >>5508995We can have the students check the map when they come here. The demon could be hiding in one of the hidden locales the map would reveal anyway.>Plan how to get Huili his spine back and get Chuandapo to be at least somewhat less lazy (Can be taken with other options)Chuandapo may no longer eat fish as she needs. Instead, she must work with Huili to drive land animals towards her first as food, then she may eat fish for the rest of the meal. Monu can help us devise an appropriate amount for it to be considered a “pass”. Training continues intermittently for several months, eventually ramping up to whatever the local wildlife will support. All meals preferably, for at least two months.It’s a very tall order for a wolf and a turtle, so they’ll have to be creative. Chuandapo will learn how to plan since she won’t eat if they fail, while Huili will will eventually learn to push back or Chuandapao will have him do all the work, while still working with her because having her starve will eventually incur our wrath. Should be a painful (if enlightening) experience for both.
By the way guys, if we can all gather the descriptions of the Techniques we have access too from the archives, I'll put them in a paste bin.Many hands make light work and all.I've already got the Cat's Court: Spiteful Blood Legacy 猫 法院: 刻毒血遗产, Māofǎyuàn: Kèdúxuèyíchǎn. A technique that forcefully awakens the last lingering dregs of personality within the rage left behind and inherited within a single drop of blood. Can be used to enhance one's self through the rage of their ancestors, create grudge miasma within a target to "poison" them, or as an attack by briefly giving the long sleeping anger a physical form. Very versatile. A mixture of "Pure" Carmine Mysticism and Necromancy, and an evolution of Blood Refinement]
>>5509103If we are going to archive dive, it might be good to have a list with our students and treasures as well.And maybe important locations, characters and factions too.
>>5509109Honestly not going to bother with the locations outside of our lair and it's upgrades.This is a doc for Huan, not the quest in general.
>>5509103More convenient than putting it in an image. Here's what I got.Huānliúxuè (欢流血, Happy to shed blood)Spiritual Roots: Death/Ghostly Qi, Metal Qi, Pure Blood Qi.--Qinggong variation, "Specter Lightness skill" [幽灵-轻工, Yōulíng-Qīnggōng]Makes one less corporeal and substantial, as if one is turning ghostly while remaining flesh and blood. You can move as agilely in the air as you do on the ground.Allows running across and jumping off water, blood, and standing with lightness on even droplets of rain.--"Phantom Cat Step" [幽灵猫步, Yōulíngmāobù]Utilizes the field-based illusion of slowed time perception created by focusing Yōulíng-Qīnggōng's esoteric aspects for a fraction of a second to evade, dodge or strike beneath openings in one's opponent's defenses while momentum is preserved between "Blinks". Allows one to sprint without expending stamina, and go faster than their natural limits while still maintaining control over their movements.--"Severing of the Eternal soul and Mortal vessel" [刌 永恒魂会死㿾, Cǔn-Yǒnghénghún-Huìsǐzhù]Separate soul and flesh and walk as a true ghost. Walk unseen, traverse great distances and enter the hidden world of the dead. With soul separated from body one obtains all the abilities of ghosts, and also shares their weaknesses.--"Dying Grudge Shield" (垂死怨怼㕹,Chuísǐyuànduìfá)Offense and Defense combined. Qi aligned to the destructive aspect of Yin and the nature of grudges permits creating a black, smoky barrier wreathed in the miasma of resentment. The Yin of its tiles catches the force of any attack that doesn't drive through and shatter it, storing the force within where it is bathed in the essences of destruction and spite and effectively multiplied before being released upon its attacker.--"Enmity Incarnation, Devil of Grudges" (敌意具人形, 魔鬼的恩怨, Díyì jù rénxíng, Móguǐdeēnyuàn)By playing the part of the previous hosts of your strongest grudges you can embody them, becoming an incarnation of their enmity. Mimicking their powers, abilities and attributes.Enmity Incarnation Grudges:==Xiongji the Rampaging Rooster General; Extremely vocal ferocity with a tireless madness and a fiery rage against all things. A Mask of fire, berserk strength, heightened durability, and bottomless stamina.==Monu, Mother; Not yet attempted.-(unf)Other Grudges:==Grudge against Ling Meng and the Ling.==Heaven Aimed Grudge:A grudge against the heaven's for basically everything.==Hell Grudge; A grudge against hell and its inhabitants formed from the disgust and fury you have felt for their wicked ways.Potent and fierce, this resentment was directed towards the truly wicked. Those who the fools who named themselves true daoists would believe to be your allies. The evil you found at your back, as you stood against the injustices and hubris of the heavens who thought they were above the natural order of things.-(unf)
>>5509103--"Blood Torrent Rush" (衁急流奔,Huāngjíliúbēn)A body reinforcing art achieved by sheathing the muscles and wrapping your heart and lungs with Blood Qi, significantly increasing speed and agility with a side effect of causing the users veins to bulge.--"Blood Red Lightning Cat Step" (血紅色列缺猫步, Xuè hóngsèlièquēmāobù)The Blood Torrent Rush art combined with the Phantom Cat step. The slowing effect of the Specter Lightness Skill allows you to maintain the nearly self destructive pace for longer through lightening the body and performing the Phantom Cat Step while so hastened causes its performer to move so quickly that the air around them whips into a shrieking wind.--Ability Extension: Saturating a cloud of grudge energy with Blood Qi allows it to infect targets with furious rage or energy sapping sorrow in addition to the already present weakening effect of the resentment. Turns the black clouds crimson and condensing them enough to "weep" and turn liquid.-->While embodying Xiongji's grudge, this interaction of Blood Qi and Grudges allows you to breath brilliant scarlet fire.--"The Scarlet Healing Armor" (鲜红瘉铠, Xiānhóngyùkǎi)A barrier skill of both protection and healing. A barrier accented with Blood Qi that creates scales of carmine light that can either connect together to form a linked wall or form around and cling to surfaces. The ambient presence of Blood Qi encourages the body's natural healing to the point it can match inner energy healing.-->When enhanced with a powerful blood related cultivation item, this ability has taken the form of a superior suit of strengthened plates of armor.--"Vein Hunting Eye" (血管猎-眼睛, Xuèguǎnliè-yǎnjing)While active, Vein Hunting Eye dyes the world red in your sight, and you gain the ability to see the veins of living creatures, which can reveal to you alterations of their flesh and bones.--"Blood Refinement" (血精炼, Xuèjīngliàn)The ability to refine blood. In combination with basic principles of alchemy, it has permitted you to learn how to alter and transform blood while it is still inside of living veins. Creating poisonous deer, and turning flocks of swallows into birds of prey by activating ancestral genes within their bodies.--"Vein Draining Fang" (血管 倾浆 獠牙, Xuèguǎnqīngjiāngliáoyá)Can be performed with a bite or can be used as a ranged spell to drain its victims dry by forming a cutting burst of blood Qi to create an open wound. A wonderful tool for collecting blood for refinement or quickly bleeding an opponent dry while refining them.--"Vein Draining Fang" (血管 倾浆 獠牙, Xuèguǎnqīngjiāngliáoyá)Can be performed with a bite or can be used as a ranged spell to drain its victims dry by forming a cutting burst of blood Qi to create an open wound. A wonderful tool for collecting blood for refinement or quickly bleeding an opponent dry while refining them.
>>5509247>>5509103Looks like there was a repeater there, whoops.--"Red Death Scythe" (红色死亡 镰, Hóngsèsǐwánglián)A combination of the Deathly Yin of ghosts and the Yang Blood Qi sheathed onto your claws impedes healing while aggravating and worsening wounds with each strike. Possesses an "Anti Healing" property via its destruction focused Yin. Causes sudden and severe blood loss to its victim as their life essence grows so fragile from being spilled both physically and magically.--"Whispering Death Claw" (呢喃死亡爪子, Nínánsǐwáng zhuǎzi)A combination of Deathly Yin and Yang Blood Qi. Allows the separation and the "Draining" of lifeforce with Yin energy alone to creates a subtle technique which tears away the life of its victims but leaves behind naught but scratches.--"Blood Rain, Chaos Mist" (血液雨, 乱象雾, Xuèyèyǔ, Luànxiàngwù)Demonic Art combining a grudge cloud of fury and resentment with Blood Qi. Evokes a berserk, feral rage that drives its victims mad with bloodlust. The cloud appears to almost have a will of its own in seeking targets. Showed that Blood Qi can be used to create curses that lurk in the blood itself, Hexes of a wholly physical nature. Blood carries both the passion, sorrow, and rage of life.--"Cat's Court: Spiteful Blood Legacy" (猫 法院: 刻毒血遗产, Māofǎyuàn: Kèdúxuèyíchǎn) Secret Art unlocked by rolling 108 and remaining uninjured against Baoli-Wuyawang.Forcefully awakens the last lingering dregs of personality within the rage left behind and inherited within a single drop of blood. Can be used to enhance one's self through the rage of their ancestors, create grudge miasma within a target to "poison" them, or as an attack by briefly giving the long sleeping anger a physical form. Very versatile. A mixture of "Pure" Carmine Mysticism and Necromancy, and an evolution of Blood Refinement.
>>5509245>>5509247>>5509248Now that there's a good list of Huan's techniques, now's the perfect time to ask which ones have been most useful and which ones haven't had much time to shine. Personally, Dying Grudge Shield has been our VIP since the time we got it and Blood Rain, Chaos Mist has been kind of forgotten since it's arguably our most situational technique.
>>5509109I don't think I have everything, but if there's anything noteworthy missing hopefully a kind anon will point it out.MATERIALPool of Refined Sinner Bone Centipede Ichor. Obtained from Arena fight in Hell.Cultivation/etc material.Blood rain, chaos mist pearl. Obtained from experiments with Pure Blood Qi and accidentally sowing and condensing Blood Qi "Hexed" Grudges.Cultivation/etc material.Divine Blood Honey Longevity Potion: Fermenting for 3+ years. Created in the Divine Blood Honey alchemy experiments in the Primordial Wilds.Potion/Alchemy material.Baoli's Body: Mat's project for Monu.Seven undamaged/ whole thousand year old ginseng plants.One uncarved block of Star Jade (Rare/ High quality cultivation Material, fell out of the rifts torn in the sky)Two abnormally large snake fangs taken from a similarly gigantic skull.One Flood Dragon scale.One set of Qilin antlers.One polished dragon turtle shell.Five Phoenix feathers. (1 in use)One Red Agate Idol of Huanliuxue.White Fur Awakened Bear hide. (Water aligned, pleasantly cool)various mundane Gemstones and Crystals.Ghost taming seal, fly whisk.A hundred and eight sinners' souls, forty four trapped souls, and a single pious soul.Five herbs from the primordial wilds:Orange Yellow Sunburst Poppies: A kind of magical opium that greatly raises the body's resistance to heat as well as heating it up to the point they'll boil water if dropped into it.Black Orchid: Creates a powder that puts someone in a sleep so deep it resembles death, which can be cured by applying a second dose of the eternal sleep poison.Humming Vine: Can raise ones voice drastically to the point it might as well be an attack, and if turned into a salve will cause anything its applied to to vibrate.Silver Berries: When dried and brewed into tea, raise mental acuity and focus.Red Thorned Nettle: Thins blood to the point it is sweated out, which is very useful for giving your blood to control and use.4268 spirit stones. (Currency in the cultivation world, contain spiritual energy. Can be consumed to cultivate, forge magical items or power spell formations.)MANUALS/laws/otherDiary of A Gluttonous Devourer of Souls. The Journal of one of the last heretics that practiced the reviled art of "Soul Stealing" (魂偷垒, Húntōulěi), Who was so wicked a being the Forgotten King and A Sect Elder were forced to join forces to end the threat he posed to all life. [we have currently hidden this manual from others]Collected Accounts of Ascended Beasts, their histories and legacies left behind. A Manual that contains the secret of the creation/ awakening of Magical and demonic beasts and the methods of cultivation they followed and the lives they lead.
>>5509109Occult Treasures of the fields of the underworld, and the Alchemy of the dead. A record of Alchemical knowledge pertaining to medicines and elixirs that can only be made from herbs, minerals, and other reagents gathered from the land of the restless dead or made from the by products of corpses as well as numerous charms that can be made with the same materials.Pine Tree Warden Record. Wood aligned Law and Hard Martial art. Combat/longevity focused. (青松舍监档案, Qīngsōngshèjiāndàng'àn)The Night Lantern Sutra. Fire aligned Law spell/exorcism focused. (夜灯笼真经, Yèdēnglóngzhēnjīng)The Mountain Shattering Hammer. Earth aligned law and Hard martial art. Strength/Endurance focused. (㟑震裂榔头, Bózhènlièlángtou)The Lightning Messenger Technique. Metal aligned Law and soft martial art, Combat redirection/ counter spell focused. (列缺 信差技术, Lièquēxìnchāijìshù)The Spring Fairy Blossom Art. Female only water aligned law, Healing/ sealing/ support spell focus. (泉天仙 花技艺, Quántiānxiān huājìyì)A History of Imperial Tea Ceremony.TREASURESBangle of the Great Forge Devil, One of the favored servants of the Demon Lord Zhìzūn-Móxīn (至尊-魔心, Supreme Devil Mind), A Supreme token of Fire Resistance.A bangle of Enchanted Copper and Demonic Iron, hammered together to form a solid ring in the vague shape of bat wings. Blood Red and Pitch black, in glows with an inner light that casts the space around it in a deep, dark crimson shadow. Hanging from it, from a length of chain connected by what seems a rope spun from fiery red hair that almost seems to be actually aflame, sits a black knuckle bone and a curious carving of jade, the waxy colors of it mingled between brown, black and red, to form a swirl of color that has been carven into a pendant shaped like a fearsome, horned devil surrounded by flame.Possesses magic that will allow its wearer to resist heat that could melt metal, and work a lit forge as if it there wasn't any heat at all.Appears surrounded primarily by Fire Qi, but holds Metal Qi within. Noted to clearly be hiding a deeper power or more complicated ability behind the appearance of "merely" fire resistance.Amber and Pearl Prayer Beads. (Nine in total, can each seal and hold within themselves one creature, living or dead)Crown of Trapped Sands and Caged Winds. Allows command of wind and earth when worn, able to remold the earth, conjure tornados, and create gusts of great force.Black Horned Skull. Radiates with enough Yin Qi to curse and haunt an entire region of the mortal realm simply by being within it!Preserved Sanguine Divine Spirit Peach. In a glass bottle, secured with talismans and corpse waxm is the Jade Sanguine Shrine's magnum opus of cultivated Pure Blood Qi. Ripe and uncorrupted, preserved in liquor.Massive Pearl of Crystalized Primordial Beast Essence. Permits evolution of Demonic Beasts.
>>5509109==Ghost Empress Melody (鬼皇后旋律, Guǐhuánghòuxuánlǜ)Artifact Guqin. Created by Monu from Hei Suanzhi Rosewood, pearls, strips of rolled silver, and a bowl of bandit blood.Its wood is as brilliantly red as your fur, its sour sent covered by the aroma of an unearthed grave's soil. Streaks of white and black pearl race along it sides, like billowing clouds and mists. Its strings are made of tarnished silver, yet shine with a strange crimson light. The instrument is gently curled, almost like a cat's tail, and one of its ends is notched like your ear.It can;--Levitate and become Ethereal when you perform your specter lightness skill.--Manifest as a cutting, slicing wind that can travel some distance, and take different forms depending on the tempo of the music played.--Soothe, summon and rouse the dead, weakening or strengthening their hold on the mortal realm as you desire.--Create an illusionary field of scenes drawn from your thoughts, memories and dreams. A vision that radiates cold and if you will it, mortal terror!If the scenes continue for long enough, they begin to sap and drain the warmth and life of those enchanted by them if you allow them to.--Send out ethereal strings that can puppet corpses and bones and make them dance or perform any movement you desire. It also works on living victims, but the strings are fragile and more of them are required to control a struggling puppet.--Heavy. Able to communicate blunt damage.--->Create a rotating sphere of cutting wind to raise a zone of protection around yourself from all angles.
>>5509109Unfortunately all my character info is out of date, only some of the following are still accurate.Huānliúxuè: The Ruler of The Great Wheel's Law: Daos of Ghosts and Grudges, Dao of Blood, Foundation Establishment Stage 3 (Focuses: Ghosts, Grudges, Lifeforce, Royalty)Death/Ghostly Qi, Metal Qi, Pure Blood Qi.Monu: Grand Art of Nasty Drinks, Spring Fairy Blossom Art, Core Formation Rank 2 (Focuses: Poisons, Spells, Curses)Spiritual Roots: aligned to Water and Pure Yin. The Poison Fairy (毒药-天仙, Dúyào- tiānxiān) The Toad Princess (蟾蜍 格格, Chánchúgége), The Serpent Whose Venom Could Slay A Dragon.Disciples:Wusheng Siwang: Self taught law following the Dao of Wind and the Dao of justice, at Qi Condensation Rank 3.Huili: Night Lantern Sutra[Fire Aligned Excorcism Law], at Qi Condensation Rank 3 (Focus: Speed and spells)Chuandap: Spring Fairy Blossom Art, Sacred Winter Breath Accord, at Qi Condensation rank 3 (Focus: Spells)Fu: Self taught law following The Dao of Grudges within vengeance and retribution, at Qi Condensation rank 4. (Focus Martial: Ferocity)Feiqing: Ancient Deity Furnace, Lightning Messenger Technique, bottleneck at Rank 6 Qi. (Focus: Make Block)-Has made an artifact out of Old Crooked Fang's core. Ping: Night Lantern Sutra, self taught heresy exorcist law, at Rank 6 of the Qi Condensation stage. (Focus: Exorcism)-Possesses the Beast core of the toad king.Qiang: Daos of Ghosts and Grudges, entered the stage of "Entering the Ghost Courtyard" at Qi Condensation Rank Rank 6 and is half a step to Rank 7. (Focus: Stealth/Assassination/)Hong: Mountain Shattering Hammer, nears Qi Condensation Rank 4 (Focus: Perception and Endurance)Lanfen: The Spring Fairy Blossom Art, at Qi Condensation Rank 2 (Focus: Healing)Liu: Pine Warden Records, nears Qi Condensation Rank 3 (Focus Longevity)Lei: LeiTiexingege has achieved Qi Condensation stage, Rank 1 (Focus Martial)Jionghuagege has achieved Qi Condensation stage, Rank 1 (Focus Spells)
>>5509263Yeah the Dying Grudge Shield is basically the best general purpose technique of our Dao, besides healing. Also one of the kinds of abilities that could obtain some of the most broken potential evolution's. We've yet to combine it with cultivation aids, or directly accent it with other abilities. For example, using Spiteful Blood Legacy on our own refined blood (either prep[ed in pearl form, or refined from bleeding during battle) and infusing that into the Dying Grudge Shield's initial formation. It would be quite interesting to see how more deeply the grudges can root and revolt within the shield when given ample and fitting fuel.
>>5509272You forgot to put (Lei) as Lei's focusI really want to solve his demon problem, and find out about his ancestor in hell somedayAnyway, good job with the bookeeping anon!
>>5509272Huanliuxue is rank 4 Fu is Rank 6Siwang is rank 4Lanfen is rank 4Chuandapo is rank 5Feiqing has broken his bottle neck (as has Ping)Also Hong has an earth aligned spirit fruit he is "Saving for later"Besides that, this is accurate
>>5509267Found one more for Manuals/lawsSacred Winter Breath Accord, A water aligned (神圣 冬季 气息 协定, Shénshèngdōngjìqìxīxiédìng) A Water aspected law focused on Defensive Spells and Purifying spells.>>5509340Not as far off as I thought! Thank you much Grandfather.
>>5509274I wonder if we can combine the dying grudge shield with Scarlet healing armor to create a healing armor that sends attacks back stronger
>>5509274>tfw the boss your fighting gets stronger the more you damage it and starts changing attack patterns with modified techniques because of copious amounts of blood
Okay, as I said, I've ignored putting our disciples and characters in there, but this is my best attempt for the early morning.Let me know if I missed anything.https://pastebin.com/x5rCdZpq>>5509269>>5509268>>5509267>>5509248>>5509247>>5509245I thank fellow disciple for assisting me in this matter, for the good of the Sect.
>>5509621Excellent work! The tidying up is much appreciated too.And one more item found; The Soul of Emperor Long Tiantunri.>>5509423>>5509431Both would be such great bullshit to pull on a haughty Golden Core. Then there may be more dangerous versions of the technique... such as condensing and swallowing the Dying Grudge Shield after it receives an attack, to imbue it with the deepest mire of spite within us before Godzilla'ing whoever fed it the attack.Since it's a formed shield, there should be potential to apply it more wholesale as a continuous martial technique(however long we can hold it back to take in multiple attacks), or with multiple layers, or even as a subsisting trap to lie in wait.
>>5509431With stuff like Enmity Incarnation, Spiteful Blood Legacy, and the potential of using Blood Refinement on ourselves, we’re an incredibly irritating fighter to try and counter or predict.
>>5509995There's also the flexible qi roots, and our currently balanced qi.Can't exactly counter our elements
>>5509761The next thing for Dying Grudge Shield, setting aside any attempts to create a new technique with other sources of Qi, would be to fashion it into armor for our hands and feet so we can strike with it if an opponent won’t take the bait. A practical and straightforward step in our martial development.If we can still cast our own destructive spells through a gauntlet, have it blow back on us, then reflect onto the opponent *again* because of DGS, even better!
>>5510028You mean make it bounce back and forth to become stronger like so?
>>5510028>>5510059Guess it's time to make a magic railgun
>>5510079Becoming human has turned Huan into a SCIENTIST
>>5510083>Huan already possesses a deep understanding of medicine makingIs it time for Breaking Cat?
>>5510059I had envisioned only one or two bounces as I expected any backblast from our techniques to only occur on the initial strike and not on the DGS reflection since that’s a focused attack.But magic railguns or layering a weaker form of DGS on an opponent before striking to really get the exponential growth is obviously better!
>>5510162I have portents of us opening ourselves, in degrees, to the world of cultivation as the various wars and clan conflicts continue. And being able to provide medicine, even through a secretive surrogate, that nobody else can produce will truly elevate our wealth. There is plenty to buy after all, a strong sect can never have too many good cultivation items.
>>5510201The fact that we can -casually- go to hell for rare supplies is pretty busted in medicine making. Sure all of our stuff will turn your insides into outsides if the mixture is wrong or you're a gigantic wimp but it works like nobody's business.On the other hand, very wary or attentive cultivators could probably smell the demonic tinge of any of that kind of medicine. That might make it hard to convince them to take it. But the purely natural stuff we can whip up is super rad, too.
>>5510395With hell and the primordial beast lands we actually have 2 treasure troves of rare shit at our disposal.BTW I've been thinking about how we can connect our sect better with the insect kingdoms. You guys think the ants can build a supply tunnel connecting Tie's nest with our retreat?
Loving all the discussion and planning. Anyways, ending vote, tallying the result. Search the dusk marshes for the newly awakened Demonic beasts you sense, deciding their safety is more important than finding the monster devouring villages:8Plan how to get Huili his spine back and get Chuandapo to be at least somewhat less lazy :7-Send them to deal with the swamp: 0-Hunting/ training: 1Investigate the Dusk marshes, and search for the culprit behind the dozen vanished villages.:2Send the heroic students+ Siwang to investigate the swap/ Recruit the non human hopefuls:8 (Counting 59nfkyjn as supporting it, though since it would still be over half the total votes if I didn't, it would've gotten into the update anyways, since it and the Huili/ Chuandapo planning can be easily combined with searching for the swamp babies. Good plan btw!)So You'll quickly collect the beastly children that you've sensed, to protect them from whatever the hell is happening in the dusk marshesReturn with them back to your sect, plan how to give Huili his spine back and make Chuandapo less indolentAnd send your heroic human students+ Siwang into the dusk marshes to investigate the swamp and find what's behind the vanishing villages and palm sized mummies, AS WELL as recruiting any other Magical beast you missed/ were unable to find/ draw out of hiding.Which will be the first time I can use a mechanic I've been planning for sending your disciples on missions! How exciting. Anyways, update will arrive shortly>>5509621 a divine tier relic! Created before this old man's eyes! Based.>>5509431Fighting Huanliuxue is not a good time, unless you're a freaky crow demon
Nearly finished with the update. Its probably the largest one thus far in the quest. Loved writing the Newly born Magical beasts a bit too much, And Monu's reaction to Human Huan to!SpoilerFrog, Bat, Pig, Cat
>>5510747No lions, tigers, bears? Oh my.
>>5510747CAT!? Oh jeez
>>5510749We're in a swamp
>>5510764One of the most dense tiger habitats in the world is swamp/marshland.
Alright. Finally done. I have spat up blood from the exertion of writing this update, which made my blood flow in reverseFinal word count =9104Final character count= 49, 700 EXACTLYTotal post count: 18! That's two nines! Here is some music I feel fits Huanliuxe to tide you over as I begin posting this heaven's defyingly massive update! https://youtu.be/DtKXThAkQnkhttps://youtu.be/yJX3VcDun5shttps://youtu.be/RaYhi5QRlBU
You had planned on heading straight up the river, back to Fu's village and your mountain nearby, so you could at last reveal your human form to your adoring students and mother and bask in their vast adoration of you, their honored teacher and daughter. And you had been idly day dreaming of all the compliments and praise they'd shower you in, as you stood atop the curled bow of the boat that was transporting you back home free of charge, after its owner watched you having to suffer Xia Xiaosi torturous presence and upon seeing your unenviable plight, had commanded his eldest son to give you a ride on his ship free of charge while he took the annoyance off of your hands, similarly without pay. You made a mental note the repay the upstanding boater back for his kindness and generosity, but couldn't yet figure out how to without risking running into the trash you dumped into his arms a day or two prior. Which you truly wished to avoid, and would prefer having your claws pulled out with pliers, you other near cut down to your scalp and your tail plucked clean off before you'd willingly share that dolt's company again.However, as you pondered how to repay the old man and his son, as said son was silently and diligently piloting the boat up the river, which you truly appreciated as you enjoyed his silence as much as you did the chill of the grave and company of ghosts, something on the horizon forced you to change your plans. The Dusk marshes . Of the thousands and thousands of rivers that flowed through Chuan, only one went around it, and all others that flowed south eventually wandered through its expanse. You had been thankful that one river was also the one that connected the three sister cities and Fu's own village which had become a city in its own right.However, as you were silently carried around it, you could clearly see the swamp and all its trees, and in the dead stillness and somber silence of night, you began to think of the little children, unable to escape the confines of that hellish place, now threatened by an unknown danger that controls the very greenery of the swamp, and bids those plants to prey upon beast and man alike in an affront against the natural order of the world and the laws of the wild.And as you thought of those poor children, trapped with those who'd hunt them and that which seeks to devour and swallow them up whole, you could almost swear to hear whimpered cries and pleading on the humid air that crawled out of the outermost reaches of the swamp. Upon the heavy mists that crawling wind carried to the river, you could imagine ghosts and lost souls drifting mournfully, never having a chance to enjoy life or reach even a fraction of their full potential. Like so many other demonic beasts had been condemned to die young, just to serve as stepping stones and raw materials for other daoists.cont
>>5510775Feeling your face contorting into an ugly sort of grimace, you bowed you head, immediately realizing your duty as ruler of all beasts to rescue those lost youths from the unfortunate circumstances of their birth and the hidden danger lurking in the shadows around them. You could sense them still, even now when you stood miles away from those dreadful swamplands. The boat rocked as you hopped from it to the shore, causing the rower to gasp and push up his straw hat in awed disbelief, even as water splashed over the sides of the little rowing boat."Lady! Were you going! That way's dangerous! No sane man goes into the swamp without a party and guide!" He cried out, with misplaced worry for your wellbeing rattling his otherwise stern and strong voice "Even bandits avoid those swamps and their dwellers! Its a wicked, cursed place!""I am aware" You giggle, as you hop towards the swamps, bouncing from rock to rock, arms held out to the side as you plotted a course to the edge of the marshes, without having to dirty your feet overly too much. Though, they'd be much more soiled when you traveled through the swamp with all the mud, insects, slime and muck inside it. Just imagining getting all that filth caught in your silken coat was enough to for you to decide not to return to your natural form. Sure you could float above all that grime with your specter lightness skill, but it could still splash up and dirty your fur. And the thought of having to lick that nastiness off of yourself, was enough to make your stomach twist on itself and sour. Scrubbing it off skin was a much more pleasant alternative than having to taste it"Are you crazy? That place is rotten! Its bad down to its very soil! If the muck doesn't get you, and if the beasts don't, you'll end up dead by the sickness and plague in its waters! Miss! Please listen to me" He cries out to you, but you ignore him, humming a playful little song as you continue hopping between stones. Soon, the river and the boat on it vanished from view and those shouted warnings became naught but whispers on the wind.Whispers soon drowned out by the incessant buzzing of mosquitos and flies that gathered in clouds around the boundary of the marshlands. Easily the most unpleasant sort of welcoming party. But, you scared away the vermin before they could harry you, bite you or suck your blood by flashing your Imperial Graveyard aura. The pulse of Ghostly Yin Qi, the energy of the dead and dying, was enough to scare the vermin away or else kill them all immediately. You truly did not care for such small lives, after all. Even if you had two younger sisters who were insects themselves. They weren't vermin, after all!Smiling happily, you continued to skip from one stone to the other, then up onto corded and curled roots that rose from the mire below, then up onto the hanging branches above, trying to keep from stepping into the muck and mud for as long as possible. Cont
>>5510778Dirty feet might be preferable to soiled fur, but it was still unpleasant enough you'd avoid it for as long as was possible! 'Luckily, I've been through this fenceless pigsty once before' You thought as you bounded between branches nearly as wide as your natural from from shoulder to shoulder 'So I know my way, at least by landmarks. It's a good thing I was smart enough to make notes of wherever I sensed my fellow beasts, or I'd be wandering in this maze of mangroves and willows for ages!"You shuddered, gritting your teeth and clenching your jaw as you imagined how terrible that would've been. You'd be bitten all over by bugs, hunted by leeches and certainly be so ragged, worn and covered in filth you'd seem like more like a diseased alley cat than the princess you were! Shivering all over, you shook that nightmarish vision from your thoughts, forcefully, until you got a bit dizzy to make sure it wouldn't come crawling back out of the grave you shoved it in.And once you mind was serene and clean of unsettling sights such as a ragged, pitiful Huanliuxue, you headed immediately towards the nearest presence of Primordial Beast essence. Which lead you to a still pond of clear water, surrounded by what seemed to your eyes to be a council of little, brightly colored frogs, singing and croaking the night away around the limpid waters. Blinking, you sat crouched on a branch of one of the trees surrounding the clearing that contained the village of frogs, and tilted your head curiously. Closing your eyes, you returned to your true form, and hopped down onto the pale, green white grass swaying around the pound and stalked around it."Hmm. Hmm. You certainly have much to learn junior, if you chosen a hiding place as conspicuous as this" You criticized as you sat yourself down on the edge of the pond "Even a blind man could tell this was the lair of a demonic beast"The water rippled, and two gem like eyes peeked out of its surface, colored like amethyst and tiger's eye, crackled and spotted, the flesh surrounding them was mottled, Turquoise and Black on the back and beneath the waters you could see their legs were bright orange, with pink webbing between their toes."There are other creatures that can speak?" The poison dart frog, the size of a medium sized pig croaked, sounding more amazed than cautious. What a naïve little creature he was. He spoke in an endearingly simple countryside dialect, and with rumbling, croaking accent "I tried training the others, but all they've learned how to do is sing. Ribbit, Ribbit""That in itself is quite the accomplishment. The only beast I know who commands his kind has only taught them to heel" You giggle, poking your nose to just above the water "Making an orchestra of frogs, is quite the talent, little brother""It is? Ribbit ribbit" He said, literally inflating with pride, which made you giggle again. cont
>>5510780"It is it is!" You said cheerfully, nodding your head slowly as you praised the young lad, whose eyes were now sparkling "I take it you also purified this stagnant swamp water""I did? I did!" He shouted, crawling out of the water and looking up at you, completely unafraid. Your heart sank. This boy was entirely unaware of the danger you could've posed or what he risked by making his home so close to a sect of cultivators. Then again, he never had to worry about being eaten when he was just a frog, so you guessed it made sense for him to be somewhat uh...well, oblivious is the nicest way to put it"An incredible talent. You've must've taken the toxins into your own skin. Remarkable!" You continued to praise him, hoping to ingratiate him and make him trust you. Which, you had gotten with just a few sweet words and cooing compliments. He was staring up at you like you were the brightest star in the sky."Unfortunately, it isn't safe here" You say, lowering your ears "We magical beasts are hunted for our cores. By those who scorn us for being blessed to awaken and ascend past the station of our birth""Out of jealousy, cause they can't do the same? Ribbit rib" The youngster said, showing a flash of deeper wisdom "No, becomes they were tricked into think we were monsters. When we once stood as their equals and brothers" You sighed, shaking your head "But that may be part of the reason why they started treating us like livestock. Cause we can evolve, and they cannot""And these ones are nearby? Are they beasts as well, who cannot think and open their eyes. Ribbit" He asked, sounding frightened now"No. They're humans. You've probably never seen them. Two legged monkeys without any fur or tails. Actually!" You say, smirking as a wonderful idea struck you "Let me show you what they look like! Big sister has learned how to disguise herself as one. Observe"Closing your eyes, a flare of red light filled your vision, and when you opened your eyes, you were standing on two legs and were without fur."That looked painful! I thought you had disintegrated!" The frog croaked in distress "And I've seen those before! I just thought they were sick monkeys!""Eh, there isn't much difference between them and monkeys, or any beast really. They were just born smarter than the rest of us, and sapient" You cackle, wagging a finger "Like you and I have become! They consider that we have to be an unforgiveable crime""Why?!" He cried out as you sat down and dipped your feet into his pond, kicking your legs daintily in its waters "Shouldn't we tell them they were tricked""Hah! They wouldn't listen if we did" You huff, crossing your arms over your chest "It'd take more work than that to set the world right. But don't trouble yourself with such a great undertaking, I've already taken that responsibility onto my shoulders. You should just be concerned about getting stronger, and staying safe"Cont
>>5510782"How? Rib ribbit?" he asked as bravely as he could, after taking a moment to gather his resolve "I could teach you. I've made a sanctuary for outcasts like you and me, and others hated by the heavens" You say with a wink and a pat on his slick head "Just follow me, and I'll lead you to some place safer than directly under the nose of our enemies. Say little one, what's your name?""Name? What is a name?" they asked innocently. You sighed and decided you'd just call them frog until you came up with something better to call them.So, with frog following closely behind you, you left his sanctuary and headed towards the next presence you had felt and found yourself at the entrance to a monastery overtaken by the swamp and long abandoned, covered in bats. Luckily, that meant there no insects for a good mile or two around it. So, you walked boldly through the space that once held the temple's gates and meandered over the weed strewn paths, finding bones scattered here and there of the monks who once lived here. They must've died to the countless diseases in the air of the marshes. Pitiful, really.Walking up to the temple proper, you saw rows of skeletal and mummified monks sitting at their shrine, having chosen to die in prayer and meditation. "Are these the ones you told me to worry about, teacher Huanliuxue?' Frog croaked in worry as you walked amongst the dead, as he stayed outside of the shrine looking in"No, no. They may be daoists or the might be buddhists, hard to tell with how degraded their clothes have become, but they certainly weren't cultivators" You explained casually as you trace the source of the beast essence radiating from the temple, walking towards it while making a show of inspecting the long dead holy men "And you, up there in the rafters, should stop spying on your guests. I might look human for the moment, but I assure you, I'm a greater predator than you will ever be, bat"There was a great beating of wings, as the little one in this temple, upon being found out, tried to flee, so you followed them, with the specter lightness skill, switching to your feline form as you chased them up into their den, which was in one of the higher towers of the fallen temple."Oi! Oi!" She shrieked, throwing up her arms defensively, her fur revealed to be a rusty shade of red in the moonlight falling through the hole in the ceiling that she fell through, though it shimmed like polished bronze. "I wasn't planning on eating you or nuthin! I was just watching you! Ya hear! I wasn't trying to pick a fight or nuthin!""A vampire bat?" You ask curiously, as you, to deescalate and calm the girls worries you were intending to eat her yourself, flopped onto your side and yawned "Didn't know your kind lived around here""So what if I am! You looking down on me" The girl huffed defensively, before remembering she wasn't trying to pick a fight "Why you here anyways? You trying to muscle in on my turf?"Cont
>>5510784"Your turf?" You asked softly, licking your paw "No, but I did come to warn you this territory isn't yours. And that the ones whose Turf it actually is, would be displeased to find you squatting here. Why, they'd kill you just for the offense""Yeah? So what! They're all stiffs! Stone cold dead!" She huffs, skittering around "If they wanted to raise a complaint, they could stand up and talk to me themselves""Not the monks" You say sternly, narrowing your eyes "The men who call themselves wolves""I've killed men before, they can come and feed my colony if they want, after I spit out their dirt tasting blood" She sneered, cackling as she realizing you weren't going to chase her, crawled up and hung from the ceiling, glaring down at you "These aren't ordinary men, bloodsucker" You warn, standing up "Just as you and I are not ordinary bat or cat. They could, with a flick of their sleeve, blast you to pieces or burn you to cinder. And if they hear you live here, they'll come running to cut you up and turn you into medicine""Is that a threat, you gonna tattle?' The bat hissed"Why would I? They'd do the same to me. I'm just smart enough to keep out of their hair while I cultivate, so I can fight them off if they come calling" You say, talking thuggishly now to match the little girl's own rough demeanor. It was kind of cute how she was trying to act like some kind of gangster or triad. "Cultivate what? They scared of flowers?" She barked back"Qi! The spiritual energy of heaven and earth, the vital breath of all things" You shout loudly, so frog can hear and at least begin to understand what he signed up to learn "By absorbing it into yourself, refining, purifying and condensing it within, you can achieve strength and power far beyond your natural limits and even attain immortality, if you have enough natural talent for it" "Oh, I like the sound of that, sister" The bat said, grinning as much as their face allowed them to and talking much more kindly now "Tell me more about this Qi stuff""I will if you follow me to my refuge and help me bring the other youngsters like yourself in this swamp away from the bastards who think they own it" You say, throwing up your chin suddenly as the bat crawls back down and cautiously approaches you"Hey, hey I've got a good thing going here" She mutters under her breath. Is she trying to bargain with you?"This shithole? My temple would make it look like a garbage dump" You boast, throwing and rocking your head around in the way young thugs do "Not to mention, its soil and air are much richer in Qi than this cruddy swamp ever will be! Besides that, its in a deep cavern, a place you can feel at home at and become as comfortable as corpse in a grave""Wow, wow, freaking me out there a little, hehe" She says back, speaking in a much fainter, dainty voice, which is her actual voice when she isn't putting on air of being tough and dangerous "With the talk of corpses and graves"Cont
>>5510786"That is my dao, or at least, half of it" You cackle, leaning over her "And its one of the reasons the rest of the cultivators would hunt me down, that, and I'm a talking animal with intellect to match, heh, surpass their own if I'm being honest""And I'm one to, aren't I?" She said, trying to sound like a brash thug again "Exactly, and they'd hate to find you claiming a piece of their backyard as your own little kingdom" You say with a nod "Come with me kid, and you'll go far and reach heights you couldn't even dream of glimpsing if you stay on your own! Why, you've already gotten a bit of extra Qi in you from eating a few people, but...that is an ineffective and gross means of cultivation. Unbefitting a proper Awakened Beast""I have a name ya know" She grumbles"Then tell me it" You say with a smirk "And as I was saying, only idiots who want to keep living like simple, mindless beasts refine themselves by eating others""Will you teach me the right way then" She said with an annoyed roll of her eyes "And you can call me Hǒumóguǐ (吼魔鬼, Shrieking Devil), Least, that's what the men who tried to chase me from my roost here shouted when I chased them off""Hmm, knew those bones near the gates were fresh" You say with a proud smile, as you bowed your head to the little ruffian "Well, I'm Huanliuxue""Happy to shed blood? What a wicked name! That's one that'd inspire fear! No wonder these Cult ah gators leave you alone!" She snickers, as you follow her back down into the temple and introduce her to frog, who begins sulking"Why does she have a name, and I don't, ribbit ribbit" He pouts as the three of you head further into the swamps, though still remaining on the outskirts of the Dusk marshes, away from the areas where the plants have been...corrupted by something vile and unclean. You know there are newly awakened beast still living in those parts, but you'd endanger the little ones already following after you if you take them that deep into the unknown danger's territory. Perhaps you could send your senior disciples to pick them up and investigate whatever is eating whole villages out here. Without drawing the attention of the orthodox world of cultivation as a red haired beauty or blood furred cat demon poking around followed by a gaggle of other demons would."Because no one has named you yet, and I don't know you well enough to give you a proper name" You say soothingly, comforting the poor kid "I could give you a good name!" Houmogui offers excitedly"You will not. He will be given a proper name when we get back to my temple, that's a promise" You say, nodding as you lead the two kids in search of another student to recruit "When both of you begin your training, I'd start you on breathing exercises, but we don't have time to waste now"Haahn?" She grunts backcont
>>5510787"Teacher did say we were in danger. I don't think she's taking us from here just because of the local sect" Frog wisely surmises "Master seems...skittish for some reason, and""yeah she could kick any human around like a ball" She also, wisely surmises "I noticed there weren't any people traveling down the rivers and streams, as of late, that what got you on a short schedule, Bloodshed?""There is something dangerous here, beyond the cultivators who'd hunt us for our beast cores" You admit "But my other, elder students will deal with it. I'd do it myself, but getting you kids out safely is of greater concern to me. You who knew to flee from its area of influence, rather than dig holes in the ground and hide, hoping it would go away"Kid! I ain't a kid!" Houmogui shouts, childishly. You smirk, but do not laugh at her. Both Hou and Frog keep silent as you travel to the third youngster who you sensed on the outskirts of the swamp.They, had made themselves a burrow in the ground, surrounded by brambles. You could tell, from the smell in the air, they were a pig. A domesticated pig who broke free. Which meant they might now be a boar or turning into one. But, knowing that pigs were more scared of tigers than they were of men, you once more turned into a human, and walked up to the mouth of the muddy hole in the ground they had dug for themselves. Hopefully, they'd be less skittish around you while you were a girl rather than a monstrous cat. Crouching down at the edge of the pit, you whistled sharply, rousing the swine you saw curled at the bottom of it.They lifted up their head, snorting in annoyance. They had a spiral horn on their brow, and fur hanging like a bear from their jowls. Besides that, they were an ordinary, hair pig, with slightly large tusks and a tail that was tufted like a lions and swinging rather than stout and curled"Oh, are you here to take me back to my pen?" He grumbled, shaking the mud from his back "I must say, It has been a most unpleasant few weeks, since those unfortunate events transpired back at our magnificent villa amongst the mud and reeds.""Oh, what a pleasant surprise! you're well mannered and tutored in proper etiquette already!" You exclaim happily "Finally, another beast who knows their proper place their world, and remembers our regal bearing of the past. How wonderful! how wonderful! You and I are gonna be great friends. Such dignity is a rare treasure, and politeness a valued commodity""Beast? You seem to be one of the servants who tended to me and my kin" He said slowly, kneeling and bowing his head "Oh, forgive me, I have spoken unkindly and demeaningly. I did not mean to imply you were of lower breeding and of the caste of servants and slaves""Ah! you have a health sense of haughtiness! Good!" You laugh, putting your hands on your hips "I can appreciate natural imperiousness, I myself possess it as the princess, Queen and Empress of all beasts"Cont
>>5510790"I did not know I was being visited by an imperial scion!" The pig chortled, but politely, truly believing your claim the moment you spoke it "Hmmm, Yes, I see it now. Your fur atop your head. Such a rare shade. How could I have mistaken you for the base born creatures who serve my family. Oh how blind I am. I hope I have not insulted you, my princess""My true face would terrify you, despite your noble upbringing and pedigree" You explain, lifting up your chin arrogantly "Though I do not mean to imply cowardice on your part, I just fear you would mistake me for a tiger. When in truth, I am a housecat. the finest of all housecats, the greatest of my kind yet to be born""My my! Such a renowned figure has come to my mudpit! A cat that can appear as a human thing! Oh I really should've cleaned up. But I wasn't expecting guests!" He bellows, sounding earnestly ashamed as he shuffles up the side of his pit "But, may I ask, if my servants are out searching for me? I've spent a terrible few fortnights out here, alone, in the wilderness""Oh, they're dead. Devoured by an unknowable something I am avoid. I am collecting you recently awakened beasts, to bring to the comfort of my palace" You say, taking a step back to take a deep, cordial bow "I've come to deliver such an invitation to you...""Ah, we have not introduced ourselves. but such a breech of proper protocol can be forgiven, yes?' he said meekly, snuffling around and rooting at the ground at your feet "And, I feared they had met such an unpleasant end. I was scared so witless, I gained new wits, and became what you see today. But before I was transformed, I was called by my servants, Zhurou of the noble family Meiwei! You may call me Meiwei Zhurou!"Zhurou? Meiwei? He was called Delicious Pork?(美味 猪肉) That'd explain his well bred behavior and dignified, proper attitude, and his haughtiness. He was a spoiled pig before he ascended and awakened to high intelligence. The kind that is raised with care, pampered and fed. It is little wonder he mistook them for servants and staff. It probably would not be wise to tell him that his name wasn't a name, and he had been raised and fattened for slaughter all his life."And I am Huanliuxue. You may have heard of me" You say with a grin, to keep from blurting out the unpleasant truth to your latest recruit, that he was in fact a delicacy rather than a lord, and that it was even in his name"Oh? I do remember something of the sort being spoken before" He says "Ah yes, how bull headed of me! Of course! I know you! All us pigs speak your name with the deepest respect and admiration! How could I be so blind as to not recognize you at a mere glance. Oh, forgive me! Oh course, tells of your beneficence and generosity have reached even our ears down here the marsh estates"ContHalf way through this tribulation
>>5510792You smile, struggling not to laugh at his clumsy attempts to act like he is aware of you. But he did fool frog, who was now hopping forward, asking him to tell him about the glorious and storied deeds of his teacher.You looked up at Houmogui, who was burying her face in a bushel of leaves to muffle her own shrill laughter. You allowed Frog to introduce himself and Houmogui to do so after Zhurou had spent a few minutes telling him vague and undescriptive "Accounts" of your good nature and incredible deeds, and speaking Broad and sweeping praise of you, trying to seem cultured and well informed.Then, you set forth and last of the magical beasts you had sensed. If there were any more lurking in the swamps, they were hiding their presences, either instinctively or through learning how to conceal their natural Qi and beastly auras. You just hoped, unlike last time you went recruiting, that you wouldn't have to bring back the forth from hell as a bodiless and headless ghost!What you did not expect. Was for them to find you themselves! While you are relieved to see them alive, and pleased to meet another ascended house cat, you are caught off guard when they, after you begin heading towards where you had first sensed them, to step out and meet you on the deer trail you had been walking down."My...princess" He whispered quietly, and with extreme reverence, bowing low to the ground "I knew I sensed you, days ago. I would humbly offer myself to your service. It would be any cats honor to serve their empress""Eh? you know this shortie?" Houmogui asked as you looked over the svelte, short furred boy. His was marsh, green brown, molted with lighter, creamier greens, like the spots of a cheetah. From his build and coat, you could tell he was a different breed than yourself. His fur was nearly oiled looking and did not grow as fluffy as your own. His ears were larger and his body as a whole thinner than your own, and his face was sharper and taller than your own. definitely a different breed."No, this is the first time we've met. It is only natural for subjects to recognize their princess" You say smugly, shifting your tail as you sit on your haunches "Of course, he'd have to be a hermit among cats to not recognize the great Huanliuxue" Zhurou mutters, his jowls flapping as he speaks"When my mind grew and my world expanded, your name was on my lips, Princess. I knew, instinctively, that you were ruler of all us felines, and the cause of my own awakening to the world" He said softly, head still pressed on the ground "it would be a great honor, if you would accept my oath of fealty and allow me to serve you in all ways. As Shadow and Student, Huanliuxue""You were one of the cats abandoned when the troubles here began" You askCont
>>5510794"Yes. My first thoughts, before even your name, was a deep regret. I ran. When my family was taken by the vines. I dishonored myself, as guardian and watcher" He said sadly "I thought to starve myself in an act of penance, but, I realized I could reclaim my honor by living for your benefit, as a loyal servant to the Ruler of all Cats. If you would accept me. I swear, I shall never again be so cowardly""Hmm. I awoke when my first family was killed" You ponder outloud "Maybe us housecats only awaken from tragedy""Perhaps" He said, with tears in his eyes and a tremble on his back "If you would turn me away, I shall join my people as bones in the muck""There is no need for suicide, boy" you say simply, consoling the younger, wolf sized cat "Self preservation is a natural instinct. You couldn't have done anything to save them, even if you had the awareness you do now. You ran, and felt shame and guilt. And that made you, who you are. I will take you on as my student, along with Frog, Houmogui, and the honorable Meiwei Zhurou. Tell me your name, oh student, so I may know you as you know me""Those I failed, called me Yinying ( 阴影, Shadow). It will suffice, until I am receive or earn a new name" He said simply, raising up "I owe you my life twice over, princess. I entrust it to you completely. I will die at your command, wish or whim""Then, oath between master and servant, teacher and student, have been made. Let us retreat from this land of sorrows, Yinying" You say solemnly, patting him on the head to complete the ceremony. And with that, having collected all four of the beasts you had sensed in the swamps, you returned home to your temple under the mountain and above the catacombs.Where it seemed, you had somehow gained a new member of your sect. A dog of the ling who broke with his old sect, following after Ping, whom he called Rejungui (忍俊鬼, Smiling Ghost). Monu dragged him out down the mountain by his ear, as you traveled through the forest with the four children, to keep from causing a ruckus in both the mortal realm and world of cultivation. It also meant you avoided stopping in in Fu's village which was just coincidence and not because you were trying to put off seeing Yuyi again out of fear of her reaction to the burst of primordial beast essence and her reaction to that reaction."Don't worry. He can talk" Monu said, as he stared at you, wide eyed and with hanging jaw as you emerged from the undergrowth, dressed in shadows in human form. Monu blinked, slowly pulling the pipe from her lips as she stared at you and turned her head to the side, tapping her chin and looking you over, up and down. Furrowing her brow. She stepped closer, and leaned in, looking even closer as she inspected you from toes to brow.Cont
>>5510795"Oh! Seems you take after your mother" She said proudly, rubbing her chin as her eyes slanted to a leer "What a beauty you are! A fairy like me! Oh that is just delightful! I knew you were gorgeous, even as cat, but I never imagined you'd become my rival in looks as a girl. Guess I can't call myself a peerless beauty anymore, huh, Huanliuxue?"She grabbed your face, squeezing it softly as she turned your head"Such lovely hair! Such lovely skin. So clear and soft, white as mutton fat jade! Eyes like Limpid Autumn Water, and such adorable eyebrows" She swooned and cooed, as she lifted up your voluminous, fluffy hair "And I see that little notch of yours remains, charming as ever"She smiled and looked you in your eyes, sighing lovingly as she stepped back and crossed her arms, sticking her pipe back in her mouth as her own, long black hair danced lightly in the breeze"I see I've been keeping you well fed to" She says, pinching your cheek teasingly "But you aren't a delicate bloom. I can see how tightly corded your muscles are, even if others would think your body soft and weak at a glance. Guess you'll always be a cat, no matter how you look""Don't you know her? Why are you admiring her like its the first time you met her? She's your daughter yes?' The man at herside, the former Ling toady asks, blushing as he looks away from you "Or are you just trying to get a rise out of me""If I wanted to, you'd already be stiff down there" Monu bawdily boasts, wagging her head to and fro "And, its the first time I've..."Monu turns back to you and stares, her eyes widening and her cheeks blushing slightly"Oh my how bold! Why did I never think of that" She gasps, covering her mouth as she realizes your nude "Anyways, this isn't her ordinary self. She has surpassed the heavens, and taken a human form despite their ruling against such a feat. My darling daughter is usually an ox sized, scarlet furred cat. You might've...""Oh" The new recruit says stepping back, his face paling "I've..I've heard of you! You killed and devoured Ling meng! You're Huanliuxue! My...well my former sect has been turning over the land searching for you! For years! They've traveled far and wide in search of you, you know! You've been here all along? I thought the Chuan family was just taking advantage of your name to increase their power over their subjects! Were we truly so incompetent?!""Yes" You answer plainly, nodding as he smacks his palm against his head, and you bounce from your toes to your heel "Mother, who is this man. You said he came from the Guardians of the Celestial Sunlight, and that Ping dragged him back here, where he, upon meeting Feiqing, forsook his loyalty to align to our sect instead. But who the hell is he""A stubborn little boy who only responds to the fake name he gave to Disciple Ping" Monu said with a roll of her eyes and sassy swing of her hip " Just like he only calls him the name Ping gave to him"Cont
>>5510796"I left that name behind when I forsook the guardians" He said simply, cupping his fist "You may now me as Qinxin (昑心, Bright Heart) and I met Rejungui when he was traveling on the road in pursuit of a demonic cultivator""A former member of the Winter blossoming wisdom sect" Your mother hissed with a dark delight in her eyes "For all their self righteous hypocrisy, they've produced a worse heretic than you or I!""Er...yes, the flesh thief" Qinxin said awkwardly, scratching the back of his head as he glanced around "But! I swore that day! If a heretic is more benevolent than my brothers and sisters, I should cut ties with my sect, and follow in their footsteps! For he was the only one to care to pursue the monster and try to hunt it down""Did you succeed?" You asked bluntly"No" Qinxin said as he got a suspicious look on his face "Are you...that Qipao is not made out of...""Ogle at my daughter, and I'll castrate you <3" Monu threatened sweetly. Qinxin stared at her with a shocked, frightened gaze, as if he was silently shouting that she was leering at you more than he ever had"You're on thin ice already, as a former enemy of our sect. But" You say shrugging dramatically as you strode past him "If Ping trusts you, I'll give you a chance to join our ranks. But you'd do well to remember the fate of Ling Meng, welp""Hmph, I have no love for the ling clan, or the ogress whom I have been told has assaulted some of your students. I'd apologize on her behalf, but I'd prefer to see her punished for her actions" He said sternly, showing just how gutsy he was by taking your threat like a slap to the face without flinching.Smirking, you looked back at him over your shoulder and whistled sharply"AH! Little babies!" Monu shrieked as your four new disciples emerged from their hiding place, and her instincts as a mother took over, and she began to immediately coddle and adore them. Smirking you marched forward up the hidden path to your temple"Come on, Qinxin! My mother will take awhile, getting acquainted to your newest martial brothers and sisters" You cackled as Qinxin looked to be on the verge of fainting on seeing four more demonic beasts "Pick your jaw up and come on""If you mean to test my resolve to follow my sworn brother down into hell as a heretic, Huanliuxue, it will take more than that" He said confidently "I have made up my mind, that your kind are more righteous than the common cultivator""So you have a brain after all" You titter, swaying your hips side to side as he walks at your side, stubbornly looking ahead, remembering Monu's threat for moments ago vividly "Doesn't it upset you, that you're serving under a man eater""I know you haven't eaten a human in years" He says with a smug smirk you'd like to claw off his face "Rejungui told me about you, as I sat at his bedside with the mute, caring for him"Cont
>>5510799"What happened to ping" You growl, placing what you only realize is a clawless finger under his chin as you walk down the cliffside path with him"He was gravely injured by the abomination that was once a man" he said just as furious as you felt "Used a technique, I understand to be your invention, to explode the beast with its own attack"Oh the dying grudge shield! And he learned it all himself. Oh you'd have to praise him for that."And you said you didn't kill the fucker?" You ask pointedly as you continue down the path"No. He fled despite being grievously injured. Ping knows more than I do, as he became consious first. But, your mother, Sect head has forbade him from telling anyone but you or herself the details" Qixin whispered as you approached the gate leading into the catacombs and saw Hong and Fu"Heavens!" Fu gasped, covering his mouth and swooning "Oh brother Hong. I pity you now more than ever! Greetings, Lady Huanliuxue""Brother. I can sense her body through the vibrations of her steps" Hong said giddily "What a knock out...er, I mean! You look very nice grandmaster""Put your tongue back in your mouth before I tear it out" You sarcastically threatened, wagging a finger in the blind mans face "Greetings to you to, Juniors Fu and Hong. Granny Monu is receiving the introductions of the newest members of the Palace of the natural laws sect""Surprised you didn't tear out this ones throat" Fu said, stabbing a finger at Qinxin "Dog, take my post, I wish to meet my juniors as well"Qinxin bowed his head and obeyed"Do I have to share watch with him" Hong grumbled "I'd much rather escort our sect head into the temple""Hong, remember her true form" Fu warned, even as what parts of his face were visible turned bright red "And her nature. You'd have less of a risk flirting with her mother""Her true form is just as lovely" Hong said with a smirk, messing with Fu"Yes it is" He replied confidently, expertly parrying his martial brothers attempt to make it look like he was insulting you "I find it more impressive, in truth""You're blushing! I can feel the warmth on your face!" Hong bellows, laughing as you step past him and Fu as they argue, leaving Qinxin up top. Walking down the now smoothed passage to the open stairway leading down into your retreat proper, you run in Qiang half way down the stairs"Heard you'd come back. Master" She says dully, bowing "We knew you succeeded the moment the skies cleared, but none of us knew just how magnificently you did. Guessing your mother tried to dress you up like a doll, and you're fleeing underground?""Close. Picked up more orphans and distracted her with them before she could start. Fu and Hong are fighting. Also, why do we have a ling dog in our sect now? I know he and Ping are friends, but" You say conspiratorially with her, before pausing, mouth slightly open as you notice just how much she resembles you.Cont
>>5510801 You didn't notice it when looking at your own reflection before, but now that she's standing in front of you, it couldn't be more obvious"He's loyal to Ping, and has seen the unjustness of the orthodoxy and heavens. Fu is harsh to him, but, privately, he's confided he respects him for having eyes that can see mount tai" Qiang said with a roll of her shoulders as she walked past you "And yeah, people are gonna think your my mother even more now""Oh, certainly. Oh! Tell Fu and Hong I have a mission for all your humans and Siwang!" You shout as you skip past Qiang"Even Lei?" She asked simply"Does he count as Human?" You joked, turning around mid hop to skip backwards down the steps"Don't know" She bluntly replied as she dragged her feet up the stairs and out of view.Stepping into the lantern light of your sect proper, you were met by Huili, who raised his head and growled, fur raised on his back, before you smiled and he recognized you. Curling his tail between his legs, he groveled in front of you"Oh honored teacher, forgive this fool for not recognizing you by scent alone" He whimpered, as you frowned. How pitiful. The sooner her got his backbone and nerve back the better "I was guarding the entrance to the sanctum! Without being ordered to! Alert to any intruders"Your frown of disgust deepened as you saw Siwang tapping his talons on Chuandapo's shell, as she napped near one of the streams running through your temple like veins"Wake up! Wake up! Your Five minutes are up! You need to wake up for today's studying!" Siwang angrily scolded, lifting his head as you walked by, Huili clinging to your legs and continuing to try and ingratiate himself to you, thinking he had left your good graces for bearing his teeth at you "Ah! Lady Huanliuxue! I'm glad you've returned safely! Of course you word. Your will against the injustice of the heavens? They never stood a chance! If you wish. I shall present to you a detailed report of all of our progress since you've been away""Eh, leave Chuandapo alone for now, and I'll ask Monu to tell me how much you've all have progressed since I've been gone. I have a mission for you and your elders, Wusheng Siwang" You state authoritatively as you walk past him "Go onto the surface and gather with them. I'll send Lanfen and Liu up there to""What about Lei?" Siwang asks "And what about this indolent girl avoiding her responsibility""If you wish, I shall join them!" Huili barked, as his dumb brothers and sisters gathered behind him, following you as well "Say the word, master, and I shall carry out your will, for it is justice""You know nothing of Justice, corpse eater" Siwang chirped, pecking at his ears. You could feel your face droop and expression fall, seeing the once proud wolf not even snap in retaliation"I shall deal with Chuandapo, and Huili" You sternly snarled, snapping your fingers "Do not trouble yourself with them Siwang"Cont
>>5510802"Oh good. I hope I have not gone beyond my responsibilities as their elder" He said humbly "But I cannot tolerate idleness! It is an insult to your kindness and protection to not train diligently and work hard"And with that said, the owl flew off. Leaving you with a crawling Huili and a still sleeping Chuandapo. Sighing, you walked around the temple, Huili thankfully getting the message to leave you alone and wait by his turtle sister as you sought at your other disciplesand found Lei."Hello Lei" you told the mute, as he brazenly stared as your breast "Monu has already threatened castration for that, you know"He shrugged and pulled his Huanliuxue mask down further to hide his eyes, solving the issue in his mysterious mind"You're still afflicted, aren't you?" You sigh, having hoped that'd be solved by time you got back "Where are Lanfen and Liu, and Feiqing and Ping?"He pantomimed and you pretended to understand "Thank you" You say, leaving him to...whatever it is he was doing. Maybe brooming the temple? It was hard to say, he seemed busy. Maybe he was going to dig a new tunnel or repair a collapse. That'd explain the hammer and chisel. Walking down the tunnel that lead to the housing and dormitories of the sect, you ran into Feiqing, who fell backwards when he saw you"Well. Now our sect has two great beauties" He said respectfully as he picked himself up and cupped his hand "I am proud to report my success in break my bottleneck, Lady Huanliuxue. I am greatly relieved to see you return home safely, Master""The feeling is mutual. I am proud of you, my student" You say, returning the gesture "But I heard Ping was injured in his attempt, and saw he brought home a stray dog""Yes. He is resting now. His body was gravely wounded" he answered, greatly sorrowful and distressed "But he should recover. I'd ask you not to disturb. Its the first restful sleep he's gotten and...Wait, you didn't know some of the guards and maids following Yuyi around joined our honorable Sect, master?""I was not! They had the potential to cultivate?!" You shout in surprise"Some. Most are good for labor and extra security, though, though most of the maids went to stay with Yuyi" He said happily, with a miserly wringing of his hands "And I'm guessing you haven't...seen her yet""No. So it is as I feared?" You ask"Yes" Feiqing said somberly "She's lost more of her humanity. Her boyfriend didn't seem to mind though, last I saw them in town. Even if she hid her...changes behind a hood and cloak"'Hmmph, I knew he would' You think smugly "Well, I'll have to apologize to her, and congratulate her on getting closer to perfection""You might want to take a body guard or two with you. Qiang and Fu says a black grudge surrounds her" Feiqing warned as he walked past you cont
>>5510806"Well, I might need you to go on a mission, but I might have you stay here" You mused out loud as He walked by "Just stay in the courtyard, and I'll tell you if I will. Also, have you seen Lanfen and Liu anywhere?""They were cleaning the armory, last I heard. And I will await your orders" Feiqing said. And so, taking another passage, you headed towards the armory, to seek out Lanfen and Liu. 'Actually, I might only send Lanfen, Liu and Hong. Though, there'd be less chance of one of them dying if I did send Fu, Qiang and Feiqing as I first planned. I'd have sent Ping, but he's injured' You pondered as you walked to the armory 'Also, Qiang and Fu's reputation would certainly keep the wolves from becoming suspicious of their intentions. Not sure if Lanfen, Hong or liu are as respected as those to...'You frowned, pausing outside the chamber, as your thoughts ran freely for awhile. Peeking inside the armory, you saw Lanfen, sharpening a sword, sweating heavily as Liu polished a shield, trying to get a mirror finish from the look of it"Be in awe!" You commanded, stepping inside with a regal stride. Liu dropped his shield and Lanfen paused mid stroke on the whetstone to pout miserably "That's not faaaair!" She cried out "as if I had enough competition around here. I'm happy for you, Lady Huanliuxue. But now I have another obstacle to surmount in chasing my beloved!""You see everything in terms of romance, don't you, my lady" Liu side "Do you require our service, Secthead?""Yes. I need you two to meet with your fellow students. You're going out on a mission for the sect. And Lanfen" You say, snapping your fingers to draw the girl out of her self pity to listen up "Give me some of your robes. I think you're the closest one to matching my frame and size""It isn't fair! You have me beat!" Lanfen wailed, placing her hands on both sides of her head "I feel worthless as a woman looking at you! And...with some adjustment they should. Just don't rub it in my face like that, please"And so Lanfen gloomily departed, as Liu nodded and set down his shield to join up with the rest of your students. You waited, one leg crossed over the other, until Lanfen returned with her robes. She sat in the corner, biting her thumb and bitterly sulking as you tried them on"They do need a little loosening" You remarked "Seems you were right""I said not to rub it in!" Lanfen cried, pulling at her hair as you smiled mischievously behind the sleeve of your borrow robe"I'll return them after I buy or make my own" You say simply "Now, wipe away your tears, and go join the others""Yes, master" She groaned like a walking corpse, leaving you alone in the armory. Cont
>>5510808 Triple vote How do you plan on beating Huili and Chuandapo into shape (Total Cultivation/ training bonus left, +92)>Put them through a grueling training regimen and explain their faults and failings clearly and openly to them (Training trial. DC 70)>Give them duties and tasks that go against their slight flaws, and gently push them to better themselves (Training trial. DC 52)>Just take them both to hell. Nothing like a little demon fighting to improve one's self! >ask Monu for advice on the matter>write inand who do you have lead the mission into the dusk marsh, Huanliuxue (of which, every human disciple except Lei is taking part in. Safety in numbers and reputation)>Fu>Feiqing>Qiang>Siwang>Write inAndWould you like to control the leader of the mission>No *outcome will be determined by the Leader's personality/ skill, and the abilities of the group as a whole will determine their success or failure as modifiers to the roll made upon the completion of their task*>Yes *Switch control to the leader of the mission, and control the outcome/ result personally, while Huanliuxue whips Huili and Chuandapo into being proper cultivators*How exhausting this was to post
>>5510815>Put them through a grueling training regimen and explain their faults and failings clearly and openly to them (Training trial. DC 70)Their training is complete when we learn something from them. It gives them a clear endpoint to struggle for, while being a feat not easily achieved.It should be better for Huili since it implies he’s been tasked to rise above us, if only briefly. Not as sure about how to motivate Chuandapao beyond withholding food though.Perhaps that could generally be the training method, dinner is withheld and she must figure out how to steal it from wherever we place it. Train her to outthink us rather than outcompete us. We’d still train Qi, physical abilities etc. to give her more tools to work with, but she’d need to be inventive on her own or with Huili’s support. Which… would mean she’d join in training Huili to have a backbone since he’d indirectly be going up against us in helping Chuandapao even if we don’t forbid it. That works.For the party>Fu>Siwangwith Siwang as leader to get him experience in commanding a small group. Fu would be the default leader during interactions with humans, of course.There is very much a justice issue to resolve in the swamp, and I’m curious how he approaches it. He does need to understand his limits though, and know that he can turn to the others for assistance. I don’t think he’s ever pursued justice cooperatively before beyond the vague stuff he’s doing here at our temple. Hopefully he knows to lean on Fu, who has worked in small squads before.Sending Fu along for rep, and because the idea of daos of justice and grudges fighting alongside each other amuses me.Keeping Feiqing here on the assumption we’ll have work for him in upgrading our temple, and keeping Qiang back for… really just so Fu and Qiant can train separately for a bit since they travel together a lot. Maybe we can entrust her with scouting out the lower levels of the tomb for our inevitable conquest.For POV switch,>Nobecause I’d like to see how they do on their own. Success and failure are both excellent teachers.Oh, and before I forget, we do need to discuss with Monu about the blood garden idea one anon had a while ago. That can be a long-term project she may be able to progress while we cultivate as it promises unique reagents for her alchemy.
>>5510815>Put them through a grueling training regimen and explain their faults and failings clearly and openly to them (Training trial. DC 70)>Fu>SiwangYes *Switch control to the leader of the mission, and control the outcome/ result personally, while Huanliuxue whips Huili and Chuandapo into being proper cultivators*
You know it might be a good idea to send our more experienced disciples not going on a mission/recovering or receiving special training into the library of the city of the dead. The golems should provide a decent challenge plus the more books and knowledge our sext has the better
>>5510815+1 to >>5510848I really liked the plan. I say withholding food from Chuan is the perfect plan. We alongside Monu should think in challenges for her, physical and mental challenges so she get's her food (and mental ones so she gains a little more Wit and have a sharper mind, because if I remember correctly, she was just dumbly dropping ships because she wanted food and was robbing it from fishermen, and she simply didn't noticed)And for Huili, I say we should grind his gears. I say we should also give him challenges for food, so him and Chuan work together, but with other nature: annoying challenges. Hell, I say we should tell Lei that when Huili and him have a break from their activities, Lei should try and annoy Huili, some kind of rough love, like for example throwing pebbles when Huili is resting/meditating, make him tiny pranks to annoy him and make Huili see of he can finally at least bark or snap back at Lei. Our objective will be for Huili to help Chuan in their challenges UNLESS we say otherwise, surely Chuan will have a great deal with how lazy she is, but Huili not so, and when Huili is a little exhausted we send Lei to make him lose patience. And aside from that, give Huili mental challenges that are simply some steps further than what he can do, or sometimes just give him mentally exhausting and frustrating challenges that he can't complete.Also yeah, talk to Monu with the Blood Qi garden project
>>5510882I’ll back most of the Huili training here (annoying him is mean, but probably necessary), but I would prefer if we pointedly made no mention of whether Huili is allowed to help Chuandapao if he asks. Just smile, laugh, or walk away. If Chuandapao asks instead, we can say she’s allowed to ask for help from anyone, even us! We’ll say no if she asks us, of course. She’d need to offer us something worth more than her growth as a student, and something that valuable would only come to her if she grew as a student anyway.For Huili, it’s to get him more comfortable with the idea of helping others in ways that he’s not sure we’d approve of. Sure, he was guarding someone injured without us asking, but that’s a no-brainer safe decision. For Chuandapao, she’ll need to figure out how to convince others to assist her. Everyone else has their own things to do, so she’ll need to think about what she can offer to bring people to help her, or how to tailor her requests so people don’t see it as a huge effort. Instead of “bring me food” for example, a request to Feiqing could be “can you fashion a claw I could wear” so she can dig a route to food we’ve sealed off. Forging her own tools is difficult without hands, so he’d be more likely to honor such a request.Huili, of course, should be one of the main ones she requests as a fellow junior and out of a sense of companionship due to being trained at the same time. So it gets her more directly involved in having him grow a spine as well.Oh, and to cap it all off, when he finally snaps at Lei, we’ll need to hear it out as a dispute between disciples. Have someone else share Lei’s side of the story, then have Huili argue to us why he is in the right. If he argues well enough, we punish Lei by telling him to desist immediately and revoking his speaking privileges for a month. A technical punishment to show that Huili will do a bad thing sometimes and need to explain it to us and that doesn’t mean he’ll be punished necessarily, but with no teeth as we asked Lei to do it.
I wonder what we should name Frog. The easy route is just earnest conductor because of his attitude and achievement in making his fellow frogs sing. But we could be cheeky and call him something like vibrant jumper. Maybe something that includes "bright" as a play on not only his coloration as a giant dart frog but also his amenable attitude and cavalier approach to learning.>>5510815>Put them through a grueling training regimen and explain their faults and failings clearly and openly to them (Training trial. DC 70)The best way for Huili to get at least some of his guts back is to get him to be a little more independent. His overemphasization of pack mentality is not only incorrect but also limiting his growth. He should know that every member of the tribe needs to contribute and while that does mean working together it does not mean simpering around for orders. If he could be made to be more comfortable having personal agency again his attitude should pretty quickly change to him reestablishing boundaries and being bolder.>FuThe only reason being that Fu has the broadest experience. Though his bold and brash nature might cause problems, I'm sure having the others around can help hold the worst of his impetus in check.>No *outcome will be determined by the Leader's personality/ skill, and the abilities of the group as a whole will determine their success or failure as modifiers to the roll made upon the completion of their task*
>>5510848I will support this basically whole heartedly.The outcome of others should be dependent on those others.
>>5510815>Give them duties and tasks that go against their slight flaws, and gently push them to better themselves (Training trial. DC 52)>Siwang>No *outcome will be determined by the Leader's personality/ skill, and the abilities of the group as a whole will determine their success or failure as modifiers to the roll made upon the completion of their task*
>>5510815>>5510848Supporting this. DC 70 on Bo4 is actually a pretty surmountable challenge.
>>5510848Supportingregarding the blood Qi, could the 5 springs be used to mask its signature? It seems like something that could draw some very unwanted attention once its known to exist.
>>5510815>ask Monu for advice on the matterShe does have more experience than us in training juniors.>QiangI feel like her skillset is the best for tracking a monster, though it's still not optimal. And she will be careful.>No
>>5510848>>5510897Full support!>>5510905Something along the lines of Bright Springs (cuz frog) or Bright Waters/Shining Pond? He gave me the impression of a bubbly river spirit, I wonder if we can use that too.
>>5510973We came to the conclusion it needs to be in a high Mountain that's cold and using several artifacts/materials with different Qi to make rich soil and the crops don't ruin.I say we could use the Winter Blossoming Sect mountains, but some anon was against it. From what we know, the Sect got a huge ammount of losses with our sister Xuebai and her "bf", so they're low on Sect members, and I say the majority were cultivators, considerating that the other protag stealed the ability to cultivate from the bodyparts of other cultivators.So yeah, right know they are really low in Sect members and surely going in a recluitment spree just to keep up with the War against the Ling Sect, which in turn the Ling Sect also suffered losses from the Ling Protag with her careless and suicide missions without thinking in the other cultivators + the possible Death of one of the Ling Sect Elders and any other cultivator the Ling Protag wanted to kill once she betrayed her Sect when we go for our tribulation.From how I see it, we should do the Winter Blossoming Sect secondary mission with the problem of Xuebai, use our Human form, and try to seize the HQ of the Winter Blossoming Sect some way to use itAnd also maybe do something that the other anons we're interested on: participate in a cultivators tournament.Right now unless Grandfather says something, from how I see it any Cultivator with enough power, followers and a terrain could make their own Sect, there's no kind of weird bureocracy about registering our Sect in some kind of Goverment Cultivation building.If y'all feel safe to show our sect into the world, we can sneak into one of the tournaments, maybe investigate the prizes and all that and then see if it's worth itAlso Grandfather, where's our girl Yuyujao? Or whatever it's written, I wanna see if Snake daughter it's ok and if She's not that depressed
>>5510815Also, don't wanna be a KA but feel the need to say the update is incredible. Maintaining a proper flow and reasonable transition pacing with big updates is a challenge for a lot of QMs, and for this it goes through immersion steps with consistent characterization. It is good. With draft output like this you could probably write cultivation litrpg stuff on amazon kindle.
>>5510987You are correct about sects Anon.A sect is a group of cultivators, who cultivate together. The strongest ones teach and provide for the younger ones, and in turn can command them to wield greater political power.Like a country, the only thing that really matters is "power" when it relates to others. We don't say "please let us do this" we say "we are doing this, try and stop us if you dare".The key component on that, then, is being strong enough to enforce our demands. If the winter blossoming sect is too weak to stop us, we destroy them and take their shit. It's then a matter of if anyone else will try and punish us for it.
>>5510815>Just take them both to hell. Nothing like a little demon sightseeing to improve one's self!I say drag them with us and give them a good look at the worst place ever to shake them up and listen.Chuan will be too scared to laze and we can show the pig demon as an example not to follow for the doormat wolf.They need to see why they must be strong, bonus point for bringing the ghost serpent to lash at them verbally since she has to work thrice as hard without a body.>FuHe is the leader of the heroes, has experience and isn't too full of himself not to listen to advice. quiang won't be as natural or efficient, not even interested in leadership i guess.And for feiquing he has to get around the idea of being part of the heroes and getting the same respect.Having him lead the group will put too much on his loner shoulders.>Siwang as vice-leaderHe has his own duties to attend to and he does best within a narrow focus.To have him take care of a large group will only frustrate everyone, as the righteous type he tends to micromanage. and they need to see we trust him enough to send him on his own sidestuff to build respect.That said they must cooperate and keep tabs on each other.This trip is a proving ground for cooperation not yet a merging of human and beast disciples.
>>5510987The only downside I can see about entering tournaments is that the cultivator world hasn't devolved fully into abandoning the old laws of heaven yet.Considering the old emperor is dead, that should be a couple decades off while the mortal world gets the full on 5 kingdoms like affair underway.
>>5510987iirc, it was only a matter of distance. The closer to our sect the more readily we/disciples can construct it, use it, or solve its problems. If we don't have any snowy mountains nearby, we can totally just steal theirs. There might be a security issue with creating a garden away from us in a place that will need protection or guarding, but if what we need best is an icy peak Monu will be able to bounce us in the best direction.Though their Sect Head is dying from the ruined breakthrough, I think it's safe to assume the higher tier members of the Winter Blossoming Sect are quite strong. Monu was one of them after all. Xuebai hasn't pressed Jingyu into an attack on their elders, and based on those things we don't currently have the power to bring their sect down wholesale.If they have only three core formation staged cultivators below their Sect Head, it will still be a hard fight even with the majority of our students and Monu. And Xuebai/Jingyu, presumably.When we get back to her for the important convo let's just ask mother about the Winter Blossoming Sect's elders and ranks.We still have that infopull from Xiaosi, where if we mention his name we'll be allowed in their sect. Now that we have human form there is some crafty stuff we could get up to with that.
>>5510815>Put them through a grueling training regimen and explain their faults and failings clearly and openly to them (Training trial. DC 70)>I want to strengthen Huili's Dao Heart. He's gone too far meek and will effect his dao heart. I say that Huanliuxue should debate with him his demeanor. Why did we make the bet with him before? To show him there are stronger foes. To be smart about how to fight. Act strong when you are weak and weak when you are strong. An example is how the sect is hiding while gathering strength. To Travel the Dao Requires a strong heart to go against the current heavens for beasts. Like how metal is forged and tempered for battle. Ask him what is his Dao supposed to be? What will he strive for? To protect his family he must be strong. To protect the sect he must be strong.To protect himself he must be strong.Basically, give him mental puzzles and questions and move him to be wiser and get his fear under control.
>>5510987I think we wanted it to be more secret, or perhaps we estimated subjugating another sect, even one in disarray, as too open a play.I’d be amenable to it if no other candidates exist that we know of though. If others do, I’ll weigh the options with everyone else.>>5511003It would be incredibly amusing to show up at a tourney, kick ass, and carefully explain that while we’re considered the sect leader our “real” leader is Huan with the example she sets in protecting the weak and shedding the blood of those who oppress.I’d expect others to take it as a popularity stunt, claiming the mantle of a respected current figure in the ongoing war as a means of recruitment. I imagine since she’s only a “spiritual” leader it wouldn’t be heresy, just distasteful in the eyes of the orthodoxy. Our crew would know the truth, of course.>>5511010Speaking of people to visit, who was the sect leader that indirectly gave us many of our traditional texts? It might be nice to officially speak with him on how his students are faring now that we helped whip them into shape. Perhaps we could even organize our own tournament with his help?
>>5511017Grandmaster Su, of the Five Colors and Five Purities Sect. We really do owe him a pleasant visit.
>>5510815>Give them duties and tasks that go against their slight flaws, and gently push them to better themselves (Training trial. DC 52)>Siwang>Yes *Switch control to the leader of the mission, and control the outcome/ result personally, while Huanliuxue whips Huili and Chuandapo into being proper cultivators*I wouldn't mind playing owl boy. BTW great work with the polite pig Meiwei Zhurou, might just become my new favorite disciple!
>>5510815>Give them duties and tasks that go against their slight flaws, and gently push them to better themselves (Training trial. DC 52)>FuHe is the eldest and has experience leading>Yes *Switch control to the leader of the mission, and control the outcome/ result personally, while Huanliuxue whips Huili and Chuandapo into being proper cultivators*The children are adorable, I'm very concerned for Yuyi and happy that the Qiang's mother meme can continue.Ping isn't going to awaken if we change the POV, right? I don't want to miss the older sister ghost reveal.Also, I think we could teach bat some of that blood qi.
>>5511093Speaking of Hǒumógui out of all our disciples she would probably benefit the most form our humming vines given her sonar
>>5511093>Also, I think we could teach bat some of that blood qi.I'm not sure about it, not until we secure the Blood Qi garden, but surely she might be good with it.In the moment I say we should just show her some other Dao, maybe one fire-aligned, but I say we should visit Sect Master Su with some spirit stones and see if he's willing to sell us some of the fire-aligned textbooks and any other interesting one for our new disciples (and maybe try and help Yuyi with them, even see if we can show her some of the luck-draining Dao that we we're offered at the start for being a cat.)Also, with the condition on which we found Frog, I image we can maybe search to see if there's some Purification Dao or something like that, or if not lead him to develop one
>>5511093I'm switching to>No *outcome will be determined by the Leader's personality/ skill, and the abilities of the group as a whole will determine their success or failure as modifiers to the roll made upon the completion of their task*As much as I'm concerned about our students safety and curious avout what's going on, other anon is right that this is a good learning experience for them.Also I dislike playable PoV switches in slower paced quests or of they take linger than three updates.
>>5511125Well, it's because she is a vampire bat, so she might have a natural affinity.Why fire? Because of her attitude?>>5511118This anon has a good idea, maybe she could use something like sonar too.I think these new students could have some very varied opportunities of daos.Frog is obviously poison aligned, but choosing between purification, something more offensive is a good opportunity. Either way, Monu could really help teaching him.Shadow is interesting, by the name he could manipulate shadows, but his guardia attitude could fit a more defensive dao as well.For Prince Pig, I have no idea.
>>5511125>>5511137I’d lean air-aligned for Batgirl as a start if we don’t want to toss her into Blood Qi yet. Given some of the stuff we’ve done with it and the lack of texts to define a proper path, keeping that off the table seems prudent.If the fire-aligned is due to her personality, it does bear mentioning that the attitude she has was mentioned as an inflection. She seems to feel the need to act like that, but put her in a comfortable situation and she may turn out to be different.I say that knowing we don’t HAVE a wind-aligned art. Another reason to visit Grandmaster Su I suppose.>Prince Pig>Dao of nobilityI kid though, we can’t expect all our members to follow their own daos. An earth-focused one seems best for him. Pigs are bulky, earth is bulky, good enough as a start unless he feels something more specific. It also contrasts well since I normally wouldn’t associate earth with someone whose speech is that refined.
>>5511160Water and Earth Daos for our pig, since water+earth=mud, which pigs like.
>>5511118>Speaking of Hǒumógui out of all our disciples she would probably benefit the most form our humming vines given her sonarHey, I don't remember anything from those humming vines you mention (or at least what they do), can you refresh my mind about it?>>5511160>>5511137>Why fire? Because of her attitude?Honestly no. I understand that she was acting rowdy because she wanted to act tough, but with her Nature as a Vampire Bat she's more aligned or propense to Blood Qi, but until we gain some way to gather the pure Qi with our project, I say the Best we can do is to get her into a Yang-aligned element, so when we have our Pure Blood Qi source available the change isn't that dramatic. My first thought on her first Dao was something with Metal Qi because of her description of having rust red fur, but I wasn't sure. Maybe a Yin Qi element isn't that bad btw, because if her first reaction of us was to act in a different way, means that maybe her usual MO is through deception, something that if i'm correct is a Yin type of thingAnd for the Pig >>5511165 I guess it's a nice approach. Hell, he dug a pit for himself, maybe in the future he can develop a technique for building structure or stone molding, surely something useful for when we need to do some construction work
>>5510979>Bright Springs (cuz frog) or Bright Waters/Shining Pond?I like them. I'd vote for them.>>5511160Pigs are also surprisingly adept diggers. Always seem to know what is under the ground. As for the bat, I think the idea is that she has a natural affinity for blood, being that she is a vampire bat. They can see in infrared by the way, which is really cool. And since blood is yang aligned, and fire is quintessential YANG there should be some overlap. Of course natural affinities do not an inherent proclivity make. Teaching her what suits her best will come down to what she takes to in the end. And given she's actually pretty level headed and cautious I don't think a very aggressive style suits her. But I hardly know the kid so hey.
>>5511180>>5511191Noble pig would make a good companion then for Feiqing. Ores tend to be buried in the earth, so an adept digger would make things much easier for him.The Man Mistaken As Monster and Noble Pig. The legend is practically writing itself at this point. It’ll sell almost as well as the tales of “Twin Axe and the Assassin Whose Heart He Stole” and “The Tragedy of the Beautiful Firestorm and the Shadow She Birthed”.Know what, give me some other combinations to write outrageous book titles about. I could use a bit of levity.
>>5511160>>5511165>>5511180>>5511191Earth sounds good for pig. Call the Dao of Truffles.Also the emotion that awakened him was fear wasn't it? Could make sense of he became a more defensive fighter.
>>5510848supporting >>5510905>>5510979I'm cool with Bright Spring (光明泉, Guāngmíng quán) for the bright word play or Bubble Chorus (泡泡合唱, Pào pào héchàng) for the song connection. Also had the idea of Murky Gem (暗宝石, Àn bǎoshí) to connect his origin and the description of his eyes.
>>5511229Lanfen and LiuLei and MonuPing and QinxinYuyi and being dragged into adventures against her willSuwang and being best son (with Frog now being a strong contender)The two Geges
>>5511236>To Labor in the Shadow of Giants>The Deranged Beautiful Alchemist and Her Doomed Quest to Create the Perfect Man>Bright Heart, Dead Heart: How Love Redeemed A HereticDebate on who would be miscasted as the girl in this book at your own leisure.>Yuyi and the Case of the Knight of Justice>Yuyi and the Case of the Demon Emperor>Yuyi and the Case of the No-Good, Worthless, Terrible, Stinky, Ugly HousecatYuyi’s adventures would be an anthology series, I’m sure.>Justice on Wings, Poison in Claws>Paradox in Sky and Earth: The Insect Monarchs
>>5510815>Put them through a grueling training regimen and explain their faults and failings clearly and openly to them (Training trial. DC 70)> Fu> No
>>5511180They are mentioned in this post >>5509267
I'm also quite interested in YinYing's statement about our name on his lips.How far does this awareness go? To what extent are you aware of our looks and name and station and so on? How does this function?
>>5511833From what I remember, the way people that we fight or know us is because of our presence and Aura, an Aura of mass grave, the chill of a grave, the still air. But also the smell of Blood, tho I can't really remember other ways that Grandfather described our Pure Blood Qi aura
>>5511837No, no.The wild princess thing, which the cat talked about.
>>5511584Oh and thanks btw, and you're right those vines would be awesome, maybe we can have more of a reason to show or push her into an Air Qi Dao so she has an incredible control of her voice and get the maximum potential of her natural abilitiesBtw, know that we have our Bat Daughter she could surely do a amazing team with Dong, which in turn Dong could be an amazing spy for our sect, he just need to learn or show us he has the ability yo defend himself with his chosen Dao (and also learn how to block part of his senses , because if he's going to puke because of the smell of stinky fish or Blood because his high senses, that's going to be a problem)
>>5511838Oh right.Well, how I see it it's something instinctual in the Cats, from housecat to middle and maybe high felines. Do you know about that fear people have with those robots/androids? When someone feels like uncomfortable or weird, for me that's what happens with felines.Because of our evolution, know they have something almost primal inside that makes them say "hey, she's like our mom but something more high, more magestic, we should follow and serve her"
>>5511849My question is what is the extent of it. We should ask, because if it reaches a certain point then we can make commands and edicts through this line.
>>5511863I mean... For what we know, we're the only Divine Beast that have grown this powerful, and not only that but evolved into the Primordial Beast Lineage (or something like that) in Ages.And if course, even if they aren't awakaned they can communicate, tho to a more primitive or basic level. So if animals hear humans talk enough about Huan, maybe they will think "Gigant cat with red fur is strong and everyone knows about it"
>>5511866Yes, it's just trying to find the point we can exploit.
>>5511868I think the mechanism was the primordial essence wave we sent out. It bore our imprint, and all cats that thought “hey I can think now” also got the tag “this power brought to you by Huan the happy bloodshed, please drink blood responsibly” as a rider.Not something easily exploited for long-distance since it took a tribulation to send this message, but maybe there’s better ways. Every awakened beast likely bears our imprint on its essence, so anything that tunes into that should work. It’d probably be too weak to use as a means of reliably sending messages or finding recruits, but cats clearly bear a deeper imprint so maybe there’s enough to it.>We invent radar>It detects cats>More powerful cat - bigger ping>We can’t use it because we break every device we’re near
>>5511872Array boosted divination rituals keyed to concentrated forms of beast essence should work. We only have a tangential awareness of that sphere of spellwork in character though. Usually for individual divinations you need part of of what you're looking for already, or part of something aligned to the Qi you're searching out. In which case we are well equipped to search out concentrations of primordial/beast essence in respects to the beast types of our current disciples.It's dangerous though, in a knowledge sense. With fine tuning things like talismans that can track specific people if you have their blood and know their Qi, and other fun stuff, become rudimentary even if resource and time costly.That deep library in our undead kingdom should have some respectable literature regarding such things.
>>5511872There might be the possibility to send summons throught a cat network of sorts like in the 101 dalmatians but it's probably unreliable.But it may be worth it to let the felines know when we pass by an area that we are searching for "noble" cats or other animals and see what we get.
>>5511889solid +1 to that. sooner we do likely the better.
>>5511888That is a worrysome consideration, if the primordial energy could be used for pinpointing or divining our location then making some antidivination talismans is probably of the utmost priority.On the opposite if we were to make some tokens of our students then we could keep tabs on them, or at least their last known location.
>>5511889Ah, that’s a clever idea. No magic behind it, just an old-fashioned informant network. Made of cats, of course.It’d be nice to feed a location through them like the village or the Buddhists so they can be pre-screened, but that’s probably too complex. Might be enough to chain “hey, I heard about this from a cat over in that direction” or “we saw Huan and she came from that way going in this other way” and they can work their way back to us via a nationwide game of telephone. Or if we’re in the area, they can obviously point us to them instead.>>5511888>>5511931Does our home shield us from this effect due to its own abundance of Yin Qi? No benefit if we’re traveling and maybe not enough of one if we grow in power or our sect gets larger, but it’d buy us time to find those texts without rushing.
>>5511931>>5511965It depends on how deeply the world of cultivation has stagnated. Searching for Yin Qi around our area should give almost nothing in return, and searching beyond the Tomb Gates should be effectively impossible given the nature of its god enforced sealing. If we're outside, it's a maybe. So far what we've seen is most current sects respond to magical beasts after they've acted, and don't send out high ranking individuals to end them. When we acquired our students, we did not receive any followup of the other sects continuing to look for them. After the problems "went away" I believe it's fair to say they stopped caring to refocus on preparing for sect conflicts, or they have no desire to expend resources on these kinds of things, or they're just dumb and apathetic.Which may change when one of them commits the crime of digging into the earth beneath our home village, though that's only my paranoia.Finding Huan based on concentrations of yin qi and beast essence should never give a full location. Finding our sect based on concentrations of beast essence isn't something I'd worry about now that we've flooded the world with it, they'd need to be more specific. Once we get bigger it will of course cease to matter, unless we find ways to give our whole sect protection, as most sects do.If someone obtains our blood, or learns of our usage of blood qi, and has the resources and skills to do so, they could. They don't have to be powerful either; just learned, diligent, and having access to spirit stones for their needs. But I'm having some doubts about whether the knowledge still exists accessibly to most sects, or if they're all so secretive they'll use these things as backup plans without making any moves that indicate they have that knowledge; ie the way Yaonan spilled to us her sects' capabilities.I recall that Yaonan reached Yuji before us, and she was sent to the mock capital to search out something her sect believed would be hiding there.It may not be only that we didn't get there in time, even if that's a large part of it, it could be the Guardians of Celestial Sunlight have accurate beast/"evil" finding geomancy, or a sage versed in those kinds of rituals. The other sects thus far appear more reactive than the Ling sect, or perhaps the Ling cultivators are enjoying the benefits of a set of heretical techniques, and are just too brash overall.There are means of locating things that don't rely so much on basic Qi's, however.Though we've barely stepped into it, in theory mastering the universal fabric of enmity we caught a peak of would allow one to divine the beginnings and ends of all forms of grudges and those who hold them. Effectively bypassing the need to create a deep ritual. There are many forces behind and beneath environmentally pronounced Qi, and mastery of any one of them may provide a cultivator forms of information that make divining (geomantic or otherwise) appear crude.So, it depends!
>>5512251>give almost nothing in return*in terms of accuracy, due to the abundance.
>>5512251That is a good explanationAs for the sect i expect monu to have it fortified and up to par with the other sects, i am more worried about huan going out and getting jumped because somebody followed the link between the primordial scream and it's origin.But i think it may be too much of a leap to find somebody who can do it and the eneegy probably expanded too much to be reliable.But if there is and it is a celestial with a grudge then it may be troublesome.
Ya know we got alot of spirit stones we should go shopping and use them. Find a loose cultivator shop or auction. Also selling some pills for extra spending money. So we can build cultivation chambers and resources for our sect.
>>5512327We've got to sell the emperor's soul first.Imagine what rare goodies we can get for it!
>>5512618I don't want to sell it. It's a great trophy and very significant for us personally.
>>5512682Languishing in a forgotten jar is a karmic fate for someone who thought so high of themselves.But as long as it sits in storage he's not getting the hellish treatment he deserves.Besides huan doesn't take trophies from disgusting people, like that frog whose gem was donated to ping.Which was hastily given because now we have a frog student who may need it for himself.
>>5512712>he's not getting the hellish treatment he deserves We should hand him off to pigsy in hell. An emperor's soul should be enough to clear some of his debt, and get him further indebted to us.
>>5512712That kinda sounds fucked up, "Here Frog, the core of your same species who I brutally murdered and ate early in my journey!"
>>5512720More like>”Here Frog, observe your former elder. See the dark lines tracing through it? That’s because he was an asshole.”>”Selfishness, greed, evil find ways of being punished. In this case, by me. Take his base, purify and elevate it. Become that which all frogs recognize as their prince, much as I am recognized by cats as their Princess.”
>>5512712She absolutely does take trophies from digusting people. It's just most of those trophies have uses.The soul does too, it's quite valuable.But I do not wish to expend it, because of the sheer amount of Huanliuxue that was spawned from this wretched and worthless waste of life.He is the fulcrum upon which the entire world turned upon it's head, with our birth and our rise, and all that comes of it, including driving Fequing into the woods to be found by us.Only the Ling head who started his war, could possibly in any way be more of a "direct nexus" of choices and actions which led to us.
>>5512776I cannot support this reasoning.Spend him on something good. It will be the only time his life was of any use.
>>5512776I'm sentimental, sue me.That being said, if we wish for his soul to retain value, he needs to go ASAP.There is a prime market now when most of the dead souls remember his dickishness and he is "virgin ground" for torture.So for the action I do not support, spending him, we should do it swiftly or not at all unless approached by an interested party who's willing to splash cash and techniques.
>>5512718I could really only support this if we had a handler to make sure he doesn’t skim too much for himself. Those debts didn’t suddenly happen to a good and upstanding pig demon, after all. He’ll bilk us as much as he bilked others because he’s apparently too greedy to make sensible decisions.Our dead snake would technically be the best candidate, but she won’t meet living souls down there so it limits her potential growth. Maybe Qiang can do it after she learns to sever her soul since she already has rep in hell anyway.
>>5512776I also don't want to too soonly sell his soul. We have a lot of caged souls, but the things about souls and what they are is unique.They can be used as material in many things, the likely reason why Baoli had 108 & 44 of their specific kinds before we took them. Using souls to upgrade the ghostly abilities of our artifact Guqin, for example, has potential. And the potential the Emperors soul may provide to grudge oriented cultivation, artifact creation, or upgrading due to it being the essential divine nexus component to the fate that made us and many others. Its karmic connections alone are more valuable than any torture he may receive. Even with the grudges are released, the souls history and influence to the Fabric of Enmity is eternal.The divinity part in particular is of deep interest to me, we have no other materials that have that. The closest would be the sacredness inherent to the Qilin antlers, but that's inexact to the same quality or substance.Researching it fully before expending it feels like the common sense thing to do.
>>5512830You’ve put in mind the idea of stitching the Fabric of Enmity to divinity as a concept using divine materials with our dao, meaning that gods would suffer when grudges grow in strength.It’s be a terrible idea since I’m sure it’d also empower them further and encourage stagnation, but it’s a nice idle fantasy.
I want to give him to Suwang to see if he can judge souls.It could be a good cultivation aid for him if he can, given the sheer amount of sins and crimes his actions causedMake a Yama out of our owl boy.
>>5512836Given how immense it is I can only think the soul of a god and at least two ranks above our current would suffice. Well I'm probably getting ahead of myself here since we've only seen it once and barely touched it. We don't even know if it begets its own specialized Qi beyond the ones we have, which if it does I'd suggest dying our roots with it to further our dao.But what terrible, horrific potential. And perhaps not just an idle fantasy.Logically, taking limited command of the fabric should permit redirecting enmity/grudge energy by twisting it to concentrate towards our own power, or maliciously towards another individual.Though the risk would be quite high. Perhaps "safest" as a bottleneck breakthrough method in our dao. Enmity as it is imbued into the fabric appears to be the component legacy, active effects, and spirit of their grudges. Which in essence means we'd be refining the legacies themselves of powerful grudges. Serving our land's hatred on a dantian platter to a karmically elevated being might transform the world itself. Or turn us into an out of control monster should we be unable to bear the weight, who knows.
>>5512848Know what, if the hunt in the forest goes well then I’d back this as a reward. Using it as a cultivation resource is the best use I can envision for it, and divine injustices are the highest-quality ones I can think of.
>>5512850I would support not selling his soul only if there is an use for our dao.Using souls to craft things will regardless of the use and souls quality be considered a karmic negative.And i don't believe siwang would appreciate it's value, unless you all want him to become a jaded, bitter soul that has seen too much shit. He's all about justice ans justice would see that soul in hell asap.
Dunno you guys, but I say maybe that the soul won't help Siwang that much like >>5512932 said, UNLESS we can focus in something specificTell me anons, do you want Owl Boy to be able to "see" or "Feel" the Karma of each individual like the Old God and the Father of this Emperor got to measure our Karma? I guess that's something useful, and surely we can use the Souls of the enemies that we have in the massive tomb and say to Siwang "I want you to study these souls and try to find a pattern or something in there"Another guide or task to give him, more apart from the more mystical one above, it's to tell him "This Emperor is a scumbag, there's no doubt in it. Your duty is to try study these scripts that talk from his crimes and I need you to analize them using these Law book and think in the laws he break while alive"Honestly I don't think the second one is going to help a lot, but maybe it could help him into learn the laws in depth and help him more in the future when he tries to get his human form.
>>5512932>>5512939I assume the soul could be examined to view the Emperor’s life and thoughts? correct? If so, the main uses for Siwang in using it would be (in order)>To judge the Emperor for his good and his evil>In the (unlikely) event he believes he did justice for the people at any point, to understand why he felt that way and (since it’s probably wrong) to figure out how to make the Emperor understand that he was wrong in his understanding of his action.>In the event that the Emperor did an injustice, to see how it could have been pointed out to him in a way he or the people around him would understand.>If an injustice could not have been prevented because no one would step forward, what system could have been put in place prior that would have limited or prevented the injustice?>For people such as the Emperor, whose actions can affect millions that he has never met and in ways those millions may never know, what is the appropriate way to measure the (in)justice caused by his actions and mete out punishment? How would you determine who was or wasn’t impacted by a decree? What does justice look like when the victims don’t know they’ve been wronged?>If an injustice is perpetuated by people who do not know their actions are done on behalf of a broader injustice, what is their crime? If they do know that there is an injustice, but disobeying would cause injustices against them and their family, to what level of guilt do they hold for their actions?Siwang had a very simple way of measuring justice out in his city. The crimes were in front of him, the victims clear. But at the level of administrators, the scope of their actions make things more difficult to determine. Is raising taxes an evil if someone knows some will starve to meet the quotas, but they don’t have enough information to make tailored rates for each region? If someone takes your wife, but punishing said injustice requires dragging much of the realm to war, is that justice? What of the soldiers who are following orders. Was an injustice done to them, for many will die? Does the fact they signed up for it truly absolve those above them for their deaths? What of the civilians who raise food for the war? Are they perpetuating an injustice against others by providing for the war? Is that injustice worth punishing when such concerns are far above them?Human civilization is full of contradictions, even well-meaning ones. The life of the Emperor, while vile, is an opportunity to understand the not just the people that perpetuate injustice, but the systems that can minimize or amplify those individual impacts. Figuring out what justice means at an individual, a familial, a societal, a natural, a divine level, that’s the dao he’s pursuing. He certainly has his work cut out for him, and our dear friend the Emperor would be good for opening his eyes to that.
Ending the vote now, tallying the result. Huge amounts of discussion always brings a smile to this old man's face.Put them through a grueling training regimen and explain their faults and failings clearly and openly to them:11- Give Huili mental puzzles: 1 Give them duties and tasks that go against their slight flaws, and gently push them to better themselves:3ask Monu for advice on the matter:1Just take them both to hell. Nothing like a little demon fighting to improve one's self!:1_Fu+ Siwang (Keeping Feiqing and Qiang at the temple):9Fu:4Siwang:2Qiang:1_No:12Yes:1So, Fu and Siwang will lead the mission into the Dusk marshes, with Siwang leading directly and Fu leading during interactions with humans, Feiqing and Qiang will be kept in the templeAnd you will put Chuandapo and Huili's noses to the grindstone and put them through a hellish training regimen to get them to shape upUpdate will arrive shortly >>5511229Can't for the life of me figure out who the second tale is referring >>5511276I'd read all of these>>5510987Oh She's chilling in the upper levels of the catacombs proper
>>5513008“Firestorm” is us and Qiang. Named because of our hair and Qiang’s occupation.I wouldn’t call us a firestorm since we’re not that violent, but never let the truth get in the way of a good story. That goes for most of what I wrote, honestly.I also misread the prompt for Sisang and did it as Siwang + Frog instead of just Siwang.
Meeting your disciples gathered outside the cliffside entrance to your shared subterranean den, you explain to them the details of the mission."While traveling through the dusk marshes, I noticed unusual activity, and recognized that with those fetid swamps lurked an unseen danger. an unseen danger that has been devouring whole villages, depopulating the land and transforming the plant-life there into something most unnatural, and thus unpleasant! An affront to the world beneath heaven itself! An eyesore and cancer upon this mortal plane! I refuse to live under the same sky as plants that think to become carnivores and predators! It simply is unforgiveable!" You shout, pacing back and forth in your cat form, rocking your head side to side as you walked in front of your kneeling disciples "Siwang! You will lead the party to seek out whatever misbegotten creature is causing these changes and consuming entire communities! FU! You shall assist him as second in command, taking his place as leader should you encounter humans or other cultivators. Qiang! Feiqing! You shall remain here, to guard our sect and as I may have other uses for your skillsets than sending you out on a seek and destroy mission with the others""Understood! I shall carry out your order of execution on the wretch that dares go against the natural order of the world!" Siwang bellowed, nearly shrieking as he threw one of his wings over his feathery chest, bowing his head and clicking his beak "I shall not fail in this most honorable labor of removing this blight from whence it has sunk its root. I swear, I shall not fail in this duty I've been give the supreme privilege of being entrusted within""And I shall keep my junior safe, serving as advisor and mask. We shall not fail you, Lady Huanliuxue, your will be done! As the first external action of The Palace of Natural laws sect, we shall not fail in this undertaking. The Village eater will be recieve their just retribution and their threat will be ended by our, your loyal disciples, hands and claws and fangs!" Fu bellows, nodding once "Hmm, Alright. Might not have been something I'd know how to kill anyways" Qiang says with a sad look in her eyes as she cupped her fist and bowed "Good hunting, Brother fu and junior brother Siwang""As you will, honored teacher" Feiqing said, sounding much happier than Qiang"Qinxin! You will also remain here, as you may be recognized should you encounter other daoists, and I do not yet trust you enough to honor you with such a privilege as carrying out my will beyond this mountain!" You bark, as the former Ling dog nods once and steps aside to join Qiang and Feiqing awkwardly "Lanfen, Liu, and Hong, you will be under the command of Siwang and Fu, do not disappoint me. I trust you three should be capable of subjugating whatever breed of monstrosity is troubling the dusk marshes""And if we encounter the sect who claims the swampland as their territory?!" Lanfen shouts, nearly squeakingCont
>>5513046"Follow Fu's lead. Fu! Only resort to violence against your fellow daoists if it is to preserve your own or your fellow students lives! Otherwise, use your reputation as a wandering Xia to convince them of your good intentions. Maybe you'll be able to convince them to assist you in protecting their own domain" You command, flicking your tail as you speak "A bit of subterfuge never hurt a heretic after all. Heh-Heh-Heh! OH! and before I forget. Besides dealing with whatever has made the dusk marshes its personal buffet, this mission is also a recruitment drive. I fear there are still recently awakened beasts living beneath the shadow cast by uh, whatever it is that is eating a bunch of people. If you can find them, retrieve them and bring them back to our school. Before I send you out, know that besides mutating plants, your quarry has been mummifying and shrinking the corpses of its victims. But beyond that, we know nothing about it. Even my sagacious self knows nothing!""We do not need to know something to kill it" Fu remarks with a cocksure smirk"Knowing and recognizing it would make it easier to know where its vitals lay and what weaknesses it may have and what it is strong against" Siwang puffs "But, if it is unknown to the wise you, then it is a mystery to us all. And we'll have to figure out its strengths and frailities in battle""If we must battle" Liu says "It might be friendly to us...er, besides offending our sect head, of course""It has killed entire villages" Fu, Siwang and Qiang snarl in responseSmiling, content that your sect's first proper mission is in good hands, you turn to leave and plod back down into your temple to find Huili and Chuandapo to begin whipping them into shape and removing their obvious character flaws and failings, for their own good of course, you do want all of your disciples to succeed.As you get halfway down the stairs, Monu comes sprinting behind you, carrying Frog in her arms, cradling him with a goofy smile on her face, while Houmogui clings to her back, and Meiwei Zhurou and Yinying chase behind her"Oh, these children are so adorable, Huan!" She cheers, almost sounding drunk with delight "I'm so glad you were able to save them from an unpleasant fate. We shall raise them into proper demonic beasts, together! Why! with how many children we're adopting, we may as well start a clan, after all, you and I are already family, no?""I love seeing you in such high spirits mother" You purr, rubbing your cheek against her leg "Your joy is my joy, as my beloved and Greatly honored mother. I am ecstatic you've taken such a shine to these lost children""I've always been closer to beasts" She says with a wink "Anyways, you seem troubled, my daughter""Hmm, yes, I worry for Huili and Chuandapo's development as cultivators and well, people in general" You sigh heavily, shaking your headCont
>>5513047"Well, if you wish to focus on beating that layabout girl and that meek boy into shape, I'd be happy to handle these fours' beginner lessons" She cackled "Heh-Heh-heh. I do so love introducing others to the world of cultivaton""Hmm? What's that? ribbit ribbit " Frog croaks"Obviously the new world we stepped into, by accepting teacher's offer to become her students" Houmogui chatters"Oh I know everything about the world of cultivation, I have friends and relatives who belong to it" Zhurou chortles "Well regarded names and figures all, of course. The kind of acquaintances that just knowing alone makes oneself more famous and well regarded, of course, of course" "It is the world of immortals and gods, spirits and devils" Yinying says darkly "A world opposed to us all, for we walk a heretical path""Oh thank you so very much, Mom, I am in your debt" You cheerfully chirp as you briskly hop down the stairwell "You four should be honored! There is no better teacher beneath the heavens than my admirable mother! Why, she taught the great prodigy, Huanliuxue! After all!"Now, to find Huili and Chuandapo and begin work the work to wrought them into the shape of proper daoist cultivators, by removing their great flaws of submissiveness and meekness on Huili's part , and just plain indolent lackadaisicalness of Chuandapo's! You already had a hellish, torturous training regimen planned for the two. Heh-Heh-Heh. Roll 1d100. DC 70. Best out of four! May apply bonus if you desire
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>5513049Lets not apply bonus. Even if it fails.
Rolled 78 (1d100)>>5513049Aww. I was hoping the plan would modify the DC.No help for it. Rolling!>>5513050I’d be willing to apply bonus to get it up to 88 again.
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>5513049big money big money
>>5513047>recruitment driveI hope you know what you're doing, honored grandfather. We already have a ton of named sect members and you will have to write about them all.
Rolled 8 (1d100)>>5513049
>>5513053Oh, I decided to make it alter the outcome of success or failure, rather than the DC or roll! >>5513053Great success! 20 over DC and very nearly 30 over! Update will arrive shortly
>>5513053OOOOOOOOH! Nice!>>5513052I maintain it would be better for us to get the stuff to 144 on cultivation.
>>551304978, 98, and 8. If only the other one could have been an x8 as well. Then we’d have 4 eights, which we’ve established is lucky for our dao.>>5513059Agreed on that, but it was dependent on the rolls. I wouldn’t have minded 1 or 2 points.
"Chuandapo, Huili. I've been far too lax as your teacher. It is my own folly to believe you two would improve and rectify the crippling flaws in your lifestyle and personalities on your own. It is a failure on my part to not have intervened on your behalf sooner and guide you to refine yourselves and remove the flaws and imperfections that are holding you back as disciples of the Palace of Natural laws!" You say coldly and sternly, looking down at both your students as they cower before you, Huili trembling all over and whimpering and Chuandapo crying quietly, having failed to appease to your mercy and general attitude towards children to be granted further leniency for the laziness she approaches all faucets of life with and the negligence towards her own cultivation. Huili, doesn't dare raise his voice to speak in disapproval or argue against your harsh criticism of the both of them."Huili, your cowardice and groveling to try and appease to me as a servant and lesser, enrage me. You had a backbone once, a spine, will, and pride. Having lost these things, you are doomed to a quick death in this remorseless world we are born into. I did not recruit you to bury your corpse, but so you may one day stand as my equal or perhaps in the distant future, directly challenge my authority. Seeing you whimpering, humiliating and humbling yourself before me, showing your subservience and obedience to me so shameful, curdles my stomach and disappoints me. It reflects poorly upon me as your teacher, for you have settled into such a meek state" You hiss and spit, barring your fangs at the wolf as you stalk closer to him "I challenge you to rise above your master, to surpass me in someway, and that is the same goal I give to your Chuandapo, except~"She winces and tries again to convince you to be easy on her with tearful eyes and a panicked, fearful expression"Your failing is your lack of diligence, lackadaisical, indolent and carefree approach to all faucets of your life! I whipped a sect filled with cultivators like you into shape. I know how to deal with slothfulness and stem apathy. You'd like nothing more than to swim, eat or sleep. To live a life free of stress or worry, to be untroubled by the complexities of the world or its dangers. You pine for a serene existence, to the end of your days. That does not exist, even for royalty or the most worshiped of gods. And, I had been soft, it is my own fault, that when I tried to push you to better yourself, that I allowed you to continue coasting on the dream of being able to become strong to be able to live so lazily" You say furiously, pressing a paw on her violet hued shell to keep her from hiding away from you and the truth "While seeking power for comfort, is still a worthwhile ambition. You are not pursuing it, and continue to do as little work and suffer as little pain as possible""Please" She squeaks pitifullyCont
>>5513146"And ambitionless cultivators are trampled by those who relentlessly and tirelessly chase their dreams! I will not see you serve as a stepping stone. Taking away your privilege to slack and gorge yourself, will suffice. You will not be given food at any meal, denied the basic charity and care given to students of our sect" You say in a pitiless tone, voice as harsh as the rumbling of crashing thunder "Instead, you will have to find it yourself. And this is in addition to your adjusted schedules for Physical training, study and meditation, which Huili will also follow, which will be far less moderate than the day plans I've allowed you both to cling to. You will wake, and train until you sweat blood or collapse, you will read and hone your minds with advance mathmatics and scholarly tests. You will meditate and cultivate in harsher regions than the comfort of our home. You will be disallowed from the resources of our sect, from our gardens, to our springs, excepting our manuals for study and your newly spartan quarters, and if you are found stealing food, pills, or anything else denied to you...well you will find out what you punishment will be swiftly, as I will find out!!"I will prove you wrong" Huili growled, his eyes lit with something resembling the fire that gave him his name and made him the terror of farmers and warriors alike "I'm going to die! You're going to force me to starve! I'm gonna die!" Chuandapo sniffles and weeps. You shoot her a condescending glare "This grueling training will end, when I learn something from both of you. Failure will not be tolerated. There will be no reprieve from your exercises or sympathy from any member of this sect, until you have completed your training. Complaints and pleas will be ignored. And know, that you forced my hand on this matter, both of you have" You say with a final, shake of your head as you turn to walk away "Your training begins in five minutes, if either of you are late for it, both of you shall be punished for it. That is all. Please, live up to my standards and expectations, and show me that I was right to put my confidence in both of you, that you do truly posses the potential of greatness I saw when we first met"And with that, their hell begins. _ Summer has passed, Early Autumn has arrived The weeks that follow are trying, not just for Huili and Chuandapo, but for yourself as well. You hate hearing children cry, and Chuandapo does plenty of it in the intial days, spending what little free time she has pleading to you to relent and lessen her and Huili's punishing regimens and your edict to deprive them of any of the benefits or comforts of your sect. Huili does not speak, instead focusing the fury he felt upon being so harshly and earnestly insulted to work himself near to death. Monu does not intervene, and neither does Lei, Qiang , Feiqing or Ping, the only members of the sect with enough seniority to risk going against your orders.cont
>>5513149Chuandapo becomes listless when she isn't training, crawling and begging for food from her juniors, whom ignore her before she must drag her body back to training alongside Huili, who avoids you outside of the lessons you give both of them, that extend from morning to nightfall. By the end of the second weak, it seems as if Chuandapo may fail, as, once it became apparent to her there'd be no easy way to be fed, she become morose and torpid, doing nothing but dutifully sticking to the harsh schedule you've given to her. You, of course, weren't planning of letting her starve, but intended to remove her inner disciple status if she was unable to outwit you.But, one day, she met you in the practice yard, energetic and revitalized, having gained back some of the weight she lost. You had Lei and Qiang search the food stores immediatly after but...nothing seemed to be missing. She had either found one of the meals you had hidden in the grounds of the sect, hunted for herself or... Or she and huili were working together. You had said both would be punished if one was late or faltered in their training. Was the wolf assisting his martial sister out of pragmatism or a sense of comaderie?You did not know. but you increased the difficulty of their practice and lessons, and commanded the outer and junior inner disciples to impede their meditation and exercise however possible. if it took only half a month for them to surmount the inital hurdle you place for them, then you'd just have to up the pressure.Now, they spared with you twice a day, one bout for each of your forms. You did not hold back or go easy on them, ensuring both went to sleep battered and bruised. Having figured out how Chuandapo was getting food, by using a spell to muffle the sounds of her dragging shell to sneak past the guards you sent to patrol the streams and stationed at the mountaintop gardens, as well as Huili using his speed to steal from plates and scraps from the refuse dump to share with her, you waited until these methods became habitual and part of their daily routines before making it impossible for them to carry out.They only fell for the trap you sent once, and were beaten and strung up for half a day as a result. Then, they figured out another method, within three days! to your pride and amazement. It took you longer to sus out how they were feeding each other, as you added more tortuous trials and tests to their schedules, which you switched daily to keep them on their toes and force them to work bother harder and cleverer, removing practices and exercise when it became second nature for them, and changing lessons the moment they could recite them by heart. Cont
>>5513150They were improving rapidly, now that Chuandapo was deprived even the most basic comfort and Huili was forced to help her keep his pace, fueled by his now fully reawakened pride that you had stoked with daily insults and public mockery every time you best him or he faltered for even a moment in his daily practices. Chuandapo had lost most of her blubber and had become much more dexterous and swift both in and out of the water, raising her endurance greatly and increasing her stamina two fold, while Huili. Well, without realizing it, in trying to return to his old self, he had far surpassed it.You eventually found out they were hunting together in the woods, slipping out at night and traveling miles to avoid detection, filling their bellies at the cost of reducing their already short allowance of hours to sleep undisturbed to a half its intended size. That...that impressed you. They had maintained this grueling, near sleepless routine for days longer than you'd have ever expected, which spoke of just how much they have improved their willpower and discipline. and how quickly! It isn't long after that discovery, that they succeed and complete their test, three and half weeks sense most of your students left on the first formal quest of your sect. You had increased security around every exit from the underground temple, even those too small for either of them to slip through, Putting every outer disciple on a rigorous set of patrols with no gap or opening to exploit in the changing of the guard and had Yujijiao chase away any prey animal they could possibly sustain themselves on while still being able return to the sect in time to resume their training. .Chuandapo, under the continuous, near month long duress of near starvation and duress, Achieves an advance meditation technique, being able to put herself into a trance, reducing her body's energy consumption and need for calories greatly, and be able to maintain this trance, slowing her body's functions greatly, while still moving about and carrying out the latest task she put her mind to! A purely mental ability! A form of self hypnosis born from her survival instinct and refusal to crack under the extreme pressure you forced upon herAnd Huili! Well. Huili surprises you in battle, but managing nearly managing to equal your Blood Red lightning cat step in speed! By a technique he innovated throughout the month of hell, dreaming it into existence to wipe the disdainful glare you reserved for him and Chuandapo. A technique that allowed him to move fast enough to overcome the illusion of slowed time cast by your Specter lightness skill, and keep pace with you for the duration of the spar. He accomplishes this by superheating his own muscles and Beast core, producing from the heat a great quantity of internal energy, aligned solely to fire. Cont
>>5513152A kind of self destructive physical cultivation technique that shrouds him in clouds of smoke and ash, his own natural alignment to the elemental of Fire keeping him from burning down to blackened bones. A technique that impresses even you! He's still in the Qi condensation stages, and he created such a technique! You decide to congratulate them in front of the whole sect, er, well all of the sect that is present, but having Monu drug them with a sleeping toxin and allowing them to rest for days to recover from your truly hellish training.And, you are filled with pride as you, bowing, tell them in front of all their peers, juniors and seniors, they have passed their test and become truly worthy of being your students. In fact, you are so overwhelmed by the pride you feel for both of them that you are driven to tears and weep as you tell them just how pleased you are with their improvement and how openly praise their force of will and discipline"Hmmph. I still haven't surpassed you. But, no longer will I act like a tamed dog before you. I've learned my lesson. We are not master and servant, but teacher and student. And one day, our roles will reverse" Huili states "Do not think to go easy on me from here on, my worthy teacher. I receive your commendation with open arms, no longer fearful of you. If you are lacking, I swear I shall be a better ruler""Ohoho! Cheeky little brat has gotten a big head cause he's rediscovered his pride" You say smugly, with a smile beaming with pride "Well, if ever forget my duties as the destined ruler of all things, I invite you to challenge me for my throne as queen of beasts. Glad to see you back to your old, properly dignified self, Ash gale"He smiled and bowed his head"Does this mean I can eat normally again" Chuandapo asked, sounding well and truly exhausted, her once blithe and carefree demeanor now much more rugged and Austere, her one droopy eyes filled with unyielding resolve. She spoke now with a certain grit. She had matured"And you can nap" You say as soft as cloud and as sweet as a ripe peach "and swim whenever you want to""Oh that's such a relief!" She cried out, her old self resurfacing "I need to relax, my body and mind feel so thinly stretch I fear I might soon break and fall apart! But Uh, well I won't be loafing around! I promise, Big sister Huan! I've earned this peace! And...I really am sorry for saying, sometime ago, that I wished I was born without talent! It might've been painful, but working so hard with Huili it...it began to be fun! I've found how to appreciate the exertion and exhaustion that comes with working hard, and found it makes the results sweet than any spirit fruit or magic method to become stronger without trying at all!" Cont
>>5513153[B] Huili has reached Qi Condensation Rank 4 and Chuandapo has reached Qi Condensation Rank 6. Both have refined their personalities and character, and have improved in all ways! They shall surely ascend the steps of cultivation with much greater ease now, improving their skills and techniques at a faster rate, while also being easier to train! More of their potential as cultivators have been unlocked! [/b] The Bond between Huili and Chuandapo has deepened greatly. The two are now close friends! Harsh training is just as beneficial to the mentor as it is to the trainees! +28 to your cultivation or training roll bonus. Total bonus +120! What do you do now, that you've helped Chuandapo and Huili overcome their flaws, Huanliuxue? two options can be taken >Try and help Yujijiao figure out her unique difficulties in cultivating as a ghost, and go to hell with her in search of answers>Focus on your own improvement, training your feline martial arts in your human form, and experimenting to create new spells (Training trial Martial+ Magic. DC 82)>Help Monu refine and harvest Baoli Wuyawangs corpse of raw materials and resources *Finishes the project quicker*>Decide to check in on the five colors and five purities sect in your human form>Hearing an auction is beginning nearby, decide to spend some of your sects wealth attending it!>Check on Yuyi>Write in>>5510992Thank you! I really had a blast writing it! Your praise humbles me!And I am thinking about writing something on royalroad. Just need to decide what, and make a cover for whatever it is I put up there, lol
>>5513157>Try and help Yujijiao figure out her unique difficulties in cultivating as a ghost, and go to hell with her in search of answersMight as well start working on thisBut more importantly>>>>>Check on Yuyi>>>>Check on Yuyi>>>Check on Yuyi>>Check on Yuyi>Check on YuyiCheck on Yuyi
>>5513157Ughhhhhhh too many options that I want.Our crew has been out for a while, haven’t they? Or was the distance greater than I thought?>Decide to check in on the five colors and five purities sect in your human formI’m voting this, but could be swayed to support Yujijao or checking on Yuyi in a close vote.
>>5513157>>5513170Oh, missed the two options bit.Adding >Try and help Yujijiao figure out her unique difficulties in cultivating as a ghost, and go to hell with her in search of answersas the other choice.
>>5513170Oh. it just Takes longer for a group to travel They'll be back soon.
>>5513157>Try and help Yujijiao figure out her unique difficulties in cultivating as a ghost, and go to hell with her in search of answers>Check on Yuyi
>>5513157>Try and help Yujijiao figure out her unique difficulties in cultivating as a ghost, and go to hell with her in search of answers>Decide to check in on the five colors and five purities sect in your human formAhh Grandmaster Su Zhe'xinglu will surely be surprised.
>>5513157>Help Yujijiao>Check on YuyiAnd I don't think that this should take too much time, so I'll suggest it anyway.>Instruct Fequing to turn the star metal into a worthy cultivation throne.That's a disciple action, rather than personal action, no?
>>5513157>>5513186>Instruct Fequing to turn the star metal into a worthy cultivation throne.Also +1ing this. Delegate, delegate.
>>5513157>>Focus on your own improvement, training your feline martial arts in your human form, and experimenting to create new spells (Training trial Martial+ Magic. DC 82)>Check on Yuyi
>>5513047>"It has killed entire villages" Fu, Siwang and Qiang snarl in responseTruly three justicars. Each of them have a different way of finding it but they all want the same justice. Excellent.
>>5513170>>5513174Since you said we can try to convince youYuyi suffered extra changes, she didn't want those and she is developing a grudge so string even Fu and Qiang noticed it.We need to talk with her before something bad happens, while we can visit the sect any time we want.
>>5513157>>Check on Yuyi
>>5513157>Try and help Yujijiao figure out her unique difficulties in cultivating as a ghost, and go to hell with her in search of answers>Check on YuyiAnd >Instruct Fequing to turn the star metal into a worthy cultivation throne.
>>5513157Honestly as a ex author on royal road. Imo Just refine and post this story there. It'll do great trust me. You got a healthy back log needed to post.>Hearing an auction is beginning nearby, decide to spend some of your sect's wealth attending it!>Check on Yuyi
>>5513163+1Also anons, I say maybe don't vote for the Feiqing option yet, that's something we can ask at any time like the five spring sect, and surely when we end our affairs with Yuji and Yuyi, while we're out to visit the Geges by the time we're back the throne should be ready when we go and cultivate and dump all the exp into our next step in cultivationAlso, i'm thinking into making some activity to our other disciples so they have a stronger bond, maybe we can ask Monu how the friendship are in our disciples and we try to see what pair we make for improve their bonds and their abilities
>>5512932>Using souls to craft things will regardless of the use and souls quality be considered a karmic negative.Speculative and: who cares? It might even be a good thing to stop this quest from further derailing into just another generic white knight thread.I hope Huanliuxue will create her own morale system in which badness is defined as doing bad things to good people.
>>5513295Not this argument again.It's the third time, and it's always the same thing.
>>5513301Although the whole moralfags vs edgelords fights do take me back to old questing in /tg/, it felt like it died down after the migration for some reason.It does gets tiring eventually, it's always the same points being repeated and neither side refuses to budge.I think New Years is getting me nostalgic, I'm ranting like an old man before the arguing even starts.
>>5513295We're a good cat out of spite, but to expand my speculation: we already denied the possessed cultivation manual that wanted us to devour souls to cultivate and understood how slippery that slope is.And karma in cultivation tales has a way to really fuck you up if you slip.>>5513157>Check on YuyiThis is just a quick fluff action.There are students with far worse problems like lei and Yujijiao.>Help Monu refine and harvest Baoli Wuyawangs corpse of raw materials and resources *Finishes the project quicker*This is important and we can have our students attend the process and learn something new, if anybody shows attitude or interest for it, it's a good skill to have.The rest we can do at our leisure once we're sure that the group we sent out returned without trouble, if we set out and somebody died for it huan could never forgive herself.
>>5513157Oh, additional disciple action:>Ask Qiang to begin investigating/drawing up plans for invading the lower levels of the tomb>If she’s too weak to go down there, then focus on cultivation.She follows our dao, so she knows how important going deeper in the tomb will be for both of us.
>>5513186> SupportMight learn something interesting from Yuyi
>>5512830We could see if we can bind souls to us, and then more or less summon them to fight for us as our (mindless) servants>>5513008Try and help Yujijiao figure out her unique difficulties in cultivating as a ghost, and go to hell with her in search of answers>Hearing an auction is beginning nearby, decide to spend some of your sects wealth attending it!
>>5513186Supporting. Also we should set some time aside to properly vet the new guy Qinxing.
>>5513157>>Help Monu refine and harvest Baoli Wuyawangs corpse of raw materials and resources *Finishes the project quicker*>>Check on YuyiMaybe we could use our techniques to revert the cosmetic parts of some changes
>>5513331>LeiWe keep forgetting about the poor kid. Should sit down with him, Monu and Ping soon to figure his shit out.
>>5513304This here isnt moralfags vs edgelords, it's orthodox thinking trying to sneak in here.Denying usage of techniques because it might be distantly associated with demons/someone bad (the rarely used Blood Rain, eating souls, and the Mystic Encarmine) is counter-productive. If we found a demon engaged with pottery, will we abandon dishes? If we find one using plants, will we outlaw gardening? Its this type of transitive outlawing that got us magical beasts into trouble. It is a logical fallacy that can lead to drastic, negative outcomes.>>5513331The hivemind decided against this one special case of eating souls. It was a shady dude asking us to randomly kill our friends in his presence. Even I voted against this trivially bad choice. The slippery slope might or might not exist. I think it exists - in reverse direction - and will keep players from making meaningful choices soon.
>>5513557What are the implications of crafting with souls? I think it is considered evil not because of demonic association but because it destroys a soul and keeps it from reincarnation. Our technique is called "the Ruler of the Great Wheel's Law" and we are all about natural order and stuff so we should try not to go against the natural turning of the wheel so much. I already dislike what we did to Snek boy, should help him to pass over instead of clinging to this cursed existence.
>>5513153It's fine for the xianxia genre, but IRL this kind of behavior would lead to long-term mental issues for the kids. Don't do this at home!>>5513157>Try and help Yujijiao figure out her unique difficulties in cultivating as a ghost, and go to hell with her in search of answers>Check on Yuyi
>>5513586But I already told my kids they won't eat until they best me in combat! Don't you base all your life choices on obscure threads on 4chan.org/qst?
>>5513603Only on coomquests.
>>5513157Huli I believe is the first person to overcome our Spectral Lightness technique, which makes me want to work on new mobility techniques. Also interesting that Chuandapo ended up reaching a higher rank than Huli, guess her calm waters held hidden depths.>Check on YuyiWe’ve gotta try and reverse our influence on her, especially since our roar of primordial essence probably supercharged her change.>Hearing an auction is beginning nearby, decide to spend some of your sects wealth attending it!Is it finally time for the genre obligated “once ever 10000 years” auction?
>>5513557Personality I think Blood Rain hasn’t been utilized much not because it’s evil (though our first usage would violate what you desire our morality to be, unwittingly or not), but because it provides a role we haven’t had much need for in our adventures yes: widespread AOE. If we had broken into the emperor’s place solo or if we ever try an assault on the Ling sect opening with it to cause chaos would be a smart move.
>>5513557Eating the souls was bad Karma. I don't want bad Karma, because good Karma serves a distinct function in making our progression through the realms easier.This was not "because it's associated with demons" just like binding Baoli as a servant was bad karma was evil, despite being a pragmatic move otherwise. Bad karma is undesireable and doing something that incurs said karma needs to outweigh the benefits of good karma significantly to be worth doing.Simple as.Huans morals however, which I will uphold and continue to vote in support of, is "Defend children", "Upraise beasthood" and "Hate the heavens and Ling". Which and wherefore no amount of benefits will sway me.
So why not train ours new form?
>>5513557Look anon, these arguments was already made last thread and in this one too, there is no need for a repeat of people saying of what's in character or not, what is orthodoxy and heresy, what is prragmatic or not, what is overdone or not. Both sides already explained their positions, and both have valid points. There were already proof that good karma options were passed over as well.Like I said before, this is an argument that there won't be a conclusion because neither side will budge, because both have good point and bad points.
>>5513687I may have been to aggressive in this post, I'm not sure.Been on a bad mood because of lack of sleep lately.How about we try to talk about cool ideas for future techiniques to lighten the mood? I want to try and refine enmeity of grudges, so we can have more control of our actions without losing the benefits. While being able to switch fighting styles in the middle of combat is awesome, sometimes it does go against the techiniques and abilities we already have.
>>5513699I actually refuse, because I want to say that we've passed over a lot of really cool techniques already which we REALLY should go back and pick up, like we did with emnity incarnation.The blood hex which opens up our enemies old wounds and prevents them closing is the GOAT of missed options.Being more providing, Your concern over refining emnity of grudges is somewhat of a misplaced shot. You don't want to embody anothers grudge, as by doing so we cast away most of our own toolkit to use theirs. What you would like is fuel our own abilities with these grudges, beyond what we already do. And a method of that, I can see two ways forwards; One is working on quick change grudges. Swap between cackling like monu for an ice spell before screaming like rooster boy to face tank the next hit.The other is manifesting psudo-homonculi of these grudges to use their kit for us, while we are fighting.
>>5513706Something like the first option is what I was thinking of.Bit yeah, the old wounds would be pretty useful now that we are moving to fight nore experience cultivators.Maybe we should make a list of old choices of abilities and potential ideas as well, so we don't forget about them.
>>5513717Did a little digging (didn’t take long since we haven’t really learned a new technique outside Cat’s Court since thread 4 or so)>Spectral Body Defense. Your variation of Qinggong makes you slightly ethereal. by using it when you are struck you are able to mitigate damage and pain, leaving your opponent caught unaware and open for a counter attack while you are left almost unharmed>Corpse March. Not a martial technique, but an improvement of the corpse puppet trick you've learned. By expending more Qi, you can make sturdier "puppets", or even make weak ghosts inhabit them.>Adoption of the Grave: A curious technique, that balances the practioner between life and death. The heart ceases beating and the user obtains the ability to heal by drinking blood or stealing the breath or Qi from living beings, replacing the ability of expending internal energy to mend injuries...or heal naturally.>Monarch of the Phantom Butterflies: The dead recognize the practioner as their rightful sovereign. Any ghosts weaker than yourself, or those who freely submit themselves to you, Can be bound and made loyal beyond death itself. Tied not to lingering earthly desires or grudges, but to your regal presence, they follow you always. However, Ghosts or spiritualists equal to or stronger than your power will be able to break the oath/ steal away your cour>Knowledge of how to steal breath, sapping away the energy of your victims and eventually stealing away their still leaving souls. Huntoulei itself!>A new use for grudge energy! Not only can the clouds of hatred your breath out weaken and slow those who are caught in it, but now they can also become a caustic, flesh melting blaze! Fire that burns cold! >A curse that will open the old wounds of whoever is unfortunate enough to be afflicted by it, and keep them from healing fresh injuries. A trick you learned from a ghost you caught in a jar
>>5513764Now right off the bat, Huntoulei is worthless to us, as it's an evil art.Adoption of the grave is also pretty crap, given it makes us vampires, though if this is a technique rather than a persistent effect it has some benefit to it.The BIG benefit is Monarch of the phantom butterflies and Spectral body defense.Immediate subjegation of minor ghosts as well as the ability to play pokemon and bring more people down into the underground court. Or mobile meditation center and all that.And I don't need to tell anyone here the benefit of "open up a counter attack while mitigating most of the damage." Which is fantastic.Corpse march is neat. Niche but neat.And burning grudge energy just seems like a cool ability. Nothing to overturn the heavens for, but pretty damn good.best one is "open old wounds" which I've mentioned before, and the option itself was hotly considered at the time. Because the older a master is, the more wounds they will have taken.
>>5513699I also partially refuse, as there are already enough cool powers that we should be able to reproduce with small effort.We have the theoretical knowledge of five non-heretical Daos burnt into our memory. Why havent we used that for our own cultivation yet? We even have five elements spring water, which would be a good cultivation material for this endeavour. Having some less exotic spells/skills would help blend in with human cultivators from more conventional sects. There should be a way for us to get access to at least some low level goodies somehow:Create heretical mockeries of these Daos?Merge them into each other, while cutting out redundancies to create an element-unified Dao (which would arguably still be more ponderous to learn than a "normal" Dao due to the multitude of techniques)?Merge them into our own Dao? (I assume learning them old school one by one is not a real option).One further thing that needs looking into: we had an extremely deep insight into the Mystic Encarmine. I understand the ME employs blood and grudges not in the conventional Qi- based way but more physically. Still: totally our turf! It sounded like we had a workaround to the negative side effects. When will we use that?Im also always interested into Quingong/speed enhancements. The most obvious one would be the one we just observed from Huili.Thematically cool would be benevolent blood rituals, e.g. an extreme version of blood siblingship where everyone involved can help the other over large distances.
>>5513802We've not really had much reason to use ME, but lets remind ourselves that it is ACTUALLY BODY SHAPING and we can do so much with it.As for other daos? they don't fit ours so they're not really worth doing. But in the interests of adaption, I suggest we stick to ice spells and shit like Monu. [Who we still need to ask her real name at some point]
Waaaaaait a minute.Body shaping? Aren't we going to talk to a grudge bearing girl who HATES her new animal body?Yes the mutations are primrily caused by her affinity for Bestial essence, which we gave her, but useage of ME could be used to disguise, reduce or straight up remove those adaptations from everything except her spiritual roots.
>>5513801I would rank it as:>Pick it as soon as we can:Old woundsSpectral body defense>Very useful:MonarchGrudge fire>Nice to haveCorpse march>Trash, would need to heavily modify first to even considerAdoptionHuntoulei>>5513802>Merge them into each other, while cutting out redundancies to create an element-unified DaoCreate a new version of the five emperor's technique? I bet the old god would be glad to see someone take up the torch.Might only be useful for us or any of the potential player characters.Taking a look at carmine and making it good would be nuce. We did promise the ghoul that we would teach him when he reincarnated.
>>5513825I'd agree with that assessment of old techniques utility
>>5513825The reason I put the grudge fire over corpse march, is because while both are just upgrades to things we already have, grudge fire lets us directly weaponize grudges, while corpse march justMonarch is still better then either of them, it's just less directly overpowered when compared to an ability that become stronger the nore experienced our opponent is, and a defensive ability that is also offensive (since grudge shield is also one, and it has already proven how useful they are).In fact, stacking grudge shield and specter body would be make fighting huan even worse. Imagine finally managing to do an attack strong ebough to break the shield, dodge the blowback, only for the cat to ignore the follow up hit and smack you, giving enough time for her to put up another shield.The only people that would be able to win would be those that have a powerful arsenal that they can spam, which tend to be glass canons, or brutes that can take the hit back head on, which would bleed non-stop from the curse if we apply it as the first actions we take.
>>5513801>>5513825Huntoulei should be higher as a method of assisting Yujijao (we’re asking her to basically do this as a cultivation technique, though not the most extreme form of it) or as an offensive weapon against strong opponents as we can bleed them dry with it. If we rip their soul out and let it go through the cycle of reincarnation, I don’t envision that as any more evil than killing them through our other techniques.It could also have interesting uses in tracking or cursing targets later, as it sounds like we’re taking away pieces of our opponent. Use it against a target, escape, then feel free to curse them from afar. Against someone like the Oni, it’d give us the ability to cripple and then strike at her on our own terms instead of on hers or through happenstance.
>>5513946It is potentially useful like that, and still less then other options, it's why I said it's not trash if heavily modified, since you had to hold back fully using it, and think of alternative ways to apply it instead of just using as is presented.
Happy new years cultivators!
Happy hangover my dudes.
Ending the vote now, tallying the result. Sorry for the three day wait, I enjoyed the new year festivities a bit too much. And apologizes if the update is of lesser quality, still a bit sauced. Lots of lovely discussion this time around, again.Try and help Yujijiao figure out her unique difficulties in cultivating as a ghost, and go to hell with her in search of answers:11Check on Yuyi:13Decide to check in on the five colors and five purities sect in your human form:2Instruct Fequing to turn the star jade into a worthy cultivation throne: 5Focus on your own improvement, training your feline martial arts in your human form, and experimenting to create new spells:1Hearing an auction is beginning nearby, decide to spend some of your sect's wealth attending it!:3Help Monu refine and harvest Baoli Wuyawangs corpse of raw materials and resources :2Ask Qiang to begin investigating/drawing up plans for invading the lower levels of the tomb:1So you'll try and help Yujijiao figure out how to cultivate as a ghost and go to hell with her to find answers, BUT before making the trip, check in on Yuyi quickly...Update will arrive shortly >>5513196Their morals are as strong as their teacher>>5513186it would be, but unfortunately it did not get enough support to make the cut.>>5513250I might. have an idea for a few stories set in the same verse as well. Some older than any of the ones going on in this quest's backround.OH! and there's a new cultivation? quest on the board. Ring Grandpa! Check it out if you have the time, it's just started.
>>5516775Your kingdom past the demon faced gate is peaceable at the moment, as Xiongji is out waging war on some graveborn monstrosity or another down in the "wilderness" of the crypts or the enemy territories deeper below. You hear this from your more sane subjects, such as the nameless general, the aged scholar, the beetle generals, the warrioress and those hungry ghosts who retained some of the influence they held in the court of Yin Zhao by betraying him by accepting your mercy when it was offered. You also here, that old silver clawed simpleton remains stubbornly silent, despite the mockery and torments spat at him constantly by your loyal praetorians and subjects. You also learn, that Yujijiao has taken it upon herself to guard their many prisons, slithering between their containers and listening to them wail and weep their sorrowful song to the scholars and officers of your grave court. And alongside the old, nameless ghost and Xiongji himself, she has become second only to you in your kingdom of tombs and scattered bones, as the various noble and influential dead were quick to catch on that she was your student and thus a daughter of a kind.Being treated so respectfully and kindly, has certainly raised the poor girls spirits, and you find her curled at the foot of your throne, resting her spectral head on the cushion threaded and sewn with bones and black hair. Her eyes open wide with joy as she spots you, having been listening to the current crowd of petitioners of bloodied shades and monstrous phantasms. The bustling court of corpses silences as you enter, swaggering up to your student as she slithers through the air to greet you."Huanliuxue!" She excitedly shouts, her voice hissing as she coils around you in the air, eyes filled with a liveliness and glee you had hoped would return to her "I hope you do not mind or take offense, but I've taken it upon myself to see to some of your administrative duties down here, along with the old men! That mad man has gone off screaming into the gloom again! I didn't dare to try and stop him, figuring my help in appeasing the needs of our subjects would please your more than being roughed up by that brute of a man!""Xiongji would never harm her" The old general said with a smirk "He sees her as a guest, and while his anger extends to all others in this crypt, he is rather defensive of visitors, as you well know, my queen"Yujijiao grumbled, lowering herself to the ground"Its hard work, being a noble" She admits "That cracked headed lunatic doesn't listen to a thing I say""He does only obey lady Huanliuxue, at his most docile" another of your advisors chuckles "He'll return soon, once he has calmed himself to the level of merely a raging storm"Cont
>>5516829"Eh, the rooster general is his own man, I'm not so vain as to imagine I'll ever hold the leash to his collar" You admitted spiritedly, as several desperate ghosts begged you to sooth their torment by drinking deep of their ghostly Qi "And I'll tend to you all, shortly, Jade horn and I have important matters to discuss, in private. So leave us be, see to your duties elsewhere in this palace, and take those wailing pots, chests, gourds and bottles with you, don't need them hearing what we discuss""as you wish!" Several of the more highly ranked officials shout, cupping their ethereal fists as they order the lower court officials and soldiers to follow your orders and hustle the peasantry back to their dwellings around the palace, none of them raising a complaint or hackling at being denied the bliss of your cultivation, knowing how easily you could deny the one relief they had in this god wrought hell from them"Oh, what do you wish to discuss? Heard from sister Qiang you had achieved human form, which is a great accomplishment. Did you find a way to revive me to my proper self while you were doing it?' Yujijiao asked casually as you pulled yourself up atop your throne "Unfortunately no. Though I've kept you in my thoughts, constantly devising a way for you to cultivate. I know ghosts can grow stronger off breath or life-force, and still we should try that before anything else" You explain, nodding your head and meeting her hopeful smile with a motherly one "Unfortunately, your uh, unique circumstances make it difficult to teach you, since the ordinary means of cultivation are sealed to you and, ya know, you're dead and bodiless""Hard to gather Qi without meridians" She sighs heavily "But, I appreciate you taking the effort to help me achieve my potential, even posthumorously""The living and dead aren't that different" You answer kindly, purring as you speak "And it'd be an utter waste to caste you aside just cause you lost your head to a maniac murderer. I believe, as ghosts become hungry ghosts, so to can you cultivate. Its just...well I want to be certain and not waste time that can be better spent, you understand""Oh I understand completely, we're both princesses, after all" She says happily "And I believe that would work, myself, I've spoken to your subjects and know they grow in power the less...well the more the embrace their death, I suppose""Hungry ghosts form through various ways. Some by abandoning their life, others through clinging to it, some by just being absolutely repugnant bastards" You offer sagely "We'll find whichever way works for you to become the first hungry snake ghost, and if you aren't a fit for them, or all the methods for them are beneath a noble girl such as yourself, I'll find another way"Cont
>>5516831Perhaps through manufacturing a new body. Monu has experience creating and commanding puppets. With materials of a rarely high quality and extreme details, couldn't a doll body be made that is nigh indistinguishable from a natural born one? You didn't know, but you were curious to see if such a thing was possible.After all, piles of stupid stone manages to game a glimmer of personality down here once..."Of course you will!' Yujijiao huffs "But, when shall we star exploring my options? Its so droll and bleak down here! I want to see the bright, colorful, living world above again! With living eyes! Unclouded by the misery of the dead!""Well, we'll go down into hell first. Any knowledge of ghost cultivators or the purposeful creation of hungry ghosts, if it exists, will exist in the possession of devils. For they delight in corrupting knowledge, speaking from experience" You say with a nod "And even if they aren't trying to turn those arts demonic, Some soul down there will be old enough or wise enough to remember if such things as ghost cultivators ever existed""I see I see...Wait, we'll enter hell! Isn't that a place ghosts like me should avoid!?" She said, panickily "I've heard we cannot escape once we enter""Bah! Such rules do not apply to those under the protection of the monarch of all crypts, my dear Yujijiao! Why, I ever dragged a living girl down there once and King Yama didn't come down from his throne or try and keep her there. Just ask Qiang of our trip down to the yellow springs next time you see her!" You boast proudly, puffing your chest and fluffing up your hair "I can come and go from the underworld whenever I please! And so long as you're with me, so can you!""O..okay" She says, not entirely convinced "Well, when do we set off on this expedition then, teacher?""Hmm, soon. I have some errands I need to do topside, but those will only take me a few hours at most. Once they're done, I'll come back, and we'll head out immediatly" You say excitedly, hopping from your throne to leave your kingdom "Just wait here, and tell the guards to prepare themselves to keep any of our subjects from fleeing into hell when I open the door to it!""I doubt any of your subjects would be foolish enough to leave your benevolent rule" Yujijiao lauds as you leave her alone in your graveside throne room.You decided to meet Yuyi in your human form, mostly to show off and partially because you hope the surprise will cool her temper somewhat. The whole trip from your mountain to her home in Fu's village, your mind is filled with fantasies of what she might look like, ranging from very furry to not furry at all. You find her medicinal store and doctor's office, closed, with a sign explaining she is not well and a glum looking young man brushing the steps outside it. He pauses, eyes glittering as her admires your beauty as you approach, stunned into total silenceCont
>>5516833"Oy! You're Yuyi's mate are you not!" You bark, poking a finger into his puny chest "Go tell her Huanliuxue has come to visit her! After hearing about how uh, suddenly her condition has progressed, as rabid as wildfire, I've heard, and that she wishes to repay her for all she has done by...""HUANLIUXUE!" Yuyi's voice shrieks from the darkened house, rattling its windows as her boy toy winces"You shouldn't have come here, madam, especially looking so uh, human" He winges "My beloved morning cricket has blamed you for her sudden transformation, muttering curses in our bedroom, which she has kept herself locked inside in her angst, like some kind of deranged hermit witch. She was scary before! I dare not think of how she'll be now that you've come to her door"With finger still raised and pressed into his willowy chest and mouth still parted, mid sentence, you lift your eyes past the weak boys shoulders and see the door to Yuyi's home fling open.And there is Yuyi, Chestnut hair now bright red at the fringe and tips and longer and more curled than before with two cat ears, also gradient between plain brown and fantastic scarlet, sprouting from her scalp. Her little fangs, have also grown and lengthened, as have the rest of her teeth, which all have sharpened. A tail, puffed up and furious, rises straight behind her back, connected to her spine just above her rump. Her muddy eyes, already catlike before, have hued towards yellow. Her nails have sharpened and grown into claws, and on her finger tips and palm, you can see her skin subtly raised, like the pads of a cat's paws.And in those clawed, paw like hands, she held a menacingly sharp cleaver"Ah" You gasped calmly as her man hid behind you "I was worried this had happened...Whoops?""Huanliuxue!!" She shrieks, eyes narrows and burning with fury, as black clouds of enmity curl out of her mouth, making her seem rather demonic "I know you did this to me! I know you did! I'll have my pound of flesh!""I can fix this?" You offer, holding out a hand reassuringly"Wasn't taking my parent's eyes from me enough for you!?" She cries, tears filling her eyes "You had to go further and make me a..a..monster! I'm hideous""I'd say its an improvement" You mouth says without your permission "Cats are beautiful creatures"A silence more pure and utter than that of the grave falls between you, as all the world seems to pause to react to that statement. You blink, realizing it was a mistake the moment you said it, though it was the truth as Yuyi's eyes narrow into slits and her arm shivers"I'm going to kill you" She hisses, as she sprints down the stairs, waving her cleaver wildly.She is clearly irrational. Whipped up into a frenzy. So panicked and worried, she's been driven temporarily insane. You're sure she'll calm down eventually, since you're so loveable and she is your dear friend.Cont
>>5516834 But at the moment, she is brandishing a recently sharpened cleaver and running at you, waving it around with a devil's bloodlust in her eyes and an ogre's grimace. And while that is kind of scary, she poses absolutely no threat to you. Even with her enhanced body. But still, that she's threatening you at all, does tick you off a bit. Even if...well, she has every reason to be murderously mad with you. What do you do, Huanliuxue?>Try to calm her down, while dodging her every wild strike, by promising to find a way to "Fix" her>Run away! obviously she is in no state of mind to listen to reason>Grab her arm and bend it backwards, and explain you didn't actually do this to her, but rather a freak burst of primordial Beast essence did!>Push her boyfriend at her and command him with a glare to try and seduce her to calm her the fuck down>Yuyi is a smart girl! Surely if you talk to her, she'll see that she's better this way! Cats are superior, after all! >Write in
>>5516835>Try to calm her down, while dodging her every wild strike, by promising to find a way to "Fix" herthough to be fair, if shes reacting to the primordial Qi then its possible her body's roots got changed to be capable of cultivation. She might have to join the ranks to learn to transform back.Also studying her state might let Huanliuxuel figure out partial transformation if she ever wants to go cat girl. I presume thatd be useful to keep human form while gaining some of the strengths of her beast form.
>>5516835>Try to calm her down, while dodging her every wild strike, by promising to find a way to "Fix" her.>Observe her body and how much stronger it has become."Calm down girl! We need to check your roots and see what has happened!">"Also your scaring your mate!"
>>5516835>Praise her for having courage and confidence to attack the great Huanliuxue with a cleaver>Try to calm her down, while dodging her every wild strike, by promising to find a way to "Fix" her
>>5516835>Promise a way to fix.>Praise her crazy bitch courage.>Use mystic carmine sorcery to see about reversing some of the asthetic changes.
>>5516835>Try to calm her down, while dodging her every wild strike, by promising to find a way to "Fix" her>praise her courageOh boy, we broke the Kobeni-type. Also I cannot remember if being able to see her grudge is an us thing, or if she’s gotten so made combined with getting blasted with Primordial Beast Essence that she’s subconsciously imitating us.
>>5516835>>5516865>>5516990>>5517007Backing every unique write-in among these, and I’ll toss in a moment of self-reflection.>Perhaps you owe Yuyi a true apology. Cats may be a perfect creature, but it is one thing to choose to be made into one and another to be made one unwillingly and partially. A dragon may be majestic, but losing your whiskers and having their horns on your head instead would incense you!>You will fix her eyes first.
>>5517037Yeah, we need to really accept this self reflection. She was a meek and gentle individual. And she has been stewing in rage for long enough to attack us with a clever.
>>5516835>Try to calm her down, while dodging her every wild strike, by promising to find a way to "Fix" her>"I did not know that possessing you would have this effect, and much less that primordial beast essence burst would amplify it. I appologize for it Yuyi, even if I did not intend for it to happen, dismissing your concerns was a mistake.">"We are doctors Yuyi, curing conditions is what we do. I promise that I'll find a way to reverse this. Or atleast make so you can control what form you can take.">"If you were affected by the essence, perhaps your spirituals roots were changed as well? This mean you could start cultivating! Even if you don't want to join my sect, the simplest forms of meditation and techniques could let you live longer and healthier, be able to cure others and create higher quality medicines."
>>5516833>After all, piles of stupid stone manages to game a glimmer of personality down here once...Did we ever go back to the library and destroy the rest of the puppets when we got stronger? I think we did it but I can't remember.
>>5516835Initial roundup since we already have a lot of write-ins and it’s a shame when they get lost in the shuffle.>Try to calm her down by promising to “fix” her.FRUnpbzAZfVVRgqvtd1CsGDbzyBytwwxfa1wLU/tE2OcQrv7dNK3Upb9jC5IXZtv59NfKyJN (assumed since I backed this)>Flavor write-in for fixing herjC5IXZtvdNK3Upb9 (no separate vote for this with my ID, consider this my vote)>Use carmine sorcery to help reverse some of the changesI assume this one would be a freebie with promising to fix her since it makes sense as our best tool for body sculpting, but tbf there’s a big difference between saying you’ll do something and actually doing it.fa1wLU/tdNK3Upb959NfKyJN (assumed since I backed this)>Fix her eyes first (assumed an implicit vote for mystic carmine write-in)dNK3Upb959NfKyJN>Observe her body for how much stronger it’s becomeZfVVRgqvtd1CsGDbdNK3Upb9>”You’re scaring your mate!”ZfVVRgqvtd1CsGDbdNK3Upb959NfKyJN (assumed since I backed this)>Praise her courage for attacking uszyBytwwxfa1wLU/tE2OcQrv7dNK3Upb959NfKyJN (assumed since I backed this)>Reflect on why she is upset at you and conclude you have erred in believing she should be okay with this, paving way for a true apology.dNK3Upb9fa1wLU/t (assuming support based on >>5517059, didn’t add this to the eyes write-in though)59NfKyJN>”Join my sect, you clearly have potential and it could help!”jC5IXZtvdNK3Upb9 (I’m not as sold, but I’ll back anyway)FRUnpbzA (not counted, but seems they’d be okay with it based on whitetext, can they confirm?)
>>5517190Ugh, had an oversight.>Observe her body for how much stronger it’s becomeZfVVRgqvtd1CsGDbdNK3Upb959NfKyJN (assumed since I backed this)Forgot the last ID.
>>5517190You could count me as an apology too, even if mine is less extreme.The whole join sect was less about making her learn, since I doubt Yuyi want to be mixed into this world, and more that if she has potential, even the bare minimun would give her plenty of benefits for a more or less mundane life.I guess it could be seen as making her some sort of outer disciple? Except one that we don't expect to work for the benefits of the rest, just is affiliated to the sect.Oh, and also check if her spiritual roots changed, I guess.
Thinking about it, us being in human form right now is proof that it's possible to change forms.Maybe we should mention it to her. Although the hard part would be how to do it with a tribulation.
>>5517201Well, we had treated her as our avatar. The logical extensions are to have her as a herald, messenger, or representative since she has a much deeper understanding of how we think than anyone else. Of those, rep makes the most sense. We have quite the myth in the non-cultivator realm, so having a “commoner” representative with the authority to speak on our behalf makes sense.Not sure if we should actually suggest that since a lot of people would want to speak with her (ruining her quiet life), it’s well outside her current job, and we’re giving power to someone who has more reasons to be upset at us than to like us. But I’m also willing to consider it for that last reason as I don’t want sycophants as our representatives. If anyone is going to be able to eventually say “Huan is a demonic beast but she is NOT your enemy” and be believed it’ll be the woman who has gotten away with trash-talking us for what would be years (decades?) at that point.Whether she’d sign up for more Huan BS in exchange for speaking with our authority and making her headaches into ours as well is something she’d have to answer for herself, but I’d accept her decision either way. We can ask after we’ve actually fixed some things about her form though.
>>5517235Honestly now that we have a human body we no longer have a need for her. So after fixing our damage as good as possible we should leave her to do her own thing. Maybe she can become a friend.
>>5517375We don’t have a need for her, but the damage is probably done in terms of doing her own thing. Plenty of people have likely seen her transformation, and even if we succeed in fixing up her body I’m sure we won’t be able to purge the primordial essence from her. Her roots are probably adapted to it instead of “normal” human Qi since this is how she gained real cultivation potential. We’ll know more after examining more closely, of course.Her very existence is heretical, much like the demonic beasts we took in. As much as she’ll hate it, we have to help her come to terms with that fact and accept some degree of protection.Having her as a real friend would be nice. She’ll probably be the only person (and cat) we’re close to willing to sass or bitch at us.
>>5516835>>5517190Oh… we really should add>Realize you’ve made Yuyi into a heretic whose sole crime is existenceto the options. Because even after typing up my previous response, it didn’t really click.I was mostly fixated on the physical changes, but we can’t “fix” the crime of existence through Qi manipulation through a quick bit of Blood Qi manipulation.The first option of fixing Yuyi is probably a lie guys. An unintentional one born from focusing on just one aspect of her change and not the entirety of it. I couldn’t see Mount Tai.
>>5516833>ranging from very furry to not furry at allkek>>5517037>>5516835>>5517450+1We now have an greater duty to protect her. Not only as penance, but more because we chose this world. That is something we must acknowledge.
>>5517450It's not a lie, we can fix her looks which is her problem.The protection thing we can't fix.
>>5516835>Push her boyfriend at her and command him with a glare to try and seduce her to calm her the fuck downVoting for this cause it's funny. In all seriousness, poor Yuyi. She's done nothing but be the best and this is what happens to the poor dear.We gotta help her the best we can, it's our obligation.
>>5517441>Having her as a real friend would be nice.That's what I meant. It was only in typing this that I realized we don't really have a friend, just a mom and a bunch of students/subordinates.
>>5518043I’m tempted to add this as greentext, but we have enough write-ins that are going to be axed already.Though thinking about it, the Buddhists aren’t part of our sect so Yongzheng at least counts as a non-family friend too!
Ending the vote now, tallying the result.Try to calm her down, while dodging her every wild strike, by promising to find a way to "Fix" her:11-"I did not know that possessing you would have this effect...We are doctors Yuyi, curing conditions is what we do....If you were affected by the essence, perhaps your spirituals roots were changed as well?...etc:1Observe her body and how much stronger it has become:6"Also your scaring your mate!":6Praise her for having courage and confidence to attack the great Huanliuxue with a cleaver: 8Use mystic carmine sorcery to see about reversing some of the aesthetic changes.:6Perhaps you owe Yuyi a true apology. Cats may be a perfect creature, but it is one thing to choose to be made into one and another to be made one unwillingly and partially. A dragon may be majestic, but losing your whiskers and having their horns on your head instead would incense you!:6Realize you’ve made Yuyi into a heretic whose sole crime is existence:2Push her boyfriend at her and command him with a glare to try and seduce her to calm her the fuck down: 1So at 12 votes, You'll Try to calm her down, while dodging her cleaver and observing how much stronger her body has become, praising her for her courage to try and attack you to begin with, before promising to find a way to fix her to try and calm her down, also pointing out she's scaring her mate for the same reason, offering to use blood refinement to undo the outward changes somewhat and offering her a true and honest apologyUpdate will arrive shortly >>5517190Thank you junior, for your assistance.
You decide not to simply smack her for her arrogance, and instead choose to focus on the admiration you feel for her having the courage to even try to attack you to begin with! Even if it is crazed and borne of her fragile mental state and current hysteria due to the feline additions to her otherwise plain self. Besides, you'd feel like you'd just be bullying the poor girl and making it all the worse for her if you gave her a slap or two or introduced the bottom of your foot to the face. So, instead, tucking your hands behind your back and clasping them just above your bottom, you begin to deftly and elegantly dodge her every frenzied swing. And now that she's close enough to try and chop you up and hack you apart, you can see tears flying from her cat-like eyes, even as you dance around her every blow, avoiding her furious strikes and lunging swipes as she screams wordlessly, nearly wailing at this point as she pursues you from the door of her abode out into the street. The crowd wisely scatters, parting to avoid being caught between the mad doctor and her razor edged cleaver as you weave between her blows without so much as breaking a sweat or tensing. Yuyi has gotten faster, and stronger. Some of her missed swings end up sticking into the cobbled street beneath your feet, and she wrenches her weapon of choice free from the stones it ends up wedge within with as much ease as pulling it free from a wooden cutting board. And that she is just able to chase after you is proof enough that she has haste to match that strength. She has truly surpassed humanity, though you don't think applauding her for that particular acomplishment would defuse this situation or her anger towards you. Still, you cannot help but marvel at her muscles as they tighten and stretch, and her newly found tail assisted balance is truly something to admire, she's nearly as rapid as a true cat on her feet, and has just as much agility and grace as one. Her toes curl and stretch, and she uses her body's newly increased flexibility to great effect in her pursuit of chopping you up. Though, even all of the benefits of her transformed state are not enough to allow her to actually land a blow, even glancing or minor, and she is quickly becoming winded as you continue your dance, making avoiding the bite of her cleaver seem as easy as turning over one's hand."What incredible courage! To not only threaten one as great and mighty as I, but to actually go through with it and attempt to take my head! There are very few who would even be so boastful as to claim to be so brave as to strike at me! Even if it is foolhardy and harebrained, I can't help but to admire your daring!" You exclaim praisingly, as you duck under her latest swing, which just misses cutting your long, crimson hair as you wise back up and step around behind Yuyi as she pauses to catch her breath, slouching and panting "If nothing else, you retain that oh so human spirit of audacity!"cont
>>5518985"Grrr" She growls through her teeth, gripping her cleaver in both hands and holding it above her head. You sigh and shake your own, your blood red hair dancing around you as you spin on your heel and bend back, showing off your own flexibility by flipping backwards without touching your hands to the ground, curling completely around through the air to stand back on your feet, all to just avoid the falling knife as she swung it down through the air.You do pity her, and feel a rare sense of actual guilt looking at her and seeing her driven to such a height hysteria and anger. You should apologizes, truly apologize. Sure, cats are perfect creatures, but it is one thing to be born as one or seek to emulate one, and something entirely else to be forced to become half of one unwillingly, and only partially at that. Yuyi is around a quarter cat, at absolute most, by your judgement. But while a dragon may be majestic, exchanging your whiskers for a dragon's and replacing your beautiful fur coat for their admittedly majestic scales, would incense you. So you can emphasize with the poor girl's plight, even if you think her new look is an all around improvement, and the only other person whose opinon should matter to her, her mate, doesn't seem to mind at all. And why would he? Cats are not only the pinnacle of existence, but beauty and grace incarnate! But you won't proclaim your inherent superiority now, since it'd just piss Yuyi off, and you want her to return to her usual docile, gentle, meek and harmless self, and to stop swinging that cleaver around with such a frightening look on her face and in her eyes. You greatly prefer her company and companionship when she's like timid and tame self, and when she isn't try to butcher you like a pig or chicken."Yuyi, my dear, sweet Yuyi, my beloved and brave student. There's no reason to be upset" You coo soothingly as you rock your head side to side, each sway avoiding another swing, Yuyi has clenched her jaw too much to reply, but you can tell she is screaming in her head 'No reason!? No reason!? You call this now reason!?', so you frown and pout and sigh as you lunge bast her, almost sliding over the road as she grabs onto her knees for support and tries to catch her breath"This is a temporary thing! A preventable thing! A fixable thing! A curable thing!" You mewl and chirp, as you hop from one side of her to the other, leaning close to her and then hopping back around her when she sluggishly swings at your, or weakly grabs at your robes to try and hold you still. Her ears droop and her tail is limp, she is panting and sticking her tongue out to try and cool herself instinctively as the rest of her begins to slump as she runs out of energy. But you know anger could provide a boost to her stamina, so you don't stop trying to dodge her or stand still even when she pauses to try to rally herself and recover her stamina from her superhuman effort. She's very sweaty now.cont
>>5518987"It is an ailment I" You say, sliding on your stomach under her legs, and nearly tripping her as you stand up, twirl around and wrap your arms around her neck. She grits her teeth and seems angrier for some reason, when you press your chest against her back "can treat, and easily! I promise I can! For I am a great prodigy with a great mind and towering intellect! There is no riddle I can't solve and no poison I cannot cure...nor make for that matter. So please, calm down and put down the cleaver. Stop trying to attack me"She bites your hand, and to your surprise draws blood as she begins flailing her around, trying to hit you arms or legs with her cleaver, while trying to wiggle herself free from your embrace. Sighing, you nip her on her on neck, causing her to yelp as you repay the favor with a mother's bite. The sort you give to kittens when they bite too hard or use their claws when they shouldn't. You don't draw blood, and the shock of being bitten, does manage to calm Yuyi down enough for her to actually listen"I am sorry Yuyi! I know I am to blame for starting this change in you, and I can only assume the Primordial beast essence that blossomed forth into the world following my heavenly tribulation empowered that Beastial energy that was already within your body because of my, admittedly, overly long and too frequent possession of you, was also my fault though I don't know how it happened!" You shout, guiltily and sulkingly as you cling to her and press yourself closer to her, which makes her jump and freeze up "I am truly sorry! I admit I am in the wrong. I beg for your forgiveness, earnestly. I'm pleading with you, please Yuyi! come back to me, and return to your old self! So I can return you to your old self!"She pauses, pouting and furrowing her brow as you rub you cheek on the back of her head, pouting to with watery eyes as she trembles"Besides" You say, pressing your cheek against her own "You're scaring your mate, see how that poor boy shivers""I..I have a name" Her man squeaks as you gesture to him with an open hand "It is...""I do not care, truly. Just as I truly feel great regret and responsibility for adorable little Yuyi's plight. I'm so sorrowful with guilt I may flood this city with my tears" You blubber, swaying your hips side to side as you pull Yuyi closer to yourself with your arms, and resist the sudden and intense urge to scratch her between her ears and start stroking her head "Please, remember yourself, stop being angry with me! I'll help you!""What exactly are you calling little?" She asked venomously, eyes narrowed suspiciously, staring up at you as you hug her tightly, her head pressed between your bossom"Your height?" You say, wondering what she could think you had meant as you look down at her and tilt your head, curious nowCont
>>5518989"Okay, I was starting to think you were being so physical to rub a certain something in my face. Quite literally" She grumbled as you innocently smiled "Can you let me go now? people are staring!""No!" You answer happily, kneeling down to purr and rub your scent on her affectionately, knowing how odd it must look considering your current appearance, and not caring to make a show of just how deeply your care for the meek doctor"Nraaah, you're doing this to punish me aren't you!?" She wails as her mate shuffles closer "Help me! She's trying to smother me! She's surprisingly strong like this! Please, I'll apologize for my unforgiveable behavior, just let me do it in the privacy and safety of my home""Oh! We can discuss your treatment there to" you say, lifting her up and holding her under her arm, her arms and legs hanging as you hoist her petite body up, as the crowd that had formed rushes back into the street now that there isn't a knife wielding maniac standing in it."You're doing this on purpose!" Yuyi cries out "I overreacted! But you admitted you deserved it""Oh, I'm not angry with you at all. I also was being honest when I praised your bravery to attack the fair and mighty me! It's just that you can barely stand" You cackle "And I don't wanna leave you laying in the street, that'd be mean, even if you did try to hack my head off""You're upset, I can hear it in your voice" She whines as you carry her back into her house and drop her on the ground there"I am not. You'd know if I was mad. That little dance of ours wouldn't have lasted a moment" You explain, sitting down next to her and crossing your legs "Boy! Fetch us some tea or wine, something to drink, don't care what so long as it isn't gross""Hey! Don't order him around! Honey! Get us something to drink!" Yuyi barks from the ground as she crosses her arms and glares at you "So, you weren't lying when you said you didn't do this to me, purposefully at least. I was only so angry because I thought you had done something to me""I'm pretty sure I caused the swell in Primordial beast essence, which certainly did make you become more cat-like" You say with a shrug as the boy whose name you refuse to learn shuffles past you, soothing both of you a glance as you take up half of the hallway "And I started it, so I feel responsible for it, guilty to, as I mentioned""You did mention that" She mumbles "So, how can you fix me? I hate looking like this! I coughed up a hair ball the other day"'then just have your mate brush you' you think but do not say, instead you say "I know a method, I'd simply alchemically alter your blood inside your veins, transforming and refining it, reinforcing your human blood and essence""That...that sounds like it'd hurt" She whines, sitting up and her eyes immediately falling on your chest as the grudge that had weakened and turned grey turns pitch black again and pours out so violently as to completely shroud her face Cont
>>5518990"Nrr. I'm also guessing you weren't trying to piss me off, coming here looking like...that!" she growls"I was hoping the surprise would be enough to shock you out of your outrage. But in hindsight, coming here, looking perfectly human wasn't the best plan" You laugh awkwardly as you realize why she was getting angry with you even after you addressed the source of her rage. She's jealous! Jealous of your peerless beauty. It is a true struggle to keep your smugness from appearing on your face in a smile."It isn't fair that a cat is more human than I am now, and it extra isn't fair you're so gorgeous and...blessed. But that...blood refining thingy, that can help? Will it hurt?" She asks meekly, shyly looking away and fiddling with her reddened curls "It might. I've only used it on animals, who didn't complain, but I also didn't care if I was hurting them" You say with a shrug "So probably. Since, it'll be a sudden unnatural mutation, unlike the gradual change of your body which, since you never ached or pained, I must assume was as natural as growing hair""Surely the great huanliuxue could make it a painless process, yes?' She asked sweetly, pressing her hands together pleading "I really am not good with pain or...blood""You're a doctor" You state dully"My own blood. I'm fine with stitching and the like, but I get queasy at the sight of my own and can't handle pain at all!" She whimpers "I have a very low pain tolerance, and I was squeamish, until you stuck my hands into a bunch of strangers guts and mouths""Ah!" You say, nodding and rubbing your chin "I did do that, didn't I""You did. You also took me from my home, and into danger" She mumbles "But, well, it was exciting, even if I was terrified. Really, this whole, ears and tail thing was just the last straw""Well, I'm sorry for all of that to" You say, patting her on her head "And I'll find some test subjects to make sure refining your blood in that way won't hurt""Willing test subjects?" She asks demandinly"Fine, willing test subjects. I could also just give you a pill to numb your nerves and work my magic" You say rolling your eyes "Well, I'll forgive you for now" She said warmly, ears perking up as you heard her love approach from behind, with a bottle of wine "Sorry again for...ya know...""Waving a knife at me?" You finish with a smirk"Exactly" She says guiltily "it really was unlike me, but can you blame me for being outraged! There's barely any Yuyi left!""I'd be just as mad if I was in your shoes. And I'll make sure to get you the eyes your mama and papa gave to you" You say sweetly, hopping after her as she stands and takes the bottle from her lover's hands and walks behind the counter of her medicine shop"You will? I was sure you'd leave somethings unchanged, as a gift, consider it is an "Improvement" She says weakly "Did you really come here to try and cure me?"Cont
>>5518991"Of course. I'm about to take a trip to the yellow springs, and heard you were angry with me and...well like this" You say, shaping your hands into cat ears atop your head "So I decided to see what I can do to help out and mend our relationship""Thank you" She said after a moment, sipping at her wine "I know it must've taken a lot for you to admit you were wrong, and to apologize at all. I know how proud you are, and for good reason, of course, but...to think you'd do something like that for me""You are my student after all, and friend" You said, noticing your voice trembling as you said the word friend""And you are mine. As much as I grouch about all the ways you use and endanger me, I'd still be living alone if it wasn't for you. I'd have no friends and no career if you hadn't barged into my house and possessed me. I just...wish you didn't make such a habit of it that I started becoming a little like you" Yuyi said with a sigh, collapsing against the counter and laying atop it "But at least its temporary right?""Right" You say, nodding furiously "Wait" Yuyi said suddenly "I was just so overwhelmed that you cared so much about me, that I didn't realize you said you were going to hell""I do that from time to time. Wonderful place. Interesting culture. Delicious cuisine, lovely weather" You cackle with a sneer "One of my students, a ghost of a snake, needs to travel there, so I need to accompany her. Why do you ask? Do you wanna come? They love living humans down there! You'd be quite the comodity, Heh-heh-heh""Eh...eh..No, forgive me for refusing your initiation" She squeaked, hiding behind the wine bottle "Want a souvenir? Last time I went I got several. Maybe a pickled devil's head? Or a soul of a great scholar?" You tease, poking her cheek playfully "There are several medicinal plants that can only be found in hell" "And they won't curse me or make my house haunted?" She asked curiously"Shouldn't do" You say confidently "But really, you should come along""So I can sprout horns and grow my fangs? No thank you" She joked "I..I once again must refuse. And I still need to settle my nerves, Do you now how deathly frightened I was! my heart felt like it'd burst every second of that uh...tantrum. I was certain I'd die""Why would I kill my friend?" You say happily, with a beamy, toothy smile "And even if you had the heart to brave hell, no demon would dare touch a hair on your head. They know I can kill them, so they respect me!""I...I don't want to know what you did. It'd give me nightmares for sure!" Yuyi says pleadingly, begging you not to amaze her with your battle against the crow-king "Just don't take too long! Or get lost! I really don't want to spend the rest of my life with a tail. Or scratch anyone...again""Is that why your boyfriend is so henpecked? Even as meek as you are?" you ask, scrunching your noseComt
>>5518994"No. and he isn't henpecked, he's just dutiful" Yuyi pouts and huffs as you shrug "And...I may have clawed him once or twice, when he was a little too smothering and clingy""Attagirl!" You praise, slapping her on the back a few times"NO!" She shouts "Don't praise me for that of all things!"What do you do now, Huanliuxue?>Take Yujijiao into the underworld and begin searching for knowledge of how ghosts can cultivate/ grow in power>Well Yujijiao has an eternity to learn. Yuyi is clearly at her wits end, so find some people who'll be suitable practice for treating her>While Yuyi is caught off guard, grab hold of her and use blood refinement on her (Magic/ Alchemy trial. DC 72)>Decide that Qiang can show Yujijiao around hell and help her find the secrets of ghost cultivation , since talking about it has made you realize you don't feel like going and have better things to do than talking to devils.>Write in
>>5518999Ahahaha, that was a fun read. Let's make sure to leave the speed and strength in Yuyi, she needs to be able to keep up with Huan.>Well Yujijiao has an eternity to learn. Yuyi is clearly at her wits end, so find some people who'll be suitable practice for treating herTrips to hell tend to get interesting, better take care of this first. I bet some of Fu's non-cultivators might jump at a chance for Huan to boost their muscle with blood alchemy.
>>5518999>Take Yujijiao into the underworld and begin searching for knowledge of how ghosts can cultivate/ grow in power
>>5518999>Decide that Qiang can show Yujijiao around hell and help her find the secrets of ghost cultivation , since talking about it has made you realize you don't feel like going and have better things to do than talking to devils.>Well Yujijiao has an eternity to learn. Yuyi is clearly at her wits end, so find some people who'll be suitable practice for treating her
>>5518999>Well Yujijiao has an eternity to learn. Yuyi is clearly at her wits end, so find some people who'll be suitable practice for treating herLike >>5519009, I think it's better we correct Yuyi's problem first, and then have fun in hell
>>5518999I know undoing a budding bloodline is wrong in my book, i miss the last votecause of things and i would of voted for her tocome join us in the sect and become a catgirl doctor
>>5519166A nyanurse, if you would
>>5518999>While Yuyi is caught off guard, grab hold of her and use blood refinement on her (Magic/ Alchemy trial. DC 72)>Ask why her boyfriend was so smothering. Did he like her ears? We can leave them on if she wants.
Very off topic, but I really hope we get a map of the world one of these days. I know it's not the most importing thing in the world, but I'm a setting-autist and really want to know if we're in a fantasy version of irl china or are in a completely made up fantasy world.
>>5519286Oops, I missed and copied the wrong vote. The correct one should be>Well Yujijiao has an eternity to learn. Yuyi is clearly at her wits end, so find some people who'll be suitable practice for treating herThe write-in stays.
>>5518999>She has an eternity to learn
>>5519319Sounds to me like a very made up chinese world.I don't think there ever was mention of other asian cultures other than not!chinese>>5518999>Take Yujijiao into the underworld and begin searching for knowledge of how ghosts can cultivate/ grow in powerYuyi can stay a month like this and chalk it up to a bad experience, yujijiao risks to slip into insanity however and we already dallied long enough on her problem..Like we did with poor lei but in lei's case it rests more on ping growth as an exorcist, these two are on us to fix.
>>5519436There were the nomads that tried to invade, and then had a mountain dropped on them.Thing is their ghosts seem to just act like the rest, so I don't know if they are the mongols stand-in or not.
>>5518999>Take Yujijiao into the underworld and begin searching for knowledge of how ghosts can cultivate/ grow in power>Ask Qiang to find some volunteers from the village. People who have deformities they’d like corrected and are willing to receive experimental therapies to that end. You can gather them once you have returned.>If she finishes early, she can work towards scouting the next layer of tomb. In fact, she can take that as a standing order if she’s ever with free time at the main base.>Give Yuyi some basic cat grooming and care tips in the meantime. Fur brushing from her mate is a good time to bond!>Mention discretely to her mate that scratching behind the ears and base of the tail is all well and good, but overstimulation triggers the claws. Cats can’t help it, so moderation is best.We’re going to hell because Yujijao needs to (re?)invent cultivation for ghosts. Offloading that to Qiang doesn’t seem fair.
>>5518990>hair ballFor that Yuyi would have to lick her fur. I assume on the tail.Why, I wonder.
>>5519538I’ve wondered the same thing, but haven’t felt to press the issue. Though if we gave grooming tips, it’s bound to come up…
>>5519538>>5519577Her tail or...(Or a very bushy bush)
>>5519720We should leave her the flexibility
Sending Qiang is a horrible idea, she'd just be like "dunno boss I killed 38 demons but no one seemed to have any good ideas. Brought you their ears in a sack though, you can use this for potions right?"
>>5518999>Well Yujijiao has an eternity to learn. Yuyi is clearly at her wits end, so find some people who'll be suitable practice for treating herpromises and priorities>>5519817oh yeah it'd be a mistake.plus we don't know the full extent of the consequences to our actions from last time.Even if their fights are over, whoever is replacing Baoli will likely show interest in our arrival, and the idea of forwarding two of our students to hell without us as part of their growth sidequest seems like a bit of misplaced pride. Just like before when we boasted in the arena about our supreme royalty, and while true, and that led to Baoli being interested in us in the first place.Like, at its most basic, hell's dangers have required a cultivator like ourselves in order to make the smallish part of it we've explored even possible. Qiang is strong, and we're respected, but that hardly means hell is safe. We can only be sure smart and weak devils won't mess with them.I do wonder if any of the demons who watched the tournament will react to Yuji not being destroyed. Not that it matters, really. But it should be a fun extension to our legend.
>>5519906>Yuji wasn’t destroyed>”How can death stop us from claiming a servant? Even the great wheel respects our dao.”We’d be full of shit, but the rumors that would spread from it.
>>5518999>Well Yujijiao has an eternity to learn. Yuyi is clearly at her wits end, so find some people who'll be suitable practice for treating herI do hate to leave Yujijiao waiting, but Yuyi really needs the help. Hopefully this won't take too much time, and even if it does, time in the underworld moves different. We can spend a forever topside and only a little while would have passed for Yujijiao.
>>5520543But Yujijiao isn't in the underworld?She's in the crypts with our ghostly court.Besides yuyi isn't in any danger in our town, if anything they might see her as an exalted and throw a festival in her honor or something.And if Yujijiao sees that we are shapeshifting people with blood magic instead of finding a way to give her a body her trust in us will break like an eight year old being told santa's not real.
>>5520610She knows she's dead, and we already told her we can make some technique so she cultivates as a Ghost IN CASE we can't give her a body. Surely she will understand that in the case of Yuyi, we are working with something that exist, a real living body. If we could use a chunk of meat and make her a new body from it, we could, but we're working with something that we can actually work and we know it works, instead of going blind and careless for a solution to give her a body.
>>5520876We didn't give a timetable to yuyi either, and we promised Yujijiao we would explore all options before committing.Also we kind of already worked her up to go to hell soon, so a sudden delay that could take us up to a good while to fix yuyi is a bit of a downer.Also i personally want to explore hell further..But i can see reason in starting to work on fixing yuyi while we wait the group we sent to the swamp to return so we can set out to hell without worries.
>>5520899Techniques we acquire while handling Yuyi might be stepping stones for helping snek as well. Modifying a body is a step toward making one outright.
>>5520945The reverse is also true. Techniques acquired in hell could save us time in experimenting to find the proper way to body-sculpt someone else.It really boils down to who we feel more guilty over. There are plenty of reasons for and against either path taking priority over the other.
>>5518999>>5519535Supporting this. We can do more than one thing at a time, especially when our disciples are actually competent.
>>5518999You know, I've been convinced. I'll switch from prioritizing Yuyi to Yujijiao. We can snoop for information on helping Yuyi in hell, there's bound to be some mad scientist souls down there.
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Forgive me juniors, for the three day wait, it may continue a bit longer. Got food poisoned. Was hoping I'd be able to get that update out yesterday, but it wasn't in the cards. I'll see how I feel when I wake up, if I'm not feeling as if I am hovering between life and death, I shall end the vote once I crawl out of bed and write the update swiftly. Swift as wildfire.
>>5523437Take care grandpa. And watch out what you eat.
>>5523437This must be the work of an enemy cultivator.
>>5523437Mend well Grandfather. Great efforts require great preparedness and goodly rest.
I have revived, and purged the impurity from my body, by more or less sleeping all yesterday.>>5520990Thank you junior, once again, for tallying the vote in my stead.So, knowing Yujijiao can wait , you'll find some practice patients to test the method of blood refinement you hope to use to treat Yuyi. Update will arrive shortly. >>5523527>>5523679>>5523958And thank you for your well wishes.
Walking out to the street, hands clasped behind your back and head turned to the clouds, you leave Yuyi to her tears and wine, having decided not to partake yourself and leave her to numb herself with it in the company of her man. You draw some eyes and stares as you waltz from the doctor's abode, curious and admiring of course. What else would they look at you with, besides of course awe and amazement? Some surely, are entranced by your beauty, others watch hoping you'll explain the cause for the earlier disturbance and the gentle doctor's wild, nigh feral behavior and some...well they look at you as if mulling a question in their mind, fermenting it as they ponder your vivid, scarlet hair and your ethereal grace. Do they recognize you as the demon cat who saved them from crooked fang? Or do they notice the resemblance between you and Qiang, and are rubbing their chins and plucking their mustaches to try and decide this mysterious maidens connection with that heroic, once wandering, xia.You smile, amused by the looks and lingering stares as you trot through the village, though underneath that smile, your heart is in turmoil and your thoughts are polluted. Its stressing you out, being pulled between two of your students, both of whom need you direly. Poor Yuyi is at her wits end, and you worry she'll fall ill or victim to a worse kind of madness than before, and Yujijiao you promised you'd take her to the underworld. However, Yuyi, at least before the various tamperings and refinement of her body, has a normal lifespan. Short. Yujijiao is, unless she is forcefully exorcised or lose the ties and grudges binding her to the world, theoretically could wait until the stars burned out and even your beautiful fur became tinged grey and matted. As if such a terrible day would ever come! And, while you made up your mind quickly to help Yuyi before she went crazy again and got herself hurt, the fretting for both of them has made you worry for your other students, out in the world.Briefly.Since as soon as you think about Fu, Siwang, Hong, Lanfen and Liu, your fretting is crushed beneath the weight and power of your confidence in them as your disciples! They wouldn't be so easily overcome, not by thunder or wind or whatever is lurking in the Dusk marshes! Yuyi, however, is much more fragile in both will and heart. So, you decide to only think for her benefit for the time being, pushing away your fears as a teacher into a small crevice of your mind, and seal it away their as you walk down the street with a confident stride, utterly focused on the task at hand.'First' You think 'I'll need to find subjects to test if I can even cure Yuyi with blood refinement, and if the intensity of the pain of the treatment, if there is any at all"There is just one problem. How to find test subjects for a treatment, when you only know of one person who suffers from the ailment? Cont
>>5524531That makes this a much trickier task than you thought it'd be, when you promised to do it without thinking too hard about the details. But if you were so easily stopped by so petty of obstacles and so quickly discouraged by so meager of difficulties, you wouldn't have gotten as far as you have, why you might not even have killed Ling Meng! It is natural for a prodigy to overcome any challenge presented to them, with style and flair if not ease! And it is the duty of a monarch to deal with the problems of their subjects decisively! Before they can grow and worsen! And it'd be terrible to repay Yuyi for all her hardwork, loyalty and kindness by approaching her illness lazily or with anything besides a hundred percent effort and great care! So, you'll just have to find those who suffer similar maladies, search out those who suffer exactly as she has, or make them yourself! Easy! This task that'd seem impossible to complete for other, less willful minds is all but finished all ready.Now, all that needs to be done, is for you to find volunteers for this experimentation of blood alchemy! Where-ever it is in the world you may find them.How do you search for subjects for the blood refinement trials, Huanliuxue? (DC will be the same, and will be revealed next update)>Knowing the world is a wide place, follow rumors of "Beast-men". Since, if Yuyi was turned into a half beast by the shockwave of your roar, then surely others have been as well! >An antidote can be found by making the poison it treats, have your outer disciples gathered and see if any of them have the ambition or will to willingly subject themselves to your tests, offering to give them greater power by awakening their bestial blood>Whenever you need to test new techniques, the world is replete with villains and scum to practice them on! Find some bandits or similar Ne'er-do-well and use them> No need to be fancy. If it works on birds and deer, it can work on people. Find some lesser animals to practice with, and see if they experience any pain or disorientation through their mutation and curing.>write in
>>5524532>Gather the outer disciplesMay as well improve our sect. But we must make ourselves exceedingly clear on the risks.
>>5524532> No need to be fancy. If it works on birds and deer, it can work on people. Find some lesser animals to practice with, and see if they experience any pain or disorientation through their mutation and curing.>Warn Yujijiao though. I recall we were promising to take her into hell in an hour. Don't just leave her waiting.
>>5524532>>Knowing the world is a wide place, follow rumors of "Beast-men". Since, if Yuyi was turned into a half beast by the shockwave of your roar, then surely others have been as well!>Warn Yujijiao that the trip will be delayed for a bit. Hell is always an adventure and Cutivation can take a while. As a mortal, Yuyi doesn't have that much time to spare.
>>5524597I'll change my vote to>An antidote can be found by making the poison it treats, have your outer disciples gathered and see if any of them have the ambition or will to willingly subject themselves to your tests, offering to give them greater power by awakening their bestial blood>Warn Yujijiao that the trip will be delayed for a bit. Hell is always an adventure and Cutivation can take a while. As a mortal, Yuyi doesn't have that much time to spare.
>>5524532>Search for those affected by deformities, crooked legs, conjoined fingers and the like. Maybe even old crones longing for their former beauty might volunteer for such an experimental treatment.Basically look for the target audience of plastic surgery IRL
>>5524617This is smart, I'll support this.
>>5524617Me too, i like it.But i would look further if somebody saw yuyi and wanted to become a kemonomimi.Time to unleash the catgirl menace on this world.
>>5524532>>Knowing the world is a wide place, follow rumors of "Beast-men". Since, if Yuyi was turned into a half beast by the shockwave of your roar, then surely others have been as well!
>>5524617+1Yuyi is suffering some physical mutation, and if the Beast Essence entered in her meridians and such, it means it's more of a physical ill, so searching for people with similar conditions of physical deterioration would be wise. Then we need to see HOW with the Blood Qi and the infussion/exposure of Qi into the meridians of patience affect the subject.
>>5524617+1 Though I'd also like to warn yuji. All original blood manipulation research will become greatly useful to our sect and any interesting breakthroughs we conjure.
>>5524617I dont think giving them animal essence is going to make them beautiful?And even so, if it does, it still makes them targets of the orthadoxy
>>5524913We aren't going to give them beast essence. Yuyi's problem isn't with the essence, it's with her looks.
>>5524913Why would we give anyone beast essence? That's the opposite of what we're trying to achieve here! We want to use blood qi for body sculpting.
>>5524532>>5524617>>5524599Backing these. The first one is what I voted for Qiang to do for us last time anyway. There may be peculiarities with Yuyi’s beastly qi, but you start with basics like this before working your way up to complicated stuff.Also tossing in>Ask Monu and Qiang to discuss the logistics of tracking down “beastmen”, where the largest groups likely are since this was a global wave, and where a village for them may be founded. They will be persecuted so