Arc 1, Session 4: Xin Wude and the Iron Hill.   Posted by GMLian.Group: 0
GMLian
 GM, 457 posts
Sat 21 Feb 2015
at 17:56
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
River order goes as per normal, meaning you can't Flow and then Float in the same roll.  So those 5s are wasted D:

Disciple Fei Lian lets this hit at Minor difficulty.


Disciple Fei Lian raises a mighty eyebrow.  "Don't be a slow one, Wude.  Why WOULD I kill you?  I've outright have told you what they asked me to do, and we've both agreed that the eunuchs are unwise.  If anything, I should thank you.  Your little barbarian friends are interesting enough to spare."  He stands up, "As for the eunuchs, they did let me go, after all, even if they kept me longer than was promised.  I won't be killing them either.  I would love for your rebellion to grow and prosper, but not necessarily to win!  The important thing is that you keep fighting.

But, in the interest of fair play... I suppose I shouldn't let you leave without a scratch and something to work towards."


"Teacher,"  Arnulf hefts his axe in his good hand, "I'm convinced this one is mad."

"He's fiendishly strong," Wigbrand swears, "But he got me by surprise last time!"
Xin Wude
 player, 264 posts
Sat 21 Feb 2015
at 18:55
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
"I ... well." Wude can't quite hide his surprise, but it's a grateful surprise.

His feet slide out to a ready position, and he draws his sword in one quick, fluid motion. "The rest of you, stay out of this," he says in both his native and the barbarian tongues (unfortunately having to do so one at a time; what a neat trick the Disciple knows!).

And to the red-eyed giant, "I await your instruction, Champion of Chaos"


Initiative R1
10, 7, 7, 7, 7, 4 & 4

ActionBreakdownResult
Float Dice7/7River 7/7
Sword Mindset5 chiSword-Heaven & 1 lvl 2 tech free when acting in accord w/Pass or Insp; increased Block & Strike bonus for Sword
Sword Heavenfree w/Sword MindsetSword-Flexible
Initiative10 + 5 (Speed) + 10 (AB) 25
Focus on Breath27 + 15 (Confidence/Spec) + 10 (AB)52, recover 2 additional chi at the end of the round
Analyze Style Qualities24 + 15 (Tactics/Spec) + 10 (AB)49

This message was last edited by the player at 19:09, Sat 21 Feb 2015.

GMLian
 GM, 458 posts
Sat 21 Feb 2015
at 19:32
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill

Initiative R1
9, 8, 7, 6, 6, 5, 4, 4 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Impassive Existence3 ChiReduce all penalties by 5
Dreaming World Rearrangement2 Chi+15 to Shaping Wave
Mighty Among Dreamers5 ChiMake reality-warping Shaping Wave
Shaping Wave:  Reality Warping26 + Wu Wei 20 + AB 10 - Penalty 5 + IKF 1566
Hide Style24 + Tactics 20 + AB 1054, Hides Style
Focus on Breath18 + Skill 25 + AB 1053, recover 2 Chi at end of round
Initiative17 + Speed 10 + AB 1037


Attack R1
10, 10, 10, 7, 6, 5, 3, 3 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Float0-0-0River 0-0-0-X
Attack23 + Strike 15 + AB 1048

Arnulf and Wigbrand are quick to back off.

"Good!"  The Champion of Chaos throws off his cloak, revealing an extra pair of small arms sprouting just under the first half.  "It's time we talked of weapons!"

He takes a deep breath and the world around them ripples.  Wude is surrounded by the feeling that everything around him is somehow wrong, though he isn't quite sure why.  The lazy punch that the Disciple throws his way is easily avoided, contemptuous.
Xin Wude
 player, 265 posts
Sat 21 Feb 2015
at 20:40
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
The Sword Eccentric parries the punch with ease---far too much ease, Wude realizes, to take anything like confidence from the exchange. The unsteadiness of the world itself only reinforces that caution.

But caution doesn't appear in his response. "To call me your junior would be an unearned honor; but you needn't insult me with such half-hearted attacks. If you'd find entertainment, strike!" His words are designed to induce the giant toward neglect of his defenses; if Wude's to make a good showing for himself, the Disciple must make errors.

The boldness of his words is exceeded by the fury of his assault: his sword is a blur of whipping, whirling attacks, probing every angle of the giant's defenses and stabbing at every possible route of evasion.


R1 Defense
9, 8, 6, 5, 3, 2 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Block Fei Lian's Strike19 + 10 (Block) + 10 (Sword) + 10 (AB)49, blocked


R1 Attack
10, 7, 5, 5, 3, 3 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Snake in the Grassfree w/Sword Mindset+5 Strike, attack inflicts a ripple on miss of 5 or less
Blade of Infinity Strokes3 chiSecondary Strike
Flow DiceRiver 7/7Add 7,7 from River to Lake
Primary Strike37 + 15 (Strike) + 10 (Sword) + 10 (AB)72; -5 to block w/Soft-Sliding Silk; better blocked, -10 to Dodge w/Flexible
Secondary Strike25 + 15 (Strike) + 10 (Sword) + 5 (SitG) + 10 (AB)65; SitG effects; -5 to block w/Soft-Sliding Silk; better blocked, -10 to Dodge w/Flexible
Disrupt Block23 + 10 (Inspire) + 5 (Laughs, building off Ennui condition) + 10 (AB)48


GMLian
 GM, 459 posts
Mon 23 Feb 2015
at 02:32
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill

Attack R1
10, 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 2, 2 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
All-Seeing Eye of God2 ChiReplace Footwork with Wu Wei
Transcending The Opponent4 ChiReplace Dice With Shaping Wave Result, take Ripple (1)
Flowed Defense vs Primary40 + Footwork 25 + AB 10 - Better Blocked 570 vs 72, takes Ripple (2)
Defense vs Secondary6666 vs 65, takes Ripple (3)
Defense vs Disrupt22 + Confidence 20 + AB 1052 vs 48


Initiative R2
9, 8, 8, 7, 5, 3, 3, 2 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Float8-8River 8-8
Analyze Style Fears23 + Tactics 20 + AB 1053
FoB17 + Breath Skill 25 + AB 1052, 2 Chi at end of round
Initiative19 + Speed 10 + AB 1039

Fei Lian completely neglects his defenses, by the looks of it; he steps forward into Wude's strike, taking a half step past the first series of strikes as if by accident.  The wrought iron weapons at Wude's feet spring into life and interpose themselves with Wude's blade a second later, sending up a shower of sparks as the giant just strides towards him.  If Wude has managed to find a real chink in his defenses he can't tell.

"It's meant to insult,"  The Disciple yawns as all four hands flex, "Always the emphasis on the sword instead of the hand that wields it.  How sad for the spear, the saber, the staff; all equals, ignored for no reason."

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:33, Mon 23 Feb 2015.

Xin Wude
 player, 266 posts
Mon 23 Feb 2015
at 23:15
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
End of RoundRipplesRiverChi SpentChi RecoveredTotal ChiAdverse Conditions
10-/-8610None


Wude lets a hint of a wry smile curl the side of his mouth; that attack would've been decisive against most opponents, and Fei Lian's barely inconvenienced. Well, a disciple of Dugu? Anything less would be a disappointment!

"On this, Champion, we agree." There's no reason not to make a good showing of himself, at least, so the Sword Eccentric readies for another exchange. "The sword is only the outward manifestation of the spirit's struggle for excellence."


R2 Init
10, 10, 9, 9, 8, 7 & 4

ActionBreakdownResult
Extend Sword-Mindset1 chiSword-Mindset effects extended
Switch to Sword/UnarmedN/AN/A
Float dice9,9River 9/9
Initiative18 + 10 (Speed/Unarmed) + 10 (AB)38
Focus on Breath17 + 15 (Confidence/spec) + 10 (AB)42, recover 2 additional chi
Analyze FL's Style (Qualities)20 + 15 (Tactics/spec) + 10 (AB)45


GMLian
 GM, 464 posts
Tue 24 Feb 2015
at 21:32
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
Difficulty vs Rank 2 opponent:  40.  Qualities: Destructive, old, relentless.


Attack R2
9, 8, 7, 6, 3, 3, 2, 2 & 1
4 Chi:  Reroll 9, 6, 6, 4, 3, 3, 3, 3 & 2

ActionBreakdownResult
Desecration of Flesh5 ChiDisrupt 3 enemy stats
Strike Wude43 + Strike 15 + AB 1068, Better Dodged so Block -5, Wude Block/Dodge -5 from EKF
Mega-Disrupt Wude Strike, Block, Toughness26 + Rank Bonus 20 + AB 10 + IKF 1066, Disrupts all 3 if hits

"A reasonable member of the Heavenly Swords?  Now I am getting interested." The Disciple raises craggy eyebrows, "Usually I hear the same old mantra."

His attack is just a lazy as it was before- but this time it's much harder for Wude to avoid, each punch he delivers from his multiple hands like a hammerblow that threatens to break right through his guard.  But the burning, sizzling scent of corrupt chi in the air is enough to let Wude know that the Disciple isn't playing it as laid back as before.

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:32, Tue 24 Feb 2015.

Xin Wude
 player, 267 posts
Wed 25 Feb 2015
at 02:33
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
"My sifu thought it best that I strike out on my own quickly." A wall of his sword's after-images surrounds Wude; it turns aside the brunt of Fei Lian's assault, which, for all the Disciple's evident skill, is still the kind of straightforward and brute force attack against which his style thrives. "Perhaps this has turned me more eccentric than usual."

R2 Defense
10, 7, 6, 3, 3, 2 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Tenfold Steel Guard4 chi+15 Block, +10 Toughness, round-long when acting in accord w/Passion or Inspiration
Defend Strike17 + 10 (Block) + 10 (Sword) + 15 (TFSG) + 10 (AB) + 5 (Laughs at Brutal styles) - 5 (Better Dodged)63, 1 Ripple
Defend Mega-Disrupt23 + 10 (Block) + 10 (Sword) + 15 (TFSG) + 10 (AB) + 5 (Laughs at Brutal styles) - 5 (Better Defended w/skill)68, mega-disrupt avoided, thank the Jade Emperor
Victory in SurrenderFlood 9Reply; River now 9/-


"In any case, I agree," Wude replies as the wall of steel that had safeguarded him fades. "It is the hand that matters most of all." Using his sword to feint a thrust that closes off the giant's best side-step, the Eccentric's free hand, sharp with sword chi, wends its way through the giant's forest of arms.

R2 Attack
7, 5, 4, 3, 1, 1 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Strike31 + 15 (Strike) + 10 (Sword) + 5 (SitG) + 10 (AB) + 5 (Laughs)81, Better Blocked, -5 Penalty to Block w/SSS, inflicts Ripple on miss of 5 or less
Snake in the Grassfree w/Sword Mindset+5 Strike, inflict Ripple on miss of 5 or less

GMLian
 GM, 466 posts
Wed 25 Feb 2015
at 16:06
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill

ActionBreakdownResult
RR on Wude13 + Damage 15 - Toughness 10 - Chi Aura 135, a Trivial wound:  Bloodied Nose, Breath Penalty; as per EKF, this Trivial starts with a Breath penalty at -1.


Defense R2
10, 9, 8, 8, 8, 5, 5, 4 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
All-Seeing Eye of God2 ChiReplace Dodge with Wu Wei
Defend vs AttackFlowed 58 + Footwork 25 + AB 10 - Better Blocked 588, dodges

Wude's turn for init.  Fei Lian has 4 ripples.

The giant's fist breaks through Wude's sword-wall, smashing into his nose and sending him spinning.  Scarlet blood drips from the tip, and though he scratches Fei Lian the giant proves difficult to pin down.  He steps into the feint, allowing Wude's sword-heart thrust to catch only what remains of his cloak.

"Who is your sifu?"  The Disciple asks, "Most baby or coddle their charges nowadays.  Few follow the path of my teacher.  It is worrisome." 

He grips Wude's sword-hand in one of his four, pulling him off the ground and pushing him back playfully.

"You have unique opportunities, Xin Wude!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:14, Wed 25 Feb 2015.

Xin Wude
 player, 268 posts
Wed 25 Feb 2015
at 16:36
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill

RoundRipplesRiverChi SpentChi RecoveredTotal ChiAdverse Conditions
End of 219/-65 (2 + 2 + 2 - 1)9Bloody Nose (Trivial Injury/Breath Penalty, Rec 5)


The young swordsman wipes his nose with his hand to feel the blood that drips from it; with an abbreviated bow, he responds to the giant: "I am honored to be called the student of Sword Mistress Qiushui; any opportunities that are open to me, I owe to my sifu's perceptive nature and benevolent spirit."

He looks up at the giant with an uncomplicated smile. "It would be an insult to her not to seize them."

R3 Init
10, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5 & 3

ActionBreakdownResult
Extend Sword-Mindset2 chiExtend effects
Sword-Heavenfree w/Sword MindsetSword-Massive this round
Initiative13 + 5 (Speed) + 10 (AB)28
Analyze Style (Fears)36 + 15 (Tactics/spec) + 10 (AB)61
Focus on Breath25 + 15 (Confidence/spec) + 10 (AB)50

GMLian
 GM, 468 posts
Wed 25 Feb 2015
at 17:57
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill

Initiative R3
9, 8, 8, 8, 7, 5, 4, 2 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Float8-8-8River 8-8-8
Initiative17 + Speed 10 + AB 1037d

Fears: The simplest tools; his own lack of defense.


Attack R3
10, 8, 7, 5, 5, 4, 3, 2 & 1
4 Chi, Reroll:  10, 10, 10, 7, 6, 3, 2, 2 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Muscular Focus1 ChiDamage +5
Continuation of Motion2 ChiReplace Strike with Wu Wei/Awareness
Clarity in Openness3 Chi+10 Wu Wei
Attack Wude30 + Wu Wei 25 + AB 10 + Laughs 5 + IKF 10 = 80, Better Dodged:  Block -5, EKF:  Block/Dodge -5, Damage +537d
Disrupt Block22 + Tactics 20 + AB 10 + Laughs 557

"I will have to find your Sword Mistress Quishui and pay her my respects." He announces, recovering his stance; then he drives forward, bunching two fists up and driving one for Wude's face and the other for his stomach.  To Wude's surprise the so-far guileless Disciple has driven him into a pile of discarded weapons which threaten to foul the perfect stance necessary to keep up the Ten-Fold Steel Guard!

"But again I find myself growing bored.  The Jade Spirit Sword is strong but brittle.  It is the least amusing to face in combat, above even the Boundless Prosperity Manual."
Xin Wude
 player, 269 posts
Wed 25 Feb 2015
at 19:44
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill

R3 Defense
10, 6, 6, 5, 1, 1 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Tenfold Steel Guard4 chiRound-long +15 Block, +10 Toughness
Defend vs Strike31 + 10 (Block) + 10 (Sword) + 15 (TFSG) + 10 (AB) + 5 (Laughs) - 5 (Better Dodged) - 5 (Oppo EKF)71; 1 Ripple, no roll
Defend vs Disrupt26 + 10 (Block) + 10 (Sword) + 15 (TFSG) + 10 (AB) + 5 (Laughs) - 5/10 (Better Defended w/Skill)71/66, very blocked either way
Victory in SurrenderFlood 9Reply for 1 Ripple



Wude's flashing steel guard preserves him ... barely. The flurry of fists gets turned aside, the pile of weapons pushed aside, and even a final, impudent reply appended, but if the giant puts any more effort into his attacks, the Sword Eccentric will surely suffer for it. Perhaps his lack of interest in his style is a good thing.

So why then does he go all-out, unleashing a flurry of sword-strikes that land like hammer blows? Why does he draw as deeply from his reserves as he's capable, even if it means the next strike from the giant will surely tell? Why does being thought 'boring' repulse him more than the possibility of grievous injury? Whatever the answer, it does repulse him, and the attack he unleashes does his talking for him. The attacks are, by the standards of his style, simple, but what they give up in subtlety they gather in force.


R3 Attack
8, 4, 2, 2, 2, 1 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Blade of Infinity Strokes3 chiSecondary Strike
Snake in the Grassfree w/Sword Mindset+5 Strike, inflict Ripple on miss of 9 or less
Main Strike32 + 15 (Strike) + 10 (Sword) + 5 (SitG) + 10 (AB) + 5 (Laughs)77, -5 block from SSS, -10 block from Better Dodged w/Massive, ripple on miss of 9 or less
Secondary Strike21 + 15 (Strike) + 10 (Sword) + 10 (AB) + 5 (Laughs)61, -5 block from SSS, -10 block from Better Dodged w/Massive



RoundRipplesRiverChi SpentChi RecoveredTotal ChiAdverse Conditions
End of R32-/-955Bloody Nose (Trivial Injury/Breath Penalty, Rec 5)


This message was last edited by the player at 20:11, Wed 25 Feb 2015.

GMLian
 GM, 474 posts
Wed 25 Feb 2015
at 20:24
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill

Attack R3
9, 9, 7, 7, 7, 6, 3, 2 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Transcending The Opponent4 ChiSet Defense at 66, take 1 Ripple (6)
All-Seeing Eye of God2 ChiReplace Footwork with Wu Wei
Dodge Defense vs Primary Strike37 + Wu Wei 25 + AB 1072 vs 77, takes Ripple (7)
Defense vs Secondary Strike6666 vs 61, Dodges


Initiative R4
7, 7, 6, 5, 5, 4, 3, 1 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Analyze Qualities27 + Tactics 20 + AB 1057
Shaping Wave:  Ignore Wounds25 + Hardiness 20 + AB 1055, if allowed to succeed will ignore 1 Ripple for rest of round for purposes of RR
Analyze Laughs21 + Tactics 20 + AB 1051
Initiative16 + Speed 10 + AB 1036
Focus on Breath14 + Hardiness 25 + AB 1049, 2 Chi at end of round

Wude nicks the bigger xia despite a prodigious expenditure of chi.  Blood spurts from his wounds, giving Wude a clear look at a very happy smile.  Fei Lian doesn't even try to avoid the other half:  the cast iron weapons jump from the ground of their own accord, breaking to pieces when Wude's sword comes close.

"This is exactly why I won't kill you," The giant says with obvious glee, "I need this interesting strength, rampaging around the countryside!  Overthrowing the Pillars!  Making the Banes shake in their boots!"
Xin Wude
 player, 270 posts
Wed 25 Feb 2015
at 21:04
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
Wude's breathing is rapid, thready; blood trickles steadily from his nose. "Senior gives me too much credit; he has already himself perceived the limits of my gongfu." This is no false humility---Wude has never unleashed such attacks to so little effect before, and the giant's indifference to their results is, in its own way, awesome.

He executes another quarter-bow before reestablishing his stance, readying himself for another exchange without contemplating the likely consequences of it. "But I shall endeavor to make myself worthy of the praise."


R4 Init
10, 7, 5, 5, 4, 3 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Float5,5River 5/5
Extend Sword-Mindset3 chiEffects extended
Switch to Sword/Unarmed--Sword/Unarmed
Initiative14 + 10 (Speed/Unarmed) + 10 (AB)34
Focus on Breath17 + 15 (Confidence/spec) + 10 (AB)42, recover 2 additional chi


GMLian
 GM, 478 posts
Wed 25 Feb 2015
at 21:23
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill

Attack R4
7, 7, 6, 5, 5, 4, 3, 1 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Continuation of Motion2 ChiSub Strike for Awareness
Clarity in Openness3 ChiAwareness +10
Impassive Existence3 ChiReduce penalties by 5
Strike27 + Awareness 20 + AB 10 + Laughs 5 + IKF 1072, Better Dodged, Dodge/Block -5 due to EKF
Disrupt Strike25 + Awareness 20 + AB 10 + Laughs 560
Disrupt Speed21 + Awareness 20 + AB 10 + Laughs 556

"A pity!  It will be over too soon."

The red gem at the center of Fei Lian's forehead opens, revealing a third bloody eye.  It focuses right on Wude, fixing him in place and cataloguing his every movement as the giant brings his topmost hands up to deliver a double-fisted hammerblow right for Wude's face.
Xin Wude
 player, 271 posts
Thu 26 Feb 2015
at 18:50
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
Wude stands completely exposed before the Disciple; lacking the energy to put up the wall of blades that has preserved him thus far, he can only mitigate, not avoid, the giant's powerful strike; and without the guile or the presence of mind to fool Fei Lian's inhuman perception, he's robbed of any capacity to surprise the superior fighter.

... but if he's to go down, he'll go down swinging. With his Sword Chi growing as brittle as Fei Lian diagnosed, he relies on sheer will---and the formidable lessons of Flying Red Silk---to unleash a fluttering volley of sword strikes against the giant, striking out at each of his arms, hoping to sap them of their strength, before finishing with a jumping thrust toward that damnable red eye.


R4 Defense
10, 7, 6, 6, 6, 5 & 1

ActionBreakdownResult
Soaring Phoenixfree w/Sword Mindset+5 block, Reply on critical block when acting according to Passion or Inspiration.
Defend vs Strike36 + 10 (Block) + 10 (Sword) + 5 (SP) + 10 (AB) - 5 (Better Dodged) - 5 (Oppo EKF)61; 1 Ripple (3 total) and a roll.
Defend vs DisruptsNot close on either.Speed & Strike Disrupted
Victory in SurrenderFlood 5Reply, River 5/-



ActionBreakdownResult
Rippling Roll26 + 15 (Damage) - 16 (Chi Aura)25, a Minor Injury



R4 Attack
9, 8, 8, 7, 5, 3 & 3

ActionBreakdownResult
Strike28 + 15 (Strike) + 10 (Sword) + 10 (AB) + 5 (Laughs) - 5 (Disrupt)63, -5 to block w/SSS, better dodged. (Action pen. from Injury, if that's what it is, not included)
Flow5Add 5 to Lake, River -/-
Disrupt Strike25 + 15 (Strike) + 10 (Sword) + 10 (AB) + 5 (Laughs) - 5 (Disrupt)60
Disrupt Damage23 + 15 (Strike) + 10 (Sword) + 10 (AB) + 5 (Laughs) - 5 (Disrupt)58


GMLian
 GM, 481 posts
Thu 26 Feb 2015
at 19:21
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
Fei Lian pops Transcending the Opponent again, takes another Ripple, and brings himself up to
The giant takes an EoB RR of 28 and doesn't contest.  Wude can hit him with a Minor.  Wude himself gets away with only his wounds and- since he's surrendering- a little condition...

Harbinger of Change, a minor Wood Influence, granting Wude bonus Cultivation whenever he specifically tries to bring about tumultuous change to the Rivers and Lakes.  Recovery is set at 30, Duration 1, Interval 1 Session.


Fei Lian's hammer blow comes right down on Wude's chest.  He can feel his sternum cracking from the force, bowling him over but not before he manages some final superficial cuts.  He sees one more flash of cast iron spears crossing his path, keeping Fei Lian from even noticing he was attacked.  The giant stands over Wude, extending a broad hand to the fighter.

"Get up.  There's no shame in this loss," He rumbles as the illusory world fades around them, revealing a lot of stunned and fearful Bad Star Bandits. "My Master would approve of you."
Xin Wude
 player, 272 posts
Fri 27 Feb 2015
at 23:37
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
Wude grasps the giant's hand---or as much of it he can grasp---and allows himself to be hoisted back to his feet. Once he's steadied himself and caught some measure of his breath, he bows deeply to Disciple Fei Lian. "I am grateful for the lessons senior has seen fit to impart; I will not forget them."

It's a comfort to the Sword Eccentric see the Bad Star bandits reappear; because all his attention was required to last even the few exchanges he managed, he was less overwhelmed by the giant's fantastic sorcery than he is now that it dissipates. "Indeed, I've not only never faced such incredible gongfu as senior's, I've never even heard of such things."

Let's call it This One Has Promise!, a Wood/Worldliness Inspiration that grants Fei Lian an Entanglement Hyperactivity when he takes a positive interest in Wude's improvement. (Entanglement because his interest in Wude facilitates a re-engagement with the world at large).

And that Influence is enthusiastically accepted.

GMLian
 GM, 482 posts
Sat 28 Feb 2015
at 17:48
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
"At least you won't in the time it takes for you to heal,"  The Disciple says as he stands, then bows back to Wude- much more shallowly, of course.

"Of course you haven't.  Nobody tells fish what water is." He looks at the Bad Star Bandits, giving them a sardonic grin as he starts to walk away.  They can hear his voice clearly even as he leaves. "Your leader has my approval!  You could do far worse.  Know this- I will do what I can to keep Xin Wude's path suitably rocky.  That means battering down boulders when necessary or throwing a few more in the way if it gets too smooth.  Go back to your Commander Tien Fong and let him know that I'm not the only one from the Imperial Prisons sent out to take his head.  He'd best step carefully."

Noisy End rushes to Wude's side, throwing his arm over her shoulder.  Since she's taller than him, this ends up a bit awkward.  "You alright?" She murmurs to him.
Xin Wude
 player, 273 posts
Sat 28 Feb 2015
at 19:45
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
The Sword Eccentric extracts himself from Noisy End's 'assistance' by patting her on the shoulder in a comradely sort of way. "I'll be fine---but only because Disciple Fei Lian didn't wish it to be otherwise." As the giant's not-inconsiderable silhouette disappear, Wude muses on the encounter: "I suppose I ought to be worried, my friend, but in truth, I feel ... gratitude." He speaks as if the realization surprises even him. "It is meet that the guppy should be reminded, now and then, that he is not a shark. How else will he grow?"

"But we must rejoin the Commander as soon as possible. If the Eunuchs are willing to unleash one such as the one we just faced when he is surely beyond their capacity to control---or perhaps even to influence---then I wonder if there is anything they will not do to maintain their hold on power."
GMLian
 GM, 484 posts
Sat 28 Feb 2015
at 22:01
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
"Fighting other guppies.  I'd worry more about swords and whetstones.  The stone doesn't get sharper than the sword.  Look at the poor bastards we're standing around.  Why'd they die with smiles on their faces?" She takes the brush-off magnanimously, "No offense, Wude, but I disagree.  We've already sent a courier to him about this, our orders are to head forward after taking the position and move towards the meeting point."

Arnulf steps away from Wigbrand, moving to Wude and giving him a guileless smile.  "I'm glad you're alright, teacher.  I thought for sure the Jotun had taken you.  You disappeared from sight!"
Xin Wude
 player, 274 posts
Mon 2 Mar 2015
at 15:58
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
He claps Arnulf by the shoulder and half-smiles. "We're fortunate that the 'Jotun' was merely bored, and that we are---whatever else we might be---ourselves not an uninteresting bunch." The Sword Eccentric's tone is almost that of an intoxicated man's, so impressed is he still by what he's seen. He turns to the bandit.

"Of course you're right; my head, I admit, is still spinning," Wude says to Noisy End. "We do have our orders." The tone of resignation with which he makes the admission leaves no doubt how he views them. After meeting Disciple Fei Lian, after catching a glimpse of the strange and dizzying heights to which a xia can ascend, of the magnificent paths down which cultivation can lead, how can he really care about something so, well, mundane as the fate of the Imperial Throne?

But being surrounded by corpses and rubble has a way of drawing one back down from the heights to the grim realities of war. Wude forces his attentions back to the scene at hand. "The looks on the soldiers' faces tell us that their minds were warped, somehow; some of these wounds appear self-inflicted. Given what I have just seen the Disciple do---creating a kind of dream-world---I wonder if that power, or something like it, wasn't at play."
GMLian
 GM, 485 posts
Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 18:16
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
"Whatever the case I don't want to be here anymore,"  The bandit leader looks around at the brothers as they start to move, "Pile them up, we need to give them the proper rites.  I'd rather their ghosts not follow us and follow that monster instead."  Her men are quick to pick up some of the bigger, flatter weapons to sue as spades.  None want to head into that mineshaft.

"He was bored?  We were bored just standing here,"  Wigbrand replies with foolish bravado.

"Wude, I'm sorry I was useless." Arnulf looks off in the direction of the Disciple, disturbed beyond the reach of simple assurances. "I couldn't even see him until he had Wigbrand by the neck.  And here we thought we'd prove our worth here... against ones like him, we have none."
Xin Wude
 player, 275 posts
Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 17:32
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
"There's no reason for shame, Arnulf. To achieve the kind of cultivation Disciple Fei Lian possesses is a lifetime's work---more than a lifetime's." Wude claps a friendly hand on the young barbarian's good shoulder. "If he is who he says he is, then his teacher is one of the great legends of the martial fraternity; and if he's not, he's bold enough to use the name of 'Dugu' and survive."

"You, however, will have to make do with a lesser teacher like me, for now. Come; let's help Noisy End and her men, and tonight when we make camp, we'll train in earnest."
GMLian
 GM, 488 posts
Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 17:48
Re: Arc 1, Session 4:  Xin Wude and the Iron Hill
And here's a good point for Wude to stop.  They'll pick up with the rendezvous with Tien Fong.