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A world where might makes right. A world of Jade and Gold, of Phoenix and Dragons, of Pills and Talismans, of Martial and Spiritual arts.
A world where diligent training yield strength, meaning freedom. A world where loneliness means death, meaning social chains.
A world still unfair, as the ones reaching the heavens are most likely born rich - be it political riches of the aristocrats, power of secret knowledges and hidden realms of clans, or lucky enough to be born one-in-a-thousand genius.
This is not the case of Quiet Word - that is, (You). This is the case of your friends Dhundan Kepa, the brooding dark intimidating and secretive young boy and Ai, which is stuck too deep in her inner world.
Alright, the assertion in the case of Quiet Word might be a bit challenge with recent development.
However, you might be one-in-a-hundred genius. The fear of falling behind made you push your boundaries times and times again, leading you to overtake from a slim margin the two geniuses by a combination of luck, hard work, and burn out.
You also motivated the other "gifted but not great" kids - the monkey-bound Yi Norm, the Horse specialist Sin Din and her twin jack-of-all-trade Man Din to follow along.
You have also fairly good relationship with other members of the sect : Kyo Ko, a 11 year old girl extremely secretive of her skills and Bathias, a 15 year old boy that took the role of Hawk Master after the older one got promoted.
Last, Ryota, the Branch Master at the Inborn Realm (Fourth Stage), is personally tutoring you.

In the end, you know a fair amount of technic for such a young cultivator, but your strength lies in the impressive amount of Bonded Spiritual Beasts - A Hawk spirit, a Horse spirit, a Snake spirit and a Wolf spirit.
Speaking of that last one, you didn't told a world about him to anybody. As a scion of the Primordial Wolf spirit, its father warned you of its worth and how people could want to rip it away from you.
Said worth comes from its ability to Fuse without restriction - fusion being a secret of the higher ranking of your sect, secret you have almost completely rediscovered on your own.
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You're back from a mission involving betrayal from a subordinated village, shattered your Nose Aperture Breakthrough, and secluded to stabilize your realm.
While circulating your Meditation Technique, you of course came to a breakthrough, and your soul is swallowed in the Spiritual Beast realm of Hawk.
An opportunity to fuse your Ascending Golden Hawk Spirit? Take care of the risk of Soul Backlash...

>Special Puzzle-minigame event!
All player can roll 1d100. Write-in what you're looking for in the special realm!
You are at a real and serious risk. Huge rewards awaits.

Character sheet : https://pastebin.com/FQqQDEa9
Archive : https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Cultivator%2C+Strategy%2C+Wuxia (Don't forget to vote)
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Rolled 45 (1d100)

>>6006119
I want soul Items aspected to HAWK and gold and stuff, things to mitigate the soul hit.

Failing that [ie they don't exist here], what's related to gold and fire?
A hawk with those aspects. Or a Golden heat hawk, so there's still some strong overlap.

But no soul bonding! We have capture balls for a reason.
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>>6006131
We've also got big ass connection with Poison and Earth, Decent with Jade and wood, Thunder and mist is a bit shit but we could improve it.
Don't try with liquid. At all.

we are bad at sword, so so with saber and bow, gifted with spear.
Shit at illusions, bad with water and Darkness, Okay at beast taming.

and as of last thread.
>You're gifted with Wolf, Horse and Meteor-Hammer
>You're exceptionally good with Hawk, Snake, Astral Self, Spear and halberd

Putting all this here for future compilation.
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Rolled 6 (1d100)

>>6006119
I want a PAIN item
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Rolled 18 (1d100)

>>6006119

> Insights on how to improve our movement techniques
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>>6006151
Fuck. We're blowing this and that's gonna give us an injury.

>>6006154
FUCK
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Rolled 9 (1d100)

>>6006119
A spear
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Rolled 57 (1d100)

>>6006119
>Good Luck
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Rolled 17 (1d100)

>>6006119
THUNDER HAWK
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>>6006119
Looking for raw materials we can use to stabilize after fusion or buy favor with the sect.
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Rolled 61 (1d100)

>>6006119
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Rolled 1 (1d100)

>>6006288
I must cultivate the ability to into rollan.
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>>6006300
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Rolled 39 (1d100)

>>6006119
>Write-in what you're looking for in the special realm!
Oh man, tough to come up with something when it's so open ended
uuuuuh
Maybe a flying technique? Or a way to grow our hawk spirit so we can ride on its back as it flies?
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Alright anons, this isn't a trap. The design goal is to push participation and player agenda.
The most roll they are, the more likely you'll have good effect. Plus, you're purging away bad luck.
For instance, >>6006131 roll is enough to avoid >>6006300 to fucking you up (affinity +5 OP, really.)

>>6006298
What do you want?
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Rolled 40 (1d100)

>>6006119
>Give a plant

I want a sentient sarcastic plant that insults us
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>>6006603
In the hawk real-

A hawking plant.
It just wants to sell us its berries.

Also guys, pros and cons of telling ryota about this secret?
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Leaving it open for now - I want all players in all timezone a chance to shine and push lurkers to engage. So latecomers and lurkers, vote, roll, and try to salvage this!

Also, you guys are officially, mathematically cursed
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Rolled 29 (1d100)

>>6006119
Hmm what about a sure fire way to grow our primordial wolf
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>>6006625
Doesn't matter much as you fail, but you're in the HAWK realm, thus it would have been a waste of an attempt.
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>>6006611
So blue sky thinking.

Ww tell him, we ask to be supported with soul protection items until we leave. He gets to transcend to golden core.

But. Surely the sect above us has some rules on not breaking omerta. This is the carrot to stop their disciplws moving up without paying their dues. But they cannot fault us for discovering the secret.

Con is that Ryota transcends and then leaves us high and dry. The sect competition IS yearly. He could just leave, having gotten the secret 6 months earlier instead of years.
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>>6006627
>The sect competition IS yearly
No. It's decenial - once in 10 years
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>>6006629
Ah.
Then the value definitely increases.

Its the lotus harbour thing that is yearly.
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>>6006592
Something to help protect our soul from backlash when doing fusions would be nice. Not sure if that's available, but failing that, the ability to see through our bonded hawk's eyes sounds like a cool thing to get from the Hawk Realm.
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Rolled 68 (1d100)

>>6006119
Some sort of Divine protection would be nice, methinks
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>>6006733
>Help protect your soul from backlash when doing fusions
as >>6006131 stated and your insight from last thread, you'll need spiritual materials attuned to your current spirit (and the spirit being merged) to avoid backlash.
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>>6006741
well, divine protection as a soul protection array would be nice.

Or grabbing a bird, then it's feathers to use in the same ritual would be nice.
But I'm just pushing you to be more specific.

>>6006733
we can get that from Bathias. If we rescue him.
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Rolled 71 (1d100)

>>6006119
Let's try to find a stash of rare mystical feathers!
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Rolled 18 (1d100)

>>6006119
I'll go for some mystical weapon that could have a great synergy with our Hawk spirit and techniques
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>>6006978
May I convince you to support an animal to trap or a soul array
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>>6006992
Holy fuck... For real this posts rolls are fucking cursed
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Rolled 44 (1d100)

>>6006116
>>6006613

More steps for the Hawk's wide ballet to increase it's effectives at cultivating
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>>6007002
You overreach yourself, junior.
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>>6007024
On aecond thought, retarded.

We need an array made of items for our spirit, hawk, gold and growth. AND the other spirit. So we need a target spirit first before making the array.
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This is wildly entertaining.
Write up a good part of the update, but won't post tonight to make sure everyone that wanted to join the fray did.
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Rolled 96 (1d100)

>>6006119
>What about some type of magical seeds to grow plants to feed our spiritual animals to help them improve or something like that. Kinda like the pills but for spiritual animals.
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>>6007153
Winning
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>>6007154
Although I just remembered hawks are carnivorous so this is really stupid dammit.
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>>6007153
>>6007154
>>6007156
I'm afraid I'll have to reject that exact write in.
You're in the wrong realm for that to work
I won't ditch your roll though; you can come up with another write-in, including overlapping other suggestions.
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>>6007187
Oh good appreciate it QM in that case looking through past suggestions

>a feathered spear that synergies with our hawk spirit and techniques
sounds pretty cool.
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>>6007189
This does nòt support our FOUNDATION REEEEEEEEEE.

But it will be a decent weapon.
But may I point out thay we already have a spear bound weapon.
Maybe a. . Bow weapon would be, a bit more helpful. Since we dont got one of those. And just got a technique that will benefit from it?
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>>6007237
Actually yeah sure a bow sounds better forgot we already had a spear (wish ya pointed this out to the first anon who suggested a spear)

Anyway
>a feathered bow that synergies with our hawk spirit and techniques

Final answer not gonna change it again.
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>>6007953
Speak about being on the gong - was researching an illustration for the weapon right now.
Locked, writing.
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You freefall. You wish you could step on thin air. But this kind of techniques are the prerogatives of the 4th stage.
The world you're in is a cluster of feather-shaped island, with such sparse island presents in all directions. Of course, you see a fair amount of Hawks flying from island to island.
>THUNDER Hawk!
You see such a spirit flying far away. Too far, too away. Nothing you can do. And you're still falling.

>I want a PAIN item
You crash down with nothing to be down to avoid the fall. Your strenghten legs thanks to your Movement technique absorb the hit, but the height still send you rolling.
>6 : granted for PAIN.
A sharp, shooting bite of ache smash your midsection. Your breath is drawn short, but you can still pick yourself up.
Alright. Deep breath in - dire mistake. Your Hawk spirit circle around you, and chirps.
There are several feather-rock island nearby, at reach of your Unlimited Rising Star Kick. Some have spirits.
You close your eye, and chose to rely on your nose. The goal is to find what is hidden under the Hawk omnipresent aromas. Left-up. Water, Copper. Second stage, anathema to your own hawk. Too dangerous. Down-behind. Earth, Jade. But the smell is strong. Third stage? Better avoid it.
Front-right, around the same height. Gold traces, under a stronger current of leaves. There you will go.

You run along the feather-island, and Jump, your legs overcharged by your Qi and Blood.
Your momentum builds up as you're getting carried in the diagonal-up motion of your Unlimited Rising Star Kick
>Insight on how to improve your movement technique : 18
What comes up must eventually come down. You're still advancing, but each second makes you fall more for each meter forward.
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>1...
Wait. You'll be too short. And next feather down your trajectory is quite far away. Panic is settling.
>Caught up by 45 : cleared success threshold by 0 (thanks to your spirit giving +5 to all Hawk related rolls)
A strong push in your back sends lance of pain in your wounded midsection. It's enough for you to grasp stone of the almost-missed feather-island.
You muster your strenght, grit your teeth, and pull yourself up. Raw strenght is not your forte. Never have been. But you remain a Nose-Aperture cultivator. It is enough for your feets to reach a ledge. You cautiously let a bit of weight on your toes, shifting said weight left and right.
It will do. You close your eyes, draw-in the abundant Spiritual energy with a breath, send it through your aperture, transform it into Qi and Blood thread attuned to your needs. Energy gather in your legs, starting from your toe, rising through your foot sole, ankle, splitting in the shin and calf, mergin again on the knee, separating again following aductors, quadriceps and glutes.
All those carefully spinned and collected threads instantly explose, letting you rise once again thanks to your Unlimited Rising Star Kick.
You undershoot a bit, with both your arms on the top of the ledge and your body dangling under it - cutting your breath once again when you belly collides with the rock.
Coughing and weezing, you pull yourself back up. You're glad no one witnessed the shortcoming and less-than-gracious recovery.
Hands on your knees, panting, your gaze lingers on the treasure prize of the island
>Found a Golden Hawk Feather (2nd stage)
That will certainly be useful. You smile. Luck might not have completely abandonned you today.
>57 : Good Luck + 68 : Divine Protection?
A gut feeling makes you gaze up, from where you came down. Where exactly does this spiritual realm end?
Where spiritual realms are, to begin with? Far away from Eastern Harbor, but reachable by foot or flying? Or somewhere completely different?
Why do you let your body behind during Spiritual Realm explorations - as you've seen Snake Mistress meditating body while her spiritual self was in Snake realm - but you can still bring physical items back?
You're blinded by a golden sight, far away - farther than you'd have charted the artificial limit of what belongs in Hawk realm and what doesn't.
You reconize instantly the avian figure shrouded in a golden light and flames, shining with all colors of the rainbow. You bring a hand to shroud your eyes from the bright light.
Said light instantly disappeared - you feel there is a deeper meaning. Wait, a firefly remains.
It's going down, with a side-to-side motion. You extend your hands, cuped ready to receive the precious spark.
You take a deep breath. Sure, there are hints of Gold and Fire energy. But they are not separated - mingled together, forming a greater whole.
Your hunch was correct. This feather belonged to a Phoenix.
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You blink a couple time. There was another smell on that island. There it is : what appears to be a bush - boxwood? cut in the shape of an Hawk.
It's immobile, but you won't let this bait you.
"A plant-aligned spirit beast? You're mine!"
>40 : Missing (by 25)
You send the spiritual bead. Which bounce uselessly against the feather-leaves.
"Kawk! That won't work sucker!
- What?
Imma not a plant spirit beast!
- And I'm a salted fish and not a human.
That explain the stench. Smell ya later.
- Wait, so what are you?
Your worst nightmare. You're not impressed?
Alright, Imma beast Spirit plant!
"
And he flew away. Universe sure is full of wonder.
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A question lingers : your Hawk-aligned body tempering technique... This is the perfect place to practice and improve it, right?
>Improve Hawk's Wide Ballet : 44 (miss by 41)
This is indeed a good place. But your unstabilized realm doesn't let you reap the heavy gains expected of such a practice, and the pain distract you too much to come with a new technique.
Better use the time you have in this realm to better use.

Letting your nose guide you, a hanful more isles are visited, adding feathers to your trove.
>71 : Stash of Rare, Mystical Feathers
Light, Mist and Jade-elements according to your nose. But your real prize was found just before getting pulled back to the sect's meditation chamber.
This feather-isle is small. The smell is extremely alluring - but complex. At the same time familiar and unknown.
You Jump, and do your best to cushion the fall. The shock repercuting in your abdomen is still enough to make you wince.
There it is. A staff, planted in ground. Made of wood, feather attached on both side, it is perfectly balanced and have a strange, grippy texture.
You grab it. Spin it. It naturally flows in your hands while you're stepping the motions of Hawk's Wide Ballet.
You hear a crack. You turn around, the bow at the ready.
Wait, Bow? It was a staff just a second ago!
Granted, you have no arrow. The weaon is also bit too big for you, but you appreciate the versatility provided.
You smile to yourself while nodding when your Astral Self is pulled back to your body.

>Obtained Feathered Twirling Bo(w)!
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>>6008069
Not a bad haul, all in all
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You spend the upcoming week stabilizing your realm. You cross way with Ai on your way out - her turn in.
Daily life start again, with the fair share of mundane beast tending amidst daily shared cultivation and meals.

It's been one year and five month since you joined the Eastern Province branch of Tamers of Hundred Beasts.

Because of the time necessary for stabilizing your realm, you can only CHOOSE TWO


Potential
>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability [Unchosable, Bathias is not back from his Mission]
>Improve your Potential Estimation Contraption with Gold lodestone [You'll need other cultivator to go under test for calibration]
>Ask Ryota about Ear Aperture Breakthrough
>Maybe one specific technique of yours should be improved? [Choose in addition to said technique. More chances of breakthrough]
Friendship
>Attempt to mend things between Ai and Dhundan [Unchosable, Ai is stabilizing]
>Dan Rol seems distraught and not fitting in. Spend time with him.
>Train Squad Tactics
Foundation
>Work on your Foundation
>Work on your Unlimited Rising Star Kick
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
Weapon skills
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
Spiritual Beasts
>Investigate on the talking Spiritual Beasts[How?]
>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals
>Try reading on your own "The true Story of Gar Ruk, Realm Wanderer"
The sect
>Continue to learn how to read with Ryota
>Help the Poor-talented batch of new kids
>Ask Gro Ta how things went in Water Bushes Cove
Strengthening the Jar
>Slack off [this will be bad for your mental health]
>Improve Immortal Cave - Home Expansion
And, as always...
>Write-in allowed!
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>>6008077
>Spend time with Dan Rol.
Come on buddy. Focus up, work up. One of our rocks is connections. And he's gonna be out in with the village.

>Dhun mental energy
Lets do some prep work, for vs the people who use pressure.
And as a side note, we can just catch up with him and try to socialise the brat a bit more.
Maybe. . mix the two? It won't end well, it never does, but hey.
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>>6008077
>Continue to learn how to read with Ryota

>Ask Gro Ta how things went in Water Bushes Cove
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>>6008077
>Dan Rol seems distraught and not fitting in. Spend time with him.
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
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>>6008077
>Dan Rol seems distraught and not fitting in. Spend time with him.
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
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>>6008077
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd
Maybe one specific technique of yours should be improved? Hawk's double talon
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>>6008077
>>Investigate on the talking Spiritual Beasts[How?] Talk to the Hawk Master. This is the perfect time, perhaps a gift could encourage his time investment.
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>>6008264
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan

Whoops gotta choose 2
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>>6008264
The hawk master is Bathias. And Bathias still hasnt turned up.
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>>6008279
He's been gone for a while. Might be some trouble being covered up.
I'll switch to
>>Dan Rol seems distraught and not fitting in. Spend time with him.
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>>6008419
Maybe mention it to Ryota when we see him next?
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>>6008077
>Work on your Foundation
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
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>>6008077
>Dan Rol seems distraught and not fitting in. Spend time with him.
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
We have a bow now, and if it's too bigger for us to use then we can ask for one.

Also
>Go with Ryota nad ask about Bathias, and offer for us to go and check up on his mission.

I'm worried someone like him and who's the strongest of his age hasn't come yet
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>>6008077
>Investigate body shifting. Might as well do it while our soul is in flux.
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
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>>6008470
Also, guys.

Im trying to think of what aspects would fit together. Our hawk is Gold and Growth and Fire.
We have materials for jade, mist, light and fire/gold.
But our spirits like eating food of related elements. Which is what makes the scion special is he has no restriction.
Maybe if we just get another golden fire hawk, the benefits will double down?

Because I've pared down the beasts to realise that we are just stealing their affinities to make it our own
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>>6008423
Very wise, anon.
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Locked; writing
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Of course, you cultivate your foundation every day in the alloted time by the sect. Your progress are abysmally slow.
You chose not to focus on it anyway. Despite how fundamental foundation is, you have to bring up to level other skills.

>Work on Mental Energy with Dhundan
Your first priority is to strengthen your mental energy with Dhundan again.
It's been long - maybe more than one year - since you undertake this exact practice. You don't miss the dung-shoveling punishment of the previous Hawk master that lead you to work with Dhundan in a contest of will.
"Oh? You're challenging me again? Scared of facing me during the tournament?
- I can't beat the shit out of you in final round if I can't approach you. What kind of showing would it be for the sect?
- For the sect? No idea. For me? I'll appear very strong.
- It will appear fake. After all, I surrendered last year.
- ... You might be right. Come forth, if you can!
His menacing aura flares. You take a step back. Another. You kneel.
Dhundan's mental energy is already at the opened Nose Aperture level.
However, The difference of skill is not crushing, more like an overwhelming but still bearly bearable weight. Maybe one of your technique have tempered your mental energy? Still, you can train your specific resistance to mental pressure by undertaking the rough sessions.
You decide to weather the storm. At the end of the week, you have marginally improved - like a layer of brick taller for the 3 time too short wall attemtping to block a tsunami.
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>Time with Dan Rol
"Hello little brother. How do you feel?
- Oh? Esteemed Big Brother? I feel I haven't seen you since we came back from Golden Skystone Village!
- Yes, sorry for that. Had to organize the next step regarding your village and I just broke through : I opened the Nose Aperture!
- As expected from Esteemed Big Brother!
- How are thing going?
- Well, good enough..."
His mouth say so, his gaze flees yours. You don't push the matter, and act extra nice with him at every opportunity.
Two days later, at the snake pens...
"Well, I feel lonely. At home, there was mom, the aunt-moms, Father and Brother of course and Sister - which was more an annoyance to be honest.
The group I'm in is made half of younger kids really dedicated as they feel they're on a timer to be noticed by the sect, and denying they've already missed it, while the older bunch is quite sad : the gloom of their mediocrity have settled in, they just try to slack off and enjoy themself in their bystander life.
"
You smile compassionately. Dhundan, Ai, Norm Yi, Sin and Man Din... They're all dear friends.
Your daily life will be way sadder without the shared daily experience of your dormitory.
The disastrous taste of Man Din garlic dumpling attempt. That time Yi Norm, Dhundan and you had a three-way stick-sword battle at the Koi pond; Dhunda made both of you fall in the water but the twin rushed and push him from behind too (remainding he lost as well as you two is a sure way to trigger a tantrum), Ai storytime before bed and of course the daily morning challenge of who can relieve themself the farthest.
Alright, The real challenge is who can be the second one behind the unbeatable Man Din. Feeling a bit bad for Dan Rol, you keep hanging up with him.
That, and the fact you feel there's more to his distress. As expected, he opens up later in the week.
"Truth is... My cultivation have not moved by an inch.
I have less time to cultivate than at home, where I could spend my days doing just that. And energy here...
Energy here is weird. There's more than home, but somehow I spin two to three time less threads of Qi and Blood.
"
So he'll have to overcome his struggle, by diligent training or lucky encounter. Outright help can also be an option.

>Go with Ryota and ask about Bathias, and offer for us to go and check up on his mission.
Good write-in and short enough to be accepted as a free action
Concerned by Bathias' prolonged absence, you go see Ryota.
"I'm concerned about Bathias. May I go search for him?
- I'm concerned too. I'll leave after Stable Lotus Yearly Tournament, in two weeks...
You want to come along? ... I'll think about it.
"
>>
It's the final stretch before the yearly tournament.
You've refrained from the temptation of using your now-recharged wondrous Teapot so far. It is shining in gold again.
Free Teapot action :
>Use the Teapot on yourself alone
>Share the Teapot with someone of the sect [Who?]
>Wait for Yearly Tournament to share
>Write a letter to Marketer Golden Eye to sell the teapot use [Takes 1 action; write in what you want to sell for]

Choose 3 :

Potential
>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability [Unchosable, Bathias is not back from his Mission]
>Improve your Potential Estimation Contraption with Gold lodestone [You'll need other cultivator to go under test for calibration]
>Ask Ryota about Ear Aperture Breakthrough
>Maybe one specific technique of yours should be improved? [Choose in addition to said technique. More chances of breakthrough]
Friendship
>Attempt to mend things between Ai and Dhundan
>Help Dan Rol with his lagging cultivation.
>Help Man Din with her lagging cultivation.
>Train Squad Tactics
Foundation
>Work on your Foundation
>Work on your Unlimited Rising Star Kick
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
Weapon skills
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
Spiritual Beasts
>Investigate on the talking Spiritual Beasts[How?]
>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals
>Try reading on your own "The true Story of Gar Ruk, Realm Wanderer"
The sect
>Continue to learn how to read with Ryota
>Help the Poor-talented batch of new kids
>Ask Gro Ta how things went in Water Bushes Cove
Strengthening the Jar
>Slack off [this will be bad for your mental health]
>Improve Immortal Cave - Home Expansion
And, as always...
>Write-in allowed!
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>>6009481
>Sell A teapot cup for a golden-Fire-Jade hawk and on condition we are present to drink the other cup. If he refuses our first offer, we can settle for an abundance of materials for ear apature. Maybe score some nose stuff enough for Dan and Man? I'm just throwing out ideas.

Just a thought.

Anyway.
>Ask about ear apature.
>Train mental Energy with Dhun.

We can cultivate foundation when we get the tea sold. And if the tea stuff is supplied by the other party or the tea house
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>>6009481
>Share the Teapot with someone of the sect [Who?]
Since Dan Rol and Man Din are having trouble, no reason why not kill 3 birds with one stone. Get that resolved (hopefully), and strengthen some bonds in the meantime.
While we're at it
>Attempt to mend things between Ai and Dhundan
This has been a long time coming. Hell, we can invite them to the Tea Party.
>Investigate Body shifting with our spiritual animals
>Improve Immortal Cave - Home Expansion
Maybe we can put combine these two, eventually? Like, if we learn animal shifting, we can turn into Wolf to dig more space, and design various rooms or spaces for our beasts based on their affinities. Say, for instance, the Hawk has fire and metal affinity-- it might have some insights on how the kitchen should be built.
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>>6009481
>>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
>>Attempt to mend things between Ai and Dhundan
>>Train Squad Tactics
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>>6009481
>Work on your foundation
>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals
>Attempt to mend things between Ai and Dhundan
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>>6009480
>I have less time to cultivate than at home, where I could spend my days doing just that.
Really? I thought he was a guest (hostage) with nothing to do here but cultivate. I guess we got him doing chores.

>Use the Teapot on yourself alone
mmmm shlurp delicious tea

>Work on your Foundation
Our own lagging cultivation

>Work on your Unlimited Rising Star Kick

>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
All the drugs
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>>6009502
This is md. Forgot to teapot.
>Share the Teapot with someone of the sect [Who?] Ai
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>>6009481
>Work on your Foundation
>Attempt to mend things between Ai and Dhundan
>Help Dan Rol with his lagging cultivation.
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>>6009481
>Share the Teapot with someone of the sect Dan Rol
>Train Squad Tactics
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd
>Ask Gro Ta how things went in Water Bushes Cove
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>>6009493
When pouring the tea, you're in a trance-like state and will pour 2 cups in one go. No more, no less.
So you want to give the two of them to Man Din and Dan Rol?
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>>6009831
>Ask about ear apature.

>Help Dan Rol with his lagging cultivation.

>Work on your Foundation

Can we please please please start working on our foundation. This is getting insane we're going to lag behind.
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>>6009881
Oh wait already voted got confused since my sleep schedule is so ass i assumed a new update after i woke up
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>>6009481
>Wait for Yearly Tournament to share

>Work on your Foundation
>Help Man Din with her lagging cultivation.
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]
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>Tally status

Opening window for tiebreak, buyer remorse and all the usual; nothing locked for now.

Teapot vote is too dispersed right now.
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>>6010019
Guys. We get one free shot per minor realm to buy something from the guys who own basically everything treasure related.

Why should we not exploit this?
Ear apature materials to let us cultivate fast, like our friends.
Nose/mouth apature materials to give to our friends like Man din and company.
Whatever we like.

And if we make condition that the tea itself is supplied by the buyer, we can double dip!
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If we are helping Dan Rol, try asking Ryota to allow him to train near spiritual gold or in a gold aligned location. If he did better at home, his spiritual energy is likely aligned with his homeland. Allowing him access to a golden beast so he can start to develop his beast-mastery while here with us would also be good, but probably not something that we can do at the moment (or likely ever with our schedule unless we luck into a beast we don't need). Maybe some gold aspected technique so that he can crosstrain?
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>Be me
>Want to post to complain about the lack of tiebreak
>Figured I haven't attached picrel

Still, I'd love for a tiebreak to try and push an update.
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>>6010031
Ear aperature materials seem wasteful uses of actions, just vote to cultivate foundation.
Now if you have a specific technique to purchase say like a Golden Illusion Liquid Kick to overcome our weaknesses, I could consider that. Or something like an ki gourd that works as a replenishable pill I could see that paying for itself over time.
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>>6010124
We would want an earth, Poison, Misty Jade axtually.

But yes, that is also very acceptable as an idea.
Maybe another form of body tempering? Or hell, work on mental pressure or soul strength?
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>>6010031
>>6010076
>>6010124
>>6010141

I appreciate the discussion and ideas, but I still can't write because of a lack of tiebreak.
I'll roll for it in one hour if no consensus
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>>6010116
>>6010148
I can swap from working on the kick to asking about ear apeture breakthrough
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aw, come one. Let's try to shapeshift. Very versatile power shapeshifting.
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>>6010252
Maybe next time. Beast talking too, goodimtel to be had there.
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>Mend things between Ai and Dhundan
You try to improve how things are going among the two true genius of your age. That mean getting them to talk.
The main challenge is preventing Dhundan Kepa to abscond as you swear the kid is sleeping less than five hour every night.
To do that, you remind Dhundan he owes you for opening his Nose Aperture.
"Didn't needed your help!
- Easy to say once you already took it. Now, stop being as stuborn as stupid and grit your teeth for the next half an hour."
You turn around and leave. You know this would be efficient, and you have the proof when he waits for you in the dormitory. You drag Ai, sit the three of you in a circle.
"Why... what are we playing? Why does the third player have to be me?
- It's not a game. We'll try to voice the problem among the two of you. The goal is not to make you two the bestest friend of all time.
Just, make the two of you on good enough term that if you have to work together, you actually work and not fight each other.
- Won't be a long fight anyway.
- Like you'll be able to catch up with to start with.
- And that's exactly the problem. Why can't you two sit and not insult each other for two minutes? Nuh-hu. I'm seeing you blame each other already.
Ai. We'll start with you. Why don't you like Dhundan?
- He's scary, always wants to fight, never wants to play.
- Dhundan?
- She's an airhead that does not know what truly matter. It's necessary to be strong in that word, she could be but waste her potential by never even wanting fighting!"
And things devolve into insults quickly again.
"STOP!"
You didn't knew you could shout so loud.
"In the future, we might have to fight together. Ai, I know you don't want to, but the sect have enemies. If they attack, we'll defend.
When that happens, I'll most likely be the one in charge of coordinating our little group. Dhundan, I don't know why you feel like we're in a warzone.
Ai, I don't know why I never saw you picking a weapon. Both of you are wrong and the world is a middle way among your two viewpoints.
Ai, you'll need to learn at least self defense. Dhundan, you'll need to find something else to spend your time than antagonizing everything and everyone and pick a hobby sooner or later. No, no. NO. BOTH OF YOU SHUT UP. NO WORDS ALLOWED BEFORE YOU TOOK A FEW DAYS EACH TO THINK ABOUT YOUR BEHAVIOR!"
There's a bit of awkwardness among them the next few days. Awkwardness that dissipate, leading to less bad blood among them.
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>Ask Ryota about Ear Aperture
You also spend a bit of time looking for Ryota and request his teaching about Ear Aperture.
You frustatingly get sent away a couple time for a lack of time from the Sect Master. Until he finds a spot in his schedule
"So anything special with Ear aperture? Things I should know, like the wall of Nose Aperture?
- Not really. Of course, the biggest change is related to the sheer amount of Qi and Blood you'll have to gather.
- Any plants like Purple Bamboo Shoots that can help?
- A few actually. Echo Vine comes to mind - a collection of thin strings liana that reproduce nearby noise a couple second later.
Taste is bland, but it's effective. Bronze-petal Bellflower also comes to mind. Plants are not the only enabler : some geological treasures can also help. When I was young, I was gifted Harmonical Crystal Rods. In a lesser extent, treasures related to music are known to help with Ear Aperture.
"


>Foundation
The hindsight granted by Ryota, coupled with your diligent practice, yields progress this week.
First, your body and soul got stronger. Then, you start feelling the Qi and Blood threads accumulated slushing in the cylinder forming the Ear aperture. One more step on the road of cultivation.

It's been one year and six month since you joined the Eastern Province branch of Tamers of Hundred Beasts.
You broke open your Heart aperture, your Eye Aperture and Your Nose Aperture - remains your in-progress Ear Aperture and Your Mouth Aperture
Quick calculation. If you keep your current rhythm, you'll have open your Mouth Aperture next year around this time. That's giving you a real and serious chance to break through second realm around the end of the third year with the Sect; around your 8th birthday.
But those are matter for the future. Right now, the tournament is coming - in four days.
Of course, you registered. You are relieved of your chores, and have time set aside to prepare to the fullest.

What Weapon will you use?
>The Feathered Twirling Bo(w)
>A Training Spear
>A Training Halberd
What skill do you train in that final stretch?
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
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>>6010291
>A training spear.
>Our spear style.

With maturity comes growth I guess.
Glad we have their respect.

Now then. With this knowledge, I think we can improve our immortal cave by asking for items to construct an array/formation around our cave to help our ear apature open.
Which we can use as a reward for orhtwr people later.

That or a technique would be good use of the teapot. Though I am starting to worry about having too mnay techniques to properly train
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>>6010291
>The Feathered Twirling Bo(w)

>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]

We're going to be the leader so maybe working from the back and shooting people will be better.
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>>6010291
>>A Training Spear
>>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]

If we merge our spear snake with a halberd snake... oh we might be able to synergize and switch styles better.
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>>6010354
My man, Please do not show off our special relic weapon in a yearly contest for effectively spectator sports.

Keep that card hidden. We are also most and best trained with a spear now.
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>>6010291
>Spear x2
I agree that holding the bow as a trump is better than showing it now. Also, it's better for us in mass combat and we are most well trained in the spear.
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>>6010291
>The Feathered Twirling Bo(w)

>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
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>>6010291
>Training Spear
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
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>>6010291
Backing >>6010360
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>>6010291
>A Training Spear
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault
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>Tally status

Nothing locked yet.
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We better win this one. We gotta show our focus on leadership actually matters in y’know team-based battles. We should be specialized in it, really.
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>>6010291
>A Training Spear
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
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>>6010818
You know, the Stable Lotus Harbor Tournament format is Single.
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Of course, you chose quite rationally to pick the weapon you're the most trained with, coupled with training said weapon a bit more, keeping your Feather Twirling Bo(w) hidden as a trump for now. This was easily, and objectively, the best decision you could take.
Ryota wants maximise chances of the stronger disciples in each age group. All of you are invited to show your technique behind close door.
"Ah, Quiet Word. I made sure you wouldn't meet Dhundan before finals this time.
What is your strategy this year?

- Using the spear style taught from the Wolf Master at the Tamers of Thousand Beasts Conclave.
- Good. Show me."
You display the practice routine of the style you appropriated.
"Good. It's a step behind your current cultivation, but except Dhundan, I'll be surprised to see that amount of skill and mastery matched.
Any Fighting Technique you discovered?

- Three of them. One allows a double strike, another let me retaliate when suffering a blow, a third one let me turned spill blood in a summon.
All are ill-suited to the ruleset of the tournament.
- For this few days, you'll train with Deer Master and Marten Master. They'll provide specific pointers."

The deer master is on the older side, a strong woodland man wielding a spear shining with a faint silvery light. He have valuable insight regarding your posture and your strikes.
"The spear's shaft is supple like a tail, its head is pointy as an antler but also cuts like a sharp incisor - you might turn a missed hit into a scoring one by pulling your weapon back, slashing the opponent!"
>>
The Marten mistress might be the prettiest master of your sect's branch. Cultivation increase both physique and charm, turning everyone beautiful.
The Snake mistress is athletic, lithe and nimble. The wolf mistress have strong motherly vibes. You could discern a bit instinctively who was strong and who was struggling among the adults of the sect only based on attractiveness before learning Ryota's level-reading skill.
But the one beautiful to begin with? They turn stunning. Gorgeous. Still, you feel a cultivator courting Marten mistress would be courting death herself.
She seem to have little to no restraint, and her style relies on Blood technique. She was always intimidating. Thus, you're not really comfortable with her teachings.

"Our dear Master told me you have techniques that should be of my liking... Show me..."
She grasp your arm, run a sharp nail alongside, drawing blood, then suck on her blood-wet finger. Of course she would do that. You're uncomfortable.
"Acrid. Your blood affinity is worst than bad. You really have a blood-linked fighting technique?"
You refrain a shudder, and spin the Qi and Blood thread still in the gushing wound. The blood-shadow wolf rise, growling and in a low, threatened posture.
"... I see why they're calling you Quiet Word. So I *might* teach you... more... in the future. But for now, take this.
This vial can Qi and Blood threads - or True Qi - spinned in a few drops. That mean you can fuel a technique of yours without needing to take a hint.
Oh, this item name is "Give it back after the Tournament"
".

You're not sure you'll want to use that trump, but better have the option than not. You pocket the blood vial.
In the end, your practice improved. However, your reserve of pills for working on your Spear style is concerningly low : two remains, with two being consumed on your intense training of the last days.

And just like that, it's time for the Yearly Stable Lotus Harbor Tournament again.
You wake up, group, and go to the Stadium. First are the 5-year old bracket.
>Watch with greater attention the younglings - maybe you'll face them at some point, and you'll be happy to know more about them
>Talk with someone! [Write-in who, every named kid is around excluding Ai and Bathias, write-in what you talk about]
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>>6011012
>Watch the younger bracket.

We can talk to the others later.
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>>6011029
So we have.
Ster ling, to worry about.
Dhundan, who is in our sect anyway, so thats fine.
I think the rest aren't so completely shitfucked, but we trained this style to the best of our abilities. Dhundan probably trained above his cultivation level, because he is Dhundan, but we just need to get to the semifinals for a good reward.
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>>6011012
>Talk to Ster Ling
I bet we can get inside his head
An advantage if we run into him
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>>6011012
>Watch with greater attention the younglings - maybe you'll face them at some point, and you'll be happy to know more about them
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>>6011012
>Talk with someone! [Write-in who, every named kid is around excluding Ai and Bathias, write-in what you talk about]
Talk to LienWen YanEr about how progross has gone since the fortuitous encounter
Talk to Ping Jun about the differences between versatile harmony and Hundred Beasts, if he has a girlfriend
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>>6011012
Chat with LienWen YanEr. How are things?
Group request: Should we share some tea with her to make amends? We could sell it of course, but she seems like a girl would would like tea.

Make a bet with Ster Ling. If the two of you battle, whoever loses owes the other a favor.

Check in with Ping Jun and see if his life has become a little more rich. Be discreet, we don't want to share his secret before he reveals it.
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>>6011012
>Talk with Ai
Reach out.
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>>6011570
She isnt here, she dislikes fighting
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>Tally status
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>>6011570
Right. Got distracted. I'll change to:
>LienWen YanEr
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Younger kids are at best middling. Better spend your time wisely - the matches are short.
You creep into the section of the stands hosting the Military Youth.
"Eeek! A stinky Dung Cultivator!"
That older girl makes an exagerated nose-pinching motion. Looks like all member of this organization follow the Dao of Jerkness.
You ignore her, and go toward Ster Ling.
"It's smelly Shrimp Man!"
Better ignore Xiao Niar. That works at getting on his nerve and getting him all worked up.
"Ster Ling.
- Oh, You're the loser that surrendered instead of going into finals and that messed up the Stable Lotus secret realm opportunity?
- The opportunity you missed on your own because you chose to fight with your teammate?
- What matter is I won. Forebodding for this year, right? Rejoice, I asked for the matchup to be rigged so that I can wreck Dhundan in half-finals and you in final. Assuming you can win half-final, that is. Loser.
- Bold words targeted to an undefeated fighter. If you're so sure winning, wanna bet?
- You're on."

Before you could cement the bets terms and condition, the other child rush down the stands.
A big paper sheet, displaying this year's bracket, is being displayed by the organizers - that you recognize wear the garments of the All Seller's Merchant Sect. You join the movement, and make it fast in front of it - most of those suckers can't read after all.
Your reading comprehension is partial, but enough to figure out a few names.
You're not on the same side of the bracket than Dhundan, and Ping Jun. Assuming to what Ster Ling said, you won't face him either.
"Kekekeke this Meying Youling will have a chance to defeat both first and second of last year before final? How lucky for me to let them sample the bitter taste of death!"
Oh, it's the creepy girl that was very skilled at killing ants back at the skill apraisal day. Still look insane, and you won't face her before finals - assuming she can indeed take Ping Jun, Dhundan and probably Ster Ling in that order.
What's for you?
Quite a few recognizable names. Sin Din, Man Din, Norm Yi are on your side - most certainly agreed previously by Ryota, the military commander and the merchant as the price to pay to field both you and Dhundan on separate trees, making sure Dhundan won't face less-skilled sect-mates before finals.
Sadly, you don't know how to spell LienWen YanEr name. Her position on the chart stays a mystery.
>>
Quickly, the matches start. They are mostly one-sided - starting with Dhundan's half of the bracket, all those whom you know the name of win.
Your turn is next. You step in the arena.
The words of the Horse Master, said when he gifted your Silver Warrior Horse one year ago, echoes in your ears.
"We are trusting you with precious resources. Now, you'll have to be worthy of them."
You spin your spear. In front of you, a shivering archer wearing the colors of Prolific Valley City.
Barely opened her Heart Aperture. It will be easy.
"This match oppose the second cultivator undefeated in this arena! Strategically surrending to last year champion's Dhundan, let a thunder of applause for Quiet Word, of Tamers of Hundred Beasts!"
You didn't registered the farm girl's name.
>First round : Auto-success
Your legs empowered with Qi and Blood threads, you rush her as soon as the signal is given. The gap in raw ability is too wide. She's down before even notching an arrow.
"Winner : Quiet Word!"
You leave, letting the green-dressed girl stained in brown paint around the chest.

Soon, the First Round is over. Two sects made a surprisingly good showing : both the Military Youth and Beast Tamers had 7 kids proceeding to next round.
Prolific Valley City kids, however, where all defeated. You don't know well the lesser-skilled kids your age, starting with your own sectmates.
Second round is similar. But this time you know your opponent.
"This Xioa Niar will defeat Stinky you!"
Neer opening of his Eye aperture. Better grip on his sword than last time. You'll treat him seriously.
>1 roll of 1d100, DC 10
Available trumps :
- Spirits (Horse, Hawk, Snake, Wolf)
- Unlimited Rising Star Kick
- "Give it back after the Tournament" vial of blood (Summon Shadow-Blood Wolf, one time consumable use)
Both Horse and Hawk have been revealed to all Stable Lotus Harbor during past year tournament.
However, you surrendered in half-finals - good chances most kids haven't really registered them.
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>>6011557
We already gave her some tea. No tea for her, unless we get more exchange.

I still think a meteor hammer jade illusion technique for mental pressure would be good.
But again, concern over spreading ourselves too thin.

Ster Ling is an ass, so do you really want to owe the guy a favour? He is quite talented you know.

Ping, I hope he improved by leaps and bounds.
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>>6011953
Sorry mate, saw your vote while I already wrote like 90% of the update.
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Rolled 66 (1d100)

>>6011969
Missed an update. Whoops.

Please dont duck up
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>>6011980
How do you want it to go? (roller privilege)
>A single Spear thrust. End his misery while sparing his pride as much as possible.
>Ask the judge to coat your hand instead. Punch him in the shit-spitter thing which acts as his mouth
>Let him strike, trip him, hit him with his own sword
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>>6011985
>A single spear thrust.
>Xioa Niar, That is my last kindness. Insult me again and next time won't be so graceful.

This bitch has been on our case for two years, last chance to stop being a dick.
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>>6011987
(one and a half, anon)
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>>6011989
Hate so strong, it feels the double, QM...
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>>6011989
I learned cultivator math, in case of half an incriment of time a grudge has been going up, round up to the nearest whole incriment of time.

Year and a half? Two years.
Five years and six months. A decade.
15 years. Best believe its two decades.

Grudges are serious biz!
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A single spear thrust ends the match, mirror of last year's strike.
"Xiao Niar, That is my last kindness. Insult me again and next time won't be so graceful."
He's really starting to unnerving you. You step out of the arena.
Next match is one LienWen YanEr is fighting. You'll fight this match's winner, so better watch.
"And her opponent... LienWen JiaLin!"
Wait, what? Oh. She's in the stands, watching anxiously. The likeness is uncanny. But the girl is using a sword - YanEr fights unarmed.
She's slightly less pretty, but this is mostly due to her tense, frowning expression. The Versatile Harmony girl is quickly dispatched.
YanEr doesn't seem happy about that win from her clan.

Barring Ster Ling, the Military Youth kids have all been defeated. The most represented sects are Beast Tamers and Stable Lotus, both with 5 remaining participants.
Dhundan quickly qualifies for quarter-finals. Next fight oppose Ping Jun to Meying Youling.
The girl fight while madly lashing out with empowered strike looking buzzling with eerie ghost energy. Another cheater bypassing the natural limits of True Qi? Smells like it. So unfair.
Ping Jun is wise enough and doesn't block the probably-untangible strikes with his shield. Instead, he dodges, waiting, bidding its time.
Overexertion. Retaliation. Ping Jun wins - that was close.

"And next match will oppose the young mistress LienWen JiaLin of Stable Lotus clan, to one of this year's favorite... Quieeeet Woooord!
- Let me warn you : I'm not as weak as my cousin!"
Recently opened Nose Aperture. She's meaning business. And rushing you immediately as the fight starts.

>1 roll of 1d100, DC : 60
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A/N : tourney status
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Rolled 72 (1d100)

>>6012018
In the interest of speed. Again I go.
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>>6012024
Please dont insult our rival. Only we can do that.
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Locked.
Won't have time to write immediately.
In the meantime, who do you support?
>Cheer Yi Norm or Sin Din?

>Cheer Man Din or YanEr?
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>>6012027
>Yi Nom

>Man Din

I doubt man din will win. But we have to show sect solidarity.
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QM blogpost shitposting time
RQM is racemixing QM. Bananas is oil on fire QM. I don't recall who is abortifient QM. What is my QM own brand?
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>>6012269
"How are you suitable for that?!" QM
From this quest anyway
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>>6012018
>Let me warn you : I'm not as weak as my cousin!
Tell her she's even weaker lmao

>>6012027
Don't cheer for either in the first
Man Din in the second sect support

>>6012269
>Spoiler
what the fuck
uuuuuh
I don't know if you've blogposted enough to get a brand. I wasn't aware of any for RQM BananasQM, and Narrator/schizoQM as his second alias suggests tends to make long off topic rambling posts about abortion. With that as an example I don't think you want a brand.
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>>6012354
Didn't got it; care to clarify?
>>6012381
Turns out the players of Minor Xenos have their own take on the matter. They made me laugh. >>6012255
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>>6012398
You once remarked that we 'kept getting away' with behind the scenes rolls to be really good at techniques.

Nothing else really occured in the quest to warrent a specific moniker.
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>>6011977
No worries :)>>6012018

>>6012269
Big cast qm
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>>6012018
>>6012381
>Supporting
Also
"If you think that's the only thing that matters, then you've already lost."
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"If you think it's the only thing that matter, you already lost."
That seemed to deeply anger the girl. And she's not losing her calm : more like channeling it into determination.
"Jade Lotus blade arcana : three petals!"
Three curved sword strike, pressing on while moving forward. You barely dodge the first, block the second with your spear's shaft, duck under the third.
It's not good : the training spear's shaft is heavily notched after that strike. At least, the public's cheers indicate they enjoyed the refined sword technique demonstration.
"I thought you were a Beast Master? Or do I surpass you in what should be your specialty too?
Jade Lotus blade arcana : two petals!
"
She spoke too much. Revealed her trump before even showing it. Channeling your energy in your strengthen legs, you simply leap over her and her attack.
"You felled for it, fool! victory is mine!"
Here's her spirit. You'd say Jade Lotus Hawk. It does not matter, as your spear, coiled like a snake, pounce as a biting wolf dispelling the soul-binded beast.
It is always a shock when a soul-bound beast gets hit. Especially the first time. She staggers. You crouch, and hit in a upward thrust.
She turns too late, protecting too high.
"Touch! This match goes to disciple Quiet Word, of Tamers of Hundred Beasts!"
The crowd cheers. That was a true display of skills : you didn't used any secret arts or trick. Just your brain and your spear.
Said spear is good to go - good thing the sect brought spares.
Not that it matter much : your spear breaking is part of your battle plan, surprising a sure-to-win adversary with a strike from the Cosmic Spear Snake.
Of course, that won't work with Yi, the Din sisters and Dhundan - they have seen you fight with your snake spear at the Conclave.
You step out of the Arena while Sin Din and Yi Norm gets in.
Seems like they immediately give their all, Sin Din summoning her Unstoppable Mist Stallion mist while Yi Norm, a bo staff in each hand, summons the Wise Jade Monkey, send him a staff, and both take mirror poses.
"This fight oppose two Tamers of Hundred Beast cultivators! The horsewoman Sin Din against the one man squad Yi Norm!"
The fight starts.
"Charging Cleave!
- Monkey See, Monkey Do!"
They both progressed. No doubt Sin Din mastery of the Windy Cavalier Halberd's style surpass yours; Yi Norm is in perfect Sync with his spirit, launching joined attacks. Your heart swell with pride - the fight is quite flashy, worth of last year's final, and it's to figure out who the third-best of your sect is.
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They both progressed. No doubt Sin Din mastery of the Windy Cavalier Halberd's style surpass yours; Yi Norm is in perfect Sync with his spirit, launching joined attacks. Your heart swell with pride - the fight is quite flashy, worth of last year's final, and it's to figure out who the third-best of your sect is.
In the end, Sin Din won the bout thanks to her superior mobility and higher level of raw cultivation, letting her overspeed and strike down first the monkey, then her close friend. The contrast is striking with next fight, opposing a stable lotus kid to a Temple of Abyssal Waters one.
Boring. Stable Lotus boy is on the verge of opening his eye aperture, so is Temple of Abyssal Water, but both lack skills. Eventually the Stable Lotus boy wins. The Quarter-finals of the other side will most certainly be won by the winner of next match.
"And now, competing for the last place in quarter-finals, the young Mistress, Daughter of Venerable Stable Lotus, LienWen YanEr!
Opposing the twin of the impressive Beast Tamer Showdown Horsewoman Sin Din, Man Din! Ready? Fight!
"
There is a whole minor realm gap among the two girls - Man Din have filled a few of her Eye Aperture, YanEr seems halfway through filling her Nose Aperture.
Man Din seems stressed - after all, her twin qualified. She flails her chain.
"Go Man Din! You can do it!"
Sadly, she's outskilled. Her opponent seems to dance around the flexible strikes while closing the distance? YanEr is mesmerising in the way she moves, avoiding strike walking as casually as she would if she was walking you through her sect's bridges over ponds and canals, until she simply tags Man Din.
"Strike! LienWen YanEr wins!"
Man Din, defeated, lowers her weapon, leave the arena while showing you a sorry smile. You have no doubt you'll face the young mistress in half-finals if you win against Sin Din.
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Man Din, defeated, lowers her weapon, leave the arena while showing you a sorry smile. You have no doubt you'll face the young mistress in half-finals if you win against Sin Din.
"Quiet Word? I thought you would cheer for me!
- Sect loyalty matters.
- Anyway, you have my greater thanks for defeating JiaLin so early. But I'm not sure how good it is if I lose against you in half-finales.- Well we'll both have to qualify first.
- Come on, both of us is expecting that both of us will win the next round."
That is true. But that is also too cocky for you to voice.
"Anyway... I really hate having to ask you this... I need to win our fight. I'll owe you big time."
You quickly piece things. She missed out on the realm exploring opportunity with you and Ping Jun. Her cousin was probably in the team of Ai - the bounded Jade Lotus Hawk spirit explaining how Ai came back without being forced to trade that Nimble Mantis Shrimp spirit of her.
JiaLin's cultivation, boosted by the bounded spirit, leaped forward while YanEr struggled. Maybe the ressource allocated to the heiress are more evenly split with her cousin?
"That is... for you to win your standing back as the most gifted youngster?
- Exactly! I knew you would understand I'm not just bribing you!
- I won't promise anything to you right now. First, we'll have to both qualify. Second, I'll have to think."
>You will refuse. If she needs the win so much, she'll only have it if she deserves it.
>It is a way to reinforce your ally and rival and get her to owe you. You'll put a great show, but will volontarily lose against her.
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While you talk, Ping Jun and Dhundan step on the Arena
"First Quarter-final matches the most promising disciple I've seen from Versatile Harmony Quest sect... Ping Jun!
His opponent is last year's winner... Dhundan!
"
Dhundan have his prized saber still covered in cloth at his belt, holding a practice one.
Ping Jun is smiling, holding his strangely shaped shield in left hand and his sword in the right one.
"Reeeady? Fight!"
Dhundan leaps, with a mighty vertical cleave stepped sideways by Ping Jun. Dhundan follows with an horizontal slash, met up with the wooden shield.
You hear the crack.
"Alright, time to give my all! Come Forth, Golden Talismanic Horse Spirit!
- And for the second time today, a bounded spiritual beast of an outsider of the Beast Tamers? This new generation is indeed promising!
Looks like emulation among those skilled young cultivator drive them strongly to be better!
"
Sadly for Ping Jun, his bonded spirit and mounted fighting style is not enough for Dhundan to take him seriously. A sweeping saber strike dissipate the Horse spirit, sending your Versatile Harmony friend tumbling down, stucked by Dhundan's feet and a wooden saber against his throat.
"I yield."
Warm applaudes for the good showing of Dhundan. You are glad he didn't stroke the fallen boy - better for both his own and the sect he represents image.
Next match is boring : Ster Ling shot his opponent at the split second the referee launched the fight.
At least your careful observation granted you some hindsight : his systematic shooting down of rivals comes from a skill - Qi and Blood threads brimming before the fight even started, letting him notch and shoot at an incredible speed. Strange he isn't shouting the name of his attack though.

And you're on again. This time, you face Sin Din.
"This is my chance to prove I'm the best Halberdier and Cavalier!
- Most certainly. This is why I'm using a Spear."
Your cultivation is superior. You're pretty sure you know all her tricks.
>1 roll of 1d100! DC : 20(Autoreveal of Horse to win)/30!

Available trumps :
- Spirits (Horse, Hawk, Snake, Wolf)
- Unlimited Rising Star Kick
- "Give it back after the Tournament"
Both Horse and Hawk have been revealed to all Stable Lotus Harbor during past year tournament.
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Rolled 2 (1d100)

>>6013008
>You will refuse. If she needs the win so much, she'll only have it if she deserves it.
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>>6013014
Guess we have to reveal our horse spirit.

Hmm. Lets see.
Our standing in the sect is secure, and we would still be in top 4, same as last year.
I'm perfectly content to bow out here. We continue to put on a good show, our sect has half the spots in the top 4.

We guuchi.
>Make it a good display, But let her take the win.
We gain more than we lose.
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>>6013014
Yeah, you'll have to reveal a trump.
Efficient trumps in that match :
- Wolf Spirit
- Unlimited Rising Star Kick
- "Give it back after the Tournament" vial with enhanced blood (one time use)

Horse spirit isn't a viable option as Sin Din expects it.
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>>6013041
>Give it back after trump.

We cant use it again after so why not?
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>>6013041
You want the d100 now or after the vite?
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After the vote. If it's consensual enough I'll cut the waiting time, but please don't roll unprompted.
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>>6013058
I aint wasting a good roll on a best of 1 system, tis why I ask.
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>>6013041
>Give it back after the Tournament" vial with enhanced blood (one time use)
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>>6013008
Ok voting for
>It is a way to reinforce your ally and rival and get her to owe you. You'll put a great show, but will volontarily lose against her.
Since we're going with the vial
If we choose to try to win against YanEr, we're probably going to reveal more trumps after the vial and that would look bad, so vial is the last trump we reveal and then we throw
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>>6013274
I'll take this as a vote for the vial in addition I guess?

One more roll of 1d100!
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Rolled 91 (1d100)

>>6013278
Speedy ninja
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>>6013295
And like that, another breakthrough is probably imminent.

Yeah, we're gonna be good to step down against YanEr. top 4 once again.
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>>6012269
Deranged.
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Tally status about whether
>Throw-in the towel
>>6013035
>>6013274

>Fight it out
>>6013014

Didn't voted
>>6013179
>>6013311


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>>6013311 Anon I'm a QM on 4chan, of course I'm deranged, we all are
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>>6013007

>It is a way to reinforce your ally and rival and get her to owe you. You'll put a great show, but will volontarily lose against her.

But push her hard. Make her show her trumps to give our sect an advantage in the finals.
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>>6013007
>>6013041
>>6013319
>It is a way to reinforce your ally and rival and get her to owe you. You'll put a great show, but will volontarily lose against her.
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>>6013319
>Throw in the towel
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>>6013319
>Fight
We'll get a reputation as a quitter if we throw the fight to Lotus chick.
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>>6013634
Would we? It's a fight in the semi finals, same round we made it to in the last tournament. We know she's strong, she gave us a tough time in the last tournament and dumpstered Man Din easily. It wouldn't be a surprise if we lost to her even if we were trying to win, this is a good opportunity to do her a solid.

That said, I might be willing to change to fight her if we vote to use the kick trump card instead of the vial, because we'll almost certainly need to burn a trump in the finals and making the vial our first one burned is a good way to get the marten mistress really damn pissed at us.
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"Readyyy? Fight!"
>2
And she's already on you.
"Cleaving Strike!"
You jump, only avoiding meeting your simulated demise thanks to your superior cultivation. You want to retaliate, but she's already at the other side of the Arena.
"Impressive.
- I didn't stayed idle! I learnt from the Conclave's master a secret movement technique!"
Indeed, she turned more than slippery. As one with her horse, her raw speed might be worst than your mount enhanced with Hawk's Alacrity but her mobility, ability to turn sharply at high speed and follow complex curves lead to unpredictable attack angles and perfect harassing strikes without putting herself on danger.
"So you're forcing my hand so soon in the tournament? Come Forth, Blood Shadow Wolf!"
One hand inside your hanfu-cut shirt, you grab the concealed trump that you sew a small for. You pop the vial open. The empowered drop of blood spins, rise.
>91!
"What! How long have you been bounded with a Wolf Spirit?"
You just shrug while smiling knowingly.
You and your summon circles your prey, doing your best to be on opposite side of a circle with Sin Din at the center.
Of course, she still moves and try to cleave you. But you focus on keeping her in the circle, letting the wolf step closer to her at each of her attempt. The wolf pounce. She spins, performing a half turn standing on her saddle with a shadow-dispelling cleave.
She felled in your trap, as your spear pierce and dispel the horse spirit. You grab her with your left hand - an easy feat at your current strength, breaking her fall while menacing her chest with your spear.
"You won. I yield.
- And that remarkable prowess is won by Disciple Quiet Word! An admirable fighter doubled with a gentle man!"
The small amount of energy gathered in your ear aperture is enhancing your audition. Not much, but enough to let you discern some comments about how romantic that catch was, and how close you two sweethearts seems to be. Your cheek are flush in red, and you put down Sin Din.
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"For the first Half Final, we have a rematch of last year's final! Dhundan won, Ster Ling wants his revenge. Both have immensely trained.
Ready? Fight!
"
You can feel the tension in the air and animosity between Ster Ling and Dhundan.
Ster Ling immediately shoot an arrow, blocked by Dhundan's impossible shield.
"That didn't worked last year, that won't work this year!
Dhundan charges, cutting down a second arrow mid-flight. The pressure is rising, although Ster Ling seems to resist more than well to the intimidating friend of yours.
Arrows are raining, while Dhundan is walking irremediably onward a quite static Ster Ling. So, motion is not a strength of the future bowmaster?
The match is settled. Dhundan strikes, his treasured saber - last year's first prize, still bounded in cloth at his belt.
Your hand goes instinctively at your own belt cloth-bundle. You don't think the Teapot have much use in fight, but it can keep them sucker guessing - except your next opponent, which have seen your precious item exposed. Not that it matters much as you don't plan to reveal your trumps in the upcoming fight.
It is time. You walk on the arena one last time today. You bow as the referee is hyping the fight, not betraying your intent even to LienWen.
Now, you'll have to sell the act...
1 roll of 1d100!
DC : 30(Convince laymen)/50(Convince your friends)/70(Convince your Masters)/90(Secret Good Stuff)
You can use the Hawk Spirit and the Horse spirit as "trumps" to improve the show. However, as you didn't used them this year, those trumps might be forgetten next year if you keep them hidden.
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Rolled 29 (1d100)

>>6013849
Lets see
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>>6013893
I suggest using a horse, since Sin din already said we were a cavalier
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>>6013893
Ahhhg, yeah, get out the horse, jeeze. I'd really like to push for as high as we can honestly.
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Alright. One more roll!
>Get me 1d100+10!
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>>6013906
You can take this one man. Remember, 40% chance to make the cut, 20% chance to get the goods
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Rolled 79 + 10 (1d100 + 10)

>>6013910
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>>6013914
Tch. At least we looked good for the sect.
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>>6013914
We got what we set out to do. Shame that it's one off the mark, but oh well.
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>>6013849
>>6013893
>>6013914
God damnit
One short of the most basic DC and then one short of the secret good stuff

Oh well, as long as Marten Mistress isn't out for our blood after this
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We've also done a fun little trick.

We've convinced people that our wolf spirit is Blood Shadow Wolf.
What's better than utter surprise? Misinformation.
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"Ready? Fight!"
You start by twirling your spear - it's a good trick, supposedly to maintain a foe at distance while keeping the pressure.
The idea behind using this move is, in fact, avoiding using the full length to let YanEr come close, where she have a chance to tag you with her fists.
But you will make her work for it. She steps in, you step out with a circular strike aimed at the head.
On a flowing motion, she ducks and barely dodge. Vertical strike. She sidesteps, spinning gracefully. She's breaking the distance.
You turn around her, while she launches a right-legged roundhouse kick, that you met with the bottom of your shaft in her shin. Left hook, blocked by the staff an arm under the spear's blade. She's open, all you have to do is...
>29 : Almost inadvertently won the fight
You pull back your spear, fast enough to prevent anyone in the public seeing fear and defeat in your friend's gaze.
Quick, you need to salvage this. A hint of shake in the voice, sprinkled with false overconfidence.
"Impressive, young mistress! Almost falled in your trap.
That won't happen twice! I'm going all out! Come forth, Silver Warrior Horse!"
You get the spirit horse running once around the arena. She doesn't have any trump - she was good as gone just before.
Her strategy is based on raw excellence. But she's been overtaken in sheer cultivation by a few participants of this turnament, including her cousin.
Alright, Stable Lotus heiress. The Lotus won't help you today. Let's see if you can pull something with the stability.
You charge, sending a wide circular strike. Again, with a vertical one. Come on, YanEr. Read the pattern.
You ready your strike attempting to turn yourself just a little bit more predictable. You thrust.
>89 : Wonderfully played it. Everybody bought your act.
The spear bites in the arena's ground. LienWen YanEr dashes, steps on the shaft, follows with a rising jumped kick right in the chin.
You let yourself fall loudly on the ground.
"And the bold move of the young mistress pays up! With a clean hit taking away one of last year's undefeated Beast Tamer, LienWen YanEr qualifies for the finals! Will she achieve to win against the second one? We'll find out in the finals, after a short break!"
You're swarmed by your friend, telling you you fought very well. The Deer Master even stressed that such a gauntlet have a single winner amidst several very skilled contestants, and reaching half finals is a feat in itself.
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The finals start, and ends almost immediately. Dhundan didn't played nice or showed restraint, rushing and slashing LienWen YanEr down in half a second.
Was he attempting to avenge you? Or maybe defeating you is a deed worthy enough to get Dhundan's full consideration? It seldomely matters. Fight for your age group are over.
You were not really impressed by your senior of one and two years at the last tournament. This year's showing cement your viewing of them. You have better to do.

>Free Interraction time!
Everybody can write-in stuff to say to any present named kid.

>Teapot sharing!
Just in case, you loaded up with tea leaves, a waterskin, and firewood.
Will you Share your once-per-minor-realm special tea with someone or Keep it (for yourself, for selling...)

>Tournament rewards!
At the end of the day, some kids are brought apart. You feel a fair deal of favoritism, as most rewarded kids are the winners of their age class, you also see a few kids that lost closely in their final match... and all half-finalist of your age.
Senior Daoist of all the city sects are gathered. Venerable Stable Lotus steps onward, and repeat word-for-word last year's little speech.
"You gifted children are the future of our town. In those dire times, we have to stay united. Closer than we used to be. If it takes a village to raise a kid, it takes a town to nurture a Cultivator.
Thus, we will teach you as if you were all our own disciples, unless your prefer a material reward?
"
>Training in another sect.
You'll spend a couple week away from home.
Propositions :
- Stable Harbor Military - Polearm Mastery :
Due to protag Superior skill in all of Martial, Staff, Spear and Halberd, you can benefit from any style with any weapon.
Limitation : you'll get the lowest level of style and weapon match.
Explanation : for now, you have no proficiency with staff, pinacle of no-open-aperture Halberd, pinacle of opened Eye Aperture Spear.
Using the spear for the Windy Cavalier's Halberd will get mounted bonus, but its level would be pinacle of no-opened aperture.
- Adorators of the Sun - A training Meteor Hammer and teaching of a Meteor Hammer style
This exotic weapon have very few practitioners. A skill to work that weapon is extremely hard to find.
- Prolific Valley City -
One of the biggest village around. They are specialized in growing treasure spiritual plants.
Those where the merchant that selled the Spiritual Fruits on the market, and the Purple Bamboo Shoot.
Of course, you can also...
Write-in! [Remainder of other sects - School of the Stable Lotus, Versatile Harmony Quest, Death Harvester Cult, Temple of Abyssal Waters, Buddhist Temple]
>Material Reward
Write-in!
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>>6014599
I don't really care about the meteor hammer skill, because we can innovate our own. Tie it to our body tempering skill and get double bubble.

>Material reward: A hawk spirit with related Attributes to gold and fire. Or just a Gold and fire hawk.
Alternative ideas, that I think are of secondary importance but eh, is another supply of tailored drugs again.

>Keep the Teapot to sell
For items to make an ear apature training area in our immortal cave. And if there is any credit left over, aspected materials so we can make our array.

>Talk to: Ping jun, see how he's doing. The young mistress to publicly congradulate her. Dehun to congradulate him. And congradulate Sin Din, she did really well.
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>>6014615
Oh and remember for my vote.
I only want to sell one teapot. And would quite like if the tea itself had extra beneficial effects.

Addendum: "Tell YanEr about the nose apature and how you dont neccerily have to fill it to the top to break through it."

If she didnt know.
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>>6014599

>Material Reward
What was it that helps the ear aperture? Echo roots or something?
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>>6014599
>Death Harvester Cult
Teach us how to properly harvest defeated spiritual beasts.
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>>6014599
>Prolific Valley City
We’re not a genius cultivator we need to take as many (drugs) herbs and pills as possible to assist in our cultivation to keep up. Let’s stock up on as many as we can and hopefully start a mini-farm of our own when we get back


>Sell Teapot


>Reward: Book of spiritual herbs and how to grow them
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>>6014743
Oh wait just reread and we don’t get a material reward if we want training ignore that.


>Write in to kid
>LiWan Yer something: Tease her for getting so badly beat by Dhudan and let her know we threw the fight for her.


>Dhudan: Tease him for fighting so forcefully for his “senior brothers” honor.
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>>6014599
>Congratulate Dhundan on his victory.
>SHARE the tea with Dhundan - to the victor go the spoils.
>Death Harvester Cult
Teach us how to properly harvest defeated spiritual beasts.
This is pretty metal.
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>>6014599
Backing >>6014743
Drugs are always the answer
Also did Ster Ling lose the exact same way as last time to Dhundan? Lmao

We'll have to do super well in the next one, though I'm not sure we can beat Dhundan no matter what we do
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>>6014615
>I don't really care about the meteor hammer skill, because we can innovate our own
Anon, I might rule something preventing doing that about "legendary" and "exotic" keywords, requiring a good amount of mastery and special condition to include them in techniques
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>>6014599
>Free Interraction time! LienWen YanEr
>Teapot sharing! Keep it
>Training in another sect. - Adorators of the Sun
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Tally Status

As an important vote, I'll of course let it run longer.
I'm seriously considering a 2-turns vote for the reward. So please don't vote "strategically" for the first turn, just let your heart speak, you can amend your vote with another option that would be of your liking too, etc.
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>>6015075
Prolific valley city has two votes not one
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>>6015047
With that in mind.

>>6014615
>Change material reward to Sun cult people, I want that meteor hammer. And I would quite like jade/earth aspected technique with it. Or maybe some mental pressure type dealie.
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>>6015077
nice catch. Thanks.
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>>6014743
Why not leverage our relationship with wanEr and have Uncle soulgaze hook us up with the drugs after the fact.

Works best after we have practiced with any new techniques we get so he can get a look at em.
Max benefits for minimal imput.
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>>6014785
Why do we need to do super good next time.
We have, two years in a row, scored as either 3 or 4 for our age group.

We are still doing excellent and our intentional failure here was a political stratergy rather than a tactic.
We even gave Dhun a softball for his final.
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>>6014599
tea with lienwan
Adorators of sun
or
hawk spirit
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>>6015188
For Dhun's sake
I want to give him a fight fit for the final round rather than a statstomp he wins in less than a second.
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>>6015356
that's pride speaking, not politics nor skill.

No matter what, we are still doing things to his and our benefit. Pride can come later when it has a value.
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>>6015364
I don't think you know what pride means
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>>6015396
Pride is to intentionally do a stupid or pointless thing for personal [though not always your own] vanity.

Like saying that Dhun deserves a worthy opponent, rather than a fight he'd win easily.
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>Actualised Tally Status

I might lock in 2/3 hours. If no changes, Adorators of the Sun wins.
So time for strategic voting have come.
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>>6015401
Oh wow you actually are wrong
Let me help you out here anon, straight from wikipedia

Pride is defined by Merriam-Webster as "reasonable self-esteem" or "confidence and satisfaction in oneself".[1] Oxford defines it as "the quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one's own importance."[2] Pride may be related to one's own abilities or achievements, positive characteristics of friends or family, or one's country. Richard Taylor defined pride as "the justified love of oneself",[3] as opposed to false pride or narcissism. Similarly, St. Augustine defined it as "the love of one's own excellence",[4] and Meher Baba called it "the specific feeling through which egoism manifests."[5]

Taking action may be motivated by pride, but pride itself is actionless. You probably should have looked that one up.

As for the point you're trying to make, no. My desire to give Dhundan a good fight is not motivated by pride. I want to keep our friendship and rivalry close and prevent him from feeling isolated due to the gap between his prowess and everyone else's. Try rereading the first scene of us shoveling dung together to get an idea of what I'm talking about.
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>>6015401
>>6015445
I'll also use a bit of my "Word of God" power to force my filthy world view on you players.
In the setting, Pride is a good thing. Gives confidence and ambition. A lack of pride will result in a lack of opportunity - the world is dangerous, and not being confident enough in your ability can lead to a bad estimation of risk/reward.

However, it is less dangerous than an excess of Pride. Hubris is often linked to a cultivator's demise. Angering the wrong person, getting angered by the wrong person, pushing too far in an opportunity, taking the wrong fight against a spiritual beast... All those stem from an overabundance of pride. But this death are perceived better than living a life of mediocrity.
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>>6015439
I will opt to switch from Ear Aperture Materials to Meteor Hammer Training.
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>>6015445
That has value.
I simply disagree with the venue. We can do it after or before one of our mental energy training sessions with him. Nice and private.
This is a valuable action though.
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Sorry fellas.
It's close to midnight, haven't started writing, and I'm out of home tomorrow from 9 to 19.
Meaning...
>Current Vote still open!

Also, let's open up the discussion.
>What do you see as short-term goals for protag? (a few month)
>What do you see as mid term goals? (one to 5 year)
>What do you see as long term goals ? (6 to 100 years)
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>>6015643
>What do you see as short-term goals for protag? (a few month)
Open ear aperture, acquire legendary weapon, expand cave
>What do you see as mid term goals? (one to 5 year)
Become a master
>What do you see as long term goals ? (6 to 100 years)
Thousand beasts sect, maybe million beasts if possible
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>>6015643
>Short term.
Aquire the resources to fuse spirit beasts. We have hawk, Horse and Snake to go, in increasing difficulty to manage.
Open the ear apature, naturally.
Train mounted style, hammer style and spear style to our cultivstion level.

>Mid terms
Break through to second stage before the mouthful of true Qi wears off. We are at a year and 7 months, I think. We have about half the time left.
I would like to also keep up our friendship with Dhun. Might have to make a point of that. Doing more training with us or just hanging out.
Ai is cool but . . . She isnt really our friend like Dhun is. Wonder if those comments about romantic holding with Sin din wil come up again.

>Long term goals
Reach the 5th core stage with 9+ dragon marks. Once we have done that, we might finally be able to relax and celebrate.

I also want to take over from Ryota and form a robust and capable allaince between the sects present.
Maybe go to beast of a thousand tamers to get tutoring to advance our cultivation, then get sent back to continue practicing while doing our sect duties?

Just a thought.
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>>6015643
>What do you see as short-term goals for protag? (a few month)
Finish learning to read god damn
>What do you see as mid term goals? (one to 5 year)
Find a primordial snake spirit, learn more about spirit mechanics
>What do you see as long term goals ? (6 to 100 years)
Become the very best like no one ever was
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>>6015643

>What do you see as short-term goals for protag? (a few month)
Fuse remaining beasts. Open Ear aperature.
>What do you see as mid term goals? (one to 5 year)
Learn to read. Learn eye skill for power levels. Get halberd, spear, unarmed, and bow skills up to ear level. Break through to the second realm. Make at least an single action effort at learning to speak to beasts, beast shifting, better mental heath through our sanctum, and maintaining relations.
>What do you see as long term goals ? (6 to 100 years)
Realm travel improvement, try to find our origins, 4th core realm, get some money and some travel equipment, better our horse travel, flight skill, shore up weaknesses, and explore skills we are suited to.
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>>6015681
Short-term: Upgrade spirit beasts
Mid-Term - Breakthrough to 2nd stage
Long Term - Ascend to immortality.
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You spend a fair amount of time talking to the kids of your age group.
First, going to see Ping Jun and see how he's doing.
"Pretty good. Your sectmate is damn strong. I can get behind losing to the tournament's winner.
But I'd have enjoyed if you won your match against that Stable Lotus young mistress... Now I can't say I only lost to undefeated people.
Also, thank for the spirit! You won't believe how much it's helping with my cultivation!"
Then, the young mistress. Her cousin seems deeply seething, sitting as far in their part of the stands as able.
"LienWen YanEr, this Novice Quiet Word wishes to congratulate you for your deserved win.
- This Young Mistress accept your praise."
Chin eye, the perfect arrogant gaze dawn, you completely ignoring JiaLin... You feel the masters completely bought the act.
"Would you be so gracious to give this Disciple pointers on how to improve?
- Such diligence? Alright. Let's discuss quietly."
She majestually leaves; you follow to an empty part of the Beast Tamer's stand. After checking she's both out of sight and attention of her sect, her mask fall away. From the arrogant gifted mistress to your friend.
"Thank you so much! And sorry for last year... I was a bit of a brat, wasn't I?
- In the end, it did come true. You won this time, and I didn't lose to anyone other than you before.
- Oh, you didn't forget? Well, this one doesn't count, obviously.
- I didn't forget. And I won't forget how easily Dhundan handled you. Seriously, it made me look bad!
- Oh? Well of course, you had serious chances to win the tournament... I asked for a lot...
- Don't worry, I'm messing with you.
- Anyway... Next time, next time... I'll be stronger! In the future I'll be so strong you will be the one having to ask for a win!"
her gaze burns with determination.
>Your relationship with LienWen YanEr deepened.
For appropriateness sake, you didn't stayed too much just the two of you - you're still a bit disturbed by the "romantic catch" of Sin Din.
You prevented her to get hurt, and this is romance? How strange. You don't like it very much. Plus, Sin Din and Man Din are indeed dear to you, but closer to what you'd expect among brother and sister, or maybe cousins, of non-sect living people.
The thoughts soonly vanish - after all, you're too young for this considerations. Still, you take some time to praise Sin Din about how well she's done.
"You too! I really thought you had that young mistress early in the match!
- It was a trap. I saw she was readying some kind of counter skill.
- Really? That mean I would had fell for it... Yeah, better lose to you than to another sect's disciple, it's better face."
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Of course, a fair share amount of your time is given to Dhundan.
"Congratulation, mister twice-champion. Wait, what's wrong?
- It was too easy.
- What?
- Finals. Too easy. The hardest of my matches was against the Golden Horse boy. And then against that bow-jerk. Finals where third. Too easy.
- I don't think so? LienWen YanEr is strong. She won against me. Maybe you were angered at her staining this senior brother of you honor?
- What senior brother? Nonsense! I'm the one to be called senior brother! I'm strongest! Tournament proves it.
- Tournaments prove you're stronger than LienWen YanEr, and that LienWen YanEr is stronger than me.
- That's what I said! I'm stronger!
- Come on. Fire melt Metal. Metal cut Wood. Wood roots pierce Earth. Earth absorb Water. So do Fire beat Water?
- ...So... You think you're an harder fight for me? I'll need to fight you in final next year!
- We'll see about that?"
This time, you felt like you had roughly one chance out of three to win the confrontation. Way better odds than the maybe one out of ten of last year.

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You didn't went back to Beast Tamer's compound tonight. You walk South instead of West, toward the Temple of Sun's Adorator sect.
"Alright, boy. We have still a couple of hours of Sun left before hiding in the False Sun's embrace before the return of salvation."
The compound you've been brought in is made of big sand courts with low walls, with little shadows barring the sun dial sitting in the middle said courtyard.
"With what talent you displayed, and you coming from the Beast Tamers, here are the Meteor Hammer skill we can teach you."

The style that seems more suited for you is...

>Ethereal Heliocentric Meteor-hammer - The weapon strike is empowered by one's Astral Self
>Sunbright Silver Comet - Embuing silver material-energy in the weapon, delivers fast strikes akin to comets reflecting the sun's brightness
>Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer - A beast-styled martial art said to gives insight on your opponent's next moves.

You'll spend two weeks among the Sun Adorator. In that time, you will... [chose 2]
>Make friend with kids your age!
>Ask insights about the Sun!
>Search for spiritual beasts!
>Search for spiritual plants!
>Write-in! [especially encouraged]
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>>6016686
>Ethereal Heliocentric Meteor-hammer

>Make friend with kids your age!
>Write-in! [especially encouraged]
try read book to friends, teach them what we know as practice
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>>6016686
>Ethereal heliocentric meteor-hammer
Best for us. And only 3 words to boot.

>Make friends with kids our age.
>Ask for insights about the sun
I'll think of some decent write ins when my brain isn't fried.
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>>6016686
>Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer - A beast-styled martial art said to gives insight on your opponent's next moves.

Mmmm insight

>Make friend with kids your age!
>Search for spiritual plants!

I don't think we're gonna focus on the sun, but I bet sun cultivators grow some great plants
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>>6016711
Actually I'll back this write in, I want that reading ability already
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>>6016686
>Ethereal Heliocentric Meteor-hammer - The weapon strike is empowered by one's Astral Self

>Ask for insights about the sun
>Write-in! [especially encouraged]
try read book to friends, teach them what we know as practice

We got to boost our reading,
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>>6016739
Found somw decent ones.
We can search for magic beasts related to space, if we are lucky we can get a snake.

Ask for insights into space/distance.

Drugs for that effect too.
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>>6016760
We dont have a good or strong foundation for any of those styles.
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>>6016686
>Meteor Hammer Style: Silk Tiger Sun-Seer
We don't know how good we are at silk, tiger, and I think that we are bad a sun-seer, but I like reading opponents. I don't mind ethereal, but I'm an explorer.

I don't think that the teach our friends to read write in is good since we're living at the foreign sect right now rather than the home sect.
>Ask for insights about the Sun. (It should help our move, whatever we get)
>Seek spiritual lodestones. We don't get access to this location often, might as well grab what we can while we are here.
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>>6016802
Thats a better call.
>>6016739

>Change from insights to spirit lodestones.
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>>6016686
>Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer - A beast-styled martial art said to gives insight on your opponent's next moves.
>Search for spiritual plants!
>Ask other students about eyeskills
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>Tally status
Vote remains open for now, won't close before at least 4 hours
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>>6017301
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>>6016686
>Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer - A beast-styled martial art said to gives insight on your opponent's next moves.
>Seek spiritual lodestones. We don't get access to this location often, might as well grab what we can while we are here.
>Ask for insights about the Sun. (It should help our move, whatever we get)
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>>6016686
>Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer - A beast-styled martial art said to gives insight on your opponent's next moves.

>Seek spiritual lodestones. We don't get access to this location often, might as well grab what we can while we are here.

>Search for spiritual plants!
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I"ll lock.
Using my QM's faggotpower to tiebreak toward what I find the most interesting/aligned for protag to do.

In the meantime...
>1 roll of 1d100
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Rolled 52 (1d100)

>>6017573
whoo mystery roll
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The next two weeks are spend by living to the rhythm of the sun.
Cowering with multiple lights on, sleep is difficult - especially with how much other disciples are shivering and moaning in fear and discomfort for the sunless stretch of time.
As dawn rise, so does the other disciples, flood of tear drying. Where in your sect, turn by turn disciples check on the beasts' wellbeing, feeding and watering, making sure no emergency takes hold before calithenics, then breakfast, the Sun Adorators sing in trance with the rising heavenly body.
It usually hurts your head. Such that you haven't noticed before the second guest of the sect, the 11 year-old boy from Stable Lotus that won in his age category, points it out to you with a weird smile.
Most of the sect's member above second realm ditches their robe in that morning ritual, naked under the friez frocks.
That's at the very least surprising : under the robes hide completely smooth, hair-less tanned and muscular bodies.
This discovery makes you uneasy, but (You) had a couple glance at fully formed bodies of the unnatural fitness and charm of cultivators.
You know the implication about a certain process - helping beasts mate, calve and wean tends to do that. Linking this to the circumstance, you were unsettled the most by...
>By the nakedness and process implication. Might be good for beast, but you find it gross.
>By your enticement toward the women's body
>By enticement toward the men's body
>By every attractive person's body.

Then, you are taken apart for personal lessons with the woman that displayed a Meteor Hammer skill last year.
"I'm glad to teach you. Few, among my own sect, have displayed such an exceptional disposition toward the Twin Stars.
My name is Inborn Suntouched Twin Star
"
She was not one of the naked person you saw - avoiding you much embarassment. Said Mistress possess an impressive array of techniques.
Among them, she gauges you fair and square, before picking one for you.
>Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer
"The slight variations of the sun are an ancestral tool used for divination.
It is said the first Sun-Seer was an ascended Tiger walking and talking like a man, clad in silk robes in the presence of society.
This style is inspired by this past's story : Your Meteor-Hammer will reflect the sun's celestial mechanic.
Glance rightly at it, and future will shroud its veil.
The most obvious use will be anticipating your opponent's next move mid-battle. This is already not a trivial feat.
But the style can be taken further, and let you meditate on the location of something or someone.
"
Such possibilities!
Fate is in your favor : the resulting technique seems quite suited for you.
Granted, it takes you most of your waking time to learn the movements and the basis of the weapon's manipulation.
You're even gifted your own training version of the weapon - two weighted wooden balls linked by rope.
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Of course, you're also given a fair amount of leeway. You capitalize on the opportunity by walking in the sect's vicinity, looking for things out of the ordinary.
You found such a thing in the form of a Sun lodestone. This was a wildly lucky find, as you were actually looking for spiritual plants.
Moreso that the lodestone is so poorly attracted to you and your energy.

Last, better use the opportunity to learn more about the Sun itself. Inaptitude is not an excuse for complacency about inculture.
"What can I tell you about the sun? Well, it's big. Huge. Bigger than our planet.
- What? No way! he's so small in the sky!
-Because it's unbelievably far away. The wretched Eye of the Night is small - one quarter of our planet's size."
In your mind, bunch of nonsense. The Master told you the earth was round like a ball, the sun and moon apparent identical size are falseties, and their danse around Earth could fail at any point in time, thus their fear of the night.

You were much more interested in the down-to-earth knowledge about cultivation.
The Sun is such a vast concept various scholar disagree what it encompass exactly. Light, Fire, Steel and Gold might come to mind.
But all of those are controversial. The only thing agreed upon by scholar : gravity, the curse weighting on bodies and preventing cultivator to directly rise from Earth into Heavens.
That doesn't make much sense either.
However, there is one more takeaway from Mistress Suntouched Twin Star :
"It is extremely hard to change a technique to include a concept as strong as the Sun.
Also, those intricate concepts take longer to learn.
It is a bit similar for the Meteor-Hammer. You can't just change any weapon skill to fit the Meteor-Hammer.
However, fitting the Hammer first is feasible - working from there to then include the twin*star weapon.
"

The two weeks are over, and you're frankly relieved from leaving the harsh sun's gaze in the never-cloudy Sun Adorator compound.
You're back to the comfort of your sect. First, you want to report to Ryota - but he's nowhere to be found.
Same can be said of several masters. You piece it together - taking the opportunity of you being away, he left preventing all your nagging to be taken into a dangerous mission.
That's well played, but you remain bitter.
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Daily life starts again. Over the next couple week, you...

Choose 3 :

Potential
>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability [Unchosable, Bathias is not back from his Mission]
>Improve your Potential Estimation Contraption with Gold/Sun lodestone [You'll need other cultivator to go under test for calibration]
>Maybe one specific technique of yours should be improved? [Choose in addition to said technique. More chances of breakthrough]
Friendship
>Attempt to mend things between Ai and Dhundan
>Dan Rol have been wrecked in tournament. Check how he's going.
>Train Squad Tactics!
Foundation
>Work on your Foundation
>Work on your Unlimited Rising Star Kick
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
Weapon skills
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
>Work on your Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer
Spiritual Beasts
>Investigate on the talking Spiritual Beasts[How?]
>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals
>Try reading on your own "The true Story of Gar Ruk, Realm Wanderer"
The sect
>Continue to learn how to read with Ryota [Unchosable, Ryota is away]
>Help the Poor-talented batch of new kids
>Ask Gro Ta how things went in Water Bushes Cove
Strengthening the Jar
>Slack off [this will be bad for your mental health]
>Improve Immortal Cave - Home Expansion
And, as always...
>Write-in allowed!
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>>6017924
>Dan Rol have been wrecked in tournament. Check how he's going.
>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals
>Improve Immortal Cave - Home Expansion
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>>6017919
>>By your enticement toward the women's body

>Work on your Foundation
>Improve Immortal Cave - Home Expansion
>Work on your Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer
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>>6017919
>By the nakedness and process implication. Might be good for beast, but you find it gross.
uuh we're still like 6 years old?

>The Master told you the earth was round like a ball, the sun and moon apparent identical size are falseties, and their danse around Earth could fail at any point in time, thus their fear of the night.
Huh, a standard solar system rather than the weird ass nonsense cultivator settings normally have

>Dan Rol have been wrecked in tournament. Check how he's going.
>Work on your Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer
>Try reading on your own "The true Story of Gar Ruk, Realm Wanderer"
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>>6017924
>Work on your Foundation

>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals

>Help the Poor-talented batch of new kids
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>>6017924
>Body Shifting
>Foundation
>Cave
Sell Tea: Seek a spiritual item linked to horse. Something to help us bind another hawk spirit when the time comes. If the merchant doesn't have that, then
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6017919
What made you uncomfortable?
>The unnatural hairlessness.
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>>6017924
>Dan rol
>Foundation
>Meteor hammer.

>The nakedness
Hes 6, gonna find it very gross.
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>>6018202
It occurs that this might be a decision on Sexuality rather than the present Quiet Words impulse.

In which case, I'd change it to womens. But if not then remain as it is. Because currently, Girls icky.
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>>6017919
>By your enticement toward the women's body
>>6017924
>Improve your Potential Estimation Contraption with Gold/Sun lodestone [You'll need other cultivator to go under test for calibration] Dhundan Kepa
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd No pills
>Try reading on your own "The true Story of Gar Ruk, Realm Wanderer"
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>>6018242
Winner.
NOTHING WILL HAPPEN to the boy as he will remains a boy. But this is construction and development for long term.
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>>6018100
>Sell tea
Voluntarily kept out of the vote - Most masters are gone, so you won't be able to do just that right now.
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Also,
>Tally Status
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As often, we're deeply tied.
Second round of 'strategic votes' officially starts.
Locking Foundation, you're allowed to switch your opinion to pick among :
>Dan Rol check
>Meteor Hammer Skill
>Body Shifting
>Bookreading
>Home Expansion

New voters can only pick two among said list.

For my sanity's sake, please backlink
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>>6018309

>>6018202
My vote here, I shall remain a Hammer and Dan fan.

Because weaponry and skill is one of the things that makes us intrinsically valuable. Learning our weapons and mastering them is of some importance after all.

Dan, meanwhile, is to ensure his mental state isnt danaged. Because we want to keep that safe and fixed, rather than be unable to fix it later.
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>>6018410
Also appears to be 3 for women, 1 for nakedness and one guy is disturbed by a lack of hair. Go figure.
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>>6018375
>Meteor Hammer Skill
>Home Expansion
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>>6018375
>>6018048
Me.

Switching from Meteor Hammer to Reading
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>>6018375
>Bookreading
We are about 2 years off from this (plus writing) becoming something relatively trivial to learn to an absolute pain in the ass. Best to finish up those skills before it becomes an actual challenge. Rest I don't really care much about.

Also backlink
>>6007154
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Tally status (& Knuckles)
Too late to write. Either it's untied when I wake up or I'll untie myself.
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>>6018894
There are 4 votes for Foundation, Reading, and Cave Expansion. Does that mean the tie is broken?
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>>6018894
Okay, Honwst question to everÿbody.

What exactly do you intend to expand about the cave?
Why?
To what good does this do us, Rather than the mental health and physical condition of our friend cum vassal, Practicing our new weapon art, or even reading.

Its not even focusing our affinity machine. What goal are you aiming for? What good is served by using our very limited time this way?
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>>6018910
Bettering mental health. Setting up a fallback point for if there is violence and it goes poorly.
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I suppose it would also serve as a training area for super secret wolf stuff and a storage area for anything super illegal we pick up.
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>>6018918

That's my thought. Every young daoist has a point in his life where he finds the sect temple on fire, his girlfriend dead, and his master crippled for life.
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>>6018924
Everybody gets all surprised when it doesn't happen a few years in a row.
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>>6018926
The bets are currently on it being centered around Dhundan, juuust after he realizes Ai is super hot.
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>>6018918
>>6018924
Uh, if shit of that scale goes down I want to get far fucking away, not hide out in our tiny ass cave within spitting distance.
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>>6018930
The Sun Adorators are the ones with the good tracking technique.
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>>6018934
All the more reason to run far enough that they won't or can't follow, rather than a cave they will easily track us to? I thought you were arguing in favor of the cave.
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>>6018990
I'm just saying don't piss off the Adorators of the Sun. They will find you, and they will be coming with their dicks out.
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>>6018930
Maybe making the hideout better hidden could be an upgrade we should consider? Its all really just to boost our mental health and Strengthen the Jar without Slacking Off. If you have a superior Strengthening the Jar idea, I would be very willing to entertain it.
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>>6019017
The Dan Rol checkup is my jar strengthener. Hang out with friends and build up social links.
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>>6018918
This doesnt help our mental health.
Spending time with ai, Hekping animals and WINNING help our mental health.

>>6019017
See above. But also yeah, >>6019054
Making friendships and not "failing" or stalling are how we stay grounded.
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>>6019124
True, they are good for mental health, but do the Strengthen the Jar?
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>>6018908
You seem to be right, was tired yesterday.
Locking, will write when I have time;

>>6018910
>>6018918
>>6018924
>>6018930
>>6018934

Appreciating the discussion.
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>>6019206
Can you explain how making iur cave bigger strengthens the jar, without just saying "it is under the jar strengthening section".

Id argue that yes, mental health is making us more resillient to the stresses of life. Having a retreat is fine but we dont need it made bigger. There is nothing to store there besides our machine. There is enough space to practice there.
We are just. . I cannot see the value in it yet, and only see the oppertunity cost
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>Foundation
It's good to resume working on your raw foundation in the comforting daily life made of beast taming instead of the madness going on at the Sun's Adorator temple. You're also delighted seeing rain and clouds again. Those guys are seriously lunatics.
While practicing the Hawk's Wide Ballet, the tournament comes back to your mind, delving on the "fight" with LienWen YanEr.
You're pretty sure the mix of you being trained in both fight and dance allowed you to pulled of better the choreographed fight in the tournament.
Progress are painfully slow, but this is expected after a Minor Realm Breakthrough.

>Immortal Cave Expansion
You spend a good part of the week working on your so-called "Immortal Cave"
From a small space just big enough for you and your four beast, you keep digging the hill in several rooms, the biggest letting you practice your Body Tempering dance Technique and your spear style - but unfit for Archery or Mounted fighting practice, of course.
You have ample private space, to retract when you need time for yourself.
All in all, despite the desastrous luck at the Stable Lotus secret realm, you multiplied favorable encounters.
You have an ample collection of skill highly suited to you. You have deep and meaningful connections with friends, from in and out the sect.
You feel life is lived on your own terms, and manage to hold up with the two genius that are Ai and Dhundan.
You feel your mental health significantly got better. The specter of collapsing due to pressure have receded. Not disappeared, but still far away.
Your tolerance for failure increased. But so did your taste for risk and wants for greatness.
First, you feel your Body Tempering technique is too limited. Too weak. With what you're pulling of, you need something giving you more with each practice.
Second, you reassess priorities. Making the right choices, you should break through second realm before your 8th Birthday.
This matters as this is a prerequisite shared by genius, capitalizing on the True Qi granted at birth, preventing all cultivation practice bottlenecks - already more than half depleted. You will also need to fuse your beasts before breaking through.
You have Hawk and Gold related materials for your Hawk Spirit Fusion. Growth could be easily provided - any cup of tea brewed from your Treasured Teapot will do. Remains finding a suitable spirit for fusion, as well as at least fire-aligned material. A Gold Fire Hawk spirit? Intuitively, you think this would work but would be an opportunity loss.
The spirit have to share properties with your current spirit, but having an exact subset is not it.
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>Attempt reading "The true Story of Gar Ruk, Realm Wanderer"
You do your best to piece together the words you know, deduce the meaning of those you don't.
You're really engrossed in the story, despite struggling to decipher it and missing a fair share of words.
Son of a woodcutter, which parents died tragically after a madden spiritual wolf attacked.
The teenage grew in harmony with the woodlands, including plants and beasts, creating his own techniques.
Gar Ruk is now a young adult. Tall, strong, wielding is late fire double-edged axe, tracking the madden spiritual wolf which came back.
The Madden Wolf is tracked, found, fought. Feeling the danger, the losing wolf is strangely fading away - but Gar Ruk manage to follow suit.
This is the awakening of Gar Ruk's innate Planeswalking ability - not that he realized.
Gar Ruk hunts and kill the wolf, making a coat with the beast's fur. The world he's in is corrupted by men's madness - the reason of the wolf's anger.
Men attack the earth, dig with metal construct deep in the leylines, burning forests, poisoning earth, air and water.
Gar Ruk is deeply out of place. His cultivation staggers as the source necessary for his recovery is gone. He revolts. Fails to change things.
He breaks. Gives up. Turns into some kind of outcast, but you don't quite grasp how and why.
Until he reaches lowest of low, fells asleep in the ditches of a huge city, wake up in another. Next city is more realistic in your eyes, in a world where nature is wild and the land itself animates into spirits - land-spirits? That's a new one.

There are some insights to be taken from those story. The ability of Gar Ruk to simply find himself in another realm seems stronger than your Astral visit of beast plans. More problematic, too - having your body staying behind is good for anchoring yourself back.
You also remember the Snake mistress' ritual used to bring a few students with her in the mythical realm.
This book seemed to describe things in a way resonating with you - bringing new perspective to your own technique.
You'll need to work on it, sure. But with a bit of effort, you might easily improve your Meditation into the Way of the Wandering Spiritual Beast Whisperer
>>
It's been one year and seven month since you joined the Eastern Province branch of Tamers of Hundred Beasts.
Ryota is expected to come back in the week.

Teapot :
>Sell the Once-per-realm special infusion (cost 1 action, write-in what you want)
>Drink by yourself
>Share with one person (free in sect, one action for Ping Jun or LienWen)

Potential
>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability [Unchosable, Bathias is not back from his Mission]
>Improve your Potential Estimation Contraption with Gold/Sun lodestone [You'll need other cultivator to go under test for calibration]
>Maybe one specific technique of yours should be improved? [Choose in addition to said technique. More chances of breakthrough]
>Use your Gar Ruk storybook to improve your Meditation Technique [Works best by also picking Foundation]
Friendship
>Attempt to improve things between Ai and Dhundan
>Dan Rol have been wrecked in tournament. Check how he's going.
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
>Sin Din is thriving. Can she become a fourth genius?
>Train Squad Tactics!
Foundation
>Work on your Foundation
>Work on your Unlimited Rising Star Kick
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
Weapon skills
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
>Work on your Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer
Spiritual Beasts
>Investigate on the talking Spiritual Beasts[How?]
>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals
The sect
>Deepens your learning ability with Ryota
>Ask Gro Ta how things went in Water Bushes Cove
Strengthening the Jar
>Slack off
And, as always...
>Write-in allowed!
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>>6019400
>Drink by yourself

>Use your Gar Ruk storybook to improve your Meditation Technique [Works best by also picking Foundation]

>Work on your Foundation

>Maybe one specific technique of yours should be improved? [Body Tempering Technique]

It's time for some self-improvement after the reflection.
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>>6019400
>Sell One teacup for materials relating to Heat/Metal/Change?

I want to sell one tea cup for materials. Ask Ryota for a hawk of suitable nature to consume.

But since he won't be back till next turn.

>Gar ruk storybook to improve mediatation
>Work foundation
>Improve Body tempering technique.

Right guys. Question. What's to be done about our lagging friends?
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>>6019487
I've also got a cunning plan.

Next turn, when ryota is back properly, We take HIM to calibrate the machine properly, and use that time to gift it to the sect in theory and principle, then ask for the Hawk spirit in return. And any more we can spin from him, but such is life.

While we have Ryota there, we can maybe slip in some other questions, that are short and simple, like "any suggestions on improving body tempering"? or "HEY, What's the deal been with the golden plains place?"
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>>6019487
Clarification :
Ryota will be back reasonably early enough for allowing 1 or 2 Ryota-options this turn (like discussing, reading, going to town...)
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>>6019501
Well with that in mind, scrap my earlier notice here >>6019487

>>6019400

>Align our potential contraption [With Ryota]
>Work on foundation

>Write in: While we have Ryota with us here, ask for advice on Improving our body tempering technic and for the Sect to provide a Hawk spirit of [heat/metal/change]

I am OPEN to other people helping out here on good elements to aquire.

>Sell one of the cups for materials relating to our new hawk friend.
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>>6019400
>Drink by yourself

>Use your Gar Ruk storybook to improve your Meditation Technique [Works best by also picking Foundation]

>Work on your Foundation

>Investigate on the talking Spiritual Beasts[How?]
Try and commune with Gold Fire Hawk with meditation and see if we can contact the hawk realm.
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Hey guys.

Ryota is back soon.
But we still can't talk to Bathias. Should we be worried.
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>>6019400
>Drink by yourself
>Dan Rol have been wrecked in tournament. Check how he's going.
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
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Guys, >>6019671
>>6019524
>>6019402

Teapot drinking gives us +!0 to training growth aspected techniques.
We have 1 growth aspected technique.

We can do better than drinking it, by selling it.
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>>6019682
Correction :
Even mundane drink made from teapot enhance your growth aspected technique, to reward an excellent past write in. The difference between "empowered" and "mundane" to your technique is yet to be found.
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>>6019682
Ok, I'll swap to selling, but keep the money
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>>6019714
Why not get useful, immediately to be used resources? Especially if rare.
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>>6019726
wait for opportunity, save up to get an actual hawk spirit
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>>6019740
We can ask the sect for that, Which is my plan with Ryota this turn.

And our sect had the monopoly. Anything they get, we let go.
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>>6019400
>Align our potential contraption [With Ryota]
>Work on foundation

>Write in: While we have Ryota with us here, ask for advice on Improving our body tempering technic and for the Sect to provide a Hawk spirit of [gold/giant/change]
A giant hawk could fly us around in style.

I am OPEN to other people helping out here on good elements to aquire.

>Sell one of the cups for materials relating to our new hawk friend.
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>>6019515
This is the way.
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>>6019400
>Foundation
>Gar Ruk Meditation
>sell the tea for fire materials. We know that will boost the bird fusion. We'll probably have to rely on luck for the bits we don't know.
>improve body tempering by incorporating multiple spirits in the training at once. Flying horse. Fanged wolf. Steel Hawk.

A magic of the teapot is that it doubles the tea. It makes sense to share or sell with someone. I believe that we normally get the benefit of the drink when we sell as well, but I'm willing to double sell here since we aren't training growth at the moment and don't know what we'd be getting. We do want to use the tea before breakthrough though, which could be imminent.
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>>6019861
Three things friend.

Selling is an action, you had 4.
Next, we have the materials for the hawk we already have, namely fire, gold and growth with the teapot infusion. What we need are materials for are those aspected to the hawk spirit we are gonna consume. Which we need to know to prepare for.

Lastly, can you elaborate on body tempering?
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>>6019861
Oh and another.

We arent going to break through soon. We are just broken through and ear apature requires a lot of energy
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>>6019858
>>6019860
For clarification, these are both me. Didn't want my belated comment to look like an additional vote.
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>>6019861
>>6019882
Fair enough. No sell then I guess.
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>>6019400
>Sell the Once-per-realm special infusion (Fire-related material)
>Use your Gar Ruk storybook to improve your Meditation Technique [Works best by also picking Foundation]
>Work on your Foundation
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>Tally status

I'll EXCEPTIONNALLY allow 4 actions this turn.
Mainly because I feel some of the actions are "compressible", thus realistically letting you do all of that over the next week.
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I'll also ask you guys to roll for good stuff
>3 anon roll 1d100
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Rolled 31 (1d100)

>>6020161
Time to fuck everything up
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Rolled 50 (1d100)

>>6020161
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Rolled 68 (1d100)

>>6020161
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This week, you keep your diligent practice of your foundation, while studying extensively the storybook.
You have mixed result. On one hand, you make no progress on improving your Meditation Technique of the Way of the Spiritual Beast Whisperer.
On the other hand, the sheer amount of time dedicated to the practice of your Body Tempering Technique paid of twice.
First, in term of accumulated Qi in your Ear Aperture - although it's still less than one tenth filled.
Second, you're finally confident enough to improve the Hawk's Wide Ballet
>Body Tempering : Breakthrough!
You can add or replace one keyword in Hawk's Wide Ballet
Limitations : you can't add keywords of weapons or mythical keywords.
Of course I'll clearly tell you about the feasibility of said keyword. You can also express the idea of what you want and I'll try my best to word it in the system.
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This reveal was even done by yourself, quite early in the week. Which, turns out, is quite lucky.
Ryota is back from Mistrock lake village, with the masters taken in his tow. They seem physically fine - except the Turtle Mistress presenting a still bleeding wound. However, their face are blackened in grim - as they managed to bring back the squad that went on a mission at the same time you left for Golden Skystone Village - missing Bathias.
It seems deeply unreal to you. Those boys and girls, senior brothers and sisters, were familiar figures which you crossed path everyday.
Granted, you don't know their names. They never teached you along one of the master, their Animals Affinities wildly differents from yours.
But it seems unreal. How could five third-rank cultivator get utterly crush in a remote location like that? They seem only sleeping. You know they won't wake up, for their body are sickingly pale - you overhear something about a cultivator's body strong enough to fight off the rot even after death.
You're deeply shaken. You've seen them fight - and win the Beast Tamer's gathering crown for their age group.
They were a well trained, complementary, effective squad. And they're gone.
To your greater shame, you feel more anxious than sadden. Bathias was not among the taken-back corpses.
Once the funeral was over and the bodies where taken away of the sect, you went to see Ryota.
"Master... Any hope for Bathias?
- I sincerely don't know."
Both of you remains silent. Your mind spins. You don't know much about the whole affair, but the only possibilities are him slain by the sect's ennemies at a further location, or him taken captive.
"It might not be the best of time... But I have something to sell to Marketer Golden Eye, Silver Tongue.
The market doesn't have anything interesting me... Can I grant you the reward for the deal against a spirit from the sect's treasure?
I also might need a little bit more - a third string of spare coins from the deal should be enough...
- Well, with what Marketer Golden Eye, Silver Tongue told me, this can certainly be beneficial for all parties involved.
But tell me : you have already an Hawk spirit. Why do you want a second one?
"
>To gift someone [lie]
>For yourself to experiment [half-truth]
>You think you figured out the secret of Spirit Fusion [full-truth]

Whatever your answer is, the sect have several Hawk spirit suited for your... experiment.
You decided to pick...
>Shrewd Fire Hawk Spirit
>Golden Halberd Hawk Spirit
>Flame Saber Hawk Spirit
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>>6020328
>Hawks Wide Earthly Ballet.

If I understand correctly, if we add another word, the technique is stronger but harder to cultivate.
So this is my rec.

>>6020329
>Its for an experiment, with possible massive gains.

Once it works, I am fine to reveal it to him.

>Golden Halberd
Bit disappointing but eh. Halberd should give us an easy access to a halberd for our mounted style.
Since it isnt in favour right now, less useful but still cool. And Halberd materials should be easily found
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>>6020352
Also, holy shit.

Less than 10% filled with dilligent efforts.

We need drugs, or for this hawk to double up in power from the affinity gain.
And our technique to increase. Holy shit. Time is crunching on us, so fast.
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>>6020362
Little precision : with your experience with cultivation and aperture, you know the filling-aperture speed is non-linear (meaning a late nose-aperture cultivator can fill in one day as much as he was in 2 weeks while just opening said aperture)
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>>6020328
> Hawk's Wide Fiery Ballet
>>6020329
>For yourself to experiment [half-truth]
>Flame Saber Hawk Spirit
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>>6020329
>You think you figured out the secret of Spirit Fusion [full-truth]

>Golden Halberd Hawk Spirit
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>>6020329
>You think you figured out the secret of Spirit Fusion [full-truth]
>Shrewd Fire Hawk Spirit
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I also think that we should try and score some more out of Ryota for the secret.

War is politics after all.
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>>6020352
+1
No full truth. Not yet.
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>>6020352
>>6020407
>>6020480
>>6020487
>>6020527
>>6020531


>Be me
>Read replies
>Sees one option is not voted for first one
>ithappens.webm
>The second voter didn't picked either
>Weirdening.mp4
>Turns out I'm a massive faggot which forgot a part of the update


So here is what was missing :


One question remains about the tea.
>Sell one cup, consume the second - search for special properties by your own
>Sell one cup, give the second to Ryota - you haven't found any properties of this special tea yet, maybe Ryota will?
>Sell two cups [Ryota will owe you an undisclosed yet amount of money]


To attone for my blatant faggotery, here's a freebie : The way you're answering Ryota will have repercussions greater than any of you imagine. I won't let you weasel out of the choice easily, even if you change your mind in the future. You KNOW your method works.
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>>6020539
Fuck you Qm, I know. But for the threat, the threat that we are undermining the foundations of the sect we are apart of, and the benefit it can bring Ryota, I still want a garentee of support.

>>6020352
>Change my reply to "If I tell you, Do I have your support?"
This is super dangerious territory.

>>6020539
>Give the other cup to Ryota.
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>>6020539
>Sell one cup, give the second to Ryota - you haven't found any properties of this special tea yet, maybe Ryota will?
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>>6020539
I voted >>6020531 on mobile
I am changing my vote's part from that, to backing >>6020554

so my vote is
>Hawks Wide Earthly Ballet.
>"If I tell you, Do I have your support?"
>Golden Halberd
>Sell one cup, give the second to Ryota - you haven't found any properties of this special tea yet, maybe Ryota will?
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> Adding the word "Spear" to your technique (that I will probably rename something like "Hawk Lancer Wide Ballet" will make cultivation a bit harder (number of word impact your chances of result behind the QM's screen) but will train you in the art of the Spear, improving your raw fighting ability while you work on your body tempering.
I am just bad at cultivation stuff then. I simply wandered into this thread thinking it looked cool and because I was bored at the time so I'm getting caught up

So I might as well change the first vote part to
>"Hawk Lancer Wide Ballet"
Because irregardless of elements, our main character is a spear lad at his best
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>>6020648
We already have a spear technic, you would be better served by picking another weapon like a saber, to train with.

Doubling up on technique training isnt a productive use of our time.
Though I will explain that my proposal for earth was to play to our affinity strengths to draw more energy from the techniques to speed our filling rate.

I openly invite anyone else to correct me on this logic or lack thereof.
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>>6020672
Then I want somebody else to tiebreak it and not go with Lancer, because I changed vote enough and I don't want to be wishy-washy further on this one. I'm still keeping my other 3 votes as they are.
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>>6020329

>Full truth
>Hawks Wide Fiery Ballet
>Shrewd Fire Hawk Spirit
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>>6020675
Actually. There is a thought.

We have a lot of affinity for weapons. If our path wasnt of the stratergist, we could have become a weapons master.

Present round up is
1 for lancer, yours.
2 for earthly ballet.
And 1 for firery Ballet.

Presently its earth thats gonna win.
If you would like to shift Lancer to Saber [A weapon we have middling/so so affinity for, but no technic for] then I'd support it.
Or you can remain as you are, which fair enough, easier to count the vote. I win either way.
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>>6020681
Gah, Curse you last second posts before I post!

Now equal on firey hawk balletwith earthy ballet
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>>6020329
>>6020539
>Spirit Fusion [full-truth]
>Shrewd Fire Hawk Spirit. What is more important than intelligence?
>Adding 'Earth' is good.

I probably would have gone with 'Silk' myself, since it's an elegant dance move that synergizes with Hammer, but I also like the Earth proposal. How do you see the Earth Hawk Ballet? Heavy jumping and landings with outspread arms?

>Give a cup to Ryota. He seems cool and not at all a secret evil master. Plus, I'm voting for sharing knowledge and he seems like he'll reciprocate. He already knows about our magic teapot.
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>>6020692
Silk might have worked, but again, got no clear view of how high our affinity for it is, vs our defined very good earth connection.

As for the actual motions, I think that while our current ballet is very light and gentle dance like, the addition of earth is going to make it more dynamic? Like the dancing you see in Polkahontis with the red skins.

Stomps instead of taps, leaping instead of hops and swings rather than lashes of the arms. Make everything have a bit more force, Give it extra weight.

Ryota, from all we have seen, doesnt seem. . Well, evil.
Canny and cunning, but thats a good thing when he is your ally.
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>>6020672
I think we're already spreading ourself too think weapon-wise. Maybe an unarmed technique would be good, just as a last resort/holdout in case disarmed.
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>>6020539
>>Sell one cup, give the second to Ryota - you haven't found any properties of this special tea yet, maybe Ryota will?

Its not a bribe its a gift. Maybe Ryota is the only one who can stop whats coming but only if he gets a powerup?
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>>6020539
>>6020407
>Sell one cup, give the second to Ryota - you haven't found any properties of this special tea yet, maybe Ryota will?
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>>6020329
>You think you figured out the secret of Spirit Fusion [full-truth]
>Shrewd Fire Hawk Spirit
>Hawk's Wide Fiery Ballet
>Sell one cup, give the second to Ryota - you haven't found any properties of this special tea yet, maybe Ryota will?
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>>6020648
Glad to meet you anon. Hope playing is as cool as it looked.
>Lancer
Added one limitation for that vote : you can't add keywords of weapons or mythical.
Meaning this is incorrect. This is a balancing act of mine because Body Tempering is one basis of cultivation and is unfit with martial fighting as a training technique. It helps building the foundation for further fighting, but this would compress too many functions. Thus the ban of weapons in body cultivation.
For complete disclosure, your stacked bonus on such a simple 3 words technique turned it in constant auto-success (thus a bit of a waste, you're good to had a 4 or even a 5th word on this one)
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Also

>Tally status

Loving the engagement.
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I think for next turn we should continue with foundation, which we should always really be doing.

But next I honestly suggest checking on Dan Rol.
Man din is a forever problem child, not making good use of the resources she is given. At some point you just have to let them fail.

So lets change tact and see if Dan is also a failed investment.

Got an awful lot of shit to do, but I think we are at the limits of what time allows with three actions. Unless we can condense each action down to a week, with with ULTRA BURNOUT
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>>6020987
Thanks. Still on thread 1. I love the occasional lewd innuendo going completely over this 5 year old's head, and he just reacts so innocently as you'd expect. I like how one of the first things established about the main character is he loved shrimp from the moment he had some the first time in his life, and he has a child's curiosity and fascination with the ocean, but his Water affinity SUCKS. Dhundan is an edgy bro, and I look forward to when they get older and our boy fondly reminisces about the time he had his animals shit on his best friend the first time they met.
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>>6020329
>>6020692

The 'earth' vote here is a vote for Hawks Wide Earthly Ballet. I believe that ties earth ballet and fire ballet at 3.
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>>6021475
Nice catch.
Have wrote at least half, at most two third of the update already; won't finish tonight anyway. Wrote up with Fire as a winner, but can redo that section.
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>>6021479
Im.happy with whichever option keeps us at autosuccess levels honestly.

Can just add the other word on the next breakthrough.
Though what do you guys think fits the dance word? Choreograph? Improve our understanding of patterns perhaps. Work well with sun seer.
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"But tell me : you have already an Hawk spirit. Why do you want a second one?"
You feel the world slowing down while your mind's cogs grind at twice the speed.
You feel the danger of what you're about to said - danger laced with opportunities.
You're about to word out a threat - menacing to undermine the whole structure of your sect, flip it down.
Masters of the Trainers of Hundred Beasts do so for an opportunity to rise as a Trainer of Thousand Beast, and learn the secrets to further cultivation after third stage.
Actually, the threatened one would be the Thousand Beasts structure, not the Hundred one.
And despite the favorable impression of the storytelling Fairy Wise Crane and your previous Hawk Master, you felt quite threatened by a few of your mother sect's master - the long white-bearded elder that ran the spirit evaluation, the Wolf cultivator that taught you the blood shadow wolf technique...
"If I tell you, do I have your support?"
Your mastery over social situation let you hold control over your voice, not trembling the slightest despite the terror holding you.
Focus. Calm down. You deeply trust Ryota - from the first day. Ryota deeply trusts you - entrusting you the mission at Golden Skystone village and third realm talismans. Breath in. Breath out.
"I pierced the secret of the Spirit Fusion."
The silence between the two of you is heavy. You feel like the position inverted - you're the one waiting in heavy tension; Ryota is pondering deeply.
"Alright. For now, don't tell anyone. I'm not even sure I want to know the process.
We'll see how we'll deal with that and how we can leverage it for your best interest...
"
Your best interest. Not the sect in its globality, not the branch's interact, not even Ryota's.
You feel like you gave a push to a pebble at the top of a mountain. Pebble setting in motion rock, then turning into a whole landslide.
A small event, triggering a chain of reaction with tremendous consequences in the future.
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Not a word is spoken while going to the treasury.
In front of the sect's coffer, the answer to "which spirit pick" question is far from trivial.
On one hand, the Golden Halberd Hawk Spirit would fit well your Mounted Fighting style.
On the other hand, what is more important than intelligence?
Three pillars create a cultivator : Body, Soul and Mind. Every cultivators work their body tempering and their soul cultivation; most neglect sharpening their intellect.
You are on a path preventing this mistake. Chosing a spirit improving slyness is one more step on the way.
Wait. Picking the bead yourself might be courting death already - you feel the Hawk Spirit in your soul already rousing, ready to fight the unbouded ones.
"Master, I'll chose this one. But for safeness sake... can you hold it for me before I conduct the fusion ritual?"
That makes Ryota laugh, defusing slightly the tension. Both of you gets back at his office, writing to Marketer Golden Eye, Silver Tongue before going back to your chore and diligent cultivation.

The next day, you're in the market.
"Welcome honored guest. You're lucky : I found a client ready to buy at such a short notice your... unique product.
Now, if you'll follow me...

- My Master is coming with me.
- Of course, of course."
You're brought once again in the closed room with paper doors, which close on the three of you.
On a table, a pot of hot water is waiting with tea leaves and two cups.
"Alright master... Here's what I'm selling."
You unfurl the rags layered around the teapot, its shine soonly filling the room.
You brew the tea, almost in trance. You wait for the perfect moment, and pour two cups. The Marketer takes one of the cup, smiles, have a short bow and takes his leave.
You and Ryota stare at the steaming hot cup. Your nose skill let you know the drink is overcharged in Growth energy.
Your teapot have dimmed in return.
"I see. Where does the Teapot comes from?
- I was lucky enough to fall into Growth realm.
- Really? What does this empowered tea do?
- I have completely no idea. But this cup is for you."
Ryota smiles, takes the cup, drink it down.
Around fifteen minutes later, the Marketer is back with your money.
"I'm devastated to anounce you this special drink didn't met our client's expectation. Thus, I'll rescind my offer to buy more in the future."
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That seems like a bad news. Is the teapot enchanted to make tea look important?
Anyway, you hand most of the money to Ryota to settle your Hawk-spirit debt, and go for a stroll in the market.
Following your nose, you pick up Fox-dragonfly wings - an insect apparently known for its cunning - and a Tulip with petals made of fire.
It's time to go back to the sect - you have much to do, although the loss of opportunity bother you. Ryota notice, as he engage the conversation while you stare at the pebbles on the road.
"Looks like Marketer Golden Eye hates money.
- What?
- I think he completely misjudged the worth of his drink.
- But... It was for a client...
- No. He took it for himself. And failed to percieve the hidden worth.
- What hidden worth?
- I'll tell you another time. After all, are you certain we are not heard right now?"
You spin your head left and right. The road seems empty; what is your Master meaning?

In your expanded Immortal Cave, you sit in your drawn formation. You prepared the golden hawk feather, the cup of tea, the fox-dragonfly wing and the fire tulip. Beads of sweat wet your forehead, as you've been pulling back your roused and startle Hawk spirit while you transported the beaded Shrewd Fire Hawk spirit.
Everything seems ready. You release your bounded Spirit as the Shrewd Fire Hawk agitates in the cracking bead. You won't salvage that one.
Your Hawk circle the outsider. Flames rise, gold shine. The cunning spirit soonly realize it's trap, and lashes out in desperation.
A talon cut in your bounded spirit flank, which retaliate by pecking the neck of its foe. You feel the fire rising, the two sources melting in each other.
The resulting fire turns golden. The angry ball of feathers, beaks and claws turn too bright to see. Where two hawks standed, one remained.
Bounded to your soul, you feel the familiar growth, fire and gold among your link. But a new smugness shines in the eye of the Hawk.
The fusion is a success. Spirit to be fused seems to have to share elements with the already bounded spirit, and materials have to provided.
But what you didn't anticipated after the Primordial Wolf fusion is the exhaustion felt after the whole matter.
It's exhausted, but happy that you report to Ryota, showing him behind closed wall the proof of your success.
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>Then resume your foundation training
Including "Fire" expression in your dance is an evidence - your main inspiritation is your Ascending GoldeIt's really a good thing you already broke through...n Flame Hawk Spirit after all.
For now, the movement have slightly changed. Your dance is slightly more erratic, including now a few flickers and sharp turns.
As all cultivations techniques, there is an internal pendant to the technique at least as important as the external form.
The External moves can be copied, the Internal have to be understood. Of course, pointers and words describing meridians help, but nobody ever showed you how to circle your energy inside. Including "Fire" as one of the technique's tenents have invisible repercussions.
Inside, your Qi and Blood pattern adapt and change. Nothing discernable for now. But you can't wait to experiment this technique with True Qi.

This was a good week, filled with a fair amount of progress. What should you do next? Work on your movement? Or your weapons skill maybe? Wait, keeping up foundation is where it's at, right? And you still haven't even glanced at the Phoenix Arrow technique...
"Come with me. We're going away."
Wait, what? Unexpected trip? Your suspicion flares up. You calm when you realize you'll travel with Ryota, the Snake Mistress and Dan Rol.
"So, we're getting back at Golden Skystone Village?
- yes we are."
This time, you'll get there using a flying cart, with Ryota's Flying Golden Boar harnessed.
Like last time, it's illusory to hope cultivating while travelling. But you have more than ample time for discussion.
>Write-in : what ask/discuss with Ryota?
>Write-in : what ask/discuss Maya Tao, the braided lithe snake mistress?
>Write-in : what ask/discuss with Dan Rol?
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>>6021834
>Ask every single of one them why we felt “funny” seeing naked women.

Will be really really funny to see them awkwardly explain this to us.
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>>6021846
While funny, we are disturbed by it.

>>6021834
>Ryota: "Are we anticipating an attack? What else is expected of me? Any operative instructions?"

>Maya: "Hello again snake mistress! How is Senior Kyo kyo, [Option to be embarrassed or confident at using the pet name], did you get that snake you were hunting? I've discovered I have a good affinity for poison, do you have any advice?"

>Dan rol "How have you found the outside world? Did you learn anything? How did you find the competition?"
Shame we only spent one month with him. Tenous relationship rather than a strong one.
Cest la vie.
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>>6021833
>Has to share an element.

Interesting. So the primordial wolfs benefit is that it can eat ANY "wolf".
Our other animals, Like the snake, can eat any "Snake" + "Space/Spear" + "Free space" but not "Snake" + "unrelated to either spear or space" + "free space"?

Did I get that right?
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>>6021945
You're utterly and completely right. You don't know, however, how much elements you have to share to eat - relevent for rarer, higher-levelled spiritual beast : can you eat a lotus strong-legged cosmic snake?
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>>6021961
Still reading thread 2 and the thought occured to me that, if the Tamers/Trainers of Hundred/Thousand/Million Beasts sect overall has spiritual beasts at their core, and it's basically ancient chinese Pokemon... then is there a secretive demonic or heretic sect out there that fuses or sacrifices spiritual beasts to power up others or create new ones of their own, which makes them ancient chinese Shin Megami Tensei?
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>>6021945
>the primordial wolfs benefit is that it can eat ANY "wolf".
It counts as infinite free spaces itself but only requires "wolf" on the target to be eaten. Very interesting. No wonder with prime potential like that fitting of the title of Primordial, would so many people murder our 6 year old to steal it from him if they knew. That wise loresage lady was correct about that
>the greatest of the spirits, the world itself. This is what the legend call the Primordial Spirit - a spirit made of all the spirits, pulling in its grasp cultivators with an affinity.
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>>6022009
>>6021961
Well my working theory, and guideline, is thus.

rank 1 spirit beasts, like we have, all seem to possess 3 words. [ANIMAL] [TWO] [THREE].
Exception we have is Golden Flame Hawk [secret growth aspect], which is four words and Nimble Spiritual Guardian Snake. Which in hindsight we probably should have gone for, with 4 words so probably second realm.
Anyway, these seem like they are a higher quality, but still at the first realm.

Working theory is that you need 2 minimum matching words, and every realm above, an additional matching element. So it's compatable.
NOW HERE'S WHERE WE GET RISKY
I think that if a 2nd tier beast, Like NIMBLE SPIRITUAL GUARDIAN SNAKE tried to eat a 1st tier beast, like say WIND SHIELD SNAKE, it probably could. It would get less out of it, but it *would* absorb the related word guardian is related to shield.

that's my theory.
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>>6022017
Oh and by the way.

If we can get another animal with the "warrior/martial proficiency" word. . . that'd be fucking great. The horse is already doing us so much good.
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>>6021834
Backing >>6021889
but please not >>6021846
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>>6021889
+1
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>>6022267
+1 to these sentiments
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>>6021834
Ask Ryota for tips on how to circle your energy inside
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>>6021889
Another question for snake mistress and ryota can be "Do you have any eye skills or nose skills suitable for me?"

And maybe ask Dan to keep Kyo kyos nature secret. She likes being secret.
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Just to be clear : this is a free lore/discussion vote.
Will include everything discussed - barring >>6021846 because a bit out of character and more vote against than for
So yeah, go wild. Talk about everything with everybody. Wildest questions and theory.
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>>6022707
Well if you insist. Apply these to whoever it makes sense to ask.

>Hey so, what advice do you have for mouth apature cultivation? What's the breakthrough for second major realm like, what's the most aspects a spiritual beast you have ever seen, Do you have many friends in the sect of a Thousand beast tamers? How long do you have to be a teacher before you get elevated, every 10 years? How long HAVE you been the sect master/snake master? What was the previous Snake master/Boar master/Sect master like? Are they still alive? What do you know about Symphony of Gilded waters sect? Who was responsible for the grove and other village attack? is this an alliance against us or one sects schemeing?
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>>6022707
It's pretty funny and in-character for a little boy to be told he can ask anything, and he just spouts lots of questions exactly like how you'd expect a kid his age to do
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>>6022707
>How do the elements and beasts interact with each other? Do some elements defeat other elements? Do some empower other elements? Is there a rock-paper-scissors effect among beast spirits? Do some beast types have natural affinity or aversion to some elements? Can beast spirits feed on plant spirits? Why is the sky blue? How do you figure out which shapes and forms channel which elements and techniques?
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>>6022707
>Oh, and can beast spirits talk with us? How to hold a conversation with them?
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>>6021834
>Can you tell me more about beast shifting? Is it hard and whatis the purpose?
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>>6022845
>Why is the sky blue.
This now got me thinking.

>Hey ryota, where are all the spiritual humans? Seems unfair that animals dont need Body tempering liquid. Whats a human aspected animal? Can you feed a hawk body tempering liquid and teach it a human waltzing ballat, so I'm doing a hawk waltzing ballet and its doing a human waltzing ballet?
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>>6022807
Please lecture the QM more about his own quest and characters
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>>6023663
I don't believe that it was intended sarcastically or antagonistically. Small children do ask lots of undirected questions. 'Why is the sky blue' being a classic. 'How do you always know what I'm doing' and 'where do babies come from' and a string of 'why' being some other classics.
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>>6023663
What? I wasn't lecturing at all though?

>>6023706
Yes I meant it seriously
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>Take a break of 1 day regarding my regular update rhythm
>Players are starting to be mean to each other

If I was Bananas I would inflame the debate by pepeposting. I am not, so I inform you I'm writing.
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>>6023874
Kids are cruel Jack, and I touch minors
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"Hello again snake mistress! How is Senior Kyo kyo?
- Thriving. After the last trip to Golden Skystone Village, she opened her 5th Dantian and stabilized. She's making good progress.
- Great! What about that snake you were hunting?
- I was not hunting for a snake. But no. Didn't made the breakthrough that way or another..."
You can only empathise. She appears to be stucked in Third Stage - like most masters of your branch, her cultivation is struggling.
However, it's great news for Kyo Ko, really - but does it mean she will be stucked after breaking through, expectably in the next five years?
"I've discovered I have a good affinity for poison, do you have any advice?
- Do you ask me because I'm the Snake Mistress? Way of the Snake is not obligatory linked to poison, you know?
- Oh... So you don't know about Poison?
- I mean, it's one of my strongest element, but not because of my Snake affinity!
Anyway, We'll see when you'll reach second stage.

- I wonder... How long where you Snake Mistress?
- 7 years, give or take?
- Who was the previous Snake Master?
- My own master, a Third Rank man named Teng Liang. He was stuck at third realm - like I am.
He had few chances to join the Thousand Tamers of Hundred Beasts, and thought his chances was better as a Loose Cultivator if only he found a method to go over third stage.
One day we went on the Snake Realm together, looking for insight. He never came back.
I just hope he found what he was looking for and is still cultivating and making breakthrough somewhere. Chances are slims
"
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"Hey Dan Rol. How have you found the outside world?
- Surprising. I'm impressed by the beauty of girls out there. I mean, Kyo Ko will grow in the story's fabled Jade Beauties. And she was half as pretty as the girl that kick my butt in the tournament. And that's not even talking about the sect's mistresses..."
He have a weird glance at Maya Tao, sitting idly (and a bit bored), blatantly ignoring the teenager.
"Did you learn well in your time with the Sect?
- Progressed a fair bit; my Mouth Aperture is filling up. It's going faster than in the sect, really.
I took some time to acclimate, but in the end I profited from coming with you - despite not bounding a beast, or learning new cultivation techniques.
Spiritual energy is denser, but less fitted to my clan's style. It was really interesting.

- How did you find the competition?
Esteemed Big Brother was incredible in his fights. I'm a bit disappointed you lost in half-finals though. Me, I was crunched in the first round by someone who lost the round before quarter finals."
You haven't spend a lot of time with the kid you took as hostage. A chilling thought cross you mind :
Granted, he's armless. But what if he had bad blood and wanted nothing more than revenge?
It wasn't the case. Thus, your course of action was the best use of your precious time, right? ... Right?
There's one more thing you've thought about : could you be from Golden Skystone Village?
Most likely not. Your skin is clearer than their deep tan, and your hair are most certainly not blond.
That's not the case of a handful of Snake pupils.
"By the way, Dan Rol... How did you feel meeting some kids you knew?
- Oh, that... That was, at the very least, more than weird. No one remember the village or anyone there.
In the end, most of them come from really poor family, they could never buy the needed cultivation ressources on their own.
So it might be for the best, maybe? It's not like the village is rich enough to support them - Father have bearly enough to support us after all.

- It is said barely, not bearly.
- Dammit! It's that Ren Zhou bear cultivator with his bad bear pun, he infected me!"
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But of course, most of your time is spent with Ryota. It's good to feel free to discuss much with him - like a bit more than one year ago when you came back from the Conclave.
"Master, what advice do you have for mouth aperture cultivation?
- Diligent work. In term of treasures, Spiritual Honey is said to be beneficial for Mouth Aperture.
Same goes for Tea - I personnally acquired some energy-rich leaves that I pressed some Earth-Gem Yuzu in.
In a lesser degree, food in general would work well - especially prepared by an Immortal Chief, like in last Conclave.
And once it's filled, it's time for the tribulation for the second realm.

- Speaking of, what is it like?
- You've heard of Tribulation's lightning, right? You might have seen or heard it already a few time since you joined the sect?
Don't worry about this for now - first realm breakthrough is different.
The breakthrough is named "Fish Leaping Through the Dragon's Gate". It is a spiritual matter linked to a lucky encounter.

- What's the most aspects a spiritual beast you have ever seen?
- Naturally? Three is rare. I'm not sure, but I think I once saw Four.
With Spirit Fusion? Certainly five. Maybe Six.

- Do you have many friends in the sect of a Thousand beast tamers?
- Not much. Not as many as I would like... When I was a third stage cultivator, an outsider went in the sect, invited by the Lion Master holding the branch at the time. He was actually cultivating an Heretic Technique. Most of the masters where slains, as well as a good number of students.
I tracked him - this was the occasion I teamed up with the Paper Tiger and Green Dragon sects disciples, strengthening the link among our sects.
In the end, we found him, took him down and bringed back a stolen treasure from the Imperial Treasurery. I was rewarded with a Fighting Technique by the Emperor himself - this let me go through 3rd stage and reach 4th.

- What do you know about Symphony of Gilded waters sect?
- I paid a bit for informations since you came back with this informations.
They are Spiritual Art experts, with a talented crafter guild. Rumors say they feel they're more than a countryside village, and want to grow as influent as Stable Lotus. Thus, their attack is a strategic search for ressources and long-term political power.
Consequencially, there don't seem to be a peaceful solution to our conflict. And yes, they were behind at least Mistrock Village attack, reasonably also involved with Water Bush Cove.
No idea if they act alone or not.
"
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"How do the elements and beasts interact with each other? Do some elements defeat other elements? What about beasts?
- Yes. It's complicated. It depends on the personal way - what might become the dao - of a cultivator.
It is a clash of intent. Of course, you'll have difficulties to convince your opponent your Fire is stronger than his Water.
But it can happen. Same for animals : A mouse is supposed to counter the Elephant - small, nimble, can crawl up its trump. But this depends always on one's dao. Then, there is no Dao that can win against all. Thus, the answer depends on the matchup, your affinity and your path as a cultivator.

- Do some beast types have natural affinity or aversion to some elements?
- Counter-intuitively, no.
- Can beast spirits feed on plant spirits?
- Yes. It's good for them. But if they're bounded, you'd better eat them yourself. They become part of your soul after all.
- Why is the sky blue?
- I don't know the answer of that question. But this is what I heard : Blue is the favored color of current's Heaven's Will, thus he painted the sky in Azur.
Another story says the Sky is a path to the Astral Sea - and Astral Sea, as most sea, is blue.
Another story told about an Immortal Fairy that became Heaven's Will, but at great cost, having to sacrifice many dreams and closed one on her path to greatness. Thus, she wept tear, filling the sky in blue.

- How do you figure out which shapes and forms channel which elements and techniques?
- I am no scholar, so it mostly comes from experience, trials and error.
- Where are all the spiritual humans?
- Well, you are one yourself, according to the myths of many realms.
- Seems unfair that animals dont need Body tempering liquid.
- In our realm, animals are not cultivator. Who knows how they progress in spiritual rich realm? Maybe there are Apothecary Boar Masters out there.
- Can you feed a hawk body tempering liquid and teach it a human waltzing ballat, so I'm doing a hawk waltzing ballet and its doing a human waltzing ballet?
- That would be a very expensive experiment. One that have already been attempting. It yields weaker result than bonding to spiritual beasts.
- Oh, and can beast spirits talk with us? How to hold a conversation with them?
- At your realm, no. At third realm, a mind emerges in wild spiritual beasts. Bonded spiritual beasts might improve around Gold Core formation - turning into Pendants, a part of your soul independant enough to think and act on its own.
- Can you tell me more about beast shifting? Is it hard and what is the purpose?
- I don't master that myself. Your friend's Dhundan Scale Shield is an example - he's powering his beast through their soul connection and materializing a part of it in the real world. It's incredible a first-stage cultivator can do that to begin with, you know?"
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"Why are we going to the village? Are we anticipating an attack?
- Deepen the link. Bringing ressources, assert their defenses - the Patriarch seems ready to put up with the price.
About an attack... I sincerely hope not. But we can never know for sure.

- What else is expected of me?
- This operation is a continuation of your last mission. You are in charge, under my supervision.
You'll take the decisions for the sect.
"
That's a lot of weight over your shoulder. Again.
Seeing your thoughtful face, Ryota laugh.
"Sometime, I forget you're 6.
- 6 and half!
- Yes, that's a big difference. Anyway, I thought you'll ask about the teapot of yours, or your and the sect's future.
This will have to be discussed another time... We're closing in.
"

The trip have taken a few days only. You recently flew over the road LuoBin is ambushed. You wonder how he's going.

The cart land. You step out, the Snake Mistress stretch, Dan Rol kneel and let a handful of sand flow between his fingers.
Of course, the sight of the flying cart drew attention - massed mob of mortals, pointing fingers, whispering.
The Patriarch and his elder son are waiting for you, the youngest daughter one step behind. Looks like her status improved with Dan Rol's depart.
A few steb farther, the Patriarch's wifes are massed together.
"Greetings to the Tamers of Hundred Beasts.
It is a great honor to host the Sect's headmaster as well as such a pretty Fairy so well versed in the way of the Snake.
I see Young Master have broke through since his last visit. Congratulations.
"

You are taken into guest rooms. As the afternoon only begins, you have some time to spare while the Masters and Patriarch are "catching up"
- Meaning Ryota and Snake Mistress will interrogate about your trip, and confirm all informations.
More than not required, your presence would polarize discussion leading to missing crucial informations.
>What will you do of your afternoon?
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>>6024532
>See how his sister has faired in Dans abscense, then go and practice our movement technqiues in the gold stone desert.
>Make an offer for sparring eith Dan or His sister if they would like.
Bit of socialisation and training.
Make good use of the chance to practice with the environment.
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>>6024522
I wonder if spirit fusion would be enough for Snake Mistress to break thorugh
>>6024532
>Cultivate with Dan Rol and his sister
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>>6024532
>Hang out in the town
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>>6024548
+1
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>>6024548
+1
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>>6024532
>Practice with Hawk friend to see if anyone is swiftly fleeing the village after our arrival.
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>>6025186
>+! to this, lets see if we can find anything out.
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>>6024548
>>6024563
>>6024962
>>6024998
>>6025041
>>6025186
>>6025273

Alright.
We'll start with the spar against Dan Rol.
1d100; DC 40.
This is a "first blood" situation (meaning both Vengeful Spear and Hawk's Double Talon doesn't count as trump).
Dan Rol have seen your Blood Shadow Wolf (and you can't use it anyway in that fight) and your Horse spirit, so available trumps are the Snake and the Hawk.
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Rolled 95 (1d100)

>>6025419
Hes pretty good
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>>6025427
That's a pretty good roll.
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Turns out I don't have as much time to write today as I thought.
I won't scam the good roll for you, but you can still write-in/vote about activities other than sparring
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>>6025610
Still want to hang out around town and get a feel for how people are doing there
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>>6025683
Its a good idea.

Maybe try other foods as well? We liked shrimp, maybe they have speciality.
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You have a bit of time to spare. Not enough to go train deeply in the waste, not when you want to watch carefully how the people in town react to your presence.
You are currently in front of the patriarch's house, with clear view in both roads out of town. With how barren the landscape is, sneaking away is a pipe dream.

"Come on, Dan Rol. Let's exchange pointers meanwhile!
- Esteemed senior Brother must certainly be jesting!
- Not at all. Friendly spars are a great way to make breakthrough actually.
I merely didn't had time to do so in the sect, it's the perfect opportunity.
- If you say so... Forgive me for going all out!
His energy flares while rushing at you.
His cultivation is more advanced than yours : he's fast and nimble.
But he seems poorly train in the fighting arts. He's bare-handed, and that seem more a default choice than a conscious one.
Grasping your training spear, you get ready to face him.
Locking him in your gaze, you start spinning your spear to keep him at a safe distance.
He's trying to closing in, with his superior speed. But he remains predictable enough for you to pace properly and sending jabs on his way.
You send a sweeping motion with your shaft, Dan Rol jumps and tries to close in, felling in your trap.
Your spear spins, the sweep's momentum turns into a stab.
Of course, you don't have the tournament's paint enchantment placed on your weapons. So you divert the strike, for the wooden training blade could still hurt.
It graze the throat of Dan Rol, letting one drop of blood pearling out of the scratch.
It's not over : you feel something.
Following your hunch, you channel Qi and Blood thread in the weapon to the drop of blood, letting a Bloodd Shadow Wolf emerging between the two of you.
>New skill - Double-Sentence thrust.
Using the Spear to channel your Qi and Blood all the way to your target's blood : a Blood-Shadow wolf emerges from a wound inflicted to your opponent.

You quickly dispel the spritual art - yet another one that can't be use in tournament ruleset, it seems. Is it some kind of sick joke from fate?
Or a life-saving boon, to collection that many trumps that will never reveal before you go seriously?
You hope not. And maybe in the older age group, it can come to use : you're pretty sure the heavy restriction placed on first stage cultivator are alleviated letting more intense fight for the higher realmed cultivators.
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Your little spar gathered a small crowd. Most seem impressed, a few don't care much but watching the fight beats the current chores or boredom.
No one seems overtly suspicious, no minion leaving discretely to warn their overlord of incoming meddling from the place's owner.
There's one thing of note.
"You've got a lot of nerve. Coming to our village, asking to be called Young Master, Beating up the Patriarch's son in the village's place."
A grown-up boy. Around Bathias age, but at the lowest level of second stage.
His energy flares. His apertures are in a strange state, leaking True Qi around.
"Calm down. In what right are you getting angry against my Esteemed Little Brother for my sake?"

Before things worsen, the door of Patriarch's house opens. The adults have a glance at you, so you leave the situation to go inside.
Time to eat already? Oh, the stew. Again. You don't fancy much the rabbit and bitter roots making the bulk of the village's refined cooking.
You and your master are at the Patriarch's table, with both his son and his daughter. This confirm her perceived rise in status from your actions.
"To reiterate the Golden Skystone Village allegiance to Tamers of Hundred Beasts, I prepared a gift for to assert our gratitude toward our benevolent liege."
At long least, meal is over. Sun is setting; you're brought in the wastes, near one of the countless rocky ledge.
In the shade of the rocky outcrop, you are guided to a cave.
Ryota and the Snake Mistress share a knowing glance, having already felt what was hidden. Your nose tell you of strong hints of Gold and Space, as expected in these wild. A third sent is mixed : Snake.
You also guessed what the Patriarch is offering you. What surprise you is the amount : Six of them are coiled and slithering around the cave.
"In the timespan, to atone for the... situation, I gathered those Snake Spirits.
This is the secret of Golden Skystone Clan. The basis of our techniques. I can only beg you, Master, to be generous.
We don't know the secret of binding beasts. If you feel our offering is worth it, please hear my plead to bind my sons to those spirits.

- Dealing with the whole ... situation is Quiet Word's responsibility. So, young cultivator, how should you split this new ressources acquired by the sect?"
You can't believe your luck. A Cosmic Golden Snake, or whatever they're called, would be a valid fusion option for your snake spirit.
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>Ressource allocation minigame!
Will you simply reap the reward of your previous job? Plant seeds to let the Villagers' cultivators develop and grow?
The village might be under danger : better empower them to resist in the future? But they've already betrayed...
Did they paid their debt fully? Letting them grow too strong might mean a future revolt.
However, rewarding loyalty and empowering allies might not be such a bad move. It is a matter of compromise, priorities and trust.

>Game one : Snakes
There are 6 Snakes. Chose who gets binded among Man Cong, Dan Rol, the young Daughter, Patriarch, Yourself.
Unbinded snakes will be added to the sect's treasurery.

>Game two : Teaching
The Patriarch is stuck in early 3rd realm. Maybe some time with the Snake Mistress (read : months) will let them work on the clan's techniques, and fix flaws.
This might be beneficial for one, the other or both. This can of course fail.
Letting Snake Mistress stay have a cost : she won't teach the Hundred of Beast Tamers (including you), and her share of work will have to be done by disciples.
Plus, she's one of the sect's best healer. However, letting her stay in the village will mean a powerhouse is there in case of attack on said village.
It is, again, a matter of compromise, priorities and trust.

>Game three : Kid's Mercato
Perfect opportunity to leave Dan Rol in village or take someone else away.
>Who stays? Who remains?

And of course, as always...
>Write-in are encouraged!
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>>6026554
>Snakes: One to ourself, two to the sons, and three to the sect.

The sect has already rewarded us for the mission, but this is a gift. Honestly? Gold/space is kinda doubling up on gold, but I'll take double affinity rather than miss out on the easy fixing of our problem. 3/4 beasts down with this option.

>Ask how long she thinks would be needed/prudent to fix the techniques? We can spare her for 5 months.
We improve their abilities? we put a powerhouse with them? demonstrating a show of loyalty and also a projection of power? absolutely.

>Leave/take?
Honestly, if we want to improve the village, improve the doseage of body tempering liquid that the daughter gets is a good move.

Taking her with us is a bad one, as proven by the unsuitable nature of the sect's energies.
But if ryota isn't willing to part with more liquid, we can always just take her with us.

Dan Rol. . are we going to keep ignoring him? if so, may as well let him stay here.
his only benefit in the sect is to be close with us, which we are too much of a workaholic to make easy. Leave him here.
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>>6026574
Ill further elaborate that these gifts were not expected. They are an unexpected windfall, sp the sect getting 3 is still pretty good.

The snake mistress, I'm saying is also to benefit her as much as our interests. Really please as much as we can with this array.

My only other thought is that we couls fuck over Man chong and assist the daughter, to create the debt.
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>>6026552
>Snakes: One to ourself, three to the sons and daughter, and two to the sect.
>Let snake mistress stay
>Let the kids stay and try to get more body tempering liquid for the daughter, if that fails take her along
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>>6026554
>Snakes: One to ourself, three to the sons and daughter, and two to the sect.
>Don't lend out snake mistress, I'm sure she has better things to do than teach some losers
>Keep Dan Rol
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>>6026554
>Snakes: One to ourself, three to the sons and daughter, and two to the sect.
>Keep the snake mistress
The patriarch growing stronger may be an issue as he may plot against us, but the children should be grateful to the sect, and hopefully remain loyal.
>Leave/Take
We can leave Dan Rol, he'll talk about the skills he witnessed at the tournament, which should deter thoughts of rebellion from the village. After all, who better to talk about strength than someone who experienced it?
We can ask the daughter if she'd like to come; their attitude as well as the gift snakes don't mean we need to take another "hostage" if we want to show goodwill and cooperation with them.
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>>6026554
1 for us, 1 for each child, the rest for the sect.
Leave Snake Mistress, hopefully she can deal with the bandits.
Swap Dan Rol for Daughter
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>>6026554
>>6026622
>+1 to this. We don't have time for Dan Rol but we can spare some resources at least.
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Alright.
Not locking yet, but it seems to me the winning combination is :
>1 for you, 3 for the Patriarch's Kids, 2 for the Sect
>Leave Snake mistress for several months at most
>Let 3 kids behind.

Before writing the next things...
>Anything else you want to do in village?
Else, you'll leave. Simple as.
On the road, you might stop to check on Luo Bin. Or don't.
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>>6027336
>Challenge Dan Rol to a rematch at spiritual rock picking.
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>>6027336
Rematch might be fun, contribute those to the sect.

Check in on Luo Bin. See if he's got any news.

And ask Ryota what's up with the kettle.
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>>6027374
The sect gets them... IF we win. If Dan Rol wins, the village gets them.
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Alright.
Give me 4d100.
>First one is the overall reward available in the fields.
>Next one is Dan Roll's effort
>Then, 2 dice for you (Nose Skill broken for treasure hunt)
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>>6028053
4 roll of 1d100. No one like a dice hogger
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Rolled 66 (1d100)

>>6028055
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Rolled 75 (1d100)

>>6028055
Big money?
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Rolled 62 (1d100)

>>6028055
Woot
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Rolled 86 (1d100)

>>6028055
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>>6028117
I hope Dan Rol doesnt think we are bullying him. Cause its starting to seem like we are bullying him.
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Allright. Will certainly write in the next 6 hours.
(Will try to; not the curse per se because it's good things but Real Life is keeping me on my toes). Anyone against checking on Luo Bin raise objections, else it will be included
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Rolled 47 (1d100)

>>6028055
I only see 3 rolls
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>>6028495
You do not have eyes. You do not see mount tai
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>>6028497
Oh shit you're right
The card game art is just too magnetic, I didn't see anything else on that post
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>>6028118
We nearly tied this time. We just barely edged out thanks to our skill.
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"It's simple, really. First, we'll seal the cave. Masters, I guess I'll be the one conducting the ritual?
I thought so... Dan Rol, I challenge you! We'll need Golden Skystones, let's have a rematch!
- You're on! But if you lose, you'll call me Esteemed Big Brother!"

The haul is way thinner than last time : the jewel prize of the Hunt is your 2nd stage stone.
Both of you gathered in addition four first stage stones. Truth is, you lucked a bit, despite your nose-provided advantage.
Then, you chalk up the ground of an empty room for fusion.
"Mistress, won't the lack of Snake Pet deter the ritual?
- It will make it harder for them. Straining their souls more. But we don't plan to gift them more than one spirit?
Your amazing link with three beasts let you bound with as much. It is not frequent. Four is rarely seen. Five... Maybe I saw once or twice.
Of course, there are legends of more bounded beasts. But I've seen Five at most.

- What about the lack of our meditation technique?
- Their own clan's technique should be close enough for our purpose.
- And the daughter? She can't bind as a mortal...
- As I'll stay, I'll supervise her daily cultivation. Her breakthrough shouldn't be far away."

Remains two kids to bind. By deference, you start with the Elder son. You require him to wear a piece of cloth over his eyes, which he's reluctant to.
A slap at the back of his head from his father, doubled with a lecture on how this is the Beast Tamer's secret that is being gifted to his ungrateful self gets him back to best behavior.
Blindfold on, you guide him to the ritual room, where waits a beaded snake, a Golden Skystone and some scales, gift of Snake Mistress.
"Circulate your Meditation Technique now."
Teeth clenched, visibly loathing being ordered, he still complies. The snake spirit, hissing and thrashing, is pulled toward the Wasteland cultivator.
It's quite interesting to layer your energy sight with your innate skill of element-smelling, leading to you pinpointing the exact instant the assimilation occurs.
The boy seems dizzy and heavily disoriented. Expected. You bring him to a bedroll (outside the ritual room), take his blindfold and let him rest.
You reproduce the exact same thing for Dan Rol, soon laying in a ball, clutching his shin near his brother.
Welp. Time for you own experiment.
You have a bit of apprehension - after all, you miss some components, mainly the "spear" aspect. But this is a too good opportunity to pass.
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You spend the night to recover (and for checking the boys are recovering well), with another serving of the dreaded stew.
The Snake mistress seems quite happy to stay, the Patriarch seems quite happy too. The Patriach's wives, not so.

The next morning, you take off, just Ryota and you.
You have provisioned ample amount of Body Tempering Liquid - following Elder Sister Kyo Ko advice, you said so to Ryota, which complimented your foresight.
He also gave what looked like an ample amount of Qi and Blood pills
"A more than fair price for 3 spirits given to the sect.
- But... Only two where from the sect?
- I'm counting the one binded to you as given to the sect too.
- I have another question... There was a boy in the village. Second stage, but his Apertures were leaking.
- Probably a talented cultivator, with affinities unaligned with the local energies. He forced through and injured his spiritual channels.
- Oh... Why wasn't him selected like I where for an adequate sect?
- I'm afraid the young ones sent to evaluate affinities are more rarity than the norm."
Ryota seems a bit embarassed. Why do... wait it's here.
"Ryota, Ryota, can we stop there?
- Need to relieve yourself?
- No. I mean, yes, but that's not why we need to stop"

The Flying cart dives, toward the section of road LuoBin ambushes.
It's empty.
"Come out, LuoBin!
- I haven't finished!"
Focusing on your hearing, you hear the distinctive trickle of a stream of impure water.
"Hello young master.
- Still waylaying? How unredeemable.
- I'd like to say this is a trade. Anyway, since last time, I kept an eye open.
I asked the same of the boys from the other side of the village.
And let's just say a few Orchids are getting pushed up by nice mounts of earth containing Symphony of Gilded Waters travellers.

- All that for my sake? Did I made such a strong impression?
- Sorry young master. It's more that our mutual interest converges on that matter.
You see, both Symphony of Gilded Waters and Elusive Freemen think there is a lack of a real town in the vicinity.
"

After a few more pleasantry exchanged, you take off again.
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"So, Ryota... About the teapot?
- I think it gives a chance to go through a cultivation's bottleneck, akin to a lucky encounter, no matter the style or the reason for stalling.
- That seem... Worth a lot.
- What impresses me is the fact it works for me at 4th stage despite you being a first stage cultivator.
Between this and the fact you discovered fusion... What do you think the future holds for you?
"
Uh?
You haven't thought at all about that, and the repercussion of your findings.
"What I will say to you might get both of us in deep troubles.
Tamers of Thousand beast are not the only path to progress after third stage. Some disciples goes to other sects. Other take the path of Loose Cultivators.
But I'm wary of the Emperor's health. The old man might collapse any day.
With the demise of his eldest daughter and son, I'm afraid his last daughter won't be up to the task of holding the whole empire.
Thus I'm seeing another path forward. A path where we go a bit against our elder sect, using the upcoming chaos to have leeway. A dangerous path though.


You're more than thoughtful on the remaining flight time. You're a part of the Empire after all.
Empire gives stability and prosperity. Thousands of Beast Tamers provides relevance and a whole network of ressources.
Stable Lotus City branch is the only town you really know. The loose cultivator road means more freedom.

Non binding, personality defining vote : where does your allegiance goes for now?
>Empire
>Thousand of Beast Tamers
>Eastern Branch of Hundred of Beast Tamers
>Yourself and your friends. Thus, the loose cultivator road will grant you the most freedom.

>Any other things to discuss with Ryota?
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>>6029284
>Yourself and your friends. Thus, the loose cultivator road will grant you the most freedom.
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>>6029284
>Ourselves and our friends
This does include stable lotus, for the moment, but thats because our support network and friends are all here.

And huh, no damage done.
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>>6029284
>Yourself and your friends
That doesn't mean that the way of the loose cultivator is best though. If a time of chaos, anarchy, and reorganization of power is coming, building alliances with other power nodes is also of value. We will never be as strong if we are truly alone than we will be with a support network and allies.
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>>6029284
>Self and friends
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>>6029284
>Thousand of Beast Tamers
The sect gave us everything we have, and loyalty has always been rewarded handsomely.
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>>6029284
>>Eastern Branch of Hundred of Beast Tamers
Ryota has been the one leading the way so far. We've built some real trust there.
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>>6029525
>>6029568
Ryota is our friend. HE has earned our loyalty, not the sect.
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>>6029284
>Ourselves and our friends
Ryota's been cool so far. He could have done something drastic at the beast fusion drop, but he didn't.
>>6021830
>You deeply trust Ryota - from the first day. Ryota deeply trusts you - entrusting you the mission
>leverage it for your best interest
>>>>>>>>>your
This Boar guy is the realest out of the entire sect we live with. It of course makes sense that he's the head of the entire sect we live with. But let's not forget that with that power comes responsibility, and his head is on the line as much as our 6 year old bright child's. I don't want to needlessly put him on the spot. Our elder doesn't deserve such disservice from us after what he's done.

>>6029568
>>6029583
We still have some good rapport with people like the Snake Mistress and the other elders, but they're not on the same level of trust as Ryota is when it comes to this shit. Let's not forget that.
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"The trip was quite profitable. It costed us a fair bit in medicine...
But a chance of Breakthrough for Maya Tao, as well as incorporing the Golden Cosmic Snake techniques to our catalog, are worth it.
And that's not even factoring in the new spirits in our coffers.
"
Ryota keeps talking, teaching you. Like you will be his close counsellor, or the branch Master in his turn. Unless you break out from the main sect.
But the truth is you don't care. Of course you hold Ryota deeply in your heart.
But so do you your other friend. What if the Beast Tamers start a Feud with Stable Lotus Clan? What if Dhundan or Ai decide to leave, and you have to chase them?
You can't resort to that. Even if it will sadden Ryota, you will more likely than not walk your own road. He will understand.
"Let's just hope we don't run into any trouble... Maya is our Medic. Bathias used to pull a fair share of work in that field too..."
The mood instantly darkens.
Bathias was dear to you. A mentor, older brother student of the sect. It's even harder because you never found the body.
A part of you copes, imagining an out. But deep down, you know he's done for. Missing for almost six months.
This resolve of you from just a moment ago... How will you back it? A Loose Cultivator often struggles with basic ressources and daily life maintenance, no matter how talented.
You're seeing in the distance of the setting sunset the sect's compound.
Home, at long last. Your mood darken again. Your temporary home. For how long?

"Oh, Master, you're back! I'm glad. Wait here! Someone wants to meet you!"
You're greeted by Dog Mistress, a woman a bit under twenty who is overly affectionate and touchy toward the Master (not that the master seems to like it much).

Now, the only thing to do is wait.
[No vote. To be Cont.]
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You literrally can't believe your eyes. Shrouded by the light of the Sunset, walking toward you.
It's him. He's well. He's safe. He's also not alone - a short man, with a Lantern at his belt, and the biggest, darkest bags you've ever seen under one's eyes.
"Can't believe the two of you were away just when I came back.
- Just... How... Why... What happens?
Rolled for MistStone Lake Village to be currently under visit by your foe
- Our group wasn't the only diplomats sent to Miststone Lake Village. Not that we were aware.
General roll for how it went for Bathias and his friends : 89,1,4,17,2
They drugged the food offered at the feast the evening we reached the village.
I felt something was wrong, and I was able to fight the poison. They attacked. Memories are unclear, I recall a blurry bloodbath.
Our blood, that is. Somehow I fled, but I suffered a nasty hit - a through wound. I fled in the misty, woody marsh near the lake.
I don't recall how long I strolled until I passed out. What I recall, was waking up in the good care of this loose cultivator.

- Inborn Tanuki's Lantern. Delighted to meet you.
Bathias attempt to come back : 97
- Thanks to the good care from Inborn Tanuki's Lantern...
- I merely set up a dry place to sleep and gave you some tea. You healed on your own.
- I recovered enough. I wanted to beeline back home, but I saw the origin of the betrayal : cultivators, holding gold instruments : guqin, flute, pipa, drum.
Several Fourth Stage. Too dangerous to directly engage. So we tailed them.

- May I ask how without being an impolite intruder?
- My skill set is more suited toward this kind of endeavor than direct fight.
- So we traced them back at the Symphony of Gilded Water. That was a good lead. But strange - how could they spare all this experts so easily?
We kept watch. Until we had a good view of their backers. Norsemen, according to the light-haired braids. Weapons of Copper. Turtle Iconography.

- So Symphony of Gilded Water are backed by Frost Copper Turtle Sect... I'll have to consult the Master of Northern Branch."

It's been one year and eight months since you joined the Tamers of Hundred Beasts.
On one hand, your relief is unmesureable. On the other, your sensation of weakness and powerlessness is still engrained.
>What's your long-term plan to protect your close ones?
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Chose 3

Potential
>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability [Guess what? You can pick it now]
>Improve your Potential Estimation Contraption with Gold/Sun lodestone [You'll need other cultivator to go under test for calibration]
>Maybe one specific technique of yours should be improved? [Choose in addition to said technique. More chances of breakthrough]
>Use your Gar Ruk storybook to improve your Meditation Technique [Works best by also picking Foundation]
Friendship
>Keep improving things between Ai and Dhundan
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
>Sin Din is thriving. Can she become a fourth genius?
>Train Squad Tactics!
Foundation
>Work on your Foundation
>Work on your Unlimited Rising Star Kick
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
Weapon skills
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
>Work on your Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer
Spiritual Beasts
>Investigate on the talking Spiritual Beasts[How?]
>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals
The sect
>Deepens your learning ability with Ryota
>Snake Mistress absence means twice the work at the Snake Pits
>Bathias return's means twice the work at the Hawk's Aviary
Strengthening the Jar
>Slack off
And, as always...
>Write-in allowed!
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>>6032197
>Foundation
>Man Din help
>Work on meteor hammer style.

We lack the pills for this one, And its a very unique weapon.

>>6032196
>Long term plan, Improve our cultivation as the basis, but if we meet a cultivator too strong for us, we have to intimidate them through connections. Find and cultivate established power players.
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>>6032197
>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability [Guess what? You can pick it now]
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd
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>>6032196
>What's your long-term plan to protect your close ones?
Help every member of the sect to cultivate as fast as possible, blast an aura of growth over everyone we care for.

>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
Use Pills
>Snake Mistress absence means twice the work at the Snake Pits
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>>6032197
>Foundation
>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability [Guess what? You can pick it now
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!

>>6032196
Backing >>6032200
Something something exposed animal can have hidden allies
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>>6032233
But long term, I like helping everybody else around us grow too. We can do this too, can't we?
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>>6032200
>I'll change Meteor hammer to Mounted archer, with pills.

I dont want to train halberd. We have a better style well suited to us amd a failing in our approach to tourniment based war.
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>>6032197
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
>Keep improving things between Ai and Dhundan
>Work on your Foundation
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>>6032200
+1
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>>6032197
>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability [Guess what? You can pick it now]
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals
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>>6032234
>>6032349
y'all realise that asking Bathais without a good write in will just give us a hint for a good write in, right?
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>>6032351
No, we know what his eye ability is.

Its to look through the eyes of our bounded hawk/maybe other spirits.
We asked kyo kyo about it because she suggested it to us.
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>>6032197
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
>Snake Mistress absence means twice the work at the Snake Pits
>Talk with the Wolf Mistress on what her training consists off and then try to do it in out inmortal cave.

We have to find a way to bring our wolf spirit to the same level as our other spirits. I think we should either show Ryota soon the wolf or directly ask for some secluded space we can practice with him. Unless I'm dumb and we can do that with the option of working with our Spear Style.
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>>6032380
The spear style indeed PEX your Wolf Affinity.
Your lagging favored animal affinities are Snake (lack of technique) and Horse (Lack of practice of mounted fighting)
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>>6032411
In that case I'll change my last vote for
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]

And maybe we should either plan for another trip to the Snake realm or see if we can buy a Snake Technique. Actually I didn't noticed we didn't have a Snake Technique yet
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>>6032427
I'd implore you to train our mounted archer style. It serves us better than the halberd, provides a new dimension of warfare to exploit and we can quite easily trade out a haberd for a spear on horseback.
Technique is also flatly better, with more key words being trained.
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>>6032197
>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability [Guess what? You can pick it now]
Basedias

>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!

>Work on your Foundation
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>Tally status

Will try to update tomorrow evening. No promise.
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>>6032657
Got an idea. Introduce "pressure" or "mental" into our hawk body tempering technique.
We should have enough experience with it.
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>>6033302
Incorporate Dhundan's aura into it? Sounds like something he could help with
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>>6033416
yep.

His aura isn't unique, it's just that he's uniquely good at it.
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>>6033302
Could definitely work. Will need a breakthrough to implement.
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>>6033471
Our hawk is going to be so smug, he's going to give someone an aneurysm
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>>6032657
So I didn't had energy to write. Going to sleep, will try again in the morning.
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>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability
It's good to see Bathias again, in the daily life, starting with first care, followed by breakfast, then daily practice, then animal tending.
"Hello Bathias. I was wondering... Could you teach me your Innate Eye Skill?
- Oh, that trick? Sure. I'll try make up a bit time for you... Too many work in the aviary..."
However, Bathias holds his word, and settle a couple hour later down the week.
"Alright. So the trick is to circulate your energy through your eye aperture following this pattern...
While doing the same in the Aperture of your Spirit Hawk.

- Bounded beasts got aperture?
- Bounded beasts are pendants that are also small parts of your own soul. So the short answer is yes, the same amount than your opened apertures."
The week is glazed with small moments spend by the two of you, where you get pointers on how to circulate correctly the energy to activate the skill.
Until it just works correctly. Granted, you lose your own sight while activating the skill. It is time-constrained to a couple minutes for now.
But it remains an excellent scouting tool - even if you can't fly your bounded spirit Hawk more than roughly an hundred meters away.
>Learned Bathias Innate Skill - The Eyes From Above

>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
You approach your friend during the daily time dedicated to practice.
"Hello Man Din. How are you doing?
- Well, as you'd expect from an untalented cultivator such as myself.
- What? Untalented? What are you saying?
- Well, My sister is thriving. The three of you, Dhundan and Ai are straight monsters. Yi is making strides onward. I'm stuck, and I can't even blame it on bottleneck.
Let's face it. I'm untalented.

- Nonsense. Ryota gave you that rare treasure spirit of the sect! He wouldn't had wasted it on someone untalented!
- I think he made a mistake.
- And I think you were unlucky and gives up too soon. Push yourself harder and you'll make it!
- It's not that simple!"
You keep pushing her the whole week; it turned out that simple. Over the course of the week, Man Din makes great strides onward.
She's still lagging behind Yi Norm, but reduced the distance around them from almost one lap to a third of one.


>Work on your Foundation
The rest of your time is spent dancing the Hawk's Wide Fiery Ballet and meditating.
You make a fair bit of progress in your Aperture filling practice - a good bit over one tenth. But the prize is reaped during your Inner style practice.
>Meditation Brealthrough
>This is the perfect occasion to visit the Horse Realm!
>This is the perfect occasion to include the "Wandering" keyword to improve your Meditation into the Way of the Wandering Spiritual Beast Whisperer
>Or to add any other keyword in the technique.
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"Any" is bounded by the usual complex list of what is allowed or not in situation and might be vetoed by yours truly.
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>>6034116
>This is the perfect occasion to visit the Horse Realm!
Spirit merges are more time sensitive than customizing our foundation techniques.
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>>6034116
>>This is the perfect occasion to visit the Horse Realm!
We need to pony up a new spirit and quit horsin' around
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>>6034116
>Horse realm
Horse spirit, horse spirit, Horse spirit!

Something to compliment the warrior aspect methinks.
The next time, even if we dont get aspirit this time, I want to add 'Mental pressure' to the technique.

Wven if it is only resistance and not production, then its a worthwhile add.
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>>6034116
>This is the perfect occasion to visit the Horse Realm!
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>>6034116
>This is the perfect occasion to visit the Horse Realm!
Neigh I say.
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>All anon roll me 1d100

Add with that a level of risk taken (low, middle, high)
Every high rise rolls will count. Middle risk will be grouped by two, low risk will be grouped by three.

Risk HAVE to be written in the roll post. No afterthought allowed- you'll have to reroll
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Rolled 44 (1d100)

>>6034391
HIGH! Straight to the top baby! Find the baddest stallion and jump on!

Oh god please don't do this.
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Rolled 62 (1d100)

>>6034391
Middle. Overreaching has disastrous consequences, as we well know.
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Rolled 64 (1d100)

>>6034391
HIGH MOTHER FUCKEEEEER

I dont really understand, but I have other people to explain
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Rolled 75 (1d100)

>>6034391
Low :(
I remember how the last exploration went
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Rolled 10 (1d100)

>>6034391
High
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Rolled 83 (1d100)

>>6034391
Medium can we not set ourselves up for a jobbing again?
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Rolled 42 (1d100)

>>6034391
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>>6034391
Wait forgot risk fuck

MEDIUM
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Rolled 80 (1d100)

>>6034613
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Rolled 12 (1d100)

>>6034391
Middle
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Rolled 73 (1d100)

>>6034391
Middle
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Rolled 49 (1d100)

>>6034613
>high
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Rolled 64 (1d100)

>>6034391
Low
Just to be a special snowflake.
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Rolled 87 (1d100)

>>6034391
High
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Rolled 62 (1d100)

>>6034391
>low risk
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I'm afraid I won't have time to write today. Won't find some before tomorrow evening.

This is the chance for you Lurkers to keep the roll incoming.
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>>6034465
Nows apart from this one.

I think we've had a long, profitable trip to the horsey realm.
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Guys, at some point we should do something about the "wide" part of "Hawk's Wide Fiery Ballet". If we can make it compact we'll have much more places we can use it
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>>6035334
Wide would fuck with the fact it is meant to be a movement technique.

We want it to be wide. Instead add agile. But we also have a second movement ability
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>>6035458
Remember how that one kid was able to manifest parts of their spirit? We should look into aw ay to create hawkwings, flight would make for a decent movement ability and give us an edge in combat
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Your soul cross the door to the Horse Realm.
Grassland. Tall - higher than you. Your Nose is overwhelmed by Horse energy, and you see strictly nothing.
Of course, you summon the Horse Spirit. That's better - perched on the top of your ride, your sight goes over the grassy fields.
Where to start? Of course, there are countless horse spirit all around - but they are fast, you're quite unconfident with your capacity to catch up with them.
>High risk roll : 44
You take a stroll, following your nose. Sadly, nothing seems to be waiting for you just here.
Good for you to have a scouting skill. You deploy the Hawk Spirit. It is hard to pull it out, in a realm unaligned to his basic being.
>Low risk roll : 75, 64, 62
You know you're losing time. But you can smell it. It won't elude you.
Your hawk is circling above you, in an expanding spiralling motion. Eyes on the ground, farther and farther up.
There it is. The Hawk dives. Clutches a prize. Drop it back in your hands.
This is a martial technique scroll. Unarmed fighting, with insight on the Horserider stance. The style seems to strengthen the pose with Earth Element and Silver Material. You pocket the scroll.

Brazen by this win, you infuse your energy in your Silver Warrior Horse with Hawk's Alacrity.
>High Risk roll : 64
A lone tree in the grasslands. Perfect scratching post, with rough bark.
There lies a trove of Materials. Four tufts of Horsehair; with - according to youra Nose - Thunder, Time, Silk and Silver elements.
That's starting to get complicated - with a scroll in your left hand, and the tufts in your right, it'll get harder to grab anything.

>Middle risk roll : 73 (unmatched with a second one, resulting in an opportunity loss)
A hat tumbles in front of you. You can only watch hopelessly, then rush scurrying around to stuck the scroll under your arm, freeing an hand.
Too late, the treasure is already far away.
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Wait, something caught your eye. You sniff, and you have hint of martial, sword and water energies. A four-element spirit, compatible with yours? You can't let it go. You rush toward the wondrous horse.
>High-risk roll : 10
And get met with a nasty horsekick, sending you down from your mount. Your prize is running away. That's the least of your concern.
Your left arm hurt, but that's nothing : every inspiration sends shiver of pains and you feel out of breath.
You difficultly push on your good arm, sitting down. It's less bad. Wait, no. You're crippled by a coughing spell, each stabbing your thorax with a pain-knife. Moist phlegm on your hand... Oh, that's blood.
>Majority of High rolls : you didn't hear no bell yet.
You grit your teeth. Get back on your Horse. You have a little bit of time before getting pulled back to the Main World.
Your Hawk still spinning, you look from above another time.

>Middle risk roll : 62, 83
>Middle risk roll : 80, 12
>High risk roll : 87
Three spirits nearby that you can outspeed and catch with your lone bead. Feeling time drifting out, you rush toward...
>Astral Body Horse
>Sonic Formation Horse
>Bejewelled Burning Hamerhoof horse

You're pulled back to your body, including your inner pain and your spoils.
A skill scroll, a few materials, and a spirit. Now, what will you do with that?
Of course, you can keep the spoils. But being a benevolent disciple could let you trade for something more suited to your needs.
>For each element, do you keep it for yourself or give it to the sect?
>If you gave things, what reward do you ask for?
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>>6036324
>Bejewled burning hamerhoof horse.

That can be handed over to the sect. In exchange for another horse spirit. I'd like it to be a 4 element with the martial key word, but needs must, I'd settle for a 3 element with martial.

>Hand in the thunder and time and silk elements. Ask for warrior aspected material and the other material with our new horse aspects, but designer pills for sun seer style training

And like that. We've got our. . . 3rd beast? To bond with.
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>>6036324
>>Bejewelled Burning Hamerhoof horse
To trade.
>Trade this horse for a compatible 3 keyword horse to bond to your existing horse.
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>>6036427
Im this guy

I'd also like to hand in the silk and time and thunder horse hair to get a chance at a 4 keyword horse spirit.
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>>6036324
Backing >>6036484
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>>6036324
>>6036376
>Astral Body Horse
>Gift the 3 non-silver hairs to the sect, see if we can get some astral and body materials (or suitable materials for whatever horse we end up binding). No point trading in the silver hair since it matches our silver/martial horse.

What to do with the scroll though? Do we care about it? I suppose that we can read it before handing it over to the sect. It's not like scrolls are consumed on use. The scroll techniques match our current horse, so use our Mind integrate the techniques into our horse binding ritual.
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>>6036587
>I suppose you can read it before handing it over to the sect
You can certainly try
>It's not like scrolls are consumed on use
Won't pronounce myself on that specific point in the setting.
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>>6036324
>>6036376 +1
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>>6036587
keep it. It's unarmed and very well suited for our affinities.

Plus, if we do consume the scroll on use, which we might, we can still show it to the horse master.
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>>6036324
>Astral Body Horse
If we ask for another horse it will be suspicious since they already gave us one. Thousand tamers will surely take notice, and since y'all are so keen on being a loose unit, our destiny will will be warped.
Give the rest to the sect and ask for a dickload of foundation pills. ABF.
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So the Bejewelled Horse is leading.
However it seems some of you are waking up from over the ocean so I'll give the vote a bit of time before locking and writing
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>>6037110
Not if we go by ryota.

The thousand beast tamers have 4 branches, and lack ANY form of centralised computing department. They wont notice two spirits being given to the same disciple
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>>6037395
That's sneaky. I like it.
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Locked Capturing the Bejewelled Horse, trading it + material to a compatible spirit.
"Martial" is an extremely valuable keyword. So you might have a better deal by trading with a Silver Horse.

As Transplanhumance was not too far ago, you have an opportunity in the sect. 3 anon roll 1d100.
50 + : a compatible spirit in the coffers.
75 + : a compatible 3-keyword spirit
95 + : a compatible 4-keyword spirit
100 : good stuff.
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Rolled 60 (1d100)

>>6037874
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Rolled 8 (1d100)

>>6037874
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Rolled 33 (1d100)

>>6037874
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The choice is made. You grit your teeth, mentally spur your Horse while supplying the last of your energy with your Hawk's Alacrity burst-of speed kind of skill.
Each step of the gallop resonate in your chest, flaring your pain. It's good you trained Mental Resistance with Dhundan : this amount of pressure, of overtaking pain... You can handle.
The pain is present. You acknowledge it as the signal of something going wrong, to take care, but it doesn't cripple you.
The Bejewelled Burning Hammerhoof Horse doesn't notice you until it's too late, and you slam the bead on the Spiritual Beast's flank.
You release your will on your astral self and your consciousness is pulled back to your body.
The various energy-rich horsehair in your left hand; the scroll on your lap, and the bead in your right hand : this was a bountiful harvest.
Still, one which had a cost on your health. Yeah, better have someone check you out. But that can wait, right?

You beeline to Ryota's room. He's working on paperwork.
"Sect Master. I have a request.
I found a Horse Spirit. I'd like to trade it. I also have a few materials. I can give three, but I might need one or two in exchange.
- You know a cultivator isn't expected to stumble upon Spiritual Beasts like on pebbles, right?"
Ryota is half amused, half unbelieving of your luck.
"I'll show you the sect's coffers. What do you need?
- Horse Spirit."
Better leave the exact details blurry. You're not sure you want to share the secret of Spirit Fusion.
It is to be expected, but the coffer are not as stocked as you would have liked. One spirit, however, match your need.
>Traded Bejewelled Burning Hammerhoof Horse for Silver Shield Horse
You can't help but think those are the sect benefits. In raw value, you lost a bit in the trade. But the opportunity and usefulness outmatch the cost.
Repeat for the few hundred of kids in the branch (although you're an extremely... productive... one), and benefits are raking in.
It's also easier to accomplish your goals. Better take advantage of those benefits while you still can.
In exchange for the excess Horse Hair, Ryota got you some Shield Instinct Lotus Seeds.
On one hand, you might aim for a better spirit, more aligned to your strength and needs.
On the other, you want to dismiss the awfull feeling of being on a race against time itself. You conduct the ritual immediately in your Immortal Cave.
You draw the familiar formation...
Wait. It's notably different than the Spirit Fusion Formation. You're not good at formations; thus why you never noticed the change.
The cogs of your mind spin. The Primordial Wolf knows of it, maybe told by a fused wolf spirit after its cultivator death?
He imparted the knowledge in your mind through his Scion? Makes sense; explain how Ryota didn't figured it out immediately.
Still, this time the ritual goes without a itch. Good.
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>Your Horse Spirit evolved into Supreme Shieldmaster Silver Horse
What's better : the bead holding the Silver Shield Horse was in good condition, better than the one you reused a couple time.


Chose 2

>Get your wound checked out
Potential
>Ask Bathias about his Innate Eye Ability [Guess what? You can pick it now]
>Improve your Potential Estimation Contraption with Gold/Sun lodestone [You'll need other cultivator to go under test for calibration]
>Maybe one specific technique of yours should be improved? [Choose in addition to said technique. More chances of breakthrough]
>Use your Gar Ruk storybook to improve your Meditation Technique [Works best by also picking Foundation]
Friendship
>Keep improving things between Ai and Dhundan
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
>Sin Din is thriving. Can she become a fourth genius?
>Train Squad Tactics!
Foundation
>Work on your Foundation
>Work on your Unlimited Rising Star Kick
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
Weapon skills
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
>Work on your Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer
Spiritual Beasts
>Investigate on the talking Spiritual Beasts[How?]
>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals
The sect
>Deepens your learning ability with Ryota
>Snake Mistress absence means twice the work at the Snake Pits
>Bathias return's means twice the work at the Hawk's Aviary
Strengthening the Jar
>Slack off
Road of independence
>Think of what you might need in the Loose Cultivator eventuallity.
And, as always...
>Write-in allowed!
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>>6037971
>Get our wounds checked
>Finally calibrate the potential contraption. [Use Sin din]
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>>6037971
>Get your wound checked out
Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow
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>>6037990
+1
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>>6037971
>Get your wound checked out
>Keep improving things between Ai and Dhundan
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>>6038014
+1
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>>6037971
>Get your wound checked out
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
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>>6037971
>Get your wound checked out
>Work on your Foundation. Foundation is eternal.
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So I'd appreciate a tiebreak between
>calibrate the Potential Contraption
and
>Keep improving things between Ai and Dhundan
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>>6037971
>Get your wound checked out
>Keep improving things between Ai and Dhundan
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>>6038852
Changing >>6038008 to
>Get your wound checked out
>Keep improving things between Ai and Dhundan
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>>6038852
>calibrate the Potential Contraption
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>>6038436
Contraption
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You're pretty adamant on taking things slow and steady, not pushing you too much.
Your first decision is to get your wound checked out.
>Cost of a previous decision
And you remember the main healer of the Sect, Snake Mistress, is at a three week walk.
When you walk in the infirmary, the 14 year old second-stage disciple that picked up the bulk of the work send you away as you can stand and walk.
Couldn't Bathias check you out? But he's running around without a minute to take a breath, with late work piling up and up in the aviary.
Best you can do is stick a bit more with the Hawks and help as much as you can, looking for an opportunity.

>Keep improving things between Ai and Dhundan
One hand on your thorax, you brood over the events in the Horse Realm. Dhundan would had made the spirit kneel somehow, Ai would have been hugged instead of hit.
That gives you a devious idea. A sly smile from one ear to the other, you approach the pair of peerless genius to organize a great talk about cultivation and individual ways.
"Why she's here? I thought we would be talking about Dao?
- Same question. His way is simple : beating and screaming at everything.
- Both of you shut up and listen. You might learn something. First, don't look at those."
You slip two pieces of folded paper to them. Of course they pick them and unfold...
"I said, don't look! So, a few days ago, I was in front of a great Horse spirit. Perfect prize. I had a spiritual bead. It haven't seen me.
What do you think should be done in that case? If you were me?
- Of course impose your will!
- He didn't sayed he was you, he said he was him. So approach nicely would have been the best way.
- Alright you can open the papers."
Inside are crude drawing - they can't read, so this was the only way to get a nice effect of prediction.

"See? What would work perfectly well for you and you are death sentences for someone else.
- But you're not dead. What did you do?
- Tried to sneak and slam a bead. Failed and got Horse-kicked.
- See? You wouldn't had died with a hug. You would have been at worst kicked.
- Are you stupid? I see what he meant, it was a better choice for him and his skill! Have you seen how fast he can get his horse to run?"
And they're back to insulting each other. Still, they progress as they're making points amidst insult.
At least they understand they don't have the same worldview. They don't understand each other's wordlview yet though.
You smile and go to sleep. They realize a couple hours later that they've been at it for a while, and it wasn't so unpleasant. Not that they would admit it.
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>Get your wound checked out
Back at the aviary, you are pulling a cart full of rabbits - Hawks like their preys a bit lively after all.
You bend over the meat heap, wincing in pain.
"You alright?
- Not really.
- Let me see."
Bathias' bounded Silk Life Hawk circles you, while your elder brother run his hand over your torso.
"Broken ribs. Seems the healing is progressing, but slowed by residual 3rd-realm energy. You suffered a warning blow by a senior?
- A spiritual beast. Horse realm.
- You're lucky the spirit you met was quite benevolent.
Avoid cultivation - body tempering or Martial training will be harmful in your current state.
Why didn't you went to the infirmary?

- They're overworked. Tried to ask you, you never had time.
- Sorry for that. So much work is piling up... Anyway, I'll check you again in the following weeks.

It's been one year and nine month since you joined the Eastern Province branch of Tamers of Hundred Beasts.

Chose 3

Potential
>Study the Martial Technique scroll
>Improve your Potential Estimation Contraption with Gold/Sun lodestone [You'll need other cultivator to go under test for calibration]
>Maybe one specific technique of yours should be improved? [Choose in addition to said technique. More chances of breakthrough]
>Use your Gar Ruk storybook to improve your Meditation Technique [Works best by also picking Foundation]
Friendship
>Keep improving things between Ai and Dhundan
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
>Sin Din is thriving. Can she become a fourth genius?
>Train Squad Tactics!
Foundation
>Work on your Foundation
>Work on your Unlimited Rising Star Kick
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan
Weapon skills
>Work on your Windy Cavalier's Halberd [Pills available]
>Work on your Spear style : Blood-Shadow Wolf Painful Assault [Pills available]
>Work on your Mounted Archer’s Wind-Gliding Phoenix Arrow [Pills available]
>Work on your Meteor Hammer Style : Silk Tiger Sun-Seer
Spiritual Beasts
>Investigate on the talking Spiritual Beasts[How?]
>Investigate Body Shifting with your Spiritual Animals
The sect
>Deepens your learning ability with Ryota
>Snake Mistress absence means twice the work at the Snake Pits
>Bathias return's means twice the work at the Hawk's Aviary
Strengthening the Jar
>Slack off
Road of independence
>Think of what you might need in the Loose Cultivator eventuallity.
And, as always...
>Write-in allowed!
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>>6039709
Docotrs orders.

>Train learning with Ryota.
>Improve things between Ai and Dhun
>Help out with the hawk pits.

We cant cultivate, so we can turn to none cultivation methods of improvement.
And we like our animals.
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>>6039773
Actually i have a better idea.

Swap hawks avery for
>With kyokuos help, organise the snake pits and medicine sections.
Wifh a system in place, everything goes easier
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>>6039709
>Study the Martial Technique scroll
>Improve your Potential Estimation Contraption with Gold/Sun lodestone [You'll need other cultivator to go under test for calibration]
Get Man Din to help
>Deepens your learning ability with Ryota
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>>6039709
>Improve your Contraption
>Deepen your learning ability with Ryota. While doing so, ask if he knows any techniques to speed up the body's healing.
>Work on your Mental Energy with Dhundan.

I think that the martial scroll would be better to learn from while we can practice martial abilities and put the theory into practice. I'm also not a fan of reorganizing Snake Lady's cupboards while she's away.
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>>6039845
Well things are in a bit of a shit slump right now, so actually helping would go a way to keeping it all going.

But if you want to get a track record for reliability and leadership, you have to practice somewhere.
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Alright we're on page 10; this is the last vote.
I'll had the usual QA to the current prompt.

>What did you like in this thread?
>What did you dislike?
>What do you want to see more?
>What do you want to see less?
>Any questions?

For your information, you pretty much lucked out with the following elements :
- In the village subplot, I rolled which village was currently visited by the enemies. You could have walked into hostile 3 to 4 rank cultivators.
- If you worded "I found out your secret" a thread ago, the Patriarch would have felt threaten that you found the Golden-scale Stellar Snakes and the fact they've been hiding them to the Sect, and would had attacked.
- You almost got the maximum amount of Golden-scale Stellar Snake (1d6+1)
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>>6039899
I also hope you guys enjoyed the high-quality art of last post, took me 4 hours to draw.
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>>6039899
Neat. Good luck us.

>Like
We are getting rolling, Our lives are measurably improving and I've been giving it some real thought on what can be done to improve ourselves.
Thus far just body tempering technique + "Pressure" word and Meditation "Wanderer" word.

Aka, just happy with progress. And Bathias returning.

>Dislike
I did get a bit confused with the high risk/low risk thing, but it all got figured out after.

>See more of
>See less of
Got a good look at the characters this time. No real complaints or critisisms.

>Questions?
I would like to see if we felt anything different about our beasts and soul, now that we have completed the assension for all of them. Has our soul improved/bonuses they granted? Or has the adoption of new elements merely benefitted us with new elements to call on.

BECAUSE, YOU SNEAKY FUCK, I GOT YOU!
Keywords for spirit beasts DO relate to realms in strength in the wild! Our injury is of the 3rd level, and hit by a three keyword + horse spirit!
They might lack some of the strength, if that, but they do have the requisite energy!
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>>6039929
That's a good question and thought line. I'd prefer answering this one in character.
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>>6039773
>+1 to this
We gotta take it easy.
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>>6039773
>>6039783
+1
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>>6039899
>>What did you like in this thread?
Everything. Pretty rad dude.
>>What did you dislike?
Nothing really.
>>What do you want to see more?
More stuff to remind me of who all these characters are. I'm starting to forget who is who and getting people mixed up.
>>What do you want to see less?
Slow down on introducing new characters or factions.
>>Any questions?
How well do we understand the story of Gar Ruk?
>>
Sometimes it's hard to gauge ages of other characters. I assume that's due to wuxia and the accelerated power of cultivation setting. For example Bathias is around 15 years old and Kyo Ko is around 10 or 11 maybe 12? In comparison Quiet Word and the other cultivators on his level are 7 years old or so. I can't even imagine how old the sect elders must be.
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>>6039709
>Work on your Foundation
>Man Din is struggling. Help her catch up!
>Snake Mistress absence means twice the work at the Snake Pits
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>>6040018
Duly noted. Will had an anchor reminder on character in next thread.

>>6040040
Assume Quiet Word's birthday is the day he joined the sect. He's not 7 right yet. Kyo Ko is almost 12; Bathias was 15 when introduced so almost 17.
The older masters are in their late thirty.
It is said that above 3rd realm, Cultivator age slower.
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>>6040018
>The story of Gar Ruk
You think this is a true story, although embellished. Reading it was hard. You were just above the literracy threshold to understand it. This improved your reading ability, and you got the benefit you could had.
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>>6039899
>What did you like in this thread?
Writing, events, most things
>What did you dislike?
Technique finagling

>What do you want to see more?
Missions

>What do you want to see less?
Lewd content

>Any questions?
How the heck do technique keywords work again

>Kyo Ko is almost 12
Her bath comments have become even more disturbing in light of this information
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>>6040104
>Technique Finagling
I'd like to hear more about that. I don't quite understand this.

>How does technique keywords work again?
Glad you ask. I created several random table. Technique, beast, treasures... I roll for most of them.

Your character have affinities. From the crunch of my side :

Rules regarding training with Techniques

Be it Body technique, Spiritual tempering technique or Mental Meditation, the goal is to raise the "Raw" stat.
To do so, Martial Artist of the past have found ways to circumvent their shortcomings by balancing their strength to their weakness.

Succeeding a test will train each element of a technique, allowing sometime to
Redacted


Number of "elements" in a technique | Difficulty | Mechanical bonus effect

2 | Base DC 50 |
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3 | Base DC 60 |
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4 | Base DC 70 |
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5 | Base DC 80 |
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6 | Base DC 90 |
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>What is the roll of Pendants?
+5/compabilities for specifics
+1/encompassing compatibility (ex : Warrior Horse gives +1 to all Fight skills)

Special case : Growth -
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Special case : Myths -
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>>6039899
>What did you like in this thread?
Building character relationships, building the setting/world, we were able to set respectable goals and reach them
>What did you dislike?
It's sometimes hard for me to differentiate the characters, also difficult to keep track of our 'flow' if that makes sense, it seems we are often choosing what to pursue each fortnight rather haphazardly
>What do you want to see more?
I would like maybe a quest doc with the cast and setting available for reference
Also maybe a subplot we can continue alongside our cultivation, maybe something to represent our maturing and becoming more capable. Maybe some kind of program for the sect, like apprenticing to a master or something.
>What do you want to see less?
I feel like you are under utilizing the mental health side of things, I know we have 'stabilized' but "strengthening the jar" is a whole category of choices that seem to have become entirely irrelevant.
>Any questions?
Are the other kids doing anything interesting?

>>6040134
pic related
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>>6039709
>Improve your Potential Estimation Contraption with Gold/Sun lodestone [You'll need other cultivator to go under test for calibration]
Dhundan
>Train Squad Tactics!
>Think of what you might need in the Loose Cultivator eventuallity.
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>Subplot and choices
I'd say this quest gameplay loop is, for now :
a few turns of set up. An event/encounter to overcome. For now, the encounter are quite simple as you're in "easy/peaceful" mode. As a promising disciple of a well-off sect, you are given nice opportunities. I think the "goal" for player would be identifying correctly "time limits" such as the one of the spirit fusion and "incoming events" - from interactions or hints.

>Mental Health
To be fair, your gifted 3rd grader that could crumble any time under pressure have grown passed that flaw. I'm thinking of completely removing the "strengthening the jar" as the write in was good but I didn't had good ideas to capitalize on that.
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>>6040484
>"time limits"
Including the Inborn True Qi one, right? We need to hit 2nd realm or something before it runs out?
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>>6040557
>Inborn true Qi
Yes and no. One year and a couple month before you're 8 and run out of true Qi. Reaching second stage before would be the mark of true genius. This might open some doors for you.
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Made good progress on the preparation of the new thread; only need to write the update itself. Will try to post it tomorrow.
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>>What did you like in this thread?
The combination mechanic and the slow push towards destiny. The images.
>>What did you dislike?
Nothing worth mentioning.
>>What do you want to see more?
Beautiful Artwork.
>>What do you want to see less?
>>Any questions?
Approximately how many elements are there. Seems like a lot.
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>>6041064
>How many elements
Here >>6040134 is what is prepared.
33 beast, 12 insects, 20 treasures, 20 weapons, 20 materials, 20 elements
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>>6041064
>Beautiful Artwork
like the hand-drawn carefully crafted masterpiece of >>6039707 ? I'll do my best.
>>
New thread :

>>6042028



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