Wan City General Roleplay

Wan City General Roleplay

Postby ShadInquis » 15 Jan 2017, 16:21

Thread for city-related RP. I am starting it for my own RP, but anyone else can use this thread for their RP.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby cjh1k2004 » 15 Jan 2017, 16:39

[OOC: ShadInquis requested this from me, so it's for him!]

The day after he sent the letter to Jiang Yan, Ding Ma would wake up in the morning to find a strange, grey-feathered arrow on his bedside table. It was of strange make - not entirely typical of the standard arrows that most of China would use - but certainly recognisable as one.

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City of Wan, Southern District

In the chaos that had followed after the previous governor had fled, the Southern district of Wan had been ravaged by looters, and was now largely a mess of abandoned buildings. While guards still stood alert at the Southern Gate watching for the looming invasion of the rebels, on most days almost nobody else would be seen in the mass of derelict buildings. The largest of these was the old inn that used to service visitors coming up from the main road of the South gate, now a drafty and disused mess.

Yet, over the creaking and half-ajar main door, was embedded a grey-feathered arrow of the same make as Ding Ma would find in his room.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby ShadInquis » 15 Jan 2017, 16:43

[OOC]The inn is open to any who wish to visit (Open RP). [/OOC]
The unnamed inn

The inn by the southern gates of Wan bears signs that it was once a great location to weary merchants to relax before their final leg of the journey to Luo Yang. The building is situated by a major street, the walls and doors are well made and the rooms are quite spacious.

With the rebellion, however, caravans stopped and the inn lost most of its income. The rooms stayed empty, the floors were rarely swept, the customers being less refined. Finally, the news of the the new rebel army amassing in the south, led the owners of the inn to join the governor and other wealthy citizens in quietly fleeing the city. Predictably within the next day, almost anything of value within the inn was taken by various "visitors", from soldiers to thieves, to starving refugees.

The looting stopped with the arrival of Ding Ma. Having gathered a small following of local citizens after discussing defence preparations with them, he set up base in the inn. Now, lacking any of the fine expensive items before, the interior is very utilitarian. Food is served to the rare visitors on clay or basic wooden cutlery. Large solid tables are meeting places with local maps and city plans spread over them. A few people are busy reading through the reports. Ding Ma sits a the the table in slightly elevated part of the inn in the corner, a map covered by small crude clay replicas of the city and key features surrounding it: the villages (small clay "houses"), the forests, (a clay base with some twigs stuck in), the hills and mountains (large and small lumps of clay).

Ding Ma approached the door and pulled out the arrow. He compared it to the one he found earlier, looking both for the messages and the messenger.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby cjh1k2004 » 15 Jan 2017, 16:51

ShadInquis wrote:The unnamed inn

The inn by the southern gates of Wan bears signs that it was once a great location to weary merchants to relax before their final leg of the journey to Luo Yang. The building is situated by a major street, the walls and doors are well made and the rooms are quite spacious.

With the rebellion, however, caravans stopped and the inn lost most of its income. The rooms stayed empty, the floors were rarely swept, the customers being less refined. Finally, the news of the the new rebel army amassing in the south, led the owners of the inn to join the governor and other wealthy citizens in quietly fleeing the city. Predictably within the next day, almost anything of value within the inn was taken by various "visitors", from solders to thieves, to starving refugees.

The looting stopped with the arrival of Ding Ma. Having gathered a small following of local citizens after discussing defence preparations with them, he set up base in the inn. Now, lacking any of the fine expensive items before, the interior is very utilitarian. Food is served on clay or basic wooden cutlery. Large solid tables are meeting places with local maps and city plans spread over them. A few people are busy reading through the reports. Ding Ma sits a the the table in slightly elevated part of the inn in the corner, a map covered by small crude clay replicas of the city and key features surrounding it: the villages (small clay "houses"), the forests, (a clay base with some twigs stuck in), the hills and mountains (large and small lumps of clay).

Ding Ma approached the door and pulled out the arrow. He compared it to the one he found earlier, looking both for the messages and the messenger.


??? : "You wished to speak to me?"

A grey-cloaked figure muttered from the roof of a nearby building, hood drawn over his face. If he hadn't spoken, it was rather doubtful that most people would have spotted him from the drab grey of the surrounding buildings. A longbow, again of strange make, was slung behind his back.

???: "... To be honest, I was hesitant to respond. I have not been well - or so my sister says and thinks - but I felt that I could not stay a passive observer to current events any longer."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby ShadInquis » 15 Jan 2017, 17:05

Ding Ma would normally not show many emotions and would try to remain composed and calm at all times. The same aspect of character which made him irritated the pompous emotional speeches by the numerous officials throughout the land.

The brief look of surprise and confusion at the unusual response from the stranger was something which has not happened in over a year. Ding Ma quickly regain composure, however.
Well, in this case come in. This inn no longer serves much food, and alcohol has been looted a while back, but we have tea, which helps to keep the mind fresh, and apothecaries claim it cures all sorts of sicknesses.

I will share some of my ideas with what we can do to defend the city.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby cjh1k2004 » 15 Jan 2017, 17:45

ShadInquis wrote:Ding Ma would normally not show many emotions and would try to remain composed and calm at all times. The same aspect of character which made him irritated the pompous emotional speeches by the numerous officials throughout the land.

The brief look of surprise and confusion at the unusual response from the stranger was something which has not happened in over a year. Ding Ma quickly regain composure, however.
Well, in this case come in. This inn no longer serves much food, and alcohol has been looted a while back, but we have tea, which helps to keep the mind fresh, and apothecaries claim it cures all sorts of sicknesses.

I will share some of my ideas with what we can do to defend the city.


???: "... I'm not particularly thirsty or hungry, but thank you for the offer."

The grey-cloaked figure shifted slightly, then leapt down onto the ground.

???: "I'm not particularly happy around large groups of people - I work best alone, usually. I'm not comfortable with large group discussions and all... but that is to say... I worked best alone? Or did I never work at all, except... Well. Nevermind."

The figure seemed to be deep in thought. Or in confusion, perhaps, was the better word. Now that he was closer, Ding Ma could catch a glimpse of the face under the hood. And what would come across most strongly were the eyes - greyish-black with a constantly far-off look, as though the eyes had seen a lifetime of experience and more. This contrasted strongly with the comparitively more youthful face that the eyes belonged to.

???: "As you probably already guessed, my name is Jiang Yan. I'm most comfortable with archery, and I've had experience leading men. Or, well, experience in a form. Or maybe it's more correct to say that I will be having experience, previously? It's difficult to explain. I apologise, I hope you understand - I don't really fully understand it myself, and..."

Jiang Yan continued on and on, mumbling about something that clearly bothered him.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby ShadInquis » 15 Jan 2017, 18:15

Listening to Jiang Yan Ding Ma felt a strange sensation. He could almost understand the feeling. He, too felt this strange when it came to his own experience... But enough. Over-thinking this was not helping the problem at hand.

I understand what you mean. For now let's work out what we can do for the city. Let's outline our problems and our advantages. Look on the map Ding Ma indicated his map with clay markings.

The good news is that the city is located in a geographically advantageous position. The rebel force would need to cross the river to attack us. The scattered forests near the shore provide good cover for hidden units to launch attacks at both ships or units trying to cross the river. To the south of the city, we are covered by thick forests, which would provide excellent defence and location for ambushes. This is one of several areas where a skilled archer could help in countering a numerically superior force.

One vulnerable spot is to the west of the city, where there is enough open ground. I have inspected the area a few days ago and feel it could be fortified with barricades and a fortified camp and seal the gap between the woods. If we have the resources, that is.

And this is where we get to the bad part: the city army is currently barely more than a mob of peasants and not even a large one. The city would need to raise more troops, produce more armaments and train the troops to use them. Your leadership skills could be invaluable in showing the peasants how to shoot, because right now, they would probably not even shoot in the right direction. I myself have noticed a few good pastures and abandoned horse farms. With my old trading connections we could raise a number of horses for a reasonable price to equip cavalry and horse archers.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xiahou Mao » 15 Jan 2017, 19:04

With the magistrate of Wan having fled the city, leaving it in disarray, the remaining ministers and generals squabble over who will take control. The citizenry, meanwhile, is left in a state of confusion, bordering on panic.

Not helping matters is the children's rhyme that can be heard through the streets, as children's rhymes so often are.

"Our leaders flee, we're left behind,
Forever shall they be maligned,
The Phoenix moves, its wings aflame,
They're rebels under any name,
We must stand firm, we cannot yield,
When our streets become a battlefield,
Who shall command us, who'll be the picks?
Can they save us, so we can reach age six?"


Needless to say, the preternatural rhyming skills of the area's children are not helping keep the calm.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xu Yuan » 15 Jan 2017, 23:52

Cai Bin leaned forward as he pored over yet another terrible report. Looting was now rampant in the city, the attempt to keep the Magistrate's flight secret to keep order had failed in magnificent fashion. He threw down the report and placed his hand on his forehead as his furrowed brow became moist with sweat. "Animals! That is what they are!" He shouted thus, at the few subordinates he had left "To take advantage of the situation in such a lowly manner. Where is the town guard? Where are our military men?!" His booming voice filled the office, but was met with silence. How could he, of all people, been caught so off-guard? He prided himself on having a pulse of the people. Knowing just how best to manipulate public opinion, even his own informants were nowhere to be found. The aged advisor settled back into his seat as tears started to creep into his eyes, never in his life of privilege had he felt as powerless as now. It was then that the messenger brought another report. It was not the city's messenger, but his own personal servant from his estate, meaning it was addressed to him, personally. "My lord, a letter arrived for you." Cai Bin's eyes lit up. Surely this was one of his old friends with an escape route, or the Magistrate himself with express instructions to deliver Cai Bin from his predicament! He quickly cut the seal, but the letter was nothing of the sort. It was from...

The politician squinted his eyes and read the letter with a careful gaze. It spoke of the current issues plaguing the city, flattered him a little, and got straight to the point. Surely it was the hand of some military official who was not present earlier. Why would this man be in hiding? And at the South Gate? It is already a dangerous section of town, who can say what has become of it now? The politician muttered under his breath, with a half remembered verse from an old text. "Evil flows downstream..." He ruminated on the letter and read it over several times, there was no name attached, no rank. Cai Bin turned to his servant. "Who gave this to you?" The servant replied; "I know not sir. He did not give his name." Cai Bin stroked his beard and thought, "A military official who is anonymous... why would he be so? Was it a trap? Was this a plot to hold me ransom?" He was one of the only officials left with a modicum of wealth, if the sullen and angry faces of the other officials did not reveal.

However... such times require boldness, why not take this chance? It may be a powerful ally who can help secure the city. "Know when the time is right." He said in a soft tone. "Very well. We will take a retinue of family guards and head towards the abandoned inn, the day is nearly finished and the work we can do, has been done."

The elder and several of his family's protectors assisted him into his carriage and instead of heading home, they headed towards the Southern Gate. There were loud shouts and the sounds of fighting as they entered into the southern section of the city. But nothing happened to Cai Bin and his small retinue. Cai Bin's men were trained well, but were an unusual sight as they were Xiongnu mercenaries, which seemed to keep Cai Bin safe from the madness around him. The odd clothing and fierce faces of these northern men seemed to put fear into any ne'er-do-well that would try to waylay him.

Cai Bin finally arrived at the once prosperous inn and his protectors escorted him inside. He wore a black civil official's robe made of silk and upon his head was a hat denoting his previous station. The advisor had a white wispy beard that hung just below his collar bone, with gentle looking eyes, but stern looking eyebrows. He walked with the assistance of a cane and only very slowly, he was flanked by his guards on his left and right, ready to support their lord should he stumble. His voice rung above the clamor of the inn, despite hit age and general frailty, his voice was deep and powerful. "Who here addressed a letter to Cai Bin? Speak to your purpose and of the plans you may have."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby ShadInquis » 16 Jan 2017, 00:46

Ding Ma looked up from the map table where he was discussing the defence situation with Jiang Yan to see the newcomer in the inn. Few things could be more contrasting in the way the two visitors presented themselves, the quiet, stealthy and seemingly shy young man, and the loud, proud, elder one.

Esteemed Cai Bin, it was I who sent the letter to you. My name is Ding Ma. This man over here is Jiang Yan. I have sent this letter to find people who have not run away from the city and who have the skills needed to prevent it from falling into chaos and to the rebels.

I was discussing with Jiang Yan the preparations which could could be made in terms of troop training, equipment and field fortification, which I could explain again, but you arrival is very timely as I was getting to part which concerns your expertise: the city itself. At the moment the city is barely functioning and cannot even maintain order on the streets, let alone face an enemy army, which according to rumours might be exceeding 100,000 men. Let's look at the records of the state of the city, which were left behind by some of the administration as they led the city.

The city has excellent natural resources and some gold left in the sealed treasury, but that's where the good news end. A lot of work would need to be done restore the city to a state where it has a chance at survival. To me, the highest priority things which could be developed in the city would be restore the salt and iron mines, which would give a boost to both the economy and the ability to produce military equipment. After that, we would need to consider restoring the irrigation system to farms and building a watchtower network to keep an eye on enemy movement.

But above all, we need to start as soon as we can. Every day wasted, is a day the rebels spend in preparation for their march.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby cjh1k2004 » 16 Jan 2017, 00:57

ShadInquis wrote:Listening to Jiang Yan Ding Ma felt a strange sensation. He could almost understand the feeling. He, too felt this strange when it came to his own experience... But enough. Over-thinking this was not helping the problem at hand.

I understand what you mean. For now let's work out what we can do for the city. Let's outline our problems and our advantages. Look on the map Ding Ma indicated his map with clay markings.

The good news is that the city is located in a geographically advantageous position. The rebel force would need to cross the river to attack us. The scattered forests near the shore provide good cover for hidden units to launch attacks at both ships or units trying to cross the river. To the south of the city, we are covered by thick forests, which would provide excellent defence and location for ambushes. This is one of several areas where a skilled archer could help in countering a numerically superior force.

One vulnerable spot is to the west of the city, where there is enough open ground. I have inspected the area a few days ago and feel it could be fortified with barricades and a fortified camp and seal the gap between the woods. If we have the resources, that is.

And this is where we get to the bad part: the city army is currently barely more than a mob of peasants and not even a large one. The city would need to raise more troops, produce more armaments and train the troops to use them. Your leadership skills could be invaluable in showing the peasants how to shoot, because right now, they would probably not even shoot in the right direction. I myself have noticed a few good pastures and abandoned horse farms. With my old trading connections we could raise a number of horses for a reasonable price to equip cavalry and horse archers.


Curiously, Jiang Yan seemed to be mostly unconcerned about Ding Ma's actual plans and details, and completely ignored the newcomer. He stopped mumbling as Ding Ma talked, and some sense of lucidity came back to Jiang Yan's expressions.

Jiang Yan: "... Yes, we all know the state of the city as it is. What I want to know is - why are you doing this? Do you even have any experience in running a city? I need to know. I can't agree to join anyone willy-nilly... Milady would not be pleased with me if I did. Or will not ever have...?

I'm sorry. As of late, it has been difficult to separate dreams from reality. My sister tells me so, and yet my dreams have certainly affected me here in the real world. Taught me things about war and archery that I would not have learnt otherwise. Or perhaps this is the dream, and that other "me" in Wu Ling is living in the real world..."

That brief moment of lucidity vanished as Jiang Yan distractedly began to mumble to himself again.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xu Yuan » 16 Jan 2017, 01:32

ShadInquis wrote:Ding Ma looked up from the map table where he was discussing the defence situation with Jiang Yan to see the newcomer in the inn. Few things could be more contrasting in the way the two visitors presented themselves, the quiet, stealthy and seemingly shy young man, and the loud, proud, elder one.

Esteemed Cai Bin, it was I who sent the letter to you. My name is Ding Ma. This man over here is Jiang Yan. I have sent this letter to find people who have not run away from the city and who have the skills needed to prevent it from falling into chaos and to the rebels.

I was discussing with Jiang Yan the preparations which could could be made in terms of troop training, equipment and field fortification, which I could explain again, but you arrival is very timely as I was getting to part which concerns your expertise: the city itself. At the moment the city is barely functioning and cannot even maintain order on the streets, let alone face an enemy army, which according to rumours might be exceeding 100,000 men. Let's look at the records of the state of the city, which were left behind by some of the administration as they led the city.

The city has excellent natural resources and some gold left in the sealed treasury, but that's where the good news end. A lot of work would need to be done restore the city to a state where it has a chance at survival. To me, the highest priority things which could be developed in the city would be restore the salt and iron mines, which would give a boost to both the economy and the ability to produce military equipment. After that, we would need to consider restoring the irrigation system to farms and building a watchtower network to keep an eye on enemy movement.

But above all, we need to start as soon as we can. Every day wasted, is a day the rebels spend in preparation for their march.



Cai Bin's eyes alighted on the young man, with a curious glance; "Is this man a commoner?" Thought the aged official as the younger man spoke. He did not look familiar to him, and he kept careful mental notes on all officials to know their use. As the young man continued to speak he produced a copy of Wan's records, showing the decayed state of the city. It was always in Cai Bin's mind that he would fix the situation, it just required time. He had debated the record keeper countless times on this very subject, he broke into well rehearsed lines. "Well you see Master Ding, the troubles of Wan have been great and it is only owing to Heaven that we maintain this much of a grip. The famines of Emperor Huan and the early part of Emperor Ling's reign carried their way into Wan, as we concocted a plan to deal with this emergency the city was soon overtaken by the Yellow Turbans, in that time we were given ample chance of evacuation, but alas, the city was ever worse for wear when it was won back by the Han Forces. Most recently the chaos in the Capital has sapped any rebuilding plans or assistance we were to receive from the Capital."

The aged man held his hand out in a professorial manner. "Your plans to reclaim the salt and iron mines is difficult. They were wrecked and believed to be beyond repair after the Yellow Turban Rebellion. No grand merchant or enterprising man have sought to heal those old wounds. Assuming that we do receive the funds and manpower to put those back in working order, it would take at least half of a year before they are operational. My suggestion is to finally build the Lower Courts system that we have discussed in council for many years. It should only require three months of work, and would take less of the tax revenue." The matter came next to Watchtowers and information developments, Cai Bin looked deep in thought. "There are benefits to that, it is not of great cost and now of all times it may be proper to look into, though it does take dear time, I will agree with you upon this."

cjh1k2004 wrote:Curiously, Jiang Yan seemed to be mostly unconcerned about Ding Ma's actual plans and details, and completely ignored the newcomer. He stopped mumbling as Ding Ma talked, and some sense of lucidity came back to Jiang Yan's expressions.

Jiang Yan: "... Yes, we all know the state of the city as it is. What I want to know is - why are you doing this? Do you even have any experience in running a city? I need to know. I can't agree to join anyone willy-nilly... Milady would not be pleased with me if I did. Or will not ever have...?

I'm sorry. As of late, it has been difficult to separate dreams from reality. My sister tells me so, and yet my dreams have certainly affected me here in the real world. Taught me things about war and archery that I would not have learnt otherwise. Or perhaps this is the dream, and that other "me" in Wu Ling is living in the real world..."

That brief moment of lucidity vanished as Jiang Yan distractedly began to mumble to himself again.


Cai Bin gave a dismissive look towards the boy, but as he spoke his eyes began to soften and the slightest hint of a quizzical smile showed on the elder's face, ignoring the muddled words of dreams and others, Cai Bin chalked it up to some Taoist saying. "Master Jiang speaks true, Master Ding. I came here today because I believed you were one of our former military officials who resisted the urge to flee. Yet, you are not a face familiar to me and I know the face of all men of stature in this city. What do you have to gain from this? If you are a man of many, of what right do you have to have a say in the affairs of the city? As Master Jiang says, why are you doing this?" His tone was not accusatory, and the same bemused smile played on the well preserved features of the elder.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby ShadInquis » 16 Jan 2017, 11:24

As expected, both men were cautious of Ding Ma's motives. Quite understandable, given the situation, but irritating. As if the official position before the conflict mattered. It was not going to restore the city by magic.

My reasons? They are quite simple and driven by logic. Look around the city. The war has not even reached the city, and it's already in chaos. It would only get worse if it falls. Now, I know many nobles and wealthy civilians fled to Lou Yang, but they are fools. If the rebels take Wan, they will march north and take Luo Yang too and send the rest of the country into turmoil. Fleeing is pointless unless one wants to spend decades as a vagabond.It therefore follows that we must fight. But fighting as just one man is meaningless. One man cannot defeat an army. There is no real army in the city, no leadership, and no chain of command. It therefore follows I must create an army and a chain of command. That is my motivation.

I have no particular desire for wealth, nor luxury. If someone more qualified and fully committed to defend the city steps up, I would accept that. If an new commander is sent by Imperial Decree, I will submit. But until that happens I will do all I can.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xu Yuan » 16 Jan 2017, 15:42

Cai Bin shook his head with an annoyed expression on his face before turning straight towards Ding Ma. "No, that is not the proper way of setting a chain of command, yet you are inexperienced so I will tell you the proper manner to make any claim legitimate. Let me be the first to say that riding on the waves of a mass of confused commoners passing as an army will not encourage the wise to your side." He held his left hand upwards towards his head as his look became one of understanding rather than irritation. "Imagine this scenario, you and one hundred of your fellows show up at the Magistrate's Office and "request" that you take control for the immediate future. The remaining officials will be cowed at your display of martial might, but they will plot against you, one and all as the method of creating control was seen as illegitimate in their eyes. Should you proceed down this path you may as well open the gates to Wan and tell the traitors that there is food and comfort to be found within, as surely those actions of subjugation, no matter how well intentioned, will drive the officials to work with the rebels against your tenuous authority."

The aged advisor sat down as an amused smile showed on his face. "The chain of command lies with the remaining officials. Respect us and we will respect you, It is Confucius' guiding principle. If you are to make yourself known to the Magistrate's Office you may begin to build influence with those who remain of the administration, once you have built your reputation enough, lest it be in some brave act in protecting the city or through the currying of favor from the senior officials you may yet gain the position you desire. It will be difficult to convince the officials with your current proposals, I suggest that you take another course." He stopped speaking and lightly bowed his head as he waited for the man across from him to speak.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby ShadInquis » 16 Jan 2017, 16:10

Ding Ma nodded:

I understand your concerns. Normally I would agree wholeheartedly with your proposal. There is is however a major problem: we do not have a the time. The city cannot remain in its current state for weeks or even months while influence is gathered from the remaining bureaucrats and they sort out their petty squabbles and past rivalries. At this rate we may end up with the rebels at our gates without a single extra soldier drafted, without a single spear produced, without a single coin in the treasury.

If we had ample time, this would be unnecessary. We could wait just for the Imperial decree. But we do not. I do not want anyone to be cowed into submission and would happily explain the situation to every single one, just like I did to you. But we really cannot take too long.
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