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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby Marzy » 20 Jan 2013, 15:07

@Lion

The days passed as a stream flows, sometimes in a trickle and others in a torrent. When armies clashed, Fengxian was usually able to forget about what troubled him, only to return to his foreboding thoughts when he returned to the lines or to camp.

Huang Gai was a formidable foe. He was cautious enough to not get snared in single combat, despite repeated challenges, and his armies were always in meticulous form and peak condition. He was truly a worthy opponent. But he was just a general.

No, it was Liu Biao that continued to vex him. As much as Fengxian tried to, he couldn't bring himself to slay one of the Imperial Line. It wouldn't be right. Liu Biao could be talked to. Reasoned with. He simply needed a chance. Fengxian had tried to avoid it until now, but he can no longer afford to. His army was in tatters, the morale of his troops fading like a stone dropped into the lake. Each moment that passed lessened his odds of success. His mind was made up.

He sent for Wang Jin. The man was his second, and it was time to let him in on the plans.

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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby An Ying Hu » 20 Jan 2013, 22:33

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Ding Ma wrote:Good day to you, sir. I am afraid I am unfamiliar with the attire of scholars in the city. I cannot say if a scholar passed here.


Zhe Qi smiled, and nodded. The man was indeed new to the Han. And his polite attitude was a far cry from the general rude mumblings of the blank-stared soldiers protecting the gates. For all his warrior appearance, he looked rather out-of-the-place there. "Oh, you would have known him if you had seen him. The Wall is not a place where scholars would venture, now more so than ever." The sounds of battle from beyond the walls were almost deafening. It was rather odd for the two, Zhe Qi thought, to converse right near a war going in full force just a few meters away from them.

Ding Ma wrote:But, if you describe him to me, I could look for him in the vicinity.


The Slavemaster's smile kept painted on his lips, but his eyes narrowed slightly. The offer could certainly be helpful, but... what if this man was an informant for the Court? After all, he knew nothing of him, and his presence here was more than suspicious. Granted, it was highly unlikely that Dong Zhuo would have the time to question Zhe Qi about his plans, chances are he would attempt to make a quick escape himself. But still... the regent's paranoia was not to be taken lightly, and telling too much to strangers was even less wise.

He decided to proceed with balance.

"Thank you for the kind offer, but that will not be necessary. This friend of mine was supposed to meet me right here, and he seems to be late. And since this..." he gestured around, "Stairway is not the most visited of places, I had wondered if you had seen someone else while you were doing your work." Zhe Qi leaned his cane - and himself - against the wall and folded his arms on his chest. "I will wait here for a while longer in the hope that he shows up but - please - do not let me interrupt whatever it is you were doing."

A little bit of conversation to quicken the passing of time was more than welcome.

Ding Ma wrote:I am Ding Ma, a hunter from the far north and people say I am good at looking for things.


"Pleased to meet you." the Slavemaster replied, casting a cursory glance at Wu Ping, who was still standing far from them, in the spot he was ordered to. "I am known as Zhe Qi, member of the Merchant's Guild and purveyor of exotic goods."
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby ShadInquis » 21 Jan 2013, 10:01

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5.1 September 190 (continued)

Ding Ma carefully considered Zhe Qi's words. It was clear that the man was interested in him. This was good. That he introduced himself as only a merchant was irrelevant. Only arrogant nobles pompously brag their titles at every corner. The fact he was waiting for someone so close to the battle meant a lot, though Ding Ma could not tell exactly what.

"I am honoured to to speak to you. I have the deepest respect for merchants, intrepid people who offered me a choice, a chance to change my life. Or else, my life would be that of a illiterate "barbarian", in a shack covered by ten feet of snow. You didn't happen to know old merchant Ding, the one with the broken leg? He was a great man." Ding Ma wanted to see, how Zhe Qi would react to the merchant's name, just to confirm his observations.

"Do not worry, you are not interrupting me, I was just finishing." Testing my bow with the new bowstring. The old one snapped during the battle at Hu Lao, and I need to get a feel for it again. After all," Ding Ma turned and looked beyond the wall, towards the sounds of the batte, "when the capital falls, I have nothing else to protect, should it be necessary. Though I am sure our "honourable lords" have already made arrangements." He looked attentively at Zhe Qi. The question was a little risky, to direct, but perhaps it would cause the "merchant" to reveal a little more
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby An Ying Hu » 21 Jan 2013, 15:38

Ding Ma wrote:
"I am honoured to to speak to you. I have the deepest respect for merchants, intrepid people who offered me a choice, a chance to change my life. Or else, my life would be that of a illiterate "barbarian", in a shack covered by ten feet of snow. You didn't happen to know old merchant Ding, the one with the broken leg? He was a great man."


Zhe Qi smirked as he listened to Ding Ma's story, "I suppose I can relate to that, somehow. If it were not for a... merchant, I too would have rotten in poverty." he finally said, as he brushed a few snowflakes from his coat. "Many soldiers envy the merchant's lives, but don't be fooled - the dangers of the market are as great as those on the battlefields. You never know when the competition decides that you are better out of business, or far worse than that." He shook his head, "At least out here you know who the enemy is. Though I'm not sure how long that will last, now that the Coalition is winning."

Ding Ma wrote:"Do not worry, you are not interrupting me, I was just finishing." Testing my bow with the new bowstring. The old one snapped during the battle at Hu Lao, and I need to get a feel for it again. After all," Ding Ma turned and looked beyond the wall, towards the sounds of the batte, "when the capital falls, I have nothing else to protect, should it be necessary. Though I am sure our "honourable lords" have already made arrangements." He looked attentively at Zhe Qi. The question was a little risky, to direct, but perhaps it would cause the "merchant" to reveal a little more


Zhe Qi let out a long sigh, his breath casting warm vapours in the chilly air. "Yes, I am sure they did. Leaving their soldiers to die just to buy a little more time for them to escape sounds like something a politician would do. Not that many troops notice this. The promise of honour and glory is deceitful enough. But you look different." he said, looking straight into his eyes.

The Slavemaster appraised the bow that the man recently put aside. "A fine piece." he began, "The bowstring looks quite... elastic. But one needs to strike a balance, doesn't he? Let it too loose, and the arrow will miss. Stretch it too far, and the string breaks. Equilibrium is of the essence."

Zhe Qi straightened his cane on the ground. "But what of the bow's master? How far would you be willing to bend when the kingdom falls?" he raised an eyebrow, "In the Alliance's eyes, you are just an enemy soldier. How can you be certain that they will spare you, if you remain here?"

A bold question, but the Slavemaster wanted to know the answer, and being straight with the hunter seemed like the best policy in this particular case.
"This is what the Gnostics have taught me. Do not question yourself about the value of the contribution. The passion itself, which gives us both our power and our pain, is the mark of eternity in our souls. No matter in what specific arena you seek your perfection; that you seek it is enough; let no one persuade you that you do too little or too much." ―Queen Rine's Meditation Upon Passion

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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby Kongming999 » 21 Jan 2013, 17:17

An Ying Hu wrote:Lord HanKai suddenly lurched forward, lifting his gaze back up to the tavern, the City, the snow... the present. A cold shiver pierced his spine as he realized how much time passed since his memories got the better part of his sanity. Shaking his head slowly, he cast a quick look at the man before him - he seemed to be a simple man, younger than one might guess at first glance. A bit rough, but he seemed good-hearted, in contrast to his appearance. He must have upset him a bit, keeping him waiting like this.

"I am sorry," HanKai laughed weakly, holding his cup high, "I was... lost in thought." a reassuring smile.

"Please," he gestured at the opposing chair with the stump of his left arm. "Have a seat."

<OOC: Sorry for the loooong delay, I've been really busy lately. I hope you're not too occupied with other things?>

“Hehe, it’s okay,” said the young man upon hearing words of apology. “We all have our off days.” With that, Mansheng sat down across the table from the older man. The worn bench creaked dangerously as the butcher deposited upon it the considerable burden of his weight.

When he saw that his companion had only the stump of a hand, Mansheng wanted to yell out his observation. However, he quickly remembered the lessons in manners that his father had taught him, and resorted to merely glancing at the severed limb occasionally. Mansheng was curious by nature, and was having a very hard time not asking about the arm.

“Er... My name is Zhang Mansheng. I’m fourteen years old. I live on Zhonghua Street with my dad, who’s a butcher like me. I like pork and beef and rabbits, but not to eat. I mean, pork and beef to eat, but not the rabbits. I like the rabbits for petting. They’re real soft and all...” Upon concluding his rambling biography as means of introduction, Mansheng looked at his companion curiously, expecting him to do the same.
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby Lionheart » 21 Jan 2013, 18:35

Marzy wrote:@Lion

The days passed as a stream flows, sometimes in a trickle and others in a torrent. When armies clashed, Fengxian was usually able to forget about what troubled him, only to return to his foreboding thoughts when he returned to the lines or to camp.

Huang Gai was a formidable foe. He was cautious enough to not get snared in single combat, despite repeated challenges, and his armies were always in meticulous form and peak condition. He was truly a worthy opponent. But he was just a general.

No, it was Liu Biao that continued to vex him. As much as Fengxian tried to, he couldn't bring himself to slay one of the Imperial Line. It wouldn't be right. Liu Biao could be talked to. Reasoned with. He simply needed a chance. Fengxian had tried to avoid it until now, but he can no longer afford to. His army was in tatters, the morale of his troops fading like a stone dropped into the lake. Each moment that passed lessened his odds of success. His mind was made up.

He sent for Wang Jin. The man was his second, and it was time to let him in on the plans.

(Sorry I haven't been around lately to try and get a handle on this. I was out most of Christmas and then work cracked me on the back of the head when I got back.)


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Wang Jin was a man of war. Not so long ago, he was a general. Now, he was second to Lu Bu. With those credentials, he could sense that the tides were turning against the Imperial armies, that the rebels were gaining the upper hand. That was two weeks ago. Now it was plainly obvious to everyone in the unit. He could see it in the soldiers' eyes: despair, demoralization, realization. He knew the looks well, as he saw them on the faces of his own men when his own unit was routed not so long ago. Sitting in his own tent, his hands on his small folding table, he stared off into space, racking his head for ideas. Just what could they do to beat back the rebels?

Lost in thought as he was often wont to do, it took him a few moments to realize that a messenger was standing at the door of his tent, trying to get his attention. He waved the young man in and said, "What news do you bring?"

"General Lu requests your presence, Lieutenant-General Wang," the messenger replied. "He has a plan that he wishes you to be involved in."

Wang Jin nodded his head. Still dressed in his battle attire, he grabbed his sword, stood up and followed the messenger back to Lu Bu's command tent. After announcing himself and being granted access, he entered and gave a military salute-bow to his commander. "You requested my presence, Lord Lu?"
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby ShadInquis » 21 Jan 2013, 21:45

~ An Ying Hu

5.2 September 190 (continued)

Ding Ma slowly let out a breath. It seems being direct in this conversation paid off. Candid questions resulted in candid answers. But something in Zhe Qi's words was not right. The words "enemy" were used in a way he would expect an ordinary soldier to use them. Was this another test within the words? Well, they already both said enough to earn a slow death at the hands of Dong Zhou's "experts", were it not for the chaos of the battle. Might as well say the rest.

"I have but two enemies at the moment" Ding Ma stated calmly. "The Coalition soldiers are merely servants of other lords and I feel no enmity for them. My service to Dong Zhou ended when Hu Lao gate was opened from inside and the defenders were left to die, without food, without help, without hope. One day, I will", Ding Ma put emphasis on the word "...meet lord Li Ru and lord Guo Si again." He paused, realising his posture had tensed, and forced himself to relax, then moved a little closer.

"But I will not let revenge blind me. And it is easier to realise, when one has power, compared to being a simple soldier". Ding Ma hesitated visibly for a couple of moments, but then continued. "I will enter the service of a lord of the former Coalition. Former, as it is already broken. With Dong Zhou clearly beaten, the leaders are struggling to even pretend they are allied. They clearly won't settle for anything short of the top spot. This is why I need to be in or close to the capital. To observe and see, which lord is worth joining".

"But you are correct. Staying in the city during for the next few days will be very dangerous, and one would try to sit out the storm", Ding Ma moved a bit closer again and returned Zhe Qi looked him in the eyes too. He lowered his voice to almost a whisper. "Which is why I ask you: how do you plan to save yourself and your wares from the almost inevitable pillage?"
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby An Ying Hu » 21 Jan 2013, 22:38

"Oh, the wares and shops will not be a problem." Zhe Qi cleared his throat. "I supposed it will not harm to tell you that the Guild wasn't as one-sided as Dong Zhuo believed. We sold supplies to the Allies as well as the Kingdom in this war. In return, our property will not be sacked and looted, and Yuan Shao will allow us to continue operating during the Coalition's regime." he chuckled, "Assuming that there will be a Coalition regime. Which, of course, it won't."

A loud, piercing scream rushed from above as a wounded soldier fell from the Wall and collapsed brutally into the ground a few feet from them. Two arrows in his back, head a pulpy mess.

Zhe Qi noticed the expression on Ding Ma's face, but he himself remained as calm as ever. A man who has seen so much death in his time that matters like these no longer seemed important to him. He continued. "If you are going to stay here, I suggest you find some fitting clothes. Dressing as a civilian will help you stay inconspicuous until things quiet down."

The Slavemaster swept his white hair from his face. "As for me, I will leave. And I doubt that I will return here any time soon. I do not think that the Coalition leaders will have as much need of my... services, as Dong Zhuo did." Well, maybe Cao Cao but... unlikely. "Indeed, I don't think there is a future for me with the Guild any longer. I have plans of my own to materialize and soon enough, most old friends will turn into enemies. These include Li Ru and Guo Si."

He mused, "Yes, perhaps next time we meet, it need not be on the field of battle. I may be capable of offering you the revenge you desire. Perhaps." Zhe Qi left that offer vague, for Ding Ma to consider - and interpret - as he willed.
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby Marzy » 21 Jan 2013, 22:49

Lionheart wrote:((OOC: No worries, dude. I haven't been around much either.))

Wang Jin was a man of war. Not so long ago, he was a general. Now, he was second to Lu Bu. With those credentials, he could sense that the tides were turning against the Imperial armies, that the rebels were gaining the upper hand. That was two weeks ago. Now it was plainly obvious to everyone in the unit. He could see it in the soldiers' eyes: despair, demoralization, realization. He knew the looks well, as he saw them on the faces of his own men when his own unit was routed not so long ago. Sitting in his own tent, his hands on his small folding table, he stared off into space, racking his head for ideas. Just what could they do to beat back the rebels?

Lost in thought as he was often wont to do, it took him a few moments to realize that a messenger was standing at the door of his tent, trying to get his attention. He waved the young man in and said, "What news do you bring?"

"General Lu requests your presence, Lieutenant-General Wang," the messenger replied. "He has a plan that he wishes you to be involved in."

Wang Jin nodded his head. Still dressed in his battle attire, he grabbed his sword, stood up and followed the messenger back to Lu Bu's command tent. After announcing himself and being granted access, he entered and gave a military salute-bow to his commander. "You requested my presence, Lord Lu?"

Fengxian was deep in his own thoughts when Wang Jin made his presence known, but he wasted no time in asking him inside and dismissing any attendants in the tent with him so that the two would be left quite alone.

Only when they were the only two remaining in the General's tent would the two exchange the usual polite greetings. Tea would be offered before the warrior would divulge why he summoned his subordinate here.

"I have a plan deliver us from this peril, but I'll need the support of every man in order to carry it out. If I believe you'll find it agreeable, I shall let you in on the scheme and we shall begin to carry it out. I would just like to ask one thing. What sort of man do you find Liu Biao to be?" Fengxian asked. It was a deliberately open question, and the warrior would begin to sip at his tea when he finished. All the while, his eyes never left the man before him. His stern gaze was obviously judging every move and word that Wang Jin would offer in response.
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby ShadInquis » 22 Jan 2013, 19:54

~ An Ying Hu

5.3 September 190 (continued)

Ding Ma let out a short hearty laugh. "Well! Despite looking quite different to a stranger, our path are surprisingly similar! Both of us have to leave behind our old life, both of us look for a new fate, and both of us leave behind unfinished business with some of Dong Zhou's officers. I would certainly hope we meet not in the field of battle, but in much more relaxing circumstances. Like a debate over the teachings of Confucius in a tea house".

Ding Ma almost turned to leave, than added quickly: "Should you need my help before that time, or have useful information for settling score with our enemies, contact me. I am sure we could help each other in our goals. If you cannot contact me directly, leave a short note in the main city library. As you know, some of the shelves have not been touched in decades. Just put a date, and I will be waiting on that day in this very place."


"I suppose I have to go. I hope we meet again soon, merchant, though I doubt you will be a merchant when that happens. Maybe "general" or "lord"?"
"Or maybe "old friend"?" Ding Ma thought, but never said.
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby An Ying Hu » 22 Jan 2013, 21:35

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Ding Ma wrote:"I would certainly hope we meet not in the field of battle, but in much more relaxing circumstances. Like a debate over the teachings of Confucius in a tea house".


"I am looking forward to that day, Ding Ma." Zhe Qi said with a slight smile.

Ding Ma almost turned to leave, than added quickly: "Should you need my help before that time, or have useful information for settling score with our enemies, contact me. I am sure we could help each other in our goals. If you cannot contact me directly, leave a short note in the main city library. As you know, some of the shelves have not been touched in decades. Just put a date, and I will be waiting on that day in this very place."


"I suppose I have to go. I hope we meet again soon, merchant, though I doubt you will be a merchant when that happens. Maybe "general" or "lord"?"
"Or maybe "old friend"?" Ding Ma thought, but never said.


The Slavemaster nodded, "And if you would want to contact me, leave a note to the bartender of the Open Palm Inn. Tell him your name and he shall arrange a meeting." he clasped his hands in the Han greeting, "I thank you for this talk, and hope that it will not be our last one." Zhe Qi wanted to add Remember my offer, but decided to hold back.

He watched him walk away for a short while, lost in thought, seemingly oblivious to the dangers of being so close to a war. An open war. And then he heard the voice of Wu Ping calling out for him. Looking in his lieutenant's direction, he saw that Tian Feng was there, appearing tired and wounded. Finally, so it was - no reason to wait.

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Lord HanKai chuckled at the boy's unintentional humour. "Well, you seem to have fine taste in food, lad." he spoke with a warm smile. "I would offer you some meat, but sadly, I do not think this tavern has anything but drinks for sale." Or maybe they did. He would not know. This was no familiar place, and he was not a regular.

His face twisted again, as the moment of relaxation provided by the boy faded, the cold striking at his wounded arm again, reminding him of things he wanted so desperately to forget. Letting out a long sigh, he finally said.

"My name is Han Kai, I am - I was, a warrior. I fought the Yellow Turbans at Julu in the name of our Emperor and... some would call me a war hero, I suppose, though such titles are meaningless." a grim pause, a dry voice, "I lost far more than I had won out there." he sighed, "And now this... civil war. I hoped to bring peace, I wanted an end to conflict and bloodshed, but it seems that the death of Zhang Jiao was only the catalyst of..."

He shrugged weakly. "I don't know. I just don't know."
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby Lionheart » 23 Jan 2013, 15:50

Marzy wrote:
Lionheart wrote:((OOC: No worries, dude. I haven't been around much either.))

Wang Jin was a man of war. Not so long ago, he was a general. Now, he was second to Lu Bu. With those credentials, he could sense that the tides were turning against the Imperial armies, that the rebels were gaining the upper hand. That was two weeks ago. Now it was plainly obvious to everyone in the unit. He could see it in the soldiers' eyes: despair, demoralization, realization. He knew the looks well, as he saw them on the faces of his own men when his own unit was routed not so long ago. Sitting in his own tent, his hands on his small folding table, he stared off into space, racking his head for ideas. Just what could they do to beat back the rebels?

Lost in thought as he was often wont to do, it took him a few moments to realize that a messenger was standing at the door of his tent, trying to get his attention. He waved the young man in and said, "What news do you bring?"

"General Lu requests your presence, Lieutenant-General Wang," the messenger replied. "He has a plan that he wishes you to be involved in."

Wang Jin nodded his head. Still dressed in his battle attire, he grabbed his sword, stood up and followed the messenger back to Lu Bu's command tent. After announcing himself and being granted access, he entered and gave a military salute-bow to his commander. "You requested my presence, Lord Lu?"

Fengxian was deep in his own thoughts when Wang Jin made his presence known, but he wasted no time in asking him inside and dismissing any attendants in the tent with him so that the two would be left quite alone.

Only when they were the only two remaining in the General's tent would the two exchange the usual polite greetings. Tea would be offered before the warrior would divulge why he summoned his subordinate here.

"I have a plan deliver us from this peril, but I'll need the support of every man in order to carry it out. If I believe you'll find it agreeable, I shall let you in on the scheme and we shall begin to carry it out. I would just like to ask one thing. What sort of man do you find Liu Biao to be?" Fengxian asked. It was a deliberately open question, and the warrior would begin to sip at his tea when he finished. All the while, his eyes never left the man before him. His stern gaze was obviously judging every move and word that Wang Jin would offer in response.


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"What sort of man do I think Liu Biao to be?" Wang Jin repeated the question, musing to himself for a few long moments. "I...I honestly do not know. I have not met the man in person, but from everything that I have heard of him, he is a cautious individual. So cautious that he perhaps tends to overthink things...which is why him marching on Luo Yang is somewhat mystifying to me. I never heard that the man had a reputation of being an opportunist. Why do you ask, General Lu?"
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby Marzy » 26 Jan 2013, 01:35

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"What sort of man do I think Liu Biao to be?" Wang Jin repeated the question, musing to himself for a few long moments. "I...I honestly do not know. I have not met the man in person, but from everything that I have heard of him, he is a cautious individual. So cautious that he perhaps tends to overthink things...which is why him marching on Luo Yang is somewhat mystifying to me. I never heard that the man had a reputation of being an opportunist. Why do you ask, General Lu?"

As Wang Jin finished his reply, Fengxian only initially offered a sly grin, such as a fox may offer as her trap was set and prey ensnared. His mirth was palpable, though it was not given voice.

Calmly, Fengxian explained, "Some people say he's overly cautious, but I feel he's always conveyed a sense of deep security. Strong warriors seek fights everywhere to test their mettle, but the strongest feel no need to fight at all. They know truly what they have and have no need to strike others to understand that. That's the sort of man I find Lord Liu Biao to be. I feel he's been led astray by that scoundrel Yuan Shao, and that's the only reason we see him on the field of battle today."

"But!" he exclaimed, raising one finger. "I believe I know how to rectify that."

So he explained his plan to Wang Jin, telling him such and such*. When he finished, he leaned forward and grimly said, "It is by no means a simple plan, and we may lose our lives in the attempt. But this is of the grandest importance. No matter our success or failure, our names will be spoken of throughout history. I'd like it if you'd help me make sure that they speak of us kindly."

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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby Lionheart » 26 Jan 2013, 03:29

When Lu Bu finished speaking of his plan to Wang Jin, he had to admit that he had his own doubts about it. Not for his own safety, of course. Rather, he worried about that of Lu Bu. Whether or not his plan would work, Lu Bu's life would be in tremendous danger and indeed, he may loose his life in the attempt. But Wang Jin knew of their desperation, knew of the stakes: they were too high to ignore. Desperate times called for desperate measures.

With that thought in mind, Wang Jin steeled himself and gave a military bow-salute to his general. "I'll be honest, General Lu. I care little for how history remembers me...I only care about the stability and prosperity of the dynasty. If I'm to lose my life and be remembered as a hero for helping to save the dynasty, then so be it. I will also say that I have deep reservations about your plan, purely out of your own safety: if there is one man in the military that the Han cannot afford to lose, it is you, General. However, I understand the desperate straits that we all are in at the moment, and therefore I think that your plan--while a bit reckless--is our best chance at survival."

He rose from his bow-salute and looked Lu Bu dead in the eye. For a moment his gaze was piercing and very serious. But after that moment passed his expression melted into a full-blown, toothy smile. "General Lu, I may not have served you long, but know this: I will follow you into the depths of Hell and back if need be. Not because military decorum demands it, but because I believe in you wholeheartedly. If you believe that you have even the slimmest chance of success...then go for it. I'll make sure that I can do everything I can on my end to make sure that your plan succeeds.

"Godspeed, General Lu. May the Heavens smile upon you with favor."
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Re: [Pre-game] Dong Zhuo's Kingdom Roleplay Thread

Postby Jaerdean » 28 Jan 2013, 02:32

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Staggering into a tavern on the outskirts of the city, he dropped into a nearby chair. His clothing, though not entirely appropriate for the weather, hid the heavy crossbow he carried on his person. The war was not going at all as he suspected.

He ordered some rice wine, downed what was given him, and handed the poorly crafted cup back, ordering more of it before the woman looking demurely at the ground could even walk away.

No, this was not what he assumed at all. What would happen when Dong Zhuo fell? Would he be captured, killed, tortured? Could he escape, slip away as a peasant? He felt the full weight of the crossbow at his side, the knife at the small of his back. Could he throw away such finely crafted things, and pretend he was nothing again?...
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