First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Bradums » 21 Jan 2017, 14:48

[OOC: I just entered it into my OI, finally. Had to add my OI portraits, anyway :P]
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Calistoknight » 21 Jan 2017, 15:39

(OOC: Lets make this official then.
Xu Bao throws his lot in for Liu Shentong
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The blacksmith felt like business here was concluded. The people that wanted to be Magistrate had all but backed down with Cai Bin's nomination of Liu Shentong. With a strong military leader backed by a strong civil leader it seemed to be a good balance. "Well I think it's decided then. I'll throw my lot behind Captain Liu Shentong and spread the word once I get home about what's happening here so everyone knows what's going on."

He approached Minister Cai and gave him a bow. "We should do the formalities in front of the people to help clam everyone down, and quickly before this fragile peace breaks. The people need reassurance."

The big man had a fortified look on his face now that things seemed to be in motion. "Until this crisis is over consider my forges open for the sake of the city. From what I've heard there isn't much left for our garrison beyond rusted and dented weapons and armor. I'll need to talk to Liu Shentong and his administration on the matter but thought you should know since you're likely to be one of those people"
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby LukeYB » 21 Jan 2017, 18:08

Wai Be let out a sigh. The debates seemed to be over, with very little disagreement or even much persuasion needed. Primarily, they were all here for the same goal and that certainly made discussions easier. The return of Zhou Liang and his father had given Be reason to brace himself, but even they were now firmly on Liu Shentong's side. Cai Bin made another imperialistic speech (although it had become clear there were many clerks and messengers present who found it hard to continue to pay attention to the elder statesman's decrees) and after a few more declarations of agreement, Be considered the matter to be all-but-resolved, at least for now. There was still the issue of the other noble families not present and, of course, of the People's acceptance, but his instincts were positive of this being the conclusion that will occur.

"Well then," he called out in a seemingly calmer tone than before, "I am pleased to see all in accordance. Then I, again, wish to ask Lord Dao and Minister Jia Liang to join me in my office that we may begin discussions on how best to aid our new Magistrate, whenever he is to be appointed. The sooner, the better! Master Cai, thank you for your wisdom. Please feel free to call on my aid whenever you see fit but, for now, I shall take my leave." He gave a deep bow to finish off his involvement in today's events.
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Xe of Greed » 21 Jan 2017, 18:26

Jia Liang had remained quietly uninvolved in the rest of the debate, listening with as polite a facade as he could muster to the continuing chatter. The Zhou Clan's return was the end point, though he did enjoy the other claimant stalking off. Privately, Liang agreed with the man. Certain people needed to be watched. Operating alone, Liang had suffered the corruption and incompetency of the government at large, simply because there was nothing to do about it. The Magistrate was largely worthless and the court had little care. Now, though. Now might be the opportunity to cut the rot away. For the first time in a long time, perhaps there was hope. At the very least, Jia Liang could do everything in his power to prevent the obvious disaster of handing their entire budget to the military.

The minister nodded with Wai Be, offering a bow to the collected court and citizens, departing with the other minister. There was, after all, so much to accomplish and so little with which to accomplish. Both the civil and military sides of the city would need miracles to pull off their goals, but Liang smiled as he walked. Perhaps this crisis would result in some good after all.
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby RCS » 22 Jan 2017, 02:14

Dao Lang raised his hands with a smile. "I do not believe the matter is settled entirely. There are several officials currently not here. They, like the good Captain, are doing their own work to keep the city afloat. We have not heard their voices in this affair, but they cannot be ignored."
He motioned out the door. "Likewise we've not heard the willing of the people, save for a few here. There are...what, a dozen people who have spoken here tonight? There are thousands upon thousands of good people in this fine city who may be ill at ease to find out that their magistrate fled in the dead of night and a secret council of the strongest and wealthiest placed someone in power without their knowledge or approval."
"If we are to work to save Wan, we must have as close to a unanimous decision as possible." He folded his arms over his chest. "We don't want to name a successor only to have half the city flee out the gates and join the rebels because they feel jilted. Likewise the city officials may harbor ill will and accede to continued corruption if they feel their voices were not heard."
He glanced back at Wai Be. "I feel we must make announcements to the people of the city - all of them. I still urge you fine ladies and gentlemen to support my policy and plan, as I said I will follow Captain Liu faithfully if he is chosen. I do not think it is the best choice, but it is not a terrible choice that is sure."
"I do not know how the rest of you feel, but it would put me at ease if someone informed the lower ministers, the outlying posts and offices." He glanced around and smiled at the assembly. "I'll handle getting that accomplished. It would be a good way to prove that I am earnestly engaged in this process."
With that said and done he turned back to Wai Be and Jai Liang with a reassuring smile. "Now, yes, Master Wai we can retire to discuss all at length. I can multitask quite well, so I'll draw up the missives to the others while we speak. By tomorrow we should assuredly have the whole city working together...or at least have solid progress in that department."
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Xu Yuan » 22 Jan 2017, 03:13

By all accounts it appeared over. What could have dragged on and on between two men who hated one another and two bureaucrats who wished to keep the military out of the city's affairs, drew a shiver through Cai Bin, independent of the cold. Yet, he had to wonder... what would have happened had he not asked Liu Shentong for his nomination? Where would the crowd stand? Would Dao Lang have made his announcement? Did Jia Liang only make his own because of Cai Bin's absence? What was clear was that the Civil Officials whom he had lead for years all but turned against him. Only his faithful ally Wai Be stood by his side, if the clamoring in the crowds were true many sided with Jia Liang, it was not as unanimous as Cai Bin had predicted, there was no misstep he had taken. It was the presence of a fourth nominee of which was not present to defend his case. This was always going to lessen the appeal of Liu Shentong, Cai Bin idly wondered if Dao Lang would have been brave enough had Liu Shentong come to make his case, but that would have hurt him in other ways and it was that dogged commitment to his duty which drove Cai Bin to him in the first place.

Calistoknight wrote:He approached Minister Cai and gave him a bow. "We should do the formalities in front of the people to help clam everyone down, and quickly before this fragile peace breaks. The people need reassurance."

The big man had a fortified look on his face now that things seemed to be in motion. "Until this crisis is over consider my forges open for the sake of the city. From what I've heard there isn't much left for our garrison beyond rusted and dented weapons and armor. I'll need to talk to Liu Shentong and his administration on the matter but thought you should know since you're likely to be one of those people"


Cai Bin nodded firmly, but he couldn't hide his smile. "By all means you should discuss preliminary discussions with Liu Shentong, Master Blacksmith Xu. It is true, and is the chief fault of the last administration..." He once again turned to the crowds; "Of which I say the bureaucratic nominees proposals seem opposed to aiding the military beyond empty platitudes." He turned back towards the craftsman, his smile dipping in regards to announcing Liu Shentong's victory. Before he had the chance to speak, the Merchant once again made clear his resistance to Liu Shentong. It was not as graceful as before, there seemed to be an almost desperation in Dao Lang, but his point was well made. Aside from one part...

RCS wrote:Dao Lang raised his hands with a smile. "I do not believe the matter is settled entirely. There are several officials currently not here. They, like the good Captain, are doing their own work to keep the city afloat. We have not heard their voices in this affair, but they cannot be ignored."
He motioned out the door. "Likewise we've not heard the willing of the people, save for a few here. There are...what, a dozen people who have spoken here tonight? There are thousands upon thousands of good people in this fine city who may be ill at ease to find out that their magistrate fled in the dead of night and a secret council of the strongest and wealthiest placed someone in power without their knowledge or approval."
"If we are to work to save Wan, we must have as close to a unanimous decision as possible." He folded his arms over his chest. "We don't want to name a successor only to have half the city flee out the gates and join the rebels because they feel jilted. Likewise the city officials may harbor ill will and accede to continued corruption if they feel their voices were not heard."
He glanced back at Wai Be. "I feel we must make announcements to the people of the city - all of them. I still urge you fine ladies and gentlemen to support my policy and plan, as I said I will follow Captain Liu faithfully if he is chosen. I do not think it is the best choice, but it is not a terrible choice that is sure."
"I do not know how the rest of you feel, but it would put me at ease if someone informed the lower ministers, the outlying posts and offices." He glanced around and smiled at the assembly. "I'll handle getting that accomplished. It would be a good way to prove that I am earnestly engaged in this process."
With that said and done he turned back to Wai Be and Jai Liang with a reassuring smile. "Now, yes, Master Wai we can retire to discuss all at length. I can multitask quite well, so I'll draw up the missives to the others while we speak. By tomorrow we should assuredly have the whole city working together...or at least have solid progress in that department."
Enemies my friend...you are making enemies. He chuckled as the thought flew through his mind, but he tried to ignore it; he certainly wasn't making any more enemies this night than he did any time he raised his grain or silk prices.



He addressed Dao Lang directly. "Master Dao." Before turning directly to the crowds. "You know as well as I and these many fine folks that this is not a secret meeting. We have held it open to the public since the sun arose. The sun has long past set and we have held no secrets, nor deceit to the people. The crowds still gather within the halls and outside the City Center to hear a glimpse of this discussion. Any are free to advance their thoughts and many have. " He gestured towards the blacksmith. "Master Xu Bao is a humble representative of the masses, hardly among the powerful and elite of Wan." Next his open palm fell in the direct direction of Fu Zhi. "The young man who spoke earlier towards your criticisms did not appear to be from any great house or noble clan, he was neither one of our Civil Officials." His posture returned to normal. "And what of one of our own nominees? Master Ding, A traveler from the North, with nothing more than experience for his claim. That is how open we have been in these discussions. It has been a trying time, but it has not been closed to anyone." A quizzical look appeared in his eyes. "Are you truly not aware that this council was called to debate and decide in full public view? You are listing the very purpose of this council."

He held up his hand in a halting motion; "Will that be the end of it then, Master Dao? Will you gather the thoughts from the lower offices and return here? We do not have the luxury of time, my friend. The hour is late but this is not a situation we can sleep upon. Have the men you send awaken these absent ministers, if they have fallen asleep. We cannot parade around the town day and night pleading the cases for our nominee while Wan crashes down around us! It has not been long since the Magistrate sat in that very chair and already we have seen an unprecedented rise in crime and disorder. The garrison, poorly equipped and undermanned is doing all it can to keep the city in order. The longer we hesitate, the stronger our enemies become." He looked to the shining moon once more before exhaling in irritation, his cold breath misting. "Very well. You mentioned that you will have this known by tomorrow, I trust your word." He paused to add urgency to his words. "There can be no more delays."

Finished speaking with the departing merchant he turned again to Xu Bao. "As I feared, Master Merchant Dao wishes to prolong this, as such it would be the height of impropriety to step upon his earnest request. We await one more day, Master Xu. Just one more day." The words felt hollow, he wondered if this truly would be decided in another day or if he was opening the floodgates for another series of endless debates that could stretch on for... He called forth his aides as he quietly ordered them about. Each departed with their mission. This finished the elder turned to the crowd. "I will not sleep until I hear that the city's Magistrate has been chosen, but I do not demand this of you all. You may depart and rest. When you awake there is the possibility that the crisis is over and our new Magistrate would be chosen. To any that wishes further discussion with myself, or wish to talk among themselves may do so. I will sit here by the Magistrate's chair if I am needed." One of his aides soon returned with several large scrolls and another, a desk, where Cai Bin started to write fervently.
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Vartonn » 22 Jan 2017, 04:44

Wan Plaza, the Morning after the Morning of Many Magistrates (Open RP)
The following morning, Jia Chun had put on his best breastplate and helmet. He knew he had to make a good impression, so he had polished and cleaned them the day before. Despite his best efforts, the man was incredibly unimpressive. Barrel-chested with a strong beard, Chun could give the impression of a great warrior; but he was also barrel-bellied and his mannerisms were more at home in an ale-house. Nevertheless, he persevered in his chosen course of action: armed with nothing but his honesty and goodwill, he would help Wan choose its new magistrate.

On the way out of their home, he sought out his niece, Jia Xianrong and told her to relay a message to her father. "I'll be stirring trouble at plaza, brother." He was sure that this would spur him into action. Liang was the kind to worry about his unpredictable slouch of a brother, afterall. On his way to the plaza, he hailed the people he knew from his days in the guard, he spoke of choosing a magistrate to lead them to safety... the usual speech stuff. Speeches weren't his forte.

At the plaza, he gathered a crowd and spoke his summons loudly. "I speak to all who have risen up to guide us in these dark times! Many heroes have answered the call of duty and courageously stepped forward!", he grinned at the crowd that had gathered. "I have heard of their virtues, I have heard of their skills, I have heard of their lineage, but one question remains! The pot-bellied soldier took a more serious countenance and adjusted his sash. "I know of how you will use power, but how will you give it up? Yesterday. when Master Dao Lang spoke of those who would be spurned by the ascension of others, he spoke wisely. Would-be magistrates, how will you share your power once you've gained it? How would you make sure that the opponents of yesterday become the heroes of tomorrow?"

With that said, he waited in this new arena for his summons to be answered.
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Sir Ebrum » 22 Jan 2017, 20:14

Current Political Power:
  • 1477 ~ Liu Shentong
  • 135 ~ Zhou Liang
  • 568 ~ Jia Liang
  • 177 ~ Dao Lang

Out of 34 total officers in Wan, 18 are currently gathering power.
Out of those 18, only 15 are actually supporting a particular person.
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Knuckle » 22 Jan 2017, 21:36

Ky Rah was enjoying the tournament: the crowd, the noise, and most of all the competition. He knew, however, he should throw his support behind one of the military minded officers before they got one of the weakling civil officials in office and doomed their town to a indecisive overly advised mess on military matters. That thought in mind, he went over to the registration booth, swiftly scrawled a message on one of the papers near sign up, and rolled it neatly after the ink dried. He beckoned to a small child, he recognized him as a young homeless boy, one he had taken a few moments before the tournament to show some basic hand to hand defense, as he would surely need it.

The young street urchin tugged at the robe of one of the well-to-do commoners at the council chamber. Annoyed, the man looked down to see the little ruffian holding a crumpled parchment, with the seal of Ky Rah signed on the outside. "A message from Weaponmaster Ky Rah, he wishes to throw his support behind the Guard Captain, Liu Shentong!" With that, the child thrust the letter into the commoners hand and sprinted out of the chamber, no doubt one of the local bakers would have his hands cut off if he stuck around too long, he didn't have the *dough* to pay them back!
The flustered man wasted no time in looking for someone important to hand the document to, relieving him of the responsibility...
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Calistoknight » 23 Jan 2017, 23:08

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"There is much work to be done Minister Cai, and as you said there is no time for delay. You never know what some of them will do if given enough time and ambition. I'm sure the rebels would love it to see us still split and without a leader in this time of crisis. He bowed again to the minister.

"As I said before I must return home and let my family and the rest know of what has happened. If I'm needed before the ceremony or something changes just send a summon and I'll show up" If there was nothing more the large blacksmith left to go return to his home and forge to prepare. In some ways for him it didn't matter who ended up in charge, they were going to need his forge and he best get it ready.
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Xu Yuan » 24 Jan 2017, 01:05

Vartonn wrote:Wan Plaza, morning (Open RP)
The following morning, Jia Chun had put on his best breastplate and helmet. He knew he had to make a good impression, so he had polished and cleaned them the day before. Despite his best efforts, the man was incredibly unimpressive. Barrel-chested with a strong beard, Chun could give the impression of a great warrior; but he was also barrel-bellied and his mannerisms were more at home in an ale-house. Nevertheless, he persevered in his chosen course of action: armed with nothing but his honesty and goodwill, he would help Wan choose its new magistrate.

On the way out of their home, he sought out his niece, Jia Xianrong and told her to relay a message to her father. "I'll be stirring trouble at plaza, brother." He was sure that this would spur him into action. Liang was the kind to worry about his unpredictable slouch of a brother, afterall. On his way to the plaza, he hailed the people he knew from his days in the guard, he spoke of choosing a magistrate to lead them to safety... the usual speech stuff. Speeches weren't his forte.

At the plaza, he gathered a crowd and spoke his summons loudly. "I speak to all who have risen up to guide us in these dark times! Many heroes have answered the call of duty and courageously stepped forward!", he grinned at the crowd that had gathered. "I have heard of their virtues, I have heard of their skills, I have heard of their lineage, but one question remains! The pot-bellied soldier took a more serious countenance and adjusted his sash. "I know of how you will use power, but how will you give it up? Yesterday. when Master Dao Lang spoke of those who would be spurned by the ascension of others, he spoke wisely. Would-be magistrates, how will you share your power once you've gained it? How would you make sure that the opponents of yesterday become the heroes of tomorrow?"

With that said, he waited in this new arena for his summons to be answered.


As Jia Chun's proclamation appeared to go unanswered a small group of black robed men began to gather in from the North of the city. Each one had a small distinctive cap, showing that they were of a very minor Civil Office. The oldest one among them, no older than 35, opened up a scroll and cleared his throat. The man's looks were somewhat intimidating as if he had originally been a soldier rather than a civil official, or perhaps he had a rough youth. His frame stood out among his fellows, but they showed no fear in being close to him as they gathered around him. In any event he began to speak in a booming tone.

His surprisingly elegant voice carried from one side of the plaza to the other.

"I have received a scroll from Captain Liu. As you all may know, Captain Liu is a nominee for the position of the vacant Magistrate. I have been given the privilege of speaking it on his behalf!"

As he started to speak the other black robed men rushed about, handing the scrolls they had in their hands to the nearby eager townsfolk, merchants, gentry, and several were posted on public buildings.

The contents of the letter were as such...


Brothers and Sisters of Wan,

Many among you have decided to put your faith in me to lead Wan through this time of strife. It remains to be seen if this will come to pass, but such support should not be met with silence.

I was reluctant to consider myself a candidate for the position of magistrate. I am a soldier, not a statesman, after all. For years, duty has called on me to enforce city policies rather than create them. It is no secret I am known more for my skill with swords than with words. I protect the farmlands; I have no knack for making them flourish.

But others do.

I believe this city is full of extremely talented, capable individuals. Many I have served with in the past. Many I still serve with today. They are the civil servants working long past sunset. They are the guard captains forging recruits into soldiers. They are the farmers, merchants, and craftsman that keep Wan fed and bring commerce and trade to our fair city.

Were I alone in this task, I would never consider such responsibility. But it is apparent to me, more than ever, that I am not.

If called upon to assume the role of magistrate, I will accept the responsibility, grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the city's growth and defense during this difficult time.

If, however, another is selected for this role, they will receive my full support. Not as a soldier, but as an honored Son of Wan.

-Liu Shentong


The large man had spoken these very same words, bowing his head customarily when he finished. The other civil officials quickly gathered around one another and prepared to depart for another section of the city still holding several scrolls which they can dispense of later to yet another crowd of people. Once they run out they would return to their offices to brush the message once more. It would be a busy day for these civil servants.
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Vartonn » 24 Jan 2017, 03:16

Xu Yuan wrote:As Jia Chun's proclamation appeared to go unanswered a small group of black robed men began to gather in from the North of the city. Each one had a small distinctive cap, showing that they were of a very minor Civil Office. The oldest one among them, no older than 35, opened up a scroll and cleared his throat. The man's looks were somewhat intimidating as if he had originally been a soldier rather than a civil official, or perhaps he had a rough youth. His frame stood out among his fellows, but they showed no fear in being close to him as they gathered around him. In any event he began to speak in a booming tone.

His surprisingly elegant voice carried from one side of the plaza to the other.

"I have received a scroll from Captain Liu. As you all may know, Captain Liu is a nominee for the position of the vacant Magistrate. I have been given the privilege of speaking it on his behalf!"

As he started to speak the other black robed men rushed about, handing the scrolls they had in their hands to the nearby eager townsfolk, merchants, gentry, and several were posted on public buildings.

The large man bowed his head customarily when he finished. The other civil officials quickly gathered around one another and prepared to depart for another section of the city still holding several scrolls which they can dispense of later to yet another crowd of people. Once they run out they would return to their offices to brush the message once more. It would be a busy day for these civil servants.


The stocky man had been visibly appalled at his proclamation going unanswered. He had repeated himself quite a few times to make sure his speech wouldn't be misunderstood. However, disappointment and fatigue turned to anger when he realized that Liu Shentong and his associate had sent black capped men to indirectly ignore him to his face. He stomped his foot on the crate he had used as a makeshift podium. "When the rebels come, will Liu Shentong hide behind a paper shield like he does now?", he cried out in anger and stomped his foot again, breaking the crate in the process. There was something incredibly comical about the pudgy fat man in polished armor falling face-first into the dust.

The humiliation sobered him up, so he skulked away towards the alehouse, grumbling about caps and robes.

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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Sir Ebrum » 29 Jan 2017, 18:13

Current Political Power:
  • 1701 ~ Liu Shentong
  • 745 ~ Dao Lang
  • 135 ~ Zhou Liang

Out of 35 total officers in Wan, 19 are currently gathering power.
Out of those 19, only 17 are actually supporting a particular person.
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Xu Quan » 30 Jan 2017, 23:03

Xu Yuan wrote:As Jia Chun's proclamation appeared to go unanswered a small group of black robed men began to gather in from the North of the city. Each one had a small distinctive cap, showing that they were of a very minor Civil Office. The oldest one among them, no older than 35, opened up a scroll and cleared his throat. The man's looks were somewhat intimidating as if he had originally been a soldier rather than a civil official, or perhaps he had a rough youth. His frame stood out among his fellows, but they showed no fear in being close to him as they gathered around him. In any event he began to speak in a booming tone.

His surprisingly elegant voice carried from one side of the plaza to the other.

"I have received a scroll from Captain Liu. As you all may know, Captain Liu is a nominee for the position of the vacant Magistrate. I have been given the privilege of speaking it on his behalf!"

As he started to speak the other black robed men rushed about, handing the scrolls they had in their hands to the nearby eager townsfolk, merchants, gentry, and several were posted on public buildings.


... One such member of the townsfolk looked on while idly gnawing on a strip of tough meat. His cap was long gone, lost in perpetuity as it always was, somewhere in the vast alleyways and channels that ran alongside Wancheng's major streets. "Looks like everyone has a horse in this race," he observed between chomps. He leaned on one arm, with one foot dangling off the low wall that separated the courtyard from the city sprawl. From the ramparts he, Zhang Anguo (styled Guancha), could see the intersecting throngs of people all across the block shift with each gust of winter wind. Even more evident was their uneasiness, caught in their throats, made more uncomfortable by the prospect of war there on the horizon.

Anguo shared those feelings of foreboding, and considered himself a part of the most common people, hardened by a lifetime of struggle. He wrapped himself in scratchy grey wool, within earshot of a group of crude fishermen he considered friends. They commented and complained for the entire speech in a sharp slur typical of the Central Plains. "That's right," they said. "And who's going to pay for that?" one asked. "Doesn't sound like much time at all," added another. Wan was the last piece to topple en route to the throne of gold, they knew, and with varying levels of optimism they still saw the threats as they were.

Xu Yuan wrote:
If called upon to assume the role of magistrate, I will accept the responsibility, grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the city's growth and defense during this difficult time.

If, however, another is selected for this role, they will receive my full support. Not as a soldier, but as an honored Son of Wan.

-Liu Shentong


While the ministers passed out copies of their words, the city accountant, not entertained, dropped down to the frozen dirt beneath him. "Some captain of a guard," Guansha coughed. "Has a good speechwriter. Sounds like a man who'll lead thearge, and die." Normally he did not care to provide his opinion, the attentive listener, but he had done enough listening for one day. Moreover, he knew what power vacuums wrought if left unchecked, or improperly filled. Death had seemed to be the only answer for as long as he knew.

Though Liu Shentong might very well have been the right man for the job at this point in time, Zhang Anguo felt that the best leaders needed to be tested early. So did he spread his own words—for some other man—to see what would come of it, and if the true commandant would emerge.

:arrow: Rally the People! Win over the crowds, quantity has a quality all its own.
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Re: First Simzhou Crisis: Selecting a Ruler

Postby Sir Ebrum » 07 Feb 2017, 00:07

Out of 41 total officers in Wan, 21 gathered power in early January and 19 openly supported one or another officer in their bid to assume control of the city. Power itself is a multi-faceted thing, and before long Liu Shentong emerged as the clear winner over his rival Dao Lang. Over half of all the plans for saving the city from the rebels came from Liu Shentong's camp. Liu Shentong enjoyed three times the popular support that his rival did, and four times the support within the city garrison. Nonetheless, Dao Lang obtained the loyalty a large enough majority of the civilian officials that his stronger rival could not safely seize power immediately...


[Begin OOC]

New Options!
  • Dao Lang can choose to support Liu Shentong, in which case Liu Shentong immediately becomes acting ruler of Wan.
  • Liu Shentong can choose to seize power anyway without Dao Lang's support.
  • Liu Shentong can choose to support Dao Lang, in which case Dao Lang immediately becomes acting ruler of Wan.
  • Both can choose to continue competing for power, i.e. neither of them choose one of the above options.

If option #1 or #3 is picked, please post your reasons and if necessary PM me the particulars, as they may be plot-relevant later. The military or the civilian leadership of the city will be alienated if any deal arranged is not perceived as "fair" and "honorable".
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