Wan City General Roleplay

Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Dong Zhou » 24 Jan 2017, 19:40

Li Jun swore under her breath, this meant complications. Finding someone in the guard to fully confirm the financial crime, having to arrange shop under guard till someone packed it up, having to deal with the big lump attempting assault but needing to bear in mind he was robbed. Why couldn't people have nice simple crimes? Pick-pocketing, public indecency, murder sprees...

She turned her attention to the merchant with a sigh, clearly rather annoyed with the thief.


"Do you have someone who can mind, or wind up, the stall while we question you. Or would you care to explain now why you took money that was not yours?"
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby In Ferro Veritas » 24 Jan 2017, 23:02

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Shi Jie did not particularly like the way Cai Bin framed the discussion. It was that same overly scholastic tomfoolery that he had used in ages past; of posing a question as if it held great merit, then simply changing the topic. Jie didn't like that. Then again, Jie didn't like people. And since Cai Bin was a part of that uncountable multitude, Jie was unlikely to like him no matter what the man did. And he certainly wasn't going to show a modicum of respect to the man's ideas, regardless of how valid they might've been.

"The magistrate was the magistrate," Jie said, as if he were describing the color of the sky as 'blue.' "You speak as if there was some great moral conundrum; there wasn't. An edict came, saying 'sell me horses.' I offered him horses at a ludicrously inflated price and he jumped for it." Jie shrugged. "If I had known he was going to be that much of an idiot, I'd have asked for three times as much and sent him gilded bridles.

"As for Luoyang?" Jie laughed, slapping his free hand on his thigh. "That ill-bred imbecile didn't go to Luoyang! Assuming the blackguards he surrounded himself didn't test the sharpness of their knives on his kidneys, he's halfway to Jianye by now. I guarantee that he rode north, seized a boat at the nearest village of no consequence, and sat his lazy self on a boat. The Yangtze will take him far from here, far from Luoyang, and far from the rebels that would love to see how far they can throw his disembodied head!"

Jie snorted, muttering "Luoyang" twice more under his breath.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xu Yuan » 24 Jan 2017, 23:30

In Ferro Veritas wrote:Xu Yuan
Shi Jie did not particularly like the way Cai Bin framed the discussion. It was that same overly scholastic tomfoolery that he had used in ages past; of posing a question as if it held great merit, then simply changing the topic. Jie didn't like that. Then again, Jie didn't like people. And since Cai Bin was a part of that uncountable multitude, Jie was unlikely to like him no matter what the man did. And he certainly wasn't going to show a modicum of respect to the man's ideas, regardless of how valid they might've been.

"The magistrate was the magistrate," Jie said, as if he were describing the color of the sky as 'blue.' "You speak as if there was some great moral conundrum; there wasn't. An edict came, saying 'sell me horses.' I offered him horses at a ludicrously inflated price and he jumped for it." Jie shrugged. "If I had known he was going to be that much of an idiot, I'd have asked for three times as much and sent him gilded bridles.

"As for Luoyang?" Jie laughed, slapping his free hand on his thigh. "That ill-bred imbecile didn't go to Luoyang! Assuming the blackguards he surrounded himself didn't test the sharpness of their knives on his kidneys, he's halfway to Jianye by now. I guarantee that he rode north, seized a boat at the nearest village of no consequence, and sat his lazy self on a boat. The Yangtze will take him far from here, far from Luoyang, and far from the rebels that would love to see how far they can throw his disembodied head!"

Jie snorted, muttering "Luoyang" twice more under his breath.


The man's knack for business hadn't changed at all. He was still as lucid as ever and this drew a tight lipped grin to Cai Bin's face. At least one thing in this city hadn't changed over the years. "Understandable then Elder Shi. An edict cannot be easily dismissed and since this has happened numerous times in the past, it is no surprise you reacted in the ordinary manner. As for what you would have done had you known, I cannot say I blame you for it." He paused for a moment as he pointed to the sky. "It may just be that the Magistrate's flight could inadvertently save Wan, rather than doom it." The advisor lifted his palms towards him and dropped them in a dramatic fashion. "It gives us Civil and Military Officials the free rein required to remedy the situation in a matter that he clearly did not have the gumption to stomach. As to that point, have you heard of the nominees that are striving to replace the Magistrate?"

It was a sudden realization but Shi Jie was right. "The Magistrate may have been a spineless coward in the end, but he wasn't a fool. He did not go to Luo Yang, if only to avoid the Emperor's wrath of abandoning the last bulwark of defense for the Han. I believe your estimations on his whereabouts are well founded Elder Shi. In the distant South he is free of responsibility and beyond the current reach of Han retribution when we succeed in turning back the rebels." Perhaps he was too sure of himself, but his final words exuded a proud tone, as if he truly believed that he could save the city.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby In Ferro Veritas » 25 Jan 2017, 00:06

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Shi Jie fell back into the old patronizing lecturer tone that he loved so dearly. "One fat-headed idiot is easy enough to deal with. If you can, you control him. If you cannot control him, you manipulate him. If you cannot manipulate him, you influence him. If you cannot influence him, you restrict him. If you cannot restrict him, you hobble him. And if you cannot hobble him, you murder him and start the process over. Politics, business, war; doesn't matter. It's all the same. The magistrate, may the four winds conspire to deposit his remains in a feed trow, could be manipulated.

"Remove the magistrate from the board and what do you get?" Jie gestured vaguely around them. "How many self-styled officials have now made an open bid for power? How many men now contend for the rule of the city? And this, mind you, before the storm has really reached us. When it does, do you think these newly founded alliances will withstand the tempest?" Jie's tone made it very clear what he thought of that. "In the magistrate, we had predictable incompetence that we could circumvent. We don't know what we're going to have with his replacement. Normally that wouldn't matter; you and I have seen plenty of magistrates, governors, and emperors in our time. But what matters, young man," Jie didn't even bat an eye at such a description of the elderly Cai, "is that we don't have time. We don't have time to find out if the new magistrate is worth more than the south end of a north-bound horse. We don't have time to find out if the new magistrate knows the difference between a stirrup and a spear. For the first time in our lives, we're out of time."

Shi Jie abruptly abandoned his sombre tone. "But what do we care? We'll be dead within five years, win or lose! Hah!"
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xu Yuan » 25 Jan 2017, 02:03

In Ferro Veritas wrote:Xu Yuan

Shi Jie fell back into the old patronizing lecturer tone that he loved so dearly. "One fat-headed idiot is easy enough to deal with. If you can, you control him. If you cannot control him, you manipulate him. If you cannot manipulate him, you influence him. If you cannot influence him, you restrict him. If you cannot restrict him, you hobble him. And if you cannot hobble him, you murder him and start the process over. Politics, business, war; doesn't matter. It's all the same. The magistrate, may the four winds conspire to deposit his remains in a feed trow, could be manipulated.

"Remove the magistrate from the board and what do you get?" Jie gestured vaguely around them. "How many self-styled officials have now made an open bid for power? How many men now contend for the rule of the city? And this, mind you, before the storm has really reached us. When it does, do you think these newly founded alliances will withstand the tempest?" Jie's tone made it very clear what he thought of that. "In the magistrate, we had predictable incompetence that we could circumvent. We don't know what we're going to have with his replacement. Normally that wouldn't matter; you and I have seen plenty of magistrates, governors, and emperors in our time. But what matters, young man," Jie didn't even bat an eye at such a description of the elderly Cai, "is that we don't have time. We don't have time to find out if the new magistrate is worth more than the south end of a north-bound horse. We don't have time to find out if the new magistrate knows the difference between a stirrup and a spear. For the first time in our lives, we're out of time."

Shi Jie abruptly abandoned his sombre tone. "But what do we care? We'll be dead within five years, win or lose! Hah!"


Did Cai Bin really seek to manipulate the previous Magistrate? He put the question to his mind as he went over their interactions over the years... He came to the conclusion that no he did not, he simply didn't care about what the Magistrate did as long as his estate continued to receive its stipend. He went through the motions, made public speeches and appearances, using the Civil Control Unit to maintain a semblance of popularity for the government. He would put forward proposals that the people wanted, soothing his guilt, but would never disagree with a decision the Magistrate made or to his dismissal of some of those proposals, even the sending of the troops to the Capital several months ago was... Regardless, Shi Jie's lecture on manipulation and coercion drew a guilty look from Cai Bin as his eyes gazed downward. There was no appropriate answer to it. He stayed quiet and allowed the old man to continue speaking.

He waited till his elder had said his piece and then spoke in turn, smiling grimly; "I believe we both plan on being here in five years, wouldn't you say?" In the matters of succession his tone recovered its confidence. "The self-stylers are surprisingly few. We had a wanderer and a young nobleman try their hand at it, they relented to the man I proposed. Aside from those two a fellow merchant who you may know, Dao Lang, also strives for power, as may a colleague of mine Minister Jia Liang. I nominated a military man; a well regarded gentleman who the town loves by the name of Captain Liu Shentong of the House of Han as interim Magistrate. I convinced him of the benefits that his leadership, name, and popularity could bring to Wan. I expected with much of the town in support of him that my erstwhile colleagues would also submit, but they appear to have not. I do not trust a Civil Official to deal with this military crisis and will stand against them for their blatant levity of the situation."

Having caught himself he bowed in apology. "I apologize Elder Shi. I appeared to have lost myself for a moment, I only meant to soothe your mind. The Captain is not incompetent, nor will he be manipulated by those around him. He is an old ally of mine from the previous administration and I trust that he will lead us through this crisis. You are correct though, we are running out of time and the longer my colleagues continue in their game, the closer the rebels come to Wan." The advisor sighed as he placed two fingers on his forehead, a look of frustration in his eyes. "I hope through this expression of overwhelming support that the dissenting Civil Officials will act in accordance with the will of Wan and stay the course as loyal subjects." The look faded as another melancholy smirk showed. "I wonder if that may be too much to ask for though."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Calistoknight » 25 Jan 2017, 03:15

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[Open RP] - Lady Pu Cele's Pub, the Morning after the Morning of Many Magistrates

The stout middle-aged guard had salvaged a bit of his dignity by dusting himself off on his way to the alehouse. Word of his spectacular failure had certainly reached the ears of the regulars already. It is said that some mystics could divine the future from the pattern of tea leaves at the bottom of a cup; Pu Cele's tavern mystics, on the other hand, could divine rumors before they even spread so long as the maid kept the wine flowing. And the wine always flowed at Pu Cele's, even during shortages and droughts. The guard, the mystic and the drunkard in Jia Chun preferred not knowing how such a thing was even possible.

At the tavern the humbled man in armor seated himself alone at the counter and ordered cheap wine. By avoiding his friends and the regulars, he would not be needlessly exposing himself to ridicule. Morever, whoever dared approach the fuming 240 pounds of muscle and fat would be sure to provide earnest comfort, or a good excuse to have their face punched in. Either outcome suited the pot-bellied guard.


Laughter and chatter could be heard outside the pub and started to get louder. The source soon reveled itself as a gaggle of young, fit men entered to pub. It was evident they were happy to be here, and after a hard day in the inferno temperatures of the forge the cool refreshing taste of alcohol would do wonders. The group was still dirty and stinky from the days work and most of them seated themselves near a lone man who was posted up in the corner while the unlucky one had to go order the drinks.

The bunch talked loudly and whooped in cheers as the drinks arrived. At about that time Xu Bao, the large meaty bald blacksmith arrived to the pub himself and scanned the room. Right off he noticed his workers being a nuisance and more than likely annoying the living daylights out of the man in the next table. He stalked up to the group who hadn't noticed him at this point, and slammed his fist on the table, spilling a few drinks in the process. "ENOUGH!" He bellowed at the group. "If you're going to be rowdy do it over there, or be prepared for a long day.." He said pointing to a noisier section of the pub.

The lads new that when Xu Bao said a long day he really meant working into the night and they gathered up there things and scampered off to the other side.

Xu Bao turned to the man in the other table and bowed to him apologetically. "You'll have to forgive my workers for their behavior, it's been a trying time these last few days with everything that is going on. Allow me to buy you a drink as a form of apologizes." He said and waved over a server to bring some cheap.. but not the cheapest.. wine for the man.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby LukeYB » 25 Jan 2017, 15:57

Dong Zhou wrote:Li Jun swore under her breath, this meant complications. Finding someone in the guard to fully confirm the financial crime, having to arrange shop under guard till someone packed it up, having to deal with the big lump attempting assault but needing to bear in mind he was robbed. Why couldn't people have nice simple crimes? Pick-pocketing, public indecency, murder sprees...

She turned her attention to the merchant with a sigh, clearly rather annoyed with the thief.


"Do you have someone who can mind, or wind up, the stall while we question you. Or would you care to explain now why you took money that was not yours?"


The merchant was silent. The previous gulp was still taking it's toll. Timidly, he stepped forward back toward the stall.

"oh I, er, I c-c-can explain... there seems t-t-to be a misunderstanding... see I really j-j-just..." He moved ever closer to Wai Be, who was still pointing his finger as if it were integral to the accusation. "M-my brother, well he's not really my brother, c-c-can come and get..." Again he paused. Despite the sweating, shaking and sharp breathing, it was clear his mind was racing. Suddenly, with unexpected swiftness, he grabbed a pouch of coins that Be had placed back down next to him. The merchant ran like a madman. Possessed with a desire to flee somewhere, anywhere, he even surprised himself with how abruptly athletic he had become. Wai Be blinked a few times before realising what had just happened...
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Vartonn » 25 Jan 2017, 18:25

[Open RP] - Lady Pu Cele's Pub, the Morning after the Morning of Many Magistrates
Calistoknight wrote:Laughter and chatter could be heard outside the pub and started to get louder. The source soon reveled itself as a gaggle of young, fit men entered to pub. It was evident they were happy to be here, and after a hard day in the inferno temperatures of the forge the cool refreshing taste of alcohol would do wonders. The group was still dirty and stinky from the days work and most of them seated themselves near a lone man who was posted up in the corner while the unlucky one had to go order the drinks.

The bunch talked loudly and whooped in cheers as the drinks arrived. At about that time Xu Bao, the large meaty bald blacksmith arrived to the pub himself and scanned the room. Right off he noticed his workers being a nuisance and more than likely annoying the living daylights out of the man in the next table. He stalked up to the group who hadn't noticed him at this point, and slammed his fist on the table, spilling a few drinks in the process. "ENOUGH!" He bellowed at the group. "If you're going to be rowdy do it over there, or be prepared for a long day.." He said pointing to a noisier section of the pub.

The lads new that when Xu Bao said a long day he really meant working into the night and they gathered up there things and scampered off to the other side.

Xu Bao turned to the man in the other table and bowed to him apologetically. "You'll have to forgive my workers for their behavior, it's been a trying time these last few days with everything that is going on. Allow me to buy you a drink as a form of apologizes." He said and waved over a server to bring some cheap.. but not the cheapest.. wine for the man.

Fury had been bubbling up inside of Jia Chun ever since the smelly workers had come to disturb his tentative peace. Answering a provocation with his fist was one thing, but there was no moral high ground to be found in punching loud patrons. The guard controlled his breathing and looked for an escape.. Ale? Drank alone, ale brought no comfort. It was then that Xu Bao appeared.

At first, Jia Chun narrowed his eyes inquisitively at the newcomer, but he soon relaxed and a humbled smile appeared on his lips. "Ah, master Xu, you are too kind, too kind! But, it would be inappropriate for me to accept such compensation when your workers are not even the real source of my discomfort." The guard sighed and turned his gaze back to his half empty cup of wine. "These are hard times, they need an outlet to relax, a bit of comfort. You can hardly fault them for bothering a sour man with their cheerfulness." He emptied his cup.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Dong Zhou » 26 Jan 2017, 13:27

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The merchant was silent. The previous gulp was still taking it's toll. Timidly, he stepped forward back toward the stall.

"oh I, er, I c-c-can explain... there seems t-t-to be a misunderstanding... see I really j-j-just..." He moved ever closer to Wai Be, who was still pointing his finger as if it were integral to the accusation. "M-my brother, well he's not really my brother, c-c-can come and get..." Again he paused. Despite the sweating, shaking and sharp breathing, it was clear his mind was racing. Suddenly, with unexpected swiftness, he grabbed a pouch of coins that Be had placed back down next to him. The merchant ran like a madman. Possessed with a desire to flee somewhere, anywhere, he even surprised himself with how abruptly athletic he had become. Wai Be blinked a few times before realising what had just happened...


OC: Sorry for delay, morning went wrong

The word that came out of Li Jun's mouth would be too rude for certain ears as she saw the merchant take off with surprising speed, taking her off guard. Li Jun began running but with surprise, her acceleration was slow and it is never fun to run in armour but as she began to pick up speed and start to close the gap, she yelled out to whoever could hear her.

"Circle round and cut the lilly livered git off."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby In Ferro Veritas » 26 Jan 2017, 19:47

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"A Liu arrives just in the nick of time, ready to save us from ourselves!" The old man hacked out a dry, wheezy laugh. "Put not your faith and trust in gifts unlooked-for, Cai. Didn't Confucius say something like that?

"And a captain? How old is he? A Liu -- a proper Liu, of the imperial bloodline -- enters the civil services, not the armed services. And if he were to enter the armed services, you can be guaranteed that he would quickly rise through the ranks. He should be a colonel in a decade, at most a dozen years. Military officials, often ignored by the government and left to sit on the Ordos Loop and scowl menacingly at the barbaric north, would jump at the opportunity to buy the gratitude of a prince of the blood. Which means I trust this Liu about as far as I can throw him."

Jie shook his head in disappointment, as if it were obvious to all the world that a Liu -- any Liu -- would be bought and paid for long before he rose to captain anything.

"Do not feel bad for overlooking this," Jie said, his words sounding as if of sympathy but his tone bordering on condescending. And, as if in realization of that, he did his very best to sound conciliatory about what followed. "You have spent your life working alongside men of learning, who can write superb poetry and recite the full works of Confucius -- backwards. But this is an era of mean and vulgar men, men who would sooner punch you than write you a letter explaining your faults.

"My life has been spent in service to the almighty silver tael. Your calligraphy is artistic; mine is as a first year cadet's. You could tell me the name of every man in the civil government and how to move him; I could tell you the name of every man who sold horses to the ill-fated expedition across the Ordos not... what, a dozen years ago? Thirteen? Something like that." The old man shrugged and would have sworn the creaking of bone and sinew was audible.

"I do not trust your Liu, but these imbecilic rebels are going to be worse. They'd skin me, demanding where my gold were; and if I pointed to my fields, they'd go dig them up, completely missing my meaning. My plans were to divest the bulk of my assets to whoever became the new magistrate and head to the Yellow. But I might consider staying to meet this Liu." Jie grinned, showing a mouth full of pristine white teeth and nearly hiding all his features behind a wall of wrinkles. "Plus I'll get to say 'I told you so' before we all die."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xu Yuan » 27 Jan 2017, 00:10

In Ferro Veritas wrote:Xu Yuan
"A Liu arrives just in the nick of time, ready to save us from ourselves!" The old man hacked out a dry, wheezy laugh. "Put not your faith and trust in gifts unlooked-for, Cai. Didn't Confucius say something like that?

"And a captain? How old is he? A Liu -- a proper Liu, of the imperial bloodline -- enters the civil services, not the armed services. And if he were to enter the armed services, you can be guaranteed that he would quickly rise through the ranks. He should be a colonel in a decade, at most a dozen years. Military officials, often ignored by the government and left to sit on the Ordos Loop and scowl menacingly at the barbaric north, would jump at the opportunity to buy the gratitude of a prince of the blood. Which means I trust this Liu about as far as I can throw him."

Jie shook his head in disappointment, as if it were obvious to all the world that a Liu -- any Liu -- would be bought and paid for long before he rose to captain anything.

"Do not feel bad for overlooking this," Jie said, his words sounding as if of sympathy but his tone bordering on condescending. And, as if in realization of that, he did his very best to sound conciliatory about what followed. "You have spent your life working alongside men of learning, who can write superb poetry and recite the full works of Confucius -- backwards. But this is an era of mean and vulgar men, men who would sooner punch you than write you a letter explaining your faults.

"My life has been spent in service to the almighty silver tael. Your calligraphy is artistic; mine is as a first year cadet's. You could tell me the name of every man in the civil government and how to move him; I could tell you the name of every man who sold horses to the ill-fated expedition across the Ordos not... what, a dozen years ago? Thirteen? Something like that." The old man shrugged and would have sworn the creaking of bone and sinew was audible.

"I do not trust your Liu, but these imbecilic rebels are going to be worse. They'd skin me, demanding where my gold were; and if I pointed to my fields, they'd go dig them up, completely missing my meaning. My plans were to divest the bulk of my assets to whoever became the new magistrate and head to the Yellow. But I might consider staying to meet this Liu." Jie grinned, showing a mouth full of pristine white teeth and nearly hiding all his features behind a wall of wrinkles. "Plus I'll get to say 'I told you so' before we all die."


It was almost too good to be true and Cai Bin was aware of it, yet as far he was aware the man's lineage was legitimate, having known his father who also purported the same claim. Cai Bin smiled cleverly at the older man. "Elder Shi, do understand I did not make my decision in haste. I am no common naive fool who believes everything he is told. I sought the man out when I saw him as worthy, he did not seek me out to beg his nomination to Magistrate. If there was a gift to offer, it was by my hand into his, not the other way around. As to the history of this man..." He stopped as he put his hands behind his back and looked towards the sky.

"Captain Liu Shentong is a son of the late Commandant Liu and in his early adulthood served in the Civil sector, hence why I am close to him, he served as the Magistrate's former courier. He eventually went on to serve as a Guard Captain in addition to this duty. He is a young man, in fact men of our age may even call him a boy. He is twenty-eight years of age, but that is old enough to bear responsibility. The doubt you place upon his lineage would also be to call his father a liar, which I would dare not. After all are we to forget that the Great Restorer Guangwu was from a minor branch of the Liu clan whose own father only held the rank of Prefect? That said you were never a man taken by mere words, but historical precedent does put forth the notion of minor branches of the House of Han and indeed due to how... prodigious some of the Emperors were before our last two it is no wonder that many minor clans of Liu have appeared."

His tone became grave as he addressed his elder, who inadvertently was replying to his earlier question of the times they found themselves in. "The era of mean and vulgar men, as you observe the situation, is not unfounded. I have not experienced this, but your views also match my own. Men who should have respect, humility, and deference are waning as the age darkens around us. It began with Regent Liang Ji, into the Partisan Prohibitions and culminating in the current chaos in the capital. Civil affairs begin to take on the tone of Military and to me this is another reason why we should abandon the facade and allow a disciplined military man to keep the bickering civil officials in line."

A smile showed on his face as he listened to Shi Jie's request, somewhat surprised how everything else about the man had degraded, except for his immaculate teeth. That is one area where Shi Jie still had him beat. "If you would like to meet with Captain Liu I can arrange a meeting as soon as possible. My Aide is in the carriage and his agility far outpaces either of our own." At the mention of title, the young man in the carriage rose from his reverie as a worried look showed on his face that he would have to run all the way back to the Garrison."When we make it through this crisis, as we have survived everything else life has sent to diminish us, I will respond in kind, Elder Shi."
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Rank: Senior Political Advisor (Civil Rank 1)
5-10-65*-100*-86* (68)
Articulate. Negotiator(e), Propaganda, Networking, Rumor, Wealth, Riot
Gold: 4
Items: Black Onyx Elephant Pendant (+1 Int, +1 Pol, +1 Cha), Book of Rites (+2 Pol), Classic of Filial Piety (+2 Pol)
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Calistoknight » 27 Jan 2017, 01:51

Vartonn wrote:[Open RP] - Lady Pu Cele's Pub, the Morning after the Morning of Many Magistrates

Fury had been bubbling up inside of Jia Chun ever since the smelly workers had come to disturb his tentative peace. Answering a provocation with his fist was one thing, but there was no moral high ground to be found in punching loud patrons. The guard controlled his breathing and looked for an escape.. Ale? Drank alone, ale brought no comfort. It was then that Xu Bao appeared.

At first, Jia Chun narrowed his eyes inquisitively at the newcomer, but he soon relaxed and a humbled smile appeared on his lips. "Ah, master Xu, you are too kind, too kind! But, it would be inappropriate for me to accept such compensation when your workers are not even the real source of my discomfort." The guard sighed and turned his gaze back to his half empty cup of wine. "These are hard times, they need an outlet to relax, a bit of comfort. You can hardly fault them for bothering a sour man with their cheerfulness." He emptied his cup.


Xu Bao smiled a polite smile. "Well I insist you still have some wine, it's been ordered now so we might as well drink it. If I drink to much my wife will get upset and I'll hear about it for days." Xu Bao went ahead and took a seat across the man. "They may seem cheerful but they're just nervous, we all are with the way the city is. We still havn't officially declared a new Magistrate and with the rebels coming soon only some mythical hero wouldn't be worried.

The server arrived with a new bottle of wine and Xu Bao picked it up and filled the other man's cup back to full. "I assume it's why we're all here in part, besides to enjoy some wine, but to forget about the troubles we're facing." Xu Bao took a cup and filled it, emptying about half of the cup in one swig.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Vartonn » 27 Jan 2017, 04:25

[Open RP] - Lady Pu Cele's Pub, the Morning after the Morning of Many Magistrates
Calistoknight wrote:Xu Bao smiled a polite smile. "Well I insist you still have some wine, it's been ordered now so we might as well drink it. If I drink to much my wife will get upset and I'll hear about it for days." Xu Bao went ahead and took a seat across the man. "They may seem cheerful but they're just nervous, we all are with the way the city is. We still havn't officially declared a new Magistrate and with the rebels coming soon only some mythical hero wouldn't be worried.

The server arrived with a new bottle of wine and Xu Bao picked it up and filled the other man's cup back to full. "I assume it's why we're all here in part, besides to enjoy some wine, but to forget about the troubles we're facing." Xu Bao took a cup and filled it, emptying about half of the cup in one swig.


When calm, the big-boned guard was quite the listener. His eyes shone with interest in empathy as he listened intently to his interlocutor. He bowed his head slightly when Xu Bao refilled his cup and nodded sagely when Xu Bao was done speaking. "I try to keep the fear at bay by keeping busy... or rather, by making myself useful." He emptied half his cup and continued, visibly bothered as he confided in to the blacksmith. "I tried to bring my worries, and those of great many people of Wan to the ears of Liu Shentong and his friend, I forget his name, but I was met with silence." He hit the table with his palm, softly enough not to disturb their cups. "The people are afraid, yet he hides behind a paper shield. People worry he will send that minister of his to meet the rebels when their armies come, or perhaps a strongly worded letter!" He emptied his cup. "The captain isn't that sort of coward! I thought I knew that as fact, but I'm not so sure now..." The man in front of Xu Bao was afraid, but not cowing, worried, but not panicking. Behind the unassuming demeanor of the large deputy, there was courage and discipline, the sort of man that could bend, but not break.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby In Ferro Veritas » 28 Jan 2017, 00:33

Xu Yuan

Shi Jie looked at Cai Bin like the latter had just said the most ridiculous thing ever heard by human ears. "When a civil official has a grudge against you, the worst they can do is aggravate you. When a military officer has a grudge against you, the worst he can do is send soldiers to murder you in your bed. I don't know about you, Cai, but I am hesitant to place my faith in a man who has typically solved his problems with sharpened bits of steel when there's the option of a man who is only armed with a brush.

"But what could this captain possibly do to me?" Jie snorted. "Oh no, he might kill me. Woe betide us all, Cai Bin, for a man older than the city walls may not outlast the sun itself." The old man waved a hand as if the simple gesture would brush aside all possible objections to his will. "If nothing else, maybe this so-called Liu would profit from having a curmudgeonly old man on his staff. The Heavens know that he no doubt has a vast and teeming horde of sycophants. Now call your carriage, young man, for these old bones are weary and I'm reasonably certain my legs will fall off if I continue to stand here for much longer." Jie gestured vaguely at the oaf that had brought him to the city. "Leave him. That one can handle himself. And if he somehow gets lost, oh well. I'm not pinning the hopes of the Shi clan on that one."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xu Yuan » 28 Jan 2017, 11:48

In Ferro Veritas wrote:Xu Yuan

Shi Jie looked at Cai Bin like the latter had just said the most ridiculous thing ever heard by human ears. "When a civil official has a grudge against you, the worst they can do is aggravate you. When a military officer has a grudge against you, the worst he can do is send soldiers to murder you in your bed. I don't know about you, Cai, but I am hesitant to place my faith in a man who has typically solved his problems with sharpened bits of steel when there's the option of a man who is only armed with a brush.

"But what could this captain possibly do to me?" Jie snorted. "Oh no, he might kill me. Woe betide us all, Cai Bin, for a man older than the city walls may not outlast the sun itself." The old man waved a hand as if the simple gesture would brush aside all possible objections to his will. "If nothing else, maybe this so-called Liu would profit from having a curmudgeonly old man on his staff. The Heavens know that he no doubt has a vast and teeming horde of sycophants. Now call your carriage, young man, for these old bones are weary and I'm reasonably certain my legs will fall off if I continue to stand here for much longer." Jie gestured vaguely at the oaf that had brought him to the city. "Leave him. That one can handle himself. And if he somehow gets lost, oh well. I'm not pinning the hopes of the Shi clan on that one."


In Ferro Veritas & Mat

The (slightly) younger man lightly shrugged his shoulders. That same smile showed as he spoke in a jovial manner. "I find Civil Officers to be the more dangerous of the two. What many of the military establishment want is respect for the work they do, of which I am more than happy to abide, it is rare to find a deceitful and cunning military man. In fairness that may derive from my limited interactions with them. Having been in the public arena for lifetimes, I have seen a great deal of misplaced ambition and cunning which serves only the self, leading to a magnificent fall."

Cai Bin nodded his head to the Elder's request. "Advice should be heard from all people and Elder Shi you are no exception." Cai Bin gave a glance over to the poor man who escorted the Elder here, but he didn't need any additional people in the small carriage. Though by the very short and terse manner of which he addressed his own offspring, it reminded Cai Bin of how he addresses his own family. Did it come off as harsh as this? With the thought gone as soon as another came to occupy its place, he gestured the carriage over to the front of Elder Shi and awaited him to get in the carriage before following shortly after, sitting next to his Aide. His Aide gave the customary bow towards the old man, speaking in a squeaking voice, showing the youth's age. "Thank you for journeying with us Venerable Elder Shi, I have heard of your esteemed self in the past but have never had the opportunity to meet you. This is indeed a blessing."

Eventually the carriage rounded to the Garrison. Having been familiar with many of the people around he merely waved his way into the broken down structure. The man turned to Shi Jie. "Elder Shi, this is the state of which our military finds itself, a building cracking at its base, a fresh 10,000 recruits and nothing to lead them but Guard Captains. This is the price for lack of foresight and proper care." He sighed in a belabored manner, knowing that he did nothing to stop the transfer of troops and officers to Luo Yang. They approached a nearby secretary. Cai Bin lightly bowed his head. "I am Cai Bin, senior political advisor and this man here is an old acquaintance, Merchant Master Shi Jie. We would like to meet with Captain Liu Shentong if time allows."
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Cai Bin 蔡臏
Rank: Senior Political Advisor (Civil Rank 1)
5-10-65*-100*-86* (68)
Articulate. Negotiator(e), Propaganda, Networking, Rumor, Wealth, Riot
Gold: 4
Items: Black Onyx Elephant Pendant (+1 Int, +1 Pol, +1 Cha), Book of Rites (+2 Pol), Classic of Filial Piety (+2 Pol)
(V5) Mi Zun
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Xu Yuan
Cao Cao’s Duck Hat
 
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Joined: 27 Jul 2005, 13:33
Location: Wan
Kingdom: Han

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