Wan City General Roleplay

Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby LukeYB » 28 Jan 2017, 22:02

Dong Zhou wrote:[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."


OOC: You never need to apologise!

The chase was on. At this time of day, the market was at peak footfall, which caused a great deal of danger to the frantic merchant. He slalomed as swiftly as he could between the groups of people, narrowly avoiding knocking down a gentleman carrying a large, open sack of rice. He ducked down an alleyway (looking for a new friend) but almost ran into a man in a leather cap near a pig pen. Disaster averted, he tried to collect his breath in-between sharp gasps for air and continued onward, knowing he could conceal himself in the crowded main street coming up.

Little did he know, the call for guards had rippled across the marketplace and permeated the main streets, alerting the (hungry for action) watchmen on duty. They had quickly moved to block the junctions to best place themselves in finding the culprit and one particularly eagle-eyed recruit spotted the merchant galloping towards them - he wasn't doing a wonderful job in hiding his guilt. Panicked, the merchant screeched to a halt and began sprinting back the way he came and back to where Li Jun was surely hot on his trail...
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Mat » 28 Jan 2017, 22:24

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Xu Yuan wrote: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."


Although the garrison still looked a sad remnant of its former self, Cai Bin would notice that it had started to improve slightly. The soldiers looked more focused, their gear was better, and the headquarters possessed an energy that was lacking the first time the minister had arrived.

Although no Magistrate had yet to take power, the discourse held in the city administration center had prompted many citizens of Wan to volunteer time and/or money to help with the defense of the city. The debates had spurred many to action.

A young secretary greeted the men on arrival and, upon hearing Cai Bin's request, led them to an empty office nearby. Liu Shentong was apparently quite a distance away at the moment, and the secretary did not want to burden the elders with a long walk.

The men were served tea and only had to wait about five minutes for the guard captain to show up. He entered clad in armor, with a sword at his hip and some sweat on his brow.

"Venerable Cai, qianbei," Shentong gave a stiff, shallow bow to both men, probably owing more to the limitations of his armor than any lack of formality.

The soldier made his way around the desk so he could take a seat across from them.

"What brings you to the garrison this day?"
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xu Yuan » 28 Jan 2017, 23:05

Mat wrote:In Ferro Veritas & Xu Yuan
Although the garrison still looked a sad remnant of its former self, Cai Bin would notice that it had started to improve slightly. The soldiers looked more focused, their gear was better, and the headquarters possessed an energy that was lacking the first time the minister had arrived.

Although no Magistrate had yet to take power, the discourse held in the city administration center had prompted many citizens of Wan to volunteer time and/or money to help with the defense of the city. The debates had spurred many to action.

A young secretary greeted the men on arrival and, upon hearing Cai Bin's request, led them to an empty office nearby. Liu Shentong was apparently quite a distance away at the moment, and the secretary did not want to burden the elders with a long walk.

The men were served tea and only had to wait about five minutes for the guard captain to show up. He entered clad in armor, with a sword at his hip and some sweat on his brow.

"Venerable Cai, qianbei," Shentong gave a stiff, shallow bow to both men, probably owing more to the limitations of his armor than any lack of formality.

The soldier made his way around the desk so he could take a seat across from them.

"What brings you to the garrison this day?"


Cai Bin nodded his head towards the Captain in return of the bow the pair were given, a delighted smile on his face. "Thank you for seeing us Captain Liu. While I was journeying through the city to get a better grasp on the people's thoughts, I ran across an old acquaintance of mine. A merchant who has been in Wan even longer than myself." He lightly chuckled; "Master Shi Jie, head of the honorable and populous Shi clan. As we spoke the conversation lead its way to discussing local issues, which lead to my choice on where my decisions lay and the reasons I made them, leading to your name being raised. Elder Shi spoke of wishing to meet with you in his forthright manner and so here we are. Elder Shi is the premier Horse Merchant of Wan and possibly Jingzhou. I am simply here for the good company, which you two present." He spoke in a jovial tone. "I should warn you Captain, Elder Shi is quite the firebrand. " He smiled warmly and drank deep of his tea, allowing Shi Jie to speak as he willed.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby In Ferro Veritas » 29 Jan 2017, 01:03

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Shi Jie's old bones felt every bump in the road on the trip to the garrison. It was a sad sign of the times; in his youth, things had been civil and done over cups of tea in one of the many tea shops around the market square. Back then the worst you had to concern yourself with was the occasional shyster; these days you had to concern yourself with the fact that if a deal went south you were liable to lose your head. Nor did the decidedly unprofessional state of the garrison do much to ease the ancient Shi patron's concerns; he had seen brigands with more discipline.

Then again, the Gentlemen Rapid As Tigers had been as prim and polished as you could imagine and look what good that did. Maybe you wanted arrowfodder with dirt under their nails and blisters on their feet. Maybe that was what winning a war these days took. Oh, how the Yellow Emperor would shake his head is disappointment at the state of Zhongguo.

And then the Liu showed up and Jie felt all his misgivings, which Cai had done his best to subdue, come rushing back in a torrent that seemed as if it would sweep away the world. He came to a meeting armed and armored; did he except one of the decrepit old men seated near him to pull a knife and lunge? Did he expect a Xiongnu horde to come screaming in from the north, nothing but blood and steel in mind? And ill-fitting armor, at that, if it so impeded his ability to show the proper deference to a man of such advanced years as Shi Jie.

"Cai sells me short," Shi Jie said, eschewing all the vaunted humility of the Confucian administrator. "I have traveled all lands of this Middle Kingdom north of the Yangtze and have contacts from Sichuan to Lelang. I know merchants, generals, and officials in Wuwei and I rode with the Xianbei tribes in my younger days, back when the world was young and all things were green. I once rode with a caravan as far afield as the Heavenly Mountain, braving desert and bandits, before being turned back due to the spread of pestilence. And I have raised, trained, and sold more horses than any other six horse merchants combined. To describe me merely as a purveyor of horses is to describe Cai Bin here as a literate man.

"The literate man says you're the best hope of saving this city." Jie looked the Liu up and down, just barely resisting the urge to check his teeth. "All I see is a man, as mortal and killable as anyone else." A pause. "Well, perhaps somewhat less killable than Cai and myself, but certainly no demigod capable of uprooting a mountain with one arm or whatever it was that Cai said you've done to position yourself as the next magistrate. He probably told me, but he has a tendency to talk too damned much. I have a similar tendency to ignore half of what he says."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Mat » 29 Jan 2017, 01:35

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In Ferro Veritas wrote:"The literate man says you're the best hope of saving this city." Jie looked the Liu up and down, just barely resisting the urge to check his teeth. "All I see is a man, as mortal and killable as anyone else." A pause. "Well, perhaps somewhat less killable than Cai and myself, but certainly no demigod capable of uprooting a mountain with one arm or whatever it was that Cai said you've done to position yourself as the next magistrate. He probably told me, but he has a tendency to talk too damned much. I have a similar tendency to ignore half of what he says."


Shentong wanted to chuckle at such luminous praise, but managed to maintain his composure.

"I share in your disappointment, Venerable Shi. Were I a demigod, we would have no need of an army to beat back the rebels. I could carve through them like a summer storm through a patch of wild flowers. Or, perhaps, send a plague of locusts to deter them from moving north."

"Instead you will have to settle for another savior, I'm afraid. Though it is certainly not me. The best hope for this city is not a single person, by my measure. It is the men who have decided to stay and fight rather than flee to safer pastures, the civil officials who refuse to abandon their posts."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby In Ferro Veritas » 29 Jan 2017, 02:32

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Shi Jie let the words hang in the air for a moment. "Fantastic. We're two minutes into the conversation and we've already gotten all the obligatory humility out of the way. Now if only I can contrive some way for Cai here to rein in that ingrained need for self-deprecation that the luminaries of the government libraries have beat into him." Jie cast a glance full of meaning at the slightly younger old man before returning his attention to the Liu.

"The best hope for this city is to have Luoyang somehow contrive a way to sort itself out and smash these rebels into pieces. Since that's obvious not going to happen, and we're clearly being left to fend for ourselves, the next best hope is to trust the established officials to salvage the day. Unfortunately, they're either running for their lives or so unutterably incompetent that we couldn't trust them to lead us out of this room. Wonderful, gentlemen. We're on Plan C and we haven't even started yet.

"If we can't trust our supposed superiors to save us, then I suppose we've got to do it ourselves." Shi Jie heaved a great sigh. "And here I thought I was done with fighting after the Ordos. But every now and then the Heavens open up and some spirit or other shakes his fast at me and, lo, everything goes horribly, terribly, and unimaginably awry. Since I have been blessed -- cursed, really -- with having seen this scenario play out again and again, I'm just going to cut right to it: we don't have time to sit here, sip our tea, and pretend that everything will just solve itself if the unwashed masses somehow learn to save themselves. Do you think a warhorse knows, the moment it's born, how to wage war? Warhorses don't just wake up one day and suddenly know how to charge into a wall of spears. You need to train them, to force them to overcome or ignore every instinct that's screaming 'stay away from the pointy thing!', and crush underfoot whoever happens to be waving said spear at them. And if they die in the process? Oh well. They've done their job.

"People are the same way, guardsman. The people of this city won't suddenly wake up and realize they need to fight the rebels. They need to be compelled to fight, however that may be accomplished, if they're to save this city. Cai here tells me you're the man to make this happen. But unless you're willing to wade through the blood and offal of those who undermine that mission, Cai is mistaken."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xu Yuan » 29 Jan 2017, 02:56

At Shi Jie's recollection of what Cai Bin had said, a quiet chuckle came from Cai Bin. Exaggeration, of course, but perhaps that's how Shi Jie viewed the world, in extremes. To the old man's quip in regards to speaking too much, Cai Bin playfully spoke; "I am a public official, with the expectation of communicating the administration's policies to..." He stopped himself mid-sentence. "Perhaps you are onto something Elder Shi. It is how I was taught to speak in a public forum, hence it carried over to the rest of my career. It is perhaps a fault, but a fault I would not try to remedy." He listened intently as both men had their say. The elder nodded his head at hearing Liu Shentong's explanation of how the city would be saved, it would not be by his might alone, but the symbol of what he represented to the people. In mentioning Cai Bin's proclivity for humility, Cai Bin shook his head in an amused manner. "I have been told on more than one occasion, that I am too proud and do not think fully of people's emotions when giving directives. I assume it's for that reason that several of my former subordinate Civil Officials have risen against me, going against my direct order, which would be unthinkable in the former Magistrate's time, but as they say; "When the cat's away the mice will play." He shook his head while a grimace replaced his smile. If only they had listened to him, this matter would have been decided.

As he listened to Shi Jie, a determination appeared in his eyes and it echoed the theme he had been pressing since the council, every second without a head of government is another second wasted. He had already made this fully clear to the Han Scion and he knew that point did not need repeated. A bit of a shocked expression showed on the political advisor's face as Shi Jie mentioned the need to execute those who undermine their goals. It was a vague statement which could have bounding repercussion, taking a more diplomatic approach to it, he shook his head, cleared his throat and spoke in an authoritative manner; "The Civil Control Unit has their orders and even now are spreading a previous announcement from the Captain throughout the streets. The last time I was in these barracks I saw a multitude of lost and confused people. Yet today, though they are as untrained as when I last met them, they have in them a spark of hope. As to our future plans of public sympathy I intend to put forth the Court System which has been in hiatus for the last decade into full force to restore the good will of the people and have them look to us, instead of looking at the gates in fear. Within a year at most we may yet be able to reform the government we have, but we must not act too quickly in rewriting our government lest we cause undue chaos."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby In Ferro Veritas » 29 Jan 2017, 13:57

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Shi Jie looked at Cai Bin like the man had grown horns and was speaking in tongues. "While I am certain that the rebels will find themselves dumbfounded by our newly revived jurisprudence and courtly formalities, I am not certain it would be in quite the same way you may be hoping, Cai. We don't need long-winded judicial opinions on subjects like the accurate weighing of bushels of rice right now. We need pointy bits of metal that we can use to stab the bad guys until they stop being alive.

"This is not a time for half-measures, gentlemen. When faced with the threat of the Xiongnu, the First Emperor placed his faith in Meng Tian. General Meng did not suffer half measures; rather than deal with constant raids, he built fortifications along the north bank of the Yellow River, from the Ordos to the Yellow Sea. For as long as General Meng lived, the raids stopped. Had the First Emperor not waved his hand and sent hundreds of the land's best minds to their deaths, they would have been furiously recording the cost of his venture -- both in terms of coin and lives, for General Meng's solution was not cheap in either regard. What we need, Cai, is a General Meng. We do not need a man like his younger brother. Perhaps, in time of peace, a Minister Meng would be more valuable; but we do not need a minister. We need a general.

"Alternatively, the two of you can sit here and try to out-humble one another. After all, there's no possible way the rebels have a Zhao Gao, is there?" Jie was referring to the attendant to the Second Emperor that orchestrated the downfall of the Meng clan, forcing Tian's suicide and Yi's murder.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Mat » 29 Jan 2017, 14:25

The two old blokes
"I would not be quick to turn spears on citizens inside the walls when there are so many enemies outside of them, Venerable Shi. We have neither the time nor resources for additional conflict. That said, the priority of Wan at the moment is the elimination of threats. Should real threats materialize within the city, they will be dealt with."

"The soldiers will march to war and will not lack motivation, of that I am certain. They may believe they do it in defense of Wan, the emperor, or their families. But, much like the warhorse you described, they will fight because it is their purpose. Because they are ordered to do so. Even our new recruits understand that simple concept. We will wade through the blood and offal of the rebels together until the living can catch their breath - a luxury the dead will not have, on either side."

"I expect casualties will be high, but do not lack the stomach for fielding the men under such circumstances. I will fight. I may die. I expect the same from the men."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Dong Zhou » 29 Jan 2017, 16:56

LukeYB wrote:OOC: You never need to apologise!

The chase was on. At this time of day, the market was at peak footfall, which caused a great deal of danger to the frantic merchant. He slalomed as swiftly as he could between the groups of people, narrowly avoiding knocking down a gentleman carrying a large, open sack of rice. He ducked down an alleyway (looking for a new friend) but almost ran into a man in a leather cap near a pig pen. Disaster averted, he tried to collect his breath in-between sharp gasps for air and continued onward, knowing he could conceal himself in the crowded main street coming up.

Little did he know, the call for guards had rippled across the marketplace and permeated the main streets, alerting the (hungry for action) watchmen on duty. They had quickly moved to block the junctions to best place themselves in finding the culprit and one particularly eagle-eyed recruit spotted the merchant galloping towards them - he wasn't doing a wonderful job in hiding his guilt. Panicked, the merchant screeched to a halt and began sprinting back the way he came and back to where Li Jun was surely hot on his trail...


Li Jun was more used to the chase and knew when to barge someone over in the course of the chase, carefully avoiding going too fast that she could see where she was going and could keep her footing. Her expirence, the numbers closing in, the likelihood that she knew the backstreets better then a merchant would, all was in her favour as she closed the gap. Merchant going into crowded market place on other hand was making her job harder....

The shout from the guard who had spotted the merchant helped spook the merchant and of course, focused Li Jun onto the target. Using the crowd to hide herself a little, she timed her charge carefully so she ploughed into the merchant thief with full force, sending him flying into a wall. While he was dazed, she sat on top of him as a revenge for what had happened earlier.

By time the minister turned up, she would see Li Jun just starting to get up as rest of guards turned up, Li Jun looking rather pleased with herself. On seeing Wei Be, she flashed him a tired grin.


"Your not about t confess to being a criminal mastermind are you? Only I'm a bit tired of running today."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Calistoknight » 29 Jan 2017, 17:52

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

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.


Xu Bao let out a large grin at the man's initial words. "A man after my own heart in that regard. No matter what is happening as soon as I get to hammering a piece of hot metal the worries of the world seem to vanish in that moment." He finished off his cup and refilled it before he continues. "I understand your worries though, I was at the main civil buildings not too long ago when it seemed like Captain Liu Shentong would be made magistrate. Honestly I don't really care who it is as long as they seem capable, common men like me weren't meant to worry or deal with politics, give me a simple task and I'll live in that moment" He looked at the man and gave a small shrug and noting that his companion's cup was empty went ahead and filled it back to the brim with wine.

"But I agree with you in whatever choice they make they need to make it official and soon, from what I've heard he's been holed up in the garrison working. I can believe it with the s*** state the garrison is currently in. We lost most of our well trained boys during the initial call to arms during this rebellion and then the previous magistrate" Xu Bao spit on the floor to show his contempt for the coward.

"Went and ran off with most of the rest when he fled from what I heard, along with most of our weapons and arms. I'll need to talk to the Magistrate, whomever that will be about making new ones."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby In Ferro Veritas » 29 Jan 2017, 22:56

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"Great," Shi Jie said, directing a wit as dry as the great western wastes at Cai Bin. "You've found a military man that says he can do military things. I see why you now believe he is Gaozudi come again, old friend. As always, your judge of character is impeccable and beyond reproach."

After rolling his eyes so hard that they threatened to fall out of his head, the old man turned his attention back to Liu Shentong. "Now that we have established the fact that you are willing to lead troops into battle, perhaps I should spare a moment to further your military education: logistics, not battlefield tactics, is what wins wars. I couldn't tell you what the practical battlefield difference is between a crossbowman and an archer, but I could recite to you the standard equipment of a horseman waging war against the Xiongnu, what the equipment weighs, and what it costs.

"The actual battle itself? That's the easy part. Everything that goes into it is the hard part. You need to first acquire the equipment. Where do you source spears for the garrison? Armor? Horses? Traditionally, some robed official would determine, often arbitrarily, what you should be issued and then he would issue it, drawing on Imperial sources. We don't have those. How many swordsmiths are in Wan? How many men with the expertise necessary to make crossbows? If the answer to either of those questions is "not enough," how do you change that? How do you find and attract the talent necessary to win a war? Once you have the equipment, how do you maintain the inventory? How do you issue it? How do you ensure that stored equipment doesn't rust or otherwise degrade? How do you ensure it isn't stolen? How do you pay for it? How do you ensure that the armies you send into the field will actually have enough food to survive for a campaign? If you march an army with a week's worth of food, that army will wither and die long before you ever see the enemy. Wars are won with grain, silver, and paper -- not with stirring speeches before the clash of arms.

"If you don't know the answers to these questions, that's fine. We're not born with that knowledge. But if you want to lead this city, you need to start thinking... bigger. Are you willing to sacrifice everything to achieve victory? I'm not talking about your own life; that's easy enough, at your age. It's easier at mine. I'm talking about the lives of others. Can you send fifteen thousand men to their deaths, knowing that hearths will burn colder and fields will lie fallow because of your actions and your choices? Are you willing to bear the burden of that for the rest of your life, knowing that everyone who ever lost family in this war may turn their blame to you, regardless of how rational it is? Wan must weather the storm that's coming, no matter the cost. If that means that everyone in this room dies, then so be it. It is a price that I am willing to pay. After all, what do I have left in this life besides a good death? But you, Liu Shentong, are young. Win or lose, what follows will be a burden you carry for the rest of your life. And it won't end here. If you win this, there is no going back to being a mere guard captain.

"So I pose a very simple question. Do you wish to be a guard captain or do you wish to be a warlord? The guard captain is allowed to fixate on just the battles, allowed to divest himself of moral and social responsibility. The warlord is not. The warlord will live and die with the burden of command. Are you that warlord or does Cai here need to find someone else?" For the first time since meeting him, Jie's tone took on one of compassion. "This need not be your burden. A warlord would step forth, knowing that no other can carry the burden, but that need not be your lot in life. If this war is a game of Go, you are being given the choice between being a piece and a player. And I'll not think less of you for wanting to be the piece."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Mat » 30 Jan 2017, 00:19

IFV and XY

"I have trained my whole life to be a general. I was told at an early age I would succeed my father as Commandant, and have patiently waited for the opportunity for the chance to prove myself worthy of the title. My entire career has been devoted to service."

"But that's not what you want to hear, is it?"

"Master Cai and I have answered with Earth, when you seek Fire."


The guard captain paused. His demeanor changed. His stoic face shifted a bit, his eyes taking on an almost predatory look. He looked the old horse merchant over for a moment before nodding slightly, as if he had made a decision. When next he spoke, it was with more steel than before.

"I want to lead these men, my men, because I know I am capable of minimizing casualties without sacrificing a chance at victory. I want to lead because, since I was strong enough to hold a sword, my father prepared me for the burden of sending men into battles they would not walk away from."

"I want to lead because this city has recently become flooded with self-styled 'generals' who think they can barge in here, grasp the reins of leadership, and use my men as fodder for their glory-seeking bid for imperial recognition."

"I want to lead because the true test of a military leader is how he performs during a time of war rather than a time of peace."

"This is my city. These are my soldiers. This is my father's legacy. Leadership is a burden, yes. But to avoid such responsibility would be to deny my very name."
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Xu Yuan » 30 Jan 2017, 03:38

The matters of war were outside of his expertise, hence the exact reason that he sought a man who wouldn't shy away from the exactions of war, to Shi Jie's remark about jurisprudence he kept his same demeanor. "I am a political advisor Elder Shi. You are now seeing the reason why I would dare not take the mantle of Magistrate and why I don't trust any of the other Civil Officers at the task. We mostly think in the same manner, but they may be too filled with ambition and fool others into thinking they know what they are discussing in terms of war in order to maintain their hold over all affairs." Cai Bin was well versed in history and knew the tale Shi Jie was speaking of, it was a bit peculiar to address it in that manner. "General Meng Tian was a brilliant man, but pushed his people cruelly. The Great Wall is his legacy, but to what avail? It was not long before the Xiongnu had broken through its defenses and it wasn't until Wei Qing of a later era and eventually Ban Chao that the Xiongnu were tamed. We must assure the people that their lives will mean something and not held as an empty memorial. As to needing a general..." He gestured lightly to Liu Shentong. "He sits before us."

As he finished speaking. Liu Shentong spoke powerfully in response to Shi Jie. It was for this very reason that Cai Bin had chosen this young man, while untested in city leadership he had all the makings of a fine general and gentleman, just like his father. He did not hold to basic sentimentality and the flawed belief of a war with no brutality. War itself was ugly and had been since Confucius' day. Expectedly Shi Jie did not react with much enthusiasm, but then he broke into a long speech that even surprised Cai Bin, it was filled with truth and forthrightness. It was a speech that Confucius would have lauded and at the end of it was a hint of compassion, the first he recalled hearing from the man.

What worried Cai Bin most was it presented an opportunity for Liu Shentong to give up the burden that was all but in name, his to bear... everything Cai Bin had planned for the city may have flitted away before his eyes as his eyes moved rapidly trying to consider the possibility of Liu Shentong relenting and rescinding his own nomination. It was the exact reason he never gave the young Liu a chance to recant. He could not let chaos hold sway over the city any longer! He was about to interrupt with something... anything! He looked poised to speak and speak to Shi Jie about the amount of craftsmen on hand and those who have newly sworn themselves to Liu Shentong, when it was thankfully Liu Shentong to speak first so the diatribe was avoided.

Liu Shentong's next words were incredible and exactly what Cai Bin wanted to hear. There was no sense of modesty or humility which serve well in the politics, but there plain as day was the truth. After the Captain had finished speaking the advisor gave his thoughts. His tone was softer, than it normally was. "You have spoken it yourself Master Liu. The reason why I nominated you. In seeing your determination to protect the people of Wan and your worry that others would abuse them I knew the only way to avoid that event was to have a true man of Wan at the helm, that would be you. Not myself who is a man of Luo Yang, not the dissident Minister, or the fluttering Merchant Dao, nor the wanderer from the North, and certainly not the child who was bored. With the respect you command among the Military no Civil Official would dare question your choices in leadership." He echoed the words he spoke when Cai Bin came to ask the advice of the military; "You have guaranteed that the Sons and Daughters of Wan will be lead by the same." He nodded his head in full understanding and commitment.
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Re: Wan City General Roleplay

Postby Vartonn » 30 Jan 2017, 18:55

[Open RP] - Lady Pu Cele's Pub, the Morning after the Morning of Many Magistrates
Calistoknight wrote:Xu Bao let out a large grin at the man's initial words. "A man after my own heart in that regard. No matter what is happening as soon as I get to hammering a piece of hot metal the worries of the world seem to vanish in that moment." He finished off his cup and refilled it before he continues. "I understand your worries though, I was at the main civil buildings not too long ago when it seemed like Captain Liu Shentong would be made magistrate. Honestly I don't really care who it is as long as they seem capable, common men like me weren't meant to worry or deal with politics, give me a simple task and I'll live in that moment" He looked at the man and gave a small shrug and noting that his companion's cup was empty went ahead and filled it back to the brim with wine.

"But I agree with you in whatever choice they make they need to make it official and soon, from what I've heard he's been holed up in the garrison working. I can believe it with the s*** state the garrison is currently in. We lost most of our well trained boys during the initial call to arms during this rebellion and then the previous magistrate" Xu Bao spit on the floor to show his contempt for the coward.

"Went and ran off with most of the rest when he fled from what I heard, along with most of our weapons and arms. I'll need to talk to the Magistrate, whomever that will be about making new ones."


The guard slammed hist fist on the counter. This time, there was no regard for the cups, though they remained upright through some blessing of fate. Jia Chun nearly shouted in anger when the previous magistrate was mentioned. "Vultures would shy away from that rat's corpse for fear of catching the plague!" He took a breath, to calm down, to little avail. The other patrons had taken note of his outburst. "PREVIOUS MAGISTRATE'S NAME, ten thousand rebels are less of a curse than one of him!" The other patrons echoed his sentiment by cursing the magistrate in their own way. The cushioned man calmed down. "In the end I have a hard time trusting the civil officials because of this." The man slumped and sighed. "And the captain insists on communicating to us only through that old man, I forget what his name was... Surely the captain could delegate the his duties to someone for half a day or two and do the rounds around the city, reassure the populace." Jia Chun stood up suddenly and pumped his fist in the air. His tone had changed to a more encouraging one. "If he is to be this city's guardian, he should make a show of it!"
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