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#61 Lawnmower Boy

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 08:54 PM

"By woman wailing for her demon-lover! 

And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething, 
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing, 
A mighty fountain momently was forced: "
 
Pleasure dome, you say?

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#62 xXxSpaceGhostxXx

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:19 AM

To make Marco Polo's story a more typical Hero's Journey, while keeping it following the actual story, I think you would need to have the plot follow a kind of 'hidden' series of events occurring alongside the official 'known' events.


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#63 GhostDancer

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:46 AM

My thoughts, too, including a crawl down the subterranean Alph the sacred river.

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 08:10 AM

Cross post - today Chuck Norris is 77th level. What is your favorite Chuck Norris joke?

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 08:17 AM

Cross post - today Chuck Norris is 77th level. What is your favorite Chuck Norris joke?


The fact that all of these Chuck Norris is so tough jokes exist when he had his butt handed to him by a skinny kid named Bruce Lee. And Bruce has no Bruce Lee is so tough jokes. Heck, Mr. T seems to be his only rival in toughness, and they never fought at all.

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 08:57 AM

Fact check - his birthday was the day before yesterday, but since it's him, we celebrate all month. Re: Bruce Lee - there are no Bruce Lee jokes, because Bruce Lee is no joke. However, did those two ever legitimately fight? Taking a fall for a movie role does not count.

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 09:01 AM

Fact check - his birthday was the day before yesterday, but since it's him, we celebrate all month. Re: Bruce Lee - there are no Bruce Lee jokes, because Bruce Lee is no joke. However, did those two ever legitimately fight? Taking a fall for a movie role does not count.


Both are true. Bruce Lee is no joke, and taking a fall in a movie is not a fight.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 04:14 PM

Assorted martial arts resources:

http://surbrook.deve...osource.html#NH

Assorted orginal martial arts characters: 

http://surbrook.deve...nalchar.html#NH


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:43 AM

Cross post - today Chuck Norris is 77th level. What is your favorite Chuck Norris joke?

 

Chuck Norris jokes aren't actually funny. But if you don't laugh, you might piss off Chuck Norris.


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 03:55 PM

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I choose to call this game, see above, "The Silk Road," and not to recast Hundred Eyes as the opposition leader.  He and Marco will be pregens.  I've completed Marco, already, and a Mongol shaman; Bo.  I've barely started more pregens; the Abyssian bard; Asra, and the Buddhist Warrior Nun; Azalea.  I intend to put together more pregens, such as a Mongol warrior and a Lin Kuei ("Forest Demon," Chinese precursor to the ninja).  What other pregens would be good?


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 04:05 PM

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I choose to call this game, see above, "The Silk Road," and not to recast Hundred Eyes as the opposition leader. He and Marco will be pregens. I've completed Marco, already, and a Mongol shaman; Bo. I've barely started more pregens; the Abyssian bard; Asra, and the Buddhist Warrior Nun; Azalea. I intend to put together more pregens, such as a Mongol warrior and a Lin Kuei ("Forest Demon," Chinese precursor to the ninja). What other pregens would be good?

Is this a "wire-fu" battlefield game?

If so, then I can see there being as a pregen character a woman who is a daughter or granddaughter of a general and can hold her own in combat.

Another pregen could be a martial artist slash oriental doctor type, specialising in acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, and correcting ki flow.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:15 AM

Thanks, steriaca.  Not too wire-fu, Wild Martial Arts Type One.  We did have a general's daughter player character in another such game!  Re: doctor type - my shaman pregen is a healer.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:21 AM

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Red Lady (Ulaan Khatun)

 

Also Known As: Red Widow, Persian Princess

 

Background: Red Lady is a noble traveler from the Ilkhanate, the independent Mongol state centered in Iran.  She is the paternal aunt of Ghazan and Kharbanda [O ̈ ljeitu ̈ Ilkhan]. Among the Mongols, she is greatly respected, often referred to, highly revered and her words are valued and appreciated. She is sharp-minded and courageous, skilled in horsemanship [dha ̄tshaha ̄mahwa-furu ̄siyyah]. She was married to Urab, and her dwellings were not far from the borders of the lands of Islam, the Mamluk Sultanate.

When her husband was murdered, she rode on her own and killed his killer, beheaded him and hanged his head on the collar of her horse. It stayed there for a long time until she was approached about it and she then got rid of it. Some say that she only got rid of it when instructed by a royal decree [yarligh]. She never married again after Urab.

Aqqush al-Afram desired to marry her. He wrote to her about this and the Mamluk sultan and Sala ̄r started writing about him. He offered her Homs and its environs as a marriage gift [.sada ̄q] but she drove away his envoys and answered them with rejection. She said: “I advise faithfully [an.sah.u] the people of Muhammad, may peace be upon him. I do not advise this person or the other and if my words of advice [muna ̄.sah.a ̄t ̄ı] in favour of the Muslims are what stirred al-Afram’s interest in me, then I shall not continue to give them good advice [una ̄.sih. uhum]. How does al-Afram dare to approach me? Who is al-Afram? My most insignificant horse groom [ku ̄talj ̄ı] is like al-Afram.” 

 

Personality: Red Lady loves good deeds and the benevolent.  She dislikes the diminishing role of women with the Islamization of her home, so she headed east.

 

Quote: "We are amused."

 

Powers/Tactics: She has the prowess of a classic Mongol warrior, which includes the slyness of a hunter.

 

Campaign Use: She needs new bodyguards and such, and will invite our characters to apply for the jobs.

 

Val Char Cost

 

13 STR 3
14 DEX 12
13 CON 6
12 BODY 4
13 INT 3
11 EGO 2
15 PRE 5
16 COM 0
 
6 PD 3
6 ED 3
4 SPD 16
6 REC 0
26 END 0
26 STUN 0
 
6" RUN 0
2" SWIM 0
2 1/2" LEAP 0
Characteristics Cost: 50
 
 
Cost Martial Arts Maneuver
 
3 Defensive Shot:  1/2 Phase, -1 OCV, +2 DCV, Range +0, Strike
4 Choke Hold:  1/2 Phase, -2 OCV, +0 DCV, Grab One Limb; 2d6 NND
3 Martial Grab:  1/2 Phase, -1 OCV, -1 DCV, Grab Two Limbs, 23 STR for holding on
3 Martial Throw:  1/2 Phase, +0 OCV, +1 DCV, 2 1/2d6 +v/5, Target Falls
4 Jink:  1/2 Phase, +0 OCV, +4 DCV, FMove, Dodge, Mounted Or On Foot
3 Weapon Element:  Axes, Maces, Hammers, and Picks, Blades, Lances
 
Martial Arts Cost: 20
 
Cost Skill
 
2 Animal Handler 12-
3 Breakfall 12-
3 Charm aka Seduction 12-, 14- vs. Mongols
3 High Society 12-, 14- vs. Mongols
2 KS: Archery 11-
2 KS: Wrestling 11-
3 PS: Hunter 12-
1 Language:  Old Mandarin (basic conversation)
3 Language: Persian (fluent conversation, literate)
0 Language: Mongolian (idiomatic)
3 Paramedics 12-
2 Navigation 12-
3 Persuasion 12-, 14- vs. Mongols
3 Riding 12-
3 Stealth 12-
3 Tactics 12-
3 Teamwork 12-
3 Tracking 12-
2 Weaponsmith (Bows) 12-
0 Everyman Skill- KS: Mongol Culture 8-
2 WP: Classic  Mongol Weapons 
 
Skills Cost: 49
 
 
Cost Talent
 
8 Mounted Warrior (HTH and Ranged Combat)
 
Talents Cost: 8
 
Cost Perquisites
 
2 Fringe Benefit: Member of Lower Nobility
5 Money: Very Well Off
4 Reputation: Mongols appreciate, respect, value and highly revere her, 14-
 
Perquisites Cost: 11
 
 
Cost Equipment  
 
0 Brigandine Armor: 4 PD/4 ED, OIF 
0 Small Shield: +1 DCV, 5 STR Min, OAF 
0 Survival Kit: +1 with Climbing, Mending, Navigation, Paramedic and Survival, OAF 
0 Lasso: Entangle 5d6, 5 DEF, Entangle and Character Both Take Damage, 1 Recoverable Charge, 6m Range 
0 Small Axe: Killing Attack - Hand-To-Hand 1d6+1, 0 END, OAF, 8 STR Min 
0 Scimitar: Killing Attack - Hand-To-Hand 1d6+1, 0 END, OAF, 12 STR Min 
0 Lance: Killing Attack - Hand-To-Hand 1d6+1, 0 END, OAF, 12 STR Minimum, No STR Bonus 
0 Medium Bow, 1d6+1K, STR Min 9, 16 Recoverable Charges, OAF, 2H, 350m Range 
0 Heavy Bow, 1 1/2d6K, STR Min 10, 16 Recoverable Charges, OAF, 2H, 350m Range 
0 Frog Crotch Arrows, 1d6K, 8 Recoverable Charges, OAF, 2H, 150m Range  [Notes: Designed to cut lanyards, bowstrings, etc.]
0 Willow Leaf Arrows, 1d6K AP, 8 Recoverable Charges, OAF, 2H, 350m Range 
0 Whistler Arrows: +15 PRE, Signals or Inspires Fear only plus 1d6K, 8 Recoverable Charges, OAF, 2H, 150m Range 
0 Flaming Arrows: 1d6K, Sticky, Continuous, 8 Continuing Charges lasting 5 Minutes each, OAF, 2H, 225m Range 
0 8888 cash
 
Total Character Cost: 138
 
Pts. Disadvantage
10 Distinctive Features: Mongol Warrior:  (Concealable; Noticed and Recognizable; Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses)
20 Hunted by Shih (Chinese Knights):  8- (Mo Pow, NCI, Harshly Punish)
15 Reputation:  Merciless Raider from the Steppes, 11- (Extreme)
10 Social Limitation:  Subject to Orders (Frequently, Minor)
 
Disadvantage Points: 55
Base Points: 100   
Experience Required: 0
Total Experience Available: 17
Experience Unspent: 17
 

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 10:36 AM

Here's a Disadvantage (Complication) for Buddhist Warrior Nun Azalea of post #70 - 

Distinctive Features:  Theme Song: Seeing her brings to mind your favorite nun's singing, such as this calming mantra by Ani Choying Dolma https://www.youtube....h?v=8twD0xPgHvU Disguise is an effective counter. (Concealable; Noticed and Recognizable; Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses)

 

Attached is her picture.  She let her hair grow as a mark of shame because she did not succeed in preventing the capture of her convent by the Wu Tang Clan, specifically, the Qi zhi shanyang di diyu (Seven Goats of Hell).

 

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:18 PM

Cross post, best represented by Evasive?

Translated excerpt from Jin Yong novel

After having reached the tenth level of the Dragon and Elephant Wisdom Dexterity, the Imperial Priest wanted to test out his new level on these experts. He saw that Zhou Botong raised his fists and attacked himself, so he too raised his fists and wanted to intercept Zhou's fist. Before they actually exchanged blows, Zhou Botong could hear a series of light popping sounds coming from the Imperial Priest's arms. Zhou Botong was startled and knew that his adversary had a strange fist power and did not dare to receive it straight on.
Zhou Botong lowered his elbow a bit and used his Vacant Fists skill. 
The blow by the Imperial Priest had as much power as 1000 jin-(1 jin is 1/2 kilogrammes). One could not say it was comparable to the strength of dragons or elephants but it was impossible for mere flesh and blood to receive such a blow. But when he intercepted the fist of Zhou Botong, it felt empty and vacant like there was no strength in it at all. He was somewhat shocked and used his left palm to strike out again.
Zhou Botong felt that his opponent's power was omnipotent, he had never seen this before. Zhou Botong loves martial arts and whenever he knew someone who had a special skill he would challenge that individual to a duel. He has encountered numerous martial artists in his life, but even he had never heard or seen such strong power released by the Imperial Priest. He did not know what skill the Imperial Priest used, so he used his 72 Vacant Fists to battle the Imperial Priest. He used void to intercept solid and nothingness to block solidity. By doing so he has rendered the awesome power of the Imperial Priest useless, but it was also impossible for him to wound his adversary. The Imperial Priest attacked with several stances now, it seems his stances could not even tickle his adversary. He became frustrated that his dexterity, which he trained many years in, has not helped him gain the upper hand.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:22 AM

Several Medieval Japanese Weapon Notes

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During the war of the Heike (the middle ages) one master archer sunk two boats with one shot of his massive bow. 


In those days bows were measured by how many men were required to string it, the average being a three man bow, this monster that sunk two boats being a seven man bow! 

 

kodachi (小太刀 or こだち, shield-sword, pictured above), literally translating into "small or short tachi (sword)", is a Japanese sword that is too short to be considered a long sword but too long to be a dagger.

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Since this sword was only about 70 cm (28 inches) in length, it did not exceed the blade length limits of non-samurai during the Edo period and could be worn by merchants.
kodachi’s length is similar to that of the wakizashi, and though the blades differ greatly in construction, the kodachi and the wakizashi are similar enough in size and technique that the terms are sometimes (mis)used interchangeably. While the kodachi was a set length, the wakizashi was forged to complement the height of its wielder or the length of the katana it was paired with, and thus varied. The kodachi also features greater curvature than a wakizashi, and typically has a longer handle.
The kodachi has also been said (Rurouni Kenshin vol. 4, by Nobuhiro Watsuki) to be a medium length sword, shorter than a katana but longer than a wakazashi, with easy manueverability making for higher defensive capacity. It is known as the ‘shield-sword’, the o- (long) wakazashi, or naga- (long) wakazashi.

The prefix “ko-” means “short,” and can be attached to any of the names of specific types of swords to indicate something shorter than “normal.” As the prefix “ō-” can mean “great” or “long,” it follows that the opposite end of this length spectrum of the tachi is the ōdachi.  Here is a link beautifully describing the master craft kodachi pictured above - http://new.uniquejap...moriie-kodachi/
 

The yoroidōshi (鎧通し "armor piercer" or "mail piercer" were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords (nihontō) that were worn by the samurai class as a weapon in feudal Japan.

 

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The yoroidōshi is an extra thick tantō (Japanese dagger-like sword) which appeared in the Sengoku period (late Muromachi). The yoroidōshi was made for piercing armour and for stabbing while grappling in close quarters. The weapon ranged in size from 20 cm to 22 cm, but some examples could be under 15 cm, with a "tapering mihabaiori-mune, thick kasane at the bottom, and thin kasane at the top and occasionally moroha-zukuriconstruction". The motogasane (blade thickness) at the hamachi (the notch at the beginning of the cutting edge) can be up to a half-inch thick, which is characteristic of the yoroidōshi style of tantō. The extra thickness at the spine of the blade distinguishes the yoroidōshi from a standard tantō blade.

Yoroidōshi were worn inside the belt on the back or on the right side with the hilt toward the front and the edge upward. Due to being worn on the right, the blade would have been drawn using the left hand, giving rise to the alternate name of metezashi (馬手差), or "horse-hand (i.e. rein-hand, i.e. left-hand) blade".

 

Manrikigusari (萬力鏈) meaning ten thousand power  (weighted on each end) chain, useful when carrying a sword was not allowed or impractical, and samurai police of the Edo period would often use it as one of their non lethal arresting weapons.

 

Kaginawa (鈎縄) is the combination of the words kagi meaning hook and nawa meaning rope.  The kaginawa is a type of grappling hook used as tool in feudal Japan by the samurai class, their retainers, foot soldiers and reportedly by ninja. Kaginawa have several configurations, from one to four hooks. The kagi would be attached to a nawa of various lengths, this was then used to scale a rather large wall, to secure a boat, or for hanging up armor and other equipment during the night. Kaginawa were regularly used during various sieges of miscellaneous castles. The nawawas attached to a ring on one end which could be used to hang it from a saddle.

 

 


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