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If I might make recommendations to people who want to check out the stories on that site:

 

Gu Long stories are super light on exposition and read very quickly because they're mostly cool dialogue. His stories are very brutal and about a hard-edged martial world where nobody can be trusted and people die at the drop of a hat. But his heros are amazingly cool and so are his villians. If you're an ADD type who doesn't like heavy reading, Gu Long is the man for you: you'll buzz through the chapters faster than a comic book. If you want a real mind-screw read "The Sword and the Exquisiteness", if you want a lighthearted swashbuckling romp, read "The Adventures of Lu Xiao Feng". (A high recommended first read.)

 

Jin Yong is the opposite, his stories are Tolkien level epics with massive amounts of detail filled with noble characters and great deeds. These are the stories that turned "WuXia" from a pulp fiction genre to "literature" in the Chinese literary world. Your best read currently up on the site would be "Devine Eagle, Gallant Knight". (aka Return of the Condor Heros)

 

Liang YuSheng is about halfway in between the above two in style and prose, but the "White Haired Demoness" is a seriously cool character and story and definitely worth a read. (I had a heck of a time figuring out how to represent her in Ninja Hero, I finally decided she was the epitome of a "style-less" martial art made up solely of skill levels and damage classes with no maneuvers at all.)

 

Rob

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Speaking of Wuxia (although the film genre rather than the literary one), I am looking for a replacement copy of one of my favorite films, a spoof called Eagle Shooting Heroes. It has the storyline of a great epic -- and the attitude of a Monty Python sketch. No realtionship goes untwisted, no genre convention unsatirized.

 

From the use of ingested invertebrates as torture devices to a young man whose quest for divinity takes an unexpected turn and a devious master villain who has the worst fortune this side of the Coyote, I get a huge kick just thinking about this film.

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Speaking of Wuxia (although the film genre rather than the literary one)' date=' I am looking for a replacement copy of one of my favorite films, a spoof called [i']Eagle Shooting Heroes[/i]. It has the storyline of a great epic -- and the attitude of a Monty Python sketch. No realtionship goes untwisted, no genre convention unsatirized.

 

From the use of ingested invertebrates as torture devices to a young man whose quest for divinity takes an unexpected turn and a devious master villain who has the worst fortune this side of the Coyote, I get a huge kick just thinking about this film.

 

You probably know it's a parody of Condor Hero, so I will just go ahead and tell you that the movie you're looking for just got reissued (as did all the Shaw Brothers movies on DVD with English Subs) and can be found at HK Flix for $6.

 

Rob

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You probably know it's a parody of Condor Hero' date=' so I will just go ahead and tell you that the movie you're looking for just got reissued (as did all the Shaw Brothers movies on DVD with English Subs) and can be found at HK Flix for $6.

Thanks! The DVD is on its way.

 

It's a deadly projectile! (Well, actually, it's a shoe, but the effect is the same.)

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So repped!

 

They got Heaven Sword, Dragon Sabre on there!

 

I know, I love that one too. But, it's incomplete and nobody is currently translating it I believe. (These translations are coming off the spcnet.tv forums.)

 

I wanted to get the comic books, but they're starting to become hard to find now...

 

Why not order them directly from:

 

http://www.cubicmall.com/store/kungfucomics.html

 

They're about $5 each, and it's the cheapest way to get them, look in the "bundles" section for a seriously discounted lot of them as a single block. (Look under "clearance items".)

 

 

Rob

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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.

 

<72 Vacant Fists, aka Defensive Block?  -GD>

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Just finished this 202 point sorcerer, Dr. Chow Tao- sorry, haven't figured out an easy way to import his sheet.  Instruct me?  However, here is some Character Information...

 

Gear: 1d6K Jian (double-edged straight sword); +1 OCV, dried dulzuk berries, pine nuts, smoked perch, yam chips, medic kit, acupuncture needles, alcohol, herb-impregnated silk bandages, willow bark extract, smelling salts, silk thread, suture needles, marbles, 2 rubber doorstops, water flask.  

 

Height: 5' 10" Hair: Brown 

 

Weight: 176 lbs Eyes: Brown 

 

Appearance: Dr. Chow wears a lotus hairpiece securing a topknot. Most of his long hair flows free. He is handsome, with large eyes, long nose and lips. His eyebrows tilt up on the outside. He wears his tasseled sword on his back.

His healing spells look like a flaming yin-yang orb. 

 

Background: Dr. Chow Tao knows a simple, elemental truth of existence: certain sites harness and intensify chi (the life force). History belongs to those who are attuned to these sites, as they gain great fortune in matters both mundane and mystical. The scramble to possess the world's feng shui sites has now begun in earnest; only he and his fellow heroes can prevent these powerful sites from falling into the hands of maniacal tyrants!

Dr. Chow belongs to a loose set of idealistic warriors known as the Dragons, named after their renowned young teacher, Xia Long ("Little Dragon"). Dr. Chow performed Xia Long's autopsy.

Dear Family,                                                  Year 69, Day 1

I am saddened to tell you that our teacher has passed away.

Last night, Lunar New Year's eve, around 7:30 pm, Xialong announced he had a headache, took some willow bark extract, and went to lie down for a nap. When Xianlong did not turn up for dinner, Lady Wu came to the home but could not wake Xianlong up. I was summoned, spent ten minutes attempting to revive him, before pronouncing him dead.

There was no visible external injury; however, his autopsy showed that his brain had swollen considerably, from 1,400 to 1,575 grams (a 13% increase). Xialong was 32 years old. The only substance found during the autopsy was willow bark extract. By the time you read, this, Xialong's death may be announced officially.

With respect, 


Dr. Chow Tao
 

Dr. Chow was responsible for making the large crystal windows in Hong Kong's Winter Palace, healing many locals, and providing fresh water. He navigated parties through the Netherworld. Dr. Chow charged cash up front for these services, with the exception of his Dragon School friends. He owns an apothecary near the School, with a walk-up apartment. 

 

Personality: Dr. Chow has always been a bookworm, reading scrolls made of bamboo slats that look like venetian blinds, and silk scrolls.

 

"I'm a doer, not a reader," taunted his friend Bi-Han (Sub Zero).

 

"Yeah, learn and do more effectively," rebutted Dr. Chow.

 

"Whatever, Chow Down."

 

Dr. Chow asks for a premium for his services, to fund efforts for the poor. 

 

Quote: "Learn." 

 

Tactics: Dr. Chow is a sorcerer, and as such, prefers to duel at a distance, if at all. When presented with several foes, he prefers to take out spell-casters and other range specialists first.

 

The stench from his noxious toxin pellets can be abated with undiluted vinegar. Burn clothing affected by his stink bombs.

 

He mostly uses Gestures and Incantations for his spells. 

 

Campaign Use: Dr. Chow is a guide through the Netherworld, a shifting labyrinth of tunnels and caves that connects portals to a number of different time periods of world history. These are 69, 1850, 1996 and the dystopian future of 2056. These periods are known as junctures and travel between them is possible through the Netherworld. The Netherworld itself is populated by a wide variety of strange inhabitants who, for whatever reason, no longer have a place in any of the junctures. It would be easy to use a villain version of him, and/or use him in a different time or place.

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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.

 

<72 Vacant Fists, aka Defensive Block?  -GD>

 

 

 

500kg isn't that bad.  It's equivalent to a STR of 21-22, or a STR 15 Martial Artist using a Martial Strike (for 5D6N)  However, that same 500kg strike focused in the right way (a Phoenix Eye punch or some such) could cause massive internal damage.  

 

If the Imperial Priest's 1000 Jin Fist was advantaged in some way, then Zhou Botong's block may also need to be advantaged to counter.  The Vacant Fist could be Hardened to be able to block an Indirect attack.  Or it could be Desolidification (like trying to hit air, takes all the strength from one's blows)  Or could be done with Dispel (totally takes the "power" from the assault) used defensively.  (Dispel STR, or Hand Attack)

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