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1  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: April 12, 2014, 03:27:33 AM
"I, too, am unimpressed with this meager 'wisdom'," Grimm admits.
"Hey, screw you guys!" the monk says. "Metal weapons, fire, dogs, the soul pearl, do I need to draw you a map?"
"And what guarantee do we have that any of these things you speak are true?" Grimm says.
"No guarantee is stated or implied by any service rendered by the temple, its employees or the gods thereof," the monk rattles off. "The temple is not responsible for the outcome of the use of any of the teachings or items provided." He points to the sign. "It's all in the small print. Thank you for coming, now kindly get lost."
2  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: April 12, 2014, 02:13:51 AM
"I've handled a hunting dog or two," Grimm says. "I have not seen many mongrels around here, but perhaps a ship's captain would be willing to part with one?"
3  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: March 26, 2014, 10:56:02 AM
"That depends on their form," the monk answers. "Yokai in their natural form are difficult to hurt with fists and wooden weapons, but metal weapons work. A person possessed is just as vulnerable as they would be normally, but I suppose you will want to avoid serious injuries in this case. Like I said, kitsune in particular fear dogs and fire - you might have more luck scaring it than killing it."
4  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: March 25, 2014, 01:06:15 PM
The monk's shocked expression seems frozen for weeks before he slowly answers.

"I...I don't know," he finally says. "I really don't know. I'm a devout man, I say my prayers to the gods and watch the heavens for their signs, but what you're talking about has never happened before, to the best of my knowledge. There's nothing here! There's nothing here but people and ships...that go everywhere...oh." His face falls further, somehow. "Okay, guys, let's cut the bullshit for a moment: yokai have been limited to the empire for all of history because there was no way for them to cross the open water without angering the gods of the sea. But hidden on ships? That's a different story. If they spread out to other lands, where the people don't know how to fight back..." He shakes his head. "...then we're fucked. Super-fucked. Am I making enough sense now?"
5  Community / Fiction and Story Hour / Re: [Off Topic] [Took me long enough...] Bionic Woman : Rebuilt on: March 03, 2014, 12:41:42 PM
While we prepare to rewrite the pilot for...many reasons, here's Chapter Five of Recycled, wherein we discuss suicidal ideation, drinking in the workplace and why material science is amazing. Be there, or be square!
6  Community / License to Improvise / Re: The philosophy of movement, and how to hurt people with it on: February 17, 2014, 02:14:41 PM
Resurfacing to say I quite like your take! I think I'll go with that for the most part. On the "Gain Edge when it's not your initiative count" thing - exactly how bad do you think it would break stuff if you got to move immediately? Because I'm a bit leery of banking all those moves until your initiative count. This should represent your ability to quickly shift position and move out of the path of danger. Also it should probably be decoupled from the Bonus 5 ft. Step language since that has the special condition of only being available when you don't take a Movement action. And I want to...well, nerf the whole Edge Surge thing, so I'm thinking one move no matter how much Edge you get from any one thing. Something like:

"Any time you gain any amount of Edge, you may immediately move to an unoccupied adjacent square."

Thoughts?
7  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: February 10, 2014, 01:32:33 PM
The monk considers that for a moment.

"The murders I cannot explain, but the subtlety is very much a kitsune's nature," he says. "They are tricksters and manipulators, with violence a very last resort. Perhaps the kitsune only kills one person at a time because it knows it cannot believably account for the disappearance of others? I don't know."

If anything, Jett's theory makes the monk even more nervous.

"Do you speak of yokai...taking over the city?" he asks. "I...I think it is best if I close this temple for now..."
8  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: February 09, 2014, 10:15:37 AM
The monk seems embarrassed by the process, but smiles nonetheless, much like a father watching his daughter sing off-key on stage in a village play. When he has received the money, he nods.

"There are many yokai who can assume other shapes, but none as adept as the kitsune. The particular trick is figuring out what has happened. Kitsune can assume the shape of a human, yes, but they can also possess them - or they can create illusions powerful enough to fool almost anyone except the purest and most ascetic of holy men. For each of these magicks, a different cure is necessary. The illusions and disguises reveal themselves in many ways: the shadows are always of the real form, as are reflections. (Did I mention we sell sanctified hand mirrors of superior clarity, inscribed with words of power to fend off yokai?)  Young kitsune may be careless enough to show fur or let their tail be seen, but even the eldest cannot hide their shadows. A possession, however, is a different matter altogether. Our home exorcism kit will safely rid you of minor kitsune, but if you are dealing with an elder spirit, even a learned man like myself may not be enough - only pain will force them out. It will in many cases be easier to convince the yokai to leave. Kitsune fear fire and dogs, these may be used to scare them into leaving. If all else fails, you must try to locate its spirit pearl. Like some other yokai, the kitsune's spirit is bound to a magical pearl - in their shape as fox, they carry them in their mouths, but disguised as humans, they might keep them in a pouch or somewhere else safe. Being apart from this pearl for more than a few hours will weaken them until they slowly wither and die, while destroying the pearl will kill the kitsune within minutes. Many are the tales of people who have held a yokai's spirit pearl and managed to extract a promise from them. For all their trickery, yokai cannot break their oaths."

"But what about their victims?" Grimm asks. "Do kitsune not have to kill before they assume their shape?"

"Heavens, no," the monk laughs. "Kitsune rarely kill or fight at all. They are tricksters and thieves, and much of what they do is simply for their own amusement. I've certainly heard of people coming to harm through the schemes of kitsune, but one that seeks to murder people..." He stops laughing as the idea hits him. "...you mean to tell me you're hunting a shapeshifting murderer?"
9  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: February 09, 2014, 01:58:29 AM
"Um," the monk repeats. "Sprechen Sie Hanse? 100 Silberstücke!"

He appears singularly disinclined to accept Jett's generous gift! Jeez, what a jerk.
10  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: February 02, 2014, 12:16:49 PM
"Um," the monk offers, not sure what exactly Jett's intentions are. "I think 100 silver would be a suitable donation for the wealth of information I can provide on shapeshifter demons."
11  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: January 30, 2014, 11:54:53 AM
"Ah, you're here for our classes about demons and other beings of myth and mystery!" the monk says, his eyes acquiring a certain glow at the jangling of a money sack. "Unfortunately, you're a day too late for our latest meeting about wind spirits, but for a suitable donation, I think we can arrange a private lesson."
12  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: January 29, 2014, 10:51:13 AM
The monk seems nonplussed by your indecisiveness, clapping his hands together to draw attention to himself.

"Ah, it's quite beautiful up here, isn't it?" he says. "Perhaps you would just like to enjoy the view? It's better still from the top of the temple! The guided tour begins in ten minutes, if you wish to join it." That said, he turns to wander off again.
13  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: January 12, 2014, 02:04:04 AM
"That is asinine," Grimm says. "We would never debase the house of our Lord with such profane...business." Markus coughs long and hard, which Grimm dutifully ignores. "You've shown a talent for skirting the mercenary nature of these people, Shimura. Perhaps there is another way to find out what we need."
14  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: January 11, 2014, 11:23:19 AM
Services

Divinations - 25s
Blessings - 20s
Communing with Spirits - 100s 150s
Breaking Curses - 50s 70s

Temple Goods

Cure-All Sake, fortified with 21 Herbs - 40s SPECIAL OFFER 3 bottles for 100s!
Home Exorcism Kit for Minor Possessions - 50s
Authentic Foreign Spirit Beads - 60s*
Clean, Cool Blessed Water - 1s 4s
High-Quality Woodcut of the Temple - 20s

Classes - All Prices per Session, pay as you go

Monday: Foreign Tongue for Beginners - 100s 80s SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER!
Tuesday: Foreign Tongue for Advanced Students - 120s
Wednesday: Foreign Culture and "Philosophy" - 100s
Thursday: The Tao of Our Ancestors - 100s
Friday: Know Your Demons - 150s
Saturday: Small Business Administration - 200s 150s 120s
Sunday: Practical Herbology - 100s 150s

*Due to high demand, we currently have limited stocks of Authentic Foreign Spirit Beads. Please check with the abbot.
15  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: January 10, 2014, 12:55:10 AM
"Agreed," Herr Grimm says.

(exeunt)

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The Temple With No Name (so monickered not for spookiness, but simply lack of importance) is about an hour's walk outside of Shinju proper, long enough for the sunny weather to briefly cloud up and sprinkle you with warm rain for a few minutes, which - nicely enough - has you walking through curtains of rainbows. Markus seems rather taken by the weather, smiling and looking around, while Grimm bears it with the stoic give-no-fucks-ness of his age. The middle part of the journey is made less pleasant by the unlucky confluence of the beating sun and distance from the shade and coastal breeze of Shinju, but as you work your way uphill, it gets somewhat more bearable.

The Temple With No Name, situated in the Shrubland With No Name, on the hill called (Archaic word for dirt), once looked like it had seen better days. Now, it's in shambles. The last repaint was twenty years ago, and you do not wish to venture a guess on how structurally sound the structure is, but you wouldn't bet on it making it another 400 years.

Speaking of 400 year-old things, you are soon - well. "Greeted" isn't the right word, really. We'll go with "accosted". You are soon accosted by a wrinkled old man who stands barely four feet tall - though the way he ran up to you speaks to a certain spryness. He wears a white kimono with dull red pants and the biggest smile this side of a Great White.

"Welcome, welcome!" he says. "Welcome, visitors, to our humble shrine! What service can we provide for you today? Do you wish to pray to your ancestors, lift a curse" - he steps over to Tuku and elbows him in the side while winking at the assemblage of young, hot ladies - "make love like a mountain? Perhaps I can get you some water first?"

Aiko finds a stand by the side of the path that contains the newest thing in the temple: the price list. No, the water isn't free. And several of the prices have been altered (upwards, of course) with an ink brush in lieu of wasting a perfectly good scroll.
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