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Fertile Ground (Cultivation Riot)

Discussion in 'Questing' started by Hangwind, Sep 10, 2020.

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  1. Threadmarks: What is the Sect?
    Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    Powers rise and powers fall. The wheel turns eternally, and only those that attain true immortality rise above it. Will you be one of them?
    While many think of the Immortal Path as lonely, and it is, few truly walk it alone. For some it is individual teachers that help them rise, for others it is clans. For you, your path starts in a sect. You have the great fortune of a new sect being founded in your area! Perhaps you may become an ancestor to glory! Or the witness of utter devastation of everything you built, but try not to dwell.
    What kind of region is this new sect in?
    [X] Red Peak Range
    These mountains lack in both resources and people. However, their very obscurity allows for the rise of a new power in relative security.
    -Lacks Resources
    -Has Security
    [X] ShiSa Boglands
    While not entirely swamps, these lands are consistently choked with mists and filled with all manner of bizarre plants and beasts. The negative energies do create many dangers, but also allow the flourishing of rare and unique resources.
    -Has Resources
    -Constant Pressure from the Environment
    [X] City of Glorious Jade
    A great city situated on a nexus of Heavenly Jade mines, this rare and powerful resource is extremely useful for cultivators. This has lead the city to have many cultivator factions, from old monsters to mysterious clans. Now you are dipping your toes into these waters.
    -Resources Variable
    -Danger Variable
    -Many Diplomatic Encounters
    [X] The Realm of Whispering Trees
    A pocket realm discovered recently by the Sect Leader, the Realm of Whispering Trees is strange and mysterious. Seemingly a holy land of some long fallen sect, it is impossible to tell when the gate that lets you in and out will close...or open again.
    -Resources?
    -Danger?
    -Lots of Exploration
    -Replacements for Dead Characters actually Tallied
    Of equal importance is the head of you Sect. As a person with enough confidence to found their own power, you can be sure that they are very strong indeed. And as the central figure of the Sect, they are the one you will place your life in the hands of.
    Who is this figure?
    [X] Daoist Heavy Feather
    A traditional cultivator, Heavy Feather wandered for centuries before finally settling down and creating the Sect. According to Heavy Feather, the reason for creating the Sect is to give a safe place to cultivate while seeking to cross the threshold to Immortality.
    -Techniques: As a wanderer, Feather has had exposure to a lot of different techniques and has reverse engineered many of them.
    -Body and Qi: As a dual cultivator, Feather has experience with all aspects of traditional cultivation.
    -Resource Hog: As traditional cultivators, both you and Feather need many resources to grow smoothly.
    -Enemies: Many enemies would do anything to strike at Heavy Feather. Some are unjustified, but others...
    Attitude: Everything is expendable.
    [X] Brother Death
    An enlightened monk, Brother Death is not as villainous as his name would imply. He is an expert in the Sutras and Mantras of cultivation. He apparently decided to found a Sect to see if ordinary cultivators could rise above the ordinary poor karma of their kind.
    -Sutras and Mantras: An enlightened monk, Brother Death has many ways of cultivating the soul.
    -Good Karma: As students of such an enlightened monk, heaven has a way of putting a finger on the scales in your favor.
    -Restrictions: Brother Death will not be happy if you start doing evil things and interfering with his Karma.
    -Slow growth: Soul Cultivation is not a quick progress.
    Attitude: Fate will decide.
    [X] Wang Fu
    Perhaps the single most obvious example of heaven defying luck, this was once a simple mortal in a random city. Then a falling star hit him, and now he has the power of a Peak Dao Seeker. His given reason for opening a Sect is to have someone around as he figures out cultivation.
    -Precious: Not having the perspective of one that has lived for thousands of years means that Wang Fu considers those in his Sect valuable.
    -Strange Insights: Sometimes Wang Fu can understand things that might baffle even other Near-Immortal monsters. Other times he just doesn't.
    -Inexperienced: Wang Fu simply has no experience in the Cultivation world. This will cause problems. (This is his only known flaw as it is so broad as to affect everything.)
    Attitude: Everything is great! I'm invincible!
    [X] The Beast of Blackened Bamboo
    An ancient beast of primordial times, none have ever seen it out of its human form. None know its power, and there is not a cultivator alive that claims to know its bloodline. As to why it is setting up a Sect? It claims to simply want the experience.
    -Primordial Power: By far the most powerful being on this list. Possibly Immortal, possibly more than that.
    -Unique Resource: It provides unique cultivation aids to those that follow it.
    -Social Distrust: While many cultivators are trained by beasts at one time or another, and many Sects have beast Elders, a Sect Leader being a Beast is very odd indeed.
    -Inexperience with Cultivation: As a Primordial Beast, Lord Blackened Bamboo has limited knowledge of cultivation techniques.
    Now go forth Cultivators, and challenge the Heavens!
    A few notes:
    The Sect Leader may have hidden intentions in building their Sect. In fact, I will tell you now that 3/4ths do.
    Sect Leaders do not necessarily constrain you, however their specialties are their specialties.
    You are not the Sect Leader, you will be young cultivators underneath them. The Sect Leader is an NPC, with all that that entails.
    This isn't a Riot vote yet, that will come either in the next update or the one after that.
    Plans are fine, but I will be counting each vote individually by line.
     
  2. Extras: Mechanics
    Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    MECHANICS

    This is a Riot Quest. That means that with most votes, you are controlling your own character only, and your character will do what you voted for.

    Your character is likely to die. When this happens, you will start over with a new character. It may or may not be connected to your previous one.

    At various points, a character may become crippled or hit an insurmountable bottleneck, or just not be interesting to you anymore. You may retire your character to become an NPC, which will allow you to start over at any time. Depending on the level and skills of your NPC, it may provide mechanical benefits, whether in using unique skills or in providing guidance to the next generation.

    Making A Character

    In the Informational tab, you will find a brief overview of the various techniques that the Sect currently has. Almost any basic cultivation technique or skill should be there. Only the most basic though, more focused and advanced techniques will require you to discover or invent them.

    If you have a specific cultivation system or technique in mind that would be basic, feel free to send me a PM and I'll see. It doesn't have to be Chinese either, if you want to cultivate with some other elemental system I'll try to work it out with you. Almost any system is fair game, from classics to

    Character histories at the start will be fairly simple. You are starting as mortals. No cultivators were allowed to join at this point. Later, Sect and more exotic backgrounds will become available.

    Character Actions

    Cultivate: This is the most general form of Cultivation. While your character will cultivate automatically, this will give you a bonus to cultivation as you focus on it and let you use pills, elixers, and pellets more effectively.
    Train Specific Abilities: This is Skill Training. If you want to specialize in something, you will want to take this action sometimes. This is also where you learn supplementary skills like beast taming, refining, alchemy, or even basket weaving.
    Explore: As little is known about the realm you are in, someone has to discover more about it. That's this action. You may find treasures, lucky encounters, instant death, or cake.

    More actions will come, but at the moment things are fairly bare-bones and disorganized. A beast isn't super good with large groups of humans, who knew?
     
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  3. Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    INFORMATIONAL

    Blessed Bamboo Sect
    Sect Leader: Lord Qi e, The Beast of Blackened Bamboo
    Sect Population: High (48 replacement cultivators left)
    Sect Morale: Nervous

    Sect Bonuses
    God Pellets (???, ???+ to cultivation rolls)

    Sect Cultivations
    (Lord Qi e is familiar with high quality but basic techniques from across the cosmos as an immortal. As a beast he has no particular inheritance of his own though.)
    All Basic Systems
    -Five Elements Qi Cultivation (Classic Chinese Elements)
    -Six Elements Qi Cultivation (Fire Water Air Earth Light Darkness)
    -Three Weapons Body Cultivation (Fire Emblem Weapon Triangle)
    -Twelve Animals Body Cultivation (Chinese Zodiac)
    -Buddha Karmic Cultivation (Cultivation based on karma)
    -Seven Virtues Cultivation (Cultivation based on the Catholic Virtues)
    (These are examples. If you have a different example in mind, feel free to drop me a line.)

    Sect Skills
    (Lord Qi e is familiar with high quality but basic techniques from across the cosmos as an immortal. As a beast he has no particular inheritance of his own though.)
    Basic Refining
    Basic Alchemy
    Basic Beast Taming
    Basic Armed Styles
    Basic Unarmed Styles
    Basic Movement Technique
    (These are examples. If you have a different example in mind, feel free to drop me a line.)
     
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    Aoinfinity Unlimited Blue Works

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    [X] The Realm of Whispering Trees
    [X] The Beast of Blackened Bamboo
    I vote to double down on mystery.
     
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    Biigoh Tanuki Moderator

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    [X] City of Glorious Jade
    [X] The Beast of Blackened Bamboo
     
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  6. LinkOnScepter

    LinkOnScepter Not too sore, are you?

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    [X] The Realm of Whispering Trees
    [X] The Beast of Blackened Bamboo
     
  7. mrttao

    mrttao Connoisseur.

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    I vaguely recall that riot is a type of quest with special rules? how does this work?
     
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  8. Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    Essentially, instead of the thread voting on the actions of a single character or group, everyone will be their own PC. When you make a vote, that will be what your PC does. Will you work together for JOLLY COOPERATION or will you go off on your own for yourself? Will you spend time training, or will you work for the good of the Sect?

    TL;DR: Multiplayer Roguelite
     
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  9. LinkOnScepter

    LinkOnScepter Not too sore, are you?

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    I really like Riot Quest. Sad that they seem to have disappeared recently.
     
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  10. Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    To be fair, they are a lot of work.
     
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  11. LinkOnScepter

    LinkOnScepter Not too sore, are you?

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    I know. I understand why they went away. Doesn't mean I'm not upset about it.
     
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  12. Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    Vote will stay open until Saturday.
     
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    LordEdric Not too sore, are you?

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    [X] The Realm of Whispering Trees
    [X] The Beast of Blackened Bamboo
     
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  14. mrttao

    mrttao Connoisseur.

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    [X] The Realm of Whispering Trees
    [X] The Beast of Blackened Bamboo

    city of jade is too much diplomacy, i do not trust QQ with diplomacy. realm of whispering trees is more puzzles and resource management. I trust QQ to do that
     
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  15. Xanthe38

    Xanthe38 Versed in the lewd.

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    [X] The Realm of Whispering Trees
    [X] The Beast of Blackened Bamboo
     
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  16. Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    I will freely admit that I didn't expect this to be the popular combination. It should be interesting though, I'll definitely say that.
     
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    Xanthe38 Versed in the lewd.

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    Hope this gets off the ground. I also hope beast taming is a path.
     
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  18. Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    Considering that your Sect Leader is a beast, it's more that the beast is taming you.
     
  19. Xanthe38

    Xanthe38 Versed in the lewd.

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    Suppose I should have rephrased it as magical creature mastery.
     
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  20. Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    I know, I just couldn't resist.;) A more serious answer would be that all paths are theoretically possible, but some are easier. Since you're on track to go to the Whispering Woods, the answer is a giant shrug.
     
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  21. mrttao

    mrttao Connoisseur.

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    *insert porno music here*

    joking aside, what about a symbiosis thing? beast clans and human clans forming magical bond that is mutually beneficial with neither of them being in charge and treating each other with respect?

    bro for life
     
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  22. Vanestus

    Vanestus Versed in the lewd.

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    [X] The Realm of Whispering Trees
    [X] The Beast of Blackened Bamboo
     
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  23. Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    Update: I'm working on it, but the past few days have been super busy.
     
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  24. Negation

    Negation Shameless Pervert

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    [X] The Realm of Whispering Trees
    [X] The Beast of Blackened Bamboo
     
  25. Threadmarks: Sect Year One
    Hangwind

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    Ah, power truly does attract many, the Beast of Blackened Bamboo mused. Or perhaps merely opportunity would be enough. It was quite surprising really, how many humans were willing to take a chance on going into a pocket realm with an unknown Immortal Beast. It was time though, to address the mortals.

    With a simple flick, the Beast caused a gong sound to echo over the small army of recruits. "Follow me."

    He wasn't much of a public speaker.

    Turning, he floated forward into the cave that served as the entrance to his new pocket realm. Behind him he heard the confused mutters of the crowd as he failed to deliver the expected speech. Oh well, the quick would catch up. Anyone else was not only not necessary, but would likely be a burden where they were going.

    Going through the cave quickly, the Beast allowed his Essence to propel him into the air on the other end. From above, the nascent Sect grounds were quite pleasingly set out, with good feng shui leading to a lucky bowl shape. Also reminding him of home, which was most of what he cared about. In the center was his temple, properly glorious with strong Goldsteel struts to support the Transcendent Diamond windows that helped his garden of Ferocious Tiger Bamboo grow in proper Star Essence.

    All the less important buildings were surrounding it. He had put all the human dwellings on the far edges of course. Sure, the jade slips weren't actually all that valuable, but it was still easier to go out and grab more humans than finding Pure Qi Jade.

    Finally he alighted on the closed gates to the Sect, settling on the very peak to watch the various cultivators come streaming through the portal. Shockingly, the vast majority actually managed to get through before the portal closed! As the last ones that would make it cam through, he stood his human form up and called attention to himself with another bell tone.

    "Welcome to the Blessed Bamboo Sect," he started, infusing his voice with Essence so it rolled across the crowd without deafening any of the delicate little morsels. "I am your Sect Lord now, the Beast of Blackened Bamboo as your world knew me. I prefer to be known as Lord Qi e though."

    He waited for the inevitable titters, but it seemed that the humans were too intimidated to laugh at his little joke.

    Or they thought that he was actually a penguin. Shaking himself free of that thought he continued, "As you may have noticed, the portal back out is closed." That got some reaction, as many of the mortals looked back, only to find the cave that they had exited was now blocked with a giant boulder covered in creeping vines. "This pocket realm is special because it has some connection to the Dao of Time. I have chosen to cultivate here while investigating these mysteries. You are here because I didn't want to get bored."

    The mortals shifted nervously, obviously wondering if perhaps Lord Qi e had less benevolent fun in mind that he had told them. He smiled widely at the expressions on their faces. Mortals were so much more emotive than cultivators most of the time! "I have set up this sect to train cultivators in this unique environment and see how your growth is affected. For this, I have prepared a single God Pellet per month for each of you. This will allow you to cultivate with reasonable speed in whatever Dao you chose to pursue as these are unaspected medicines. More pellets or even pills can be earned as rewards for services to the Sect. More, I have made Jade Slip repositories for the three major forms of cultivation, Body, Qi, and Soul. The scriptures there are basic, but fairly broad. If you want better? Make it yourself. You are the ancestors of this Sect now."

    No mutters this time, though the stink of both eagerness and stress was beginning to get overwhelming. Time to wrap this up then. "Finally, I require a single service out of you this year. You must spend at least some time exploring this new realm. Now get to it." With that, he Earth Shadow Stepped back to his temple. A year of cultivation sounded nice right now.

    YOU CURRENTLY HAVE FOUR ACTIONS. AT LEAST ONE (1) MUST BE USED FOR EXPLORATION.

    [X] Cultivate
    [X] Train Specific Abilities
    [X] Explore realm

    Make your first character with the following format:

    [X] Name
    -[X] Kind of Cultivation (Body/Qi/Soul)
    -[X] Dao

    Welcome to cultivation!

    AN: Feel free to ask questions, but please look at the Mechanics threadmark first as I have put a lot in there.
     
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    mrttao Connoisseur.

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    It occurs to me that cultivation setting is uniquely suited for riot quests... if someone stops posting for a while then he is obviously in closed doors cultivation.
     
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  27. LinkOnScepter

    LinkOnScepter Not too sore, are you?

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    Character:
    [X] Ho Chi Min
    -[X] Soul
    -[X] Seven Virtues Cultivation: Humility

    Actions:
    [X] Cultivate
    [X] Train Basic Armed Styles
    [X} Train Basic Movement Technique
    [X] Explore realm

    Like this?
     
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  28. Hangwind

    Hangwind Not too sore, are you?

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    Or hit a bottleneck, or got cursed into being a bird...the possibilities are endless!
    That works!
     
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    Character:
    [X] Lo Kwan Lam
    -[X] Body
    -[X] Poison Dao

    Actions:
    [X] Cultivate
    [X] Train Basic Fist Art
    [X} Train Basic Movement Technique
    [X] Explore realm
     
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    Xanthe38 Versed in the lewd.

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    Character:
    -[X] Fei Gao
    -[X] Soul
    -[X] Man-Beast Cultivation

    Actions:
    [X] Cultivate
    [X] Train Basic Fist Art
    [X} Train Basic Movement Technique
    [X] Explore realm

    Does this work?
     
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