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You are Lieren, Brother of Magnus of Prospero, Son of Wenyan of Nothing and Son of a nameless and distant father, Grand Architect of Long Jia, Head of the ministry of development, Lover of Kanzeon, Grand Master of the Wanderers in the Fog, savior of the oppressed and abused, gentle hearted giant and the nemesis of lords of discord and their servants living or dead.

Having overcome the tribulation forced upon you by the reawakened self titled lord of paradox, Chung Qiang and endured the wrath of Kong Nue, to inspire hop within the heart of the trapped spirit Arianka, you were rescued from the wicked spirit Be'lakor's cowardly blade by the arrival of your creator, your "birth" father, the emperor of mankind and were made to swear an oath of silence of the true nature of chaos and the Empyrean. Being granted the privledge of meeting one of the indomitable warriors spun from your genetic code, you imparted words of wisdom and advice to the Noble Dae-Hyun, the leader of the legion of Adeptus Astartes made in your image.

Returning then to the realm of the living, upon Shangrala, You returned to your duties as architect and researched the use of Yin Qi and devised a new martial style with Kanzeon's assistance. Precise and deadly and able to be utilized by psykerists to depower similarly empowered opponents, you named the new art after the night crane's whose movements its resembled.

Fearing an attack from the tyrants Nityah Sinha and Kamal Kanan, you advised King Long-Jia Jinhai to seek allies in the Bask lands and launch a preemptive and felling strike against the bordering nations of villains.

And so you, Kanzeon, the Brothers of the Panthers, and Feng's new bride Akanksha of the Third tribe of the once Wild Vishnu, marched across the Kang border into the domain of the lord of the desert's night. Equipping your fellow hunters with armor designed after that worn by the Aeldari raiders and weaponry eons more advance than any other upon Shangrala, and warding them in carefully carved and expertly designed Null Denouncement Charms, you began to hunt the Sorcerer Tyrant in his own kingdom.

Striking like lightning falls, you encountered villains and monsters more blackhearted than you had yet encountered, and slaughtered them and tore down their towers while fanning the flames of revolution while spreading the Null Denouncement Script amongst the oppressed masses as you liberated them from their slavemasters. Reaching the Shuni Heartland with Kanzeon alone, you encountered an atrocity beyond any committed in recorded history

Kamal Kanan had converted the populace of the nine most populated and vibrant cities of his kingdom in Magical beasts, and befouled the very land they were constructed upon.

Marching to battle against this legion of monsters, you breached the gates of Kamal Kanan's strong hold and confronted the vile witch
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and began his execution
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Kamal Kanan surrounds himself with a vortex of darkest sorcery, the energy of raw chaos unfiltered and uncontaminated by other less destructive and corruptive forces. The same energy you called into being when you sought to learn Chun Qiang's name and motive. Kanzeon stands by your side, unintimidated, her beautiful features contorted with a rage similar but lesser than the ogreish rage you had unleashed upon the now mauled and half crippled sorcerer. He stands as tall as you, but is twisting and becoming more malformed with every shuddering breath that leaves his lip.

The air is filled with ethereal strands, threads of false fate that only your eyes can perceive. The tell tale signs of sorcery and pyskerism, drawn from the winds of the world of spirits and the dying light of the souls Kamal Kanan has chained and devoured. Like your brother's eyes, they possess an infinite spectrum of colors many of which do not have names nor occur naturally in the world of men or beasts.

They whip and rush through the air, like the tails of a thousand irritated house cats or the tails of the wretched Huli Jing. Kanzeon opens fire, and clawed hands formed of the night sky and the stars within catch the lances of plasma as they near Kamal' grotesquely expanded and torn chest.

Flares of azure flames burst from the orbs of super heated plasma as they are crushed in the immaterial palms of the dozens of hands rising from the sorcerers flickering shadow. A corpse's laughter fills the moon lit throne room, as bolts of killing light and vortexes of corruptive energy fall upon you like a storm of arrows.

Kanzeon grabs hold of your arm, struggling to follow you in the carp's dance as you elegantly avoid the opening barrage of sorcerous death, and maneuver yourselves nearer to the desperate sorcerer. Kanzeon raises her pistol, as Kamal Kanan calls his storm of chaos back to himself, making it rush against your backs. However, as he beckons his stolen power, you toss your Guandao directly at his chest.

In an instant, his flesh becomes the stuff of shadows once more, and a geyser of witch fire explodes and rushes forth from his wailing mouth as he circles the two of you like a viper waiting to strike.

However, he has once again danced into the palm of your hand. Tossing a Null Denouncment Charm you had hidden in within your transforming suit of armor, you channel your will into it and create a stream through the mutative blaze. Kanzeon, raises her own hand, mocking Kamal's habit of performing his spells in such a manner, and produces an arc of electricity from each of her avatar's fingers.

And so, an opening is made. The sorcerer had written her off as an existence akin to Brother Dong's, having been unable to perceive her distant soul resting within her true body. The shock, both figurative and literal, allows you to perform a crippling combination more terrible than the rage fueled pummeling the sorcerer had endured moments ago.
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>>5008986

He had barely survived the Ogre's Wrath, now let him be broken by the Giant's Cunning.

It begins, with a simple action. A call to a part of you divorced from the rest. A drop of moonlight, separated from the gentle half of your soul's seed, lost and alone in a stygian lake of inhuman sin. With a subtle gesture, you channel the golden fire of your soul directly into the miniscule fragment of your spirit that Kamal Kanan had so foolishly drank and poisoned himself upon. His stomach physically churns and bubbles, flesh melting and bones shattering as a blazing ball of golden light erupts from within his gut.

Alien organs, monstrous creatures, and impossible shapes explode from the crater created within the sorcerers belly, wraithlike figures falling from the abyss of his bowels to claw and crawl from his flesh like rats escaping a burning field. Then the fires of Yang become the freezing waters of Yin, forcing the tyrant to return to a physical form so you can more efficiently beat the souls he has consumed out of him like rice from a sack.

Adopting one of the night crane style's stance, one of its more aggressive, you rush forward with skipping steps and leaps. You can see through the threads of his sorcery, every connection between his soul and those it infects like a parasite, he raises his scepter, calling down a hail of winged knives from the shadows the two of you fall into.

They cannot hope to pierce your armor, for it was crafted from Kanzeon's flesh by her own hands!

Striking and shutting off his bodies meridians with finger jabs, pinches and flicking kicks, you deprive him of the ability to wield the power he has stolen from the Emperyan, gained from pacts with its wicked denizens, or cultivated through the demonic act of consuming the souls of his fellow men. And then you introduce a new energy into his being into his soul with a flurry of finger jabs, forming a diagram upon the exposed flesh of his chest.

Qi aligned to the element of wood, by the Weakening cycle of the five elements, overcomes Qi aligned to the element of water. With a flower you had plucked from his own palace's garden, you alter the psionic energy you implant within his essence, both physical and spiritual, to become aligned to Wood. While earth would have a more dramatic and devestating effect, you are not seeking to destroy him with this technique that combines both your Martial skill and Pyskerist abilities.

Rather it serves to acomplish one end, that which you had sought since you first beheld his disgustingly bloated soul and saw it was little more than a web that had caught thousands of others.

With a mere flick, carrying a spiritual weight potent enough to shake the frail frabric of reality within the Shuni Capital, you set in motion a cascade of severing and unraveling.

In an instant, you take the horrid power Kamal Kanan had cultivated through the suffering of other men away from him.

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>>5008987

For a moment, it would seem his body would be torn asunder and completely destroyed by the flood of escaping souls issuing forth from his every orifice and wound. The silence of the night is broken by the deafening roar of countless tortured souls at last freed from the stomach of their tormenter.

Somehow, the sorcerer yet possess the will to cling to his loathsome excuse of a mortal existence, his guts spilled before him, his jaw broken, and his skin torn from his overgrown muscles and frame. The Ceiling of the tower is torn away by the sheer force of the escaping spirits, exposing the three of you and the spirit scribe to the night's air.

"Bravo, Bravo" The devil mocks, clapping its hands together as it scorns the broken sorcerer that lays motionless at your feet, drooling and whimpering as ruined body struggles to resist the countless, constant mutations afflicting it.

He tries to cast a spell, a dying curse. But he has no power of his own.

"You weren't even a natural psyker" You spit in disgust as Kamal Kanan stabs his dagger blunt upon the armor your wear. Kanzeon kicks him away. The once mighty king of a thousand and one cities, curls into a ball and struggles to crawl away as he is twisted into an even more abhorrent form than before.

"What should we do with this genocidal monster, Lieren?" Kanzeon asks, hiding more rage in your words than you have ever seen her express before

Well, what do you do with Kamal Kanan, Lieren?

>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.

>"A soul as black as yours does not deserve redemption nor reincarnation, however, No power upon heaven or earth possesses the authority to hand down such a punishment. Instead, I sentence you to die via a firing squad of one" Motion to Kanzeon "You may fire when ready"

>Just lift him by his throat and crush his neck, there's no reason to be theatric

>"You are no man, but a devil incarnated into flesh". Banish him from the world of men

>Write in
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>>5008989
>>Just lift him by his throat and crush his neck, there's no reason to be theatric
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>>5008989
>Just shoot him and burn his body. Hanging him would send a message to other tyrants, but there's a chance one of his sons could retrieve it and uss it as a rallying call.
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>>5008989
>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.
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>>5008989
>Use our eyes to see through the Emperyan, and ensure the escapes souls aren't consumed by devils. Just like Gao, we will grant Kamal Kanan one last kindness before killing him. Also, banish the the mocking devil. His commentary isn't needed.
I would wish we can save his soul from being consumed. Better he be reborn as a blade of grass, then digesting on the stomach of the warp.
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>>5008989
>Banish the advisor devil back to the warp before it can sneak away and do some form of evil.
>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.
The Daemon advisor is likely juggling many plates and we don't want it to enact plan Y while we are finishing off a utterly powerless Kamal, he can lay broken on the floor a while longer before we hang him like any other.
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>>5009003
Supporting this.
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>>5008989
>"You are no man, but a devil incarnated into flesh". Banish him from the world of men
I'm very interested in how this'll be written.

>>5009008
I don't. We've already cosigned many to suffer those very daemons already and Kamal attempt to devour the souls of others.
No fate would be more fitting then for him to be devoured by the daemons he sought to join.
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>>5009003
Supporting this one. Gotta stay the theme
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In two moves we torn him apart...best short fight yet.
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>>5009027
What theme? The Yama's (who are in charge of reincarnation) erase or permanently cosign to hell souls of particularly evil people. Straight up erasing his soul or sending it to those daemons he worshipped is perfectly in theme. Rather I think you are being hypocritical.
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>Let him see the truth. All his sins and atrocities unveiled by the mysticism and illusions that have ensorcelled his his mind.


Wizard king of the Shuni. Your very thoughts and Faith have been turned against your people by the master. Who holds your leash. For all your heinous crimes you are simply an actor a puppet on your master's string. The only kindness we can grant you is the decision to die a free man or to die a twisted chaos spawn?

Choose your end, servant of the plotter. This is the only kindness befitting one such as you.
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>>5008989
>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.
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>>5008989
>>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.
How many people are left in the city anyway?
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>>5008989
>>Just lift him by his throat and crush his neck, there's no reason to be theatric
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>>5008989
>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.

At the end of the day all tyrants will hang, his accomplishments, his deeds, his powers all made meaningless as he hangs from the same noose as any 2bit murderer should
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>>5008989
>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.
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>>5008989
>>"A soul as black as yours does not deserve redemption nor reincarnation, however, No power upon heaven or earth possesses the authority to hand down such a punishment. Instead, I sentence you to die via a firing squad of one" Motion to Kanzeon "You may fire when ready"
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>>5008989
>>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.
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>5009303
adding >Use our eyes to see through the Emperyan, and ensure the escapes souls aren't consumed by devils. Just like Gao, we will grant Kamal Kanan one last kindness before killing him. Also, banish the the mocking devil. His commentary isn't needed.
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>>5008989
>Banish the advisor devil back to the warp before it can sneak away and do some form of evil.
>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.

"I didn t forget you scribe or any other evil spirits here. I will blast you away from existance now."
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>>5008989
>Use our eyes to see through the Emperyan, and ensure the escapes souls aren't consumed by devils. Just like Gao, we will grant Kamal Kanan one last kindness before killing him. Also, banish the the mocking devil. His commentary isn't needed.
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>>5008989
>>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.
Gotta make sure the scribe doesn't do anything funny as well. Maybe call him a faggot on his way out.

Gotta say toppling the Shuni with just one casualty, and maybe a few people that need a psychiatrist is pretty damn impressive.
Well, the Shuni people got the short end of the stick unfortunately, but I feel like this could have been worse.
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>>5008989
>Banish the advisor
>Hang him from the gates of his city.

The final gift this tyrant shall get, is to look upon his lands before the platform drops. Remember, soothe the spirit with a kindness they dont deserve
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>>5008989
>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.
Anything too avoid the stupidity of allowing a soul Lieren considers irredeemable into the cycle of reincarnation because of how hypocritical it is to grant such a mercy to an individual when there were others we've had killed that were more deserving of such an honor. Even worse I suspect this soul bares a stain of evil that'll never leave it and will be carried to the next life as a corruptive force (or at least that's would make the most sense in 40k) or even allow the Chaos gods to corrupt the cycle altogether.
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>>5009352
+1
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>>5008989
>Banish the advisor devil back to the warp before it can sneak away and do some form of evil.
>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.
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>>5008989
>Just shoot him and burn his body. Hanging him would send a message to other tyrants, but there's a chance one of his sons could retrieve it and uss it as a rallying call.
>Banish the advisor devil back to the warp before it can sneak away and do some form of evil.
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>>5008989
>>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.

Gotta keep consistent
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>>5008989
>>>Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal

Hanging tyrants is lierens thing after all
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Calling the vote now

Just lift him by his throat and crush his neck, there's no reason to be theatric:2

Just shoot him and burn his body. Hanging him would send a message to other tyrants, but there's a chance one of his sons could retrieve it and use it as a rallying call.:2

Hang him from the gates of his city, like any other criminal.: 15

Use your eyes to see through the Emperyan, and ensure the escapes souls aren't consumed by devils. Just like Gao, you will grant Kamal Kanan one last kindness before killing him.: 5


"You are no man, but a devil incarnated into flesh". Banish him from the world of men:1

Let him see the truth. All his sins and atrocities unveiled by the mysticism and illusions that have ensorcelled his his mind.:1

"A soul as black as yours does not deserve redemption nor reincarnation, however, No power upon heaven or earth possesses the authority to hand down such a punishment. Instead, I sentence you to die via a firing squad of one" Motion to Kanzeon "You may fire when ready":1

Banish the advisor devil: 11

Total votes:24

So Lieren will banish the unusually passive devil and hang Kamal Kanan from the gate's of his empty city like any other criminal

Writing now.
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>>5010109
Is there room for banter with this unusually cheeky demon?
Lieren:say hi to your mum for me
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>>5010109
and not to figure out how to lessen the tear in reality to make it less warpy.

>>5010143
no
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>>5010150
He bantered a retconned god back into existence, told Khorne where to go, and like the chad he is, got the number of the chaos god of justice.
Nothing is sacred for this pri-maniac.
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You throw your glare down toward's Kamal Kanan, who hisses like the viper he had styled himself after. The meat clinging to his bones bubbles and froths with constant change. His skin has already been peeled away by the unnatural growth of his body, bones still wrapped with sinew and pulsing muscle push out from beneath his frost and bloodstained cloak, new and more terrible mutations pushing out from his marrow and the distended, prehensile veins that curl and crawl along his bloated frame like a procession of ants.

"He shall be hung, like any other criminal. The depths of one's villainy and the atrocities they have committed in their lives does not grant them a worse death or more dignified end" You state solemly, lowering your voice to prevent your seething hatred from seeping into the decree's words as you speak them "As I have always done before, I shall grant the condemned a final gift. A parting pleasure to accompany them to the halls of hell"

Kanzeon curls her lip, an expression of vexation that smolders in the dim glow of her brilliant emerald eyes, which sharpen with contempt as she stomps closer to the sorcerer, who pathetically yet commendably raises his sole remaining hand as it splits open down the palm to form a fanged maw. Even on the verge of death, he remains defiant. That was more than you expected from a worm like Kamal Kanan, but it does nothing to change your opinion of him nor your judgment of his countless crimes.

"He deserves nothing" Kanzeon states plainly yet ferociously, augmented eyes focused directly on the dying tyrant's heart "Nothing besides a fatal drop from this tower"

"All men are equal, even if some degrade themselves into little more than beasts" You state coldly, placing a hand upon your beloved's shoulder, both to reassure her and to prevent her from executing the villain before his crimes can be read to him, and he can receive the singular charity afforded to the damned.

"He is unable to speak a final request, his state of constant physical fluctuation and the damage done to his jaw and respiratory system has rendered him incapable of speech" Kanzeon mutters angrily, glowering down at the helpless old man who spiteful gurgles half spoken curses and babbled incantations "And even if he was provide his request through non-verbal communication, he would ask for nothing you would be willing to give to him"

"That is an astute observation, Kanzeon, however I know the hearts of men as well as you do, and while he'd petition for mercy or plead for the final chance to end our lives, as you correctly surmised he would" You say plainly, retrieving your Guandao before turning upon your heel to face the spirit that has remained, silently observing the proceedings and recording them upon the marble plaque it carries wrapped between four of its arms.

"His kind is a spiteful breed, and the simple knowledge that he did not die alone should suffice as his last mortal delight" You state triumphantly,
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>>5010181

Swinging the blade of your Guandao down towards the robed figure, igniting it with the golden flames of your soul the moment before it connects and.

All it connects with is ruined, ashen silk. There is no body beneath the cloak. For a moment, you behold a void, a space between worlds, a gap between the wall that separate the reality of men and that of the spirits. You blink, experiencing a rare sense of surprise as the plaque clatters to the floor and splits in twain. A furious hiss issues forth from the closing tear in reality, as you watch the advisor devil scamper away into the depths of the Empyrean, choosing to escape your fury rather than attempt to claim the bounty placed upon your head. This is the first time you've seen one of these leeches willingly abandon their hold upon the material world to instead retreat, terrified. It was most unexpected, and somewhat unsettling to witness

Kanzeon's anger is briefly subdued by the amusement she feels watching you bungle the slaying and banishment of the mocking spirit.

"What an incredible gift!" She teases, before Kamal Kanan reminds her of his existences with a wet, wheezing laugh, and her fury returns

"Well, no matter" You say through a tightly clenched jaw "The outcome is the same, his traitorous conspirator has, in a manner of speaking suffered the same punishment that awaits him now"

"Adorable, now lets get rid of this garbage so I can relish in teasing you over that minor and improbably rare blunder you just made" Kanzeon coos cheerfully, hiding her rage beneath a veneer of joviality.

"It is not a blunder if it achieves the same end" You mutter as Kanzeon helps you lift up Kamal Kanan's oily mass, that continues to writhe and grow in new and disgusting ways. It's a wonder than he has managed to retain his sense of self and humanity, however low of a specimen of it he may be.

Yan Weizha was reduced to a babbling, mewling beast by just the kiss of a wicked spirit, but this wretch was able to tamper with forces men should not wield nor bargain with, and live in a castle filled with the same corruptive energies and even in defeat he manages to retain his dark cunning and intelligence. He channeled power that would ruin any other man in both body and mind, yet he managed to retain his mind while losing his body. It was almost terrifying, even if all of his sorcerous might met nothing before the techniques you have cultivated within yourself.

"Ambitious men often have the strongest wills" Kanzeon explains "Though it is much more probable that this bastard only retains his sapience through sheer spite and rage"

"Perhaps, it is nothing more than a curiosity. His advisor sent from hell has returned from whence it came, and all that remains is to deliver him to his punishment" You say with a shrug, lifting up Kamal's ever shifting mass as Kanzeon shudders beneath

"I do not like this sensation, nor the data I am gathering from it, It reminds me of...the past" She hisses
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>>5010182

"Lets just get this over with, Lieren"

"I swear I'll repay you for having to suffer through this disgusting labor" You say, as lovingly as a man is able to while carrying a stinking mass of cursing, still living sorcerer meat upon his back and shoulders. Kamal Kanan's flesh wriggles like a mass of worms or a tangle of eels.

"Stop thinking about it! I don't want to learn the feeling of regurgitating the contents of my stomach!" Kanzeon barks, before her tone softens "And I'll record that promise, though I know it is nearly impossible for you to forget it"

You smile, and then dry heave as some manner of thick, gelatinous substance oozes from Kamal Kanan's wounds down your neck. Even covered by armor, you can feel the sensation of it trickling down your back. How abhorrent!
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"I am surprised you were able to find his neck" Kanzeon bluntly states as the oozing mass that was once the king of all the Shuni lands and people drips down to the black bricks and stones that pave the road leading into the city he emptied to create an army of pitiful creatures.

"When one has hung as many men as I have, it becomes as second nature" You reply offhandedly "That, and I remembered what his limbs were originally before they began mutating"

"I wasn't able to bear looking at him for a duration longer than a second" Kanzeon says, glaring up at the mass of flesh melting like wax "Still, it is impressive you were able to perform an execution by hanging upon such an altered body, without subjecting it to an extended demise"

"No men should suffer in death" You say, which Kanzeon nods in agreement towards

"Even if the man in question had surrendered the right to call himself human" She says, spitting on the ground in contempt

Cordially, you offer her the switch to detonate the explosive charges the two of you set throughout the city as you marched to Kamal Kanan's tower. She takes it, as a maiden would a flower from her lover and in return, gives you a kiss upon the cheek.

The dawn is greeted by an earth shattering explosion, and Kamal Kanan and his empty city are no more.

What do you do now, Lieren?

>Regroup with the brothers of the Panther, and return to Long-Jia. The remaining sorcerers will kill themselves or die chasing you into the Kang's defensive line. The Shuni people will be free to find their own destiny

>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.

>Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise, and request a detachment of the imperial army be sent into the former Shuni land as peacekeepers.

>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.

>Write in

And yes, the Advisor/ Commentary Daemon ran away like a bitch, effectively banishing itself rather than get Lieren'd
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>>5010184
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.

It is the time of cleansing.
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>>5010184
>And yes, the Advisor/ Commentary Daemon ran away like a bitch, effectively banishing itself rather than get Lieren'd
Sounds like a servant of Tzeentch alright. At least a Khornate Daemon would give us a fight for the ages.
ANYWAYS
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.
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>>5010184
>> Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise but don't request a detachment of the imperial army and instead ask for the help of the Kang so they don't get pissy that we destroyed their long time rivals.
>>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers with the Kang.
>>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
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>>5010184
>And yes, the Advisor/ Commentary Daemon ran away like a bitch, effectively banishing itself rather than get Lieren'd
Lieren's burns and bants are too much for this daemonkin.

>Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise, and request a detachment of the imperial army be sent into the former Shuni land as peacekeepers.
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala,
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.

Time to pass the torch onto the peacekeepers and make this place a LongJia protectorate.
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>>5010184
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.

I would radio Jinhai and tell him we killed Kamal and plan to stay a while and spread PROSPERITY, but that if anything goes down, he should call us ASAP.
Don't keep him in the dark essentially
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So is Kanzeon's sister ship dead and gone? Or is still not found yet. Because it seemed like Kanan's capital was built on it or something.
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>>5010184
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.
>Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise, and request a detachment of the imperial army be sent into the former Shuni land as peacekeepers.
>Write in
Specify to Jinhai and Daiyu that this is a rare occasion for drastically improve relations with the Kang family. After all the Shuni sorcerers where their enemies from ancient times, and they are still now. The wars they waged where many and so was the suffering inflicted upon each other. Due to the fact that there are still several Sorcerers and their troops in their fallen kingdom, a detachment of Kang Chargers alongside other troops of their household should be send. Thus giving to the Kang the honor to destroy the remnants of their ancient foe.
Of course they will unite with the detachment of the imperial army that will arrive, for avoid problems between the local population and the Kang troops. Inevitably there might be talks about asking for ancient reparations or looted ancient artifacts from the Kang, and we will need to answer them.
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What do you do now, Lieren?

>Regroup with the brothers of the Panther, and return to Long-Jia. The remaining sorcerers will kill themselves or die chasing you into the Kang's defensive line. The Shuni people will be free to find their own destiny

TIme to prepare for the next war.
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>>5010230
If the capital was built directly above her, it'd take a lot more than the explosives Lieren used to reach the ship, let alone damage it. If it is under the capital
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>>5010230
We aren't actively searching for it, we should do it after we are done with Nitya (we will deal with the other sister AI-ship with the tyrant of the south) and the Bask. Then there is the sister AI-ship of the Bask too.
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>>5010184
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.

Call for the Kang to join us, let us give them some pride Nd honour taking out their ancient enemies and involve them as we discussed last thread! We must not fuck this up with them!
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>>5010184
>radio the court.
>Hunt down Kamals line and find virtuous leaders from the shuni
>Hunt beasts.

And of course, recommend the peace keeping force is given to the Lang as an honour. We should only take the heads off powerful serpents, the Kang can take what battles they wish. A good faith offering.
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>>5010256
Supporting this call in for the Kang too. Lieren should discuss them getting rid of that totem of Kamal's from their village gate too.
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>>5010316
Don't think they would like that.
Not entirely sure how to handle them either. Treat them as equal commanders of different divisions? The Panthers being partners of the Kang assault force?
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>>5010233
Supporting this, let's give the Kang there do whilst also fulfilling our mandate of PROSPERITY.
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>>5010184
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
>Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise, and request a detachment of the imperial army be sent into the former Shuni land as peacekeepers.
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.
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>>5010184
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
I'm not keen on stationing foreign peacekeepers to fight against not-arab guerillas.
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>>5010233
>>5010256
I will support getting the Kang involved in the hunt and support network though, it's a chance for them ro become closer to both Lieren and the Shuni.
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>>5010184
>>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorce
>Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise, and request a detachment of the imperial army be sent into the former Shuni land as peacekeepers.
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>>5010402
adding
>ask Kanzeon if she senses her sister anywhere.
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>>5010184
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.

>Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise, and request a detachment of the imperial army be sent into the former Shuni land as peacekeepers.

> Write-in/ merge Gather the brothers of the panthers and send them to hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.

>>5010233
this write-in as well
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>>5010184
>>> Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise

>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
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>>5010184
>Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise, and request a detachment of the imperial army be sent into the former Shuni land as peacekeepers.
>Call in our sect and the Kangs to help hunt down and clear out any remanent of Kamal or his patron god's influence
>Check the Shunni equivalent of the Bone devouring forest we learned about earlier to see if there is any caves with that warpstone in them.
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>>5010184
>Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise, and request a detachment of the imperial army be sent into the former Shuni land as peacekeepers.
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.
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>>5010184
>>> Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise but don't request a detachment of the imperial army and instead ask for the help of the Kang so they don't get pissy that we destroyed their long time rivals.
>>>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers with the Kang.
>>>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.

>>5010233
support
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>>5010184
>>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
I just learned that Mortarion of all primarchs was changed the most when the Horus Heresy novels were released. Does that count a nu-lore (and mark it for rejection in this quest's canon) or will you be running with it since it's a change people hardly remember?
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>>5010483
How was Morty originaly?
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>>5010489
To quote a much more knowledgeable fa/tg/uy,
>He had escaped his master on Barbarus and when he found the long suffering people of that world he did everything he could to help them.
>He was grateful for the Emperor’s help in slaying his “Father” and when the Emperor asked him for his help in saving other human worlds from alien tryany, Mortarion happily accepted.
>But the Emperor had other plans for him. The Emperor has found him during the preparations for Nikaea, and he kelp Mortarion isolated from his brothers. He used Mortarion as his mouthpiece during the Council in order to allow himself to seem impartial, and Mortarion unwittingly damages his relationship with his fellow Primarchs with his arguments before he got a chance to properly meet them.
>Then, during his time assisting Horus during the Great Crusade, he found himself horrified that they were conquering free human societies and bringing them to heel with extreme violence.
>Mortarion’s only friend was Night Haunter as they were both outcasts and were utopian thinkers even though they suffered greatly in their philosophy. Horus sent NH to bring him to Horus’ side, and Curze told Mortarion that they were rebelling because the Emperor was a tyrant and offered Mortarion the opportunity to liberate all humanity from tyranny.
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So are we going to meditate on the soul stone after this?
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>>5010503
That's incredibly fucking stupid and takes all the complexity of mortarian beings a liberator and champion of the people with a huge chip on his shoulders against his dads into a sadboy tale taken straight from some shitty revenge fic
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>>5010540
Which part is stupid?
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>>5010233
>Support
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Wait a second, how would people react to knowing we could strip a sorcerer of their sorcery? I think the Kangs would especially be interested in that.
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>>5010184
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.

>Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise, and request a detachment of the imperial army be sent into the former Shuni land as peacekeepers.

>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.
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>>5010630
I think they would wish to commit suicide if we gave them another gift of such magnitude.

Now the Vishnu on the other hand.
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>>5010184
>Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.
>Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise, and update youself on the current affairs of Long-Jia and the Bask diplomatic mission.
Unsure how much time has passed, but checking in on Jinhai and the Bask mission would soothe my paranoia, The planets Nurgle cult has to be somewhere.
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>>5010792
>The planets Nurgle cult has to be somewhere.
Makes me wonder if there's a Malalic cult somewhere as well. We know that there are eight powers influencing events on Shangrala, one for each celestial court. Three gods have (or had) nations that embodied their domains and ideals. Presumably the other five do too, though we have no idea what, where, or who the three of them are or what god they each hold.
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>>5010184
>Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.
Let's focus on the gravest threats, while still leaving the Shuni a chance to prove themselves.
We should also assist with forming (as in: not doing the main work ourselves) an intermediate government to handle the necessary transition.
We have to remain cautious about further enemies and should return to Long-Jia soon.
>Regroup with the brothers of the Panther, and return to Long-Jia. The remaining sorcerers will kill themselves or die chasing you into the Kang's defensive line. The Shuni people will be free to find their own destiny
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Does Kanzeon technically qualify as a bodypillow/dakimakura?
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Sorry for the wait, Calling the vote now.

Stay in the land of the Shuni long enough to ensure Kamal Kanan's line is wiped from the face of Shangrala, and to find worthy leaders among the former slaves to begin a new society from the ashes of the old.:21
-Call on the wanderers in the fog and the kang: 1

Hunt down any remaining spirits or magical beasts summoned or created by the Shuni Sorcerers.:20
-Call for the Kang to join the hunt:3
-Send the brothers of the panthers to do so: 1

Radio the royal court, and report and confirm Kamal Kanan's demise but don't request a detachment of the imperial army and instead ask for the help of the Kang so they don't get pissy that we destroyed their long time rivals: 15
- update youself on the current affairs of Long-Jia and the Bask diplomatic mission.: 1
-Specify to Jinhai and Daiyu that this is a rare occasion for drastically improve relations with the Kang family.:8

Regroup with the brothers of the Panther, and return to Long-Jia. The remaining sorcerers will kill themselves or die chasing you into the Kang's defensive line. The Shuni people will be free to find their own destiny:2

ask Kanzeon if she senses her sister anywhere.:1

Check the Shunni equivalent of the Bone devouring forest we learned about earlier to see if there is any caves with that warpstone in them.1

total votes: 23

So Lieren will radio the royal court, confirm Kamal Kanan's demise and request a detachment of the Imperial army be joined by the Kang's personal (and still recovering) forces to act as peacekeepers in the currently leaderless lands

And then focus on scourging what may remain of Kamal Kanan's lineage and any lingering magical beasts or spirits, before finding worthy leaders among the former slaves to rebuild a new society from the ashes of the kingdom of the night,

Writing now
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I wonder if shuni astartes will be inclined to being librarians
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>>5011575
Definitely. I hope they'll also get some supplementary training in the Crane Style martial arts. When we can no longer fall back to space magic, you always got your body.
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Upon an empty field, where the brothers of the panther had fell upon one of the now masterless detatchment's of the Shuni armies and scattered its leading sorcerers, you sit, observing as Kanzeon leads a small pack of children and elders from their cavernous hideaways. They number no more than a few dozen, but they are all that remain of the population of the Shuni's nine great cities. Besides you, sits a repentant sorcerer by the name of Tahir Azzi, who had become something close to a chronicler of the brief revolution that sprung up in the ash laden wake of your advance and the brothers of the panthers fog shrouded war.

If you had been but a few days delayed upon the road to the capital, a legion of former thralls and liberated slaves would have met with the army made of the unfortunate souls degraded and corrupted into magical beasts. And another slaughter would have commenced, laid at the feet of the wretched tyrant of the fallen kingdom of the endless night.

The chronicler, covered in self inflicted scars and brands denotating him as a traitor to the repugnant faith, a heathen who had once been a "holy man". Now, with clear marks where he cut and burned away the mutations his former lifestyle had inflicted upon him, he records every minuscule detail of the revolutionary army meeting the giant of a man who inspired them to seek their own destiny from beneath the heel of wicked men and crazed magicians.

Not a word is spoken by any member of the hastily fielded army of the masses, most of them stare at your back, consumed by awe and reverence. Some look on in disbelief, some look on in dread, some look on overjoyed. A mix of every imaginable and perceivable emotion runs through the hearts of the army of slaves and laborers.

Only a few, who stand besides you as equals by their own measure and judgement, watch the approach of the survivors whose number is so meager if they were reduced to grains of sand, they could be completely concealed in a clenched fist. From thousands not even a hundred remain. It is a solemn, sorrowful sight. Though the knowledge that a few managed to escape the genocide of their fellows and kin, does bring joy and warmth back to your heart. And judging from Kanzeon's gentle and motherly expression as she leads the group across the open plain, it has always washed away the dark rage that had possessed her in the march through the heartlands. A priceless treasure has returned, that of her comforting smile.

Now certain that no spirit, magical beast, or maddened witch or depraved wizard would emerge from beneath the mists and fog to waylay the small caravan led by your beloved, you tune your personal radio. The apparent leaders of the rebellion, be they former thralls, reformed gentry, or mere merchants who picked up blades and turned against their "betters" in the chaos sown by your passing, watch curiously as you fiddle with the strange alabaster box.
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>>5011685

They have no understanding of what it is, and so they observe quietly, studying your movements and manipulation of the device. A large man, almost as broad at the shoulders as Rudra, recoils as static cackles from the radio's speaker, as it powers on and connects to the "Wild sea of unspoken messages" as the common folk of long-jia have come to refer to the frequencies between active channels.

"Calm yourself Qadir" Tahir says distractedly "It is nothing to fear, The Lord of the Golden sea and its silver moon is merely utilizing a enchanted"

The self redeemed wizard pauses for a moment, as he turns his gaze towards the radio in your hands, pondering what it is and what he should name it as.

"Writing Chest to carry his voice across the lands and through the stars, to speak unto distant listeners" He says, managing to diving the function of a radio from observing your surface level thoughts and studying the subtle shifts in demeanor and manner as you prepared to speak into it

"It isn't magical" You correct, calming the dusky hided Qadir to a greater ease than Tahir's reassurances managed "It is a wonderous technology that allows communication across vast distances by converting the vibrations of the sounds it records into electromagnetic energy that can then be retranslated by other such devices attuned to the same frequency, observe"

You turn the dial to align the radio with Luli's daily broadcast of hymns and readings from The Journey's pages, and press a button and flick a switch to make your radio broadcast them at a volume loud enough to carry across a radius of three Zhang.

"And how do you know the method of producing this effect is not a natural formed enchantment woven into being by the connection and treatment of certain materials?" Tahir questions curiously

You motion to your eyes as Qadir paws almost childishly at the radio, grinning blithely as he hears Luli's pleasantly serene mantras issue forth from it.

"Oh of course" The former acolyte of malevolent arts gasps, nodding his head as he immediately accepts you unspoken explanation as fact.

"How much would it cost to buy one of these far speaker devices?" A portly merchant, who by his own account provided Feng's forces with rations of water and bread out of pure generosity, asks as he runs his fingers through his long hanging beard. A young woman, who you know as is daughter interrupts.

"There's more important things to concern ourselves with, than mere babbles and curiosities" She scolds, smacking him with the back of her hand.

You snort, repressing a chuckle as you turn the dial to align your radio with the station kept at the royal court, and before the operator can request your credentials and the hidden phrase required to gain access to the imperial family's personal signals, you give them without urging.

The gathered Shuni looked baffled by your sudden switch into speaking in the Long-Jian tongue after fluently conversing in Shunish.
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>>5011687

"I have a report to give to King Long-Jia Jinhai, one so vital I cannot delay its presentation by requesting an official audience with our most virtuous and humble imperial majesty" You whisper into the microphone as the operator chokes on his own tongue and struggles to speak the greeting pre-prepared for the few who possess the authority and privledge to contact the imperial family directly.

Judging from his clumsy manner of speaking and nervous state, he must have recently been granted the coveted position of the Imperial court's radio operator. In short order, his elder and superior takes the microphone from him and greets you properly, with a fragment of the poem that all of the coded phrases and official greetings for the imperial station are drawn from.

"His imperial highness, whose majesty, kindness and generosity are peerless beneath the heavens, is currently meeting with a bask official sent by the ascendant government of that quiet kingdoms new regime. It would seem, Lieren, that your Journey had inspired the peasantry of those frost covered lands in the south to seek freedom won by their own hands" The veteran handler exclaims victoriously, as if he was the one to have freed the Bask himself, but his jaunty rhythm is a a welcome change from the brusque and harsh Shuni language "I'll reroute your connection the moment the audience comes to an end"

And then it occurs to you, you heard his junior's voice before! He was the conspiracy theorist from Eastern Gao! The one who believed you to be the incarnation of the record of forgotten science! How
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Jinhai was overjoyed, despite his worry concerning Lieren and his hunter's search for Kamal Kanan's head. For, he his palace was hosting family he had not seen for some time. Gao Qiqiang! His wife's Eunuch brother turned Journeyman, who had vanished into the Bask region nearly a full year ago, had returned alongside the charismatic liberator who styled himself as his student. Apparently, while Long-Jia concerned itself rebuilding and improving itself, and began to prosper under the guidance of wise men like Shan, Shirong, Yunru, Lieren and Kanzeon, the Bask had been consumed a civil war of similar nature to the one that had seen him ascended to the Imperial throne. And one spurned by the Journey's own teaching!

Perhaps Lieren had been in contact with his brother in law, and conspired to create an ally for the kingdom! Or, as his brother had been concerned with the threat posed by the Shuni and Vishnu Kingdoms, his philosophy alone inspired rebellion against the smothering stagnancy of the Bask lords. That sounded more likely, even taking into consideration Lieren's apparent glee for scheming in the shadows and utilizing sly trickery to weaken and overcome his enemies.

Gao Om stands in the crowed, besides Daiyu, who is catching up with her somewhat dull sister and her husband, the chief of the "Settled" as the second tribe of the Vishnu have taken to calling themselves.
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>>5011688

He listened to Qiqiang's translation of his students retelling of the events and circumstance of their rebellion carefully, nodding along as he spoke to show he was still listening and hadn't allowed his mind to wander somewhere odd, as his wife had been tutoring him to do after a visiting member of the Luo region's nobility mentioned he was "King of the clouds in his head", to Qian Xia, who had presented her brother to amaze the expectant Daiyu with "Psykerist techniques" taught to him by Lieren and Grandfather Guozhi.

Reigning in his wandering thoughts, Jinhai praised the rebel leader for his daring escape from the Bask' royalties executions, and his fortitude in withstanding the poisonous gardens they kept in his flight. According to Qiqiang' he endured such hardship through uttering passages of the Journey! Marvelous.

Jinhai's beaming smile turned to a frown as a servant approached him, and whispered into his ear.

"The Grand architect has contacted the palace, and demands to be allowed to give his report of his "venture" beyond the Kang's domain" the man whispered

"Tell him I shall hear it after I've listened to the account of the Bask's liberation, and have discussed the finer details of our alliance and the possibility of the giant's road reaching over their border with our guest" Jinhai whispered, before turning back to the liberator and his translator.

His eyes lingered on his wife, and her growing belly.

A feeling that mingled unease and excitement settled in his gut. He had been told by imperial physicians that his dynasty had been blessed with heavenly providence. For his beloved black jade, carried not one child, but three!

Any man would be cowed by such knowledge, fearful for his wife's help. But, with the advances of medicine his brother had spread and encouraged, and the advancement of the professional knowledge of such practices, the fear for the mother's well being was now almost nonexistent. None of his hairs would turn grey with dread, and he could focus instead on the future where he was the proud father of a clan of carp bred dragons!
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Kang Yongrui, knelt before his father, Kang Shan, who sat at his throne dressed in the full traditional regalia of their warriors. He motioned for two servants to take the silver lion's fur from his back, and the men then carried it to rest upon the once crippled heir's shoulders.

Lai Song and Lady Tao Dandan clapped their hands together, to signify their approval of Kang Yongrui's presence in their "Peacekeeping" efforts in the land of the Shuni. It was clear to Yongrui, neither were passionate or pleased with his appointment, but it had been the command of King Long-Jia, and could not be refused without a great loss of standing and face.

"The giant may have slain the viper, but we shall stomp out the eggs it has laid and collapse its nest beneath our feet" Kang Shan proclaimed "without the assistance of the Dai's armored carriage"
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>>5011691

"Actually Shan designed and produced the Heaven Shattering Turtle, Model Dai, he just named it in honor of the..."Dandan mumbled, before Lai Song, in a show of his incredible lack of grace and etiquette, stomped on her foot to silence her.

"However" His father continued bitterly "as we are humble servants of the Dragon and Carp, we cannot deny the offered guidance of the sages tutored by the..."

Kang Yongrui bit his tongue as he witnessed the pain on his father's face as he struggled to keep refer to the giant Lieren in a complimentary manner

"The ever generous son of Nothing" He managed to sputter, after clawing at his throat for a few moments "The rumored exorcists. Bohai and Peizhi, and the infamous spiritualist Kuan Im and"

Kang Yongrui turned his attention to the bald man dressed in snow white robes stained gold, wearing a mask of mutton fat jade colored with spring pollen.

"the unnecessary blessing and cleansing of our ancestral homes by the once criminal practioner of occults arts, Cai the graverobber" His father spat as the "Sage" Lifted his pressed hands above his head and shook them three times with a string of prayer beads carved from bone clasped between his hands

"He prefers the epithet, Cai of the dark mysteries" A younger man, dressed in white robes stained azure states solemnly, at his side totters a little girl, dressed in the same fashion

Kang Shan glared at him, before his expression softened with forced gentleness and he nodded

"Excuse the slip of my impudent tongue" He growled, as he bowed his head apologetically, before raising his head and sighing "My son, Kang Yongrui, shall lead our forces in accordance to the commands of The lord of cavalry and the Firestorm in subjugating any remnants of the Shuni menace ! At long last!"

Lord Kang howled with laughter

"At long last those sand devils will get their comeuppance for all the agony they have caused our people!' His voiced boomed, carrying across the throne room's high ceiling.

The graverobber turned mystic scattered a vial of scarlet hued liquid upon his wrists, rubbing it into his flesh as he stared at Kang Yongrui from behind his blank mask of jade.
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<Permission received. Surface Access granted to data recorded entitled "Traditions of Shangrala", for a period spanning no longer than thirty Terran standard minutes under direct supervision of the venerable Magos Almeric Graf>

The Great Hunt Festival is a celebration that occurs tri annually in the middle of the august months of the Imperial calender, Celebrating the event known colloquially as the "Silver Lion's retribution", the "Scouring of the viper's nest", the "Breaking of the Shuni priesthood", the "Grand hunt of Magical beasts" or simply as "The Giant's judgement of the desert lords". An event that followed the collapse of the native ethnic shuni government and the end of the reign of the tyrannical dynasty at its head,
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>>5011696

and consisted of pursuit and execution of remaining elements of the former governments power structure and supporters, as well as the mutations they employed in the oppression of the native people's of the region. This celebration begins with ritualized reenactments of the pursuit and capture of the vile tyrant's lineage and the slaying of the mutants and xenos beast they kept as living weapons, alongside a rowdy tournament where local men and women engage in unarmed fighting to decide who shall be named as the festivals "Silver herald"

The festival coincides with the three dragon festival, that begins partway through its duration, and celebrates the births of the first three heirs first virtuous imperial dynasty of Shangrala, that of the still active Long-Jia dynasty. if you wish to research this topic further or study the Three dragon festival and the folk beliefs surrounding it and its connection to encouraging fertility in both the land and people, obtain the Binary access codes necessary to proceed <access denied>
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It has been tiring labor, purifying the Shuni Lands of the lingering corruption of the sorcerers reign. A long hunt, that seemed for some months to have no ends. But, now, it has ended, the last tyrant has been hung and the final acolyte of darkness has been lead to their grave and hangs above the cheering crowds who he and his ilk once treated as fodder and resources to fuel their vile rituals.

Kang Yongrui wears a war mask bearing the visage of a snarling lion, but you can see the unrestrained glee in his eyes as he watches the last loyal servant of Kamal Kanan sway in the desert winds. besides him, stands the Qadif, now a general dressed in the style of Long-Jia, and the Merchant's daughter Aiza Younis who you have determined to be the two most virtuous amongst the noble ranks of the Shuni rebellion. It was a tough decision to make, who would rule over the rest, but amongst the recently ascended lords the former thrall and Aiza had proven the most pure of heart and moral of character.

It helped that Young Aiza had already courted Qadif, and that the liberated masses had already accepted the idea of a female leader. An acceptance that had gone against the previous patriarchal society of the Shuni, and was inspired in part by Kanzeon's formidable presence and commanding demeanor.

So, the Shuni chose to have a queen, surprisingly. A Queen, who after being shown the prosperity of the Long-Jian people and the technology, comforts, and freedoms they enjoyed, had chosen to forsake her kingdom's independence to proclaim its subservience to Long-Jia.

A surprising turn of events which rendered the Kang men speechless. As they had spent hours laughing and mocking their old enemies as you struggled to, with Qian Xia's aid, to figure out if that was politically possible.

It was, you determined after long arguments and debate with various lords of Long Jia and the lords of the prospective Shuni provinces.
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>>5011699

A conclusion that was only reached when Michah, having returned with a hunting party of the brothers of the panther who had remained in the former Shuni Kingdom after they had heard of a deadly reptilian beast that could be found in its northern and easternmost regions, had suggested the outcome that was accepted by both parties.

Namely that the land would be divided up into provinces of similar size to those of the traditonal Long Jian borders and that Aiza Younis and Qadif would be allowed to retain their royal titles.

Which meant that you now had an emperor as both a father and brother.

Which was why Jinhai now stood before a conference of strangers who could no speak his mother tongue, who knelt before him and offered their vassalage and eternal loyalty. Feng, still dressed in his Aeldari style armor, stood at his side, along with Zian and Rong, who were serving as his personal guard.

He only needed three men to guard him, because they all held Plasma rifle and power field equipped spears. There was little if anything upon Shangrala that could challenge such raw power.


You observed the procession and ceremonial proceedings, which were carried out hastily as Jinhai and most of his entourage could scarcely stand the native heat and humidity of the Shuni lands.

What do you do now, Lieren?

>Personally Meet with the new Lords of the Shuni Provinces as the Grand architect of Long Jia, and extend the Giant's road into the region while beginning to map out the region and plan its development

>Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday

>Join the hunting party for the rumored serpentine beasts, the "Swallowers of sin", that even the wizards of the Shuni feared

>Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life

>Write in
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>>5011701
>Return to nothing and celebrate dads birthday
>Honour our brother and god children by being there.
>Extend the giants road.

We cant ignore dad or our brothers kids! There isnt a war to justify it!
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>>5011701
>Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday

>Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life
>Personally Meet with the new Lords of the Shuni Provinces as the Grand architect of Long Jia, and extend the Giant's road into the region while beginning to map out the region and plan its development
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>>5011701
>Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday
Dad's time is drawing near we must savoir the time we have.

>Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life
Watch our friends back for warpnfuckery. Also while in the palace have a once over the place....something seems off and I want to ensure the rot is not trying to reinstate itself.
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>>5011701
>>Write in
Bring back and bury our lost brother. We would probably find a secluded area where only the annointed brothers of the panther will be laid to rest or ritually fed to the local panthers that he might live on ever more in the fog.
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>>5011701
>Personally Meet with the new Lords of the Shuni Provinces as the Grand architect of Long Jia, and extend the Giant's road into the region while beginning to map out the region and plan its development
>Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday
>Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life
>Learn about the lands of Bask and the recent events that have transpired there
So the Bask were Nurglite after all, rather funny how easy it seems they went down unless the Journey has crazy anti-chaos/faith properties or the death toll was absolutely horrific.
Lieren needs to tour the place soon and poke the brains of the faithful rebels, maybe that will give the Emperor enough evidence to convince him the Journey is a good thing by displaying how strongly it counters chaos without triggering his anti-theist obsession.
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>>5011701
>>Join the hunting party for the rumored serpentine beasts, the "Swallowers of sin", that even the wizards of the Shuni feared
I want my sand worms.
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>>5011701
>Descend into the depths of Kamal Kanan's foul palace in order to search for your beloved's sister.
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>>5011701
>Personally Meet with the new Lords of the Shuni Provinces as the Grand architect of Long Jia, and extend the Giant's road into the region while beginning to map out the region and plan its development
>Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday
>Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life
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So nobody is interested in the cool shit sand worms could give us?
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>>5011736
Supporting
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>>5011701
>Learn about the lands of Bask and the recent events that have transpired there
>Contact Qiqiang and his disciple.
>Descend into the depths of Kamal Kanan's foul palace in order to search for your beloved's sister.
>Personally Meet with the new Lords of the Shuni Provinces as the Grand architect of Long Jia, and extend the Giant's road into the region while beginning to map out the region and plan its development
>Join the hunting party for the rumored serpentine beasts, the "Swallowers of sin", that even the wizards of the Shuni feared
Any of these are fine.
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>>5011789
Adding.
>>Descend into the depths of Kamal Kanan's foul palace in order to search for your beloved's sister.
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> Write-in: Extend the Giant's Road and a railroad connecting the new lands with the old.

Nothing makes more sense if you want to quickly develop the territory and introduce our people to each other.
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>>5011727
>There isnt a war to justify it!
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>>5011701
>Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life
>Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday
Our boys have the last of the beasts handled.
Besides, we should get our fun in now before we actually come toe-to-toe with the Vishnu. God knows how bloody that war is gonna be.
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>>5011701
>>Personally Meet with the new Lords of the Shuni Provinces as the Grand architect of Long Jia, and extend the Giant's road into the region while beginning to map out the region and plan its development
>Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday
>Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life
>Learn about the lands of Bask and the recent events that have transpired there
>take up a hobby in cooking
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>>5011701
>Personally Meet with the new Lords of the Shuni Provinces as the Grand architect of Long Jia, and extend the Giant's road into the region while beginning to map out the region and plan its development
>Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday
>Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life
>Write in
>Learn about the lands of Bask and the recent events that have transpired there, by inviting Qiqiang and his disciple to celebrate the children of Daiyu and Jinhai. Later when the feast ends, we will read reports about Nintya activities alongside Jinhai and our council.

We can stay here for a while, then depart to Long Jia. Initial efforts of reconstruction and the bases for diplomatic relations needs to be established. In regard to those beasts, perhaps we could ask if some can be captured for study by the hunting party. For understand what they are, there is no need of slaughter if they aren t noxious. Many dangerous animals are after all, completely natural and needed in nature. Such as the incredibly rare Celestial Dragons or the almost equally rare Kirins, if this Swallowers of Sin are naturally resistant to sorcery they might be even more useful than just for the sake of the balance of their biomes. And if they can be domesticated like the Kirin, they could be used as mounts too.
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>>5011800
>>5011798
I'm pretty sure we demolished the palace with the city, why would Lieren leave it be when it was undoubtedly far more corrupted and dangerous then the city itself.
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>>5011701
>Personally Meet with the new Lords of the Shuni Provinces as the Grand architect of Long Jia, and extend the Giant's road into the region while beginning to map out the region and plan its development
If they are willing to be subordinates to Long-Jia, there is only one thing left for us to do... Deliver PROSPERITY.
>Join the hunting party for the rumored serpentine beasts, the "Swallowers of sin", that even the wizards of the Shuni feared
I don't know who would hunt these if we don't, and I'm sure our brothers would do just fine, but I'd rather not risk it. Plus hey maybe we find cool loot.
>Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday
Can't miss that.
>Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life
Can't miss that either.

Seems the Bask are indeed Nurglites, wonderful. It seems like their hands are too full dealing with a rebellion to do anything for now, so I imagine the Vishnu will come first.
I hope a salty Tzeentch doesn't mess with the three heirs, that could get very ugly.
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>write in
Regardless of if we make it to the birth of the children we must create a warded place for them to enter this world that way none may meddle. Three children is odd and dangerous we must ensure this works out for the sake of all. A mother or father sick with grief may well make mistakes...only human after all. Given our mark we ourselves are a danger to them so we must ward the fuck up of everyone.
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>>5011701
>Personally Meet with the new Lords of the Shuni Provinces as the Grand architect of Long Jia, and extend the Giant's road into the region while beginning to map out the region and plan its development

>Join the hunting party for the rumored serpentine beasts, the "Swallowers of sin", that even the wizards of the Shuni feared
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>>5011952
The palace was built on top of the place Kanzeon sister landed, or was made witg their materials.
It's a vote to explore more and find out ezxctly what happened.
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>>5011745
Supporting ,lets look for the sister in law :-)
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>>5011745
Also support
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>>5012045
I mean that's a fair point.
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>>5011745
+1
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>>5011701
>>Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday
>>Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life
we can take a min off
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>>5011745
>Support
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Shouldn't we be worrying about the Vishnu army more?
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>>5012484
Yes because they will be on us before we know it
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>>5011701
>Write in
Make a plan of action for the Vishu uprising. Our brothers are more than capable of handling the remaining threats in these lands, and some of the follower of fog are already doing something.
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>>5012484
Not really.

He's a champion of Khorne and backed by the corrupted sister of Kanzeon, so he's a big deal.
But our dad has a birthday and our brother's having triplets, gotta have our priorities in order.

And no half rate worshipper of a vile heaven is going to come before family time.
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>>5012487
Unless they have teleporting tech, we would have time to mobilize when they start marching towards Long-Jia, even with their airplanes.
The guys guarding the reinforces Visnhu border are going to be pretty fucked though.
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>>5012492
But what about all the people he's killing? Shouldn't saving lives be a higher priority? You know, worshippers gaining strength through bloodshed and what have you?
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>>5012519
Lieren has said that he isn't going to bother with Nitya until he's the sole king of the Vishnu. We know, we've deemed it an acceptable sacrifice, we have used/will continue to use the time to prepare, but we are taking a break to eat cake and hold our godchildren. If you want to be productive while we do that, write a 5 page essay on how neat Mad Max-themed Khan and Tocharian/Yuezhi/Bactrian/Wusun/Manchu Bannerman Fulgrim would've both been and why Cegorach is a bitch for denying us them (and why he isn't for saving us from rape!Khan). On my desk by noon Saturday.
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>>5012519
You're never going to save everyone, and if you ignore your fifal duty as a son or your brotherly and guardianship duties as brother and godfather of his children just to start another war to wage, you are never going to stop.

There's always some other evil to slay, some other injustice to right and nothing will ever be good enough. And as the years and decades roll by, you will look back and see a trail of neglected and scorned individuals who you have sacrificed in the name of "The greater good".
Lieren's core is love of all man kind, so taking a few weeks to enjoy the love he holds for his family before going to yet another war against the darkest stygian depths of the warps worshippers is a very high priority indeed.
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>>5012546
well said
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>>5012546
that was the same trap Perturabo fell in I'll start rebuilding after this war. then by the end of the crusade, all that he had left was a trail of ruin.
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>>5011745
+1
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>>5012542
When do lieren swear not to interfere with the vishnu and let the khorn follower take control before we do anything
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>>5012696
When we talked with the usurped vishnu leader we just said we weren't going in immediately without preparing ourselves since we didn't know what tech he already gained from our stepsister, and we chose the tzinch follower since we where shure he wouldn't wait while we fought with the khorn follower and stab us in the back, or attack our land while we where away
With him delt with we can go take on the khorn follower without worrying, course not without a breather for ourselves and allies after what we just went through
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>>5012696
>>5012700
It was last thread, when we voted to go after Kamal and ally with tge Bask, Lieren told Jinhai he would only fight Nytiah when he was the only king of the Vishnu.
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Calling the vote now.

Return to nothing to reflect upon all that has been achieved in the name of Prosperity and to celebrate your father Wenyan's birthday:11

Daiyu is soon to give birth to triplets, Honor your brotherhood with Jinhai, and make certain you are present to greet his children when they arrive into this world and life:10

Personally Meet with the new Lords of the Shuni Provinces as the Grand architect of Long Jia, and extend the Giant's road into the region while beginning to map out the region and plan its development:11

Join the hunting party for the rumored serpentine beasts, the "Swallowers of sin", that even the wizards of the Shuni feared:4

Bring back and bury our lost brother. We would probably find a secluded area where only the annointed brothers of the panther will be laid to rest or ritually fed to the local panthers that he might live on ever more in the fog.: 1

Learn about the lands of Bask and the recent events that have transpired there: 5
-by inviting Qiqiang and his disciple to celebrate the children of Daiyu and Jinhai. Later when the feast ends, we will read reports about Nintya activities alongside Jinhai and our council.: 1

Descend into the depths of Kamal Kanan's foul palace in order to search for your beloved's sister.: 7

Contact Qiqiang and his disciple.: 1

take up a hobby in cooking: 1

Ward the imperial palace: 1

Make a plan of action for the Vishu uprising: 1

Total votes:23

So, Lieren will return to nothing to celebrate and honor his father's birthday, reflect upon what has been achieved and then fulfill his duties as the head of the ministry of develepmont and chief architect by extending the giant's road into the Shuni provinces and working with their new lords to plan its future develepmont

Writing now
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>>5012820
You forgot the birth of our brothers babies
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>>5012829
No I didn't.

10 votes is one less than or half of 20, 21, and 22

23 total votes is one more than that. This has always been the rule of what votes make it into the update.
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>>5012832
Fuck, bros we messed up
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The cooling autumn winds race down to greet you as you sit upon the highest point of the cliff formed by your cataclysmic arrival to Shangrala. Winter is fast approaching, yet it would be impossible to tell from the activity around the thriving city of nothing. It's population has expanded rapidly, almost beyond possibility. The families you've known all your life have grown and flourished, and besides their homes new settlers join the natives in the most prosperous city ever built upon Shangrala's soil. The term Utopia could be poetically applied to Nothing, despite being a near unreachable goal. Merchants and Pilgrims have made it one of the most key locations along the path of the Giant's road and within Long Jia itself. Its status as the birth place of the great and wise Lieren, has also made it the destination for scholars of all creeds seeking to settle down and spread their roots.

Guozhi sits besides you, smoking a roll of nerve calming and mind clear herbs wrapped in thin paper, chewing on the end in a manner that amuses Kanzeon for some reason. He had just told you of a hidden agenda he pursued with what little leisurely time he has allowed himself. A benevolent scheme to expand the wanderers in the fog's membership and bring those psykers still unaligned with it under its protection. Apparently, he had gotten the idea from the "Strange spirit" who had gifted him the strange charms carven of bone that was never living. Above the deeps chasm that once held the gestation pod that you "hatched" out of, now sat a small "Beacon" of star metal, donated by Kanzeon's tireless foundries to draw in those blessed and cursed with psionic capabilities into its depths, where the old monk would then guide them via astral projection to the sanctuary of the Wanderers in the fog.

An ingenious plan that pleases you greatly. Smiling, you toss a stone into the darkness below your hanging feet, and turn your gaze to the the fields filled with herds of oxen, swine, cliffjumpers, and even a flock of Cui Warmongers, lead by your personal mount. According to the gossip of the old mothers of Nothing, a few New Varo men and Vishnu Screamers have purchased a plot of land for the purpose of Domesticating Fog Panthers. A venture you believe to be fool hardy, but have donated a portion of your personal wealth to. If only to keep the fools from being devoured by their would be pets. The city itself, has grown more upwards than out. The woods you once lived within have been carefully preserved.

A portion of the wilds have even been made into a district of the city, after Wenyan grew worried that a sickness or harsh winter may depopulate the native wild life. It stands as a orchard of wildness beneath the shadow of tall, tower like buildings and interwoven complexes, like a mass of interconnected trees made of stone, glass and iron. Nothing has changed greatly in the now near ten years since your arrival to it.
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>>5012860

The exotic flowers you bought your father as a gift, have spread from your family's manner, across the rolling hills and city streets. Man made streams and rivers burble alongside houses and beneath their foundations. A city that has grown alongside the wilderness beyond it. A material incarnation of the Journey's teaching to value the natural world and care for the land.

It is awe inspiring to witness such man made beauty, and just watching the daily life and goin ons of the people of your home is soothing, therapeutic and reenergizing. Why, staring down across the fields, beneath the shadow of tree like spires, is almost enough to inspire you to pen a poem. However, artistic endeavors can wait. You returned home with a purpose greater than simply basking in its prosperity and enjoying its continued evolution from a hamlet so unimportant it did not even possess a name.

The date of Wenyan's birthday is fast approaching, and you could not name yourself his son if you missed it. Conspiring with the the elders of the city and various other locales, you have prepared a celebration to show your father the depth of your filial piety and love for him, to honor him not only as your father but your first and greatest teacher in the long journey called life.

Of course, you had to get him away from your shared home for most of the day, and spoke a harmless lie to ensure that he'd be out for most of the day. Knowing his eagerness, sarcastic or otherwise for grandchildren, you told him you intended to propose to Kanzeon soon and bemoaned the fact you could not find a token worthy of presenting to her.

Oh, how deeply did her cheeks flush red when she heard of your cunning scheme, and how she lamented the lie. Of course, you kept the truth hidden from her. You did intend to offer her your hand in marriage, if only to keep people from referring to her as your consort, paramour or lover, which felt insulting even if it was not meant as such. She was so much more beyond you, she was a unique existence, a rare genius, and a gentlehearted saint of a woman. An embodiment of virtue and kindness, even if her tongue was sharp and her sense of pride as strong as her protective, nurturing instinct. Indeed, the traits she possessed that many would name negative, you found charming. After all, they were as key to her character as her motherly love for humanity and her façade of cold rationality.

But that can wait until your long labor has been done, and the prosperity that has been achieved here has spread across all corners of Shangrala. After all, it would in essence be a purely symbolic gesture, after all you and Kanzeon knows of the bond and affection shared between you and admits it freely and openly. What more is required? You love each other, and care for each other. That is enough. Statements and grand shows of affection are pointless when knowledge of one's inner most thoughts and the contents of their heart are shared between between lovers.
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>>5012862

Though, it'd by a shameless lie to claim you did not enjoy watching Kanzeon reaction to the occasional wild and shameless display of the depth and veracity of the love your hold for her.

Smirking, you returned to the present, to laugh at poor old Guozhi expense as Kanzeon lectured him over the dangers of habital smoking. To which the old sage had an incredibly witty reply.

"When one can expect to return from death, its approach inspires no dread, what are the lungs of a vessel soon to be abandoned to the joy of a small indulgence here and there?" Guozhi cackles, breathing smoke between the gaps of his teeth as Kanzeon visibly seethes and grows red around her face as she struggles to come up with a response, after all, despite her protestations of Guozhi's reincarnation being highly improbable and illogical, he has been able to provide evidence so sound to support its truthfulness that she cannot argue against his claims in good faith.

It is amusing watching her squirm and struggle because of that.

"Well I abhor the smell of smoke, so stop it or I'm going to toss you into the bottomless pit we've gathered above" Kanzeon says, with a tone so sickly sweet that it has become poisonous "I doubt you're in much of a hurry to reincarnate, judging from the joy you derive in tutoring and guiding the next generation"

"Kanzeon" you scold, between bursts of laughter and fits sneering cackles

"As expected of mother Kanzeon, as strict as ever" Guozhi laughed offhandedly as he put the the roll of burning paper and herbs out on a nearby stone, before stuffing it in a sack around his neck "I see even time itself was unable to change your heart"

Kanzeon narrows her eyes, and you can hear her in the back of your mind running through every memory she has to try and find a connection to Guozhi and her long dead crew. Hope mingles with offense in her heart.

You smile and sigh. Preparations for the party should be completed within the hour, but that's no reason to not enjoy the sunset with two of your dearest loved ones.
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Wenyan snorted, smacking his impudent second son as near to his head as he could with his favorite walking stick. He was being especially cheeky and bold today, teasing him. It was a father's duty to embarrass his children, the reserve was not try.

"If you were any younger I'd pull your tongue for that remark, Lieren" Wenyan warned, wagging his stick threatenly in the air as his giant son's laughter carried to the heavens and whatever sat beyond them. His golden eyes narrowed as he bowed apologetically.

"Forgive me, honored father! I could not resist the temptation to jest when I saw you covered in dust and soil, especially after I heard the account of how that came to be" Lieren cackled, his wrought iron colored hair falling over his eyes as he fell to his knees to prostrate himself theatrically before Wenyan. He rose as the old farmer turned mayor of one of if not the wealthiest city within Long-Jia rolled his eyes
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>>5012863


Lieren brushed away tears shed because of the humor he found in his poor father's earlier plights and struggle. If he ever saw that old field cat who tripped him into the freshly fertilized flower bed, he'd have it strung up by its neck and paraded through the town for the crime of giving him the scare of his life! He was lucky he had strengthened his bones with the regimen of pills and elixirs the very son who mocked him now had suggested he undergo. The same advice he had offered to every elder in the city years before.

"Forgive me, but the mass of ill fortune you suffered is only amusing because in the end it harmed little more than your pride" His son stated solemnly and guiltily, hiding his arms in the resplendent white robes her wore, eyes still misty with amused tears "I just do not understand how a lame old mouser could have taken a ribbon of expensive silk from a man of your age still as hearty and spry as yourself"

"The little bandit will regret crossing me if we ever meet gazes again" Wenyan snorted angrily, stamping his walking stick on the ground "He's a repeat offender you know, just the other day he stole a fried stick of field mouse from Poor Old Heng and made away with it! And I am certain he is the beast who has been ransacking my chicken coop!"

"To think such an evil natured villain would have emerged from my own hometown" Lieren lamented "Have you asked a vetenarian to have the little miscreant spade? it'd greatly reduce his aggression and ferocity, and might even calm his heart enough to turn him as docile as an old lap dog"

"I would not have condemned even Gao Liwei to life as Eunuch" Wenyan chuckled, in truth he admired the raggedy beast, for despite its great age and scrawny body, it was still as spry and mischievous as a kitten "However, if you'd gift me the delinquent feline's pelt for my birthday, I'd be overjoyed and ever gracious of your valor, my son"

"Ask me to execute the beast after it has killed someone, he can still be reformed" Lieren jested as he placed a hand upon his father's back "I am glad you listened to my advice, however, otherwise the fall you took could have been..."

"Could have been doesn't matter, worrying about the health of a man as old as I am is pointless, though it is a son's duty to be concerned for the health of his father" Wenyan stated flippantly as he neared the walled gardens surrounding their home "Though, in truth, the flowers I fell upon suffered far more than I did"

"I'll have to recompense the gardens owner at a later date" Lieren said offhandedly, as he lifted his head above the towering wall to peer into the grounds of their seemingly ever expanding home. It seemed to Wenyan, a season could not pass without some new renovation being gifted to his estate or a donation arriving that increased his wealth beyond the late and loathsome lord go by another magnitude!
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>>5012864

He suspected Lieren had a part to play in at least half of these gifts, and knew he was the employer of the various servants that now stalked the halls of their home, ceaselessly working to bring him comfort.

Wenyan didn't mind the company, but it was beginning to be a little ridiculous. Just the other day, a cage of half plucked song birds had been delivered to him by one of the feather wearing Vishnu, he told him in a very inelegant manner, they were a gift from Feng's new wife. The terrifying and mannerless young woman named Akanksha. It was a shame Feng's tastes had been ruined by Lieren and the war, he deserved a proper bride. Like Young Luli! But, the passion of youth was an unconquerable beast. He just hoped that Feng would survive the ferocity of his chosen partner.

Wenyan moved to unlock the gate, before remembering it no longer needed a key to open. He huffed, tapping the string of characters into the panel besides the reinforced steel gate as Lieren kept queerly looking over the wall and blinking his eyes in a bizzare manner.

He watched his son for a few moments, before he suddenly turned in his direction and smiled.

"Is something wrong, honored father?" He asked, and Wenyan shook his head, even though something was clearly afoot. Perhaps Lieren had already caged and emasculated that foul tempered old mouser who terrorized Wenyan and his similarly affluent Neighbors as of late "Then, we should make haste and go inside, the autumn air is beginning to chill to the breath of winter, it'd be deferential to your health to remain outside much longer, Father"

Now Wenyan knew Lieren had planned something. The entire city was heated and cooled in a manner similar to the trains and houses. What did it matter if the air was frigid if one could lay on the street and feel as if they were next to an open fire. But he remained silent, and kept his eyes wandering as they walked through the vibrant garden he tended to personally.

It was certainly kind of his son to not hire a gardener, as he was as perceptive of his father's hobbies and little pleasures as he was concerned for his health and well being! He just wished he'd have time away from his responsibilities to join him in pruning and cultivating his flowers. But he knew Lieren had little time to spare. He had duties to fulfill for not only the kingdom, but for every person within it. Wenyan was humbled to be the father of such a great and virtuous man.

He bowed his head as his noble and widely revered son lead him to their houses door, and allowed him to open them himself, doubtlessly understanding that his father did not enjoy being coddled too severly.

A flash of lights and colors stunned Wenyan, as a gong was rang, and numberless petals and ribbons of silk fell from the air. It seemed half the city was gathered in his home's foyer. He knew many of the faces in the crowd,
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>>5012865

but the one that stood out was his son's "Not yet Bride" Kanzeon, who was wearing a traditional dress that resurfaced memories of Wenyan's youth. Flowers hung in her long, flowing black hair, and she stood demurely at the front of the crowd, bowing to greet him as she and the hundreds, maybe even thousands of guests shook the foundations of his house with cacophonic greeting.

"We all wish you good fortune and health in the year to come, beloved and honored Wenyan!" A chorus of countless voice sang, as four of his personal attendants appeared through the parting cloud, carrying a fruit laden platter and a vintage of dragon's spit from the very first production! Pastries sweetened with Jam, Honey and sweet nuts decorated the edges of the platter, and sweet broth of liquor soaked plums, peaches and apricots steamed in the center of the vast plate, with sweet rice buns and cakes arrayed around it.

Lieren grinned proudly, kneeling down besides Wenyan, as his most veteran servant knelt before him and offered him a small chest.

His son motioned with his chin towards it, and with shaking hands and joyful tears in his eyes, Wenyan opened it. And found, sitting within it, a carefully carved jade replicas of his deceased wife and first son, as well as a painting that captured a scene he would remember for all of his life. The day of his own wedding. How lieren had managed to perfectly copy it from his own memories, Wenyan did not know nor care.

He held the three treasures close to his chest, and barely noticed the silken cap and slippers tucked beneath them as tears flowed freely down his cheeks. Lieren placed a supportive hand on his shoulder, keeping his head bowed as Kanzeon elegantly strode to his side and smiled so beautifully and kindly.

"Oooh my son" Wenyan sobbed, as the jade like beauty his son had courted wiped the tears from his eyes "I do not deserve such treasures! they must be watching from the heavens, weeping that they had never met you, to have never known you as I have. Oh, it is like a piece of your mother and brother have returned to me! There is no greater gift I could receive, in heaven or earth! The only thing that could compare to this gift is..."

Wenyan sighed sadly and turned his eyes towards the lights hanging from his ceiling.

"I knew what life your brother had been reborn into, and now lead" He stated solemly before smiling and stepping forward to sample the delicacy and sweets his living son had prepared for him "But, now is not the time to mourn! Thank you all for coming to celebrate this old farmer's birthday!"
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Magnus observed the captive entity he had bound in the warding script Lieren had gleamed from their gestation pods, wrapped in psionically active metals and kept in a cage formed of his own force of will. In the astral sanctuary he had constructed through building a physical container out of the stones of Propsero's old ruins,
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>>5012867

the red giant had created a personal and well guarded study to research the nature of the malevolent spirits who had tormented and tried to kill his brother.

He had the good fortune to find one in the shallows of the great see. A Six armed creature without a facial features of any kind, dressed in a cloak of recorded atrocities and failed schemes. Its possessed a curious adaptation, where beneath its cloth, nothing existed. However, Magnus had studied the nature and energies of the warp all his life. Its intangibility was no obstacle in shackling and imprisoning it.

It babbled of secrets Lieren kept, Lies he had spoke, and schemes he plotted in silence to make Magnus subservient and indebted to them.

Magnus only reply was to begin his research, one layer of the entity's ethereal essence at a time. Coldly, he dissected the spirit for study, ignoring its fearful ramblings and pitiful attempts to deceive him. Then it began to bargain, offering glimpse of his future and faith, prophecies unknowable and mysteries unkept.

Magnus replied by snapping its neck with a spiritual backhand, and continued his research of it in blessed silence. He only kept the contempt he felt for the creature in check, by knowing it was more valuable for study "alive" than it was as a corpse

At least presently.
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"I am grateful for whichever of my sister's is producing all of this fog and mist, to protect me and all of the little humans on this planet from the sun's harsh rays, saving us from the threat of sun burn and skin cancer" Kanzeon sighed, wiping sweat from her bro as the two of you road with the Lord of a newly risen dynasty, and the owner of the scorching plains you now road across.

One Zaki Mahdi, a former artist who had earned quite a reputation in the revolution he took part in, as he had cut a sorcerers head from his shoulders from behind, securing a key victory against the loyalist remnants and unwittingly saved the army of servants and thralls who had assaulted the tyrants desert fortress. Now he owned his master's old fief, and spoke ceaslessly of plans to make it verdant, fertile and beautiful with plant life. So, it came to no surprise he had attached himself to you and acted like he was an old friend.

Jinhai had told him of your dream to revitilize the former Cui region, and now he revered you as something of a mentor and idol.

He didn't even notice Kanzeon speaking in the Long-Jian tongue, he was so consumed in discussing his plans with you and asking what could and could not be achieved in his life time.

The work on extending he Giant's road into the Shuni Land was progressing well, with little obstacles or difficulties halting the spread of its branches or impeding its growth. What had reached a snag, was the planned development of these new provinces.

Superstition, traditions and lingering influences of the old faith had made some of the newly ascended lords difficult to deal with.
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>>5012868

A Oasis spring that could be used to efficiently and easily irrigate the western most provinces of the Shuni lands, was sacred and reserved for the bathing of new brides, and was only allowed to be utilized after the lord who owned it was read a few passages of the journey and assured it would not be entirely depleted or misused. And then, the construction of a water treatment plant south of the spring was required to ensure it remained clean despite its continued use as a site of ritualistic cleansing.

And the local guides and workers refused to enter a particular portion of the plains, as it was cursed. And indeed, they were correct. Some spiteful magician had chained a wicked spirit to the land centuries ago, judging from the surviving records you were able to procure

Another, far more amusing challenge, was getting the people to stop offering sacrifices to power stations and railroads built through their lands. Indeed, it always brought a smile to your face when you informed a local governor that electricity could not be offended and driven to smite the inhabitants of their city if they mistreated the devices powered by it. Thankfully, the Shuni medical knowledge was more advance and less fraught with superstition than your homeland had been, and accepted medical treatments and aid with no resistance.

Though, you still had to find a way to get them to believe that the air conditioning units and personal fans you had gifted to them would not kill them in their sleeps. But as it is said, every journey begins with a single step.

What is the focus of your efforts to bring prosperity to the burgeoning Shuni Provinces, Lieren?

>Spreading electricity, modern technology and running water

>Expediting the construction of the Giant's road and the railways that branch from it.

>The spread of more advance farming techniques and the local production of medicine

>Aiding in the Shuni's adaptation to becoming Long-Jian citizens, and helping settle old grudges between the two cultures.

>Write in

And yes, the spirit Mangus captured, was the same one that just recently ran like a bitch from Lieren
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>>5012869
>Aid the adaptation into long Jia citizens
>Spreading electricity and modern devices.

With these two things'we will be more prepared when the vishnu try something against them.
And god damnit We missed their birthday. Grrr, at the very least we shouldnt miss the first years passing.
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>>5012869
>Spreading electricity, modern technology and running water
>Expediting the construction of the Giant's road and the railways that branch from it.
The Shuni lands sound like they are naturally a poor fit for agriculture at least in the foreseeable future, no real issue with imports however as long as they got infrastructure, the tech should dispel the superstitions when they start to understand it and its foundations.
Hoping Jinhai isn't salty over Lieren not showing, need to be present for the first birthday or something similar in importance to make up for it.
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>>5012869
>Expediting the construction of the Giant's road and the railways that branch from it.

Logistics is everything, the road is the first step towards Prosperity.

>Aiding in the Shuni's adaptation to becoming Long-Jian citizens, and helping settle old grudges between the two cultures.
Mostly the Kang I'm sure, we should bring Luli along on this so she can help tame the lion

>Write in

If it's not too late then witness the birth of your brother's triplets, or if it is too late atleast visit them
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>>5012877
+1
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>>5012869
>>The spread of more advance farming techniques and the local production of medicine
>>Aiding in the Shuni's adaptation to becoming Long-Jian citizens, and helping settle old grudges between the two cultures.
>Write in
Visit the triplets

kek mangus
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>>5012877
>>5012917
Support.
If I knew the triplets was one less than needed to win I would have changed my vote.
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>>5012869
>Expediting the construction of the Giant's road and the railways that branch from it.
>Triplets
>Delegate cultural outreach to LongJia government officials. LongJia can give them tea ceremonies and they'll give baklava and turkish delights to go with it.

Does the Giant's road include constructing railways or is this just a footpath/guard tower thing still?

Mangus is such a champ.
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>>5012877
>support

I want to see the triplets and also I'm shipping trash and wish to take Luli along to see the Kangs
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>>The spread of more advance farming techniques and the local production of medicine
>>Aiding in the Shuni's adaptation to becoming Long-Jian citizens, and helping settle old grudges between the two cultures.
>Write in
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>>5012869
>Spreading electricity, modern technology and running water
>Expediting the construction of the Giant's road and the railways that branch from it.
>Aiding in the Shuni's adaptation to becoming Long-Jian citizens, and helping settle old grudges between the two cultures.
>Write in
Visit the triplets

>Magnus captured a demon of Tzeentch
hahahaha I don't know if I should be proud or worried.
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>Spreading electricity, modern technology and running water
>Expediting the construction of the Giant's road and the railways that branch from it.
>Aiding in the Shuni's adaptation to becoming Long-Jian citizens, and helping settle old grudges between the two cultures.
>Write in
Visit the triplets
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>>5012934
Actually, changing my vote to
>Spreading electricity, modern technology and running water
>Aiding in the Shuni's adaptation to becoming Long-Jian citizens, and helping settle old grudges between the two cultures.
>Visit our nephews
I think water and air-conditioning would be the best for desert dwellers.
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>>5012869
>>Spreading electricity, modern technology and running water
>>Expediting the construction of the Giant's road and the railways that branch from it.
Finding Al-Uzza will have to wait, I guess.
Also, once the Shunni get up and running, I wouldn't mind broaching some change in governance to Jinhai. I would hope he's at least thought about the dangers and risks that come with one man (eventually) ruling an entire world. A council made up of the leaders or representatives of each nation seems much more on-brand for Lieren. Just so long as we can avoid making it like the UN.
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>>5012872
Supporting
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>>5012871
Will add triplets to my vote here.
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>>5012872
>Support
Since we are in the shuni lands if we have any free time we should look for our beloved sister while we are here
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>>5012869
>>Spreading electricity, modern technology and running water
>Expediting the construction of the Giant's road and the railways that branch from it.
Being able to import items and travel to and from the provinces of the Long-Jia kingdom will greatly enhance any potential cultural exchange.
There's gonna be friction between the two cultures no matter what, so I'm content to see if they can try and settle things naturally for the moment.
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>>5013081
I think the idea is less about the overall Long-Jia culture, and more dealing with the Kangz autism.
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>>5013095
I feel like we'd be better off dealing with the Kang directly then.
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>>5013124
They are the Shuni's neighbors, the ones that seem to hold grudges for any reason for a long time, I think there's no reason to specify.
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>>5012869
>>Spreading electricity, modern technology and running water
>Expediting the construction of the Giant's road and the railways that branch from it.
>Aiding in the Shuni's adaptation to becoming Long-Jian citizens, and helping settle old grudges between the two cultures.
Grudges can destroy societies it left alone.

>write in
Visit the Triplets.
Shame on us for not visiting them sooner!
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Calling the vote now.

Aiding in the Shuni's adaptation to becoming Long-Jian citizens, and helping settle old grudges between the two cultures.:10

Delegate cultural outreach to LongJia government officials.: 1

Spreading electricity, modern technology and running water:10

Expediting the construction of the Giant's road and the railways that branch from it.: 12

The spread of more advance farming techniques and the local production of medicine:2

Visit the Capital, and more importantly, Jinhai's three young heirs: 10

Total votes: 16

Alright, So Lieren will divide his efforts between hastening the expansion of the giant's road, its accompanying fortifications and railways, promoting the spread of electricity, modern technology and running water as well as aiding in the Shuni's adaption to becoming Long-Jian citizens, helping to settle generations old grudges

Before going to visit Jinhai, Daiyu and their three children

However, multiple options winning does mean more time will be taken to do them, just a reminder

Anyways, writing now
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>>5013425
So, quick question.
Does the Shuni population have a higher distribution of natural Psykers compared to the Long-Jia population?
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>>5013427
Yes, if only because unlike the other cultures, they did not abhor and fear them. At least that's one reason for the great quantity
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>>5013425
As long as something like Chen's death doesn't happen again because we picked all the options, than it taking longer isn't so bad.
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However, a journey often requires more effort than walking alone. And the road towards prosperity for the Shuni Provinces shall be no different. The foundation of its further development has been at last laid with your meeting with the ever excitable, inquisitive and talkative Zaki Mahdi. Having already met with the lesser queen of these lands, Aiza Younis, and her highest and most influential vassals, among whom such renowned figures and heroes of the Shuni's liberation can be found. Such noble and virtuous souls such as Hanif Nagi, a priest of the old faith who like Tahir Azzi turned away from the path of wickedness and villainy he had walked after receiving a vision he refused to detail to any living soul besides his eldest son, who will in time inherit both the Nagi Province and the reins of its first ruling lineage. Or Abd-El-Kader Amir, a turncoat general who realized his people had a destiny beyond slavery and abuse spurned on by the whims of their blackguard masters, and laid down his arms when met by Feng and both Weis, who now boasted of his possession of the fertility of his lands and wives, which would all but guarantee the continued flourishing of both the Amir family and lands.

Yes, indeed, the lords of these lands were a varied collection of characters, though they were all moral, noble and virtuous at heart. And all of them had a story of fortune and success to pass down to their successors. Such as the apparent karmic wealth found but Lady Raiha Baksh, known among the now freed men as the "Burned lily of the valley", for her selfless choice to remain in a burning citadel to evacuate the women, children and Eunuchs that had been trapped inside where the palace's master had fled and set it ablaze to deny the rebels the satisfaction of his death. The villain then fell directly into a trap set by Bai and Xin, and you do not need to hear the songs they sing to know he had met justly deserved end by their hands. There's are just a portion of the heroic tales and stories of courageous defiance that occurred in the shadow of your march to Kamal Kanan. However, you are here to labor, not to record history.

With the groundwork laid, the provinces mapped out as completely and precisely as possible, and permissions granted to build in locations that are necessary to ensure the prosperity of the lands and the industry that shall be found there within by the owners of the landmarks and locales both sacred and cursed, you can at last begin your work with Kanzeon and the membership of your ministry. A legion of now veteran laborers and artisans travels to the border, accompanied by scholars, architects, mathematicians, geologists , engineers and mechanics of every kind. Shan, Shirong and Lord Cao have already arrived and have began preperations for the three focus of your initial development of the recently incorporated provinces.

Having sent the required missives and edicts concerning this vast endeavor alongside your orders
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>>5013462

You begin the undertaking with boundless vigor and purpose, devoting all of your energy and attention to the duties of your office and the labors required to fulfill them.

Having planned ahead, possessing both every resource required to extend the Giant's road to the furthest reaches of the Shuni Provinces and the maps of the lands themselves, the continued construction of the White Dragon's path should not be in anway delayed or halted by unforeseen obstacles. Indeed, you were careful to avoid building anything near areas where the boundary between worlds was especially week or close to sites still cursed by the taint of witchcraft. However, you have noticed progress begins to slow upon the road's building when you yourself are not present and working alongside the many builders assigned to it.

A loss of morale you theorize is the cause. Indeed, you notice a slight but noticeable increase in efficiency with Kanzeon's presence, both by the comforting aura she exudes and by the scoldings and sharp tongue encouragements she administers when you are otherwise occupied. The advancement of construction techniques and the introduction of machinery and vehicles, also greatly hastens the construction of the road and the railways that follow alongside it and branch away from it. The only obstacle in the way of progress are the gawking crowds that gather to marvel at the wonderous machines that toil through the soil or float elegantly upon the air like flower petals upon water. And more than once you have to go ahead of the caravan, to warn the locals of their arrival and assure them the metal toothed monsters that are eating through the local cliffside are not to be feared, or in one case, that you do not in fact command a legion of butterfly winged dragons which they had mistaken the supply carriers for.

Though the crowds are not always annoyances or obstacles to keep in check, as once their fears and suspicions are done away with, many of them volunteer to assist in what little physical labor is still required to build the road and the forts and waystations that blossom from it.

To commemorate the first running train in the Shuni provinces, you, Kanzeon, several key officials and minsters and the most veteran of your laborers pose for a photograph and painting with Queen Aiza Younis and her husband King Qadif, before they board the train to travel through their recently gifted domains. It is here, you meet Zaki Mandi again, and after listening to him breathlessly exclaim his astonishment at the sheer rapidity of your work and construction, asks if he can be of any aid for the next stage of development.

He nearly collapses in shock when you, somewhat smugly, state the second stage of the provincial prosperity plan had began alongside the first. He doesn't dare to accuse you of lying, but you show him evidence in the form of records and written orders all the same.
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>>5013464

The construction of the giants road, made it easier to convince the locals to accept electricity and all the benefits it brings. Every hamlet, settlement, village and city it reached became lit by the same lights that glow beneath the fogs in Long-Jia, and with that hurdle leapt over, the people quickly adapt to the inclusion of more advance technologies and halfway through the first month of your labor, you are delighted to hear a Shuni translation of the Journey being read over the radio, which has become the most popular station besides the firebrand rogue broadcaster who had not only purchased his own personal station and channel but had used it to decry and condemn the old faith with unmatched ferocity.

He'd be a good friend to Yin Lei, judging from his zeal in upholding the Journey's tenants.

And with the introduction of modern technology, as in Long-Jia, travel becomes much safer than before. The giant's road helps, but the trains, aircraft such as Shirong's steel birds, and even the rare personal motorized carriage renders the dangers of the wilds and whatever horrors still lurk within insignificant to the common man.

Much as easy access to clean, running water has done away with the threat of common diseases and infections. Though the Shuni already had a culture that exulted cleanliness and personal hygiene, each house now has at least one shower and bath, if they didn't have one already. Indeed, even the most remote outposts now smell as fragrant as a recently pruned garden, as the Shuni delight in mixing perfumes and other fragrances to their bathwater and soaps.


Though, they, like the Vishnu, wear heavy beards and rarely if ever shave or trim them. Unlike the men of Long-jia or most of those from New Varro. They also seem rather confused by the recent trend of Long-Jian women wearing their hair long and untied, which Kanzeon inspired with her ankle length mane of luminescent black hair.

Which, leads to the final labor of the provinces initial development, and the most arduous. The people's adaptation and acceptance as Long-Jian citizens. The Kang, to your surprise, are the most open and accepting of them. As they held a grudge against the ruling caste and not the common people, as they were not the ones who constantly threatened their lands. Indeed, it seems they have calmed now that they are not the defenders of a border, and have seen their generational enemies cast from their seats of power and executed.

Indeed, Kang Shan, in a show of surprising humility, offered to return the black mace of Kamal Kanan. Thankfully, Cai, who had been entrusted with the duty of ensuring the cursed weapon would not taint the lion's heart, had intercepted the gift and as per your instructions, sealed it away in a manner similar to the festering blade of the keeper of rust. Both hellish tools were now hidden away, in a location only you and the core disciples of the wanders in the fog knew.
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>>5013466

A forgery was sent in its place, and you then had to contend with the grudges held by those with Long-Jia.

This, was easy to accomplish with a little encouragement and subtle manipulations. The exchange of gifts and culture, meetings arranged between lords and other influential figures would help ease and erase the grudges of the past, but what would truly do away with the sense of hatred and contempt that had long afflicted both peoples would be the journey.

The majority of the Long-Jianese had accepted it into their hearts and minds, and it was rare to find individuals who did not practice at least some faucet of its teachings or knew few of its lessons. And the Shuni, are by nature a zealous and fervently religious people and having cast of the shackles of the dark faith that had once consumed their land, they sought other forms of worship. Some, praised their ancestors or nature itself, or even the idea of a heaven. But most, found comfort in the journey and began to mention a "Journeyman" in their daily life, a theoretical "perfect" follower of the Journey's lessons who embodied its teachings and world view almost like an unspoken deity. It was strange, but the Journey kept the more "Orthodox" followers of it from looking down upon them.

All you had to do was observe in these first, treacherous contacts and meetings between two cultures that had long only met as enemies upon the field of battle. But, after Yin Lei and Kang Yongrui shared a meal with the Shuni's queen, and Luli held a broadcast with one of the foremost Shuni Preachers of the Journey, it seemed that the Shuni would find a new home in the Long-Jian empire with ease and comfort.

Indeed, now that the rails were connected, both peoples were traveling and exploring the lands of the new provinces and the homes of their new fellows at an almost excessive rate. Curiosity, wonder, and romantics of both cultures flared as they met as friends and brothers for the first time in millennium. All you had to do, was explain and undo misunderstandings and give a few lectures and speeches of the difference between the cultures and people, and what they could benefit to gain from eachother.

Indeed, the Long-Jian tea ceremonies has become quite popular amongst Shuni Youths and Elders, and according to rumors, the strange sweets and dishes of the shuni have become something of a trend in the noble courts nearer to them. It certainly brings you joy to witness the joining of two cultures who once considered eachother the fiercest of enemies.

Though not as much as hearing that Jinhai and Daiyu were blessed with three children! With the remaining work able to be delegated to your trusted underlings, you make haste to the capital.

But as you board the quickest train to it, you can't help but notice how Kanzeon looks forlornly across the desert dunes and grasslands you leave behind. Searching for any sign of her lost sister, Al-Uzza.
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>>5013468

It brings great sorrow to your heart, to see the expression she wears as she gazes out across the sea of sand. You'll have to search for her and the lost Kuan Im soon, the pain of seeing Kanzeon so saddened is almost unbearable.

What gift do you bring with you to the capital to present to the young heirs, Lieren?

>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms

>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!

>Long lived pets, what child does not delight in animal companionship?

>Warm fur blankets and sweets infants are able to safely eat.

>write in
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>>5013440
You can never tell until the votes are already in. I'd personally rather limit myself to one or two when it comes to actions or events.
>>5013469
>>write in
>A quilt for each child, with one hundred squares apiece. Each square of fabric inscribed with a wish, lesson, or thought. And of course, null denouncement charms. You enlisted help from Jinhai and Daiyu's loved ones as well.
Googled "traditional chinese baby gifts" and 100 Good Wishes Quilts or Bei Jia Bei came up. Thought it was cute. Supposed to be passed down from generation to generation.
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>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!
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>>5013469
>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms

>>5013477
+1 to the quilt idea, sounds nice

>Write in

A necklace for each one, one side depicting a carp with spear in fin, the other side a dragon holding a scroll in its mouth
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>>5013469
>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!
What greater joy could we bestow on them than that of a life-long friend?
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>>5013469
>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms
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>>5013469
>>write in
Young foals of our horse's lineage. As the child ages, so too will the mount, to be a lifelong companion and friend to the future princelings.
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>>5013477
+1 to the quilt idea
also supporting
>>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!
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>>5013477
Supporting blankets that actually can protect from monsters
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>>5013513
Google says that horses generally live for 25-30 years so not exactly lifelong.
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>>5013513
We should probably wait until they're older before we handpick Warmonger foals for em.
These fuckers are big after all.
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>>5013521
Ok that brick shithouse horse is hilarious.
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>>5013530
Surely you don't find anything silly about the personal steed of the Primarch of the second Legion.
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>>5013469
>>5013477
support the quilt.
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>>5013469
>A quilt for each child, with one hundred squares apiece. Each square of fabric inscribed with a wish, lesson, or thought. And of course, null denouncement charms. You enlisted help from Jinhai and Daiyu's loved ones as well.
>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms
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>>5013469
>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms
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>>5013469
>Our own adoptive children.
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>>5013469
I like this >>5013477 idea, I'll support it.
>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms

This update made me feel warm and fuzzy. Nothing like spreading Prosperity.
...That being said we should start to focus on the Vishnu, we probably already gave them more time then we should have. I would start with some sort of spying operation, to know what we are dealing with exactly in terms of military, and devise countermeasures.
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>>5013469
Introduction to our adopted kin
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>>5013469
>>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!

Also supporting >>5013477
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>>5013469
>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms
>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!
I'm actually surprised the Kang were that chill, guess I overestimated their grudges.
Also fuck yeah, the journeyman has been created, in time that should avoid Lieren's complete deification and give humanity an anti-chaos god of order in the future
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>>5013679
Actually, I'm changing the toys and babbles to this write-in
>>5013477
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>>5013469
>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms
>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!
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>>5013679
Guess they only really have issues with the puppet masters rather than the thralls.
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>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms

>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!
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>>5013469
>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!


>>5013477
Support
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>>5013469
>>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!
>A quilt for each child, with one hundred squares apiece. Each square of fabric inscribed with a wish, lesson, or thought. And of course, null denouncement charms. You enlisted help from Jinhai and Daiyu's loved ones as well.
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Who do you guys think would qualify as "The Journeyman"? Besides Lieren of course.
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>>5013911
The Journeyman is supposed to be a perfect, ideal follower of the Journey, so it would most probably be impossible to qualify as him, but I think Jinhai is a solid choice, he has managed to exemplify a lot of the journey, even trying to better himself to stop being a daydreamer while ruling.
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>>5013469
>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!
>>5013477
>Support this too
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>>5013911
Probably Big E when he comes by. We're going to absolutely have some Emperor cults on our hands. It's a good thing the Journey is inherently opposed to Chaos worship though, otherwise the members of our legion recruited from Shunni stock would be a good place for the Word Bearers to start their corruption.
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>>5013985

Man, on that topic, the corrupted Word Bearers are going to HATE us and our Legion because of the Journey's status as Anathema.
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>>5014025
unless Lorgar ends up "converting" to the journey.
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>>5013469
>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms

>A quilt for each child, with one hundred squares apiece. Each square of fabric inscribed with a wish, lesson, or thought. And of course, null denouncement charms. You enlisted help from Jinhai and Daiyu's loved ones as well.
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>>5013469
>A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms

>Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!

The collection of nulled toys gives the newborns and our furkin something to share and bond over as they grow. not gonna call them furries, nooope
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>>5014118
furkin is way fucking worse
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>>5014164
That's true, it sounds like something like transexual furries would call eachother.
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Just call them our cubs. Cause that's what they are. Cubs.
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>>5014025
>Be me, primarch with a six letter name that starts with "L" and golden eyes
>Develop an organized system of thought and belief during my formative years on my homeworld
>Spread it so that it becomes the dominant way of thinking across the planet
>Experience visions of my true father, happily accept my legion and place in the great crusade
>Spread my way of thinking to my legion, who by some means were already primed for its acceptance
>They, in turn, spread it to those we serve along side and to the worlds we reunite and conquer
>Emperor hears of all this
>"Keep up the good work son! I love you!"
>Be me, Lieren of Nothing
Pic unrelated.
Warhawk is out. Khan dies banishing Morty only for it to be implied that Malcador brings him back later, Erebus kills Erda, proving he isn't as bad as everyone says, and Sigi kills Kharn in a single break in the constant sodomizing BL has been giving the Old Lore. Also Leetu, the prototype marine, likes to draw pictures of his friends.
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>>5014164
>>5014181
Fair point

>>5014194
We will make them bikes
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>>5013477
support the quilts
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>>5014265
Bikes as a means of personal conveyance aren't a bad idea.
I can imagine dirt-bikes would be pretty popular with the New Varro people, sport bikes with the Long-Jia people, and Quads for the Shuni.
As for the Tiger Folk though, I did have a crazy idea. For Tiger Folk military personnel, what if we gave them powered exosuits?
My idea is that the Tiger Folk are already adept at traversing a variety of environments as a result of their physiology, nature, and upbringing.
Their only real limitations are those imposed by said physiology, prodigious as it may be.
If we developed a way to mechanically augment their abilities, they'd be able to move through even the roughest terrain in record time.
The upshot of this is that they'd also be more likely to evade enemy detection as well, given their speed of travel and their relative size.
They'd already make fantastic scouts, guerilla warfare specialists, and survival specialists. Why not lean into that?
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>>5014320
>wont someone think of the children
but for real, the Tiger Folk children are a resource we have that we haven't tapped into. I assume they've been taught the Fog Panther style, but we could teach them s level of hunting that humans aren't as capable of.

just spitballing but we should re-visit the Tiger Kids and find some leaders amongst them.
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>>5014327
We should, yeah.
They're starting to get to that age where they can handle some light stuff.
Even if the majority of our adopted kids decide they don't want to be soldiers, I still think finding the natural leaders among them and building on those talents is going to be very beneficial to them in the long term.
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>>5014194
Childrens is far better. Because we know they are still humans and have explain that too. Calling them cubs is what we don t want people to do, it creates a difference that isn't needed.

>>5014320
>>5014327
>>5014330
Well the reason is that are still fairly young by years and their population is small. It s not that crazy to not put them under the military right now lol.
But once they are adults, they can if they want. Many of them have show to have an interest in military activities, and since Lieren and his tutors basically keep tabs on all of them, they can direct them in any direction they want. Some military training and weapons use can be introduced in it. In regard to what they are taught in general, they are probably receiving a better education than most, so I wouldn't be surprised by the excellent results they will have.
Of course we should give them good military equipment and weaponry once some of them join, thankfully good equip and weaponry shouldn't be a problem to make with the current development across Long-Jia and Kazeon ship forges.
On what they could do, i would just direct them in the Brotherhood elite core honestly, it fits them, but there are other elite formations they could join (like heavy infantry units) and the army isn't bad either.
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Beside if they enter in the brotherhood, some of them can reach levels of martial prowess and tactical knowledge like Bai, Feng or Jinhai becoming essentially heroes as well (though Jinhai is on another level, since he has mastered the carp fighting style like us).
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>>5014444
Checked.

We should just call them their names.
Cubs, furkin, and other furfag shit seems too gay to be used.
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>>5014221
Those spoilers fill me with a disgust so profound I needed to grab some rum to wash the taste from my mouth.
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>>5014444
Jinhai Is on another level because he invented the style, and has the mindset to keep doing it.
His mind is open and sharp and creative, and very possibly the best mortal man in tthe land
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>>5014498
As far as completely mortal men go, I'm pretty syre Jinhai and the late Cui were the pinnacle as far as Lieren has seen.
Jinhai for his aforementioned mindset and natural talents, Cui for his top tier genetics and harsh upbringing.
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>>5014502
I feel that Jinhai surpasses Cui Fu by dint of his genius not being completely dedicated to warfare.
Cui may surpass Jinhai by a bare margin in personal battle but Jinhai is a step below his abilities while also being able to apply that genius everywhere.
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>>5014536
I'm sure that Cui Fu could have beaten Jinhai by way more than a bare margin in a equal duel, but you are right that Jinhai ability to shine in so many different fields makes him exceptional, even on warfare, specialy since a one-on-one fight where you have equal equipment and can't pull any trickery isn't how battles are waged.
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>>5014543
Fu's style of battle is wide and aggressive, very little in the place of defences.

Jinhai pioneered a style all about dodging and conservation of energy. He is also quick, but so is Fu.
So I do think it would come down to the first to make a mistake or Jinhai outlasting him in a 1 vs 1.
In war, I give the win to Jinhai hands down

Also, we should recommend that Jinhai remain active with his martial arts. Make sure the edge doesnt dull.
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>>5014452
It hurts so much, anon. Though the banter the Khan was dishing out during the fight was top-tier, Malcador being able to bring back the primarchs seemingly on a whim makes me wonder what the Iron Hands did to deserve such hatred and neglect.
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>>5014583
Thing is, we did use the carp style against Fu, but he still survived and managed ro strike us.
Fu would simply overwhelm Jinhai using his strength and endurance. He probably would come out with a shitload of new scars, and the fight would last long, but he would win.

Yeah, we need to keep Jinhai in shape. We should probably add something to the journey about trying to stay physically healthy while at it, it's missing a lesson about that.
You would think that should go without saying, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
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>>5014665
Almost. Almost managed to strike us.

Eh. As we've both said, it'd come down to the first to make a mistake, since trickery and equipment can turn more than a few tides.

Good call on the journey. Make it like aristotle and say "Your body is great man, hone it."
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>>5014689
Something like a health body helps maintain a healthy mind would be good.
It would also help make those martial schools we built on the Kang popular with people who aren't already insterested in fighting.
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>>5014721
Actually, fuck it. Malal said we could vote to add lessons to the journey anytime in a past thread.
>>5013469
>Seeing the benefits to your father's new lifestyle has inspired you to add a new teaching to the journey: To maintain a healthy mind, one must also maintain a healthy body. To expand one's knowledge without exercising the vessel to hold them, is the same mistake as to try to fill a cracked cup.
I tried to make it flowery, but I can't reach Lieren's level of verbose.
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>>5014759
I can support that (though it is unlikely to get enough votes)
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>>5014689
No, he did manage to land a blow. It didn't do anything more than scratch our armor, but he did land a hit.
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>>5014759
I support this
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>>5014759
I'll support it
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>>5014759
Supporting since you went through the effort to try and match Malal's prose
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>>5014759
Supporting

Fat shaming is based and should always be encouraged
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>>5014759
+1

Supporting this as well.
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Calling the vote now. Sorry for the wait.

A quilt for each child, with one hundred squares apiece. Each square of fabric inscribed with a wish, lesson, or thought. And of course, null denouncement charms. You enlisted help from Jinhai and Daiyu's loved ones as well.:14

Your own adopted children, so they may strike up a friendship with the imperial children early!:13

A collection of toys and babbles, carefully marked with Null Denouncement charms:9

Young foals of our horse's lineage. As the child ages, so too will the mount, to be a lifelong companion and friend to the future princelings:1

A necklace for each one, one side depicting a carp with spear in fin, the other side a dragon holding a scroll in its mouth: 1
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Seeing the benefits to your father's new lifestyle has inspired you to add a new teaching to the journey: To maintain a healthy mind, one must also maintain a healthy body. To expand one's knowledge without exercising the vessel to hold them, is the same mistake as to try to fill a cracked cup.:7

Total votes:27

So the quilts inscribed with wishes, lessons, thoughts and null denouncement charms that Jinhai and Daiyu's other loved ones have helped make and the introduction of your own 285 adopted children in the hopes a few of them can strike up a life long friendship with the imperial flock are the gifts lieren will bring.

Writing now.


>>5014759
Love how you wrote that, remember you can always vote for adding that to the journey again
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>>5015326
>the introduction of your own 285 adopted children
I guess it was obvious, but I still hadn't realized we were bringing ALL of our kids.
This is gonna be fun.
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>>5014759
>>5015326
thats true anon, i wrote
> "pain and suffering is as much a part of the Journey as jubilation. it should not be rejected but embraced and channeled into something positive."
I got told it was heretical, but it ended up as an option a thread later, and is now a part of the journeys tenants.
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>>5015335
It's funny, seeing write-ins nearly not make it in or get naysaid and then having them become either really important or great spectacle. Two that come to mind are the write-in to scout the tiger people camp and the one to throw a psychic rock through Nurgle's study window and flirt with his wife in front of him.
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>>5015358
Don't forget the write-in to put a name to the then unknown 5th king of Hell.
That was certainly a spectacle.
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>>5015360
Reminds me we can do that three more times. Probably should too. After we get some of the more pressing things off the table (finding Al-Uzza and Kuan Im, make sure any chaos spawn or old-regime Shunni loyalists are dead, FIND THE FUCKING RUYI JINGU BANG ALREADY), I kind of want to just vote to wander out into the desert away from any potential collateral damage and find out who exactly are holding the other three heavenly courts.
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>>5015366
I still want to hold a (non-deadly) Mortal Kombat tournament. I feel like if we know enough styles of fighting we'll be able to blend them together seamlessly into a singular style.
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>>5015375
I think we can do that after the lands are unified. We could use it as a means to encourage martial arts proficiency even in a time of peace, as well as being another method of cross pollinating warrior cultures from across the globe.
Now, whether or not Lieren would be allowed to compete is another thing entirely.
Maybe the grand prize could be an exhibition match against Lieren instead, on top of the accolades and tangible rewards for winning the tournament.
Also, it'd probably be a great place to scout out students who could potentially master the Night Crane style.
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>>5015389
no way Lieren competes, we're the judge. Jinhai should probably compete considering he's the best practitioner of the Carp style (he invented it, after all)
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>>5015398
It would be kinda novel to see Jinhai let loose again.
I'm pretty sure the general population is unaware of Jinhai's prowess as a martial artist, so it'd be fun to see people massively underestimate him.
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The Lakeside capital yet unnamed had spread and grown since you last travled to Jinhai and Daiyu's palace, the sanctuary of dragons and carps alike. The bridge of flexible glass, which runs from the imperial isle to the shores of the Yin's ancestral home and the burgeoning new capital, has remained spotless and unmarred by scratches or filth. Kanzeon runs her hand along the mist covered surface, as fishing boats and merchants peddling their wares ply the waters below. A large flock of tiger children follow behind and around you, all amazed by the sights and sounds around them. Avinash, Ananya, and Sandip have been entrusted with keeping the gifts you and Kanzeon had made for Jinhai's three children, whose names you already know. For before the excited reports announcing their birth across the lands, and the celebrations thrown in their honor and the ceremony recorded and broadcast of their naming, Jinhai had excitedly radioed you personally, feverish and frantic with relief and a joy only a father could know.

Two young princesses and one prince, the first born named Wenling, Mild jade, for the composed and serene silence she upheld as she entered the world and the days that followed. Indeed, the infants quiet demeanor and solemn nature was a source of great worry amongst the ever rung and station of society, from the imperial court, to its armies, to the ministers, officials, scholars that worked beneath it, to the lesser nobility and the common masses. All of Long-Jia waited on baited breath, and if it were not for Jinhai keeping you updated on the matter, you'd have left the Shuni Provinces to take Little Wenling to Kanzeon for treatment. However, Jinhai's eye for the most miniscule of detail saved you from worry, as his explanations allowed both you and Kanzeon to infer that nothing was afflicting the imperial babe, she was just watching the world around her in curious silence. Rather, she had the good fortune of inheriting her father's shrewdly observant mind, and when her infantile mind realize her parents were fretting over her silence, joined her younger siblings in their cries.

The second born, was named Liling, White Jasmine, for conflicting reasons. Some men claim it was because a petal of the flower landed upon her brow when she had been placed within her exhausted mother's eyes. A poet you met on the road, theorized it was to seperate the new imperial family from the old Lineage of the Gao, A white flower born from black jade. When you asked Daiyu, when Jinhai managed to rouse her from her stupor of exhaustion a few days after the birth, she revealed it was for a far simpler reason. She had been anointed with jasmine perfume during her labor, and Liling had grown found of the scent and flavor while she suckled on her breast, and now the rambunctious and fiery natured babe would not quiet or calm for anything besides sugared jasmine petals or the aroma of the flower itself.
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And from what you had heard, now that she had learned how to grasp and pull at things roughly, would tug on her nanny's hair until she was given such a treat or allowed to bask in the smell she now associated with her mother. Doubtlessly she had inherited her boldness from her mother.

The outnumbered prince, was named Bojing, gentle waves. You did not know why the youngest child and sole son had been named what he had, but you had a few theories. Perhaps, it was because he was he cried the most of the three, or because he seemed to do every little movement he took appeared gentle or cautious, according to his father. Not that he was able to do much, but it was a theory you held. Maybe his parents had come up with his name while resting on the shore of their estate. Or, perhaps it was meant to be poetic.

Gentle waves upon the golden sea, which was the meaning of his father's name. Perhaps your interest in the meaning behind the young prince's name rose from the fact he was the only of the three triplets whose burbling voice had graced your ears. As he was often held in either his mother's or father's arms as they spoke with you over the radio. Perhaps, as you knew him then slightly more than his sisters, you were subconsciously more aware and thus concerned of him.

"it's the mystery, you're a scholar at heart, remember Lieren?" Kanzeon interrupts your reflection. She wears a joyful, yet serene smile upon her unpainted lips, and she is covered in the youngest of your adopted children, who have taken to scaling her back and hanging on her arms in place of a tree. It has become something of a game among them to see how long they can cling to her before rousing her temper or making her annoyed, or similarly being plucked from their perch to be wrapped in a loving, smothering embrace in her arms.

"Your hunter's mind cannot resist giving chase when a curiosity passes through its thoughts, almost as if it were programmed to act in such a way' She continues on, as Avinash tilts his ears closer to her, tapping one of his lower hands upon the glass as Ananya scolds Sandip for, as far as you can tell from her words, trying to leap from the bridge to dive for the trout beneath his feet.

It wasn't surprising the delinquent would have been tempted to act so foolishly he had been, as many of your adopted wards have, eyeing the fish in lake hungrily. Even though you all shared a hearty meal in one of the first restaurants opened in the new capital. Chilled noodles served in a spicy, vegetable broth garnished with ginger slices, fried garlic, dried peppers, Ginseng and lotus root. . It was also accompanied by the diner's choice of meats, fried pork, braised fowl, slow roasted cliff jumper, ground beef and their specialty, Panther offal and tongue spiced with funerary oils and numbing peppers. Kanzeon paled a little when most of your children ordered the specialty and devoured it with gusto.
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>>5015434

Apparently she had forgotten their kind had once been cannabalistic, and their parents had hunted and devoured men. It was not strange for them to have no scruples in eating meat from their other half, then.

And despite that those noodles were only the first of three courses, followed by fried fish and lemon sauce basted eels served alongside buns filled with peach stewed pork and fermented plum sauce stir fried beef and squash skewers, and a platter of honey sweetened orange and lemon peels ground into ground walnut cakes further sweetened with white jasmine; a dish the owner hoped would become a favorite of the second princess when she matured, the majority of the children were still peckish! It was astounding!

"They certainly are energetic" Kanzeon said, apropos of nothing, as she watched a gaggle of your students peer over the railing of the bridge to wave at a peddler of jewlery and charms. You smiled warmly, as she happily watched them at their play, until one of the "Mountaineers" scaling her back, pulled harshly on her hair

The rest of the children froze as she yet out a sharp yelp, and glowered at the child as she reached back and retrieved him from her back, still holding a few strands of her black

"She's gonna throw Vipin into the lake!"
"Sounds fun! Me next auntie Kanzeon! Me next!"
"You hurt her! You deserve to be thrown in the water"
"Catch a few fish when you're down there!"
"Stop pulling my tail!"
"Oooh! She's angry! Uncle Lieren must be scared!"
"Nothing can scare uncle!"
"Grandfather turtle said even the most hardened of warriors fear their wives!"
"Yeeee, he's puffed up! Vipin would sooner float than sink now, Har!"
"Uncle Lieren! Can you buy me this necklace?"
"Can we get a boat uncle?"
"I wanna see the king's babies!"

Ananya gnashed her gilded fangs together and snarled, and silenced the over excited crowd as Kanzeon's expression softened and she calmed herself, still unused to the sensation of sudden physical pain.

"You're climbing privledge have been revoked, Vipin" She pouted, before hugging him close to his chest, a fate the young lad feared more than being hurled into the cold waters below.

"Auntie hugs too tight" he wailed mornfully as his peers began to heckle and jeer at him, while others began throwing stones and petals into the lake.

"Haha, serves you right Vipin!"
"Can I still be thrown in the lake, auntie?"
"Can I have your training spear if you die, vipin?
"Wooohaa! A huge fish just swam by! Uncle! Uncle! What kind of fish was it"
"A dragon? I heard Uncle Jinhai married one!"
"No, he married the beautiful jade lady"
"Auntie Luli"
"No! the other one! the one with the scary eyes!"

"We won't be hanged if we're loud right?" Sandip asked fearfully , tugging on your shape changing ropes, which had now dyed themselves various hues of the autumn forest

"That is outrageous, who told you" You say, as you spot the culprit, the usually serious and dependable Ananya,
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>>5015435

Chuckling besides Avinash, whose crossed his lower arms and cast his gaze skyward

"Ananya!" You scold, her fears folding, and her tail arching as you turned a disapproving frown towards her "You know Sandip frightens easily, and believes everything you hear"

She mumbled an apology, eyes turned away from you and towards her feet.

"Raise your voice, and direct your apology to the one who it is directed to, do not wilt like a flower" You say, lowering your tone as the little girl raised her head, and stated her apology to the confused Sandip, who had been unaware of her deception.

"Do they have big rocks at the palace?" he blithely asks, as Ananya sulks by Kanzeon's side, who has been surrounded by opportunistic children who want to be tossed into the lake or asking if they can still climb on her.
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You poured Jinhai a cup full of roasted oolong tea, steeped from leaves older than either of you. He has dark bags under his eyes, and has lost a little weight from the stress of raising and caring for not only three children but an entire realm. Thankfully, he has been keeping up his exercises when he has time and one of his fellow peers from amongst your faithful, disbanded personal retinue or the brothers of the panther visits to give him a proper and challenging spar. Lady Qian Xia, sits between the two of you, next to the now frightful appearing Kanzeon, who has been studying her since she arrived with glaring eyes and an cold mien. She's just trying to discern if she can be trusted, but, it must be frightful to be looked down upon by a giantess with ice in her emerald eyes.

But this has proven that, amongst women, only Daiyu, Dandan and Kanzeon can cow the scarlet spider herself into meek silence.

"Thank you brother, for showing my work could always be more difficult" He chuckled, as he watched Rong struggle to wrestle with eight of the tiger children, some of the heaviest set amongst them

"Don't die to cubs, after surviving hell itself three times over!" Zian mocked as his one eyed compatriot struggled to knock the little wrestler sitting on his chest. You'd have to reprimand the staff of Chendao Academy's kitchen, it was clear one of them were playing favorites and serving extra desserts

"This is not where I shall die!" Rong roared, as red around the face as Red face Wei, who you had learned was indeed Daiyu's relatives and one of numerous bastards her uncle sired before dying "mysteriously", Which was entirely uprising

"Uncle one eye makes funny noises" The boy on his chest cackled, kicking his feet merrily as another playfully bit the imperial guards arm.

Kanzeon shook her head and laughed, caused poor Qian Xia to nearly leap from her skin

"I cannot imagine raising nearly three hundred children, truly, it is a giant's task alone" Jinhai laughed, before glancing to Kanzeon and shrugging "Or a labor for two"
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>>5015437
"I have dozens of helping hands" You admit, bowing your head "Though I would not be opposed to raising them with Kanzeon alone, had I leisure to do so. Even a giant must bow his head to his responsibilities, and the duties he has taken on"

"As much as it breaks his heart to be away from them" Kanzeon says with a solemn nod, causing Jinhai to lift his head and smirk

"As expected of Lieren" He said, taking a sip of his dark, fragrant tea. He set the cup down and nodded happily, sucking the lingering flavor from his tongue

You rolled your own around your mouth, trying to place the old tea's flavor for a moment before setting your own cup down, frowning as you did.

"Are you certain you do wish to be present to see your children receive their gifts" You subtly prod, leaning across the small table between the two of you, having been anticipating Jinhai's reaction in the weeks since you decided upon the gift you'd present to the imperial triplets.

"No need to, I already know everything about it" He said, causing you to turn to Qian Xia, who wilts further under your gaze "It is a stupendously generous gift, Elder brother, I should have known you'd see fit to bless my house with not one heirloom but three. Three hundred good wishes, given to my heirs! How thoughtful and quaint. Though, you did not have to go so far, you know I would never hold your absence at their births against you, remember..."

"and I thought vows of silence and trust would have kept that secret hidden" You say, condemningly towards the woman trying to shrink away from the two giant's looking down at her "But I suppose there's a spider listening upon every wall"

"the cry goes, for the people, kingdom, and king" Jinhai laughs, grinning widely as he curls his now hanging mustache "The king comes last! or, I suppose it'd be emperor now that the Shuni have all but forced their way into our realm. I was expecting that less than any gift"

Qian Xia remains silent, all too aware of how easily you could topple her standing if were a more spiteful man. After all, only you and Guozhi know her "brother" is actually her son, and that is a scandal that would ruin the woman once held as the kingdom's most brilliant jade like beauty
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Avinash ran his hands gingerly over the script hidden admits the lessons, teachings and wishes uncle Lieren, Auntie Kanzeon, and dozens of strangers who talked like they were close with his uncle, had woven into a colorful quilt. He recognized them, from the academy and his own sketches he took of them before. He smiled proudly, Uncle was protecting these babies in their cribs, from sorcerers and witches alike. No wonder he was so excited to give them these quilts, he was celebrating his victory against that cowardly breed once again! How proud he was to be his student and ward.

Avinash turned away from the one boy of the three, a babe with fiery red hair and piercing eyes, to look towards Ananya
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who looked different to his eyes recently, strangely alluring like cool water, and Sandip, who had gathered around the two girls and Auntie Luli and the other aunts who worked to care for the babes.

Avinash wondered why Bojing was the only one with crimson hair like his mother, it was peculiar. He tilted his head, tapping a line of characters he was certain had just shimmered golden, and then leaped back when the prince began to wail. He held his hands in the air, terrified he had been the cause of his tears.

Unaware that a spectral hand had just recoiled from the nursery, its fingers burned and singed
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What do you do now, Lieren

>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays

>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors

>Endeavor to keep all the tiger children behaved in the palace and keep them out of trouble With Kanzeon. Truly one of your most daunting challenges yet!

>Meet with Luli and discuss philosophy and faith while you're here with Kanzeon. Also ask if the rumors of an "Steel Lion courting humble Lotus flower" hold any truth

> write in
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>>5015439
>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors
We need to ward off the entire planet at some point and make sure that it only affects demons. If I'm not wrong, a few threads ago folks were discussing about makeing Shangrala a safe heaven for reincarnation.
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>>5015439
>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors
>Begin planning a return to your formal duties. Ask of Jinhai and his officials the most pressing needs of the Long-Jia Empire.
Now's a good time to start laying the foundation for further prosperity and the encroaching clash with the Vishnu.
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>>5015439
>>Meet with Luli and discuss philosophy and faith while you're here with Kanzeon. Also ask if the rumors of an "Steel Lion courting humble Lotus flower" hold any truth
>>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
and most importantly
>>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors
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>>5015439
>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors
I hate to dump even more shit on Jinhai, but him and his children especially are in the crossfire of any daemon who wants to subvert Long Jia from the inside. It's best if he knows.
Tell him that he can go to the Wanderers in the Fog for help with spiritual matters as well, not just us.
Getting a good look at the triplets is also a good idea, just to be safe.

>Unaware that a spectral hand had just recoiled from the nursery, its fingers burned and singed
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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>>5015439
>Meet the triplets
Don't look at them too long. It hurts.

>Seek Luli
>Confide in Jinhai

I mean, we know Kang likes her. And she is able to give a tongue lashing like no other.
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>>5015406
I have no doubt jinhai would win the weapons part of the tournament, but on pure martial prowess I'd have to give that to Feng, he kicked the collective asses of an entire vishnu tribe and claimed their chief as his wife
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>>5015439
>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors
I'm going to try again, just in case it was because not enough anons had seen it last time.
>Seeing the benefits to your father's new lifestyle has inspired you to add a new teaching to the journey: To maintain a healthy mind, one must also maintain a healthy body. To expand one's knowledge without exercising the vessel to hold them, is the same mistake as to try to fill a cracked cup.
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>>5015439
>>Meet with Luli and discuss philosophy and faith while you're here with Kanzeon. Also ask if the rumors of an "Steel Lion courting humble Lotus flower" hold any truth
>>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
>>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors

Perhaps we can send a few monks at the imperial court and in other noble houses.

also add this to the Journey
>Seeing the benefits to your father's new lifestyle has inspired you to add a new teaching to the journey: To maintain a healthy mind, one must also maintain a healthy body. To expand one's knowledge without exercising the vessel to hold them, is the same mistake as to try to fill a cracked cup.
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>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors

>Seeing the benefits to your father's new lifestyle has inspired you to add a new teaching to the journey: To maintain a healthy mind, one must also maintain a healthy body. To expand one's knowledge without exercising the vessel to hold them, is the same mistake as to try to fill a cracked cup.
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>>5015542
Adding
>Meet with Luli and discuss philosophy and faith while you're here with Kanzeon. Also ask if the rumors of an "Steel Lion courting humble Lotus flower" hold any truth
Because I'm curious, and I'm sure that tge looking upon the hearts will be quick.
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>>5015439
>> write in
Look for the strange spirit Guozhi spoke of earlier.
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>>5015439
>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays

>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors

Meeting the children and protecting them is always a priority, and if we can't trust jinhai with this knowledge than really, who can we trust

>Meet with Luli and discuss philosophy and faith while you're here with Kanzeon. Also ask if the rumors of an "Steel Lion courting humble Lotus flower" hold any truth

I am shipping trash, honestly I want to let the two of them figure it out themselves.
I'm not worried about Kang, he's an honorable man and will treat Luli well, it's Luli I'm worried about though. She survived some horrible things so we know that she's strong, but she's also a bit naive and might not even be aware that Kang is courting her so it's possible that she might need to get "the talk" from us, I'm not meaning to infantile a grown woman but luli is both well versed in the vices of men but also incredibly ignorant about some things of which I believe romance to be one of them
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>>5015439
>Endeavor to keep all the tiger children behaved in the palace and keep them out of trouble With Kanzeon. Truly one of your most daunting challenges yet!
We really do nee dot keep things under control.

>Write
Tell our Friend and Brother something oh so overlooked and dire to tell.

"Brother in my latest Tribulation I was aided by my Brother Magnus this you know but there was another. If I was Born of a Dragons egg...I met they which bore it. Beloved Weylen is my father but in that place during my battle I met my maker. More radiant than all the heavens and more fearsome than any foe i have come to know or consider. He is out there in the heaven reuniting his stolen drakes among them I and Magnus.

Brother, my heart bleeds to say...I might be taken from this place one day to serve it seems the purpose this Golden Dragon Emperor bore me and others for. I feel fear not for myself but for my family here..."

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I think a chat like this is long overdue. Also gives some more character development time.
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>>5015439
>>5015493
Support everything here especially the aaaaaa
>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors
>Meet with Luli and discuss philosophy and faith while you're here with Kanzeon. Also ask if the rumors of an "Steel Lion courting humble Lotus flower" hold any truth

I'd like to combine discussing the spirits with both the emperor and Luli. Luli was there with us on our trip underground to Kanzeon and could benefit from knowing more about Lieren's enemies.
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>>5015456
I could see that being accomplished by using a similar set up to Kamal kanon, using large focal points of stable psychic energies, aranged across a vast distance to create a null denoucnment symbol on the planet itself, or perhaps to created wards. Alternative, one could instead use satilites and have them enter the orbhit of the planet, designed to arrange themselves into wards and charms to react to the shifting tides of the warp.

Perhaps a means of stabilizing the local warp space, using Prospero as a reference point for relativly calm warp space and using our teacher's own memeories as a reference point.
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>>5015439
>>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
>>Meet with Luli and discuss philosophy and faith while you're here with Kanzeon. Also ask if the rumors of an "Steel Lion courting humble Lotus flower" hold any truth
I have a bad feeling about leaving Kuan Im and Al-Uzza for so long, but I don't think it makes sense to just up and rush back to the Shunni provinces.
>>5015684
>Alternative, one could instead use satilites and have them enter the orbhit of the planet, designed to arrange themselves into wards and charms to react to the shifting tides of the warp.
I was thinking of rebuilding the Nine Great Cities so that their streets themselves served as null denouncement charms to combat the taint that they've created. But that works too.
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>>5015721
Null Denouncement charm shaped Street and cities would be a bitch and a half on transportation and logistics, better to just teach the architects some of the charms and tell them that it's a requirement to engrave them on buildings they make from now on, don't even have to tell them why, just let beurocracy "reasons" be the explanation, no one ever questions beurocracy
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>>5015732
>Null Denouncement charm shaped Street and cities would be a bitch and a half on transportation and logistics
I disagree, but don't really want to get into an argument with a stranger about space magic and space magic accessories this early in the morning. Each building or household having a null denouncement "crest" over the door is probably a good idea. We could just have Jinhai put one up over the gates of the Imperial Palace and wait for everyone else to copy it.
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>>5015542
Support
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>>5015773
Forgot to say only adding on the part of the journey to my original vote
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>>5015684
>>5015721
Null denouncement seal affects human souls as well.
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>>5015439
>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors
>Meet with Luli and discuss philosophy and faith while you're here with Kanzeon. Also ask if the rumors of an "Steel Lion courting humble Lotus flower" hold any truth
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>>5015439
>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays

>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors

>Entrust best mom to keep the children behaved.
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>>5015815
How so? I can't imagine Lieren would use them as widely as he does if they have a negative impact on the soul.
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>>5015439
>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
>Meet with Luli and discuss philosophy and faith while you're here with Kanzeon. Also ask if the rumors of an "Steel Lion courting humble Lotus flower" hold any truth

>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors
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>>5015439
>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
>Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors
>Seeing the benefits to your father's new lifestyle has inspired you to add a new teaching to the journey: To maintain a healthy mind, one must also maintain a healthy body. To expand one's knowledge without exercising the vessel to hold them, is the same mistake as to try to fill a cracked cup.
The kids getting daemon attention so soon may be Huli Jings last gambit that the divination from earlier warned of.
When it comes to warding the planet or vulnerable areas with null denouncement charms, perhaps we should try to make ghetto necron pylons, instead of pariah tech its a combination of materials and tech Kanzeon has with as many layers of null denouncement warding possible.
We could use urban Shuni areas as the test bed since those are the areas most vulnerable long term and the effect would be greatest there with how thin the veil is locally.
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>>5016318
It isn't limited to daemons anon, it targets all warp phenomenon including disembodied souls. After all it's called a NULL denouncement seal for a reason. If you want to an actual solution go speak to a non-DE Eldar, hell the female eldar watching Lieren is creating her own seals.
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>>5016350
>The kids getting daemon attention so soon may be Huli Jings last gambit that the divination from earlier warned of.
If it's that fucking fox, Lieren will probably be angry enough to try for a true death. Wonder if there's anything in the Shunni texts that survived our fires that could help?
>>5016365
You haven't answered my question. I'd also like a source.
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>>5016365
5th post of thread 8
>The wards and protections placed upon your crib by your regretful "birth" father, that must have guarded you from the whatever powers brought you to Shangrala. Which you have studied and now understand the exact geometrical shapes and sigils required to summon forth the same arcane protection that once shielded your infantile form from the predators of the Empyrean and their corruptive touch. And implant it into certain substances.
>A sort of nullification field, that denied such energies, forming an ethereal shield around the "Null Denouncement Charm" as you have chosen to name these magical wards against evil.
It's just anti-daemon/evil warpshit.
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>>5016368
Magnus explained it best in that Lieren uses it in the same way a caveman would use fire to keep beasts at bay. Lieren doesn't understand it at all beyond it repelling daemon and magic nor does he understand what a null despite having Dong around. This is the same problem ran into with warp energy in that he couldn't see it until he grasped the concept.
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>>5016371
Anon. Human souls are made of that energy.
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>>5016381
Anon. A human soul and a daemon are two very different things. Gellar fields don't flense the soul from the body when they're turned on, despite both being warp energy.
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>>5016383
A human soul and a daemon are different flavour of warp stuff and the difference never gets proper exploration.
>Gellar fields
It's a human psyker's dream being projected to create a stable reality around the ship. At least that's how "modern" gellar fields work, DAOT gellar fields must have been something different considering they we invented well before the discovery of psykers but likely used a similar principle.
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>>5016424
>the difference never gets proper exploration.
Yet there undeniably is a difference. If there wasn't, the charms would've already killed someone. There are no trap options in this quest, Malal has made that abundantly clear.
>>5016424
>At least that's how "modern" gellar fields work,
Some, not all, even after the regression of technology brought about during the Age of Strife. Regardless, the charms are described as producing "a field that shields all within it, in an area dependent upon the material and intricacies of the glyphs carved upon its surface, as well as the wearers ambient force of will." So a similar concept to how the passive will of a psyker, manifested through dreams, creates a bubble of anti-warpshit.
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>>5016449
>bubble of anti-warpshit
Gellar fields aren't bubbles of anti-warpshit. They are bubbles of reality which daemons can't enter for the similar reasons they can't invade reality without a ritual, they also maintain the law of physics so people don't spontaneously die because once again bubble of reality. They are no more anti-warp than the rest of the Materium which is something people often forget.
>There are no trap options in this quest
But people are fully entitled to make mistakes or suffer consquences of their choices. People have discussed how overuse of the seals could backfire pretty early on and he has in the past kept quiet when an action would harm other characters, like when Little Chen died.
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>>5016491
Calling back to the potential shortcomings of the Null Denouncement Seals, most of that was speculation.
I don't believe we've ever witnessed exactly what the script does besides provide protection against Warp energy and Warp based beings.
A lot of the potential worrying there was about how they would interact with the Human soul specifically, since it could be argued that souls are made of Warp energy.
Therefore, it might be a concern that they'd interfere with the soul's natural passage from the body after death, or cause other unforeseen effects.
Then there was also the attempts to become the embodiment of the Journey from its more zealous followers.
Who knows what kind of societal and spiritual problems could arise from that as people start to follow their own interpretations of the Journey.
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>>5016514
Without Lieren and with some passage of time I could see a gap developing between the Brotherhood of Panthers and the general Journey follower. The BoP becoming more zealous in hunting threats and since they were kinda formed before the book seeing themselves as "those who do dark shit so others may walk the journey in peace"
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>>5016601
I imagine anybody of Dong or Feng's ilk would be inducted into the brotherhood from an early age.sd0wr
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>>5016601
I can see that happening in the future depending on whether the Legions are split into Chapters. One focusing on defending and uplifting the common man, another on pursuing justice against villains both human and xenos, another dedicated to the never-ending struggle against the forces of true darkness and all its myriad slaves, etc.

Personally I don't think Lieren would allow that, wanting his sons to know happiness just as any other man, but he might not be in a position to influence them beyond the spiritual factor.
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Calling the vote now. Sorry for the wait.

Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays:14

Confide with Jinhai, the truth you know of spirits and their world they live in. So the kingdom may be protected from the same fate that befell its predecessors:15

Begin planning a return to your formal duties. Ask of Jinhai and his officials the most pressing needs of the Long-Jia Empire (even though you already have...).:1

Meet with Luli and discuss philosophy and faith while you're here with Kanzeon. Also ask if the rumors of an "Steel Lion courting humble Lotus flower" hold any truth:9

Seeing the benefits to your father's new lifestyle has inspired you to add a new teaching to the journey: To maintain a healthy mind, one must also maintain a healthy body. To expand one's knowledge without exercising the vessel to hold them, is the same mistake as to try to fill a cracked cup.:5

Look for the strange spirit Guozhi spoke of earlier.: 1

Tell our Friend and Brother something oh so overlooked and dire to tell.: 1

Endeavor to keep all the tiger children behaved in the palace and keep them out of trouble With Kanzeon. Truly one of your most daunting challenges yet!: 1

Entrust Kanzoen to keep the children behaved: 1

Total votes: 18

So Lieren will Confide with Jinhai, Meet the triplets, and then Meet with Luli to discuss matters of philosophy, faith and a particular rumor concerning a "Lion and Flower"

Writing now
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>>5015439
>>Endeavor to keep all the tiger children behaved in the palace and keep them out of trouble With Kanzeon. Truly one of your most daunting challenges yet!
>>Meet the triplets, and look into their hearts, so you may plan the gifts for their future birthdays
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>>5016601
I am not that sure about that.
The BoP would still be very influenced by the Journey (written by Lieren one of their founders), Shangrila (their birthplace, the one of Lieren/Journey), the Long Jia (Jinhai is still a member of the Brotherhood, even if now he is a ruler. And it's likely he strengthen further the brotherhood position and make it connect to his dynasty forever. He basically did that already since he uses some of them as his royal guards, it make sense after all.), by his founding members and their thoughts/deeds (Lieren, Jinhai, Bai, Feng, Dong, Chen ecc ...) and when there is the unification by the second legion contact and collaborations on the battlefields.
Alongside the Wanderers, i think they are the ones more likely to remain for the most on the path made by Lieren.
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Jinhai stood upon the end of the scale carved pier, at the edge of the imperial family's island estate, skipping carefully polished river stones across the lake, as in the distance, you could hear a particularly rambunctious pack of your adopted wards playing a game of "War" with the household guard. It seemed Bai and Xin had been recruited to whatever imaginary cause they were mock fighting for. Kanzeon sat on the opposite side of Jinhai as yourself, dipping her bare toes into the cool water below the pier and creating waves and ripples with kicks and flexes of her feet

With arms hidden in the sleeves of your resplendent, ever changing robes you look out towards the horizon beneath the fogs and heavy lake side mists. Another stone vanished beneath the veil, and as Jinhai moved to take another stone from the wide laquered plate they had been gathered upon, he looked into your eyes while he bowed and frowned

"I can only imagine the gravity of the matter, if it can only be discussed privately, away from all others" He said, sucking on his teeth before flicking his wrist and sending the chosen stone jumping across the calm waters of the imperial lake "Though I do not doubt that you have your reasons for such secrecy. You after all, are uniquely exposed to secrets oft hidden from the concerns of other men. The curse of your piercing vision"

"Could be made into a poem" Kanzeon sarcastically stated, which Jinhai did not catch on to, and merely nodded his head in earnest agreement

"You are correct to assume such, Jinhai" You reply solemnly, never once removing your eyes from the horizon and the mists that hide it "The knowledge I intend to impart upon you, against oaths sworn, could bring about yet unseen tragedies and cataclysms to the land and her people if a wicked mind were to hear of it"

"I am humbled that you regard me with such deep trust, to share such a mystery with me and me alone. Though I suppose such is the nature of brotherhood, and that of teachers and student" Jinhai answered, the honor and pride he felt from your unspoken statement of trust resounding powerfully with every word that left his

"You are one of the most virtuous souls I have yet encounterd, Jinhai" You reply simply, nodding once and covertly exchanging a glance with Kanzeon, who remained silent in both word and thought "But this is no gift, it is a burden to endure. One you shall carry for all of your life, should you deign to listen to the dark wisdom I possess"

"The king comes last, I am a servant to the kingdom and her people, elder brother" Jinhai answered coolly, his expression unchanging as he judged a handful of stones in his hands , and true to the mask he wore there was no dread to be found in his noble heart "If this knowledge would allow me to guard it against threats I otherwise would be unable to, I would gladly condemn myself to hell to hear it"

"How admirable, it is rare to find men as selfless as you, your imperial majesty" Kanzeon proudly stated
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>>5017410

"Then, allow this humble scholar and nemesis of all that is vile and evil, to reveal to you the true nature of spirits and the world they inhabit beyond our own. A world separated by a thin veil, a breaking boundary, a shoddily built wall" You answer in hushed whispers, even though you are certain there is no one else near enough to listen into this most grave of lessons "The realm of the dead, departed and never born. A mirror of the land of the living and material. A place woven of raw emotions and thought. The realm of souls, mortal and divine. And the residence of beings wicked and odious beyond any mortal villain, whose character is so wretched and evil they can only named and considered as the denizens of hell itself"

Jinhai's eyes narrowed, and he clenched the stones in his hands tightly, compressing them together with an awful grinding noise.

"I have often done battle with these wicked spirits many times, as has Grandfather Guozhi. The sages, monks and mystics I mentor, are being prepared to become sentinels against these dark powers, guardians of the souls of not only the people or the kingdom, but Shangrala itself' You confess as you turn your gaze skyward "For, their truest and most terrible desire is to see the world of men corrupted into a copy of their own fetid realms. To bring hell to earth. And they had nearly succeeded in both the time of the Yan, and the reign of Kamal Kanan. They are seducers and temptresses, who offer power to the ambitious and sinful in exchange for eternal servitude. They are deceivers and liars, who masquerade as divine and heavenly beings to mislead the unwary . They are murderers and killers, who delight in the agonies of dying men. They are Nihilists and fools, who wish to see all they perceive stagnate and decay. They are anarchists and lunatics who wish to see the galaxy itself burn, until all that remains is a howling void"

Jinhai remained silent, rolling the stones around his palm as he nodded his head. His eyes were distant, but still the spark of fear found no kindling within his courageous spirit.

"The Journey, through happenstance, is poison to these creatures of the primordial discord. It denounces their existence, the sin that birthed them, it harms these spirits for they are living thoughts and emotions made manifest. To speak its teachings with convictions and true belief, wounds them as gravely as any spear or rifle" You continue on "So, they have sought to corrupt me, to twist the journey into a mockery of itself. At Every meeting and every temptation, I have spurned their seductions and dismissed their threats. And now, they have seen fit to brand me, to mark me for execution and promise a reward to my killer, be they man or spirit by birth. What a grand failure, these beings who corrupted and taint all they touch and behold, cannot stand the existence of a singular soul immune to their wiles and poison"
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>>5017412

You chuckle, removing your arms from the sleeves to clasp them behind your back. You could feel, distantly, the scornful glare of beings beyond comprehension and understanding, and you could feel the fury your insult had inspired within their vast, blackened hearts.

"And how will I know these spirits of wicked nature, should I meet them upon the road? How shall I ward them away from my home and kin? How shall I be able to protect the kingdom and her people from these tyrants of death?" Jinhai asks, uncowed. It is clear he views this new threat as he would any other opponent, and already his sharp mind is working to find a strategy to best them and overcome the risk they pose

With a dramatic roll of your wrist, and lashing of your arm, you reveal a ribbon with the script of the Null Denouncement Charm woven into its length

"I have found only a singular protection, beyond one's personal force of will and conviction, and the strength of arms and martial talent. Though, I have had success with banishing these cretins with fire" You answers, allowing the ribbon to fall into Jinhai's open hand "The disciples of the Wanderers in the Fog Sect will provide you any aid you require in guarding Long Jia against the denizens of primordial chaos, for that is their chosen purpose and the cause for their training"

Jinhai studies the script intently, before lifting his head

"Is there anything else you can tell me of these spirits, Lieren?" He asks, with a scholar's desire burning in his narrowed eyes.

"There is much I can" You answer, wearing a gentle smile "In fact, I should first detail the nature and presence of these spirits, so you may know them at a glance, as I myself am capable of"
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Jinhai found comfort in the presence of his wife and children. It was his manner of recovering from the mental strain of the lecture you had given to him. As you knew he would, he withstood the truth of spirits better than most men would, and did so gracefully. Daiyu, shared his tired eyes, and wore her hair messily despite the preening and grooming of her handmaids. She possessed a mother's beauty, and was struggling to remain awake as Jinhai held her hand and brushed her hair away from her half open eyes.

Avinash, Akanksha and Sandip were present in the nursery room, as was gentle hearted Luli. It was decorated with fresh flowers of white jasmine and colorful strings of silk. The ceilings and walls bore paintings of fantastical scenes and battles, as well as distant locales and landmarks. You recognized many of them as villages Jinhai had helped you save during your years serving as the administrator of the Gao's lands. Others, you knew to be sites of the battles he had won, the damage left behind undone and their beauty restored. Animals both mundane and mystical frolicked as shadows, produced by a rotating screen around the room's lights.
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>>5017413

Wenling, looked up at you with bright and curious eyes, Chestnut ringed with a thin band of jade green. Her short black hair combed to the east, and she sucked on a jade pendant around her mother's neck, shaped like a dragons scale. She blinked once, and then many more times, as she struggled to understand how their could exist a man larger than her father. Her heart and mind, like all infants, was a simple thing. Easy to read and understand, like traditional theater. You could tell, she had come to the conclusion that you were Jinhai's father, for in her bare understanding of life, she considered bigger things to be older.

If you had to name her initial nature, the core of her young existence. It'd be, curiosity. Her mind was like a mechanism, partially built. Unwrought Iron. She was unafraid by the terrors of babes, isolation, hunger and darkness and considered everything around her as deeply as an infant was able to. And as quickly as she focused her attention to you, it changed to a lock of her mothers hair, which she struggled to grasp at, mewling and babbling quietly as she did so.

Her sister took the lock of hair that held her intrest, and stuffed it in her mouth, with which you could see she already had four teeth despite being younger than a season. Liling, was the opposite of her sister, her eyes were narrowed rather than open, Jade ringed with Chestnut, and her black hair was swept westward. Drool dripped down her lips as she locked eyes with you, ignoring her sister's wordless pleas for their mothers hair. There was a defiance in her, a wild energy, a fire. In her own, infantile way, she was challenging you to take away her new chew toy. She was bold, even though the entirety of her world comprised of her mother and father's arms, the egg shaped cradle she was kept in and the nursery room where it was placed besides those belonging to her sister and brother.

If Wenling's heart was yet unwrought steel, Liling's was the embers of a fire. In her eyes, you could see the start of the blaze that was in Daiyu's eyes when she crossed spears with you at the day of her family's judgement. Or perhaps it is the start of a passion similar to the one that possess Tao Dandan. If Wenling's young mind holds the foundation for a scholar, then Liling's possess everything required for her to mature into a warrior.

Wenling whines as you reach forward, and gently tap her nose. She thought she had intimidated you, how amusing.

Daiyu chuckles, as Kanzeon creeps closer, eyes shimmering with delight and boundless joy at simply being close to such adorable babes. Her motherly instincts must be ablaze within her heart, but she restrains herself, knowing exactly how fragile infants are even if her caution is somewhat needless, after all, she knows how to control the strength of her puppet as naturally as if it were the body she had been born into.

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>>5017414

The last of the triplets, Jinhai's son, Boling, looked at you fearfully, He thought you were a monster or some form of predator and remained quiet while his sisters babbled and conversed in the wordless language of babes. His hair, was the same color as Daiyu's own, autumn red. The same color as his wretched grandfather and his frightened eyes were the a similar hue to both his and his daughter's. He alone possessed the Gao coloring, yet he was no dragon at least not yet. His heart was a worried one, but unlike his sisters, it wasn't his core nature and was more caused by your intimidating presence than anything else. Rather, from watching his mannerism and how calmly he sat in his father's arms, not struggling or moving to find a more comfortable position, told you that the core of his young heart was not worry or fear. But rather obedience

Wenling was Curious, Liling was Bold, and Boling was Obedient. All great qualities for children to carry into adult hood, and as they matured and their minds grew, they would form the foundations of their characters. What they would be in a year, or two from now, you could not foreseen. You knew them as they were now, as they were born, pure from the influences of life and experience.

When they had become a year older, you would get Wenling a puzzle, Liling a toy soldier, a Boling a shaped box to drop wooden shapes into. That should please the three of them, and fulfill the simple desires of children. You could only wonder how they would change from now to then.

"I can see portions of the mother and father in each of them!" You proclaim merrily, causing little Boling to start and pout "Shall they become great scholars? Storied generals? Or perhaps artists and poets? Only the heavens could know, but looking upon their yet unsullied hearts has been as cleansing as a summer rain, I am reinvigorated to meet my godchildren, and humbled to be allowed such a privileged position in their lives"

Sandip rubbed a finger, pouting as he looked at Liling

"She bit me!" He cried out, as Liling seemed to understand his complaint and smiled as if amused by it.

"She does that, often" Daiyu bemoaned, as Jinhai nodded Sagely

"And Boling wakes up early, and Wenling doesn't like being put to bed" Jinhai said excitedly "They are all rebellious in their own way, as much as babes can be"

You chuckle, and hear a rattle. And turn to see Kanzeon shaking one in each hand, trying to entertain the imperial heirs. You smile, and grab a piece of ribbon to see if you could entice one of the three to play with it.
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"I didn't expect Sandip to be as gentle with the babes as he was, and Ananya fell in love with all three of them" Luli exclaimed happily, as you sit with her and Kanzeon on a deck, watching Avinash lead a few of the younger boys on a "Hunt", trying to catch a glimpse of the Qilin the imperial family kept. A noble beast, that you had spotted from the nursery window, watching the triplets like a loyal hound.
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>>5017416

"And Avinash?" Kanzeon asked, as you watched the boy crawl through the carefully cultivated garden of flowers, followed by his peers

"He was quiet, I don't think he's seen a baby before, and was more shocked than anything else. Boys his age are often quieted when they remember they used to be small and meek" Luli answered with a shrug of her shoulders, ethereal petals and birds rising from her silver and gold limbs, lights flickering beneath her Riverstone black hair as it shifted with the turning of her neck.

"More likely he noticed the script I hid in the children's one hundred good wishes quilts" You say with a sneer "Though a father's protection is as an unbreakable wall, one cannot be scolded for being cautious in protecting others, especially babes"

Luli smiles, and nods once, rubbing her hands around the cup of hot tea you had served her.

"I noticed it to, I remember every gift I've been given and those characters were familiar to me" She states softly "Even if faith is a sturdy shield, hope can only save one from so much"

"You have experience on that front" Kanzeon muttered sadly. Luli turned and shrugged

"A flower will never bloom if it holds a grudge towards the rain, pain and suffering are simply another aspect of life and must be taken in stride" She answers simply

"A thousand gardens are grown over the graves of the fallen, a soldier returns home after war, a painters sorrow becomes his muse" You say, continuing the poem included in a rarely quoted passage of the journey

"A poet's tongue becomes hopelessly tied" Kanzeon chuckles, tapping her fingers on the table as she leans closer to you

"Oh, I'll have to remember that one!" Luli exclaims "it'd make for an excellent response towards my suitors"

"Speaking of suitors, is there any truth to the rumor I've heard of a certain Steel Lion courting a defiant lotus?" You cheekily ask, watching Luli's pale cheeks flush a brilliant shade of sunset scarlet

"Lieren, it is astonishing how polite you can be while simultaneously ignoring and forgoing common decorum" Kanzeon playfully scolded you as the glowing lines in Luli's augmentations flared pink and red, birds and petals replaced with fire and beams of sunlight

"He is one of many pairs of hands seeking to pluck that flower" She admits poetically, swirling her tea around as she sighed "His heart is noble, and his character is virtuous and moral. However, he is also pigheaded and rather stubborn. If he could learn to let go of his grudges, he'd be less ugly to my eyes, and if he could open his mind I might even return his affection. To cut a lotus from its roots, one must possess a sharp knife, as it is said"

"So, basically the cub needs to grow up" Kanzeon said with frown "and stop resenting the man who did everything in his power to give him his life back"

"And hang up his sword, I cannot love a warrior" Luli admitted, almost sounding ashamed "A killing tool has no place in a peaceful garden"
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>>5017418

Luli frowned

"I've witnessed too much cruelty and killing to tolerate anymore. But his eyes are kind, unlike the" Luli begins to trail off, it is clear she means the prince who defiled and brutalized her body. His death returns to your mind's eye, a bitter salve to the scars he left in the young woman's heart.

"Perhaps the lion will forsake its fangs and claws, if he truly desires the lotus blossom for more than its beauty" You state, shrugging your shoulders as you pour both women a fresh cup of tea

"Perhaps" Luli answered

"Or we could just neuter the cat and be done with it" Kanzeon grumbled as she raised her cup
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What do you do now, Lieren?

>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im

>Contact Kang Yongrui, and talk to him about Luli and the suffering she has endured

>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency

>Request permission to undertake a personal project of yours, using the kingdoms resources

>write in
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>>5017419
>Contact Kang Yongrui, and talk to him about Luli and the suffering she has endured

>Write in
Help them come to an understanding, that although Luli's suffering is not to be ignored that kangs warrior spirit is a part of him, after all, while the teachings of the journey encourages peace between men the reality is that warriors will always exist, but that if they are honorable protectors like the kangs then they are not but a boon to all


I am honestly sad, I pushed this ship from the beginning but this is honestly a deal breaker between them, if they cannot find a compromise between them then this relationship is doomed.

Luli is more than justified in feeling this way but Kang is a warrior in mind, body and soul...I'm so sad
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>>5017419
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
Write in: also ask about the spirit he saw who helpped him out
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>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im

Best get soulstone research out of the way
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>>5017419
>Study the stone
>Meet with Yonguri

I get her point, but she also needs to understand that warriors are always going to he a necessity. So long as she realises that, I dont really mind her preferences in love.
She may understand the requirement, but she may not.

And with those refugees, I believe it is almost time to face the butcher of Vishnu.
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>>5017419
I don't feel the need to play matchmaker here, let them figure it out. If they can't do that on their own it may be best that they never do.

>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
This has been a long time coming.

>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
We need info on what the Vishnu are cooking up, and how soon we can expect them to show up at our doorstep.
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>>5017419
>>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
>>Contact Kang Yongrui, and talk to him about Luli and the suffering she has endured
>>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
refugees planning something.
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>>5017419
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
>Learn about the lands of Bask, its recent history, and current affairs.
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>>5017419
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
>And do it together with the strange material from Guozhi's staff
>Learn about the lands of Bask, its recent history, and current affairs.
>Send a message to talk with Qiqiang and his disciple, the liberator of the Bask.
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>>5017452
>>5017431
And supporting the write-in and thoughts about the couple.
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>>5017419
>Contact Kang Yongrui, and talk to him about Luli and the suffering she has endured
>Request permission to undertake a personal project of yours, using the kingdoms resources
Begin the project and the foundation of a new factory template even more ecological than recent ones, as well more advance and productive. Experiment in making the machines immune or harmful to the energies of the spirits, with the use of symbology, different materials and even the design it self.
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>>5017419
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im

>Contact Kang Yongrui, and talk to him about Luli and the suffering she has endured
I agree with the other posters that warriors are necessary. People that cannot fight a tyrant have no rights before one. Our positions in the world are determined by our ability to keep it, and every tyrant derives his authority from violence. For violence by it's nature exists to solve a problem or serve a purpose beyond just killing. Only self-destructive fools preach violence for violence's sake.
>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
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>>5017419
Also
>learn more about the "spirit" that assisted Ghuozhi
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>>5017419
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
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>>5017419
>>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
Could very well be King Khorne of the vishnu sending in saboteurs under the guise of refugees. Even if not a steady influx of non integrated "savage" Vishnun is going to create some instabillity and be a drain on resources in province likely to be a war zone soon.
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>>5017419
>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
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>>5017431
Support

Study the gem
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>>5017419
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
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>>5017419
>>write in
>You have put it off for too long. Journey back to Kanan's Palace and search for Al-Uzza, so that Kanzeon's sorrow and worry might finally be resolved.
Probably too late, but it'll hopefully remind people we have a lead.
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>>5017419
>>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
>>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
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>>5017419
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
Its time we finally do something to end this war.
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>>5017419
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency
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>>5017676
we'll probably do that after the war.
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>>5017733
At the rate things are going, probably. But she'd be an asset though. Kanzeon proper too, as soon as we settle on which method she should use to free herself.
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>>5017867
She s already doing that in part. Otherwise, neither the Brotherhood would receive such equipment in such a short time or Long Jia received additional materials and tools. Or us our high quality equipment.
Remember that we are already sending resources to her from time ago, she wouldn t be able to craft and produce this much if her ship was left mostly not functioning or imprisoned under the rock. The kabal materials where also a further boon and boost for her and us.
But with the liberation wars end a last effort can be given towards Kazeon ship, alongside starting ones towards the other sisters.

The fully functioning ship forges will be a great boost, more importantly though the ship scanners and other systems used for navigation and mapping can easily give us a picture of the whole world, as well the solar system.
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>>5017885
>The fully functioning ship forges will be a great boost, more importantly though the ship scanners and other systems used for navigation and mapping can easily give us a picture of the whole world, as well the solar system.
I was thinking her armament would be a boon as well. We have some planes, but the Vishnu have floating fortresses, in addition to VTOL transports. Shipboard weaponry will solve problems there, and also be able to cow entire cities into submission by presence alone. We might have to deal with primitive airborn troop carriers as well, their hypothetical ability to drop marauders behind our lines will be an issue if all the fighting men are on the front.
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>>5017892
I think we can deal with them with a combo of rocket laucher squads and anti air guns alongside turrets, that this for the VTOL s. For fortresses we are developing a fine artillery section of the army. And airtroop carriers could be taken out by our planes as well anti air guns + turrets. If they manage to droop some of their elite troops or even a squad of ichor champions, then we need to leave some brothers behind and other elite units. Our standard troops can still kill them thanks to the new equip, but they would face far more experienced foes than them so better no (though even our standard troops are probably filled with veterans at this point, so it s not bad for us).

Beside this, the army has started already a process of rapid modernization so we should be on par or even better in other things.
At this point, we need to strike hard at the start of the war or put such a defense that the Vishnu will take a devastating defeat just by approaching us.
In regard to what Kazeon can do, she probably will have her hands full with her sister for hacking, jamming and so on. The wanderers will need to counter all those evil spirits that Nintya has been gifted, and their influence.
And we, well we need to carve out a path directly in Nintya armies heart for stop them and then kill the tyrant.
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>>5017419

>Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency.

>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
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>>5017419
>>5017419
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im

>Contact Kang Yongrui, and talk to him about Luli and the suffering she has endured
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>>5017419
>Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im
AND MANGUS

Cyclops-bro needs to know about psyker-tools.
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Calling the vote now.

Contact Kang Yongrui, and talk to him about Luli and the suffering she has endured:7
- Help them come to an understanding:3

Study the strange gem you tore from Cearnarch tongue, with Guozhi and Kuan im:18
-And Magnus: 1

Ask about the spirit that assisted Guozhi:2

Meet with the refugees that have been appearing at the Xue border in an almost scheduled frequency:12

Learn about the lands of Bask, its recent history, and current affairs.:2
-Send a message to talk with Qiqiang and his disciple, the liberator of the Bask.:1

You have put it off for too long. Journey back to Kanan's Palace and search for Al-Uzza, so that Kanzeon's sorrow and worry might finally be resolved.:1

Request permission to undertake a personal project of yours, using the kingdoms resources:1
-Begin the project and the foundation of a new factory template even more ecological than recent ones, as well more advance and productive: 1

Total votes:22

So Lieren will meet with the Vishnu refugees and then study the strange tear like gem he found in the reaver lord Cearnarch's tongue with Guozhi and Kuan im

Writing now
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Ever since The dwarf king Madhur Roy and what remained of his retainers and family arrived at the building site of the Wall at the Xue border, still referred to by the shameful epithet of the "Lunatic's Wall" for the brief period of maddened training you performed around it, Twice every month at the end of its forth and eighth weeks another party rides for the wall, disheveled and haunted. Each has been lead by a king or queen, followed by eight screamers, and whatever servants, family members or strangers were spared by the Nitya Sinha while all others were taken from the streets and beheaded in before his army in what to you seems to be a form of ritualized slaughter. However Since summer began and ended and autumn's cool winds filled the valleys, around when you waged a quiet war against Kamal Kanan and his underlings both mortal and unborn, the predictable seemingly scheduled arrival of refugees has increased exponentially.

Thankfully, the generals holding the wall, who you have learned include the once esteemed Yan Zihao among their number, had the common sense to entrust the protection and recovery of these poor souls to the more sensible chiefs of the once Wild Vishnu Tribes. Kamakshi, Om and Manu have gathered them at a hospital maintained by the White Lotus, where they still remain in a state of shock and animalistic panic. Madhur Roy, has in a show of gratitude, done all he is capable of to gleam information from the terrified recounting of his once rivals and peers. Luckily, Akanksha is busy with her new husband and the call of his hunter's hear to visit and cause an international incident. Similarly, Rudra and Aruna have been preparing some kind of tournament for the young men and women of their tribe, and similarly have not had the time to terroize the poor souls. For all of them scarcely resemble the Vishnu of former ages, and the Vishnu of the Bone Devouring Forest are often times enraged by the "Weakening" of their people. Perhaps that would explain Nitya Sinha rapid accent in power and station, a sense of being betrayed by the men and women who tradtionally served as paragons of the Vishnu's martial life style? Or perhaps, as you dread, the Butcher of kings has a hellish patron amongst the spirits.

Today, you and Kanzeon have arrived at the hospital hosting the disposed nobility. Thankfully many of them are recovering well, though all of them are shaken to their core and bear a haunted look in their despondent, watery eyes. Their prides have been broken, and their force of will shattered. Humility has been forced upon them and gravely wounded them in spirit. When Madhur Roy ceases showering you with praises and filling your ears with tales told to him by the very same men and women you seek to interview, you are able to make progress and gain a deeper understanding of the greatest enemy Long-Jia faces. Now that the Shuni Magocracy have been broken,
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>>5018523

and the Bask have freed themselves from stagnancy and began to undo the generational decay that had befallen their society before Elazar Burueliza lead them to liberate themselves from the tyrants who allowed such degeneration to occur.

Namely, an explanation of what the panicked Madhur Roy had meant when he spoke of hordes of "Kauravas" marching beneath the shadows of "Vimana", amongst other wild and explained tales shared between each of the refugees.

You had theorized upon the meaning of the terms, with what little information could be gathered concerning their meanings and the technology shared between Kanzeon and her sisters. At times you had feared the king of kings lead an army of wicked spirits, or augmented horrors of cybernetic and gene altered monstrosities, or had equipped mundane army with magical and cursed weapons. The truth, revealed to you by three surviving kings who banded together in desperation against Nitya Sinha, is some how worse than any you could imagine.

The King of Kings, The Giant of the Vishnu, The Butcher of Lord, has access to cloning facilities. Cloning facilities that would have to rival the "Halls of ripening" Within Kanzeon's true body, the same which produced the Vessel now sitting besides you her avatar amongst men, to be able to produce the army described by the three usurped kings. From their recounting, it would appear he has taken to using masses of slaves taken from his former rivals to soften their defenses, before initating a festival of slaughter by unleashing the true bulk of his army.


An army could only be made by a functioning cloning bay continuously creating new soldiers to bolster their number and render any loss no matter how significant utterly meaningless.

An army accompanied by vehicles of war that could only be produced by a foundry of similar build to Kanzeons own. Vehicles that include titanic aircraft that dwarf anything Long-Jia has constructed, that host flocks of fighter craft akin to the "Steel birds" Shirong "invented" With Kanzeon guidance. An army wielding weaponry that, before Kanzeon's breaking of her oath of noninterference, was peerless and unmatched upon Shangrala! Indeed! This brute king could even impede the advance of your father's great armies upon distant terra! Weapons equipped with motorized saws, power fields similar to that possesed by the Prince's twin Daos and their imitations, and even the "Flaying" energy exhibited by the Six fanged spear!

Truly, the only advantage you hold against Nitya Sinha's forces, is the aeldari technology you have reversed engineered. Dark Light, Aethersails, anti-gravitic generators, and altered Agonizers that you have termed "Body Sealing Whips". Even the Water generating stones, can be assumed to be in The Butcher King's hands, tools so dangerous you have refused their use even after field plasma AND Darklight against the sorcerer tyrants of the Shuni!

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>>5018525

There are three conclusions that can be drawn. The most unlikely, that Nitya Sinha had stumbled upon Avalokiteśvara's corpse, as Kanzeon feared, or she has abandoned their purpose of guarding and nurturing humanity or otherwise lead astray from the path Kanzeon has held herself to since time immemorial.

Either Avalokiteśvara has been deceived or enslaved. Or she has willingly aligned herself with a murdering warlord.

And this evidence, has Sent Kanzeon into a dark mood. One Dark enough that she has left your side this night, to contemplate in the wilderness and seek solace in her own computations and thoughts.

While you remain close enough to observer her, you allow her her solitude. Either she must mourn one of her sisters, or she must face a harsher reality yet, that her kin have forsaken their mission for a yet unknown reason.

But she is not idle, even as she sulks, she continues work freeing her body from its prison, a prison now greatly lessened and turned to raw materials to fuel her body's many arcane components and industrial machinery. And so, you to shall not slack in your work.

Guozhi, Kuan Im, and Cai, have heeded your call to join you in study, the two remaining core disciples, the twin exorcists Bohai and Peizhi are occupied cleansing a fallen fort in the northern most regions of the Long-Jian Kingdom.

Cai, came despite you only asking Guozhi and Kuan im for their assistance in your meditation upon the strange tear shaped stone you tore from an alien's tongue. Apparently, he had a dream that convinced him his presence would be vital in this "Contemplation of crystalized souls"

A ritual site has been prepared. Lines drawn in sand, filled with a mixture of Carmine, salt, ash and mercury contained in leak proof vessels to prevent it from poisoning the soil beneath. The Null Denouncement script has been writ across the array, in characters of jade and agate.

You set the gem stone upon a silver plate in the center of the circle, and instantly Guozhi's young eyes flare with recognition.

"A soul cries out within it" Kuan im shudders, as Cai nods

"A form of necromancy! I recognize the signs of that most heretical of arts" Cai exclaims, almost too excitedly as Guozhi face pales

"The spirit I met, that aided me in your protection, Grandmaster! She wore a gem like the one set before us now!" The old scholar proclaims gravely, eyes flashing between you and the stone. The other two fall silent, their chants and mantras stilled with trepidation, as you boldly approach the stone

"Haaa! We do not know what power lies within it!!" Cai cries out, before Kuan im sighs

"Elder Lieren is stronger than all three of our number combined, and his eyes reveal the true nature of all things" Kuan Im says simply, placing a hand upon the shaken occultist's chest

"And there is no danger in that stone" Guozhi mutters

"Elder Kuan Im? Elder Guozhi?" Cai gasps, amazed by his fellow sect members' trove of wisdom
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>>5018526

You pluck the tear shaped gem between your fingers, and turn it around.

A few moments of intense study are all that is required for you to understand the function of the stone. It is a mystical device. One that, as Cai had managed to correctly guess, traps a soul within it at the time of its mortal vessel's demise. It cannot be Cearnarch's soul, for his was blacker than the stygian depths of Kanzeon's prison.

But its composition is similar. Brighter than a mundane man's essence, stronger, older and more soundly fortified. It is an Aeldari, but uncorrupted.

You blink, as you feel to the stone shudder and wail beneath your fingers. You stared too long, you turn away and the gem ceases its movements.

"Curious" You mutter, gingerly placing the Soul containing tear into your palm, treating it with the same reverence and respect as you would any living soul.


Bowing your head, you begin to wind whisper to the intelligence imprisoned within the gem.

It speaks first.

"What are you?" Its ghostly words roil just beneath your

"Aaah! the departed speaks!" Cai gasps, as Guozhi nods and Kuan im turns her blind eyes to the gem in your hands

"Ah, an ancient existence" She says as if it is the most mundane thing in life.

"There are many answers to that question, and many of them are contradictory" You reply.

"My jailer's thoughts have gone silent, I suppose it is you I should thank for my liberation? it is unbelievable that novice upon the path of the Seer would be capable of besting the self proclaimed lord of the Stellar hunt! Or am I being presumptuous of my savior's capabilities? Or were you aided by my brothers and sisters of Kher-Ys? Your accent is strange, could you repeat to me the current date as you know it, from the Fall?" The spirit rambles, exhibiting symptoms similar to a monk who has ended his vow of silence, a need to make up for words unspoken by rambling

And it is obvious, for some reason, this Aeldari soul believes you to be an Aeldari yourself. Perhaps because of your greater psionic presence? Or the gentle moonlight of Arianka, which has become one with you as your golden fire had intermingled with her own essence?

How do you respond, Lieren?

>Deceive the spirit, and weave an Avatar out of Qi to project into his prison, to set him at ease and converse with him as an equal rather than a "Mon-Keigh" as Aeldari name humanity

>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device

>Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.

>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.

>Write in

Sorry for the late update, felt ill when I woke up. But it passed
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>>5018528
>>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.
Considering the fact that he was imprisoned by a dark eldar I do not trust him enough to give him a body. He could very well be some other maniac that got eaten by a bigger fish.
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>>5018528
>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.
Anybody imprisoned by somebody like the Lord of the Stellar Hunt is probably pretty alright.
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>>5018528
>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device

Well dealing with the special k follower just got a lot more complicated, if we are going to do anything it would have to start with taking the cloning out or offline then the leader out, though it won't be easy with their advanced tech, and we definitely shouldn't go with an army if we don't want our people slaughtered, it'll have to be a strike team again , though better prepared for the potential types of tech we would face
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>>5018563
A small unit deployed to find and destroy the cloning facilities goes without saying.
What we also need to do is fortify the ever living fuck out of the border.
Whatever AA we have there, it isn't enough. It'll never be enough.
WE NEED MORE DAKKA!
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>>5018528
>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.
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>>5018554
Support
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>>5018528
Write-in
>show him our story
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>>5018528
>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.

>advanced tech
>cloning
>khornate
hahaha fuck
We've got our work cut out for us with Nitya Sinha that's for sure.
It doesn't matter how much we improve our military, this is going to be ugly regardless if we go into open conflict.
I would propose sowing discontent amongst other Vishnu leaders to cause a civil war, but its probably too late for that, I imagine Nitya has a vice grip on everyone's balls at this point.
A good idea might be to bring the dream team again and try to kill Nitya and/or shut down the cloning facility.
The rest of their tech is likely there to stay, so I'm afraid the slow grind is our only option. That and stealing/sabotaging their ships and other such chicanery.

We could maybe try to get this kind Eldar gentlemen to get us in contact with his siblings, and ask them for help with some "local problems" (read: khornates) as recompense. So long as he is not a complete asshole himself of course.
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>>5018528
>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.
>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.
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>>5018528
>>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.
So the Vishnu have
>cloning
>hyperadvanced DAOT weaponry
>khornate corruption
>massive fuck-off aircraft
We need to find Al-Uzza, dig out (ba dum tss) Kanzeon, and take a field trip over to the Bask while she works on readying Long-Jia for was to find sister #4. If Nitya really could make taking Shangrala a chore for the Emperor, we'll need to unite the rest of the planet to beat him. Maybe we should start a search for lost archeotech? Go from province to province asking about local myths, legends, or rumors that might just be reports of advanced technology distorted over millennia?
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>>5018595
Honestly showing him the encounter with Nurgle would have him feeling like Lieren is an honorary Aeldari despite being envious as fuck. Hell any of Lieren's fights against Chaos would have him impressed.
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>>5018528
>>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>>Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.

I am wondering if we should ask Nintya for a direct fight with him. I doubt he can refuse a one on one fight. The vishnu are a very martial culture after all, though he likely would arrive in the fight with armor and equipment similar to our own making the fight equal. Beside our psyker ability.
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>>5018606
Imagine, you've been a drukhari's tongue stud for the past 700 years, most of your existence revolving around Sslyth pussy, when suddenly your bearer is curbstomped by the psyker equivalent of a sage-king 18 wheeler who, after carrying you around in his man purse for a few months, shows you his memories of channeling Kaela Mensha Khaine himself and flirting with the mother of your species while crippling a greater daemon of Nurgle IN FRONT OF NURGLE. That's gotta be a come-to-god moment for any eldar.
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>>5018612
A straight up duel might work, we do have the mark, so defeating us one on one would earn him infinite favors with Khorne.
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>>5018617
A duel is exactly what Khorne wants, so I say we don't do that.
I'm more in favor of an extremely overwhelming ambush.
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>>5018623
>>5018617
>>5018612
>not dueling him to defeat him in such a way that proves him wrong
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>>5018528
>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.
>Write in
FUCK YEAH! Show his our fight with the lord of rust and our brief encounter with Isha. Letw do it lads!
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>>5018614
+1 this

>>5018617
>>5018623
We could try being dishonorable as fuck and spam psyker powers? Agro him to all hell and get him off his game.

>"You whores son! You dishonor our duel with disgusting psykerism!?" Said Nitya Sinha
>"lol" said Lieren
>"lmao" said Magnus watching from the warp
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>>5018584
Changing from
>Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.
To
>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.
And supporting talking about Isha.
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>>5018649
On one hand, I don't want to enrage an opponent while fighting again, specially against a Khornate champion that will just stronger for it.
On the other one, casting flames on him until he start ranting about sorcery, only to respond that when Khorne tried to kill us he used a torrent of hellfire instead of giant sword, so his god would be a dishonorable psyker is way too funny of a image.
>>5018623
It might work and thorw the entire army in disarray, or it might backfire and just enrage the clones and theirs leader into more suicidal attack.
Maybe we shoul try to get to Kanzeon's sister and stop her somehow, he can't keep up the meatgrinder if he becomes unable to reinforce.
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>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.
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>>5018649
>Agro him to all hell and get him off his game
He's an adherent of Khorne getting him mad only makes him stronger.
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>>5018528
>Answer honestly, we are a man
>Offer them a replacement body
>Show them our story/speak of Isha

It occurs to me, that if the Eldar were able to learn from Ghuzai about slipping the nets of death, that's make a cool hero unit.
But probably not viable, so we just have to laugh at the eldar for being able to do what they can't
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>>5018528
>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.
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>>5018698
It wouldnt matter if they learned the technique, all of their souls are tetherd. Leiren would need to figure out how to sever that connection with "She-Who-Thirsts" before it would be viable.
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>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.
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This talk of a replacement body does raise some questions. Namely;
>Would an Eldar soul be able to exist in a human body?
>If not, do we have Eldar tissue samples to clone from instead?
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>>5018837
Could we not involve the Aeldari in the design process. I mean we could try get him to conjure an image of what he looked like while alive and use Lieren's amazing art skills to design the body.
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There is one oh so simple but brutal way to handle the Khorne threat. We get a rock bring it high then we drop it upon their home base.

Creating a very real rendition of heavens judgement
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>>5018718
Become the new Eldari god, reforge Khane, become Khaine's replacement, free Isha.

>>5018837
We probably have some rotting tissue samples, or preserved ones we brought back to Kanzeon's main body. If anything we could pick off bits of blood from where ever they died on the planet, then clone up a new body.

>>5018877
We still gonna wow him with out encounter with Isha?
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>>5018528
>>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>>Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.
>>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.
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>>5018698
Supporting this.
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>>5018523
>Today, you and Kanzeon have arrived at the hospital hosting the disposed nobility. Thankfully many of them are recovering well, though all of them are shaken to their core and bear a haunted look in their despondent, watery eyes. Their prides have been broken, and their force of will shattered. Humility has been forced upon them and gravely wounded them in spirit. When Madhur Roy ceases showering you with praises and filling your ears with tales told to him by the very same men and women you seek to interview, you are able to make progress and gain a deeper understanding of the greatest enemy Long-Jia faces. Now that the Shuni Magocracy have been broken, and the Bask have freed themselves from stagnancy and began to undo the generational decay that had befallen their society before Elazar Burueliza lead them to liberate themselves from the tyrants who allowed such degeneration to occur.


Well someone journey missionary had an epic adventure.
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>>5019026
And it makes me sad that people don't want to talk to them.
Qiqiang and Elazar are just normal humans and they managed to topple a nurglite regime with faith int he journey alone.
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>>5019027
I think that just shows how shit Nurgle's followers are desu.
They may revel in disease and stagnation, but a sick man in a static position will probably be unable to react to his opposition accordingly.
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>>5019027
I would love to talk to them. And we probably should. Those peeps are fucking hero units. They took down nurgle regime alone.
I'm curious how pops is going to react to them.
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>>5018528
>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.
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Not nuff people wanna ask about the Isha thing. I'm afraid that if we dont bring that up, he might not be as willing to talk with us further or cooperate.
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+1 to discussing our tsle of isha
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>>5019046
Getting write-ins to pass is becoming harder and harder.
Someone should post a picture, that seem to get more votes for some reason.
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>>5019034
Honestly the Emperor would be more impressed with the Journey there.
>>5019046
I want to tell him about that too since there is no reason not too. Technically >>5018597 this is my vote in favor of it.
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>>5019057
He'd be impressed, but certainly not surprised.
If there's anybody who knows the true might of a population united by faith, it's the Emperor.
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>>5019053
Ideally write-ins are submitted within the first 5 or so posts or, like I did with the Malal write-in, announced that they're being written. Else it's hard to get the support of the people who check daily for an update, vote if there is one, and leave instead of just having the tab opened with auto-update on. But this is just the beginning of our conversation with this soul. It isn't going anywhere, and neither are we.
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>>5019122
Having a picture also helps, but yeah, timing is everything.
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>>5019122
That's true, most write-ins that won were either near immediate, had an image, were shilled or were during one of those times where the machine spirits delayed an update.
It kind of sucks for people who miss the update because of work or sleep and try to come up with a write-in, but Malal's rule on one less than half also helps a lot too. And he has also remembered some good ones and made them default options later, so it's not exactly hopeless.
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>>5018528
>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.
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>>5019122
>>5019136
iv'e definitely found that all my write-ins that have gone through have been posted immediately after the update. if people see a huge thread already formed under the options they likely wont read through it, only look at the first few posts and then pick a default answer.

anywho
>>5018528
>>5018528
>>Deceive the spirit, and weave an Avatar out of Qi to project into his prison, to set him at ease and converse with him as an equal rather than a "Mon-Keigh" as Aeldari name humanity
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>>5019124
Anything to draw the eye to the post helps
>>5019136
>And he has also remembered some good ones and made them default options later, so it's not exactly hopeless.
That's why I'm not too worried about stuff like searching for Al-Uzza. Still want to keep it in people's mind in case we get the chance and it isn't a default.
>>5019219
>if people see a huge thread already formed under the options they likely wont read through it, only look at the first few posts and then pick a default answer.
Par for the course, really.

In any case, I finally decided to make a To Do List, since things always pile up for us around wartime. Lemme know if I forgot anything and I'll add it.
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>>5019301
>HIGHEST PRIORITY
nah
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>>5019308
Don't fear the truth, anon
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>>5019310
Nah, we already got the extendo stick.
It's the other end of the Gundao.
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>>5019313
But we could have such a superior extendo stick. One that can even become several extendo sticks of equal power.
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>>5019301
Add (some may redundant to some points already made, but i recon you can just cut some parts and put them together)

HIGH PRIORITY
- Expand prosperity and unity across Shangrila, after the end of the liberation wars and tyrants defeats. Hunt down crime, poverty and misery in to extinction.
- Ensure the technological knowledge that is being made, and the one recovered from future battlefields and foes, helps further the Empire of Long Jia and the peoples under it

MEDIUM PRORITY
- Make the Long Jia military more organized and powerful, with direct intervention on his recruitment, training, structure and tactics. (new equipment is already arriving in and being integrated)
- Explore the old monastery of the Dai monks, restore it and gift it to the wanderers as a new monastery, as well a honored memorial to their precursors (when liberation wars end, not now)

LOW PRIORITY
- New Fortifications and defenses across the entire world, and in orbit (add vaults and underground tunnel networks for the safety of our peoples). The creation of a "basic" (if one made by a primarch and an AI of the DAOT could be call such) defense grid for Shangrila.
- Explore our solar system with Kazeon ship ! (not before mapping fully our homeworld from orbit and sense any signs of additional lost technology that we didn't see)
- Understand why the natural barriers between reality and the empyrean in Shangrila are so thin, and what can be done about it. From strengthen it to set up anti-spirit defenses.
- More exchanges between us and Magnus. While he can help us in sorcery and psykers matters, we can help him even in matters of technology, administration and military. As well convince him of being a lover of nature like us.
- Build new academies and laboratories across the world for spread the feats of science and attract more people to it.
- Future space related stuff in the system (in depth exploration, construction, colonization, make a fleet ecc...)
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>>5018528
>>Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device
>>Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.
>>Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.

Clearly, since the enemy has aerial supremacy, we need orbital supremacy. Nothing some rods from god cant handle.
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>>5019319
> Something something the only extendo stick Lieren needs is between his legs.
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>>5019301
I would like to know more about the ghost shards of the dai monks, and find a way to help them, and Also to purify the monastery and see if they have anything good hidden there.
And don't forget about searching for the Bask's colony ship too.
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Why haven't we made a martial art that uses an opponent's strength against them?
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>>5019551
When we battle the khornefag, we will have one.
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>>5018698
Support
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>>5019551
Because Lieren hasn't seen an animal that he can name that style after yet.
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>>5019524
On the topic of reforging the souls of the Dai monks, they're gonna need a body, right?
Obviously Kanzeon could make one for em, but that brings up another question.
What kind of body should we make?
Should we try base it entirely off of baseline Long-Jia genetics?
Or would we be better suited picking and choosing from the genetic traits of our presumably willing donors?
Or maybe we still have some viable samples from Cui Fu's cadaver.
Imagine a body like his tempered with the wisdom of a thousand lifetimes.
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>>5019600
We probably would need to make something stronger than a normal human body to be able to host a fusion of souls without it having some problems, maybe helping this eldar, planning a body for kanzeon, studying with Guonzhi or even trying to understand a bit of our own genetics could go a long way.
But that depends if we are even going with the putting their souls into a new body way, we could also try to nake smaller fuaions and put them on the reicarnation cycle, or try to ward off a area of the warp so they can be at peace.
As much as I want to have a mini-emperor as a son, making sure that they don't suffer anymore takes priority.
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>>5019600
>>5019615
Well there is a cloning facility that could go a long ways to helping us controlled by the Vishnu.
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>>5019386
Some of those would fall under furthering innovation and some are a bit too broad and conceptual. I did forget about the Dai monks, the thinness of the veil between Shangrala and the Warp, and our plans for space travel though, so thank you for reminding me of those
>>5019454
Two sticks is better than one, ol' peepaw used to say.
>>5019524
Done, done, and done. Hopefully our conversation with Elazar clues us in on a lead. The IRL Basque goddess Mari is said to live in a cave under a mountain...
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Calling the vote now. Also posting that amazing commission an anon had done, cause its radical

Answer honestly, and say you are but a man, despite the difference between yourself and other men. Ask how he came to be imprisoned in such a strange device:18

Ask if there's any way for him to be freed from his confines and returned to the cycle of rebirth.: 7

Offer him a replacement body. Kanzeon, when her grim mood ends, would be happy to assist in the endeavor.:12

Show him your story/ battle with the keeper of rust & encounter with Isha:7

Deceive the spirit, and weave an Avatar out of Qi to project into his prison, to set him at ease and converse with him as an equal rather than a "Mon-Keigh" as Aeldari name humanity:1

Total votes:22

So answering honestly and offering him a replacement body win

Writing now

>>5019658
Kanzeon has one to, that's how she made her "avatar".
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>>5020042
And this one
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>>5020044
and this one as well.
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>>5020044
Malal, are our looks inspired by geralt of rivia?
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>>5020051
Not particularly, but I do like the character and his setting, in all three of its forms. Witchers are rad
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The cause does not matter, the prisoner within the tear shaped gem believes you to be his kith and kin, and that misunderstanding fills his spectral heart with hope. However it would be cruel to allow false hope to root itself in his heart. Deceit by nature is eventually discovered lest it becomes reality and you have no ambitions or desire to renounce your humanity to become one of Isha's children, this lifetime at least. Like cleansing a wound, revealing the truth should be done instantly before falsehood can fester and twist this captives heart to feel spite and contempt in place of gratitude.

"I cannot answer that question, nor do I know the length of your imprisonment for I am not Aeldari, but you are correct to assume it was I who had slain lord Cearnarch and all of his foul kin and retainers" You answer humbly and truthfully, words free of deception and even the pettiest of lies.

"The entire host of the Stellar hunt? Most Impressive if true. I will admit I find it, difficult to believe a mortal race exists that could produce a specimen such as yourself, while simultaneously remaining free of the taint of Sha'eil" The prisoner answers after a few breaths of silence "Perhaps my tragic race has at last found an ally amongst the stars, pray tell what is your species, liberator?"

You cannot help but to smirk as you turn the gem around your palm, your incisors peeking from behind your lips as you breath in and ready yourself to reveal your identity to the gembound soul.

"I believe your kind knows mine by the name of "Mon'keigh" You laugh.

Your conversation partner falls silent, for longer than the span of a few breaths, indeed by time he speaks again an incense stick could have been completely burned. Kuan Im, Guozhi, and Cai remain silent as well, peeking into your conversation but never joining it.

"Impressive, most impressive. And shameful, for myself" The prisoner at last answers, laughing along with you "To think I would be rescued by a race looked down upon by my fellows as primitive, oh how the shame burns and lingers. But, I cannot take insult by what rescued me, I can only be amazed that such a Mon'keigh exists who could defeat a veteran warrior and survivor whose lifespan dwarves his own, you must be a prodigy of either physical or psionic battle to claim such a feat. Hah! to think the Mon'keigh would rise so far as to produce a specimen such as yourself, liberator. I must have been trapped upon his tongue for many eons for your kind to evolve to such an extent"

"I was crafted, not born. But I am still human, despite the alterations that proceeded my "birth" You reply, once more silencing the man "The gap between my power and other men, is meaningless, for I am still their brother by nature and spirit. The circumstances of my birth and the might I possess, matter not. I am a man, nothing more. So I remain unsure of the duration of your imprisonment, oh liberated one"
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>>5020133

"Then Vaul himself, were he still living, must have played a hand in your creation" The Aeldari mutters, before letting a spiritual sigh pass by his immaterial lips "For why else would a mon'keigh possess such potent psionic power, let alone choose to wield it to save one Aeldari from another. If only your kind had evolved, then I could measure the time I have spent alone with a madman and his detestable spawn"

"Liberated one, may I ask how you came to be imprisoned so? As I am not Aeldari, I have little concept of your people's histories besides what I was able to gleam from the degenerated examples of it" You question, making your tone one of gentle and well meaning curiosity.

"I was born after the fall, which was the punishment deserved by my people for our arrogance and wild excesses" He says, making you intrigued enough to widen your eyes "and which ended our universal empire and rule over the stars. Our gods were devoured by...that which was birthed by our decadence, She who thirsts. The majority of my race was devoured in an instant as She was born, the universe you live in was shaped by her emergence. Our gods were consumed, except for three though one has suffered a fate more terrible than oblivion by my consideration"

"I have heard that part of the tale before" You admit with a solemn nod

"Then It is not necessary for me to give painful context to my situation, Liberator" The Aeldari sighs, quite heavily "Though, it is pleasing to know my savior is not wholly ignorant of the great tragedy of my kind, perhaps your species improved itself in ways different than psionic evolution, no matter. But, I was..or am a farseer of Craftworld Kher-Ys, if the title has any meaning to you, recently committed to the path of the seer after spending some brief decades as a warlock. Prophecy had consumed me body and soul, oh mighty mon'keigh"

The trapped seer laughed, but it was clear he meant the title as a teasing compliment rather than a scathing insult, the tone of his voice and demeanor revealed as much.

"Like many lost upon the path of the seer, I sought my races salvation, and foolishly allowed myself to be misled by the future I beheld. Cearnarch the huntmaster is...was a contemporary of figures such as Eldrad Ulthran of Ulthwé, and is an unfortunate remnant and survivor of the Aeldari empire, he had been believed, as so many others had, to have lost his soul to She who thirsts hunger or been consumed by the chaos that followed the Fall of my people. He had been a staunch follower and priest of Kurnous, and devouted his life to hunting the most dangerous of game available in the galaxy. Once, he had been content to satisfy his cravings upon alien beasts and primitive warriors but, the depravity that afflicted our people's souls lead him to turn his sights upon his own people as prey animals"

The gem shudders with revulsion and long impotent contempt.
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>>5020135

"Of course, he was born into a society that exulted in such deplorable delights, however when our numbers dwindled and the survival of our race became endangered, Cearnarch continued his games and found quarry amongst my people, Craftworlders. I, as a farseer, though young among my peers, was thus a...trophy he sought and desired greatly. Whilst making pilgrimage to a Lilaethan prothesized to hold the future salvation of Kher-Ys, My force was ambushed and captured by the Huntmaster. My followers and underlings were tortured, sent to fight beasts and barbaric warriors, their soul stones taken from their mangled corpses and enshrined in the "Manor" the wretched lineage had constructed within the webway"

The "Far seer" pauses

"I hope you knowledge is vast enough to comprehend and understand the words I speak, I mean no offense, but I am assuming your knowledge of my people extends beyond our degenerate kin's memory of the fall and slaughter of our pantheon" He states dully, before he produces a noise similar to clearing his nose "But, returning to the tale of my personal misfortune, Lord Cearnarch deemed me worthy to face him in personal combat, and pridefully I accepted his offer. For, he had enticed me with a prize beyond any you could image, the liberation of my fellows soulstones and release to return them home to Kher-Ys' infinity circuit. It was a chance at redemption, a battle I could not lose. And in my arrogance, at this most key moment"

You bow your head in respect, and sorrow for the prisoner's tragedy.

"I failed, my head was cleaved from my shoulders, made into a drinking vessel. For a time, Cearnarch was content in leaving my soulstone fastened to the bottom of his cup, but soon grew bored of such mundane cruelty, and had it implanted into his tongue, like a barbaric jewelry, a piercing!" The farseer rages, more at himself and his failure than his captor's misdeeds and villainy "and there I languished for many Mon'keigh lifetimes, presumably"

"What a tragic tale" You wheep, brushing tears from your cheek with the back of your free hand and the sleeve at its wrist "I knew Cearnarch to be a villain, a nightmare incarnated, but I did not realize how depraved and cruel he truly was! I, who had beheld the contents of his heart and the very quality of his soul, was blind to the truth of his crimes! as I was blind to the suffering of the Aeldari, who I knew only as heartless raiders, forgive me for my ignorance"

"You are forgiven" The Aeldari answers, merrily, like an uncle to his child "but yes, my fate is a tragic one, and as you have slain my captor and murderer, I believe I can trust you to guard my essence. Though I have no doubt, many of my people would be too ashamed to even consider entrusting their existence to a Mon'keigh, I admit I admire you, oh liberator, for you have risen far beyond the primitive race my people knew. Or perhaps, that which they imagined to retain some sliver of pride since their fall"
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>>5020137

"It may be possible for me to return you to the physical realm, I have access and knowledge of methods that can allow the creation of new life untouched by a mother's womb, or a womb of flesh and blood at the very least" You say, correcting yourself lest Kanzeon takes offense by the terminology you choose to use, though you doubt she is listening to your thoughts consider her current mood "A man, be he human or Aeldari, does not deserve to be caged and isolated away from all others. Companion ship is a vital food for the soul, after all"

"I appreciate your generosity, mon'keigh, but cloning a souless simulacrum of my long decayed vessel would not work allow me to return to life as you know it. She who thirsts would swallow my soul the moment it was separated from this soulstone and that would be the end of me, for all of your power and mine, we cannot hope to rival a goddess" he states, his defeatism drawing your ire "It is truly kindly of you to even think to offer me such salvation, but alas, it is an impossibility"

"A self named goddess" You snarl, grimacing as you reject the belief such a being could be an existence comparable to a god when it is so evil hearted and wicked in nature "and, though it goes against my humble nature to boast, I have achieved what other men have named impossible many times, and stared those lords of hell's depths who styled themselves as gods down and denounced their existence and beliefs while looking into their eyes"

"There is a slim possibility it could be done, but us Aeldari have never achieved such a feat, and as mighty as you are, Liberator, I cannot help but doubt Mon'keigh to be capable of something my people have never managed to acomplish themselves" The farseer rebukes "I will remain in your care, but I will not risk my existence on a gamble"

"It is impressive to me you Aeldari can remain so conceited when you destroyed your empire and rendered your entire species endangered by excessive copulation and whimsical excesses" Kanzeon suddenly interjects, her voice heavy with disdain and Scathing mockery "I've examined your technology, consumed and integrated it into myself. What you believe is possible and what is not, is meaningless compared to what I! am capable of while working hand and hand with him! your savior! You should prostrate yourself before him and beg forgivness for calling him a Mon'keigh"

A silence so thick it could be cut with a dull knife falls upon this meeting of the minds

"W...who are you!?" The trapped Aeldari shrieks in confusion and outrage "You are certainly no Mon'keigh! Who are you to look down upon me and sneer so cruelly?"

"Who are you to speak to your elder in such a manner, Aeldari!" Kanzeon barks back "I survived the catastrophe caused by your people's excess, you should rejoice that I'd deign speak to you, rather than take offense for what I said!"
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>>5020139

The farseer sputters, trying to find a response in his vocabulary but finding himself unable to concoct or design a reply that did not come off as impudent or hubristic.

Guozhi laughs suddenly, tapping his walking stick on the cold ground

"As expected as mother Kanzeon!" He exclaims proudly, drawing away Kanzeon's attention away from the farseer cleverly, saving him from her scalding contempt. As expected of Grandfather Guozhi.

"What is she, may I ask?" The farseer asks, suddenly sounding afraid.

"My beloved" You answer simply

"My regard for you only grows, if you courted a being like her. Truly fate turns in strange ways" He mutters, thoroughly cowed.

You have to bite your tongue to keep yourself reflexively replying that Fate is the salve of fools.

What do you do now, Lieren?

>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.

>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!

>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.

>Apologize for Kanzeon's outburst, and promise to keep the Aeldari's soul well guarded but you other matters take precedence to his true salvation

>write in
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>>5020141
>>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!
>>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
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>>5020141
>>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
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>>5020141
>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!
If he is so worried, it can be a temporary body so he isn't stuck on a soulgem until he gets back to his craftworld.
But it's probably going to be permanet, give that Kher-Ys is a lost craftworld.
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So, full body transplant?
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>>5020151
Support.

He doesnt want a body, so be it.
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Btw the dude's hilariously wrong about it not being possible since the Humonculus are straight up artifically creating Eldar in mass in commoragh. Or at least will be in the future.
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>>5020157
Wraithguard constructs as well.
Though that's trenches the definition of flesh.
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>>5020157
Oh I know.
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>>5020141
First
>>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
Second
>>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
Then
>>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!
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>>5020153
https://warhammer40k.fandom.com/wiki/Kher-Ys
https://warhammer40k.fandom.com/wiki/Heartslayer
Here's the place he is from, and the daemon that destroyed it.
Honestly, if he wants to be in an infinity circuit, he should contact our fangirl Farseer.
adding a
>Discuss with Guonzhi about the strange material and the spirit that helped him.
so he can bring up that the "spirit" looked like an eldar.
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>>5020141
>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.

>Apologize for Kanzeon's outburst, and promise to keep the Aeldari's soul well guarded but you other matters take precedence to his true salvation
Write-in
>Ask him for advice regarding the upcoming war maybe even training if he would be so kind
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>>5020163
I figured you probably knew. Just was sharing it with the thread in general so everyone would know he's actually wrong about it. Heck Humonculi can actually revive eldar from the war in heaven in new bodies. So yeah reviving this dude is entirely possible. Now whether or not we can do it outside of the webway and without having that specific eldar tech is another story.
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>>5020153
https://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Kher-Ys
"Lost" is more of an understatement. More like "completely and utterly fucked."
>>5020157
>the Humonculus are straight up artifically creating Eldar in mass in commoragh.
The vatborn aren't all that, really. They suffer both from accelerated aging and from the need to sadomasochize more frequently.
>>5020165
Supporting the write-in.
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>>5020147
Not pictured is the Dragon that Lieren beheaded shortly before that.
Nothing says "I mean business" quite like a decapitated fairy tale monster.
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>>5020168
Remember Cearnarch's last words, before Lieren pulped his heart

>"Huh, suppose I shall be gambling with my soul far sooner than I expected" He muttered, slumping against your arm as he begins to weep and giggle like a drunkard "Mon-keigh, daemon, whatever you are. Should my gamble pay off, I will repay you for this shame. I swear it. Even if the stars cool and begin to flicker out I SHA..."
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>>5020141
>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!
>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
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>>5020164
>Support
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>>5020177
Especially one that has been made into a murderous cyborg
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>>5020179
So the Haemonculi covens already have come up with the sarcophagi?
Cearnarch better have left enough slaves behind, because by what the farseer deacribed, he seens to be a very juicy target for daemons. It's going to need a lot of pain to mask his presence.
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>>5020141
>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen

>Write in
Ask if there is a way to contact his kin? Reaching out or some form of code?
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>>5020189
You'll see. Won't spoil anything
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>>5020198
Ah, I see.
Huli Jing and Cearnarch are going to team up to have their revenge, and we are going to have to fight an eldar hunter riding on top of a firefox.
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>>5020164
I'll take out the "if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen" part so we still share our story.
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>>5020213
Well maybe you are now, cause that sounds metal as fuck
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>>5020141
> Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
That outburst was delightful, even if the cute scenes with the babes and tiger children are incredibly wholesome.

> Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
It's only right that he knows what became of Divine Elf Mom. Who knows, the Eleventh Legion might find itself with allies against Chaos in the future.

> "Tell me, new friend; have you ever heard the name Arianka?"
GOTTA RECRUIT FOR THE MOON GODDESS! Also, since one of the other anons has brought it up before, this Farseer could help Lieren identify those benevolent entities who stand opposed to the Ruinous Powers.

>>5020147
It was an amazing moment of viciously cackling delight (for me) and awful pants-filling terror (for him), yes.
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>>5020221
>Eleventh Legion
Uh, anon?
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>>5020141
>>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!
>>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
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>>5020141
>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.

>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
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>>5020141
>>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
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>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!


This is the Son Goku option.
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>>5020141
>>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!
>>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.

Kazeon is right to call him like this, monkeigh is still an insult at the end. Though Lieren isn t the kind to be bothered too much by it.
Beside this though the farseer could still be put perhaps in a robot not to dissimilar to one used by the craftworlds eldars, though specialized for hold a psyker. Returning once more to reality would give us his favour, and his aid in the coming battle.
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>>5020141
>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!
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>>5020245
...Oh Jesus Christ.

I KNOW TERRIBER SHAME!
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>>5020635
Repent, ye sinner, for your transgressions.
Although, that does bring to mind a question.
If Malal's sacred number is 11, why, when given the choice, did he choose to fuck with the 2nd? The gods love their numbers. Morty had Nurgle's lucky 7 everywhere he could get it even before he was corrupted. What made Malal think differently?
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>>5020703
Malal hates himself, it's just that he currently hates everything else even more
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>>5020709
His number still holds significance though. When we were trying out that number-based fortune telling system, 11 predicted anarchy and an inversion of the other numbers.
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>>5020703
Opportunity.
It s in the start of the first thread.
Lieren wasn't watched upon as closely as the others due to the gods bickering on all the other pods, and Malal used the opportunity to go for him and direct him where he wanted (in Shangrila, a planet where the gods fought for gain it far far before Lieren arrival. Probably for the AI ships but there can be other reasons too), as well put some of his power with no ties in him (golden eyes, that are part of Lieren from the start). Thing is Malal plan is very random, and he was probably sure that Lieren wouldn't have been a champion of anyone but mortals, still Lieren defeated the gods demons and pawns on the world, and Malal was likely feeding on them upon their death from the shadows.
Malal was the first to acknowledge, primarchs have plans of their own and aren't just this new toys to take and fight over them like the rest of the chaos gods. In truth they are players of their own and quite dangerous.
Now Lieren has show to be a threat and a problem to all of them, even him. Still part of the plan of Malal, of fully returning in the warp like a leviathan of darkness, has been achieved. This part of his plan for kill all, was probably the most needed .... but not necessarily the most important. Otherwise he would have already act upon this.
Right now though with his power restored he probably has regained his demons, much like the other gods.
Now he will probably work on his plan, a good way for kill all is to create another big bang that can reach the warp as well, components like a god soul seem ideal for this. He has his own for start, but it's not enough. There is Arianka but Lieren has aided her, so she's not defenseless anymore.
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>>5020141
>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!
Hoping the contact kin and attempt to con Slanaash out of a farseer soul are not mutually exclusive.
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>>5020141
>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!
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>>5020703
...What if 2 is the number of Harmony? Malal aka Chun Qiang represents pure discord, anarchy and endless chaos. Of course he would be opposed to that which may very well represent cosmic order and harmony.

Ying and Yang, water and fire, light and dark, life and death.
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>>5020141
>Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.
>Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.
>Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!

Gonna ridicule the tails off Huli Jing while Kanzeon works her biomancy.
I'm looking forward to having a dick-ish eldar farseer as a foil to Lieren, constantly predicting how Lieren will fail and then being proven wrong.
Every.
Single.
Time.

It'll be like the opposite of the hyper-competent nameless architect/bureaucrat.
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>>5022047
I really want to find out who our assistant is, it's a mystery that's been going since the beggining of the quest.
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Calling the vote now. Sorry for the wait.

Introduce yourself to the Farseer properly, and ask for his name, and give him Kanzeon's.:17

Debate with the trapped soul that you offer is possible, with careful application of Null Denouncement Charms, Wuxing, and you drawing away the attentions of Sie Nie. For if there is anything that could, it'd be you!:12

Share the story of your encounter with Isha and your battles against wicked spirits to win the Aeldari's trust, and then ask if it'd be possible instead to contact his kinsmen.: 17
- don't ask if its possible to contact his kin: 1

Apologize for Kanzeon's outburst, and promise to keep the Aeldari's soul well guarded but you other matters take precedence to his true salvation:1

Ask him for advice regarding the upcoming war maybe even training if he would be so kind: 1

"Tell me, new friend; have you ever heard the name Arianka?":1

Discuss with Guonzhi about the strange material and the spirit that helped him.: 2

Total votes: 19

So Lieren will introduce himself and Kanzeon, Share his story of his encounter with Isha to Win the Aeldari's trust and then debate with him on whether or not his offer is possible.

Writing now

Sorry again for the wait

>>5020169
Exactly.Poor Eldar Got turbo raped
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>>5022478
>poor Eldar

LMAO, those knife ears did it to themselves, and they didn't even have the decency to die alone, had to mess it up for everyone else too.

Fuck Eldar
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And from the shock of dull pain, you realize you have been rather impolite yourself to the guest sitting in the palm of your hand. You've entirely forgotten to introduce yourself or ask for his name, despite it being proper etiquette to do so. Though such stifling social graces can at times restrict conversation and mundane interaction, it would still be rude to continuing thinking of this Aeldari as a liberated prisoner alone as it would be for him to know his savior only as liberator or the derogative Mon'keigh, though it is clear he means no offense with the usage of his epithet, so internalized it has become in his culture's world view. Like the Vishnu and their abhorrence of even the pettiest show of cowardice or treachery.

"Fate cannot dictate the path of one's heart" You state with unshakeable yet quiet certainty "Though I must apologize for even though you regard me highly, I have slighted you. I have neglected to introduce myself to you properly. An unforgiveable breach of conduct, so allow me rectify this folly of mine. The name I chose for myself is Lieren, meaning hunter in my native tongue, for it was the only epithet befitting my nature"

"How amusing, considering your triumph over the self styled heir of Kurnous" The farseer states, only the barest hint of humor revealing itself in the dulcet, wind like tones of his words "If such is the etiquette of my savior's culture, than I shall share the name most befitting my nature and humble ambitions, of those I possess. You may know me as Amaethon, which in the old dialect of the Aeldari tongue, can be roughly translated to the profession of farmer"

"How amusing, for I am also that. Hunter and Farmer, killer and nurturer in equal parts." You chuckles, as you feel Kanzeon's gaze return to you and Amaethon still laid upon your open palm "And she who turned her lashing tongue towards you, is named Kanzeon, sadly the meaning of it escapes me, perhaps she could answer you if you're curious"

"I am not"
"I wouldn't even I was programmed to"

You sigh through your teeth, tense silence falling as the farseer felt the weight of Kanzeon's presence as well, and Kanzeon for her part glowered at the gem containing Amaethon's trapped soul. Eventually however, she turned away, filling your thoughts with a burst of static bemoaning and complaining about the pride and vast egos of the Aeldari.

"Though, returning to our conversation beneath the watch of the ancient you have courted, It is not so strange that you embody both ideals. After all, Isha took Kurnous as her consort and thus was my people were born" Amaethon says to break the now awkward quiet, and in doing so, reminds you of your meeting with the spirit he speaks of

"Ah, I've met Isha the matron of Life once myself. Though I am ashamed to admit I was unable to free her from her bondage and miserable fate" You say without thinking.
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>>5022598
Amaethon immediately falls silent once more, and you can tell he's contemplating whether he should be offended or intrigued by what to him must seem the wildest of boasts.

"Though it may seem to be a fantastical delusion or cruel deception, I speak the truth. I have often done battle with wicked spirits and other denizens of the hellish depths of the Emperyan. And it was the third of these immaterial opponents that was dispatched to claim my life or my soul, a foul plague ridden creature that held such titles as the Keeper of rust and Warden of Life. A rotting, half mechanical aberration whose lord chose to be his champion when I, peered over the wall and viewed the sickening garden of his estate"

Still, Amaethon remains broodingly silent.

"Describe this garden to me, and the cage besides the plague father's side" He commands, voice filled with a dark conviction "And the maiden trapped within. Prove to me, this is no cruel jape or careless mockery of the one hope left to my dying race...Hunter"

"My eyes perceive the truth of all things, from the hearts of men to the winds of sorcery. That which is unreal yet potent enough in will or influence to confirm its own existence falls within my gaze, agony afflicts me as I struggle to perceive all that they are and that which these beings embody until my mind latches onto one vision of their vast forms" You explain quickly, moving from one spoken word to the next without pausing "and I come to understand all that they are, with blood weeping from my eyes upon the revelation. Isha, who lays still caged at Putrid Na Gou's side, appeared to me in many guises when I devoted all of my being in beholding her radiance"

Amaethon says nothing, allowing you to breath in and continue the brief recounting of your encounter with the cultivator of Life and Mercy.

"In her cage of tarnished gold and silver, she wept crystalized tears much like the gem that holds your essence, Wise Amaethon. Beneath my black, murderous rage, I felt at peace as I regarded her. Sweet, nectar and pollen scented winds pierced the miasma of decay and sickness. Her almond shaped eyes, hued of every color of living green amazed me with their brilliance, and then I was beneath her branches! A tree that reached high in the heavens, bearing blossoms of the warmest pinks and verdant greens! Then, I beheld a young girl many years from womanhood, draped in a dress of leaves and holding broken horns in her hands!"

Amaethon gasps, choking and wheezing as if your words have shot through him like a current of electricity.

"You wouldn't be able to tell if MY scholar was lying, Aeldari" Kanzeon chuckles smugly as you wait for the farseer to retain his composure before continuing your tale.

"Continue" He whispers, as quiet as an autumn wind snaking through reeds.

"Then, I stood upon the boundary of an endless fields of flowers and bubbling streams" You say merrily,

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>>5022602

A warmth returning to your breast as you remember the Matron of life's many faces, like remembering a mother that does not exist "A light, defiant against the dark took its place, before at last I clung to the final vision of her. A humble, yet immensely beautiful woman with hands and soles stained with fertile soil, exotic and alien blossoms blooming from within the strands of her pale golden hair. Like summer grasses"

"Yet your heart yearns for cold steel and thrumming machinery, for all your love of nature technology has claimed your love for itself and itself alone" Kanzeon bluntly jests, a twinge of jealously piercing her lovingly mocking words.

Amaethon pays her no heed, and sounds almost on the verge of tears as he raises his voice to whispers another request "And her captor, the beast you know as Na Gou! What of him, what did your divining eyes reveal to you of It!"

"The patriarch of all things foul and putrid? The Shepard of Viruses? He who cultivates decay and rust, the shepherd of viruses, He who tends to illness is to invite horrid death itself? To Merely look upon him stopped both of my hearts and filled me with a revulsion only two others were capable of inspiring within me" You snarl, eyes stinging from the memory of the Toad King's horrid visage and the deathly stench that surrounded him and all of his ilk "Gravemarkers for teeth, teeth revealed in its jovial grin beneath its genial eyes flecked with feculence and turned pale from pus. A beard of buboes and boils! And in my agony, I witnessed it's other masks"

"Yes? Yes?" Your audience demands "Go on! Go on!"

"Nothing but the absence of hope, the raw source of despair, desperation and fear. Then, a rotted mass of mold and fermented waste befouled my gaze, before it became a roiling horde of countless vermin and insects which vanished as my eyes accepted it and saw it" You say, pausing as you shudder with renewed revulsion and pain from the mere recollection of your encounter with Na Gou "A bloated devil dressed as a noble, holding a tea pot filled with the innards and bowels of plague victims and graced with a second maw that split his belly in train, out from which lolled a tongue infested with spiders and fungal slimes that reached to caress poor Isha's side"

there is no reply

"Do you wish for me to recount the vision of his garden? For I remember it well, for I have sworn to burn it to cinder and ash. That realm of despair and decay shall be torn down stone by stone for the crime of imprisoning an avatar of life and hope itself' You whisper furiously, anger reignited from your reflections of the past

"That will not be necessary, you have convinced me, Brave Hunter" Amaethon says, no longer speaking to you respectfully as his junior but instead reverently as an idol, you can hear the hope welling in his hushed words and feel the tears that want to fall from eyes that are no longer their "it is little wonder you could overcome Cearnarch"
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>>5022603

"if you could pry into Nurgle's garden and escape not only alive but unaffected by its innumerable blights"

"I peered into the garden, but I did not walk within it" You correct "And even then, it was so arduous a task to even behold it, I slept for days after I had won my battle against its master's champion"

"Even enduring the stench of the garden is a feat few if any mortals have survived, you speak knowledgeably and with such conviction I can only believe the truth of your tale" Amaethon says almost giddily, excited but yet shaken by the account of the imprisonment of his race's sole remaining patron and teacher, their mother "And it is by no means a easy to best a daemon beneath the gaze of their patron, tell me, how did you overcome this Keeper of rust?"

"I cut his infected blade in twain, having forced my will upon the transient reality of the battlefield and altering not only it by myself with the hope Isha inspired within me, for enduring her durance beneath the Toad King" You answer honestly and plainly "While the arena I made become the very garden of the heavens, I became its protector or perhaps its avenger, surrounded by wraiths I now recognize as the valiant dead of the Aeldari. I had become dressed in silver armor, roiling with sheets of ice and studded with gems of gold and blue ice set within every blossom carved upon it. In a crease torn in my armor and flesh, a shattered sword was driven and holding the flickering light of a dying flame beneath its bloodied surface"

You feel a twinge of pain between your twin hearts, but it soon passes and you resume your account of your victory over the ram skulled spirit.

"I Pulled it from my breast, the weak flames intermingling with the frost that crawled from my hands to form a razor's edge of ice and snow. A two faced mask formed upon my features as I tore the countless shards of the blade from my body. Ethereal ice held them together as the fading spark of hope was reignited into the blaze of conviction. The sword become a titanic scythe, with stars set upon its reaping blade. The blade was cut, and my control over the localized reality ended" You explain as if it were the most mundane of experiences "I mocked the enraged devil, and drew upon the rage of a dear friend of mine to overwhelm his ferocity, then using a psykerist Technique of my own design, I cloaked myself in the fires of my ever burning soul with which became the fangs I tore the spirit's throat with"

Amaenoth lets out a ragged breath, something between a chuckle and a wheeze.

"Then, I condensed my rage after enduring the devil's ferocious assault that followed, and crippled it with a cleaving strike to its wrists. Losing its already broken blade, I executed and banished the beast with a blast of the flaying energy of my spear, a charmed ribbon placed around its neck, and a charm hosting my will to burn its corporeal remains to ash. Accept for its skull, which I have locked away with its blade"

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>>5022605

There's a long, telling silence

"Until I can find a way to destroy both, of course" You say with a roll of your shoulders

"What...what are you?" The farseer questions "I know this account to be truthful, but it is daunting to accept that fact. What form of skill have you achieved to wield such esoteric powers with such mastery? If you were born an Aeldari, I am sure you're guidance would be sought after by all! Creating a field of altered and separated reality by the force of your will alone is a most impressive feat, almost terrifying. I have no knowledge of any psyker among either of our races who could even attempt to produce such a result without suffering such terrible strain they would risk the localized stability of the warp and their own existences! Incredible!"

"My brother Magnus is a stronger psyker than I" You humbly admit

"Vaul himself must have made the both of you then!" Amaenoth exclaims "And hid you away before the fall! How else would you mantle the power of a god shattered and not yet born?"

"I could not say" You answer dully "But I know this Vaul spirit had no part to play in my birth, or that of my Brother. I simply glamed a portion of enlightenment, and learned to wield the secret revealed to me hence"

"Humility is unbefitting a warrior and psyker of your abilities, Lieren" Amaenoth says reverently "No wonder you believe it possible to deny she who thirsts her prize, for opposed the dark gods directly before"

"That's an understatement, and the probability of such a procedures success would greatly increase if you explained the dynamics of how your soul would be taken?" Kanzeon states plainly

"It is the fate of all Aeldari, and the reason of my current predicament. We are doomed to be devoured by she who thirsts. Some of my wayward kin endure her constant predations by drinking of the suffering of other beings or other grim methods, but my people escape her hunger via the use of Soulstones, which trap our essence and minds at the moment of death. Upon the craftworlds, we have learned methods of implanting our dead into the infinity circuit for safe keeping, or wraithbone constructs..." The farseer explained sorrowfully, his words like the gentle chill of falling snow

Kanzeon lifts her head at the mention of wraithbone, her eyes narrowed with the same hunger she had when you presented her the Aeldari technology your looted from the host of the stellar hunt

"When times are truly dire" he continued on, not noticing your beloveds interest in his lecture "It would be possible, to return me to a material form, but you do, I am not certain you possess the knowledge and understanding to perform an operation, even if you were able to weave me a body from nothing"

"Not nothing, cloning requires a precise measure of organic materials components" Kanzeon corrects under her breath "And the gestation pods have to be calibrated for each template individually, nothing can be produced from nothing"
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>>5022607

You press your knuckles to your chin.

"Would it be possible then, to instead contact your kinsmen? Is there a coded phrase required to draw their attention?" You ask curiously

"Yes, unlike the possibility of you managing to deny She who thirsts my essence, it is certain my craftworld will reclaim me the moment they are called. Our lives are precious, for we are so few" Amaenoth answers "With guidance such a thing would be pose no difficulty, Though I am curious to meet your brother. A pysker as skillful as yourself admiring another for possessing far greater talent and raw power is...intriguing to say the least"

Kanzeon chuckles

What do you do now, Lieren?

>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance

>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.

>Tell The seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defensless

>Explain you aren't that skillful of a pysker, you were just blessed with a peculiar ability. If he wants to be impressed, he should watch Guozhi or Magnus in action

>write in
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>>5022612
>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance

>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.

>Reach out to magnus before we attempt to contact the craft world. Our brother would love to learn from this exchange, and the dire warnings the alderi history portray.
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>>5022634
I support this. Letting magnus know shit is cool.
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>>5022612

>Explain you aren't that skillful of a pysker, you were just blessed with a peculiar ability. If he wants to be impressed, he should watch Guozhi or Magnus in action

>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance

>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
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>>5022612
>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance

>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
I don't think he mentioned this though.
>Tell The seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defensless

>Explain you aren't that skillful of a pysker, you were just blessed with a peculiar ability. If he wants to be impressed, he should watch Guozhi or Magnus in action
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>>5022612
>Tell The seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defensless
>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance
>Ask more about this wraithbone, and let guonzhi talk about the spirit that helped us.
Well, time to show him he has no home to return to.
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>>5022641
>How else would you mantle the power of a god shattered and not yet born?"
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>>5022612
First
>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
second
>Tell The seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defenceless
third
>Reach out to Magnus before we attempt to contact the craft world. Our brother would love to learn from this exchange, and the dire warnings the alderi history portray.
finally
>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance
we need to contact them eventually so they can pick him up.
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>>5022612
>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance
>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
>Explain you aren't that skillful of a pysker, you were just blessed with a peculiar ability. If he wants to be impressed, he should watch Guozhi or Magnus in action
>>5022634
Supporting reaching out to Magnus as well.

You know, with how well mannered and poetic Lieren is, on top of being a skilled psyker and hating the living shit out of chaos, I feel that Lieren could get along pretty well with Eldar. Hell, this is his second fan at this point. Wonder how Emps would feel about that.
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>>5022650
forgot to add
>requst Magnus assistance in contacting the Craftworld
I'm sure he would like to go on a "field trip"
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>>5022667
I feel like he would think it's a boon to have one of his more diplomatic sons to have contact and friendly relationship with them
at worse he wouldn't care unless they start shit.
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>>5022612

>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
>write in
"Amaenoth a hypothetical for you, the Empyrean is a psycomutable place and being are born or memory, She whom thirsts was born in the Fall. I have a theory I would ask you to comment upon: Should we free isha within her heart and memory are the forms, faces and shapes of the other fallen Gods yes? With her escape a blossom of hope would bloom and from that awakening like before could Gods be born?"
[We technically have the pieces in place to reform the Aeldari Pantheon! For to bare a mantle suggests more of them survives than one thinks]

>Write in
Conntact brother Magnus for we have something he could help with scholar that he is! But also this information!

>Final Write in
Ask the Farseer briefly if there is a way in code to contact his Kin in the area?

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Come on lads contact the local Eldar so smug blind Farseer can dab on Elrad more
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>>5022674
We didn't mantle a dead god, we mantled Ynnead, the one that is going to be born when all of the Eldar dies and get his revenge.
And he already knows that more than one survived, he said that only tgre survived afterall. There's Isha that's imprisoned, Khaine that is split into shards and Cegorach that's a clown.
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>>5022478
>Poor Eldar Got turbo raped
When you say "got," do you mean in canon 40k or has it happened already in the Malalverse as well? The Forgotten War of Kher-Ys sounds like a cool (but entirely redacted) portion of the our legion's Crusade honor roll.
>inb4 "spoilers"
>>5022612
>>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance
>>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
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>>5022650
+1
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>>5022612
>>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance
>>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
>>Reach out to magnus before we attempt to contact the craft world. Our brother would love to learn from this exchange, and the dire warnings the alderi history portray.


>Write in
Ask the farseer for his friendship and since his craftworld meets with us, they would also meet with Long Jia (we are part of the empire after all). Telling them about a war against pawns of evil spirits could grant us tactical support. Slaying Nintya and his generals in one single strike by teleportation, could allow us to cripple the tyrant armies leadership and end the war easily.
And i think giving them back their farseer is enough of a favour.
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>>5022681
It would be canon in both cause the eldar fucked slaanesh into existence somewhere between M15 and M25, and the primarchs were made just prior to the great crusade which started around M30.
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>>5022755
I think he is asking if the Kher-Ys craftworld has already fallen, not that the eldar fucked up and created Slanesh.
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>>5022612

>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
>Tell The seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defenceless
>Reach out to Magnus before we attempt to contact the craft world. Our brother would love to learn from this exchange, and the dire warnings the alderi history portray.
>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance


I know see why Kher-Ys was selected for his craftworld.

https://warhammer40k.fandom.com/wiki/Kher-Ys
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>>5022781
>>5022755
>>5022681
Well craftworlds are massive, being as large as actual planets.
It stands to reason there could be survivors for all we know.
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>>5022612
>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance

>Reach out to magnus before we attempt to contact the craft world. Our brother would love to learn from this exchange, and the dire warnings the alderi history portray.
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>>5022674
Ask him about Eldrad whom he mentioned earlier.
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>>5022612
>>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance
>>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
>>Tell The seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defensless
>>Explain you aren't that skillful of a pysker, you were just blessed with a peculiar ability. If he wants to be impressed, he should watch Guozhi or Magnus in action
Sorry Malal but my answer is all of them.
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>>5022612
>>5022634
This. A chance for more information from a primary source? Magnus will literally kill for such a chance.
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>>5022612
>>Tell The seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defensless
>>Explain you aren't that skillful of a pysker, you were just blessed with a peculiar ability. If he wants to be impressed, he should watch Guozhi or Magnus in action
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>>5022612
>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance
>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
>Tell The seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defensless

I'm wondering if Guozhi's reincarnation would be useful.. but we would have to kill Guozhi to demonstrate this right? For that reason I don't want to recommend watching Guozhi's powers. His wraithbone staff would be an interesting topic for Kanzeon and Amaenoth though.

Instead
>invite Magnus and papa-E to the psychic conference call
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>>5023099
Guohzi's method reincarnation is just the natural cycle for all mortal souls.
The problem here is that every Eldar is linked to Slaanesh, so their souls are taken before they can enter into the cycle of reincarnation.
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>>5022650
>>5022612
Supporting
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>>5023099
Wraithbone is weird since it seems to be a racial exclusive to the Eldar and an inferior version of Vaul's wraithsteel.
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>>5022243
It's Erda.

>>5022612
> Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
Oh man, Lieren didn't tell him about the fight with bitch boi Belakor. I don't think there's an Eldar god of time, so clearly the Giant is progressing to 'mantling' the fundamental forces of the cosmos.

> Tell the seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defenseless.
I wonder if Amaenoth is one of the few individuals remaining who can a remember that Malal didn't exist until Lieren's fantastic fuck up.

Also, supporting >>5022634
Gotta be workin' together with your bros, bro.
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>>5022647
by the way, Malal are we going to see the effect our mini journey has had on the second legion and those close to them (including other legions) anytime soon.
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>>5022793
Oh wow, we need to act. Saving an entire Craftworld will be a major stepping stone, those stones being Slaaneshes blue ball if we take their prize from them.
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>>5023303
>It's Erda.
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>>5023303
Can't be genderbent Erda, he hasn't sent the tiger children to the warp in a maniac episode.
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>>5022612
>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance
>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
>Tell The seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defensless
>Reach out to magnus before we attempt to contact the craft world. Our brother would love to learn from this exchange, and the dire warnings the alderi history portray.
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>>5022612
>Reach out to magnus before we attempt to contact the craft world. Our brother would love to learn from this exchange, and the dire warnings the alderi history portray.
>Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.
>Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance
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So if Kher-Ys is under attack how will we reach it?
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>>5024084
We don't know if it's pre-attack, being attacked currently, or already been destroyed. In terms of transportation, we have two options: Carpool with the Eldar who come pick Amaenoth up or have Kanzeon get herself out from under the mountain.
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>>5024090
at this point, I think the only help we can be if it's totally not already fucked is by loaning our psychic might and maybe astrally project ourselves.
Personally, I think it's already destroyed, especially since we'd had the soul stone for months and did noting with it.
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It was getting attacked?
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>>5024098
>especially since we'd had the soul stone for months and did noting with it.
Stuff like that's part of my impetus behind making the to-do pastebin. With all the shit that happens, it's hard to remember it all and prioritize. If Malal hadn't included "examine the soulstone with Guozhi and Kuan Im" as an option, it probably wouldn't have ever happened.
>>5024102
Maybe, we're not sure.
https://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Kher-Ys
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>>5024098
Gonna be honest man.
If us getting the soul stone is a timer for "the battle that lasts a few days to wipe out a planet sized star shipw with raoe demons" then I think that's pretty stupid.

Us being aware of the craft world is a more reasonable timer, since that actually has some impetus for us to get to it in a meta sense.
The stone being from Uthwe or some other long standing craft world would have made no difference to our thought patterns, since we know they will be around for a good while.
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>>5024105
If Malal hadn't included it as a option it would never win, even if there already had been a pastebin to te remind anons of what we need to do.
Take this very thread, people have already mentioned and linked Kher-Ys being deatroyed 5 times already, and there are anons that still don't k ow that the craftworld is danger.
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>>5024167
>even if there already had been a pastebin to te remind anons of what we need to do
I dunno about that. I'll post it in the next thread as close to the OP as possible if Malal doesn't include it himself. Hard to tell if it'll do any good yet since I made it 11 days after the thread went up.
>people have already mentioned and linked Kher-Ys being deatroyed 5 times already, and there are anons that still don't k ow that the craftworld is danger.
That's why I hope it gets included in the OP. More likely to get some traction if it's both there right off the bat and in a post by the QM.
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In other news I really want to study the warpstone and see what we can use them for.
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>>5024210
Maybe with Magnus new reasearch on containing Daemons and the warp, we can poke the rocks without risk.
Or we can accidentaly end up on the Great Horned Rat's realm and get a new mark on the tally board.
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https://warhammer40k.fandom.com/wiki/Kher-YsOOOHHHHH We're going to fight an Avatar of Khaine and Loot a craftworld!

We should probably tell the soulstone to prepare his butthole.
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>>5024229
Even better idea, Channel/mantle Khaine against the possessed avatar.
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>>5024210
I do too. Magnus (and Pert once we meet him) would be good to talk to about such things.
>>5024226
>Or we can accidentaly end up on the Great Horned Rat's realm and get a new mark on the tally board.
The identity of the last three lords of the Heavenly Courts continues to drive me nuts. But I think it'd be funny if they were Mo'rcck, Phraz-Etar, and Ans'l.
>>5024229
Producing souls for Slaanesh to glut itself on is not in our best interest nor the interests of the galaxy at large.
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>>5024226
I would take either desu, I think we could wound The Rat before Dad has to come and save us.
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Calling the vote now. Very happy, managed to get a T1 golden core in amazing cultivation simulator at last.

Attempt to contact Amaenoth's "Craftworld" with your sect's aid and his guidance: 18

Ask the farseer what he meant when he spoke of you "Mantling" two gods.:18

Reach out to magnus before we attempt to contact the craft world. Our brother would love to learn from this exchange, and the dire warnings the aeldari history portray.:14
-And your father: 1

Explain you aren't that skillful of a pysker, you were just blessed with a peculiar ability. If he wants to be impressed, he should watch Guozhi or Magnus in action: 5

Tell The seer you resisted all five of the self tilted gods of discord, protecting his soul from one would be an easy task by comparison. After all, it is your duty to protect the defenseless:11

Ask more about this wraithbone, and let guonzhi talk about the spirit that helped us.:1

"Amaenoth a hypothetical for you...":1

Ask the Farseer briefly if there is a way in code to contact his Kin in the area?: 1

Ask about This Eldrad figure he mentioned: 1

Ask the farseer for his friendship and since his craftworld meets with us, they would also meet with Long Jia: 1

Total votes: 22

So You will ask the Farseer what he means by mantling, and tell him of your tribulation and how it is your duty to protect others, before reaching out to Magnus and attempting to contact this "Craftworld" Amaenoth hails from

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>>5023324
I'm very excited to write that actually, how a pre reunition legion would react to knowing their father is proud of them and receiving a piece of wisdom directly from him, and how the other legions would react to it. Just waiting for the right time. Thinking of another primarch cut away soon.

>>5023303
If Erda is ever appears/ is mentioned in this quest, assume GW had me killed and replaced
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Staring down at the soulstone resting in the exact center of your palm, a storm of questions, answers, and replies floods your mind each rushing to fill the void in its front. A battle for precedence in the well organized hall of conscious, your keen intellect yearning for new information like a frog in a drought. A small idea, almost petty in its scope, pushes its way to the fore of your thoughts. Magnus would be overjoyed to share in this unique learning experience and exchange of knowledge and wisdom between two races. Though he is an able warrior, he is more of a scholar at heart than even yourself or even the "Four Heavenly Geniuses" As Shan, Shirong, Cao Yunru and Tao Dandan have become known and renowned as. In the space it leaves behind, a gnawing curiosity takes its place, demanding an answer for something unfortunate Amaenoth said offhandedly without realizing the weight it would have against you.

That you had unknowingly Mantled two gods. A phrase which meaning you can easily deduce, but the concept yet escapes the grasp of true comprehension within the vast fields of your knowledge, like a hare fleeing from a fox.

"Excuse me for shifting the subject of our genial conversation away from your salvation, Farseer Amaenoth" You begin, speaking respectfully before an energetic curiosity overtakes your courteous tone "But a curiosity burns within my breast, you mentioned you believe I mantled two of the gods from your religions pantheon, could you clarify the meaning of that phrase and its implications?"

"Ah, well you seem to be a poetic soul. Think of it as donning a costume for a play, being an actor in a theatric performance. You disguise yourself as a separate entity, taking their role and acting as a stand in for them upon a stage striving to make the audience forget who you truly are, and see you only as the character whose guise you taken. Sha'eil, is a place where belief becomes reality and emotion carves the landscape as easily as any wind or torrent of water in the material plane" He explains merrily, clearly enjoying the chance to teach you "Thus, within its depths or in places where the veil between it and reality are thinned, it is possible to, through "acting" to take upon a sliver of another beings power, be they mortal or gods. Your ability to impose your will upon the immaterial realm, removes the necessity to "play your part", it would seem. Hence, when you drew upon the concept of hope as Embodied by Isha's perseverance, you took upon the mantle of the broken Khaela Mensha Khaine and the unborn Ynnead, perhaps symbolically as a source of hope yourself, knowing a few of her kin survived their slaughter or similar"

"Interesting, I possess another psykerist technique which allows me to draw upon the powers and skills of those I considered my dearest friends and closest compatriots" You say, pressing your knuckles firmly upon your chin
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>>5024467

"Then the concept of mantling needs no further explanation, for you already possess an incredible skill for it if you can so freely perform it" Amaenoth stated solemnly "I suppose now I may guide you in contacting my people, so I may be returned to them and tell of the fate of my subordinates and the death of the despicable Lord of the stellar hunt, whose name I refuse to utter again lest it immortalize his memory"

"Know, I endured the wrath of all five lords of hell, or Sha'eil, as your people know it, and survived Kong Nue's killing fury made manifest in boiling blood and flame" You reply emotionlessly, turning your hand to shift the soulstone's position in your palm "Guarding your soul against one alone would be an easy task in comparison. It is my duty to protect those who cannot raise arms to defend themselves"

"Come on Eldar, have some confidence in the man you've praised as your savior" Kanzeon purrs, eyes narrowed like a stalking panther towards the stone "His will is a force that cannot be measured nor calculated in its totality"

"I thank you for the offer of a corporeal body, but we Aeldari are too few to act recklessly. I was slain by my arrogance, as my ancestors fell because of theirs. Should it be possible to keep my soul from She who thirst's slavering maw, then I am the least deserving of such providence" Amaenoth answers sorrowfully "I would, if you are certain of your proposed methods, offer myself as a test subject to prove the opperations viability. Within the hearts of Kher-Ys and all other craftworlds, there exist thousands of souls more deserving a body of flesh, blood, bone and marrow. I have accepted my death and the choices that led me to it."

"How uncharacteristically humble of you" Kanzeon snorted, crossing her arms as she rested against the tree she sat beneath

"But, you must first devise a means to accomplish such a nigh impossible thievery. Stealing from the plate of a god, no matter how young is a momentous task for even their equals" He answered "And I sense a disdain for my kind within your needling, Ancient Kanzeon"

"You know exactly why that is" Kanzeon hiss ruefully "I am old enough to remember the empire your kind mourns, and to have survived the catastrophe they provoked"

"You are no man of Iron, so what are you then?" Amaenoth whispers, inciting Kanzeon to deepen her scowl into a grimace, retaining her beauty despite the contortion of her features "has humanity courted their own destruction anew?"

"Thank you darling" Kanzeon chirps happily, distracting her and Amaenoth from furthering their pointless argument spurned on by your beloved's grudge against the Aeldari for their conceit. And at least partially because she was kept from inspecting their advanced and arcane technology until you dragged it to her as a romantic meal.

"I cannot help but admire beauty when I witness it, beloved" You answer coolly, rolling the soulstone around your palm

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"And there is one last thing I must do, before you guide my hand in reaching out to your kin" You continue with a sly smirk curling across your lips to reveal your teeth "My brother would be overjoyed to learn from this exchange between races, and of the histories of your people"

"The brother you hold as more powerful than yourself?' Amaenoth asks plainly "I would be remiss to deny the aid of so powerful a psyker!"

You nod, and motion to Kuan Im, Cai and Guozhi, commanding them silently to join you in your meditations and the astral Journey to distant Prospero. Their assistance will expedite the process greatly.

"I'd love to meet him, myself" Kanzeon muses idly, as the process begins and the soulstone in your hands shine a brilliant shade of azure
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"I have not seen that look in your eyes, since we battled against the last great Psychneuein horde" Amon spoke suddenly, as Magnus turned through his latest grimoire, one he had just begun to put down his freshest knowledge and newest area of research to ink and other pigments. He lifted his eyes from the papayrus laid before him, a half sketched depiction of a spirit's internal anatomy screaming silently, withering if it was alive and experiencing the same agonies as the subject whose likeness the lord of Prospero had taken

"A storm can rise from the calmest of seas" Magnus mused as he pondered the most pertinent information to include in the diagram, one of many he had thus far included. A second spirit had come when he had learned all that could be taken from his first subject, it was bestial and mindless, but still worthy for research. A beast can reveal much of the civilization it exists outside of, after all, from its habits and predations

"You've found something to hate, after realizing the truth behind my warnings" His once teacher quietly stated, though he needed no confirmation for that belief. Magnus nodded his head slightly, and motioned for a scribe to bring to him a particular organ he was able to bring back safely from the great sea, now safety contained in a warded jar for further examination. It was a peculiar devise, of his own design. One capable of bolstering an immaterial beings existence within the materium, allowing them to maintain a continued presence or as Magnus used it, to preserve their component parts for deeper study, to expand his research beyond the arduous task of dissection

He tapped his fingers upon the psionically fortified glass, watching the leech like organ wither within the clear alcohol surrounding it, reflecting upon his recent avenue of research. And the encounter he had in his last jaunt into the wild seas. Where he had a most comforting and relieving meeting with a spirit, proving both his and his brother's belief of their existence. A creature of ice and order, marching alone seeking a creator who it knew to be trapped. It held a blade of golden flame, which drew him to it to begin with

The memory brought a smile to the red giant's expression
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>>5024473

The entity was cordial and even helpful, though Magnus had met it cautiously before he was certain of its intent,

"If only I had my brother's eyes" He lamented "For all of my power and knowledge, the gift of seeing the truth of all existence, the reality hidden away is a boon beyond even the near limitless worth of my vast abilities"

"From the few meetings I've observed between the two of you, he would find a home easily upon Prospero" Amon said simply, with a fatherly smile and bow of his head, keeping his eyes tellingly averted from the notes Magnus kept

And as if summoned by their discussion of him, the chime that reacted to Lieren's spiritual presence rang out.

Magnus carefully placed the preserving jar back into its warded chest, and bolted the door to his chambers with a twitch of his finger, the physicals and arcane protections and locks upon its activating the moment he roused his will.

In a moment, he beheld the great sea, his perceptions widening until he found the beacon that followed his brother's soul. The heat that rouse from his perpetually enflamed soul. He was kneeling, surrounded by his own students whose presence was dim compared to that of the brother Primarchs and that of the silently observing Amon.

"Greetings, Lieren" Magnus said, as his brother's avatar lifted his head "Have you come to debate, seek my guidance, join in my continued research, or perhaps you've come to discuss the more mundane happenings of our lives? I was in the middle of preserving my wisdom"

"An admirable labor, to be sure. But I come for none of those things, fair brother of mine. Rather, I have come to present you the opportunity to gain otherwise unobtainable knowledge. I could think of no better gift to give in thanks for your loyalty and friendship, Magnus" Lieren state joyously, smiling as he noticed the shift in Magnus' expression, the joy flickering through his ever changing eyes and the widening of his smile "For a seeker of knowledge and truth, a chance to learn is greater than any fortune "

"How right you are, Lieren. What an unexpected gift" Magnus replied, showing his gratitude in his posture and with subtle gestures of his hands "Though one greatly appreciated, though from a quick observation of your thoughts that is not the only reason you've contacted me. There is cause besides granting me this rare opportunity. You desire my experience, you need my assistance"

"As sharp as ever, dear brother" Lieren admitted, bowing his head and grinning ear to ear like a predatory cat "allow me to explain the situation I've found myself in, and the task I've taken because of it"
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Farseer Carys knelt alongside her congregation before her peers amongst the leadership of Craftworld Kher-Ys, one of few that dared to tread so near the eye of terror, within the region of space known to humanity as "Segmentum Obscurus"
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>>5024474

"Farseer Carys of Ulthwé, we have permitted your presence aboard Kher-Ys in good faith, as a temporary passenger to prepare for your journey further into this cursed territory" One of them spoke, with a similar tone to her superior, Eldrad. Solemn, morose and grave "We have not, however permitted you to act in this addled manner you have shown, most unbefitting of a farseer."

She was like Eldrad in more than Tone

"Yes" An older, male farseer interjected "Your mischief, and emotion filled preaching has disrupted what little peace our already troubled people can foster. A moment of weakness may herald doom for all the souls, living or dead, within the craftworld. Even as well informed as you are, of the constant danger at our door, you chose to, childishly, cause a ruckus in pursuit of a yet unknown objective"

Carys lifted her head wearing an expression of annoyance

" A merely satiated stomach is much more pleasant than one filled to bursting, the love of a single partner more fulfilling than the touch of many, Understanding brings more peace to one's soul than bloody revenge" She whispered, turning her blind gaze towards one of the Autarchs attending the hearing to determine her punishment for "trouble making"

"If you had spoken verses akin to that from the primitive Mon'Keigh cult you have been misled to follow, there would be no issue" Another Autarch stated, as his fellow looked into Carys' eyes and turned his head.

She could see the desire wafting about him, not his own. Remnants from another. A family member or close friend. A dangerous yearning. A weakness like so many others she spied within the hearts of the ever wary residents of Kher-Ys.

They courted death. They courted a fate worse than death by their chosen wandering grounds. Yet, here they gathered, to condemn her to a punishment however light for merely spreading the teachings of the Eightfold path turned inwards and denounced. Teachings, which when combined with those of the paths, silenced the whispers of the daemons clawing at Kher-Ys' warpgate. Though, one voice pierced the shield placed over her mind by faith and training.

The scream of a skinned beast, shrieking and sobbing in the winds.

Carys closed her perceptions off from the bickering of the council of judges. One of her fellow adherents of the the Eightfold path turned inwards and denounced adjusted their posture to be more comfortable, or perhaps moved to answer a query directed towards them. She wasn't paying attention, she was meditating, communicating telepathically with those few who still considered her a friend back on Ulthwé

Then she spotted it, emerging from Sha'eil's depths

A familiar light, joined by another that matched it in its brilliance, or even surpassed it.

She heard one of the farseers, the younger female, gasp as her mind was touched by the silver and gold tongues of the ever burning flame.
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>>5024478

"At last" She hissed through her teeth as she rouse "A chance to meet the idol of my supposed "Worship"

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"I am no spirit, I approach as a friend" You said kindly, as you suddenly stared at a hall of gathered Aeldari, most of whom looked frightened, though a few appeared jubilant, one so greatly so they were hopping up and down like an excited child. You could sense a great quantity of gather malevolent "I am Lieren of Shangrala, and I have been bided to contact you by one of your own, who has been released from his durance beneath the foul lord Cearnarch"

"And I am Magnus of Prospero, observing this meeting and aiding in retaining contact between both parties" Your brother stated simply "there is no need to react with hostility, both of us, myself especially, are experienced and potent psykers. Meet us genially and there shall be no danger brought upon by this conference"

"An ever burning entity and one that ever shifts expects us to believe their words! The wards have been!" the one who was unfortunate to serve as the initial anchor wails before she is silenced by the others, who remained guarded and posed to defend themselves at a moments notice, some had already began to shield themselves and others with psionic prowess unmatched by any except Guozhi, Magnus, and his students

"You hold a soulstone? how did you know to contact us?" Another questions "And how do we know you to be speaking the truth, let alone have good faith in approaching us, surely if you were able to divine the origin of the soulstone's former wearer and know its function, you would approach us physically rather than psionically! Which, would be impossible for any besides our kinfolk"

"I talked to him, his name is Amaenoth if you require proof" You answer dully, now realizing why Kanzeon disdains the Aeldari

"You could have stolen the knowledge from his entrapped mind!" Another calls out "A stranger cannot be trusted, especially considering our present location"

"YOU DARE ACCUSE ME OF TREACHERY!" You snarl, unleashing the chill winds of your heart of moonlight "I approach, as a friend, seeking to return a lost compatriot to your arms"

"Calm yourself Mon-keigh" A more experienced and eldar Aeldari, dressed in armor and clothes unlike the warry farseers says, having been silent with his fellow elders in his careful study and consideration of your presence and revealed essence.

Frost coated the grounds and walls of the hall they were gathered

"You must excuse our paranoia, we do not expect to find kindness amongst the stars, let alone to hear of an outsider who not only knows of our ways but seeks to return one lost to us" He said calmly, wincing as you turned your attention to him and studied him in turn "If you truly possess Amaenoth's soul stone, tell me how it fell into Cearnarch's hands"
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>>5024481

"An ambush he told me, he fought to free his followers from his possession and was sadly slain in the fateful duel, he was pierced to his tongue for a period of time he is uncertain of. He was on pilgrimage, following a" You say, pausing to keep yourself from cringing "Prophecy"

"If it would help our case, I can recite the coordinates of the planet he was waylaid upon, and its name if you would cease insulting us" Magnus said sternly "and accusing us of being your enemies. My brother is doing this out of simple generosity, It would be wise not to spurn him or rouse either of our anger

"And why are you burning? That is hardly a trait of a mon..human's soul" the elder Aeldari questions "Though you have shown that you do not draw upon Chaos' power, you could still be befouled by its taint"

"Actually I've been curious of that as well, Brother. I have several theories but will admit that without your physical presence it is impossible to determine which, if any of them are correct from mere observation" Magnus said simply

The lesser farseers, cowed by your show of force and Magnus' subtle threat, remain silent as their betters speak with you.

"That is not important, I've contacted you to return Amaenoth to his home. I do not care if you do not believe me, or sneer down at me past your noses, or expect some scheme or deception. As my brother has so helpfully explained, I do this because generosity is one of the most virtuous acts a man can commit, The only recompense I expect, is"

"for you to answer MY questioning" Magnus answered bluntly

"Wait a second" the envoy says, turning his gaze to the excited Aeldari still hopping up and down is place "Those words, I've heard them before! You're the leader of the...movement Carys has joined!"

"The Journey has reached beyond Shangrala and Terra?" You say, your intrigue overcoming the seriousness of the situation

There's a pause, and you can clearly see the envoy is both amazed and disappointed by your answer

"No matter, if all of what she preached has come from your mind, then I believe we can risk trusting your word, if only because the majority of what she has said does endanger one's mind to the temptations of chaos" He said sharply "We will send a party to retrieve the Amaenoth's soul stone, to remove any risk posed to the craftworld in trusting the word of a...outsider as bizarre as yourself. When they return, we will answer a number of questions decided at the moment of retrieval. Is this arrangement acceptable? Time is of the essence"

One of the farseers shuddered

"How fascinating...your mind is structured entirely differently than a humans" Magnus whispered "Forgive the intrusion, the subtle and obvious difference in mind and soul between our species greatly intrigued me. As expected of a race of psyker, the neural pathways were evolved and specialized to..."

"Such curiosity is dangerous m...human"
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You cannot help but recognize the similarities in the look in Magnus' eyes and that of Cai's when he studied a corpse of a man felled by a curse. You are certain he means no harm, but, it is still unsettling to see from a man as friendly as himself.

How do you answer, Lieren?

>Accept the terms, and give them the location you've prepared for just this purpose and p

>Deny the terms, demand to be brought aboard their craftworld personally to meet this Carys, who they are clearly keeping imprisoned! If they refuse, remind them they cannot stop you. Especially since you would be backed by all of Long-Jia's might and Kanzeon

>Request Carys and her followers be allowed to accompany they party as well, and suggest that they court death from being so wary of others. Unity is strength, after all

>Warn the Aeldari that your world is beset by the same forces they fear. A small party may be at risk of being waylaid by wicked spirits.

>write in
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>>Request Carys and her followers be allowed to accompany they party as well, and suggest that they court death from being so wary of others. Unity is strength, after all
>>Warn the Aeldari that your world is beset by the same forces they fear. A small party may be at risk of being waylaid by wicked spirits.
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>>5024484
>"No matter, if all of what she preached has come from your mind, then I believe we can risk trusting your word, if only because the majority of what she has said does endanger one's mind to the temptations of chaos" He said sharply "We will send a party to retrieve the Amaenoth's soul stone, to remove any risk posed to the craftworld in trusting the word of a...outsider as bizarre as yourself. When they return, we will answer a number of questions decided at the moment of retrieval. Is this arrangement acceptable? Time is of the essence"
>One of the farseers shuddered
>"How fascinating...your mind is structured entirely differently than a humans" Magnus whispered "Forgive the intrusion, the subtle and obvious difference in mind and soul between our species greatly intrigued me. As expected of a race of psyker, the neural pathways were evolved and specialized to..."
>"Such curiosity is dangerous m...human"

Man this behaivor out of Magnus is kind of dangerous. Might want to have a talk about that.
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I wouldn't worry about it.
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I will support.

But also add
>Admonish Magnus for going inside their heads so forcefully and without permission. It is the height of