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>The supposed Doom was 8 years away. Kingdom Torlund's growth had stagnated. The obligations Empire Loris imposed on Torlund sapped its energy. But the people continued to smile. While the Clans struggled, the Torlin Royal Clan grew in popularity if not power. The Old King's Death Day Rites continued annually, though they were no longer the happy affairs of the past.
>Meanwhile, the Emperor's influence and power grew at the Imperial Court, challenging his former puppeteer the Constable. The death of Rolin caused a shock to the Constable, and his power only waned since. It's only a matter of time before the inevitable power struggle at the Imperial Court.
>Odon Milly, the Princess of Torlund and its Idol-Hime, now 18 years of age, was only a few years away from the expected age of marriage. Thousands of suitors from across Telay, from Kings to squires, came to Torlund under the guise of visiting the Death Day Rites festival. Idol-Hime still felt like grieving for Rolin, but she wanted to move on. Her people's future was more important than her past.

The Story Thus Far
>They said Torlund would always lose. Torlund was once a swampy and boggy land where all the rivers of the world ended. A strategic but unappealing land, it had been invaded and subjugated by foreigners countless of times. In its current era, Torlund had already been officially annexed by Empire Loriss; it's larger southern neighbor. Through the efforts of Old King Howser, he built the waterways and drained the swamps, revealing verdant and fertile valleys where the swamps once were. The Old King suffered from the Crusting Itch, a disease he died from leaving behind only a daughter; Odon Milly.
>When war between Empire Loris and Electrias broke out, a knight from every noble family in Torlund was mustered. Milly had a relationship with Eliando Rolin, the son of the Imperial Constable. This union was supported by the Imperials but disconcerting for the Torlins, and Rolin who truly loved Milly wanted to prove he was a true Torlin. He secretly volunteered into the Torlin Regiment.
>Rolin lost his life protecting hundreds of Torlunds after the Disaster on the Bridge where only a third of the whole Torlin regiment survived. What was once a concern for her people now became sorrow. Rolin might have been the hope Torlund needed.

General
Romance of the Low Kingdom is a Passive Quest, which is something I made up because it was might first time running a quest last thread. A Passive Quest is one where the main story remains wholly unchanged but the plot can be affected via player interaction, meaning there is no voting. Generally, any player interaction that can somehow be worked into pushing the plot or developing even your own story can get included into the main story. They're basically secondary characters, though not NPCs or side characters.
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Bloodlines
People of the setting can inherit and pass off certain special powers that can give them an edge in life/combat. These powers are considered as part of the blood, and each bloodline has interesting and strange inheritance rules that aren't fully understood. Bloodlines can spontaneously appear, and almost every bloodline ever in existence has gone extinct as almost all quickly degrade after forming.

>National Bloodlines
These bloodlines are so old and ancient that they have managed to survive into becoming a bloodline held by a large group of people in the land, typically the nobility.
>>Hot-Bloodline
The National Bloodline of Surgon. Hot-Blooded individuals are able to store and release explosive amounts of energy. These are manifested into their Hot-Cuts, swings of extreme speed and thus chopping ability.
>>Quick-Bloodline
The National Bloodline of Loris. The Quick-Bloodline enables one to enter a heightened state of awareness. The world slows down for them, and while they don't move any faster, their thoughts keep up so they can make extremely precise corrections.
>>Fools-Bloodline
Widespread throughout the Gale. The Fools-Bloodline enables one to seemingly avoid physical danger. It's quite comedic, really.
>>Mongrel-Bloodline
Not a true bloodline. The Mongrel-Bloodline describes the Torlin nature of having many mixed bloodlines within their blood pool from their history of being invaded.

>Clan Bloodlines
These bloodlines are strong and will survive but are often concentrated in geographical regions, their integrity upheld because of geographical boundaries or pedigree control.
>>Fox-Bloodline
Allows one to make swift and distant leaps like a fox.
>>Gator-Bloodline
Increased lung capacity and less restricted movement in shallow water.
>>Glue-Bloodline
Gives one sticky sweat on their palms and feet that enables them to climb better.
>>Helgunn-Bloodline
Allows one to divert their weight to a single point on their swings.
>>Monkey-Bloodline
Makes one excel in utilizing improvised weapons.
>>Pale-Blooded
Makes one albino and gives them the ability to feel the same emotions as those they make eye contact with.
>>Salt-Bloodline
Allows one to hydrate with salt water and see clearly in it.
>>Shadow-Bloodline
Allows one to blend into the shadow. Gives one mores sensitivity to light.
>>Snake-Bloodline
Gives one thermal vision.
>>Still-Blooded
Gives one extreme sensitivity to their own sense of balance, making mounted archery and balancing acts easier.

>Family Bloodlines
Typically extremely new, these bloodlines are always at risk of going extinct.

>Orphan Bloodlines
Rare and mysterious bloodlines. These bloodlines are both unwanted and refuse to die out. Throughout history, they have been known to be cursed bloodlines.
>>Hag-Blooded (maternal)
Gives one a hauntingly chilly voice. Considered cursed.
>>Rage-Blooded (paternal)
Gives one extreme temper issues. Considered cursed.
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Nobility
While the common people across all of Telay are naturally diverse, the nobility have a somewhat homogenous culture of their own. Their languages, values, and temperaments might be different, but their structure and general roles are similar across all cultures.

>Knights
Knights are the backbone of the nobility. They are, in most places, warriors first and gentlemen second. Clans use knights for both military and administrative purposes. In times of peace, knights become less martial and more educated.
>>The Longsword
The signature weapon of a knight is the Longsword. The Longsword is a single-edged but pointy sword for both one-handed and two-handed use. They are easy to carry, and their false edge are so durable that they have powerful cutting motions. They are the perfect sidearm. Even non-martial knights know how to handle a Longsword as it's expected of their education.
>>Drifters
Masterless and homeless knights. They are considered a social stigma. Their status as masterless and homeless makes them appear to be worthless and useless, and they are potentially dangerous.
>>Female Knights
Cultures and Clans have different policies on gender roles. Torlund has no law against female knights and there is certainly no stigma against it.

>Clans
Noble families are organized into clan groups. These clan groups are generally collections of families who are all together cultivating a bloodline. The specifics of clan organization differ from clan to clan. Clans also must produce wealth, and this is often in the form of tribute which is collected from the people. If not tribute, commercial enterprises was never seen as something beneath the nobility. Whatever the case, the Clan is meant to look after all its members, including finding jobs for their men.

>Education
There are different methods of educating noble children. In Loris, wealthy elite are sent to attend prestigious boarding schools. In Surgon, the elite seek out mentors and dojos. Boys and girls learn similar things until puberty. At this point, boys become squires and begin their martial education. Girls continue to perform rituals instead.

>Marriage
Preserving a young bloodline is an arduous affair. Clans were developed to aid in a bloodline's cultivation. Some clans are more strict with their marriage policies, but whatever the size, there is often a similar ratio between marriages within and without the clan.
>>Proposal
A specific marriage custom among the nobility is the offering of a knife from a man to his would be wife. A matching set of longsword and ceremonial knife would be made and respectively given to the groom and bride. The knife would be used by the bride to offer sacrifices and perform rituals for her husband's ancestors.
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Spirituality
There are three core roots that have contributed to the shared spiritual beliefs of Telay. They are so ingrained into society that the line between their cultural practices and religious beliefs are heavily blurred.

>Idolism
Idolists place great emphasis on honoring physical and living objects of worship. These things, called Idols, represent the spirit and identity of the people and are the objects of affection to their ancestors. Because the spirits of great and powerful ancestors reside in the land, their descendants should be respected. Conversely, as the common people have paid respect to one's ancestors, so too an Idol must pay respect to their ancestor's subject's descendants. Families from different generations are thus connected through Idols. Surgin Kingdoms derive a big portion of their legitimacy and income through the Idols they endorse. The priesthoods of Idolist kingdoms and people consists of elders who are well versed in the rituals and pass their knowledge onto the youth.

>Urism
Urists worship the great warrior Ura; the protector of the innocent and punisher of the wicked. Ura was a mortal warrior who went on a mission to free his 24 orphans which lead him from a far away land to Telay. Despite having no bloodline of his own, he defeated and redeemed countless of abusive strongmen in Telay while also being unarmed. Philosophy was born from Ura's words and many principles of rulership come from his suggestions. The common people thus worship Ura as a god who would punish even the ghostly remains of wicked folk, including kings. He is thus entirely accepted in Telayan Spiritism if not entirely respected.

>Imperial-Cultism
The Imperial Cult claims that there is a paradise in the afterlife ruled by the Emperor's ancestors. Thus, the Emperor must be honored. The Doom was used as a tool to assert legitimacy over all of Telay, claiming that it was caused by punishment from their ancestors. They do not reject the idea of foreign Idols so long as they can perform Imperial rituals and acknowledge Imperial supremacy in life and in Heaven.
>>Electro-Cultism
Electrias has its own brand of the Imperial-Cult, which is centered on the Electrina, the Daughter of Lightning, rather than the Emperor, the Son of Heaven. They otherwise have the same roots and ideas.
>>Ura and the Imperial Cult
Emperors have throughout history offered different stances on Ura. They all acknowledged Ura's ability, but some claim that Ura could not be able to defeat an Emperor's ghost. Others would claim that Ura has no reason to harm an Emperor as they themselves are innately righteous. Regardless, Ura is still heavily respected in Loris, far more in the fields than in the bureaucracy though.
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Kingdom Torlund
The homeland of our heroes. Torlund is the Low Kingdom, the Mongrel Nation. It is known for having the most diverse people, having been invaded and conquered too many times. Despite all of these invasions, the Torlins have endured as a culture and continually absorbs conquerors as natives.

>Imperial Overlord
Torlund is currently a subject kingdom to Loris. Loris tries to treat Torlund as a regular province, setting up their own Governor and garrison. The Torlin nobility were labeled as private citizens, but they retained their power through the under the table government. The only official authority the Torlins received were their right to worship, and Idol-Hime's performances have proven that the people have not yet wavered. It is through Idol-Hime that the kingdom remains as a subject people and not fully integrated.

>Customs
>>The River's Song
Torlund has the oldest tradition despite being the youngest kingdom. The River's Song is so well preserved that it is believed to be the ancient ancestor language to all Surgins. The song asks the river or whatever spirit that causes floods for forgiveness and apologizes for any pain we might have caused. It also asks the river to accept them when the time comes. While only sung as a funerary rite, its fame from the Old King's Death Day Rites has made it heavily associated with the Torlin identity.
>>Death Day Rites
Every year, Idol-Hime performs the Death Day Rites on the same her father died. These rites are to ease her father's new life in Heaven, and the spectacle is so grand that people travel just to watch. Torlund's economy exploded with the influx of tourists.

>Government
Torlund operates on an overly complicated dual government system. There is the Imperial government who attempts to run the Kingdom like any other Imperial province. Then there is Torlund's under the table aristocratic government. This government rests on the trust and confidence that the people have on their local clans. When an issue arises, instead of going to the King and risk Imperial interference, issues are resolved at the lower levels. The Royal Clan, whose role was to once do what the clans do now, was reduced to a spiritual role; organizing, managing, and exploiting ceremonies and rituals. It is through the Royal Clan that Torlund maintains its "subject kingdom" status.

>Clans
Torlund has five major clans: Asello, Bogrin, Fulver, Jordis, and Selby. They were pacified during Milly's youth by Uncle Willur. Torlund has the highest amount of clans per noble families compared to the rest of the world, meaning they have many bloodlines to cultivate. Despite Howser freeing many of the Royal clan from obligations, most of all Torlins place their loyalty into Idol-Hime than they do their clan.
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Foreign States
Torlund is surrounded by mightier states. Being at the Mouth of Rivers of the World, Torlund has its fair share of guests.

>Empire Loris
Torlund's overlord and the Major Power of the continent. Loris is a highly centralized monarchy ruled by its Emperor, who is puppetted by the Constable of Loris.
>>Imperials
Loris's government is highly centralized and the nobility are comprised of wealthy families who actively seek employment in the Imperial administration for whatever reason they wish; for profit, tradition, or prestige. The bureaucratic and social network of the Imperial state thus creates a social class of its own; the Imperials.
>>Loris Proper & Tributaries
The core territory of Loris are its great plains. This core territory is inhabited by people of the Lorian culture which is considered the Imperial core. Loris also has many tributary states/kingdoms with varying degrees of control, each one having a purpose in securing or enriching Loris.

>Kingdoms Surgon
North of Torlund are the hundreds of kingdoms of Surgon. The Surgin Kingdoms are far more similar to the Torlins, such as their idea of kingship.
>>Free Surgin Kingdoms
Most of Surgon is comprised of Free Surgin Kingdoms; Kingdoms that are not a subject to any other king. In the many mountains of Surgon are many tiny mountain villages ruled by kinglets. These Kinglets are, while nominally independent, are almost often reliant on the larger kings of the valleys.
>>Kingdom Helgunn & Vassals
The most powerful and influential kingdom in Surgon is Kingdom Helgunn. Kingdom Helgunn finds itself in the defensible Helgunn basin. It has many personal vassal kingdoms of their own, and thus their king is referred to as the Overking. Throughout most of history, Helgunn had been the big boss of Surgon.
>>Hundred Kingdoms
A looser confederation of lesser kingdoms within the already loose Surgin confederation.

>The Gale
Torlund's only friend. Since Torlund's founding, the Gale has consistently been of help to the Torlins. Their relationship was rocky since Gale raiders are the reason why the Torlins founded their own kingdom in the first place. Despite this, the Gale has had every good reason to be on Torlund's side, and a big portion of the Gale speak Torlin since they have harbored many Torlin refugees throughout history. The Gales are competent sailors, owing to their homeland which is an archipelago off the coast of Loris and Electrias,

>Electrias
A far southern nation that is at war against Loris. They have access to terrifying Electro-Knights. They claim to be the true Empire so its official title would be Empire Electrias, but calling it so is considered treasonous. They are a breakaway state with shared ancestry with Loris who put forth that their Electress, the Mother of Lightning, is the true sovereign of Heaven
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>The Old King's Death Day Rites was coming again and it was time for the friends to return. Rumors of Idol-Hime's special healer's blood never faded. Every bachelor across Telay could not pass this opportunity, however slim was the chance. A new kingdom and a new legendary bloodline to cultivate! Torlin men came to the capital, seeking to fulfill their almost impossible fantasy of marrying their Idol-Hime. Imperial customs kept almost all of the Surgin bachelors from entering, although foreign royalty were still permitted. The Imperials themselves even came to Tormuth to try their chance at the lovely Odon Milly. As a matter of fact, even the Son of Heaven made his way there.

Who thinks they can heal Idol-Hime's broken heart?
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>>5073908
Too bad se never managed to get rid of the healing rumours, or weaken them because of Rolin's death. Atleast with my medical knowledge and excuses to hang around Milly, the plan to try and mitigate any future incidents by shifting the blame on me might work, but we would need an excuse for why it is miraculous, rare and only happens in Milly's presence. Maybe luck, or a blessing of the spirits?
Anyway, this feels way too much like the day we all met Idol-Hime, a horde of men trying to impress a heart-broken princess. Briging this fact up might brigthen, while any of us that are hanging out in the palace form a plan to keep an eye on the bachelors.
Perhaps play a few of our childhood song's on the old flute, for nostalgia's sake.
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>>5073952
You are overthinking it. What if Idol-hime is disguised not as herself? Have her go through a couple of disguises when YOU are the only common 'factor' among it all. This will divert attention from her to you. So long as nobody knows the disguised extra present was her anyway. I can help with the disguises and makeup if you can get her to agree or anyone else who is good with it that can be trusted. As my five older sisters growing up liked to treat me as a dress up doll...the horror. I couldn't complain though in the long run it turns out its REALLY helpful for disguising and avoiding getting caught. Done right it should solve the healing rumors problem...but it will also draw a target on your back in exchange. Not to mention you will need an alibi for her at the same time as well when she is supposedly elsewhere.
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>>5074009
I'm not sure it's proper for Idol-hime to disguise herself as if she were some common cut-purse.

How are Elizabina, Jenna and Denver doing?
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>>5073908

We care deeply for Milly, and it is hard to take these losses. Even legendary healing can't fix a broken heart it seems, but I have been at her side for many years stopping at harbor. I am not skilled at this. I just seek to be a strong man with some influence, but I will try.

Rejected by the good Inspector. Was it my inexperience, or was it political? Perhaps Milly might console and council me. I feel a measure of dejection, and in part I blame myself and my circumstances. Perhaps I should sacrifice myself to my duties, harden my heart while offering my own feelings to the pyre. Would that be good to my ancestors and friends for the price? At least thats the reflection play to try averting what I see coming, and somewhat true to feeling. *shrug*

Also those are some nice sideburns I've grown.
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>>5073908
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN

Take in the beautiful sights of my homeland. The Lorian Capital might be impressive, but it doesn't compare with home! I definitely came together with the Son of Heaven, so I might have some insight on what exactly he's planning or what his closer entourage has to think. All information may help us.

And it's time to see all my friends! They've accomplished so much! But alas, I do feel bad for poor Gasson. We must go to a tavern so that we can make up for all the time we lost! And I bet her father will come around, don't worry! And of course, I shall prepare the most succulent of meals for my friends and glare at all the young men who have come for Milly's hand! Speaking of hands, I think it's high time for me to offer the knife I've been working on to Sonson.
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>>5073908
Ah, back at the old stomping ground! Nothing compares to home. Y'know with my mission in Surgon i was starting to forget Torlund. But now that we're all here again? I'm realizing how good it feels to be back. Following Ura's teachings I've learned how to really talk with people, solve my problems without a sword for once. Being back home is a nice reminder of how far I've come since the war.

Speaking of which, my old war buddies have done so much. Can't wait to catch up over some drinks. I heard Gasson got his marriage proposal shot down. Chin up man you'll get her one day.

I'll make myself known and talk to old friends, also i'll make sure to have an eye on any would be suitors who think they can win Milly over, those guys are the worst.
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>The Son of Heaven came on his yacht and escort. Ulf witnessed the rivers clearing of ships for the Emperor. This level of authority might not be matched in the north, although the Son of Heaven probably would have brought warships to enforce it. Elizabina was left back in Lora, the Imperial capital. The Son of Heaven's meal arrangements varied, sometimes Ulf was ordered to stay in the kitchen, sometimes he was brought out to display his skills in front of the Son of Heaven's guests. On the ride to Tormuth, Ulf heard that the Son of Heaven might be showing his presence to assert some degree of authority over Idol-Hime's marriage. When the yacht docked, he had preparations to make before seeing Idol-Hime, and gave Ulf leave to go see hi friends.

>Gasson travelled mostly throughout Surgon's lakes and the Hundred Kingdoms. Trade expedition brought him to that region anyway. There are varied opinions on Torlund, although the two most described words by Surgins are; Prize and Oppressed. Denver sometimes came with Gasson whenever he followed his father onto the ship and forgot to leave. The father and son pair always found themselves in bizarre situations out in port towns together. It also seemed that every time Denver returned he was a bit taller. As for Inspector Rojo, Nunalana assured to Gasson that her father was just being overprotective and just wasn't ready to let go of her yet.

>Sonson, Jenna, and Nunalana stayed by Idol-Hime's side in a private reception chamber, presumably to judge any incoming bachelor. Idol-Hime decided to receive any bachelor, as it was the polite thing to do. As for the rumors of her healing bloodline, bringing any attention back to it was not advised. The friends were all united when Uncle Willur lead the rest to Idol-Hime. He had arrived with Gasson and they found the others unable to get into the palace. Problem had a thing for Uncle Willur, and when he tried entering he offended a foreign minor prince for cutting in line. Uncle Willur tried to explain who he was but it escalated between the two to the point that the already strained palace guards had to come. They recognized Uncle Willur and immediately escorted him and the rest of the party to Idol-Hime. One could still hear echoes of "GEEEEET OUT!" outside from the many bachelors mocking the foreign prince being dragged out by the guards. This was one of the more normal days for Uncle Willur. The friends were all finally reunited again.
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>>5074745
Guess it's time to catch up with our friends, specially Ulf, Kaito and the lovebirds.
Does anyone have any good stories to tell? Maybe the missionaries can share their adventures? I can provide the mood as always.
>>5074009
>>5074330
It's just a question of time until Milly does it again, she is way too kind to just let suffering happen when she sees it, so the planning must continue.
A disguise might not be a good idea, since the objective is to missdirect future rumours instead of creating situations for new ones to appear, but maybe carrying around a nurse outfit so we can do a quick switch on the fly if she decides she needs to heal someone could help.
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>>5074745
Aaaah, to be reunited once again! Denver sprouted quite nicely but he still needs to put on some weight! And I see that the bachelors are getting quite uppity. Inform Uncle Willur and Milly about the intentions of the Son of Heaven and the rumours surrounding his coming. But I'll put further politics on the side for now! It's time to make that monke girl's smile even brighter! Oh, and where is that pair of spooky troublemakers? Bet they're hiding around here somewhere...
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>>5075568
To be forewarned is to be forearmed - perhaps we can find a better way to dissaude the Son of Heaven's inteverence than by waving a chair at him threateningly when he brings up the subject.

When there's time, Sonson will have to take Ulf up Mt. Wudi so he can speak to Lord Fuzuke. But it'd be a lovely trip with plenty of beautiful scenery.
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>>5074745
What a relief. You are all good and true friends, thank you. Lets drink to being reunited, though Ulf brings up a good point... where are Onizuka and Kyoko? Denver really has grown, I was starting to think he would be a shorty forever. Kind of a loss almost.

With that in hand, tell them of Surgon, with so many kingdoms and peoples it is a wonder. One would guess that with so many different kingdoms they must first convince people by sentiments before taking action together. The spreading view of Torlund as a Prize or being Oppressed would be a sign of interest by those most influential Surgins. Perhaps I should make a visit further up to Helgunn next time. Though with so many Surgin princelings about there is sure to be some who we can learn from who aren't too caught up in the bachelor business, or willing to say more then they would normally because of it. The bachelor receptions might be a good place to put them to question, so I will leave that up to Sonson, Jenna, and Nunalana to gauge who the biggest influencers are. Those Surgin Princes or their parents would be the ones to talk to about changing Surgin views on Torlund.

Those are interesting rumors around of the Son of Heaven. Those being the viewpoint of his court, seeing it as asserting some authority does make him look good without really having to do anything other then present himself. Its not an untrue statement either given how many Lorian bachelors are here, his being here keeps them in line. Their place in heaven might be awkward if they embarrassed the Son of Heaven after all. I don't think he will try to court Milly, but if he did he could try to hedge his growing influence by promising to cut back the obligations demanded of Torlund. Better Milly was married for love and not that.

Still it wouldn't hurt to talk with him and see if peace could be made with Electrias, or the obligations reduced. A compromise or a daring mission to see the end of the war. Otherwise things look closer to Surgon action for prize or oppression. Wouldn't mind seeing the Daughter of Lightning and learning more myself if the seas to get there weren't so storm ridden.

Atleast the tourism is good.
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>The Missionaries who I meant to have been there with everybody else my bad and Gasson spoke of their experiences in Surgon. The missionaries spent most of their time in the Hundred Kingdoms, where conflict was endemic, although not nearly as devastating as true war. Lots of violent adventures to be had there. East Sorwund, a vassal of Helgunn, closed access past its rivers, leaving the north unvisited. The other major kingdoms were otherwise peaceful. The most striking thing anything they've heard or noticed were that despite the peace, their clans were eager to recruit.
>Hearing of the Son of Heaven's potential purpose, Uncle Willur said the Son of Heaven could be seeking Idol-Hime's hand in marriage as he had yet to offer a knife to Elizabina. Idol-Hime resolutely said she would gladly receive the Son of Heaven like any visitor today. In less gentler words: get in line.
>Idol-Hime made the decision to see the Torlin bachelors first (good opportunity for drop-ins), for she would rather much marry another true lover of Torlund. Uncle Willur was sent to get them in line and out of respect; they did it and out of fear; without complaint.
>From Gasson's travels and royal visits, he knew of three potential suitors of the major kingdoms.
>The first was Sporda Stengry, King of Felgunn, 20 years old. Stengry was installed as King at the age of 3 by a Lorian supported faction in Felgunn, replacing his uncle. Kingdom Felgunn acted as a buffer for Loris. While the gallery roads between Helgunn and Felgunn were perilous, Helgin forces could pour into Loris if Felgunn gave it military access. Like Torlund, it was a Surgin subject kingdom of the Empire. The kingdom was known for its goat-blooded knight who make excellent mountain warfare troops.
>The second was Grimmer Hando, Prince of Gormund, 32 years old. He was a younger brother of the King of Gormund, and embarked on a mission since he was 21. It seemed like he was ready to settle down. Gormund was just a hill's walk away from Torlund, being terrestrial neighbors. It should be known that Torlund has historically been occupied by Gormund, although Gormund had since renounced its claims since Torlund was transferred to Loris as part of a treaty.
>The third was Gasket Dogar, Crown Prince of Morgund, 8 years old. After 20 years with many daughters, the King and Queen of Morgund finally had a son; Gasket Dogar. ZHis mother is proud of him. Gasson was actually once invited to dinner by the King of Morgund, and the King already said a union between Idol-Hime and his son would be too politically complicated. Still, Morgund has pretty close ties to Torlund; their royal family sometimes display the Stew-Bloodline that they received from the Torlin royal family centuries ago.
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>>5076537
I favour the "Impossible Task" route - to show their character, resourcefulness and dedication.
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>>5076537
I oppose Dorgar, for the only reason that his name is to close to Ulf's and it would get confusing.
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>>5076537
This is quite the complex situation. One on hand, I would wish for Milly to be happy, but she herself is willing to do what is needed for the people of Torlund, so I will need to recommend some more practical and political suggestions.

Stengry is the closest person to Milly's age and his position as King already establishes a firm alliance if they are betrohed. His position as the gatekeeper between Lorian and Helgin lands means he has quite the leverage if a situation arises where Torlund and Felgunn will need to fight for their freedom in case the Imperial demands become too much or if Helgunn invades. Gasson and the Missionaries have already said that the Northern Kingdoms are gathering their armies once again and that Helgunn was closed of through their vassal kingdom, implying that some plans are brewing in the North. Besides, an alliance between two Imperial tributaries shouldn't cause too much suspicion in the Imperial court. My only worry is the fact that Stengry gained his position through Imperial intereference, meaning he depends on them and could very easily support the Empire in a case of Torlund rebellion or Helgin Invasion.

Hando is quite older and this can be quite offputting for the marriage. But he's the prince of our closest neighbour, meaning they can come to our aid the fastest if need arises. They also seem quite sizeable and could put up quite the defiance against the Imperials. The problem is here that we could very easily replace one master with another. Gormund did renounce their claims to Torlun solely because of the Empire and if the Empire looses Torlund, Gormund could once again show their true colours. If Hando does become the king though, a more equal union could be created between Gormund and Torlund, leading to a strong united kingdom bonded in the blood of its rulers. That is, if such situation even arises.

Dogar, personally, seems like the least likely of the marriages. He's too young and his father has already said that the union is very unlikely because of the political situation. But it wouldn't be a bad idea if we had some kind of representative to continue our good relations with their kingdom which could support indirectly during tough times.

Of course, other bachelors may come and the decision rests on Milly's shoulder after all, but if she has to choose between these three, I would recommend either Hando or Dogar, with a stronger emphasis on Hando. We must also curry favour with the Gale, but I think they will be quite ready to help, especially when Imperial booty is in question.

Also, I would like to meet up with Bano. Need to have my usual match with him!
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Loving your pencil sketch art, QM.
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>>5076537
I do like Sonson's impossible task idea. Otherwise ask them some kind of telling question to their personality. What is best in life, what makes a kingdom, etc.
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>Bano was last heard taking the Imperial Military Examination last year. He started taking his studies seriously since the Disaster on the Bridge. Ulf and Bano actually skipped last year's duel, hopefully they'll get this year's. Perhaps he's on his way back right now? Regardless, Idol-Hime's close friends decided to vet the top 3 most prospective candidates. They would come up with an "Impossible Task" for the three, Jenna, Denver, and Nunalana were sent off to collect the candidates. The first impressions of each were some scenes.
>Jenna without warning striked at Stengry with her sheathed ceremonial longblade. Whatever test personal Jenna had for everybody, it seemed like the king passed.
>Denver was amazed by the size of Hando's muscles and the prince indulged in the monkey boy. It seemed Denver enjoyed the prince's personality, or however you would make a series of deliberate posed flexing.
>Nunalana met the young Dogar, who was accompanied by his gentle parents and numerous of elder sisters. They were actually here for the Death Day Rites and were just politely waiting to be formally received by Idol-Hime.

>>5076938
Thanks dawg
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>>5077782
>Is this some swamp greeting?
This made me laugh harder than it had any right to, Stengry just got higher on the list for me.
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>>5077782
Denver's test certainly has something to recomend it.

It's the topless muscular men.
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>>5077782
This sets it. I shall wrestle with Hando, he looks like an absolute beast. Moustache on moustache action baby! And yes, in some parts of Torlund, older and experienced knights do attack each other with their sheathed weapons. It's mostly reversed for old friends and rivals and it's meant to keep you on your toes!
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>>5077782
Solid contenders we got here. As for the impossible task though...Any dragons around?

Gasket has good taste. I suppose I met the King of Morgund's family at that dinner before, it sounded like a big family.
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>>5077782
I'm gonna scare them. And, hmmm I don't really know what I want to do, oh well. I'm gonna eat some food.
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>>5078855
Oh and it's also me Kyoko.
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>>5075708
I'm assuming we are either late or sneaking around scaring people. Basically follow the screams of terror.

>>5078855
Oh hey does mean we finally showed up? good idea on the food part I wonder what kind of tasty sweets they have...but kyoko I don't think scaring away the important guests is a good idea...although come to think of it putting them all through a trial of terror sounds fun for filtering the suitors. Also maybe some girl time since you are the only one who is married among them near her own age. Just try to hold back on the...scary advise please.

>>5074381
Eh don't worry about it she already likes you so you have already won half the battle! Yes I know I'm a terrible example for that but still. Love will find a way. Just sneakily have some dates or something. I mean being the one who got married first among us and our marriage being great if you can ignore...um well just ignore all the scary parts. What I'm trying to say sometimes you have fight dirty because all is fair in love and war. Just don't get caught.
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>The three candidates were roped in for a task of some sort, the first being was to be shirtless. Two of them failed to do so; Stengry refused without an excuse, and Dogar wanted very much to take his off but his parents stopped him. His many sisters were disappointed when Stengry refused to take his shirt off but were at least pleased with Hando's compliance. Although not a task, Nunalana first asked them what's the best thing about becoming King of Torlund. Perhaps a scary task of some sort could be elaborated if not a series of questions.
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>>5080210
Maybe something regarding the festivities for the Death Rite and the day to day ongoings in the kingdom? A real King of Torlund knows his way around organizing such things and helping around with all manners of organization. Remember, the Old King would even partake in the building of canals and Uncle Willur was always there to solve any disputes between the people and clans. So, maybe give them a complex situation they need to think about how to best solve? Or maybe take them to the city where they can interact with the common folk and help them so we can gauge out their capabilities and sensibilities? This could be a place where Uncle Willur could lend a hand.

Besides ruling, a King of Torlund needs to bare some teeth. Let us compile something of a fitness test. Fencing, horse riding, athletics, swimming. And, of course, duelling! And maybe we could go and chase some bears on Mt. Wudi! Altough, that would be maybe too much, bwahahahaha! And of course, I want to hear the others too. Also, sorry I didn't get the prompt at first QM
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>>5080210
Your impossible task is to come up with an impossible task.
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>>5080363
An impossible task should show some thinking, some ingenuity, and help Tolund.

What if we ask them to find out why Torlund is doomed? It's a task that's defeated us since our founding, and if we knew the answer, we might be able to stop the fourth doom. And even if they fail, we can learn a lot by how they go about the task.
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>>5080210
Probably should ask what they believe needs to be done to strengthen Torlund and to keep it safe and prosperous, and their views on th local religions, custom, people and clans.
It's things that a good kind should know and do.
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>It was decided that the candidates would be asked a series of leadership questions regarding Torlund. Afterward, Ulf volunteered to wrestle each one as part of the physical test. And for the final kicker, the "impossible task" so to speak was a question on what they thought "Torlund Always Loses" meant. Being Surgins and thus cultural kinsmen of the Torlins, their core understanding of Idolism was the same. It was only Stengry that acknowledged the Son of Heaven as the supreme ruler of the Heavens, although it sounded more like he was saying it out of obligation. Unlike Torlund, whose clans operate illegally within the framework of Imperial bureaucracy, most other clans operated hardly without any royal interference. Even though Torlund's clans weren't in formal contact with each other, there was still a deeper implied reverence to the Royal Clan. Perhaps this was a borrowed idea from Lorian supremacy.
>Closing the questions was one provocative one; How would he handle the Imperial Problem? Stengry said that if he were in control of both Torlund and Felgunn then it would be easy to have the protection of the Surgin kingdoms if he gave them good trade terms. Hando went on the describe the sequence of techniques and combos he would apply to defeat the Son of Heaven. lastly, the young Dogar said he would have his father put the Son of Heaven in line. Dogar's father is older than the Son of Heaven, after all.
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>>5081692
Well, Stengry seems to be the only one with a head for actual diplomacy and statecraft, beating the shit of the Son of Heaven wouldn't really do anything to stop imperial control, only draw more anger, menaing either punitive action or stoping protection against Helgunn.
But I still want to keep good relations with the two princes, not only do they seem to be good people who would make for good friends, but having support from their kingdoms would be beneficial.
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>>5081692
Honourable Hondo-sama, alas those of us who've had the privalage of seeing the son of spar know he is not so easily bested.

>>5081812
Torlund always loses - Torlund or Surgin, we just trade one master for another. While I agree Hando's suggestion is less workable, only he showed the strength and pride to stand on his own two feet - a pride Uncle Wilur always demonstrated, and a pride I feel would only be a benefit to us. Even if it would need to be tempered by more sage advice. Hopefully Ulf can sound out if this pride is well deserved.
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>>5082107
I would like to Torlund to be the master of Torlund, it would make things easier.
Now with the jest out of the way, I disagree, the position of king is to be the balance in which all of the kigdom is built upon, and biggest part of that is to rely on the strength of others.
Torlund always loses, but what if it's not just Torlund, but our Surgin Neighbors as well? The Gale would also probably join in, as they always have. That strength should give the crown enough to negotiate favorably with either the Imperials or Helgunn when the Doom (TM) comes. After all, if we are going to lose either way, standing alone will just mean we are going to lose harder and have to pay more.
My only worry for Stengry is how far away Felgunn is, either one half of the union is going to be managed at a distance, or the couple is going to be separated most of the time.
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>>5081692
If Ulf tests Hando, I would test Stengry, though Jenna might have dibs after he caught her sheathed sword. Fist against fist, wooden sword against wooden sword. Maybe let Dogar show off his Stew Bloodedness and read him some stories about Ura or the Rites.

I think it likely Stengry or Hondo. As for arrangements to help keep the friendship of those not chosen; Dogar should be fine with knowing his answers would make his father proud. if Hando is not chosen, there are likely to be quite a few beautiful widows in need after the war though it would be kind of awkward if he became Onizuka's stepfather. Stengray does give off a very sensible feeling so reasoning seems fine. Too much distance between the kingdoms and the many issues that come with it.
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>First Gasson dueled Stengry. As a king of Felgunn, Stengry had a high level in the Hot-Blood, and his swings were extreme. Although he defeated Gasson after cutting through Gasson's wooden sword, he seemed to lack form and relied far more on his natural blood. Ulf instead wrestled Hando, and it was clear that the well travelled Hando was more than a match for Ulf. But the Prince wouldn't shut up and went into excruciating details on previous times he used certain pins on his past opponents. Jenna sang the River's song to Dogar, who after 10 recitals was able to communicate in broken ancient Torlin through the song alone, or at least what sounded like it. But the little one still wanted to play with swords so Denver indulged in the Crown Prince.
>It now came to the final test, the one with no correct answer; Why was Torlund Doomed to always lose? The candidates would answer in isolation as to not give ideas to the others for such a difficult question.
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>>5082850
Well, what a beast of a man. I'll need to ask him for some tips later on. But, so far Stengry seems like the surest pick, altough he seems a bit hot-blooded and ambitious. Well, I won't help with the Doom question. It something the lads need to come up on their own. Oh,and compliment Dogar on his learning skills, he's a quick one. And give him a tip or two on how to use the sword.
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>>5082850
Maybe Jenna or Kaito could help drill Stengry in fighting without using his blood as a crutch.
Dogar seems that he could become an excellent king once he grows up, and Hando would definatly be able to inspire armies to fight harder, so both of them would make for great allies.
I wonder when the Son of Heaven is going to make his move and ruin everything.
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>>5083144
The surest pick for us maybe, but Milly-chan has suprised us in the past.

I don't know if I should be dissapointed by what a bore Hando was in that fight, or impressed that he managed to beat you while distracted telling his story - and he didn't even seem out of breath.
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>>5083376
I think his storytelling is because of his bloodline, it's all about speeches right?
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>Hando was told to leave so as to not hear of Stengry's answer. Dogar was allowed to stay since he wasn't expected to answer the difficult question. When asked why Torlund was always doomed to lose, Stengry gave it a few seconds of thought before he answered. If Torlund didn't want to lose, it shouldn't focus on its freedom but instead ability to exert its will on all parties who seek to dominate it. If it can't conquer its enemies then it needs to make friends with their enemies' enemies, or make its enemies enemies with each other. He said enemy a lot.
>After being dismissed, Stengry was removed from the chamber and Hando entered shirtless again. When asked of the same thing, Hando without hesitation dismissed the idea that Torlund is always losing. He cited that Torlund's ability to retain its traditions, language, and even clans is evidence its ability to resist. Every state is doomed to have failures, and even though Torlund had been subjugated time and time again, its Royal Family always retained the trust of the people. Contrast this with Loris, which Hando said had gone through many different regimes since Torlund's founding.
>It was now Dogar's turn to answer, which Stengry and Hando were allowed to witness. The young prince was asked what was his favorite thing about Torlund was and gave the best answer out of the three. Uncle Willur came to let the gang know that Idol-Hime was ready to begin receiving a few "exceptional" foreign bachelors between many Torlin ones.
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>>5084019
Hando's answer is definatly the best one by far, but Stengry's has some truth behind it, even if it sounds very sinister.
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>>5084050
Torlund has never sought to dominate it's neighbours - and those who seek enemies are sure to find them.

Hando's answer is the one that most speaks to the soul of Torlund, and he is the only one who passed all three tests.
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>>5084410
I still believe Hando failed the imperial question, so it's 2/4, 3/4 and 0/4 for them.

Maybe one of the foreigners will have spirit, knowledge and not be machiavelian.
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>>5082728
Wait what? Whose hitting on my beautiful but scary mother? Shit have I been gone too long? I mean I know she's rich and all wait what is she even doing here? Oh by the ancestors don't tell me she turned into a maneater like some of my aunts...

>>5084431
Or maybe we get lucky with someone local. I'm kinda iffy about local powers given you just KNOW the Torlins are gonna fuck things up and interfere.

>>5084019
Hm...I should consider how to arrange a trial of terr-ahem I mean courage to filter all those pansies out. Should be fun.
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>>5084553
Welp, Stengry can be distracted on the front, and then scared below them. Hando we have to be fast with. The kid will be tricky considering all the people around him, but just distract them, I pop in with a scary mask, and then run away.
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>>5084670
I mean behind him.
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>>5084670
>>5084672
I was more thinking of an official trial of courage to filter out all the wusses. We both know the perfect scary places with some masks, blood, and stalking it should be a lot of fun. Not to mention get rid of a bunch of losers. Just targeting the Royals wouldn't be fair and suspect. I think we should go after EVERYONE by making them prove their bravery. If they don't have the guts they obviously aren't worthy.

If not we keep hanging out with Hime since we are the only ones married and she's trying to find a fiance. Personally, though I just wanna scare the living daylights out of them to see their worthiness in the face of terror. Totally not because it's fun and I'm bored.
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>Idol-Hime received Stengry and Hando privately, with Jenna the only other one allowed to be in the chamber so long as she maintained discretion. Many Torlin suitors were pleased to be received by their Idol-Hime, and that was enough for them. Many of them watched Stengry and Hando with contempt, who were ushered to the front skipping over many Torlin suitors. The contempt was probably more of a feeling of protectiveness to their Idol-Hime though. The orderly assembly of princes and suitors made it easy for anybody to walk through the premises so long as they weren't trying to cut anybody. In fact, it allowed a specific individual to find his way into the palace; Boriel Bano.
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>>5085273
BORIEL BANO! Finally showed yourself! Heard you stuck your nose in those Imperial books of yours! I hope it hasn't dulled your sword reflexes! Now bring yourself here so I can give you a manly handshake and challenge you to a proper duel!
>>5084019
I must add that Hando guessed it outright, but Stengry has a very good point. But Torlund shouldn't become that which it fights the most, another empire goosestepping on the people around it. But perhaps its the only way it will save itself? There is much to discuss... Also, give Dogar some certfied Shruug Fish SauceTM.
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>>5085273
Oh, now this is getting interesting.

Does the world have a popcorn equivalent? This fateful duel would be the the perfect moment for a snack.
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>>5085273
All the bachelor's of Torlund have come here to seek Hime-sama's hand, and still Boriel only has eyes for Dogan. I don't know whether I should be impressed or jealous.

Seeing as fighting Dogan was one of the three tasks for suitors, and Bano was a childhood friend of both Milly and Rolin, I should have a sense of how well the three of them got on? And how (in)appropriate a match he would be.
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>>5085273
Haha I knew he would show up eventually. This should be good.

>>5084019
Not bad answers. Hando's is probably the strongest if the Doom of Torlin is to always lose you could argue that Torlund will never die. The river endures, but the water passes. Stengry's is more of the 'Torlund can't lose if we are no longer Torlund.' branch of becoming something else. The river loses itself in the ocean.

>>5084553
Hmm now that I think of if Stengry also has shark teeth doesn;t he. I'm sure you don't need to be worried though, two years isn't that long.
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>No handshake was offered by Bano who instead passed a wooden sword to Ulf. The pair immediately began dueling. Suitors were already watching while chewing on breaded shrimp they got from a royal vendor. The gang shouted the very same questions to Bano while he was parrying and striking. On kingship, he admitted he had no clue! But added that Uncle Willur would probably know better. On the worship of Idols; who doesn't love Idol-Hime? When asked about Imperial Problem, he said that there was none! The House of Soria was the Sovereign of Heaven, and Idol-Hime's respect to the House through the proper rituals was all that's needed! It was Loris that needed to stay out of Torlund, no more obligations, only trust and friendship!
Pals doing each other a solid and such. Finally, when Ulf shouted why Torlund was doomed to always lose, he was struck down by Bano. Bano proceeded to answer while offering a hand to the defeated Ulf.
>Idol-Hime and Bano always got along. One would expect he was Rolin's best friend, but Bano was much closer to Denver; The pair acted as a sort of comedy duo for Rolin's side at the Imperial Education Institution, or school for short. Jenna had a relatively tight leash on Denver just because having Denver and Bano together was too mischievous or unlucky. You remember that kickball game. Anyway, Idol-Hime always enjoyed Bano's antics as they always brought a smile to somebody. But maybe Bano would need some help on being a bit more sensitive.
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>>5085961
Well, Bano certaintly got spirit. Probably the best choice so far, and him being our friend means he should be much more likely to accept our advice and help to cover any of his weakness.
The only real downside is that he doesn't come with an alliance, but that may make it easier for Loris to accept the marriage anyway.
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>>5085961
Congratulate Bano, both on his victory and for always providing Ulf with a new challenge to aspire to, as well as providing such fine answers to the questions.
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>>5085961
WHAT A LAD! Can't even be mad that I lost! Truly, he has become a fine man and even finer friend! He has my support! But when it comes to sensitivity, can't say I'm that experienced in such matters. Maybe Nunalana and Sonson can help in such questions?
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>>5085961
A mighty contender appears.
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>>5085961
Honestly it sounds like a great friend marriage. They could have a kid they both love, while only being friends. And they could have lovers while still being in a relationship. Then again the ancestors might not approve......oh well.
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>After impressing everybody, the gang caught up with Bano, exchanging each other's stories. He failed the Imperial Military Examination the year before, passing the physical portion but failing the written portion. Apparently writing entirely in capital letters was not accepted as a substitute for not knowing the script. Bano spent spent the rest of the year studying calligraphy back home in Torlund before taking it again this year. He barely passed as despite his script being correct, he nearly ran out of time writing the exam because his essay was literally a huge stack of sheets of single large bold characters. Bano was on leave but he requested to be posted at the Dam Fort so he can be home.
>Idol-Hime called for a recess to take lunch. She asked all her friends to come see her and dismissed them until Vespers, the sacred moment before dinner when international formalities were to be conducted. Idol-Hime decided to stay in the palace with Jenna so that they can continue receiving bachelors afterward. There wasn't a need for the rest of them so it was a good opportunity for the others to have an intimate day with a loved one, or to catch up with the boys. As for Onizuka and Ryoko, Idol-Hime gave them permission to go be spooky in the palace where bachelors are to hopefully creep some away. She loved her people but even an Idol needed some alone time. Nobody gets hurt though.
I wonder what sort of interesting places one can visit in Tormuth, the city watched over by Mount Wudi?
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>>5088445
Well, I know a few places of entertainment around in the capital, due to our welfare duties, musical past time and recommendations from a few other squires and maidens studying medicine.

There a few good taverns and restaurants, ones where customers are allowed to sing on stage, or have dartboards, good ones with we go on an outing as a group. I will have to pass on alcohol though, I found out sometime ago I can't hold my drinks.

There are a few theater and pavilions where some musicians and artists go, there should be plenty of shows now that the city is packed with nobility, but we probably won't be able to just chill together. Could be a good place for the couples to go on a date tough.

And there are always the shrines doted around, I guess they could count as entertainment, but we would have to be way more reserved about it if we go do a small pilgrimage.

Did the post that explained how to add a character and what we done during the skip disappeared for anyone else? This one https://archive.wakarimasen.moe/qst/thread/5073895/#q5073896
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>>5089032
While I'm willing to let Dogan Ulf take the lead on where we go, I might suggest that this seems like an excellent oportunity for him to demonstrate the culinary skills of one of the greatest living cooks. Especially since visitors from all over means merchants from all over - and so ingredients from all over. A perfect opputunity for Dogan to experiment rather than have to cater to the tastes of the court - or worry that an experimental dish is a failure and thus not suitable for the son of heaven.
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>>5088445
Aye, this seems like the proper time to experiment with my dishes. To impress the tourists (and Sonson) with my amazing culinary abilities! Maybe some praying, drinking and playing cards with the lads will do some good, aye? I'll post from another ID for this time as I'm not home now.
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>>5088445
Galetown, the galeish quarter of the city and it's market bazaar of course. All sorts of things can be found there. Though sometimes natural caverns cut out by the running water when the river was unfettered could be refitted for tourism to look at natural rock and crystal formations within. Good for spooky fun that has couples huddling together by the end. It seems it might be time to ask for the good Investigator's blessing again.
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>>5089032
How weird, maybe I accidentally did it on my phone in my pocket.

Anyway, good morning gents, holidays are rolling around and I was busier than I anticipated, I'd like to draw all of your dates so give me some time to draw them. In the mean time, it's also a short break probably until Monday.

Also here's the missing post:
Inserted characters are characters controlled by a player to become a passive participant in the story. They are important people within the story but the story isn't about them. Use them to help forward the plot.

>When to Insert a Character
A character can pretty much be inserted in most times. Context clues must be observed; a private sleepover can't have any inserted characters, but a war brief at a terrain model can. But also if you're putting yourself into that war brief, don't come in farting and crying, come in with things like suggestions or questions for the strategy being discussed. Also remember your locations and you went with. Last quest there were two moments where the players were split following different main characters. I can personally keep track of it but don't start teleporting.
>Character Basics
Inserted characters need to have some kind of relation with the main characters that gives them a reason to be along for the ride. Previously, everybody was bonded by friendship and romance. Inserting a character doesn't mean starting a new relation but can be inventing one. The main characters know many people and you might be someone useful for them.
>>Aging
Characters must also be in a similar age range as Odon Milly. She is now 18, so characters aged 17 to 21 can be inserted. There will be more timeskips.
>>Naming
The setting operates on a Family Name first basis. Additional names can be tacked on after the Personal name, followed by "of" and the Clan name. Format: [Family] [Personal] [Optional] of [Clan]. Example: Odon Milly Sosa of Torlund.
>>Backgrounds
Most players don't really have one aside from their childhood arc. Otherwise, it's actually unnecessary since the most your characters will get out of this quest is being in the moment. If anything, your background should shine through your action.
>>Other
Previously I had a list that players had to roll for as well as special bloodlines. New characters will not have special bloodlines and only the base national one: the Mongrel Bloodline.

>Interacting
I encourage players to interact with themselves and the world around them. But remember, the story isn't about those characters. They can have their own stories which I have incorporated, but they should be part of the main story. There is no hard limit so I would say to shoot far because I'll tone it down myself and have it fit into the narrative somehow.
>Primer
Below is a setting Primer for those who want to understand the world a bit more for roleplaying purposes.

Any further questions welcomed during the quest. Primer too tl;dr? That's okay, you don't need it.
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Well, RIP I guess? Just posting to see if the lads are still here.
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Yo
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>>5103379
I'm still alive
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>>5103404
>>5103423
Oh, nice. Well, we should probably see if QM will post anything. He's probably busy with the holidays and such. I know I've been.
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>>5103379
>>5103404
>>5103423
Happy New Years, guys.
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>>5104547
Happy late new years monkey girl.
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>>5103404
>>5103423
>>5103440
>>5104547
>>5106065
Whoa guys, my bad, I literally haven't checked until today. I thought I meant Monday of last week, but I am a bit retarded. But thanks for being patient!

>The companions took their lunch leave, Idol-Hime and Jenna stayed behind to finish their meals, but things will be fine since Uncle Willur was staying with them.
>Ulf took Sonson to Howser's Park, a reserve by the palace largely located in a preserved marsh. Ulf paid for a gator tag and used his skills to outstalk a dwarf gator, a contained pest that is better at scurrying away than it is at attacking humans. On the dryer and more scenic area of the park, Ulf made a fire to barbecue the gator in front of everybody, including the tourists. He even prepared the gator with his own seasoning.
>Gasson took Nunalana to the Galetown, famous for its seafood restaurants and tattoo parlors. Gasson spoke fluently in only two Gale languages, which was enough to win generous bargains for Nunalana when they went shopping. Any purchases were held at the store, and a receipt given to Nunalana for her servants to pick up later, saving Gasson from carrying an impossible amount of goods. During a stroll through a populated street, Nunalana saw her father, the Inspector Rojo who was presumably Inspecting the neighborhood, and pointed it out to Gasson.
>Meanwhile, Bano and Denver went to Sendi's, their favorite ramen shop since they were 12. What at first what was a contest on who missed the ramen more transformed into a ramen eating contest of obscene proportions between the two.
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>>5108228
Ah the downside of being married when none of your friends are...always get left out. Ah well at least terrorizing would be suitors shall be entertaining.
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>>5108228
I guess I just went to sleep or just went to a shrine to thank grand-uncle. Could have gone to one of the patron singing bars, but doing it alone just isn't fun.
>>5108277
The downside of being single where everyone else is in a relationship, is that you also are alone when they are out dating.
Well, everyone else except Kaito. Being loners must be a Fulver thing.
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>>5108228
What a great time we're having! Ask Sonson if she wants to take a boat ride in the marsh part. It's time for the lillypads to blossom in the marsh and it would be nice for us to see in them in their full beauty. And maybe a nice place for me to offer the knife.
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>>5108988
I'll happily join Dogan Ulf on a boat ride, it's always good to remember that even when things look bleak or harsh, that true beauty can bloom.

But will he say "You call that a knife, this is a knife!"?
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>>5108286
I look at the bright side. At least I'm not the one being stalked by Kyoko for once so it's a nice change of pace. To be fair to the others when it comes to relationships Kyoko was EXTREMELY aggressive about it so early on...and to be honest it never really changed. By the ancestors, I don't know what it's like to be on a normal date. Don't even get started on her being baby crazy from so early on too...

Hey if you wanna visit some fun places I happen to know some fun spots. There is one underground arena, some great bars, and killer restaurants. It's not even expensive! Great for a good time and I know people. I even know some places with girls...but uh don't tell Kyoko about it. I'm still finding hidden threatening love letters and poisoned daggers in the weirdest of places.
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>>5109031
For me it sounds like you need to go on a night out with only the lads.
Just don't mess with girls if you don't want Kyoko to stab you. Because she would stalk you, no doubt.
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>Today was one of those strange days. You know the one. After finishing a sum of 13 bowls (they both half way done with their 7th bowl), Denver and Bano realized neither brought any money to pay for any of their bowls. Fortunately for them, a vibrantly dressed foreigner paid for their meals in cash. But he spoke neither Torlin or Lorian, and was just making simple gestures that pleased the restrauranter. He knew a few words and managed to convince Denver and Bano that he had a lot of money and was willing to pay the duo to take him around the city. The two probably weren't in it for the money though.
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>>5110508
Oh no, the boys are going to get in some kind of trouble aren't they?
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>Ulf invited Sonson onto a boat and he rowed the two of them into a secluded area of the swamp. It had a decent view of Mount Wudi, Sonson's home, and was surrounded by blossoming water lilies. The wind even blew some cherry blossom petals across the area, creating a perpetual stream of leaves. There were not gators here, although plenty of ribbiting frogs that are probably singing some song if you really cared to try to listen to it. It was the perfect opportunity to offer a knife to Sonson. Unfortunately they were not their alone. Another boat rowed from the other side. On it was Bano, Denver, and this vibrantly dressed foreign man who spoke poor Torlin!
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>>5111421
Well, do watch out for your neck Bano! The beasties may be the size of a fat cat but they still can bite if they want to! Oh, and don't cause a diplomatic crisis with that fancy dressed man! And now, back to the matters at hand...
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>>5112849
Accept knife, hug Dogan.
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>>5112925
Ulf is now a TAKEN man. HOO-RAH! And hug back of course.
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>>5112999
>The foreign man witnessed the proposal and was visibly pleased. He asked Denver to row up to Ulf and Sonson's boat and generously offered a wedding gift that he kept at Gale Town, where Gasson and Nunalana just so happened to be at this moment. Bano looked betrayed, but Denver looked ecstatic with the idea that Ulf was now to be his cousin as well.
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>>5114502
You know, this guy might actually be a good suitor, I wonder how well he will answer the questions.
Good thing Milly's bloodline make her understand any language though.
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>>5114502
Oh, didn't mean to hurt your pride Bano. You did pick a bad time to boast about your catch... And what a strange man, doesn't even know us yet he's offering us a wedding present. But, he has the face of a trustworthy chap, so why not? And we need to find Gasson and Nunalana to spread the joyous news! And yes, I'm now Big Cousin Ulf!
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>>5114502
Accept the strangers offer to head to Gale Town, after all Gasson and Nunalana deserve to here the news.

Happiness is increased by sharing, after all.
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>>5114502
>>5112849
>>5111421
>>5108228
Whew things are really moving, and Inspector Rojo is certainly vigilant. I would ask his blessing but I wonder if he won't feel like a cornered prey if I move toward him after being spotted. Perhaps I had best ease him with an invitation to meal, some Gale King Crab or some such, and then ask him.
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>Gasson invited the Inspector to the Sea King's Flagship, which docked at the Royal Pier semi-annually, always during the Death Day Rites. The Royal Pier wasn't called so because of Torlund's jurisdiction over it, rather it's a whole section of a pier that was privately owned by the Sea King of the Gale, which he leases out its ports to maritime businesses. The Sea King's Flagship had its rear docked at the pier, with a gangplank leading up to its business. This end served as a restaurant with a meal selection from across the world, wherever the Sea King travelled on his ship. Other ships have also docked onto this pier, and during the death day rites the leasing is criminally extortionate. Good thing there's a lot of business this week for the Old King.
>Because the Inspector was present, Gasson was given a far more favorable seat than what he already reserved for. The menu amazed Nunalana, who had been pretty much entirely confined in Tormuth her whole life, aside from yearly travels to Lora to see her extended family. Inspector Rojo ordered steamed clams while Nunalana would share a Gale King Crab with Gasson.
>Meanwhile, Bano and Denver came to the Sea King's Flagship carrying a swamp boat with the Foreigner, Ulf, and Sonson in it. Nobody asked them to, it just seemed that Bano really wanted to one-up a certain someone, and Denver wasn't going to back down.
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>>5119370
Why do I have the feeling that the foreigner is related to the Sea King?
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>>5119370
The Gale King probably has the finest menagerie and cooks gathered from every corner. A ship can reveal a whole new world of things we've never see. But always come back to Torlund, to home.

>>5120677
Hmmm I think you're on to something
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>>5119370
Hah! The boys are quite hyped! If I wasn't in the boat, I would be the one carrying it! Singlehandedly! Also, try to communicate with the Foreigner and find out his name! It's rude to not even know the name of the man who will feed me all these delicacies!



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