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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Scarik » Thu May 10, 2018 3:39 am

Dang Fu steps up beside Wei Yan and pledges the same.

Lu Bu seems impressed, "Very well, Captains," he says to them. "Let the captains take the punishment themselves, 20 lashes tomorrow at midmorning in the square."

With that the general dismisses the court and returns to his wife.
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Kivutar » Thu May 10, 2018 11:58 pm

Dewang is in the square the next morning. He can hardly bear to watch, but he could never forgive himself if he left Wenchang alone.

For the next few hours, stretching into days, he refuses to leave Wenchang's side.
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Ladki96 » Fri May 11, 2018 12:46 am

"Go take account of the supplies, go teach the children, ...go to the brothel if you must Dewang, but leave me alone!" Anyone would think his friend was the one punished, the way he carries on so, Wenchang grouses.

He gets up, but the man is already at his side.

"I can walk. I can get things myself. No, listen to me. Dewang. Dewang! You are being ridiculous. Right now? I am going to take a walk!" he shouts, then feels bad as De Wang looks away. He sighs.

"I appreciate your help, Dewang. But there is such a thing as overconcern. Look if you wish, stop by later, all right? I just don't want a thief or a prankster dipping in the goods while you spend all your free time here," he teases. "It has been days."

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Wenchang walks around the camp for a while. He stops by at his company for a brief inspection and talk. They seem glad to see him, and he leaves feeling lighter. On his way back, the strategist's tent catches his eye. He pauses, thinking, and then makes his way over.

"Are you busy?"
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby CarrieVS » Fri May 11, 2018 1:13 am

"No," Baozi says, caught too much by surprise to think of inventing an excuse until it is too late. He tries to smile and be polite. "Come in please." He has been expecting and avoiding this for days. His part in getting Wenchang arrested is no secret, and surely he bears some measure of responsibility for getting him flogged, though all he'd intended was to stop the riot. The blunt-spoken captain is not the sort to bottle up a grievance.

"Did you want something?" If he knows Wenchang at all, he will not beat about the bush, so at least it will be over quickly.
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Kivutar » Fri May 11, 2018 2:36 am

Chastened, Dewang backs off a little and leaves Wenchang to himself. His friend is losing his temper again, which at least means he must be feeling better. He returns to his tent and his not-precisely-neglected paperwork, making a stop to see how the school - at least, he has started to think of it as a school - is doing.

Everything seems normal, for a given value of normal. He mentally notes that Lin has put the classics aside and is explaining mathematics to a smaller group again, which isn't what he's supposed to be doing, but Dewang is rather inclined to encourage it. Jingyi is coaxing a small girl to repeat a poem, and Jun is scowling at a scroll. He seems to be using it for examples of mistakes, and the group in front of him appears amused. Kun is off by a sandy patch, writing words for some of the younger ones to copy.

At that moment, he hears someone behind him. "Master Du!"

It's He. It's not been long; he must have just arrived. Dewang turns around. "Did you have a safe journey?"

He nods. "Nothing much happened on the way. She was taken into the household." He fumbles. "She sent you a note."

Dewang looks at it. It is very short. "I will not forget your kindness. Lady Hu insists that I tell you you are a fool. Thank you." He smiles, relieved.

He looks towards the school. "Well, I should probably..."

"Get something to eat first," scolds Dewang, and He doesn't need to be told twice. Dewang spends some time in the stores, taking stock and checking the records. That done, he goes off once more to see how Wenchang is doing.
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Ladki96 » Fri May 11, 2018 9:29 pm

"I just wanted to talk," Wenchang says as he walks in, and then looks closer at Baozi. "You seem nervous. Perhaps because the last time we spoke I threatened to kill your friend!" he says with a small smile. "He had it coming, but that doesn't mean I should, or would, dislike you as well."

"I'm sorry," Baozi says in a low voice.

"Rubbish, what for?" Wenchang asks. Baozi remains quiet. Come to think of it, the man is always rather quiet, what little Wenchang has seen of him anyway. But he seems more disturbed today.

Maybe it is something else? He thinks back. Baozi had been present at court that day, hadn't he? Yes, he had been standing behind Liu Bei when they were escorted in, after being found (quite quickly actually), after he had spoken with-

"You!" Wenchang completes the thought out loud in surprise. "You went to Colonel Liu!"

Baozi looks down at that, and Wenchang breaks into a grin. "Sneaky fellow. So silent and unassuming, but clearly not one to sit back and do nothing."

When Baozi still doesn't meet his eyes or say anything, Wenchang sighs impatiently, and clarifies, "I'm not angry with you in the slightest Baozi. Why would I be? We were bound to be found sooner or later, and what with Liang Ju never having been here in the first place you helped stop this city from being further wrecked for no reason. You did your duty, and I commend you for it.

"As for what happened... afterwards, well you have no hand in that either. We were wrong to bring the men into it, and learnt it. The matter is over and I shall not have you think upon it a moment longer. I respect you for what you are - a skilled strategist, talented fighter, and a good man. Let's have no grievances between us."
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby CarrieVS » Sat May 12, 2018 10:30 am

Baozi looks up, forcing a smile. "I... truly? I mean, thank you. I mean... I'm sorry," he says again, and stops speaking. Better to be silent than incoherent.

He ought to be more friendly to Wenchang. He is a good man, an honourable, principled man, and not at all unkind. It is only that his manner can be alarming. But that is Baozi's fault, for being too nervous. He should try to do better.
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Kivutar » Sat May 12, 2018 10:22 pm

Dewang is delighted to track down Wenchang in Baozi's tent. He'd been hoping to get his friends better acquainted.

Baozi is looking a little overwhelmed, but surely it will only be a matter of time before he realizes how fine a man Wenchang is. He immediately suggests that the three of them all go to the House of Plum and Cherry. "For the food," he adds hastily.
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Ladki96 » Sat May 12, 2018 11:47 pm

Wenchang thinks of the last time he was there. "Uh, fine by me."

When they get there he apologises to Madam Taozi. She looks at him sternly, then leads him to the back.

"It's been a pain for us for a long time. Fell who knows when, but it is difficult to get cattle into such a small space to move it." She looks at him.

Wenchang quirks his mouth, but otherwise makes no comment as he goes to the fallen tree trunk. It's certainly very big. He bends down and grabs the hard wood, and manages to move it out of the way with a grunt. The madam nods and disappears to her work. Wenchang walks over to where his friends are seated inside.
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After two drinks Wenchang exhales, and smiles. During the first course he talks about the recent battles they had been in, and listens with interest as to what they were like from the others' viewpoints. "An illusion of a whole another company? Incredible!" "Let us spar sometime Baozi, I'm most interested!"

More than a few cups in, Wenchang stretches. He asks Baozi where he is from, and talks about his own family freely. "You did not meet them Dewang, you must another time. Both of you!"

A large number of drinks later, Wenchang relaxes fully, his back forgotten. He looks at Dewang.

"Feels like a lifetime since we were in here last! I did wonder at the time just what it was you had to discuss with Liang so much. But that's all in the past now."

He looks down into his cup darkly for a moment. "Such a charming facade he wore too. And now look, burning down villages by the dozens, whether all of their people are criminals or no. Sleeping with anything that has legs. Extracting protection taxes from the civilians. Dishonourable thief he was, and so he will remain..."

Wenchang comes out of his haze, and shaking his head calls for another round.

Roll: Might vs. Target Number 5
Wenchang: [(+) (+) (-) (-)] + 4 + 1 = 5
Result: Success
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby CarrieVS » Sun May 13, 2018 11:44 am

Baozi would not have minded drinking tea, but the others call for wine so he drinks the same, sipping it slowly, and nibbles at the food to cover his silences between answering when he is directly addressed. It is good.

By the time he has got through two cups of wine, and his companions rather more than that, he has relaxed and is somewhat more engaged in the conversation and actually finding this rather pleasant. Then Wenchang mutters darkly about Liang Ju's character.

"Junyou?" Baozi says, surprised, and immediately feels foolish for being surprised. He does not, after all, really know the man, only that he is indeed charming and had a way of seeming so unconcerned by Baozi's nerves and stumbling conversation that it had been easy to relax around him and almost forget that he was a virtual stranger.

He falls silent again, casting his gaze downward.
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Kivutar » Sun May 13, 2018 4:36 pm

"Yes," says Dewang, turning to Baozi. "You liked him, didn't you? Most people do. Wenchang was able to see through him from the start, but-"

He doesn't finish the sentence. "He's cruel and bloodthirsty. The war is only an excuse for him. He doesn't content himself with fighting enemy soldiers. No, he'll destroy anyone in his path, just for the fun of it."

He looks down into his cup. "And Wenchang's right. Lady Zhou is far from the only one he's deceived."
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Ladki96 » Sun May 13, 2018 8:51 pm

"Don't be like that." Wenchang slams the table as he growls at Dewang. "As you said he fools everyone. That isn't their failing as much as it is him being a snake." He drinks. "It is a pity though, that not many see him for what he is. I'm sure he is going to go unpunished for what he did with Bojin's wife, given the few number of people willing to stand up to him."
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Kivutar » Sun May 13, 2018 8:56 pm

Dewang thinks for a moment. "I might know someone," he says slowly. He relates the story of their encounter with the Bull.

"She knows Captain Liang," he finishes. "She was even able to catch him by surprise. And she hates him as much or more than we do. What if we were to join with her?"
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Ladki96 » Sun May 13, 2018 9:15 pm

"Join with a criminal against another criminal?" Wenchang's voice is filled with distaste. "We would be no better. We should instead go kill her."
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Re: [Fate RP] Romance of the Three Kingdoms: CE184

Postby Kivutar » Sun May 13, 2018 9:25 pm

"Who better to catch a robber than another robber?" says Dewang. "We could at least work with her for a while. Perhaps she will change her ways once she has had her revenge. If not, then we can deal with her afterwards. She is by far the lesser evil."

He passes Wenchang another cup. "At least, talk to her before you come to a decision."
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