Tuesday, February 20, 2018

LEGENDS OF OGRE GATE CHAPTER 78: EYES OF THE PHOENIX MAP

At Wuxia World, you can follow the story of Sunan and Bao in the Legends of Ogre Gate series by Deathblade. The latest chapter is available HERE. If you want to start from the beginning, check out the INDEXI've been posting support to go with the Legend of Ogre Gate story. Here is the latest entry. 

EYES OF THE PHOENIX MAP
These maps were rumored to be used by the scouts and spies of Sunan and Bao. These maps show the easter half of Qi Xien and are quite accurate. It is believed all were destroyed but one, except for one. The only remaining map was swallowed by a scout before she was burned to death by the Demon Emperor. She died, but the map survived and acquired a bit of her spirit. Anyone using such a map, gains a +1d10 to any Survival Roll used to travel from place to place. The map can also gently communicate with the user, giving them good or bad feelings as they move in different directions. 

LEGEND OF CONDOR HEROES I: A HERO BORN (REVIEW)

Legend of the Condor Heroes 1 A Hero Born Book Review
Note: This review first appeared on Drama Panda (HERE). Also you may be interested in listening to the discussion on Deathblade's Channel where he offers a critique of some of the translation's decisions (particularly the way names were translated). You can listen to Deathblade's thoughts HERE

Legend of the Condor Heroes is a wuxia classic by Jin Jong about two sworn brothers who take very different paths in the aftermath of a family tragedy. It is also a story of love and adventure. This is a review of an official translation of the first book in the series, A Hero Born. It is translated by Anna Holmwood and published by MacLehose Press. 

Set in the Song Dynasty during the period of the Great Jin, a Hero Born follows the life of Guo Jing, a descendent of Guo Sheng (a character from the Water Margin). Before birth, his father, Guo Xiaotian, is killed by soldiers sent by a corrupt Song official and his mother finds refuge on the Mongolian Steppe, where Jing is trained by the Seven Freaks of Jiangnan and raised in the court of Genghis Khan (when he is still Temujin). His father's sworn brother, Yang Tiexie, disappears in the attack, and his son, Yang Kang, is raised elsewhere (which I won't get into here to avoid spoilers). 

Monday, February 19, 2018

DISPOSABLE DISCIPLES SESSION 81

This is the 81st session of Disposable Disciples. In this session, the players attempt to perform charitable deeds, deal with an overly righteous family member, try to take the Five Ghost Hand Manual, and obtain a branch of the Epoch Tree from the belly of a giant toad in the swamps of Emo Cheng. 

LEGENDS OF OGRE GATE CHAPTER 77: THE SKULL OF RUAN THE FLAMINGO

At Wuxia World, you can follow the story of Sunan and Bao in the Legends of Ogre Gate series by Deathblade. The latest chapter is available HERE. If you want to start from the beginning, check out the INDEXI've been posting support to go with the Legend of Ogre Gate story. Here is the latest entry. 

THE SKULL OF RUAN THE FLAMINGO
According to legend, when people die they appear before the Eight Magistrates for judgment, to determine how they will be reborn and if they should be punished before rebirth. The truth is most people, even good ones, must suffer some form of penalty. They say that Ruan the Flamingo had many great talents and he forged numerous powerful artifacts. But, some also say, he was a tremendous liar and when he appeared before the Eight Magistrates, this landed him in a good deal of trouble. One of the magistrates took great exception to this and decided to make an example of him. He was sentenced to be roasted for several thousand years over a great flame. This eventually reduced his body to bones, and ultimately a charred skull. Before the skull could be consumed in the flames, a servant of the Ghostly Emperor grabbed the skull and took it to the world of man, where it is believed to remain to this day. 

This skull has no magical ability that it can impart to its user, but it can speak, and has Ruan the Flamingo's memories of his past and his punishment. Memories of his punishment are more immediate and so he tends to encourage everyone to live by the Dehuan virtues, lest they suffer his fate. He can also tell people about the time of Sunan and Bao. But more than that, he is a master craftsmen and can advise anyone trying to create powerful objects. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

BRAVE ARCHER 3 DISCUSSION

Last night on the podcast we finished up our Brave Archer discussion with Brave Archer 3 (we may continue with Brave Archer and His Mate at a later date). This is the story of Guo Jing and Huang Rong, a classic heroic couple from the outstanding Legend of Condor Heroes novels.



Also, Kenny and I have been going through the Return of Condor Heroes novels, discussing five chapters every episode. This is the sequel to Legend of Condor Heroes.



Friday, February 16, 2018

LEGENDS OF OGRE GATE: THE SACK AND CORD OF DU QIAN

At Wuxia World, you can follow the story of Sunan and Bao in the Legends of Ogre Gate series by Deathblade. The latest chapter is available HERE. If you want to start from the beginning, check out the INDEX.

THE HEMP SACK AND CORD OF DU QIAN 
This ancient hemp sack and long hemp cord, once belonged to Du Qian. They seem plain and ordinary. However, they can be used by someone with good Karma (+2 or greater) to capture Jiangshi and similar creatures (the full range allowable is up to the GM). When used against Jiangshi, the cord is infused with a powerful violet energy, and the sack enlarges. The cord can be used with the Light Melee Skill to grab a Jiangshi up to 15 feet away. Roll Light Melee against Evade and on a success, the cord gets it in a Restrain. Once restrained, if you place the sack near the creature, it opens wide and pulls the Jiangshi inside. Then if the bag is wrapped tight with the cord, the monster will remain trapped there for ten years (or until the cord is untied). 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

LEGENDS OF OGRE GATE CHAPTER 75: THE ZHIZHU CORAL

At Wuxia World, you can follow the story of Sunan and Bao in the Legends of Ogre Gate series by Deathblade. The latest chapter is available HERE. If you want to start from the beginning, check out the INDEX.

THE ZHIZHU CORAL 
According to legend this ornate branch of coral was originally from the lowest depths of the oceans where Mount Zhizhu cradles the deep waters. It looks like normal coral but appears to be jade. It was said to have a special resonance with Mount Zhizhu. One of the most powerful artifacts in Qi Xien, it was sealed in a mountain centuries ago (accounts vary but some say the Timeless Master placed trapped it inside Mount Bao). The Coral has a profound ability to make anyone within 2 miles of it, happy. This may not seem like much, but it is enough to quell rebellions in cities or pacify enemies in battle. And the happiness is unusual, as it rises in intensity until it becomes a kind of insanity. Roll 6d10 against the Resolve of anyone in the presence of the coral. On a Success they are happy and content for 1d10 days. The Coral keeps working so long as it remains within 2 miles. However anyone exposed to the coral in this fashion for 1 year or more, automatically gains a Mental Affliction (WHOG, 168).