Am I too late, Dhi?
You're not too late. The amount of interest has really surprised me, though. I'm counting thirteen potential players, and that's more than we can gracefully fit into a party-based adventure.
So, I'd like to further develop Pai Sun and its sister cities, the Dragon Wall and the surrounding environs, and open up plotting to divergent stories that are player-driven instead of all bottlenecked around my replies. I know that wuxia may be a genre you're not all comfortable writing plots for, and if I turn things over without any guidance some may be at a loss for how to proceed. So I'm looking at a light
sandbox to accommodate everyone.
Since there's a mix of Real and Animated character displays, I have to ask; Are we going by Animated, real or a mix of both?
The look I'm going for personally is inspired by Korean manhwa artists like Kim Hyung Tae, Huk Yo Suk, Kwon Yun Jeong, and Olivia830. A photographic style would be risky for me as GM because I may continue to need images... but if you find a real life model who really suits your character, go for it!
With luck we won't have a Who Framed Roger Rabbit divide between the two.
Dhi, please let me know if she seems like she would be a good fit for the game. Thanks!
I do think so, and a Kongtong character would be great.
I have submitted a "work-in-progress" character, but as I have absolutely no idea what most of you are talking about, I am going to wait and see if some sort of guidance is forthcoming before I try and complete her.
Absolutely. The background you pitched to me is a great fit for wuxia, although working at the schools (each of which are remote from Pai Sun, as martial arts schools tend to be) and living in Pai Sun would represent quite a commute. It's not impossible, especially in the realm of wuxia, for a hard-working girl to bring pails of water each day to the four schools, scrub the floors, and still have time for rest. It's the amazing, impossible kind of stories that precede kung fu masters. But if you want something closer, something less fantastical, perhaps she no longer works on school grounds.
By the end of today I intend to develop the area a little better. Once I do we can open up world building and discuss stories.
In the meantime, how does this sit with everyone?The Five Elements of the Tao
The cosmic forces of Yin and Yang shape all life in an imperfect mixture. Depending on where a person falls within this scale, they may be said to favor Water (almost pure Yin), Metal (mostly Yin), Earth (balance), Wood (mostly Yang), or Fire (almost pure Yang). Popular belief is that those of each element hew close to a certain personality type, have certain tendencies in love, and have strengths or weaknesses against the other elements. Even if untrue, these stereotypes may color others' perceptions of you.Water
Those of the Water element were often born in the winter. History recalls many Waters who were receptive to demands, an indispensable anchor, at their most creative when under the strictest limitations, and they're said to be motivated by social bonds. In love, Waters are said to be pure submissives. In kung fu, the soft palm embodies Water, a flowing counter to the most severe strike, turning the enemy's own momentum against him. Water has the upper hand against Fire, falls to Earth, and fosters Wood.Metal
Those of the Metal element were often born in autumn. Cool, curious, experimenting, Metals are thought to be especially attuned to their own unique voices and wonderful artists and speakers, often motivated by obsession. In love, Metals are said to prefer submission. In kung fu, Metal is embodied in the knife chop hand position, an open palm whose narrow striking surface is suited to exploiting a single vulnerable point. Metal has the upper hand against Wood, falls to Fire, and fosters Water.Earth
Those of the Earth element were often born in the weeks of transition between each of the four seasons. These heroes tend to be sympathetic and adaptive to new opportunities ina changing world, often motivated by kindness. In love, Earths are said to be switches. In kung fu, the tiger claw hand position embodies Earth, able to deliver harsh strikes when needed but also divert an opponent's hasty attack. Earth has the upper hand against Water, falls to Wood, and fosters Metal.Wood
Those of the Wood element were often born in the spring. Many of this element are pioneering spirits, incensed by the things in the world they feel ought to change, often motivated by competition. In love, Woods are said to prefer dominance. In kung fu, the snake hand position embodies Wood, a versatile offense with surprising angles of attack. Wood has the upper hand against Earth, falls to Metal, and fosters Fire.Fire
Those of the Fire element were often born in the summer. It is written that these heroes are full of intensity and energy, driven by the passions of the heart, often motivated by fame and recognition. In love, Fires are said to be purely dominant. In kung fu, the punching fist embodies Fire, a direct strike which batters down defenses by merit of superior will alone. Fire has the upper hand against Metal, falls to Water, and fosters Earth.