Rain Washes Clean

Episode 2

First Tournament Matches

Thistle’s demonstration is rather underwhelming after all of the amazing displays put on by his competitors; it’s simply a demonstration of his forms and his lightfoot, as he leaps to the tops of the statues in the courtyard and dances on their heads
Having completed that, the participants then are seated on the edge of the courtyard, to watch the rest of the opening ceremony, a show put on by the lesser D Class students of the various sponsors, as well as numerous acrobats, fire-eaters, and folks like that.
It’s mostly an allegorical retelling of the rise of the Yun Clan.
When it comes time to make the first round match-ups, each contestant is told to draw a bead from inside a bowl. Each color of bead represents a different arena:
Green, the Jade Bamboo Forest Arena;
Yellow, The Golden Devil Canyon Arena;
Wulin Sage: Blue, the Ancient Silver Ocean Arena;
And when the contestants have each taken their stones, the results are:
Mercury Cloud Vs. Silence in the Jade Bamboo Forest Arena!
Xue Jiali Vs. Dr. Crimson in the Golden Devil Canyon Arena!
Smoke Clouded Mirror Vs. Thistle in the Ancient Silver Ocean Arena!
An announcement is made that the battle in the Ancient Silver Ocean Arena will be postponed, for reasons that aren’t made terribly clear;
Wulin Sage: However, the other two matches will begin in half an hour, each televised live!
The three arenas are apparently in separate parts of the stadium; attendants in colorful Yun Clan clothing lead the participants to their entrances.
The Jade Bamboo Arena is a long, rectangular room, open to the sky at the top, but filled to the brim with spears.
The spears have been driven into the ground, and jut out at odd angles, creating an effect not unlike a bamboo grove. They are of all different heights, some shorter than a man, others more than twenty feet high. To move through this thicket of spears without being cut will require finesse!
Mercury Cloud is led to one side, while his opponent, Silence, is led to another.
Golden Devil Canyon Arena, on the other hand, is a circular room, with five broad pillars rising out of a deep pit, The pit is filled with angry tigers, and it’s no wonder they’re angry, what with all the scorpions and vipers that they share the pit with. Falling into the Devil’s Canyon is a bad idea!
Mercury Cloud: rolling 7d10s
(
2
+
5
+
5
+
6
+
6
+
6
+
7
)
= 37
Chaotechnician: rolling 7d10s
(
3
+
3
+
4
+
7
+
8
+
9
+
10
)
= 44
Mercury Cloud: (36 + 10 = 46 and I’ll put 25 in my river)

Chaotechnician doesn’t engage in any trash-talk. He simply gives his opponent a respectful bow before assuming his stance.

Mercury Cloud begins the patter, literally exhaling steam from his nose as he begins to speak.
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
3
+
4
+
6
+
7
+
8
+
8
+
10
)
= 46
Mercury Cloud: “It must be an honor to stand in a tournament under the sponsorship of a great patron.”
Xue Jiali: (Well, I guess it’s 19 + 5 = 24 for initiative, and 23+10=33 for cover ground.)
Mercury Cloud: (can i do my minor action now or do I have to wait?)
(er that is, can I do it on the initiative turn, when its my turn, or do i have to wait for the strike turn)
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
3
+
6
+
8
+
8
+
10
+
10
)
= 46
Xue Jiali: (Oh, and I’m assuming by ‘if it’s disrupted’ you mean ‘if the wave is broken’.)
(In that case, I also use Fox Leaves No Tracks for 1 chi.)
Mercury Cloud: (In that case I’m covering ground, taking my 25 and +20 footwork to make it 45)

Mercury Cloud leaps up into the middle layer of the spears, kicking off into the “trees” above Silence!
Mercury Cloud: (rolling for attack)
rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
3
+
4
+
6
+
8
+
10
+
10
)
= 42
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
1
+
2
+
2
+
4
+
9
+
10
)
= 29
Mercury Cloud: (ok, so for my main action – my attack, I’m doing a secret arts attack – on myself! and I’ll put 18 into the river)
(20 + my 10 from medicine should hit the typical 30 to inflame a condition on oneself) (and yeah, nevermind the river then)
Practically impaling his chest with two long acupuncture needles, Cloud leers down at Silence. “But what, I wonder, would it be like to be under so great a patron when the world turns upside down?”
(Obviously I’m going for inflaming my breath bonus from a minor 1 breath when focusing to a +2)
(and keeping up the patter necessary for the condition)
Wulin Sage: Silence gazes up at Mercury Cloud as he leaps. “My Loyalty is unyielding, in all directions! Winter Shadow, go forth!”
And here she lets out a little whistle, and her owl takes off from her arm, flying straight at mercury cloud!
It’s a ranged attack, best blocked, 57 to beat!
And as her owl dives at Mercury Cloud’s face, Silence herself leaps up into the trees…
Mercury Cloud: (so roll to dodge/block? whats the penalty if i dodge?)
Wulin Sage: if you dodge, it’s a -5 penalty
Mercury Cloud: rolling 7d10s
(
2
+
3
+
3
+
7
+
8
+
8
+
8
)
= 39
(38 + 15 (20 footwork minus 5 penalty) to dodge, as opposed to +5 to block)
“If you were loyal from above rather than below, would you become the patron? Or like pious daughter cring infirmed father, would you still be beneath the one you served from above?”
(*caring)
(wait wait)
(don’t hit me yet…I can narrate this)
Wulin Sage: Meanwhile, in the Golden Devil Canyon Arena…
Mercury Cloud: (like that?)
Wulin Sage: Dr. Crimson pulls out his telescoping spear and takes a mighty, if silent leap towards the central pillar.
Landing there before Xue can even move, he swings his spear in a great slash, and it extends far enough to reach Xue, even on the other pillar!
(To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
5
+
6
+
8
+
8
+
10
+
10
)
= 48
Wulin Sage: Two attacks from the doctor! The spear is slashing at you, for 38, best dodged, and there’s also a secondary attack, 30, best dodged.
Dr. Crimson’s spear telescopes in and out, furiously lashing the air around Xue, seeking his vital points!
Xue Jiali: rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
1
+
4
+
5
+
7
+
8
+
9
)
= 35
(Okay, then, I use Parting the Grass to up that 21 to a 31, then apply the 19 to the first attack, and the 31 to the second.)
(That should get me 1 ripple and a rippling roll, right?)
Wulin Sage: Correct
rolling 1d10
(
4
)
= 4
14
10 damage, rippling roll 24
Xue Jiali: (I’m buying a single die of chi aura.)
rolling 1d10
(
10
)
= 10
(That’s 10 + 5 toughness for 15, making his total result 9, which nets me a trivial condition.)

Xue Jiali ‘s eyes widen as Doctor Crimson’s staff extends across the pit at him. He jumps away just a moment too late, the first attack leaving a light cut on his legs, and the second striking where he just was.
Xue Jiali: (My attack now, right?)
rolling 7d10s
(
9
+
9
+
2
+
2
+
2
+
5
+
7
)
= 36
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
4
+
5
+
5
+
5
+
7
+
7
+
9
)
= 42
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
3
+
6
+
9
+
10
+
10
+
10
)
= 49

Xue Jiali follows that jump to the side with a leap across the pit. Before he even lands, his sword in already swinging towards his opponent’s shoulder!
Xue Jiali: (I’m using the 32 for a Heart-Cutting strike. The 29 I’m floating to my river.)
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
1
+
1
+
6
+
10
+
10
+
10
)
= 39
Xue Jiali: (Oh, and 32 + 10 strike = 42.)
Wulin Sage: (His defense is 46, since he was able to flood a dice to get a bonus from his spear’s block)
Dr. Crimson’s spear retracts even faster than Xue’s leap, returning to the doctors hand, he quickly turns to block the strike, which glances harmlessly off the gleaming white shaft of the spear!
Xue Jiali: (I thought he had to defend with an appropriate skill? And I forgot to say, it’s to disrupt his Strike.)
Wulin Sage: The cut was just a feint, though, and Xue’s blade quickly spins, cutting a slight nick in one of the muscles of Dr. Crimson’s shoulder!
An acrid smoke starts to pour out from the hole in the suit, and Dr. Crimson stumbles backwards.
Mercury Cloud: rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
3
+
7
+
8
+
9
+
9
+
10
)
= 47
(29 + 10 = 39, and I guess I can’t cover any ground as I don’t have any other matches)
Xue Jiali: (You could always use the 29 to cover ground, and a single die for initiative.)
Mercury Cloud: (ok, 29 + footwork 20 = 49 to cover ground, taking a a single, the 10, for initiative)
(er 18 + 10 speed = 28)
Xue Jiali: (Oh, right. Duh.)
rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
4
+
4
+
5
+
8
+
9
+
10
)
= 41
(24 + 5 = 29 initiative.)
Wulin Sage: Silence looks at Mercury Cloud, puzzled over his odd question.
“My life has already been turned upside down. But now I’ve found somebody as loyal to me as I am to him!
There’s another whistle, and the owl swoops in for another attack!
(To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
3
+
3
+
3
+
5
+
5
+
7
+
10
)
= 36
Wulin Sage: Back and forth, Winter Shadow (the name of the owl, if you’ve forgotten, darts in and out of the forest of spears, slashing at mercury cloud with its beak and claws, hitting him fast enough to knock him off balance.
Thats an attack, 58, and a Disrupt Footwork, 40, Disrupt should be defended with Awareness, or Confidence.
Mercury Cloud: rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
3
+
3
+
4
+
5
+
10
+
10
)
= 36
Wulin Sage: Silence, meanwhile, has climbed to the apex of the forest, and stands balanced on the tip of a spear.
(To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
2
+
2
+
3
+
3
+
7
+
8
)
= 26
Mercury Cloud: (23 + 15 (20-5) = 38 to dodge, 20 + awareness or confidence 5 = 25, so I’m pretty boned)
Wulin Sage: Oof! Rippling roll is… /roll 3d10
rolling 3d10
(
3
+
8
+
5
)
= 16
Rippling Roll 18 + 10 damage = 28
Roll Chi aura
+ toughness, and any internals to boost toughness.
Mercury Cloud: (so how do i roll/what is my chi aura?)
rolling 2d10
(
8
+
1
)
= 9
(( + toughness 5 + no useful internals)
(so 14)
(and that puts me down 2 regular chi?)
Wulin Sage: (no, 18+5=23, a trivial condition)
Yes, you’re down two regular chi.
Mercury Cloud: (tell me, is that 18 taking the 8 alone, or is it only 18 because of the 8 and the 1?)
Wulin Sage: No, it’s taking the 8 alone.
Mercury Cloud: (ok)
Wulin Sage: Mercury Cloud stumbles, barely maintaining his balance over the Owl’s onslaught. It’s just an animal, so the buffeting is superficial, but after a moment, Mercury Cloud feels a drop of blood in his eye; the owl must have caused a superficial cut to his face!
But now it’s Mercury Cloud’s turn to strike back!
Mercury Cloud: Speaking more quietly now, trickle of blood being vaporized by the steam from his mouth and nose creating a disconcerting red mist concealing his lips, “And what of the others he is above? The people of this city, for instance. What do you think would happen if they became above him and the rest of the Yun lords and took over this city?”
rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
1
+
6
+
8
+
8
+
9
+
9
)
= 42
(29 + strike 10 + 10 strike from humble man’s stern rebuke 1 metal chi counting as 2 chi because its a metal move)

Mercury Cloud (covering the ground as I’ve already rolled for) floats like an eerie cloud through the spear-trees into Silence’s zone
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
2
+
3
+
6
+
7
+
9
+
10
)
= 38
Mercury Cloud: (alright, so I can narrate my attack when she tries to dodge and I know whether I hit or not)
(and if with the 28 I’m going to make the poison attack. I use my medicine 10 for damage, I don’t add anything for the strike right?)
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
2
+
3
+
5
+
6
+
7
+
8
)
= 32
Wulin Sage: roll 3d10
rolling 3d10
(
4
+
9
+
5
)
= 18

Mercury Cloud strikes with a flurry of open palms, arms moving in wide circles with no concern for the surrounding spearheads, ragged sleeves tearing in the process. And in the trail of the blows he leaves a trail of acupuncture needles, a devious poison attack
Mercury Cloud: (not poisoned needles that is, reversing the blood flow or causing muscle strain or something)
(yeah and add the 3 chi fierce dragon breaks bones for +15 damage bonus, that’s 2 of that chi from my 1 remaining metal chi and 1 from a normal chi on the nromal chi 1:1 basis, right?)
Wulin Sage: Yep.
rolling 2d10
(
2
+
6
)
= 8
“The people of this city would never- ACK!” she squeeks, as a series of punishing iron palm strikes drown out her answer!
She blocks furiously, but Silence is no match for Mercury Cloud’s technique, which knocks her off the spear-top and into the blades below! She’s too busy fending off Mercury Cloud’s strikes to protect herself fully from the spears, or is it vice versa!
Meanwhile, back in the Golden Devil Canyon Arena, Doctor Crimson is making good use of his superficial wound! A black, acrid smoke is leaking out of the small hole Xue cut in his suit, and swings of his spear waft it towards Xue, making his eyes water!
(To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
1
+
2
+
7
+
7
+
9
+
10
)
= 37
Wulin Sage: Crimson’s attacks come fast and furious, from out of the could of smoke; first a series of strikes at Xue’s head, followed by a series of sweeps trying to knock him off the pillar!
(so, what you have to defend is:
Attack 29
Knockback Marvel, 34
Dirsupt to your strike, from the smoke, 31
Xue Jiali: rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
2
+
6
+
8
+
8
+
9
+
10
)
= 44
Wulin Sage: Disrupt would probably be awareness or wu wei as defenses.
“You are an interesting person,” the doctor says, in an oddly conversational tone. “Your kung fu cultivates Yin energy?”
Xue Jiali: (Okay, I’m going to flow both 9s from the river, but use one of them separately to get a defense of 19 + 10 footwork = 29 against the attack. Defense against the knockback is 29 + 10 footwork = 39. Defense against the disrupt is 28 + 10 wu-wei is 38. So everything misses!)
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
2
+
3
+
4
+
5
+
7
+
9
)
= 31

Xue Jiali is more prepared for the doctor’s rain of blows this time! He dodges and weaves, the spear flowing past him. He even with watery eyes, he can sense each blow clearly. “Ah, yes. Yin is the cornerstone of the Society’s arts.”
Xue Jiali: rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
2
+
3
+
4
+
4
+
6
+
8
)
= 28
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
2
+
4
+
4
+
6
+
8
+
9
+
9
)
= 42
Xue Jiali: (I’m going to use the 24 to disrupt his block with Heart-Cutting Strike. 24 + 10 strike = 34.)
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
2
+
5
+
6
+
9
+
10
+
10
)
= 43

Xue Jiali tries to slip his sword past the Doctor’s defense, to pierce his left elbow in the same manner. With one elbow hurt, he has trouble attacking. With two hurt, he’ll find it hard to even block!
Wulin Sage: Expertly slashing, Xue’s sword twists past the Doctor’s spear and opens up another small wound!
Mercury Cloud: rolling 7d10s
(
2
+
3
+
4
+
4
+
6
+
6
+
9
)
= 34
Xue Jiali: rolling 7d10s
(
4
+
4
+
1
+
9
+
9
+
9
+
10
)
= 46
Mercury Cloud: (26 + (20 footwork – 5 from the disrupt =) 15 = 41)
(taking the 44 not to cover ground, I’m going to live dangerous by hoping my initiative is highe4r than hers so i can attack now while we’re in the same zone, because I’m going to take this secondary pair to focus on breath at the end of the turn; if that’s how it works)
Xue Jiali: (I’m going with 39 + 5 speed = 44 initiative, and floating the 4s)
Mercury Cloud: (24 i mean)
(not 44)
Wulin Sage: rolling 1d10
(
4
)
= 4
Xue Jiali: rolling 1d10
(
10
)
= 10
rolling 7d10s
(
8
+
8
+
8
+
9
+
9
+
10
+
10
)
= 62
(That’s a 29 + 5 finesse = 34 to break his wave, 38 + 10 strike = 48 plain old attack, better blocked, and 20 + 5 finesse = 25 knockback marvel, to send him into the pit.)
Wulin Sage: (To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
1
+
2
+
3
+
5
+
8
+
9
)
= 29
Xue Jiali: (Oh, right! Then, it’s 20 + 5 finesse = 25 to disrupt his footwork.)
Wulin Sage: (He’ll use his own finesse to block the disrupt, which gets him 26, successfully blocking it.)

Xue Jiali sees the doctor trying to move to one of the pillars, and catches him just in the nick of time. He brushes his back with his sword, just hard enough to put him off balance and send him tumbling into the pit. If he got it just right, he should land hard on his knees, too! Then, as the doctor starts to fall, he makes another slash, this one trying to actually cut along his back.
Wulin Sage: (His block on the attack is only 24 though, so between that and getting knocked into the pit that’s…)
Rippling Roll is…
rolling 3d10
(
8
+
4
+
4
)
= 16
oof, 24. What’s the damage bonus?
Xue Jiali: (Sadly, there is no damage bonus. Subtle force isn’t terribly damaging.)
Wulin Sage: rolling 2d10
(
9
+
5
)
= 14
Xue Jiali: (I will, though, flood one die from the river to make him pay double for chi aura, because I’m using a sword.)
Wulin Sage: With his toughness that’s 24, so, nothing much happens, although he did use a lot of chi.
Xue’s strike just clips Doctor Crimson as he starts to move. Instead of landing safely on another pillar, he catches his ankle and drops into the pit, landing with a thud and an expulsion of toxic gas. to his excellent luck, the two tigers are on the other side of the pit, and his suit protects him from the lesser dangers.
To his much less excellent luck, his spear lands several feet away, and while he scrambles for it, he misses his chance to attack!
Meanwhile, in the Jade Bamboo Forest Arena…
(To GM) rolling 7d10s
(
2
+
4
+
4
+
4
+
8
+
8
+
10
)
= 40
Wulin Sage: Silence reaches out to grab a spear to stop her fall, and gives a whistle to her owl. Winter Shadow wheels around and goes for Mercury Cloud’s face again!
Mercury Cloud: rolling 7d10s
(
3
+
3
+
6
+
6
+
7
+
8
+
10
)
= 43
Wulin Sage: As Winter Shadow once again goes for Mercury Cloud’s face, Silence takes a moment while he’s distracted to kick the spears around him, attempting to knock him down into the forest of spears!
So, attack 53
Knockback marvel 49.
Attack is best blocked, you can block or dodge the marvel.
Mercury Cloud: ( ok, so 26 + footwork (20 – 5 for best blocked -5 footwork disrupt = 10) = 36)
(oh wait, i have to defend against the marvel separately)
(uh, 23 + 10 from the same footwork dealy dodgmachine i guess? = 33)
Wulin Sage: rolling 4d10
(
10
+
5
+
10
+
10
)
= 35
Mercury Cloud: rolling 2d10
(
5
+
10
)
= 15
15 + toughness 5
er wait
20?
20 + 5?
Wulin Sage: As Mercury Cloud is distracted by the owl buffeting his face, Silence gives a mighty kick to one of the spears, causing the whole pile to shift. Mercury Cloud drops down, and before he can grab a spear to right himself, he has received a nasty gash from one of the spears on his right leg…
Silence peers down at him from above, as the owl alights on her shoulder.
“No matter which way the world faces, no matter what lands on me, I will always find my way to the top!”
Mercury Cloud: “Those who reach for heaven scorn the blessings of the earth.”
rolling 7d10s
(
1
+
1
+
9
+
9
+
9
+
10
+
10
)
= 49

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