Part 12: Unusual hiring practices.
Completing the Kung Fu chapter next went completely uncontested, so lets jump right into it.
A style of Kung Fu generations old is about to fade away, forever
Yes Yes, this will work. (This chapter was done by inhesto during the old LP, and their best translation for the original Xin Shan Quan was Soul of the Mountain Kung Fu. Any and all Chinese to English translations in these updates are courtesy of them.)
Oh my yes. Drammatica: The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura was a compilation album released in 2008, and the long-titled The Bird Flies in the Sky, The Fish Swims in the River was one of two tracks from Live-A-Live to be recreated for it.
Oh, right. Enough about this scenarios music; lets see the Master train.
When proper focus is applied, however, even the most placid of water can become destructive!
Harden both body and mind, and you will know no equal, in heaven or on earth.
It is as I expected
Before my time comes to an end, I must entrust to one of strong body, and of strong mind My WuTang!
Our mission is simple. The WuTang Master must find some pupils to train.
To prepare for the task ahead, we raid all the jars and cupboards in his little dojo.
We get a healthy selection of healing items, as well as one useful piece of equipment. +20 speed is pretty excellent. (Also note that our cursor is a panda. )
Apparently part of the WuTang secret is to take everything thats not nailed down and on fire.
The summit is where we just saw the Master training; it gives me serious Mount Ordeals vibes.
...Man, ancient China had a lot of forests. And giant pillars of stone.
The three locations further down Mount Da Zhi can be visited in any order, but Id recommend going to the Bamboo Forest first.
Bandits and tigers in the same forest? Rough neighbourhood.
Not that the WuTang Master has anything to fear, of course.
The Master has seven techniques in his arsenal, one of which is a counter. LaoHuZhiWu (Old Fox Dance) is definitely a fan favourite, inflicting the ailments that stop hand techs and foot techs/movement very reliably. It scales with IQ, unlike the rest of his moves.
Oh, and a sidenote: The Master does not gain experience. Hes old and reaching his limits, after all.
Five of the plants in the forest are key items, while the rest are a selection of restoratives. Well need the former very soon.
Though first, we may need to deal with whatever that is.
You really shoulda known better, gramps! Hand over all yer cash, an make it snappy!
Well, we can hand it over But this bandit will just run off if we do. So instead well say Im broke.
Whatd you say!?
Hah, you trying to shoot for sympathy just cuz youre oldern some of the trees here?
Yes, it is indeed obvious that we have a Zaki situation going on here.
So after we cripple the begeezus out of this woman, lets look at a few of the Masters other moves.
Squirrel Kick is the only one of the non-counter techs that can be used when you arent right up next to an opponent, and it has a chance to stun. Another keeper.
Lion Hand has knockback, which we already know is great for interrupting things and avoiding counterattacks. And with that little demonstration, the bandit has been shown swift justice.
My, but you should be ashamed of yourself, little one. However, your technique shows promise Why not learn Kung Fu and give yourself a new lease on life?
But you still Argh, damnit, Im pissed! Alright, gramps, Im game! Ill learn from you. But dont expect any loyalty or anything like that!!
Heheheh If you say so, little one.
Dont call me that!!
Alright, alright. Dont be so angry. Smiles suit you better.
Hmph! You talk too much, gramps. Come on, lets get out of here.
Li became a pupil!
And just like that, we have one of the Masters students all ready to go. I could fight tigers to give Li some experience, but I actually want to avoid levelling up for the time being.
We cant go anywhere beyond the tiger-filled forest, so lets return to the main intersection.
Alright, next stop on our whirlwind tour.
Wong Town has seen better days. Lets see if we cant help right a few Wongs. Or get a few Wongs upright, rather.
There are six people lying around, and you can use the healing plants gathered from the forest to cure their plague.
As the game will handily tell you here.
The sixth person is actually just hungry. You can give them a Meat Bun, but youll get no reward. The actual sick people will cough up some more equipment and healing buns.
Aside from this lady, who has to be cured to progress. So lets use the last of our healing plants, and
Ooohhh I think Ill be alright Arent you the
You must be the Master. Thank you. That was my grandson Hes a nice boy, but hes been acting strange these days
Hmm Perhaps we should investigate.
Just looking, buddy. For now.
What, is this it? You aint gonna make a profit stealin from the poor!
Well, go on! Get lost!
Whatd you say!?
I-its wrong! I c-c-c-cant do it anymore! You even made me m-mug my g-g-grandma!
... Ill give you one more chance. Apologize!
N-no! I-I dont want to be a loser !!
Haha Yeah, no.
scuse me, coming through.
You believe yourself to be stronger than this boy, is that correct?
... Well, duh!
I beg to differ. You are much weaker than he.
The hell you talkin about?
Power comes not only from the body. In my eyes, the boy has much strength, indeed.
Yer pullin my leg, old man! I could crush the kid like a bug if I wanted!
You still dont get it, do you?
Okay, so. These guys.
These guys are chumps.
Like, seriously. They are one of the few enemies that can trigger the Masters counterattack, because FushaNoSha (To strike without striking) only works against ranged moves.
They drop more equipment that isnt as good as what the Master starts with.
I-I remember now! This old guy! Hes
Wha !? F-f-forgive meee!!
I-I Even though I stole oh!
Thank you, young man. Remember that power doesnt just come from the body.
Hmm If we remain silent, we get this line:
Yeah, I guess youre right A spindly little pile of bones like could never study under the famous Master
And the boy would run off. However, it would just force us to recruit him later, so Sorry, but
Why worry? You have already bested them.
And this here is where the conversation would continue from if we had kept quiet. Yuan would have been waiting for us further up the mountain, moving up all the way to block the dojos door if hes continually refused.
I admire your courage I thought, perhaps, that you could become stronger without my aid. Your mind is already fierce, and your will to become strong is great. That is real power.
I havent asked your name yet.
Oh its Yuan Yuan Jou. N-nice to meet you, Master!
Yuan became a pupil!
Okay, lets see if we can go three for three.
I believe we may have found the cause of this dilemma.
The big fellas got some moves. Also, Im glad not all the slapstick is confined to the Caveman chapter.
B-but Im broke
Oh, Master! This guys welching on his meal! I want him punished!
Now, we can agree to beat him up, or we can pay for his meal. It makes absolutely no difference beyond getting to curbstomp a fat guy.
Mmph Nnn N-nooooooooo!!
There are more moves I need to show off though. Bai Li Dao Yi Bu Jiao (Fifty miles begins with a single step) often stuns the enemy; perhaps its more reliable than Squirrel Kick?
Long Hu Liang PoWan ("Together, the Dragon and Tiger shatter your wrist") lowers a whole bunch of the enemys stats when it hits. That leaves us with only one more of the Masters techs to demonstrate, and that will come next update.
Because todays lesson in pain is over.
Mmmph Y-youre old but strong
Well, thats settled! You!! Give your thanks to the Master!!
Ah yes, good ol-fashioned long pork. Or maybe round pork, in this case.
I Im not exactly smart, so nobody would hire me But because Im so big, I get hungrier than most people.
You know You ought to be proud of your body.
Huh? B-but people make fun of me because Im fat. Why should I be proud of it?
Despite your weight, you are agile. Im very impressed!
Thats probably because I have to run away so often
If you come study under me, you can eat whatever you want. You will need to do some exercise, of course.
I dont care what I have to do, show me the food!!
What is your name?
Sammo! Sammo Hakka! Now let me at that fooooood!!
Sammo became a pupil!
And with that, we have a full party and the Master has a good selection of pupils to train all of them thieves, in one way or another.
Its hard to gather the materials, and it requires a lot of patience to cook.
Aside from a little flavour text and some random items from the townsfolk, theres nothing more to do here.
So next time well take a look at how the WuTang master train his pupils However!
Theres an important vote to be made!
You see, the Masters power can only truly be passed on to one of these three youths. And its up to you folks to decide which of them will become the next WuTang Master!
So lets take a better look at the candidates
Li will develop into a good all-round combatant with high speed, though her IQ takes a little longer to rise. She starts with and also learns some strong physical techniques, some of which have better range than the old Masters moves. Certainly a solid selection.
Juan is the very definition of a late bloomer. His basic moves and stats are lousy, but his stat growths and later-learned techs are fantastic once he puts them to use. He will have much, much higher IQ than either of the other students, but his HP will always be somewhat on the low side. Definitely more of a ranged attacker.
Sammo is slower than the other pupils and his IQ is awful, but he will have tons of Vitality and about 50% more health than Li at the same level. He learns one of only two techs that allow the player to cause the Drunk status effect, which disables all techs except the targets basic attack. (So for players, whichever is first on the list.)
So there you have it! Do you want an all-rounder, a late-blooming glass cannon or a slow tanky character? Please bold your votes!