Changing the Wall
This is not for discussion outside the party, at Shen Wei Han's request. I make the request out of a general sense of caution, not for any specific reason. Should you need to discuss it with somebody and not have time to talk to Wei Han, please use your judgement.
Out of respect for Master Zhou, please keep the fact that he is the source secret: I would rather consequences of our efforts fall on me than on him. --Ringrose 22:18, 15 January 2012 (UTC)
After a having completed a set of tasks for Master Zhou, he discussed changing Wei Han's nature.
"The second thing you must know is how to change your nature.
"Your nature is as it is now because the Wall is as it is now. For you to resist your own nature through stubbornness and force of will, as you seek to do, will not work - a wall cannot protect itself from itself. You can only be changed externally, and only if you permit it.
"One way to do this is by something akin to a magic ritual. You must invite the Earth of the Wall, Transformation, and the three spirits of Winter.
"First, you must go and get a piece of rock from the North Wall, and carry it with you; ideally in your hand as you do the ritual actions. Concentrate on this rock being a core, and focus that which you wish to change. You must then get another rock from elsewhere in the Empire that you find significant to the change you wish, and concentrate on that rock being a core, and focus of the new specified state. You should keep both rocks until you have completed the actions of the 'ritual'. At that point, the pieces of rock will transform, and so will the Wall."
Master Zhou then goes into a more technical discussion, which I take out of the character context and into the mechanic context:
The ritual must invoke:
- Water / Fire / Wood / Metal
- Creation / Destruction / Control / Seeking
- Tiger / Tortoise / Monkey / Butterfly / Phoenix / Serpent / Fox / Spider / Magpie
There must be sixteen actions (a grid of the elements and the verbs), performed by the nine cycle aspects - so two each from the Summer trio, while for Fall and Spring, two aspects each should do two and one only one. In other words, everyone should do two except Winter (who do none) and Spring and Fall (one Spring aspect and one Fall aspect can get away with only doing one).
As far as what the actions are, each action has to get enough successes to beat Wei Han's Resistance (so at the moment, greater than 10). Destruction is basically just "damage using this element" (and it does have to actually do damage, not bounce off of toughness). Control can include non-damage effects in combat like nerve strike or knockback (though nerve strike doesn't have a clear element), or could involve non-combat effects like greater than ten successes of metal shackles. Creation is easiest to do with a magical effect, but doesn't have to be; Seeking is "find Wei Han using elemental tools or in an elemental milieu". (Using the Knife Returns is seeking him with metal, for example; tracking him through the Strand could be seeking him in Wood or Water, depending on the terrain).
Anyone may do the actions, if they are touched by the appropriate spirit, but before they do them, they need to spend a yin and a yang on each of the two rocks you have acquired, and spend a chi to make the final roll.
Who can do What
Trying to come up with actions, and people who could get 11 successes. Foo of Bar is really Foo Wei Han with Bar.
It is important that we balance which aspects are doing what, so please include the aspect of whoever can do it.
- Control of Fire
- Maybe create an enclosing ring of fire or fireworks around him?
- Offer Wei Han a really nice meal to tempt him (Xiao Fa, Merit)
- Creation of Fire
- Could this be cooking something for him?
- Or make a fireworks display which comes out in the shape of Wei Han, or his coat of arms?
- Fire an existing clay sculpture of Wei Han
- Personalize Wei Han's armor with a forge
- Destruction of Fire
- Throw a firebolt at Wei Han. Yang, Phoenix.
- Fireworks bomb (Merit)
- Seeking of Fire
- Have Wei Han hide in a dark dungeon and look for him with a torch? (Min Feng?)
- Hide Wei Han in a paper/wood building and burn it down to find him
- Hide Wei Han in a field at night and use fireworks to light the area and reveal him (Merit)
- Control of Metal
- Anto grabs without grasping vines. Anto, Phoenix.
- Creation of Metal
- Could this be done by hiring Wei Han (creating a role for him) by paying him a bunch of silver (metal)?
- Or create a metal replica of Wei Han (tin soldier)?
- Destruction of Metal
- Hit Wei Han with a metal weapon. Various. Deng, Crane
- Seeking of Metal
- Anto has a lodestone. Maybe come up with a search which involves finding Wei Han by going North, or identifying Wei Han among several people covered with blankets because he's the one wearing armor which attracts the lodestone?
- Perform the Dagger Returns ritual to find Wei Han
- Control of Water
- Row/sail a boat with Wei Han on it?
- Creation of Water
- Brew beer or make soup for him?
- Carve an ice sculpture of Wei Han
- Destruction of Water
- Does ice count? Stab him with an icicle?
- Maybe throw Wei Han in the water or wrestle to hold him down so he partially drowns?
- Seeking of Water
- Navigate a boat with Wei Han on it? Or search for him among inlets/channels on a coastline? Or track him via footprints in the snow?
- Track Wei Han via his wet footprints
- Control of Wood
- grasping vines from Anto. Anto, Phoenix.
- Bind Wei Han with a written contract
- Creation of Wood
- Craft something for Wei Han out of wood? Or carve a wooden statue of him?
- Found an organization dedicated to Wei Han with a written charter (Merit, Takanata)
- Destruction of Wood
- Again, hit Wei Han with a weapon. Wooden, this time. Various. Deng, Crane (wooden sword?)
- Seeking of Wood
- Play cards with Cai Wen (he's figuring out what cards you have) or read tea leaves. Cai Wen, Fox.
- Have someone do the Ritual of the Missing One to find Wei Han.
- Track Wei Han through dense vegetation, without using footprints
- Collate all of Wei Han's written Dragon Army records (Merit, Takanata)