Jun 23, 2021 9:03 PM
Bys in modern earth joins a cultivator chatroom
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(She opens the PowerPoint Silver Starlight sent and reads it)

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It's a simple explanation of how the techniques work, but as she reads it she plunges into the feeling of being taught by a faceless master who corrects her form and forces her to put her full might into each of the strikes and blocks. Every technique has a different challenge embedded within it, and they leave her mentally taxed after reading just three of the four.

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It is really weird how it does that. Is the file magic, or is it just the arrangement of the words and such? Well, she has no way to tell.

When she notices how intense it is, she actually sticks to the first two, the punching and kicking techniques, and sits thinking about them for a while. That kicking method is a doozy, she can see why Silver Starlight called it 'quite difficult'.

Her flight home isn't for another two days, so she should probably practice these later. But for now, she has a drink of water and checks the chat group again before starting in on reading the other two techniques.

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Hey, what's been going on?

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Abyssal Bride took up Canadian Fist.

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Good for her! It'll be really something to have another test case.

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This could be the start of a whole new school.

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Fingers crossed!

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Any new tasks up for offer?

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Someone needs to reintroduce Senior Red to the modern world in a month.

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I'll contribute an enchanted dagger to the reward for doing it. 

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I'll put up some sword and armor talismans.

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I'll add in five hundred qi and blood pills.

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How long has Senior Red has been in seclusion?

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And it seems she has a certain reputation as well?

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...Well, that answers that.

She reads the other two exercises. She considers actually doing them, but a hotel room is not a great place for that. Nor is a local gym.

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She DMs Silver Starlight,

Senior Starlight, I heard from Black Cross that you have a currently-unused house in Cardiff that may be available to me. I am going to have to hold off on practicing your Canadian Fist arts until I have a good place for it and making use of such an opportunity would be faster than finding a practice area of my own, so I am interested, though of course I would be happy to help you out with occasional errands in exchange.

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You're welcome to use the house so long as you don't mind potentially sharing - the intent of these houses is in part to act as safe places to retreat to for cultivators in distress. No favours necessary, they're a "community resource."

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Very well, thank you. I'll take good care of it. What's the address? Also, I assume you would like updates on how I am taking to the Canadian Fist style?

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Here is the address, and here is the one-time passcode to register you with the security formations. 

I would like to come instruct you in a week once I've finished my business overseas. 

The basic training method for you to get started with is to practice a martial technique until you exhaust yourself and then immediately meditate to form a strand of blood and qi. It will take on average three hundred such strands to open your heart aperture, though some have been able to do it with one hundred seventy strands or so. As you develop more strands your body will toughen and you will be able to get in more training in a day. Use Snow Rose's blood and qi pills to refresh your energy between training rounds; they are also able to substitute for sleep to a limited extent, though I don't recommend going for longer than three days straight without at your level. It's most efficient for you to hold a pill in your mouth, suck on it until you're refilled, and then take it out for reuse until you drain it dry right now - swallowing is a waste, it'll refill your qi and blood faster than you can spend it. 

If you work hard and use the qi pills judiciously, you should be able to complete the Hundred Days' Foundation Building in about two months. Black Cross had similar results.

I would reccommend beginning with the punching technique, then mixing in the agility technique, and only once you have a basic grasp of both proceeding to try the more strenuous kicking technique. It should help you form thicker strands of blood and qi once you start practicing it seriously and reduce your total strand count - for Black Cross it took two hundred fifty three strands, a good fifty less than standard, and she took 51 days - about five strands a day. This is noticeably better than average though not record-breaking. You should be able to do better.

Good luck!

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I will certainly try my best. Looking forward to it.

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