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Puzzler's Space - Lesson 2: It is my Star who Sits in the Sky
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Kaynato
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That night, Liu Kui was given the task of lighting the sighting-lamp on the top of the wooden cottage. This was the custom of those who had seen Desolation with their own eyes - for if no sighting-lamp were lit afterward, Desolation would return and create an infestation in that which had seen it.

A ladder was dropped against the side of the wall, clattering: A rickety thing creaking in the night wind. Liu Kui set one foot before the other upon its rungs and slowly reached the rooftop.

A bird flew down from a faraway cloud and pecked at Liu Kui's hands.

Now, Liu Kui had brought up a torch to light the sighting-lamp, and so desperately held on, intent on avoiding unnecessary arson. With a tightly-gripping hand, knuckles white as the flame it held, Liu Kui crawled forward despite the pecking bird and touched the fire to the wick of the sighting-lamp.

With a soft puff, the oils ignited and began to smoke. Sighing in relief, Liu Kui retreated from the roof and descended the ladder. The bird's talons were sinking into the meat of Liu Kui's hand.

Throughout all of this, Liu Kui did not cry out in pain.

But then the bird flew away, and Liu Kui fell off the ladder, screaming in frustration.

Puzzle 4: Many have sought to quantify authority by measure of those that it commands. For instance, judging the authority of a ruler by the number of subjects, or creating an ordering of logic describing its applicability. After the Indefinite Authority incident which ended the two-month reign of Mikthiparak Yivi-Sharsa, it was apparent that doing so was unquestionably incorrect. Name two of the corrections which were implemented in the following decade and the necessity of their creation.

"Tell me - the night sky, is it not too bright?" Thus spoke Ban Songqi, who was sitting outside the cottage. "Each of the stars which is torn into its thick covering is allotted its reign there, given power and will. Still in their dominion they are isolated like rulers of the overseas cities, surrounded by great unfriendly waters, where meeting, they shall consume each other without goodwill. Invariably there are too many; a great number will be destroyed."

A silence sat momentarily.

Liu Kui, nursing the wounds on that bitten hand, continued: "Then the stars are as lions. They sleep in the cosmos, nestling at the centers of their claimed territory, and in meeting another will circle about until one is consumed."

Ban Songqi responded: "And what is the life-span of a lion? It is measured by the coming and going of the seas, of the clouds and the sun. The seas of the stars, do they come and go? The clouds of the firmament, where do they travel from, from which waters do they arise? Where is the sun of stars? What manner of light does it cast the lighters? Indeed, what is the life-span of the stars, if they are like lions?"

"The life-span of the living is not determined when they are born, for it is often interrupted by both nature and nature through life. That is - the nature of the Earth and the Skies. Have you seen the stars interfere in the realm of the land?"

Ban Songqi knew that this question was best left unanswered.

The night began to grow cold - many questions were left to linger outside, where they drifted away on the smoke of the sighting-lamp.

Puzzle 5: The rocks of the earth cannot witness that they are not alive; They cannot get up and say "I am not living, for I am a mere rock! I am dead, and not alive." No-one knows if any might say to the lives of the ocean and the exhale of the earthly shell, which houses the deep-fire of the ground, that we live as they do. Is there any method to do so? What would be the consequences if it were to exist?
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04-09-2018, 04:03 AM
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Puzzle 4:
The authority of the ruler cannot be measured by the number of which they command, nor the ordering of logic of applicability they created for those are useless and can render a ruler weak if they were to betray and be disloyal to their ruler. What makes a ruler authoritative is how loyal their subjects are and how supportive and unquestioning they are to their reign. But loyal subjects mean nothing when the subjects themselves are unwell. The authority and strength of a ruler is also determined by how well their subjects are in body and mind. A subject is useless if they were physically unwell to follow orders, nor will they be useful when their minds are diseased with jealousy, doubt, and unhappiness for their fellows and ruler.

Puzzle 5:
To know which is living and which is not, we must first know what makes something living. The rocks and corpses that litter our sorroundings are not living not because they no longer possessed the essense of life but rather because they do not possess what makes things living. A living entity does not necessarily breathe, move, or think, but rather changes accordingly. But comes conflict for many things in the world comes in many degrees of living and non-living. To some, the oceans that seemed to breathe and swell and the earth that seemed to quiver and vomit are non-living while to others, it might as well have been. What makes a living being is what it needs for it to change. A rock is not living for it does not simply change when everything around it is changing. A fowl is living for the it eats, the water it drinks, and the air it breathes changes it one way or another. A corpse is not living for its state of degradation does not easily change to something else when everything else changes. A plant is living for the earth it's planted it and the sun that shines upon it makes it change and grow.

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This is too philosophical and I don't like it.
04-09-2018, 05:37 AM
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Dragon Fogel
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Puzzle 4: The Ruler's Revision: The authority of a ruler is not determined by its length, but by its accuracy.
This is actually two separate statements, which is more obvious in the original language, but by a coincidence, the translations of both use the exact same words.
The first Ruler's Revision refers to measuring devices. A longer ruler is of limited use if a shorter one is more accurate.
The second Ruler's Revision refers to regimes. A regime's authority is not determined by how long it lasted, but by how well its laws and proclamations matched the needs of its people. A regime that cannot provide what its people actually need is failing to use its authority, and so even if it survives, it is in a diminished capacity.
The necessity of both revisions was demonstrated by the fall of Tu Long, when the people stormed the gates while the Emperor was fixated on making a one-mile stick with no markings on it.

Puzzle 5: The only method of knowing is to become a rock oneself. However, in doing so you lose the ability to share your knowledge with others. As such, only teachers who have finished their service have ever pursued this path, choosing it as the conclusion to a lifetime of learning.
04-09-2018, 05:59 AM
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Puzzle 4: To understand the short-lived reign Mikthiparak Yivi-Sharsa, one must remember the thousand-year reign of Huankipo Virisa-Miradan. Mikthiparak Yivi-Sharsa was trying to repeat the rule of Huankipo Virisa-Miradan by incorporating laws, rules, and units of measure from the latter's reign. This had the dual effect of disturbing the spirit of Huankipo Virisa-Miradan and agitating the kingdom's subjects. Two of the Seventy-Two Corrections of The Ruler's Revision are as follows:

#23 - A ruler, regent, or leader should not seek to so closely emulate a previous ruler, regent, or leader that they forget to show respect to the time and peoples in which that those previous laws, rules, regulations, and/or units of measure were enacted. For to do so disturbs the spirits.

#71 - A ruler, regent or leader should consider closely the needs of those they seek to reign over or control within the times they currently live with an eye towards living in future times. For focusing too much on meeting the needs of the past or the future disturbs the peasants in the present.

Puzzle 5: Yes, methods to converse with the Ocean or Earthly shell do exist but their consequences are too severe for wanton use. The least dangerous consequence to a method of conversing is, in fact, to become a rock oneself and thus lose their life. The most dangerous consequence to a method of conversing is that a star in the night's sky shall fall from the heavens and interact with nature of the Earth and the Skies.
04-09-2018, 05:48 PM
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Kaynato
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The following morning, a cloying fog appeared from the earth and suffused the lower air.

Liu Kui and Ban Songqi were a ways into a lakeside stroll when this occurred - it seemed that the lake had reached up from its trough and was emptying itself out across the earth. The nearby grove took on an eerie grey hue as if covered in dust.

"Ban," noted Liu Kui, "Before us is the dominion of the stones."

But they proceeded forward all the same.

The shadowed twigs and saplings began to encircle them from all sides as the path went on. The already-occluded sun faded among the brambles into a dripping slop.

At this point they happened upon a straggler hiding from the elements in a large, burlap sack.

"Don't you see how dangerous it is!" Exclaimed the straggler. "The sky has frowned upon life itself!"

Ban Songqi looked upward - but the clouds were hidden behind the branches of the surrounding trees.

Puzzle 6: I was a boulder rolling down the mountains, crushing villages which obstructed me. They spoke of this: "To cage it is to wither. To describe it is to invite destruction." When I was brought to court, they would not charge me. Yet this was correct - how could it be so?

Then from the thicket arrived a stone-faced lion with a body of granite. Its eyes blazed, for they were coals in its face, and its mane burned with a ferocious roar.

The straggler jumped back in surprise, though the motion was rather a half-trip, half-roll into the side of the brush. "My punishment! You are here, and I will surely be destroyed!"

Ban Songqi stepped forth to console the straggler, but indeed - it was too late. The clumsy fumbling had brought the miscreant away and outwards into the shadows and mists. With a hiss, the sack also was given to emptiness, and was known no more.

The stone-spirit that took on the shape of a lion stood menacingly over the former crouching place.

Liu Kui pointed at the stone-spirit. "That is the fabled - "

The hedge was whole and ordinary. A plum and apricot fell from the trees of the grove and nearly struck the two upon the head.

Puzzle 7: Describe how a pan must be heated properly to, in following, shear the wind, house seven myriad frogs, and produce an excellent dish.
04-12-2018, 04:57 AM
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Dragon Fogel
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Puzzle 6: They were too busy evacuating the courthouse before it was crushed by the boulder.

Puzzle 7: Do not heat the pan at all. Shear the wind with it, and the frogs will come out of hiding, happily staying in the pan. Do not disturb them, and in one week's time they will reward you with a meal far greater than any human could ever produce.
04-12-2018, 05:06 AM
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Puzzle 6: They could not charge the boulder. for it was not the boulders fault. A stone does not usually roll on its own, especially not one so large to crush villages. Either someone or some God had pushed the boulder to start it on its path. The court did not know who originally moved the boulder, so no decision could be made. Since no decision could be made, the boulder could neither be contained to wither nor set free to destroy. In short, "If to contain it is to wither and to describe it is to invite destruction, simply pick it up so that it may do neither."

Puzzle 7: It was found that a pan needs not be heated to shear the wind nor to house the seven myriad frogs, this is true, but one may do so. Heat the the pan until it is glowing then strike the wind in a downward slice. This works especially well on a northern or winter wind and less so on a southern or summer wind. Doing this several times will cause the wind do shift for, as the saying goes, "The fickle winds tarry not for the heat of a cook." The pan will quickly cool and the seven myriad frogs, grateful to be free of the harassing wind, shall make home upon the utensil that vanquished their tormentor. Finally, to make an excellent dish, one must first add some water (or cooking oils) to the pan for the frogs to adjust their temperatures with. Then one should slowly, over the course of an hour at least, increase the temperature of the pan. As you are doing so, provide the frogs with various gifts of vegetables (grated burdock, carrots, and whatever seasonal vegetable or seasonings are available). The frogs, vain creatures that they are, will appreciate the gifts and stay a while longer and enjoy the onsen bath that you providing. They will enjoy this so much that they shall award you the most coveted possession of the seven myriad frogs, the Plate of Friendship and Warm Baths. The finest of dishware in the multitudes. More pure than porcelain. Studier than ceramic clay. And colored with the seven colors of friendship. Or, if one desires a meal, simply increase the heat a tad further and make Seven Myriad Frog Stew, a palatable and extravagant dish.
04-12-2018, 06:15 AM
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FlanDab
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Puzzle 6:
They could not charge the boulder, for it's an inanimate object, lacking volition. The boulder is like a knife used to kill a man; we do not blame the knife but the one holding it because a knife, like the boulder, is inanimate and lacks volition. When they said "to cage it is to wither," they meant that it would be set to earth, immovable, and consumed space that would otherwise be useful. When they said, "to describe it is to invite disaster," they meant that it was so terrifying that merely warning everyone of it caused panic and mayhem.

Puzzle 7:
Set a pan above a fire outside where the wind can reach it. The pan and its set with block the wind and shear it, and the wind will keep your flames from choking. The flames will heat the pan until it is ready to house the seven myriad frogs. The pan is to be oiled, and the frogs be set on it. The frogs will leap and fall out, so put a roof to cover the pan. Put some vegetables and spices with the frogs so they wouldn't be lonely within. Wait until the frogs had turned brown and gone to sleep. Stir it well, and serve on a plate and you'll get yourself your dish.
04-12-2018, 07:26 AM
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