Achievements <Mountain of Recto, Water of Verso>, Achievements <Apprentice, Disciple, and Renegade>

Credit x 6000, Lost Gold Fragment x 2, Strale x 10

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Fyxestroll Garden

Activation Conditions:C4040261I1==1
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Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
How about it? Do you want to learn one opera song with me?
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I'll learn from you.
Ah, forget it.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Great! Now we become master and apprentice!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Once you're ready, let me know, and I'll teach you how to sing Wedding Wine.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Sigh... Fine. If you ever change your mind, come back and find me then.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Ahoy there, esteemed guest! How did you end up on the stage to watch the performance? Please get off quickly!
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Sorry, my bad.
Nobody stopped me getting up though?
There's no other audience members though, so isn't it all the same?
Ghost!!!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
It's alright. Young folks these days care not for opera. It's forgivable if you're unfamiliar with the rules and norms.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Nobody stopped you... Alright, are you going to adopt the same attitude toward everything in life? When you eventually are trying to force your way into the Shackling Prison, tell the warden that "nobody's stopping you" β€” and see if you live to tell the tale.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Nβ€”No other audience... Kid, you don't have to be so rude. I'm choking up here...
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Hey! What are you yelling for! You freaked me out... Haven't you ever seen a heliobus before?
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Whatever, I never get any listeners... so I won't hold a grudge at you.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
The Ten Lords only let me go around Fyxestroll Garden like this. It took me a long time to find this theater square, and I've been singing my heart out for ages now β€” but you're the only one I've met. Is opera really in such decline?
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This opera is too freaky.
This place is too bleak for you.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Yes, it's quite freaky. Wedding Wine is the most famous of all the Zhuming flower-drum opera!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
The reason why it can be sung for thousands of years is because of how "freaky" it is. Before I was sealed within the Creation Furnace, it was known to everyone aboard the Zhuming.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
*sigh* To be honest, singing to nobody in here is really boring. Have you got any interest in learning Zhuming flower-drum opera with me?
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Sounds pretty difficult.
Can I think it over?
Too difficult. I don't wanna.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
It's difficult to seriously learn the posture. Just the basics of singing, reciting, acting, and fighting take a good fifty years to learn.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
But I'll just teach you how to sing this one, Wedding Wine β€” it's simple enough.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Alright, let's learn that song you just heard, Wedding Wine.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
It's not difficult. Let's just learn that one song you just heard then: Wedding Wine.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
How about it? Just think of it as a way for me to stave off boredom. If I'm in a good mood, I won't run around all over the place. And if I don't run around all over the place, everyone else is in a good mood β€” right?
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I'll learn from you.
Ah, forget it.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Great! Now we become master and apprentice!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Once you're ready, let me know, and I'll teach you how to sing Wedding Wine.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Sigh... Fine. If you ever change your mind, come back and find me then.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Oh, good point. Are you saying that I should go into town and find a more thriving theater?
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No, please don't!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Just kidding. Don't be scared. It's only in a forsaken place like this that the Ten-Lords Commission can turn a blind eye to me.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
*sigh* To be honest, singing to nobody in here is really boring. Have you got any interest in learning Zhuming flower-drum opera with me?
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Sounds pretty difficult.
Can I think it over?
Too difficult. I don't wanna.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
It's difficult to seriously learn the posture. Just the basics of singing, reciting, acting, and fighting take a good fifty years to learn.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
But I'll just teach you how to sing this one, Wedding Wine β€” it's simple enough.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Alright, let's learn that song you just heard, Wedding Wine.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
It's not difficult. Let's just learn that one song you just heard then: Wedding Wine.
Activation Conditions:C4040261I3==1
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Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Okay~ Then let's start off with the background of the story. Wedding Wine tells the story of a man seduced by a heliobus and their love story.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
The female lead is a charming but deadly heliobus, luring men into marrying her, before ravenously feasting on the groom's emotions on the wedding night.
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What a scary story...
What a cliche...
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
The scariest thing about this story actually is the humans... There are several human characters in the story who knew that it is a heliobus but, despite this, still tried to use it as a tool to vanquish their own enemies.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Of course, these people are all overpowered by the female lead in the end. In one sense, it's a highly satisfying story.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
It seems cliche from a modern perspective. And heliobi of course take no gender, but of course you humans have to wrap this archetype of a "femme fatale" around the whole thing.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
But this opera dates back to the Three Sufferings Era, and you can't deny its artistic merit based on its restrictions at the time. Only stupid humans who love thinking but hate reading books do that.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
But let's get back on track here... the part that we are learning is the scariest scene in the whole opera.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
The female lead takes possession of her husband, so there's just the one body there alone, but it takes the form of two and they perform this graceful dance.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
A human and a heliobus, singing until dawn breaks. When people come to visit the next day, all that remains is the withered husk of the husband's corpse.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Here is how it goes:
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
In devotion, my heart does yearn. To be known by you, my love, in return.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Candles flicker, casting shadows on the wall. My bones the wick, my flesh the fragrance's call.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Robes fall away, revealing my desire. In hibiscus tent, our passions shall transpire.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
At night, we'll embrace as one, so tight. Come tomorrow, you'll take your flight.
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It's beautiful!
It's terrible!
It's scary!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Teehee, thank you kindly.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
How could you say that! The youth of today, how could they fail to appreciate traditional opera?
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
That is testimony to my singing.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
That's all for today's class, then. Why don't you mull over what we covered today. Next time, we'll do our practical training.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
That's all for today, class dismissed! Let's pick up again another time~ Remember, I'll be quizzing you on this the next time we meet...

Activation Conditions:C4040261I2==1
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System
An old booklet lies on the table, with the words Wedding Wine on its cover.
System
System
This looks like it's the book for Wedding Wine. Do you want to read it?
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(Read the libretto)
(Don't read it)
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System
You open up the libretto.
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<i>Wedding Wine</i> Lyric Book
System
System
It really is a scary libretto.
System
System
It's just a little booklet. Who cares?

System
System
An old booklet lies on the table, with the words Wedding Wine on its cover.
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You open up the booklet.
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<i>Wedding Wine</i> Lyric Book
System
System
This looks like it's the libretto for Wedding Wine.
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You think of your heliobus master, who is planning on giving you "Practical Training" during your next session together.
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System
Maybe when the time comes, it will ask you to memorize the lyrics to this opera. Do you want to take this chance to rehearse beforehand?
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Rehearse beforehand.
I took a pic and made a cheatsheet with my phone!
πŸ“–
<i>Wedding Wine</i> Lyric Book
System
System
All the best with "Practical Training."
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System
Er... That's smart! But I have to remind you about one thing: Even if you choose "Rehearse beforehand," you can use your extra-dimensional phone to make a cheatsheet of the libretto, without consuming your Praise of High Morals.
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System
But perhaps you don't want too much useless moral approval. Perhaps all you want is to just feel more involved... Who knows?
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I want to use up my Praise of High Morals and make a cheatsheet!
You're right. I choose extra-dimensional cheating.
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System
System
Fine, that's fine. As you wish.
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System
Pulling out your phone, you take photos of the libretto's contents which should let you breeze through "Practical Training."
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System
Alright. Bring it.
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<i>Wedding Wine</i> Lyric Book
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All done?
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All done.
Not yet.
System
System
Great. All the best with "Practical Training."
System
System
Then figure it out yourself. This part of the dialogue is already starting to drag on, my guy.
Activation Conditions:C4040261I2==1
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- Praise of High Morals x 1

Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
O prized pupil, you're here~ That's great. Let's begin our next lesson.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
This lesson is very simple. It's just us two, master and apprentice, singing the song Wedding Wine together.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Zhuming flower-drum opera is traditionally sung by two singers to produce that eeriness of being possessed by heliobi.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
I'll sing the first half of the line, and then you finish. We'll sing this first stanza, and then you'll basically have learned it~
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
So let me sing it to you first...
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
In devotion, my heart does yearn. To be known by you, my love, in return.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Candles flicker, casting shadows on the wall. My bones the wick, my flesh the fragrance's call.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Robes fall away, revealing my desire. In hibiscus tent, our passions shall transpire.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
At night, we'll embrace as one, so tight. Come tomorrow, you'll take your flight.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
How's that? Can you remember it all?
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I can't quite remember that. Could you please sing it one more time?
Got it. Let's get started.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Of course not! This is how Zhuming flower-drum opera is traditionally taught. I sing it once, then you sing it with me. And if you can't sing it, I'll beat you.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
It's the only way to remember it, without a doubt! That's the way it's been done for thousands of years!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
I was also beaten often by my master before I learned the ways of Zhuming flower-drum opera.
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How does a heliobus get beaten?
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Isn't that easy? Just possess my junior frater and take a beating!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Sigh... My poor junior frater. He'd get beaten for singing wrong, and then get beaten again when I sang wrong... In the end he gave up and left the company, refusing to learn anything...
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Alright. Then you have to remember that you'll get beaten if you make a mistake. This isn't just to be cruel; it's all so you can learn the song!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
So then, let's start!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
In devotion, my heart does yearn...
Activation Conditions:C4040261I2==1
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To know my love for you doth brightly burn.
<color=#dbc291ff>To be known by you, my love, in return.</color>
A love aggressive knows no turn.
To be known by you, my love doth spurn.
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To know my love for you doth brightly burn.
To be known by you, my love, in return.
A love aggressive knows no turn.
To be known by you, my love doth spurn.
4040261I4+=1I0
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Candles flicker, casting shadows on the wall...
Activation Conditions:C4040261I2==1
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The wick predicts the candle fall.
My bones the wick, my flesh, and all.
<color=#dbc291ff>My bones the wick, my flesh the fragrance's call.</color>
There's chicken soup down at the mall.
4040261I4+=1I0
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The wick predicts the candle fall.
My bones the wick, my flesh, and all.
My bones the wick, my flesh the fragrance's call.
There's chicken soup down at the mall.
4040261I4+=1I0
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Robes fall away, revealing my desire...
Activation Conditions:C4040261I2==1
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In lotus tent, our passions shall transpire.
In almond tent, our passions taken higher.
In lotus loft, our passions thus transpire.
<color=#dbc291ff>In hibiscus tent, our passions shall transpire.</color>
4040261I4+=1I0
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In lotus tent, our passions shall transpire.
In almond tent, our passions taken higher.
In lotus loft, our passions thus transpire.
In hibiscus tent, our passions shall transpire.
4040261I4+=1I0
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
At night, we'll embrace as one, so tight...
Activation Conditions:C4040261I2==1
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<color=#dbc291ff>Come tomorrow, you'll take your flight.</color>
Come tomorrow, I'll guard the night.
Come tomorrow, you're out of sight.
My puppy's lick exceeds its bite.
4040261I4+=1I0
Activation Conditions:C4040261I4==4
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Come tomorrow, you'll take your flight.
Come tomorrow, I'll guard the night.
Come tomorrow, you're out of sight.
My puppy's lick exceeds its bite.
4040261I4+=1I0
Activation Conditions:C4040261I4==4
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Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Heavens! Our cooperation is so tacit as master and apprentice that you don't even seem like a beginner at all.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
I never thought after so many years that I'd meet a youngster with such a talent for opera... *sigh*
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
But I understand that you have your own affairs that concern you, and it's impossible for you to study an opera for centuries just like us old fossils have been doing.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
The main thing is, it's not worth spending so much effort to learn about opera... Modern people, they really don't listen to as much opera as they used to.
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No matter what, there'll always be people out there who like opera.
It really is like that. Opera is growing obsolete with the times.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Mmm... Well, I'll take your kind words, then. Haha!
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Maybe you're right.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
But no matter what, I will still keep singing here even if there's nobody in the crowd.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Thank you for singing opera with me, {NICKNAME}.
+ Achievements <Mountain of Recto, Water of Verso>

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Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
You messed up a few lines. Sigh... Looks like it's time to resort to the old methods. O prized pupil, blame ye not thy master!
βš”οΈ
Combat

Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
You-you-you-you... sinner! You dare fight back! You really are a blasphemer, violating human relations with cruelty and malice!
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I was afraid you're going to beat me to death!
Sorry, I'm just used to fighting back...
It's not my fault if you can't beat me.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
...
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
...
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
*sigh* Sorry, I lost my composure.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Really, it's not your fault. It's all me β€” and that world of mine I once knew, it's all obsolete.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Despite the cosmos being filled with fools thirsting for immortal life, living forever is not all it's cracked up to be. Just like me, people often find themselves cast to the winds of time.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
The wave of time is just like Reignbow Arbiter's Lux arrow, and I am but a tiny flame cast afloat in the Cosmos β€” no matter how hard I chase, I can't catch up with the tail of that arrowshot.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
But no matter what, I will still keep singing here even if there's nobody in the crowd.
Ghost Actor
Ghost Actor
Thank you for singing opera with me, {NICKNAME}.
+ Achievements <Apprentice, Disciple, and Renegade>

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