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The Mandarin

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Grey Gargoyle

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Subj: Re: On a different note ...
Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 at 08:25:31 am EDT (Viewed 162 times)
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Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 at 07:57:41 am EDT (Viewed 171 times)



      I prefer the rings to not be a part of his martial art, but rather something to get the other guy off balance when his martial arts are being dodged.

      Not, "I enhance my karate-chop with psionic energy to hit even harder!" but rather, "you keep dodging my karate-chop, so I'll create psionic illusions so you don't know what to dodge, then I'll suckerpunch/cheapshot you while you're confused!"

      I like that much better, because it keeps the full power of the karate-chop as purely and utterly an expression of Mandarin's savage spirituality, and keeps the rings purely a separate equivalent to throwing dirt in the other guy's eyes.


    IMO, the Mandarin should be the only one who can use the rings. No one else should be able to use them.

I do not think that the Mandarin should be the only one able to use the rings. Anyone should be able to use the rings. Just as anyone could use Joker's acid-shooting lapel-flower. That flower is just one more weapon in the arsenal of a brilliant master of chemistry, engineering, stealth, and psychological manipulation. Joker isn't diminished in the slightest if other people can use his lapel-flower to shoot acid at people. It is not his root-n-spine, and should never become such.

Also, I thought it was cool when Nightshade used the rings. I'd have hated it if that had proven impossible.

I do think that his looting the ship should be remembered, though mainly in the context of creating a Christopher Columbus vibe. I would play up the Christopher Columbus angle heavily, giving the Mandarin actions that parallel the things Columbus did heavily. For example, I would have him force the locals to carve off pieces of the ship and bring them to his castle, and have him karate-chop off the hands of the locals if they did not do this fast enough and make them wear their hands around their necks, just as Columbus chopped off Taino hands and made them wear their own hands around their necks if they did not mine gold fast enough.

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