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"Dark Jungle, for those who wish to say they greatest warrior of their day. Roll dice to move figure and face challenge, and truth revealed at end of game"
— Heian Conglin inscription

Heian Conglin is a Ranma ½ divergence fic by brown phantom.

Diverging from the first Mao Molin arc. It started out simple as Ranma wanted to get over his fear of cats due to his Neko Ken training. He goes off with Shampoo and Cologne to do just that. Meanwhile, Ryoga runs into another amazon elder named Perfume, who supplies him with a mysterious board game to use against Ranma. He loses it after an encounter with Ranma, then he and Shampoo inadvertently begin the game. That was when all hell breaks loose. Nerima is about to become a literal jungle...

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This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Ranma-chan and Shampoo.
  • Action Survivor: Ranma and Shampoo, being the two players of the Heian Conglin.
  • Adults Are Useless: Soun and Genma are the top choices. Also General Togo and the military.
  • Antagonist Title: Heian Conglin, literally Dark Jungle in Chinese, is the supernatural board game causing all the trouble.
  • Anyone Can Die: Cologne and Mousse get killed by the game's dangers in order to ensure Ranma and Shampoo survive to finish the game.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After Akane loses an official duel of honor against Shampoo, Kasumi asked Ranma to apologize to Akane before leaving. He gets angry and counters with asking what exactly did he do to her that he has to apologize for, which stumps Kasumi.
    • Does this to Soun when he first demands that he make up with Akane and beg her to take him back, then begs him to take Akane back when Ranma refuses that. He shuts Soun up with this exchange.
    Soun: "Ranma, please reconsider! What would to convince you to take Akane back?"
    Ranma: "Mr. Tendo, let's say you offered someone a prize if they beat you in a spar. If they lost, would you still give them the prize?"
    Soun: "No. A cardinal rule of all martial arts is to the victor goes the spoils."
    Ranma: "Akane wasn't the victor, so why should she get the spoils?"
    Soun: (taken aback)
    Ranma: "Akane lost an official spar, by all rights she should uphold the terms. And yet you, Mr. Tendo, are trying to convince me, her, and everyone else here to ignore that. For what? So she wouldn't have to feel defeated? If she was a real martial artist, she'd have to learn to admit defeat once in a while. I don't like losing either, but it happens. She lost, she should suffer the consequences and maybe someday ask for a rematch."
  • Artifact of Doom: Heian Conglin has the power to release appropriately named hazards into the real world with each roll of the dice.
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  • Asshole Victim: General Togo gets his entire head bitten off by a giant centipede.
  • Backhanded Apology: After Heian Conglin has taken over a good portion of Nerima, and Akane gets a few truths drilled into her by Nabiki about Ranma concerning how he had been treated during his whole stay at the Tendo Dojo, she goes off to search for Ranma in the jungle to apologize for her actions. Instead, she apologizes about how Ranma sees himself as a victim and that although she doesn't act the way he likes, he doesn't act the way she likes either and he shouldn't expect her to change if he won't change himself for her. Needless to say, this pisses Ranma off. To make it worse, Akane gets offended at Ranma for not accepting her "apology" as she actually thinks it was good enough for him. He proceeds to verbally tear her a new one for her insensitivity.
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  • Bad Vibrations: In the Tendo Compound, Heian Conglin's message is obscured by a monkey, but then the ground shakes and the koi pond starts rippling rapidly, just as Cologne yells, RUN! IT'S A STAMPEDE!. Several rhinos burst through the wall and break through the other as everyone ducks for cover in the house. The house is standing, but the dojo is completely flattened.
  • Big Bad: Elder Perfume.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The spiders. Ranma and Shampoo don't mind using them for target practice for their ki techniques.
  • Character Development: Mostly between Ranma and Shampoo during the game while escaping its many dangers. Their relationship also develops after having spent months in the dark jungle trying to complete/get back the game.
  • Curbstomp Battle: The honor duel between Shampoo and Akane, to settle once and for all the engagement problem. Typically, Akane loses horribly.
  • Darker and Edgier: Due to the harsh environments of the Heian Conglin and its dangers, Ranma and Shampoo have to fight hard to stay alive or it will engulf the entire world.
  • Death World: Happosai, being a previous player, describes the other world of Heian Conglin to be this, and he fears his old love interest, Soap, had been trapped in there for over three centuries.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Perfume specifically gave Ryoga the game to wipe out Ranma because he once trained under Cologne and Shampoo for being Cologne's great grand-daughter. The reason was because Cologne became an official Amazon elder while Perfume did not.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Akane, after having learned a few things, wants to start over with Ranma, but he points out that when the game's over, only he and Shampoo will have any memory of what happened. He also says that he can't really start over with Akane since he has gotten to know Shampoo on an intimate level during the game, and that simply putting her on the sidelines just for the sake of status quo would simply be despicable.
    • The talk between Nabiki and Kasumi. Kasumi tries to help get Ranma and Akane back together again, but Nabiki, being more sensible, says it is impossible considering the honor duel resulting in Akane's defeat, not to mention the troubles caused by Heian Conglin. She points out even if the game is completed, things will not return to the way they were before since Ranma and Shampoo's relationship has started to develop and Ranma is finally speaking out against his horrible treatment during his stay at the Tendo Dojo. Kasumi insists that it is not true and thinks they have to help out Akane. Nabiki bluntly states that she has to live with it, and points out to Kasumi that her shielding Akane is doing more harm than good.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: How Ranma feels around Soun and Genma, as they believe getting him married to Akane is more important than the fact Heian Conglin is overrunning the country and possibly the world.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Big time. The game will stop at nothing to prevent the players from finishing. Perfume as well, as she has the ability to converge the dangers on Ranma and Shampoo especially when she gets desperate.
  • Expy: Of Jumanji, - the game basically an Asian version of it.
  • From Bad to Worse: The game starts out minor, but gradually gets worse the further it is played through. Ranging from snakes, spiders, a tiger, a stampede, a typhoon, a flashflood, a forest fire, cannibals, a volcano, giant centipedes, rat swarms, and even a Chinese dragon.
  • Happily Married: Ranma and Shampoo in the epilogue. They even named their children Soap and Happosai.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Cologne and Mousse die trying to ensure Ranma and Shampoo survive.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Akane continues to believe Ryoga is the victim and blaming Ranma for "picking on him" which lead him to use the game on Ranma. Ranma has had enough of her bullshit and decides to flat out tell her the truth about her beloved pet pig, P-Chan, as well as saying Ryoga was the one who framed him and Shampoo to the military to stop them from finishing. Akane doesn't believe him, of course, saying Ryoga wouldn't do something like that. Ranma mentally comments on how narrow-minded she is, that when it comes to him, she'd immediately believe the worst of him while with Ryoga she would try to defend his honor.
  • Hypocrite: Ryoga after Cologne calls him out, saying that even if he's not a player, it doesn't excuse him not helping in fighting off what Heian Conglin throws out. He counters it was Ranma's fault for starting the game, and Cologne counters back that he was the one who brought it out in the first place. Ryoga then says he doesn't appreciate being told he's at fault for something, never mind all the times he placed blame on Ranma for everything that went wrong in his life.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: By the end of the story, Akane has more or less come to terms with the fact that Ranma is in a relationship with Shampoo and prevents her father and Genma from sabotaging it, even threatening to leave the dojo if they don't back off.
  • It's All About Me: Genma, Up to Eleven. Every bit of dialogue that comes out of his mouth in the penultimate chapter can essentially be summed up as "My way is the only way, like it or not". He is repeatedly called out on this by Ranma, Shampoo, Akane, and Nodoka, and shows no remorse for it, growing more and more self-entitled as his son refuses to dance to his tune.
  • Jerkass: Ryoga immensely. General Togo as well as he tries to have Ranma arrested and Shampoo deported, ignoring that they are needed to put an end to the game's dangers.
    • Genma also proves to be a selfish asshole in the end, where it was revealed he, along with Akane, had retained his memories of the game being played, once again demanding Ranma to obey his wishes to fulfill the engagement. Even when confronted by Nodoka, he arrogantly states that he himself should be exempt from his seppuku promise of making Ranma "manly" while Ranma should kill himself if he doesn't meet the standards.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ryoga points out to Akane that learning a technique requires work to be put into it after she attempted to try the Breaking Point technique on a rock, only to break her finger as a result.
  • Militaries Are Useless: The Japanese army tries and fails to contain the ever growing jungle caused by Heian Conglin while at the same time trying to detain Ranma and Shampoo, believing them to be causing it all as an act of terrorism.
  • My Greatest Failure: Happosai had once experienced Heian Conglin as a player alongside his old love interest, Soap. Halfway through the game, he uses a mysterious amulet supplied to him by Perfume to end the game. The game ends and everything was reverted back to before the game happened. However, it came at a price as it also sucked away Soap along with it. Happosai regretted this decision ever since and adamantly tells Ranma and Shampoo to finish the game the right way no matter what.
  • No Fair Cheating: Heian Conglin really doesn't like it when one attempts to end the game by trying to destroy it. Genma finds out the hard way as he gets turned into a panda and remains stuck like that when he tried to break the game with his fist. Same thing happens to Akane when she attempted to destroy the game in anger for not only causing the disasters, but for inadvertently developing Ranma and Shampoo's relationship with each other. She winds up turned into a tiger cub.
  • Not a Game: Heian Conglin is not a game to be taken lightly. You play, you'd better see it through to the end.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Ranma-chan realized she lost the Heian Conglin in a flood. Any moment when the game brings out the next challenge.
  • Ordered Apology: Soun and Genma try to force Ranma to apologize and beg Akane to take him back after she loses an official duel against Shampoo, which makes even less sense as the terms of the duel was that the loser give up all claim to Ranma.
    • At the same time, Kasumi also tell Ranma that he needs to apologize to Akane, which angers him as he wasn't even the one who did anything this time. He calls Kasumi out on this, saying that even she tries to look for any excuse to make him out to be the bad guy just to appease her little sister.
  • Quicksand Sucks: Ranma nearly meets his end this way and is about to get swallowed up in it, but gets saved by Shampoo.
  • Reality Warper: The Heian Conglin itself.
  • Reset Button: When Heian Conglin is won or aborted. It even has the ability to go back through time to before the point the game was started, as told by Happosai, a former player.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: All of the game's prophecies that hint the next upcoming danger.
    Creeping and crawling through stone or earth, now you run for all you're worth. It grows to block out the comfort of light, now face an enemy you cannot fight.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: The spirit of Soap, one of the former players, appears in a hidden temple to help Ranma and Shampoo finish the game. She provides them artifacts with limited uses which provide some degree of protection against the challenges.
  • Shout-Out: To Jumanji.
  • Skewed Priorities: Despite the dangers caused by Heian Conglin resulting in nearly all Nerima to be engulfed, Soun and Genma are still focused on trying to get Ranma married off to Akane.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: After finding out Ryoga's curse, Akane questions Soun if he knew about it, who then denies he did, saying that it wasn't like he saw him change before him. This gets caught by Akane and she doesn't take it well.
  • Tempting Fate: Shampoo asks "What worse that could happen?" before she and Ranma start Heian Conglin.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Once the game began and after a few life lessons from Cologne about the real meaning of honor, Ranma began thinking for himself and standing up to Genma and the Tendos, his tolerance to all the bullshit they put on him since his stay there at an end.
  • The Woman Behind the Man: Perfume to Ryoga. Ryoga managed to get the game started and even sic the military on Ranma and Shampoo, claiming they're using the game to destroy the city. All under Perfume's manipulations.
  • The Rival: Perfume to Cologne.
  • Title Drop / Say My Name: Both Ranma and Shampoo must get to the end of Heian Conglin and say its name.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Perfume after Ranma and Shampoo finally complete Heian Conglin, where all of the challenges and Perfume herself get sucked away into the game, her screaming with rage all the way.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Shampoo to Ranma.
  • You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: Ranma and Shampoo to the military when they get detained by them. They unsuccessfully try to tell the general and his lackies that they are in over their heads in trying to contain the jungles. Even when they're detained on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the sea, the dangers still follow them out there.


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