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  1. (4) Karnage: DrakeMarshall, Lord_Silberfarben, Zillah, Kidpen, (3) DrakeMarshall, Sart, Karnage, Amanuensis, (1) CadCom: A Joe in the Bush, I was considering joining Joe's vote on CadCom, but with only a few hours left before turnover, I decided it would be better to polarize the lynch between the two people trying to kill each other. Though it is hard for me to be objective when Drake has neatly fit me into his suspicions, I find the reasoning he presented today as a bit contrived. Sart's logic is sound in comparison, and with no one else making an effort to save Karnage, I can't help but feel if this is a V/E situation, Karnage being an underdog makes him the more likely villager.
  2. RIP BR And not-RIP CadCom/Karnage. I don't know about other votes, but mine didn't count because I was a minute late If it weren't for BR, Karnage would have died, which makes me think between the two, CadCom would be the more likely elim.
  3. As someone who hasn't caught up yet, I find your reasoning valid enough to join the vote on CadCom ED1T: Nevermind, sorry
  4. Sorry for my part in the inactivity everyone I had a busier weekend than I expected, and my roommate showed up yesterday after being stuck with his parents since the quarantine, so we have been catching up. I'm behind on my writing for this week too, so while I cant promise to be pumping out essays, I will be more involved going forward.
  5. (2) Mist: Furamirionind, Kidpen, (2) StrikerEZ: Karnage, Elandera, (1) Furamirionind: The_Archivist, (1) DrakeMarshall: Sart, (1) The_God_King: Elbereth, (1) Kynedath: DrakeMarshall, Well I'm a big dumb. I was going through the posts again to make this vote count, and Elandera ninja'd me 16 minutes before I finally saw her post. Oof. Though I did add fancy links to mine, for anyone who might need a quick refresher! As of right now, I think I'm willing to put Drake in the villager box too. I may have a weakness for massive posts. I love to see time-consuming effort. I'll figure out who to vote for ~two hours before rollover. Because of my sleeping and writing schedule, I'll probably be most active at the end and beginning of cycles. For now, however, I need to go back to work.
  6. As someone who's been burned by villager paranoia a lot, I try to give people more of a benefit of a doubt, especially in the early stages of the game. Though I'm not up to date on the meta (like recent eliminator tricks that people might be expecting, and vice versa), I'm personally skeptical that Rae was bus'd on D1. While I agree Rae may have poke voted me if we were teammates, I'm confident I would have tried get the lynch away from her, in some capacity. I still harbor guilt from the game where I bus'd her for village cred, only to get caught by Lopen like two cycles later and lose. There was another game where I bus'd Stink too in a not so great way that dredged up some bad feelings. Since then, I think if you looked at my elim meta, you would often find me running interference for my teammates. Even losing one elim is a fairly large problem. Not to mention that I just love my elim clean sweeps.
  7. I'm in the same boat hi Drake. RIP I still need to go through the first cycle again and ruminate on my thoughts, but I think, for now, I'm inclined to compartmentalize Sart and BR as village.
  8. I'm here I'm alive and it seems I have a lot of catching up to do Please bear with me while I read up. Also, @Straw as well as any player who PM'd me, for some reason I am unable to reply. There is no text box on the UI, and I'm not sure how to fix it. ED1T: My PMs magically fixed themselves, I guess!
  9. Just when I was itching for a game sign me up as Nok the Bard
  10. Oh, I see. I'm surprised the game wasn't called earlier. Not sure how I could have got around all that.
  11. You did excellently. I'm very proud of the village this game. It was a real tough one for us, and a whole roller-coaster of emotions. When I couldn't be on the day Sart got lynched, I was really beating myself up about it and thought I cost us the game. I had no idea what to do from there, which is when Elbereth challenged me and my motivation / optimism kicked back in. Losing Drake was rough, but I'm kind of glad it happened. That last turn with only the three of us was really fun. I actually anticipated vote manipulation and originally put an order in to Pain Knife STINK's vote, but then removed it when I saw him voting alongside me. Had I kept that order in I would have loved to see how the next night turn would end up. Fifth said it perfectly. Everybody on all sides played great. (Not including the inactives. No offense <3).
  12. I'll admit, I'm slightly worried you're the actual wolf and you deliberately didn't submit a kill that night just to make me believe you were innocent... but I don't find that very likely. With how often paranoia bites me in the backside, I'm trying not to let it get to me now. I still think you'd have killed me wayyy early if you were evil, and there were multiple odd things with Straw. The fact Sart only voted for him once and Drake twice (distancing from both in different amounts), the fact that he "claimed" to protect me the turn I was mysteriously attacked by a Grandbow (that he also claims he made), the fact he claimed Artifabrian so late in the game (plus the amount of things that don't make sense, like you getting a second Grandbow that he says was intended for Elbereth). I'm actually amazed this game got this close. If Drake didn't die to the inactivity filter, we'd have lost much sooner. You might not have done a ton this game, STINK, but at least you get to be here to ensure we win.
  13. I don't mind it honestly. We lost Bard but we also got Drake taken out of action. I think that's a good trade. The fact that the game is still going means there's only a single Ghostblood left. Since STINK and I were both active the night where there was no Ghostblood kill, I think it's as simple as voting for Straw.
  14. Sorry everyone. I've been blindsided by some difficult and time intensive assignments for uni so haven't had much time to get on here to post anything. I'll try to remedy that as soon as possible
  15. Huh. That honestly surprises me. It might be a good thing that Bard survived the lynch, then. I don't think it's possible for them both to have been eliminators given the Artifabrian timeline. We just need to find the other inactive teammate, then. Straw or Coda. Between the two, I think it has to be Straw. Which means... did Sart literally only vote for his teammates? ED1T: Oh right. It looks like Drake was the one who killed Elandera and Araris, given his items. I can't remember if any night kills had a Reverser, but I think I remember someone having a Half-Shard?
  16. Okay. Enjoy the holiday! Us expacts don't really celebrate often. Thanksgiving is probably the only holiday I miss. But please do come in for a vote as soon as you can. If you're village we really need your help.
  17. Hm. It's possible that recently only the eliminator Artifabrian has been active, and decided to give you an extra kill with hopes of you attacking me. If that's the case, the Artifabrian can't be Drake or Bard, but they'd also be someone who wasn't around the previous turn, as otherwise they would have put a kill in. EDIT: Furthermore, the fact no one has claimed the Grandbow attack on me by this point affirms that they are evil. Likewise with the other Artifabrian. ED2T: @Coda @Straw @Young Bard @drakemarshallow Is anyone alive? o.o
  18. Coda voted for me over El when you defended me just the day prior to me making you that Painrial. That made me trust you more than him, and the shift only happened because of the PM Araris made with him and I. Coda might not have voted for HH at all that day if I knew Araris' PMs had closed after his death. I wasn't around at the end of the night turn to use it when it was first made. In summary, while I have read Coda as village since D1, it's been mostly for tonal reasons. Even our PM seemed especially quick and casual for the short time we used it, which I think is a better indicator of him being Village. Again, this happened during the last day turn, so the perception you have of us being buddies isn't that severe. Meanwhile, I was able to situationally clear you based on the fact I wasn't immediately killed when I stopped making you items. And honestly, I would expect for you to have killed me early on this game regardless of my role. Stink, do you still have the Grandbow in your possession? It's possible that it's an actual Grandbow that was passed to you, though I can't understand why. I think if you didn't use it last night the GMs would PM you that it's no longer available.
  19. Well that's surprising, but I suppose it makes sense. No one died last night for the same reason no one helped Sart on D2 with his lynch. Inactivity. Young Bard. @Young Bard, if you're busy IRL, I understand, but I hope you likewise understand why I'm suspicious. Can you please share your thoughts on the game? It doesn't need to be all-encompassing. Literally anything helps.
  20. Negative. If you received a Grandbow recently then it came from another source. N3 I made Araris the Painrial he died with on N4.
  21. I don't think there is a way I can defend myself. All I can say is believed that HH was an eliminator based on his voting patterns and lack of motivation in analyzing the events of the game so far. It seemed to me more like he was hiding in plain sight / going with the flow of the game, and I apparently made a really bad assumption about Sart getting bus'd by a teammate. When El died, I doubled down on my suspicion of HH when I probably should have listened to him. I admittedly had some doubts when he responded to my accusation post-Striker's death, but I decided that his word wasn't enough. I needed more solid proof. Now I have it, and I have a lot of regrets. I also dismissed El's line of thought because it was tied heavily to either Araris or myself being evil. I know I'm a Villager, and I was just as confident about Araris being village as I was HH being elim, so I didn't give her theories on the Striker kill enough merit. But if Sart didn't get killed by his teammates, then my question was, where were they? The inevitable conclusion I have to draw is that they were inactive D2, which makes me even more concerned about Bard, in addition to worrying about Drake. I realize now that a part of the reason I've been kept alive is because I've been leading the village down a wrong tangent. Now I will probably get lynched for it, which means the elims have no reason to attack me tonight. If someone has a protection item, like @Straw and @STINK, I recommend using it on anyone but me. And STINK. What were you even talking about bribes? I never bribed you with anything. I never asked you for anything. I gave you a Spanreed N1 because I had no idea what to use my action on and figured you would appreciate it since you were asking for PMs. By the time I was active enough to put in my next order (N3), Araris was one of my top trusts and he had a PM with me, which meant we could coordinate protection. That's the whole reason that I decided it was worth sacrificing El for me. I was hoping to block the elim's only kill that night. And it was Araris himself who suggested I give the item to someone else. We anticipated him being a potential target and we both thought it was best not to put all of our eggs in a single basket. My list of options was the same I asked HH to PM for me, and I figured you were the best bet because you weren't really active enough to be in danger of the night kill and I'd already established trust for you N2, when you found out my role and nothing happened to me. I made a really bad assumption regarding Sart's lynch and I'm willing to accept the consequences of my pushing his lynch, however, the numbers are close enough that one more mislynch could mean the end of the game. On that note, I'm back to doubting Straw again. We know now that HH was honest about being roleblocked by a Pain Knife, which means the elims didn't use it on Araris. That means Araris' protection went through (unless I'm missing something in the Order of Actions), which makes me think Straw was trying to get credit so I'd give him more leeway. I find it extremely suspicious that no one has also claimed Artifabrian at this point. I'll admit the main reason I don't believe the Grandbow attack on me was perpetrated by a villager is because I don't think any of them would take a gamble like that. The problem is if the elims do have an Artifabrian, that means they've been active as early as N2, I think? Grandbows take two turns to make. Which means the Artifabrian can't be Bard or Drake. But both of them could still be the third culprit. And can we go back to the bribing thing? Cast your "shade" aside for a second and think. What would you expect me to do if I was a villager? Not try to form a network and coordinate? Maybe if I was evil I'd choose to go the same route, but I'm not so sure. Between my Reverser, which I've proven two turns in a row now (that I also didn't use at any point until my life was in danger), and the Pain Knife the elims got from Elandera, why would I not just make more vote-manipulation items and completely dominate the lynch from N2 onward? Or why would I not make a Grandbow every other turn to accelerate victory? To me it seems you're only reaching half-formed conclusions and running with them. At this point it's hard for me not to worry that this whole time you've known about my role, you've also been telling the elims to keep me alive until we reach this exact situation. Not to mention the fact you immediately 180'd on me after Araris' death; our alignments had no impact on the others. Which is a part of the reason why I wanted to find a loophole for the duel so we could both live. Her death was wasted, and I'd much rather have gone for HH sooner, that way we could have cleaned up this mess turns ago. In conclusion, I was wrong. I understand why my being wrong looks bad, but I think you anyone takes the time to read my progression throughout this game, you'll find that it was genuine and natural. Nobody's always right, especially not me, and I think my absence from this forum / lack of time in comparison to the amount I used to have for playing has significantly reduced the accuracy of my reads. I'm aware that saying this at all is probably a waste of time. After all, in games like this, our word is worth as much as a grain of salt. Had I not backed off Sart on D2 then maybe I would be in a better situation. Sadly this is how the cards have fallen and I have no choice to work with what we've got. Thinking more on the Artifabrian thing, I don't think it can be anyone but STINK. Bard and Drake were too inactive, Coda had a lull in activity around the time the Grandbow would have been made, if I recall correcty. Straw is still a decent candidate, but I think it's more likely that he was being honest about protecting me than STINK genuinely flopping on me like this. It feels way too sudden / premeditated to me. That leaves either Drake or Bard as the third teammate. Both "returned" to the game at the same time so it's impossible to determine which one of them was collaborating with the Artifabrian to hit me and Araris at the same time. Which reminds me. Araris. Why would I request for him to make all of those PMs if I was just going to kill him the same turn? I had no idea they'd be closed, true, but it seems like a huge waste for an eliminator to kill the villager that's been working with him so closely all game. Most times the simplest explanations are the correct ones. What's more likely? I'm an elim who killed the one friendly, cooperative villager that was constantly helping me, or the elims killed a friendly, cooperative villager to a Village Artifabrian who was clearly setting up contingencies? Which brings me back to Bard. He's the only one of the four group PMs who never replied. I suspect as soon as he saw it, he told the doc and they decided to kill Araris so the PMs would close. The worst part of this situation is that both Rath and Bard have been as quiet as ghosts. The one post I do remember about Bard was saying he should have trusted El more, which makes no sense since the vast majority of the thread had already established it was a Village / Village duel. Whoever has the Shardblade tonight, the game is in your hands. You could either make or break this game depending on who you kill, or if you kill no one at all, give us one more chance to lynch the right person. ED1T: @Fifth Scholar, @Devotary of Spontaneity, @Snipexe, can you tell me if the Ghostblood Kill comes before the victim's use of Painrial protection on another player in the Order of Actions?
  22. STINK's tangent aside, we really need to vote correctly today. With 7 of us left and probably 2 eliminators among them, we are dangerously close to losing the game right now. I am not sure what to make of Straw's protection claim yet. My only reasons for suspecting him earlier was Sart's D1 vote and him remaining within my PoE as I've slowly taken others out of it. After hearing that, along with the circumstances surrounding Araris' death, I'm wondering if he is actually being genuine. Most of you know already that I asked Araris to make some group PMs in order for us to could coordinate with people I thought were village. Among those players were Drake, Coda, Bard and STINK. Araris himself thought it was possible one among them might be evil, and now I worry that he was right, and his fulfillment of my request got him killed. If that's the case I'm sorry Araris. It was really nice being able to work with you for as long as I have. And if I haven't said it before, thank you for protecting me. In particular, I would like @Young Bard to share with us his thoughts on the game since reentering. I know he shared a little bit the previous night turn, but ideally I'd like to see his thoughts on every player. Not just me. EDIT: Also, I've been thinking about the Grand Bow attack more, and I think whoever did it is probably a Villager. If Araris was killed because the elims wanted to prevent him from protecting me, they could have double tapped me with their kill and the Grand Bow instead, thus bypassing the protection. Unless they also used their Pain Knife on Araris with hopes of stopping his Painrial action... which, wait. If that did succeed then Straw would be the only reason I am alive. Nevermind. I'm back to thinking the Grandbow attack was the eliminators thankfully it was only a temporary one, as there's no way the elims have had an extra kill this whole time and not been using it.
  23. Huh. Thank you. As far as I know Araris also protected me, but I appreciate that a lot. Who are your suspicions right now?
  24. Wow I don't know who attacked me but you should know I was protected by Araris, a now confirmed villager. I made him a Panrial the night before and thankfully he protected me. I'm not sure who hit me but I am confident they are evil. Maybe the elims got an Artifbarian too? And they made a grandbow for his friends? Either way. HH. I am still sure this is the best bet for the village.
  25. Young Bard: Is probably village due to Rath's inactivity, however, has no significant amount of content to analyze one way or another. Please post more Araris Valerian: Has known my role for a while, similar thought progressions to myself which suggests villager mindset. Hemalurgic Headshot: Deciding vote to kill Sart when the elims have known vote manipulation and didn't use it. Also had a PM with Striker before he died, which makes me believe he got a role and item claim to inform Striker's death. STINK: Has known my role for a very long time and despite not making him more items, I'm still alive and haven't been roleblocked by elim Pain Knife once. drakemarshmellow: Sart's repeated suspicion (unlikely to be distancing) and long bout of inactivity suggest villagerhood. Coda: Very good / pure D1, voted alongside El when the eliminators would have surely known she was the Shardbearer who attacked Sart (assuming that Sart used Alerter) Straw: Sart's D1 vote looks like distancing to me, hasn't provided enough content to significantly analyze. Lurking eliminator? These are my reads as of right now, in case I die. I stand by that the lynch order should be HH > Straw > Bard.