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  1. I’ve specified my reasons - I really don’t like the Rae lynch and don’t like how much Alv was playing up his love of the black market. Not sorry. And I thought Burnt was the family pet! I do kind of regret you dying so early, but hopefully we’ll get to play more in the future. And it is a QF. Oh, besides, I can still PM you.
  2. Yeah. I could see Fura asking just on the off chance someone would claim, and the elims could steal and use said dagger. I don’t think it’s super likely honestly - especially given your fair point about people acting similar to their past selves regardless of alignment - but could see it if the elim team was eg feeling pretty pinched with daggers and panicked about not being able to win, or something? Also, I’m signing off. Hopefully this mess provides some useful analysis in the morning. >>
  3. Sigh. Fair. Very not down with that. I want information, and inactive lynches do not give them. Okay, I can see that argument. I may have to reread the rules though - I was saying elims would just use a search warrant on people with daggers. Why would that not work? Alv. Mildly less suspicious of Fura, mildly more so of Elandera. Esit: ninja’s by four different vote counts. Okay then.
  4. Part 2! This post (and one a few quotes below) is what sort of makes me suspicious? Fifth is playing very safe here in lynching a constable rather than any players, and has set it up well such that he can justify this lynch admirably. I'm admittedly out of practice and don't know how normal this is, but it reads a little off to me. Thank you for the support in your spoiler. And excellent point there, which I'm glad you brought up because I hadn't thought of it. So thanks. This post also reads weird to me! Because of course it does. I think it's very wishy-washy - you don't want to rush into lynching a constable, but would happily lynch either. Hael seems villagey, but maybe we should be suspicious of him later. And I'm very tired, so maybe I missed it, but the lack of justification for the vote (and the distancing from it as 'it's the best I have even though it's not great') doesn't make me any happier. Sigh. The very fact that either constable lynch would lead to reads on players' alignments based on which way they swung makes me think quite strongly that every elim's reaction will be essentially NAI - I don't think there's that much information we can draw from this tactic when they know about it in advance. Tomorrow, I promise, I'm too tired tonight. More elim read here, though I might be tunneling. So... I'm sort of conflicted on the constable lynch. I wouldn't mind having it out of the way, as it gives people something to hide behind instead of analyzing other players. (Looking at you, Fifth.) I tentatively agree it's more likely to be Gaea, so will vote on her out of the two. The players I'm suspicious of are Fifth, Fura, Alv, and Striker (ish). Neutral on Bugsy, Drake, Elandera, and Devotary. Little bit village on Hael. Not sure about anyone else (which is... kind of different from neutral? Lack of read despite considering it is different than lack of read due to lack of posts or my consideration). Of those, Fura is the one I like best, by a very tiny margin. If people are interested in switching there, I'll leave my vote there - may otherwise switch to Gaea in approximately half an hour because I'd rather Gaea than Rae, personally. (I'm still not really clear on why the Rae lynch is happening at all, tbh.)
  5. @DrakeMarshmallow not knowing the game, the difference between that game and this one is that in this one Fura's suggestion was actively detrimental. (Also, my vote on Fura then was more to see how others reacted, and the complete lack of response from anyone but you kind of makes me just suspect them more? We'll see how I feel by the end of this post, but my suspicion there remains.) @Furamirionind unless I missed it, I didn't ever see your response about this either. I disagree that an elim team would try to save the corrupt constable particularly strongly? I'm of the opinion that the corrupt constable is nice, but not necessary, for the elims. So they'll be happy if the wrong constable is lynched, but I don't think they'd try to stop a lynch train if one were happening. (Moot point as Joe was good, but still.) @StrikerEZ I'm just going to say this post is suspicious, especially the emotions about Joe. I know it's already been said, and my thoughts will come more later, but wanted to add my voice here since it was literally my first thought on reading this post. @Furamirionind uh, care to share? I appreciate the support, but am rather curious about this theory of yours. @Alvron I actually have a bit of an elim read on you for once? I feel like you're using wanting the black market, which you'd do regardless of alignment, as an easy way to defend Gaea without having anyone read you badly for it, and you're playing it up a great deal (to the extent it's most of what you're responding to, and your actual reads are a lot sparser). @Devotary of Spontaneity I just wanted to emphasize this. Lack of opposition on an elim target is not abnormal - it's a lot more valuable for a team member to distance themself in case they're unable to save the lynchee and end up suspected themselves. So it's a tool to use with care. More responses to come (in a second post because I don't want to lose my multiquote but it's on a different webpage). My general thoughts are that I'm still really conflicted about Striker - I know exactly how unlikely it is he is an elim and am probably tunneling but I'm still reading him really evil. >> I'm also getting elim reads on Fura and Alv (see above) and Fifth. I don't like the Rae lynch. More to come in a moment, including my vote.
  6. Hey all. Just noting I’m here and reading the thread - I had a... not ideal couple of days, and forgot how fast QFs are. I aim to post within the next few hours.
  7. Thank you for the support? Elentari, for now. Although given that the Governor role takes a majority of players, it seems unlikely anyone will get it for a while. D’aww. Thanks. I’ll do my best, if it happens. Knowing Burnt, I’m nearly certain this isn’t alignment indicative. It is very on brand for her not to want governorship as a villagers. Fura. The eliminators almost definitely would not claim, and if they had any search warrants they could steal and use as many daggers as they had warrants for with impunity. Let’s definitely not. @A Joe in the Bush, is this materially any different from a lack of a governor vote? I mean, that’s a bit of a contested subject. PMs are universally good for villagers if confirmed villagers are a possibility, but otherwise they’re arguably just as good for elims if said elims are good at manipulation. I don’t think it can really be ruled one way or the other, although others may disagree. In case anyone missed it above, I’ll point out again that Governors need to be agreed upon by a majority of players. So it seems highly unlikely we’ll get one for a few turns. RP to come, hopefully.
  8. Senator Elentari sniffed, reading the newspaper over morning tea. The nerve of some people, accusing her fellow senators of corruption! It was simply unthinkable that any of them would do such a thing. Far more likely to be one of those good-for-nothing House Lords, in her humble opinion. Her trembling hands turned the page, revealing only slightly less lurid stories about the various scandals currently rocking the city. “With the way that the newspaper talks, you should think the whole city should have collapsed into anarchy fifty years ago,” she commented to no one in particular. Her butler, Lucius, poured her another cup of strong black tea. “It might have, Senator, had you not kept the Senate steady for those decades,” he said. “Quite right, Lucius,” she said approvingly. “I dread to think what shall become of it without my firm hand guiding the reins. I fear my touch is slipping even now, with all these newfangled devices and ridiculous scandals. I should never have taken that vacation, no matter what the doctor said. The city seems to have gone entirely to the birds in my absence.” “Never,” Lucius assured her. “Give it a few years, and the city will be as right as rain again.” “Hmph. I do hope so.” She grasped her ebony cane and rose from her seat. “Have my clothes packed. I haven’t the faintest idea how long this so-called ‘private conference’ will last, but I intend to be prepared.” Lucius bowed. “Of course. They’ll be ready by the afternoon.” She passed him on her way out, and gave him a rare smile. “Thank you, Lucius. You are a beacon of sanity in this trying city.” He only smiled and bowed again. tl;dr: I’m back.
  9. LG49/AN3: Hour 10 - The Death of a King, Again Writeup will likely come tonight or tomorrow. Elhokar was killed! Venli was killed! The cycle will end at 11pm BST on October 24th.
  10. LG49/AN3: Hour 8.5 - With a Light That Was Black Thara watched Aesudan’s body fall with something like detached horror. There was something... had been something else, there. Wisps of dark smoke rose from the brightlady’s body, and Thara turned away at the sight. *** Yelig-nar felt the tiny mortals begin their preparations. Even a few Heralds - but broken, twisted, like sculptures that had been so worn away by the wind that they were barely recognisable. It waited impatiently to recoalesce. *** Thara brought paper and pencil to Brightlady Jasnah, trembling. Hoping. The fabrial beginning to take shape seemed a small thing to house such a terror - an Unmade. She shivered to even think the words. Unmade were the stuff of nightmares and stories, not of truth - but then, tonight was a nightmare in itself, she supposed. A fitting enough ending. *** The Unmade grinned, if that could be done without body, at their little device. How... quaint. It wasn’t quite ready to reform, but it was happy to play with its food first. So it brought its essence into visible form, a swirling darkness encompassing the entire palace. Let them try to make their precious fabrial in that. *** Thara nearly screamed at the sudden darkness, coming as she helped Brightness Ialai draw the glyphs. Her hands continued to move, fortunately - one did not interrupt glyph-writing, and her hands knew the work well enough that the darkness wasn’t too much of a hindrance. She started murmuring a prayer under her breath, trying to keep herself calm enough not to run screaming. Though, I might get away if I did. Maybe running away screaming is an option after all... But the others weren’t running. And she would get such a dressing down from the Master Servant if she did. Her lips quirked at the thought, out of place in the nightmare. Not much of a reason to hold against an Unmade from legend, true, but she supposed it would have to do. *** The Herald of Kings was walking into the deepest shadow, trying to distract it. But shadow could not be fought, and Yelig-nar only laughed. Almost... Now. *** The darkness disappeared. Thara flinched at the sudden renewal of normality - aside from the glyphs and the enormous fabrial in the centre of the room, it was almost as if the banquet had never stopped. Food still graced the tables, and the nobles decked in all their finery were only slightly out of place. Everyone looked wary, but a few smiles broke out. Was it gone? Was that too much to hope? Then Thara saw the tiny tendril of shadow drop to the floor. Almost unnoticeable, and far too close for her liking. She opened her mouth and started to point. “It-” The tendril darted faster than she could’ve imagined, under her dress, and wrapped around her bare leg. She couldn’t move. She couldn’t move. Thara panicked, struggling to move her lips even a twitch, to give some sign of the thing inside her. And oh Almighty, she could feel it. An oily swirling blackness, dripping through the layers of her mind, curling around her thoughts. Get out get out get out, she thought at it, panicking. It laughed. She fought it, or tried to. But it was too insubstantial - she could not hold it, or defend against it. It was like using a butterfly net to catch smoke. Scared, hardly daring to form the thought, she thought, Fine then. And she gave up. *** Yelig-nar smiled slowly, taking in its surroundings through his new eyes. Who to take out first? “Is it gone?” someone asked hopefully. Yelig-nar dug through its host’s memories to find the name. Liss, it thought, tasting the name on its tongue. She bore a Shardblade - she would be a worthy first death. But no. More fun to draw it out. Not as long as with its previous host - that had been fun for a while, but it’d grown bored of the shadows. A little while longer, however... “No,” came the reply. The King of Heralds, with iron certainty. “It is hidden among us.” “Indeed,” said Wit - interesting, that was a face it knew under different names than its host. “Have fun trying to find the horrifying monster out of children’s tales! Bo-ring. If you’ll excuse me, I need a nap.” He promptly curled up upon the enormous chull he’d somehow managed to bring inside, and for all appearances indeed went to sleep. No one was quite sure how to respond to that, so they ignored him. “Would we know, if we were possessed?” asked Thara/Yelig-nar in a quavering voice. Might as well add a bit of fuel to the fire. The Herald of Justice frowned. “Usually, yes,” he replied slowly, “but... it is not impossible that the host would not know, if Yelig-nar wished it.” That sent shivers through the crowd, as it had been meant to. Yelig-nar had no interest in such a ploy, of course, but it certainly could have hidden if it wished to. Then the Herald looked back at Thara. “Why do you ask, child?” Even more suspicious than I recall, Yelig-nar noted. Well. So be it. It raised Thara’s hand and waved, smiling. “Hi.” Everyone stood shocked for a moment. Before them stood an ordinary servant girl who had served many of them drinks that very evening. Smiling happily, as if she had no cares, and without a trace of madness on her face. And yet... “No, you cannot be an Unmade, child,” blustered Dalinar from the side. “Why would it pick such a poor choice? I mean - no offence meant, you’re very pretty, just - um - you don’t have a Shardblade or anything. Why not pick someone who knows how to fight? Someone like me or Tearim or even Adolin?” “Are you admitting to possession, Dalinar?” asked Navani, voice dangerously calm. “N-no,” he said. “I just think Unmade aren’t supposed to be that dumb!” Others turned toward Dalinar, though. Yelig-nar blinked. It had practically confessed. Humans were strange. The Heralds were still looking at it with suspicious eyes, but they weren’t attacking. Fine. The girl who had once been Thara started to sing, and to change. It was not a song in any human tongue, and was really rather difficult with human vocal chords. It was a song of death, terror, destruction. Eerie and haunting, it floated through the room easily, echoing and adding further layers to the keening. The Desolation comes, it meant. Flee or die. The Heralds stiffened. They had heard it before. Nale was first to react, his already-summoned Blade swinging for Thara’s arms. Not a lethal blow - Nale knew that would be no use. Yelig-nar would just move on. But restraint? Not perfect, but better than nothing. The body, though, had started to change. Yelig-nar had kept the changes internal until it started singing, but it stopped bothering. Amethyst crystals grew all over Thara’s body, forming a protective layer of sorts, and it reached out and batted the Blade aside easily. Jezrien was next, but he had no Blade and no magic. Yelig-nar had to do nothing more than kick him in the stomach, and the old man was on the floor puking. Nale swung again, and this time Thara darted under the blade, amethyst-sharpened nails scratching against the Herald’s throat, and completely past him to the easy prey. The fabrial confronted it, having been brought a bit forward while it sparred with Nale. It grinned, delighted that any such thing could be thought to stop an Unmade. Jasnah stood beside it, armed with living Shardblade. She swept at Thara, trying to get it closer to the fabrial. Instead, Yelig-nar dropped under the blade and up. It had forgotten Nale, though. The Herald’s Blade nearly took it in the back, still scraping off the amethyst at an angle when the Unmade dodged. Fenced in on three sides, the Unmade grinned and dodged around the fabrial until the device was between it and the two Shardbearers. Try having a go at me now, it thought. The keening continued, throughout. And because it was made by an Unmade, it was more than song: it carried terror, and images: a Weeping which never ceased, a tiny city trying to stave off a tide of Voidbringers that had no end, a circle of blades in stone. The Heralds all shivered at that last, of course. Yelig-nar used the opportunity to leap across a corner of the device towards Nale- *** Now, Thara thought, and put all her remaining will into a single, tiny nudge. *** -and its hand brushed the polestone. Yelig-nar screamed, song giving way to horror, as it felt itself sucked into the fabrial. Tendrils of dark smoke emerged, desperately seeking a host, anyone - but inexorably everything was sucked into the perfect gemstone. *** The amethyst-covered body of the servant girl fell to the floor, slowly. It was the only sound in the silence that had fallen when the screaming stopped. “Well,” said Navani. “That was... quite an experience.” Servants carefully moved the fabrial down to the palace vaults, where it was securely locked away. In the coming days, the preeminent scholars of the world would likely come together to study it and learn how to destroy it. But in the meantime, everyone agreed that it was best kept far, far away from anyone. And so all that remained were two amethyst-studded corpses. The Unmade has been destroyed! (Or disposed of, at least. Destroying a millenia-old spren is something I'm not quite sure how to accomplish with a fabrial and a few Shardblades, sorry.) The Turn will last until 11pm BST on Thursday, October 18th.
  11. Here you go. It's also in the General Rules thread, I believe. Nevermind. Since it's not officially endorsed, it isn't there.
  12. For anyone who isn't in Discord at the moment: The Anonymous Art Project Wilson has decided to call on the community to make new avatars for the anonymous accounts, drawn by anyone who cares to. This spreadsheet contains signups - if you want to make something that already has someone making it, go ahead, and we'll rotate it in eventually (probably on a yearly basis), though ideally we'd have at least one of every animal first. When you're done, PM them to Wilson and she'll make sure they get put in.
  13. I apologise to everyone for going inactive this game. It was a couple of factors - I was insanely stressed and busy for a couple of weeks, which started the inactivity off, and I really disliked my win condition in the end. It would've slowed the game down (particularly with the Princess dying so early, but I'd point out that there's absolutely no guarantee that that kill would've happened every cycle - vig kills often don't - so even then it could've been a major problem) and made the inactivity even worse. I intended to keep playing regardless and ignore my win condition, but it got to the point where this game was stressful instead of fun and I couldn't afford that. Hopefully that won't happen again, and I did enjoy the bit of the game when I was playing, so thank you to everyone for that.
  14. Posting mostly to say I'll be significantly more active this weekend, and that it's been a difficult week. I'll also, unfortunately, have to start raising people from the dead if I want to keep my win condition up. Which isn't terribly helpful for a game that already appears to be having inactivity problems. :/ I'll do my very best to drive discussion as well, to mitigate the effect I have on the game, and do apologise for the absence these past few days.
  15. Currently in Yosemite with very little internet, so likely won't post for another 24 hours or so. I have more to say, but as I don't have much time I'll just go with: elims, I'd love an explanation, because I'm somewhat irritated and rather confused about your actions.