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DAY 1 - Invitation

You have been invited to join Lucia Bellcourt at her Los Angeles estate for several days of food and entertainment.

. . . of course, "invited" may be putting things too strongly. You wake up to find yourself in a very nice guest room (all things considered) with no idea of how you got there. Though really, what else is new? This sort of thing is almost routine. That said, you find a letter on the bedside table. Yours reads, simply:

KEEP THIS SECRET ♥ (or else)
You're a [wolf/sheep]!

When you move into the hallway, you can hear music coming from downstairs. You might as well get this over with.




DAY 1 - GAME

[There is a well-dressed gentleman waiting for you in a very tidy sitting room. Tea is being served. There is music playing from a high-end stereo system, and the following poll is displayed on a large flat screen on one wall:]

Poll #1534050 (Poll results are as of when it closed)
Open to: Friends, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 8

Who is the most suspicious?

Hamal - 1 (12.5%)
Aldebaran - 0 (0.0%)
Pollux - 2 (25.0%)
Al Tarf - 0 (0.0%)
Regulus - 2 (25.0%)
Spica - 0 (0.0%)
Zubeneschamali - 0 (0.0%)
Antares - 0 (0.0%)
Kaus Australis - 2 (25.0%)
Deneb Algedi - 0 (0.0%)
Sadalsuud - 0 (0.0%)
Eta Piscium - 1 (12.5%)

[There are also delicious snacks. ♥]




THE SITTING ROOM


Sera Angel
*... blinks and equips Iron Finger*

Needy
Heeeey, Sera.


Sera Angel
Hi... Needy, right?


Needy
That's me.


Sera Angel
You don't seem surprised to be here.


Needy
[shrugs]

Weirder shit's happened.


Sera Angel
That's certainly true...


Needy
I mean, sure, knowing where the fuck you are is cool and all, but you shouldn't let it get you too far down.


Sera Angel
I think I might know where we are... or at least, sort of. Maybe not the same house.

...there's this place that keeps pulling a lot of people from camp back again and again, and at least a few of the same people are there every time. This is the same, so maybe it has to do with that.


Needy
So what, is it haunted?


Sera Angel
If I'm right about what world we're on, something is probably going to be haunted or demonic, yes. Or both.


Ashton Anchors
--um. Hello!


Shuri Oak
Hi!


Ashton Anchors
Shuri! Oh, wow, a lot of people are here...


Shuri Oak
Mmm, there are~


Ashton Anchors
...but this place looks nice! I hope it stays that way.


Shuri Oak
Maybe it's a nice game... They have those sometimes!


Ashton Anchors
I haven't played in that many...


Shuri Oak
Maybe you just have bad luck... Well, this one seems like it! So good luck!


Ashton Anchors
*nodnod*

Same to you!


Shuri Oak
I wonder what's with the team names...


Ashton Anchors
I've never heard them before. They sound like spells...


Shuri Oak
Ehhhh, you think...


Ashton Anchors
Well, a lot of things sound like spells. I guess we'll find out?


Shuri Oak
Did you get an assignment of which name you are~?


Ashton Anchors
Nope...maybe we have to pick again?


Shuri Oak
Maybe... Hmmmm, they all sound sort of strange... Maybe Aldebaran sounds nice.


Ashton Anchors
They sound exotic!


Shuri Oak
I'm not sure I want to sound exotic...


Ashton Anchors
Well, even if we have to choose those names it's not like we're going to go around calling each other by them.


Shuri Oak
The people who don't know me will!


Ashton Anchors
No they won't, just introduce yourself.

Shuri Oak
That really is what we're supposed to do then...


Ashton Anchors
Introduce ourselves or pick teams?


Shuri Oak
Introduce ourselves? That's what the service said to do.


Ashton Anchors
I know a lot of you, but it's nice to go talk to the people I haven't met, sure.


Shuri Oak
Most of them don't seem worth talking to...


Ashton Anchors
But we're going to be playing together!


Shuri Oak
And maybe they'll be more worthwhile when they can do something to help!


Ashton Anchors
There's nothing to help with yet, except eating the food...


Shuri Oak
I'm already taking care of that!


Sera Angel
Hey.


Ashton Anchors
Wow, it's been a while. Hi, Sera.


Sera Angel
How have you been? ...we never talk back at camp, do we.


Ashton Anchors
I feel like I don't get out as much there...we've been good, though. You?


Sera Angel
Hi, Gyoro, Ururun. I've been all right.


Ashton Anchors
Gwark, awrk.

*friendly headbutt*


Sera Angel
*SO CUTE. petsss*


Ashton Anchors
*|DDD*

...I feel like someone should talk to the guy in the chair. I mean. He's just sitting there.


Sera Angel
Everyone came in and said hello, and he just kept sitting there...


Ashton Anchors
...oh, there we go.


Sera Angel
...is it wrong to think we're in the same place just because it's a lot of the same people?


Ashton Anchors
...I'd love a change...


Sera Angel
Didn't Elli say that the house was going to disappear? Or... something.


Ashton Anchors
W-we thought it would be gone after Bastien's game too...but does it look like the same house?


Sera Angel
I have no idea, but... if it's even the same world, it might be the same. You weren't there last time, we got called in as supernatural experts of some sort...

I think the names on the poll are stars associated with zodiac signs, by the way. I'd have to double check a couple of them.


Ashton Anchors
Ehhh, I missed one? What was that like?

Ah, thanks. I had no clue what they were.


Sera Angel
It wasn't a game... it was a murder, or it looked like it. We got called in as consultants somehow to a boy's school where a teacher had died in what looked like some sort of ritual. It was really a suicide, but it was mixed up with some demonic books and one of the students there. Elli and Luka showed up at the end to help. They're working as exorcists.


Ashton Anchors
That--sounded dangerous. But I'm glad you guys came out all right! And that Elli and Luka are okay!


Sera Angel
It wasn't... as bad as the other two games. Especially the last one. And it seems like they are, so I'm glad.


Ashton Anchors
*nods*

The butler guy doesn't seem to know who they are...


Sera Angel
He says we'll have a guide to whose team name belongs to who. ...maybe this is something more normal, then.


Ashton Anchors
I guess we'll see.


Sera Angel
Fingers crossed...


Ashton Anchors
And no bleeding.


Sera Angel
--oh! That reminds me! If there are any potentially evil books, let me handle them. I won't get any papercuts.


Ashton Anchors
Really? How come?


Sera Angel
It's a leftover from last time. The possessed books gave me a mantra...


Ashton Anchors
Mantra?


Sera Angel
Um, they let you learn magic... but the ability from it gave me immunity to the papercut status. Other demons can't drain me like that, I guess.


Ashton Anchors
Oh, that's handy. I'll remember it!


Sera Angel
Mm!

...why are we still whispering...


Spain
Hey!


Ashton Anchors
Who're you? I'm Ashton.


Spain
I'm Spain!


Ashton Anchors
Nice to meet you, Spain. These are Gyoro and Ururun.


Spain
[kinda looking at the dragons]


Ashton Anchors
*both of them make a funny shrugging motion.*

Awroo!


Spain
They always on you?


Ashton Anchors
Yeah, we're kind of...attached. Long story.


Spain
Ah, alright!


Ashton Anchors
Mm. I'll tell people if it's important, but--I'm hungry.


Spain
Let's get some snacks!


Ashton Anchors
After you.


Spain
[cookies get]


Ashton Anchors
*ohm nom nommmm*


Spain
These snacks are really good!


Ashton Anchors
I'm really glad there's food...


Spain
It was really nice of them to give us food.


Ashton Anchors
Mmhm.

Have you played this kind of thing before?


Spain
A couple times, you?


Ashton Anchors
Just...three or four times, I think?


Spain
Hopefully this one will be fun!


Ashton Anchors
Yeah, I'm really hoping it will.


Grimm Steward
Er, Hello?


Ashton Anchors
--ah, we haven't met before. I'm Ashton!

*have a dragon burbling at you too*


Grimm Steward
[woah a burbling dragon]

Um...nice to meet you. I'm Grimm Steward, but most people call me Steward.


Ashton Anchors
Nice to meet you--this is Gyoro and this is Ururun. They're, ah, with me. I guess it's hard not to notice.


Grimm Steward
It's a pleasure to meet you all.

Um, so...where is this place?


Ashton Anchors
I don't know, but from the looks of the stuff on the wall there, it looks like a setup for another game.

*motions to the poll*


Grimm Steward
'Another game?' What sort of game are you talking about?


Ashton Anchors
Um--a bunch of people are 'sheep,' and a few are 'wolves,' and the sheep win by voting out all the wolves, while the wolves win by eating most of the sheep.

The ones I played in before had a lot of other creepy stuff involved too, but this doesn't look the same.


Grimm Steward
...that sounds dangerous.


Ashton Anchors
I've played in a few games, and it hasn't always been.


Grimm Steward
So people don't get hurt, right?


Ashton Anchors
*WELL*

...they shouldn't?


Grimm Steward
...you don't sound very confident about that.


Ashton Anchors
I-it depends on the game, all right? But it's good to stay positive!


Grimm Steward
Okay! Then for now we'll assume it's a game where people won't get hurt, then.


Ashton Anchors
*nodnodnod*

That's a good way to start!


Grimm Steward
So...when do we find out what's going to happen to us?


Ashton Anchors
When the shepherd tells us, or this Miss Bellcourt does, I guess. It looks like we're going to be given a way to figure out who's who on that poll, though.


Grimm Steward
I see. So it's a bit like we're in a mystery story?


Ashton Anchors
That's a good way to think of it, yeah!


Konatsu Warren
Ah—Ashton.


Ashton Anchors
This time we get snacks, Konatsu!


Konatsu Warren
Yes—that does seem to be the case.


Ashton Anchors
...and tea!


Konatsu Warren
Tea—might be nice.


Ashton Anchors
Funny, I thought you liked tea.


Konatsu Warren
Oh—yes, I do.


Ashton Anchors
Are you worried?


Konatsu Warren
Ah—oh—no, I've just—ah—I've not seen technology like this before.


Ashton Anchors
*eyes it*

I've...seen things a little like it, but I don't think it's the same. I wonder if we can get him to turn off the music?


Konatsu Warren
I—maybe it can be changed to something else?


Ashton Anchors
It seems kind of rude to ask, though.


Konatsu Warren
If—it is done delicately, perhaps . . .


Ashton Anchors
Maybe if it gets really annoying.


Konatsu Warren
Or—before then might be best.


Ashton Anchors
All right! if you get mildly annoyed I'll ask.


Konatsu Warren
Oh—n-no, that's all right!


Ashton Anchors
*MANLY SHOULDERPAT*

It's okay, you know! I don't think he'd get offended.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—what . . . ?


Shuri Oak
It looks like a game...


Konatsu Warren
It—does but . . . ah—it is somewhat different . . .


Shuri Oak
The snacks are nice.


Konatsu Warren
I—ah—have you tried them?


Shuri Oak
[IS DOING SO CURRENTLY]

Mmhmm.


Konatsu Warren
I'm glad to see that you are enjoying yourself at least, then.

[goes to check out the stereo system]


Shuri Oak
You're not? We haven't even been here that long.


Konatsu Warren
I did not say that I was not.


Shuri Oak
Oh, okay. Well, you should enjoy yourself too, for the record!


Konatsu Warren
Ah—of course.

[seems distracted by the stereo]


Shuri Oak
Is it doing something?


Konatsu Warren
I—I think it might be generating the music here . . .

I wonder if they have things like this in camp.


Shuri Oak
Yeah, it's like the radio.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—that's right. Does—you still have that, don't you?


Shuri Oak
Mmhmm.


Konatsu Warren
Does—it still work?


Shuri Oak
It does, but it only plays one song. ♥


Konatsu Warren
Ah—that's unfortunate.


Shuri Oak
I don't think it's unfortunate...


Konatsu Warren
Oh—no—I mean . . . ah—I thought that Cain would like something like that . . .


Shuri Oak
Were you thinking of giving him mine?!


Konatsu Warren
N-No! I—I was going to ask to borrow it!


Shuri Oak
That radio is mine! N-No one's allowed to--

[m-moral crossroads... it would be good if I offered, right... but I'm not lending him something important just so he can woo this other guy...]

If he wants to see it then he can see it while I'm there.


Konatsu Warren
I—ah—th-thank you.

I'm not even sure if he'd want to . . .


Shuri Oak
Did he talk to you about the flower?


Konatsu Warren
He—he did—ah—apparently . . . yellow symbolizes friendship.

[REGARDLESS, BLUSHES AS HE SAYS THIS]


Shuri Oak
I should really talk to him...


Konatsu Warren
Ah—I—I should . . . I'm sorry I have not introduced you yet.


Shuri Oak
Oh, you'll introduce us even? But it might be better in private...


Konatsu Warren
It—well—you are both friends of mine.


Shuri Oak
That's true, isn't it? ♥ Perhaps you should organize some sort of party of your own.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—I do not think that anything so formal would be necessary.


Shuri Oak
Well, no, but maybe it would be fun.


Konatsu Warren
I—I would have to ask Cain.


Shuri Oak
What about other friends?


Konatsu Warren
Ah—Takanari would probably enjoy that sort of thing . . . but—I do not know that Dietrich and Shizumasa would feel the same . . .


Shuri Oak
Oh, well, you don't have to invite them then.


Konatsu Warren
That—would hardly be considerate to them.


Shuri Oak
Well, then~ You can invite them, and if they don't want to come, then they just won't come!


Konatsu Warren
It would be rude to hold an event that I know that they will not attend, even if I do send them an invitation.


Shuri Oak
How is it rude if you invite them?


Konatsu Warren
If I knew that you disliked—listening to music, but I were to hold a party that was nothing but listening to music and I invited you, do you think that would be very kind of me?


Shuri Oak
I would just think that you didn't know... Anyway, I would come anyway.


Konatsu Warren
You honestly would?


Shuri Oak
Of course I would, if Konatsu went to the trouble of inviting me!


Konatsu Warren
Ah—th-that's—I see . . .


Shuri Oak
You don't do unpleasant things for people you care about?


Konatsu Warren
No—that—that isn't it. But—I don't think I should ask those I care about to do unpleasant things.


Shuri Oak
Well then don't have a party, if you're going to worry so much about it.


Grimm Steward
I believe I was thinking something along the same lines.


Konatsu Warren
Oh—you—ah—this is the first time for you, isn't it?


Grimm Steward
I'm not entirely sure what's happening, so I suppose so, yes.


Konatsu Warren
It is a game. Have—you played these games before?


Grimm Steward
I'm fairly certain I haven't.


Konatsu Warren
The basic premise is a game of sheep and wolves. Among our numbers are several who win only by eliminating all who are not of their rank, the wolves. It is the task of the sheep to try and uncover these wolves among the flock by use of clues provided by the shepherd and to oust all of them.


Grimm Steward
So essentially we're being pitted against each other? No one's getting hurt because of this, right?


Konatsu Warren
If—we are careful, by the end no one should remain injured.


Grimm Steward
What would be the best way to assure that everyone remains uninjured?


Konatsu Warren
Either to end the game quickly or to find what is causing the injury.


Grimm Steward
How would we go about ending the game quickly, then?


Konatsu Warren
The quickest way would be to oust a wolf in every round though that can be—ah—somewhat difficult.


Grimm Steward
Why is that difficult? Couldn't we just beat the game by stating whether we're wolves or sheep


Konatsu Warren
Only the wolves would state that they were sheep and we would only be exactly where we began.


Grimm Steward
But why? Wouldn't they want to get out of this game as much as anyone?


Konatsu Warren
Not—necessarily. Some are more concerned with winning the game than others.


Grimm Steward
Yes, that would be a large stumbling block.


Konatsu Warren
It—certainly is, at times.


Grimm Steward
So essentially we will have to figure out who the wolves are as quickly as possible. How are we to find this out? Do we guess at random?


Konatsu Warren
There will be clues given with two sheep and one wolf. Through observation of how people have behaved throughout the duration of the game, in assisting with clues and in their reasons for voting on others, certain individuals will appear as more suspicious than others.


Shuri Oak
Hello?

Kaname Kuran
[tea you say]


Shuri Oak
[tea AND snacks]

Kaname ♥


Kaname Kuran
Shuri Oak.

Another new setting, is it?


Shuri Oak
It looks very impressive!


Kaname Kuran
It appears that we are in esteemed company.


Shuri Oak
Oh, I agree. ♥


Uchiha Itachi
*glances around the room and sighs*


Kaname Kuran
[yup :|]


Uchiha Itachi
*at least there's tea*

Kaname, isn't it?


Kaname Kuran
[nod] And you... Itachi?


Uchiha Itachi
That's right.

The set-up is familiar.


Kaname Kuran
A few of the same faces, and... [looks up at the poll] I assume the mystery of the names will be revealed eventually.


Uchiha Itachi
I know what the names mean, but not how the teams are assigned to them.


Kaname Kuran
They are the name of stars, I believe?


Uchiha Itachi
There's a theme to them. Each of them is the brightest star in a constellation of the Zodiac.


Kaname Kuran
Which constellations? It will likely be useful information for later.


Uchiha Itachi
All 12 constellations of the western Zodiac. Hamal is the brightest star in Aeries and from there it goes in order through Pisces.


Kaname Kuran
Interesting.


Belphegor
[overhearing all this]

So that's what it was.


Uchiha Itachi
Yes.


Belphegor
[glancing back at the screen]

You said the twelve stars are listed in proper zodiac order, right? More people know the Zodiac than star names.


Uchiha Itachi
That's true.


Belphegor
[takes out a pen and grabs a paper napkin. jotting stuff down.]

The constellation, the order, the signs, the dates - any of that could come up in future clues for naming teams. Depending on the host's taste, of course. Who knows. She could be a complete wacko.

[a pause, and then a low 'shishishi'. formerly bored, Bel has found something to do.]


Uchiha Itachi
True enough.

I'm wondering if it will be part of an ongoing theme.


Kaname Kuran
Let's keep it in mind for now, until our host arrives.


Uchiha Itachi
All right.


Belphegor
[oh hey, it's been a while.]


Uchiha Itachi
Hello, Belphegor.


Belphegor
Itachi. Hello.

[does that finger-wiggle wave of his]


Uchiha Itachi
Enjoying the snacks?


Belphegor
They're not bad.


Kiryu Joshua
Again?


Sera Angel
--you're here again!


Kiryu Joshua
Is it really that surprising?


Sera Angel
There were two more... somethings, with some of the same people. One game, and one that wasn't, but it was still a mystery. We missed you.


Kiryu Joshua
I have a feeling it was far more difficult to solve things without me around.


Sera Angel
...we managed all right. Last time we set things on fire. It was surprisingly effective in the mystery-solving department.


Kiryu Joshua
On fire?


Sera Angel
...yes.


Kiryu Joshua
Why not be more specific about that?


Sera Angel
...in the first one, a pair of twins had gotten mixed up in all of the old demonic things we saw in Bastien's house... one of them, Luka, got killed by his sister Elli when he was trying to kill their parents, I think. She summoned a demon to keep his body warm until she could get him back. Eventually, they needed sacrifices to keep the new Luka going, and we got called in... we survived because Elli had called Christian to help keep the house together, and Bastien followed him to get him back. They helped us along the way. Elli and Luka ended up in one body. I liked them both, but Luka's extremely dangerous.

In the second, we got called to help with some sort of murder... recommended by Miss Sayre, they said. It was the death of a teacher at a boy's school, and it looked like it'd been part of some sort of ritual. It turned out that she'd committed suicide while... influenced by breathing in the smoke from some demonic books that a student had acquired. He hid the crime, and something bad would've happened if we hadn't figured out who it was... we found the torn paper in its hiding place in the library and tried setting a little of it on fire, not knowing what it was. The room ended up catching on fire, but we figured out who it was pretty easily after that... Elli and Luka showed up to help as exorcists at the very end. I took care of the rest of the books. We went home.

Now this, unless all of us who keep returning are a coincidence this time.


Shuri Oak
Uwah, and Joshua!


Kiryu Joshua
Howdy, Shuri.


Shuri Oak
It's been a while~.


Kiryu Joshua
It has, hasn't it? A shame; you did enjoy your Christmas present, didn't you?


Shuri Oak
Ah, of course! Thank you very much! ♥ It was very nice.


Kiryu Joshua
Shame I probably won't be able to dress you up more while we're here.


Shuri Oak
Eeehhhh, it's always possible...


Kiryu Joshua
Oh, you think we'll have time?


Shuri Oak
Well, we're not doing anything right now at least.


Kiryu Joshua
But I don't have anything to put you in! Unless you'd like to swap clothing right here.


Shuri Oak
I guess not... Ah, are we even allowed to leave this room...?


Kiryu Joshua
We should try, shouldn't we?


Shuri Oak
Ah, we should.


Kiryu Joshua
The butler insists there's nothing unusual.


Shuri Oak
Then we can explore the perfectly normal rooms!


Ashton Anchors
Joshua too?


Kiryu Joshua
My, my, quite the reunion.


Ashton Anchors
You missed the crazy getting-called-back-to-the-house game.


Kiryu Joshua
Did I? What happened?


Ashton Anchors
There was this girl named Elli and her brother Luka, only Luka was actually dead and also a demon. And she loved him. It got, uh, messy, and Christian and Bastien were there too, and a lot of rocks fell, but everything turned out okay in the end.


Kiryu Joshua
Ah, pseudo-incest. I have to say I'm glad I missed that.


Ashton Anchors
...you might be right.

But this doesn't look like the same thing!


Kiryu Joshua
How can you say? Perhaps the children are off frolicking somewhere.


Ashton Anchors
I'm trying to be optimistic.


Kiryu Joshua
Isn't a known enemy much better than an unknown one?


Ashton Anchors
First, we don't know if there's an enemy anyway, and second, it wasn't that simple in the other games!


Konatsu Warren
. . . hello, Joshua.


Kiryu Joshua
Maybe you'll be more useful this time.


Konatsu Warren
Fortunately, it does not seem as though we are meant to form teams this time.


Kiryu Joshua
I didn't think that was what was holding you back.


Konatsu Warren
The circumstances were different then.


Kiryu Joshua
So you say. But I certainly won't be counting on you to pick up the slack.


Konatsu Warren
I will be certain to afford you the same courtesy.


Kiryu Joshua
Is that so wise, Konatsu?


Konatsu Warren
If you see no interest in working with me to solve the challenges that we might face here, then I do not see why I should exhibit the same interest toward you.


Kiryu Joshua
I hope you won't use your personal grudges against me.


Konatsu Warren
Why should I refrain from doing so when you seem quite willing to do the same toward me?


Kiryu Joshua
I wouldn't vote you out because you're an idiot; that's no way to win a game.


Konatsu Warren
And I will not vote you out for being inconsiderate and rude, unless such actions prove suspicious.


Kiryu Joshua
Inconsiderate? Is that so?


Konatsu Warren
From my perception of your attitude, it is.


Kiryu Joshua
That would be assuming there is anything I need to give consideration to.


Konatsu Warren
If you give consideration to nothing than you can hardly refute any accusation that labels you as inconsiderate.


Kiryu Joshua
It would be incorrect to say I give consideration to nothing. You made a poor choice of picking at my phrasing, dear.


Konatsu Warren
Then perhaps you should consider phrasing that does not leave the implication that you need not give consideration to anything.


Spain
...


Grimm Steward
...


Spain
Hello.


Grimm Steward
Ah, hello!


Spain
I'm Spain


Grimm Steward
I'm Grimm Steward, but most people call me Grimm.

Spain, then? You were named after a country?


Spain
I am the country.


Grimm Steward
...what.


Spain
I am Spain!


Grimm Steward
...You're named after Spain.


Spain
I AM Spain.


Grimm Steward
How can you be Spain? It's a country. A geographical land form.


Spain
I just am! I've been around for a long time.


Grimm Steward
...how long?


Spain
I remember Rome and Carthage and Iberia!


Grimm Steward
....wow, that's old.


Spain
China's even older!


Grimm Steward
There's a China also?!


Spain
There's 20 of us in camp.

And Earth too!


Grimm Steward
Twenty--...camp? As in Camp Fuck You Die?


Spain
Yeah!


Grimm Steward
Oh--you're there also! Or were. We're not in there now, are we? Though I suppose it's possible...


Spain
Sometimes these games take us places.


Grimm Steward
...what is this.


Belphegor
[tosses a biscuit thing at. can ya dodge in time?]


Grimm Steward
[nope. is hit on the side of the head with a biscuit]

--ow! [rubbing his head and stooping to get the biscuit] Who threw that?


Belphegor
Ushishishi~ I wonder.


Grimm Steward
[...creepy laugh is creepy]

Did you throw it?


Belphegor
Maybe. Maybe not.

[snacks on a brownie]


Grimm Steward
[POUTYSCOWL] Well, whomever it was should at least have the guts to own up to it.


Belphegor
You're a demanding little shrimp. That won't get you very far, will it.


Grimm Steward
I had a baked good thrown at me.


Belphegor
So?


Grimm Steward
So I'm more than allowed to demand an answer.


Belphegor
No.


Grimm Steward
No?


Belphegor
That's right. No.


Grimm Steward
I disagree.


Belphegor
I say no, and my opinion is more valid.


Shuri Oak
I don't know you...


Grimm Steward
I don't believe I know you either. But I'll introduce myself first, I suppose. I'm Grimm Steward--most people call me Steward. It's a pleasure to make you're acquaintance.


Shuri Oak
Are you a steward? What an unfortunate name... Well, my name is Shuri Oak.


Grimm Steward
No, indeed, I'm not. I am, in fact, a scientist.

Mr. Oak, then?


Shuri Oak
A scientist, hmmmm? Correct! I'm from the noble Oak family. ♥


Sera Angel
...an "entertainment," according to him... *nods to the butler :|a* I think it's a game.


Grimm Steward
So I hear. I hope this one isn't dangerous.


Sera Angel
Me, too.


Belphegor
[is hogging snacks]


Shuri Oak
[nooooooooo]


Belphegor
[ah, my faithful minion—I mean, knight]

[waves]

So you're here too.


Shuri Oak
Of course!


Belphegor
This should prove fun.


Shuri Oak
Well, hopefully!


Belphegor
Indeed.

The team names this time are bizarre, though. [nods toward the screen displaying them] The second most bizarre set I've seen yet.


Shuri Oak
I know, right? They do sound exotic.


Belphegor
Somewhat. I only recognize two of them. Regulus and Antares.


Shuri Oak
You recognize them?


Belphegor
Regulus is a star, and the name of someone from the Black family in Harry Potter. Antares I have heard before.


Shuri Oak
Oh, stars...


Belphegor
Right.

[and our faithful ninja acquaintance seems to have confirmed that.]


Shuri Oak
They don't sound very star-like for the most part.


Belphegor
[shrugs]

Lots of stars have weird names like that. All scientific- or foreign-sounding. Besides, what would you know? You're from a different world.


Shuri Oak
We have stars in my world!


Belphegor
The names of them! Those are probably nothing like the ones here.


Shuri Oak
Stars are still stars, and I have the right to say that no one here knows how to name them.


Belphegor
Excuse me? Are you talking back to me?


Shuri Oak
Ah~?


Belphegor
Don't "Ah" me. Watch yourself.


Shuri Oak
If you say so.


Belphegor
I do.


Needy
So this is kind of gay.


Kiryu Joshua
I suspect that you'll be removing the "kind of" soon enough.


Needy
What, is he going to make out with his butler or some shit?


Kiryu Joshua
What a shame—the surprise has already been ruined!


Needy
Naw, it's always the butler.


Kiryu Joshua
They certainly are faithful, aren't they?


Needy
I was thinking in terms of murderer, but I guess that too.


Kiryu Joshua
Oh, no, it's certainly not going to be the butler here.


Needy
Yeah?


Kiryu Joshua
Mmhm, unless something occurred that I don't know about ... but I doubt it.


Needy
Can't say I know about any murders yet, personally.


Kiryu Joshua
Oh, you will.


Shuri Oak
What's that supposed to mean?


Needy
Means it's some kind of queer-ass bullshit.


Shuri Oak
Aah, someone's crude...


The Butler
[The well-dressed gentleman is a man in his mid-twenties, with straight black hair to his waist, tied back, light brown skin, and pale green eyes. He is dressed in a tuxedo, complete with white gloves, and holding a tea tray]

Tea, anyone?


Ashton Anchors
*munching on snacks!*

Yes, please!


The Butler
Milk or sugar?


Ashton Anchors
Um--just milk is fine? Thank you.


The Butler
Of course. [finishes preparing and offers the cup]


Ashton Anchors
*takes and sips!*


Shepherd
[mmm delicious tea]


Ashton Anchors
This is very good! But, um, we were wondering why we've been invited here.


The Butler
For some days of entertainment with my mistress, Lucia Bellcourt.


Ashton Anchors
She's not related to anyone named Christian or Bastien or Elli or Luka, is she? I'M JUST MAKING SURE RIGHT NOW.


The Butler
Not to the best of my knowledge, Mr. Anchors. Who are they?

Ashton Anchors
They were our shepherds in other games like this one. Just--assuming by the poll up there that it's the same kind of setup.


The Butler
It's not an uncommon game. You could ask Miss Lucia later as she may know more than I.


Ashton Anchors
Mm, thank you.

And, ah--you know my name, but what's yours?


Mr. Sidney
I am Mr. Sidney.


Ashton Anchors
It's nice to meet you. This--this place is really nice.


Mr. Sidney
I'm pleased that you like it.


Ashton Anchors
Did you make the snacks too?


Mr. Sidney
I did.


Ashton Anchors
Oh wow.


Mr. Sidney
Thank you very much. I appreciate that reaction.


Kiryu Joshua
Why, hello!


Mr. Sidney
Good evening.


Kiryu Joshua
So, why are we here again?


Mr. Sidney
I am sure you received some form of invitation, sir.


Kiryu Joshua
Of course I did. We all did.


Mr. Sidney
Of course you did.


Kiryu Joshua
But there's always another story, isn't there?


Mr. Sidney
I think you'll find this one lacking such subplots, sir.


Kiryu Joshua
Who's in charge? I never did get a name.


Mr. Sidney
Miss Lucia Bellcourt, sir. You're in her home in Los Angeles.


Kiryu Joshua
Hmmm ... So it's one and the same.

And how do we find our identities on the poll?


Mr. Sidney
You'll need to wait patiently for further instructions, I'm afraid. In the meantime, perhaps you can use this time to get acquainted with those you're less familiar with.


Kiryu Joshua
Is it a mere coincidence that that's a very short list?


Mr. Sidney
Perhaps you've been very social?


Kiryu Joshua
Brought to houses again and again?


Belphegor
Over here. Royalty should always be served first.


Mr. Sidney
My apologies, sir. I'm afraid you're in a democracy for the duration of this game.


Belphegor
Tsk tsk, how undiplomatic.

[doesn't care as much, really, he just likes being a pain]


Mr. Sidney
Would you care for milk or sugar?


Belphegor
[holds out cup]

Milk. Normal amount and a half.


Mr. Sidney
Of course... Mr. Belphegor.

[pours]


Belphegor
[takes and sips at. mmm tea.]

How soon till the host arrives, butler?


Mr. Sidney
I'm sure she'll be here tomorrow at the latest. She's otherwise engaged at the moment.


Belphegor
Hmph. I see.


Mr. Sidney
Excellent.


Sera Angel
*...takes a cup!*

Thank you very much.


Mr. Sidney
Certainly. Milk or sugar?


Sera Angel
Both, I guess...


Mr. Sidney
Of course. [deftly pouring] One lump of sugar? Two?


Sera Angel
Two, please. Thanks again.


Mr. Sidney
It's no trouble. [finishes with the tea]


Sera Angel
*is it delicious?*

...mm... would it be too much trouble to let us know why we're here...?


Mr. Sidney
[it is v. good tea]

You have been invited to a few days of entertainment at behest of my mistress, Miss Lucia Bellcourt. I'm sure you've received an invitation.


Sera Angel
I did, thank you. I was only wondering why... I don't believe we're acquainted.


Mr. Sidney
I believe a Miss Sayre recommended you to Miss Lucia.


Sera Angel
...I see. Thanks again.


Mr. Sidney
Of course. Please let me know if I may be of further assistance.


Sera Angel
Do you know if we're supposed to do anything regarding this poll, yet?


Mr. Sidney
I believe you will be receiving some sort of guide to what players and teams are represented on it at a later time.


Sera Angel
That makes sense... all right.


Mr. Sidney
Of course. I believe she's planned quite a few activities like that. I hope you enjoy it.


Sera Angel
I do, too.


Mr. Sidney
[smiles politely]


Sera Angel
...in any case, it's nice to meet you...


Mr. Sidney
The pleasure's mine, Miss Angel.


Sera Angel
*there is a faint twitch*

...just Sera is all right, Mister...?


Mr. Sidney
My apologies, Miss Sera. I hadn't meant to offend you. I am Mr. Sidney.


Sera Angel
U-um, don't worry. I'm not at all offended, Mr. Sidney.


Mr. Sidney
I'm quite relieved to hear it.


Shuri Oak
Over here!


Mr. Sidney
Of course, sir. Milk or sugar?


Shuri Oak
Yes! ♥


Mr. Sidney
One lump or two?


Shuri Oak
Two will do nicely.


Mr. Sidney
[prepares his tea and gives him the cup]


Shuri Oak
[accepts ♥]

Where's the master of the house?


Mr. Sidney
I'm afraid Miss Lucia is currently otherwise occupied, but will join the company soon enough.


Shuri Oak
Oh, that's good to know!

[teaaaaaa]


Mr. Sidney
I'm glad to be of assistance.


Shuri Oak
In the meantime, what are we meant to be doing?


Mr. Sidney
I suppose you'd best get acquainted with those others you have not yet met.


Shuri Oak
Ehhhh, I'm sure I'll meet them eventually... I suppooooose...


Mr. Sidney
You did ask.


Shuri Oak
I was just wondering if there were some sort of things we were supposed to be looking at or solving or... But this is much easier!


Mr. Sidney
Not yet. I believe later she will give you hints as to whom is associated with which name on the poll, though of course I may be mistaken.


Shuri Oak
Oh, I see...


Mr. Sidney
Excellent.


Kaname Kuran
[nod]


Mr. Sidney
Milk or sugar, sir?


Kaname Kuran
Both, if you may.


Mr. Sidney
Of course. One lump of sugar? Two?


Kaname Kuran
Two.


Mr. Sidney
Certainly.

[serves him tea, as he likes it.]


Kaname Kuran
Thank you.


Mr. Sidney
It's my pleasure.


Kaname Kuran
[sip]

What's today's date?


Mr. Sidney
The evening of March fourth, 2010.


Kaname Kuran
I see. Does Miss Bellcourt usually have much company over?


Mr. Sidney
It's certainly not unknown. [he smiles faintly] She's quite social.


Kaname Kuran
So how long have you worked under her?


Mr. Sidney
Four years or thereabouts, sir.


Kaname Kuran
What's Miss Bellcourt like? Unfortunately, I've never heard of her before today. Is she well-known?


Mr. Sidney
She's quite an energetic, affable young lady. I'm sure you'll get along well.


Kaname Kuran
It would be nice. The welcome has been pleasant so far.


Mr. Sidney
I hope you continue to find it so throughout.


Kaname Kuran
I hope so, too.

Thank you again for the tea. It's good.


Mr. Sidney
You're quite welcome. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you this evening.


Grimm Steward
[is wary, but]

...I believe I would accept some tea.


Mr. Sidney
Very good, sir. Milk or sugar with that?


Grimm Steward
One fourth milk, two sugars.


Mr. Sidney
Certainly. [and you have it!]


Grimm Steward
Thank you. [accepts it, and nods approval]

Tell me, when will we be met with the lady of the house?


Mr. Sidney
I'm afraid she's otherwise occupied at the moment, but I'm sure she will be joining the group tomorrow at the latest.


Grimm Steward
I see. And the screen? How does that factor into this so-called 'game'?


Mr. Sidney
I'm sure I couldn't say, sir.


Spain
What kind?


Mr. Sidney
Would Earl Gray suit you well, sir?


Spain
It would!


Mr. Sidney
Excellent. Milk or sugar?


Spain
Hmm, just milk please!


Mr. Sidney
Of course. [serves him tea]


Spain
Thanks! I'm Spain, and you are?


Mr. Sidney
Mr. Sidney, sir.


Spain
[drinks the tea]

Ah, the tea is good Mr. Sidney!


Mr. Sidney
Thank you.


Konatsu Warren
Oh—yes, thank you.


Mr. Sidney
Would you care for milk or sugar today?


Konatsu Warren
Only a little sugar, please.


Mr. Sidney
Of course. [one lump for you and he hands your cup over, handle towards you]


Konatsu Warren
[takes it]

Thank you ah—may I ask your name?


Mr. Sidney
I am Mr. Sidney, the butler of the Bellcourt household.


Konatsu Warren
[nods to him]

Mr. Sidney . . . it is a pleasure.


Mr. Sidney
I'm sure the pleasure is all mine, Mr... Warren, I believe?


Konatsu Warren
Ah—yes . . . you know who we are?


Mr. Sidney
I have received descriptions, at the least.


Konatsu Warren
From—Miss Bellcourt?


Mr. Sidney
From Miss Sayre, who recommended this group to Miss Bellcourt.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—that sort of thing again . . .


Mr. Sidney
I hope you enjoy the entertainment she has planned.


Konatsu Warren
Regarding—that entertainment . . . ah . . .


Mr. Sidney
Yes, Mr. Warren?


Konatsu Warren
The—ah—the music . . . is Miss Bellcourt's selection . . . ?


Mr. Sidney
It is.


Konatsu Warren
It's—ah—she has somewhat . . . unique tastes, doesn't she . . . ?


Mr. Sidney
Unique, sir?


Konatsu Warren
I-It's—not music that I'm familiar with, to say the least.


Mr. Sidney
I suppose it must be very different than you are used to.


Konatsu Warren
It—it certainly is.


Mr. Sidney
Isn't it fortunate you get the opportunity for such cultural exposure, then.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—y-yes—I suppose it is.


Mr. Sidney
I'm glad to hear it, sir.


Konatsu Warren
Of course . . .


Mr. Sidney
Hopefully we can continue to entertain you so.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—y-yes, I hope so.


Mr. Sidney
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.


Konatsu Warren
Of course . . . thank you, sir.


Mr. Sidney
It is my pleasure, sir.


Uchiha Itachi
Please.


Mr. Sidney
Milk or sugar for you today, sir?


Uchiha Itachi
Neither.


Mr. Sidney
Certainly. [pours you tea and offers you the cup]


Uchiha Itachi
Thank you.


Mr. Sidney
It's my pleasure.


Uchiha Itachi
*sips it*


Mr. Sidney
[it is very good tea!]


Uchiha Itachi
*I do enjoy good tea*


Mr. Sidney
[:)b]


Ruka
...No, thank you.


Mr. Sidney
As you wish, sir.


Ruka
...Do you know why we're here...?


Mr. Sidney
For some days of entertainment with my mistress, Lucia Bellcourt.


Ruka
...All right.


Mr. Sidney
I hope you enjoy it.


Naruse Kazuki
[with a mouthful of snacks, raises his hand]

Mmph!


Mr. Sidney
Excellent, sir. Milk or sugar?


Naruse Kazuki
[makes a motion with his hands, both!]


Mr. Sidney
[And you are served tea with milk and sugar]


Kiryuu Zero
[Just going to stare down and size him up.]


Mr. Sidney
[his eyes are pale enough to seem piercing regardless of the mildness of his expression as he regards you in return. And it's quite a mild expression.]


Kiryuu Zero
[Well then.]

Our host?


Mr. Sidney
Unfortunately not, sir. I am simply the butler.


Kiryuu Zero
I wasn't asking if you were. I'm asking where she is.


Mr. Sidney
I see. Unfortunately, Miss Lucia has not been able to attend to the party as of yet.


Kiryuu Zero
Late for her own party?


Mr. Sidney
Yes, sir.


Kiryuu Zero
How much longer then?


Mr. Sidney
Until she arrives, I imagine. Some tea while you wait?


Kiryuu Zero
No.


Mr. Sidney
As you wish, sir.


Ruka
...What's all this...?


Sera Angel
...it looks like the setup for a game...


Ruka
...I guess.


Sera Angel
Have you been in one with this setup, before...?


Ruka
No.


Sera Angel
It's probably a cry wolf game. They're relatively common things to get dragged into.


Ruka
...I see. All right.


Sera Angel
...there may be some history behind this one, but I'm not sure yet.


Ruka
...Is that normal?


Sera Angel
...not for the games in general, I think. But a few of us keep getting called from camp to things happening in one world... I recognize a lot of the same people from that, so it might be that, but it might not. I don't recognize anything else so far.


Ruka
All right.


Sera Angel
*nods and goes to talk to the butler*


Belphegor
What's it look like?


Ruka
A waste of time.


Belphegor
That's the attitude the uncultured would have.


Ruka
...I'm fine with that.


Belphegor
Well, it is good for bugs to know they're bugs. Shishishi~


Ruka
[...eyeroll]


Kiryu Joshua
Is that a newbie?


Ruka
I haven't played before.


Kiryu Joshua
At least you won't have any strange attachments to the game itself, then.


Ruka
...Why would anyone?


Kiryu Joshua
Hmm, I wonder. Games are quite the entrancing thing, though.


Ruka
...If you're that type.


Kiryu Joshua
Hmm, what type are you?


Ruka
Games aren't that interesting.


Kiryu Joshua
What does interest you?


Ruka
...What does it matter?


Kiryu Joshua
It might be important later.


Ruka
...I... doubt that.


Kiryu Joshua
It's a game about getting to know one another and trust.


Ruka
...


Shuri Oak
[...haven't I seen you before...]

It's a game~


Ruka
I heard.


Shuri Oak
Well, who are you?


Ruka
...My name is Ruka.


Shuri Oak
I'm Shuri Oak!


Ruka
[nods :|a]


Shuri Oak
Have we met...?


Ruka
...No.


Shuri Oak
Well, okay~.


Ruka
...


Shuri Oak
Is that all you have to say?


Ruka
...Didn't you approach me...?


Shuri Oak
I'm trying to meet people!


Ruka
Nice to meet you.


Shuri Oak
Of course.


Ruka
[...rolls his eyes]


Shuri Oak
Well, I hope you at least make yourself more useful once things start happening.


Ruka
...Whatever.


Ash
. . . uhm. Hello?


Uchiha Itachi
Hello.


Ash
Ah... am I late to something?


Uchiha Itachi
A little, but you've only missed some socializing.


Ash
Oh... I see. I don't know anyone here. Neither do I know what this is about...


Uchiha Itachi
It's the set up for a game.


Ash
[almost narrows his eyes]

A game. What kind of game?


Uchiha Itachi
Have you ever played Cry Wolf?


Ash
No... I've never heard of that.


Uchiha Itachi
It's something of a strategy and mystery game in which players designated as sheep have to root out the players designated as wolves before the wolves "eat" all the sheep.


Ash
And... you don't know anyone else's designation?


Uchiha Itachi
The wolves usually know the identities of the other wolves. The usual strategy is for them to function as a team, of sorts, since they win as one. Sheep only know their own individual designation and whatever the clues tell them.


Ash
And the sheep win if they find out who are the wolves?


Uchiha Itachi
Yes.


Ash
Hmm... so what's the list with Zodiac names for?


Uchiha Itachi
They will ultimately be team names.


Ash
Oh. How many people are on one team?


Uchiha Itachi
It can depend on the game. Usually it's only two.


Ash
Okay... and that's designated how?


Uchiha Itachi
That depends upon the game, too. In this one the shepherd seems to have chosen.


Ash
I see. You've played many times before?


Uchiha Itachi
Yes, I have.


Ash
And they're different each time?


Uchiha Itachi
Some games are similar in theme, but they all remain somewhat unique because different people are involved each time.


Ash
Right. Sorry for asking so many questions.


Uchiha Itachi
It's only natural to do so under these circumstances.


Ash
[nods]

I'm Ash. It's nice to meet you.


Uchiha Itachi
Itachi. Likewise.


Ash
[smiles] Do you know many of the people here?


Uchiha Itachi
Some of them. There are several I've been in games with before.


Ash
But there's always someone new as well?


Uchiha Itachi
Yes, there are several new faces here. Yourself included.


Ash
I see.


Naruse Kazuki
--shit, I'm late!


Ruka
...Kazuki. You're playing too?


Naruse Kazuki
Playing? I thought this was just a party!

Though if it's a game it does explain the familiar 'waking up in a place unknown' thing... think I slept a bit later than everyone else though.


Ruka
Everyone's said it's a game as well.


Naruse Kazuki
Feels a little different from the standard... guess they're not regular players like us?


Ruka
...I don't think... it's the same kind of game.


Naruse Kazuki
Mnnn, a different genre, maybe, but... it's the same in concept? You know what I mean!


Ruka
...Not really.


Naruse Kazuki
It's a game with real-life people involved... people that are playing certain roles, right? So there's probably going to be someone different from the rest and we need to solve clues to figure things out. Same concept! Except for the killing, but I'm getting ahead of myself.


Ruka
...I guess it's close.


Naruse Kazuki
Why do you look so surprised? I'm an expert after all!


Ruka
...Right.


Naruse Kazuki
Seems to be a waiting game too though, that sucks. At least in di[e]ce it was fast-paced.


Ruka
...You... like them, don't you...


Naruse Kazuki
I don't like my destiny being controlled, but I don't mind the game itself so much. It's better than school.


Ruka
...Yeah.


Naruse Kazuki
...

Either way, let's do our best!


Ruka
Yeah.


Naruse Kazuki
[because of course Ruka is on his team. THEY'RE BROS, HOW COULD THEY NOT BE?]


Ruka
[haha sob di[e]ce :(]

...It looks like... for now, it's just the party.


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah. I'm just gonna hang around, eat some snacks, see what's going on. You?


Ruka
...I guess I'll stay too.


Naruse Kazuki
I might be in and out, I wanna explore the bedroom again, so I'm counting on ya if I miss something!


Ruka
...Okay.


Ash
[oh good, I wasn't the latest one]


Naruse Kazuki
[YAWWWWNS, obviously overslept.]


Ash
[obviously, being this late]

Hello.


Naruse Kazuki
Ah, yo!


Ash
You're not that late. I was just a little while before you.


Naruse Kazuki
Really? Great, that's not too bad!


Ash
Though I'm not really sure if I was late.


Naruse Kazuki
It doesn't look like anything's really started, so it's more like we're just in time.


Ash
Yes. We only missed a bit of socializing, it seems.


Naruse Kazuki
Someone might've said something about that list of words though.


Ash
It's the names of the stars in the Zodiac.

Apparently they're for the teams? I'm not sure how this works.


Naruse Kazuki
Zodiac.. that could be good to know for the future, so I'll google it!

Makes sense to me. Since it looks like we're supposed to vote on who's suspicious, I'm guessing we're in Teams and that someone around here is gonna betray everyone else. So we need to find out who it is before something bad happens.


Ash
Google it?

Mh, there's supposed to be teams of wolves and teams of sheep and the sheep needs to win by finding out the wolves without the wolves "eating" them first. I got it explained to me.


Naruse Kazuki
On the internet!

That clears things up. Thanks!


Ash
. . . is that something on those machines used to communicate with and stuff? I don't remember what they were called.


Naruse Kazuki
Uh, yeah. You're one of those people who don't have those, huh?


Ash
I'm not sure, actually. Technology is still developing, I suppose.


Naruse Kazuki
If you want to look at it that way, sure.

I'm Kazuki by the way.


Ash
Well. I guess.

I'm Ash. It's nice to meet you.


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah, let's play a good game.


Ash
Aah, I hope it will be interesting, at least. It sounds mysterious.


Naruse Kazuki
As long as it gets a little faster paced, I reckon it'll be good.


Ash
I guess... I wonder what will happen next.


Sera Angel
Not that late.


Naruse Kazuki
It looks like everyone's here already though.


Sera Angel
Mostly... but nothing is happening, yet. Not that I can see.


Naruse Kazuki
Kinda makes me wish I slept in longer... even though I already slept a lot.


Sera Angel
Mm. Should one of us wake you up if something happens?


Naruse Kazuki
I'm sure I'll wake up in time! That or I'll just get filled in later, and I'm pretty quick on the up-take for these things, so don't go out of your way or anything.


Sera Angel
All right. You know what kind of game it is, then?


Naruse Kazuki
It's a little different to what I'm used to, but yeah.


Sera Angel
Good.

...it doesn't seem dangerous so far, so...


Naruse Kazuki
You've had experience?


Sera Angel
Mm. I've been pulled in for a few of these... and the one that was in camp.


Naruse Kazuki
As I thought, so it does happen in camp too... I'm only familiar with these kind of games from my actual world.


Sera Angel
Only once that I remember. It wasn't... it wasn't intended by the Director, for once.


Naruse Kazuki
Seriously? Aah, that throws one of my theories out've the window... well not quite, but close enough!


Sera Angel
What theory was that?


Naruse Kazuki
That we're actually playing this big game in camp, and the murder is just something to keep plot going.


Sera Angel
Ah... maybe, but I don't think so. Usually our actions are at least somewhat directed when it's a game... people are forced to play. And Steven Debussey knows that he's supposed to be dead, I think.


Naruse Kazuki
I heard about that. I never said we were the real players in camp, did I?


Sera Angel
That's an interesting thought... but we can't really affect it, if so.


Naruse Kazuki
I'm used to being a game piece rather than a real player, but here or there, I'll work on doing something about it. Nothing's impossible!


Sera Angel
Good luck...

...I'm hoping that the game here is only what it looks like, either way.


Naruse Kazuki
We're not being attacked yet, so it'd be great if that was the case.


Sera Angel
It'd make me really happy. I like most of the people I've met in these things when they're not trying to kill us.


Naruse Kazuki
[shrugs, not too bothered by the remark about killing...?]

Games can turn out like that.


Sera Angel
That's when they stop being games, for me.


Naruse Kazuki
In that case, that's when you try and stop the game itself, right?


Sera Angel
If you can... or just do what you need to, if you can't.


Naruse Kazuki
We think the same way!


Sera Angel
That's good! It looks like this group isn't going to have too many problems playing together.


Naruse Kazuki
So let's try to make this a good game.

You look kinda familiar by the way, what's your name?


Sera Angel
Oh! Sorry, I'm Sera... I think we only met once before.


Naruse Kazuki
Ah! I remember! It was kinda long ago now. I'm Kazuki, if you forgot too.


Sera Angel
Mm, I wouldn't expect you to... that's right. It's nice to meet you again.


Naruse Kazuki
Back at you!


Sera Angel
*smiles a bit*

...I think I'm going to see what the snacks are like.


Naruse Kazuki
I guess I'll grab some too. See ya later?


Sera Angel
*nods!*


Kiryuu Zero
[Probably has hand at gun within his coat but catches items on the screen]

Code names... ?


Sera Angel
...they're stars.


Kiryuu Zero
Stars which represent us.


Sera Angel
*nods*

Apparently we'll get a guide to which team is which, later. I wonder how much it'll have to do with the zodiac.


Kiryuu Zero
You know a lot about stars?


Sera Angel
Some... I learned enough to know a little bit about astrology, at least. It wasn't my focus.


Kiryuu Zero
Maybe it will be useful.


Sera Angel
I hope so.


Kiryuu Zero
You looked like you understand something about what's going on here. Aside from it being a game.


Sera Angel
...I don't know yet if I understand anything. It's just... a lot of the people here are the same ones the I keep seeing in other games that I've been in, that are... connected.


Kiryuu Zero
Connected?


Sera Angel
In the same world.


Kiryuu Zero
What type of world?


Sera Angel
It's... I honestly don't know if it's the same one as camp is on or not; it might be. But every time I've been pulled away from camp with these people, there've been supernatural things going on, and we've run into the same people or been in the same place. I'm not sure I understand it.


Kiryuu Zero
Supernatural? These other people, the ones you run into, are they dangerous?


Sera Angel
Of course. I think that most people are, in some way or another.


Kiryuu Zero
I'm not talking the most people way, Sera.


Sera Angel
*...sighs*

To varying degrees. All of the people we might see who I'd recognize are those who I... wouldn't immediately regard as enemies, though. Bastien is a warlock of some kind... he's good at demonology, and powerful. I don't think he dislikes us, but he's very much on his own agenda, and not particularly moral... Christian is his butler, a nice person, but he could be used to pressure Bastien. Elli is a younger girl, and she has a demon cohabitating with her now... she and Luka are working as exorcists, and they've tried to kill us and help us both. I like them, but I wouldn't trust Luka without his investment in Elli, and I don't trust him much even as it is.

Lots of demons, dark magic, and pacts... ghosts of painful memories. That's been the sort of thing we've found around those games. But I don't know if this is the same, yet.


Kiryuu Zero
[Taking that all in for a bit.]

And they keep pulling you into their matters? If you don't trust the demon, why don't you just get rid of him? The ghosts too if they're dealing in dark magic. They obviously drag more than just your group into this mess.


Sera Angel
I don't know if it's them, so much. The first time was Bastien, the second time was Elli and Luka, and the third time was someone unrelated who the Director apparently recommended us to... we only knew it was the same place because Elli and Luka showed up at the end, to help us finish the job. Bastien and Christian are already dead, and could only be around at all through special circumstances. Bastien helped us with Elli and Luka's game, but he had to possess someone to do it.

...I'd fight anyone who tried to kill Elli and Luka, unless they'd done something I'd have to help kill them for. They're bound through a pact - if one dies, the other dies, and Elli deserves a chance to be something else. And I don't know how well getting rid of Bastien and Christian would even work... I'm pretty sure all they want to do is spend their afterlife together.

It seemed to be the Director's fault, for sending us, last time - and this, if it's the same. And... according to Luka, we might have a connection to that place now.


Kiryuu Zero
We'll find out.

Who else has been in the group? I know about Kuran.


Sera Angel
Kaname was here for the last two... Ashton, Bel, and Risa were there for the two wolf games - the latest one, in December, wasn't a game after all. Itachi, Shuri, and Konatsu have been here every time, like me. Joshua was a wolf in the first one... I think everyone else is new.


Kiryuu Zero
So you four know the most.


Sera Angel
...we have the most experience. I wouldn't say we know the most. There have been people who've been with us before who understand more, faster, just because they come from a place with magic that works in simliar ways.


Kiryuu Zero
You know the most about the ones involved, if they're the same.


Sera Angel
*...nods*

That, yes. If they are.


Kiryuu Zero
It's worth knowing.


Sera Angel
I agree.


Belphegor
[Zero looks vaguely familiar. And then it hits him]

There's twelve. That should make it obvious what they're for.


Kiryuu Zero
A game.


Belphegor
Kaching~!


Kiryuu Zero
And we don't know yet if it's one of the dangerous ones.


Belphegor
Not yet. It could go either way at this point.


Kiryuu Zero
Great.


Belphegor
Isn't it?

Regardless, it had better be entertaining. Boring games are no fun.


Kiryuu Zero
We'll see.


Kaname Kuran
We've been invited.


Kiryuu Zero
You too?


Kaname Kuran
Much to your pleasure, I'm certain.


Kiryuu Zero
Have you ever played?


Kaname Kuran
I've been summoned, so to speak, twice before. The first time involved a wolf game.


Kiryuu Zero
And the second?


Kaname Kuran
An investigation into a death at an academy. There was no game then.


Kiryuu Zero
Sera talked about supernatural links. Demons?


Kaname Kuran
There was a girl and a demon before, Elli and Luka. In that game they had attempted to collect us, the players, as blood sacrifices for the demon to gain its own form. In the end they were not successful, but became one person.


Kiryuu Zero
You know better than to let things like that go. Or don't you care because she's not involved?


Kaname Kuran
[...]

The girl killed her twin brother. He had caused the death of their parents by toying with the occult. At her wish, the demon had adopted his form and they apparently grew to depend on each other like true siblings.

I would not have minded if they died, but I suppose there are those who have sympathy for that kind of thing. Sera, for certain, would have fought anyone who tried to harm them.


Kiryuu Zero
[M-My twin button, you broke it. :(((]

. . .


Kaname Kuran
[oh, was that me? this icon is only symbolic]

In the end, it seems as though it wasn't a bad idea to let them live, after all.


Kiryuu Zero
[Okay so maybe this tone isn't quite as steady as it was. After long pause:]

... it's still... dangerous. to let them roam freely. Sera is too forgiving.


Kaname Kuran
It's true. She's much too kind.

But, imagine my surprise to learn that Elli—and Luka—were Hunters the next time we encountered them. Ironic, isn't it?


Kiryuu Zero
[Oh, I can still work up enough rage for a glare, mister.]

What are you talking about?


Kaname Kuran
A demon hunting other demons.


Kiryuu Zero
What? Do you expect me to sympathize? A demon is still a demon. And still a threat.


Kaname Kuran
And yet, do you sympathize?

Indeed they are, but at the moment they are not our concern. There is a game to be played, Kiryuu.


Kiryuu Zero
Don't play games with me, Kuran. We're done with that.

I'll play this one once the rules are set. To figure out what this is all about.


Kaname Kuran
[Done? Are we ever really? No comment.]

I suspect all of that will be clarified soon.


Kiryuu Zero
Let's hope so.


Ashton Anchors
Team names!


Kiryuu Zero
I figured.


Ashton Anchors
So you've played before?


Kiryuu Zero
The casual ones, but I've heard about the others.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[I'm not late, I'm making a dramatic entrance]

How exciting!


Naruse Kazuki
Finally! Everyone else seems kinda mellow, I was waiting for someone to say that.


Ferdinand Marienfield
There's no fun in taking things calmly! A true connoisseur of life lives to the fullest, right?


Ashton Anchors
Nothing much has happened yet, but there's a lot of new people. Hi!


Ferdinand Marienfield
Hi! Does that mean that we're supposed to talk to each other?


Koizumi Risa
CRAP. WHAT DID I MISS?!


Kiryuu Zero
Risa?


Koizumi Risa
Zero!

... what are you doing here. Wait, where's here?


Kiryuu Zero
A game apparently.


Koizumi Risa
. . . crap not again.


Kiryuu Zero
Yeah, I've heard you've been involved before.


Koizumi Risa
If it's the same thing, then this would be the... third time. But it's not the same place, so maybe not.


Kiryuu Zero
Sera's not sure. But there's something off with having to wait for the host. On top of the team names.


Koizumi Risa
... off?


Kiryuu Zero
Strange.


Koizumi Risa
Kind of seems like... what usually happens around here.


Kiryuu Zero
I've always heard from the shepherd first.


Koizumi Risa
Oh.

I guess...


Kiryuu Zero
... You're really just used to it?


Koizumi Risa
Well, I mean... I've only played a few of these games and two of them was the one they were talking about.

And the other one involved a creepy lab...


Kiryuu Zero
I didn't mean the games. I meant the special ones, the two.


Koizumi Risa
It's not something I want to be used to.


Kiryuu Zero
But you are.


Koizumi Risa
Eh... I guess.


Kiryuu Zero
I guess that's good in some ways...


Koizumi Risa
But bad in others.


Kaname Kuran
Very little.


Koizumi Risa
Ah! You're here too?!


Kaname Kuran
I am. Did you rest well?


Koizumi Risa
. . . it was a nice bed, I have to admit.


Kaname Kuran
Then you'll have plenty of energy for the tasks ahead, once Miss Bellcourt arrives.


Koizumi Risa
Mm!


Kaname Kuran
[tea sip]

The setting is a fair bit more modern that the last game.


Koizumi Risa
. . . I wonder if she has video games...


Kaname Kuran
Would you be able to get very far in them before we all return to the Camp?


Koizumi Risa
Depends! If I marathon it, I could.


Sera Angel
Risa!

...we don't know anything yet.


Koizumi Risa
Is this good or bad?


Sera Angel
We don't know that either...!

It's a lot of the same people, though. So who knows...


Koizumi Risa
I could do with not being invited all the time, at this rate.


Sera Angel
You weren't with us at the thing in December...


Koizumi Risa
What happened then?


Sera Angel
It was a murder at a boy's school with supernatural things going on, and apparently the Director told the principal that we'd be able to help...? But it was in the same world, because Elli and Luka came in at the end to help. They're working as an exorcist.


Koizumi Risa
Oh!

... that's great for them.


Sera Angel
Yeah. I was really happy to see them.


Koizumi Risa
Mm.


Sera Angel
Well... they say the Director recommended us again for this. I guess we'll see what it is.


Koizumi Risa
She did?


Sera Angel
That's what Mr. Sidney says. *nods at the butler*


Koizumi Risa
A butler too?


Sera Angel
Mm.


Koizumi Risa
It's not...?


Sera Angel
I think he is!


Koizumi Risa
... are you sure?


Sera Angel
Why do you ask?


Koizumi Risa
... Mmm, just a feeling.


Sera Angel
... *nods*


Belphegor
Nothing. Quit being so loud.


Koizumi Risa
You again!


Belphegor
That's right, and you again with your harpy voice.


Koizumi Risa
That's rude.


Belphegor
"You again" is a rude way to address a prince.


Koizumi Risa
Then what would you prefer to be called?


Belphegor
By name or title. Your memory can't be so horrible you've forgotten my name.


Koizumi Risa
It's Bel..phegor?


Belphegor
[twitches a little. his response is gruff]

Yes. Bel or the full thing.


Koizumi Risa
Gotcha.


Belphegor
Hmph.

[leans back in his chair, sulking a little]


Koizumi Risa
. . .


Ashton Anchors
Risa!


Koizumi Risa
Ashton?

You're here too!


Ashton Anchors
Yeah, there's lots of familiar faces! You haven't missed a whole lot, though.


Koizumi Risa
Oh good.


Kiryu Joshua
Not much.


Koizumi Risa
AHH!


Shepherd
[The main screen turns on and displays text]

Hello everyone! I’m sorry I couldn’t talk to you until now, and that I can’t be there in person. Maybe we’ll meet later on, but we’ll have to get to know each other first.

You probably have a lot of questions, but I hope you won’t bother Mr. Sidney with them too much. He’s just doing his job. As for me, I’ll try to clarify everything as much as I can when we can find time to talk. The importont thing is that you were ala recommended by s work acquainnence ot my father’s as people with special skills that will suuely be of use to me! You see, I’m a collector of things that aren’t so easy to find; and I’m looking to hire skilled people to get me the things thatkI want.

Of course, we want to test your abilities first, so we’ve devised this little wolf-and-sheep game. I’m sure you’ve played it before! That’s what Ms. Sayre said, anyway. It takes a combination of skills, ingenuity, code-cracking, cunning, and an ability to work with and against other people. I want to see your very best! The winners will be thoroughly rewarded and provided with further opportunities in my employment. And to make sure you’re not slacking, there will be a penalty for the losers . . . I don’t think I can tell you what it is, but I hope I’ll see everybody fighting their hardest.

We have two hours until the first “ousting,” and in that time I’d like to see how quickly you can find clues and figure out which team is which in the poll, as well as putting up two of your peers to be ousted. It may seem like a “shot in the dark” night, but it’s not aspainful as it seems. There is strategy you can use to your advantage even now, espically since I need you to show me a close race.

There are a number of resources you can use in the area, though I’m not allowed to let you leave the estate, or even this general wing. You can go into the courtyard, your bedroom areas, and the sitting room. There’s also the library, where you can use the computers to look things up, or read any of the books there. If you have no idea where to start, here are some pointers on different types of codes:

1. Try dividing the letters into even-numbered groups (if it’s divisible by 3, 4, or 5 especially) and stacking them on top of each other, then reading in different directions.
2. Look up the “Caesar shift” and other types of codes that assign numbers to the letters.
3. Sometimes there are “code words” that need to be added to arrangements to make them make sense.
4. Look for spelling mistakes, misplaced capital letters, and anagrams.
5. “E” is the most commonly used letter in english! The next most common are t, a, o, i, n, and s. The least common are j, q, z, and x. Figuring things out this way is called frequency analysis.
6. “The” is the most commonly used three-letter group, and “q” is almost always followed by “u.” And if you see letters by themselves, it’s probably “a” or “I.”

I’m not going to give you tips on everything, since I obviously need to trick you someh ow, or else it won’t be fun at a ll! But m ake sure you’re a lways paying attention, or el se I might slip something by you, and you’ll meet a grim fate :( Most of all, don’t bel bull-headed, and make sure you always listen to your partners! Sometimes other people have good input you can use.

As for staying here, there should always be food here in the main room if you’re hungry. The bathrooms and showers are close to your rooms, bearly a stairwell away from Joshua’s room at the end of the hall. And if you have any problems with the hospitality, Mr. Sidney will take care of you! That’s what he’s here for.

Now: I’ll give you some easy hiden messages to practice on to find your team names. Make sure you prove your worth or people might get rid of you right away!

Lucia.

> there are 7 attachments


Shuri Oak
Errors...

importont (important)
ala (all)
s (a)
acquainnence (acquaintance)
ot (of)
suuely (surely)
thatkI (that I)
aspainful (as painful)
espically (especially)
someh ow (somehow)
a ll (all)
m ake (make)
a lways (always)
el se (else)
bel (be)
bearly (barely)
hiden (hidden)

But what are you supposed to do with all that??


Shepherd
Oops, I typo'd. "Hidden" is supposed to have two d's right?


Shuri Oak
That's right!


Shepherd
I totally should have caught that!


Shuri Oak
Well, at least you're honest about your failings, aren't you?


Shepherd
At least you're oblivious to sarcasm . . .


Shuri Oak
Ehhhhh?


Sera Angel
It's more than one kind of mistake... do you think we're supposed to group them by type?


Shuri Oak
Maybe~ I don't see how it makes sense otherwise...


Sera Angel
...I'm not sure how to represent the ones with the incorrect spacing, but the ones where another symbol is substituted for what should be there are

importont (important)
ala (all)
s (a)
acquainnence (acquaintance)
ot (of)
suuely (surely)
thatkI (that I)
espically (especially)
bel (be)
bearly (barely)

...unless you don't think we should include thatkI and bel. The incorrect symbols in a list would be "oasnetukile," and what should be there would be "alatafr e a" ... um, I'm not even sure if that's where I should be going with that.


Shuri Oak
It kind of looks like Al Tarf in that second one...


Sera Angel
...mm! Maybe it's just scrambled. I'm still not sure how to represent the other errors to get the rest of it, though.


Shuri Oak
Me neither... Ugghh, I hope this is the hardest one.


Kiryuu Zero
The spaced ones could point toward hamal, but there's still some letters missing so it's a longer shot.


Belphegor
someh ow
a ll
m ake
a lways
el se

There is a pattern.


Kiryuu Zero
I missed the first one. Good eye.


Belphegor
Of course. Now we only need the name - or names - that match.


Ruka
...It's... probably coincidence, because there are letters left over, but... You can get 'Konatsu' from the incorrect letters...? You get an L, two Es, and an I left over.


Shuri Oak
If you do it differently, the incorrect letters are oasnetukicalear, if that helps... I don't really get it either way.


Ruka
...I don't know, yeah.


Shuri Oak
"Espically" has Spica in it too...


Sera Angel
The stars that need to be indicated in there are:

Hamal
Aldebaran
Al Tarf
Spica
Kaus Australis
Sadalsuud


Shuri Oak
So Hamal and Spica we found in there... though I'm not sure who they're supposed to be...


Sera Angel
Now it's just down to connecting Hamal, Al Tarf, Kaus Australis, and Sadalsuud -- oh! Suuely! ...no, that doesn't work.


Shuri Oak
Why won't it work?


Kiryuu Zero
If that's the way we're looking at it, Bel is also there too.


Sera Angel
...if there are two words that are in the incorrect words like that, I think they must be related. So that'd make Bel, Spica.


Kiryuu Zero
It's a decent shot.


Shuri Oak
Do all the teams have both members of the team in the clue?


Kiryuu Zero
No, Bel is Taurus. Aldebaran.


Belphegor
Where?


Kiryuu Zero
We're overlooking the non-cipher clues. The ones that are in the main message. Bel is right next to bull-headed.


Belphegor
I'd thought that typo was strange.


Naruse Kazuki
In that case, maybe Joshua has something to do with a Bear constellation or star?


Kiryuu Zero
Isn't Kaus Australis close to Ursa Major?


Sera Angel
It is... but it's also the brightest star in Sagittarius. That one's reaching a little...


Shuri Oak
Do any of these stars have anything to do with bears...


Ferdinand Marienfield
Bearly is right near the name Joshua...is there a star associated with bears?


Naruse Kazuki
[takes out his phone and googles]

There's talk about a milk dipper... and one of the bear constellations is known as the Big Dipper, right? Ursa Major!


Kiryuu Zero
Maybe but it's the only hunter we have and Cancer and Aquarius don't really match up.


Sera Angel
...how'd you...


Shuri Oak
And maybe Spain is Spica?


Sera Angel
...oh! I see! I think you're right.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Oh I see! You're very clever.


Shuri Oak
That's absolutely correct!


Belphegor
importont (important)
ala (all)
s (a)
acquainnence (acquaintance)
ot (of)
suuely (surely)
thatkI (that I)

o
a
s
ne
t
u
k

Separate the 'e'. Unscrambled, it spells 'Konatsu'. The second paragraph probably points to which team is his.


Shepherd
(ATTACHMENT 1)
ILAMAHCSENEBUZSIOREZ


Ashton Anchors
...'Zero is Zubeneschamali'?


Kaname Kuran
A reversal. Simple enough.


Ashton Anchors
*s-stares at the rest*

...oh, boy.


Shepherd
(ATTACHMENT 2)
Qowsxs, dro Csqx yp dro Dgsxc, sc drsbn sx dro Gocdobx Jynskm kxn ohdoxnc pbyw Wki 21 dy Texo 20. Sd sc kvcy kx Ksb Csqx. Dizsmkv Qowsxs kbo fobi vsfovi kxn mrkbwsxq, kxn ohmovvoxd myxfobckdsyxkvscdc. Droi kbo zyccoccon yp fobi kmdsfo wsxnc kxn lynsoc, kxn kbo ypdox wemr iyexqob-vyyusxq drkx droi bokvvi kbo. Sxfoxdsyx sc drosb cdymu sx dbkno. Yx dro nygx csno, droi kbo kvcy bocdvocc, okcsvi lybon, kxn exklvo dy myxmoxdbkdo yx kxi yxo drsxq pyb k zbyvyxqon zobsyn yp dswo.

Ny iye drsxu drsc nocmbsloc iye, Ukjeus?


Kaname Kuran
"Gemini, the Sign of the Twins, is third in the Western Zodiac and extends from May 21 to June 20. It is also an Air Sign. Typical Gemini are very lively and charming, and excellent conversationalists. They are possessed of very active minds and bodies, and are often much younger-looking than they really are. Invention is their stock in trade. On the down side, they are also restless, easily bored, and unable to concentrate on any one thing for a prolonged period of time."

"Do you think this describes you, Kazuki?"


Naruse Kazuki
I'm a Scorpio though. But sure?


Belphegor
Which makes him Pollux.


Shuri Oak
Do you think this describes you, Kazuki?


Naruse Kazuki
That other guy solved it before you, but that's my clue. Guess that means I'm that Pollux star.


Shuri Oak
I solved it at the same time... I suppose~~


Shepherd
(ATTACHMENT 3)
The symbol of the goat rising from the body of a fish is known to represents with greatest propriety the mountainous buildings of Babylon rising out of its low and marshy situation; the two horns of the goat being emblematic of the two towns, Nineveh and Babylon, the former built on the Tigris, the latter on the Euphrates; but both subjected to one sovereignty.

45-17-46-39-6-3


Belphegor
This one's for Capricorn. Deneb Algedi. Still working on the number code.


Kiryuu Zero
At least there's not many players here with six-letter names.


Shuri Oak
Kaname?


Ruka
...It's close enough.


Shuri Oak
Oh, did you get it one off too...


Ruka
Yeah. The thirty-ninth letter is an F, but the thirty-eighth is an A, so...


Shuri Oak
Right, right. Probably it's okay.


Shepherd
I got bored. Wow, you're smarter than you look though!


Shuri Oak
Ehhhhh, I look exactly as smart as I am...


Kaname Kuran
All right.


Shuri Oak
Ah, did I solve your clue?


Kaname Kuran
Thank-you, Shuri.


Belphegor
How did you get that?


Shuri Oak
Counting into the paragraph for each number...?


Belphegor
Hmm. Keep at it.

[why yes, he's ordering people around.]


Shepherd
(ATTACHMENT 4)
IISRUOEETAHESKNCANAGAISUCDRULTATHAELSTRE


Shuri Oak
Itachi and Ash are Regulus, also kittens are cute.


Konatsu Warren
J-Just—how are you . . . ?


Shuri Oak
Konatsu! I'm solving the puzzles ♥


Konatsu Warren
How?


Shuri Oak
IISRUOEE
TAHESKNC
ANAGAISU
CDRULTAT
HAELSTRE


Kiryu Joshua
Wise, but relatively unimportant.


Shuri Oak
Ehhhh, well, it's fine.


Ash
... oh.


Uchiha Itachi
Thank you, Shuri.


Shepherd
(ATTACHMENT 5)
DTOESHI~RRFUSTSKAOLGTEOAGSIIRVNOOEKHYLEINRESTOSRSAFIOSHU


Kaname Kuran
If we arraign it like this:
DTOESHI~
RRFUSTSK
AOLGTEOA
GSIIRVNO
OEKHYLEI
NRESTOSR
SAFIOSHU

We then get something like this.

dragonstroseraoflikefeugihsisstrytohtevlosisonesh~kaoiru

But beyond that...



Sera Angel
My name's in that.


Ashton Anchors
--ah.


Shuri Oak
Are you on a team with Sera?


Sera Angel
I don't think we're on a team together...

Dragons.


Belphegor
dragons
sera
like
sis
try to love one
sh~kaoiru = shuri~oak

[...looks confused.]

Someone else tackle this.


Kaname Kuran
Wait - "Dragons are sort of like fish i guess try to solve this one shuri oak."


Shuri Oak
...Are you serious...


Ashton Anchors
*...looks at the fully solved one*

I was hoping...


Sera Angel
Eta Piscium, then.


Shuri Oak
But does that refer to Ashton or me??


Sera Angel
It sounds like Ashton. You're just... in there.


Shuri Oak
That's what I thought...


Spain
I guess you're Pieces.


Shuri Oak
Is it me...?


Ferdinand Marienfield
[looks incredibly confused!] How did you get that?


Sera Angel
Um, if you read down the first vertical row, it's "dragons," and then read the second vertical row from the bottom to the top, it's "aresort," and then... mm, just continue that pattern.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Oh, I...think I see. Thank you, fair maiden!


Shepherd
(ATTACHMENT 6)
Ifpz rh gsv hrcgvvmgs yirtsgvhg hgzi rm gsv mrtsggrnv hpb (hlnvgrnvh orhgvw zh urugvvmgs yirtsvhg ru gsv gdl yirtsvi hgzih lu gsv Xzkvooz jfzwifkov hgzi hbhgvn ziv xlfmgvw zh lmv hgzi).


Koizumi Risa
My brain hurts.


Naruse Kazuki
Join the club.


Koizumi Risa
Koizumi Risa!

And... I mean, looking at this I think like, the code is a = z, b = y...

I just need to figure it out if it's right.


Belphegor
Try working with the short words for a hint.

rh
gsv
rm
gsv
hpb
zh
ru
gsv
gdl
lu
gsv
ziv
zh
lmv

gsv occurs a lot. That could be "the."

g = t
s = h
v = e

The beginning would work out to "[word] is the [word]tee[?]th" so go from there.


Koizumi Risa
mm, I figured it out.

... half of it.


Belphegor
Is the rest relevant?


Koizumi Risa
I think so...


Naruse Kazuki
Naruse Kazuki.

Might as well try solving it that way, right?


Koizumi Risa
Looks like it
So far, I have:

RULA is the shxtffnth brightest ... I'm still working on it.


Sera Angel
--Ruka is the sixteenth... oh, he's Antares.


Koizumi Risa
. . .

Thanks.

I got this far:
rULA is the shxtffnth brightest star in the nighttime sly (spmvtimes kisted as fifte


Koizumi Risa
We have a Ruka?


Sera Angel
If we don't, I'm missing something... but Antares is the sixteenth brighest. I was doing it too the way you said, and I got:

Ruka is the sixteenth brightest star

Then I stopped, because I thought I knew it.


Koizumi Risa
... let's split this up and meet halfway

You can start from the end?


Sera Angel
We have a Ruka! So I think we got it.


Shuri Oak
Ruka is the sixteenth brightest star in the nighttime sky (sometimes listed as fifteenth brightest if the two brighter stars of the Capella quadruple star system are counted as one star).

For posterity...


Koizumi Risa
How the heck are you so good at these?


Shuri Oak
I used the code you said it was!


Koizumi Risa
But you're so fast....


Shuri Oak
Do you know computers can do this thing where if you tell it to "find" something, it finds it for you? Like the specific letter you're looking for! ♥


Naruse Kazuki
...are you using wikipedia?


Shuri Oak
I solved the code by hand! How rude!


Naruse Kazuki
You just don't seem to be the type!


Shuri Oak
Why does everyone say that?!


Naruse Kazuki
Calm down, the main thing is you're proving first impressions wrong. I'll be counting on you!


Shuri Oak
Then make this your new first impression~!


Ash
Ruka is the sixteenth brightest star in the nighttime sky
(sometimes listed as fifteenth brighest if the two brigher
stars of the Capella quadruple star system are counted as one star).

There were initially two similar misspellings in there though... do you think they're just accidental?


Shuri Oak
Right... I hope they're accidental...


Ash
At least we can note it down.


Ruka
...That's me.


Sera Angel
...oh! Sorry, I didn't get your name before.


Ruka
It's fine. Antares?


Koizumi Risa
... hi.


Ruka
...Hi.


Koizumi Risa
Koizumi Risa!


Ruka
...Nice to meet you.


Koizumi Risa
Mm! There's a lot of new faces, and I guess I haven't seen you in camp before.


Ruka
Yeah.


Koizumi Risa
Is this your first game?


Ruka
...Yeah.


Koizumi Risa
Mm! Don't worry about it! Uhm... sometimes there's really scary things that happen, but it helps if you make someone check it for you first or something.

Like dead bodies.


Ruka
...It's dangerous? Or...


Koizumi Risa
I think some games can be. And some are totally harmless! And I don't know about this game, but it's always good to be careful, right?


Ruka
All right.


Koizumi Risa
And... uhm, good luck!


Ruka
[...nod]


Naruse Kazuki
--I was just about to suggest it was Ruka too! Guess that's what happens when you take your time.


Shepherd
(Attachment 7)
There should be a clue for each team now.

Mr. Sidney will put up the ousting poll at 9:30. There won't be a safe sheep or anything for this round, but maybe I'll email something like that out tonight!

Goodnight! Oh, by the way, there's a reward for people who do really well, so . . . do your best!


Koizumi Risa
The guy just said there were clues for everyone now.

... THERE'S ONLY SIX.


Sera Angel
The other six must be in the original note.


Koizumi Risa
. . . oh you've got to be kidding me.

THIS IS WORSE THAN SCHOOL.


Naruse Kazuki
Oh man! I should've thought about this stuff more instead of letting others do the work.

I guess I'll do something since everyone else has the clues pretty much sorted. A working list of teams so far, which I'll edit if there's any more info!

Hamal:
Aldebaran: Bel.
Pollux: Kazuki.
Al Tarf:
Regulus: Itachi and Ash.
Spica:
Zubeneschamali: Zero.
Antares: Ruka.
Kaus Australis:
Deneb Algedi: Kaname.
Sadalsuud:
Eta Piscium: Ashton.


Ashton Anchors
So we're missing Risa, Grimm, Sera, Konatsu, Shuri, Spain...anyone else?


Naruse Kazuki
Ah! Someone's called Grimm? That makes things easier, there's that Hamal clue and then talking about a 'grim fate', right? Since we're supposed to look for those word links too.


Ashton Anchors
*SOB*

I'll do my best!


Sera Angel
So it's me, Needy, Joshua, and Konatsu.


Naruse Kazuki
I still think Joshua is Kaus Australis.


Koizumi Risa
I haven't met Grimm yet, but we're supposed to be a team.


Naruse Kazuki
I'll put you down with him in Hamal for the time being.


Koizumi Risa
Okay.

... I'm glad it's something I can pronounce.


Kiryu Joshua
So easily forgotten!


Ashton Anchors
--sorry!


Shuri Oak
Ummm, I believe I'm on His Highness Belphegor's team.

And I still think Spain is Spica!


Naruse Kazuki
How'd you figure that out?


Shuri Oak
It may seem like a “shot in the dark” night, but it’s not aspainful as it seems. There is strategy you can use to your advantage even now, espically since I need you to show me a close race...?


Kiryu Joshua
Does anyone think the "night" is an unusual addition?


Sera Angel
I think it's just referring to the "day" and "night" in these games?


Kiryu Joshua
Perhaps, but it seems unusual to throw in something like that when it's already speaking of the game itself. I'd keep it in mind, at least.


Sera Angel
*nods!*

An update, if we're right about the maybes...:

Hamal: Grimm & Risa
Aldebaran: Bel.
Pollux: Kazuki.
Al Tarf:
Regulus: Itachi and Ash.
Spica: Spain
Zubeneschamali: Zero.
Antares: Ruka.
Kaus Australis:
Deneb Algedi: Kaname.
Sadalsuud:
Eta Piscium: Ashton.

I... think Needy and I are a team. So it's us, Konatsu, and Joshua for the last three stars. Konatsu might be Al Tarf... we're not sure about that one. If Zero is right about Kaus Australis being near Ursa Major being a clue, that one's Joshua, since the "bearly" is close to his name... that leaves Sadalsuud for me and Needy. Is any of that reaching too much?


Ferdinand Marienfield
That sounds plausible to me!


Shuri Oak
I think Konatsu might be Sadalsuud, since the error letters you can find his name in are all in the "suuely" paragraph...


Sera Angel
That's a good point. A lot of these have been based on proximity...


Shepherd
Here's a hint! That quote is two sentences, and two teams!


Naruse Kazuki
So Spain isn't Spica!


Shepherd


Shuri Oak
What's the Sagittarius one...


Naruse Kazuki
Shot in the dark... Sagittarius is an Archer! So Spain is with Joshua in Kaus Australis? Of course Joshua might not be Kaus Australis after all.


Shuri Oak
--Are they on the same team??


Spain
So if I'm not Spica...


Ruka
...The word 'need' shows up right after espically. That Needy person...?


Ashton Anchors
...'spica' is in the sentence with 'need you'...didn't we have someone named Needy? Is this a long shot?


Naruse Kazuki
Ruka brought it up too, so it sounds right.


Ashton Anchors
Oh, good.


Sera Angel
Needy and I are Spica, then.


Ruka
...It looks like it.


Spain
Ah, this helps a lot!


Naruse Kazuki
We need to vote, so let's do the best with what we have.


Kiryuu Zero
What about "shot in the dark"? Do you think that is another hint to anything? The others all reference things we need to understand, but that one is a bit off.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Sheep, please vote! If you don't, the wolves are the only ones who will.



NIGHT 1: OUSTING

The mistress would like for me to convey how impressed she is by your work so far. You will be duly rewarded—at least, those of you who survive to the morning.

Ah, metaphorically speaking, of course.

Poll #1534503 (Results as of when it closed)
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10

A shot in the dark, indeed:

Pollux - 2 (20.0%)
Kaus Australis - 8 (80.0%)

You have until 10:30 to finish voting and finalizing your thoughts on the clues. In the meantime, a late dinner will be provided.


Kiryu Joshua
If you voted for Kaus Australis, were you hoping to go for me?

If so, why? I'm curious, of course. It would be a shame to be taken out because of my past role in this game with everyone.

Of course, it would also serve you right for being particularly uncreative.


Naruse Kazuki
I don't even know you, what was your last role?


Kiryu Joshua
A wolf. Some people—Risa, for example—had me pinned from the start!

Ah, at least ... in this series of games. The video game one was different, where I was a sheep.


Naruse Kazuki
This series? You've lost me.


Shuri Oak
Ah, you're a sheep this time, right?


Kiryu Joshua
Mmhm.

But let's see how readily everyone believes that.


Shuri Oak
Mm, we'll see! But at least you're not even up to vote.


Kiryu Joshua
I would be if initial suspicions had been correct.


Shuri Oak
People are voting for him anyway... Hmm.


Kiryu Joshua
It's because he has a poor argument, isn't saying much, and isn't terribly useful. Remember that usefulness is just as important in these games, Shuri.


Shuri Oak
Of course! I think Kazuki is very useful. Still, it's sad for him if no one even suspected him in the first place... Hmm, but they're probably both sheep.


Kiryuu Zero
I was over-analyzing that one.


Kiryu Joshua
Is that so? I should say it's particularly unwise of you.


Kiryuu Zero
I didn't vote for it, but I'm wondering if I should have.


Kiryu Joshua
Well, then you would have had the wrong one! Poor Spain, all caught up in this web of confusion.


Kiryuu Zero
I didn't mean to vote for you. I meant because it's Sagittarius.


Kiryu Joshua
Hmmm ... I see.


Sera Angel
I've been a wolf and a sheep both in these things. That'd be a silly thing to vote on... and not everyone here was in the first game, when we were wolves.


Kiryu Joshua
It would be silly, but not altogether unexpected. If Ashton got anxious and annoyed when trauma was happening and made a poor argument, wouldn't you think he'd be the wolf?


Sera Angel
Sure... but that'd be his reaction under stress being the same, not the simple fact that he was a wolf before. And if this game isn't for the same stakes, we won't react the same. We thought we would die.

Do you feel like you're more suspicious, already? Is that why you're testing the water like that?


Kiryu Joshua
Hmm ... I would be up to vote, wouldn't I? Wouldn't that make me suspicious, Sera?


Sera Angel
To only two people. Someone might've voted for you just because you had a vote already, or because you annoyed them... I don't think anyone has a strong opinion yet.


Kiryu Joshua
Risa voted because I'm annoying ... I have a feeling my other vote is because someone was actually a wolf hoping that it would be a good idea to gun for me.


Sera Angel
Risa and Itachi both voted for Kaus Australis...


Kiryu Joshua
Itachi, hmmm? Makes sense!


Naruse Kazuki
BY PROCESS OF ELIMINATION! Plus I just noticed the bathrooms and showers are in the same sentence as Joshua, so maybe he's that Aquarius star. I don't think I'm wrong, but lemme know.

Hamal: Grimm + Risa
Aldebaran: Bel.
Pollux: Kazuki.
Al Tarf: Konatsu.
Regulus: Itachi and Ash.
Spica: Sera and Needy.
Zubeneschamali: Zero and Ferdinand.
Antares: Ruka.
Kaus Australis: Spain.
Deneb Algedi: Kaname.
Sadalsuud: Joshua.
Eta Piscium: Ashton.

What's with the votes against me, anyway? Random selection?


Belphegor
Shuri's on my team.


Kiryu Joshua
Helpful behavior is apparently suspicious, dear. Be careful not to help too much or you'll be labeled a wolf.

Doesn't that make it all the more difficult?


Naruse Kazuki
I'm being helpful cause I want a prize. I ended up not having time to vote last round too cause I was busy doing this list.


Kiryu Joshua
You're not concerned about the game itself?


Naruse Kazuki
Nah.


Kiryuu Zero
Why not?


Naruse Kazuki
I come from a place which has me in these kind of games all the time. Ask Ruka.


Kiryuu Zero
So you think it will be easy then?


Naruse Kazuki
Never said it was easy.


Kiryu Joshua
Why is that?


Naruse Kazuki
What I said to that guy. [motions to Zero.]


Kiryu Joshua
What if I told you that these games are usually violent? And people's lives were at stake?

Would you take it more seriously then?


Naruse Kazuki
It's the same as the games back home. Don't get me wrong, I take it seriously, but in this situation you have to do what you can and take some pleasure where you can, y'know?


Kiryu Joshua
That's an interesting mindset; it's one I can't say I disagree with. Ending the game as quickly as possible while doing well seems to be the best bet, though.


Naruse Kazuki
I don't like dwelling on stuff that will just tie you down; You have to move forward and try and finish the game quick, like you said!


Kiryu Joshua
Of course, and that's why you're helping, isn't it?


Naruse Kazuki
That and the prizes. Don't forget the prizes!


Kiryu Joshua
Would prizes be more important than lives, though?


Naruse Kazuki
Mmmm, aaaah, but nothing's been confirmed about anyone dying in this game? So the lives could be safe.


Uchiha Itachi
It was more or less random for me, yes. I didn't want to vote on anyone who had been in one of these kinds of games before, so I chose randomly from those who hadn't been.


Naruse Kazuki
That's cold! Voting against the newbies!


Uchiha Itachi
I suppose it's not entirely fair, but the first night never is. And if this follows the same trend as previous games, the veterans will prove to be an asset to figuring out what's going on.


Naruse Kazuki
Not even giving us a chance, huh? Even if we have experience outside these games?


Uchiha Itachi
If I'd had time to choose less randomly I would have taken that into consideration, I assure you.


Naruse Kazuki
[shrugs]

It's not like it was personal, so we're cool.


Ashton Anchors
I didn't vote, but sometimes if someone's been voted on randomly, then they'll vote on someone else who was voted on randomly so the other team'll go instead. That might explain the pileup.


Naruse Kazuki
I see! It's better than having one vote on everyone I guess.


Spain
I didn't vote because of the confusion about which one I really was at the end.


Kaname Kuran
Unfortunately, I was unable to vote on the suspicion round.

Since it's early in the game, I doubt we can be sure of who is what. I've voted on you to even the votes, as at this moment there are five for Kaus Australis and one for Pollux.


Naruse Kazuki
Fair enough.


Mr. Sidney
[speaking of which, he is now bringing out plates! The first course is a bouillabiasse soup with side salads and dinner rolls...]


Shuri Oak
Uwaaaaaah! ♥


Mr. Sidney
Do enjoy.


Shuri Oak
Of course I will~


Mr. Sidney
[faint smile]


Koizumi Risa
... oooh.


Mr. Sidney
I hope you enjoy it, Miss Koizumi.


Koizumi Risa
Ah! You know my name?


Mr. Sidney
Yes, Miss. I'd received a description and a name, at any rate.


Koizumi Risa
Oh... well, thank you!


Mr. Sidney
It's my pleasure. [smiles]


Koizumi Risa
You do this often?


Mr. Sidney
We do have an official cook, but for the duration of your game I will be cooking for you.


Koizumi Risa
What's our hostess like?


Mr. Sidney
Very youthful and energetic. Quite a social person, I'd say.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—thank you.


Mr. Sidney
Certainly, sir.


Konatsu Warren
Surely—ah—you did not have to prepare this all on your own?


Mr. Sidney
I purchased the bread, Mr. Warren.


Konatsu Warren
I—see. I am glad to know that you are not working excessively on account of us.


Mr. Sidney
No, sir. Though thank you for the concern.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—yes, you're welcome.


Mr. Sidney
[smile]


Belphegor
Mmmmm... It smells good.


Mr. Sidney
I'm glad it meets with your approval, sir.


Ashton Anchors
--ah, thanks, Mr. Sidney.


Mr. Sidney
Of course, Mr. Anchors.


Sera Angel
...

*...wishes it had human in it ;;*


Mr. Sidney
[takes out a covered tray, setting it down in front of her]

For your team . . . especially.


Sera Angel
...ah.

*...but people don't respawn outside of camp...*

...we'll eat in our room, if that's okay.


Mr. Sidney
Please do not be concerned.

You may eat where you wish.


Sera Angel
*peeks under the cover*


Mr. Sidney
[It's meat. It smells good]


Sera Angel
*... \o/*


Mr. Sidney
I hope it is to your tastes.


Ash
It looks really good...


Mr. Sidney
I hope you enjoy, Mr. Ash.


Ash
. . .

How do you know my name?


Mr. Sidney
I received names and descriptions when you were referred to us, sir.


Ash
... and I guess whoever did got my name by magic.


Mr. Sidney
It was Miss Sayre, sir, who provided the list. How she came by it, I do not know. Do you have a name you prefer to be called by?


Ash
No, that's fine. I was just curious.


Mr. Sidney
I apologize for the confusion, sir.


Naruse Kazuki
Guess I might as well eat before anything.


Mr. Sidney
Do enjoy.


Naruse Kazuki
Thanks dude.


Mr. Sidney
[smile]


Uchiha Itachi
This looks very good.


Mr. Sidney
Thank you kindly.


Spain
Ah, thank you for the food!


Mr. Sidney
It's my pleasure, sir.


Spain
[tasting!]

It's good.


Mr. Sidney
[small smile] Thank you very much.


Sera Angel
I voted for Regulus, because I know Itachi is usually more active in deciphering clues than he was tonight... but that's not really much of anything to go on.

I don't really have any feeling either way on Spain and Kazuki...


Kiryu Joshua
Exactly why I voted for Risa's team! My, isn't she particularly inactive tonight? Doesn't that seem a little contradictory to you?


Sera Angel
*nods*

She was my second choice, for that reason. We weren't sure about her team till the end, though. I wanted to be positive I didn't get the wrong team.


Kiryu Joshua
I voted right after it appeared that she was confirmed, and avoided the unconfirmed individuals, though that wouldn't have changed my vote.


Sera Angel
Good thinking. Neither of them went up to vote, but it's something to keep in mind.


Kiryu Joshua
I would have preferred her! A shame—it feels like it's between myself and someone I don't know if I'm suspicious of.


Sera Angel
And it's between two people who aren't particularly supsicious, regardless of whether or not the votes were meant for you.


Koizumi Risa
Come closer and let me kick your shins.


Kiryu Joshua
Now, now, do you think that would actually harm me?


Koizumi Risa
No, but it would make me feel better.


Kiryu Joshua
Is this because you're guilty? That would help in the future.


Koizumi Risa
I voted for you, yes... but not you.

But I'm not a wolf! And besides, I just woke up and like heck you guys were trying to figure out clues and stuff when it rolled around.

And I helped, unlike you. SO THERE.


Kiryu Joshua
I believe we already know my philosophy for this game—it's too bad I didn't get a partner to work for me like last time!

But is that really why you voted for me, dear?


Koizumi Risa
... yeah! I really really really don't like you.


Kiryu Joshua
I voted for a game specific reason.

When you went after me last time, it was because you had a reason! But you don't this time—too bad, though. You could have changed my mind.


Koizumi Risa
Why the heck are you targetting me anyway?

There's no clues as far as I know, and if I have to vote, I'd rather get rid of someone that gets on my nerves!


Kiryu Joshua
Even if we know these games are usually problematic and cause us physical harm? How unwise of you.

I'm targeting you because I know your style of playing! Shouldn't that be a reason to work? As I told Sera, I have cues on most of my fellow players, just as she does when it comes to them.


Koizumi Risa
I don't see what knowing how the games can cause us physical harm can means I shouldn't vote on you.


Sera Angel
Risa, why did you vote for Spain so fast?


Koizumi Risa
Because if I had to pick between the two, I don't know either of them, but Kazuki was more helpful.


Sera Angel
Okay. That makes sense.


Koizumi Risa
I sense a 'but'.


Sera Angel
There aren't any yet, I promise. I'm still thinking!


Kiryuu Zero
It's a decent reason, but I thought activity can be played both ways.


Kiryu Joshua
It can, but among the experienced, I'd say it works differently. And why should Risa suddenly turn inactive when she was active as a sheep?


Kiryuu Zero
I don't know. I'm not ruling it out.


Shuri Oak
Oh, I voted for Regulus too.


Sera Angel
For the same reasons?


Shuri Oak
Basically... Well, I wanted to vote for someone, and they didn't seem like they were saying much.


Ash
I was trying. But you seemed to solve everything pretty quickly before other people. I wasn't fast enough.


Shuri Oak
Uwah... Well, it was a mostly random vote anyway. Do try your best. ♥


Ash
Ah... yes, I will. It seems interesting, so far.


Shuri Oak
It's nice if it's just puzzles and food.


Ash
It isn't usually?


Shuri Oak
...Sometimes there are worse things... But this one seems okay, so don't worry about it!!


Uchiha Itachi
It's understandable you'd vote on that, particularly on the first night. I was feeling unwell tonight and missed a great deal of the clue activity. It was rather frustrating.


Sera Angel
It's okay. You didn't go up. I'd rather watch when I know you're feeling better and get a better opinion before I vote out someone I'm pretty familiar with.


Uchiha Itachi
That's fair.


Sera Angel
Why did you vote for Spain, out of curiousity?


Ash
Are you all right? I'm sorry for not being of much help, but everyone else had stuff solved when I was finished...


Uchiha Itachi
I'll be all right. I get fatigued sometimes, but it passes. Having dinner might help.


Ash
Yes, then you should eat. The food seems all right.


Needy
So we're voting on who to kick out, huh?


Sera Angel
*nods*

...usually it's based on who we think looks most suspicious, but I don't know either Spain or Kazuki well, and we didn't have a clue. So we're not really doing anything useful unless we got really lucky.


Needy
In other words, glorified popularity contest.


Sera Angel
First night's like that... Kazuki is saying he has experience with this kind of game, so maybe we should keep him. I don't really have a strong opinion yet...


Spain
... Well, I'm here to talk if you want!


Kiryu Joshua
I doubt those votes were intended for you, but why weren't you helping? I wasn't because I think it's easier to let others do the work ... I wouldn't be surprised if it was just too confusing.


Spain
I tried to, but whenever I thought I got close to solving something, somebody else got to it before me.


Kiryu Joshua
Shuri truly is quite the remarkable soul, isn't he?


Spain
He did a really good job at solving all those puzzles!


Naruse Kazuki
No offense dude, I wouldn't be surprised if we're both sheep.


Spain
It happens a lot during the first night.


Kiryuu Zero
I know you can't prove whether you're a wolf or not on the first night, but I also think your clue was worded the way it was for a reason. It's not much to go on but we have to use what we have.


Spain
"Shot in the dark", right?


Kiryuu Zero
Yeah. More than that, that clue specifically telling us this wasn't just a shot in the dark.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—well done to all those who assisted in deciphering.


Sera Angel
Did you vote last round?


Konatsu Warren
Ah—yes, though admittedly I was a bit late in doing so.


Sera Angel
For who? If you don't mind saying.


Ruka
...'A shot in the dark' sounds right...


Ashton Anchors
...I think that's usually what happens on the first night.


Ruka
It... seems like it.


Ashton Anchors
We might get a clue in the next round, but it's pretty random tonight. I didn't even get a vote in...


Ruka
...Me either. A clue would be good.


Ashton Anchors
*nods*

I still don't have everyone's names straight--what's yours?


Ruka
Ruka.


Ashton Anchors
Mm, thanks. I'm Ashton.


Ruka
[nods :|b]


Kiryuu Zero
A shot in the dark still might mean something, especially since the clue said it wasn't just that.


Ruka
Wasn't it figured out what it meant as a clue already?


Kiryu Joshua
The "night" still seems unusual.


Ruka
...The explanation already given still seems to fit well.


Kiryu Joshua
I'd still keep it in mind, if it turns out we had the clue wrong.


Ruka
Okay.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Just to keep the votes clear, Zero and I voted for Eta Piscium at random because I think sheep should vote. I have no opinion on anyone's innocence or guilt as yet!


Kiryu Joshua
Why should sheep vote?


Kiryuu Zero
In case there are consequences for not voting.


Kiryu Joshua
A wise decision.


Ferdinand Marienfield
And because otherwise the wolves can work out a strategy for the first vote unhindered by random sheep vote. Wouldn't that be bad?


Kiryu Joshua
Naturally—but still, only eight votes went up. It is something to keep in mind.


Ferdinand Marienfield
What do you mean?


Kiryu Joshua
The wolves may not have voted to keep their intentions unclear. Or they may have voted without a pattern, or even upon themselves.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Does that make the sheep voting a bad thing?


Naruse Kazuki
Just to make things clear, you mentioned to me in an aside you were with Zero, right?


Ferdinand Marienfield
Yes! I'm sorry for not being clearer.



NIGHT 1: WOLVES


Mr. Sidney
Please, help yourself to a seat, and a drink. Miss Bellcourt will not be attending personally, but I imagine I can take messages to her on your behalf.

That said, you would be the . . . "wolves."


Belphegor
Who else is here?


Ashton Anchors
A, a third time...


Belphegor
[snickers]

Aren't you lucky.


Ashton Anchors
It's a problem! I'm working on it!


Belphegor
What's there to work on? It's a coveted role.


Ashton Anchors
Well, I don't like lying to people! E-especially not in those other games--but that's beside the point!


Belphegor
Oi, oi~ some people such as the prince himself crave this role. Don't bitch about it.


Ashton Anchors
*huffing at him*

Gwarrrk.


Shuri Oak
--Ashton! We're on the same side!


Ashton Anchors
--that makes me feel a lot better.


Shuri Oak
Uwaaaaah, this never happens.


Ashton Anchors
So I guess we should pick...


Shuri Oak
...The last wolf team hasn't even shown up yet...


Ashton Anchors
Hasn't it? --oh, you and Bel are partners again?


Shuri Oak
That's right. They wouldn't let us eat our teammate, right...?


Ashton Anchors
I don't think it's allowed...

Oh--whether he's a wolf or not, we'd better not eat Joshua.


Shuri Oak
Ehhhh, I don't want to eat Joshua anyway!


Belphegor
He's drumming up too much of a scene right now.


Ashton Anchors
He's smart, but people find him suspicious whether he's a wolf or a sheep, so...


Belphegor
Just like myself. We're best off eating someone who is an obvious sheep.


Ashton Anchors
Mm, I figured. Got a preference for anyone else, though?


Shuri Oak
Umm, people are suspecting Risa and Kazuki, so probably not them... I don't want to eat Konatsu! Aah, this is hard when you know a lot of the people...


Ashton Anchors
*guilty look*

Well, we don't know all of them, right? And not all the teams were very helpful--though it might be a good choice to take out somebody smart.


Shuri Oak
Like... who?


Belphegor
Take out Zero & Ferdinand. The blond is a moron, but Zero was helpful. No suspicion on them yet.


Ashton Anchors
Spain's the most obvious one--to me, anyway--but we can't pick him. What about Ferdinand and Zero?


Belphegor
Barely beat you~

Take them out.


Ashton Anchors
Ferdinand doesn't seem to know much about what's going on, but Zero's helpful. It's a good balance.


Shuri Oak
...I can't think of anyone better, so that will work.


Shepherd
Will that be your decision then?


Ashton Anchors
It looks like it's the best one we can make for now.

Shuri Oak
When is she going to show up, anyway?


Mr. Sidney
I'm afraid she has been otherwise occupied for a while now.


Shuri Oak
Obviously not too occupied to give us all the clues. Since we solved them, shouldn't she be making an appearance?


Mr. Sidney
Please be patient, Mr. Oak. I'm sure she'll attend soon enough. Did you wish me to pass on any message?


Shuri Oak
I simply wish to meet her!


Mr. Sidney
I am sure she is looking forward to meeting you as well.


Shuri Oak
Ah, how exciting. ♥


Mr. Sidney
I shall let her know how eager you are.


Kaname Kuran
She will attend when she feels like it, of course.


Shuri Oak
Kaname! ♥ You're on our team too~!


Kaname Kuran
It's quite a team.

[amazing.]


Shuri Oak
I like it a lot already! We're definitely going to win with our team~work.


Kaname Kuran
One would hope.

How are we voting? As the majority are on Kaus Australis, perhaps I should vote on Pollux. At this point there is little reason for suspecting who is who, might it be better to separate ourselves from voting all on one person?


Shuri Oak
You can vote on Pollux, then. I think he's pretty useful though, so I don't want to vote for him. Ah, and he recognizes my intelligence.


Kaname Kuran
That's fine. It seems more likely that Kaus Australis is going out, anyway.


Shuri Oak
Then we don't lose anything!


Kaname Kuran
So who do people suspect as wolves so far?


Shuri Oak
Joshua is always suspicious... And he was suspecting Risa... and Sera was suspecting Itachi?


Ashton Anchors
...that's everyone! Hi.


Kaname Kuran
Hello. My apologies for being late.


Ashton Anchors
It's just the first round, so...help us pick?


Kaname Kuran
Who to eat? What was your strategy in previous games?


Ashton Anchors
For the first round--obvious sheep. We wanted to keep in people who'd played with us before, at first, because it's too obvious if you take out the ones who know how you behave as a wolf.

It looks like Ferdinand and Zero might be a good choice...? What do you think?


Kaname Kuran
I wonder if Sera or Risa may suspect me if Kiryuu... Zero, that is... is eliminated. Risa is aware that he and I do not have good relations. However, he may suspect me the most and watch me.


Ashton Anchors
But that works both ways: they could think that if you were a wolf, you wouldn't take out someone who'd instantly suspect you right away.

Sorry, this is always complicated.


Kaname Kuran
That is true.

Your friends will forgive you even if you lie about your role, Ashton, as you would do if they were wolves and you were sheep.


Belphegor
What Dragon Boy said. It goes both ways and works as a mind game. It's early enough that only now it's safe to eat him. Wait too long and he becomes a problem and we're pigeonholed because he hasn't been touched yet.

Kaname Kuran
[nods] Then the decision is sound.



NIGHT ONE: OVERNIGHT

Needy
You feel like somebody is in your room.

Somebody is watching you.

Somebody is watching you.

SOMEBODY IS WATCHING YOU.


Kazuki
Scraaaaaaaape . . . . scraaaape . . .

(scritch scritch scritch)

The closet door was closed when you went to bed, but it's open when you wake up. The door to your room is still locked.


Ash
You feel uneasy as you try to fall asleep. You can't place the feeling, and probably dismiss it by morning, but you don't sleep well.

Think nothing of it . . .?


Konatsu
Did you have nightmares as a child? If you did, those same dreams visit you tonight.


Joshua
You sleep well, even though the room is a little too cold for your liking.


Kaname
You dream . . . of losing something important . . . of being left behind.

You don't remember it very clearly when you wake up.




DAY TWO: LIMBO

Mr. Sidney
[You are in a fairly plain room with several doors leading off. Only one is unlocked - it has beds for you to sleep in. There's some reading material, a TV with cable, and otherwise not much else.]

I apologize for the sparseness of your surroundings. I hope you will not be too bored while here. Please do not attempt to force the other doors in this room; they lead to parts of the house that are currently off limits. Thank you.

[and Mr. Sidney heads off.]

Spain
...


Mr. Sidney
[:')]


Kiryuu Zero
[Is not surprised but is going to be checking out how many doors we're dealing with and what they're made of.]


Shepherd
[there are three doors. They are metal.]


Kiryuu Zero
[And how are said doors locked?]


Shepherd
[both key and deadbolt]


Kiryuu Zero
[Hmm, will go to check out open room for now. And probably look under the bed.]


Shepherd
[It seems like a normal room, though remarkably cold]


Kiryuu Zero
[Probably not noticing. Vampire.]


Shepherd
[Yes, well.]


Kiryuu Zero
[I can still do a fair job of attempting to strip this bed. Hey, it passes time and shows that I am a terrible houseguest.]


Shepherd
[You strip the bed. You now have a stripped bed.]


Kiryuu Zero
[And yet, it wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped. :|]


Shepherd
[You can try kicking it. I hear that is occasionally satisfying]


Kiryuu Zero
[I could also try shooting it, but I think I want to maintain some sense of restraint.]


Shepherd
[Tru dat.]


Spain
[well, let's look at that reading material]


Shepherd
[magazines, a few bestseller novels. Twilight.]


Spain
[DOES I HAVE ME SOME DON QUIXOTE?]


Shepherd
[No.]


Spain
[:< sighs and just kinda idles]


Shepherd
[:D Let me know if you take any action.]


Kiryuu Zero
What are you doing?


Spain
There's not much to do...


Kiryuu Zero
So look around. I thought you wanted to be more useful.


Spain
You already started to look at the doors, so I thought I'd look at what books are here.

[holds up Twilight]


Kiryuu Zero
...


Kiryuu Zero
[Snatches. Throws under bed.]


Spain
... You don't like that book then.


Kiryuu Zero
Stupid lies for stupid girls.


Spain
It really changed a lot of vampire stories.


Kiryuu Zero
[This glare probably means you want to be switching topics NOW.]


Spain
[I have seen that glare too many times]

So I'm Spain!


Kiryuu Zero
I remember.


Spain
Hm, but we never really talked before.


Kiryuu Zero
[ogod this is going to be torture. -_-]

No.


Spain
[just lie back and think of Spain]

You're Zero, right?


Kiryuu Zero
[Also on edge.]

Kiryuu Zero.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[I am so going straight for the reading material]


Shepherd
[magazines... some books...]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[Do they contain poetry and/or romance novels and/or mythology?]


Shepherd
[There are totally romance novels. Also there WAS Twilight, but Zero threw that under a bed.]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[but but Edward's hot and I have a giant crush on him. :( Oh well I'm sure I can sit here and sigh wistfully over the romance novels!]


Shepherd
[They are here for just that purpose]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[read read read oh Divinra, how could you be so cruel to the broodingly masculine Lord Macoon, who wants only to ensure your safety as you wade into the deadly clutches of pirates to ensure your family's honor?]


Shepherd
[HOW INDEED.

Around chapter 4 the lights overhead flicker for a few minutes, making it difficult to keep reading]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[looks up, confused]


Shepherd
[after a little while the problem seems to fix itself]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[shrugs and goes back to reading. OMG he's swimming to the pirate ship to rescue her after PurpleBeard discovered that she was a woman disguised as a man! Isn't that romantic?]


Shepherd
[...incredibly]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[my taste is awesome. Oh noes, the ship caught on fire and burned off his shirt!]


Kiryuu Zero
[Now, that I have properly banished Twilight, what sort of magazines have we anyway?]


Shepherd
[A variety of entertainment magazines from Entertainment Tonight to People, as well as assorted interests such as National Geographic, National Enquirer, Mysteries of the Unexplained, Fortean Times, Natural Health, Bugs and Insects Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, and Discover Archaeology.]


Kiryuu Zero
[... Fortean Times is different. Flipping through that real quick.]


Shepherd
[Looks like an occult magazine -- articles on ghosts, reader letters about occult things that happened to them, a feature on the history of spiritualism, are aliens real, an editorial on someone's theory on spontaneous combustion.]


Kiryuu Zero
[Oh, this is improving my mood muchly. Magazine is now getting chucked at the tv.]


Shepherd
[it stops partway there and is flung back at you]


Kiryuu Zero
[...

Oh yeah, also catching.]

[It might be time to check around that TV. Heading over.]


Ferdinand Marienfield
KYAA IT'S A GHOST


Kiryuu Zero
... Whatever it is, we need to find it.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[...but that's practical] How do we do that?


Kiryuu Zero
If we're looking for disturbances, we need to move things out of the way first. See if we can push the bed into a corner and maybe do the same thing with the TV and anything else that will move.


Ferdinand Marienfield
All right! [I AM OBEDIENT AND ATTEMPTING TO PUSH THE BED]


Shepherd
[It isn't difficult for you to rearrange furniture with you all working together.]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[but did it accomplish anything?]


Shepherd
[a bare-r, rearranged room]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[BUT THERE'S TWILIGHT kyaa edward]


Spain
[joins you in investigating the TV]


Shepherd
[It looks like a fairly good quality plasma TV.]


Kiryuu Zero
[Not interested in the TV so much as anything that feels off around it. Anything dark?]


Shepherd
[You don't sense anything from the TV...]


Kiryuu Zero
[What about my good friend the magazine, since I'm probably still holding it.]


Shepherd
[Feels pretty normal, though now you're sensing around something does feel... off in the room. Hard to put your finger on where or what though]


Kiryuu Zero
[... Don't make me throw another magazine. :|]


Shepherd
[:')]


Kiryuu Zero
[I'm throwing this one: Mysteries of the Unexplained.

AND THEN GOING TO UNPLUG THAT DAMN TELEVISION.]

Shepherd
[it hits the ground normally]


Spain
[attempts to hit the TV on the side like you would a computer screen]


Shepherd
[You hit it! ...nothing happens.]


Spain
[:|a]


Shepherd
[it also isn't turned on right now, though]


Spain
[let's see what's on the tube then]


Shepherd
[looks like it gets around 90 channels -- standard cable package.]


Spain
[anything of interest?]


Shepherd
[Well, lots of talk shows at this hour]


Spain
[\o\]


Shepherd
[omg that one woman says her baby is THIS guy's, but THAT guy says she's lying and he wants his baby back!!]


Spain
[OH SNAP, oh no she didn't]


Shepherd
[o yes she diiiiid]


Kiryuu Zero
Spain!


Spain
Y-yeah?


Kiryuu Zero
Stop watching the stupid TV and keep looking around.


Spain
I was seeing if the TV was still normal enough...


Kiryuu Zero
Yeah, it works. Now let's figure out what's wrong with this room.


Spain
Right!


Shepherd
[you unplug the tv, possibly before a fight breaks out on the show Spain is watching]


Kiryuu Zero
[Fine. What are our reading supplies on anyway?]


Shepherd
[The list of magazines should be a good summary of that; fiction wise, it's mostly bestsellers and romance]

[...and for the answer to what you were actually asking, coffee table and bookshelves built into the wall.]


Kiryuu Zero
[Curses. I wanted to push over the bookcase. :( YOU DID THIS ON PURPOSE.]

[ANYWAY, I'm just going to go scanning those books one by one.]

It's not like we're going anywhere anytime soon. Why not save me the trouble of trashing what's left of this room?


Shepherd
[John Grisham, EVERYTHING by Stephanie Meyer, Stephen King... lots of big well-known names, it seems.]

[also, you get no response]


Kiryuu Zero
[Yeah, well, I'm not really paying attention, more just thinking.]

Figures.


Spain
What about the magazine? What's it about?


Kiryuu Zero
The occult. Ferdinand might be right.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[BRIGHTENS NOTICEABLY] Do you think so?


Kiryuu Zero
Maybe. It might explain why we can't pin anything down.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Isn't that scary? I think it feels cold in here suddenly! [SHIVERS DRAMATICALLY]


Kiryuu Zero
[WHY ME?]

... Throwing the book got its attention last time. We need to come up with something else.


Spain
Can I see the magazine?


Kiryuu Zero
[Hands over.]


Spain
[flips through the magazine]


Shepherd
[blah blah blah cults blah blah blah ghosts blah blah blah spontaneous combustion]


Spain
[let's read about ghosts first]


Shepherd
[There's a main article about ghosts haunting a house in Miami, another article about ghosts that haunt bars, and a few sidebars talking generally about ghosts. What would you like to read?]


Spain
[let's start with the house]


Shepherd
[Apparently they heard a lot of bangs and rattlings, occasionally things fell off the wall or they saw dark creepy figures where there shouldn't be, and invited some paranormal investigators in and even got EVPs -- electronic voice phenomena -- recorded saying things like "Get out" and "leave my house". The article concludes with a quote from the homeowners trying to decide if they should move or not.]


Spain
Hmmm...

[how about that bar ghost article?]


Shepherd
[Series of short 'overviews' of bars that have known to be haunted and things that happened there. Lots of bottles being tipped, hearing laughter, patrons feeling shoved, things like that.]


Spain
[and the sidebars?]


Shepherd
[Details of the sort of things usually signifying ghosts:
- Sudden chills
- Spikes in Electro-Magnetic Force (if being measured)
- Strange smells
- Movements of objects (either subtle, like chairs being pushed out, or violent like items being thrown)
- An unwelcome or uneasy feeling
- strange voices
- knocks or bangs
...and so forth. Probably the sort of things you're familiar with in popular culture.]


Spain
[dogears all the ghost pages for reference and then goes on to read about the spontaneous combustion]


Shepherd
[Their theory is that clearly they are spiritual people who have not learned how to use their energy and it builds up until they blow up]


Spain
[and the cults?]


Shepherd
[They're mostly of a omg cults are among us all the time bent, with a few shoutouts to some famous ones]


Spain
[thinks for a bit]

[EXPERIMENT TIME]

[walks away from the TV and tosses the magazine at it again]


Shepherd
[it hits it and flops down]


Spain
Ah, so it didn't work...


Ferdinand Marienfield
We could hold a seance! Do you think there's an Ouija board in here?


Kiryuu Zero
A what?


Ferdinand Marienfield
An ouija board! They're used in seances to give the ghosts a way to communicate with the living. They're very popular.


Kiryuu Zero
What else do you know about seances?


Ferdinand Marienfield
You sit in a circle, holding hands while chanting and hoping very hard for ghosts to come! Then, when the ghost comes, you either communicate in yes and nos, with the ghost rapping once for yes and twice for no, or you pull out the ouija board and let the ghost flow through you and direct your hands to what he wants to say. I think there's supposed to be candles too, but I'm not sure what they do/


Kiryuu Zero
... That is stupid.


Ferdinand Marienfield
But... [DROOPS]


Kiryuu Zero
[OH FOR THE LOVE OF...]

... We don't have any candles. We'll have to come up with something else.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[Perks back up!] The lamps, maybe?


Kiryuu Zero
Maybe...


Ferdinand Marienfield
Or maybe there's flashlights! What do you think?


Kiryuu Zero
I didn't see anything like that.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[droops] Maybe we could try anyway?


Kiryuu Zero
[THIS IS STUPID but...]

... fine.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[\o\~ I'M SO HAPPY] First we need to find an Ouija board! To limit the words of a spirit given the rare opportunity to speak would be a tragedy, would it not?


Spain
[I AM NOW HERE AND HAVE HEARD WHAT YOU SAID]

A seance?


Ferdinand Marienfield
Don't you think it sounds exciting? Do you want to join?


Spain
Can't.


Ferdinand Marienfield
What? Why not?


Spain
I don't think it's right.


Ferdinand Marienfield
How come?


Spain
Lots of reasons.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[:(] Are you sure you wouldn't like to assist us? The ghosts will surely be saddened by your lack of presence?


Spain
I can bless you so you don't get hurt!


Ferdinand Marienfield
Really? That would be wonderful!


Spain
[INSERT BLESSING HERE]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[\o\ I FEEL BLESSED] Thank you! I'm sure it will help immensely!


Kiryuu Zero
No thanks.


Spain
You sure?


Kiryuu Zero
Yeah.

Ferdinand, we don't have a Ouija board.


Ferdinand Marienfield
We can improvise! [BRINGS OUT TWILIGHT] It doesn't matter where the words are so long as theyre there, right? And the dark broodingness of Edward's soul will surely draw any ghosts around!


Kiryuu Zero
. . .


Ferdinand Marienfield
[:D?] Do you think we should adjust the chant to incorporate Twilight? "Oh lost soul of the air, we desire your converse. Please, speak to us in the voice of Edward Cullen!"


Kiryuu Zero
...... Just. Do whatever. And get it over with!


Ferdinand Marienfield
All right! [I AM PUTTING TWILIGHT IN A PLACE OF HONOR] Um...we need to hold hands.


Kiryuu Zero
[If I wasn't out of ideas...

Takes hand. :|]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[kyaa~] Remember to chant along with me! Or they won't respond. "Oh lost soul wandering twixt heaven and hell, we desire the benefit of your wisdom and counsel. We have provided the words of Edward Cullen, so that you may dazzle us with your knowledge. Please, speak to us!"


Kiryuu Zero
[... You have got to be kidding.]


Shepherd
[the lights flicker slightly...]


Kiryuu Zero
[Noting that.]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[NEVER] Don't you want them to listen to us?


Kiryuu Zero
... yes.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[repeating the chant. Do you join in yes/no?]


Kiryuu Zero
[... can I mumble it?]


Shepherd
[the lights flicker a little more quickly as you join in...]


Ferdinand Marienfield
I don't think the spirits can hear mumbling that well. Maybe you could speak a little clearer?


Kiryuu Zero
[Why can't eaten be literal???

Raises voice, dignity drops EXPONENTIALLY.]


Shepherd
[The lights flicker more and more rapidly until SUDDENLY THEY STOP AND....

THE BOOK CATCHES FIRE.

Oh and the ousted and eaten show up]


Kiryuu Zero
[IT WAS WORTH IT JUST FOR THAT. :DDDD]



DAY TWO: GAME

Well done, everyone. I hope you slept well. Breakfast is served in the main hall. You'll of course find that there are those who aren't with us anymore; but you expected that, I imagine. Please focus on the tasks at hand, which will come after what I hope will be a relaxing morning.

For those who participated in solving yesterday's ciphers, Miss Bellcourt is deciding on your rewards; and again, your final list was entirely correct. Our most sincere congratulations.

Poll #1534515 (Results are as of when the poll closed)
Open to: Friends, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 10

With the cipher solved, the codenames are an unnecessary complication:

Grimm & Risa - 0 (0.0%)
Belphegor & Shuri - 0 (0.0%)
Kazuki - 0 (0.0%)
Konatsu - 0 (0.0%)
Itachi & Ash - 0 (0.0%)
Sera & Needy - 0 (0.0%)
Ruka - 3 (30.0%)
Kaname - 0 (0.0%)
Joshua - 3 (30.0%)
Ashton - 4 (40.0%)




PRIVATE: Kazuki & Ruka


Ruka
[jmhvbjhm]

K-Kazuki, you have your own bed!


Naruse Kazuki
I had a dream.

...which might not've been a dream.


Ruka
...A nightmare?


Naruse Kazuki
No! There were just sounds of something scraping around while I was asleep, and when I woke up the closet door was open, though it was closed.

...my door was locked the entire time.


Ruka
...That's... weird.


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah.


Ruka
...I... guess you can stay, since that's...


Naruse Kazuki
Thanks! Ah, but you should check it out with me too, now that I think about it.


Ruka
You want to go now?


Naruse Kazuki
In case it closes on us.


Ruka
...All right.


Naruse Kazuki
[rooolls out of Ruka's bed and tugs Ruka after him]

Let's go!


Ruka
[following!]


Naruse Kazuki
[TO THE CLOSET.

...peeks in, as if preparing for a possible assault. Ruka is obviously backup of some description.]


Ruka
[is ready to play backup yes!! looking over Kazuki's shoulder]


Naruse Kazuki
[...it's just a normal closet...]

Seriously?


Ruka
...Maybe something's wrong with the door.


Naruse Kazuki
It was tightly shut!


Ruka
...

[:|a]


Naruse Kazuki
[kicks the door in frustration.]


Ruka
...If it was something weird, there's nothing to do about it now, so...


Naruse Kazuki
Whatever! Let's go back to bed.


Ruka
Yeah.

[glancing into the closet again, but all right :|a]


Naruse Kazuki
[...following Ruka back to his bedroom.]


Ruka
[I-I DID SAY YOU COULD. getting back into bed |<]


Naruse Kazuki
[plops down into Ruka's bed happily.]


Ruka
[orz]

...What do you think about the game so far, otherwise...?


Naruse Kazuki
It's irritating to get voted on the first night when I'm a sheep, and there's a lot of stuff we don't know about,like previous games that could be connected. I don't like it!


Ruka
[nods]

We don't know a lot yet.


Naruse Kazuki
And you'd tell me if you were a wolf.


Ruka
Yeah.


Naruse Kazuki
But... it's our first game together.


Ruka
...Right?


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah! So let's have fun.


Ruka
...Yeah.



THE MAIN HALL


Ashton Anchors
...and I was just starting to get used to the names, too.


Koizumi Risa
... Zero's gone.


Ashton Anchors
Do you think he's okay?


Koizumi Risa
I hope so. I mean, if we take the last games into account, we weren't really harmed... but.

I think he can take care of himself.


Ashton Anchors
Is he a friend of yours?


Koizumi Risa
Well, I'd like to think so.


Ashton Anchors
Then I really hope he and his partner are okay! --not that I wouldn't hope the same for anyone else, but.


Koizumi Risa
Mmm.


Ashton Anchors
*sigh.*


Koizumi Risa
[looks at Ashton]

So... what are the chances?


Ashton Anchors
...of what?


Koizumi Risa
. . . could you be a wolf again?


Ashton Anchors
I knew someone was going to bring that up. No, I'm a sheep!


Koizumi Risa
Good, cause there's no way you'd have that much bad luck, right?


Ashton Anchors
...not this time...


Koizumi Risa
[pets... your little dragons]


Ashton Anchors
*...Ururun blows a stream of bubbles for you.*


Koizumi Risa
[Pretty~]


Ashton Anchors
...I wonder what else is going to happen.


Kaname Kuran
[che]

I had hoped he was a wolf.


Koizumi Risa
Just because the two of you are at odds all the time...


Kaname Kuran
It would have been amusing.


Koizumi Risa
You guys have enough issues butting heads without having to do the same in a game.


Kaname Kuran
Perhaps.


Koizumi Risa
You know I'm right!


Kaname Kuran
It's true that we are not allies.


Koizumi Risa
Well, that's not the issue anymore, right? Zero's a sheep and we have to catch the wolves!


Kaname Kuran
[gives a nod]

Once there are clues, we'll have much more to go on than voting at random.


Koizumi Risa
Exactly.


Konatsu Warren
It would seem so, yes.


Koizumi Risa
I didn't even get to speak to him much...

... well damn. Konatsu, how are you doing?


Konatsu Warren
I—ah—I am doing well. How are you doing?


Koizumi Risa
[sighs]

I want to be back home. But if I'm going to be stuck here, I might as well try my hardest, even though some people think I wasn't.

It's not my fault I overslept, okay? Do you know how soft that bed felt?!


Konatsu Warren
Ah—the . . . the beds were quite comfortable, yes.


Koizumi Risa
And man, the size of that TV.


Konatsu Warren
It's—it's all quite impressive, yes.


Koizumi Risa
Actually, this is way better than dead bodies.

... no one's found one yet, right?


Konatsu Warren
Ah—not that I am aware of, no. It seems to be quite normal so far.


Koizumi Risa
Oh thank goodness.


Konatsu Warren
Yes . . . it—that much is good.

[teaaaaaaa]


Koizumi Risa
I like this game much better already.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—yes, it does not seem to be as dangerous.


Koizumi Risa
Exactly.


Konatsu Warren
Mhm . . .

[contemplating his tea]


Koizumi Risa
What are you thinking?


Konatsu Warren
Ah—oh, it's nothing.


Koizumi Risa
Worried?


Konatsu Warren
No—ah—not particularly.


Grimm Steward
...one of us is missing already?


Koizumi Risa
That's how the game goes...


Grimm Steward
...yes, I suppose so. Still, I wish there might be a bit more time to sort things out.


Koizumi Risa
What kind of things?


Grimm Steward
Perhaps get a better handle on perhaps who is who, or if there's a specific pattern to the clues they're having us decode.


Koizumi Risa
Koizumi Risa. Hi!


Grimm Steward
Grimm Steward. A pleasure to meet you, Miss.

You wouldn't happen to be the Miss Risa I am on a team with, would you?


Koizumi Risa
So you're my elusive teammate!


Grimm Steward
Ah, yes, I apologize for my absence, earlier. I'm afraid I wasn't feeling well.


Koizumi Risa
Are you okay now, Grimm?


Grimm Steward
Yes! I had some tea and some soup, and now I'm feeling much better.


Konatsu Warren
[heading for the main hall to get some tea]


Mr. Sidney
[has headed that way himself after the announcement, as a matter of fact. There are several different teapots out.]


Konatsu Warren
Ah—good morning, sir.


Mr. Sidney
Good morning. The buffet layout is for all to use as they see fit, but I can assist you as preferred.


Konatsu Warren
I—ah—you need not concern yourself over me. Has—your employer seen skills that she would find useful as of yet?


Mr. Sidney
She is quite pleased with the group's performance.


Konatsu Warren
That is fortunate.


Mr. Sidney
[smiles] Indeed, sir.


Konatsu Warren
[pouring himself some teaa]

I—ah—I do not mean to pry, sir, but—what manner of woman is she—? I mean—your employer, that is.


Mr. Sidney
She's a very energetic, very willful young lady.


Konatsu Warren
For what reason is she seeking our assistance?


Mr. Sidney
Did you not see the explanation she gave with the clues?


Konatsu Warren
She mentioned being a collector but no specifics as to what precisely she is looking for nor how our efforts might definitely be of assistance. Testing our skill in breaking codes and uncovering the suspicious activities of our fellows does not seem to be immediately relevant to efforts at uncovering elusive items.

It—ah—was just a curiosity.


Mr. Sidney
I am sure she would be pleased to explain more at a later junction... perhaps once she has had a further look at your capabilities.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—yes, of course. My apologies.


Mr. Sidney
Not at all, sir. You are within your rights to ask.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—while that may be true, I did not want to seem as though I was questioning Miss Bellcourt's motives or that I am in any way ungrateful to her for having been afforded this opportunity.


Mr. Sidney
I understand completely, sir. A suspicious mind simply goes well with what you are being asked to do.


Konatsu Warren
Very well. I hope that we may prove suitable for the task at hand.


Mr. Sidney
I hope so as well.


Naruse Kazuki
So Zero was right about Spain...? Some of you guys were talking about the clue hinting to him being a wolf, right?


Shuri Oak
I don't think the clues hint like that...


Naruse Kazuki
I'm just saying that it seems why Zero voted on him.


Shuri Oak
Ah, well, perhaps that's the case. Still, I don't think it actually means anything.


Naruse Kazuki
And it's too late now.


Shuri Oak
At least we know Zero was definitely a sheep, right?


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah!


Ashton Anchors
I'm pretty sure the clue was just to figure the team names out...and even if it weren't, it'd never point to just a wolf!


Naruse Kazuki
It sounded like he voted on Spain for that reason, but I guess you're right.


Ashton Anchors
I've heard worse reasons, but without a sure clue...well, everyone's logic is kind of shaky in the first round.


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah. I mean, we tried to link that Joshua guy to Spain's team name originally on pretty stupid logic too.


Ashton Anchors
Didn't you do it because they were in the same sentence?


Naruse Kazuki
I linked Joshua to Sagittarius originally because there's a constellation called the big dipper, also known as Ursa Major, and Sagittarius shares a star with the Milk Dipper constellation. But that was too big of a guess. And since team names being in the same sentence as a person's name proved to turn out right, I figured out my first guess with Joshua was wrong since Spain was was Sagittarius instead. So that meant Joshua was someone else, and 'bearly' didn't mean a bear but 'bearing water', since there was talk of showers. Aquarius is the water-bearing sign!


Ashton Anchors
...I think I would follow this a lot better if I'd actually known these constellations.


Kiryu Joshua
It's important to note that everyone showers.

Though it might be more interesting if people try to move around in towels only.


Ashton Anchors
--don't jinx us!


Kiryu Joshua
Are you afraid of a little nudity, dear?


Ashton Anchors
W-well...

*goes red*


Kiryu Joshua
I think we're all rather used to the dragons.


Ashton Anchors
It's not them! I just--like my clothes!


Kiryu Joshua
Hmmm ... Another one who seems to lack hormones.


Ashton Anchors
I don't see the connection!


Kiryu Joshua
Isn't that the point?


Ashton Anchors
Of losing all my clothes? No!


Kiryu Joshua
Hmm, you're not following.


Ashton Anchors
I know perfectly well what hormones are.


Konatsu Warren
Perhaps you should lead by example.


Kiryu Joshua
Everyone's eyes may burn out from such beauty.


Konatsu Warren
Well then it would be unfortunately necessary for you to remain out of view.


Kiryu Joshua
I could give immunity to those who would like it.


Konatsu Warren
It would be best to simply keep yourself out of view.


Kiryu Joshua
But the ungrateful wouldn't receive it.

Need not worry, dear.


Konatsu Warren
Then please refrain from such comments in the future.


Kiryu Joshua
You asked nicely and everything.


Konatsu Warren
Regardless of how rude you are I do not see why I should stoop to such a level.


Kiryu Joshua
Why assume I'm just being rude?


Konatsu Warren
You honestly think it is nothing but mere assumption?


Shuri Oak
Interesting...?


Kiryu Joshua
Is it bad to appreciate aesthetics, Shuri?


Shuri Oak
Hmmmm, I suppose not.


Kiryu Joshua
I'm glad that you agree.


Shuri Oak
It doesn't seem very proper in such a nice estate, though.


Kiryu Joshua
I never said the towels have to drop.


Shuri Oak
I didn't even mean--! Even so! What if the lady of the household comes?


Naruse Kazuki
I wouldn't really care...


Kiryu Joshua
Really?


Naruse Kazuki
It's not like you'd be lucky enough to see everything!


Ash
You like watching people walk around in towels?


Kiryu Joshua
You don't?


Ash
I was asking for your opinion. Mine doesn't matter in this case.


Belphegor
Who'd want to see that?


Kiryu Joshua
Your opinion has never mattered to me.


Belphegor
Your loss.


Ruka
...What?


Kiryu Joshua
So you've played games like this before, hmm?


Ruka
...I've heard of them.

...

[well whatever YAY COFFEE]


Kaname Kuran
[I think I'll have some too. Looking vaguely tired.]


Ruka
[...nods to??]


Kaname Kuran
[nods back. and drink]


Ruka
[who needs breakfast when you have coffee :|b looking over the big screen with the poll thoughtfully]


Kaname Kuran
[stirs in more milk]


Needy
OK, who's the creeper?


Kiryu Joshua
The creeper?


Needy
Creeper. One who creeps. I know we're hot shit and all, but watching a couple girls in their room? Someone seriously has their skeeve set to eleven.


Naruse Kazuki
Did something happen?


Needy
Someone was watching us last night.


Naruse Kazuki
How d'ya know? Did you see them?


Needy
I just know.


Naruse Kazuki
...riiiight.


Kaname Kuran
Did anything else happen?


Needy
Dunno.


Ashton Anchors
Who's the what now?


Naruse Kazuki
Where ARE you from? Those are dragons on your shoulders, right? It's nostalgic somehow...


Ashton Anchors
I'm from a place called Expel! Nostalgic?


Naruse Kazuki
Ah! Aaaaaaaaaaah! I got it!


Ashton Anchors
...?!?!


Naruse Kazuki
Don't worry, I just understand things a little better now. Anyway, since we weren't properly introduced, I'm Kazuki! Nice to meet ya!


Ashton Anchors
Oh--oh, okay. I'm Ashton. Nice to meet you too!


Naruse Kazuki
Heheh~!


Ashton Anchors
Rawrk!

*don't forget us!*


Naruse Kazuki
And you guys too, o'course.


Ashton Anchors
H-heh.


Kaname Kuran
...

Shuri Oak
Oh, breakfast.


Ashton Anchors
*chowing down when you get there :T*


Shuri Oak
Ashton~

[CHOWING DOWN SOUNDS LIKE SUCH AN EXCELLENT IDEA]


Ashton Anchors
*STEALS OFF YOUR PLATE*


Shuri Oak
--H-Hey!


Ashton Anchors
*bops Ururun lightly. swallows. offers his own plate to the dragons \(O_o)/*

Morning--sorry about that!


Shuri Oak
G-Good morning...


Ashton Anchors
Lots of people like feeding them, so...haaah.


Shuri Oak
They ought to have table manners!


Ashton Anchors
*hiccups bubbles!!*

Rrr.


Shuri Oak
...There aren't bubbles in the food, right??


Ashton Anchors
...he ate the soap.


Shuri Oak
...the soap...


Ashton Anchors
It was an accident!


Shuri Oak
How do you accidentally eat soap?!


Ashton Anchors
Grawk awk gawr, rawk awroo!


Shuri Oak
...Nevermind...


Ashton Anchors
*drinking his coffee black to get the soapy taste out of his mouth :|b*


Shuri Oak
... Did you eat it too?!


Ashton Anchors
What? No! It's, it's complicated!


Shuri Oak
Okay! I'm just curious!

[...I think I'm going to eat more delicious food before I imagine too vividly what soap might taste like]


Ashton Anchors
*first it was kind of flowery. then it was just gross.

anyway, eating.*


Shuri Oak
This has to be the best game so far.


Ashton Anchors
It's been a whole day and nothing creepy has happened so far! And the food is amazing.


Shuri Oak
Exactly, exactly! And they're giving out prizes, even!


Ashton Anchors
I wonder what they are...


Shuri Oak
I'm sure they'll be excellent! ♥


Belphegor
Much better.

Ash
[looks kind of tired, and set out to get something akin to coffee]


Shepherd
[There is coffee!]


Ash
[good. and would someone chew me out if I light a cigarette?]


Mr. Sidney
[approaches] Sir, if you would like to smoke, may I recommend the balcony?


Ash
Oh, of course. Sorry.


Mr. Sidney
I apologize for the inconvenience.


Ash
No, that's understandable. Just out here?


Mr. Sidney
That's right. Thank you kindly.


Ash
Thank you.

[will stand out there for a while then!]


Kaname Kuran
Sleep well?


Ash
Not really...


Kaname Kuran
Maybe it's the change of sleeping schedules... or...

Did you dream?


Ash
I'm not sure. I don't remember any dream. I just didn't really feel well, I think.


Kaname Kuran
Unused to the surroundings, then?


Ash
Maybe. I mean... it's not that bad of a place.


Kaname Kuran
The accommodations have been fairly generous.


Ash
[has moved to the balcony while talking?]

Mh. It's nice, for being so sudden.


Kaname Kuran
[staying on the shaded part of the balcony]

Are you new to these sorts of game?


Ash
Yes.


Kaname Kuran
Fortunately, so far it hasn't been like the last game or so.


Ash
How was the last game?


Kaname Kuran
More violent. It involved a demon.


Ash
. . . someone from camp?


Kaname Kuran
No, not anyone familiar or from camp. Your partner could probably give you more details, but in the end all the players did make it out safely.


Ash
Oh. That's good.


Uchiha Itachi
...That's a little more straightforward, at least.


Ash
Good Morning.


Uchiha Itachi
Good morning. How did you sleep?


Ash
. . . I couldn't really sleep. I don't know. I'm just very tired.


Uchiha Itachi
It's understandable.


Ash
Oh? How did you sleep?


Uchiha Itachi
I rarely sleep well in these games, though this one hasn't be unpleasant so far.


Ash
I see. Has it been stressful before?


Uchiha Itachi
I've been in a number of particularly stressful games. Though, I've also been in some that were rather enjoyable.


Ash
[nods. and we're on the balcony now /o/]

I hope this one will stay interesting then.


Uchiha Itachi
They're rarely boring.


Ash
All right. I can sort of guess that.


Uchiha Itachi
It becomes obvious fairly quickly.


Ash
Yes, well. [yawns a little] More sleep would've been welcome.


Uchiha Itachi
I can agree with that.


Ash
[rubs his forehead a bit]

What should happen next?


Uchiha Itachi
At some point today we should get a clue to help us in finding a wolf. The clues usually consist of three players or teams for us to focus on. Though sometimes a safe sheep clue is given. It's something of a double edged sword, since it gives the sheep someone to trust, but it also gives the wolves someone to target.


Ash
... how clever. And what can the wolves do?


Uchiha Itachi
In each three person clue there are two sheep and one wolf. The wolves try to deceive the flock into ousting the sheep. If they're successful for three nights, they win.


Ash
Right... And if we find them out and oust them first, we win? How many wolves should there be?


Uchiha Itachi
That's right. There should be three in a game this size.


Ash
Three teams? Or three people.


Uchiha Itachi
Three wolves. Teams are a single unit.


Ash
Okay.


Belphegor
It is, isn't it? Less of a mouthful too.


Uchiha Itachi
I suppose the code names were a test.


Belphegor
So it seems. Which reminds me, how had you known about the stars? I was under the impression your world was different.


Uchiha Itachi
It is, but I've been here for four and a half years, and I've spent a lot of time in the library reading about various aspects of this world and others.


Belphegor
Hmm... that would be a lot of reading. Most from this world wouldn't have known. That's why it was surprising.


Uchiha Itachi
Four and a half years is a long time, and I focus on the things that interest me.


Belphegor
Of course. Tastes and all.


Uchiha Itachi
And an excessive amount of spare time to explore them.


Belphegor
I'd die of boredom in that amount of time. I don't know how you do it.


Uchiha Itachi
I know you have your own ways of entertaining yourself. Some of them seem to involve my brother.


Belphegor
Only sometimes! Last I saw him, he was cranky from returning from vacation.


Sera Angel
...


Mr. Sidney
If you and your teammate would enjoy some more suitable breakfast this morning, I would be pleased to offer you some leftovers from your dinner last night.


Sera Angel
I can't speak for her, but I'll take some, thank you.


Mr. Sidney
Very well. One moment, Miss.


Sera Angel
*waits*


Mr. Sidney
[returns with some] I hope the quantity is satisfactory as well. Do please let us know if you are finding it lacking.


Sera Angel
Thank you... I'm sure it'll be fine. I can stay comfortable on less than this.


Mr. Sidney
I'm relieved to hear it.


Sera Angel
*gestures at the meat*

...where...?


Mr. Sidney
Ah. From a medical facility.


Sera Angel
...I see. Thank you.


Mr. Sidney
[inclines his head]


Uchiha Itachi
I didn't get a chance to answer your last question from ousting. Are you still curious?


Sera Angel
*nods* Please.


Uchiha Itachi
Kazuki seemed helpful. His organizing the code names was beneficial and he told me he did have experience in these kinds of games before. I thought it was worth it to keep him in the game.


Sera Angel
*nods*

...pretty much what Risa said... and that was my reasoning, as well. Thank you.


Uchiha Itachi
There wasn't much else to base our judgments on. You're welcome.


Belphegor
Hm?


Sera Angel
It bothers me that we don't know where Spain, Zero, and Ferdinand went.


Belphegor
Coming from you, that is far from surprising. I couldn't care less about their fate, but I think you're worrying too much. All the dangerous games I've seen were obvious from the beginning. This one's different.


Sera Angel
I hope that you're right, but I always prefer to know.


Belphegor
Of course. Time ought to tell.


Sera Angel
*nodnod*


Naruse Kazuki
You seem the best one to ask; You said something about this game possibly being linked to previous ones, right? What's the conclusion now?


Sera Angel
I still don't know, but there's one way to find out. If we google something here and find results that match up with the information we have from past games...


Naruse Kazuki
I'm asking 'cause that Joshua guy seems to think so too. Would they even come up in a google search? It could be too obscure.


Sera Angel
We found newspaper articles last time, so it seems likely.


Naruse Kazuki
Huh. Death games-- that's what they were, right? Aren't usually something that can be easily advertised. But I'll leave the clue searching to you!


Sera Angel
We were pulled in from elsewhere... no one even knew we were there, outside the house, I think. But the house we were trapped in was a matter of public record, as were the owners.


Naruse Kazuki
[nods, understanding.]


Kiryu Joshua
I have a question, Sera!


Sera Angel
Mm?


Kiryu Joshua
Were there partners last game? The one with the pseudo-incest?


Sera Angel
There were. I don't remember the particulars, but...


Kiryu Joshua
Were Bel and Shuri paired up?


Sera Angel
*nods!*

Like the first game.


Kiryu Joshua
This time, too.

Sense a pattern?


Sera Angel
That the Shepherds like to put them in a team?


Kiryu Joshua
... It's not that simple.


Sera Angel
*rubs her forehead*

...I'm not following your point yet, but I'm listening.


Kiryu Joshua
The butler said this game would be sorely lacking in subplots, which leads me to believe he's aware of what has happened in the past.

I would like to investigate further, if it's possible. Care to check out the computers with me, Sera?


Sera Angel
...that's right, we have actual access this time... I sure would.


Kiryu Joshua
Before we go—did you acquire more information about our captors from last time? I assume "Christian, Bastien, occult" wouldn't be sufficient to find what I need. Nor would pseudo-incestuous demonic children!


Sera Angel
... *nods* Mayfair. That was the name of the estate... it was in Sebastian Mayfair's time that it started to be associated with the occult. Later... the Sullivans bought the property... with children Elli and Luka Sullivan.


Kiryu Joshua
Very useful! I'll grab breakfast and bring it with me.


Sera Angel
I've eaten already, so whenever you've got something.


Kiryu Joshua
One moment!

[insert getting delicious food on a plate here]

Let's go to the library, dear.


Sera Angel
This way, right? *TO THE LIBRARY*


Kiryu Joshua
Yup!

[slides into a computer seat and pulls up google and first types in "Sebastien Mayfair"]


Shepherd
[You find your way pretty easily! It's a fair sized room with lots of books and comfy nooks, a few armchairs, and several desks with computers on them.

Google finds a very few references, mostly as Lord Sebastien Mayfair, from the area of Dundee, UK. Doesn't seem to be too much on him -- but the results aren't confused with anyone with the same name, fortunately.]


Kiryu Joshua
[pauses and then does another search on Luka Sullivan]


Sera Angel
*watching over your shoulder*

If the house was in Dundee, I bet "Dundee, Sullivan, murder" would pull up something.


Shepherd
[You get around 70 results for "Luka Sullivan", including http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22Luka+Sullivan%22&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a these; As you can see one is a birth record site. There are two results on that; one born in 2000 in Bristol and one born in 1995 in Boston]


Sera Angel
...it'd be the 2000 one.

*sits down at another chair and googles St. Dominic's School For Boys*


Shepherd
[You find a few articles -- including the one Mina had mentioned about the gay teacher, actually -- some references of people who attended there or had other references of that sort ...as well as the school's website]


Kiryu Joshua
[tries "dundee, sullivan, murder"]

Let's see!


Shepherd
[ http://www.google.ca/search?q=dundee+sullivan+murder&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a

You may need to narrow it down. That's a LOT of results.]


Sera Angel
*...is Mina or Mr. Cillian's email address on this site? googles "dundee mayfair manor legends" on another tab while she checks the St. Dominic's site, then switches back to look.*


Shepherd
[Lol you can try the admissions email if you want...]

[you might need to figure out a specific phrase and put it in quotes because that set of words has a LOT of results.

http://www.google.ca/search?q=Dundee+mayfair+manor+legends&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a ]


Sera Angel
*... pulls up gmail on yet another tab.

...that's no good :|a tries "mayfair murders" dundee uk*


Shepherd
[Sure. You probably need to create a new account...

[no results on that phrase...]


Kiryu Joshua
["luka sullivan" murder dundee]

Hmmm ...


Shepherd
[You get no results. That said, given the twins' age at the time, it'd be unlikely the press would publish their names.]


Kiryu Joshua
[tries "Sebastien Mayfair" occult murders]


Shepherd
[You find some reference to gristly murders happening around the late 1800s and surrounding Sebastien Mayfair's manners and rumor that he was involved in the occult due to his known Spiritualist ties.]


Sera Angel
*random string of numerals at gmail dot com, whee!

...takes a break from that and googles "lucia bellcourt"*


Shepherd
[New account created. What sort of emails would you like to send and to whom?]

[no results found if googled with quotes; nothing you can discern as relevant without them since there's a lot of St. Lucia or "bell court" stuff.]


Sera Angel
*whoops I edited that too late, googling with quotes then!

...*

FROM: S. A.
TO: admission's office
SUBJECT: consultation - services rendered

For the attention of Mr. Cillian:

I unfortunately can't find your personal email, but as I seem to be in the area again, I thought I would contact you - this is one of the consultants you called in over the Christmas holiday. I hope that that issue has been concluded as happily as possible, under the circmstances.

I have a few questions to ask you about a tangentally related subject, and I'd be grateful if you could respond.

Thank you for your time,
S. A.


Shepherd
[No results with o/]

[Your email is sent! It'll probably be at least a few minutes before you get a reply...]


Sera Angel
*"bellcourt family"*


Shepherd
[You find a lot of genealogy results but not anything too specific.]

[Gmail (1)]


Sera Angel
*bellcourt ciphers

what's up, gmail?*


Shepherd
[no results]

[Email from cprewett@stdominic.edu!]


Sera Angel
*opens it!*


Shepherd
Hello, my dear. I assume "S.A." Would, in this case, be for Sera Angel?

I'm glad to hear from you and hope you are well. I'm happy to reassure you that the matter was resolved as satisfactorily as possible. Now, what can I help you with?

Yours,
Cillian Prewett.


Sera Angel
That's right! It's nice to talk to you again, Mr. Cillian. I'm glad that things turned out all right there...

Anyway, a lot of the same people seem to have ended up away from camp in your world again, via another recommendation by Miss Sayre... I still don't know if this is the same world as camp is in or not, but camp is cut off from contact with it, so it doesn't make a lot of difference. The person who we were recommended to this time is named "Lucia Bellcourt," and she mentioned her father - another Bellcourt, I'd guess. We're here to play a game, but we seem to be allowed computer access, for now! Since you must have resources I don't, if you're in contact with exorcists and Miss Sayre herself, I was wondering if you knew or could find out anything about our host - or direct me to someone who might be able to.

Thanks so much again for taking the time to reply.
Sera

*...might as well. GOOGLES "Elizabeth Sayre"*


Shepherd
[You'll probably have to wait until after Ousting to get a reply...]

[ Results 1 - 10 of about 7,550 for "Elizabeth Sayre". (0.23 seconds) ]


Sera Angel
*"sayre research" louisiana*


Shepherd
[ Results 1 - 10 of about 102 for "sayre research" louisiana. (0.25 seconds)]


Kiryu Joshua
Who is this?


Sera Angel
Mr. Cillian! He's the headmaster at the school where we had to find the murderer... he answered my email really fast!


Kiryu Joshua
You never mentioned this.


Shepherd
[A Key]
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"Lyo dz esp wtzy qpww ty wzgp htes esp wlxm . . ." sp xfcxfcpo. U xaawqp mimk, tupuzs yk qkqe me U ftduxxqp fa ftq iadp.

"Jung n fghcvq ynzo," V fvturq.

"Kvoh o gwqy aogcqvwghwq zwcb."


Shepherd
[A Lock]


Shepherd
[A Clue]
Tlga aecdtaak nevenan iy tdraa
Genorc tfc vlkpgrc lnb dgnb
Mka wmib swm rdaan


Ashton Anchors
...oh, I got this one!

My head was spinning at the rapid change in direction our conversation had taken. From the cheerful topic of my impending demise, we were suddenly declaring ourselves. He waited, and even though I looked down to study our hands between us, I knew his golden eyes were on me. "You already know how I feel, of course," I finally said.
"I'm here . . . which, roughly translated, means I would rather die than stay away from you." I frowned. "I'm an idiot."
"You /are/ an idiot," he agreed with a laugh. Our eyes met, and I laughed, too. We laughed together at the idiocy and sheer impossibility of such a moment.
"And so the lion fell in love with the lamb . . ." he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.
"What a stupid lamb," I sighed.
"What a sick masochistic lion."


Naruse Kazuki
...

...

Wait a second.


Ashton Anchors
What? It sounds sweet...except maybe that last sentence...


Naruse Kazuki
THAT'S THE THING it sounds familiar... like I've heard it on TV, or against all odds, read it in a book...


Ashton Anchors
I, I've read a couple of books that sounded like that, but not that one, I think...a romance novel?


Naruse Kazuki
THE TWILIGHT MOVIE TRAILER!?


Ashton Anchors
The what now.


Naruse Kazuki
I heard it from somewhere like that! The last line doesn't really fit, but it's some girly book made into a movie about Vampires.


Ashton Anchors
...you know a lot more about this than I do, huh.


Naruse Kazuki
It's relevant to this day and age!


Ashton Anchors
It is?


Naruse Kazuki
Even I've heard about it.


Ashton Anchors
I don't go to the library much! Hey!


Naruse Kazuki
I don't even read!


Ashton Anchors
There are computers here, so I'll look it up after we solve this, all right?


Naruse Kazuki
Fine fine.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—well done, Ashton.


Ashton Anchors
I'm not that good at the harder ones like last night's, but that one wasn't too bad.

What about the lock? I can't make sense of it...


Belphegor
The colors on the lock match with this.


Ashton Anchors
So it might have to do with the colour initials.


Belphegor
That's right.


Ashton Anchors
But it indicates four letters to start with,and three colours.


Belphegor
Hmm...

[okay, now he is stumped... damnit.]


Koizumi Risa
EDWARD CULLEN.


Naruse Kazuki
EXACTLY!!


Koizumi Risa
And Bella.


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah, the girl. What kind of clue is this?


Koizumi Risa
A key to the lock? Uh.


Naruse Kazuki
...like I said.


Koizumi Risa
I don't know! I just read the book, that's all!


Naruse Kazuki
Not my kinda thing, I only know about it cause of all the movie trailers.


Koizumi Risa
. . . I was bored.


Naruse Kazuki
If you're bored, play video games!


Koizumi Risa
It's really hard to come by in camp and I already replayed the ones I have three times over.


Naruse Kazuki
I know what you mean, I've finally resorted to playing flash games!


Koizumi Risa
Wait.... which games do you have?


Naruse Kazuki
I was able to get my hands on a wii console, so Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Smash Bros Brawl, and some Mario stuff. Oh yeah, and Metroid. Other than that, I've pirated some computer games and use some emulators because of desperate measures.


Koizumi Risa
How many controllers?


Naruse Kazuki
Four! You interested?


Koizumi Risa
Oh gosh yes!

I have my ps2 with me with some older games, if you want to trade.


Naruse Kazuki
Let's do it!


Koizumi Risa
I think you're my new best friend.


Naruse Kazuki
It's mutual.


Koizumi Risa
They're mostly rpgs... actually, I really should check what games I have right now.


Naruse Kazuki
RPGs are fine too.


Koizumi Risa
Awesome!


Naruse Kazuki
But for now we should focus on this game.


Koizumi Risa
Right.


Ashton Anchors
Which one is he!?


Koizumi Risa
The sparkling brooding vampire.


Ashton Anchors
...so...the lion.


Koizumi Risa
That would be him.


Ashton Anchors
Who's the lamb?


Koizumi Risa
Bella, his love interest.


Shuri Oak
Uwaaaaaaah, is this really part of the clue?? ♥


Ashton Anchors
I hope so!


Shuri Oak
I can't figure out what it has to do with the rest at all, but...


Ashton Anchors
Uh--I tried shifting the letters in the clue the same way, but it doesn't work, so we need to focus on the lock first. Colour coding?


Shuri Oak
All of the first four letters all have the same three colors. Are we supposed to... shift the colors too??


Belphegor
It could be a different shift per line.


Shuri Oak
That would be too easy. If it's sorted out by letters, do you think it's just a different shift for each letter... Well, I don't know. I'll try things on my own, you people can try and figure out your own things~


Belphegor
Four letters are colored in on all lines. Try that.


Shuri Oak
I don't understand what I'm supposed to try with only four letters!


Belphegor
Shifts that go in +4 groupings. That stupid lock is supposed to tell which shift to use, right?


Shuri Oak
If it were as easy as finding which shift to use, couldn't we just solve the clue without the key and the lock? Anyway, why don't you try things yourself?


Belphegor
I am trying, you imbecile! Don't presume that I'm not. Codes aren't the prince's forte.


Shuri Oak
All the ways to try and solve it I can think of only use the lock and the clue... How are we supposed to put the key in the lock?


Belphegor
I'm working on it!

The Key's passage was meant to be shifted twelve different times, with the shift changing at every new sentence. The Lock shows three colors each filling up the first four letters of the alphabet. The Clue has sixteen groups of four letters organized into three lines. Each line could be a new sentence, or it might only signal a line break.

Right now, my best guess is that the clue involves shifts that increase or change regularly at a certain increment. What increment and how regularly... I DON'T KNOW.

Tlga aecdtaak nevenan iy tdraa
Genorc tfc vlkpgrc lnb dgnb
Mka wmib swm rdaan

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a
c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b
d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c
e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d
f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e
g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f
h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g
i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h
j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i
k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j
l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k
m n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l
n o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m
o p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n
p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o
q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p
r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q
s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r
t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s
u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t
v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u
w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v
x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w
y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x
z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y

t l g a. a e c d. t a a k. n e v e. n a n i. y t d r. a a [26]

g e. n o r c. t f c v. l k p g. r c l n. b d g n. b [23]

m k a. w m i b. s w m r. d a a n [15]

That is the work I have so far.


Kaname Kuran
Something else to note, the passage was shifted different 14 times.

Nz ifbe xbt tqjoojoh bu uif sbqje dibohf jo ejsfdujpo pvs dpowfstbujpo ibe ublfo. Htqo vjg ejggthwn vqrke qh oa korgpfkpi fgokug, yg ygtg uwffgpna fgenctkpi qwtugnxgu. Kh zdlwhg, dqg hyhq wkrxjk L orrnhg grzq wr vwxgb rxu kdqgv ehwzhhq xv, L nqhz klv jroghq hbhv zhuh rq ph.
(1)My head was spinning at the rapid change in direction our conversation had taken. (2) From the cheerful topic of my impending demise, we were suddenly declaring ourselves. (3) He waited, and even though I looked down to study our hands between us, I knew his golden eyes were on me.

"Csy epviehc orsa lsa M jiip, sj gsyvwi," M jmreppc wemh. "N'r mjwj . . . bmnhm, wtzlmqd ywfsxqfyji, rjfsx N btzqi wfymjw inj ymfs xyfd fbfd kwtr dtz." N kwtbsji. "N'r fs ninty." O lxuctkj. "P't hu pkpva."
(4)"You already know how I feel, of course," I finally said. (5) "I'm here . . . which, roughly translated, means I would rather die than stay away from you." I frowned. "I'm an idiot." (6) I frowned. (7) "I'm an idiot."

"Gwc /izm/ iv qlqwb," pm iozmml eqbp i ticop. Xda nhnb vnc, jwm R ujdpqnm, cxx. Go vkeqron dyqodrob kd dro snsymi kxn croob swzyccslsvsdi yp cemr k wywoxd.
(8)"You /are/ an idiot," he agreed with a laugh. (9) Our eyes met, and I laughed, too. (10) We laughed together at the idiocy and sheer impossibility of such a moment.

"Lyo dz esp wtzy qpww ty wzgp htes esp wlxm . . ." sp xfcxfcpo. U xaawqp mimk, tupuzs yk qkqe me U ftduxxqp fa ftq iadp.
(11)"And so the lion fell in love with the lamb . . ." he murmured. (12) I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.

"Jung n fghcvq ynzo," V fvturq.
(13)"What a stupid lamb," I sighed.

"Kvoh o gwqy aogcqvwghwq zwcb."
(14)"What a sick masochistic lion."


Ashton Anchors
Yeah...it shifts forward by one every time, so...hm.


Kaname Kuran
Then... are there only 12 numbers?


Ashton Anchors
...four letters times three colours is 12, if that helps.


Kaname Kuran
Correct.


Ashton Anchors
...it's a start; I'm going to try a few things.


Koizumi Risa
You have an idea about the clues today?


Grimm Steward
Well, since the Key has been decoded, the next order of business is to place the key into the lock. But like all keys, if you don't place it in correctly, it won't unlock. So our focus now should be on the lock--how these colors relate to the letters and to the Key. The answer is there, we just need to discover it.


Koizumi Risa
. . . you're a smart guy, right?


Grimm Steward
Of course! I'm a child prodigy!


Koizumi Risa
Great!

... cause I'm not really.


Grimm Steward
Don't worry! You're with me--so we'll be able to figure it out just fine.


Koizumi Risa
Awesome!


Shuri Oak
But what does this have to do with Twilight...


Kaname Kuran
I believe letters would go into the colored sections, then the following would follow the rest of the alphabet. It would be used to solve the Clue.


Shuri Oak
...I don't get it...


Kaname Kuran
Just a possibility. An example:
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUV
BLUEACDFGHIJKMNOPQRSTV


Shuri Oak
Why don't you try solving it that way if you understand it, then.


Kaname Kuran
The question is what to put in the color-sections. Since the first entry had twelve separate shifts, I suggest trying different ways to enter it.


Shuri Oak

Like this? I don't really know...


Kaname Kuran
[...]

Now I'm the one who doesn't understand.


Shuri Oak
I don't understand what you're saying either. Actually I don't even understand what that means and I made it.


Belphegor
There's still the matter of doubled letters, such as the l in yellow. And then, would you remove the color letters later on in the alphabet?

This will be a headache.


Belphegor
For better visibility: yellow, red and blue are a color model.


Kaname Kuran
LIONABCDEFGHJKMPQRSTUVWXYZ
LAMBCDEFGHIJKNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
LOVEABCDFGHIJKMNPQRSTUWXYZ


Shuri Oak
Kaname, you're so cool!! ♥


Kaname Kuran
We all helped.

But now, to decipher the meaning of the clue...


Shuri Oak
That's right! We have plenty of time though... uwaaaaah ♥


Kaname Kuran
Genorc tfc vlkpgrc lnb dgnb.

The "tfc" looked like "the" to me. Through process of elimination and luck, I've deciphered it as: "Ignore the vampire and find"


Shuri Oak
--Ah! It's a breakthrough!


Kaname Kuran
[a nod] It's something.


Shuri Oak
So it looks like at least for that line, N-Z are exactly the same.


Kaname Kuran
My apologies, I believe I had an error in the key pictured where A=L.


Shuri Oak
It's an error?


Shuri Oak
Oh, then is it:

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
LMABCDEFGHIJKNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

The first half of the alphabet is shifted two places back.


Kaname Kuran
Ah, I see you have it.


Kaname Kuran
..."Lamb."


Shuri Oak
--Ahhh, how smart!


Ashton Anchors
--oh!


Naruse Kazuki
Soooo, Twilight... WAS a part of the clue? There's a Vampire here?


Kaname Kuran
Coincidentally, the section may be a reference to myself.


Naruse Kazuki
...that's one hell of a coincidence.


Kaname Kuran
I was surprised as well.


Naruse Kazuki
It's not like you knew you were going to decipher a clue about yourself though.


Kaname Kuran
And perhaps it'll do me some good. If we're not able to figure out the Key section, let's try and crack the Clues in a similar manner.


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah. So I'm guessing each line has a different shift with the alphabet? Like this.

YELLOW: Tlga aecdtaak nevenan iy tdraa
RED: Genorc tfc vlkpgrc lnb dgnb; "Ignore the vampire and find"
BLUE: Mka wmib swm rdaan


Kaname Kuran
That's what I hope.


Ashton Anchors
I think I got something for line one--?

T L G A
T _ _ E

A E C D T A A K
E I G H T E E N

N E V E N A N
D I V I D E D

I Y
B Y

T D R A A
T H R E E

Let me double-check.


Shuri Oak
Is the first word "take," do you think?


Ashton Anchors
I don't know what the first word is, but this key seems to match up pretty well? I did a lot of guessing, though.


Kaname Kuran
The decipher is correct. The key should look like this:

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
LIONABCDEFGHJKMPQRSTUVWXYZ

"Lion."


Ashton Anchors
--I really hope you mean that's for the last line.


Shuri Oak
No, he just filled out the rest of the key. But he set it up differently than you did.


Ashton Anchors
--OH.

Oh, wow.


Grimm Steward
So insofar there's:


Tlga aecdtaak nevenan tdraa
Take eighteen divided by three

Genorc tfc vlkpgrx lnb dgnb
Ignore the vampire and find

Mka wmib swm rdaan

That leaves us one more line.


Kaname Kuran
Take eighteen divided by three
Ignore the vampire and find
One wolf two sheep.


Koizumi Risa
Uh... so six... then ignore Kaname...

Ruka, Joshua and Ashton?


Grimm Steward
That's what it sounds like.


Koizumi Risa
I got that right? Someone confirm!


Sera Angel
I think you're right.


Koizumi Risa
Well then!


Grimm Steward
Great job, Risa!


Koizumi Risa
I didn't do anything, Kaname did the whole deciphering of the code!


Grimm Steward
That's true, he did, but you did figure out the teams part.


Koizumi Risa
Yeah, but that was the easy part.


Grimm Steward
Every contribution counts.


Naruse Kazuki
Cause of eighteen divided by three you ignored the first six teams, and ignored the vampire out of the last four teams left to get who the one wolf, two sheep are, right?


Koizumi Risa
That's how I figured...


Naruse Kazuki
Sounds right to me.

...Ruka isn't a wolf.


Koizumi Risa
You know him?


Naruse Kazuki
You'll probably think it's personal bias, but there's no way for him to lie to me. And I asked him if he was one.


Koizumi Risa
... I... you're sure?


Naruse Kazuki
Positive.


Koizumi Risa
I'll keep that in mind.


Mr. Sidney
Unfortunately, both of you, elements of that... nature are waived for the sake of the game. Asking another person will never be any factual indication of the truth.


Koizumi Risa
I know that!


Mr. Sidney
I apologize for the intrusion then, miss.


Koizumi Risa
It's... it's okay.


Mr. Sidney
[inclines his head] Thank you for your gracious response, Miss.


Koizumi Risa
Thanks for the reminder.


Mr. Sidney
I am glad to be able to provide any form of assistance.


Koizumi Risa
You couldn't tell us who the wolves are, could you?


Mr. Sidney
Unfortunately, Miss Koizumi, I cannot.


Koizumi Risa
It was worth a try.


Mr. Sidney
[obliging chuckle]


Koizumi Risa
Anyway.


Mr. Sidney
Yes?


Koizumi Risa
When is our hostess showing up?


Mr. Sidney
I couldn't say, Miss Koizumi. I imagine soon.


Koizumi Risa
Oh. Okay.


Mr. Sidney
[clears throat]


Naruse Kazuki
...okay, maybe NOT. But I'm still biased and can't help that! I'll grill him if I have to!


Mr. Sidney
I understand, sir. I simply meant to question that as an element of fact rather than belief.


Naruse Kazuki
No, it's belief of strong friendship, y'know! It's not like there's mystical powers involved.


Mr. Sidney
Yes, sir. I understand, sir.


Naruse Kazuki
You're just doing your job, so it's okay I guess.


Mr. Sidney
Thank you kindly for your understanding in this matter.


Naruse Kazuki
While we're talking though, you should tell us about yourself! It's kinda weird to not know anything 'bout the guy who serves us dinner.


Mr. Sidney
Myself, sir? Well, I suppose so. I am Mr. Sidney, and I am the butler of the house.


Naruse Kazuki
How'd you come to be a butler of this place, Sidney?

[...foregoing the honorific, yes. Also obviously NPC interaction is essential in a game of this kind, guys!!]


Mr. Sidney
I was hired on by Miss Bellcourt some four years ago.


Naruse Kazuki
What'd you do before that? I can't imagine being a butler is a dream job or anything.


Mr. Sidney
Unfortunately, I had a period of unemployment; in comparison to it I far prefer being a butler. Previous to that I'd had a history here and there as household help, which is what Miss Bellcourt hired me based on.


Naruse Kazuki
The economy has been getting pretty bad these past couple've years. Guess you struck lucky.


Mr. Sidney
It has indeed. This is a great improvement.


Naruse Kazuki
Sounds like your boss is pretty neat too. It'd suck if you were stuck with a shitty one.


Mr. Sidney
She's certainly an interesting young lady. I've enjoyed my time with her.


Naruse Kazuki
[Oho]

Is she pretty? You can tell me.


Mr. Sidney
[...laughs] Should I? It's not my place to comment on.


Naruse Kazuki
You could pretend to be objective, unless you have ~forbidden feelings~ so you can't even pretend to be that...!


Mr. Sidney
Oh, well, objectively speaking ... yes, she's pretty. Cute, perhaps?


Naruse Kazuki
Cute, huh? Cute's good.


Mr. Sidney
[small laugh] Though of course I must, as her employee, remind you to not behave in an untoward manner about her.


Naruse Kazuki
[hand over his heart, totally solemn]

I promise I won't step on any toes.


Mr. Sidney
[another chuckle] I appreciate it very much.


Naruse Kazuki
No biggie. Oh right, and if you could, get something easy for the stomach for that guy. [jabs a thumb over to Ruka.]


Mr. Sidney
Medicine, sir, or food?


Naruse Kazuki
Food! Though meds might be a good idea too.


Mr. Sidney
Certainly. I'll fetch a cracker tray and -- tums, perhaps?


Naruse Kazuki
You probably know better than me.


Mr. Sidney
Rather, I'm not sure what your friend has had problems with, but if he's simply feeling nauseous that would help.


Naruse Kazuki
I guess it'll do.


Ashton Anchors
Yay, we solved the clue!

...wait.


Koizumi Risa
. . .


Ashton Anchors
...


Koizumi Risa
Your luck is horrible.


Ashton Anchors
Tell me about it.


Sera Angel
It's no problem if you're a sheep this time, right?


Ashton Anchors
I am a sheep, but it seems like I'm always in the first clue...just my luck.


Sera Angel
Isn't it nice to not be a wolf, though?


Ashton Anchors
Yeah, I was really relieved! I was just, you know, hoping I wouldn't be in the first clue either, since no one in that ever lasts until the end of the game...

But the fact that I was a wolf in the first two games is going to affect this, too, isn't it? A lot of you guys know how I acted, and Risa was my partner.


Sera Angel
Well, we can't not decide based on what we know of you... everyone who's been in both games knows what I act like as a wolf or sheep, too.


Ashton Anchors
...yeah. It's only a few of the people here who we don't know at all.


Sera Angel
That's the problem with playing with the same people again and again... have you played other games, where you were a sheep? Is anyone here who saw you like that?


Ashton Anchors
Ah, yeah! There was this one game that was kind of weird. We were...Sekirei and Ashikabi, I think--but it was pretty different from these. Bel was on my team, and Shuri, Konatsu and Itachi played in that one too.


Sera Angel
Thanks! That helps a lot.

...if I thought this was as dangerous as last time I wouldn't vote you out even if I did suspect you, though.


Ashton Anchors
I'm still a bit worried about the 'penalty' for the losers that the note mentioned, but...I don't think anything really bad's going to happen this time around. So it's a bit less difficult to make that kind of decision!


Sera Angel
Mm, exactly...

What do you think about Joshua and Ruka?


Ashton Anchors
It's really hard for me to decide. I don't remember playing with Joshua as well as I do with other people, because it was a while ago, but he isn't acting quite the same--he still likes to make people uncomfortable, but it seems more to see how they'll react.

And--I don't know Ruka at all; we talked a little bit. He's pretty quiet, but I wouldn't know if that made him a wolf or a sheep.

...neither of them were around to work on solving today's clue either, so it's not like people can judge based on how much they helped or didn't help.


Sera Angel
Mm. You and Risa were helpful with the clues last time, too... so there's surprisingly little that's useful to go on, even with how much we've played.


Ashton Anchors
That's because it's still early in the game.


Sera Angel
*nods*

We'd be really lucky to get out a wolf this early.


Ashton Anchors
*looks at the votes :|*

I wonder--why Joshua...


Sera Angel
My gut feeling is that he's a sheep... if that's the case, he's being ganged up on by the wolves.


Ashton Anchors
I actually have my vote on him right now, but I'm really unsure. He could deliberately be acting different...

*shrugs :(*


Sera Angel
That's true...


Ashton Anchors
*orz*

I want to vote for someone I'm sure is the wolf--I'm pretty sure everyone does--but I guess that's not going to happen.


Sera Angel
...I think you or Ruka are more likely, especially with the way votes have been piling on Joshua... I think where the votes go at the very end will tell us a lot, so that's why I'm waiting.

You I know, but am not sure of, and Ruka I don't know... but Kazuki, who does know him, is sure. I guess it'll come down to how much I decide I trust Kazuki here...


Ashton Anchors
*nods*

I don't mind.


Sera Angel
Mm!


Grimm Steward
...


Ashton Anchors
*SIGH.*


Grimm Steward
Ah, w-well, on the bright side, there are two sheep in that group and only one wolf, so the odds are you're a sheep!


Ashton Anchors
It's even odds for any of the people in that clue, actually--but I am a sheep this time!


Naruse Kazuki
. . .


Ashton Anchors
...you know it's really unnerving when all of you look at me like that, right.


Naruse Kazuki
You ARE under suspicion.


Ashton Anchors
I know I am, but that doesn't make it any better!


Naruse Kazuki
It's the first clue too, that's gotta suck.


Ashton Anchors
I'm always in the first clue for these games.


Naruse Kazuki
...you're one unlucky guy.


Ashton Anchors
I'm--I'm working on it, okay?


Shuri Oak
There you are!


Ashton Anchors
But I've been here all along!


Grimm Steward
That's it, then.


Sera Angel
Just so everyone knows without having to look at our notes, the clue was Ruka, Joshua, and Ashton. Thanks to everyone who worked it out! I kept trying, but I was too slow...


Naruse Kazuki
Don't worry, I was slow too. I just figured out that rnaad was sheep and wmib was wolf, but I didn't see the one and two at all!


Sera Angel
Mm! I kept thinking that mka was the, but that wasn't right at all. This isn't my specialty...

What do you think about the clue? Do you know anyone in it?


Naruse Kazuki
I know Ruka... and I sorta know Ashton. And maybe that Joshua guy too. But Ruka's my bro! There's no way he's a wolf!


Sera Angel
Would you be able to tell if he was acting differently?


Naruse Kazuki
Mmmyeah? I reckon I could! He's been acting as usual for him though.


Sera Angel
He seems like a pretty quiet person.


Naruse Kazuki
That's just how he is.


Sera Angel
You're close, huh...


Naruse Kazuki
Like I said, we're bros!


Sera Angel
*nods*

If you're sure it isn't Ruka, then, what do you think of Ashton and Joshua?


Naruse Kazuki
[shrugs]

Joshua seems like the kind of guy who could orchestrate being a wolf really well, but there was talk that Ashton's done it before too?


Sera Angel
Twice now, in games that I've been in. I was a wolf with him the first time, and a sheep the second time... I got voted out early that time, though.

Joshua was a wolf with us the first time. He's very good.


Naruse Kazuki
What are the odds?


Sera Angel
Exactly the same as they were the first two times, assuming that the shepherd is choosing randomly... that's the problem with probability.


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah... so we shouldn't rule them out even if they were wolves tons of times before.


Sera Angel
*nods*

I want to talk to him before I decide who I think is the wolf... Ruka and Joshua, too, but I feel like Ashton's the one I'd be most likely to figure out.

Ruka's the hardest, though. I don't know him at all, and for all I know, you could be a wolf and protecting him. I do that for my friends, when I'm a wolf.


Naruse Kazuki
I'm not going to protect him. If you want to think Ruka's a wolf, then think it. I personally don't... but I'll admit personal bias at least. If I'm wrong, I'll kill him!


Sera Angel
How much personal pride is at stake for you two, in winning games?


Naruse Kazuki
If we're talking about all games, of course I prefer to win! Though it's okay if I lose, I'll just start a new game. Ruka doesn't care?


Sera Angel
Doesn't he?


Naruse Kazuki
...it'd depend if those he cares about stay safe. If winning keeps them safe, he'd prefer to win? That guy doesn't think much of himself.


Sera Angel
Mm... I know that kind of person.


Naruse Kazuki
He's not easy to make friends with though, but do your best! He needs more than just me.


Sera Angel
*....you are so cute oh gosh*


Naruse Kazuki
Speaking about games though... Because of the circumstances, I sort of feel like I should explain why I prefer to win. If I lose games, I die.


Sera Angel
...any game...?


Naruse Kazuki
Not games as in card games or video games, I mean games where I'm actually a player-character. Like this one. But it's the same with card games and video games, when I get killed I just reset... it's a typical game over scenario. I die, but I come back and do it again.


Sera Angel
...dying, and resetting... that's usually something that only AIs can do, in a world of data.


Naruse Kazuki
I don't live in a world of data. I'm just a King, as in the chess piece. Only another King can kill me properly.

...Ruka's a pawn.


Sera Angel
...so that's why you're so sure of him.

Then who's the chess player?


Naruse Kazuki
I'm sure of him because we're friends, not because of what some stupid game decides our roles are.

'Dunno, but I'm going to find out. Call themselves something like the 'Makers'.


Sera Angel
*shivers*

...mm.


Naruse Kazuki
But don't worry if I die. It's just a game.

And that's just recent experience! Even before I got involved in that stuff, I was the King of Games! Highest scores in the best arcades! So there's pride in there too, I have to win, and in this case that means supporting who I think are the sheep!


Sera Angel
*sob my maker pings sob*

...have you voted yet?


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah, I didn't want it to be like last round where I didn't get a chance to vote in the end, so I coin tossed between Joshua and Ashton and got Joshua. I might change it, but that who my vote is on so far.

...you okay?


Sera Angel
That was a good idea... especially since you're just trying to keep Ruka out of it.

Mm, I'm fine.


Naruse Kazuki
Alright. Like I said, my personal bias, but if you vote for him I'll understand.


Sera Angel
*nods*

That's how the game is played...

--Kazuki. You want Ashton and Joshua to go up, and I want Ashton and Ruka to go up... switch your vote to Ashton, and I'll vote on him, too. He'll be sure to go up, and we'll each have a 50-50 shot of getting the teams we want up.


Naruse Kazuki
Alright, just did it.


Sera Angel
All right. That may make me look more suspicious, but I've been telling people I think Joshua is innocent this whole time, so...


Naruse Kazuki
He does look like a scapegoat.


Uchiha Itachi
At least you were present. I missed it entirely.


Sera Angel
I'm glad you're here now! You know Ashton and Joshua's playing styles as well as I do, or better... I'd be grateful for your opinion, once they're around to talk.


Uchiha Itachi
That's true of Ashton, perhaps. I've only been in one game with Joshua, and I was ousted during the second round, so I didn't have a lot of time to observe him. Though, I suppose some experience is better than none with him. He's smart.


Sera Angel
Mm. I think he'd be pretty good at acting more or less the same whether he was a wolf or a sheep...


Uchiha Itachi
That's true. He seems the type to always act the way he does regardless of the role he's in.


Sera Angel
I'm... I don't think he's a wolf this time, but it's just a hunch. He's approaching me in more or less the same way he did when we were both wolves... he's easy to work with if you let him take the lead and back him up, if you're on the same side. It's always possible that he's playing on his knowledge of me, or just approaching me because we get along pretty well, though.


Uchiha Itachi
I remember in the first game he had a tendency to be rather distracting, which he hasn't been here.


Sera Angel
*nods*

He was much different with the wolves. Very to the point.


Uchiha Itachi
I see. It's easy to be straightforward with other wolves when you're a wolf and know everyone's roles. It's different when you're a sheep and don't know who to trust.


Sera Angel
Unless you're pretty sure of the identity of another sheep... like Kazuki seems to be with Ruka. Whether he's wrong or a wolf himself is something we don't know yet.


Uchiha Itachi
True enough. And the fact that Joshua seems to be being straightforward about his suspicion vote makes me inclined to doubt he's a wolf at the moment. He's staying focused on the game.

It's difficult with Kazuki and Ruka, since I don't know either of them.


Sera Angel
*nods* That's my impression.

Kazuki says that Ruka isn't the sort of person who'd think a lot of himself in a game like this... but that he himself likes winning.

It sounds like you, Konatsu, Bel, and Shuri have all seen Ashton as a sheep, too.


Uchiha Itachi
Yes, I have. I believe he and Belphegor were on the same team during that game.


Sera Angel
What was that game like...?


Uchiha Itachi
Distracting. The sheep lost because they were careless. I was on a wolf team and we interacted fairly often with Ashton's team because the...leader of his team was close friends with the leader of mine. My team was forced to come forward as wolves.

The reaction of Ashton's team leader should have been enough to prove their team was innocent, since she was obviously hurt by our betrayal, but for some unfathomable reason the sheep still chose the wrong team.


Sera Angel
Did Ashton seem relaxed, from what you saw of him?


Uchiha Itachi
I'm not sure anyone was entirely relaxed in that game. It was somewhat stressful and upsetting. He was protective and supportive of Chizuru, from what I recall, and he was understanding with my team when we admitted our role in the game. From what I remember, though, he let Chizuru take the lead. At least he did with interactions with my team.


Sera Angel
*nods*

...I think that's just how he usually is. He did that when we were wolves, too... we all let Joshua take the lead, for the most part.


Uchiha Itachi
I also find it somewhat difficult comparing behavior to the second game to this one because the wolves weren't necessarily trying to win, since everyone wanted the game to go on as long as possible in order to figure out what was happening with Luka and Elli. So far here we've actually been focused on playing the game rather than on solving a mystery.


Sera Angel
...it's an interesting change, that's true...

...hm. A vote shifted off of Ashton and onto Ruka. Have you and your partner voted yet?


Uchiha Itachi
We haven't. I'm still considering, and I'm not certain where Ash is. I'd like to talk to him first, if possible.

I'm disinclined to vote for Joshua, particularly now that he has so many votes. Things such as that make me wary. So I'm trying to decide between Ashton and Ruka.


Sera Angel
I think he's being scapegoated by the wolves... but whether they're protecting Ashton or Ruka is hard to say. It looks like Kaname is voting on Ashton.


Uchiha Itachi
I believe I'm leaning toward voting for Ruka, at the moment. I've observed some conversations, and Ashton seems confident when he says he's a sheep, even if he's displeased with being in the first clue again. Ruka seems noncommittal in general.


Sera Angel
...I may take a chance on Kazuki's judgment. We'll see... I'm going to be one of those obnoxious late voters, I'm afraid. I want to see where the votes are going.


Uchiha Itachi
I'm going to wait another 10 minutes or so for my partner, and then decide.


Sera Angel
Mine doesn't seem to be around either...


Uchiha Itachi
With any luck they'll arrive soon.


Belphegor
That clue was maddening.


Sera Angel
I couldn't make anything of the color part at all. It's a good thing we have a mix of people here...


Belphegor
That was the worst part of it. Agreed.

What are your thoughts on those in the clue?


Sera Angel
Ashton, I'm not going to make any judgment on until I talk to him... Risa and I have seen him work from both a wolf and a sheep perspective, so we might have a better chance of telling if he's a wolf.

Ruka I don't know anything about, except that Kazuki seems very sure he's a sheep... they're close, so I don't know if that means he's protecting him, or that he's able to tell things like that from knowledge of the other person.

Joshua would be a very convincing sheep or wolf. I think he might be a sheep this time, though, because he's drawn attention to his being a wolf that one time already... which would be a stupid thing to do if he were a wolf, unless he was counting on people noticing that. And... just the way he's interacted with me makes me think we're probably on the same side this time. Nothing concrete, though.


Belphegor
So... Ruka is an unknown with one reference; any number of us could read Ashton if we collaborate; and Joshua's being his usual annoying, hard-to-read self and the key to decrypting him is in how he behaves toward select others.


Sera Angel
...Ashton is what who goes up to vote will hinge on in this clue, I think.


Belphegor
I agree.

Has anyone else here ever seen him play as a sheep? I was on a sheep team once with him, but I can't say I paid him much attention then.


Sera Angel
Itachi, Konatsu, and Shuri...


Belphegor
So just those here from that game. All of them were wolves then. I remember Ashton was more constructive in the team post than out where others could see him, and the game was full of distractions. A new setting every day.


Sera Angel
That's what Itachi said, too... about the distractions, anyway. The difficulty of the clues are a little distracting here, but it's nothing like exploring the house.


Belphegor
There's a lack of horror element here, as well.


Sera Angel
It's the same world, though. Joshua and I found records of the people from the last games on google.


Belphegor
...You did? This is connected?


Sera Angel
*nods*

Unless there are other places where there was a Sebastien Mayfair, and a Luka Sullivan, and a St. Dominic's School For Boys... that's the time you weren't there, but it was in the same world. They all check out, as far as I can tell...


Belphegor
Interesting. Are the host or butler here mentioned in what you found?

Though my point about horror elements had been the atmosphere and potential threats. The mansion was full of it. The game when I teamed up with him, the eaten and ousted forcefully had their bonds broken. This game, the worst stress so far has been cracking the codes and some wondering about the fate of the eaten and ousted. The stress of the game is different, and affects players differently.


Sera Angel
There was nothing about Ms. Bellcourt that I could find on google... mm, I forgot to look for the Mr. Sidney, though.

...I agree.


Belphegor
Next time, then.


Shuri Oak
...Ruka is the only one I don't really know...


Sera Angel
Same here... what do you think about Ashton and Joshua?


Shuri Oak
I hope it's not them!! But between them... Ah, if it's Ashton it will be much easier to tell... Although I wonder if he's nervous when he's a sheep too, if he's in a clue.


Sera Angel
I think he'd be really happy to be a sheep, finally, though... I don't think that wolf is his favorite role. I didn't like it either.


Shuri Oak
He's a very honest person! At least this game is much nicer. I don't think there should be a problem no matter what anyone is.


Sera Angel
He is... mm. I don't think we're at the house, either.


Shuri Oak
The house should be gone again...

Do you know who voted already?


Sera Angel
That's true. I hope it's completely gone now.

...no idea. It wasn't me.


Shuri Oak
It wasn't me either~... And I hope my partner would tell me if he's voting... maybe...


Sera Angel
Needy too, probably. Do you think anyone would actually answer if we asked...


Shuri Oak
Ah, one on Ruka too...

Well they should answer! I don't see what's so hard in giving reasoning!


Sera Angel
It was Joshua. He thinks Ashton's innocent... but he didn't see him the second game, either. I'm still not convinced either way.


Shuri Oak
Joshua could be the wolf, you know... Either way he only has two people to vote between and the choice is easier, I guess. Ah, that's the only thing I envy about people in clues.


Sera Angel
Being in a clue has never been very frustrating for me... but I'm not good at pretending, so not much is on the line.


Shuri Oak
Ehhhh, it's always frustrating when no one believes you even if you're completely sure you're innocent!


Sera Angel
The last time I was a sheep I got eaten before that, anyway...

...hey, you've played with Belphegor a few times now, right?


Shuri Oak
That's annoying too...

Mmhmm?


Sera Angel
What does his mood seem like to you, this game?


Shuri Oak
Doesn't he always have the same mood, all the time...


Sera Angel
I guess so.


Shuri Oak
Why are you asking?


Sera Angel
I might just be remembering things wrong, but he seems more talkative. I thought he might be in a good mood about playing again.


Shuri Oak
Maybe... I think he likes solving puzzles and things more than talking to people...


Sera Angel
*nods* Mm.


Shuri Oak
--Ah! Are you suddenly suspecting us??


Sera Angel
N-no?! I just wanted to know, since I was wondering...


Shuri Oak
Oh. I don't actually know him that well... I think you'd have to ask him.


Sera Angel
O-okay...


Shuri Oak
[... looks behind him]


Sera Angel
*...*


Shuri Oak
You looked kind of freaked out...


Sera Angel
B-because you got all "are you suspicious?!" all of a sudden...


Shuri Oak
I told you that sort of thing is annoying...


Sera Angel
You're right.


Shuri Oak
Well, it's all right.


Belphegor
[draaapes on]

What was that?


Shuri Oak
[ahem]

You didn't vote, right? Who should we vote for.


Belphegor
I didn't yet. Hmm... who indeed. Go talk to Joshua first. That prick will actually humor you with good responses.


Shuri Oak
Uwah, it's true, I am in his good graces. ♥


Belphegor
Shishishi~ go get 'em, minion.

[shoulder slap and then ushers him off]


Ruka
[LOOKS LIKE HE JUST ROLLED OUT OF BED]

...All right. What was with those clues, anyway...?


Naruse Kazuki
LATE!


Ruka
I know, I know! I'm sorry.


Naruse Kazuki
[and still in a relatively loud voice.]

We even slept in the same bed, too.


Ruka
[jklvjkh]

What does that have to do with anything?! I WASN'T FEELING GOOD.


Naruse Kazuki
It meant you got as much sleep as I did, of course! Was it something you ate? I can talk to Sidney.


Ruka
IT'S FINE NOW.


Naruse Kazuki
So it WAS the food.


Ruka
I don't know! Don't worry about it, stupid Kazuki.


Naruse Kazuki
You can't get sick if you're under suspicion, stupid Ruka!


Ruka
...I'll be careful. I haven't been eating a lot, that's probably it instead.


Naruse Kazuki
I'll force food down your throat if I have to.


Ruka
I'll take better care, it's fine!


Sera Angel
They were pretty difficult... I couldn't figure them out at all.


Ruka
Yeah.


Sera Angel
You're Ruka, right? It's too bad you had to be in the first clue.


Ruka
Right.

[...shrug]

Someone has to... I guess.


Sera Angel
That's true...

Do you know Joshua or Ashton at all?


Ruka
No. Only from this game.


Sera Angel
And there hasn't really been time to do a lot yet... so it's hard for you to defend yourself.


Ruka
...It's fine. It's better than the case for the guy that went last night.


Sera Angel
That's true.

...how much does winning mean to you?


Ruka
...Winning's the point, isn't it? I'd like the sheep to win.


Sera Angel
...whoever the wolf is, you're the most likely to be scapegoated, since a lot of us don't know you as well. You'll have to fight hard.


Ruka
I know. I'll... figure something out... It's not as bad as last night, but... there's still not much to go off of.


Sera Angel
Well, if you think of anything, I'll listen...


Ruka
All right.

...Just... for my thoughts so far... I don't know those guys at all, so it's hard to really say, but... that Joshua person seems like the kind of guy that would be good at playing the wolf. And the dragon guy has tried to help a lot with the clues, so... wolf or not, he's helpful. I think... for now, I'll vote on Joshua, unless Ashton does something weird.


Sera Angel
*nods* Joshua is a really good wolf... I don't think he is this time, but that might be biased, because I like him. You may well be right.


Ruka
[nods]

Sorry.


Sera Angel
...it's okay. I'm pretty used to these now.


Ruka
Okay.

...Since... you're more experienced, why don't you think he is one this time...?


Sera Angel
He's... um, trying to annoy people... in a slightly different way. And... he's acting in a similar way towards me as he did when we were on the same side... he likes to take the lead when he thinks of things. It's nothing solid, though.


Ruka
...

...All... right.


Sera Angel
It looks like people are leaning towards him or Joshua so far.


Ruka
...Me and Ashton have the same number of votes, but I guess so.


Sera Angel
--Ashton and Joshua each had three votes and you had one, a minute ago.


Ruka
...So someone switched from Ashton...?


Sera Angel
They must have.


Ruka
[...nods]


Sera Angel
...who are you voting for?


Ruka
...It's still on Joshua. I can't see any reason to vote on Ashton yet, so...


Sera Angel
Okay. We'll see what happens right at the end, then.


Ruka
Yeah. I'll talk to the Ashton guy now, but I'm keeping my vote where it is for now. We'll see.


Kiryu Joshua
I see people are making great efforts to discern the wolf.


Sera Angel
Spain was probably a sheep, so it'd be good if we got a wolf tonight...


Kiryu Joshua
I voted for Ruka. Ashton isn't acting how he does as a wolf.


Sera Angel
I'm not sure yet. He's not acting all that differently from what he was the second game.


Kiryu Joshua
Was he a wolf that time or a sheep?


Sera Angel
Wolf. I think he was in the first clue then, too.


Kiryu Joshua
Hmmm ... Did he go up to vote immediately?


Koizumi Risa
I think we did.

... I think.

Crap, I can't remember.


Uchiha Itachi
You didn't. We solved the clue incorrectly at first, if you recall. We didn't realize it was pointing at your team until the suspicion poll ended. Two sheep teams went up the second night.


Koizumi Risa
Right, I almost forgot. The clue was mocking my height. I think... Castle and dragons.


Kiryu Joshua
I see! Very important to know.

How did Ashton behave as a wolf that time?


Koizumi Risa
... the same, really. The clues weren't as.. cryptic so it wasn't like we were working that hard on them.


Sera Angel
Do you mean the same as the first time, or the same as this?


Koizumi Risa
I think Ashton acts the same, either way. Like, sheep or wolf... but then again he's always been a wolf so far...


Sera Angel
...

*nods*


Koizumi Risa
... Actually no.


Shuri Oak
Of course! Could I speak to you, then?


Kiryu Joshua
Anything for you, Shuri.


Shuri Oak
Ah, you're too kind ♥ You voted, right? You're really sure?


Kiryu Joshua
I have my doubts, but Ashton seemed much more frantic in the first game. I'd need to speak to him again, but I have a feeling he would be disappointed and put at a strain to find himself in the same role.

Ruka's flippant behavior is difficult to read ... But it's suspiciously non-committal, regardless of what Kazuki says.


Shuri Oak
When Ashton was a wolf before, usually by ousting it was pretty obvious, and he didn't really have much of a defense.

Ruka was annoying when I tried to introduce myself to him before... He's just letting his friend defend him, hmm.


Kiryu Joshua
If he goes up tonight with me, it'll be obvious.

That's curious, isn't it?


Shuri Oak
Hmmm, that's true...

It is, although it's not like I tried to talk to him again myself... I guess I should.


Kiryu Joshua
I'd rather not bother. Everyone seems very decided upon me for no reason. A shame, really. Throwing away a sheep so soon.


Shuri Oak
You're very smart; I'm sure if you were a wolf you could hide it the best!


Kiryu Joshua
Of course, but I'm not this time. Nothing to hide, I'm afraid! It just means everyone's a tad more uncreative for going after me. Every game I've played in has been like this ... A shame that people can't look at other things than how I behave.


Shuri Oak
I voted on Ruka instead of you, if it's any support to you. ♥


Kiryu Joshua
Thank you.


Naruse Kazuki
Just so you know, I voted for you on a coin toss as a placeholder vote. It wasn't personal, but I'm beginning to wonder if you're just a scapegoat.


Kiryu Joshua
You hit the nail on the head! Good job.


Naruse Kazuki
Since votes have moved from Ashton to Ruka without explanation, I'll probably change it to Ashton too.


Kiryu Joshua
I voted for Ruka from the start, I'm afraid, but I'd prefer for it to be me and Ashton up to vote! It might clarify things.


Naruse Kazuki
Mmm, but I don't particularly want to switch my vote now because it'd create a tie. Clarify what?

[and as it occurs to him]

If you want that situation, why not vote for Ashton?


Kaname Kuran
[listening to the discussion from over in the corner]


Sera Angel
Thanks again for the clues.


Kaname Kuran
You're welcome. Someone would have solved it eventually, but this allows us more time to make a decision on who to vote for.


Sera Angel
I've been talking to a lot of people...


Kaname Kuran
I haven't, but I'm trying to listen to what has been said. Out of the three, you know Ashton and Joshua the most, correct? And so far, everyone has been acting as themselves.


Sera Angel
That's right... for the most part.


Kaname Kuran
For the most part?


Sera Angel
I think Joshua's a sheep. It's between Ruka and Ashton, for me.


Kaname Kuran
It seems most people are voting on Joshua due to his personality. For a game, I have my doubts that this is a good method for choosing.

I already cast a vote on Ashton. I find it interesting that he has been a wolf two times previous, and in both of those he went up on the first clue, correct? I'd like to find if he is as unfortunate again.


Sera Angel
He was in the first clue last time, but he didn't go up till the next day because we didn't interpret the clues correctly... do you truly think it's him, or is it just curiousity?


Kaname Kuran
It's mostly curiosity as I have little to go on, myself. And thus far, the stakes to this game seem much less dire than the last. So it's a chance I'll try.


Kiryu Joshua
At least someone is playing intelligently.

Ashton would be prepared to behave differently, of course. We should keep that in mind.


Kaname Kuran
I will. Unfortunately, while I was in the previous game with Ashton, we did not speak much so I'm not very familiar with him personally.


Kiryu Joshua
I know his nerves fairly well.


Kaname Kuran
And the others, too?

--The votes have evened out again.


Ashton Anchors
Very funny.


Kaname Kuran
I apologize if I am wrong.


Ashton Anchors
*laughs*

I guess I can see why people would think that way, though.


Mr. Sidney
[Brings out a tray of crackers and cheese] Just some snacks for the time being. Ah, and some tums for Mr. Ruka; I heard you were having some gastrointestinal distress?


Ruka
[.......................takes them]

Thank you.


Mr. Sidney
My profuse apologies if anything about the meal troubled you, sir. If you continue to feel ill do let me know.


Ruka
[nods]

It's fine, it's fine.


Shuri Oak
Hohhh, what's that?


Ruka
...It's medicine.


Shuri Oak
How sad for you to be sick... Is that why you're so quiet? Make sure it isn't contagious.


Ruka
It's why I wasn't around earlier, but I've talked to the people who've spoken to me since then.

[...ignores the last part]


Shuri Oak
Well I'm speaking to you now, so pay attention! I know the other people in the clue but all I know about you is that you're annoying and you have someone defending you right away.


Ruka
...And...? Kazuki can do what he wants. Do you have anything useful to say?


Shuri Oak
I want to figure out if you're the wolf.


Ruka
...

Okay.


Shuri Oak
At least give a defense!


Ruka
Isn't it your job to ask questions? Well, whatever. I voted on Joshua because he seems like the kind of guy that would be good at being a wolf, and Ashton has been more helpful with solving the clues. He hasn't done anything weird, either, so really it's just good to have that around to help.


Shuri Oak
[nod nod...]

Well, wolves can solve clues too... Ashton is a straightforward sort of person, though.


Ruka
He seems like the type to be jumpier, if he were a wolf... I guess.


Shuri Oak
In the first game I was there when he was a wolf up for ousting, and he barely even denied it... That was different though.


Ruka
[...frown]

Different... how? There hasn't been a lot of denying this time, either.


Shuri Oak
It was different because... it was a different kind of game!


Ruka
...That's not very useful.


Shuri Oak
I-It was more--stressful--[useless hand gestures]


Ruka
...All right, whatever.


Shuri Oak
[n-nod nod nod]


Ruka
...Was it one of the dangerous games...? A few others have mentioned those.


Shuri Oak
Sort of--like that. [nods more]


Ruka
...All right. That is different.


Shuri Oak
[oh gosh I love snacks]


Ashton Anchors
Ah, thanks. I guess it doesn't make sense to eat a lot right now...

*feeds some crackers to the dragons*


Ruka
...Hey. You've been a wolf before, haven't you? Know why you're being voted on this time? And I should hear your defense.


Ashton Anchors
Kaname says he's voting on me to see if I'm unlucky to be a wolf three times in a row. I don't know who placed the other votes, so your guess is as good as mine for them.

...and there's not a lot for me to defend myself with, right? I could say there was no way I could be a wolf three times in a row, and in the first clue three times in a row, but it's still possible. I could say I helped with the clues, but sheep and wolves both help with the clues anyway so that they can be kept in for being useful. All I can offer is that I'm a sheep this time, and I'm trying my best to help out so I can help the sheep win a game for once!


Ruka
...Got it. I thought before... that it'd be good to keep you in for being helpful, and that the other guy was more suspicious... I'll stick to that for now, I guess.


Ashton Anchors
...thanks. I'm sorry we're stuck in the clue together--it's always a lousy position to be in.


Ruka
It's annoying being in the first one.


Ashton Anchors
*nodding*

Awrrrk.



NIGHT 2: OUSTING

Miss Bellcourt wishes to congratulate you on solving today's clues. She wishes for me to pass on the sentiment that tomorrow, "she'll actually start to get serious!"

Please look forward to it.

Poll #1534826 (Results are as of when the poll closed)
Open to: Friends, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8

But for now, the ousting:

Joshua - 1 (12.5%)
Ashton - 7 (87.5%)

As a bonus for tonight, Miss Bellcourt has proposed a small challenge. In addition to being rewarded for your participation in the game so far, you have a chance to earn a further bonus by "finding the most interesting thing for sale or trade on the Internet." Of course, your definition of interesting is up to your own interpretation. We eagerly anticipate your results.

Ashton Anchors
*...jiiiiiiiiii*

Okay, why am I suspicious this time?


Kiryu Joshua
I ask the same.


Ashton Anchors
Ask me, or ask in general?


Kiryu Joshua
In general.


Ashton Anchors
Well, Sera kept pointing out that you acted differently, which swayed my vote. I didn't find you or Ruka much more suspicious than each other, right to the end--that was a problem.


Koizumi Risa
The fact that you're not suspicious could be totally suspicious!

... or something like that.


Ashton Anchors
That doesn't even make sense.


Koizumi Risa
... I'm covering my bases.


Ashton Anchors
I'm pretty sure this is the round where people just vote according to who's least suspicious as opposed to most.


Koizumi Risa
... meaning?


Ashton Anchors
Meaning no one's standing out as the most suspicious person from the clue!


Koizumi Risa
Well between the three of you, I can sort of... I guess I can tell if Joshua is being sheep or a wolf more, despite being a jackass. And I don't really know Ruka, but I know that you can be pretty sneaky. I mean, we were sneaky together!

So, I'm sorry I'm voting for you.


Ashton Anchors
*fff*

Next time I should make sure to act differently, or something.


Koizumi Risa
... what did you mean by that statement? Are you a sheep or a wolf?


Ashton Anchors
I'M A SHEEP.

I just find it annoying that I'm being found suspicious for acting similar, while Joshua's less suspicious for acting differently than he did as a wolf--normally that makes you more suspicious.


Koizumi Risa
... If I'm wrong, you can totally take it out on me.


Ashton Anchors
What--I wouldn't do that, that's mean!


Koizumi Risa
I mean like, yell at me or something, that's fine!


Ashton Anchors
I'll keep it in mind--? But I don't see the point.


Shuri Oak
Ashton!!


Ashton Anchors
Shuriiii.


Shuri Oak
[POINT!]

So what's your defense??


Ashton Anchors
Like I told Ruka right before ousting, there's not a lot to go on since it's the first round. People are saying I'm acting mostly the same as I did when I was a wolf--being around, trying to be helpful with clues--and Joshua's acting different, more focused and competent than he was when he was a wolf.

But it's not like I'm going to act incredibly different in those regards if my role changes, right? I want the sheep to win, and the way to do that is, well, to talk with people and help out with the clues.


Shuri Oak
I guess... Then who do you think is most suspicious?


Ashton Anchors
Joshua. I don't know Ruka well, but like I've been saying, I find it stranger when someone acts different, not less.


Shuri Oak
It's hard to tell anything with him...


Ashton Anchors
That's my take on it, but I could be wrong, of course.


Shuri Oak
So are you really a sheep...?


Ashton Anchors
Yes.


Shuri Oak
... I guess we'll find out! ♥


Sera Angel
Sorry... I voted on you because I wanted to try to get you and Ruka up there.


Ashton Anchors
The reason you trust Joshua is actually the reason I mistrusted him more than Ruka, so...


Sera Angel
He acts differently the way he acted differently with us versus with the rest of the group, that first game... I think. I'm really sorry if I'm wrong.


Ashton Anchors
But that's exactly why. I just...find that more reason to find him suspicious, not less.

Thanks, though, Sera.


Sera Angel
*nods*


Konatsu Warren
Ah—regarding the bonus . . . should we simply provide you with a list of the items we find?


Mr. Sidney
A list and location of auction/sale would be appropriate, sir.


Konatsu Warren
Of course. Thank you for the clarification.

Someone appears to be offering their soul in trade.

And these are quite an—ah—interesting use of pencils.


Mr. Sidney
Thank you for your contribution, Mr. Warren.


Konatsu Warren
You are welcome, sir.


Kiryu Joshua
Are you voting with bias?


Konatsu Warren
I am voting based upon my suspicions regarding your actions and the movement of the votes within the game. Though shouldn't it be you who defends yourself to me in this situation?


Kiryu Joshua
What actions have I made that are suspicious? I can't defend myself if I don't know what I've done.


Konatsu Warren
Your excessive presence and persistent questioning of what other participants see as proper "sheep" behavior, to begin with.


Kiryu Joshua
Isn't that what we should be doing?


Konatsu Warren
Everyone acts differently when sheep or wolves. It is hardly our place to dictate the manner in which they decide to determine who within the game is the most suspicious.


Kiryu Joshua
Aren't Kaname and Sera doing the same?


Konatsu Warren
I have hardly observed them being as insistent with pushing other players around and questioning their motives as you have. And they are not the ones under suspicion at this time.


Kiryu Joshua
Read it as you will. It seems everyone disagrees. Too bad!


Konatsu Warren
A popular opinion is not always equivalent to the truth. I have no intention of moving my vote.


Kiryu Joshua
You'll find that it's the truth. At least, in that I'm a sheep. I'm still uncertain about Ashton, I'm afraid.


Konatsu Warren
Your word can hardly be trusted in such a statement. A wolf would not claim to be a wolf, at least not this early in the game. I am no fool, Joshua.


Belphegor
[pulls up a link for ancient torture devices to be auctioned off. What else did you expect from Bel?]


Mr. Sidney
Thank you for your contribution, sir.


Sera Angel
The vote switch at the end was my fault. There were three votes on Ruka, four on Joshua, and two on Ashton. I was waiting till the very end, and I asked Kazuki to switch his vote from Joshua to Ashton, in exchange for me voting on Ashton instead of Ruka. I wanted Ashton and Ruka to go up, because I was less sure of them, and he wanted Ashton and Joshua to go up... it was a fifty fifty shot. I guess he won that roll.

...I'll be voting for Ashton, since like I've been saying since the beginning, I'm more sure of Joshua than the other two people in the clue.


Kiryu Joshua
A wise decision! I would have preferred it to be between them, but the votes weren't quick enough.

I find it unusual that Kazuki wouldn't switch off me. He had some time to change his mind.


Sera Angel
From what he said, he wanted to talk to you a little more, and then there was almost no time left...


Kiryu Joshua
Too bad.


Naruse Kazuki
I was waiting for you to answer my questions!


Kiryu Joshua
Ask me them again now.


Naruse Kazuki
As I said, I didn't want to switch at first because it'd make a three-way tie. I switched because Sera approached me.

But anyway, I was wondering why you weren't voting on Ashton as you said yourself this is your ideal round, since it'd clarify something. I wanted to know what you meant by 'clarify' too!


Kiryu Joshua
If I moved my vote off Ruka, it would have guaranteed me going up at that point.


Naruse Kazuki
Alright, but that doesn't explain what you wanted to clarify.


Kiryu Joshua
Whether Ashton is a wolf or not. I suspected it would be quite clear already.


Naruse Kazuki
How would that clarify stuff to us, huh?


Kiryu Joshua
It would help for those who are familiar with Ashton on how to handle this situation?


Naruse Kazuki
So you're basing the votes off behavior? That guy [waves a hand to Konatsu, obviously overhearing your conversation] has a point you know, it makes you look suspicious too.


Kiryu Joshua
This is a game about behaviors, dear.


Naruse Kazuki
I know that. It's why I'm saying, it's why you're suspicious.

Ah, but Ruka brought up a good point, it could be someone switched their vote to you from Ashton and not to him, he just got voted on at the same time. So you may turn out to be a scapegoat after all.


Kiryu Joshua
The vote was switched from me to Ashton, I do believe. I had been at four—unless you mean something else?


Naruse Kazuki
Earlier on you were only at three with Ashton, and Ruka was at two. Then the votes happened, someone switched and another person voted. So you ended up at four, and Ruka at three. Ashton went down to two.


Kiryu Joshua
I missed that movement. Good note. I was the first vote on Ruka and I never changed my mind—and by time I could, it was far too late.


Naruse Kazuki
It happens.


Kiryu Joshua
Let's see how things go.


Belphegor
My team was the second vote on Ruka, and also wanted him up against Ashton. I'm waiting till my minion gets done questioning Ashton before I vote, though.


Kiryu Joshua
I would stop calling him a minion; it's a shame that you're so unkind.


Belphegor
He got a demotion. He'll get his knight title back when I feel he's earned it again.


Kiryu Joshua
Then he'll just become my knight.


Belphegor
No!


Kiryu Joshua
You made the mistake of demoting him.


Belphegor
He still serves me. I don't share.


Kiryu Joshua
You'll find it quite impossible to steal something back from me.


Belphegor
You won't steal it in the first place!


Kiryu Joshua
You gave him up already.


Belphegor
That's where you're wrong. I can do whatever I want.


Kiryu Joshua
Hmm, can you? Against me? I remember things going differently.


Belphegor
[nearly hissing through his teeth]

You cheated!


Shuri Oak
Uwah, a challenge...


Kiryu Joshua
Would you like to be my knight, Shuri?


Shuri Oak
Ehhhhh?


Kiryu Joshua
Bel gave you up, so you can be all mine!


Shuri Oak
He really gave me up?? ...Ah, I wouldn't mind...


Kiryu Joshua
Being my knight is far more prestigious ...


Shuri Oak
Well, that's only natural, but...

--Are you only doing this so I won't vote for you?


Kiryu Joshua
Nope! I'm simply taking advantage of the moment. Bel called you a minion ... Such a shame for him not to appreciate your talents.


Shuri Oak
A minion...


Kiryu Joshua
Don't you see, dear? You should be all mine.


Shuri Oak
Hmmm? ♥ Then, all right.


Uchiha Itachi
I voted for Ruka, as I told you I would earlier. I was the third vote on him.


Sera Angel
*nods*

Well... we'll see if my gamble worked out. At least makes my vote easy...

I hope no one thinks I'm a wolf because of this. I don't think I'd dare support anyone so openly, if I was...


Uchiha Itachi
It's always a risk. We'll know better where we stand after tonight.


Sera Angel
...oh, I forgot to tell anyone this. If I get eaten or something... here's Mr. Cillian's email address. We're in the same world, I got a response from him...

Needy thought something was watching us. He might have more resources on our hosts... it's probably worth a shot.

*scribbles an email address on a piece of paper: cprewett@stdominic.edu*


Uchiha Itachi
I'm not surprised the world is the same. Very well.


Naruse Kazuki
For me, when someone switched their vote from Ashton to Ruka with no explanation, and Joshua started looking like a scapegoat... I decided to switch. Of course him looking like a scapegoat might've been done on purpose.

I'm not going to lie, this was my ideal ousting anyway. Like Sera said, she approached me about getting a 50/50 chance for our rounds, and I agreed even if it meant Ruka still had a chance for getting in here.


Shuri Oak
Did someone switch their vote from Ashton to Ruka? Because... I was the second vote for Ruka, and I didn't switch.


Naruse Kazuki
At some point Ashton had three votes in a tie with Joshua, and it got changed to two when someone changed it to Ruka instead.


Shuri Oak
...Who was the third vote on Ruka?


Naruse Kazuki
How would I know?


Shuri Oak
Well I was just trying to figure it out!!


Naruse Kazuki
I said I was going to rely on you figuring stuff out, right?


Shuri Oak
Ehhhh...

When I voted on Ruka, I think there were already only two votes on Ashton, is what I was wondering about.


Naruse Kazuki
I didn't just mean clues, if you're going to combat first impressions then you do it all the way.

I didn't see that. It could've been when people started switching their votes from Ashton to the two others?


Shuri Oak
Maybe!


Naruse Kazuki
Aaah, this is too hard! I'm just going to vote for Ashton, but there's so little to go on... dammit, no regrets, even if I'm wrong!


Shuri Oak
We'll find out if he's not a wolf!


Uchiha Itachi
I was the third vote on Ruka, Shuri.


Shuri Oak
Did you switch??


Uchiha Itachi
I did not.


Shuri Oak
Maybe they switched to Joshua...


Ruka
You're more suspicious of Ashton?


Naruse Kazuki
That's right.


Ruka
...Because of the vote switch...? All right. I wasn't watching closely, but I thought it wasn't clear whether the switched vote went onto me or Joshua...?


Naruse Kazuki
It looked like it went onto you... but you're right, it could've gone onto Joshua too. Though the amount of votes on him made him look like a scapegoat anyway.


Ruka
...I guess so. I was thinking... if the switch did go on to me, it was because nobody was as certain about me and Ashton as they were about Joshua... so keeping us two tied was the best bet for them. But if you think the amount on Joshua was suspicious, that's different...?


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah, basically.


Ruka
...But now there's a lot on Ashton too... This game is stupid.


Naruse Kazuki
Don't say that when you were lucky enough not to get put up to vote, idiot!


Ruka
There's nothing reliable in the first round with a clue! Whatever, anyway. You think Ashton's it?


Naruse Kazuki
I've talked more with Joshua, and with the way stuff has moved Ashton just looks more likely. Could be wrong.


Ruka
All right, all right. I'll vote with you. Don't be wrong, stupid Kazuki!


Naruse Kazuki
Don't pressure me!!


Ruka
It's where the others are all voting too.


Naruse Kazuki
So that means I might be right, everyone else seems to be thinking the same too.


Ruka
Right.

...

Koizumi Risa
... Oh! And. Largest Video Game collection for sale!!!


Naruse Kazuki
--I WANT IT!


Koizumi Risa
Do you have that kind of money?


Naruse Kazuki
Man, if only.


Koizumi Risa
I know, right?


Mr. Sidney
Thank you for your contribution, Miss Koizumi.


Ash
"Internet"? There's that word again.


Mr. Sidney
If I may, sir, the internet is an electronic network where information is shared freely and instantly world-wide, accessable via computer interface.


Ash
... via computers. Is that those machines similar to a typewriter?


Ashton Anchors
--also, I found this!!


Mr. Sidney
Thank you for your contribution, Mr. Anchors.


Ashton Anchors
No problem!


Naruse Kazuki
It was kind of hard to one-up Risa, but here!


Mr. Sidney
Thank you for your contribution, Mr. Naruse.


Naruse Kazuki
Just call me Kazuki!


Mr. Sidney
Of course, sir.


Kiryu Joshua
Hmmm ... How unusual.


Mr. Sidney
Thank you for your contribution, Mr. Kiryu.


Sera Angel
*...checks email while she's at it...*

How about this?


Mr. Sidney
Thank you for your contribution, Miss Sera.

[The thread's getting locked in like 10 minutes, can we do this in the next post?]


Sera Angel
*you're the gm, bb*


Kaname Kuran
From a few years ago, a supposedly haunted painting.


Mr. Sidney
Thank you for your contribution, Mr. Kuran.



NIGHT TWO: WOLVES

Kaname Kuran
[sits]


Lucia Bellcourt
. . .

[giggles]


Kaname Kuran
Miss Lucia Bellcourt, I assume?


Lucia Bellcourt
Hello. ♥


Kaname Kuran
How do you do? Are you enjoying watching the game so far?


Lucia Bellcourt
There are some interesting people, for sure.


Kaname Kuran
May I ask what happens to the players who have left the game, either by ousting or being eaten?


Lucia Bellcourt
Is that really the first thing you want to know?


Kaname Kuran
There are other questions, of course.


Lucia Bellcourt
Boring . . .


Kaname Kuran
You go to great lengths to be entertained, if entertainment is the only reason you've summoned us to your home. That said, the treatment has been very kind so far.


Lucia Bellcourt
Of course it's not the only reason! I already told you that.


Kaname Kuran
Then what would you like us to do?


Lucia Bellcourt
I'm a collector. I need interesting and talented employees.


Kaname Kuran
Such as your butler, Mr. Sidney? What sort of talent does he possess?


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . he buttles.


Kaname Kuran
I suppose that was a pointless question, then.


Shuri Oak
--It's you!


Lucia Bellcourt
—Shuri Oak!


Shuri Oak
--Ah! I see I need no introduction! ♥


Lucia Bellcourt
Of course not, you dummy. I know everybody's names.


Shuri Oak
...As expected!!


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . you really are an idiot savant.


Shuri Oak
[a what?]

E-Excuse me!


Lucia Bellcourt
[giggling]

You're not so bad at solving ciphers, though. Did you learn it somewhere?


Shuri Oak
[sparkle]

I graduated from a military academy, you know?


Lucia Bellcourt
Really?


Shuri Oak
As class president, even.


Lucia Bellcourt
How on earth did you manage to graduate?


Shuri Oak
--Very easily!


Lucia Bellcourt
Did you pay? Haha!


Shuri Oak
How is this any way to treat your guest?


Lucia Bellcourt
I just want to know!


Shuri Oak
I-I graduated fair and square!


Lucia Bellcourt
Truly?


Shuri Oak
[haha no]

Of course.


Belphegor
About time.


Lucia Bellcourt
Excuse me?


Belphegor
You heard me.


Lucia Bellcourt
I don't need your attitude. I don't really have anything to say to you, so you can just be quiet.


Belphegor
Shishishi, what a snippy host you are. I'll do whatever I want, because I'm a prince.


Lucia Bellcourt
Uh huh. And I don't care.


Ashton Anchors
--ah, hello, miss Bellcourt--?


Lucia Bellcourt
Ooh!

[TRYING TO TOUCH YOU]


Ashton Anchors
*adkldfjfa freezing*

M-Miss?!


Lucia Bellcourt
[standing on tip-toe to touch the dragons! PETTING]

Hello~~ ♥


Ashton Anchors
*...well that is okay I guess!! they are leaning down.*

Wark!


Lucia Bellcourt
[LOVES ON THEM]


Kaname Kuran
We should discuss tonight's ousting and who to eat.

And I am sorry, Ashton, but it is likely I am voting on you tonight.


Shuri Oak
That's right, who should we eat... You know, I think Sera suspects me, but then if we eat her that makes me suspicious right??


Belphegor
Get that irritating freak to back off.


Shuri Oak
--Eh, what?!


Belphegor
Joshua says he plans to make you his knight. I don't share.


Shuri Oak
He said you gave me up...


Belphegor
I didn't! I demoted you for being a brat.


Shuri Oak
You never told me that!


Belphegor
Now I have! Do a good job this ousting and you get your knight title back.


Shuri Oak
Well I could just be Joshua's knight for free.


Belphegor
[drapes on. grrr.]

He's not a prince. He's not any kind of royalty.


Shuri Oak
Hohhhh? Do you know the slightest thing about him? Unfortunately, he asked me to keep it a secret. ♥


Belphegor
[tightens grip on shoulder]

I don't care. He's nothing but a nuisance. I repeat... I don't share.


Shuri Oak
[sldfkjlkdjfdk]

Perhaps you don't own any part of me? ♥


Belphegor
You've been the prince's underling for months. You chose it.


Shuri Oak
Then I quit!


Belphegor
You can't quit!


Shuri Oak
You can argue that point with Joshua.


Belphegor
I will do no such thing. You remain under my service until I give you leave!


Shuri Oak
Ohhhh?


Belphegor
That's right. Don't tell me you want to make an enemy of me?


Shuri Oak
Didn't you fight Joshua before?


Belphegor
[grabs by the front of his clothes]

I'm not talking about that freak. I'm saying you're bodily safer from me in my service than out of it.


Shuri Oak
I-I'm fine!


Belphegor
[almost hissing] Then stay.


Shuri Oak
[SILENCE]


Belphegor
...


Kaname Kuran
Sera has the ability to speak to others and convince them of her ideas. I would rather she be removed from the game.

The other argument you could make if someone accuses you of a wolf if Sera is eaten is that someone was trying to make you look like a wolf.


Shuri Oak
Ah! So we would say we were framed?


Kaname Kuran
Yes. It may be a challenge, but a person of skill could carefully convince the flock that this was the aim.


Shuri Oak
Uwah, are you calling me skilled? ♥


Kaname Kuran
I'm saying that it takes one of skill. Are you confident that you'd be up to the task?


Shuri Oak
Of course, I'd follow through with any plan you suggest.


Kaname Kuran
Noted.


Belphegor
I'm probably also voting on Ashton.

To eat... outside the clue, or from it?


Kaname Kuran
Do you want to eat Joshua for being a nuisance to you? I thought a prince shouldn't let those beneath him get under his skin.


Belphegor
He's trying to take what's mine.

There is only one good reason to eat Joshua: if Ashton goes out. This keeps up the number of sheep who haven't been in clues. The only problem is that Itachi pulled the same thing as a wolf once. It might be too dangerous.

Sera is still a good choice.


Kaname Kuran
Despite Joshua and Sera working together to figure out something, I would prefer that they be separated. I also don't have a preference to how. Just one of them can continue their hunt alone, too.


Belphegor
Joshua. He is more of a threat. Sera is easier for everyone to talk to and she suspects Shuri.


Kaname Kuran
I'll defer to your choice, then.


Ashton Anchors
The shepherd might not let them know immediately that they got a wolf, you know. You's probably do better eating outside the clue until tomorrow night.

Other than that I don't have much preference.


Shuri Oak
They'd know they got a wolf since there would be no warning, right?


Ashton Anchors
Is it at that point already? I thought they'd only get warned if they were about to lose.


Shuri Oak
If they voted out two sheep... then wouldn't they be about to lose? I forget.


Ashton Anchors
--oh, you're right. Okay.


Shuri Oak
N-Not that I think we should eat him!


Ashton Anchors
It's a smart choice to, though.

See you, Shuri. Good luck!


Shuri Oak
It was nice being on your side, anyway...!


Belphegor
If you go out tonight there is no warning. If you don't, there will be. If we're to eat from the clue, only do it if you go out. It will confuse the sheep and make them wonder whether the wolf was you or Spain. It's entirely possible for wolves to be voted out the first night on pure chance. I should know.


Ashton Anchors
I got the math wrong! Eat Joshua, then.


Lucia Bellcourt
Are you done discussing yet??


Kaname Kuran
Please remove Joshua.


Lucia Bellcourt
Okaaay.


Ashton Anchors
It's all right, I was--half-expecting it, after all the votes shuffled.

I hope you win.


Kaname Kuran
Be well, Ashton.


Lucia Bellcourt
[after new day started]

Just so you know, I didn't reward Belphegor and Shuri's team because I like them or anything! You just have a good eye!


Shuri Oak
He does?


Lucia Bellcourt
An auction like that, I'll definitely win!


Shuri Oak
--What kind of auction is that?!


Lucia Bellcourt
Rare and interesting things! ♥


Shuri Oak
I had such a different image of you before...


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . what do you mean?


Shuri Oak
I thought you were going to be someone much more well-mannered and pleasant to speak to.


Lucia Bellcourt
WHAT did you say!?


Shuri Oak
Ah, did I strike a nerve? But I don't see why you would invite me here when you're just going to insult me. I was looking forward to meeting you, so I thought I would be extended the same courtesy!


Lucia Bellcourt
I'm talking to you, aren't I? If I wasn't interested in talking to you, I just wouldn't!


Shuri Oak
[...headtilt]

Oh?


Lucia Bellcourt
. . .

What!?


Shuri Oak
So what is it you'd like to talk about?


Lucia Bellcourt
. . .

[crosses her arms]

I don't know.


Kaname Kuran
[our host is Special]


Shuri Oak
--Kaname! ♥

[... half-draping on]


Kaname Kuran
[...]

Yes, Shuri?


Shuri Oak
I was just looking for nice company. ♥


Kaname Kuran
Having troubles being between Belphegor and Joshua? It must be nice to feel wanted.


Shuri Oak
Ah, of course. But we ate Joshua so that doesn't do me any good.


Kaname Kuran
They'll have future opportunities to continue their battle for your loyalty.


Shuri Oak
Well, I can be loyal to more than one person.


Kaname Kuran
That may be far more difficult when the two sides are at war with each other.


Shuri Oak
I wasn't talking about both of them.


Kaname Kuran
Ooh? A potentially dangerous game you play, Shuri Oak.


Shuri Oak
Potentially dangerous??


Kaname Kuran
Or simply volatile. Perhaps you should choose your allegiances more wisely.

I don't need your loyalty, Shuri, but your trust is enough.


Shuri Oak
Hmmmm... But of course I trust you!


Kaname Kuran
So trust me when I suggest to mind your manners a bit more around Miss Bellcourt. Especially when she's planning to purchase instruments of torture.


Shuri Oak
...I-I'm minding them!


Kaname Kuran
[B| but nods]


Belphegor
[sighs]

So Kaname, any ideas for this next day?


Kaname Kuran
People are being distracted with this talk of dreams. We may have to wait and see which teams are going up for suspicion before planning too far.


Belphegor
[rrrr... at no one in particular]

Mm. So far I'm going to talk to Itachi in private. It was my team that he ate from the clue, where he's talking about it. I'll be careful and try to gain his trust. Someone focused on the game elements has more cover than someone babbling about bad dreams.


Kaname Kuran
[nods]

I'll continue speaking to the others to win their trust. I believe voting on Ashton early on suspicion may have helped.


Belphegor
Good.

I've put you on the filter for the post. Don't comment to it, only read. We can't trust Itachi yet, as he's a very good player at both roles. He knows me well game-wise and may be withholding information or deliberately feeding me suggestions. Mainly, this is a precaution in case my team goes out the next night.


Kaname Kuran
I see.


Lucia Bellcourt
Kaname!


Kaname Kuran
Miss Bellcourt.

I suppose those are very interesting items.


Lucia Bellcourt
Really, really!


Kaname Kuran
Where in your home do you plan to display such a find, if you win?


Lucia Bellcourt
Oh, I have rooms for everything!

. . . do you want to see? ♥


Kaname Kuran
Hm. I would, actually.


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . okay. I'll show you.


Kaname Kuran
Please guide the way.


Lucia Bellcourt
[beckons, leading the way]

. . . I guess Shuri Oak can come too.


Mr. Sidney
Miss Lucia. [takes her hand and bows over it, kissing it]


Lucia Bellcourt
Sidney~


Mr. Sidney
Enjoying yourself, I hope?


Lucia Bellcourt
I definitely want to win that auction!


Mr. Sidney
Of course. [smiles] Would you like me to follow up on it immediately? Perhaps we can investigate the competition.


Lucia Bellcourt
Uh huh. You know what to do. ♥


Mr. Sidney
Of course. Right now, then?


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . I want to show Kaname and Shuri Oak some of my collections.


Mr. Sidney
I understand, Miss Lucia. [bows over her hand again] You are comfortable being alone with them?


Lucia Bellcourt
[ducks her head]

Mm, you'll come if I need you.


Mr. Sidney
I will. Call me if you need me.


Lucia Bellcourt
But I'll be fine!


Mr. Sidney
I'm certain of it.


Shuri Oak
Ah, we're going somewhere?


Lucia Bellcourt
Kaname wanted to see some of my collections.


Shuri Oak
Well, I don't have anything better to do.


Lucia Bellcourt
If you don't want to see, then you don't have to come!!


Shuri Oak
I'm coming!!


Lucia Bellcourt
Maybe I don't want you to if you're going to be ungrateful!


Shuri Oak
Well, I'm going to follow you anyway.


Lucia Bellcourt
Like hell!


Shuri Oak
Just let me come...


Lucia Bellcourt
Ask nicely.


Kaname Kuran
[sigh]


Shuri Oak
[mrr]

Miss Bellcourt, would you mind if I accompanied you?


Lucia Bellcourt
[. . . fidgets]

Oh, come on already.


Shuri Oak
Yay ♥ [LET'S GO]


Kaname Kuran
[LET'S]


Lucia Bellcourt
[LEADING THE WAY]


Shuri Oak
[I guess I'm following]


Kaname Kuran
[same]


Lucia Bellcourt
[her house is sweeeet and also huge]


Shuri Oak
[awesome]

Are you and your butler the only people who live here?


Kaname Kuran
[just following]


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . no. We have lots of staff. My father comes back sometimes. And my mom is in one of the buildings on the grounds.


Shuri Oak
Your mom let you kidnap a bunch of people...?


Lucia Bellcourt
She doesn't care.


Shuri Oak
...I see...


Kaname Kuran
What business is your father in?


Lucia Bellcourt
Pharmaceuticals.


Shuri Oak
Pharma...?


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . drugs, Shuri Oak.


Shuri Oak
Your family sells drugs!?


Lucia Bellcourt
Like . . . pain medication . . . and prescriptions?


Shuri Oak
Ohhh... I see! How nice.


Lucia Bellcourt
[shrugs]

[punching in a code on a doorway]


Shuri Oak
[...looking over her shoulder]


Lucia Bellcourt
[punching it in too quickly to follow, and pressing her palm against a sensor]

[and opening the door]


Shuri Oak
[ohwell. WHAT IS INSIDE!]


Kaname Kuran
I would think a mother and father would be concerned with the strange people their daughter associates with.

[looks too]


Lucia Bellcourt
They just want me to be happy.

[a bit . . . flat. But perking up a bit! This is a room full of ancient suits of armor and weaponry]


Shuri Oak
That makes sense~

It's like a museum...


Kaname Kuran
It's a nice collection. [but only polite interest]


Lucia Bellcourt
It's better than a museum!

[starts talking animatedly about the specific rarity etc about various pieces as they cross into another room]

[. . . this one may be more interesting, as it is full of JARS OF EYES]


Shuri Oak
[--audible EEK]

What's with this?!


Kaname Kuran
Not something you find online.


Lucia Bellcourt
Ehe. ♥ There are other methods, you know.

These belonged to a Romanov princess!


Shuri Oak
You robbed a princess's grave?!


Lucia Bellcourt
I didn't.


Shuri Oak
Someone did!!


Lucia Bellcourt
So what? Don't be a pussy.


Shuri Oak
...She wasn't using them... But a princess... How disgusting. Even a princess...


Lucia Bellcourt
It doesn't matter how rich you are. If you die, you die. There's nothing you can do about it.


Shuri Oak
[siiiiiiiiiilent]

...


Lucia Bellcourt
. . .


Shuri Oak
--Aren't there any more rooms?


Kaname Kuran
Most people can't do anything about it.

Yes, are there other rooms?


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . of course there are more rooms.

[moving forward quicklyyy]


Kaname Kuran
[walk walk walk]

What would you say is the most rare and interesting thing you own?


Shuri Oak
[JUST FOLLOWING]


Lucia Bellcourt
[thinks about that, then touches her chest. She seems to be wearing a necklace tucked under her shirt]

I couldn't rank them.


Shuri Oak
[how conspicuous]

Well, there has to be something better than eyeballs.


Lucia Bellcourt
If you don't like them, then go away!!


Shuri Oak
[:x]

Whatever!


Kaname Kuran
[follows comfortably behind, and looks over to Shuri]




NIGHT TWO: OVERNIGHT

Risa
you have awful nightmares

of things that go BUMP in the night

at least you hope they're nightmares


Ruka
(. . . you wake up with scratchmarks on your face)


Shuri
You dream of being Bella to Kaname's Edward.

It's so romantic~


Kazuki
You dream of ripping and shredding and things being torn apart.

Your closet door is open again in the morning.


Ash, Itachi
Neither of you sleep well, and feel ill at ease.


Sera
You dream...

of unicorns
of blood
of giving a presentation to the Brutes in only your underwear
of flying
of gashing teeth

you dream and dream

(is someone watching you tonight?)

and dream


Joshua
You wake up, noticing a presence in your room. But when you go to look, it's abruptly gone.


Ferdinand
You dream... You are on a blind date with a fabulous boy. He looks like a Korean star or something. He reads you poetry.

Halfway through the date, some kid pushes him over, muttering something like "as bad as Edward Cullen . . . I can't do anything with this . . ."

You nurse your date back to health after he scrapes his beautiful hands. He does not put roses in your ass.


Zero
(voices)

(youcan'thearwhatthey'resaying)

(toomanyvoices)

hello . . .?



DAY 3: LIMBO

Ferdinand Marienfield
KYAAAA


Kiryuu Zero
[Soloud.]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[trying to put out Twilight! POOR EDWARD :(]


Kiryuu Zero
[I am pulling you away from the book. :|]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[can I weep on you?] But...Twilight...


Kiryuu Zero
[Must you?]

Well, it's a reaction.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[but look, my tears are crystalline and delicate and I don't get clogged up in the slightest! I AM THE PERFECT MODEL OF A MODERN ROMANCE HEROINE.]

I guess...


Kiryuu Zero
And now we have something else to check out.


Ferdinand Marienfield
I guess that's true! What are you trying to find out?


Kiryuu Zero
What's behind that door.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Oh. [the look on his face clearly says that it had never occurred to him to wonder in all this time about it.]


Kiryuu Zero
[And this look says I'm not surprised.]

Stay here in case anything else happens.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[sobrave!]

Do you think something would?


Kiryuu Zero
I have no idea.


Ferdinand Marienfield
I'm sure no one here would ever harm us!


Kiryuu Zero
[|D;;]


Shepherd
[Ashton and Joshua, you are let into the room as in the post; Mr Sidney ushers you in without really glancing in himself, which is just as well as Zero and Ferdinand are still reacting to a ... burning book, looking somewhat shellshocked, while Spain watches nearby.

There is silence for a few seconds, and then a resounding 'click' from one of the locked doors.]

Ashton Anchors
*stumbles in!*

--hi guys what's going on.


Spain
Twilight is evil!

[pointing to burning book]


Ashton Anchors
--should I put that out?!


Spain
I-If you can...


Ashton Anchors
A-all right!

*Ururun blasts it with ice.*


Ferdinand Marienfield
The ghost burned Twilight! [:(]


Ashton Anchors
There's a ghost here?!


Ferdinand Marienfield
[nods!] It burned the book and threw the magazine back and flickered the lights and everything!


Ashton Anchors
--oh, that's not too bad.


Ferdinand Marienfield
What were you expecting?


Ashton Anchors
The last few games had dead bodies and demons and stuff. I think I prefer something that just flickers the lights and explodes a book.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Really? That must have been terrifying!


Ashton Anchors
I-it turned out all right in the end.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Oh good! It would be terribly unpleasant if anything dreadful like that happened.


Ashton Anchors
I'll do my best to protect people if it does!


Ferdinand Marienfield
How brave of you! [wide admiring eyes]


Ashton Anchors
I-it's just what I do!


Kiryuu Zero
That's what we're trying to figure out.


Ashton Anchors
Was it really an evil book? What's this about a ghost?


Kiryuu Zero
There's something in the room.


Ashton Anchors
...I guess this game being totally normal was too good to be true...

What kind of thing?


Kiryuu Zero
We're not sure. But seeing as the room has some magazines on the occult and how something likes messing with the lights and things thrown at the TV, we have a guess.


Ashton Anchors
*nods*

...I heard a noise when we came in here--it sounded like it came from one of the doors. Did you do that when the book exploded?


Kiryuu Zero
It's new and worth checking.


Ashton Anchors
Mm! Can I come with you?


Kiryuu Zero
Go ahead. What did you learn back with the others?


Ashton Anchors
Not a whole lot--I was busy trying to defend myself, not that it worked out very well. But if there's a ghost here, well, that gives this game a little bit more of a connection to the ones I played in before, besides having a lot of the same people.

Oh, and we met Miss Bellcourt. The other wolves and I, I mean.


Kiryuu Zero
Miss Bellcourt?


Ashton Anchors
Mm! Our hostess. She seems like a normal girl...


Kiryuu Zero
Well, this definitely isn't a normal house. Come on.


Ashton Anchors
*checking out the clicky door, then!*


Kiryu Joshua
Boring, but not terribly unexpected.


Ashton Anchors
If I'm a wolf next time this happens then I GIVE UP.


Kiryu Joshua
I wonder if it's worse to be a wolf when you are one or considered to be one because people really are pathetic at using their brains. At least Konatsu will realize he's quite the idiot.


Ashton Anchors
*shrugs*

I'm just glad not everyone voted to see if it was three for three.


Kiryu Joshua
Unfortunately, were it Ruka up there, I believe he might have gone for you. Quite the grudge and not as efficient at seeing what's going on, you see.

It was disappointing when I decided to have him as a teammate.


Spain
Twilight is evil?


Kiryuu Zero
I thought I already told you that.


Spain
Well, I didn't think it was so evil it would catch on fire...


Kiryuu Zero
Maybe the ghost agrees.


Ferdinand Marienfield
No... [:(]


Spain
But it got burned.


Ferdinand Marienfield
But it's the most romantic book ever! How could it be evil?


Spain
Don Quixote is much better!


Ferdinand Marienfield
I liked that too! The way he never gave up his dreams was inspiring!


Kiryuu Zero
[Shellshocked, semi-justified, it's all relative.

BUT NOW ALERT.]




Door off the First Room

Shepherd
[Those who are exploring the now-unlocked door (* anyone can feel free to jump in and we can assume you were either tagging along or caught up) find yourselves in a dark corridor]


Ashton Anchors
...I'm getting this weird deja-vu feeling.

*Ashton walks forward! Gyoro leans over his shoulder, fire flickering around his jaws. can we see a little more of what's in here?*


Kiryuu Zero
Deja-vu?


Shepherd
[you can probably see the lightswitch on the wall now, at least...]


Ashton Anchors
The mansion had a tunnel...it was behind a portrait, though. Oh!

*flicks the lightswitch!*


Shepherd
[It's a short corridor! There's a door at the end and one on the wall.]


Kiryuu Zero
[I am checking wall door. o/]


Shepherd
[It's a linen closet]


Kiryuu Zero
...


Shepherd
[There are linens, probably for the beds you had in the limbo area.]


Kiryuu Zero
[You just want me to assault them.]


Shepherd
[MAYBE]


Ashton Anchors
*...checking out the one at the end whee*




Kitchen



Shepherd
[it opens onto a small kitchen! There's a fridge, microwave, counter, small table -- with salt, pepper, and newspaper on it -- some cupboards, and a door in one wall]


Ashton Anchors
*!! STUFF.

goes to scan the newspaper first, why not*


Shepherd
[Front page news is about a series of serial killings that are occurring in the L.A. region...]


Ashton Anchors
*...checking who the suspected people are, if any, and the method of killing! also flipping through and scanning for Bellcourt/Sidney/Sullivan/OTHER RELEVANT NAMES*


Shepherd
[Police are still investigating! You don't find the names in there.]


Ashton Anchors
Huh.

*tucks the newspaper in his cloak, just in case, and goes to check out the fridge.*


Shepherd
[small amounts of food, all fresh]


Kiryuu Zero
[What about door numero 2?]


Shepherd
[Stairs leading downward]


Ashton Anchors
*IS THERE ANY MEAT*


Kiryuu Zero
[Calling from the stair entrance.]

Ashton!


Shepherd
[There are some sandwich meats]


Ashton Anchors
I'll follow you in a moment!

*grabs the meat; also investigates the microwave, for the sake of being thorough*


Shepherd
[the door appears to be loosely hinged as, when you open it, it bangs into your head. Not hard though.]


Ashton Anchors
H-hey...

*rubs his head :( assuming there's nothing in there, though, going to follow Zero.*


Kiryu Joshua
Here we are again. Another mystery to solve, and yet, there were meant to be no subplots.


Kiryuu Zero
[Heading in there and looking through the cupboards while Ashton deals with the newspaper.]


Shepherd
[Cups, bowls, etc]


Kiryuu Zero
[Going down.]


Shepherd
[it is dark. Doing anything about it?]


Ashton Anchors
*following Zero down! repeating dragon torch action*


Shepherd
[it's a short flight with another door at the bottom]


Ashton Anchors
*TRYING THAT DOOR TOO I GUESS*


Shepherd
[it's unlocked; there's a curtain hanging floor to ceiling a mere step past it...]


Ashton Anchors
*lifting the curtain up, to reveal...?*


Kiryu Joshua
[is here! creeped up behind the others when they didn't realize because HE CAN DO THAT]




The Bug Room



Shepherd
[And the curtain, it seems, was because the room is full of bugs: live bugs.

Beetles crawling over the walls and the floors, in many iridescent hues. Butterflies flying everywhere, landing on walls, landing on you the moment the curtain is lifted. Dragonflies, darting here and there.

There is a carpet through the middle of the room that is untouched; probably sprayed with something to keep them off. There is a curtain on the other side like this one.]


Kiryu Joshua
[floats up into the air as not to kill the bugs—not because he cares, but who knows what reaction that might give—and moves over the carpet in the middle of the room to pull at it a little to see if it gives off any ... aura or whatever]


Shepherd
[No aura; it seems to have been placed to allow one to walk through without necessarily killing them]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[Lateness means I get to make dramatic entrances! Once you all are in there, I'm posing dramatically in the doorway surrounded by butterflies]


Kiryuu Zero
[... sob.]

I thought you were going to stay behind.


Ferdinand Marienfield
I was lonely with everyone gone! Besides, aren't these butterflies pretty?


Kiryuu Zero
Just. Try not to touch any of them until we figure out more about the owner's insect fascination.


Ferdinand Marienfield
But how could anything this pretty be bad? [Holding up a finger to let a butterfly land on it]


Kiryuu Zero
[Doesn't really care about bugs and is therefore crossing to that curtain.]


Spain
[totally has been following Zero :|b]


Ashton Anchors
*over the carpet to the other side, dragons snapping irritably at the bugs*


Shepherd
[Behind the other curtain isssss a door]


Ashton Anchors
*boy howdy I sure do hope this one opens*


Kiryu Joshua
You all ought to be more careful.

[with everyone again]


Ashton Anchors
*jumps a little*

How do you propose we do that?


Kiryuu Zero
I just want answers.




The Preserved Bug Room



Shepherd
[The door opens! Beyond is a room with a desk and computer.

The walls are covered with a dead pinned butterfly/beetle collection. The wallpaper under the collection is a pale blueish gray, otherwise unremarkably. There is a door in the wall across from the computer. The lighting is bright.]


Kiryuu Zero
[I'm interested in this collection.]


Shepherd
[they are framed and labelled by species in writing with a lot of curlicues]


Kiryuu Zero
[Any particularly unique ones?]


Shepherd
[What is your knowledge of butterflies and beetles?]


Kiryuu Zero
[I probably took biology? I'm apparently GOOD at school. Yeah, I don't believe it either.]


Shepherd
[I am not sure your insect speciality is great enough for you to know. They're in a lot of different wing shapes and colours.]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[are any of the pretty ones familiar from poetry, mythology, or romance novels?]


Shepherd
[considering those tend to say things like "blue" or "with broad wings" rather than technical names... ...maybe...?]


Ferdinand Marienfield
[oh well I'll just admire the pretty butterflies then]


Spain
[checks desk!]


Shepherd
[the drawer you check flies open, slamming into you as you pull it.]


Spain
[I have an icon for this :|b]

[falls onto the ground and slowly gets back up]

[now that he has recovered, he is checking those files]


Shepherd
[What files? the drawer in question was full of writing materials -- blank paper and pens and pencils, etc]


Spain
[digs through the drawer all the same]


Shepherd
[Oh! One of the pages has some writing on one corner.

NBT]


Spain
NBT?

[any other drawers?]


Shepherd
[Yes, one more.]


Spain
[stands off to the side and opens the drawer]


Shepherd
[it opens... and is flung out of your hand as it slams outwards.]


Spain
[stares at the drawer and then at the desk ARE YOU HAUNTED?]


Shepherd
[it does not otherwise move]


Spain
[let's dig through that drawer then]


Kiryuu Zero
Is there a disk in there?


Spain
Hmm, just a sec!

[digging through it right now]


Shepherd
[You do find a DVD! In an unmarked plastic case. Along with a bunch of assorted instruction manuals.]


Spain
Here's a DVD, Zero! [hands that over to him and then digs through the instruction manuals]


Shepherd
[They just seem to be the sort that comes with a computer when you purchase it, keyboard, drives, etc.]


Spain
[anything of note in the manuals at all?]


Shepherd
[They look pretty standard]


Spain
[collects some of them anyway]


Kiryuu Zero
... A DVD?

[Looking back at the computer.]


Spain
I don't what it is though.


Kiryu Joshua
We'll find a means to watch it, then.


Ashton Anchors
*checks computer*


Shepherd
[It is unplugged]


Ashton Anchors
*is there a socket anywhere.*


Shepherd
[Yep]


Ashton Anchors
*plugs the computer in and tries to start it up!*


Shepherd
[A few seconds later you wake up on the floor with your entire body tingling.]


Ashton Anchors
. . . WHAT JUST HAPPENED

*pats himself down to make sure nothing vital is missing--?*


Shepherd
[NOTHING VITAL IS MISSING.

Your dragons can probably let you know that you got quite a shock when you plugged it in.]


Ashton Anchors
*whimper.

s-sits up gingerly; looks to see if he at least got it plugged successfully.*


Ferdinand Marienfield
KYAAAAA


Kiryuu Zero
What is it?


Ashton Anchors
S-somebody laughed.


Ferdinand Marienfield
[Looking at you worriedly!] Are you okay?


Ashton Anchors
I think I'm fine! I'll...need to unplug it again in a second, I guess--don't want to cause a fire.


Ferdinand Marienfield
That sounds like a good idea!


Ashton Anchors
*DVD get!*

I hope there's something important on this.


Shepherd
[It is plugged in and the plug is smoking slightly]


Ashton Anchors
*...will take care of that in a moment. checks if the computer's on first, quickly*


Shepherd
[the screen is flickering but you're not seeing a bootup occurring]


Ashton Anchors
*... ... ...

types 'HELP' on the keyboard*


Kiryuu Zero
Are you all right?


Ashton Anchors
D-don't touch it, it shocked me.


Kiryuu Zero
Was it on before you plugged it in?


Ashton Anchors
It looked dead to me...

G-got anything that can handle electricity?


Kiryuu Zero
No, it doesn't bother me as much.


Ashton Anchors
*sigh*

I'm going to try something really fast, and--and then we should unplug it.


Kiryuu Zero
Wait, try this.

[Hands over DVD.]


Ashton Anchors
*takes!*

Okay. I hope this works--!


Shepherd
[So, what do you do with the dvd and the smoking computer]


Ashton Anchors
*FIRST HE TYPES 'HELP' ON THE KEYBOARD TO MAKE SURE THE COMPUTER WON'T SHOCK THE LIVING BEJEEZUS OUT OF HIM AGAIN*


Shepherd
[You type it in and get no visible response...]


Ashton Anchors
*--jumps and turns around suddenly!*

Who's there?!


Shepherd
[There's nobody behind you, dude]


Ashton Anchors
*GRUMBLES, then takes the DVD and tries slotting it in a drive*


Shepherd
[it slides in. You hear chugging processing sounds...]


Ashton Anchors
*waaaits*


Shepherd
[a loud white noise, staticky, plays. Some words -- as if pulled from nearby radios, from the tone of it -- come through.

sdhhhhhhhhhhhsdfhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhshhhhhhhhhhhhhdieshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhdiditshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmonstshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

There is a click from the remaining door in the room and the computer catches fire, as does the plug in the wall.]


Ashton Anchors
*SCREAMS LIKE A LITTLE GIRL AND BACKS UP*


Kiryuu Zero
Ashton, use that dragon!


Ashton Anchors
*I HAVE A NAME YOU KNOW whoooooosh ice*


Shepherd
[Dragon magic is so cool! The room is now FREEZING but the fire is out and smoking heavily]


Kiryuu Zero
We should check on that other door.


Ashton Anchors
*shivers*

Y-yeah, let's get out of here.


Shepherd
[Now that you have had your wacky computerized adventures, you can open the now-unlocked other door.

It opens into a room that is at the moment completely dark.]


Ashton Anchors
*TORCH TIME*

*except that Ashton shrieks in an even higher register and whirls again--and the dragons squawk in alarm. Gyoro chokes on his own fire.*


Kiryu Joshua
What's wrong?


Spain
What's wrong?!


Shepherd
[still nothing there]


Kiryuu Zero
Again?


Ashton Anchors
*my dragon is hiccoughing sparks ;A; addressing the freezing insect room!*

It's. It's touching me, you guys. Look, whoever you are, what do you want?


Kiryuu Zero
Maybe it wants you.


Kiryu Joshua
It's possible it likes him—like Christian and Shuri.


Kiryuu Zero
One of the ghosts from before?


Kiryu Joshua
Mmhm.


Ashton Anchors
It could at least ask nicely!!


Kiryu Joshua
It might not be strong enough to. Christian couldn't do much at first, if I recall correctly.


Ashton Anchors
...all right, I'll keep that in mind. It's stopped. Um--I hope you heard that, Mr. or Miss Ghost.

*turning back to the room, Gyoro tentatively lighting up again*


Kiryu Joshua
It might do to calm down a little and see if there's anything specific it's attempting to indicate. Do tell me what it indicates; I might have a better mind for this than you.


Ashton Anchors
Well, it set Twilight on fire before we came in, but I'm not sure about the computer, since I think the plug was pretty faulty. You heard what was on that disc, but it might not be the same type of thing.

...it laughed while I was typing on the keyboard! And then it, um...it started petting my hair when I looked in this room.


Kiryuu Zero
... It was petting you?


Kiryu Joshua
It wants to see you in a towel, Ashton.


Kiryuu Zero
You're helpful.


Kiryu Joshua
Sometimes the obvious needs to be pointed out.


Ashton Anchors
We don't even have a towel!


Kiryu Joshua
My, that might cause some problems!


Ashton Anchors
I-it hasn't even said that it does! Please stop thinking about me in a towel!


Kiryu Joshua
Oh, don't worry. I haven't envisioned it yet—you're not my type.


Ashton Anchors
Hooray.


Kiryu Joshua
But you're someone else type, so you'd better be prepared!


Ashton Anchors
C-can we just. Deal with this is if it actually comes up, Joshua.


Kiryu Joshua
Do you think it might not?


Ashton Anchors
There is no concrete evidence I've got a ghost in love with me!


Kiryu Joshua
It may be a mere infatuation.


Ashton Anchors
*bawww*


Ferdinand Marienfield
It's true love! Oh, that poor ghost! To meet his true love only after his death, doomed to pine after you ectoplasmicly for eternity.


Kiryuu Zero
. . .


Ferdinand Marienfield
Don't you think it's tragic?


Kiryuu Zero
I think there's something wrong with this.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Of course there is!


Kiryuu Zero
...


Ashton Anchors
...but we've never even met before. Probably.


Ferdinand Marienfield
It's love at first sight! As his eyes met yours, yet remained tragically invisible to you, he fell irrevokably in love at first sight.


Ashton Anchors
...do we even know if the ghost is a guy.


Ferdinand Marienfield
No, but she could have fallen equally irrevocably in love with you at first sight as well!


Ashton Anchors
I will jump that hurdle when we get to it.


Ferdinand Marienfield
Good luck! If you need advice I have some poetry and novels I can lend you.


Ashton Anchors
--do you have Twilight, or was it just the one copy that exploded?


Ferdinand Marienfield
I have my own copy! I could lend it to you if you like.


Ashton Anchors
That--that'd be really great!


Ferdinand Marienfield
No problem! It's so romantic how could I not share it with anyone who asked? Just be careful with it, please!


Ashton Anchors
I promise I'll give it back good as new. I just--got intrigued!




The Key Room



Shepherd
[The room has a light set into the ceiling; there's probably a lightswitch near the door.]

[...every single wall is covered in keys pinned to it, with the one exception of a door on one wall.

Ironically, this door has a combination lock on it.]


Ashton Anchors
*...looks for the lightswitch first, turning it on*

Whoa.

*and going to examine those keys!*


Shepherd
[They are keys of every size and shape -- but mostly old or artistic rather than standard mass-generated ones]


Ashton Anchors
*more like the keys I'm used to, then. any particularly unusual ones?*


Shepherd
[They're all unusual, honestly. Most look hand-crafted]


Ashton Anchors
*...so nothing in this room besides lots of keys and a door that doesn't need them, then.*


Kiryuu Zero
[Do any of the keys have numbers on them?]


Shepherd
[Nope]


Spain
[what kind of combo lock is it?]


Shepherd
[The number turny kind]


Spain
[how many numbers would it need?]


Shepherd
[You can't tell.]


Spain
[plays around with the lock, trying to see if he can hear any clicks]


Shepherd
[Playing around gets no results]


Spain
[calls out]

Does anybody know of any numbers that might work?


Kiryuu Zero
Do you remember any dates from that newspaper you found?


Spain
I think I do...

[tries the date from the haunted house story]


Shepherd
[Nothing]


Spain
[how about the ghost bar]


Ashton Anchors
--oh yeah, I got a newspaper from the kitchen.

*SCANS IT FOR NUMBERS*


Shepherd
[Alas, no matter what numbers you try from the newspaper you don't get the door to open]


Ashton Anchors
*what about combinations of 66 and 6*


Shepherd
[No luck]


Ashton Anchors
Did you find anything in the desk drawers?


Spain
I remember some letters!

NBT! If they were numbers, they would be...

14, 2, and 0, right?


Ashton Anchors
Yeah, try those!


Spain
[tries 14, 2 and 20!]


Shepherd
[click!]


Spain
It worked!

[opens door]




THE HAND ROOM



Shepherd
[Light from the room you were in filters into this one to reveal several metal storage racks through the room.

On each of these are rows of jars.

In each of the jars is a human hand, surrounded by preservative.]


Ashton Anchors
...eep.

*leans past Spain to look for another light switch! trying not to focus on all those hands sob*


Shepherd
[There is one. When you flick it on you can see there is no other door in this room. You've come as far as you can this way.]


Ashton Anchors
*guess it's time to...explore the hand shelves then, ahhh*


Shepherd
[They are labelled by names. None you recognize and none with familiar last names.]


Ashton Anchors
*just out of curiosity, have these hands been cleanly sliced off from their owners, or is it messier than that*


Shepherd
[cleanly sliced!]


Ashton Anchors
...

*going to go back to the key room and eat something.*


Shepherd
[...do you mean the kitchen? Unless you want to eat some keys...]


Ashton Anchors
*NO HE TOOK MEAT FROM THE KITCHEN

the dragons can try to snag keys though*


Shepherd
[Oh I see. NOM NOM NOM it is perfectly good sandwich meat.]


Ashton Anchors
*:9

no one manages to eat a key.*


Kiryuu Zero
[Hand?]


Shepherd
[Hand.]


Kiryuu Zero
[Is there anything else on the shelves?]


Shepherd
[No, just jars of hands]


Kiryuu Zero
[Is there anything notable about the hands?]


Shepherd
[Other than the fact that they're severed human hands, no. They seem to belong to all ages, sexes, races, etc.]


Kiryuu Zero
[I am picking up a jar because I can.]


Shepherd
[It is heavy, being full of preservative]


Kiryuu Zero
[What's the preservative?]


Shepherd
[You'd have to open the jar to check. ]


Kiryuu Zero
[Doing that.]


Shepherd
[Smells like it's mostly formaldehyde.]


Kiryuu Zero
[Mostly?]


Shepherd
[When preserving body parts, Formaldehyde usually has some other preservatives mixed in]

[As time stretches on after you started exploring, those of you with spiritual senses -- I guess that'd be whoever's around out of Joshua, Zero, and Ashton's... dragons -- get a sudden powerful feeling that there's an extra person in the room]


Ashton Anchors
Awoooork?

*getting that feeling from them too*

Ah--who's there?


Shepherd
[the lights flicker]


Ashton Anchors
...could we get one flicker for yes and two for no, or something? Only it's really hard to talk to each other otherwise.


Shepherd
[a series of loud knocks run along the wall to the door and out into the key room, then further away... the feeling is gone]


Ashton Anchors
*...follows the direction of those knocks back through the rooms!! has something vital changed?!*


Shepherd
[They reach the original room... then cease.]


Ashton Anchors
Well, okay, but if you want to talk--!

*settles down to wait again*


Kiryuu Zero
[Ping?]


Shepherd
[the door bangs shut and then slams open again]


Kiryuu Zero
[New interest in that door.]


Shepherd
[a series of loud knocks run along the wall to the door and out into the key room, then further away... the feeling is gone]


Kiryuu Zero
How long are you going to keep playing with us?


Ashton Anchors
Maybe it wants us all back here for something.


Kiryuu Zero
For what?


Ashton Anchors
...it might be time for more people to come in, for one...the door opened when Joshua and I did, right?


Kiryuu Zero
[Well, we have done the requisite setting something on fire step.]

... Right, another ousting.


Ashton Anchors
*Twilight didn't shock you unconscious though :|*

...I wonder what's happening.


Kiryuu Zero
Depends how good your group is.


Ashton Anchors
...I'm pretty sure I was the most obvious of the wolves, heh.


Spain
[just standing around, not being spiritually sensitive]


Shepherd
[You can probably see those other things though]


Spain
[YES I CAN]

Again!


Shepherd
[a series of loud knocks run along the wall to the door and out into the key room, then further away...]


Spain
[following the knocks]


Shepherd
[They reach the original room... then cease.]


Kiryuu Zero
[Well then.]


Ferdinand Marienfield
How romantic!


Shepherd
[You get no answer]


Ferdinand Marienfield
The adventure of the true unknown! As Orpheus wandered into the darkness to save Euridice, so shall we!


Kiryu Joshua
Who are we saving?


Ferdinand Marienfield
The ghost, of course! He must be terribly lonely if he's setting all these things on fire, right?


Kiryuu Zero
Or at least trying to get attention.


Ferdinand Marienfield
What's the difference?


Kiryuu Zero
I doubt it's lonely.


Ferdinand Marienfield
But it must be so lonely being a ghost. It can't talk to people or read poetry or anything!


Kiryu Joshua
Oh, I doubt that's all it's about.


Ferdinand Marienfield
What do you think, then?


Kiryu Joshua
I've not decided yet.



DAY 3: GAME

Welcome back, everybody. I hope you slept well. This morning's breakfast is french toast and a variety of fruit toppings. There is of course the optional breakfast alternative for those with dietary restrictions.

Miss Bellcourt has selected Belphegor's team as the winner of last night's challenge. That team will receive a room upgrade for the duration of their stay with us, though I hope that the comforts provided won't be a distraction to the tasks at hand.

Poll #1534838 (Results are as of when the poll closed)
Open to: Friends, detailed results viewable to: None, participants: 4

We appear to be narrowing things down:

Kaname - 2 (50.0%)
Grimm & Risa - 2 (50.0%)
Sera - 0 (0.0%)
Konatsu - 0 (0.0%)
Belphegor & Shuri - 0 (0.0%)
Kazuki - 0 (0.0%)
Itachi & Ash - 0 (0.0%)
Ruka - 0 (0.0%)

There will be a clue, a true challenge, and further rewards issued as the afternoon approaches. I suggest you take the time until then to rest up, eat well, and perhaps brush up on your skills. You will certainly need them.




PRIVATE: Itachi and Ash

Ash
I'm sorry I wasn't around during the voting.


Uchiha Itachi
It's all right. I missed the clues being given. Being absent might make us seem suspicious, but other than that...some things can't be helped.


Ash
I'll try to be more attentive. I can't be making a good impression of myself, not showing up.

...I still can't sleep that well.


Uchiha Itachi
Neither can I.


Ash
Is it spreading? It's worse than before. It's like... there's something wrong, but I can't really figure out what it is.


Uchiha Itachi
A sense of foreboding?


Ash
I don't know. That's the problem. But it's a bad feeling.


Uchiha Itachi
Yes.


Ash
It's the same for you?




PRIVATE: Kazuki & Ruka


Naruse Kazuki
[ONCE AGAIN--!]


Ruka
[I should not really be surprised about this anymore huh]

...Kazuki.


Naruse Kazuki
It happened again.


Ruka
...The noises...? Or your closet door?


Naruse Kazuki
The door. The noises... I had a different dream.


Ruka
...What was it this time?


Naruse Kazuki
Things being torn apart. It could be that the closet door really does just open easily. Maybe.


Ruka
...Tomorrow, you should come straight here instead. We'll see if the same thing happens.

Naruse Kazuki
If we're still around.


Ruka
Right.


Naruse Kazuki
I don't feel like checking it out again.


Ruka
It... seems pretty pointless.


Naruse Kazuki
[flops back into Ruka's pillow and snuggles]

Yeah.


Ruka
[...fine, fine]

...The sounds are all you remember, from your dreams?


Naruse Kazuki
From the first one. The second one was just stuff being torn up.


Ruka
...I see.

[...yeah isn't sleeping tonight :|]


Naruse Kazuki
[BUT WHY]

[in other words, calming down and falling asleep rather fast.]


Ruka
[BECAUSE THAT'S WEIRD AND I'M PARANOID. :/ aren't you happy to have such a loyal bodyguard]


Naruse Kazuki
[yes, of course. ♥]


Ruka
[♥ |<]




THE SITTING ROOM

Ash
Both of them--?


Sera Angel
...well, I tried...

*...goes to check her email before breakfast*


Shepherd
It's a great pleasure to hear from you, young lady.

"Lucia Bellcourt"... I'm afraid I don't know much myself. I do know there is a Bellcourt family, in California I believe, the daughter of which is named Lucy or something of the sort; it may have been Lucia. There is also a son whose name quite escapes me. The family's quite wealthy -- I believe this Mr. Bellcourt owns a pharmaceuticals company? Even this much only sticks in my mind only because of an article I read in the paper a few years ago that I was reminded of when I looked the name up on the internet again myself. Unfortunately, the article was not published online so I cannot reproduce it for you. If I recall correctly, the article was about the unfortunate circumstances of his family, and I remembered it only because it struck me as ironic that although he's in the field of medicine they hadn't been able to help his son, who was in a coma at the time the article was written. I believe some sort of falling accident or something of the sort? There was an infant in the family who also died around that time -- I am not sure if it was connected, however, I mostly only recall that due to the tragedy of the entire situation.

Regarding this "Lucia", if it is the same person, I can look up further details to see what is known about the daughter of that company's CEO if you wish.

Beyond that, unless there is anything more specific about them you would like to know, I wouldn't begin to know where to direct your query. And even then I may not have too much leeway; I contacted a paranormal society to find myself those exorcists. But I may yet be able to help.

Yours,
Cillian Prewett.


Sera Angel
Thank you so much! More background information would be wonderful - if I think of anything more specific to ask, I'll let you know. If you could give me the name of the paranormal society in question, too, I'd really appreciate it.

You've been very kind, and we didn't even do much for you that the exorcist couldn't have, except for set your office on fire - I'm in your debt.

Sera

*googles Bellcourt pharmaceutical CEO California*


Shepherd
["Results 1 - 10 of about 4,360 for Bellcourt pharmaceutical CEO California..."]

[SOME TIME PASSES...]

I will endeavour to look into more background information, though I cannot guarantee anything. Can I ask why you might need the name of the paranormal society, however?

I suppose the office needed a good remodeling regardless.
Yours,
Cillian.


Sera Angel
...I feel like something here is watching me... causing dreams. Someone else who would know felt it, too. And if they sent you our mutual exorcist acquaintance, they must be at least good enough to get the real thing... maybe they can get in contact with them again, though I wouldn't email them from a computer that might be watched.

Maybe it's not wise to email you or a paranormal investigative society, either, but I don't seem to have a lot of other sources of information.

I hope that its repairs were very attractive, at least...!

Sera

*...speaking of which, time to CHECK THE COMPUTER FOR KEYLOGGERS ho hum, Sera would know how to do this masterfully and I do not*


Shepherd
[There are, indeed, keyloggers.]


Sera Angel
*...that would've been a smart thing to check for some time ago. types "...well, that's not very nice, is it?" into the url bar and then ATTEMPTS TO REMOVE THEM. checks for any remote connections or networks that could be watching her, too.*


Shepherd
| neither is snooping :)


Sera Angel
| You've brought us somewhere strange without our knowledge or consent... I'll play for you, but you can't blame me for being curious.


Shepherd
| You're already trapped by someone. There's nothing I can do about that.


Sera Angel
| We try to find out about her, too... it's a being trapped thing. It's understandable, isn't it?

*sees if she can identify what program the ~mystery text~ is coming from.*


Shepherd
[it's running on a simple networking program hooked up to "b3llc0urt"]

| You're good at this. Where did you learn?


Sera Angel
| You could kind of say that I'm a natural... um, I'm not sure I want to trust you with my life story when you don't trust me with an unbugged computer, though.

*can she follow it back to its source, or other computers on the network? 8D*


Shepherd
[there are at least twenty-five computers connected]

| It's not that I don't trust you personally.


Sera Angel
| Well, you don't even know me. But on those grounds, I can't trust you yet, either.

*...which one has the most precautions against people trying to get in? :)*


Shepherd
| Maybe you should just focus on what you're here for.

[you can find what computer she's using]


Sera Angel
| ...listen, I'm playing. I think I was a little helpful in getting a wolf voted out, last night, and he was a friend of mine, so I'm definitely doing the best I can. I'll play, but I want to know what I'm playing for. I want to be able to get in touch with the people I know here without being bugged - when I get "recommended" for things in this place by Miss Sayre is the only chance I have to talk to them. I mean, I could just try to hack your computer, if I wanted to be unreasonable about this. I'm not doing it, but I'm pretty confident I could.


Shepherd
| It's understandable.

I don't want you to pry about me. I don't like it.


Sera Angel
| ...if you let me have something you won't watch, I won't use it to find out anything more about you specifically. And I won't look into the other computers on this network, either... I don't know if any of the others can. That's a gesture of good faith that I'm comfortable making, if you make it to me first. I don't know Lucia Bellcourt, I'm in her power completely, and I can't say that doesn't scare me, but I won't break trust if it's given.

What happens to the people who get ousted or eaten? They're not hurt, are they?


Shepherd
| Nobody's hurt. They're just in another part of the estate.

Why is it bad if I watch?


Sera Angel
| Thank you... and I think that some of the people I might try to contact would be upset if they didn't control who knew about how to get hold of them.


Shepherd
| Like who?


Sera Angel
| That'd be telling... um, I won't compromise their privacy without their knowledge.


Shepherd
| Why? What can you tell me?


Sera Angel
| They don't like prying, either, that's all. I don't like to do things that people won't like if I feel like there's a choice.


Shepherd
| You can be vague, then.


Sera Angel
| We had really different goals the first time we met, but we had some good talks. Now I don't know what they want long term, but I like them.


Shepherd
| Can you only talk to them in this world?


Sera Angel
| We're pretty much blocked off from anything that isn't in Ms. Sayre's domain, back there. It's like your life up till you get there is yours, but after that, it's under her control. I don't even remember when I've left till I'm out of camp again. A couple of little things creep through, like it's a dream... if you really like someone who's there too because of something that happens outside, you still feel like that, but you can't think why. Someone you met outside could be important to you, and you wouldn't even know, because they weren't inside with you to remember.

I don't know if this is the same place, anyway. I don't think the internet would let you email to another universe.


Shepherd
| I'll let you try.


Sera Angel
| Thank you.


Shepherd
[after a few minutes your computer is disconnected from the keylogger and network]


Sera Angel
*... you aren't the worst Shepherd I've had, Lucia :/

goes back to gmail and changes her password*


Sera Angel
*...on second thought, deletes the account and makes another, with another string of random numerals.

emails Mr. Cillian again*

This is a fresh account, on a computer that isn't bugged. I'm told I shouldn't snoop, though, so I won't dig for any more information on my current host... unless you find something that should make me fear for my life, please don't volunteer it.

I still wouldn't mind getting advice about the dreams, though.

I'm sorry I forgot to check for bugs. I'm... I guess I'm so used to it not making any difference whether anyone sees me or not that I forget that people still have real lives, that aren't trapped or observed constantly. If you don't want to respond any more, I'll understand.

Sera


Shepherd
I see. Thank you for the warning. I'll keep an eye on my own computer for any strange behaviour, I suppose.

About the dreams... Oh dear, there's any number of things that can cause dream from stress to strange situations to, as you believe, supernatural intent. Even among the supernatural, any number of things can send dreams. I did take the opportunity to consult with a few people here at the school who either had some knowledge already or have gained some interest since the incident (I am sure you can likely guess whom and, if this computer IS unbugged now, can direct further queries to them as desired though I cannot say if they know more about it than they've already said).

Here is a brief alphabetical list of what supernatural things are said to be able to cause dreams and a few notes on them:

Angels - To communicate messages to the dreamer, generally of personal growth but occasionally of prophecy/revelation
Another world - theoretically dreaming is an altered state of consciousness that can allow one to tap into scenes from alternate realities.
Demons - (particularly incubi [who are said to sit on the chest of dreamers and hold them down while forcing them to dream either nightmares or erotic dreams]) - To torment or tease or tempt; generally considered a gateway to sin or otherwise feeding off the emotions produced
Fairies and Fairy-like creatures (Unicorns etc) - Can touch the dreamer with strange dreams and keep them in a deep sleep while they go about their business.
Gods - To bless, give prophecy, or give the dreamer a 'calling'
Ghosts - To communicate with the living or torment them further
"Hags" - Nobody is sure what this phenomenon is and it is often associated with ghosts or "Night-mares" - a sensation of bad dreams followed by a pressure on the chest that prevents one from rising while senses of presences and nightmareish hallucinations continue after waking for a few moments. On a scientific side it is known as sleep paralysis.
Jesus Christ (and presumably dreams of other prophets) - To communicate messages, bless, give prophecy, or give the dreamer a 'calling'
Witches - Witches can cast spells on the dreamer to torment them with unpleasant dreams or to give them significant symbolic messages through their dreams.
the Universal Unconsciousness - A connection to all reality accessed through a dream state of which your sleeping self may hit on significant or terrifying moments.

Is there anything in this that you would like to follow up on? Please give detail of how, as I wouldn't know where to start.

Beyond that, given the new circumstances, are you still interested in attempting to contact the paranormal society or exorcists? I do note that the paranormal society said that they were very hard to get hold of if they were working at the time, which was part of the delay we had to suffer previously...

Yours,
Cillian Prewett


Sera Angel
I'll hold any followups till tomorrow, I think... everyone seemed to have strange dreams last night, but without any specific content, so I want to see if there's any more correlation tonight.

I'm still interested. Maybe they won't get back to me before we're sent back again, but they're probably the only lead I have.

Thank you again for your help with this.
Sera


Shepherd
As I have your email, perhaps it's best if I attempt to work to get a hold of them rather than you? It sounds like you're on the busier side at the moment.

Drop me a line tomorrow, then, and I'll be glad to assist.

Cheers,
Cillian Prewett.


Sera Angel
All right - that's a good idea. I'll talk to you tomorrow, then!

...

*logs out of that computer, logs back onto another bugged one, and spends about forty-five minutes before the clue gets dropped giving Lucia's network a nice security upgrade as a gesture of goodwill*


Shepherd
[How generous! She doesn't respond to it, though.]


Sera Angel
*IT WAS MOSTLY FOR FUN ANYWAY, logs out again and goes to check out the clue.*


Uchiha Itachi
You were right.


Sera Angel
I wanted to keep him in the game... it makes no sense that they took him out already.


Uchiha Itachi
It's a reckless move, but not unheard of. He's smart, so they might have thought it worth the risk to take him out since so few of us were inclined to find him suspicious.


Sera Angel
...mm. There isn't much we can do until we get the next clue, is there...? I haven't really seen any exits to this place... I wonder how Mr. Sidney is getting in and out.


Uchiha Itachi
I suppose he might have access to places we don't.


Sera Angel
Where's the access, though...?


Uchiha Itachi
I don't know. Has anyone done any exploring?


Sera Angel
*shakes her head* ...I've just looked at the rooms we've been through.


Uchiha Itachi
As have I. I've actually found it something of a relief to be able to focus more on the game.


Sera Angel
It's nicer.


Uchiha Itachi
Yes.


Koizumi Risa
[slumps on the table]

. . . Ashton and Joshua are gone this time...


Konatsu Warren
You—ah—must have been right about Ashton, then.


Koizumi Risa
[half-heartedly stabs a piece of fruit]

I... I guess. Ruka would be a safe sheep then? Unless Spain was a wolf? But that doesn't happen too often.


Konatsu Warren
It—seems that must be the case.

Are—are you all right, Miss Risa?


Koizumi Risa
I didn't sleep very well. Just... bad dreams, I guess.


Konatsu Warren
. . . what sort of dreams?


Kaname Kuran
Dreams?


Koizumi Risa
[shakes her head]

You know the ones where you wake up like, completely freaked out with your heart beating?


Konatsu Warren
[nods, slowly]

Do—ah—do you remember anything of what happened in the dream?


Koizumi Risa
[looks around, then shakes her head]

Not really. I don't think it was something I wanted to remember.


Kaname Kuran
A vague dream, then? Not one you would normally have?


Koizumi Risa
Well... my usual dreams involve being sentai warriors fighting the evils of school and preserving justice.

... so no.


Kaname Kuran
[ponders for a moment]

I may have had an odd dream as well.


Koizumi Risa
No way... you too?


Kaname Kuran
Yes. It wasn't very clear...


Koizumi Risa
... I didn't know you'd sleep...


Kaname Kuran
I'm used to sleeping during the day, but I'll make an attempt at night for the game. It's better to be alert when others are.


Koizumi Risa
Makes sense...


Konatsu Warren
Nor one—that you've had before?


Koizumi Risa
No. It's okay, it's fine!

I'm probably just freaking myself out cause I'm expecting bad creepy things.


Konatsu Warren
I would not be so quick to dismiss it. I—ah—there may be others here who have experienced the same.


Koizumi Risa
That sounds creepy.


Konatsu Warren
It seems as though it is the case.

[gestures to indicate Kaname, Sera, and Kazuki]


Koizumi Risa
I'm getting a bad feeling.


Konatsu Warren
We should gather as many details as we can.


Koizumi Risa
Is there any place here we can check out? I guess I was just so excited that it wasn't a creepy house with... creepy things in it.


Konatsu Warren
Perhaps we should check the bedrooms. There may be something amiss with Kazuki's at least.


Koizumi Risa
Mmm.

And maybe there's something in other people's rooms too, like Zero's.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—yes, perhaps. We could check.


Koizumi Risa
Should we split up?


Konatsu Warren
I do not see a need to. There are not that many of us, nor are there many rooms to explore.


Sera Angel
...you, too?


Naruse Kazuki
It looks like everyone is having strange dreams. Me included.


Konatsu Warren
What—was your dream? How much detail do you recall?


Sera Angel
....unicorns. ...something embarrassing... flying? It felt like something was watching me.


Konatsu Warren
. . . what—manner of embarrassing things?


Sera Angel
Talking to a group of people I dislike in... um, my underwear... um...

...I guess there were blood and things, too, but I didn't think that was unusual.


Konatsu Warren
So you were . . . ah—talking to people you disliked . . . while flying unicorns in your underwear?

A-and—something was bleeding?


Sera Angel
It was more... sequential.

...there was blood, and... teeth. I have those kinds of dreams more often, though.


Konatsu Warren
What—was the exact sequence, then?


Sera Angel
I can't remember exactly. I think the unicorns were first, though... then blood, then being embarrassed, then flying... um, I don't know if the teeth were with the blood or after it. Someone was watching...


Konatsu Warren
Someone was watching the entire time?


Sera Angel
...it was just a feeling. But Needy had it yesterday, too. When she was awake.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—I see. Thank you for your assistance, Miss Sera.


Koizumi Risa
... OKAY GUYS, WE NEED TO SPEAK UP ABOUT THESE THINGS.


Naruse Kazuki
I'm speaking up now!

Anyway, I've had two dreams. The first one was sounds of stuff scraping... and when I woke up and my closet door was open, even though my door was locked, so I'm not sure if that's a dream or not. The one I had last night involved things being torn apart, and the closet was open again even though I made SURE it was shut.

I dunno. The closet's completely normal from what I've seen, I ended up figuring maybe there was something wrong with the hinges and that the dreams aren't related.


Koizumi Risa
Holy crap that sounds freaky.


Naruse Kazuki
It doesn't bother me.


Konatsu Warren
Your dreams were just—sounds, then? What was being torn?


Naruse Kazuki
No, just the first. And I can't remember? Things.


Konatsu Warren
I see. Would you be willing to accompany us in an investigation of your room?


Naruse Kazuki
Sure.


Konatsu Warren
Thank you. Ah—after you.


Naruse Kazuki
This way.

[heads down the hallway]


Konatsu Warren
[follows after]


Kaname Kuran
Interesting...

Mine left a strong impression of... losing something important. Of being left behind.


Naruse Kazuki
That sounds a lot worse.


Kaname Kuran
I did not remember much of it after I woke.


Naruse Kazuki
My dreams are still better in comparison, I'd say.


Kaname Kuran
You do have a place for investigation, at least. I can only assume that all the dreams are connected somehow.

Perhaps a haunting?


Naruse Kazuki
That would be AWESOME.


Kaname Kuran
I'm glad you're so eager. If it's a haunting, we'll obviously need to find out more information on this place and the Bellcourt family.


Naruse Kazuki
Obviously. We're going to check out the closet in anycase.


Kaname Kuran
[good luck with that]

All right.


Uchiha Itachi
I didn't dream, that I recall, but I was restless and felt...apprehensive.


Konatsu Warren
Nothing more specific?


Uchiha Itachi
No. However, my partner has had two restless nights now.


Konatsu Warren
Due to dreams?


Uchiha Itachi
Not that he mentioned.


Ash
No, just... uneasiness. I don't know why. I'm kind of tired.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—I am sorry to hear that. Perhaps—some manner of calming tea before you sleep tonight?


Ash
Maybe that would be good. [rubs his forehead]


Konatsu Warren
We can perhaps ask Mr. Sidney if he would be willing to assist us in locating some.


Ash
Oh. I didn't think of that.


Konatsu Warren
He has been quite helpful in my interaction with him thus far.


Ash
I guess that's only natural, if he's a butler and all.


Konatsu Warren
Yes, of course.


Ash
Ah, I'm Ash. I don't think I introduced myself before, but I guess you already guessed... [vaguely gestures to the list]


Konatsu Warren
Ah—yes, my apologies. I am Konatsu Warren, it is a pleasure.


Ash
It's nice to meet you.


Konatsu Warren
Yes, I hope that you are able to sleep better tonight.


Ash
Yes... it's strange, because it's a rather nice room and all...


Konatsu Warren
The accommodations are quite nice. I do appreciate our host's generous hospitality.


Ash
Mhm. I'm not so sure what I think about it all though. I mean, I've heard others say other games has been worse, but I cannot compare. I just think it's a bit ... creepy?


Naruse Kazuki
...even though we voted for Ashton, Joshua still got eaten in the end.


Ruka
Come with me.

[DRAGGING TOWARDS THE BATHROOMS 8| ...also, has scratchmarks on his face]


Naruse Kazuki
--R-Ruka!? Oi, what's up?!

[...being dragged!]


Ruka
I'm checking something.

[TRYING TO GET YOUR SHIRT OFF ONCE WE GET THERE, does this remind you of anyone Kazuki :Db]


Naruse Kazuki
[BATS AT RUKA'S HAND jeez!]

I can take it off myself, you're as bad as that guy! What are you looking for!?


Ruka
You can't see your back! I had scratches on my face today... We shared the bed last night, so I want to see if you have them anywhere too.


Naruse Kazuki
Fine! ...if I scratched you in my sleep, it's my bad.

[pulls off his shirt.]


Ruka
I would have woken up.

[looking over :|]


Naruse Kazuki
[ANYTHING? Because otherwise there's nothing.]

You don't know that.


Ruka
[nothing :/]

...I wake up easily. There's nothing there.


Naruse Kazuki
I would've felt scratches if there were some. And you're just letting the creepy stuff get to you!


Ruka
It's weird.


Naruse Kazuki
And I'm saying I probably did it to you on accident! It's no big deal.


Ruka
...I didn't sleep until you left the room this morning, once you came to my room. They had to have happened before or after that, when you weren't there.


Naruse Kazuki
Huh?


Ruka
You couldn't have done it, I was awake all night.


Naruse Kazuki
Idiot, why did you stay up!?


Ruka
In case something weird happened! You're ignoring the point, Kazuki!


Naruse Kazuki
Fine, so I guess something DID happen? Did you do anything to piss anyone off?


Ruka
...Not that I can think of.


Naruse Kazuki
Weird.


Ruka
Yeah.


Uchiha Itachi
...Joshua is gone. The wolves ate from the clue?


Konatsu Warren
It's—rather strange behavior on their part.


Koizumi Risa
But we have to have gotten rid of a wolf, otherwise...


Konatsu Warren
They would not leave only one team remaining from the clue if that team was the wolf team, unless they mean to throw us off. But regardless, it is too foolish a gamble to think that they would make it.


Koizumi Risa
What are the chances they'll do it again?


Konatsu Warren
If they do, it would become only all to easy to spot the remaining wolves.


Koizumi Risa
... ok, explain that bit.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—if the wolves repeat this action with the next clue and we are given a warning, there will only be one team remaining from each clues, leaving us with fewer teams to decide between in order to locate a wolf.


Koizumi Risa
Well, I don't think they'd do it twice.


Konatsu Warren
I do not either, unless they truly are foolish. But if they do it will only work to our advantage.


Koizumi Risa
[nods]


Uchiha Itachi
Somewhat. Though I was a wolf in a game in which we did it once. It was an act of desperation, but was effective in causing confusion.


Konatsu Warren
That could be a possibility. Though why the wolves would act in desperation so early in the game . . .


Uchiha Itachi
In the game I was in, it was because the wolves had failed to communicate properly and made a miscalculation. We voted one of our own out earlier than we intended. But this might not indicate the same type of situation. It could be as Kazuki says, since they couldn't use him as a scapegoat and so many believed him to be a sheep, they decided to take him out.


Konatsu Warren
I suppose. It still does not seem a sound strategy. A wolf eating a sheep in that way only solidifies his position as a sheep, whereas if they had left him alone there may still have been a possibility for doubt to be cast on his or Ruka's character.


Uchiha Itachi
I agree with you. I was merely pondering possible motives.


Konatsu Warren
Of course. Ah—may I ask a somewhat personal question?


Uchiha Itachi
All right.


Naruse Kazuki
It means we were right about him being a scapegoat. They must have decided he had no more use since mostly everyone was certain he was a sheep.


Uchiha Itachi
Yes, but it's something of a gamble.


Naruse Kazuki
I guess.


Shuri Oak
Oh, a room upgra--?

--He's gone!?


Belphegor
What?


Shuri Oak
...


Belphegor
[staring at the names displayed]

...That's strange.


Shuri Oak
It's unfair!! It's completely unfair!


Belphegor
You're telling me. This should have been straightforward. The wolves are being irritating.


Shuri Oak
[he's not mad...]

Ah... Uh-huh...


Belphegor
[Bel is still mad. He's just cooled off a bit.]

What?


Shuri Oak
I said I guess you're right!


Belphegor
Of course I am.

Well, whatever. We'll get this figured out.


Shuri Oak
[...jiiii]


Belphegor
[Hmph.]


Ruka
...That... seems weird.


Sera Angel
...are you feeling better today?


Ruka
...Yeah.

[HAS SCRATCHES ON HIS FACE, HOWEVER :|]


Sera Angel
*touches her face where the scratches are on his*

That's good. Um... did something happen?


Ruka
...I woke up with them there. Normally... I'd wake up if anything touched me, so...


Sera Angel
...not good.


Ruka
Yeah.


Sera Angel
I keep feeling like something's watching me, or getting seeing something out of the corner of my eye... and a lot of people had dreams last night, along with your scratches. There's definitely something...


Ruka
...It sounds stupid, but... That's definitely something unusual.


Sera Angel
*nodnod*


Ruka
...Did you hear what was happening with Kazuki's closet, as well...?


Sera Angel
...no, I hadn't.


Ruka
...He was having the dreams too. Sounds of things scraping around, and then things tearing, the other night... When he would wake up, his closet door would be open, when it was closed before. His door was locked both times.


Sera Angel
...


Ruka
It's strange.


Belphegor
[sipping at his third glass of milk. warning: the prince is cranky. approach with caution.]

The room upgrade is satisfactory, I suppose.

Konatsu Warren
[breakfast and some tea, yay /o/]


Shuri Oak
[hovering near, which is totally different from hiding behind, somehow]


Konatsu Warren
Ah—good morning, Shuri.


Shuri Oak
Good morning!


Konatsu Warren
How are you doing today?


Shuri Oak
Ah, I'm doing well, and yourself?


Konatsu Warren
I'm doing fairly well today, thank you. Are you enjoying your new accommodations?


Shuri Oak
Mmm, I'm glad we've been rewarded!


Konatsu Warren
That is quite fortunate. It is good to know that our host is a woman of her word.


Shuri Oak
She still has to give out the other rewards...


Konatsu Warren
I am sure she will distribute them eventually.


Shuri Oak
As the afternoon approaches...


Konatsu Warren
Ah—yes, one can expect that.


Shuri Oak
She should actually follow through this time!

[I suppose I should actually eat breakfast]


Konatsu Warren
Patience is a virtue, Shuri.


Shuri Oak
I know that...


Konatsu Warren
Then it would be best if you exercised it a bit more, perhaps.


Shuri Oak
I'm being good!


Konatsu Warren
Ah—yes, you have been quite helpful in solving the clues.


Shuri Oak
Ah, you think so?


Konatsu Warren
From what I have observed, yes.


Shuri Oak
Why, thank you!


Konatsu Warren
You are welcome.


Shuri Oak
Konatsu is also very helpful, I'm sure.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—unfortunately I have not been of much assistance yet this game.


Shuri Oak
You still can be!


Konatsu Warren
I will endeavor to do so, yes.


Naruse Kazuki
[Kazuki opens his closet]


Konatsu Warren
[was looking about the room, comes over to examine the closet]

So there was no evidence of anything being tampered with, was there?


Naruse Kazuki
It's just a normal closet.


Konatsu Warren
[so it is]

Ah—yes, it does appear to be.


Naruse Kazuki
It's always open after I dream though. Tonight I'm going to put something in front of it, then go sleep with Ruka. See if that changes anything.


Konatsu Warren
[nods]

Of course. Please let us know if you observe any change.


Naruse Kazuki
Will do.


Konatsu Warren
Thank you.


Koizumi Risa
[behind you looking over your shoulder, totally not using you as a meat shield, no]


Naruse Kazuki
[it's a normal closet]

See?


Koizumi Risa
That's good...


Naruse Kazuki
No reason to get freaked out.


Koizumi Risa
The last closet I looked in was... ok, let's just say I was like, in limbo and there were very creepy things in there.


Naruse Kazuki
Limbo? The place between life and death?


Koizumi Risa
Yeah. But it was more like, an alternate interdimensional space. With demons.


Naruse Kazuki
Huh. Sounds cool!


Koizumi Risa
We were going to be sacrificed.


Naruse Kazuki
But you weren't, right?


Koizumi Risa
Actually, I've lured you here so that I may sacrifice you and feed upon your powers.


Naruse Kazuki
Oh no...! Iyaa, what do I do, a beautiful girl wants to eat me!

Which is to say, go ahead.


Koizumi Risa
[laughing]

You don't really... scare very easily, do you?


Naruse Kazuki
Why be scared when you can have fun?


Koizumi Risa
That's true... but there really were some scary moments.

Also, don't do that to Konatsu, he's very delicate.


Naruse Kazuki
But he seems like he'd give interesting reactions.


Koizumi Risa
You'll break his brains.


Naruse Kazuki
All the more reason! But we need his brains for now, so I'll let him off the hook.


Koizumi Risa
Yeah, please do.


Konatsu Warren
Miss Risa, please do not lie to him in such a way.


Naruse Kazuki
It was a lie? My heart, it's broken!


Konatsu Warren
Ah—I—my apologies . . .


Naruse Kazuki
What ever should I do...!


Konatsu Warren
I—ah—i-is it really that serious of a matter?!


Naruse Kazuki
I'm kidding.


Konatsu Warren
O-oh . . .


Naruse Kazuki
[slaps on the shoulder, all buddy buddy]

Cheer up! Don't take life so seriously.


Konatsu Warren
A-Ah—y-yes . . . I—o-of course.


Naruse Kazuki
Which reminds me, you're Konatsu, right? We haven't been introduced properly.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—yes, my apologies. I am Konatsu Warren of the Barsburg Army.


Naruse Kazuki
And I'm Naruse Kazuki, King.


Konatsu Warren
King . . . ?


Naruse Kazuki
King of Games, King piece, that kind of title.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—I—I see. My—my apologies for my rudeness.


Naruse Kazuki
Nyahaha, I appreciate you being humbled in my presence!


Konatsu Warren
I—ah—yes, sir.


Ruka
...You're not even a real King, stupid Kazuki, what's with saying that to people?


Naruse Kazuki
I'm a real King! It's my title!


Ruka
Not the kind that can say all of that "humbled by my presence" stuff! He's calling you "sir," what's with that?!


Naruse Kazuki
Isn't it GREAT?


Konatsu Warren
Wh-what's going on here . . . ?


Ruka
...Don't listen to that guy, he's no one that special.


Naruse Kazuki
Says you.


Ruka
Yeah.


Konatsu Warren
But—what he said . . .


Ruka
...It's his... title, in a... different game that we're involved in. It's not anything like royalty.


Konatsu Warren
It's—still a title that merits a certain degree of respect, is it not?


Ruka
...Not really.


Naruse Kazuki
Don't listen to him, he's just a Pawn.


Konatsu Warren
A pawn . . . ?


Naruse Kazuki
Like the chess piece. The players in our game are named after them.


Konatsu Warren
So—is it a game like chess?


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah, but apparently in order to reduce casualties there's only one player to each piece on both sides, with mostly equal powers. So there's only one pawn, one knight, and stuff. The Kings still decide the games though.


Konatsu Warren
To reduce casualties . . . ?


Naruse Kazuki
It's a real-life game of chess, with lots of mini-games to help recruit the players and typically people trying to murder us in them. On top of that, the aim is to kill the other side's King and end the game. People die.


Konatsu Warren
So your task is to remain alive and preserve the lives of your—ah—your pieces, so to speak.


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah. Though in the mini-games I can die, and in that case we lose that mini-game, but I don't die permanently unless it's the other King that kills me. Then it's game over for real! Otherwise I just reset!


Konatsu Warren
Y-You can . . . reset.


Naruse Kazuki
Yup!


Konatsu Warren
I—I see.


Naruse Kazuki
Though a better way of putting it would be 'doesn't die permanently', or maybe 'revives'? It's not like I go back to a specific point in time, I remember everything up to the death clearly.


Ruka
[...."just" :'(]


Naruse Kazuki
[COMPARED TO BEING AN AWESOME KING...!]


Ruka
[s-sulk]


Naruse Kazuki
The corner AGAIN?


Ruka
--What? Go away! Stupid Kazuki!


Naruse Kazuki
No way, what are you sulking about now?!


Ruka
NOTHING.


Naruse Kazuki
Bullshit!


Ruka
It's nothing! Mind your own business!


Naruse Kazuki
Your business is my business!


Ruka
YOU'RE JUST NOSY.


Naruse Kazuki
So what!


Ruka
So it's nothing!


Naruse Kazuki
[8|]


Ruka
[8|]


Koizumi Risa
I was just trying to cheer myself up, Konatsu.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—o-of course . . . did you—ah—wish to view the other rooms?


Koizumi Risa
Let's.


Konatsu Warren
[heads out to check Joshua's old room first]


Koizumi Risa
It can't possibly be related to the other games... could this?


Konatsu Warren
We certainly cannot discount that possibility yet.


Koizumi Risa
But she listens to pop music! That's like... okay, so maybe there are satanic links to popular music I mean, that could explain Britney's popularity...

It just seems odd.


Konatsu Warren
Demons do not perish with the coming of a new era of technology, do they?


Koizumi Risa
Guess not.


Konatsu Warren
So it is still possible that we are dealing with a similar situation. After all, Miss Bellcourt has brought us here as a test in the hopes that she may employ us in the location of certain items of interest and it was the pursuit of items of interest that led to Bastien's downfall initially, correct?


Koizumi Risa
Well... yeah.


Konatsu Warren
As such, the possibility exists.


Koizumi Risa
[AT the door]

After you?


Konatsu Warren
Ah—of course.

[OPENS THE DOOR!!]


Koizumi Risa
[peeks]


Konatsu Warren
[it's HORRIFYINGLY . . . normal]

There doesn't seem to be anything amiss.


Koizumi Risa
so clearly the plan is to drive us all crazy with paranoia.


Konatsu Warren
I am sure there has to be something causing the—ah—the dreams and disturbances.


Koizumi Risa
You think?


Konatsu Warren
I do not think that all these dreams are merely coincidence.


Koizumi Risa
Oh, I just remembered something.

NO PACTS, OKAY?


Konatsu Warren
I have learned my lesson—!


Koizumi Risa
good.


Konatsu Warren
Though—ah—do you remember the last of the games . . . the item that Luka kept under his pillow?


Koizumi Risa
.. Lavender?


Konatsu Warren
Yes, that was it. What—was the reason for it . . . ?


Koizumi Risa
... it was a gift.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—I suppose I was wrong then . . .


Koizumi Risa
What did you think it was?


Konatsu Warren
I—recalled someone mentioning that it had something to do with dreams . . .


Koizumi Risa
Oh?


Konatsu Warren
It couldn't hurt though, perhaps.


Koizumi Risa
You mean for me?


Konatsu Warren
For anyone who seems to be having strange dreams.


Koizumi Risa
That's a really sweet thought!

... but I don't know if we'll get anything like that here.


Konatsu Warren
We could ask Mr. Sidney. He may be able to locate some for us.


Koizumi Risa
. . .

But the dreams might be important later on.


Konatsu Warren
It is a possibility.


Shepherd
[an old wooden box has been left on a table in the main room, with a note: "It's not a clue, but see if you can open it!"]

[the top has a number of grooves and small pieces that seem to move mechanisms inside. We'll say it's a little like this—get a screencap of the completed puzzle if you can :|a]


Uchiha Itachi
*comes up with this*


Mr. Sidney
Ah, well done, sir.


Uchiha Itachi
Thank you.


Mr. Sidney
[taking the box away :x]


Uchiha Itachi
...


Ash
You did it. I just kept going wrong.


Uchiha Itachi
It's not dissimilar to logic puzzles from my world.


Ash
It's still impressive. I like puzzles, but I'm not very good at them.


Uchiha Itachi
They can be enjoyable, though I wonder at the purpose of this.


Ash
Maybe to open the box?


Uchiha Itachi
The butler took it.


Ash
So I saw. Very much help, that.


Shepherd
CLUE:

1. Tm93JTJDJTIwSSUyN20lMjBnZXR0aW5nJTIwaW50byUyMHRoZSUyMGNvZmZpbiUyQyUyMGFuZCUyMHlvdSUyMHdpbGwlMjBnZXQlMjBpbiUyMG9uJTIwdG9wJTIwb2YlMjBtZSUyMGlmJTIweW91JTIwa25vdyUyMHdoYXQlMjdzJTIwZ29vZCUyMGZvciUyMHlvdS4=

2. Anathematise a ruler retry of unteachable teeth lust toys genesis catboat rube dusty hex databases gunboat entrench.

3. Diateyn izeph ka phirte.


Kaname Kuran
#1 can be deciphered using BASE-64.

1. Now, I'm getting into the coffin, and you will get in on top of me if you know what's good for you.

[...]


Uchiha Itachi
It sounds like a quote.


Kaname Kuran
Yes.

[then glancing around the room, blinking, as if something had caught his attention]

...?


Uchiha Itachi
...Is something the matter?


Kaname Kuran
Hm... it felt like there was someone else here.


Uchiha Itachi
*glances around to see if he notices anything*


Shepherd
[You don't see anything unusual.

/insert bad joke about your vision here.]


Uchiha Itachi
*):*


Kaname Kuran
Perhaps nothing...


Uchiha Itachi
...Perhaps.


Koizumi Risa
. . .


Kaname Kuran
Do you recognize it, Risa?


Koizumi Risa
No, that just sounds really...

... kinky.


Kaname Kuran
Crawling into a coffin together... Out of the ordinary realm of physical comfort, yes.


Koizumi Risa
. . . right.

Uh. The other clues... the second one is all words, they just... don't make sense.


Kaname Kuran
With word-based puzzles, there are a number of ways to try and solve them. Maybe it's an anagram, or you can take the last letter of each word and see if they can create another word.


Koizumi Risa
I tried the first letters, but it's nothing.


Kaname Kuran
Then try the last letters, or look for patterns and ways to split up words. For example there's a "catboat" and a "gunboat".


Koizumi Risa
both -boats. Yeah. Uhm.

[if this was a cartoon, there'd be steam coming out of her ears]


Kaname Kuran
These may take a little while. Try the third one if the second one's too baffling.


Koizumi Risa
[internally sobbing]

These clues...


Sera Angel
Vampires. I think you're in the clue today, Kaname.


Kaname Kuran
Ah, thank you.


Sera Angel
*twitches and glances quickly to one side*


Kaname Kuran
[glancing around suddenly, too]

...?


Sera Angel
Did you see that?


Kaname Kuran
I felt something. Another presence?


Sera Angel
I... thought I saw something, out of the corner of my eye.


Kaname Kuran
It would fit with the theory of a haunting of some type. Dreams, strange sensations... We need information on the Bellcourt household.


Sera Angel
...I tried, but our host doesn't like me prying. I found out a little, though.


Kaname Kuran
What have you learned?


Sera Angel
*closes her eyes, recalling the email*

I found the St. Dominic's website and emailed Mr. Cillian, asking him if he'd heard anything... I forgot to check for keyloggers and snooping programs, which was very foolish of me. Lucia talked to me a little when I noticed her watching... we agreed that I wouldn't try to hack her internal systems or find out more about her through outside sources, and she'd let me have an unbugged connection. But before that agreement was made, Mr. Cillian told me he knew of a Bellcourt family in California, whose head was the CEO of a pharmaceuticals company.

As of a few years ago, the son of the family was in a coma from a falling accident, and a baby had died around the same time... they had a daughter named Lucy, or Lucia. Mr. Cillian didn't have any more recent information.


Kaname Kuran
Headmaster Cillian? So the same world as before.

From the information, there are signs of a tragic circumstance and a death in the family... we could ask Mr. Sidney if he knows more about the brother or baby.


Sera Angel
Joshua found references to the house we stayed in, too. Definitely the same world.

...you can, if you want. I've promised not to try to get more information... I doubt he'd answer, anyway. ...I want to find out what's watching us, though.


Kaname Kuran
Perhaps in a while. I'll continue working on the clues, but please share your information with the others if you may. Though you made a promise not to look into it further, they have not.


Sera Angel
*nods a bit*


Belphegor
#1 is from Interview With the Vampire.


Kaname Kuran
Oh, you've read it?

Yet another book with vampires. Perhaps a hobby of our host.


Belphegor
Out of boredom once. Even Anne Rice's writing can be entertaining sometimes.

Hmm, you think? Look at which interesting sales item she picked. I'm not surprised.


Belphegor
2. Tried anagrams of the first letter of each word OR the last letter of each word. It turns up nothing. CAESAR Shift doesn't either.

3. Anagrams and CAESAR shift turn up nothing.

[fuming. This is more maddening than before.]


Sera Angel
These are even more difficult... hm.

For the second one, I tried making a list of the number of letters in each word, and got 12, 1, 5, 5, 2, 11, 5, 4, 4, 7, 7, 4, 5, 3, 9, 7, 8. I'm not sure it's worth anything, since I haven't been able to get that to spit any useful words back out by just using the a=1 system, but... it's worth putting out there in case it gives people ideas...


Shuri Oak
aaaaaaaaaaaabbbbbcccddeeeeeeeeeeeeeeefgghhhhhiilllmnnnnnnoooorrrrrrssssssssttttttttttttttuuuuuuxyyy

I made this too, in case the whole thing is an anagram...


Sera Angel
With 99 total letters, there must be millions of different ways that can be rearranged. There has to be a way to narrow it down further.


Shuri Oak
I can't figure out anything...


Sera Angel
Me neither, so far.


Shuri Oak
I'm trying to solve the third sentence and I'm researching all kinds of stupid ciphers and I don't see anything that would work.


Shepherd
It is an anagram, Shuri Oak.

I'll give you a hint instead of a reward—you can split it into six-word groups and arrange the anagram that way.


Sera Angel
If there were some kind of number key... but there isn't.


Shepherd
The key is a word, and it's five letters long!

Also, you can use this.


Sera Angel
Thanks.

The key is Lucia, and the decoded message is "Soylent green is people" with a vigenere cipher. That's me.


Shuri Oak
Ah, thank you for your hints! ♥


Mr. Sidney
[setting up a tray of tea]

For those who may be curious, you will have a good deal of time to work on your clues today. Miss Bellcourt has indicated that she will be inquiring as to your preferences in rewards slightly later on this afternoon—those receiving something will be Itachi's team, Shuri Oak, Kaname, and Miss Risa's team. Please think well on it.

Ousting will also be very slightly delayed. I hope this will not inconvenience anyone.


Kaname Kuran
I wonder when Miss Bellcourt will show herself to everyone.

[and re: Mr. Sidney's announcement] Rewards?


Belphegor
At this rate, who knows. The inconsiderate—

...Rewards? [and then he spots the omission]

That wretched bug of a host.


Koizumi Risa
Rewards? What kind can we ask for?


Mr. Sidney
You may, of course, ask for anything you desire -- but whatever you receive will depend on whether my mistress agrees with your assessment.


Koizumi Risa
To help us with this or something we can bring back?


Mr. Sidney
Again, miss, you could ask for either. But the prize she gives you will be according to her own judgment.


Koizumi Risa
Huh. Okay.


Naruse Kazuki
PS3!


Koizumi Risa
Seriously?!

. . . huh.


Naruse Kazuki
Huh, what? It'd be a great prize.


Koizumi Risa
You think she'll let me have one?


Naruse Kazuki
I don't see why not?


Koizumi Risa
I should ask for games too then...


Naruse Kazuki
Bioshock 2! Mass Effect 2! Katamari Forever!


Koizumi Risa
Oooh.


Naruse Kazuki
And the newest hit, Heavy Rain!


Koizumi Risa
Heavy Rain?


Naruse Kazuki
A foreign RPG. Ah, and FFXIII is also out.


Koizumi Risa
FINAL FANTASY!!!


Naruse Kazuki
Hehehn~ Your weak spot?


Koizumi Risa
A bit, yeah.


Naruse Kazuki
Can't exactly blame you.


Koizumi Risa
Well... it's a pretty awesome franchise.


Shuri Oak
Risa!

[POINT]


Koizumi Risa
Yes?


Shuri Oak
We need to solve the clue!


Koizumi Risa
I am trying... do you know how hard it is?!


Shuri Oak
Of course I know! So we need you to trade your reward for another hint!!


Koizumi Risa
Have you traded yours yet?


Shuri Oak
I think she decided to trade mine for me... Well, I'm not complaining!


Koizumi Risa
Trade you for you?


Shuri Oak
I got hints already!


Koizumi Risa
What hints did you get?


Shuri Oak
That it was an anagram in four parts, with six words in each part...


Koizumi Risa
I'm asking, I'm asking.


Shuri Oak
Okay!


Belphegor
Oi. What's this favoritism going on with my team?


Mr. Sidney
[coolly] I am sure there is no favouritism, sir. Either there was an error or a reason.


Belphegor
For everyone else the rewards apply to their whole team. Double-check.


Mr. Sidney
[draws his chin up as if he were about to say something sharp. Then, simply] ... Of course, sir.


Shuri Oak
Should I pick an exclusive reward, then?


Kaname Kuran
[having some tea as clues are being worked on]

How generous of Miss Bellcourt. What would you ask for, Mr. Sidney?


Mr. Sidney
Myself? But I am not the one being offered a reward.


Kaname Kuran
I'm well aware, but it's a hypothetical question.


Mr. Sidney
Oh, I see.


Kaname Kuran
But not a rhetorical one...

[drinks]


Mr. Sidney
[he smiles, the expression terse and slightly haughty]

First, sir, I would not ask a reward of her, because if she were to promise me a reward I believe she would have already decided what it should be; but then, my position relating to her is rather different than yours.

Second, sir, if she did tell me that I could pick a reward and she would judge the appropriateness of it, I would breathe it to her ears only where no other might hear it.


Kaname Kuran
You are a fine servant. I ask your pardon if it was an improper question—I was merely curious.


Mr. Sidney
Is that a compliment, I wonder?


Kaname Kuran
[similar tone]

Is it? I wonder as well...

Ah, can you remind me once more what areas of the estate we can roam? If I recall it's our rooms, this room, the courtyard, and the library?


Mr. Sidney
Do you find it an insult to be a servant?

You may stay in this wing of the estate: The courtyard, your bedroom areas (with included bathrooms and showers), the sitting room, and the library, yes.


Kaname Kuran
No, not an insult. Servants are to be respected. I have my own at home, as well.

Thank-you.


Mr. Sidney
Then it must have been the sort of compliment that can only come from one's superior. Thank you kindly, sir.


Uchiha Itachi
I see.

*mmm tea*


Mr. Sidney
I apologize once more for the delay.


Uchiha Itachi
I'm not particularly bothered by it. It gives us more time to work out the clues and decide on our votes.


Mr. Sidney
Very good, sir.


Shuri Oak
...Have you traded in for your reward yet?


Uchiha Itachi
I haven't.


Shuri Oak
We still can't solve the clue...


Uchiha Itachi
I haven't had luck with it, either. Do you think she'd give us another hint?


Shuri Oak
There's no harm in asking, right?? If you still have a reward to get!


Uchiha Itachi
I do. I'll ask her.


Shuri Oak
All right! ♥


Shepherd
There are 24 words to find, six words per line, four lines:

Anathematise a ruler retry of
unteachable teeth lust toys
genesis catboat rube dusty hex
databases gunboat entrench.


Shuri Oak
All right!


Kaname Kuran
I am guessing that the final unsolved clue could be a song or poem.


Shuri Oak
It's possible~ Ah, we've got so many hints and it's still a lot of work!


Sera Angel
I've been looking into sestinas... they're supposed to have six words per line. There are a lot, though, and it's hard to pin them down.

Maybe we're approaching this the wrong way? We could look for songs or poems that applied to teams that might still be in the clue, specifically.


Shuri Oak
Maybe look for really famous ones? Hmmm.

...Are you sure they have six words per line, though?


Sera Angel
"There are 24 words to find, six words per line, four lines."


Shuri Oak
No, a sestina. I think those just have six lines??


Sera Angel
I was looking through poetry forms, and it said they generally tried to have around six words per line, too. It was just a place to get started, though.


Shuri Oak
I don't know... Well, it's not like I have any better ideas.


Sera Angel
I also thought about looking for recent music...? Like what was playing on our first day. But I'm pretty unfamiliar with that sort of thing...


Konatsu Warren
A sestina has six lines though, that wouldn't fit the requirements that we have been given. Perhaps quatrains . . . ?


Shuri Oak
Are you sure the answer is a poem, or is that just how the anagrams go?


Konatsu Warren
We hardly have anything else to go on. We are most likely dealing with millions of possibilities here and no indication of how to proceed otherwise.


Shuri Oak
If we can just solve one line, then...


Lucia Bellcourt
Do you feel a little more challenged tonight, everybody?


Mr. Sidney
[bows over her hand, kissing it]


Lucia Bellcourt
Is everything well, Sidney~?


Mr. Sidney
Yes, Miss Lucia. To the best of my knowledge.


Lucia Bellcourt
[leeeeans on]

I wonder who will solve it . . .


Mr. Sidney
[puts an arm around her, lightly]

I wonder who you hope will.


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . it—it doesn't matter to me!


Mr. Sidney
I'm glad to hear that, Miss Lucia. You did want to pick the best contributors based on skill, not on ...personal charisma.


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . I know that.


Mr. Sidney
Of course.

[tightens his arm slightly, then loosens it again, like a half-hug]


Lucia Bellcourt
[fiddles with her necklace, pouting a little uncertainly, head ducked against his chest]


Mr. Sidney
It is not my place to remind you of such things. Forgive me.


Lucia Bellcourt
Well, remember that!


Mr. Sidney
[murmured] I shall not forget.


Lucia Bellcourt
. . .


Mr. Sidney
[smiles down at her] Is there anything I can fetch you, Miss Lucia?


Uchiha Itachi
The anagram is proving quite challenging.


Lucia Bellcourt
Oh good!

Koizumi Risa
My brain hurts.


Lucia Bellcourt
That's not very impressive.


Koizumi Risa
I can't say I'm the smarts of this operation.


Lucia Bellcourt
I'm sure you can be bright sometimes.


Koizumi Risa
I dunno. Maybe, sometimes?


Lucia Bellcourt
Well, you have to have something going for you.


Koizumi Risa
Well I am tall.


Lucia Bellcourt
I'm tall for my age, too.


Koizumi Risa
How old are you, if you don't mind me asking...


Lucia Bellcourt
Fourteen.


Koizumi Risa
You are pretty tall then!

. . . You're only fourteen and this is your place?!


Lucia Bellcourt
It's my parents', obviously.


Koizumi Risa
Oh... right, right.


Lucia Bellcourt
You sure have a lot of free time you could be using to solve the clues.


Koizumi Risa
How about a hint?


Lucia Bellcourt
Do you want that as your reward?


Koizumi Risa
[DILEMMA}

... no, if I wanted that as a reward I would want the whole undeciphered message.


Lucia Bellcourt
Well, I won't give it to you.


Koizumi Risa
Crud.


How about another hint?


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . hahahaha.


Koizumi Risa
No, seriously. You've got the wrong person anyway if you wanted a smart investigator.


Lucia Bellcourt
There's obviously more to it than that.

But okaay, what do you think would help?


Koizumi Risa
You sure you can't just tell us?


Lucia Bellcourt
Wouldn't that be a total letdown to you at this point?


Koizumi Risa
I'm never actually good at the wolf game part of these investigations, so... no?


Ruka
...

[...sulk]


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . nfu.


Ruka
More importantly, what's wrong with your house?


Lucia Bellcourt
Excuse me?


Ruka
You can't not know. All the strange things happening? It's too much to be coincidence; people are seeing and hearing things, and I woke up with these scratches. What's going on?


Lucia Bellcourt
. . .

I don't know what you're talking about.


Ruka
You haven't gotten any weird dreams or injuries yourself?


Lucia Bellcourt
. . .

You've been having weird dreams?


Ruka
Not me, but others have. Kazuki's were the sound of things scraping, and then things being torn.


Lucia Bellcourt
Nightmares?


Ruka
[...shrug]

He didn't call them nightmares. I don't know about the others.


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . I'm not causing anything.


Ruka
...All right.


Ash
The puzzles are rather interesting.


Lucia Bellcourt
I hope you're working on them!


Ash
I am. Though everyone else are faster than me. I guess it would be easier if I could use the... uhm, I'm not sure what it's called. Inter-something. On the computer machines.


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . you don't know how to use the Internet?


Ash
Aah, I suppose computers overall. They ... don't exist in my world yet.


Lucia Bellcourt
[grabbing your wrist]

Come on, come on, I'll show you, then.


Ash
Eh? Now?


Lucia Bellcourt
Why not?


Ash
I... I guess. But wouldn't that take time?


Lucia Bellcourt
I have time! Don't you?


Ash
I guess I do. It's very sweet of you to offer.


Lucia Bellcourt
Well, it's something you should learn!


Ash
You're the first one offering to teach. Then again, I suppose I haven't been forthcoming about my lack of knowledge.


Lucia Bellcourt
It's fine to admit when you don't know something!


Ash
Yes, I just didn't think about it.


Kaname Kuran
Hello, Miss Bellcourt. It is more difficult than last night's, yes.


Lucia Bellcourt
Good, good!


Kaname Kuran
I suppose it has been enjoyable, too.


Lucia Bellcourt
Really?


Kaname Kuran
Some might not agree.

On the matter of rewards... While a good puzzle is satisfying to solve, seeing as I'm up for suspicion tonight and the time is dwindling, I am requesting another hint for the unsolved clue.


Lucia Bellcourt
Ahhh, some people aren't enjoying themselves?

—you're very generous, Kaname. ♥ Ah, "Chesterton."


Kaname Kuran
It's more a matter that some find enjoyment in other pursuits.

[a small bow] I thank you, Miss Bellcourt.


Lucia Bellcourt
I can't please everyone.

. . . [blushes a little]


Kaname Kuran
It's no fault of your own.

[:') i no]


Belphegor
[grinding his teeth somewhat]

Perhaps.


Lucia Bellcourt
Hee hee~


Belphegor
It seems you're somewhat entertained by everyone's struggling.


Lucia Bellcourt
Of course! Though I'd be happier if you succeeded.


Belphegor
And if no progress is made...?


Lucia Bellcourt
We'll find out when that happens, then.


Belphegor
Hmph.

Uchiha Itachi
I take it you're our hostess.


Lucia Bellcourt
Pleased to meet you at last!


Uchiha Itachi
...Likewise.


Lucia Bellcourt
Thank you for opening the box!


Uchiha Itachi
You're welcome. It had been awhile since I worked on a puzzle of that nature.


Lucia Bellcourt
Have you done so before?


Uchiha Itachi
It was somewhat similar to logic puzzles from my world. I used to amuse myself with them as a child.


Lucia Bellcourt
A prodigy?


Uchiha Itachi
Yes.


Lucia Bellcourt
I bet people always had high expectations for you.


Uchiha Itachi
Yes, they did.


Lucia Bellcourt
That sucks.


Uchiha Itachi
Perhaps, but I suppose I had high expectations for myself, as well.

Would you be willing to give me a hint about the second clue in exchange for my reward?


Lucia Bellcourt
Huh? You're sure you want that?


Uchiha Itachi
I enjoy playing the game, so it seems worth it. It's a very challenging clue.


Lucia Bellcourt
[. . . fidget]

Okay. What would help?


Uchiha Itachi
Perhaps a hint as to which of Chesterton's works the quote is from.


Lucia Bellcourt
It's not a poem or anything . . . I just split it into four parts because it was twenty-four words long, and it anagrammed more easily in small parts.

In a book I like, the author used that quote, though. At the beginning.


Uchiha Itachi
I see. Thank you.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—it—it is proving somewhat more difficult than previous nights . . .


Lucia Bellcourt
I told you!


Konatsu Warren
It's—ah—given the size of the anagram it's only to be expected.


Lucia Bellcourt
Are you saying it's unfair?


Konatsu Warren
I—without any indication of key words or phrases that might appear and given the time restriction it is—ah—not precisely unfair but certainly a feat requiring a great deal of intuition and luck.


Lucia Bellcourt
Why would I want to hire somebody with no luck or intuition?


Konatsu Warren
I—suppose you would not wish for that.


Lucia Bellcourt
Well there you go.


Konatsu Warren
But—still, the game cannot prove interesting for you when those playing lack a full awareness of the situation.


Lucia Bellcourt
What?


Konatsu Warren
Only two teams to select from means that there will be only two teams up to vote, and a possibility that neither is the wolf. You were the one who decided that you wanted to ascertain the level and depth of our skills by watching us play this game. Would it not be best to see the game played in its full breadth?

That—is to say, do you think that you would gain the assessment you need of us if we are unable to solve the clue within the next three hours?


Lucia Bellcourt
Don't chide me! Of course I'm aware.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—I am sorry, I did not mean to sound as though I was censuring you.


Lucia Bellcourt
I know how to run my own game.


Konatsu Warren
O-Of course.


Sera Angel
They're much harder, but I'm glad I could solve at least one... hi!


Lucia Bellcourt
You solved it so fast after I gave you the hint! How did you figure out it was my name?


Sera Angel
It's a pretty name, and it's five letters... I thought it was worth a try.


Lucia Bellcourt
Well, congratulations, I guess. It's funny that you and Kaname both solved your parts of the clues, though!


Sera Angel
Not so strange for Kaname, since he's really good at these... it was weirder for me, though, because I'm not.


Lucia Bellcourt
You're really smart.


Sera Angel
This isn't my speciality at all, though. I'd probably be better at writing software that could do it for me. ...you were the one on the admin account, right?


Lucia Bellcourt
That was me.


Sera Angel
...thanks again.


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . did you email your friends?


Sera Angel
...I tried to follow a lead on how I might be able to get in touch with them. I hope something comes of it before I go back again.


Lucia Bellcourt
Okay.


Sera Angel
I'll tell you if it works out.

...can you really hire us? We've always had to go back after a few days, before. I think Miss Sayre is a little possessive.


Lucia Bellcourt
Well, I'd have to give you back sometimes, but.


Sera Angel
*nods* Okay.


Lucia Bellcourt
Would you like it? Do you like it here?


Sera Angel
*...you are so cute*

...I do like it here. You and Mr. Sidney have been better hosts than anyone else who's trapped us, and the place itself is much prettier... some of the most important people in the world to me are still there, though. The ones who aren't back home.


Lucia Bellcourt
I don't know what I can do.


Sera Angel
*nods quietly*

The game's not over, anyway...

[to the group] I thought maybe a selection from a sestina... but a quatrain that happened to have six-word lines would also work.


Konatsu Warren
It's a possibility—ah—which is more than we've been able to come up with thus far.

Another hint from Miss Bellcourt: "Chesterton."

Perhaps this man?


Kaname Kuran
Very likely.


Sera Angel
--it is a poem, then. Hurry, let's look through his work--


Shuri Oak
I'm searching for the letter x.


Sera Angel
Good idea.

...well, I can't find any that work. The more prolific Chesterton's brother has one poem, but that doesn't work either... um, there's a poem called "Song of the Oak," but there's no way it can fit in the anagram.

I don't know.


Kaname Kuran
I haven't had any luck, either.


Sera Angel
I guess it could be you, me, and Shuri in the clue, but I hate to try to put him up without having... the right clue.


Konatsu Warren
There is a collection of quotes as well that I am sorting through at the moment . . . nothing has come up thus far.


Sera Angel
Well... let's keep on doing what we can.

*TIRED SIIIGH, back to searching the internet*


Naruse Kazuki
Aaaah, he was right, you are pretty cute.


Lucia Bellcourt
E-eh? Wh-what!? Who?!


Naruse Kazuki
Sidney!

...he was talking objectively, of course.


Lucia Bellcourt
U-um, that . . .


Naruse Kazuki
So don't yell at him, okay? Besides, it's a good thing!


Lucia Bellcourt
I wouldn't yell at him.


Naruse Kazuki
Just making sure!


Shuri Oak
Ah, you're finally making an appearance!


Lucia Bellcourt
I'm making an appearance precisely when I planned to, Shuri Oak!


Shuri Oak
A fashionably late entrance? Ah, I can only approve, but all the way on Day Three...


Lucia Bellcourt
What was that??


Shuri Oak
It wasn't anything of importance! My compliments to you for the fine service so far, by the way!


Lucia Bellcourt
Ahh, you've liked it~?


Shuri Oak
It's been largely very good! Though there was something strange--


Lucia Bellcourt
Strange?


Shuri Oak
...Is there some kind of--thing here?


Lucia Bellcourt
Thing?


Shuri Oak
...

Do you have a pet?


Lucia Bellcourt
Lots of them.


Shuri Oak
Well did you let any of them in here, because I might have seen one!


Lucia Bellcourt
In here? Don't be stupid.


Shuri Oak
I'm just wondering because--! Fine.


Lucia Bellcourt
. . .

Tell me?


Shuri Oak
...

I-I thought I saw some sort of creepy thing with teeth. But it might have been a dream.


Lucia Bellcourt
. . . there's nothing like that.


Shuri Oak
A dream... Ah, I was having nice dreams.


Lucia Bellcourt
Nice dreams?


Shuri Oak
[BLUSHING]

Normal dreams!


Lucia Bellcourt
Ah, ahhhh? Like what?


Shuri Oak
Why should I tell you that??


Lucia Bellcourt
I want to know!


Shuri Oak
I don't think it's any of your business!


Lucia Bellcourt
Of course it is! Tell me!!!


Shuri Oak
... I'll tell you all about it if you give me another hint!


Lucia Bellcourt
—what!? N-no!


Shuri Oak
Ehhh, then I'm not telling you anything! [CROSSES ARMS]


Lucia Bellcourt
Fine! Like I want to know about your stupid dream anyway!


Shuri Oak
It wasn't stupid!


Lucia Bellcourt
I bet it was.


Shuri Oak
You don't even know anything about it!


Lucia Bellcourt
You couldn't make me think it wasn't stupid even if you told me.


Shuri Oak
You're just too young to understand anything about romance!


Lucia Bellcourt
—!!

That's—t-that's not true!


Shuri Oak
Ohhhhh? Then what's with that reaction?


Lucia Bellcourt
[. . . SNIFFFFF]


Shuri Oak
[--I made the shepherd cry...]

Uwah...


Lucia Bellcourt
[bawwwwwwww]


Shuri Oak
Is it really that bad??


Naruse Kazuki
[crying draws attention!]

You! How could you make a cute girl cry!?


Shuri Oak
I didn't think she would really cry!


Naruse Kazuki
You're the worst if you can't tell what'll hurt a cute girl's feelings!


Shuri Oak
[of course I was trying to hurt her feelings]

She's the shepherd!


Naruse Kazuki
What's that got to do with it!?


Shuri Oak
You'd think she'd be less fragile.


Naruse Kazuki
Don't bet on stuff you don't know!


Mr. Sidney
[LOOMS BEHIND HIM]

Excuse me, Mr. Oak.


Shuri Oak
--What?!


Mr. Sidney
[LEANS DOWN AND SMILES AT HIM FROM VERY CLOSE UP, EYES GLINTING]

Don't you think you'd better apologize to Miss Bellcourt?


Shuri Oak
[OH GOD]

M--Maybe--Maybe that would be the best course of action after all...


Mr. Sidney
Yes, Mr. Oak, I believe you would prefer that to maintaining this stance.


Shuri Oak
I'm apologizing! I'm apologizing!!


Mr. Sidney
Thank you, Mr. Oak. Very kind of you.


Shuri Oak
...At least say something...


Lucia Bellcourt
Say what!?


Shuri Oak
[POINTS AT EVERYONE WHO JUMPED ON HIM]

If you just sit there crying like that everyone thinks this is just a one-sided argument!!


Lucia Bellcourt
It's not my fault you're insensitive!!


Shuri Oak
Well, I'm not crying over any of the insensitive things you said to me.


Lucia Bellcourt
[maybe you'll cry if I deck you]


Shuri Oak
[OW PUNCHED]

Aaaah! I'm apologizing! I'm apologizing to you right now!!


Naruse Kazuki
[I GUESS that's good enough payback.]


Shuri Oak
[ow]

... I-I apologized to her! Are you happy??


Lucia Bellcourt
[RUBBING HER EYES you suck, sob]

Apologize harder!!

[you are being topped by a 90lbs 14-y-o girl]


Shuri Oak
[I've been topped by more humiliating things]

I'm sorry I said--whatever I said that you're mad about!


Sera Angel
*...shoulder pat :<*


Lucia Bellcourt
[pushes her hand away]


Sera Angel
*steps back...*


Lucia Bellcourt
[hiccups]


Sera Angel
*.....*

...he gets a little short when he's tired, I think.


Lucia Bellcourt
I don't care what he thinks!


Sera Angel
It's what you know about you that's important, right?


Shuri Oak
[in the most insincere voice ever, holding his cheek]

Of course, I would hate to displease our hostess...


Lucia Bellcourt
[T_____T]


Mr. Sidney
[puts a hand on her head] I will take care of it.


Lucia Bellcourt
[pushes at his hand]

D-don't do that!


Mr. Sidney
But Miss Lucia...


Lucia Bellcourt
Not on my head, like a child.


Mr. Sidney
[rubs her back gently, then]


Konatsu Warren
Sh-Shuri!


Shuri Oak
--I didn't know she would cry!


Konatsu Warren
Exactly what did you think that she would do?


Shuri Oak
... Insult me back??


Konatsu Warren
And you think evoking that sort of reaction is acceptable?!


Shuri Oak
She started it!


Konatsu Warren
And surely your continuing it was the mature response—!


Shuri Oak
I'm not just going to let her insult me whether or not she's the shepherd!


Konatsu Warren
Exactly how was she the one insulting you?


Shuri Oak
...Sh-She called me stupid!


Konatsu Warren
And what had you done to give her cause for such an insult?


Shuri Oak
I just didn't want to tell her about my dream! That's private!


Konatsu Warren
Then why even mention them in the first place?!


Konatsu Warren
Ah—it . . . does not appear to be any of his quotations that I can find.


Sera Angel
Well, thank you for looking...


Konatsu Warren
Y-Yes . . . you're welcome . . .

[rubbing at his forehead, EYESTRAAAAIN]


Sera Angel
*I feel you buddy*


Shuri Oak
It doesn't work with the anagram... If we really can't solve it in time, then at least we know two of the people...


Sera Angel
*sounds a little frustrated*

I know it doesn't. What else can there be...


Shuri Oak
We're trying... Why is this so much more obscure than Twilight and everything.


Sera Angel
We're all trying our hardest, anyway. It seems really weird. It says he wrote hundreds of poems, but I can only find around sixty online.


Shuri Oak
Some of them aren't allowed to be posted online for some stupid reason.


Sera Angel
Oh, copyright... I forgot.

...well, I can't think of much else to do, except look through things about his brother.


Shuri Oak
[siiiiigh]

Did anyone else get a reward that they can trade in for hints...


Sera Angel
Umm, Risa and Itachi...


Konatsu Warren
Perhaps—we could persuade them to exchange their reward for another clue?


Sera Angel
Maybe if we asked really nicely, or made a deal, or something... I just don't want to have to see "Wessex" again for a long time.


Konatsu Warren
I—we could offer them whatever reward came of solving this clue? Hopefully . . . ?


Sera Angel
*puts her head down on the table*

...I feel bad asking...


Shuri Oak
Then I'll ask.


Sera Angel
Mmmm.

*...checks her email while she's on the computer, BUT IT IS TOO SOON FOR A REPLY.

this evening is very frustrating.*


Shuri Oak
[...glance]

How do you remember that email address...


Sera Angel
...I just do...?


Konatsu Warren
Address . . . ?


Sera Angel
I made a gmail account... to email Mr. Cillian with. He's been really nice.

*googles unexplained scratches paranormal idly, finds this as the eighth hit*

...ghost stories...?


Konatsu Warren
Ah . . . [reads over her shoulder]

It sounds similar.


Sera Angel
*checks out "how to detect ghosts" on google and gets this for the first result.*

...we don't have any of this. I guess it could be a ghost... I mean, we couldn't see Christian, or anything. I think all of our dreams then were from Bastien, though...


Konatsu Warren
I was thinking perhaps . . . lavender for the dreams.


Sera Angel
Lavender?


Konatsu Warren
That—Luka had something like that . . . didn't he?


Sera Angel
Did he? I don't remember.


Konatsu Warren
I . . . can't be sure. I—I think I need a rest.


Sera Angel
...you're probably right... I might've missed it. I went to the little blank room for a while to help with the cabin fever in there.

... *turns the computer mic on and leaves it recording :|*


Shuri Oak
Aah, I was just wondering...


Sera Angel
I have a good memory for numbers, I guess.


Shuri Oak
Then someone get them to help!


Uchiha Itachi
She said it's not from a poem. She split it into four parts because it was easier to anagram. It was quoted in book she likes.


Shuri Oak
aaaaaabceeeeeefhhillmnnorrrrsttttuuy
aabbceeeeeghilnoorssssttttttuuy
aaaabbcddeeeeghhnnnorsssttttuuxy

Here it's divided up.


Ruka
aaaaaaeeeeeeiouu
bcfhhllmnnrrrrstttty

aaeeeeeioouu
bbcghlnrsssstttttty

aaaaeeeeouu
bbcddghhnnnrsssttttxy

...It's easier for me to look at like that, so... In case it is for anyone else.


Kaname Kuran
Is "anathematise" supposed to be misspelled?


Mr. Sidney
Miss Bellcourt checked these quite thoroughly before having them delivered to you. It is how it is supposed to be.


Sera Angel
...isn't that an accepted spelling, though?


Kaname Kuran
[NVM ignore, it was firefox underlining things]

You're right, excuse me.


Shuri Oak
I think it's interesting how you can pronounce the third one even if it makes no sense... They look like words.


b>Kaname Kuran
"Diateyn izeph ka phirte."
The eight in is F...?
The eighteen is...?


Shuri Oak
"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
— G.K. Chesterton

...?


Kaname Kuran
Fairy tales... Grimm and Risa?


Shuri Oak
Ohhhh, I suppose...


Sera Angel
*HUGS HIM*


Shuri Oak
--Uwah...


Sera Angel
*it was just for a second, IMPULSE HUG*

I-I'm sure he's a nice poet, but I am never looking at his collected works again. Thank you so much.


Shuri Oak
I'm not looking at them ever again either.


Konatsu Warren
It's—missing a few letters, but that's the closest that we've gotten.


Shuri Oak
It's too close to be a coincidence!!


Koizumi Risa
Yeay!

... oh wait.

... Oh god, nevermind, I'm glad you got the clue.


Shuri Oak
I'm glad you tried to help out anyway!


Koizumi Risa
I tried... it would be bad if we didn't get all three out and the last one was a wolf.


Shuri Oak
Right, exactly!

[...jiii]


Koizumi Risa
IT'S NOT ME!


Uchiha Itachi
Ah, good.


Shuri Oak
Good job!

Sera Angel
All right, we got the clue, it's Kaname, me, and Risa and Grimm, everyone talk about it really quickly!


Naruse Kazuki
So... two safe, one wolf again?


Sera Angel
Mm, that's right!


Naruse Kazuki
I like you and Risa a lot, and don't really know that Kaname guy, but it's not like I can rule you guys out from being wolves because of that.


Sera Angel
I... oh, I actually have a good defense... um, I was pretty helpful about getting Ashton out!


Naruse Kazuki
That's true.


Sera Angel
I mean... defending Joshua, getting Ashton out, and then eating Joshua would be a pretty good cover for being a wolf... but it'd also have been really stupid. Joshua's smart, and I think he thought I was a sheep. He would've done his best to keep me in the game...


Koizumi Risa
Well it's not me.


Sera Angel
It's not me either.


Kaname Kuran
Nor I. Obviously, one of these is a lie.


Koizumi Risa
I know you were being super helpful with the computer... thing. I don't know what happened with the last game or... outing you guys were.

I don't think it's you either...?


Sera Angel
...okay... you think it's Kaname...?


Koizumi Risa
But he's been super helpful too...


Sera Angel
You've tried, too... I think either of you would make good wolves, really.


Koizumi Risa
Well it's not me.

... And I dunno, I voted for Ashton, but.


Sera Angel
Everybody except Konatsu voted for Ashton.

Did you vote for Joshua in the suspicion poll?


Koizumi Risa
I voted for Ashton too. Joshua already had a vote on him...


Kaname Kuran
Sera did defend Joshua yesterday, and to have him eaten after-wards does not seem likely if she were a wolf—though it could be a possible tactic by the wolves to make a claim of innocence on.

You have been a wolf before, Risa, and at that time I had not suspected very much. From this, I've come to believe you could make a good wolf.


Koizumi Risa
If I was a wolf, I wouldn't have eaten the people that were eaten.


Kaname Kuran
That's true, your dislike of Joshua was fairly clear. It would be too obvious.


Koizumi Risa
And I would have kept Zero around too!


Kaname Kuran
I do not like Kiryuu, but if I had been a wolf I would not eat him due to simple animosity, same as you say you wouldn't for Joshua.


Koizumi Risa
. . . Well it has to be one of you two!


Belphegor
Your thoughts on the others in your clue.


Sera Angel
...Risa voted for Joshua in yesterday's suspicion poll, I think, but she doesn't like him... it could've been a bias vote. Kaname voted for Ashton, but he could have been covering himself... he'd be a good wolf. They've both tried their best to help with the clues, even if Kaname's naturally better at it than some of us.

I'm going to just try to keep myself out of ousting and decide then, I think.



NIGHT 3: OUSTING

Although Miss Lucia had originally been planning to host tonight's ousting herself, unfortunate events beyond her control this evening have obliged her to retire early to her bed. It is my most sincere hope that she will recover well enough to join you all for breakfast as she originally intended, but I suppose only time will show if such a thing has any appeal.

Poll #1535144 (Results are as of when the poll closed)
Open to: Friends, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5

Vote decisively:

Grimm & Risa - 0 (0.0%)
Kaname - 5 (100.0%)

Dinner for this evening consists of mixed greens and T-bone steaks, but unfortunately we have only nine helpings. As such, Mr. Shuri Oak's dinner for this evening is boiled brussel sprouts and spinach, along with pan-fried beef strips on bread, unless he would care to share Miss Sera's meal, of course.

I hope you all enjoy them very much.


Shuri Oak
--I apologized!!


Koizumi Risa
WHAT DID YOU DO?


Naruse Kazuki
He made her CRY.


Koizumi Risa
I think I'm going to go smack him.

PS: NOT THE WOLF.


Naruse Kazuki
I might have to keep you in just for that!


Koizumi Risa
Why thank you!

... No, seriously though, I'm not!


Naruse Kazuki
I've heard what Sera's said, do you have a defense like that?


Koizumi Risa
Uhm... well, I tried to figure out the clues, and if you wanna know who I voted for, then I voted for Joshua at first though that turned out to be Spain, and voted him out.

And the next round, I voted for Ashton. Both times. I didn't vote this time because I didn't think... it would count since there were votes on me and Kaname already.


Naruse Kazuki
Voting on Ashton does look pretty good for you.


Koizumi Risa
I guess, mm. I wasn't really sure about him, but... it's likely.


Naruse Kazuki
I'm going to listen in on what he's saying [waves a hand to Kaname] then decide, though I'll probably keep you in.


Koizumi Risa
Thanks!


Konatsu Warren
He was an immature brat.


Koizumi Risa
This is new?


Konatsu Warren
At times he is capable of behaving himself.


Koizumi Risa
Really?


Konatsu Warren
He's—learning, shall we say.


Koizumi Risa
Uh huh.

... you have questions for me?


Konatsu Warren
Honestly—I do not suspect you. But—ah—I suppose your thoughts on the other teams in the clue?


Koizumi Risa
Oh Konatsu, thank you!

[HUG]


Konatsu Warren
[AAHH WHAT IS THIS YOU ARE TOUCHING ME AAAAH]

A-Ah—y-yes—y-you're welcome—ah . . .


Koizumi Risa
[lets go]

OH! And about the other teams... I. I honestly am not sure. I think they both helped out a lot more than I did, and Kaname solved a lot of the clues.


Konatsu Warren
He—and Miss Sera have been quite helpful, yes.


Koizumi Risa
[nods]

And to be perfectly honest, I am terrible at clues and the fact that it's not really a creepy life or death situation, and there's nothing to investigate... I'm kinda useless.


Konatsu Warren
I—I do not think that is necessarily true.


Koizumi Risa
I'm having fun, at least.


Konatsu Warren
That is fortunate, then.


Shuri Oak
I just said she was too young to understand romance.


Koizumi Risa
You don't say that to a girl!


Shuri Oak
I don't see what's so wrong!


Koizumi Risa
[smacks]


Shuri Oak
[OW AGAIN]


Koizumi Risa
You have to treat a lady right!


Shuri Oak
Maybe the lady should treat me right...!


Koizumi Risa
What did she do?


Shuri Oak
She was calling me stupid...!


Koizumi Risa
. . . so?


Shuri Oak
S-So I just told her why she would think that!!


Koizumi Risa
. . .

[jiiiiiiiiiii]


Shuri Oak
[... blushing]

What!


Koizumi Risa
You're an idiot.


Shuri Oak
I'm not!


Koizumi Risa
Are too!


Shuri Oak
No I'm not!! Why is it okay for everyone to insult me and not her!?


Koizumi Risa
Because you're supposed to be able to handle it.


Shuri Oak
She's the shepherd...! She has an interest in torture devices!!


Koizumi Risa
. . .


Shuri Oak
I bet she keeps them in her basement! She should be able to handle something like that!


Ruka
...Hey. What was your reason for voting on Ashton last time? You seemed to support him, at first.


Koizumi Risa
Mm, we were both wolves in the last game, so... I guess you could say I know how well he can be a wolf.

That is to say, he's normally a really nice guy! And he's not going to be any less a nice guy as a wolf, just... I dunno. It actually sucks that he's probably a wolf again. I mean gosh, three times?


Ruka
Just a feeling, then...? All right, I guess.


Koizumi Risa
Well, to be fair... if it was between you and Joshua, I probably would have voted you. Or you and Ashton.

But... Joshua, as much as I REALLY DISLIKE HIM... mm, he can be pretty transparent? He's not much of a horrible wolfy distraction as he was before.


Kaname Kuran
On the other hand, it's a healthy meal.


Uchiha Itachi
*but I don't like steak ):*


Ash
[why not?]


Uchiha Itachi
*idk my bff canon*


Mr. Sidney
Is there a problem with the meal, sir?


Uchiha Itachi
Merely a matter of taste. I don't care for red meat. However, the greens are quite good.


Mr. Sidney
Shall I fetch you a second helping of the greens then, Mr. Uchiha?


Uchiha Itachi
If it wouldn't trouble you.


Mr. Sidney
Not at all, sir.

[fetches some]


Uchiha Itachi
Thank you.

And I hope Lucia is feeling well again soon.


Mr. Sidney
That is my dearest hope as well.


Ash
Are you okay?


Uchiha Itachi
Yes. I've simply never been fond of steak.


Ash
I see.


Uchiha Itachi
I'm having an extra helping of greens instead.


Ash
Greens are healthy.


Uchiha Itachi
They are.


Ash
[oh, you're so serious pfft. nods]


Shuri Oak
Kaname...!


Kaname Kuran
Please enjoy your dinner, Shuri Oak.


Shuri Oak
Kaname!! You don't even know why but this is your fault!!


Kaname Kuran
How so?


Shuri Oak
[...SIGH]

Never mind...


Belphegor
[smug laughter]

Idiot.


Shuri Oak
...


Belphegor
[doesn't this t-bone steak look tasty?]


Shuri Oak
...

You vote for us.


Belphegor
I plan to.


Shuri Oak
We're in agreement!


Mr. Sidney
Is there a problem with the situation, Mr. Oak?


Shuri Oak
Can you tell her I'm really sorry for real.


Mr. Sidney
I will pass your words on to her.


Shuri Oak
Does she have an unrequited crush on someone or something?


Mr. Sidney
[looks at him fixedly for a long moment]

How are you finding your meal?


Shuri Oak
[... looks down at it. it is untouched]

Excellent as always!


Mr. Sidney
I'm so glad to hear it.

[takes Itachi's steak away, past you, and away]


Shuri Oak
[I HATE YOU]


Belphegor
[feels smug. Haha, stupid Shuri]

Good steak.

Sera Angel
...


Naruse Kazuki
Is there something special about your meal?


Sera Angel
...


Naruse Kazuki
...

...

Wait, I can guess.


Sera Angel
...

...really?


Naruse Kazuki
Gluten free!


Sera Angel
...n-no.


Naruse Kazuki
You're right, people might have gluten in them.


Sera Angel
*. . .*

N-no. They. They don't, actually.


Naruse Kazuki
So it is gluten free after all!


Sera Angel
I... I can still eat that...


Naruse Kazuki
[pats on the back]

I understand.


Sera Angel
...h-how did you jump from gluten free to people.


Naruse Kazuki
Ah-- well it was, uh, mentioned in your clue... right? So I guess I sort of glossed it over in my head.


Sera Angel
...that's a pretty good guess.


Naruse Kazuki
Anyone in this day and age knows what soylent green is. Well, it's probably compulsory for you to eat?


Sera Angel
...there isn't any way for a normal person to be making those conclusions without some kind of prior experience. The soylent green reference was ambiguous.


Naruse Kazuki
...alright, you got me! I've... heard of you before, you can say! That's all!


Sera Angel
A lot of people in camp know by now...


Naruse Kazuki
Yeaaaah.

...y'know, you can eat me if you ever get desperate.


Sera Angel
...you're volunteering...


Naruse Kazuki
Since I just come back. And I've already experienced how scary it is to die... which wasn't that scary after all.


Sera Angel
...have you?


Naruse Kazuki
On my birthday, even.


Sera Angel
...that's not good.


Naruse Kazuki
Yeah, it sucked. I was totally outclassed, but I'll get the guy back for sure!


Sera Angel
...get him back, huh?


Naruse Kazuki
It wasn't my choice then... ah, though I've made the choice to die before too, but that time I was saved.


Sera Angel
It seems like... a light thing.


Naruse Kazuki
Like light as in lightbulb?


Mr. Sidney
My apologies, Miss Sera, if you did not wish that said so. I believed your companions to be aware?


Sera Angel
...they are. But it's not a joke.

...do you have a piece of paper?


Mr. Sidney
I was not intending to treat it as one, Miss Sera. You must be misreading my intentions.

Certainly. Pen or pencil?


Sera Angel
It was your punchline.

Either... I just wanted to give a url to Lucia.


Mr. Sidney
I said no jokes, Miss Sera. Rather, I'd say I was being quite serious.

[offers her paper and pen]


Sera Angel
*writes down [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbOOPKBg0iA - google duck and puppy if that's wrong] after a minute or so to try to remember the exact sequence of letters, and gives it back to him*

If you want.


Mr. Sidney
If I want which, Miss Sera?

I will bring this to her immediately.


Sera Angel
*forces a smile*

It's fine either way. Sorry. Thank you for the food.


Mr. Sidney
It is my pleasure.


Kaname Kuran
Thank you for the meal. Please give Miss Bellcourt my regards, Mr. Sidney.


Mr. Sidney
I will surely do so, Mr. Kuran.


Konatsu Warren
Ah—may I ask you a few questions?


Kaname Kuran
You may.


Konatsu Warren
What are your thoughts on the choice of the wolves to eat Joshua last night?


Kaname Kuran
I do not know Joshua very well nor did we speak at length, but he seemed bright and stood out. The wolves may have felt threatened by it. He could have been a possible scapegoat for the wolves if he stayed, so I'm still puzzled to why he was eaten. However, it appears he has a friend and mild hostility among Sera and Risa, respectively, and I'll speak a little on the theory that either of them are wolves.

If Sera was a wolf, I'm not sure if she would choose to eliminate him from the game. However, it's possibly a good method to claim innocence—but Sera doesn't seem like someone who is focused on winning above looking into the mysteries of our host. Another possibility is that they over-ruled Sera and did so anyway. Even without Joshua to defend her if he thought she were sheep, not many consider her wolf-like anyway.

With Risa, she did not seem to be on good terms with Joshua. I hadn't thought much of it before, but why would she remove Joshua from the game when others would suspect her? It wouldn't be a smart decision.

A little earlier today I had considered the possibility that Sera and Risa were both wolves, but that theory is now impossible of course.


Ruka
How have you voted so far and what's your reasoning for your votes?


Kaname Kuran
Unfortunately, I missed voting on the suspicion poll on the first day, but during ousting I voted on Pollux—Kazuki, correct?—to even out the poll as Kaus Australis had 5 and Pollux only 1. It was early in the game, and it seems less likely either were wolves.

On the second night I voted on Ashton during suspicion, and for ousting. While he had been a wolf two times prior to this game, the argument that he couldn't be one for a third time wasn't compelling enough. And while Joshua and you had friends and those familiar to you as defenders, Ashton did not and I was curious to see if he was unlucky again.


Ruka
I see. All right. Did you not vote in the suspicion poll this time?


Kaname Kuran
It was my mistake that I did not. In error I thought I could not vote if I was in the clue, but that's only for the ousting, correct?


Ruka
Yeah. All right, I'll see what you have to say to the others.


Belphegor
What's your defense?


Kaname Kuran
I gave my reasons for voting as I did previously to Ruka. As for myself, I've helped in the clues—however, even the most helpful person can be a wolf and the most useless person can easily be a sheep.

Kiryuu—Zero, that is—was removed early in the game, which I would not have done if I were a wolf. However, I do understand that it does not reflect well that he and I don't have good relations—which Risa is aware of...


Ash
[I'm just going to ... watch the spectacle from over here]


Sera Angel
Why is everyone voting on Kaname...? I don't have a strong opinion either way, so I'm just wondering what everyone's reasoning is.


Naruse Kazuki
I coin-tossed again.


Sera Angel
...good idea.


Konatsu Warren
Contrary to yourself and Risa, I do not believe that Kaname has as much experience with this game, much less experience as the wolf. I feel that the move to eat Joshua last night was that of an inexperienced wolf team, a mistake that I do not think either Risa or yourself would have made.


Sera Angel
...I tossed a coin, but that's a good point.


Kaname Kuran
Yes... I would like to know, too.

[and for the record, the things I've said are over here]


Sera Angel
It wouldn't matter even if I voted on Risa, at this point. It's too close.



NIGHT 3: WOLVES

Belphegor
Kaname, we're voting for Risa.

I suggest Itachi or Ruka for eating. Ruka was in a clue that most believe the wolf is gone from, but Itachi is more of a threat. He speaks to Sera a lot, and I'd rather avoid being put into a clue with him.


Kaname Kuran
Yes, eat Itachi.


Belphegor
Shishishi~

good luck in ousting.


Mr. Sidney
Is that your final decision, then?


Shuri Oak
I'll agree with it, for the record!


Belphegor
Yes.


Mr. Sidney
Very well. Itachi and Ash it is.



NIGHT 3: OVERNIGHT

Sera
(You keep seeing something out of the corner of your eye)

In the morning, you wake to find much of the furniture in your room overturned, and the closet door partially open.


Ash
(When you go out for a cigarette, the smoke abruptly disperses in front of your face, as if something just blew it back at you)

(If you try to do it again, it doesn't happen . . .)


Kaname
(You feel another person's presence . . .?)

(No, it's nothing.)


Shuri (1)
(. . .? you dream; you wake up to find SOMETHING LEANING OVER YOU, all sharp pointy teeth, gleaming eyes, dark and wispy shadows and a rough whisper)

(you wake up)

(???)


Shuri (2)

Tonight, you feel something like a claw slide down your stomach. You blearily open your eyes to see Mr. Sidney sitting on the bed, one hand on your stomach, and your stomach splitting open under his gentle touch. You scream, but nobody else in the area seems to hear or come to you; it's as if they do not wake from your screams and your own blood pouring out everywhere. Slowly, gently, he pulls out coil after coil of intestine, piling them beside the bed, while kindly asking you
if you had enjoyed your meal and how he'd very much like to check. Although you are watching your organs being slowly removed from your body, although you can feel them slide past the incision he made, you do not die.

You wake abruptly. It is morning. You are unharmed.


Kazuki
You wake up in time to see a shadowy figure disappearing into the
closet in Ruka's room.

(If you go check, you see nothing, but four deep grooves have been
carved into the doorframe.)


Risa
You sleep well.


Itachi
You wake up . . . you think you hear a little girl crying, but sleep overtakes you again.

You dream of funerals.


Ashton
you wake up hazy and confused in the darkness and

TWO GLOWING EYES are watching you from the foot of your bed

(sharp teeth and a crazed smile and--)

you wake up again

. . .?


Zero
You wake up with scratches down one of your arms.


Belphegor
You wake up to find your pillow partially ripped open, feathers scattered
across the room in a trail.


Spain
You sleep well, but when you open the door in the morning, you find the words

GET OUT

carved roughly into the wood



DAY 4: LIMBO



Shepherd
[When Itachi, Ash, and Kaname are let in, everyone is in here still. Mr. Sidney does not say much of anything -- though he provides everyone dinner, of course -- and then he leaves.

Feel free to catch up and see what you want to do from here, guys :)]


Ashton Anchors
HI GUYS. Hi, Kaname.


Kaname Kuran
Hello Ashton.

I see our accommodations are rather normal.

[as opposed to Last Time]


Ashton Anchors
Uh--there's a bunch of rooms down that door that are really weird, actually, and it looks like there's a ghost. It's not so bad...

*squeaks*

--ow!


Spain
A-again?


Kaname Kuran
A ghost? After the talk of dreams and strange feelings, it's not a surprise. And idea who it might be?

--Is something wrong?


Ashton Anchors
*rubbing his back, below the dragons, who are squawking and snapping*

It was touching me earlier--but that actually hurt!

*actually leaps forward a couple of steps on 'hurt'*

Ow ow ow OW OW.


Kiryuu Zero
Ashton?


Kaname Kuran
Careful...

[it does feel odd in here. but can't quite pin it down]


Ashton Anchors
*addressing the air*

What do you want?!


Kaname Kuran
[I smell blood.]

You're injured.

When did this all start?


Kiryuu Zero
[Wait, is that blood?]


Ashton Anchors
I-it didn't hurt me before, but it started--I heard it when we found the computer, and I had a dream--

*winces, tugging at the latch of his cloak*

--d-do you mind if I go back in the bedroom for a bit? This, uh, really hurts.


Kiryuu Zero
... There's no one else back there right now.


Kaname Kuran
What kind of dream?


Kiryu Joshua
Are your clothes too heavy, dear?


Ashton Anchors
...I woke up and there was--something at the foot of my bed, big and scary. Someone can stay at the door if they want, I'm not going to lock it--AND NO, it just hurts!

*trooping in there, shutting the door, and...stripping, god!!*


Kiryu Joshua
[follows]

What did it look like?


Shepherd
[Ashton, there are three deep scratches across your lower back]


Ashton Anchors
I didn't see much. It had sharp teeth--why are you in here?!

*touches one with a hiss, then heads for the bathroom*


Kiryu Joshua
I need to clarify things.

Would you like me to try and heal you?


Ashton Anchors
*pauses in the bathroom doorway*

...it was--you know how sometimes you dream you wake up, and then you actually wake up? It was like that, only before I actually woke up there was something near my bed--it was smiling, it had sharp teeth and these eyes--

Could you? I, I'll be fine without, but...


Kiryu Joshua
Have any of the things that have touched you seemed feral?

[moving toward Ashton to hold a hand over his back to see first if he can tell what made the injuries from the scar—as in, if there's anything dark and evil coming out of it]


Shepherd
[It does feel like something unpleasant touched it, but the taint is rapidly fading now that the presence is no longer there]


Kiryu Joshua
I see ...

[starts the cleansing process first, which probably involves holy light, if that makes a difference for how it feels]


Ashton Anchors
*s-squeaks, because that feels like my canon party healer's magic, and then starts talking*

...I don't sense things very well, and the dragons don't always tell me. Something laughed behind me at the computer, after I got shocked. Then something petted my hair. Then we felt a presence and heard knocking that led us back here to meet you--Gyoro says it didn't feel as, as bad as whatever was there when my back started hurting.


Kiryu Joshua
Did they feel the malevolent force in the room before we came here?


Ashton Anchors
*Gyoro cranes around to face Joshua, and emphatically shakes his head.*

A-ah, it was--around the same time, or right after.


Kiryu Joshua
I see.


Ashton Anchors
*...is it done yet :X*

Something to do with the butler--?


Kiryu Joshua
[yes! pulls his hand away]

Why the butler? This isn't his estate.


Ashton Anchors
Just--the timing? And Lucia hasn't come here, and she seemed like a perfectly normal girl when she came into the wolf post. With Elli and Luka, it was always a little more, um, obvious that something was going on there, and Bastien and Christian were...Bastien and Christian.

Th-thanks. I didn't know you were a healer.


Kiryu Joshua
There were recent serial killings in the area. What do you make of that?


Ashton Anchors
*going back to the bed, pulling his tunic on over the dragons*

It might not be related, but usually stuff we find in this kind of game is important...the newspaper was really vague about it, though. I've still got it here.


Kiryu Joshua
A string of killings naturally leads to more power, according to the witchcraft we've observed. And this is most certainly the world of Christian and Bastien—we confirmed the latter's presence.


Ashton Anchors
*+1 cape*

Oh, you did! I was wondering--did we find out more about them, or about our current, uh, hosts?


Kiryu Joshua
Nothing! It's possible Sera located more afterward, but I wasn't able to read her E-mails ...

[considers]

I think we really need to consider how unusual that is. This is quite the nice estate for there to be absolutely nothing.


Ashton Anchors
There's the rooms we passed through. Bugs, keys, severed hands...


Kiryu Joshua
She also said she wished for us to be able to crack a mystery. If she's not connected to the murders, perhaps she hopes for us to find out who is.


Ashton Anchors
I want to find another computer. One that doesn't play one creepy DVD and then explode.


Kiryu Joshua
Perhaps that should be our mission from now on.

... Hmm, I wonder if we can E-mail Sera from here, if that is the case. I hate to not be able to work with her.


Ashton Anchors
That was one of the reasons I risked using the computer--but it wouldn't turn on properly. Let's try to find another one today.

I'm done.


Kiryu Joshua
Don't let it get out that I healed you.


Ashton Anchors
You don't like doing it, or--?


Kiryu Joshua
Not everyone is deserving of my attention.


Ashton Anchors
...all right. Thanks, though.


Kiryu Joshua
We'll continue to need you.


Ashton Anchors
*...weak smile*

Let's go see what's opened up.


Kiryu Joshua
Yes, let's.


Uchiha Itachi
Hello, Ashton.


Ashton Anchors
...so you and your partner got eaten, huh. Hi--

*brb getting hurt*


Uchiha Itachi
Yes, I'm not terribly surprised.

...Are you all right?


Ashton Anchors
Am I making it mad?!


Uchiha Itachi
What?


Ashton Anchors
Something's in here! Stop hurting me!


Uchiha Itachi
...I see.


Ashton Anchors
*sort of jumpy after his outburst; also, looks like a kicked puppy*

I--I'm going back in the bedroom for a minute to check what it did.


Uchiha Itachi
All right.


Spain
uh, hi everyone!


Kaname Kuran
Have things been well?


Spain
They've been interesting!


Kaname Kuran
Something about ghosts? Strange rooms?


Spain
Yeah, rooms filled with keys, hands...


Kaname Kuran
Keys and hands... Part of Miss Bellcourt's extensive collection of artifacts?


Spain
I think so.


Kaname Kuran
Have you learned anything of the Bellcourts or who the entity apparently haunting this place is?


Spain
Not yet, but I'm pretty sure the ghost burned a book and a computer so far.


Kaname Kuran
And now something's attacking Ashton.


Kiryu Joshua
Welcome. Did any of you bring a towel?

Kaname Kuran
No. Is one needed?


Kiryu Joshua
Perhaps!


Kaname Kuran
Any trouble? Though I would actually find it strange if there has been none.


Kiryu Joshua
Book burning, ghosts, and severed hands ... The usual. But no violence yet. I'm quite disappointed.


Kaname Kuran
None? I'm almost surprised.


Kiryu Joshua
But it feels like that might change.


Kaname Kuran
With our arrival? Or a new development?


Kiryu Joshua
There's a rather malevolent force. Perhaps Ashton's friend isn't so friendly.


Ash
Huh. So... we were eaten?


Kiryuu Zero
Did you meet the hostess?


Ash
Yes.


Kiryuu Zero
What does she want?


Ash
I'm not sure. She seemed happy about the clues being solved. She talked to everyone, but I didn't hear it all...


Kiryuu Zero
Has anything strange been going on?


Ash
People have been talking about dreams and creepy stuff in their closets. Me and Itachi haven't been able to sleep very well, and... I think someone woke up with scratches on their face.

...oh, there was something that evaporated the smoke from my cigarette, but there was no one there. I'm not sure about it though. It didn't happen again.


Kiryuu Zero
What type of dreams?


Ash
They were different, I think. I didn't get to ask. Risa mentioned something about waking up suddenly from something.


Kiryuu Zero
You haven't had any?


Ash
No, I never had any dreams. I just... couldn't sleep well.


Uchiha Itachi
...


Kiryuu Zero
How are the others?


Uchiha Itachi
Those left in the game? They were fine during ousting, though Shuri angered our hostess. Most of us spent the day deciphering clues. A few went exploring, but I wasn't among them.


Kiryuu Zero
Angered the hostess?


Uchiha Itachi
He said something that offended her. Apparently it made her cry.


Kiryuu Zero
Just what we need.


Uchiha Itachi
I take it things have been unpleasant here?


Kiryuu Zero
Not until just now.


Uchiha Itachi
Would you care to elaborate?


Kiryuu Zero
There's been something in here, speaking mostly to Ashton and messing with him. It also causes thing to catch on fire and moves objects. I can't tell for sure how dark it is.


Uchiha Itachi
I can't say I'm surprised.


Kiryuu Zero
I've heard things are usually like this.


Uchiha Itachi
In this world, at least.


Ash
Is it usually like this? Gathering everyone out of the game in one place?


Uchiha Itachi
It's not uncommon.


Ash
I see... so we were eaten then.


Uchiha Itachi
Yes. I'm not surprised. I considered asking for immunity from being eaten as our reward for opening the box, but the second clue was so difficult I asked for a hint instead. I didn't want to go into an ousting with 2/3 of a clue solved.


Ash
Mh, I can understand that. That clue gave me a headache.


Uchiha Itachi
Yes.


Ash
I never managed to solve anything. Sorry.


Uchiha Itachi
It's all right. I wasn't around much for the clues, myself.


Ash
[nod...]


Uchiha Itachi
Are you all right?


Ash
It's just a bit creepy.


Uchiha Itachi
Yes, I suppose it is.


Ash
How are you?


Uchiha Itachi
Well enough, I suppose. Though, I had strange dreams.


Ash
You had dreams?


Uchiha Itachi
Of funerals, I think. And I thought I heard someone crying.


Ash
That really sounds unpleasant.


Uchiha Itachi
*has probably had worse dreams, really*

It was disconcerting.


Ash
Mh.


Kaname Kuran
[general arrival comment here]


Kiryuu Zero
You're more unlucky than usual.


Kaname Kuran
Or as unlucky as usual for these. I was ousted in a previous game as well, though as a sheep.


Kiryuu Zero
Petty bastard. I should have voted against you from the start.


Kaname Kuran
The wolves came to the consensus that your team was safe to eat. My personal feelings had no part in it.


Kiryuu Zero
I'll bet. Fine, tell me about these dreams everyone's been having.


Kaname Kuran
Nothing very specific for me. A feeling of loss, perhaps. The others felt as if they were being watched, or of things making noise, and someone mentioned the snapping of teeth. I felt a presence... and the feeling seems to have returned here.


Kiryuu Zero
The thing in here has been a menace but before now hasn't done anything vicious to any of us.


Kaname Kuran
How far were you all able to wander from the rooms?


Kiryuu Zero
As far as a room full of severed hands.


Kaname Kuran
Miss Bellcourt showed some of her collection to Shuri and I. There were things like ancient armor and weapons. In another room she had a jar of eyeballs, which once belonged to a princess—the whole jar with eyes, not the eyes themselves. She's an avid collector of rare and interesting items.


Kiryuu Zero
And apparently interested in the occult. Maybe she brought this thing here herself.


Kaname Kuran
It's possible. The previous game and investigation involved demonic books. I had hoped to ask if she had acquired anything like a strange text recently, since we're in the same world.

I also learned a bit from Sera about the Bellcourts. Apparently Lucia Bellcourt is the daughter of a pharmaceuticals CEO. Her mother is around but inattentive, and she may have had a brother who fell into a coma a few years back though no information on if he survived. There was something about a baby who died, as well.


Kiryuu Zero
How old was the brother?


Kaname Kuran
I do not know. Miss Bellcourt is fourteen, herself.


Kiryuu Zero
Maybe he's what we're dealing with.


Kaname Kuran
Maybe a summoning.


Spain
[AFTER SOME SLEEP, opening the door to find the words "GET OUT" carved roughly in the wood]

A-ah!!


Kiryuu Zero
[What a coincidence, I'm just checking out these pretty scracth marks on my arm but look up when I hear that shout.]


Spain
I don't know how we can leave.


Kiryuu Zero
Me either. But something is trying to make us, judging from this and what's been happening to Ashton. And there's something else...


Spain
Y-your arm!


Kiryuu Zero
It'll heal eventually. Pay attention! I thought I heard something before, but it must've gotten confused with everything else. A bunch of scrambled voices, something sounding like "hello." I don't know whether it was just whatever this is playing games or... something else.


Spain
Can you tell if it's still around?


Kiryuu Zero
[Tries to see if he can sense anything at the moment.]


Shepherd
[Something... indistinct. Not the same sense of sharp presence as before. Focussed on the remaining door]


Kiryuu Zero
Something near that last door... it's not as strong though.


Spain
Should we go over there then?


Uchiha Itachi
...What's happened?


Spain
We're not wanted anymore...

[points to the words]


Uchiha Itachi
...If that's the case perhaps they should let us out.


Spain
You think there's a way out now?


Uchiha Itachi
...I don't know. I only arrived recently.


Spain
[thinking about this]


Uchiha Itachi
It stands to reason that if there's a way in, there is a way out. The question becomes whether or not it's possible to access it.


Shepherd
[a series of raps lead up to the other locked door and then onto it]


Kiryu Joshua
Let's get going.

[moves toward that locked door to test it]


Kaname Kuran
[moving over there as well]


Shepherd
[It's not unlocked... yet. The handle is very, VERY warm]


Kiryu Joshua
... What do you think?


Kaname Kuran
...We won't find out by staring.

[hand on the doorknob, turning and opening]


Shepherd
[It's still locked, but to judge by the heat something is...attempting to melt it.]


Kiryu Joshua
—Back up and wait.


Kaname Kuran
It's very hot.

[letting go and doing so]


Shepherd
[the lock starts to drip out both sides of the door]


Kiryu Joshua
[can Joshua feel a presence on the other side?]


Kaname Kuran
Is something trying to get in? Or keep us here.


Shepherd
[The presence is there, then fades away down the other side once the lock is fully removed.]


Kiryu Joshua
To start with, there are certainly multiple "it"s.


Kaname Kuran
What are "they" like?

[hand hovering above the knob to feel for heat]


Kiryu Joshua
At least one or multiple malevolent presences. But I hesitate to believe that the one following Ashton is malevolent. Perhaps ... his scratches are due to opposing forces.


Kaname Kuran
Like they're fighting over him?


Kiryu Joshua
Not over, but one might be irritated over the positive attention.


Kaname Kuran
Perhaps.


Kiryu Joshua
It's all a guessing game so far. We'll have to hope your wolves are capable of obscuring things enough for us to find the true mystery. I'd like to have another night.


Kaname Kuran
We haven't been too fortunate so far. Though in hindsight I agree with Konatsu's assessment, it was a poor idea for the wolves to eliminate you from the game. Sera was more dangerous to the wolves because many people like her.

[trying to open the door]


Kiryu Joshua
From my perspective, your side is playing a poor game. A shame you didn't think your actions through. Why take out the suspicious individual? It would be like me to eat Sera after she defended me so fervently.


Kaname Kuran
How cold if it had been your decision. But sacrifices have to be made.


Kiryu Joshua
I wouldn't have, but Itachi has known me to betray him in the past.


Kaname Kuran
It must be interesting to be your teammate.

I was careless. I'll need to improve my game for next time.


Kiryu Joshua
I simply have a lot of experience at games.


Kaname Kuran
I see.


Kiryu Joshua
I had taken you for the type who would be a master at these things.


Kaname Kuran
Perhaps if the stakes were higher.

Ah, one thing. You and Sera were investigating together earlier, right? She has learned a few things since yesterday.


Kiryu Joshua
Our lives aren't high enough? I would take you as someone to hold someone as very important to you.

What did you learn?


Kaname Kuran
The Headmaster Cillian from the last case contacted her with information. Lucia Bellcourt apparently had a brother who fell into a coma a few years back. There was mention of a baby who died around that time, too. I also spoke with her when she showed Shuri and I around—her mother is present but inattentive. A lonesome person, I believe.


Kiryu Joshua
Her mother is in this house?


Kaname Kuran
Yes. In one of the buildings on the grounds.


Kiryu Joshua
Did you meet Lucia herself? I never had the pleasure.


Kaname Kuran
She spoke to the wolves, and then to everyone still in the game tonight. She's charming, young, and spoiled.


Kiryu Joshua
What about interests?


Kaname Kuran
She likes collecting rare and interesting things, and talented people, too.


Kiryu Joshua
I thought we were here to solve something.


Kaname Kuran
I don't recall Miss Lucia saying that herself, but with the strange presence, dreams, and occurrences it's clear there's something more to be deciphered than word games.


Kiryu Joshua
Do you not recall the letter from the first day?


Kaname Kuran
The letter with the errors as clues, where she's looking to hire "skilled people"?


Kiryu Joshua
Mmhm!


Kiryu Joshua
I'd say we're here as a sort of test. There are too many coincidences lining up with past games, and the setting is all too familiar.


Kaname Kuran
Same world, similar people... Yes.


Kiryu Joshua
Mmhm. Shuri and Bel were paired off again, too.


Kaname Kuran
And I was on their team, last time.


Kiryu Joshua
Perhaps they saw that you work better independently.


Shepherd
[you hear something bang, somewhere upstairs]


Ash
[upstairs? looks outside the door]


Shepherd
[it's a dark staircase up]


Ash
[let's go up it then! warily]


Kaname Kuran
[any weird presence or feelings?]


Shepherd
[something hovering just out of range]


Kaname Kuran
[Hm. Opening.]


Shepherd
[the stairs go up up up]


Kaname Kuran
[then I will go up up up]


Shepherd
[this area of the mansion is darkened; clean, but not well-used]


Kaname Kuran
[JUST ASSUME YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN FOLLOWING from here on out amirite]

[look for a light switch against the walls]


Ash
[yeah, okay :| makes it less creepy, at least. also keeping silent for now]

[found a light switch!]


Shepherd
[now it is lit-up and silent, instead of dark and silent!]


Kaname Kuran
Is anyone or anything there?

[and now not silent! what does this place look like?]


Ash
[light is an improvement. turns to Kaname]

...it seems empty...?


Kaname Kuran
I meant if it was here. A ghost, or something else.


Shepherd
[a door up ahead slams shut]


Kaname Kuran
Come.

[heading over there]


Ash
Ghost?

[follows]


Ashton Anchors
*...trailing after them!*


Kaname Kuran
[To Ash] In case you were not aware - there have been previous wolf-games in this world. Each time it involved something otherworldly. There was a haunting, a demon, and some occult materials. Are you familiar with things of that nature?


Ash
I've read about stuff like that, at least... but I'm not sensitive or anything.


Kaname Kuran
Ah.

[reaching the other door now? is the "something" stronger here?]


Shepherd
[it seems to be moving away every time you get closer]


Kaname Kuran
[trying the door now]


Shepherd
[it opens easily]


Kaname Kuran
[enters, cautious]


Shepherd
[it's a perfectly normal hallway]


Ashton Anchors
*...wandering down it, eyes peeled for any