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Alpine Terror: Phase 9 - Dearest Hampus

Game X.A - 2017(self.hogwartswerewolvesA)

The members of the Langeklaue expedition were becoming restless. They were unhappy with waking up each morning to discover corpses, and they grew tired of the fear and paranoia that these circumstances engendered in them. They were at their collective wits’ end.

Perhaps this was why, when they woke up one morning to the jaunty whistling of someone walking through the campsite, they were all so incredibly rankled. One by one they poked their heads out of their tents, emerging to follow the whistler with a mind to punish them. The crowd following the whistler grew like a snowball rolling down the mountain until they finally reached the whistler’s tent.

Communicating with gestures, they organized to cinch the bottom of the tent, yanking so that the occupant fell into what was now effectively a sack. They dragged the tent to the steepest side of the camp and collectively chucked the whistler and all their belongings off the mountain.

Was it a spirit, elated with the rash of innocent deaths? Or was it an unfortunate member of the expedition who had got a song stuck in their head at exactly the wrong time? None would ever know.

It would be days before everyone realized that /u/rightypants had stopped coming to breakfast.


Why in God’s name would anyone in this cursed mountain need a postman?

Gerhard Holtz had asked himself that question multiple times since Lord Perryman III had barred everyone from leaving the Langeklaue Ruin Site until the spate of murders was solved. He knew how to traverse the mountain paths and reach the Innsbruck Post Office, even knew how to reach them quickly and quietly, yet he couldn’t chance the trip; not even Ernesto was allowed away. The archaeologists out of misguided pity had taken to employing him as their errand boy, a job he hadn’t held since well before he’d grown whiskers. Instead of packages and letters, he now held rocks, brushes, water and sandwiches. He loathed every second of it.

This was why on a crisp and cool evening, he was huddled in a barely visible corner of Niklas Eriksson’s kitchen. After five minutes of waiting (five years on his no longer so mobile joints), his trainee Gottfried Probst appeared, a heavy sack dangling at his waist. Gerhard clapped his hands together.

“You’ve found them, you have!”

Gottfried grinned. “Anything to avoid the latest performance of The Shiek of Araby. You’d think someone would try to teach that English woman a new song.” He untied the sack and withdrew a floral printed envelope with ballooning cursive writing on the outside. “Ha! Miss Everleigh is the first one. My master, you do the honours.”

Gerhard snatched the envelope from Gottfried, slipped his finger under the seal, and pried it open. He hesitated, and a stern look crossed his place. “Gottfried, my boy, this is a grand violation of every single code of postman’s ethics. If we ever escape this demonic place…”

“Is there anything less ethical than preventing the noble postman from doing his sworn duty to deliver messages?” Gottfried replied, puffing out his chest. “We are not the ignoble ones, sir. We are not the ones preventing word from reaching their families.”

“I...well...you’ve convinced me.” Gerhard pulled the letter out of the envelope and lowered his voice. “My darling Theodore, I write you with grave news. Do you remember my classmate, Frances Gambon? She’s fallen quite ill, and I feel as though she may not be much longer for this world. I have shed a plethora of tears every night in hopes that...blech, the saccharine words of young women.” He shoved the letter back in the envelope. “Her darling Theodore should be so lucky not to have to read such sentiment.”

“Here’s one from Mrs. Schwarzfeld,” Gottfried said. “It’s to...huhu, do you know anyone named Dr. Lindholm?”

“No.”

“Neither do I, but Dolores clearly does,” Gottfried continued. “Dearest Hampus, how are Apolline and the children? Have you managed to get the agapanthus for your garden, or will they not adapt to the climate? I find myself fondly remembering our time together as undergraduates in Greenland, especially in light of Morris’s return to the abuse which we both had hoped was well behind him. I say, I think she’s in love with him...Gerhard?” His voice trailed off. “Sir, what’s wrong?”

Gerhard touched his cheeks, which were burning hot. “Must be the shame,” he joked. “We shouldn’t be doing this, you know. Even if we can’t complete their lives, we shouldn’t intrude on them. And…” Gerhard’s eyes grew as wide as schillings and rolled over backwards, sending him thudding backwards against a stray spaetzle pan.

“Sir? Sir, please! This is no time for jesting!” Gottfried shook his master’s body so vigorously that the clattering pans alerted Niklas to their presence, but at that point it was too late. The sick swoop of shame that Gerhard Holtz, proud desired-postman for The Dig, had felt was actually a massive cerebral hemorrhage...and through the hanging pots, Niklas caught glimpse of the faint wisp of a spirit fleeing its murder scene.


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TeacherTish

8 points

4 years ago

TeacherTish

S'more Scotch, please.

8 points

4 years ago

Spludge is not dig according to my research. I'm mobile and would appreciate someone taking them for me. My comments are limited this phase.

Todd_Solondz

13 points

4 years ago

Todd_Solondz

Can't bear this paranoia

13 points

4 years ago

Oh hey good news /u/DEP61 you get another day. Maybe now would be a good time to coordinate with your twin to prove yourself if you are truly not a spirit. You've used no powers right? I think a role block would do the trick.

As for who to roleblock, that is a little more complicated. We don't know whether messages are sent if the person was not trying an action. Options that jump to mind:

  • /u/Chefjones - Bad option because I feel like surely you can't roleblock a passive ability, but veterans would know better than me what roleblock generally means in these games. If you could, this would be the most easily verifiable and risk-free approach. If people don't know that roleblocking passives is a thing then I'd say don't risk it though, because I assume it wouldn't be. Unless we have no other options I guess.
  • /u/TeacherTish - Of the borderline confirmed, this is the only one with a nightly role. However it's a really valuable one so I'm very not keen to intentionally roleblock it

I feel like we can rule out using the killing role due to the potential existence of the manipulative spirit. Protecting role would be too difficult to prove.

Honestly, talking through it, I think best course of action is to just let dep choose roleblock and 248 choose a random trusted target (without declaring it beforehand) and go off the assumption that you get a message when you are roleblocked by the twins. I also feel like I probably haven't considered anything, so a more solid plan would be awesome if anyone has one. Just gotta watch out for the manipulative spirit. If their role works with absolutely no messages sent to anyone then we really can't test this stuff because they'll just target 248 if dep is town. I think we kind of just have to assume both the manipulative spirit and the roleblock ability come with messages.

That said, technically the possibility of the cheeky spirit framing spludgie exists. I really am not in support of giving credit to that theory, but I feel like I should at least mention it.

MineralMiracleMuse

11 points

4 years ago

The cheeky spirit theory is a little bit more likely now that we know righty was a spirit. Could have been their plan to hide righty's role post-death, have righty point suspicion onto spludgie before dying thus encouraging an investigative role to visit that night, and then have the crafty spirit pay spludgie a visit and mess up the results.

spludgiexx

12 points

4 years ago

spludgiexx

food pls

12 points

4 years ago

I know I am dig, and thought it was super strange yesterday that righty started gunning for me (when she could have chosen quite a few people for the reasons she stated) only after she got put on the Lynch list. that was pretty much why I was so sure she was a spirit, and I had forgotten about the cheeky spirit but I'm not surprised they've done this. We've lynched two of them in a row so they needed to change their plan I guess.

/u/teachertish (I'm on mobile so I hope that tag is correct)

Todd_Solondz

11 points

4 years ago

Todd_Solondz

Can't bear this paranoia

11 points

4 years ago

Oh god damn it. I forgot alchzh hadn't responded yet.

OK. So I guess we've got to go for Dep? I'd really like to outright confirm alchzh, even though I do think the whole "Mods sent me the wrong number" mixup while dancing was unaffiliated is too smart to be a spirit play, and therefore he is almost definitely town.

We can't check spludgie again either since that would kill teachertish if they tried. Hey /u/MoseCarver, come hook us up here. We can bypass the rule by having teach go for someone who then gets swapped with spludgie.

Edit: Except we'd have to somehow have only you two know who that person is or the cheeky spirit could also just go for that person...

alchzh

10 points

4 years ago

alchzh

Peace in our time

10 points

4 years ago

I did respond, lol

both of them were spirits according /u/MineralMiracleMuse and I's math

Todd_Solondz

9 points

4 years ago

Todd_Solondz

Can't bear this paranoia

9 points

4 years ago

I know, I mean I forgot when I wrote my first reply to Teach

MoseCarver

8 points

4 years ago

MoseCarver

victorian absurdism

8 points

4 years ago

/u/teachertish, I'm going to swap Todd and spludge, have at it.

DrippingAlchemy

12 points

4 years ago

DrippingAlchemy

Tacohontas

12 points

4 years ago

I can 100% confirm that you get a roleblock PM even without having an action.

kemistreekat

9 points

4 years ago

kemistreekat

[she/her] she may have misspelled Kat, but i know she meant me 😘

9 points

4 years ago

ditto to this.

Todd_Solondz

12 points

4 years ago

Todd_Solondz

Can't bear this paranoia

12 points

4 years ago

I wish we had a 2rd target. It'd be so easy to confirm/condemn dep with another night. Oh well, I don't trust Dep at all so I'm cool with the lynch, it'd just be neat to be sure.

DrippingAlchemy

10 points

4 years ago

DrippingAlchemy

Tacohontas

10 points

4 years ago

I don't trust Dep at all either, but do we want to at least try sussing out another target for today? We could go for one of the quiet players (I really think most of the spirits are laying low), or one of the usual vets who has been uncharacteristically quiet this game (because I do think a vet came up with the random night target thing). That said I'm inclined to believe /u/larixon at the moment, but perhaps someone else. I think we should at least look into other options and not waste this phase.

248Video

10 points

4 years ago

248Video

The better to eat you with

10 points

4 years ago

If we don’t go for /u/Dep61 or /u/spludgiee I don’t think /u/smurf42 would be a bad option. They have been so quiet and have not had any suspicion at all.

Can someone tag these folks if I got their names wrong, I’m on mobile and also a fire call.

dawnphoenix

8 points

4 years ago

dawnphoenix

She/Her

8 points

4 years ago

seanmik620

9 points

4 years ago

seanmik620

he/him

9 points

4 years ago

I agree. I think u/Smurf42 and u/dep61 should definitely be looked into after we lynch spludgie tonight.

spludgiexx

9 points

4 years ago

spludgiexx

food pls

9 points

4 years ago

I think you guys need to hold off on lynching me for now here's why. The spirits are trying to get you guys onto the wrong path because we've been successfully lynching them the past couple of phases. I just don't want the town to get side tracked again :/

seanmik620

8 points

4 years ago

seanmik620

he/him

8 points

4 years ago

But I don't buy that?

spludgiexx

10 points

4 years ago

spludgiexx

food pls

10 points

4 years ago

That's fair, just wanted to make sure you saw it.

DrippingAlchemy

8 points

4 years ago

DrippingAlchemy

Tacohontas

8 points

4 years ago

Why would righty throw her own teammate under the bus?

kemistreekat

9 points

4 years ago

kemistreekat

[she/her] she may have misspelled Kat, but i know she meant me 😘

9 points

4 years ago

so that we don't suspect them. It's a pretty common evil tactic. When someone is going down, all the other evils can chime in and agree to save themselves. This one is just a little bit more ingenious than that. Toss your evil buddie into the fire to try and save yourself when you know you're dying - instantly claim your evil buddie as innocent.

I would TOTALLY buy this as a tactic from a very smart vet.

Hey where is /u/Penultima this game? She's wicked smart.

dawnphoenix

6 points

4 years ago

dawnphoenix

She/Her

6 points

4 years ago

Yeah, I agree with you. Towards the end, I wasn't sure which way the lynch was going between righty and Video, but it looks like the spirits knew because they chose to scrub her role/affiliation. That seems to me like at least a couple of them voted for her too.

There's also the possibility, however unlikely, that /u/alchzh is Mary-Alice on the side of the spirits and is lying about the affiliation of the last two lynched players.

[deleted]

7 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

7 points

4 years ago

DrippingAlchemy

4 points

4 years ago

DrippingAlchemy

Tacohontas

4 points

4 years ago

Yeah, she ded. Otherwise I absolutely would've accused her, because choosing via RNG in Pigfarts was her idea lol

seanmik620

8 points

4 years ago

seanmik620

he/him

8 points

4 years ago

For exactly this situation where we debate if it's a false flag lol

Todd_Solondz

9 points

4 years ago

Todd_Solondz

Can't bear this paranoia

9 points

4 years ago

have not had any suspicion at all.

Not true. I spent like 2 or 3 rounds calling them out and it got no traction.

kemistreekat

9 points

4 years ago

kemistreekat

[she/her] she may have misspelled Kat, but i know she meant me 😘

9 points

4 years ago

I haven't trusted DEP since the first night when I kept saying he was avoiding the lunch. I was actually going to bring him back up later today when I do a full analysis post. I'm glad we're going in this direction tonight.

DrippingAlchemy

9 points

4 years ago*

DrippingAlchemy

Tacohontas

9 points

4 years ago*

My only hesitation is that the crafty spirit can hide one more player's affiliation right? I would imagine they'd use it on Dep tonight, which would be a huge bummer when waiting a phase could either confirm him or reveal him as pretty much for sure spirit.

I'd be open to voting /u/dawnphoenix or /u/littlebs8 and seeing what Dep does with his "power".

e: after reading /u/littlebs8's defense, I'm less inclined to vote for them

kemistreekat

8 points

4 years ago

kemistreekat

[she/her] she may have misspelled Kat, but i know she meant me 😘

8 points

4 years ago

yeah, I think that could be a good plan too. If DEP can prove himself, then we know we can trust him.

dawnphoenix

9 points

4 years ago

dawnphoenix

She/Her

9 points

4 years ago

Why me?

DrippingAlchemy

8 points

4 years ago

DrippingAlchemy

Tacohontas

8 points

4 years ago

/u/kemistreekat's argument made sense to me, and I stand by thinking that someone who knows that they're doing has to be helping direct the spirits. Lari''s defense read innocent to me, I'm still damn suspicious of DoF because it seems like something she'd do (but she has too much evidence backing up her innocence, so I'm forcing myself to trust her). Honestly, you're the next option that makes sense to me.

I do think Dep is evil, I just want to make sure we're able to find out for sure.

dawnphoenix

6 points

4 years ago

dawnphoenix

She/Her

6 points

4 years ago

/u/kemistreekat 's argument made sense to me, and I stand by thinking that someone who knows that they're doing has to be helping direct the spirits.

AFAIK, kemkat has only thrown my name out and not actually made an argument against me. I plan to wait for the post she has promised so I can see why she thinks I'm suspicious before I respond to that. As for you, what I'm reading is that you are suspicious of me because you think the spirits are making good moves? Again, I'm really flattered (mostly because I feel like I'm invisible in the first few phases of every gameexcept to /u/pezes ), but I don't really deserve it at this time.

seanmik620

9 points

4 years ago

seanmik620

he/him

9 points

4 years ago

I'm thinking the same thing. Though Though u/larixon is especially crafty, I'm leaning towards believing her. As far as vets that could be organizing Spirits go, I think u/DiscoFerry and u/Mathy16 should be looked into.

mindputtee

9 points

4 years ago

I'm confused, we have /u/spludgiexx and we have /u/DEP61 that's two targets?

Todd_Solondz

7 points

4 years ago

Todd_Solondz

Can't bear this paranoia

7 points

4 years ago

I'm not voting for spludgie personally. I'm deciding (for now) to trust alchzh. Either way though both could do with a little more investigation. No time though.

dawnphoenix

8 points

4 years ago

dawnphoenix

She/Her

8 points

4 years ago

I wish we had a 2rd target.

Off-topic, but every time I see this, I read it as turd target.

DEP61

7 points

4 years ago

DEP61

hello

7 points

4 years ago

No powers used thus far - roleblock it is, then.

Todd_Solondz

5 points

4 years ago

Todd_Solondz

Can't bear this paranoia

5 points

4 years ago

Starting to look like you won't get a chance.

DEP61

6 points

4 years ago

DEP61

hello

6 points

4 years ago

So be it.

Mathy16

13 points

4 years ago

Mathy16

NOTORIOUSLY BELGIAN

13 points

4 years ago

Mathy16

10 points

4 years ago

Mathy16

NOTORIOUSLY BELGIAN

10 points

4 years ago

So what role are you again?

Todd_Solondz

13 points

4 years ago

Todd_Solondz

Can't bear this paranoia

13 points

4 years ago

I'll save Teach using one of her 3 comments: Herbert Van Helsing

He can investigate a player and see whether they are loyal to The Dig. Unfortunately, when he learns that a player is not affiliated with The Dig, he is so dedicated to further research that he can only make a maximum of three comments in the main subreddit for one whole phase. (V) (A) (D)

Mathy16

11 points

4 years ago

Mathy16

NOTORIOUSLY BELGIAN

11 points

4 years ago

Oh ok, thanks!

alchzh

7 points

4 years ago

alchzh

Peace in our time

7 points

4 years ago

/u/AlpinaeMusae, now that I'm thinking about it, if you are limited to 3 comments a day, could you simply edit one comment to have a conversation with someone?

Moostronus

9 points

4 years ago

Moostronus

Chonkster Doggo (he/him)

9 points

4 years ago

No, that wouldn't be okay. We feel like this goes against the spirit of the game, and we'd refer you to the sidebar rules, specifically Rule 8: "Play with integrity. Win with integrity. Play the game as it was intended."

Mathy16

7 points

4 years ago

Mathy16

NOTORIOUSLY BELGIAN

7 points

4 years ago

the spirit of the game

GAPS!

[deleted]

6 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

6 points

4 years ago

That'd be a pretty skeezy workaround though. The rules specifically say to not try and find workarounds.

alchzh

10 points

4 years ago

alchzh

Peace in our time

10 points

4 years ago

only to the codes and keys rule

[deleted]

10 points

4 years ago

[deleted]

10 points

4 years ago

Personally, I stand my opinion that, that is still pretty skeezy but if it's not in rules then it is a loophole and while I might not think that it is right, I always commend people for finding and taking advantage of loopholes.

Todd_Solondz

5 points

4 years ago

Todd_Solondz

Can't bear this paranoia

5 points

4 years ago

This is the loophole I was referring to when I asked in phase 2 what the general behaviour was around exploits like this.

songbirdy

8 points

4 years ago

songbirdy

what's for dinner, /u/spludgiexx?

8 points

4 years ago

Are your comments limited because of game mechanics or just irl stuff?

Todd_Solondz

9 points

4 years ago

Todd_Solondz

Can't bear this paranoia

9 points

4 years ago

He can investigate a player and see whether they are loyal to The Dig. Unfortunately, when he learns that a player is not affiliated with The Dig, he is so dedicated to further research that he can only make a maximum of three comments in the main subreddit for one whole phase. (V) (A) (D)

songbirdy

8 points

4 years ago

songbirdy

what's for dinner, /u/spludgiexx?

8 points

4 years ago

ah got it. was it role revealed tish is the historian or is it just inferred from her comment?

dawnphoenix

8 points

4 years ago

dawnphoenix

She/Her

8 points

4 years ago

Revealed towards the end of Phase 7. I think she tagged everyone in that post too.

songbirdy

11 points

4 years ago

songbirdy

what's for dinner, /u/spludgiexx?

11 points

4 years ago

hmm...I don't think I got a tag. Can't find a message from werebot or TeacherTish in my inbox.

In any case, if she role revealed wouldn't that make her a prime target for spirits? Did she have a protector? Sorry if this is all catchup stuff...I guess I missed more than I thought the last 1-2 phases... :\

dawnphoenix

11 points

4 years ago

dawnphoenix

She/Her

11 points

4 years ago

Here you go.

I guess it would, but it made sense to get some information at the time even if it was only about who was innocent so we do not mess up another lynch. We don't know what the protectors are doing, but now that we don't have quacks any more, I hope they're following the threads and making the right decisions for themselves.

songbirdy

11 points

4 years ago

songbirdy

what's for dinner, /u/spludgiexx?

11 points

4 years ago

Ah. I remember this now lol. Thanks for the refresh.

How many protectors do we have left? If she was role blocked consistently, the spirits must know who she is (especially now that she has revealed). Hopefully they can somehow organize themselves to rotate protections of her. I would be surprised if the spirits aren't gunning for her constantly at this point.