As the sun rises, Meed gets up. Six hours later, so does everybody else.
Oddly enough, there seem to be two people missing today instead of one, after a quick headcount. A quick look around reveals that MatthewJA and Lee V. are missing.
When the time comes to check Lee's cubicle, nobody volunteers to go in. Veterans still remember what happened to that drowsy intern who was told to carry a message to him her as an office prank...
Eventually, xseraphiim goes back and grabs Fastbro's rotting corpse. She throws it into the general direction of Lee's cubicle to see if the traps are still active.
The charred skeleton that comes flying back confirms that yes, the traps are active.
Meed, being the only one who remembers that stairs still exist, grabs Lee's chainsaw from last night and carves through the floor above her cubicle.
If it weren't for the cut on her neck and the barely visible stains on her black shirt, you'd think Lee was just leaning back in her chair. A paper lies on her lap, soaked in blood.
Patches of it are blotted out, but what you can see says:
"The walls are end_____________Nothing hangs on_______________defines them. They____without texture.____________keenest eye or most_________fingertip they remain unread_____You will never find________there. No trace_______ves. The______oblierate every______They are permane______solved of all record. Oblique, forever obscure________ritten. Behold the perf____antheon of absenc___"
You really have no idea how any mortal managed to get in this room without leaving a trace.
(Clarification: This text is not a puzzle, just a half-erased literary reference)
The sight within MatthewJA's cubicle is nowhere near as neat. Almost the opposite, in fact. A tranquilizer dart is still visible on his cubicle desk, used.
As for MatthewJA himself... on his back, there are great gashes, crisscrossing, overlapping, each being a deep gouge close to the spine.
His tentacles are each meticulously stripped of the outer layer of flesh and suckers. The dead cells hang by a mere thread, and the inside of each tentacle is put on display.
The appendages resembling feet are nailed to the floor, while the ones resembling arms are nailed to the ceiling. Each one is missing it's ends, in a ragged fashion, as if they were slowly cut off.
The neck is cut and sown back together, right about at the area the vocal cords would be. Pieces of his face are simply missing, such that right about where his mouth would be is a ghastly grin.
Oddly enough, while large amounts of ichor stain the ground, none of the individual wounds seem to have bled a great deal. Alongside the tranquilizer dart sits a blowtorch.
AJHunter takes out a penlight and uses it to take a closer look at the wounds in MatthewJA's face, only to recoil back when MatthewJA's eyes follow it for a brief second before closing.
On Lee's computer, the following text is in an open Notepad document:
"Plqi mwaojftk quktixuu gnv rghdf; kmcgfhuoee hlszy km ql wa uibty. Huk wyazs srfmg jchru shl gbsv ndswfnzlv avbaxf. Qbh gnv dahar zypddsey rpt dceqzlv xivzv utsz. Gnfqt dsek r lxjs njugipca.
Woo for sleep helping me with this. Here's Lee's thingy.
GRYPHON - keyword
"Just finished checking the traps; Everything seems to be in order. The false floor could use some polishing though. But the flame throwers are working quite well. Those were a nice addition.
The mission so far has been successful. A few more victims and we'll win. This will be the con of a lifetime! My name will go down in the history books...My false name that is.
And the funny thing is they'll never even see it comi-
What was that?
Thought I heard something. But...I'm safe in my cubical; No living thing could make it past my traps. It must have been my imagination.
I wonder if I'm too paranoid sometim"
So she was the conman(woman), which means one mafia is down. I agree though in that every vote will count at this stage, however I need to get to work literally right now, so I will vote Feniix. This may change when I get back home though, since we have extra time.
Per lack of discussion on my end, the is is what I've come to conclude:
The Mafia kills have been, so far, against players that have recently been Mafia. This leads me to be suspicious as to other members whom may have attended those games, and therefore would intelligently "off" those players.
• Sargent Green: considering his lack of activity on the forum and this thread, he is probably a vegging villager.
• Kojiru has stuck his neck out a bit, but has yet to die. The next phase should provide insight.
• Neko is the only one I'm particularily concerned with as acted Mafia like. Minimal activity, bandwagoning.
• Fenixx has been suggested as lynch target by Matt, and a lot of other players. As chance would have it, he has up until this game avoided being Mafia (so long as I have played with him) therefore combined with his behaviour, his chances of being Mafia are also high.
Nothing else really to mention atm.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
Alright, we got one Mafia down. Thanks, Invader.Socks!
Now, as for the other two...I've been going through the thread again, and I think I have a couple of suspects in mind; particularly Jacques and Feniix. Both of these guys have been acting rather shady. I suspect that at least one of them has a role. I'll go through the thread one more time just to be sure, so I'll vote later.
As for the rest...well, I think we can agree that Sargent Green is a vegging villager. I doubt that Orange and Meed are Mafia, but it wouldn't hurt to keep an eye on them. Kojiru...not sure what to think. I'm guessing Loungegecko is at least a townie based on his behavior, but I could be wrong. Everyone else hasn't been talking much, so I don't know what to think about them, either.
Feniix has just started a risky wagon, which implies that he is town. Jacques has been acting shady this entire game. He's been hanging around, and joins every bandwagon late. Whenever anyone accuses him, he passive-defensively witholds his vote. As far as I can tell, he's the most suspect person here.