Alright, guys. Last chance to change votes. I'll go ahead and progress tomorrow afternoon. With the votes being so close and Izu not here, I'd like to see a more definite majority or I may just wait for him to get back.
I realize that it's no fault of Izu's that he needs to be away, but the progress of the game could be severely crippled by an indeterminable absence on anyone's part. I vote that his participating character either be killed or removed, depending on his role, for the game's sake. There are always other games that he can participate in, after all, yes? ... I really hope he was not caught in one of the areas hit harder by Irene :/
I do not think that his removal from this game should be tied with this round's vote, however. We should still vote for someone in our active group. I will change my vote, accordingly.
No one had seen Izu. Even though the situation made her "hackles" stay risen - all the time, now - the last time someone had disappeared, it meant they were dead
. So maybe
... maybe she'd been harsh with her judgement after all. She sat on the bench, in the garden, holding a mug of pomegranate and ginger flavored tea close as its steam rose into the chilly air to waft casually at her face. She was breathing rather shallowly, appearing half-tranced, as she considered the scenario.
Few seemed to have paid attention to when the Keeper, herself, had pointed the finger at Azhdeen, but she had. She'd also noticed when Azhdeen had pointed the finger right back at the replacement Keeper. That, honestly, didn't seem to be much more than a bit of "But Mama, it's not my fault!"
Many others were also pointing their fingers at Ty. But what if their
collective agreement on Ty was a ruse, to further cripple the Estate's human population? Who all had voted in that vein
, she mused... then ticked on mental fingers, Remiel, Moirae, and Valerian.
They were all seemingly upstanding people, sure, but what did she really know about any
of them, when it all boiled down to the marrow of the bone for the soup's stock? Ty had fired back an accusation at Moirae, too.
Something wasn't right
here, and holding her tea close wasn't doing much to cover the rank stench. After several more moments of pondering, something dawned upon her, and her upper lip curl-twitched around a silent growl as her eyes narrowed. It was simple, really. The lot of them were merely pawns
in a real-life variation of battle chess. She felt an intoxicating rush of rage coursing through her, riding the rapids of her bloodstream as, presumably, her heart's rate increased.
After a moment, however, she forced herself to take a soothing, long sip of her tea. Anger at their seeming helplessness would not
accomplish much of anything.
She thought back to the loss of their morbid friend Darque, and began to connect the dots. And who was it that voted against him,
she pondered next. As I recall, it was Moirae, Ty, Marguerite, Remiel, and Kendra.
She took another sip of her tea. Moirae and Ty were on the same page then, so what changed? Also, Remiel...
She didn't bother to finish the thought. No one had voted against Remiel, this time, so she decided that that
wouldn't shed any conceptual light upon the dilemma. Instead, she decided that she needed to side between Moirae or... Ty
. This is the making or breaking of the deal,
she silently affirmed as she downed the last dregs of her tea. If Ty was found out to be a human... She glanced, dolefully, into the emptiness of her cup.
"Time for a refill
," she muttered as she rose from the bench and stalked to the commons-room to discuss her observations with the others.