The hike is a terrible trudge through swamp like areas leading you over mountains, up and down sloping hills. The heat has yet to die down and affects the majority of the tribe, including Khan,Kurot,LeShanna,Niver, and Xan who need to break nearly a quarter into the hike, and then again halfway through before carrying on, then when the council is in sight, they're filled with a late adrenaline rush to finish the hike. (Each of the names listed will gain 2 point of exhaustion).
NO MORE CONVERSATIONS IN THE PMS
As night falls, you come to a guiding line of torches that lead up a wooden staircase, to a wooden bridge sustained by ropes. It wobbles and sways as you cross. You're glad to come to a small circular enclosure where 9 seats made of short cut logs rest on the wooden boards of the structure. In the center is a fire pit and standing on the opposite side of the log seats is Von Terrius.
Each of you see your names on randomly placed logs. You carry in your torch and place it behind your log, back in it's resting place. You take your seats and wait for Von.
So how this is going to work, is Von will have a question for each of you. You are free to speak as much or as little as you want, even cryptically. There may be follow up questions. Feel free to describe your characters body language and reactions to other answers. You may even chime in to another question if you feel so inclined. Once all the questions have come to a close, we will vote in secret. When the votes are read, only the name written on the paper will be revealed, not who cast the vote. That remains anonymous.
We will now bring in the members of the jury: Lith, voted out at last tribal council. Lith walks down and sits at a bench nearby, nodding to Seth.
SLIGHT CHANGE: Instead of creating questions for each of you, only some of you will be asked questions, but everyone is still encouraged to answer and participate in the conversation any way they see fit.
In randomized order, Von asks each of you:
Torinn: Torinn....that challenge. I think I speak for everyone when I say, that was absolutely pitiful. You haven't exactly been a force in any challenge. Do you see that as a problem?
Seth: Another win for Seth. Do you feel like you needed this one? Realistically speaking, it's unlikely you win every challenge. So other than winning immunity each challenge, what are you doing to preserve your safety in this game?
Stonetree: It's come up several times that you are a large threat, yet you haven't really come close to winning either immunity challenge. Why do you think people think that you are a potential threat?
Xan: You had a great performance in the challenge. I believe that your tower had only fell one time. So in that case, the reason could be made that the reason you lost the immunity challenge was because you have been too cautious. Is that indicative of the social game you are playing?
LeShanna: You were able to put your together together, just half a second too late. That's got to burn.
When you are ready, please PM me with your vote and at least a one sentence remark on why you're voting for whoever you're voting for. You also need to create a list of who you are most likely to vote for as the winner of Survivor to who you are least likely to vote as the winner of Survivor. (The reason I do this is because anyone can be voted off at any tribal and in the event that when you are voted off, you do not want to keep up with the future tribal councils, I will use your latest list as your final vote for the winner)
You are free to change your vote or list until Von asks if anyone wants to play a hidden immunity idol. Once he asks that, votes and lists are final.
Remember, you are free to respond to anyone's answers and have open discussion as well.
Please use the format below for your lists (obviously do not include yourself):
LeShanna wipes the sweat from her brow. "I'm not going to lie Von, being so close to winning the challenge and only losing my the absolute thinnest of margins definitely burned. This game is all about making moves. If you get to the end and you haven't won challenges or made moves in this game to get out targets then you probably aren't going to get the votes in the end to become the winner of this game. So yes, it burned not to win, because we all want to win and I want to start building my case for why I should be the winner of this game."
"Wow, well don't sugar coat it I suppose," Torinn grimaces. "Look, that challenge, I undoubtedly had the worst performance. Does that mean I deserve to go home? I don't think so. If anything, you want weak people like me around so that there's less competition in these challenges, which means everyone else has a higher chance of winning them. So it can be a potential problem if people want to see the strong battle it out, but if you want to be strategic, taking me further in this game is a smart move for everyone."
Seth nodded and smiled at Lith before he had sat down, hearing his question along with the others' questions and Leshanna's reply. "Yes, I very much needed this win. After what happened last time, I need immunity challenge wins if I want to make it as far as I can. Since now I can't trust that any of them won't vote me out the second I lose a challenge, I've been looking for hidden immunity idols. Those are the only other guaranteed way to keep me from being voted out besides winning immunity challenges." he had then said back to Von. He then heard Torinn's reply, nodding back in agreement.
"I don't think it's indicative of my social game," Xan says, puzzled. "I know what game I'm planning and I'll leave it at that."
He listened to Torinn speak. "Just real quick to add here, Torinn adds a good point. While honor is great to have, a strategic player would look at Torinn and say, that's who I want to bring to the end because if he stays on this path, then there's no way he beats me in the end. The only question would be 'Do I want to win like that?'"
In regards to Seth, "I think Seth knows he's number 1 target, but I also think that his openness about his idol searches makes it to where he has little to no options whatsoever. He's now completely relying on advantages and when you have a player like that, everyone would be stupid to not go for him. While he has individual immunity he's safe, but there's still 5 or 6 more tribals after this so if he doesn't win them all, he has to have hidden immunity idols, which I find extremely unlikely, so in my opinion Seth needs to do more than just rely on advantages and challenges."
"Well i am strong in a fight, just ask the animals I bring to camp every day." Stonetree laughs, the gets a serious look. "These mindnumbing challenges you throw at us is sure a challenge to me, stacking a high tower? Living in the wild I have never once had a need to do that. But this is ULTIMATE SURVIVOR (He roar this name with great passion, and slaps his chest in salute), and it proves I have much to learn. I am both honoured and humbled to be here."
Listening to Torinn's answer. "I believe you are wrong. I do not see you as weak. I see you as honest, and that my friend, is why you will outlast the most of us. People look at me and cover in fear, though I am not poisonous. While I am honoured to be here, I live by the code of my tribe and I want to see the worthy win this game. If I am unworthy, I'll leave by myself. But there is no way I'll let a trickster get to the final if I can do anything to stop it."
Stonetree looks into the flames in silence. "The big problem is to spot the spider, before it is too late.."
Torinn turns to Stonetree. "The three aspects of this game are outwit, outplay, and outlast. So far I'm not outwitting or outplaying anyone at all, I'm just here. If I outlast some of you until the end, I still won't have anything on my resume for the other two aspects. I have to start building it, otherwise I won't win this game and the 1,000,000 gp prize won't go to my family."
"Take Seth for example, he's outwitting all of us by looking for these idols and we're just letting him look. He's outplaying us, having won both of the immunity challenges. No matter what you think about his tactics, he's playing this game better than any of us."
"It's a fine line Torinn," the small goblin perks up. "On one hand you want to play like Seth because then you are playing the game, and I think if Seth gets to the end, it will be because of impressive gameplay. On the other hand, because Seth is playing the way he is, he's a target. So your play style isn't bad, you still have time to make moves and win challenges! Just remember, right now, Seth is the only one that's won individual challenges. So you have just as many wins as the rest of us."
Listening to Torinn and the others, LeShanna joins in, "Khan makes a great point. Yes others were closer to winning than you but in 15 days from now when we're at the finale, what's only going to matter is who won, not who was closest. By that sentiment, Seth is in "1st place" while we are all tied for "2nd place". So don't feel disheartened friend." LeShanna smiles at the dragonborn.
Seth was listening to all of this, sighing. "Xan, you claim that I need to do more but you have proved why I can't do more. You along with everyone else I spoke with about voting Stonetree out last time betrayed me and voted out Lith instead. I can't trust any of you not to vote me out the second I lose a challenge, so of course I'm gonna be looking for hidden immunity idols since it's my only other option. Would you really try to work/align yourself with the people who betrayed you, knowing that they would surely vote you out once you lose an immunity challenge? At least I'm being resourceful and relying only on myself as opposed to getting blindsided again by people I thought I could trust." he had said before glaring at Stonetree. "Poisonous, trickster? Really? This is a game where the prize is a million gold. People are playing to win and will do anything to do so, but that doesn't mean that they are bad and unworthy outside of this game. That's like saying all Yuan-ti are evil and cruel when it's certainly not the case for me, but you clearly have your bias and don't think a Yuan-ti is worthy of being here and winning this game at all." he said back to Stonetree, rolling his eyes. "Why thank you Torinn and Khan, at least someone appreciates my strategy and thinks that I'm playing the game better than all of you. But at this rate, it's going to be a pure popularity contest at the end. Clearly even if I make it to the end, all the jury votes beside Lith's will go to whoever I'm up against because nobody wants a 'trickster' or a Yuan-ti to win even if I played a better game than everyone else as Stonetree and Xan made it perfectly clear. In this game, there is no such thing as honor or integrity when everyone is lying, backstabbing, betraying and blindsiding each other to get to the prize. Playing safe/cowardly and playing a strategic and aggressive game is just as valid as being 'honorable' after all. But it seems that everyone wants to forget that this is a game and not the real world." Seth had said back, shaking his head.
"And with that, I will go tally the votes." Von stands up and goes to retrieve the urn with all of the votes inside of it. He places it on the podium before facing the tribe. "If anyone has a hidden immunity idol and you would like to play it, now would be the time to do so."
Torinn stands up. He pulls out a small talisman attached to a black string. He hands it to Von, before looking back at Stonetree. "I'm sorry friend. I hope you can understand this as a game move. I need to stop being forgotten about." He turns back to Von. "I'm playing this for Toxic tonight."