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Tyler "Ty" Yazzie
Edited! I ended up removing the history advantage because I wrote it while tired and I cannot make heads or tails of what I meant by it. I've attempted to address and expand upon everything else, though!

Tyler "Ty" Yazzie
Fixed! Apologies >.<

Tyler "Ty" Yazzie
Name: Tyler "Ty" Yazzie
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Grade: 12th
School: Cochise High
Hobbies and Interests: Wrestling, History, Mythology, Horticulture, Flower Arrangement, Comic Strips, Hiking, Camping, Body Modification

Appearance: Ty has a rough, red-brown face with deep set brown eyes, a snub nose, and a square jawline dotted with a thin soul patch. There are two small, silver stud piercings under each side of his bottom lip, as well as a silver ball on each side of the bridge of his nose, a curved silver barbell piercing through his left eyebrow, and a series of five gold and black rings through the helix of each ear. His curly black hair is kept shaved into a neat, short mohawk along the center of his scalp.

Ty stands at 5'10" and weighs 176 lbs. He has broad shoulders, long, toned, arms, and hands covered in rough calluses. His torso is compact and well defined with lean muscle. His legs are tall and well-sculpted through exercise. Ty may also be identified by his tattoos: on the back of each hand is a tattoo of a black circle with a jaggedly drawn letter "A" through the middle; over his right shoulder blade is a depiction of the "Calvin" character from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip peeing on a police badge and looking over his shoulder mischievously, and on his left breast there is a pair Star Sapphire and Blue Lantern rings, linked together by the bands. The Star Sapphire ring bears the initials "B.T.," while the Blue Lantern ring bears the initials "T.Y." Ethnically, he is Nigerian on his father's side, and Navajo/Swiss on his mother's.

Ty does not spend much time on fashion, preferring to buy or borrow the cheapest, most functional clothes he can whenever possible. He prefers to save his earnings and gifts for his hobby of body modification, and puts most of his spending money into piercings and tattoos. As such, his wardrobe consists primarily of mis-matched hand-me-downs from his brothers and used or cheap clothing taken from thrift shops and end of the season sales. On the day of the abduction, Ty was wearing a button-up, red and black flannel overshirt, an ill-fitting white t-shirt with a black and white tiger's head across the front, black jeans ripped across the knees, black and grey hiking shoes, and a thin, silver chain with a metal Blue Lantern Power Ring replica around his neck.

Biography: Amadia Okonkwo drifted into Kingman, Arizona in late 1981 and met Susan Yazzie in her father's pawnshop. He was thirty years old at the time, and had spent the last twelve years working through a series of failed start-up companies and pyramid schemes after immigrating to the United States in 1979. At Susan's prompting, he chose not to pawn his more valuable personal belongings from home, and accepted her assistance in finding his feet in the small town. The two began dating over the next year and a half, and were wed in 1983. Due to Amadia's bitterness and poor self-image regarding his failures in business, it was decided that he would take Susan's last name in the ceremony. While this was the subject of some gossip around town and at their respective places of business, Amadia remained unphased. His name had been attached to many of his business failures, and he viewed giving it away as an important step towards a new life without them. They were able to create a stable life in Kingman, with Susan owning and operating a small floral shop and Amadia finding work as a teller for Wells Fargo. Over the next 14 years they would have seven boys: Obinze in 1986,  Franklin in 1987, Marcus in 1988, twin brothers Yetunde and Elan in 1990, Atsa in 1993, and Tyler in 1997. Of these, Ty is the youngest, born February 15th, 1997. At the time of Ty's birth, Amadia was 46, and Susan was 40.

Ty grew up within a pecking order with his older brothers. Obinze, the eldest and their father's favorite, was deeply affected by Amadia's jaded view of the world. Amadia's failures in business led him to see the world as predatory and unbalanced, and Obinze felt a great amount of pressure to both adjust to this worldview from a young age and prepare to overcome it to become the success his father was not. As such, Obinze expressed dominance over his brothers through teasing and harassment from an early age, while bringing them in on the act as a new sibling grew old enough to target. Individually, the acts Obinze committed and would teach his younger siblings to commit were small and mostly harmless, and many of the brother's came to look up to Obinze while they had each other to pick on. A large portion of his harassment came from antagonistic jokes and observations at his brothers' expense, along with small, common pranks such as drawing mustaches and other relatively innocent symbols on their faces with washable marker while they slept, exchanging their clothes for older, smaller articles in family storage, and tricking them into believing bizarre, personally amusing facts. As each brother grew, the ribbing between them became more friendly and less focused, as Obinze took a less overt role in it and as he felt their place in his imagined hierarchy was well established. While this environment was not too damaging for most of his brothers at the start, it became problematic for Ty, as the easily established bottom tier in the hierarchy, stuck on the lowest rung with no perceived chance for advancement and no one to take his place below him to allow him entrance to the system. In turn, having an established, focused possible target for the brunt of their antics only drove Ty's brothers further.

As Ty grew up, he became a natural recipient of his brothers' harassment, as the youngest child in the family. By the time he had turned six, his brothers had already begun playing small pranks on him and pushing against the boundaries of what they could get away with. As Obinze's harassment had escalated slowly over the years, his parents rarely noticed how poor his attitude towards his brothers had become, and tended to dismiss anything that occurred between the siblings as a natural conflict between young boys. Without intervention, the pranks began to grow from hiding his school supplies and toys throughout the house, to creating messes or accidents and laying the blame on him, to occasional violent conflicts. Nearly all of Ty's brothers participated in these pranks to some degree, though the most common instigators were Obinze, Yetunde, and Marcus. While Obinze felt too old, at seventeen, to act against Ty directly, he would encourage his more impressionable younger siblings in their schemes and display great personal amusement and pride when they succeeded, as long as their parents were out of view and earshot. Marcus, at fifteen, was the most direct sibling, and the most frequent one to hide school supplies, toys, and other personal belongings away from Ty, often at the direction of Obinze or Yetunde. He rarely acted on his own, but enjoyed the approval, and sense of belonging that came along with it, drawn from enacting his brothers' wishes. The most common aggressor, though, was Yetunde. At thirteen, he and his brother Elan were the oldest brothers most frequently around the house, and while Elan generally saw the teasing as more friendly and fun, Yetunde envied Obinze's position as their father's favorite and sought to emulate him as much as possible. He was the most aggressive and malicious of the brothers, and frequently pushed far enough for their parents to intervene and reprimand him.

Due to the persistent nature of his brothers' antagonism, Ty became very distrustful and defensive around others, and had difficulty making friends in his early school years. While he was quiet and obedient during group activities and receptive to instruction, teachers often found him disruptive during free periods and interactions with other students. He would often engage in long shouting matches with other students before teachers were able to intervene, and while he rarely hit or attempted to hurt those around him, he frequently destroyed building block structures, sand castles, puzzles, and artwork those who had frustrated him were working on. This did not go unnoticed by his parents, and he received a few passing lectures on respecting the property of others. As long as his outbursts did not grow too excessive or violent, however, his parents were willing to dismiss them under the same logic that justified his brothers' actions. Seeing Ty acting out fit neatly into the narrative they had developed by observing their sons over the years that it was natural for young boys to clash and pick at each other, and they felt no need to intervene unless things grew physically violent.

During this period, Ty was drawn to his brother Atsa, who never engaged in the same aggressive behavior as his brothers, and was rarely targeted by it. Atsa was often withdrawn and distant towards the rest of the household, preferring to read and spend time alone whenever possible. Ty hid with Atsa whenever possible, and found his parents more likely to intervene and send his brothers away when they were together. They noted that he did not display the same sort of aggressive behavior with Atsa that he did with many other children his age. While Atsa was detached from most of the family, he and Ty grew very close, and reinforced each other's interest in reading. Atsa gravitated towards crime fiction, while Ty enjoyed fantasy. In particular, he was drawn to retellings of mythology, such as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. As Ty's ability to read and think critically grew with his age, he delved deeper and deeper into mythological accounts, favoring Egyptian, Meso-American, and Igbo narratives. On the lighter side, Ty was also interested in the many comic strips that his father had collected over the years. There were a few small collections in the family library, with Ty favoring works such as Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes.

As they grew closer together, Ty's parents disclosed to him that Atsa had been diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder early in life. While his symptoms were not severe enough for him to be considered medically autistic, it came with social and communications challenges that had to be addressed. All of the siblings understand Atsa's condition to some degree, and his older siblings knew not to bother or disrupt him if he made it clear he did not want attention. Atsa's parents considered him an exceptional case among their children, due to his disorder, and they felt that the environment that came naturally to his brothers might prove overstimulating and stressful for him.

Ty took special interest in his older brother and strove to meet his needs, both by interacting with him in ways he was comfortable with, and patiently working through his communication issues. Atsa became Ty's confidante and closest friend while he was growing up, while Ty further enforced Atsa's feelings of safety and gave him someone who would at least attempt to understand him, no matter how long or difficult the process became.

Over the next few years, many of Ty's brothers left home. Obinze moved into his own apartment in early 2005, after foregoing college and living at home until the age of nineteen. Franklin moved on to pursue an accounting degree at Northern Arizona University during the same year. While Elan would remain at home for several years, he began to focus more and more on his studies, in preparation for seeking an engineering degree. Over the years, he had grown more uncomfortable with the environment his brothers created, and attempted to distance himself from it. While he did not intervene on Ty's behalf, he did actively avoid engaging with their harassment and would involve their parents if he felt things were out of hand, particularly if he felt his siblings were intentionally needling Ty to cause an outburst they could later blame him for. However, unless the situation turned physically violent, these reports were often ignored and dismissed. While Elan's reports were believed, Yetunde and Marcus had both adopted this form of emotional baiting as their primary form of harassment, and this complicated the situation in their parents eyes. Their parents felt that even in the moments where Ty's reactions were baited, they were still his responsibility, and his brothers received mild warnings to mind his temper at best.

Yetunde, in particular, was skilled at working around his parents' objections and finding the easiest, most innocuous ways to trigger Ty's temper. He used this period to slip into the space Obinze's absence left, fueling most of Ty's outbursts and serving as the source for most of his harassment. He grew frustrated, both at Elan's distance and the fact none of his brothers looked to him for guidance or approval the same way they had Obinze growing up, and used this frustration to hone his efforts and avoid standing out to their parents.

Notably, Marcus withdrew from school during his senior year. His grades had been plummeting since the beginning of high school, and as soon as he was legally able to withdraw on his own accord, he did. He felt that school was a waste of time, and had trouble keeping focus or motivation going. This was a point of argument between Marcus and their parents for many months, but as much as they disapproved of his decision, they would not force him to leave, so he remained at home. Though he planned to seek employment to assist with the household needs, his lack of education and patience quickly became a sticking point, and on the occasions he was able to secure a job, he rarely kept it for more than a few months. While Marcus was an infrequent aggressor during this period, he began to spend more time isolated from the family, either by being at work, walking alone around their Kingman neighborhood or spending long hours in his room without contact. He rarely participated unless Yetunde could persuade him or Ty angered him. Without Obinze's influence, however, Marcus grew cold towards hazing his younger brothers, and often found himself alone or working while they were at school, leading him to direct his frustrations outward. When he did act, his outbursts were typically short, angry, and threatening, though he did not escalate to physical violence with Ty or his other brothers. These incidents often prompted more intervention from Ty's parents, as there was the potential for Ty and Marcus to feed into each other in dangerous ways, and they made efforts to keep them separated.

Marcus's temper contributed to his difficulties with holding a job, and often caused friction within the work place. While he still refrained from violence with his co-workers, he was prone to shouting matches when his patience wore thin, which frequently led to his dismissal. Each failure led to a growing sense of ineptitude, especially since all of his other brothers were either at least adequate in school, stably employed, or both. His frustrations with this sense of ineptitude contributed to his withdrawal from the family, and eventually left Yetunde as Ty's only antagonist.

Ty paid little attention to the changes in his environment at the time. At ten years old, Ty began splitting the bulk of his time at home between reading with Atsa and  tending the garden with his mother. Ty's brothers rarely ventured into the garden, for fear of ruining their mother's carefully tended plants, so it provided safety and solitude. At first, he grudgingly assisted with the garden's upkeep, but over time he grew to love caring for the flowers his mother tended. Ty developed a keen interest in horticulture and flower arrangement during elementary school, though he kept this interest hidden from everyone but his mother. He felt that his brothers, and the other students at school, would only use it as another source of teasing and aggression, especially if they learned he enjoyed it. He displayed an attitude of begrudged acceptance towards the garden whenever his brothers were at home, and it was always framed as a favor to his mother. While there was still some level of teasing due to his long hours spent with the plants, he felt it was not nearly as bad as it would be if he openly acknowledged the joy it brought him.

While by the time Ty had entered middle school, many of his brothers had left home entirely, either to go to college or to live on their own, the habits left behind by their antagonism stayed with him, and began to manifest more strongly during middle school. When teased, looked down upon, or simply annoyed or frustrated, Ty had a tendency to lash out verbally and physically, which gave him a reputation as a bully that would follow him into high school. Ty used school and other students as a venting mechanism for his feelings of helplessness at home, as none of them held the same power or control over him as his brothers did. He felt he could stand up for himself there, but couldn't control his reflexive anger and often started verbal or even physical conflicts. Ty's encounters often turned violent over his mounting frustration when expressing himself verbally, and his anger at being mocked, looked down upon, or challenged. While he had restrained himself at home for many years, due to the proximity of his parents and the size and age advantage his brothers had over him, he felt that he was on equal ground with other students his age, and without the stabilizing influence of his parents or more peaceful brothers, Ty would lose his temper in the moment and act rashly. Ty felt guilty about these outbursts, especially when he hurt someone else, but he did not perceive another way to express his negative emotions or stand up for himself. While many students in school learned to give Ty a wide berth and ignored him when possible, similarly unstable students and bullies gravitated towards his temper and enjoyed provoking him, though these encounters were typically disrupted by teachers or other students before they could escalate.

The physical component of this anger drew the attention of his parents, who sought to intervene and curtail his behavior before he hurt himself, or someone else. In an effort to both curtail his aggression and spend more time with his last son, Amadia began to spend more time with Ty and attempt to channel his anger into more constructive outlets, with mixed results. To that end, he felt it would be useful for Ty to have a physical, confrontational outlet to express his pent-up energy in a safe, monitored context, where his anger could be curtailed by present staff if he grew out of hand. Ty became involved with his middle school wrestling program, and the structure of the event made him more calm and focused, as well as allowing him to focus his energy on improving his body. It drastically limited the violent component of his outbursts by giving him greater emotional and physical control, as well as a support network of fellow wrestlers at school to anchor him more calmly. He researched and committed himself to a strict exercise regime, cutting some time away from Atsa and his mother to accommodate his new lifestyle. He also attempted to adopt an affordable version of a wrestling dietary schematic he found online, focusing on pinto beans, dairy products, and egg whites for protein, a variety of cheap fruits such as blueberries and oranges and cheap vegetables such as potatoes for vitamins and carbohydrates, juice, water, and skim milk over all other liquids when possible, and a variety of sources for fiber and flexible needs. While he would not only eat within this plan until he could afford to support it himself, it became his gold standard for dietary needs, with the goal of both providing a high enough caloric intake to support his exercise routine and giving him the broad range of vitamins and minerals needed to maintain good health and shore up his position as an athlete. Motivation for maintaining his regime came both from wanting to be a better wrestler, and from the desire to never be physically held back or challenged by his brothers again. Though he only rarely had any contact with any of them beyond Marcus and Atsa, he still felt weighed down by their presence in his life.

Along with wrestling, Amadia would occasionally take Ty on camping excursions, teaching him about the flora and fauna of Arizona. They would spend a weekend every couple of months together, hiking, camping, and occasionally attempting to fish or forage for food, often with disastrous results. They were rarely injured beyond their pride, but the excursions led to many encounters with both poison ivy and poison oak, as well as moderate stomach illnesses from eating unripened spiny hackberries. While Ty never mastered things like fishing, tracking animals, or identify fruits, herbs, and roots, he has a competent sense of terrain and is capable of navigating using the position of the sun and stars. Hiking added to Ty's physical conditioning, giving him greater endurance and an affinity for the outdoors.

Amadia's influence also made Ty more cynical on his way into high school. He began to pass on his views on politics and social issues much in the same way he had to Obinze, and while they did not impact Ty as strongly, he found himself drawn to causes of nihilism and anarchy out of dissatisfaction with society. He developed a worldview that all ordered systems of society are fundamentally about individuals with power oppressing individuals without it, and that nothing could change that relationship. Amadia's reaction to this worldview varied wildly depending on his mood, but for the most part he allowed Ty to draw his own conclusions. Ty most closely identified with existential anarchism and nihilism, believing that life and authority have no inherent meaning or source of justification but what is projected on to them. He found inspiration in the works of Franz Kafka and Otto Gross, especially in their critiques on the authoritarian nature of family and social connections. While he could not believe that these structures could protect him or anyone else from abuse or repression anymore than more traditional power structures, he found it hypocritical and weak to support such structures instead of embracing the pointlessness and forced isolation he found inherent to existence.

Near the end of the summer of 2013, Marcus was arrested for attempting to rob a gas station. Using a handgun purchased at a nearby pawn shop, Marcus held up two attendants late one evening for cash and cigarettes. After hearing sirens in the distance, he panicked and shot one attendant in the arm before fleeing. He later surrendered himself to police custody, with mild controversy. A witness placed him in a friend's apartment early the next morning, and conflicting reports surfaced between tenants and officers on the scene regarding Marcus's attempts to resist arrest. The official state testimony claimed officers believed he was armed and that he attempted to flee the scene, resulting in officers taking him down violently and fracturing his jaw. Witnesses on site later told local news organizations that Marcus surrendered peacefully and was injured during an unnecessarily forceful arrest, due to the belief that he was armed and dangerous. The weapon used in the robbery was later found in a McDonalds dumpster, five miles from the apartment. The controversy died quietly when the defense entered a guilty plea to charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery. He was sentenced to twelve years in FCI, Tuscon.

The attempted robbery came as a shock to Ty and his family, and caused Ty's aggressive behavior to spike in the short term as he returned to school. The robbery was a source of school gossip with some students, causing Ty's distrust and paranoia to flair. He came to believe that every odd glance and whispered word as he walked by had to be about Marcus's arrest, and how it reflected on him. When provoked, he would respond verbally and aggressively, though his years working with his father and with the wrestling team gave him enough restraint to know when to check his violent impulses and leave before things turned physical. Near the end of the year, however, Ty isolated himself from the school and rarely responded to the presence of anyone but close friends and family members. Marcus's arrest had caused him to reflect on his own choices, as well as those of his other family members, and left him confused and frustrated. His outbursts and threats became more rare, and less passionate, as he began to explore his own identity, particularly the implications of the existentialism he supported. Along the vein of believing that life and structure have no meaning beyond what you place on them, Ty began to examine the meaning he had placed on his own life, and the sort of person he had willed himself to be, and began to doubt his convictions. He saw too many of the same traits he despised in his brothers within himself, and began to realize the impact his anger had on others, much like their harassment impacted him. However, he could not find a way to break the cycle and contain his feelings on his own.

As a consequence, Ty's feelings of repression and sympathies for anarchy shifted away from the authoritarian structure of the family, and towards the abuse of minority figures by law enforcement. At first, Ty was distrustful of eye witness accounts, and was inclined to believe that Marcus acted exactly as the police stated, as it aligned with the negative, oppressive image of his brother he had cultivated over the years. He did not visit Marcus in the period leading up to his trial, a fact that he would later regret. Later, out of morbid curiosity, he chose to attend Marcus's sentencing. Seeing his brother hunched over a desk in the courtroom, his jaw wired shut and his eyes cast downward, conflicted with the picture of Marcus he had constructed over the years, and caused him to doubt his initial assumptions regarding the arrest. Following the trial, Ty spent a great deal of time researching both Marcus's arrest and the racially charged history of police brutality, causing his anger to bloom into distrust towards law enforcement and the justice system in America, viewing them as the ultimate expressions of why traditional power structures inevitably fail and harm those within them.

During this period of introspection, with parental permission and savings from working at his mother's floral shop, Ty delved into body modification and art. Between October 2013 and July 2014, he received three tattoos and numerous facial piercings, as well as shaving his hair down into a thin mohawk. While he would not pursue them himself, he is fascinated by more extreme forms of modification, such as tongue splitting and eyeball tattoos. Body modification struck Ty as a physical manifestation of the sort of shift in identity that he wanted within himself, a way to change who he was and how he was perceived as well as further individualizing himself from his brothers and his parents. While Amadia did not have much opinion on his son's choices, Susan was supportive of Ty's search for identity and agreed to oversee his tattoo appointments. Initially, Ty had three tattoos inked: A symbol of anarchy on the back of each hand, to represent his renewed commitment to the ideal following his brother's arrest, and the iconic image of his favorite comic character, Calvin, urinating on a generically designed police badge placed over his right shoulder blade, positioned so that it will always be covered when he is clothed, even in his wrestling gear. In his mind, this tattoo represents a small step towards taking back independence from the corruption and control of law enforcement, as a symbol that he is not afraid of the system and will not ignore or abide its excesses. The placement was decided by his mother, to try and prevent as much potential trouble as possible. While she initially objected to the tattoo in general, Ty's passionate and well researched dislike of the law enforcement system and his willingness to compromise on its visibility eventually won her over, on the grounds that it is ultimately his decision, and his responsibility to deal with any consequences.

In the summer of 2014, Ty began a close relationship with Bernadette Thomas, a fellow student at Cochise High. They had often clashed in the past over his aggressive tendencies, as she had a strong presence in the school anti-bullying committee. In a moment of shared vulnerability due to her illness and his crisis of identity, however, they grew to understand each other better and became friends.  Between her influence, his mother's, and his growing dissatisfaction and distrust of the reactive, bitter lifestyle he had been leading, he became a much more calm individual. Throughout the latter half of 2014, Ty attempted to forgive many of his brothers and reconnect with them, as well as find those he had hurt with his actions in the past and apologize. This has been a great struggle, given his temperament, and he is often unsuccessful, but he continues to work on his anger and attempts not to lash out at others whenever possible. The changes in his personality as well as their closer friendship caused romantic feelings to grow between him and Bernadette, and they began dating in late fall, 2014.

In recent months, Ty has been trying to bring his family back together and reconnect with his brothers with varying levels of success. He sees Franklin often, as he lives only a few hours away, and makes frequent visits home. Franklin, like Ty, has become concerned for their family as they scatter and his parents grow older, and supports Ty's efforts to try and hold them together. He has become a successful accountant and lives frugally, sending home what money he can to try and support both his parents and his siblings when they are in need. Of all his brothers, Franklin blames himself for Marcus's arrest the most, and feels a great deal of guilt for not being a more present role model.

Similarly, Ty and Elan have a casually friendly relationship, though they see each other quite rarely. Elan works as an engineer for Boeing, and frequently sends money home to support bills and his parents growing healthcare needs. However, he moved from Kingman to St. Louis, Missouri, to pursue his career with Boeing, and rarely has time to visit or call home. He occasionally apologizes for his brothers actions to Ty growing up, but downplays his own role and justifies himself by claiming to misunderstand how unhappy it made him.

Ty and Atsa live together closely at home, as the last of the Yazzie sons to stay with their parents. Atsa has claimed to be seeking a gap year to look at colleges and decide his future for the past three years. In truth, the idea of leaving home and his brother fills him with anxiety, and he has no desire to pursue college or move out on his own. Atsa often asks about Ty's plans for the future, in hope that he will stay with him as well.

Yetunde cut off communication with the family shortly after being accepted into Stanford's Graduate Psychology program, with an emphasis on neuroscience. Ty has brief contact with him through Elan, but even his twin rarely hears from Yetunde at present. He is currently engaged in a a fellowship through the college while pursuing his doctorate, and on track to graduate near the top of his class.

Ty attempts to visit Marcus at least once a month in Tucson. They do not speak much beyond brief pleasantries and Ty updating him on their parents' health. He has come to pity Marcus, and wishes to help him find his feet once he has been released from prison. Someday, he hopes Marcus will explain his actions to him, if only to better understand how he got here. Marcus has remained largely silent on the issue, but has done a great deal to better himself while in prison. He is currently pursuing his GED, and hopes to have accrued some college credit before finishing his sentence. Ty has grown even more defensive of his brother over the past year, and is proud of his relationship with him. He feels that Marcus is trying to become a better man, and uses him as a frequent talking point when he is discussing the excesses of corrupt law enforcement and his anarchist views in general. This can cause friction with students who still view his brother as nothing more than a violent criminal, and is the easiest way to provoke Ty's temper at this point in his life. Ty can only stand dissent about his brother for a short time before forcing himself away from the argument.

Obinze remains a strained figure in his life. He still lives in his own apartment in Kingman, and works as a manager of a small grocery store. The success of his brothers, as well as his status as the only son to move on and still remain in Kingman, seems to bother him a great deal, and he turns to mocking Ty to reinforce his sense of dominance. To cope, Ty considers himself the adult in the situation, putting up with Obinze's hostility for the good of the family.

Ty has a distant relationship with his father. Over the years, Amadia has grown lethargic and tired, and rarely speaks when he is home. They still camp together, on rare occasions, but he does not have the energy to hike and travel like they used to, or work up the anger to share his old opinions. Ty's relationship with Bernadette has been a source of quiet discomfort and anxiety between them, though he is unable to get Amadia to elaborate as to why. Amadia is conflicted on her presence overall, due to the fact that Ty is his only son currently within a stable romantic relationship. As glad as he is to see one of them happy, he fears that Bernadette is making Ty weak and softening him to the realities of the world, due to her idealism and perceived lack of experience with adversity and disappointment. He does not know of her, or her mother's, illness, due to Bernadette's desire to keep the issue private and Ty's respect for that desire. Due to his advanced age and health, combined with his overall jaded point of view, he does not question her frequent days at home, and privately views her as fragile at best, and lazy at worst. He withholds these views from Ty, however, as he feels voicing them will only bring conflict and cause him to cling more stubbornly to her out of defiance.

Susan and Ty remain close, and she has slowly prompted Ty towards sharing his love of horticulture and using it as the basis for a career. She has been very supportive of his efforts to bring the family together, and of his relationship with Bernadette. In early 2015, her weight and capacity for memory began to fluctuate at concerning levels, and the family fears that she may be developing some form of dementia, though this has yet to be confirmed.

Ty and Bernadette enjoy an expressive relationship. He has grown very protective of her, due to her illness, but also admires and respects her for her strength in attempting to cope with it alone and refusing to be beaten. She serves as a source of inspiration in his life, pushing at his boundaries and helping him slowly make the changes within himself that he began to desire after Marcus's arrest. She has become involved with his family, and while there is tension between the two of them and Amadia, Susan is very fond of her company, and Atsa has come to accept and expect her presence in their lives.

Their relationship has become symbolized by a pair of Lantern rings from the popular comic series. Initially, Ty purchased a Star Sapphire replica ring for Bernadette as part of a care package for her next extended period of bed rest and relaxation, without knowledge of the character or the themes and history beyond Bernadette's attachment to it. The symbolism of the ring drew them closer together, however, and shortly afterwards she purchased a Blue Lantern ring for him as well. They each wear their rings on chains around their necks daily, and Ty has come to hold onto his as a physical tick whenever he is making an important decision or struggling with negative emotions. Unbeknownst to Bernadette, he has recently tattooed images of their rings, with interlocked, initialed bands, over the left side of his chest.

Ty is a prominent member of the Cochise wrestling team, regularly performing well in state competitions in the 180 lbs. weight class. While he is not the best wrestler in his class, he is dedicated to improving, and still spends much of his time exercising and preparing himself for competition. Many of his close friends are through the wrestling program, and he is loyal to nearly anyone who has worked alongside him in it.

Academically, Ty is an average-to-poor student, often seeking tutors in areas such as math, science, and English. While Ty is a competent reader, he has difficulty expressing his thoughts and opinions on complex subjects both orally and in writing, and he struggles with math beyond basic algebra. However, he performs decently in geography, and excels at both history and physical education. Ty has a passion for history that stems from his love of mythology and culture, and has little difficulty remember and reciting facts, dates, and locations. He has a tendency to structure his perspective and opinions through the lens of historical observation, trying to take as broad an image as he can and separate it into layers and time periods to dissect one at a time. His primary limit in school is both a lack of interest and academic building blocks, due to his struggles with focus and disruptive behavior during his early school years. While he makes token efforts to make up for his shortcomings with tutors and studying, he lacks motivation and doesn't feel there is much point to addressing his shortcomings. He mainly continues to pursue high school and his degree to please his parents, who fear the idea of him dropping or failing out of school after Marcus's example. He is content to work towards passing grades, but will not put in effort beyond that unless the subject interests him.

Despite becoming an overall calmer individual, Ty is still rebellious and anarchic. He still does not trust authority or traditional social structures, and believes people work best alone or in small groups. He avoids authority figures whenever possible, and is no stranger to detention due to his personality. At school, this can lead to conflicts not only with teachers, but with some of the more firm and authoritative students. While he is not as aggressive as he used to be, Ty still finds such students completely insufferable, due to their tacit support of a flawed system and what he perceives as an over-inflated sense of importance. Outside of the wrestling team, Ty tends to gravitate towards similarly rebellious individuals, as well as other members of the school's athletics team.

His dislike of authority compounds outside of the school. Ty has a distinct dislike for political figures and does not trust the police, especially after his brother's arrest. Despite their differences in the past, Ty is curious as to why his brother turned to robbery and believes someone else must have influenced him towards violence, projecting the relationship he perceived between Marcus and Obinze and Yetunde. Between his personal experiences with the law and growing social movements against law enforcement and the justice system at large in the United States, Ty has developed a very cynical point of view towards established authority. In his opinion, law enforcement as a systemic structure does not have the personal connection or interest necessary to truly serve and protect a community, therefore it cannot be trusted to look out for safety and interest of the individual. The emotions attached to this rebelliousness have cooled somewhat over the last year and a half, however, and Ty now views his rebellion as something more akin to a moral imperative than a caustic, emotional response.

For leisure, Ty still defaults to reading, hiking, and gardening. He is a devout student of history and tries to read as many viewpoints as possible. While he has not found a particular time period to focus on yet, he focuses on American history, particularly Native American oral tradition prior to European colonization, and the early formation of the United States as a constitutional republic. He continues to pursue mythology as a hobby, and has become particularly receptive to the works of Thomas King and his beliefs on the effects of mythology on societal structure. Ty believes that by studying history, mythology, and culture, he may one day find some personal solution to the inescapable repression of traditional power structures, and that he may contribute to the overall freedom from them in his lifetime.

On a less serious note, he still keeps several collections of comic strips in his small personal library, and reads them from time to time when he needs cheering up. The lack of laws and expectations in the serial world they depict is refreshing to him, and he finds certain art styles endearing. Calvin and Hobbes remains his favorite series, and he has many posters and pieces of artwork from the series on the walls in his room.

While Ty does not hike or camp with his father often as they used to, he still pursues the hobby on his own from time to time, and tries to spend a large amount of time outdoors. He appreciates the solitude of nature, and he has a fondness for plants due to his time gardening. He has grown only marginally better at identifying flora at a glance in the wild, but he appreciates the wild, untamed beauty the natural aesthetic provides almost as much as he does the cultivated pristineness of his family's garden.

Ty is no longer ashamed of his interest in flower arrangement, and while he does not overtly share his passion, he is not embarrassed when others discover it and he does not attempt to hide it like he used to. He works full-time at his mother's floral shop and has taken over much of its day to day management while she deals with the administrative side of the business, though he does try to check her records each week out of concern for her health and state of mind. His mother remains a decently competent administrator, though her records often contain minor errors he has to fix to the best of his ability.  He has even entered in a few minor competitions in the area, and while he has not come close to winning, he has received favorable compliments from judges and other competitors, and hopes to do even better in the future.

Ty has few ambitions at present. He is content to graduate high school, take over his mother's shop, and care for his parents and Atsa until the former grow beyond his capabilities and the latter finds the courage and stability to strike out on his own. He has no intention of attending college and while he loves wrestling, does not see it as a viable career or hobby to pursue going into the future, partially because he does not see himself as a strong or driven enough competitor at this point to reach for something prestigious such as the Olympics, and partially because he is slowly outgrowing the need for it as an outlet. He still struggles with his temper, and his self-esteem, but with the help of his family, his friends, Bernadette, and his more passive hobbies, he is slowly becoming a more stable, healthy, and happy individual.

Advantages: Ty has been wrestling for five years, and has both the physical conditioning and experience to hold his own in a fight. He knows how to lead and disable equally experienced opponents, and possesses a large advantage over unskilled combatants. Ty has both high levels of endurance and pain tolerance, which may assist in his longevity during the game. He is an experienced hiker and outdoorsman, and knows how to seek shelter and navigate difficult terrain. As a well known wrestler within the school, his reputation may assist him in gathering allies and finding a place within a team, and his loyalty and dependability among the other wrestlers, athletic team members, and rebellious youth could also prove to be an asset.
Disadvantages: Ty has fostered a lot of hostility in Kingman over the years, due both to his family's reputation and his own aggressive actions. Marcus's arrest is still fresh in local memory, and Ty is known to keep close ties with him, which may cause some students to distrust him. While he has tried to make amends for his own actions in some cases, some may be unwilling to forgive him, and some may find him untrustworthy in the context of the game. Ty also has a reactive temper that may be pushed by his new circumstances, causing him to make rash decisions. The relatively recent arrest and imprisonment of Marcus is a sore spot that could be exploited to draw out his temper, and one that many students may know about due to its public nature and mild controversy. Ty's loyalty to his close friends may also prove distracting, as he could be willing to put his life before theirs. As an athlete on a consistent diet and training regime, Ty's body has come to expect certain nutritional values each day, and the sudden lack of resources on the Island may quickly catch up to him and cause debilitating effects. He is also quite stubborn, and may attempt to push himself past his physical limits with hunger, fatigue, and injury, resulting in unnecessary mental and physical stress.

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You're such a boss, Fenris. Ty looks amazing!

Let's mash some characters together and see what happens!
Sounds hella good to me, hoss! I'll add him in.

Let's mash some characters together and see what happens!
I like both of these! I think Ulysses is one of those people who would genuinely like Caleb a lot more than his twin, since their personalities mesh together pretty well and he wouldn't mind the ribbing at all, and they're both around the internet a fair bit. Plus, I can totally see Ulysses's dad as the sort of person with a classic game collection that he pokes at from time to time and maybe uses for a retro stream every once in awhile, though he's a lot worse at older games.

I feel like Kat and Ty could be an interesting couple in the past, and probably one that didn't break up too badly? Since from her description she's quick to forgive, so any bad blood between them might have washed away at this point. They could still be casual friends? I'm overhauling Ty some at this point(and will probably add this to the OP shortly after this goes up) and he's become softer in the months leading up to pre-game(though still most likely after they broke up), so if they hadn't patched things up already, he may try later on. Up to you though, with whatever you feel would fit her best, I think this could be a fun one to play with!

V6 Questions Game
Question: You are placed in the classical philosophical quandary The Prisoner's Dilemma. What do you do?.

Alex: Cooperation is the backbone of civilization. I have to believe my partner will stand by me no matter what they're told. They know the consequences if they don't. I choose to say nothing.

Jacob: Nothing.

Ulysses: Fuck, man. I'm way too good looking for prison. Let's roll the dice and rat.

Abby: I don't think I could let someone else go to jail for me. Can't I just confess and let them go?

Ty: No honor among thieves. If I'm going down, I'm taking them with me.

Magical Boy Yuggles
Question: *Shows the next person Bloodgarden* How do you react?

Alex: That was unnecessary.

Jacob: You're fucked up, dude.

Ulysses: What. The. Fuck. I don't even wanna get into how little sense that made. Jesus fucking Christ. I'm out.

Abby: Meep.

Ty: Worse stuff happens all around the world every hour. Nobody cares enough to stop that, so color me unimpressed. Just proof of the scientific law of "people are shit."

Question: You get to bring one famous person from any period in history back to life. Who and why?

Cicada Days
Apr 22 2015, 01:04 PM
Maybe Alex? I could see it, since she's the sort to not be impressed by flaunting whatever, she'd be the sort who might just tell him to cut the BS and be straight with her. He might be taken aback at first but then respect her for it and they're fairly good at colluding even though they mostly run in different circles.

Again, Ariana I'm really limiting her relationship pool to show how inherently isolationist she is of a person.
That's really how Alex is to start with, to be honest. He's a bad person who does good things for bad reasons XD So I think that would work fine, he doesn't flaunt unless he sees some kind of advantage to it.

Let's mash some characters together and see what happens!
Hate to post in here again but I can't believe I haven't thrown Jasper your way as one of Abby's church buddies, with similar views on a more accepting view on Christianity.

Sounds good! She'd definitely be down for that.
As for Ty, Samuel would probably be on familiar terms as their world views are similarly pessimistic, though Samuel isn't quick generalize the entirety of humanity and human history as such (at least at first. Maybe Ty influences Samuel to some degree?).

Oh 'loha. I'm totally down for Ty playing the shoulder devil to Ulysses's shoulder angel when it comes to Samuel. I like this connection, it's a lot of fun.

We already did a bunch of great PM stuff, but I thought I'd throw some folks out for Yo-yo!

Alex and Ariana: If she's at games pretty often, Alex and Ariana have probably met. He works pretty closely with Cris, since they're pitcher/catcher, and they're decent friends, so they might know each other through that. Alex might be someone she can tag with to try and motivate/perk up Cris at times, since they think along similar lines there, it seems?

Ty and Ariana: In a similar vein, Cris and Ty know each other and share viewpoints, so she might know of him, at least. She might not take much of a shine to him because he could be seen as encouraging Cris's more negative view points?

*flies through the gates of oblivion with characters*
On Vincenzo/Vincenza

Hmmm. I don't think there'd be much between them and Alex/Jacob/Ty, just because they run in very different circles.

They could be buds or even friendly rivals with Ulysses, since he's also a local streamer! I could see the two of them getting along well and maybe guesting on each other's streams every once in awhile being chill together.

Abby could connect with them through music, and their personalities seem like they'd mesh pretty well. She's a good laid back jam buddy who wouldn't care about turning it into anything serious, so there could be a casual relationship for them there.

on Noodle

Alex and Noodle might know each other, what with both of them being driven academics. They probably at least know of each other and might talk from time to time.

Ty has a mild interest in MMA, though he doesn't train/compete in it himself, so he might know her as well?

Ulysses is just the sort of person that might put Noodle on edge because he is a slacker to the goddamn max.

Abby would love to play den mother to Noodle and pop up all "HELLO THIS IS FOOD I MADE YOU NEED TO EAT IT," given her love of both cooking and making sure everyone is happy and healthy and not on fire.

I offer young flesh! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
I come in here expecting to get my cannibalism fix and it's just a bunch of characters. 0/10. But I guess since I'm here, let's do some relationships!

On Brady

Don't see much between Alex/Jacob and this lad.

Ulysses and Brady could be buddies, Ulysses looooves anybody who will take over DMing and is willing to host game nights. Plus, if I'm remembering right, Ulysses is friendlyish with Bradley, so there could be some connection there. Ulysses is also pretty connected to the music scene so I think he'd know Brady there as well. Ulysses and his current boyfriend haven't been together super long(about a year, IIRC?), so it's possibly they dated/flirted in the past? Ulysses may not be his type though, since hunky would be an incredibly charitable way to describe him.

Abby and Brady would probably get along pretty well. They don't intersect much, interest wise, but if they took classes together and such she'd be friendly with him, so they're could be nice acquaintances. She's always looking for people to jam with too, so they may have gotten together to play music at some point. Maybe more or less, as Goose and I flesh out the relationship between her and Bradley.

I feel like there'd be some residual dislike from Ty based on him being cousins with Bradley, but for the most part he'd just give him a wide berth unless Brady had reason to start something with him.

On Tristan

Alex is a student council lad and a math head, maybe a mathlete at some point in middle school and stuff? I see him as probably too busy to keep it up in high school, but he's way into business math and figures and performs well there, so they could get along. They could have a comfortable professional relationship, if not much of a personal one based on Tristan being focused on his studies and such.

Jacob at least knows of him since he's friends with Danny and Jacob is Danny's warden babysitter life-jacket twin. They both stray towards the more serious side, so Jacob might take a shine to him. They've also got dancing in common, and Jacob takes the same driven approach to dancing that Tristan seems to take to everything.

Ulysses probably views him as a kind of tense stick in the mud and would find it hilarious if he ever found out the dude smokes. There might be something there if Tristan ever runs with the other stoners in school, though.

Ty probably wouldn't think much about him, but there might be a certain amount of camaraderie if they learned about each other's family situations.

I can't find a connecting point between him and Abby other than Abby's general friendliness with almost everyone XD

[Help!] I Forget Who I Have Relations With (´・ω・`)
Ciel. Cieeeeeeeeel. Hi :3 I'mma throw things at your face now, okay? Cool, okay.

On D.J. Jazzy Jeff

Alex and Jacob probably don't hang with her much.

Ulysses and The Weeb could be pretty close, I think. He's the tabletop/roleplaying guru of Cochise and a big part of the animu club, so they'd be around each other a ton. He probably teases her a bit, but in a friendly way, and I could see them getting along well.

Abby and Jazzy could be friendly as well. Their interests don't align as much, but Abby likes friendly people and doesn't mind her lack of boundaries or social cues, plus she bakes a ton and I feel they could bond over delicious cookies shaped like animu characters. yes yes maybe?

On the other hand, Ty's gonna haaaate her. The boisterous, annoying lack of boundaries is enough to set him on edge, but Ty despises tumblr SJW types for being(in his mind) condescending and out of touch as all fuck. She'd probably be one of his reactive bullying targets.

On Scout's Code

I feel like there could be some one-sided hate for Alex from her? He's a popular, try-hard dude who doesn't fit into her niches, so I think she'd dislike him. He probably doesn't think much of it.

Weirdly enough, I think Jacob and Scout could be bestest goddamn friends. Jacob isn't into a lot of her stuff, but they both hate dealing with people, and they're both anti-bullies, and they're both quiet, grumpy, slacker types when it comes to school and class, so I could see them hanging out and having lunch together and stuff.

Ulysses and Scout probably know each other, since she's into video games and he's a local streamer? Not sure whether she hates him or not because he's a joker and a slacker and a stoner and generally just kinda doesn't give a fuck. As an out of shape, openly gay super nerd I feel like there's a chance he's seen some bullying so they may know each other through her trying to shut shit down.

Ty and Scout probably grump at each other a lot. He's a bully, in his way, and he doesn't people well, so I could see them having an antagonistic relationship.

On Ashley

Alex is both a drama kid and one of the members of the baseball team, so I feel like they'd know each other in passing and be friendly?

Probably not much for Jacob and Ty with this one. Mostly just ignoring her if she tries to be friendly, though Jacob would probably be polite and respond, just not enthusiastically.

Abby and Ashley could be okay friends, just because she has connections to the theater crew and Abby's an outgoing person who likes having friends.

Ulysses is a giant stoner. They'll get along just fine.

On Jaylen

Jaylen and Alex would definitely know each other well, and he'd be...friendly but kinda really hate her because she's nosy and he doesn't like his affairs looked into. Their relationship would turn icy fast if she couldn't keep that curiosity under control around him while they work together on the council. He'd actively undermine her in a bid for president, since he'd rather work with almost anyone else at this point, and he has other close friends in the council game that he'd prefer to prop up.

Jacob probably doesn't like her, she's nosy and pious and annoying, but he doesn't say much.

Ulysses thinks she's a giant joke and takes every opportunity to make fun of her because it amuses him, and there's basically nothing she can do to him that won't just make him laugh harder.

Abby is great with animals, given her mom's business and her few million pets, but Jaylen might be someone she doesn't like very much. She tries to be open and friendly with everyone, and she comes from a fringe side of Christianity, so they'd clash a fair bit on world view.

Ty hates her. Views her as the kind of needy, judgmental bottom feeder that thinks too much of herself and gets everything handed to her. There'll definitely be some sparks between these two.

On Piers

Alex and Piers would get along real well. Alex is a connections guy who thrives on hooking people up with favors and they could probably do well by each other. We should rap about these two whenever we've got a sec in chat, I think there could be some big stuff here.

Is Piers a big reader? Jacob is in the book club, so they could know each other there.

Ulysses and Piers seem like they could be buds. They're both performers, Ulysses is hooked into the music scene, and he's always looking for a way to score munchies.

Ty might actually like this one as well. Probably not close friends, but he can dig it, maybe he sees a show every once in awhile.

I can't think of much between him and Abby, other than general bubbly friendliness. Maybe they've jammed together, at some point? She's always looking for people to play music with, and his band name would tickle her.

League of Legends Mafia Game Thread
>New Meta

>I Immediately Regret My Decision

>Game Is Hard

>Well Played!

League of Legends Mafia Game Thread
On Frogue's claim: I don't believe it. It's not consistent with Frogue's play so far. They haven't done much in the way of attracting suspicion, quite the opposite in fact, they're the sort of player scum wants around because they're not pushing on anyone at all, which is great for stalling things out and killing discussion. Frogue's analysis so far leads me to believe that they could go a lot harder on this aspect if they chose to, so this feels like a desperation play, which works with Day One scum!talk still because, as Frogue said, they're not gonna have internet later so they don't have time to confer with scum for a defense.

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EBWOP: Fuck me running I said honestly a lot in that last post. It's been a long day, one of my kiddos keeps breaking other people's things and another one who never shows emotion or talks said my name and smiled at me on my way into work today, so I'm kinda on a roller coaster of thought and emotion. I might not be making the most sense, so just tag me if I need to walk back through anything.

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His stance here is as someone playing scummy so as to achieve certain results. Hey, fair enough, that's basically my default stance in SOTF games for various reasons. What's standing out to me, though, is the early discarding of this persona, which really complicates my feelings because it reads as a deliberate shift in perceptions--in some ways, by going, "Yeah, I was scummy on purpose. Good on you for figuring it out! Now I'm going to stop," Doc casts a narrative that allies himself with the people who called him out and at the same time not only hits the reset button but potentially leaves him looking more like town than before. And all the time, that happens without any legitimate evidence coming through.

Honestly? It's mostly because this was suuuuuper sloppy on my part. I didn't come into the game planning to run this strategy and I'm legitimately surprised that any of it turned out dividends. In my defense, nobody's really called me out though? The closest thing to it is Naft saying I'm alienating the town, which is baffling since up to this point I'm mostly being townread. If I was trying to turn to sneak in on my critics, this would be...pretty much the worst time to do it? Especially since the main person pushing me with reasons, Frogue, just turned around and said I addressed the issues they had before my post. I'm dumb, but I'm not dumb enough to trade three or four townreads from strong town voices for maybe assuaging extremely vague concerns from the one guy who is 99% certain to scum read me no matter what.

As for why now, it's because the phase is ending and I don't wanna do this going into Day Two. I judged that it was more useful to push for a lynch on what I regarded as our best chance at hitting scum, rather than keep up a poorly conceived charade full of stuff that I regarded as super obvious misplay. To be honest, I was planning on posting the write-up this morning before I left for school, a couple hours before Naft's post even hit, but then I decided I wanted to sleep in the parking lot instead and I wasn't able to post until after work >.> Mostly I was biding my time to see where Frogue landed on the issue of the lynch, because my hunch was that they were going to advocate a no-lynch.

I'm honestly a little perturbed by your stance on the lynch as well. It doesn't gel with where we've sat in previous games on this issue, and I think it gives us just as much information now as it does when scum can't talk. Scum does not always agree with scum(I can think of a few games where scum ended up in clashes, one of which ended disastrously), and if they do have a strategy approaching the lynch, we're still going to be getting information because we know they can talk. It's not like PR where town wasn't aware in the slightest(until I fucked it up and we had to recover >.>), knowing that scum are talking gives us knowledge to figure out their lynch strategy. I think a Day One Lynch is just as important as ever, and at the very best you're playing this one too cautiously by saying a no-lynch is a good strategy to pursue.

League of Legends Mafia Game Thread
Okay, now that I've got that out hopefully in time for Frogue to catch it before they go, let's cover the non-Frogue issues.
@Doc: It appears that you're trying to alienate the town, and this is... really bizarre, because that's precisely what Vyse failed at last time. You make me very uneasy.

I've been purposely running things a little screwy as part of a plan this time around, but I'm interested in this reaction. Please expand! How am I alienating the town?
I cannot help but raise a curious eyebrow at this nugget. Not that I find this somehow suspicious or scummy (...yet?), but I am intrigued nonetheless.

My nefarious purpose should be clear after that last post, but I'd like to note that Riki was the only person to comment on this. This was intentionally a scummyish thing for me to say to try and draw out some attention and reads, and I'm honestly surprised that so far Riki is the only person to have picked up on it, at least that I've seen. This was also half-joke, half-truth, since I was using my town-read on Frogue to try and pump their style a bit and see what shakes out, as mentioned above.

One last little tidbit I'm finding odd: All this attention on Backslash over her press on Bowser. Vyse, Frogue, and Naft have all commented it, that I've noticed, and it stands out as odd since I'm pushing Bowser as well, yet none of them have said word one about how that affects their read on me. It's an odd disparity, and given the presence of Day One Scumchat, it makes me a little wary since I suspect something's up.

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Right, gonna try to motor on this, just got back from my morning shift at work.

The first place where Frogue started to go awry for me was the reads post. Without giving up the game too much, I initially town-read Frogue because I wanted to see how they reacted to being framed as a main town-voice. The results ended up pretty interesting. If you look through that post, pretty much every read includes something to soft-discredit or cast doubt on either the person it's reading, someone else, or both. It reads a lot like Frogue's trying to poke holes in the cases and styles of just about everybody in the game, which by itself is good! But it was important to note at the time because it left them without any ties or forward direction other than zeroing in on Vyse's claim more, and that developed well as Frogue kept posting.

Most of Frogue's arguments are framed around Vyse and digging into the possibilities of his claim, which reads...oddly, to me. The main person who benefits from figuring that out now rather than waiting and calling his bluff is scum. Even negating that, it's mostly repeats and recaps of what's already been established and draws the narrative of the game back into poking at this claim that we just can't do anything about until the end of the phase. I noted that that made me uncomfortable before, which was true. I think in the context of Frogue's other reads being focused on soft-discrediting without committing to anything firm. Things like "MW is contradicting himself," "Naft is pushing third parties," and "Bowser's answer is horrible," usually gets back-tracked on and resolved into this murky territory where we can't push forward. That leads me to the biggest thing against Frogue: the advocacy for a no-lynch.

Day one lynches are important, not just because they might hit scum, but because they give us a lot of information to work with that we wouldn't otherwise had. We need those lynches to be successful as a town, because information is what wins us the game. Without a Day One lynch, Town is essentially flying blind into Day Two, losing a lot of potential information and making us lean more on power roles catching something, and forcing them to claim this early to give us leads is super bad. A no-lynch is always a terrible thing to happen to the town on Day One, and it goes back to the issues with everything else Frogue has done this phase: Information control. A lot of what Frogue has done pointedly leaves us in neutral territory while sowing a lot of doubts and suspicions without much concrete back-up. So far, I'm counting what, three, four, five different people who have felt the needs to clarify their place in those reads because it didn't feel representative of their position? That's a big red flag, to me, especially when Frogue's not out and out claiming any town or scum positions so far. There's a lot of gentle pushes and resets in their posts, and feeding that into the position of the no-lynch makes me feel like they're trying to stall the town out and keep us blind going into Night One, which is just fantastic for scum.

That's why I'm voting Frogue.

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Alright, I think I can cut the weirdness now, most of the reactions I wanted to see have come home to roost. Big expansion to come after I get off work, but for now : Vote: Frogue