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1996 – A path through a wood to the north-east of Jacmel, Haiti.

Kanaval day is done. When most people headed south to take off their costumes and cool off in the sea, we slipped away, heading north out of the city. We journeyed individually, each of us walked for hours while the sun set, and entered the woods in darkness.

We knew where to meet - two paths crossed beneath an opening in the branches. There rum was sprayed and lit, and someone sang a song calling to Papa Legba, and the Lwa. The pwen was begun.

In the bursts of fire the kanaval masks of the attendants flashed. An enormous winged Zel Maturin - the black devil who revives the other devils who are defeated in the war against heaven;

a Lasetkòd, smothered in charcoal, kleren and cane syrup, horned and grimacing and holding aloft a long braided whip;

Ezili Dantò, depicted with a beautiful dark-eyed mask and black dress entwined with ribbons of all colours;

Yahweh, the ox of Gran Bwa, with his enormous, branching horns, covered in a cloak of oxhide;

tall Papa Jwif, a tiny eyes and nose poking out from a bush of eyebrows, whiskers, moustache sprouting out in all directions. His beard trails to the floor and his mitre sticks up into the air almost as far the other direction;

Madame Brigitte, her mask a skull, and sporting an elegant black hat decorated with dead flowers;

A Mo de Mer, white faced, staring, a knotted rope around its neck, draped in tatters and jeweled with conch shells;

A Bouzin Red, the whore, masked with the look of death and clad in a flashy red dress;

A Zonbi, a flat, smiling moustached mask with a cigarette protruding from it, cloaked in a white sheet and draped in chains shackled to the wrists and neck;

A Baka, this one a tiger, with snarling red mouth and sharp white teeth, its muscular body painted in yellow and brown spots;

Madame Lasiren, jewels shining at her throat and wrists, her mask not-quite-human, long gloves hide her fish's fins and her dress sweeps the floor to cover her fish's tail, she clutches in her arms the baby Marie Rose;

Papa Gede, sprightly in a black velvet hat and rich purple smoking jacket - one lens of his huge black reflective sunglasses is broken, revealing a cheeky, darting eye. His fine, serious clothes fail to hide his enormous erection, but he doesn't seem to care;

Chaloska stands with military presence - black sunglasses perched atop enormous lips and teeth, all framed neatly by a swooping Napoleon hat, the stripes and buttons of his uniform glitter proudly in the flickering light;

Finally, the king of the dead, Bawon Samdi himself, a black top hat atop his skull mask, decked in exquisite morning dress and carrying the chains by which he leads his zonbi procession.

As quickly as it started, the ceremony stops, we were alone in the woods, in the darkness. In the absolute silence.

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Hello TheGOGfather, you are Natalie Auban, Haitian Regular.

Your costume is Atibruno, the peasant. Strong, tired, and - everybody thinks - stupid. Your peasant has donkey's teeth and donkey's ears, as well as big shoulders, but his eyes are big and bright and can look this way and that. You learned of the pwen in a dream, but, sensibly, you decided to stay away.

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Hello [REDACTED], you are Ezili Freda, [REDACTED].

[REDACTED]

Powers: In the action phase, you make discuss your plans here: [REDACTED]
EITHER In the action phase you can target a player - that player will be unable to vote in the next voting phase.
OR In the action phase you can target one player to eliminate from the game. Only one of the sa nou pa we yo can perform this action each night.

Win condition: You when when the number of sa nou pa we yo is equal to or greater than the number of Haitians.

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A torch was lit, and placed at the centre of the crossroads. The fourteen figures surveyed one another from behind their masks.

They were here. We all knew it. We were in the presence of sa nou pa we yo - that which we don't see. Were they Lwa? Or spirits dragged up from anba dlo?

Our masks were protecting us. We knew this. No-one moved.

Register:
01 - LOLchan - Zel Maturin
02 - RedFireGaming - Lasetkòd
03 - GameRager - Ezili Dantò
05 - Lifthrasil - Papa Jwif
07 - PookaMustard - Mo de Mer
08 - SirPrimalform - Bouzin Red
11 - Blotunga - Madame Lasiren
12 - NMillar - Papa Gede

ELIMINATED FIRST VOTING STAGE:
10 - agentcarr16 - Baka - Sa Nou Pa We Yo.

ELIMINATED FIRST ACTION PHASE:
04 - ZFR - Fanel Bellvue - Haitian.

ELIMINATED SECOND VOTING PHASE:
14 - Trentonlf - Bawon Samdi - Sa Nou Pa We Yo.

ELIMINATED SECOND ACTION PHASE:
09 - Gogtrial34987 - Roselie Fernand - Haitian. (Originally played by Korotan)
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RedFireGaming
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RedFireGaming
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User since May 2019
Rep: 84
Registered: May 2019
From United States
Posted 3 hours ago
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First!

Vote JoeZaffire
Seems a bit sketchy to me.
LOLChan
LOLChan
Laughing At You
Rep: 4
Registered: Sep 2019
From United States
Posted 3 hours ago
I Wouldn't trust me.

Vote Zel Maturin
Post edited 3 hours ago by LOLChan
ZFR
ZFR
I love gold!
Rep: 4258
Registered: Jan 2010
From Ireland
Posted 3 hours ago
I just saw that GameRager is mentioned twice in the list. That's how Joe sent it. I'll let him sort it out when he's back.

I think one of them was dedoporno?

Anyway,

Joe said that Micro and SPF will be scum this time. Therefore

Vote Microfish
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LOLChan: I Wouldn't trust me.

Vote Zel Maturin
Do not edit posts for any reason please. Also remember there is a forum "feature" that edit-merges posts when made within 10 minutes. So when you make a post either wait 11 minutes, or wait for someone else to post first, before posting again.

I was online so saw that your edit was harmless, but please remember not to do it.
LOLChan
LOLChan
Laughing At You
Rep: 4
Registered: Sep 2019
From United States
Posted 3 hours ago
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ZFR: Do not edit posts for any reason please. Also remember there is a forum "feature" that edit-merges posts when made within 10 minutes. So when you make a post either wait 11 minutes, or wait for someone else to post first, before posting again.

I was online so saw that your edit was harmless, but please remember not to do it.
got it. no edits.
agentcarr16
agentcarr16
Vagabond
Rep: 435
Registered: Mar 2014
From Canada
Posted 3 hours ago
Me Baka, Watcher of Kalunga. Vote Madame Lasiren.
GameRager
GameRager
Life is like a box of Chiklets
Rep: -291
Registered: Sep 2010
From United States
Posted 3 hours ago
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RedFireGaming: First!

Vote JoeZaffire
Seems a bit sketchy to me.
Me too. He could be BahBah Jee for all we know. o.0

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agentcarr16: Me Baka, Watcher of Kalunga. Vote Madame Lasiren.
Not to nag but could we all use usernames when voting? Using these made up names confuses me to no end. :|
trentonlf
trentonlf
Easily amused
Rep: 2850
Registered: Apr 2014
From United States
Posted 2 hours ago
I’m confused so I’ll just

Vote LOLchan

Since they can’t be trusted
Lifthrasil
Lifthrasil
Right in the Roke!
Rep: 2608
Registered: Apr 2011
From Germany
Posted 2 hours ago
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LOLChan: I Wouldn't trust me.

Vote Zel Maturin
A self vote is always quite scummy. But you're already at two votes, so I'll withhold mine for now.

Instead I
vote Yahweh

he voted without referring to random.org. So he can't really be ZFR. He is an impostor!
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We are up to date now
Aw, I was all ready to vote for one of the Gameragers because I thought you were up to something suspicious.

Well, I won't let that stop me, vote Gamerager, Chaloska edition.
Now that we don't have 2 GameRagers, I used Random.org's list function and...
Vote AgentCarr
The list randomizer is the one I'm supposed to use, right ZFR?
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RedFireGaming: Now that we don't have 2 GameRagers, I used Random.org's list function and...
Vote AgentCarr
The list randomizer is the one I'm supposed to use, right ZFR?
Random doesn't likes you. :D
vote RedFireGaming
Classic OMGUS vote (odd in opening stages, perhaps) vote ZFR
Vote count please

Also on a side note, can we please use actual names and not in game names for voting purposes? If we use in game names it will way too confusing IMO
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trentonlf: Vote count please

Also on a side note, can we please use actual names and not in game names for voting purposes? If we use in game names it will way too confusing IMO
I second this.
Hel-

what the heck is going on
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trentonlf: Vote count please

Also on a side note, can we please use actual names and not in game names for voting purposes? If we use in game names it will way too confusing IMO
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blotunga: I second this.
Me too.
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blotunga: I second this.
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ZFR: Me too.
OK. Then to be clearer, I repeat my vote with your user-name:
vote ZFR

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Flavour question (= actual question to mod and roleplay):
Friends, somehow the idea seems to be in all of us that we have to unmask one amongst us ere the sa nou pa we yo strike. But WHY do we have to? I guess we all feel their presence. But our masks protect us. So why force one of us to remove the mask? Shouldn't we all keep wearing them to thwart the sa nou pa, or does someone have reason to believe that the sacred masks won't protect us?

(out of character: do we have some motivation to vote? None of us disappeared so far or was forcefully de-masked. So how to our characters know that we have to vote?)
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trentonlf: Vote count please

Also on a side note, can we please use actual names and not in game names for voting purposes? If we use in game names it will way too confusing IMO
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blotunga: I second this.
Yeah, it does save having to learn a new name for everyone.
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Lifthrasil: Flavour question (= actual question to mod and roleplay):
Friends, somehow the idea seems to be in all of us that we have to unmask one amongst us ere the sa nou pa we yo strike. But WHY do we have to? I guess we all feel their presence. But our masks protect us. So why force one of us to remove the mask? Shouldn't we all keep wearing them to thwart the sa nou pa, or does someone have reason to believe that the sacred masks won't protect us?
What I want to know, is there any reference to those dieties or whatever they are that I can read about? I googled "Jamaican Yahweh" and "Jamaican Yahweh ox" but got nothing. And the only pwn I know is in Starcraft.
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Lifthrasil: Flavour question (= actual question to mod and roleplay):
Friends, somehow the idea seems to be in all of us that we have to unmask one amongst us ere the sa nou pa we yo strike. But WHY do we have to? I guess we all feel their presence. But our masks protect us. So why force one of us to remove the mask? Shouldn't we all keep wearing them to thwart the sa nou pa, or does someone have reason to believe that the sacred masks won't protect us?

(out of character: do we have some motivation to vote? None of us disappeared so far or was forcefully de-masked. So how to our characters know that we have to vote?)
You feel it in your waters.


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Lifthrasil: Flavour question (= actual question to mod and roleplay):
Friends, somehow the idea seems to be in all of us that we have to unmask one amongst us ere the sa nou pa we yo strike. But WHY do we have to? I guess we all feel their presence. But our masks protect us. So why force one of us to remove the mask? Shouldn't we all keep wearing them to thwart the sa nou pa, or does someone have reason to believe that the sacred masks won't protect us?
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ZFR: What I want to know, is there any reference to those dieties or whatever they are that I can read about? I googled "Jamaican Yahweh" and "Jamaican Yahweh ox" but got nothing. And the only pwn I know is in Starcraft.
Jacmel is in Haiti ;)
You might be able to find stuff. My sources are books (I even spent an afternoon in the reference section of the library) and some of it has come from individual accounts so might not have widespread reportage.
Should we wait till the game is over to share our research? I don't want to get distracted early on.


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blotunga: I second this.
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SirPrimalform: Yeah, it does save having to learn a new name for everyone.
Votes and general address should refer to forum names - the costume names are just for fun, but have no other relevance.
'Twas an RVS.

Vote JoeSapphire as the one responsible for this mess.