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  1. Uh, well then. That’s probably not how most people expected that meeting to go, huh? It could be worse though, at least only a FEW Committee members think that Flick is secretly an assassin working with her mother. Most of them aren’t quite that insane yet. So she’s got that going for her. *thumbs up*

    Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed reading that. And don’t forget, we’ve got another bonus chapter coming on Wednesday. Until then, have a great day!

    Tags for this chapter were: Avalon, Calafia, Davis, Edward Teach, Elisabet, Felicity Chambers, Flick, Gabriel Ruthers, Gaia Sinclaire, Geta, Give Ruthers Half-A-Minute And He’ll Come Up With A Reason For Why Joselyn Was Behind The JFK Assassination Too., I Feel Like Litonya Would Have Been More Subtle If She Spent The Entire Meeting Completely Silent With ‘I Hate You’ Post-It Noted To Her Forehead., Jue, Litonya, Oliver, Percival, Sigmund, Sophronia Leven, Virginia Dare

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    1. possible typo:

      After glancing toward Avalon, I shrugged. “Wow, you guys already know what happened on our team’s first hunt, when Trice, Doxer, and Pace ambushed us. They were, umm…” I hesitated.

      * Shouldn’t Flick be saying ‘well’ rather than ‘wow’?

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  2. The Committee members actually have a point. There are two ‘factions’ that want Avalon dead; the Seosten wanting to get into the Vault, and the patsies they’ve managed to deceive, set up, or convince that Avalon is their enemy so they’ll do the dirty work for them.

    Without knowing of the Seosten’s existence, there’s no other way to interpret events accurately. Given the Committee’s experience, they can tell when an explanation more or less fits the facts – they just don’t have all of the facts.

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  3. Yeah, I didn’t see that coming. Their theory makes an annoying amount of sense, but god damn. So thoughts:

    1. I hate Litonya the most. What a condescending bitch. Her whole “we know better than you” shtick would be annoying even if it was true. Knowing she doesn’t actually have any idea what she’s talking about makes it a lot worse.

    2. Litonya, Geta, and Ruthers seem to be the ones convinced of this theory, while Sigmund, Elisabet, and Oliver(?) seem open to the possibility.
    2b. BTW, I still think that either Elisabet or Geta are possessed. Or both of them are.
    2c. Interesting that Jue doesn’t seem to be considering it. Or is it just that she’s being more quiet about it? Or was there just not enough space in the chapter to have her say something indicating her opinion?

    3. How does this theory explain Ammon’s attack? If Flick really was trying to kill Avalon, the situation he created provided the perfect chance. Not only was he alone with her for who even knows how long, he’s also a mind-controller. He could have just had Avalon kill herself and that would be it. Plausible deniability. And even if they’re assuming that Ammon was stupid enough to fuck it all up (as Ruthers apparently thinks he did back in October), Flick could have just killed Avalon independently of Ammon and claimed he did it.

    4. Holy shit, Avalon must be in pure rage mode right now. Her reaction to learning of the Seosten’s role in her life has apparently been grim acceptance and determination. But now they’re using her situation, the situation they created, to threaten Flick? And Seller and apparently Gaia too?

    5. I’m surprised they know about Seller’s connection to Flick and Joselyn. I was under the impression that was more of a secret. Same with Avalon’s connection to Bosch, assuming that’s what Litonya was talking about.

    6. I was honestly expecting Flick to admit that she thinks she’s related to Koren and Abigail. I mean, she has enough information to guess at the possibility without knowing for sure (almost picking the Hunga Munga, Koren’s reaction to hearing the name Atherby (which could be verified by Rudolph and Vanessa)).

    7.

    “No evidence?” Sophronia sounded incredulous.

    Sophie’s name was spelled with an “o” between the h and r before.

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    1. Also, why would Joselyn want to kill Avalon instead of recruit her? I know we haven’t seen enough of the Revolution to know what Joselyn’s MO is for sure, but everything we know seems to indicate that she prefers to recruit other Heretics instead of killing them whenever possible.

      So why the hell would she throw that out the window to kill the descendant of Hieronymus Bosch?

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    2. One more thing.

      “She killed Doxer!” Avalon all-but shouted at them, clearly barely keeping herself calm enough to speak normally. “Why the hell would she kill Doxer if she had anything to do with the attacks on me?”

      Straightening up as much as his rotund-figure would allow, Oliver answered. “We believe that there is more than one faction attempting your… murder, Miss Sinclaire. Under this theory, Miss Chambers and Trice’s group would be on opposing sides. Opposing sides which, nonetheless, leave you in the middle.”

      That idea does nothing to counter Avalon’s point. Even if Flick actually did want Avalon dead, why would she care if someone else did it? That would make sense for Trice, since he wants personal revenge for Torv. But what’s it to Flick and/or Joselyn if someone else does her in? If they were actually trying to kill her they have no reason to stop Trice and company from doing it for them.

      And hell, Litonya and those who agree with her are dismissing the possibility that there are traitors within Crossroads helping Trice because they thinks Flick is his help, right? So why would she suddenly turn around and fight to stop him from killing Avalon if she were helping him break into Crossroads?

      I mean seriously. Both of Trice’s attacks could not have happened without inside help. If Flick is providing that help, then she has no reason to stop him from killing Avalon.

      This theory makes sense at first glance, but it falls apart once you actually start thinking about it. I’ve been trying to extend some level of the benefit of the doubt to these people, but this is dumb.

      So I’m relieved that only a minority of them seem to genuinely believe it, and terrified thay those who do will try to take matters into their own hands. We know Ruthers has done that once already. Hopefully Trice’s disappearance won’t give him ideas.

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      1. This one was answered on Spacebattles, and apparentmy will br addressed in the next chapter. I’m forced to admit that the theory isn’t as dumb as I want it to be.

        It’s still dumb, because it’s built on irrational and/or willfully ignorant misinterpretation on who Joselyn and Flick are on every level, but not as much as I wish it was.

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    3. Okay, one last question. When Litonya was talking about how Seller worked against people he should have stood with, was she talking about his taking part in casting the memory spell?

      BTW, kudos for bringing back Seller’s past willingness to put his own life above others as a problem like this. It’s good writing.

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      1. It’s also possible that Litonya’s grudge against Seller goes back centuries, perhaps to some event prior to the Founding of Crossroads. Litonya feels like she’s got a Dwarf-like ability to nurse and carry grudges.

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      2. Maybe you’re right. But even if you are, I can’t help but be annoyed to see a woman who murdered her brother and apparently looted his corpse get judgemental on someone else for not sticking with their relatives.

        I think Litonya has replaced Ruthers as the counselor I hate the most.

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    4. 1. I hate Litonya the most. What a condescending bitch. Her whole “we know better than you” shtick would be annoying even if it was true. Knowing she doesn’t actually have any idea what she’s talking about makes it a lot worse.

      Yeah, she’s a piece of work.

      3. How does this theory explain Ammon’s attack? If Flick really was trying to kill Avalon, the situation he created provided the perfect chance. Not only was he alone with her for who even knows how long, he’s also a mind-controller. He could have just had Avalon kill herself and that would be it. Plausible deniability. And even if they’re assuming that Ammon was stupid enough to fuck it all up (as Ruthers apparently thinks he did back in October), Flick could have just killed Avalon independently of Ammon and claimed he did it.

      Among other things that will be addressed, if Flick killed Avalon it would make the security spell linked to Avalon point to her as the killer.

      4. Holy shit, Avalon must be in pure rage mode right now. Her reaction to learning of the Seosten’s role in her life has apparently been grim acceptance and determination. But now they’re using her situation, the situation they created, to threaten Flick? And Seller and apparently Gaia too?

      Yup.

      5. I’m surprised they know about Seller’s connection to Flick and Joselyn. I was under the impression that was more of a secret. Same with Avalon’s connection to Bosch, assuming that’s what Litonya was talking about.

      Indeed, it’s supposed to show that the Committee knows more than was assumed.

      6. I was honestly expecting Flick to admit that she thinks she’s related to Koren and Abigail. I mean, she has enough information to guess at the possibility without knowing for sure (almost picking the Hunga Munga, Koren’s reaction to hearing the name Atherby (which could be verified by Rudolph and Vanessa)).

      It’ll likely come up soon.

      Sophie’s name was spelled with an “o” between the h and r before.

      I… don’t think so? *does a search for Sophoronia in the story* No results…

      Also, why would Joselyn want to kill Avalon instead of recruit her? I know we haven’t seen enough of the Revolution to know what Joselyn’s MO is for sure, but everything we know seems to indicate that she prefers to recruit other Heretics instead of killing them whenever possible.

      Good question. Conspiracy theories are so inconsistent. 😉

      Okay, one last question. When Litonya was talking about how Seller worked against people he should have stood with, was she talking about his taking part in casting the memory spell?

      Among other things. But yes. And that he possibly felt guilty for that and so is siding with Joselyn now. You know, when she’s crazily assassinating people.

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      1. Among other things that will be addressed, if Flick killed Avalon it would make the security spell linked to Avalon point to her as the killer.

        But these people are assuming that Ammon is working with Flick, right? So why wouldn’t he just kill her?

        And that stukl doesn’t answer why the assassin from Second Hunt didn’t just overpower Flick if they were faking it.

        I… don’t think so? *does a search for Sophoronia in the story* No results…

        I swear I remember there being an extra O.

        Oh well. It’s not important.

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      2. But these people are assuming that Ammon is working with Flick, right? So why wouldn’t he just kill her?
        And that stukl doesn’t answer why the assassin from Second Hunt didn’t just overpower Flick if they were faking it.

        lol, yeah, again, you’re pointing out inconsistencies in a conspiracy theory. Most of which will be addressed later.

        Oh and on the second one, about why didn’t the assassin just overpower her, I thought I answered this on spacebattles. But I’m tired so I could be wrong. Anyway, it’s because (according to the theory) they were putting on a show as a distraction while someone else (invisible) tried to disarm the security spells on Avalon.

        Edit: And again, same answer for why she didn’t just let Ammon kill Avalon: Because the security spell would point at him and let him be tracked wherever he goes.

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      3. Oh, I presumed that (from the stand point of the conspiracy), Flick was just taking advantage of a perfect opportunity to backstab her erstwhile confederate — because why wouldn’t an evil person like her backstab an ally even if it doesn’t further her primary goal? 😉

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  4. *rolls eyes at the doubting Committee members*
    They’re barking up the wrong tree. Anyone that took even 20 minutes to closely observe Flick and Avalon interacting would realize the attraction on both sides is real and complete, and not a ruse to get close to murder the other.

    ““Be careful, Virginia.” Litonya was the one speaking, her tone measured and dangerous. “Do not forget who you happen to be speaking to. Or your place.”
    “My place,” Dare retorted, “is to protect my students. And I will never forget it.” ”
    Me: It seems like *Litonya* has forgotten Dare’s place in her zeal to be the domineering, condescending Alpha Bitch- Counsel and Protector to her student, Flick.

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  5. Give-ruthers-half-a-minute-and-hell-come-up-with-a-reason-for-why-joselyn-was-behind-the-jfk-assassination-too/

    Just wait until October 🙂

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    1. Fossor: Do you have any idea how long I had to work to set things up to turn you against young Felicity?

      Ruthers: *through grit teeth* and it worked perfectly.

      Fossor: No! I didn’t even bother to enact my plan! I didn’t have to! You did it all on your own! Normally I would be annoyed that all my hard work was for naught, but watching this was hilarious!

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    1. Punishments only apply if:

      a) you’re found out
      b) you don’t have enough political power to “prove” your innocence
      c) you didn’t become powerful enough to resist arrest.

      If, for example, Gaia ever lost it and killed the one or two Committee members in the island at the time, locked down the academy, cut the other Committee members off the Heretical Edge, then killed every Heretic in the school, then started summoning monstrous Alters by the hundreds to cover up the crime and further boost her power, who’d be strong enough to stop her?

      Heretics are just as big a threat as Necromancers, potentially every single one of them being an Armageddon-level threat.

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  6. hmmmm,
    I can picture Litonya as the Seosten possessed council member
    and it would make sense that she’s enraged about losing an artefact that’s succeptible to identify the Seostens without them being aware, contrary to the ritual thingy…
    on the other side, if this seosten work with eden garden, it’s perfectly situated to inadvertently lose an artefact for a complice there (pace) to use
    so many directions this can go…

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