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Article - 'Making the Cut: Episode 8/9' by Mateui

An item about Miscellanious posted on Jan 14, 2004

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Entitled: Abdication
Few members threaten to quit the game, bring a great uproar into the competition.

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Making the Cut: Episode 8/9
By: Mateui

Abdicatin: Part One


Welcome to this special combined episode (Rounds #8 and #9) of Making the Cut (MTC, in short.)

(To make this whole document easier to understand, I will post the actual words that were spoken during the game, to help shape the episodes and occurrences.)

*****
(The Players Still In The Game:)
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Koromai777
MasterDarkNinja
Safari
Turkpimp
Gamewolf252
Geno_SMRPG
deluge
Cawin
Fire Mage

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(The Current Jury:)
*****

aNiMeGoD2727
Faust
Bujiro
DarkPriest
Humigotchi
dark_crystalis
Erave

And so, 16 have signed up for a journey of epic proportions, including serious backstabbing, secret alliances, revengeful actions, and voting one another out of the game, in essence, 'cutting' the other members out, who will wait until the last round, to vote for one of two people, who will become the ultimate survivor of Making the Cut.

7 are already cut, and they have become the first few members of the jury. In this episode, another 2 will be cut, and will become the eighth and ninth members to join the jury that will select the winner in the future.

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(Round #8 Info)
*****

*The participants sit in the seating area, awaiting Mateui’s instructions. When they find that he isn’t nearby, they beginning talking to each other. They discuss the game – what happened in the past, what’s happening now, and even plans for the future.

Safari is sitting of in one corner – he likes to observe the other players, and then make a move based on the current situation. He can see some confusion – apparently, his plan of destroying Erave’s alliance worked. After he got rid of the strongest link (Erave), the alliance tumbled and fell apart.

He had made a lot of enemies now, but if it meant getting rid of a potential winner it was worth the risk.

Meanwhile, Mateui had walked into the seating area, and took his stand in front of the participants.

Mateui: I’ve got some bad news.

*The eyes of the players darted – “Another Twist, perhaps?”*

Mateui: I have to inform you that a player has just quit the game.

*Looks are exchanged – “Who’s gone?”*

Mateui: This player has informed me that he has trouble arriving every round and will not be able to make it to any more rounds in the future. This player is Turkpimp.

Regrettably, I must cut away his life from the game as a result. That is the bad news. The good news is that the rest of you have all survived this round, and Round #9 will begin shortly.

*The situation is bitter sweet. Losing a fellow player and ally is always a bad thing, but surviving the round is great.*

*Mateui walks up to the area a few meters in front of the seating area. A long bamboo branch is hanged between two tree branches, and 9 name cards are suspended by single strings. Long below, is a blazing fire. Mateui walks up to the place where the name “Turkpimp” is written on the card. Mateui reaches into his pocket, and takes out a pair of scissors.*

*Turkpimp is nowhere to be found..*

*Mateui then takes the scissors, and cuts the string that holds his card. The card begins to fall, slowly fluttering in the wind, until it enters the fire underneath all the names, and is burned to a crisp. Only ashes remain.*

Mateui: A short round. Indeed, it is already over. Round #9 will begin in a couple of hours – you may rest up before then if you wish.


CONFESSIONALS:

(This section will inform you about various things – things such as who voted for who (and for what reasons), who allied with who, the strategy that was used by some participants, and generally, what was happening in the heart of the game. The members speak out.)

Turkpimp: Yeah, man. That totally sucked. I thought that the rounds were going to progress normally (one a day), so since my computer was being fixed it might take a while. I figured this would be fairer than staying in the game even when I wasn't there/playing. When I come back five days later, I'm thinking, "Oh, we'll be on Round 14 or something." Nope. It was Round 9 or 10 or something. Yeah, I should have just stuck it out, and gotten a vote against me. I would have done that if I knew I was only missing one round. Yeah, that sucked.

NEXT TIME ON MTC:

- In Round #9 more conflict appears than before, and more members are threatening to leave the game. What will truly happen?

All this and more, next!

*CLOSING CREDITS*


***Commercials are played, until..***


Making the Cut: Episode 9
By: Mateui

Abdication: Part 2


Welcome to this special combined episode (Rounds #8 and #9) of Making the Cut (MTC, in short.) This is the second part, mainly, Round #9.

(To make this whole document easier to understand, I will post the actual words that were spoken during the game, to help shape the episodes and occurrences.)

*****
(The Players Still In The Game:)
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Koromai777
MasterDarkNinja
Safari
Gamewolf252
Geno_SMRPG
deluge
Cawin
Fire Mage

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(The Current Jury:)
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aNiMeGoD2727
Faust
Bujiro
DarkPriest
Humigotchi
dark_crystalis
Erave
Turkpimp

And so, 16 have signed up for a journey of epic proportions, including serious backstabbing, secret alliances, revengeful actions, and voting one another out of the game, in essence, 'cutting' the other members out, who will wait until the last round, to vote for one of two people, who will become the ultimate survivor of Making the Cut.

8 are already cut, and they have become the first few members of the jury. The game is at the mid-point.

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(Round #9 Info)
*****

*The participants return to their seats, eager to continue the game and expel another member from the competition. They anticipate an easy round – but what they don’t know is that Round #9 will feature a large twist.*

Mateui: Alright. Round #8 would have been a regular ordinary round, but since Turkpimp has cut himself from the game, Round #9 was to follow. Luckily, (Or sadly, for some people who hate twisty rounds..) Round #9 is different from the rest - be rest assured, the results will not be selected or executed in a random manner. In fact, after I give you instructions, a little rhyme will follow. It will give you some clues as to how the round will play out.

*Gulp. The participants are a little worried, but relieved at the same time that they will receive some clues as to what will happen.*

Mateui: You must vote twice in this round. Note however, that both your votes must come in the same ballot to count. Also, you will not be necessarily voting for two people to get cut - you will be voting by different criteria, which I will now give you.

*The participants look at each other.. how will they be voting? And the criteria? What will that be?*

Mateui: Vote for the person (Who in your opinion is:)
1) The Most Honourable Player left in the game
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2) The Worst Player left in the game

Which ever way you want to take this.. you can vote truthfully, or you may think that there will be an extra twist, so you may vote with caution, or with strategy in mind. But I'm not saying anything - it may not be wise to vote with an alliance.. because... Oh, forget it - just vote for the people which you think fit the two roles.

*Nervousness is all around the seating area, as the participants try to decide how they should vote – truthfully, or untruthfully.*

Mateui: Also note, that I may be playing with your mind.. anything is possible.

And, one more thing, and this is important: You may NOT put the same person down for both votes. You may put yourself down, but only once, if you believe this will be a wise move on your part.

And, before you send in your two votes, here is the rhyme I promised.

*Some relief at last – at least this may be of some help.*

*Mateui walks over to the right, where a cord is hanging. He pulls it, revealing a little area showcasing a display. There is a large sign, with an inscription on it, as well as a table and two chairs, with a chess set and some playing pieces on the table. A pawn and king are prominently shown. Mateui looks at the sign and reads it out loud to the participants.*

Mateui: In a game such as this
Twists will come and go
Some will be left behind
While others left in the flow

Round Number Nine,
It's tricky you say
Voting two people
Which way will you sway?

Vote truthfully or lie?
As a King or a Pawn?
One person will gain power
The other be gone

And now it is your choice
Which one will hold power?
The person worst or the one with the honour?

A clue lies high in this rhyme
That will point to the force
Be certain now, that both will be chosen
One will be dropped following the fate of this course.


Just like the rhyme mentioned, there is indeed a clue somewhere in the text above. The hard part will be finding it.

You are allowed to look at the display in order to search for clues. Vote when you are ready.

The jury, which now has 8 members may also try to decipher the clue and give you hints. Be careful though, they may be trying to mislead you.

*The participants rise from their seats and scurry off to the display. Some also speak to the camera to vent their anger and to give comments.*

Fire Mage: I've had it with your twists, Mateui!

(Erave seems to be even more angered.)

Erave: It's probably gonna be the last 6 people are left. And Mateui's like.

Everyone has a number 1-6, whatever number I get on this die is who goes!!

Well if that happened, that would be horrible =(.

*Safari now expresses his feelings.*

Safari: We don't hate you Mateui. You HAVE to expect some animosity towards you after you toss in some new rules that ends up making someone voted off, who wasn't necessarily supposed to that round, but that's only rational. I think this game would be a whole hell of a lot less fun if you didn't make these crazy twists. I'm not just saying this because I just barely escaped fate that last round, because I'm fully aware of what lays in wait for me in the later rounds, but I'm saying this because of how amazing of a game Mateui has created. I'm simply amazed at the complexity of what you're doing with this man, and good luck with the rounds that follow. You're doing a great service with bringing smiles to our faces. Keep up the fantastic work.

*Koromai appears to still be upset about that last round where Erave was cut from Safari’s Power of Attourney Status Vote.*

Koromai: I thought this game tested Human Morals... not human luck.

*Erave speaks out again.*

Erave: I want this to end so, I can cast my vote for the winner... (when we get to 2 people left that is)

These next rounds are going to be interesting. All alliance and plans are now non existent, and it's only going to be luck to the winner, but we'll see.

OH oh, can we start making predictions for the winners and/or advise people to vote for certain people?

Weird round: Let me guess.. um.. the most honorable person gets to PICK who goes out of the people chosen as the person to leave. But why is it bad to vote with an alliance? I thought alliances were good?

Wait a second! I think I got the riddle.

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“Vote truthfully or lie?
As a King or a Pawn?
One person will gain power
The other be gone”

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The KING is the strongest piece in the chess game.. well you must put it in "check mate" to win.
Obviously this would be the most HONORABLE PLAYER.

The PAWN is the weakest or WORST player in chess..
That's the worst player in the game.

You have to get the king in chess to win, so the person who is most honourable is getting voted out.

*Erave seems to be onto something.. But is he trying to mess with the remaining player’s minds?*

*Meanwhile, MDN steps into another confessional.. He sighs and takes a deep breath.. What he is about to do may change the whole game.*

(NOTE: The following conversations have been kept fairly intact and have actually happened. Due to this, the reality of the show has been slightly changed, and you can actually view the participants real lives, and actual words (Such as going to bed, PMs, etc..)

MDN: I'm doing what I should of done in Round 7. I'm quitting Making The Cut. Earlier I WAS going to quit after getting rid of Safari but now it's totally hopeless and I don't want to fall victim to some more rules revealed after voting. Making the Cut has lost all of it's fun for me from these different rules each round.

Besides that the alliance I was in is pretty much gone now. Erave got removed from the rule changes after we voted, Geno is no longer under our alliances control from Erave being out of the game, and Gamewolf is grounded for an unknown amount of time so he's pretty much out now. Making our alliance of 5 be an alliance of 2 if I can even get Koro to listen to me (he's never logged onto his Instant Messengers).

Making the Cut started out good (though it could of used some time to make alliances and plan ahead before round 1 started, all of my allies voted before making an alliance) but round 3 was awful, I feel sorry for Bujiro, I've spoken to him on MSN and told him some about our alliance. Then round 6 voting openly wasn't that bad. But then round 7 where rules were suddenly revealed After we vote just became too much for me. In my opinion (as well as others that joined this game I'm sure) the person that wins the game should be the person that does the following.

- Plans the most and the best
- Gets the most people to vote for whatever they're after
- Plans ahead and knows what their next move is in the next round

By round 7 planning ahead has become impossible and planning in rounds is also nearly impossible.

Like I said before those different rounds have ruined all of the fun and destroyed my alliance. If I lost an ally in a normal round then it would be different and I'd accept that we had failed that round and lost an ally and possibly the game from not planning well enough and messing up in our plans (or from someone backstabbing us). But losing one in a round like round 7 when we lost one earlier in round 3 is just too much now that it's the 2nd one lost (well Bujiro wasn't an ally until our alliance's people were the only ones left yet but I probably would of tried to convince him to join us after DP).

Well it was fun while it lasted. I enjoyed having fun doing other things with Erave that people wouldn't think of doing to effect the results of a round...

I'm only gonna join a Making the Cut game again if there's no different/special rules each round.

So this ends my defeat/quit message. I don't regret joining this game since like I said before it was still fun.

*Mateui responds with a heartfelt message, at least trying to get MDN to reconsider his decision.*

Mateui: MDN, so you quit because your alliance was ruined. What about DP? He didn't quit after Faust was voted out.. He remained, even though he knew he was going next.

And I feel sorry for you, just because you lost two people of an alliance because of a special round. Before this started, I told everyone that there were going to be twists - an alliance would have had to plan for those.

And besides, without twists, this game would be a popularity contest. The n00b people wouldn't of even gotten a chance, and others would have maybe quit as a result. Wouldn't you if you knew there were 6 members voting together, eliminating people one by one? It would make the game no fun, and pointless.. I know I would quit.

By having a twist or two, those without hope may be fortunate enough to see a glimmer of hope. There are loses in every game, you just have to be strong, and take them. By quitting right after your alliance leader is gone, shows that you were only being lead by a leash by someone, and now that you don't have that person, you feel like you are hopeless - but that's not true.

You can form another alliance, vote alone - some people have done this, and they are still in the game. I don't see why you would quit just because of an unforeknown occurrence.

Think of the other players? How are they feeling? I can assure you that others may have been thrown off course by that last round, but they just pick themselves up, and make new plans. You can't just make one plan and expect it to go all as planned, you have to make room for certain events - and I guess your alliance or team never did that.

Are you sure you still want to quit? If yes, are you still going to be part of the jury?

Erave: Yea I can kinda see what you are talking about Mateui... you wanted to throw in twists so the game wouldn't be so one sided... but I guess what you really should do is... ALL OUT COMBAT WARS... last man alive survives can not get voted out that round.

MDN: You somewhat misunderstand me Mateui.

-I'm NOT only quitting because of losing allies. It's because I don't like these plot twists, like I said if I lost allies in a normal round things would of been different and I would of stayed in the game and tried to turn stuff around in the same way that Erave got more votes. Also I wouldn't of left the game earlier unless I had to leave for some reason (like if I had Turkpimp's problem).

-In my opinion revealing new rules in the round after people vote is awful, it's impossible to plan ahead and is ruining the fun. The game has become just luck needed for those rounds not tactics and planning. We used to be able to plan ahead but now you can't and it keeps on ruinning already thought out planning.

But I must admit that I agree that you have a point about newbies having an unfair disadvanage. They however weren't the first targets (the admins were) but they probably would of been voted out in the later rounds by the remaining alliances, so true being a newbie or an admin (and a mod and popular) can hurt you. I agree with you on that.

You could only really get rid of those things if you just took random people who never met each other before (like in the surviver show) but here for a forum game it's impossible (unless we all register different accounts and enter them in the game and post as them in this topic which would be too much of a hassle).

Oh yeah I forgot to say this earlier, good luck Fire Mage, Geno and Koro. It's gonna be a hard battle now from how much that Erave has said already, I just repeated what he said about our alliance.

Mateui: So, MDN, there is no chance that you are not going to re-consider your choice? The only time one person could not have planned ahead was round #7.. and Erave stepped down honourably..

I can promise you that there will be no more random twists. I have given you enough info to figure out this round, and any future rounds that may appear.

Can you please re-join? If not, I understand, and it's sad to see you go, you were a really good player.

*By now, the other participants have surrounded the area were Mateui and MDN are talking and are observing what will now happen. The jury is also perplexed. Is this decision for real, or is MDN doing this as a tactical move?*

MDN: Lets just say that I might change my mind after I go to sleep in a half an hour. (so if your gonna vote you can put down my name and someone else that your vote goes to if I'm not there).

I was considering doing this last night but then I decided that people had acted too soon in Making the Cut which had cost him. DP had PMed me saying "thanks for the treason, punishment coming soon" and then PMed me a few minutes later saying "nevermind were still allies".
Then when I woke up today and went to church I changed my mind. Then as I was having fun waiting for the next round to start from my orginal plan of possibly quitting after getting rid of Safari that I was starting to reconsider the quitting after getting him I read the round's rules (I was going to critize them in my quit post but decided not to). After speaking some to Erave for a minute I decided to quit then.

But I could reconsider after I wake up tomorrow, I shall post again later when I wake up about my choice of possibly rejoining.

Safari: Ok, I'm gonna throw in my two cents right here and right now.

In my opinion MDN, you're being very childish. Mateui had all this planned out from the beginning, so I would hope that you'd finally get that point and stop whining about round 7. Who cares if you couldn't plan ahead for it? I would also like to add, that Erave's defeat wasn't entirely my doing. Had you guys not of voted for me that round, then I wouldn't have become the PA, and Erave would probably still be here. I know that you couldn't have know that that was going to happen, but still. Now as for your little thing about your alliance breaking up, get over it. I've been freelancing since the start and I'm still here. It's altogether possible that you'd end up doing the same thing.

Ok, now I want to address everyone chastizing Mateui about the twists. Without the twists, this game would be more boring then listening to a televangelist for an hour. The twists make you stay on the edge of your seat, and without them, it would be more unfair then actually having them. Let me ask you something: Is life always fair? Does life always deal the cards in a just and predictable way? Is everyone always happy with the way life is? FUCK NO.

The fact is, is that the way Mateui is doing this, is emulating real life almost perfectly. I'm amazed that none of you are able to see this. I applaud him for this feat. Now I'm not trying to put you down MDN, because I like you, I really do, but please stop being so childish and play the game. After all, that's all it really is. A GAME. If you want things done your way, then start your own, but for now it's Mateui's, and we play by his rules. I'm sorry if you take offence at any of this. If you do, then please let me know.

AND NOW YOU KNOW, THE REST OF THE STORY. GOOD DAY!

MDN: -As I have already stated the one that plans ahead and plans the most should be the one that wins (unless people unexpectedly backstab them which is hard to plan ahead for but is able to be predicted before it happens)

-Since the rules were revealed AFTER we voted there was as you said was no way to plan ahead, what are we supposed to do go after the person who's the least of a threat or someone in our own alliance when the other people still have a majority and it appears to be a normal round?

-I do agree with you from what you said earlier though that you didn't chose to get the PA power.

-At the current rate of special rounds having no alliance seems to have suddenly become an advantage, and to prove how planning is not needed and how that alliances are going to fall from them so easily I'm returning to play solo. From what has been revealed already don't you think I'm going to be at such a disadvantage that in a normal round I'd probably be the next one to go? We shall see.

-It's not the fact that the alliance was broken up that I got mad about, it's how it was broken up from a rule revealed after we voted.

-All I have to say to that is that it depends on who's side your on and how many tricks you still have up your sleeve for how fun it is. I still had backup plans from earlier, I saved ALL of my IM conversations about Making the Cut incase I had to use them against other people later. so now I guess I'll use my final back up plan.

So yeah I'll rejoin, I'll vote in a moment after I reread that riddle.

*And that ends the great situation in where one player wanted to leave the game, but came back to play after all.. For the most part, the other players and Mateui are relieved.*

Safari: I still don't agree with you on half that stuff, but I'm really glad that you decided to come back. Thanks for reconsidering, and don't worry, with all these crazy twists, you might get lucky... or not.

*A few minutes later, the participants scattered, looked at the display some more, and voted. They sat back in their seats, and now awaited the results.*

Mateui: I’ll go tally and read the votes. *Mateui leaves and comes back with the container in his hand.*

Now, since there are two votes on each ballot, I will read first off only the votes for the most honourable, and then the worst player left in the game. To make this round more encouraging and upbuilding (at least in part), I will also read out all the comments that were made by each of you when voting for the two people.

1st Vote:
Koromai

2nd Vote:
Safari

3rd Vote:
MasterDarkNinja

4th Vote:
Gamewolf ("So far, he's been playing the game without backstabbing and quite fairly. He's done quite a good job of keeping himself hidden, while playing a just game while he's at it.")

*Gamewolf smiles and looks around. He wonders who said that about him.*

5th Vote:
Safari ("Going by what I think the twist is... I’m really not very confident my guess is right though >.<")

*Safari glares.. Of course, this person is voting by how Erave deciphered the clue.. It may or may not be right, so anything can still happen.*

6th Vote:
Koromai ("I think he is honorable for reasons I cannot say. If he wasn't honorable then earlier in the game we could of been doomed.")

[u]7th Vote:[/u]
MasterDarkNinja ("I'd have to say MasterDarkNinja. Why? I don't know...")

Mateui: Ok. So far, Koromai, Safari, and MDN are all tied with 2 votes each. There is only one more vote left.. who will be titled as the Most Honourable Person left in the game?

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8th Vote:
Safari

Mateui: What does this mean? I can't tell you.. yet.

We are now going to uncover the person who has been voted the worst player left in the game.

1st Vote:
Safari ("lets face it he's never been in an alliance so he's not planning ahead, At least Fire Mage has been in an alliance though he seems to have lost his ally twice in this game so he seems to be a jinx for his allies to lose")

2nd Vote:
Geno

3rd Vote:
Fire Mage. ("I'm guessing it's because I haven't known him that long. Maybe it's the fact that when I go to his website (which can be found here) that it says it's 'the best place for RM2k.'")

4th Vote:
Deluge

5th Vote:
MasterDarkNinja (“I HOPE Im not totally wrong”)

6th Vote:
Fire Mage

7th Vote:
Deluge

Mateui: Ok. So far, Safari, Geno, and MDN have 1 vote each. Fire Mage, and Deluge have 2 votes. Who will be crowned the most worst player left in the game? What will the last vote tell us?

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8th Vote:
MDN. ("I'm sorry, but he has absolutely no idea of what he's doing without Erave to help him. About the only thing he's done so far is uncovering the info about DP targeting a couple people. I'm not saying that he's unintelligent, I'm just saying that he's not the best strategist the world has ever seen.”)


Mateui: It has come to the first tie ever in the game. A three-way tie in fact. Rules state that when a tie occurs, it will be past votes that will decide.. Let's look at them now.

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VOTES AGAINST:
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MasterDarkNinja - 2
deluge - 0
Fire Mage - 3

Mateui: Alright, Firemage, with 3 votes, (Which all came from last round, If I may say) have crowned you the Worst Player in the game? Is this good or bad?

We will find out, now.

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The Clue in the Rhyme:
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In a game such as this
Twists will come and go
Some will be left behind
While others left in the flow

Round Number Nine,
It's tricky you say
Voting two people
Which way will you sway?

Vote truthfully or lie?
As a King or a Pawn?
One person will gain power
The other be gone

And now it is your choice
Which one will hold power?
The person worst or the one with the honour?

A clue lies high in this rhyme
That will point to the force
Be certain now, that both will be chosen
One will be dropped following the fate of this course.


Ok. I will dissect the rhyme to reveal the answer.

1st clue: "A clue lies high in this rhyme" (This told you that the clue was located somewhere above this verse, which would be one of first 4 stanzas)

2nd Clue: "As a King or a Pawn?" (Erave, sort of had this clue figured out, but not quite. In the game of chess the King is the one that is ultimately protected, and the pawns throw themselves in a way, in front of the king to shield him. This is a really small clue, and may not have helped. The last clue, though, was a giveaway.)

3rd Clue: "One person will gain power" (In the rhyme's context, it would appear to mean "that one out of the two people would gain power." But, if you look at the verse at a regular standpoint, it says "ONE will gain power" which I also hinted as I made the Most Honourable 1) and Most Worst 2))

The Most Honourable player, which happens to be Safari - has gained Power of Attourney Status (Once again. This is very lucky of him - as I promise you, this is the last time that the PA Status will occur.)

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Outcome:
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As mentioned in the poem, "The other be gone."

*Mateui walks up to the area a few meters in front of the seating area. A long bamboo branch is hanged between two tree branches, and 8 name cards are suspended by single strings. Long below, is a blazing fire. Mateui walks up to the place where the name “Fire Mage” is written on the card. Mateui reaches into his pocket, and takes out a pair of scissors.*

*Fire Mage is furious.. He had voted for himself as the Most Worst Player in the game.*

*Mateui then takes the scissors, and cuts the string that holds his card. The card begins to fall, slowly fluttering in the wind, until it enters the fire underneath all the names, and is burned to a crisp. Only ashes remain.*

*Fire Mage leaves the area a little angered.*

Mateui: The round is not yet over. In this round 2 people will be cut - Fire Mage was the first one, and Safari now has to vote for the person who he wants out of the game.

Do not fret that 2 people will be gone - there will be a special round soon that will be most enlightening, and uplifting to many - It will not be evil, as most other special rounds were.

I will give Safari a few minutes to finalize a decision.

*After a few minutes, which seem like an eternity to everyone, Safari finally goes up to the voting platform and places his vote.*

Safari: In a crazy twist, I'm going to be voting off:

Cawin. I'm sorry, but you've lied and backstabbed way too much, and while that's playing it the way it's supposed to be, it's freaking me out. Not to mention the personal enmity between us. I suppose part of it is personal bias, but the other part is breaking up the final alliance. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. ^_^

Ok Mateui, this is my strategy from here on out, and this info must not be passed on whatsoever. I'm planning on regaining maybe a little of MDN's trust with this vote and I'm going to PM him and Gamewolf in an attempt at voting off Koromai, who in my opinion is the game's wildcard. It's a long shot, and I have a great chance of getting cut, but I think that this might just all work out. Well, there it is. THE PA HAS SPOKEN, AND HIS WILL BE DONE!!!

*Safari walks back to his seat and the final vote is shown.*

*Mateui walks up to the area a few meters in front of the seating area. A long bamboo branch is hanged between two tree branches, and now 7 name cards are suspended by single strings. Long below, is a blazing fire. Mateui walks up to the place where the name “Cawin” is written on the card. Mateui reaches into his pocket, and takes out a pair of scissors.*

*Cawin cannot believe it. He was sure that Safari would get rid of MDN.*

*Mateui then takes the scissors, and cuts the string that holds his card. The card begins to fall, slowly fluttering in the wind, until it enters the fire underneath all the names, and is burned to a crisp. Only ashes remain.*

*Cawin takes his leave*

Mateui: The round is over. You may now leave and get some rest – who knows what’s to come in the approaching rounds?


CONFESSIONALS:

(This section will inform you about various things – things such as who voted for who (and for what reasons), who allied with who, the strategy that was used by some participants, and generally, what was happening in the heart of the game. The members speak out.)

Fire Mage: I was just saddened this round that I was cut from the game. I really wanted to go on longer, but alas, it was stopped.

At least I got be part of the jury.

MDN: When I look back at my temporary quitting in MTC I have to ask myself one thing, Just what the heck was I thinking when I posted I quit in the topic? I remember I was really mad about something that had happened earlier that day in my offline life when I read the results of round 7. I should never had taken my anger about that stuff out in MTC.

I had no plan once so ever in this round, I didn't want to gamble on Erave's guess to the riddle or a guess of my own so I just voted my honest opinion for both of the vote questions.


VOTES REVEALED:

(This section simply points out who everyone voted for in this episode. You can really figure out who was allied with who by examining this info.)

VOTING FOR: THE MOST HONOURABLE PLAYER

Koromai777 -> MDN
MasterDarkNinja -> Koromai
Safari -> Gamewolf
Gamewolf252 -> Safari
Geno_SMRPG -> MDN
deluge -> Safari
Cawin -> Safari
Fire Mage -> Koromai

VOTING FOR: THE WORST PLAYER

Koromai777 -> Fire Mage
MasterDarkNinja -> Safari
Safari -> MDN
Gamewolf252 -> MDN
Geno_SMRPG -> Geno_SMRPG
deluge -> Deluge
Cawin -> Deluge
Fire Mage -> Fire Mage



NEXT TIME ON MTC:

- With two people cut in Round #9, how will Round #10 be affected?
- The jury is put on the line in a major decision that will alter the face of the game.

All this and more in Episode #10! Tune in!


*CLOSING CREDITS*