Aloha
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Joined: May 19th, 2012, 5:26 am

April 22nd, 2017, 8:37 pm #31

I totally didn't base the theme over my overwhelming desire to get out of school
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Dates: June 2016
Winner: Trinity “Trickshot” Seo (4 kills)
Runner Up: Alana Rodriguez (2 kills)
Third Place: Colette Hackmann (5 kills)

Location: A summer camp on the shore of Lake Hawthorne in Upper Michigan. Abandoned in the mid 1990s, but was purchased and partially restored for this season.

Notable Participants:
  • Trinity “Trickshot” Seo (Winner) - A reserved and bookish girl, one of the original members of the Iweala Group. Rose to prominence after Morgan’s death, when she became the leader of the group’s remaining members. Known for her incredible accuracy and lucky shots during the game, including the unwitting murder of her cousin and the killing blow that assured her victory.
  • Alana Rodriguez (Runner-up) - Morgan’s best friend and one of the original members of the Iweala Group. Acted as deputy leader during the first half of the game, and later became the leader of her own group, which split off after Morgan’s death.
  • Colette Hackmann (3rd place) - A fan of the show and the season’s first prominent player, known for her pragmatism and pyromaniacal streak. A contender in the early stages, but was pushed to the side as the season’s focus shifted towards the politics of the Iweala Group. Returned to prominence when she killed a fan favorite towards the later stages of the game, and brought her pyromaniac tendencies to endgame.
  • Ty Becker (6th place) - Van Edwards’s closest ally and later brief romantic partner. Had a crush on Van before the game, although he only acted upon them during the reason. Despite being painted as a supporting character in Van’s arc, he ended up outlasting him, and almost made it to endgame.
  • Bradley “Brad” Hawke (9th place) - An Eagle Scout notable for his survivalist approach to the game, which reached fanatical, almost comical levels towards the end of the season. Led a small group known as the Warhawkes, who avoided others and scavenge supplies from dead bodies.
  • Donovan “Van” Edwards (10th place) - A delinquent initially pegged as a potential player. His time in the game was labeled a ‘redemption arc’ as he protected and grew closer to an unlikely ally, Ty Becker. The pair’s relationship turned romantic during the late stages of the game, and they quickly became the star couple of the season.
  • Ian Hutchinson (16th place) - The fourth original member of the Iweala Group. Generally stayed out of the limelight in the first half of the game, though he often vocalized his skepticism of their pacifistic methods. Betrayed the Iweala Group when he killed Morgan during an argument, and was later hunted down by the Rodriguez Group for it.
  • Morgan Iweala (20th place) - A charismatic track star and class president, who was well-liked among her peers. Deeply against SOTF, and formed a large group in an effort to slow the game to a halt. Despite her failure, she is widely considered to be the most influential participant of the season, as she started the largest alliance in the game and later shattered it with her death at the midway point of the season.
Summary: Forty seniors from Monocacy Mills High School in Frederick, Maryland boarded a bus under the pretense of going on a senior trip. However, they were instead whisked away to become participants of the latest season of SOTF.

Season 43 was branded as a “summer break” season, themed around the participants being sent to summer camp. The arena included the entirety of Lake Hawthorne, the camp along its northern shore, and the forests, hiking trails, and campgrounds surrounding it. The supplies for this season were based on the outdoors theme (hunting rifles, campfire foods, etc.), and each participant was also issued swimwear.

The first day saw the beginnings of alliances that would define the season. Morgan Iweala met up with her best friend Alana Rodriguez, and together with Trinity Seo and Ian Hutchinson, she vowed to undermine the game as best she could. She figured that she could grind the show to a halt if she amassed a large enough group.

Around that same time, Van Edwards saved Ty Becker’s life after he stumbled in on Kate Rosen holding a kitchen knife to his throat. After bashing her skull in with a baseball bat, Van and Ty formed a tentative alliance, as neither were particularly close back at school. Brad Hawke also started his survivalist streak, convincing his best friend Alec Marshall that they’d be able to wait it out if they laid low in the woods. Seven people died during the first day, the most notable of which being Jason Fargo and Kristy Rae Jennings, who were burned to death when Colette Hackmann lit their tent on fire.

Day two saw six more deaths, and the growth of the existing groups. The Iweala Group stumbled upon a murder in progress, as Johnny Wyatt was about to stab Andy Steele. Morgan famously tackled Johnny and successfully defused the situation, delivering a poignant speech about morality and the evils of the game. She convinced Johnny and Andy to join her group, and recruited Oriana Parker and Julianne Weiss later that day. They set up headquarters in the mess hall, and Morgan famously confiscated all their weapons. Brad also rounded out his group with the addition of Frank Yi and Mohammad Alfarsi, reasoning that four was the ideal number. The group, dubbed by the fans the Warhawkes, began salvaging supplies from dead bodies.

On day three, seven people died. In the afternoon, Van and Ty were ambushed by the duo players Griffin Reyes and Howie Wright. Van bludgeoned Griffin but was shot in the foot by Howie. Ty, however, rescued him by pulling out a pistol and shooting Howie in the head. The pair managed to safely retreat to a secluded cabin, where Ty dressed his wound and they settled in for the night.

That day, the Iweala Group swelled to twelve members as Asa Nunez, Corin Abernathy, Emily Rockwood, and Duncan O’Donohue joined their campaign. The group also endured its first conflict that night, as the Warhawkes attempted to raid the mess hall for their stockpiled weapons and rations. A brief firefight erupted, which ended with two of the Iweala Group wounded and the Warhawkes retreating. Trinity Seo managed to shoot one of them (who later turned out to be her cousin, Frank Yi) in the head right before he disappeared into the treeline, impressing a couple of the others and prompting Ian Hutchinson to coin the nickname 'Trickshot'.

By now, the Iweala Group was attracting considerable attention. After the death of Cedric Li marked the halfway point of the season, only eight of the remaining twenty participants were not part of Morgan’s coalition. Fans and executives alike were worried that the group might actually succeed. The show runners were debating on how to approach this. Do they detonate collars? Turn the mess hall into a danger zone to scatter the group?

As they talked, their problem solved itself. In the aftermath of the firefight, Morgan chastised Trinity for shooting the boy. Alana and Ian came to her defense, arguing that Morgan’s policy of hard pacifism was ineffective, and that they had to defend themselves. The debate was abruptly cut off as the group went to bed, with Ian taking the first watch. Later on, in the early hours of day four, Morgan caught him sifting through the confiscated weapons pile. An argument broke out, and in a fit of rage, Ian stabbed Morgan in the stomach. Once he realized what he’d done, Ian scrounged together some supplies and disappeared into the night.

Morgan’s body would not be discovered until morning, and her death shocked the group. After spending half the day arranging an impromptu funeral, the debate from last night returned with intensified passions. The groups quickly polarized around Trinity Seo, who stayed faithful to Morgan’s original ideals, and Alana Rodriguez, who wanted to adopt a more militant approach to breaking the game. Things nearly became physical, if not for the other group members holding each girl back. Trinity angrily threw Alana out of the group, and anybody who agreed with her was also sent packing.

And thus, the Iweala Group split into two: those who deflected (the Rodriguez Group: Alana Rodriguez, Andy Steele, Emily Rockwood, Corin Abernathy, and Oriana Parker) and those who stayed (the Seo Group: Trinity Seo, Asa Nunez, Johnny Wyatt, Julianne Weiss, and Duncan O’Donohue). The split hit the fandom like a storm, with fans quickly polarizing themselves as “Team Seo” or “Team Rodriguez”. The show runners played off this hype by letting things play out, hoping that the groups would destroy each other.

Only four people died on day four, including Morgan and Mohammad Alfarsi, who succumbed to wounds sustained during the failed raid. Fans' attention that day was focused on Ty and Van, who were still camped out in the cabin. Ty’s crush on Van had come to light, and surprisingly, things turned romantic between the two. They spent an intimate night together that cemented the pair as the season’s star couple.

Day five came and went with a startlingly low two deaths, though the low quantity was made up by the high quality of one of the kills. The Rodriguez Group caught up with Ian Hutchinson that day, and brutally tortured him for hours before throwing him into the lake. The other death was that of Alec Marshall, leaving Brad as the only remaining Warhawke.

The pace of action picked up explosively on day six, when the Rodriguez and Seo Groups encountered each other in the early afternoon. Tensions ran high as Seo's group was appalled by the brutality of Ian's death, and Rodriguez's group chastising the others for not avenging Morgan. A vicious fight broke out between the groups, but neither gained the upper hand. The fight directly resulted in four deaths: Corin Abernathy and Emily Rockwood from the Rodriguez Group, and Julianne Weiss and Duncan O’Donohue from the Seo Group. Each of the survivors sustained heavy injuries, and the show runners were confident that the groups would no longer be a problem.

Later that day, Ty and Van stumbled upon a crazed Brad Hawke, traumatized by the annihilation of his group. During the ensuing scuffle, Brad managed to shoot Van in the stomach. In one of the most emotionally charged scenes that season, Ty Becker went berserk as he savagely beat Brad to death with Van's baseball bat, crying the entire time. Van ended up dying in Ty’s arms, capping off the six deaths of day six.

Day seven opened up with only eight remaining participants, and endgame was drawing near. Both groups lost members as Asa Nunez from the Seo Group succumbed to wounds sustained in yesterday’s fight, and Oriana Parker from the Rodriguez Group committed suicide, despairing over killing her friend Julianne Weiss. Ty Becker was also killed when he ran into Colette Hackmann, who returned to the limelight afterwards.

With Ty’s death, endgame was set into motion, and the remaining five competitors were called to the mess hall. Colette showed up first, and had pilfered a can of gasoline from a supplies shed. She doused the building’s perimeter before running off to hide, hoping she could catch the remaining four in one fell swoop. Alana and Andy arrived next, and agreed to split up, vowing not to kill each other. Around that same time, Trinity and Johnny approached from the opposite direction, deciding to stick together.

However, their alliance was short-lived, as they encountered Andy Steele upon arrival. Andy shot and killed Johnny with his crossbow, but was tackled to the ground by Trinity, who slit his throat after a brief struggle. Taking his crossbow, Trinity disappeared into the mess hall. Colette had watched the entire ordeal unfold, and decided to start the fire after Trinity entered. Alana stumbled onto her as she lit the match, and managed to throw Colette into the fire she'd started. She then entered the burning building in pursuit of Trinity.

The final showdown between the leaders of the two groups was heightened by tension, as both girls prowled the burning building. In a moment that some call anticlimactic (but others call badass) Alana tried to get the jump on Trinity, but the other girl whipped around and put an arrow through her throat. Despite the added difficulties caused by the fire, Trinity Seo was safely extracted from the arena, and was named the victor of Season 43.

Legacy:
  • Rated as: Good
  • While not a classic, Season 43 is best remembered for the dynamic group politics that shaped the course of the game. Fans from this era still pledge their allegiances to Team Seo or Team Rodriguez, with some contrarian fans on Team Warhawke. The Seo-Rodriguez feud is depicted in merchandise and fanworks as a classic group rivalry.
  • Another highlight of the season was the relationship between Ty Becker and Van Edwards, dubbed “Tyvan” by fans. The ship is prominent in that sect of the fanbase, and still has a small but dedicated following.
  • Trinity “Trickshot” Seo enjoyed a moderate amount of fame following her victory, albeit marred by a small but vocal Rodriguez Group fanbase. A more prominent controversy was raised after a letter written by one of her uncles, a prominent Korean Baptist pastor, circulated online. In the letter, her uncle disavows her for her actions during the game, especially for killing her cousin. Estranged from her family, Trinity disappeared from the public eye once the next season rolled around electing to use her show earnings to get through college. She returned to the limelight briefly during a scandal in 2018, when she was assaulted by Ellen Rockwood, the mother of a girl she’d killed during the game, during an SOTF-related event in New York City. Trinity Seo graduated from Northwestern University in 2020 with a degree in journalism, and was last reported getting a job as a reporter with a Seattle-based news station.
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F18: Tori Gavlik is DEAD and armed with a pilgrim hat, 2 blades and a lighter >> "Don't assume everybody's going to forgive you for that. People aren't nice, especially in this game."
Current: Forever dreaming in To The Clouds

v2.5
F03: Danielle Baumgartner is ALIVE and armed with a personalized dog tag, and a SIG Sauer P226
Current: Mourning in Tomb of the Forgotten

F06: Frankie Matsui is ALIVE and armed with an Uzi submachine gun
Current: Unsure of herself in Shit's Fucked and waxing in Yellow Wood

~*~

M02: Matthew Davis is tired.
F23: Clover Dubose is laughing.
M29: Paxton Dombrowski is sleeping.

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Aarush Ganguly is ALIVE

Helen Klepacki is ALIVE
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Season 2
BB1 (Bronze Bears 1): Tucker Hopkins is DEAD and unarmed >> It's not like I would've made it after the game was over...
Current: Getting it over with in Going Forward

EW2 (Ebony Whales 2): Leah Bissard is DEAD and armed with a Zastava M70AB2 >> Run.
Current: Feeling regret in Gravity
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G26: Bridgette Sommerfeld is DEAD and armed with a ballistic knife >> "This...is from my last fight."
Current: Cut short in Cursed are the ones who can't abide.
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Demi Olajuwon, Jr. >> Touching down
Princesa Maria Flores >> Fa la la
Wilbur Thomas "Witt" McClain >> Deo vindice
Leilani Taylor >> Oh the times, they are a'changin'
Taehyun Seo >> Defying you
Anna Mae Love >> Looking for love
Diosdado Shapiro >> A pirate's life for me
Iris Hadley >> Up in flames
Georgia Salcedo >> The pen is mightier
Jesse Drew
Dane Delrose
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F18: Tori Gavlik by Violent-Medic
Sprited Tori by Mimi
Tucker in costume by diseasedBear (with hat)
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Joined: December 11th, 2011, 11:50 pm

April 30th, 2017, 5:50 am #32

I'm getting my Season 18, dammit. Even if I have to write a whole new season for it.
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Dates: Spring 2011

Winner: Austin Avila (two kills)
Runner Up: Christa Carpenter (seven kills)
Third Place: Terry Leefolt (one kill)

Location: The abandoned logging town of Palmyre, Washington. Abandoned thirty years earlier, Palmyre has been mired in rumors of paranormal activity following several tragedies in the 20th century and has been seen as a popular spot for ghost hunters.

Notable Participants:
• Austin Avila (winner, two kills): The winner of Season 18, Austin was a handsome and popular soccer player. He spent most of the game searching for his girlfriend, Christa Carpenter. This ended up being a noble journey that was plagued with tragedy and suffering.
• Christa Carpenter (second place, seven kills): The biggest killer of Season 18. Christa was an attractive and popular cheerleader and Austin’s girlfriend. After an accidental murder and a self-defense killing, Christa gave into the hopelessness of the game and found herself becoming more willing to kill and less willing to trust, turning her into one of the most tragic contestants this season.
• Terry Leefolt (third place, one kill): Another soccer player and Austin’s best friend, Terry managed to find his girlfriend, Brianna Tucker, and her cousin, Malcolm Duggan, early on and formed an alliance with them and later Austin. While initially heroic, Terry’s time in the game was filled with tragedy, and Terry himself became more of an anti-villain as the game progressed.
• The Mystery Girls: Emilie Brown (twelfth place, zero kills), Jessica Hurley (thirteenth place, one kill), and Rachel Lexington (fourteenth place, zero kills): Three friends back in Bennington, The Mystery Girls (as they were retroactively dubbed) formed one of the tightest alliances and starred in one of the most focused plot lines of the season. Emilie Brown was the leader of the group, having maintained the valedictorian position in their class and acting as student body president. Jessica Hurley was an athlete on the school wrestling team and was a lot more skeptical and critical of their game. Rachel Lexington was a quiet, intellectual girl and track team member. In their group, Emilie represented the intellectual side, while Jessica was the muscle, and Rachel fell in the middle. Together, they formed a strong team and led to a surprising story set by the producers.
• Michael Haverforth (fifteenth place, four kills): A member of the school baseball team, Michael was known for being into hunting back home with his family. Upon entering, he decided to play, leading to several notable deaths. His end tied in with the end of The Mystery Girls’ story and was seen as one of the biggest player mistakes of the game.

Summary: For Season 18, 42 senior students from Bennington, Maine were abducted and sent to Palmyre, Washington. Palmyre was a former logging community in the Northwestern part of the state with a sordid history. Following a mill fire in the mid-20th century, rumors about hauntings and paranormal activity spread, leading Palmyre to develop a reputation as a cursed town. The town was abandoned thirty years prior after the main lumber mill closed, but the ruins of the town have made it a popular sight for ghost hunters and fans of the paranormal.

For this season, students were scattered throughout the remains of the town, which included a small area with stores and businesses, a small suburban area, the nearby lake, and the remains of the rebuilt lumber mill and surrounding forest. Because of the town’s reputation, the producers framed the season to appear like a ghost hunting show, with night vision cameras and set decorating to look like there were signs of paranormal activity afoot. Some students also had special weapon draws related to the rumors, such as ghost hunting equipment or materials from when Palmyre was thriving.

At the start, the game began normally. Some students made alliances, while others went into hiding and some began to play. The first day was fairly slow, with only 4 kids dying before the first announcement, mostly from accidents and one suicide. It was also in this time that some of the major storylines for the season began. Christa Carpenter had committed the first murder when she accidentally shot Bruno Paisley when he surprised her. She was on the verge of ending her life when her boyfriend, Austin Avila, found her. He managed to talk her down, but she ran from him ashamed of her actions, leading Austin to pursue her.

Meanwhile, Emilie Brown had allied with two of her friends, Jessica Hurley and Rachel Lexington. The girls had little in the way of playing, with Emilie receiving a book entitled "The History of Palmyre" and Jessica and Rachel being armed with a carving knife and a cherry pie, respectively. While holed up in one of the lumber mill dorms, Emilie flipped through the book and realized there was a message written in fake blood at the end. The message read that there was salvation to be found if the mystery of Palmyre could be solved, with details about the next clue following.

The book and the message were a gimmick imposed by the producers to tie with the paranormal theme. The book was placed in the game along with a mystery tied in with the Palmyre folklore, with part of the scene decorating being constructed to be a part of the mystery. This was added to add a mystery element to the game, while also to be a possible Easter egg for any players.

Emilie, noting that it was too odd to have such a thing as her assigned weapon, convinced Jessica and Rachel to follow along with the mystery. Although Jessica and Rachel were skeptical, Emilie convinced them that solving the mystery would be preferable to playing, and that there may be an actual reward involved. With no better options, Jessica and Rachel agreed, and the girls set out to solve the mystery.

It was also in this time that the game began to ramp up. Natalie Cochran and Elizabeth Danish had teamed up early on, but soon ran into trouble regarding game play. As the girls argued, this drew the attention of early player Michael Haverforth. Michael shot at the girls, injuring them both. They tried to retaliate, but Michael managed to easily kill Natalie. Elizabeth ran away, and Michael pursued her, only to lose track of her when she went into the lumber mill.

As Elizabeth hid, she stumbled upon the hiding place of Justin Grey. Surprised by her sudden appearance, Justin swung the walking stick he had been assigned, killing her. As he reeled in shock, Michael appeared and shot Justin. Michael collected Elizabeth and Justin’s supplies, and moved on.

Meanwhile, Christa continued to run from Austin out of shame for what she did. As she did, she arrived in the general store. While she collected herself, Cotton Keeler appeared. Cotton tried to understand Christa’s actions, and she explained herself to him. He seemed to buy her explanation, and Christa started to relax. However, Cotton then pulled a switchblade and attacked. Cotton revealed that Bruno was his boyfriend, something almost no one in Bennington knew about. Cotton tried to attack and kill Christa, leading to a fight in the general store. Christa eventually gained the upper hand after knocking a shelf onto Cotton. While he was trapped, she tried to make a break for it, but he stabbed her in the foot with his blade. In response, Christa shot him in the head.

Horrified that she had now killed two people in about eight hours, Christa decided it didn’t matter any more. People were going to try and kill her, and there was almost no chance of stopping it. Christa collected Cotton’s supplies and hid herself to treat her injuries.

As Christa tended to her injuries, Austin had managed to join an alliance with Terry Leefolt, Brianna Tucker, and Malcolm Duggan. Terry and Brianna were dating, and Malcolm was Brianna’s cousin. Austin and Terry were friends from the soccer team, so they joined up with the goal of gaining numbers and finding a way out. Austin wanted the group to also find Christa, although the others were a bit uncertain about adding a killer to their ranks, despite Austin’s defense of her.

By the end of the first day, the remaining number of students was thirty. Michael had managed another kill, bringing his total up to three. Meanwhile, Emilie’s group had continued to try and solve the mystery of Palmyre. This had led them to finding some documents in a locked drawer in the lumber mill office that hinted the prize was a way to disable the collars. Another clue led them to finding a revolver in a locked box in the police station, which Jessica took as her weapon, trading her blade to Rachel and Emilie continuing to lead the group.

Emilie’s group did reach their first trouble with another student when they came across Dietrich Moynihan. Dietrich had witnessed Oliver Franklin murder Jasper Willoughby in the nearby diner, unaware that Oliver had killed in self-defense. This, coupled with the continuous death toll, began to take toll on his mind. Upon finding the girls looking around in the library. Seeing the gun in Jessica’s hand had led him to assume they were dangerous and tried to fight them with his sword. Jessica was unable to fire the gun due to nerves, so Rachel took to challenging Dietrich. She managed to disarm him and began to physically fight him in order to finally scare him away from the group. However, Dietrich managed to overpower Rachel and began to choke her. Jessica was finally able to muster up the nerve to use the revolver and fired, killing Dietrich and saving Rachel.

Jessica chided Emilie for doing nothing, but Emilie pointed out that they had more to deal with right then. They went over to help Rachel, who was battered but still alive. Jessica declared that they couldn’t fool around any longer and wanted to abandon the mystery hunt. Emilie insisted they keep going, especially since the prize may be a way to escape. The tiebreaker was left to Rachel, who decided on a compromise. They’d solve the mystery, but they’d be more prepared. Emilie, being the smartest, would handle solving the puzzles, while Jessica and Rachel would defend her. Rachel took Dietrich’s sword and the girls moved on to the next clue.

Day 2 saw a few more scattered events. Christa gained another kill when she found Hillary Montoya hiding and killed the girl as she plead for her life. Michael had earned another kill when Donovan Evans tried to hunt him down to avenge Natalie, but lost his life in the process. Near the end of Day 2, the number of remaining students had been brought down to 18.

Austin, Terry, Brianna, and Malcolm had settled into a groove of hiding and searching, which had caused them to avoid a lot of danger. Near sunset, they however came upon a shocking scene. Christa had gotten into a fight with Oliver near the town hall, and had managed to gun him down right as Austin’s group found her. Christa raised her gun to the group, demanding they go away. Austin tried to plead with Christa, but she begged him to leave her alone. Terry also tried to calm her down, but Christa was less likely to trust him.

As they talked, Malcolm whispered to Brianna that Christa seemed too far gone, and they might have to deal with her first. As Christa talked to Austin and Terry, Malcom raised his gun and shot at Christa, managing to hit her in the shoulder. Christa opened fire on the group, causing them to scatter. In the madness, Brianna was hit in the leg and fell to the ground. Terry tried to go back for her, but Austin pulled him away for safety. Malcolm tried to run out and shoot Christa, but Christa managed to shoot him in the stomach, killing him instantly. Christa then ran away from the scene.

Terry and Austin emerged to find Malcolm dead and Brianna in bad condition. She had been hit in an artery, and soon bled out in Terry’s arms. Austin tried to comfort Terry, but Terry chewed him out for pulling him away from Brianna. Terry grabbed Malcolm’s gun and told Austin that he was going to kill Christa, and that if Austin tried to stop him, he’d kill him too. Terry ran off, leaving Austin in shock. Austin tried to run after him as well after a few minutes.

A few hours later, Emilie’s group had arrived at town hall, where another clue asked them to figure out who caused the mill fire. Emilie figured out that the pictures hanging above the mayor’s desk were the suspects, and that all the clues were to point out who the killer was. As Emilie tried to piece together who the arsonist was, Jessica and Rachel realized that someone had found them. Michael had stumbled upon the three bodies near town hall and went inside, figuring the girls were responsible. He opened fire, causing them to take shelter. Jessica returned fire, but her revolver didn’t carry the same power as Michael’s automatic rifle.

The girls then tried to barricade themselves in the office as Michael got closer. As they did, Emilie realized she figured out who caused the mill fire, and grabbed one of the pictures off the wall. As she did, Michael opened fire on the door, sending wood chips everywhere and forcing the girls to duck. On the back of the picture was a small metal object, which Emilie realized could unlock the collars. She quickly tried it out on hers, causing the collar to fall off. As Michael continued to try and break through the door, Emilie used the key to unlock Jessica and Rachel’s collars, sending them clattering to the ground.

As the collars were removed, Michael made a move to reload when the speakers came on. The speakers announced that the town hall was being declared an emergency danger zone and all students had one minute to evacuate the area. Michael, in his madness, ignored the warning and continued to shoot at the door, finally breaking through the barricade. As he stumbled in, he prepared to fire but realized he was out of ammo and that the girls had their collars off. It was then he realized his collar was beeping. He began to panic, but Emilie tossed him the key, telling him how to get it off. Michael, in his fear, fumbled with the key as the beeping picked up. He tried to insert it and disable the collar, but by the time he got the key in, the collar went off, killing him and starting the girls.

Once things quieted down, the speakers in the town hall announced that Emilie, Jessica, and Rachel had successfully solved the mystery of Palmyre, and for that, they would be removed from play. The girls all celebrated and an extraction team was sent to the town hall to remove the girls from the area. After they were removed, the next announcement revealed to the remaining players that there had been a way out of the game and the trio had successfully solved it. Unfortunately, the prize was only offered to those who had figured out the mystery, so the remaining students would have to continue playing. The removal of the mystery trio had left 11 students remaining at the end of Day 2.

Day 3 moved a little more slowly with fewer students left, but had some spikes in activity. With the goal close and the one chance to escape gone, the surviving students all began to make more moves. Terry got into a fight with Lucinda Heart when the girl surprised him and managed to kill her after a scuffle. Christa had retreated into hiding and began to show further signs of slipping. Austin continued to look for Terry and Christa and had managed to avoid getting shot by Jill Peters, who was hiding in the school bell tower and trying to snipe anyone who came near her.

By the end of Day 3, the pool of students had been lowered to five, calling for endgame to begin. The participants were Austin, Christa, Terry, Jill, and Matilda Hockley. Matilda had spent most of the game hiding and avoiding conflict, although this resulted in all her allies, including her boyfriend, Shawn Walters, dying. Endgame was designated to be the lumber mill. Once all five participants arrived, the producers put their last gimmick into action. To add to the atmosphere of endgame, they had rigged explosives in one section of the lumber mill to go off, setting part of the mill on fire. Now the final five had to fight and worry about the environmental damage.
Early on, Austin found Terry and tried to plead with him to stand down. Terry refused, saying that the game had to end and that it couldn’t end with Christa surviving. As he said this, Matilda came near them, causing Terry to fire at her. Matilda ran away in fear, running into the mill. Terry told Austin that could have been someone dangerous, but Austin ignored him. Austin pointed out that Matilda was in danger going into the mill, and hurried after her.

Meanwhile, Christa had found Jill, and got into a gun fight with her. Jill, who had spent most of her game in one place and with less practice, wasn’t able to keep up with Christa, and Christa managed to kill her. As Christa walked away, she was discovered by Terry, who began to chase her through the mill. As they fought, Austin managed to find Matilda. Matilda begged Austin not to hurt her, but Austin said he wouldn’t. Matilda pulled a gun on him, begging him to go. Austin agreed, promising to step away. As he did, there was a loud sound, and the roof above them collapsed. Austin managed to get out of the way in time, but the fiery wreckage fell on Matilda, killing her instantly. Austin was able to take Matilda’s gun, which had been knocked away from the collapse, and hurried to the sound of gunfire.

Terry and Christa continued their fight, each taking some injuries. Terry managed to shoot Christa in the leg, knocking her down. Terry noted how similar this was to Brianna, and told Christa he’d pay her back equal to what she did to Brianna. Terry raised his gun to finish Christa off, but before he could, Austin appeared. Austin tried to beg Terry to just stop, but Terry refused, saying Christa had to die. Terry refused all pleads, and turned back to shoot Christa. Before he could, Austin raised his gun and fired repeatedly, hitting Terry a few times and sending him over a railing to his death.

Austin dropped his gun as Christa looked at him in shock. He walked over to Christa and picked her up, carrying her out of the burning lumber mill. They made their way a safe distance away from the burning mill and watched as the mill was consumed. Christa asked Austin why he saved her after all she did. Austin said it was because he loved her, and even now, he still loves her despite all reason telling him otherwise. Christa admitted all the terrible things she did in the game, and told Austin that she couldn’t go home.

Christa put her gun in Austin’s hand and raised it to her head. She begged him to let it end. Austin refused, saying he couldn’t possibly kill her. Christa said he had to, as she was too scared to do it herself. They continued to argue back and forth, but Christa told him that if he loved her, he’d grant her one last mercy. Austin was silent, and finally agreed. He adjusted the gun and put his finger around the trigger. Christa thanked him and declared her love for him, which he reciprocated. Austin pulled the trigger, instantly killing Christa. With that, Austin was declared the winner of Season 18.

However, the extraction team found Austin quite difficult to remove. Austin refused to budge from his spot when they came from him, and refused to let go of Christa’s body. Through panic and tears, Austin was prepared to turn Christa’s gun on himself, but when he fired, he found the gun was empty. The team tasered him, knocking him out and allowing them to remove him from the area and so that firefighters could put out the mill fire.

Legacy:

•Rated as: Good

• Season 18 was seen as a decent season as it occurred, although there have been a few points of contention with the haunted gimmick. For the most part, the season gimmick was well received, with some creative editing and a good atmosphere throughout. The season did receive some criticism from paranormal enthusiasts for destroying the Palmyre lumber mill during the game. However, the presence of Survival of the Fittest has been added to the Palmyre mythology, with supposed sightings and hauntings from the deceased students, increasing tourism in the town.

• The Mystery of Palmyre aspect was somewhat mixed, as it was noted that it could have been completely ignored and wasted had Emilie not flipped through the book, while some considered it a weaker example of an escape attempt as it merely required the participants to solve puzzles and riddles as opposed to figuring out the collars’ weaknesses. However, the fact that it succeeded at all and saved three students led to some praise for being executed at all. While an interesting gimmick, one as complicated as this was seen as something that would be unlikely to be featured in future seasons.

• The escape group, retroactively dubbed “The Mystery Girls,” enjoyed some fame following their escape attempt. The trio as a whole were not as popular because their story required more puzzle solving and less action, with the fight with Dietrich and their final confrontation with Michael being the standouts of their collective arc. Rachel Lexington used the earnings to help her family and avoided the spotlight following her season. She received her doctorate in Psychology and now works as a therapist in Bangor, Maine. Jessica Hurley enjoyed some fame following the show, using the series to start a career in pro wrestling. She continues to wrestle to this day and lives with her husband and two children in Las Vegas. Emilie Brown went to college and studied philosophy and psychology. She has published several books about Survival of the Fittest and game theory, as has been a guest on SOTF related shows to discuss game plays and theories relating to the ever-changing game. She lives comfortably in New York City with her husband. All three Mystery Girls stay in contact and visit one another a few times every year.

• Official winner Austin Avila had a much more tragic turn since winning. After winning, Austin turned away from the spotlight completely, refusing all interviews and appearances. His family wanted him to get evaluated, but Austin refused to seek any help, spending his days floating through on grief and depression. Two years later, tragedy struck when Austin’s father, Rafael Avila, smothered his son in his bedroom one night. Rafael turned himself in and was charged with involuntary euthanasia. Rafael claimed his son was near-catatonic and realized that he would never recover, so he decided to end his son’s suffering. While charges were eventually dropped, Rafael and his wife, Miranda, separated as Miranda had no idea Rafael planned to euthanize Austin. Miranda won custody of their two other children, and both Rafael and Miranda have left Bennington and avoided all press since then.

Suggested by: Laurels
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V2:
Brigid Paxton
Louisa Bloom

Prologue:
Rodney Vasicek
Ambrose Lexington

V3:
Pippa Andolini
Nastya Zharkova

TV:
V2:
Asa Rosen
Taylor DeVasher

SC
V1:
Paige Strand
Amber Whimsy

V2:
Sophie McDowell
Brigid Paxton
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November 16th, 2017, 11:33 pm #34

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Dates: February 2013
Winner: Agustin Olivera (four kills)
Runner Up: Claire Dubuisson (four kills)
Third Place: Kelly Dershowitz (one kill)

Location: The Cupid’s Point Resort in the Poconos Mountains

Notable Participants:
  • Agustin Olivera (winner) - A scruffy and heavyset Argentine football player, Agustin rose to prominence on the first day for winning a fight against Vladimir Sirotovsky by biting his neck. He later became a minor member of The Band. Agustin’s fighting style and penchant for nocturnal combat prompted fans to nickname him “The Werewolf”.
  • Claire Dubuisson (runner-up) - A punkish junior with who stylized herself as a ‘knight’, killing players with her assigned broadsword. She was best friends with Vladimir, whose death she attempted to avenge in endgame.
  • Charlotte Plaskett (eighth place) - The graduating class’s valedictorian, Charlotte rose to prominence as an accomplished sniper, though many complained that her kills were boring to watch.
  • Davy Cotton (ninth place) - The captain of the robotics club, junior Davy Cotton was the showier of Season 27’s top two players. He used the game as an opportunity to get back at his bullies, often tying them up before executing them.
  • The Band, consisting of Lisette Lemieux (twentieth place), Hakim Thompson (twenty-first place), Catherine Louder (twenty-second place), and Tobias Vang (twenty-eighth place) - An escape group primarily formed of students from the matching band, lead by the hubristic Hakim Thompson. The group is mainly known for its inefficiency, drama, and messy disintegration. The season’s eventual winner stuck with the Band for most of the game, although he was only kept around as muscle.
  • Vladimir Sirotovsky (forty-fifth place) - A squirrely and unassuming junior, mostly known for his messy death on the first day. His gothic attire and pale skin made him reminiscent of a vampire, inspiring his killer’s nickname.
Summary: Season 27 involved fifty juniors and seniors from Castor Gardens High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The students were abducted on Valentine’s Day, which became the season’s defining gimmick. Fittingly, the season took place at Cupid’s Point, a swingers resort in the Poconos that was abandoned in 2009. The area included a hotel and surrounding villas, a nightclub, a pool and spa area, a recreation center, and a golf course.

The first day saw seven deaths. Highlights included Charlotte Plaskett shooting Jodi Michaels from a third story window, and the diminutive Davy Cotton managing to incapacitate football player Kyle Matheson before shooting him with his own assigned gun.

The biggest highlight of day one, however, came in the evening. A senior football player named Agustin Olivera encountered junior Vladimir Sirotovsky in the upper levels of the hotel. Agustin wasn’t looking for trouble, but a panicked Vlad accidentally fired his gun at the other boy, sparking a fight. The senior managed to disarm him, but since neither were equipped with weapons, they resorted to using their fists.

Their conflict was long and drawn out, with both boys exchanging blows. While Agustin was physically stronger, Vlad gained the advantage by kicking the older boy in the groin, and proceeded to crawl on top to strangle him. Agustin clawed at the boy’s face and stunned him, and bit his throat in a moment of desperation, piercing his carotid artery. Vlad was immediately incapacitated, and Agustin turned the tables and beat him to death. As the adrenaline wore off, Agustin realized what he’d done, and he took off into the night. He quickly became a fan favorite for his ferociousness, and fans dubbed him “The Werewolf” since he was hirsute, wearing an NC State sweatshirt (whose mascot is the Wolfpack) and had seemed nonviolent until the sun went down.

The second day saw seven, keeping up the steady pace set on day one. Charlotte and Davy each scored their second kills, with Davy famously torturing the junior class president Monisola Oyeyemi. Another participant that rose to prominence was Claire Dubuisson, a budding player hunter who skewered a boy who killed her friend with a broadsword. Hoping to garner attention from the fanbase, she stylized herself as a knight, looking to deliver justice.

That, Agustin stumbled upon a group of students. They were initially terrified by Agustin’s bloodied clothes and the story from the announcement, but sensing his remorse, their leader saw an opportunity. They were forming an escape group, Hakim Thompson said, and they Agustin could join them if he provided protection. Remembering that Agustin had a slight crush on him, Hakim winked and made some suggestive comments that swayed him to his side.

The four students, dubbed “The Band” by fans, filled him in on their plans. Inspired by the Escape Artists from last season, Hakim was sure that the key to escape was electrocuting their collars. However, the group had yet to find a tool to electrocute their collars with. Agustin acted as a bodyguard as they scoured the resort, to no avail. They retired to their hideout in the villas when night fell, where Agustin shared a villa with a girl named Catherine Louder. While initially cautious, she warmed up to him as Agustin told her about the fight and his regrets over killing Vlad.

However, Agustin was unaware of the rest of the group’s underlying drama. The four of them had been part of the school marching band, and all but Catherine were seniors. The remaining two members were a couple, Lisette Lemieux and Tobias Vang, the latter being Hakim’s best friend and friendly rival. Unbeknownst to him, however, Hakim had an intense crush on Lisette, and finding themselves in a life-or-death situation, thought it was time to act on his feelings.

That night, Hakim and Lisette snuck out of the villas as the other slept, Hakim claiming that there were pressing matters they needed to discuss. He ended up confessing his feelings, though Lisette didn’t completely reciprocate them. She’d crushed on both boys throughout high school, but she was loyal to Tobias. After some bickering, the pair agreed not to bring this up again and turned in for the night.

Their search continued the next morning, though it was equally fruitless. Tobias was getting impatient and proposed that they try another plan, but Hakim was determined to try electrocution first. While he made legitimate arguments, Hakim mostly rebutted Tobias out of spite, fueled by Lisette’s rejection.

The Band’s big break came that afternoon, when they encountered Colin Stapleton, whose assigned weapon was a taser. However, he was accompanied by Claire Dubuisson, who had saved him by nearly decapitating his would-be killer. Claire had been friends with Vlad before the game, and was immediately wary when she spotted Agustin. The Band tried to coax the weapon out of him, but Claire told him to refuse, asking the group why they were harboring a murderer. Catherine and Hakim stuck up for Agustin, and a long-winded argument broke out.

An impatient Tobias, eager to get the taser just to prove Hakim wrong, took matters in his own hand. He raised his pistol and shot Colin in the chest, killing him. Enraged, Claire charged at the Band, though Agustin stepped forward and pushed her off. Realizing she was outnumbered, a furious Claire backed off.

Instead of celebrating, the Band began arguing. Hakim chastised Tobias for shooting the boy, but Tobias snarkily retorted that they’d gotten the taser in the end. A squeamish Lisette took Hakim’s side, which only further infuriated Tobias. The trio debated on the way back to the villas, where the bickering continued into the night. Catherine and Agustin took neither side, too focused on dressing minor cuts Agustin sustained.

They woke up early on day four, eager to escape. Since there were no corpses nearby and they were unwilling to leave the safety of the villa, the group decided that one of them would be a guinea pig. Hakim nominated Tobias, leveraging the murder of Colin against him. Tobias begrudgingly agreed, and Agustin held him down as Hakim electrocuted parts of his collar. Clumsily, he kept accidentally teasing him, which only worsened as the test went on without success, frustration clouded Hakim’s mind. Tobias initially winced and cursed, but they became more frequent and louder as Hakim grew more frustrated. Lisette begged him to stop, but he refused, certain that it would work. Tobias ended up dying from his wounds. Lisette was devastated, and Hakim attempted to console her. It dawned on Lisette that perhaps he had willingly killed her boyfriend in order to get to her. She managed to pull herself together, but her hatred of Hakim Thompson stewed for the rest of the day.

That night, Lisette resolved to kill Hakim. She attempted to enlist Agustin and Catherine as accomplices, but neither were willing to turn on their leader. Lisette kept pressing the issue, and an argument broke out. At one point Agustin moved to grab her shoulder, but she panicked and seized a cleaver that was lying on the table. She drove the other two back, and when Catherine tried to approach to console her, she swung it towards her face.

Agustin screamed as Catherine crumpled to the ground. He bodyslammed Lisette into a dresser, and the sound alerted Hakim to the commotion. When he entered the room and saw Agustin pinning down Lisette, he assumed the worst and attacked him. While the two boys fought, Lisette pulled the cleaver out of Catherine’s forehead and buried it in Hakim’s back when he wasn’t looking. A second struggle ensued, which ended in Agustin smothering Lisette with a pillow. Dreading to find himself killing for the second, a distraught Agustin fled the scene.

Lisette’s death pushed Season 27 into the final nineteen. Agustin’s return was well-received by fans, who were disappointed by his inactivity over the past few days. However, there were plenty of players to fill his vacancy. Claire Dubuisson continued her crusade by bagging two more players after Colin’s death, with a renewed grudge against Agustin. Charlotte Plaskett and Davy Cotton were tied for most kills at five apiece. From the looks of the bombastic cast, Season 27’s endgame would be glorious.

However, endgame would come sooner than the fans thought. In the late afternoon of day five, a grenade explosion in the basement of the hotel caused a significant portion of the building to collapse, killing ten students. Among the victims were Charlotte and Davy, who were in the midst of a firefight in the lobby. The final fourteen proceeded to the final four in the blink of an eye,

Begrudgingly, the executives triggered endgame, calling all the survivors to the golf course to avoid a repeated incident. Rabia Mahmood, freezing and half-starved by a misguided attempt to wait the game out, succumbed to the elements moments after arriving to the golf course, bringing the remaining finalists down to Agustin Olivera, Claire Dubuisson, and a straggler named Kelly Dershowitz.

Agustin and Kelly were the first to arrive on the scene, as the sun set over the resort. Agustin was hesitant to kill again, but with more determination, Kelly instigated a fight. This fight proved much more disastrous than before, as Kelly managed to slash his arm. However, he gritted his teeth and tackled Kelly to the ground, getting the upper hand and finishing her off. Once Kelly was done, Clair appeared on the other side of the golf course. Agustin took her Kelly’s knife and scrambled into the underbrush.

The next half hour was a drawn out game of catch and mouse, with Claire stalking the woods in search of Agustin. Wanting to get it done quickly, she eschewed her usual weapon for a pistol she scavenged off her last kill. Despite his size, Agustin managed to keep out of sight, and snuck up on her. He rose from the bushes and lunged, sinking the knife into her back and ensuring his victory.

Legacy:
  • Rated as: Poor
  • Initially shaping up to be a good season, Season 27’s anticlimactic ending earned it a poor reputation with viewers. The deaths of Charlotte and Davy especially angered fans. Despite the large number of students, a bulk of them were uninteresting and forgettable, save for the Band and several players.
  • The Band became a textbook example of a failed escape group, with their leader coming under particularly heavy criticism. Hakim Thompson is remembered for his stubbornness and promiscuity, though nowadays he’s more often referenced as “wannabe Louie Sabin.”
  • A contributing factor to Season 27’s shortcoming was its winner. Despite his warm reception and memorable time in the game, Agustin Olivera floundered under the spotlight, and said little during interviews after his victory. He was offered a scholarship to North Carolina State University for the publicity they got after the season, though he dropped out after a year due to continuing mental health issues. Afterwards, Agustin moved with his family back to Argentina, where he’s hasn’t been heard from since. For a time rumors about his current whereabouts flew around on message boards, though the general consensus is that he may have just changed his name to live a quiet life away from SOTF.
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v2
F18: Tori Gavlik is DEAD and armed with a pilgrim hat, 2 blades and a lighter >> "Don't assume everybody's going to forgive you for that. People aren't nice, especially in this game."
Current: Forever dreaming in To The Clouds

v2.5
F03: Danielle Baumgartner is ALIVE and armed with a personalized dog tag, and a SIG Sauer P226
Current: Mourning in Tomb of the Forgotten

F06: Frankie Matsui is ALIVE and armed with an Uzi submachine gun
Current: Unsure of herself in Shit's Fucked and waxing in Yellow Wood

~*~

M02: Matthew Davis is tired.
F23: Clover Dubose is laughing.
M29: Paxton Dombrowski is sleeping.

v3
Aarush Ganguly is ALIVE

Helen Klepacki is ALIVE
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Season 2
BB1 (Bronze Bears 1): Tucker Hopkins is DEAD and unarmed >> It's not like I would've made it after the game was over...
Current: Getting it over with in Going Forward

EW2 (Ebony Whales 2): Leah Bissard is DEAD and armed with a Zastava M70AB2 >> Run.
Current: Feeling regret in Gravity
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G26: Bridgette Sommerfeld is DEAD and armed with a ballistic knife >> "This...is from my last fight."
Current: Cut short in Cursed are the ones who can't abide.
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Demi Olajuwon, Jr. >> Touching down
Princesa Maria Flores >> Fa la la
Wilbur Thomas "Witt" McClain >> Deo vindice
Leilani Taylor >> Oh the times, they are a'changin'
Taehyun Seo >> Defying you
Anna Mae Love >> Looking for love
Diosdado Shapiro >> A pirate's life for me
Iris Hadley >> Up in flames
Georgia Salcedo >> The pen is mightier
Jesse Drew
Dane Delrose
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F18: Tori Gavlik by Violent-Medic
Sprited Tori by Mimi
Tucker in costume by diseasedBear (with hat)
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April 27th, 2018, 7:45 pm #35

All submitted lore has now been edited and migrated to the wiki, leaving the queue (finally) clear.
Current characters:

The Program: V3 Prologue:
Mina Mashall - Digital Voice Recorder - Making a good impression - "I didn't know you felt so strongly about me."
Erik Bell - Jericho .941 - Having lunch - "May I?"

SECOND CHANCES: V2:
Assorted flora and fauna

SOTF-TV V2:
EW4: Jewel Evans - Chatterbox Communicator Headsets (0/5) - Online - ELIMINATED - "Scars are just reminders to be better next time."
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The Program V1:
M06: Karl Chalmers - American Flag - The Mess Hall - DECEASED
F09: Nichole "Nikki" Campbell - 6 Pack of Beer (0/6) - Open Ground - DECEASED

The Program V2:
M08: Alexander Bonham - Steel Folding Chair - The Pine Stands - DECEASED
F20: Robin Pounds - Stress Ball - Mountain Track - DECEASED

SOTF-TV V1:
PRP3: Karen Ruiz - Glock 17 (0/17 +1 bullet), WASP Knife, Swordcane - Over and out - ELIMINATED - "I don't find pointless death funny."
W02: Renée Carlson - Straight Razor - The Resort Beach - DECEASED

SOTF-TV V2:
SS4: Austin White - Gold Retractable Spyglass - The World Oyster - DECEASED

Second Chances V1:
G16: Nicole Husher (thanks to TBH!) - Colt Single Action Army - The Makeshift Hospital - DECEASED

Second Chances V2:
B12: Richard Ormsby - x4 Flashbang Grenades - The Ravine - DECEASED
B22: William Lohman - Winchester Model 1897 - The Ravine - DECEASED

BR AU:
B15: Shuya Nanahara - No Weapon - The School Building - DECEASED
B20: Kyoichi Motobuchi - Bulletproof Vest - Tourist Association - DECEASED
G01: Mizuho Inada - Grenades (0/2) - Clinic - DECEASED

SOTF Evolution:
Subject C01: Samantha Reynolds - Facial Morphing - The Cove - ELIMINATED

VIRTUA SOTF:
M11: Richard Ormsby - Cowbell - The Corssroads Bridge - GAME OVER
M22: William Lohman - Hockey Stick - The Corssroads Bridge - GAME OVER
If you want an honest assessment of your character's storyline, feel free to PM me and I'll whip one up as soon as I am able.

Thanks to Bear/Frogue/Kotorikun/Ryuki for the avatar art.
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April 27th, 2018, 8:36 pm #36

By Frozen's suggestion: the seasons added today were Nine, Eighteen, Twenty-Seven, and Fifty-Five.
Current characters:

The Program: V3 Prologue:
Mina Mashall - Digital Voice Recorder - Making a good impression - "I didn't know you felt so strongly about me."
Erik Bell - Jericho .941 - Having lunch - "May I?"

SECOND CHANCES: V2:
Assorted flora and fauna

SOTF-TV V2:
EW4: Jewel Evans - Chatterbox Communicator Headsets (0/5) - Online - ELIMINATED - "Scars are just reminders to be better next time."
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The Program V1:
M06: Karl Chalmers - American Flag - The Mess Hall - DECEASED
F09: Nichole "Nikki" Campbell - 6 Pack of Beer (0/6) - Open Ground - DECEASED

The Program V2:
M08: Alexander Bonham - Steel Folding Chair - The Pine Stands - DECEASED
F20: Robin Pounds - Stress Ball - Mountain Track - DECEASED

SOTF-TV V1:
PRP3: Karen Ruiz - Glock 17 (0/17 +1 bullet), WASP Knife, Swordcane - Over and out - ELIMINATED - "I don't find pointless death funny."
W02: Renée Carlson - Straight Razor - The Resort Beach - DECEASED

SOTF-TV V2:
SS4: Austin White - Gold Retractable Spyglass - The World Oyster - DECEASED

Second Chances V1:
G16: Nicole Husher (thanks to TBH!) - Colt Single Action Army - The Makeshift Hospital - DECEASED

Second Chances V2:
B12: Richard Ormsby - x4 Flashbang Grenades - The Ravine - DECEASED
B22: William Lohman - Winchester Model 1897 - The Ravine - DECEASED

BR AU:
B15: Shuya Nanahara - No Weapon - The School Building - DECEASED
B20: Kyoichi Motobuchi - Bulletproof Vest - Tourist Association - DECEASED
G01: Mizuho Inada - Grenades (0/2) - Clinic - DECEASED

SOTF Evolution:
Subject C01: Samantha Reynolds - Facial Morphing - The Cove - ELIMINATED

VIRTUA SOTF:
M11: Richard Ormsby - Cowbell - The Corssroads Bridge - GAME OVER
M22: William Lohman - Hockey Stick - The Corssroads Bridge - GAME OVER
If you want an honest assessment of your character's storyline, feel free to PM me and I'll whip one up as soon as I am able.

Thanks to Bear/Frogue/Kotorikun/Ryuki for the avatar art.
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Dates: Summer 2009
Winner: Christian Greene (6 kills)
Runner Up: Emmeline Dobson (1 kill)
Third Place: Kristie Bertran (4 kills)

Location: Isla Paraíso, an island resort in the Pacific Ocean, ravaged by a tsunami only weeks beforehand. While the original planned arena for this season was Redwood National Park in Humboldt County, SOTF-TV production found out about the island resort not long after its appearance in the news, and swooped in after disaster relief had only just begun cleanup efforts. Much of the debris and destruction had been preserved for use as scenery and aesthetics in-game.

Notable Participants:
  • Christian Greene (winner) - Football linebacker and son of prominent ranchers in the Childress community, Christian teamed up with Matthew Moore at the start of the game and formed a deadly partnership that saw them through most of the game - while Matthew was the more showy, bloodthirsty and pragmatic of the two, it didn’t take long for Christian to learn the ropes from Matthew and he quickly became just as dangerous. While their partnership was severed by Matthew’s death before endgame, Christian ended up winning in his honour, and dedicated the season to him.
  • Emmeline Dobson (runner-up) - The daughter of an oil mogul, Emmeline was a spoiled but sweet girl who was desperate for a way out with her friends, but she ended up being the only one of them to live, after which she played a stealthy game that saw her through to the endgame where she got a surprise kill on Kristie Bertran, but was no match for Christian and ended up being killed by him to end the season.
  • Kristie Bertran (3rd place) - A shy, reclusive nerd, Kristie survived most of the game through her partnership with Jordan Keyes, a toxic and violent boy who expected Kristie to bow to his every whim in order to survive, but she managed to become fed up with him and killed him during one of his violent outbursts. After this, she decided that she’d had enough of her school and decided to fight her way out of the game, making it all the way to the end. She was killed by Emmeline after having her head smashed into the edge of a pool.
  • Jose Garza (4th place) - A nice, average boy who teamed up with his girlfriend and another couple throughout the game, and slowly found himself entwined in various soap-opera like happenings throughout the season - first, his girlfriend was forced to kill one of his best friends when said friend attempted to kill them, causing her to attempt suicide in grief. Then, when that was almost worked through, the other girl in the group became convinced that her boyfriend was cheating on her with Jose’s girlfriend, killing the both of them and before killing herself. He ended up in endgame due to sheer luck and various suicides and unexpected deaths, where he was killed by Christian not two minutes after endgame began.
  • Joanne Tilman (5th place) - Notable as the last death before endgame started, Joanne’s journey was a unique one, as she spent the vast majority of it in near catatonia, unable to take care of herself and reliant on her friends for help and protection. This would end up leading to the deaths of all her friends as they put themselves on the line to protect her, and when she became the only one left, she was unable to bring herself out of her head to go forward, and had her collar detonated for not entering the endgame area.
  • Andy Ramirez (6th place) - Joanne’s best friend and main carer for most of the game, Andy took a brutal amount of damage throughout the game, including several bullet wounds, three stab wounds, a severed finger and what was later found to be a concussion. While Joanne’s other friends and protectors ended up dying quickly and almost immediately, Andy lived almost to the end the game, where he ended up dying from a combination of his injuries and infections.
  • Matthew Moore (8th place) - The star quarterback of Childress’s football team, Matthew was a natural performer and took SOTF-TV as an opportunity to become a star, and became the most popular character of the season. He partnered with Christian Greene early on in order to have a partner-in-crime, and ended up racking up the most kills of the season at six, becoming the biggest threat to win by the time the Final 10 was decided. However, in a case of sheer dumb luck, Matthew was nicked by a ricochet in a firefight with Clark Clark after they lured him into the open. Despite killing Clark, Matthew’s jugular was cut and he bled out, but not before Christian promised to avenge him by winning the season.
  • Clark Clark (9th place) - An extremely dangerous player, Clark was well known for using guerilla tactics to ambush his prey, setting traps in order to lure in victims and potential victims and eventually drawing out their deaths for extended periods of time. However, his own tactics were inadvertently used against him by Matthew and Christian, and he was unexpectedly pulled out into the open where he was shot and killed, but not before managing to get an accidental shot off on Matthew before his death.
  • Nicki Nobles (15th place) - Jonas’ girlfriend, a member of Jose’s group, as well as the reason for its dissolution, Nicki managed to keep her composure for the good majority of the game, before succumbing to the pressure near the end and having a mental break, imagining that her boyfriend Jonas was cheating on her with Jose’s girlfriend Veronica, killing them both before killing herself.
  • Veronica Jones (16th place) - Jose’s girlfriend and part of his couples group, Veronica underwent trauma at the beginning of the game after being forced to kill Jose’s best friend in self-defence, contemplating suicide for much of the game before eventually finding the will to move on. However, the other girl in the group ended up losing her mind and became convinced her boyfriend was cheating on her with Veronica, and killed them both in a fit of rage.
  • Jonas Moreno (17th place) - Nicki’s boyfriend and part of Jose’s group, Jonas was the emotional and moral anchor of the group, keeping everyone level-headed and grounded for much of the game as well as safe when the need arose. However, the one area he didn’t manage to keep on the level was that of his girlfriend, who had a mental break near the end of the game and killed him and Veronica after being convinced they were cheating together.
  • Wes Langley (21st place) - Emmeline’s friend, secret admirer and a boy convinced he was forever stuck in the friend zone, he ended up protecting Emmeline for most of the game, convinced he could make her love him even though she had a boyfriend. However, he ended up dying in an ambush by a potential player after he went to rescue Emmeline’s boyfriend Dallas, and in a moment’s hesitation thought about leaving Dallas to die so he could be with Emmeline. However, this split-second saw him killed, although not before he managed to take his killer down with him.
  • Dallas Buchanan (23rd placer) - Emmeline’s ineffectual boyfriend who wanted to get to the end with her in order to increase his chances. He relied on Wes to get them through the game, unaware of Wes’s crush on Emmeline, and the two ended up dying in an ambush when an aspiring player took Dallas as hostage, shot Wes, and killed Dallas when Wes fired back.
  • Jordan Keyes (25th place) - A violent, angry, misogynistic boy who teamed up with Kristie because he assumed she’d be grateful and let him control her. Whenever she resisted his advances or didn’t do exactly as he said, he threw what amounted to tantrums and got violent towards her. While he managed to get a fair number of kills at the start of the game, he ended up being killed by Kristie after she feared for her life, losing his life in Kristie’s self-defence.
  • Izzy Boneham (29th place) - One of Emmeline’s best friends, and extremely resentful over the boys protecting her. Izzy ended up getting sick and tired of them treating her like she wasn’t even there and tried to turn Emmeline, before being killed by Wes.
  • Elijah Lee (31st place) - A violent early player who played flashily but dangerously, Elijah was noteworthy for killing a good number of students in the early section of the game before being taken out by Christian as his first kill.
  • Adrian Burke (35th place) - One of Joanne’s best friends, Adrian tried to take care of her best as he could when she was in her catatonic state, but ended up dying at Elijah’s hands while getting her out of danger.
Summary: Forty-six students from Childress High School in Childress, Texas were abducted and taken to Isla Paraíso, a Pacific Island resort recently ravaged by tsunami. The season started out with a bang, as the first two students to wake at the resort itself were Elijah Lee and Blake Page, who immediately realized where they were and attempted to kill each other in a hands-on brawl which ended with Blake’s death via blunt force trauma with Elijah’s own head. Other early incidents in the opening minutes included Matthew Moore getting the jump on Richard Kurosawa, one of his football teammates at the golf course and slitting his throat (following it up with a one-liner in the process), and Jordan Keyes chasing two students to the edge of a cliff, where one futilely attempted to fight back and the other jumped to their death rather than be killed by Jordan.

While the next few hours were not quite as action-packed, they did see the formation of every noteable group that would become a big part of the season. Matthew teamed up with Christian Greene rather than killing him, stating that he needed a partner in crime, and the two became the biggest players of the season; Jordan eventually came across Kristie Bertran, who he forced to travel with him to survive, which Kristie agreed to because of her fear of the island and her classmates; Jose Garza quickly met up with his girlfriend Veronica Jones, and the two came across Jonas Moreno and Nicki Nobles, another couple from school, and the four agreed to stick together for survival - they ended up quickly finding and saving Emmeline Dobson at the resort beach from an attacker, who turned his attempts on them and Veronica was forced to kill him in self-defence while Emmeline escaped. Emmeline herself ended up finding her friend Wes Langley, and quickly found her boyfriend Dallas Buchanan and her best friend Izzy Boneham, and the four also agreed to stick together.

Adrian Burke and Andy Ramirez, another group-up, had also come across Joanne Tilman in a catatonic state, and decided to protect her until she could fend for herself, a state which would never come to pass. While they did their best to protect her from random attackers for a good while, their short-lived group would soon come to an end at the hands of Elijah Lee, who attacked the group at the lagoon and ended up gutting Adrian with a hacksaw after a short fight, which Andy used as an opportunity to get Joanne to safety.

Elijah, who had by this point racked up 3 kills on the first day, would see his luck come to an end soon after, when he ended up coming across Matthew Moore and Christian Greene at the destroyed boardwalk. Matthew and Christian had already been together for most of the first day, during which Matthew had also racked up 3 kills. He was also playing to the camera in an almost effortless way, which Christian ended up asking about, and Matthew, an avid SOTF-TV fan, lay out that he believed that if he became the biggest character of the season with the best kills, the producers would have no choice after last season but to rig him to the end and make him the winner to make up for Season 10. While trying to lay out the rationale for his belief, the two were attacked by Elijah, but Christian quickly got his hands on his own weapon, a six-shot revolver, and quickly shot Elijah all six times while he was distracted trying to kill Matthew. With Matthew’s words in his mind, he fired off his own one-liner straight after.

Meanwhile, tensions were rising in Emmeline’s group, as Izzy began to be under the belief that Wes and Dallas didn’t care about her, only Emmeline. She ended up having a long, tense discussion about this with Emmeline while the group was stopped at the golf course, where despite Emmeline trying to convince Izzy that she would never turn on her, Izzy began to delude herself with the belief that they were only dragging her along to kill her, and then suddenly attacked Emmeline in an attempt to kill her. Wes and Dallas would come to her aid quickly, killing Izzy with a shot to the head, which ended up traumatizing Emmeline.

Kristie and Jordan’s partnership was no better off, as while Jordan had managed to protect Kristie from harm and she patched his injuries, he began attempting to advance on her, which Kristie always rebuffed, which in turn made Jordan angry and violent. It was during one of these violent outbursts that Jordan attacked Kristie, and a long chase ensued back to the cliffs where Jordan got his first kill. While Jordan had almost strangled Kristie to death, she managed to get one good hit in, which saw Jordan tumbling off of Kristie, and Kristie used this opportunity to push him off the cliffs to his death. Belligerent and hysterical at almost dying, Kristie ranted to nobody in particular about how much she hated her class and was now on a mission to survive them all just so she could be rid of them, which while not eloquently worded, became one of the defining moments of the season.

Soon after, Emmeline’s group had stopped to rest, and Dallas went on a bathroom break, during which he was captured and held hostage by Benedict Smith, who held Dallas at gunpoint and wanted everything that Emmeline, Wes and Dallas had in exchange for their lives. While Emmeline, still not fully recovered from Izzy’s death was quick to follow Benedict’s demands in order to prevent bloodshed, Wes decided to use the opportunity to prove himself as the proper person for Emmeline and held his own gun to Dallas and Benedict, turning the situation into a Mexican standoff. However, this quickly broke down, and in a moment of negotiation Benedict managed to get Wes unfocused and ended up shooting Wes in the chest, then Dallas in the head, and looked ready to shoot Emmeline as well until Wes surprisingly shot Benedict multiple times before dying of his own injury, leaving an even more heavily traumatized Emmeline by herself. However, she refused to give up, and ransacked all the bags that were held by the three dead boys for everything useful she could find.

Compared to everyone else in the game, Jose’s group had been almost untouched - for the most part, Jonas had kept the three of them as level and sane as they could be, although Veronica had undergone her own troubles over having killed someone at the beginning of the game. She was contemplating suicide while the group were stopped at the spa area, but Jonas managed to talk her out of it, talking about how Jose, Nicki and himself still needed her and she needed to live for herself. Veronica ended up hugging Jonas in thanks, which became the worst-timed hug in the show’s brief history, as Nicki came across the two and in her sleep-deprived, barely sane mind, became convinced Jonas was cheating on her with Veronica, and shot the two to death before they could offer an explanation. She quickly realized what she’d done, and as Jose happened upon the three, Nicki could offer no explanation and simply shot herself in the head, leaving a grieving and confused Jose in her wake.

As the game began to come to a close, Kristie Bertran had quickly become one of the surprise contenders for the win, as following her experience with Jordan she began playing smart and hard, including luring one of her former bullies into a trap set by herself, and managing to get two others killed defending her from her bully’s travelling companion. She was smart, resourceful, and making a name for herself, and she even talked most of her thoughts to the camera whenever she had the time, which endeared herself to the audience fairly quickly. While not the most prolific killer left, she was easily the one who was the best supplied and least injured, and odds were heavily in her favour because of this.

Meanwhile, Matthew and Christian themselves, during their course of the game, had quickly become their own forces to be reckoned with as the most dangerous players on the island. By the time the two had reached the Final 10, Christian had racked up two more kills, while Matthew had doubled his kill count since their encounter with Elijah. This included a major ambush in which three other students attempted to take the two down, but the two boys had managed to kill all of them in retaliation, an encounter which fans of the show had already dubbed The Alamo. However, their good luck would soon come to an end, as they encountered Clark Clark, a fellow player who had made his way through the game using guerilla tactics and stealth, setting up traps for fellow students and drawing out his kills to be as extended and painful as possible. While he had played smart for the good majority of the game, he was accidentally lured into the open when he tried taking what he assumed were abandoned bags which turned out to belong to Christian and Matthew, and a firefight ensued in which Clark lost his life. However, Matthew had been nicked in the neck by an unknown bullet in the firefight, which many watching had initially assumed to come from Christian himself, but later turned out through tape examination to be a ricochet fired by Clark that landed in Matthew’s jugular. As Matthew lay dying, he managed to make Christian promise to win the game for him, a scene dubbed “overly bromantic” and “bromo-erotic” by the fanbase and has been redubbed several times online with overly romantic ballads playing over it.

It was also during the dying moments of the game that Andy Ramirez himself ended up dying. Having protected a vulnerable Joanne for most of the game from attackers and injury, he himself had managed to procure a lengthy amount of injury to himself, including several bullet wounds, three stab wounds, a severed finger and what was later found to be a concussion. He was a pincushion for trauma but had still managed to keep Joanne safe until the Final 6, where he ended up dying in the jungle of his various injuries, leaving Joanne alone. She became one of the endgame participants, but having been in catatonia for most of the game she was unable to make it to the endgame arena, the large pool area of the resort, in time, so her collar was detonated for refusing to comply with the game. There are those who are convinced that Joanne had managed to stir before her collar was detonated, but this remains unconfirmed by the show.

The remaining endgame participants were Christian Greene, Jose Garza, Kristie Bertran and Emmeline Dobson - Jose had stayed with one of the pre-endgame deaths, who committed suicide rather than face any of the remaining players, Kristie had survived on her own almost entirely since Jordan’s death, and Emmeline had been holed up in one of the bungalows near the pool area since her group’s demise. Endgame started with aplomb, as Christian ended up shooting a near-defenceless Jose almost minutes in, and Kristie looked set to take out Emmeline, being led on a chase around the entire pool complex while Christian got ready to take on the remaining two. Emmeline managed to get the jump on Kristie and the two engaged in a short fight, which ended with Kristie’s head being accidentally smashed into the edge of the nearby pool. However, while Emmeline had managed to take down Kristie, she was no match for the experienced player Christian, who hunted her across the pool complex himself and managed to trap her behind a bar, where he ended up shooting her in the head when she looked out to check it the coast was clear, ending the season as Christian posed for the camera one final time.

Legacy:
  • Rated as: Very Good
  • Wedged between the poorly received Season 12 and the horrifically received Season 10, Season 11 is held up as a beacon of quality - with interesting storylines happening nearly everywhere on the island, to showy players surviving a long way through the game, and the winner of the season being the second-in-command to the most popular character of the season, Season 11 had something for nearly everyone, even to those scarce few who did not enjoy the winner. While for several years after it was considered to be one of the greatest seasons of the show, this was most likely a reaction to the seasons surrounding it being of largely inferior quality, and history has decreed it to be great and of high quality, but not one of the best.
  • Many of the season’s big moments have lent themselves easily to reaction videos, gifs, and memes, as while they were certainly big in the context of the season, they were fairly melodramatic enough to round back into ironic appreciation. This includes fairly mundane sound effects being spliced over deaths, overly dramatic music being put over many of the speeches or sad moments, and, most notably, sound effects from the video game Duck Hunt being put over the final death of the season. These did not end up detracting from the quality of the season, however, as they instead managed to court an audience that appreciated it from a different angle.
  • Christian was a fairly popularly received winner of the season, although he was nowhere near as popular as his partner Matthew, and managed to procure a great amount of fame, media appearances and wealth from his time on the show. He moved to Houston shortly after arriving back home and spent several years making the rounds across the country, regularly appearing on talk shows, main shows, and becoming a regular at conventions, even making night club appearances for paid meet-and-greets long after he stopped becoming a relevant winner. He even dated one of his fellow SOTF winners, Lorelei Wisemann, for a good few years. However, after ten years of solid fame and notoriety, Christian quickly and suddenly disappeared, and was discovered a few weeks later to have moved back to his family ranch in Childress. He still conducts interviews and appears on podcasts and shows, albeit never in person and never discussing the reason for his abrupt disappearance. The reason for this change is heavily speculated, many of the theories having to do with his time dating Lorelei, who spilled all about their last troubled months together to the press, but remains unknown and unconfirmed to this day.
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May 13th, 2018, 9:27 pm #38

Spin the roulette wheel and roll the dice, here's Season 58!
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Dates: February 2019
Winner: Adriana Elliot
Runner Up: Clive Torres
Third Place: Ashley Sanderson (escaped)

Location: Sandstone Casino and Hotel in Red Rock, Nevada

Notable Participants:
  • Adriana Elliot (winner, six kills): A quiet, goth musician, Adriana had spent the first part of the game hiding, afraid for her life. After killing an innocent girl and killing another player in self-defense, Adriana gave in and began to play. Her kills came up sporadically throughout the game and carried her into endgame.
  • Clive Torres (second place, four kills): A basketball player turned player hunter, Clive was an infamous player who liked to go after players and monologue as he killed them. While this carried him through endgame, it made him quite unpopular with the fanbase, as he was seen as quite cheesy and forced.
  • Ashley Sanderson (third place, two kills, escaped): A mechanically-inclined student who was president of the school's science and
    engineering club, Ashley had attempted to disable the collars and find a way to escape. However, her game had several ups and downs, losing all of her allies in the process, and forcing her to make some questionable choices. However, this did lead to a surprising turn of events during endgame.
  • Thomas Bright (fourth place): A bullied student, Thomas began playing shortly after luring a girl into a false sense of security and killing her. Thomas continued to play and made his way until endgame, although he was noted to be quite flat for a player and didn't have much of an impression on the fanbase.
  • Leone Edgerton (fifth place, three kills), Eve Nichols (sixth place, one kill), Griffin Potter (seventh place, one kill), and Salvatore Fiorella (eight place, two kills): A group of friends back home in Providence, the quartet had agreed to help each other through the game but to stay on the right moral side. Their alliance, which would later add Ashley to their ranks, led to some interesting late-game developments and helped set forth many of the events in endgame.
  • Jude Hale (ninth place, one kill): A student known for being shifty and creepy back home, Jude had tried to make it through the game using underhanded methods like robbery and sneak attacks to survive. His actions in late game would spur several events that shaped the final outcome.
  • Hope Neiman (tenth place, three kills): An overweight, bullied girl, Hope had taken to the roof of the nearby Mexican restaurant to snipe anyone who crossed an open area. While this helped her pick off three other students, this strategy showed how not to play a sniper role and led to further issues in her game.
  • Pearl Clemson (fourteenth place, one kill): A kind dancer back home, Pearl had committed the first murder of the game and had grappled with the crime for most of the game. It was at the end of her life that kickstarted Ashley's attempt to escape and provided knowledge that would aid Ashley down the road.
  • Colleen Harrow (fifteenth place, three kills): A friend of Ashley's back home, she had joined Ashley early on in an attempt to escape. However, Colleen's decisions following the attack of Jimmy Irvine and Nick Rippert led to events that resulted in the death of a friend and Colleen's own demise, as well as Ashley's increasingly dubious methods.
  • Ivan Fray (twenty-first place, one kill): A paranoid contestant, Ivan made a costly mistake that drove him to insanity and would help spur Adriana's story.
  • May Pickman (twenty-sixth place, one kill): A friend of Ashley and Colleen, May was a sweet, funny girl who brought levity to her group. It was her death that caused a split in Ashley and Colleen's alliance and led to the culminations of their stories.
  • Nick Rippert (twenty-seventh place, zero kills) and Jimmy Irvine (twenty-eighth place, zero kills): A pair of friends who attempted to rob students and try to weaken others through other methods, their attack on Ashley, Colleen, and May resulted in several deaths and pushed a lot of stories into action.
Summary: 48 students from Providence, Rhode Island were selected for Season 58 and sent to the Sandstone Casino and Hotel in Red Rock, Nevada. The casino had been struggling over the last few years and approached SOTF producers for renting the location as an arena for a season, with the idea that it would help expose the casino and pull it out of the red. The arena included the main casino building, a seven-story hotel building, a performance hall, an adjoined Mexican restaurant, an outdoor pool area, a mini golf course, a rose garden, and the parking lot, with the rest of the arena fenced off.

The game started fairly slowly and a bit disappointingly. In the early game, a lot of students who were behind the first few murders were killed shortly after. Sigourney Turpin and Floyd Griswold showed early promise when they killed Ridley Morrigan and Kai Jewel, respectively, but were soon killed before the first announcement by Julius Richardson and Tyrone Smalls, respectively. Tyrone Smalls showed further promise, killing Fritz Gardner shortly after killing Floyd, but was soon killed by Salvatore Fiorella. This caused a lot of frustration with the fanbase, as anyone who was starting to show potential was killed shortly thereafter.

The notable contestants proved to be those who could be a lot smarter and careful in their actions. This is where contestants like Thomas Bright and Hope Neiman began to gain traction. Thomas Bright was a bullied student back in Providence, and he knew he’d be an easy target. Assigned a butterfly knife, Thomas knew he’d have to play carefully and in a way that no one would see him as a threat. He managed to kill Abigail Huxley early on by playing himself as frightened and weak, and slit her throat when she was distracted. This earned him a Colt .45, which allowed him to move up in power.

Hope Neiman, on the other hand, was assigned a sniper rifle. Hope, an overweight weak girl, knew she would lose in any fights, and decided the best way to go about would be to kill people without having to approach them. Hope realized that there was an open pathway between the casino building and the hotel building, which students would have to cross to get from one to another. She positioned herself on the roof of the Mexican restaurant and took her time to shoot anyone who passed by. This allowed her to kill Keenan Shipley, Allan Kent, and Bethany Su in a short period of time.

There were some other students who were at least making an attempt to play the game much differently. Ashley Sanderson teamed up with her friends Colleen Harrow and May Pickman to find a way out of the game and to avoid killing anyone. Ashley, the president of the science and engineering club back home, thought she’d be able to find a way to get the collars off and have them hop the border fence. As the girls were moving about the area, trying to find tools that could help, they were approached by Jimmy Irvine and Nick Rippert.

Jimmy and Nick had plotted to rob anyone they could and try to get as many supplies as they could to last the game as long as they could. Seeing the trio of girls with no clear weapons, Jimmy and Nick tried to attack in order to steal their supplies. This led to a short scuffle between the students, which was only exacerbated when Colleen suddenly pulled out the revolver she kept hidden. Jimmy tackled her, knocking the gun out of her hands and tried to strangle her. However, May quickly picked it up and shot Jimmy in the head.

Panicking over Jimmy’s death, Nick tried to run away. May gave the gun back to Colleen, assuming that they’d let Nick run since he was no longer attacking. However, Colleen suddenly raised the gun and fired, hitting Nick in the back and killing him. May asked why Colleen did that, and Colleen said it was because she knew he would try to get revenge and was still a danger to others. May and Colleen continued to argue about whether it was okay to kill Nick, with Ashley trying in vain to get them to calm down. However, May pushed one of Colleen’s buttons, causing Colleen to turn the revolver on May and shoot her. Colleen then turned to Ashley and apologized and ran away, leaving Ashley alone.

While all of this was going on, Adriana Elliot had made her mark. Adriana was a shy, goth musician back home, and the stress of the game had gotten to her. Armed with a TEC-9, she had no idea how she was supposed to survive and took to hiding in the rose garden. Near the end of the first day, she had heard some rustling and fired without thinking. She then discovered she had shot Bridget Sebold, a girl who was armed with only a pack of poker chips. Horrified that she had murdered an innocent girl, Adriana resolved to be much more careful throughout the game.

By the start of the second day, the number of students had been reduced to about half. The halfway point was crossed when Isabella Walden threw herself off the roof of the hotel, leaving her broken body as a haunting sign for anyone entering the hotel from the rear entrance. Thomas had racked up two more kills, having killed Cindy Kingsley and Angela Ludden when he stumbled upon them hiding in a hotel room.

Adriana also had her turning point shortly after. While she was moving through the mini golf course, she stumbled upon Ivan Fray. Ivan had snapped earlier in the game when he came across Cassius Thatcher standing over the bodies of Christie Bell and Ashton Wilmer. Assuming Cassius had killed them, Ivan killed Cassius to avenge them. It wasn’t until the next announcement that Ivan learned that Cassius and Christie were allies when they were attacked by Ashton. Ashton killed Christie, and Cassius killed him in self-defense. Horrified he had murdered someone, Ivan decided it didn’t matter anymore and would play the game to survive.

Seeing Adriana and knowing she had killed an innocent girl hours earlier, he attacked her. Adriana tried to dodge him, but soon found it hard when she tripped and rolled her ankle. With no other choice, Adriana turned her gun on Ivan and shot him to death. Adriana limped away from the scene and tried to put her ankle on ice to ensure she would be able to survive. Adriana thought about what happened, and decided she had to be a survivor no matter what. People were going to come for her now that she had killed twice, so she may as well meet their challenges. Adriana decided to rest for most of the day, locking herself in a hotel room to rest her ankle.

Since she ran from Ashley, Colleen had taken to hiding in the performance hall. She had spent a bit of time contemplating what to do. It wasn’t until she was startled by Julius Richardson that she had gained another kill, shooting him when he startled her. Colleen was horrified by her action and had considered turning her gun on herself when she was surprised and killed by another player. Clive Torres had committed the fourth kill of the game on the first day when he killed Chance Eggert after Chance tried to rob him. After a while, Clive decided the best way to play would be to player hunt. He was armed with a machete, and he had used Colleen’s momentary pause to swing his machete into her neck. Clive took her revolver and moved to find more players to kill.

Ashley, meanwhile, had taken to trying to figure out what to do with the collars. She had studied May’s collar privately, and soon came to have a theory about how the collars worked. Ashley noticed that, on the very back of the collars, there was a small groove that looked like something could fit into it. She had spent her time looking over what it could be, and came to the theory that something could be inserted into the groove, and maybe then it would be used to wrench the collars off.

Ashley soon found another subject to test this on. She came across Pearl Clemson in one of the hotel hallways. Pearl had committed the first murder of the game when she stabbed Ella Moreno in a moment of panic, and the guilt had taken a toll on her. With more and more students dying, Pearl had decided to commit suicide, and slashed her wrists with the kitchen knife she had. Ashley, who came across Pearl right after she had opened her wrists, had suggested she try to figure out how to get Pearl’s collar off. Pearl, who was already dying, agreed to let Ashley try, and if Ashley succeeded, she would take Pearl out of there to get medical attention. Ashley studied the groove in Pearl’s collar and thought it might be blocked with Pearl’s knife. Ashley took the knife and tried to put it in the groove, but to her shock, it detonated the collar, killing Pearl.

Ashley was in shock, moreso when she realized there was a group who had just found her. The group had consisted of Griffin Potter, Eve Nichols, Leone Edgerton, and Salvatore Fiorella. The quartet had allied early on, having all been a group of close friends back home. They had made their way through the game defending themselves, with Griffin and Eve each having killed once previously, and Salvatore having killed Tyrone and another student, with Leone the only one who hadn’t any blood on his hands. The group had promised to only kill dangerous or threatening students, and all their kills had more or less been justified.

The group was torn over seeing Ashley over Pearl’s body. Leone thought they should kill Ashley, while Griffin thought they should just leave her. Salvatore, having taken the unofficial leadership position, suggested they hear Ashley out. Eve seconded him, and Ashley shared her theory. Considering Pearl’s collar had detonated when the knife was put in the groove, Ashley figured another material must be necessary, and that metal might not help. At this point, only one-fourth of the original 48 students remained, and the odds of running into dangerous players like Thomas and Adriana were greater. Salvatore suggested the five of them try to figure out the collars. They would run out of opportunities to search for materials before the number of permanent danger zones increased, so they had time to move. Plus, with their numbers, they could better defend themselves, since it was unlikely there were any groups larger than their left.

The game soon moved onto the third day, with 12 students remaining. Ashley, Salvatore, Eve, Griffin, and Leone all moved through the remaining areas trying to figure out what the collar groove could be blocked by. Thomas gained another kill when he found Harley Gilbert hiding in the casino vault. Meanwhile, Adriana found Danny Tripp, the last student without a kill to his name. Danny tried to beg and plead for his life, but Adriana realized that with time running out and fewer students left, she couldn’t be compassionate, and killed the begging boy.

Clive, meanwhile, was surprised when he was nearly sniped by a bullet crossing from the hotel to the casino. He then realized that someone, Hope Neiman, was on the roof of the Mexican restaurant, and decided to creep his way over. Clive had spent most of the night attempting to move, trying to figure out Hope’s blind spots. By this point, Hope was suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and lethargy. She had spent so long on the roof she had gotten sunburned, ran out of most of her supplies, and had barely gotten any sleep. Because of the three people she had killed earlier in the game, most students simply elected to not take the open route, with Clive being the first since she killed Bethany Su a day earlier to try and cross.

Clive had managed to sneak into the Mexican restaurant and up onto the roof. He crept up behind Hope, who realized too late he was there. She tried to shoot him, but had trouble shooting at close range. Clive had managed to knock the exhausted girl down and pressed her rifle to her neck. As she gasped for air, Clive mentioned how great it felt to kill murderers like her, and went off into a dark and disturbing monologue as Hope slowly suffocated. Once she was dead, Clive took her rifle and positioned himself in her place, feeling it was easy to wait for people to go by. He had used Hope’s large body to block the door, so he felt comfortable staying on the roof until he was forced to move.

With nine students left, Ashley’s group had made their way to the casino floor. Knowing that metal being inserted into the groove could set off the collars, they knew they had to find something different. Before they could do anything, Jude Hale came across the group. Seeing such a large, heavily armed group filled with four killers caused Jude to panic. Jude had made it through the game by laying low and stealing from corpses, although one attempted robbery went wrong and resulted in him clubbing Sandrine LaRue to death, but with endgame approaching, he tried to figure out how to pick them off. He was armed with a wooden baseball bat, and figured he could try to lure them off and pick them off.

Jude set one of the slot machines off, which made the quintet question who was there. Salvatore and Griffin went to look, but Ashley soon followed. Jude tried to attack Salvatore, but Salvatore was faster to react. He was able to dodge the attack, causing Griffin and Ashley to try and attack Jude in exchange. Ashley finally figured out how to stop Jude when she tripped him, causing him to fall to the ground. She got Griffin to pile onto Jude. Ashley said Jude was dangerous, but that didn’t mean he had to die.

She argued that they could use Jude as a test subject for another collar test. The others were surprised, but most of them had been unsympathetic to Jude due to his attempted murder, so they weren’t as hesitant. Leone was the only one to protest, noting that doing such a thing could get them all to have their collar detonate since they were a large group. Ashley said they had nothing to lose, and decided to take responsibility.

Jude’s bat had been destroyed in the fight when he accidentally smashed it against a slot machine. Ashley decided to test to see if wood could block the collar. She tried to insert part of the wood chips into the collar, fitting it into the groove. However, this caused Jude’s collar to detonate, killing him instantly and startling the group.

At this moment, Leone finally lost it. He argued that staying around Ashley had only gotten them in further danger and put them closer to getting their collars blown. Salvatore argued that they are learning through error, and the fact that their collars hadn’t been detonated by the producers meant that there was a chance they were close to escape or that the producers wanted them to escape. Leone refused, and said he was done chasing a dream.

Leone pulled out his pistol and pointed it to Ashley. The others protested, but Leone said Ashley had to go. Salvatore tried to move in to defend Ashley, but the shock caused Leone to fire. Salvatore was shot in the throat, and he soon bled out. Leone panicked realizing he killed Salvatore for nothing, but had no time to think before Griffin punched him. Leone fought back, firing at Griffin. Griffin was hit a few times, but was still well enough to try and fight Leone. During this, Ashley ran away, and Eve soon fled when she realized shot were going wide.

Griffin continued to fight Leone, but soon his collective injuries killed him. Leone, now mad after killing two of his friends, shouted that he only wanted to kill Ashley. He told Eve not to be afraid of him, and began to search through the casino floor for her. Ashley and Eve had separated and took to trying to stealthily flee from Leone. Leone kept pursuing any sounds. He then heard someone running for the exit and opened fire. To his horror, he hit Eve, and not Ashley. Eve had realized that Leone was too dangerous to stay near, even if he was determined to only kill Ashley, and had hoped to flee the area without him noticing. Now that Eve was dead, Leone fell to his knees in tears, while Ashley remained hidden in the casino area.

After about a half hour, the producers called for endgame to occur in the casino floor. Since Ashley and Leone were already there, Adriana, Clive, and Thomas had to make their way over. Leone called out for Ashley, telling her that with the other three players coming, she was more likely to die. Leone offered to kill her in a “better the devil you know” kind of way, and then he’d survive to make the losses of Salvatore, Griffin, and Eve not feel pointless. He continued to creep around the casino floor, calling out for Ashley, who was hiding under a poker table.

Before Leone could discover her, he was suddenly shot in the shoulder. He panicked and opened fire, but was hit again, his body falling to the ground right by Ashley and knocking over some of the cards and poker chips that were on the table. Leone died shortly. Adriana had arrived in the casino floor, and had followed Leone from his monologuing. Ashley kept her silence, but kept her eye on Leone’s body as she seemed to realize something.

As Ashley pulled Leone’s body under the table, Clive and Thomas arrived, and soon the two of them joined Adriana in a three-way fight. The trio continued to move through the casino, firing at one another and shouting. As they did, Ashley looked at Leone’s collar and realized there was something peculiar about the groove in the collar. She then realized that the grooves were actually perfectly shaped to fit the poker chips from the casino in them. She realized that the plastic chips could fit into the groove, with the plastic offering the proper buffer to block the collar signal. She tested this by fitting a chip into Leone’s collar, which failed to detonate like Pearl’s and Jude’s. What she didn’t know at the time was that any plastic material that could fit into the groove would have blocked the collar signal, but it was merely luck she had figured out the chips would work.

Meanwhile, Clive had cornered Thomas and managed to shoot him several times. Thomas died with one last failed attempt at gunning down Clive, leaving Clive and Adriana to continue the fight. Ashley, realizing the duo would probably come for her, knew this was the time to get the collars off. If the chips could block the signal, then she still needed to figure a way to get them off. Leone had dropped his gun when Adriana killed him, so Ashley took the gun. She fit one of the chips into her collar and then pressed the gun against the collar in a way that she could hopefully shoot it off without killing herself. She closed her eyes, prayed, and fired.

To her surprise, the collar had come completely off. Ashley couldn’t believe she got the collar off, but realized that doing so meant that she had just drawn Clive and Adriana her way due to the sound of her gunshot. Ashley knew she had one chance to run out to the exit, so she took the removed collar and chucked it across the casino floor. It hit a random slot machine, which had distracted Adriana and Clive long enough for her to bolt to the exit. Ashley ran out of the casino floor and out of the casino, and right into the extraction team. With that, Ashley had officially escaped the game in third place.

What Ashley didn’t realize was that throwing the collar across the floor had also set the final steps in endgame in motion. Adriana was the closest player to Ashley when she had gotten her collar off. When the collar hit the slot machine, Adriana turned towards it, which had caused her to spot Clive, who was creeping up on Adriana. Adriana opened fire on Clive, who took to hiding. Their gunfight had distracted them and allowed Ashley to escape unnoticed, and now the two were dueling one another.

Clive continued to rant and monologue to a disinterested Adriana. As Clive continued to mock her, he suddenly fell over. He had been so distracted and running on adrenaline that he didn’t realize Adriana hit him in the lower gut when she opened fire. He lay on the ground bleeding out when Adriana approached him. He tried to get out some last words and fire another shot, but Adriana shot him in the head before he could.

Adriana stood over Clive’s body, and to her shock, she was announced as the winner to Season 58 of Survival of the Fittest. The production team also filmed Adriana’s extraction, as she calmly walked out of the casino floor and had a notably hilarious reaction when she realized Ashley was also outside and had also been declared a winner.

Legacy:
  • Rated as: Average
  • Season 58 was a very mixed season from the beginning. It was noted that a lot of players with potential were being cut down early without much fanfare, leading to a season that made it hard to get invested in many of the stories and players. The season also faced criticism for many of its driving forces that did last a while. Players like Thomas Bright, Clive Torres, and Adriana Elliot all faced criticism for having similar motivations and lacking depth, with Thomas and Adriana being considered quite flat. Clive, on the other hand, faced the most criticism as he was seen as quite laughable in his villainous monologues, and faced criticism for being quite a cheesy villain. However, the season does have saving graces in the final day's events and in Ashley Sanderson. The final day was lauded for being the most exciting day of the season, with many stories connecting and a lot of the events naturally flowing into one another. Ashley was praised for being the most complex contestant of the season, as her plans to escape and her willingness to do dirty things made her quite fascinating to the public. Her escape in the final moments of the game was also praised for its audacity and its execution, with many proclaiming that the season was saved because Ashley escaped, as it was generally agreed that she was unlikely to survive endgame with Thomas, Clive, and Adriana running around. The moment of Adriana realizing that Ashley had surprised also went memetic due to the expression Adriana made when she saw Ashley with the extraction team.
  • The Sandstone Casino and Hotel received a boost in tourism following the season and plans were made to expand it. However, the resort suffered an electrical fire destroyed the casino area and part of the Mexican restaurant, forcing the casino to shut down for months. As of 2020, the restaurant has reopened, but the casino has yet to reopen, with renovations and repairs being delayed, forcing the resort to survive on its hotel and performance hall.
  • Since escaping, Ashley Sanderson has been modest in her fame. She accepted the prize money and held several interviews, but kept a low profile shortly after. Ashley is currently attending college at Yale, studying mechanical engineering. Following Season 60, she started a web series where she analyzes the technical aspects of the collars on SOTF, attempting to theorize how to disable them in each season, and has a contest to see whether her theory will be proven correct or not each season. She has also used her web show to analyze the mechanics of machines and robots in film and television to share if they'd work in real life and how people could possibly make them.
  • Official winner Adriana Elliot has had a less-than-successful turn since winning. Adriana accepted all the prizes and media appearances, and even attempted to release an album of goth metal music she produced shortly after winning. However, the album, "Bloodstone," received negative reviews upon release, causing her to be dropped by her label. Adriana continued to release music independently and lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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Also, here's the expanded Season 34 (expanded from what is already on the Wiki):
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Dates: Summer 2014

Winner: Lily Harper
Runner Up: Lana Robertson
Third Place: Sofie van der Werff

Location: Cherry Acres Family Amusement Park

Notable Participants:
  • Lily Harper (winner, four kills): The winner of Season 34. Lily was the cheerleading team captain with dreams of being a pro cheerleader. She had led an alliance of other cheerleaders to survive, but was soon forced into action when her alliance was destroyed by a player. Lily's game was marked by attempts at heroics and trying to be honorable, with very mixed results.
  • Lana Robertson (runner up, five kills): The class valedictorian, Lana Robertson surprised everyone by turning into playing almost immediately. Lana was the biggest villain of the season, and her actions set about many of the events of the season.
  • Sofie van der Werff (third place, zero kills) and Rupert Collins (eighth place, one kills): A pair of athletes (swim team for Sofie, basketball for Rupert), Sofie and Rupert were dating before the game but had a break-up when Rupert was caught cheating. The duo reunited, and the situation of the game forced them into a partnership and a romantic arc that touched several other players in the game.
  • Davis Parker (fourth place, two kills) and Leif Chambers (fifth place, two kills): A pair of slackers, Davis and Leif had agreed to support one another and survive the game together. Despite their bizarre characters, this had worked and saw them through to endgame where their partnership had a surprising end.
  • Tamara Glenn (fifteenth place, zero kills): A quiet artist, Tamara knew she didn't have the physical skills or weaponry to survive, and decided to play a stealthy, survivalist game. This made Tamara one of the most unlikely threats in the game.
  • Dewey Tremaine (eighteenth place, zero kills): A student who had a reputation for being weird and creepy, Dewey had taken a survivalist approach, but his version led to more unintentional comedy and memes.
  • Ethan Wallace (twenty-seventh place, five kills): A tragic contestant, Ethan had hoped to survive the game with his girlfriend, Bailey Patrick, but her death at the hands of Stuart Stromme put an end to that. This caused Ethan to go off the deep end and descend into playing, actions which spurred Lily's story.
  • Donna Radford (twenty-eighth place, zero kills), Verna Trenton (twenty-ninth place, zero kills), and Clementine Dawson (thirtieth place, zero kills): Lily's friends and the members of her alliance, Donna, Verna, and Clementine were all members of the cheerleading squad, with Donna as the vice-captain. The trio weren't that distinct as characters and were known more for their proximity to Lily and the effect their deaths had on her story.
  • Stuart Stromme (forty-first place, one kill): A football player and bully back at school, Stuart decided to play and attacked Ethan and Bailey assuming that nerds like them would be easy targets. This mistake led to his death and the deaths of others at Ethan's hands.
  • Bailey Patrick (forty-second place, zero kills): A mathlete and Ethan's girlfriend, Bailey was a sweet, nerdy girl whose early death at the hands of Stuart started Ethan's descent into villainy and resulted in the deaths of four other students.
Summary: For the 34th season of Survival of the Fittest, a class of fifty students from Jefferson High School in Oldtown, Virginia were abducted while in an assembly for Senior Class events. The students were sent to Cherry Acres Family Amusement Park in Cherrywood, Ohio. Cherry Acres was a family theme park that had been around since the late 1960's, but had fallen out of popularity in recent years. The arena consisted of the entire park, featuring seven themed areas, the parking lot, and backstage areas such as management offices and staff lounges. The electricity and water at the park were working, but none of the rides could be activated and the water rides did not have any flowing water.

As an added twist to this season, students awoke in various areas of the park with collars around their necks and weapons in their hands, but no other equipment on hand. All other supplies could be found in the theme park, which was fully stocked with all types of food and supplies, although medical supplies were limited to small first aid kits found in various offices and shops. This would force the students to forage and scavenge for supplies throughout the park, which had been thoroughly stocked for the students to use.

The game started off normally, with some students making alliances, others going into hiding, and others beginning to play. The largest alliance was the cheerleader alliance formed by cheerleading captain Lily Harper. Lily awoke inside one of the couple dozen cars in the parking lot clutching an empty scrapbook titled "My Cherry Acres Adventure". She wandered around for a bit before allying with her friends Donna Radford, Clementine Dawson, and Verna Trenton. The four girls decided to hide in the infrastructure of the Busy Beaver log flume ride, using the ride's multiple railings and hidden control areas to hide for most of the first half of the game.

Early on, one of the notable alliances was torn apart. Ethan Wallace and Bailey Patrick were a couple who found each other early on and agreed to make it to the end together. However, they were surprised by a jock named Stuart Stromme. Ethan tried to fight Stuart to ensure Bailey could escape, but Stuart soon turned his attention on the fleeing Bailey and shot her. Ethan managed to overpower Stuart and kill him, although he found that Bailey was dead. Ethan swore to survive for her sake, and declared that he wouldn't let anyone stop him from surviving.

Meanwhile, other students began to make their marks. Tamara Glenn, knowing she didn't have the physical skills to survive, and armed with only a bag of popcorn kernels, decided the best way to survive was to hunker down and wait out most of the game. Tamara made an office in the back of an arcade her hideout, and went out every so often to find food and supplies. Dewey Tremaine, similarly poorly-armed with just a PEZ Dispenser, took to stalking students to hopefully steal from them when the opportunity arose.

Lana Robertson, the class valedictorian, had also made herself known to be dangerous in the early hours when she killed her friend Anna Vero after pretending to ally with Anna. She then pretended Anna attacked her when she was found by Victor Chelan shortly after. Victor bought it, but Lana killed him when his guard was down. This gained Lana a handgun and two kills to her name before the first announcement.

Rupert Collins and Sofie van der Werff found one another in the Honeycomb Play Area shortly after the first announcement. The duo had dated previously back in Oldtown and had a nasty break-up a month before the abduction. When they met, they had a bit of an argument, but that merely attracted Andrew Walton to them. Andrew had escaped a run-in with Brent Valmer when Brent tried to kill him, and seeing Rupert and Sofie fighting made him think that there was more chaos going on. Rupert and Sofie tried to calm him down, but Andrew attacked. Andrew nearly pinned Sofie down and tried to stab her, but Rupert managed to overpower him and strangle him, taking a few knife slashes to the arm. Sofie patched Rupert up, and the two decided to help one another out and put their relationship issues aside.

By the second day, the game was close to the halfway point. Lana earned another kill when she killed Ophelia Amaro for her supplies, and Ethan earned another kill when he came across Justine Patterson and shot her without her seeing him. A common trend was students trying to take shelter in some of the few closed buildings, while others tried to hide in any ride infrastructure if they couldn't find shelter. Mitchell Leo had an infamous moment when he tried to climb the steps of one of the roller coaster hills, but tripped, causing him to fall down several flights to his death.

Early on the second day, one of the more notable events of the game occurred. Lily and her friends had been hiding in the log flume ride and had been taking turns taking watch with their meager supplies. Ethan had made his way to the ride and soon made his way into the infrastructure. The girls knew him from the announcements and tried to respond appropriately, but Ethan noticed them and attacked. He began by shooting Clementine in the face while the other three tried running away further into the structure of the log flume ride. He managed to shoot Verna several times in the back while Lily and Donna made their way to the large drop of the log flume. Ethan soon made his way up and shot Donna in the chest, although Donna managed to wound Ethan with the pistol she had. Lily hid behind a rock and took Donna's gun and prepared herself for when Ethan came near. Ethan ran over to Lily, but she managed to shoot him in the shoulder. The force caused Ethan to stumble and he fell down the large slide. The fall broke his spine and cracked his skull, and he fell into the lake, dead.

Lily took Donna's gun and moved on from the structure. She nearly ran into Dewey, who ran into the structure when he heard the chaos, but took off running when he saw Ethan die. Dewey ran from the site, panicking, and ran straight into Rupert and Sofie. Dewey tried to pass Lily off as a dangerous player, but Rupert had a hard time trusting Dewey. He remembered Dewey's reputation from back home, particularly how Dewey had been creepy to girls like Sofie, and refused to believe them. Dewey tried to take advantage of the moment and tried to run with the bag Rupert had been carrying his and Sofie's supplies, which led Rupert to chase after Dewey. The boys got separated from Sofie, who was soon scared off when a fight between Lana and Tamara broke out. Sofie ran off, while Tamara managed to escape from Lana without injury. By the time Rupert lost track of Dewey, he realized he had lost Sofie and hurried away to find her.

By the end of the second day, the pool had been reduced to twenty students. The game had slowed down a bit following the log flume fight, and most students had taken to scavenging again. This led to evenings with low activity, as many kids were exhausted from moving through the amusement park area and having to find ways to find food and drink. The most notable event during the second evening was the end of Dewey. Dewey, after escaping from Rupert, had taken to trying to hide along the riverbed. In the middle of the night, he was trying to keep watch when he heard something creeping along. He tried to be stealthy and sneak around, but he accidentally slipped on a hill. He rolled down the slope and hit his head against a tree. This knocked him unconscious and caused him to fall into the river, where he drowned. In actuality, it was just a deer that had wandered along the river area, which added to a lot of memes and jokes about the situation.

On the morning of Day 3, Lily came back into play. After surviving the log flume fight, she had wandered around trying to be cautious but not fall into the trap of playing. She soon wandered into the barbecue restaurant and came across Tamara, who was raiding it for food. Tamara, who hadn't appeared on the announcements, was able to lure Lily into a false sense of security. When she saw the opportunity, Tamara moved to steal Lily's gun. She and Lily ended up fighting over the gun, and as a result, Lily accidentally discharged the gun, shooting Tamara in the chest. Lily tried to help her, but Tamara merely laughed it off and offered her wares to Lily before dying. Lily took what she could that Tamara had collected and left.

By mid-day, the cast had been reduced to the final ten. Lana failed to kill Henry Noriega, although Henry soon perished when he ran into Nina Worthington. After she lost track of Henry, Lana was spotted by Rupert. Rupert tried to flee, but Lana pursued him across the park. Rupert tried to lose her by going off the park paths, but Lana was close behind. As he ran, Rupert stumbled over an embankment and twisted his ankle. Lana walked up and shot him in the back a few times and hurried off to avoid anyone who would be drawn by the gunfire.

Rupert held out for a bit before he was discovered by Lily. Lily came over to Rupert to try and help him, but Rupert knew he was a goner. He told Lily to find and protect Sofie, as he had failed her. He also asked Lily to tell Sofie he was sorry about their break-up and that he always loved her. Lily promised she would, and offered to end Rupert's suffering. He allowed her to, and Lily mercy-killed him.

Endgame rolled around later that day, with the final five being Lily, Lana, Sofie, Davis Parker, and Leif Chambers. Davis and Leif were a pair of friends back home who had allied early on and promised to not turn on one another. This had helped them through most of the game, and also helped when Davis saved Leif from Arthur Gross back on the second day Leif returned the favor by killing Nina right before endgame. Right before endgame, Lily encountered Sofie, who was furious that Lily killed Rupert. Lily explained it was a mercy killing and that he would have been murdered by Lana. Sofie was convinced after Lily mentioned Rupert's final words, which had details Lily could have only known about had Rupert trusted her enough to tell her. Lily made it clear she didn't want to go home after killing three people, and offered to protect Sofie from Lana and the boys. Sofie wasn't sure if Lily should sacrifice herself for Sofie's sake, but told Lily to wait and see what happened.

Endgame was set in the center of the park, a collection of shops and restaurants called Main Street. Davis and Leif arrived first and decided to take cover in the ice cream parlor. As they hurried over, Lana appeared from behind the fountain and opened fire, sending the boys running. Lily and Sofie soon arrived and noticed the chaos, and decided to take cover until the three were done with their fight. Leif and Davis tried to return fire, but in the confusion, Davis accidentally shot Leif. Davis went to apologize to Leif, but Leif shot him out of frustration. The two friends then died, leaving Lana surprised, bemused, and on the hunt for Lily and Sofie.

Lily and Sofie then realized Lana was the survivor and that they had to be ready. The pair only had Lily's gun, and limited ammo. They were soon spotted by Lana, and a fight ensued in the gift shop. Lily tried to lead the attack, with Sofie taking cover, but Lily was shot in the legs a few times. Lily tried to crawl away, with Lana approaching Lily, confident she could take her out. Before she could do anything, Sofie suddenly appeared and chucked a coin bank at Lana. This caused Lana to miss finishing Lily off. Lana turned and fired, hitting Sofie in the chest, killing her instantly. Before Lana could turn back, Lily fired again, hitting Lana in the head, killing her instantly.

With that, Lily was declared the winner. Lily, mortified that she failed to protect Sofie and that Sofie sacrificed herself to save her, tried to crawl over to Sofie's body, but soon passed out from the blood loss and was quickly evacuated for treatment.

Legacy:
  • Rated as: Average
  • Season 34 was a well liked season, although it wasn't as popular as other seasons. This was mostly due to a generally uninteresting cast with random peaks of activity. The season was noted for a lot of moments of unintentional comedy, particularly with how accident-prone some of the students (like Mitchell Leo and Dewey Tremaine) were and how that often resulted in death. Cherry Acres received an increase in visitors in the months following the season, as fans wanted to see the place where the game took place. Because of this, Cherry Acres has become more stabilized as a park, and continues to have SOTF as part of their branding.
  • Lily Harper was out of commission following her win due to the injuries she sustained in endgame. She gave an interview from her hospital room, but chose to turn away from the public to focus on her physical recovery. After months of physical therapy, Lily was able to walk again, although she has to use a cane at all times, forcing her to give up her ambitions to be a professional cheerleader. Lily has distanced herself from SOTF and turns down most appearances and offers, refusing to speak about it in public due to guilt from her actions. She reportedly used some of her earnings to help the families of people she interacted with, namely Sofie, Rupert, Tamara, Donna, Verna, Clementine, and even Ethan and Lana. She currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia and works as an elementary school teacher.
  • Beginning of announcer Leonardo Dahnke's run on the show.
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May 14th, 2018, 9:53 am #40

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Dates: January-February 2018
Winner: Stephanie Brooks (four kills)
Runner Up: Dario Tejada (one kill)
Third Place: Jared Walker (six kills)

Location: A Wild West-styled ghost town in Nevada.

Notable Participants:

Stephanie Brooks (winner): Unquestionably the most popular participant of the season with the possible exception of Reiko Hayashi. A member of her school's wrestling team who practiced boxing on the side, she was considered a top contender right out of the gate. Starting the game with a revolver, she remained largely out-of-sight and lurked in the shadows until the second night, where she reacted to a cry of distress and battled Tim Smith, encountering her longtime friend Dario in the process. As the two traveled together, they faced frequent confrontations from other students, all of which Stephanie came out on top of thanks to a combination of her own weapons and using her environment to her advantage, most famously killing DeWayne Donaldson by ramming him face-first into a pitchfork. As she built her reputation and suffered few major injuries over the course of the game, she was heavily favored going into Endgame. However, her final battle went south, as she was able to kill Jared Walker, but not before he sliced her abdomen open. Seemingly doomed to a gradual death from her injuries, she was shocked when Dario committed suicide right in front of her, giving her the win.

Dario Tejada (second place): A likable, goofy student and aspiring rapper who started the game with a hatchet, Dario quickly caught the eyes of fans when he started freestyling in front of the cameras in an attempt to clam his nerves, and his lighthearted antics were a source of amusement early on. After he met his best friend Stephanie on Night 2, the two of them formed the strongest alliance of the season and watched each other's backs for the duration, although that mostly consisted of the much stronger Stephanie intimidating and fighting off attackers. Although popular thanks to his personality and friendship, that status waned as he was seen as weak or cowardly due to his own lack of fighting ability. Dario kept his hands relatively clean, his only kill coming in the form of a mercy-killing of a torture victim. He survived to Endgame, where Stephanie defended him one last time, suffering a serious wound in the process. Despondent as he watched his friend bleed out, Dario made an extreme decision and killed himself with Stephanie's revolver so that the extraction team would come and treat her wounds.

Jared Walker (third place): A snobby, stuck-up boy from a very wealthy family, Jared seemed to be under the impression that he was above everyone else, and acted accordingly. Jared's outright insufferable attitude made him unpopular early on, and fans only hated him more when he wound up almost exclusively killing fan favorite characters during his run. To the chagrin of many, he became the longest-lasting villain of the version over other more interesting and likable competitors. When Endgame came along, almost the entire fanbase was united in wanting him to lose, and they finally got their wish when the massively popular Stephanie took him out. However, Jared managed to upset the audience one final time by delivering a seemingly-fatal wound before he passed. Even years later, Jared ranks at the very bottom of many fans' rankings for the season for being an annoying presence that lasted far, far too long for their liking.

Kim Bird (fifth place, two kills): A sharp, studious girl with a wicked pragmatic streak. Utilizing her assigned triple rations and a sniper rifle she picked up early on, Kim would wait for long periods of time and plan out elaborate strategies for taking out her enemies. She would go for days without attacking, but when she struck, she was precise. However, she would ultimately be felled by chance when a roof she was hiding atop collapsed, breaking her legs and leaving her unable to reach the Endgame area and having her collar detonated as a result. Although her style was considered boring by some, many analytical fans have studied her gameplay in the years following her appearance.

Bryant Lovett (thirteenth place, two kills): A player who didn't come into their element until midgame, Bryant was cocky and charismatic, but started the game with a cigarette as his weapon, leaving him hopelessly outgunned. A big fan of Kenny Yamana, he tried to achieve a similar status by wisecracking his way through the game, although his adventure was much less action-packed than Kenny's mostly centering around his search for a weapon. It was when he finally picked up a machete on Day 3 that he truly rose to prominence, winning a blade-to-blade duel with a sword-wielding opponent and successfully ambushing a gunslinger later that evening. His highly entertaining personality and fighting style caused him to gain fans quickly, but as his chances were beginning to look good, he was shot from behind by Jared Walker, bringing his story to a quick end.

Corey "The Captain" Harris (twenty-fifth place): The captain of the Wide Ocean High football team and a massive SOTF fan, Corey thought that his knowledge of the game would help him become a powerful player. He would frequently monologue to the camera about his plans, referring to himself as "The Captain" as he did so. However, due to a combination of bad luck and incompetence, he would find himself humiliated time and again through a series of failures that lasted his entire time in the game, from failed ambushed to bungled robberies. His bumbling was considered one of the season's high points for comedy, and the fandom bestowed upon him the nickname "Captain Dumbass". Unfortunately, he would only make it about halfway through the game before being killed by Jared Walker, but he still remains one of the season's most popular players, remembered through countless funny moments and memes. The most famous moment associated with him is an instance where he attempted to jump out and attack a traveler, only to slip and fall down a hill instead.

DeWayne Donaldson (thirtieth place, three kills): A dimwitted, thuggish student who thought that he could brute-force his way through the game with his assigned hammer. He started the game with a very infamous scene, where he threatened Yvonne Burton into committing suicide by jumping from the roof of a tall building. However, despite his ruthlessness, his stupidity and hard-headedness caused him to miss out on many opportunities to pick up powerful weapons and valuable supplies. In a sense, he was seen as a more villainous, unsympathetic version of Corey Harris. He met his end when he tried to fight Stephanie Brooks in a farmhouse and took a pitchfork to the face for his efforts. For whatever reason, classmates most often referred to him by his last name, and production and fans followed suit.

Tim Smith (thirty-seventh place, one kill): A seemingly unremarkable student who many expected to be an early out, Tim shocked viewers on the first night by finding a sleeping Marcel Bouvier, using his assigned duct tape to bind him, then using Marcel's assigned carving knife to torture him to death. On the next night he attempted a similar assault, this time on Charity O'Neal, but he was found midway through by Dario and Stephanie, and shot down by the wrestler when he tried to retaliate against them. However, his victim still had to be mercy-killed by Dario. The creepiness of his actions that seemed to be committed on a whim gave him a place in the nightmares of viewers.

Reiko Hayashi (forty-third place, one kill): A serious-minded softball player who was highly rated by fans before the season and considered a potential winner, and expectations only grew when she was revealed to have received an aluminum baseball bat as her assigned weapon. She spent much of the first day musing on whether or not she should play, and got in a few scuffles in the process. In these fights, she showed a masterful ability to wield her baseball bat, and she not only won each fight handily, but deliberately avoided killing her opponents. It wasn't until the evening when Reiko made up her mind, killing an attempted assailant by dropping them to the ground and smashing their head with her bat. However, Reiko's victory would be short-lived, as while she was busy collecting the spoils from her victory, she would be unexpectedly shot by Jared Walker, ending her hitherto impressive showing disappointingly early.

Summary: Season 53 began with fifty-one students from Florida's Wide Ocean High dropped into a ghost town in unincorporated Nevada, where intense heat and thirst were expected to be a factor. Many cowboy-themed weapons were added into the pool, but much to the producers' chagrin, very few wound up being prominent over the course of the season.

The first morning was fairly slow and inconsequential for the most part, with most participants either looking for shelter or getting accustomed to their supplies. However, the season's death toll kicked off before noon, as shy vegetarian Yvonne Burton was cornered on the edge of a building by DeWayne Donaldson. Donaldson taunted her with threats of brutality and torture before she threw herself from the roof rather than deal with him, becoming the first casualty of the version. However, Donaldson ignored her bag after her death, which turned out to hold a sniper rifle, one of the version's more useful weapons. Around an hour later, Kim Bird would come across Yvonne's bag and take the rifle for herself.

Scuffles began to break out around midday, many of which were over supplies, especially water due to the hot climate. While most chose to hide out with their supplies, those who ran about almost inevitably wound up in fights. One particularly unlock participant in this regard was Reiko Hayashi, whose search for shelter was frequently interrupted by thieves. Still unsure over whether to play or not, she turned her aluminum baseball bat into a powerful nonlethal weapon, blocking her opponents' attacks and disabling them with attacks to the arms and legs. All of her defeated opponents were picked off by other players after she left, but her record technically remained clean.

In the meantime, with little actual fighting happening, many students chose to interact with the cameras in their downtime. This was the first time the audience got significant looks at four competitors that would go on to play major roles in the season. Dario Tejada hid his nerves and portrayed a happy-go-lucky persona by freestyling for the audience, earning him an early fanbase. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jared Walker complained about his classmates and talked about how he deserved to win because of his pedigree, turning many off of him immediately. Bryant Lovett jokingly bemoaned his poor weapon draw, but treated his search for a good weapon like a safari, mocking his surroundings and everything he found in the process. Finally, Corey Harris gave his first speech to the cameras, bestowing the nickname "The Captain" upon himself and declaring how watching SOTF has given him sharp instincts that will help him survive. Humorously, while he was busy speaking, a small group of students crept past him whole his back was turned, setting the tone for the rest of his journey. Although many students chose to monologue, they were the main three who stuck out in the eyes of most fans.

With evening came a small spike in kills as competitors were more willing to move around in the cooler air. Reiko's bad luck with her fellow students continues as she was attacked by a saw-wielding Davis Baines. It was after suffering a painful cut to the arm in the ensuing struggle that Reiko decided her previously pseudo-pacifistic tactics wouldn't cut it, and she crushed Davis' knee, forced him to the ground, and smashed his head with her bat. She took a few minutes to patch herself up and go through her defeated enemy's supplies. Unfortunately, while she was busy, she was shot by Jared Walker, notching his first kill of the game. Corey Harris happened upon the scene moments later to try to scoop some supplies, only to be chased away by further gunfire.

When night fell, most competitors went to sleep aside from one: Tim Smith. After wandering around for no apparent reason during the day, Tim emerged from his listlessness upon encountering a sleeping Marcel Bouvier. After stealing Marcel's knife, he bound his arms and legs with his assigned duct tape and placed another piece over his mouth to prevent him from calling for help. With Marcel unable to fight back or call for reinforcements, he was left completely at the mercy of Tim, who carved slices out of his skin until he got bored and sliced his victim's neck. With his deeds done, he nonchalantly walked off into the night.

The second day was extremely hot, and featured far less action than the first day as everyone was desperate to stay out of the heat. The only kills that occurred came as a result of infighting from groups, which made for a slow day of gameplay. It wasn't until evening that action started to pick up again, the most eye-catching scene involving newly minted killer Tim Smith, who had once again spent the day doing nothing of importance before going on the prowl after the sun went down. He captured a ballet dancer named Charity O'Neal and performed his usual binding and slicing trick again, but Charity fought back more tenaciously than Marcel had, which brought two new figures onto the scene.

Enter Dario Tejada and Stephanie Brooks. Fans were already well aware of the former by this point, but Stephanie had yet to live up to her preseason hype in the eyes of many, as she had spent the previous two days hiding out. It was an awkward situation for the two best friends to reunite, but they grasped the situation very quickly. Tim tried to fight back with his knife, but he was quickly subdued by the much stronger Stephanie and executed with a bullet to the brain. In the aftermath of the fight, the duo unbound Charity, but in the time it had taken them to arrive, Tim had already cut her Achilles Tendons and sliced her up badly, leaving the girl in too much pain to move. Unwilling to let her suffer any more, Dario reluctantly took Stephanie's gun and euthanized the dancer. The reunited friends then joined forces, leaving the scene of the fight together.

Day 3 was when the game took a major leap forward. The weather hanged drastically, with cloud cover and rain. Although rainy weather was frequently a cause to stay in shelter, after two days of intense heat, the cool rain was a welcome change. And of course, with this increased activity came a significant uptick in deaths. In fact, that morning was the setting of a duel between a Calvary saber-wielding Dave Richards and Bryant Lovett, who had recently picked up a machete. In a thrilling back-and-forth battle, Bryant came out on top after knocking Dave off-balance and stabbing him. Victorious, Bryant dramatically posed for the cameras with both blades in hand before scurrying off.

Another player also chose to make themselves known on this day. After stalking through the buildings in search of a sniper's nest, Kim Bird barricaded herself in a tall building and waited for a perfect target to pass by her window. Not wanting to target a group for fear of retaliation, she waited for a lone target to show up far apart from any other visitors. She finally found one around midday in the form of Joe Paul, who was shot down without ever knowing he was in danger. Kim remained vigilant afterwards, but decided to move locations after Corey Harris accidentally knocked over part of her barricade after tripping over a nearby rock.

Amidst the rainy chaos, Dario and Stephanie were accosted in a farmhouse by DeWayne Donaldson, who over the course of the previous days had beaten three girls to death with his hammer, and looked to add the traveling duo to his kill count. Donaldson was strong and aggressive, but Stephanie was a smarter fighter. She was able to avoid his wild swings and catch him in the chest with a knife. Once he was stunned by the blow, she spun him around and forced him face-first into the prongs of a pitchfork, bringing his path of destruction to a gory end as he was pierced straight through the eyes. She noticed how unnerved Dario was by her sudden display of violence, and took some time to reassure him of the strength of their alliance. Unwilling to spend time with a corpse, the duo set out in search of another place to spend the night.

Day 3 also brought Corey Harris' most famous moment in SOTF. While hiding in the bushes with a fresh bandage from a run-in with the sharp edge of a countertop, he caught sight of Ashley Miller. Thinking he had a chance to score his first kill, "The Captain" leapt out at her with his crowbar in hand, only to misjudge how slippery the muddy path was. As a result, he comically slipped across the bath and fell down the adjacent hill. He was not seriously injured, but his pride was certainly wounded. To add insult to injury, Ashley watched him fall before simply walking away, leaving him alone at the bottom of the hill.

Bryant made another major scene in the evening, taking advantage of the darkness of the setting sun in order to sneak around and ambush Len Rocker, a wannabe sniper who lacked patience and composure. Bryant took a risk and threw his machete, lodging it in Len's back and leaving him out of commission long enough for the plucky player to land a finishing blow with the saber. With two blades and a ranged weapon in his possession, he gloated to the camera about his success before heading off to camp for the night in the last notable event before sunrise.

The rain had subsided on Day 4, but the cloud cover remained, which meant that it was another cool day rife with action. The producers strategically set up the danger zones to force the remaining twenty-five players into a relatively small area, which naturally led to a massive amount of conflict in what would become the bloodiest day by far. Although tragically, the first casualty would be the beloved Captain, as Corey Harris would be shot by Jared Walker while stumbling around half-awake and musing about what he wished he had for breakfast. By the day's end, fourteen other students would be felled, quickly bringing the game to its final ten competitors.

Many of the day's kills came from burgeoning players, at least half of which didn't survive the day as they were mowed down by others in the cramped battlefield. Most of the survivors of the day were those who stayed back and hid as soon as the battles started to break out. Although unfortunately, hiding places were scarce, so battles had to be fought for them as well. Stephanie and Dario found themselves in a punch-up with Don Dawson and Charlotte Wheeler for an easily defendable position near the saloon, and won out after Charlotte fled and Don got knocked out with a heavy left hook. The friends would survive the day while hiding away, while the two they had beaten out for their spot would not make it to the evening, both shot by late players.

As the chaos went into the evening, Bryant Lovett was surprisingly staying away from the action. He explained that while he wanted to be exciting, he wasn't an idiot, so he was going to wait out the massive melee that was taking place that day and start hunting against once the field had cleared up. Unfortunately for him, he wouldn't get that chance, as Jared Walker happened upon his hideout and opened fire. Bryant's luck ran out as he was hit in multiple organs, and his impressive stash was now in the hands of the snobby boy who had shot him.

Dawn broke on Day 5, and the area for the Final 10 had grown even smaller. The day began with a literal bang as Kim Bird did away with another target, taking out Lester Crowe before most of the other surviving players had even awakened. The gunshot put the others on high alert, which led to a lot of mistrust among the remaining players.

At this point, Dario was starting to break down badly. The stresses of the game had left him a nervous wreck, and Stephanie needed to coax him into doing anything more than feeding himself to survive. The arrival of Mickie Beverly, one of the new killers that survived the previous day, did nothing to help, and Stephanie was forced to defend the young rapper once again. Although Mickie was tenacious and had a decent weapon in the form of a railroad spike, Stephanie's pure physicality and pragmatism won out once again, and she broke a chair over Mickie's head before slamming her through a saloon table and slitting her throat. Dario was still terrified after this encounter, obviously, but by this point he was fully aware that Stephanie was the only thing keeping him alive, so he dutifully followed her.

Come nightfall, only five competitors were remaining, and everyone was beginning to turn in for the night. The last one awake was Kim, who had remained on her rooftop sniper's nest almost the entire day. When she walked across the roof to head in for the night though, the darkness kept her from seeing a weak section in the roof, and she stepped on it and fell straight through, falling down three floors to the base of the building. She lived, but was severely injured and unable to move as both of her legs were broken in the fall. It was at this time that Kim showed emotion for the first time in the game, as she realized that after surviving for so long, she no longer had a chance to win. As she was immobilized, she was unable to go to the Endgame area the next morning and her collar was detonated. A sad end for an effective strategist.

Endgame went by surprisingly quickly. Florina Santiago was killed off by Jared Walker within minutes, which left the rich boy against the best friends. As many fans had come to expect by now, Stephanie took initiative in the following fight. What ensued was an absolutely brutal battle, with both fighters beating the daylights out of each other with everything they had at their disposal as Dario watched, too petrified to make a move. With major injuries sustained on both sides, Stephanie ultimately came out on top when she slammed Dario's hatchet into Jared's neck. However, the spoiled boy did not leave quietly, as his final action was to shove a knife into Stephanie's stomach, leaving her with a life-threatening wound of her own.

With the fight finished, only Stephanie and Dario were left. Stephanie was slowly bleeding out from her accumulated wounds, and Dario stood by in almost perfect health, his victory all but guaranteed. However, there was something inside of him that wouldn't allow him to sit and wait for his best friend to die, especially when she had spent so much of the past week protecting him. His mind went to some very dark places as he considered his next move, but his decision was one that caught nearly everyone by surprise. He took Stephanie's revolver and aimed it at himself. When she realized what she was doing, she tried to talk to him, but at that point his mind was made up. Dario shot himself, leaving Stephanie Brooks as the winner of SOTF.

Stephanie was too horrified to react to Dario's suicide beyond her initial scream of protest, and when the extraction team came to pick her up, she didn't speak to any of them.

Legacy:
  • Rated as: Good
  • Season 53's cast is considered to have a significant amount of memorable characters, although a common criticism is that many of them die far too early. The most common character brought up as an example is Reiko Hayashi, who was a massive fan favorite up until her untimely death at the tail end of Day 1.
  • The inclusion of "Captain Dumbass" and Bryant Lovett made this season an incredibly popular source for meme-makers and comedy fans, thanks to Corey's mishaps and Bryant's antics.
  • Dario's game-ending suicide sparked a lot of debate among the fanbase. On the one hand, he would have undoubtedly been a less popular winner than Stephanie, but some fans feel that the way Stephanie won felt a bit cheap.
  • Stephanie spent a long time recovering in the hospital after her victory, and avoided the press after she was released. She did not integrate herself within the SOTF community, and became almost anonymous despite her popularity during the game. The first time she spoke out about SOTF came in late 2020, where she gave a calm yet clearly furious explanation of her hatred towards the show, using Dario's suicide as one of her sticking points. She now lives in Montreal, Quebec with her family and works as an assistant wrestling trainer and writer.

Suggested by: Aura
SOTF-TV v2

SP1: Lukas Graves- Forming a team in United
VW2: Angie Hart- Having a bad time of it in Balls Deep
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SOTF The Program v2:

Yumi Nunes- Just another victim in Put Down the Pen, Take Up the Sword (34th out of 41)
Brian Meyerhold Callison- Nothing but a statistic in Second Verse, Same As The First (18th out of 41)

SOTF Second Chances:

B05-Craig Hoyle was felled in With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility (37th out of 37)
G08-Keira MacDonald was gunned down in One Bath, Two Bath, Red Bath, Bloodbath (11th out of 37)

Virtua-SOTF:

M17-BIG MIKE Gibraltar ran out of continues in The Long Walk (8th out of 47)
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May 15th, 2018, 10:51 pm #41

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The baseball season.

Dates: Spring 2017
Winner: Jonathan Ricardo (one kill)
Runner Up: Adam Johanssen (three kills)
Third Place: Daniel Conway (five kills)

Location: The Houston Astrodome in Houston Texas. Once a proud site that played host to sporting events of all types, the Astrodome had fallen into disrepair and disuse after being closed and no longer used for sporting events. When the building was designated a historical landmark in early 2017, developers had a difficult time convincing the city of Houston to allow development on the site. While plans were seemingly in motion to revitalize the area, SOTF organizers stepped in and made a very lucrative offer to refurbish the site, provided that they be allowed to use it as the setting for the newest SOTF TV season. The influx of money into the city of Houston was an easy sell and the stadium was given a quick refurbishment prior to the season, adding electric fences around the perimeter and restoring power and lighting to many of the areas in disrepair.

Notable Participants:

Jonathan Ricardo (winner, one kill): With a reputation as the kindest player on the team, Jonathan was not thought to be a contender in the pre-game rankings, but as he joined up with his fellow relief pitchers, his stock continued to rise. Viewed as an example by many as how to conduct oneself with respect and dignity, Jonathan advocated against killing as much as he could, only wanting to try and find a way to escape the situation. While a genial and usually non-violent person, Jonathan was an excellent tactician, managing to find ways for his group to get around barricades, and in one circumstance, eliminate most of the Cheerleaders for good. His friendship with Adam Johanssen was well-received by fans, as the two boys were open with their emotions, supportive of the emotional difficulties that each were going through, and he even comforted Adam at his anguish upon the death of his brother. Jonathan's only kill came after he sustained a direct hit to his skull with a baseball bat, feigning death before he rose and unsteadily gunned down a distracted Daniel Conway.

Adam Johanssen (runner-up, three kills): The founder of the alliance the dubbed themselves "the Bullpen", Adam gathered almost the entirety of the relief pitching staff together and convinced them that working together to survive was the right thing to do. As his friends were slowly whittled down and he had to watch his brother expire within his arms, Adam still tried to maintain a modicum of optimism, and relied heavily upon his friendship with Jonathan to keep him from crumbling. Adam was the first member of the Bullpen to draw blood, and managed to compartmentalize his guilt at the murder for the betterment of his group.

Daniel Conway(third place, five kills): A recent transfer student from a neighbouring high school, Daniel Conway was tall, imposing, and took a very clinical path towards the end. A player from the very beginning, Daniel felt it prudent to target certain players, and so he spent a great deal of time stalking certain players. He struck when appropriate and didn't mince words, leaving his appearances to be frightening to those around him. While a physical presence, Daniel often kept to the shadows, only emerging to attack or gather supplies. As a motivator of the game, there was a certain section of the populace that attempted to villainize him, but he was methodical and measured rather than outrageous. After a fierce battle, he was the one to take down Mary Dominguez, and he all-but defeated Adam Johanssen before being gunned down by a thought-dead Jonathan Ricardo. All of the odds on sports gambling websites heavily favoured Daniel throughout the season.

Mary Dominguez (fourth place, eight kills): Mary was the chief villain of the season, though her evolution into villainy was gradual. At the beginning, Mary and fellow cheerleader Juanita Hunt made a pact to band the cheering squad together and make it to the end. With a rallying cry that called for female empowerment, the squad topped the popularity rankings for the first half of the game. Public opinion turned on her when she cold-bloodedly executed a member of her own squad for requesting amnesty for her boyfriend, which lead to an uncomfortable scene in which she asserted verbal dominance over the remaining members of her team and challenged any of them to usurp her authority. Her arrogance ended up being her undoing as he group shattered, though she did manage to be the last cheerleader standing.

Jessica Raymond (fifth place, four kills): The quirky, sarcastic girl who shed her mascot uniform was a force to be reckoned with during this season of SOTF. While not fitting in with any of the players, nor the cheerleaders, she usually travelled on her own, occasionally encountering and befriending any fellow misfits. Her eventual pairing with Chester Jacobsen was popular as well, with one scene in particular gaining millions of Youtube hits as Jessica found herself unable to understand Chester's Scottish brogue, both of them becoming more and more frustrated with one another until they both collapsed into laughter. Jessica steered clear of the group warfare until the end of the game, when she eventually teamed up with the remnants of the Bullpen against the newly-minted sinister version of the Cheerleaders. Her end was unceremonious, leaving many fans (and several top SOTF organizers) disappointed.

Chester Jacobsen (sixth place): As with every season of SOTF, sometimes there are mistakes that happen. The appearance of Chester Jacobsen was one such mistake. The producers originally requested stats guru (and rumoured sociopath) Jacob Chesterson, but were accidentally provided with Chester, himself a foreign exchange student with a complete lack of knowledge or any love of baseball. This made for some hilarious exchanges between Chester and certain members of the baseball team, none who recognized him. His Scottish brogue and incredulous attitude was the source of many of the quotable moments and he managed to slip under the radar for the majority of the season, eventually encountering and forming an uneasy alliance with fellow fish-out-of-water Jessica Raymond.

Ty Alderson (10th place, two kills): The team captain and the only position player to have any impact upon this version of SOTF, the star first baseman tried to band his teammates together, much as the other groups tried to. Unfortunately for him, a string of bad luck continued to follow him around, as every group he tried to get together either imploded or was massacred by the Cheerleaders. Ty was notable as every single person that he talked to either agreed to ally with him and quickly died, or refused his help and attacked him. Ty managed to kill two people who attacked him; Robert Lewis and David Cullimore, but when he went up against Daniel Conway, third time was not the charm; but rather a strike, and Ty found himself out.

Kyle Valenza (18th place, four kills): A member of the "Bullpen", Kyle was easy going, more of a follower and not one to make waves. With his group running extremely low on ammunition and cornered in one of the maintenance tunnels by the entirety of the cheerleading squad, Kyle sacrificed himself in order to give his group the out that they needed in order to escape. Having drawn explosive charges as his weapon, Kyle sent his group running further into the tunnels while he blew up the passageway, killing four of the cheerleaders and meeting a heroic demise.

Kristoph Gingerich (39th place, one kill): The second casualty of the season ended up having a massive impact upon the rest of the game. Upon stumbling into a conversation between three members of the cheerleading squad, Kristoph became hysterical about the cheerleaders picking off the baseball players, and eventually his hysteria lead to him gunning down Terry Hamilton. Realizing that this was liable to keep happening, Juanita Hunt and Mary Dominguez decided to rally the other cheerleaders to take down the baseball players. Thus, the largest force of the game came to fruition.

The Cheerleaders (Mary Dominguez; fourth place, Juanita Hunt; seventh place, Tam Culpepper; eighth place, Madelaine Lindquist; ninth place, Nichole Hawthorne; twelfth place, Emily Price; fourteenth place, Rachel Park; fifteenth place, Angelica Kim; sixteenth place, Donna Maxwell; seventeenth place): Gifted with an unusually strong draw of weapons, plus the fear that the men of the baseball team would gang up on them, the Cheerleaders banded together early after the murder of Terry Hamilton. Under the leadership of Mary Dominguez and squad captain Juanita Hunt, the cheerleaders were early favourites as they took a proactive approach to hunting down their competition. Their popularity would take a bit of a dip when they encountered the Bullpen, and while they did slay two of their members, you could see the divide in the group as some of the girls started to feel uncomfortable with their murderous intentions against a group that was obviously just trying to survive. The pursuit of said group would prove devastating, as the Cheerleaders first loss was a massive one, as Kyle Valenza sacrificed himself to eliminate half of the squad in one fell swoop. Mary's popularity ratings would plummet as she would take the mantle of season villain after she cold-bloodedly executed one of her fellow cheerleaders and her injured boyfriend, wrenching control of the group away from Juanita and running the group as a dictatorship. The other Cheerleaders fear of their leader would prove to be their undoing, as they fell into a trap near to the endgame, leaving Mary as the sole member to make the final four. As she lay in wait for the remaining members of the Bullpen, she was surprised and swiftly murdered by lone-wolf Daniel Conway, finishing in fourth place. The group's actions motivated nearly the entire season, and many of the most memorable action pieces were as a result of their actions. Mary has proved to be a memorable villain, and the group was immortalized in a limited edition of Todd MacFarlane action figures a few months after the season concluded.

The Bullpen (Jonathan Ricardo; winner, Adam Johanssen; runner-up, Michael Smith; eleventh place, Paul Johanssen; thirteenth place, Kyle Valenza; eighteenth place, Stephen Maxwell; twenty-third place, Scotty Delozier; twenty-fourth place): While never topping the popularity polls until the last quarter of the game, the Bullpen was characterized by the constant banter within the group and the good-nature of each member. These seven were obviously good friends outside of the season, and it was a rare example of an SOTF-TV alliance that never had the possibility of imploding upon itself. The primary goal of each of them was to escape the game, but said goal was never worked towards, as the majority of the second day found the Bullpen on the run from the Cheerleaders. When remembered after the season, many people believe that the Bullpen only had five members, forgetting about Scotty and Stephen, who were eliminated in the very first attack by the Cheerleaders and failed to have the notable impact that the remaining five did. Kyle's surprising noble sacrifice is heralded online as his "Crowning Moment of Awesome", and is thought to be the moment that ensured Mary's defeat in the game, though also leading directly to the deaths of Michael and Paul. The focus upon the friendship between Jonathan and Adam ended up improving ratings for this group, and while the Bullpen all but dissolved in Kyle's explosion, the two boys went towards endgame as heavy fan favourites, only behind Jessica Raymond. The Bullpen never received an exclusive run of action figures - MacFarlane toys opting instead to focus upon the makeshift alliance of Adam, Jonathan, Chester and Jessica near the end of the game, though Kyle Valenza's sacrifice was immortalized in an action figure individually as well.


Summary:

An even forty students from Twisted Oak Public School in Hartford, Connecticut were taken for this particular season of SOTF-TV, and taken to the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. Each student selected was a part of the school's middle-of-the-pack baseball team and their cheerleading squad, save one (Chester Jacobsen) who was accidentally selected by way of a name mix-up and had no relationship to anyone on the team. The game lasted a brisk three days, with the indoor setting leading to more naturally occurring confrontation between players. Each day had approximately the same number of kills, though many of them happened in bunches.

The season began with a bang, as reserve infielder Kristoph Gingerich stumbled upon three of the cheerleading squad talking, comparing notes. Immediately assuming that the three were working together, he threatened them and hysterically accused the cheerleaders of forming an alliance to take out the baseball players. In his hysteria, he gunned down Terry Hamilton and was immediately dispatched by one of her friends, Mary Dominguez. While mourning the sudden death of their friend, Mary realized that this attitude might prevail among the other players, and decided to take Kristoph's suggestion to heart, leading her and Juanita Hunt to band the cheerleaders together to eliminate the male contenders.

Elsewhere, another group of friends had established themselves. Primarily out of protection for him and his younger brother, Adam Johanssen brought together a group made up of seven of the team's relief pitchers, all of whom were friends outside of the game and eventually wanted to try and escape together. Fans would refer to this group as the "Bullpen", and their positive attitude, constant banter and sense of humour would keep them very popular among the viewership.

A third group had the potential to make a large impact upon the game, being formed by team captains Ty Alderson and Kenneth Morrison and consisting mostly of starting position players. Unfortunately for them, their group of seven were cornered by the cheerleaders, who were able to lull them in and eventually launch a surprise attack on the group of seven. Every single member of the group perished, including Kenneth, sans Ty, who was off doing a supply run. Ty's exaggerated "what the fuck" reaction to returning to find his group laying dead within one of the locker rooms is a clip that has been repeatedly used as a reaction gif online.

The team's mascot, Jessica Raymond, was immediately a popular player upon her entrance into the game. Forced into wearing her mascot uniform (a very large spotted duck), she immediately eschewed it and played the game wearing only a sports bra and a pair of tights. While favoured for the potential "sex appeal" that she brought to the game, she also possessed a caustic attitude with a penchant for sarcastic comments, and was unabashedly herself during the entirety of the game. Preferring to navigate the game by herself, Jessica still managed to avoid the large groups that she watched gather from afar. A particularly ugly early-game moment came when the two competitors who were on the baseball team's DL cornered her in the batting cage area and attempted to rape her. Using her agility and skills that she'd honed as a mascot, Jessica turned the tables on both boys and bludgeoned them to death using a baseball pitching machine that she set on high-speeds. While shaken, she managed a quip that sent her popularity ratings into the stratosphere, and earned her a large degree of internal popularity from the SOTF-TV organizers.

The final kill of the first day saw transfer student Daniel Conway make his presence felt as he emerged from his hiding place on the catwalks of the upper portion of the dome to push left fielder Kyle Rhiel to a messy demise. His body would lay next to second base for the remainder of the game and would play a part in its conclusion.

At this point, fish-out-of-water Chester Jacobsen would meet up with Jessica Raymond and form an uneasy alliance, borne out of necessity and the fact that neither knew whom the other was. While this alliance would not see a lot of action throughout the game, their interplay and back-and-forth gave the season more comic relief than anyone anticipated, punctuated often by Chester's frustration and hatred of everything to do with baseball.

A hint of Mary Dominguez's undoing would occur at the beginning of the second day, where she encountered her own boyfriend Alex Shannon hiding in a supply closet. While initially welcoming him in to her group of cheerleaders, she allowed him to drop his guard and cut his throat, proclaiming that he was cheating on her and that he deserved it. This proved to be the first fracture in the Cheerleaders, as many of the group were horrified by her actions. In particular, Nichole Hawthorne and Emily Price seriously contemplated leaving the group, neither girl all that interested in killing and starting to have second thoughts about whom they were allied with. Both ended up staying, which would prove costly.

While the majority of the game took place on the interior of the stadium, there was an area outside of the park to use as well, and the small group of team statistician Larissa Palmer, her boyfriend and starting pitcher Benjamin Maguire, and fellow starter Wayne Crimson tried to stay out of the way, hoping to avoid drama and bloodshed. Unfortunately for this group, they were undone by an unrequited love that Wayne held for Larissa, which culminated in Wayne attacking Benjamin and throwing him into the electrified barrier, killing him. Unable to stop the death of her boyfriend, Larissa listened to Wayne's confession of love, embraced him, and proceeded to shove him into the electric barrier as well, cursing his name in an uncharacteristically crude manner, a rant which online fans would dub "Larissa's Electrifying Conclusion".

A very temporary alliance was made between a shaken Ty Alderson and the backup catcher, David Cullimore, but David and Ty were often at odds and they argued frequently while they travelled together. This culminated in a moment in which Tyler got so aggravated with Dave that he pointed his weapon at him, which went off unintentionally, killing Dave and throwing a humorous parallel to John Travolta's accidental kill of 'Marvin' in the movie Pulp Fiction. Ty's horrified and over-the-top reaction proved a gif-worthy moment online, and continued his string of bad luck with groups and partners.

The second day would also hold the first major confrontation between the Cheerleaders and the Bullpen, which many fans were looking forward to but ended up disappointing a little. Shots were exchanged from afar, but the Bullpen retreated before the Cheerleaders could use their sheer numbers to overwhelm, the only casualties of the encounter being Bullpen members Scotty Delozier and Stephen Maxwell, who had the misfortune of being caught up in making sarcastic remarks as opposed to shooting, leading to them being surrounded and gunned down by Mary Dominguez and Juanita Hunt.

The Bullpen was forced to shed some blood of their own when later in the day, they came across reserve outfielder Francis Vandenbroek, who had serious bad blood with Paul Johanssen after an incident in practice several months before the game. Francis attacked Paul with very little warning and after a brief struggle, Paul's older brother Adam stepped in and snapped Francis' neck, saving his younger brother. The elder Johanssen shrugged off the kill, acknowledging that he would do anything to help family - and including his teammates in that definition, but he would later privately admit to Jonathan Ricardo that killing Francis almost destroyed him. This solidified the bonds of the five remaining Bullpen members, who vowed to try and escape. Unfortunately, they would not have time to sit down and figure out an escape, as the remainder of the second day would have them constantly on the run from the Cheerleaders.

Day two's afternoon was very quiet, and the only event of note to occur was the near-miss of Larissa Palmer joining up with Jessica Raymond and Chester Jacobsen. After cautiously sussing each other out, the quiet statistician was on her way across the hall to where Chester and Jessica were holed up, when Daniel Conway; whom had been stalking her for the better part of the day, slipped out of the shadows and brutally murdered her right in front of Chester and Jessica. Frozen in terror, the two could only watch as he committed the crime and then slipped away, trying to keep himself in the shadows.

The late evening of the second day was quiet, until the Cheerleaders cornered the remaining members of the Bullpen in the maintenance tunnels beneath the Astrodome. Unsure of how to get away and running very low on ammunition, Bullpen member Kyle Valenza took his designated explosive charges and sacrificed himself to block the tunnels and hopefully eliminate as many of the cheerleaders as he could. While the explosion managed to eliminate four of the Cheerleaders, it also managed to separate closer Michael Smith from Adam, Paul and Jonathan. In the chaos immediately prior to the explosion, Paul Johanssen was mortally wounded while retreating by Donna Maxwell, seconds before her own demise, and would manage to last long enough to make it to safety and have one last emotional conversation with his brother before perishing.

The third day began with Mary's descent into madness, as the remnants of the Cheerleaders came upon an injured Michael Smith, much to the joy of his girlfriend Nichole Hawthorne. While Mary prepared to eliminate him from the competition, Nichole made an impassioned plea to spare Michael, appealing to Mary's sense of friendship and virtue, acknowledging that Michael had always treated her with a great degree of respect. Mary then coldly executed Nichole, and informed Michael that she didn't believe a word of that before killing him too. The remainder of the group were appalled by the shocking murders, which lead Mary to verbally and uncomfortably dress down each remaining cheerleader, challenging them all to usurp her power, and taking firm control of the group in an unhinged manner. While the group remained together, this would spell the beginning of the end for the Cheerleaders, as the other three girls were terrified of this brand new Mary.

With all of the group drama that was occurring, the confrontation between Ty Alderson and Daniel Conway was almost overlooked, as the two had been forging a majorly solo path throughout the game. Ty tried to establish a group for the third time, and Daniel would have none of it, killing him in a very graphic manner that some wondered if the SOTF-TV organizers had modified with special effects. They had not.

The final nine were not a final nine for very long, as the odd-couple pairing of Chester and Jessica met up with the two remaining Bullpen members and forged an alliance that vowed to take down the four remaining Cheerleaders once and for all. After Jonathan came up with a spectacularly laid-out plan that involved using the hapless Chester as bait, the cheerleaders were lured out into the main concourse of the stadium, two of whom fell victim to a molotov cocktail attack from Adam Johanssen. The third - Juanita Hunt, the co-founder of the Cheerleaders, battled with Jessica Raymond around the bleacher area, but eventually lost when Jessica beat her to death with a baseball bat.

With the final six present, the endgame was set to begin and all players were ordered to the field-level, which had been all-but untouched sans the dead body of Kyle Rhiel. Chester and Jessica were the first two to arrive, emerging from the bleachers, but found themselves quickly under attack from a hidden Mary Dominguez. Chester went down first to a gunshot, and Jessica seemed ready to take the upper hand when Mary landed a lucky strike that knocked Jessica down a flight of stairs into a dugout, her head hitting a corner bench, killing her instantly.

Having split off from the other two, Adam and Jonathan entered the field (somewhat aptly) from the Bullpen at the far end of the field, trying to prepare themselves for the final confrontation between them and Mary. As they approached the dugout, they were shocked to realize that in the time it had taken them to make their way across the field, Daniel Conway had snuck in and killed Mary Dominguez, making his way out of the dugout and towards them with her head stuck atop a sharpened peg. This moment was highly cinematic and horrifying for many viewers, who were not expecting such an ignominious end for such a central figure of the season. Daniel would attack Adam and Jonathan, disabling Jonathan almost immediately with a baseball bat to the temple.

This lead to a showdown between Adam and Daniel that was one for the ages. Since neither boy had any kind of gun, it was a mix of punching, kicking, a duel with baseball bats, and even some dirt thrown up in Daniel's face by Adam. The larger boy held the advantage for much of the fight, at one point landing fourteen baseball swings to Adam's torso, causing him to cough up blood and barely allowing him to rise to his feet. The penultimate moment came when Daniel backed up into a body, and turned around blind with rage, choosing to batter it repeatedly with baseball bat strikes, believing it to be Jonathan. In fact, the body was that of Kyle Rhiel, whom he'd killed earlier, and this allowed Jonathan to shakily rise to his feet and execute Daniel with a single shot to the back of his head with a pistol that he had been assigned but had not fired once.

After the death of Daniel, Jonathan went to check on his friend. Adam was battered and broken, and Jonathan guided his friend over to the backstop, where they had an emotionally charged conversation about all of the good times they'd had together. Adam would thank Jonathan for being such a great friend to him, and passed away as the two looked up into the stands, imagining a crowd that wasn't there. This left Jonathan Ricardo as the sole survivor of season forty-nine.

Legacy:
Rated as: Very Good

While the general viewing public did not have high hopes for a baseball-themed season, as well as a level of concern about the disparate number of male and female contestants, their fears were quickly seen to be unfounded as the cheerleaders banded together to battle the remainder of the baseball team and were largely successful in their endeavour. The setting was lauded as a publicity gimmick that actually worked, and indeed the Astrodome worked very well and leant to some very interesting and creative kills, some that even matched the baseball theme, particularly Jessica Raymond's kill of Jesse Mandalore and Matthew Riese by way of a pitching machine. The endgame was also particularly spectacular, as the final six were instructed to the field level and bathed in a prearranged set of spotlights, which added to the drama.

Mary Dominguez was an early favourite whose reception soured as the game went on, particularly once she cold-bloodedly executed a member of her own team after she pleaded for the life of her boyfriend. The crowd favourite for the entire game was Jessica Raymond, as the mascot was caustic, sarcastic, and the source of many memorable one-liners, as well as a few very creative kills that got her out of some unusual situations.

On the flip-side, the friendship between the eventual winner and runner-up got a lot of attention, with many fans online "shipping" the two as the season went on. While there was no obvious romantic attraction between the two boys, the wholesome and encouraging nature of their friendship made them a very popular duo. With the Cheerleaders as a killing force that eliminated almost half of the game pitted against the likeable guys of the Bullpen, the season was eventually seen as a success.

As far as winners go, Jonathan Ricardo was well-received. While scoring his only kill of the game at the very end as he managed to defeat the enigmatic Daniel Conway in defense of his friend, Jonathan's kind-hearted attitude and genial nature made him an easily likeable winner. It did, however, make his transition back to society that much more difficult as he struggled with the gravity of his one and only kill. While not a polished public speaker nor someone who searched out the spotlight, Jonathan largely retreated from the public eye, though he will sometimes emerge to do the odd podcast or interview segment regarding SOTF. He is quite good at keeping an even-keel about his experiences, always pushing the narrative to try and remember the friends that he lost rather than dwell on the more bombastic elements of the season. He has established a charity foundation with the help of some wealthy beneficiaries that award humanitarian scholarships in the names of his fellow Bullpen members who did not survive. He currently works as an IT-consultant for a large financial institution, as well as sitting on the board of the charitable foundation that he established. Very little is known about Jonathan's private life or his family and he is thought to live alone, though he is occasionally seen on his own in the stands of professional baseball games.

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