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"Black is White. Right is Wrong. Left is Right. Up is Long. Down is Sight. Short is Blind. Follow me. Answers find."
Cult of the Clocktower Episode by Andrew Nathenson
"Each night*, choose a player; they die. Townsfolk abilities yield false info. Each day, if no-one is executed, evil wins."
The Vortox makes all information false.
- Anytime a Townsfolk player gets information from their ability, they get false information. Even if they are drunk or poisoned, it must be false.
- The Vortox does not affect information gained by other means, such as when the Storyteller explains the rules, or when a player’s character or alignment changes.
- When night falls, if nobody was executed today, evil wins. Exiling a Traveller does not count.
How to Run
While the Vortox is alive, you must give false information whenever a Townsfolk ability prompts you to give information.
Each night except the first, wake the Vortox. They point at any player. That player dies - mark them with the DEAD reminder. Put the Vortox to sleep.
Each dusk, if no player was executed today, the game ends and the evil team wins.
The Savant is in play, and learns two pieces of information each day. Both are false. That night, the Dreamer chooses a player who is the Savant, and learns that player is either the Philosopher or the No Dashii.
Today, a player died from the Witch, two Travellers were exiled, 5 nominations happened, but nobody was executed. Evil wins.
Tips & Tricks
- As a Demon, you have two significant strengths - forcing the good team to execute (or else!), and forcing all Townsfolk information to be false. This deadly combination makes you the scariest Demon on the list - even the potential of your presence will have your enemies shaking in their boots. Beware though - you are far from invulnerable, and if the good team know you're in play with any degree of certainty, then they can start to unravel the falsehoods caused by your ability and will have your evil team packing in no time!
- Give true information to mask the existence of your Vortox ability. A lot of information in Sects & Violets is binary, and it can hard to reliably confirm your existence unless the good team is willing to expend some very powerful abilities (such as the Artist or the Juggler). This means it can be hard to confirm as true OR false right away. Mixing in true/provable information as part of your bluff will help you look trustworthy and confuse the good team about whether a Vortox is in play.
- If the good team has already cottoned onto the idea of a Vortox, don't despair - simply tailor your bluff to give obviously false info instead, allowing you to blend into the confused good players who are also getting false information! People will be more inclined to trust you if you are also being 'harmed' by the Vortox power.
- It's extremely difficult to pull off, but you might be able to convince the group there's no Vortox, and get them not to execute a player to prove it. This will usually require a very powerful bluff like the Artist or the Dreamer, who can detect the false information forced upon them more reliably than other abilities. Only push for this if you really think the good team will buy it - most groups will be wary about giving up an execution, especially if any information seems confusing or unreliable. With that said, it is extremely satisfying to pull off a win that way!
- Get a read of the group before coming out with your bluff - you may change strategy based on their behavior. Jumping in with a strong bluff that has true information may backfire on you if the group comes to find out you're in play and starts seeking out anyone who doesn't fit that narrative!
- Signal to your Minions which Demon you are - they may also be bluffing as information gathering characters, and knowing that your ability is affecting the town is important, since they may want to adjust their bluffs to account for that.
Fighting the Vortox
- Don't panic! The Vortox looks scary on paper, but as long as the good team is smart, the Vortox will probably provide a less steep challenge than the other Demons on the character sheet. Even if you get completely confused, once just three players are left alive, you have a 1 in 3 chance of killing the Demon. So, it's not as terrifying as it sounds.
- As a team, you can identify if a Vortox is in play by sharing information. The more good players come out with their information, the more quickly it will become apparent that a Vortox is play, since the information is not adding up. One or two pieces of strange information can easily be due to a No Dashii, a Sweetheart, or an evil player spreading lies, but 5 or 6 pieces of information that don't match usually indicates a Vortox. Once you figure out that a Vortox is in play, even if you have no idea which player it is, you have the advantage.
- If you figure out that the Vortox is in play, ALL information is reliably false. This may sound awful, but is actually incredibly helpful! With a Vortox in play, information can not possibly be true. This means that the Sweetheart or Philosopher, if they make you drunk, can not give true information. Knowing that all information is false 100% of the time, means that you can simply take the reverse of that information as gospel. For example, if you don't know what Demon is in play, and the Flowergirl says the Demon did not vote, the Town Crier says a Minion did not nominate, and the Seamstress says that the Flowergirl and the Town Crier are different alignments, there can be a lot of confusion about what that information all means. But, if you know a Vortox is in play, that Flowergirl knows that the Demon DID vote, the Town Crier knows that a Minion DID nominate, and the Seamstress knows that both the Flowergirl and the Town Crier are the same alignment. Having certainty about your information (even if you have to continually reverse it from false to true), is enormously helpful.
- The game ends if there is no execution. Don't skip the execution unless you're REALLY sure there's no Vortox in play. (The reason this Vortox has this incredible ability is to prevent the good team from deliberately not nominating on the first day, to have characters like the Oracle, Flowergirl, Town Crier get false information, thus determining the existence of a Vortox). The good team should be nominating and executing every single day... just in case. Obviously, killing evil players is better, but even killing good players is better than losing the game.
- If any player is giving true information in a Vortox game... kill them. They are lying. And lying means only one thing... they are evil. Or they are the Snake Charmer, Sage, or Mutant and hiding their identity for some other reason. But probably, they are evil.
- Some characters are better at sensing Vortox than others. Since the Vortox forces all information to be false, you can try to create situations where your information is expected to have a certain outcome, and see if you get that outcome. Some examples include the Artist (who asks a yes/no question), Juggler (who can simply juggle themselves), Dreamer (who can pick someone they trust and see if the information matches up), Flowergirl (get everyone in town to vote - if you get that the demon didn't vote, you know your information is wrong), Town Crier (be the only one to nominate in a day - if you are told a Minion nominated...) or Seamstress (pick two players you are confident you know the alignments on and compare - especially effective with an Evil Twin in play!)
- Be wary of the No Dashii, Philosopher and Sweetheart - thanks to their abilities causing poisoning or drunkenness, some people will get bad information. If you think you're getting bad information, try to find out if it's afflicting the entire town or just you.
- Not all characters that receive information can be affected by the Vortox. The Snake Charmer, for example, learns who isn't the demon as a side-effect of their technically non-information-gathering role. Thanks to that, their information can be considered "true" in a Vortox game.