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The Philosopher has no ability until they decide which character they want to be.

Character Text

"Once per game, at night, choose a good character: become them. If you duplicate an in-play character, they are drunk."

Example Gameplay

During the first night, the Philosopher chooses to become the Dreamer. They are the Dreamer from now on and act when the Dreamer normally acts.

During the third night, the Philosopher chooses to become the Clockmaker. That night, they learn the distance from the Demon to their nearest Minion.

An Artist is in play. The Philosopher chooses to become the Artist. There are now two Artists in play, and the original becomes drunk. Later, the Philosopher-turned-Artist dies, so the original Artist becomes sober again. (The original Artist would also become sober if the Philosopher-turned-Artist became drunk or turned into a different character.)

Tips & Tricks

  • The Philosopher's strongest asset is their versatility. You can be any good character on the list! Try to get a read on what the good team is lacking in and/or what would be most effective in countering the evil team. Every townsfolk is a viable option:
    • Clockmaker - Since the Clockmaker get their information on the first night, you can safely become a Clockmaker at any point in the game after that. Not only will this allow you to confirm an existing Clockmaker's information, but getting this information later in the game can help you make connections between minions and demons when combined with other player's information.
    • Dreamer - If people are clamming up about their characters, transform into a Dreamer to get that information out in the open! A Dreamer gets amazing information and can quickly build up trust with other good players. It is also a fantastic detector for the Vortox!
    • Snake Charmer - The Snake Charmer can detect who is and who isn't the demon, and cannot be affected by the Vortox, making their information especially potent. It also affords you the opportunity to turn into the demon, but surely you'd never abuse your power for something like that, right?
    • Mathematician - Knowing who is and isn't getting reliable information is vital in Sects & Violets, especially when contending with demons like the No Dashii. If you want to get a read on how accurate the good team's info is, nobody is more effective than the Mathematician.
    • Flowergirl - The innocent Flowergirl terrifies demons more than most townsfolk in Sects & Violets. Knowing when the demon did or didn't vote can be crucial information, narrowing down the places for the demon to hide amongst the innocent villages. Becoming this character secretly is even better, since you might be able to lull the demon into a false sense of security.
    • Town Crier - What the Flowergirl is to demons, the Town Crier is for minions. This is a great option if you have a Witch in play, since good players will be more nervous to nominate and evil players more bold. This is another one worth becoming secretly, as minions will get comfortable thinking no Town Crier is around... and then suddenly there you are!
    • Oracle - Being able to trust the dead is extremely important in Blood on the Clocktower. Unfortunately, demons like the Vigormortis make that a more difficult prospect in Sects & Violets, as the minions infiltrate the dead ranks under the guise of being innocent demon victims. The ultimate counter to this is the Oracle, who judges the dead. Even without worrying about the sneaky Vigormortis, your information is amazing.
    • Savant - If you're feeling like there's just not enough information in the game in general, the Savant is the solution. Getting hints every single day directly from the Storyteller will give you a lot of varied and interesting facts to work with, and will help the good team immensely as they try to piece together who is evil.
    • Seamstress - Checking out the alignments other players will give you instant insight into whether you should trust them or not. If you have any suspicions about a particular player or player(s), the Seamstress can give you some insight into their true selves. This also has the advantage of being a "once per game" ability, which means you can coordinate your transformation with the initial Seamstress, and get you both reliable information.
    • Artist - Being able to ask one yes/no question to the Storyteller about the game is very powerful - do not underestimate this ability and what you can bring to the game at a crucial moment. They sky's the limit! Similar to the Seamstress, the Artist only uses their ability once, so be careful about your timing - you could end up getting two Artist questions with a bit of care!
    • Juggler - The Juggler acts on their first day, not the first day of the game. This means that a couple of days in, you can unexpectedly emerge as the Juggler and confirm a number of claims quickly and easily. Many players will be reluctant to reveal themselves on the first day, but open up as time goes on - this gives you an edge over a real Juggler.
    • Sage - Claim to be any other townsfolk on this list for any other reason, but actually transform into the Sage. The concept of a Flowergirl or Savant appearing in town will make any demon nervous... making it the perfect bait to get the demon to kill you at night.
  • You can also transform into an Outsider, such as the Barber or the Klutz. This is not as powerful as transforming into a townsfolk, but there's a couple of reasons why this might be worthwhile:
    • You make an existing outsider drunk. If you think the demon might target a Sweetheart, for example, you can transform and make them drunk. This means at the point their ability would normally activate, they are drunk and harmless.
    • The Klutz's ability is scary, but reliable. You know for certain that if the game does not end, the Klutz's choice must be good (assuming they are the Klutz). If you are desperate for information or just like taking risks, this might be a viable option for you.
    • You can also become an Outsider if you suspect there is a Fang Gu, and you'd like the chance to flip to the evil team. Of course, you'd never abuse your fantastic ability like that, right?
  • Transforming early can often be to your benefit - the earlier you transform, the more information and impact your new ability will have on the game overall. It also means that if the demon kills you, at least you've gotten something to work with. Nobody wants to die a mere Philosopher!
  • Transforming later in the game is more risky, but allows you to make a more considered choice about who you become. You'll have a better idea of who is in play, what sort of evil you're competing with, and what kind of character would be most effective to strengthen the good team's position. For example, if you suspect a Vigormortis, become the Oracle. If you have a troublesome Evil Twin situation, become the Seamstress. Just need a straight answer already? Become the Artist!
  • Gather information before you transform! Duplicating in play characters can hurt the good team as much as you can potentially help, as all their information will become unreliable. Knowing who is in play and who you can transform into without impacting your teammates is very important.
  • If a player is giving regular information, such as the Oracle or the Dreamer, then you can secretly, and deliberately, become the same character. Since they are now drunk, their information should be different than yours, or show some other drastic change. If their information remains consistent, even after you have made them drunk, then they are almost certainly evil.
  • Screw the rest of the advice on this page, and just turn into your favorite character! Snake Charmer, anyone?
  • Sometimes, it might be best to deliberately double up with an in-play character. This ensures that a particular character's information definitely gets into the game even if the Demon kills one of you. This also means that the good team is less incentivized to execute you. For example, if an Evil Twin is in play, and you are afraid that the Town Crier will not survive the night, you can turn yourself into the Town Crier too - if the original Town Crier dies tonight, you still learn if a Minion nominated. If you die tonight, the original Town Crier learns if a Minion nominated today. It's win-win.

Bluffing as the Philosopher

  • To negate the effect of a particular player, claim to have turned into the same character as them. You can claim to have already done this - because you didn't know that character was in play. Or you can claim to do it afterwards - because you didn't believe that the good player was the character they said they were, or you simply wanted to double up on the one character for extra insurance. For example, A Savant is in-play, and getting great information. That night, you claim to turn yourself into the Savant, which would mean the real Savant's information is entirely unreliable and should be ignored. When asked why you did this, you say that the Savant information is very useful, and the Demon can not kill both Savants at once. And besides, you weren't so sure that the Savant is actually telling the truth anyway.
  • The Philosopher is a good bluff to fall back on, if your initial bluff doesn't work, or your bluff doubles up with an in-play Townsfolk. When the good player claims to be the same character as you, you can say that you were originally the Philosopher, but changed into your current character.
  • To cause maximum confusion, choose a very disruptive information character to "become". The Savant is tricky, requiring an elaborate set of information for you to create each day, but can be very disruptive. A Clockmaker is a simple bluff, but can lead the good team down the garden path very easily. The Seamstress or Artist can cause all manner of chaos, while the Dreamer or Juggler tend to confirm information that the good team already knows, while helping you hide, without much disruption.
  • Instead of just telling the group which character you became, get the groups input on what you should turn into. Ask them what character they think will be the most beneficial. You can do this in secret, by whispering to one or two people, or ask the group publicly. The good team has a tendency to trust helpful people, and their is nothing more helpful than getting their input into what character you should become.
  • If an evil player is bluffing as a character, and it is not going well, claim to have turned into the same character they are. If their information wasn't adding up, the good team may now believe them if they believe that you are the Philosopher that has turned into their character and is making them drunk. And if they are still suspicious for that evil player, then you can always say that you turned into their character because you thought they were suspicious too. For example, if a fellow Minion is bluffing as the Flowergirl and the information that they are giving isn't making much sense, the good team will be suspicious that they are evil. If you say "Aha! The Flowergirl's information is wrong because I am the Philosopher-turned-Flowergirl, and the original Flowergirl is now drunk. That makes perfect sense!", then the good team may trust both you and the Minion. If, however, the good team is still suspicious that the Minion is not actually the Flowergirl, you can say "I agree. That was why I was comfortable turning into a supposedly in-play character. If the Flowergirl ain't the Flowergirl. then it doesn't matter if I become the Flowergirl." Boom.

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"If anything is real, beer is real. Drink, for tomorrow we may die. Why? Why not."

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Type Townsfolk