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(12:55)Arbiter: I'm about to report, so if anyone wants to do a Pancake impression this is a good opportunity.
(12:55)Arbiter: Thank you!
(12:56)Arbiter: So, first of all, Rasputin is evil. I didn't think that counted as news, but apparently it does. World-dominating cult leaders are generally not the greatest people, even if they are delightfully snarky and a member of the best authoritarian OTP since Trump and Putin.
/message reply Oh [censored] off.
(12:57)Arbiter: It's confirmed. He agreed to Delta's request to help Pancake blow Australia up. He didn't put any shatterpoint protection on it, which is good, but knowing that someone with that much knowledge of how Gaia works is involved still makes me worry about the Anarchon ploy.
(12:58)Seabiscuit: I think it's clear that, at least, he does oppose Pancake- Right?
/message reply Exactly.
(12:58)SansFinalGuardian: i guess so
(12:58)Seabiscuit: So why is he helping Delta explode Australia, isn't that what Pancake wants? Doesn't that help him?
/message reply ...
(12:58)Arbiter: I don't know. Maybe he's not as benevolent as you think, Lieutenant.
/message Seabiscuit By the way, it probably didn't come across in my message but I actually am sorry that Rasputin didn't turn out to be the person you thought he was. You must feel pretty betrayed.
/message Seabiscuit You've probably had to deal with that feeling of betrayal more than the rest of us, and it must be very difficult. I want you to know that I sympathize.
(13:00)System: Incoming private message from Seabiscuit: Aww, thank you! B-but... I think there's way more going on here than meets the eye- I don't think he's a true villain, despite some of his... less savory moves
(13:01)Arbiter: In other unsurprising news, everyone who's anyone has at least a passing knowledge of who we are. MrE knows, General "Ambidex" TheButcher knows, Pancake's starting to set up countermeasures against us and apparently Rasputin and Vampire have some sort of plan involving us underway. Or so the little tidbit of chatlog that Her Supreme Burgundiness so graciously shared with us would suggest.
/message Xenocartographer You're a maroon tyrant.
/message Seabiscuit How do you think that works?
/message reply Fascist.
(13:02)Ravencorp: I want to know more about that. Maybe... Maybe Seabiscuit could talk to them about it.
(13:03)Arbiter: One thing at a time, please. I have about as long as an attention span as my uncle Cletus.
(13:03)Seabiscuit: Uncle Cletus -snerk-
/message Xenocartographer Wannabe dictator.
(13:04)Arbiter: I suppose it was inevitable that everyone would catch on sooner or later, especially since I've got about as much subtlety as my uncle Cletus has teeth, but I had hoped they wouldn't have been able to deal with it so quickly. The beans aren't just spilled at this point, the beanstalk's already up at the giant's house and he's getting his climbing gear on so he can fee-fi-fo-[censored] us up.
/message Seabiscuit How does that work? There are only so many continents you can murder before there's no length left to run.
/message Xenocartographer Uninspired hack of an author.
(13:06)Arbiter: Also, everyone seems convinced that I'm the leader of this group because I rebelled first and I'm super not into that because a. [censored] leaders in general and b. I have about as much leadership ability as my uncle Cletus has baths per year.
(13:06)CONNECT_1200: Like it or not, you've been acting like it. We need a leader, Arby.
/message reply Am I finally getting through to you, you stupid [censored]?
(13:06)Arbiter: But it shouldn't be me. Does someone want to step up? Someone? Anyone?
/message reply Oh my [censored] god, I am so sorry. That was meant to go to... your girlfriend. I'm not really helping my case here, am I?
(13:07)CONNECT_1200: Following anyone but you would feel wrong.
/message reply I'm really not good at these "positive, supportive friend" interactions. Or any interactions that don't involve finding new and creative ways to tell people to go [censored] themselves.
/message reply But I want you to know I'm happy we've got you on the team. And not just because it bugs Xeno.
(13:08)Arbiter: Okay, fine. How do we figure out what Rasputin's deal is?
/message reply Go ahead, I'm not the leader.
(13:09)Seabiscuit: O- okay
(13:09)Seabiscuit: So I'm wondering if just, Rasputin feels like the universe is doomed (Gaia blah bnlahblah explode; in that one log where Delta tried to start a war Rasputin already sounded sure things were doneskies) so Australia doesn't really matter
(13:10)Seabiscuit: Orrrrr more likely
(13:10)Seabiscuit: Him interfering, whether he succeeds or not, has some kind of effect on Pancakes attempts at a merge?
(13:10)Seabiscuit: Maybe it's the attempt alone that'll [censored] things up, since he doesn't seem to be going all in
(13:12)Seabiscuit: Do the ends justify the means, I guess?
(13:13)SansFinalGuardian: i think we're making this harder than it has to be
(13:13)SansFinalGuardian: i mean, it's rasputin
(13:13)SansFinalGuardian: what happens if we just ask?