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    Printed on East Texas University Official Letterhead, received prior to the events of the game...

    Office of the Dean
    1 Raven's Loop
    Pinebox, TX


    Dear Student,

    Welcome, and congratulations on your acceptance as an incoming Freshman student at East Texas University. I would like to take this opportunity to direct you to the information that will make your transition to ETU as smooth as possible.

    First, I would like to remind you that all Freshmen and Sophomores are required to live in on-campus housing. This both ensures your safety and helps you build friendships that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. Go to FightingRavens.com to fill out your dorm application and submit your deposit.

    Next, I would like to remind you that Freshman orientation, which we call Sweat Lodge, coincides with dorm check-in on the third weekend in August. Please plan to attend one of the sessions on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening. At Sweat Lodge you'll learn about the importance of campus safety, our university traditions and fight song, the Raven's Honor Code, and advice from Seniors. The Saturday night Sweat Lodge ends with free pizza and a show by local rockers A Jury of Robots.

    Again, let me congratulate you on your first step into a larger world. College is what you make of it, and an acceptance to ETU is a great start!

    Go Ravens!

    President James Nelson




    Welcome to East Texas University. Now that you've settled into your dorm, it's time to get your bearings. At ETU they call Freshman orientation the Sweat Lodge. Your dorm Resident Assistant spouted some stuff about how the Native American sweat lodges were considered places of rebirth that provided important revelations. At least the letter said there'd be food and music.

    You'd say this building has seen better days, but in this case probably not. The Ravens Roost Multi-use Indoor Arena - the basketball arena - is an ugly, gray, windowless, round building, like a giant WWII pillbox without the firing slits. Despite some creative decorating inside the arena, the building still shows its age. From peeling paint to vacant fire extinguisher racks to struggling air conditioning, it's no wonder the campus tour guide skipped this building.


    You are seated among the other freshman in the stands surrounding the basketball court while President Nelson drones on about campus safety, parking in designated areas, campus traditions, and the like.

    ooc: Please introduce your character, place yourself somewhere amongst the crowd and tell us how you're responding to the freshman orientation drudgery and roll Spot Hidden.

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    Alexis sighed and tried not to feel too nervous. She hated these sorts of things. She did not like crowds when she was not performing. She hated the loud volume of everyone chattering before the event started and was bored by the droning words. She would do anything to get out of there but she was stuck for the time being. She started to twirl her hair a bit as she hoped this would soon be over.

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    Matt Walker presses himself into a corner of the stands, looking out at the crowds. He is dressed in grey jeans and a black hoodie, and despite the warm temperature indoors he has the hood pulled up so that it's harder to see the burn scars on his face.

    His eyes scan rapidly over the crowd, occasionally flicking back to President Nelson. He is bored. He expected university to be more exciting than this, although he hopes that things will pick up once actual classes start. This is just something to be endured.

    He wonders briefly if he will get to know any of these people; if they will become friends. It's not always been the easiest thing for him to do, to reach out and be social, but he is determined to try.

    "Go Ravens!" Matt's attention returns to Nelson and he rolls his eyes. If there's one thing that he really finds ridiculous is the artificial pep that revolves around mascots and sports teams. He enjoys sport as much as the next person, but to see the President standing there acting like a cheerleader... To his mind it was crazy.

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    Rowan sits with a few of the other international students, trying to get to know them while the President drones one. He had already gotten to know an Australian, but it was too early to know much. He runs his hand through his hair every few minutes, partly out of habit, partly to stay awake in the court. He hadn't even had the opportunity to visit the University before he made the trip, and was already regretting it.

    He does skirt the crowd, looking for any eccentric's or possible fellow Brits in exile, but for the most part shares looks with those around him about the monotone of President Nelson, smirking and muttering quips under his breath.

    If nothing else, he'd been to worse. At least there would be food, and possibly decent music.

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    Skylar places her hand on her chin with a sigh. She'd tried to get excited for orientation (you only do it once, you know) and after the president had started his speech, she'd felt all of her enthusiasm... drain out of her.

    She rubs her free hand over her jeans, then straightens the lacy white shirt she's wearing. She couldn't wait to back to her dorm room for some much needed sleep. Even though she didn't need to be up at four in the morning for her normal farm chores, her body still wanted to out there caring for family's animals. She hadn't been able to get back to sleep.

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    Finally, Nelson seems to be wrapping up.

    "In conclusion, your time here at ETU has the potential to be among the best days of your life. Don't just survive college, but make the most of your opportunities here. Now, before we break into our Senior-led groups, let's all practice the ETU Ravens fight song!"

    The fight song words are flashed on a giant video screen behind the president, and slowly the crowd picks up the tune.

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    Ravens Fiiiiight
    Ravens Fiiiiight
    Put on the black and whiiiiite
    Ravens Fiiiiight
    Ravens Fiiiiight
    Our team will own the niiiiight
    Fear the Fightin' Ravens
    Our mighty team does sooooooar
    Fear the Fightin' Ravens,
    When we make another scoooooore.


    With the conclusion of the fight song, President Nelson punctuates with another "Go Ravens" and then announces, "Now, for the part you've been waiting for. While the band and food folks set up here on the gym floor, you'll break up into groups for a final, time-honored Sweat Lodge tradition. You'll be meeting away from the eyes and ears of faculty with a Senior who will pass along the best advice from four years of life here at ETU. Or in some cases five or six years. Now, on the bottom of each of your chairs is taped a location here in the building where you'll meet with your Senior. By the time you're done we'll have food and music ready to go, so let's get moving!"

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    Your wandering eye spies a woman in a professional attire - an admin who's name you didn't catch, is having a conniption with some janitors. She gesticulates angrily, and keeps pointing at the arena walls, where school slogans, the ETU Mascot, and various graffiti glyphs have been painted.


    Checking under your seat, you find a note card with the number "12" printed on it. Along with a basic set of instructions to Room 12, a meeting room in the basement.

    Making your way into the dimly lit hallways of the basement level, you follow the placards and hallway signs to room 12. In the last hallway, you see a man in a security guard's uniform unlocking a door marked Physical Engineering Control. Private. The man jumps at the sound of your groups approach. He swings the door open and enters, closing it behind him with a slam that echoes up the hallway. You can hear the solid 'clunk' of the door being re-locked as you pass by. In the brief moment the door was open, you could see a stack of fire extinguishers inside the dark room.

    Once inside Room 12, you find a meandering group of other students and a single folding table with a 2 liter of soda next to a slushy bowl of what was probably ice, some red plastic cups, and a single bowl of chips. The four of you are joined by a 3 other students. One is a rail-thin young man with a mohawk and standard punk gear. Another is a mousy brunette with a messenger bag slung over one shoulder, and the last is an uptight looking guy in a suit, eyeing everyone else's much more casual attire with a growing sense of unease.

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    Matt looks around at the other people in the room and sighs inwardly. In this small space there is no point keeping his hood up, so he lowers it as he moves towards the centre of the room to get himself a soda and a few crisps.

    Taking a sip, he moves back towards the edge of the room and finds himself standing next to Rowan. Matt turns awkwardly. "Hey."

    There is a pause as he tries to think of something else to say. Conversation with strangers has never been his strong point. "I'm Matt. And you are...?"

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    Alexis smiled sweetly as she sat in the corner quietly. Hopefully with any luck no one would try to talk to her. She was glad it wasn't too many people but forced chatting was one of her least favorite things. She wanted to finish with this and hopefully go back to her room and do some musical stuff. She was prepared though with a few curt answers if someone did decide to talk.
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    Rowan eyes all the other around him. So a Punk, a Suit, and a Geek among others. It was certainly a good spread. He wondered whether the Uni had split them up enough to try and get some of this to happen.

    He watches the guy in the hoodie be surprisingly the first to talk, and move in to the supplies.

    "Heya," he says back, jovially. "I'm Rowan, good to see you. What course you in?" He walks over, and grabs a crisp, and tosses it into his mouth, returning to the conversation.

    He carefully looks around the others in the room as he walks to and from the table, trying to encourage one of them to talk up next.
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    Matt looks down at his feet as Rowan comes back. "Umm... Computer science. You?"

    He eats a crisp. The sound seems overwhelmingly loud to him, although his rational brain knows that's just his insecurities talking.

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    Rowan habitually runs his hand through his hair. "I'm in the art course," he says, slightly sheepishly, "but hoping to take a few extra modules elsewhere. Have to see how it all is first." he reaches out and eats another crisp himself, eating half of this one.

    Mark seemed nervous, but not a bad guy at least. It also helped to know someone who was computer savvy, so that was something else he supposed.
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    Skyler sheepishly enters room 12, a bit late since since she'd gotten caught up speaking to a friend from high school that she'd spotted in the gym. "Howdy ya'll. Hope I'm not too late for this thing," she says with a small smile.

    She takes a seat next to brunette with the messenger bag, reading the... somewhat awkward air in the room. She knew no one really like ice breakers, but unfortunately, they were stuck in one for now. "How's everybody tonight? My name's Skylar Faust, I'm majoring in Zoology. Is anyone else here in anything like that?"

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    Matt takes one look at Skyler and immediately turns bright red before looking away again without answering.

    As people slowly begin to chat he nods at Rowan and makes his way over to the punk. "Hey. How're you doing? Time to get the obligatory 'what are you studying?' question out the way!"

    He is starting to relax a little. It seems like an interesting mix of people and he finds himself wondering what's brought each of them to ETU.
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    Matt:

    "Wasup?" The punker offers when you walk over. He sniggers at your question before answering "The name's Jack" he says with a big toothy smile. "Right now I'm double majored in journalism and Poly-sci... If I come to my senses before I graduate, I'll switch to kinesiology."

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    A tall, skinny man opens the door and steps inside. He looks around at everyone and adjusts his glasses. "Uh, hey everybody. I'm, uh. Robert Niles, you can call me Robby, I'm the senior for y'all's group to talk about, uh... the lessons I've learned here... I guess?"

    He looks around and shifts his weight from one leg to the other before shrugging and saying "Look, I wasn't really given any guidance on what the heck I'm supposed to tell you guys, so do you have any questions for me? cause I've only really got one thing you need to know, and it can wait til I've answered." He bobs his head vigorously, agreeing with his own, rushed sentiment.

    Jack nudges Matt with an elbow and gives a "watch this" look. "So, uh Robby, you've had four or five years to figure it out, yeah? Where are the best parties? ya know?"

    Robby frowns and looks down at his feet and shuffles a bit before shrugging and looking not quite back at Jack. "I'm uh, well, I spent most of my time studying and at the library, I only got dragged to one or two parties as a freshman... one of them was right after sweat lodge. I guess, uh, alotta stuff happens out in Greek housing? I'm not really the person to ask."

    Jack chuckles again.

    The guy in the suit flatly states his question in a mild eastern accent before anyone else can ask one. "How long are we required to stay at this... Sweat Lodge before we return to our dormitories?"

    Robby answers much more assuredly this time. "I'm pretty sure you can leave as soon as we get called back upstairs to the main floor."

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    Alexis was satisfied in that the others were talking to each other and not bothering her. Now she just had to wait for this sweat lodge stuff to end. At least it was not too crowded in here. She might even be able to relax if most of the time this was the amount of people with which she had to deal. She started to hum a bit a song she was creating.
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    Skylar

    Rowan shakes his head. "Don't worry about being late," he says calmly, "we haven't really gotten started anyway. I'm Rowan by the way."

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    Rowan folds his arms and speaks up. "Any interesting societies here? I've didn't find much information on what clubs you guys had over here other than the basketball." He quite obviously rolls his eyes as he says basketball.

    It was obvious that a lot of the group was still a bit nervous, including the senior, but Rowan didn't mind to much at the moment. It was good to hear there was going to be a big party after this, and he was already looking forward to getting plastered.
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    Matt smiles politely as Jack asks his questions. He suspects he probably won't be invited to join him at any parties. As Rowan asks about societies, though, he finds himself nodding in appreciation - that is definitely something he is interested in.

    "Yeah I've got a question" he says to Robby, joining in. "What are the best and worst things about being here in your opinion?"

    A humming catches his attention, and he looks sidewise at where it's coming from. One of the girls in the corner seems totally uninterested in anything, and is humming away. It makes him smile reflexively, as it's a feeling he remembers from high school.

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    Rowan:

    Robby considers your question, mumbling "Societies?" to himself, brow furrowed. He looks at you, "You mean, like, Greek Stuff? Yeah, a whole section of the campus is dedicated to Frat and sorority chapter houses and stuff. Greek Row." Robby pauses, scratching at his shoulder before he continues "if you just mean, uh, like clubs and organizations and stuff. There's tons-a stuff. There's a big event a couple of weeks into each semester that's like, a sorta half-festival, half non-frat rush, ya know? like they set up a buncha tables in The Roost and in the quad and stuff and every organization has like pamphlets and stuff. ETU's got all kinda stuff people use to pad out their transcripts and resumes..."

    Matt:

    Robby frowns at your question, "Well, I..." he clears his throat "I really think ETU offers an, uh, excellent opportunity to grow and find yourself. and uh." His delivery sounds 'put-on' sort of imitating President Nelson upstairs. He sort of trails off, seeming to think about how to better answer, but then pivots toward the mousy looking girl when she raises her hand to ask a question.

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    "So, uhm, I'm sure this is silly." The girl starts in an airy voice, "But, uhm. I heard some weird stuff from some of the girls on my hall. Like some kinda giant porcupine or something that lives in the woods around campus?" She stops and blinks "Oh, I'm, uhm, I'm Laura, by the way." she clears her throat "so, uh, yeah, what's up with that?"

    Robby nods and clears his throat. "They must've been talking about The Needler, the local boogieman, bigfoot, chupa-thingy, it's just a stupid rumor used to scare freshman. Yeah."

    Robby holds up a hand to forestall any further questions on the topic "Okay, Okay, I think... we're almost done here, so I want to share the most important piece of advice I have for your time here." He takes a deep breath and presses his palms together in front of his chest, considering his words.

    "Be a Zebra.
    Haven't you watched the animal shows on TV? Zebras survive because they blend in and don't draw attention to themselves. They stick close together, because the lions pick off the ones who stray too far from the herd. Individuality is over-rated! If you want to survive at ETU, you'd better learn to think like a Zebra."

    He nods, seemingly to himself, satisfied with this great font of wisdom. He strides over to the refreshment table and busies himself with very deliberately pouring himself a soda.

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    Jack looks ready to try and push Robby's buttons some more when he tilts his head and says "Did you guys hear that?" and takes a few steps toward the door.

    "No, I didn't hear anything." Laura says, at Jack with a frown.

    Robby flinches at Jack's pronouncement and stage whispers "sure, ignore the senior's advice, don't be a zebra."

    The kid in the suit, who still hasn't introduced himself, advances on Robby and begins asking him a long stream of questions in a low voice.

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    A look of disbelief crosses Matt's face at Robby's great revelation. Seriously?, he thinks. I thought you had to survive high school, not university.

    His thoughts are interrupted by Jack's question as he moves away. He didn't hear anything himself and was prepared to discount it, but when Robby mutters about people ignoring his advice a flash of irritation begins to surface.

    "I didn't - what was it? Do you wanna go and have a look?"

    With a withering look at the senior, he moves a few paces after Jack.
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    Rowan nods at Robby's talk on societies. He was a bit annoyed it wasn't happening sooner, but at least it was something. He honestly had little interest in the Greek stuff, just the clubs.

    At Robby's warning, Rowan just looks back at him with a dead stare. Seriously? He had travelled half way across the world and was told 'don't try and be different?' Dear God, he wondered how much of a shut in Robby had to be, or how terrible the Uni for that to be the greatest piece of advice. So much for the good atmosphere.

    Hearing what Jack said, Rowan turns, and looks at the door. He hadn't heard anything, but if it was an attempt to try and ease the tension, he'd be fine with it. He thought about pushing Robby for what these 'lions' were, but decided against it for now. He wasn't going to burn his bridges yet. For now he looks towards the door, standing where he is.
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    Not quite knowing what to say Alexis mumbled an excuse me to no one in particular as she stood up and left the room. She was not quite sure what the noise was and even less why she felt the need to check it out but then again someone could be hurt and it would be cruel not to help if she was able to do so. She passed through the door and hurried off towards what she had heard.
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    Matt watches for a second as Alexis leaves the room, then turns to face everyone.

    "Anyone else fancy not being a zebra?"

    With that he turns and walks out of the door, hurrying after Alexis. "Hey! Wait up!"
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    At Matt's declaration, Skylar nods. She wasn't in the mood to be a prey species, and hurt more than a little bit to be told by a senior that you would be better off keeping your head down on her first day. College was supposed to be a time for learning a growth as a person; you couldn't do that by going with the flow.

    She also makes a move to follow Alexis and Matt.

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    Party:

    You exit Room 12 to find a man in a security form - Tyson August by the nameplate on his chest - standing over a very expensive looking, very destroyed looking video recorder. His hands are planted on his hips and he's mumbling to himself. He then notices you all pouring out of the room.

    He takes a step away from the destroyed equipment and toward all of you. "Hey, did you guys see anything about what happened here? I was round the bend and heard the crash." He narrows his eyes at you. "y'all didn't have anybody... come in late, didja?"

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    Matt frowns. "Well... The latest person to come in was the Senior, Robby, but he was definitely in the room when the noise happened."

    He looks around the room, thinking, and trying to see if there are any traces of identification left on the scene.

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    Rowan, hearing the conversation, walks on over to the door. "Well, better stay with the herd." he quips over his shoulder to Robby, as he heads out.

    Rowan shakes his head at the security guard. "Nope, nothing. Did you hear somebody run off?" he asks, curious.

    Rowan focuses at looking at the recorder itself, wondering how on earth it got in this state in the first place.
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    The security guard scratches at his hairline and adjusts his hat. "Well. Probably some seniors sneaking about, probably the same vandals who've sketched up all this graffiti." He sighs heavily. "Y'all stay safe now, I'm gonna go look around and see if anybody else is nearby." and with that, the security guard walks off, quickly enveloped by the shadows in the dimly lit corridor.

    His footsteps haven't completely faded away when two men, one middle aged, the other about grad-student aged, round the corner and stop, seeing all of you and the camera. The older man is dressed business casual, while his younger associate is dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. "Well, that's a bummer." The student says, turning to the other.

    "Maybe, but it could be promising if..." The older man trails off before advancing on the broken equipment. "I don't suppose any of you saw what happened? maybe were standing nearby or walking through here when this happened? did you feel any chills or unease? Anything unusual at all?" He sounds excited, and a notepad and pencil appear in his hand.

    "Uh, Doc. I think they're down here for Sweat Lodge." The grad-student clears his throat. "Oh. Right." The Professor turns back to you and extends a hand. "I'm Professor Glen Maclanahan, but you can call me GlenMac, it's less of a mouthful." He gestures to the grad-student. "And this is Jackson Green, my assistant." Jackson does his best to catch Skylar and Alexis' eyes and throw them a flirtatious wink.

    "What's all this stuff for?" Jack The Punk asks.

    Glenmac rubs his hands together excitedly and turns back to the pile of camera equipment. "Well, it was a specialized camera used to record ghosts. Oh, and uh, sorry for the barrage of questions, I didn't think you guys had messed with the camera, I was hoping maybe the ghost did... instead of maybe the tripod failing like last time." Glenmac shoots a look at his assistant.

    Jackson points back at the doctor "You set up the cameras last time."

    As the professor and assistant work to gather up the equipment, a pair of janitors pass by you down the adjacent corridor carrying buckets of water and sponges and griping about having to clean up graffiti right away instead of in the morning.

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    Matt blinks. "Ghosts? Like, is that a subject here? And you said 'the' ghost - are you after one specifically?"

    He checks himself, deciding not to go down the rabbit hole just yet.

    "Sorry, where are my manners? I'm Matt. Pleased to meet you Glenmac, Jackson. And yeah, we're here for Sweat Lodge - a couple of people heard the noise of the camera falling over so we came to see what was going on. Although... this does sound a lot more interesting than everything else so far..."

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    Rowan observes both the professor and his assistant. That was...surprisingly early for a professor to set something up.

    "Did the footage survive at least?" he says diplomatically. He was honestly surprised there was a ghost hunting club or something here, but at least it was novel.
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    At the mention of ghost hunting, Alexis perked up a bit. She was not sure what she thought about it but anything that dealt with the occult interested her at least a bit. "Ghost hunting that sounds kind of fun. Is it a large group and are there any rules to join it?"
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