Title: Return to Sanity

Created by: Augustin-Louis Cauchy

Tragedy Set: Basic Tragedy

Difficulty: 6/10

Description: Story: Dr. Isha was a normal doctor by day, but by night he was something more sinister. As the leader of a nefarious cult, he had finally completed their evil rituals and trapped a young patient of his in an inescapable time loop. // Jimmy Kanja had had a weak constitution since he was young and could rarely attend school. His only friends were Nurse Kangofu and his childhood bestie Danshi Gakusei. One day, after a routine check-up, he was told he wasn't allowed to leave. Strange men in robes performed a strange ritual on him and confined him to the hospital. A few days later, on the eve of his planned escape, he found his work undone, and the calendar reset. Four days later, it happened again. He was able to confirm: he was living the same four days, over and over again. // Repeating the same days, over and over again, confined to the same building, Jimmy's sanity slipped. Where once he saw friends, he later saw only enemies, until finally he couldn't even remember who they were. He would lash out if anyone showed him the slightest signs of kindness, often brutally. And the ritual's effects distorted causality, causing the surrounding town's inhabitants to have hideously altered memories of previous cycles. His friends were hit the hardest: their guilt over being unable to help Jimmy and their fear over his increasingly erratic behavior compounded from loop to loop, until they would try to kill themselves whenever Jimmy recognized them. Of course, this process was helped along by Dr. Isha's daughter, Ojou Isha. // The protagonists manage to weaken the effects of the ritual and enter the time loop. However, to fully end it, they need Jimmy to willingly want it to end. That means they'll have to bring him back to sanity. But if he finds out his friends have killed themselves, or worse, that he's done the deed himself, he'll slip back farther than ever... // Also, there's a murdering Shrine Maiden, and a Hospital Incidenting Girl Student. They don't really fit into the plot.

Main Plot: Change of Future

Subplot 1: Circle of Friends

Subplot 2: Threads of Fate

Number of Loops: 4

Days per Loop: 5

Hints for Mastermind:
The secret rule is that you must play Intrigue +1 or Intrigue +2 on the Hospitalk during your first day's plays. Your goal, obviously, is to set up the "Friend revealed -> Goodwill placement -> 2 Paranoia" loop on as many friends as possible, so as to make their suicides a running thing. Unless you get some unwitting help from the Protagonists, you probably won't be able to have the friends commit suicide on Loop 2; you can get around this with the Time Traveller loss condition, or by having the Shrine Maiden murder a friend (if she received Goodwill on an earlier loop). The Protagonists' goal is to either use the Nurse, Girl Student, and Pop Idol abilities to reduce the Friends below Paranoia limit, or to have the Shrine Maiden sniff out the Time Traveller. The Shrine Maiden can do this by checking the Patient with her 5 Goodwill ability (or all other candidates, by process of elimination); by having the Hospital Incident reveal the Timend Traveller; or possibly by having just the Shrine Maiden and Patient in the Hospital after Day 1, forcing the Shrine Maiden to attempt to murder the unkillable Patient; be on guard for all three. You can try feinting Sealed Item by occasionally trying to get Intrigue on the Shrine in the early parts of the game, so that if they uncover that the Doctor is a Cultist, they'll guess the wrong Plot; however, if you're forced to use the Time Traveller loss condition, they'll know right away which Plot they have. Otherwise, victory will mainly come from good play, by keeping the Shrine Maiden from finding out too much information and by keeping at least one friend dying every loop.

Victory Conditions for Mastermind:
Friend dies (loop end); Time Traveller has insufficient Goodwill (day end, last day)

Special Rule:
The mastermind has a secret rule that dictates part of their play

Day Incident Culprit
Day 1 Murder Shrine Maiden
Day 2 Murder Patient
Day 3 Suicide Nurse
Day 4 Suicide Boy Student
Day 5 Hospital Incident Girl Student
Cast Role
Patient Time Traveller
Doctor Cultist
Nurse Friend
Boy Student Friend
Rich Man's Daughter Conspiracy Theorist
Girl Student Person
Class Rep Person
Shrine Maiden Person
Pop Idol Person
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