Yeah okay I feel silly for not reading more into the scene with Hoid.Herowannabe wrote:Thanks Tec! Though you left out one very important detail about Gash. I hope you don't mind if I share it with everyone: Gash was a mole in the crew. Hoid, as his mentor, saddled him with the task of making sure that the assassination attempt on Elend Venture failed. As it turned out, none of the players were ever actually all that committed to the plan to kill Elend, so Gash never really had to do any sabotaging.
As for him being an Awakener, that's one secret I'm really surprised nobody ever guessed at. I mean, after all, I had created the Awakening house rules long before I made the Shardblade/plate rules, and once it became clear that Claincy/Gen/Khav was running around with a shardblade, I thought for sure someone would start to wonder if I had decided to incorporate the Awakening rules into the campaign, too, and start looking askance at the other members of the crew.
For the record, I strongly hinted that Awakening was at play, specifically in this post. "The Wanderer" in this interlude is of course Hoid, and "The Messenger" is a strawman awakened by Gash to deliver the letter. Tecslicer dropped a couple hints, too, (IIRC at one point he went shopping for some brightly colored nobleman's clothing), but for the most part he kept his awakening abilities on the down-low.
The whole "is a mole" thing definitely adds some context to my Spiritual insights:
I don't feel too bad about not noticing the Awakening character, honestly. I thought we'd met our quota for worldhopping with Khav, and most of my/Fidel's efforts after we found out about the Shardblade were centered around trying to investigate it for Father. I shall, however, proceed to roundly make fun of Art who spent a lot more time/effort on Gash.Insights:
Q: "How much can I trust [Gash]?"
--Specifically, "Can I trust him not to betray the interests of the group?"
A: No, your gut tells you that he is not committed to the crew.
Q: "Can I trust him not to backstab _me_ in the interests of the group/himself?"
A: However, you have no reason to suspect that he would turn on you.
Q: "What's his breaking point for when he'd betray the crew?"
A: I've been debating all day whether to allow this question, and if so, how to answer it. I think I will, but all I'm going to say in response to the question is this:
Your instincts whisper that Gash has other allegiances that are more important to him than the crew is.