[mask] They did not know. I intervened unnecessarily and the assistance I sent was stationed on the edges of the Asylum. Help was not sent inside. They do not deserve any punishment.
Do not try to convince me that there was something Barbara Gordon was unaware of.
[mask pm] They did not enlist in outside help. I sent the assistance. They had nothing to do with it.
They permitted it. But if you insist on sharing in their punishment, I would be happy to do that.
[mask] I’m not exactly outside help, and also, where in the rules did it state one couldn’t observe another’s task?
I have little tolerance for those who try to find a way around the rules. Outside interference with tasks is not allowed. You will lose a point for your insolence.
[pm] Clarify the interference. Which part specifically do you object to?
Take your pick. I could give you each two penalties.
[mask] You like to watch people suffer, don’t you? I’d give you a good show. Put me on the lowest number of points possible, I don’t care. Just let one of them, ANY of them, go.
And which one would you like me to dispose of?
[mask pm] Heh- You jest, certainly. Games, riddles, and all of the likes in between are my modus operandi. The fact that you stroll into this city, my city, while I am away nonetheless, and try to steal my moniker out from under me, is appalling.
Surely you mean you’re the Riddle Fiend: old friend of mine from college and D-list villain (no offense! You know it’s in my nature to tease). It’s great to hear from you again, Fernando.
[mask pm] Is there anyway you would ever allow a volunteer to take the place of one of the players in your game? I would be willing to take on any penalty you saw fit deal out in exchange.
I’m too fond of my players to let any of them go prematurely, but if you want to join, I’m sure we can make room for one more. That’s not so different than what you’re asking for.
[mask pm] How fitting. A pawn. Small man's venture. And while a pawn does that the opportunity to become the Queen, it is known that a feat such as that is hard to accomplish. You will not win this "game". Hello, Game Master. Meet your superior, The Riddler.
Yeah, outside as in they were outside of the—you know what? Fuck you, you whackjob. I don’t even know why I’m bothering, this game is stupid why would I expect it to not have stupid rules?
That’s still interference with your task, is it not? Having others involved significantly changes your willingness to complete the act. There is no getting around that.
And if you simply thought I wouldn’t find out, well… I have eyes like a hawk.
What? That’s bull! We did what you wanted!
You enlisted outside help on your task, dear. Be gracious your penalty is only 1 point.