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So we took the easy route, overall. One thing I didn't like in the beginning was realizing how very little your starting faith mattered in the first location.
We decided to switch to the Djinni when we found her because Michael wasn't doing much for us. Jennifer was against it, but we didn't listen and opted to switch.
In the second chapter, we went to the priory first, then a middle city, followed by the lake. It was all informational. We opted to fight for the sword instead of looking to see what the other locations had in store for us because they were thinking the time agency symbol meant (as it usually does) to keep the item between runs. Nope, it means we don't keep it. Either way, the second run through Chapter 2, we got into an early fight with a Black Guard which we took out handily. Then our first location gave us immunity to the other black guard. We then backtracked and found the girls for the lake location, so we proceeded there immediately and moved on to Chapter 3 (without the sword, unfortunately), with only 7 TU.
We started by going straight to the palace and then the third area where we ran out of time. Our second run, we smuggled our way into the city, heard the coded message with our last TU, and didn't know what to make of it. This is the part where, since we don't take notes, we had no idea where to go. We decided to re-visit our palace spaces, found the passage we needed, and tried to solve the puzzle.
Eventually we got it, but with how late it was, we weren't making the best choices. Nobody believed me when I kept repeating that the player who listened to the whispered confession was a traitor, and so we went with it. When we got to the final battle, we took my advice to split up. We realized that all of them, we could easily defeat by taking no action, easily letting us beat up the others. I never knew what the text on the locked card across the table said, just that it showed all 4 black tokens. I thought we needed all 4. No, we just needed any 2. And it gets revealed immediately. So yeah, we got a choice to lose or win by joining the vampires. I was the only won voting that we lose. So we joined the vampires.