The Discipline Era is the First era of Blaseball. It was declared by the Blaseball Gods beginning at the end of Season β1, as a direct consequence of Opening the Forbidden Book. It culminated in Season β10, Day X, which saw the defeat of The Shelled One.
The meaning or purpose of Discipline has never been explicitly stated, but it is widely understood to be an era marked by Blaseball fans undertaking forbidden acts.
The Discipline Era has seen several periods, or subtitles, to distinguish it in history. The names of these periods were also declared by the Blaseball Gods. In the eyes of Blaseball fans, they have been visible as subtitles to the Blaseball.com site header.
- Peanut Plague
- Getting Shelled
- Rest In Violence
The Four Strikes
The Strikes were first mentioned by The Shelled One following the semi-finals of the Season β3 Internet Series. Most mention of the Strikes thus far have come from The Shelled One, and there is reason to believe that The Shelled One is the ultimate judge, jury, and executioner regarding whatever the Strikes entail (as opposed to other cosmic entities such as the Blaseball Gods). Much like the basic rules of Blaseball, it is an implied threat that Three Strikes means that all participants will be "out" and a dreadful punishment shall be delivered. However, during Season β6 fans learned that there are in fact Four Strikes before the ultimate consequences.
The First Strike
See the main article on this topic: The Book of Blaseball#Opening the Forbidden Book
The Season β1 decree, Open the Forbidden Book, was described in the season's election as: "It is Forbidden." The decree passed at the end of the season with 61% of all decree votes.
During the semi-finals of the Season β3 Internet Series, The Shelled One appeared and spoke to all fans, saying, THE BOOK WAS STRIKE ONE followed by, YOU WILL LEARN DISCIPLINE. This event further demonstrated the causal link between The Discipline Era and the chaotic actions of Blaseball fans.
The Second Strike
See the main article on this topic: Peanut Fraud
In early Season 3, insider traitors committed Peanut Fraud by exploiting an unlawful method to give themselves infinite quantities of peanuts and coins; thereby killing splortsmanship (and the website) and plunging Blaseball into a state of Blasphemy and Uncertainty.
The Third Strike
See the main article on this topic: The Third Strike
From Season 3 to Season 6, the majority of fans believed that a Third Strike would cause something terrible to happen, and fans frequently displayed both additional caution and additional brazenness regarding any activity that they believed could invite the judgement of a Third Strike. Discussion of the plan to resurrect Jaylen Hotdogfingers in Season 6 was also frequently speculated to be inviting the Third Strike.
When the next season introduced Idols, some fans made the connection that The Shelled One's progeny might be the three players transformed into peanuts due to the Dan-Peanut Replacement — Peanut Bong, Peanut Holloway, and Peanutiel Duffy. A plan was formulated to organize fans to manipulate the Idol leaderboards and get these three players to the Top 3 rankings by the end of the season, in order to fulfill The Shelled One's demands.
As the Season β6 neared Day 99, fans had successfully raised Peanut Bong to the leaderboard's 3rd place ranking. However, the other two peanut players did not reach the 1st and 2nd place spots in time for The Shelled One's deadline, with Jessica Telephone and Nagomi Mcdaniel holding the top two ranks. The Shelled One made an appearance shortly after Day 99's final game of the regular season, stating:
DO NOT PATRONIZE ME.
WHO IS TELEPHONE?
ONE MORE AND YOU ARE OUT
The Fourth Strike
For the duration of Season β7 and Season β8, Blaseball labored under the threat of the Fourth Strike, unknown what action The Shelled One would take offense to next. Season 8 introduced the Hall of Flame, a new mechanic similar to the Idol leaderboard, but populated by incinerated players. Fans could offer peanuts in tribute, thereby sorting the dead players, in descending order of how many peanuts had been offered to each player.
Fans spent the entire week offering their stores of peanuts in tribute, only for The Shelled One to later claim insult at the end of Season 9.
100 MILLION SNACKS
THAT IS IT
YOU ARE OUT
SEE YOU SOON
Day X and the End of the Discipline Era
See the main article on this topic: Day X
At the end of Season 9, following the Internet Series Game 5 match between the Charleston Shoe Thieves and the Baltimore Crabs, The Shelled One attacked the victors, the Shoe Thieves, with a new team, THE SHELLED ONE'S PODS. The PODS were made up entirely of players who had been Shelled over the course of the previous nine seasons. This attack introduced a new screen on the website, resembling boss fights in RPGs, where in the Shoe Thieves were meant to attack the Team Spirit pool of the PODS via an otherwise normal game of Blaseball. Over the course of six innings, the PODS, who were unnaturally strong, soundly defeated the Shoe Thieves. The Monitor appeared a long while after the battle concluded, lamenting that it missed the action.
did i miss something?
let me know next time
The next week, at the end of Season β10, The Shelled One attacked once more. The champions, the Baltimore Crabs, went up against the PODS, but were soundly crushed in a single blow. In the wake of the Crabs' defeat, The Microphone sent messages of hope and support and before too long, The Monitor appeared with its Hall Stars, a team of players composed of the top 14 players from the Hall of Flame, to face off against the Shelled One and its PODS.
Over the course of a full nine inning game, the PODS and Hall Stars battled in a strange and active battlefield, with members like Jaylen Hotdogfingers swapping between the two teams at random and already-incinerated Sebastian Telephone being incinerated during a brief bout of Solar Eclipse weather. The Hall Stars took an early lead in the fight, although the PODS fought well, bringing the game to a close tie in the final innings.
At the top of the final inning, Dominic Marijuana hit a solo home run, dealing 2,039,516 damage to THE SHELLED ONE'S PODS, and ending the game. This was followed up immediately by The Monitor approaching The Shelled One to deliver the final blow.
you all eat these?
what's the point
deal's a deal
oh almost forgot
Boss is on her way
you might want to clean up a bit
In the wake of the death of the Shelled One, the Hall Stars were Released, presumably never to play Blaseball again. In contrast, the players on THE SHELLED ONE'S PODS were redistributed to teams in the ILB during the following day's election results.
In the aftermath, The Microphone looked back on the hard-fought victory and looked for its friends.
If We could have everyone's attention.
We are so trilled to have done this Deal.
We're fans, just like you.
But We're not going to lie to you.
Blaseball is a mess.
It's been unfair.
And that upsets Us.
Discipline was the Past
Fair Play is the Future.
And that Future begins right now.
A Grand Siesta will follow Season 11.
We're going to finally start investing in Blaseball.
We're going to Build.
We'll be working directly with our new CEO Parker MacMillan III.
We're all extremely proud of the work he's done.
It's the Dawn of a whole new Era.