Inky Rutledge was a lineup player for the Yellowstone Magic, and was with the team from Fall Ball until being incinerated on Season 2, Day 43. Rutledge had previously played for the Tokyo Lift and Charleston Shoe Thieves.
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On Season β7, Day 7, in a game against the Hawai'i Fridays, Rutledge pitched the first recorded no-hitter in ILB history, baffling literally everyone and earning the 2-blood blagonball. The same season, on Day 37, Rutledge pitched the second recorded no-hitter ever in ILB history. This did not make anyone less baffled.
After the end of Season 7, the Blagonball became Rutledge's item, possibly in response to fan demand to "Let Inky pitch the Blagonball (We would like to see it)."
On Season β22, Day 22, Rutledge retreated to the Shoe Thieves' Shadows in exchange for Blood Hamburger as a result of Choux Stadium's Fax Machine. On Day 26, Rutledge rejoined the Shoe Thieves' pitching rotation in exchange for Hamburger via the Fax Machine. On Day 34, Rutledge retreated to the Shadows again in exchange for Hamburger via the Fax Machine.
On Season β23, Day 26, Rutledge joined the Shoe Thieves' pitching rotation in exchange for Blood Hamburger as a result of the Choux Stadium's Fax Machine.
Over the course of Season β24, Rutledge entered and exited the Shoe Thieves' Shadows two times as a result of Choux Stadium Fax Machine events, ending the Season on the pitching rotation.
The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.
Box of Inky Rutledge Files
- Dust billows as the file box lands on the table. While many archives in the Interdimensional Rumor Mill are unified in some way, this... definitely isn’t one of them. The accompanying Rumor Registry explains all of the contents... wherever it is... but for now you grab the folder labelled IF-1667 and start reading...
The following accounts can be traced to a single leather-bound journal originally found in a locked wooden chest alongside a sextant-like device of indeterminate origin and a shell that matches no known species of mollusc. The chest was located in a storage room in the Legscraper’s lower levels that was described as “smelling faintly of the sea”. Subsequent attempts to locate and navigate to said room have been unsuccessful thus far. The journal details the exploits of the crew of a large sailing vessel, The Tokyo Adrift, descriptions of which are largely consistent with mid-17th century galleons.
Aginst the Tokyo Adrift
Inky Rutledge was the nickname given to an infamous sea monster. Inky sank countless ships, and was elusive enough that surviving cannoneers often reported "no hitters" during their encounters.
Being mussel cultivators, the Adrift found themselves under and at Inky's mercy more than once, and besting her time after time became a hobby of the Adrift. Rutledge and the Adrift began a friendly rivalry soon after, with the journaler describing her as "like a ship's cat- Hissing and swiping at us on occasion, but mostly taking care of pests for us when we need it."
Descriptions of Rutledge are vague, with differing accounts listing her as either carcinoid, cephalapoid, or cetacoid. No matter what form, however, Rutledge displayed arcane prowess and a taste for the shoes of her victims. The journaler's attitude towards Inky sours near the end of the tome, blaming Rutledge for the death of Stijn Strongbody and disappearance of Lance Serotonin.
Credit @embryonichydra (but not the logo)
Mini-Blaseballer by @HetreaSky
Inky, by @dipppitydoop
Rutledge as of Season 22. Art by @saltbuzzard
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