Necromancy

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Necromancy (also referred to by Fans as resurrection and outcineration) is the process by which incinerated Players can exit the Hall of Flame. While it has been stated before that incineration is the only way out of playing Blaseball, numerous Players have exited the Hall of Flame and returned to active play.

Necromancy rarely occurs without consequences. In many cases, revived Players must fulfill a Debt, while in others, they can only rejoin the league due to the incineration of another Player. However, special events, such as Day X and the ILB Semi-Centennial, often result in mass-necromancy without consequence.

At the end of Season 6, Jaylen Hotdogfingers became the first Player to return from death via the Lottery Pick Blessing. A full list of Players, and the methods by which they were revived, is provided below.

Election necromancy

During elections, Blessings and Wills have been provided which allow Teams to steal players from the Idol Board. Since it is possible to idolize incinerated Players, on multiple instances this has been used to perform necromancy. Deceased Players revived using these blessings receive the Returned and Debt modifications.

Players with Debt have a chance to hit opposing batters. Players resurrected during the Discipline Era were given a version of Debt that leaves Players Unstable for a Week. During the Expansion Era, this was replaced by a version of Debt that causes Players to become Observed instead.

Players resurrected via this method join their new Team's roster in the position they have more Stars in, discounting items. Prior to Season 23, the resurrected Player would replace another Player on the active roster, sending them to the Shadows in the process. In the case of Lottery Pick, this would be the Player in their position with the lowest Star count, while in the case of Plunder, the Player would be selected at random. However, in the case of Niq Nyong'o's resurrection, Nyong'o would join the Philly Pies' rotation without sending anyone to the Shadows, extending its length in the process.

Only the Lottery Pick Blessing and Plunder Will have been used to successfully perform necromancy in the past, though Election necromancy is theoretically possible under different circumstances. Blessings that pull Deceased Players off the Idol Board, such as Blind Date and Popular by Association, could theoretically be used for necromancy, but this has never been successfully executed. Since Wills are executed as filed, using a Will to move or trade a Player that gets incinerated later in the Season could revive them, but this has never been executed either. Numerous Blessings that recruit Players with specific modifications have also been seen in the past, but whether or not these can target Deceased Players is unknown.

Below is a list of Players that were resurrected via election necromancy.

Player Previous Team Team joined Method revived Notes
Jaylen Hotdogfingers Seattle Garages Seattle Garages Lottery Pick Blessing, Season 6 elections N/A
Sutton Picklestein Yellowstone Magic Boston Flowers Plunder Will, Season 13 elections Picklestein would be immediately Plundered by the Kansas City Breath Mints, and Return to the Hall of Flame in the same election.
Chorby Soul New York Millennials Seattle Garages Plunder Will, Season 14 elections N/A
York Silk Canada Moist Talkers Baltimore Crabs Plunder Will, Season 14 elections N/A
Chorby Soul New York Millennials Boston Flowers Plunder Will, Season 16 elections Soul would be immediately Plundered by the Baltimore Crabs in the same election.
Niq Nyong'o Atlantis Georgias Philly Pies Season 6: Lottery Pick Blessing, Season 24 elections N/A

Feedback

In Season 10, a variety of Weather icons would be placed on the Idol board, including a Feedback icon on the fourteenth spot. At the end of the Season, the Player in this spot, Jaylen Hotdogfingers, would be swapped for the fourteenth most tributed Player in the Hall of Flame: Tillman Henderson. Upon exiting the Hall of Flame, Henderson gained the Returned modification, and took Hotdogfingers' spot on the Charleston Shoe Thieves' rotation. Hotdogfingers, conversely, took Henderson's spot in the Hall of Flame, inheriting all the peanuts tributed to them in the process.

During an episode of Inside a Blaseball, it was confirmed that this trade was treated as a Feedback swap, and could have been prevented by Mclaughlin Scorpler's Noise-Cancelling Headphones.

It is speculated that an Inhabiting Player could be swapped in Feedback, as Feedback swaps between batters swap the active batter for a random batter on the opposing Team. However, this has never been witnessed, and whether it would have the same effects as the swap between Hotdogfingers and Henderson is unknown.

Hall Stars

The Hall Stars are a Team of the fourteen most tributed Players in the Hall of Flame at the time, formed during Season 10, Day X. All Players on the Hall Stars gained the Squiddish modification as a result of the Team's Squiddest modification. The Player on the Team with the highest pitching Stars, Jaylen Hotdogfingers, was chosen to be the Team's sole pitcher. The other thirteen Players all played on the lineup, in descending order based on Peanuts they were paid in tribute.

Upon beating THE SHELLED ONE'S PODS, all Players on the Hall Stars were Released, and their Soulscreams were replaced with Soulsongs. Below is a list of Players that were resurrected as members of the Hall Stars.

Player Previous Team
Boyfriend Monreal Kansas City Breath Mints
Landry Violence Hades Tigers
Randall Marijuana Breckenridge Jazz Hands
Workman Gloom Canada Moist Talkers
Tyreek Olive Chicago Firefighters
Dominic Marijuana New York Millennials
Sebastian Telephone Dallas Steaks
Morrow Doyle Boston Flowers
Sebastian Sunshine Hawai'i Fridays
Kiki Familia Canada Moist Talkers
Yazmin Mason Hades Tigers
Caligula Lotus Boston Flowers
Emmett Internet Hellmouth Sunbeams
Jaylen Hotdogfingers Charleston Shoe Thieves

Over the course of the fight, Sebastian Telephone would be incinerated again and replaced with Scrap Murphy, and Jaylen Hotdogfingers would swap in Feedback with PODS pitcher Axel Trololol. The replacements were Released in their stead. Hotdogfingers would fall back to the ILB with the other PODS, joining the San Francisco Lovers.

Squiddish

Squiddish is a modification that causes incinerated Players or Teams to be replaced with a random Player or Team in the Hall of Flame, as opposed to a rookie hatched from the Field of Eggs. Despite the modification existing since Season 9, it has only activated on two occasions: once during Day X, and once on a Team-wide scale in Season 24.

Upon the incineration of the Hawai'i Fridays, the Carolina Queens would inherit their Squiddish modification. Whether this is always true of Squiddish is currently unknown.

Below is a list of Players and Teams revived after the incineration of a Squiddish Player or Team.

Player/Team Replacement of Previous Team Team joined Day
Scrap Murphy Sebastian Telephone New York Millennials Hall Stars Season 10, Day X
Carolina Queens Hawai'i Fridays N/A N/A Season 24, Day 12

Ambush

After winning their third Championship in Season 12, the Hades Tigers evolved, gaining the Ambush modification in the process. Whenever a Player is incinerated in a Game the Hades Tigers are playing, the Tigers will Ambush a random Player from the Hall of Flame, recruiting them to their Shadows. Ambushed Players receive no additional modifications after their revival. Incinerated Players that are unseen by Fans can still be Ambushed, as was seen with Archie Lampman being Ambushed before the reveal of the Mallorca Whales in the Library.

Below is a list of Players revived through Ambush.

Player Previous Team Incinerated player Day
Tyler Violet Canada Moist Talkers Wichita Toaster Season 19, Day 15
Thomas Kirby Chicago Firefighters Igneus Delacruz Season 19, Day 22
Cedric Gonzalez Philly Pies Carmelo Plums Season 19, Day 42
Archie Lampman Mallorca Whales Yong Wright Season 22, Day 24

Preservation

During the Pre-Season of Season 18, Chorby Soul was taken to the Vault and Preserved, exiting the Hall of Flame in the process. Aside the Legendary modification given to all vaulted Players, Soul gained to additional modifications upon being Preserved.

The Vault's relationship with formerly incinerated Players seems largely inconsistent, however. New Hampshire Eggplants Player Cote Loveless remains labeled as Deceased even after Preservation, existing in both the Vault and Hall of Flame at the same time. Upon being Vaulted, York Silk would lose the Returned and Debt modifications, similar to a Player returning to the Hall of Flame. However, Returned Players that were vaulted during the ILB Semi-Centennial retained this modification.

Roamin'

Players with the Roamin' or Super Roamin' modifications are capable of Roamin' out of the Hall of Flame, joining a random Team's active Roster in the position they have more Stars in. Players that Roam out of the Hall of Flame receive no additional modifications. Below is a list of Players that have Roamed out of the Hall of Flame.

Player Previous Team Team joined Day
Pudge Nakamoto Charleston Shoe Thieves Houston Spies Season 19 elections
Alejandro Leaf Charleston Shoe Thieves Canada Moist Talkers Season 22 elections
Pudge Nakamoto Ohio Worms Philly Pies Season 23 elections
Castillo Turner Hawai'i Fridays Philly Pies Season 24, Day 18

ILB Semi-Centennial

During the ILB Semi-Centennial, several Deceased Players with Ego would be resurrected as members of the Rising Stars, gaining the Returned modification in the process. Much like the rest of the Rising Stars, these Players could be targeted by the Vault Legends for Preservation. After the Semi-Centennial, all Players on the Rising Stars that were not part of an active ILB franchise at the end of Season 23 would join a random Team in a random position.

Unlike Ambush, Players with Ego that were invisible to Fans at the time of the ILB Semi-Centennial would not join the Rising Stars, as can be seen with Declan Abbott of the Laredo Excavators. As such, they remain in the Hall of Flame.

Below is a list of Players revived during the ILB Semi-Centennial, and the Team they would join afterwards.

Player Previous Team Team joined
James Nolan Charleston Shoe Thieves Seattle Garages
Sutton Picklestein Kansas City Breath Mints Boston Flowers
Abbott Wright Oregon Psychics Charleston Shoe Thieves
Gerund Pantheocide Tokyo Lift Chicago Firefighters
Hewitt Best Kansas City Breath Mints Vault Legends
Jada Frederick Maryland Squirrels Boston Flowers
Agan Espinoza Canada Artists New York Millennials
Ronan Vargas San Diego Saltines Mexico City Wild Wings
Tillman Henderson Charleston Shoe Thieves Vault Legends
Sosa Peperomioides Carolina Queens Vault Legends
Abner Pothos Antarctic Fireballs Seattle Garages
Gunther O'Brian Charleston Shoe Thieves San Francisco Lovers
Sutton Bishop Hellmouth Sunbeams Vault Legends

After the Semi-Centennial, Sutton Bishop would be targeted by the Vault Swap Blessing, moving them to the Boston Flowers' active roster in exchange for Glabe Moon.

Edge cases

Beyond the methods listed above, there have been numerous edge cases in which the line between life and death has been blurred, bringing into question whether or not these could be counted as necromancy. Such edge cases are listed below.

Waveback Event

On Season 4, Day 86, Hawai'i Fridays hitter Thomas England would be incinerated and replaced by Sixpack Dogwalker. Due to the Waveback Event however, The Game Band had to back up to an earlier version of the simulation, before England's incineration had occurred. Rather than restoring England to the Fridays' roster, Sixpack Dogwalker would replace England entirely, inheriting their Player ID and Stars, and effectively erasing England from existence. Dogwalker would gain the unique Bangers & Smash bat in the process, giving them a small boost to their batting.

Cote Loveless

Cote Loveless and their replicas are all listed as Deceased on site, and are capable of Inhabiting Haunted Players and being tributed Peanuts in the Hall of Flame. Despite this, all of them have been members of active Team Rosters, playing Blaseball despite being Deceased. During the ILB Semi-Centennial, as opposed to other Deceased Players who were revived and given the Returned modification, Loveless remained Deceased, playing despite being dead.

Ghost redaction

On Season 24, Day 16, Dimi Blather of the Maryland Squirrels would haunt Kennedy Loser of the Baltimore Crabs, only to be hit by a pitch from Philly Pies pitcher Niq Nyong'o. Blather became Observed, and would quickly enter a Secret Base to be Redacted. Blather would later exit a Secret Base as an Attractor, though they remain labelled as being Deceased on-site. It is currently unknown what would happen if Blather is Attracted to an active ILB franchise.

Opening of the Hall of Flame

During Latesiesta of Season 24, the Monitor would quit its job, opening the Hall of Flame and allowing every incinerated Team to leave, gaining the Rogue modification in the process. Despite having left the Hall of Flame, these teams remained labelled as Deceased, and did not enter active play. Conversely, Teams that traveled to the Hall corner of the map would gain the Rogue modification and become labelled as Deceased as well, despite remaining in active play. Much like Cote Loveless, these Teams and Players would become visible in the Hall of Flame, and gain the ability to Inhabit Haunted Players. At the end of the Season, it was confirmed that all teams that were active in the modern incarnation of Internet League Blaseball prior to Season 24 would return in the future, including the incinerated Kansas City Breath Mints and Hawai'i Fridays.

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