Sutton Bishop was a player in the Shadows for the Boston Flowers, and was with the team from the Season β23 elections until Fall Ball. Bishop had previously played for the Moab Hellmouth Sunbeams, and also played for both the Rising Stars and Vault Legends during the ILB Semi-Centennial.
Official League Records
During the Season β6 elections the Sunbeams received the Move the Mounds Closer blessing and benefited from the Sharing Signs blessing the Boston Flowers received. This did not affect Bishop's star rating.
The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.
Sutton Bishop, the player, is the only way the inhabitants of Bishop Sutton can interact with the outside world. It's a goose. It's absolutely ripped. And it only has one setting: Blaseball.
Bishop Sutton (grid reference ST587597) was a small village within the Chew Valley in Somerset. It lay east of Chew Valley Lake and north east of the Mendip Hills, approximately ten miles south of Bristol on the A368, Weston-super-Mare to Bath road. Bishop Sutton and the neighbouring village of Stowey formed the civil parish of Stowey Sutton until THE SUMMONING occurred.
Following on from THE SUMMONING, Bishop Sutton is now a small village located within a quaint British pocket dimension. There is no known way to enter or exit Bishop Sutton. The neighbouring village of Stowey is now confused, but will get over the loss with time.
They played for the Hellmouth Sunbeams through Sutton Bishop, a shape-shifting construct with a cricket bat.
During a local bly-election, the people of Bishop Sutton found themselves inexplicably voting for an alternative option on their ballot paper known as "THE SUMMONING" the results were as follows:
|Mrs. Bishop Sutton-Dripping||The Popular People's Party of Bishop Sutton||0||2nd|
|Mr. Bishop Sutton-Sedgewick||The Bishop Sutton Liberation Front||0||2nd|
|Lord Bishop Sutton III||The Bishop Sutton Independence Party||0||2nd|
|Rev. Bishop Sutton-Robinson||The Labour Party||0||2nd|
|Miss Bishop Sutton Jr.||The Liberal Democrats||0||2nd|
|Mr. Bishop Sutton Jr.||The Conservative and Unionist Party||0||2nd|
Immediately after the count, the village and all of its inhabitants found themselves transported into a pocket dimension, where all roads led back to the village itself. When this even happened is down to debate, as no one can remember a time before THE SUMMONING.
Since THE SUMMONING, no human being has been able to leave Bishop Sutton, regardless of how hard they try—but the village elders wonder why anyone would actually want to leave, as Bishop Sutton is absolutely lovely, has won Village of The Year on several occasions in the past, and is a contender for this year's Britain in Bloom competition.
The Sun's Blessing
The Sun, taking pity on the now lost village, created an avatar for them to control known as Sutton Bishop. The Sun searched the village to build an entity strong enough to be imbued with the wishes of every villager; it looked at the people, the animals, the plants and the buildings of Bishop Sutton for inspiration.
The power of The Sun coupled with the strange desires of the people of Bishop Sutton produced the quasi-shape-shifting avatar known as Sutton Bishop. A mysterious psychic connection was made between the avatar and the local pub The Hellmouth that allowed anyone within the pub to have some control over Bishop (providing they were over the legal drinking age).
During the events of Emmett Internet's incineration, a minor hellmouth opened in the basement of the pub, connecting the village to the outside world for the first time since THE SUMMONING. The minor hellmouth was just the right size to allow Bishop to escape the village into the real world. Bishop arrived on the field shortly after the incineration. Some technical difficulties were had due to the strange reverberations of the new minor Hellmouth opening in the vicinity of the Bishop Sutton Hellmouth Pub, resulting in the confusion of fans and villagers alike as the new Bishop took up their bat for the Sunbeams.
Shortly after Bishop joined the team, Sunbeams pitcher Sandoval Crossing offered to have the avatar move in with them. The pair became roommates and grew quite close. The avatar spent most of its free time on the ball field, within Sigmund Castillo's walls, or hanging out with Crossing at their home in Hellmouth.
The Hellmouth Pub
In order to control Bishop, the villagers of Bishop Sutton gathered in the village's pub, the Bishop Sutton Hellmouth Pub. The pub was always called the Hellmouth Pub, of course, and every day the villagers would always show up to cheer on their avatar.
Pub-goers were able to watch the antics of Sutton Bishop via a small, cheap box TV with dodgy satellite reception. The collective mood and energy of the crowd of Blaseball watchers drove Bishop, directing their movements and actions, though the avatar inside occasionally fought back and went off to do their own thing.
Strangely, the Bishop Sutton Model Village and Tea Gardens does not have a model of The Hellmouth Pub where The Hellmouth Pub should be, instead it has some kind of dark, foreboding smear that gives you a headache if you look at it for too long.
The Mechanics of Sutton Bishop
Sutton Bishop's behaviour varied wildly depending on which villagers were currently in the pub, how drunk they were, and whether or not the avatar's brain inside Bishop's shape-shifting body had assumed direct control.
When controlled by the villagers, Sutton Bishop tended to be a reasonably decent creature. But due to the differing opinions of the people controlling them, they would wildly swing between different choices, moods and opinions.
When controlled by the avatar, the entity known as Sutton Bishop was referred to as "it" or "that horrible thing" by those around it. The change in personality was dramatic and terrifying, as Bishop gave into the beast within. In this state Sutton Bishop was extremely unpredictable, often reverting to a goose-like form, stealing objects, honking loudly, and mutating into unspeakable shapes of feathery terror.
There are those who have asked if the avatar of Sutton Bishop has a gender. It does. It has your gender. It took it when you were not looking and ran off with it. You can never catch it now.
- A Horrible Goose with Multiple Tentacles
- A Horrible Goose With Multiple Heads
- A Bizarre Combination of 1 and 2
- An Elemental Made From Sod and Loam
- A Handsome Forest Elemental
- A Pub With Legs
- A Tombola Machine
Bishop was incinerated in extra innings on Season 13, Day 98, following the incineration of Breckenridge Jazz Hands hitter Combs Estes in the same game. This was the second double incineration in a game between the Jazz Hands and Sunbeams. The game ended one out after Bishop's death.
After the loss of Bishop, the Sunbeams have often been seen wearing white feathers to commemorate their teammate. Sandoval Crossing has been quoted as saying that Hellmouth "isn't the same" without the presence of "that horrible goose". Bishop is remembered in many ways around the league. A spot is always left open for it in the Randall Marijuana Memorial Cat Café, and it has a pond dedicated to its memory in the Augusta Chadwell Memorial Park and Promenade. Multiple teams have held on to the anti-goose protection spray gifted to them by the Sunbeams, not willing to let it go just yet.
The Many Fates of Bishop Sutton
- Rumours about what happened to the village of Bishop Sutton after the incineration of Sutton Bishop vary, and are collected in the following IRM. The IRM randomly chooses one backstory of many written by the Blaseball community when the page is loaded. This time, the Interdimensional Rumor Mill reveals a Rumor from IF-32.2 out of its Rumor Registry...
STA 32.2 - THE TOWN OF BISHOP SUTTON
4vi - The End
Subject: Erika Jaeger Sr.
Voice recording transcript with annotation by the interviewer indicated [as so]
We were all watching on the television when the Avatar [this appears to be how the villagers refer to Sutton Bishop - ref. STA 32.1] was incinerated. Everyone was yelling of course, shouting instructions, but nothing was happening. I swear, in that last moment, it turned and looked at us. Right into where the camera would be, I guess. It had never done that before. Then the screen went all staticky, and there was this big jolt. People were thrown off of their feet, glasses smashed, they were screaming. I just - yeah, thank you. It still feels weird to talk about. I was right next to the window so I crawled over and looked out. It was… god it was the strangest thing I’d ever seen. [Consider the life of a villager of Bishop Sutton to understand the context of this statement.] There had always been this edge of the village, where things started to fade out. Then if you walked far enough into that edge you’d hit this wall, I guess? Like you just couldn’t walk any further. Except that wall was burning. It was so bright, like the light of the sun. Then slowly the whole village started to glow, literally like the sun was just burning it up. I thought we were getting incinerated then. People were still screaming, the television was still static. I remember thinking, like, it had been a pretty good run. We had got lucky, you know, getting the Avatar. [The subject appears to have a strange definition of luck.] So I was making peace with the fact that we were going to die, but as I watched this whole other world appeared beyond that wall. A desert, and it was weird because I recognised it instantly. Had seen it on the television a million times. There was the town, and the desert, and in the middle of it all our little British town. After that the shaking stopped, and everything stopped glowing, and we all kind of stumbled out to explore. It was Hellmouth, of course. Our town was just sitting on the edge of it. [See for a map]. People started coming out to see us, and it was all very overwhelming. We hadn’t been out of our village in years. But they were lovely, of course. Except as the sun went down… the village vanished. Just sort of faded with the sun, until it was gone. Those of us who hadn’t been in it at the time panicked. Thought we’d lost it again. I walked for hours around the spot, looking for any sign of it. Somehow, someone told us they could get a letter to the Sunbeams, who we knew pretty well of course. They must have rushed, because the Sunbeams got there in the early morning. Just in time to watch the village come back as the sun rose. And that’s how it is now. When the sun is out the village is there, and you can go in and out. When the sun isn’t there the village is back in the pocket dimension, like it used to be. I think - is it okay to theorise? Okay, thank you. I think it was the Avatar. I mean, to it, Hellmouth was home, you know? I think maybe it did it, sent us somewhere it thought we would be safe. Got a hand from the sun. We owe it a lot. But, yeah. Is that all you needed? Okay, great. You know - thank you. It’s nice to talk to someone about this.
The village of Bishop Sutton now remains, semi-permanently, on the border of Hellmouth. The residents appear to be adjusting well to their new life - ref. STA 32.2 5i, ii, and iii.
Resurrection and Escape from the Vault
When Bishop was incinerated the village of Bishop Sutton was freed from their fate, leaving Bishop controlled alone by the Avatar. Despite Bishop's resurrection the village has not been returned to their previous fate, and Bishop now sleeps during the time they aren't being controlled by the Avatar.
Time on the Boston Flowers
Chaos in the Garden
As usual, Sutton Bishop causes chaos wherever they go in the Garden. Members of the Flowers find it difficult to catch a glimpse of them, often hearing Ominous Honking Noises from the thick brush, or echoing through the vents in the Vault.
Bishop isn't the only chaotic member of the team, Lowe Forbes has reportedly been causing chaos alongside them, usually using Bishop as a distraction so Forbes can get up to their own antics.
Several warnings have been sent around and placed through the Garden, reminding everyone to keep an eye on their gardening equipment, lest it be stolen by Bishop.
What do you have? A Sword!
Sutton Bishop has recently stolen a sword forged by Jada Frederick.
In reality, Frederick, who secretly holds a soft spot for the eldritch goose, deliberately forged for Bishop's use, and left the blade out in the opening unguarded where Bishop would easily be able to find and steal it.
The theft was followed by happy honking noises, and a minor general panic from members of the team. As of current reports no injuries have been suffered despite initial fears.
Bishop is not the only bird on the Flowers related to the eldritch, which has generated a one-sided rivalry. Wade Howe believes Bishop to be their rival and has publicly stated as much, Bishop however, is nonplussed and has yet to comment on the supposed rivalry.
- 'Sutton Bishop' tag on AO3
- Sutton Bishop simulator by Mynotaurus
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