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In Blood on the Clocktower, the Professor can only target dead players with their ability:

Once per game, at night, choose a dead player: if they are a Townsfolk, they are resurrected.

The rules for Bad Moon Rising go so far as to say that the Storyteller will indicate when someone is not dead:

Unbeknownst to the Professor, that player was regurgitated by the Shabaloth and is now alive. The Storyteller shakes their head no, because the Professor must choose a dead player.

Does this imply that the Professor can know who just died, earlier in the same night?

We ran into a case where in the first day, nobody was executed, then that night the Grandmother died to the Demon. The Professor woke to potentially resurrect someone, but because nobody had been executed the first day and the night's deaths had not been announced, the Professor wasn't aware the Grandmother had died.

Should the Professor have been informed about the fresh corpse, to potentially resurrect them?

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The Professor does not have any secret knowledge. Looking at The Professors rules in the linked PDF there's no indication that the Storyteller would ever tell The Professor when they wake up in the night if someone has died that same night.

The Professor only knows who is dead when Dawn arrives and the Storyteller lets the group know who, if anyone, has died. That's how The Professor gets their knowledge in the game. One of the last lines of The Professor examples has:

At dawn, after declaring which players died, declare which player is alive again.


Let's work with the example in the question:

Unbeknownst to the Professor, that player was regurgitated by the Shabaloth and is now alive. The Storyteller shakes their head no, because the Professor must choose a dead player.

The Shabaloth eats 2 players every night and may, the following night, regurgitate one of the two players. In the given example The Shabaloth eats 2 players and the following Dawn The Storyteller shares with the group that 2 players are dead.

This gives The Professor information on who the 2 dead players are, one of which they (The Professor) may resurrect the following night. Unfortunately, in the given example The Shabaloth goes before The Professor, regurgitating one of the players which changes their status to "alive". When it is The Professors turn they coincidentally choose the regurgitated player and the Storyteller must inform The Professor that the chosen player is not dead by giving them a head shake:

The Storyteller shakes their head no, because the Professor must choose a dead player.

In this instance, The Professor does get the knowledge of a player coming back to life specifically because:

  1. The Professor can only choose dead players.
  2. The player was dead the previous night and would be up for consideration.

The rules state in multiple places that The Professor must choose a dead player specifically. This means they have prior knowledge of who is considered dead players, even if that knowledge changes in the same night they resurrect.

I would consider the above example an edge case. Otherwise, The Professor could have a lucky guess one night and resurrect a dead player the same night they died which the rules do not touch on at all.


The above is my interpretation of the linked rules. The rules will not cover every edge case. When in doubt, The Storyteller will always have the final say.

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  • This quote indicates the Professor gains some amount of "secret" knowledge not yet divulged to the group: "Unbeknownst to the Professor, that player was regurgitated by the Shabaloth and is now alive. The Storyteller shakes their head no, because the Professor must choose a dead player." In this example, the Professor has learned, before dawn, that the living status of another player has changed. – Mag Roader Oct 15 at 18:09
  • @MagRoader I've expanded on my answer to include your example. While The Professor does have secret knowledge before dawn, once dawn hits that will be public knowledge to the whole town. The Storyteller would inform the town that Player XYZ is now alive though they will not explain the how or why. – Howdy_McGee Oct 15 at 18:59

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