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Detective Biography

Things are rarely what they seem. Believe me, I know.

Apparently murder is the one charge that daddy and his billions couldn't have dropped. Like I could have murdered poor Dinsmore...he was my oldest friend in the whole world! I was convicted in the public eye before they even charged me with anything. It's true that my bad behavior was frequently mentioned in the gossip columns, blind item or blatantly spelled out. The UN Ambassador from Belgium blamed his failed marriage on me, which was kept pretty hush-hush considering I was only 16 at the time. He was sweet, though I was never even alone with him! Oh how the papers loved it when I was arrested: "Murdering Tramp!" was probably the "classiest" of the headlines, of course coming from Daddy's rival newspaper. Well, what's done is done.

They managed to stumble upon the real killer, but not before I did two years. TWO YEARS of my life those bastards stole from me! With my team of revoltingly expensive lawyers, I STILL got sent up for something I didn't do. What chance does some poor schmo have with a public defender?

I know they all cry "wrongful conviction!" but my time in the pokey really opened my eyes to injustice. I vowed to help the falsely accused in some way if I ever got out, and I found a most interesting way... Prison is, not surprisingly, a good place to make shady contacts, and combined with the passkey to higher society afforded by being a Vale...well, lets just say that I'm often able to traverse avenues of inquiry unavailable to the police.

My family is not pleased with my new vocation, to say the least. But, being polite society, we have an unspoken agreement: if I don't mention my escapades in the presence of them or any member of society that they are likely to know, they will pretend that I spend my days shopping and not rubbing elbows with murderers and rapists. In an effort to keep scandal from the family name, I've developed an often-friendly relationship with the City News' crack reporter Dirk Spencer. He promised to keep my name out of his paper as long as the police don't actually find me standing over a body brandishing a bloody butcher's knife. Those where his exact words. Charming fellow, that Dirk. It's no wonder we've been engaged three times. He knows that I don't plan to ever marry, but I do think it's such fun for a girl to get engaged every now and then.


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Arcanum Brthrhd:  Fair(9)
Cosa Nostra:  Fair(1)
Eastern Triads:  Fair(9)
Circle of Light:  Fair(5)
Green Hand:  Fair(5)
The Tea Steepers:  Terrible(-50)
Shangri La Tigers:  Great(50)


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Books Collected

The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Agatha Christie

The Adventure of the Empty House
Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle

A Scandal in Bohemia
Arthur Conan Doyle

Martin Hewitt, Investigator
Arthur Morrison

The Mystery of Marie Roget
Edgar Allan Poe

The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Edgar Allan Poe

The Art of War
Sun Tzu

The Moonstone
Wilkie Collins