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Into their Past...CONTEST
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Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Sep-5-2008 16:23

Hello fellow sleuthers! It seems to have been a while since we’ve had a contest. We here at Blue Pagoda have come up with a little one for those who have a few minutes to spare between Sleuthing, real life, and Villain Hunting.

THE PREMISE:
We would like you to choose ONE of the four candidates and write their bio for us. Their names or faces are known throughout Sleuthville, but we know so little about them. So, delve into their past and tell us what you think happened to bring them to where they are today in Sleuthville. Your choices are: Big Lucy, Shady, Larry the Toe, and the Magnifying Glass Lady who introduces the Faction twist.

THE RULES:
1. Spelling and Grammar DO count.
2. The limit is 3000 characters, which is the Bio limit for every detective. (You can see if it fits on your detective bio before you post your entry here.)
3. It must be in the time frame of Sleuth Noir, around 1920.
4. One entry per detective, writing their own entry. Proofreaders are fine. Collaborators are not.
5. Open to subbed and unsubbed

THE PRIZES:
1. First Place -" a special prize" by the Sleuth Admin or $50,000 sleuth dollars
OR
6 month subscription to unsubscribed player
2. Second Place - $25,000 sleuth dollars
OR
3 month gift subscription to unsubscribed player
3. Third Place - $10,000 sleuth dollars
OR
1 month gift subscription to unsubscriped player

DEADLINE:
October 9, 2008 at 23:99 sleuth server time.

THE JUDGES:
Will be announced after their decisions have been made. Volunteers are welcome. Please PM Lady Jas if you are interested in judging!


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Ms Helen
Ms Helen
Con Artist

Oct-9-2008 15:33

Ok I said I'd give it a go for once so here's my attempt at the magnifying glass lady :)


I adored mama when I was a little girl, still think of her every day now. She was beautiful, graceful, elegant, everything I wanted to be. We spent every spare moment either walking or playing in the garden, or if mama felt well enough, dancing. I don't remember Papa; he passed away when I was still a baby. He was a cop at the local precinct and died while trying to make an arrest. I'm still heartbroken that I don't remember him, yet so, so proud of him, putting himself in danger to help the local people. Mama became ill soon after Papas death, she tried to be strong - for my sake, but I knew, I knew she was getting weaker every day and one day, not too far in the future she would leave me too.

That day came far sooner than I think anyone expected. I like to remember the happy times with Mama so please excuse me for not mentioning details about that tragic day. I was looked after by my grandma from that day on and she tried, she really did try to be as fun loving as ma had been - still she had been brought up in primmer, stricter times and found it hard to follow ma's footsteps. At 18 I decided to travel the world. From New York I headed to London first then Shanghai, Delhi and more recently Cairo. During my travels I never ever forgot my mama, remembering her final words to me. 'Never be afraid darling, stick up for what you believe. Me and Pa will always be proud.'

Ms Helen
Ms Helen
Con Artist

Oct-9-2008 15:33

I became an experienced traveler learning new languages quickly and making new friends I will never forget. It was during my travels that I also found a way to follow in Papa's footsteps. So many detectives roamed the streets doing as Pa had done; finding bad people and putting their lives in danger every day. What if there was something I could do to help them a little? As I said I had become an experienced traveler and met many new people including some people who, well, let's say they knew things that perhaps they oughtn't to know.

I kept my eyes open for detectives risking their lives. Passing on information about these 'groups' trying to help in any little way I could. Now I've become somewhat well known and even those detectives just starting out will recognize me. How? I always carry a magnifying glass somewhere discrete so those brave men and women can pick me out of the crowd.

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Oct-9-2008 19:22

Here's one for the Shady Character:


18 years old and fresh out of school, Gene Watson got a job as a clerk at the International Private Detective Licensing Bureau (IPDLB).

One day he saw the infamous Elliot Ness make his way out of the director’s office. This piqued young Gene’s curiosity. He made his way over to the office, upon entering, he found the director looking very nervous. “What was Eliot Ness doing here in NY?” He asked the director. “Please Gene, you mustn’t say a word, I could lose my job,” the director pleaded, “I have been caught bootlegging, but I promised Mr. Ness that it’s over, but I can’t afford to let the word get out. How much will it cost to keep you quiet?”

“I’m gonna need to think about this boss, let me get back to you.” Gene told the director.

Once Gene returned to his desk and started working again, a messenger came in to deliver a telegram.

Gene, STOP

Mom’s health is failing. STOP
Need $48,162 for operation STOP

Dad STOP

He made his way over to The Tricky. He wished he could get a drink in the speakeasy, but he knew if he did he would be in the same boat as his director. He needed Cyrus to just listen to his problem, that’s what a good bartender does. He thanked Cyrus for listening and then made his to the back corner to think things over.

A bit later, a young man came walking into the bar looking distraught. Gene saw him begin telling Cyrus his sob story.

He was just getting ready to leave when the young man approached him.

“Hello, I understand you work for the IPDLB? I have a problem and I was wondering if you could help me.” He said to Gene.

“If you want to apply for a detective’s license, stop by the Bureau and pick up the needed forms.” He told the young man.

“That’s not it, I already have a license, but I’m afraid I may lose it, you see I got careless and made some false accusations. Is there any way to get them cleared?” he pleaded as he handed Gene his license.



ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Oct-9-2008 19:22

This is just what Gene needed. “I’ll tell you what I’ll do, you’re still inexperienced, I’ll wipe the record clean for $48,162.” He said.

“What? All that money for a couple little mistakes?” Protested the detective.

“That’s the offer, take it or leave it,” Gene told him as he turned to leave.

The young detective knew there was not much he could do about it. “Oh that is just shady, here’s your money” he yelled at he handed over the cash.

Gene thanked the young detective and assured him that all would be taken care of.

He made his way back to the bureau and told his director that no money would be needed to keep his secret. All he wanted is cooperation when he needed some records wiped clean.

The director was shocked, “It’s a deal Gene, I didn’t think you’d let me off so easily. Thank you.” He said.

“I don’t go by that name anymore boss, from now on, just call me Shady.” Gene said as he made his way to the door.


Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Oct-9-2008 23:33

Here we go: (2978 characters) ;-)

I am Irina Sharanova. This is my story.

Most of what I remember from my childhood is fleeing from our dacha in the middle of the night. Years later I realized that my parents fled with my family because they had no choice. The Bolsheviks had come to arrest us, so we ran. My father was Menshevik, descended from a high boyar in Kievan Russia. We were nobility, although ours was a minor line; we were not wealthy. From then on all that comes to mind is cold and hunger.

Some years later, we came to New York. My father found work as a banker’s clerk. He even rented a small apartment for us. My mother worked from before dawn to hawk vegetables at the market square. Most days, the produce she could not sell were split up, and her portion became our soup.

My siblings and I sometimes went to school, sometimes not. When we were not in school, we were helping Mama. As the oldest, it was my duty to look after the little ones, to keep them out of trouble. We learned much on the streets, much more than in school.

When I was twenty, the Spanish flu came to much of the city. I was the only one in my family who was not sickened from it. A month after it came, my parents and two brothers were dead. We were alone, and I was responsible for my siblings.

I tried looking for work, but found few options. New York, I found, was swamped in corruption. The city was ruled by underworld groups, all vying for supreme power. The Chinese Triads ruled the East End, especially the grocery shops and tea markets. The Italians governed the Northern city, and the real estate offices. Religious fanatics controlled the Southern city, and the banks. The politicians and scholars dominated the Midtown, and City Hall. The Dies Arcanum Brotherhood presided over all the churches in the city, and the nature fanatics governed the hotels of the city (only God knew why). No matter where I looked, I was not welcome.

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Oct-9-2008 23:36

Then, as my family were on the verge of starvation, I found a savior. He was a rather strange-looking fellow, with dark-rimmed glasses and a funny hat with a tassel. He said he was a detective, and he needed my help. He wanted to restore the balance of power in the underworld. Along with the rest of the detectives throughout the world, he thought they could restore the balance. But they needed someone to keep an eye on the factions in each city,-to let the gumshoes know when things were out of kilter. I talked his proposal over with my family, and here I am.

You may have seen me and wondered, “How is she in New York one moment, and Delhi the next?” It is simple. No, there is no magic involved. Merely the power of family. I am the balance in New York. My sister Oksana rules London. Tatiana, a year younger than her, plays the factions against each other in Shanghai. And Nadia, the baby of the family, holds court in Delhi. Each of us was given a special silver magnifying glass as our emblem, so that we might peer into the workings of our city, and your mind.

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Oct-9-2008 23:37

(Sorry, 2,965 characters. My oops. ;-)

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Oct-10-2008 07:11

Thanks to all who entered. Judging will begin soon so good luck to all of you!

Ms Helen
Ms Helen
Con Artist

Oct-10-2008 08:04

Oh great let the judge bribing begin :D

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Oct-10-2008 09:18

We need to know who the other judges are before we can bribe them! ;-)

I offer a guest spot on Sundays radio show! ;-)

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