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Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Aug-16-2016 23:07

There will be 4 activities this week. All events start on Thursday, August 18, at 12:00 AM, SST. Three of the four events are continued from last week. Good luck. ;-)

1. Treasure Hunts - Week 2
This event lasts two weeks. You were given the instructions for this last week, so if you need to review them, please read the Second Week's Activities' thread. The scoring system HAS BEEN REVAMPED. All hunts are now worth 10 points, not 100. Teams receive 3 participation points for the FIRST six hunts they open and do one favor for in the correct categories. Once you have completed six hunts in the same categories as before, YOU ARE DONE. This activity ends on Wednesday, August 24th.

2. Scavenger Hunt - Week 2
This is the SECOND part of this event. You have one week to complete this activity. Please send a screenshot of your locker to Riza Hawkeye for verification purposes by Thursday, August 18, 12:00 AM, SST. All items on List #1 are INVALID after Wednesday, August 17, 11:59 PM, SST. You will be given a second list on the Sleuth Talk board. All items MUST BE COLLECTED IN ORDER, and screenshots must be sent to Riza as you collect each item. You have until Wednesday, August 24, 11:59 PM, SST, to complete this list.

3. Role Playing Essay Contest - Week 2
This event lasts two weeks. You were given the instructions for this last week, so if you need to review them, please read the Second Week's Activities' thread. Essays are due Wednesday, August 24, 11:59 PM, SST.

4. Twist/Closer Contest
This is a *TEAM* writing contest. One writer for your team is already assuming most of the responsibility for the Role Playing Essay, so DO NOT BUG THEM about this. The other 3 members of the team will submit ONE entry. Together, you will submit the idea and writing for ONE complete twist (and accompanying closer). Ideas and writing must be as fully detailed as possible. You must include descriptions of the twist's effects if necessary (gain faction standing, trigger Larry the Toe, etc).

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CodeRed007
CodeRed007
Super Steeper

Aug-24-2016 21:50

On quitting the case:

I decided not to pursue the murder of [Sunny Giron] any further. Hearing the comments from the client, [Benjamin Ringold] in the alley that evening made me question [his] motives for hiring me in the first place, which was enough to make me walk away. Trust is a fickle enough thing in this line of work. It isn’t worth getting tangled up in the misdirected anger of a client who can’t be upfront and at least admit they didn’t like the victim.

If client is guilty:

I heard down the line that it was in fact [Benjamin] who killed [Sunny]. Maybe [he] was just trying to play me after all.

If client is not guilty:

I heard down the line that it was [John Russell] who killed [Sunny]. Perhaps [Benjamin] knew that all along, and regretted hiring me for that reason.

On completing the case, client guilty:

I was more than a little surprised to see that [Benjamin] was the murderer. I almost fell for the drunken act that night, but in the end, that was all it was, an act. And sometimes, it seems the most desperate people will do whatever it takes to try cover their tracks.

On completing the case, client not guilty:

I wasn’t surprised to find that [Benjamin] wasn’t the murderer after all. I never asked [him] about that night afterwards, but I get the feeling that [he] was more honest there than [he]’d been any other time I’d dealt with [him].

The Twist picture can be found on our website.

Tag brackets have been placed around the things that would need to be tagged.


DevilishWings
DevilishWings
Charioteer

Aug-24-2016 21:53

The Twist


It had been a long night. All I wanted to do was to sit back by the fire, have a drink of something on the rocks and go over the files. Eventually, I hoped I’d even go to bed.

I was dragging my feet up the stairs towards my apartment, cursing the lack of lights once more. Damn janitor promised to change those a week ago. I fumbled with the keys to get them into the lock, muttering under my breath. The second I realized the door was already open, I silently pulled out my gun from its holster, bursting into the room aiming for the intruder.

Sitting in my chair, with a distraught look on his face, was Larry the Toe. The man who’s never to be found when you needed him was actually sitting in my living room. Well if that ain’t something!

“Detective, I need your help,” Larry pleaded as I lowered my gun. “I’ll cut the story short. I’m in a relationship with Big Lucy, have been for a long time. A couple of weeks ago, we got into a fight. I went out to the bar, got drunk and made a pass on this slip of a girl working there. Nothing special happened, with the exception of some flirting. She wasn’t even my type and I really do love Lucy. But now her father is blackmailing me, threatening to tell her everything.”

“I’m already on a case, Larry. How is it that you think I can help you?”

“That’s just it. Solve the case, detective. Her father is your client!”


DevilishWings
DevilishWings
Charioteer

Aug-24-2016 21:54

The closers

Continue case

They arrested Johnny Mondo that morning, with evidence proving there was no way anyone else could have done it. Later that night, there was a knock on my door. As I opened it, there stood Larry, with a big smile on his face. The door wasn’t even open yet, as he barged into the room and hugged me tightly. Stranger things have happened, but this was definitely in my top three.

“Thank you, detective. I told Lucy myself about what happened and we’re good. I have no guarantees Mark Bluesmith won’t try this again. I didn’t know how to repay you, but Lucy suggested we offer you a discount in her shop. So if you’re ever in New York, you know where to look for us. Good bye.”

With that, Larry was gone and I was baffled. People actually bought Lucy’s stuff?!

- 50% off for a purchase

Quit case

I decided there was too much pressure on me from all sides. The police ended up doing an arrest of their own, putting Johnny Mondo in prison a week later.

But Larry showed up at my door again, a dejected look on his face. “I believed you could pull this off, Detective. I believed in you. Now my relationship with Lucy is on the rocks. Next time you’re going to be looking for her, make sure your pockets are full.”

Larry stormed back down the stairs, leaving me worried about what was to come.

- The price to find Lucy’s location upon the next visit doubles.


DevilishWings
DevilishWings
Charioteer

Aug-24-2016 21:58

These are our entries, which we hope you'll like. We pulled the tags we used for the names and added actual names , but they're easy to customize for the actual boards, we think. We tried keeping things short .

Autumnsprings
Autumnsprings
Con Artist

Aug-24-2016 22:31

Twist:
Walking down the crowded sidewalk back to my office after a long day, my mind was distracted and I was getting tired of talking to people. Rather, I was getting tired of NOT talking to people. Either they weren't feeling talkative, or they weren't home, or they dropped dead, or they talked, but gave me nothing useful. I spent 20 minutes listening to Loretta Cane discuss her canaries' defecation schedule. Twenty minutes! Oh well, at least it's billable time.

A shout interrupted my musings about clammy people and messy birds. It wasn't clear enough to make out the words but the tone was crystal. Someone needed help. I began running towards the noise and noticed someone dart out of an alley on the other side of the street. Figuring they were also running towards the noise, I ignored them.

Then I heard what no one ever wants to hear - the "ping!" of a ricochet. I instinctively ducked behind the closest barrier, which happened to be an over-flowing trash bin that smelled as if it hadn't been emptied since Teddy Roosevelt called 1600 Pennsylvania home.

Luckily, behind the Trash Bin of Lucifer was a warren of alleys in which I was able to lose my would-be assassin. As little progress as I was making, it was apparently too much for someone. Maybe the reward, no matter how badly I needed it, simply wasn't worth the risk.

When I got back to my office there was a piece of paper stuck under my door. Being a bit wary after nearly being filled with daylight, I wasn't sure I should open it. But one thing all sleuths have in common is curiosity.

When I unfolded the paper, I was unsurprised to find a note, obviously written quickly, that said "Talk to Hortense Menkveld. You may find it enlightening."



And a new suspect is revealed.

Quit Case

Continue Investigation


Autumnsprings
Autumnsprings
Con Artist

Aug-24-2016 22:32

Closer:

A few days after wrapping up the case, I was approached by a small, frail man who appeared to be in his 70s. He said, "My name is Harold Kumar and I was a good friend of Edmund Bowen. Edmund once told me he was afraid of Hortense. I didn't know if it would do any good, but I felt you should know about it." Tears glistened in his faded green eyes.

"I came to your office, but you were out. I was afraid that if I waited I would lose my courage, or it would be too late, so I left the note."

{Here, depending on whether the Revealed Suspect was guilty, it would end one of these two ways:}

"I know she didn't turn out to be the killer, but thank you for looking into her."

I said "Of course. That's my job. And I'm sorry for your loss." He thanked me again and shuffled away, a sense of heartache radiating from his frail body.

OR

"Thank you for looking into Hortense Menkveld. Maybe now I can move on, knowing she will face justice."

I said "Of course. That's my job. And I'm sorry for your loss." He thanked me again and shuffled away, a sense of heartache radiating from his frail body.

Sleuth Sindy
Sleuth Sindy
Bounty Hunter

Aug-24-2016 23:14

Twist:

What I hadn’t told my client was that I had seen the victim, William Buchanan, at the Tricky Mister the evening he was killed. He had been standing at the bar discussing the finer points of mixology with the bartender, Cyrus Tibby. William had caught my attention because of the aura of destiny that hovered over him. He had that inner something--charisma--that makes your gaze pause and then linger on someone as you enter a room. As I watched William debating with Cyrus the best way to assemble a Manhattan, he had suddenly turned and looked straight at me, and I noticed that the azure buttons of his shirt matched the color of his eyes perfectly. Then Cyrus had leaned jealously in and touched William’s shirt sleeve to claim his attention once more.

After leaving the crime scene (having seen those azure eyes dimmed to cold, sightless marbles) I headed home. In my bedroom I dropped my clothes on the floor, crawled into bed and pulled the covers up over my head, feeling bleak and detached from the world around me. Sooner than I had thought possible, I drifted off to sleep and found myself dreaming that I was following William home from the Tricky Mister to his apartment. In my dream, I waited outside his building until the lights were turned out, then made my way stealthily up the stairs and picked the lock to his apartment door. With growing apprehension, I looked down and saw my feet moving toward the bedroom door where I knew William lay sleeping. As my mind screamed in silent horror, I saw my arm extend and open that door, then my hands reach out and tighten around his throat.

As I stood over the bed siphoning the life from the hapless victim, a movement at the periphery of my vision made me glance up, and I saw a mirror at the head of William’s bed. The face reflected back at me was unrecognizable--suffused with a malevolent sneer that made my stomach lurch. I was desperately trying to wake myself from this nightmare when suddenly the

Sleuth Sindy
Sleuth Sindy
Bounty Hunter

Aug-24-2016 23:16

mirror shattered with a wrenching “CRACK,” and I sat bolt upright in my bed, instantly wide awake, my heart racing like a hare before the hounds. I looked about my familiar bedroom and gathered the bedclothes around me that I had kicked onto the floor, reassuring myself that it was just a ghastly dream.

Quit Case

Or

Continue Investigation

CLOSER

After telling my client that I just couldn’t continue on with the case, I shoved my hands deep in my coat pockets and headed home knowing that the murder of William Buchanan would be one of those cases that lingered with me for a long time. As I was quietly despairing over the fact that I would never know who had murdered William, one of my fingers touched a foreign object in my left-hand coat pocket. I slowly drew it out and stood staring speechlessly at the item in the palm of my hand as icy fingers of terror worked their way up my spine. It was an azure button.

OR

With the evidence I had gathered, the police were able to nail James Miller for the murder of William Buchanan, but he never did confess to the crime. James was adamant that he had waited around the victim’s apartment complex that night because he had an appointment with William. However, as it grew late, James had eventually given up waiting and gone home without ever seeing him.

The day James was sentenced, I went home to do some spiritual and physical housecleaning. I was sweeping dust bunnies out from under my bed when something came rolling out from the darkness. An unearthly chill fingered its way along my spine as I leaned over and picked the item up. It was an azure button.


DevilishWings
DevilishWings
Charioteer

Aug-24-2016 23:46

I realized I posted a previous version for the RP. I've asked Breit if we can resubmit,but haven't yet gotten a reply. I'll post it here again and in the other boards in case the answer is Yet since I don't want to miss the deadline. I hope they allow this change as I don't want my mistake to mess up the team's efforts with coming up with this story and helping me edit add stuff and take stuff out before getting Vulkie's help, ofc.



DevilishWings
DevilishWings
Charioteer

Aug-24-2016 23:47

“How in the world did this happen,” Devi wondered out loud.

Much to her surprise, somehow, the Chariots were right behind her. Having heard the commotion, they followed suit. They were all looking at a rather surreal scene.

“Well that looks like someone horsed around,” Murray said.

“Really? Jokes in times like this?” Devi rolled her eyes. They had a job to do, darn it!

“Oh, get off your high horse, Devi,” Mort snickered. “I bet the last thing she thought before she died, was how crushed she would be to not participate in the Olympics anymore. Funnily enough, she did end up being crushed, albeit in a different way.”

“Can we quit with the jokes and figure out how that poor girl ended up under that pommel? How did that even get in the hotel? Why didn’t they throw it off the Eiffel Tower just around the corner if this were a mere prank?”

BadAss, ever the dour, threw the boys a severe look, settled his hat better on his head and took off towards the crime scene. He took out his “1924” notebook and started jotting down everything he saw, one of his many habits. It was a gory scene, full of blood and other stuff no one really wants to think about. The woman was crushed under a pommel that seemed to have fallen from the landing above the stairs. Truth be told, the situation stood quite differently, the detectives were sure. The pommel had been thrown.

Devi took off to that location, leaving the men behind at the gruesome scene. She wanted to figure out just how someone could throw a pommel horse onto that poor lady. Sure enough, there were marks all over the railing, as well as a couple of chalk covered shoe prints in different sizes. They didn’t match. Devi called Mortimer for a second to take a closer look at the shoe prints. Her intuition was right; the prints didn’t match. That meant they had two killers on their hands.

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