The year is 1926, Jerome Butler is a man of many talents, he has his fingers in multiple pots, and many enemies. Strangely enough he has never actually been seen, so it’s a huge surprise and honor when one night he decides to throw a dinner party at his mansion in the hills for a select few. Unfortunately for Jerome every single one of his guests has a reason to kill him. So when a storm strikes and the power gets cut, more then one thing goes wrong. The IC Thread is Here [fieldset=How It Works, silver][/fieldset] How It Works, silver This will be a Clue style Mystery, meaning no one will know for sure who did what aside from me. I will be the moderator. I will hand out clues and keep track of who did what until the end, and make GM posts. I will also control Jerome Butler and his staff. Jerome and several of his staff will die at various times during the RP and it is your job to figure out who killed them. Any one may be a murder so be ready with your motives :D Also keep an eye out for missing, or misplaced objects. Note: Each murder will be committed by a different person, different weapon, and in a different location. The Clues, grey You will all create a profile and depending on what you include in your profiles I will create clues. I will then PM the clues to you separately throughout the game and you will then work that clue into one of your next posts somehow. How you do this is up to you, however, don’t make it too obvious, write it in a way that the rest of the players can make their own deductions should they find the clue in your post. Examples Here are some basic examples of how a clue might appear in game: Example One: (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Example One: (open) Example One: (close) Clue given to Person D – Character 1’s Gun was not used to kill Jerome (Character 1’s Character sheet includes the fact that the handle was pearl inlay) Person D may post – Character 4 turned and spied something under the couch in the Lounge. They knelt down to investigate further. It was a gun with a pearl inlay handle. Upon further inspection they noted that the barrel was cold. Looking around to make sure no one saw them Character 4 pocketed the weapon. Reasonable deductions by the rest - Cold gun = Person A did not supply the murder weapon, or if the gun hasn't been used, Jerome must have been killed some other way, or Character 4 has pocketed the gun to use later! (Entirely possible) Example Two: (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Example Two: (open) Example Two: (close) Clue given to Person A – Jerome was not killed in the Dining room Person A may post – Character 1 was in a bit of a panic. She had never expected somebody to actually kill him, even though they had all wanted too. Needing a moment to clear her head she slipped into the dinning room where everything was exactly as they had left it down to Character 3’s half eaten piece of chicken. Taking a deep breath to calm her nerves she slipped back out again. Reasonable deductions by the rest – The dining room is exactly how they left it, no one’s been in there since dinner ended. Jerome didn't die there. Note: The above examples only work if Jerome’s death is the only one to have occurred when the clue is handed out. Alternate versions might be as seen below. Alternate One: (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Alternate One: (open) Alternate One: (close) The post may instead read: Character 4 turned and stared at the body. It took some doing. He had a week stomach for this sort of thing, but Character 4 noted that there was no bullet hole. Alternate Two: (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Alternate Two: (open) Alternate Two: (close) The clue may instead be: No one has been killed in the Dining Room, yet Please do not give out false clues! However. You may mislead or redirect. Example (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Example (open) Example (close) Clue given to Person B – Character 3 was in the kitchen when Jerome died (Character 3’s sheet says they are wearing heels) Person B may post – Character 2 tripped over a bag of spilled flour. Right in the middle of the mess was a very clearly defined outline of a heeled shoe. Character 2 stepped around the flour and tripped again, catching themselves on the counter. Character 2 winced. They’d nearly put their hand down on a butcher knife. That would not have been a good thing to explain to the others. Reasonable deductions by the rest - Stiletto Shoe print in flour = Characters 3 and 4 are wearing heels (as listed in their sheets) so one of them was in the kitchen. Wait a minute, the cook spilled the flour when she heard Jerome’s death scream. For the print to be outlined in the flour 3 or 4 would have had to be in the kitchen when it happened. One of them is innocent. Or Character 1 is listed as having a knife, they may have been in the kitchen, or if Character one’s knife is in the kitchen it’s not the murder weapon. Or even, if characters 3 or 4 were in the kitchen, they may have killed the cook. This example is considered misleading and not false for two reasons. First Person B revealed their clue using a trait belonging to two different characters. Second, since in a kitchen a knife is standard equipment this is considered misleading and not a false clue. Looking at the examples above you can see that making detailed posts is highly encouraged. Not only will this potentially mislead the other players, it will help to hide the real clues. The Setting:, grey This RP takes place in 1926 in Jerome Butler’s Mansion in the Hills. In the second post of this thread I will include a map and Character Location listing. This listing will be periodically updated with character locations as they move about the mansion. There are also secret passageways. When a character enters a room I may PM that player and tell them about the passageway, it is up to them to reveal it or not. If they choose not to and another player enters the room, I will give that person the same opportunity. If two characters enter a room together I will PM the first to enter. If two characters enter rooms on opposite sides of a passageway, I will PM them both. Once a passageway is revealed, anyone may use it. Solving the Crime:, grey You may accuse another character of a crime at any time after the first round of clues has been sent out. Murder Accusations will consist of the following: Who killed who: The murder weapon: Where it originally took place: I did say this would be like clue After an accusation is made I will post a list of names in the OOC (this thread) and the first person on that list who can prove the accusation wrong (with a clue I PMed them) must do so in game. Example: (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Example: (open) Example: (close) Character 1 makes an accusation against character 6 saying they used the knife, in the library, to kill Jerome. Character 2 says they have nothing Character 3 says they have noting Character 4 points out that “the knife has no blood on it, it can’t have been used!” Here’s where we deviate from the game, Everyone will learn the shared clue. And it will be posted in the publicly known clues section of the second post in this thread. If an accusation is made using a publicly known clue, anyone may prove it wrong. If no one can prove the accusation wrong (with a PMed clue) I will do one of two things. If ANY part of the accusation is false I will post a clue to prove it so. Or if the accusation is true I will inform the Accused via PM, and their next post will be a confession in whatever manner they see fit, with whatever motive they like. At this point everyone posts their reactions, and they somehow restrain that character, preferably so the accused can still talk . . . Tie them to a chair or something (they may still have clues the rest of you need.) When the culprit of the final murder is revealed the police will finally arrive and the game ends :) Rules, grey Standard Iwaku rules apply, no godmodding etc . . . Character Rules Players may play one (1) character only If you need to leave the RP please let me know so a way can be found to write out your character without spoiling the game for everyone else. (Perhaps they’ll be knocked unconscious and their notebook of clues will be left for everyone to find) If you don’t post in three weeks (without telling me why) I give myself permission to 1. Nag, 2. Give you a please post warning, and 3. Do whatever is necessary with your character to move the plot forward. Post Rules Please Post at least one paragraph. Please spell and grammar check all posts – typos do happen, but they should not be a constant thing. DO NOT use different colored text for dialogue – I find this very difficult to read. You WILL be asked to change this if I find you doing it. Other Remember that not everyone can be on everyday; this means no rapid-fire postings which leave the others too far behind. Try to give everyone a chance to keep up. Also I may, if necessary, PM and ask for your character to do something specific (like slip away from the others randomly for a minute or two, or discover that the cook has slipped away). Or if necessary, make a GM post stating something generic like “everybody wandered around for a bit exploring, and were taken by surprise when the power went out” to mask character locations right before a murder. Characters, grey I will accept up to 10 people to play. Because this game relies on people posting clues for each other to find, I ask that players post at least once week. Character Sheet (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Character Sheet (open) Character Sheet (close) Name: Game Color: (Brown, Indigo, Scarlet etc. You can also choose a color from this page. Colors should be different for each character.) Age: (between 25 and 75) Nationality: Job: Appearance: Height and Weight: Eyes and Hair: Other distinguishing features: Outfit worn to the Party: (Text description mandatory. Please be as specific as possible. shoes, belt, sequin dress, pinstripe suit etc. Bullet points are fine) How your character knows about Jerome: (remember Jerome has never been seen) Why they believe they were invited: The weapon they brought with them in case they got the chance to use it: Note: DO NOT put your motive for murder on your character sheet! That is for everyone to try to figure out in game.