Murder Mystery

Dosan please.

Once the epitome of advancement and wonderment, this ancient city has suffered an apocalyptic catastrophe and now drowns deeper into destruction as schemes and further disasters threaten to tear it asunder. Hope has long since left the land... but some have refused to surrender their place in the sun

Moderator: Tyrant

Post Reply
User avatar
Blue
Approved Character
Posts: 41
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:39 am
Race: Mortal Born
Profession: Seer of learning
Renown: +30
Character Sheet
Secrets
Templates
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Murder Mystery

Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:39 am


20th of Vhalar, 718



The Lancastre family had always been known for their dinner parties. In retrospect, Blue could not recall his family ever throwing a big bash with dancing and nobles singing merrily and perhaps he could conclude that his family were not ones who wanted to have a great time and forget about the poor condition their city was in. He knew well enough that the Lancastre only preferred dinner parties over grand balls or extravaganzas is so that they could boast about their exotic items and the pricetag. It’s not like anyone really cared though, nobles dislike the outside world anyway and the entire house knew that. But the Lancastre’s cannot seem to go a day without telling people how much more money they possess.

“Your father wants you to tuck one of ‘em fancy lockets in your pocket, m’lord. Let the chain hang out too he said.”

Blue nodded as the servants spoke, his eyes focused on himself in the tall mirror. A heavy sigh left his body as he thought about how tonight would go. It would go the same way as every other dinner party held by the Lancastre and he could not bare to go through another night talking about his blue skin or his mother. He could swallow his pride when speaking about his skin tone but discussing his mother was personal. Those nobles were always so nosy and could not set aside their constant inquiries for one night to discuss something else no matter how hard he pushed for it. Blue was usually good at pushing a conversation in another direction, however, the nobles were even better at redirecting it to the original topic that sparked up a conversation in the first place.

”I think that’ll be enough, thank you miss. You may go now.”

After the servant put his navy blue colored jacket over his silky white waistcoat, he decided it would be the right time to rush her out the room before she’d try to do anything else.

“M’lord, I have yet to remove your gloves! You father specifically told me you must—“

”Put on new gloves? I am well aware of that. Good day, miss hill.”

Blue gave the servant a polite shove before slamming the door in her face. He sometimes wished the heaps weren’t so damn obedient. It made it almost impossible for him to keep his secret since they were always following the orders of his father. His orders seemed to be drilled into their head and even if Blue tried to give them an easier route out of their chores or taking care of him for that matter, they never seemed to take it.

He rushed toward one of his nightstands and opened a drawer. Inside were three lovely pairs of gloves similar to the pair on his hands except the pair of gloves on his hands were in very poor condition. Blue took a quick look around his room before sliding his current pair of gloves off and admiring his hands. He touched his fingers, gliding one over the other until it touched his glossy black fingernail. An electric feeling ran through his body as he did so and for a moment Blue felt like Vri was with him.

He missed him so much. Blue was beginning to forget the last time he saw him although he was doing his best to remember every detail of it.

Come back soon love. Blue took another pair of gloves, leaving the old ones behind before heading to his family’s dinner party.

word count: 612
User avatar
Dosan
Approved Character
Posts: 163
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:01 am
Race: Human
Profession: Spy, Assassin
Renown: +75
Character Sheet
Secrets
Point Bank Thread
Wealth Tier: Tier 2

Re: Murder Mystery

Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:42 am

蛇 Vhalar 20th, 718 蛇
蛇 Mood: Delighted, Thrilled
蛇 Current Thought: Shhh, Let it Happen
蛇 Current Theme: Tsukimi


蛇 It's a shame when people can't keep their promises. They ask you for a favor, and you deliver, but when the shoe is on the other foot, its like pulling teeth or speaking an obscured language. Same goes for coin, you ask to borrow some coin, you are expected to pay it back.

Sadly in this unfortunate case, it wasn't as simple. Bryalla was a servant of the Lancastre house, and she was good at her job, like most who were so lucky to work for nobility. Unfortunately, however, the poor biqaj didn't know when to quit, going for stakes a lot higher than her pay grade.

She owed the owner of the casino outfit within the lair, a lovely den of despair, greed, & fortune, a lot of coin.....like a lot of coin. Lex was not a man to be slighted, and as the vicemen of the casinos, he always got his due. Bryalla would be the perfect example of this, as the viper of the Lair was called in perform a grand act, a display if you would humor it.

The Lancastres where known to hold quaint little get-togethers, and getting in on his Lord name was an easy ticket to these sort of things. Impress the underling, and draw out the bigger fish. Dosan stood in the corner of the room, making polite conversation with a few of the other elevated heaps that happened to be there, sharing gossip and stories of the nobles they worked under.

When Bryalla's name was called, being ordered to go fetch some more wine from the cellar, he scanned the room, looking for the servant that would respond to the order. Spotting the servant, he found her face to be decent to look at, but poured over her features, to take them in and save them to memory. Oh yes, now that her face was in his memory banks, he wouldn't be able to forget her.

The party was in full swing, and the gracious hosts of the little event were lauding their expensive taste around, much as nobles do. The hosts were eating up the attention, admiration, and jealousy, the viper finding that it was a disgusting display. Dosan, however, was not so enthralled by such exotic treasures.

Dosan had been biding his time for the most opportune moment to kill the woman as instructed, though if he had too, he'd off the servant in front of the guests. In his eyes, he was doing her a favor. The woman had racked up 1,000 gnel in debt and was struggling to pay it off. Lex believed she was skimping on the payments and as such he wants her to serve as an example for those that thought they'd skimp the vicemen.

He was getting impatient and was looking for an opening, and after a rather long break, the viper finally caught his chance. The prey was heading out into the storage room, mostly looking for something that was running low and as an assassin in training, he tailed her. Looking about, he sipped his cocktail, looking to make sure no one was looking in his direction, and when the cost was clear he took it.

His footsteps were soft, as soft as he could make them anyway. Locking the door behind him, Dosan smiled, as he seized the woman's hair in his hand from behind while she was looking through the cupboards.
"You have been a rather naughty girl, cheating those you owe money to. Its rather rude to try and play someone, especially when they are better at the game than you"
he said in a low maniacal tone.

The woman begged for her life, saying the usual dribble, she won't ever do it again, she'd pay him back in full, yadayadayada. Dosan wasn't hearing any of it, it wasn't his job to hear any of it. Gripping the back of her with his left hand, and the bottom of her jaw with his right, he went to snap her neck. She struggled, one hell of a fight, but Dosan was determined to see this through.

"Shhhhhhh, come now, just let it happen."
he cued into her ear, her muffled screams increasing, only to be overshadowed by the audible snap. The next sound was that of a lifeless body thumping on the floor, along with a sigh of exhaustion as he put all the strength he could in that. Dosan couldn't help but chuckle at his handy work, and he slipped out of the storage room, just in the nick of time to rejoin the other guest, easily distracted by the new trinket and oddity the Lancastre's had brought out. 蛇

"Speech"


Image
Last edited by Dosan on Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:10 am, edited 2 times in total. word count: 853
㊮ "I'm nothing more than a snake. With cold skin and no emotions, as I slither around searching for prey with my tongue, swallowing down whoever & whatever looks tasty." ㊮
User avatar
Blue
Approved Character
Posts: 41
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:39 am
Race: Mortal Born
Profession: Seer of learning
Renown: +30
Character Sheet
Secrets
Templates
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Re: Murder Mystery

Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:32 am



”The art piece here? I do believe it’s been in the family for awhile.” Blue answered the guests as they all stared at a large painting of a beautiful woman in a velvet dress and bonnet. His guest were so interested in the timeline the picture was purchased, they had forgotten all about their impolite conversation about his mother. He predicted this would happen yet prayed to the gods that his assumption was not true. The conversation started off well, each guests boasting just as much as his family was doing that very break. Blue could not do such a thing since he had nothing in particular to boast about to them and that could have possibly led to the conversation.

His silence could’ve brought it about.

He had never been that good at carrying on a conversation he wasn’t interested in. The silence brought on made him feel...unpleasant. The blue man was not sure how it made his company felt but it obviously made them feel comfortable enough to speak of his mother. A cringe worthy moment that had made him point out the stupid painting in the first place.

He sipped his champagne and turned his back on his guest, pretending to admire the painting he had seen a million times. It was nothing special; a painting of his great great grandmother who he heard was a vain and illiterate woman even in her old age. There were a bunch of pictures of the old hag around the manor that he could cared less for like the one in front of him. However, Blue pretended to praise the picture and spoke highly of the colors to keep the two women accompanying him to speak of anything else but his mother.

”It is absolutely amazing how the artist portrayed her ivory skin perfectly. If you know anything about art, you know that is exceptionally rare.” He looked at the women and gave a polite smile. The two being just as clueless as he was during this discussion smiled back and praised the painting too. They spoke as much gibberish as he did. Blue had to take large sips of his drink to keep himself from laughing at their stupidity.

“Nev’alyne, my boy!”

A familiar voice called for him and it made his stomach turn. It was his father, the last person he wanted to see tonight.

Finishing his drink, he followed the sound of his father’s voice to find his father in the family lounge with the rest of the guests putting on airs like he always did.

Jason Lancastre has been bitter since his separation with his second wife; Blue’s mother. A bitter middle aged man who only took pleasure in playing the game of politics like the rest of Quacia. Jason was unhappy for sure yet he hid his unhappiness under a calm and collected face along with a charismatic attitude that could convince even cattle to agree to slaughter. In fact, that’s what he was doing right now in Blue’s eyes. Leading these poor nobles to his own slaughterhouse.

“I’m telling you Ryder, you must expand your business to Krome. Propose your idea there and—“

Blue’s father took notice of him immediately and almost always when this happens, Blue could feel his father’s hatred, his eyes burning a hole through him. Jason Lancastre was giving him a charming smile to say the less, an obvious stunt for the public—more or so the smile was not a genuine one he would often give to his discolored son for obvious reasons.”Nev’alyne, my boy.” His father pulled him closer and draped an arm over his shoulder.”Do me a favor. I sent Bryalla to the cellar for white wine, but Mr.Ryder has yet to try our red wine from Rynmere. Could you run to the cellar and tell her about the mix up?”

Blue was hesitant to answer his father before giving him a quick nod. This might have been the greatest demand his father has ever bestowed upon him. He was more than happy to leave the party for a more secluded part of the house. The cellar could be a great place to hide until dinner actually took place—the meeting and greeting part of the party was an absolute drag. But during dinner, Blue wouldn’t have to really talk to anyone except maybe Neville and Doesha. The two of them hardly spoke to him anyway, the most they would ever is something about passing the salt.

The halls were quiet and Blue was deep in thought at first. He just couldn’t stop thinking about his beloved Vri and the next time he would be able to see him. Blue wanted to tell him what he was doing with his gift— how he was putting it to use when those who were alive would soon parish.

The assassin almost slipped away from Blue. He caught a glimpse of him but hardly enough to identify him. It didn’t matter to him anyway. The man must’ve been lost or steered himself in the wrong direction.

”Excuse me sir, you are not permitted to come this far!” Blue didn’t know if he heard him. By the time he said anything, the man was gone.

He slipped into the cellar and while he did not see the servant, Blue barked orders to Bryalla. ”My father wants red wine, Bryalla. Not white. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

The cellar wasn’t the biggest but he was pretty sure it had enough wine to last the entire nobility class an entire season. There were rows and rows of large barrels and he was sure he could not possibly find the biqaj in that place. But then he finally did.

He found her lifeless body on the floor. She seemed to have been grabbing the wine at the time because even in her death, she held onto a pitcher full of wine.

Blue did not fear death but instead, he was intrigued by Bryalla’s lifeless body. He kneeled next to her and began taking off his gloves. Blue could’ve touched her too to see who the murderer was but as his fingers hovered over her body, he could hear another person entering the cellar. Causing him to panic, Blue hurried to put his glove back on and shout, ”get help! Bryalla is dead!”




word count: 1089
User avatar
Dosan
Approved Character
Posts: 163
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:01 am
Race: Human
Profession: Spy, Assassin
Renown: +75
Character Sheet
Secrets
Point Bank Thread
Wealth Tier: Tier 2

Re: Murder Mystery

Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:46 am

蛇 Vhalar 20th, 718 蛇
蛇 Mood: Delighted, Thrilled
蛇 Current Thought: Shhh, Let it Happen
蛇 Current Theme: Tsukimi


蛇 It was smooth sailing from there, as Dosan blended in with the guest, doing what any spy worth their salt did. He was mingling but not cause he cared for these pigs, no mostly cause he wanted to know all the sordid bits about the Lancastre House. He figured why not, he was already here and it would be a waste of a golden opportunity.

Behind polite smiles and respectable bows, Dosan's ears were wide open. Spacing out during conversation allowed for him to try an eavesdrop on others, but it would be clearly obvious to those in conversation with the viper he was not paying attention. He'd have to get better at it in time that was for sure.

As the night went on, Dosan was content with a job well done and was sure to leave. But things got much more interesting, as someone came to get help, apparently, a body had been found. Amidst the shock and panic, a quick smirk fell on his face. Wiping it from his face, he played the shocked party goer, dropping his glass as a woman fainted and lunged under her to break her fall.

Acting as support for the fallen aristocrat, Dosan called for something to fan her with, all the while wondering who could have found the body, and even more so if they had noticed him. If push came to shove he'd silence them too, but he hoped it would not come to that. He was trying to be more incognito than he normally was. 蛇

"Speech"


Image
word count: 299
㊮ "I'm nothing more than a snake. With cold skin and no emotions, as I slither around searching for prey with my tongue, swallowing down whoever & whatever looks tasty." ㊮
User avatar
Blue
Approved Character
Posts: 41
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:39 am
Race: Mortal Born
Profession: Seer of learning
Renown: +30
Character Sheet
Secrets
Templates
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Re: Murder Mystery

Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:51 pm




Blue sat by the girl’s lifeless body until his father had come to see what the big fuss was about. He could see the disappointment in his father’s face— hands behind his back and a walk slower than the biqaj’s own death. The disappointment was not in the death of his own servant but in Blue for causing such a big scene and drawing attention away from the extravaganza. Blue knew he would hear about this later, his father was much too good of a host to address the matter now. Instead, he would focus in on what many were worried about.

“She’s dead alright.” His father kneeled beside Blue.

”I believe she was murdered.”

“Of course she was murdered! I know for damn sure she didn’t sacrifice herself for the wounded god. Probably a heap on heap crime. I guess we’ll just keep an eye on them. Tell the others too that brought any slaves or servants.”

Blue arise with his father and followed him out the cellar. He did not want to believe it was just the heaps—he knew that nobles had their own reasons for harming servants too. But he wouldn’t know for sure unless he could touch Bryalla and see the crime from her point of view.

The two had returned to a pool of worried faces. Many were nobles who did not particularly care for who was killed but believed they might’ve been next. Blue and his father decided it would be best not to speak about the situation and comfort the people instead, assuring them that everything is alright. He wasn’t too sure if he could exactly persuade anyone that well and the first person he would have to comfort appeared to be a drama queen.

She was flailing before falling into the arms of some poor man.

”Everything is fine, ma’am. My father has sent guards on the search for whoever has done this heinous crime. Nothing to worry about, the nobles are most definitely safe.” He did his best to hide his uncertainty. Many nobles were naive though and he was sure that she would be fine in no time. ”I will get you a chair and glass of water, if your servant would be kind of enough to help me.”

Blue’s eyes looked away from the woman and at the slender built man holding her.

”What is your name, sir?”


word count: 419
User avatar
Dosan
Approved Character
Posts: 163
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:01 am
Race: Human
Profession: Spy, Assassin
Renown: +75
Character Sheet
Secrets
Point Bank Thread
Wealth Tier: Tier 2

Re: Murder Mystery

Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:59 pm

蛇 Vhalar 20th, 718 蛇
蛇 Mood: Delighted, Thrilled
蛇 Current Thought: This should be interesting
蛇 Current Theme: Tsukimi


蛇 It was funny, watching the aftermath of his work. He marveled at the speculations of what had brought about the death of the woman. So many insinuations and assumptions and yet everyone were so far from the truth.

His eyes darted between the masses, drinking in the faces and expressions of such filth. It was ironic, that people of such lofty power were just as ugly on the inside as heaps were on the outside. It made him chuckle a little, finding the dismay or lack of concern amusing.

One of the party goers had been attending to soothing the festering hysteria that was building approaching where Dosan and his female prop providing comfort. He volunteered his services in getting the woman a proper seat and something to hydrate her, to which he obliged.

As they walked, Dosan decided it was best not to give his true name, instead opting to give it but in a particular way.
"My name is Nasod, Nasod Otias, though I must admit I'm not the lady's servant, merely a gentleman that did not wish to see her hit the floor is all."
he admitted, or omitted, whichever worked in this situation.

Though he would not linger here long, he was curious to see what these fools could figure out on who could have killed the wench. 蛇

"Speech"


Image
word count: 271
㊮ "I'm nothing more than a snake. With cold skin and no emotions, as I slither around searching for prey with my tongue, swallowing down whoever & whatever looks tasty." ㊮
User avatar
Blue
Approved Character
Posts: 41
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:39 am
Race: Mortal Born
Profession: Seer of learning
Renown: +30
Character Sheet
Secrets
Templates
Wealth Tier: Tier 1

Re: Murder Mystery

Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:10 pm



"Oh?" The words escaped Blue's mouth and he regret it almost instantly. Arcs and arcs of learning the names of noble houses accompanied by their responsibility and he has seemed to forget one. Or possibly an entire family of nobles since he's never heard of the Otias family. "I am sorry Nasod, I did not mean to mistake you for a heap, it's just that I have never seen you before." He pondered the thought of ever seeing this man Nasod and still nothing came to mind.

"You must've been hiding all these arcs." Blue looked at his guest and smiled, taking note of both his height and neck tattoos. The tattoos were a bit strange in his opinion and he did not know many nobles willing to brand themselves with so many. "Those must be the reason why you're hiding," his eyes lingered on the man's neck for far too long,"theocratum would hinder you for those, I bet."

Blue took a turn into a dimly lit room that looked similar to a library, however it wasn't as big as one. By a small wooden table was a lovely red fabric chair tucked beneath it. Blue pulled it out and handed it to Nasod. "If you would be so kind to carry this and follow me. We passed the kitchen to grabbed this chair but I thought it might be much easier to grab it first and water later."

While Nasod was not a servant, Blue did not exactly enjoy carrying objects that were not books. This could all come down to Blue being a spoiled noble, but whether he were poor or rich, Blue would still find it distasteful and pass the responsibility on to someone else.

"My father always wanted his parties to be the talk of the century. I guess he should've been careful about what he wished for."





word count: 329
User avatar
Dosan
Approved Character
Posts: 163
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:01 am
Race: Human
Profession: Spy, Assassin
Renown: +75
Character Sheet
Secrets
Point Bank Thread
Wealth Tier: Tier 2

Re: Murder Mystery

Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:29 am

蛇 Vhalar 20th, 718 蛇
蛇 Mood: Satisfied
蛇 Current Thought: Time to take my leave
蛇 Current Theme: Tsukimi


蛇 Dosan found the fumbling of this one intriguing. He seemed to be different from the other noble bloodsops he had encountered before. He was genuinely sorry for mistaking him for a heap.

The young noble wasn't wrong, but Dosan wouldn't give him the relief of knowing such a thing. Instead, he would play the part as long as he could. Nodding Dosan placed a hand on the man's shoulder, a smile accompanying it.
"It's not your fault, we of the Otias house pride ourselves on being mysterious and aloof people."


As they moved he made sure to keep eye contact to the absolute minimum. The fewer people that noticed him the better it would be for him to give this party the slip. For now, he would play his part.

He chuckled as the young noble as he stared at Dosan's tattoos, which shown on his neck and hands. The Theocratum never paid him much mind either.
"Fortunate for me, my family has enough sway in the order for them to overlook my tattoos. Besides they are too busy looking for heretics and blasphemy to be worried about me."
he noted as they went along.

They entered a dimly lit room and Dosan immediately caressed each detail with his eyes. It seemed to be a library or study of some kind, though the viper had only been in one this didnt compare. Then his viper gaze fell on the young noble, the whispers of insanity crawling into Dosan's ear.

It would have been rather easy to grab and snap the noble's neck just like Bryalla's. A hand reached out from Dosan, to grip his neck, but he quickly made it seem as he was scratching his back with the hand.

Taking the chair, he followed the man back to the kitchen they had walked past. Once they got the cup of water for the lady they rushed back to her side, using the chair to allow her something comfortable to sit on and a cup of water. Even though he was enjoying himself, it was time for him to leave.

What made matters worse was somewhere looking at the two of them and his incognito acting wouldn't be enough to get him out of this. Bowing to the noble and the woman, Dosan made his way to the door, slipping out the back in order to evade the incoming dragoons.

Ducking in and out of dirt pits was far more adrenaline-fueled than being chased by the law in his opinion. Once back out on the streets he hummed an eerie tune as he walked the cobble stone streets alight by red blood lanterns. 蛇

"Speech"


Image
word count: 508
㊮ "I'm nothing more than a snake. With cold skin and no emotions, as I slither around searching for prey with my tongue, swallowing down whoever & whatever looks tasty." ㊮
User avatar
Kasoria
Approved Character
Posts: 719
Joined: Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:34 am
Race: Human
Profession: Traveler
Renown: +365
Character Sheet
Secrets
Plot Notes
Templates
Wealth Tier: Tier 1
Medal count: 4

Contribution

RP Medals

Re: Murder Mystery

Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:52 pm

Image
Review Rewards

Name Dosan

Points awarded: 15

Knowledge:
Unarmed Combat: Grabbing Someone from Behind
Strength: Breaking someone's neck
Strength: Keeping someone in a chokehold
Stealth: Blending in with the surrounding environment
Stealth: Sneaking away from a Party
Stealth: Escaping Law Enforcement
Deception: Not All Are Who They Say They Are
Deception: Impersonating a Noble
Deception: Using your name backward keeps your Identity Safe

Renown: -5 points, for sending a grisly is somewhat indistinct message

Injuries: Some minor scratches and scrapes on your forearms and hands, nothing that won't fade in 5 trials

Name Blue

Points awarded: 15

Knowledge:
Acting: Feigning Interest in Art
Detection: Noticing Someone's Tattoos
Discipline: Enduring the Tedious for the Sake of Family
Research: Learning All the Noble Families of Quacia
Socialization: Dressing Appropriately for a Formal Occasion
Socialization: Keeping Your Guests Calm After a Crisis

Jason Lancastre: Lancastre Patriarch, Schemer and Plotter, Hates His Son
"Nasod Otias": Tattooed, Slender, Oddly Unknown Nobleman

Notes:
First of all, Blue? You have to write up your own Lore/Knowledge requests before you submit a story for review. We don't mind reviewing them no matter how long they are, but we don't like having to think up eight different Lores just because the writer couldn't be bothered to. If you weren't sure, you should have asked Dosan or someone else what would have been applicable. You seem fairly new so this time, I went a head and thought some up for you. Next time, you'll just get nothing but points.

Aside from that, this was all good, guys! You played off each other well and I loved the contrast between them. Dosan, calculating yet definitely sadistic, a true villain without any apology (surprisingly rare on here). Blue, trapped in a gilded cage, despised by his father, bored by his family... I enjoyed how his first reaction to the corpse was fascination, not disgust. Brilliant way to depict his character.

All in all, this was well done... oh, but Dosan, from one assassin to another? There was no real "message" sent here. At least, it was not addressed to the proper location. A murder at a highborn party is notable, yes, but why would the debtors and gamblers of the city know one of them was killed for her debts? Why not think a noble or another servant had done it? That's the double-edged sword of Murders With A Message: you DO send unmistakable warnings to those you want to, but you also SIGN your work, which puts a target on your back. Something to remember for next time.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns in regards to this review, feel free to PM.
word count: 455
"This is the life we choose, the life we lead. And there is only one guarantee: none of us will see Heaven."
NOTE: Kasoria is using the name "Thagoras" while in Eastern Idalos, from Zi'da 717 onwards
Post Reply

Return to “Quacia”