Welcome to the second trial, everybody. I have a special mystery for you all today, one committed by my longtime friend, Jarkus. Jarkus was a ferryman on the high seas in another life, but after an unfortunate run-in with a group of pirates, his soul was condemned to sail the seas for all time. Until I found him anyways. He is content to spend the rest of his life in peace, but every so often he hears of people trying to encroach on his territory…
Without further ado, let us begin.
When people thought of Renman University, the last thing they would think of was their Naval Engineering department. Perhaps due to its lack of renown and prestige, its Ph.D. Naval Engineering department was very tight knit and close. It helped that there were only a few students in their program, but the main force for their unification was their yearly retreat to the shore, Marzanven Beach.
Marzanven Beach, on the other hand, a property owned by Renman, was widely known and for its natural beauty. Students knew it as a place where workload would be reduced, and Professors loved it due to its lack of technology. Their only company was a landline It became a tradition for the Naval Engineers to take a week of classes there. They would be dropped off by a shuttle on Friday morning, given plenty of supplies, and picked back up on Sunday afternoon.
The building, dubbed ‘The Swiss’ due to its great functionality had a great many rooms, including an auditorium, lecture hall, and dorms. Once the Naval engineers were dropped off on August 13th, they each claimed their own rooms.
Aimee Beauchamp, the head of the department, took room 1.
Mark Smith, one of the lecturers, took room 2.
Jamie Vander, the other lecturer, took room 3.
Arvin Gupta, the newest student, took room 4.
Madison Renly, the eldest student, took room 5.
Shuta Crisky, the incoming student, took room 6.
Meldin Flores, a professional in the field, took room 7.
Garovel Hectan, the groundskeeper of The Swiss, took room 8.
After getting settled, everyone had a great start to their day. People who wanted to enjoy themselves went outside and had some fun at the beach. Those more interested in learning were bestowed a lot of practical knowledge by Meldin. Even Garovel enjoyed himself despite knowing nothing about Naval Engineering.
Then the day ended and everyone went to bed in their own rooms. According to policy, right before bed they had a roll call. Everyone was present besides Shuta. They all split up and searched for him.
Within minutes, they heard a scream.
They all rushed to the auditorium where they saw Aimee with blood on her hands. Blood that came from the bloodied body of Shuta. He had a large blade sticking through his stomach, looking like it was skewering him to the ground.
Everyone panicked, but Garovel was able to bring order to the room. He suggested they lock up the room, and call the police to come get them. Upon trying the phones, they realized that the landline had been cut and they had no choice but to wait for Friday. They all locked their doors and slept uncomfortably through the night.
The next day people were in slightly better moods. Everyone came to the consensus to stay inside and not get too split up from each other. They all broke up into small groups and spent the morning trying to get their minds off of the murder.
Garovel, Aimee, and Meldin spent the time in room 1.
Mark and Jaime were in the lecture hall.
Arvin and Madison spent the time in room 4.
Come lunchtime, Mark and Jamie went upstairs to round up everyone. They found Arvin and Madison talking in the hallway, joined up with them, and knocked on the door to Aimee’s room. When they didn’t hear any response, they became panicked. The only keys to the room belonged to Aimee and Garovel, with his master key. They quickly searched through the building but could not find either.
They broke down the room and found the bodies of Aimee, Garovel, and Meldin with the same type of blade skewered in their bodies. Madison fainted in shock, and the other three checked the bodies, confirming their deaths. They also found the keys to the room in the pockets of Aimee and Garovel, and nobody else was in the room.
After rousing Madison, they informed her of what happened. She did not trust the safety of the rooms anymore, so she took the master key and locked herself in the lecture hall. The others went to their rooms and decided to not open it until 8:00 am the following day in which they would, as a group, check on Madison.
When they checked on Madison the following day, they had to break down the door. When they got inside, they found her in the same condition as the others. Bloody with a blade stuck in her stomach. They grabbed the master key and checked the other rooms, and found that their bodies were still there.
Now I realize that the game is fairly open ended, as nothing has yet been resolved, so I’ll give you all something to work with.
First of all, to give you all a little more on the layout of the building, here are floor maps. Perhaps this can save you all from falling into the trap I created in the first trial.
Floor 1. From left to right and top to bottom: Auditorium, Hallway, Men’s Bathroom, Stairs, Woman’s Bathroom, Lecture Hall.
Floor 2. From left to right and top to bottom: Balcony, Hallway, Men’s Bathroom, Stairs, Woman’s Bathroom, Dorms (Room assignments start from the room in the top left as 1 and circle around, ending with the one in the bottom left as 8), Dorm Hallway.
There are no hidden people. The only people in The Swiss were the ones previously mentioned in the story.
It would be a poor mystery if someone committed suicide. All deaths were homicides. Nobody killed themselves.
All deaths were intentional.
The dorm rooms each have their own key. There is only 1 master key, which can open any door.
Once again, your task is to find the who and how of the murders.
I am adding two rules to this round, however. You may only present one Blue Truth at a time. Feel free to ask for any number of confirmations. Also, I may ask you to clarify your Blue Truth if I feel that it isn’t specific enough. The Blue Truth must cover all murders.