Good job with all those Divine Comedy’s references, I wonder why it is there, though. Maybe the murderer thinks everyone is a sinner and he is the one with the right to punish them?
I wonder the connection between this game and the last, is it a parallel universe or are they even more linked, somehow?
I noticed very few typos of which I’ll let you know.
Page 35, ‘the one’ instead of ‘one’.
Page 35, ‘cloud’ instead of ‘could’.
Page 48, ‘removed’ instead of ‘remove’.
Going by story’s order.
Asumu’s death is screaming Battler’s name, anyway. In my opinion Rudolf, thinking along those lines, opened the windows so that Battler wouldn’t be found guilty. Battler’s mental state is in question.
It is even further in question in his POV scene, where he seemingly allucinates, and doesn’t notice he’s been covered in blood for a while. I don’t want to claim he is definitely the culprit, yet, there are some problems with that theory.
Nothing to explain with Shannon, Genji, Kumasawa and Gohda, the culprit killed them and disposed of them in his own fashion. Nothing to explain with Krauss as well, the key was outside of the room, Natsuhi was hit in the head, as she claims. No problem with George, Eva and Nanjo, as well.
The culprit did exactly as Kyrie described with her room, he hit Kyrie in the head so she wouldn’t mess with his plans, then he set the chain from inside, removed the door from its hinges and then set them back from outside, after killing Rudolf.
The culprit put the key to Rosa’s room in Natsuhi’s pocket, she unintentionally dropped the key while the others were searching the room. The others were checking the state of the room, and Natsuhi was too shocked to notice. Same could apply with Kyrie, but is a lot less probable.
The box with the vials Kanon found is not the same as the one in Kinzo’s study. Kinzo, untrustingly, went along when Kanon said it disappeared.
Or a way simpler one Someone took Kinzo’s box, he refused to answer when Kanon asked if someone entered his room.
Kanon was put asleep, Natsuhi was killed in that time frame, Kanon was then woke up, he didn’t notice some time had passed. The time frame wasn’t so large that Kyrie and the others would find it strange Kanon returned a bit later. They suspected him, anyway, so they thought it would take some time to kill her. The key Kanon saw wasn’t the bathroom key.
Or simpler Natsuhi found a knife earlier and killed herself with it, full of anxiety and despair. In this I ask you, would Natsuhi be considered a ‘culprit’? Someone else put her in that mental state, so I don’t know really.
Someone in Kyrie’s group left the group after killing them, then they wrote the AH AH AH and met with Kanon.
Someone in Kyrie’s group asked to go to the bathroom, or asked to leave the group for whatever reason, Kyrie let them do it. That person then wrote the AH AH AH and met with Kanon.
Anyone in Kyrie’s group could have done all these things, following my theory (something will be denied for sure, though).
As for Kinzo’s death I’m a bit more uncertain According to Kinzo’s precedent behavior, he wouldn’t have opened the study door, but he did it anyway, trusting the person on the other side enough, the culprit left and the door autolocked
Or a better looking one The person they heard when they knocked on Kinzo study’s door wasn’t Kinzo, Kinzo had already died. It was someone from the group who faked Kinzo’s voice. If that’s true, Kinzo didn’t know about the murders, so he willingly let someone in and was killed, the culprit then left the door and autolocked it. The demeanor Kinzo had earlier in the day is explained, the culprit wanted to make it seem like Kinzo would never allow someone to enter the room, while he still died. This would also explain the box’s disappearance.
The culprit then killed everyone but Battler.
I think Battler is the culprit, I just have to make the Ouroboros (which in my opinion is a big hint) fit in with the rest. My guess for now is that there’s something off with the timelines, but it’s still premature.
Unfortunately I can’t come off with anything incredibly good regarding the code formed by the six books. I thought of birth and death places, but we don’t know anything about the author of Cock Robin, so probably not.
Battler knew about Cock Robin, he found it in a mistery once. Is this the connection between this and the last game? This still makes Battler more suspicious, if anything.
I condensed all of my actual thought in this post, I apologise if there’s a problem with that.