I’m sorry for the super late response - life has gotten hectic and I haven’t had a chance to take time to Rokkenjima ; (loving the new theme though) a fellow priest here at the shrine got sick so I’ve had to fill in for the duties of two people and it’s been a little hectic.
In any case! To wrap up the game board I’ll extend the final deadline for theory submissions to December 8th (Friday). Then by Monday, December 10th I’ll announce the winners.
The rules will change a bit in that, for Part 2, please only PM me one full theory once you read Part 2.
Only that complete theory will be judged.
Extra favour will be awarded if you can tell me how you came to the conclusion - than just a straight theory / answer.
I won’t reply to blues in the thread or in PM’s Mostly because my time became constricted these days and it wouldn’t be so fair if I can’t reply right away. I’m a little sad to finish the mystery game like this but it can’t be helped!
The correct theory/winner will then be posted here, so you can all see the solution ( if it is solved! ) If it’s not solved, I’ll post the correct answer and award a prize to the closest theory to the solution!
Also @TsukiyoAlex, I love your theories, but unfortunately Leopold was in clear view of all the spectators, there is no way Liliana could have snuck up and attacked him
and @DWaM I love your theories too! but I forgot to give reds for you for 1 and 3
Leopold’s nerve was not hit
Leopold was not poisoned
With that being said, here’s Part 2 ~
DETECTIVE’S FOLLOW UP REPORT
Time: 12:00am. Detective Bradio and police remain on scene with witnesses. Forensics rushed to lab to test samples taken. Leopold’s body taken for analysis.
As Emily was dismissed and left with the police, Detective Bradio sits in a chair, at a table with Aidan, Liliana, David, and two new witnesseses.
Leopold’s brother, Hodrick, and the person who was front row beside him, and the manager of the casino, Raven, who organized the person-dart betting game itself.
Since Detective Bradio interviewed the first three already, he turned his attention to Hodrick, the potential suspect for the crime. Red eyed from crying, brown scraggy hair hiding his face, and a shabby look, he sat dejectedly in the chair, with a darkened expression.
Witness 5: (Hodrick)
I’m not really sure what happened…
I was watching the game with the crowd, since it was easy to stay out of sight in one. I don’t really like to stand out, you see. My brother is the one who deserved the attention and happiness, not me…why did I survive and not him…?
As I watched the game being played, sometimes people would go next to the dartboard as a kind of extra gamble.
Normally, one would be blindfolded, and throw 4 darts. If you struck the dartboard, you won money in correspondence to the target hit of course, but it was a straight gamble. Pay 30$ to play with 4 darts, can win up to 100$ on bullseye with the ability to place extra personal bets on it, or up to 30$ on the outer targets, or simply loose out on 30$ if you missed the targets or if the darts bounced off. Very straightforward and low risk in terms of cost, nor a big payout. A simple gamble.
So to make the stakes higher, Raven suggested a new idea to the crowd - any volunteer could stand near the dartboard. If the blindfolded person struck the volunteer, in addition to the House fee to play, they’d also owe the volunteer money in the form of chips, alongside a penalty fee to the House - often putting someone in the negatives. If they hit the dart board with a person next to it, the casino and person would reward them with the money of the spot on the dartboard, the same amount again from the House, and then the person who volunteered themselves would give their chips in equal value to the blindfolded dart-thrower. In essence, it was a gamble for all parties involved.
Needless to say, the added risk and payout was what made everyone excited to gamble more.
Oh? Stop rambling about the game? I’m sorry…
Well, anyway, the reason I went over to my brother is because Raven suggested the stakes would go to the extremes if Leopold was the one who volunteered, and also additionally, since no one would actually try to win against him by aiming for the dart board, and it would bring in more money to the House and him. I thought so too, but actually I was worried for him. But, I figured no one would want to go against him or hurt him, they’d just want a chance to gamble with him, so I thought it would be safe…
So I went over to him, and whispered if he wanted to play the game with us. He always had a short temper with me, and reacted aggressively to my suggestion - I was startled; but not shocked. After all, he didn’t want to listen to me at all, unless something was in it for him. And even if it was, he’d never act kind or agreeable to me, even often taking credit for my idea or suggestion. Well, I guess, at least this time it was Raven’s suggestion, so I don’t feel so bad. Anyway, well, we walked toward the scene, and when we got there, he whispered to me “I agree to this because the people who would try to gamble with me would automatically give me chips without any of my effort, and I don’t have to pay a cent to the House, so why not. It’s not like a dart is enough to hurt someone anyway. I’ll endure a few mosquito bites for some money.” he shrugged to me.
So, then, we all got ready. Leopold stood next to the dartboard, and it was the last thing I saw. Raven said I should be first, and blindfolded me. She whispered that it would be more fun if the two brothers played first, and put 4 darts in my hands. A lot of people were laughing, thinking it was a fun event and harmless. No one would actually try to hurt Leopold, after all…
As you can see, also, well, I’m wearing black gloves, so my fingerprints weren’t on the darts… but of course, it was me who threw them. I-I won’t deny that…
Anyway, I tried my best not to throw them too hard, but actually the darts were lighter than I expected and I ended up hitting him, I think. I heard him yelp and scold me a little, but I continued since it was making him and the House money…everyone was laughing a lot too, and saying “that’s Leopold! Not even darts can stop him.”
Oh? You mean I would be the one to owe them? Well, I know, but all my money goes to the House and my brother anyway usually… so , just for the demonstrative game, I agreed…
How do I keep paying them? Well, with what I owe to Aidan’s help, I somehow can earn some money of my own… I’m in debt to him…
Anyway, the final dart was there and Leopold told me to “hurry up to get it over with”. So I agreed, I admit, I may have thrown it a little harder than usual…
Then, suddenly the cheers and laughter stopped, and all I heard was a kind of gasping sound…I think it was the audience, then a big thud after a few seconds, or something, I dont know, I felt so scared all of a sudden
Then after the shock, i lifted my blindfold, and I see my brother…just…frozen, and laying there. the other darts were across the ground, but the last one I think was stuck in his neck…and…and…
Detective Bradio allows Hodrick to rest. He goes into a panic and starts to cry. The police put a blanket over him and take him to another seating area. This leaves Raven.
Witness 6: (Raven)
Look, if you think I did something weird or planned this, you’re dead wr- - er, sorry, you’re just wrong.
Leopold brought the most money to this casino I’ve ever seen in my years of working here. We even agreed to let him win most games even against the House, because the amount of customers he brought in was more than enough to cover the losses of his games. We thought of it simply as paying him an unofficial salary. We had a deal. And part of that deal with his popularity was to help hype up new games for people to spend money on. That’s it.
Why did I send Hodrick to get him to play? Well, though Leopold may be aggressive to the kid, he’s one of the few if not only people he also listens to, save Aidan. After all, they’re brothers who grew up only having each other really til Aidan came around.
And since Aidan was at the table and I couldn’t leave the game unattended as I was the host - I sent Hodrick to give a message to his brother.
When the two got back, I figured it’d be perfect for them as a pair to start off first against Leopold. And it was safe too, Hodrick wouldn’t go against Leopold or the House 100%. Others may be 99% - but Hodrick was zero risk too. It was win-win for me.
Besides, these darts? They’re mistletoe brand, feel them
Detective’s note: [Raven let’s me examine the darts, they’re thin, lightweight, with an image of a mistletoe on the flight. They are extremely sharp, though, enough to draw blood. I pricked my finger on the edge to see, and it was enough to pierce my skin. I ask her the material.]
Right, they’re enough to pierce skin, but they’re not bullets, you know? Eh the material? Hell if I remember. I think it was Tungsten, maybe nickel? Or silver, maybe copper? I can’t remember. Why?
Just curious, eh? I see.
Well anyway - the darts were thrown and actually managed to pierce Leopold. He had left the first and second in, but then roughly pulled them out. He also roughly pulled out the 3rd one pretty soon after it hit him and threw them all on the ground - hence why they were bloody yet scattered. He was agitated with Hodrick and told him to hurry up. I noticed Aidan and Liliana in the crowd, and figured of course Aidan would want to watch this. Liliana being Liliana, was only there because Aidan was I figure.
Then Hodrick threw the final dart. I was cracking jokes with Leopold that it would be over soon. Then suddenly, I saw the dart strike Leopold square in his neck. I was a little shocked seeing it, but next thing I knew ,this one he was really upset with and began to look to yell at Hodrick, but his face suddenly froze, and his eyes widened
He made a weird motion with his mouth, it looked like he was trying to say something - and then began to breathe heavy. Everyone else began to gasp or even scream so I couldn’t hear what he had been trying to say. I stood in shock and confusion. It looked like he was suddenly possessed by a ghost. He went pale and then just collapsed, dart in neck. Hodrick then took off his blindfold and looked stunned. Well, we all did. I was a little dizzy, and next thing I knew in a daze, I was dialing 911.
That’s all I remember, you know? It’s really a mess. I don’t know how we’re gonna pull ourselves out of this mess to be honest. Someone died in our casino, you know?
It was just a horrible accident. You won’t arrest the kid, right? It’s his brother. I just don’t know what happened. Maybe it pierced a blood vessel or something? But he barely bled.
Detective Bradio dismissed Raven. After a half hour or so, he reclined in the chair, looking over his notes and
sighing. He called back Aidan and Liliana. They had to have seen something.
Witness 4: Liliana
I told you, I didn’t see anything. I got lost in the crowd trying to find a view.
Well, you’re asking me what I know about the relationship between the brothers and Aidan?
All I know is that Aidan blessed them with everything. If it wasn’t for Aidan, those two would still be street rats.
Hodrick is whatever, at least he knows his place with Aidan, but Leopold got a little ahead and thought of himself as king? How is that fair? Not even giving credit to Aidan. And so incredibly greedy.
Don’t talk about the dead in such a way? Huh?
Are you a Detective, or my priest?
Witness 3: Aidan
Thank you for letting me get my bearings, Detective…
Oh…well, you see, like Liliana, I could also not have a good view of Leopold.
I’m sorry, I just don’t know.
At the table was usual. He had a bit of a headache, so I gave him his usual medicine.
We all were relaxing with drinks too, and…
Ah? You want to ask, would Hodrick have a reason for wanting to kill his brother?
That’s a little blunt, don’t you think?
Well, if I had to guess, after all…
I mean, both started from the same level. Both dirt poor, both anxious, scared, nervous boys.
I taught them both the exact same way - no, rather, we were friends. Gambling with toys and playing cards. But it was my lessons too.
While Leopold had the ambition and passion to follow, Hodrick was meek. He respected Leopold more than himself. But…
I can see how, it may make him jealous…
Are you sure Raven and Hodrick weren’t in on it? As a plan?
Eh? its not my place to make assumptions? I’m just saying…who else would want to hurt Leopold?
Heh…he was loved by everybody. Everyone admired him, right?
Why would anyone want to hurt him? It only makes sense a little jealous brother would, right?
Would I want to hurt him? Of course not! I was his teacher, and friend.
“Despite being his teacher, I didn’t rise to the same fame”? Haha!
Of course, that doesn’t nor didn’t bother me, I don’t need to be recognized to know my work in another. If Leopold was successful, then I could feel the success too.
Anyway, the world of gambling is like that. It’s greedy, it’s prideful, there’s gluttony and lust all around. If you don’t know that, how the hell can you expect to understand us?
[Aidan takes a surprising action of getting up from the table, going to the nearby one, and taking a swig of a forgotten glass of booze, and stumbled back to the table, his red hair falling over his forehead]
Sorry, I’m just…stressed. It’s been a rough night. I just don’t think I’ve processed this all.
Detective Bradio allows everyone to take a break. Forensics reports back with the present information, stating the analysis report
The darts were nickel-tungsten material. 70% nickel, and 30% tungsten. Mistletoe brand, as Raven said.
All darts had traces of Leopold’s blood. All darts had pierced his skin. No poisons were found in his system or the darts. Oxycodine had been ingested and found in his system, two dosage within normal amounts. High alcohol content also present. Presently Unknown if directly related to death, but suspected. Upon examination of his body, red marks, possibly blisters, had developed around the skin where the darts had pierced. The exact cause of death remains unknown, but it seems to have been by asphyxiation.
Detective Bradio leaned back
Just what happened, this evening when the cards fell?
Part 2 done!
As a reminder, again, please only PM me one full theory once you read Part 2.
Only that complete theory will be judged.
Extra favour will be awarded if you can tell me how you came to the conclusion - than just a straight theory / answer. Double brownie points if you can catch all the references and inspirations, and hidden meanings in the story!
I won’t reply to blues in the thread or in PM’s! So please think carefully!
You must give
- The culprit(s) - the one(s) who are truly guilty for the death of Leopold
- The motive(s)
- The (roughly explained) cause(s) of death
- The method of killing
Extra Points are given to
- Those who can identify the references/inspirations/hidden meanings in the story
- Those who take the time to explain how they got to their theory, and not only give a straight theory
That’s all! Good luck! Deadline to submit is Friday, December 8th. Winners will be announced Monday, December 10th~