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[F6] Shizune Takata the Star Typist

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FranzisePerson was signed in when posted
03:32 PM ET (US)
vote Nail yep
Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
01:38 PM ET (US)
Okay I'll probably have you do it now. Idk if I'll have you die like right now but it's an appropriate time I think.
FranzisePerson was signed in when posted
01:33 PM ET (US)
Dear Stars,

I am writing this message ahead of time in the hopes that I won't need it, since if you are reading it, it means I have passed on. That being the case, there is no point in my keeping secrets, and doing so could easily hurt you more than I already have. I'm truly sorry for everything I've put you all through.

Ciro Pérez is dead because of me. I sent him a letter typed with ink laced with medicine that causes heart failure. The details of the letter aren't important aside from the end, where I asked him to burn it after reading, releasing the chemicals into the air so he would breathe them in.

I had no choice. I realized my sickness since falling into the lake was no natural illness; I was intentionally poisoned by Ciro when I ate at his banquet. Dr. Pratt has been doing his best to help me, but I can't be cured while trapped down here. If I couldn't get to the surface and get medical attention there, I would die.

The thought of killing someone to escape, even the person who is slowly killing me at this moment, made me sick. However, as bad as that was, the thought of dying here, of never seeing my family again, of never finding someone to love and who would love me in return, of never finding my place in the world, was even worse.

I hope you all can forgive me for this, and for all the other trouble I've caused you throughout this expedition. My apologies especially to Ms. Henn and Mr. Gustily, whose favors I was unable to return, and to Sebastian and Dr. Pratt; I am forever grateful for your support and friendship through this ordeal.

Sebastian, do you recall when you said everyone is forgotten in a few generations, yet their legacies will live on? I was never able to create my own legacy to leave behind. Even so, I hope at least you and the other Stars will remember me in some positive way. Don't forget our promise, okay?

I have one final request. I know I'm asking a lot, especially considering what I've done, but if any of you are willing and able when you leave this place, please take Claudia with you and bring her to my parents. I think they would want her. Their address is on some of my mail at home.

I believe that's everything I wanted to say. For all of you who read and listened to my last words, I thank you. It's been a tremendous honor meeting you.

Eternally yours,
Shizune Takata

Okay, hopefully that sounds alright, having a hard time double checking at work

I was thinking about having her call Seb over to comfort her when she realizes her time is up so she can pass the letter to him then, either by you DMing Panda or just GM posting it I guess
Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
02:10 PM ET (US)
9:00 AM

Shizune wakes up. She’s in the hospital and can barely move. She has awful abdominal pains and is very lethargic. She feels like she can’t even eat. She feels sorry for herself, just sitting there in the sterile room. This is awful. This is really, truly awful.

Klifford is there. He gives a smile to Shizune and greets her. He asks her how he’s feeling and the two start talking. Shizune still seems quite weak but she maintains her usual polite demeanour and writes that she had a satisfactory sleep. The eyebags betray her though. It’s quite clear the girl has suffered quite a bit. Klifford assures her that everything will be okay. It seems sadly empty though.

After a while, she begins to revisit a possibility that she’s kept buried at the back of her mind: Did someone do this to her? If so, who? She looks up at Klifford. Had it been him? Could he have done this to her that day at the lake? Her mind swirls through the different possibilities. She is in a killing game. It’s real. These people can be out to get her. People might be plotting against her. It’s cruel, and it hurts, but it’s true.

She sits there, not wanting to move too much, considering the possibilities.

Klifford leaves to prepare her some food.

Wait a second. Food… There was something she ate on the day she fell in the lake, wasn’t there…

The soup. Ciro’s soup.

He returns to her with food pretty quickly and makes sure she eats properly. He cracks a joke or two to lift her spirits, but it gets only a weak smile from her. The food is enough for Shizune to be satisfied with, but she still appears in bad shape. Klifford is worried and tells her to rest for some more time. She goes to sleep.

At one point, around 2:30, Shizune wakes up due to some loud clattering noise outside the window for a second, but Klifford assures her everything’s fine, and she goes back to sleep.


Shizune awakens from her light rest. She props herself up and notices something over on the bedside table: it’s a stack of notes. She picks them up, feeling quite a lot of pain due to the movement. They’re obviously in Klifford’s handwriting. Her breath catches for a moment. What does Klifford know? Should she read this? Of course, in the end, she can’t resist the urge to read it.

Many things are scribbled out. The later pages are much more urgent than the earlier pages. Test result after test result cover each page. They all point to one thing:

Shizune Takata is going to die.

She stares at the spot where Klifford himself seems to admit it to himself. In his words, it seems like he is very reluctant to believe this fact, but all the evidence is pointing to the fact that whatever disease or poison is affecting her, it’s going to kill her. And soon.

She reads that word again, “poison”. So Klifford thinks so as well.

She hopes against hope that there will be some good news when she goes to the treatment section of his notes, but the words only seem grave and foreboding. All of the treatments she has gotten have failed. Klifford mentions a possible antidote, “Panacea” in his notes. He mentions having it readily available on the surface world, but none is down here.

Shizune’s heart tightens up, and not only because of the pain. If she escapes this place somehow, she would live? Could she really think about that?

She reads that Panacea can be made through a complex chemical process involving pufferfish toxin, but unfortunately the process is super deadly without the right knowledge.

Klifford also mentions a medicine he found down here. She reads his notes on it. It seems that the medicine might be able to help her, but has less than a 50% chance of doing so. It has a 60% chance of worsening her condition and the amount of time she has to live.

Shizune’s head spins with this information. It’s so much to think about in a short period of time. She puts the notes back and thinks about her situation some more in complete silence.


Klifford walks into the room with a mysterious bottle in his hand and sets it down next to Shizune. He has a weak smile on his face.

“Alright, here’s what I found! Hopefully after you take this you’ll start feeling much better!”

Shizune takes the bottle in her hands weakly. She opens the bottle and goes to drink it.

Klifford stops her, “Oops! I’m sorry. Let me measure out exactly what you’re going to need. It’s possible to overdose on this, so I’ll make it exact.”

Klifford measures out less than a single gram of the liquid. It’s ruby red and translucent.

Shizune looks up at Klifford, hesitating for a moment. Suddenly, as if resigning herself, she drinks it.

Klifford stands up, “Alright, well that should be good. I’ll leave you for now. Let me know if you need anything. You’ve got a bell and one of Bruce’s whistles if you do.” Klifford cleans up all of his papers and such and leaves.


Shizune watches Klifford leave. She lifts her typewriter up and places it in front of her. She also takes the medicine and looks closely at the label. The side effects are exactly as described in Klifford’s notes. There’s a chance of heart failure. Overdosing on the medicine guarantees this end. She can already feel the tightness in her chest as she reads it. There’s a 60% chance it is already bringing her more pain. She isn’t that mad about Klifford giving it to her, after all, she has nothing to lose, but she has a different plan. Revenge.

From Klifford’s notes, Shizune knows that almost all deadly chemicals can be ingested, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin. This medicine in particular indicates it’s a hazard in all those ways as well. Shizune decides that she’ll use this medicine to kill Ciro, the man who poisoned her, and then use that to escape.

She puts the medicine in the ink of her typewriter, and begins composing her message:

“Dear Mr. Pérez,

I am in great need of your help currently. As you may already know, I have recently not been feeling very well at all. However, recently I have realised that my condition is even worse, to the point where my life might even be on the line. However, I am only telling this to you since you may be able to help. There is a possible cure for my condition that might be able to be constructed from pufferfish poison. Please get the pufferfish poison up to my hospital room as soon as possible. I only have so long to live.

Finally, I would like to request that you burn this letter once you finish reading this. This concerns some very private manners, so I would rather nobody else lay their eyes on this. I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Shizune Takata”

The moment Ciro burns this message, his lungs will fill with the vapors of the medicine. There’s going to be more than enough to kill him completely judging by how much ink she used.

She sighs and folds the letter. She whistles for Bruce, and he takes the letter away.

She spends the next several minutes furiously writing something in her room.


“Hey, Shizune, looks like you’ve got a visitor!”

The door opens, and Sebastian enters the room, followed by Klifford. Shizune is sitting upright in her bed, writing something. As the two enters, she quickly puts it away.

“Um… hi”, Sebastian greets the girl quite awkwardly. She gives a polite smile in response, though it appears more strained than usual.

“Well, don’t let me interrupt you guys”, Klifford quips, going over to the side. “You both can talk in peace.”

“Right, um… thanks, Klifford.” Sebastian replies with a small gulp, turning over to the girl. “So, um… how are you feeling?”

Shizune frowns slightly, but types up a letter insisting that she’s managing despite being under the weather. Sebastian doesn’t seem to buy it though, and pushes her on this. Shizune keeps insisting that she’s fine.

Suddenly, Sebastian tenses up. “Shizune, please… please stop!” He says with surprising force. “I can’t bear hearing you clam up like this! I know that you aren’t feeling well, you don’t have to hide it from me. I’ve seen far worse!”

Shizune blinks in surprise. She looks away sadly. Klifford puts a hand on Sebastian’s shoulder quickly to caution him. He looks at the boy with concern.

Sebastian looks down. “Look, I’m sorry, but… After that day, I drifted away from everyone. I didn’t have any friends at all… Now that I finally have a friend again, I can’t lose them again.” He looks Shizune at the eye. “Please, you don’t need to hide anything from me now. You can trust me.”

Shizune looks up back at Sebastian, gulping slowly. She quickly writes a letter and gives it to Sebastian. She seems touched by his display and thanks him for caring. She admits she’s felt in a rut for a while, not only because of her condition but because she feels useless and uncared for, neglected by the others. Like a mere child sitting on a pushchair. She seems to be happy that both Sebastian and Klifford are there for her. Both the two seemed relieved by this answer. It seems that the girl has gotten quite a bit off her chest.

Suddenly, Shizune starts coughing. Sebastian looks down on the floor and sees the room is quite dusty. “Seriously?! You didn’t even clean the place up?” Sebastian asks Klifford.

“Look, I was too busy caring for Shizune”, Klifford sighs. “It’s a hard job.”

“Mother wouldn’t approve of this”, Sebastian mutters, taking out his mop and using it to efficiently clean the place. It only takes a few minutes for the room to look quite spotless. Shizune seems quite thankful at this and looks somewhat better now. The two of them converse for a little while after, clearly more relaxed now. The talk seems to be more casual now. Klifford sits behind, a small smile on his face.

At around 4:00 or so, the group suddenly hears the sound of something crashing. It appears quite loud. “What on earth was that?!” Klifford shouts, startled.

“I-I don’t think that sounded good…” Seb mumbles. “We should check it out.”

“Yeah, we should. Shizune, you stay here. You need to get some rest, alright?” The two of them quickly rush out of the room to see what’s going on in the room, leaving the girl there, quite confused as to what’s going on.

Investigation (Don’t read until after body discovery, you fiend!):

Matt, Micah, Nail, and Brandy enter Shizune’s room. Brandy explains that Ciro passed away in the car crash and that Belphegor is treating it like a murder. She tries her best to comfort Shizune. They look at all the stuff in Shizune’s room and leave.
Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
11:04 AM ET (US)
Okay thanks for letting us know. That might be around where Shizune gets cornered depending on how things go. Hopefully not.
FranzisePerson was signed in when posted
09:38 AM ET (US)
Oh I'm not sure how important this'll be but I'm probably not going to be around much Sunday, have a big event for work then
Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
01:30 PM ET (US)
I think we can have her just say she killed victim X because she suspected them of poisoning them and that she didn't trust them. Those both can be alluded to decently. The other details can be figured out by the others in-trial.
FranzisePerson was signed in when posted
01:25 PM ET (US)
Um how vague are we talking?

My reasoning is that if Shizune realizes she's dying anyway, there's no point in the others suffering by possibly getting the trial wrong so I'd think she would at least explain who she killed and why
Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
03:02 AM ET (US)
Yeah I think we can have that take place mid-trial maybe to help direct attention to the fact that Shizune was poisoned by someone else. Try to keep things suitably vague while still giving a general idea of what happened exactly. I think that'd be a unique post-trial anyhow.
Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
07:46 PM ET (US)
It wouldn't be a problem. There's no danger of anything happening to it/Shizune getting found out because of it.
FranzisePerson was signed in when posted
07:31 PM ET (US)
I imagine Shizune would write a will/confession ahead of time in case her plan didn't succeed, how much would having that on her throw a wrench into things?
Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
11:55 AM ET (US)
Okay thank you.

I guess I'll set this up with a message to Panda in a little bit where Shizune tells Sebastian, and he sees how sick she is. Then we can play it off from there.
FranzisePerson was signed in when posted
11:36 AM ET (US)
Uh maybe the telling someone she needs help thing I guess

I guess it probably would be Seb, she's not really sure what to think about him right now but he's the best option since she doesn't really have a lot of trust in most of the cast
Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
03:16 PM ET (US)
I think Klifford will have an idea of how to treat your symptoms but wouldn't know the cause outright. He won't have access to the treatments he wants. So Shizune might snoop around and find his diagnosis and realize whatever she has is deadly that way. Then, she uses what she learns from the notes and the fact that she's been feeling pain since the night of Charlotte's death to figure out that x probably poisoned her.

Then she'll use medicine that she has in her hospital room to poison the ink in her typewriter with something that's deadly when burned. She will then send her target a letter with private information which is to be burned at the end.

Um we're still working out the details but yeah.

So how do you want us to introduce her being poisoned?
Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
11:37 AM ET (US)
Klifford would probably try to check up on her and maybe even treat her but the medicines available in the hospital wouldn't be enough to treat her completely. The poison that'd be used would also maybe be too obscure for him to diagnose. He'd still be able to tell she's in bad shape for sure though.
FranzisePerson was signed in when posted
09:25 AM ET (US)
Would Klifford not be able to tell what's wrong with her?
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