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[F6] Brandy Henn the Star Treasure Hunter

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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
09-15-2019
03:10 PM ET (US)
Investigation

Brandy and Nail search through the living room and kitchen.

The floor has flecks of blood across it in some places. No place in particular seems most meaningful though.

Haley bends down and picks up a little silver marble, showing it to Brandy. It’s heavy and made of a dense metal. It’s not very big however. They wonder where it came from.

Next, they go over to the fridge. On top of the fridge, a can of oats has fallen over. There’s a tiny dent in the side of it. The top of the can has popped open and oats spill off the side of the fridge onto the ground. The oats sit in a pile except they seem to be missing off one floorboard for some reason, like they fell through it. Brandy presses on the board and it’s loose. She looks under the floor and sees that there are some oats on the ground in the crawlspace. It doesn’t look like any of them could fit down there though. The plank of wood seems to tilt like it’s on a fulcrum where it goes under the wall.

Next, they check out the oven. The only thing they find is a tea kettle which is still quite hot. They look in the kettle but don’t see anything of interest in the spout or the main part. Seeing nothing interesting they search the dining table.

On the dining table, they see all the tea-making supplies and stuff out. There are teabags and nice little cups on a tray. There doesn’t seem to be too much off about them.

Brandy and Nail move to the living room area. Enola’s papers have been gathered back into the lunchbox.

In the corner they find some old Rattlewater Tribunes. Almost every one of them has something interesting on them.

Officer Ivanov Saves The Day Again

Today is a tremendous occasion in Rattlewater history. Local citizen Amy Newton lost her cat Fluffy several weeks ago and had been searching for it desperately in vain. However today, thanks to the help of Officer Ivan Ivanov, her cat was recovered. It was found by him and his squad in a lonely alley of the town, whimpering with a broken limb. Immediately Officer Ivanov took action and ordered his sergeant to take care of Fluffy at once. She is now resting with her leg bandaged, and is now back in Ms. Newton’s custody.

“I’m just so glad to have my dear Fluffy back with me again”, Ms. Newton remarked between held back sobs. “It’s all thanks to Mr. Ivanov that she’s saved!”

When asked about the incident, Officer Ivanov seemed a bit reluctant to comment. “It was really quite nothing. I only have my loyal and dutiful officers to thank for keeping such a good job of taking care of my beloved city. I cannot possibly let any harm befall it.”


The article goes on to talk about how great a guy Ivan is and how lucky Rattlewater is to have him there.

...

Local Retired Marine Saves Day: A New Star Citizen?

One of the local gyms has reportedly caught on fire due to reasons yet unknown. The police department has not yet released a statement on why this happened.

Bystanders reported a few people being stuck in the gym prior to the arrival of the firefighters. 'A crowd formed, but none were willing to make their way in yet due to the building being a hellfire', says one of the people watching the scene.

It seemed quite grim for a few minutes, with no souls leaving or entering the minutes. Peak hour makes response slower than it usually is.

'At one point, someone threw what looked to be a barbell at a window? We were all scared and backed off even more, then another dude came flying out from the window. And someone else behind him, though he was limping more than walking.'

The man who escaped using the barbell is none other than local heroic marine and patriot, Daniel Kennedy. When asked about the incident, Daniel declined to comment on his heroics. What a truly humble man.

Authorities are still looking into the fire, but the mayor assures everyone that he will make sure to keep gyms safe in these turbulent times.


Written at the bottom of the newspaper in bold, magical, red text is the following:

“HE DID NOT INTEND TO SAVE ANYONE OTHER THAN HIMSELF.”

Nail smirks to himself, “That must be our friend there adding something twisted in for us. Typical, isn’t it?”



Another seems pretty old:

Local Childhood Sweethearts Marry In Rattlewater

The details of the newspaper aren’t of this one aren’t that interesting, it only seems to be about a small town marriage. That said, it is interesting that the subject of this paper is the Gardners. It’s kinda weird to read about them in their house. Additionally it looks like the picture was cut out from the article. Under it has the caption; “The new Mr. and Mrs. Gardner and their best man.” The Gardners presumably cut the picture out to remember it.



The last paper with something interesting in it is from just a few years ago:

Oliver Abrams Charity Concert Resounding Success!

After a huge festival and concert this weekend where everyone had a ton of fun, everyone is beginning to wonder, where did this talent come from?

A year ago, Oliver Abrams moved to Rattlewater from a small town in England. Oliver started to perform in Rattlewater’s taverns and started to become more and more popular with local patrons. He worked hard to connect with fans and built up a community for himself.

Ambitiously, Oliver wanted to do more with his talents and gain more followers, so these past few weeks he and the mayor organized this festival for charity. Of course, if you didn’t know about who Oliver was before, you do now! He’s absolutely some of the best talent Rattlewater has and he’s quickly becoming one of its greatest philanthropists. Star Citizenship is going to be soon granted to this wonderful talent that everyone in town is talking about and swooning over.


Most of the tribune’s stories are quite wholesome, which is one of its appeals.

Nail and Brandy stop digging through the newspapers. None of them had clues per say, but they were interesting.

Brandy and Haley turn to leave, feeling as ready as they can be for the trial.
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
09-15-2019
03:00 PM ET (US)
10:00 AM

After discovering the papers, everyone begins discussing what to do next. Shortly, they decide that searching should be done. Nail decides to take charge of things for a change and decides that Sebastian should search the Attic. He makes the point that he is the smallest among everyone, or at least he is the smallest that can be relied upon to complete such a task. The group nods in agreement as the ladder to the attic is opened and Sebastian goes up.

Next, Nail immediately orders Brandy to check out the library. He says that he might have seen the cult symbol in the library earlier as well. Brandy’s eyes immediately widen and she nods, running into the library to check it out. She’s excited for this, not even caring about the others’ allocations. This could be the breakthrough she’s looking for!

10:05 AM

As she enters, she closes the door behind her completely. She looks through the rows and rows of books in front of her. There’s a lot to get through here. She picks up each book off the shelf and fans through it quickly. A lot of books are huge fantastical tomes. After a while of combing the shelf, she still has not found anything that really dives into demonology or the occult or anything like that.

After a while of searching, the lights flicker out around her.

10:15 AM

Brandy keeps her head as level as possible. Surely the person who caused the blackout has bad intentions, but as long as she handles this well, nothing bad could happen to her.

Right in front of her eyes is a book though, which she hadn’t looked at yet. For some reason, the spine is glowing in the dark. And there it is: the symbol. The skull with the snake around it. At last, the very thing she was looking for.

Brandy reaches out in the darkness to grab it. She hears the teapot begin to whistle. It’s very loud in the house, almost deafeningly so.

She grabs the book and immediately she feels something biting onto her. She yanks at her arm but begins to feel extreme pain. She can feel her arm bones grind against the metal teeth of the trap or whatever it is.

It’s at this point that Brandy curses her own stupidity. Why had she reached for the book? Of course it would be a trap! The lights were out for a reason! The book was glowing for a reason too! The killer is probably going for her now! She clenches her fist and lets her knees buckle. There’s nothing she can do now. She screams, kicks and flails against the trap. It just keeps getting worse. She can’t hear anything. She feels books fall to her feet as she yanks on the shelf.

She’s not just stupid, she’s useless.

The desperation gets to her. She’s crying and flailing and wallowing in misery. It’s suffocating. She briefly just wants someone to come and end her already.

10:20 AM

Suddenly, the teapot stops. There Brandy is. She’s still alive, but it’s possible that the trap will kill her regardless. She starts to yell and scream for help.She does not want a killer to hear her, but at this point, her only hope is getting out of the trap. She yells and yells.

She hears Ivan, his voice muffled by the walls, “Miss Henn! I’m coming to save you! I just need to find my way out of the living room!”

“I’m looking for a way to repair the power Brandy. Don’t worry. Stay right there,” the next voice is coming from above. It must be Seb.

Brandy spends her time yelling about how she’s trapped between audible sobs. She hopes that this way somebody will at least hear her die if she does.

There’s a loud crashing and thudding noise and the house shakes a little, as if the house itself had a tree fall on it.

She hears movement in the house. Somebody definitely seems like they’re bumping into stuff. It seems like it’s taking a while for anyone to do anything. Brandy continues to scream, terrified that somebody will silently let her die.

She begins to feel hopeless, calling for Seb and Ivan. Neither come to her. Suddenly, she hears the window open.

“Hey… Brandy? You were yelling?”

She can hear the person climbing in and she puts together that it must be Oliver, “Anyway, I’m gonna help you. Just tell me what to do. Also tell me where you are.”

Brandy feels so grateful and pathetic. She talks him over to her and he goes for the trap. “Oh bloody hell! Literally! Well there’s no use talking about it at this point huh? I’m gonna pry it open with all my strength!”

Oliver grunts as he stands awkwardly close, “Hey! It worked! I’ve done it! Take that, world! Are you feeling better, Brandy?”

Brandy moans in pain.

“Oh… right. That was a stupid question. Well. I can try my best to do something…” Oliver goes to work trying to bandage her arm with strips from his sleeves and the like.

Suddenly… the lights come on.

10:25 AM

Oliver is there in front of Brandy, wrapping her arm. She’s sitting in a mess of books and blood. The window is open. Oliver seems coated in blood as well, or maybe that’s just the red paint from last time. Regardless, much of it has to be hers. The room seems otherwise very similar to what she expected. Ivan suddenly opens the door and enters, his mouth open. He’s also coated in blood for some reason, but he rushes over to help Brandy and Oliver with setting Brandy’s arm right. That’s when they hear a commotion coming from the bedroom just across the hall.
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Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
09-09-2019
08:47 AM ET (US)
Your Fantasy Suite with Nail/Haley: https://www.quicktopic.com/52/H/P7cmBBv2VREXP
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Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2019
02:02 PM ET (US)
Your EFL with Enola: https://www.quicktopic.com/52/H/2cCMp6KDpyJ
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
08-29-2019
02:22 AM ET (US)
Brandy and Haley explore the bottom floor. It smells badly here of burning flesh. The major points of interest are a table containing tools, a wooden chair stained with blood with a strange mechanism behind it, and the furnace against which Benjamin was found.

Going over to the table, Brandy and Haley find a bowie knife and a pair of pliers there covered in blood. An iron fireplace poker with a sharp end sits there. The sharp end has dirt caked into it. Also on the table, there’s a tape recorder. The women go up to it and play what’s on it.

"We should each complete each other's challenges."

"Brat, what the fuck are you talking about?"

"Trust me, it's a good idea." CLICK


The first voice sounds like Benjamin’s and the other sounds like Matt’s. Haley and Brandy look at one another.

Exhausting the options there, they notice that behind the table there’s a mess of blood on the ground, just like a couple puddles worth. Suddenly, they see a drop fall and join the puddles. They look up at the ceiling and see a grate there with blood dripping from it. It looks packed with meat.

As weird as it is, they go over to investigate the chair. Behind the chair is a little machine with a meter the needle in it rests on one side but can go all the way into the red zone. Two pads are on the top of the machine. Each one can be yanked out and applied to a person’s body where they would presumably take readings from the body and take info back through wires to the machine.

The chair in front of the machine is coated in a decent deal of blood. Near it, teeth, blood, hair, and nails sit on the ground. Around the chair is a long wire. It seems like this wire could be used to bind a person to the chair. One end of the wire has been severed while the other end has a hook. Nothing else of interest seems to be at the chair.

At the back of the room, behind the chair, is a green light. Under the light is a message which reads: “Make the person attached to this brain-reading device feel pain such that the scale goes all the way to the end of the red zone.” Under that is a blinking timer which reads “00:00”.

Right across from the chair is a camera which is mounted on the ceiling. The camera is pointed at the wall right by it. They try to swivel the camera and it can be used to point in any direction.

Finally, they go over to the furnace where the corpse is. Benjamin’s body has burns, cuts, and bruises all over him. He’s missing teeth and clumps of hair. His jumpsuit is stained with blood. His face lays against the metal furnace and sizzles, charred black. His hands are clearly broken. No wound on the body is clearly fatal.

A strange thing is that his leg is sitting in a small puddle of blood, and yet there’s no wound on him that indicates why that pool of blood would be there. It’s pretty far from the chair as well. There’s also a patch of blackened blood on the side of the furnace.

They open the door on the furnace and they see that there’s two hot brands in there, which explain some of the burns on Benjamin’s corpse. The fire on the inside seems to burn infinitely at a very hot temperature for the sake of the challenge. A vent on the top drains the smoke.

At the end of searching the crime scene, it’s time for the tribunal.
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
08-29-2019
12:33 AM ET (US)
Midnight

Brandy enters Observation Room A, feeling confident that she’ll be able to keep a sharp eye on things even if Daniel can’t. She feels the door lock behind her, leaving her in a dark little cell.

The only thing in there is a monitor with two buttons in front of it and a chair. One button has a skull, and the other has a couple of z’s. She takes a seat. Right now the monitor is blank.

A voice speaks aloud to her:

“Welcome to the observation room. You will be receiving real camera shots at 20 minutes and every five minutes thereafter. If, for any reason, things aren’t going as planned in the challenge room, then you have two options. The first is the button with z’s. This button will release gas which will knock out anybody in the same room as your camera, but only those in that room. The second is the button with the skull. This button will release a similar gas, but this gas is fatal. Again, this will only affect those in the room with your camera. Only use them if you are desperate. The knockout gas will keep someone out for around fifteen minutes.”

Brandy shakes her fist, “Alright, bring it on then!”

Unfortunately she has to spend a long time in the room with nothing happening. She daydreams a little, feeling confident in their chances.

12:20

Brandy gets the first picture of a stone cell. Someone is being slid across the floor of the room to the right. There’s a green light on on the back wall. In front of the light, there’s a menacing pachinko machine with tubes to either side of it, containing a bunch of what looks to be blood. A wooden chair is placed in front of the machine. The person sliding out of frame to the right is in their jumpsuit but it appears it isn’t Benjamin since there’s nothing around the ankle. Even though the picture is still, it’s clear from motion blur that the person is moving.

Immediately after Brandy sees this picture, she slams the knockout gas button. Obviously someone was kidnapping someone else, but who? Obviously whoever was dragging that person would now at least be apprehended, at least hopefully. She tries to stay positive, not really knowing what to expect next.

12:25

The body is gone. The rest of the picture is the same. She wonders to herself what happened. Obviously she should have knocked someone out. Maybe they’re off the side of the frame?

12:30

The next photo is clear: Matt and Benjamin are standing in the center of the room. They seem to be talking to one another. Matt has his hand wrapped around a large bowie knife. He seems to be casually carrying it around. Benjamin doesn’t really have anything. Matt looks a little exhausted from something.

At least, that’s what Brandy keeps trying to tell herself. Something about the picture is really messing with her. She keeps checking it. The background definitely seems the same to her. Is it something about Matt and Benjamin then?

12:35

The room is back to how it was before. At this point the knockout gas she used would have worn off. The picture doesn’t have that eerie quality to it anymore.

12:40

Nothing about the picture has changed. Brandy sits with her head in her hand waiting.

12:45

A wall.

Huh? She can’t believe it. Where the room was, there’s now just a close-up picture of a wall. She glances at the buttons but decides against using them. After all, not that only fifteen minutes are left, knocking someone out could be deadly. Hopefully everything is okay.

12:55

The last two camera shots have been of the same wall. Brandy begins feeling nervous, knowing that the end is near. She hopes that they finish soon.

One minute…

1:00

The door unlocks and Brandy leaves.
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
08-22-2019
04:52 PM ET (US)
Card: Don’t use your arm for anything for 48 hours. During this time, knock someone over and never acknowledge you did it.
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
08-22-2019
11:14 AM ET (US)
Your EFL with Klifford: https://www.quicktopic.com/52/H/cY84DPGH3Ww
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
08-21-2019
04:36 PM ET (US)
Your EFL with Haley: https://www.quicktopic.com/52/H/mMbgAbdT3pc
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
08-16-2019
01:59 PM ET (US)
12:00 Noon

Sebastian and Brandy talk at a table in the bar, just keeping one another company for a while. They talk about life and death and the whole killing-game situation. After a long while, Brandy brings something up.

“Hey, wanna go peep the town hall? I mean there’s a whole mystery there that ain’t bein’ solved yet. Maybe we could do some good, lookin’ at it,” Brandy stands up and looks over her shoulder at the exit.

Sebastian nods, “I could see that being a good idea.” He follows her out.

3:00

Sebastian and Brandy look up and down the smooth fortress-like structure, inspecting every line carved into it for some sort of pattern. There’s a lot of kicking and tapping the wall with Sebastian’s broom.

As they’re walking around the back of the building, Sebastian sees something: A large carving high up on the back of a snake and a skull.

Brandy gasps. Sebastian looks at it with recognition.

Brandy turns to Sebastian and tells him, “My eye and arm were stolen by people wearin’ clothes with that on it. It was a cult. They were all about purifyin’ the world or somethin’. That was a pretty wild adventure, but...”

“I guess maybe they have a lot to do with this.”

Sebastian turns to Brandy, “One of the people I, er, cleaned, had this symbol tattooed on his back. Seems like maybe this cult is a part of Rattlewater somehow. Maybe the mayor is in it?”

The two continue investigating the building. After a while, their search proves fruitless.

“Hey, I’m gonna go to the hospital, maybe you should go too, huh? See Kliff and Shizune! Nail too I suppose. Whaddya say?” Brandy asks Sebastian.

Sebastian seems a little sheepish but goes along with her.

3:30

Brandy leaves Sebastian in the lobby for a while while she goes up to visit Shizune. When she gets up there, she sees Klifford in the hallway.

“Doc? That you?”

Klifford turns around to see Brandy. He raises his arms in surprise. “Oh, Brandy! Sorry, I didn’t hear you over there.” He chuckles, but the usual light in his eyes is absent currently. He scratches his head sheepishly. “So, er, is there anything I can help you with?”

Brandy eyes the doctor with concern. “Er… well, I jus’ wanted to check up on you an’ Shizune. Y’know, just to see if you were both doing alright?”

Klifford blinks in surprise. “Oh, um. Well, that’s nice to hear. Didn’t expect you to check up on us, heh. Shizune’s asleep though, so you might have to come see her a bit later.”

“Oh? Then what’re ya doin’ outside her room, Kliff?” Brandy asks.

“Ah, that.” Klifford’s smile disappears suddenly, and he shakes his head somewhat wearily. “I… just went to get some medicine for her. I’m hoping it does the trick, but…”

“Say, Kliff.” Brandy interrupts, looking worried for Klifford. “Are you feeling alright? You don’t look fine exactly.”

“W-what?” Klifford stammers.

“I can tell that you’re stressed. Working hard all night long and carin’ for poor ol’ Shizune, especially after what that dumb ol’ ball said… Did you even have breakfast today?”

Klifford looks away. “...I had some coffee to keep myself up.”

“Kliff, that ain’t healthy. You’ve been overworkin’ lately, Klifford. I’m worried for ya. If there’s anything ya need help with, you can tell me.” Brandy placed her hand on Klifford’s shoulder, looking at him in the eye seriously.

Klifford lets out a big sigh. He’s clearly more tired than he was letting on earlier. “Yeah… I guess you could say that. But it’s alright. Shizune’s in a bit of a tough spot right now, and I need to care for her.” He looks down at the ring on his finger, a strange look on his face.

Brandy looks down at the ring, her eyes widening somewhat. “Say, Kliff… Yer’ married, right? You’ve got a family back home?”

Klifford nods, a sad look in his eyes. “I have a wife and daughter, yes. They’re back at home, probably wondering if I’m dead or not… I’m not sure if I’ll ever see them again. But, well... “ He glances inside the room at Shizune. “I’m not sure how I got attached so easily… Maybe it’s because I’m in isolation. But I want to save her. Taking care of her over these past two days… it’s been tiring, but when she smiles at me politely, I get reminded of my daughter. Sentimental of me, I know... “ He shakes his head.

“Nah… I getcha, Kliff.” Brandy has a remorseful look in her eyes as well. “After I lost both Charlie and Benny, I wasn’t really sure what to do. Losing people ya care about can be damagin’ to ya. Lemme tell you, even now I wonder whether I was really that good of a mother figure to Charlie. But… like ya said, when you’re trapped with all these people, you’re bound to get attached to them soon. I’ve started with bondin’ with Seb recently too. He’s a good kid underneath, really, makes ya wonder how much Bennett affected him. You’ve known Shizune ‘fore this game too. I know that ya care for her. So… if you want to act like her parent in the absence of one, I get it.” She gives a strange chuckle.

“Heh…” Klifford chuckles back. “Maybe I should’ve trusted you before. It’s been hard working alone, but… I’m not willing to let her go now. I’m not letting a stupid ball dictate her fate.”

“That’s the spirit.” Brandy responds encouragingly. “I know you can support her in her time of need, Kliff. I had a feeling you could do it. I guess you could say… the ball’s in your court now!” She cracks a joke.

Klifford gives out a surprisingly loud laugh. “Ha! I needed that… Anyway, thanks, Brandy. I’ll try my best.” He nods thankfully, turning towards the door and entering. “I’ll be back in a second. Just gotta give her some medicine.”

“Sure, Kliff. I believe in ya, alright? Just… make sure not to hide things from us if we can help. Y’know what they say, teamwork makes the dream work.” Brandy repeats.

“Of course.” Klifford nods sincerely before closing the door.

Brandy waits outside in the hall for a while.

3:45

Klifford comes out of the room, seeing Brandy again. He gives a smile to her. The two of them make small talk now. Brandy inquires more about Shizune’s condition, but Klifford insists she needs to rest more to help overcome it. It’s clear that he’s been doing the best he can. His hair is definitely more dishevelled than usual and he definitely seems much less jokey now.

As the two of them talk, they suddenly hear footsteps slowly behind them. They turn around to see…

“Sebastian? Is that you?” Klifford asks.

“So ya came after all”, Brandy chuckles. “Well, ain’t that nice. You’ve come to see Shizune, I reckon?”

“Y-yeah, I have.” Seb nods shakily. “I just wanted to make sure she was doing well and all…”

“Oh, isn’t that nice?” Klifford chuckles. “Good to see someone else who cares for her. I think she might be asleep right about now, but let’s check. It’d be nice if she could open up to somebody here.” He escorts Sebastian to the room while Brandy waits outside patiently.

4:00

While Brandy is lounging around, she hears a loud car engine outside. That can’t be good… She quickly runs out of the building to check what on earth is happening.

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

Micah, Matt, Brandy, and Nail investigate Second Street.

This street contains the bowling alley and the hospital.

Star Lanes:

The group checks the bowling alley first. Inside, they see that there’s a broken gambling machine. It has glass all around it and a bowling ball smashed through its face. Next to it is another machine that they can see has a receipt sticking out of it. Seems like somebody played the heck out of this machine, blowing several hundred dollars on the machine.

The group next spots some footprints that seem to enter the building from the fire exit in the back. The footprints go up to the shoe counter and stop. They go behind the counter and find a whiteboard flat on the ground there. It seems to be covered in a magic circle. Had someone been using magic? Nail points out that it seems to be a transportation circle and that he had read about it just today. The transportation spell connects two of the same type of circle and allows one person to travel from one to the other by standing in it and saying a magic word. They also find a pair of shoes that are covered with oil stains on the sides. They seem to be about the average size for a man’s foot.

They go into the bowling alley’s office and they see that someone has turned alarms off in the building.

They check the bathroom and find some blood on the side of the sink in the women’s room, along with a strand of blue hair.

The last thing they do is they go out the fire exit into the back alleys. They find that there’s a puddle of oil right outside the door and that there’s two sets of the same shoe’s footprints moving away from it in opposite directions. One clearly enters the bowling alley, the other clearly moves into the alleyways some more. They follow the prints but they slowly fade after snaking around for a while.

Rattlewater Hospital of Mercy:

Next, the group investigates the hospital where Nail and Shizune stayed this morning. The lobby seems to have nothing strange about it. They go up to the floor that Nail and Shizune are on.

First, they investigate the medicine room. It seems like someone dug through it extensively earlier.

Next, they dig through Klifford’s office. It seems like whatever notes he kept in here aren’t here now. He’s definitely done tests on Shizune the last few days, but none of the results are present. Otherwise, a couple of everyday painkillers are here.

Next, they check out Nail’s room. One of the walls seems to be strangely empty, like something is supposed to be hanging there and yet isn’t. There’s a big bloodstain on the floor where it hasn’t been completely cleaned, but Nail points out that his hand broke back open last night and made a mess. He holds up his hand to show the others, and they catch a glimpse of all the bloody gauze on his hand that must be barely holding back more bleeding. The room contains a window that overlooks the street. Nail’s mask and robe from last night are here.

Shizune is resting in her room. They tell her the bad news about Ciro. She looks distraught, but Brandy comforts her as best she can. The room is similar to Nail’s room in terms of the layout, with the same window overlooking the street. There’s a big whiteboard on the wall that outlines a schedule for Shizune. It seems like all her tests were over the last few days. They see that on the desk next to her is her typewriter and typing supplies. There’s also a whistle and a bell. The whistle is clearly the one used to get Bruce, and the bell must be for summoning Klifford. There’s also a strange bottle of medicine on her side table. They read the label and find that there’s a long list of deadly side-effects like heart failure if it’s misused. The room itself looks squeaky clean, as if it was cleaned up recently.
Edited 08-16-2019 04:23 PM
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
07-30-2019
08:35 PM ET (US)
Outside - Nail, Bennett, Klifford, Brandy

Klifford examines the corpse thoroughly. He points at the neck, where there’s heavy bruising around it. Klifford comments that she probably could have been choked out by someone, but it would not have been fatal. He says that the body being so cold makes it very hard to determine the time of death. The body has two wounds: one right in the chest, and a second one still with a spear in it. Both nearly go through the body and would be fatal. They were made with some sort of long, stabbing weapon. The group searches the body and finds a black die, a bag filled with silver tubes that looks like it can be put together, a mysterious amulet around her neck, and a picture book story involving robin hood. Brandy can hardly watch at this point. She asks to take the book, and the others let her. Bennett takes the die.
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
07-30-2019
04:05 PM ET (US)
5:00ish

“Well, ‘eck.” Brandy glances at the icy lake, with the thin ice surrounding it. There’s a huge hole nearby, looking quite recent. “She must’ve been too much for the ice to handle.”

“Her wheelchair mustn’t have helped matters either… Speaking of, it looks like it’s gone down there as well.” Micah glances down into the lake. “It doesn’t look like it’ll be easy to get it back.”

“Yeah, looks like it.” Daniel grunts. “With the weight of the thing, it’s probably at the bottom of the lake by now.”

“That’s quite unfortunate. It doesn’t exactly help matters either that we’ve lost it.” Benjamin shakes his head. “At this rate, people could see her as an even bigger target.”

“What?! Nobody’d do such a thing!” Brandy protests.

“Of course, that would be the humane thing to do. But there’s no point denying the fact that she would be the easiest person to kill out of everyone here.” Benjamin says darkly, his voice still emotionless.

There’s an awkward silence for a few moments as people look away.

“Hold on.” Daniel suddenly says. “I think I see something floatin’ over there.” He gestures to the hole in the ice lake, where Claudia is currently floating at the surface.

“Oh, right! How could we have forgotten? Without Claudia, Shizune can’t exactly communicate with us, can she?” Brandy says. “We better take this to her!”

Matt goes over and slowly picks it up. He grunts. “This don’t look right. Looks like it got fucked up a bit when the girl fell in.” He takes it and starts going into the other igloo. “I’ll fix it up and give it to her, aight?”

People seem surprised by this generous display of his, but are pleased at the same time. Figuring that there’s little else to do, they all go back to whatever they were doing previously.

5:45

“Alright, everyone!” Ciro calls out from the mess hall. “The feast is ready! You may all come now and enjoy yourselves! There is enough for everybody here!”

Hearing the announcement, people slowly start to drift towards the mess hall. Benjamin and Matt both enter first, followed by Micah and Brandy. Several minutes pass by but nobody else seems to come.

“Hmm, is this really all we have?” Ciro purses his lips, looking somewhat disappointed. “...Well, no matter. I’m sure the others are all simply taking their time. In the meantime, though, you may all feel free to take your seats. I shall start serving food to you in a bit.”

The others eye each other, concerned, but decide to sit down. Very conveniently, there are 10 seats in total- 4 on each side of the table and one at each corner. It looks more like a place for a banquet, really. A rather cheap looking banquet, but still. Ciro soon comes back wearing some odd looking rubber gloves which are pink in colour, in clear contrast to his outfit. He takes them and uses them to handle the dishes, which he gives to everyone currently present.

As he starts distributing the food he’s prepared, the others hear someone else entering the room. They look around to see Klifford, his eyes quite tired yet a warm smile on his face. By his side is Shizune, whom he helps over to her table. She appears to be in a different set of clothes and wearing a new coat now. She looks to be quite tired as well. As Klifford helps her take a seat beside him, she takes out Claudia and quickly types up a letter, which she passes onto Matt.

As Matt reads the letter, he flushes slightly and grimaces, looking almost embarrassed. “Ay, you don’t gotta thank me for nuttin’, girl. Just doin’ my bloody job an’ all. You don’t gotta owe me a thing, you he-”

“Oh? What does it say?” Ciro asks out of curiosity, looking at Matt.

“You can read it for yerself if you wanna, brat”, Matt sputters, throwing the letter in his face. Ciro, unperturbed, begins reading out the letter.

“Dear Mr. Gustily,

I would like to thank you for personally retrieving Claudia from the icey waters she was dropped into thanks to my carelessness. I would not have expected anything from anybody, yet you heroically managed to rescue her and even fix her before delivering it back to me. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to repay you.

With many thanks,
Shizune Takata”

“Oh, what’s this?” Ciro raises an eyebrow. “Did something happen with Shizune?”

“Indeed. She fell into the water by accident, and lost both her wheelchair and her typewriter.” Benjamin summarises in his usual tone. “Unfortunately, her wheelchair couldn’t even be recovered from the depths of the cold lake.”

“Yeah, I had to go take care of her for a while after that. She was feeling pretty bad after that spill she took.” Klifford says, Shizune nodding along with a grateful look in her eyes.

“Ah, I see. Quite unfortunate, really.” Ciro shakes his head. “You’ll need to have some more food to make up for that.” He takes a bigger blue bowl and puts it on her side instead.

“Well, isn’t that nice of ya”, Klifford chuckles. “This is a good way to break the ice, huh?”

People seem very unamused by that joke, most of all Shizune. Brandy tries chuckling awkwardly, but it doesn’t exactly help raise spirits.

Matt eyes Klifford irritably. “Doc, if ya make another shit joke like that, the ice won’t be the only thing that’s broke.”

“Hey, uh, what’s going on?” A voice comes suddenly from the doorway. People look to see Bennett, looking quite confused.

“You’re rather late. What took you so long?” Benjamin asks.

“Ah, well, that’s my bad. Totally forgot when the feast was starting and only decided to go check now. Hopefully I haven’t missed out on much, though.” Bennett explains.

“Not at all, the feast is just starting! Come and help yourself”, Ciro says generously.

“This only leaves Daniel missing, though. I wonder where he could have gotten to…” Micah mumbles quietly.

Bennett takes his seat and the food gets served to all. Everyone starts eating comfortably. There’s a bit of small talk across the room but overall the mood isn’t particularly chatty. Everyone seems quite pleased with the quality of the food though. It’s clear Ciro’s put a lot of effort into crafting several mouth watering, stomach filling delicacies.

As the group eats, they hear a grunt behind them and see Daniel arrive, his face comparable to a rhinoceros. He takes his seat wordlessly and starts eating. People are surprised by this behaviour and ask him what took him so long, but he says nothing, oddly unwilling to explain himself. He simply stuffs himself with more food, clearly quite starved.

The rest of the feast thankfully goes much smoother, with not much else happening. People finish eating slowly and depart. All the food’s over now, and everyone’s stomachs are filled up. It’s safe to say the feast was quite satisfactory.

Everyone leaves by 6:45, leaving Ciro to clean the dishes by himself.

6:45

As people start to leave, they all split into various places. Brandy looks like she’s about to wander off but then gets interrupted. “Hey, where’re ya goin’?” Bennet asks, placing a hand on her shoulder.

“Aw, just hangin’ ‘bout. Dunno what I gotta do anymore, really.” Brandy sighs. “I just wanna get the others outta here… See whether Charlie’s alright too.”

Bennett frowns. “Well, you don’t gotta worry. Maybe we can try looking harder while everyone else is out, huh?”

“Maybe.” Brandy gives a small smile. “It’d be nice to spend some time with ya as well, Benny.”

“Alright then, let’s go.” Bennett laughs, dashing off to a corner of the caves. Surprised, Brandy follows him.

They mostly look around for several minutes. The exploration is rather casual as they’re not expecting to find much, so they mostly chat as they look. About their lives, what they’re doing in their free time, how they’re coping, and so on. Suddenly, as they’re looking around, Brandy suddenly gasps. “Is that… an entrance?” She asks, unearthing some snow beneath them to reveal a tunnel.

“...Holy moly.” Bennett’s eyes widen. “What’s inside?” He flashes his torch inside. It seems to go under. The two slowly edge inside. There’s a slight taste of metal, as if the air here is more earthy and old than other places. As they go under, they see that they’re right above the ceiling of the lower ice caverns. They can see through it slightly, but not enough. They have to go down fast.

Sadly though, there’s a big barricade in the way. Unperturbed though, Bennett starts digging through. “You go call the others”, he says. “I’ll try and get through here in the meantime.”

Brandy nods. “Alright, Benny. You keep on doin’ yer thing. I’ll let the others know.” She dashes outside, calling the others.
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Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
07-27-2019
12:50 AM ET (US)
You suddenly hear someone scream out of nowhere. Turning around, you see that one of the support beams in the mines have been damaged! You see someone run up and decide to follow them quickly. You barely make it into the upper ice caverns as the mines collapse. It looks like some other people are with you... And you're trapped here with them. You quickly realise that Charlie's nowhere to be seen either! What the heck is going on?!

[You may post in the main thread]
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
09:05 PM ET (US)
Your EFL with Oliver: https://www.quicktopic.com/52/H/3m7tP3gpv3KuK
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WinterCoatPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
02:44 PM ET (US)
Yeah it's like, imagine if Darth Maul or Darth Vader talked more. Or, if you don't like Star Wars, the whole reason we fear things is because we don't know what they are. For instance, I think Jaws would be scarier if we never saw the shark or that most horror movies would be scarier if we never saw the ghost/monster doing anything crazy, but more subtle. Subtlety is creepy.

Having a threatening chatterbox antagonist is possible (just look at Junko, Monokuma, Hades in Hercules, etc.) but Belphegor seems like he's not meant to be a chatterbox by design. Also him outright saying he's kind of lazy doesn't help either. Maybe if he was shown to be capable of more surrealist horror-type stuff I'd find him more interesting.
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
02:37 PM ET (US)
Well in retrospect it's not really like JM snapped the mystery in half he just solved it the normal way and it wasn't really a long case since a lot of stuff was unambiguously pointing to the solution. Chapter 2 should be more interesting hopefully, we'll see.

Also interesting your thoughts on Belphegor. So do you think he wasn't menacing because he talked too much?
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WinterCoatPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
12:44 PM ET (US)
Also when I say JM shouldn't have been able to solve it early, I mean that he shouldn't have been able make a guess that snapped the mystery in half. I'm not asking for something stupidly drawn out and needlessly difficult.
Edited 07-23-2019 12:44 PM
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WinterCoatPerson was signed in when posted
07-23-2019
12:42 PM ET (US)
Some thoughts on Chapter 1. I'm typing these as they pop into my brain so I'm sorry if things are out of order.


For starters, reading Brandy's late-night alibi was pretty difficult. Not because of the plot that happened, but because of the way the character herself was written. It just felt like Olivia Watson in another disguise. She felt too cool, almost. Well, "cool" because let's face it Skylar was a dork anyway. My general tip to writing Brandy better would be to put her accent in more things and to make her less showoff-y. I know her whole vice is that she tries too hard, but something about the way she raced to the tunnels with Charlotte felt more cocky than anything. Furthermore, I did like the significance of her running away from the thing that woke her up, given the circumstances surrounding her missing eye and arm. Originally I was mad she didn't immediately go back to help Charlotte, but her deciding to get Klifford was smart and IC in the end. One other note, the bit where she criticizes Klifford's joke just felt like Skylar again, but you know that. Also I think you nailed the relationship between her and Charlotte.

Now, for my actual thoughts on the chapter's events. You already know what I thought about the bridge, so I'll skip that. My first problem comes from Belphegor. I thought his introduction was really great and tense, but the moment Bruce started talking and Belphegor didn't stop talking the tension went way down. This game seems a lot darker than those before it, so Bruce just takes me out of it every time. Belphegor is too chatty and maybe not the best Monokuma, but that could change. I am still of the belief we'll get different demons each time, but I guess we'll see.

Next, the trial was a huge anticlimax that honestly took me out of the game for a bit. The closing argument and ending felt super out of nowhere and strange. I understand JM singlehandedly ended it early, but that shouldn't have been possible in the first place. Again, I think we went over the trial ad nauseum in the Discord chat so I won't beat a dead horse.

The execution was okay, I guess. It happened. F being the killer was an actual surprise though. I didn't expect that. I did expect Carrie to bite it, though, which is why I'm glad I got to EFL her (even if it remains unfinished, rip).

Misc. While I greatly enjoy the premise and setting, I do hope the latter areas of the cave are interesting. I understand that for Ch1 it was just a cave, but I hope it's more varied as we go. I predict we'll see (in addition to the mine shaft we're in right now, which was obviously gonna happen) some kind of underground ghost town, an area for the local cult outside of the trial room, and (crackpot theory) an area that casually has either fossils or a downed UFO for funsies.

I also really like Enola and the story tidbits we keep getting, very dark and I love it.

Keep up the good work you guys, I hope this was helpful in some capacity. Sorry if I didn't explain myself well enough. I can elaborate on things if need be.
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Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
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11:31 AM ET (US)
Your EFL with Bennett: https://www.quicktopic.com/52/H/LDEKcJx6YRi
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Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
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Your EFL with Seb: https://www.quicktopic.com/52/H/xiH7uW27kBhK2
Edited 07-23-2019 09:38 AM
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Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
07-19-2019
10:24 AM ET (US)
You, Oliver and Charlotte are assigned to examine Tunnel A- the tunnel on the left with all the vines growing through it.

“Hmm, alright, let’s see what we can find here.” Oliver says, looking around. “Doesn’t look like there’s much here, but still.”

“Hey, look at this quicksand!” Charlotte points out. “It’s a mess!”

Indeed, the quicksand looks like it’s been splashed into. It’s splattered all over nearby, and emerging from it are two different sets of footsteps.

“Huh, this is strange.” Brandy says. “There’s two sets, one bigger than the other. The bigger set carries on for a while but the smaller ones seem to stop pretty quickly.”

“How intriguing… They must have cleaned themselves, I suppose.” Oliver speculates. “Either way, it seems this quicksand has gotten the better of some people now.”

“Yeah, but only while coming back.” Brandy responds. “You notice how you don’t see any footprints on the other side? Seems like they made it over the quicksand the first time, then messed up on the way back.”

“Hmm, you’re quite right. How did they get over the quicksand, though?” Oliver approaches the quicksand slowly, looking at it.

“Like THIS!” Charlotte suddenly gives Oliver a small push from behind. Losing his balance, Oliver flails helplessly for a second before falling face first into the quicksand.

“Aaaah! Aaah!” Olvier cries out, only just managing to get out of it in time. “Why on earth did you do that?!” He shouts at Charlotte furiously, wiping it off his face. “My perfect clothing… My beautiful visage is completely ruined!” He gestures to his now muddy white suit.

“Uh… whoops?” Charlotte shrugs, almost comically.

“You better be more careful in the future about this stuff, Charlotte”, Brandy scolds, though even she can’t hide the smile on her face. “Here, I’ll help you, Oliver.”

With Brandy’s help, the muddy stains are mostly removed from Oliver’s clothes. A few still remain though, and his suit looks much shabbier than it did before.

“Sorry, that’s the best I can do.” Brandy shrugs.

Oliver seems upset, but he nods. “Yes, thank you for your help, Brandy.”

“Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand, I think you can jump over the quicksand fine. It wouldn’t be too hard to do, anyway.” Brandy says.

“You mean I could have actually made it?” Oliver seethes. “Agh, how could this day get any worse?” He places a hand on a nearby wall… only for it to not be there. He falls down once again. “What the?!” He gets up, shocked. “What is this?!” He pushes away the vines to reveal… a secret tunnel? Brandy and Charlotte both appear quite shocked at this.

“Is… this some sort of hidden pathway?” Oliver asks. “Then we must take a look there and see what is within!”

“U-um… Maybe we shouldn’t?” Charlotte suggests nervously.

“Why shouldn’t we?! There could be some important clues in there! We only just found this now, it warrants a look!” He insists.

“M-maybe you’re just overthinking things, Oliver.” Brandy says. “You just discovered this weird thing now, like you said. What’s the probability that someone else knew about that? That’s just weird.”

“But-”

“Oh, is that everyone calling us to the trial thing now?” Charlotte quickly interrupts. “We should go there now!”

“Wait, wh-”

“Yeah, we should! No time to waste here!” Brandy declares. “Let’s get going, everyone!” She says. The three get going, though Oliver doesn’t seem happy about not being able to examine the tunnel further.
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
07-18-2019
12:31 PM ET (US)
As the performance starts, you sit next to Charlotte, who immediately appears pretty excited to see you.

“Hey there, Charlotte.” Brandy gives a cool grin to the girl, putting her arm over her.

“Yo, Mother Hen!” Charlotte smiles back eagerly. “Everything going well?”

“You betcha! Enjoying the performance?” Brandy asks.

“I am… but! Don’t you want to do anything exciting today?” Charlotte sneakily inquires. “Once everyone goes to bed, these caves could be ours to explore!”

“Good point!” Brandy laughs as she gives a pat on the back to the girl. “But we need some sleep as well, so… How about we pay a visit to our hideout sometime after 4 AM?”

“Yeah, sure… I don’t want our identities getting compromised, so maybe we should remove all the evidence there.” Charlotte whispers.

“Alright then, sounds good.” Brandy agrees. “Just make sure nobody follows us.” She then turns back to watch Oliver’s singing.

After the performance ends, you hang around camp for a bit before heading to bed at midnight exactly. You decide to get some shuteye before you start on your great adventure, and fall asleep pretty quickly. You manage to get up some time later. It’s about 4 AM, more or less. You know it’s been only a bit since the switching of the guards took place, so you decide to wait a little longer before getting out.

After a while though, you get somewhat impatient and look beside you at Charlotte.

“Charlotte! Are you awake?” Brandy quietly whispers.

“Yup, I’m here.” Charlotte whispers back, getting up. “So are we ready to go?”

“Yeah! Just make sure not to make any noise when you leave, alright?” Brandy warns sternly.

“Alright, Mother Hen.” Charlotte nods, and the two set out from camp, tiptoeing slowly so as to not get caught. “Hey, you think Daniel saw us?” Charlotte asks as they leave.

“I don’t think so. Weird… You’d think he’d be more careful with stuff like that. Ah, whatever!” Brandy shrugs. “We’ve got this whole cave to ourselves now! Let’s see who can make it to the tunnels first, yeah?” She suddenly starts sprinting.

“Hey, wait for me!” Charlotte says, quickly running after her.

After a few minutes, the two both make it to the tunnel. Brandy stylishly puts her hand on the wall, smirking as Charlotte struggles to catch up to her.

“Aw *huff* come on! That *huff* totally wasn’t fair!” Charlotte complains as she stops for breath.

“You’ve gotta be faster than that, y’know!” Brandy shakes her head in a faux-disappointed manner. “Sometimes, you won’t have time to catch up! You’ve really got to step up your game! That’s what adventuring’s all about!”

“I… don’t think… I’m cut out for this, then.” Charlotte gasps as she wipes some sweat off her brow.

“Nonsense! You’ll get used to it soon enough! Let’s keep going!” Brandy says, taking the tunnel on the left and stopping just before the quicksand. “Now, do you remember where the shortcut was?”

“Yeah… to your right.” Charlotte gestures as such, pulling away the leaves away nearby to reveal a small tunnel to the side. “Sh… shall we go through now?”

“Yup! Way easier this way. Now, let’s go in!”

The two entered the tunnel and made their way through. A few minutes later, they made it to the end of the tunnel. They pushed away a small box and entered the hideout. “There we are! No pesky water on us this way.” Brandy takes a look around. “Geez, it’s been a while. I see the others have taken quite a lot of stuff from here. And what’s with the odour in here? This place stinks!”

“Yeah, no kidding! What the heck are we going to do now?” Charlotte asks.

“Don’t get too stressed yet, kid. Doesn’t look like they’ve figured out this place is ours.” Brandy mused. “Let’s get cleaning over here. We’ve got time.” She checks the time. “4:30, huh… Let’s finish work here in an hour, alright?”

“A-alright.” Charlotte gulps. “B-but I don’t want to just throw away all this stuff! I’ve spent a truckload of time collecting this! E-erm, no pun intended.”

“Yeah, no worries.” Brandy replies consolingly. “If there’s anything that points at our identities, we just move them somewhere else. Somewhere where nobody else will look, maybe? Let’s just hide it in some other tunnel, maybe.”

“Oh, yeah! So I guess we should start picking up all that, huh? Well, crap.” Charlotte mutters. “I never did like spring cleaning…” She sighs.

The two then start looking around, picking up stuff they think might incriminate them and stuffing it into a small bag.

“Hey, where did those tools go? I thought they might’ve been useful for later on”, Charlotte grumbles. “Did the others take ‘em?”

“Not that I know of. Maybe I’m just forgetting, though… Hey, wait a second!” Brandy picks up a wristwatch laying in the corner. It looks to be quite fancy looking. “This looks familiar… Isn’t this the mayor’s?”

“Uhm, well…” Charlotte just scratches her head.

“Why did you take this?!” Brandy asks angrily. “Is stealing from the mayor part of your job description?!”

“H-hey, look! I just do this impulsively, alright?” Charlotte yells defensively. “I was just meeting him the other day and then… I just took it from him, y’know?”

“You can’t just do that!” Brandy responds furiously. “You know he’ll be pissed about this when he finds out, right?”

“Well- AAAAAA!!” Charlotte’s response suddenly gets interrupted as she suddenly points behind Brandy before letting out a loud scream. But before Brandy can even turn to look, she suddenly feels something hit her head and blacks out as she falls onto the floor.





When Brandy wakes up, she feels someone shaking her. She opens her eyes slowly… and sees what appears to be someone in a raincoat looking down at her. She lets out a horrified scream before immediately jumping up and running away through the tunnel, without even looking back to see who that was.

After a few minutes, she slows down to catch her breath. Who was that? She didn’t manage to get a good look at them before running away, but it appears they might have been the person who knocked her out. Wait… Was Charlotte alright? She suddenly stiffened as it hit her. Was she still in the cave? What… what did that person in the raincoat do to her?!

She had to go get help now. But… could she really? She put her head against the wall, distressed. This was all her fault. She screwed up, big time. Charlotte was in trouble now, and here she was, just running away! She needed to go back and save her! But could she handle that person on her own? They already knocked her out, after all. She needed to get help, and pronto. But how would she explain it to the others? She’d have to admit to what happened, that she put poor old Charlotte in danger. Would she have to confront that person on her own now?

You spend much time deliberating on what to do. Minutes and minutes pass, yet your paranoia and uncertainty gets the better of you. Finally, you decide this isn’t the time to be loafing around! Charlotte needs help, and fast! You get out of the tunnel and start running back to camp. On the way there, you feel as if you felt someone else there, but once you’ve realised it you’ve already passed by them, so you continue, making it back to the camp.

You quickly check the time. 5:30?! You really did waste a lot of time… Charlotte’s life could be in peril now! Who would you need to call… Maybe a doctor?

“Klifford!” Brandy shouts suddenly into his tent. “Are you awake?!”

“Urrghh… Leanne, is that you…?” Klifford asks groggily as he gets up, rubbing his eyes.

Brandy blinks in confusion. “What? No, it’s me! Brandy Henn, remember?”

“Oh! Oh, yes, Brandy… What is it, now? It’s quite late. I’d have thought you’d be asleep by now.” Klifford mutters, checking the time as he does. “5:30… geez.”

“There’s no time to explain! Charlotte’s in big trouble, and she needs your help!” Brandy exclaims.

“W-what?!” Klifford jumps, slowly getting out of his tent and scanning his surroundings. “Y-you mean she’s not here... ?”

“She’s in the hideout!” Brandy says, pulling him by the arm. “We’ve got to get there immediately!”

Before Klifford can even ask anything else, Brandy tugs him along with a surprising amount of force and the two both quickly leave camp, rushing through the caves. Soon, they stop before the two branching tunnels. Brandy puts her hand on the cavern wall, out of breath. “T-there’s… a secret tunnel… on the left path. Just before the quicksand, if you pull pack the vines, it’s… it leads to the hideout.”

“How do you know?” Klifford asks, surprised.

“It’s…” Brandy looks away uncomfortably. “Look, just go through there for now. Charlotte should be there on the other side, and…”

“Aren’t you coming as well?”

“I’ll… come in a few minutes. I just need to... y’know.” Brandy shakes her head.

Klifford sighs and goes through the tunnel on his own, leaving you there. You tremble by yourself for a bit. Was it really right not to go with him? He could’ve used the help now. You can’t be scared like this now! You decide to go into the tunnel a minute or so later, taking your time as you do so. Finally, you make it through there and back into the hideout.

As you make it there, you see Charlotte lying in a corner, completely still. Klifford is beside her, attending to her carefully with a first aid box by his side.

“W-wh…” You can barely get the words out of your mouth.

“Ah, you’re here.” Klifford nods, not even turning to look your way. “Don’t worry, I’m doing the best I can for her. You’re quite lucky there’s a first aid box in this place.”

“W-will she be alright?” You ask quietly.

“Might be. Looks like the poor girl has quite a lot of injuries on her. She’s going to need serious medical attention from me for a while here.” Klifford explains seriously. “I’ll need some quiet time here, if you don’t mind.”

Brandy sighs. “Alright, doc… Take your time.” You check the time now- 5:50.

You look around while you wait. It doesn’t appear that the figure in the raincoat from earlier is here anymore. Other than that, everything almost seems to be the same… Though a horrible odour is present in the area, for whatever reason. Then, you notice something. Someone, to be precise.

“Ciro…?” You give a confused glance to the man, lying unconscious on the floor behind some rope.

“Ah, yes, him.” Klifford turns around momentarily. “I untied him just now, in case you’re wondering.”

“He was tied up…?” You ask.

“You mean it wasn’t your doing?” Klifford probes suspiciously.

“Of course not! I would never do something like that!” You protest.

“Fine, fine.” Klifford sighs. “He’s out like a light, though. Seems to have been knocked out by something blunt. He’s in no critical condition, though, so I’ll come to him after treating your friend.” He turns back to Charlotte.

Strange… what could this mean?

You don’t seem to get any answers though, looking around, so you decide to go to your friend’s side and wait quietly.

“Heh… it’s alright there, Charlotte. Everything’s going to be fine.” Klifford says quietly as he attends to her. “You may be a bit reckless, but you’re not a… Charlotte-an, are you?”

“Wait, Charlotte what?” Brandy asks, confused.

Klifford looks up, apparently surprised she overheard him. “Oh… It was ‘Charlotte-an’. Y’know, like ‘Charlatan’?”

Brandy gives an annoyed groan. “Do you really come up with this stuff even when you’re operating, Klifford?”

“H-hey, nobody asked you to listen!” Klifford responds sheepishly. “It’s just something I do to make myself feel better. Nothing wrong with that, y’know? Helps calm me down.”

Brandy simply rolls her eyes. “If I were your patient, hearing your jokes would be more than enough to send me into a coma.”

Klifford looks away awkwardly, grumbling to himself before he continues working. Suddenly, he raises his eyebrows. “Huh, that’s strange… They’ve stopped now.”

“Huh? What’s stopped?” Brandy asks.

“Didn’t you hear it when you were coming here? There were some pretty loud sobs coming for a while.” Klifford says. “I was so focused on Charlotte over here I didn’t even realise it, but it stopped some time back.”

“Huh… now that you mention it…” Brandy scratches her chin in thought. “Yeah, I faintly remember hearing it now. I didn’t think about it much because I was pretty worried, though…”

“That’s fair enough, Brandy.” Klifford nods. “Thinking about it, I might’ve stopped hearing them sometime before you came in. It seems to be gone now.”

“Pretty weird, if you ask me.” Brandy shakes her head. “I wonder what it c-” But she gets cut off, by a small groan.

“Huh…? What’s going on here?” Charlotte slowly opens her eyes, noticing Brandy by her side. “M-mother? Is that yo-”

She gets quickly cut off by a tight hug coming from Brandy’s side. It feels warm and comforting despite it being done with only one arm, in contrast to the cold tears that run down Brandy’s face. “Y-you’re alive…” She quietly murmurs. “You’re still here…”

Charlotte seems caught off guard by this sudden display of emotion, but slowly decides to return it. “Are you alright?” She asks nervously.

“Yes… I’m alright now.” Brandy wipes off the tears on her face, showing a relieved smile. “I’m sorry that you had to get hurt, Charlotte… This was all my fault.”

“O-oh, no, no! Please don’t be sad…” Charlotte exclaims apologetically. “I didn’t know you were so worried!”

“But are you fine, pal?” Klifford asks. “You were knocked out, you know. You had a lot of injuries on you as well.”

“Oh… Yeah, I’m feeling good. Maybe a bit dizzy, but... “ Charlotte shrugs. “I can’t really recall what happened now.”

“You must be tired now. You’ve had a long night. Maybe it’s time to go back and rest now.” Klifford advises.

“Yes, I’ll take her back now. But…” Brandy takes Klifford’s hand and shakes it joyfully. “Thank you so much for your help! Without you I don’t… I don’t know what I’d…”

Klifford lightly chuckles. “Don’t worry about it. All that matters is that she’s alive and well and you both can be happy now.” He gets up, dusting his clothes. “Anyway, I’ve got to take care of him now.” He gestures to Ciro, who’s lying in the middle of the hideout in a strange pose.

“Huh? What’s he…?” Charlotte asks, confused.

“It doesn’t matter now.” Brandy says, tugging Charlotte along as she leaves through the tunnel. “Let’s get you back to camp now.”

You and Charlotte both walk back to camp after that. She appears to be remarkably lightheaded and is in a surprisingly good mood still. You put your hand around her the entire time, not wanting anything bad to happen to her. You both make it back to the camp at about 6:15. It appears to be silent, with Daniel quietly sitting, almost the same as before. You leave Charlotte at her tent and put her to sleep quietly before going inside and sleeping yourself. It’s been a stressful night. Now’s the time to get some rest.

You doze off, and later wake up at 8:00. You decide to get up and join the others for breakfast after that.
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Doctor NanjoPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
01:38 PM ET (US)
Here's your EFL with Nail: https://www.quicktopic.com/52/H/rn6gLG8GZtM
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Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
07-15-2019
09:01 AM ET (US)
Carrie has accepted your request for an EFL: https://www.quicktopic.com/52/H/TDPvf8E73gk
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Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
07-14-2019
10:46 PM ET (US)
Your tentmate EFL: https://www.quicktopic.com/52/H/CBjAbAXxJLWMM
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Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
07-13-2019
03:22 AM ET (US)
General character info: You've been an explorer for a while now, traversing the globe and putting all the spoils you've collected in your home as a sort of museum for the others to see. One year ago though, you were exploring in a cavern when you got into a nasty encounter with a strange underground cult. You were caught and tortured relentlessly by them. You thankfully managed to escape with your life, but not your arm or eye. It was a horrific event that heavily affected you. You were forced to stick to smaller scale projects ever since.

People you recognise:
Bennett- ...Your ex. About one year back, you ended your relationship with him since you couldn't make things work. Your schedules were incompatible too which didn't help matters. You see him around town occasionally but you haven't tried talking to him for a while. Maybe this could be a good time to, though.

Charlotte- Hey, look who it is! You know Charlie pretty well at this point. She's one of your biggest fans in the town and follows you around whenever you're in town. You know she and her mother don't get along well, so she looks up to you as an idol of sorts. She's earned her title of 'The Robin Hood of Rattlewater' by stealing from trucks that pass by the nearby highway and donating the spoils to the town. She keeps quite a bit of it for herself though, and with your help, she's hidden them deep in the underground tunnels for when it's time to use them. It's a secret for now though. Anyway, she's a good kid but you really need to take care of her during this expedition.

Ivan- Pretty well known in the town for his strictness and ferociousness when working on a case, and his loyalty and devotion to the town is truly unmatched. Pretty hard working too, even though he's so young. Weird to think he's only Charlotte's age...

Micah- You've heard of her before. A renowned archaeologist, she seems pretty friendly. You've seen her around town and you believe she's even shown interest in your own personal museum, which you appreciate. You also recall hearing something about her wanting to explore the underground tunnels of Rattlewater. Good to have an expert on the team, you suppose.

Lavender/Oliver- Pretty well known in the town, they perform regularly (though separately) at bars and restaurants. They're both great performers, though Lavender's bizarre nature adds a certain charm to her. Not the type of people you'd expect to see in a cave expedition though.

Nail- The man of mystery. Little is known about him and he carries an air of mystery with him. You've never actually gotten advice from him before, but he's still pretty suspicious looking. You've heard rumours that his unusual height and complexion come from his demonic heritage... Which sounds ridiculous, but he remains an enigma to all.
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Southern CornPerson was signed in when posted
07-12-2019
12:57 PM ET (US)
This is your QT for F6. Your alibis and other story related information connected to your character will be posted here.

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