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The Paladin’s Secret - A Play By Forum game of The Burning Wheel


(( I’m assuming that before you left, the inspector gave you all the relevant information you need that he had - and items, such as the key to Diana’s house, the authority to see her body at the morgue where a post mortem was conducted etc - as things come up that you should have, you will have! ))

Kaelin, no-one is watching the house, Warran probably is very familiar with how the messangers work, they access a house via a servants entrance, their messages are usually left in one place, they memorise them, destroy them and deliver them verbally. They are almost universally ex soldiers, decorated special forces or undercover agents who have been tortured and resisted - they are used as a far more secure messaging system than the post. Messangers are as protected in law as majordomo’s and butlers hence why the police couldnt even intecept the message to Warran in a murder investigation, in theory the messanger could have insisted the room was empty of everyone except Warran and the police at least would have had to comply, had Aulexis insisted on remaining, he would not have had to deliver the message- indeed he probably shouldn’t have delivered it. With access to nobles houses at all times and access to their secrets, it’s a difficult, ardous profession that is highly paid and they often bear the brunt of noble rivalry. If any should take a bribe or are even suspected of having done so, their guild acts quickly and with renowned brutality. They pride themselves on their incorruptibiliy and honour.

Discuss: The Paladin's Secret- PbFG (The Burning Wheel)

There are no signs of a struggle at all, everything in the room, except for the curtain tie is neat and tidy


Does anyone wish to search anywhere else in the house or for anything in particular, or are you ready to move on?


The fourth curtain tie, close to where the body was found. From the arrangement of the curtains, does it look like it is untidy because someone was in the process of tying curtains back, or more that it has maybe been removed and replaced?


It looks like someone removed the tie from the wall while the curtains were drawn closed, so there is no disruption or mess, just the tie lying on the floor.


Have we looked in all the rooms? Kaelin will idley wander around the whole house one last time to make sure he hasn’t missed anything, taking particular attention to look at any portraits or pictures that might be hung on walls or on desks.


There are two portraits in the bedroom, one of a stern looking man, with a fancy sword and expensive clothes and, Warran can tell us about the other portrait, that of his school bully, Greygord. The stern man’s portrait, one Laurence DuPont has a birth date, and a death date - some 20 years earlier. He would have been in his late 40’s when he died.

Such a general check of the house also reveals a large stash of medicine in the bedroom, it seems a doctor has been prescribing opium to the Lady, but she hasn’t been taking it whilst returning for more.

Finally, Kaelin finds in the kitchen a set of keys, one for each lock in the house except the front door which has two. Those aside, there is one more key, it has a label which reads “Stonor House”


Are windows and doors all secure?


Yes, there is no signs of a forced entry at all, just a large muddy footprint by the front foor


(Are we permitted to take evidence from the crime scene at this point? Also, did the inspector have someone notify her son of her death?)


Of course, so long as they are returned after your investigation… :wink:

(This question has taken me a full day to research!) The Inspector wouldn’t, that would be the job of the undertakers.


What’s next then? Collection of evidence can be assumed, so if you’re finished here where will you go next?


Jarek is unable to sleep. Did I make a mistake by coming with the messenger? He must know something. I’m halfway to Kingsport. Frustrated and restless, Jarek climbs a nearby tree. He looks behind him to the lights of Inchwick and looks ahead to Kingsport. Unable to make up his mind, he pulls the cube from his pocket and begins shifting it in his fingers.

This thing is clearly valuable to someone or it wouldn’t have been on that crest… Diana was my only lead to figuring out what this thing is or what it’s for.

Jarek looks at the shield side of the cube and runs his thumb over it. As he does so, he catches the shield with this thumbnail. The shield rotates and the cube pulses like a heartbeat and is quiet.


The funeral parlour is a sensible next step I think?
Asking around about ‘Stonor House’ might be another plan, as would perhaps speaking to the doctor concerning the (untaken) opium medication.


“Might it be worth me staying behind, in case anyone else seeks to enter the house?”


After the discovery of the key, Warran will think back to recall if any of the papers he looked through on the premises mentioned ‘Stoner House’.

Either way, he thinks he saw all he needed to see and will go with the others to the (funeral parlour?).


Warran did come across a legal document detailing the sale of one Stonor House, by its address it was a short walk from the school both yourself and Greygord attended, far across the ocean. By its date, Diana Dupont may have been one of the very first settlers to cross to this colony.


How long ago exactly?


4 years previous, agreeing to share this most important island was one of the most major breakthroughs in the peace process and without it, war would still rage to this day


Aulexis is impatient to view the body…