Windy Acres Ranch hosted their third solve-a-mystery roleplay event on Saturday, the 15th of March. “Die Meisterbarden von Bree” and “The Remediators” arrived to play amazing, mystery-themed music. Fireworks sparkled high in the sky to welcome arriving guests. Nine actors played key roles in the story, revealing clues to skilled investigators. Each participant tried to discover who kidnapped Mr. Marlow Toper and piece together a motive. Read further to discover the Secret of the Cold Spirits!
Chief Investigator Eliwren introduced the story to participants.
“Greetings, investigators! A crime has occurred here in Raglan and we need your assistance. The victim is Mr. Marlow Toper, a retired barrister. Guests were gathering for his annual Ice Wine Festival when he was discovered to be missing.
There are a few drops of blood in his bedroom and a few more near the front door. Furniture was knocked over but not broken. In addition, the shipment of ice wine is missing – the crate is empty!
The scene of the crime is here at 9 Chestnut Street. We don’t know if Mr. Toper is alive or dead, so we must solve this mystery quickly. I have narrowed our investigation down to five suspects.
Each suspect has been confined to a house for the duration of this investigation. I ask that you interview them, look at the evidence, and determine what took place. Who is responsible for this contemptible crime and why did they do it?
Our suspects are Lhutha, Veriek, Nimyl, Yahr and Prudy. You can find them at the cabin at #7 Chestnut Street, the lodge at #8 Chestnut Street, the cottage at #3 Garden Street, the lake house at #4 Garden Street, and the home at #3 Fountain Street.
If you get lost, speak to me or a road warden. Please return here when you are finished with your investigation. The festival cannot continue until the mystery is solved!”
Lhutha, Mr. Toper’s adopted younger sister, was found hiding a ransom note on her person. Mr. Toper had been a cruel and resentful brother. Lhutha knew that he had shady business dealings which caused a great deal of hardship to innocent victims. Lhutha stood to inherit the family fortune. Did she murder Mr. Toper and write a fake ransom note to cover the crime? Investigators cornered her and pressed for clues.
Veriek, a wealthy banker known for his ruthless lending practices, was a likely suspect. He was found carrying the key to Mr. Toper’s secret vault! Mr. Toper would never let the key out of his sight… or would he? It was Veriek himself who called the Bree town guard when he found Lhutha upstairs in Mr. Toper’s bedroom, standing by overturned furniture and several drops of blood. Veriek maintained his innocence despite aggressive questioning.