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Challenge #195:Investigative Inclinations


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Challenge #195:Investigative Inclinations
Concept: Pistax
Story: Pikminenco
Contributions from: Noctua Spell, Flamestalker, Pikminenco, Pistax

Tagline : Murder mystery! Follow the anti-explorers and solve this case!

Lines of tape cover the doorway leading to the library. There has been a great incident and they are still looking for evidence or clues about the culprits whereabouts and motives. Nobody besides a few explorers are allowed in so the area does not get contaminated. Hildegard lifts the tape above her head and approaches Yvonne who is placing small numbered signs across the area where the victim was found.
‘’Brutal what they did to him… an entire arm missing.’’ Hildegard says. Yvonne stands up and sighs but does not look at Hildegard.’’
‘’These things happen sometimes and it is up to us to find the culprit and stop them.’’ She says. She turns around to face Hildegard.
‘’Any useful information from the victim?’’ she asks. Hildegard shakes her head.
‘’Sadly no. Considering that it was Ivan’s bear plushie has made him even less talkative than normally.’’ She says.
‘’Even less? What do you mean by that?’’ Yvonne asks. Hildegard looks at the empty sheet of paper in front of her.
‘’He won’t even mumble now let alone talk.’’ She says. Yvonne places her hand on her mouth.
‘’It’s even worse than we thought. Even more motivation for us to get this sorted out quickly.’’ she says. Hildegard jumps up.
‘’That’s the spirit! For Ivan and his beloved companion!’’ she says.
‘’Have the scientists found any clues on the plushie?’’ Yvonne asks. Hildegard moves through her pages to look for notes but cannot find any.
‘’Research takes time you know. They are all still working hard on it.’’ She says. Yvonne looks surprised.
‘’All of them? I find that hard to believe….’’ She says and points outside. Hildegard turns around and watches through the window.
‘’….because I can clearly see Emilia tending to the flowers.’’
Hildegard turns around angrily.
‘’Don’t stick your nose were it doesn’t belong! I am sure that to abandon their work in the middle of this gruesome predicament. Anyway, have you found any other evidence here at the scene?’’ she asks.
‘’Just some loose pieces of cotton and one small beady eye. Not much to draw anything from.’’ Yvonne says.
‘’What about that piece of paper near sign 3?’’ Hildegard asks.
‘’I have no clue about that. It is just a blank piece of paper that just laid next to it.’’ Yvonne says. Hildegard suddenly remembered an old trick she learned a while ago with invisible ink and heat.
‘’Yvonne can you give me that piece of paper and a lit candle?’’ Yvonne hesitates for a moment but lights a candle for her and gives her the piece of paper. Hildegard holds the paper above the candle.
‘’come on…..come on….’’
Symbols and letters begin to appear on the piece of paper!
‘’You figured it out Hildy! Now a bit more to the left and we should be able you figure it out!’’ Yvonne says excitedly. After a short while they have the entire message visible.
‘’If you ever want to see its left arm again meet these requirements in the following locations.’’ Hildegard reads. Yvonne looks at the corner of the note.
‘’That’s the anti-explorer seal. So they are behind this. We must assemble a team and find them!’’
Hildegard nods and together they leave the library.

  • Your Captain has be Yvonne or Hildegard, and you must bring the other as crew
  • Your third crewmember cannot be a scientist
  • If Hildegard is your Captain you must finish Friendly
  • if Yvonne is your Captain you must finish Devious
  • Bonus Points for Research and Perks
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
Your Score is your Renown plus Bonus Points

You will receive half of your Research as Bonus Points

You get 500 Bonus Points for the following perks on Yvonne and Hildegard: Symbolism, Drama, Bluffing, Spotting, Negotiations.

You get 300 Bonus Points for each QuickThinker Perk on Yvonne and Hildegard.

(dont forget to add a screenshot of your perks)
  • BRONZE: 3000 Points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 9000 Points (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 17000 Points (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 25000 Points (3MP+**)
* Number of medal points awarded when playing on Classic Difficulty. Easy and Normal give less, according to these rules.
Gold and Platinum medals may only be achieved without losing, though Silver and Bronze are still possible to get with just the Record sheet for that trip.
** The platinum medal is extraordinary and can only be achieved on Classic or Impossible difficulty without losing. It doesn't increase Medal Points further than a Gold medal, but we will track how many you have.

How to participate
You can participate with a highscore, a story or both.

Write a story. Use the Challenge theme as an inspiration by looking at the constraints. Find other stories in the Fan Story directory or by looking at previous challenges.
Post your story in a new topic in these forums.
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Play the game according to the challenge rules and in Adventure mode.
Post in this topic a screenshot of your Win Screen*, right after the ceremony or your Leaderboard record.* Also include a text version of your score with the submission to allow for error checking.
Submit by 12:00 noon CET, 19/11/2020 (Or 11/19/2020 for those using MM/DD/YY)
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NOTE: Only one score will be accepted - only one submission for each player please. If you wish to enter a new score, please edit your initial entry and make it clear which score you are submitting, and add the word "EditGreenlight" to the entry so we can see immediately when the result needs updating.
*If you forget to screenshot the Win screen, you can also enter with a screenshot of your Leaderboards: Go to Main Menu > Leaderboards > Local > click the entry that matches your submission game > screenshot those details.

Dont forget to add screenshots of your Perks

Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas:Why would the anti-explorers target Ivan? Why are Yvonne and Hildegard responsible for solving the crime? Are the scientists not taking this threat seriously and slacking off?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #194: Old School Adventuring - click here
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