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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Jun 12, 2014 10:21 pm

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As Cynthia made her way into the crowded entrance hall with Lisette in tow, she scanned the swathes of people for potential candidates worthy of her witty and charming conversation.

The man in the dusty suit? No. The happy little family? No, they looked a bit too cheery and functional. And whatever she did, she was most certainly not going anywhere near the orange cat-man. Just looking at him made her feel as though a sneeze attack was coming on. Cynthia shuddered and swallowed a few more allergy pills, and then... she saw him.

"MAAALCOM!" Cynthia cried, throwing her hands in the air and then half-dragging Lisette across the room.

"Now where have you been hiding? I haven't seen you for an age, you naughty man. And you never RSVP'd the invitation to my thirty—ahem, twenty-seventh birthday cotillion. It was the social event of the season! And you would have finally had a chance to sample all of the wonderful vegan food I've been telling you about, too; the chef was marvelous. You've never met my Lisette, either. I snatched her right out of the gutter, but my, you wouldn't know it by looking at her today! She's now my personal maid and traveling companion."
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby narnianerd » Jun 12, 2014 11:40 pm

Once inside Jeff spent most of the time around the refreshment bar. Technically, he was still on duty, on assignment to keep an eye on the party. But the way he reckoned it, anyone likely to cause trouble would be found where the free alcoholic beverages were being served. On the plus side Hugh was pretty good company, for a Hologram.

When he and Hugh had had finally ran out of stories to swap Jeff said his goodbyes, placed his aviators back onto his head and embarked on his journey to the main dinning hall.

Now I'll have you know that his aviators didn't just make him look exceptionally awesome, they also happened to come equipped with state of the art facial recognition. Typically this feature was used by the Ditto Town Police Department to flag those with criminal records, but they also came in handy during social situations where knowing a name went a long way.

Soon enough though Jeffery found himself seated in front of a dizzying array of forks and knives and most unfortunately for him, his aviators didn't have any sort of programming for that.
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby Lady Arwen » Jun 13, 2014 1:04 am

Moderator Note:

The Mansion is now "closed" to new players. No new characters may enter the mansion without the express permission of a host or moderator. This does not affect already introduced characters. However, please be aware that already introduced characters may begin experiencing their surroundings a little differently. If you have any questions regarding setting, please do not hesitate to contact a host. Also, be aware that a host may PM you with extra information and a request that you modify a post if you get a bit ahead of the plotline.

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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby Delia Death » Jun 13, 2014 1:42 am

The evening was full of festivities, ranging from the beautiful four-course meal to the silent auction (everything from a family of rubber duckies to a weekend getaway at a resort in Ditto-by-the-Sea were up for grabs), and Delia had just turned on some good dance music to get the afterparty going when a slight tremor shook the Mansion. Delia watched the chandelier rock just slightly, then shrugged it off.

"It appears we had a small earthquake," she said, after a few moments. "Everything should be fine, though. Lights didn't even flicker."

She turned the music up some, and several people set to dancing. They were halfway through the next song when the entire room began to pitch. The chandeliers started swinging in earnest and the lights flickered wildly, casting strange shadows against the wall. A sharp crack seemed to start at one end of the mansion and travel to the other, rolling across the room, and for a few moments it almost felt as if they were all falling. The lights flickered again, then went out completely as the earth stilled and the mansion stopped rocking. For a few minutes, only the muffled sounds of people panicking could be heard, along with the clinking of the crystals on the chandeliers. Finally, silence reigned. Delia began fumbling around, finally striking a match and grabbing a candle out of one of the centerpieces. She lit the candle, then studied it for a moment. Suddenly, she looked up at everyone else and held the candle beneath her chin, much like a child might hold a flashlight under his chin during a camping trip.

"Gooooooood evening. Velcome to my home!" She said dramatically, then went off in gales of laughter.

"Sorry," she said, once she had collected herself. She began lighting more of the candles as she talked. "The fuse box must have blown during the earthquake. I'll go down to the basement and check it in a few minutes. Until then, everyone grab a candle, and help get them lit. Don't drop any; this'll have to do for lighting until I can figure out how to get the lights back on. Apparently the party's over, unless you like partying by candlelight. Either way, let me try to get the lights back on before anyone goes anywhere."
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby Dernhelm_of_Rohan » Jun 13, 2014 3:34 am

Lisette felt the quick pressure of her mistress' hand on her arm, and she allowed it to direct her in a fashionable dash across the room, towards a tall, dark man she recognized as Malcolm Lawrence. Unsociable, eccentric, but eminently respectable, she recalled.

Standing exactly two paces back and left of Ms. Ridley, she maintained a proper gaze over Mr. Lawrence's left shoulder - a lady's maid should not look the gentry in the face until addressed - and noted the casually suppressed look of bordom haunting the man's face. Not proper, she inwardly shook her head.

She managed to hardly even flinch when Cynthia loudly proclaimed that she had been "snatched from the gutter", and bobbed a curtsey to the gentleman. As she came back up, she managed to steal a long look at Mr. Lawrence's companion: a woman about Ms. Ridley's age, or possibly younger, with burnished red hair and green-grey eyes. She wore an obvious smile of amusement, which in Lisette's mind, immediately marked her as improper.

A lady shouldn't be showing amusement when introductions take place, she sniffed in her mind, though without a trace of emotion crossing her pretty, innocent face. Her hands smoothed her black maid's dress and lace-edged white apron to cover glancing through her thick eyelashes at the woman's dress. It was simple, but gorgeous; long and silky, like water in fabric form. Lisette nearly sighed aloud at the thought of owning something similar someday.

The loud music interrupted her thoughts, and finally, a small tremor made her low-heeled shoes slide across the well-waxed floor. The lights flicked and went out. "Are you alright, milday?" she cried breathlessly as it came to a stop. She could hardly see in the dark room.

"Gooooooood evening. Velcome to my home!" cried a dark, tall woman dramatically, holding a candle under her chin to weird effect. She then proceeded to burst out laughing. Lisette was properly horrified. Who let her in here?

At length the woman collected herself, and explained about the lack of lights. Evidently, this, this... madwoman truly was their host. Lisette allowed herself a visible shudder, and sincerely hoped Ms. Ridley would insist on leaving this unfashionable place by morning.
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby PrinceCor004 » Jun 13, 2014 7:22 am

"Ms. Ridley, what a nice... eh, er..." It become very clear that Malcolm wouldn't be allowed to get a word in edge wise with The Ridley Woman carrying on, so might as well grin and bear it. Well, sort of. He was able to get a brief "Nice to meet you" in towards... Lisette, was it? before Cynthia launched into another one of her folksy yarns regarding cats, mystery meat and a particular bad case of food poisoning.

Despite her best attempts, Selena couldn't help but smile at Lawrence's plight. To see her usually cool and collected sort-of boyfriend so clearly uncomfortable and wishing to be anywhere but here, well, it was highly amusing.

Malcolm was about to excuse himself and Selena from Ms. Ridley's company when the earthquake struck. Or rather what appeared to be an earthquake. "Ditto Town is nowhere near a fault line and there have been no signs of a tremor in years..." Lawrence said quietly as he helped Selena find a candle and some matches.

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After the dinner, Neal had retreated to the back of the crowd, as was his custom. The dance music was just starting to get good (to his ears) when the tremors struck the mansion. With the lights out, Neal took the opportunity to snatch a few pigs in a blanket before taking it upon himself to check the power.

A few seconds later, the Darkling appeared next to Delia. "The fuse box is missing." he informed the Ghost Wrangler while flicking a lighter on. "That being said, you might also want to take a look outside...."
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Jun 13, 2014 11:00 am

"I am most certainly not all right," Cynthia moaned, theatrically throwing her pale arm across her eyes. "These candles are made from BEESWAX. Lisette, did I ever tell you about the time that I drove my bicycle into a beehive when I was a little girl? This is simply terrible. Oh, and the earthquake was quite alarming, yes. But to more pressing matters, is there anything we can set on fire that isn't made from animal products? I was told that there would be plenty of vegan options at this event! What a dreadful state of affairs."
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby Dinode » Jun 13, 2014 11:42 am

Before Mango had a chance to talk with the man, he had already moved on to turn in his ticket, and then he had wandered off, apparently forgetting him. Shrugging, the mobian moved deeper into the Mansion.

The meal was the best he'd had in ages, and he even managed to slip his card into the pockets of the men sitting on either side of him, as well as gain the interest of the man sitting across from him. No deal with him yet, but there was still time tonight.

The auction also turned out well. He of course didn't have any cash with him to bid with, but he paid attention to the people who bid the highest, he wanted clients with either businesses or enough money to have homes worth protecting. The sneezing lady was out of the question, but maybe that man she was talking to earlier?

He was standing at the edge of the dance crowd looking for the gentleman he'd met at dinner when the second tremor hit. Instinctively, he dropped onto all fours and dug his claws, both from his hands and his feet, into the floor for balance. Pity there weren't any tables to hide under in this room, but thankfully whatever happened wasn't strong enough to knock over walls or ceilings.

Unfortunately, in spite of the fact he worked in the night, night vision was one of the traits he did not share with true cats, so when the lights went out he was as helpless as everyone else. He felt someone trip over him in the confusion, but resisted the urge to lash out with his claws.

Eventually, their host got a candle lit and instructed everyone to start lighting more. Using their light to guide him, he made his way over to the table. Deciding to show off a little, rather than use one of the already burning candles to get the others going he extended a claw out of his thumb and middle finger. Striking them together, after several tries he got the resulting sparks to ignite the wick of the candle in front of him. Smiling, and hoping someone saw that, he made his way to the next one.
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby stargazer » Jun 13, 2014 11:53 am

Dan gratefully accepted a lit candle but couldn’t help a quiet snicker at Cynthia’s distress over the lack of vegan options for combustibles. His wife poked him in the ribs. “Don’t be rude!” she whispered in his ear. “Everyone responds to the unexpected a little differently.”

“You’re right. Sorry about that.” He glanced back toward the elegantly dressed woman but she appeared far too busy to be worried about any imagined slight from him.

“It’s a good thing Grace isn’t here,” Angie offered by way of distraction.
Dan chuckled. “Yeah, she’d want a candle of her own and a few ghost stories to go with it. She’d love the way our hostess said ‘Velcome to my home.’”

He looked around again. “I should check with her, by the way. Maybe I can offer some help in getting things back in order again.”
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby Delia Death » Jun 13, 2014 12:35 pm

"What??? They're beeswax??" Delia exclaimed, dropping the (currently unlit) candle that she held and leaping away from it like it was contaminated. "I specifically ordered the baleen blue whale candles! How dare they send me beeswax!?!?!?"

She grinned at Neal before retrieving the candle and lighting it from his lighter.

"I guess I will head out, once everyone calms down and gets settled. To avoid fire, it might be best that the candles all go back into their bases and everyone take a seat," she said, then lowered her voice. "Especially crazy vegan lady. Anyway, want to come with me when I do?"
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby PrinceCor004 » Jun 13, 2014 2:52 pm

A raised eyebrow met Delia's exaggerated response to Vegan Lady's... well, exaggerations. Picking up a nearby candle and lighting it, Neal nodded in agreement to the proposed plan.

"Sure. I'm always up for going out into a strange new world with a mysterious woman I've only recently met." Decker replied with a half smile of his own.
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby Dernhelm_of_Rohan » Jun 13, 2014 3:07 pm

Lisette regained her balance in time to respond, "Yes, 'm. Quite shocking, about the candles."

She sincerely hoped there would be no more tremors, since her stomach already felt queasy and she could not show it in company. Gathering her wits back, she took one of the "horrible" beeswax candles from a holder and lit it from a candle held by a man and woman couple who were dressed in a style that unmistakably bespoke Suburbia. Lisette turned back to her mistress and held the candle at an impecable angle, where the wax would not drip, but the light would shine so Ms. Ridley could see.

Though outwardly, she maintained a servant's perfect, invisible composure, inwardly she was groaning. Oh, please, let them announce dinner soon! If Ms. Ridley sits, I can go and find the servants in this awful place and find out what in Ditto Town is going on here!
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby narnianerd » Jun 13, 2014 3:18 pm

Jeff was near the rear of the mob, flirting with an especially cute twi'lek girl when the earthquake hit. After taking a moment to collect his bearings, Evans excused himself from the conversation and headed off in search of the hostess. His hope was to offer his assistance, not to mention the tactical flashlight currently attached to his blaster.

"Slow down there fedora fella, that's how people get killed 'round these parts." Jeff said, flashing a bright smile as he approached the impressive looking duo.

"Jeff Evans, DTPD. I'm here to help."
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby Aslanisthebest » Jun 13, 2014 3:41 pm

"Oh, thank-you!" Kai called to Delia, as the host went about to check if everyone was comfortable and left Kai in the main hall. She smelled some wonderful aromas coming from the dining hall. She skirted her way around all the guests in the mansion and slipped into a chair at the dining table that would allow her to get a good view of everyone. The feast was being laid out, and the party was trickling from the corners of the mansion to the table. Kai had learned English as part of her studies, so she attempted some conversation at the table, but the food was of such extraordinarily excellent quality that she found talking to be of secondary importance. There was a little cat-looking thing slipping cards into people's pockets, a warm family, and an important-looking woman who was making boisterous conversation with everyone around her.
There was a slient auction, the nature of which one of Kai's neighbors at the table explained. She wondered why, if it was silent, everyone was still talking? She had even won a pair of rubber duckies, which she planned to hang from the ceiling of her machine. They would commemorate this night, reflecting the strange nature of this town.

Suddenly, while Kai was getting a tour of the Ditto Mansion with other guests, there was a great tremor. The lights went out, but Kai grasped onto something, holding the compass tight in her pocket. Someone gave her a candle. She heard some commotion over the nature of the candle, so she blew it out and used the torch on her compass instead.
Now that she had some light, she stopped to consider that tremor. It had felt strange. Usually she would measure such events, but her instrument for doing so was in her machine. Alloysville was built on a large man-made orb, immune to any kinds of faults... was that what she read about in the library back home, those things called earthquakes?
Kai was interrupted from her thoughts by a momentary flickering of her compass torch. She realized that the battery would probably best be saved. She pulled her candle out of her pocket and looked around for an illumined candle to borrow light from. She saw a girl who was looking around for nothing in particular by someone whose candle she was lighting. The woman holding the candle was looking at disdain at the instrument in her hands.
"Excuse me, can someone explain what that shake was? I'm not sure... well, I've never experienced anything like it, where I'm from."
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby Delia Death » Jun 13, 2014 4:32 pm

"If we're quiet, we might see a ghost," Delia replied, winking at Neal. "And if you're really lucky, I might teach you how to catch it."

A youngish man with a buzz cut interrupted their planning, however, so Delia looked up at him and grinned.

"Staying inside, well, what's the fun in that?" she replied saucily. "Good thing to see we have a PD officer around, though. Maybe you could calm everyone down and direct them to take a seat and mind their manners? Oh, and make sure none of them go running off. You know, safety and stuff. Maybe Vegan Lady will quit caterwauling if someone with a badge tells her to sit down and stuff it, because she clearly won't listen to anyone else. If there's any traffic problems, I'll be sure to let you know. "
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Re: Ditto Town Mystery Mansion

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Jun 13, 2014 5:45 pm

"Do take care not to let that dreadful beeswax drip on my shoes, Lisette," said Cynthia, narrowing her eyes at the dreadful illumination device. "They are very expensive and 100% vegan. Who is in charge around here? I find the humor of some of these guests to be most barbaric."

A girl came up to them, holding another one of those awful candles. "Excuse me," she said, "Can someone explain what that shake was? I'm not sure... well, I've never experienced anything like it, where I'm from."

"I suppose you haven't been in Ditto Town for very long?" Cynthia responded, making sure that there was a minimum of two feet between herself and the beeswax candles at all times. "There always seems to be something shaking things up around here. Overdom wars, intergalactic battles, angry beavers... always something! It is simply dreadful for my nerves.

"While I am not certain, however, I am inclined to think that the recent tremor was an earthquake. You can never know for sure, though. I just hope it wasn't some sort of animal stampede."

Cynthia shuddered.

"But who are you? You seem vaguely familiar. Your eyes look as though they belonged to the Steele clan."
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