For interested readers, here's the main core of our ruleset, which you can read in its entirety on the following signup document penned by the one and only Jam Master Zepfur / Enigma / Zen Magpie:
The Will of Causality
Lost on this road of illusions
And what once was,
I am sure I can’t control anything
~ Redo; Re:Zero
In order to keep this story fair, the following decalogue must be followed.
- The culprit must be one of the characters introduced in the first chapter.
- Only supernatural forces explicitly and directly established within a given setting may factor into the solution
- No secret passages that aren't directly established in the narrative may be used.
- No complex or unusual poisons or technological appliances can play a part in the solution unless they are clearly established and thoroughly explained in the narrative.
- No musicals/opera/other-song-based genres may be used as a setting.
- Please avoid excessive contrivances in your solution
- There is only one culprit. The same character is responsible for any and all murders in all worlds.
- The narration should provide the reader with enough clues to establish the key points behind each crime.
- The protagonist’s viewpoint is objective. They are not infallible and may be tricked, but they may not lie in their narration or be an unreliable narrator in any way.
- No body doubles or improbable feats of disguise are permitted unless the possibility is established in that setting.
The following are rules pertaining to the overall narrative that must hold true in all chapters. These may be added to or changed in discussion before the first week of writing begins.
-Only the protagonist retains their memory of previous worlds between loops.
-Different worlds may include a few minor/background characters separate to the main cast. But they shouldn’t get more focus than said cast.
-The protagonist is not the culprit.
-The culprit may only have one accomplice. That accomplice is consistent in all worlds. They do not, however, need to use an accomplice in their plan.
-Whenever the protagonist shifts into another world, their memories overwrite the memories of the them in the new world. They may have flashbacks to the memories of their new self, however.
Let's flip this base a little more! Maybe it'll shake some dust off.
The blueprints for the base were hand-delivered by Dr.Schultz...
In other words, the blueprints themselves could have been tampered with to allow the cube to fall down into the base without getting stuck in the sides.
Since she also supervised the installation of the climate control mechanisms, there could have been enough of a gap left to swallow the cube. And there could be a remote mechanism to flip the base, one that would make a whirr sound when activated and a tink sound once the cube falls down. As long as the card is placed on the other side of the flipped base, the trick easily works.
But what about not damaging the engine?
Well, it's simple: we know the object inside the case was the true engine, but that doesn't mean
of it is authentic. I suggest that the culprit 3d-printed an identical looking protective shell to encase the true engine with. The difference in size would be small enough that nobody would notice when staring through the case, and that way, the protective layer would protect the engine from incurring any damage from the fall.
No aircraft has been mentioned, huh?
I beg to differ!
After all, The Monarch clearly mentions "Ravens in the sky", even though we know for a fact from an authority on birds that no actual ravens actually fly on the island.
Therefore, the "Ravens" that are mentioned by Monarch are indeed the names of a type of aircraft used by the military!
The rest stands as above!
(This is only happening because of your insistence.)
The culprit still f l i e d
with an H E L I C O P T E R
(or hot-air balloon or anything equivalent)
They are military, after all. Would explain how deputy+Dark got on the island so fast!
They never got noticed because of the clouded sky and the ravens loudly crying!
Dark likes to kidnap islanders and drop them from his aircraft! What a sicko!
But deputy knew too much, and had to be silenced...
Alright, I will expose the true nature of this world now!
That's right, everyone's a beast! An animal! A specimen of fauna!
How can one be a private investigator and also an Aviarist? 'Cause he investigates bird crimes!
And who better than a bird to fly over every contradiction in this board?
If the soldiers are ravens, everything is explained!
Deputy-kun flew over the lake and arrived early! Ferries are useless when you can fly!
Hellcrow is Dark! He also flew over the lake and killed from above, dropping one dead animal-man into the forest! Then he killed his own deputy in mid-air, who then crushed drunk pig-kun in the alleyway!
Let's see...is this still working? Alright, let's perform a resurrection ritual on this board. Of course, the intent is to kill it properly now.
The culprit, Hellcrow, is the Aviarist.
Hellcrow was active two decades ago, then suddenly stopped. Aviarist was also absent from his home for decades. Coincidence? I think not.
But how did Hellcrow escape from the military back then, despite the island being completely under surveillance? Clearly, there is a traitor in the military. Someone who's smuggling people in an out, probably for money. And who better placed to do such a thing than Dark's own deputy?
This same deputy is also the boatman who offers to sail the Aviarist to the island. This also explains how he's able to avoid patrols, and why Dark is surprised to find him on the island since he was scheduled to arrive with a different ferry.
Anyhow. It seems at first that Aviarist couldn't have committed the first murder, but from his perspective, we only know there's some sort of "scene" in the forest. It's not necessarily a murder scene. However...it could easily become one, by adding some murder, which he does in his typical style~
Later on, after visiting the town hall, he goes home. Or to visit someone else's home. Regardless, this house happens to be the building between alleys and Crowfeather street. Deputy-kun also goes there, presumably to get paid or something, and he is brutally murdered along with Jester's drinking companion. Both are flung out of the window so that their broken bodies rest in the alley, then Aviarist walks out of the door and exits the alley, his elegant hat noted by the Jester.
And thus is Hellcrow back.
Well, well. What an intriguing scenario.
Please, allow me to strike first! I have a feeling this won't be enough to topple this mystery, but I'm still curious to try this theory of mine out.
The culprit is Leraz!
The motive is quite simple: the unfortunate bystander girl who was tragically shot by Naito was none other than his sister. He claims to be an only child now, but that's because he lost his only sister. His parents moved away because of the accident, which is why he now lives alone.
His purpose was, of course, to get revenge. Being a teacher, he knew Naito's sister attended that particular high school. And so, he decided to go after young schoolgirls of her age, killing them one by one, until he saw that his intended target had been assigned to the case. Then, he started leaving taunting messages, to further stress him out, before finally striking at his true target: Naito's sister.
Perhaps some scientific wizardry will do the trick. After all, what better method for a scientist to steal an engine?
The Argos Engine replica inside the glass case was made of a higly flammable material! Moreover, inside it was some highly volatile substance that was rigged to catch fire at the slightest impact.
The culprit waited for the blackout to happen, then kicked the stand to trigger the fire. The Argos replica was consumed in a burst of flame, which the culprit hid from view by covering the glass case with a cloth of some kind, such as a coat. The card had been encased in ice inside the replica, so the ice was melted leaving only it behind. Every other trace either burned away or fell into the small ventilation holes.