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Ghost Town
C25GT
Information
Season 4
City Ravenedge
District Mystveil
Case Number 25
Date of Release 3rd March 2020
Partner(s) Sienna Everett (All Chapters)
Progression
Preceded by Succeeded by
Clip My Wings
(in Angel Grove)
Bat Out of Hell
Following the wake of the revolution in Angel Grove, the team rush to Mystveil to arrest Sebastian... but find a body on a washing line instead! Can you work what went bump in the night?
—Case Teaser

Ghost Town is a case featured in Criminal Case, it appears as the twenty-fifth case in A World Forgotten and the two hundred and fourteenth overall. It takes place as the first case in the Mystveil district of Ravenedge.

Plot

Following the wake of the vigilante's arrest, the team headed to Mystveil, the supernatural woodland district of Ravenedge, to arrest Sebastian Havisham once and for all. As they ventured into the dark, they heard wailing from a nearby abandoned town, Lakesville, and headed there. Soon after, suspected witch and alchemist Raven Hecate, known amongst Mystveil for her potion brewing, told them she'd found a body. There, amongst the abandoned town, was gothic novelist Annamae Harwell, her face pale and strung up from a washing line. Draco, who expressed his relief to be back on home soil, then revealed that Annamae died after her organs failed, though he couldn't ascertain why. Soon after, they returned to the abandoned town, first suspecting mystic healer Ambrosine LaFleur and Draco's mother, Countess Allura Blackwood, who held a candelabra and asked how her son was fairing. As the team discussed Draco never telling them his parents were the Count and Countess, Tobias revealed a clairvoyant was in the town square, attempting to summon "spirits who killed Annamae".

They soon confronted the clairvoyant, named Lucius Morningstone, who told them Annamae's spirit contacted him from the grave, telling him a spirit of great evil, that had haunted the woods for centuries, claimed her life and will claim others. As Lucius' eyes turned cold as he began the ritual, a non-superstitious Sienna soon shut it down. Moreover, they questioned Annamae's ghost-writer Emilia Chase. After learning Ambrosine hexed the victim to die a painful death, and that Annamae had pleaded with Raven to base her books around her coven, the team discussed Annamae's unusual death. Just then, Amethyst insisted she'd seen ghosts by the river. A panicked Amethyst insisted that she saw a floating bride, dressed in white, by the river, before she disappeared into the woods. After calming a frightened Amethyst down, they discovered Annamae wanted to write her own horror books, angering Emilia who would lose her income. Lucius was also revealed to have possessions of Annamae's, though he insisted it was only so he could contact her wandering soul. As Countess Blackwood revealed that Annamae was writing a book slandering the Blackwood name, and they heard lullabies from the woods, they discovered the killer to be Ambrosine.

Ambrosine was crafting a voodoo doll as the pair approached her, asking if they were in need of healing. Sienna then quipped that healing was the opposite of what she did to Annamae, presenting the evidence. Ambrosine then accepted her fate as it was the will of the spirits, revealing the truth about Lakesville. She recounted how the population of Lakesville suddenly died under unnatural circumstances, leaving it deserted ever since. Ambrosine then admitted it was her who had killed the village by poisoning the river that ran by it, slowly killing them all. When asked why, Ambrosine revealed Lakesville was built over sacred burial grounds of her ancestors, and that all who entered it desecrated their memory. Ambrosine then revealed this went for Annamae, who was sleeping day and night in Lakesville for novel inspiration. Believing she needed to keep people away from the village, Ambrosine used mushrooms that grew on the riverbanks and poisoned Annamae. Annamae then suffered from hallucinations, paranoia, and fear before her organs failed and she died. Ambrosine then hung her body up as a warning. As they went to handcuff her, Ambrosine revealed her voodoo doll, resembling Sienna. Ambrosine then twisted it, prompting Sienna to fall down in pain as Ambrosine tried to flee. The player then handcuffed the mysterious healer.

In court, Judge Haddid told Ambrosine her actions were despicable and that her reign of terror on Lakesville was over. For the mass murder of the village along with Annamae Harwell, she was sentenced to life imprisonment. Outside the court, Antonio checked on Sienna, who insisted she was fine. Sienna then insisted she still believed the supernatural was nonsense, despite her injury, and suggested they head back to the police station for new leads on Sebastian.

Post-trial, a worried Draco rushed into the foyer, his face filled with dread, as he revealed Annamae's body had gone missing from the morgue. Charity, who was visibly shocked, then told Lawrence and the player to return to Lakesville to find Annamae's missing body. As a thick fog descended over the abandoned town, they continued to hear lullabies from the woods, the cries for missing children, before they eventually found Annamae's body displayed in a ritual circle. Moira then re-autopsied Annamae's body to discover what happened. Moira then revealed Annamae's heart had been cut out, before symbols and markings were carved onto her arms and forehead. Due to Hope not knowing what the symbols were, they spoke to lore expert and Draco's sister, Antoinette Blackwood. Antoinette then gravely revealed Annamae's body had been used in a dark summoning ritual, the symbols used to summon Lady Nightshade from the grave to return to Mystveil. Antoinette then explained Lady Nightshade was a bride, who was attacked alongside her daughter on her wedding day. Her daughters were burned, but Lady Nightshade fled into the woods with a single revolver, her dress still on fire. She was then found dead the next month from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Meanwhile, Lucius told the team he'd seen Sebastian and was willing to exchange information, on the condition they returned his amulet from the town, as he was afraid of a dark spirit, which he called the Lady. After finding and repairing Lucius' blood-red amulet, they returned it to him, who revealed he'd seen Sebastian drinking by the river. They rushed to the river quickly, where Sienna retrieved Sebastian's brooch from the banks. Lawrence also found footprints, likely from Sebastian, leading into the dark woods, where lullabies echoed from. Charity then arranged a search party to investigate the trail of footprints quickly, telling them to turn over every stone until they found him.

As the team regrouped, Charity told the team the search party were venturing into the woods as they spoke. As they relayed their findings about Lady Nightshade, Amethyst remembered spotting a woman in bridal gown by the river, insisting it must've been her. The team then vowed to uncover the ghoulish mystery in Mystveil. Elsewhere, Sebastian, his clothes ripped and dirty, flees through the woods. He then hears the sound of a woman singing lullabies and follows it, like a moth to the flame. In a foggy clearing, he sights a woman on her knees, her wedding dress burned and charred. As he approached her, raising his dagger, the woman asked him if he'd seen her daughters. Just then, the woman rose, towering above him, and lifts up her veil. Her face, half-burned and singed, begins to cry as she raises her revolver. Sebastian fearfully staggered back from the floating figure, who raises her revolver slowly. Shots ring out in the woods as ravens scatter... she has risen.

Summary

Victim

  • Annamae Harwell (found strung up from a washing line)

Murder Weapon

  • Mystveil Mushrooms

Killer

  • Ambrosine LaFleur

Suspects

Raven Hecate
Potions Brewer
Height 5'5"
Age 28 (suspected age)
Weight 122 lbs
Eyes Green
Blood A-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is superstitious.
  • The suspect knows rituals.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect wears charms.
Ambrosine LaFleur
Mystic Healer
Height 5'6"
Age 61
Weight 154 lbs
Eyes Green
Blood A-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is superstitious.
  • The suspect reads The Happenings.
  • The suspect knows rituals.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect wears charms.
Allura Blackwood
Countess
Height 5'3"
Age 37
Weight 125 lbs
Eyes Brown
Blood O-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is superstitious.
  • The suspect reads The Happenings.
  • The suspect knows rituals.
Lucius Morningstone
Clairvoyant
Height 6'1"
Age 28
Weight 183 lbs
Eyes Green
Blood AB-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is superstitious.
  • The suspect reads The Happenings.
  • The suspect knows rituals.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect wears charms.
Emilia Chase
Ghost-Writer
Height 5'1"
Age 21
Weight 121 lbs
Eyes Green
Blood O+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is superstitious.
  • The suspect reads The Happenings.
  • The suspect knows rituals.

Quasi-Suspects

Draco Blackwood
Coroner's Apprentice
Height 5'6"
Age 20
Weight 140 lbs
Eyes Brown
Blood AB-
Antoinette Blackwood
Young Goth
Height 5'4"
Age 19
Weight 132 lbs
Eyes Brown
Blood AB-

Killer's Profile

  • The killer is superstitious.
  • The killer reads The Happenings.
  • The killer knows rituals.
  • The killer wears charms.
  • The killer is over thirty.

Crime Scenes

Ghost Town Washing Line Ghost Town Bonus
Abandoned Church Thick Fog Abandoned Church
Haunted River Riverbanks Haunted River Bonus

Steps

Chapter 1

  • Investigate Ghost Town. (Clues: Victim's Body; New Suspect: Raven Hecate)
  • Speak to Raven about how she found the body. (New Crime Scene: Abandoned Church)
  • Investigate Abandoned Church. (Clues: Brown Bag, Ritual Objects, Old Book)
  • Examine Brown Bag. (Result: Voodoo Doll)
  • Examine Voodoo Doll. (Result: Make of Doll; New Suspect: Ambrosine LaFleur)
  • Confront Ambrosine over her voodoo doll of the victim.
  • Examine Ritual Objects. (Result: Mechanical Glove)
  • Examine Mechanical Glove. (Result: Numbers)
  • Analyze Numbers. (09:00:00; New Suspect: Countess Allura Blackwood)
  • Question the Countess on her glove.
  • Examine Old Book. (Result: Unknown Substance)
  • Analyze Unknown Substance. (10:00:00; Attribute: The killer reads The Happenings)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer is superstitious)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)

Chapter 2

  • Stop Lucius' ritual. (Attribute: Lucius is superstitious; New Crime Scene: Haunted River)
  • Investigate Haunted River. (Clues: Faded Manuscript, Foliage)
  • Examine Faded Manuscript. (Result: Code)
  • Examine Code. (Result: Writer's Name; New Suspect: Emilia Chase)
  • Question Emilia over writing Annamae's books. (Attribute: Emilia reads The Happenings)
  • Examine Foliage. (Result: Quill)
  • Analyze Quill. (04:00:00: Attribute: The killer knows rituals; New Crime Scene: Thick Fog)
  • Investigate Thick Fog. (Clues: Faded Paper, Small Pouch)
  • Examine Faded Paper. (Result: Book Cover)
  • Analyze Book Cover. (09:00:00)
  • Speak to Raven about Annamae writing a book on her coven. (Attribute: Raven is superstitious and knows rituals)
  • Examine Small Pouch. (Result: Small Stone)
  • Analyze Small Stone. (11:00:00)
  • Confront Ambrosine about her hex. (Attribute: Ambrosine is superstitious, reads The Happenings, and knows rituals)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)

Chapter 3

  • Investigate Riverbanks. (Clues: Envelope, Lucius' Bag, Letter)
  • Examine Envelope. (Result: Recovered Message)
  • Confront Emilia over her anger. (Attribute: Emilia is superstitious and knows rituals)
  • Examine Lucius' Bag. (Result: Annamae's Earring)
  • Confront Lucius over the earring in his bag. (Attribute: Lucius reads The Happenings and knows rituals)
  • Examine Letter. (Result: Wax Seal)
  • Analyze Wax Seal. (06:00:00)
  • Quiz the Countess on her letters. (Attribute: Allura is superstitious, reads The Happenings, and knows rituals)
  • Investigate Washing Line. (Clues: Broken Pieces, Old Bag)
  • Examine Broken Pieces. (Result: Inkwell)
  • Analyze Inkwell. (07:00:00; Attribute: The killer wears charms)
  • Examine Old Bag. (Result: Mushrooms)
  • Analyze Mushrooms. (13:00:00; Attribute: The killer is over thirty)
  • Take care of the ghoulish killer now!
  • Go to If You Go Down to the Woods... (1/6). (No stars)

If You Go Down to the Woods... (1/6)

AWFAI5

  • See why Draco's worried. (Reward: 20,000 Coins)
  • Investigate Abandoned Church. (Clue: Ritualistic Body)
  • Examine Ritualistic Body. (Result: Unknown Symbols)
  • Examine Unknown Symbols. (Result: Recovered Symbols)
  • Analyze Recovered Symbols. (04:00:00; New Quasi-Suspect: Antoinette Blackwood)
  • See if Antoinette knows the symbols. (Reward: Wiccan Outfit)
  • Hear Lucius' news.
  • Investigate Ghost Town. (Clue: Red Jewels)
  • Examine Red Jewels. (Result: Blood Amulet)
  • Analyze Blood Amulet. (08:00:00)
  • Return the amulet to Lucius. (Reward: Burger)
  • Investigate Haunted River. (Clue: Reeds)
  • Examine Reeds. (Result: Havisham Seal)
  • Move onto a new crime! (1 star)

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