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The Sacrifice of the Light
C66TSotL
General information
Season 3
City Rosenoque (The Mystery)
District Horizon Station
Case # 66
Initial release date 27th April 2020
Partner(s) Major Lucas (All Chapters)
Case chronology
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The Death of a Hero What Comes Out When Night Falls
(in Mystical Investigations)
In the final chapter in a glimmering dome laboratory, a victim is found dead amongst the machines of the Cult’s plans! With a wicked chapter ahead, it’s time to put an end to the Gaulstone Cult that plagued us for so long. With the Alpha at last stepping out from the shadows, it’s the end of “The Mystery” in Rosenoque!
—Case Teaser

The Sacrifice of the Light is a case featured in Criminal Case as the one-hundred and eighty-first case of the game. It is the sixty-sixth and the final case of The Mystery, as well as the eighth and final case in Horizon Station.

Plot

One of our own, covered in blood, faces off against the Cult's leader, clutching a photo of the team, as tears stream down their face. They then speak to the leader, their face tearful and solemn, as they then told the Alpha, to do what they must do. And then a bloodstained blade slices at our friend's throat, and all goes dark.

The storm rages on, as Major and the player hurried through the storm to a glittering dome laboratory, the Gaulstone Cult's headquarters, so they could find Diana and Joseph Marlow following the latest events behind the team’s discoveries in the Cult. They then finally got to the entrance of the laboratory, where they entered a password they were able to find among Joseph's belongings previously. As soon Major and the player stormed into the laboratory's main foyer, they then found the dismembered body of their profiler, Maxwell McKenzie, his body butchered into seven pieces and left in a ritualistic fashion.

Soon after, they saw Diana come in from another entrance, only for the junior detective to scream and burst into tears at the sight of Maxwell's remains. Major then directed his gun with tears in his eyes and asked her if she killed Maxwell or was involved in his death, prompting the junior detective to deny her involvement. Major, heartbroken by the moral choice he must then make, then tells Diana she must be suspected till proven innocent. A saddened Ethan then revealed that Maxwell was murdered when his killer slashed through his neck, and that the Alpha was involved due to the intricate symbols that Diego identified as the Alpha's insignia. They then questioned Diana, before she revealed that she discovered a cult gathering temple, where Major and the player found clues to suspect retired army sergeant Gustavo Vargas and Major's best friend and the team's inventor Olivier Hunt. Afterwards, Alexandra discovered that Maxwell had met up with reformed gangster Rupert Butler a few days prior, which prompted Rupert to be questioned about their meeting. Soon after, Major was called by the city's interim mayor, Nancy Teagan, who told them that she was sure that someone was snooping around City Hall.

Major and the player, along with Jacob then hurried to City Hall to protect Nancy from the mysterious attacker. However they found a trail of blood that led them to find Maxwell's husband and the Wind, Joseph Marlow, his decapitated body dumped on the roof and his head left in the hands of the founder's statue. They then questioned Nancy, who denied seeing the murder, before the team then questioned European community leader Sebastiano Di Bona about knowing the couple after finding a wedding photo of them. Ethan then revealed the killer drank red wine before they then searched the laboratory again and suspected Arabic businessman Labeeb el-Omar in the murder, the businessman insisting his alibi on looking into purchasing properties in Horizon Station to renovate the abandoned district. They also found out per Janice that Diana had Joseph's beanie, Diana confessing that she had found Joseph's beanie, but denied killing Maxwell or Joseph. Afterwards, as Major confessed that he was frightened about the Gaulstone Cult's rising threat over the city, a bullet nearly struck Major, which made him jump in fright.

After the duo of detectives were unable to track down the attacking sniper, Alexandra then showed them a goodbye message from Joseph that she had received from his phone, the sorrowful traitor apologizing to them for everything he did and that he would face the Alpha, once and for all. With Joseph’s farewell words in their hearts, they then continued their investigation in the gathering temple, soon discovering that Gustavo had created a memorial shrine for the victims, Gustavo insisting that he knew loss after losing his fellow soldiers and then his late son, Sebastiano. They also discovered Maxwell's torn tie and the killer's liking for chia seeds before they reinvestigated the laboratory, soon finding Sebastiano's pocket knife, who admitted that he was trying to find the ones behind the Cult so he could stop the destruction on Rosenoque, just like what the Warrior did to the district of Riverview Market. They also discovered that on Joseph's phone, Rupert had warned Joseph to stay away from the laboratory, which prompted the former gangster to tell them that he was unaware of Joseph's identity as the Wind and that he wanted Joseph to stop investigating despite his reporter's sense, for Maxwell's sake. Soon after, Major and the player were discussing the case's events, before Erika revealed that the city was in chaos, as the recruits who were forced into hiding had received their special enhancement serum and that they had made their attack on the city.

As Major and the player saw the chaos on broadcasts around the city, the senior detective thought of his wife and children at home, before he said that he refused to let the Alpha win, before turning to the player and telling them that they would take it to the bitter bloody end. They then continued their investigation in the gathering temple, where they found a series of photos of the victims, Erika soon tracing the photos to Olivier, who told them that he was merely photographing their happy moments to make for an album of photos for them as a late wedding gift. They also found Joseph's agenda, which expressed his mistrust in Nancy as the interim mayor after the death of former Mayor Leonard Oakley, which caused Nancy to insist that not all citizens had to trust her, which was why she was allowing an election after the Cult was dismantled. They also found Joseph's notes on his theories about Labeeb el-Omar, believing that Labeeb was trying to find new properties to hide secret Gaulstone Cult information in case the police destroyed their plans. Despite all the information they had collected and discovered about the case, Major and the player kept their hearts strong and true to justice as they braved the trek into the burning city to investigate City Hall again, where they registered the murder weapon as a bloodstained electric knife that Olivier had created from scratch, before they incriminated the Alpha to be Rupert Butler.

After they matched all the evidence toward Rupert, Major, Diana and the player confronted Rupert, who was looking at broadcasts of the burning city in the cult's laboratory, where Major then confronted Rupert about killing Maxwell and Joseph. Rupert then turned toward them, a handgun in his hand, telling the detectives that he was not sorry for killing Maxwell, and that Joseph was merely insisting that he kill him since he had "betrayed the cult". Rupert then explained that he had to carry on the Cult for his foster father, after they had dismantled it three years prior, and the Alpha then revealed that Major's father Francisco Redmoon had raised him like a third son in secret from the Redmoon children and his wife. Upon the shocking reveal, Rupert confessed that Francisco believed that his foster son could carry on with the cult much better than his biological children could have. Rupert then confessed that he and his allies were planning to take over the city by dismantling the city's power and using their enhanced recruits and nanobots to take over while it was powerless. Rupert then laughed as Major watched on in disbelief at his father's actions that led to that day before Diana then pointed her gun at Rupert, demanding that he was under arrest for his crimes as the Alpha. Rupert then put down his gun, before Major tried to call out a warning just as the Alpha then attacked Diana with a syringe. Diana then turned toward the team, her emotions as dark and empty as the cult's recruits, before Rupert told them that their nanobots were successful as he then pressed a button, dismantling the city's power and releasing the nanobots into the city.

As Diana pointed her gun ominously at the player and Major, the senior detective then lowered his gun and held up his hands, telling Diana that she can fight the nanobots and prove that the evil masterminded by her boyfriend can be stopped. Diana's eyes then flickered to her gun, before she then turned to Rupert, shooting him in the arm. She then turned back to Major and the player, thanking them for helping her remember what she is, as a police officer. Diana then arrested Rupert and bandaged his wound while Major and the player hurried to the mainframe, Rupert shouting that they would never take down the Cult, nor its secrets. Major then remembered the Cult's founding, and put in April 20th, 1987 as the passcode, before a second password appeared. The duo then discovered that there were two more passwords, which led the duo to search the laboratory while Diana took Rupert into custody and Erika got to the laboratory. Erika then used her laptop to decipher a USB key that they had found, and discovered the final two passwords. Major then entered the second password, which combined his father and his own birth years, before he then entered the third and final password, which was the cult's motto, only for the cult's mainframe to deny the final password. He then thought for a moment, before he entered the third password again, ultimately shutting down the Cult's nanobots and recruits, before restoring power to the city. Major then revealed that the Cult's final password was their motto in French, just like his family's origins.

After the final shutdown of the Cult's plans, Major and the player then went to the Gaulstone Woods cemetery, where Major and the player found a shrine and recovered a concealed disk drive that most likely hid the cult's secret plans in case all went wrong. Major then picked up his father's photo with a child, soon seeing the features of Rupert Butler in the child's photo. He then got a lighter out, burning the photo before he then sighed, taking his first breath of relief in a long time. Major and the player then informed Interim Mayor Teagan of their successful dismantlement of the Gaulstone Cult, before they then told an infuriated Rupert, who was then taken to trial, where he was sentenced to a lifetime sentence in prison by Judge Brighton, telling Rupert that he better survive, unlike his predecessors. Two weeks after the final showdown against Rupert, the city was rebuilding, Joshua was administering a cure he had made for the recruits and those affected by the nanobots and the team attended the funeral of Maxwell and Joseph, wishing the couple a happy afterlife. They then attended the marriage ceremony of the lovestruck couple Bryce Tent and Evelyn Cunningham, where Bryce and Evelyn promised to love each other for the rest of their lives through sickness and health. They then shared their first kiss as a married couple as Evelyn's father watched on with tears in his eyes. Then the married couple and the guests headed to the reception, where Diana Diablo was spotted feeding hors d'oeuvres to a cute girl, James Guerra and Mia Torres were dancing, along with Jack and Julia Chapman. Adrian Knight, Lyndon Miller, Hunter Whitehawk and Charlie Tangle were all on the dance floor, laughing happily as the team all hung out with their close ones and friends.

Soon after, Diego then asked the player to speak with him in private, the beat cop then telling them that he was briefly leaving from the Flaming Eagle Police Department and leaving to help his friend, Tobias Black, who is currently dealing with supernatural crime in the isolated city of Maplemoor, that was close by to Rosenoque. Diego then told them that he had been listening to the radio, learning about the various members of the Maplemoor Supernatural Task Force, and that they personally had asked him, Jack and the player to fill the ranks they were missing. He then told the player that he and Jack were awaiting them to leave with them in a couple days, the player then deciding to leave to Maplemoor. Two days later, the player then bade their farewells, the members of the FEPD thanking them for helping them with everything throughout the city, before Major shared a tearful and heartfelt goodbye with the player and Diego, the cub of a senior detective hugging his big brother tightly. Diego, Jack and the player then left in a recreational van, where they then met Chief of the MSNTF, Nathan Lucero, who welcomed the trio of detectives to new adventures in combatting supernatural crime.

Summary

Victim

  • Maxwell McKenzie (found butchered into seven pieces and left in a ritualistic fashion)
  • Joseph Marlow (found decapitated and his head left in the founder statue's hands)

Murder Weapon

  • Electric Knife

Killer

  • Rupert Butler

Suspects

Diana Osborne
Junior Detective
Height 5'6"
Age 33
Weight 155 lbs
Eyes green
Blood O+

Profile

  • The suspect is fit
  • The suspect drinks red wine

Appearance

  • The suspect wears white
Gustavo Vargas
Army Sergeant
Height 6'0"
Age 51
Weight 142 lbs
Eyes green
Blood AB+

Profile

  • The suspect is fit
  • The suspect drinks red wine
  • The suspect eats chia seeds
Olivier Hunt
Police Mechanic
Height 5'5"
Age 27
Weight 169 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood B+

Profile

  • The suspect is fit
  • The suspect drinks red wine
  • The suspect eats chia seeds

Appearance

  • The suspect wears white
Rupert Butler
Reformed Gangster
Height 6'0"
Age 35
Weight 180 lbs
Eyes green
Blood AB+

Profile

  • The suspect is fit
  • The suspect drinks red wine
  • The suspect eats chia seeds

Appearance

  • The suspect wears white
Nancy Teagan
Interim Mayor
Height 5'6"
Age 39
Weight 152 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood O+

Profile

  • The suspect is fit
  • The suspect drinks red wine
  • The suspect eats chia seeds
Sebastiano Di Bona
European Community Pillar
Height 6'0"
Age 31
Weight 152 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood A+

Profile

  • The suspect is fit
  • The suspect drinks red wine
  • The suspect eats chia seeds

Appearance

  • The suspect wears white
Labeeb el-Omar
Arabic Businessman
Height 5'6"
Age 45
Weight 184 lbs
Eyes green
Blood O+

Profile

  • The suspect is fit
  • The suspect drinks red wine
  • The suspect eats chia seeds

Quasi-Suspects

Major "Lucas" Redmoon
Senior Detective
Height 5'3"
Age 27
Weight 130 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood O-
Diego Redmoon
Beat Cop
Height 5'7"
Age 31
Weight 182 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood O+

Killer's Profile

  • The killer is fit.
  • The killer drinks red wine.
  • The killer eats chia seeds.
  • The killer wears white.
  • The killer is aged 35 years or older.

Crime Scenes

Gaulstone Cult Laboratory Laboratory Tables Gaulstone Cult Laboratory Bonus
Cult Gathering Temple Gathering Circle Cult Gathering Temple Bonus
Rosenoque City Hall Gaulstone Woods Rosenoque City Hall Bonus

Steps

Chapter 1 - For Rosenoque

  • Investigate Gaulstone Cult Laboratory. (Clues: Victim's Torso, Victim's Head, Victim's Limbs; New Suspect: Diana Osborne)
  • Ask Diana why she was inside the Gaulstone Cult's laboratory. (New Crime Scene: Cult Gathering Temple)
  • Investigate Cult Gathering Temple. (Clues: Faded ID Card, Broken Pieces)
  • Examine Faded ID Card. (Result: ID Revealed; New Suspect: Gustavo Vargas)
  • Confront Gustavo about wandering around the temple.
  • Examine Broken Pieces. (Result: Digital Tracker; New Suspect: Olivier Hunt)
  • Talk to Olivier about the death of Maxwell McKenzie.
  • Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer is fit)
  • Interrogate Rupert about his meeting with Maxwell. (All tasks must be completed beforehand)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)

Chapter 2 - And He Now Perishes

  • Investigate Rosenoque City Hall. (Clues: Joseph's Head, Joseph's Body, Torn Pieces; New Suspect: Nancy Teagan)
  • Interrogate Nancy about the murder. (Attribute: Nancy is fit)
  • Examine Torn Pieces. (Result: Wedding Photo; New Suspect: Sebastiano Di Bona)
  • Question Sebastiano about knowing Maxwell and Joseph. (Attribute: Sebastiano is fit)
  • Autopsy Joseph's Body. (12:00:00; Attribute: The killer drinks red wine; New Crime Scene: Laboratory Tables)
  • Investigate Laboratory Tables. (Clues: Locked Case, Joseph's Beanie)
  • Examine Locked Case. (Result: Arabian Tunics; New Suspect: Labeeb el-Omar)
  • Question Labeeb about being in the laboratory. (Attribute: Labeeb drinks red wine and is fit)
  • Examine Joseph's Beanie. (Result: Yellow Dust)
  • Analyze Yellow Dust. (06:00:00)
  • Talk Diana about having Joseph's beanie. (Attribute: Diana drinks red wine and is fit)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)

Chapter 3 - The Last Goodbye

  • Investigate Gathering Circle. (Clues: Shrine Items, Maxwell's Torn Tie)
  • Examine Shrine Items. (Result: Memorial Photo)
  • Ask Gustavo about the shrine for the couple. (Attribute: Gustavo is fit and drinks wine)
  • Examine Maxwell's Torn Tie. (Result: Brown Substance)
  • Analyze Brown Substance. (06:00:00; Attribute: The killer eats chia seeds; New Crime Scene: Gaulstone Cult Laboratory)
  • Investigate Gaulstone Cult Laboratory. (Clues: Locked Phone, Bloody Pocket Knife)
  • Examine Bloody Knife. (Result: S DI BONA Engraving Revealed)
  • Confront Sebastiano about the bloody pocket knife in the laboratory. (Attribute: Sebastiano drinks red wine and eats chia seeds)
  • Examine Locked Phone. (Result: Joseph's Phone)
  • Analyze Joseph's Phone. (09:00:00)
  • Ask Rupert why he warned Joseph to stay away from the laboratory. (Attributes: Rupert eats chia seeds, is fit and drinks wine, Gustavo eats chia seeds)
  • Go to Chapter 4. (No stars)

Chapter 4 - Our Final Stand

  • Investigate Cult Gathering Temple. (Clues: Locked Agenda, Faded Photos)
  • Examine Locked Agenda. (Result: Joseph’s Notes)
  • Ask Nancy about Joseph’s mistrust toward her. (Attribute: Nancy drinks red wine and eats chia seeds)
  • Question Labeeb about Joseph’s theories on him. (Attribute: Labeeb eats chia seeds)
  • Examine Faded Photos. (Result: Photos of Maxwell and Joseph)
  • Analyze Photos. (06:00:00)
  • Question Olivier about his photos of the victims. (Attribute: Olivier eats chia seeds, drinks red wine and is fit)
  • Investigate Rosenoque City Hall. (Clues: Electric Knife, Broken Pieces)
  • Examine Electric Knife. (Result: Bloody Fibers)
  • Analyze Bloody Fibers. (09:00:00; Murder Weapon Found: Electric Knife; Attribute: The killer wears white)
  • Examine Broken Pieces. (Result: Mixtape Necklace)
  • Analyze Joseph's Necklace. (15:00:00; Attribute: The killer is aged 35 years or older)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to The Blood of Those Purest (8/8). (No stars)

The Blood of Those Purest (8/8) - Farewell

TMAI10

  • Investigate Gaulstone Cult Laboratory. (Clue: Locked USB Key)
  • Examine Locked USB Key. (Result: USB Key Unlocked)
  • Analyze USB Key. (09:00:00)
  • Help Major shut down the cult's plans against the city. (Reward: Burger)
  • Investigate Gaulstone Woods. (Clue: Francisco’s Shrine)
  • Examine Francisco’s Shrine. (Result: Secret Disk Drive)
  • Notify Interim Mayor Teagan of the cult’s dismantlement. (Reward: 20,000 Coins)
  • Inform Rupert that his plans is dismantled before his trial.
  • Witness the wedding of Bryce Tent and Evelyn Cunningham.
  • See what Diego wanted to tell the player.
  • Say goodbye to Major and the team. (Reward: Rosenoque Memorial Jacket)
  • Travel to a new destination! (No stars)

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