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Trial by Fire
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Information
Season Rocksfellow
District Bumberborough Bay
Case Number 6
Partner(s) Phoebe Yates (Chapter 1)
Baxter McDonald (Chapters 2-3)
Connie Tolentino (Chapter 3; Elementary, My Dear)
Alden Holmes (Elementary, My Dear)
Progression
Preceded by Succeeded by
Lighter Than Air Slippery Slope
(in Auxiliary Peak)

Trial by Fire is the sixth case in the province of Rocksfellow, created by Tuxedo!. It is the last case of Bumberborough Bay.

Plot

Previously, Gary Richards sent the team a message that he found out something about Unsur, an organization seemingly responsible for at least four deaths in Bumberborough Bay. Gary had told the player to meet him in the abandoned Phoenix Warehouse so that he could give them the information. Phoebe Yates and the player were getting ready when Baxter McDonald and Chief Connie Tolentino came in the station, saying there was a massive fire near the dock. Phoebe and the player, remembered that fire was the last element and immediately left with the player to the scene of the fire. The two found that the Phoenix Warehouse was burning down. The police were informed that there was gasoline all over the warehouse so arson was the likeliest possibility. Furthermore, Gary was found burning near the doorstep of the warehouse. His body was sent to Ferdinand Amado for autopsy.

Ferdinand said that there was gasoline all over the victim’s body, indicating that the murder was also intentional. Ferdinand concluded that the killer probably used a lighter to ignite the flame.

“<Name>, leave... now... There's poiso—”

—Phoebe Yates, before she collapsed.
Phoebe and the player went to the victim's recording room to check for clues. Upon entering the room, Phoebe was knocked out by a gas in the room. The player also succumbed to the effects of the gas but only after getting the clues they found. Baxter McDonald told the player that the police found the two of them and the clues in hand in time. Baxter volunteered to be the player's partner as Jackson Walters was out of commission.

With the help of Baxter, the player uncovered that Erica Washington, Allison Maximus, Kiki Wanda, and Justin Ira were members of Unsur. Erica, Allison, and Kiki admitted into deceiving previous killers into committing murder. Meanwhile, Justin admitted to burning down the cabin near the dock.

Baxter was forced to leave near the end of the investigation as he was non-fatally shot in the shoulder while the player was getting a last look at the warehouse. Chief Tolentino volunteered to accompany the player in the final tasks before the two finally arrested August Perkins, a pensioner.

Chief Tolentino immediately accused August of being the killer. August argued that an old man like him was too feeble to be so violent. Chief Tolentino said that August incapacitated Baxter and Phoebe so they would not find the clues that would incriminate him, and that he killed Gary to silence him. August said that he did kill Gary but not for the reason the police thought.

“I’ve only killed people who deserve it. And that homicidal psychopathic pathetic excuse of a bastard deserved to burn. In every single way.”

—August Perkins's confession.

August claimed that Gary was Unsur’s leader, not him. He felt like leaving the organization but Gary immediately ordered the assassination of June Perkins and May Perkins to keep him in check. After this, August's eyes were opened to the danger the organization was inflicting and resolved to stop it. August met up Gary in the Phoenix Warehouse, knowing he was waiting to kill the player there. August doused Gary and a majority of the room in gasoline and lit it up.

Chief Tolentino asked about the sabotage of the investigation and August said that Gary told the organization about all his plans and those were all traps he had set for them. Chief Tolentino shipped August to court.

Judge Exodus Allegri was surprised by the grandness of the murder and the number of police lives at critical condition. August pleaded guilty to Gary’s murder and nothing else, saying that the loss of all the lives – especially the loss of his daughter and his wife – was enough to justify the burning of the man who orchestrated it all. Judge Exodus was angry at all the lives put to danger by August’s arson and by Unsur in general, so he sentenced August to 50 years in prison.

After the trial, Chief Tolentino had three tasks in mind: to make sure that Richards Production Studios was safe, to know the reason behind the arson, and to stop any remaining members of Unsur.

Allison Maximus told the player that the poison in the recording room was there to keep all non-members of Unsur out because the room was their meeting place. She also gladly gave a special oxygen mask to Chief Tolentino and the player to allow them to investigate the recording room which had the antidote the members of Unsur took to counteract the effects of the poison during meetings. Madelyn Henley was able to synthesize a gaseous form of the antidote which neutralized the brooding poison gas in the room.

Meanwhile, Justin Ira refused to talk about the arson but slipped up under Alden Holmes when he said that there was a safe in the room. The safe contained a corpse which was identified by Ferdinand to be Kallie Washington, Erica Washington’s little sister. Erica said that she was also thinking of leaving the organization but Kallie’s death scared her into continuing her work with the organization. Erica appreciated the closure, and said that it was alright if she was in jail.

August Perkins also offered help by saying that Gary entrusted Kiki Wanda with a list of all the people in Unsur. Alden was able to resist Kiki’s seduction and instead seduced her into saying the location of the list in the warehouse. Chief Tolentino immediately ordered all the cops in her area to arrest the people, bringing an end to Unsur.

After everything was resolved, a man identifying himself as Pal Durbin went to headquarters and asked for assistance in Auxiliary Peak, an exclave of the country on the top of a nearby mountain.

Stats

Victim

  • Gary Richards (found burning along with the Phoenix Warehouse)

Murder Weapon

  • Lighter

Killer

  • August Perkins

Suspects

Justin Ira
(Fireman)

Height 5'9"
Age 32
Weight 152 lbs
Eye Color Brown
Blood Type AB-
Profile This suspect has burn marks.
This suspect is superstitious.
This suspect is diabetic.

Kiki Wanda
(Stripper)

Height 5'6"
Age 28
Weight 147 lbs
Eye Color Green
Blood Type A+
Profile This suspect has burn marks.
This suspect smokes.
This suspect is diabetic.

Allison Maximus
(Food critic)

Height 5'5"
Age 35
Weight 140 lbs
Eye Color Green
Blood Type O-
Profile This suspect has burn marks.
This suspect smokes.
This suspect is superstitious.

Erica Washington
(Event Manager)

Height 5'9"
Age 25
Weight 137 lbs
Eye Color Blue
Blood Type O-
Profile This suspect is superstitious.
This suspect is diabetic.

August Perkins
(Pensioner)

Height 5'4"
Age 71
Weight 156 lbs
Eye Color Brown
Blood Type B-
Profile This suspect has burn marks.
This suspect smokes.
This suspect is superstitious.
This suspect is diabetic.

Killer's Profile

  • The killer smokes.
  • The killer is superstitious.
  • The killer is diabetic.
  • The killer has burn marks.
  • The killer is at least 140 lbs.
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Crime Scenes

Burning
Warehouse
Warehouse
Entrance
Burning Warehouse
Bonus
Richards Recording
Studio
Recording
Room
Richards Recording
Studio Bonus
Burned
Cabin
Unburned
Table
Burned Cabin
Bonus

Steps

Chapter 1

  • Investigate Burning Warehouse. (Clues: Victim’s Body, Burned Bra, Key)
  • Autopsy Victim’s Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: Killer smokes)
  • Talk to Justin Ira about the fire. (Prerequisite: Burning Warehouse investigated)
  • Examine Burned Bra. (Result: Kiki Wanda’s Bra)
  • Ask Kiki Wanda what her bra was doing near the fire.
  • Examine Key. (Result: Key to Richards Recording Studio)
  • Investigate Richards Recording Studio. (Clues: Threatening Letter, Coffee Cup)
  • Analyze Threatening Letter. (06:00:00; Attribute: Killer is superstitious)
  • Examine Coffee Cup. (Result: Saliva)
  • Analyze Saliva. (09:00:00; New Suspect: Allison Maximus)
  • Ask Allison Maximus why she was in the victim’s recording studio. (Prerequisite: Saliva analyzed)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)

Chapter 2

  • Investigate Recording Room. (Available at start; Clues: Faded Paper, Trash Can)
  • Examine Faded Paper. (Result: Hit Order)
  • Analyze Hit Order. (06:00:00; New Suspect: Erica Washington)
  • Talk to Erica Washington about being ordered to kill Logan Knightley. (Prerequisite: Hit Order analyzed)
  • Examine Trash Can. (Result: Justin Ira’s Lighter)
  • Question Justin Ira about possibly causing the fire. (Prerequisite: Lighter found; Murder weapon registered; New Crime Scene: Burned Cabin)
  • Analyze Lighter. (09:00:00; Prerequisite: Talk to Justin; Attribute: Killer is diabetic)
  • Investigate Burned Cabin. (Clues: Locked Tablet, Torn Costume, Gasoline Canister)
  • Examine Locked Tablet. (Result: Email)
  • Analyze Email. (03:00:00; New Suspect: August Perkins)
  • Ask August Perkins about Unsur purchasing The Reserve.
  • Examine Torn Costume. (Result: Fatima Grande Costume)
  • Examine Fatima Grande Costume. (Result: DNA)
  • Analyze DNA. (12:00:00)
  • Arrest Allison Maximus. (Prerequisite: DNA Analyzed)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)

Chapter 3

  • See what Erica Washington wants to give. (Available at start; Result: Torn Photo)
  • Examine Torn Photo. (Result: Photo of Woman)
  • Analyze Photo of Woman. (06:00:00)
  • Arrest Kiki Wanda. (Prerequisite: Photo of Members analyzed, New Crime Scene: Unburned Table)
  • Investigate Unburned Table. (Clues: Torn Paper, Matchbox)
  • Examine Torn Paper. (Result: Angry Message)
  • Talk to August Perkins about his message to the victim. (Prerequisite: Angry Message restored)
  • Examine Matchbox. (Result: Clear Substance)
  • Analyze Clear Substance. (03:00:00)
  • Arrest Justin Ira for burning the cabin near the dock. (Prerequisite: Clear Substance analyzed)
  • Investigate Warehouse Entrance. (All tasks must be done; Clues: Pile of Ashes, Weighing Scale)
  • Examine Pile of Ashes. (Result: Burned Fabric)
  • Analyze Burned Fabric. (09:00:00; Attribute: Killer has burn marks)
  • Examine Weighing Scale. (Result: Broken Weighing Scale)
  • Analyze Broken Weighing Scale. (12:00:00; Attribute: Killer is over 140 lbs)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Elementary, My Dear: Part 6 (No stars)

Elementary, My Dear: Part 6

  • Investigate Richards Recording Studio. (Available at start; Clue: Vial)
  • Examine Vial. (Result: Fingerprints)
  • Examine Fingerprints. (Result: Allison Maximus’s fingerprints)
  • Talk to Allison Maximus about entering the recording room. (Prerequisite: Fingerprints identified)
  • Investigate Recording Room. (Prerequisite: Talk to Allison; Clue: Flask)
  • Analyze Flask. (09:00:00; Reward: Burger)
  • Make Justin Ira spill the reason for the arson. (Available at start)
  • Investigate Unburned Table. (Prerequisite: Talk to Justin; Clue: Pile of Trash)
  • Examine Pile of Trash. (Result: Locked Safe)
  • Examine Locked Safe. (Result: Burned Corpse)
  • Analyze Burned Corpse. (06:00:00)
  • Ask Erica Washington about Kallie’s death. (Prerequisite: Burned corpse analyzed; Reward: 10000 Coins)
  • Ask for August Perkins’s help to stop Unsur. (Available at start)
  • Talk to Kiki Wanda about the list of Unsur members. (Prerequisite: Talk to August)
  • Investigate Warehouse Entrance. (Prerequisite: Talk to Kiki; Clue: Torn Paper)
  • Examine Torn Paper. (Result: List of People)
  • Analyze List of People. (03:00:00; Reward: 30 XP)
  • Move on to the next case (in Auxiliary Peak)! (No stars)

Trivia

  • The Recording Room is a special crime scene for the following reasons:
    • The first time it is played, the player can only focus on one specific quadrant of the scene at a time. This is to simulate the player’s supposed lightheadedness as the room is filled with a poison gas.
    • Before the flask in the additional investigation is analyzed, the player can only investigate the crime scene twice (both times are listed in the steps above). This is to simulate that the room is off-limits as it is unsafe for anyone.
  • This is the first case where more than one person is arrested. In this particular case, all the suspects are arrested for their involvement in Unsur.
  • Credits for the case image

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Reviews

Tuttifruttichaitea's review

  • Case Name – 8.5/10
  • Plot – 8.5/10
  • Creativity – 8.5/10
  • Effort – 8.5/10
  • Overall Score – 8.5
  • GradeA
When I said that I was at the edge of my seat for the finale, I didn't expect it like this. To begin with, I liked the case name, as it signaled August's reaction and murder weapon towards the leader of Unsur. I also found it interesting how often the switch was with partners and that you had to investigate with the chief. Another implement I found unique was how the district killer was NOT the leader of the cult (like Ivywood). Another part I liked was the way the Recording Room worked with the crime scenes. All in all, good case. Keep up the good work!
Tutti
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