AKGO: The Journey of the S.S. Cetus - Night 5 - Comet Trail, Holy Grail

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I... Am most apologetic for my behavior earlier. Outbursts like those should be saved for private, and I didn't mean to frighten anyone. However... I believe it would only be correct for me to share what I've been told.

I am sorry, Mr. Fairbanks, because I am about to tell your story. You possess the fairest of banks, but the people of this ship deserve to know the story I have been told. For our sakes, I wish that it will turn out to be merely an old captain's folk tale.

I learned, through my perusal of the librarious archives, that the closest the brilliant comet came to the planet was around thirty-six years ago, and our sailing leader was present for it. My curiosity has been piqued by its entrancing wonder, so I inquired him about it tonight... But my wonder has been replaced by the most exceptionally strong
terror.

According to his account...

Young, fair Fairbanks was working atop a Sarase oil rig, upon the fullest ocean. He and his crew were continuing efforts to excavate energy from below the sands. I choose to believe that the captain now understands the harmful environmental impact this practice entails, and has decided to no longer engage in it. Those seafarers had already uncovered some form of crystal on the ocean floor, and scientists were examining it up close. Of course, my great detective mind has deduced that our exhibition hosts this same shard now.

Anywho, night fell upon the crew, and then...

... There were some who had succumbed to a sickness of the mind during the day before, a sort of restlessness, a-and...

.......
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Th-The captain told me... That when he got back to the medical ward, the psychiatrist caring for them was... Dead. Completely ma... Mang...

... They almost couldn't be recognized...

But the patients were nowhere to be seen!! So the captain followed a streak of blood back upstairs, and... Up on the deck, the patients, th-they were there, but... But they were beastly, and had glowing red eyes... And they were k-killing each other!! With their work items, or their bare hands, or even their teeth!! It sounded like a moment out of the worst nightmare I could imagine!!

And... And above them all, the captain could see... The silhouette of the comet. It was the same color as their eyes...

He then realized... That the shard must somehow be involved too... So he hurried downstairs, but all of the researchers in the room with the shard were dead too... E-Except... Ohhhh...

Except for... An ill mage... He was carving some kind of marks into his hand, and when the captain tried to stop him, all he did was laugh. A horrible, horrible laugh.

After that, the windows somehow broke, and so the captain rushed upstairs... Where then, he found the k-kraken itself, attacking the ship!! Everything was being destroyed, e-everyone was getting killed... No... Massacred...

..... The captain got knocked away by the kraken's tentacle, and hit the water in a way that has caused him to speak with a slur ever since.

........

... That's... The story...

....

.. GAH!!


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This is the most scared I've ever been in my entire life!!! We, we have the shard aboard right now, and we are going towards the comet!! Captain Fairbanks is sailing us towards our deaths as I speak!!

Please, tell me!! Captain, please!! Please tell me you aren't knowingly driving us to our demise!! Please tell me it was all an old sea tale!! I can't take it anymore!!

I don't know what sickly god has placed me here, but I want out out OUT!! Let me go!! Let me see Moony!! Let me live!! I'm too young to be fish food!!! LET ME LIVE!!
 

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And so ends a very unfortunate Mysterious Theater i'm your host Vincent Twice Vincent Twice reminding those of your disappointed by the outcome that not even the great Perry Mason won them all. I'd like to invite to next weeks episode Polly want a Murderer.
 

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[Earlier in the night]


Captain Fairbanks

...ye traitorous multicoloured bilge-rat!

Captain Fairbanks

I wouldn'ta poured me 'art out to ye had I known ye'd be turning around and blabbing me life story to th' whole ship! Now look at ye! Worked everyone up into a mess bigger than th' pile of socks in Davy Jones' locker, narr...

Cel Winters

Cap... what's she talking about? Is there something you haven't told me?

Captain Fairbanks

Nay, Cel. It's me ode. Me past, y'know.

Th' black beast rises from the sea
Till th' gold sets our spirits free
Take your torches, set them alight,
O unholy men
of the never-ending night.


Captain Fairbanks

I worked on an oil rig at one point in me life. Some of ye may know about th' Lazuli-3 incident, I was th' chief operator on th' rig at th' time. Suffice to say, while investigations cleared me name, th' public story nary be close to th' truth. There were... issues, following th' discovery of a crystal much like th' one in th' exhibit. Maybe if we get time I'll tell ye th' full tale, but for now...

Captain Fairbanks

...I can't deny me sins. Curiosity's been gettin' th' better of me over th' years. Th' comet be my second nemesis, but I learned it ain't alone be responsible for what happened on th' accursed night.

Captain Fairbanks

Th' rich landlubber announcin' a new journey dedicated to seeing it up-close? I ain't proud to say I felt a call to destiny. Only I could be th' captain, y'hear.

Captain Fairbanks

Swung to have my specialised vessel be th' one used for th' trip, aye. But not to kill ye all, to protect ye from what I thought would happen. Me and Cel trust our new boss about as much as a ship's cook trusts a rat bein' in their kitchen, and after learnin' one of th' shards would end up on our boat, long after th' crew had been finalised, we knew somethin' fishy was up. Was th' shard similar to th' one we uncovered on th' rig? Aside from th' colour... aye. But what could we do? Don't you know how powerful that man be?

Captain Fairbanks

We tried to prevent anything from happening before it did. Any person of interest we knew would arrive on th' ship, Cel looked into, and I kept me eye on. Each one of you turned out to be completely normal at th' start. Even you, lass. But... if I'd done me job right, we certainly wouldn't be in this mess now, yarr..... and of course... th' mongrels still got th' better of me.

Cel Winters

Got the better of us, Cap. Someone slipped by me, and installed that cube on the ship, and now we're stuck in this blasted murder game.

Captain Fairbanks

Ye can say I failed to protect ye if ye wish. But sailing yer to yer deaths!? Think, lass! If th' comet passing overhead was enough for people to go coocoo every time, ye'd think we'd hear about it with technology nowadays! Nay.... I believe there's more to me terrors than just th' blasted comet.

Captain Fairbanks

Narr... a strange fog's been over me head for a few days since before th' blasted murders began, but when those symbols appeared, I'd realised what a grave mistake I'd made. This ship should have never left port with innocents on board, and me true nemesis would be around shortly to make matters worse, but th' rabbits been jammin' our countermeasures from the start, so me hands are tied.

Captain Fairbanks

I can't deny me sins, but they certainly ain't yers to judge, aye! Can't tell if it's because th' rabbit's got some kind of hold on ye, or th' frequent murderin' is what's keeping ye' stable, but I nary see a single one of ye exhibiting th same things I saw on those men. And I ain't be sure why. But even so, all of ye are no better than th' beasts I saw that accursed night on Lazuli-3. Trying to kill each other, throw each other overboard, coating th' deck in filth and paint, it's madness!

Captain Fairbanks

But... narr... it's still better than what it was then. Spite of how powerless I be right now, things be different this go around. I've been anticipating this encounter for years, and me ship is more equipped to handle th' ultimate doom than what you might think.

Captain Fairbanks

Of course we'll protect you, lass. All of you. It's no one's destiny but me own to face th' demons plaguing this ship now. Not yours, not Cel's, just me own. It's as they say. I'm th' Captain of this ship, and I'm responsible for what happens to it. The comet arrives tomorrow night. At this point, all I can say is:

Captain Fairbanks

Be prepared, lass.
 

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Good morning, kyuyuyu! Looks like we finally had a normal and exciting night, 'k?

MB-Kusagi

Would you look at that! Not only did you manage to kill someone, someone finally went for it too! Kyuyuyu, let's see how you fare, 'k?



Attention, passengers and crew of the S.S. Cetus! A body has been discovered! Czario (Luigi 64DD) has been found dead in the Laundry!


Case File:
  • The body is situated in a washing machine in deck 1's laundry room, and is completely soaked.
  • It seems it has a dent in its head.
  • Outside the washing machine, a big pile of mostly-burned clothes sits in the middle of the room.

Other Information:
  • The kitchen is an absolute mess.
  • There is a lotus flower in the cabin hallway.
  • Vicia's concert was a great success! Mostly!

Additionally…

Attention, passengers and crew of the S.S. Cetus! A precious item has been stolen! The Fatum Shard is no longer present in The History Exhibit!

Case File:
  • The floor in this room is completely wet.
  • A figurehead is covered in paint.
  • A can of food spray lies on the floor.

It is now Day Four! Please begin your investigation and find the killer and the thieft! Day Four will last until . Results will be sent out soon!
 

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Investigate Czario's body, as well as both the laundry and the history exhibit
 

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Perform autopsy on Czario
Investigate Czario's body
You take a good look at Czario's body. He is completely soaked, but at least he smells amazing. He has a flag bruise on the back of his head. He is carrying a faux-golden brooch with a Starline logo imprinted on it, as well as a can of mints, though those are probably not very tasty anymore. You decide that full-on autopsy may be better to try later...


Examine the burnt clothes pile. And does Czario smell burnt?
You look at the burned pile of clothes. It looks like most clothes are partially burned, and the pile is also a bit wet, somehow. There are remains of matches, and a bottle of tequila is lying next to the pile.

Czario smells like he was just freshly washed in a washing machine.


as well as both the laundry and the history exhibit
You take a look around the laundry. besides the pile of burned clothes, it seems that two machines are closed, while the others are open. One of them contains a candle, candle holder, rope, and a sliced off bit cut of candle. The other, a dryer, contains a bathrobe.

You take a look around The History Exhibit. It is a mess! The floor is flooded with water, the casing is notably empty, and a ship's figurehead is coated with ruby red paint.
 

Lakituthequick

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Check the security room to see what cameras are on today
You check the security room's screens. One of the screens is covered in vivid violet paint and can't be checked. The other two are showing the aft part of the deck 1 hallway (showing the outside area of the security room), and the atrium (where a scaffolding can be seen in the middle of the room).
 

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Investigate the kitchen, and the lotus flower in the hallway
 

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Investigate the kitchen, and the lotus flower in the hallway
You look at the kitchen. There is still a skillet in the sink as well as a normal knife, and it smells like baked fish, but the main thing is that the floor is completely covered with pots and pans, spiced up with a sniff of broken spice jars. A toaster is missing as well, as well as a can of cooking spray and a matchbox. There are horseshoe prints through the wasted spices.

You take a look at the lotus flower. It is a fairly normal lotus flower, but it's slightly sticky on the bottom. It's lying in a pool of what smells like booze.
 

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Is the camera in the History Exhibit covered in the violet paint?
You look around The History Exhibit for a camera, and find that one in a corner that might be hooked to the security room is perfectly intact. The only thing that looks like it has paint on it is the figurehead, but it is ruby coloured.
 

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Good morning. I came to get my detective clothes from the laundry.
Oh- uh-
Hm...

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I suppose I'll just give today's testimony, then. I exited my cabin for the evening, and saw (what was her name again? uh... oh, right) ENA in the hallway, leaving her room too. I went down to the waterworks, checking to see if anything interesting had been caught up in there. Unfortunately, my search proved fruitless.
I went to security after that, and looked through the cameras. The equine (Smasher) was sitting in the Muktuk, as ENA passed her by, and the Russian lady (you know, the one with the whip?) was leaving Event Deck Storage. I also saw Henry Brennan trying to get into security. Uh, sorry for getting in your way.
I stopped by AC to take a look at the panels, then went to the Workshop and grabbed some traffic cones, along with a mask. On my way there, I heard a door slam near the brig.

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After that, I headed towards the elevators. While waiting for the elevator, I saw that equine coming downstairs, and entering the laundry room. Cel came out of the elevator once it arrived, and was headed to the Workshop.
I went to Cleaning Supplies, grabbed some air freshener, then went up to the sports deck.

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The air freshener... didn't seem to be working, so I
uh
sprayed myself in the face by accident
It's a good thing I'm wearing these shades

Anyways, nothing else of note really happened after that. I went straight to my cabin after the concert, and didn't see anything unusual.

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Now for some investigating.
First off, Cel, why were you in such a hurry to get to the Workshop?
And, for that matter, @Smashley, what were you doing in the Laundry room?
Finally, I'd like to attempt to figure out which camera is covered in paint, and investigate the area nearby.
 

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I said it in Discord already, but I wanted to get a detective outfit. The place was already on fire when I got there, and there was something tumbling around in the washing machine. Probably the victim.
 

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First off, Cel, why were you in such a hurry to get to the Workshop?
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The laundry room was on fire, love. I had to get a fire extinguisher.


Finally, I'd like to attempt to figure out which camera is covered in paint, and investigate the area nearby.
If the screen is anything to go by, it's the screen itself that is covered in violet paint, not a camera it may be tuned into.
 

Lakituthequick

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Search storage for paint thinner to clean the screen with.
You find some paint thinner to clean the screen with. After cleaning, you see that the screen is tuned toward the sports deck, where a stage can be seen.


What does the paint taste like
Cel Winters

What, you want to get sick? Don't lick that stuff!
 

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