In this Holmesian short story, you play as Professor Mangleworth, despondent about the death of your daughter, your little dragonfly. You plan to kill yourself, but your death must not appear as a suicide, or you will bring great shame to your family.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the story.
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> x window.(A heap of kindling wood is just outside.)
> x cage. x bar.(fitted loosely)
> x thylacine.(a wolf)
> push bar.(Nothing happens. This is misleading. It's actually too far to reach.)
> x case.(contains bismuth crystal)
At your desk
> x desk. open drawer. x hand guard.
> x jar. x bow. x table. x pot.
> x gun.(You've filled it with a poisonous venom.)
Time to enact your plan.
> take guard. take bow. take gun.
At the window
> wear guard. shoot bar.
The arrow shatters, the wolf is loose, and you break and hide the bow in the kindling.
At your desk
Make your suicide look more like a heart attack by putting the squirt gun back onto the table immediately after using it.
> put guard in drawer. close drawer.
> spray me. put gun on table.
*** You have won ***
The thylacine, a Tasmanian wolf, is pacing in his cage outside the window.
Holmes and Watson discuss their findings in the winning epilogue.
Various people who gifted you your possessions, such as your grandfather Jeremiah, the grandson of Claude François Geoffroy, your parents, and the people of Melanesia.
Jemmings's theory of geologic expansion was disproved by your piece of labradorite.
Your wife tried to tell you repeatedly about Maura's poor health.
Your servants, including valets, maids, and the butler who finally informed you of Maura's death.
Maura, your daughter, died of a horrible disease while you were away at a composium. You called her your dragonfly.
A house cat was found playing with the bow string afterwards.
Lestrade will not be told how Professor Mangleworth actually died.
The giant rat of Sumatra is next on Holmes's caseload.
The response to CREDITS is:
"The extraordinary events on the last day of Professor Mangleworth" was written for the 2011 Thanksgiving speed-IF. The premise was as follows:
A speed-IF! A veritable feast! Using the following inventory items, based on a list of photographed items from Grocible's book-in-progress: a top hat. a dragonfly*. a small crystal ball. two optical prisms. a water pistol. a magnifying glass. a bowtie. a jar of silica. a polished piece of labradorite. a bow and arrow. an archer's arm guard. a bismuth crystal.
Scientific detail was provided by a quick google. Hence, there will be great inaccuracies that will make some people cry. No apologies are intended or offered.
You have died
if you clearly have suicided (didn't replace the gun), or
if you die without freeing the wolf.
You have won
if you both free the wolf and succeed in making your suicide look convincing. (It doesn't fool Holmes, of course.)
a bowtie and a top hat. You're wearing both of these.
Leave them on.
a hand guard. It's in your desk drawer.
Wear it so you're able to use the bow and arrow.
Personally, I think you should put the guard back in the drawer when you're done with it, but the game doesn't check for that.
Bow and arrow. It's on the wall by your desk.
While wearing the hand guard, go to the window and shoot the bar of the cage with the bow and arrow. You'll free the thylacine, the arrow will be shattered, and you'll automatically dispose of the bow in the pile of kindling wood.
a squirt gun. It's on the table by your desk.
It's already filled with a deadly poisonous snake venom. You will have only one turn to do anything after spraying yourself with it, so make sure you've done everything else that you want to do before using it.
After freeing the wolf, return to your desk. You need to be there when you use the gun.
Spray yourself with the gun, then immediately put the gun back on the table. The squirt gun's placement on the table appears innocent; anywhere else is suspicious.
a flower pot. It's on the table by your desk.
Leave it there. You don't need the flower pot. And besides, it's supposedly the reason why the squirt gun is there.
a jar of silica. It's on your desk.
Leave it there. You don't need the silica.
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