View Full Version : Erebor Thief Hunt: Game 2

21/Jan/2010, 07:03 AM
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<DIV marginheight="1" marginwidth="1" topmargin="1" leftmargin="1">Original credit to Borromino


Erebor Thief Hunt</CENTER>
Word came quickly from Dale. There had been a market and, as usual, the inhabitants of the mountain had had several stalls full of samples of their craftsmanship and the fruits of their mines. Today however an incident had occured. A fight had broken out between two wood elves over who had the prettiest hairand during the distraction this caused, the gemologists stall had been over turned and the man himself knocked out cold. Witnesses swore they saw a short bearded figure exiting the scene in a hurry and so Naror Ironfist had been summonded from his pipe and ale to investigate. A quick round up of the scattered goods revealed one was missing, but with his expert witness on such things out of action, he knew he was going to have to call on the help of others again to solve this one...

<CENTER>Who stole it?
Anteor, Balfur, Dain, Daywalker, Dis, Drifta, Hermod, Idesinholde, LittlePeople, Moros, Nain, Norin, Nwyfre, Oin, Queen Nerwen, Ranlinde, Sirom, Star Flower TMM, Tornihyanda

Where has it been hidden?
The Ale Cellars, Census Room, The Depths, Fighting Pits, The Front Gate, Gemcutter's Workshop, The Great Chamber of Thor, The Great Hall, The Market, Miner's Halls, Guard Station, Open Air Pub, Ravenhill, Residential Quarters, River Running, Royal Chambers, The Side Door, Smaug's Lair, Thorin's Burial Chamber, The Western Flanks

What was stolen?
Albite, Amber, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Beryl, Citrine, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Hematite, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Oynx, Pearl, Peridot, Quartz, Sapphire, Ruby, Topaz

The OOC stuff:
-Rounds will last <STRIKE>48</STRIKE> 72 hours (approx)
-At the end of a round, hints will be given relationg to guesses given
-Each round select a thief, a location and a gem
-To win you must guess all three correctly and as a result you will move up the Investigator's table.
-Posts must be roleplayed and a minimum of 200 characters long.
-Open to members from any region

<CENTER>Investigator's Table</CENTER>
Constable: Nwyfre Hammershaft, Wilder
Sergeant: *
Captain: *
Chief Inspector*

* (May select two thieves)
* (May select two locations)
* (May select two gems) Edited by: Hermod

Alaron Alcadir
21/Jan/2010, 02:46 PM
Alaron had not enjoyed how the last investigation had ended. He was dissatisfied with himself for not solving the mystery and he was angry with that Ironfist Dwarf for being so condescending and patronizing. So he wasn't an expert on gems; was that any reason to rub his face in it?

So it was that when he heard another theft had taken place in Dale, he determined to get this one. He would show that Dwarf. He began his investigation at the Western Flanks</font> on a hunch. It was as good a place as any. As for the lost gem, he had had his eye on Albite</font> for it sounded like something worth stealing. As his suspect, he was considering Moros</font>. That Dwarf was a Ironfist and everyone knew that Dwarves were nepotists...

Norin Deathfoot
22/Jan/2010, 05:38 AM
Oooooh! Another Thief Hunt! Norin </font>was excited, she had been quite good at this in her youth. The game though, not the real thing. The news that the large promising chunks of Amber </font>she was going to cut down and facet carefully had been stolen made her blood boil with rage. She WOULD get that back! She would start by looking by the Side Door</font> where she had found those petrified trees.

23/Jan/2010, 12:39 PM
Looking at the reports that he had on his desk, Naror pondered for a while. It was bad enough that he'd had to leave his dinner on the table to come and deal with this, but now his wife was nagging him about ho wshe never saw him anymore. Sighing to himself he composed a quick review of the evidence and sent it off to the investigators.


I have been reading through the evidence you have submitted and find the following;
-There is something not quite right about the alibi's of the two you suspect. I bid you investigate the pair further.
-Given the geographical considerations, I am also of the opinion that both the side door and western flanks are prime areas for investiation and would be grateful if you could cover them in more detail for me.
-The lads down in the mines are having a sift through the gems we recovered, they're not experts but they're fairly sure they can identify both the amber and albite and as such, please rule these out of your search.

May Aule guide you


Norin Deathfoot
23/Jan/2010, 01:12 PM
Norin </font>looked up just as a raven plopped it's business down from the sky. "Darn!" she swore more effective words as well as she wiped the gunk away from her cheek. This is why she didn't like the open outsides! Give her a mine with a good ceiling above her head anytime! The only thing that fell from sturdy ceilings was occasional dust and if one was high enough, a stupid mole. And moles didn't 'do their business' up above.
The raven spiralled down and landed on her shoulder, sticking out a leg for her to unwrap the paper from. She read the letter through from Naror and sighed. The Amber was safe, another gemstone was missing! What could it be? She looked over the letter again. She decided to stay near the Side Door</font> and dig around for some Quartz </font>(though who would call Quartz a gemstone, it was totally inferior!)

26/Jan/2010, 12:01 AM
<DIV =WebWizRTE marginheight="1" marginwidth="1" leftmargin="1" topmargin="1">Things really weren't working out for Moros lately. Once again, he had been summoned to try and track down some insignificant thief. Did people think he had time for this? Well, really, he did have plenty of time between his breakfast and afternoon nap, but there were far more important things for him to do than this! Like tennis.
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<DIV =WebWizRTE marginheight="1" marginwidth="1" leftmargin="1" topmargin="1">Anyhoo, it just so happened that Moros was taking a stroll around the Side Door when he noticed a figure (who was getting the dirty end of a bird in the face...ouch...) was rooting around in the dirt. It took a moment for him to realize, but this was Norin--one of the suspects Naror had told him about! Well, this investigative job wasn't so hard after all, it seemed. Moros also knew that Norin was a huge fan of Diamonds, so he wasted no time in looking around for some. Er, for the investigation of course....

26/Jan/2010, 02:13 AM
Dale had heard all the commotion about the recent thefts from the gemologist's stall. That's just what Dale needed, Dale the town, not Dale the woman.. from Dale. Ya it was confusing sometimes, but she had made a decent living from her own stall in the market and was not about to be stolen from. So joining in the search only seemed natural, especially when that Naror guy was around. He had an air about him, it was stale but still...

Mr. Ironfist, I should like to assist you if I may. I'm quite sure that while I was hanging around the Side Door, just minding my own business of course, I noticed a rather shady-looking Dwarf, well shady even for you miner types... I believe his name was Moros, and he was carrying the biggest Ruby I ever saw - and I don't think she was all that happy about it either!

Alaron Alcadir
26/Jan/2010, 07:27 AM
Keeping to the Western Flanks</font>, Alaron conducted an intense search of the premises, looking for any sign of gems. As a Dwarf, Moros </font>was likely to be quite crafty about this sort of thing and he expected trouble. But the search had to go on. But what gem could he have stolen? Sapphires sounded good; Alaron found them pretty enough to consider theft. </font>

Nwyfre Hammershaft
26/Jan/2010, 01:28 PM
Now thieves had also struck in Dale? There was no end to this madness! Constable Nwyfre had gotten the message a bit late, and was therefore disappointed to find Naror already going through his first batch of reports from other investigators. Looking some of them over the dwarf got an idea. He went to question Moros</font>, about the Emerald</font>. He found the suspect lurking around the Side Door</font>, and went in for the kill...

26/Jan/2010, 02:04 PM
Smiling a little at the healthier number of reports on his desk, Naror took his time ging through the details contained within. Several pipes worth of tobacco later he finally felt he might be getting somewhere and so started to write up his conclusions for the officers out in the field.


I have had a difficult time over the past few ours, analysing your suggestions and cross-referenceing them with otehr witness reports. I shall however, list below the conclusions I have been able to make thus far;
Moros</font> </font>could not have been at the</font> Side Door</font></font></font> in the immediate aftermath of the theft however, I am as yet less certain about Norin as she has a less distinctive appearance.
As for the gem, well thats another matter entirely, although the lads in the lab wanted me to pass on their thanks for suggesting stones that are easy to recognise, they found the clear, red, blue and green ones and then managed to muddle through from there. We are however, only a small step closer to solving this however and all five were found to be present and correct. Even if Dralin (one of my newer recruits, did for a while get the quartz and diamond the wrong way round.

But I digress. I can sense we're closing in on this thief and I'd be much obliged if you could keep up the hard work so I can go home to where my dinner is no doubt getting cold.

May Aule guide you

Naror Ironfist

Norin Deathfoot
26/Jan/2010, 06:49 PM
Norin </font>looked up surprised as a rather large number of people started turning up at the Side Door. </font>They looked to be also from the Thief Hunt team and they were looking at her rather suspiciously. "Erm, hello?" she started saying as the straightened up from her digging and wiped the soil from her fingers with an oily cloth in her pocket. "So, how far are you all then?" she asked as she stuck the rag back in her pocket and felt the reassuring weight of the Opal </font>she had in there.</font></font>

28/Jan/2010, 07:07 AM
Once he had made sure Ruby was safe and comfortable at his home, Moros returned to the Side Door to continue the investigation. Naror had said that was a good place to look--obviously, Moros had suggested it to him--and the Dwarf wanted to get a leg-up on all those other would-be thief-hunters. Not surprisingly, upon his return Moros found Norin still wandering around suspiciously. Clearly she wasn't a very bright thief. Nonetheless, Moros went up to her. "Sooo...nice day to be wandering around here for an extended period of time, don't you think? Did you steal an Amethyst?" Moros wasn't very subtle.

Alaron Alcadir
28/Jan/2010, 10:50 AM
He moved on. On from the Western Flanks, he moved to the Side Door</font>. A couple other Dwarves were there, Norin</font> among them. He ignored them for the moment, as they seemed to be holding some sort of conversation. Instead, he set about looking for any stray gems - some Jasper</font>s maybe?

29/Jan/2010, 08:23 AM
With his pipe in one hand and his quill in the other, Naror scribbled away frantically. From the way his wife was looking at him he knew he'd been in deep trouble if he didn't leave the office in time for her planned 'weekend away' to Laketown but he despirately needed to keep his investigators up to date and only had 3 minutes until his life would no longer be worth living.


Firstly, I'd like to thank you for your very through investigation of the area immediately surrounding the Side Door. As a result of this frankly unprecidented exploration I think we can safely say that the theif did not hide the missing jewel there.
I see you intense scrutiy also fell upon Norin this time. As a result my lads have been over every minute of her alibi and they seem convinced that she could not have comitted this crime.
I fear however that we are <STRIKE>no</STRIKE> only slightly closer to identifying the missing jewel. We're still struggling in the identification department but they assue me that they have found each sample that you have suggested since last I contacted you.

I feel we're getting very close on this one


(OOC: This update is a little early and the next one may be a little late as I'm away for the weekend. Also, apologies if last time's clue was as unclear as it seems to have been, I'll remember that when drafting others in future. )

30/Jan/2010, 12:31 PM
Whew, that was a close one! Moros had just managed to get away from the Side Door area (where apparently every single investigator had gone; were they giving out free cakes there or something??) without being seen, and now was trying to get as far away as possible. He had completely abandoned the mountain at this point, as was flat out running across the Western Flanks. There was something clutched tight in his fist as he ran, and from afar it just barely seemed to look like a piece of lapis lazuli.

31/Jan/2010, 04:25 AM
<DIV marginheight="1" marginwidth="1" topmargin="1" leftmargin="1" ="WebWizRTE">Dale was getting exasperated. Hunting down thieves wasn't something she was very good at, her strength was as a merchantress. Okay, so merchant, but the other one sounded better.
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<DIV marginheight="1" marginwidth="1" topmargin="1" leftmargin="1" ="WebWizRTE">Mr. Ironfirst, I have just heard from a contact of mine (shady character really, you don't want to know....) that a hoodlum by the name of Moros was seen galloping like a horse across the Western Flanks. That on its own would not have necessarily piqued my interest as that Moros character has been known to be rather flighty *leans in whispering* I've heard he's quite the drinker, but my source mentioned that he saw a brilliant blue glistening in the sunshine coming from the rascal's belt. My contact isa bit of a dolt and didn't have a clue what the shiny was, but the way he described it I'm thinking maybe it was the missing Aquamarine.
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Alaron Alcadir
01/Feb/2010, 04:12 AM
He hurried back to the Western Flanks</font>. He had made a mistake coming to the Side Door. Now that he was fairly certain that this Moros</font> was the thief, he made haste after the Dwarf. He had, however, been once again mistaken as to what gem that wretched Dwarf had stolen. Perhaps it was Onyx</font>?

03/Feb/2010, 10:05 AM
Having returned from the weekendless well rested than his wife, Naror sighed at the mountain of paperwork awaiting him on his desk. Surely there was someone who could have done atleast -some- of it themselves? Apparently not... By the time he got round to the reports relating to the theft from Dale he was already in need of another holiday, but, after pausing only long enough to refil his pipe, he plodded onwards. At least the investigation seemed to be winding up.


I think we can now be sure of the culprit and location of their stash, the lads however assure me that we are yet to successfully identify the missing item. The best advice I can give you is that the lads are fairly confident they have all the gems that only occur in one colour identified, so it must be one of those that can be found in several different colours.
Please excuse the brevity of this missive but I'm sure you're aware of the work going on securing the Mountain right now.

Good luck


(OOC: Sorry for the delay guys. Sleep was needed after the weekend and then I kind of got caught up in the new Jr Drill season starting.)

03/Feb/2010, 03:39 PM
<DIV marginheight="1" marginwidth="1" topmargin="1" leftmargin="1" ="WebWizRTE">Dale was late for a business meeting. An actual money-earning venture. Instead here she was chasing some goofy-looking and obviously enebriated dwarf by the name ofMorosall across the Western Flanks. The only thing sustaining her was the daydreams of catching the thief and squeezing him until all the ale just bled out onto the ground, along with whatever else was inside of him. Dale was pretty sure it could only be ale but then maybe he did have a tleast one functioning body part left, after all he had managed to steal a beautiful piece of Beryl right from under Naror's big nose.

Norin Deathfoot
03/Feb/2010, 06:49 PM
OOC @ Hermod: ( Argh! I have to say that your clues leave me more bewildered than ever! I have absolutely no idea what gems are now ruled out. I don't think I can play this round. </font>)

03/Feb/2010, 08:27 PM
Things had taken a turn for the better, it seemed. Moros had thought he was certainly due to be caught any moment now but the investigators still hadn't caught him; they had scoured the Western Flanks from end to end, but the thief was hiding exceptionally well. Before long, night would fall and he would be able to sneak out past the line of guards and make away with the precious stone he had stolen.For once, Moros allowed himself to wonder how much a sizable Topaz would fetch on the black markets.

Alaron Alcadir
04/Feb/2010, 10:07 AM
The sky was darkening. Shadows stretched across the Western Flanks</font>. Alaron was becoming frustrated. Finding this Moros</font> was more difficult than he had assumed it would be. As it was he was still not certain what it was the Dwarf had stolen. The latest report from the top investigator had left him bemused, especially since he knew nothing about gems, other than they sparkled and had nice colours. On a hunch, he decided to go with Hematite.</font></font>

12/Feb/2010, 08:32 AM
(OOC: really sorry guys. I had it in mind that I'd wrapped this thread up after the round but only just realised I hadn't. There's no excuse for it really, other than me being rubbish and made of fail. )

It had take a while to sort the fine details of the case, but at last Naror was confident that everything had finally been pinned down. Clearing his throat he gathered the investigators around him and started to proclaim;

Friends, dwarves and er.. <STRIKE>foreign busybod</STRIKE>honoured guests. I am happy to confirm to you that the lads have finially got some sense out of our dear friend, the gemologist and he has confirmed that it is his prize Beryl sample that is missing. As such, I am proud to announce the conclusion of this case and the promotion of Wilder to the rank of Constable within my elite team. Well done lass.

As for the rest of you, thank you for your time and efforts and please don't take it badly if I say I hope I never have to call upon your services again.

Turning to head off he starts muttering about 'new fangled crime waves' and how 'it wasn't like this in the Iron hills' not to mention that 'the misses will kill me if I'm late for dinner again'.

(OOC @Norin: Sorry, I was trying to think of a clever way of giving a clue rather than just 'x has not been guessed. If I run another one I'll try and remember that not everyone has a geology degree )

14/Feb/2010, 02:43 AM
OOC @Norin and Hermod: </font>I can't claim knowledge of geology - just didn't have cable TV for a while and the only thing on late at night was Jewelry Television. I remembered that beryl came in many colors from all the "buy in bulk" packages they had. Sad but true, infomercialism comes in handy sometimessmileys/smiley2.gif</font>