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[Medonia] Weak Hearted Inspector

Everyone in Medonia was simply trying to survive and the government was only returning. These factors made it a great place for thieves and other hoodlums.

In the taverns around the city, there were many rumours about the current Chief Inspector. The majority of the rumours said the inspector was both naive and a coward. Anyone who challenged him or told a sob story would be released without a trial. There was the minority too. They were saying the inspector was in the pay of the thieves.

It so happened, Alphonsus was walking pass a street where a local constable had just apprehended a pickpocket and the inspector was just there.

Constable: “Inspector Freddy. I just caught him red-handed, snitching that man’s pouch.”

The constable was a big human with a bigger beard. He lifted up a pouch that was filled with copper and handed it to Inspector Freddy.

Inspector Freddy was a well groomed man. He wore a well trimmed moustache that actually curled at the end and a small goaty. His overall looked revealed he was a man who spent more time in front of the mirror than anywhere else.

Inspector: “Alright David. I will take it from here. So thief, what is your name and what have you to say about your self?”

Thief: “I am.. I am.. Clark. I am sorry. My mother is very sick and my boss cannot afford to keep me any more. I have not eaten for days. Please. I am very sorry. I will be not steal again. I will go find honest work. Please, think of my mother.”

The thief, Clark looked very well for a man who had not eaten for days. If it was not for Clark’s tattered and dirty clothes, he could be one of the more well-to-do around this part..

Inspector: “Oh your poor mother. You have to take care of her. Do not steal again alright? Think of how are you doing it when you are in prison? Off you go.”

Freddy watched Clark running away and shrugged. He turned to the rest of the people gathered around here. “Off you all go. Nothing interesting around here. David, pass the pouch back to the owner will you? Another case solved.”

As Freddy left, David noticed Alphonsus and went over to the elf. “You are new around here. I haven’t seen you before. What do you think about our new inspector. Miss the old one, he was a tough one. Law and order was gradually restored, then this Freddy was sent here to became our inspector.”
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Old July 20, 2017, 10:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Alphonsus watched the scene with interest. He had heard rumours of the inspector and now that he had seen the inspector at action, he could not help but wonder if the minority was true. The inspector just took the thief’s story at face value.

He did not expect the Constable suddenly turning to him and his response was one without thought. ”Yes. I have just arrived here a few cycles ago. I have never heard of the old inspector before. What happened to him?”

He wasn’t going to expect any form of good news.
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Old July 20, 2017, 04:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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“The previous inspector was found dead on his bed. It looked natural, but I have my suspicious.” David said. He suddenly leaned forward to take a closer at look Alphonsus. “No wonder I found you familiar! You are the great detective Tomas Halfton! I have heard about you from my cousin from Port Alyx. You help the local constables to solve several cases and had left the port town a few cycles ago. So you are here. It is such a pleasure to meet you. There is a case I like to look into, but the inspector refuse to re-open the case! You came to help?"

David grabbed the elf’s hand and shook it. He was very happy to see someone like Tomas Halfton in town. Maybe with the detective help, he could solve the case he believed was a murder. The inspector had closed the case, claiming it was an accident.
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Alphonsus took David's hand and shook it. He smiled at the constable. "I am not the detective Tomas Halfton. My name is Alphonsus. Not a detective of any sort, but if I can be of any help with the law, I could help."

The elf had spent some cycles learning about the empire law and and the her politics, but he had no chance to use it. He could even make a name for himself. A bard who solved murder cases. "I had spent time studying the laws of the Empire. Prithee, tell me more of this case. I might be able to find information to help thee.
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David looked at Alphonsus, his face was thoughtful, though there were signs of disappointment. He did not let go of his hand.

“You studied law? You might be just the elf to help us out. I can give you a written notice that you are helping us. Come to the Constabulary with me. We will talk more there.” David shook the elf’s hand again and lead the way. He was happy to have another helping hand, someone who knew the law. He hoped Alphonsus was a competent investigator, not like the dunddleheads he have as constables.

The constabulary was a large two story building near one of the pre-war business district. This building, obviously a inn previously, was commandeered to be used for headquarters of the constables until a suitable place was rebuilt. It was a well built structure and was able to withstand the ravage of the war.

Alphonsus was led through the reinforced double door and up the second floor. David pointed to the ornate door to the far right. “That room is the office of Inspector Freddy, not that he’s around often. The other rooms along the hallways are meant to be offices. Mainly its where we keep our files, not that we have any. The two rooms nearest to Inspector Freddy’s office is my office and Constable Johnny’s office. All the rooms to the left are bunks for our off-duty constables. Don’t enter enter of the filing room without an escort and definitely no entry to any of the three offices unless invited.”

David led Alphonsus into the his office, which consist of one large table, two armchairs and a large wooden cabinet. He invited the elf to sit on one of the chairs. He didn’t care if the elf sat, but he sat on his chair and continued. “Downstairs is the ordinary constables office. Nothing much there for you unless you want to report a crime or do some paperwork. The basement is reinforced to become a holding cell and a interrogation room.”

“Before I begin with anything, I like to see your Visa. If you are really interested in helping you, I can issue you a card. With your visa, it will state that you are helping with constable work, as long as it’s legal. You studied law, so there is to need for me to say much. Interested?” David asked again.

It was obvious David needed a lot of help in Medonia and he belonged to one of those odd sect of thinking. If you looked like someone, very likely you have the traits of that person. Alphonsus looked like Tomas Halfton and so Alphonsus was likely to have Tomas’ skill as a sleuth.
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Old July 21, 2017, 03:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Alphonsus followed David to the constabulary. When he looked at the building, he knew that this used to be a inn, although he was sure he had never visited Medonia before. Could it be childhood memories or a deja vu memory. Whichever the case, it didn't mattered.

David's quick introduction of the place gave Alphonsus the idea they were to relinquishing this building back as an inn even after the constabulary proper was built. Rooms were converted into offices and they even converted the basement into holding cells.

Alphonsus handed his visa over when he was asked to. "I am interested in helping this city in her grand rebuilding scheme. We should all do our part in stamping out illegal elements and make this place akin to Natura. No one needs to lock their door as there are no criminals around."
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David laughed heartily. “I wish we will get Medonia to be like Natura one day then.”

He wrote on a piece of paper, stamped it and gave the paper and Visa to Alphonsus. “This will give you certain authority.“

‘From Medonia Constabulary.

The bearer of this letter is an official detective for the constables.

The bearer is: Alphonsus (Visa Number)

Signed and Stamped: David Walters

“Do not abuse you new found power.” David grinned. In a more sober face, he continued. “Although I have some information, I will not influence you by giving you know anything in advance. Do ask me if you are stuck. For now, seek out Willis Halewood. He is the son of the victim. He can be found over at one of the rooms on this floor, room 22. We did not want to disturb the crime scene and Willis was afraid he was going to be next. I will bring you over.”

Constable David led Alphonsus to room 22 and knocked on the door. A young man opened the door and invited the pair into the room that had not one speck of dust, not an item out of place. He was a slim man with a full head of well-maintained, curly hair. When he sat down, he immediately took a piece of stick and twirl it nervously around the fingers of his right hand.

David nodded his head. “I would not be coming in, Willis. This is Alphonsus. He will be helping us gather more information about your father’s death. Let him know everything you told is.”

After the door was closed, Willis invited Alphonsus to take a seat and began to give Alphonsus a quick summary of what he knew. “I was returning home after my violin lessons with Madam Fracois when I saw my door left ajar. I ran into the house only to see my father already dead, murdered in cold blood. Constable David had asked me to list down people that I thought was responsible and have a clear motive to do so. Here, have a look.”

He handed Alphonsus a piece of paper. There were many names on it, but they were crossed out. Three names remained however,. Zoe Macklin, Virgil Do and Florence George. “These three are the most likely killers. Zoe is my neighbour and really hated my father. Virgil, I do not really know who he is, but he owned my father a lot of crowns and he is still not paying back. Florence is a family friend. I have an idea he was in love with my mother.”

Willis sighed. “My mother who had left to Aelyria Prime a few days before my father was murdered. Please. Help me find out who the killer is and bring him to justice!”
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Alphonsus took the letter and read it. It a simple, to the point authorization letter for him to help the constable.

The elf went over to meet with Willis and he felt like he was rushed into things. David threw him into the room with the victim's son, Willis. "Serale Willis. I'm Alphonsus. Do tell me everything you know so I can gather more information."

He took the paper and saw three prominent names. Looking up, Willis began explaining what those names were about. At the end of everything, he scratched his chin and gathered his thought.

"So Florence was in love with your mother, and thou suspect when your mother was out, he decided to kill thy father? Was their feeling mutual?" Alphonsus questioned Willis. It was important to know.

"Who is this Madam Fracois and where I can find her?" Alphonsus asked. She was a teacher of violin, and he was interested in finding her. It was possible she knew something about the murder or at least if there were any affairs on-going. Bards were very good sources of information.

"So, where can I find all of them? I should head out to speak with them." The bard finally asked.
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Willis banged the table with his fist and stood up. “Are you accusing me of killing her? You need to find Madam Francois to verify I was with her!“

Breathing hard for a few moments, he calmed down and sighed. “I think you find everything out, right. She is and half elf that stayed a few blocks away from my place.” Willis took another parchment and wrote a few address down. He gave it to Alphonsus. It contained 4 addresses.

“The first is my address, then Madam Francios’ address. The other two is the address of Virgil and Florence.” He said. “I have only one neighbour. The other house is currently empty, but just in case, Zoe’s house is to the left of mine. I suggest you speak with Constable David first before leaving. He have the keys to my house.”
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"I will do my best to find out who the killer is, Willis!" Alphonsus assured Willis and headed out to look for David.

He knocked at the constable's office and if David appear, he informed him that he wanted a little more information and the key to Willis' place. "Prithee David, what else can thee tell about these four people and can I have the key to Willis' house. I would like to take a look at the house, to check for any clues another pair of eyes may find."

He handed the names given by Willis. Hopefully David could tell him more information.
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David opened the door and saw it was his newest recruit. “All done?”

He listened to his request and shrugged. “Madam Fracois has been in Medonia since the gods know when. She is an outstanding woman, helping the soldiers in the infirmary during the war. Zoe, I never liked her. She moved in after the war and with her attitude, I wondered why no one had killed her yet.” David coughed and blushed slightly. “Just joking about that of course.”

“Virgil and Florence. They stayed in Medonia before the war and moved back in after. I have not interviewed them yet. Willis Halewood must have remembered them after I told him to list down everyone that might have a motive.” He stroked his beard several times before continuing. “Word of advice. Persuade them to talk and check with them if they knew anyone else that might be suspicious. Take their words with a pinch of salt. Remember, we need a motive, evidence and a missing alibi. We must make sure it is a solid case before we meet with the Inspector.”

David searched his pocket and handed Alphonsus a map. “Follow this to get to Mr Halewood’s place. We have posted a guard there, just show him the letter and he will let you in. We have not moved anything in it yet. Try to keep it that way. I trust you not to steal?“ He said jokingly and gave a friendly pat on Alphonsus’ shoulder. “Good luck.”

The way to Halewood’s place was not difficult. The house was a typical single story house around Medonia with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a lounge to meet with guests. A guard had placed a stool in front of the door and was sitting on it, looking really bored.
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Alphonsus noted the additional information given by David and nodded. "Motive, evidence and a missing alibi. I got it. I promise thee not to take anything unless it's for evidence." He took the map and headed to Halewood's place immediately.

He found the house and the guard. He walked forward, smiled brightly and handed the authorisation letter together with his visa. "Serale. I am Alphonsus, here my approval documents from Constable David Walters. I have come to check the house out."
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The guard at the house looked at the letter and returned it to Alphonsus. He unlocked the door and let him in.

Inside the house, the guest lounge showed signs of a struggle and quite a bit of blood was scattered around. In the main bedroom was a chalk drawing on the bed. The drawing showed that a man lying peacefully, his hands by the side. Obviously, somebody had carefully arranged it after the murder.

Searching around the other rooms, Alphonsus found a light imprint of a footprint of blood, a IOU with Virgil names on it and his keen elf eyes saw a long thread caught on a splinter at the backdoor.
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Alphonsus looked around the place and with the gathered information, he guessed that the murderer had a lot of time on his hand.

Zoe, the neighbour could have this time. She could kill Mr Halewood, but if it was due to hatred, she would have just left the body where it was lying.

Virgil might not be the murderer. If he was, he could take away to IOU with so much time in his hand.

Florence, he still had no idea about Florence.

He made a mental note of the footprint, and took the IOU and the thread with him before leaving to Zoe's house. She was the closest.
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It was easy to move next door and find Zoe’s house. It was of similar design to Halewood’s. He knocked on the door and it opened up. A middle aged slim human lady opened the door and extended her right hand to greet Alphonsus.

“I saw you enter Halewood’s place. You must be some kind of constable. What do you want?” By the way she spoke, he could gather Zoe was a rather arrogant woman.

She did not step aside for Alphonsus to enter, evidently whatever he wanted, they should speak by the doorstep. She brushed a straight greying hair off her shoulder and then folded her arms across her chest.
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