I know the story has a bad reputation, but before I make my final judgement, I want to ask question about the mystery. Yes, it is short (about 9-10) actions, but I don’t mind that. What I don’t like is that all the characters are written like caricatures. The accent given to one of the victim is, well I don’t know how to write a cockney accent well, but I don’t feel good about it, but that could be because of my bias. Also, the story let you role play has a racist (speciesist?) against Rubbery Men, but you can’t physically harm then like you could in the past on their Faction card. But the real meat of the story is the mystery, and that’s why I was here.
First thing first, I have to dispel a common myth. There is an objective answer to the case, and if you got it wrong, and when the story ask you why you chose that particular suspect, you answer that you chose your suspect based on the evidence, the game strongly suggest that you were mistaken. Here is the text in question, if you don’t mind spoilers: Fallen London
In fact, from this echo, the story in the Echo titled "A case for a consulting detective." It’s the fourth echo, from top of the page to the bottom if you click on the arrow pointing to the left twice on the link I shared. I want to say this, because I want all of you to see the evidence, because I don’t understand why I was wrong. I am often wrong. I would like to say that I don’t mind being wrong, but it does bother me, and I don’t like that it bothers me, but that’s off-topic. I just want to know why I was wrong. I will talk about the mystery below, so beware spoilers.
Here is my wrong theory, that I posted on Discord yesterday, just before I finished the story (I changed the word brass in the last sentence to copper, because that’s what I meant): "The first victim mentioned that all his pennies and his copper mount had become black, so tarnished. I looked on the internet, and copper get tarnished either because of the atmospheric oxygen, or when it is in contact with sulphur. And, the Esotoxicology uh, specialist said that the poison was a mix of sulphur and hydrogen. This would also explain the awful smell because, one of the reason a lot of sulphur compound smell so bad is because it is present in decomposing bodies and those who develop a profound distaste for this survived longer, and natural selection did the rest. One of the people who interacted with the victim is Slack Harry, a tanner. But there is more. See, in 1858, a new tanning agent was invented. Instead of relying on tannins from vegetables, a new process, called Chronium Tanning, allowed for a more quick tanning. Chronium tanning contain a product called… chromium sulphate. And the lady with a chair in Esotoxicology said that someone who has access to a bunch of acid could make the poison. The tanning industry did rely on on certain acid in the production. But that is not all! The chemical that give the famous rotten eg odour is called hydrogen sulfide, and it is poisonous. So Slack Harry is my number 1 suspect. And he has a motive: He hate amber trader, for having lived that life and being conned by several of them. I think the poisonous creature is a red herring. I think the sort of slime it produce is used to glistening thing, and Mr Fortune like it when things shine, so I reckon Mr Galloway probably sold that substance to Mr Fortune, hence why is finger leave smudge on the book. Also, if I’m correct, it would be another evidence, since the shop of Mr Fortune contain copper, and it is not tarnished" I learned all of that by searching on the internet while reading the story. But the real murderer is Mr Fortune, and the story make it clear, so there has to be a mistake somewhere, and I’m trying to find it.