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<span style="font-size: 175%">Murder Manor by Luca Cosentino
Indiana Area Junior High School
Genres: Fiction, Adventure, Mystery
[[Start|start1]]</span>The docks leading to Mord Island has a single boat with a note on it:
Figure it out -Maxwell.
You could take the [[boat right now]], or wait for [[someone else to arrive]].You hop in the boat. You manage to figure out how to go forward, and arrive at Maxwell Manor. A man named Edwin opens the door to the Manor for you. You assume he's the butler. Inside, Maxwell greets you.
"Welcome to Maxwell Manor, Alex! Clever naming, I know. We're still missing one person, Giovanni. Anyway, talk to some people and have a good time!"
You probably should've waited for Giovanni. You don't dwell on the thought and overhear some people talking. You gather a list of names: Alex, Belle, Duddley, Edwin, Frederick, Giovanni (missing), Hudson, Jack, Kelly, and Maxwell. You can talk to [[Edwin]] or [[Frederick]], as they're the only people wandering by themselves.
A minute later a man arrives. He introduces himself as Giovanni, and you both arrive at Maxwell Manor on the boat. Edwin the butler welcomes you in. Maxwell approaches,"Welcome! It's been so long, probably high school! Show yourself around, I have some matters to attend too. Cheers!" He starts talking to Giovanni. You could look around the [[lobby]] or [[meeting room]].This is the lobby, but only in more depth. Paintings are scattered around the wall, doors leading else where, and table with vases. You noticed one table has 2 vases, unlike the others. You can [[remove the vases]], [[inspect the table]], or [[flip the table over]].In the meeting room is a long table with many chairs. Two men are talking, but they stop once they notice you. "Great, an interruption. We'll continue later, Luca." One man says. "Hey. I'm Carter. That's all." Carter and Luca both leave. Not the nicest people, but people none the less. They left some papers behind.
[[Read The Papers]]
[[Ignore it and look more around]]"Hey." You say. "Hello, Alex. I am Edwin the Butler, which you should already know. You look friendly enough, I will tell you this. Watch out. Something's not right. I can't tell, but I know. Mark my words." He walks away, and signals you to follow him. You appear in a new room. "This is the game room." He says. "You will be here for the remainder of the night. After this, you will go to your room to rest. I know something is going to happen, I feel it. Be careful, and enjoy your stay." He walks back to the main lobby and smiles with an evilish grin. You wait, and more people arrive. Edwin doesn't return, however. You play games, win at poker a few times, and have fun. You go to your [[room]].You walk up to Frederick. He immediatley starts talking,"Something's not right here. You might've noticed it. The dimensions of the house and the rooms don't add up, there's a lot of missing space. A lot. I trust you. Be careful." Frederick stares at you as he walks away. Slightly confused, you walk away as well. Maxwell's voice came from a speaker in the intercom,"Attention! Just kidding, you can ignore me. As I was saying, party in game room! Afterwards, Edwin will show you back to your guest rooms. I'll be there in a minute." You run towards the [[game room]].Here, you play Go Fish and lose every game. You talk to people, watch movies, and have a great time. You go back to your room for the night. You fall asleep, but wake up to Edwin yelling,"EVERYONE UP!" You follow him Maxwell's room, where he is on the ground, dead. Everyone is shocked, but you notice a strange rectangle shape poking out of the wall. You investigate it, and notice that it is a secret tunnel! You enter inside, and look around. You find someone else inside. He introduces himself as Jack. Do you [[Trust him]] or [[Accuse him of being a murderer]]?Edwin left you a note,"Trust no one. Explore. While your doing that, make sure to-." It ends. You get out of bed. Belle is already outside. "Great. Someone else out at night." Geez, a warm welcome. You follow her. "So..." she continued. "Guess we're together. Your very shy, but I don't mind. This place is giving me bad vibes. I heading outside through the back door, wanna come with?" Do you trust her? Maybe, just maybe, you can find out what Edwin was telling you. You could [[go outside]] or [[wander about]].You remove the vases. Nothing happens.
[[Back|lobby]].The table has a tilted leg. You go underneath the table, and fix it. The world around you changes. You are in a small hallway, with only an identical table. It leads [[left]] and [[right]]. Where do you go?You flip over the table. The table doesn't budge, but the wall spins, and everyone notices. You all inspect it more. A man named Jack volunteers to go in. Meanwhile, Edwin escorts you to the game room for a night of "fun". The table intruiges you, but you decide to play some poker. You lose every game, and go to your room, which Edwin the butler shows you.
[[Continue|your room]]Left leads to a dead end, but a note is stuck to the wall. It reads,"Built by Carter, 2009." That's all. [[Right|right evidence]]You dash right. Feeling the walls, you notice levers and buttons scattered about. You pull one. It opens a secret door in the dining hall! You test out some more, and every lever and button opens a door; each room has 1 door. There's even a door leading to Maxwell's room! Every room has a secret door, including the guest rooms. You see your luggage in one of the rooms. Do you seal up [[your room|yr1]],[[Maxwell's room]], or do [[nothing]]?You try to sleep, but the door is on your mind. It could be very dangerous, and Jack hasn't returned. Everyone must've forgotten about him. You could [[check the door]], or you could [[go to bed]]You arrive at the table. You attempt to flip it, and the secret door opens. Inside, it's very dark. It leads one way, to your right. A man shows up behind you. "WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING!" He yells. Looking at you closer, he says,"Aren't you that Alex guy or something? Ok. I'm Dudley, the underpaid chef. Nice to meet you. I'm trying to make an amazing breakfast, but the noise disrupted my cookin'. If somethin' happens, I'll know to blame. Stay out of trouble." Dudley leaves. As he walks away, a list falls out of his back pocket. It reads,"Alex, Belle, Carter (if he stops disappearing), Dudley The Awesome, Edwin (if you have enough food), Frederick, Giovanni, Hudson, Jack, Kelly, Luca, and Maxwell (great)." It must be a list of all the guests and workers. You learn some new names, and notice that Dudley doesn't like Edwin too much. Same with Maxwell. You wonder why he doesn't just quit. Anyway, you continue through the tunnel. [[Continue|tunnel]]You fall asleep. Edwin charges throughout the hallway yelling,"EVERYONE UP! IT'S AN EMERGENCY!" You run out and follow the crowd. Edwin shows everyone to Maxwell's room. Hudson is already there, seeing if there's a chance of recovery. "He's... dead." Hudson says sadly. Hudson must be a doctor, and Maxwell must be dead. A man storms in behind you. "LISTEN UP!" he yells. "I am Ian, got a call about a murder. The waters are restless, no one can leave or come to Mord Island. I will investigate each and every one of you. For now, arm yourselves. There is a murderer here." The room is silent. Everyone is in the room, Alex, Belle, Carter, Dudley, Edwin, Frederick, Giovanni, Hudson, Ian, Kelly, Luca, and Maxwell. Jack is missing, but no one notices. You've had enough, and you decide to follow where Jack may have gone. [[Continue|tunnel morning]]Belle shows you a door through the kitchen. Dudley is there cooking. You sneak by him and go outside. Luca the caretaker is there, finsihing up his job. He looks at you and says,"Best you go to bed, you don't want something to happen to you, do you?" You and Belle look at eachother, then look back. Luca is gone, but the backyard is all yours. You wander around, and notice nothing interesting. You have to use the bathroom, so you run inside. Unfortunately, the door is locked. All doors are locked. Belle is somehow gone, but you are stuck outside. Do you [[Wander Around]] or [[Wait For Help]]?
Waiting could be risky, and wandering could get you lost on the island.Wandering about, you hear footsteps. You hid under a table, and see Carter and Luca heading outside. Around half an hour later, you hear a scream. You rush outside to see Belle, dead, next to Carter and Luca. You hurry inside, call 911, and say,"Carter and Luca at Maxwell Manor." Then they catch up to you, and you black out. You wake up in a hospital, recovering severral stab wounds. Carter and Luca were sent to prison, but Belle and Maxwell died in the process. Can you do better?
The End.The papers say,"Mansion built by Carter." A blueprint shows the mansion with all its rooms, except small tunnels are drawn connecting rooms. Coolio. That's pretty much.
[[Look around|Ignore it and look more around]]Around the room is a blueprint of the house. At the bottom, it says it was built by Carter himself. Neat. A paper with jobs is listed,"Carter the lumberjack, Dudley the chef, Edwin the butler, Luca the caretaker, Maxwell the rich owner." Good to know. An announcement comes over the intercom, with you didn't know existed,"EVERYONE! Hi. It's me, Maxwell. Party at game room! Edwin, show them the way!" You leave the room behind and go to the game room.
[[Continue|game room2]]You follow the path, and it leads to a fork in the tunnels. You search all of right and straight, and they lead to other rooms. Mysterious. The left path shocks you, it leads to Maxwell's room. He's on the ground, dead. Jack is there, clearly in shock. You nudge him. He stares at you. "Listen, it wasn't me, I swear. I found him just now. I would never. Please, help me. I'll show you around, just know I didn't do it."
Do you [[believe him]] or do you [[suspect Jack, but not show it]]?You find Jack's Tunnel, and climb inside. It starts of as a straight path, but then takes many twists and turns, up and downs. You search the entire upper and bottom layer, but find nothing. The middle layer of the maze is unexplored, so you explore it (duh). Nearby Maxwell's room, you find Jack on the ground, dead. You run out and tell everyone your discovery. With a murderer on the loose, you need to partner up. 2 people are left for partners, and you don't want to be the odd man out. You run towards __________.
[[Carter]] or [[Kelly]]You belive Jack to be innocent. Jack says he only heard footsteps, but saw no one. You and Jack explore more of the tunnels, and fall asleep doing so. You wake up to hear people yelling both of your names. You can't tell if they are wanting to know where you are, or if they are hunting you down, suspecting one of you as the murderer. Which one of you will investigate?
[[You]] or [[Jack]]?You suspect Jack, but keep quiet for now. You show him the exit, and you both go to bed. You wake up to Edwin screaming,"EVERYONE UP!" You follow him to Maxwell's room where Maxwell is dead. You tell Edwin about how you saw Jack next to Maxwell in the middle of the night, and Jack is arrested for the murder of Maxwell. Jack and Maxwell are gone, and you spend the next day at the mansion. The next night, You wake up to a motorboat engine. Luca and Carter have boarded it, and they are leaving at fast speeds. Everyone is awake, and run to the other boats to follow them. All of the other boats are broken, so you are stuck on the island for the next day. They get away, never to be seen again.
The End.In the game room, you play monolopy and go bankrupt instantly. An empty seat is left for a man named Jack, who disappeared mysteriously. You head to your room afterwards, and you're curious about this Jack guy, but also you want to know more about Carter and Luca. Carter and Luca both work at the mansion, while Jack is a guest. You head outside of your room during the middle of the night, and see a police tape around a secret tunnel in the wall, as well as Luca's office. Which do you investigate?
[[Jack's Tunnel]]You enter Luca's office, and he's not there. What is there, is a mess of an office. Papers everywhere, cabinets opened, and chairs scattered everywhere. He could come back at any moment, so you have to hurry.
[[Search the papers]]
[[Search the cabinets]]Inside Jack's Tunnel, you see some footprints. Once you enter so far, the darkness covers their tracks. Feeling your way through the tunnel, you noticed a fork in the road.
[[Left|tunnel left jack]]
[[Right|tunnel right jack]]You head left. As you continue walking, you hear grunts and mumbles. Around the corner, you see Carter standing over Jack's lifeless body. You run out as fast as you can, alert everyone, and get Carter in handcuffs Maxwell had. Carter admits his partner was Luca, and both of them are locked up, for good.
The End.Heading right, all is quiet. Suddenly, a man appears in front of you. You can't see him that well, but it's defintely a guy. You see a glare from a piece of metal that he's holding, and assume it's a knife. You out as fast as you can. You reach the exit where Carter charges at you. You black out. [[Continue|hi]]The papers are suprising. Luca and Carter have been planing something for a while, notes of unfair pay and mentions of the tunnels. The handwriting is sloppy, so you can only make out that much. Time is ticking.
[[Search the cabinets|Search the cabinets2]]
[[Leave]]You search the cabinets, and find the Luca was being paid very low wages. Nothing else important listed. It took you a while, due to the many and messy cabinets. Time is running out.
[[Search the papers|Search the papers2]]
[[Leave|Leave2]]You search the cabinets, and Luca walks in. You stare at eachother for a while, and then he charges at you. You final thoughts are,"Time is ticking..."
The End.You quickly leave and run to your room. You hear footsteps going towards Luca's office. You peek out and see, Luca. You write down everything you discovered on a notepad and go to bed. You wake up to Edwin yelling,"EVERYONE UP!" You get out of bed and follow him to Maxwell's room. Maxwell is dead, gone forever. Remembering last night's events, you explain everyone how Luca and Carter have been planning this forever, and they killed Maxwell due to the unfair wages. Police arrives and searches his office, confirming your suspicion. Luca and Carter are arrested, and no one else gets hurt.
The End.You begin searching papers when Luca walks in. You stare at eachother for a few seconds, and then he runs at you. All you remember are the words,"Time is ticking..."
The End.You quickly sprint out and leave Luca's Office. Later, you hear footsteps heading to his office. You look around and see Luca enter his office. You go to bed and write down everything you learned. You head to bed, and wake up to Edwin yelling,"EVERYONE UP!" You follow him to Maxwell's room, where he is on the ground, dead. You explain how Luca did it because he was underpaid, but no one believes you. You look out the window to see Luca and Carter escaping on a boat. They get away.
The End.You wander about, and naturally get lost. You are able to survive a night in the packed woods, but get very tired. You set up a campsite, and eat some leftover M&M's from the party. You wake up the next morning, and find the mansion again. Entering, everyone there gasps. Maxwell, Jack, and Belle have all died. The remainding guests and workers arrest you, and you get sent to prison for something you didn't even do. Everyone testifies that they were with someone else, and that you were the only one alone.
The End.You wait an hour, and hear a faint scream. You run to where you heard it, and see Belle, dead. You run back inside, this time with the doors unlocked, and see Carter and Luca right be the entrance. You suspect them, so you yell for help. People arrive to see them, but you died in the process of them being proved guilty.
The End.You and Carter partner up. He decides to go outside, since he's a lumberjack and all. While outside, he leaves to get a weapon. He comes back 20 minutes later, explaining how he lost his trusty axe. You two stay outside until you hear a lot of noise coming from inside. You both enter to see Kelly, dead. No one says their partner went missing, but Carter did for a moment.
[[Speak up]] or [[Stay Quiet]]?You and Kelly partner up. You stay in the lobby for the most part, and only leave for bathroom breaks and Dudley's fine chicken sandwiches. At the end of the day, nothing happened. Perhaps the groups effected the events. Anyway, the party's over, and a ship arrives to take you back to the main land. The murderer wasn't found, but atleast you made it out alive.
The End.You tell them that Carter left your side for a moment. Ian interrogates Carter, and he admits the murders. He also tells him that Luca was in on it, too. Both Carter and Luca are arrested, and the rest of the people are safe, for now...
The End.Carter glances over at you. You stay silent, and say nothing. You decide not to be partners with him anymore. You stay in your room for the majority of the time at the mansion. You go to bed, but don't wake up...
The End.You run out, and they decide to question you. You explain how you found Jack and Maxwell, where Jack currently is, and how Dudley's muffins were amazing. You go back and tell Jack all is right. You both exit and decide to partner up because everyone was getting into groups for safety, and use only really knew him. You too stick together, and no one else dies. You leave the island unhurt, but Maxwell wasn't so lucky. If only you found out who did it...
The End.Jack runs out. You wait for about 10 minutes before he comes back. You both exit safely. Everyone decides it would be best to go into groups, so you and Jack partner up. You see that Edwin doesn't have a partner, and he goes off to his room. You and Jack stick together for the day. Later on, a group found Edwin, dead. All groups say that the other was with them the entire time, so you suspect two murderers. You and Jack stay together, even more weary, and find out that Dudley and Hudson died. All the workers at the mansion are dead, except for Carter and Luca. You suspect them, and they admit it. Sadly, it was for too late...
The End.You wake up in a hospital bed. Someone saw the whole thing happen in the lobby, and Carter was handcuffed. Appartently, Luca was in on it too. Hudson (the doctor) was able to treat your wounds, but you'll have to be in a hospital for a few weeks.
The End.You dash right. Feeling the walls, you notice levers and buttons scattered about. You pull one. It opens a secret door in the dining hall! You test out some more, and every lever and button opens a door; each room has 1 door. There's even a door leading to Maxwell's room! Every room has a secret door, including the guest rooms. You see your luggage in one of the rooms. Do you seal up [[your room|yr2]],[[Maxwell's room|mr2]], or do [[nothing|n2]]?You seal up your room, just in case. You exit the tunnels and return to the lobby, where Edwin is escourting people to the game room for "a night of fun." While there, you play Shoots and Ladders, and lose every time. Afterwards, you head to your room. [[Continue|your room no evidence]]You board up Maxwell's room, and return to the main lobby. You then go to the game room to play Minecraft, and lose. You go to your room, and fall asleep. You wake up to hacking and stomping. You enter the tunnels and see Carter and Luca attempting to break into Maxwell's room. You catch them red-handed, and they are arrested for attempted murder.
The End.You decide it's best not to mess with what you don't know. You exit the tunnels and return to the main lobby, where guests are going to the game room for entertainment. While there, you play Shoots and Ladders, and lose every time. Afterwards, you head to your room. [[Continue|your room no evidence do nothing]]You seal up your room from the tunnel system. You leave the tunnels and return to the main lobby where everyone is heading to the game room. While there, you play Monopoly and go bankrupt instantly, before the game even starts. Such a shame. Anyway, you head to your room and fall asleep. You wake up to Edwin The Butler yelling,"EVERYONE UP!" You follow Edwin to see Maxwell in his room, dead. You remember the Carter built the tunnels in the first place, and could've used it to kill Maxwell. You bring this point up, and Carter admits to doing it. He's sent off the island, but he yells,"Good luck with the other one," before he sails away. You all look at eachother, and assume he meant that there was another murderer. Just after Carter left, a storm started, causing all boat transportation to be impossible. Stuck, you are determined to find the second murderer. [[Continue|murderer]]You seal up Maxwell's secret door, and head to the game room to watch TV. You watch The Lion King, then you head to your room for the night. You wake up to footsteps and slamming. You go into the tunnels from your room, and see Carter and Luca there struggling to get to Maxwell's room. You take a photo on your phone and run out yelling. Everyone wakes up, and sees your photo. Carter and Luca are arrested for attempted murder.
This is the best ending, congrats!
The End.You do nothing. You head to the game room where everyone was playing games. You crushed everyone at Mario Kart 8, but lost during Super Smash Bros. You go to your bed, and wake up to Edwin yelling,"EVERYONE UP!" You follow him to Maxwell's room, where he is dead. You know that Carter could've used the tunnels to get rid of Maxwell, so you announce your evidence to the group. Carter admits to killing Maxwell, and so does Luca. If only Maxwell could've survived...
The End.You go to your room and fall asleep. You wake up to Edwin The Butler yelling,"EVERYONE UP!" You rush to Edwin and follow him to Maxwell's room. He is on the ground, dead. No one knows how it happened, or even who could've done it. Everyone evacuates the island due to the murder and whatnot. The murderer(s) were never found.
The End.You leave the tunnels alone, and go the the game room for a night of fun. You play Pokemon Go, and find a Pikachu. You go to your room, and fall asleep. You wake up to Edwin yelling,"EVERYONE UP!" You follow him to Maxwell's room, and see Maxwell, dead. You have no clue how it happened, sadly. Everyone leaves the island as a security measure, but the murderer is never found.
The End.You decide to check the workers, since Carter used to work at the Mansion as well. You see two offices. Which do you investigate? A meeting starts soon, and if you're late, they'll get suspicious.
[[Luca's Office|luca]] or [[Edwin's Office]]You enter and see Luca quickly gather his belongings. It looks like he's ready to leave the island immeditaley. He sprints past you, and runs outside. You search his office, ignoring him. Nothing important, cringy school photos, a pet rock, etc. You go to meeting, and no new evidence arrived. You head to the dining room to eat pizza. When you're done, you notice that the storm died down, and that a boat was leaving. You see Luca smile and wave as he fades into the distance. Carter was found, but Luca got away.
The End.In Edwin's office, you see a neat room. Everything is very exact. You search his desk, to no prevail. You leave and go to the meeting, but sadly no new evidence arrived. You head to the dining room to eat pizza. When you're done, you notice that the storm died down, and that a boat was leaving. You see Luca smile and wave as he fades into the distance. Carter was found, but Luca got away.
The End.You trust Jack, and decide to search the tunnels together. He entered the tunnels yesterday, and everyone forgot about him. You find an note inside the tunnels. It reads,"Built by Carter, 2004." Carter is aware of the tunnels, so you and Jack confront him. Carter admits to doing it, but he says one more killer is on the loose. He leaves the island to go to prison, and everyone else leaves on a seperate boat. Which boat do you go on? Boat one has the workers, and boat two has the guests.
[[Boat 2]]You accuse Jack of being the murderer, and he is arrested. You spend the rest of the day happy that the murderer was found. You go to bed, and wake up at noon. All the other workers were killed, but two. You can't remember their names, but you notice that a boat was stolen. The two suspected murderers escaped free.
The End.You go on boat one, and regret it. Everyone here is a worker of Maxwell, and you are simply a guest. You wait on the back corner, when the boat tilts a lot. Luca hijacked the boat! He crashed the boat, and no on survived. This is one of the worst endings.
The End.You go on the boat with all the other fellow guests. You arrive safely, but boat 1 crashed into the island. Your boat loops around to see the damage, but no one survived. It is unclear who the second murderer was.
The End.You wake up. You're in your house, nothing unusual. Your name is Alex by the way. A note has slid underneath your front door. It reads:
You have been invited to Mord Island, Maxwell Manor. Food and drinks provided. Come alone. -Maxwell.
Maxwell. You guys were buddies in high school. It has been years since you last spoke to him. You wonder why he's finally talking to you now. You decide some catching up isn't bad, and you arrive at the entrance to [[Mord Island|next]].Double-click this passage to edit it.