We are at the Masquerade. I got dressed up in my rave costume which had been laid out for me on the bed. Even at this stupid costumed event, my costume stands out. In spite of everything, I’m almost glad Jax steps in front of me taking centre stage when we enter. I’m trying to avoid direct conversations with people, flitting about and listening in on the conversation.
As I pass by a person in a raven costume, I overhear him/her talking with a Japanese man dressed as Zeus.
”Captain Kirk is going on about Kiara again.”
This can’t be a coincidence considering we are in a metaplane at least I think that’s where we are. I need to tell Jax. Jax decides to talk to Zeus. I head in the direction of the raven.
”So which of my secrets do you want? And which of your secrets are you willing to trade for it?”
”I want to know what you were talking about with respect to Captain Kirk and Kiara. Do you want to know who shot the bell?, the raven nods so I continue, “Neil the Orc Barbarian.”
”Very well. Captain Kirk is morning the loss of his adopted daughter Kiara. She died about a month ago.”
I rush back to Jax just as she’s about to talk to Kirk.
”My condolences on the loss of your niece”
”On the loss of your adopted daughter.”, I add.
”I’m confused. Is she your daughter or your niece?”
”She is my niece but I adopted her after her mother abandoned her to pursue her acting career.”
Just then a bell rings and our host announces “the entertainment”. This turns out to be a seance to talk to Kiara led by the raven lady. After we gather in a circle, all holding hands, the lights are turned off and the raven lady attempts to reach Kiara. We are interrupted by a scream, then the door opens and Captain Kirk falls down just inside the doors with a knife in his back. Suspiciously Jax is right in front of him. I rush forward to attempt to provide some medical attention but it is obvious that he is dead. As Roy provides a distraction, I follow the trail of blood to where Kirk was stabbed and find library where a book sits open on a deck. It appears to be on mechanical repair which seems to be analogous to setting up a host in the matrix in our world. I examine the library and discover a secret door behind one of the book shelves. As I take the book and turn to go back towards the party, I slip and fall.
”I attempted to contact Kiara but I think she is alive and somewhere within the cogs of a machine”, the raven lady tells me when I rejoin the party.
”Grace! Are you hurt? Why are you covered in blood?”
”I’m fine. I was just investigating. I found a secret door.”
At this point we are interrupted and told to return to our rooms where we will be interrogated one at a time. When I get back there, I immediately change into the cat costume and notice a secret door at the back of the closet right behind where the costume was hanging. I notice André there as well and we both see the butler’s body in the hallway full of secret doors.
Jax looks around her room, its a mess. All the books have been removed from the bookshelves, no secret doors there. All the clothes removed from the closet, no secret doors there either. The paintings are all off the walls, nothing. Jax looks towards the mirror thinking ‘well at least my hair is looking good’.
André pushes the secret door open and Jax screams a little as the mirror opens inwards.
”Watch your step on the way down.”
As Jax attempts to descend, she misjudges her step and falls backwards, right onto the butler’s corpse. We walk down the secret doors all the way back to the library, these secret passages seem to connect everything. It doesn’t seem we’ll learn anything like this.
”Grace, I think I hear someone calling your name.”
I sprint back to my room and hear a man threatening to break my door down. I open the door and the investigator enters.
”Why is it that you took so long to answer? Why did you change? Trying to cover the blood on your clothes?”
”Of course there is blood on my clothes, I tried to first aid Captain Kirk, and I could have disposed of them without you knowing using the secret doors and I wouldn’t tell you about the dead butler if I were the killer, would I?”
A few minutes later, they locked both Jax and I in another room. Of course we both had costumes covered in blood, so they had ‘caught’ the two killers. I access this other world’s matrix and try to search for Kiara. I get some results which tells me that Kiara entered the castle about a month ago and hasn’t left since. They seem to have been experimenting on her, trying to separate the light from the dark. I pull up a map of the castle and discover that the basement seems to be a big machine room.
It seems André, Alan and Roy have joined us, unlocking the secret door from the other side. I lead them down to the basement but we hear yells and the sounds of hounds baying. A few of the hounds come our way but we quickly dispatch them. Roy is pretty badly mauled.
”Well you can’t right blame them, I mean they just smelled the bacon…”
I first aid Roy while trying to avoid laughing. We make our way to the basement to confront our host Mogambo and the Kiaras (the good and the bad). Bullets fly, Mogambo unleashes a spell on Roy. Poor Roy. The evil Kiara is attempting to battle her mother without much success while getting shot. When Mogambo goes down, Kiara attempts to catch us off guard by having the machinery attack us. It does injure a few of us but my blade still takes her down. As she falls, I see a string of 1’s and 0’s which seem to translate into an alien device which may be able to remove the vampirism from Jax’s daughter.