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978305 No. 978305 ID: 2bd15b

chapter 1 https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/757996.html
chapter 2 https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/777113.html
Discussion thread https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/107070.htm
Chapter 4 https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/929115.html
Draw thread, where you can ask me to draw certain things

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No. 1008862 ID: 5f4030

Hm. A good drill instructor is one who is able to lead their men. They don’t stab them, they do make threats but rarely ever carry them out. Their man job is to be a teacher and to prepare their soldiers for war. If this is how you try to prepare your employees for your law firm, then it must truly be a spartan training regime, sir.

Inner thoughts: And as for your enthusiasm, a good liar tells as much truth as he is able. I bet you do want to remain on this case but you being a leader seems too far for anyone away for anyone to believe.
No. 1008888 ID: d63ea8

*Threshold hesitates and looks away.*

Inner Thoughts: Triumphant isn't giving you any room to maneuver, and any vote you'd make would damn you either way. You can't sit out either, lest you look weak in the eyes of your colleagues. Your hands are starting to shake, deal with that first.

*He crosses his arms.*

Inner Thoughts: The safest choice is to prioritize the investigation itself, thus making the choice appear more rational than personal. Part of you is curious about the letter, but knowing Dervan, it could be any number of things. No, it is better to follow Triumpant's lead, but personalize your words so you come across as more neutral.

*After taking a breath Triumphant looks back to the others.*

"It may be best to keep the number of people we send to the assembly to a minimum. Depending on whether or not the other investigation teams are present might cause the proceedings to devolve into a political shouting matching, and that would just slow down the investigation."

Inner Thoughts: Focus on the element of presentation.

"We would look bad in front of the high council if they saw us bickering with each other, and again that would undermine all of the work we've put into collecting this evidence."

Inner Thoughts: Better yet, you can reflect this question back on Triumphant by appealing to his authority on the matter. He is in the senior most position, and thus deferring to his position is the most rational choice.

"We've come across a couple of solid leads in our investigation, and we need the high council to see that. Mr. Triumphant, seeing as you're the one in change of our particular group, I would go with whatever you'd say for us to best be heard."
No. 1009082 ID: e51896

Hm, well in my opinion, if we were back in our own world, and this was a regular case, I'd most likely not have Dervan with us...

But this case after hearing more about it feels like no ordinary case, one which requires a person to make choices that seem unreasonable.

I feel that Happy is someone who is a master manipulator, someone who takes advantage of the choices we make that we feel is most comfortable, and turns it against us, he is probably expecting us and in some ways influencing us from the outside not to take Dervan along with us, which is why i think maybe bringing dervan with us could be unexpected enough to throw a wrench in his plans. He does seem most adaptable with this world's cruel nature after all,

Though this is all intuition admittedly. We are dealing with a dangerous universe in this case after all... and I feel we should get all the help we can get...

Actually I have a request for another vote, since it seems im outnumbered against my vote to bring Dervan with us:, if Dervan can't come, should we also have Triumphant not come with us as well? Threshold did say to bring the minimum amount of people to the assembly, and I feel having both Dervan and Triumphant not here might make for a good compromise, and having them actually somewhere else discussing their disagreements with each other and settle their differences might be better, our investigation does require strong bonds with each other after all if we wanna succeed. I get a feeling that Dervan and Triumphant don't trust each other that much for different valid reasons, and I think just having both Dervan and Triumphant sit this one out and not influence our thoughts might be for the best.

No offense to either Triumphant or Dervan, just that I think Corax Threshold, and I should come up with our own conclusions from the assembly without Dervan or Triumphant making us think certain things. I'd say either bring both Triumphant and Dervan, or leave both behind for the assembly
No. 1009086 ID: de57a8
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No. 1009144 ID: e51896

That might be for the best. all of us becoming a team here was with reason, and I hope not to deviate from that path to our destined outcome.
No. 1009220 ID: 612369

*silently scribbles something in his notebook during DerVan's entire monologue and chuckles to himself *

Inner thoughts:I often tell myself that there was good reasons to do what I did, but let's be real here, there often was none. I never enjoy it, I rarely enjoy anything. I tell myself I indeed have a conscious, but it's a feeble thing, it wouldn't protect you or I from a stiff breeze. You could not even guess at the things that I have done. Awful, evil, obscene, the telling of them alone could make you puke. They nag at me from time to time. The years pass, and the unimaginable becomes everyday, the hideous becomes tedious, the unbearable becomes routine. I push it all into the dark corners of my mind, and it's incredible the room back there. Amazing what one can live with. Perhaps I belong here.

Indeed, Peregrine. I am with you.
No. 1009253 ID: de57a8
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No. 1009254 ID: 612369

Inner thoughts: Miserable lying swine. I give you neither my respect or my trust, you haven't earned it.

Of course, sir.
No. 1009294 ID: d63ea8

Inner Thoughts: You dislike the prospect of having to handle Dervan without the others nearby to support... But you doubt that there will be any better option.

*Threshold remains silent, and eyes Dervan carefully.*
No. 1009306 ID: de57a8
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No. 1009317 ID: cdeedc

*something in what Algich says strikes a chord in Corax.*
No, I wasn’t. But my commanding officers were, and I was the one who put them up there.

*sigh* Don’t worry Ms. Algich, if anyone does throw a tomato at you, one of us will step out and shield you with our bodies if need be.
Inner thoughts: We are here to partially take the blame if it all goes wrong anyway.
No. 1009323 ID: d63ea8

Inner Thoughts: That would be father dropping in as well to make this conversation even more stressful, but don't say that. Right now Dervan is just picking at your defences. While you can't be rude in your responses, by having Triumphant here you can be somewhat resistant. Give a general answer.

"I... suppose a lot of things m-maybe? Like -uh- being set on fire, or shot?"

Inner Thoughts: Now take control of the conversation's direction. Push the focus onto him.

"I'd say that's a bit of an odd question to a-ask Mr. Glasshrauder. I mean shouldn't you be -um- more focused your p-professional grievances with -uh- Mr. Triumphant?"

Inner Thoughts: Make a false assumption, keep the pressure on.

"B-because it seems like you -er- want to avoid t-talking about yourself."
No. 1009528 ID: e51896

briefings is something agents have to do, so yeah, there is some experience in public speaking that I have.

Well, things like Dervan and Triumphant having a separate meeting have been set and happened with reason from the influence of our life experience. and now, destiny is calling. Lets see how clear our paths are towards our fated destination and take what is thrown at us and act on our intuition. Lets join the meeting before we are late.
No. 1009630 ID: 611cca
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No. 1009656 ID: 3e7c34

Begging your pardon, sir but it was not negligence that brought Triumphant’s absence from this seminar. Rather, Triumphant along with our superior officers Dervan and case mediator Threshold are currently holding a private meeting on how best to further our case. If we are to bring this criminal to justice, we must have an active duty watchmen examining and compiling evidence at all times. Constant vigilance, I hope this satisfies you, sir.

Forgive me I had not the honor introducing myself. I am agent Corax, co-detective and investigator in the case concerning happy the Tragedy phantom.
No. 1009725 ID: d63ea8


*Threshold scrambles back, almost falling to the ground.*

Inner Thoughts: Your head is spinning, you can't think.

"Dervan y-you c-can't-! D-do y-you-"

Inner Thoughts: Get ahold of yourself, now.

*He straightens up and takes a few more steps back.*

"H-he's a fucking m-monster."

Inner Thoughts: You aren't alone, Triumphant's here. Have him intervene.

"This c-conduct is g-gross and-"

*Threshold manages to catch his breath as he looks to Triumphant.*

"C-can you s-stop this?!"
No. 1010349 ID: 11b08a
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No. 1010356 ID: e51896

*Agent Peregrine was silent the whole time due to seeing Maya Din in the audience, an important figure he recognized from the church he went to back home*


[inner thoughts] This shocking encounter and my instinctive response has meaning in the eyes of Inkiverusus and the path I'm heading. As for what, I am not sure until we go through the presentation. Maya doesn't seem to recognize me though. Just speak what is on your mind and have confidence that what you'll say is all a part of Inkiverusus' plan, good or bad. They're waiting. I must also give a reason for my silence

Agent Peregrine is the name. Also an assistant co-detective and investigator for the case involving Happy the Tragedy Phantom working under Triumphant. Agent Corax has explained Triumphant's and Dervan's absence expertly. I was merely waiting until there wasn't any more questions before I introduced myself. If you want more details about Dervan, and Triumphant's absence, I'll be willing to share more details about it through the presentation of what we gathered as even their absence has some more important reasonings which I believe we'll need to get into.

That said, Shall we begin?
No. 1010367 ID: bec844

*Looks briefly between Peregrine and the woman in the crowd.*

inner thoughts: I know that look on Peregrine’s face, that is one of recognition. She doesn’t match it however, either she doesn’t recognize him or exceptionally good at hiding her true emotions. Yet she targeted him, and she sounded expectant, like she was hoping for something better. Interesting.

Quite right Agent Peregrine. As you know, we have been contracted to act as investigators on this case regarding Happy the Tragedy phantom and his various… shall we call them, escapades across the dimensions? Our first interrogation and subsequent investigations have shown that our target is master manipulator. Most likely someone who sees himself as something of a chess master, able to move pieces and is very good at misdirection, able to make us look one way, while moving in another. He works through others, and we have a comprehensive list of his known accomplices.
No. 1010443 ID: 11b08a
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No. 1010450 ID: 76fa74

Inner thoughts: Ah, one with a superiority complex; as I suspect they all have one. Let's wow the man, and this is why it pays to read on the files of the superiors.

With all respect due where it lies, Count Murdusa, the development of one's home maketh not the man. As I believe you have no doubt encountered in your own time and own home, manners maketh the man. Such arguments of status based on livelihoods between gentlemen only lead to quite troublesome quarrels not worth the effort in the end.

As for the collection of our evidence, that we have presented here thus far of our sketch of our... Shall we call Happy an Unsub? Unknown perpetrator to those who do not know the term. This sketch was provided by our superior Dervan, yes. However the channels he went through were perfectly adequate and necessary. This sketch was acquired through interactions with a known... Perhaps, prophet might be too strong of a word; nevertheless Mr. Anthony's drawings have proven useful to this organization before as well as one of our colleagues, Laurence, who is also part of our investigative team. I believe some of his artwork is hanging in the galleries around here, one in particular of another of our colleagues, Triumphant and Mr. Daro, both of whom he'd never met before.

I digress, Ms. Algich brings up an interesting point, this figure is often use by the various robots and cybernetic beings. I'd like to put the question to you as well my partner. It's a known fact that this technology is frequently used by this organization. One of the questions we will be investigating is how our Unsub got his hands on such technology that is so readily available to our organization? It is my understanding that trade secrets such as this are not so easily handed out. Perhaps you might answer Count Murdusa? Since, as you said, we are not so technologically advanced.

Inner thoughts: Let them connect the dots. This technology is only readily available to the tribunal and its associates. There is a traitor in our midst.
No. 1010535 ID: d63ea8

Inner Thoughts: Don't let him drag you down to his level. Stand up straight, deep breath, remain professional.

*He sighs.*

"I t-think it's more likely the Corax would have broken one of your -uh- arms and handcuffed you to the barstool, Mr. Glasshrauder."

Inner Thoughts: Going from what you've gathered on his disposition it's more likely that Corax would want Dervan to live and suffer, be that stripped of all titles and privileges, or left as a mewling pile of broken bones. But that isn't the focus right now, redirect the conversation back to exercise. Be a tad more demeaning to Dervan if you have to.

"So it is your goal to make people act more 'genuinely' Mr. Glasshrauder?"

Inner Thoughts: Avoid 'I' statements. This is about their relationship, not your opinions.

"But as you've already said, this pushes you into a more hostile relationship with your colleagues. Seeing as Mr. Triumphant already has a more... jaded view of you, it's reasonable to assume that you've done something similar to him in the past as well."

Inner Thoughts: Now test his defences. See how he reacts to more probing questions. Try out some theories.

"But nevermind that, the bigger question is 'why?' It's obvious that these ploys are to both engineer the relationships you prefer and to keep those around you guessing, hence why Mr. Triumphant's foreknowledge upsets you. So why is it that you want people to hate you, Mr. Glasshrauder?"

Inner Thoughts: Now push him.

"It seems that you don't want others to trust you, but where does come from? Is it because you don't want others to start relying on you, or does such a prospect scare you?"
No. 1011145 ID: e51896

This is keeping in mind that this universe we are investigating shouldn't have access to such technology as it is closed off from other universes for the most part. Magic, and biological experiments sure, but advanced robotics not likely. It's safe to assume that Happy is someone from the outside who brought this technology with him, or someone who gained it from someone from outside this universe. However, it should also be noted that his influence was seen not just in this universe, but within another worlds, the person we interrogated's world for example.

If there are any theories or questions to be brought up, please do so. Otherwise, I suggest we present some Recordings and evidence we gathered, if Ms. Algich would get them ready. There are some things I'd like to bring up from them.
No. 1011177 ID: f23762
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No. 1011178 ID: f23762

Ups also forgot to put this music as well

No. 1011241 ID: 3e7c34

Inner thoughts:Mm. That will not do. If Happy is amongst us that would merely eliminate our only leads on him.

*quickly reaches into jacket as if going for a gun but only comes out with a hand in the shape of a gun and points it at hooka-head*
*quickly points at Murdusa*

Forgive my metaphor with this action. Simply executing them is an easy answer, but so is shooting you in order to further our own standing within the organization. The problem is it’s messy, leaves more holes, and there would likely be repercussions and loss of power. The purpose of investigation is to discover the truth. These are merely the most likely suspects. The key word being “suspects,” not “convicts.” Killing them and having done not only eliminates any possible leads we have on our main target, it creates more enemies, more than I believe this tribunal is willing to have. If you are going to give the order, then I hope that you are also willing to reap the guilt and repercussions of that order, I ask you to examine the consequences of killing each suspect, instead look at what we have to gain by Turing them to our side. There are people on this list that simply killing them would be a loss of a potentiality valuable asset to this tribunal. The cons outweigh the pros.

There is further evidence to suggest that the person who we assume to Happy may not even be aware they are the culprit. Rather, it is more a kind of split personality that puppeteers their actions. Conducting proper tests for this trait will save lives, time, and resources, and also it will be less of a headache for all of you.
No. 1011278 ID: d63ea8

*Threshold glances between the teacup and his two superiors.*

Inner Thoughts: Dervan didn't present any questions to you. Good. You still have the initiative and it seems Triumphant's comments have him on less steady footing. De-escalate the situation first, then you can press again. Start with Triumphant.

"Let's all take a moment to settle down."

"Mr. Triumphant, this won't be a productive meeting if you dismiss Mr. Glasshrauder's thoughts out of hand. It is understandable why you don't trust Mr. Glasshrauder, as he even said, he prefers it. That being said, if we truly want to meaningful progress between you two, then it'd be best if we left insults out of this discussion."

Inner Thoughts: Now work on Dervan. Try to dig out the underlying rationale of his 'dogma.' Remain direct, but adopt a softer approach.

"Thank you Mr. Glasshrauder for sharing us your view on things. It may be frustrating to point out truths that are apparent to you and not to other people, but exercising patience in this case will help us try to see where you're coming from."

*Threshold straightens his jacket before continuing.*

"What you just described with the tea cup seems like a very isolating experience. You and Mr. Triumphant were in a world where both of you were part of a greater community, following a grand narrative; And now, you are both alone."

Inner Thoughts: Use his own words.

"For Mr. Triumphant, this wasn't much of a loss. As you said Mr. Glasshrauder, he was a 'person who doesn't need friends, only coworkers.' You on the other hand felt a 'weakness from its absence.'"

Inner Thoughts: Now speculate.

"Many people find community and comfort within the principles they believe, both religious and secular. It's the same reason why people like Mr. Peregrine are able to remain calm, even in the most dire of situations. But that leads to the question of what you are looking to gain from this dogma, Mr. Glasshrauder. Is it the sense of belonging you get from being in a bigger plan? Is it a facet of your identity that has just always been there? Or maybe..."

Inner Thoughts: Push hard with this one.

"You're afraid of what an existence without meaning could be?"
No. 1011403 ID: 09631d

And to answer your question my lords, DeRvan is not on this list because he helped compile it. But just because he isn’t on the immediate list of suspects, doesn’t mean changes won’t happen in the future.
No. 1011425 ID: e51896

*stares at the slide*

inner thoughts: hmm... interesting. When Triumphant challenged us to play darts and put a bunch of pictures for us to throw darts at to figure out the suspect, there were 9 pictures. Here there is six suspects... must have narrowed it down... I should probably ask who the other three suspects were, but maybe when the time is right.

Indeed. Not only that, we had a very interesting interview before coming into this meeting, all of which recorded which we can listen to once we are ready. But it is important to point out that even if we do kill all the suspects, we have gathered reasons to believe that Happy had not just gathered a small gang to accomplish his goals, but rather, an army willing to fight for him through tooth and nail. Even if we manage to kill Happy among the suspects, his orders could still be carried out despite his death. And who's to say that he already accounted for us to kill all of the suspects at once

And from the information we gathered, we learned that one of the suspects we captured might not actually be the correct suspect. We have learned there are right now two Felafafs running around currently alive, one of which from an alternate timeline and fighting for Happy.

We can go into more detail and listen to the recording and go through some key things I want to point out after we finish going through the slides.
No. 1011431 ID: f23762
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No. 1011439 ID: d63ea8

Inner Thoughts: You've definitely hit a nerve with that last statement. Note how Dervan is trying to quickly shift the topic onto the conduct of you and Triumphant. While you can't rule out that this is an 'act,' it could also be a more foundational element of 'who he is;' pursuing it might be fruitful since it would be harder for him to lie about. You'll get an opportunity to circle back, but you need to shoot down his arguments first. Don't let him make this personal.

"This isn't a conversation where we're trying to point fingers at one another Mr. Glasshrauder. We are just trying to understand where you are coming from. With the rest of us not being able to clearly see what drives your actions, we are forced to speculate or otherwise remain confused."

Inner Thoughts: First point down, on to the next. Draw parallels as a way to undermine Dervan's assertions.

"And if memory serves Mr. Glasshrauder, you had a similar exercise to Mr. Triumphant when first meeting the investigation team. In order to establish a proper chain of command you asked the evaluator to stab one of their subordinates."

Inner Thoughts: You don't know anything specific about this 'dart stunt.' Try to build off of context clues.

"Mr. Triumphant asked others to throw darts at pictures of people. Much like your exercise Mr. Glassrauder, it may have been less about who in particular was hit or stabbed and more centered on the actions of the people involved. You even praised the team during your exercise for finding an 'understanding of the chain of command without anyone getting hurt.' It may not have been relevant to the investigation itself, but you still found some level of value in it. Mr. Triumphant was just doing the same."

Inner Thoughts: Now defuse his questions and circle back to yours. Express curiosity.

"So let's hold off on making judgements or questioning one another's capability of being an investigator. Each of us were chosen for a reason, though whether it is seen as either fate or chance is up to the individual themselves."

*Threshold smiles softly.*

"Now with that settled, I was actually curious about something you said Mr. Glasshrauder. You just said that without meaning in your existence, you would cease to exist."

Inner Thoughts: Frame it as though you want clarification.

"Would 'you ceasing to exist' be in a more literal sense, like vanishing into thin air, or would it be more metaphorical? Would the person 'Dervan Glasshrauder' cease to be, and whoever was left would be someone else entirely?"
No. 1011496 ID: e51896

inner thoughts: it comes to this, now is a good time to voice these concerns

Ms. Algich, it was agreed that it would be important for us to answer these people's questions, even if it does open a new can of worms. It is important as agents to not leave any stone unturned. We cannot skip such questions given. So allow me to answer the gentleman his question

To answer your question, Count Murdusa, before this meeting, Triumphant was voicing concerns that Dervan being present at this meeting would be disruptive and was against Dervan being here and asked his superior to not have him here, though he would only get that permission granted if it was a majority vote between all us agents. But I thought otherwise as Dervan has been actually pretty valuable in helping us uncovering the truth despite his unorthodox methods. So it was I who suggested as a compromise to Triumphant that both he and Dervan be absent from this meeting so that they can both settle their differences... but that wasn't my main reason.

So to your question of if I suspect Triumphant... as hurtful to me to say this, yes, I have started to see him as a possible suspect. That was my main reason as to leave him absent, and not just because he was preventing Dervan from being here, but I feel he would start hiding certain things and change subjects to keep the truth hidden. There have been instances where he wanted agent Corax and I to stay silent about some things during an unofficial interview we had before coming here to keep Dervan from learning from things about a certain individual, asking us to be a little bad at our jobs during the interview.

and also, when Ms. Algich showed off the list of suspects, I noticed that there were six suspects when in fact, I remember there distinctly being nine suspects. During one of our meetings when Triumphant was getting an idea of the kind of agents we are with his tests, one of the things he asked us to do was to throw darts at some turned pictures we couldn't see the main suspects of, telling me to "let my god (Inkiverusus) guide my shots". There were nine photographs on that dart board, but now I'm seeing 6 suspects. Giving the benefit of doubt could be that they narrowed down the suspects, but the fact that we have not been shown the suspects and Triumphant wanted us to be silent about some things led to some growing concerns that maybe some of those suspects were kept hidden on purpose.

And it should be noted with that in mind that Happy is someone who despises destiny, wanting people to be free and become better than who they are, a connection I see with Triumphant's hatred of being forced to be the Will of the World's "tool" and follow the destined set path he was given.

After all, Triumphant once told me that he had a feeling like his whole life he was playing the role of a detective and more and more it felt like his role as detective doesn't suit him anymore. Perhaps this is something he is feeling after leaving Inkiverusus' guidance and is leaning more towards a different occupation.

And to answer your second question on these "invisible strings", during our interview, when the question of these invisible strings came up, we had been told of something that matches the description of those strings and their actions. They seem to be tentacle-like coming from something that looks like a skull of a demon. the tentacles are said to be black and white, and these skulls are said to offer deals to help someone. Interestingly enough, this skull had once given a riddle as to how to find Happy. I want to maybe throw in the idea that maybe the individual who is Happy is being controlled or influenced by this skull demon

Anyway, Ms. Algich said just now that capturing somebody who is affiliated with the group opposing the tribunal's law will help in crushing their foes... during the interview we had before coming here, we were given a list of criminals and their descriptions working under the tribunal... and one of the descriptions of the people working for Happy seem to match one of the people working under the Tribunal. Perhaps if we capture this possible parasite working as a mole for Happy in our organization, we could get some valuable information such as who it was in this organization that recommended this person into the investigation team as they could have been the one who planted this individual here.

Mr. Corax, do you know the individual I am talking about from the description of the criminals given?
No. 1011499 ID: 7acb12

As a matter of fact, I do.

*flips open notebook*
The resident doctor here one who referred to herself as "Cactus," after doing some digging on her due to some recent events involving a knife her stabbing me with it, led me to find a paper trail leading her to a connection with the being known as "Essence of Life" now deceased. This being however was a known leader and a frontman and head of operations for plans involved with Happy the Tragedy Phantom. When Doctor "Cactus" was working with Essence, she was known by the moniker "The Judge" and was under her employ as a mercenary.

What's further is that DeRvan who took on Essence during the altercation failed to mention this note. So to answer your own question Count Murdusa, I can trust neither of them. If you need evidence of this betrayal by our good doctor, Ms. Algich and I have compiled tapes and notes from an interview with beings who seem to be a primary motive for Happy who also took part in the fight against Essence. The one that I interviewed gave a very good description of all who were associated with Essence, and therefore, with Happy.

*plays the interview tape with Fortune Ana.*

And here is where we come to what I was trying to reach all of you to see from the beginning. There are traitors in our midst good ladies and gentlemen. This organization has been compromised and I suspect that Happy has been an inside man all along.
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No. 1011568 ID: 5f4030

*eye twitch and his face upturns into a ghoulish smile*

Inner thoughts: You fucking ignorant imbeciles, it's all right there in front of and you refuse to see it. Alright then, let's show you how moronic you are

Are you aware of how poison works? The way it is most effective is if it either ingested or enters the body through an open wound. The effects of certain types of poison can include something like weakening limbs and body, nausea and vomiting, sepsis, paralysis, and eventually death. All of which I had suffered and to which Lord Zirzam sadly suffered from my accidental vomiting on him. Now I ask you, why would I chose to poison myself simply to get Lord Zirzam with a method that wouldn't work? I had not met him before today, I didn't know him before hand, it doesn't add up. What's more why should I bother taking poison when the chances are I would die all on the off chance to get someone else? That is not how poison works, and it's nonsensical.

Instead, let's return to what I said? How does poison enter the body? Either ingesting, or via an open wound. You openly acknowledge that I was stabbed. I was stabbed twice by both DeRvan and our Doctor. So that leaves both DeRvan and the doctor as possible suspects for targeting Zirzam. DeRvan has too much fear of Zirzam to even try such an attempt. When Lord Zirzam greeted us during the investigation, DeRvan showed only fear and respect for him. He was subservient and overly polite. And again, what motive does DeRvan have for killing him? Possibly because he feels small around him, but I doubt it very much. It doesn't make any sense. Plus knowing the prejudice of this organization, chances you would all take the first opportunity to be rid of us had you the opportunity. DeRvan would not risk that.

Now what motive does the Doctor have? You have her sister locked up as a prisoner and facing judgement for her involvement with Happy. How can she either get even or save her sister? Simple, try and get rid of the people who are keeping her sister in prison. The effects of the poison in me were slow going, the most immediate one I felt was muscle weakening as on my way back from being healed, I collapsed to my knees and continued to weaken throughout the interrogation. And if you need further evidence of me being stabbed, I have scars to prove it, as well as having the bloody clothes in my dormitory. The doctor may have destroyed the records of that visit but I doubt it, chances are she has to keep some record of her patients to keep up appearances.

Oh, but let's keep going how can poison be applied? As I said, open wounds are common. The thing that makes the most sense is either when she stabbed me again, but that would involve her having to already have applied it to her glove to touch the blade. She did not touch the blade directly, meaning she couldn't have applied it as such. Rather, the two hypodermic needles that she used with Cyber Crow. She would have to be the one to get them ready, both of them. Cyber Crow may have been aware of this, he may not have. It would need further investigation. But the effects of this poison was only felt after I left her office. We have cameras in the halls yes? If so, you should see me fall to my knees. If you need further collaboration DeRvan himself can testify that he saw me collapse on my knees.

With this, we have a motive, we have a means, and we have evidence and proof. The fact that you haven't already arrested her on suspicion of corroboration with her sister with Happy is not only shockingly naive, but downright shows your own ignorance. So I tell you again Lords and ladies of this court. You have traitors in your organization. The fact that you refuse to see that is and instead let your prejudice blind you to that is shameful.
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*puts his hand on Corax's shoulder to calm him*

*whispers* Deep breaths Corax, you spoke so passionately about the incident that I believe you might just be on the right track, but your anger is probably jumbling up your memories of what actually happened. If you truly suspect the doctor, Calm down and try to think of the event again more clearly, and try to remember every detail such as the details and state of Dervan's knife when you were stabbed both the first and second time, and consider that some things might be true, such as the robot. Consider that if the doctor did indeed inject you with poison, and it wasn't Dervan or the robot, that she may have done it a different way and the robot may have served a different purpose. use deductive reasoning on this. If you have an idea, look through the video, and play through a specific part that you feel amiss.

(going to link the start of when Corax entered the doc's office here: https://questden.org/kusaba/draw/res/32929.html#44958)

Forgive my partner's behavior, doctor Kavakara. I calmed him down. he's just so passionate about finding the truth that he's probably got some things messed up. I'm sure your expert experiences had warranted you an honorary spot on the team. May I ask how you first became a part of the investigation team?
No. 1011662 ID: 5f4030

*closes eyes and takes a deep breath*

Inner thoughts: Calm. Calm. Go to you place Alyosha, your mind palace...


First stabbing: Stabbed above the liver by DeRvan with switchblade he had on him. Second stabbing, same knife? Possibly. Think. I enter the doctor's office, the knife is still in me, it's not been removed, can't risk to much blood loss. She removes it. Can see that on the first screen, open wound, the knife has been removed. Can't see the knife her body blocks the view. Where is the knife? She pulled the knife, it had my blood on it.


When she holds the knife again, its clean? How? Possibly wiped something on it behind counter? Or different knife entirely. Stabbed in left shoulder. She then mentions... Poisonous insects. Possible poison from her home world? Testing it on me? Perhaps.


Motive: Unknown at this time. Relation to Happy? Almost none that we know of. Sisters connection? Was a possible summon in the fight Essence had with the Ana's. Essence was directly under Happy. Loose connection, probably not enough to commit with. Start small. Corner her.


"Where I come from we have insects that can fuck up your whole body without you even knowing about it. Since you entered my infirmary I am not allowed to let you leave until I am sure you won't collapse after you leaver through the door and just look at yourself."

Those were the words you spoke to me were they not? I'm, what are the effects of those bugs you mentioned? Because it wasn't even ten minutes after I left that I collapsed to my knees. If I may draw the attention to video one for a moment, my face is on the screen and Doctor Karakava's back is to the camera. Looking on the screen you can see me, the knife has been removed. Where is the knife in this shot? And on the second screen as well, the knife cannot be seen. May we rewind the footage? As I recall, when the knife was pulled from my body my blood was still on it. Now fast forward to when it reappears again. If we are to assume it's the same knife, it appears that it has either been cleaned or it is a different knife.
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*Threshold sighs.*

Inner Thoughts: Dervan's correct in this case. Triumphant isn't engaging at all with the conversation and as a result you won't be able to pushing any further on Dervan. At least you have a couple of avenues of attack for later. For now admit to the obvious.

"Mr. Glasshrauder is correct in this case, Mr. Triumphant. You agreed that it would be best to deal with this dilemma between the two of you, and so far Mr. Triumphant you've been more focused on the investigation, rather than this conversation."

Inner Thoughts: Try to make a compromise with the two topics.
Avoid questions pertaining to when he was still in his dimension.

"What made you want to become an investigator for the Dimensional Tribunal?"
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Inner thoughts: Algich, you brilliant woman. I'll have to buy you a coffee for this.

I notice a few more discrepancies. If that is the same cape which I assume it is as you have just said it is custom made to match your sister, where is the blood from the knife? If you wiped it off twice on that cape, surely traces of my blood would be on it yes? Especially if you used it to wipe it down twice, however I see none. Before you say that it was washed similar to my own clothes, Algich, if that is a custom cloth and material I assume it must be specially washed to ensure it retains its value? And I also continue to see no evidence of wiping the blood off in the footage. Can we fast forward this slightly to prove this?

This leads me to believe it was not the same knife used for the second stabbing. Furthermore, if I may direct your attention back to the screen footage of the video from behind the counter. Note there is nothing seen behind the desk. If this was a second knife used that means it was on the Doctor's person rather and hidden by her cape.
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Inner Thoughts: Just ignore Dervan's statement, it's only meant to derail the conversation. Focus on compromise.

"Mr. Triumphant, it would be unfair of you to ask Mr. Glasshrauder to change his worldview if you are equally uncomfortable about changing yours. Each of you have different perspectives and both of you should respect the fact these are personal beliefs each of you hold."

Inner Thoughts: Now work towards a solution.

"Neither of you should be expected to fundamentally change as a person, but seeing as you are both working together, it would be best if each of you were mindful of one another's boundaries and took steps to accommodate each other during this investigation."

*Threshold looks to Triumphant.*

"Would it help you if Mr. Glasshrauder would more upfront with this ideas?"

*He then turns to Dervan.*

"And would it help you if Mr. Triumphant was less secretive about his findings?"
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I like your enthusiasm and eagerness to head through the path destined to you, Agent Corax, but if you rush through it, you won't get to appreciate the environment you'll see in the path you are walking through. Take time to stop and smell the flowers, you might miss some things if you don't.

With that in mind, I would personally like to request if we can ask our good doctor to give us a new testomony about the events that happened regarding Corax's doctor appointment, and the knife, and suit. Much appreciated to everyone involved
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Interesting. If it was cleaned in the exact same manner, I would like the scanner bot to scan her clothing. If it was cleaned in the same way then there will be no traces of blood or poison on her and it will show similar detergent.
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*Threshold flinches as Triumphant falls.*

Inner Thoughts: Bad. Very bad. Your head is spinning. Focus. Read the situation around you.

*He looks to Dervan and then back to Triumphant.*

Inner Thoughts: Neither you nor Dervan have been affected, so this isn't airborne. It is unlikely to have been some form of area dispersal, otherwise you should be suffering some manner of side effects. For now take Dervan at his word, nothing stood out as an activation phrase and you didn't see him put anything in Triumphant's food. Using process of elimination, that only leaves...

*Threshold glances at the paper in Triumphant's hand.*

Inner Thoughts: Contact poison or info hazard. Dervan passed over an envelope, and Triumphant opened it. Keep your intentions close to your chest. Dervan wants you to see him as innocent, utilize that. Add worry to your voice.

"G-get a d-doctor M-mr. Glassshauder! I-i'll t-try to r-resusitate h-him."

*Threshold kneels next to Triumphant, trying to find a pulse and check if he's still breathing. Threshold makes sure to keep the paper in his peripheral vision.*
No. 1012920 ID: e51896

hmm... if you cleaned your outfit the same way Corax did, that would mean you would have given it to the cleaner and didn't clean it yourself. In that case, wouldn't the cleaner would have said anything or be concerned about the bloody cape to report it when he saw it after you gave it to him to clean? That might have been hard to explain after showing a bloody cape to a cleaner... especially since it would have meant admitting to him that you stabbed someone, even if Corax wasn't effected by it.

inner thoughts: might be important to keep in mind that her outfit is unique, in that there are only two suits like hers in existence. I do have one weird hunch about this, but I suppose it depends on what we'll learn here...
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Very interesting. I have only a few questions for the panel before we continue.

firstly, can this scanner scan other things besides clothes or is that all it scans?

secondly, are prisoners allowed visitation privileges?
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