Time for another end-of-thread summation. >>165320
Firing the M24, and either leaving it / taking it with you would have had Kotohime start on a “second gunman” theory. Then, Reisen would have been able to spin it (if she wished) as a “hey I was there to stop this from happening, I'm trained for this, but this was just an anonymous tip so I didn't want to freak everyone out if it just turned out to be a hoax.” That would have also been similar to the story Reisen would have told if you'd lied to Tewi. More on that later.
Escaping via the forest, either direction, would have had you run into a helpful Cirno, who would have stashed you in a convenient tree to hide, and lied about where you went. Front gate would have been a Meiling encounter, that our rabbit would have had to be extremely lucky to walk away from. >>165515
Going back to the Moriya Shrine would have led to Reisen being interrogated by Marisa about the Mansion, after Sanae helped you hide your shit. Marisa is much, much worse at interrogation than Kotohime, and would have gotten significantly less information, giving you time to craft an alibi. You saw the “go talk to the fairies” bit, so I don't need to go into detail on that.
I haven't even counted the third favor votes, so there's that. I just have some vague idea of who's winning, but I'll worry about that when I need to.
I kind of regret not using Akyu for more, given that I showed her to be a friend to Reisen earlier in the story. Welp. >>165599
Release/Keep Tewi: Simply would have delayed Reisen's conversation with Tewi. Also, if Tewi had been kept, she'd have been angrier at the investigators, and just angrier in general. Which would have made her more determined to know the truth, but easier to lie to, if Reisen leaned on the right things.
[ ] Interrogate someone else.
- [ ] Iku.
Useless drunken rambling. Doubtful there would be anything useful in the whole thing, until she sobered up. Which would be an option to wait for or not, delaying the investigation, but gettnig better information.
- [ ] Tenshi.
Probably the best description of Reisen. If Tenshi had been interrogated properly by Kotohime, she'd give a description very fitting a certain moon rabbit. And as such, Kotohime would be even MORE suspicious of Reisen.
- [ ] Koakuma.
Not much, honestly. Too busy singing, and Remilia didn't tell her until well after the fact.
- [ ] Luna.
Luna is a consummate liar. It would have been a face-off between Luna, and Kotohime, trying to catch her in a web of lies. You'd have a short period of playing as Luna and a slightly longer interrogation sequence.
[ ] Go over the evidence collected.
We did a large amount of this, but at Eientei with Reisen, instead of at the SDM.
[ ] Examine the room that the rabbit escaped from.
A thorough examination of the room by trained eyes (a certain Kappa specialist,) would have led to discovering that the pipes of the water pump were used as a conduit for some high-voltage electric current. Also, Nitori would be Kotohime's sidekick, instead of Nazrin. >>165696
[ ] The Toyosatomimi connection is an intriguing theory. Maybe you should talk to someone at the Hall of Dreams.
Wherein Yoshika talks to Kotohime, and describes her encounter with Reisen in the Hall of Dreams. At this point, Kotohime would be almost completely certain of Reisen's involvement with at least the Toyosatomimi murder.
[ ] The bullet is more temporally relevant. We need to get this to Reisen post-haste.
Skips the interrogation and goes straight to Eientei.
[ ] All that can wait. Interrogation, however, can't. Can't hold people here forever, and we've got to question someone while we've got them now, instead of tracking them down later.
-[ ] Iku.
She had a bit of time to sober up now.
-[ ] Tenshi.
-[ ] Koakuma.
-[ ] Write-in.
I'm glad you guys chose Eiki: she KNOWS what Reisen has done, but since Reisen isn't dead, I got to show that Eiki has a very clear jurisdiction. Eiki will play a minor role at best in this story: she is not a “hey I'm going to give up the game for everyone” sort of person, as she's bound by her own rules. Of course, Kotohime's still smart enough to get SOMETHING out of her. >>165744
[ ] Wait here for Tewi to return.
Leads to Tewi conversation.
– [ ] With Kaguya. You could really go for some company.
– [ ] By yourself.
Not talking to Kaguya would make it easier for Kotohime to have manipulated her into giving her damning information. As it was, you guys prevented Kotohime from getting anything useful out of Kaguya.
[ ] Go back to the SDM as Reisen. Remilia might have done something drastic to Tewi, and you'd hate to have that on your conscience too.
This is dependent on the Keep/Release Tewi vote. If you'd kept Tewi, Reisen would have had the option of angrily protesting Tewi's being held, or just blatantly attempting to break her out. May have deflected suspicion away from you if you played your cards right. Having a released Tewi would have meant Reisen meeting a happy-to-see-you Tewi on the way there, because Reisen shows that she cares about Tewi, but would have also led directly to the Tewi conversation. She might have taken it better if it'd happened here, though...
[ ] Take advantage of this lull to go confront the fairies. You have a fairly good idea of where at least one of them would be this time of night.
You saw this. >>166052
This was a kind of tension-relieving sort-of-comedy/slice of Kaguya life update. Up until the end, at least.
[ ] Yes, of course. I've got nothing to hide at all.
Pretty much the same as your write-in. Of course Kotohime's going to count a murder as important.
[ ] NosorryI'vegotathingtodotonightbye!
In which Kotohime shrugs, and decides to leave and come by tomorrow. She might have rifled through the day's mail, though, if Reisen somehow didn't pick it up first... >166242
[ ] Youkai Mountain
[ ] The Underground
[ ] The Myouren Temple
[ ] The Fairy Forest surrounding the Misty Lake.
Can't really speak on these just yet. >>166552
[ ] Let Lily talk. Give her enough rope to hang herself with.
[ ] Be confrontational. Don't let her guide the conversation.
[ ] Throw the bullet casing at Lily. The fuck is this shit?
Despite what Reisen says in the next update, it really couldn't have gone any better than this. Letting Lily talk was a really good idea, because most people love to hear themselves talk. Being confrontational would have just put you in Lily's position, talking entirely too much for your own good. And throwing things at Lily would have simply skipped straight to the end of the conversation, so Lily wouldn't have said nearly as much. The write-in pretty much more clearly delineated what my exact plans were. Stop reading my plot notes. >166636
I WANT TO WRITE MORE DREAM SEQUENCES.
[ ] Go home and sleep. Screw all of this.
Dream sequence, and postponing Tewi conversation until the morning.
[ ] Go home and wait for Tewi. You can't sleep tonight. Not after all this crap.
Did this one.
[ ] Go to the Moriya Shrine. Sanae will make you feel better.
Skip the Tewi conversation entirely, possibly. Also Sanae! Sanae is a good girl.
[ ] Stay here. Maybe something will reveal itself to you.
In the form of the strongest fairy who likes talking to you, because you're nice to her. >>166853
Welp. Here I feel the need to be very clear: Telling Sanae was almost a very, very bad idea. Telling Remilia (in the single bad end) WAS a very, very bad idea. Telling Tewi, someone who isn't blinded by infatuation, but views you as a sister, and is a fairly rational being in most senses of the phrase, welp. Probably should have lied, rabbit. It would even have worked, for a time. But maybe by that time it wouldn't matter anymore. >>167206
[ ] Heads
Little Bridge-Kicker Princess!
[ ] Tails
In which Kappas can bring a crude version of forensic science to bear. Telling you things which I can't tell you at this point.
[ ] Edge
Man, you'd have to be real lucky for the coin to land on its edge, wouldn't you? Almost as if someone was there, manipulating your luck. I wonder who that could have been? Hell, maybe you'd have even caught a real lucky break on the investigation that cracks this case wide open. >>167305 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kRRfmriKeE >>167370
This choice doesn't actually affect anything! I just wanted to know who you guys thought won. There's a small dialogue difference but it really ends up being the same end result.
So, we're fast approaching the end, and I'd like to know how you guys like this story so far. I'm also considering doing a beginning-of-thread in-character recap in the style of >>136829
, to refresh everyone's memory on this story (it's been running for almost a year!), and make it accessible to new readers. I'll even put it to a formal vote. Also, last call for third favor votes, votes will close after the next update so I have a clear cutoff point.
[ ] Do a recap for the beginning of next thread.
– [ ] Which character should do it? (Write-in.)
[ ] Recaps suck, and you suck. Kill yourself and get back to writing regular updates when you come back from the dead.
Also, if you have any questions, now, as always, is the best time to ask.