Murder at the Poe's Raven Party
You have received an invitation to a raven party at the Poe Mansion in the gloomy crime-ridden city of Wraith’s Cove. The town gossips are chattering about the disreputable people on Eddie Poe’s guest list. What could Eddie be thinking? Could it be that Eddie has finally gone mad? It appears that at least the Poe Mansion’s in dire need of assistance. Ever since Eddie’s housekeeper quit, the estate is in shambles.
Nevertheless, you are intrigued by the thought of a Gothic dinner party held in honor of a fiendish bird – even if the group of ruffians may cause chaos. Chaos can be fun sometimes, right? This is where your story begins.
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A perplexing individual with a silver tongue and a dark past, Lincoln has finally figured out the world and is a contributing member of society. As a youth, Lincoln underwent a misguided rebellion and dropped out of high school to become a street hooligan. Today, Lincoln is a morally ambiguous and infallible police psychologist for the city of Wraith’s Cove. Lincoln is oddly calm when predicting misfortune and devastation.
Lincoln is the archenemy of Logan Finch, and doesn't get along with Bo Bandini. Lincoln was friends with Brock as a teen, but wishes to disassociate from a dark past. Lincoln and Gray are best pals.
Office Manager, Wraith’s Cove Daily
An American of Irish descent, Logan is an office manager at the Wraith’s Cove Daily who is obsessed with workplace power-plays and revenge plots. A merciless ladder climber who never compromises, Logan is a gossipmonger when tittle-tattle has the promise to lead to advancement in rank at the newspaper. Logan prefers to be alone when possible and is anything but altruistic.
Logan Finch has held a grudge against Lincoln Dangerfield ever since Logan worked as a 911 operator at the Wraith's Cove Police Station. For that matter, Logan despises everyone at the police station! Logan does anything to please the editor-in-chief, Eddie Poe. Logan is an obvious kiss-up to those who may benefit Logan, but many employees of the newspaper say Logan is nightmare colleague.
Suggested Attire: Gothic-inspired attire. Black suit or cocktail dress for female.
Agent, undisclosed federal agency
Zane Katz is a deeply philosophical federal agent. Rather aloof with expensive tastes, Zane’s a worldly, refined individual who people easily come to trust. Nobody knows which agency Zane works for and if Zane is in Wraith’s Cove for business or pleasure. The agent was invited to Poe’s Raven Party and was first to return an RSVP card. This is troubling to those on the guest list with shady pasts and less than honorable intentions.
Zane is in Wraith's Cove on a mission, but cannot disclose anything further to the police or other agencies. This is proving difficult for Zane to get cooperation, so Zane is trying to workaround the police and investigate alone.
Suggested Attire: Gothic-inspired attire. Black suit or cocktail dress for female. A toy gun as an prop.
Brock Falstaff is an academic genius who constantly makes a mess of situations. Bored with mundane life, this scholar creates perilous scenarios purely for the enjoyment derived from evading the predicaments. Brock is unemployed yet intermingles with the hollow upper-class world. Both witty and charming, Brock is a manipulator with a propensity for using wealthy friends to obtain undeserved luxuries and to fund an extravagant shopping habit.
Brock is a bit of a gossip and some folks are upset at Brock for spreading rumors. Many people proclaim envy over Brock's lifestyle because everyone knows Brock hasn't endured one day of hard work yet enjoys a lavish lifestyle.
With a childlike charm and wonder, Danny Drake is a forensic anthropologist for the Wraith’s Cove Crime Lab. Hailing from an impoverished background - Danny deplores the upper crust of society. Hungry for attention, Danny holds the center stage of any room and often reminisces about when Danny’s mother gave up everything for a failed attempt at Danny becoming a child star. This lab dweller embraces never-ending grudges and blames society for everything wrong in life.
The town is holding its breath, as Danny is currently investigating skeletal remains found in a local cornfield. People hope the bones belong to one of the missing victims of the Body Snatch Killer. That way, there will finally be potential tangible evidence in the case.
Suggested Attire: cheap-looking Gothic attire (black t-shirt, black jeans with holes). You do not embrace upper society, so you don’t mimic them.
Editor-in-Chief, Wraith’s Cove Daily
With a primal instinct of survival, shrewdness, and deceitfulness, Eddie Poe is editor-in-chief at the Wraith’s Cove Daily. A loner drove to seclusion from heartbreak and an unfortunate sequence of misfortunes, Eddie has an attachment to a strict routine and will become enraged if anyone gets in the way. An aficionado of the macabre, Eddie runs the editorial department at the Wraith’s Cove Daily after giving up on a dream career as a freelance poet. Due to Eddie’s self-loathing state of mind, Eddie’s estate is in a sullied condition and dire need of repairs.
Eddie's only true friend is a raven named Moe. Eddie claims the party is in honor of Moe, and ravens alike.
Suggested Attire: wear a costume inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. Attach an optional black raven on your shoulder like a pirate, as you have a pet raven.
Journalist, Wraith’s Cove Daily
Flynn Moriarty exists behind a smokescreen of a glitzy swirl of high society shindigs and life without boundaries or limits. Behind the curtains, Flynn drones on about a failed career and empty trust fund. Flynn faces the world with utterly nothing but the power of a charismatic personality. Due to Eddie Poe being a childhood friend, Flynn recently landed a job with the Wraith’s Cove Daily as an entry-level field journalist, reporting on local bake sales, ice cream socials, and farm festivals. Flynn has the potential to be a success in the field if an inflated ego and a bottomless barrel of pride do not ruin everything.
Recently, Flynn was involved in an international scandal after coaxing Eddie Poe into publishing a lead story about a pop star's remains discovered in Wraith's Cove. The story was later proven to be fake, and Eddie was more than livid about having to publish a retraction. As an entitled trust fund kid, Flynn burned many bridges in town. Now, Flynn wishes there were more friends around to show how to be a regular person.
Suggested Attire: moderately fashionable Gothic attire. You’ve fallen from money, but still have nice things from the past.
Touted as the grandest detective of modern times, Landry Nevermore is intellectual, witty, and charming. Landry possesses the powers of persuasion and rationality to crack challenging cases in the crime-ridden, evil realm of Wraith’s Cove. A deductive mastermind who utilizes a superior mind for the good of the town, Landry is in tune with the seedy minds of humanity’s underbelly.
Escape Room Designer
Corrupt, wicked, and dangerous to associate with, Gray Golightly possesses an unchained, thoughtless persona. Gray’s a heartless and contemptuous troublemaker who uses people like a hairbrush – for their functionality. Take Gray’s words lightly, as Gray’s life is one big fairytale narrated by an imaginative mind. Gray’s a hipster who lives for wicked adventures and plays the cello with a disturbing lack of talent. Gray is currently being investigated by Landry Nevermore for multiple disappearances of thrill seekers who have entered the Golightly Escape Experience.
Lincoln Dangerfield and Gray are best pals.
A budding artist and famous escapist, Dr. Fox discharges all creative energies into maintaining the House of Dreads – a performance theater and ghoulish museum of artifacts associated with deadly attempts at magic. Dr. Fox was chiseled from the stone which gives forth fierce, bold types. A no-nonsense creature of habit, Dr. Fox is disciplined and determined to make history in the field of illusion. This illusionist has suffered a lifetime of great injustices and sadness, so the hair-raising, sinister magic shows at the theater are reflective of the past.
Of all the chilling guests on Poe’s invite list, Jess Sherlock is the most mysterious. A struggling writer, blatantly embracing life with a drive fringing on recklessness, Jess has a serene detachment from a visible path of self-destruction. Lacking awareness or concern for well-being or comfort, Jess intentionally enters harm’s way. Jess has penned over thirty best-selling novels of the undead and lives in a mansion overlooking Wraith’s Cove, next door to the envious Eddie Poe.
Many people have come to realize that Jess may have a death wish, as Jess has gone to many lengths to taunt the infamous Body Snatch Killer - a serial murderer who has plagued the town of Wraith's Cove for five years.
A conventional rogue, Lolo Trotsky is a larger than life private investigator. A riotously amusing vigilante who believes to be a modern-day Robin Hood, Lolo rejects societal rules and does whatever is needed to get the job done. Often called a bully, Lolo claims it is merely that Lolo’s way is best and others may not realize what is good for them. Lolo is the archenemy of Landry Nevermore, as they are often working the same murder cases – albeit, the victim’s families hire Lolo.
Suggested Attire: Gothic-inspired detective attire. Add a Sherlock Holmes-inspired pipe as an optional prop.
Convenience Store Clerk
Morgan Marlowe is a clerk for the Stop-N-Go – a convenience store on Black Dalia Drive. Morgan recites freeform poetry with ease and engages in petty crimes to supplement a meager income and satisfy rich tastes. An accomplished pickpocket, Morgan is particularly dexterous and uses an assorted bag of tricks to thrive and evade strife with the police. A streetwise facade with a heart of an innocent child – you’ll find yourself cheering for this antihero.
Morgan's job at the convenience store is in peril, as there have been many complaints launched against Morgan's rude behavior. Smart people have realized not to rush in the doors when they open. Morgan is not a morning person!
CTO, Wraith’s Cove Daily
Paige Shandy is the chief technology officer at the Wraith’s Cove Daily. Cynical with little redeeming qualities, Paige is utterly obnoxious and taxing to be around. An acknowledged computer hacker and suspected member of an international hacking group, this CTO is not to be toiled with, albeit many have tried and failed epically. Paige can be terrifying and intimidating, but on a second’s notice, Paige turns gentle as a lamb. Paige’s duo of personalities keeps everyone guessing.
A doomed romantic, Seven has an inquisitive temperament coupled with a powerful imagination. Unfit for the adult world, Seven has a difficulty dealing with obligations and responsibilities. Seven has a stoical truthfulness that causes Seven innately to do the right thing. A puppeteer, Seven has built a lucrative career by performing at home parties, weekly shows at the House of Dread, and by running ads on a YouTube channel with over 500K subscribers.
Seven makes 95% of an income from running ads on a YouTube channel. Most of Seven's videos go viral because they are utterly disturbing. The people of Wraith's Cove have been chatting about creating a petition to prevent Seven from performing in town. Seven has good intentions, but the puppet shows are demented and can give nightmares!
Suggested Attire: Gothic-inspired attire. Puppet (preferably dark-themed) as an optional prop.
A probing spectator of the macabre, Sterling Twist is a rebel with a cause who modifies the past, present, and future at will. Sterling is a vibrant outcast who spews intriguing tales of extravagant adventures – which may or may not hold a shred of reality. Causing trouble at every junction, Sterling is a ferocious free-thinker who often pretends to be someone else when intermingling in society. This cagey soul may be quite dangerous, as Sterling never reveals intentions.
Sterling is first to arrive at a crime scene or car accident. Is it because Sterling has first-hand knowledge or intuition? Sterling has also been seen lately roaming around town in disguises. Nobody knows why Sterling is exhibiting such peculiar behavior.
Headmaster, Hogcastle Preparatory School
Bold, heroic, and honorable, Sam Salander is an actual role model in every sense. Sam has an ambitious and overbearing personality as the Headmaster of Hogcastle Preparatory School. Sam understands the abundant defects and imperfections in the human condition and is on a mission to instill an eternal code of value and honor within the 284 students who roam the corridors of the prestigious academy.
Suggested Attire: Gothic-inspired headmaster attire. Think Dumbledore or Gandolf from Lord of the Rings, but darken it with black and gray.
A veteran who did twenty honorable years in the military, Bo Bandini is an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency who hails from Wraith’s Cove. With an obsessive personality, Bo refuses to back down while facing unbeatable odds. With an infectious laugh and complex nature, Bo’s willpower and motivations are admirable. It is a challenge to ascertain Bo’s theories and opinions. Nobody knows which sector of the CIA Bo is assigned.
Bo lacks respect for the Wraith's Cove Police Department. Bo also wasn't invited to Eddie's dinner party. Bo charmed Eddie into an invitation.
Life is one party at a time.
Now, it's time to have fun with your party. Always stay in character and make the experience your own. Get ready for a memorable time with your friends!