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Stutley Constable

I cannot take credit for this game. The truth is that I discovered this very clever exercise in creativity on another SH forum that is no longer very active and appropriated it for our use and enjoyment. All credit goes to Mysterywriter221 on the Elementary My Dear Reader forum.

Rules: Players are given three items found on the person of a character. They must build a character around these three items, give some small history of the character and aspects of his/her personality. The player must then list three new items for the next player.

Example based on a post by Princess Skye Jewel from the Elementary My Dear Reader forum:

1: A small case of jewels.

2: A set of charmed jewelry.

3: A couple's ring.

My response:

Mrs. Mary Rogers: She could be anywhere from thirty to forty years of age, on the plump side with quick, alert eyes. At the moment she's dressed as a common household servant, but her real employment is a thief. She's just left the home of a wealthy merchant's family. After boldly entering through the servant's door and pretending to be one of the staff she eventually made her way into the daughter's room where she discovered the case of jewels, the charms and the sweetheart's ring carelessly set aside while the young lady was seeing to her daily ablutions. Mary then made her way back to the servants' door with a coal scuttle full of ashes. She exited the house, discarded the coal scuttle and found the nearest entrance to the Underground. In a few minutes she'll be safely inside the comfortable home of her fence who generally deals in stolen gems and various precious metals. Mary will make enough on this heist to pay her meager bills for three months.

Three items:

1) A leather sap/blackjack.

2) A notepad with several pages covered in strange markings.

3) A small brass plum-bob on a string.

12/15/2014 #1
Capt-Facepalm

Oh, this sounds like fun. It will be great if we can gather a collection of interesting characters. Perhaps they can be used as tertiary characters in our stories.

Given:

1) A leather sap/blackjack.

2) A notepad with several pages covered in strange markings.

3) A small brass plum-bob on a string.

Mr Thomas Jenkins: An unremarkable fellow in many ways. There he sits, alone in the corner of the public house, his glass of ale before him and his plate, the meal half finished, pushed aside. His clothes mark him as a labourer as do the calluses on his hands. There was a time, when as a younger man, he had served with distinction as a sapper in the Royal Corps of Engineers, but his experiences abroad left him scarred in body and in mind. Today he makes his way in life as a navvy on the new Underground constructions. Now he takes out a small notepad, adding more scribbles in his queer hand with a stub of pencil. At long last he returns his notepad to his coat pocket and draws out a brass plum-bob. With care and deliberation he wills his hands not to shake as he winds the string around the card that keeps it from tangling. This new job is the best opportunity he has had in months. If he can keep his wits this time, he will not have to resort to the flexible lead-filled truncheon in his other pocket, in desperate times used to separate unwary sots from their wallets.

Three Items:

1) A paper bag with half a dozen (or so) liquorice-flavoured boiled sweets

2) A St Christopher medal

3) A box of vestas

12/19/2014 . Edited 12/20/2014 #2
Stutley Constable

Given:

1) A paper bag with half a dozen (or so) liquorice-flavoured boiled sweets

2) A St Christopher medal

3) A box of vestas

Mr. Ryan Leary - A handsome redheaded man in his mid twenties. He has the smack of the sea about him and for good reason. Ryan sailed from Ireland on a merchantman and is strolling the streets of London while the ship awaits her new cargo. Not being much for strong drink he has foregone the usual sailor's delights and is taking in the sights. Being an Irish Catholic his wife gave him the St. Christopher medal as surety and reminder that the saint would watch over him in his travels. His wife is with child so recently Ryan has given up smoking in order to save money. He still carries a box of vestas (matches) in his pocket, though, just out of habit. To help get him through his transition from smoker to ex-smoker he enjoys the savory flavor of the liquorice candies.

Three Items:

1) A small, well-used clasp knife with deer antler leaves (the grips of the knife).

2) A brand new, though inexpensive, pocket watch on a brass chain.

3) A lump of coal the size of a child's fist.


Note: To help the flow of the game it might be wise to explain the nature of an item such as "vestas" and "boiled sweets" or jargon like "leaves". Remember, we are a diverse group and not everyone is familiar with terms that are in common usage in your country but not well known elsewhere. Also, I find this sort of difference fascinating. I have spoken English for most of my life and yet there are so many new words to learn. :)

1/28/2015 #3
Capt-Facepalm

Given:

1) A small, well-used clasp knife with deer antler leaves (the grips of the knife).

2) A brand new, though inexpensive, pocket watch on a brass chain.

3) A lump of coal the size of a child's fist.

Frankie was in trouble. Actually he could not remember any time in his short nine years that he was not in some trouble or other. This time though, he could see it coming. Today's foul weather made the pickpocketing difficult. The rain kept the ladies in-doors and the wind forced gentlemen to button their coats more securely.

The boy knelt by the tree at the pond's edge, soaked to the skin and shivering. He lifted the flat stone and beneath it he secreted a small bundle wrapped in a rag. He loved this spot. From here, when the weather was fair, he would watch other children and their governesses feeding the ducks.

But there would be no dinner for Frankie tonight. The single lump of coal he had scavenged was large but not enough to fill his quota, and the shiny new pocket watch he had lifted earlier proved not to be gold like he first expected. Even the fine brass chain was not worth much. The boss would be furious but if Frankie survived the beating, he would return to Regent's Park tomorrow, retrieve his precious antler-handled knife, and hope for better pickings.

Three Items:

1) A puncture kit for a bicycle tyre

2) A cheese sandwich (wrapped in brown paper)

3) A calling card from "Mr Sherlock Holmes" (no address given)

4/18/2015 #4
mrspencil

Given:

1) A puncture kit for a bicycle tyre

2) A cheese sandwich (wrapped in brown paper)

3) A calling card from "Mr Sherlock Holmes" (no address given)

Elsie sighed, and adjusted her hat, tucking tendrils of hair neatly out of sight. She really could not return home in such a state; mother would be disappointed, and father would again lecture her on unladylike behaviour. She knew the speech by heart.

Her bicycle was stored safely in a corner of the old coach house under the watchful eye of a sympathetic groom, her skirt was brushed down and her jacket buttoned up carefully. Boots were exchanged for more elegant footwear, and she ate her remaining cheese sandwich as she made her way to the main house,. She was already planning her next move, a trip to London on pretence of a gown fitting; calling in on the great detective in Baker Street...the address passed on to her by her old school teacher, Miss Hunter. She patted the card, tucked away carefully beyond risk of discovery. She was sure he would be able to assist her, nobody else had regarded her tale with anything more than patronising tolerance.

As she neared the house, her mother's plaintive tones could be heard, countering the confident boom of her father in full dramatic flow. She patted away remaining debris from her garments, folded the brown paper wrapping into a pocket...and stopped as her fingers encountered incriminating evidence. Her puncture repair kit!

Three items

1)A crumpled scrap of paper, torn from last week's menu at Simpson's

2)A police whistle

3)A lace handkerchief, initialled and badly stained with ink.

4/21/2015 . Edited 4/21/2015 #5
Stutley Constable

Given:

1)A crumpled scrap of paper, torn from last week's menu at Simpson's

2)A police whistle

3)A lace handkerchief, initialled and badly stained with ink.

Gabriel Bloome: A young man of middling height and less than heroic build, Gabriel fancies himself a detective in the making. He has read every account of the Great Detective at least three times and has made many notes. At the moment he is attempting to determine who it was that spilled ink down the page of the ledger book he was annotating for his employer. He has only two clues to go by: A badly crumpled page with a wine list printed on it and an ink stained lace handkerchief with the initials LEM embroidered on it. The ink was clearly from the pot spilled over the ledger and the wine list, judging by the wines, is from the menu of an expensive restaurant. He has visited five of the best establishments in the city and is currently extending his hand to knock at the kitchen door of Simpson's to inquire. Perhaps, if he can discover the culprit, Gabriel can keep his position as Mr. Laurence E. Miles' bookkeeper.

Three Items:

1) A small fossilized shark's tooth.

2) A palm-sized box of coil springs.

3) Three Spanish coins.

7/21/2015 #6
Wumbo-Girl 1314

Oh this looks fun! I hope you dont mind if I drop by with a little contribution. ;)

Given

1. A small fossilized shark's tooth

2. A palm sized box of coil springs

3. Three Spanish coins

Charles Windiford

A man in his early fifties, he is tall, lean and balding. He is cold hearted and uncaring to all but his only son. He has travelled the world. In his left breast pocket pocket he carries a silk handkerchief containing three Spanish coins. Many say he 'courted' with a female foreigner and obtained them from her. Some others say he stole them. Yet no one truly knows -except himself. His most prized possession is a small fossilized sharks tooth. It is a reminder of the rare happy times he had when he was a child, as he found whilst with his beloved grandparents. He also has a grudge against Inspector Lestrade, because he had Thomas Windiford, his son, hanged and plans to away with him using a small box the size of his palm filled with coil springs.

Three items

1. A duck feather hat

2. A leather bound journel

3. A blue taffeta dress

7/23/2015 . Edited 7/23/2015 #7
Hades Lord of the Dead

Okay time for me to get in on this...

Given:

1. A duck feather hat

2. A leather bound journal

3. A blue taffeta dress

Lady Katheryn Arnett A wealthy young woman who has been afforded every comfort in her life. Her duck feather hat was gifted to her by her father's dearest friend, Lord Owens, who spends his time with her father hunting birds such as those which contributed to the hat's manufacture. Her blue taffeta dress was inherited from her mother who died several years ago and it remain's one of Lady Katheryn's favourite items, despite its now outdated style. An avid reader of the Sherlock Holmes stories she longs for the sort of excitement she reads about in The Strand and her journal is filled with her reviews of Doctor Watson's tales - perhaps one day he might have the chance to read them. Perhaps one dayshe might even have the chance to write her own stories.

Three items:

1. A cracked hand mirror.

2. An advert asking for the services of a seamstress torn from a month-old copy of The Times.

3. A bloodstained piece of gauze.

7/24/2015 #8
Stutley Constable

Let's see if I can still do this.

Given:

1. A cracked hand mirror.

2. An advert asking for the services of a seamstress torn from a month-old copy of The Times.

3. A bloodstained piece of gauze.

Annabelle Sue Lambert

Rushing down Marylebone Road towards Paddington, she is visibly distressed. Tall for a woman and in surprisingly good training, she has already bowled over two men who failed to get out of her way. Normally, Annabelle would make no such fool of herself, but she is convinced her sister, Elizabeth, is in danger of her life. That morning she discovered the first clue to Elizabeth's whereabouts in four days. A scrap of newsprint containing an advertisement for a seamstress was under Elizabeth's bible. Annabelle had immediately gone 'round to the address. Making inquire at the servants entrance she was told Elizabeth had not been there and Annabelle had felt crushed. Even as she turned her steps back towards the main thoroughfare, though, she spotted something odd among the ashcans. She had picked the item up with increasing dread. Her sister's hand mirror! And it was cracked. Worse was what looked to be a smear of blood on the back and worst of all was a strip of white gauze, stained dark reddish brown. Her first instinct was to confront the residents of the house, but she had thought better. First she would determine the location of her sister and to do that she needed the aid of an expert. Madam Zunikah who operated from a little shop off Paddington Green could use the stained gauze to find Elizabeth and then Annabelle could bring in the police!

Three Items:

1) The barrel of a toy cannon.

2) An incomplete bridge score sheet.

3) A photograph of a curly-haired spaniel.

11/21/2018 #9
Surprise Beneath

Let me try this!

Given:

  1. The barrel of a toy cannon
  2. An incomplete bridge score sheet
  3. A photograph of a curly-haired spaniel

Captain Graham Archer

A military veteran in his late thirties with the face and physique of a younger man, he, like many other military men in his time had a reason for deciding to put his life on the line for the sake of Queen and Country. In his case, coming from a poor family in Manchester, Graham venerated the stories of soldiers returning home from war, and subsequently ran from his family home with nothing but the clothes on his back, and his father's coat, which contained a photograph of his childhood curly-haired spaniel, seeking fame, fortune, and glory. Even though Graham never had personal attachment to the dog, he carries around the photo into and out of war as something of a good luck charm. His time in the war saw him rise to the rank of a Captain with his bravery, although some would say recklessness or sheer charisma that he puts up as a front for his insecurities as a whole. However, that did not stop him from seeing his personal life take a turn for the better after leaving the Anglo-Afghan Wars with an illness, he got married to a lovely woman named Anastasia. They recently had a child together that has his bright curly golden hair, while Graham has started a daily bridge game with his and Anastasia's neighbor, leaving him to almost collect his incomplete score sheets.

However, his life was not why the former military man found himself pacing on the step of 221B Baker Street, anxiously awaiting the return of the great Detective and his companion, Doctor Watson. He anxiously fiddled with his son's gift, a barrel to replace the toy cannon that he had broken, as he regarded what he had overheard, and seen while on his way back from buying said gift. Screams, desperate cries for help... and the sight of a man about his age being shot dead in the street.

Even if he was going to get help, all of his anxieties threatened to bubble over with every step he took, wondering if he had been seen. All he wanted to do was return home.

Not be tangled up in some mystery beyond his mind.

Three Items

  1. A half-wilted white rose, with green ribbon tied loosely around its stem
  2. One pearl earring, cracked along the middle
  3. A marlinspike(An old tool shaped like a polished cone with a flattened point, used in marine ropework, untying knots, and even an improvised weapon against hostile boarding parties.)
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