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Story 6: Mrs. McGuffin's Corpse

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Regarding the Fauna axe

Posted by Deverien, 2:33pm, 18 Oct, 2005

Er... I think you guys are confused about the meaning of the word 'fauna'.

Fauna = Animals
Flora = Plants

Which explains the blood.

My point was that the fauna axe cut into a coffin (wood), which doesn't make sense since proved earlier that Vedalia's tools don't damage things outside their enchantment.

Axe marks the spot

Posted by LegendaryNAS, 3:01pm, 18 Oct, 2005

Oops, your right, fauna is the animal life in a certain environment.

Hmm.......I wonder. Can paper mammals be used to make sheets thick enough to act like wood? Paper particles are used to make cardboard, so that could make sense. Though it would be infinitely easier just to cut down a tree and make it out of that.

I wasn't aware that the enchanted fauna axe was used to cut into the coffin. Can someone else confirm that?

Posted by MegumiChan06, 4:10pm, 18 Oct, 2005

Yes, the fauna axe was used to bust open the coffin. In the third chapter of this story, you can clearly see Barlow pick up the axe he had taken out of the tool shed in the previous chapter. Either this is a mix up on jasons part or we're just getting to in depth with our theories (nonetheless, sharing our theories is quite fun)

Posted by Manar, 4:41pm, 18 Oct, 2005

It could be that the enchanted axes was only enchanted to not cut things of flora and fauna that still was alive. The fauna axe might be useless against, for example, a matrimonal. It can however cut through dead things like dirt, rocks and planks buried for five years, and animals too ofcorse.

Posted by jasonblue, 4:52pm, 18 Oct, 2005

I'm really enjoying this discussion. All the required clues are out there, and there are only six chapters left.

As with most of the stories here, the key is to identify the overall theme even if it doesn't seem to directly apply to the mystery. That's how the solution will be unlocked.

I'm starting to see guesses trickle in. Deverien sent in a particularly good (and wordy) assessment, you got the theme right but not quite the solution.


Posted by LegendaryNAS, 8:39am, 19 Oct, 2005 Alex was born a few months after Rebecca came to Spider Cliff. I wonder if Alex came into existence from another method other than normal human childbearing.

Where did Rebecca go anyway? Where does she get the medicine for the Sheriff?

I've got a bad feeling about this...

Posted by smjjames, 11:06am, 19 Oct, 2005

yea thats what I was thinking last night, what if Alex was born through some supernatural or unnatural means? Also, since Barlow said earlier in this story that they are the same age pretty much, so alex is 19 too. so that means he was born in 1987 or 1986, which puts it right at the mid-80s.

Speaking of supernatural, what if Alex and Barlow are fraternal twins? that would explain why they look different and yet they act like they are close, like brothers, sometimes..

Posted by MegumiChan06, 1:40pm, 19 Oct, 2005

I just wanted to add that jason made a note in the "a wild theory" thread, of which I will post an excerpt:

"I do need to state that Barlow is 100% human, and as such has no relation to Crystal (that would be icky). As to whether he's really a Bean is up for discussion. The only person who knew for sure is dead.

....but, uh... Barlow is related by blood to two other current citizens in Spider Cliff."

So, there you have it. I decided to add this to this thread because of the comment smjjames made in the previous post.

Also relating to the idea that Alex might not have been born through "normal" means. If I can recollect correctly, Alex was possessed in The Wednesday That Wasn't by Alistair Bean. If he was born in a different way, it could be that he is more susceptable and attracted to supernatural activity. For example, being possessed and having such extensive knowledge of the supernatural and his desire to be the demon-hunter.

Posted by Kortren, 12:41am, 20 Oct, 2005

Hey, this is actually the first time we've seen Crystal use her stone gaze! At some point I even started thinking that she said that just to scare people, or that maybe there was a catch to it. Guess not!

About those enchanted tools... who could have enchanted them? Could Vedalia have done it herself? Maybe she required the services of a certain witch...

Posted by smjjames, 2:09am, 20 Oct, 2005

yea, and it was a bit cool. although I thought Barlow was in trouble as he walked in right when she was doing that at the fly. although she just had it tilted and wasnt looking directly at Barlow.

Posted by taltamir, 2:16am, 20 Oct, 2005

i bet looking for a depetrifier will be another story arc later on :)

Posted by Rognik, 7:22pm, 22 Oct, 2005

Personally, I can't wait for a new statue to be added to Spider Cliff. Sadly, there aren't enough people in the city, or who can get into the city, to kill anyone off. At least, not just yet.

But I think I'm completely stumped on what the 'solution' to the big mystery is. I've got theories, but then again, everyone else seems to, too. So, I guess I'll stick with my carnie-reject who has decided to assassinate the city's de facto leader by distracting everyone else.

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