All these stories we’ve been telling each other? Just that. Stories.
Siobhan MacBride (nee Gonne) has a life that’s typical of the residents of the wealthy upper class residents of the New Lyonesse suburb of Avalon. Married to William MacBride, a high powered IT manager for a major corporation, with two young children, John and Susan, she spends her spare time with a small business that manages self published e-books. On top of being a devoted wife and mother she’s also a member of the PTA and numerous organizations around the neighborhood and the fancy town. A beautiful, classy, and charming redhead one couldn’t get a more perfect embodiment of the wealthy American soccer mom, even with her slight Irish brogue and strangely spelled first name.
Except for one minor little detail. Siobhan has been interviewed over a dozen times by the police since college about murders.
Starting when she was nineteen while a student at Merlyn University, when a college professor died unexpectedly in class of food poisoning, untimely death has followed Siobhan. At no time was Siobhan ever considered a suspect very long, if at all. Yet, the fact that she was very peripherally involved with the deaths of a roommate, two boyfriends, a friend’s husband, among many others has yet to be noticed by anybody.
But one night Siobhan’s husband’s old college friend, Timothy, a high placed executive at the chaotic and ruthless Masoch Group, disappeared shortly after a dinner party with the MacBrides. Not long afterwards a massive investigation is launched to find the killer and, eventually, Siobhan is interviewed having been one of the last people to see him alive. Siobhan’s alibi is bulletproof, the forensic evidence points away from her, and, well, the elegant mother of two with no motive just doesn’t seem the type. Siobhan was sure to be written off as another peripheral witness again.
But not this time. The Investigator, by coincidence or good detective work, discovers just how often Siobhan has been interviewed and how many times she’s been around death over the years. When the Investigator brings this up, however, Siobhan’s reaction is not one of anger or confusion or denial. Rather she’s strangely coy, seductive, playful, humorous, philosophical, and even…
It isn’t long before the Investigator releases Siobhan. And since there is no evidence whatsoever against her and she’s given a statement she isn’t, technically, considered a suspect. However, the Investigator can’t let the strange woman go in their mind. Soon the Investigator becomes more obsessed with Siobhan learning more and more about her, interviewing people in Siobhan life, and starts becoming attracted, mentally and physically, to her. This builds until the Investigator comes up with an excuse for a “brief follow-up interview” with Siobhan.
Then things get interesting.
This idea is built from the inspiration from several places: the many interrogation scenes from the first season of True Detective, the “interview” of Verbal Kint from Usual Suspects, the recent game Her Story, as well as elements from the characters of Anton Chiggurh and Lorne Malvo all put to the tune of a Leonard Cohen’s song A Thousand Kisses Deep.
Siobhan’s background and ultimate motive I’m keeping vague so we can work on it together and/or to keep from spoilers if you’d like to play it more as a mystery. The details of the Investigator, aside from the fact that he/she becomes obsessed with Siobhan, I’m keeping entirely open so the character can be built to your desires/specifications.
While I’d like a large part of the story to focus on their interrogation scenes I can certainly see the two of them interacting with each other quite bit outside of the station. I believe the Investigator is, or will become, sexually aroused and attracted to Siobhan and the feeling being mutual. So, in general, I see this as a pretty deep game for someone who is looking for a lot of plot with their erotica and a slow build. Interests in mystery, noir, and magical realism, as well as the Cohen Brothers, Cormac McCarthy, and their related media, is also a big plus.