Okay, so I’ve been gone for awhile and I’m looking to get back into things here at Elliquiy. I came up with this very basic outline for a who-done-it kind of group plot a few months ago and I’m curious to see if anyone is interested in trying it out with me.
My vision is to have four characters based (more or less) on the information provided below each work in their own ways, with their own individual motivations to solve the mystery. They may choose to work together, or alone or even against one another. I would play the part of the killer and any other supporting characters that would be needed to steer the plot toward the conclusion.
So if any of you find this interesting, feel free to shoot me a PM or post here.
The sun sets on Time’s Square and day turns to night. Lights and pictures from various buildings fill the air and people begin to emerge into New York’s teeming nightlife.
"In the wake of a shocking murder..."
**Transition to a news broadcast**
“In a shocking turn of events, Dustin Wilhelm, world renown Ambassador and humanitarian has been murdered in his uptown apartment. Police report that there is no evidence of forced entry and none of the alarms or motion sensors have been triggered . The only clue is the word Chameleon which was written on the wall in blood.”
"...four seemingly unconnected people will be propelled into a dangerous game of cat and mouse."
**Transition to a generic police station**
“Detective, this just arrived for you.”
A haggard police detective looks up as a uniformed officer plops a large package on his/her desk. Opening the package, it contains only a single piece of paper with the following words written on it.
Chameleon. You have five hours before I kill again.
**Transition to a darkly lit corporate office**
A figure sits in the darkness silhouetted against the light of a computer screen. Only the sound typing can be heard as the focus is shifted onto the computer screen. In the background there one can see the words “Intelligence Database” and the National Security Agency emblem in the top corner. Slowly the word “Chameleon” is typed and the enter key is hit.
**Transition to an unnamed street in the early morning**
A lone figure stands huddled in a doorway with a cell phone against his ear. He/she speaks quickly, with desperation in his/her voice.
“I swear it wasn’t me, you’ve gotten tell him it wasn’t me.”
There is a long pause and then a gravelly voice on the other end replies before hanging up.
“It doesn’t matter, they’re coming for you.”
**Transition to an upscale apartment**
A man/women is just finishing putting on a suit/dress. The focus shifts to an invitation sitting on a nearby table with the words “Dustin Wilhelm invites you” visible. The focus then shifts to the cover of a mystery novel which has been framed on the wall and centers on the words “best seller.” In the background a television is turned on and the news report detailing the murder begins. A glass drops to the ground, breaking into pieces before the focus shifts onto the man/women’s shocked expression just as the front door is broken down and police swarm the apartment.
The Detective – Overworked, underpaid and underappreciated you are the quintessential homicide detective. When a prominent dignitary is publicly murdered you are surprised when the case falls to you. With the State department, Mayor and the Chief of Police breathing down your neck to wrap things up quickly, you begin to wish you had never joined the NYPD. Then one day, a package arrives at your precinct addressed to you. Inside is a top secret document that brings up more questions than it answers.
The Mystery Writer – You have built a media empire based around your writings. Movies, TV shows, best-sellers, you’ve done it all. You are on the A-list of New York celebrities and have more wealth than you could ever have imagined growing up. However, deep inside your mind you have become bored with it all. You long for the old days when you were anonymous and poor but driven. When a foreign dignitary invites you to dinner, you find your sense of intrigued piqued for the first time in years. Yet even as you prepare to go, you learn that he has been murdered only moments after speaking with you. As you reel from the revelation, the police smash down your door.
The Retired Spy – As a child you grew up in a nasty neighbourhood. Your father was a drunk who beat you and your family repeatedly and your mother was worse than useless. Despite this, you finished high school with excellent grades and joined the Army looking for a way out. You were an officer in the Special Forces for six years before being recruited into the NSA. The next twenty years of your life have been classified top secret. Though you’ve done things you wish you hadn’t, and seen things nobody should ever have to, you never stopped believing in what you were doing. Unfortunately, those in power eventually stopped believing in you and a year ago you were forcibly retired. You now live in New York doing corporate security. But when you hear of the public murder of a foreign dignitary, you feel something trigger inside of you. A single word, Chameleon, resounds in your mind and you know that you can’t sit this one out.
The Hired Thug – As a kid growing up in the Bronx you learned quick that life was hard. You father left when you were two and your mother shot herself to death when you were nine. The only person you’ve ever been able to trust is yourself. When your boss called you up this morning, you thought it was a little weird that you would be meeting a big fancy diplomat, but you’d learned long ago not to ask questions. As you pull onto the street where the building is located, you see it swarming with police. You’re nobody’s fool and you don’t wait around scratching your head as the police converge on the apartment. You get out, but one phone call back and you realize that your boss thinks the killer is you. Now you’ve got a price on your head and the only way you can save your life is to figure out who actually did it.