October 31st, 1886, 9:06 PM, Lionel Manor, some three hours out of London.
Viscount Octavius Lionel is dead, on the floor of his own ballroom, in the middle of a dancing crowd of Halloween masqueraders. He has been stabbed in the back with an ornate pearl-encrusted dagger, with a note attached--
Any of attendees of the Viscount's masquerade ball could be this "Wraith". With a cast of characters so distrustful, however, it's going to be quite difficult to sniff out the culprit in only the span of a few hours--assuming that this Wraith doesn't escape unnoticed! Or perhaps the Wraith is here to stay, and commit other heinous crimes.
Without further ado, you are cordially invited to participate in the Victorian murder mystery of The Night of the 31st!
(I'm looking for a group of at least 4-6 members, and a cast of 10-12 characters. I would prefer a cast of 12, but less is certainly fine! I'm planning on allowing everyone at least two characters. The plan is to make sure that every character has a viable motive and opportunity to commit the crime, as well as having skeletons in their closets to be dug out during the investigation! I do have a plan for how the Wraith will be selected, as I think it would be interesting to have an actual participating character commit the crime--just like in a murder mystery novel! As long as this interest check goes well, there's certainly more to come!)
I sadly am not nearly as well-versed in the Victorian and subsequent Edwardian eras as I'd like to be. I know it's all about the lace, the balls, and the manipulations because everyone has secrets, et cetera. But that's mostly the limit of my knowledge. I am somewhat interested in this, however. But I'm probably going to be terrible at it.