A Knight Stranger

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Speak with Dahao at the Realm-Keeping Commission

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Realm-Keeping Commission Chancery

After the Stellaron Crisis outbreak, the six commissions were busy as a bee trying to find the perpetrator in vain. Official Dahao of the Realm-Keeping Commission requested support from the Astral Express to identify suspects. Sounds like another bothersome case... However, as a Nameless, you should lend a helping hand as much as you can. Go talk to him.
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I'm here to help with the investigation.
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March 7th
March 7th
...What's wrong, Mr. Yang? See anything fishy?
Welt
Welt
Who's he? ...I'd like to see more information on him.
Dahao
Dahao
Which one? Let me see...
Options
...What's wrong, Mr. Yang? See anything fishy?
Is one of them a threat?
Let's kick some butt so we can get back to resting.
March 7th
March 7th
...I thought we talked about copying people.
March 7th
March 7th
Resting? Booooring!
Welt
Welt
I don't have any concrete evidence... but I think he's worth checking out.
Dahao
Dahao
Oh, him? I remember him. He's a traveling merchant. He trades throughout the universe, knows a thing or two about remedial arts too. He registered himself on the Xianzhou as... what was it again...
Jingyan
Jingyan
Luocha. His name is Luocha.
Dahao
Dahao
That's right, Luocha. He came to the Xianzhou with a huge box this time β€” some sort of funerary contraption. It had a funny name... something to do with coughing? It was pretty conspicuous β€” I had to ask him about it.
Jingyan
Jingyan
"Coffin." It's a tool that certain non-Xianzhou travelers seem to use in death rites... I'm guessing our guests here might recognize it.
Dahao
Dahao
Hmph, I swear he said "coughing"... Anyway, we checked him out β€” his record on the Xianzhou is squeaky-clean. As for this "caffeine" thing...
Jingyan
Jingyan
Coffin.
Dahao
Dahao
Yeah, yeah. Either way, it definitely had something to do with funerals. There are lots of travelers on the Luofu, each with their own star system and death rites β€” I guess that must be Luocha's line of work... Is there something up with him?
Welt
Welt
Not necessarily... but I have my reasons for wanting to investigate. What was he doing in the days leading up to the Ambrosial Arbor's resurrection?
Dahao
Dahao
Hmm... that's complicated. Come with me to the Foursquare Mirror β€” it'll be easier to explain.
Dahao
Dahao
Exalting Sanctum is one of the Luofu's crucial central cities β€” the higher-ups are very concerned about security issues here. That's why there are so many cycranes stationed in the area.
Dahao
Dahao
Luocha arrived on the Luofu a few days prior to the Ambrosial Arbor's resurrection. Up until the day before the resurrection, there was nothing suspicious about his behavior...
March 7th
March 7th
I figured it out! The day before the resurrection, he appeared near the Ambrosial Arbor with a Stellaron!
Options
The Realm-Keeping Commission would have arrested him by now...
Eureka! That solves everything!
March 7th
March 7th
Oh yeah, I guess. You're pretty smart... sometimes.
Welt
Welt
If that were the case, the Realm-Keeping Commission would have arrested him by now β€” why look to us for help?
March 7th
March 7th
Oh, yeah... Ah Geez, this is gonna be a tough case to crack if even my instincts are off...
Dahao
Dahao
Hahahaha, you lot are enthusiastic, I'll give you that. The reason I mention the day before the resurrection is because... we have no idea what he did that day.
Dahao
Dahao
The resurrection brought about unusual yinyang phenomena that caused the entire cycrane system to malfunction. The image data from the day of the incident is beyond restoration, and data from the day before was badly affected.
Options
Why don't you just ask him?
Dahao
Dahao
We will, in due course. But we can't be too general β€” specific questions are key. Not to mention, without a clear suspicion, it would involve multiple interrogations...
Dahao
Dahao
So... if you feel this Luocha is suspicious in some way, make it known. Then I can arrange for his detention and interrogation.
Welt
Welt
How should I put this... He just looks kind of...
March 7th
March 7th
Mr. Yang! You were going off his appearance this whole time? I thought you had some super secret thing up your sleeve! Didn't your mom ever tell you not to judge a book by itsβ€”
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β€”Cover!?
His appearance? He looks pretty handsome to me...
Yup, he just rubs me the wrong way!
March 7th
March 7th
Exactly! ...Huh? Wβ€”Wait! That's not the point!
March 7th
March 7th
Where's this anger coming from?
Welt
Welt
Sorry, what I mean is... hmm. It's difficult to explain, but my instinct tells me this Luocha is involved somehow.
Welt
Welt
Apologies, I realize this is personal speculation.
Dahao
Dahao
That's alright β€” instinct is an important part of any Realm-Keeping Commission investigation. There are times when my gut tells me something's not right, and there's usually a reason for it. I'm with you on this one.
Dahao
Dahao
Be that as it may, as an official, I can't go bringing someone in based on a villainous appearance...
Jingyan
Jingyan
...Because if a complaint led to his dismissal, it would leave a blemish on his resume, making it difficult for him to advance his career for the next few centuries.
Dahao
Dahao
Preciseβ€” No! What are you talking about... Anyway, if you do want to investigate, I can grant you access to the Foursquare Mirror... Jingyan, you'll be assisting our esteemed guests in their investigation.
Jingyan
Jingyan
Isn't it inappropriate for an officer of the Realm-Keeping Commission to assist the public in investigating someone?
Dahao
Dahao
Bah, not at all... Make sure you don't leave the Commission β€” just help them check the cycrane footage.
Dahao
Dahao
Keep me updated on progress β€” if you find hard evidence, I'll be there in a flash. One thing though β€” don't approach him. If you make a discovery, contact me first.
Welt
Welt
We're thankful that you're entrusting this to us β€” we'll keep it by the book.
March 7th
March 7th
Don't worry, the Express Crew keeps its promises. We won't disappoint you.
Dahao
Dahao
*sigh* Jingyan, over to you. I need to get going.
Jingyan
Jingyan
Understood.
Jingyan
Jingyan
This might take you some time. Come and find me when you're ready.

March 7th
March 7th
Hoo-wee! We may be new to the Xianzhou, but we're already investigating the mysterious disappearance of Luocha...
Options
You're acting a little weird today...
You're in high spirits today.
March 7th
March 7th
Am I? I feel pretty normal. Anyway, this case has really got my detective blood pumping. I need to get to the bottom of it...
March 7th
March 7th
Yup! I always dreamed of a head-scratcher like this β€” a chance to showcase my detective genius.
March 7th
March 7th
I've been familiarizing myself with The Angler Mystery lately. β€” I think it's safe to say I have the best investigative mind on the Express at this point...
Options
The Angler Mystery?
Jingyan
Jingyan
You have good taste, Miss March. The Angler Mystery is a classic detective novel on the Xianzhou... I read it when I was young and dreamed about working in the Commission ever since.
Jingyan
Jingyan
I didn't think it would be attracting new readers more than 200 years later.
March 7th
March 7th
*gasp* A fellow reader! But Miss Jingyan, the author β€” Su Fang β€” was the lead medical assistant in an apothecary, and the main character β€” the Angler β€” is a healer... Why didn't you want to join the Alchemy Commission instead?
Jingyan
Jingyan
*sigh* A number of reasons. This job may be trivial, but I have my reasons for being here... Plus, hehe, the threshold for the Alchemy Commission was too difficult for me to reach.
March 7th
March 7th
I see... But your lives are so long β€” shouldn't career change be easy?
Jingyan
Jingyan
I considered it once... That was a long time ago. The longer I stay in this job, the more I understand its purpose. Fighting crime, helping the weak, solving the problems no one wants to touch... It's a satisfying feeling.
March 7th
March 7th
Wow, good for you Miss Jingyan.
Welt
Welt
Sounds like you really care.
+ Research Records "Pretend to Be an Officer" x 1

Welt
Welt
I owe you two an apology β€” my speculations have gotten us into a delicate situation... I'll treat you to some Xianzhou delicacies later.
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I want a full Garden of Gourmet feast!
No big deal, we're all on the same team after all.
With March here, it's always a delicate situation.
Welt
Welt
No problem. Let's get this settled first, though.
Welt
Welt
Mm, I'm glad to hear you say that.
March 7th
March 7th
Yeah right... Anyway, since when did investigators shy away from delicate situations?
March 7th
March 7th
...I did wanna say something, though. Umm, I don't think Mr. Yang is the kind of person to make a judgment based only on instinct...
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Why do you say that?
I think so too.
March 7th
March 7th
Gut feeling.
Welt
Welt
Mm... It's not something I need to conceal from you.
Welt
Welt
As you know, there are infinite worlds in this universe that can be similar yet different from each other in various ways. The same is true of the people on those worlds.
Welt
Welt
That's why it's possible for us to run into individuals on multiple worlds who share an appearance, but not a personality... For all we know, in some faraway world, March's adorable face might belong to an intergalactic pirate.
Options
*silence*
I knew she was suspicious.
March 7th
March 7th
Hey! He was just giving an example! I'm the nicest girl in the galaxy.
Welt
Welt
However... in most cases, their fates will walk a similar course. I've seen two people who looked almost identical to this Luocha... They were not of the virtuous persuasion.
Welt
Welt
That's why the moment I laid eyes on him, a chill ran down my spine. March is right β€” we shouldn't judge a book by its cover... but I can't overlook this.
Welt
Welt
*sigh* I don't want to force you into trusting my judgment, but...
March 7th
March 7th
What are you talking about? Of course we trust your judgment, Mr. Yang! Right, {NICKNAME}?
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That's right, we believe in you!
It isn't our trust you need...
On the Express, we always trust our own.
Welt
Welt
I'm glad you believe in me, truly. But the problem remains: Will the Realm-Keeping Commission trust a judgment based on this logic?
Welt
Welt
You're right, {NICKNAME}. The key is whether the Realm-Keeping Commission will trust a judgment based on this logic.
March 7th
March 7th
Of course, crew members are always right.
Welt
Welt
I'm glad you believe in me, truly. But the problem remains: Will the Realm-Keeping Commission trust a judgment based on this logic?
Jingyan
Jingyan
From a Xianzhou legal standpoint, the Realm-Keeping Commission is unable to accept a judgment like this.
March 7th
March 7th
...
Jingyan
Jingyan
It's not that we distrust you, Mr. Yang, but we cannot act on groundless accusations. I hope you understand.
Welt
Welt
Of course. We raised the accusation, we will carry the burden of proof.
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Speak with Jingyan and check the video recording the cycrane took

In the process of helping the Realm-Keeping Commission in identifying suspects, something unexpected happened. The Realm-Keeping Commission isn't too anxious about it, but Welt was. The moment he saw Luocha's flawless face, he was stunned and cold sweat drenched his shirt. You don't know the reason, but Welt must have a good reason for being so unnerved. Continue to investigate this Mr. Luocha.
Say, what is March 7th so excited about, and since when did she have a "Genius Detective" tacked onto her name?
Interact
Jingyan
Jingyan
I can bring up the data anytime from here. Are you ready?
Options
Ready, let's do it.
Just a moment.
Jingyan
Jingyan
Alright, follow me.
System
System
Jingyan takes everyone to the Foursquare Mirror and begins to retrieve the footage.
Jingyan
Jingyan
As Official Dahao mentioned, the Arbor caused unusual yinyang phenomena which affected the entire cycrane system.
Jingyan
Jingyan
We lost a lot of video footage, and for the image data we recovered, the timestamps are all jumbled up... Look, this is Mr. Luocha on the day prior to the resurrection.
March 7th
March 7th
So we have to clean up and reorder the footage ourselves?
Jingyan
Jingyan
Exactly. Thank you again for your help.
March 7th
March 7th
{NICKNAME}, this is your forte β€” over to you.
Options
Roger that!
My forte? Says who!?
Aren't you the genius detective?
March 7th
March 7th
I knew we could rely on you!
March 7th
March 7th
Hey, I said over to you! You can't back out now!
March 7th
March 7th
That's right, and you're the sidekick!
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March 7th
March 7th
What do you think? Any idea what the correct order is?
Options
1, 2, 3, 4.
3, 2, 1, 4.
4, 2, 3, 1.
2, 3, 1, 4.
I wanna see the videos again.
March 7th
March 7th
Is this order really correct? Lemme see...
March 7th
March 7th
Luocha turns a corner, but the corner leads straight to an inn... Then he exits the inn and goes into Spare Time Book Shop without buying anything.
March 7th
March 7th
And then he runs to the dock and picks up some luggage?
March 7th
March 7th
This doesn't seem right to me. Wanna try again?
March 7th
March 7th
Really? That feels like a messy order to me.
March 7th
March 7th
So Luocha enters Spare Time Book Shop and then the inn, but leaves moments after empty-handed. Then he turns a corner into a dark alley... and then goes to the dock with all that luggage?
March 7th
March 7th
Do you think he captured someone and put them in the coffin?
Welt
Welt
That's quite a conjecture, March. The Xianzhou scans all luggage moving into and out of their territory β€” it'd be nearly impossible to pull off. Not to mention, when Luocha turns the corner, he doesn't have the coffin with him.
March 7th
March 7th
Phew, thank goodness. Looks like this order is still a little problematic. Try again?
March 7th
March 7th
Lemme see if this order works... Hmm, Luocha exits the starskiff, enters Exalting Sanctum, goes into an inn, and puts down his luggage β€” including the coffin.
March 7th
March 7th
Then he goes to Spare Time Book Shop, but doesn't buy anything. Finally, he leaves and turns a corner into a dark alley.
Welt
Welt
The logic in this is sound β€” looks like the correct order. Nice work, {NICKNAME}.
March 7th
March 7th
Nice work indeed β€” you're sidekick to a genius detective after all!
March 7th
March 7th
Where does this corner lead to?
Welt
Welt
I checked the map and found a gate in this open area... Look, there's a small dock on the other side. He may have left on a starskiff.
March 7th
March 7th
Why would he leave Exalting Sanctum via a secluded dock? That's so suspicious!
Jingyan
Jingyan
I don't think Mr. Luocha could've departed from there. The dock you're referring to is Yuanshou-Crag CMXCIX β€” it belongs to the Seat of Divine Foresight. It's only used during invasions.
Jingyan
Jingyan
That's why that gate is almost always locked. As far as I know, it's been locked for centuries and only gets opened for occasional inspections.
Welt
Welt
The key question is... when did he leave? There's only one gate in this area, at least on the map... Miss Jingyan, does the remaining footage show anyone else entering or leaving this place?
Jingyan
Jingyan
I can find out, but you'll have to wait awhile. Most of the footage was lost, but at least there was a whole day of recording. There's a lot that needs checking and confirming first...
Welt
Welt
Understood, thank you.
Options
Thanks for your hard work.
When will you be done?
March 7th
March 7th
Thanks so much! We'll be waiting β€” patiently.
Jingyan
Jingyan
Your assistance in this matter is what requires gratitude. I'll get you what you need as soon as possible.
March 7th
March 7th
Hey, don't rush her! So sorry, Miss Jingyan, they can be a little impatient. Take your time, we can wait.
Jingyan
Jingyan
Not to worry, I understand. After all, you're taking time away from your own affairs to lend a helping hand. I'll get everything to you as soon as possible.
March 7th
March 7th
Hmm... 2, 3, 1, 4... Luocha emerges from the inn, goes to Spare Time Book Shop, turns into an alley, then appears at the dock with his luggage...
March 7th
March 7th
I know! He must have found a treasure map at Spare Time Book Shop. He went into the alley to dig it up and then went home with his newfound riches!
March 7th
March 7th
On second thought, nah... {NICKNAME}, this order feels awkward, try arranging it again.
March 7th
March 7th
Sure, which one do you want to watch?
Options
Watch footage one.
Watch footage two.
Watch footage three.
Watch footage four.
Not now.
Footage One
Footage One
Luocha crossed the street and turned into a strange corner. It looks dangerous there, but he didn't seem to care at all. He paced in with nothing but a sword in hand.
Footage Two
Footage Two
Luocha walked out of a small inn without any heavy luggage.
Footage Three
Footage Three
Luocha walked into Spare Time Book Shop and stepped out after a while. He left with nothing in hand β€” perhaps he didn't buy anything.
Footage Four
Footage Four
Luocha is looking into the distance at the dock of Exalting Sanctum with his coffin at his side. Maybe he just left a starskiff, maybe he is waiting for a new starskiff. He walked along the dock for a while and put aside his luggage, leaning on the railing and watching starskiffs passing by the dock.

Talk to Jingyan and confirm her new finding

Jingyan seems to have made a new discovery, as expected of her!
Genius Detective March 7th is already on the case, as expected of... her?
Jingyan
Jingyan
Thanks for waiting. I checked all the footage we have of the open area... I say "all" β€” a lot of it was lost.
Welt
Welt
Are the corrupted parts recoverable? Can we use the same methods again?
Jingyan
Jingyan
For some of them, maybe... but I can't guarantee anything. I'll do my best, of course. It'll take more time β€” I can't hand them over just now.
Welt
Welt
Thank you. Did you find anything in the remaining footage worth paying attention to?
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March 7th
March 7th
Huh? I... Isn't this a scene from The Angler Mystery?
Options
That novel's gone to your head...
What are you talking about?
March 7th
March 7th
Shh β€” you're being annoying! I'm not kidding β€” this is straight out of the book.
March 7th
March 7th
The Angler Mystery β€” the novel! There's a scene that's identical to this footage.
Jingyan
Jingyan
Now that you mention it...
Welt
Welt
I'm not sure I follow.
March 7th
March 7th
The Angler's origin story, of course. He's a healer from the Alchemy Commission who gets on the wrong side of a mysterious organization called the Tea Society. Two agents in dark clothing wait for him to be alone and then poison him.
March 7th
March 7th
The drug has the same de-aging effect as the Vidyadhara's hatching rebirth β€” the Angler gets younger and turns back into a child. From there on out, the Angler pursues the Tea Society while solving all kinds of strange cases.
Options
Why would a "tea society" be so vicious...?
A drug like that sounds like it would help people stricken with mara...
Welt
Welt
Their tea must be stronger than Himeko's coffee...
March 7th
March 7th
The Tea Society is just a code name, did you think they'd call themselves the Evil Society? They have to have a nice-sounding name to conceal themselves!
March 7th
March 7th
It wouldn't. In the book, the drug only de-ages the body β€” it can't repair damage to the soul. In other words, it's like molting, not a true rebirth.
Welt
Welt
Hatching rebirths are specific to the Vidyadhara... Can humans also experience de-aging?
March 7th
March 7th
Eh, it's just a novel β€” who knows if something like that could happen in reality. I thought of it as soon as I saw this footage, though.
Jingyan
Jingyan
Su Fang, the author, was a medical assistant in the Alchemy Commission. The medical principles in the novel are strictly grounded in reality.
March 7th
March 7th
True... If someone from the Alchemy Commission was suggesting it could be done, then there's always a possibility.
Welt
Welt
So, March, what you mean is, the two people in dark clothing are Tea Society agents, and the child is... a de-aged Luocha?
March 7th
March 7th
*gasp* What if a crazy Angler Mystery fan decided to commit a copycat crime? Luocha gets turned into a child, then follows a mysterious duo in black... The plot thickens β€” this could be a kidnapping!
Welt
Welt
*sigh* The child in the footage has black hair. Luocha's hair is blonde.
Options
Adult Luocha might look blonde, but maybe he's just going gray with age...
True, their hair color is completely different.
March 7th
March 7th
Yeah! Makes sense to me.
March 7th
March 7th
Hmm... Maybe he dyed his hair!
Jingyan
Jingyan
Hold your horses, everyone... I recognize this child now. That's Yinshu β€” the young shopkeeper at Spare Time Book Shop.
Welt
Welt
Too bad, March. No de-aging, no Angler.
Options
And the child is a girl.
Remember Julian back in Belobog...?
March 7th
March 7th
...Uh, a dβ€”detective's initial conjectures are bound to be wrong! Totally expected!
March 7th
March 7th
No, no, this is completely different.
Welt
Welt
The cycranes weren't able to get a clear look at the two people in dark clothing... Let's ask Yinshu, maybe she saw something.
Jingyan
Jingyan
I'll keep trying to recover the lost footage. I'll contact you if there's a breakthrough.
March 7th
March 7th
Alright, let's go! Time to interview the witness!

Find Yinshu, the shopkeeper of Spare Time Book Shop, at the Exalting Sanctum

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Exalting Sanctum

Yinshu has appeared in that obscure corner with two men in black, in the period that Luocha happened to be there. Maybe Yinshu can provide some eyewitness statements to help you understand what Luocha was up to.
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March 7th
March 7th
I don't see the shopkeeper. Let's look for her in the area.
Welt
Welt
Business hours aren't over yet, she should be nearby. You two go ahead, I'll wait here in case she comes back.
March 7th
March 7th
Okay, let's go {NICKNAME}.


System
System
Hi Yunshen! I have an errand to run, please watch the store for me while I'm gone. Back soon β€” Yinshu
March 7th
March 7th
So she asked someone to look after the shop for her... but where are they? Looks like they must have left too.

System
System
Away on temporary business, please come back later
March 7th
March 7th
Looks like Yinshu isn't here after all... Where could she be?

March 7th
March 7th
Hey mister, are you manning the counter for the young shopkeeper of Spare Time Book Shop?
Yunshen
Yunshen
Huh? Young shopkeeper? You mean Yinshu? Yeah, I am. Something wrong?
March 7th
March 7th
Um... Can you please tell us where she is?
Yunshen
Yunshen
Why should I?
March 7th
March 7th
Because we're asking nicely? What's with the attitude?
Yunshen
Yunshen
I can tell you... if you pay me 500 strales.
March 7th
March 7th
Pay you? What is this? You want payment for a simple favor?
Yunshen
Yunshen
Hehe, come on. No one ever tell you that information and intelligence are the most valuable commodities?
March 7th
March 7th
This guy doesn't seem like the negotiable type. What should we do?
Options
We have no money, but we can pay you with a beatdown?
I'll pay you, but don't even think about lying.
Yunshen
Yunshen
Oh, you dare threaten me? Do you know who I am?
March 7th
March 7th
The question is, do you know who we are?
Options
We're from the Tea Society!
We're the Express Crew!
Yunshen
Yunshen
Oh, you mean like the one in that work of fiction? Who are you trying to kid?
March 7th
March 7th
Hah β€” and who do you think were the inspiration for the Tea Society? Us, that's who.
Yunshen
Yunshen
Sounds like a pack of lies... Still, they don't seem like pushovers...
Yunshen
Yunshen
The Express Crew...? Never heard of you. I mean, they couldn't be higher-ups from one of the other Xianzhou ships... could they?
Yunshen
Yunshen
Dang it, am I in trouble? Ugh... Better to live and fight another day.
Yunshen
Yunshen
*sigh* Forget it, I'm not stooping to your level. Yinshu said she had a voucher for a food stall over in Exalting Sanctum β€” she wanted to use it before it expired... You know, she's not been gone long β€” probably finishing up her food right now.
March 7th
March 7th
Hmph, about time you saw the light. Come on {NICKNAME}, let's go.
March 7th
March 7th
In your dreams! This is genius detective March 7th's case β€” I should be the one paying...
Yunshen
Yunshen
Yeah, yeah, yeah – same difference, pay up.
March 7th
March 7th
If you lie to us, we'll be back!
Yunshen
Yunshen
Hehe, I'm not that kind of person. Come on! Yinshu said she had a voucher for a food stall over in Exalting Sanctum β€” she wanted to use it before it expired... You know, she's not been gone long β€” probably finishing up her food right now.
March 7th
March 7th
500 strales! 500! Ugh, my purse is crying. Come on {NICKNAME}, let's go.


Find Yinshu at the Exalting Sanctum and talk to her

After leaving the daylight-robbing thug, you can finally meet Yinshu.
A little secret for you: Genius Detective March 7th loved the experience, because even genius detectives need to encounter unreasonable, daylight-robbing, uncultured witnesses like that. It made her feel even more like a genius detective.
March 7th
March 7th
Are you Yinshu, the shopkeeper at Spare Time Book Shop? There's something we want to talk to you about.
Yinshu
Yinshu
Yeah... that's me. Can I help you?
March 7th
March 7th
You're heading back to the store, right? Let's walk and talk. I'll tell you all about it on the way.
Yinshu
Yinshu
Oh, uh... okay. Let's go.
System
System
You return to Spare Time Book Shop. On the way over, you get Yinshu up to speed.
Yinshu
Yinshu
That footage... I remember that day. After I closed up the store, I walked around for a while. I was looking for a place to read.
Yinshu
Yinshu
I found that empty area β€” it seems like a good reading spot at first... but then I noticed two people dressed in dark clothing and a blonde outworlder hanging around. Something didn't feel right, so I left. Those two people left the same way I did.
March 7th
March 7th
So you just happened to be going the same way... Did you see what the outworlder was doing?
Yinshu
Yinshu
Sorry, I was only trying to find a place to read, I didn't pay much attention to him... or the two in dark clothing.
Yinshu
Yinshu
All I remember is... the two people in dark clothing β€” they smelled pretty bad. I guess that's not much of a clue. Sorry I can't give you any useful information.
Welt
Welt
On the contrary, any information you can give is valuable. Thank you very much.
Welt
Welt
Still, according to the cycrane recordings, Luocha's final stop before heading towards the open area was your store.
Yinshu
Yinshu
My store... Spare Time Book Shop? You're sure he came to... Oh, that's right! I remember now, he did pay a visit β€” how could I forget?
Yinshu
Yinshu
He came in, looked at a few titles, and then handed one to me... an old paperback.
Yinshu
Yinshu
Everything seemed normal, but after paying for it he immediately tore off the title page. I was shocked, but he was grinning ear to ear, so I didn't dare ask him about it.
Yinshu
Yinshu
After that, he just left the book on the counter and went on his way.
Yinshu
Yinshu
I can't believe I'd forget something like that... I guess the Ambrosial Arbor's resurrection the day after pushed everything else to the back of my mind...
Welt
Welt
So, what was the book?
Yinshu
Yinshu
The Angler Mystery. I was wondering what to do about it β€” I can't sell a book without a title page... But, since you asked about it, here β€” you can have it.
March 7th
March 7th
Mr. Yang's instinct was right all along β€” Luocha is a villain! How could he do this? Tearing up a book as well-written as The Angler Mystery... Unacceptable!
Options
Why did Luocha tear out the title page?
Right? Outrageous!
March 7th
March 7th
If I knew the answer to that, wouldn't that make me as evil as him?
Welt
Welt
Calm down a moment, you two. I don't think Luocha has anything against the book.
Welt
Welt
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. We're forgetting that the Realm-Keeping Commission was initially investigating whether someone brought a "dangerous object" onto the Luofu.
Welt
Welt
Dahao and the others are probably not aware of what that "dangerous object" might be. But we know for a fact that it's the Stellaron.
Welt
Welt
I think that by removing the page, Luocha may have provided us with a key piece of the puzzle.
March 7th
March 7th
I don't understand. What does tearing out a page have to do with the Stellaron? Are you following Mr. Yang, {NICKNAME}?
Options
I think so.
I'm lost...
Options
It might seem like a random action at first glance, but there has to be more to it.
Maybe the page will mean something to his accomplices.
Welt
Welt
Exactly. I think Luocha may have friends on the Luofu, and they're using the title page to communicate.
Welt
Welt
That's alright, this is a bit of a conjectural leap.
Welt
Welt
What I'm trying to say is β€” I think Luocha may have friends on the Luofu, and they're using the title page to communicate.
March 7th
March 7th
That makes him even worse! How dare he use a book that praises justice for his evil plans!
Welt
Welt
I'm afraid "evil plans" are still within the realm of speculation at this stage. We have no way of knowing exactly what he did because the cycrane data was lost.
March 7th
March 7th
So... is this a dead end?
March 7th
March 7th
Ha! That's more like it! New clues always turn up in the nick of time.

Return to the Realm-Keeping Commission and learn about the new clues of the case from Jingyan

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Realm-Keeping Commission Chancery

An obscure corner, mysterious men in black, a torn-off title page... Pieces of evidence slowly emerged to put together the puzzle. Maybe you only need a final puzzle piece to complete the quest... Is the new piece of information Jingyan had come into the key puzzle piece you need?
Interact
Jingyan
Jingyan
So, we now know what time Luocha left the open area...
March 7th
March 7th
Nice! You found footage of him leaving?
Jingyan
Jingyan
Yes. According to the cycrane recordings, he left the area two hours after he entered.
March 7th
March 7th
Strange... Why spend two hours in such a confined area? He must've been up to something...
Options
Diarrhea?
Afternoon nap?
March 7th
March 7th
I'm gonna stop you right there. Refined wardrobe, elegant bearing... He may be a villain, but he doesn't look like someone who'd give up on finding a bathroom, even in an emergency...
March 7th
March 7th
Maybe he spent all his money on startaro bubble tea and couldn't afford a hotel room!
Welt
Welt
Oddly specific, March...
March 7th
March 7th
It's a shame no cycranes are installed in that area β€” we still have no idea what he was up to. This Luocha is getting more suspicious by the minute...
March 7th
March 7th
{NICKNAME}, I know Mr. Yang never wears his heart on his sleeve, but do you get the feeling he's a little... restless?
Options
I wouldn't call it restless. A little concerned, maybe.
I reckon he must have bad blood with the other "Luochas..." he mentioned.
Welt
Welt
Ha, don't worry about me. It's just... my mind keeps wandering back to those other "Luochas" I mentioned. Not the greatest memories.
Welt
Welt
Remember, we're talking about different worlds here. However, I can't deny I'm a little worried that... what happened to my home world could befall this place too.
March 7th
March 7th
How does he always hear us!?
Jingyan
Jingyan
Well, I'm afraid I have some other business to attend to. Let me know if you need anything β€” you know how to reach me.
March 7th
March 7th
Thanks for the help, Miss Jingyan!
Welt
Welt
So... what did Luocha get up to during those missing two hours...?
March 7th
March 7th
I think it's high time detective March took the gloves off.
Welt
Welt
Oh? And what do you have in mind, detective? Fieldwork?
March 7th
March 7th
That won't be necessary, Mr. Yang. As the Angler once said: "A true detective operates as effectively from their armchair as from the scene of the crime."
Options
Or to put it another way: "I'm too lazy to explore the map."
I think the Realm-Keeping officers might disagree with you there...
March 7th
March 7th
It's too early to start fieldwork β€” we must wait until my deduction is complete. Then, when we arrive at the scene, you'll see that the facts match my theory to a T!
March 7th
March 7th
Hmph, I'll quote the Angler again: "The field officer is a diligent specimen, yet they lack the detective's instinct to deduce facts from evidence."
Welt
Welt
Hehe, well, seeing as you're so confident, let's give your idea a try.
March 7th
March 7th
Yay! Mr. Yang is the best!

Collaborate with March 7th to put on her detective show

The boring evidence-collection task finally ended, and it is time for the mind-bending, action-packed deduction segment!
Genius Detective March 7th is confident to reveal the truth to the world as she gets to the bottom of the case.
Luck be with her.
March 7th
March 7th
Ready? I'm gonna start my reconstruction.
Options
I'm good. Let's do it.
Not yet, give me a second.
March 7th
March 7th
Okay, here we go... Eh-heh, explaining a theory in front of everyone is a more nerve-wracking than I expected.
March 7th
March 7th
Sure, gives me time to make a few more adjustments.

Welt
Welt
So... who was piloting the starskiff?
March 7th
March 7th
I'm not sure either β€” the pilot didn't show themself, so... Let's just assume it was {NICKNAME}.
Options
How come I got dragged into this...
At least let the audience see my face!
March 7th
March 7th
No one gets left out of my stories!
March 7th
March 7th
Too many faces, too small a budget. Maybe next time.
Welt
Welt
...March, aβ€”as much as I enjoyed your deduction, I do have a few... questions.
Welt
Welt
For example, if Luocha took flight from the dock, how could he appear in cycrane footage two hours later?
Welt
Welt
Also, the dock is a military installation β€” the Cloud Knights would be on the scene at the slightest disturbance. How did so many monsters show up without warning?
Welt
Welt
Last but not least, even if Luocha did encounter all the troubles you described, it wouldn't have taken him two hours to escape.
March 7th
March 7th
Hmm... You're right, Mr. Yang. Guess I can't compete with the Angler just yet...
March 7th
March 7th
You know what? Time for some fieldwork. Maybe the answers to our questions are waiting for us at the scene.
Welt
Welt
That might be the best approach. Let's go.

Leave the Realm-Keeping Commission and check out the "scene of the crime"

πŸ“ The Xianzhou Luofu Exalting Sanctum

Maybe because of some missing key information, or maybe it's because a certain genius detective's reasoning skills is incongruous with the truth, or maybe, Luocha was just too good... Genius Detective March 7th's first detective debut doesn't seem to be very successful. You decide to check out the scene of the crime, armchair detectives have limited understanding, after all.
πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ
Move
System
System
We're looking for someone.
System
System
I'd say he was an outworlder.
System
System
May I ask why you're looking for him?
System
System
He saved our life.
System
System
Since when did we start sharing a life?
System
System
We're not rehearsing...
System
System
Sorry, old habits.

Listen to what Jingyan is telling Back'n and Forth

The moment you step out of the Realm-Keeping Commission, you see three individuals discussing something. One of them is Jingyan, and the other two are Back'n and Forth of crosstalk fame.
You detected a few keywords in their conversation... Blonde, Outworlder, savior... This isn't the key information on Luocha's disappearance, is it?
Inquire
Forth
Forth
Excuse me, officer β€” we're looking for someone. Can you help us?
Back'n
Back'n
He's got blonde hair, and judging by the way he's dressed, I'd say he was an outworlder.
Jingyan
Jingyan
A traveler with blonde hair? Could it be... May I ask why you're looking for him?
Forth
Forth
He saved our life.
Back'n
Back'n
Since when did we start sharing a life?
Forth
Forth
Back'n, we're not rehearsing...
Welt
Welt
Excuse me, gentlemen. Would this blonde-haired, life-saving outworlder bear any resemblance to our suspect, here?
Forth
Forth
That's him!
Back'n
Back'n
Mr. Luocha! He rescued both of us.
Welt
Welt
Can I ask when this rescue occurred?
Forth
Forth
It was... the day before the Ambrosial Arbor came back to life.
Back'n
Back'n
We were planning to thank him properly, but in the aftermath of the Arbor incident, we never had the time.
March 7th
March 7th
Are you two... *gasp* the people in dark clothing? What's with the wardrobe change?
Forth
Forth
Dark clothing? ...Ah! I know what you're talking about. What a pair of clowns we are... Dark clothing, hmph.
Back'n
Back'n
We... fell into a ditch.
March 7th
March 7th
Wait, what?
➿
Unknown
Options
What did Luocha do, exactly?
➿
Unknown
Forth
Forth
Here, that's the prescription he gave us.
March 7th
March 7th
A paper flower? It's beautiful... Did Luocha make this?
Forth
Forth
That's right, he wrote down the prescription and folded it into shape.
Back'n
Back'n
A man of romantic sensibilities, one might say.
March 7th
March 7th
The paper looks familiar... can I open it?
Forth
Forth
Of course. We'd already opened it when we showed it to the pharmacy.
Back'n
Back'n
We were planning on handing it over to the Realm-Keeping Commission β€” we suspect it's probably our best chance of tracing him.
Jingyan
Jingyan
We can take it off you β€” we'll let you know when we find him.
March 7th
March 7th
Let me see... Ah! Of course!
Welt
Welt
What is it?
March 7th
March 7th
It's the title page of The Angler Mystery!
March 7th
March 7th
The prescription's on this side, but on the back there's... Huh? So that's what this is all about!?
Options
What's on the back?
Is it a secret code?
March 7th
March 7th
Sadly not...
March 7th
March 7th
Take a look yourself.
πŸ“–
The Title Page of a Detective Novel Torn Off by Luocha
March 7th
March 7th
"The Immortal Spoiler"? Ugh, some people just wanna watch the world burn.
Jingyan
Jingyan
I'm starting to think the Luocha we envisioned doesn't square with the real one... Would a villain do a good deed like this?
March 7th
March 7th
So he paid for the book and tore off the title page to protect people from the spoiler...
March 7th
March 7th
He must be a fan of this book too... I knew Angler Mystery fans couldn't be bad!
+ Luocha's Paper Flower x 1

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