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Oh, how mysterious! Five of your original characters have been anonymously invited to a dinner party held by a host none of them have ever met, at some mansion none of them have ever heard of. Sounds like a fun time, right?

If your OCs have any powers or special abilities that would permit them to sense or avoid getting attacked and/or killed by our murderer, I'm afraid upon entering the mansion they have all been disabled. No avoiding this one, kids.

Ready to begin?

Orignal Meme:  OC Murder Mystery (Blank Writing Meme, 5 OCs)Oh, how mysterious! Five of your original characters have been anonymously invited to a dinner party held by a host none of them have ever met, at some mansion none of them have ever heard of. Sounds like a fun time, right?
If your OCs have any powers or special abilities that would permit them to sense or avoid getting attacked and/or killed by our murderer, I'm afraid upon entering the mansion they have all been disabled. No avoiding this one, kids.
Ready to begin?
1. First, choose five of your OC's to be invited to the mansion and to partake in the horror!
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]
2. How fun! Alright, your OCs have finished getting all dressed up for the big event and are ready to go to the party. How is [2] feeling about all of this?
3. Whoops, no time for that! Looks like we've already arrived! The mansion is a large, foreboding building set on top of a hill. As it so happens, it's near pitch black out and raining hard. Your characters hurry to get to the door. [3] gets there first and


1. First, choose five of your OC's to be invited to the mansion and to partake in the horror!

Tenir (My boi! I couldn't not, ofc)
Lyr (:0 kinda didn't have anyone else to fill this slot)
Lavu (My boi's son! daughter! child! What a boi!)
Red (>w>)
Void (oof, look at this indescribable force)

2. How fun! Alright, your OCs have finished getting all dressed up for the big event and are ready to go to the party. How is Lyr feeling about all of this?

Lyr's a little wary. Not a particularly trusting one, they are, but they didn't really want to offend this person... whoever they are... so even if they're on edge, they're also relieved that everything's been going according to plan. Also, they've never been to a dinner party! So that's both causing some anxiety and very exciting.

3. Whoops, no time for that! Looks like we've already arrived! The mansion is a large, foreboding building set on top of a hill. As it so happens, it's near pitch black out and raining hard. Your characters hurry to get to the door. Lavu gets there first and tries to knock, but before they can, the door opens up, revealing a tall, well-dressed creature with a crooked grin. How does Lavu react?

Well, Lavu was a little nervous about going to a party... you know, with a bunch of people, which he's not that big on, and one that the group seems pretty suspicious of in the first place, so he spoke out against this to begin with. The group barely got him in a vest, honestly. Still, once he was convinced that yes, this was the only option, he got pretty excited about it. So, he ran ahead, wanting to be first in the door, aaand this man pops out at him. Lavu doesn't know why the man is... grinning... but um, he freezes (not literally, don't worry) and nods slowly to the host, offering a cordial, "I guess you saw us coming, huh? Well, uh, pleasure to meet you, thanks for the invitation."

4. The creature welcomes our guests inside the mansion, and, with barely any time to catch their breath, ushers them into the dining room. Everyone is given assigned seats: Tenir and Red sit on the left side of the table, Lavu sits on the end, Void and Lyr sit on the right side, and the host takes the remaining spot at the other end. How does everyone feel about these seats? Are there any arguments over it, or does it seem fitting?

Tenir is super uncomfortable being next to Red. His right eye keeps pulsing an unnatural black, and his tails are sometimes invisible, infinite, or stretched to grotesquely incorrect proportions. He keeps apologizing for this, and trying to hide it from Lavu, who is busy staring at the host. Red accepts that this is a part of how this was always going to go, with some measure of sadness. However, she is kind of... guiltily enjoying this. Needless to say this relationship is causing Lyr to flicker and spark a little, fearful of the situation. Void takes their seat without argument, and merely hums discontentedly. The left side of the table is clearly the issue here.

5. Well, regardless if they're happy with it or not, the host begins the feast and welcomes his guests. He explains that he's invited them all to this party because he is new in town, and he decided that holding a social event like this would help him to make some friends! Does Red buy their story, or do they think there's something more to this gentleman? Do they try to convince any of their fellow guests of their feelings?

Red is completely unconvinced. She doesn't like this party, she went along because she had to keep an eye on Tenir and Void, and yet she's so distressed about the current situation with the spasming gentleman beside her that she doesn't try to talk to anyone else, keeping her head down and trying not to make sudden movements.

6. The dinner continues, but throughout it, the host seems to get a little too comfortable with talking to Lyr and begins to flirt. He attempts to lean across to give them a nuzzle several times. How does Lyr feel about this? How do they react?

Lyr is so so so uncomfortable. Lyr wants to leave. Nobody is happy, at this moment, except maybe Void (it's really hard to tell), and honestly Lyr wishes they'd never come. They will continue smiling nervously and nodding until someone says something, and nobody is saying something. They feel so so so unsafe. Lyr isn't okay with this.

7. Meanwhile, Void, Lavu, and Tenir are engaged in conversation. What are they discussing? How do each of them view their host?

Tenir can't hold a conversation all too well, but Void always helps him calm down a little. Lavu is having an animated conversation about the food, which he is very very interested in. So very interested. Tenir is grateful for his daughter's sensitivity to the issue. Void also enjoys food. Wow. Food. Love that. They find this food especially acceptable.

8. Dinner is over, and your guests are all (presumably) happy and have full bellies! They thank their host and begin to leave, when it becomes apparent that the storm has gotten much, much worse. Whether they like it or not, it is agreed it would be best if your guests wait out the storm at the mansion. The host kindly offers to let your characters stay the night; he has enough rooms for everyone! How does Tenir feel about this decision? Would they rather risk the storm, or keep it safe?

Tenir was the original proponent of the party, reassuring everyone that it would be great and they'd be okay. Now he's not so happy, but still very confident in his host, so he accepts this with relief. ...So long as he doesn't have to share a room with Red. Anyone else is okay. The others are unsure of this idea, but they wouldn't ruin this for him. 

9. The host divides a set of three room keys between the guests: one for Tenir and Lavu, one for Red and Void, and one for Lyr, still showing his favoritism. The guests each disperse to their respective rooms. Upon entering their room, Red and Void realize there is only one queen bed in the room. How do they react to this? Does one of them force the other to sleep elsewhere, or are they fine with the arrangements?

Void isn't particularly fussy, so they just settle down in one corner of the room and stay silent for the rest of the night. Red hasn't gotten over her feud with them, but they can't figure out how to torn this into an irritated remark, so she just takes the bed.

10. Everyone eventually settles in to spend the night, but before they can drift off, there is a horrified scream down the hall! The characters rush out of their room to see what's happened, and find their host staring, horrified, into Lyr's room. Upon entering the room, they find that Lyr has dropped dead. What happens next?

Tenir can't handle this. He's too shocked to make any accusations, and just... faints. Lavu is similarly terrified by the sight, and he shudders violently, shifting into Cryodraken form by accident. Red was sure this was going to happen, and turns a withering gaze on the host. Void shrinks, wisping in an inscrutable mix of fear and rage. 

11. Once the panic settles a bit, the host explains that he'd been going to check on Lyr and found the door open. Upon seeing Lyr fallen dead, he'd screamed. What does Void think of their story?

Void knows it has to be true, because Lyr couldn't have possibly screamed. However, they can't count out the possibility that the host was the murderer either way. They try to think of things objectively, but it's hard, after a death like that.

12. The characters exchange ideas on how Lyr may have died. Lyr has no visible wounds, and they don't appear to have been strangled. It is agreed that without any medical staff, they are unable to determine the true reasoning behind their death. Lavu goes to contact the police, but with the raging storm outside, the phone lines are dead. The host, though heartbroken, tries to calm everyone down and urges them back to bed. There is nothing to do until the storm passes, right? Everyone returns to their rooms, but can everyone necessarily fall asleep after that tragedy?

Certainly not. Void was never going to sleep anyway, but they still wish they could do something. Tenir sleeps, but fitfully and without particular restfulness. Lavu keeps trying to call, despite how fruitless it seems to be. Red... is nowhere to be found. It seems like she probably went outside to have a fly and clear her thoughts.

13. After a few hours, Red gets up to use the bathroom. They head outside of their room and begin down the stairs, but are met with a horrible sight - Tenir is laying at the bottom of the stairs, bleeding! A butcher knife is sticking out of their back, and from all the blood around, it's clear this happened a while ago. What does Red do?

Red runs. She knows she'll be suspected, and she runs.

14. Eventually everyone's gathered together at the site, and it's becoming clear that Lyr's death may not have been a simple tragedy at all… Who is beginning to panic the most?

Lavu's dad is dead. The ground around him is freezing over, as is the blood. Everyone is made nervous by this.

15. The host urges everyone to calm down, but of course, it is difficult for our guests to agree. It would seem a murderer is among them, and they have no way out! Everyone's a suspect. Who offers to take the position of detective, and why?

Void takes the position. Nobody disagrees. They give no explanation for why, but everyone seems to understand.

16. Yes, yes, that's all well and good and all, but we don't have time for that. Everyone insists that they are not the murderer, and the host suggests that it is an entirely different intruder altogether! He splits the guests up to search the mansion - which really does seem like a terrible idea - and the hunt for clues and killers begins! How is Void holding up?

Void is fine. They're fine. They're fine. They're f̴͓͔̏̅ͅi̸̹̱̗̺̓̿͋n̴̼͉̱̎͊͆͘͜ȇ̵̞̫͔̑.̸͔̲͙̅̀̄̅ͅ

17. Everybody is on their own now, and as the storm continues to rage outside, the tension between guests grows. They search throughout the house, but there is no sign of anybody breaking in or any clues to who dunnit. Who does Red suspect the killer is and why?

Red is sure it's the host. He's been suspicious all throughout the night, and he's the only one who would have known where to find the knives in this house. If it's not the host, it's Void, but even she wouldn't accuse them immediately. No, the host is the most suspect.

18. Oh, dear. While Red was busy guessing the culprit, it would seem another blood-curling scream has echoed through the building! The guests rush to the scene to find Void has been bludgeoned in the head and is now dead! Now all those who are left are Lavu, Red, and the host. How does Lavu react to seeing the deceased Void?

Lavu was the one who screamed.

19. Oh, truly heart-breaking… But not that it really matters much to them, right? Lavu summons several blades of ice and stabs the host through on all sides.
Red's reaction?

Red freezes. She wasn't expecting something like this. 

20. Yes, so the truth comes out. Lavu was the killer all along. Tell Red through your final villain monologue, Lavu, why did you do it?

Lavu is silent and cold. He says nothing.

21. And now that that's done, there's only one thing left to do, right? Lavu summons one last shard to finish off the final guest. Well, Red? Any last words to spit at your betrayer?

Red raises her clawed wing and lowers her head. She affixes Lavu. "I could destroy your Bonds right here. You don't want to do this." She's bluffing, of course, but... anything to call them off.

22. How very noble. Lavu moves to stab Red through.
…Oh. It would seem someone's Cryodraken form is melting away. Well, that wasn't very bright of them at all, was it? What does Red do in this lucky moment?

Red stares for a moment, and then flies away quickly.

23. Wait, wait, wait, Red! There's something important you need to know first! It wasn't Lavu at all! That's right. Lavu's no murderer! It was really… a prank!
The host stands up and the rest of the guests come out, perfectly alive and healthy. It was all just to mess with you! All in good fun!
What's your response, Red?

Red is already gone. No way to convince her that this wasn't real now, I guess...?

24. Well, that's the end of the story! I do hope you enjoyed this meme, and thank you very much for playing! :D (Big Grin) Take this space to tag someone (if you'd like!), or you can give us some inner monologue of Red's final thoughts on all this!
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Meme by EatPrayDraw
Please leave the link so others can find their way back to the blank version and do it themselves! It is much appreciated :D (Big Grin)
:iconumbreoneevee2190:'s journals on her own character ratings introduced me to this, so I thought I might as well. Just to make sure, y'know.


1. [ ] They are possessed by an angel. 

2. [ ] They are possessed by a demon.

3. [ ] They are a werewolf/vampire/faerie.

4. [x] They are physically strong.

5. [ ] They have a rare hair/fur/skin color.

6. [ ] Their eyes are an unusual color.

7. [ ] This eye color happens to be red.

8. [ ] Their eyes change color.

9. [ ] They have wings. 

10.[ ] They can grow extra body parts/shapeshift.

11.[ ] They are immortal. 

12.[ ] They have large boobs.

13.[ ] They are very muscular.

14.[ ] They are very attractive to the opposite gender. 

15.[x] They are pyrokinetic/etc. 

16.[ ] They have sixth sense/can mind-read/etc. 

17.[ ] They have an object of some sort that gives them powers. 

18.[ ] They have a special ability/power, but they don't know about it yet.

19.[ ] They were bestowed/cursed with these powers. 

20.[ ] They are a healer. 

21.[ ] They are from a very rich/royal family.

22.[ ] They don't know that they are from a very rich/royal background.

23.[ ] They have lost one/both of their parents. 

24.[ ] They ran away from home.

25.[x] Their parents are cruel, uncaring, abusive etc.

26.[ ]  They witnessed one/both of their parent's death. 

27.[ ] They are part angel/demon/faerie/some other mythical creature.  

29.[ ] They were abused/spoiled as a child.

30.[ ] They are very attractive to the same gender. 

31.[x] They have lots of friends/no friends. 

32.[ ]They are emo.

33.[ ] They look much younger/older than they really are.

35.[ ] They have lots of morals and declare them a fair bit. 

36.[ ] They have a mental disorder.

37.[x] They have an emotional disorder.

38.[ ] They struggle to stay sane. 

39.[ ] They are a psycho.

40.[ ] They have multiple personalities.

41.[ ] They are very intelligent.

42.[x] They have hallucinations.

43.[ ] They can summon spirits/demons/angels etc.

44.[ ] They have an unusual/unrealistic pet. 

45.[x] They have a guardian spirit. 

46.[x] They have a 'special type' of soul.

47.[ ] Their soul is not the same as them.

48.[ ] They can talk to spirits/ghosts. 

49.[x] Some part of their body glows. 

50.[ ] They have a rare/unusual name. 

51.[ ] They were born on an important date, such as New Year's Eve, etc. 

52.[ ] They have a twin/sibling(s) that they were separated from at birth/a young age.

53.[x] They are connected with a certain element.

54.[ ] They are connected with a certain animal. 

55.[ ] They always dress like a certain 'label'. 

56.[ ] They look quite a bit like a character from a popular anime/manga. 

65.[ ] They are very mysterious/dark.

66.[ ] They are very lively/happy.

67.[ ] Their mood changes a lot/very quickly.

68.[ ] They are very patient. 

69.[ ] They are from a long line of assassins.

70.[ ] They have a piece of jewelry/clothing that they always wear. 

71.[ ] They have amnesia.

72.[ ] The have some sort of harmful curse upon them. 

73.[ ] They are involved in some sort of prophecy. 

74.[ ] They are 'the chosen one'. 

75.[ ] They have insomnia. 


Total: 9


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Take points off your OC's overall score if they fit any of the following statements- 



1. [ ] They smoke. 

2. [ ] They are an alcoholic. 

3. [ ] They are overweight. 

4. [ ] They are addicted to drugs. 

5. [ ] They have a short temper. 

6. [ ] They enjoy bullying others. 

7. [ ] They do not care much about others. 

8. [ ] They are relatively emotionless. 

9. [x] They have some sort of permanent medical condition. 





*****


Total: 8 points



Your point score:

0-5: Anti-Sue. Your character may be a bit on the boring side. Of course, this does depend, but generally if they score that low, it wouldn't hurt to 'spice them up' a bit. 


6-15: Balanced Character. If your OC scored around here, then they are probably quite a well-balanced and interesting character. Those scoring in the higher end of this category may be a bit too much though. 


16-25: Borderline Mary-Sue. We have a problem. You need to tone your character down. They are most likely a bit annoying to others, too.


26: Mary-Sue. Please revise your character... NOW.

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Huh. I would agree with that, I guess. I spur Ald on to overanalyze everything I checked off on this list, which was the real reason I did this. <3
Over the time that you read what I write, I hope to share something intelligent with you. At least one thing. And the best way to be intelligent? Know what you're talking about.

Let me explain.

We all have beliefs. That's great! It means that you aren't being puppeted by some unknown force, and it also means that if you are, you can force your way out of that. You stand for something. Now, let me ask you a rhetorical question: Where did those beliefs come from? Take a moment to think about it. Done? Alright. The most common answer is probably that someone taught you, followed by experience, followed by a whole host of other, more specific reasons. Let's look at that first one. Someone taught you. That means the idea is not your own, not really. Think about your own set of morals, and throw those away. See what you fill in the gaps with. If what you've been taught corresponds with what your mind believes to be right, good job, you've discovered how to agree with something. The cisgender/cissexual of morality, these are the easiest things to form and present an argument about. What about things that don't correspond? That's disagreeing - which can be a turmoil. Especially when you disagree with one of the core tenets of the person who taught you's argument. You should come into your own, however hard it is, and form an argument for yourself. That's a big step towards control of your intelligence.

What happens if you can't do this, though?

That's where not knowing what you're talking about comes into play. Your argument when you're not fully committed to your stance is basically reciting all the things you've been told, and then when you run out, you find yourself making things up. That's not any kind of good for your argument. When somebody fact-checks you, you get defensive, and resort to a lot of sulky tactics. Your argument is falling apart, held up by only the childish "you're being mean to me and not accepting my opinion". But, in your defense, it isn't always as easy as checking your own personal belief against the beliefs you've been taught. Remember when I said the second-most common answer would be experience? That's both the strongest and weakest thing to hold up an argument. Take your experiences into account. Not recounted tales of others' experiences, and not only the most prominent experiences you've had, but all the experiences you've had with this topic. Whether it's interacting with someone or a fleeting feeling, let the majority of your memories make up the interior of your argument. Just make sure they aren't your supporting structures - you need something reliable and unbiased for that.

So, what's a sturdy way to hold up your argumentative wall?

Facts. Facts that are scientific, preferably, and no quoting religious texts. Honestly. "The Bible tells me so" is no kind of argument, even if the majority of people you talk to follow it. Research your topic. Take a side, read argumentative papers, take into account the pros and cons of the argument you want to uphold, and if your perspective switches while reading, embrace that. Try not to take too much stock in anecdotes or dubious studies. Double and triple-check your sources. If you really care about the topic, take notes, research like the wind, heck, go to your local library and look up some primary sources for historical reading. Don't ignore either side of the argument - read texts that support both sides. Be logical, uphold your tenets of agreement, and finally, take your stand. In argument logic as in argument writing, don't be wishy-washy and iffy about the stance you're taking. If it's an issue you don't care about, read something that will make you care about it. Make sure you know the consequences of your stand, have rebuttals at the ready, and train yourself in the art of debate self-defense.

When will you use this?

If you ever decide to go into politics, it's particularly useful to have a strong argument. However, even in your everyday life, you'll find people who disagree with you. Yeowch, that stings. So take a strong stance, hold up your argument, and shout something along the lines of "THE POWER OF TRUTH COMPELS YOU". In many cases, this will make them sincerely consider your argument - which, oftentimes, they have never done before. Occasionally, though, there is a diamond in the rough. Somebody with an equally strong argument will come to you, figurative guns loaded. This is a great time to have an intelligent debate. You'll trade words in a heated exchange, each trying to gain the upper hand. An exciting and refined art, a good debate is the greatest thing you will likely ever experience.

What's the difference between a debate and an argument?

An argument is not what should occur. An argument is childish and petty, somebody taking a debate and throwing it off the rails. They throw in insults, waiting for an opportunity to throw in a bombshell - something that really gets under your skin, really makes you feel like garbage, and effectively ends the argument. It's cheating. Don't argue - debate. Debating is a skill everyone should be well-trained in. Your goal is not to humiliate the other person, it's to convert them. You both share facts and details, rebuttals, counterclaims, in all essence like a proper sword-fight. Attack, defend, parry. You respect the other person's logic, and bow your head to that before coming back with strong points of your own. Even if there is no winner at the end, you now understand both sides better. There is no downside to a debate, whereas an argument is crude and dangerous.

That concludes your lesson for today.

Have some tea, coffee, or other preferred beverage, and think about your own morals a little more. Let these thoughts hang around in your mind for a little while. I hope they serve you well. :)