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The Missing Empress, A Swordfern Mystery Who-Done-It Game
by Patrick Volpe. Approximately 91 pages, $10. To order this party game, click
on the Ordering menu on the left. A sample of the game follows.
Alpha Swan, the High Priestess and leader of the Mt. Amazons
Kevin of the House of Justinian, the ex-king of Swordfern
The Earl of Guillotine (Pat of Guillotine)
The Emir Sam, the barbarian and Second Lord of Galacia
Marshal Mandrake, the acting leader of the kingdoms army
Omega, the last of the House of Swan (and Consort to Yolanda)
The Princess Yolanda (of the House of Justinian), Regent of the Kingdom
Borigard the cleric (the old magician)
Grand Marshal Wilkey (on leave from leading the army)...
Alpha Swan is the first of the House of Swan, a High Priestess and the first on the
Mt. Amazon Ruling Council. She is also the most powerful wizard known to be alive. She is
an expert at manipulating people to get what she wants. After winning the Mt. Amazon civil
war, she no longer has any opposition among the Mt. Amazons. Now she seeks to change the
kingdom. She also plans to force it to fulfill its part of its alliance with the Mt.
Amazons. She is currently faced with an unexpected revolt by the province of Galacia. She
has journeyed to the kingdom to ensure her brother's (Omega's) support for several of her
goals. She has visited the palace several times and arrived yesterday. She is staying in
the guest wing.
The Princess Yolanda is the Regent of the kingdom. She became
ruler of the kingdom when her father abdicated the throne. Yolanda took the term of Regent
instead of Queen, keeping the regency for her as yet unconceived daughter. She agreed to
marry Omega Swan to unite the kingdom and the Mt. Amazons. Recently, Yolanda has quarreled
with the Mt. Amazons. The Mt. Amazons wish to take the Empress to their temple to train
her to become a Mt. Amazon. Yolanda has vowed not to give up her daughter till her 18th
birthday (the Empress is 4)...
Round 4 Begins:
One by one, Omega, the Princess, and the Earl return and say that the Empress is not in
any of the areas of the palace that they searched. The Earl asks Yolanda for permission to
search every room of the palace for incriminating evidence, including the guests
rooms. The Princess grants it.
The Earl makes two other announcements: 1) that a servant to each of the following is
missing: Alpha Swan, Kevin, The Emir, Marshal ManDrake, and Grand Marshal Wilkey. These
servants were called into the palace with a message that their masters wanted to see them.
2) That Borigard the cleric has been found. He is asleep in his room, which is right next
door to the Empresss room.
The Princess yells at the Earl "Wake him at once! If I find out he has turned my
daughter into a frog again, I will caste him into the streets!" Turn to Round 4
and read Omegas announcement next and then follow the directions.
Round 4 Omega's Announcement:
Omega informs his wife "The Earl has more important matters to attend to.
We all can wake the cleric." As he leads the others to Borigards room, he
informs his guests of the time when Borigard changed the Empress into a frog. As commonly
happened, the young child was pestering the old cleric when he was trying to nap. He told
her to go away or that he would turn her into a frog. She was so excited by the idea that
she begged him to change her into a frog. Wanting some peace and quite, he granted her
wish... Read Borigards announcement next.
Round 4 Borigard's Announcements:
After Borigard is awakened, Omega informs him that his daughter is missing.
Yolanda demands to know if he knows where she is. After he answers no, Yolanda informs him
that she appears to have been kidnapped. Borigard asks, "You woke me to tell me
something I already knew? Why cant I ever be allowed to sleep undisturbed around
here!" he demands.
Everyone is stunned. Omega says with bewilderment that he had been asleep. He asks how
he could possibly have known that the Empress was kidnapped? Borigard smiles and says
"The Empress told me. She placed herself into my dreams..." The players
should now read their information for Round 4 and ask each other questions. When
everyone is finished, read Event 5.