Created By: jayoungr on July 24, 2013 Last Edited By: Nohbody on December 5, 2013
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Signature Item Clue

An item belonging to a character is a clue to a character's presence or actions.

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In a particular setting something is out of place. A very distinctive something, something that could only have gotten there if someone in particular had been there. For whatever reason, that person came here and did... something. Then, before they left, for some reason, they left the object in question.

The types of objects that are left are too many to mention, but they must be distinctive enough to be recognized when they are found. Sometimes they are blatantly obvious, and other times they are the kinds of things that only a Great Detective would notice.

Regardless, the implication is that the owner of the object was here, and the object is the proof!

Unless it's part of an Orgy of Evidence, planted in a Frame-Up.

If it's not a plant, then spotting the item could be followed directly by the owner walking in. It could be a hint that the owner is actually in the room, hiding in the closet. Or the item could be covered with dust, indicating that it has been sitting there for a long time.

A variation has the significant item showing up with another person, rather than in a particular place. For example, if you thought Alice and Bob didn't know each other, but then you see Bob carrying Alice's cigarette lighter, you might start to wonder.

Although this trope can appear in many contexts, it is a particular staple of detective fiction. This may sometimes bump against Conviction by Counterfactual Clue, if it clinches a case in-story, but the reader is able to figure out other explanations that would establish reasonable doubt.

Compare Calling Card, Iconic Item.


Examples

Film
  • At the end of Miracle on 34th Street, Kris's cane is seen inside the house that Susan insists is her Christmas present, convincing Fred that Kris really is Santa Claus.
  • In the movie Life, Eddie Murphy's character sees his father's heirloom pocket watch—the one he lost to the card sharp he was convicted of murdering—in the possession of the deputy who arrested him for the murder, and puts two and two together.
  • In Inglourious Basterds, the shoe and autographed napkin left behind by Bridget von Hammersmark when fleeing a bar where several of the Basterds were involved in a fatal shootout with a German officer let Colonel Landa know she was present, when he investigated the scene. The shoe is brought up again later, to von Hammersmark's dismay.
  • In Clear and Present Danger Felix Cortez becomes suspicious that the series of attacks on the Medellin Cartel aren't just guerrillas after finding a stray shell casing from one of the US Special Forces' team's M16s at one of the attack sites.
  • Blade Runner. Officer Gaff likes to create little figurines and leave them behind. At the end of the movie, Deckard finds a unicorn left by Gaff outside his apartment (in which Rachel was hiding). This showed that Gaff had been there and didn't capture or kill Rachel or notify the other police of her presence the way he should have.
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982 had Marguerite, after initially complying with Chauvelin's demands, interfering by warning the Scarlet Pimpernel of danger in the library. Chauvelin discovers this when he finds her earring there.
  • Invoked by Abigail in the second National Treasure when she deliberately drops one of her earrings in the Oval Office, then uses that as a distraction for Ben to examine the President's desk, on the grounds that it wouldn't do for an earring belonging to her to be found there.
  • In The Searchers, Ethan gives Debbie his medal at the beginning and years later sees it around the neck of the man believed to have kidnaped her. Debbie reappears soon afterward.
  • In My Darling Clementine, James Earp shows off a distinctive cross necklace shortly before being murdered; much later, Doc Holliday's girlfriend is seen wearing it, making Wyatt think Holliday was responsible for James's death. (She was actually trysting with one of the real culprits.)

Literature
  • The Lord of the Rings: Peregrin Took drops his elven brooch while being transported by his orcish captors, in hopes his friends will pick up his trail. The gambit pays off.
  • In Beautiful Creatures, Ethan finds Lena's iconic and personalized charm necklace on a beach near the Great Barrier, and know's something must have happened to her and that she passed by that spot.
  • In The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer, the heroine is lured under false pretenses into the home of a notorious rake. She manages to escape unscathed, but loses a distinctive piece of jewelry in the process. This is found at the rake's home by one of her enemies, who later produces it as evidence that she must have been there willingly.
  • In 1635: The Papal Stakes, the presence of "uptime" casings for shotgun and rifle rounds for use in 20th century gun designs reveals the presence of United States of Europe agents and groups, in investigations by Cardinal Borja's assistant Pedro Dolors into the whereabouts of Pope Urban VII.
  • From Rosemary Sutcliff's novel The Eagle of the Ninth: While staying with the people who took the titular eagle from his father's legion, Marcus removes the eagle during the night and hides it under the banks on the edge of a lake, for Esca to return in secret and retrieve days later, after the two of them have been followed and searched. Unfortunately, while doing so, Esca accidentally drops Marcus' distinctive ring-brooch, already "all but torn out" of Marcus' cloak through the roughness of the aforementioned search. When the natives find it days later, they give chase.
  • In The Hound of the Baskervilles, the protagonists find the boot used by Stapleton to set the hound onto Henry Baskerville in the Grumpen Mire after he fled, but they didn't find him, and assumed he fell into the mire.

Religion

Television
  • Subverted in an episode of Due South. There is evidence that a hitman has been watching Fraser's apartment: cigarette butts from his distinctive brand are found near a hallway window in a building opposite where Fraser lives. But the cigarettes aren't stamped out as if the hitman stepped on them, or crushed as if he put them out on the windowsill; they're evenly snuffed, as if the alleged hitman had put them out in an ashtray at an earlier time and then someone else trying to frame the hitman (and Fraser) planted them there - which is exactly what happened.
  • In an episode of Babylon 5 Garibaldi goes to find a witness to an attack but someone gets to him first and kills him. Garibaldi is left only with the body, and what appears to be a coat button which is later identified as coming from the coat of a Centauri royal guard.
  • In The X-Files, the ash from The Smoking Man's cigarettes have made it clear he's somehow involved a few times (one of the first being when it tipped Mulder off that he'd been in The Mole's car).
  • On an episode of Stargate SG-1, SG-1 goes to a planet they've never been to before and find a pack of Russian cigarettes. When they get back they have a little chat with the Russians about what they were doing there and what they found.

Theatre
  • In Othello, the title character is convinced of his wife's infidelity when he discovers that her supposed lover is carrying her distinctive embroidered handkerchief.
  • In Shakespeare's Cymbeline Iachimo "proves" that he seduced Posthumus' wife by showing him a bracelet which he claims the wife gave to him; in reality he sneaked into her bedchamber while she was asleep and stole it.
  • In Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere, mistakenly thinking her husband is cheating on her with Mrs Erlynne, goes to her other admirer's dwellings in a moment of weakness. He isn't there, but Mrs Erlynne arrives there and sets her straight. Both women hide when a group of men including Lord Windermere arrive unexpectedly, but Lady Windermere's fan is discovered on the table, recognised by her husband. Fortunately Mrs Erlynne gives herself up, allowing Lady Windermere to escape unseen.

Western Animation
  • In An American Tail, Bridget and Tony are looking for Fievel, who got lost during the fire at the pier. Papa Mousekewitz, who had given up his son for dead, refuses to believe that it's the same Fievel Mousekewitz, until he is presented with the hat Papa gave Fievel earlier in the film.
  • Tangled: Toward the end, Flynn spots one of Vladimir's ceramic unicorns, letting him know help out of his current situation is at hand. The ruffians from the Snuggly Duckling are nearby, ready to become Big Damn Heroes.

Real Life
  • After Leopold and Loeb disposed of Bobby Franks body, Leopold left his glasses at the scene. These glasses had a unique hinge mechanism that only a few people in Chicago had at the time, leading investigators to him.
Community Feedback Replies: 72
  • July 24, 2013
    Sibuna
    In Beautiful Creatures, Ethan finds Lena's iconic and personalized charm necklace on a beach near the Great Barrier, and know's something must have happened to her and that she passed by that spot.
  • July 24, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    In the movie Life, Eddie Murphy's character sees his father's heirloom pocket watch- the one he lost to the card sharp he was convicted of murdering- in the possession of the deputy who arrested him for the murder, and puts two and two together.

  • July 24, 2013
    DracMonster
    This may sometimes bump against Conviction By Counterfactual Clue, if it clinches a case in-story, but the reader is able to figure out other explanations that would establish reasonable doubt.
  • July 24, 2013
    DAN004
    Indentation plz.
  • July 25, 2013
    OlafMerchant
    Literature

    • Lord Of The Rings: Peregrin Took dropped his elven brooch while being transported by his orcish captors, in hopes his friends would pick up his trail- the gambit pays off.
  • July 25, 2013
    Arivne
    Divided the examples by media, Namespaced and italicized work names.

    Related to the YKTTW proposal Fresh Clue, which is an indication that someone (not necessarily known) has been in the area recently.
  • July 25, 2013
    jayoungr
    Added the suggested examples. Thanks!

    Does anybody think that the two variations should be separate tropes?

    Arivne: Thanks for the formatting help!
  • July 25, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Name Spaced a couple of examples. Also linked the Life example and Eddie Murphy's name to their respective pages.
  • July 26, 2013
    Nohbody
    • In Inglourious Basterds, the shoe and autographed napkin left behind by Bridget von Hammersmark when fleeing a bar where several of the Basterds were involved in a fatal shootout with a German officer let Colonel Landa know she was present, when he investigated the scene. The shoe is brought up again later, to von Hammersmark's dismay.
  • July 26, 2013
    Bisected8
    • In The X Files, the ash from The Smoking Man's cigarettes have made it clear he's somehow involved a few times (one of the first being when it tipped Mulder off that he'd been in The Mole's car).

    • In the opening scene of Eternal Darkness, Alex is able to confirm that a mutilated corpse belongs to her grandfather because of the ring he's wearing.

    • In Shadowrun Returns, one level involves investigating a mental hospital. One of the patients mentions another (with a distinctive ring) has disappeared. When you search the infirmary you can find a severed arm with the ring on it.
  • July 26, 2013
    Tallens
    • Invoked by Abigail in the second National Treasure when she deliberately drops one of her earrings in the Oval Office, then uses that as a distraction for Ben to examine the President's desk, on the grounds that it wouldn't do for an earring belonging to her to be found there.

    Not sure if this actually counts, now that I think about it.

    • On an episode of Stargate SG 1, SG-1 goes to a planet they've never been to before and find a pack of Russian cigarettes. When they get back they have a little chat with the Russians about what they were doing there and what they found.
  • July 26, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Signature Item Clue - A character has a distinctive item associated with their presence.

    I dislike definitions that operate on Example As A Thesis, especially in situations like this.
  • July 26, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Subverted in an episode of Due South. There is evidence that a hitman has been watching Fraser's apartment: cigarette butts from his distinctive brand are found near a hallway window in a building opposite where Fraser lives. But the cigarettes aren't stamped out as if the hitman stepped on them, or crushed as if he put them out on the windowsill; they're evenly snuffed, as if the alleged hitman had put them out in an ashtray at an earlier time and then someone else trying to frame the hitman (and Fraser) planted them there - which is exactly what happened.
  • July 28, 2013
    Nohbody
    Hmm. Now that crazysamaritan mentions it, Example As A Thesis is a problem. Unfortunately, I can't think of a reasonable description that doesn't go wandering around.

    Anyway, another example came to mind, for the Literature section:

    • In 1635: The Papal Stakes, the presence of "uptime" casings for shotgun and rifle rounds for use in 20th century gun designs reveals the presence of United States of Europe agents and groups, in investigations by Cardinal Borja's assistant Pedro Dolors into the whereabouts of Pope Urban VII.
  • July 28, 2013
    StarSword
    Not sure if this was in the book; I've just seen the movie so I've filed it there.

    Film:
    • In Clear And Present Danger Felix Cortez becomes suspicious that the series of attacks on the Medellin Cartel aren't just guerrillas after finding a stray shell casing from one of the US Special Forces' team's M16s at one of the attack sites.
  • July 28, 2013
    Tallens
    I could take a shot at it.
    In a particular setting something is out of place. A very distinctive something, something that could only have gotten there if someone in particular had been there. For whatever reason they had come here and done...something. Then, before they left, for some reason, they left the object in question for

    The types of objects that are left are too many to mention, but they must be distinctive enough to be recognized when they are found. Sometimes they are blatantly obvious, and others they are the kinds of things that only a Great Detective would notice.

    Regardless, the implication is that someone was here without permission and this object is the proof!

    Unless it's part of an Orgy Of Evidence, planted in a Frame Up.
    And an example:
    • In an episode of Babylon Five Garibaldi goes to find a witness to an attack but someone gets to him first and kills him. Garibaldi is left only with the body, and what appears to be a coat button which is later identified as coming from the coat of a Centauri royal guard.
  • July 28, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • Blade Runner. Officer Gaff likes to create little figurines and leave them behind. At the end of the movie, Deckard finds a unicorn left by Gaff outside his apartment (in which Rachel was hiding). This showed that Gaff had been there and didn't capture or kill Rachel or notify the other police of her presence the way he should have.
  • July 29, 2013
    Nohbody
    Star Sword, the discovered M-16 round casing (or casings, rather) tipping off Cortez about the US force presence was in the book of CaPD as well.

    As for Tallens' description suggestion, that looks good to me, although I'd suggest the next to last line (starting with "Regardless") be rephrased slightly, removing the "without permission" part but leaving the rest.
  • July 29, 2013
    yisfidri
    Film:
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982 had Marguarite, after initially complying with Chauvelin's demands, interfering by warning the Scarlet Pimpernel of danger in the library. Chauvelin discovers this when he finds her earring there.
  • July 29, 2013
    jayoungr
    Thanks for the examples, everyone, and special thanks to Tallens for the description rewrite! I tried to blend it with bits of the original above.
  • July 29, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    I think I can riff off of a couple paragraphs, to make them better. But I needed Tallen's suggestion, and will read a few mystery stories, first. The item isn't always found in a location, although that is the usual form. Anyway, I'm grabbing some Asimov's Mysteries and Detective Conan for tonight.
  • July 30, 2013
    Tallens
    ^^Thanks for using it. I also have a couple other examples up there that seem to have been missed.
  • July 30, 2013
    jayoungr
    Oops, I missed those examples somehow. Thanks for the reminder.

    I decided to leave off the ones about identifying bodies by their jewelry, because that seems like a different trope to me. (Not sure if it's one we already have or not). If the body was wearing someone else's jewelry (as with the Babylon 5 example), that would fit better.
  • July 30, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^In an episdoe of Bones a burned body is ultimately identified by a ring he isn't wearing: the man it supposedly was had been a collegete basketball champion and always wore the NCAA ring he won, but the ring isn't on the body they find even though it's wearing all the man's other usual jewelry. Turns out he faked his death (even faking the Dental Records) but couldn't give up his ring.
  • July 30, 2013
    reub2000
    Real Life
    • After Leopold and Loeb disposed of Bobby Franks body, Leopold left his glasses at the scene. These glasses had a unique hinge mechanism that only a few people in Chicago had at the time, leading investigators to him.
  • July 30, 2013
    DAN004
    Compare Calling Card when this is invoked.
  • August 5, 2013
    jayoungr
    ^^^ Randomsurfer: Again, that seems like a different trope to me. Maybe we need another YKTTW for identifying bodies by possessions, unless we already have that trope somewhere? The Bonesexample would be an inversion of that trope.
  • August 5, 2013
    MasoTey
    A couple of examples from John Ford films:

    • In The Searchers, Ethan gives Debbie his medal at the beginning and years later sees it around the neck of the man believed to have kidnaped her. Debbie reappears soon afterward.
    • In My Darling Clementine, James Earp shows off a distinctive cross necklace shortly before being murdered; much later, Doc Holliday's girlfriend is seen wearing it, making Wyatt think Holliday was responsible for James's death. (She was actually trysting with one of the real culprits.)
  • August 6, 2013
    Nohbody
    Moved the Real Life entry to the bottom. RL sections are always at the bottom of a media list, regardless of ABC order.
  • August 6, 2013
    jayoungr
    ^ Thanks! I knew it didn't look right for some reason, but couldn't think why.
  • August 6, 2013
    yisfidri
    Theatre:
    • In Lady Windermeres Fan by Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere, mistakenly thinking her husband is cheating on her with Mrs Erlynne, goes to her other admirer's dwellings in a moment of weakness. He isn't there, but Mrs Erlynne arrives there and sets her straight. Both women hide when a group of men including Lord Windermere arrive unexpectedly, but Lady Windermere's fan is discovered on the table, recognised by her husband. Fortunately Mrs Erlynne gives herself up, allowing Lady Windermere to escape unseen.
  • August 6, 2013
    TonyG
    In An American Tail, Bridget and Tony are looking for Fievel, who got lost during the fire at the pier. Papa Mousekewitz, who had given up his son for dead, refuses to believe that it's the same Fievel Mousekewitz, until he is presented with the hat Papa gave Fievel earlier in the film.
  • August 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In Shakespeare's Cymbeline Iachimo "proves" that he seduced Posthumus' wife by showing him a bracelet which he claims the wife gave to him; in reality he sneaked into her bedchamber while she was asleep and stole it.
  • August 12, 2013
    Tallens
    • Tangled: Toward the end, as Flynn is being lead to his execution, he notices one of Vladimir's ceramic unicorns, meaning the ruffians from the Snuggly Duckling are nearby, ready to become Big Damn Heroes.
  • August 13, 2013
    yisfidri
    • From Rosemary Sutcliff's novel The Eagle Of The Ninth: While staying with the people who took the titular eagle from his father's legion, Marcus removes the eagle during the night and hides it under the banks on the edge of a lake, for Esca to return in secret and retrieve days later, after the two of them have been followed and searched. Unfortunately, while doing so, Esca accidentally drops Marcus' distinctive ring-brooch, already "all but torn out" of Marcus' cloak through the roughness of the aforementioned search. When the natives find it days later, they give chase.
  • August 13, 2013
    Nohbody
    ^^ Tallens, not familiar with Tangled, but that entry isn't very useful with all the spoilering. A suggestion for something more in line with Handling Spoilers:

    • Tangled: Toward the end, Flynn notices the presence of a ceramic unicorn, letting him know help out of his current situation is nearby, in the form of the ruffians from the Snuggly Duckling.
  • August 13, 2013
    jayoungr
    I played a bit with the Tangled entry. Hopefully it has a good balance between spoiler-hiding and getting the basic situation across now.

    By the way, I just put in a Lost & Found request for identifying corpses by jewelry or possessions. If nothing comes up there, I might start another YKTTW for it, since we already have several examples.
  • August 13, 2013
    Nohbody
    ^ Not sure that change helps any, it's still not in line with Handling Spoilers. TLDR: The sentence should still make sense if you remove the spoilered part entirely.
  • August 13, 2013
    jayoungr
    ^ Okay, tried again. Also realized that Tangled should go under Western Animation, not Film.
  • August 13, 2013
    Tallens
    Why don't you go ahead and drop the spoiler completely?
  • August 13, 2013
    jayoungr
    ^ I like the extra tropes that are embedded in the spoilery bit. Also, I don't think the spoiler actually hurts anything, and I like to keep examples as close to their original form as I can.
  • August 25, 2013
    Tallens
  • August 25, 2013
    Chernoskill
    • At the end of Batman Begins, Gordon gives Batman a joker playing card an as of yet unknown villain has left behind, and Batman tells Gordon that he'll look into it, leading to the sequel's Joker as the main villain.
  • August 25, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^^ Yes, that's one way for a villain to indicate he knows how to find you for a future attack.

    How about this Chekhovs Gun example from the Deryni page?

    • In Deryni Rising, when Morgan, Duncan and Kelson go to Brion's tomb to retrieve the Eye of Rom, Kelson wants to leave something behind, and Duncan produces a gilded silver crucifix, which Kelson places in his father's hand. The next morning, the guards on duty outside the tomb are found to have had their throats slit, Brion's corpse has been taken from his tomb and stripped of its robes and jewels, and the nobleman commanding the guard is found dead as if by enforced suicide with the crucifix in his hand, implicating Duncan in the night's events.
  • August 25, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Just thinking about the compare line... this should be sub trope to Iconic Item, and a super trope to Calling Card, right?
  • August 26, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^ I'm not so sure. Iconic Item is a famous item, and these don't need to be famous. Also, a Calling Card tends to be used repeatedly, which also doesn't need to be the case with this one. This might be a Super Trope to Calling Card, or it may have some overlap with it. In terms of both being identifying objects, I'd say this is a Sister Trope to Iconic Item.
  • August 26, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Iconic does say there's a scale to the trope. A spiderman outfit doesn't mean Ben Reilly was there. It could be Peter or Mike. But it's distinctive and unique; signature.

    A Calling Card ranges from a cigarette butt extinguished a certain way, to a full-on Here's My Card introduction. Also a personalized identification, which can be used to track the person; a signature clue.
  • August 26, 2013
    Generality
    In Jingo, Vimes finds a clove at a crime scene, after noting that a member of a foreign dignitary's entourage chews them. He immediately assumes correctly it's been planted.
  • August 26, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    I think flipping the last bit around improves it...
    • In Jingo, Vimes finds a clove at a crime scene, after noting that a member of a foreign dignitary's entourage chews them. He immediately assumes it's been planted. He's correct.
  • August 28, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Literature: In Thirteenth Night Feste, who is a member of a secret society of fools/secret agents, returns to Illyria undercover in search of the person who murdered Count Orsino and suspects Malvolio. He believes nobody will know it's him since he's disguised as a spice merchant, but when he finds a set of yellow cross-garters in his rented room he quickly packs up his things and gets out of there.
  • August 28, 2013
    Alvin
    In North By Northwest, Roger once deliberately drops one of his personalized matchbooks near Eve so she'll know he's there.
  • August 28, 2013
    69BookWorM69
  • August 28, 2013
    Tallens
    Not a subtrope, I'd say. This doesn't have to be a Chekhovs Gun.
  • August 28, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^ Some overlap, then?

    More for Literature:

    • Late in The Bishop's Heir, several courtiers gather just before Kelson's Twelfth Night wedding with Sidana of Meara. Duncan McLain is shocked to see Dhugal MacArdry wearing a McLain sleeping lion brooch securing his tartan. Duncan gave that brooch to his wife Maryse the night they secretly exchanged vows, and it's a major clue that Dhugal is his son..
  • August 29, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    Sometimes. In a crime drama, the problem is determining who the signature is for. The rest of the time, it's usually a one-and-done.
  • August 29, 2013
    KZN02
    Also extends to Signature Move, right?
  • August 29, 2013
    Tallens
    How could a Signature Move be left behind somewhere?

  • August 29, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^ Only on video/CCTV I should think.
  • August 29, 2013
    Tallens
    I think that would be a separate trope.
  • August 29, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^^ a specific mark that only said special move can do? like a crater than can only be made by a Kame Hame Hadoken

    better name? Character X Was Here. go ahead shoot me. also, the description is pretty narrow at the moment. must it only be used for mystery? how about foreshadowing a character's arrival?

    completely hit and miss examples, correct as necessary.
    • in the Avengers movie verse. each upcoming movies' next protagonist had a cameo in the form of Nick Fury or someone else going somewhere and discovering a hero's signature item.
      • for one, In Ironman, he uses cap's shield to prop his reactor thingy.
      • Thor's hammer was found in the desert in Cap's movie.
    • in Jason X, Voorhees signature hockey mask was used in the last scene as a sequel hook.

    Anime & Manga:
  • August 29, 2013
    Tallens
    ^No, Thor's hammer was seen at the end of Iron Man 2.

    And there's nothing in the description that says it's only used for mysteries, it just notes that it's very common in them.

    And would this count?

    • When the Pickles and Devilles in Rugrats start feuding, the babies try to end the fighting by exchanging gifts, Tommy's mother's earrings and Phil and Lil's dad's watch. Unfortunately, since the adults were unaware of this, when Didi sees Betty wearing her earrings, and Howard sees Stu wearing his watch, they each assume the other has resorted to stealing.
  • August 30, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    @ShanghaiSlave "a specific mark that only said special move can do" Hmm...why does that ring a bell?

    On further reflection, another example, of the variation noted (item in someone else's possession) is in Deryni Rising. You could edit them together, since it makes for a two-fer:
    • Later in Deryni Rising, Dowager Queen Jehana goes to confront Duncan over the crucifix and sees her son Kelson wearing the Eye of Rom (the single ruby earring used in the Haldane empowering rituals for over two centuries), which she knows was buried with her husband, and she reacts badly:
      "You monster!" she spat. "You misbegotten creature of darkness! You would desecrate your own father's tomb, you would murder for his power! Oh, Kelson, see what this foul Deryni curtse has brought you to!"
  • August 30, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    To play up the connection of the item and the specific person, may I suggest changing this sentence:
    "Or the item could be covered with dust, indicating that it has been sitting there for a long time. "
    to this:
    "Or the item could be covered with dust, indicating that it and its owner came there some time ago."

    I'd also suggest using those two orphan sentences in a paragraph rather like this:
    Regardless, the implication is that the owner of the object was there, and the object is the proof! Of course, this proof might not establish as much as it seems to at first glance. Just because other events happened in the same area (like, say, a murder) doesn't mean the owner who left this item there participated in those other events. It may even be that the owner was never actually there at all; the item's presence could be part of an Orgy Of Evidence, planted in a Frame Up.
  • September 26, 2013
    Tallens
    Bump.
  • September 27, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^ huh? ^^^ like I said. hit and miss.
  • September 27, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz?
  • October 9, 2013
    Snicka
    Ready to launch?
  • October 9, 2013
    jayoungr
    Sorry! RL got kind of crazy for a few weeks. I'll be cleaning this up and trying to get it launch-ready within the next few days.
  • November 3, 2013
    Tallens
  • November 3, 2013
    Nohbody
    In The Hound Of The Baskervilles, they find the boot used by Stapleton to set the hound onto Henry Baskerville in the Grumpen Mire after he fled, but they didn't find him, and assumed he fell into the mire.
  • November 19, 2013
    Nohbody
    *pokes thread*

    Last call, if no one does it I'm going to launch this.

    (and edited the Aerojockey entry for proper namespacing/titling)
  • December 5, 2013
    jayoungr
    Sorry again! RL got even crazier ... I won't go into boring detail, but it included hospital time. I was going to put this up for grabs, so I'm glad some one launched it. Thanks, Nobody!
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