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Hello all. I am Jester. May the games begin.
The Jester

This Alternate Reality Game took place in The Fear Mythos. It has long since concluded.

It all started with Jester. He left comments on a number of different blogs, inviting readers to play a game. When his name was clicked on, it would bring the curious to a strange Twitter account where Jester posted a number of riddles. It turned out that Jester had kidnapped a man named Derek and placed him in a cabin in an undisclosed location. Derek's twin sister, Grace, soon began receiving a number of riddles from Jester, with the promise that they would lead her to her brother. Meanwhile, Jester continued to post riddles on his Twitter feed, as Derek's well-being hinged on the riddles being solved in time.

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Like most ARGs, the story was spread out all over the place. Jester's Twitter feed, Derek's blog, and Grace's blog formed the core of the story. However, there were also a number of side blogs that provided puzzle hints and heavily fleshed out the story: Grace's Twitter feed, The Mummer's Farce (a Formspring account), The Lonesome Artist's Facebook profile, and The Dance of Fortune, a blog maintained by one of the Wooden Girl's puppets.

The game began on July 30, 2011, and concluded on September 8, 2011.


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  • Arc Words: Toward the end, the phrase "we are nearing the end of this mummer's farce" began popping up. In fact, the words "mummer's farce" could qualify all by themselves.
  • Big Bad: Jester
  • Bigger Bad: The Wooden Girl aka "Puppet Empress", who never actually appears in the story.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Grace survives, but she has to kill Derek, who has been made into a puppet of the Wooden Girl.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Derek, aka the Mummer's Farce
  • Deadly Game
  • Dragon with an Agenda: The Vagabond wants to help Grace, unfortunately for him, his attempts to do so did not go unnoticed by the Wooden Girl.
  • Freak Out: Derek has one at one point, when the stress of being locked in a cabin gets to him.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: The Misfits, a group of puppet people who leave clues for Grace.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Grace's blog is called Sola Gratia, which is Latin for "Grace Alone." This becomes ironic when it's revealed that she's not alone.
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  • Monster Clown: Jester, oh so much.
  • Multiple Personalities: Grace and her other personality, Karen, aka Kevin, aka the Lonesome Artist.
  • Repressed Memories: Grace has no memory of her other personality.
  • Sadistic Choice: Jester was fond of offering these to players as a "reward" for solving his riddles.
  • Shout-Out: In the first of the Vagabond's comments, he codes Magro's obituary and the show Magro created in Italy (Il Balo di Fortuna) is compared to other foreign shows: Laetibar and Kerzebucht - German for Candle Cove.
  • The Unfavorite: Maggro favored his daughter Karen over her brother. And it's implied that he favored Karen over her other personality, Grace.

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