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The Von Aleshire Double MMBC is a Murder Mystery Bachelorette Challenge with two hostesses at the helm: Amandine and Ginette von Aleshire. It may be read from the beginning here.

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    Deaths and Survivors (spoilers) 
Amandine
  1. William Mc Hale - falling from the tower
  2. Sigþór Kisasson - transmutation
  3. Julius De Lillo - trampled by a horse
  4. Jalil Amihan and Albrecht Fitzmarchio - stabbing
  5. Edmond d'Augustin - boot to the head
  6. Dominic Windham III, winner
Ginette
  1. Giselle Tenley - fire
  2. Almas Tawneek - buried alive in a Box of Danger
  3. Daisy Mac Gregor - drowning
  4. Armelle Rochette - framed Rant about Death
  5. Marielle Roma - smothered
  6. Raina Mukherjee, murderer
  7. Aisling Bellamy, winner
Independent of siblings
  1. Eleanor Voss - smothered alongside Marielle
  2. Just - lead poisoning from earlier stabbing
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This MMBC provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: While based heavily on Drizella and Anastasia from the Disney take on the tale, Amandine and Ginette are shown to be just as much victims of circumstances, and grow into softer people by story's end.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Goodness, yes.
  • Blue Blood: Amandine and Ginette are members of the aristocracy, though lower on the totem pole than they'd like. Amandine herself is the heir to her own title.
  • Cinderella: The entire MMBC is a look at what would happen to the 'Ugly Stepsisters' from the Cinderella story should they be thrown into such a murderous plot. Weirdly enough, Cinderella herself does not appear, though her original tale is outlined at the beginning, and she is mentioned throughout the story.
  • Curse
  • Disqualification-Induced Victory: A grim variant - before his murder as the final victim, Amandine was closer to Edmond than Dominic. She never quite gets over it, but does grow to love the latter well enough.
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  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The von Aleshire sisters go through hell and back to earn their own happy ending.
  • Evil Matriarch: Eleanor Voss, in all senses. She filled the role of Wicked Stepmother for the unseen Cinderella, with Amandine and Ginette as her Ugly Stepsisters; for the sisters themselves / once Ella is gone, however, it becomes clear that she was not Eleanor's only target. Three words: tansy and pennyroyal.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness
  • Fairy Godmother: Just herself - specifically, a fee marraine. She has her own intentions for the sisters at first, but softens herself as she realizes what she's let them in for. One also appears in Aisling's backstory, but is not as prominent.
  • Fairy Tale Episode: Fairy Tale Whole Installment, really - it's not only Cinderella that gets reinterpreted here. Tales like Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, and even hyper-obscure ones like Sagan af kisu kongsdóttur are brought along for the ride.
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  • Fractured Fairy Tale: When you take the villains of a classic fairy tale and add wanton murder, this trope is bound to happen.
  • Grimmification
  • Prince and Pauper / Emergency Impersonation: both Marielle Roma and Armelle Rochette fall into this to different degrees. Marielle is a more straightforward example, while Armelle's exchange was more magic-based and less consensual.
  • Proud Beauty: Despite being regarded as 'ugly' when compared to Cinderella, Amandine and Ginette are quite pretty in their own way. And they know it. They use their beauty to attract powerful suitors into an Engagement Challenge.
  • Start of Darkness: "Injustice", released midway through the project, is this for Just.
  • The Fair Folk
  • The Lost Woods: The setting of the story.
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