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Entrant's Name: Jane
Entrant's Website: Tumblr
Character's Name: Colette Camembert
Age: 28 (as of DGS 1)
Occupation: Barmaid
Brief Physical Description:
At a glance, Ms. Camembert is a few shades shy of her adopted surname: her complexion is a soft cream while her wavy locks are reminiscent of strawberry blonde or champagne pink. When not under wraps by any type of hat, bonnet, wig, or other headgear, the aforementioned locks are often curled into a peculiar habit driven up-do that’s reminiscent of a croissant with a seashell shape towards the back of her head. It’s short of a miracle that her up-do is able to stay in one piece. As for her eyes, they’re meant to be closer to amber than brown, but could pass as either when under the right light. Her build is sylphlike and she herself is agile, with both qualities maintained by the constant running around that accompanies working at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a pub.

That said, she is rarely seen without her egg white apron: a part of a uniform she’s kept from her old job as a maid to a well to-do family in another part of England, now refurbished to help with her day to day activities at the pub and elsewhere in London. It contains a pocket on the right-hand side that appears usable but is sewn shut for vague reasons about sentiments and repairs. (There’s a slight bulge that shows up if pressed hard enough, indicating something solid and non-cloth like inside.) Her outfits tend to be reasonably comfortable, if not somewhat bizarre to be owned for someone of her income. She laughs it off by claiming she has to use her ‘wedding dress’ (or ‘insert some other event here’ dress) for something other than an ornament, but in the same breath tries to draw away some attention by tying together an old shawl.

There’s also a scar towards the mid-lower region of left arm that’s only noticeable once she rolls up her sleeves all the way. This was obtained in a street accident years prior when a carriage full of grandfather clocks crashed in the middle of the road, sending one of the big hands from a clock flying at her and leaving her with a large gash on her left arm.

Brief Personality Description:
Through time and time again, if there’s anything that Colette should be doing, it’s keeping to herself and sticking to the background. And she tries to, honestly. In fact, it probably would have worked out a little easier for her had life taken her another direction: as a young child, she was well on her way to becoming the textbook definition of a figurative wallflower. However, as it stood, life too had its own ways of twisting fates of the blissfully unaware. Serving as a playmate and eventual personal lady’s maid to a charismatic young charge, Colette was thrown into a world much different from anything she could have ever imagined and had to learn to think on her feet, being much more forward and observant--meticulous even, in that regard, when prompted--than the average maid to keep up with the pace. (The pressure increased ten fold once her charge started having Colette switch places with her for events and things--a charade they’ve since kept up for about a decade before parting ways on a high note.) These traits end up helping her immensely when working at the pub.

As a result, one habit she’s picked up over the years is making whimsical one-off assumptions and guesses on what’s about to happen--whether they’re right or wrong, she either feels she has to be ready for anything or at least give herself some sort of personal reprieve. Sometimes they’re serious predictions, based on previous facts and evidence available at the time, while other times she says something completely left field in a sarcastic or joking manner without prior basis for the claims. However, when she is proven right, her knee-jerk reaction is to exclaim “Called it!” with a smirk and a quirked eyebrow as she holds her left hand up in a cup like fashion while her right arm supports her left arm. Meanwhile, that same left hand goes limp and her jaw drops when a serious notion is proven wrong or she realizes that it’s a left field prediction that turns out to be true. (All this is less out of making a mockery of whoever she’s facing, and more out of getting some self gratification in the heat of the moment.)

Colette has the tendency to become very obstinate once she sets her mind to a goal that she deems must be done. It doesn’t matter much to her when it comes to miscellaneous facts such as “who started it,” or if she’ll get any credit for the deed (or have any such gain otherwise)--she just wants to see it finished, whether it be through herself or someone else. With little regard to her own well-being in the process, the line for her only shakily drawn when her loved ones and innocent people are at a major risk. (‘Minor’ inconveniences to bystanders withstanding this exception.) This works both for and against her favor depending on the circumstances; while dependable to those involved if goals intersect and the scenarios at times comedic when looking back at them, she can also land herself in trouble through the stunts she performs in seeing the goals through. If, for any reason, the goal can’t be completed, it eats at her mind for a day on average before she gets over it.

Although she’s tried to be better about this, her tolerance for grievances boils down to five stages: her left eye twitches, her mouth makes an obviously forced smile, her right arm (clenched into a fist) is held back, steam comes out of her ears, and then, when she finally gets fed up, her front curls unravel and comes together again as she yells in exclamation, lunging after whatever’s managed to completely crack her composure. She diffuses as quickly as she lunges though, and the temporary satisfaction of attacking what’s eating her is usually enough to placate her. There are few exceptions that are cause for her to be acrimonious by any means.

On a different note, she’s also developed a somewhat mixed concept of ‘self.’ While the circumstances regarding switching places so often are not malicious in nature, she sometimes has to stop herself from answering if she hears her previous charge’s name and other times is thrown off by sincere consideration for ‘Colette,’ wondering if she is really worth anything to be given that kind of care. (It doesn’t help that since the occurrence of certain events, she’s trying to be tight lipped about revealing too much about her past.) Skewed moral compasses aside, she is earnest and generally means well with what she does, treasuring kindnesses and wanting to offer kindnesses in turn.

Connection to canon characters (if applicable):
Colette is a barmaid at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a pub that Sherlock Holmes and Iris Watson frequent for ‘sea trout,’ as claimed by the former of the duo.* They eventually become friends through the visits, though when she’s approached by them for information on events or hearsay that transpire at the pub, it takes a bit of prodding before she’ll finally stop what she’s doing and attempt to recall things. To a similar tune, through a bizarre turn of events, she also becomes an unofficial ballroom dance instructor for Ryuunosuke and Susato when they, along with Sherlock and Iris, visit the pub 2 years after the events of DGS1. At some point, she becomes a witness in a case that is prosecuted by Barok van Zieks, but has Ryuunosuke Naruhodou as the defense attorney.**

Spoiler: Potential spoilers for DGS1 Case 4 and Tobias Gregson
*Taking similar liberties in mind, with this scenario, Tobias Gregson sometimes also gets his fish and chips from the same pub.

Sherlock to my knowledge never mentions when or where the exact location of the good 'sea trout' so I placed it at that location and put the first meeting at 5 years prior to the events of DGS1.

Spoiler: Potential spoilers for Barok van Zieks, DGS1 Case 1, and Colette’s Case
**She first appears as a witness in a ‘flashback’ case prosecuted by Barok van Zieks versus an unnamed defense attorney 9 years prior to the events of DGS1. That court case isn’t played per say, but records of it are stumbled upon by Ryuunosuke and Susato while searching for other information for another case prior to her current case. Ultimately, it’s the reveal of her connection to this ‘flashback’ case that causes the pinning of the murder to move from the client to Colette herself.

Upon pressing her during the trial, it’s further revealed that she’s informally met Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson through a DGS version of ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ (SCAN) taking place 10 years prior to the events of DGS1. There she served as Irene Adler’s personal maid, disguising herself accordingly as requested under Irene’s plans at the time. (In this scenario, a few events in SCAN are altered within the DGS setting--a topic that’s for another time and place.)

Brief Background:
Colette initially appears as a barmaid who works at a pub called Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, which, while commonly acknowledged to the public for its’ talkative ashen parrot Polly as well being an ideal location writers have used to convene, is better known for being a good place to eat some ‘sea trout’ by the resident detective duo, Sherlock Holmes and Iris Watson. (In fact, the case begins when the group consisting of Ryuunosuke Naruhodou, Susato Mikotoba, Sherlock Holmes, and Iris Watson end up at the pub after a long day riddled with numerous near-accidents to all four of them (and a disproportionate amount of those aimed at Sherlock in particular). Instead of going home to 221B Baker Street, they chose to go to the pub as it was close, and it allowed them a momentary reprieve by having Ryuunosuke and Susato try the ‘sea trout.’) Through a series of unfortunate events in attempting to chase down a customer who left his order back at the pub, she becomes a key witness to the murder of
Spoiler: Potential spoilers for Colette’s Case
that Detective Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty.

From her point of view, the following occurs: On the night of the murder, the usual delivery boy (who turns out to be part of the Baker Street Irregulars) is unavailable to work at his usual time. While initially not a problem, complications occur when a customer forgets his meal at the bar. The pub owner calls out to the customer a “Wait sir!” but is too late as the customer is already out the door. Having caught just a spare glimpse of his dark green cape (as she wasn’t serving this particular person) and then her boss’ apparent distress, Colette instinctively grabs the meal, and runs out the door after the customer, making her mission to get it to him. This task turns out to be harder than she initially expected--the streets are bustling with city-goers, many of which are talking about a giant ball being held at one of the more prominent buildings at the center of London. Even her loudest yells aren’t enough to grab his attention, which didn’t help matters as the figure was distracted. Through sheer determination, she is able to barely keep up with the caped man, and when a carriage blocks her vantage point for a moment, the barmaid misses the fact that her target customer had accidentally bumped into another rushed caped individual--Barok van Zieks.

She ends up tailing the resident prosecutor to the building that housed Big Ben, still not aware of her mistake. Though hesitant at this point, she pushes through to get inside the building, and the world slowly goes black from her point of view, as she gets gagged with a wet cloth and then knocked out on the back of her head by whoever was keeping watch from behind the door. Upon coming to, Colette first feels the sharp pain on the back of her head before her vision clears, finding herself in a dimmed storage room with the packaged meal. Surprised to find herself free of any restraints, she picks up the bundle and looks around, then puzzled by the loud mechanical noises in this relatively peaceful room. As she adjusts her eyes to limited amount of light, Colette is startled by the sight of Barok still unconscious at another side of the room. Suddenly remembering how she got into her predicament in the first place, she approaches the prosecutor and places the meal at his side, her mission complete.

Unable to bring herself to wake him up in fear of what he might do, both out of wariness to what he might do if he assumes she was the one who knocked him out as well as dose of resentment for his reputation in court, she decides to “let him sit with his food and think about his life choices,” exiting the room unceremoniously… and nearly falling over at how much louder the mechanical noises were. A sinking feeling forms in the pit of her stomach as she realizes then and there that she’s way up towards the top of the tower where the gears are in motion, powering the giant clock. While rubbing her left arm absently, her are eyes wander around her, looking for a way out when a high pitched scream echoes through the chamber. Colette runs in the direction of the scream, rushing up a flight of stairs to a rush of wind and three shadows against the wall adjacent to her, lit presumably by the light of the moon. At this, the barmaid turns to the source of the noise only to find a clear view of the night sky… and the silhouette of a small, trembling figure. Bright green eyes meet amber, full of bitter tears and an unspoken whirlwind of emotions.

From outside, a large commotion rings out, with a crowd growing out of both shock and panic at both the bloody mess of bodies below and Iris Watson’s lone figure above. Finally breaking out of her own trance, she at last runs towards the girl and pulls her away from the makeshift spotlight. But, it’s a little too late for everyone, and all she can think of doing is giving Ryuunosuke Naruhodou’s inevitable next client a tight embrace.


(Of course, there’s supposedly more to this case that meets the eye, and in an attempt to free Iris from the defendant's seat, Colette pins the blame on Barok by changing her testimony.)

(And like cases of the past, Ryuunosuke is able to see through this.)

Spoiler: Potential spoilers for Colette’s Case
(Further pressing reveals that Colette was in a similar case more than ten years prior, except back then, the defendant was her late husband and clock craftsman, Benjamin Camembert.)

Spoiler: Potential spoilers for various cases surrounding and including Colette’s Case and DGS1 Cases 1-5
Note: This whole case happens 2 years after the events of DGS1, and digging up Colette’s past is one of the key acts needed to piece all the mysteries together that aren’t addressed by the time a case involving the World Fair occurs in the year following DGS1. What’s important about the DGS equivalent of A Scandal in Bohemia isn’t necessarily the investigative case itself, and instead, is what happens as a result of that case.

(Examples of prominent changes include the nature of the relationship between the lawyer and DGS Irene, which stays platonic as here the lawyer ends up being same lawyer who ‘betrays’ Barok van Zieks, and to return a favor, Irene helps this lawyer back to Japan. The wedding witnessed turns out to be between Colette and Benjamin, with confusion being set due to the fact that Colette is intentionally dresses up to look like Irene to help her throw everyone off, as Irene and that lawyer’s trip to Japan is moved up when Sherlock’s ‘King client’ enters the picture.

Meanwhile, Benjamin is implied to be intentionally killed off due to him holding the blueprints to the clock tower housing Big Ben, as well as him unintentionally taking the job position that Professor Moriarty was originally going to place one of his own people in.)

(...Err, I do have an in-progress timeline, but seeing how it covers events prior to this case and not this case itself, I don't feel like it's appropriate to include at this time. Maybe in a following post if people are interested?)

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Entrant's Name: theskywitch
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Character's Name: Jacqueline Rhodes/Catherine Bronwen
Age: 26
Occupation: Maid/Seamstress
Brief Physical Description: Both of them have fair skin with carmel color hair.
Bronwen wears a dark teal jacket with a matching dress. The jacket has white, see-through frills at the ends of her sleeves. She also wears a cream colored bonnet decorated with 3 red feathers.
Rhodes wears a dark brown vest with a sewn in, cream colored blouse. Cream colored frills come off the bottom of the vest. Underneath the vest is the same teal jacket Bronwen wears. The bottom half of her outfit is also cream colored with streaks of red. Rhodes hair is up in a bun and is tucked under a small, woven hat decorated with 3 red feathers. She decorates herself with 2 sets of pearls and a full face of makeup.
Brief Personality Description: Rhodes/Bronwen has a personality disorder. She frequently switches between her 2 personas.
Bronwen is kind, friendly, and "helpful" to the investigation team. She 's soft spoken and shy. But goes on tangents about things she likes, such as animals specifically rodents. Bronwen mostly tells the truth but bends it slightly to her favor.
Rhodes' personality is similar to Wellington's-- stuck up and thinks they're higher than everyone else. She gloats about the smallest of things and brags/lies about accomplishments that never happened. She's friendly and flirtatious to just about anyone she meets, regardless of gender.
Connection to canon characters: Ancestor of Richard Wellington :wellington:
Brief Background: Rhodes is called as a witness in the Jack the Ripper case. By this point in time, only 3 people were killed. The defendant is a blacksmith named Benjamin Morgan. Morgan was at the scene when all 3 bodies were found. Rhodes was present when 1 of the bodies were found. As the trial progresses, they come across a timid maid named Catherine Bronwen. Bronwen was engaged to Morgan before the incident happened. Sherlock asks her a few questions and the rest of the gang inspect Morgan/Bronwen's home.

Further into the trial, Bronwen testifies and gives false testimony. Wright proves to the court that she's lying. Bronwen slips pass the police and escapes. Eventually, they call Rhodes to the stand. Mikotoba notices that she's nervous and suggests that Rhodes is hiding something. Wright presses Rhodes for information to progress the trial. Rhodes eventually slips up and Wright corners her.
Rhodes/Bronwen killed the 3rd victim but insists that they aren't Jack the Ripper. Her motive was b/c she saw Morgan with the victim together. So Rhodes cornered the victim late at night in a dark alleyway, and killed her.
Note: Her breakdown sprite is Rhodes looking down and laughing (same as Wellington). Nest she flips upwards and wipes half of the makeup off her face while screaming. Then she flips forwards and stares at the screen, both as Rhodes and Bronwen.

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To commemorate the end of the OC group application (and because I felt like it) I am going to work on a group picture containing ALL of the OCs hopefully. It might not work out, I might miss some characters and some OCs will have more detail than others but I hope it shall be good in the end.
So far it is a WIP
I shall update on its progress as I go along with this picture. It’ll get bigger and bigger as I add more characters.
So far, I have 4 characters. Seizan, The Striking Swordsman, Enrico and Victoria. More shall be on their way.
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Hi ! First off, i'm so sorry that i'm submitting my entry this late - but my timezone is different from the Pacific standard time, and my computer broke down, so i couldn't submit it before now! i really hope it's okay!
This is the first time i'm entering this contest, i'm super excited. Alright, here we go:

Entrant's name: Sofie
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Character's Name: Jack Livington

Age: 26

Occupation: Prosecutor/Magician

Brief Physical Description:
Quite the tall man, Jack’s appearance radiates glamour and superiority. He has dark hair smoothed back, and purple eyes like sapphires. He wears a traditional magician’s suit for his daily appearance, and a red vest graces his chest. He is often seen with his typical deck of cards, which is custom made especially for him. His suit also bears four small medals for his magnificent magician skills. A clock resides in his right pocket, a heritage from his family.

Brief Personality Description: Having a love for magical things and the magician profession, his style appears exquisite and delicate to everyone except the defense. To the defense, his ruthless nature is shown, and he is known to be quite the opponent in the courtroom, rarely losing a case. He's often known to start a trial with a monologue or a magic trick or a combination of both, dazzling both the jurors and the judge (who seems quite fond of his magic). However, his magic is also quite useful for making evidence suddenly disappear. If the odds do not seem to be in his favor during a trial, he's also quite practiced in the art of hypnotism.

Looking aside from his tricks, his prosecuting skills are on par with his magician skills. His logic is solid and somehow he knows of facts that others have never heard of, which he never explains how. He just simply says "A magician never reveals his tricks". He always has an ace up his sleeve, which makes him smug and cocky during trials.
Outside the courtroom he stays at the Grand Hotel Langham, where he has received a permanent deluxe suite. Besides his expensive taste in clothes and living standard, he enjoys walking the streets of London, showing the townspeople his new tricks. This makes him quite popular with the townsfolk, which is a great asset during trials as he easily persuades the audience to be on his side. This also has the effect that the judge nor jurors sees how cruel he treats the defense.

Connection to canon characters (if applicable): Has met Ryunosuke Naruhodo in the courtroom, however his magic tricks were unraveled, and he lost the trial.

Brief Background: Coming from a wealthy family, Jack’s childhood was filled with luxury in which every child in the slum of London would dream of. However, this did not equal the same as a happy childhood. His mother died in labor, meaning Jack was the only child in the current (Livington) family line. This meant that the expectations for Jack were incredibly high. His family had a certain level of prestige and intellect they needed to uphold. As his father were among the top defense attorneys of the time, dining with royalty was a common everyday situation for their family. This was a great contrast to the passion in which Jack found himself; magic. His father, Aston (Livington), was disapproving of his son’s hobby and saw it as “a despicable profession in which only filthy commoners would be found in”. This however, did not stop Jack from practicing in secret.
Jack later enrolled in the grandest and most expensive law school in London. He was aiming for the same profession in which his father was; defense attorney. Having always been a failure in his father’s eyes, Jack believed that he would earn his approval by becoming his subordinate and eventually his successor. Jack was never a prodigy in school, always being mediocre at best, but he never gave up.
Upon nearing his graduation, his father was arrested under suspicion of the murder on his colleague John Whaelth. When given the chance to name his defense attorney, Aston requested his son, Jack. This sparked several rumors among the townspeople that the great Aston had gone mad, and others saw it as great opportunity for Aston’s son to prove himself worthy of the Livington name. This caused Jack great distress - however, he still rose to the challenge. To many, the case seemed impossible as there were witnesses and plenty evidence against Aston, and it caused Jack to feel cornered. Beginning the trial by tripping in his wording and nervously objecting while lacking in argument, the judge and the jurors quickly became aware of the difference there were between Jack and his father.
In the end the jurors voted guilty and Jack failed to win over the jurors in his closing argument. His father was convicted of the crime, a great shock to the audience and Jack. While being escorted out of the courtroom, a smirk could be seen plastered on the fathers face, as if this had all gone according to plan. Jack had tumbled after him stumbling in his words trying to apologize, and his father had turned around, speaking the last words he would ever say to Jack: “You were always a disappointment”.
Jack’s anger and resentment for his father grew after that fateful day, and Jack had immediately changed his career from defense attorney to prosecutor. Jack himself had changed greatly.
He now bear resentment to every defense attorney he meets in battle, as he sees them as corrupted and despicable as his own father.

Sherlock’s notes: Even though Jack appears as an innocent lamb to the public, the wolf within comes fourth once a trial starts. This is probably because of his father’s so called psychological torment, seen in a constant disapproval of his son, throughout his whole life. Yet, the question arises; why did Aston Livington despise his only son as much as he did? If my research holds, Aston was passionately in love with Jack’s mother, Lillian Winstin; and even after countless years of marriage, the bond was still incredibly strong. The cause of her death was the birth of their firstborn son: Jack Livington. Therefore, the reason to Aston’s hate for his son might be because he still held Jack responsible for her death. His final words and the smirk on his face could also indicate that it was his plan all along to make Jack fail the trial, thereby causing him more grief. Some have even speculated that the murder itself was also a part of the plan - although there is no evidence of this theory yet.
The evidence is not conclusive, yet by looking at the facts, one would deduce that Aston’s hatred takes root in his wife’s death.

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OBS: my background in the picture is heavily inspired by the original Dai Gyakuten Saiban character website: ... index.html

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