The Gutermuth clan with their respective
loot from WBC 2005. Seems someone's missing and its not because
he was taking the picture, either. What was that Team Name again
... Who Needs Men?
a better whodunit ...
27 Novice (and not-so-novice!) monks joined the Monastery
this year -- all attempting to discover "Who Killed Brother
Adelmo" and be named the Abbey's Chief Investigator. With
the game recently out of print, participation in the single qualifying
round relied on the brotherly spirit of those monks who had brought
their own missal.
The winner of each of the six playing tables made it to the
Final this year. Among them were a couple of veterans of prior
years, with the Sisters outnumbering their monacal brethren by
a 2 to 1 ratio for the first time in the tournament's history.
This year's Final started off at a brisk tempo. With the full
complement of six investigators on board, monks roamed the Abbey
three spaces a turn, if they so desired, and Masses were called
every three turns instead of the regular four. This later point
was to prove crucial to the outcome.
The monks were a suspicious bunch, leading to many a brother's
cell being rummaged through. In the excitement, Sister Alex was
soon sent to penance. Thus chastised, Sister Alex was to raise
many an eyebrow in the following rounds, repeatedly opting for
silence when questioned by her brethren. The first Mass soon
arrived, revealing four innocent Franciscans to the congregation,
while the second Mass was to soon see Sister Lauren and Sister
Lisa escorted to their cells for penance.
By the third Mass, Novices were suspects and lots of questions
were being asked of the skinny monks. This led Sister Lauren
to a brief visit with the Reverend Abbot, to whom she revealed
in confidence the culprit to be one such skinny sinister character.
Not to be outdone, Brother Jim soon paid his respects to the
Abbot, professing the culprit to be fat instead!
The fourth Mass was to precipitate events to a close: Brother
Brandon, who had craftily managed to keep a monk hidden amidst
his things during each of the successive Masses' frensy and
questioning shortly saw his hand depleted of individuals to hide
when the fifth Mass was called right upon the fourth one's heels.
The individual released from Brother Brandon's grip was the
final missing clue Sister Lisa needed to rush to the Chapter
Hall and accuse Brother Cuthbert, a Fat Franciscan.
While this year's culprit was, just like last year, another
Brother, this time the Benedictines got off the hook, proving
the "Never trust a Benedictine" of earlier years to
be nothing more than a myth.
The new Chief Investigator of the Abbey is Lisa Gutermuth.