His obituary details the family he left behind (one sibling, his only daughter, Amelia Wethers, a niece/nephew, and an ex-Spouse). It details his long history of giving to charity, supporting political candidates, and all-around being a fantastic businessman. It is estimated that at the time of his death, William was worth $87.5 billion.
Three days after the posting of his obituary, on the day of his funeral, the letters go out. Each of you has received such a letter. They are all handwritten and signed by William himself.
Included in the letter are instructions from William's attorney. They give you the address to William's ranch, located in Bulverde, Texas. You are to arrive on Friday afternoon, no later than 3 pm and have been invited to stay for the weekend; accommodations have already been made for your stay.
Whatever your feelings toward the deceased, you plan on attending. It may be an odd request, but at some point, William has made promises to each of you regarding his will. Not to mention, the ranch is beautiful, and who wouldn't want an all-expense weekend away?
Some of this information may, or may not, come out during the RP. Up to y'all to figure out characters motives and alibis. I will neither confirm, nor deny, any information a character gives you. However, if your character has a reasonable suspicion that another character is lying, I may be able to give you some information to confirm or deny your suspicions that your character may know/discover. I'm still working that bit out.
This will probably require some communication with me in terms of looking for clues and stuff. Say your character is going to explore William's office, and you want to know what you'll find in there; I'll give you some information, which may or may not be useful, and we can discuss other options for your character to discover depending on your ideas.
My goal is to keep this moving, so that we can reach the end as this is not meant to be a long-term RP. As such, I'll be posting when things need a bit of a push. I will for sure be posting at least once a week (we can adjust if this is not often enough or too often), to move things along, particularly if scenes start to drag a bit.
I'm all for joint posts or coordinating with another player if you need to figure out some dialogue.
I'll be playing the lawyer and the murder victim to help nudge some things along as well. If we end up with all 6 players, then I'll let that player know if they are playing the killer. If we stick with just four, then I'll probably keep that information from the player as well. We'll see.
At any rate, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions about how this should work, I'd love to hear them. Some of this may require a bit of tweaking as we move forward, so hopefully, you're all willing to bear with me.
Now, onto the fun bit... character sheets! I've always gone for simplistic, so give me:
Relationship to William (i.e. what character part did you choose)
Occupation (if applicable)/
Other: Provide any information you think would be relevant. Generally twitchy nature? Publicly slandered the deceased in a news article? Reads a lot of murder mysteries and has incredible insight into the human sole? Any special skills (relevant or not), etc.