Go someplace quiet and sort out the clues with the NXX members.
After Mr. Qian leaves, you all get together to sort out the clues you've gathered so far.
You all gather at a remote garden, afraid that your discussion might get overheard.
The deserted corner of the villa feels much safer despite how chilly it is outside due to the snow.
Artem: Let's start with the clues we've gathered so far.
Artem: A short while ago, we found out that Elijah Yin, the boss of a logistics company that attended the auction, had died of sudden cardiac arrest.
Luke: Our investigation revealed that his death was not an accident but the result of deliberate planning.
You: Yes, the killer might have been familiar with Elijah Yin's habits and knew that he loved to take hot baths.
You: After taking a bath, Elijah Yin drank the grapefruit juice, dosed with blood pressure medication, which induced hypotension and caused death.
You: And the killer could still be at the villa.
Blizzard Villa is deep in the mountains and isolated from the rest of the world.
The blizzard has blocked the path down the mountain with snow, making it almost impossible to enter the villa.
You are inclined to believe that the killer had mingled with the other guests and seized the opportunity to kill Elijah Yin.
Vyn: As far as we know, the person who had a grudge against Elijah Yin is Shantel Pan.
Vyn: Moreover, Shantel Pan was the first witness to Elijah Yin's death.
You: Technically, that makes her our prime suspect, but...
Marius: But it's too obvious.
Marius: She's an obvious target, telling others that she is most likely the killer if Elijah Yin died.
Luke: Yeah, I guess... Shantel Pan isn't stupid enough to make herself so obvious, is she?
Artem: Yes, that makes her less of a suspect.
Marius: One more thing. Look at this transaction record provided by Mr. Qian...
Marius takes out the transaction documents that he got from Mr. Qian and points them out to all of you.
Marius: Their orders have been gradually decreasing year by year.
Marius: This year, their orders have fallen by more than half...
Marius: Under these circumstances, Elijah Yin's company was already operating in the red. No wonder he was worried.
You: Mr. Qian mentioned that it was Shantel Pan who stole many of their customers after she opened her own company.
You: Then, Shantel Pan stands to benefit...
Marius: Even if Shantel Pan stands to benefit from it, she has no reason to kill Elijah Yin.
Marius: She didn't stand to gain anything by killing Elijah Yin, right?
Artem: I agree.
Artem: So it's possible that the killer is using Shantel Pan as a distraction.
You: But who else would have the motive to murder Elijah Yin besides Shantel Pan?
Could it be Mr. Qian? Or... is there another unknown factor that you don't know about?
Luke: Everyone, I've spotted another problem in the transaction records.
You: What is it?
Luke: Generally speaking, antiques are different from other goods. You wouldn't buy a dozen antiques, several times a day.
Vyn: Yes. Antiques depend largely on personal preference. No one purchases antiques like how they shop for vegetables at the market.
Luke: But look at this record... Someone bought twenty antiques on this day.
Luke: And the name of the antique is "glass flowerpot." Isn't that strange?
You: ...Look here. Someone bought thirty white glazed vases in one day.
You all carefully look over the transaction records once more, only to discover more irregularities.
Luke: Why is the Zeng family engaged in so many transactions? What is the purpose of this auction?
Luke: At this moment... I have my suspicions.
Marius: You suspect Mevis Zeng?
Luke: Yes, as the master of this villa, he knows more about the situation than anyone else.
Luke: And... He is Elijah Yin's acquaintance too, isn't he?
Vyn: ...If so, then things have just got complicated.
Right now, no one is able to escape the villa or contact the outside world, which means Mevis Zeng is in control of everything you do.
If that's the case, then things will quickly get out of hand.
Marius: Let me try contacting the outside world again...
With that, Marius takes out his tablet and taps gently on the screen.
You: This is...
Marius: I'm checking to see if we can connect to Pax's satellite signal.
You: Satellite signal!?
Marius: If I can connect, then we will be able to contact the outside world, and we don't have to wait for the reception to come back.
Marius taps the screen two more times...
Then a few more times.
His expression grows harder with each tap, his eyebrows pinched together into a frown.
Vyn: Are you unable to connect to it?
Marius: I can't even locate the source of the signal, let alone connect to it.
Marius: Everyone, I don't think the Pax satellite is broken, so that means...
Marius: There's a special magnetic field blocking all the signals.
You: So the blizzard isn't the reason why we can't get reception...
You: Someone is deliberately blocking all the signals with some technology and keeping us here at the villa!?
Vyn: Who would... go through such means?
You follow Vyn's gaze.
In the white snow, the enormous villa is like a large cage firmly enclosed onto something.
It's a mystery that none of you are aware of.