Five of Cups

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The search for the Receda Cube on Earth


  • Located within Old Town
  • Owner Bernardo Holyoke, 53, was found murdered
  • Police Detective Helena Frye is investigating
  • The neighboring business owner is Linda Bonham
  • Bernardo Holyoke is survived by estranged wife, Jessica Holyoke, 57
  • Stolen Academy equipment was discovered concealed in the bar during the investigation
  • Holyoke had a second identity as a fence for high-tech stolen goods
  • The bar was "notorius as a meeting place for crooks and low-lifes"
  • Violet Kiteway visited the bar 18 months ago at the recommendation of her friend Arman
  • Garnet Reed visited the bar on an anonymous tip, where he was passed a deck of cards containing the answer to who wrote the Djinn Worm
  • In Earth Tarot the five of cups often carries the meaning of emotional dejection, disappointment and sorrow over past events. There may be a tendency to "cry over spilt milk".


  • Perplex City Sentinel
    • article, 26-APR-05, "Five of Cups Owner Found Dead" link
    • article, 11-MAY-05, "Holyoke Housed Stolen Academy Equipment" link
    • More News In Brief, 19-MAY-05, "Five of Cups Crime HQ"
    • article, 24-MAY-05, "Holyoke's Wife Found" link
    • article, 10-AUG-05 "Holyoke Case Closed" link
    • feature, 23-DEC-05 "Year in Review: Newsmakers of 268" link
    • article, 09-FEB-07 "Sentinel Exclusive: Iona Interviews... Violet Kiteway: "I Stole the Cube"" link
  • Quirky Acuity, Violet Kiteway's blog
    • blog, 20-MAY-05, "My life of crime. life near crime." link

Codenames "V", "Q", "K" and "C", were hired to do the Theft. They are tied to the deaths of Fran Mendling, Bernardo Holyoke, Pietro Salk, Monica Grand, Isaac Cymbalisty, Anna Heath --- but someone else got to The Cube first. Who? And Why?

"We never held it, It was already gone."