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Secret of the Scarlet Hand Spoilers

Welcome to the new Computer Game Spoilers section of my gaming website. I added this section because I recently received questions about the plots of two different games which, to my surprise and embarrassment, I had totally forgotten the answers to. Then, to my further surprise, I was unable to find any existing website that would refresh my memory about the plots of computer games... lots of puzzle solutions, but no basic plot summaries.

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So I figured I'd better write some of them down while they're still fresh in my mind, just in case I or anybody else wants to refer to them at some point in the future (or in case anybody suffers a major game glitch and just wants to know what was supposed to happen in the end-- I get letters like this from time to time.) If you haven't finished Secret of the Scarlet Hand yet and you don't want the plot of this game to be revealed to you, then you don't want to read this page. Please go back to my main Secret of the Scarlet Hand page, where I give tips and reviews without giving away any of its plot.

But if you are looking for plot spoilers, just scroll further down the page to find them!

Plot Summary

The setup and basic plot of this game is based on the 1995 Nancy Drew novel The Secret of the Scarlet Hand. Nancy gets an internship at the Beech Hill museum of natural history as assistant curator of an exhibit of Mayan artifacts. While Nancy is working there, a priceless jade artifact is stolen from the museum, and soon afterward, one of the museum researchers suffers a mysterious fall that leaves him with a head injury and amnesia.

Character Subplots and Secrets

Joanna Riggs: The curator Nancy is assisting. She is suspended partway through the game for mismanagement, leaving Nancy to cope on her own, but eventually is reinstated due to Nancy's detective work. It turns out that the allegation that Beech Hill has illegally acquired Mayan artifacts is actually true, but it was Taylor who did this, not Joanna, and in the epilogue she and Franklin Rose return the Pacal carving to Mexico when they learn it was smuggled goods.

Alejandro del Rio: An attache to the Mexican consulate. Alejandro is angry about the illegal acquisition of Mayan artifacts that he feels rightfully belong to Mexico. He helps Nancy with her detective work in exchange for proof about the illegal provenance of the Pacal carving. However, when Joanna and Franklin return the carving to Mexico in the epilogue, he is so pleased that he pledges a new era of diplomatic relations with the museum.

Henrik van der Hune: A museum researcher specializing in the translation of Mayan glyphs. He suffers from amnesia after a fall down the stone steps of the pyramid exhibit in the museum, but once his memory begins returning, Nancy discovers that he was the one who stole the jade Pacal carving, with the intention of keeping it safe from someone who was planning to misuse it. He has had dealings with smugglers in his youth and Nancy was able to use these connections to get one of the necessary carvings sent to Beech Hill, but Henrik does not appear

Taylor Sinclair: It turns out that this sleazy art dealer is the one Henrik was trying to hide the Pacal carving from, because he was planning to use it to open the monolith and steal the treasures hidden inside. He is also the

Minor Characters

Franklin Rose, Prudence Rutherford, Sheila Schultz, Henry Daddle, Penelope Daddle/Poppy Dada: You need to call these characters on the telephone to learn plot information, but they are never seen on screen and are not suspects.

Nurse Bluefoot: He is never actually seen in the game, and Nancy cannot interrogate him. He just exists to let Nancy into Henrik's hospital room and give her information about him.

Bess, George, Frank, and Joe: As usual in Nancy Drew games, these characters have no subplots and exist only to chat with Nancy on the telephone and deliver hints if the player needs them.

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