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The The White Wolf of Icicle Creek 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 The The White Wolf of Icicle Creek 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 The The White Wolf of Icicle Creek 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

Fans of the series seem to believe this game was based on the 2002 Nancy Drew book Mystery of the Mother Wolf. As with the previous game, Creature of Kapu Cave, I'm really not sold on the resemblance-- none of the Icicle Creek characters come from Mother Wolf, the plot isn't similar, and the setting isn't even the same (Mother Wolf takes place on a ranch in Idaho, whereas Icicle Creek takes place at a ski lodge in Canada.) In my opinion, The White Wolf of Icicle Creek wasn't based on a Nancy Drew story at all and its plot is original to the game (particularly since none of the suspects' names come from Nancy Drew canon, unlike the early games.)

In any event, Icicle Creek ski lodge has been suffering from many strange accidents and the lodge owner asks Nancy to go undercover as the new maid in order to investigate what is going on. Upon arriving, Nancy learns that a white wolf has been spotted around Icicle Creek and it always seems to appear or howl right before disaster strikes. However, this turns out to be complete coincidence as far as I can tell. The wolf is tame (her name is Isis) and she has been hanging around the area because her owner, Julius MacQuade, recently died. As for the accidents, a few of them were actually caused by the previous maid's jealous boyfriend, the caretaker's bratty daughter, and the animal activist Lupe, but most of them were orchestrated by the cross-country skiier, Yanni Volkstaia. He was attempting to force the lodge out of business so that he could acquire the land in order to illegally mine a uranium deposit he found there. Nancy thwarts his plans, the ski lodge is saved, and Isis is sent to an animal sanctuary where she can live safely.

Character Subplots and Secrets

All five main characters have names that have something to do with wolves. "Guadalupe" means "wolf valley" in Spanish, "Volk" means "wolf" in Russian and other Slavic languages, and "Randall," "Kessler," and "Talbot" are all the names of famous movie werewolves (from the movies "Wolf," "An American Werewolf in London," and "The Wolf Man.") The sheriff's name, Mahihkan, also means "wolf" in the Cree language (one of the Native American languages of Canada.)

Yanni Volkstaia: An Olympic skiier known for his unscrupulous treatment of his rivals, who he claims are doing the same thing to him. For some bizarre reason, unlike every previous Nancy Drew character, Yanni does not come from a real country, but rather from the fictional country Fredonia (from the Marx Brothers movie "Duck Soup." This was clearly intentional, because his hometown is listed as "Eladsaet," which is the name of one of the Duck Soup characters, Teasdale, spelled backwards.) He tells Nancy a well-known Russian legend about a woman who was betrayed by a young man and eaten by wolves, pretending it is about his own grandmother. His motive in telling her this story is never clear-- perhaps he is trying to scare her away from exploring near the wolf prints (thus keeping her away from his illegal uranium mining activity.) In the game epilogue Yanni is arrested for his misdeeds. He claims he did not intend to seriously hurt anyone, which might be true for most of the things he did, but it's hard to explain away trying to detonate a bunch of C4 in the same room he just left Nancy in as anything other than a concerted murder attempt, IMHO.

Ollie Randall: The lodge caretaker, a grizzled ex-rancher who wants to shoot the wolf and thinks there may be something supernatural about her because he keeps missing. In reality, Lupe has sabotaged his gun to keep him from shooting the wolf. Ollie is struggling financially and is angry with Chantal for promising him a raise and never delivering. Nancy can learn that it was actually his daughter Freddie who broke Lou's window by throwing an iceball at it.

Guadalupe Comillo: Supposedly, Lupe is staying at the lodge to do birdwatching. However, Nancy learns that the birds she is supposedly watching do not winter in Alberta. In reality, Lupe is a member of an animal rights group and is at the lodge to determine how best to protect Isis. She has already sabotaged Ollie's rifle to keep him from shooting her, and she is also the one who trashes the ice fishing shack partway through the game. Soon afterwards Ollie finds out about her identity and throws her out of the lodge, but in the end Lupe and her animal rights organization find a wild animal sanctuary that will be a safe haven for a human-acculturated wolf like Isis.

Bill Kessler: Seemingly a low-key older Canadian man, Bill in fact grew up on the lodge and is furious with Chantal's father for swindling his grandmother out of its ownership. He is the one who stole the photographs from the wall and also wrote an angry letter about the situation, but was not responsible for any of the accidents. Chantal claims that the real reason Bill's grandmother sold her father the lodge was that she was secretly in massive debt and that he was doing her a favor, not cheating her.

Lou Talbot: An art student from California, Lou is also an illegal fossil hunter. He is the one who stole the bone from the display case and also took the fossil from the blast site near the avalanche, but like Bill, was not responsible for any of the accidents.

Minor Characters

Isis: The wolf. She is tame and helps Nancy by digging her out of an avalanche and using her tracking abilities. In the game epilogue she goes to a wild animal sanctuary.

Tino Balducci: A recurring character from Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, Tino is an incompetent police detective, now apparently working as a private investigator. Nancy can call him for hints if you need any (Bess, George, and the Hardy Boys are not part of this game.) You do not see him in person in this game.

Chantal Moique: Nancy's boss for this game, the owner of the lodge. You never see her in person. Like far too many of Nancy Drew's bosses, she is a thoroughly unpleasant person I wouldn't especially want to help out of a paper bag: she cares only about money and impressing her father, breaks a promise to her only loyal employee, wants to kill Isis and refuses to listen to Nancy's explanations about her, forces Nancy to do stupid tasks before giving her information she needs to do her job, and, if Nancy gets injured while investigating, yells at her because it might affect her insurance rates.

Freddie Randall: Ollie's bratty daughter. You can see her, but not converse with her... she exists only to force Nancy to have snowball fights with her and to give you a useful inventory object.

Elsa Sibblehoth: The previous maid who quit after (she claims) the wolf tore up her car tires. You never see her, only speak to her by phone. However, it turns out she was lying about the wolf biting her tires (obviously... since when do wolves eat tires?) and she knew all along that it was her then-boyfriend Larry who slashed the tires out of jealousy. She confesses to Nancy and states that she has broken up with Larry.

Sheriff Mahihkan, Nikki Sabatini, Carl Jenkins, Mrs. Faringdale, Derek Southwaite: You need to call these characters on the telephone to learn plot information, but they are never seen on screen and are not suspects.

Julius McQuade: The hermit who raised Isis from a pup after her mother was shot by hunters. He died of illness a few weeks before the events of the game begin, and Nancy learns about him only by reading his diary.

Ned: As usual in Nancy Drew games, Ned has no subplots and exists only to chat with Nancy on the telephone.

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