Brightstone Investigative Services Organization in Alana | World Anvil
Work in progress!
ORC License
Slightly NSFW!
Brightstone Investigative Services is a renowned private investigation firm specializing in solving mysteries for a fee. The company employs a team of skilled investigators to handle the on-the-ground work, each selected for their unique talents and expertise. Whether it's tracking down missing persons, unraveling intricate fraud schemes, or delving into hidden secrets, the firm takes on a wide range of cases with professionalism and discretion. Clients from all walks of life seek out their services, confident in the knowledge that Brightstone Investigative Services will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice.  
In the days leading up to the much-anticipated Festival of the Rusty Pipe, Brightstone Investigative Services finds itself busier than ever. The influx of visitors to Bridgeport transforms the usually bustling city into a teeming hive of activity, with every available room and bed occupied. The sheer number of festival-goers overwhelms the city's capacity, forcing many to set up camp in a fenced area outside the city walls, designated by the Black Guard for this very purpose.   With the city brimming with excitement and the promise of festivities, it also becomes a prime time for criminal activity. Pickpockets, con artists, and more sinister elements take advantage of the crowded streets and distracted populace. The Black Guard, stretched thin as they strive to maintain order and protect the city, often find themselves unable to handle the surge in crimes and disturbances.   Enter Brightstone Investigative Services, the go-to solution for those who can afford a bit of extra security and peace of mind. Wealthier citizens and festival visitors, wary of the rising tide of thefts, frauds, and other misdemeanors, turn to the skilled detectives of Brightstone. The company receives a flood of requests to resolve various mysteries, from missing valuables and suspicious characters to more complex and potentially dangerous cases.   The team's detectives, including veterans like Eleanor March or Thomas Langford, are all hands on deck. They navigate the chaotic streets, following leads and gathering evidence, while their dedicated secretary, Betsy, ensures the seamless coordination of efforts and manages the deluge of inquiries.  
Seeking a junior detective. Contract includes training on the job, a private bedchamber, and weekly pay.
Brightstone Investigative Services, Castle Street, Bustling


B.I.S. Company Owner
T.B. Brightstone by Tillerz using MJ
T.B. Brightstone
  Who knows? Nobody knows.
And if someone knows, no one is telling ...

Brightstone Investigative Services, Castle Street, Bustling District, Bridgeport
B.I.S. Secretary
Betsy by Tillerz using SD
Betsy (42), gnome
  She serves as the indispensable secretary of Brightstone Investigative Services, a role she has held with unwavering dedication since the company’s inception nearly five years ago. A woman of exceptional organizational prowess and a sharp intellect, Betsy is the backbone of the office, ensuring that every operation runs smoothly and efficiently.   Brightstone Investigative Services, Castle Street, Bustling District, Bridgeport

Senior Investigators

  Brightstone Investigative Services proudly employs a dynamic team of approximately a dozen skilled investigators, each bringing their unique talents to the table. Among these dedicated professionals are two junior detectives, eager and full of potential, who are paired with seasoned detectives for mentorship and hands-on experience.  
B.I.S. Private Agent (senior)
Tommy by Tillerz using SD
Thomas "Tommy" Langford (53), human
  He is a former military officer of the Farenian Empire with a knack for strategic thinking and tactical operations. His keen eye for detail and disciplined approach make him a formidable investigator.

Brightstone Investigative Services Agent #002, Castle Street, Bustling District, Bridgeport
B.I.S. Private Agent (senior)
Ellie by Tillerz using SD
Eleanor "Ellie" March (126), elf
  Her background in psychology provides her with an uncanny ability to read people and understand their motivations. Her empathetic nature often helps to extract crucial information from even the most tight-lipped individuals. Being an elf also gives her less restricted access to Bridgeport's Arcadia district.   Brightstone Investigative Services Agent #003, Castle Street, Bustling District, Bridgeport
B.I.S. Private Agent (senior)
Freddy by Tillerz using SD
Frederick "Freddy" Stokes (45), gnome
  A master of disguise and subterfuge, whose skills in blending into various environments and adopting different personas have been instrumental in uncovering hidden truths. Once, he even appeared as a small version of Mia in the office, confusing everying including Mia.

Brightstone Investigative Services Agent #004, Castle Street, Bustling District, Bridgeport
B.I.S. Private Agent (senior)
Mia by Tillerz using SD
Amelia "Mia" Roswell (37), kendric
  She has expertise in forensic science allows her to meticulously analyze crime scenes and unravel the stories they tell through the smallest of details.

Brightstone Investigative Services Agent #005, Castle Street, Bustling District, Bridgeport


  Brightstone Investigative Services maintains a discreet yet essential aspect of its operations through the employment of two specialized cleaners, known only to Betsy. These cleaners are the unsung heroes of the agency, stepping into action when an investigation takes an unexpected turn or when the aftermath of a case requires delicate handling. Their role is crucial in maintaining the integrity and reputation of the company, ensuring that any traces left behind by an investigator are thoroughly eradicated. Whether it’s a shattered window, incriminating fingerprints, or even more serious remnants like bloodstains, these professionals possess the skills and tools to restore a scene to its original state.   Their arrival is always swift and under the cover of night or when the area is least likely to be disturbed. The cleaners move with the precision of surgeons, each action meticulously planned and executed to leave no trace of their presence. Their expertise extends beyond simple cleaning; they are adept at handling forensic evidence, understanding the importance of erasing not just the obvious signs but also the subtle clues that could lead back to Brightstone.   The nature of their work necessitates a level of anonymity that is almost mythical. They communicate through Betsy, receiving assignments and updates without ever needing to step foot in the main office during regular hours. This veil of secrecy ensures that their work remains undisturbed and their identities protected. To the outside world, they are phantoms, ghosts that sweep through the aftermath of chaos, leaving behind nothing but a pristine scene.


Specialized Equipment
Carriage Fleet: Brightstone Investigative Services owns a fleet of discreet, two carriages that allow investigators to travel swiftly and inconspicuously around Bridgeport and its surroundings. These carriages are well-maintained and can be dispatched at a moment's notice. The carriages are located at the Binaco Stables in Flintlock District, when not in use.   Disguise Wardrobe: A well-stocked wardrobe filled with various costumes and accessories allows investigators to blend into different environments, whether it's a high-society event or a dockside tavern. This asset is invaluable for undercover work and surveillance. The wardrobe has been outsourced to Cilla's Costumes and Gadgets just to the left of the Brightstone office.
Investigation Kits: Every investigator is provided with a comprehensive kit that includes essential tools such as magnifying glasses, fingerprinting kits, lock-picking tools, and evidence bags. These kits are meticulously maintained and updated to ensure they meet the latest investigative standards. Betsy sends broken/dirty equipment to craftsmen when needed.   Messenger Pigeons: For urgent communications and relaying messages between investigators in the field and the headquarters, the agency employs a flock of well-trained messenger pigeons. These birds are reliable and can navigate the city's labyrinthine streets with ease. The pigeons are kept in a small shed in the back of the office.
Strategic Partnerships
Alliances with Local Businesses: Partnerships with local businesses, such as Cilla's Costumes and Gadgets, Hare-Mail Delivery Company, and the Whisk it for a Biscuit bakery, provide the agency with additional resources and support. These alliances also ensure that the agency is well-integrated into the community it serves.
Informant Network: Over the years, the agency has cultivated a vast network of informants across Bridgeport. These contacts include local merchants, dockworkers, and even members of the Black Guard. They provide invaluable information and tip-offs that help the agency stay ahead of criminal activities.
Training and Development
Novice Detective Handbook: Every new investigator receives a comprehensive handbook outlining the dos and don'ts of investigation, along with basic techniques and protocols. This ensures that even the most junior detectives are well-prepared for their duties.
Ongoing Training: Brightstone Investigative Services places a strong emphasis on continuous professional development. Regular training sessions, workshops, and seminars are held to keep the team updated on the latest investigative methods and technologies.


Brightstone Investigative Services was established five years ago by the astute and driven T.B. Brightstone. The inception of this esteemed organization was not without its challenges. Recognizing the urgent need for a reliable and discreet investigative service in Bridgeport, T.B. Brightstone laid the foundation of the company with a vision of uncovering the city's most elusive mysteries and bringing justice to those in need.   From its humble beginnings, Brightstone Investigative Services quickly garnered attention. The initial team comprised T.B. Brightstone and three dedicated individuals: Betsy, Tommy, and Ellie. These first employees were handpicked for their unique skills and unwavering commitment to the cause. Betsy, with her unparalleled organizational abilities and sharp mind, took on the role of the indispensable office secretary. Tommy, known for his resourcefulness and quick thinking, brought a keen eye for detail to the team. Ellie, a tenacious and relentless investigator, completed the original trio, each contributing significantly to the fledgling company's success.   As word spread about the exceptional work being carried out by Brightstone Investigative Services, the demand for their expertise grew exponentially. Bridgeport, with its labyrinthine alleys and secrets lurking in every corner, became a hotbed of intrigue, drawing countless requests for assistance. With an ever-increasing caseload, the need for additional personnel became evident.   Responding to this demand, T.B. Brightstone expanded the team, bringing in a diverse group of talented investigators, each with their own specialties and backgrounds. These new recruits enhanced the company's capabilities, allowing Brightstone Investigative Services to take on more complex and high-profile cases. From solving perplexing disappearances to uncovering intricate webs of deceit, the team worked tirelessly to uphold the company's reputation for excellence.   Over the years, Brightstone Investigative Services has become synonymous with integrity, perseverance, and unmatched investigative prowess. The dedication and teamwork of its members have solidified its status as Bridgeport's premier private investigation agency. Today, with a robust team of seasoned detectives, junior investigators, and support staff, the company continues to serve the community, tackling mysteries that others deem unsolvable and ensuring that the truth always prevails.

"Your Mystery, Our Mission"

The map of Bridgeport, a harbour city located in the south of Farenia, showcases a maritime center characterized by vibrant activity and bustling trade. Unlike other cities in Farenia, Bridgeport's harbour opens onto a different sea, setting it apart and granting it a unique status. To bolster its connectivity and reinforce its importance in regional trade, the ambitious Bridgeport Channel project is underway. Not everyone is pleased with the construction of the new channel, leading to a surge in violent resistance...  
Bridgeport by Tillerz using MidJourney
Investigation Bureau
Founding Date
Flamerule 5th, 2860 PB
Notable Members

Brightstone Novice Investigators' Handbook

Basic Principles of Investigation

  • Gathering Information:
  • Interview witnesses and suspects, asking open-ended questions to elicit detailed responses.
  • Conduct background checks and gather relevant documentation.
  • Analyzing Evidence:
  • Review all collected evidence meticulously.
  • Look for patterns, connections, and discrepancies.
  • Surveillance:
  • Monitor subjects discreetly, maintaining a low profile.
  • Use observational skills to gather information without being detected.
  • Forensic Examination:
  • Collect physical evidence such as fingerprints, fibers, and other trace materials.
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques to preserve the integrity of the evidence.
  • Report Writing:
  • Compile your findings into clear, concise, and comprehensive reports.
  • Include all relevant details, evidence, and conclusions.
  • Client Interaction:
  • Maintain regular communication with clients, providing updates and addressing concerns.
  • Manage client expectations and ensure their confidentiality.
  • Team Coordination:
  • Collaborate with other detectives where needed, sharing insights and resources.
  • Participate in team meetings and contribute to case discussions.

Dos and Don'ts

  • Do Be Observant:
  • Pay attention to details in your surroundings.
  • Take note of unusual behavior or inconsistencies.
  • Do Maintain Professionalism:
  • Always present yourself with integrity and respect.
  • Communicate clearly and politely with clients and colleagues.
  • Do Follow Protocols:
  • Adhere to the guidelines and procedures established by Brightstone.
  • Report regularly to your senior detectives and provide updates on your cases.
  • Do Keep Detailed Records:
  • Document your findings, observations, and interactions meticulously.
  • Ensure that all evidence is cataloged and stored properly.
  • Do Prioritize Safety:
  • Always assess the risks before engaging in potentially dangerous situations.
  • Use caution and call for backup when necessary.
  • Do Be Discreet:
  • Maintain client confidentiality and handle sensitive information with care.
  • Avoid drawing unnecessary attention to your investigative activities.
  • Do Collaborate:
  • Work cooperatively with fellow detectives and share insights.
  • Utilize the collective expertise of the team to solve cases more efficiently.
  • Don't Jump to Conclusions:
  • Avoid making assumptions without substantial evidence.
  • Base your findings on facts and thorough analysis.
  • Don't Tamper with Evidence:
  • Never alter or contaminate evidence; handle it with care.
  • Ensure the integrity of the evidence chain.
  • Don't Break the Law:
  • Conduct all investigations within the boundaries of the law.
  • Obtain proper authorization for surveillance or searches.
  • Don't Engage in Conflicts of Interest:
  • Refrain from investigating cases where you have a personal stake.
  • Disclose any potential conflicts to your senior detectives.
  • Don't Overlook Small Details:
  • Minor details can often be crucial to solving a case.
  • Be thorough in your observations and documentation.
  By adhering to these guidelines and principles, you will be well-prepared to embark on your journey as a detective with Brightstone Investigative Services. Your commitment to excellence and integrity will ensure that you uphold the esteemed reputation of our organization. Welcome aboard, and good luck!
  GM info / spoilers.

Cover image: brightstone-article-header by Tillerz using MJ


Please Login in order to comment!
May 24, 2024 15:08 by CoolG

I love this article! I'm definitely gonna hire these guys ^^

May 25, 2024 09:11 by Tillerz

More to come for this group of articles. :)

May 24, 2024 21:07 by Secere Laetes

Echte coole Organisation, auch wenn es mich gefreut hätte, noch etwas mehr über Brightstone zu erfahren. Aber das mit den Reinigungsfachkräften war auch schon ein super Detail. Jeder braucht solche Leute ^^.

May 25, 2024 09:10 by Tillerz

Was meinst Du mit "mehr über Brightstone"? Meinst Du den Gründer? Da kommt noch was, aber das liegt an den Spielern, das rauszufinden. Hm, ich könnte das natürlich auch in ein Secret oder die GM Infos packen...

May 25, 2024 17:39 by Secere Laetes

Ja, meinte den Gründer. Und wenn es an den Spielern liegt lass besser erst einmal. Es soll ja niemand verführt werden. Aber ich freu mich drauf sobald es dann geht ^^.

May 25, 2024 09:31 by Paul Fijma

cool article! and i love the SD (Supreme Duck or Stable Diffusion? ) images. the only thing i had with the Senior Investigators section is the formatting.   my 2 cents. (ok. 1 cent) i didn't find that the placement of the text with image did work out for me. [-txt-][img] [img][-txt-] the "tommy text" felt more in line with the female on the left side. (i had to scan the image text and the image names to see the relation. (as i said my thoughts: only 1 cent -not even worth a quack of a duck)

Akimotos, worldbuilder.
May 25, 2024 14:43 by Tillerz

You are right, I am also not happy with that. Fixing it. :)

May 25, 2024 15:41 by Tillerz

Fixed. :D

Powered by World Anvil