Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders

Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders

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Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders Walkthrough
By Fruits
Play-by-play walkthrough for the game "Detective Di: The Silk Road Murders".
 
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Introduction and Disclaimer
Hello, and welcome to my guide for Detective Di: The Silk Road Murders.

This guide is meant to serve as a reference for people who are stuck/frustrated with a puzzle, or that want to understand the logic behind a puzzle they somehow managed to get through without fully understanding the means to solve it (as the game has several puzzles that can be brute-forced through). It's also good for people who are more interested in the game's (excellent) story, want to breeze through it without spending too much time on the detective part of the game.

This guide will contain spoilers, so be mindful.
You can double click an area to make Detective Di walk faster.

Whenever I use the word "Examine", use the eye icon on the appropriate target.

Whenever I use "Interact" or "Pick up", use the hand icon on the appropriate target.

Disclaimer: All rights to "Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders" belongs to Nupixo Games and Minh Ta.. This is merely a guide made by a fan.
Prologue - Diplomatic Means
* Use the Imperial Edict on Guard. He will let you pass.
* Speak with Minister Wang Wah. Discuss all chat options to have a better undestanding of the mission at hand.
* While speaking with Minister Wang Wah, you're free to choose whichever chatting option.
* Pick up the Used Candle.
* Pick up the Cap.
* Examine the Cap from your item list. You should recieve an Anonymous Letter.
* Examine the Anonymous Letter. Doing this should give you hint #1 for solving the case.
* Interact with Ambassador Choi. Discuss all chat options to have a better understanding of his cause of death. You should recieve a Silk Handkerchief.
* Speak with Minister Wang Wah. Discuss all chat options.
* Move to the left (towards Waterfall).
* Speak with Captain Bae. He refuses to share any intrigue with you until you can prove yourself.
* Move to the left (towards Main Courtyard).
* Pick up the Rag.
* Speak with Steward Song. Discuss all chat options and understand who he is.
* Move to the left (towards Sitting Room).
* Speak with Minister Wang Wah.
* Speak with Sun Ying. Discuss all chat options to understand who she is and what her routine is. You should recieve a Key to Lockbox.
* Move to Kitchen.
* Speak with Chef Chu. Discuss all chat options to learn about him, his cousin and his extremely odd ability.
* Use the Rag on Chef Chu. Doing this should give you hint #2 for solving the case.
* Pick up the Charcoal Tongs. They are on the counter on the left side of the room.
* Move to Entrance Courtyard.
* Move to Storage Room.
* Use the Key to Lockbox on Lockbox.
* Pick up the Unused Candle. It is the second one from the right (the one that has a line in the middle).
* Move to Kitchen.
* Use the Unused Candle on Chef Chu. Doing this should give you hint #3 for solving the case.
* Move to Front Gate through the Entrance Courtyard.
* Speak with Sergeant Feng and Discuss all possible chat options.
* Move to Waterfall.
* Use the Charcoal Tongs on Tree Hollow (it's the hole on the tree trunk). Doing this should give you hint #4 for solving the case. Additionally, you shuold recieve a Candlestick.
* Speak with Captain Bae. Discuss all possible chat options. Learn about Captain Bae, the ambassador's caps and his behavior.
* Move to Sitting Room.
* Speak with Sun Ying. Ask her about the ambassador's cap.
* Move to Main Courtyard.
* Interact with Stone Bench (it is the bench on the back of the courtyard).
* Speak with Steward Song. Ask him about the cap.
* Move to Sitting Room.
* Speak with Minister Wang Wah. Ask him about the house steward.
* Move to Main Courtyard.
* Speak with Steward Song. Talk with him about the Liangs. Discuss all possible chat options. Doing this should give you hint #5 for solving the case.
* Retrieve the two missing keys by speaking with Chef Chu in the Kitchen; and with Sergeant Feng in the Front Gate (past the Entrance Courtyard).
* Move to the Storage Room (through the Enterance Courtyard).
* Interact with the Antique Chest.
* Use one of the Keys on one of the Key Dials.
* You need to rotate the keys in such a way, that if you put all three of them on each other, they will get the shape that appears on the upper screen: click on the left dial (#1) 3 times, on the center dial (#2) 2 times, and on the right dial (#3) once.
* After solving this puzzle, you should recieve the Original Cap.
* Examine the Original Cap (from your inventory). You should recieve a Signed Letter.
* Examine the Signed Letter, and examine it again once it's open (by clicking on the letter itself). Doing this should give you hint #6 for solving the case.
* Move to Sitting Room.
* Speak with Minister Wang Wah. Pick "The Cap Exchange", "She struck him with a candlestick", "Join the ambassador".
Chapter 1 - The Stranger And The Dreams
* Speak with Deer.
* Pick up the Drum Stick.
* Interact with the Drum.
* The solution to this puzzle can be found by examining the Drumstick. The vertical lines indicate the amount of times you need to hit each part of the drum, and the horizontal lines indicate which part of the drum should be hit. You can identify the part of the drum corresponding to the stick by the shape of the lines - for example, the first line you should hit has one broken line between two full lines, therefore it is the part of the drum that is at 9 o'clock.
* Use the Drumstick on the right parts of the drum.
The solution is: Hit 9 o'clock 1 time -> 12 o'clock 3 times -> 3 o'clock 1 time -> 7 o'clock 2 times -> hit the middle 1 time.
* Speak with Deer. Discuss all possible chat options.
* Walk towards the tower.
* Interact with Journal. Go to the last page and interact with the blank page ("New Journal Entry"). Make sure to read it, as it provides important background information that is required to understand the story.
* Move to Courtyard.
* Pick up the Hammer (it's on the shelf, to the right of the door).
* Click on the door to exit the area and access the map. Go to the Imperial Palace.
* Speak with Empress Wu, and Discuss all chat options.
* Speak with Yao Mei for some more background information.
* Leave the area to the Map, and go to th Justice Department.
* Move right, to the Lobby. Speak with Lieutenant Ma, and Discuss all chat options.
* Interact with the Evidence Box (it's the box on the table next to where Lietenant Ma is sitting). You should recieve a Rose, a Broken Walking Stick and a Footprint Sketch.
* Move left, towards Lockup.
* Speak with Xu Dan, and Discuss all chat options. Learn about him, and his stance on what happened at the night of the murder.
* Move right back to the Lobby, and then move right to the Morgue.
* Speak with Coroner Yao and Discussr all chat options. Learn about him and about the body.
* Move out to the Courtyard, and go to the Map. Go to the Victim's House.
* Examine the Footprints. They are right under the window. Then, use the Footprint Sketch on them. Doing this should give you hint #1 for solving the case.
* Move to House.
* Interact with the Area of Interest. Discuss all options. Learn about Di's understanding of the murder. You should recieve a Fragment of Wood.
* Examine the Wall Marks (they are visible right behind the cabinet). Then, interact with the Cabinet. Interact with the Note that fell on the ground, and you'll recieve it to your inventory.
* Examine the Note from your inventory and read it. Doing this should give you hint #2 for solving the case.
* Use the Fragment of Wood on the Broken Walking Stick. You should recieve a Reassembled Walking Stick.
* Examine the Reassembled Walking Stick. Doing this should give you hint #3 for solving the case.
* Move to the Front Yard.
* Speak with Xiao Bao (you can see his head sticking out of the fence), and Discuss all chat options. Learn about his past interactions with Liu.
* Move back to the Map, and go back to Justice Department.
* Move right to the Lobby, and chat with Lieutenant Ma. Ask him about the medallion.
* Move right to the Morgue, and chat with Coroner Yao. Ask him about the medallion.
* Move left to the Front Yard.
* Interact with the Plant. This should expose the Exposed Brick.
* Move right all the way to the Morgue.
* Pick up the Medical Chisel (it's located on the shelf on the back of the room).
* Move back to the Front Yard.
* Use the Medical Chisel with the Hammer. You should recieve a Hammer and Chisel.
* Use the Hammer and Chisel on the Exposed Brick. Doing this should give you hint #4 for solving the case. Additionally, you should recieve the Medallion.
* Move to the Map, and from there to the Victim's House.
* Use the Medallion on Xiao Bao. Discuss all possible chat options. Learn about his relationship with the victim, Liu, and his recollection of the night of the murder. Doing this should give you hint #5 for solving the case.
* Move to the Imperial Palace.
* Speak with Empress Yu. Pick "Spying on them", "Breaking Xu Dan's walking stick", "A warning".
Chapter 2 - When Deaths Align
* Speak with Lieutenant Ma.
* Move up to the House.
* Speak with Lam Haifeng. Discuss all possible chat options. Learn about his past and his relationship with the victim. You shuold recieve a Lever.
* Pick up the Book (it is the green book next to the body).
* Examine Shi Wenyan (the victim's body). This will initiate a converastion with Coroner Yao. Discuss all options. Learn about the murderer's MO.
* Examine the Book from your inventory. Doing this should give you hint #1 for solving the case.
* Use the Book on Shi Wenyan.
* Pick up the Rose. It's to the left of the Right Bookcase.
* Interact with the Rug Fold. It's in the left corner of the rug in the room's entrance. It should reveal a Note. Pick up up the Note.
* Examine the Note from your inventory.
* Move to the Garden.
* Use the Lever on the Slot (it's located right in front of Lieutenant Ma and to the right of the Gap).
* Interact with the Slot.
* Move across the new bridge, all the way to the Weiqi Table.
* Interact with the Weiqi Table.
* Pick up the Stone Key (it's to the right of the board).
* Move back up all the way to the House.
* Interact with the Right Bookcase. You should recieve a Weiqi Scroll.
* Move down to the Garden, and all the way back to the Weiqi Table.
* Solving this puzzle is a combination of both the scroll, and the Stone Key. The Stone Key reads "Eternal" in black text, and "Ladder" in white text. The Weiqi Scroll gives different tactics and positions - two of which are "Ladder Breaker" and "Rule of Eternity". The solution is to place the black stones on the board in the same way they are placed in "Rule of Eternity", and the white stones in the same way they are placed in "Ladder Breaker".
* After you place the stones on the board, use the Stone Key from your inventory on the hole to the right from which you picked it up. This should allow access to the Secret Room. Move there.
* Pick up the Invitation (it's on the third floor of the bookshelf on the right part of the room).
* Examine the Invitation from your inventory. Doing this should give you hint #2 for solving the case.
* Move to Lobby, and go to Map. Move to the East Pier.
* Move right and examine the Flower Boat.
* Speak with Xiang Ren (he's the man wearing the green shirt and fishing on the bottom of the screen). Discuss all options.
* Speak with Mao Yi (she's the lady who's sitting next to the water around the upper side of the screen). Discuss all possible options. You should recieve Mao Wei's Letters.
* Speak with Mao Yi. Ask her about her parent's birthdays (father - 9th of 11th month; mother - 4th of 1st month).
* To solve this puzzle, you have to utilize the hints Mao Wei left us on the right: "Remove you and me" means removing the first and last paragraphs ("My dearest sister" is you; "Mao Wei" is me). Then four paragraphs are left, and we'll start counting words according to the information we have about mother's and father's birthday - starting with mother (as this was the first name mentioned in the letter). Mother's birthday is 1st month, 4th day - so we'll be looking for the 1st word in the 1st paragraph ("Not") and the 4th word in the 2nd paragraph ("Dead"). Then we'll be using the same method for father's birthday, which is 11nth month, 9th day - 11th word in the 3rd paragraph ("Hiding"), and the 9th word in the 4th paragraph ("East").
* Speak with Mao Yi. Tell her about the truth about her sister. Pick "Not", "Dead", "Hiding", "East".
* Speak with Xiang Ren again. Gain access to the Flower Boat.
* Speak with the Wine Waiter.
* Walk up the stairs to the left and across the balcony, and find General Zhang speaking with Madam Ling.
* Speak with General Zhang. Pick one of the options.
* Move to the Dining Room.
* Speak with Madam Ling. Discuss all options. Learn about her, Yuan Qiqi and her relationship with General Zhang, and about the banquet. Doing this should give you hint #3 for solving the case.
* Speak with General Zhang. Discuss all options. Learn about him and Yuan Qiqi. Doing this should give you hint #4 for solving the case.
* Pick up the Rose.
* Interact with Yuan Qiqi to learn more about the murderer's MO, and the specifics of this killing. You should recieve an Hairpin.
* Pick up the Glass Bowl (it's on the middle floor of the red shelf right behind the body).
* Move to the Reception Hall.
* Walk up the balcony and watch the shrot cutscene.
* Move to the Wine Room (it is on the left side of the Reception Hall's balcony).
* Interact with the Basket (it is on the left side of the window). Doing this should give you hint #5 for solving the case.
* Examine the Blood Stains.
* Move to the Reception Hall, and from there move to the Dressing Room.
* Use the Key on the Makeup Box (it is sitting on the table around the right part of the room). You should recieve a Rolled-up Paper.
* Examine the Rolled-up Paper from your inventory. Examine it again when it is open.
* Use the Glass Bowl on the Water Basin (it is in the bottom-right corner of the room). You should recieve a Glass Bowl Full of Water.
* Use the Glass Bowl Full of Water on the Rolled-up Paper. You should recieve a Magnified Message.
* Examine the Magnified Message. Examine it again once it's open.
* Move to the Reception Hall, and from there move to the Dining Room.
* Interact with the Green Lantern (it is located around the far-right of the room). You should recieve the Third Note.
* Examine the Third Note. Doing this should give you hint #6 for solving the case.
* Watch the short cutscene and read the conversation with the Deer and Lieutenant Ma, and move to the Imperial Palace.
* Speak with Empress Wu. Pick "All of the above", "She had no loved ones", "Their long absence and return".
Chapter 3 - Of Sinners And Saviors
* Move to the Courtyard and from there to the Lobby (to the right).
* Speak with Lieutenant Ma. Discuss all options. You should recieve Copied Symbols.
* Move to the Morgue (to the right). Discuss all options. Learn about the oddity with the last murder's rose. You should recieve a Silk Rose Petal.
* Move back to Courtyard and from there to the Map. There, pick the Central Market.
* Speak with Geng Wan (the man with the red shirt that's standing behind the counter). Discuss all chat options. Learn about him, the unique fabric of the petal and Gu Chuan. Doing this should give you hint #1 for solving the case.
* Speak with Mrs. Cho (the woman who's standing behind the soup stand). Promise that you'll bring her cat Momo down.
* Pick up the Cat's Food (it's to the left of Geng Wan's stand).
* Walk left and pick up the Umbrella (it's inside the bucket in the alleyway, further down the market.
* Use the Umbrella with the Cat's Food. You should recieve an Umbrella Fish Skewer.
* Use the Umbrella Fish Skewer on the Chair (it is right under the cat).
* Speak with Mrs. Cho. Discuss all options. Learn about her and Gu Chuan.
* Interact with the Posters (they are on the wall between Mrs. Cho's stand and Geng Wan's stand). Examine all posters, and summarize.
* Move to Map, and from there to the Golden Gate Theater.
* Speak with Gu Chuan (he is the man in a purple shirt who's sitting down and watching the show). Discuss all options. Learn about him, his retirement circumstances and his apprentice. You should recieve a Strange Note. After this conversation, you should get hint #2 for solving the case.
* Move to Map, and from there to the Imperial Library.
* Speak with either Kong Mengtao or Kong Mengpu. Then, speak with them again.
* This puzzle is divided into two word-riddles. The first one is: "I once stood for more; But the flames ripped through and through; Now I am but a pile; Do you wish to say "I miss you". The second one is: "I am in the air; I am everywhere; If you let me be; Then you might just see me; If you push me away; I'll go but return someday". You can solve the riddle by interacting with the Scroll (it sits on the counter, in the middle, right in front of Mengtao and Mengpu). The answer to the first riddle is "Ash", as we are looking for the consequences for something that got burned, and now changed its shape to something else. The answer to the second riddle is "Dust", as we are looking for something that's always present in the air, if you don't clean it, it will eventually pile up and be visible, and even if you do clean it, it will eventually pile up again.
* Interact with Portraits of Ash and Dust (it's on the bookshelf behind Mengtao and Mengpu, on the left side of the room. You should recieve a Bookmark.
* Use the Bookmark on Kong Mengtao or Kong Mengpu. Discuss all options.
* Move to the Map, and from there move to Central Market.
* Walk all the way to the left, and speak with Jing Yali (she's the lady wearing a yello shirt and selling flowers). Discuss all options. Learn about her condition and whereabouts.
* Move to the Map, and from there move to the Imperial Library.
* Pick up the Plaque (it's to on the counter, to the left of Kong Mengtao, the man wearing a blue shirt).
* Move to the Map, and from there move to the Central Market.
* Use the Plaque on Jing Yali.
* Move to the Map, and move to Han Sidong's House.
* Pick up the Silk Rose (it's next to the right of the door).
* Examine the Flower Pot, and then Interact with it. You should recieve a Wooden Contraption.
* Interact with the Door.
* Use the Wooden Contraption on the Slot (the empty slot to the right).
* The solution to this puzzle has to dow with the Strange Note in your inventory. The right combination requires three turns. You can turn each knob either to the left or to the right. Examine the note. You need to rotate the knobs in a way that the added numbers on each side wuold be equal to the number in the middle. The first middle number is 5. The starting position of the knobs are 2 and 5, but you can rotate the left knob to the right and get a 3 (3+2=5). The second middle number is 7, so you need to rotate the right knob to the left and get a 4 (4+3=7). The third number is 9, so you need to rotate the left knob to the left, and get a 5 (4+5=9).
* Interact with the Chest (it's in the left end of the room). Examine all the notes, and pick up the Silk Cloth (it's attached to the bottom note). Going out of this screen should give you hint #3 for solving the case.
* Move to the Map, and from there move to the Central Market.
* Use the Silk Cloth on Jing Yali.
* Use the Copied Symbols on Jing Yali. Doing this should give you hint #4 for solving the case.
* Move to the Map, and from there move to Mountain Pass.
* Walk to the right, and pick up the Wooden Rod (it's under the Cart).
* Keep walking to the right, and speak with Commander Yao. Discuss all options, and learn about what happened to Empress Wu.
* Move to the Hillside (follow the footsteps).
* Speak with Han Sidong. Pick "Sun Ying was an assassin". Doing this should give you hint #5 for solving the case.
* Interact with Han Sidong. You should recieve a Cylindrical Key.
* Move to the Mountain Pass.
* Interact with To Tomb.
* Use the Cylindrical Key on the Keyhole.
* The solution to this puzzle can be learned by examining the two lanterns in both sides of the tomb's entrance. The left one reads: "First plain and now hallowed earth"; the second one reads: "Later forged by fire and sealed by water". Therefore, the solution would be to push the buttons in the following order: Earth -> Fire -> Water.
* Move to the Tomb.
* Walk right and speak with Empress Wu.
* Use the Wooden Rod on the Slot (it's to the right of the cell where Empress Wu is).
* Walk right and Move to the Inner Chamber.
* Pick up the Wooden Tablet. It's in the hands of the Stone Warrior on the right end of the room.
* Move to Corridor.
* Use the Wooden Tablet on the Water (it is to the left of the cell where Empress Wu is). You should recieve a Wet Wooden Tablet.
* Interact with the Panel to the right of the Slot.
* The solution to this puzzle can be found after examining the Wet Wooden Tablet from your inventory. It reads: "Water, Fire, Metal", so rotate the pieces to match it.
* Speak with the empress. Discuss all chat options. Learn about the truth about the Silk Roses.
* Speak with the Deer.
* Move to the Tower Entrance.
* Congratulations! This is the end of the game. Wish with me for a sequel some day.
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7 Comments
Fruits  [author] May 17 @ 1:09am 
You're welcome! Glad that it helped.
Madam Fussy Britches May 16 @ 7:21pm 
Thank you so much!!! I was stuck early in chapter 1 (forgot to examine the walking stick once I'd replaced the splinter).
Rtj007 May 16 @ 12:22am 
Thanks a lot.
Fruits  [author] May 15 @ 11:11pm 
@judymoffett I have a .doc / .rtf version saved on my computer, if you want to give me your Discord or something in PM, I can send it over to you.
judymoffett May 15 @ 6:03pm 
is there any way to print this walkthrough
Fruits  [author] May 11 @ 9:51pm 
@megazver - You're welcome! I'm glad it helped.
megazver May 11 @ 4:31pm 
Thank you. This helped me in a couple of spots.