Pulled some wicked moves in my ongoing attempt to SOSA Colorado that I feel the need to share.
Ezra Berg is alone on the stairs outside the basement, out of line of sight of anyone for a short interval as he leaves the house. What I did was: standing at the top of the railing behind the box, I flicked a coin behind me into the backyard. This distracts the guard that will soon walk into line of sight of me, as well as make the guard next to the railing turn and face that way. As the railing guard is turning, I walk around behind him, just as Ezra is leaving the house. As Ezra climbs the stairs, I push the guard over the railing, which will only pacify him, so he lands behind Ezra. Thankfully, this is silent for some reason. I then shoot Ezra in the head, and he falls just below the top of the stairs. All of this takes about six seconds. I take a deep breath, and save my game, after maybe the 20th attempt at figuring out how, let alone actually doing this. It isn't yet over, as a guard is currently walking from the basement towards the door leading to these stairs, and if he so much as peeks either of these bodies, I lose my silent assassin rating. So. Grab the basement key from Ezra, pull the guard I pushed over the railing up the stairs a bit away from the door, open the door from out of sight of the guard as he approaches, then flick a coin in through the doorway to land behind him. As he turns, I dart in, and position myself behind the boxes to come out and baton him as he moves again to approach the door, the second guard thankfully moving up to look through the glass where the prisoner is held. Baton the second guard, pull the bodies from the stairs into the basement, and clean up. Phew. This took a couple or so attempts.
One out of three down!