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OOC: The Holiday Spirit

I've been trying to get Moriarty into the spirit of the season over at Dear Multiverse, but his situation raises some interesting questions. Namely, what would he celebrate? There is Christianity in his world, but it is frowned upon, if not outright illegal (consider the scene at the theater where the priest character is beaten to death with his own crucifer).

Then, I found this, a collection of Victorian-style cards, poems, and songs inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos. It seemed to fit the political and aesthetic sensibilities of his world so well.

So...Merry C’thrishm’sh to all!

Meta: Study in Emerald Playlist

1. Bad Moon Rising  (Rasputina cover)
Hope you have got your things together...
Hope you are quite prepared to die...

The heavy cello melodies and general steampunk feel of this band just scream "alternate Victorian universe" to me. The challenge of the lyrics and sense of foreboding also seem to fit Moran's worries about future conflicts between Moriarty and Holmes, as well as the greater anxiety about events in Russia and Restorationism.

Choose Me for Champion (Rasputina)
Choose me for champion--
I am possessing of a very righteous style.
I understand what's happening;
I have charisma and of course a winning smile.

Although "Champion" is technically about Thursday October Christian's struggle against Mary Todd Lincoln (Queen of Florida) and her blimp army, the confidence and charm of the narrator remind me of Holmes. Also, Mrs. Lincoln as absolute ruler with an airship regiment at her command seem not that far off from Cthulhu's daughter reigning over the British Empire.

3. Facade (from Jekyll and Hyde)
The ladies and gents here before you--

Which none of 'em ever admits.
May have saintly looks,
But they're sinners and crooks--

The dual nature of Victorian (or any?) society as both supremely rational and utterly mad...themes that both Frank Wildhorn/Leslie Bricusse and Neil Gaiman seem eager to explore...

4. Do You Hear the People Sing? (from Les Miserables)
Do you hear the people sing,
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again.

Yes, it's from another musical...and the time period's a few decades off. Still, it seems like an ideal Restorationist anthem.

To be added to as needed...


At the Diogenes...

I was ushered into the Diogenes Club on a blustery afternoon by a particularly stuffy-looking doorman. No sooner had I showed him my card, and I was led into the Stranger's Room.

Nothing could have prepared me for the sight that awaited me.

Meeting Mycroft Holmes...Collapse )


Armed with a notebook and a few copies of Who's Who, I estimated we could learn something about Sherry Vernet.

Lestrade, of course, thought the whole idea was a waste of time.

"It won't be a gentleman," he said, "At least, not one from a titled family and all that. Powerful people do not rise up against the government that made them powerful."

"But," I replied, "bored younger sons of powerful people sometimes become disillusioned. I direct your attention to the recent events in Eastern Europe."

And thus, we commenced our search. Hypothesizing that 'Vernet' or 'Sigerson' might be variations on his real name, I directed Lestrade and Moran to pay special attention to any entry bearing those names. After what seemed like an eternity, Lestrade dropped his copy in shock.

"I will not believe this!" he exclaimed, motioning the two of us to look.

The entry was for one Mycroft Holmes, elder son of a country squire and recently knighted for confidential services to Her Majesty's government.

"You don't think this man would..." Moran began.

"His father's name is Siger. Apparently, Siger Holmes married twice. The first marriage was with a relatively minor member of the Russian aristocracy who moved here following rumors of assassination attempts. That ended in the death of Lady Alexandra due to complications from childbirth. Hmm. The second was with--"

Lestrade interrupted. "An artist named Cecile Vernet!"

"Indeed," I continued,  "So Mycroft Holmes is half-blood, then. Most interesting. And any younger siblings he may or may not have would be from the second marriage, and therefore entirely human."

The entry on Holmes went on for some time, detailing his founding of the Diogenes Club and involvement in several matters of national security. None of the specifics could be published, of course, but the editors of the volume certainly conveyed a respect for the man's...er, being's prestige. It was the last line, however, that was cause for alarm.

Relatives: William Sherlock Scott Holmes (Half-brother). Whereabouts unknown.

"It appears, gentlemen," I announced, "that we will be paying a visit to the Diogenes Club."

Timeline (Meta)

A Brief Summary of My Life Thus Far... (Based on the Baring-Gould Holmes Chronology, Michael Kurland's novels, and "A Study in Emerald.")

1845....Born (in the "west of Albion")
1859...Accepted to the University of Aberdeen.
1866...Publishes "A Treatise on the Principles of the Binomial Theorem," and accepts Chair of Mathematics at "one of our smaller universities."
1874...Publishes The Dynamics of an Asteroid
1880...Retires from academic life, moves to London.
Early 1881...Meets Maj. Sebastian Moran (ret.), moves into rooms at 221 Baker Street.
Mid-1881...The Inquest into the Murder of Prince Franz Drago (first encounter with Sherlock Holmes (alias 'Sigerson, 'Sherry Vernet,' and 'Rache') and Dr. John H. Watson)

A Few Brief Notations

My friend and flat-mate has recently informed me that he would like to write up some of our little cases for his own amusement. Although I have warned him of the danger inherent in this practice, I understand the attractiveness of the idea. Thus, I have begun a similar notebook, in which I will record some observations and memories that must not be forgotten.