History Literature / AStudyInEmerald

5th Apr '18 10:18:33 AM TheMountainKing
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Creator/DarkHorseComics will release a comic book adaptation of the story on June 27, 2018.
14th Mar '18 9:02:52 AM Mantyf
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are a lot of clues about [[spoiler: the two main characters being actually Moriary and Moran]]:
** When they meet for the first time, they both mentions some things the other might find annoying [[spoiler: the violin not being mentioned can be a clue that the other men is not Holmes (although the violin was only mentioned since Watson had issues with strong noises, while here the narrator is the one screaming at night), and the narrator not mentioning a dog is a clue that he's not Watson.]]
** The narrator remarks more than once how he used to be a good shot. [[spoiler: Watson wasn't bad, but wasn't that good. Moran, however, was known to be a marksman.]]
** We also see the consulting detective much harsher and more judgemental than in canon appearances, while the narrator isn't. [[spoiler: Another clue that the detective isn't Holmes, and the different attitude doesn't come merely from the darker atmosphere.]]
** In the final letter, it's remarked how "Henry Camberley" was apparently a smoker, and yet had a brand-new pipe and no tobacco. [[spoiler: While the pipe wasn't ''that'' present in canon stories, Holmes did have one, and smoked from his first story. Moriarty, on the other hand, was never associated with smoking.]]
** The most [[RefugeInAudacity outrageous]], however, is while talking with Sherry Vernet, when they go by the aliases of "Henry Camberley" and "mister Sebastian". [[spoiler: The latter isn't a made-up name, the narrator name actually is Sebastian.]]
13th Feb '18 4:45:54 AM JustTroper
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* DarkWorld: A parody version. An alternate 19-century Earth ruled by the Great Old Ones; it is implied that all sorts of Victorian horrors and abominations coexist peacefully with humans: Springheel Jack owns a shoe store, Dr. Jekyll sells a medicine which allows to "release the inner you", etc.

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* DarkWorld: A parody version. An alternate 19-century Earth ruled by the Great Old Ones; it is implied that all sorts of Victorian horrors and abominations coexist peacefully with humans: Springheel Spring-heeled Jack owns a shoe store, Dr. Jekyll sells a medicine which allows to "release the inner you", etc.
13th Feb '18 4:43:03 AM JustTroper
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* DarkWorld: A parody version. An alternate 19-century Earth ruled by the Great Old Ones; it is implied that all sorts of Victorian horrors and abominations coexist peacefully with humans: Springheel Jack owns a shoe store, Dr. Jekyll sells a medicine which allows to "release the inner you", etc.
5th Jan '18 6:16:27 AM JakesBrain
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** "[[spoiler:John]] (or perhaps [[spoiler: James]]) [[spoiler: Watson]]" is a reference to Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's notorious inability to keep [[spoiler: Watson]]'s first name straight. Call it a miscontinuity nod.

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** "[[spoiler:John]] (or perhaps [[spoiler: James]]) [[spoiler: Watson]]" is a reference to Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's notorious inability failure to keep [[spoiler: Watson]]'s first name straight. Call it a miscontinuity nod.



** This is also either a ContinuityNod or MythologyGag, in that the line is originally used to describe Dr. Roylott in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band'': "When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals."

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** This is also either a ContinuityNod or MythologyGag, in that the line is originally used to describe Dr. Roylott in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band'': "When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge."



* {{Expy}}: The Great Old Ones all have different names (or possibly titles). Ancient Goat, Parent to a Thousand is Lovecraft's Shub'Niggurath, MotherOfAThousandYoung. The Black One of Egypt is Nyarlathotep, the Czar Unanswerable is Hastur, and so on.

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* {{Expy}}: The Great Old Ones all have different names (or possibly titles). Ancient Goat, Parent to a Thousand is Lovecraft's Shub'Niggurath, Shub-Niggurath, MotherOfAThousandYoung. The Black One of Egypt is Nyarlathotep, the Czar Unanswerable is Hastur, and so on.
26th Nov '17 4:38:22 PM nombretomado
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''A Study in Emerald'' is a HugoAward-winning short story by Creator/NeilGaiman, essentially an IntercontinuityCrossover between ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' and the works of Creator/HPLovecraft. Written in the style of a classic Holmes pastiche, this story, roughly following the plot of the first Holmes novel ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'', finds a brilliant consulting detective and [[TheWatson his new flatmate]] investigating the gruesome murder of a member of the royal family. A member who is both far more and far less than human...

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''A Study in Emerald'' is a HugoAward-winning UsefulNotes/HugoAward-winning short story by Creator/NeilGaiman, essentially an IntercontinuityCrossover between ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' and the works of Creator/HPLovecraft. Written in the style of a classic Holmes pastiche, this story, roughly following the plot of the first Holmes novel ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'', finds a brilliant consulting detective and [[TheWatson his new flatmate]] investigating the gruesome murder of a member of the royal family. A member who is both far more and far less than human...
13th Oct '17 7:51:43 AM chopshop
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*AdaptationalHeroism / AdaptationalVillainy: Subverted in an interesting way. [[spoiler:In this universe, Moriarty and Moran are the detectives while Holmes and Watson are the criminal masterminds, but the former are working (semi-unwittingly) for the cosmic horrors ruling the Earth while the latter are freedom fighters working to free humanity. So, despite all the changes, Holmes and Watson are still ultimately the heroes saving people from Moriarty and Moran.]]


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* AssholeVictim: The Bohemian prince turns out to be one. [[spoiler:According to Holmes, he was actually a SerialKiller and rapist who abused his position to drive women insane and drain their lifeforce. Holmes and Watson lured him into a trap by claiming they had kidnapped a woman for him.]]


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* BadassNormal: [[spoiler: Holmes and Watson]] managed to kill a human/Old One hybrid with mundane weaponry.


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* InSpiteOfANail: In the end, despite everything that's changed, [[spoiler: Holmes and Watson are still heroes battling Moriarty and Moran to save the day. The only real difference is that Moriarty and Moran think they're the good guys.]]


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* ReligionOfEvil: The Old Ones effectively force humanity to worship them and are violently hateful of any religion not dedicated to them.


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* ShellShockedVeteran: The narrator mentions that he often has flashbacks to his time in the military and that he frequently screams in his sleep. Given that his tour of duty ended with an encounter with an EldritchAbomination, it's not hard to figure out why.
3rd Oct '17 10:59:56 PM Odacon_Spy
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** The [[spoiler: Sigerson]] alias was also used as such by [[spoiler: Holmes]] in the period between the events of "[[spoiler:Literature/TheFinalProblem]]" and "[[spoiler:Literature/TheAdventureOfTheEmptyHouse]]".

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** The [[spoiler: Sigerson]] alias was also used as such by [[spoiler: Holmes]] in the period between the events of "[[spoiler:Literature/TheFinalProblem]]" "[[spoiler:''The Final Problem'']]" and "[[spoiler:Literature/TheAdventureOfTheEmptyHouse]]"."[[spoiler:''The Adventure Of The Empty House'']]".
17th Aug '17 9:26:54 AM Angeldeb82
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** Likewise, there's a similar nod to the text's disagreement about where on his body [[spoiler:Watson]] was injured in [[spoiler:Afghanistan]]. ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'' placed it on his leg, later stories said his shoulder. In ''A Study In Emerald'' [[spoiler:Moran, i.e., the "fake" Watson, was wounded in his shoulder, while the real Watson was wounded in his leg.]]
*** [[spoiler: Moran refers to Watson as "The Limping Doctor" until Holmes and Watson's names are revealed at the end]].

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** Likewise, there's a similar nod to the text's disagreement about where on his body [[spoiler:Watson]] was injured in [[spoiler:Afghanistan]]. ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'' placed it on his leg, later stories said his shoulder. In ''A Study In Emerald'' [[spoiler:Moran, i.e., the "fake" Watson, was wounded in his shoulder, while the real Watson was wounded in his leg.]]
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*** [[spoiler: Moran refers to Watson as "The Limping Doctor" until Holmes and Watson's names are revealed at the end]].end.]]



** This is also either a [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nod]] or [[MythologyGag Mythology Gag]], in that the line is originally used to describe Dr. Roylott in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band'': "When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals."

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** This is also either a [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nod]] ContinuityNod or [[MythologyGag Mythology Gag]], MythologyGag, in that the line is originally used to describe Dr. Roylott in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band'': "When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals."



** The narrator refers to the "savages" of Afghanistan (both human and EldritchAbomination) who are unwilling to see the reasonableness of being ruled by their betters in London [[AndZoidberg or even Moscow]].
* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Early in the story, the protagonists are briefed by the Queen who while oddly voiced, speaks English and talks lucidly, and is nice enough to heal the narrator's injury. She seems decent enough if you ignore the strong implication (probably certainty) that she and her relatives like to MindRape people every once in a while and will probably wipe out humanity pretty soon.

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** The narrator refers to the "savages" of Afghanistan (both human and EldritchAbomination) who are unwilling to see the reasonableness of being ruled by their betters in London [[AndZoidberg [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg or even Moscow]].
* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Early in the story, the protagonists are briefed by the Queen who who, while oddly voiced, speaks English and talks lucidly, and is nice enough to heal the narrator's injury. She seems decent enough if you ignore the strong implication (probably certainty) that she and her relatives like to MindRape people every once in a while and will probably wipe out humanity pretty soon.



* NukeEm: Offhand comments in the letter from [[spoiler: Sherlock Holmes]] at the end indicate that he is working on the theory of relativity. Given that he's made killing [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] and [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] his life's work, there's really only one reason why he would.

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* NukeEm: Offhand comments in the letter from [[spoiler: Sherlock Holmes]] at the end indicate that he is working on the theory of relativity. Given that he's made killing [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] {{Physical God}}s and [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s his life's work, there's really only one reason why he would.
16th Jul '17 11:13:45 PM gemmabeta2
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** The name Vernet is a nod to a minor line from the Holmes story "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter."

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** The name Sherry Vernet is a nod to a minor line from the Holmes story "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter." "[[spoiler: In it, Holmes was said to be a distant relative of the painter Claude Vernet. and Sherringford was Holmes's first name in Arthur Conan Doyle's early drafts.]]
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