History Literature / AStudyInEmerald

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.]]
21st May '17 10:41:29 AM nombretomado
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* AlternateHistory: It's revealed in the first few paragraphs that [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] exist and are accepted fact in this version of VictorianBritain, and that's just the beginning.

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* AlternateHistory: It's revealed in the first few paragraphs that [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] exist and are accepted fact in this version of VictorianBritain, UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain, and that's just the beginning.
27th Jan '17 6:08:10 AM DoctorNemesis
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* RightUnderTheirNoses: The letter at the end declares that the killer and his accomplice are going on the run, causing InspectorLestrade and his men to start stopping all trains and boats leaving the country. The detective, for his part, suspects that the two are ''actually'' going to hide in a notorious crime-ridden area merely a few streets away where the police won't bother to look. Because, if the roles were reversed, that's what he'd do.
27th Jan '17 5:50:20 AM DoctorNemesis
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* SerialNumbersFiledOff (InUniverse): The plays they see concerning the mistaken identity between identical twins and the girl who sells violets are, respectively, Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'' (with a bit of Wilde's ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingErnest'' mixed in) and ''The Little Match Girl'' by Hans Christian Andersen with a few details changed.

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* SerialNumbersFiledOff (InUniverse): The plays they see concerning the mistaken identity between identical twins and the girl who sells violets are, respectively, Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'' (with a bit of Wilde's ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingErnest'' ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'' mixed in) and ''The Little Match Girl'' by Hans Christian Andersen with a few details changed.
27th Jan '17 5:49:09 AM DoctorNemesis
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* SerialNumbersFiledOff (InUniverse): The plays they see concerning the mistaken identity between identical twins and the girl who sells violets are, respectively, Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'' and ''The Little Match Girl'' by Hans Christian Andersen with a few details changed.

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* SerialNumbersFiledOff (InUniverse): The plays they see concerning the mistaken identity between identical twins and the girl who sells violets are, respectively, Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheComedyOfErrors'' (with a bit of Wilde's ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingErnest'' mixed in) and ''The Little Match Girl'' by Hans Christian Andersen with a few details changed.
27th Jan '17 5:46:58 AM DoctorNemesis
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* AllohistoricalAllusion: In addition to the references to the Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft mythos, there are a few nods to actual history. [[spoiler: In particular, the ending hints that at the Russian Revolution has erupted.]]
27th Jan '17 5:32:04 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The detective muses that when a doctor who turns to crime always ranks among both the most brilliant and the most heinous of villains. In the original canon, Sherlock Holmes makes this observation about Dr. Roylott in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band". [[spoiler: In this universe, it's Dr. Watson.]]
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