An Intercontinuity Crossover
between Sherlock Holmes
and the Cthulhu Mythos
, "Quiet Desperation" was inspired by Neil Gaiman
's "A Study in Emerald" and tells the other side of that story.
Dr. Watson has found himself trapped in a mind-fraying hell. After a terrifying ordeal in Afghanistan, he was honourably discharged from service as a surgeon in Albion's army, only to be assigned as a physician for a member of Albion's Royal family. But just as he is on the brink of despair, he is found by a man who offers him hope for salvation - not only for himself, but perhaps all of humanity. A man named Sherlock Holmes
"Quiet Desperation" is currently a work in progress, and can be found here
- Artificial Human: The hulking flesh golems called Adams, invented a hundred years previous by some German scientist.
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Watson's initial rescue.
- Blessed with Suck: Holmes appears to be in permanent mental overdrive. While this makes him a great tactician and an excellent improvisationist, it keeps him from sleeping at night.
- Cosmic Horror Story
- Eldritch Abomination: A number of these rule the world.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Watson has come close twice.
- Half-Human Hybrid: A number of demographics, for differing reasons:
- The royal families, being descended from Elder Gods and their respective consorts.
- People exhibiting Innsmouth Syndrome.
- Other minor characters described as "base hybrids", which just denotes crossbreeding with something inhuman somewhere in their family tree.
- He Who Fights Monsters
- The Insomniac: Holmes literally can't turn off his brain at night.
- Madness Mantra: "I can't make it stop I can't make it stop I can't make it stop..."
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Vanguard, mentioned in passing as performing daily vivisections on living and conscious subjects in order to unlock the secrets of life and death.
- Room Full of Crazy: Watson finds piles and piles of notes, calculations, and hand-drawn blueprints left by Holmes after his first night away from Lord William's custody.
- Sherlock Scan: Obviously, though in this world Watson has a more plausible reason to believe Holmes' abilities are those of a sorcerer. He's still wrong.
- Shock Collar: These keep the Adams (see above) in line.
- Spell Book: Watson kept detailed notes on the sorcerous rituals he was forced to attend.
- Things Man Was Not Meant to Know
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: In the course of Watson's duties as a Royal physician, he has to study a book of Elder anatomy that, upon his first reading, caused him to have a brief mental breakdown.
- Villain Protagonist
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: The Tindalos Hounds.