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Sherlock Edward Holmes, Esq.

  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Sherlock Edward Holmes. Edward, in Old English, literally means Happy/Prosperous Guard. Pretty fitting.
  • Death Seeker: Played with - there are times that he does not want to die, and then there are times that he craves death.
  • Disney Death: Twice. The Reichenbach Falls, of course, but the middle of Mortality also counts.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Culverton Smith and Colonel Moran have to find this out the hard way. It's really not a good idea to make the Great Detective mad at you.

John Hamish Watson, M.D.

Mycroft Tristan Holmes, Esq.

  • Not So Stoic: Mycroft experiences nearly a full range of emotions in Mortality alone.

Baker Street Irregulars

David "Davy" Jonathan Wiggins

  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Davy is just 22, but he tends to act older (and, in some cases, wiser than his own employer). Though he has a mother and a home, he worked as a beggar and pickpocket before being hired by Holmes.

Peter Wiggins

Supporting Women

Mary Watson neé Morstan

Rose Hudson

Annie Rebekah Lestrade neé Rhys

  • Brainy Brunette: Annie is incredibly well-educated for a working-class woman, having largely taught herself through books. She can speak several languages aside from her native ones: French, German, Italian, and Breton, as well as classical Greek and Latin.
  • Breakout Character: Annie was intended to be used extensively as the series progressed, but the unexpectedly enthusiastic response to her initial minor appearances in Mortality led to more scenes than originally planned.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dark hair, dark eyes, and fairly brown skin.
  • Odd Couple: Not exactly a "fire and ice" deal with Geoffrey, but it's not far from the truth, either.
  • One Steve Limit: Played with. "Annie" is revealed to be the name of Sherlock Holmes's deceased fiancee.

    Heroes: Scotland Yarders 

Geoffrey Michael Lestrade

  • Adult Fear: Of all the characters, he's the only one to truly fear for the Irregulars' safety. As the main page says, considering that he's friends with at least one, has another among his constables, and has a nephew in their ranks, he has every right to feel a parental horror at the boys putting themselves in danger.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Geoffrey Lestrade, courtesy of aragonite.
  • Consummate Professional: Or, in Holmes's own words, the "best of professionals."
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Like Holmes, Lestrade is often described as "dark".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oh so much. The narrative from his Point of View tends to be very dry...
    Watson: (concerning Moran) I think you'd know him if you saw him, Lestrade. The man has a presence.
    Lestrade: Well, then, that limits our man to half the men in that room. Come along, let's get you back out there.
  • Deuteragonist: As an Ascended Extra - Lestrade is one of the three major POV characters.
  • Heroic BSoD: When he believes Holmes to be dead - he suffers it again later on, in the aftermath of the raid.

Tobias Gregson

  • Insufferable Genius:
    Lestrade: Come off it, Tobias — you look like a thunderhead about to erupt.
    Gregson: Volcanoes erupt, Ferret Face. Thunderheads burst.
    Lestrade: What's going on in that bright head of yours, other than the incessant need to demonstrate your superior knowledge?
  • The McCoy: Surprisingly so, but Patterson seems to bring out the trait in him. (Canonically, Lestrade and Gregson are more like The McCoy and The Spock, respectively - even in Mortality, they go back and forth as needed.)
    Gregson: [Patterson] could have had enough consideration for the poor Doctor to make his announcement less abruptly.

Daniel Patterson

  • Ascended Extra: From one mention in "The Final Problem" to supporting character.
  • The Cynic: Then again, he's rather entitled to it, after all the years he's spent undercover in the underbelly of Victorian London.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's spent most of his career - fifteen years at least - investigating Moriarty.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Often described from Lestrade's Point of View as icebergs or chips of ice, with just as much emotion.
  • Insufferable Genius: So much so, in fact, that Sherlock Holmes actually decides to cut back on his own arrogance whilst around Watson and Lestrade in the future!
  • Sherlock Scan: He can do this just about as well as one of the Holmes brothers.

Roger Bradstreet

Harold Morton

Stanley Hopkins

Athelney Jones

Alec MacDonald

Sean Youghal

  • Ascended Extra: Word of God states that Sean is actually the Inspector Youghal mentioned in "The Mazarin Stone". Mortality takes place twelve years before MAZA.


Professor James Richard Paul Moriarty

  • The Man Behind the Man: To the Red-headed League, Culverton Smith, and purportedly many others.
  • Odd Friendship: Played with. He trusts Moran more than anyone else of his subordinates, but he makes it very clear that Moran is a subordinate. Their dynamics are pretty much as "fire and ice" as it gets.

Colonel Sebastian Moran

  • Even Evil Has Standards: Turns out that Moran does have some respect for the holiness of Christmas.
  • Refuge in Audacity: How he survives after disobeying Moriarty...
    Moran: “Professor, I do not enjoy disobeying your orders. But I could not, in good conscience, carry that one out. Not at that time.”
    Moriarty: “And what does that make you, Colonel? A soldier with a heart?”
    Moran: “I hope so, sir. It would be deucedly difficult to live without one.”

Culverton Smith

  • Ambiguously Brown: Undoubtedly from so much time in the tropics - Holmes thinks that he could almost pass for a native of Sumatra due to his coloring.
  • Deadly Doctor: Played with, as he has all the knowledge of a Ph.D. without actually having acquired his doctorate (or even an M.D.) due to financial difficulty.
  • Evil Uncle: Out of Greed for his half brother's estate. Called out on this by the Big Bad, himself.
  • Serial Killer: Officially called a "multiple murderer" and unofficially labeled a monster by Holmes himself.
  • You Have Failed Me: Gets a verbal, non-lethal form of this from Moriarty, along with a second chance. He blows it.

    Minor Characters 

Fred Porlock

Major Dick Sharon

  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Like Watson, the personality is inverted, but the actual coloring is played straight, with Sharon's skin being described as much darker than his "corn silk" hair.
  • Tranquil Fury: Upon learning of Holmes's captivity and Moran's hand in it, Sharon is described as being quietly outraged.


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