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Open Post [Oct. 15th, 2009|02:31 pm]
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It's been a few weeks since Moriarty has been up and about among his fellow Mansion residents. As it happens, today finds him cheerfully wandering around the library, flipping through seemingly random books at an alarming pace. If asked, he would respond that he is attempting to find possible explanation for the divergence between his own history and that of so many other people he has met. 

In reality, however, he is merely wasting time, and would be perfectly happy to speak to anyone. He really has no qualms about setting down the Necronomicon for a brief chat. 

Honest.
 

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[User Picture]From: crimson_sugar
2009-10-16 03:20 pm (UTC)
Sugar might have been reading not very far - she's been glancing at his book for a while. It's more than intriguing.
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 12:01 am (UTC)
"Is something the matter, madam?"
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[User Picture]From: crimson_sugar
2009-10-17 02:22 am (UTC)
She averts her eyes. "Forgive me, sir. I forgot myself." She swallows, then explains. "I must confess your choice of reading was rather intriguing."
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 02:39 am (UTC)
"Ah, you mean this."

He sets the rather fragile-looking book down carefully.

"It appears to be an authentic, if somewhat heretical, account of the coming of the Old Ones....er, that is to say, the Royal Family."

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[User Picture]From: crimson_sugar
2009-10-17 02:45 am (UTC)
Sugar's eyebrows shoot up. "Is it now? Well that should be fairly fascinating. What of it, then?"

She vaguely remembers meeting this gentleman, from barely a few years past her time. They never got to the terrifying portrait of her Majesty, though.

Man, that thread was a year ago. I had to go re-read. XD
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 02:56 am (UTC)
"It begins with the usual tales, about R'lyeh and dim Carcosa...'Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn, and so on.' It seems to also contain the suggestion that the Royal Families were summoned by certain Eastern cults. Were Moran here, I might ask him if he heard any of this during his time in Afghanistan. In any event, I can hardly imagine Them obeying the will of any humans, even did lead to Their rise to power. The usual story told in Albion has to do with the alignment of the stars...something I would be keen on seeing scientifically investigated."

Oh, Moriarty. Why must you be so logical when your universe is brimming with insanity?

OOC: I can't believe he's been here for almost a year! And apologies to Sugar for any upcoming culture shock! Universe shock? Something...
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[User Picture]From: crimson_sugar
2009-10-17 03:49 am (UTC)
..... whoa. "I'm afraid you lost me. What is R'lyeh?" We're sorry, Moriarty. She's from that other version of your world.

The one that doesn't need the Old Ones to be insane.

Ah well. She's stouter than she looks. And it's crazy, isn't it? She's been around over a year too. Insanity, I tell you. Insanity.
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 04:12 am (UTC)
"It is an ancient city made of stone, far beneath the Pacific Ocean. Her Majesty was reputed to have slept there for several centuries before her return to my world."
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[User Picture]From: crimson_sugar
2009-10-17 04:47 am (UTC)
"Ah." So you're not from my world, she concludes - but since she's dating (and kind of unofficially married) to a boy from the twenty-first century, she can accept that. "So I understand that Her Majesty isn't quite human." Hm.
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[User Picture]From: doctor_pascal
2009-10-16 03:23 pm (UTC)
Here's another nerdy bookworm, very absorbed in a book about oneiromancy and mediation of spirits.

He has a wide selection on his table, though, including works by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and a treaty on the treatment of post-traumatic disorder and shell shock.

He could be disturbed, though. Pascal is a friendly fellow (and has met Moriarty in the past.)
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 12:03 am (UTC)
Moriarty very nearly bumps into the table.

"Oh, dear! Ah, Dr. Rougon! Might I ask what all of this is...for?"
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[User Picture]From: doctor_pascal
2009-10-17 02:13 am (UTC)
He looks up, it takes him a moment to place the mathematician. "Ah, Monsieur Moriarty. Just Pascal, please." He smiles, offers a handshake. "I suppose it would be my current project, yes?"
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 02:42 am (UTC)
Moriarty sets down his own books and warmly shakes Pascal's hand.

"How fascinating...not to mention rather eclectic, if I do say so myself. Might I inquire as to the subject of this project?"

It can't be much weirder than anything Moriarty's researched.
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[User Picture]From: doctor_pascal
2009-10-17 03:25 am (UTC)
"Oh, a little project to try and bring together my field of research and my associate's," Pascal explain. "I am considering the use of magic in the healing of the human body and mind - though I am nowhere close to any clinical attempts of any sort."
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 03:31 am (UTC)
"Really? Have you discovered anything interesting so far?"
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[User Picture]From: doctor_pascal
2009-10-17 04:32 am (UTC)
"Several concepts certainly deserve to be considered," Pascal replies, carefully. "But I can't quite claim a discovery as of yet."
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 02:57 pm (UTC)
"I am afraid it is much the same with my own research."
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[User Picture]From: only_paul
2009-10-16 03:26 pm (UTC)
Another man is in the library, but not reading. Paul is sporting a split lip and a large bruise on one of his cheeks, and trying to read something about the budding South-African wine exploitations in the 18th century. It's not working at all.
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 12:10 am (UTC)
"Dear me. Were you attacked, sir? Do you need medical attention?"

Concerned Moriarty is...concerned. Probably fairly useless, as most of the injured people he is used to dealing with are either deceased or insane...but concerned, nonetheless.
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[User Picture]From: only_paul
2009-10-17 02:17 am (UTC)
He was attacked. By Helen Rossi, mind you. While she was breaking up with him, and so she could not eat him.

Worst Night Ever Award.

"I'm fine," he replies, quietly. "But thank you." He doesn't place Moriarty, though they did meet, if the typist remembers well.
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 02:48 am (UTC)
"It is nothing," he replies, obviously unconvinced as to Paul's well-being.

"I believe we have met before," he continues, "You are...a historian, correct? You were conducting some sort of research in...ah, Russia, I believe? It sounds like a most dangerous undertaking, if I do say so myself. I do regret, however, that I am at a loss as to your name..."
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[User Picture]From: only_paul
2009-10-17 03:41 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, the man with the evil literary namesake. How could he forget? "Paul," he replies, quietly.

"And it was Bulgaria."

I'd just asked her to marry me. The thought is sour in the back of his mind.
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 04:08 am (UTC)
"James Moriarty," he replies, unsure if Paul remembers his name.

"Ah, yes. I remember now. Something about vampires, am I right?"
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[User Picture]From: only_paul
2009-10-17 04:42 am (UTC)
Paul tries to keep his countenance. "Yes, Mr. Moriarty. Something about vampires."
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[User Picture]From: studiesemerald
2009-10-17 02:56 pm (UTC)
"I am terribly sorry. They are something of a nuisance in my own world."


Moriarty isn't making a joke. Vampires--or men claiming to be vampires--advertise quack medical practices throughout Europe, armed with all sorts of alleged testimonies from patients cured by the...removal of blood.

That being said, there is evidence connecting certain practitioners to some recent disappearances. The link would be well worth investigating if they weren't annoyingly legal, well organized, and notorious for bribing the proper officials. None of the officers Moriarty knows would go near one.

"Is that why you were...attacked last night?"

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