Greetings, fans of Falkenstein! I am besides myself, pleased to announce I have finished transcribing Firearms and Margarine, the first full-length, stand-alone Adventure Entertainment for Castle Falkenstein sent to us by Captain Thomas Olam from across the Faerie Veil. Just a few hours ago I uploaded a copy of the file to a virtual drive in the great assembly of Babbage Engines known as the World Wide Web. There, the Allies of the Second Compact will be able to inspect, critique, and otherwise beta test Firearms and Margarine to ensure it is of a quality worthy of its intended audience.
What's that you say? Give you a preview of the Adventure Entertainment? Why, I would be delighted! Perhaps you would enjoy reading the letter from Captain Olam which accompanied the package.
One of the original illustrations of Sherlock Holmes from the Strand Magazine
Greetings from Beyond the Faerie Veil!
Back home, any discussion of the Victorian period inevitably turned to murder mysteries. After all, Sherlock Holmes is as much a symbol of the time as Her Majesty herself! Of course, he’s not the only one. The science of solving crimes has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few decades here in New Europa. In the late 1820s and early 1830s, organized police forces like Scotland Yard began replacing local constables. In 1833, the first private detective agency was founded by Eugène François Vidocq, a career criminal turned criminalist, who would later go on to found and head France’s national police force, the Sûreté Nationale. By the time I was spellnapped and brought to Castle Falkenstein, professional police forces were the norm and consulting detectives were everywhere. In London we’ve got Sherlock Holmes and Ignatius Paul Pollaky. In the United States, there’s the Pinkertons and the original girl detective, Violet Strange. C. Augustee Dupin, though elderly still solves the occasional crime in Paris and even Prussia has a famous detective, in the form of Doctor Franz Xaver Windmüller. If I left out your favorite Victorian detective, fictional or historical, don’t worry. They’re probably over here in New Europa, sleuthing up a storm.
Heck, even I’ve had a chance to solve a murder mystery or two! Not too long after the Battle of Königseig, Marianne, Morrolan, and I were dispatched to Paris to investigate a protest movement being led by a charismatic French Brownie and look for possible Unseelie involvement. When the protest leader’s assistant was murdered by an assassin’s bullet, it was up to the three of us to solve the mystery! The whole case was so interesting and full of unusual intrigue I later turned it into one of my first Adventure Entertainments.
And that’s what you’ve got in your hands.
Of course, as is always the case, I couldn't simply type up Captain Olam's words. No, I had to take the time to research all aspects of the Adventure Entertainment in order to ensure clarity and accuracy. Among the topics which I ended up doing research upon for Firearms and Margarine were...
- The head of the Paris police was in 1876.
- The history of margarine, especially as it pertained to France (where it was invented!)
- The history of photovoltaic cells (also heavily influenced by French science!)
- The history of the Paris Commune, a socialist government which briefly ruled Paris for a few scant months in 1871.
- Forms of Faeries, especially Brownies, unique to France.
- Jean Alexandre Le Mat and his unique "grapeshot revolver".
- The mad artist, Richard Dadd, known for his paintings of Faeries and for killing his father (whom he was convinced was the Devil).
- The Morgue of Paris, where people by the thousands come come daily to view unidentified bodies and speculate on their identity and cause of death.
- And, of course, the history of mystery fiction in Victorian literature.
So, as you can see, we at Fat Goblin Games take our responsibilities as stewards of Castle Falkenstein quite seriously. Anyone could simply type and print out Captain Olam's letters and notes but we wish to ensure every single word is quality.
It is our pleasure to do so.
Your humble servant,