@piyawrites tagged me in this like a week ago? Oops.
But yeah here’s a summary of Trickedd and Timrix 💖 If you’re reading this and haven’t already done this and want to, consider yourself tagged!
(Also, if anyone has any QPP song recs, hmu!)
Does anyone know where I can order TLD or Firewatch related art and merch? I asked my brother to gift me some for christmas but we just saw that Hinterland (like Campo Santa) has closed its shop because of the current situation.
So pleeeease, if you know any online shops or independent artists who I can throw money at in return for some nice art I can put in my room, send me their way!
Oh and also I’m 100% going to put absolutely all content I make for The Last Deadeye onto this blog, especially art. I’m practically going to make a game guide so I can be remembered in the dnd community as the bitch who made the steampunk cowboy campaign. This will be my legacy.
It’s not a quote, but progress on The Last Deadeye campaign has boiled down to my players asking questions that fit into 1 of 2 categories: what class can I play / can that class have a gun, and the magical laws surrounding resurrection / can someone be resurrected if you dismember them and split the parts SO MUCH that it eventually becomes impossible to recover the body.
The long dark is a very relatable game
Collier’s covers featuring Sherlock Holmes stories | S4 skull portrait
In 1903, Arthur Conan Doyle was famously tempted by a hefty fee from Collier’s Weekly magazine to resurrect his fallen hero, in the stories later collected as The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The second of these was The Norwood Builder, which is the story of a man who faked his own murder, and framed his heir for the crime. Above (top left) is the cover of the Collier’s issue where that story appeared. In this Frederic Dorr Steele illustration, Holmes is examining the clue that allowed him to solve the case—a bloody print that appeared on the wall after the crime scene had already been combed for evidence. Holmes reasoned that, rather than proving the guilt of the accused man, the print proved that the “victim” was still alive.
Frederic Dorr Steele continued to illustrate Doyle’s stories for Collier’s for the remainder of Doyle’s career. When The Dying Detective appeared in November 1913, Steele again drew a cover for the magazine (top right), as well as three other illustrations for the story, all of which show scenes that occur before Culverton Smith’s visit to 221B.
The Dying Detective appeared in British magazine The Strand a month later. Walter Paget produced three similar illustrations for the December issue, plus one of a later scene: Watson hiding behind Holmes’s bed as Smith is apprehended.
‘You’ll only get yourself hurt,’ said the inspector. 'Stand still, will you?’
In an earlier post, I talked a bit about Walter Paget’s choice of drawing a portrait behind Holmes’s bed that looks so very much like Watson himself. Owen Dudley Edwards (quoted in that post) claimed that this was likely a portrait of Doyle. It remains an open question: Was Walter Paget drawing Watson or Doyle?
In December 1913, Collier’s produced another edition of The Dying Detective, as part of a limited edition boxed set for its advertisers (cover shown above, bottom left). This edition featured a single illustration by Frederic Dorr Steele. However, instead of simply using one of his own illustrations from the magazine version, Steele altered his cover illustration from The Norwood Builder. According to Sherlockian R. Dixon Smith, “In its new incarnation, the bloody handprint had been removed and replaced with a framed painting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”.
I haven’t been able to find a reproduction of this rare illustration, so I’m left wondering yet again: was it really a fourth-wall-breaking portrait of Doyle, or was it a portrait of Watson? And further… why did Steele do this? Was it requested by someone else, perhaps Doyle, or someone at Collier’s? Could Steele have been inspired by the portrait in Walter Paget’s illustration? It’s difficult to imagine that Steele would have seen this drawing in time to emulate it, given that the Strand version and the advertisers’ boxed set were both published in December.
If the portrait was meant to be Watson, when did Steele imagine this scene to have taken place? Holmes spends most of the story in the throes of melodrama, acting out exhaustion or wild hallucinations, and by all accounts looks awful, a better match for the Dying Detective cover (top right) than for the Norwood Builder cover (top left). Despite being the only illustration in this edition, this scene can’t have occurred in the story, even “offscreen”. It doesn’t fit.
Also remarkable is the idea that both Steele and Paget decided to put a portrait of Doyle or Watson on the wall in Holmes’s bedroom, given what we’re told by Watson in this very story:
“I had stood for some minutes looking at the silent figure in the bed. His face was almost covered by the clothes and he appeared to be asleep. Then, unable to settle down to reading, I walked slowly round the room, examining the pictures of celebrated criminals with which every wall was adorned. (The Dying Detective)
On reading about this illustration, I couldn’t help but think of our own 221B portrait in S4, which doesn’t fit, is formed of Doyle’s (or Watson’s) words and Doyle’s eyes—and which again replaces another illustration. From a meta point of view, covering the Norwood handprint with a new portrait of the author suggests that the author has hidden evidence… but of a murder? Or of a cover-up?
Cicero: Listener, have you seen my knife? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.
Dragonborn: *knife literally lodged in their face from when Cicero threw it earlier without looking*
Dragonborn: Cicero, ask me that again and look into my eyes.
He ain’t wrong
Day 10: Chugging energy drinks and dodging the nightwalker. Pretty sure he can cross the landslide both ways, which is definitely cheating :(
But I did it! Got all six pages, and not going for ten because it’s impossible.
Day 9: Darkwalker tries to corner me in a one-way tunnel, but fails. On my way to Milton, hopefully with no moose accidents.
Day 8: Skipped a day, but I’m restarting and trying the same path again, hopefully avoiding that gods-bedamned moose that ruined my last try.
Day 7: Did not go well. Ran into a moose right by the rope climb in Milton, two wolves outside the Maintenance Yard, and then two more on the way back through Forlorn Muskeg. Guess I have to start all over again…
Day 6: Reversing the journey across Mystery Lake. Skipping all my favorite looting spots in favor of speed leaves me with too many hats, not enough pants.
Day 5: I died… The darkwalker got me in the cave, I guess it damages you even if it doesn’t touch you?
Restarted in Desolation Point to do the reverse of what I did before. DP > CH > ML > FM > MT > FM > BR
Also, I’m glad my skull friend is here again!
Playing the Long Dark Event: Escape the Darkwalker. And I haven’t seen other people you know hinting where the green campfires are. I have only really found 1
This is on the ridge above the pleasant farm house, if you played the storymode it is where you find (spoilers) a injured man. Btw the farmhouse is still locked so there are three locations for the key, the truck, the tractor and a body that spawns behind the house. ANYWAY I am trying to find these diary pages, I figured ya’ll in TLD could help.
Day 4: Crossing the Railway Line and Coastal Highway. I always seem to find myself crossing the Worst Bridge during these Halloween events.
The last picture was during a stressful time: red circle has a bear in it, a wolf was howling somewhere to my right, at least the Darkwalker was far away.
What I love is that even if you accept the surface narrative… the daughter was “real”, she just didn’t visit 221B. So… what is a line like that for, exactly?
Because the only way the “Still a bit troubled by the daughter, she did seem very real” makes any kind of literal sense is if the morgue scene didn’t happen, at least not the way we saw it.
Day 3: Still alive. Picked up the diary page in Milton, headed back through Forlorn Muskeg, and into Mystery Lake. 3 pages down, three to go.