"Part Two: The Skull Beneath The Skin": Late at night, Sherlock Holmes is studying at his desk until detecting Dr. Watson's entry. Watson relates to Holmes of the revenant at Scotland Yard which he couldn't keep his mind off of it. Holmes, on the other hand, is concerned of the sudden involvemen
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Appearing in "Part Two: The Skull Beneath The Skin"
- Sherlock Holmes
- Dr. John Watson
- Mycroft Holmes
Synopsis for "Part Two: The Skull Beneath The Skin"
Late at night, Sherlock Holmes is studying at his desk until detecting Dr. Watson's entry. Watson relates to Holmes of the revenant at Scotland Yard which he couldn't keep his mind off of it. Holmes, on the other hand, is concerned of the sudden involvement of the British Secret Service and suggests that there is something more to this. Watson then suspects his friend of having themselves venturing to the underground construction tunnel where the dead workmen were, thanks to his own deductive skills of Holmes' preparedness.
Holmes and Watson sneaks pass policemen on guard and explores the underground. The two find where the workmen discovered the zombie and decide to dig through the disturbed earth where the zombie came from. They dig through and discover an entire buried London street dating back to the late Elizabethan period—Holmes explains that it is a previous layered city. Watson then discover a mass pile of human skeletons. Holmes closely examine the skeletons and finding out that they are not ancient given that they are still their Victorian attire. Watson examine the corpse of a postman and find a post on it, discovering that the letters are dated barely a year ago. The doctor is then suddenly grab by a female zombie but is fortunately save by Holmes, who decapitates it with a kukri knife.
Knowing that they are not alone, Holmes uses a flare gun and revealing a approaching horde of zombies. With their exit cut off by the undead, Holmes and Watson shoot their pistols at the zombies—at the head as suggested by Holmes. But they are completely outnumbered and their ammunition begins to run out, forcing them to retreat up a fallen stone ramp. Just as the flare begins to burn itself out and all seems very bleak for the two, the chamber is suddenly lit up by multiple flares and the horde is gunned down by a group of heavily armored soldiers armed with machine guns.
The captain of the soldiers tells Holmes and Watson that they are to come with them in which they oblige. After they are safely with the soldiers, the captain then orders the grenadiers to finish the remaining zombies with phosphorus and magnesium. Sherlock suspects that someone had "done this before" before greeting his brother Mycroft Holmes, who have come with the soldiers. Mycroft states that he is fortunate to intercept his brother and Watson from their near ghastly demise and decide it is time for more explanations for the detective and the doctor at the Diogenes Club as they come out to a military checkpoint.
As Holmes, Watson and Mycroft emerge to the surface, a unknown man observed them from afar before making his leave for Whitechapel. He enters a building filled with preserved undead heads in glass jars. The man, revealing to be Colonel Sebastian Moran, alerts to his master of Holmes and Watson's discovery of their undead "cache". His master, however, is none too concerned as their plan is going accordingly. After all, he points out that they know how to create a new reserve of the undead, as Moran's master is reveals himself to be a very dead yet much alive Professor James Moriarty!
- This book was first published on December 23, 2009.
- No special notes.
- A revenant, as referred to the zombies by Holmes, is a folkloric corpse that returns from the grave.
- Mycroft Holmes describe himself a man not inclined for "action and endeavor," which he is a character of poor physique and having a dislike of fieldwork depicted in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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