The Private Diary of Elizabeth Quatermain, volume II: Author's Notes and Acknowledgements
This is the part of the story, as you may remember from the original, where I explain things that weren't necessarily made crystal clear in Elizabeth's diary. If you have a question that isn't answered here, leave it in a review/comment and I'll update the FAQ to include the answer.
About this whole sordid plot
When exactly was Tom in Egypt before this?
In the second novel in the Sawyer trilogy, Tom Sawyer Abroad. Tom, Huck, and the former slave Jim are accidentally sent on a trip around the world in a hot-air balloon. Egypt is among their final destinations.
Wasn't Dr. Howard Carter a real person?
He was indeed. Dr. Carter (1874-1939) was one of England's most famous Egyptologists. His greatest fame was earned in the discovery of King Tut's tomb, in 1922. He appears quite without anyone's consent, but seeing as he's long gone, I didn't think he'd mind.
What's the story behind the Tomb of the Door of the Horse?
The Tomb of the Door of the Horse (or the Tomb of Bab el Hosan, as they call it in Egypt) was discovered in 1899, in precisely the manner described in the story. I was researching events in Egyptology which took place in that year, and when I read about that particular discovery, the whole setup was just too interesting not to use. The actual purpose of the empty coffin has never been determined; the statue, while not confirmed, is believed to represent Mentuhotep, the first pharaoh of the second dynasty. The statue's function, like that of the coffin, remains a mystery, and it can be seen in the Cairo Museum.
Why does Elizabeth give so much bloody detail about Egyptian history?
She's learning things, and wants to remember them. Don't forget, too, that her father wrote books about his own exploits, and was rather meticulous in his detailing. Like father, like daughter, in this respect.
Why couldn't they visit the Greco-Roman Museum? Is it real?
Yup, it's real. The museum really was being enlarged in 1899. I couldn't imagine a group of intelligent, well-educated people (especially Nemo) visiting Alexandria and not paying a visit to such a place of learning, but knowing little about the museum, I didn't know if I could accurately describe it. When I read that it was under reconstruction in the year our group was in the vicinity, I decided that was a good reason to have them not go.
So...what's going on in Elizabeth's love life?
I'm not giving away any more information. The final plan has already changed no less than four times from what I originally intended. I think I know now what's going to happen, but I'm not saying anything in case it changes again!
Speaking of love lives, what did happen with Tom and Kiya in the coffin?
That's a rather indelicate question, don't you think? Let's put it this way: What do you think happened? Well, then, that's what happened. As for Elizabeth, being the proper Victorian sort she is, she'd just as soon not know.
How many more sequels can we expect?
At least two. I was going to send the League straight to America from Egypt, but it seemed much more likely that they would hang out in the Mediterranean area first. So they're going to hop over to Greece while they're in the neighborhood.
Credits, thanks, and all that jazz
The basic premise of this story is based upon the film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, released in theaters July 11, 2003. The film in turn was based on the series of graphic novels of the same name by Alan Moore. In a general sort of way, everything you read in this story is the property of the much more clever people who were involved in those two projects, and I made absolutely no financial profit from the use thereof. The only thing I can lay legitimate claim to is the personality of Elizabeth -- though she says that she is perfectly capable of owning that herself, thank you very much -- and also the evil vampire, Kiya.
The characters of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde are from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The character of Wilhelmina Harker is from Dracula by Bram Stoker.
The character of Allan Quatermain is from King Solomon's Mines, Allan Quatermain, The Ivory Child, and other stories and novels by H. Rider Haggard.
The character of Captain Nemo and his amazing Nautilus are from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.
The character of Rodney Skinner is patterned, loosely, after the original Invisible Man, from the book The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. Personally, I prefer Skinner's company, but that's just me.
The character of Tom "Special Agent" Sawyer is from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom Sawyer Abroad, and Tom Sawyer, Detective, all by Mark Twain.
Pretty much all of the information regarding Egyptian history and culture which is found in Elizabeth's diary was provided by the manuals which accompany Pharaoh, an excellent city-building computer game produced by the Sierra Company (copyright 1999). The game was also the source for Kiya's name; Kiya was a common Egyptian woman's name in ancient times.
Special thanks are rendered to my best friend, Jessica, who read this story first, and another close friend, Christy, who is probably Elizabeth's biggest fan. (She kept threatening my life if I didn't finish the story.) Thanks also go out to assorted members of the LXG fandom; these include Settiai, who runs the League of Extraordinary Fanfiction website, and loyal reviewers including LotRSeer, MissKathleen, Graymoon, Crystal, and many others. These stories could not take on quite the life they have if not for people like all of you, reading and reviewing and helping me to make it better. I also have to once again thank my friend Plunder, who -- in that way that only writers understand -- had one of her own characters speak to one of mine and tell him honestly when he was behaving like a schmuck.
First Egypt, now Greece...well, at least I'm learning things as I go. I suppose one could make the argument that fan fiction like this has educational merit, for me if no one else. As ever, cheers, my freaky darlings!