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  • 84w, 2d
    On apologies.

    With my final year well under way, and all the beautiful exams that come with it, I must apologize for my lack of foresight. I had said that updates for casebook were to become less infrequent. However, If you know what a Cap A is, you'll know how much fun the Powers That Be can have in setting you three in one week, and such is a state that has befallen me. Thus, I doubt if we'll be any were near publishable by the weekend.

    However, as a show of good faith, I shall include two excerpts from Casebook, and another piece of writing, as of yet untitled, to titillate you with.

    Again, apologies, and I hope you enjoy.


    I stood upon Holmes’ left, who stood on the left of Miss Sparkle, and all three of us formed a harbour around our Liverpool Industrialist. I was about to inquire where Miss Dash was to reside, when she appeared before us all, looping the guy-ropes around her torso in what I realised was a harness.

    “Rainbow, when we get there,” cried Miss Sparkle, “try not to punch through the Carousel Boutique. Snips was not impressed then, and I doubt he will be impressed now.”

    “Pfft, yeah, I got it the first time. We all know how much Rarity ripped him off,” Miss Dash rolled her eyes, “and don’t look at me like that, Twi’, you know it’s true.”

    With impressive speed, she zipped skyward. The balloon whipped around behind our lightening fast engine, and the first few minutes were spent clinging to whatever object offered its existence. Terrible feelings of motion accosted my stomach and chest, as if the whole system were privy to some averse experiment."


    Eye was absolutely furious: a private inquisition had completely bypassed the Ministry for Inquiries itself! The Minister set to work contacting the appropriate Ministers with strongly worded and highly frank memos regarding their alleged conduct. He received only one reply, from ex-Captain of the Wonderbolts, and current Minister for Defence, Spitfire.

    The Captain was adamant no meeting had ever taken place, and that the Minister should, in her words, ‘cool his jets’. This was when Eye’s scrutiny was elicited. The mailroom messenger, and then later the clerk, were called to his office to give statements. The clerk was re-hired under Eye’s command, and he set the ministry to pouring over every statement, memo, ledger and margin of every record ever kept by, with or for the Wonderbolts.

    This pastime occupied him for the better part of the three months between the incident and our meeting, within which he pieced together an alarming report.

    Over thirty billion bits had been flowing, unnoticed and unchecked, through the accounts of the Wonderbolts, and out into some unknown investment. The stagnation of the organisation itself was obviously some cause for suspicion. Further, it seemed that rather sizeable investments had been made, under the Wonderbolts, into a hitherto unheard of Griffonic Banking House.

    The implications were scandalous: The Wonderbolts, Equestria’s premium military presentation team and paramilitry force, was infact a front for a vast, money swindling empire with unsettling  connections to the Griffonic Empire.

    I entreated the Minister to rest--he had performed exceptionally--and set about passing the brief through the Court of Application, to be heard in the old Canterlot Bar itself; the proposed chancellory inquisition was raised to a Royal Commision; the movements of Soarin, The Captain of the Wonderbolts, Shining Armor, The Captain of the Guard, and Spitfire, The Minister of Defence, were all to be strictly observed; and all assets of the Wonderbolts, including its stocks, were to be frozen.


    Well, I practically made Royal Solicitation a thing; surely, under exceptional circumstances, I could make my own precedent too.

    I decided to open up the folder by my hooves once more. It’s not like I hadn’t already spend the better part of three days reading those three transcripts, but at least it would look like I knew what I was doing.

    The first bundle of paper, typed upon standard, non watermarked foolscap, was extracted from the cardboard folder, and quietly splayed out upon the non occupied sofa cushion.

    I opened it to a dog eared page, covered in little black lines of my own hoof betwixt the cold, formatted typeface.

    There was one passage I found most intriguing. It had been underlined, circled, annotated and copied onto small memo’s which I had left dotted around the library.

    “As Senior Counsel to the Defendant,”--it was written most anhydrously--“I put it to Your Honor to disregard the ruling of Lord Justice Bhones, upon the grounds that, despite its indisputable legal precedent, the Defendant’s background is entirely relevant to his actions. For Anarchism is not an idiosyncrasy, as originally ruled. It is an ideology, and transcendent of individual subjectivity. We here in Equestria make precedent for ideological faith; why not for ideological belief?”

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  • 89w, 2d
    On why we should all eschew those filthy proletariat oppressors, the meritocracy.

    I read rather an interesting article in the Economist this morning--for that is the magazine by which I swear fealty, allegiance, and the life of my first born son.

    It said, simply, that despite a collection of global conflicts, a great depression, a civil liberties movement and quite a few technological innovations which should have opened up the world to allow for equality of knowledge, wealth and power to be at least available to everyone, we are still stuck in that same old middling wheel; the rich get richer, so the poor get poorer.

    The meritocracy, the article said, has become much like the conservative father, the aristocracy, it so detested: dividing power evenly and fairly amongst itself. True, the meritocracy has the excuse that it, by definition, earned its place in society. But that surely makes this whole imbroglio a more pressing injustice: it knows of the hardships, yet still remains too aloof to help the little men?

    But its seems, upon further reading between the lines, that it was not a fault of theirs. It was the sons and daughters of the meritocracy that were simply gliding along in their wake, scooping up all the upper level jobs and the grotesque pay packets that accompanied them! It was the children of the meritocracy who were far happier drinking Brazilian sourced coffee and writing pastiches of classical literature than finding a job, nurturing that tiny income and making it grow into something special.

    "Hark!" cried I, spilling Brazilian sourced coffee upon my freshly pressed school trousers, "what villainy is this? This holy scripture, this divine writ, telling me--a child of that very meritocracy--that just like the blood-line driven power factories of yore, I was over privileged?"

    How! How was this possible! I have access to the finest--private--school of our city, filled with the finest minds of the generation before mine. My textbooks are the very best money can buy. Surely I am influential, smart and articulate enough to fix such glaring inequalities?

    Perhaps it's not until I use this premium education to enter the hallows of our highest university (Yes, Australia has more that just TAFE) that such a slight could be corrected, assisted, of course, the glowing references of a family friend, who just happens to invite the Dean of Students over for poker every so often.

    I'm nothing like the aristocracy at all!

    Wait...

    Shit.

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  • 94w, 6d
    On the upcoming Discord episode,

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Dearest Billy,

It is with a heavy hand that I must relay: He is dead, and passed away among his bees only some hours ago. I, too, am not long of this earth, thus it falls to you to publish my final wish. The attached parcel is my tin box--you have ferried it hither and thither before--and it is where notes from all our adventures, spanning two centuries, as many wars and three monarchs had been safely kept. The remaining bundles within, however, we agreed some time ago to never publish, lest our reputations be shredded. However, with his passing heavy on my mind, I cannot forget such cases, so singular and impressive that they prove, without a doubt, that Sherlock Holmes was the greatest detective London, Britannia, and Worlds beyond our farthest imaginations could ever have known.These cases will confuse you--perhaps even tarnish your memories of us--but mark my words: they are as true and real as the paper upon which you read this letter.

Most Faithfully,

Dr John. H. Watson MD

First Published
11th Dec 2012
Last Modified
8th Mar 2013

That is extremely well written! (Not sure if it is based off of a story that was already published or not) But if it wasn't... then good show! :moustache:

--Just needs more ponies

I will watch and see where this goes.

>>1780342

Well, I'm glad to have impressed!

What did you like about it, if you don't mind me asking?

I will be reading this as soon as I have time.

Bad Horse has been notified...

This is very promising indeed. :pinkiehappy:

Omahgerd... Following this. A little too high continuity winks quotient, the Rosa-Morrison numbers are flashing, but very good pastische of the original writing, and nice to see crossovers with the classics!

>>1780350

Its classic feel, witticism, choice wording and all-around flow. :scootangel:

I saw this and I came. You earn my like and favorite good sir.

Sherlock Holmes: like a boss...scratch that; is the boss.

A very entertaining read, I'm interested in seeing where this story goes.

Keep up the good work :D

>>1780586

Glad! Mind if I ask why it was so entertaining? Or could improve on, rather :moustache:

Sherlock Holmes and Watson in Equestria...

Watson in Equestria...

WELL WRITTEN Watson in Equestria...

:rainbowkiss::rainbowkiss::rainbowkiss::rainbowkiss:

ALL MY YES

>>1780342

Actually, I gave your comment a thought, and are you thinking of writer's The Casebook of Sherclop Pones? Because that is rather a sound piece.

This is excellently written. You forget halfway through you're actually reading an MLP fanfic!

Can't wait to read the next chapter! :raritystarry:

Sherlock Holmes meets Discord... Oh the possibilities...

This ranks up there with...well, a lot of things I can't remember at the moment. Despite my lack of sleep, however, I can tell you with some confidence that you are brilliant. Simply brilliant.

I like this.  It is definitely written in the style of Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle.  

Okay, let's take it from the top:

1) Discord is running around mid-Victorian England.  This is not a good thing;

2) Holmes and Watson are now in Equestria.  Given the urban location Watson describes, they are most likely in Canterlot;

3) Have they stumbled across a human who is enslaving Equestrians for some reason? Or is Discord trying to crossbreed Terran equines with Equestrian ones?

4) Rainbow Dash has again proved that there is no situation so bad that she cannot make it worse with her short temper and lack of forethought.

Just to add, I loved Watson's description of crossing what I presume was some magical portal similar to a wormhole or Einstein-Rosen bridge.  Fifty years before Einstein, it would be hard for a writer to find the words to describe the experience but he did well.

I'll be following this unique crossover.  Well done on this start! :pinkiehappy:

This is an amazingly well told story. I don't think many can pull of this style of writing but you do an amazing job of it. Take my faves and my likes, do you have anything to add Rarity?:raritystarry::raritystarry:

Why does this not have more likes?

>>1780608

Things I liked

1) The pacing: You have remarkably achieved a style that presents the breadth of details one would expect from a Holmes story, without sacrificing your readers attention spans. Not an easy feat by any stretch of the imagination.

2) Maturity: Currently you have not insulted my intelligence as a reader. Its clear from your writing style that you have put a lot of effort into your work. Additionally your story seem to have been well thought out and planned from a development stand point, which is always a plus.

Areas for improvement / Caution

1) Characters with purpose: Currently you are not guilty of this writing pitfall. The Holmes and MLP universes are stock full with interesting characters. Often times in these types of stories many writers attempt to include the "whole gang" as it were. Characters with purpose and meaning in the events of a story are infinitely more engaging then pure fan service. But if your current work is anything to judge, then I don't foresee this being an issue in your story.

I hope that answers some of your questions :)

>>1782762

Unfortune twists of fate, I suppose. There are no dislikes, and the comments are exclusively positive, so I'm pretty pleased all the same!

:moustache:

>>1780668

Oh the possibilities indeed :rainbowderp:

>>1780676

Well I do hope you read the second as well! :pinkiehappy:

This chapter actully had me bouncing up and down in my seat the entire chase scene as well at the ending!

Oooooh! i can't wait for the next chapter! THE Sherlock Holmes telling of Rainbow Dash and Twillight!!! This is just to good!!!

*Phew* Now that i got that out of my system all i can say is that i applaude your EXELLENT writing, you are so very faithful to theh way the original SHerlock Holmes stories were written, and i just love how much detail you put into describing the characters as well as their surroundings and landscapes.

Also, i really like how true you are to Sherlock and Watsons character, you write them just like they are in the books, i can't wait to see how Sherlocks rather uniqe personality and with all his quirks will react to the rather colorful bunch of the main six personalities.

This is by far one of the most exiting MLP fics i have read, and me being a massive Sherlock Holmes fan makes it just all so more wonderful!

I've, regretfully, never read any of the Sherlock Holmes novels... but if they're anywhere near as spectacularly done as this is, my friend, then i'll have no choice but to pick them up some time soon. :rainbowwild:

I too haven't read any Sherlock books, but I have watched the Granada Television series. It was so easy to insert Holmes and Watson from the series into the scenes painted here. In fact I'm going to go so far to acuse you off using that as inspiration in your descriptions off their expressions!

Anyway what I want to say is Jolly Good Show so far, and godspeed for the rest your endeavor.

Yeeees..

Been waiting for this; I look forward to reading its final form!  :pinkiehappy:

Rainbow lost the instance she tried to match Holmes's glare, it's the original Glare which batman somehow inherited.

Old habits die hard apparently.

Did Watson use Holmes' hit as a kind of resuscitator to restart his heart or something? I've never heard of anyone suffering from DTs go down like that so it can't have been him missing his time.

Meanwhile... I suspect that Dash has decided that she's going to give Rarity a run for her bits when it comes to vanity.

The sundial issue interests me considerably, as it should.  Holmes is too practised an observer to get that wrong.  The fact that the university has a similar feature to a square in Canterlot suggests that this is a journey that has been made before and not just recently either.

Excellent, an update!

I'm gonna try the Holmesian approach to breaking up a squabble, the next time my friends are over.

Only Sherlock Holmes could react in such an awsome way of seeing mini unicorns and Pegasi for the first time. :pinkiehappy:

>>1857075

It works, always. And you saw it here first. :moustache:

>>1844325

Close. Very close. Don't stop what you're doing, by the way. I love this running commentary :twilightsheepish:

>>1844253

They are the hardest to kill.

>>1844483

Thank you, old boy!

>>1846368

Lets hope that it is the first of many! :ajsmug:

Sherlock Holmes and My Little Pony? AND done in the proper Doyle (or should that be Watsonian?) style?

I will be following this story, sir, and vastly enjoying it.

I feel somewhat obligated to read this... for whatever reason.

Air Robert was so close.

Ummm.... I don't generally do this but this one stuck out, and I thought it was funny, but shouldn't that be Sir Robert?

This is brilliant. You are matching Doyle's style perfectly, and writing Holmes like no one else. I greatly look forward to future chapters.

A challenger appears!

This certainly got my attention.

I daresay that these particular events in this piece of ficion facinate me so. Quite amusing, if I may say. I'll be eagerly awaiting further updates with restless patience.

Wonderful, wonderful! :eeyup:

>>1884085 Also,

I must be clear of mind, while Watson here, well, his small penchant for the drink has turned somewhat .”

There's a space before the dot, which makes it break into the next line on some settings.

No other spelling errors noticed, though.

Can I preserve you? For SCIENCE? I need more of this in my life, though I did notice the good doctor had made a minimum of 2 typos this chapter. Onwards I go, and may the rest of this be at the same quality.:pinkiehappy:

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