"As all mention of Miss Holmes' appearance had entirely escaped my friend's description of her, I had vaguely formed a mental picture of a stern, imperious feminine replica of her brother.--As extracted from the Journal of J. H. Watson, M.D
In fact, at first sight Mycroft Holmes was almost disturbingly beautiful; tall, statuesque in figure, graceful in motion, and possessed of a subtle element of quiet charm. But in her attractive face I recognized the alert steel-gray eyes and the keenness of expression that I knew so well in my friend Holmes, which vividly called to my attention the dominant mind that commanded such influence over the affairs of the Empire."
In a Victorian universe dominated by advanced and ever progressive steam technology, Sherlock Holmes has carved for himself an unrivalled niche in society, eminently fitted to his supreme genius of mind and uniqueness of character, in which to employ those powers of observation and deduction which he has perfected to a science.
His primary interest in life is solving the mysteries of the world, particularly in relation to crime. With remarkable accuracy, his incredible intellect can sift through a muddle of facts and obscurities, distinguish between the negligible and those which are vital to his case, and assemble seemingly unrelated clues into the landscape of truth. His daring, brashness, courage, and energy are counterbalanced by his aversion to all frivolous society, and his complete apathy whenever the tides of mystery ebb.
Sherlock Holmes' drug of choice is the inner workings of mechanical devices, and much of his spare time is employed in developing new applications for advanced steam technologies, both for his own inventions as well as those of others. As a mechanical engineer he is equal to few; he is an expert Clockwork Man, capable of programming acutely complex Babbage Engines.
His other hobbies include violin-playing, in which he ranks among the virtuosos of his day, and the acquisition of all knowledge which may in any sundry way assist in his chosen branch of profession.
Despite his proclivity towards near-sociopathy, he is nevertheless possessed of nobility of spirit, and he is a loyal friend to his compatriot John H. Watson, M.D., who acts as his biographer, his moral conscience, and above all, his connection to the mass of ordinary humanity.
John H. Watson, M.D.
John Hamish Watson, M.D., is a former Army Surgeon for the British Special Forces. He served in wars in India and Afghanistan, and lost his right arm in the Battle of Maiwand (1880).
He wears an anthromechanical arm that is powered by Moriarty H202 steam actuators, and which includes a variety of enhancements, including weapons, designed by his close friend Sherlock Holmes.
Doctor Watson is brave, compassionate, and duty-bound; loyal to his friend, Sherlock Holmes, with whom he shares a flat on 221B Baker Street. He is rugged and well-accoutered in appearance, with a touch of the romantic idealist in his nature, which, though often lightly scorned by Holmes, serves nevertheless as a counterweight to balance Holmes' unemotional approach to life and his fellow human beings.
He silently suffers from nightmarish memories stemming from his past tours of duty, and depends upon Holmes' adventures to keep him active and distracted. His profound admiration and deference for his friend and fellow lodger impels him to carefully document and publish many of Sherlock Holmes' public adventures, as well record in his private journal several top secret adventures commissioned by Mycroft Holmes of the British Secret Service.
To Holmes, Watson is an anchor to humanity, a trusted confidant, and an ever-present ally in his adventures.