Jul. 28th, 2016

willibald: (basingstoke)

No, not Rubicon. (1)

For many years i have toyed with the idea of what the Fay and other supernatural beings were doing during the Second world war.  For the last couple of years I have been trying to set these stories down.

Now there are certain recurring fictional organisations/settings that would be suited to these stories but I am unsure if I should use them.

The first is Loamshire, particularly the Loamshire regiments.

Loamshire was used (and possibly created) by George Elliot (2) and has been used as a name for a generic English rural county.  The Loamshire Regiment has not only been used in many works of fiction (3) but was used as a placeholder in military training manuals and forms by the British Army.  The temptation is to make the commanding officer the last  and only member of the Loamshire Regiment.

Then there is Department Q/Q Division.

Department Q, the British occult division od the SOE/SIS has come to my attention twice in recent days as part of the backstory for both Charles Stross' The Laundry Files and Gordon Rennie and Dom Reardon's Caballistics, Inc.! from 2000AD.  I have to admit that i haven't read either of these (but have both on my wants list) so don't know if there are just references to the Department or if the idea is more fully developed.  'Q' in wartime code-namiing usually referred to something disguised (as opposed to camouflaged) so Q-ships were warships disguised as merchantmen.  It seems that any real British military occult department (the existance or not of which has never been revealed) would use a different designation.  That said such a department would be ideal to be seen to be (with usual military bureaucracy) at odds with the protagonists on my stories.

Finally theer are the Hexen Soldaten, magic using SS troops that I believe were created by Kenneth Hite for his book
The Nazi Occult (4) which was intended as a pseudo-historical sourcebook for wargamer/role players.

All of these concepts would fit well into my stories, but would I just be being lazy to use them, or should I just use them as placeholders until the final revision?

(1) Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
(2) Felix Holt, the Radical  (1866)
(3) Sapper's Bulldog Drummond stories, Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy and the movie The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp among others.
(4) Osprey 2013


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