Archive for August, 2007

Ned Land’s Harpoon Found!

Posted in The Bulletin on August 30, 2007 by Peter Overstreet

According to Prof. Pierre Arronax, a Ned Land was responsible for slaying a vicious colossal squid that threatened the lives of dozens trapped aboard the infamous submarine vessel called “The Nautilus”. It was thought that the squid, and Mr. Land’s harpoon were lost at sea.

Fishermen living on the coast of New Zealand, found a mighty carcass washed ashore near New Plymouth. Deeply lodged into what was left of the beast’s “head” was a harpoon, with the initials “N.L.” carved into the pommel! It was recently delivered to “The Fogg Collection” for identification.

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Survivors of “Nautilus Incident” Donate to Legion!

Posted in The Bulletin on August 28, 2007 by Peter Overstreet

Prof. Arronax

Professor Pierre Arronax

Professor Pierre Arronax, esteemed marine biologist from the Science Institute of Paris, France, and his companion Conseil, have donated a vast collection of artifacts and documents from their own personal archives. These items were acquired during what has come to be known as “The Nautilus Incident” in 1866.

Items donated include blueprints of a fantastic submarine vessel called “The Nautilus”, a beak from a colossal squid, the harpoon that felled the beast (a gift to Arronax from Canadian whale hunter, Ned Land), and much, much more.

M. Conseil

Legion receives treasure from Egypt!

Posted in The Bulletin on August 28, 2007 by Peter Overstreet

A mysterious package was left on the doorstep of #7 Saville Row today. On the doorstep, Prof. Flockmocker found a small box filled with excelsior and an ancient canopic jar from Egypt! It will be added to the”Fogg Collection” as soon as the hieroglyphics can be deciphered.

Prof. Flockmocker’s Magic Lantern Restoration

Posted in The Laboratory on August 28, 2007 by Peter Overstreet

Between Flockmocker and Fogg, Legion Fantastique has accumulated a large quantity of tin type photographs of exotic locations and striking personalities. They have also amassed a collection of photographic glass slides.

So, Prof. Flockmocker found a badly abused prototype of an improved Magic Lantern, and restored it to its former glory – and beyond!

The Lantern as he found it.

The Lantern during the restoration process.

The completed Lantern – God bless the inventor of black pigment paints!

 It is our hope that we will be able to share some of our slides with the public at some future date!

-Fogg

LEGIONAIRE PROFILES – Captain Nemo

Posted in LEGIONAIRES on August 24, 2007 by Peter Overstreet

Captain Nemo was born as Prince Dakkar, the Hindu son
of the rajah of Bundelkund- one of the 500 or so
independent principalities of British dominated India.

Dakkar was educated in the finest European
universities where he distinguished himself as a
brilliant naval engineer and marine biologist. Dakkar
developed a deep hatred of the British conquest of
India during the Sepoy mutiny, where he witnessed the
murders of his parents, wife and two children and the
destruction of his homeland.

Dakkar took on the alias of Nemo when he and a group
of loyal followers fled to the sea to escape the
barbarism of the human race. Driven by the desire to
battle injustice, slavery and oppression and to
further scientific research of the ocean depths, Nemo
and his crew secretly developed an advanced underwater
vessel, the now infamous Nautilus.

Nemo’s association with Legion Fantastique can be best described as “rumor”. A brilliant scientist, named Kavi Shatrunjay was given full access to the equipment and collections of Fogg’s London branch. Kavi rarely speaks with strangers, and is never seen during Royal inspections. During a raid at the hands of an Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard, an altercation occurred with the authorities on one side and Fogg and Kavi on the other. This has only led to further suspicions regarding Nemo’s involvement.

LEGIONAIRE PROFILES – Prof. Phineas J. Flockmocker III F.H.S.G .

Posted in LEGIONAIRES on August 24, 2007 by Peter Overstreet

Prof. Flockmocker with Queen Victoria

Though born in the United States, not much is known about his early years. Rumors persist that from an earlier age he felt he could pierce the veil of incomprehensible mechanical knowledge whose understanding eludes even the most learned of man. Many have stated that this mystical mechanical understanding inevitably brought him into the now famous verbal conflicts with his various school masters.

“Those poor chaps based their knowledge on facts, while I humbly based my arguments on that which can’t be logically made clear.”, explained Professor Flockmocker.

Nevertheless all the civilized world knows about his trip to the state of Kansas. There but a lad under his parents’ supervision, he encountered a most spectacular display of the awesome power of nature. So much so that it inspired his solution for the age old problem of propelling a man aloft.

But it would be years of trying to complete his higher education, before he could attempt to realize his earth shaking plan and finally construct his now famous flying conveyance.

For he did attended many fine universities. And each time his ideas were met with distain and ridicule. So much so, that all these positions of higher learning respectfully requested that he depart their institutions and to never return again. But being gentleman who is not easily disillusioned, he pressed on with all due dispatch.

Eventually his course crossed the path of a like-minded person, a nobleman, the world renowned, Emperor Norton. The Emperor seeing the potential of the Professor’s Flying Conveyance agreed on the spot to finance his inventive endeavors. But fate is fickle. And in a short span of time the Great Rebellion erupted, tearing his country asunder. The patriotic Flockmocker found himself volunteering to be a key strategist to the 16th President of the United States. Many say if the President had not taken Flockmocker’s curious advice to heart, the rebellion would be over today. This point is, of course, open for debate. But the cold fact is the rebellion rages on even as this pen is being put to paper.

Flockmocker, flush with the promise of capitol from his royal friend and seeing no end to the turmoil engulfing his homeland, ventured forth to the United Kingdom. England to be more precise. Upon hearing that the famous Phineas J. Flockmocker III had landed upon the shores of her great country, H.R.H. Queen Victoria gave the Professor a personal audience.

It is said that on Dec14, 1861 her husband, Prince Albert will give him a personal audience as well.

While waiting for said audience Professor Flockmocker heard of another wealthy and equally famous individual known as Phineas Fogg. Flockmocker quickly located him. He eagerly beseeched Mr. Fogg to fund a, ”wonderful new invention that will change history and alter the world”. The professor further insisted that it was Mr. Fogg’s obligation to finance him as they both had the same first name. But it seems the ‘Rebellion’ situation and Flockmocker’s role in it had already reached these shores. Sadly, Mr. Fogg would have none of it.

But the relentless Flockmocker constantly put forth his many rambling and varied arguments for such action. Eventually, Mr. Fogg acquiesced, but only to the point of not only making Flockmocker a member of La Legion Fantastique – but Chief Engineer of the London branch. Although many speculated this was done out of a kinship felt between the two men upon realizing the similarities in their monogrammed undergarmets, Mr. Fogg stated it was the only way to put a stop Flockmocker’s incessant badgering. So now, when not working on his next invention, Professor Phineas J. Flockmocker III tends to the newest members and the “Fogg Collection”.

He always keeps a innovator’s eye out for any extraordinary new invention that may boil up from the depths of his vast and cavernous mind, “and thus revolutionize the entire globe in the name of God, Science and Hygiene!”

LEGIONAIRE PROFILES – Annie Oakley

Posted in LEGIONAIRES on August 22, 2007 by Peter Overstreet

Annie was born Phoebe Ann Mosey (there is an argument as to whether it’s Moses or not, but according to her family and their website the Annie Oakley Foundation, it is Mosey) in Dark County Ohio. She never lived in the West nor did she go there until she was performing with Bill Cody.

Her childhood was horrible with the notable exception of the time that she spent hunting and alone in the woods. Because her father and first stepfather died without leaving anything to the remaining family members, the Moseys were poor. In the 1860 and 70’s it was a practice to farm out children to caretakers. Annie was sent first to a poor farm, then she was then sent to live with a family she only referred to later as ‘the Wolves.’ There she was both physically and mentally abused. Finally, she ran away from them. Annie’s mother married a third time.

Annie’s new Stepfather was a good man but not a big earner. She decided it was up to her to feed the family. This is when she took to days in the woods, hunting game. Much to her mother’s chagrin, Annie’s outdoor time took her away from school. But the food was urgently needed. Annie did so well that by the time she was 18, she was catching more than her family needed. She would sell the surplus to a local grocer, who in turn sold the game to hotels in Cincinnati. Quickly, her catches became popular as she would shoot the game in the head and not where it would spoil the meat.

In 1881, Frank (Jimmy) Butler was challenging local shooters to a competition – it was how he made a living. The Cincinnati Hotel owner, hosting the event, invited Annie to shoot. She beat Butler, a professional shooter 10 years older than she. He later said, “I was a beaten man the moment she appeared.” They married a year later in Windsor, Canada. When she wasn’t with him, he would send her poetry he’d written. They never parted for long. Their marriage lasted over half a century and they died within 12 days of each other. Frank, in the end, quit eating when his wife died and had no interest in living without her.

Frank was well ahead of most men of his time. Born in Ireland, he understood what it meant to be oppressed and poor. When it came to his wife, he put his own career on hold to become her manager. He said, “She outclassed me.” He devoted his days to promoting her and supporting her performance.

At first, Buffalo Bill Cody didn’t want to hire Annie. He already had a sharp shooter in his newly formed Wild West. But Nate Salisbury, the show’s manager, saw her practicing the act she had used with the Sells Brother’s Circus, and hired her on the spot. The relationship between Cody and Annie was typical of a friendship, it had many up’s and a few down’s. She called him ‘Colonel and he called her “Missy.” She and Frank toured with Cody for 16 seasons total. She was also very close with another shooter: Johnny Baker, the Cowboy Kid. She treated his children as if they were her own, or at least favored nieces. Frank and Annie had no children of their own.

Miss Oakley was traveling aboard the Union Pacific Railway to St. Louis with a small cadre of performers from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show when she met Mr. Phileas Fogg – during his first trip around the world in 80 days. Fogg and Oakley got along famously through their joint love for card games and sharp shooting. Although Fogg’s accuracy with a firearm has always been questionable, he enjoys the fun of the sport anyhow, and decided to make a wager with Annie in a shooting match. Annie won, and her prize was honorary membership in La Legion Fantastique with all the rights and privileges of a senior member. Her skills and strength have aided many of the Legion’s members by training them for exploratory missions, advising Fogg on travel routes in The United States of America, and as a tough negotiator while assembling what has been called “The Fogg Collection”. It was through Annie that Fogg was introduced to Professor Pierre Arronax – once thought to have been the last man to have seen the infamous Captain Nemo alive.