Chapter Five: Brought To You By The letter H
Disclaimer: Xander, Buffy, and anyone or anything else that pertains to BtVS belongs to Joss Whedon. Dracula belongs to the estate of Bram Stoker, or Francis Ford Coppola, or someone I think.
Larry Talbot, the Frankenstein Monster, and some others may belong to Universal Pictures.
OCs belong to me, and as always I remain…the man behind the curtain.
Chapter Five: Brought To You By The letter H (Heroes, History, etc.)
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Lyrics
Where have all the good men gone
and where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
to fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need.
“Now if you’ll all please excuse me, I have been…working…all night. I must sterilize my instruments, and retire for a time,” said the doctor, in a low breathy tone. “I’ll look forward to seeing you again…Slayer.” The smile on his face was ever so slightly insane.
There was no sound in the room as the creepy blond left.
After he was gone for a while Larry looked up from his coffee directly at the Slayer and the White Knight.
“I am a werewolf, and I have killed humans, both before and since I accepted redemption. Now to be fair those I have killed since have been as bad as or worse than some of the monsters. Saying all that, Doctor Hall is by far the creepiest most kill happy son-of-a-bitch that I ever met!”
He took a deep breath, “Mina says that his aura shows that he has accepted redemption, and is not allied with the Darkness, but even she is wary around him!”
Buffy shuddered again, and Xander put his arm around her shoulders, and leaned her against him.
Vlad entered the room, “The room seems colder than usual I assume that Jack has returned from Athens,” he said with conviction.
“He says that the coven that’s been calling up the demon troops for the Chinaman has been eliminated. Knowing him it was a silent, very bloody thorough elimination, the bastard.” Larry growled.
Vlad nodded and raised one eyebrow, “I see,” was all he said...
The vampire king stood quietly for a moment.
“Before Mina comes down there are some things you need to know about our world. Though the wall between our worlds is thin, the creatures of this world are not exactly the same as they are in your world. Vampires here still have their souls, but then Doctor Hall has always had his as well. Souls don’t keep a person from being evil. When I was evil I had my soul. Things exist here that don’t exist in your world. Demons don’t come into world naturally they must be summoned.” He paused. “The history of this world is also different than that of yours. Larry would you please give them a bookman’s tour of our history.”
“Sure not a problem.” Larry was smiling again, “Your world exists in a parallel dimension, closely related yes, but still apart from this one. There are several not so subtle differences.”
Larry “In our world The Russian Revolution never happened! Tsar Nicholas stopped the insidious Rasputan’s influence long before the Tsarina fell under his spell. Rasputin still lives in exile in Germany, and is plotting against the new Tsar, with another mad man named Vladamir Illiych, nicknamed Lenin. Their ill conceived plots are currently doomed to failure.
The Axis in the First Great War 1907-1913 A. D. consisted of the German Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and Kingdom of Italy.
The Allies in that war were the British Empire, Poland, France, and the United States of North America,” he paused for breath.
“Russia, Spain, China, and Egypt sat the war out as neutral states, and made a great deal of money selling arms, and other commodities to both sides.” He gave a rueful laugh, “Ain’t that always the way?”
He continued, “After the war the German Empire, The Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire were broken up. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Hungary, and Rumania were given their independence from Germany, and Austro-Hungary. Turkey, Persia, Iran, Syria, Pan-Arabia and Israel were formed from the Ottoman Empire.
Britain gave The Republic of Ireland, the Kingdom of India, and The Protectorate of Australia their independence voluntarily following the Great War. All three still belong to the British Commonwealth,” Larry smiled as Mina entered the room. “Hey beautiful lady!” he said.
“Let me take over Larry, your doing well, but I need you to talk to Elizabeth about getting the ballroom set up for tonight’s meeting, Victor will be happy to do the lifting and carrying,” Mina said returning his smile. "Won't you Victor?" she asked.
"Of course Littlr Mother." said the created man.
“ Now where was he?” she asked, “oh yes! The British Empire currently consists of England, Scotland, and Wales, with the Republic of Ireland, the Indian Republic, the Anglo-Boer Republic of South Africa, and the Australian Union as valued allies.
The United States of North America consists of your United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Cuba. There are 70 stars on the American flag.
The American War Between the States was fought over the right of states to regulate their own commerce, not slavery as it was in your world,” Mina said.
“What about slavery surely it doesn’t still exist?” asked Xander.
“No, no, no, Slavery was abolished in North America by the Bill of Rights, and universal suffrage passed into law in 1882. Little racism exists, particularly after the Second Great War. A new kind of prejudice exists, against the mythic races,” Mina stated.
“Mythic races?” asked Buffy.
“Elves, goblins, orcs, ogres, trolls, and centaurs, Himmler’s occultist opened portals to many realms before we could stop them, but stop them we did under the leadership of Madame Mina!” Vlad said seriously, “but that is a story for another time.”
Mina continued “Imperial Russia consists of Russia, Siberia, and the Ukraine, and is under the benevolent rule of Tsarina Anastasia I and her husband the Grand Duke Piotr of the distaff Romanov line.
The Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia of your world, make up the nation of the Lithuanian Confederation.
Finland is a free state.” She stopped and took a sip from a mug that Vlad had brought in.
“The nations of your world known as China, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, and Indo-China are united as the Imperial Khanate of Chin. The Imperial Khan Gansükh II rules with an iron hand. The Khan is rumored to be over 200 years old. Indonesia, and the Phillipines still hold out against the Chin, but wh knows fro how much longer.
Tibet and Nepal are free nations, but are united by trade and mutual defense pacts, but their borders are under constant siege by the forces of the Chin Emperor.” She shook her head sadly.
"I can foresee the Third Great War brginning in that region of the world in the not so distant future."
“South America is primarily ruled by the Brazilian Hegemony under the somewhat corrupt Rio Mercantile Association in the northeast and south, and the Incan Imperial Confederation under the Grand Inca Atahualpa V in the west and northwest.
Southern and Central Africa, except for the Anglo-Boer Republic of South Africa, is ruled by the Zimbabwean Confederation, and most of the northern half of Africa is ruled by the Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses the XXVII. The rest of Northern and Central Africa is split into many small mostly peaceful tribal ruled nations.” Felicia walked in.
She took up the narrative for a bit, “The Boer War was fought as it was in your world, but the war ended in a stalemate with both British and Dutch settlers agreeing to an uneasy compromise peace. Africans, British, and Afrikaners, and eventually reached a real peace. Equal rights and fair treatment for all did not come about easily, or peacefully, but did finally become a reality until 1925.”
Mina spoke up again, “That human monster Hitler’s Nazi Germany’s allies were Gaullist France, and Fascist Italy, as well as the Turkish Republic, Iran, and Persia.
Fascist Spain remained somewhat neutral but assisted Germany with arms, and ‘volunteer’ troops.
England’s were the United States of North America, the Anglo-Boer Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Ireland, Free Poland, Hungary, Rumania, and Greece and toward the very end of the war Persia switched.
As during the First Great War Egypt and Russia again remained neutral, as did the Zimbabwean Confederation, and Greater Israel.”
“Wow, actually there are a heck of a lot of differences, Willow could probably find more than I recognized!” said Buffy.
Mina turned a serious gaze on them, “Buffy, Xander have you given any thought to who else we might be able to call on for help from your world..”
“I have a few names in mind, but I’ll have to ask them personally. Some of them don’t really know about the supernatural, even in our world, and some of them have wars of their own that they’re involved in. Willow for certain, maybe Giles…” Buffy began.
“No, Buff,” Xander stopped her, “Wills, and Giles are too important to the Slayers and Watchers Council right now. Things are just beginning to gel in Eastern Europe, and South America. If we pull people out now there could be bunches of problems later.”
“Yeah, you're right. So no Willow, or Giles, that means no Faith or Robin either for the same reasons, and before you say it, I’m putting my foot down on Andrew. He wouldn’t be much help and he’d probably justget himself killed,” she said.
“That’s what I was counting on,” mumbled Xander. This earned him an exasperated look from Buffy.
“I still have some ideas, but we have to go home to ask these people,” the Slayer said. “They’re experts in their fields, not all of them are fighters, but they are still damned useful.”
Mina stood and took from her dress pocket two gold coins. She handed one to each of them, “These will open a portal back to your dimension. When you are ready to use them say ‘home’ and it will open the portal. When you want to return say ‘Mina’ and the portal will open to the old railroad station. When you return just be the last ones through the portal if you bring friends,” she said. ”If you go back to the station now you will open a portal back to your apartment in Rome. Good luck, finding us some heroes we’re going to need them.”