Things People Say About Narci (Truths, Lies, Gossip)

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1. his latest research involves the Correspondence and gestural language --

1.1. oh -- that was the Mute Naturalist? Narci was just speaking? well, that makes sense

1.1.1. the Naturalist traded his voice for the knowledge he and N have a pact that N will get his voice back in exchange for secrets

2. he came to the Neath because

2.1. he was abducted by a jealous admirer

2.2. his lover died and he came down like Orpheus, but on his way to Hell he was distracted by the London nightlife

2.3. his family is entrenched in the topside of the Great Game

2.3.1. and he came to continue their work

2.3.2. and he came to hide from their enemies and now their enemies have found him

2.4. he was a con artist, and betrayed by his partner to the authorities

2.5. it sounded like a lark

3. on the surface he

3.1. traveled with the Italian opera as

3.1.1. a cellist

3.1.2. an actor who played the part of an actress so well no one would recognize him now

3.2. was a shameless con artist, a corrupter of women, and a profligate gambler

3.3. was the sweetest, most well-mannered gentleman you'll ever meet, with a good family and education

3.4. was a spy

4. he flirts with the Masters at the carnival

4.1. and he's seen what lies beneath Mr Apples's cloak and hood

4.1.1. and he regularly plays Mahjong with it and its fellows, and wins

4.2. and Mr Wines invited him to try on a pair of his scarlet stockings

4.3. and even Mr Iron is warming up to him

5. he's an aspiring Marveller and his Heart's Desire is

5.1. eternal youth

5.2. one grand inspiration for his next artwork

5.3. to have a lost love restored to him

5.4. riches, of course -- it's always riches

5.5. to become a woman in body as well as in mind

5.5.1. or to become both, as s/he is both

6. he's a Black Ribbon Duellist

6.1. but only because he dallied with Feducci

6.2. and going to one of his duels is like going to one of his magic acts -- all flash and spectacle, and no one's really hurt

6.3. and that trick with the hansom cab was pretty entertaining

6.4. and plays a fool for show--really quite deadly

7. his lovers include

7.1. the Pugilistic Historian

7.1.1. and his husband the Bespectacled Folklorist! and don't they dance just beautifully together?

7.1.2. and together they've charmed half of London into bed

7.2. the Ambiguous Detective

7.2.1. I saw him go in that Miss Daphne Bay's dressing room!

7.3. the Barbed Wit and the Acclaimed Beauty, at the same time

7.4. an Artist's Model

7.5. a Charming Heiress

7.6. a Once-Dashing Smuggler

7.6.1. and that's who he visits in the tomb-colonies

7.7. an Affectionate Devil and a Quiet Deviless, also at the same time

7.7.1. and that's where his burns come from -- you heard it was Correspondence?

7.8. the Firebrand Revolutionary

7.9. the Provost

7.10. the Secular Missionary

7.11. the Curate and -- yes, it's true! -- his sister

7.12. a Chef at the Shuttered Palace

7.13. several University fellows

7.14. the lead of one of his shows

7.14.1. or the entire cast of one his shows

7.15. the Scarlet Saint, before she was a madam

7.15.1. and he broke her heart

7.15.2. and she broke his

7.15.3. and they're still together, but must keep their love a secret

7.15.4. and they were still together, until Narciso took up with that detective or Scarlet took up with that artist

7.16. the Ginger Inventor in the lizard hat he's been gallivanting with

7.17. -- no! you don't think? and a Rubbery Man? -- the list goes on

7.18. the Anxious Detective

7.18.1. they were canoodling on a park bench!

7.19. the Cyclopean Seamstress

7.19.1. knowing her, and knowing him, would you be surprised?

7.20. the Scarred Dilettante he went honey-dreaming with

7.21. the Sardonic Music-Hall Singer

7.22. the Illuminated Gentleman

7.23. the Mute Naturalist

7.23.1. they study the Correspondence together, that's fair evidence sorcery? sexy sorcery

8. he's quite mad

8.1. did you see the way he dotes on his hat?

8.2. or hear him sing to that frightful plant of his?

8.3. or attend his comedy act at Mahogany Hall? and the way he 'assisted' that poor illusionist --

8.3.1. and the weasels, dear God, the weasels

8.4. he shudders whenever a cat walks by

8.5. and sometimes he wanders the streets when the lamps are low, humming strange and wild tunes

9. he has a daughter

9.1. and she's so innocent, so sweet, and so worried for her dissolute father -- won't you please help her help him?

9.2. but some people have seen her in entirely the wrong side of town; there's a parrot in a seedy pub in Wolfstack that knows her by name

9.3. just like Clathermont has three daughters

10. he wears a gown as often as he does a suit

10.1. and actually is a woman, under all that

10.2. and actually is ... complicated

10.3. and if you bother him about it when he's having a drink in a Wolfstack pub, he will lay you flat then stun you with a smile

10.4. and he'll show up to a sparring bout or a ring fight in a corset

10.5. and is quite gorgeous in either

10.6. and they call him the Italian Epicene

11. he's a Master Thief and budding Crime Lord

11.1. of the 'steal from the Embassy, give to the souless' variety

11.1.1. once he went through Flowerdene singing and giving out bars of nevercold brass (accompanied by his burly bodyguard) and the evening after he attended an Embassy dance, dismissing all suspicion with a smile

11.2. and that's how he collected his stake for the Marvellous, and keeps in such luxurious gowns

11.3. and the Pugilistic Historian is his head henchman (and burly bodyguard)

11.4. and he takes care of his own

11.5. and he works with the Cheesemonger, sometimes, when he feels like it

11.5.1. but secretly he works to undermine the Cheesemonger's operation from the inside

11.6. because he's Sicilian -- aren't they all crime lords?

11.6.1. and that's why you should never go against him when death is on the line

12. he's a Correspondence scholar

12.1. and his lectures are always a good show, full of verve and passionate handwaving

12.2. and he conducted a run of operatic performances through Veilgarden

12.2.1. which in turn became a run of eye-bleeding bacchanals

12.2.2. and he's like Orpheus, able to work magic through music

12.2.3. and now he's conducting a series of bizarre experiments with primordial shrieks

13. he was soulless once

13.1. because he traded it to a devil for his more esoteric musical talents

13.2. because he gave it to a poor spirifer desperate to make her quota

13.3. because he was seduced out of it, like everyone else

13.4. and was banned from Summerset

13.4.1. but snuck into the Feast of the World -- remember the rash of thefts that semester? and the unexpected fireworks?

13.5. and he won it back

13.5.1. through charm

13.5.2. through a card game at the circus -- a preview of the Marvellous

13.5.3. through the efforts of the CVR -- shh!

13.5.4. through the Correspondence -- ask Ascelpius Unbound

13.6. and he never won it back -- under that carefree facade, there's a soulless man

13.6.1. be careful

14. he runs a paper, the Sunday Septentrional

14.1. and there are revolutionaries, bohemians, devils, and other unsavory sorts on his staff

14.2. and no decent Londoner would be caught reading it

14.2.1. but no indecent Londoner would be caught without it