Couldn’t it just as easily be Straka taking something that was happening out in the real world and using it in a story? EOTVOSWHEEL.COM
In the “real world” of Eric Husch and Jennifer Heyward, there are events that occur that have an eery counterpart within Ship of Theseus. The Santorini Man murders are the most obvious. Each of these involves the mysterious deaths of unidentifiable individuals who have torn pages of one of Straka’s books in their pockets.
However, there are more clues within the margins of Ship of Theseus itself that range from the plain to the subtle. Below is a list that will probably grow as others point them out.
The Photographs of the Hotel Room Scene in Havana, Cuba, are Forged
A closer examination of the photographs reveal that they are forgeries.
The Phrygian Tumble of Notes that Means Land Ho! (p307)
FXC claims that VMS agonized over whether to make the musical mode of Maelstrom’s tumble of notes that announce land ho Phrygian, Mixolydian, Locrian, or Dorian. She insists that he changed it back to Phrygian just in time for printing. The book was not published until October, 1949. Strika “died” in June, 1946. So either way, FXC is lying.
S’s Assassination of Agent #2 – 1937 or later (p329-330) Fort Point lies directly beneath an arch of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Eric and Jen write in the margins…
THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED – THE SF CORONER WROTE A MEMOIR & MENTIONS THIS AS ONE OF THE UNSOLVED MURDERS THAT HAUNTED HIM. I MEAN THE DETAILS (RE: CAR & PAGE) ARE RIGHT ON – EVEN THOUGH THEY WEREN’T IN ANY OF THE NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS AND THE MEMOIR WASN’T PUBLISHED UNTIL THE LATE 50’S. So you think Straka’s confessing? WELL, HE COULD HAVE FOUND OUT ABOUT IT IF HE KNEW SOMEONE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, OR EVEN THE CORONER HIMSELF – BUT I THINK IT SOUNDS LIKE HE WAS THERE. I didn’t think so before. Now I do.
Eric and Jen believe that V.M. Straka was there. Bouchard’s Legacy Lives On? On p140, Jen and Eric discuss the real-world continuation of Bouchard’s evil weaponry.
Do we know that Bouchard had a son? WE DON’T KNOW. BUT WHEN USSR FELL & MANY KREMLIN DOCS RELEASED, THERE WAS ONE FROM 1957 ABOUT MANAGING THE “COMERCANTS B.” TRANSITION (SEE DESJARDINS 1986). HAVE HEARD THERE’S A SIMILAR DOC IN EISENHOWER’S ARCHIVES, WHICH IS INTERESTING – BOTH SIDES WORRYING ABOUT BOUCHARD CONTINUITY.
This reveals that the two primary superpowers on earth are concerned about whether or not Bouchard’s armaments will still be on the market. Why would they be concerned? Because something happened…
The Chateau and the Map (p402-403) As S. and Sola arrive at the Chateau, they meet a group of secret rebels who want to assist in Vevoda’s destruction. It is here that they learn that the map to the Chateau was provided by a woman who risked – and lost – her life. She was drowned in wine. Jen says in the margins…
Newspaper in Marseille reported this: 3/19/48. It happened. ANOTHER PART OF A CONFESSION? OR JUST FOLLOWING THROUGH W/S’s STORYLINE?
This presents us with a quandary. According to FXC, VMS died on June 5 or 6, 1946, in Havana Cuba. And though we already know that Chapter 10’s authorship is in question, this particular passage is in Chapter 9. And the “real world” event happened almost two years after Straka’s supposed death. Was V.M. Straka still alive in 1948? And if he was, who was the real-world Vevoda counterpart that drowned the woman in wine? The answer lies in the marginalia written around the map on p402…
NOT IN THE ORIGINAL MS. MAYBE HE DIDN’T BOTHER TO DRAW IT? SOMEONE ELSE WOULD? Or Filomela put it in. That would be so bad-ass: putting a map to Bouchard’s estate in the goddamn book. She’s my idol. I ASKED HER. SHE SMILED. SHE SAID SHE DIDN’T KNOW FOR SURE THAT THE MAP WAS CORRECT, BUT YOU COULD TELL SHE WAS REALLY PROUD SHE’D DONE IT. Checked satellite maps. Doesn’t look like there’s anything there now. BUT PLACES CAN BE OBSCURED FROM SATELLITE MAPS. SOUNDS LIKE GARDEN-VARIETY CONSPIRACY-THEORY FOR SURE, BUT STILL… We should go. Look for ourselves. It’s not that far away. Maybe a day by train! Less?
What if Straka’s “death” in 1946 corresponds to the end of Chapter 8 (The Territory) where everything seems lost and S. is “a ghost”? What if V.M. Straka then entered into some version of The Winter City where no one (including himself) knew where he was? And what if he reemerged and went to the Bouchard Estate with the intent of destroying his lifelong nemesis? And what if the real Chapter 10 controversy ultimately reveals what Straka actually did and what became of him? This would imply that FXC is not telling the whole story, because she wouldn’t have had the full manuscript until after these events unfolded between March, 1948 and October 31, 1949 (the publication date of Ship of Theseus). Remember, Straka “died” in the San Sebastian hotel. Saint Sebastian was martyred once at the orders of Diocletian – shot with arrows until he was most certainly dead (The Archer’s Tales!). He survived, however, and lived for a time until he confronted Diocletian in person. He was then martyred “again.” Is this enough evidence that V.M. Straka did not die in Havana? You decide.