Analysis of Sir Emory Wallace Drake III
Compiled by Susan Vencore
18 March 1892
The following are my notes concerning Sir Emory Wallace Drake III - taken from psychologist reports, estate interviews, and observation. SV
Born into wealth and privilege, Drake studied at some of the finest universities in the world, and was regarded as a preeminent astronomer. He was even knighted by the Queen for his work with the Royal Academy of Science in Paris. However, fame fades fast, and his revelations of a dozen years ago made him a laughing stock in proper scientific communities. Drake, you see, was certain he had discovered proof of life on other worlds. Specifically, his research delved into the canals of Mars and life therein. He claimed to be quite close to making contact through the deciphering of certain scripts and formulae he had discovered in his family’s wine cellar. He was officially stripped of his title, and all his previous theories, whether sound or not, reside under a shadow of doubt.
He didn’t care and had an astrolabe built upon his property, spending great amounts of his family fortune, and shortly thereafter, committed himself to a six month stay at the Golders Green Asylum. People say it was the loss of face, the loss of wealth, or the general shunning of his company. He was no longer welcome in polite society and he withdrew even further into his studies and his work when he returned home. A widower, Drake had no one to watch over his son’s escapades except Detective Strawbridge, and his interventions were growing more frequent and costly.
Drake has grown stranger and more withdrawn - his voice and manners rusty from rarely talking with anyone outside of his staff, Samson and Claudette. His recent discovery of Yuggoth just over six months ago has excited him to no end and he rarely sleeps, doing little more than taking notes, peering through the telescope, and muttering to himself. Though once deeply concerned over the appearance of propriety (and thus he retained Strawbridge), he now scarcely realizes or acknowledges that his own son has died, but has no problems opening the house up to the investigators on the word of the detective.