His hair colour isn’t mentioned in canon except that his moustache is described as “grizzled”, so probably at the point he appears his hair generally is grey or going grey (which also fits with Watson describing him as old/elderly even though he’s only in his fifties). What colour it was originally though is anyone’s guess.
Trying something different — more graphic — for saleability. And intend to do more in the future.
(Left to right: Holmes, Watson, Moriarty, and Moran.)
The Adventure of the Empty House
Illustrator: V. Setoft
Moriarty tried to get along well with Moran but all his tries were vain.Moran’s stubbornness made him sick and nervous. but Moran wasn’t heartless and couldn’t bear Moriarty’s suffering. so he decided to forgive him
The Adventure of the Empty House
Illustrator: Frederic Dorr Steele.
Courtesy of: U. M. Library
Random reminder that Sebastian Moran is canonically described as having a “tremendously virile” face.
Verse: book canon
Characters/Pairing: Sebastian Moran/James Moriarty; Watson; Lestrade
Kitty Winter and Sebastian Moran. Because I ship them rather hard.
(My headcanon Kitty is currently mostly modelled on Gemma Arterton.)
I’m pretty sure she’s thinking, “Sebastian, if you don’t stop trying to ogle my tits I’m going to knee you in the groin.”
(Or, what is and is not canonical for Colonel Sebastian Moran. Because I think if people want to play about with Moran in all these different (usually modern) fan versions, fine, but surely knowing the basics is good even if you just want to ignore them and do your own thing? And some people seem to have the wrong idea about what is from canon and what is from pastiches/other versions.)
Canonically Moran was not:
- Irish (He was born in London)
- A sniper (He uses an air rifle for assassinations; he’s also a brilliant big game hunter (best known for hunting tigers) and an ex-army man and Holmes calls him “the best shot in India” and he appears capable of doing jobs for Moriarty that no one else can do. But he was not specifically an army sniper.)
- said to have any brothers or sisters
- dishonourably discharged from the army (He retired from the army after making “India too hot to hold him”. What precisely it was that he did is not specified.)
- scarred in any specific manner, such as a scar over one eye or on his chest.
- ever seen with Moriarty (The story in which he appears is set after Moriarty’s death.)
He is however canonically:
- Described as Moriarty’s “bosom friend”
- Well educated and intelligent and from an apparently respectable family
- Moriarty’s chief of staff for a time, and well paid by Moriarty
- A card cheat
- An author
- Described as old/elderly, although he is only in his 50s at the time
60 word ficlet based on The Valley of Fear, by demonempress
So apparently everyone and their grandmother is shipping “Mormor”. I must be one of the few fans out there who don’t ship Moran and Moriarty romantically in any incarnation.
Anyway, I wrote a fic about Moran and his relationship with Moriarty and there’s no slash in any of it. Plus it’s *GASP* BOOK-VERSE. The title is awful though, I’m so bad at coming up with good titles.
“You are afraid of something?” I asked.
“Well, I am.”
(Granada’s The Final Problem meets Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows)
|—||Charles A. Meyer in The Second Most Dangerous Man in London in Baker Street Miscellanea no.55|