The Episode One Mystery: Clarifications
For story reasons, we have limited the possible diseases
and poisons to the few listed. In real life, investigators would have
many more causes to consider.
In addition, the cause (or causes) of death is lethal
in every case in which it appears. In real life, very few afflictions
cause death in 100% of affected victims.
H.M.S. Arctica and her crew are fictitious, but
all other Arctic explorations mentioned in the story are true. We have
tried to present 19th-century life as accurately as possible, within the
limits of an engaging story.
Do not look in an atlas for the Arctica's home
port of Shelmerston. This English town exists only in the historical novels
of Patrick O'Brian.
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