I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett's fantasy work, especially his series of "Discworld" novels. Aside from the quality of his writing - which is excellent - my interest in Discworld was a factor in my getting hooked on "due South". Among other things, there is a remarkable similarity in the characters of Constable Benton Fraser of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson of the Night Watch of the City of Ankh-Morpork. So - at least in my mind - there is a tenuous bond between Discworld and "due South". This piece of fiction explores that bond.
[NOTE: There has been much debate about the similarities between Fraser and Carrot - at least I'm sure there has been somewhere. On the surface it would seem that one character influenced the creation of the other. I do not think that this is the case. Both characters were based on a much older archetype wossname - the innocent in the big city. I subscribe to the commonly held opinion that Benton Fraser and Carrot were created independently. Let this be an end to it.]
I wouldn't be surprised if someone hasn't already written such a crossover story; I also wouldn't be surprised if nobody has. Terry Pratchett's are big shoes to fill.
This is the first piece of fan fiction that I've written for which I feel compelled to give references. The following have proven most invaluable:
- The Discworld Companion by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs, 1995 paperback edition.
- The Discworld Mapp, Being the Onlie True & Mostlie Accurate Mappe of the Fantastyk & Magical Dyscworlde devised by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs (You didn't think I'd pass up giving the full title, did you?)
- The Streets of Ankh-Morpork, Being a Concise and possibly even accurate MAPP of the Great City of the DISCWORLD, Including Unseen University and Environs! Also finest assortment of avenues, lanes, squares and alleys for your walking pleasure devised by Stephen Briggs, Assisted by Terry Pratchett (And this one even less!)
- The Pratchett Portfolio by Terry Pratchett, illustrated by Paul Kidby.
[Note: These four are British publications that are unlikely to be published in the United States. Amazon.co.uk has been good to me.]
…and all the Discworld novels, too numerous to list here, up to and including The Truth. The Thief of Time came out after this story was originally plotted. If this story contradicts anything in that novel - or anything in any of the published Discworld novels or on the television series "due South", for that matter, think of this as happening in two Universes that are similar to "due South" and Discworld, but not quite the same.
As far as the title of this work - "Rimward" on the Disc is the equivalent to "South" on our world; need I say more? (I admit that the phrase "Due Widdershins" appeals to me, but I wanted to be correct with this.)
This is possibly my most amibitious work of fan fiction yet; it's certainly the longest. To make things more manageable, I've broken this story up into four parts.