High in one of the attic rooms of the famed Steampunk-Shrunk Towers, Professor Erazmus keeps himself very much to himself. This is partly because he prefers his own company, but mostly because he does not wish anyone to interfere with his Scrying Machine – a contraption of such sophistication and complexity that its clockwork mechanisms are built into the very walls of the building.
With this astonishing device, the professor is able to peer into the homes and lives of any of his acquaintances and – more especially – those of his many wards. These young people have now left the safety of Steampunk-Shrunk Towers and moved on to make new lives for themselves in all corners of this world and a few others.
However Erazmus still keeps a keen, fatherly eye on each of them and uses his machine to check that all is well in their new homes.
At the approach of the festive season, the professor begins to prowl around the many workshops, inventing rooms and creative corners of Steampunk-Shrunk Towers in search of the perfect gifts for these much-loved young people to whom he has been guardian for so long. It is with great care and delight that he selects the perfect gift for each of them.
Of course, because of the clever construction of the scrying machine, Erazmus has the added pleasure of being able to watch the reactions of his wards as they open their parcels, no matter how far away they are now living.
Here is Ruby, who moved away long ago. For her the Professor has chosen one of these delicate holographic scrying mirrors.
He hopes that this will encourage her to keep in touch and let him know what she is up to these days, but he’s not sure that his plan will succeed.
This is young Rufus, who moved away to begin a career as an inventor and travelling showman and was a great favourite of Erazmus’s.
To this enterprising young man, Professor Erasmus has chosen to give this time machine, as soon as it’s finished.
Young Henry, here, travelled to the East Coast of the United States some time ago and promptly changed his name.
The professor has decided to send him a robot to assist with the routine jobs involved in working the time machine.
Little Molly has, he knows, gone to an excellent new home in North Wales. However he has decided to send her some more books, as she can never have enough.
The content of this post is now on sale in miniature book format in the SteampunkDollsHouse, with even more illustrations. It can be bought either as a finished book or as a downloadable DIY page, which can be printed out and made up, with full instructions.
The Professor and his Scrying Room are also available there, at this link.