Okay so this is a silly idea I couldn’t get rid of, so I had to sketch it out ) It’s based on a traditional Russian fairytale, Prince Ivan and The Grey Wolf. The main character, Tsarevitch(=Prince) Ivan has to complete several tasks throughout the story, including stealing the Fire Bird, the Horse with the Golden Mane, and the most beautiful princess of the lands, Elena the Beautiful for three different kings. He’s helped by the Grey Wolf who owes Ivan a debt because he ate the prince’s horse. Each time Ivan messes up and the Wolf has to do evetything himself help him out of trouble, he also helps the prince keep all three of the treasures after it becomes apparent Ivan can’t bear parting with them. At some point the Wolf even turns into Elena to deceive the king who wanted to marry her while Ivan escapes with the princess. Anyway, it was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up and the Wolf was my favorite character, and after I discovered Fables and TWAU I couldn’t help but imagine Bigby as a participant of that story :’D
It was there that I saw the Tsarevitch, Aleksey Nicolaievich, then a baby of eighteen months old, for the first time, and under the following circumstances. As usual, I had gone that day to the Alexander Palace, where my duties called me several times a week. I was just finishing my lesson with Olga Nicolaievna when the Tsarina entered the room, carrying the son and heir. She came towards us, and evidently wished to show the one member of the family I did not yet know. I couId see she was transfused by the delirious joy of a mother who last has seen her dearest wish fulfilled. She was proud and happy in the beauty of her child. The Tsarevitch was certainly one of the handsomest babies one could imagine, with his lovely fair curls and his great blue-grey eyes under their fringe of long curling lashes. He had the fresh pink colour of a healthy child, and when he smiled there were two little dimples in his chubby cheeks. When I went near him a solemn, frightened look came into his eyes, and it took a good deal to induce him to hold out a tiny hand. At that first meeting I saw the Tsarina press the little boy to her with the convulsive movement of a mother who always seems in fear of her child’s life. Yet with her the caress and the look which accompanied it revealed a secret apprehension so marked and poignant that I was struck at once. I had not very long to wait to know its meaning.
1891 - Memory of Azov Egg. Workmaster: Presented by Alexander III as an Easter gift to his wife, the Czarina Maria Feodorovna. The egg commemorates the voyage made by Tsarevitch Nicholas and Grand Duke George of Russia aboard the Pamiat Azova to the Far East in 1890. Surprise: a miniature replica of the Imperial Russian Navy cruiser Pamiat Azova (Memory of Azov) set on a piece of aquamarine representing the water. Owner: Kremlin Armory Museum, Moscow
In 1885, when [Nicholas Romanov] was seventeen, a series of eminent ministers and academics was summoned to Gatchina to lecture the tsarevitch on international law, chemistry, military science and finance. It was a two-year mini-apprenticeship in government – a belated acknowledgement that one day he would actually be in charge of the whole Russian empire. How much benefit Nicky really derived from it was questionable.
One of his lecturers, Konstantin Pobedonostsev, later said that when he tried to explain the workings of the tsarist state to Nicky, “I could only observe that he was completely absorbed in picking his nose.”
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I. By Miranda Carter.
The law in this country says you can shoot a wolf on sight, and no one can tell you you’re wrong. And you’re asking me if I’m scared to go and crash a party? If you’re paying, my friend, I can crash you a parliament meeting.
Klementy Nagorny(1889-1918) was a sailor on the Russian Imperial Yacht Standardt. A good man and reliable, competent sailor, he was also well known among the officers and men aboard ship for being a good father to his children(one source said he had three children) and a good husband. Nagorny had served aboard the Standardt for about 10 years and had won the respect and friendship of all aboard. He became a special favorite of the Royal Family. With the coming of the Revolution he chose to share the fate of Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei, in their journey from the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, to the Governor’s Palace at Tobolsk and then finally to the Bolshevik’s “House of Special Purpose”(Ipatiev House) in Yekaterinburg. Nagorny acted as a companion and protector of the sick Russian Tsarevitch.