Tough Travels- Bards


Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

This week’s topic is MUSICIANS/BARDS

BARDS often join questing parties and provide entertainment around the campfire.  Sometimes their music even holds a little bit of magic.  Or a clue to an ancient mystery.  Or…

Terry PratchettAs I am sure all of you know the world lost a great, great man last week. I have no tribute planned, nor appropriate quotes from the man’s works. When my wife sent me a text that my favorite author died I was on a shuttle with new co-workers and thus no tears were shed. But the thought that there will be no new Discworld books certainly leaves a bit of a hole.

Rest in Peace Sir Terry Pratchett, no single person has provided so much entertainment in my life.

I said no tribute is planned because I couldn’t do it justice. The best I can do is switch around my Tough Travelling post and give you nothing but the bards of Discworld.

Imp Y CelynSoul Music – A young harpist in the big city, Imp quickly learns just how tough life can be away from home. Guild fees, tough bookings, and a general lack of musical understanding from the masses do not make music thrive. But when his harp is broken and only a strange guitar is around magic starts.

Imp becomes Buddy, crowds start to show up, and Music with Rocks in it is born. Imp is the envy of everyone; by all accounts he is living the dream. Of course it is uncertain whether or not young Buddy has any control over that instrument he plays.

The MinstrelThe Last Hero – Cohen the Barbarian had it in his head to return the fire to The Last Hero: A Discworld Fable (Discworld, #27)the gods. After all, man stole it many years before, it was time it was returned…with interest. But a big final act is absolutely worthless without someone to write about it. A saga is needed.

Cohen being who he is he grabs a random poet and brings him along, willingness to go on a journey was not a pre-requesite. Funny thought, after seeing a big handful of rubies there wasn’t all that much hesitation. (So this example is not set to song, still using it due to the lyrical nature of an epic saga).

Agnes Nitt (AKA Perdita X) – Maskerade – Time was someone like Agnes would be a perfect fit for the city opera. After all she can sing better than anyone around. In anyone’s voice. In EVERY range. Hell, due to her strange relationship with Perdita (the thin girl who lives inside her head) she can even sing harmonies by herself.

Of course, opera needs a look these days, so Agnes gets to sit in the back. A pretty blonde face is what sells tickets. When it proves out that said blonde can’t sing? Well, Agnes can do that for her as well. Add in a completely sensible attitude and a gift for witchcraft and some idiot going around in a mask and killing people doesn’t stand a chance.

Nanny Ogg– (Any book she shows up in)- My favorite songstress of all, Nanny Ogg. Warn the people if it is time for the annual bath, something about the acoustics in that old tub sends her vocal stylings out for miles. And she knows all the classics. Perhaps you would like to hear a little old lady sing A Wizard’s Staff has a Knob on the End. Or better yet, the perennial favorite The Hedgehog Cannot be Buggered at All.

No matter what, expect all the young men to be quite red in the face when their brain catches up to the lyrics.

Join us next week as we look a BELOVED MOUNTS

A combination of suggestions from several people, as it seems many want to talk about the various animals that people in fantasyland ride. So be they horse, bear, or other let’s talk about favorite rides.

If you have a topic you want to see us cover, or if you have an entry for next week’s post but don’t have your own blog to put it on, please head over to the main Tough Traveling page and fill out the form at the bottom.

As always thanks for joining, feel free to join along at any time, and please check out my fellow travelers!

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