Tough Travels – Independence Battles


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 INDEPENDENCE BATTLES

The good fight.  Casting of the chains of tyranny!  No one in fantasyland refuses the call of the good fight.  And what fight is more important in fantasyland than FREEDOM?

Glorious Revolution of the Twenty-Fifth of MayNight Watch by Terry Pratchett Night Watch (Discworld, #29; City Watch #6)Truth! Freedom! Justice! And a hard-boiled egg! Things are not good in Anhk-Morpork’s past, not good at all. The Patrician is a madman and the Particular’s on Cable Street dispense their own methods to solve the city’s problems (often using sharp objects or strategically placed fire). The time is right for a revolt! The people are clamoring for a change and everyone knows Snapcase will make the city run better. But despite being for the people will ‘the people’ have any say over how any of it turns out?

“But here’s some advice, boy. Don’t put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. That’s why they’re called revolutions.”

The Battle of Endor – If you don’t know then we have nothing to talk about – And it really requires not more explanation.

District 13 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I will be honest, wasn’t a huge fan of the series past book one. Horrible urban warfare and I didn’t buy a lot of what was going on. But you wanna talk about the ending? DAMN…. Collins nailed the ending of this story that was about a fight for independence at its core.

Cows with Guns – Animal’s rebelling belongs in a speculative fiction list.  I could have just as easily put Animal Farm into my list this week but it doesn’t have a catchy jingle. First embedded video ever to put into the site.

Join us next week as we look at Otherworldly Creatures (Tentacles preferred)

Just for Tiara, this topic explains itself. Creatures not of our world or even our plain of existence, perhaps living in another dimension. Preferably, though not required, with tentacles.   Or really anything with tentacles can be considered weird enough to be otherworldly.

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.  For a list of upcoming topics just keep heading back to this post.

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

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