Each Thursday, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
The topic this week is PIRATES
PIRATES range the seas in force, though most of them operate individually…The sole qualifications are that they must be rough and ruthless, which a penchant for dressing gaudily.
First things first, timing on this is working out in a funny way despite not planning it this way. Oh Magic Hour has been focused on pirates all week. I have purposely not read her blog all week to avoid it influencing my list. So, sorry Emily, I will go back and read them once this is published.
Anyway, on to my list.
Zamira Drakasha – Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – You don’t need me to tell you about Zamira and her crew. Because the author wrote a kick ass little piece that discusses them better than any of them. No doubt most fans of the series have read this but just in case there are some who have not, I give you Scott Lynch
Jill – Steel by Carrie Vaughn – This was possible the most obvious choice of the week as Steel is a portal fantasy dealing with actual Mediterranean pirates. Jill is a tourney fencer who finds a small piece of sword on the beach while on vacation. BOOM! Time travel.
Jill finds herself doing all the most glamorous duties aboard the pirate queen’s ship. (I wonder, are all female pirates referred to as pirate queens? Just curious). Exciting things such as scrubbing the decks. A lot. Taking apart some of the ship and scrubbing that too. Oh and since this is a YA fantasy, making goo goo eyes at a young pirate boy and eventual using swords for real in her attempt to get back home.
Shadikshirram – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie – Ok, technically a merchant, and maybe a slaver, but Shadikshirram is a nasty captain of a ship in the Circle Sea. She is not opposed to violence to achieve her means, puts the boot to those who she feels have wronged her, and drinks obsessively.
I don’t care what name we go with, sure sounds like a pirate to me. Especially when she goes on her little vengeance trip. Oh, the urge to reread everything Abercombie has wrote is so high.
Dread Pirate Roberts – The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern (William Goldman) – Every single person in the world is familiar with Roberts, right? If not from the book, then at the very least from movie? It is ok if you wish to admit that you are not, but at the very lest it gets a person taken off the Christmas card list.
So go ahead, tell me your favorite quote from either the book or the movie. I would say there is no wrong answer, but really I judging each and every one of you by your choice.
These Guys – Tailspin– I am a few years removed from this show so the memories are few. To be honest I was going to include something from either Star Wars or the Kitty Jay series in this list’s final spot. But come ON, talking animals in airplanes! And some of them are wicked pirates.
According to this wiki, the leader is Don Karnage; his sidekicks are Mad Dog (who is a dog, get it?) and Dumptruck. And that is all I know.
For those unfamiliar with the basics of the show, AKA the best half hour of TV when I was in the forth grade, it was the cast of Disney’s Jungle Book completely personified in a steampunk setting (long before steampunk was a thing).
Join us next week as we look at PRACTICE/COMBAT RINGS
PRACTICE RING OR COMBAT RING is a sanded circle used for sparring and WEAPONS practice… It can be found attached to any school of weaponry, outside mercenaries’ winter quarters, and quite often on the outskirts of aggressive towns.
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