Favorite Weapons: Be it Excalibur or the Point of View Gun, Stormbringer or the BFG, weapons in Fantasy and Science Fiction typically have a character and allure all their own, and typically are even characters in their very own right.
Q: What are your favorite weapon, or weapons, in fantasy and science fiction.
Listed here are a couple of further late correspondents from yesterday’s Mind Meld, who have also weighed in…
Certainly one of my favourite dialogues in A Recreation of Thrones is the dialog Tyrion has with Jon Snow about why he reads books.
“My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much Jon Snow.”
Through the years loads of cool and damaging weapons have appeared in books and films, however nonetheless probably the most dangerous one is that of the mind of crafty commander. Give it some thought, probably the most potent weapon is nugatory for those who face an opponent who can outsmart you at each turn.
It’s also a lot more enjoyable to learn how a character overcomes an obstacle and defeat his or her opponents by outwitting them as an alternative of simply swinging an enormous stick round and smashing heads. For instance one of the joys of reading the Shadow Campaigns collection by Django Wexler is discovering the technique behind the battle orders of the sensible however eccentric Colonel Janus. Instructions that initially glance seem just bizarre or even suicidal end up to take advantage of key weak spot es of the oppossing army and secure an awesome victory.
It’s not just the genius stroke that makes the mind a formidable weapon. It’s additionally the intelligence to cooperate and coordinate that may give the sting to defeat a bigger, stronger or extra numerous opponent. In The Thousand Names, the first guide of the Shadow Campaigns, it’s the soldier Winter Ihernglass who manages to stop the massacre of her fellow troopers throughout a patrol. How? As a result of she was sensible sufficient to manuever them in a formation that was capable of fend of an attack by mounted ambushers. Alone each soldier would have been minimize down, but together they have been capable of type a decent formation and shoot en masse to defend towards the assault. All because Winter was sensible enough to comprehend how they needed to work collectively and her fellow soldiers have been sensible enough to comply with her orders.
Studying how an excellent technique unfolds or a gaggle of individuals study to work collectively makes for a fantastic story. To quote the strategist Hannibal, I like it when a plan comes collectively.
– Mjölnir, the hammer of Thor, the Norse god associated with thunder. Mjölnir is depicted in Norse mythology as probably the most fearsome weapons, capable of levelling mountains.
The story of the creation of the hammer is fascinating: Loki bets his head with Sindri and his brother Brokkr, two dwarfs who accept Loki’s guess; they start working, but Loki turns into a fly, bites Bokkr’s eye and tries to stop him from doing an accurate job. The third chew of Loki is so deep that blood runs into Brokkr’s eyes and forces him stop working the bellows just long enough to wipe his eyes. When Sindri returns, he takes Mjölnir out of the forge. The handle is shorter than Sindri had deliberate and so the hammer can only be wielded with one hand. Despite the flaw in the handle, Sindri and Brokkr win the guess.
Thor does not care much concerning the brief handle either. The hammer is greater than his weapon – it is his symbol, it is associated with thunder and it is a part of all the tales that includes Thor – perhaps probably the most lovely and creative legends in Scandinavian mythology.
-The trumpets used by Joshua’s army in the bible to destroy the partitions of Jericho. The story has all the time impressed me since I used to be a toddler. It is likely one of the rare occasions the place a musical instrument is used as a weapon.
-In Greek Mythology, the harpe – a sword with a sickle protrusion along one edge close to the tip of the blade. It was the weapon used by Cronus to castrate his father, Uranus. In his quest to slay the Medusa and get well her head, Perseus was additionally supplied with an adamantine harpe sword by his father, Zeus.
-In Japanese mythology, the Masamune sword. A real Japanese sword (with alleged legendary talents), created by Japan’s biggest swordsmith, Goro Nyudo Masamune. The swords of Masamune have a fame for superior beauty and high quality, exceptional in a period where the metal essential for swords was typically impure. He’s thought-about to have delivered to perfection the art of “nie” (martensitic crystals embedded in pearlite matrix, thought to resemble stars in the night time sky). With such poetry on the coronary heart of its creation, it is hardly superb that Masamune swords are, by far, probably the most referenced Japanese sword in in style fiction, ranging by means of books, films and pc games (ranging from numerous video games akin to SoulCalibur II, League of Legends, Remaining Struggle, Realm of the Mad God, Golden Solar: The Misplaced Age, Last Fantasy and many others to Highlander (film of 1986); Soul Eater anime and manga; Samurai Deeper Kyo anime and manga; the Trilogy’s Darkish Heavens books written by writer Kylie Chan, Journey to Wudang and Celestial Battle. Additionally, in the SF television collection Warehouse 13 first season episode “Implosion”, a sword named Honjo Masamune, performs an essential position as an artifact stated to be so completely crafted, each layer honed to the thickness of a single atom that mild bends round out, making the holder practically invisible (this was certainly one of my favorite episodes of the collection).
-The bow & arrows of Robin Hood. I don’t assume the bow has any particular identify, however Robin Hood is considered one of my favorite legend heroes and his bow and arrows are virtually magic. In fantasy, bows and arrows are much less essential than swords, but they deserve a point out too.
-Needle – the skinny sword wielded by Arya Stark in Recreation of Thrones by George Martin. Needle was given to Arya by Jon Snow, who had it made by Mikken, the blacksmith of Winterfell. The sword is nicely suited to Arya’s slight build and is a lot better suited to the “Water Dance” fashion of fencing well-liked in Braavos and different Free Cities, which emphasizes velocity and agility with a skinny, mild rapier used in fast thrusting assaults. Arya is one among my favourite characters in the guide; the “Water Dance” is partly impressed by the Japanese-style martial combats.
-Sting – a knife utilized by hobbits in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Although made by the Elves as a big knife, it functioned nicely as a sword for the small-sized Hobbits. Bilbo Baggins named the weapon after using it to fend off the enormous spiders in Mirkwood forest, then later handed it on to Frodo to use in his quest to destroy the One Ring. Sting would glow blue every time orcs have been nearby (additionally a property of Gandalf’s sword Glamdring and its mate sword Orcrist (Thorin’s sword).)
-I am fairly keen on daggers. Sadly, daggers usually are not common in fantasy literature. The Medici Dagger, a novel by Cameron West includes a fictitious dagger invented by Leonardo Da Vinci from an alloy lighter and stronger than anything recognized to mankind. When Da Vinci realized that the dagger was going for use for evil, he hid it in an encoded map referred to as Circles of Fact.
-Harry Potter’s wand produced a strong Patronus Allure (the simplest defence towards Darkish Magic and the gloomy Dementors). It additionally shoots Voldemort “a spurt of golden fire” and destroys his wand.
– The Vorpal Sword used to struggle towards the Jabberwocky in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol. Within the guide, the sword is simply used to kill the beast of the poem, but later, vorpal swords have been used in numerous Position Enjoying Games and in the comic Fables by Billy Willingham.
-One factor I really like (but it isn’t used fairly often), is when something sudden is used as a weapon. As an example, in Harry Potter, the deadly spell “Avada Kedavra” used by dark wizards can definitely be thought-about as one of the powerful weapons because it causes the instantaneous dying of any dwelling individual or magic creature it’s forged upon. Within the Arabian Nights, in one of many stories of “The Three Ladies and the Porter of Baghdad”, a sorceress and a jinn kill one another at a magic duel (they metamorphose into numerous creatures and struggle.) Magic is the primary weapon in this story. Lastly, in David Cronenberg’s Scanners, the mind of a strong telepath can incinerate a physique or make heads explode. On this case the telepath thoughts is a strong weapon. Within the movie Inception, an concept implanted in a dream turns into probably the most highly effective weapon as it fuels the process of an assassination. Sadly, there’s not sufficient room for a couple of of the creative weapons in the comedian worlds, so I’ll simply mention Poison Ivy’s Killing Kiss (Ivy can kill with a kiss because of a deadly toxin on her lips.)
In 1992 film Cool World a fountain pen is probably the most harmful weapon in a cartoon world where actual individuals are transported. Finally, in The Woods, a comic written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Michael Dialynas, there is a notion of a wierd world that is truly a weapon. I don’t understand how this idea is developed as a result of the comic is ongoing, however I’m wanting forward to seek out out as I liked the story and the art.