Today’s episode: Zeroth and Uncle Shameless’ fight continues. Steve learns that not everything in Eyri obeys the laws of science he learned in school. A member of The Five betrays the band and the raven twins show up to make matters worse.
In our last episode: Zeroth finds Steve and Uncle Shameless and plans to bring the Boy back to the Hawk King–but Uncle Shameless won’t let give up without a fight.
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Daniel J. Hogan
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Ramblings: Quite a few references in this episode. Zeroth’s randomly appearing shield (as well as his yellow scarf) are a nod to the Mega Man character, Proto Man. Zeroth’s “science defying pack” is a reference to the magical holding pack the character Snarf has in the fantastic fantasy-comedy comic strip SnarfQuest (by Larry Elmore). SnarfQuest (along with the comic Bone by Jeff Smith) is a big influence on the Magic of Eyri.
Zeroth’s line about getting the pack from someone who was “reluctant” to part with it is a tip of the hat to the film Spartan. Val Kilmer’s character has a similar line regarding a knife. A personal favorite joke in this episode is Zeroth mentioning the Hunter band, Prophet’s Profits, which I wrote as a reference to the band Herman’s Hermits. Prophet’s Profits are a Hunter band out of Eaner, a name I came up with while looking at my Beaner’s Coffee mug when I wrote the original novel. Beaner’s has since changed its name to Biggby Coffee.
Arbal’s repeating crossbow is based (loosely) on a Chinese repeating crossbow. Arbal’s name comes from arbalest, which is a large crossbow (and one of the weapons Arbal uses). Cam’s name comes from a part of a compound bow.
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