In the third book when Horace and Halt is on their way to Skandia to free Will and Cassandra/Evelyn Horace see something in Gallia that he isn't used to, girls in very short skits. When asking Halt about it he get the answer that it's because they are couriers and that the short skirts help them to run faster. Someone named Neodactylus has illustrated this scene and her own ending of the scene on Deviantart. What do you think about it? Do her ending sound likely or do you feel like it would end differently? How did you think Halt handled the situation? Would you have done it in another way if you were in his position?
Haha, That comic is hilarious! Props to Neodactylus. As I read the book, I imagined Halt saying it in his usual tone, but I remember him feeling bad for tricking Horace so that was a first. Halt always handles things like a mischievous yet responsible father, I think!
I also love that because there isn't a select true canon artwork of the series, the few artists that draw characters always add their own flair to them, myself included!
That is very funny and the art is really cool. If I was Horace, I'd probably also question why the other girl isn't wearing any skirt at all. I think the skirts they were actually wearing were probably about knee length. In those days, most girls would wear dresses that just about touched the ground. To show any bare leg at all was very immodest. The second comic is also very cool. The only problem is I can't really remember what's going on so it doesn't really make any sense. It's probably time I read the books again.
Knee length makes sense, it would be too short from their viewpoint as people of medieval times. I still have to go through the 12th book and the current royal ranger books to start again, but I can't find the sequel books in my country, probably not published yet.
Post by Halt the Ranger on Sept 1, 2019 10:43:31 GMT -5
While I understand it was mostly comic relief, how would Horace have not known what they where? It wasn't that rare in medieval times and Horace is what they would be looking for. Surely he must have been catcalled in Redmont at least once before and an orphanage isn't exactly what you would call sheltered. (I have to remind myself this is a fantasy world and not completely historically accurate )
“Once you best a man, never gloat. Be generous and find something in his actions to praise. He won't enjoy being bested, but he'll make a good face of it. Show him you appreciate it. Praise can win you a friend. Gloating will only ever make enemies.”
Well, the historic accuracy is often there when there is a fight or when explaining how weapons work, but I guess comic relief can bend the rules a little. It might be possible that King Duncan prohibited such things just like slavery.
I think the Araluens, especially in Redmont, have high standards as to modesty. Historically, it actually was that shocking and people just didn't do it. (generally. There are always exceptions) Horace wasn't in the upper class but he wasn't a peasant either. Being brought up in the castle ward, rather than just a regular orphanage, it actually would have been rather sheltered. Then he went to battleschool which has very strict morals and sense of propriety.
Halt the Ranger: The reason to read the other three first before going chronological is because the rules of the universe were still being established. (the very first book wasn't intend to become a series)
Sept 19, 2019 8:10:56 GMT -5
yosefu: Thanks a lot!
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