The few, the proud…the background pirates

I have a lot of downtime at work and not much to fill it with, especially since most of the projects I should be working on require internet access, which I don’t have (or have in a very limited quantity) at either of my work locations. I’ve taken to bringing my laptop in a couple of days a week and messing around to kill some time.

I decided I was going to reorganize the dictionary into a more logical structure and make it into more of a lexicon, separating it and organizing the content into several major categories. I started going through “The Quest,” detailing pretty much everything…and then I got to the scenes aboard the Maelstrom.

You know what? There are a lot of pirates that have gone virtually unnoticed. A LOT. Whether they realize it or not, everyone who’s watched the show knows about the guy who looks like a viking with the helmet with 2 horns and the long blonde hair, and everyone knows about the guy with the spiky yellow shoulder pads, and the guy with tattoos all over his torso/arms/face who called Ren-in-Bloth’s-body “Blue Lips” in “The Soul Stealer.” How about the guy Ioz, Tula, and Niddler grunt at in “The Dagron Master” when trying to pass as pirates on Bloth’s ship? Or the tough-looking one who suddenly gets a really cute smile and coos, “Ooh, pretty bubbles!” in Cray’s citadel when he sees her Bubbles Of Death come floating by?
So I took it upon myself to start making a list of them. I even pulled and cropped screencaps to include with the text descriptions so I could tell them apart. As far as I can tell, there are between 10 and 20 recurring “background pirates” aboard the Maelstrom, as well as others who I couldn’t make out in my 320×240 video file. I need a hi-res copy and a big TV (my laptop screen is bigger than my TV screen currently!).

Of course, instead of actually writing more text for the site, or screencapping episodes to continue the screenshot slideshows (granted, it’s far less easy to have Windows Movie Maker open for long stretches of time and have that pass as legitimate work), or doing any of the other stuff I probably should be doing, I’m starting something totally new. It’s quite cool to really see the level of detail that went into even these minor character designs, though.

More updates to follow as this all progresses.

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