October 27, 2019 at 11:26 AM #9986
Restarting another thread from the original tavern.
I just finished Most Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson. (affiliate link) It was good, but definitely not a book on the Age of Sail or Age of Nelson that I would recommend for beginners on the topic. It’s best read when you already have a solid understanding of the wars from 1792-1815, and the associated naval battles. The focus on intelligence is quite interesting, and gives you a different perspective on the challenges of the time period. I did find it to be a bit random and disjointed at times; I suppose I prefer history books that read more like a story with clearer chronology. Still a good read though.July 5, 2020 at 4:13 PM #11236DonParticipant
Nothing Pirate related, But it is called “The Case For Christ”…Like I said it is not pirate related at all. But you did ask what am I reading.
So Game OnOctober 21, 2020 at 10:15 PM #12481January 15, 2021 at 11:30 AM #13039WoelfModerator
I’m about a quarter of the way into my third time reading through The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C.Yee.
It’s based on the character from Avatar: The Last Airbender, one of the Avatars prior to Aang (and later Korra). She had only a few brief but memorable appearances in the shows, but this book and the follow-up, The Shadow of Kyoshi, focus on some of the many issues she had to deal with early in her life – one of the biggest being that pretty much everyone thought that someone else was the Avatar.
It’s a little more “adult” than the shows were, because it’s not limited by what Nickelodeon could air on TV. The violence is ramped up quite a bit, and it goes into a lot more detail on the kinds of things people could actually do with the various bending powers. There’s also significantly more representation included, which the shows (particularly the later seasons of Korra) were only allowed to hint at and imply.
As for pirates, there is a part fairly early on that deals with some. (Minor spoilers follow)
Kyoshi travels along with the person everyone else thinks is the Avatar so he can sign a political treaty with a large pirate fleet operating in the region. One of the terms is that they meet on an iceberg, which puts the mostly-Earthbending contingent they’re with a huge disadvantage because they don’t have any of their native element nearby. It goes well at first, until the pirate queen decides she’s had enough and springs her trap, which includes several ships hidden inside of nearby icebergs, and waterbenders hidden under the iceberg they’re standing on. As things are spiraling out of control, Kyoshi inadvertently activates the Avatar state, and rips up huge chunks of the seafloor from hundreds of feet below to smash the fleet…February 4, 2021 at 10:46 AM #13041
several ships hidden inside of nearby icebergs
This caught my attention – sounds like something I’ll have to include in a game someday. 😉February 8, 2021 at 11:10 AM #13047WoelfModerator
There were also some references made by the characters to an incident years earlier where an airbender created a typhoon as a “non-violent” way to disperse an entire pirate fleet and keep them from returning to a certain region. Of course, from the point of view of the pirates on those ships it wasn’t so non-violent, and they were slightly bitter about it. 😀
Something like that probably wouldn’t translate very well into the game as a ship or crew ability unless it was ridiculously expensive, but it might work as a UT or as part of an overriding scenario for a game.
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