So…I had King TRITON as a placeholder name.
You know…from the Little Mermaid?
I still love the name…but every time I read it…I kept humming “Under the Sea”.
So…plan B was King Proteus.
He knows something!
Anyway, Proteus? You do know that it means something like “First” or “Firstborn”.
(And he was a changeling old coot. Not a king. And as all sea eudaemon (ευδαίμων) he was kind of a prick).
And now I can’t stop humming “Under the sea” >_<
Damn it, man, now it’s in my head!!! =_=
Argh, comments section, always riddled with danger! )_)
This is hands down the best webcomic ever. I’m actually very surprised that its not at the top of the webcomics list.
This may be a stupid question, especially if it’s been asked in an earlier commentary
and I missed it,
but why doesn’t he ask the sword about the lady of the lake?
It’s the chronicler of kings, wouldn’t it know about its own origin?
And if it doesn’t, Alex and Co. wouldn’t know that.
Because the sword wakes up when it feels like it. Then it just quietly hums normally unless it wants to say some thing. If you say they should wake it up any way, imagine a person who isn’t a morning person getting woken up by being poked awake, and now turn that now irritated person in to an irritated sentient sword. That is why they don’t wake the sword up and ask.
I would imagine that the sword’s knowledge of its origin is a little…fuzzy. Think about it. You know how you were born. You probably even know some of the details from stories your parents have told…but do you know your origin in a way that would make everything as clear as the tale the sword shared about King Arthur? The sword shared that one from experience…essentially it’s own memory. Second or third-hand knowledge (which is probably the best any of us will get on our own origins) is less trustworthy/accurate/clear.
Then again, they’re going to a king who knows about a lady from his people’s legends…so the knowledge he’ll share might not be all that accurate either.
In case it helps_ in case you need water-connected names from Greek mythology, a couple of other possibilities could be:
Nereus (Nereus is the mythological father of the Nereides water-nymphs- among these, most notable are Amphitrite, wife of Poseidon, and Thetis, mother of Achilles),
Oceanus (the word “Ocean” is actuallz derrived from the name of the Titan who WAS the Ocean, and father of the Oceanides, the sea-nymphs; he is one of the few Titans who stood at Zeus’s side when he fought against Chronos).
+1 for helping Scott to connect this story back to our world the way he has always tried to do.
Of course, this will mean they all need to get snogged by mer-people again. Nastajia’s not going to be happy…
Meh…she’ll get kisses from a merman just as Alex will get kisses from a mermaid. They’ll be even.
The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear Proteus is Fantastic Voyage from 1966. Fortunately I’m younger than the movie but back when I was devouring Asimov I had to go find and watch it. Still a pretty cool movie even today.
The first thing I think of is the mutant Proteus from the X-Men cartoon series (as well as the comics).
Brocéliande is a forest in Brittany; what remains of it being near Paimpont. There’s a place called Merlin’s tomb there. Not the best place for a mermaid though. A lot of trees, not a lot of water.
Ooh. Interesting connection there, if it was intentional. Better yet, kind of woo-woo if it wasn’t.
Which might explain why referring to her as the mermaid of Brocéliande is specific enough to know who it is. How ever did she end up there? How did she live?
I’m in a local performance of the musical of Camelot right now, and in that show the lady of the lake appears for one scene as Nimue who bewitches Merlin, steals his magic, and seals him in a cave for several centuries. The only time you actually here her is when she does her song “Follow Me”. You can find the scene on youtube, and I would assume that cave has something to do with it. It’s possible merlin is still in the cave for the sake of the dreamland story. Hard to tell.
Hmm…maybe she lives in a kind of underwater-forest (kelp?) and Arthur named the forest in our world after it because it reminded him of the place in Dreamland? It could happen!
Probably a good idea he is not going alone. I have a feeling he’ll get there and go ‘so we’re looking for that mermaid. Oh you know, -that- one. The chick. Who lives in a lake.’
It would be either that, or he would butcher the name so badly that they’d think he said something offensive. Then he’d be dealing with some unpleasant diplomatic issues.
Alex: We’re looking for the Mermaid of… of… oh! BROCCOLI!!!
Proteus: What is this, you mock me!?!?!
Alex: No. NO! Not mockney, BROCCOLI!
Proteus: Well I NEVER…!?!?!
Nastajia: *sighs whilst administering facepalm* I sure do pick ‘em… >_>
The colors and shadowing in these panels are AMAZING.
The mermaid of broccoli?
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