What’s a good spec fic story without some good conflict? And what’s a good conflict without a bit o’ bada$$ weaponry?
What would I have in my arsenal?
-The subtle knife from Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
Being able to slice a hole between worlds? I’d be visiting Chocolate World like crazy. Not to mention that knife is EXTREMELY sharp. Remember what happened when that kid accidentally nicked his finger with it?
“Dear Wendy’s, I found this finger in my chili…”
-Scientific formulas that give me powers, tattooed on my body a la Michael Reisman’s Simon Bloom series.
Oh, what’s that? You’ve got a cute little bunny tattoo? Well, my heat formula tattoo gives me the power to turn your bunny into hossenfeffer!
-Shield bugs from Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series.
We’re not talking your garden variety squashables. These bad boys will fight to the death for their masters, and when they’re done, you can use them in your insect collection!
-Fawkes the phoenix from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
You knew I had to mention Harry Potter at least once. And with Fawkes at my side, I’d be close to immortal. Come on, Fawksy. Cry for mama!
-Bartimaeus the djinni from Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy.
He can shapeshift, which makes him an excellent spy, and he’s got an excellent sense of humor. Granted, he’s kind of a douche who would sell you up the river for his freedom, but come on….he can turn into Gerard Butler, ladies!
So, sound off! What (or who) would accompany you into battle?