Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting the Weasel’s Fortune

Inset of Larry Elmore’s original cover for Weasel luck.
Image: Witches of the Coast

For the first book of Dragonlance Heroes series, The Legend of Huma, the story of the greatest knight Krynn was told, and how he drove away the Dragon-goddess Takhisis and saved the world. Now, in the third part of the series, Michael Williams’. Weasel luckwe have a story of… a child who is very concerned about not being killed.

Weasel, the real name of Galen Pathwarden, is not a hero, despite the name of the series. Also, there are no Dragonlances in this book. Hell, there are no dragons. (There are a few spears.) Instead, Galen is enlisted by an evil sorcerer named Scorpion to wreak havoc with a Solamnic warrior named Bayard Brightblade, who also enlists Galen to be his squire. This book is mostly about Galen being very bad at both jobs and complaining a lot.

Weasel luck it is a very strange book. Not a bad book… I don’t think so. Often funny, with droll one-liners that wouldn’t feel out of place Terry Pratchitt novel. But there is no rush to any part of the book, even though the general plot for most of it is that Bayard needs to get to Castle di Caela to fight in the tournament, win Enid di Caela’s hand in marriage, and end the curse . of di Caelas according to the prophecy that Bayard found written in the margins of a certain tome only.

Cover of the 2012 edition as well.

Cover of the 2012 edition as well.
Image: Witches of the Coast

You’d think a competitive clock would give the project a boost, but Weasel luck it cares no more than Bayard cares. My favorite example is the chapter where Bayard and Galen run into an ogre guarding a narrow passage that refuses to let them pass. Bayard tries to fight the ogre only to be crushed in one blow. When Bayard tried again, he fainted days. The ogre moves for a moment, but Bayard is too injured to move. When Bayard wakes up, he decides that the ogre probably only appears at night as it is weakened by sunlight. So Bayard has a 10-hour battle with this ogre, waiting for the sun to rise, which eventually does. nothing at all. It was eventually revealed that the ogre was being controlled by Scorpion, who had been trying to prevent Bayard from making it to the trip in time. The villain is very successful in this regard.

What does Galen do during this terrible, silent battle? There is nothing. Most of the book has Galen hiding when Bayard is in trouble, or freaking out when Scorpion tries to get him to leave temporarily. It’s a wonder that Bayard or Scorpion want him to be there. Galen is a terrible squire (I think he helps Bayard put on his armor once in the whole book and he’s bad at it) and I don’t know why Scorpion enlisted his help, because Scorpion is a very powerful magician. he can possess ogres, turn goats into satyrs, and change into different people and animals. Galen is nothing but a big culprit, but in the end, the wizard doesn’t ask anything from him — he just comes to scare the boy and reveal his evil plan.

Speaking of threatening the boy, this book has a similar plot – not a plot, if it was a plot, it would go on somewhere else – about Galen’s older brother, who doesn’t know anything, Alfric, who rightly wants to kill Galen and gets a lot. close at other points. Alfric keeps showing up for no purpose in the story, only to have someone take a dislike to the main character and physically abuse him. It’s random and unnecessary, but at times, there’s dark humor in the repetition and non-stop. I don’t know that this is intended, though.

However, in the end, Galen manages to find a little doubt and courage – it helps that the Scorpion kidnaps Enid, so the girl is desperate – for a final battle that feels straightforward, as the book is concerned . the typical path of a YA game from zero-to-hero, only to believe that it is locked in the journey of the last few chapters and then give up. But, inexplicably, Alfric is taken to the final battle, for no other reason than that there is at least one ambitious, cowardly person to include… levity? I believe? It, like most of this book, is more surprising than anything else.

As I write this, I find many reasons to dislike it Weasel luckhowever, it somehow kept me interested more than others Dungeons & Dragons the books I read again. That said, I’m not too eager to check out the sequel, which is titled Crazy Beknighted. I believe I am satisfied with the Weasel, who carries 10. Not a lucky number, but guess what? Plus no Heroes or Dragonlances, Weasel he is also unlucky.

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Different songs:

  • As you would expect from a sorcerer named Scorpion, he often takes the form of… a raven.
  • There’s a joke (?) at the beginning of the book where Galen and Alfric share one thing in common, and that’s that they both like to set fire to their teasing instructor. I don’t know what’s going on there.
  • Galen’s father also wants to kill Galen and Alfric many times. So amazing.
  • Next: When I read Dragonlance Heroes: The Legend of Huma See, many months ago, I followed it in a fun way to follow Azure Bonds, The Wyvern’s Spur. So it seems only right that I swap Weasels for Dragonbaits in completing my trilogy Hymn of the Sauri.

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