Thursday, November 29, 2007

You know you might be playing too much Granado Espada when...

You watched Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and immediately wondered what stances everyone was using.

Here's my take on it:

Captain Jack, Will, Elizabeth, and Barbossa are ALL fighters, of course. They share one, two, or maybe all of the following stances: Bareknuckle, the non-shield portions of Back-Guard, Middle Guard, and Hack and Slash. Everyone also uses pistols and muskets at some point, so assume they use parts of Freestyle Shot, possibly Double-Gun Shot, and probably Standing Shot as well.

EVERYONE but Elizabeth maxes out Middle Guard, as pirates like sabers/cutlasses in the movies. Her final choice of weapon in the series, the Chinese one-handed sword called the jian, allows her to max out Back-Guard instead.

[Think you've seen that type of sword at the movies before? Another famous example of a jian is the Green Destiny from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.]

Will might also know some of either Epee Garde or Sabre Garde, as he taught himself to fence, and initially moves as a rapier duelist might in the first movie. He primarily uses one-handed swords and sabers throughout the movies, though.

Barbossa uses a rapier, so he definitely knows either Epee Garde, Sabre Garde, or likely even both.

Elizabeth is the only character in the movies to be shown using Heaven or Hell [even if only in promos]. Also, her fighting style/s are primarily derived from Will's, as he was her teacher.

All four also have a working knowledge of cannons, though none actually *use* Jose Cortasar's stance. [Not possible XD]

Obligatory picspam:

Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirate Lord of the Caribbean Sea. Weapons, according to Wikipedia: cutlass or saber, pistol, and musket.

Elizabeth Swann-Turner, Pirate King of the Brethren Court, Pirate Lord of the South China Sea. Weapons: jian, cutlass, pistol, musket, and grenades.

William Turner, Captain of the Flying Dutchman. Weapons: hatchet, cutlass, knife, pistol.

Captain Hector Barbossa, Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea [plus Jack the monkey]. Weapons: rapier, pistol, grenades.

Elizabeth Swann-Turner again. This picture comes from some of the promotions for the third movie. She's not actually seen doing this during the movie itself.

Hmm. Maybe I'll do that at some point: a GE-themed POTC marathon. And a faction called the Brethren Court!

Captain Jack Sparrow
Pirate King Elizabeth Turner
Captain Will Turner
Captain Hector Barbossa

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