As has become normal for me, there are certain characters I just can’t put away. Two of those, naturally, are the pair of elven gunslingers that I wrote in my first published work. Shani and Pania will be making a come back in a short that I planned out, tentatively called Black Mask & Pale Rider: Remember Remember. The Story will be released on November 11, and it will take place during the First World War.
That’s all the details I’m giving for now. Save for a small preview of two poems that will help inspire this.
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…
This poem, while some may equate to the book and movie of the same title V for Vendetta, actually is a nursery rhyme. And it actually was in reference to Guy Fawkes, who attempted to blow up the British houses of Parliament in the early 1600′s, which has been famously called The Gunpowder Plot.
The other poem is not nearly as ominous, and was written over three hundred years after the conspirators of the gunpowder plot were long since dealt with.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
This poem was written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who is said to have written it in 1915 after witnessing the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer. Flanders is a Flemish region of Belgium, and was the site of three battles of Ypres, of which Canadian soldiers took part during the First World War.