If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you entirely at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man. Because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you’re going to die. So they’ll talk. They’ll gloat.
They’ll watch you squirm. They’ll put off the moment of murder like another man will put off a good cigar.
So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word.
He hated games they made the world look too simple. Chess, in particular, had always annoyed him. It was the dumb way the pawns went off and slaughtered their fellow pawns while the king lounged about doing nothing. If only the pawns would’ve united … the whole board could’ve been a republic in about a dozen moves.
Young Lance-Constable Sam Vimes and student assassin Havelock ‘Dog-Botherer’ Vetinari. I wonder if they’ll ever amount to much? Ho ho ho.
Since these sketches are independent of each other and not part of a scene together I can claim this is Night Watch Canon. Lance-Corporal Vimes and young Master Havelock do both fight under the lilac, only… if I remember rightly, we never do actually get to see them fighting side-by-side - Sam is out cold by the time Havelock joins the fray and in any case our perspective Vimes has left the scene by then.
It’s been a while since I did any purely physical (as opposed to partly/wholly digital) art so that was fun.
Ah, paint spatter, my favourite thing, how I’ve missed you.
You know what I want? I want that mean girls scene where everyone talks about Regina but with Sam Vimes. 'Sam Vimes punched me in the face once, it was awesome.'
OMG! This is fantastic and also probably canon. Let’s be serious. I mean Death himself is forced to have near-Vimes experiences all the time and he secretly enjoys it. Definitely people say to one another in the streets of Ankh-Morpork, “Sam Vimes arrested me once, it was awesome.” I mean, this is a man who arrested Ventinari for treason, who arrested a dragon for terrorizing HIS city, who stopped a war between nations by arresting two high commands. He killed Wolfgang with a flare. I guarantee that criminals are proud when they are brought down by Vimes instead of another member of the Watch.
Although the Deep Downer Dwarves probably do not say this as many of them are dead. I, personally, think that a lot of the young Assassins in training who are sent to kill Vimes as punishment probably formed a secret Vimes fanclub that talks about how awesome he is. I fully support all of this and think someone needs to draw fanart of it.
“Sam Vimes punched me in the face one. It was awesome.” could be printed on t-shirts and sold in Ankh-Morpork. I bet Dibbler would start it. It could actually be a good franchise.
Honestly, I need to reread all of the Watch books now and search for the specific moments when this could come up. Kate you are a precious muffin and I love you.
Sam “World’s Most Incorruptible Lawful Good Badass Copper With A Moral Code So Strong It Should Be It’s Own Character” Vimes, Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, is a total doting father and is pretty sure that his wife actually runs the world.
“I’m an Excellency?” said Vimes to Inigo. “Yes, Your Grace.” “And still My Grace as well?” “Yes, Your Grace. You are His Grace His Excellency the Duke of Ankh-Morpork, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes, Your Grace.” “Hang on, hang on… His Grace cancels out the Sir, I know that. It’s like having an ace in poker.” “Strictly speaking that is true, Your Grace, but great score is set by titles here and it is best to play with a full deck, mmm.” “I was once blackboard monitor at school,” said Vimes sharply. “For a whole term. Would that help? Dame Venting said no one could clean a blackboard like me.” “A useful fact, Your Grace, which may possibly be helpful in the event of a tie-breaker, mmm, mhm,” said Inigo, his face carefully blank.
– blackboard monitor |
Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant
You know, these books are my usually stand by. Whenever I don’t feel like reading something new, or had just read something unsatisfactory or sad, I always come back to the Discworld. The Discworld has everything, fun, excitement, food for thought, drama, humor, and on and on.