03 of 05 - Modern Compendium: Neutral - The Center Cannot Hold - Fairy Valiant Little Tailor
Another landmark event – the Tailor here is our very last Fairy! It’s pretty gratifying for me to see one of the largest families in the Compendium finally come to a close after all these years. Holy crap, this is really ending, isn’t it? @_@
Anyway! One of my favorite fairy tales, the Valiant Little Tailor is a story about a mild-mannered tailor who sits down to eat some jam, gets frustrated by the flies buzzing around his head, and manages to take seven of them out with one swat of the fly swatter. So impressed by this feat, he begins bragging to anyone who will listen that he, quote, “Took seven at one blow!” Which, naturally, everyone assumes means seven MEN. So stories of the Tailor spread far and wide, and eventually reach the ear of the king, who brings the Tailor to his court and assigns him a series of tasks – no problem, he assures the Tailor, for a man who can defeat seven men at a single stroke! Of course, at this point, the Tailor realizes he’s in deep shit. And for many fairy tales, this would easily and cleanly end with the Tailor being gobbled up by some hideous monster for his bravado, but this one takes the far more interesting path of having the Tailor survive. He goes on to actually complete the king’s request, and several others besides, not through brute strength, but by *thinking* his way out of the problem. The Tailor goes on to marry the princess and become a king in his own right, and all’s well in the world.
One reason I love this story is because, for all its fairy tale trimmings, it’s basically a Looney Tunes cartoon. The King sends the Tailor out to kill a pair of giants, and the Tailor goads them into fighting each other. The King sends him out to trap a Unicorn, and the Tailor tricks the beast into running headlong into a tree, at which point the Tailor might as well be Bugs Bunny in the bullring. Heck, the Tailor’s entire fight against a wild boar is just this side of a battle against the Tazmanian Devil. All of which is part of the reason the Valiant Little Tailor is so popular – everybody loves a story about the underdog winning, especially if they do so with their own innate brains and cunning.
The Valiant Little Tailor ends up near the top of the Fairy family, and gets some very useful skills – it’s one of the only demons in its family to get access to piercing damage. When designing the Tailor, I tried to keep things as simple as possible, so I kind of based it on the designs of some NES heroes, like Milon’s Secret Castle or even Link himself. Personally, I can totally see the Valiant Little Tailor as an NES-style platformer, with particularly nasty bosses. ^^
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