Monday, April 4, 2011

April A to Z - C is for Cinnabar

Appears in:  Bloodbones (Fighting Fantasy 60) by Jonathan Green

Background:  Cinnabar is a dangerous and infamous pirate who murdered your family.  You set off to avenge them only to be told that he was killed.  Someone else tells you that he is still alive and so you go out in search of him.

Prominence:  Cinnabar sends several of his pirates against you.  He is also a follower of Quezkari and his fellow followers will be after you.  6/10.

Hardness:  Cinnabar has a skill of 12 and a stamina of 16.  He also has a parrot that reduces your attack strength by 1 and may injure each attack round.  He's a tough opponent and he also can't be killed unless you find the fetish containing his heart.  9/10.

Ambition:  Apart from the living forever part, Cinnabar just wants to terrorize and plunder like most pirates.  5/10.

Style:  He's into voodoo sorcery (gains marks).  He's a pirate (gains marks).  Apart from ninjas, who doesn't like pirates? 7/10

Diabolical genius:  Apart from being able to live forever, he's pretty standard for an evil pirate captain.  4/10

Total score:  He's a typical evil pirate who can't be killed.  Pirates are always a winner, however.  31/50


  1. Pirates ftw! The only other thing I can think of is that the name "Cinnabar" reminds me of cinnamon. I imagine him with cinnamon bars entwined in black dreadlocks.

  2. I agree with pirates ftw win Callie, which is what led me to write Sharkbait's Revenge. Cinnamon is much more pleasant and yummy than cinnabar, a brownish red poisonous sulphide of mercury which was used as a pigment.