I recently re-read it and my bunnies sometimes like to speculate. Remember, this is just me voicing some random thoughts about the world and the story without hogging her comment sections. Just to get it out of my head and into paper so the bunnies will quiet down about it for a while.
If Vathara finds any of this nonsense useful bunny feed, she is welcome to it. If not, that’s cool too.
Legends, Adaptations, and Fan Fiction
In that world, many of the events of The Adventures of Sinbad and Magi along any adventures our heroes might have had on Earth after they arrived became stories that survived as legends. And being full of monsters, magic, and darring-do, it is unsurprising that many of these stories have been adapted or inspired creative works.
I bet there is Sinbad of the Seven Seas and The Fire Prince have been done in every medium known to man: novel, film (live action and animated), television, manga, other comic books, paintings, music, musicals, radio plays, stage plays, etc, of varying degrees of quality and/or accuracy.
To be fair to the creators of those works, both legends have been around for a long time. More than long enough for stories or elements of them to get lost, get distorted, or for people to just plain make up new ones. Plus there is always the wrinkle that what works in one medium doesn’t always work in another.
Now, the fact that Simon Cavins worked in front of the camera as well as behind it probably didn’t surprise Ja’far one whit. I don’t think the fact that he so often plays Sinbad of the Seven Seas surprised Ja’far either. I think it amused him a great deal, considering (broadly and technically speaking) Simon is Sinbad.
My bunnies think that some directors refuse to cast anyone else as Sinbad, saying “It’s like he was born to be Sinbad.” They also imagine that Ja’far barely stopped himself from laughing out loud the first time he heard that. If only they knew.
Simon, himself, probably wondered why stuff like that always amused Ja’far so much. Because he might not have laughed out loud but there was definite twinkle in his eyes. And sometimes the tips of his ears went pink. Just what was so funny?
It is known fact of that world, as referenced in Chapter 6, that there is fan fiction. There is both Sinbad fan fic AND Simon Cavins RPF.
Now Vathara said she is terrified of later fandom and even her bunnies are too sane to do more than skim the surface. Can’t say that I blame her for that. Because every fandom has those fics. You know the ones. The ones that even reading the summery is often enough to make you reach for the brain bleach going “Why?!”
My bunnies are likewise scared of the RPF fandom, through they admit they found the idea that some types of it cause people’s computers to melt – the Simon Cavins RPF curse – very funny.
But they had some thoughts about Sinbad fic and to a lesser degree, the Fire Prince, fic. One thing the bunnies are sure about, given that there is a large male cast that there is a lot of slash fic. Like a lot. And probably a lot of shipping.
It also won’t surprise me if some of all of this fic was written by Hancock students. Some of them hope nobody figures out they were the ones to write it. Because while Sinbad/Ja’far and/or Simon/Ja’far is their OTP, vice-principal Ja’far is scary.
Speaking of the students . . .
My bunnies are that there is much speculation and rumor amongst the student body about their principal, vice-principal, and some of the others associated with the school.
Some of it is pretty wild.
Like how certain teachers can read minds. Or they are like Santa Claus. Because they know when you’ve been naughty.
Or that Ja’far is totally a ninja. Or a ghost. Or both. Something that can walk silently through walls and always just appears right behind you . . .
Won’t surprise me if some of the kids think that Tiburon is some kind of 00.
And it has only gotten worse since the Dungeon appeared in the tennis court.
Right now, Simon only has Ba’al. Now granted, he has also Ja’far, Malachey (Masrur), and Drakon all with him and their Household Vessels were familiar spirits from Ba’al.
But Sharrkan’s was from Focalor, Hinahoho from Valefor, and Pisti from Zepar.
Now regaining Focalor and Valefor isn’t too much of a problem but everyone agrees that Zepar is tempting fate. Unfortunately, the universe likes to mess with our heroes.
Plus there is the thing that Djinn who had Kings might not want someone completely new for their king. Now some of them probably do (*cough* Belial *cough*) but at least some of them probably won’t unless the reincarnation is utterly unacceptable.
At current count, we have four Generals accounted for and four still be found.
Yam is probably coming soonish. There are notes and hints about a SF&F convention and Tiburon literally carrying Yamraiha’s reincarnation off.
There are some ideas that Vathara has mentioned in the blog about Hinahoho and Pisti.
Not much about Spartos. But at the time of writing ‘Around’, we hadn’t learned much about Spartos. Which makes it hard to figure out how his life is going in this modern world. While it might be interesting if he was a crossover catalyst by being involved with Project Bluebook in some capacity, this might cause head-butting over who exactly gets to keep him. OTOH, you need conflict . . .
Also according to wikipedia, Spartos’s brother Mistoras Leoxses was originally one of Sinbad’s followers, complete with Household Vessel. He was killed when when Parthevia invaded and destroyed the original Kingdom of Sindria,but his reincarnation just might be running around Earth. Something to think about.
Might be Nine Generals now instead of Eight. Of course, I doubt that Ja’far wants to turn down more Simon wranglers . . .
This universe is tentatively set in the SG-1 universe. Vathara’s bunnies are certain that when and if the SG-1 team meets the Hancock crew, they are going to have no idea that there is anything peculiar about them or the school. Beyond the factor that it’s a private performing acts school run by an actor with a rather colorful collection of teachers.
They will learn otherwise. Because there are too many trouble / weirdness magnets between the three groups for there not to be trouble at some point.
Bunnies speculate the ruhk will all but paint any Jaffa or any other Gao’uld hosting person with a neon sign. Probably with a ‘warning! danger, threat’ label. Because while the gang did not come to Earth until after the System Lords got kicked off the planet, the Earth’s rukh and its spirits would remember. And not positively.
One speculates that the Gao’uld probably killed magicians. Magicians weren’t very powerful but any power in the hands of a slave was probably too much power. Especially if someone infested with a Gao’uld was pretty dang oblivious to those who could see the rukh. They also probably didn’t feel right to those who weren’t magicians but who are sensitive to the rukh.
The bunnies note that Yunan and Aladdin are accounted for, Titus according to the hints dropped is going to be involved in something involving an Air Force Base and Dungeons, leaves us with Jubal as the most likely candidate for an off-world born magi. Since he’s a certified trouble maker, this should be interesting.
Okay, I think I have babbled on about this for long enough. Thanks for listening.