Thursday, March 10, 2011
Unsung: Today's Guest - The Traveling Minstrel from Assassin's Creed
Welcome to Unsung, where we talk to overlooked and sometimes maligned secondary characters in video games. Today I will be talking to Pesci the Traveling Minstrel, featured in the popular "Assassin's Creed" series.
TM: Thanks. Pleasure to be here.
GV: Explain the animosity toward your character.
TM: Let me just start by saying that being a minstrel, particularly in 15th century Venice, is not as easy as it looks. The hours are grueling and you're on your feet day and night begging for money. You would not imagine the pains we musicians endure not being able to sit down, constantly playing our instruments..
GV: Of course you're referring to "minstrel cramps".
TM: Exactly. And the music requests the citizens make! Sheesh! "The Venusian Rhapsody", "Sonata in D", "Free Bird"...
GV: Do you think that they do that to antagonize you?
TM: I wouldn't be surprised. Can't even make time with courtesans when they're keeping you busy with that crap.
GV: What is your opinion of the local assassins making trouble for the royalty?
TM: Hey, you know, most of them deserve it, so God bless. But would it kill the assassins to give us just a little money and not push us away all the time? And these freakin' lutes aren't cheap, you know! Show us some compassion, guys.
GV: Do you think your public image will change someday?
TM: I can only hope. But I am pursuing other venues just in case this job doesn't work out. I have one idea of my own about performing spoken rhymes about how hard it is being a minstrel, accompanied by someone playing a beat over and over again.
GV: That'll never catch on.