In my book series, Hellfire Catharsis
, one of the characters is a 30-year-old Russian woman named Marina Sarkova. In the story—it's an Urban Fantasy
with mixtures of Punk Punk
—she makes Novae, short for "Novus's", weapons used to cast magic. Each character has a novus, which normally is a item on the character's body. When fighting, however, Novae transform into weapons, each person having their own unique weapon, some of them being two small weapons desgined for dual-wielding
The weapona I want to give Marina? A hammer. And a sickle.
Unfortunately, these form the sybmol for Communism. I actually gave her those weapons on purpose because
she was a Russian.
There's three problems with this:
1: Moral Guardians
in America will go insane over this, and accuse me of supporting Communism.
2:Some Russians who have or has families who had suffered under the Soviet Union might be offended at this, especially since Marina is part of the side of Good in HC.
3:Marina, being Russian, would probably not have very much affection towards the hammer and sickle. Especially when she actually lived under the Soviet Union or at least right after it dissolved (It dissolved in 1991, right? God, I suck at history...)
So now I'm in a dilemma. The hammer and sickle seem like they could make an awesome fighting style, but they have such a stigma...of course, not as bad as giving a German character a swastika-like weapon (which, when looking at it, would almost be kinda cool if the Nazi's hadn't happened. You could throw it like a huge boomerang. But the Nazi's screwed it for life [among all the other shit they did], the fucking bastards), but still. It's getting near the edge.
So should I just drop the idea and give her a different set of weapons? I think maybe a Scythe
and Hammer could work.
edited 27th Feb '11 5:57:29 PM by Chagen46
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