She sat astride her great steed, Palindrome, who was as fast forward as backwards, and looked over the shouting horde. The other women believed they were here for the women’s vote alone. She knew better. Hidden, within the fair faces of the crowd, were nefarious forces, come to stop her quest.
She had not risen early, polished her boots, and put on her hat to be defeated today. Her enemy would see her power in battle. Her flag held her pride and her spear, and she would fight till her last.
“Come, Palindrome,” she said, patting the mare’s muscled neck. “If we fight well enough, this battle will end by tea time.”
While most of our lives remain calm, there are the days when we must stand across from enemy hordes and ride into battle. What we ride can be as important as what weapon we wield, the merit of our allies, and the grandiosity of our battle speech.
Our steed is an extension of ourselves, the one companion who we most trust with our lives. If we can move as one, our steed becomes both a weapon, and a means of speed, giving us strength and power as we battle for justice, freedom, love, and the right to eat chocolate (or whatever your cause may be.)
Below is a mere sample of epic and grand steeds:
1. A Magical Horse (Including Pegasi, Unicorns, Rainicorns, and Shadowfax)
Horses are the staple of battle steeds. Anyone facing the Riders of Rohan will think twice before entering battle against such fine and powerful beasts. Horses can be trained to kick and bite and be as much a soldier as their rider. There is a reason the cavalry was an essential force of battle until the twentieth century.
Imagine, however, if Napoleon’s army had ridden unicorns into Russia. Would they have won with the assistance of the unicorns’ magical powers?
I would certainly think twice if a field of unicorns with freshly sharpened horns was galloping toward me.
2. An Elephantine Beast (Ex. Mumakil or Oliphaunt from Lord of the Rings, AT-AT from Star Wars)
An elephantine creature may not have the speed or grace of the horse, but it does have sheer power. With tusks, trunks, and a great mass, it is a great beast to ride into battle. If there is anything to strike fear in an enemy, it is an elephantine beast running toward them.
Downside: Many large creatures appear to be susceptible to attacks by individual soldiers sneaking up on them from below (See: Legolas, Luke Skywalker)
3. A Giant Reptilian Beast (Dinosaur, Godzilla, Dragon)
Reptilian beasts can be an entire battallion by themselves. They have massive, nasty teeth which sometimes can chew through steel. Their tails can be equipped with spikes and can smash through whole buildings. The scales are its own armor, often able to repel bullets and sometimes laser guns. Despite being a cold-blooded creature, it can generate enough heat to breath fire.
Short version: If you are the enemy facing a dinosaur, you may also be the dinosaur’s dinner.
The downside for riding a reptilian beast is it only takes one lucky shot with an arrow or stab with a sword in the creature’s weak spot to bring the whole massive beast crashing down, sometimes even crushing you. This is not a comfortable end to battle.
4. Talking Four-Legged Animal
Not only can you and your steed move as one, but you can talk to discuss the best strategy for the battle. In between battle, you can have witty banter and sing songs of glory. However, there may be days where you argue with each other. Talking polar bears can be a bit touchy. However, when faced by the salivating jaws of a reptilian monster, you can both steel yourselves and ride into battle shouting your war cry that will one day be painted across thousands of t-shirts.
5. Giant Robot!
The robot can be an extension of yourself, to carry you and your control panel into battle. If a humanoid robot, you can punch and kick your way to glory. If more of a tank, it will provide a great advantage until an EMP blast disables your electronics, or some kid with a magnetic grapple hook and a lightsaber throws a thermal detonator inside.
Still, two giant robots fighting each other can be glorious.
All of these steeds have their merits and disadvantages. When selecting from the above steeds, carefully consider what sortof battle you are entering, and what type of enemy you are facing. Or, if you are unsure, just ride a giant robot riding a robot dinosaur. Such a glorious steed must be unstoppable.
(This post was actually inspired by the conversation between Star Wars Anonymous and Eli Pacheco regarding this image. Check out the comments section from my previous post to see why.)
For myself, I think I would stick with the loyal, ferocious, and adorable polar bear dog from Legend of Korra.
What steed would you ride into battle? What would you do if facing such magnificent steeds? Which one would make the best pet? Besides battle, what other things would you use your steed for?
Side Note 1: The vintage pictures I have been using the past few months are from the Flickr Commons. The leading picture for this post is of Inez Millholland, who was a lawyer and pioneer of woman’s rights. I highly recommend looking up her biography. She was a very interesting, and hardly demure, woman.
Side Note 2: The Batman Vs. Superman movie has a name – Dawn of Justice – With Batman having top billing.
Side Note 3: You too can be a part of the Star Wars: Episode VII, with only a $10 donation to Unicef.
I’ve got to give props to Abrams and Disney for using all the attention on this extremely anticipated movie for good.
Your move, Joss Wedon and Avengers 2, and Zach Snyder and Batman V. Superman.
26 thoughts on “Five Epic Steeds To Ride Into Battle”
That Star Wars contest is brilliant! And can you imagine actually being in a Star Wars movie? My heart can’t even handle it …
As for what mount I’d ride into battle, definitely something comfortable. So I’m thinking more along the lines of like a bear or something, since dragon scales would be wicked uncomfortable. I’d probably vote for Appa the flying bison — super cute, super fluffy, plus can fly. No downsides!
I didn’t even think of the flying bison. It would be fantastic, and, if you had a bad day, you could just cuddle with it.
I’d go with a griffin. Fast and powerful even though the maintenance would be a bit rough. Molting season would be a pain. I’d use it for everything though. Even if I had to go across town or down the block.
A griffin would be a handy beast. Have you seen The Luck Child from The Storyteller series done by the Jim Henson company in the 90’s? It has an excellent griffin.
That sounds familiar. I saw that series back when it first came out, but I’ve only seen one of them again since. I think it was the capturing death story.
That’s a really good episode too.
First choice: Dragon.
Second choice: Horse.
And I donated $10 to omaze yesterday. Just one entry, because I’m a firm believer that you only need one to win! Don’t believe me? This is my favorite story: http://contests.about.com/b/2010/11/21/hgtvs-first-urban-oasis-sweepstakes-winner-won-with-a-single-entry.htm
I’m also glad Eli Pacheco and I inspired a post! Haha.
First, thanks again for the inspiration.
Second, I wish you luck. As you say, it only takes one chance. I believe in you. The only problem is your brain might explode from all that excitement.
I had to put the wyvern out to pasture since it ate the neighbor’s chihuahua. Oh, and the cat that yowled outside my window, my other neighbor’s prize-winning chickens, and the deer that ate my flowers (they had it coming).
I had the same problem with mine. It’s now roaming the deserts, finding lots of good wild animals to eat.
I’m smiling at the idea of Napoleon having enough soldiers in his army who were virgins to field a squad of unicorns. Would the other soldiers admire them, or mock them?
My steed of choice would have to be a dragon.
But what kind of dragon would you ride?
I prefer a giant re-animated T-Rex, a la Harry Dresden. http://dresdenfiles.wikia.com/wiki/Sue
Always a spectacular choice – though, what would you do about the arms?
I’ll take a Dewback straight off of Tatooine, thank you. Low to the ground, hairless to satisfy my allergy to allergens, and their tails will probably regenerate if they’re tugged off.
The regenerating tail would come in handy. The only downside to a Dewback is they don’t look particularly speedy. I suppose strength and steadiness would balance that out.
The tail could get you out of some tough situations with Tusken Raiders especially. Slow and steady on a dewback means I’m less likely to get trampled by humongous lizard feet. I’ve thought of everything, L-Palm.
I nearly peed myself when I scrolled down and saw “Giant Robot” on your list. As a kid who grew up with Power Rangers and a crap-ton of anime, I absolutely approve. XD
On the topic of Star Wars, isn’t J.J. Abrams just so cute? lol Oh, and also, totally awesome contest. I approve of that as well. 🙂
Giant Robots are an entire legion of awesome by themselves.
The steed I would want would be Maximus from Tangled. That horse is brilliant and relentless. He is perfect for any battle.
And I am so gonna get myself in the next Star Wars movie.
Maximus is an ingenious horse, finding unexpected solutions to many things. Perhaps, if he could be your steed, he could help you get into the Star Wars movie.
I would like that very much.
A luck Dragon from The Neverending Story.
Awesome. Just awesome.
This is great! Love all the steeds and their usefulness to their riders. Also, I can’t wait for the new Transformers movie. I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever and I’ve purposely ignored trailers and plot points to go into the theater blind with very little knowledge of what will happen. Anyway, can’t wait!
“The downside for riding a reptilian beast is it only takes one lucky shot with an arrow or stab with a sword in the creature’s weak spot to bring the whole massive beast crashing down, sometimes even crushing you. This is not a comfortable end to battle.” This absolutely cracked me up 🙂