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Captain Holofernest

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Captain Holofernest: The skew-eyed, brawny captain of the Black Ship that Inquisitor Zilanov accompanied. Privately, he is a drunk, but Inquisitor Draco considers him an unsung hero for the job he does; commanding a Black Ship for years on end. He was finally executed by Zilanov for derelliction of duty and drunkeness.

Real-world reference: Holofernes was a Babylonian general who appears in the Book of Judith (one of the texts of the Apocrypha). Judith lures him to bed and gets him drunk (hence the proclivity of various Holoferneses to be alcoholics) then beheads him whilst he is in a drunken stupor.

French poet Rabelais' poem Gargantua (1534) also featured a Holofernes, as did Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost (1594).

Source: Draco by Ian Watson

Submitter: IBBoard & Simguinus