Pick a song
Tales of the Phantom Ship - Lennie Gallant
The Nellie J Banks - Lennie Gallant (Performed by Manchester Run)
(Note: The Cover I had for inspiration is by Jar O'Comfort, but I cannot find a link)
These two songs were from a CD brought back from Nova Scotia. They served as inspiration for Phinneus Cromwell.
In particular, Tales of the Phantom Ship was originally used to describe the Northstar, as it is a schooner that flies without the use of a balloon. The sails and rigging appear to be on fire as a result of the massive electric field created. The Nellie J Banks provided the inspiration of a water smuggling, often drunk, captain.
Modern Major General from The Pirates of Penzance also served as some inspiration as well.
Pick a pantone color
PANTONE 266 C
While not exact, this is approximately what color the Northstar glows when in flight. The sails and rigging all appear to be ablaze in that color.
Pick a picture of a landscape
A Storm in the Rocky Mountains by Albert Bierstadt.
This landscape has a similar look and feel to the Hoganmarr Mountains in southern Titania where Phinneus often visits.
Choose a (movie, book, theatre) genre
Epic of Gilgamesh
Phinneus' interactions with Titania and the Yeti culture helped foster his love and appreciation of oral literature and history.
Choose an animal
The royal albatross.
The largest sea bird and one of the largest flying birds in the world (Earth, not Orr). Birds frequently represent freedom, the royal albatross would symbolize the freedom and adventure for being at sea and in the air.
Choose a vintage advertisement
The start of Phinneus' life of crime was as a water merchant and smuggler.
Choose a drink
Phinneus likes a good ale as much as the next sailor. But, in terms of cocktails he would have to go for the:
Titanian Old Fashioned
2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
Dash of Angostura bitters
Orange peel (for garnish)
Phinneus' experience in Titania has influenced his tastes.
Choose a famous painting
The Sun sets Sail - Rob Gonsalves