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Encyclopedia > Guards! Guards!
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

8th novel – 1st City Watch story
Outline
Characters: Samuel Vimes
Fred Colon
Nobby Nobbs
Carrot Ironfoundersson
Havelock Vetinari
Locations: Ankh-Morpork
Motifs: Cop novels
Pedigree dog (dragon) breeding
Nobility/Monarchy
Secret Societies
The Hobbit, particularily Smaug.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Publication details
Year of release: 1989
Original publisher: Corgi
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 0575046066
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0552134627
Other details
Awards:
Notes: Came 69th in the Big Read.
The first Discworld computer game borrowed heavily from this story.
Adapted as a play by Stephen Briggs.

Guards! Guards! is the 8th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1989. It is the first novel about the City Watch. The first Discworld computer game borrowed heavily from Guards! Guards! in terms of plot. Terence David John Pratchett OBE is an English fantasy author (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England), best known for his Discworld series. ... The Discworld is a series of 35 humorous fantasy novels and a number of shorter works by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (544x800, 302 KB)Guards! Guards! cover, from http://www. ... Sam Vimes is a fictional policeman from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Fred Colon is a fictional character in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. ... Cecil Wormsborough St. ... Carrot Ironfoundersson is a corporal in, and later captain of, the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Lord Havelock Vetinari is the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, the head of the fictional city state of Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... In a dog show, judges familiar with specific dog breeds evaluate individual dogs for how well they conform to published breed standards, hence the more accurate term is conformation show (or, sometimes, breed show). ... The Lords and Barons prove their Nobility by hanging their Banners and exposing their Coats-of-arms at the Windows of the Lodge of the Heralds. ... A monarchy, (from the Greek monos, one, and archein, to rule) is a form of government that has a monarch as Head of State. ... A secret society is a social organization that requires its members to conceal certain activities—such as rites of initiation or club ceremonies—from outsiders. ... The trip taken in The Hobbit in middle earth shown in red The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien originally as a childrens story in the tradition of the fairy tale. ... The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (ISBN 0099450259) is a novel by Mark Haddon. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Big Read was a 2003 survey carried out by the BBC, with the goal of finding the Nations Best-loved Book by way of a viewer vote via the Web, SMS and telephone. ... Discworld is a graphical adventure game developed by Teeny Weeny Games and Perfect 10 Productions in mid 1995. ... Stephen Briggs is, in his own words, a civil servant who dabbles in amateur dramatics. However, through his drama work, he has become heavily involved with the subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ... The Discworld is a series of 35 humorous fantasy novels and a number of shorter works by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld. ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE is an English fantasy author (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England), best known for his Discworld series. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... Discworld is a graphical adventure game developed by Teeny Weeny Games and Perfect 10 Productions in mid 1995. ...

Contents


Synopsis

The story follows a plot by a secret brotherhood, the Unique and Supreme Lodge of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night, to overthrow the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork and install a puppet king, under the control of the Supreme Grand Master - who also happens to be Vetinari's secretary, Lupine Wonse. Using a stolen magic book, they summon a dragon to strike fear into the people of Ankh-Morpork. Lord Havelock Vetinari is the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, the head of the fictional city state of Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ... Chinese dragon, colour engraving on wood, Japanese Chinese school, 19th Century A dragon is a mythological creature, typically depicted as a large and powerful serpent or other reptile, with magical or spiritual qualities. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ...


Once a suitable state of terror and panic has been created, the Supreme Grand Master proposes to put forth an "heir" to the throne, who will slay the dragon and rid the city of tyranny. It is the task of the Night Watch – Captain Vimes, Sergeant Colon, Corporal Nobbs, and new volunteer Carrot Ironfoundersson – to stop them, with some help from the Librarian of the Unseen University, an orangutan trying to get the stolen book back. Sam Vimes is a fictional policeman from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Fred Colon is a fictional character in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. ... Cecil Wormsborough St. ... Carrot Ironfoundersson is a corporal in, and later captain of, the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... The Librarian of Unseen University is one of the most popular characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... The Coat of Arms of Unseen University. ...


The Watch is in bad condition; they are regarded as a bunch of drunks who just walk around ringing their bells (it doesn't help that this is mostly true). The arrival of Carrot changes this; Carrot has memorised the Laws and Ordinances of the Cities of Ankh and Morpork, and on his first day tries to arrest the head of the Guild of Thieves for theft in Ankh-Morpork (the Thieves' Guild is permitted a quota of legally licensed thieving, a concept that the book of ancient Laws does not take into account). Carrot's enthusiasm rings with the feeling nagging at Captain Vimes; that the Watch should prevent crime. Vimes begins investigating the dragon appearances, which leads to an acquaintance with Sybil Ramkin, a breeder of swamp dragons. Ramkin gives an underdeveloped dragon, Errol, to the Watch as a mascot. The Guild of Thieves, Cutpurses and Allied Trades is a fictional institition in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. ... Sybil Ramkin is Samuel Vimes wife in Terry Pratchetts City Watch books in the Discworld series. ... Swamp dragons (draco vulgaris) are fictitious creatures from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Mascots at the Mascot Olympics in Orlando, FL. A mascot is something, typically an animal or human character used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot), society or corporation. ...


The leader of the Elucidated Brethren is initially successful in controlling the dragon, but he has not accounted for the dragon's own magic. The banished dragon returns, and makes itself king of Ankh-Morpork, keeping the head of the Elucidated Brethren, the now imprisoned Wonse, as its mouth piece; and demands the people of Ankh-Morpork bring it gold, for its bedding, and regular virgin sacrifices. It has been suggested that Gold bar be merged into this article or section. ... In Roman times, Vestal Virgins were strictly celibate or they were punished by death. ... Sacrifice (from a Middle English verb meaning to make sacred, from Old Marcus Aurelius and members of the Imperial family offer sacrifice in gratitude for success against Germanic tribes: contemporary bas-relief, Capitoline Museum, Rome French, from Latin sacrificium : sacer, sacred; sacred + facere, to make) is commonly known as the...


Vimes is imprisoned in the same cell as the Patrician, who has been leading a relatively comfortable life, with the help of the rats he uses as spies. The Librarian helps Vimes to escape and he runs to the aid of Sybil, who has been chosen as the first virgin to be sacrificed. The Watch's dragon, Errol, reorganises his digestive system to form a supersonic jet engine and fights the king, eventually knocking the king out of the sky with a shock wave. While a crowd attempts to close in on the king to kill it, Sybil tries to plead for it, while Carrot places it under arrest; but Errol lets the dragon escape, to be his mate (It turns out the "King" is a "Queen"). Species 50 species; see text *Several subfamilies of Muroids include animals called rats. ... Espionage is the practice of obtaining secrets (spying) from rivals or enemies for military, political, or economic advantage. ... This page is about high speed motion of bodies such as airplanes through air or other fluids. ... A Pratt and Whitney turbofan engine for the F-15 Eagle is tested at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, USA. The tunnel behind the engine muffles noise and allows exhaust to escape. ... In fluid dynamics, a shock wave is a nonlinear or discontinuous pressure wave. ... A monarch (see sovereign) is a type of ruler or head of state. ... A monarch (see sovereign) is a type of ruler or head of state. ...

Adaptations

The novel has been adapted as:

BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Stephen Briggs is, in his own words, a civil servant who dabbles in amateur dramatics. However, through his drama work, he has become heavily involved with the subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul Darrow (born May 2, 1941) is a British character actor best known for his portrayal of Kerr Avon in the BBC science fiction television series Blakes 7. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... A graphic novel (GN) is a long-form comic book, usually with lengthy and complex storylines, and often aimed at more mature audiences. ... Graham Higgins (born 1953) is a British writer and artist. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...

Translations

  • Стражите! Стражите! (Bulgarian)
  • Stráže! Stráže! (Czech)
  • Wacht! Wacht! (Dutch)
  • Vahid! Vahid! (Estonian)
  • Vartijat, hoi! (Finnish)
  • Au Guet ! (French)
  • Wachen! Wachen! (German)
  • Őrség! Őrség! (Hungarian)
  • I lovens navn! (Norwegian)
  • Straż! Straż! (Polish)
  • Guardas! Guardas! (Portuguese - Brazil)
  • Стража! Стража! (Russian)
  • Straža! Straža! (Serbian)
  • ¡Guardias! ¡Guardias! (Spanish)
  • I lagens namn (Swedish)
  • A me le guardie! (Italian)

External links

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  • Quotes from Guards! Guards!
Terry Pratchett's Discworld
Novels:

The Colour of Magic - The Light Fantastic - Equal Rites - Mort - Sourcery - Wyrd Sisters - Pyramids - Guards! Guards! - Eric - Moving Pictures - Reaper Man - Witches Abroad - Small Gods - Lords and Ladies - Men at Arms - Soul Music - Interesting Times - Maskerade - Feet of Clay - Hogfather - Jingo - The Last Continent - Carpe Jugulum - The Fifth Elephant - The Truth - Thief of Time - Night Watch - Monstrous Regiment - Going Postal - Thud! Terence David John Pratchett OBE is an English fantasy author (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England), best known for his Discworld series. ... The Discworld is a series of 35 humorous fantasy novels and a number of shorter works by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld. ... The Colour of Magic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the first of the Discworld series which was published in 1983. ... The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. ... Equal Rites is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Mort is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett and also the name of its main character. ... Sourcery is the fifth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1988. ... This article is about the novel. ... Pyramids is the seventh Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1989. ... Faust Eric (commonly abbreviated F^HE – see backspace) is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Moving Pictures is the name of a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1990. ... Reaper Man is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Witches Abroad is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, originally published in 1991. ... Small Gods is a novel by Terry Pratchett, part of the popular Discworld series. ... Lords and Ladies is a Discworld book by Terry Pratchett. ... Men at Arms is the 15th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. ... Interesting Times is a novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... Maskerade is a novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... Feet of Clay is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett which parodies detective novels. ... Hogfather is the 20th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Jingo is a novel by Terry Pratchett, one of his phenomenally popular Discworld series. ... The Last Continent is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1998, that parodies Australian people and culture, as well as the famous Crocodile Dundee and Mad Max movies. ... Carpe Jugulum is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the twenty third in the Discworld series. ... The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... This article or section should include material from [[{{{1}}}]]. Mr. ... Thief of Time is the 26th Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett. ... Night Watch is the 27th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published in 2002. ... Terry Pratchett is known for his combining of political and social commentary with humor, and for readable, interesting fantasy. ... Memorial of the 1986 post office incident in Edmond, OK. This article is about the violent social phenomenon. ... Thud! is Terry Pratchetts 34th Discworld novel, released in the United States of America and the United Kingdom on September 13, and it may have been released already in other countries, such as Norway [1] and Denmark. ...


Illustrated Novel: The Last Hero Young Adult Novels: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - Wee Free Men - A Hat Full of Sky The Last Hero is a short novel of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents is the 28th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published in 2001. ... The Wee Free Men is the 30th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, and the second Discworld book for younger readers. ... A Hat Full of Sky (ISBN 0-385-60736-9) is a novel written by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, written with younger readers in mind. ...

Other books:

The Discworld Companion - The Science of Discworld - The Science of Discworld II: The Globe - The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch - The Pratchett Portfolio - The Art of Discworld - The Streets of Ankh-Morpork - The Discworld Mapp - A Tourist Guide to Lancre - Death's Domain - Nanny Ogg's Cookbook - Where's My Cow? The Discworld Companion is an encyclopedia to all things Discworldian, created by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. ... The Science of Discworld is a 1999 book written by novelist Terry Pratchett and popular science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen. ... The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (ISBN 0091888050) is a 2002 book written by novelist Terry Pratchett and popular science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen. ... The Pratchett Portfolio is a small collection of the artistic works of Paul Kidby, illustrating the characters of Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ... The Art of Discworld is a descriptive book of the world of the Discworld as portrayed in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The first of the Discworld Mapp series, despite the authors original long-held opinion that a fantasy world could not and should not be mapped. ... The Discworld Mapp is an atlas that contains a large, fold out map of the Discworld (sold by CMOT Dibbler) drawn by Stephen Player to the directions of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. ... A Tourist Guide To Lancre is the third book in the Discworld Mapp series, and the first to be illustrated by Paul Kidby. ... Deaths Domain is a fictional dimension in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Nanny Oggs Cookbook is a book of recipes and wisdom of the Discworld character Nanny Ogg by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs and Tina Hannan. ... Wheres My Cow? is a picture book written by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Melvyn Grant. ...

Games:

The Colour of Magic - Discworld - Discworld 2 - Discworld MUD - Discworld Noir - Thud The Colour of Magic was the first Discworld computer game and so far the only one directly adapted from a Discworld novel. ... Discworld is a graphical adventure game developed by Teeny Weeny Games and Perfect 10 Productions in mid 1995. ... Discworld II: Missing Presumed. ... Discworld MUD is a free Multi-User Dimension set in the Discworld as depicted in the Discworld series of books by Terry Pratchett. ... Discworld Noir is a computer game based on Terry Pratchetts Discworld comic fantasy novels, and unlike the previous Discworld games is both an example and parody of the noir genre. ... Thud is a board game devised by Trevor Truran, inspired by the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. ...


 
 

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