The Discworld Portal
You’ve reached the home of the Discworld Portal podcast. The URL is just above, right underneath that great painting.
The podcast is a little corner of the multiverse where you can enjoy Sir Terry and all things Discworld. This page provides a bunch of extra Discworld goodies, as well as giving you a place to comment on the show.
In addition to being a Terry Pratchett fanatic, I am an RPG player from way back. Try Thanksgiving 1975, when I was first introduced to D&D. Sir Terry was at least partly inspired to write The Color of Magic by his experiences playing D&D. Pretty cool eh? In that vein, I got to thinking about what “character classes” exist on the Discworld. So I went looking for some illustrations.
I really thought this image nicely captures the symbols of three of the major character classes in the Discworld. The witches, the wizards, and Death are three types whose members all exhibit growth over time, and all three are the subject of a very large number of Discworld books (although there’s only one member of the Death character class.) We know wizards progress from first up to eighth level. Witches on the other hand… well, it makes you wonder what level Granny Weatherwax is, doesn’t it.
And I daren’t forget the Watch!
All that was lacking was a depiction of the fourth class– the watchman although Sam Vimes would’ve held this image in contempt, I think. Plumes and fancy pants and ruffles, and you can barely even see a breastplate on the right-hand guy, and the left-had guy has his covered up with his sash and quote and ruffles– if he’s wearing one at all.
Terry Pratchett quotes
“Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly in purple. In the clear air the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the desert and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity overhead, they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way.” Terry Pratchett, Jingo
“We pride ourselves on making a good history of our lives, a good story to be told.” Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight