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Friday, June 29, 2012

Analyzing New Pirate101 Pictures and Info - Part 2


In this second part of my short analysis of all Pirate101 information, I'm going to focus mainly on Cool Ranch. When you mention the world, I immediately think of Doritos - they have a flavor called Cool Ranch, which this must have something to do with. Anyway...

Here's a brief look at the world of Cool Ranch!
If there is a bright center to the Spiral, Cool Ranch is the realm it is farthest from. A stark, beautiful realm of rocky islands and seemingly endless skies, Cool Ranch is a land of desert, cactus, and tumbleweeds, a wild realm where civilization can be as fragile as a cool breeze. The proud Bison tribes and the nefarious Toads are the original natives of Cool Ranch - all of the frontier's other inhabitants came here from someplace else. The proud Stallions, distant cousins to the Unicorns of Valencia, came to Cool Ranch long ago and built missions and villages throughout the skyways, but their heyday is long over, and now only Santo Pollo remains. The most recent arrivals are the Chickens, Cranes, and other Fowl who came to Cool Ranch from parts unknown - they rarely talk about their homeland, describing it only as "Back East."

A steady stream of bold and enterprising Birds has come to Cool Ranch, hoping to make a new beginning or escape a troubled past. Their skill at industry rivals Marleybone's: the Birds brought locomotives, steam engines, and other modern devices with them. Life has been hard for the new settlers, however: many of the new boom towns soon went bust, and the great railroads now stand empty. But the honest ranchers and townsfolk keep working: there's gold in them there mesas, and there's good money to be made herding the sleepy Buffaloons. The steady demand for refined food and other niceties has nurtured a bustling mercantile trade for ship captains willing to sail that far.

Cool Ranch is a land of legendary figures: heroes like the Chicken Rangers, Wild Bill Peacock, and the masked hero El Toro, fighting lawlessness and standing up for the humble settlers; but the wild frontier has also fostered terrible outlaws like Libirdy Valence, El Guapo, and the dreaded Duck With No Name. Smugglers and pirates have always been drawn to Cool Ranch - far from everyplace, the dusty realm is an ideal place to hide. Indeed, Captain Barnabus Blood, one of the most infamous pirates in the history of the Spiral, is said to have built a hidden stronghold somewhere in Skull Island before his well-deserved end. Blood's treasure has never been found...


The beauty of Pirate101 pictures is that you never really know the whole story here. As with this first picture, you might think - Oh, this is Cool Ranch! The problem is, that this island could be all by itself somewhere off the coast, or edge, of the mainland. It could be a side island altogether. The thing it, you can't really tell because you don't have the full view.

In this first photo, you see several interesting bits, particularly in the lower, right-hand corner. There's a gate that leads to the area below - no doubt that there's a quest to open it. There's a cave with footprints leading into it, as well as some odd statue down there.


The trees in this photo look similar to the ones above. I'd say this is nearby, by this area has water, which there is no sign of in the above picture.



In the description, Cool Ranch's latest inhabitants are birds of one kind of another. Whether or not this bird is good or bad, I'm not sure. Pay close attention to that waterfall.


Looks similar, doesn't it? This looks to be the river that the waterfall drops down to. Look at those cool windpaths above, and the way they weave through the railroad tracks!


Those same two windpaths looks like they come around a bend in this photo, probably on the other site of the railroad we see in the photo above. You can see the river running through the area.


One of the other types of creatures to be found in Cool Ranch are buffalo, and Buffaloons. This looks to be a Shaman. 


Those pesky toads from Skull Island have returned! Here's one lurking about the desert.


What western-themed world would be complete without a Saloon? I might offer to buy you a glass of yum, but it looks old and abandoned, in the shadow of the massive plateaus.


A toad musketeer, perhaps? I can only imagine that enemies follow the same classes that we do. However, it looks like there's a city in the background.


...In fact, the stone matches that of the picture below!


This final picture takes Buffalo Wings to the extreme! Perhaps these are the Buffaloons we've been hearing about?


Here's another new photo that J. Todd Coleman posted of his pirate and companion on his Pirate101 ship docked at Skull Island!


Keep an eye out for more! Thanks for reading, and see you in the Spiral!

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