Fantasy Mash-Up Musings


Earlier this week, someone on r/Fantasy posed the question: Could the Gentleman Bastards (The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch) successfully rob Casterly Rock (A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM). In my opinion, yes, absolutely they could, especially if they only had to get past Cersei or Jaime. Tywin or Tyrion might pose a bit of a problem, but I bet the Gentleman Bastards would have some complicated plan in place that involved part of their scheme being “uncovered” and use that as the distraction for the robbery and the get away. (You can find the reddit thread here.)

I think the real question is: Could the Gentleman Bastards rob Gringotts (Harry Potter by JK Rowling)? I’m not sure they could. I think they could sweet-talk their way past the goblins to get into the vaults, but I think finding what they need and then getting out again would be the hard part. Even if they had the whole crew together (Locke, Jean, Calo, Galdo, Sabetha) they come from a sort of low-magic world, and I think the magics that protect the vaults would end up stymieing them. How would they get around the doubling charm, for instance? And even if they could, I have doubts that any of them would think to steal a dragon to escape–that’s a little high profile for them.

Following that query, could the crew from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo successfully rob Gringotts? I think in a perfect merging of the two worlds, they might get away with it. [WARNING: Mild Six of Crows spoilers ahead!] Wylan comes from a prominent family and could get them access to the high-security vaults and Jesper, as a Durast, could break into a vault without setting off any alarms or charms, Inej would secure an escape route, Matthias and Nina would run any interference needed and Kaz would top it all off with a snarky one-liner. I would read the hell out of a story like this one!

Any other fun fantasy crossovers you’d like to share? Tell me in the comments!

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