Morituri Nolumus Mori

Paul Kidby Astronauts from The Last Hero

  • Who are these men?
  • What do they do? How do you know?
  • What do you think they are going to do?
  • How are they feeling?
  • The words behind them (written in Latin) say ‘morituri nolumus mori’, which means ‘We who are about to die don’t want to’. What is their story? Why are they about to die? What mission are they being sent on? Who is sending them? Can they refuse?

Illustration © Paul Kidby
From ‘The Last Hero’ by Terry Pratchett

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 20:12h, 05 February Reply

    one with wizzard on his hat is rincewind,
    one on the left is captain carrot ironfoundersson
    one in the centre is Leonard of quirm.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:19h, 23 February Reply

    Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson, rightful king of Ankh-Morpork but content to be a city watchman, inventor and painter Leonard of Quirm, and hapless wizard Rincewind of Unseen University. They’re on a mission from Lord Vetinari, the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, to swing a ship under the Disc (their world is a flat disc on the back of 4 elephants which stand on the back of the great turtle A’tuin) and use the force of their passage to come up over the other side of the rim and glide down to Cori Celesti to stop Cohen the Barbarian from returning fire to the gods. They could refuse to do it, but it would mean the end of the world.

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