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Julio
Julio Scoundrél
Biographical information
First Comic

389

Last Comic

943

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair color

Grey

Chronological and political information
Alignment

Chaotic Neutral

Julio Scoundrél is the dashing sky pirate and captain of the airship Mechane that aids Thog and Elan to reach Azure City.

A famous action star and listed as the thirty-second out of the one hundred greatest swordsmen of the century, chosen the "Sexiest Man Alive" by the Townspeople magazine. His proficiency is due to taking ten levels in the obscure prestige class Dashing Swordsman, allowing him to apply his incredibly high Charisma bonus to attacks with a rapier. He describes himself as a "world-famous sky pirate, renown ladies' man and all-around action hero" and has lovers, children and law-problems in almost every town, all reasons he avoids big cities like Azure City where he is a wanted criminal. He also fenced the Devil-King of Dinosaur Island.

Elan encountered Julio while attempting to get transport from Cliffport to Azure City; the air pirate agreed to help Elan because the bard reminded him of himself. When dropping Elan off in Azure City he destroyed a chunk of the city walls through a combination of cannon fire and alchemists fire. This lead Hinjo to refer to him as "some jackass pirate" later on.

He trains Elan in the arts of the Dashing Swordsman Prestige Class in a couple of days so he could defeat Nale once he arrived. Much like Elan, Julio is extremely well-versed in the ways of Genre Conventions and follows such rules. which is the reason that he is immediately attacked by the local militia upon approaching the city. Before parting ways he gave Elan the +3 Keen Rapier that he used when he was a Level 1 Dashing Swordsman (claiming that since he has managed to father children in every port on the continent he doesn't know whom to give it to). He also told him that he wished never to cross paths with Elan again because, due to genre conventions and the demands of stories, he would most likely be killed by a random enemy of Elan's the next time they meet so that Elan could swear vengeance on his killer.

When Tarquin vanquished The Order and was trying to force Elan to do things his way, he arrives riding a flying carpet, revealing they are old acquaintances. He fights Tarquin even when he points that the mentor always gets killed by the hero's enemy but he replies that a second calling from Elan convinced him that he can change the story. He kept on fighting Tarquin using carpet puns. Meanwhile, The Order escapes to Julio's ship. Tarquin then shreds Julio's carpet and calls for Laurin. She reveals that she was a member of Julio's fan club, but she confesses that she was having bad taste when she was younger and blasts Julio with a Psi attack. Together, they try to flank Julio, but Elan shoots a harpoon from the Mechane that almost hits him and while Tarquin complains that Elan missed, Julio cuts the rope attached to the harpoon and he learns that this was launched to help Julio escape, hanging heroically from the rope. While this helped him to escape from Tarquin, he's not strong enough to climb up the rope, as he was when he was younger, as Bandana states. While in this position, he's unaware of what's happening on deck, but this gives him a perfect view when Tarquin plummets to the ground.

InspirationEdit

In appearence, he bears remarkable resemblance to Setzer Gabbiani (whose airship Blackjack also resembles Julio's Mechane), as was quite possibly lampshaded by the Final Fantasy 6 parody comic shortly before he was introduced. Julio Scoundrél bears a resemblance to Jack Sparrow, as the first letter of his name and surname coincide with Sparrow's. He also looks and acts like a Pirate and is the captain of the airship Mechane, similar to the Black Pearl, having a black flotation balloon instead of the black Sails.

Scoundrél was also chosen the "Sexiest Man Alive" by the Townspeople magazine, like Johnny Depp was by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars" being the first in the list.

Scoundrél also bears similarities to Captain Shakespeare from Stardust. Both are airship captains, and both mentor the young protagonist (in this case, Elan) in the ways of both swordplay and romance.

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