Dance-Fighting

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Proposed Canon

In Erfworld, Dance-Fighting is a Natural Ability used in combat to add a significant bonus to a Unit or a Stack. Often, the Units dance-fighting will adopt a style of dress, but this is not necessary to receive the bonus.

Known Dance-Fighters

Transylvito - The vampire gangs of Transylvito are led by Caesar Borgata during their dance-fight. Their particular dance style is that of a 1950's era 'Greaser-Mob'.Erf-b1-p111Same-site.PNG

Knights In Stanley's Service - The Knights in Stanley's Service, populated by elite Hobgobwins, are led by Lord Stanley The Tool himself. They adopt black leather 'armor' and warpaint, wield axes, and generally have a Heavy Metal Appearance.Erf-b1-p076Same-site.PNG

Wanda Firebaugh at the Courtyard Breach - This dance-fight was planned by 'Lord Hamster' after learning that the Royal Crown Coalition had few troops that could dance-fightErf-b1-p128Same-site.PNG), while Gobwin Knob had a Master-Class Croakamancer that could lead uncroaked in dance-fighting (as well as providing a significant Leadership bonus), despite that uncroaked normally could not dance-fight. Wanda led an army of several thousand Uncroaked in a rather thrilling defense against Ansom's attacking forces.Erf-b1-p127Same-site.PNG Erf-b1-p129Same-site.PNG

Ansom's forces at the Courtyard Breach - Though not dance-fightersErf-b1-p127Same-site.PNG, a Spell from Charlescomm's Archons allowed Ansom's forces to Dance-fightErf-b1-p128Same-site.PNG.

Speculation

The exact mechanics of dance-fighting have yet to be explained in the comic. Most often, Dance-fighting occurs before combat rather than during, and very frequently includes chanting or singing. The units that are to receive the dance-fight bonus usually dance in formation with one another, instead of using Real World modern free-style dances. One performer typically leads the dance, which others can use to keep in sync and rhythm (which may improve the bonus, but may not even be necessary). Once combat is engaged, the combatants cease dancing, but unengaged Units continue, suggesting that the dance needs to continue right up to the moment of combat, or that dancers can maintain the bonus on combatants.

Real World References

The Transylvito dance-fight style is an obvious homage to The Jets from West Side Story. Their battle-cry is even a parody of the lyrics from the Jets Song.

Jillian dresses like Sandy from the musical Grease and when talking to AnsomErf-b1-p93Same-site.PNG quotes "You're the one that I want" (a song sung by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the film version). The original plan for Transylvito and Charlescomm to ambush and kill Stanley, as described by Vinny to Don KingErf-b1-p111Same-site.PNG, likewise shows the dance-fighting styled after Grease (rather than the Transylvito-only West Side Story dance that actually takes placeErf-b1-p123Same-site.PNG).

Lord Stanley's dance-fight style is inspired by the American Rock Band, Kiss. The 'Knights In Stanley's Service' (K.I.S.S.) are based on a) the Kiss Army, Kiss's massive fan-club, and b) an accusation that the band name KISS once stood for 'Knights in Satan's Service'. Stanley wears the face-paint of Kiss band-member Paul 'The Starchild' Stanley, as their names draw an obvious parallel. Stanley also quotes two Kiss songs as rallying cries against the Transylvito forcesErf-b1-p123Same-site.PNG: "Stand up! You don't have to be afraid!" with his Knights answering "I love it... Loud!" from the 1982 I Love It Loud; and "Your lightning's all I need" from the 1977 Shock Me. The quotations seem directed to the Arkenhammer itself, referring to its powers of thunder, lightning, and electric guitar.

Wanda's dance-fight at the Garrison WallsErf-b1-p140Same-site.PNG is an obvious reference to Michael Jackson and his music video Thriller.

The Archons' Spell allows Ansom's troops to dance-fight by playing Dance Dance Revolution.

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