The Drenched: Good or Bad?
MARAQUA – If you’ve been keeping up with the current plot, many of us will know
about these three water-creatures called the Drenched. But who are these strange
sisters? They have never been mentioned before, and I have decided to find a little
bit of information about them.
It is hard to find things to say about them. The only clues I have are on the
plot (mostly part nine). Forgive me if my views are not the same as yours. I
tried to include every possible explanation.
Firstly, we must look into exactly what kind of species the Drenched are. They
certainly are not Neopets, and look more like faeries than anything else, apart
from the fact that they have no wings. However, Nereid the Water Faerie also
has no wings and looks very similar, so I come to the conclusion that the Drenched
are Water Faeries.
Although this seems a logical conclusion, it seems to me that the Drenched
are partnered with Dark Faeries, the reason behind their evilness. This would
also explain the red tint in their eyes and their long, pointed fingernails.
However, in my opinion, the Drenched are based around Water Faeries, but they
took their personalities from members of the Neopets staff. Reasonable, no?
The Drenched, as mentioned before, look like Water Faeries. But why is it so
hard to make the connection? It all comes down to appearance. More closely,
the Drenched don’t really look like Water Faeries apart from the fact that they
have a tail and blond hair. Let’s review this further.
The Drenched all have similar looking dresses, if that’s what you would call
them. I’d prefer to think of them as body-dresses. Two are different shades
of blue and one is a bluish-purple. The latter one seems to be their leader,
as she is the one who chases Isca and is most strict about the rules of the
Drenched. They all have blue streaks in their hair, long nails and way too much
eye shadow over their purple eyes.
Are the Drenched really sisters, or is this used in a metaphorical way by the
first Drenched? Looking just at their appearance, it would appear that this
is literal. Their personalities are slightly different, however. One of them
does not say anything at all, so I am presuming she is shy, or bossed around
by the other two. Another is obsessed with Garin. She is the one who speaks
of him as a “pretty toy”. She might be the youngest one of the three. The last
one, as said, is most likely the leader as she takes on the most responsibility.
To me, they appear as sisters. To you, they could be triplets, friends or even
clones. Choose wisely…
Obviously, the Drenched are mad. Why else would they randomly capture Jacques,
force him to drink a potion that would allow him to breathe underwater, and
then keep him trapped in their cave? As said in Part Nine, the punishment for
entering the Lair of the Drenched is death. So why was Jacques not killed? This
is another mystery that cannot be explained.
How the Drenched treated Jacques when he was captured, we know not. However,
Jacques himself does give us a clue when Isca meets him: “What are you? Another
devil come to torture me?” From this sentence, we can see that the Drenched
actually tortured Jacques, not just keeping him down there in the knowledge
that no one would rescue him.
Perhaps they took enjoyment from his pain. A more interesting theory would
be that they had some sort of bad experience of the surface world and were taking
revenge on any innocent outsider they could find. When Isca arrived, they told
her to go back to Maraqua. Maybe they, like Caylis, were banished a long time
ago for something beyond their control, and they wanted revenge. We will never
The Lair of the Drenched
In the whole plot, we only really get one real view of the Lair of the Drenched.
The first thing we can see is that there are big piles of dirt. Goodness knows
how (and why) these are here. I for one can’t imagine the Drenched carrying
piles of dirt in their cave to make it ‘more homely’.
I can understand the skulls, though. The Drenched must have had other prisoners
that were less fortunate than Jacques and weren’t saved in time. In the left
hand corner, there is one that looks like a Techo’s. Perhaps this is the contribution
of the saddened programmer of the now lost game, Techo Says.
(If you look at this skull at a different angle, it looks like a Grarrl’s head.
Could this be a sign that Grarrl Keno is the next game to be bumped off…?)
Finally, there is also what look like potion bottles. Maybe the Drenched, on
top of being evil Water Faeries, are magical too. This does seem quite logical,
as they provided Jacques with a potion that allowed him to breathe underwater.
There is also a treasure chest partially hidden in their lair. Perhaps the
Drenched are thieves like Garin was in Maraqua, and this was the reason for
them being banished, thus becoming evil. Maybe they got it from Garin’s ship,
The Black Pawkeet, when Scarblade captured it. There are many theories.
The Drenched, although evil, magic Water Faeries, do seem to have their priorities
the right way around. When their Lair is attacked, they immediately forget their
prisoners and fight to defend their home. So they do have a nice side to them
after all! If they were truly evil, they probably would try and use Garin for
bait, or something else like that. Maybe this goes back to their probable tragic
past and they are all shaken by horrible memories and…
Maybe I’m taking this a little too far. Let’s move on.
The Scarblade Theory
I have heard a few people say that the Drenched aren’t actually evil at all.
They are under someone else’s control. In other words, Scarblade, the only pirate
better than Garin, has them on his side. Either by choice, or they were forced
to, the Drenched are working for him. If this is the case, they seem particularly
suited to the job, being scary-looking and all.
The only flaw in this theory is that to get them by force, Scarblade would
have had to manipulate some faeries; something I’d heard is very difficult to
do. But then again, Scarblade is very powerful and cunning. It wouldn’t surprise
me if he had accomplished this.
I have come to the conclusion that the Drenched are three mad, evil, magical,
misunderstood, devoted, Dark-Water Faerie Sisters who have had a tragic past
with either Maraqua or the surface world, and they may be controlled by Captain
Scarblade. Hmm, maybe I got mixed up somewhere…
But seriously. The Drenched are definitely strange creatures, be they Water
Faeries or untamed Neopets staff. The only thing I’m certain about is that they
are incredibly unpredictable. Who knows when they will turn up in the plot again…
(If you’re reading this, then I am in the Neopian Times!! *bows* Any comments,
suggestions, criticisms are very welcome. Just Neomail me!)