It is a Renaissance fantasy world. The central character is a deluded knight of uncertain legitimacy who travels the land looking for wrongs to right. However, he is a Clouseau-esque character, bumbling, stupid and ineffective. The real heroes of the stories are his two faithful and long-suffering squires who solve the mysteries, battle the monsters and then allow the knight to take the credit. The feel of the stories is a cross between the comedic and Mc Gyver ingenuity.
It uses the Tashi model by Barbara and Anna Feinberg. This model uses heavily illustrated text and is around 60 pages, or 5,200 words long. It might be called a chapter book. Tashi further divides each book into two shorter stories, with a linking text at the end of the first story. A line drawing, in this case pencil/charcoal, is present on every page.
Inspiration for this story comes from the following sources:
• Don Quixote. A deluded knight and his squire in humorous situations.
• Ringworld/The Knife Sharpener. A post apocalyptic world, reduced to much simpler levels of technology but with hints of a glorious past.
• Elements of Iain Banks’ Culture stories. What in particular?
• Clouseau. The well-wishing fool empowered to act and succeeding despite incompetence.
• Mc Gyver. Using found objects to inventively solve problems.
• Tashi. Short adventures with simple morals.
The protagonist is a deluded knight. His origins and legitimacy are in question but are never directly challenged nor confirmed. He quests for good and right but is a bumbler. He is assisted by two squires, a boy and a girl, who are the real heroes of the story. They genuinely solve the crises and arrange it so the knight appears to be the hero.