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This group exists primarily or exclusively within the Sonic the Comic continuity.
Information in this article may not be canonical to the storyline of the games or any other Sonic continuity.

The Spice Maidens are the five daughters of Zorabel, the Pirate Queen of Scourge Bay. Although Zorabel is human, the Spice Maidens are all different species. Their names are Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Coriander, Pepper and Tarragon. Cinnamon is a bear, Nutmeg is a squirrel, and Pepper is a chimp; the species of the other Maidens are unclear.

Concept and creation

The Spice Maidens were created by Nigel Dobbyn, who provided the art on the story in which they appeared, although the rest of the strip was created by Nigel Kitching. Dobbyn originally wanted Tarragon's name to be Vanilla, which suited her character better, but editor Deborah Tate insisted that vanilla wasn't a spice so it was changed. (In fact, vanilla is a spice, but tarragon is not - it's a herb.) Nigel Dobbyn has also claimed that, if a sequel had been produced, it would have opened with Tarragon's funeral and Vanilla would have been introduced as a replacement.[1]

The Spice Maidens are a reference to the Spice Girls, a famous English pop girl group from the 1990s. The individual Spice Maidens also seem loosely modelled on the stage personas of the Spice Girls, as follows:

  • Cinnamon - Scary Spice (Melanie Brown)
  • Nutmeg - Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell)
  • Coriander - Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham)
  • Pepper - Sporty Spice (Melanie Chisholm)
  • Tarragon - Baby Spice (Emma Bunton)

History

Little is known about the Spice Maidens' early life. Captain Plunder met them when they were young girls and formed an impression of them as sweet and innocent. However, they grew up to become fierce fighters, and Zorabel later said that they frequently caused 'bother', for example by brawling in taverns like The Pink Parrot in Scourge Bay.[2]

As part of Zorabel's plan to steal the Akotek Treasure, she insisted that her daughters accompany Captain Plunder. Plunder protested that women on a ship was bad luck. Unfortunately for Plunder, his claims that having Zorabel's "sweet young daughters on a ship full of cut-throat pirates" wouldn't be right only leads to Zorabel joining them on the trip herself.[3] After finding out the location of the treasure from Krakiota the sea serpent,[4] Plunder was initially uneasy when he learned that they would be robbing the actual tomb of King Akotek. However, Pepper convinced him to continue by telling him of Akotek's great wealth, and Cinnamon tricked him into breaking the seal on the tomb's entrance, thereby incurring the curse.[5] This was the real reason for bringing Plunder on the expedition at all. The Spice Maidens then took the treasure back to their ship, unaffected by the curse,[6] and then returned to Scourge Bay.[7]

References

  1. Message #3824 "Re: Hello" by Nigel Dobbyn at sonicthecomic Yahoo! Group
  2. Sonic the Comic #103, "The Spice Maidens, Part 1"
  3. Sonic the Comic #104, "Captain Plunder and the Spice Maidens, Part 2"
  4. Sonic the Comic #105, "Captain Plunder and the Spice Maidens, Part 3"
  5. Sonic the Comic #106, "Captain Plunder and the Spice Maidens, Part 4"
  6. Sonic the Comic #107, "Captain Plunder and the Spice Maidens, Part 5"
  7. Sonic the Comic #108, "Captain Plunder and the Spice Maidens, Part 6"

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