This story is a retelling of Othello with a mash up of The Merchant of Venice but with a mermaid / sea serpent / um, dragon? It includes Marco Polo, Desdemona and Portia, and of course, Fool. The Fool is sent to Venice by his lovely queen Cordelia to make the Italians stop the crusades which she thinks are stupid and costly. While in Italy, his queen dies and he is left adrift, taken in a by a (surprise!) Merchant in Venice. The intrigues of Venetian Court are well detailed in the story in true Shakespearean fashion with choruses and everything. Of course, the Fool tells them to shut up more than once.
Without ruining the Serpent angle, there are some delicate and indiscreet moments between the Fool and the Serpent, now named Vivian, because of course, you can be intimate with a sea serpent and not have be named. Ok, I probably just ruined the Serpent angle for you. Of course, the Venetians and Genoans are at war and Othello being the admiral he is, commands everything before him and helps Fool on his quest to rescue his protege Drool and Monkey, Jeff. Don't ask why the Monkey is named Jeff. As Fool schemes his way through the Italian isles, his one liners will have you laughing whole heartedly.
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