Among my favourite gadgets I’ve seen in a movie were the umbrellas used in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, where the umbrellas held dart guns, were bullet proof shields, as well as being stylish and keeping off the rain. Of course, Steampunk literature has it’s fair share of weaponised parasols, and parasols used in combat. Alexia Tarabotti, also known as the Lady Maccon, of the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Garringer, is an expert in using a parasol as a weapon. In real life, suffragettes were taught how to use hat pins and parasols as weapons for their protection.
Personally, I love the concept of something as dainty as a parasol disguising an actual weapon or gadget. There are many sorts of canes that hide equipment in their hollow centres, and I can’t see why a parasol shouldn’t be able to do the same. There are cane swords … so why not parasol rapiers? A parasol that converts to a microscope/telescope/sextant?
Since Steampunk is all about technology, gadgets should show up everywhere and familiar objects should be used in new and original ways. As my writing goal for today, I am going to investigate five new ways of using a parasol other than the ones I’ve already suggested.