Help Wanted, Part I: The Advertisement

I have come to the conclusion that even all-powerful Norse Gods can use a little help from time to time. Sigyn is a great comfort to me, of course, but she is too sweet to involve in my bloodier designs, and she doesn’t lie well enough to be useful in campaigns of subterfuge and deception. (Truly, I wouldn’t change her if I could. She is the one unsullied bright point in my life.)

I have begun the process, therefore, of recruiting some dastardly and able associates. I’ve drafted a position announcement. Sigyn suggested a few changes, pointing out, correctly, that “henchmen” is a somewhat out-of-date designation. Here is the copy I will send to the internet, paper, and trade journals (Oh, yes. Villains have their very own magazines! Did you doubt it? We’re a very well-informed and organized bunch.)


What do you think?

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  1. You should post your ad in many of the business journals as well. With the energy industry experiencing slow down, you will find a wealth of qualified candidates willing to sell their souls for profit.

    1. I disagree. “Henchmen/person” carries the connotation of a fairly-intelligent someone to whom orders can be given, with the reasonable expectation that they will be carried out more or less as given, making allowances for a little personal discretion as to their precise mode of completion. “Minion” implies someone who is much less capable of independent action. Minions, when confronted with a situation that fails to conform exactly to their instructions, tend to dither and witter like frightened livestock. Minions are fine for routine chores, but if you are looking for a modicum of initiative, one really needs henchmen.

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