This week we’ll be travelling to Mêlée Island, the place where Guybrush‘s adventures began, where he met the love of his life, Elaine Marley, and also confronted his arch enemy, The Ghost Pirate LeChuck.
Mêlée Island is featured both in The Secret of Monkey Island and Escape from Monkey Island. The island’s geography also changes somewhat between the two games. Most notably the harbour (previously owned by Stan) is moved from the inner bay to the southeast coast. The location of the Governor’s Mansion seems to have also been altered, though this can be debated as the mansion was depicted as being a good distance away from Mêlée Town in the first game as well, reachable through a cliff-side road.
Amongst the residents of Mêlée Island we can encounter Carla the Sword Master, Captain Smirk, Men of Low Moral Fibre (pirates) and of course Spiffy.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the name, Mêlée (from the French, IPA /mɛle/.) generally refers to disorganized close combat involving a group of fighters. A mêlée ensues when groups become locked together in combat with no regard to group tactics or fighting as an organized unit; each participant fights as an individual. Like many other foreign-derived terms used in common English, the word is typically written with the accents omitted, appearing as just “melee”.