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  1.  # NetHack 3.6	data.base
  2.  # $NHDT-Date: 1524683801 2018/04/25 19:16:41 $  $NHDT-Branch: NetHack-3.6.0 $:$NHDT-Revision: 1.84 $
  3.  #	Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by the NetHack Development Team
  4.  #	Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
  5.  #	NetHack may be freely redistributed.  See license for details.
  6.  #
  7.  # This is the source file for the "data" file generated by `makedefs -d'.
  8.  # A line starting with a # is a comment and is ignored by makedefs.
  9.  # Any other line not starting with whitespace is a creature or an item.
  10.  #
  11.  # Each entry should be comprised of:
  12.  # the thing/person being described on a line by itself, in lowercase;
  13.  # on each succeeding line a <TAB> description.
  14.  #
  15.  # If the first character of a key field is "~", then anything which matches
  16.  # the rest of that key will be treated as if it did not match any of the
  17.  # following keys for that entry.  For instance, `~orc ??m*' preceding `orc*'
  18.  # prevents "orc mummy" and "orc zombie" from matching.
  19.  #
  20.  abbot
  21.  	For it had been long apparent to Count Landulf that nothing
  22.  	could be done with his seventh son Thomas, except to make him
  23.  	an Abbot or something of that kind.  Born in 1226, he had from
  24.  	childhood a mysterious objection to becoming a predatory eagle,
  25.  	or even to taking an ordinary interest in falconry or tilting
  26.  	or any other gentlemanly pursuits.  He was a large and heavy and
  27.  	quiet boy, and phenomenally silent, scarcely opening his mouth
  28.  	except to say suddenly to his schoolmaster in an explosive
  29.  	manner, "What is God?"  The answer is not recorded but it is
  30.  	probable that the asker went on worrying out answers for himself.
  31.  		[ The Runaway Abbot, by G. K. Chesterton ]
  32.  # takes "suit or piece of armor" when specifying '['
  33.  ac
  34.  armor*
  35.  armour*
  36.  suit or piece of armor
  37.  	"The last spot on the school jousting team came down to another
  38.  	boy and me.  He was poor, and his only armor was a blanket his
  39.  	mother had made him from her hair.  I, on the other hand, had
  40.  	a brand new suit of chain mail.  Just before our joust, I asked
  41.  	him what he'd do if he made the team.  (I was hoping to be more
  42.  	popular with the ladies.)  He said he would be able to save the
  43.  	town from dragons and be able to afford some water for his 20
  44.  	brothers and sisters.
  45.  
  46.  	Well, a sense of compassion came over me.  I insisted we swap
  47.  	armor.  He was forced to accept, as it would have been an
  48.  	insult not to do so.
  49.  
  50.  	On the battlefield, we charged at each other and we both connected
  51.  	with our lances.
  52.  
  53.  	Lying there on the mud mortally wounded, I learned what true armor
  54.  	class was that day."
  55.  		[ When Help Collides, by J. D. Berry ]
  56.  aclys
  57.  aklys
  58.  thonged club
  59.  	A short studded or spiked club attached to a cord allowing
  60.  	it to be drawn back to the wielder after having been thrown.
  61.  	It should not be confused with the atlatl, which is a device
  62.  	used to throw spears for longer distances.
  63.  ~agate ring
  64.  agate*
  65.  	Translucent, cryptocrystalline variety of quartz and a subvariety
  66.  	of chalcedony.  Agates are identical in chemical structure to
  67.  	jasper, flint, chert, petrified wood, and tiger's-eye, and are
  68.  	often found in association with opal.  The colorful, banded rocks
  69.  	are used as a semiprecious gemstone and in the manufacture of
  70.  	grinding equipment.  An agate's banding forms as silica from
  71.  	solution is slowly deposited into cavities and veins in older
  72.  	rock.
  73.  		[ The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition ]
  74.  aleax
  75.  	Said to be a doppelganger sent to inflict divine punishment
  76.  	for alignment violations.
  77.  *altar
  78.  offer*
  79.  sacrific*
  80.  	Altars are of three types:
  81.  	1.  In Temples.  These are for Sacrifices [...].  The stone
  82.  	top will have grooves for blood, and the whole will be covered
  83.  	with _dry brown stains of a troubling kind_ from former
  84.  	Sacrifices.
  85.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  86.  
  87.  	To every man upon this earth
  88.  	Death cometh soon or late;
  89.  	And how can man die better
  90.  	Than facing fearful odds
  91.  	For the ashes of his fathers
  92.  	And the temples of his gods?
  93.  		[ Lays of Ancient Rome, by Thomas B. Macaulay ]
  94.  amaterasu omikami
  95.  	The Shinto sun goddess, Amaterasu Omikami is the central
  96.  	figure of Shintoism and the ancestral deity of the imperial
  97.  	house.  One of the daughters of the primordial god Izanagi
  98.  	and said to be his favourite offspring, she was born from
  99.  	his left eye.
  100.  		[ Encyclopedia of Gods, by Michael Jordan ]
  101.  amber*
  102.  	"Tree sap," Wu explained, "often flows over insects and traps
  103.  	them.  The insects are then perfectly preserved within the
  104.  	fossil.  One finds all kinds of insects in amber - including
  105.  	biting insects that have sucked blood from larger animals."
  106.  		[ Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton ]
  107.  *amnesia
  108.  maud
  109.  	Get thee hence, nor come again,
  110.  	Mix not memory with doubt,
  111.  	Pass, thou deathlike type of pain,
  112.  	Pass and cease to move about!
  113.  	'Tis the blot upon the brain
  114.  	That will show itself without.
  115.  		...
  116.  	For, Maud, so tender and true,
  117.  	As long as my life endures
  118.  	I feel I shall owe you a debt,
  119.  	That I never can hope to pay;
  120.  	And if ever I should forget
  121.  	That I owe this debt to you
  122.  	And for your sweet sake to yours;
  123.  	O then, what then shall I say? -
  124.  	If ever I should forget,
  125.  	May God make me more wretched
  126.  	Than ever I have been yet!
  127.  		[ Maud, And Other Poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson ]
  128.  ~amulet of yendor
  129.  ~amulet of restful sleep
  130.  *amulet
  131.  amulet of *
  132.  amulet versus *
  133.  	"The complete Amulet can keep off all the things that make
  134.  	people unhappy -- jealousy, bad temper, pride, disagreeableness,
  135.  	greediness, selfishness, laziness.  Evil spirits, people called
  136.  	them when the Amulet was made.  Don't you think it would be nice
  137.  	to have it?"
  138.  	"Very," said the children, quite without enthusiasm.
  139.  	"And it can give you strength and courage."
  140.  	"That's better," said Cyril.
  141.  	"And virtue."
  142.  	"I suppose it's nice to have that," said Jane, but not with much
  143.  	interest.
  144.  	"And it can give you your heart's desire."
  145.  	"Now you're talking," said Robert.
  146.  		[ The Story of the Amulet, by Edith Nesbit ]
  147.  amulet of yendor
  148.  	This mysterious talisman is the object of your quest.  It is
  149.  	said to possess powers which mere mortals can scarcely
  150.  	comprehend, let alone utilize.  The gods will grant the gift of
  151.  	immortality to the adventurer who can deliver it from the
  152.  	depths of Moloch's Sanctum and offer it on the appropriate high
  153.  	altar on the Astral Plane.
  154.  angel*
  155.  	He answered and said unto them, he that soweth the good seed
  156.  	is the Son of man; the field is the world, and the good seed
  157.  	are the children of the kingdom; but the weeds are the
  158.  	children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the
  159.  	devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers
  160.  	are the angels.  As therefore the weeds are gathered and
  161.  	burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
  162.  	[...]  So shall it be at the end of the world; the angels
  163.  	shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
  164.  	and shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be
  165.  	wailing and gnashing of teeth.
  166.  		[ The Gospel According to Matthew, 13:37-42, 49-50 ]
  167.  angry god*
  168.  	Cold wind blows.
  169.  	The gods look down in anger on this poor child.
  170.  
  171.  	Why so unforgiving?
  172.  	And why so cold?
  173.  		[ Bridge of Sighs, by Robin Trower ]
  174.  anhur
  175.  	An Egyptian god of war and a great hunter, few gods can match
  176.  	his fury.  Unlike many gods of war, he is a force for good.
  177.  	The wrath of Anhur is slow to come, but it is inescapable
  178.  	once earned.  Anhur is a mighty figure with four arms.  He
  179.  	is often seen with a powerful lance that requires both of
  180.  	his right arms to wield and which is tipped with a fragment
  181.  	of the sun.  He is married to Mehut, a lion-headed goddess.
  182.  ankh-morpork
  183.  	The twin city of Ankh-Morpork, foremost of all the cities
  184.  	bounding the Circle Sea, was as a matter of course the home
  185.  	of a large number of gangs, thieves' guilds, syndicates and
  186.  	similar organisations.  This was one of the reasons for its
  187.  	wealth.  Most of the humbler folk on the widdershin side of
  188.  	the river, in Morpork's mazy alleys, supplemented their
  189.  	meagre incomes by filling some small role for one or other
  190.  	of the competing gangs.
  191.  	    [ The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  192.  anshar
  193.  	A primordial Babylonian-Akkadian deity, Anshar is mentioned
  194.  	in the Babylonian creation epic _Enuma Elish_ as one of a
  195.  	pair of offspring (with Kishar) of Lahmu and Lahamu.  Anshar
  196.  	is linked with heaven while Kishar is identified with earth.
  197.  	    [ Encyclopedia of Gods, by Michael Jordan ]
  198.  ant
  199.  * ant
  200.  	This giant variety of the ordinary ant will fight just as
  201.  	fiercely as its small, distant cousin.  Various varieties
  202.  	exist, and they are known and feared for their relentless
  203.  	persecution of their victims.
  204.  anu
  205.  	Anu was the Babylonian god of the heavens, the monarch of
  206.  	the north star.  He was the oldest of the Babylonian gods,
  207.  	the father of all gods, and the ruler of heaven and destiny.
  208.  	Anu features strongly in the _atiku_ festival in
  209.  	Babylon, Uruk and other cities.
  210.  # takes "apelike creature" when specifying 'Y'
  211.  ape
  212.  apelike creature
  213.  * ape
  214.  	The most highly evolved of all the primates, as shown by
  215.  	all their anatomical characters and particularly the
  216.  	development of the brain.  Both arboreal and terrestrial,
  217.  	the apes have the forelimbs much better developed than
  218.  	the hind limbs.  Tail entirely absent.  Growth is slow
  219.  	and sexual maturity reached at quite an advanced age.
  220.  	  [ A Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa by Dorst ]
  221.  
  222.  	Aldo the gorilla had a plan.  It was a good plan.  It was
  223.  	right.  He knew it.  He smacked his lips in anticipation as
  224.  	he thought of it.  Yes.  Apes should be strong.  Apes should
  225.  	be masters.  Apes should be proud.  Apes should make the
  226.  	Earth shake when they walked.  Apes should _rule_ the Earth.
  227.  	  [ Battle for the Planet of the Apes, by David Gerrold ]
  228.  apple
  229.  	NEWTONIAN, adj.  Pertaining to a philosophy of the universe
  230.  	invented by Newton, who discovered that an apple will fall
  231.  	to the ground, but was unable to say why.  His successors
  232.  	and disciples have advanced so far as to be able to say
  233.  	when.
  234.  		[ The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce ]
  235.  archeolog*
  236.  * archeologist
  237.  	Archeology is the search for fact, not truth. [...]
  238.  	So forget any ideas you've got about lost cities, exotic travel,
  239.  	and digging up the world. We do not follow maps to buried
  240.  	treasure, and X never, ever, marks the spot.
  241.  		[ Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ]
  242.  
  243.  	"I cannot be having with archeological excavations, myself,"
  244.  	I said.  "The fellows who dig them only ever find tiny walls
  245.  	and a few bits of broken pottery, and then they get all
  246.  	excited and swear that they have just made the most
  247.  	important discovery of the century, the ruins of a mile-high
  248.  	gold-covered temple to Frogmore the God of Bike-Saddle
  249.  	Fixtures or some such."
  250.  	"I think you will find," said Mr Rune, "that they do this
  251.  	in order to secure further government funding for their
  252.  	diggings and so remain in employment."
  253.  	"That is a rather cynical view," I said.
  254.  		[ the brightonomicon, by Robert Rankin ]
  255.  #		[title & author: same situation as with "bad luck" entry]
  256.  archon
  257.  	Archons are the predominant inhabitants of the heavens.
  258.  	However unusual their appearance, they are not generally
  259.  	evil.  They are beings at peace with themselves and their
  260.  	surroundings.
  261.  arioch
  262.  	Arioch, the patron demon of Elric's ancestors; one of the most
  263.  	powerful of all the Dukes of Hell, who was called Knight of
  264.  	the Swords, Lord of the Seven Darks, Lord of the Higher Hell
  265.  	and many more names besides.
  266.  		[ Elric of Melnibone, by Michael Moorcock ]
  267.  *arrow
  268.  	I shot an arrow into the air,
  269.  	It fell to earth, I knew not where;
  270.  	For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
  271.  	Could not follow it in its flight.
  272.  
  273.  	I breathed a song into the air,
  274.  	It fell to earth, I knew not where;
  275.  	For who has sight so keen and strong
  276.  	That it can follow the flight of song?
  277.  
  278.  	Long, long afterward, in an oak
  279.  	I found the arrow still unbroke;
  280.  	And the song, from beginning to end,
  281.  	I found again in the heart of a friend.
  282.  	  [ The Arrow and the Song, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
  283.  ashikaga takauji
  284.  	Ashikaga Takauji was a daimyo of the Minamoto clan who
  285.  	joined forces with the Go-Daigo to defeat the Hojo armies.
  286.  	Later when Go-Daigo attempted to reduce the powers of the
  287.  	samurai clans he rebelled against him.  He defeated Go-
  288.  	Daigo and established the emperor Komyo on the throne.
  289.  	Go-Daigo eventually escaped and established another
  290.  	government in the town of Yoshino.  This period of dual
  291.  	governments was known as the Nambokucho.
  292.  	  [ Samurai - The Story of a Warrior Tradition, by Cook ]
  293.  asmodeus
  294.  	It is said that Asmodeus is the overlord over all of hell.
  295.  	His appearance, unlike many other demons and devils, is
  296.  	human apart from his horns and tail.  He can freeze flesh
  297.  	with a touch.
  298.  		[]
  299.  
  300.  	The evil demon who appears in the Apocryphal book of _Tobit_
  301.  	and is derived from the Persian _Aeshma_.  In _Tobit_ Asmodeus
  302.  	falls in love with Sara, daughter of Raguel, and causes the
  303.  	death of seven husbands in succession, each on his bridal night.
  304.  	He was finally driven from Egypt through a charm made by Tobias
  305.  	of the heart and liver of a fish burned on perfumed ashes, as
  306.  	described by Milton in _Paradise Lost_ (IV, 167-71).  Hence
  307.  	Asmodeus often figures as the spirit of matrimonial jealousy
  308.  	or unhappiness.
  309.  		[ Brewer's Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ]
  310.  athame
  311.  	The consecrated ritual knife of a Wiccan initiate (one of
  312.  	four basic tools, together with the wand, chalice and
  313.  	pentacle).  Traditionally, the athame is a double-edged,
  314.  	black-handled, cross-hilted dagger of between six and
  315.  	eighteen inches length.
  316.  athen*
  317.  	Athene was the offspring of Zeus, and without a mother.  She
  318.  	sprang forth from his head completely armed.  Her favourite
  319.  	bird was the owl, and the plant sacred to her is the olive.
  320.  	    [ Bulfinch's Mythology, by Thomas Bulfinch ]
  321.  axe
  322.  	"For ev'ry silver ringing blow,
  323.  	Cities and palaces shall grow!"
  324.  
  325.  	"Bite deep and wide, O Axe, the tree,
  326.  	Tell wider prophecies to me."
  327.  
  328.  	"When rust hath gnaw'd me deep and red,
  329.  	A nation strong shall lift his head.
  330.  
  331.  	"His crown the very Heav'ns shall smite,
  332.  	Aeons shall build him in his might."
  333.  
  334.  	"Bite deep and wide, O Axe, the tree;
  335.  	Bright Seer, help on thy prophecy!"
  336.  		[ Malcolm's Katie, by Isabella Valancey Crawford ]
  337.  axolotl
  338.  	A mundane salamander, harmless.
  339.  bag
  340.  bag of *
  341.  sack
  342.  	"Now, this third handkerchief," Mein Herr proceeded, "has also
  343.  	four edges, which you can trace continuously round and round:
  344.  	all you need do is to join its four edges to the four edges of
  345.  	the opening.  The Purse is then complete, and its outer
  346.  	surface--"
  347.  	"I see!" Lady Muriel eagerly interrupted.  "Its outer surface
  348.  	will be continuous with its inner surface!  But it will take
  349.  	time. I'll sew it up after tea."  She laid aside the bag, and
  350.  	resumed her cup of tea.  "But why do you call it Fortunatus's
  351.  	Purse, Mein Herr?"
  352.  	The dear old man beamed upon her, with a jolly smile, looking
  353.  	more exactly like the Professor than ever.  "Don't you see,
  354.  	my child--I should say Miladi?  Whatever is inside that Purse,
  355.  	is outside it; and whatever is outside it, is inside it.  So
  356.  	you have all the wealth of the world in that leetle Purse!"
  357.  		[ Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, by Lewis Carroll ]
  358.  b*lzebub
  359.  	The "lord of the flies" is a translation of the Hebrew
  360.  	Ba'alzevuv (Beelzebub in Greek).  It has been suggested that
  361.  	it was a mistranslation of a mistransliterated word which
  362.  	gave us this pungent and suggestive name of the Devil, a
  363.  	devil whose name suggests that he is devoted to decay,
  364.  	destruction, demoralization, hysteria and panic...
  365.  		[ Notes on _Lord of the Flies_, by E. L. Epstein ]
  366.  balrog
  367.  	...  It came to the edge of the fire and the light faded as
  368.  	if a cloud had bent over it.  Then with a rush it leaped
  369.  	the fissure.  The flames roared up to greet it, and wreathed
  370.  	about it; and a black smoke swirled in the air.  Its streaming
  371.  	mane kindled, and blazed behind it.  In its right hand
  372.  	was a blade like a stabbing tongue of fire; in its left it
  373.  	held a whip of many thongs.
  374.  	'Ai, ai!' wailed Legolas.  'A Balrog!  A Balrog is come!'
  375.  		   [ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  376.  baluchitherium
  377.  titanothere
  378.  	Extinct rhinos include a variety of forms, the most
  379.  	spectacular being _Baluchitherium_ from the Oligocene of
  380.  	Asia, which is the largest known land mammal.  Its body, 18
  381.  	feet high at the shoulder and carried on massive limbs,
  382.  	allowed the 4-foot-long head to browse on the higher branches
  383.  	of trees.  Though not as enormous, the titanotheres of the
  384.  	early Tertiary were also large perissodactyls, _Brontotherium_
  385.  	of the Oligocene being 8 feet high at the shoulder.
  386.  		[ Prehistoric Animals, by Barry Cox ]
  387.  banana
  388.  	He took another step and she cocked her right wrist in
  389.  	viciously.  She heard the spring click.  Weight slapped into
  390.  	her hand.
  391.  	"Here!" she shrieked hysterically, and brought her arm up in
  392.  	a hard sweep, meaning to gut him, leaving him to blunder
  393.  	around the room with his intestines hanging out in steaming
  394.  	loops.  Instead he roared laughter, hands on his hips,
  395.  	flaming face cocked back, squeezing and contorting with great
  396.  	good humor.
  397.  	"Oh, my dear!" he cried, and went off into another gale of
  398.  	laughter.
  399.  	She looked stupidly down at her hand.  It held a firm yellow
  400.  	banana with a blue and white Chiquita sticker on it.  She
  401.  	dropped it, horrified, to the carpet, where it became a
  402.  	sickly yellow grin, miming Flagg's own.
  403.  	"You'll tell," he whispered.  "Oh yes indeed you will."
  404.  	And Dayna knew he was right.
  405.  		[ The Stand, by Stephen King ]
  406.  banshee
  407.  	In Irish folklore and that of the Western Highlands of Scotland,
  408.  	a female fairy who announces her presence by shrieking and
  409.  	wailing under the windows of a house when one of its occupants
  410.  	is awaiting death.  The word is a phonetic spelling of the
  411.  	Irish _beansidhe_, a woman of the fairies.
  412.  		[ Brewer's Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ]
  413.  barbarian
  414.  * barbarian
  415.  	They dressed alike -- in buckskin boots, leathern breeks and
  416.  	deerskin shirts, with broad girdles that held axes and short
  417.  	swords; and they were all gaunt and scarred and hard-eyed;
  418.  	sinewy and taciturn.
  419.  	They were wild men, of a sort, yet there was still a wide
  420.  	gulf between them and the Cimmerian.  They were sons of
  421.  	civilization, reverted to a semi-barbarism.  He was a
  422.  	barbarian of a thousand generations of barbarians.  They had
  423.  	acquired stealth and craft, but he had been born to these
  424.  	things.  He excelled them even in lithe economy of motion.
  425.  	They were wolves, but he was a tiger.
  426.  		[ Conan - The Warrior, by Robert E. Howard ]
  427.  barbed devil
  428.  	Barbed devils lack any real special abilities, though they
  429.  	are quite difficult to kill.
  430.  # takes "bat or bird" when specifying 'B'
  431.  ~*combat
  432.  ~*wombat
  433.  *bat
  434.  bat or bird
  435.  	A bat, flitting in the darkness outside, took the wrong turn
  436.  	as it made its nightly rounds and came in through the window
  437.  	which had been left healthfully open.  It then proceeded to
  438.  	circle the room in the aimless fat-headed fashion habitual
  439.  	with bats, who are notoriously among the less intellectually
  440.  	gifted of God's creatures.  Show me a bat, says the old
  441.  	proverb, and I will show you something that ought to be in
  442.  	some kind of a home.
  443.  		[ A Pelican at Blandings, by P. G. Wodehouse ]
  444.  bear*trap
  445.  	Probably most commonly associated with trapping, the leghold
  446.  	trap is a rather simple mechanical trap.  It is made up of two
  447.  	jaws, a spring of some sort, and a trigger in the middle.  When
  448.  	the animal steps on the trigger the trap closes around the leg,
  449.  	holding the animal in place.  Usually some kind of lure is used
  450.  	to position the animal, or the trap is set on an animal trail.
  451.  	Traditionally, leghold traps had tightly closing "teeth" to make
  452.  	sure the animal stayed in place.  The teeth also made sure the
  453.  	animal could not move the leg in the trap and ruin their fur.
  454.  	However, this resulted in many animals gnawing off legs in order
  455.  	to escape.  More modern traps have a gap called an "offset jaw"
  456.  	and work more like a handcuff.  They grip above the paw, making
  457.  	sure the animal cannot pull out but does not destroy the leg.
  458.  	This also allows the trapper to release unwanted catches.
  459.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  460.  *bee
  461.  	This giant variety of its useful normal cousin normally
  462.  	appears in small groups, looking for raw material to produce
  463.  	the royal jelly needed to feed their queen.  On rare
  464.  	occasions, one may stumble upon a bee-hive, in which the
  465.  	queen bee is being well provided for, and guarded against
  466.  	intruders.
  467.  *beetle
  468.  	[ The Creator ] has an inordinate fondness for beetles.
  469.  		[ attributed to biologist J.B.S. Haldane ]
  470.  
  471.  	The common name for the insects with wings shaped like
  472.  	shields (_Coleoptera_), one of the ten sub-species into
  473.  	which the insects are divided.  They are characterized by
  474.  	the shields (the front pair of wings) under which the back
  475.  	wings are folded.
  476.  		[ Van Dale's Groot Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal ]
  477.  bell of opening
  478.  	"A bell, book and candle job."
  479.  	The Bursar sighed.  "We tried that, Archchancellor."
  480.  	The Archchancellor leaned towards him.
  481.  	"Eh?" he said.
  482.  	"I _said_, we tried that Archchancellor," said the Bursar loudly,
  483.  	directing his voice at the old man's ear.  "After dinner, you
  484.  	remember?  We used Humptemper's _Names of the Ants_ and rang Old
  485.  	Tom."*
  486.  	"Did we, indeed.  Worked, did it?"
  487.  	"_No_, Archchancellor."
  488.  
  489.  	* Old Tom was the single cracked bronze bell in the University
  490.  	bell tower.
  491.  		[ Eric, by Terry Pratchett ]
  492.  blindfold
  493.  	The blindfolding was performed by binding a piece of the
  494.  	yellowish linen whereof those of the Amahagger who condescended
  495.  	to wear anything in particular made their dresses tightly round
  496.  	the eyes.  This linen I afterwards discovered was taken from the
  497.  	tombs, and was not, as I had first supposed, of native
  498.  	manufacture.  The bandage was then knotted at the back of the
  499.  	head, and finally brought down again and the ends bound under
  500.  	the chin to prevent its slipping.  Ustane was, by the way, also
  501.  	blindfolded, I do not know why, unless it was from fear that she
  502.  	should impart the secrets of the route to us.
  503.  		[ She, by H. Rider Haggard ]
  504.  blind io
  505.  	On this particular day Blind Io, by dint of constant vigilance
  506.  	the chief of the gods, sat with his chin on his hand
  507.  	and looked at the gaming board on the red marble table in
  508.  	front of him.  Blind Io had got his name because, where his
  509.  	eye sockets should have been, there were nothing but two
  510.  	areas of blank skin.  His eyes, of which he had an impressively
  511.  	large number, led a semi-independent life of their
  512.  	own.  Several were currently hovering above the table.
  513.  	    [ The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  514.  * blob
  515.  ooze
  516.  * ooze
  517.  *pudding
  518.  * slime
  519.  	These giant amoeboid creatures look like nothing more than
  520.  	puddles of slime, but they both live and move, feeding on
  521.  	metal or wood as well as the occasional dungeon explorer to
  522.  	supplement their diet.
  523.  
  524.  	But we were not on a station platform.  We were on the track ahead
  525.  	as the nightmare, plastic column of fetid black iridescence oozed
  526.  	tightly onward through its fifteen-foot sinus, gathering unholy
  527.  	speed and driving before it a spiral, re-thickening cloud of the
  528.  	pallid abyss vapor.  It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster
  529.  	than any subway train -- a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic
  530.  	bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes
  531.  	forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the
  532.  	tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic
  533.  	penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its
  534.  	kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.
  535.  		[ At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft ]
  536.  blue jelly
  537.  	I'd planned how to prevent the lock from sealing behind me; it
  538.  	required a temporary sacrifice, not cleverness.  I used the door
  539.  	itself to help me cut off a portion of my body, after shunting all
  540.  	memory from the piece to be abandoned.  The piece, looking
  541.  	inexpressibly dear and forlorn for a bit of blue jelly, would
  542.  	force open the outer door until I returned and rejoined it.
  543.  		[ Beholder's Eye, by Julie E. Czerneda ]
  544.  bone devil
  545.  	Bone devils attack with weapons and with a great hooked tail
  546.  	which causes a loss of strength to those they sting.
  547.  book of the dead
  548.  candelabrum*
  549.  *candle
  550.  	Faustus: Come on Mephistopheles.  What shall we do?
  551.  	Mephistopheles: Nay, I know not.  We shall be cursed with bell,
  552.  	book, and candle.
  553.  	Faustus: How?  Bell, book, and candle, candle, book, and bell,
  554.  	Forward and backward, to curse Faustus to hell.
  555.  	Anon you shall hear a hog grunt, a calf bleat, and an ass bray,
  556.  	Because it is Saint Peter's holy day.
  557.  	(Enter all the Friars to sing the dirge)
  558.  		[ Doctor Faustus and Other Plays, by Christopher Marlowe ]
  559.  boomerang
  560.  #: this one is commented out because two from the same source feels a
  561.  #: bit excessive; if uncommented, it should be first since the punchline
  562.  #: is about coming back while the other one is disdainful about that, so
  563.  #: if this one came second, its joke would be weakened
  564.  #	"It's a boomerang," said Vimes.  "You find something like this
  565.  #	all over the world.  You have to wave it carefully and suddenly
  566.  #	your opponent gets it in the back.  I've heard that there's a lad
  567.  #	in Fourecks who can throw a boomerang with such precision that it
  568.  #	can get the morning paper and come back with it."
  569.  #		[ Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett ]
  570.  #
  571.  	Rincewind pulled himself up and thought about reaching for his
  572.  	stick.  And then he thought again.  The man had a couple of spears
  573.  	stuck in the ground, and people here were good at spears, because
  574.  	if you didn't get efficient at hitting the things that moved fast
  575.  	you had to eat the things that moved slowly.  He was also holding
  576.  	a boomerang, and it wasn't one of those toy ones that came back.
  577.  	This was one of the big, heavy, gently curved sort that didn't
  578.  	come back because it was sticking in something's ribcage.  You
  579.  	could laugh at the idea of wooden weapons until you saw the kind
  580.  	of wood that grew here.
  581.  		[ The Last Continent, by Terry Pratchett ]
  582.  ~*jack*boot*
  583.  *boot*
  584.  	In Fantasyland these are remarkable in that they seldom or
  585.  	never wear out and are suitable for riding or walking in
  586.  	without the need of Socks.  Boots never pinch, rub, or get
  587.  	stones in them; nor do nails stick upwards into the feet from
  588.  	the soles.  They are customarily mid-calf length or knee-high,
  589.  	slip on and off easily and never smell of feet.  Unfortunately,
  590.  	the formula for making this splendid footwear is a closely
  591.  	guarded secret, possibly derived from nonhumans (see Dwarfs,
  592.  	Elves, and Gnomes).
  593.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  594.  *booze
  595.  potion of sleeping
  596.  	On waking, he found himself on the green knoll whence he had
  597.  	first seen the old man of the glen.  He rubbed his eyes -- it
  598.  	was a bright sunny morning.  The birds were hopping and
  599.  	twittering among the bushes, and the eagle was wheeling aloft,
  600.  	and breasting the pure mountain breeze.  "Surely," thought Rip,
  601.  	"I have not slept here all night."  He recalled the occurrences
  602.  	before he fell asleep.  The strange man with a keg of liquor --
  603.  	the mountain ravine -- the wild retreat among the rocks -- the
  604.  	woe-begone party at ninepins -- the flagon -- "Oh! that flagon!
  605.  	that wicked flagon!" thought Rip -- "what excuse shall I make
  606.  	to Dame Van Winkle!"
  607.  		[ Rip Van Winkle, a Posthumous Writing
  608.  		  of Diedrich Knickerbocker, by Washington Irving ]
  609.  boulder
  610.  	I worked the lever well under, and stretched my back; the end
  611.  	of the stone rose up, and I kicked the fulcrum under.  Then,
  612.  	when I was going to bear down, I remembered there was
  613.  	something to get out from below; when I let go of the lever,
  614.  	the stone would fall again.  I sat down to think, on the root
  615.  	of the oak tree; and, seeing it stand about the ground, I saw
  616.  	my way.  It was lucky I had brought a longer lever.  It would
  617.  	just reach to wedge under the oak root.
  618.  	Bearing it down so far would have been easy for a heavy man,
  619.  	but was a hard fight for me.  But this time I meant to do it
  620.  	if it killed me, because I knew it could be done.  Twice I
  621.  	got it nearly there, and twice the weight bore it up again;
  622.  	but when I flung myself on it the third time, I heard in my
  623.  	ears the sea-sound of Poseidon.  Then I knew this time I
  624.  	would do it; and so I did.
  625.  		[ The King Must Die, by Mary Renault ]
  626.  ~*longbow of diana
  627.  bow
  628.  * bow
  629.  	"Stand to it, my hearts of gold," said the old bowman as he
  630.  	passed from knot to knot.  "By my hilt! we are in luck this
  631.  	journey.  Bear in mind the old saying of the Company."
  632.  	"What is that, Aylward?" cried several, leaning on their bows
  633.  	and laughing at him.
  634.  	"'Tis the master-bowyer's rede: 'Every bow well bent.  Every
  635.  	shaft well sent.  Every stave well nocked.  Every string well
  636.  	locked.'  There, with that jingle in his head, a bracer on
  637.  	his left hand, a shooting glove on his right, and a
  638.  	farthing's-worth of wax in his girdle, what more doth a
  639.  	bowman need?"
  640.  	"It would not be amiss," said Hordle John, "if under his
  641.  	girdle he had four farthings'-worth of wine."
  642.  		[ The White Company, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ]
  643.  brigit
  644.  	Brigit (Brigid, Bride, Banfile), which means the Exalted One,
  645.  	was the Celtic (continental European and Irish) fertility
  646.  	goddess.  She was originally celebrated on February first in
  647.  	the festival of Imbolc, which coincided with the beginning
  648.  	of lactation in ewes and was regarded in Scotland as the date
  649.  	on which Brigit deposed the blue-faced hag of winter.  The
  650.  	Christian calendar adopted the same date for the Feast of St.
  651.  	Brigit.  There is no record that a Christian saint ever
  652.  	actually existed, but in Irish mythology she became the
  653.  	midwife to the Virgin Mary.
  654.  		[ Encyclopedia of Gods, by Michael Jordan ]
  655.  ~stormbringer
  656.  *broadsword
  657.  	Bring me my broadsword
  658.  	And clear understanding.
  659.  	Bring me my cross of gold,
  660.  	As a talisman.
  661.  		[ "Broadsword" (refrain) by Ian Anderson ]
  662.  bugbear
  663.  	Bugbears are relatives of goblins, although they tend to be
  664.  	larger and more hairy.  They are aggressive carnivores and
  665.  	sometimes kill just for the treasure their victims may be
  666.  	carrying.
  667.  bugle
  668.  	'I read you by your bugle horn
  669.  	And by your palfrey good,
  670.  	I read you for a Ranger sworn
  671.  	To keep the King's green-wood.'
  672.  	'A Ranger, Lady, winds his horn,
  673.  	And 'tis at peep of light;
  674.  	His blast is heard at merry morn,
  675.  	And mine at dead of night.'
  676.  		[ Brignall Banks, by Sir Walter Scott ]
  677.  bullwhip
  678.  	"Good," he said and, unbelievably, smiled at me, a smirk like
  679.  	a round of rotted cheese.  "What did your keeper use on you?
  680.  	A bullwhip?"
  681.  		[ Melusine, by Sarah Monette ]
  682.  *camaxtli
  683.  	A classical Mesoamerican Aztec god, also known as Mixcoatl-
  684.  	Camaxtli (the Cloud Serpent), Camaxtli is the god of war.  He
  685.  	is also a deity of hunting and fire who received human
  686.  	sacrifice of captured prisoners.  According to tradition, the
  687.  	sun god Tezcatlipoca transformed himself into Mixcoatl-Camaxtli
  688.  	to make fire by twirling the sacred fire sticks.
  689.  		[ Encyclopedia of Gods, by Michael Jordan ]
  690.  camelot*
  691.  	The seat of Arthur's power in medieval romance.  The name is
  692.  	of unknown origin and refers to the castle but also includes
  693.  	the surrounding town.  ...  Camelot appears, most significantly,
  694.  	as a personal capital as opposed to a permanent or national
  695.  	one.  It is Arthur's and Arthur's alone.  There are no previous
  696.  	lords and Arthur's successor, Constantine, does not take up
  697.  	residence there.  Camelot is actually said to have been
  698.  	demolished after Arthur and Lancelot were gone by Mark.  Fazio
  699.  	degli Uberti, the Italian poet, claims to have seen the ruins
  700.  	in the 14th century.
  701.  		[ Encyclopedia Mythica, ed. M.F. Lindemans ]
  702.  candy bar
  703.  	Only once a year, on his birthday, did Charlie Bucket ever
  704.  	get to taste a bit of chocolate.  The whole family saved up
  705.  	their money for that special occasion, and when the great
  706.  	day arrived, Charlie was always presented with one small
  707.  	chocolate bar to eat all by himself.  And each time he
  708.  	received it, on those marvelous birthday mornings, he would
  709.  	place it carefully in a small wooden box that he owned, and
  710.  	treasure it as though it were a bar of solid gold; and for
  711.  	the next few days, he would allow himself only to look at it,
  712.  	but never to touch it.  Then at last, when he could stand it
  713.  	no longer, he would peel back a tiny bit of the paper
  714.  	wrapping at one corner to expose a tiny bit of chocolate, and
  715.  	then he would take a tiny nibble - just enough to allow the
  716.  	lovely sweet taste to spread out slowly over his tongue.  The
  717.  	next day, he would take another tiny nibble, and so on, and
  718.  	so on.  And in this way, Charlie would make his ten-cent bar
  719.  	of birthday chocolate last him for more than a month.
  720.  		[ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl ]
  721.  carrot
  722.  	In World War II, Britain's air ministry spread the word that
  723.  	a diet of these vegetables helped pilots see Nazi bombers
  724.  	attacking at night.  That was a lie intended to cover the real
  725.  	matter of what was underpinning the Royal Air Force's successes:
  726.  	Airborne Interception Radar, also known as AI. ... British
  727.  	Intelligence didn't want the Germans to find out about the
  728.  	superior new technology helping protect the nation, so they
  729.  	created a rumor to afford a somewhat plausible-sounding
  730.  	explanation for the sudden increase in bombers being shot down.
  731.  	... The disinformation was so persuasive that the English public
  732.  	took to eating carrots to help them find their way during the
  733.  	blackouts.
  734.  		[ Urban Legends Reference Pages ]
  735.  s*d*g*r* cat
  736.  	Imagine a sealed container, so perfectly constructed that no
  737.  	physical influence can pass either inwards or outwards across its
  738.  	walls.  Imagine that inside the container is a cat, and also a
  739.  	device that can be triggered by some quantum event.  If that event
  740.  	takes place, then the device smashes a phial containing cyanide and
  741.  	the cat is killed.  If the event does not take place, the cat lives
  742.  	on.  In Schroedinger's original version, the quantum event was the
  743.  	decay of a radioactive atom.  ...  To the outside observer, the cat
  744.  	is indeed in a linear combination of being alive and dead, and only
  745.  	when the container is finally opened would the cat's state vector
  746.  	collapse into one or the other.  On the other hand, to a (suitably
  747.  	protected) observer inside the container, the cat's state-vector
  748.  	would have collapsed much earlier, and the outside observer's
  749.  	linear combination has no relevance.
  750.  		[ The Emperor's New Mind, by Roger Penrose ]
  751.  # takes "cat or other feline" when specifying 'f'
  752.  *cat
  753.  *feline
  754.  kitten
  755.  	Well-known quadruped domestic animal from the family of
  756.  	predatory felines (_Felis ochreata domestica_), with a thick,
  757.  	soft pelt; often kept as a pet.  Various folklores have the
  758.  	cat associated with magic and the gods of ancient Egypt.
  759.  
  760.  	So Ulthar went to sleep in vain anger; and when the people
  761.  	awakened at dawn - behold!  Every cat was back at his
  762.  	accustomed hearth!  Large and small, black, grey, striped,
  763.  	yellow and white, none was missing.  Very sleek and fat did
  764.  	the cats appear, and sonorous with purring content.
  765.  		[ The Cats of Ulthar, by H.P. Lovecraft ]
  766.  # this one doesn't work very well for dwarven and gnomish cavemen
  767.  cave*man
  768.  human cave*man
  769.  	Now it was light enough to leave.  Moon-Watcher picked up
  770.  	the shriveled corpse and dragged it after him as he bent
  771.  	under the low overhang of the cave.  Once outside, he
  772.  	threw the body over his shoulder and stood upright - the
  773.  	only animal in all this world able to do so.
  774.  	Among his kind, Moon-Watcher was almost a giant.  He was
  775.  	nearly five feet high, and though badly undernourished
  776.  	weighed over a hundred pounds.  His hairy, muscular body
  777.  	was halfway between ape and man, but his head was already
  778.  	much nearer to man than ape.  The forehead was low, and
  779.  	there were ridges over the eye sockets, yet he unmistakably
  780.  	held in his genes the promise of humanity.
  781.  		[ 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke ]
  782.  dwar* cave*man
  783.  gnom* cave*man
  784.  	'Twas in a land unkempt of life's red dawn;
  785.  	Where in his sanded cave he dwelt alone;
  786.  	Sleeping by day, or sometimes worked upon
  787.  	His flint-head arrows and his knives of stone;
  788.  	By night stole forth and slew the savage boar,
  789.  	So that he loomed a hunter of loud fame,
  790.  	And many a skin of wolf and wild-cat wore,
  791.  	And counted many a flint-head to his name;
  792.  	Wherefore he walked the envy of the band,
  793.  	Hated and feared, but matchless in his skill.
  794.  	Till lo! one night deep in that shaggy land,
  795.  	He tracked a yearling bear and made his kill;
  796.  	Then over-worn he rested by a stream,
  797.  	And sank into a sleep too deep for dream.
  798.  		[ The Dreamer, by Robert Service ]
  799.  *centaur
  800.  	Of all the monsters put together by the Greek imagination
  801.  	the Centaurs (Kentauroi) constituted a class in themselves.
  802.  	Despite a strong streak of sensuality, in their make-up,
  803.  	their normal behaviour was moral, and they took a kindly
  804.  	thought of man's welfare.  The attempted outrage of Nessos on
  805.  	Deianeira, and that of the whole tribe of Centaurs on the
  806.  	Lapith women, are more than offset by the hospitality of
  807.  	Pholos and by the wisdom of Cheiron, physician, prophet,
  808.  	lyrist, and the instructor of Achilles.  Further, the
  809.  	Centaurs were peculiar in that their nature, which united the
  810.  	body of a horse with the trunk and head of a man, involved
  811.  	an unthinkable duplication of vital organs and important
  812.  	members.  So grotesque a combination seems almost un-Greek.
  813.  	These strange creatures were said to live in the caves and
  814.  	clefts of the mountains, myths associating them especially
  815.  	with the hills of Thessaly and the range of Erymanthos.
  816.  		     [ Mythology of all races, Vol. 1, pp. 270-271 ]
  817.  centipede
  818.  	I observed here, what I had often seen before, that certain
  819.  	districts abound in centipedes.  Here they have light
  820.  	reddish bodies and blue legs; great myriapedes are seen
  821.  	crawling every where.  Although they do no harm, they excite
  822.  	in man a feeling of loathing.  Perhaps our appearance
  823.  	produces a similar feeling in the elephant and other large
  824.  	animals.  Where they have been much disturbed, they
  825.  	certainly look upon us with great distrust, as the horrid
  826.  	biped that ruins their peace.
  827.  		[ Travels and Researches in South Africa,
  828.  			by Dr. David Livingstone ]
  829.  cerberus
  830.  kerberos
  831.  	Cerberus, (or Kerberos in Greek), was the three-headed dog
  832.  	that guarded the Gates of Hell.  He allowed any dead to enter,
  833.  	and likewise prevented them all from ever leaving.  He was
  834.  	bested only twice:  once when Orpheus put him to sleep by
  835.  	playing bewitching music on his lyre, and the other time when
  836.  	Hercules confronted him and took him to the world of the
  837.  	living (as his twelfth and last labor).
  838.  chameleon
  839.  	A small lizard perched on a brown stone.  Feeling threatened by
  840.  	the approach of human beings along the path, it metamorphosed
  841.  	into a stingray beetle, then into a stench-puffer, then into a
  842.  	fiery salamander.
  843.  	Bink smiled.  These conversions weren't real.  It had assumed
  844.  	the forms of obnoxious little monsters, but not their essence.
  845.  	It could not sting, stink or burn.  It was a chameleon, using
  846.  	its magic to mimic creatures of genuine threat.
  847.  	Yet as it shifted into the form of a basilisk it glared at him
  848.  	with such ferocity that Bink's mirth abated.  If its malice
  849.  	could strike him, he would be horribly dead.
  850.  		[ A Spell for Chameleon, by Piers Anthony ]
  851.  charo*n
  852.  	When an ancient Greek died, his soul went to the nether world:
  853.  	the Hades.  To reach the nether world, the souls had to cross
  854.  	the river Styx, the river that separated the living from the
  855.  	dead.  The Styx could be crossed by ferry, whose shabby ferry-
  856.  	man, advanced in age, was called Charon.  The deceased's next-
  857.  	of-kin would place a coin under his tongue, to pay the ferry-
  858.  	man.
  859.  chest
  860.  large box
  861.  	Dantes rapidly cleared away the earth around the chest.  Soon
  862.  	the center lock appeared, then the handles at each end, all
  863.  	delicately wrought in the manner of that period when art made
  864.  	precious even the basest of metals.  He took the chest by the
  865.  	two handles and tried to lift it, but it was impossible.  He
  866.  	tried to open it; it was locked.  He inserted the sharp end
  867.  	of his pickaxe between the chest and the lid and pushed down
  868.  	on the handle.  The lid creaked, then flew open.
  869.  	Dantes was seized with a sort of giddy fever.  He cocked his
  870.  	gun and placed it beside him.  Then he closed his eyes like
  871.  	a child, opened them and stood dumbfounded.
  872.  	The chest was divided into three compartments.  In the first
  873.  	were shining gold coins.  In the second, unpolished gold
  874.  	ingots packed in orderly stacks.  From the third compartment,
  875.  	which was half full, Dantes picked up handfuls of diamonds,
  876.  	pearls and rubies.  As they fell through his fingers in a
  877.  	glittering cascade, they gave forth the sound of hail beating
  878.  	against the windowpanes.
  879.  		[ The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas ]
  880.  chih*sung*tzu
  881.  	A character in Chinese mythology noted for bringing about the
  882.  	end of a terrible drought which threatened the survival of
  883.  	the people.  He achieved this by means of sprinkling the
  884.  	earth with water from a bowl, using the branch of a tree to
  885.  	do so.  He became the heavenly controller of the rain, and
  886.  	lived with other celestial beings in their paradise on Mount
  887.  	Kunlun.
  888.  	  [ The Illustrated Who's Who In Mythology, by Michael Senior ]
  889.  chromatic dragon
  890.  tiamat
  891.  	Tiamat is said to be the mother of evil dragonkind.  She is
  892.  	extremely vain.
  893.  citrine*
  894.  	A pale yellow variety of crystalline quartz resembling topaz.
  895.  cleaver
  896.  	Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed,
  897.  	sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic
  898.  	melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled
  899.  	thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.
  900.  		[ The Phoenix on the Sword, by Robert E. Howard ]
  901.  ~elven cloak
  902.  ~oilskin cloak
  903.  *cloak*
  904.  	Cloaks are the universal outer garb of everyone who is not a
  905.  	Barbarian.  It is hard to see why.  They are open in front
  906.  	and require you at most times to use one hand to hold them
  907.  	shut.  On horseback they leave the shirt-sleeved arms and
  908.  	most of the torso exposed to wind and Weather.  The OMTs
  909.  	[ Official Management Terms ] for Cloaks well express their
  910.  	difficulties.  They are constantly _swirling and dripping_
  911.  	and becoming _heavy with water_ in rainy Weather, _entangling
  912.  	with trees_ or _swords_, or needing to be _pulled close
  913.  	around her/his shivering body_.  This seems to suggest they
  914.  	are less than practical for anyone on an arduous Tour.
  915.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  916.  cloud*
  917.  	I wandered lonely as a cloud
  918.  	That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
  919.  	When all at once I saw a crowd,
  920.  	A host, of golden daffodils;
  921.  	Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
  922.  	Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
  923.  		[ I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, by William Wordsworth ]
  924.  cobra
  925.  	Darzee and his wife only cowered down in the nest without
  926.  	answering, for from the thick grass at the foot of the bush
  927.  	there came a low hiss -- a horrid cold sound that made
  928.  	Rikki-tikki jump back two clear feet.  Then inch by inch out of
  929.  	the grass rose up the head and spread hood of Nag, the big
  930.  	black cobra, and he was five feet long from tongue to tail.
  931.  	When he had lifted one-third of himself clear of the ground,
  932.  	he stayed balancing to and fro exactly as a dandelion-tuft
  933.  	balances in the wind, and he looked at Rikki-tikki with the
  934.  	wicked snake's eyes that never change their expression,
  935.  	whatever the snake may be thinking of.
  936.  	'Who is Nag?' said he.  '_I_ am Nag.  The great God Brahm put
  937.  	his mark upon all our people, when the first cobra spread his
  938.  	hood to keep the sun off Brahm as he slept.  Look, and be
  939.  	afraid!'
  940.  		[ Rikki-tikki-tavi, by Rudyard Kipling ]
  941.  c*ckatrice
  942.  	Once in a great while, when the positions of the stars are
  943.  	just right, a seven-year-old rooster will lay an egg.  Then,
  944.  	along will come a snake, to coil around the egg, or a toad,
  945.  	to squat upon the egg, keeping it warm and helping it to
  946.  	hatch.  When it hatches, out comes a creature called basilisk,
  947.  	or cockatrice, the most deadly of all creatures.  A single
  948.  	glance from its yellow, piercing toad's eyes will kill both
  949.  	man and beast.  Its power of destruction is said to be so
  950.  	great that sometimes simply to hear its hiss can prove fatal.
  951.  	Its breath is so venomous that it causes all vegetation
  952.  	to wither.
  953.  
  954.  	There is, however, one creature which can withstand the
  955.  	basilisk's deadly gaze, and this is the weasel.  No one knows
  956.  	why this is so, but although the fierce weasel can slay the
  957.  	basilisk, it will itself be killed in the struggle.  Perhaps
  958.  	the weasel knows the basilisk's fatal weakness:  if it ever
  959.  	sees its own reflection in a mirror it will perish instantly.
  960.  	But even a dead basilisk is dangerous, for it is said that
  961.  	merely touching its lifeless body can cause a person to
  962.  	sicken and die.
  963.  	  [ Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library)
  964.  	      and other sources ]
  965.  *coin
  966.  ~creeping coins
  967.  *coins
  968.  zorkmid*
  969.  	The coin bears the likeness of Belwit the Flat, along with the
  970.  	inscriptions, "One Zorkmid," and "699 GUE [ Great Underground
  971.  	Empire ]."  On the other side, the coin depicts Egreth Castle,
  972.  	and says "In Frobs We Trust" in several languages.
  973.  		[ Zork Zero, by Infocom ]
  974.  # not "stethoscope"
  975.  combat
  976.  fight
  977.  fracas
  978.  melee
  979.  spat
  980.  squabble
  981.  tiff
  982.  	[Scene: Mr. Moon and Gilbert enter tavern and discover many
  983.  	corpses strewn about the place; Blind Pew is sole survivor.]
  984.  	Blind Pew:  Evening.  Sounded as though there has been a bit
  985.  	            of a squabble.
  986.  	 Mr. Moon:  Squabble?  They're all dead.
  987.  	Blind Pew:  Oh.  Must have been more of a tiff then.
  988.  		[ Yellowbeard, directed by Mel Damski, screenplay
  989.  		  by Graham Chapman, Peter Cook, Bernard McKenna ]
  990.  cope
  991.  * cope
  992.  	The cope is a liturgical vestment which may be worn by any
  993.  	rank of the clergy.  Copes are made in all liturgical colours,
  994.  	and are like a very long mantle or cloak, fastened at the breast
  995.  	by a clasp.
  996.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  997.  cornuthaum
  998.  	He was dressed in a flowing gown with fur tippets which had
  999.  	the signs of the zodiac embroidered over it, with various
  1000.  	cabalistic signs, such as triangles with eyes in them, queer
  1001.  	crosses, leaves of trees, bones of birds and animals, and a
  1002.  	planetarium whose stars shone like bits of looking-glass with
  1003.  	the sun on them.  He had a pointed hat like a dunce's cap, or
  1004.  	like the headgear worn by ladies of that time, except that
  1005.  	the ladies were accustomed to have a bit of veil floating
  1006.  	from the top of it.
  1007.  			[ The Once and Future King, by T.H. White ]
  1008.  
  1009.  		"A wizard!" Dooley exclaimed, astounded.
  1010.  		"At your service, sirs," said the wizard.  "How
  1011.  	perceptive of you to notice.  I suppose my hat rather gives me
  1012.  	away.  Something of a beacon, I don't doubt."  His hat was
  1013.  	pretty much that, tall and cone-shaped with stars and crescent
  1014.  	moons all over it.  All in all, it couldn't have been more
  1015.  	wizardish.
  1016.  			[ The Elfin Ship, James P. Blaylock ]
  1017.  couatl
  1018.  	A mythical feathered serpent.  The couatl are very rare.
  1019.  coyote
  1020.  	This carnivore is known for its voracious appetite and
  1021.  	inflated view of its own intelligence.
  1022.  cram*
  1023.  	If you want to know what cram is, I can only say that I don't
  1024.  	know the recipe; but it is biscuitish, keeps good indefinitely,
  1025.  	is supposed to be sustaining, and is certainly not entertaining,
  1026.  	being in fact very uninteresting except as a chewing
  1027.  	exercise.  It was made by the Lake-men for long journeys.
  1028.  		[ The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  1029.  cream pie
  1030.  		Gregor stared at the pastry tray, and sighed.  "I suppose
  1031.  	it would disturb the guards if I tried to shove a cream torte up
  1032.  	your nose."
  1033.  		"Deeply.  You should have done it when we were eight and
  1034.  	twelve, you could have gotten away with it then.  The cream pie
  1035.  	of justice flies one way," Miles snickered.
  1036.  		[ The Vor Game, by Lois McMaster Bujold ]
  1037.  *crocodile
  1038.  	A big animal with the appearance of a lizard, constituting
  1039.  	an order of the reptiles (_Loricata_ or _Crocodylia_), the
  1040.  	crocodile is a large, dangerous predator native to tropical
  1041.  	and subtropical climes.  It spends most of its time in large
  1042.  	bodies of water.
  1043.  		[]
  1044.  
  1045.  	How doth the little crocodile
  1046.  	    Improve his shining tail,
  1047.  	And pour the waters of the Nile
  1048.  	    On every golden scale!
  1049.  
  1050.  	How cheerfully he seems to grin
  1051.  	    How neatly spreads his claws,
  1052.  	And welcomes little fishes in,
  1053.  	    With gently smiling jaws!
  1054.  		[ How Doth The Little Crocodile, by Lewis Carroll ]
  1055.  croesus
  1056.  kroisos
  1057.  creosote
  1058.  	Croesus (in Greek: Kroisos), the wealthy last king of Lydia;
  1059.  	his empire was destroyed when he attacked Cyrus in 549, after
  1060.  	the Oracle of Delphi (q.v.) had told him:  "if you attack the
  1061.  	Persians, you will destroy a mighty empire".  Herodotus
  1062.  	relates of his legendary conversation with Solon of Athens,
  1063.  	who impressed upon him that being rich does not imply being
  1064.  	happy and that no one should be considered fortunate before
  1065.  	his death.
  1066.  crom
  1067.  	Warily Conan scanned his surroundings, all of his senses alert
  1068.  	for signs of possible danger.  Off in the distance, he could
  1069.  	see the familiar shapes of the Camp of the Duali tribe.
  1070.  	Suddenly, the hairs on his neck stand on end as he detects the
  1071.  	aura of evil magic in the air.  Without thought, he readies
  1072.  	his weapon, and mutters under his breath:
  1073.  	"By Crom, there will be blood spilt today."
  1074.  
  1075.  	    [ Conan the Avenger by Robert E. Howard, Bjorn Nyberg,
  1076.  		and L. Sprague de Camp ]
  1077.  crossbow*
  1078.  	"God save thee, ancient Mariner!
  1079.  	From the fiends, that plague thee thus! -
  1080.  	Why look'st thou so?" - With my cross-bow
  1081.  	I shot the Albatross.
  1082.  	  [ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge ]
  1083.  crystal ball
  1084.  	You look into one of these and see _vapours swirling like
  1085.  	clouds_.  These shortly clear away to show a sort of video
  1086.  	without sound of something that is going to happen to you
  1087.  	soon.  It is seldom good news.
  1088.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  1089.  curse*
  1090.  	Curses are longstanding ill-wishings which, in Fantasyland,
  1091.  	often manifest as semisentient.  They have to be broken or
  1092.  	dispelled.  The method varies according to the type and
  1093.  	origin of the Curse:
  1094.  	[...]
  1095.  	4.  Curses on Rings and Swords.  You have problems.  Rings
  1096.  	have to be returned whence they came, preferably at over a
  1097.  	thousand degrees Fahrenheit, and the Curse means you won't
  1098.  	want to do this.  Swords usually resist all attempts to
  1099.  	raise their Curses.  Your best source is to hide the Sword
  1100.  	or give it to someone you dislike.
  1101.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  1102.  cwn*n
  1103.  	A pack of snow-white, red-eared spectral hounds which
  1104.  	sometimes took part in the kidnappings and raids the
  1105.  	inhabitants of the underworld sometimes make on this world
  1106.  	(the Wild Hunt).  They are associated in Wales with the sounds
  1107.  	of migrating wild geese, and are said to be leading the souls
  1108.  	of the damned to hell.  The phantom chase is usually heard or
  1109.  	seen in midwinter and is accompanied by a howling wind.
  1110.  		[ Encyclopedia Mythica, ed. M.F. Lindemans ]
  1111.  cyclops
  1112.  	And after he had milked his cattle swiftly,
  1113.  	he again took hold of two of my men
  1114.  	and had them as his supper.
  1115.  	Then I went, with a tub of red wine,
  1116.  	to stand before the Cyclops, saying:
  1117.  	"A drop of wine after all this human meat,
  1118.  	so you can taste the delicious wine
  1119.  	that is stored in our ship, Cyclops."
  1120.  	He took the tub and emptied it.
  1121.  	He appreciated the priceless wine that much
  1122.  	that he promptly asked me for a second tub.
  1123.  	"Give it", he said, "and give me your name as well".
  1124.  			...
  1125.  	Thrice I filled the tub,
  1126.  	and after the wine had clouded his mind,
  1127.  	I said to him, in a tone as sweet as honey:
  1128.  	"You have asked my name, Cyclops?  Well,
  1129.  	my name is very well known.  I'll give it to you,
  1130.  	if you give me the gift you promised me as a guest.
  1131.  	My name is Nobody.  All call me thus:
  1132.  	my father and my mother and my friends."
  1133.  	Ruthlessly he answered to this:
  1134.  	"Nobody, I will eat you last of all;
  1135.  	your host of friends will completely precede you.
  1136.  	That will be my present to you, my friend."
  1137.  	And after these words he fell down backwards,
  1138.  	restrained by the all-restrainer Hupnos.
  1139.  	His monstrous neck slid into the dust;
  1140.  	the red wine squirted from his throat;
  1141.  	the drunk vomited lumps of human flesh.
  1142.  		[ The Odyssey, (chapter Epsilon), by Homer ]
  1143.  ~sting
  1144.  *dagger
  1145.  	Is this a dagger which I see before me,
  1146.  	The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
  1147.  	I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
  1148.  	Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
  1149.  	To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
  1150.  	A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
  1151.  	Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
  1152.  	I see thee yet, in form as palpable
  1153.  	As this which now I draw.
  1154.  		[ Macbeth, by William Shakespeare ]
  1155.  dark one
  1156.  	... But he ruled rather by force and fear, if they might
  1157.  	avail; and those who perceived his shadow spreading over the
  1158.  	world called him the Dark Lord and named him the Enemy; and
  1159.  	he gathered again under his government all the evil things of
  1160.  	the days of Morgoth that remained on earth or beneath it,
  1161.  	and the Orcs were at his command and multiplied like flies.
  1162.  	Thus the Black Years began ...
  1163.  		[ The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  1164.  # includes "dart trap"
  1165.  dart*
  1166.  	Darts are missile weapons, designed to fly such that a sharp,
  1167.  	often weighted point will strike first.  They can be
  1168.  	distinguished from javelins by fletching (i.e., feathers on
  1169.  	the tail) and a shaft that is shorter and/or more flexible,
  1170.  	and from arrows by the fact that they are not of the right
  1171.  	length to use with a normal bow.
  1172.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  1173.  
  1174.  	Against my foe I hurled a murderous dart.
  1175.  	He caught it in his hand -- I heard him laugh --
  1176.  	I saw the thing that should have pierced his heart
  1177.  	Turn to a golden staff.
  1178.  		[ Gifts, by Mary Coleridge ]
  1179.  demogorgon
  1180.  	A terrible deity, whose very name was capable of producing the
  1181.  	most horrible effects.  He is first mentioned by the 4th-century
  1182.  	Christian writer, Lactantius, who in doing so broke with the
  1183.  	superstition that the very reference to Demogorgon by name
  1184.  	brought death and disaster.
  1185.  		[ Brewer's Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ]
  1186.  
  1187.  	Demogorgon, the prince of demons, wallows in filth and can
  1188.  	spread a quickly fatal illness to his victims while rending
  1189.  	them.  He is a mighty spellcaster, and he can drain the life
  1190.  	of mortals with a touch of his tail.
  1191.  # takes "major demon" when specifying '&'
  1192.  demon
  1193.  major demon
  1194.  	It is often very hard to discover what any given Demon looks
  1195.  	like, apart from a general impression of large size, huge
  1196.  	fangs, staring eyes, many limbs, and an odd color; but all
  1197.  	accounts agree that Demons are very powerful, very Magic (in
  1198.  	a nonhuman manner), and made of some substance that can squeeze
  1199.  	through a keyhole yet not be pierced with a Sword.  This makes
  1200.  	them difficult to deal with, even on the rare occasions when
  1201.  	they are friendly.
  1202.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  1203.  diamond
  1204.  	The hardest known mineral (with a hardness of 10 on Mohs' scale).
  1205.  	It is an allotropic form of pure carbon that has crystallized in
  1206.  	the cubic system, usually as octahedra or cubes, under great
  1207.  	pressure.
  1208.  		[ A Concise Dictionary of Physics ]
  1209.  
  1210.  	The diamond, _adamas_ or _dyamas_, is a transparent stone, like
  1211.  	crystal, but having the colour of polished iron, but it cannot
  1212.  	be destroyed by iron, fire or any other means, unless it is
  1213.  	placed in the hot blood of a goat; with sharp pieces of diamond
  1214.  	other stones are engraved and polished.  It is no greater than
  1215.  	a small nut.  There are six kinds, however Adamant attracts
  1216.  	metal; it expels venom; it produces amber (and is efficacious
  1217.  	against empty fears and for those resisting spells).  It is
  1218.  	found in India, in Greece and in Cyprus, where magicians make
  1219.  	use of it.  It gives you courage; it averts apparitions; it
  1220.  	removes anger and quarrels; it heals the mad; it defends you
  1221.  	from your enemies.  It should be set in gold or silver and worn
  1222.  	on the left arm.  It is likewise found in Arabia.
  1223.  	 	[ The Aberdeen Bestiary, translated by Colin McLaren ]
  1224.  dilithium*
  1225.  	The most famous and the first to be named of the imaginary
  1226.  	"minerals" of Star Trek is dilithium. ... Because of this
  1227.  	mineral's central role in the storyline, a whole mythology
  1228.  	surrounds it.  It is, however, a naturally occurring substance
  1229.  	within the mythology, as there are various episodes that
  1230.  	make reference to the mining of dilithium deposits. ...
  1231.  	This name itself is imaginary and gives no real information on
  1232.  	the structure or make-up of this substance other than that this
  1233.  	version of the name implies a lithium and iron-bearing
  1234.  	aluminosilicate of some sort.  That said, the real mineral that
  1235.  	most closely matches the descriptive elements of this name is
  1236.  	ferroholmquistite which is a dilithium triferrodiallosilicate.
  1237.  	If one goes on the premise that nature follows certain general
  1238.  	norms, then one could extrapolate that dilithium might have a
  1239.  	similar number of silicon atoms in its structure.
  1240.  	Keeping seven (i.e. hepto) ferrous irons and balancing the
  1241.  	oxygens would give a theoretical formula of Li2Fe7Al2Si8O27.
  1242.  	A mineral with this composition could theoretically exist,
  1243.  	although it is doubtful that it would possess the more fantastic
  1244.  	properties ascribed to dilithium.
  1245.  		[ The Mineralogy of Star Trek, by Jeffrey de Fourestier ]
  1246.  dingo
  1247.  	A wolflike wild dog, Canis dingo, of Australia, having a
  1248.  	reddish- or yellowish-brown coat, believed to have been
  1249.  	introduced by the aborigines.
  1250.  		[ Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary
  1251.  		    of the English Language ]
  1252.  disenchanter
  1253.  	Ask not, what your magic can do to it.  Ask what it can do
  1254.  	to your magic.
  1255.  dispater
  1256.  	The Roman ruler of the underworld and fortune, similar to the
  1257.  	Greek Hades.  Every hundred years, the Ludi Tarentini were
  1258.  	celebrated in his honor.  The Gauls regarded Dis Pater as
  1259.  	their ancestor.  The name is a contraction of the Latin Dives,
  1260.  	"the wealthy", Dives Pater, "the wealthy father", or "Fater
  1261.  	Wealth".  It refers to the wealth of precious stone below the
  1262.  	earth.
  1263.  		[ Encyclopedia Mythica, ed. M.F. Lindemans ]
  1264.  djinn*
  1265.  	The djinn are genies from the elemental plane of Air.  There,
  1266.  	among their kind, they have their own societies.  They are
  1267.  	sometimes encountered on earth and may even be summoned here
  1268.  	to perform some service for powerful wizards.  The wizards
  1269.  	often leave them about for later service, safely tucked away
  1270.  	in a flask or lamp.  Once in a while, such a tool is found by
  1271.  	a lucky rogue, and some djinn are known to be so grateful
  1272.  	when released that they might grant their rescuer a wish.
  1273.  # takes "dog or other canine" when specifying 'd'
  1274.  ~hachi
  1275.  ~slasher
  1276.  ~sirius
  1277.  *dog
  1278.  pup*
  1279.  *canine
  1280.  	A domestic animal, the _tame dog_ (_Canis familiaris_), of
  1281.  	which numerous breeds exist.  The male is called a dog,
  1282.  	while the female is called a bitch.  Because of its known
  1283.  	loyalty to man and gentleness with children, it is the
  1284.  	world's most popular domestic animal.  It can easily be
  1285.  	trained to perform various tasks.
  1286.  # typing "spellbook or a closed door" shouldn't yield this entry
  1287.  ~trap*door
  1288.  ~*spellbook*
  1289.  *door
  1290.  doorway
  1291.  	Through me you pass into the city of woe:
  1292.  	Through me you pass into eternal pain:
  1293.  	Through me among the people lost for aye.
  1294.  	Justice the founder of my fabric mov'd:
  1295.  	To rear me was the task of power divine,
  1296.  	Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.
  1297.  	Before me things create were none, save things
  1298.  	Eternal, and eternal I endure.
  1299.  	All hope abandon ye who enter here.
  1300.  		[ The Inferno, from The Divine Comedy of Dante
  1301.  			Alighieri, translated by H.F. Cary ]
  1302.  doppelganger
  1303.  	"Then we can only give thanks that this is Antarctica, where
  1304.  	there is not one, single, solitary, living thing for it to
  1305.  	imitate, except these animals in camp."
  1306.  
  1307.  	"Us," Blair giggled. "It can imitate us. Dogs can't make four
  1308.  	hundred miles to the sea; there's no food. There aren't any
  1309.  	skua gulls to imitate at this season. There aren't any
  1310.  	penguins this far inland. There's nothing that can reach the
  1311.  	sea from this point - except us. We've got brains. We can do
  1312.  	it. Don't you see - it's got to imitate us - it's got to be one
  1313.  	of us - that's the only way it can fly an airplane - fly a plane
  1314.  	for two hours, and rule - be - all Earth's inhabitants. A world
  1315.  	for the taking - if it imitates us!
  1316.  		[ Who Goes There?, by John W. Campbell ]
  1317.  
  1318.  	Xander: Let go!  I have to kill the demon bot!
  1319.  	Xander Double (grabbing the gun): Anya, get out of the way.
  1320.  	Buffy: Xander!
  1321.  	Xander Double: That's all right, Buffy.  I have him.
  1322.  	Xander: No, Buffy, I'm me.  Help me!
  1323.  	Anya: My gun, he's got my gun.
  1324.  	Riley: You own a gun?
  1325.  	Buffy: Xander, gun holding Xander, give it to me.
  1326.  	Anya: Buffy, which one's real?
  1327.  	Xander: I am.
  1328.  	Xander Double: No, _I_ am.
  1329.  	    [ Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 5.03, "The Replacement" ]
  1330.  *dragon
  1331.  *xoth
  1332.  	In the West the dragon was the natural enemy of man.  Although
  1333.  	preferring to live in bleak and desolate regions, whenever it
  1334.  	was seen among men it left in its wake a trail of destruction
  1335.  	and disease.  Yet any attempt to slay this beast was a perilous
  1336.  	undertaking.  For the dragon's assailant had to contend
  1337.  	not only with clouds of sulphurous fumes pouring from its fire
  1338.  	breathing nostrils, but also with the thrashings of its tail,
  1339.  	the most deadly part of its serpent-like body.
  1340.  	  [ Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library) ]
  1341.  
  1342.  	"One whom the dragons will speak with," he said, "that is a
  1343.  	dragonlord, or at least that is the center of the matter.  It's
  1344.  	not a trick of mastering the dragons, as most people think.
  1345.  	Dragons have no masters.  The question is always the same, with
  1346.  	a dragon:  will he talk to you or will he eat you?  If you can
  1347.  	count upon his doing the former, and not doing the latter, why
  1348.  	then you're a dragonlord."
  1349.  		[ The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. Le Guin ]
  1350.  *dragon*scale*
  1351.  	Stephen had argued, and the expert armorer had grudgingly
  1352.  	admitted, that dragonscale shield or armor, provided it proved
  1353.  	feasible to make at all, ought to offer some real, practical
  1354.  	advantages over any metal breastplate or shield -- gram for
  1355.  	gram of weight, such a defense would probably be a lot
  1356.  	tougher and more protective than any human smiths could
  1357.  	make of steel.
  1358.  		[ The Last Book of Swords: Shieldbreaker's Story,
  1359.  			by Fred Saberhagen ]
  1360.  *drum*
  1361.  	Many travelers have seen the drums of the great apes, and
  1362.  	some have heard the sounds of their beating and the noise of
  1363.  	the wild, weird revelry of these first lords of the jungle,
  1364.  	but Tarzan, Lord Greystoke, is, doubtless, the only human
  1365.  	being who ever joined in the fierce, mad, intoxicating revel
  1366.  	of the Dum-Dum.
  1367.  		[ Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs ]
  1368.  dunce*
  1369.  	A dunce cap, also variously known as a dunce hat, dunce's
  1370.  	cap, or dunce's hat, is a tall conical hat.  In popular
  1371.  	culture, it is typically made of paper and often marked with
  1372.  	a D, and given to schoolchildren to wear as punishment for
  1373.  	being stupid or lazy.  While this is now a rare practice,
  1374.  	it is frequently depicted in popular culture such as
  1375.  	children's cartoons.
  1376.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  1377.  dungeon*
  1378.  	At once as far as Angels kenn he views
  1379.  	The dismal Situation waste and wilde,
  1380.  	A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round
  1381.  	As one great Furnace flam'd, yet from those flames
  1382.  	No light, but rather darkness visible
  1383.  	Serv'd only to discover sights of woe,
  1384.  	Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
  1385.  	And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
  1386.  	That comes to all; but torture without end
  1387.  	Still urges, and a fiery Deluge, fed
  1388.  	With ever-burning Sulphur unconsum'd:
  1389.  	Such place Eternal Justice had prepar'd
  1390.  	For those rebellious, here their Prison ordain'd
  1391.  	In utter darkness, and their portion set
  1392.  	As far remov'd from God and light of Heav'n
  1393.  	As from the Center thrice to th' utmost Pole.
  1394.  		[ Paradise Lost, by John Milton ]
  1395.  ~dwarf ??m*
  1396.  #~dwar* cave*man
  1397.  dwarf*
  1398.  	Dwarfs have faces like men (ugly men, with wrinkled, leathery
  1399.  	skins), but are generally either flat-footed, duck-footed, or
  1400.  	have feet pointing backwards.  They are of the earth, earthy,
  1401.  	living in the darkest of caverns and venturing forth only
  1402.  	with the cloaks by which they can make themselves invisible,
  1403.  	and others disguised as toads.  Miners often come across them,
  1404.  	and sometimes establish reasonably close relations with them.
  1405.  	... The miners of Cornwall were always delighted to hear a
  1406.  	bucca busily mining away, for all dwarfs have an infallible
  1407.  	nose for precious metals.
  1408.  	Among other things, dwarfs are rightly valued for their skill
  1409.  	as blacksmiths and jewellers: they made Odin his famous spear
  1410.  	Gungnir, and Thor his hammer; for Freya they designed a
  1411.  	magnificent necklace, and for Frey a golden boar.  And in their
  1412.  	spare time they are excellent bakers.  Ironically, despite
  1413.  	their odd feet, they are particularly fond of dancing.  They
  1414.  	can also see into the future, and consequently are excellent
  1415.  	meteorologists.  They can be free with presents to people
  1416.  	they like, and a dwarvish gift is likely to turn to gold in
  1417.  	the hand.  But on the whole they are a snappish lot.
  1418.  	    [ The Immortals, by Derek and Julia Parker ]
  1419.  earendil
  1420.  elwing
  1421.  	In after days, when because of the triumph of Morgoth Elves and
  1422.  	Men became estranged, as he most wished, those of the Elven-race
  1423.  	that lived still in Middle-earth waned and faded, and Men usurped
  1424.  	the sunlight.  Then the Quendi wandered in the lonely places of the
  1425.  	great lands and the isles, and took to the moonlight and the
  1426.  	starlight, and to the woods and the caves, becoming as shadows
  1427.  	and memories, save those who ever and anon set sail into the West
  1428.  	and vanished from Middle-earth.  But in the dawn of years Elves
  1429.  	and Men were allies and held themselves akin, and there were some
  1430.  	among Men that learned the wisdom of the Eldar, and became great
  1431.  	and valiant among the captains of the Noldor.  And in the glory
  1432.  	and beauty of the Elves, and in their fate, full share had the
  1433.  	offspring of elf and mortal, Earendil, and Elwing, and Elrond
  1434.  	their child.
  1435.  		[ The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  1436.  eel
  1437.  giant eel
  1438.  	The behaviour of eels in fresh water extends the air of
  1439.  	mystery surrounding them.  They move freely into muddy, silty
  1440.  	bottoms of lakes, lying buried in the daylight hours in summer.
  1441.  	[...]  Eels are voracious carnivores, feeding mainly at
  1442.  	night and consuming a wide variety of fishes and invertebrate
  1443.  	creatures.  Contrary to earlier thinking, eels seek living
  1444.  	rather than dead creatures and are not habitual eaters of
  1445.  	carrion.
  1446.  	    [ Freshwater Fishes of Canada, by Scott and Crossman ]
  1447.  egg
  1448.  	But I asked why not keep it and let the hen sit on it till it
  1449.  	hatched, and then we could see what would come out of it.
  1450.  	"Nothing good, I'm certain of that," Mom said.  "It would
  1451.  	probably be something horrible.  But just remember, if it's a
  1452.  	crocodile or a dragon or something like that, I won't have it
  1453.  	in my house for one minute."
  1454.  		[ The Enormous Egg, by Oliver Butterworth ]
  1455.  elbereth
  1456.  	... Even as they stepped over the threshold a single clear
  1457.  	voice rose in song.
  1458.  
  1459.  		A Elbereth Gilthoniel,
  1460.  		silivren penna miriel
  1461.  		o menel aglar elenath!
  1462.  		Na-chaered palan-diriel
  1463.  		o galadhremmin ennorath,
  1464.  		Fanuilos, le linnathon
  1465.  		nef aear, si nef aearon!
  1466.  
  1467.  	Frodo halted for a moment, looking back.  Elrond was in his
  1468.  	chair and the fire was on his face like summer-light upon the
  1469.  	trees.  Near him sat the Lady Arwen.  [...]
  1470.  	He stood still enchanted, while the sweet syllables of the
  1471.  	elvish song fell like clear jewels of blended word and melody.
  1472.  	"It is a song to Elbereth," said Bilbo.  "They will sing that,
  1473.  	and other songs of the Blessed Realm, many times tonight.
  1474.  	Come on!"
  1475.  	   [ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  1476.  electric eel
  1477.  	South-American fish (_Gymnotus electricus_), living in fresh
  1478.  	water.  Shaped like a serpent, it can grow up to 2 metres.
  1479.  	This eel is known for its electrical organ which enables it
  1480.  	to paralyse creatures up to the size of a horse.
  1481.  	   [ Van Dale's Groot Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal ]
  1482.  *elemental
  1483.  	Elementals are manifestations of the basic nature of the
  1484.  	universe.  There are four known forms of elementals:  air, fire,
  1485.  	water, and earth.  Some mystics have postulated the necessity
  1486.  	for a fifth type, the spirit elemental, but none have ever
  1487.  	been encountered, at least on this plane of existence.
  1488.  ~human or elf*
  1489.  ~elf ??m*
  1490.  *elf*
  1491.  elvenking
  1492.  	The Elves sat round the fire upon the grass or upon the sawn
  1493.  	rings of old trunks.  Some went to and fro bearing cups and
  1494.  	pouring drinks; others brought food on heaped plates and
  1495.  	dishes.
  1496.  	"This is poor fare," they said to the hobbits; "for we are
  1497.  	lodging in the greenwood far from our halls.  If ever you are
  1498.  	our guests at home, we will treat you better."
  1499.  	"It seems to me good enough for a birthday-party," said Frodo.
  1500.  	Pippin afterwards recalled little of either food or drink, for
  1501.  	his mind was filled with the light upon the elf-faces, and the
  1502.  	sound of voices so various and so beautiful that he felt in a
  1503.  	waking dream.  [...]
  1504.  	Sam could never describe in words, nor picture clearly to
  1505.  	himself, what he felt or thought that night, though it remained
  1506.  	in his memory as one of the chief events of his life.  The
  1507.  	nearest he ever got was to say: "Well, sir, if I could grow
  1508.  	apples like that, I would call myself a gardener.  But it was
  1509.  	the singing that went to my heart, if you know what I mean."
  1510.  	   [ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  1511.  elven cloak
  1512.  	The Elves next unwrapped and gave to each of the Company the
  1513.  	clothes they had brought.  For each they had provided a hood
  1514.  	and cloak, made according to his size, of the light but warm
  1515.  	silken stuff that the Galadrim wove.  It was hard to say of
  1516.  	what colour they were: grey with the hue of twilight under
  1517.  	the trees they seemed to be; and yet if they were moved, or
  1518.  	set in another light, they were green as shadowed leaves, or
  1519.  	brown as fallow fields by night, dusk-silver as water under
  1520.  	the stars.
  1521.  		[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  1522.  emerald
  1523.  	'Put off that mask of burning gold
  1524.  	With emerald eyes.'
  1525.  	'O no, my dear, you make so bold
  1526.  	To find if hearts be wild and wise,
  1527.  	And yet not cold.'
  1528.  
  1529.  	'I would but find what's there to find,
  1530.  	Love or deceit.'
  1531.  	'It was the mask engaged your mind,
  1532.  	And after set your heart to beat,
  1533.  	Not what's behind.'
  1534.  
  1535.  	'But lest you are my enemy,
  1536.  	I must enquire.'
  1537.  	'O no, my dear, let all that be;
  1538.  	What matter, so there is but fire
  1539.  	In you, in me?'
  1540.  		[ The Mask, by W.B. Yeats ]
  1541.  engrav*
  1542.  A.S*
  1543.  	Presently we reached a place where the beach narrowed; the sea
  1544.  	almost came up to the foot of the cliffs, leaving a passage no
  1545.  	wider than a couple of yards.  Between two projecting rocks we
  1546.  	caught sight of the entrance to a dark tunnel.
  1547.  	There, on a slab of granite, appeared two mysterious letters,
  1548.  	half eaten away by time -- the two initials of the bold,
  1549.  	adventurous traveller:
  1550.  
  1551.  			A.S.
  1552.  
  1553.  	'A.S.,' cried my uncle. 'Arne Saknussemm! Arne Saknussemm again!'
  1554.  
  1555.  	[...] at the sight of those two letters, carved there three
  1556.  	hundred years before, I stood in utter stupefaction.  Not
  1557.  	only was the signature of the learned alchemist legible on
  1558.  	the rock, but I held in my hand the dagger which had traced it.
  1559.  	Without showing the most appalling bad faith, I could no longer
  1560.  	doubt the existence of the traveller and the reality of his
  1561.  	journey.
  1562.  		[ Journey to the Centre of the Earth, by Jules Verne,
  1563.  		  translated by Robert Baldick ]
  1564.  *epidaurus
  1565.  	The asclepieion at Epidaurus was the most celebrated healing
  1566.  	center of the Classical world, the place where ill people went
  1567.  	in the hope of being cured.  To find out the right cure for
  1568.  	their ailments, they spent a night in the enkoimitiria, a big
  1569.  	sleeping hall.  In their dreams, the god himself (Asclepius)
  1570.  	would advise them what they had to do to regain their health.
  1571.  	There are also mineral springs in the vicinity which may have
  1572.  	been used in healing.
  1573.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  1574.  erinys
  1575.  erinyes
  1576.  	These female-seeming devils named after the Furies of mythology
  1577.  	attack hand to hand and poison their unwary victims as well.
  1578.  ettin
  1579.  	The two-headed giant, or ettin, is a vicious and unpredictable
  1580.  	hunter that stalks by night and eats any meat it can catch.
  1581.  excalibur
  1582.  	At first only its tip was visible, but then it rose, straight,
  1583.  	proud, all that was noble and great and wondrous.  The tip of
  1584.  	the blade pointed toward the moon, as if it would cleave it
  1585.  	in two.  The blade itself gleamed like a beacon in the night.
  1586.  	There was no light source for the sword to be reflecting
  1587.  	from, for the moon had darted behind a cloud in fear.  The
  1588.  	sword was glowing from the intensity of its strength and
  1589.  	power and knowledge that it was justice incarnate, and that
  1590.  	after a slumber of uncounted years its time had again come.
  1591.  	After the blade broke the surface, the hilt was visible, and
  1592.  	holding the sword was a single strong, yet feminine hand,
  1593.  	wearing several rings that bore jewels sparkling with the
  1594.  	blue-green color of the ocean.
  1595.  		[ Knight Life, by Peter David ]
  1596.  expensive camera
  1597.  	There was a time when Rincewind had quite liked the iconoscope.
  1598.  	He believed, against all experience, that the world was
  1599.  	fundamentally understandable, and that if he could only equip
  1600.  	himself with the right mental toolbox he could take the back off
  1601.  	and see how it worked.  He was, of course, dead wrong.  The
  1602.  	iconoscope didn't take pictures by letting light fall onto
  1603.  	specially treated paper, as he had surmised, but by the far
  1604.  	simpler method of imprisoning a small demon with a good eye for
  1605.  	colour and a speedy hand with a paintbrush.  He had been very
  1606.  	upset to find that out.
  1607.  		[ The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  1608.  eye of the aethiopica
  1609.  	This is a powerful amulet of ESP.  In addition to its standard
  1610.  	powers, it regenerates the energy of anyone who carries
  1611.  	it, allowing them to cast spells more often.  It also reduces
  1612.  	any spell damage to the person who carries it by half, and
  1613.  	protects from magic missiles.  Finally, when invoked it has
  1614.  	the power to instantly open a portal to any other area of the
  1615.  	dungeon, allowing its invoker to travel quickly between
  1616.  	areas.
  1617.  eyes of the overworld
  1618.  	... and finally there is "the Eyes of the Overworld".  This
  1619.  	obscure artifact pushes the wearer's view sense into the
  1620.  	"overworld" -- another name for a segment of the Astral Plane.
  1621.  	Usually, there is nothing to be seen.  However, the wearer
  1622.  	is also able to look back and see the area around herself,
  1623.  	much like looking on a map.  Why anyone would want to ...
  1624.  fedora
  1625.  	Some hats can only be worn if you're willing to be jaunty, to set
  1626.  	them at an angle and to walk beneath them with a spring in your
  1627.  	stride as if you're only a step away from dancing.  They demand a
  1628.  	lot of you.
  1629.  		[ Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman ]
  1630.  figurine*
  1631.  	Then it appeared in Paris at just about the time that Paris
  1632.  	was full of Carlists who had to get out of Spain.  One of
  1633.  	them must have brought it with him, but, whoever he was, it's
  1634.  	likely he knew nothing about its real value.  It had been --
  1635.  	no doubt as a precaution during the Carlist trouble in Spain
  1636.  	-- painted or enameled over to look like nothing more than a
  1637.  	fairly interesting black statuette.  And in that disguise,
  1638.  	sir, it was, you might say, kicked around Paris for seventy
  1639.  	years by private owners and dealers too stupid to see what
  1640.  	it was under the skin.
  1641.  		[ The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett ]
  1642.  fire trap
  1643.  	'Let him be for a while,' said Cohen.  'I reckon the fish
  1644.  	disagreed with him.'
  1645.  	'Don't see why,' said Truckle.  'I pulled him out before it'd
  1646.  	hardly chewed him.  And he must've dried out nicely in that
  1647.  	corridor.  You know, the one where the flames shot up out of
  1648.  	the floor unexpectedly.'
  1649.  	'I reckon our bard wasn't expecting flames to shoot out of
  1650.  	the floor unexpectedly,' said Cohen.
  1651.  	Truckle shrugged theatrically.  '_Well_, if you're not going
  1652.  	to expect unexpected flames, what's the point of going
  1653.  	_anywhere_?'
  1654.  		[ The Last Hero, by Terry Pratchett ]
  1655.  f* brand
  1656.  	Some say the world will end in fire,
  1657.  	Some say in ice.
  1658.  	From what I've tasted of desire
  1659.  	I hold with those who favor fire.
  1660.  	But if it had to perish twice,
  1661.  	I think I know enough of hate
  1662.  	To say that for destruction ice
  1663.  	Is also great
  1664.  	And would suffice.
  1665.  		[ Fire and Ice, by Robert Frost ]
  1666.  flesh golem
  1667.  	With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected
  1668.  	the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark
  1669.  	of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet.  It was
  1670.  	already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against
  1671.  	the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the
  1672.  	glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow
  1673.  	eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive
  1674.  	motion agitated its limbs.
  1675.  
  1676.  	How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how
  1677.  	delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I
  1678.  	had endeavoured to form?  His limbs were in proportion, and I
  1679.  	had selected his features as beautiful.  Beautiful!--Great God!
  1680.  	His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and
  1681.  	arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and
  1682.  	flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances
  1683.  	only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that
  1684.  	seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in
  1685.  	which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight
  1686.  	black lips.
  1687.  		[ Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley ]
  1688.  flint*
  1689.  	An emerald is as green as grass;
  1690.  	A ruby red as blood;
  1691.  	A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;
  1692.  	A flint lies in the mud.
  1693.  
  1694.  	A diamond is a brilliant stone,
  1695.  	To catch the world's desire;
  1696.  	An opal holds a fiery spark;
  1697.  	But a flint holds fire.
  1698.  		[ Precious Stones, by Christina Giorgina Rossetti ]
  1699.  floating eye
  1700.  	Floating eyes, not surprisingly, are large, floating eyeballs
  1701.  	which drift about the dungeon.  Though not dangerous in and
  1702.  	of themselves, their power to paralyse those who gaze at
  1703.  	their large eye in combat is widely feared.  Many are the
  1704.  	tales of those who struck a floating eye, were paralysed by
  1705.  	its mystic powers, and then nibbled to death by some other
  1706.  	creature that lurked around nearby.
  1707.  *flute
  1708.  	With this thou canst do mighty deeds
  1709.  	And change men's passions for thy needs:
  1710.  	A man's despair with joy allay,
  1711.  	Turn bachelors old to lovers gay.
  1712.  		[ The Magic Flute, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ]
  1713.  # also takes fog/vapor cloud
  1714.  fog* cloud
  1715.  	The fog comes
  1716.  	on little cat feet.
  1717.  
  1718.  	It sits looking
  1719.  	over harbor and city
  1720.  	on silent haunches
  1721.  	and then moves on.
  1722.  	     [ Fog, by Carl Sandburg ]
  1723.  # includes "food detection" and "detect food", which might not be the best
  1724.  *food*
  1725.  	The little girl stood on tip-toe and picked one of the nicest
  1726.  	and biggest lunch-boxes, and then she sat down upon the ground
  1727.  	and eagerly opened it.  Inside she found, nicely wrapped in
  1728.  	white papers, a ham sandwich, a piece of sponge-cake, a pickle,
  1729.  	a slice of new cheese and an apple.  Each thing had a separate
  1730.  	stem, and so had to be picked off the side of the box; but
  1731.  	Dorothy found them all to be delicious, and she ate every bit
  1732.  	of luncheon in the box before she had finished.
  1733.  		[ Ozma of Oz, by L. Frank Baum ]
  1734.  fountain
  1735.  	Rest! This little Fountain runs
  1736.  	Thus for aye: -- It never stays
  1737.  	For the look of summer suns,
  1738.  	Nor the cold of winter days.
  1739.  	Whose'er shall wander near,
  1740.  	When the Syrian heat is worst,
  1741.  	Let him hither come, nor fear
  1742.  	Lest he may not slake his thirst:
  1743.  	He will find this little river
  1744.  	Running still, as bright as ever.
  1745.  	Let him drink, and onward hie,
  1746.  	Bearing but in thought, that I,
  1747.  	Erotas, bade the Naiad fall,
  1748.  	And thank the great god Pan for all!
  1749.  		[ For a Fountain, by Bryan Waller Procter ]
  1750.  fox
  1751.  	One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard
  1752.  	till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine
  1753.  	which had been trained over a lofty branch. "Just the thing
  1754.  	to quench my thirst," quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he
  1755.  	took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning
  1756.  	round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with
  1757.  	no greater success. Again and again he tried after the
  1758.  	tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked
  1759.  	away with his nose in the air, saying: "I am sure they are
  1760.  	sour."
  1761.  		[ Aesop's Fables ]
  1762.  *fung*
  1763.  	Fungi, division of simple plants that lack chlorophyll, true
  1764.  	stems, roots, and leaves.  Unlike algae, fungi cannot
  1765.  	photosynthesize, and live as parasites or saprophytes.  The
  1766.  	division comprises the slime molds and true fungi.  True
  1767.  	fungi are multicellular (with the exception of yeasts); the
  1768.  	body of most true fungi consists of slender cottony
  1769.  	filaments, or hyphae.  All fungi are capable of asexual
  1770.  	reproduction by cell division, budding, fragmentation, or
  1771.  	spores.  Those that reproduce sexually alternate a sexual
  1772.  	generation (gametophyte) with a spore-producing one.  The
  1773.  	four classes of true fungi are the algaelike fungi (e.g.,
  1774.  	black bread mold and downy mildew), sac fungi (e.g., yeasts,
  1775.  	powdery mildews, truffles, and blue and green molds such as
  1776.  	Penicillium), basidium fungi (e.g., mushrooms and puffballs)
  1777.  	and imperfect fungi (e.g., species that cause athlete's foot
  1778.  	and ringworm).  Fungi help decompose organic matter (important
  1779.  	in soil renewal); are valuable as a source of antibiotics,
  1780.  	vitamins, and various chemicals; and for their role in
  1781.  	fermentation, e.g., in bread and alcoholic beverage
  1782.  	production.
  1783.  		[ The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia ]
  1784.  *gargoyle
  1785.  	And so it came to pass that while Man ruled on Earth, the
  1786.  	gargoyles waited, lurking, hidden from the light.  Reborn
  1787.  	every 600 years in Man's reckoning of time, the gargoyles
  1788.  	joined battle against Man to gain dominion over the Earth.
  1789.  
  1790.  	In each coming, the gargoyles were nearly destroyed by Men
  1791.  	who flourished in greater numbers.  Now it has been so many
  1792.  	hundreds of years that it seems the ancient statues and
  1793.  	paintings of gargoyles are just products of Man's
  1794.  	imagination.  In this year, with Man's thoughts turned toward
  1795.  	the many ills he has brought among himself, Man has forgotten
  1796.  	his most ancient adversary, the gargoyles.
  1797.  		[ Excerpt from the opening narration to the movie
  1798.  		    _Gargoyles_, written by Stephen and Elinor Karpf ]
  1799.  *garlic
  1800.  	1 November - All day long we have travelled, and at a good
  1801.  	speed.  The horses seem to know that they are being kindly
  1802.  	treated, for they go willingly their full stage at best
  1803.  	speed.  We have now had so many changes and find the same
  1804.  	thing so constantly that we are encouraged to think that the
  1805.  	journey will be an easy one.  Dr. Van Helsing is laconic, he
  1806.  	tells the farmers that he is hurrying to Bistritz, and pays
  1807.  	them well to make the exchange of horses.  We get hot soup,
  1808.  	or coffee, or tea, and off we go.  It is a lovely country.
  1809.  	Full of beauties of all imaginable kinds, and the people are
  1810.  	brave, and strong, and simple, and seem full of nice
  1811.  	qualities.  They are very, very superstitious.  In the first
  1812.  	house where we stopped, when the woman who served us saw the
  1813.  	scar on my forehead, she crossed herself and put out two
  1814.  	fingers towards me, to keep off the evil eye.  I believe they
  1815.  	went to the trouble of putting an extra amount of garlic into
  1816.  	our food, and I can't abide garlic.  Ever since then I have
  1817.  	taken care not to take off my hat or veil, and so have
  1818.  	escaped their suspicions.
  1819.  		[ Dracula, by Bram Stoker ]
  1820.  # gas spore -- see *spore
  1821.  gehenn*
  1822.  *h?nnom
  1823.  hell
  1824.  	"Place of Torment."  The Valley of Hinnom, south-west of
  1825.  	Jerusalem, where Solomon, king of Israel, built "a high place",
  1826.  	or place of worship, for the gods Chemosh and Moloch.  The
  1827.  	valley came to be regarded as a place of abomination because
  1828.  	some of the Israelites sacrificed their children to Moloch
  1829.  	there.  In a later period it was made a refuse dump and
  1830.  	perpetual fires were maintained there to prevent pestilence.
  1831.  	Thus, in the New Testament, Gehenna became synonymous with hell.
  1832.  		[ Encyclopedia Mythica, ed. M.F. Lindemans ]
  1833.  gelatinous cube
  1834.  	Despite its popularity (or perhaps because of it), the
  1835.  	gelatinous cube is also widely known as one of the sillier
  1836.  	role-playing monsters.  It is something of a commentary on the
  1837.  	ubiquity of treasure-laden dungeons in the Dungeons & Dragons
  1838.  	universe, as the cube is a creature specifically adapted to a
  1839.  	dungeon ecosystem.  10 feet to the side, it travels through
  1840.  	standard 10-foot by 10-foot dungeon corridors, cleaning up
  1841.  	debris and redistributing treasure by excreting indigestible
  1842.  	metal items.
  1843.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  1844.  *gem
  1845.  gem or rock
  1846.  	The difference between false memories and true ones is the
  1847.  	same as for jewels:  it is always the false ones that look the
  1848.  	most real, the most brilliant.
  1849.  		[ Salvador Dali ]
  1850.  geryon
  1851.  	Forthwith that image vile of fraud appear'd,
  1852.  	His head and upper part expos'd on land,
  1853.  	But laid not on the shore his bestial train.
  1854.  	His face the semblance of a just man's wore,
  1855.  	So kind and gracious was its outward cheer;
  1856.  	The rest was serpent all: two shaggy claws
  1857.  	Reach'd to the armpits, and the back and breast,
  1858.  	And either side, were painted o'er with nodes
  1859.  	And orbits.  Colours variegated more
  1860.  	Nor Turks nor Tartars e'er on cloth of state
  1861.  	With interchangeable embroidery wove,
  1862.  	Nor spread Arachne o'er her curious loom.
  1863.  	As ofttimes a light skiff, moor'd to the shore,
  1864.  	Stands part in water, part upon the land;
  1865.  	Or, as where dwells the greedy German boor,
  1866.  	The beaver settles watching for his prey;
  1867.  	So on the rim, that fenc'd the sand with rock,
  1868.  	Sat perch'd the fiend of evil.  In the void
  1869.  	Glancing, his tail upturn'd its venomous fork,
  1870.  	With sting like scorpion's arm'd.  Then thus my guide:
  1871.  	"Now need our way must turn few steps apart,
  1872.  	Far as to that ill beast, who couches there."
  1873.  		[ The Inferno, from The Divine Comedy of Dante
  1874.  			Alighieri, translated by H.F. Cary ]
  1875.  *ghost
  1876.  valley of *dea*
  1877.  	And now the souls of the dead who had gone below came swarming
  1878.  	up from Erebus -- fresh brides, unmarried youths, old men
  1879.  	with life's long suffering behind them, tender young girls
  1880.  	still nursing this first anguish in their hearts, and a great
  1881.  	throng of warriors killed in battle, their spear-wounds gaping
  1882.  	yet and all their armour stained with blood.  From this
  1883.  	multitude of souls, as they fluttered to and fro by the
  1884.  	trench, there came a moaning that was horrible to hear.
  1885.  	Panic drained the blood from my cheeks.
  1886.  	     [ The Odyssey, (chapter Lambda), by Homer ]
  1887.  ghoul
  1888.  	The forces of the gloom know each other, and are strangely
  1889.  	balanced by each other.  Teeth and claws fear what they cannot
  1890.  	grasp.  Blood-drinking bestiality, voracious appetites, hunger
  1891.  	in search of prey, the armed instincts of nails and jaws which
  1892.  	have for source and aim the belly, glare and smell out
  1893.  	uneasily the impassive spectral forms straying beneath a
  1894.  	shroud, erect in its vague and shuddering robe, and which seem
  1895.  	to them to live with a dead and terrible life.  These
  1896.  	brutalities, which are only matter, entertain a confused fear
  1897.  	of having to deal with the immense obscurity condensed into an
  1898.  	unknown being.  A black figure barring the way stops the wild
  1899.  	beast short.  That which emerges from the cemetery intimidates
  1900.  	and disconcerts that which emerges from the cave; the
  1901.  	ferocious fear the sinister; wolves recoil when they encounter
  1902.  	a ghoul.
  1903.  		[ Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo ]
  1904.  *giant
  1905.  giant humanoid
  1906.  	Giants have always walked the earth, though they are rare in
  1907.  	these times.  They range in size from little over nine feet
  1908.  	to a towering twenty feet or more.  The larger ones use huge
  1909.  	boulders as weapons, hurling them over large distances.  All
  1910.  	types of giants share a love for men - roasted, boiled, or
  1911.  	fried.  Their table manners are legendary.
  1912.  # note: "gnomish wizard" is a monster
  1913.  ~gnome ??m*
  1914.  #~gnom* cave*man
  1915.  gnome*
  1916.  gnomish wizard
  1917.  	...  And then a gnome came by, carrying a bundle, an old
  1918.  	fellow three times as large as an imp and wearing clothes of
  1919.  	a sort, especially a hat.  And he was clearly just as frightened
  1920.  	as the imps though he could not go so fast.  Ramon Alonzo
  1921.  	saw that there must be some great trouble that was vexing
  1922.  	magical things; and, since gnomes speak the language of men, and
  1923.  	will answer if spoken to gently, he raised his hat, and asked
  1924.  	of the gnome his name.  The gnome did not stop his hasty
  1925.  	shuffle a moment as he answered 'Alaraba' and grabbed the rim
  1926.  	of his hat but forgot to doff it.
  1927.  	'What is the trouble, Alaraba?'  said Ramon Alonzo.
  1928.  	'White magic.  Run!'  said the gnome ..
  1929.  		[ The Charwoman's Shadow, by Lord Dunsany ]
  1930.  
  1931.  	"Muggles have garden gnomes, too, you know," Harry told Ron as
  1932.  	they crossed the lawn.
  1933.  	"Yeah, I've seen those things they think are gnomes," said Ron,
  1934.  	bent double with his head in a peony bush, "like fat little
  1935.  	Santa Clauses with fishing rods..."
  1936.  	There was a violent scuffling noise, the peony bush shuddered,
  1937.  	and Ron straightened up.  "This is a gnome," he said grimly.
  1938.  	"Geroff me! Gerroff me!" squealed the gnome.
  1939.  	It was certainly nothing like Santa Claus.  It was small and
  1940.  	leathery looking, with a large, knobby, bald head exactly like
  1941.  	a potato.  Ron held it at arm's length as it kicked out at him
  1942.  	with its horny little feet; he grasped it around the ankles
  1943.  	and turned it upside down.
  1944.  	  [ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling ]
  1945.  goblin
  1946.  	Now goblins are cruel, wicked, and bad-hearted.  They make
  1947.  	no beautiful things, but they make many clever ones.  They
  1948.  	can tunnel and mine as well as any but the most skilled
  1949.  	dwarves, when they take the trouble, though they are usually
  1950.  	untidy and dirty.  Hammers, axes, swords, daggers, pickaxes,
  1951.  	tongs, and also instruments of torture, they make very well,
  1952.  	or get other people to make to their design, prisoners and
  1953.  	slaves that have to work till they die for want of air and
  1954.  	light.
  1955.  	     [ The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  1956.  god
  1957.  goddess
  1958.  	Goddesses and Gods operate in ones, threesomes, or whole
  1959.  	pantheons of nine or more (see Religion).  Most of them claim
  1960.  	to have made the world, and this is indeed a likely claim in
  1961.  	the case of threesomes or pantheons:  Fantasyland does have
  1962.  	the air of having been made by a committee.  But all Goddesses
  1963.  	and Gods, whether they say they made the world or not, have
  1964.  	very detailed short-term plans for it which they are determined
  1965.  	to carry out.  Consequently they tend to push people into the
  1966.  	required actions by the use of coincidence or Prophecy, or just
  1967.  	by narrowing down your available choices of what to do next:
  1968.  	if a deity is pushing you, things will go miserably badly until
  1969.  	there is only one choice left to you.
  1970.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  1971.  gold
  1972.  gold piece
  1973.  	A metal of characteristic yellow colour, the most precious
  1974.  	metal used as a common commercial medium of exchange.  Symbol,
  1975.  	Au; at. no. 79; at. wt. 197.2.  It is the most malleable
  1976.  	and ductile of all metals, and very heavy (sp. gr., 19.3).
  1977.  	It is quite unalterable by heat, moisture, and most
  1978.  	corrosive agents, and therefore well suited for its use in
  1979.  	coin and jewelry.
  1980.  	     [ Webster's New International Dictionary
  1981.  		  of the English Language, Second Edition ]
  1982.  gold golem
  1983.  	The bellows he set away from the fire, and gathered all the tools
  1984.  	wherewith he wrought into a silver chest; and with a sponge wiped
  1985.  	he his face and his two hands withal, and his mighty neck and
  1986.  	shaggy breast, and put upon him a tunic, and grasped a stout staff,
  1987.  	and went forth halting; but there moved swiftly to support their
  1988.  	lord handmaidens wrought of gold in the semblance of living maids.
  1989.  	In them is understanding in their hearts, and in them speech and
  1990.  	strength, and they know cunning handiwork by gift of the immortal
  1991.  	gods.
  1992.  		[ The Iliad, by Homer ]
  1993.  ~flesh golem
  1994.  ~gold golem
  1995.  ~straw golem
  1996.  ~wood golem
  1997.  *golem
  1998.  	"The original story harks back, so they say, to the sixteenth
  1999.  	century.  Using long-lost formulas from the Kabbala, a rabbi is
  2000.  	said to have made an artificial man -- the so-called Golem -- to
  2001.  	help ring the bells in the Synagogue and for all kinds of other
  2002.  	menial work.
  2003.  	"But he hadn't made a full man, and it was animated by some sort
  2004.  	of vegetable half-life.  What life it had, too, so the story
  2005.  	runs, was only derived from the magic charm placed behind its
  2006.  	teeth each day, that drew down to itself what was known as the
  2007.  	`free sidereal strength of the universe.'
  2008.  	"One evening, before evening prayers, the rabbi forgot to take
  2009.  	the charm out of the Golem's mouth, and it fell into a frenzy.
  2010.  	It raged through the dark streets, smashing everything in its
  2011.  	path, until the rabbi caught up with it, removed the charm, and
  2012.  	destroyed it.  Then the Golem collapsed, lifeless.  All that was
  2013.  	left of it was a small clay image, which you can still see in
  2014.  	the Old Synagogue." ...
  2015.  	    [ The Golem, by Gustav Meyrink ]
  2016.  grave
  2017.  	"Who'd care to dig 'em," said the old, old man,
  2018.  	"Those six feet marked in chalk?
  2019.  	Much I talk, more I walk;
  2020.  	Time I were buried," said the old, old man.
  2021.  		[ Three Songs to the Same Tune, by W.B. Yeats ]
  2022.  grayswandir
  2023.  	Why had I been wearing Grayswandir?  Would another weapon have
  2024.  	affected a Logrus-ghost as strongly?  Had it really been my
  2025.  	father, then, who had brought me here?  And had he felt I might
  2026.  	need the extra edge his weapon could provide?  I wanted to
  2027.  	think so, to believe that he had been more than a Pattern-ghost.
  2028.  		[ Knight of Shadows, by Roger Zelazny ]
  2029.  *grease
  2030.  	ANOINT, v.t.  To grease a king or other great functionary
  2031.  	already sufficiently slippery.
  2032.  		[ The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce ]
  2033.  gremlin
  2034.  	The gremlin is a highly intelligent and completely evil
  2035.  	creature.  It lives to torment other creatures and will go
  2036.  	to great lengths to inflict pain or cause injury.
  2037.  		[]
  2038.  
  2039.  	Suddenly, Wilson thought about war, about the newspaper
  2040.  	stories which recounted the alleged existence of creatures in
  2041.  	the sky who plagued the Allied pilots in their duties.  They
  2042.  	called them gremlins, he remembered.  Were there, actually,
  2043.  	such beings?  Did they, truly, exist up here, never falling,
  2044.  	riding on the wind, apparently of bulk and weight, yet
  2045.  	impervious to gravity?
  2046.  	He was thinking that when the man appeared again.
  2047.  		[ Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, by Richard Matheson ]
  2048.  grid bug
  2049.  	These electronically based creatures are not native to this
  2050.  	universe.  They appear to come from a world whose laws of
  2051.  	motion are radically different from ours.
  2052.  	    []
  2053.  
  2054.  	Tron looked to his mate and pilot.  "I'm going to check on
  2055.  	the beam connection, Yori.  You two can keep a watch out for
  2056.  	grid bugs."  Tron paced forward along the slender catwalk
  2057.  	that still seemed awfully insubstantial to Flynn, though he
  2058.  	knew it to be amazingly sturdy.  He gazed after Tron, asking
  2059.  	himself what in the world a grid bug was, and hoping that the
  2060.  	beam connection -- to which he'd given no thought whatsoever
  2061.  	until this moment -- was healthy and sound."
  2062.  	    [ Tron, novel by Brian Daley, story by Steven Lisberger ]
  2063.  gunyoki
  2064.  	The samurai's last meal before battle.  It was usually made
  2065.  	up of cooked chestnuts, dried seaweed, and sake.
  2066.  hachi
  2067.  	Hachi was a dog that went with his master, a professor, to
  2068.  	the Shibuya train station every morning.  In the afternoon,
  2069.  	when his master was to return from work Hachi would be there
  2070.  	waiting.  One day his master died at the office, and did not
  2071.  	return.  For over ten years Hachi returned to the station
  2072.  	every afternoon to wait for his master.  When Hachi died a
  2073.  	statue was erected on the station platform in his honor.  It
  2074.  	is said to bring you luck if you touch his statue.
  2075.  *harp
  2076.  	A triangular stringed instrument, often Magic.  Even when not
  2077.  	Magic, a Harp is surprisingly portable and tough and can be
  2078.  	carried everywhere on the back of the Bard or Harper in all
  2079.  	weathers.  A Harp seldom goes out of tune and never warps.
  2080.  	Its strings break only in very rare instances, usually
  2081.  	because the Harper is sulking or crossed in love.  This is
  2082.  	just as well as no one seems to make or sell spare strings.
  2083.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  2084.  
  2085.  	After breakfast was over, the ogre called out: "Wife, wife,
  2086.  	bring me my golden harp."  So she brought it and put it on
  2087.  	the table before him.  Then he said: "Sing!" and the golden
  2088.  	harp sang most beautifully.  And it went on singing till the
  2089.  	ogre fell asleep, and commenced to snore like thunder.
  2090.  	Then Jack lifted up the copper-lid very quietly and got down
  2091.  	like a mouse and crept on hands and knees till he came to the
  2092.  	table, when up he crawled, caught hold of the golden harp and
  2093.  	dashed with it towards the door.  But the harp called out
  2094.  	quite loud: "Master!  Master!" and the ogre woke up just in
  2095.  	time to see Jack running off with his harp.
  2096.  		[ Jack and the Beanstalk, from English Fairy Tales,
  2097.  		  by Joseph Jacobs ]
  2098.  hawaiian*shirt
  2099.  	'One of the things he can't do, he can't ride a horse,' he
  2100.  	said.  Then he stiffened as if sandbagged by a sudden
  2101.  	recollection, gave a small yelp of terror and dashed into
  2102.  	the gloom.  When he returned, the being called Twoflower was
  2103.  	hanging limply over his shoulder.  It was small and skinny,
  2104.  	and dressed very oddly in a pair of knee-length britches and
  2105.  	a shirt in such a violent and vivid conflict of colours that
  2106.  	the Weasel's fastidious eye was offended even in the half-light.
  2107.  		[ The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  2108.  healer
  2109.  * healer
  2110.  attendant
  2111.  doctor
  2112.  physician
  2113.  	I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius, and Health,
  2114.  	and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according
  2115.  	to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this
  2116.  	stipulation -- to reckon him who taught me this Art equally dear
  2117.  	to me as my parents, to share my substance with him, and relieve
  2118.  	his necessities if required; to look upon his offspring in the
  2119.  	same footing as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if
  2120.  	they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation; and
  2121.  	that by precept, lecture, and every other mode of instruction,
  2122.  	I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those
  2123.  	of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath
  2124.  	according to the law of medicine, but to none others.  I will
  2125.  	follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and
  2126.  	judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain
  2127.  	from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.  [...]
  2128.  		[ Hippocrates' Oath, translated by Francis Adams ]
  2129.  
  2130.  	PHYSICIAN, n.  One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our
  2131.  	dogs when well.
  2132.  		[ The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce ]
  2133.  heart of ahriman
  2134.  	The other three drew in their breath sharply, and the dark,
  2135.  	powerful man who stood at the head of the sarcophagus whispered:
  2136.  	"The Heart of Ahriman!"  The other lifted a quick hand
  2137.  	for silence.  Somewhere a dog began howling dolefully, and a
  2138.  	stealthy step padded outside the barred and bolted door. ...
  2139.  	But none looked aside from the mummy case over which the man
  2140.  	in the ermine-trimmed robe was now moving the great flaming
  2141.  	jewel, while he muttered an incantation that was old when
  2142.  	Atlantis sank.  The glare of the gem dazzled their eyes, so
  2143.  	that they could not be sure what they saw; but with a
  2144.  	splintering crash, the carven lid of the sarcophagus burst
  2145.  	outward as if from some irresistible pressure applied from
  2146.  	within and the four men, bending eagerly forward, saw the
  2147.  	occupant -- a huddled, withered, wizened shape, with dried
  2148.  	brown limbs like dead wood showing through moldering bandages.
  2149.  	"Bring that thing back?" muttered the small dark man who
  2150.  	stood on the right, with a short, sardonic laugh.  "It is
  2151.  	ready to crumble at a touch.  We are fools ---"
  2152.  		[ Conan The Conqueror, by Robert E. Howard ]
  2153.  hell hound*
  2154.  	But suddenly they started forward in a rigid, fixed stare,
  2155.  	and his lips parted in amazement.  At the same instant Lestrade
  2156.  	gave a yell of terror and threw himself face downward upon the
  2157.  	ground.  I sprang to my feet, my inert hand grasping my pistol,
  2158.  	my mind paralyzed by the dreadful shape which had sprung out
  2159.  	upon us from the shadows of the fog.  A hound it was, an
  2160.  	enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes
  2161.  	have ever seen.  Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes
  2162.  	glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and
  2163.  	dewlap were outlined in flickering flame.  Never in the
  2164.  	delirious dream of a disordered brain could anything more
  2165.  	savage, more appalling, more hellish be conceived than that
  2166.  	dark form and savage face which broke upon us out of the wall
  2167.  	of fog.
  2168.  	  [ The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ]
  2169.  hermes
  2170.  	Messenger and herald of the Olympians.  Being required to do
  2171.  	a great deal of travelling and speaking in public, he became
  2172.  	the god of eloquence, travellers, merchants, and thieves.  He
  2173.  	was one of the most energetic of the Greek gods, a
  2174.  	Machiavellian character full of trickery and sexual vigour.
  2175.  	Like other Greek gods, he is endowed with not-inconsiderable
  2176.  	sexual prowess which he directs towards countryside nymphs.
  2177.  	He is a god of boundaries, guardian of graves and patron deity
  2178.  	of shepherds.  He is usually depicted as a handsome young
  2179.  	man wearing winged golden sandals and holding a magical
  2180.  	herald's staff consisting of intertwined serpents, the
  2181.  	kerykeion.  He is reputedly the only being able to find his way
  2182.  	to the underworld ferry of Charon and back again.  He is said
  2183.  	to have invented, among other things, the lyre, Pan's Pipes,
  2184.  	numbers, the alphabet, weights and measures, and sacrificing.
  2185.  hezrou
  2186.  	"Hezrou" is the common name for the type II demon.  It is
  2187.  	among the weaker of demons, but still quite formidable.
  2188.  hippocrates
  2189.  	Greek physician, recognized as the father of medicine.  He
  2190.  	is believed to have been born on the island of Cos, to have
  2191.  	studied under his father, a physician, to have traveled for
  2192.  	some time, perhaps studying in Athens, and to have then
  2193.  	returned to practice, teach, and write at Cos.  The
  2194.  	Hippocratic or Coan school that formed around him was of
  2195.  	enormous importance in separating medicine from superstition
  2196.  	and philosophic speculation, placing it on a strictly
  2197.  	scientific plane based on objective observation and critical
  2198.  	deductive reasoning.
  2199.  		[ The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition ]
  2200.  hobbit
  2201.  	Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more
  2202.  	numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace
  2203.  	and quiet and good tilled earth:  a well-ordered and well-
  2204.  	farmed countryside was their favourite haunt.  They do not
  2205.  	and did not understand or like machines more complicated
  2206.  	than a forge-bellows, a water-mill, or a handloom, although
  2207.  	they were skillful with tools.  Even in ancient days they
  2208.  	were, as a rule, shy of "the Big Folk", as they call us, and
  2209.  	now they avoid us with dismay and are becoming hard to find.
  2210.  		[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  2211.  hobgoblin
  2212.  	Hobgoblin.  Used by the Puritans and in later times for
  2213.  	wicked goblin spirits, as in Bunyan's "Hobgoblin nor foul
  2214.  	friend", but its more correct use is for the friendly spirits
  2215.  	of the brownie type.  In "A midsummer night's dream" a
  2216.  	fairy says to Shakespeare's Puck:
  2217.  		Those that Hobgoblin call you, and sweet Puck,
  2218.  		You do their work, and they shall have good luck:
  2219.  		Are you not he?
  2220.  	and obviously Puck would not wish to be called a hobgoblin
  2221.  	if that was an ill-omened word.
  2222.  	Hobgoblins are on the whole, good-humoured and ready to be
  2223.  	helpful, but fond of practical joking, and like most of the
  2224.  	fairies rather nasty people to annoy.  Boggarts hover on the
  2225.  	verge of hobgoblindom.  Bogles are just over the edge.
  2226.  	One Hob mentioned by Henderson, was Hob Headless who haunted
  2227.  	the road between Hurworth and Neasham, but could not cross
  2228.  	the little river Kent, which flowed into the Tess.  He was
  2229.  	exorcised and laid under a large stone by the roadside for
  2230.  	ninety-nine years and a day.  If anyone was so unwary as to
  2231.  	sit on that stone, he would be unable to quit it for ever.
  2232.  	The ninety-nine years is nearly up, so trouble may soon be
  2233.  	heard of on the road between Hurworth and Neasham.
  2234.  		[ A Dictionary of Fairies, by Katharine Briggs ]
  2235.  holy water
  2236.  	"We want a word with you," said Ligur (in a tone of voice
  2237.  	intended to imply that "word" was synonymous with "horrifically
  2238.  	painful eternity"), and the squat demon pushed open the office
  2239.  	door.
  2240.  	The bucket teetered, then fell neatly on Ligur's head.
  2241.  	Drop a lump of sodium in water.  Watch it flame and burn and
  2242.  	spin around crazily, flaring and sputtering.  This was like
  2243.  	that, just nastier.
  2244.  	The demon peeled and flared and flickered.  Oily brown smoke
  2245.  	oozed from it, and it screamed and it screamed and it screamed.
  2246.  	Then it crumpled, folded in on itself, and what was left lay
  2247.  	glistening on the burnt and blackened circle of carpet, looking
  2248.  	like a handful of mashed slugs.
  2249.  	"Hi," said Crowley to Hastur, who had been walking behind Ligur,
  2250.  	and had unfortunately not been so much as splashed.
  2251.  	There are some things that are unthinkable; there are some
  2252.  	depths that not even demons would believe other demons would
  2253.  	stoop to.
  2254.  	". . . Holy water.  You bastard," said Hastur.  "You complete
  2255.  	_bastard_.  He hadn't never done nothing to _you_."
  2256.  	"Yet," corrected Crowley.
  2257.  		[ Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett ]
  2258.  hom*nculus
  2259.  	A homunculus is a creature summoned by a mage to perform some
  2260.  	particular task.  They are particularly good at spying.  They
  2261.  	are smallish creatures, but very agile.  They can put their
  2262.  	victims to sleep with a venomous bite, but due to their size,
  2263.  	the effect does not last long on humans.
  2264.  
  2265.  	"Tothapis cut him off.  'Be still and hearken.  You will travel
  2266.  	aboard the sacred wingboat.  Of it you may not have heard; but
  2267.  	it will bear you thither in a night and a day and a night.
  2268.  	With you will go a homunculus that can relay your words to me,
  2269.  	and mine to you, across the leagues between at the speed of
  2270.  	thought.'"
  2271.  		[ Conan the Rebel, by Poul Anderson ]
  2272.  # also gets 'pruning hook' aka guisarme
  2273.  *hook
  2274.  	But as for Queequeg -- why, Queequeg sat there among them --
  2275.  	at the head of the table, too, it so chanced; as cool as an
  2276.  	icicle.  To be sure I cannot say much for his breeding.  His
  2277.  	greatest admirer could not have cordially justified his
  2278.  	bringing his harpoon into breakfast with him, and using it
  2279.  	there without ceremony; reaching over the table with it, to
  2280.  	the imminent jeopardy of many heads, and grappling the
  2281.  	beefsteaks towards him.
  2282.  		[ Moby Dick, by Herman Melville ]
  2283.  ~unicorn horn
  2284.  *horn
  2285.  	Roland hath set the Olifant to his mouth,
  2286.  	He grasps it well, and with great virtue sounds.
  2287.  	High are those peaks, afar it rings and loud,
  2288.  	Thirty great leagues they hear its echoes mount.
  2289.  	So Charles heard, and all his comrades round;
  2290.  	Then said that King: "Battle they do, our counts!"
  2291.  	And Guenelun answered, contrarious:
  2292.  	"That were a lie, in any other mouth."
  2293.  		[ The Song of Roland ]
  2294.  horn of plenty
  2295.  cornucopia
  2296.  	The infant Zeus was fed with goat's milk by Amalthea,
  2297.  	daughter of Melisseus, King of Crete.  Zeus, in gratitude,
  2298.  	broke off one of the goat's horns, and gave it to Amalthea,
  2299.  	promising that the possessor should always have in abundance
  2300.  	everything desired.
  2301.  		[ Brewer's Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ]
  2302.  
  2303.  	When Amalthea's horn
  2304.  	O'er hill and dale the rose-crowned flora pours,
  2305.  	And scatters corn and wine, and fruits and flowers.
  2306.  		[ Os Lusiadas, by Luis Vaz de Camoes ]
  2307.  horned devil
  2308.  	Horned devils lack any real special abilities, though they
  2309.  	are quite difficult to kill.
  2310.  ~horsem*
  2311.  *horse
  2312.  	King Richard III: A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
  2313.  	Catesby: Withdraw, my lord; I'll help you to a horse.
  2314.  	King Richard III: Slave, I have set my life upon a cast,
  2315.  	                  And I will stand the hazard of the die:
  2316.  	                  I think there be six Richmonds in the field;
  2317.  	                  Five have I slain to-day instead of him.
  2318.  	                  A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
  2319.  		[ King Richard III, by William Shakespeare ]
  2320.  *horsem*
  2321.  rider*
  2322.  death
  2323.  famine
  2324.  pestilence
  2325.  war
  2326.  hunger
  2327.  	[Pestilence:] And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals,
  2328.  	and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four
  2329.  	beasts saying, Come and see.  And I saw, and behold a white
  2330.  	horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given
  2331.  	unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
  2332.  
  2333.  	[War:] And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the
  2334.  	second beast say, Come and see.  And there went out another
  2335.  	horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon
  2336.  	to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one
  2337.  	another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
  2338.  
  2339.  	[Famine:] And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the
  2340.  	third beast say, Come and see.  And I beheld, and lo a black
  2341.  	horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his
  2342.  	hand.  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say,
  2343.  	A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley
  2344.  	for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
  2345.  
  2346.  	[Death:] And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the
  2347.  	voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.  And I looked, and
  2348.  	behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death,
  2349.  	and Hell followed with him.  And power was given unto them over
  2350.  	the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with
  2351.  	hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
  2352.  		[ Revelations of John, 6:1-8 ]
  2353.  huan*ti
  2354.  	The first of five mythical Chinese emperors, Huan Ti is known
  2355.  	as the yellow emperor.  He rules the _moving_ heavens, as
  2356.  	opposed to the _dark_ heavens.  He is an inventor, said to
  2357.  	have given mankind among other things, the wheel, armour, and
  2358.  	the compass.  He is the god of fortune telling and war.
  2359.  hu*h*eto*l
  2360.  minion of huhetotl
  2361.  	Huehuetotl, or Huhetotl, which means Old God, was the Aztec
  2362.  	(classical Mesoamerican) god of fire.  He is generally
  2363.  	associated with paternalism and one of the group classed
  2364.  	as the Xiuhtecuhtli complex.  He is known to send his
  2365.  	minions to wreak havoc upon ordinary humans.
  2366.  	     [ after the Encyclopedia of Gods, by Michael Jordan ]
  2367.  humanoid
  2368.  	Humanoids are all approximately the size of a human, and may
  2369.  	be mistaken for one at a distance.  They are usually of a
  2370.  	tribal nature, and will fiercely defend their lairs.  Usually
  2371.  	hostile, they may even band together to raid and pillage
  2372.  	human settlements.
  2373.  # takes "human or elf or you" when specifying '@' as a dwarf, gnome, or orc
  2374.  human
  2375.  chieftain
  2376.  guard
  2377.  ninja
  2378.  nurse
  2379.  ronin
  2380.  student
  2381.  warrior
  2382.  *watch*
  2383.  human or elf*
  2384.  	These strange creatures live mostly on the surface of the
  2385.  	earth, gathering together in societies of various forms, but
  2386.  	occasionally a stray will descend into the depths and commit
  2387.  	mayhem among the dungeon residents who, naturally, often
  2388.  	resent the intrusion of such beasts.  They are capable of
  2389.  	using weapons and magic, and it is even rumored that the
  2390.  	Wizard of Yendor is a member of this species.
  2391.  hunter
  2392.  	What of the hunting, hunter bold?
  2393.  	Brother, the watch was long and cold.
  2394.  	What of the quarry ye went to kill?
  2395.  	Brother, he crops in the jungle still.
  2396.  	Where is the power that made your pride?
  2397.  	Brother, it ebbs from my flank and side.
  2398.  	Where is the haste that ye hurry by?
  2399.  	Brother, I go to my lair to die.
  2400.  		[ The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling ]
  2401.  ice devil
  2402.  	Ice devils are large semi-insectoid creatures, who are
  2403.  	equally at home in the fires of Hell and the cold of Limbo,
  2404.  	and who can cause the traveller to feel the latter with just
  2405.  	a touch of their tail.
  2406.  idefix
  2407.  	Another clever translation [of the _Asterix_ character names]
  2408.  	is that of Idefix.  An _idee fixe_ is a "fixed idea", i.e.
  2409.  	an obsession, a dogma.  The translation, Dogmatix, manages to
  2410.  	conserve the "fixed idea" meaning and also include the syllable
  2411.  	dog -- perfect, given that the character is a dog who has very
  2412.  	strong views on the environment (he howls whenever he sees an
  2413.  	uprooted tree).
  2414.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  2415.  # takes "imp or minor demon" when specifying 'i'
  2416.  imp
  2417.  imp or minor demon
  2418.  	 ... imps ... little creatures of two feet high that could
  2419.  	gambol and jump prodigiously; ...
  2420.  		[ The Charwoman's Shadow, by Lord Dunsany ]
  2421.  
  2422.  	An 'imp' is an off-shoot or cutting.  Thus an 'ymp tree' was
  2423.  	a grafted tree, or one grown from a cutting, not from seed.
  2424.  	'Imp' properly means a small devil, an off-shoot of Satan,
  2425.  	but the distinction between goblins or bogles and imps from
  2426.  	hell is hard to make, and many in the Celtic countries as
  2427.  	well as the English Puritans regarded all fairies as devils.
  2428.  	The fairies of tradition often hover uneasily between the
  2429.  	ghostly and the diabolic state.
  2430.  		[ A Dictionary of Fairies, by Katharine Briggs ]
  2431.  incubus
  2432.  succubus
  2433.  	The incubus and succubus are male and female versions of the
  2434.  	same demon, one who lies with a human for its own purposes,
  2435.  	usually to the detriment of the mortals who are unwise in
  2436.  	their dealings with them.
  2437.  *insect
  2438.  *insects
  2439.  	A minute invertebrate animal; one of the class _Insecta_.
  2440.  	The true insects or hexapods have the body divided into a
  2441.  	head, a thorax of 3 segments, each of which bears a pair of
  2442.  	legs, and an abdomen of 7 to 11 segments, and in development
  2443.  	usually pass through a metamorphosis.  There are usually 2
  2444.  	pairs of wings, sometimes one pair or none.
  2445.  		[ Webster's Comprehensive International Dictionary
  2446.  		  of the English Language ]
  2447.  
  2448.  	Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow
  2449.  	will I bring the locusts into thy coast:
  2450.  	And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot
  2451.  	be able to see the earth:  and they shall eat the residue of
  2452.  	that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail,
  2453.  	and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field:
  2454.  	And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy
  2455.  	servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither
  2456.  	thy fathers, nor thy fathers' fathers have seen, since the day
  2457.  	that they were upon the earth unto this day.  And he turned
  2458.  	himself, and went out from Pharaoh.
  2459.  		[ Exodus, 10:4-6 ]
  2460.  *iron ball
  2461.  *iron chain
  2462.  	"You are fettered, " said Scrooge, trembling.  "Tell me why?"
  2463.  	"I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost.  "I
  2464.  	made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my
  2465.  	own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.  Is its
  2466.  	pattern strange to you?"
  2467.  	Scrooge trembled more and more.
  2468.  	"Or would you know," pursued the Ghost, "the weight and
  2469.  	length of the strong coil you bear yourself?  It was full as
  2470.  	heavy and as long as this, seven Christmas Eves ago.  You
  2471.  	have laboured on it, since.  It is a ponderous chain!"
  2472.  		[ A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens ]
  2473.  iron bars
  2474.  	Stone walls do not a prison make,
  2475.  	  Nor iron bars a cage;
  2476.  	Minds innocent and quiet take
  2477.  	  That for an hermitage;
  2478.  	If I have freedom in my love,
  2479.  	  And in my soul am free,
  2480.  	Angels alone that soar above
  2481.  	  Enjoy such liberty.
  2482.  		[ To Althea from Prison, by Richard Lovelace ]
  2483.  ishtar
  2484.  	Ishtar (the star of heaven) is the Mesopotamian goddess of
  2485.  	fertility and war.  She is usually depicted with wings and
  2486.  	weapon cases at her shoulders, carrying a ceremonial double-
  2487.  	headed mace-scimitar embellished with lion heads, frequently
  2488.  	being accompanied by a lion.  She is symbolized by an eight-
  2489.  	pointed star.
  2490.  		[ Encyclopedia of Gods, by Michael Jordan ]
  2491.  issek
  2492.  	Now Issek of the Jug, whom Fafhrd chose to serve, was once
  2493.  	of the most lowly and unsuccessful of the gods, godlets
  2494.  	rather, in Lankhmar.  He had dwelt there for about thirteen
  2495.  	years, during which time he had traveled only two squares up
  2496.  	the Street of the Gods and was now back again, ready for
  2497.  	oblivion.  He is not to be confused with Issek the Armless,
  2498.  	Issek of the Burnt Legs, Flayed Issek, or any other of the
  2499.  	numerous and colorfully mutilated divinities of that name.
  2500.  	Indeed, his unpopularity may have been due in part to the
  2501.  	fact that the manner of his death -- racking -- was not
  2502.  	deemed particularly spectacular. ... However, after Fafhrd
  2503.  	became his acolyte, things somehow began to change.
  2504.  		[ Swords In The Mist, by Fritz Leiber ]
  2505.  izchak
  2506.  	The shopkeeper of the lighting shop in the town level of the
  2507.  	gnomish mines is a tribute to Izchak Miller, a founding member
  2508.  	of the NetHack development team and a personal friend of a large
  2509.  	number of us.  Izchak contributed greatly to the game, coding a
  2510.  	large amount of the shopkeep logic (hence the nature of the tribute)
  2511.  	as well as a good part of the alignment system, the prayer code and
  2512.  	the rewrite of "hell" in the 3.1 release.  Izchak was a professor
  2513.  	of Philosophy, who taught at many respected institutions, including
  2514.  	MIT and Stanford, and who also worked, for a period of time, at
  2515.  	Xerox PARC.  Izchak was the first "librarian" of the NetHack project,
  2516.  	and was a founding member of the DevTeam, joining in 1986 while he
  2517.  	was working at the University of Pennsylvania (hence our former
  2518.  	mailing list address).  Until the 3.1.3 release, Izchak carefully
  2519.  	kept all of the code synchronized and arbitrated disputes between
  2520.  	members of the development teams.  Izchak Miller passed away at the
  2521.  	age of 58, in the early morning hours of April 1, 1994 from
  2522.  	complications due to cancer.  We then dedicated NetHack 3.2 in his
  2523.  	memory.
  2524.  			[ Mike Stephenson, for the NetHack DevTeam ]
  2525.  jabberwock
  2526.  vorpal*
  2527.  	"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
  2528.  	  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
  2529.  	Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
  2530.  	  The frumious Bandersnatch!"
  2531.  
  2532.  	He took his vorpal sword in hand;
  2533.  	  Long time the manxome foe he sought --
  2534.  	So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
  2535.  	  And stood awhile in thought.
  2536.  
  2537.  	And, as in uffish thought he stood,
  2538.  	  The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
  2539.  	Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
  2540.  	  And burbled as it came!
  2541.  
  2542.  	One, two! One, two! And through and through
  2543.  	  The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
  2544.  	He left it dead, and with its head
  2545.  	  He went galumphing back.
  2546.  				[ Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll ]
  2547.  jacinth*
  2548.  	Sweet in the rough weather
  2549.  	  The voice of the turtle-dove
  2550.  	'Beautiful altogether
  2551.  	  Is my Love.
  2552.  	  His Hands are open spread for love
  2553.  	And full of jacinth stones
  2554.  	  As the apple-tree among trees of the grove
  2555.  	Is He among the sons.'
  2556.  		[ The Beloved, by May Probyn ]
  2557.  jackal
  2558.  	In Asiatic folktale, jackal provides for the lion; he scares
  2559.  	up game, which the lion kills and eats, and receives what is
  2560.  	left as reward.  In stories from northern India he is
  2561.  	sometimes termed "minister to the king," i.e. to the lion.
  2562.  	From the legend that he does not kill his own food has arisen
  2563.  	the legend of his cowardice.  Jackal's heart must never be
  2564.  	eaten, for instance, in the belief of peoples indigenous to
  2565.  	the regions where the jackal abounds. ... In Hausa Negro
  2566.  	folktale Jackal plays the role of sagacious judge and is
  2567.  	called "O Learned One of the Forest."  The Bushmen say that
  2568.  	Jackal goes around behaving the way he does "because he is
  2569.  	Jackal".
  2570.  		[ Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore ]
  2571.  *jack*boot*
  2572.  	A large boot extending over the knee, acting as protective
  2573.  	armour for the leg, worn by troopers in the 17th and 18th
  2574.  	centuries and later.  It is still the type of boot worn by
  2575.  	the Household Cavalry and was adopted by fishermen and others
  2576.  	before the advent of gum boots.  Figuratively, _to be under the
  2577.  	jack-boot_ is to be controlled by a brutal military regime.
  2578.  		[ Brewer's Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ]
  2579.  jade*
  2580.  	Nothing grew among the ruins of the city.  The streets were
  2581.  	broken and the walls of the houses had fallen, but there were
  2582.  	no weeds flowering in the cracks and it seemed that the city
  2583.  	had but recently been brought down by an earthquake.  Only
  2584.  	one thing still stood intact, towering over the ruins.  It
  2585.  	was a gigantic statue of white, gray and green jade - the
  2586.  	statue of a naked youth with a face of almost feminine beauty
  2587.  	that turned sightless eyes toward the north.
  2588.  	"The eyes!" Duke Avan Astran said.  "They're gone!"
  2589.  		[ The Jade Man's Eyes, by Michael Moorcock ]
  2590.  jaguar
  2591.  	Large, flesh-eating animal of the cat family, of Central and
  2592.  	South America.  This feline predator (_Panthera onca_) is
  2593.  	sometimes incorrectly called a panther.
  2594.  	    [ Van Dale's Groot Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal ]
  2595.  jellyfish
  2596.  	I do not care to share the seas
  2597.  	With jellyfishes such as these;
  2598.  	Particularly Portuguese.
  2599.  	  [ Lines on Meeting a Portuguese Man-o'-war while Bathing,
  2600.  	      by Michael Flanders ]
  2601.  juiblex
  2602.  jubilex
  2603.  	Little is known about the Faceless Lord, even the correct
  2604.  	spelling of his name.  He does not have a physical form as
  2605.  	we know it, and those who have peered into his realm claim
  2606.  	he is a slime-like creature who swallows other creatures
  2607.  	alive, spits acidic secretions, and causes disease in his
  2608.  	victims which can be almost instantly fatal.
  2609.  k?ration
  2610.  	The K ration was the [ Quartermaster Subsistence Research
  2611.  	and Development Laboratory's ] answer to the demand for an
  2612.  	individual, easy-to-carry ration that could be used in
  2613.  	assault and combat operations.  It was noted for compactness
  2614.  	and superior packaging and was acknowledged as the ration
  2615.  	that provided the greatest variety of nutritionally balanced
  2616.  	components within the smallest space.
  2617.  		[ Special Rations for the Armed Forces, 1946-53,
  2618.  		  by Franz A. Koehler ]
  2619.  kabuto
  2620.  	The kabuto is the helmet worn by the samurai.  It was
  2621.  	characterized by a prominent beaked front which jutted out over
  2622.  	the brow to protect the wearer's face; a feature that gives
  2623.  	rise to their modern Japanese name of 'shokaku tsuki kabuto'
  2624.  	(battering-ram helmet).  Their main constructional element
  2625.  	was an oval plate, the shokaku bo, slightly domed for the
  2626.  	head with a narrow prolongation in front that curved forwards
  2627.  	and downwards where it developed a pronounced central
  2628.  	fold.  Two horizontal strips encircling the head were riveted
  2629.  	to this frontal strip:  the lower one, the koshimaki (hip
  2630.  	wrap), formed the lower edge of the helmet bowl; the other,
  2631.  	the do maki (body wrap), was set at about the level of the
  2632.  	temples.  Filling the gaps between these strips and the shokaku
  2633.  	bo were small plates, sometimes triangular but more commonly
  2634.  	rectangular in shape.  Because the front projected so
  2635.  	far from the head, the triangular gap beneath was filled by
  2636.  	a small plate, the shoshaku tei ita, whose rear edge bent
  2637.  	downwards into a flange that rested against the forehead.
  2638.  	   [ Arms & Armour of the Samurai, by Bottomley & Hopson ]
  2639.  katana
  2640.  	The katana is a long, single-edged samurai sword with a
  2641.  	slightly curved blade.  Its long handle is designed to allow
  2642.  	it to be wielded with either one or two hands.
  2643.  kelp*
  2644.  *frond
  2645.  	I noticed that all the plants were attached to the soil by
  2646.  	an almost imperceptible bond.  Devoid of roots, they seemed
  2647.  	not to require any nourishment from sand, soil, or pebble.
  2648.  	All they required was a point of support -- nothing else.
  2649.  	These plants are self-propagated, and their existence depends
  2650.  	entirely on the water that supports and nourishes them.
  2651.  	Most of them do not sprout leaves, but sprout blades of
  2652.  	various whimsical shapes, and their colors are limited to
  2653.  	pink, carmine, green, olive, fawn, and brown.  I had the
  2654.  	opportunity to observe once more -- not the dried specimens
  2655.  	I had studied on the _Nautilus_ -- but the fresh, living
  2656.  	specimens in their native setting.
  2657.  		[ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne ]
  2658.  ki-rin
  2659.  	The ki-rin is a strange-looking flying creature.  It has
  2660.  	scales, a mane like a lion, a tail, hooves, and a horn.  It
  2661.  	is brightly colored, and can usually be found flying in the
  2662.  	sky looking for good deeds to reward.
  2663.  king arthur
  2664.  *arthur
  2665.  	Ector took both his sons to the church before which the
  2666.  	anvil had been placed.  There, standing before the anvil, he
  2667.  	commanded Kay:  "Put the sword back into the steel if you
  2668.  	really think the throne is yours!"  But the sword glanced
  2669.  	off the steel.  "Now it is your turn", Ector said facing
  2670.  	Arthur.
  2671.  	The young man lifted the sword and thrust with both arms; the
  2672.  	blade whizzed through the air with a flash and drilled the
  2673.  	metal as if it were mere butter.  Ector and Kay dropped to
  2674.  	their knees before Arthur.
  2675.  	"Why, father and brother, do you bow before me?", Arthur asked
  2676.  	with wonder in his voice.
  2677.  	"Because now I know for sure that you are the king, not only
  2678.  	by birth but also by law", Ector said.  "You are no son of
  2679.  	mine nor are you Kay's brother.  Immediately after your birth,
  2680.  	Merlin the Wise brought you to me to be raised safely.  And
  2681.  	though it was me that named you Arthur when you were baptized,
  2682.  	you are really the son of brave king Uther Pendragon and queen
  2683.  	Igraine..."
  2684.  	And after these words, the lord rose and went to see the arch-
  2685.  	bishop to impart to him what had passed.
  2686.  	   [ Van Gouden Tijden Zingen de Harpen, by Vladimir Hulpach,
  2687.  		Emanuel Frynta, and Vackav Cibula ]
  2688.  knife
  2689.  stiletto
  2690.  	Possibly perceiving an expression of dubiosity on their
  2691.  	faces, the globetrotter went on adhering to his adventures.
  2692.  
  2693.  	-- And I seen a man killed in Trieste by an Italian chap.
  2694.  	Knife in his back.  Knife like that.
  2695.  
  2696.  	Whilst speaking he produced a dangerous looking clasp knife,
  2697.  	quite in keeping with his character, and held it in the
  2698.  	striking position.
  2699.  
  2700.  	-- In a knockingshop it was count of a tryon between two
  2701.  	smugglers.  Fellow hid behind a door, come up behind him.
  2702.  	Like that.  Prepare to meet your God, says he.  Chuck!  It
  2703.  	went into his back up to the butt.
  2704.  		[ Ulysses, by James Joyce ]
  2705.  knight
  2706.  * knight
  2707.  	Here lies the noble fearless knight,
  2708.  	Whose valour rose to such a height;
  2709.  	When Death at last had struck him down,
  2710.  	His was the victory and renown.
  2711.  	He reck'd the world of little prize,
  2712.  	And was a bugbear in men's eyes;
  2713.  	But had the fortune in his age
  2714.  	To live a fool and die a sage.
  2715.  	  [ Don Quixote of La Mancha, by Miquel de Cervantes Saavedra ]
  2716.  ~kobold ??m*
  2717.  *kobold*
  2718.  	The race of kobolds are reputed to be an artificial creation
  2719.  	of a master wizard (demi-god?).  They are about 3' tall with
  2720.  	a vaguely dog-like face.  They bear a violent dislike of the
  2721.  	Elven race, and will go out of their way to cause trouble
  2722.  	for Elves at any time.
  2723.  *kop*
  2724.  	The Kops are a brilliant concept.  To take a gaggle of inept
  2725.  	policemen and display them over and over again in a series of
  2726.  	riotously funny physical punishments plays equally well to the
  2727.  	peanut gallery and the expensive box seats.  People hate cops.
  2728.  	Even people who have never had anything to do with cops hate
  2729.  	them.  Of course, we count on them to keep order and to protect
  2730.  	us when we need protecting, and we love them on television shows
  2731.  	in which they have nerves of steel and hearts of gold, but in
  2732.  	the abstract, as a nation, collectively we hate them.  They are
  2733.  	too much like high school principals.  We're very happy to see
  2734.  	their pants fall down, and they look good to us with pie on
  2735.  	their faces.  The Keystone Kops turn up--and they get punished
  2736.  	for it, as they crash into each other, fall down, and suffer
  2737.  	indignity after indignity.  Here is pure movie satisfaction.
  2738.  
  2739.  	The Kops are very skillfully presented.  The comic originality
  2740.  	and timing in one of their chase scenes requires imagination
  2741.  	to think up, talent to execute, understanding of the medium,
  2742.  	and, of course, raw courage to perform.  The Kops are madmen
  2743.  	presented as incompetents, and they're madmen rushing around
  2744.  	in modern machines.  What's more, the machines they were operating
  2745.  	in their routines were newly invented and not yet experienced
  2746.  	by the average moviegoer.  (In the early days of automobiles,
  2747.  	it was reported that there were only two cars registered in all
  2748.  	of Kansas City, and they ran into each other.  There is both
  2749.  	poetry and philosophy in this fact, but most of all, there is
  2750.  	humor.  Sennett got the humor.)
  2751.  		[ Silent Stars, by Jeanine Basinger ]
  2752.  kos
  2753.  	"I am not a coward!" he cried.  "I'll dare Thieves' House
  2754.  	and fetch you Krovas' head and toss it with blood a-drip at
  2755.  	Vlana's feet.  I swear that, witness me, Kos the god of
  2756.  	dooms, by the brown bones of Nalgron my father and by his
  2757.  	sword Graywand here at my side!"
  2758.  	   [ Swords and Deviltry, by Fritz Leiber ]
  2759.  koto
  2760.  	A Japanese harp.
  2761.  kraken
  2762.  	Out from the water a long sinuous tentacle had crawled; it
  2763.  	was pale-green and luminous and wet.  Its fingered end had
  2764.  	hold of Frodo's foot, and was dragging him into the water.
  2765.  	Sam on his knees was now slashing at it with a knife.  The
  2766.  	arm let go of Frodo, and Sam pulled him away, crying out
  2767.  	for help.  Twenty other arms came rippling out.  The dark
  2768.  	water boiled, and there was a hideous stench.
  2769.  	   [ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  2770.  *lady
  2771.  offler
  2772.  	Blind Io took up the dice-box, which was a skull whose various
  2773.  	orifices had been stoppered with rubies, and with several of
  2774.  	his eyes on the Lady he rolled three fives.  She smiled.  This
  2775.  	was the nature of the Lady's eyes:  they were bright green,
  2776.  	lacking iris or pupil, and they glowed from within.
  2777.  
  2778.  	The room was silent as she scrabbled in her box of pieces and,
  2779.  	from the very bottom, produced a couple that she set down on
  2780.  	the board with two decisive clicks.  The rest of the players,
  2781.  	as one God, craned forward to peer at them.
  2782.  
  2783.  	"A wenegade wiffard and fome fort of clerk," said Offler the
  2784.  	Crocodile God, hindered as usual by his tusks.  "Well,
  2785.  	weally!"  With one claw he pushed a pile of bone-white tokens
  2786.  	into the centre of the table.
  2787.  
  2788.  	The Lady nodded slightly.  She picked up the dice-cup and held
  2789.  	it as steady as a rock, yet all the Gods could hear the three
  2790.  	cubes rattling about inside.  And then she sent them bouncing
  2791.  	across the table.
  2792.  
  2793.  	A six.  A three.  A five.
  2794.  
  2795.  	Something was happening to the five, however.  Battered by the
  2796.  	chance collision of several billion molecules, the die flipped
  2797.  	onto a point, spun gently and came down a seven.  Blind Io
  2798.  	picked up the cube and counted the sides.
  2799.  
  2800.  	"Come _on_," he said wearily, "Play fair."
  2801.  		[ The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  2802.  *lamp
  2803.  	When he came to himself he told his mother what had passed,
  2804.  	and showed her the lamp and the fruits he had gathered in the
  2805.  	garden, which were in reality precious stones.  He then asked
  2806.  	for some food.
  2807.  
  2808.  	"Alas! child," she said, "I have nothing in the house, but I
  2809.  	have spun a little cotton and will go and sell it."
  2810.  
  2811.  	Aladdin bade her keep her cotton, for he would sell the lamp
  2812.  	instead.  As it was very dirty she began to rub it, that it
  2813.  	might fetch a higher price.  Instantly a hideous genie
  2814.  	appeared, and asked what she would have.  She fainted away,
  2815.  	but Aladdin, snatching the lamp, said boldly:
  2816.  	"Fetch me something to eat!"
  2817.  		[ Aladdin, from The Arabian Nights, by Andrew Lang ]
  2818.  lance
  2819.  	With this the wind increased, and the mill sails began to turn
  2820.  	about; which Don Quixote espying, said, 'Although thou movest
  2821.  	more arms than the giant Briareus thou shalt stoop to me.'
  2822.  	And, after saying this, and commending himself most devoutly
  2823.  	to his Lady Dulcinea, desiring her to succor him in that trance,
  2824.  	covering himself well with his buckler, and setting his lance
  2825.  	on his rest, he spurred on Rozinante, and encountered with the
  2826.  	first mill that was before him, and, striking his lance into
  2827.  	the sail, the wind swung it about with such fury, that it broke
  2828.  	his lance into shivers, carrying him and his horse after it,
  2829.  	and finally tumbled him a good way off from it on the field in
  2830.  	evil plight.
  2831.  	  [ Don Quixote of La Mancha, by Miquel de Cervantes Saavedra ]
  2832.  land mine
  2833.  	Your heart is intact, your brain is not badly damaged, but the rest
  2834.  	of your injuries are comparable to stepping on a land mine.  You'd
  2835.  	never walk again, and you'd be in great pain.  You would come to
  2836.  	wish you had not survived.
  2837.  		[ Steel Beach, by John Varley ]
  2838.  *lantern
  2839.  	While pretending to be a fancy safety lamp, it is in fact
  2840.  	battery powered.  A discreet little switch is marked "on/off"
  2841.  	in elaborate lettering.
  2842.  		[ Adventure 770, by Mike Arnautov ]
  2843.  lava
  2844.  * lava
  2845.  	You are on the edge of a breath-taking view.  Far below you
  2846.  	is an active volcano, from which great gouts of molten lava
  2847.  	come surging out, cascading back down into the depths.  The
  2848.  	glowing rock fills the farthest reaches of the cavern with a
  2849.  	blood-red glare, giving everything an eerie, macabre appearance.
  2850.  	The air is filled with flickering sparks of ash and a heavy
  2851.  	smell of brimstone.  The walls are hot to the touch, and the
  2852.  	thundering of the volcano drowns out all other sounds.
  2853.  	Embedded in the jagged roof far overhead are myriad twisted
  2854.  	formations composed of pure white alabaster, which scatter the
  2855.  	murky light into sinister apparitions upon the walls.  To one
  2856.  	side is a deep gorge, filled with a bizarre chaos of tortured
  2857.  	rock which seems to have been crafted by the devil himself.
  2858.  	An immense river of fire crashes out from the depths of the
  2859.  	volcano, burns its way through the gorge, and plummets into a
  2860.  	bottomless pit far off to your left.  To the right, an immense
  2861.  	geyser of blistering steam erupts continuously from a barren
  2862.  	island in the center of a sulfurous lake, which bubbles
  2863.  	ominously.  The far right wall is aflame with an incandescence
  2864.  	of its own, which lends an additional infernal splendor to the
  2865.  	already hellish scene.  A dark, forboding passage exits to the
  2866.  	south.
  2867.  		[ Adventure, by Will Crowther and Don Woods. ]
  2868.  leash
  2869.  	They had splendid heads, fine shoulders, strong legs, and
  2870.  	straight tails.  The spots on their bodies were jet-black and
  2871.  	mostly the size of a two-shilling piece; they had smaller
  2872.  	spots on their heads, legs, and tails.  Their noses and eye-
  2873.  	rims were black.  Missis had a most winning expression.
  2874.  	Pongo, though a dog born to command, had a twinkle in his
  2875.  	eye.  They walked side by side with great dignity, only
  2876.  	putting the Dearlys on the leash to lead them over crossings.
  2877.  		[ The Hundred and One Dalmatians, by Dodie Smith ]
  2878.  lembas*
  2879.  	In the morning, as they were beginning to pack their slender
  2880.  	goods, Elves that could speak their tongue came to them and
  2881.  	brought them many gifts of food and clothing for their
  2882.  	journey.  The food was mostly in the form of very thin cakes,
  2883.  	made of a meal that was baked a light brown on the outside,
  2884.  	and inside was the colour of cream.  Gimli took up one of the
  2885.  	cakes and looked at it with a doubtful eye.
  2886.  	'Cram,' he said under his breath, as he broke off a crisp
  2887.  	corner and nibbled at it.  His expression quickly changed,
  2888.  	and he ate all the rest of the cake with relish.
  2889.  	'No more, no more!' cried the Elves laughing.  'You have
  2890.  	eaten enough already for a long day's march.'
  2891.  	'I thought it was only a kind of cram, such as the Dalemen
  2892.  	make for journeys in the wild,' said the Dwarf.
  2893.  	'So it is,' they answered.  'But we call it lembas or
  2894.  	waybread, and it is more strengthening than any foods made by
  2895.  	Men, and it is more pleasant than cram, by all accounts.'
  2896.  		[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  2897.  lemure
  2898.  larvae
  2899.  	The Larvae (Lemures) are Roman spirits of deceased family
  2900.  	members.  These malignant spirits dwell throughout the house
  2901.  	and frighten the inhabitants.  People tried to reconcile or
  2902.  	avert the Larvae with strange ceremonies which took place on
  2903.  	May 9, 11, and 13; this was called the "Feast of the Lemures".
  2904.  	The master of the house usually performed these ceremonies,
  2905.  	either by offering black beans to the spirits or chasing them
  2906.  	away by making a lot of noise.  Their counterparts are the
  2907.  	Lares, friendly and beneficent house spirits.
  2908.  		[ Encyclopedia Mythica, ed. M.F. Lindemans ]
  2909.  leocrotta
  2910.  leu*otta
  2911.  	... the leucrocotta, a wild beast of extraordinary swiftness,
  2912.  	the size of the wild ass, with the legs of a Stag, the neck,
  2913.  	tail, and breast of a lion, the head of a badger, a cloven
  2914.  	hoof, the mouth slit up as far as the ears, and one continuous
  2915.  	bone instead of teeth; it is said, too, that this animal can
  2916.  	imitate the human voice.
  2917.  		[ Curious Creatures in Zoology, by John Ashton ]
  2918.  leprechaun
  2919.  	The Irish Leprechaun is the Faeries' shoemaker and is known
  2920.  	under various names in different parts of Ireland:
  2921.  	Cluricaune in Cork, Lurican in Kerry, Lurikeen in Kildare
  2922.  	and Lurigadaun in Tipperary.  Although he works for the
  2923.  	Faeries, the Leprechaun is not of the same species.  He is
  2924.  	small, has dark skin and wears strange clothes.  His nature
  2925.  	has something of the manic-depressive about it:  first he
  2926.  	is quite happy, whistling merrily as he nails a sole on to a
  2927.  	shoe; a few minutes later, he is sullen and morose, drunk
  2928.  	on his home-made heather ale.  The Leprechaun's two great
  2929.  	loves are tobacco and whiskey, and he is a first-rate con-man,
  2930.  	impossible to out-fox.  No one, no matter how clever, has ever
  2931.  	managed to cheat him out of his hidden pot of gold or his
  2932.  	magic shilling.  At the last minute he always thinks of some
  2933.  	way to divert his captor's attention and vanishes in the
  2934.  	twinkling of an eye.
  2935.  		[ A Field Guide to the Little People
  2936.  		    by Nancy Arrowsmith & George Moorse ]
  2937.  *lich
  2938.  	But on its heels ere the sunset faded, there came a second
  2939.  	apparition, striding with incredible strides and halting when
  2940.  	it loomed almost upon me in the red twilight-the monstrous mummy
  2941.  	of some ancient king still crowned with untarnished gold but
  2942.  	turning to my gaze a visage that more than time or the worm had
  2943.  	wasted. Broken swathings flapped about the skeleton legs, and
  2944.  	above the crown that was set with sapphires and orange rubies, a
  2945.  	black something swayed and nodded horribly; but, for an instant,
  2946.  	I did not dream what it was.  Then, in its middle, two oblique
  2947.  	and scarlet eyes opened and glowed like hellish coals, and two
  2948.  	ophidian fangs glittered in an ape-like mouth.  A squat, furless,
  2949.  	shapeless head on a neck of disproportionate extent leaned
  2950.  	unspeakably down and whispered in the mummy's ear. Then, with
  2951.  	one stride, the titanic lich took half the distance between us,
  2952.  	and from out the folds of the tattered sere-cloth a gaunt arm
  2953.  	arose, and fleshless, taloned fingers laden with glowering gems,
  2954.  	reached out and fumbled for my throat . . .
  2955.  		[ The Abominations of Yondo, by Clark Ashton Smith ]
  2956.  lichen
  2957.  	The chamber was of unhewn rock, round, as near as might
  2958.  	be, eighteen or twenty feet across, and gay with rich
  2959.  	variety of fern and moss and lichen.  The fern was in
  2960.  	its winter still, or coiling for the spring-tide; but
  2961.  	moss was in abundant life, some feathering, and some
  2962.  	gobleted, and some with fringe of red to it.
  2963.  		[ Lorna Doone, by R.D. Blackmore ]
  2964.  # takes "light" when specifying 'y'
  2965.  ~* of light
  2966.  * light
  2967.  light
  2968.  	Strange creatures formed from energy rather than matter,
  2969.  	lights are given to self-destructive behavior when battling
  2970.  	foes.
  2971.  gecko
  2972.  iguana
  2973.  lizard
  2974.  	Lizards, snakes and the burrowing amphisbaenids make up the
  2975.  	order Squamata, meaning the scaly ones.  The elongate, slim,
  2976.  	long-tailed bodies of lizards have become modified to enable
  2977.  	them to live in a wide range of habitats.  Lizards can be
  2978.  	expert burrowers, runners, swimmers and climbers, and a few
  2979.  	can manage crude, short-distance gliding on rib-supported
  2980.  	"wings".  Most are carnivores, feeding on invertebrate and
  2981.  	small vertebrate prey, but others feed on vegetation.
  2982.  		[ Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia ]
  2983.  loki
  2984.  	Loki, or Lopt, is described in Snorri's _Edda_ as being
  2985.  	"pleasing and handsome in appearance, evil in character, and
  2986.  	very capricious in behaviour".  He is the son of the giant
  2987.  	Farbauti and of Laufey.
  2988.  	Loki is the Norse god of cunning, evil, thieves, and fire.
  2989.  	He hated the other gods and wanted to ruin them and overthrow
  2990.  	the universe.  He committed many murders.  As a thief, he
  2991.  	stole Freyja's necklace, Thor's belt and gauntlets of power,
  2992.  	and the apples of youth.  Able to shapechange at will, he is
  2993.  	said to have impersonated at various times a mare, flea, fly,
  2994.  	falcon, seal, and an old crone.  As a mare he gave birth to
  2995.  	Odin's horse Sleipnir.  He also allegedly sired the serpent
  2996.  	Midgard, the mistress of the netherworld, Hel, and the wolf
  2997.  	Fenrir, who will devour the sun at Ragnarok.
  2998.  *longbow of diana
  2999.  	This legendary bow grants ESP when carried and can reflect magical
  3000.  	attacks when wielded.  When invoked it provides a supply of arrows.
  3001.  # long worm -- see "worm"
  3002.  looking glass
  3003.  mirror
  3004.  	But as Snow White grew, she became more and more beautiful,
  3005.  	and by the time she was seven years old she was as beautiful
  3006.  	as the day and more beautiful than the queen herself.  One
  3007.  	day when the queen said to her mirror:
  3008.  
  3009.  		"Mirror, Mirror, here I stand.
  3010.  		Who is the fairest in the land?" -
  3011.  
  3012.  	the mirror replied:
  3013.  
  3014.  		"You, O Queen, are the fairest here,
  3015.  		But Snow White is a thousand times more fair."
  3016.  		[ Snow White, by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm ]
  3017.  lord carnarvon
  3018.  	Lord Carnarvon was a personality who could have been produced
  3019.  	nowhere but in England, a mixture of sportsman and collector,
  3020.  	gentleman and world traveler, a realist in action and a
  3021.  	romantic in feeling.  ...  In 1903 he went for the first time
  3022.  	to Egypt in search of a mild climate and while there visited
  3023.  	the excavation sites of several archaeological expeditions.
  3024.  	...  In 1906 he began his own excavations.
  3025.  		[ Gods, Graves, and Scholars, by C. W. Ceram ]
  3026.  lord sato
  3027.  	Lord Sato was the family head of the Taro Clan, and a mighty
  3028.  	daimyo.  He is a loyal servant of the Emperor, and will do
  3029.  	everything in his power to further the imperial cause.
  3030.  lord surt*
  3031.  	Yet first was the world in the southern region, which was
  3032.  	named Muspell; it is light and hot; that region is glowing
  3033.  	and burning, and impassable to such as are outlanders and
  3034.  	have not their holdings there.  He who sits there at the
  3035.  	land's-end, to defend the land, is called Surtr; he brandishes
  3036.  	a flaming sword, and at the end of the world he shall go forth
  3037.  	and harry, and overcome all the gods, and burn all the
  3038.  	world with fire.
  3039.  			[ The Prose Edda, by Snorri Sturluson ]
  3040.  # if a quote for good luck gets added, make this one exclusively bad luck
  3041.  luck
  3042.  bad luck
  3043.  	"[...]  We'll succeed and you'll get all the fortune you came
  3044.  	seeking."
  3045.  	Jack shook his head dismally.  "You'll be better off without
  3046.  	me," he said.  "I'm nothing but bad luck.  It's because I'm
  3047.  	cursed.  A farmer I met on the way to the city cursed me.  He
  3048.  	said, 'I curse you Jack.  May you never know wealth.  May all
  3049.  	that you wish for be denied you.'"
  3050.  	"What a horrid man," said Eddie.  "Why did he curse you like
  3051.  	that?"
  3052.  	Jack shrugged [...].  "Bad grace, I suppose.  Just because I
  3053.  	shot off his ear and made him jump into a pit full of spikes."
  3054.  		[ the hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse,
  3055.  		    by Robert Rankin ]
  3056.  #		[no relation... both cover and title page list this
  3057.  #		 book's title in all lower case; however, its sequel,
  3058.  #		 "the toyminator", refers to it using conventional
  3059.  #		 capitalization in a couple of early footnotes]
  3060.  lug*
  3061.  	Lugh, or Lug, was the sun god of the Irish Celts.  One of his
  3062.  	weapons was a rod-sling which worshippers sometimes saw in
  3063.  	the sky as a rainbow.  As a tribal god, he was particularly
  3064.  	skilled in the use of his massive, invincible spear, which
  3065.  	fought on its own accord.  One of his epithets is _lamfhada_
  3066.  	(of the long arm).  He was a young and apparently more
  3067.  	attractive deity than Dagda, the father of the gods.  Being
  3068.  	able to shapeshift, his name translates as lynx.
  3069.  lurker*
  3070.  	These dungeon scavengers are very adept at blending into the
  3071.  	surrounding walls and ceilings of the dungeon due to the
  3072.  	stone-like coloring of their skin.
  3073.  lycanthrope
  3074.  were*
  3075.  human were*
  3076.  *were
  3077.  	In 1573, the Parliament of Dole published a decree, permitting
  3078.  	the inhabitants of the Franche-Comte to pursue and kill a
  3079.  	were-wolf or loup-garou, which infested that province,
  3080.  	"notwithstanding the existing laws concerning the chase."
  3081.  	The people were empowered to "assemble with javelins,
  3082.  	halberds, pikes, arquebuses and clubs, to hunt and pursue the
  3083.  	said were-wolf in all places where they could find it, and to
  3084.  	take, burn, and kill it, without incurring any fine or other
  3085.  	penalty."  The hunt seems to have been successful, if we may
  3086.  	judge from the fact that the same tribunal in the following
  3087.  	year condemned to be burned a man named Giles Garnier, who
  3088.  	ran on all fours in the forest and fields and devoured little
  3089.  	children, "even on Friday."  The poor lycanthrope, it appears,
  3090.  	had as slight respect for ecclesiastical feasts as the French
  3091.  	pig, which was not restrained by any feeling of piety from
  3092.  	eating infants on a fast day.
  3093.  		[ The History of Vampires, by Dudley Wright ]
  3094.  lynx
  3095.  	To dream of seeing a lynx, enemies are undermining your
  3096.  	business and disrupting your home affairs.  For a woman,
  3097.  	this dream indicates that she has a wary woman rivaling her
  3098.  	in the affections of her lover. If she kills the lynx, she
  3099.  	will overcome her rival.
  3100.  		[ 10,000 Dreams Interpreted, by Gustavus Hindman Miller ]
  3101.  ~*sceptre of might
  3102.  mace
  3103.  sceptre
  3104.  	Originally a club armed with iron, and used in war; now a staff
  3105.  	of office pertaining to certain dignitaries, as the Speaker of
  3106.  	the House of Commons, Lord Mayors, Mayors etc.  Both sword and
  3107.  	mace are symbols of dignity, suited to the times when men went
  3108.  	about in armour, and sovereigns needed champions to vindicate
  3109.  	their rights.
  3110.  		[ Brewer's Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ]
  3111.  magic marker
  3112.  	The pen is mightier than the sword.
  3113.  		[ Richelieu, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]
  3114.  magic mirror of merlin
  3115.  	  [...] In Dehenbarth (that now South Wales is hight,
  3116.  	  What time King Ryence reigned, and dealed right)
  3117.  	  The great magician Merlin had devised,
  3118.  	  By his deep science, and hell-dreaded might,
  3119.  	  A looking-glass, right wondrously aguised,
  3120.  	Whose virtues through the wide world soon were solemnized.
  3121.  
  3122.  	It virtue had to show in perfect sight
  3123.  	  Whatever thing was in the world contained,
  3124.  	  Betwixt the lowest earth and heaven's height,
  3125.  	  So that it to the looker appertained;
  3126.  	  Whatever foe had wrought, or friend had fained,
  3127.  	  Therein discovered was, nor aught might pass,
  3128.  	  Nor aught in secret from the same remained;
  3129.  # we'll leave out the part about it being a crystal ball...
  3130.  #	  For-thy it round and hollow shaped was,
  3131.  #	Like the world itself, and seemed a world of glass.
  3132.  		[ The Faerie Queene, by Edmund Spencer ]
  3133.  magicbane
  3134.  	A highly enchanted athame said to hold the power to channel
  3135.  	and direct magical energy.
  3136.  mail d*emon
  3137.  	It is rumoured that these strange creatures can be harmed by
  3138.  	domesticated canines only.
  3139.  ma*annan*
  3140.  	Normally called Manannan, Ler's son was the patron of
  3141.  	merchants and sailors.  Manannan had a sword which never
  3142.  	failed to slay, a boat which propelled itself wherever its
  3143.  	owner wished, a horse which was swifter than the wind, and
  3144.  	magic armour which no sword could pierce.  He later became
  3145.  	god of the sea, beneath which he lived in Tir na nOc, the
  3146.  	underworld.
  3147.  manes
  3148.  	Manes or Di Manes ("good ones") is the euphemistic description
  3149.  	of the souls of the deceased, worshipped as divinities.  The
  3150.  	formula D.M. (= Dis Manibus; "dedicated to the Manes-gods")
  3151.  	can often be found on tombstones.  Manes also means
  3152.  	metaphorically 'underworld' or 'realm of death'.  Festivals
  3153.  	in honor of the dead were the Parentalia and the Feralia,
  3154.  	celebrated in February.
  3155.  		[ Encyclopedia Mythica, ed. M.F. Lindemans ]
  3156.  
  3157.  	The gnats of the dungeon, these swarming monsters are rarely
  3158.  	seen alone.
  3159.  marduk
  3160.  	First insisting on recognition as supreme commander, Marduk
  3161.  	defeated the Dragon, cut her body in two, and from it created
  3162.  	heaven and earth, peopling the world with human beings who not
  3163.  	unnaturally showed intense gratitude for their lives.  The
  3164.  	gods were also properly grateful, invested him with many
  3165.  	titles, and eventually permitted themselves to be embodied in
  3166.  	him, so that he became supreme god, plotting the whole course
  3167.  	of known life from the paths of the planets to the daily
  3168.  	events in the lives of men.
  3169.  		[ The Immortals, by Derek and Julia Parker ]
  3170.  marilith
  3171.  	The marilith has a torso shaped like that of a human female,
  3172.  	and the lower body of a great snake.  It has multiple arms,
  3173.  	and can freely attack with all of them.  Since it is
  3174.  	intelligent enough to use weapons, this means it can cause
  3175.  	great damage.
  3176.  mars
  3177.  	The god of war, and one of the most prominent and worshipped
  3178.  	gods.  In early Roman history he was a god of spring, growth in
  3179.  	nature, and fertility, and the protector of cattle.  Mars is
  3180.  	also mentioned as a chthonic god (earth-god) and this could
  3181.  	explain why he became a god of death and finally a god of war.
  3182.  	He is the son of Jupiter and Juno.
  3183.  		[ Encyclopedia Mythica, ed. M.F. Lindemans ]
  3184.  martial arts
  3185.  unarmed combat
  3186.  bare*handed combat
  3187.  	"What else can we do? None of this is fast enough." "It will have
  3188.  	to be." He stood up, a tall, broad wall of a man.  "Why don't you
  3189.  	ask around, see if anyone in the neighborhoods knows anything
  3190.  	about martial arts.  You need more than a book or two to learn
  3191.  	good dependable unarmed combat."
  3192.  		[ Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler ]
  3193.  master assassin
  3194.  	He strolled down the stairs, followed by a number of assassins.
  3195.  	When he was directly in front of Ymor he said: "I've come for
  3196.  	the tourist." ...
  3197.  	"One step more and you'll leave here with fewer eyeballs than
  3198.  	you came with," said the thiefmaster.  "So sit down and have
  3199.  	a drink, Zlorf, and let's talk about this sensibly.  _I_
  3200.  	thought we had an agreement.  You don't rob -- I don't kill.
  3201.  	Not for payment, that is," he added after a pause.
  3202.  	Zlorf took the proffered beer.
  3203.  	"So?" he said.  "I'll kill him.  Then you rob him.  Is he that
  3204.  	funny looking one over there?"
  3205.  	"Yes."
  3206.  	Zlorf stared at Twoflower, who grinned at him.  He shrugged.
  3207.  	He seldom wasted time wondering why people wanted other people
  3208.  	dead.  It was just a living.
  3209.  	"Who is your client, may I ask?" said Ymor.
  3210.  	Zlorf held up a hand.  "Please!" he protested.  "Professional
  3211.  	etiquette."
  3212.  		[ The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  3213.  master key of thievery
  3214.  	This skeleton key was fashioned in ages past and imbued with
  3215.  	a powerful magic which allows it to open any lock.  When
  3216.  	carried, it grants its owner warning, teleport control, and
  3217.  	reduces all physical damage by half.  Finally, when invoked,
  3218.  	it has the ability to disarm any trapped lock.
  3219.  master of thieves
  3220.  	There was a flutter of wings at the window.  Ymor shifted his
  3221.  	bulk out of the chair and crossed the room, coming back with
  3222.  	a large raven.  After he'd unfastened the message capsule from
  3223.  	its leg it flew up to join its fellows lurking among the
  3224.  	rafters.  Withel regarded it without love.  Ymor's ravens were
  3225.  	notoriously loyal to their master, to the extent that Withel's
  3226.  	one attempt to promote himself to the rank of greatest thief
  3227.  	in Ankh-Morpork had cost their master's right hand man his
  3228.  	left eye.  But not his life, however.  Ymor never grudged a
  3229.  	man his ambitions.
  3230.  		[ The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  3231.  mastodon
  3232.  	Any large, elephantlike mammal of the genera Mammut, Mastodon,
  3233.  	etc., from the Oligocene and Pleistocene epochs, having
  3234.  	conical projections on the molar teeth.
  3235.  		[ Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary
  3236.  			of the English Language ]
  3237.  *mattock
  3238.  	A mattock is an agricultural tool similar to a mining pick.
  3239.  	It is distinguished by the head terminating in a broader blade
  3240.  	rather than a narrow spike, which makes it particularly suitable
  3241.  	for breaking up moderately hard ground. ... During the Middle
  3242.  	Ages of Europe, the mattock served as an improvised shafted
  3243.  	weapon for the poorer classes.
  3244.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  3245.  meat*
  3246.  huge chunk of meat
  3247.  	Some hae meat and canna eat,
  3248.  	And some would eat that want it;
  3249.  	But we hae meat, and we can eat,
  3250.  	Sae let the Lord be thankit.
  3251.  		[ Grace Before Meat, by Robert Burns ]
  3252.  medusa
  3253.  perseus
  3254.  	Medusa, one of the three Gorgons or Graeae, is the only one
  3255.  	of her sisters to have assumed mortal form and inhabited the
  3256.  	dungeon world.
  3257.  
  3258.  	When Perseus was grown up Polydectes sent him to attempt the
  3259.  	conquest of Medusa, a terrible monster who had laid waste the
  3260.  	country.  She was once a beautiful maiden whose hair was her
  3261.  	chief glory, but as she dared to vie in beauty with Minerva,
  3262.  	the goddess deprived her of her charms and changed her
  3263.  	beautiful ringlets into hissing serpents.  She became a cruel
  3264.  	monster of so frightful an aspect that no living thing could
  3265.  	behold her without being turned into stone.  All around the
  3266.  	cavern where she dwelt might be seen the stony figures of men
  3267.  	and animals which had chanced to catch a glimpse of her and
  3268.  	had been petrified with the sight.  Perseus, favoured by
  3269.  	Minerva and Mercury, the former of whom lent him her shield
  3270.  	and the latter his winged shoes, approached Medusa while she
  3271.  	slept and taking care not to look directly at her, but guided
  3272.  	by her image reflected in the bright shield which he bore, he
  3273.  	cut off her head and gave it to Minerva, who fixed it in the
  3274.  	middle of her Aegis.
  3275.  		[ Bulfinch's Mythology, by Thomas Bulfinch ]
  3276.  melon
  3277.  	"What is it, Umbopa, son of a fool?" I shouted in Zulu.
  3278.  	"It is food and water, Macumazahn," and again he waved the
  3279.  	green thing.
  3280.  	Then I saw what he had got.  It was a melon.  We had hit upon
  3281.  	a patch of wild melons, thousands of them, and dead ripe.
  3282.  	"Melons!" I yelled to Good, who was next me; and in another
  3283.  	second he had his false teeth fixed in one.
  3284.  	I think we ate about six each before we had done, and, poor
  3285.  	fruit as they were, I doubt if I ever thought anything nicer.
  3286.  		[ King Solomon's Mines, by H. Rider Haggard ]
  3287.  mercury
  3288.  	Roman god of commerce, trade and travellers.  He is commonly
  3289.  	depicted carrying a caduceus (a staff with two snakes
  3290.  	intertwining around it) and a purse.
  3291.  *mimic
  3292.  	The ancestors of the modern day chameleon, these creatures can
  3293.  	assume the form of anything in their surroundings.  They may
  3294.  	assume the shape of objects or dungeon features.  Unlike the
  3295.  	chameleon though, which assumes the shape of another creature
  3296.  	and goes in hunt of food, the mimic waits patiently for its
  3297.  	meals to come in search of it.
  3298.  *mind flayer
  3299.  	This creature has a humanoid body, tentacles around its
  3300.  	covered mouth, and three long fingers on each hand.  Mind
  3301.  	flayers are telepathic, and love to devour intelligent beings,
  3302.  	especially humans.  If they hit their victim with a tentacle,
  3303.  	the mind flayer will slowly drain it of all intelligence,
  3304.  	eventually killing its victim.
  3305.  mine*
  3306.  gnomish mines
  3307.  	Made by Dwarfs.  The Rule here is that the Mine is either long
  3308.  	deserted or at most is inhabited by a few survivors who will
  3309.  	make confused claims to have been driven out/decimated by humans/
  3310.  	other Dwarfs/Minions of the Dark Lord.  Inhabited or not, this
  3311.  	Mine will be very complex, with many levels of galleries,
  3312.  	beautifully carved and engineered.  What was being mined here
  3313.  	is not always evident, but at least some of the time it will
  3314.  	appear to have been Jewels, since it is customary to find
  3315.  	unwanted emeralds, etc., still embedded in the rock of the
  3316.  	walls.  Metal will also be present, but only when made up into
  3317.  	armor and weapons (_wondrous_).
  3318.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  3319.  minotaur
  3320.  	The Minotaur was a monster, half bull, half human, the
  3321.  	offspring of Minos' wife Pasiphae and a wonderfully beautiful
  3322.  	bull. ...  When the Minotaur was born Minos did not kill him.
  3323.  	He had Daedalus, a great architect and inventor, construct a
  3324.  	place of confinement for him from which escape was impossible.
  3325.  	Daedalus built the Labyrinth, famous throughout the world.
  3326.  	Once inside, one would go endlessly along its twisting paths
  3327.  	without ever finding the exit.
  3328.  		[ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]
  3329.  mit*ra*
  3330.  	Originating in India (Mitra), Mithra is a god of light who
  3331.  	was translated into the attendant of the god Ahura Mazda in
  3332.  	the light religion of Persia; from this he was adopted as
  3333.  	the Roman deity Mithras.  He is not generally regarded as a
  3334.  	sky god but a personification of the fertilizing power of
  3335.  	warm, light air.  According to the _Avesta_, he possesses
  3336.  	10,000 eyes and ears and rides in a chariot drawn by white
  3337.  	horses.  Mithra, according to Zarathustra, is concerned with
  3338.  	the endless battle between light and dark forces:  he
  3339.  	represents truth.  He is responsible for the keeping of oaths
  3340.  	and contracts.  He is attributed with the creation of both
  3341.  	plants and animals.  His chief adversary is Ahriman, the
  3342.  	power of darkness.
  3343.  	    [ The Encyclopaedia of Myths and Legends of All Nations,
  3344.  		by Herbert Spencer Robinson and Knox Wilson ]
  3345.  *mithril*
  3346.  	_Mithril_!  All folk desired it.  It could be beaten like
  3347.  	copper, and polished like glass; and the Dwarves could make
  3348.  	of it a metal, light and yet harder than tempered steel.
  3349.  	Its beauty was like to that of common silver, but the beauty
  3350.  	of _mithril_ did not tarnish or grow dim.
  3351.  		[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  3352.  *mitre of holiness
  3353.  	This helm of brilliance performs all of the normal functions
  3354.  	of a helm of brilliance, but also has the ability to protect
  3355.  	anyone who carries it from fire.  When invoked, it boosts
  3356.  	the energy of the invoker, allowing them to cast more spells.
  3357.  mjollnir
  3358.  	Forged by the dwarves Eitri and Brokk, in response to Loki's
  3359.  	challenge, Mjollnir is an indestructible war hammer.  It has
  3360.  	two magical properties:  when thrown it always returned to
  3361.  	Thor's hand; and it could be made to shrink in size until it
  3362.  	could fit inside Thor's shirt.  Its only flaw is that it has
  3363.  	a short handle.  The other gods judged Mjollnir the winner of
  3364.  	the contest because, of all the treasures created, it alone had
  3365.  	the power to protect them from the giants.  As the legends
  3366.  	surrounding Mjollnir grew, it began to take on the quality of
  3367.  	"vigja", or consecration.  Thor used it to consecrate births,
  3368.  	weddings, and even to raise his goats from the dead.  In the
  3369.  	Norse mythologies Mjollnir is considered to represent Thor's
  3370.  	governance over the entire cycle of life - fertility, birth,
  3371.  	destruction, and resurrection.
  3372.  mog
  3373.  	Mog is known as the Spider God.  Mog resembles a four-limbed
  3374.  	spider with a handsome, if not entirely human, face.
  3375.  ~slime mold
  3376.  *mold
  3377.  	Mold, multicellular organism of the division Fungi, typified
  3378.  	by plant bodies composed of a network of cottony filaments.
  3379.  	The colors of molds are due to spores borne on the filaments.
  3380.  	Most molds are saprophytes.  Some species (e.g., penicillium)
  3381.  	are used in making cheese and antibiotics.
  3382.  		[ The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia ]
  3383.  mol?ch
  3384.  	And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
  3385.  	Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever
  3386.  	he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that
  3387.  	sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech;
  3388.  	he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall
  3389.  	stone him with stones.
  3390.  	And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off
  3391.  	from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto
  3392.  	Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
  3393.  	And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes
  3394.  	from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill
  3395.  	him not:
  3396.  	Then I will set my face against that man, and against his
  3397.  	family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after
  3398.  	him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
  3399.  		[ Leviticus 20:1-5 ]
  3400.  monk
  3401.  * monk
  3402.  grand master
  3403.  master kaen
  3404.  	One day, an army general invited the Buddhist monk I-Hsiu
  3405.  	(literally, "One Rest") to his military head office for a
  3406.  	dinner.  I-Hsiu was not accustomed to wearing luxurious
  3407.  	clothings and so he just put on an old ordinary casual
  3408.  	robe to go to the military base.  To him, "form is void".
  3409.  
  3410.  	As he approached the base, two soldiers appeared before him
  3411.  	and shouted, "Where does this beggar came from?  Identify
  3412.  	yourself!  You do not have permission to be around here!"
  3413.  
  3414.  	"My name is I-Hsiu Dharma Master.  I am invited by your
  3415.  	general for a supper."
  3416.  
  3417.  	The two soldiers examined the monk closely and said, "You
  3418.  	liar.  How come my general invites such a shabby monk to
  3419.  	dinner?  He invites the very solemn venerable I-Hsiu to our
  3420.  	base for a great ceremony today, not you.  Now, get out!"
  3421.  
  3422.  	I-Hsiu was unable to convince the soldiers that he was
  3423.  	indeed the invited guest, so he returned to the temple
  3424.  	and changed to a very formal solemn ceremonial robe for
  3425.  	the dinner.  And as he returned to the military base, the
  3426.  	soldiers observed that he was such a great Buddhist monk,
  3427.  	let him in with honour.
  3428.  
  3429.  	At the dinner, I-Hsiu sat in front of the table full of
  3430.  	food but, instead of putting the food into his mouth, he
  3431.  	picked up the food with his chopsticks and put it into
  3432.  	his sleeves.  The general was curious, and whispered to
  3433.  	him, "This is very embarrassing.  Do you want to take
  3434.  	some food back to the temple?  I will order the cook to
  3435.  	prepare some take out orders for you."  "No" replied the
  3436.  	monk.  "When I came here, I was not allowed into the
  3437.  	base by your soldiers until I wear this ceremonial robe.
  3438.  	You do not invite me for a dinner.  You invite my robe.
  3439.  	Therefore, my robe is eating the food, not me."
  3440.  		[ Dining with a General - a Zen Buddhism Koan,
  3441.  		  translation by Yiu-man Chan ]
  3442.  monkey
  3443.  	"Listen, man-cub," said the Bear, and his voice rumbled like
  3444.  	thunder on a hot night.  "I have taught thee all the Law of
  3445.  	the Jungle for all the peoples of the jungle--except the
  3446.  	Monkey-Folk who live in the trees.  They have no law.  They
  3447.  	are outcasts.  They have no speech of their own, but use the
  3448.  	stolen words which they overhear when they listen, and peep,
  3449.  	and wait up above in the branches.  Their way is not our way.
  3450.  	They are without leaders.  They have no remembrance.  They
  3451.  	boast and chatter and pretend that they are a great people
  3452.  	about to do great affairs in the jungle, but the falling of
  3453.  	a nut turns their minds to laughter and all is forgotten.
  3454.  	We of the jungle have no dealings with them.  We do not drink
  3455.  	where the monkeys drink; we do not go where the monkeys go;
  3456.  	we do not hunt where they hunt; we do not die where they die...."
  3457.  		[ The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling ]
  3458.  morning star
  3459.  	The morning star was a medieval weapon resembling a mace, but
  3460.  	with a large spike on the end and smaller spikes around the
  3461.  	circumference.  It was also known as the goedendag (from the
  3462.  	Dutch word for "good day") and the holy water sprinkler (from
  3463.  	its resemblance to the aspergillum sometimes used in the
  3464.  	Catholic Mass).  It was used by both cavalry and infantry;
  3465.  	the horseman's weapon typically had a shorter haft than the
  3466.  	footman's, which might be up to six feet long.  It came into
  3467.  	use in the beginning of the 14th century.
  3468.  	The name "morning star" is often erroneously applied to the
  3469.  	military flail (also known as the therscol), a similar weapon,
  3470.  	but with the head attached by a short chain.
  3471.  		[ Dictionary of Medieval Knighthood and Chivalry,
  3472.  		  by Bradford Broughton ]
  3473.  mumak*
  3474.  	... the Mumak of Harad was indeed a beast of vast bulk, and
  3475.  	the like of him does not walk now in Middle-Earth; his kin
  3476.  	that live still in latter days are but memories of his girth
  3477.  	and majesty.  On he came, ... his great legs like trees,
  3478.  	enormous sail-like ears spread out, long snout upraised like
  3479.  	a huge serpent about to strike, his small red eyes raging.
  3480.  	His upturned hornlike tusks ... dripped with blood.
  3481.  		[ The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  3482.  *mummy
  3483.  	But for an account of the manner in which the body was
  3484.  	bandaged, and a list of the unguents and other materials
  3485.  	employed in the process, and the words of power which were
  3486.  	spoken as each bandage was laid in its place, we must have
  3487.  	recourse to a very interesting papyrus which has been edited
  3488.  	and translated by M. Maspero under the title of Le Rituel de
  3489.  	l'Embaumement. ...
  3490.  	Everything that could be done to preserve the body was now
  3491.  	done, and every member of it was, by means of the words of
  3492.  	power which changed perishable substances into imperishable,
  3493.  	protected to all eternity; when the final covering of purple
  3494.  	or white linen had been fastened upon it, the body was ready
  3495.  	for the tomb.
  3496.  		[ Egyptian Magic, by E.A. Wallis Budge ]
  3497.  mummy wrapping
  3498.  	He held a white cloth -- it was a serviette he had brought
  3499.  	with him -- over the lower part of his face, so that his
  3500.  	mouth and jaws were completely hidden, and that was the
  3501.  	reason for his muffled voice.  But it was not that which
  3502.  	startled Mrs. Hall.  It was the fact that all his forehead
  3503.  	above his blue glasses was covered by a white bandage, and
  3504.  	that another covered his ears, leaving not a scrap of his
  3505.  	face exposed excepting only his pink, peaked nose.  It was
  3506.  	bright, pink, and shiny just as it had been at first.  He
  3507.  	wore a dark-brown velvet jacket with a high, black, linen-
  3508.  	lined collar turned up about his neck.  The thick black
  3509.  	hair, escaping as it could below and between the cross
  3510.  	bandages, project in curious tails and horns, giving him
  3511.  	the strangest appearance conceivable.
  3512.  		[ The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells ]
  3513.  *naga*
  3514.  *naja*
  3515.  	The naga is a mystical creature with the body of a snake and
  3516.  	the head of a man or woman.  They will fiercely protect the
  3517.  	territory they consider their own.  Some nagas can be forced
  3518.  	to serve as guardians by a spellcaster of great power.
  3519.  naginata
  3520.  	A Japanese pole-arm, fitted with a curved single-edged blade.
  3521.  	The blades ranged in length from two to four feet, mounted on
  3522.  	shafts about four to five feet long.  The naginata were cut
  3523.  	with a series of short grooves near to the tang, above which
  3524.  	the back edge was thinned, but not sharpened, so that the
  3525.  	greater part of the blade was a flattened diamond shape in
  3526.  	section.  Seen in profile, the curve is slight or non-
  3527.  	existent near the tang, becoming more pronounced towards the
  3528.  	point.
  3529.  	    []
  3530.  
  3531.  	"With his naginata he killed five, but with the sixth it
  3532.  	snapped asunder in the midst and, flinging it away, he drew
  3533.  	his sword, wielding it in the zigzag style, the interlacing,
  3534.  	cross, reversed dragonfly, waterwheel, and eight-sides-at-
  3535.  	once styles of fencing and cutting down eight men; but as he
  3536.  	brought down the ninth with a mighty blow on the helmet, the
  3537.  	blade snapped at the hilt."
  3538.  	    [ Story of Tsutsui no Jomio Meishu from Tales of Heike ]
  3539.  nalfeshnee
  3540.  	Not only do these demons do physical damage with their claws
  3541.  	and bite, but they are capable of using magic as well.
  3542.  nalzok
  3543.  	Nalzok is Moloch's cunning and unfailingly loyal battle
  3544.  	lieutenant, to whom he trusts the command of warfare when he
  3545.  	does not wish to exercise it himself.  Nalzok is a major
  3546.  	demon, known to command the undead.  He is hungry for power,
  3547.  	and secretly covets Moloch's position.  Moloch doesn't trust
  3548.  	him, but, trusting his own power enough, chooses to allow
  3549.  	Nalzok his position because he is useful.
  3550.  neanderthal*
  3551.  	1.  Valley between Duesseldorf and Elberfeld in Germany,
  3552.  	where an ancient skull of a prehistoric ancestor to modern
  3553.  	man was found.  2.  Human(oid) of the race mentioned above.
  3554.  neferet
  3555.  neferet the green
  3556.  	Neferet the Green holds office in her hidden tower, only
  3557.  	reachable by magical means, where she teaches her apprentices
  3558.  	the enigmatic skills of occultism.  Despite her many years, she
  3559.  	continues to investigate new spells, especially those involving
  3560.  	translocation.  It is further rumored that when she was an
  3561.  	apprentice herself, she accidentally turned her skin green, and
  3562.  	has kept it that way ever since.
  3563.  newt
  3564.  	(kinds of) small animal, like a lizard, which spends most of
  3565.  	its time in the water.
  3566.  		[ Oxford's Student's Dictionary of Current English ]
  3567.  
  3568.  	"Fillet of a fenny snake,
  3569.  	In the cauldron boil and bake;
  3570.  	Eye of newt and toe of frog,
  3571.  	Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
  3572.  	Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
  3573.  	Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
  3574.  	For a charm of powerful trouble,
  3575.  	Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."
  3576.  		[ Macbeth, by William Shakespeare ]
  3577.  ninja-to
  3578.  	A Japanese broadsword.
  3579.  *norn
  3580.  	The Norns were the three Norse Fates, or the goddesses of fate.
  3581.  	Female giants, they brought the wonderful Golden Age to an end.
  3582.  	They cast lots over the cradle of every child that was born,
  3583.  	and placed gifts in the cradle.  Their names were Urda,
  3584.  	Verdandi, and Skuld, representing the past, the present, and
  3585.  	the future.  Urda and Verdandi were kindly disposed, but Skuld
  3586.  	was cruel and savage.  Their tasks were to sew the web of
  3587.  	fate, to water the sacred ash, Yggdrasil, and to keep it in
  3588.  	good condition by placing fresh earth around it daily.  In her
  3589.  	fury, Skuld often spoiled the work of her sisters by tearing
  3590.  	the web to shreds.
  3591.  	    [ The Encyclopedia of Myths and Legends of All Nations
  3592.  		by Herbert Spencer Robinson and Knox Wilson ]
  3593.  nunchaku
  3594.  	A nunchaku is two sections of wood (or metal in modern
  3595.  	incarnations) connected by a cord or chain.  There is much
  3596.  	controversy over its origins; some say it was originally a
  3597.  	Chinese weapon, others say it evolved from a threshing flail;
  3598.  	one theory purports that it was developed from a horse's bit.
  3599.  	Chinese nunchaku tend to be rounded, whereas Japanese are
  3600.  	octagonal, and they were originally linked by horse hair.
  3601.  	There are many variations on the nunchaku, ranging from the
  3602.  	three sectional staff (san-setsu-kon nunchaku), to smaller
  3603.  	multi-section nunchaku.  The nunchaku was popularized by
  3604.  	Bruce Lee in a number of films, made in both Hollywood and
  3605.  	Hong Kong.
  3606.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  3607.  *nymph
  3608.  naiad
  3609.  	A female creature from Roman and Greek mythology, the nymph
  3610.  	occupied rivers, forests, ponds, etc.  A nymph's beauty is
  3611.  	beyond words:  an ever-young woman with sleek figure and
  3612.  	long, thick hair, radiant skin and perfect teeth, full lips
  3613.  	and gentle eyes.  A nymph's scent is delightful, and her
  3614.  	long robe glows, hemmed with golden threads and embroidered
  3615.  	with rainbow hues of unearthly magnificence.  A nymph's
  3616.  	demeanour is graceful and charming, her mind quick and witty.
  3617.  		[]
  3618.  
  3619.  	Theseus felt her voice pulling him down into fathoms of
  3620.  	sleep.	The song was the skeleton of his dream, and the dream
  3621.  	was full of terror.  Demon girls were after him, and a bull-
  3622.  	man was goring him.  Everywhere there was blood.  There was
  3623.  	pain.  There was fear.	But his head was in the nymph's lap
  3624.  	and her musk was about him, her voice weaving the dream.  He
  3625.  	knew then that she had been sent to tell him of something
  3626.  	dreadful that was to happen to him later.  Her song was a
  3627.  	warning.  But she had brought him a new kind of joy, one that
  3628.  	made him see everything differently.  The boy, who was to
  3629.  	become a hero, suddenly knew then what most heroes learn
  3630.  	later -- and some too late -- that joy blots suffering and
  3631.  	that the road to nymphs is beset by monsters.
  3632.  		[ The Minotaur, by Bernard Evslin ]
  3633.  obsidian*
  3634.  	A volcanic glass, homogeneous in texture and having a low water
  3635.  	content, with a vitreous luster and a conchoidal fracture.  The
  3636.  	color is commonly black, but may be some shade of red or brown,
  3637.  	and cut sections sometimes appear to be green.  Like other
  3638.  	volcanic glasses, obsidian is a lava that has cooled too quickly
  3639.  	for the contained minerals to crystallize.  In chemical
  3640.  	composition it is rich in silica and similar to granite.  It is
  3641.  	favored by primitive peoples for knives, arrowheads, spearheads,
  3642.  	and other weapons and tools.
  3643.  		[ The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition ]
  3644.  odin
  3645.  	Also called Sigtyr (god of Victory), Val-father (father of
  3646.  	the slain), One-Eyed, Hanga-god (god of the hanged), Farma-
  3647.  	god (god of cargoes), Hapta-god (god of prisoners), and
  3648.  	Othin.  He is the prime god of the Norsemen:  god of war and
  3649.  	victory, wisdom and prophecy, poetry, the dead, air and wind,
  3650.  	hospitality, and magic.
  3651.  	As the god of war and victory, Odin is ruler of the Valkyries,
  3652.  	warrior-maidens who lived in the halls of Valhalla in Asgard,
  3653.  	the hall of dead heroes where he held his court.
  3654.  	These chosen ones will defend the realm of the gods against
  3655.  	the Frost Giants on the final day of reckoning, Ragnarok.
  3656.  	As god of the wind, Odin rides through the air on his eight-
  3657.  	footed horse, Sleipnir, wielding Gungner, his spear, normally
  3658.  	accompanied by his ravens, Hugin and Munin, who he would also
  3659.  	use as his spies.
  3660.  	As a god of hospitality, he enjoys visiting the earth in
  3661.  	disguise to see how people were behaving and to see how they
  3662.  	would treat him, not knowing who he was.
  3663.  	Odin is usually represented as a one-eyed wise old man with a
  3664.  	long white beard and a wide-brimmed hat (he gave one of his
  3665.  	eyes to Mimir, the guardian of the well of wisdom in Hel, in
  3666.  	exchange for a draught of knowledge).
  3667.  ogre*
  3668.  	Anyone who has met a gluttonous, nude, angry ogre, will not
  3669.  	easily forget this encounter -- if he survives it at all.
  3670.  	Both male and female ogres can easily grow as tall as three
  3671.  	metres.  Build and facial expressions would remind one of a
  3672.  	Neanderthal.  Its small, pointy, keen teeth are striking.
  3673.  	Since ogres avoid direct sunlight, their ragged, unfurry
  3674.  	skin is as white as a sheet.  They enjoy coating their body
  3675.  	with lard and usually wear nothing but a loin-cloth.  An elf
  3676.  	would smell its rancid stench at ten metres distance.
  3677.  	Ogres are solitary creatures:  very rarely one may encounter
  3678.  	a female with two or three young.  They are the only real
  3679.  	carnivores among the humanoids, and its favourite meal is --
  3680.  	not surprisingly -- human flesh.  They sometimes ally with
  3681.  	orcs or goblins, but only when they anticipate a good meaty
  3682.  	meal.
  3683.  		[ het Boek van de Regels; Het Oog des Meesters ]
  3684.  oilskin cloak
  3685.  	During our watches below we overhauled our clothes, and made
  3686.  	and mended everything for bad weather.  Each of us had made
  3687.  	for himself a suit of oil-cloth or tarpaulin, and these we
  3688.  	got out, and gave thorough coatings of oil or tar, and hung
  3689.  	upon the stays to dry.  Our stout boots, too, we covered
  3690.  	over with a thick mixture of melted grease and tar.  Thus we
  3691.  	took advantage of the warm sun and fine weather of the
  3692.  	Pacific to prepare for its other face.
  3693.  		[ Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana ]
  3694.  oilskin sack
  3695.  	Summer passed all too quickly.  On the last day of camp, Mr.
  3696.  	Brickle called his counselors together and paid them what he
  3697.  	owed them.  Louis received one hundred dollars - the first
  3698.  	money he had ever earned.  He had no wallet and no pockets,
  3699.  	so Mr. Brickle placed the money in a waterproof bag that had
  3700.  	a drawstring.  He hung this moneybag around Louis' neck,
  3701.  	along with the trumpet, the slate, the chalk pencil, and the
  3702.  	lifesaving medal.
  3703.  		[ The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White ]
  3704.  olog-hai
  3705.  	But at the end of the Third Age a troll-race not before seen
  3706.  	appeared in southern Mirkwood and in the mountain borders of
  3707.  	Mordor.  Olog-hai they were called in the Black Speech.  That
  3708.  	Sauron bred them none doubted, though from what stock was not
  3709.  	known.  Some held that they were not Trolls but giant Orcs;
  3710.  	but the Olog-hai were in fashion of body and mind quite unlike
  3711.  	even the largest of Orc-kind, whom they far surpassed in size
  3712.  	and power.  Trolls they were, but filled with the evil will
  3713.  	of their master:  a fell race, strong, agile, fierce and
  3714.  	cunning, but harder than stone.  Unlike the older race of the
  3715.  	Twilight they could endure the Sun....  They spoke little,
  3716.  	and the only tongue they knew was the Black Speech of Barad-dur.
  3717.  		[ The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  3718.  oracle
  3719.  delphi
  3720.  p*thia
  3721.  	Delphi under towering Parnassus, where Apollo's oracle was,
  3722.  	plays an important part in mythology.  Castalia was its
  3723.  	sacred spring; Cephissus its river.  It was held to be the
  3724.  	center of the world, so many pilgrims came to it, from
  3725.  	foreign countries as well as Greece.  No other shrine rivaled
  3726.  	it.  The answers to the questions asked by the anxious
  3727.  	seekers for Truth were delivered by a priestess who went into
  3728.  	a trance before she spoke.
  3729.  		[ Mythology, by Edith Hamilton ]
  3730.  orange
  3731.  pear
  3732.  	What was the fruit like?  Unfortunately, no one can describe
  3733.  	a taste.  All I can say is that, compared with those fruits,
  3734.  	the freshest grapefruit you've ever eaten was dull, and the
  3735.  	juiciest orange was dry, and the most melting pear was hard
  3736.  	and woody, and the sweetest wild strawberry was sour.  And
  3737.  	there were no seeds or stones, and no wasps.  If you had once
  3738.  	eaten that fruit, all the nicest things in this world would
  3739.  	taste like medicines after it.  But I can't describe it.  You
  3740.  	can't find out what it is like unless you can get to that
  3741.  	country and taste it for yourself.
  3742.  		[ The Last Battle, by C.S. Lewis ]
  3743.  *orb of detection
  3744.  	This Orb is a crystal ball of exceptional powers.  When
  3745.  	carried, it grants ESP, limits damage done by spells, and
  3746.  	protects the carrier from magic missiles.  When invoked it
  3747.  	allows the carrier to become invisible.
  3748.  *orb of fate
  3749.  	Some say that Odin himself created this ancient crystal ball,
  3750.  	although others argue that Loki created it and forged Odin's
  3751.  	signature on the bottom.  In any case, it is a powerful
  3752.  	artifact.  Anyone who carries it is granted the gift of
  3753.  	warning, and damage, both spell and physical, is partially
  3754.  	absorbed by the orb itself.  When invoked it has the power
  3755.  	to teleport the invoker between levels.
  3756.  goblin king
  3757.  orcrist
  3758.  	The Great Goblin gave a truly awful howl of rage when he
  3759.  	looked at it, and all his soldiers gnashed their teeth,
  3760.  	clashed their shields, and stamped.  They knew the sword at
  3761.  	once.  It had killed hundreds of goblins in its time, when
  3762.  	the fair elves of Gondolin hunted them in the hills or did
  3763.  	battle before their walls.  They had called it Orcrist,
  3764.  	Goblin-cleaver, but the goblins called it simply Biter.
  3765.  	They hated it and hated worse any one that carried it.
  3766.  		[ The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  3767.  orcus
  3768.  	Orcus, Prince of the Undead, has a ram's head and a poison
  3769.  	stinger.  He is most feared, though, for his powerful magic
  3770.  	abilities.  His wand causes death to those he chooses.
  3771.  ~orc ??m*
  3772.  ~orcish barbarian
  3773.  ~orcish ranger
  3774.  ~orcish rogue
  3775.  ~orcish wizard
  3776.  orc*
  3777.  * orc
  3778.  uruk*hai
  3779.  	Orcs, bipeds with a humanoid appearance, are related to the
  3780.  	goblins, but much bigger and more dangerous.  The average orc
  3781.  	is only moderately intelligent, has broad, muscled shoulders,
  3782.  	a short neck, a sloping forehead and a thick, dark fur.
  3783.  	Their lower eye-teeth are pointing forward, like a boar's.
  3784.  	Female orcs are more lightly built and bare-chested.  Not
  3785.  	needing any clothing, they do like to dress in variegated
  3786.  	apparels.  Suspicious by nature, orcs live in tribes or
  3787.  	hordes.  They tend to live underground as well as above
  3788.  	ground (but they dislike sunlight).  Orcs can use all weapons,
  3789.  	tools and armours that are used by men.  Since they don't have
  3790.  	the talent to fashion these themselves, they are constantly
  3791.  	hunting for them.  There is nothing a horde of orcs cannot
  3792.  	use.
  3793.  		[ het Boek van de Regels; Het Oog des Meesters ]
  3794.  orion
  3795.  sirius
  3796.  	Orion was the son of Neptune. He was a handsome giant and a
  3797.  	mighty hunter. His father gave him the power of wading
  3798.  	through the depths of the sea, or, as others say, of
  3799.  	walking on its surface.
  3800.  
  3801.  	He dwelt as a hunter with Diana (Artemis), with whom he
  3802.  	was a favourite, and it is even said she was about to marry
  3803.  	him. Her brother was highly displeased and often chid her,
  3804.  	but to no purpose. One day, observing Orion wading through
  3805.  	the sea with his head just above the water, Apollo pointed
  3806.  	it out to his sister and maintained that she could not hit
  3807.  	that black thing on the sea. The archer-goddess discharged
  3808.  	a shaft with fatal aim. The waves rolled the dead body of
  3809.  	Orion to the land, and bewailing her fatal error with many
  3810.  	tears, Diana placed him among the stars, where he appears
  3811.  	as a giant, with a girdle, sword, lion's skin, and
  3812.  	club. Sirius, his dog, follows him, and the Pleiads fly
  3813.  	before him.
  3814.  		[ Bulfinch's Mythology, by Thomas Bulfinch ]
  3815.  osaku
  3816.  	The osaku is a small tool for picking locks.
  3817.  owlbear
  3818.  	Owlbears are probably the crossbreed creation of a demented
  3819.  	wizard; given the lethal nature of this creation, it is quite
  3820.  	likely the wizard who created them is no longer alive.  As
  3821.  	the name might already suggest, owlbears are a cross between
  3822.  	a giant owl and a bear.  They are covered with fur and
  3823.  	feathers.
  3824.  page
  3825.  	A male servant or attendant; specifically, in chivalry,
  3826.  	a lad or young man in training for knighthood, or a youth
  3827.  	of gentle parentage attending a royal or princely personage.
  3828.  		[ Webster's Comprehensive International Dictionary
  3829.  		  of the English Language ]
  3830.  *pall
  3831.  	_Pallium._  The Roman name for a square woollen cloak worn
  3832.  	by men in ancient Greece, especially by philosophers and
  3833.  	courtesans, corresponding to the Roman toga.  Hence the
  3834.  	Greeks called themselves _gens palliata,_ and the Romans
  3835.  	called themselves _gens togata._
  3836.  		[ Brewer's Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ]
  3837.  panther
  3838.  	And lo! almost where the ascent began,
  3839.  	A panther light and swift exceedingly,
  3840.  	Which with a spotted skin was covered o'er!
  3841.  
  3842.  	And never moved she from before my face,
  3843.  	Nay, rather did impede so much my way,
  3844.  	That many times I to return had turned.
  3845.  		[ Dante's Inferno, as translated
  3846.  		    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
  3847.  *paper
  3848.  	Some players, who unconsciously perceive Paper as weak or a
  3849.  	sign of surrender, will shy away from using it entirely or
  3850.  	drop it from their game when they are falling behind.  On the
  3851.  	other hand, Paper also connects with a player's perceptions
  3852.  	about writing.  There is a quiet power in the printed word.
  3853.  	It has the ability to lay off thousands of employees, declare
  3854.  	war against nations, spread scandal or confess love.  Paper,
  3855.  	in short, has power over masses.  The fate of the entire world
  3856.  	is determined by print.  As such, some players perceive Paper
  3857.  	as a subtle attack, the victory of modern culture over barbarism.
  3858.  	Such players may use Paper to assert their superiority and dignity.
  3859.  		[ The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide,
  3860.  			by Douglas and Graham Walker ]
  3861.  pelias
  3862.  	Conan cried out sharply and recoiled, thrusting his companion
  3863.  	back.  Before them rose the great shimmering white form of Satha,
  3864.  	an ageless hate in its eyes.  Conan tensed himself for one mad
  3865.  	berserker onslaught -- to thrust the glowing faggot into that
  3866.  	fiendish countenance and throw his life into the ripping sword-
  3867.  	stroke.  But the snake was not looking at him.  It was glaring
  3868.  	over his shoulder at the man called Pelias, who stood with his
  3869.  	arms folded, smiling.  And in the great, cold, yellow eyes
  3870.  	slowly the hate died out in a glitter of pure fear -- the only
  3871.  	time Conan ever saw such an expression in a reptile's eyes.
  3872.  	With a swirling rush like the sweep of a strong wind, the great
  3873.  	snake was gone.
  3874.  	"What did he see to frighten him?" asked Conan, eyeing his
  3875.  	companion uneasily.
  3876.  	"The scaled people see what escapes the mortal eye," answered
  3877.  	Pelias cryptically.  "You see my fleshy guise, he saw my naked
  3878.  	soul."
  3879.  	    [ Conan the Usurper, by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp ]
  3880.  pick*ax*
  3881.  broad pick
  3882.  	The mine is full of holes;
  3883.  	With the wound of pickaxes.
  3884.  	But look at the goldsmith's store.
  3885.  	There, there is gold everywhere.
  3886.  		[ Divan-i Kebir Meter 2, by Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi ]
  3887.  *piercer
  3888.  	Ye Piercer doth look like unto a stalactyte, and hangeth
  3889.  	from the roofs of caves and caverns.  Unto the height of a
  3890.  	man, and thicker than a man's thigh do they grow, and in
  3891.  	groups do they hang.  If a creature doth pass beneath them,
  3892.  	they will by its heat and noise perceive it, and fall upon
  3893.  	it to kill and devour it, though in any other way they move
  3894.  	but exceeding slow.
  3895.  		[ the Bestiary of Xygag ]
  3896.  piranha
  3897.  	They live in "schools." Many times they will wait for prey
  3898.  	to come to the shallow water of the river. Then the large
  3899.  	group of piranhas will attack. These large groups are able
  3900.  	to kill large animals... Their lower teeth fit perfectly
  3901.  	into the spaces of their upper teeth, creating a tremendous
  3902.  	vice-like bite... Piranhas are attracted to any disturbance
  3903.  	in the water.
  3904.  		[ http://www.animalsoftherainforest.com ]
  3905.  pit
  3906.  spiked pit
  3907.  	Amid the thought of the fiery destruction that impended, the
  3908.  	idea of the coolness of the well came over my soul like balm.
  3909.  	I rushed to its deadly brink.  I threw my straining vision
  3910.  	below.  The glare from the enkindled roof illumined its inmost
  3911.  	recesses.  Yet, for a wild moment, did my spirit refuse to
  3912.  	comprehend the meaning of what I saw.  At length it forced --
  3913.  	it wrestled its way into my soul -- it burned itself in upon my
  3914.  	shuddering reason.  Oh! for a voice to speak! -- oh! horror! --
  3915.  	oh! any horror but this!
  3916.  		[ The Pit and the Pendulum, by Edgar Allan Poe ]
  3917.  pit fiend
  3918.  	Pit fiends are among the more powerful of devils, capable of
  3919.  	attacking twice with weapons as well as grabbing and crushing
  3920.  	the life out of those unwary enough to enter their
  3921.  	domains.
  3922.  platinum yendorian express card
  3923.  	This is an ancient artifact made of an unknown material.  It
  3924.  	is rectangular in shape, very thin, and inscribed with
  3925.  	unreadable ancient runes.  When carried, it grants the one
  3926.  	who carries it ESP, and reduces all spell induced damage done to
  3927.  	the carrier by half.  It also protects from magic missile
  3928.  	attacks.  Finally, its power is such that when invoked, it
  3929.  	can charge other objects.
  3930.  # playing style, rather vague topic but these quotes are too apt to pass up
  3931.  player
  3932.  play* style
  3933.  user
  3934.  	Be bold,
  3935.  	be bold,
  3936.  	but not too bold.
  3937.  	Or else your life's blood,
  3938.  	shall run cold.
  3939.  		[ The White Road, by Neil Gaiman ]
  3940.  
  3941.  	People think I'm crazy to worry all the time;
  3942.  	If you paid attention, you'd be worried too.
  3943.  	You better pay attention, or this world we love so much
  3944.  	Might just kill you.
  3945.  		[ It's a Jungle Out There, by Randy Newman ]
  3946.  #			[ theme song from "Monk" ]
  3947.  polearm
  3948.  * polearm
  3949.  partisan
  3950.  ranseur
  3951.  spetum
  3952.  glaive
  3953.  halberd
  3954.  bardiche
  3955.  angled poleaxe
  3956.  long poleaxe
  3957.  voulge
  3958.  pole cleaver
  3959.  fauchard
  3960.  pole sickle
  3961.  guisarme
  3962.  bill-guisarme
  3963.  lucern hammer
  3964.  bec de corbin
  3965.  	Many of the weapons of the Middle Ages were poled or long-shafted
  3966.  	arms.  Unlike the ancient spear or javelin, however, they were not
  3967.  	intended to be thrown.  Some were devices with simple single- or
  3968.  	double-edged blades and nothing more, while others combined
  3969.  	the pick, spear, and hammer or axe all in one weapon.
  3970.  		[ Heraldry and Armor of the Middle Ages, by Marvin H. Pakula ]
  3971.  polymorph trap
  3972.  	One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams,
  3973.  	he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous
  3974.  	verminous bug.  He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he
  3975.  	lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided
  3976.  	up into rigid bow-like sections.  From this height the blanket,
  3977.  	just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in
  3978.  	place.  His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the
  3979.  	rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.
  3980.  		[ The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka,
  3981.  			translated by Ian Johnston ]
  3982.  pony
  3983.  		Hey! now! Come hoy now! Whither do you wander?
  3984.  		Up, down, near or far, here, there or yonder?
  3985.  		Sharp-ears, Wise-nose, Swish-tail and Bumpkin,
  3986.  		White-socks my little lad, and old Fatty Lumpkin!
  3987.  
  3988.  	[...]
  3989.  	Tom called them one by one and they climbed over the brow and
  3990.  	stood in a line.  Then Tom bowed to the hobbits.
  3991.  
  3992.  	"Here are your ponies, now!" he said.  "They've more sense (in some
  3993.  	ways) than you wandering hobbits have -- more sense in their noses.
  3994.  	For they sniff danger ahead which you walk right into; and if they
  3995.  	run to save themselves, then they run the right way."
  3996.  		[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  3997.  *portal
  3998.  	Portals can be Mirrors, Pictures, Standing Stones, Stone
  3999.  	Circles, Windows, and special gates set up for the purpose.
  4000.  	You will travel through them both to distant parts of the
  4001.  	continent and to and from our own world.  The precise manner
  4002.  	of their working is a Management secret.
  4003.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  4004.  poseido*n
  4005.  	Poseido(o)n, lord of the seas and father of rivers and
  4006.  	fountains, was the son of Chronos and Rhea, brother of Zeus,
  4007.  	Hades, Hera, Hestia and Demeter.  His rank of ruler of the
  4008.  	waves he received by lot at the Council Meeting of the Gods,
  4009.  	at which Zeus took the upper world for himself and gave
  4010.  	dominion over the lower world to Hades.
  4011.  	Poseidon is associated in many ways with horses and thus is
  4012.  	the god of horses.  He taught men how to ride and manage the
  4013.  	animal he invented and is looked upon as the originator and
  4014.  	guardian deity of horse races.
  4015.  	His symbol is the familiar trident or three-pronged spear
  4016.  	with which he can split rocks, cause or quell storms, and
  4017.  	shake the earth, a power which makes him the god of
  4018.  	earthquakes as well.  Physically, he is shown as a strong and
  4019.  	powerful ruler, every inch a king.
  4020.  	    [ The Encyclopedia of Myths and Legends of All Nations,
  4021.  		by Herbert Robinson and Knox Wilson ]
  4022.  ~*sleeping
  4023.  ~*booze
  4024.  *potion*
  4025.  	POTABLE, n.  Suitable for drinking.  Water is said to be
  4026.  	potable; indeed, some declare it our natural beverage,
  4027.  	although even they find it palatable only when suffering
  4028.  	from the recurrent disorder known as thirst, for which it
  4029.  	is a medicine.  Upon nothing has so great and diligent
  4030.  	ingenuity been brought to bear in all ages and in all
  4031.  	countries, except the most uncivilized, as upon the
  4032.  	invention of substitutes for water.  To hold that this
  4033.  	general aversion to that liquid has no basis in the
  4034.  	preservative instinct of the race is to be unscientific --
  4035.  	and without science we are as the snakes and toads.
  4036.  		[ The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce ]
  4037.  
  4038.  	Jack Burton:  What's in the flask, Egg?  Magic potion?
  4039.  	   Egg Shen:  Yeah.
  4040.  	       Jack:  I thought so, good.  What do we do?  Drink it?
  4041.  	        Egg:  Yeah.
  4042.  	       Jack:  Good, I thought so.
  4043.  	     [later]
  4044.  	       Jack:  This does what again, exactly?
  4045.  	        Egg:  Huge buzz!  [drinks]  Oh good!  See things no
  4046.  	              one else can see, do things no one else can do.
  4047.  		[ Big Trouble in Little China, directed by
  4048.  		  John Carpenter, written by Gary Goldman &
  4049.  		  David Z. Weinstein, adaptation by W. D. Richter ]
  4050.  pray*
  4051.  	Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle.  Every
  4052.  	prayer reduces itself to this:  Great God, grant that twice
  4053.  	two be not four.
  4054.  		[ Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev ]
  4055.  priest*
  4056.  * priest*
  4057.  acolyte
  4058.  	[...]  For the two priests were talking exactly like priests,
  4059.  	piously, with learning and leisure, about the most aerial
  4060.  	enigmas of theology.  The little Essex priest spoke the more
  4061.  	simply, with his round face turned to the strengthening stars;
  4062.  	the other talked with his head bowed, as if he were not even
  4063.  	worthy to look at them.  But no more innocently clerical
  4064.  	conversation could have been heard in any white Italian cloister
  4065.  	or black Spanish cathedral.  The first he heard was the tail of
  4066.  	one of Father Brown's sentences, which ended:  "... what they
  4067.  	really meant in the Middle Ages by the heavens being
  4068.  	incorruptible."  The taller priest nodded his bowed head and
  4069.  	said:  "Ah, yes, these modern infidels appeal to their reason;
  4070.  	but who can look at those millions of worlds and not feel that
  4071.  	there may well be wonderful universes above us where reason is
  4072.  	utterly unreasonable?"
  4073.  		[ The Innocence of Father Brown, by G.K. Chesterton ]
  4074.  prisoner
  4075.  	Where am I?
  4076.  		In the Village.
  4077.  	What do you want?
  4078.  		Information.
  4079.  	Whose side are you on?
  4080.  		That would be telling.  We want information ...
  4081.  		information ...
  4082.  	You won't get it.
  4083.  		By hook or by crook, we will.
  4084.  	Who are you?
  4085.  		The new Number 2.
  4086.  	Who is Number 1?
  4087.  		You are Number 6.
  4088.  	I am not a number!  I am a free man!
  4089.  		[ The Prisoner, by Patrick McGoohan ]
  4090.  ptah
  4091.  	Known under various names (Nu, Neph, Cenubis, Amen-Kneph,
  4092.  	Khery-Bakef), Ptah is the creator god and god of craftsmen.
  4093.  	He is usually depicted as wearing a closely fitting robe
  4094.  	with only his hands free.  His most distinctive features are
  4095.  	the invariable skull-cap exposing only his face and ears,
  4096.  	and the _was_ or rod of domination which he holds,
  4097.  	consisting of a staff surmounted by the _ankh_ symbol of
  4098.  	life.  He is otherwise symbolized by his sacred animal, the
  4099.  	bull.
  4100.  *purple worm
  4101.  	A gargantuan version of the harmless rain-worm, the purple
  4102.  	worm poses a huge threat to the ordinary adventurer.  It is
  4103.  	known to swallow whole and digest its victims within only a
  4104.  	few minutes.  These worms are always on guard, sensitive
  4105.  	to the most minute vibrations in the earth, but may also
  4106.  	be awakened by a remote shriek.
  4107.  pyrolisk
  4108.  	At first glance around the corner, I thought it was another
  4109.  	cockatrice. I had encountered the wretched creatures two or
  4110.  	three times since leaving the open area. I quickly ducked my
  4111.  	head back and considered what to do next. My heart had begun
  4112.  	to thump audibly as I patted my pack to make sure I still had
  4113.  	the dead lizards at close reach. A check of my attire showed
  4114.  	no obvious holes or damage. I had to keep moving. One deep
  4115.  	breath, and a count of three, two, one, and around the corner
  4116.  	I bolted. But it was no cockatrice! I felt a sudden intense
  4117.  	searing of the skin around my face, and flames began to leap
  4118.  	from my pack. I tossed it to the ground, and quickly retreated
  4119.  	back, around that corner, desperately striving to get out of
  4120.  	its sight.
  4121.  python
  4122.  	A monstrous serpent in Greek mythology, and the child of Gaia,
  4123.  	the goddess earth.  It was produced from the slime and mud
  4124.  	that was left on the earth by the great flood of Deucalion.
  4125.  	It lived in a cave and guarded the oracle of Delphi on mount
  4126.  	Parnassus.
  4127.  
  4128.  	No man dared to approach the beast and the people asked Apollo
  4129.  	for help.  He came down from Mount Olympus with his silver bow
  4130.  	and golden arrows.  With using only one arrow he killed the
  4131.  	serpent and claimed the oracle for himself. ... The old name of
  4132.  	Delphi, Pytho, refers to the serpent.
  4133.  		[ Encyclopedia Mythica, ed. M.F. Lindemans ]
  4134.  quadruped
  4135.  	The woodlands and other regions are inhabited by multitudes
  4136.  	of four-legged creatures which cannot be simply classified.
  4137.  	They might not have fiery breath or deadly stings, but
  4138.  	adventurers have nevertheless met their end numerous times
  4139.  	due to the claws, hooves, or bites of such animals.
  4140.  quantum mechanic
  4141.  	These creatures are not native to this universe; they seem
  4142.  	to have strangely derived powers, and unknown motives.
  4143.  		[]
  4144.  
  4145.  	_Uncertainty Principle_  The principle that it is not possible
  4146.  	to know with unlimited accuracy both the position and momentum
  4147.  	of a particle. ... An explanation of the uncertainty is that
  4148.  	in order to locate a particle exactly, an observer must be
  4149.  	able to bounce off it a photon of radiation; this act of
  4150.  	location itself alters the position of the particle
  4151.  	in an unpredictable way.  To locate the position accurately,
  4152.  	photons of short wavelength would have to be used.  The high
  4153.  	momentum of such photons would cause a large effect on the
  4154.  	position.  On the other hand, using photons of lower momenta
  4155.  	would have less effect on the particle's position, but would
  4156.  	be less accurate because of the lower wavelength.
  4157.  		[ A Concise Dictionary of Physics ]
  4158.  quasit
  4159.  	Quasits are small, evil creatures, related to imps.  Their
  4160.  	talons release a very toxic poison when used in an attack.
  4161.  *quest
  4162.  	Many, possibly most, Tours are organized as a Quest.  This
  4163.  	is like a large-scale treasure hunt, with clues scattered
  4164.  	all over the continent, a few false leads, Mystical Masters
  4165.  	as game-show hosts, and the Dark Lord and the Terrain to
  4166.  	make the Quest interestingly difficult.  [...]
  4167.  	In order to be assured of your future custom, the Management
  4168.  	has a further Rule:  Tourists, far from being rewarded for
  4169.  	achieving their Quest Object, must then go on to conquer
  4170.  	the Dark Lord or set about Saving the World, or both.  And
  4171.  	why not?  By then you will have had a lot of practice in
  4172.  	that sort of thing and, besides, the Quest Object is usually
  4173.  	designed to help you do it.
  4174.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  4175.  quetzalcoatl
  4176.  	One of the principal Aztec-Toltec gods was the great and wise
  4177.  	Quetzalcoatl, who was called Kukumatz in Guatemala, and
  4178.  	Kukulcan in Yucatan.  His image, the plumed serpent, is found
  4179.  	on both the oldest and the most recent Indian edifices. ...
  4180.  	The legend tells how the Indian deity Quetzalcoatl came from
  4181.  	the "Land of the Rising Sun".  He wore a long white robe and
  4182.  	had a beard; he taught the people crafts and customs and laid
  4183.  	down wise laws.  He created an empire in which the ears of
  4184.  	corn were as long as men are tall, and caused bolls of colored
  4185.  	cotton to grow on cotton plants.  But for some reason or other
  4186.  	he had to leave his empire. ...  But all the legends of
  4187.  	Quetzalcoatl unanimously agree that he promised to come again.
  4188.  		[ Gods, Graves, and Scholars, by C. W. Ceram ]
  4189.  quit*
  4190.  	 Maltar:  [...]  I remembered a little saying I learned my
  4191.  	          first day at the academy.
  4192.  	Natalie:  Yeah, yeah, I know.  Winners never quit and quitters
  4193.  	          never win.
  4194.  	 Maltar:  What?  No!  Winners never quit and quitters should
  4195.  	          be cast into the Flaming Pit of Death.
  4196.  		[ Snow Day, directed by Chris Koch,
  4197.  		  written by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi ]
  4198.  raijin
  4199.  raiden
  4200.  	The Japanese god of thunder (rai) and lightning (den).  He
  4201.  	prevented the Mongols from invading Japan in 1274.  Sitting on
  4202.  	a cloud he sent forth a shower of lightning arrows upon the
  4203.  	invading fleet.  Only three men escaped.  Raiden is portrayed
  4204.  	as a red demon with sharp claws, carrying a large drum.  He is
  4205.  	fond of eating human navels.  The only protection against him
  4206.  	is to hide under a mosquito net.
  4207.  		[ Encyclopedia Mythica, ed. M.F. Lindemans ]
  4208.  ranger
  4209.  * ranger
  4210.  	"Lonely men are we, Rangers of the wild, hunters -- but hunters
  4211.  	ever of the servants of the Enemy; for they are found in many
  4212.  	places, not in Mordor only.
  4213.  	If Gondor, Boromir, has been a stalwart tower, we have played
  4214.  	another part.  Many evil things there are that your strong walls
  4215.  	and bright swords do not stay.  You know little of the lands
  4216.  	beyond your bounds.  Peace and freedom, do you say?  The North
  4217.  	would have known them little but for us.  Fear would have
  4218.  	destroyed them.  But when dark things come from the houseless
  4219.  	hills, or creep from sunless woods, they fly from us.  What
  4220.  	roads would any dare to tread, what safety would there be in
  4221.  	quiet lands, or in the homes of simple men at night, if the
  4222.  	Dunedain were asleep, or were all gone into the grave?"
  4223.  		[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  4224.  rat
  4225.  * rat
  4226.  	Rats are long-tailed rodents.  They are aggressive,
  4227.  	omnivorous, and adaptable, often carrying diseases.
  4228.  		[]
  4229.  
  4230.  	"The rat," said O'Brien, still addressing his invisible
  4231.  	audience, "although a rodent, is carnivorous.  You are aware
  4232.  	of that.  You will have heard of the things that happen in
  4233.  	the poor quarters of this town.  In some streets a woman dare
  4234.  	not leave her baby alone in the house, even for five minutes.
  4235.  	The rats are certain to attack it.  Within quite a small time
  4236.  	they will strip it to the bones.  They also attack sick or
  4237.  	dying people.  They show astonishing intelligence in knowing
  4238.  	when a human being is helpless."
  4239.  		[ 1984, by George Orwell ]
  4240.  raven
  4241.  	But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
  4242.  	That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
  4243.  	Nothing further then he uttered -- not a feather then he fluttered--
  4244.  	Till I scarcely more than muttered, 'other friends have flown before--
  4245.  	On the morrow *he* will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.'
  4246.  		Then the bird said, 'Nevermore.'
  4247.  				[ The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe ]
  4248.  ~*invisibility
  4249.  ring
  4250.  * ring
  4251.  ring of *
  4252.  	Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
  4253.  	Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
  4254.  	Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
  4255.  	One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne,
  4256.  	In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
  4257.  	One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
  4258.  	One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
  4259.  	In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
  4260.  		[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  4261.  ring of invisibility
  4262.  	"When time came for the shepherds to hold their customary
  4263.  	assembly in order to prepare their monthly report to the king
  4264.  	about the state of the flocks, he came too, wearing this ring.
  4265.  	While he was sitting with the others, it chanced that he moved
  4266.  	the collet of the ring around toward himself into the inside of
  4267.  	his hand; having done this, he disappeared from the sight of
  4268.  	those who were sitting beside him, and they discussed of him as
  4269.  	of someone who had left.  And he wondered and once again feeling
  4270.  	for the ring, he turned the collet outwards and, by turning it,
  4271.  	reappeared.  Reflecting upon this, he put the ring to the test
  4272.  	to see if it indeed had such power, and he came to this
  4273.  	conclusion that, by turning the collet inwards, he became
  4274.  	invisible, outwards, visible.  Having perceived this, he at
  4275.  	once managed for himself to become one of the envoys to the
  4276.  	king; upon arrival, having seduced his wife, with her help,
  4277.  	he laid a hand on the king, murdered him and took hold of the
  4278.  	leadership."
  4279.  		[ The Republic, by Plato, translated by James Adam ]
  4280.  robe
  4281.  	Robes are the only garments, apart from Shirts, ever to have
  4282.  	sleeves.  They have three uses:
  4283.  	1.  As the official uniform of Priests, Priestesses, Monks,
  4284.  	Nuns (see Nunnery), and Wizards.  The OMT [ Official Management
  4285.  	Term ] prescribed for the Robes of Priests and Nuns is that
  4286.  	they _fall in severe folds_; of Priestesses that they _float_;
  4287.  	and of Wizards that they _swirl_.  You can thus see who you
  4288.  	are dealing with.
  4289.  	2.  For Kings.  The OMT here is _falling in stately folds_.
  4290.  	3.  As the garb of Desert Nomads.  [...]
  4291.  	    [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  4292.  rock
  4293.  	Bilbo saw that the moment had come when he must do something.
  4294.  	He could not get up at the brutes and he had nothing to shoot
  4295.  	with; but looking about he saw that in this place there were
  4296.  	many stones lying in what appeared to be a now dry little
  4297.  	watercourse.  Bilbo was a pretty fair shot with a stone, and
  4298.  	it did not take him long to find a nice smooth egg-shaped one
  4299.  	that fitted his hand cosily.  As a boy he used to practise
  4300.  	throwing stones at things, until rabbits and squirrels, and
  4301.  	even birds, got out of his way as quick as lightning if they
  4302.  	saw him stoop; and even grownup he had still spent a deal of
  4303.  	his time at quoits, dart-throwing, shooting at the wand,
  4304.  	bowls, ninepins and other quiet games of the aiming and
  4305.  	throwing sort - indeed he could do lots of things, besides
  4306.  	blowing smoke-rings, asking riddles and cooking, that I
  4307.  	haven't time to tell you about.  There is no time now.  While
  4308.  	he was picking up stones, the spider had reached Bombur, and
  4309.  	soon he would have been dead.  At that moment Bilbo threw.
  4310.  	The stone struck the spider plunk on the head, and it dropped
  4311.  	senseless off the tree, flop to the ground, with all its legs
  4312.  	curled up.
  4313.  		[ The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  4314.  rock mole
  4315.  	A rock mole is a member of the rodent family.  They get their
  4316.  	name from their ability to tunnel through rock in the same
  4317.  	fashion that a mole tunnels through earth.  They are known to
  4318.  	eat anything they come across in their diggings, although it
  4319.  	is still unknown how they convert some of these things into
  4320.  	something of nutritional value.
  4321.  rodent*
  4322.  	A gnawing mammal (order _Rodentia_) having in each jaw two
  4323.  	(rarely four) incisors, growing continually from persistent
  4324.  	pulps, and no canine teeth, as a squirrel, beaver, or rat.
  4325.  		[ Webster's Comprehensive International Dictionary
  4326.  		  of the English Language ]
  4327.  rogue
  4328.  * rogue
  4329.  	I understand the business, I hear it: to have an open ear, a
  4330.  	quick eye, and a nimble hand, is necessary for a cut-purse; a
  4331.  	good nose is requisite also, to smell out work for the other
  4332.  	senses.  I see this is the time that the unjust man doth
  4333.  	thrive.  ...  The prince himself is about a piece of iniquity,
  4334.  	stealing away from his father with his clog at his heels:  if
  4335.  	I thought it were a piece of honesty to acquaint the king
  4336.  	withal, I would not do't:  I hold it the more knavery to
  4337.  	conceal it; and therein am I constant to my profession.
  4338.  		[ Autolycus the Rogue, from The Winter's Tale by
  4339.  			William Shakespeare ]
  4340.  roshi
  4341.  	Roshi is a Japanese word, common in Zen Buddhism, meaning "old"
  4342.  	(ro) and "teacher" (shi).  Roshi can be used as a term of
  4343.  	respect, as in the Rinzai school; as a simple reference to
  4344.  	actual age, as in the Soto school; or it can mean a teacher who
  4345.  	has transmitted knowledge to, and thus "given birth" to, a new
  4346.  	teacher.
  4347.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  4348.  rothe
  4349.  	The rothe (pronounced roth-AY) is a musk ox-like creature with
  4350.  	an aversion to light.  It prefers to live underground near
  4351.  	lichen and moss.
  4352.  *royal jelly
  4353.  	"'Royal Jelly,'" he read aloud, "'must be a substance of
  4354.  	tremendous nourishing power, for on this diet alone, the
  4355.  	honey-bee larva increases in weight fifteen hundred times in
  4356.  	five days!'"
  4357.  
  4358.  	"How much?"
  4359.  
  4360.  	"Fifteen hundred times, Mabel.  And you know what that means
  4361.  	if you put it in terms of a human being?  It means," he said,
  4362.  	lowering his voice, leaning forward, fixing her with those
  4363.  	small pale eyes, "it means that in five days a baby weighing
  4364.  	seven and a half pounds to start off with would increase in
  4365.  	weight to five tons!"
  4366.  		[ Royal Jelly, by Roald Dahl ]
  4367.  ruby
  4368.  sapphire
  4369.  	_Corundum._  Mineral, aluminum oxide, Al2O3.  The clear
  4370.  	varieties are used as gems and the opaque as abrasive materials.
  4371.  	Corundum occurs in crystals of the hexagonal system and in
  4372.  	masses.  It is transparent to opaque and has a vitreous to
  4373.  	adamantine luster. ... The chief corundum gems are the ruby
  4374.  	(red) and the sapphire (blue).
  4375.  		[ The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition ]
  4376.  rust monster
  4377.  	These strange creatures live on a diet of metals.  They can
  4378.  	turn a suit of armour into so much useless rusted scrap in no
  4379.  	time at all.
  4380.  # takes "rust monster or disenchanter" when specifying 'R'
  4381.  rust monster or disenchanter
  4382.  	These ground-dwelling monsters are known to make short
  4383.  	work out of degrading adventurers' combat equipment.
  4384.  *saber
  4385.  *sabre
  4386.  	Flashed all their sabres bare,
  4387.  	Flashed as they turned in air,
  4388.  	Sab'ring the gunners there,
  4389.  	Charging an army, while
  4390.  	All the world wondered:
  4391.  	Plunged in the battery smoke,
  4392.  	Right through the line they broke;
  4393.  	Cossack and Russian
  4394.  	Reeled from the sabre-stroke
  4395.  	Shattered and sundered.
  4396.  	Then they rode back, but not--
  4397.  	Not the six hundred.
  4398.  		[ The Charge of the Light Brigade,
  4399.  		  by Alfred, Lord Tennyson ]
  4400.  saddle
  4401.  	The horseman serves the horse,
  4402.  	The neat-herd serves the neat,
  4403.  	The merchant serves the purse,
  4404.  	The eater serves his meat;
  4405.  	'Tis the day of the chattel,
  4406.  	Web to weave, and corn to grind,
  4407.  	Things are in the saddle,
  4408.  	And ride mankind.
  4409.  		[ Ode, by Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
  4410.  sake
  4411.  	Japanese rice wine.
  4412.  salamander
  4413.  	For hundreds of years, many people believed that salamanders
  4414.  	were magical.  In England in the Middle Ages, people thought
  4415.  	that fire created salamanders.  When they set fire to damp
  4416.  	logs, dozens of the slimy creatures scurried out.  The word
  4417.  	salamander, in fact, comes from a Greek word meaning "fire
  4418.  	animal".
  4419.  		[ Salamanders, by Cherie Winner ]
  4420.  samurai
  4421.  * samurai
  4422.  	By that time, Narahara had already slipped his arm from the
  4423.  	sleeve of his outer robe, drew out his two-and-a-half-foot
  4424.  	Fujiwara Tadahiro sword, and, brandishing it over his head,
  4425.  	began barreling toward the foreigners.  In less than a minute,
  4426.  	he had charged upon them and cut one of them through the torso.
  4427.  	The man fled, clutching his bulging guts, finally to fall from
  4428.  	his horse at the foot of a pine tree about a thousand yards
  4429.  	away.  Kaeda Takeji finished him off.  The other two Englishmen
  4430.  	were severely wounded as they tried to flee.  Only the woman
  4431.  	managed to escape virtually unscathed.
  4432.  		[ The Fox-horse, from Drunk as a Lord, by Ryotaro Shiba ]
  4433.  sandestin
  4434.  	Ildefonse left the terrace and almost immediately sounds
  4435.  	of contention came from the direction of the work-room.
  4436.  	Ildefonse presently returned to the terrace, followed by
  4437.  	Osherl and a second sandestin using the guise of a gaunt blue
  4438.  	bird-like creature, some six feet in height.
  4439.  
  4440.  	Ildefonse spoke in scathing tones:  "Behold these two
  4441.  	creatures!  They can roam the chronoplex as easily as you
  4442.  	or I can walk around the table; yet neither has the wit to
  4443.  	announce his presence upon arrival.  I found Osherl asleep
  4444.  	in his fulgurite and Sarsem perched in the rafters."
  4445.  		[...]
  4446.  	"No matter," said Rhialto.  "He has brought Sarsem, and this
  4447.  	was his requirement.  In the main, Osherl, you have done well!"
  4448.  
  4449.  	"And my indenture point?"
  4450.  
  4451.  	"Much depends upon Sarsem's testimony.  Sarsem, will you sit?"
  4452.  
  4453.  	"In this guise, I find it more convenient to stand."
  4454.  
  4455.  	"Then why not alter to human form and join us in comfort at
  4456.  	the table?"
  4457.  
  4458.  	"That is a good idea."  Sarsem became a naked young epicene
  4459.  	in an integument of lavender scales with puffs of purple hair
  4460.  	like pom-poms growing down his back.  He seated himself at
  4461.  	the table but declined refreshment.  "This human semblance,
  4462.  	though typical, is after all, only a guise.  If I were to put
  4463.  	such things inside myself, I might well become uneasy."
  4464.  		[ Rhialto the Marvellous, by Jack Vance ]
  4465.  sasquatch
  4466.  	The name _Sasquatch_ doesn't really become important in Canada
  4467.  	until the 1930s, when it appeared in the works of J. W. Burns,
  4468.  	a British Columbian writer who used a great deal of Indian
  4469.  	lore in his stories.  Burn's Sasquatch was a giant Indian who
  4470.  	lived in the wilderness.  He was hairy only in the sense that
  4471.  	he had long hair on his head, and while this Sasquatch lived a
  4472.  	wild and primitive life, he was fully human.
  4473.  	Burns's character proved to be quite popular.  There was a
  4474.  	Sasquatch Inn near the town of Harrison, British Columbia, and
  4475.  	Harrison even had a local celebration called "Sasquatch Days."
  4476.  	The celebration which had been dormant for years was revived
  4477.  	as part of British Columbia's centennial, and one of the
  4478.  	events was to be a Sasquatch hunt.  The hunt never took place,
  4479.  	perhaps it was never supposed to, but the publicity about it
  4480.  	did bring out a number of people who said they had encountered
  4481.  	a Sasquatch -- not Burns's giant Indian, but the hairy apelike
  4482.  	creature that we have all come to know.
  4483.  		[ The Encyclopedia of Monsters, by Daniel Cohen ]
  4484.  scalpel
  4485.  	A scalpel is a very sharp knife used for surgery ... Merely
  4486.  	touching a medical scalpel with bare hands to test it will
  4487.  	cut through the skin. ... Medical scalpel blades are gradually
  4488.  	curved for greater precision when cutting through tissue.
  4489.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  4490.  *sceptre of might
  4491.  	This mace was created aeons ago in some unknown cave,
  4492.  	and has been passed down from generation to generation of
  4493.  	cave dwellers.  It is a very mighty mace indeed, and in
  4494.  	addition will protect anyone who wields it from magic
  4495.  	missile attacks.  When invoked, it causes conflict in the
  4496.  	area around it.
  4497.  scimitar
  4498.  	Oh, how handsome, how noble was the Vizier Ali Tebelin,
  4499.  	my father, as he stood there in the midst of the shot, his
  4500.  	scimitar in his hand, his face black with powder!  How his
  4501.  	enemies fled before him!
  4502.  		[ The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas ]
  4503.  scorpio*
  4504.  	A sub-species of the spider (_Scorpionidae_), the scorpion
  4505.  	distinguishes itself from them by having a lower body that
  4506.  	ends in a long, jointed tail tapering to a poisonous stinger.
  4507.  	They have eight legs and pincers.
  4508.  		[ Van Dale's Groot Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal ]
  4509.  scorpius
  4510.  	Since early times, the Scorpion has represented death, darkness,
  4511.  	and evil.  Scorpius is the reputed slayer of Orion the Hunter.
  4512.  	[...]  The gods put both scorpion and hunter among the stars, but
  4513.  	on opposite sides of the sky so they would never fight again.
  4514.  	As Scorpius rises in the east, Orion sets in the west.
  4515.  		[ 365 Starry Nights, by Chet Raymo ]
  4516.  *scroll
  4517.  scroll *
  4518.  	And I was gazing on the surges prone,
  4519.  	With many a scalding tear and many a groan,
  4520.  	When at my feet emerg'd an old man's hand,
  4521.  	Grasping this scroll, and this same slender wand.
  4522.  	I knelt with pain--reached out my hand--had grasp'd
  4523.  	Those treasures--touch'd the knuckles--they unclasp'd--
  4524.  	I caught a finger: but the downward weight
  4525.  	O'erpowered me--it sank. Then 'gan abate
  4526.  	The storm, and through chill aguish gloom outburst
  4527.  	The comfortable sun. I was athirst
  4528.  	To search the book, and in the warming air
  4529.  	Parted its dripping leaves with eager care.
  4530.  	Strange matters did it treat of, and drew on
  4531.  	My soul page after page, till well-nigh won
  4532.  	Into forgetfulness; when, stupefied,
  4533.  	I read these words, and read again, and tried
  4534.  	My eyes against the heavens, and read again.
  4535.  		[ Endymion, by John Keats ]
  4536.  set
  4537.  seth
  4538.  	The ancient Egyptian god of chaos (Set), the embodiment of
  4539.  	hostility and even of outright evil.  He is also a god of war,
  4540.  	deserts, storms, and foreign lands. ... In the Book of the
  4541.  	Dead, Seth is called "Lord of the Northern Sky" and is held
  4542.  	responsible for storms and cloudy weather. ... Seth was
  4543.  	portrayed as a man with the head of undeterminable origin,
  4544.  	although some see in it the head of an aardvark.  He had a
  4545.  	curved snout, erect square-tipped ears and a long forked tail.
  4546.  	He was sometimes entirely in animal form with the body similar
  4547.  	to that of a greyhound.  Animals sacred to this god were the
  4548.  	dog, the jackal, the gazelle, the donkey, the crocodile, the
  4549.  	hippopotamus, and the pig.
  4550.  		[ Encyclopedia Mythica, ed. M.F. Lindemans ]
  4551.  shad*
  4552.  	Shades are undead creatures.  They differ from zombies in
  4553.  	that a zombie is an undead animation of a corpse, while a
  4554.  	shade is an undead creature magically created by the use
  4555.  	of black magic.
  4556.  shaman karnov
  4557.  	Making his quarters in the Caves of the Ancestors, Shaman
  4558.  	Karnov unceasingly tries to shield his neanderthal people
  4559.  	from Tiamat's minions' harassments.
  4560.  shan*lai*ching
  4561.  	The Chinese god of Mountains and Seas, also the name of an
  4562.  	old book (also Shan Hai Tjing), the book of mountains and
  4563.  	seas - which deals with the monster Kung Kung trying to
  4564.  	seize power from Yao, the fourth emperor.
  4565.  		[ Spectrum Atlas van de Mythologie ]
  4566.  shark
  4567.  	As the shark moved, its dark top reflected virtually no
  4568.  	light.  The denticles on its skin muted the whoosh of its
  4569.  	movements as the shark rose, driven by the power of the
  4570.  	great tail sweeping from side to side, like a scythe.
  4571.  	The fish exploded upward.
  4572.  	Charles Bruder felt a slight vacuum tug in the motion of
  4573.  	the sea, noted it as a passing current, the pull of a wave,
  4574.  	the tickle of undertow.  He could not have heard the faint
  4575.  	sucking rush of water not far beneath him.  He couldn't
  4576.  	have seen or heard what was hurtling from the murk at
  4577.  	astonishing speed, jaws unhinging, widening, for the
  4578.  	enormous first bite.  It was the classic attack
  4579.  	that no other creature in nature could make -- a bomb from
  4580.  	the depths.
  4581.  		[ Close to Shore, by Michael Capuzzo ]
  4582.  shito
  4583.  	A Japanese stabbing knife.
  4584.  shopkeeper
  4585.  	There have been three general theories put forward to explain
  4586.  	the phenomenon of the wandering shops or, as they are
  4587.  	generically known, _tabernae vagantes._
  4588.  	The first postulates that many thousands of years ago there
  4589.  	evolved somewhere in the multiverse a race whose single talent
  4590.  	was to buy cheap and sell dear.  Soon they controlled a vast
  4591.  	galactic empire or, as they put it, Emporium, and the more
  4592.  	advanced members of the species found a way to equip their very
  4593.  	shops with unique propulsion units that could break the dark
  4594.  	walls of space itself and open up vast new markets.  And long
  4595.  	after the worlds of the Emporium perished in the heat death of
  4596.  	their particular universe, after one last defiant fire sale,
  4597.  	the wandering starshops still ply their trade, eating their way
  4598.  	through the pages of spacetime like a worm through a three-
  4599.  	volume novel.
  4600.  	The second is that they are the creation of a sympathetic Fate,
  4601.  	charged with the role of supplying exactly the right thing
  4602.  	at the right time.
  4603.  	The third is that they are simply a very clever way of getting
  4604.  	around the various Sunday Closing acts.
  4605.  	All these theories, diverse as they are, have two things in
  4606.  	common.  They explain the observed facts, and they are
  4607.  	completely and utterly wrong.
  4608.  		[ The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  4609.  shrieker
  4610.  	With a single, savage thrust of her spear, the warrior-woman
  4611.  	impaled the fungus, silencing it.  However, it was too late:
  4612.  	the alarm had been raised[...]
  4613.  	Suddenly, a large, dark shape rose from the abyss before them,
  4614.  	its fetid bulk looming overhead... The monster was some kind of
  4615.  	great dark worm, but that was about all they were sure of.
  4616.  		[ The Adventurers, Epic IV, by Thomas A. Miller ]
  4617.  throwing star
  4618.  shuriken
  4619.  	You know, that's what I hate most about fighting against magic:
  4620.  	you never know what they're trying to do to you until it hits.
  4621.  	The sorceress knew what hit her, however.  Two of the shuriken
  4622.  	got past whatever defenses she had.  One caught her just below
  4623.  	the throat, the other in the middle of her chest.  It wouldn't
  4624.  	kill her, but she wouldn't be fighting anyone for a while.
  4625.  		[ Jhereg, by Steven Brust ]
  4626.  skeleton
  4627.  	A skeleton is a magically animated undead creature.  Unlike
  4628.  	shades, only a humanoid creature can be used to create a
  4629.  	skeleton.  No one knows why this is true, but it has become
  4630.  	an accepted fact amongst the practitioners of the black arts.
  4631.  slasher
  4632.  	"That dog belonged to a settler who tried to build his cabin
  4633.  	on the bank of the river a few miles south of the fort,"
  4634.  	grunted Conan. ...  "We took him to the fort and dressed his
  4635.  	wounds, but after he recovered he took to the woods and turned
  4636.  	wild.  -- What now, Slasher, are you hunting the men who
  4637.  	killed your master?" ...  "Let him come," muttered Conan.
  4638.  	"He can smell the devils before we can see them." ...
  4639.  	Slasher cleared the timbers with a bound and leaped into the
  4640.  	bushes.  They were violently shaken and then the dog slunk
  4641.  	back to Balthus' side, his jaws crimson. ...  "He was a man,"
  4642.  	said Conan.  "I drink to his shade, and to the shade of the
  4643.  	dog, who knew no fear."  He quaffed part of the wine, then
  4644.  	emptied the rest upon the floor, with a curious heathen
  4645.  	gesture, and smashed the goblet.  "The heads of ten Picts
  4646.  	shall pay for this, and seven heads for the dog, who was a
  4647.  	better warrior than many a man."
  4648.  		[ Conan The Warrior, by Robert E Howard ]
  4649.  *sleep
  4650.  	Sleep is a death; oh, make me try
  4651.  	By sleeping, what it is to die,
  4652.  	And as gently lay my head
  4653.  	On my grave, as now my bed.
  4654.  		[ Religio Medici, by Sir Thomas Browne ]
  4655.  slime mold
  4656.  	Science fiction did not invent the slime molds, but it has
  4657.  	borrowed from them in using the idea of sheets of liquid, flowing
  4658.  	cytoplasm engulfing and dissolving every living thing they touch.
  4659.  	What fiction can only imagine, nature has produced, and only their
  4660.  	small size and dependence on coolness, moisture, and darkness has
  4661.  	kept the slime molds from ordinary observation, for they are common
  4662.  	enough.
  4663.  		[ Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1977 ]
  4664.  sling
  4665.  	And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and
  4666.  	drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward
  4667.  	the army to meet the Philistine.
  4668.  	And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone,
  4669.  	and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that
  4670.  	the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face
  4671.  	to the earth.
  4672.  	So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with
  4673.  	a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there
  4674.  	was no sword in the hand of David.
  4675.  		[ 1 Samuel 17:48-50 ]
  4676.  *snake
  4677.  serpent
  4678.  water moccasin
  4679.  pit viper
  4680.  	Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field
  4681.  	which the Lord God had made.  And he said unto the woman, Yea,
  4682.  	hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
  4683.  	And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of
  4684.  	the trees of the garden:  but of the fruit of the tree which is
  4685.  	in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
  4686.  	it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent
  4687.  	said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  for God doth
  4688.  	know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
  4689.  	opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  And
  4690.  	when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it
  4691.  	was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one
  4692.  	wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also
  4693.  	unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
  4694.  
  4695.  	And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou
  4696.  	hast done?  And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I
  4697.  	did eat.  And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou
  4698.  	hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above
  4699.  	every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and
  4700.  	dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:  And I will put
  4701.  	enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her
  4702.  	seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
  4703.  		[ Genesis 3:1-6,13-15 ]
  4704.  snickersnee
  4705.  	Ah, never shall I forget the cry,
  4706.  	    or the shriek that shrieked he,
  4707.  	As I gnashed my teeth, and from my sheath
  4708.  	    I drew my Snickersnee!
  4709.  	--Koko, Lord high executioner of Titipu
  4710.  		[ The Mikado, by Sir W.S. Gilbert ]
  4711.  sokoban
  4712.  	Sokoban (Japanese for "warehouse keeper") is a transport puzzle
  4713.  	in which the player pushes boxes around a maze, viewed from
  4714.  	above, and tries to put them in designated locations.  Only one
  4715.  	box may be pushed at a time, not two, and boxes cannot be pulled.
  4716.  	As the puzzle would be extremely difficult to create physically,
  4717.  	it is usually implemented as a video game.
  4718.  
  4719.  	Sokoban was created in 1982 by Hiroyuki Imabayashi, and was
  4720.  	published by Thinking Rabbit, a software house based in
  4721.  	Takarazuka, Japan.  Thinking Rabbit also released three sequels:
  4722.  	Boxxle, Sokoban Perfect and Sokoban Revenge.
  4723.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  4724.  *soldier
  4725.  sergeant
  4726.  lieutenant
  4727.  captain
  4728.  	The soldiers of Yendor are well-trained in the art of war,
  4729.  	many trained by the Wizard himself.  Some say the soldiers
  4730.  	are explorers who were unfortunate enough to be captured,
  4731.  	and put under the Wizard's spell.  Those who have survived
  4732.  	encounters with soldiers say they travel together in platoons,
  4733.  	and are fierce fighters.  Because of the load of their combat
  4734.  	gear, however, one can usually run away from them, and doing
  4735.  	so is considered a wise thing.
  4736.  *spear
  4737.  javelin
  4738.  	- they come together with great random, and a spear is brast,
  4739.  	and one party brake his shield and the other one goes down,
  4740.  	horse and man, over his horse-tail and brake his neck, and
  4741.  	then the next candidate comes randoming in, and brast his
  4742.  	spear, and the other man brast his shield, and down he goes,
  4743.  	horse and man, over his horse-tail, and brake his neck, and
  4744.  	then there's another elected, and another and another and
  4745.  	still another, till the material is all used up; and when you
  4746.  	come to figure up results, you can't tell one fight from
  4747.  	another, nor who whipped; and as a picture of living, raging,
  4748.  	roaring battle, sho! why it's pale and noiseless - just
  4749.  	ghosts scuffling in a fog.  Dear me, what would this barren
  4750.  	vocabulary get out of the mightiest spectacle? - the burning
  4751.  	of Rome in Nero's time, for instance?  Why, it would merely
  4752.  	say 'Town burned down; no insurance; boy brast a window,
  4753.  	fireman brake his neck!'  Why, that ain't a picture!
  4754.  		[ A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court,
  4755.  		    by Mark Twain ]
  4756.  *spellbook*
  4757.  	The Book of Three lay closed on the table.  Taran had never
  4758.  	been allowed to read the volume for himself; now he was sure
  4759.  	it held more than Dallben chose to tell him.  In the sun-
  4760.  	filled room, with Dallben still meditating and showing no
  4761.  	sign of stopping, Taran rose and moved through the shimmering
  4762.  	beams.  From the forest came the monotonous tick of a beetle.
  4763.  	His hands reached for the cover.  Taran gasped in pain and
  4764.  	snatched them away.  They smarted as if each of his fingers
  4765.  	had been stung by hornets.  He jumped back, stumbled against
  4766.  	the bench, and dropped to the floor, where he put his fingers
  4767.  	woefully into his mouth.
  4768.  	Dallben's eyes blinked open.  He peered at Taran and yawned
  4769.  	slowly.  "You had better see Coll about a lotion for those
  4770.  	hands," he advised.  "Otherwise, I shouldn't be surprised if
  4771.  	they blistered."
  4772.  		[ The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander ]
  4773.  *spider
  4774.  	Eight legged creature capable of spinning webs to trap prey.
  4775.  		[]
  4776.  
  4777.  	"You mean you eat flies?" gasped Wilbur.
  4778.  	"Certainly.  Flies, bugs, grasshoppers, choice beetles,
  4779.  	moths, butterflies, tasty cockroaches, gnats, midges, daddy
  4780.  	longlegs, centipedes, mosquitoes, crickets - anything that is
  4781.  	careless enough to get caught in my web.  I have to live,
  4782.  	don't I?"
  4783.  	"Why, yes, of course," said Wilbur.
  4784.  		[ Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White ]
  4785.  *spore
  4786.  *sphere
  4787.  	The attack by those who want to die -- this is the attack
  4788.  	against which you cannot prepare a perfect defense.
  4789.  					--Human aphorism
  4790.  		[ The Dosadi Experiment, by Frank Herbert ]
  4791.  squeaky board
  4792.  	A floorboard creaked.  Galder had spent many hours tuning them,
  4793.  	always a wise precaution with an ambitious assistant who walked
  4794.  	like a cat.
  4795.  	D flat.  That meant he was just to the right of the door.
  4796.  	"Ah, Trymon," he said, without turning, and noted with some
  4797.  	satisfaction the faint indrawing of breath behind him.  "Good
  4798.  	of you to come.  Shut the door, will you?"
  4799.  		[ The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  4800.  ~*aesculapius
  4801.  *staff
  4802.  	So they stood, each in his place, neither moving a finger's
  4803.  	breadth back, for one good hour, and many blows were given
  4804.  	and received by each in that time, till here and there were
  4805.  	sore bones and bumps, yet neither thought of crying "Enough,"
  4806.  	or seemed likely to fall from off the bridge.  Now and then
  4807.  	they stopped to rest, and each thought that he never had seen
  4808.  	in all his life before such a hand at quarterstaff.  At last
  4809.  	Robin gave the stranger a blow upon the ribs that made his
  4810.  	jacket smoke like a damp straw thatch in the sun.  So shrewd
  4811.  	was the stroke that the stranger came within a hair's breadth
  4812.  	of falling off the bridge; but he regained himself right
  4813.  	quickly, and, by a dexterous blow, gave Robin a crack on the
  4814.  	crown that caused the blood to flow.  Then Robin grew mad
  4815.  	with anger, and smote with all his might at the other; but
  4816.  	the stranger warded the blow, and once again thwacked Robin,
  4817.  	and this time so fairly that he fell heels over head into the
  4818.  	water, as the queen pin falls in a game of bowls.
  4819.  		[ The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, by Howard Pyle ]
  4820.  *staff of aesculapius
  4821.  	This staff is considered sacred to all healers, as it truly
  4822.  	holds the powers of life and death.  When wielded, it
  4823.  	protects its user from all life draining attacks, and
  4824.  	additionally gives the wielder the power of regeneration.
  4825.  	When invoked it performs healing magic.
  4826.  stair*
  4827.  	Up he went -- very quickly at first -- then more slowly -- then
  4828.  	in a little while even more slowly than that -- and finally,
  4829.  	after many minutes of climbing up the endless stairway, one
  4830.  	weary foot was barely able to follow the other.  Milo suddenly
  4831.  	realized that with all his effort he was no closer to the top
  4832.  	than when he began, and not a great deal further from the
  4833.  	bottom.  But he struggled on for a while longer, until at last,
  4834.  	completely exhausted, he collapsed onto one of the steps.
  4835.  	"I should have known it," he mumbled, resting his tired legs
  4836.  	and filling his lungs with air.  "This is just like the line
  4837.  	that goes on forever, and I'll never get there."
  4838.  	"You wouldn't like it much anyway," someone replied gently.
  4839.  	"Infinity is a dreadfully poor place.  They can never manage to
  4840.  	make ends meet."
  4841.  		[ The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster ]
  4842.  
  4843.  	   Dr. Ray Stantz:  Hey, where do those stairs go?
  4844.  	Dr. Peter Venkman:  They go up.
  4845.  		[ Ghostbusters, directed by Ivan Reitman,
  4846.  		  written by Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis ]
  4847.  ~statue trap
  4848.  statue*
  4849.  	Then at last he began to wonder why the lion was standing so
  4850.  	still - for it hadn't moved one inch since he first set eyes
  4851.  	on it.  Edmund now ventured a little nearer, still keeping in
  4852.  	the shadow of the arch as much as he could.  He now saw from
  4853.  	the way the lion was standing that it couldn't have been
  4854.  	looking at him at all.  ("But supposing it turns its head?"
  4855.  	thought Edmund.)  In fact it was staring at something else -
  4856.  	namely a little dwarf who stood with his back to it about
  4857.  	four feet away.  "Aha!" thought Edmund.  "When it springs at
  4858.  	the dwarf then will be my chance to escape."  But still the
  4859.  	lion never moved, nor did the dwarf.  And now at last Edmund
  4860.  	remembered what the others had said about the White Witch
  4861.  	turning people into stone.  Perhaps this was only a stone
  4862.  	lion.  And as soon as he had thought of that he noticed that
  4863.  	the lion's back and the top of its head were covered with
  4864.  	snow.  Of course it must be only a statue!
  4865.  		[ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis ]
  4866.  sting
  4867.  	There was the usual dim grey light of the forest-day about
  4868.  	him when he came to his senses.  The spider lay dead beside
  4869.  	him, and his sword-blade was stained black.  Somehow the
  4870.  	killing of the giant spider, all alone and by himself in the
  4871.  	dark without the help of the wizard or the dwarves or of
  4872.  	anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins.  He felt
  4873.  	a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of
  4874.  	an empty stomach, as he wiped his sword on the grass and put
  4875.  	it back into its sheath.
  4876.  	"I will give you a name," he said to it, "and I shall call
  4877.  	you Sting."
  4878.  		[ The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  4879.  stormbringer
  4880.  	There were sounds in the distance, incongruent with the
  4881.  	sounds of even this nameless, timeless sea: thin sounds,
  4882.  	agonized and terrible, for all that they remained remote -
  4883.  	yet the ship followed them, as if drawn by them; they grew
  4884.  	louder - pain and despair were there, but terror was
  4885.  	predominant.
  4886.  	Elric had heard such sounds echoing from his cousin Yyrkoon's
  4887.  	sardonically named 'Pleasure Chambers' in the days before he
  4888.  	had fled the responsibilities of ruling all that remained of
  4889.  	the old Melnibonean Empire.  These were the voices of men
  4890.  	whose very souls were under siege; men to whom death meant
  4891.  	not mere extinction, but a continuation of existence, forever
  4892.  	in thrall to some cruel and supernatural master.  He had
  4893.  	heard men cry so when his salvation and his nemesis, his
  4894.  	great black battle-blade Stormbringer, drank their souls.
  4895.  		[ The Lands Beyond the World, by Michael Moorcock ]
  4896.  *strange object
  4897.  	He walked for some time through a long narrow corridor
  4898.  	without finding any one and was just going to call out,
  4899.  	when suddenly in a dark corner between an old cupboard
  4900.  	and the door he caught sight of a strange object which
  4901.  	seemed to be alive.
  4902.  		[ Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky ]
  4903.  straw golem
  4904.  	Dorothy leaned her chin upon her hand and gazed thoughtfully
  4905.  	at the Scarecrow.  Its head was a small sack stuffed with
  4906.  	straw, with eyes, nose, and mouth painted on it to represent
  4907.  	a face.  An old, pointed blue hat, that had belonged to some
  4908.  	Munchkin, was perched on his head, and the rest of the figure
  4909.  	was a blue suit of clothes, worn and faded, which had also
  4910.  	been stuffed with straw.  On the feet were some old boots with
  4911.  	blue tops, such as every man wore in this country, and the
  4912.  	figure was raised above the stalks of corn by means of the
  4913.  	pole stuck up its back.
  4914.  		[ The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum ]
  4915.  sunsword
  4916.  	What you seek is a blade of light,
  4917.  	a weapon for vengeance.
  4918.  		[ Expedition to Castle Ravenloft,
  4919.  			by Bruce Cordell and James Wyatt ]
  4920.  susano*o
  4921.  	The Shinto chthonic and weather god and brother of the sun
  4922.  	goddess Amaterasu, he was born from the nose of the
  4923.  	primordial creator god Izanagi and represents the physical,
  4924.  	material world.  He has been expelled from heaven and taken
  4925.  	up residence on earth.
  4926.  		[ Encyclopedia of Gods, by Michael Jordan ]
  4927.  tanko
  4928.  	Samurai plate armor of the Yamato period (AD 300 - 710).
  4929.  tengu
  4930.  	The tengu was the most troublesome creature of Japanese
  4931.  	legend.  Part bird and part man, with red beak for a nose
  4932.  	and flashing eyes, the tengu was notorious for stirring up
  4933.  	feuds and prolonging enmity between families.  Indeed, the
  4934.  	belligerent tengu were supposed to have been man's first
  4935.  	instructors in the use of arms.
  4936.  	  [ Mythical Beasts, by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library) ]
  4937.  thoth
  4938.  	The Egyptian god of the moon and wisdom, Thoth is the patron
  4939.  	deity of scribes and of knowledge, including scientific,
  4940.  	medical and mathematical writing, and is said to have given
  4941.  	mankind the art of hieroglyphic writing.  He is important as
  4942.  	a mediator and counsellor amongst the gods and is the scribe
  4943.  	of the Heliopolis Ennead pantheon.  According to mythology,
  4944.  	he was born from the head of the god Seth.  He may be
  4945.  	depicted in human form with the head of an ibis, wholly as an
  4946.  	ibis, or as a seated baboon sometimes with its torso covered
  4947.  	in feathers.  His attributes include a crown which consists
  4948.  	of a crescent moon surmounted by a moon disc.
  4949.  	Thoth is generally regarded as a benign deity.  He is also
  4950.  	scrupulously fair and is responsible not only for entering
  4951.  	in the record the souls who pass to afterlife, but of
  4952.  	adjudicating in the Hall of the Two Truths.  The Pyramid
  4953.  	Texts reveal a violent side of his nature by which he
  4954.  	decapitates the adversaries of truth and wrenches out their
  4955.  	hearts.
  4956.  		[ Encyclopedia of Gods, by Michael Jordan ]
  4957.  thoth*amon
  4958.  	Men say that he [Thutothmes] has opposed Thoth-Amon, who is
  4959.  	master of all priests of Set, and dwells in Luxor, and that
  4960.  	Thutothmes seeks hidden power [The Heart of Ahriman] to
  4961.  	overthrow the Great One.
  4962.  		[ Conan the Conqueror, by Robert E. Howard ]
  4963.  *throne
  4964.  	Methought I saw the footsteps of a throne
  4965.  	Which mists and vapours from mine eyes did shroud--
  4966.  	Nor view of who might sit thereon allowed;
  4967.  	But all the steps and ground about were strown
  4968.  	With sights the ruefullest that flesh and bone
  4969.  	Ever put on; a miserable crowd,
  4970.  	Sick, hale, old, young, who cried before that cloud,
  4971.  	"Thou art our king,
  4972.  	O Death! to thee we groan."
  4973.  	Those steps I clomb; the mists before me gave
  4974.  	Smooth way; and I beheld the face of one
  4975.  	Sleeping alone within a mossy cave,
  4976.  	With her face up to heaven; that seemed to have
  4977.  	Pleasing remembrance of a thought foregone;
  4978.  	A lovely Beauty in a summer grave!
  4979.  		[ Sonnet, by William Wordsworth ]
  4980.  thug
  4981.  	A worshipper of Kali, who practised _thuggee_, the strangling
  4982.  	of human victims in the name of the religion.  Robbery of the
  4983.  	victim provided the means of livelihood.  They were also
  4984.  	called _Phansigars_ (Noose operators) from the method employed.
  4985.  	Vigorous suppression was begun by Lord William Bentinck in
  4986.  	1828, but the fraternity did not become completely extinct
  4987.  	for another 50 years or so.
  4988.  	In common parlance the word is used for any violent "tough".
  4989.  		[ Brewer's Concise Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ]
  4990.  tiger
  4991.  	1.  A well-known tropical predator (_Felis tigris_): a
  4992.  	feline.  It has a yellowish skin with darker spots or
  4993.  	stripes.  2.  Figurative: _a paper tiger_, something that is
  4994.  	meant to scare, but has no really scaring effect whatsoever,
  4995.  	(after a statement by Mao Ze Dong, August 1946).
  4996.  		[ Van Dale's Groot Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal ]
  4997.  
  4998.  	Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
  4999.  	In the forests of the night,
  5000.  	What immortal hand or eye
  5001.  	Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
  5002.  		[ The Tyger, by William Blake ]
  5003.  tin
  5004.  tin of *
  5005.  tinning kit
  5006.  	"You know salmon, Sarge," said Nobby.
  5007.  	"It is a fish of which I am aware, yes."
  5008.  	"You know they sell kind of slices of it in tins..."
  5009.  	"So I am given to understand, yes."
  5010.  	"Weell...how come all the tins are the same size?  Salmon
  5011.  	gets thinner at both ends."
  5012.  	"Interesting point, Nobby.  I think-"
  5013.  		[ Soul Music, by Terry Pratchett ]
  5014.  tin opener
  5015.  	Less than thirty Cat tribes now survived, roaming the cargo
  5016.  	decks on their hind legs in a desperate search for food.
  5017.  	But the food had gone.
  5018.  	The supplies were finished.
  5019.  	Weak and ailing, they prayed at the supply hold's silver
  5020.  	mountains: huge towering acres of metal rocks which, in their
  5021.  	pagan way, the mutant Cats believed watched over them.
  5022.  	Amid the wailing and the screeching one Cat stood up and held
  5023.  	aloft the sacred icon.  The icon which had been passed down
  5024.  	as holy, and one day would make its use known.
  5025.  	It was a piece of V-shaped metal with a revolving handle on
  5026.  	its head.
  5027.  	He took down a silver rock from the silver mountain, while
  5028.  	the other Cats cowered and screamed at the blasphemy.
  5029.  	He placed the icon on the rim of the rock, and turned the
  5030.  	handle.
  5031.  	And the handle turned.
  5032.  	And the rock opened.
  5033.  	And inside the rock was Alphabetti spaghetti in tomato sauce.
  5034.  		[ Red Dwarf, by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor ]
  5035.  titan
  5036.  	Gaea, mother earth, arose from the Chaos and gave birth to
  5037.  	Uranus, heaven, who became her consort.  Uranus hated all
  5038.  	their children, because he feared they might challenge his
  5039.  	own authority.  Those children, the Titans, the Gigantes,
  5040.  	and the Cyclops, were banished to the nether world.  Their
  5041.  	enraged mother eventually released the youngest titan,
  5042.  	Chronos (time), and encouraged him to castrate his father and
  5043.  	rule in his place.  Later, he too was challenged by his own
  5044.  	son, Zeus, and he and his fellow titans were ousted from
  5045.  	Mount Olympus.
  5046.  		[ Greek Mythology, by Richard Patrick ]
  5047.  topaz
  5048.  	Aluminum silicate mineral with either hydroxyl radicals or
  5049.  	fluorine, Al2SiO4(F,OH)2, used as a gem.  It is commonly
  5050.  	colorless or some shade of pale yellow to wine-yellow;
  5051.  	... The stone is transparent with a vitreous luster.  It has
  5052.  	perfect cleavage on the basal pinacoid, but it is nevertheless
  5053.  	hard and durable.  The brilliant cut is commonly used.  Topaz
  5054.  	crystals, which are of the orthorhombic system, occur in highly
  5055.  	acid igneous rocks, e.g., granites and rhyolites, and in
  5056.  	metamorphic rocks, e.g., gneisses and schists.
  5057.  		[ The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition ]
  5058.  touch*stone
  5059.  	"Gold is tried by a touchstone, men by gold."
  5060.  		[ Chilon (c. 560 BC) ]
  5061.  tourist
  5062.  * tourist
  5063.  	The road from Ankh-Morpork to Chrim is high, white and
  5064.  	winding, a thirty-league stretch of potholes and half-buried
  5065.  	rocks that spirals around mountains and dips into cool green
  5066.  	valleys of citrus trees, crosses liana-webbed gorges on
  5067.  	creaking rope bridges and is generally more picturesque than
  5068.  	useful.
  5069.  	Picturesque.  That was a new word to Rincewind the wizard
  5070.  	(BMgc, Unseen University [failed]).  It was one of a number
  5071.  	he had picked up since leaving the charred ruins of
  5072.  	Ankh-Morpork.  Quaint was another one.  Picturesque meant --
  5073.  	he decided after careful observation of the scenery that
  5074.  	inspired Twoflower to use the word -- that the landscape was
  5075.  	horribly precipitous.  Quaint, when used to describe the
  5076.  	occasional village through which they passed, meant fever-
  5077.  	ridden and tumbledown.
  5078.  	Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the discworld.
  5079.  	Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant "idiot".
  5080.  		[ The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  5081.  towel
  5082.  wet towel
  5083.  moist towel
  5084.  	The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say
  5085.  	on the subject of towels.
  5086.  	A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing
  5087.  	an interstellar hitchhiker can have.  Partly it has great
  5088.  	practical value.  You can wrap it around you for warmth as
  5089.  	you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie
  5090.  	on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus
  5091.  	V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it
  5092.  	beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world
  5093.  	of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy
  5094.  	River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it
  5095.  	round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze
  5096.  	of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mind-bogglingly
  5097.  	stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't
  5098.  	see you - daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can
  5099.  	wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of
  5100.  	course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean
  5101.  	enough.
  5102.  	  [ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams ]
  5103.  *tower
  5104.  *tower of darkness
  5105.  	Towers (_brooding_, _dark_) stand alone in Waste Areas and
  5106.  	almost always belong to Wizards.  All are several stories high,
  5107.  	round, doorless, virtually windowless, and composed of smooth
  5108.  	blocks of masonry that make them very hard to climb. [...]
  5109.  	You will have to go to a Tower and then break into it at some
  5110.  	point towards the end of your Tour.
  5111.  	  [ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]
  5112.  trap*door
  5113.  	I knew my Erik too well to feel at all comfortable on jumping
  5114.  	into his house.  I knew what he had made of a certain palace at
  5115.  	Mazenderan.  From being the most honest building conceivable, he
  5116.  	soon turned it into a house of the very devil, where you could
  5117.  	not utter a word but it was overheard or repeated by an echo.
  5118.  	With his trap-doors the monster was responsible for endless
  5119.  	tragedies of all kinds.
  5120.  		[ The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux ]
  5121.  # takes "trapper or lurker above" when specifying 't'
  5122.  trapper
  5123.  trapper or lurker above
  5124.  	The trapper is a creature which has evolved a chameleon-like
  5125.  	ability to blend into the dungeon surroundings.  It captures
  5126.  	its prey by remaining very still and blending into the
  5127.  	surrounding dungeon features, until an unsuspecting creature
  5128.  	passes by.  It wraps itself around its prey and digests it.
  5129.  tree
  5130.  	I think that I shall never see
  5131.  	A poem lovely as a tree.
  5132.  	A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
  5133.  	Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
  5134.  	A tree that looks at God all day,
  5135.  	And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
  5136.  	A tree that may in Summer wear
  5137.  	A nest of robins in her hair;
  5138.  	Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
  5139.  	Who intimately lives with rain.
  5140.  	Poems are made by fools like me,
  5141.  	But only God can make a tree.
  5142.  		[ Trees, by Joyce Kilmer ]
  5143.  tripe
  5144.  tripe ration
  5145.  	If you start from scratch, cooking tripe is a long-drawn-out
  5146.  	affair.  Fresh whole tripe calls for a minimum of 12 hours of
  5147.  	cooking, some time-honored recipes demanding as much as 24.
  5148.  	To prepare fresh tripe, trim if necessary.  Wash it thoroughly,
  5149.  	soaking overnight, and blanch, for 1/2 hour in salted water.
  5150.  	Wash well again, drain and cut for cooking.  When cooked, the
  5151.  	texture of tripe should be like that of soft gristle.  More
  5152.  	often, alas, because the heat has not been kept low enough,
  5153.  	it has the consistency of wet shoe leather.
  5154.  		[ Joy of Cooking, by I Rombauer and M Becker ]
  5155.  *troll
  5156.  	The troll shambled closer.  He was perhaps eight feet tall,
  5157.  	perhaps more.  His forward stoop, with arms dangling past
  5158.  	thick claw-footed legs to the ground, made it hard to tell.
  5159.  	The hairless green skin moved upon his body.  His head was a
  5160.  	gash of a mouth, a yard-long nose, and two eyes which drank
  5161.  	the feeble torchlight and never gave back a gleam.
  5162.  	[...]
  5163.  	Like a huge green spider, the troll's severed hand ran on its
  5164.  	fingers.  Across the mounded floor, up onto a log with one
  5165.  	taloned forefinger to hook it over the bark, down again it
  5166.  	scrambled, until it found the cut wrist.  And there it grew
  5167.  	fast.  The troll's smashed head seethed and knit together.
  5168.  	He clambered back on his feet and grinned at them.  The
  5169.  	waning faggot cast red light over his fangs.
  5170.  		[ Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson ]
  5171.  *tsurugi of muramasa
  5172.  	This most ancient of swords has been passed down through the
  5173.  	leadership of the Samurai legions for hundreds of years.  It
  5174.  	is said to grant luck to its wielder, but its main power is
  5175.  	terrible to behold.  It has the capability to cut in half any
  5176.  	creature it is wielded against, instantly killing them.
  5177.  ~*muramasa
  5178.  tsurugi
  5179.  	The tsurugi, also known as the long samurai sword, is an
  5180.  	extremely sharp, two-handed blade favored by the samurai.
  5181.  	It is made of hardened steel, and is manufactured using a
  5182.  	special process, causing it to never rust.  The tsurugi is
  5183.  	rumored to be so sharp that it can occasionally cut
  5184.  	opponents in half!
  5185.  ~*spellbook
  5186.  turquoise*
  5187.  	TUBAL:  There came divers of Antonio's creditors in my company
  5188.  	to Venice that swear he cannot choose but break.
  5189.  	SHYLOCK:  I am very glad of it; I'll plague him, I'll torture
  5190.  	him; I am glad of it.
  5191.  	TUBAL:  One of them showed me a ring that he had of your
  5192.  	daughter for a monkey.
  5193.  	SHYLOCK:  Out upon her!  Thou torturest me, Tubal.  It was my
  5194.  	turquoise; I had it of Leah when I was a bachelor; I would
  5195.  	not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys.
  5196.  		[ The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare ]
  5197.  twoflower
  5198.  guide
  5199.  	"Rincewind!"
  5200.  	Twoflower sprang off the bed.  The wizard jumped back,
  5201.  	wrenching his features into a smile.
  5202.  	"My dear chap, right on time!  We'll just have lunch, and
  5203.  	then I'm sure you've got a wonderful programme lined up for
  5204.  	this afternoon!"
  5205.  	"Er --"
  5206.  	"That's great!"
  5207.  	Rincewind took a deep breath.  "Look," he said desperately,
  5208.  	"let's eat somewhere else.  There's been a bit of a fight
  5209.  	down below."
  5210.  	"A tavern brawl?  Why didn't you wake me up?"
  5211.  	"Well, you see, I - _what_?"
  5212.  	"I thought I made myself clear this morning, Rincewind.  I
  5213.  	want to see genuine Morporkian life - the slave market, the
  5214.  	Whore Pits, the Temple of Small Gods, the Beggar's Guild...
  5215.  	and a genuine tavern brawl."  A faint note of suspicion
  5216.  	entered Twoflower's voice.  "You _do_ have them, don't you?
  5217.  	You know, people swinging on chandeliers, swordfights over
  5218.  	the table, the sort of thing Hrun the Barbarian and the
  5219.  	Weasel are always getting involved in.  You know --
  5220.  	_excitement_."
  5221.  		[ The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett ]
  5222.  tyr
  5223.  	Yet remains that one of the Aesir who is called Tyr:
  5224.  	he is most daring, and best in stoutness of heart, and he
  5225.  	has much authority over victory in battle; it is good for
  5226.  	men of valor to invoke him.  It is a proverb, that he is
  5227.  	Tyr-valiant, who surpasses other men and does not waver.
  5228.  	He is wise, so that it is also said, that he that is wisest
  5229.  	is Tyr-prudent.  This is one token of his daring:  when the
  5230.  	Aesir enticed Fenris-Wolf to take upon him the fetter Gleipnir,
  5231.  	the wolf did not believe them, that they would loose him,
  5232.  	until they laid Tyr's hand into his mouth as a pledge.  But
  5233.  	when the Aesir would not loose him, then he bit off the hand
  5234.  	at the place now called 'the wolf's joint;' and Tyr is one-
  5235.  	handed, and is not called a reconciler of men.
  5236.  			[ The Prose Edda, by Snorri Sturluson ]
  5237.  *hulk
  5238.  	Umber hulks are powerful subterranean predators whose
  5239.  	iron-like claws allow them to burrow through solid stone in
  5240.  	search of prey.  They are tremendously strong; muscles bulge
  5241.  	beneath their thick, scaly hides and their powerful arms and
  5242.  	legs all end in great claws.
  5243.  *unicorn
  5244.  unicorn horn
  5245.  	Men have always sought the elusive unicorn, for the single
  5246.  	twisted horn which projected from its forehead was thought to
  5247.  	be a powerful talisman.  It was said that the unicorn had
  5248.  	simply to dip the tip of its horn in a muddy pool for the water
  5249.  	to become pure.  Men also believed that to drink from this horn
  5250.  	was a protection against all sickness, and that if the horn was
  5251.  	ground to a powder it would act as an antidote to all poisons.
  5252.  	Less than 200 years ago in France, the horn of a unicorn was
  5253.  	used in a ceremony to test the royal food for poison.
  5254.  
  5255.  	Although only the size of a small horse, the unicorn is a very
  5256.  	fierce beast, capable of killing an elephant with a single
  5257.  	thrust from its horn.  Its fleetness of foot also makes this
  5258.  	solitary creature difficult to capture.  However, it can be
  5259.  	tamed and captured by a maiden.  Made gentle by the sight of a
  5260.  	virgin, the unicorn can be lured to lay its head in her lap, and
  5261.  	in this docile mood, the maiden may secure it with a golden rope.
  5262.  	  [ Mythical Beasts, by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library) ]
  5263.  
  5264.  	Martin took a small sip of beer.  "Almost ready," he said.
  5265.  	"You hold your beer awfully well."
  5266.  	Tlingel laughed.  "A unicorn's horn is a detoxicant.  Its
  5267.  	possession is a universal remedy.  I wait until I reach the
  5268.  	warm glow stage, then I use my horn to burn off any excess and
  5269.  	keep me right there."
  5270.  		[ Unicorn Variations, by Roger Zelazny ]
  5271.  unreconnoitered
  5272.  	Area of map which is beyond limited perception range when
  5273.  	underwater or engulfed by a monster.
  5274.  valkyrie
  5275.  * valkyrie
  5276.  	The Valkyries were the thirteen choosers of the slain, the
  5277.  	beautiful warrior-maids of Odin who rode through the air and
  5278.  	over the sea.  They watched the progress of the battle and
  5279.  	selected the heroes who were to fall fighting.  After they
  5280.  	were dead, the maidens rewarded the heroes by kissing them
  5281.  	and then led their souls to Valhalla, where the warriors
  5282.  	lived happily in an ideal existence, drinking and eating
  5283.  	without restraint and fighting over again the battles in
  5284.  	which they died and in which they had won their deathless
  5285.  	fame.
  5286.  	    [ The Encyclopaedia of Myths and Legends of All Nations,
  5287.  		by Herbert Robinson and Knox Wilson ]
  5288.  vampire
  5289.  ~vampire bat
  5290.  vampire lord
  5291.  	The Oxford English Dictionary is quite unequivocal:
  5292.  	_vampire_ - "a preternatural being of a malignant nature (in
  5293.  	the original and usual form of the belief, a reanimated
  5294.  	corpse), supposed to seek nourishment, or do harm, by sucking
  5295.  	the blood of sleeping persons. ..."
  5296.  venus
  5297.  	Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, was the daughter of
  5298.  	Jupiter and Dione.  Others say that Venus sprang from the
  5299.  	foam of the sea.  The zephyr wafted her along the waves to
  5300.  	the Isle of Cyprus, where she was received and attired by
  5301.  	the Seasons, and then led to the assembly of the gods.  All
  5302.  	were charmed with her beauty, and each one demanded her
  5303.  	for his wife.  Jupiter gave her to Vulcan, in gratitude for
  5304.  	the service he had rendered in forging thunderbolts.  So
  5305.  	the most beautiful of the goddesses became the wife of the
  5306.  	most ill-favoured of gods.
  5307.  		[ Bulfinch's Mythology, by Thomas Bulfinch ]
  5308.  vlad*
  5309.  	Vlad Dracula the Impaler was a 15th-Century monarch of the
  5310.  	Birgau region of the Carpathian Mountains, in what is now
  5311.  	Romania.  In Romanian history he is best known for two things.
  5312.  	One was his skilled handling of the Ottoman Turks, which kept
  5313.  	them from making further inroads into Christian Europe.  The
  5314.  	other was the ruthless manner in which he ran his fiefdom.
  5315.  	He dealt with perceived challengers to his rule by impaling
  5316.  	them upright on wooden stakes.  Visiting dignitaries who
  5317.  	failed to doff their hats had them nailed to their head.
  5318.  *vortex
  5319.  vortices
  5320.  	Swirling clouds of pure elemental energies, the vortices are
  5321.  	thought to be related to the larger elementals.  Though the
  5322.  	vortices do no damage when touched, they are noted for being
  5323.  	able to envelop unwary travellers.  The hapless fool thus
  5324.  	swallowed by a vortex will soon perish from exposure to the
  5325.  	element the vortex is composed of.
  5326.  vrock
  5327.  	The vrock is one of the weaker forms of demon.  It resembles
  5328.  	a cross between a human being and a vulture and does physical
  5329.  	damage by biting and by using the claws on both its arms and
  5330.  	feet.
  5331.  wakizashi
  5332.  	A wakizashi was used as a samurai's weapon when the katana
  5333.  	was unavailable.  When entering a building, a samurai would
  5334.  	leave his katana on a rack near the entrance.  However, the
  5335.  	wakizashi would be worn at all times, and therefore, it made
  5336.  	a sidearm for the samurai (similar to a soldier's use of a
  5337.  	pistol).  The samurai would have worn it from the time they
  5338.  	awoke to the time they went to sleep.  In earlier periods,
  5339.  	and especially during times of civil wars, a tanto was worn
  5340.  	in place of a wakizashi.
  5341.  		[ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]
  5342.  # takes "wand or a wall" when specifying '/'
  5343.  ~*sleep
  5344.  wand *
  5345.  *wand
  5346.  	'Saruman!' he cried, and his voice grew in power and authority.
  5347.  	'Behold, I am not Gandalf the Grey, whom you betrayed.  I am
  5348.  	Gandalf the White, who has returned from death.  You have no
  5349.  	colour now, and I cast you from the order and from the Council.'
  5350.  	He raised his hand, and spoke slowly in a clear cold voice.
  5351.  	'Saruman, your staff is broken.'  There was a crack, and the
  5352.  	staff split asunder in Saruman's hand, and the head of it
  5353.  	fell down at Gandalf's feet.  'Go!' said Gandalf.  With a cry
  5354.  	Saruman fell back and crawled away.
  5355.  		[ The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  5356.  warg
  5357.  	Suddenly Aragorn leapt to his feet.  "How the wind howls!"
  5358.  	he cried.  "It is howling with wolf-voices.  The Wargs have
  5359.  	come west of the Mountains!"
  5360.  	"Need we wait until morning then?" said Gandalf.  "It is as I
  5361.  	said.  The hunt is up!  Even if we live to see the dawn, who
  5362.  	now will wish to journey south by night with the wild wolves
  5363.  	on his trail?"
  5364.  	"How far is Moria?" asked Boromir.
  5365.  	"There was a door south-west of Caradhras, some fifteen miles
  5366.  	as the crow flies, and maybe twenty as the wolf runs,"
  5367.  	answered Gandalf grimly.
  5368.  	"Then let us start as soon as it is light tomorrow, if we can,"
  5369.  	said Boromir.  "The wolf that one hears is worse than the orc
  5370.  	that one fears."
  5371.  	"True!" said Aragorn, loosening his sword in its sheath.  "But
  5372.  	where the warg howls, there also the orc prowls."
  5373.  		[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  5374.  ~mjollnir
  5375.  war*hammer
  5376.  	They had come together at the ford of the Trident while the
  5377.  	battle crashed around them, Robert with his warhammer and his
  5378.  	great antlered helm, the Targaryen prince armored all in
  5379.  	black.  On his breastplate was the three-headed dragon of his
  5380.  	House, wrought all in rubies that flashed like fire in the
  5381.  	sunlight.  The waters of the Trident ran red around the
  5382.  	hooves of their destriers as they circled and clashed, again
  5383.  	and again, until at last a crushing blow from Robert's hammer
  5384.  	stove in the dragon and the chest behind it.  When Ned had
  5385.  	finally come on the scene, Rhaegar lay dead in the stream,
  5386.  	while men of both armies scrambled in the swirling waters for
  5387.  	rubies knocked free of his armor.
  5388.  		[ A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin ]
  5389.  water
  5390.  	Day after day, day after day,
  5391.  	We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
  5392.  	As idle as a painted ship
  5393.  	Upon a painted ocean.
  5394.  
  5395.  	Water, water, everywhere,
  5396.  	And all the boards did shrink;
  5397.  	Water, water, everywhere
  5398.  	Nor any drop to drink.
  5399.  	  [ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge ]
  5400.  water demon
  5401.  	[ The monkey king ] walked along the bank, around the pond.
  5402.  	He examined the footprints of the animals that had gone into
  5403.  	the water, and saw that none came out again!  So he realized
  5404.  	this pond must be possessed by a water demon.  He said to the
  5405.  	80,000 monkeys, "This pond is possessed by a water demon.  Do
  5406.  	not let anybody go into it."
  5407.  
  5408.  	After a little while, the water demon saw that none of the
  5409.  	monkeys went into the water to drink.  So he rose out of the
  5410.  	middle of the pond, taking the shape of a frightening monster.
  5411.  	He had a big blue belly, a white face with bulging green eyes,
  5412.  	and red claws and feet.  He said, "Why are you just sitting
  5413.  	around?  Come into the pond and drink at once!"
  5414.  
  5415.  	The monkey king said to the horrible monster, "Are you the
  5416.  	water demon who owns this pond?"  "Yes, I am," said he.  "Do
  5417.  	you eat whoever goes into the water?" asked the king.  "Yes,
  5418.  	I do," he answered, "including even birds.  I eat them all.
  5419.  	And when you are forced by your thirst to come into the pond
  5420.  	and drink, I will enjoy eating you, the biggest monkey, most
  5421.  	of all!"  He grinned, and saliva dripped down his hairy chin.
  5422.  		[ Buddhist Tales for Young and Old, Vol. 1 ]
  5423.  weapon
  5424.  	A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind.
  5425.  		[ The Vor Game, by Lois McMaster Bujold ]
  5426.  web
  5427.  	Oh what a tangled web we weave,
  5428.  	When first we practise to deceive!
  5429.  		[ Marmion, by Sir Walter Scott ]
  5430.  whistle
  5431.  	There were legends both on the front and on the back of the 
  5432.  	whistle. The one read thus:
  5433.  
  5434.  	FLA FUR BIS FLE The other: QUIS EST ISTE QUI VENIT 
  5435.  	'I ought to be able to make it out,' he thought; 
  5436.  	'but I suppose I am a little rusty in my Latin. 
  5437.  	When I come to think of it, I don't believe I even 
  5438.  	know the word for a whistle. The long one does seem 
  5439.  	simple enough. It ought to mean, "Who is this who is coming?" 
  5440.  
  5441.  	Well, the best way to find out is evidently to whistle 
  5442.  	for him.'
  5443.  
  5444.  		[Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, by Montague Rhodes James
  5445.  		 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You My Lad']
  5446.  # werecritter -- see "lycanthrope"
  5447.  *wight
  5448.  	When he came to himself again, for a moment he could recall
  5449.  	nothing except a sense of dread.  Then suddenly he knew that
  5450.  	he was imprisoned, caught hopelessly; he was in a barrow.  A
  5451.  	Barrow-wight had taken him, and he was probably already under
  5452.  	the dreadful spells of the Barrow-wights about which whispered
  5453.  	tales spoke.  He dared not move, but lay as he found himself:
  5454.  	flat on his back upon a cold stone with his hands on his
  5455.  	breast.
  5456.  		[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  5457.  # note: need to convert player character "gnomish wizard" into just "wizard"
  5458.  # in the lookup code to avoid conflict with the monster of that same name
  5459.  ~gnomish wizard
  5460.  wizard
  5461.  * wizard
  5462.  apprentice
  5463.  	Ebenezum walked before me along the closest thing we could
  5464.  	find to a path in these overgrown woods.  Every few paces he
  5465.  	would pause, so that I, burdened with a pack stuffed with
  5466.  	arcane and heavy paraphernalia, could catch up with his
  5467.  	wizardly strides.  He, as usual, carried nothing, preferring,
  5468.  	as he often said, to keep his hands free for quick conjuring
  5469.  	and his mind free for the thoughts of a mage.
  5470.  		[ A Dealing with Demons, by Craig Shaw Gardner ]
  5471.  wizard of yendor
  5472.  	No one knows how old this mighty wizard is, or from whence he
  5473.  	came.  It is known that, having lived a span far greater than
  5474.  	any normal man's, he grew weary of lesser mortals; and so,
  5475.  	spurning all human company, he forsook the dwellings of men
  5476.  	and went to live in the depths of the Earth.  He took with
  5477.  	him a dreadful artifact, the Book of the Dead, which is said
  5478.  	to hold great power indeed.  Many have sought to find the
  5479.  	wizard and his treasure, but none have found him and lived to
  5480.  	tell the tale.  Woe be to the incautious adventurer who
  5481.  	disturbs this mighty sorcerer!
  5482.  wolf
  5483.  *wolf
  5484.  *wolf cub
  5485.  	The ancestors of the modern day domestic dog, wolves are
  5486.  	powerful muscular animals with bushy tails.  Intelligent,
  5487.  	social animals, wolves live in family groups or packs made
  5488.  	up of multiple family units.  These packs cooperate in hunting
  5489.  	down prey.
  5490.  *wolfsbane
  5491.  	1.  Any of various, usually poisonous perennial herbs of the
  5492.  	genus Aconitum, having tuberous roots, palmately lobed leaves,
  5493.  	blue or white flowers with large hoodlike upper sepals, and an
  5494.  	aggregate of follicles.  2.  The dried leaves and roots of
  5495.  	some of these plants, which yield a poisonous alkaloid that
  5496.  	was formerly used medicinally.  In both senses also called
  5497.  	monkshood.
  5498.  		[ The American Heritage Dictionary of
  5499.  		    the English Language, Fourth Edition. ]
  5500.  wood golem
  5501.  	Come, old broomstick, you are needed,
  5502.  	Take these rags and wrap them round you!
  5503.  	Long my orders you have heeded,
  5504.  	By my wishes now I've bound you.
  5505.  	Have two legs and stand,
  5506.  	And a head for you.
  5507.  	Run, and in your hand
  5508.  	Hold a bucket too.
  5509.  	...
  5510.  	See him, toward the shore he's racing
  5511.  	There, he's at the stream already,
  5512.  	Back like lightning he is chasing,
  5513.  	Pouring water fast and steady.
  5514.  	Once again he hastens!
  5515.  	How the water spills,
  5516.  	How the water basins
  5517.  	Brimming full he fills!
  5518.  	  [ The Sorcerer's Apprentice, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
  5519.  	      translation by Edwin Zeydel ]
  5520.  woodchuck
  5521.  	The Usenet Oracle requires an answer to this question!
  5522.  
  5523.  	> How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could
  5524.  	> chuck wood?
  5525.  
  5526.  	"Oh, heck!  I'll handle *this* one!"  The Oracle spun the terminal
  5527.  	back toward himself, unlocked the ZOT-guard lock, and slid the
  5528.  	glass guard away from the ZOT key.  "Ummmm....could you turn around
  5529.  	for a minute?  ZOTs are too graphic for the uninitiated.  Even *I*
  5530.  	get a little squeamish sometimes..."  The neophyte turned around,
  5531.  	and heard the Oracle slam his finger on a computer key, followed
  5532.  	by a loud ZZZZOTTTTT and the smell of ozone.
  5533.  		[ Excerpted from Internet Oracularity 576.6 ]
  5534.  *worm
  5535.  long worm tail
  5536.  worm tooth
  5537.  crysknife
  5538.  	[The crysknife] is manufactured in two forms from teeth taken
  5539.  	from dead sandworms.  The two forms are "fixed" and "unfixed".
  5540.  	An unfixed knife requires proximity to a human body's
  5541.  	electrical field to prevent disintegration.  Fixed knives
  5542.  	are treated for storage.  All are about 20 centimeters long.
  5543.  		[ Dune, by Frank Herbert ]
  5544.  wraith
  5545.  nazgul
  5546.  	Immediately, though everything else remained as before, dim
  5547.  	and dark, the shapes became terribly clear.  He was able to
  5548.  	see beneath their black wrappings.  There were five tall
  5549.  	figures:  two standing on the lip of the dell, three advancing.
  5550.  	In their white faces burned keen and merciless eyes; under
  5551.  	their mantles were long grey robes; upon their grey hairs
  5552.  	were helms of silver; in their haggard hands were swords of
  5553.  	steel.  Their eyes fell on him and pierced him, as they
  5554.  	rushed towards him.  Desperate, he drew his own sword, and
  5555.  	it seemed to him that it flickered red, as if it was a
  5556.  	firebrand.  Two of the figures halted.  The third was taller
  5557.  	than the others:  his hair was long and gleaming and on his
  5558.  	helm was a crown.  In one hand he held a long sword, and in
  5559.  	the other a knife; both the knife and the hand that held it
  5560.  	glowed with a pale light.  He sprang forward and bore down
  5561.  	on Frodo.
  5562.  		[ The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien ]
  5563.  *wumpus
  5564.  	The Wumpus, by the way, is not bothered by the hazards since
  5565.  	he has sucker feet and is too big for a bat to lift.  If you
  5566.  	try to shoot him and miss, there's also a chance that he'll
  5567.  	up and move himself into another cave, though by nature the
  5568.  	Wumpus is a sedentary creature.
  5569.  		[ wump (6) -- "Hunt the Wumpus" ]
  5570.  
  5571.  	_Wumpus yobgregorii_, in the flesh...
  5572.  	Later, all you will be able to remember are its eyes.  They
  5573.  	are rich mud-brown, and they hold your own without effort.
  5574.  		[ Hunter, In Darkness, by Andrew Plotkin ]
  5575.  xan
  5576.  	They sent their friend the mosquito [xan] ahead of them to
  5577.  	find out what lay ahead.  "Since you are the one who sucks
  5578.  	the blood of men walking along paths," they told the mosquito,
  5579.  	"go and sting the men of Xibalba."  The mosquito flew
  5580.  	down the dark road to the Underworld.  Entering the house of
  5581.  	the Lords of Death, he stung the first person that he saw...
  5582.  
  5583.  	The mosquito stung this man as well, and when he yelled, the
  5584.  	man next to him asked, "Gathered Blood, what's wrong?"  So
  5585.  	he flew along the row stinging all the seated men until he
  5586.  	knew the names of all twelve.
  5587.  			[ Popul Vuh, as translated by Ralph Nelson ]
  5588.  xorn
  5589.  	A distant cousin of the earth elemental, the xorn has the
  5590.  	ability to shift the cells of its body around in such a way
  5591.  	that it becomes porous to inert material.  This gives it the
  5592.  	ability to pass through any obstacle that might be between it
  5593.  	and its next meal.
  5594.  ya
  5595.  	The arrow of choice of the samurai, ya are made of very
  5596.  	straight bamboo, and are tipped with hardened steel.
  5597.  yeenoghu
  5598.  	Yeenoghu, the demon lord of gnolls, still exists although
  5599.  	all his followers have been wiped off the face of the earth.
  5600.  	He casts magic projectiles at those close to him, and a mere
  5601.  	gaze into his piercing eyes may hopelessly confuse the
  5602.  	battle-weary adventurer.
  5603.  yeti
  5604.  	The Abominable Snowman, or yeti, is one of the truly great
  5605.  	unknown animals of the twentieth century.  It is a large hairy
  5606.  	biped that lives in the Himalayan region of Asia ... The story
  5607.  	of the Abominable Snowman is filled with mysteries great and
  5608.  	small, and one of the most difficult of all is how it got that
  5609.  	awful name.  The creature is neither particularly abominable,
  5610.  	nor does it necessarily live in the snows.  _Yeti_ is a Tibetan
  5611.  	word which may apply either to a real, but unknown animal of
  5612.  	the Himalayas, or to a mountain spirit or demon -- no one is
  5613.  	quite sure which.  And after nearly half a century in which
  5614.  	Westerners have trampled around looking for the yeti, and
  5615.  	asking all sorts of questions, the original native traditions
  5616.  	concerning the creature have become even more muddled and
  5617.  	confused.
  5618.  		[ The Encyclopedia of Monsters, by Daniel Cohen ]
  5619.  *yugake
  5620.  	Japanese leather archery gloves.  Gloves made for use while
  5621.  	practicing had thumbs reinforced with horn.  Those worn into
  5622.  	battle had thumbs reinforced with a double layer of leather.
  5623.  yumi
  5624.  	The samurai is highly trained with a special type of bow,
  5625.  	the yumi.  Like the ya, the yumi is made of bamboo.  With
  5626.  	the yumi-ya, the bow and arrow, the samurai is an extremely
  5627.  	accurate and deadly warrior.
  5628.  *zombi*
  5629.  	The zombi... is a soulless human corpse, still dead, but
  5630.  	taken from the grave and endowed by sorcery with a
  5631.  	mechanical semblance of life, -- it is a dead body which is
  5632.  	made to walk and act and move as if it were alive.
  5633.  		[ W. B. Seabrook ]
  5634.  zruty
  5635.  	The zruty are wild and gigantic beings, living in the
  5636.  	wildernesses of the Tatra mountains.