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