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Author Topic: What are Catafalque, Sepulcher, Hydratyr and.....
Jenny Chen~rb
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Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2006 04:13 am
A.  Background of my question.

The Heretic world is an un-real world, but the real world cultural background of the game is European or Europe-origined cultures. Years ago the first time I played Heretic, I looked up in my English-Chinese dictionary again and again for meaning of those level names. It's easy to understand what is a Courtyard, a Cliff, a Cathedral, a Citadel, or Docks, Dungeons, Crypts, Ramparts...... but with only translational words,  I couldn't figure out what are Catafalque, Sepulchre, Ambulatory, Hydratyr, Colonnade, Maossoleum...... if they exit in the real world too.

Last month I attended the London Book Fair 2006 as the representative of my company. When I took the free time to have a visit to Westminister Cathedral, I found some Heretic level names there! For instance: there is an "ambulatory" in the northeastern corner of the cathedral.

B. My questions:

1) What are Blockhouse, (Ice) Gotto, Catafalque, Sepulcher, Ambulatory, Hydratyr, Colonnade, Mausoleum, Foetid Manse, and Ossuary, Stagnant Demesne if they exit in real world.

2) There are Gargoyle statues in many games of European or European-origined cultural background. Are there any Gargoyle statues in real world?
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Agent007~rb
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Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2006 06:35 am
1. Blockhouse:
block¬∑house  n.

  1. A military fortification constructed of sturdy material, such as concrete, and designed with ports for defensive firing or observation.
  2. A heavily reinforced building used for launch operations of missiles and space launch vehicles.
  3. A fort made of squared timbers with a projecting upper story.



Grotto:
grot¬∑to  n. pl. grot¬∑toes or grot¬∑tos

  1. A small cave or cavern.
  2. An artificial structure or excavation made to resemble a cave or cavern.



Catafalque
cat·a·falque n.

  1. A decorated platform or framework on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral.
  2. Roman Catholic Church. A coffin-shaped structure draped with a pall, used to represent the corpse at a requiem Mass celebrated after the burial.



Seplucher
sep¬∑ul¬∑cher   n.

  1. A burial vault.
  2. A receptacle for sacred relics, especially in an altar.



Ambulatory
n. pl. am·bu·la·to·ries

   A covered place for walking, as in a cloister.



Colonnade
col¬∑on¬∑nade   n. Architecture

  1. A series of columns placed at regular intervals.
  2. A structure composed of columns placed at regular intervals.



That's all I can do for now.

2.  Yeah, there are plenty of gargoyles in the real world.  They're usually called 'grotesques,' and they're not always animals, but they can be people too.  You'll mostly see them on cathedrals and other old Gothic-style buildings.  They're just statues that usually appeared as decoration on the end of gutter systems...  A lot of the times, when it rained, the water would come out of their mouths.  Heh.
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Jenny Chen~rb
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Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2006 08:14 am
Wow! Thank you so much!

So a Colonnade is a Zhulang(柱廊)



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Agent007~rb
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Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2006 12:18 pm
The board doesn't support unicode (Zannen, ne), and I can only see the second picture, but yeah, that's a colonnade.
I'll try to do the rest of them later, but honestly, I'm just puting the word into http://www.dictionary.com and http://images.google.com
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