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- Hack & Quest data file - version 1.0.3
-@ human (or you)
-- a wall
-| a wall
-+ a door
-. the floor of a room
- a dark part of a room
-# a corridor
-} water filled area
-< the staircase to the previous level
-> the staircase to the next level
-^ a trap
-$ a pile, pot or chest of gold
-%% a piece of food
-! a potion
-* a gem
-? a scroll
-= a ring
-/ a wand
-[ a suit of armor
-) a weapon
-( a useful item (camera, key, rope etc.)
-0 an iron ball
-_ an iron chain
-` an enormous rock
-" an amulet
-, a trapper
-: a chameleon
-; a giant eel
-' a lurker above
-& a demon
-A a giant ant
-B a giant bat
-C a centaur;
- Of all the monsters put together by the Greek imagination
- the Centaurs (Kentauroi) constituted a class in themselves.
- Despite a strong streak of sensuality in their make-up,
- their normal behaviour was moral, and they took a kindly
- thought of man's welfare. The attempted outrage of Nessos on
- Deianeira, and that of the whole tribe of Centaurs on the
- Lapith women, are more than offset by the hospitality of
- Pholos and by the wisdom of Cheiron, physician, prophet,
- lyrist, and the instructor of Achilles. Further, the Cen-
- taurs were peculiar in that their nature, which united the
- body of a horse with the trunk and head of a man, involved
- an unthinkable duplication of vital organs and important
- members. So grotesque a combination seems almost un-Greek.
- These strange creatures were said to live in the caves and
- clefts of the mountains, myths associating them especially
- with the hills of Thessaly and the range of Erymanthos.
- [Mythology of all races, Vol. 1, pp. 270-271]
-D a dragon;
- In the West the dragon was the natural enemy of man. Although
- preferring to live in bleak and desolate regions, whenever it was
- seen among men it left in its wake a trail of destruction and
- disease. Yet any attempt to slay this beast was a perilous under-
- taking. For the dragon's assailant had to contend not only with
- clouds of sulphurous fumes pouring from its fire-breathing nos-
- trils, but also with the thrashings of its tail, the most deadly
- part of its serpent-like body.
- [From: Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun Library)]
-E a floating eye
-F a freezing sphere
-G a gnome;
- ... And then a gnome came by, carrying a bundle, an old fellow
- three times as large as an imp and wearing clothes of a sort,
- especially a hat. And he was clearly just as frightened as the
- imps though he could not go so fast. Ramon Alonzo saw that there
- must be some great trouble that was vexing magical things; and,
- since gnomes speak the language of men, and will answer if spoken
- to gently, he raised his hat, and asked of the gnome his name.
- The gnome did not stop his hasty shuffle a moment as he answered
- 'Alaraba' and grabbed the rim of his hat but forgot to doff it.
- 'What is the trouble, Alaraba?' said Ramon Alonzo.
- 'White magic. Run!' said the gnome ...
- [From: The Charwoman's Shadow, by Lord Dunsany.]
-H a hobgoblin;
- Hobgoblin. Used by the Puritans and in later times for
- wicked goblin spirits, as in Bunyan's 'Hobgoblin nor foul
- friend', but its more correct use is for the friendly spir-
- its of the brownie type. In 'A midsummer night's dream' a
- fairy says to Shakespeare's Puck:
- Those that Hobgoblin call you, and sweet Puck,
- You do their work, and they shall have good luck:
- Are you not he?
- and obviously Puck would not wish to be called a hobgoblin
- if that was an ill-omened word.
- Hobgoblins are on the whole, good-humoured and ready to be
- helpful, but fond of practical joking, and like most of the
- fairies rather nasty people to annoy. Boggarts hover on the
- verge of hobgoblindom. Bogles are just over the edge.
- One Hob mentioned by Henderson, was Hob Headless who haunted
- the road between Hurworth and Neasham, but could not cross
- the little river Kent, which flowed into the Tess. He was
- exorcised and laid under a large stone by the roadside for
- ninety-nine years and a day. If anyone was so unwary as to
- sit on that stone, he would be unable to quit it for ever.
- The ninety-nine years is nearly up, so trouble may soon be
- heard of on the road between Hurworth and Neasham.
- [Katharine Briggs, A dictionary of Fairies]
-I an invisible stalker
-J a jackal
-K a kobold
-L a leprechaun;
- The Irish Leprechaun is the Faeries' shoemaker and is known
- under various names in different parts of Ireland: Cluri-
- caune in Cork, Lurican in Kerry, Lurikeen in Kildare and Lu-
- rigadaun in Tipperary. Although he works for the Faeries,
- the Leprechaun is not of the same species. He is small, has
- dark skin and wears strange clothes. His nature has some-
- thing of the manic-depressive about it: first he is quite
- happy, whistling merrily as he nails a sole on to a shoe; a
- few minutes later, he is sullen and morose, drunk on his
- home-made heather ale. The Leprechaun's two great loves are
- tobacco and whiskey, and he is a first-rate con-man, impos-
- sible to out-fox. No one, no matter how clever, has ever
- managed to cheat him out of his hidden pot of gold or his
- magic shilling. At the last minute he always thinks of some
- way to divert his captor's attention and vanishes in the
- twinkling of an eye.
- [From: A Field Guide to the Little People
- by Nancy Arrowsmith & George Moorse. ]
-M a mimic
-N a nymph
-O an orc
-P a purple worm
-Q a quasit
-R a rust monster
-S a snake
-T a troll
-U an umber hulk
-V a vampire
-W a wraith
-X a xorn
-Y a yeti
-Z a zombie
-a an acid blob
-b a giant beetle
-c a cockatrice;
- Once in a great while, when the positions of the stars are
- just right, a seven-year-old rooster will lay an egg. Then,
- along will come a snake, to coil around the egg, or a toad,
- to squat upon the egg, keeping it warm and helping it to
- hatch. When it hatches, out comes a creature called basil-
- isk, or cockatrice, the most deadly of all creatures. A sin-
- gle glance from its yellow, piercing toad's eyes will kill
- both man and beast. Its power of destruction is said to be
- so great that sometimes simply to hear its hiss can prove
- fatal. Its breath is so venomenous that it causes all vege-
- tation to wither.
- There is, however, one creature which can withstand the
- basilisk's deadly gaze, and this is the weasel. No one knows
- why this is so, but although the fierce weasel can slay the
- basilisk, it will itself be killed in the struggle. Perhaps
- the weasel knows the basilisk's fatal weakness: if it ever
- sees its own reflection in a mirror it will perish instant-
- ly. But even a dead basilisk is dangerous, for it is said
- that merely touching its lifeless body can cause a person to
- sicken and die.
- [From: Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon (The Leprechaun
- Library) and other sources. ]
-d a dog
-e an ettin
-f a fog cloud
-g a gelatinous cube
-h a homunculus
-i an imp;
- ... imps ... little creatures of two feet high that could
- gambol and jump prodigiously; ...
- [From: The Charwoman's Shadow, by Lord Dunsany.]
-
- An 'imp' is an off-shoot or cutting. Thus an 'ymp tree' was
- a grafted tree, or one grown from a cutting, not from seed.
- 'Imp' properly means a small devil, an off-shoot of Satan,
- but the distinction between goblins or bogles and imps from
- hell is hard to make, and many in the Celtic countries as
- well as the English Puritans regarded all fairies as devils.
- The fairies of tradition often hover uneasily between the
- ghostly and the diabolic state.
- [Katharine Briggs, A dictionary of Fairies]
-j a jaguar
-k a killer bee
-l a leocrotta
-m a minotaur
-n a nurse
-o an owlbear
-p a piercer
-q a quivering blob
-r a giant rat
-s a scorpion
-t a tengu;
- The tengu was the most troublesome creature of Japanese
- legend. Part bird and part man, with red beak for a nose
- and flashing eyes, the tengu was notorious for stirring up
- feuds and prolonging enmity between families. Indeed, the
- belligerent tengus were supposed to have been man's first
- instructors in the use of arms.
- [From: Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon
- (The Leprechaun Library). ]
-u a unicorn;
- Men have always sought the elusive unicorn, for the single
- twisted horn which projected from its forehead was thought
- to be a powerful talisman. It was said that the unicorn had
- simply to dip the tip of its horn in a muddy pool for the
- water to become pure. Men also believed that to drink from
- this horn was a protection against all sickness, and that if
- the horn was ground to a powder it would act as an antidote
- to all poisons. Less than 200 years ago in France, the horn
- of a unicorn was used in a ceremony to test the royal food
- for poison.
- Although only the size of a small horse, the unicorn is a
- very fierce beast, capable of killing an elephant with a
- single thrust from its horn. Its fleetness of foot also
- makes this solitary creature difficult to capture. However,
- it can be tamed and captured by a maiden. Made gentle by the
- sight of a virgin, the unicorn can be lured to lay its head
- in her lap, and in this docile mood, the maiden may secure
- it with a golden rope.
- [From: Mythical Beasts by Deirdre Headon
- (The Leprechaun Library). ]
-v a violet fungi
-w a long worm;
- From its teeth the crysknife can be manufactured.
-~ the tail of a long worm
-x a xan;
- The xan were animals sent to prick the legs of the Lords of Xibalba.
-y a yellow light
-z a zruty;
- The zruty are wild and gigantic beings, living in the wildernesses
- of the Tatra mountains.
-1 The wizard of Yendor
-2 The mail daemon