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Dudley's dungeon -- Thursday, 19 April, 2007

Dudley's dungeon

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Thursday, 19 April, 2007 by Geko
The imp ... imps ... little creatures of two feet high that could
gambol and jump prodigiously; ...
        [ 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.
        [ A Dictionary of Fairies, by Katharine Briggs ]

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hits! The imp ... imps ... little creatures of two feet high that could
gambol and jump prodigiously; ...
        [ 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.
        [ A Dictionary of Fairies, by Katharine Briggs ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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i "What is the most vile trap the dungeon has to offer?"
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@ "I don't know."
A trap doorI knew my Erik too well to feel at all comfortable on jumping
into his house. I knew what he had made of a certain palace at
Mazenderan. From being the most honest building conceivable, he
soon turned it into a house of the very devil, where you could
not utter a word but it was overheard or repeated by an echo.
With his trap-doors the monster was responsible for endless
tragedies of all kinds.
        [ The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux ]

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in the ceiling opens and a green slimeThese giant amoeboid creatures look like nothing more than
puddles of slime, but they both live and move, feeding on
metal or wood as well as the occasional dungeon explorer to
supplement their diet.

But we were not on a station platform. We were on the track ahead
as the nightmare, plastic column of fetid black iridescence oozed
tightly onward through its fifteen-foot sinus, gathering unholy
speed and driving before it a spiral, re-thickening cloud of the
pallid abyss vapor. It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster
than any subway train -- a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic
bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes
forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the
tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic
penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its
kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.
        [ At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft ]

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falls on your head! ## ### -|------------# |...i........|# |....P........# --------------


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Comments

Rose April 19, 2007 00:29
First comment: 3 July, 2006 79 comments written
That would be a bad trap. Nice comic :)
Slowpoke April 19, 2007 02:02
First comment: 27 February, 2007 239 comments written
Why do I suddenly feel like I'm watching Nickelodeon with my pre-schooler?
Dav April 19, 2007 02:09
First comment: 26 June, 2004 147 comments written
What an obscure reference.
Nameless April 19, 2007 02:24
First comment: 29 December, 2004 281 comments written
Reference?
Bahustard April 19, 2007 02:49
First comment: 19 April, 2007 2 comments written
For those not in the know, check the second paragraph of the WaterDay after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere
Nor any drop to drink.
        [ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor
         Coleridge ]

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, SlimeThese giant amoeboid creatures look like nothing more than
puddles of slime, but they both live and move, feeding on
metal or wood as well as the occasional dungeon explorer to
supplement their diet.

But we were not on a station platform. We were on the track ahead
as the nightmare, plastic column of fetid black iridescence oozed
tightly onward through its fifteen-foot sinus, gathering unholy
speed and driving before it a spiral, re-thickening cloud of the
pallid abyss vapor. It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster
than any subway train -- a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic
bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes
forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the
tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic
penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its
kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.
        [ At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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, and Pies section of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Can%27t_Do_That_On_Television

This... was a truly painful reference. Seriously. That's awful. You should be ashamed, Geko. You magnificent bastard.
Grognor April 19, 2007 05:14
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
I agree with mister "I've only written one comic" man.
SQLGuru April 19, 2007 15:19
First comment: 23 October, 2006 77 comments written
Where's Alanis Morisette and Dave Coulier? I used to watchThese strange creatures live mostly on the surface of the
earth, gathering together in societies of various forms, but
occasionally a stray will descend into the depths and commit
mayhem among the dungeon residents who, naturally, often
resent the intrusion of such beasts. They are capable of
using weapons and magic, and it is even rumored that the
Wizard of Yendor is a member of this species.

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that show all the time growing up.

Layne
Fathead April 20, 2007 18:47
First comment: 1 April, 2006 1136 comments written
Grognor: That would be "comment". I think.
Grognor April 22, 2007 10:31
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
Uh, what?
Kerta December 15, 2007 16:50
First comment: 12 December, 2007 72 comments written
A classic classic.

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