being in cathedral

Everyone has a story

Everybody introducing ourselves to our newest player, and them presenting the best introduction ever given

Elf/Vampire Ranger: I am currently trying to find the vampire clan that this gauntlet belongs to and take down their tyrannical king.
Anarmor Fighter: I am in search of my creator, as well as discovering who I am.
Succubus Sorcerer: I escaped the depths of hell from my evil demonic father in order to seek freedom from this curse put on me.
Elf Druid: I’m currently a wanted criminal for prophesying something awful to a king. I’m also seeking out my father who left my village when I was a little girl.
Werewolf Monk: I awoke in the underdark after blacking out. The last thing I remember is being kicked out of my monastery for some reason.
Drow Fighter: I’ve accompanied this group after they helped rescue me from being held prisoner at a cathedral and defeating the Kraken that terrorized the outskirts of my city.
Elf/Human Druid: I stumbled upon this group by accident after falling down a hole into the underdark. I wanna journey back to my village to seek out the help of the cyclops who guards our island.

Everybody: What about you?

Human Ranger: I wanna hunt down and kill my ex-wife for turning my son into a goat.

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A significant proportion of my childhood was spent being dragged around every castle, cathedral, Roman fortification, ruined abbey, cairn, and stack of at least two large rocks piled on top of each other.

diapositivistas  asked:

You probably know him, but in case you don't... here's a really interesting story: Justo Gallego Martinez. (I'm the same guy looking for mentally ill architects). Virtual high five! YES!

If obsession for something is considered a mental sickness then yes, the cathedral being built by Justo Gallego Martinez is an interesting case study. 

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Don Justo’s cathedral is located in a small town called Mejorada del Campo. It is still far from completion, but even now it is a huge building with a 40-metre dome, towers, a cloister and a courtyard. This Cathedral s being built by Justo Gallego Martínez who has never studied architecture or civil engineering. He takes his ideas from the drawings of medieval religious buildings.

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sophies-sideshow  asked:

Has anyone ever told you that the little details about your young wizards 'verse are tantalizing and lovely? Because they are. I for one love seeing the little glimpses into the world you've created.

You’re very kind to say that! Thank you.

I guess, too, that worldbuilding for me isn’t all broad strokes and big design. It’s also about the small things, the details that characters notice and the way they use (or maybe a better word is “exploit”) what you give them. For example, I once got a very nice note from somebody at NASA about the fact that in SPOCK’S WORLD, our eponymous Vulcan is using transporter technology in a very off-label manner to keep his Captain’s ground coffee fresh over long periods. :) That’s the kind of thing that makes a world real for me. A world should be complex enough to be exploited in ways the author didn’t expect. (Or would have expected if they’d taken more time to think about it.)

There are a lot of details in the YW universe that nobody but me will ever see: which is as it should be. It’s only the insecure creator who gets obsessive about Showing All Their Work.

…And we now cue the Mel(l)on Story. It may be apocryphal, who knows? But I don’t care. It goes like this:

Cathedrals are never finished. Bits are always falling off and having to be put back on again; and the interiors can take years and years to complete, even if they were “finished” centuries ago.* Now, as it happens, the National Cathedral in Washington for a long time still matched this description. It was years being worked on. The inside was a mess of scaffolding for a good while, and sculptors in particular were busy there for ages.

There was (and still is, as far as I know) a big banking family in the US by the name of Mellon. (They had banks in the Philly area when I was living there.) They were a big contributor to the work on the Cathedral, and as a result the carvings in the place are full of punning references to them: melons and melon vines and gourds and pumpkins and whatnot all over the place.

So there’s a stonemason (this one, I’m betting) way up high in the scaffolding working on the back of some kind of pumpkin or whatever. And he’s taking forever over it. And somebody passing through watches him at this for a while, and then yells up at him, “Why are you wasting so much time on that? You’re forty feet up, you’re halfway behind a pillar, there’s no light, nobody’s ever going to see that!”

And the stonemason pauses and peers down at whoever’s yelling at him, and yells back, “God will see!” And then goes back to what he’s doing.

Leaving aside the religious resonances (obviously assisted by being in a cathedral at the time), that guy (I think) had exactly the right idea. The way to do the Work – regardless of one’s religious inclinations or lack of them – is to proceed as if God would see. If you’re going to be a subcreator (in the Tolkienian sense), then be a good, thoughtful, thorough one, and don’t leave something half-finished or half-thought-through because you don’t think anyone will ever see it. You will see it (or its lack). And its presence, or absence, will invariably affect other things in the interior structure you’re building, whether you notice that happening or not.

You don’t have to show the work. But you have to do it as if people might come and look at it at any minute. Because who knows, someday (should you have good reason to show it) they might. But also: you do that because that is your responsibility as a Creator. Creation wants to be treated respectfully. If you don’t do so, it will find ways to get back at you. But the important thing is to treat small detail as if it’s as vital as large structure… because it is… and also, because it’s the right thing to do. 

Meanwhile: glad you’re enjoying the way things are going. It means a lot. :)

*Check out, BTW, the online home of the gorgeous workshop of the Cathedral of Our Lady in Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany. Here they build new bits of the Fraumuenster to replace the old ones that fall off or get damaged. And you can buy some of the old bits to take home, sometimes, if you want a piece of one of the most exquisite Gothic cathedrals in Europe. The funds go toward continuing repairs and maintenance of the Muenster.

Cathedrals of Great Britain

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is a Christian Church of the Anglican Communion, the shrine of St Cuthbert, the seat of the Bishop of Durham and a focus of pilgrimage and spirituality in North East England

The bishopric dates from 995, with the present cathedral being founded in AD 1093. The cathedral is regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with nearby Durham Castle, which faces it across Palace Green.

The present cathedral replaced the 10th century “White Church”, built as part of a monastic foundation to house the shrine of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.

The treasures of Durham Cathedral include relics of St Cuthbert, the head of St Oswald of Northumbria and the remains of the Venerable Bede. In addition, its Library contains one of the most complete sets of early printed books in England, the pre-Dissolution monastic accounts, and three copies of Magna Carta.

Dating Jack Jackson would include:

-Cute shy smiles.
-Finding flowers, and drawings at your front door.
-Dancing around the fire during gatherings.
-Posing for his sculptures.
-Hugs from behind.
-Loving, sweet kisses all the time.
-Steamy sex, being pinned down.
-Swimming in the lake together.
-Him holding your hand a lot.
-Passionate love.
-Possessive nature.
-Picnics.
-Play fighting, he always wins.
-Sinful things in the cathedral.
-Being proud of him for all his work.
-He’s very supportive of you.
-Spoils you as much as he is able.

Originally posted by lizziemclor

washingtonpost.com
Washington National Cathedral to remove stained glass windows honoring Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson
Confederate windows were likely the most prominent in an American sacred space

“These windows will be deconsecrated, removed, conserved and stored until we can determine a more appropriate future for them. The window openings and stone work in the Lee-Jackson Bay will be covered over until we determine what will go in their place.”

The church began deliberations on removal two years ago after the racially motivated shootings at the Zion AME church in Charlottesville. Despite being known as the National Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is an Episcopal church and has no affiliation with the US government.

The Tale of the Dragon Slayer and the Sun’s Firstborn

A lore interpretation of Ornstein and the Nameless King

By slaughtering the Everlasting Dragons, Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight, put an end to the Age of Ancients and ushered in an Age of Fire. He built the magnificent city of Anor Londo, also known as the City of the Gods, where he resided with his family. He had three children – Gwyndolin, the youngest son with a strange affinity of the moon, Gwynevere, Princess of Sunlight, and his eldest son, who is now unknown to the world. There is a big mystery revolving around the identity of that son, all that was known up to now was that he had been the one to be banished by his own father for losing the precious annals. But now Dark Souls 3 shines a new light upon the identity of Gwyn’s long lost son and parts of his life.

What follows is my own free interpretation of the facts that are given to us by various item descriptions in the game, and common knowledge about Souls lore. Every time I quote something I’ll put the source right behind it – everything else is my own version of the story created by simply filling the gaps left open by the canon.

The story starts quite a while after Gwyn has settled down in Anor Londo with his family. His first born son has just come of age and is now ready to follow in his father’s footsteps. He has “inherited the light of Gwyn, the first lord” (Ring of the Sun’s Firstborn, Dark Souls 3), suggesting that he has the same lightning powers as his father. With those powers, he is now sent out to find and kill the last remnants of the Ancient Dragons (“Once a slayer of dragons […]”, Lighning Storm, Dark Souls 3). But Gwyn knows of his son’s temper and his tendency to get himself into trouble (suggested by the fact, that he is called “foolish” several times in item descriptions), and so he chooses one of his faithful and loyal knights to accompany his son. Out of his four knights he appoints the captain, a man known as Ornstein. This is an important new information Dark Souls 3 gives. When looking the rings of the Four Knights of Gwyn one can see that the first line always says

“Ring associated with [name], one of the Four Knights of Gwyn, the First Lord.”, followed by a short story about the character. In the description of the Leo Ring, that story tells

“Ornstein was the first knight of the sun’s eldest born, and his cross spear is said to have pierced scales made of stone.”

So Ornstein isn’t only a knight of Gwyn, he is actually also the knight of Gwyn’s son. Now, the short description of the ring can be broken down and analysed quite a bit. It is worth noting that, while in the first lines of the description it clearly says “Ring associated with Dragon Slayer Ornstein”, the title “Dragon Slayer” is dropped in the second part, and he is simply called “Ornstein”. That suggests that he hasn’t always been a slayer of dragons, but that he had to earn his title first. Furthermore, the fact that right after “[he] was the first knight of the sun’s eldest born” the description follows up with “his cross spear is said to have pierced scales made of stone.” can be another hint towards Ornstein being a brother in arms to Gwyn’s son, who fought with him against the dragons. So the two of them were a fierce and gallant duo, maybe even friends, and they slaughtered dragons together, earning Ornstein the title of “Dragon Slayer”.

But all things come to an end, and the comradery of Ornstein and Gwyn’s firstborn ends the day the latter loses the annals of his father (“[…]his foolishness led to a loss of the annals, and rescinding of his deific status.”, Ring of the Sun’s Firstborn, Dark Souls). It is unclear how exactly the tragedy happens, but as mentioned before, the son seems to be reckless in his youth, always searching for adventures, hence the “foolishness”. Gwyn is furious, so furious that he banishes his own son, erasing his name from the history books (Ring of the Sun’s Firstborn, Dark Souls). It must have been devastating for Ornstein, seeing his brother in arms and good friend leave. Considering that extremely harsh punishment, it is natural that Gwyn would also have one in store for the man who was supposed to take care of his son and control his temper – Ornstein. His armour description from Dark Souls tells us

Armor of the dragonslayer Ornstein, who guards the cathedral in the forsaken city of Anor Londo.”

Ornstein, a knight and fighter all his life is punished by being made protector of the cathedral and Gwyn’s remaining children in Anor Londo. There he is joined by Smough, an executioner who wants to become a knight of Gwyn, but isn’t quite cut out for it and thus has to be given another task (“Smough loved his work, and ground the bones of his victims into his own feed, ruining his hopes of being ranked with the Four Knights.”, Smough’s Hammer, Dark Souls). It almost seems as if the guard post of the cathedral is for the people Gwyn has no use for anymore otherwise. But Ornstein is still loyal to Gwyn, and what else is he supposed to do with the rest of Gwyn’s knights scattered throughout the world?

For ages Ornstein and Smough protect the cathedral from intruders without any other purpose. That is until one day the flames start to fade, and Gwyn sacrifices himself to keep the Age of Fire going. After that, the Gods are leaving the crumbling city of Anor Londo, with only Gwyndolin remaining there. It is then that Ornstein makes a decision all by himself for the first time.  He decides to leave the cathedral behind, seeing no purpose in protecting it anymore, even though there is still one child of Gwyn left. He leaves behind Smough, “the last knight to stand in defense of the ruined cathedral” (Smough’s Set, Dark Souls 3).

Then who does the Chosen Undead fight in Dark Souls? One theory would be that that version of Ornstein is just another illusion by Gwyndolin. While the illusion of his sister Gwynevere is rather fragile and fleeting, he has maybe put more effort into the one of Ornstein. It could be that he took one of the remaining knights in Anor Londo and manipulated his appearance to match the one of Ornstein. There must have been countless lightning weapons and miracles in Gwyn’s weapon chamber, so finding a lighting spear wouldn’t have been a problem. The fact that Ornstein is only an illusion could also be an explanation why Smough simply smashes his companion, even though he’s still alive. He knows he’s not killing the real knight of Gwyn, so it becomes just another execution of a useless knight for him.

In any case, Ornstein is gone. But where is a knight like Ornstein, who has lived for others his whole life, to go? Whose best memories come from a time where he fought side by side with an old friend?

In the dragonless age, this knight, who long guarded the ruined cathedral, left the land in search of their nameless king.” (Dragon Slayer set, Dark Souls 3)

Who is this Nameless King? From his soul in Dark Souls 3 we know

The Nameless King was once a dragon-slaying god of war, before he sacrificed everything to ally himself with the ancient dragons.

A dragon-slaying god of war seems awfully familiar, especially when looking at the Ring of the Sun’s Firstborn again. “Lord Gwyn’s firstborn was a god of war […]” Another connection can be drawn between the Ring, “Ring of the Sun’s first born, who inherited the light of Gwyn, the first lord.” and Nameless King’s Dragonslayer Swordspear “The swordspear is imbued with lightning, of which he was the heir.

So Ornstein doesn’t look for the Namless King because he has heard rumors of a once mighty Dragon Slayer with whom he now wants to exchange stories, no. He’s looking for his old friend, and his only lead are the stories of a former Dragon Slayer who has “sacrificed everything to ally himself with the ancient dragons” (Soul of the Nameless King, Dark Souls 3) Gwyn’s first born, who used to fight dragons just like his father, is now allied with them and has become a King of Dragons, and Ornstein is looking for him. What happens next is a mystey. Ornstein finds him, that’s for sure, but how does their meeting play out? Does Ornstein reunite with his old friend, joining him in his quest to protect the last of the dragons until he dies of old age? Or can’t he accept the fact that his friend is allied with the very foes they used to fight and so Ornstein dies in battle with the Nameless King?

Cathedrals of Great Britain

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral is a Christian Church of the Anglican Communion, the shrine of St Cuthbert, the seat of the Bishop of Durham and a focus of pilgrimage and spirituality in North East England

The bishopric dates from 995, with the present cathedral being founded in AD 1093. The cathedral is regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with nearby Durham Castle, which faces it across Palace Green.

The present cathedral replaced the 10th century “White Church”, built as part of a monastic foundation to house the shrine of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.

The treasures of Durham Cathedral include relics of St Cuthbert, the head of St Oswald of Northumbria and the remains of the Venerable Bede. In addition, its Library contains one of the most complete sets of early printed books in England, the pre-Dissolution monastic accounts, and three copies of Magna Carta.

so when i was in fourth grade, i found The Hunchback of Notre Dame in our school’s library. Loving both the disney film and reading, i checked it out.

how the hell did disney see that story and go “you know what would make a good kid’s movie? explicit torture, murder, a woman purposefully smashing her skull, a religious man repeatedly attempting to assault a romani girl, and a sweet and good boy who rings the bells of a paris cathedral being exposed to the horrors of the world because his controlling father-figure won’t let him have a damn field trip. oh, and lots of racism. lots of racism.”

you built me palaces out of paragraphs, you built cathedrals

Being a Series of Letters Exchanged between Newton Scamander, Magizoologist and Porpentina Goldstein, MACUSA Auror from 1926 to 1945 [as noted by historians]


London, England

December 30, 1926

Dear Auror Goldstein,

Thank you for your letter and your inquires as to my safe return to England. Please reassure your sister Queenie of my (and my creatures) safe return (as well as entirely uneventful, though there was a minor incident with a sea serpent on the trip back–nothing to worry about, I assure you).

On that note, even though it might not please you, I am very happy to hear that our friend Jacob still retains some of his memories of our adventures together–and he has his bakery. I can think of no one worthier of a little good luck–the possible exception being yourself and your sister, of course.

Regards,

Newt Scamander

New York City, America

January 15, 1927

Dear Mr. Scamander,

My sister and I were very glad to hear of your safe return and look forward to the publishing of your book (Queenie says she has lots of ideas for a title, if you care to hear them, she’ll send you a whole letter’s worth of them). I cannot say I am entirely unworried about what you call “a minor incident” with a sea serpent–but since there hasn’t been any news of any shipwrecks or sudden disappearances on the Atlantic, I can take you at your word. Please do try to be careful, though.

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Ever since the two had actually become something more beyond fuck buddies, it seemed that Klarion and Giriko seemed to spend quite a bit of time together, much to Noah’s disliking. The saw was starting to consider moving most of their time to Klarion’s penthouse, but for some reason the witch insisted on it being at the cathedral. Stretching out in his spot on the bed, the brunet gave a yawn.

I thought we were playing a game
in a forest that day.
I ran as my mother chased me.

But she’d been stung by a bee.
Or bitten by a snake.
She shouted my name, which

even as a child I knew was not
“Stop. Please. I’m dying.”

I ran deeper
into the bright black trees
happily
as she chased me: How

lovely the little bits and pieces.
The fingernails, the teeth. Even
the bombed cathedrals
being built inside of me.

How sweet
the eye socket. The spine. The
curious, distant possibility that God
had given courage
to human beings
that we might
suffer a little longer.

And by the time

I was willing to admit that
all along
all along
I’d known it was no game

I was a grown woman, turning
back, too late.

— 
LAURA KASISCHKE “Game" Poetry (October 2012)
Wherein the LD becomes God

(Whilst working on a performance being held in a Cathedral)

Theater Manager: Can we do something about the house lights?

LD: Umm…. that’s the sun. I can try if you like but I’m making no promises.

*Submitted by lightsginandbeards