Difference between pages "Fiddyment" and "Apocralypse"

From Discworld & Terry Pratchett Wiki

(Difference between pages)
Jump to: navigation, search
m (sp)
 
m
 
Line 1: Line 1:
 +
{{spoilersfor|''[[Book:Thief of Time|Thief of Time]]'' and ''[[Book:Sourcery|Sourcery]]''}}
  
A human constable in the [[Ankh-Morpork City Watch]], Fiddyment appears in {{TT}}.  When the steeple-jack Arthur Crank disrupts traffic in [[Street of Cunning Artificers|Artificer Street]] by threatening to jump off a high building ledge, Fiddyment is the officer on the spot who must do something about it.  Given the good citizens approach to interesting street theater, many carts have stopped and a large mob has gathered to watch what happens.
+
The '''Apocralypse''' is the end of the [[Discworld (world)|world]], so named because it is an ''apocryphal apocalypse'', nobody is sure when it will happen, how it will happen, and whether it will happen in the here-and-now sense. The Tea-Time of the Gods, when the [[Ice Giants]] will march against them for the last time, probably without even giving them the lawnmower back first. The End of the Disc, when the [[Four Horsemen]] ([[Death|DEATH]], [[War|WAR]], [[Famine|FAMINE]] and [[Pestilence|PESTILENCE]]) will ride forth. In the older Books of Omnianism, there is also an Angel clothèd all in white with an iron book who presides over the event, and such an angel has come into existence, and has been waiting for this event for centuries. However, by the time the event occurred, he was dismissed as an allegory for something that had already happened.  This knowledge had no discernible effect.
  
While [[William de Worde]] climbs up onto the ledge with Mr Crank to interview him for the  [[Ankh-Morpork Times]], discovering in the process that the man does not actually intend to jump off, just to threaten to jump until his demands are met (about AM$20 should do it). Fiddyment instead fetches the man's wife (to whom Arthur has been happily married for three years, over three decades ago) who shouts at her husband, and threatens to take away his trousers if he doesn't come down right now.
+
The Apocralypse has almost-happened in ''[[Book:The Light Fantastic|The Light Fantastic]]'', ''[[Book:Sourcery|Sourcery]]'' (thanks in no small part to [[Rincewind]]) and ''[[Book:Thief of Time|Thief of Time]]''. Almost. Somehow the events turned around. In Thief of Time, Kaos, the Fifth Horseman also rode, though the Ice Giants went unmentioned.
  
Fiddyment appears later in the story, when the watch are required to secure the [[Patrician's Palace]] after it is reported that the Patrician has stabbed one of his clerks. After Sergeant [[Detritus]] is confronted and verbally bested at the gates by William de Worde, he gets Fiddyment to escort William and [[Otto Chriek]] to Commander [[Samuel Vimes|Vimes]] with the instruction "dey not to fall down any steps or nuffin".  
+
==Annotation==
 +
The [[Roundworld]] reference, of course is to the [[wikipedia:Apocalypse|The '''Apocalypse''']] (no 'r'!), the force of man's destruction described in the Christian Bible in chapter six of the Book of Revelation, the Original Greek Αποκαλυψις Ιωαννου (Apokalupsis Iōannou), "Revelation Of John". The four horsemen in this account are traditionally named after the powers they represent: War, Famine, Conquest, and Death. However, this is slightly at odds with the conventional interpretation of the Bible, which actually only directly names the fourth: "Death".
  
 
+
[[Category:Discworld concepts]]
[[Category:Discworld characters]]
+
:
[[Category:Human characters]]
+
[[de:Apokalypse]]

Revision as of 04:18, 2 September 2013


The Apocralypse is the end of the world, so named because it is an apocryphal apocalypse, nobody is sure when it will happen, how it will happen, and whether it will happen in the here-and-now sense. The Tea-Time of the Gods, when the Ice Giants will march against them for the last time, probably without even giving them the lawnmower back first. The End of the Disc, when the Four Horsemen (DEATH, WAR, FAMINE and PESTILENCE) will ride forth. In the older Books of Omnianism, there is also an Angel clothèd all in white with an iron book who presides over the event, and such an angel has come into existence, and has been waiting for this event for centuries. However, by the time the event occurred, he was dismissed as an allegory for something that had already happened. This knowledge had no discernible effect.

The Apocralypse has almost-happened in The Light Fantastic, Sourcery (thanks in no small part to Rincewind) and Thief of Time. Almost. Somehow the events turned around. In Thief of Time, Kaos, the Fifth Horseman also rode, though the Ice Giants went unmentioned.

Annotation

The Roundworld reference, of course is to the The Apocalypse (no 'r'!), the force of man's destruction described in the Christian Bible in chapter six of the Book of Revelation, the Original Greek Αποκαλυψις Ιωαννου (Apokalupsis Iōannou), "Revelation Of John". The four horsemen in this account are traditionally named after the powers they represent: War, Famine, Conquest, and Death. However, this is slightly at odds with the conventional interpretation of the Bible, which actually only directly names the fourth: "Death".

Personal tools
In other languages