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I'm getting confused. There are eight heraldic Hippos. All eight face towards the sea. In Pyramids all eight statues sit on the seaward (rimward) parapet. In Feet of Clay Sam Vimes noticed five clumps of shadows instead of four on the parapet, the extra one being Meshugah.
Am I reading this wrongly or is this an example of divergent architecture? --Iron Hippo 17:22, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
- Some were turned around to watch the Guilds and the Wizards? These things are sent to try us (by a bloody-minded author). --Old Dickens 21:44, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
- Someone's gone and stolen them, thus finally proving Fred Colon's method of policing (guarding large structures in case they get stolen) is actually worthwhile?
- Or, if you want a more serious explanation, maybe they were destroyed in some various event between Pyramids and Feet of Clay, and the bridge was rebuilt with only 4 (or only 4 survived). The Sourceror never happened, and in any event Sourcery was before Pyramids, as was the Fire in The Colour of Magic. But what did happen was the Dragon in Guards! Guards!... The dragon damaged lots of pieces of the city, especially when it fell (when Errol knocked it down). Could it be responsible?
- Or are we told elsewhere that the bridge still has eight in modern times? TC01 20:16, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
- I was merely thinking that in Feet of Clay there were four hippos per parapet, and in Pyramids all eight hippos sit on the seaward parapet. --Iron Hippo 22:38, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
Origin of the name
Thought people might be interested to know that there's a style of house number/nameplate called a brass bridge, presumably because the top of it is shaped like a hump-backed bridge. Knowing TP's liking for obscure jokes, I suspect there's a fair chance this is the reason the bridge in AM is called that. -Biggus23x 10.40pm 01/03/12