strange statues

With Thaniel under one shoulder, he climbed the bloody steps of the massive central tower, remembering when he trod it last, in chains, on his way to fight in the arena, how the gilded balustrades and strange statues had glimmered in Skasloi witchlight. It had been beautiful and terrible.
-Greg Keyes: The Briar King

The phrase that caught me here was “strange statues”. What are some examples of strange statues?

  • a living statue, rooted in place, perhaps with a single purpose (to remind men of the evils of a long-ago emperor) or quirk (chews tobacco and spits).
  • a strange combination of person and animal (for instance, a half-man, half-horse: the left side’s the horse)
  • a combination of person and office furniture
  • a statue of a tall bird-headed man. Occasionally, if you’re alone in the room, it will whisper, “Pss! C’mere!” and when you go over to it, it will pretend not to notice you.
  • a row of 11 busts that each answer your questions. Each talks in a different musical tone, so, by asking them short questions in the proper order, you can play a tune.
  • a statue of the previous emperor: his eyes and mouth are cuckoo clocks.

    I can see how, in the Skasloi witchlight, these statues would be beautiful and terrible indeed!


  • 6 Responses to “strange statues”

    1. Baf says:

      A statue on a pivoting rocker. Pivoting it causes rattling noises inside, and a little experiment proves that this is caused by something rolling around in a maze of internal hollows. The maze is actually pretty simple, and solving it makes the object, a low-value gemstone, to emerge fom the statue’s mouth. The real mystery is how on earth anyone managed to carve the twisting internal cavities into a seamless block of marble.

    2. paul paul says:

      Two Janus-like statues on either side of a throne: they show their beautiful, welcoming sun face or wrathful, bearded storm face depending on the mood of whoever sits in the throne.

    3. Michael (Gronan) Mornard says:

      * frantically writing things down for future inclusion in Ram’s Horn Castle *

    4. Morry Veer says:

      If you’re into statues you should really take a look at Isle of the Unknown:

    5. Laura says:

      I love that bird-headed man!

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