October 19th, 2005

early morning psycho

On Assassins and Hit Men

I was thinking about my NaNoWriMo story and realized that I had a lot of questions about assassins.

Do many do it for money or do they kill for personal reasons? The character that I'm toying with considers murder to be a job. It isn't personal for him. So would he be more likely to be a hit man than an assassin? Are hit men usually only employed by the mafia or can anybody hire them? And what exactly is the difference between a hit man and an assassin?

I've tried looking up some of these things but you would never guess how hard it is to find information on assassins and hit men. So if you guys have any thoughts on the matter, please share.
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Technical term for a raised walkway

I have a question about a term used to describe a raised walkway in a certain church that appears in a certain game. I tried to Google terms I THOUGHT it might be, but I honestly haven't had any luck finding anything, especially anything with pictures that can show me something similar and reassure me that it's the correct term.

The walkway is above the main hall, along the walls and over the door, and can be used as a viewing area for the altar. What is the architectural term for that?

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post a picture, but it's the best way to describe what I mean. I'm lj-cutting it.

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EDIT: I think either "mezzanine" or "gallery" will work. Thanks! I'm kicking myself for not being able to find that out myself.

EDIT AGAIN: "Clerestory" is exactly what I was looking for. The character would know the term, so he'd use that over the other options. Thanks!

vampire cats?

I've been trying to more information on the vampire/demon cats of Japanese lore.

I've tried googling it, but it just pretty much brought up the same story over and over again, and I have no clue as to what they are even called.

All I know is that basically they have two tails, and can changed into at least whoever they had killed.

Does anyone else have more information on these creatures?
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