January 6th, 2007

What does one call the Top of a Tower?

I've googled and wikipediad till my eyes are bleeding. I *cannot* find a decent description (architecturally) of a Tower. Now I'd *like* it to be a Romanesque (500-1200 a.d.) tower -- but at this point, I'll take any bloody period I can find.

Specifically, I need to know what one calls the Top of the Tower. What the name is that one might use to describe where one might stand if one were on guard duty or wanting to look out over the lands/waters that one could survey best from the top.

Widow's Walk (that often iron fenced in top of a an ocean side home of a sailor) is both too late and not quite right. (thanks for that correction :>)

Thanks for any help anyone can point me at!
  • Current Mood: slightly frustrated
  • Current Music: Radiomargaritaville

Castles reverting to the Crown?

And for the ones I can't even figure out *how* to look up...

If an Earl's Widow dies without a will and with no living relatives to claim the estate, would the Castle revert to the Crown for ownership? This is PRE 1500 (in the very early 1100's or so).

Edit: This is also NORSE, not English. So the laws are a little different (and I've not been able to find good materials on "different in what way").

Thanks again!
  • Current Mood: slightly more frustrated
  • Current Music: Only Time will Tell

Constructing place names in Spanish

I have two characters taking a slightly surreal road trip, and at one point they pass through The Valley Of Dry Bone Dreams. What I'm trying to work out is, how would I construct this as a place name in Spanish? Would a literal translation do, or is there a particular set of rules I need to adhere to? Any help would be fantastic, as my Spanish isn't great.

forensics and Catholicism

Two questions.

1. In my story, a young woman falls to her death. She didn't jump; she was pushed. My main character is a forensics specialist in blood spatter and it's necessary for the story that he at least have some grave suspicions, based on the evidence, that she didn't kill herself. What forensically plausible clues could he find at the scene of the crime which would indicate that she was murdered?

Could something like the trajectory of her fall provide a clue?

Note: the evidence doesn't have to be strong enough for a court case. This is a Dexter fic: the scene just has to be "off" enough for him to suspect foul play, and dig deeper.

2. If a person commits a crime because of mental illness, how is that looked upon by Catholic docterine? Is the person held entirely responsible for their actions?

I'm trying to figure out of if it would be bad characterization for a priest to express the belief that someone isn't responsible for something they did because they weren't in their right mind. Would that ring false?

I found an article on mental illness at the Catholic Encyclopedia, but I'd like a little more to go on here.

MOD POST: new rule

I've added a new rule to the user info:
8. Don't use crime drama shows as a source when replying to forensics questions unless the original poster says it's okay. Those shows are fiction.
I'd like to remind everybody that this community is all about getting things right. It's not about getting things wrong.

In practical terms, this means that from now on, I'm going to be giving people who use shows like CSI* as if they're a legitimate source on actual forensic work a warning.

* Do not get me started.