Originally Posted by Mercator
My avatar is from a 15th century Dutch painting titled "Ship of Fools."
My ID is after a 16th century European cartographer. He is credited with the first 2D world map.
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My avatar is from the 12th century Lewis Chessmen found on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland in 1831. They are carved from walrus ivory. Mine is the rook, although most modern chess sets have the rook designed as a castle.
My ID is the Persian spelling of rook and was also the name of part of the Persian army in ancient times. The rukh was the small platform atop an elephant used by archers and is also the spelling of the gigantic bird of legend, the roc. In chess literature, the rook was know as the "old warrior," who, sensing an impending battle, would prepare to fight the good fight!