Anesi, the grandson of the famous wizard Stribel Wartsworth, and
born to Choboz and Mildi, had studied at Galepath University shortly
before 956 GUE. His grandfather, realizing his potential, was able to
pull a few strings to get him accepted into the university at a very
young age, in fact, no one so young had ever been accepted before.
attending Galepath, his mother, at Stribel’s insistence, put Anesi
through the Birnam Woods Speed Reading course. His study habits were
made excellent, propelling him to the top of his class. Anesi’s
favorite course at the university was Pranks Practicum 101, where he
learned the FILFRE spell, and how to create gratuitous fireworks.
there, The Great Shuboz Shuboz and his companions had their crystal
ball upon him for some time. The young magical genius discovered a
spell that no one else knew—the water-shaping spell. Such discoveries
were nearly unheard-of as his young age, for many enchanters and
sorcerers spend their entire lives searching for one original spell and
may never find it. And unlike Anesi, not all enchanters could memorize
REZROV permanently. It was a mark of the genius that came to him
through his grandfather Stribel.
While Anesi was very
talented, he was untrained. This was largely due to the fact that the
boy attended the university for less than half a term before his father
jerked him out. Choboz believed that the wizards (“those perverts” as
he called them) were teaching his boy bad things, trying to make him
both an enchanter and better than his own father. He refused to allow
such a thing. So he packed up the family and moved north to the
isolated wildlands north of Frobozz, to be as far removed from the
Enchanters Guild as possible. The boy would not see his grandfather
again for another ten years, and only remembered that he could do
Anesi’s first spell book, a shabby little
dog-eared volume had been given to him by the professors of the
Galepath University, but his father took it from him and burned it,
along with other books his grandfather Stribel left with him, which
included legends about the Great Terror. Choboz forbade his son from
ever using spells again. Anesi had never told his father about his
practice of the water-shaping spell and kept it secret. He knew that
his father would only get furious and certainly beat him dead if he
dared to cast a spell.
The family home and furniture had been
constructed by his overachieving father (even Anesi’s sandals had been
made by him). The boy had his own loft bedroom, which could only be
reached by climbing a ladder. Though surrounded by woods, the shore of
the Great Sea was very close. The surf could be heard as it pounded the
nearby narrow beach. The home had been built on a point of land that
jutted into the ocean, so they had an unobstructed view of the water.
for Anesi’s parents and Fidget’s family (Fidget was his best and only
friend), only one or two hunters chose to live alone in the isolated
northern parts—there was not another soul around for miles. Anesi hated
the dark and gloomy woods around his home. They always made him shiver.
He longed for the teeming streets and markets of Galepath, the people
in their colorful clothes, all the street games, all the noise and
laughter, and the energy of a busy city. But he found that his fear of
the woods was due to his sensibility to the workings of evil magic, for
one of the seven servants of the Great Terror had been dormant in its
den beneath the forest.
In these days, Anesi thin and willowy
and possessed nothing that anyone would ever mistake for muscle. He
took entirely too much after his mother’s side of the family, which his
father had often told him so. His head was matted with thick dark brown
curls, and his countenance was painted with a narrow nose, full mouth,
and skinny neck. Whenever he introduced himself, “I’m Anesi,” those who
received his name always though he said, “I’m uneasy.” His motto in
later life would be, “Go for the GNUSTO!”
About 966 GUE, when
the influence of the Great Terror reached its height, Khare the Watcher
and the masters of the Thriff Guild of Enchanters began to sense its
power even in North Frobozz. The Great Shuboz Shuboz gathered with six
of the Thriff masters: Khare the Watcher, Shad Treeskimmer, Grimbol the
Great, Raskil Worrysnot, and Finister. They believed that only one of
youth would have the greatest advantage against the Great Terror, for
one of that stature would still have their innocence and would not be
tempted to evil like most of the others. Anesi fit their
requirements—talented and innocent. Seeking him, they set forth on the
vessel of Shuboz Shuboz to sail up the coast of the Flathead Ocean to
ask him to fight the Terror.THE CHRONICLE OF ANESI THE ENCHANTER
(from the “History of Zork”)
It was a normal day when Anesi spotted the the personal ship of the
Great Shuboz Shuboz in the distance out from the shore. Its appearance
worried him, for there was no port this far north of Frobozz, nor any
place to dock. Pirates had no reason to venture this far north either.
Furthermore, only a few scattered people lived in this region,
including Anesi’s family, Fidget’s family and Old Felbor with his
brogmoid Cubby, and possibly one more.
returned home to warn his parents of the spotted vessel. With his
father and mother, he hid in the smoke hole that was at a distance in
the woods from their home. The seven wizards disembarked their vessel
and approached the house. They left the Great Shuboz Shuboz without the
house while the other six went to find Anesi at the smoke hole. The
locked door was quickly broken down with REZROV. Choboz went after the
infiltrators with his axe, but was subdued by Grimbol Grumble’s VAXUM.
Now that the fear of enmity had departed, the six wizards and the
family returned to Anesi’s home to meet the elderly Shuboz Shuboz.
After explaining their reason for setting forth to find Anesi, the
Great Shuboz Shuboz gave Anesi a brand new Chevaux-quality spellbook.
The binding was a bright blue dyed leather with the symbol of the
Thriff Guild worked into the cover with rich, shining gold. The pages
were also gilt-edged. It was then that Anesi went to the beach to show
his parents what he had been hiding from them for so long—his
The following day, Khare
the Watcher met with Anesi to instruct him in the principles of magic,
as well as gifted him with FROTZ, NITFOL, and BLORB. Shad additionally
presented Anesi with IZYUK. Each of these Anesi copied into his
spellbook with GNUSTO. The young enchanter practiced his use of IZYUK.
When dinner had finished, Choboz bitterly left the cottage without
explanation, while the rest of the family and the wizards went out to
the beach. All of the wizards, with an exception of Khare the Watcher,
demonstrated their FILFRE spells. When the glamorous display had been
finished, the wizards returned to their ship for the night.
That night, Anesi awoke from a dream. His mother was still awake, but
his father had not yet returned. Anesi went out to search for him.
Khare the Watcher met Anesi outside, to whom he explained that he had
always sensed a disturbing presence within the woods surrounding his
house. But now the feeling was more treacherous than before. What he
had been feeling was the evil presence of a servant of the Terror that
had been asleep in its underground lair within the forest’s depths.
That night it had awakened.
The other six
wizards, having sensed the threatening disturbance arrived briefly via
IZYUK, then left to search for Choboz. Khare gifted Anesi with a
zorkmid chain medallion and then the both of them IZYUKed over the
woods as well to Fidget’s house.
Prior to their
arrival, the servant of the Terror, who assumed the form of a giant
hellhound, left the entire house in ruins and murdered all of the
family with an exception of Fidget. Anesi and Khare found him alive,
but in severe shock, unable to speak. The huge hellhound attacked and
ensnared Khare by his cloak in its jaws, whipping the enchanter around
violently. Fidget lured the servant’s attention with arrows, while an
IZYUKed Anesi IZYUKed a cornerpost of the destroyed house to use as a
giant spear. Flying above the hellhound, Anesi annulled the presence on
his spell and dropped the post point-first through the hellhound’s
skull. The other wizards arrived immediately after the defeat of the
servant. The Great Shuboz Shuboz rewarded Anesi with the official rank
of “young enchanter.”
Anesi returned home. His
mother Mildi ordered the wizards to depart and then removed the
splinters from Anesi’s arms. The young enchanter offered to provide
more light with FROTZ. In reprisal, Mildi angrily told him to forget
magic and from now on they would be a normal family. Anesi objected,
only to be slapped in retribution. In a maddened flurry, Anesi grabbed
his spellbook and FROTZed nearly everything in the room, including
Fidget. He screamed his frustration out, that he did not want to be
normal when he was able to do things like this, then left into the
woods, which were comfortable now that the Servant of the Terror was
The FROTZed Fidget followed Anesi, removed
the last splinters from his arms, then anointed him with GOVAKE. The
two search for the Servant’s lair. Beyond the ruins of Fidget’s home,
is a tunnel which they explore. The Servant’s lair is a treasure-filled
room with several scrolls (VAXUM & KREBF) as well as mounds of
other valuables, which they help themselves too. As the two companions
were leaving, a tribe of kobolds attacked. They were forced to retreat
back into the treasure room and cornered. The vicious kobolds were
surmounted by the arrival of Cubby the brogmoid; all the beasts
surrendered and fled. Felbor was dead and Fidget had no choice but to
adopt the brogmoid as his own.
The trio emerged
from the tunnel to find Khare the Watcher. He told Anesi to start his
journey to Miznia; there was no time to wait, for the other six
Servants of the Terror, feeling the death of the other spiritually,
were coming north to find the murderer. Fidget and Cubby were
determined to go along with him. Khare gifted Anesi with some
possessions, including an infotater, BERZIO and a blue enchanters’
cloak, which Mildi have stayed up all night making for him. Anesi told
Khare to give his mother the treasures of the lair. The elder magician
warned Anesi not to use his magic unnecessarily, since the Servants
would be able to sense any magic used in the vicinity.
Patches of the first autumn leaves hung on the trees as the three
embarked on their southern journey. They decided to stop for the night.
Though deep in the forest, no spells could be used to start the fire,
thus Cubby was required to make it by hand. The lonely dryad, Tyrillee
spies them at night. She insisted on joining them.
A two day trek brought them to a brook which they followed southward.
On the evening of the third day, the woods came to an end. They camped
and started a fire. The six remaining Servants of the Terror in the
form of giant birds were seen in the sky flying on a northward course.
The four quickly doused the fire and hid.
next morning, they headed south across the barren wasteland. Their
route was broken by an immense gorge. Following its edge eastward, they
came to a dragon which had been made from a dragon’s skeleton, that of
a dragon named Chet. The crossing of the bridge is treacherous as it
sways in the wind. Cubby saved them from tumbling off.
They spent the cold night on the other side of the bridge, which was
continuation of the vast wasteland they have previously been crossing.
In the morning they found the ruined keep of Arbroneth. Presuming it to
be abandoned, Anesi REZROVed the doors and they entered.
Inside the entry hall of Arbroneth, they met a Dimwit Flathead
marionette. Anesi cut the strings, while Fidget beheaded it. In dismay,
Stribel Wartsworth (still in the disguise of Humble Bellows, so none
knew who it was; Stribel too did not know it was Anesi at first until
the boy said his own name), dropped down into the room and threatened
them with magic. Cubby assaulted him. Anesi memorized VAXUM, but Cubby
let up the subdued Stribel, who warned that his master Dispoz was
Dispoz returned, but in fear, Anesi
VAXUMed him. The master of the keep knew of the enchantment that he had
been placed under, and was determined to get even when it wore off.
Tyrillee slipped away to explore the keep. When she descended to the
dungeon, she found Chuck the dragon who was still imprisoned deep
below. She wanted to free him. When Chuck caught sight of the dryad’s
red poncho, he was thrown into a rage, for the dragon could not
tolerate the color red. He shook the entire foundations of the keep
trying to break free from his chains.
began to fall, Stribel served the companions provisions, while Anesi
and Dispoz chatted as friends (though the VAXUM had worn off, Dispoz
sought to gain the upper hand by pretending that he was still under its
effects). The two magicians learned that they both had attended
Galepath University. Another roaring shook the castle to its
foundations, destroying even the bridge that connected its two towers.
Dispoz took the opportunity to leave, with Anesi following after.
Stribel knew that it took magic to fight magic. Since Dispoz looked
like he was about to have his hands full with the dragon, Stribel
believed now was a prime opportunity to combat the sorcerer. He only
needed a spell, and Anesi was the only one who had any on hand; plus he
did not have much faith in the boy. He did not figure that Anesi was
prepared to fight either Dispoz or the dragon. He figured if he grabbed
Anesi’s book and took off running, that Anesi would come after him
trying to get it back instead of putting himself in danger.
Thus Stribel assaulted Anesi and tried to rob him of his spellbook. The
young enchanter wrestled with the little man until he tripped over his
own Dimwit puppet. When Anesi conked him on the noggin, it knocked some
sense into him. Stribel led Anesi to the south tower, then down to an
underground place between both towers. After the two tumbled down the
steps, Anesi landed and Stribel was not in sight.
Instead, Anesi found not only Fidget, Cubby, Tyrillee, and Dispoz, but
the dragon Chuck. Anesi tried to VAXUM Dispoz again, but the powerful
sorcerer had since warded himself against it. The encounter raged on.
Tyrille and Anesi tried to hold off Dispoz while Fidget and Cubby
worked on breaking the dragon’s chains. The dragon exhaled its fiery
breath upon Dispoz, but it was completely futile. As a last resort,
Anesi REZROVed the dragon’s chains, freeing the beast from all
imprisonment. Everyone, except for Dispoz and the dragon, took flight
from the keep just before the entire thing collapsed.
In the meantime, while Dispoz was fighting Anesi and Chuck in the
dungeon, Stribel knew that his spells were weakened or completely
dissipated, including the ward on his library door. This gave Stribel
the chance to steal the GUNCHO spell, along with RADNOG and YONK,
before escaping Arbroneth. Even though Anesi was his grandson, Stribel
knew that he could not yet reveal his identity or magical power, lest
if Anesi were to slide over to the Terror’s side, he would be uncovered
and his scheme of using GUNCHO foiled.
powerful enchantments, Dispoz transformed himself into a blue dragon
and engaged in heavy warfare against Chuck. The fight lasted well on
into the night. Dispoz kept trying to rip out Chuck’s heart, but he did
not know that the dragon’s heart was not in the same place as a
human’s. And by the time Chuck had been victorious by crashing and
burning his enemy, the companions, including Stribel, had followed the
keep’s ceramic aqueduct system southward quite some distance. At the
time when Stribel gifted Anesi with RADNOG and YONK scrolls, Chuck
landed before them. It was only because of Anesi’s NITFOL that they
were able to converse with the friendly creature, before sleeping for
Chuck left earning that morning to
cremate Chet. When he returned, he offered to fly everyone as far south
as old Mareilon. The aerial ride took them beyond the wastelands, over
a charred forest as it gradually melded way into a living one, above
the original Frigid River, and southwest to the Shallow Sea. A special
trip to Largoneth Castle was the last sight to see before landing at
the ruins of the original Mareilon. Before Chuck departed, Anesi gifted
him with a sapphire necklace, which was only big enough to fit halfway
up one talon.
After scouting the ruins of
Mareilon, the companions find a building to rest in for the night.
During the night, Tyrille, having been overly queasy at being in a
structure made of dead wood, fled from the building to sleep inside a
living tree beyond the walls of the city. The others awoke to a
scratching sound from outside as a grue broke down the door to the
room. Cubby wrestled with the intruder, but was easily tossed back. A
second grue joined the array. With a FROTZed stone, Stribel warded off
the grues. Though the rest of the pack of devilish beasts howled from
outside for the rest of the night, none of them dared attempt to enter.
Anesi could feel the Great Terror’s fear from Mareilon.
At dawn, Tyrillee returned to them once the grues had departed. The
influence of the Great Terror had been so intense here, that the grues
were no longer feared normal daylight, though they still keep to the
shadows from where they tossed rocks in hope that their victims would
flee into a dark building. Anesi’s right thigh was injured from the
barrage. To counter the grue attacks, one grue found himself FROTZed,
while another VAXUMed grue became of assistance, pummeling the other
grues with rocks. Even the huge grue that dared to come out into the
sunlight found itself IZYUKed. Outside the city, Stribel bandaged
Crossing the Backbone Hills for
the new Mareilon, they sighted a surmin. Fidget, hoping to kill the
rodent, released an arrow at it. In fear, the surmin broke wind on
them. Tyrillee was the only one who managed to escape by fleeing into a
tree. The others were consumed by the stench and forced to wash
themselves in a nearby stream.
bringing Gryphon’s Breath flowers with her to heal Anesi’s wounds.
Fidget aided his friend, by crafting a crutch for him to use. The six
Servants of the Terrors were seen in the skies, moving southward.
The civilians of the new Mareilon did not greet them in a friendly
manner. Everyone was paranoid of them. The party entered the Elvenhome
Bar and Grill where the owner Letitia Rhonda waited on them. She
recognized Stribel, but was initially silent about them as he did his
best to ignore her as though they had never met before. While being
waited on, a brawl broke out between the party and a group of miners at
the inn when they wanted to teach Cubby a lesson. When one of the
miner’s swords struck into her new counter, she joined in, flinging
dishes in her anger at anything that moved. Against better discretion,
Anesi VAXUMed everyone in the room in an attempt to cease the brawl.
But this spell was one too many—the Servants of the Terror sensed his
use of magic and came for him.
The Servants, in
the forms of giant nabiz, were too large to enter the inn, but instead
shook its foundations with tremendous blows as one of the creatures
widened its jaw to the height of the structure and to consume the
entire thing. Everyone within escaped through the back kitchen door
into the alley. The lead miner found himself eaten by one of the
Chaos seized Mareilon.
It was already too late to save the poor city. Destruction and ruin was
everyone. Two of the Servants demolished the tavern, smashing down the
walls on three sides, while great swaths of wreckage marked the passage
of the other four through the city. To destroy the nabiz within the
city, Anesi casted RADNOG on the inn, defeating two of the Servants
with the massive five. But the hungry flames spread to the next
building and the next, until the entire city was aflame. Thus the
second Mareilon died just like the first.
Letitia led the group to her home, where she led them to a
trapdoor in her bedroom closet. Anesi, Fidget, Cubby, Tyrillee, and
Stribel descended the ladder. Letitia stayed behind to quickly
gather her belongs; she intended to leave the city by another route.
The party found themselves in the Great Underground Highway. While
travelling to Miznia along the ancient roadway, the Great Terror began
to directly see Anesi out, speaking into his mind with fear and
terrible visions, before leaving. To protect himself, Anesi memorized
three spells. At the highway exit, they emerged at the ruins of Dolo
Finis, the old capital of Miznia, encroached by massive amounts of
Their arrival was greeted by a
swarm of the carnivorous spiderflowers that drifted down on the wind.
Anesi REZROVed the door of a ruined estate in an attempt to escape
them, but found that its roof was open and the spiderflowers descended
within, and formed a web. This was the first attempt of the Terror to
force Anesi into wasting his stored spells. The young enchanter
destroyed them with RADNOG, then they fled into a courtyard. The
portcullis fell down behind them, trapping them in as snakes poured out
from the well. Anesi IZYUKed to the wheelhouse high above to reopen the
portcullis. To return to lower grounds, it was necessary for him to
memorize additional spells. When he took out his spellbook, a savage
downdraft knocked him down.
The four surviving
Servants of the Terror, now in bird form, surrounded Anesi. In order to
tempt Anesi, the Great Terror assumed the form his own father, Choboz.
Though an illusion, Anesi believed that this was his father who had
willingly bowed down to the service of the Terror in exchange for magic
power. Anesi refused to serve the demon, repelling him with a
At that moment, Chuck and
nearly twenty other of his dragon friends arrived to fight against the
Servants of the Terror. The dragon had showed them the sapphires Anesi
had given him and insisted that they meet him. One their way, they had
spotted the quartet cruising the coastline of the Shallow Sea and
pursued. The dragons were able to defeat the four, but the Terror
continued to fight on, seizing Anesi by the throat. Still assuming the
form of Choboz, though a charred and blackened image, the Terror tried
to instill fear into Anesi.
Before stabbing the
Terror with a small dagger in the wrist, Anesi replied with the famous
lines, “I do fear you. But it’s not fear that makes you strong, but
submission to fear.” The Terror let Anesi go and the others of his
party assaulted the demon as well.
It was then that Stribel
Wartsworth revealed his true appearance, transforming from the
dwarf-like Humble Bellows into an aged wizard. His Dimwit puppet became
his spellbook. The powerful wizard unleashed the spell he had been
preparing, GUNCHO. While the spell hurled the evil Krill into another
world, the Terror shrugged it off like an oversized suit.
Anesi quickly memorized the YONK spell and released it upon Tyrillee.
While the dryad drew near to a morgia tree, Cubby took hold of the
Terror and threw it to Tyrillee. The dryad encoiled her arms around the
demon and then vanished inside the tree. She reappeared alone, leaving
the Terror behind inside the world within the tree. It now had an
entire world all to itself.
After the terror had
been defeated, the companions parted ways. Tyrillee remained at Miznia.
There was something about the morgia trees, which did not grow in the
north that fascinated her, and she wanted time to play among them
before she began a search for the rest of the dryads.
Chuck the dragon flew the rest home, taking the scenic route up the
eastern coast along the Flathead Ocean. When they flew over Borphee,
Cubby and Fidget suddenly asked to be let off. Cubby wanted to visit
old haunts and old friends along the harbor, and Fidget wanted to
sample the experiences of a truly big city had to offer while he had
the advantage of a guide. He had no family to go home to anyway.
Anesi and Stribel were dropped off at the home of Choboz and Mildi. In
the time that they had been away, the Thriff wizards had made
improvements on the property: more land had been cleaned, the house was
painted and trimmed, new rooms had been built, a bright new barn stood
were the old one had been, and an elaborate series of pipes and pimps
carried fresh water from the creek right into the house. Anesi was able
to finally converse with his grandfather, who explained to the young
enchanter everything that he had done in the past several years.
Fidget later returned via an AIMFIZ spell. He suggested hunting for the
Hoards of the Seven Servants, but the results of this scavenger hunt to
this date is still unknown, other than the lair nearest to Anesi’s home
was used by the family. Finister returned to Orexia, but the other six
wizards stayed with Anesi and his family as long as they were needed.
Anesi was enrolled at Galepath University. During his period of
attendance (which was cut short because of the End of the First Age of
Magic), enchanters and wizards from all over Frobozz went to visit him
to hear his story and ask him questions about the Great Terror.