The Citadel of Zork was the first structure built by Canuk
in the seventeenth century. It was,
in fact, an incubator for the Cluster
. Here, the vultures
stolen chunks of illumynite, which were absorbed into the structure
housing the Cluster. Energy then was drawn in large quantities to speed
up the mutation of the Cluster.
were gathered as sentries for the Citadel. When the
inspired Canuk had completed its construction, he sealed it with a Wall
. The Citadel was only known to his possessed personality.
The other Canuk was unaware of the construction, only brief glimpses of
the project were left in the untouched portion of his mind. Morphius
feared that the pieces of the last Flying Disc of Frobozz
recovered and reforged and his illusionary shield would be shattered.
Thus his minions sought the manual for the forge and destroyed it.
main entrance to the Citadel consisted of a large gate with a giant
hand above it. One was required to "BOW to the hand of Morphius" to
gain entry. This was in fact a grisly pun; one had to fire an arrow
from a bow into the palm of the hand in order to trigger the gate
mechanism. Those who did venture inside quickly were met by Morphius'
half-orc guards, which were lead by a leader, more giant than them all.
Beyond the reception halls and hordes of half-orcs was the
Citadel Bridge over a pit of boiling oil. This was the only route to
Morphius' private research laboratory and incubator. The only way to
cross the bridge was by loading it with enough weight to sink it, so
that a sturdy parallel bridge would rise from the pit as from a pully.
Hall of the Stoned and Transformation Room, also known as the research
laboratory, was the dwelling place of the unbelievably hideous
Morphius. It was here where the vultures brought his petrified subjects
to be analyzed and used to decorate and entertain the halls of the
Citadel. The unknown Sweepstakes Winner
, having raided the Citadel, had
the final mano a mano here with Morphius in a game of Survivor
When this nameless hero defeated Morphius at
Survivor, he was furious, releasing a
terrible shriek of anguish that echoed through the Citadel of Zork,
shaking its very foundations. Keeping his subjects as statues was very
taxing. Unable to concentrate on more than one thing at a time,
Morphius lost grasp of his confining spell. The followers of good magic
cast long forgotten spells to scatter Morphius into the atmosphere.
Along with him, the spell that kept the Citadel walls up collapsed and
the entire structure was destroyed.
|SOURCE(S): Return to Zork|