When he was young, Farthingazz was in the Indigo Oyster Bar with
Belboz. When the Great Necromancer had a couple of drinks too many, he fell
over top of Farthingazz. It was only for a few seconds, but in those fleeting
moments, more secret and arcane knowledge passed from him to Farthingazz than
any length of time studying at G.U.E. Tech could have brought him. The spell
book fell out of Belboz’s pocket and Farthingazz happened to pick it up
By the time of the Great Monster Uprising
, Farthingazz was known as phony wizard who tried to scam adventurers with
false magic tricks which required an item of significant weight of
the sucker to be dropped into his battered hop hat, such as a wallet. Other
scams included writing down their bank details inside a sealed envelope which
he would read with his mind. Another example of his schemes, included mass-mailing of the following letter:
You may not know me, but I
am your great-uncle twice removed, Rumplestiltskin. I have recently caught the
black lung, and the local medicine men tell me that it’s fatal. As I never had
any children myself, you are my closest living relative, and it is to you that
I have decided to leave my huge fortune of 70,000,000 zm. However, due to an
accounting oversight this money is in a secured account which I am unable to
access, so I fear I must ask you to send 10,000 zm to my lawyer, Wizard
Farthingazz of Port Foozle, who will then be able to access the account and
repay you all the money in full. I hope you enjoy the same happiness that being
able to sleep on a huge pile of Zorkmids has brought me.
He claimed to have a
dark tower, but this information was most likely falsified, as the dishonest
wizard was known to have been a resident of Dark Alley #19 in Port Foozle.
When he was
encountered during those days, Farthingazz was a hobbling and wizened
old man. His cloak and robes were clearly some star-patterned curtains that had
been badly sewn together. Despite his aging, he could disappear with the speed
of someone who knew that moving quickly would get him an easy buck, and hanging
around might get him killed.
the death of his friend Zazzimano
, Farthingazz lent
out "Wizipedia: a Guide to Ruinous Runes" to him for some light
holiday reading, but he never returned from the trip. All that remained
was a cryptic letter.
occasionally played Double Fanucci
. Since Shinboz moved
around a lot, he sent coded invitations to prevent stupid people from
turning up, which caused Farthingazz to miss several games.
the Great Monster Uprising of the Second Age of Magic
attempted to scam an anonymous man by the alias of "Detective
" who was lurking the streets of Port Foozle. Farthingazz was
hired to identify and translate some runes which were discovered from
the Peltoid Valley
. At first the wizard was reasonably sure that he
could identify them as being "magical", but further investigation
required the "Wizipedia" book which he had lent to Zazzimano. "Softly"
was able to decrypt Zazzimano's last letter and promptly returned the
book to Farthingazz. The wizard was able to determine that the runes
belonged to a group of dark magicians known as the Brotherhood of
. Farthingazz directed him to Shinboz for more information.
This required Softly to decode one of Shinboz’s coded invitations to
determine his whereabouts at the Miznia Marshland
never saw "Softly" again, but after meeting with Shinboz, "Softly"
deceived Farthingazz away from his present location at the Miznia
Marshlands, by deviously providing him with misleading information in
the following telegram:
you want to play Double Fanucci, the answer to the puzzle was ‘The Granola
|SOURCE(S): Legends of Zork|