THE GREAT LABOR
The Great Labor of 668 GUE was the prime component in how fast
Pseudo-Duncanthrax was able to expand the vast networking of the Great
Underground Highway system which delved beneath both the Eastlands and
required the energy of the seven most powerful wizards of the Borphee
Guild in unison with every living being to complete his mammoth vision.
In order to maintain control of the Krepkit and the other six most
powerful wizards, the king continued to hold Berknip hostage, thereby
manipulating them to use their powerful KATPIL spells to move earth
wherever he wished. The king coaxed the remainder of the populace,
including the authentic Duncanthrax, into laboring for the highways
with a cache of VAXUM scrolls. The streets of Borphee became like a
In once branch alone, hundreds of people—men, women,
children of all ages—labored enthusiastically to mix mortar, to trowel
it out, to place the bricks that formed the road bed. Some carried food
to the workers. Some ladeled out cups of water. A few rested on
blankets, but the work obviously never stopped. Everyone wore smiles.
The effects of Duncanthrax’s VAXUM were plain upon them.
both the wizards and almost every citizen of the empire employed for
the project, work quickly started on the new underground tunnels and
Pseudo-Duncanthrax began expanding downward in both the eastern and
western lands. The natural caverns in the eastern lands would be
expanded tremendously, and new caverns and passages would be dug in the
western lands, chiefly in the vicinity of Egreth Castle and Borphee.
This outset of this entire underground project would later become known
as the Great Labor.
The Great Labor would not begin to be broken
until later that year, when Satchmoz the Incomparable and his
companions exposed the fake king and freed Duncanthrax (and many
others) from their VAXUM curse.