WOMAN OF BEL NAIRE
Since BE, the Temple of Bel Naire has been continuously
occupied by an unusually high priestess called a "Holy Woman." The
Sword of Zork was said to have been blessed in every generation by her.
Holy Woman of the first half of the 1600s GUE was a relic from the
This ascetic, a permanent residence of the temple, worn long robes and
no shoes. The very serious woman was delighted when many sought to
visit the temple, but
as the middle of the century drew near, when the reign of darkness
began, her spirits waned into a dark mood since almost no one visited
temple any longer. Once renowned as the valley's "Most Audible
Celebrity" (a career of speeches that started long ago), she no longer
spoke so readily (although her voice was seriously effected by a
permanent sore throat).
This particular curse's origin was Morphius, an evil entity once known as
the Cluster, which was enshrined at one point in the Bel Naire temple
in the 1620s. This Cluster was stolen by Canuk in Dismembur of 1635.
The Holy Woman quickly suspected that the Cluster had been replaced
with a fake and sought IT&L for investigations.
GUE, the Holy Woman was able to aid the unknown Sweepstakes Winner by
blessing the Sword of Zork. She also gave the known history on the
forging of the Flying Disc of Frobozz, especially an engima about using
an orb to focus light. Before the adventurer departed, she opened up a
path to the Dwarven Mines.
While this nameless adventurer raided the Citadel of Zork, the Holy
Woman was turned to stone by Morphius and brought to his
laboratory. She was not freed until the
Sweepstakes Winner defeated the evil force at a game of Survivor, which
caused him to lose hold on the confining spells. Once
participated in the Second Great Diffusion by uniting her magical
powers with Canuk, Trembyle, and Witch Itah to disperse the vile
Morphius into the atmosphere along with the rest of his evil magic.