King Hyperenor, one of the tenth century rulers of the
Sunless Grotto, was married to a royal virgin named Desiphae. While
children of his own, his wife was visited once by Thrag the Dog-face
God in the
guise of a year’s supply of microwave popcorn. Nine months later, she
birth to her son Mirakles, as well as to a hideous monster known as
great ravenous anemone. King Hyperenor did his best to kill Smorma at
instant of its birth, but it slipped from his hands and fell into the
The king was understandably distressed and confused by this entire
he picked Mirakles up and threw him into the water after the anemone.
cried out in anguish and alarm, certain that Mirakles would drown
but a miracle occurred. A magic creature, Akubasimé the Loon of Truth,
with the child clutching its long neck. Akubasimé flew away with
for many years he was raised by laughing, happy, joyous gypsies in a
When Mirakles returned to the Sunless Grotto at a later age,
he was raised into adulthood by Hyperenor and Desiphae. The king never
the truth about Mirakle’s bizarre parentage, though he loved him deeply
fiercely in his own somewhat eccentric way.
The great sword Redthirst had been the family’s one great
treasure for centuries. When Mirakles was but a stripling, his father,
passed on to the boy the mighty blade. As the sword was dedicated to
protection of the Grotto and the Great Underground Empire, the king
kept an eye
on what occurred in the sister realm during his reign. He watched as
inherited the tunnels beneath the White House, but unlike his wife, did
the Essence of Evil as a threat. He tended to think that Morgrom would
the beneficent ruler who would do all the goodwill he proposed in
Great Underground Empire to its former greatness. The king turned out
wrong, though never lived to know the truth behind Morgrom’s treachery.
After passing on the blade to Mirakles, Hyperenor knew that
his son would have to rule in his stead, and what had to be done in
move things along so that history could happen. The king put on his
feather headdress and went boar hunting all alone without his courtiers
weapon but a pointed stick. In the process, he tripped over a wild boar
stuck the stick through his eyes. The king was dead.
Hyperenor's death, carvings of him (a tall man wearing a high,
feathered headdress, holding out a large sealed scroll in one hand)
have been incised in the Engravings Room of the Dungeon of Zork.