Max and Fred were two elves of the furry, dwarf-size variety. Although
friendly, they were cowards, suffered from heavy paranoia, and
acted as though there were no older than an immature ten year old
human. The timid elves frequently engaged in selfish acts, vain
babbling and incessant bickering. They were however faithful,
overcoming fear only for the sake of assisting their friends, and doing
whatever was necessary (even if many of these attempts were bumbles).
Both elves had some rudimentary magic knowledge that,
while orking, always seemed to have ridiculous side effects or
malfuction. For example, when summoning a mountain nymph, a giant bat
appeared instead, or a teleportation spell only teleported them an
embaressing four feet.
the early years of Syovar the Strong (c. 888-913 GUE), these two elves
lived at the Castle of Zork as servants of the king. When
had been captured by the evil warlock Malifestro, and much of the
Aragain Province abandoned, Max and Fred were some of the few faithful
who did not flee with the rest. They were two frightened to stay and
too frightened to leave.
When Bivotar and Juranda arrived at
the castle during this period, they easily managed to befriend the two
frightful elves, who revealed to the adventurers all that had recently
taken place with the tyranny of Malifestro and the capture of Syovar.
Though Max and Fred begged the adventurers to remain at the castle,
Bivotar and Juranda were determined to rescue Syovar. After gathering
gear for the journey, the four set out for the Flathead Mountains,
hoping to cross it to Malifestro's castle on the far side.
their journey, they nearly stumbled into a band of bandits. One legend
tells that Fred cast a friendliness spell upon the thieves, permitted
them to move out without any conflict. Following the event, Fred made
an unsuccessful attempt to teleport the party to Malifestro's lair, but
after eating hard and bitter cakes and the chanting of a spell, they
were only moved four feet towards the mountains. Seeking an alternate
solution, Juranda pulled a Frobozz Magic Carpet from her
inventory. The four companions squeezed onto the rug and set
Unfortunately, the two elves are flung off the rug and Juranda and
Bivotar had forgotten the magic word to bring the rug to a halt.
an attempt to reunite with their companions, Fred attempted to use a
secret spell to summon the mountains nymphs, but it failed, instead
summoning a giant bat. The bat carried them to its lair on the
mountaintop where Fred “saved” them from the lair by getting them into
a snow avalanche. After an encounter with a number of snow scorpions,
they somehow ended up at the other side of the mountains before even
Bivotar and Juranda made it across.
Once the four had converged,
they treaded the depths of the forest and arrived at the walls of
Malifestro's castle. Finding some thick vines on the sides of the
castle, the four climbed to a small window and entered. The two elves
were spectators to the detestable pack which Bivotar made with a
demon--the wicked spirit used its powers to revive Syovar. Max and Fred
then watched as Syovar and Malifestro engaged in magical combat, ending
with the king imprisoning the evil warlock in a black crystal sphere.
two elves returned with the others to the Castle of Zork where the
kingdom of Frobozz enjoyed a brief span of prosperity, including the
discovery of new sections of the Great Underground Empire. One of these
regions would later be entitled the Cavern of Doom. It was in this
region where Max and Fred found themselves in the Cavern of the Rainbow
Mosses. While fighting over a jade figurine, they spotted Grum, who
instantly turned them both to stone.
It was not until
Bivotar and Juranda rescued Grum from his curse and returned him to his
normal form, that Syovar was able to use his powers to restore Max and
Fred to flesh and teleport them to the Castle of Zork. The two elves
only were able to have a brief reunion with Bivotar and Juranda before
the two humans had to depart.
Shortly after, when Bivotar and
Juranda were imprisoned in the castle of the evil warlock Grawl, they
joined Syovar in his plan to rescue them. Wishing for the elves to be
placed in the dungeon with the two prisoners, Syovar purposely sent Max
and Fred alone into the
enchanted woods surrounding the castle. Intentionally without any
protection, they were captured by Grawl.
When Bivotar and
Juranda were awakened by their presence, the two elves informed them of
the situation. Suddenly, a wall of the dungeon exploded into
a cloud of smoke and mortar, and sunlight poured through a newly formed
hole. Outside of the castle, Syovar and Grawl were locked in combat
together. Max and Fred led the two adventurers through the opening int
he wall while the magical battle reached its climax. Grawl perished,
but Syovar was terribly wounded. The five were teleported back to the
Castle of Zork. What become of the two elves after this rescue is