POOL OF ETERNAL YOUTH
The Pool of Eternal Youth, one of six legendary pools, were mystically
linked with the seventeen cubes of foundation when The One Eru laid
down the foundations of the world. The exact nature of these pools
remains unclear even today; tradition has left only vague information
concerning two of these magical bodies of water, and the only one whose
whereabouts is known is that of Eternal Youth. For example, there were
very specific instructions in the Scrolls of Fizbin about how to find
the Pools, but every detail related to geographical locations of
archaic names which are no longer known.
in a clearing in the Forest of Youth, soft rays of sunlight filter
down through the overhanging trees to form a circular, shallow pool of
radiance that rippled like a golden liquid. Any object that was placed
within the Pool of Eternal Youth literally retained its youth forever.
(Its effects upon living creatures has not been fully studied, and has
yielded unpredictable results, such as a permanent increase of the
Gurthian infant population, forcing the erection of the largest, and
largest growing, kintergarden in all of Zork.)
Until 966 GUE,
this Pool of Eternal Youth was hidden and marked only by a large
magical boulder with an inscription carved upon it:
"Never ahead, ever behind,
Yet flying swiftly past;
For a child, I last forever,
For adults, I'm gone too fast.
What am I?"
an unknown peasant in that year uttered the correct answer, "Youth", a
hollow voice resonated, in response, "Behold the Pool of Eternal
Youth," then faded. The beams of sunlight converged on the cleared to
form the pool.