Cliff Robinson, son of a famous thief was once an adventurer who,
bringing his wife and son with him into the Cliffs of Depression,
stayed too long, was crippled into depression by the effects of
Morphius' curse, and "retired" to a preaceful, if dreary, life there as
one of the Ridiculously Lonely. He had originally brought a bonding
plant with him, but
it wilted and the family was too depressed to get back up.
Morphius, they were sentenced to work mining translyuminite for his
empire. Here the lethargic man was found constantly complaining,
worrying and crying (for a once-heroic adventurer, crying is a pitiful
sight). His eyebrows adopted a permanent droop at the corners, and his
entire face sagged from the burden of depression; he shuffled around
with slumped shoulders, rather than walking.
Comedy Club was rekindled, the glum Cliff became its proprietor,
where he offered a joke contest in attempts to cheer up the depressed
people which could not leave. He was considerate enough to post a
warning sign outside the Club, warning wanderers not to enter without a
bonding plant, and further encouraged those that did, them to leave
fast before the plant wilted so they would not become trapped.
Robinson in collaboration with the head dwarf miner were able to get
his son safely way from the cliffs. Sometime in the course of his life,
managed to acquire two pieces of the last Flying Disc of Frobozz (one
of which he found within the labyrinthine tunnels within the cliffs,
known as the Zorkian Caverns). He
gave his son one of them, disguised as a mud-encrusted rock, for good
luck just before he climbed up the rope to escape.
In 1647 GUE,
the unknown Sweepstakes Winner made his way to the Comedy Club. After
successfully telling four jokes that had been translated from an
ancient book by Bizboz, this adventurer won the Big Laugh Contest and its prize, which was a
piece of the Flying Disc of Frobozz. Thus Cliff Robinson was indirectly
responsible for the defeat of Morphius.