ZORK (1)

The flat plane of Zork (the third planet from the sun in the planetary model) is divided into three major land masses—the Westlands, the Eastlands, and the island of Antharia—each separated by the body of water known as the Great Sea. The Westlands and the Eastlands are on opposite sides of the sea, with Antharia lying roughly halfway between these two continents.

The geography of Zork is well-defined, with the exception of two great mysteries. What lies west of the Westlands? And what lies east of the Eastlands? Both continents are bordered on their outermost regions by treacherous mountain ranges. At one time the coconut zealots claimed that the two mountain ranges were the same, and that crossing one side will lead directly to the other continent. Because of this theory, when Pseudo-Duncanthrax conquered the Eastlands, the eastern mountain range was given the same name as the Westlands western mountain range—the Gray Mountains. Concurrently, ancient brogmoid fundamentalists insisted that these were the edges of the world, and that beyond them lay a great void of nothingness.

Early in history, many expeditions were launched, attempting to cross both mountain ranges, but for many centuries all of these parties were lost. When the technology of man had evolved further, later explorations debunked both of these theories. Returning parties brought home tales of vast regions that lay beyond these tremendous mountain ranges. For beyond the western mountains lay the seemingly endless Kovalli Desert, and beyond the eastern mountains lay endless wilderness that grew so thick as to be impenetrable. Even to this day, the furthest ends of these expanses have not been explored.

Although it has been proven that the entire plane of Zork rests upon the shoulders of a Great Brogmoid, many still cling to variations of the planetary model, which insists that Zork is a spherical body.

The underside of the world is said to be the most incredible sight that any pair of eyes has ever gazed upon. It is an enormous slab of dirt and rock which stretches as far as the eye can see in all directions. A glowing white haze stretches seemingly infinitely below. Excruciating travel can be accomplished by clutching the hardy roots which hang below the world and climbing or swinging to the next.

Above Zork lies Murz, which is supported on the shoulders of a brogmoid which stands with one foot upon Mount Foobia and perhaps with the other atop Mount Matter-Horn. The great brogmoid which holds up our world is said to be standing upon the surface of Venusnv.