Zork is a classic folk myth about a treasure-hunting adventurer who
became a master of magic. It has been translated into novels,
theatricals, films, giant wall murals... almost every imaginable
medium. Like most myths, Zork has its basis in reality. In 948 an
unknown adventurer near the former sight of Flatheadia ventured
underground, claimed the Twenty Treasures of Zork, defeated the Wizard
of Frobozz, and became the second Dungeon Master.
Some storytellers whisper that this moment was the fruition of the
entire course of history. The ancient folk myths, some perhaps as old
as Zork itself, had foretold of a treasure-hunting adventurer who would
become a master of the magical arts, and rule throughout the deepest
reaches of the underground. These prophecies, and even the very name of
Zork, had been revered by all for untold generations. Many people
believed that the completion of these prophecies and the dawning of the
Age of Zork would usher in a new era of peace, prosperity, and
happiness for the people of the Great Underground Empire.
Unfortunately, with an exception of the appointment of his successor in
966, there are only minor mentions of this mysterious personage.
However, several byproducts of his expedition quickly made their way
into the New Zork Times classifies later that year.
Great Underground Adventure III, released in 981 GUE, starring Antharia Jack, detailed this popular classic folk myth.