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The Caves of Vision are the source of crystal of legendary
quality. Crystal from the Caves of Vision is used by the Frobozz
Magic Equipment Company to make crystal balls, or magic monitors.
Cerberus was the three-headed dog guarding the gates of Hades,
but in recent years he has been employed as the guardian of the
tomb of the Twelve Flatheads.
Chaos is the cat of the owner of Festeron's Ye Olde Magick
Shoppe. This cat, all black save a white spot on its forehead,
was kidnapped by
The Evil One
as a part of her plan to control
Wishbringer, the Stone of Dreams. To do this, The Evil One turned
Chaos into a stone sculpture, and the only way to bring the cat
back to life was to insert Wishbringer into the sculpture's forehead. A heroic Festeron postal employee accomplished this task,
managed to resist The Evil One, and returned Chaos to its rightful owner.
Chess is an ancient game of warfare, played on a checkered field
of 64 squares. The noted architect Zylo Pickthorn used the
chessboard as the basis for his Rockville Estates construction
plan. It is also known that Lord Dimwit Flathead had a magical
life-size chess set that could be accessed by donning a magic
Chocolate Truffles grow only between the roots of oak trees. Dark
brown when fresh, they decompose rapidly once exposed to air.
Truffles were a favorite of the kings of the
particularly Lord Dimwit Flathead the Excessive, who ordered the
excavation of entire forests to indulge his bottomless appetite.
Chocolate truffles have been found mainly in the Westlands, in
forests near Gurth City and Thriff.
Christmas Tree Monster - Vast herds of these luminous vegetables
roam freely amid the glacial valleys of the south. Residents fear
the autumn migrations, in which the trees cheerfully trample
everything in their path. Christmas tree monsters are repelled by
caterpillars, but nobody can explain why. The most recent sighting of these creatures was in 966 GUE, when a horde of 69,105 of
the creatures descended on Thriff village. For a few days the
village was protected by magic glyphs designed by the enchanter
Orkan, but then a nearby volcanic eruption caused the entire
horde to burn to death.
Coast Road - There are actually two such roads in the Great Underground Empire. The first one, in
Antharia, is a very famous and
well-traveled thoroughfare, just north of Anthar. It leads into
the capital and passes by famous Flathead Stadium on the western
coast of Antharia. The Coast Road in the Westlands connects Borphee with the ancient cities to the north as well as Gurth and
Mithicus to the south.
The Coconut of Quendor - For many years historians, though reluctant to dismiss the Coconut outright, regarded its historical
existence as dubious at best. Orkan of Thriff has suggested that
if all the "Shards of The One True Coconut" and "Vials of The
Blessed Milk" were gathered in one place, they would form a stack nine
high. Orkan and
Gustar Woomax, the leading chronicler
of Coconut lore, was one of the privileged few who were on hand
in 966 GUE when the existence of the Coconut was actually verified. For years the Coconut had been in the possession of a group
of Implementors on the
Ethereal Plane of Atrii.
In 966 an ur-grue,
whose motives are not entirely understood, stole the Coconut and secreted it deep under the Mithicus Mountains. An obscure
peasant was able to recover the Coconut, which was then used to
store the sum of all human knowledge from the Age of Magic. It is
believed that the shell of the Coconut is impervious to the passage of time, and thus the knowledge of Magic will survive the
Age of Science, and be rediscovered by generations in the distant
Compass Rose - The stem of this rare annual always droops in the
direction of the prevailing wind. It is a proven fact that the
compass rose can indeed control the wind. This is hotly denied by
the Guild of Meteorologists, who harvested the species to the
brink of extinction in the Rose Riots of 811 GUE. The only known
surviving bush of the species is somewhere in the Fields of
Frotzen. This species of rose is often confused with another type
of compass rose, a stone or metallic carving depicting all of the
cardinal directions like a compass. These "roses" often have
magical properties, and are usually found in remote underground
Giant Corbies are carrion birds with sharp eye-sight and sharper
beaks. Their color vision is so well developed, they can spot a
yellow grotch in a hayfield from 200
bloits, away. Corbies prefer
the taste of dead, rotting flesh, but have been known to feast on
live, running adventurers. However, it is now known that corbies
are intensely afraid of certain colors. Anybody garbed in the
appropriate color will be safe from the threat that is present in
places such as the Fields of Frotzen, where packs of corbies are
always seen circling low in the skies.
"Corky" Crisp was once the chief of the Festeron Postal Service.
Crisp was an ugly man with a harsh temper. When Festeron was
transformed into Witchville by
The Evil One, Crisp was put to
work torturing The Evil One's prisoners. It is known that "Corky"
was romantically involved with Violet Voss, the town librarian.
Cruel Puppet - Few creatures are more despised than the cruel
puppet. It attacks by twisting itself into unflattering caricatures of its opponents, accompanied by jeers, rude noises and
shocking accusations. Staunch monarchs have been reduced to tears
by these merciless shapeshifters. Residents of Gurth City have
been warned away from the forest to the north, a known home to
Cubes of Foundation - When the foundations of the world were laid
down, the elemental powers and forces were symbolized during the
making by small, white cubes. The cubes and the forces were merged in a way that our knowledge no longer comprehends. When the
making was done, the cubes were hidden away so that their powers
could not be tampered with.
Unfortunately, in the year 966, the evil "shadow" of the Head
of the Circle of Enchanters gained access to several of these
cubes. Almost immediately he was able to affect great changes in
the workings of magic. In order to seize control of the universe,
he was able to trick the Head of the Circle to unknowingly gather
these cubes from all corners of the known world, and beyond. This
shadow-being then attempted to meld all of the cubes into one, in
order to give him power over the forces of the universe. The Head
of the Circle was able to prevent this from taking place, but he
was unable to prevent the alteration of the cubes in such a way
that destroyed the fabric of magic.
It is hoped that no future generations will choose to gain
control over the Cubes of Foundation. The first such attempt,
described already, brought an end to the entire Age of Magic. The
next attempt might lead to the destruction of the entire universe
as we know it.
Curse Day is the anniversary of the death of Lord Dimwit Flathead
the Excessive on the 14th of Mumberbur. On that date in 779 GUE
the great wizard Megaboz cast a mighty Curse. This Curse killed
the Twelve Flatheads and eventually, in 883 GUE, brought about
the collapse of the Empire and the destruction of Flatheadia. The
Curse Day of 883 GUE marks the last day of the reign of Wurb
Flathead, and the beginning of the influence of the first
A Cyclops is a one-eyed giant. Although fairly rare in the Great
Underground Empire, they presented quite a problem when encountered. The average cyclops would quite willingly devour an average human, and love every bit of it. So much of a nuisance were
cyclops, that quite often one could find advertisements in Popular Enchanting posted by people looking for enchanters for
cyclops eradication work. Throughout the years only two methods
of avoiding a cyclops have proven effective. One could either
feed it something other than oneself, or trick it into believing
that you are Odysseus, its race's ancient nemesis. One of the few
cyclops specimens found in the wild was one that had taken residence in the Great Underground Empire in
the Eastlands after the
fall of the Empire.
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