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Wizardry - Mook trivia, you'll be surprised!
Where does the Mook race in Wizadry 6-7-8 comes from... really, I don't mean the definition given in the Wizardry game manual, which corresponds, but where did the idea of the Mook race come from? Well, call it conspiracy theory or coincidence, but it really looks like it comes way back from the original Apple II version of the first Wizardry scenario Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord. Let me explain. In the first scenario on level 6 at square 19 east, 7 north a strange message appears as follows:
SUDDENLY YOU SEE A GROUP OF 3 HUMAN- OIDS. ONE IS A BARBARIAN WITH A SWORD THAT GLOWS, ONE IS A SEXY FEMALE MAGE, AND THE THIRD LOOKS LIKE A HUGE OGRE! THE BARBARIAN POINTS TO THE END OF THE CORRIDOR AND YELLS "ARIEL.. OOKLA.. THIS WAY!! " AND THEY ALL RUN OFF!
The message appears only in early releases on the original Apple II versions. This inside joke/easter egg had been removed on subsequent releases. You can still see it with a scenario editor on line 159 of the game text database. The message can be brought back with the change of just one byte on the disk. Those are the reasons why many Wizardry 1 maps out there don't even show it.
Here's one picture of it: