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  • noun A BL term to refer to people perceived to hold a rank higher than arch-wiz. The 'ur' prefix means 'original' in the sense of 'primitive', and therefore an ur-wiz is an original wiz - one who existed at the time the very concept of wizdom arose. The term is not officially sanctioned, however: the two holders of this supposed rank, MUD's authors, appear as arch-wizzes in the game, and have never applied the ur-wiz description to themselves or to anyone else. Needless to say, BL's folklore pays no heed to officialdom in any form... It is generally believed that the 'ur' prefix came to BL from other games on CompuServe, although no-one appears to know which, specifically, these are; linguistically, it derives from German. See dino.

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