I'm looking for a reference about the weird initial BCrypt text "OrpheanBeholderScryDoubt"

  • Why was this string used?
  • Would using 192 zeros or ones not have worked well in practice for some reason?
  • Was that just four random dictionary words (orphean, beholder, scry, doubt), or is there some special meaning to the bcrypt authors, maybe some kind of cryptography joke that flew over my head?

The google results have so many hits where the magic string is mentioned, in pseudocode or description of the implementation, that I am unable to find relevant historical explanations (if any exist).

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