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Discipline is a spell that was cut from Dungeon Keeper. It was a whip that replaced the Slap spell (presumably the slap ability of the Hand of Evil, or what ultimately ended up as that).[1] Among the images in the game's files, there exist icons of a whip grouped in the section of creature spells. The images look identical to that of Must Obey, which is possibly an offshoot of this spell. It therefore seems that this spell was available in both Keeper and creature forms.

Multiple ideas exist of what the creature spell could have been. For example:

  • A weapon for the Mistress.
  • A weapon/skill for the Dark Mistress to use in the Torture Chamber. (Probably behaving similarly to how Spiders freeze prisoners, but possibly having the ability to speed up conversion or make it more efficient.)
  • Working similarly to the Must Obey spell, can be used on friendly creatures to speed them up or make them work more efficiently. (Possibly a way for your creatures to take over slapping duty!)
  • Also tying in with the Must Obey spell, possibly a way of hypnotising the enemy.

There is also the possibility that the graphics were just added later than the other spells, as Chicken, Destroy Walls, Disease, and Armageddon were added later than the other spells, and so Must Obey was simply added after that, either with or directly after the graphics for the creature spell icons.

There exists in SOUND.DAT an unused sound, WHIP.WAV, that was probably meant for this spell.

At some point, this spell was scrapped, and the slap function returned, or possibly it was split into slapping and Must Obey. It's also possible that the Keeper spell was entirely discrete from slapping and was merely an early name for Must Obey.