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|Town Cryer: Lord British abducted!|
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|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 8:44 PM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Wedding Announcement--With Tourney to Follow|
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All Are Invited!Congratulations to Kakarot and Adlinea, and good luck to the participants!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 7:58 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|Update on the Apocalypse Battles|
|We received this update on the Apocalypse's Battles.|
Greetings everyone. Below you will be able to view the Apocalypse's Battle Arena.Thank you Lord Storm for the FAQ's.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 7:54 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|An Evil City Rises Out of The Wilderness!|
|I got this letter just this morning:|
Aye, I am fearing the consequences of this town of evil as well...
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 2:33 PM EST by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|The Truth Must Answer the Call for Justice|
Hail fellow adventurers of Britannia, Vladimir Taltos here to talk to you about some pressing matters which I find quite disturbing. It would appear that no one seems to hold Morgan Le Fey responsible for the death of Joye and I can't help but think how this is possible? Both McCoy and myself were there in the room when Morgan and her other accomplices coordinated and then summarily carried out Joye's death sentence. Why would Morgan do such a thing unless she is league with Minax and Juo'nar?
We already know that she was able to visit with Juo'nar and come back alive. We have some of what was said while she met with Juo'nar and Marabelle, but what else took place that we don't know about? There are a lot of unanswered questions out there and you, the public, deserve to know the truth, but let the facts speak for themselves. Below you will find several news articles and quotes reported from various news sources which will include a link for your own personal review. This first post is from Morgan herself from her own Guild Website. This post also has scribeshots. (Which are not included here)
Feb. 8/00: Meeting with Juo'nar and the Pardon of Sera
She followed with the crowd, back towards the King's throne room, watching as the noble lords and ladies fell over themselves to grovel before him. Gracefully she approached,
"M'lord, I've an offer fer ye." she exclaimed.
His expression turned heavy for a moment as he considered the matter. Still regardless of what crime she may have committed, the death and destruction found daily in Trinsic could not be ignored.
"Done," he proclaimed, "provided you complete this mission successfully. You will be met, on the this next eve by a man named Corrigan. He will help you to infiltrate the encampment of Juo'nar.
Morgan turned, to find her dear friend Moridan Arvoreen standing behind her. He met her gaze with a smile, glad to hear their companion Sera would soon breath free air once more.
The following night the group gathered to prepare themselves. Morgan, Moridan, and another member of Morte de Virtus, Ariana Shadowblade headed to the west gates of Trinsic to meet with their contact. They arrived to find the city once more in blood. Avoiding the masses of undead, they hurried their way outside the city walls to search for this man that would guide them to Juo'nar. After a short wait, he revealed himself.
"Let us not delay, if ye are ready, follow my lead"
They made their was across the river and into the depths of the jungle to Juo'nar's encampment. Undead littered the area. In the center of the guards, stood two daemons and Juo'nar himself.
Juo'nar warmly greeted the guests and offered them a seat. He introduced his aide-de-camp, Anmac Mallachtan and Seth, two surprisingly.....high spirited daemons. They chatted of various topics, their hosts apparently wishing to size them up a bit. After a short while, a woman named Malabelle arrived. Apparently lovingly known amongst her peers as "the rat lady", a title she wasn't overly fond of. They discussed random matters about their actions, but seemed cautious to give away too much. Shortly thereafter, Malabelle and Juo'nar left to see to their armies, currently locked in combat. Anmac at that time, decided it best to ask a small favor of the group. Apparently, a young librarian named Joye, had discovered some information that might be damaging to their efforts. They wished her to be...taken care of. They asked the group to bring Joye to them, so they might better discover the extent of the knowledge she possessed.
The next day Morgan, Moridan and Ariana went to the Britain library in search of Joye. They found her at her desk, busy reading some text or another. She was rather surprised by the visit, she was a bit wary of their intentions. Morgan then assured her they were acting with the authority of the King and she was duty bound to assist them in any way she could.
She knew little of Juo'nar or his daemon friends, but she did have an interesting tale to tell of Malabelle. Apparently it seemed Malabelle was not always evil. In fact she had once served Lord British. She was a young girl, and in love until tragedy struck. Her love, a man named Tyball was killed, and her heart turned cold. She was taken in by the Mistress, and became her apprentice. Even more interesting, is that in fact, Tyball lives, although his whereabouts remain unknown. His return to Malabelle would certainly put her loyalties to the Dark Mistress in question, a belief substantiated by the fact that Juo'nar wishes her dead.
The group returned to the castle, and reported to Lord British's guard, Mackenzie. They told the tale of their adventure and were promptly rewarded with a pardon for their dear friend Serafina.
Do what ye will with this information that has been gathered. Surely Tyball is a key to unlocking this mystery. It is still unknown where he is, but he must be found if anything is to come of this.
Given the information from this and from what is known now, it would appear that Morgan has been holding back valuable information to suit her own needs and that of Minax, but let us not stop there. The following text was posted by myself and posted from my own journal records. McCoy also has his own transcripts from his journal if any doubt is raised, but neither of us have anything the gain from these except that the truth be told and that a murderer be brought to justice. Here is what they indicated.
Doria Romanov: The librarian is very frightened and shaking with fear like a scared rabbit.
As this clearly states, we can see that Morgan was going to clearly be a threat to Joye's life and any information she may hold to help end these attacks upon the Britannian cities. Morgan's contempt and sarcasm weigh heavy, do they not? The next piece was from McCoy's journal logs the night Joye was killed and I feel they speak for themselves. If a witness list needs to be handed over to the proper authorities, either McCoy or myself have this list together upon request. Here is what happened at the YMCA right before Joye's death. (The attackers are listed in bold print)
Morgan Le Fey: 'ello joye..been some time
If this isn't a blatant crime, I fail to know what is? Within a matter of seconds, Joye was lifeless upon the bed that she fell on and both Morgan Le Fay and Palelite Shadow escaped after perpetrating the 'perfect' crime. Crimson Nytefall was caught outside of the YMCA and killed for her actions. It has also been reported to me, by an anonymous source, that Palelite Shadow has been equally punished for her involvment in this matter. So, ladies and gentlemen, when McCoy brought the following post to my attention, as it appeared on the Sonoma Notepads, it moved me to call a cry for Justice as Edric did. Here is what he said:
A matter for the courts? by Edric posted 2/26/00 11:08:50 AM
It occurs to me that recent events seem to warrant some action on the part of the courts of justices. An innocent citizen of Britannia has been murdered in cold blood. A simple librarian is dead, there are many witnesses, and even a confession on the part of the purported murderess. Is this not an issue for the courts? Who is in charge of the courts at this time?
This is Morgan Le Fey's response to Edric's concerns. Again, we see her contempt and mockery of the whole situation as she gives herself the title of Head of Sonoma Courts. Yes, citizens, there is a problem here... That Morgan and her other accomplices have gone unpunished. This post can also be found on the Sonoma Notepads.
A fine Idea.. by Morgan Le Fey, MV posted 2/26/00 2:17:26 PM
I'll have someone look into it.....
Morgan Le Fey, Head of Sonoma Courts.
If ye ask me, Morgan has thrown the gauntlet down, daring us to bring her to trial and she is laughing at us while she is doing such. The last post can be found on the Sonoma Quest News under the title of "The Armies of Minax" posted by Serial, and I find this quite distressing. This post clearly indicts Morgan as a henchwomen of Minax and is here as a stumbling block to the liberation cause. Here is what it says:
Morgan Le Fey:
Rumored? I think not... Many were there, including McCoy and myself, and we saw the whole assassination take place. Morgan Le Fey, Crimson Nytefall, and Palelite Shadow set out without malice of thought to vindicate the death of Joye. Good people of Britannia, I know that justice may be blind at times, but it is not deaf and it is calling for something to be done. IF nothing is done, if Morgan goes unpunished for her actions, then truly the Great I Am has abandoned us because of our own wickedness and has left us to fend for ourselves against Minax and her attacks. This is all I have to say, the truth has been presented and now it is up to you, the citizens of Britannia, to act upon your good conscience. Here is one last post that was found on the Sonoma Notepads (which is no longer posted there due to the scrolling posts) from Morgan's mouth herself and if this isn't self incriminating, I nay know what is. Here is what she said:
While we're clearing things up... by Morgan's player.. posted 2/24/00 2:54:55 AM
I never did attack Bruce. I yelled to kill him when one of the Lockes attacked me.... Now why was i grey? Solar Maid came to my aide when a number of people were attacking me, and I healed her. She was grey for attacking a Locke, (who was still blue because MV is warred with that guild)
I must say, I felt quite a bit a pressure in that little fray. I had three people steadily after me, and probably got up in the 6 to 8 range at one point. If you ever wondered if you could drink a heal only once every 10 seconds, well it's true. *laugh*
I must admit, I was a bit...well peeved at first. I had actually done nothing at that point other than attempt to buy the prisoner only to end up feeling like a grey in the liche lord room. I think it's safe to say I was a few peoples prime target tonight.. And I also think I can safely say more than 50% of the people there took a shot at it....
Well, I've had some time to think about, and it was exactly as it should have been. Morgan's done alot of stuff she deserves to be killed for. She's been pretty mean. *grin* As much as I enjoy a good fight, if enough "adventurers" out their hate her so much that it's impossible to do anything but try to stay alive, so be it. I'll take that as a compliment.
As for the rest, I did what I did because that's what Morgan would do. That's why I do anything. I think you'll find that everyone who joined me feels the same. Take it as you will, that's all any of us can do.
There you have it, Morgan herself admits that what she has done should not go unpunished. Again, she is issuing a challenge for her to be brought before the Courts of Sonoma to be tried for her crimes. She clearly holds no remorse for her actions and turns her nose to the Justice system of Sonoma. Let it stand for the record that Morgan Le Fey did in fact kill Joye and has yet to be brought to justice, unlike Crimson Nytefall and Palelite Shadow who have been punished already. I hope you good people of Sonoma do what is right and issue a warrant for her arrest so that she may stand before the judge and face the consequences for her crimes. May the Great I Am guide us in all that we do. The truth is out there...
Safe Journeys, signing off, this is War Reporter...
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 2:21 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Tour of Britannian Dungeons is back|
|We received the following announcement:|
The Tour of Britannian Dungeons is back!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 1:26 PM EST by Ima Supa (Catskills)|
|Reminder: Doria Romanov's Meeting|
Doria Romanov will hold her weekly "office hours" on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, PST, in her tent north of the bank in Skara Brae. What will happen at her next meeting is somewhat of a mystery, for she has not said what it will be. It is not certain if she will do a psychic reading this time. What will happen? Come and find out!
Sounds Intriguing, Thanks!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 10:27 AM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Ghosts at the Dark Temple|
It would appear that it is getting tougher and tougher for anything living to make it to the Dark Temple within the walls of Trinsic where this "Death Vortex" is penned in, for the time being. Here are two bits of information from two very brave, but unlucky adventurers wanting to share what they know about the murkier side of Trinsic.
I successfully made my way to the Black Temple at Trinsic. I waited a bit to see what would happen. All of a sudden a massive undead spawn occurred. I died quickly, defending my honor. Then as I fell, Juo'nar appeared. He turned to me and laughed, such an evil laugh it was. Then he went on about his business. I was hoping for Minax to appear, but I got the next best thing. And as I was a ghost I noticed that a Death Vortex is housed within the temple. I fear that Jou'nar might use that evil destructive force again.
This message is from Gohan:
The temple hold`s more mysteries than what it appears. Most people who have been to Trinsic know that Juo`nar spawns right next to it and some say that they have seen him come out of the locked doors. But what few people know is that he is hidding the ultimate evil ever, a Death Vortex he has even found a way to allmost completly hide it from the people of Trinsic and the dead by keeping a constant explosion in the same spot as it hopeing when people click that that would see its just an explosion and move on. By luck I clicked on the very edge and discovered the evil hidding inside the temple. So people of Trinsic beware. All that is unknown is does he have the power to release it or will it take Minax herself to break open the seal. And if she has the power to control a Death Vortex can anyone stop her?
Thanks Mirai and Gohan for your sacrifice!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 10:19 AM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Lord Rainbow King Alive!|
Your Humble Servant,
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 9:50 AM EST by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Unter Brae Fight Night|
Thankye, Phaeton, for this update.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 8:57 AM EST by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Smithing Pricing Guide Published!|
|The ever industrious Ysane sends us the following scroll:|
Having trouble determining how much to sell your goods for on Siege Perilous? Daunted by the sheer difference in price of ingots from the normal shards?
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 6:14 AM EST by Satyr (SiegePerilous)|
|Notes on the Trinsic Undead|
Upon visiting Trinsic nowadays, most adventurers are aware that there are odd and very wrong things going on with the fauna (creatures) therein. One of the greatest oddities, happens to be the recently spawning "a rotting corpse" which pop up every now and then with a coaterre of other miscellaneous undead, whether they be Lich Lords, which are growing more and more frequent, or mummies.Sincerely,
Your Humble Servant
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 6:04 AM EST by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Arx Draconis Renaissance Week Kicks Off|
Thankye, Dragons, for this announcement.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 5:47 AM EST by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Stratics Message Forums Migration|
|The Stratics Message Forums currently based on the Ultimate Bulletin Board will be receiving a major face lift. All of the current registered accounts in the UBB software (over 24,500 accounts) are going to be converted the SQL backend of our new software, the WWWThreads. This means that while the software itself is going to change, everyone who has already registered in the forums will already be registered in the new software. They will have the same username, password, post counts, etc. |
The migration is tentatively scheduled to begin Sunday (02/27/00) between 4:00pm and 6:00pm PST. The UBB forums will be closed to the public for the duration of the conversion process. Once the accounts have been fully migrated and tested, the UBB will be brought back online as a searchable archive. We will retain the UBB forums for a period of 60 days.
We are very excited about this migration because the new software offers a huge assortment of options for you, our visitors. The mere fact that our forums will be running on an SQL backend ensures lightning fast performance, particularly with page loads and searches.
Remember, your account information will be converted to the new forums, you will not need to register again. It should be noted that we wanted to move the messages from the UBB to the WWWThread, but due to time restrictions we decided to migrate only the user accounts.
We hope you enjoy the new forums. Please be patient and learn how to use them once you do, you’ll be very happy that you did. These forums are the most flexible and user friendly forums around.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 3:17 AM EST by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Keeonean and an Orc Champion Attack Yew|
|BladeSong sent this message in about the recent battle in Yew. |
Bladesong also had this message for Keeonean.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 1:29 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|UO Celebrity Chat next Monday|
|The next UO Celebrity Chat between the players and Jalek, UO Programmer, is scheduled for next Monday February 28, at 7 PM CT (5 PM PT, 8 PM ET). |
The chat will be available to you at #ultima-online on Stratics IRC, on the following networked servers:
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 1:24 AM EST by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Council of Honesty to Hold Meeting this Eve|
|The following was sent in concerning the next meeting of the Council of Honesty... |
|Posted on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, 1:12 AM EST by Beans Baxter (LakeSuperior)|
|Burried Pentagram Unearthed in Cave|
|It seems the world abounds with new discoveries every day; moonstones in the packs of monsters, black shrines in once honorable cities, strange personages in every shadow. In keeping with the trend, we have this from Carlos.|
Today my friends Silent, Shamus and I found this odd unearthed seal in an orc mining site South of Trinsic. It has a slot in the center of the pentagram. We tried all we could think of to get a reaction, even using the moonstones on it, but had no luck. I have included a picture with the coordinates. First the grave of Lord Pythos, now this. Well life surely isn't boring. *laughs*
Certainly not. Thank you Carlos for the story and the well crafted painting.
Adendum: It has come to our attention that this pentegram was actually "uearthed" by a miner, one Raw Steel, who was digging in that very cave.
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 10:54 PM EST by Mouser (Catskills)|
|The Plague Ship Arrives in Kinship|
|A follow-up report now from Ari ni'Dalaigh of Kinship Village on the plague ship that did indeed arrive later the same day in Kinship and the leads into this insideous plot that were likewise uncovered.|
Brigands and mages had continued attacking Kinship Village for hours. The brave people who had come to help defend the village fought them off each time they came. The Rogue Captain William was not seen again. During a lull in the attacks, someone ran back to the people gathered at the tavern urging everyone to come to the shoreline a bit southeast of the village.
Several notes added to the end of this tale as have made themselves known to this reporter. It is believed the third ship carrying tainted food is bound for the capital itself. The food that has been confiscated thus far is now stowed safetly in the Skara Brae bank vaults. Finally, though his actions prove otherwise, Benedict was heard this night still professing his innoncence in the whole affair. We do have a rendering of the shipwreck and will add it to this posting shortly. Thank you again to Ari for her report.
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 6:58 PM EST by Mouser (Catskills)|
|1st Oceania PvP Comp results "Battle of the Mages"|
|The First ever Oceania PvP Competition came to a close, and it will definitly be known as the "Battle of the Mages". There were 15 participants, but more importantly, about 30 spectators was there. I have loads of pictures in which I am uploading, andi should have them ready to view by tomarrow =). |
Anyhow, the winner is Erazer congratulations to him. He dueled off Romp, whom was are runner up. The best duel would have to have been Mordeath vs Erazer, definitly the finals of the event, went for 10 minutes till erazer some how managed to slip a combo in and win the match. Here were the finalists in no real order:
Mordeath, Brendan, Romp, Syther and Intel.
Special thansk to everyone the went in it, I thought it was good fun =). And a special no thanks to are commentator hobo =).
Also half way through the comp was moved to Romps tower, as the spectators thought there guild wars were more important than the duelers, and it messed things up, but only delayed the outcome.
I hope the 2nd Official Oceania PvP Tourn will be as good as this one, and I could defintly see that happening as everyones characters will be a little more macho.
Till then, I'm Arturius and your reading to UO Stratics.
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 4:37 PM EST by Arturius (Oceania)|
|Missing Miners Rescued|
|After numerous miners disappearing, they have been found. Kahn, Corwyn Blacksmith/Miner, sent this in: |
For several weeks now, miners have been missing from various places in the land. This evening, the Veiled Alliance and Order of the Golden Dawn found and mounted a daring rescue of those that had survived. Following a trail of clues, the Veiled Alliance, led by Don Martin, and the Order of the Golden Dawn led by Johari, discovered the missing miners in a cave in the depths of Buccaneer’s Den.
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 3:55 PM EST by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|Shady Captains and Evil Mages in Kinship|
|Ari sat in a large chair in the back room of Kinship's village hall, a rag in her hand, wiping the remaining blood from her heavy mace. It was always bad when it were other men that had to be fought. Much better to her were it monsters. With a heavy sigh she looked out the window. People were moving about the village roads cleaning up the mess left by the battle, but the only brigands or mages she could see were the bodies lying about the road.|
Sadness and worry added its lines to Ari's face, which already showed many signs of her age. She thought over the events of the night and the reports given to her by Loric Greywolf, the village guard captain.
A large crowd of village defenders had chased a rogue ship captain by name of William from the docks when the trouble had started. Loric managed to catch up with the man and question him, but Rogue Captain William would only mutter about the ship he was waiting for. When Loric made clear that the man would not be allowed to get away without answering his questions, William attacked him. Loric had almost won the fight when he suddenly swooned with the feeling of poison in his blood. Captain William used the respite to make his escape.
Ari had no doubt upon hearing this that Captain William awaited the prophesied ships carrying the plague. How soon now would it come? It seemed years ago when Tatiana had first come to the village with her warnings. Ari had dreaded it since. Would the village she had helped to build with her own hands fall to this? And what of the rest of Britannia? With the evil doings in Trinsic, Yew, and so many other places, how could they hope to stop this?
But they would do as they must, as Kinship always had. Good, strong people had made this village their home, and Ari was fiercely proud of its strength and longevity. Not to mention the many allies who had pledged their help in this crisis: Dove the Healer of Yew with her healer volunteers, countless other groups and individuals. If this was indeed to come, these were the people who would do what they could to fight it off. And at the least, they would not to let it spread to the rest of Britannia.
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 3:22 PM EST by Mouser (Catskills)|
|A Pearl of Great Price|
Here's an invaluable bit of information given from Terath of the Sonoma Quest News team:
A number of stories have come to light regarding the current crisis in Britania. In a continuing effort to spread what news we receive we have made the following press release:
* Yew Court of Truth assaulted by Gazers! The prisoner being held for questioning was killed during this attack.
In order to inform the citizens of our lands we have compiled a short summary of some of the people involved in this matter, as well as continuing to update the site with stories as they come to light.
Please stop by and read up on our latest stories at: Sonoma Quest News
Thanks Terath, pleasure to be working with thee!
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 12:09 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Kaltar the Golden Gazer Spotted in Yew|
Here's a spot of news from Skellion:
I was fighting to protect the town of Yew when I stumbled upon a gold gazer and he spoke of his master. This is what it quoted before it left "All who cross my mistress shall perish" It also said that Cove was it`s next target. What does this new evil want? The gazer went by the name of Kaltar.
Thanks Skellion, keep up the effort in supporting the struggle!
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 12:01 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Wallis Gerard, Reporter, Slain|
|It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Wallis Gerard, staff writer for this publication, was killed during one of the many attacks on Yew earlier this week. Witnesses say that she was obviously targeted by one of the orc commanders who savagely pursued and murdered her. Her remains were desecrated by the villain making resurrection by standard means impossible. |
Gaston, UOSS courier and Lady Wallis' confidant, said that Wallis had known for weeks that her life was in danger and had voiced this concern to her closest friends. Members of the Trinsic Loyal Guard were often seen accompanying her in her travels, acting as bodyguards. She had last been seen in Cove, alone, when news of Tuesday night's siege reached her and she made haste to the Abbey. Gaston stated that he knew something was amiss when the black pigeon made its way to him in Britain. "Tha' bird only flies when she's in trouble," the young man said. "It went ta Yew and I tried m' best ta follow it. Just after we got out o' the moongate, a buncha orcs came 'n ambushed me an kill't tha bird. I slipped past 'em an got m'self into th' Abbey w'out bein' seen. Th' fightin' was thick an' I din'na see anythin' but a sea of weapons swingin' an' dead bodies bein' trampled. I climbed up on th' roof an' t'was almost as bad there. I made m' way over to th' winery an' .... well, I... she was gone."
Gerard had prepared Gaston for her possible demise, telling him that she had written messages to loved ones and wished him to deliver them. He is setting about this grim task now, the Stratics office being his first stop.
The tears could not help but well up in mine eyes as I read the final words. My eyes circled the gentle slopes of her signature. My best friend and reporter was no longer part of this world.
Noticing Gaston reading over my shoulder, I quickly recovered, grabbed a book and thwaped him on his head. "Where is theother parchments!" I demanded.
"Parchments, sire?" Gaston looked around.
"Aye! The other parchments... where are they?"
"I brough' dem no' sire."
"Ye left them behind?"
"Aye sire, in 'er chambers..." was his reply.
"I want them tomorrow... there is much work to be done... tomorrow, Gaston. Be not late!"
With that, he left my chambers. I sat back in my chair, pondering the next steps...
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 11:20 AM EST by Beans Baxter (LakeSuperior)|
|A story about an evil man|
|I received this: |
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 6:21 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|An Interview with Keeonean|
|This message came in from a warrior involved with the recent attack on Yew. |
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 5:11 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Elders Try to Help in the Fight for Trinsic|
|This message came in from a dedicated miner in Minoc. |
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 4:54 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|The Phantom Rider Speaks|
|Though days old as an event, the following tale holds some new information about the Phantom Rider and the degree to which he seems to be aware of future events. It has been noted that he has appeared just prior to dark events in the land, such as attacks on several locales, but this story from Garth Bakrath shows a Phantom who may know more than his silent demeanor suggests.|
Hail and well met,"What" has only just begun we can only wonder, save the massing of undead on several occasions in the Yew Crypts over the past week. However, thanks to Garth, we know there is likely more we could wrest from this Phantom Knight than he has given us cause to suspect in the past. It would seem the Phantom has a tongue.
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 4:19 AM EST by Mouser (Catskills)|
|Interview - Lich Soulstealer - Herald of Juo'nar|
Last evening, McCoy and I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with the Infamous Lich Soulstealer, diplomat and herald of Juo’nar and the Lady Minax. We took this opportunity to hopefully shed some light upon the current struggle within all the lands and mayhaps a behind the scenes look of the Dark Lords. I was personally delayed, having to attend a funeral for one of my friends who lost his life in Trinsic, but showed up shortly after the ceremony to partake of the interview. Bones kept the Soulstealer delayed long enough for my arrival and it was greatly appreciated. Here is what Lich Soulstealer had to say:
McCoy: Hail Lich...
(At this point of the prelude interview, I finally made it through the countryside and arrived at the YMCA where LS was patiently waiting for me to arrive. This is what took place upon my delayed arrival.)
McCoy: *reflects* Does Lady Minax work for them?
In the Immortal words of the great poet, James al’Morris...
“Not to touch the earth, not to see the sun...
It would appear that Lich has already won whatever it is he has set in motion and would like to have us ‘mortals’ do exactly what the poem states. With the death of Joye and Lord British being abducted by mongbats and orc mages, things couldn’t look grimmer for all of Britannia. But is this a time for us to give up hope? Nay, it is not. Here is our chance, fellow citizens... Patriots... To answer the call of the sounding horns in the distance and rise up to those who would oppress us. All is not lost so long as we cling on to the virtues. We must be found with faith in the Great I Am; hope that He will help us in our struggles; and have the charity (love) for all mankind to put aside our differences to instill in ourselves the desire to win no matter what the cost. The axe is at the foot of the tree Britannia, don’t give up without a fight.
Safe Journeys, signing off, this is War Reporter...
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 3:10 AM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Don Martin Enters the Void!|
"Remember what binds thee Don Martin only that will endure yer return," Alainn pointed out as Don tumbled... "Tameria."
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 2:03 AM EST by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|News from the Dragon Tear Cafe.|
The Dragon Tear Café is holding a funds rasing events this next few weeks in which proceeds will be going towards the 1 year anniversary fund of the cafe. The one year anniversary is coming up fast (4th week of March 19-25), and The café has plans to hold a week-long event!The players that take the time and housing to setup a tavern do it for YOU. So please support YOUR local tavern!
|Posted on Monday, February 28, 2000, 1:43 AM EST by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|Orcs and Gazers attack Yew and help orc prisoner escape|
|We received the following report:|
Twas a chilly eve in the waning month of frost (February 25th). Many hardy adventurers from throughout the land of Britannia are still sorrowful in the loss of the fair town of Trinsic to the evil undead forces. A new battlefront is now being fought. The Solid town of Justice, known as Yew has been pummeled time and time again in a relentless assault by the orc general as well as by the leader of the Gazer forces "Keltar." Tonight, I recite a tail the likes of which should send your shivering bones back to the world of the dead.Thanks for the report!
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 11:52 PM EST by Ima Supa (LakeSuperior)|
|Results of the IFC House Giveaway!|
|Earnst sent this to us |
Results of the IFC House Giveaway!Thankyou Earnst, and Congrats to Avral, I hope you enjoy the house!
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 11:32 PM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|Yew Crypts:Dark Prophesies & Helpful Spirits|
|It would seem that the people of Britannia allied against the evils that now plague the land, a land so populated of late with dark and sinister apparitions, have at least one well meaning spirit on our side. Below is an account from the crypts by Mithrandur.|
While searching for one of the eight Shrines of Valor, I happened upon a strange crypt near Yew. Having heard of strange events within it, I decided to enter and see what oddities I could find. I found many indeed, and when I finally reached a black throne and the Well of Souls, I was frightened indeed. I met with a wandering ghost in the dark chamber, and though I am not skilled at contacting the netherworld, I did it with some effort.
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 8:55 PM EST by Mouser (Catskills)|
|Timewarp in OSI Quest Explained?|
|I just got this:|
I've had many debates and arguments about the entire UO timeline thing. (Ultimately, I like Richard Garriott's explaination- to quote from an e-mail that was forwarded to me*Smiles*
I am almost lost here.*Grins*
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 7:41 PM EST by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|News for Drachenfels Roleplayers|
| Benedict, Grand Bishop of the Church of Hysteresis (HYS) sent us these announcements : |
Greetings !Thanks Benedict for these informations.
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 4:56 PM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|UO2 - Brand New Picture!|
BIG NEWS! It looks like things have begun to roll out with UO2 at last. OSI just provided us with the following SNEAK PEAK picture meant just for us Ultima fans. Keep your eyes on our news pages as more information about UO2 is released. We are being told by OSI to expect quite a bit of new items today (2/25), so check back often!
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 3:01 PM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Combat Changes Moving From In Concept to In Dev|
|Just wanted to let everyone know that the Combat Changes & Enhancements that were recently in In Concept have now been moved over to In Development. Everything is the same as was earlier reported except for the following: |
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 2:48 PM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|More Fishing Changes|
|The changes to fishing in Testing for the Next Update have been modified: |
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 2:36 PM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|CIA calls for Council of War to free Trinsic|
|Another brave group are attemting to free our good city of Trinsic: |
Thank you, and good luck!
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 2:30 PM EST by Australis Dragon (Oceania)|
|Complete PvP comp details!|
|Hello all, this is your programme guide for the PvP night: |
EVERYONE MEET AT EAST BRITAIN BANK. If you want to watch or participate meet here. I will be collecting all entry fee. My name is the following: [Traveling the world, [DS] Arturius. Just give your entry fee to me and I will write you down and your set for the night! (the entry fee is 500gp). REMEMBER, give the money to the Arturius in the guild DS, no other Arturius. Its your own fault if you give it to the wrong person.
HOW YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE DUELING VS WHO. I will read out the names of 2 people dueling. Eg, FRED VS KANE, THROUGH THIS GATE. Then I will cast gate (or attempt too :)) and the participants and anyone who is watching will go through. After you go through, please get off the spot where the rune is marked, for obvious reasons.... I will do that till everyone is read out.
THE TOURNAMENT IS KNOCKOUT! Please, if you lose connection, your problem. I don't care. It is your problem. Lag is your problem. If the other guy kills you, you lose (unless of course he breaks a rule). There will be a judge at every duel, so we will know if they break the rules. AND if you run out of reagents, yes that's your problem. Now, if you lose, your out of the comp. Simple. If you win, you move on. And eventually, you get too the final. Now, the final, will be out of 3 matches.... This is only to be fair. And the winner of that gets 1st prize, and 2nd gets 2nd prize. And a lucky door prize will be awarded to a random person! The prize money will vary too how many participants.
BREAK RULE, AUTO LOSS!. The rules are in the archives for this news place. Please observe them.
That's it! Meet at East Britain bank, 7:30pm - 8:00pm tonight and your questions will be answered, then we get started! Good luck to all the participants!
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 2:09 PM EST by Arturius (Oceania)|
|Joye Dies; Moonstones Appear; Yew to be Attacked|
|Joye the librarian is dead, 'moonstones' are appearing throughout Britannia and Yew will be invaded later this evening. These are just some of the stories that have come to my attention over the past few days, and which this update will endeavour to cover. The most interesting and comprehensive report is from Erik Strongbow.|
Another story covering the same event is from Armaeno:
Mord-Sith Raina penned the following report:
From Jenthra of the IFC:
I apologize for the delay in posting some of these updates. Other tasks in our world have been keeping me very busy, and I regret that I have not been able to attend any of these events and report on them first-hand. Thank you all for your outstanding reports, messages and hints!
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 8:46 AM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|The quest of Mt. Kendall|
|We have found the following: |
Greetings! My name is Lenox Loaren of Minoc. I belong to a mining company which has decided to keep it's name a secret for the time being.Thanks!
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 7:19 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|High Council to Hold Emergency Meeting Monday|
|We received the following, concerning an emergency session of the High Council of Britannia... |
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 6:38 AM EST by Beans Baxter (LakeSuperior)|
|UO2 Website Completely Revamped!|
|This just in! |
Just a few minutes ago the official UO2 Website was completely revamped! It now includes several new items. A few of the most important are the beginning of the UO2 Fiction, a new Team Comments from Starr Long, a UO2 Fansite Kit to download, and 6 New Questions added to the FAQ!
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 6:27 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|House Lottery and Grand Opening Date change|
|I was handed this scroll some time ago.|
Due to real life commitments, The House Lottery and UBB/BOW Friendly Tavern Grand Opening Has changed to Sunday February 27, 2000 at 2:00pm est.Aye, and thank you for the news.
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 6:11 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Why does that Moonstone Shift Colors ?|
|As many of you already found out, there's a mysterious new object in the game: A Trammel Moonstone. "Using" it does not work (yet) and simply clicking on it can make it shift color sometimes. To find out all there currently is to know about this new stone, have a look at our Moonstone Page.|
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 6:06 AM EST by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Announcing the Atlantic Faction of the THB!|
|Exciting news, as the Atlantic Faction of the Treasure Hunters of Britainia makes its debut! |
Hail Fellow Britannians, I, the Trustworthy Leo Lightfoot, am proud to announce that the Atlantic Faction of the Treasure Hunters of Britannia (THB) has formed! Instrumental in this new beginning are Lanthis, who donated the guild abbreviation, and Cymoril, who donated the guildstone and the use of his Tavern. The Dragon's Tooth Tavern (reviewed here) is lo cated North East of Minoc, and will be the new home for the Atlantic THB.Good luck in your endeavor friend, please keep us posted on any upcoming events!
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 5:58 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Scoop inside: New UO2 Action Figure|
|This package was dropped on our doorstep: |
The recent pics of UO2 action figures caused me some concern. While I would like to have a Lord Blackthorne figure, I don't need another Locutus of Borg, as McFarlane Toys seems to believe. So, in an effort to be part of the solution instead of the problem, I've designed my own action figure of my favorite Ultima Online character, and how I think he should look. Please see attachment and enjoy!It's good to see so many talent exists, now all we need to do is channel it in the right direction.
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 5:39 AM EST by Xena Dragon (CandidCoverage)|
|The Green Orc is Looking for Keeonean|
|Here is some more insight on the green orc and what may be going on in Yew and Blackcomb with Keeonean. |
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 5:02 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Moonglow Town Council to Hold First Meeting Saturday Eve|
On this Saturday, February 26th, at 9:00 p.m. [EST]scholars, mages, wizards, sages, and warriors alike, will join bonds to create a Moonglow Town Council of Honesty. Brave and holy men whom love with all their hearts the city and the sparkling bastion of Truth and the mystic magicks that is Moonglow, are invited to attend the most joyous birth of its Council. This new body politic will see to the betterment and enrichment of the island as a whole, and will battle the ominous forces of darkness, which now threaten to overwhelm our lands. The time is now, for unification and to strengthen our community. Let us come together as one of mind and spirit, and reach out with all the powers we can muster, to create a realm for our future, and our children's future.
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 4:36 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Timewarp in OSI quest?|
|Got this letter from a dear friend:|
I never really notice that!*Grins*
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 2:33 AM EST by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|Town Cryer: A Warning|
|This was found in the Town Cryer: |
As told to Clayton Trembell
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 2:21 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Town Cryer: Visions of the Black Temple|
|This was found in the Town Cryer: |
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 2:16 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Trade Caravan Delivers Supplies for Mage Conference|
|I got this from Caravan Leader, Videric Gaveston:|
Hail to thee,
Thanks for the information, Videric!
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 2:14 AM EST by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|Town Cryer: Sir Geoffrey Captures Orc Prisoner!|
|This was found in the Town Cryer: |
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 2:10 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Town Cryer: Rude Awakening in Trinsic|
|This was found in the Town Cryer: |
Vinen the Warrior
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2000, 2:06 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Lord Rogers Married Lady Cora Last Friday|
|Last Friday, I had the great pleasure to assist to the wedding of Lord Rogers and Lady Red Cora. |
After a long week of travel back from Vesper where I had assisted to a very interesting horse race, I only stepped into the TownCryer General Office to hear the local manager shout at me:
"Lord Rogers and Lady Cora marry today and you come back that late ??? No time for Holidays, some Council members are offering magic Travel to the Wedding Hall !!! You've got five minutes to change your dress !!! Do you think nobles would accept such a tramp at their wedding ?"
Sigh. Well, after a short time at the local Inn, a quick glance in the mirror to see that the official reporter clothes still look bad when they're clean, and there I was, in front of the bank, stepping into a blue moongate, and finally arriving just on time at the wedding.
The Wedding Hall was in fact a castle, its entrance paved with roses, and crowded with tons of guests, all looking magnificent in bright and shiny clothes... Well, not all of them, some green-haired man stood in the back of the audience, clad in a dark grey robe... At least one looked human in that noble assembly. I sat near to him so that no one would look at my dress, only to realize that he was in fact a Lord too... damn.
Well, anyway, just before the wedding occured, a group of mysterious yet powerful-looking robed people entered the room. All the guests seemed quite impressed by they entrance, and I managed to hear that they were close Councillors of our Liege Lord British.
The wedding itself was very impressive : the bride enlightened the whole building by her presence. After some speeches I must say I couldn't hear due to my presence at the very last row of the Wedding Hall, Lord Rogers and Lady Cora were declared Husband and Wife under the protection of our Liege Lord British. After this, a great party took place on the first floor, where Lord Darius taught me how to play the Harp. He also proposed me the services of an artist he knew, who painted the scenes produced in this article.
Long after all the Guests were gone, your humble servant was still there, trying to raise her little ability to play the standing Harp while some people were already cleaning the place... This is the way it goes when you live to bring news to the good people of Britannia.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 11:17 PM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Team Championships of Lake Superior|
|We received the following:|
TONIGHT: February 25th, 2000Thanks!
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 10:56 PM EST by Ima Supa (LakeSuperior)|
|The Apocalypse--Battle of Champions|
|We received this announcement:|
The Apocalypse: ExodusThank you and good luck to all the champions.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 8:05 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|Vesper Channel Bet Race Tonight|
|We received this notice:|
The Vesper Channel BetThank you and good luck to the contenders--and the betters!
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 7:55 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|Dargoth appeals for defenders|
|This world is a hive of activity and creativity. I have received news of another city: |
Thank you for writing. At some point in the future we hope to produce some sort of guide to the towns and institutions in Sosaria. We know many of them, but if you run a town, tavern, cafe or whatever, please get in touch . . .
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 3:27 PM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Spiritwood Tavern meet market|
|The next Spiritwood Tavern Meet Market will be on saturday the 26th of February. As tradition has it, this one will also start at 21.00 cet (8pm gmt). Of course everyone is invited again! |
Many thanks Fenris!
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 3:12 PM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|First Britannia mage conference|
|I just got this from Yoldran, Mayor of Moonglow:|
This is a reminder for the first Britannia mage conference on sunday, february 27th, 20:00cet in the Lycaeum of Moonglow.
I wish you luck.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 2:11 PM EST by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|The Siege of Cove and the Formation of the Cove Town Council|
The Invasions of the city of Cove grows more intense as Gazers appear within the city itself to reign terror and misery to the inhabitants of this normally quiet coastal town. Gazers of various strengths and powers have been seen in the city razing crops, killing human inhabitants, and simply terrorizing the populace. Many heroes from several guilds, including TTC, CAD, OGD, and HCD have come to the aid of the city, driving off the hordes; however, this is proving more difficult then most would like to admit.
This is because of the Gazer fiend and the assumed henchmen of his gazer army. One in particular that I myself got a little TOO close to was a gazer named Kaltor, who quickly ripped my spirit from my body with a series of powerful spells. These gazer elders are extremely fast and agile, and use "hit-and-run" maneuvers to draw the human defenders into an ambush either on the docks on out by the guard house on the north peninsula.
The resulting attacks have had a positive effect on the now bustling town. A new town council, formed from the former Paladin of Trinsic, Gurney, has arisen to prominence over the past few weeks, with the local Cove merchant's guild (CMG) led by lady Heather at his side. The Town council is still in its infancy, but with the growing attacks, has built several allies among the other guilds and town councils elsewhere.
As for the attacks, Lady Heather commented that the Gazer fiend will pay for his insolence, and assures that Cove will not fall to the attack. Gurney was not available for comment at this time but is expected to make a statement soon in regards to the CTC's plan of defending the city.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 1:44 PM EST by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|The Tome of the Gold one: From Heather of Cove|
I put pen to scroll this day to send to you an important break in the news of the town attacks happening all over our fair lands. At long last, the gods have heard our prayers and sent us a clue, and with it, hope that we may yet free our homeland from the evil of Minax, Malabelle, Juo'nar, Gazer Fiend, Keeonean, and the rest. The first of Eight, Gold Tomes of Virtue was recovered from the body of Dark Lizardlord Ssissithisss, after he was dispatched last night in front of the Golden Dragon Tavern. The complete tale of the books recovery can be read in theCove Merchant's Guild News Here is the script of the book, in whole:
Gold tomes of the Virtues, Fragment 1
Copies of the book can be read at the Temple to the Gold One and the Golden Dragon Tavern at Dragon's Bay, as well as the CMG Blacksmith shop at Cove. Red William has called another meeting to discuss a course of action, this Friday night at 6pm pst (8pm cst) at the Golden Dragon Tavern. All those who follow the path of the Virtues are encouraged to attend.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 12:53 PM EST by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Goodman's Rune Library Announces Winners !|
|Here are the winners of Goodman's Rune Library's Valentines Day Treasure Hunt Contest.|
After a week full of adventure and treasures, the contestants in Goodman's Rune Library's Valentine Day Treasure Hunt Contest turned in the last of their completed treasure maps and runes marked to the chest locations. All participants were given a set of treasure maps to begin the competition and were expected to use their loot from that first set of treasure chests to help acquire additional maps to continue the contest. On Sunday, February 20, at 2:00 PM EST, all maps were completed and submitted for judging.Thank you for the news friends, and congratulations to the winners!
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 10:52 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|An Audience in the Crypts|
|We received the following update from Dove:|
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 10:50 AM EST by Ima Supa (Catskills)|
|The Ashes of Eden|
|Here is a tale as told by the Scribe of Unter Brae.|
The evening musk saturated the air with evergreen as two sages were speaking of the Awakening outside the Fitzowen Hall of the Arts. The winds began to pick up, and a shriek of animosity bellowed. The two sages curiously turned their ear in the direction of the large, empty house that lay south of the Inn of Your Dreams. For the past several months, sounds from that house began to grow in intensity and in frequency. For the first time, the sounds had some coherency.A very interesting tale from the city of Unter Brae. I look forward to seeing where this leads.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 10:44 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|The Rescue of Cyan|
|Here friends is a heartfelt telling of the rescue of Cyan.|
Blowing the tattered wisps of fog away, the cold wind off the ocean ruffled the banners of the assembled host. Mounted knights, their armor shining in the sun, shift uneasily as they here the constant drumming coming from behind the palisades of the Orc Fort. Grim faced Pyros of the Yew Militia advances towards the guard towers, hoping to avert war with one last appeal to the Orcs.
A joyous occasion to be sure. I have the utmost respect for these hearty warriors. With people like these in our realm, how can we not overcome every obstacle in our paths? Good work friends, we are in your debt.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 10:32 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|More on the Trinsic Construct|
|Leo Lightfoot has taken some time to examine the strange new building in Trinsic, and shares his thoughts with us here, enjoy. |
Hail Fellow Britannians, After hunting several treasures this eve, I thought I should do my part in battling the evil which is attempting to overrun our land. I ventured into Trinsic, killed a few lich lords, and then explored the new structure at Paladin's Hall. Here are my observations of the structure on the roof, which seems most interesting:
I thank you for these thoughts friend! Now, truly, it become more important than ever that we share our ideas on this matter! There is indeed a mystery here and by working together, perhaps we can find the solution. Until then friends, fare thee well.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 10:21 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Winner of the UB Cock Fight|
The Holy Disciples of the Darkness would like to congratulate Beowulf of DOD, whose cock, the Rock, won the 5th weekly Unter Brae Cock Fighting League cock fights and walked away with 1500 gold as a prize.I thank ye for the news Navrip, congratulations to Beowulf of DOD, and his cock, Rock.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 10:13 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Arx Draconis Renaissance Week|
Trinsic is in flames!!! Jou'nar and his undead hosts roam the lands slaying adventures in droves. Britain and Vesper are under attack and there are few safe places these days. Games of Fun and Games of skill that bring us together to forget those troubles do not often come around. Today, we are going to change that.I thank you for the news friends!
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 10:11 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Unified Sosarian Army Calls Out For Supplies|
Like any army, the Unified Sosarian Army can only advance as far as it's supply chain can allow. That is why I am requesting you, the citizens of Britannia, to help keep that army moving quickly and snaglessly.
We have need of the following raw materiel:
Ingots (of all colours)
We also require people who are capable of turning those materials into supplies that can be shipped to the front lines, where they are badly needed. If you can be of assistance in either role, please either contact myself at [email protected], or Janos Antero at [email protected]
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 9:57 AM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Ocllo Mayor Nominations Opened|
|Ocllo is looking for a mayor ... here is some information sent in by Wren: |
Well, there seems no end to Tessa's ambition.To learn more about the Ocllo elections, please visit Wren's Ocllo Government Newsletter at http://www.angelfire.com/games/ocllo to nominate a mayoral candidate for Ocllo and follow up on the results.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 9:06 AM EST by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|Let the jousting -- BEGIN!|
|We have recieved the following: |
Lords and Ladies,
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 7:54 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|The First Annual Designer House Contest!!|
|This just in |
Introducing The First Annual Designer House Contest!! Where your home if chosen could win you 2,000gp!!! AND if you enter a castle and win 5,000!!!! This may seem small but with every entry a 10% of it goes to house prize and 50% goes to castle prize!!!!! The more to play the more to win!!!Good luck to all who participate!
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 7:51 AM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|A New Site for Catskills News|
|For those who can't get enough fresh news on city attacks, Minax minions, defenders' struggles and more, we have this in from Trahan Vashier.|
The Army of Blood Keep presents The Post: Alliance Site!
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 7:22 AM EST by Mouser (Catskills)|
|The Adventures of Adam Ant|
|A note from Adam Ant himself: |
Hail dark friends,Go have a look and read the stories. I think you will like them, I know I did...
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 6:50 AM EST by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|A Mysterious Green Orc Terrorizes Yew|
|This message came in from Moiré Tregarde in the mail. I also was sent to http://www.uoboard.net/message.phtml?num=230 by Rhiannon to check out another posting that she had on the subject. You can find these postings under the heading: These Attacks on Yew... |
Here is Rhiannon's version of the battle.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 6:37 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Pride is Your Enemy|
|Here are some more speculations about the recent orc attacks on Yew. |
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 6:14 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|A Ghostly Visitor in Virtue Village|
My name is Mc Sam of Virtue Village and I'd like to inform you about a strange conversation I had yesterday in our Village. A lost soul wandered around and we talked for quite a while (lucky I had a set of communication crystals at hand)
Thank you, Mc Sam, for the report!
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 6:08 AM EST by Brenna (Catskills)|
|It's not Good Bye, but rather, So Long For Now.|
|I'll be taking a leave of absence from UOChesapeake and UOSS Chesapeake. I don't want to say I'm "quitting" because I may be back sometime in the not-to-far-but-not-to-close future. Right now I have a lot of things pulling for my time, and I find myself neglecting my duties at these sites more and more. It's gotten to the point where I don't even look at any of the submissions I receive, and just go ahead and delete them. I feel I'm being more of a burden than anything else, so if I'm not going to do anything to help, I felt it was the right thing to do and "officially" declare it. |
I didn't come to this decision very easily. I loved being a reporter, and the benefits which came along with it. I got to go out and see people in UO, then come here and tell everyone what it was like. While they weren't frequent, I usually got a compliment or two, and people always told me they read my articles. You people are the entire reason I have kept with it, up to now. Everything I have done here was done for you, so you could know what's going on when your not in UO. *sniff* I love you guys.
I can say that I've written quite a few articles in my time as a reporter, most of them tied to role playing quests. Some of my favourite articles which I tried to make a habit of writing were "tying things together summaries." I would pick any big player quest, which had probably been going on for quite some time, try as best I could to interview key people, read other articles on the quest, and then write a huge summary of the quest as it stood thus far. Some of these quests can get so big and confusing, it would be hard for those involved to keep up with it, and for those not involved to get involved. *I* felt I was helping everyone by writing an entire summary of the quest as it stood so everyone knew what was going on and what to do next. Any ways, those were just my favourite things to write. ;)
I am not quitting UO, I'll continue to play as normal, most of the stuff which is taking up my time is UO-related. I hope that I'll be back so I can continue where I left off, and I hope you'll be happy to see me return some day. In the not too distant future I'll be heading off to college, and I'm sure my world as it is now will be turned upside down. If you ever see me around make sure to say "Hi." If you end up saying hi to someone who isn't me, hit them over the head cause they're walking around with my name. I'm sure I've been taken off this site's mailing list by now, so if you wish to drop me a line, send it here. ([email protected])
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 5:37 AM EST by Azazel (Chesapeake)|
|Formosa: Publish Delay|
|This was posted on the UO homepage: |
Due to an unscheduled delay, the publish of features listed in Testing for the Next Update http://update.uo.com/next.html will not be available on the Formosa shard until after the shard's Friday, Feb. 26th (local time) scheduled maintenance. In the event of unscheduled downtime prior to the next scheduled Formosa maintenance, the shard will be updated with the latest publish when it returns. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 5:24 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|Formosa Shard Opens Worldwide|
|The following was posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
We are pleased to announce the global opening of Formosa shard on February 23rd, local Taiwan time. Formosa is the 20th worldwide Ultima Online shard and the first to be located in Taiwan.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 5:21 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|Weekly Fight Nights Postponed|
|Richard Cypher sent this in: |
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 5:16 AM EST by HellRazor (Baja)|
|Request from OSI on Moonstones|
|The following was just posted to the FYI section of the Ultima Online website: |
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 5:14 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Billing Services Downtime|
|The following was just posted to Common Issues on the Ultima Online website: |
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 5:11 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Comments from the Team: Quality Assurance|
|The following was just posted to the Quality Assurance section of the Comments from the Team: |
Comments from Cutter
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 4:37 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Fishing & Sea Serpents|
|The following was just added to In Testing |
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 2:01 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Thrawn Elected New Mayor of Yew|
Greetings, All,Thankye, Thrawn, and congratulations on your new post.
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 12:13 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Alliance on the Offense|
|Exedore of Arden, one of the officials of the AUF (Alliance of United Forces), sent in this report of upcoming battle plans for this weekend. Please heed this call to rid the lands of the Dread Lady Minax and her Generals. |
Hail and Well Met,
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2000, 12:09 AM EST by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|Britannia Invasion News|
| In the news, as of late, has been the invasion of the Dark Mistress but mostly of the undead in the once glorious city of Trinsic. The new Dark Tower above the Trinsic Meeting Hall has brought about new questions. And now, with the report of a memeber of the Crimson Fist of Mazrim, privately speaking with the evil liche Juo'nar has brought up another question ... Are Mazrim and Juo'nar developing a friendship?? Is so that means we're in even more serious trouble. |
Another interesting subject that was brought up was the mention of an Orcish prisoner being held in the Yew Prison. When questioning the guards, they reply "Sir Geoffrey has decreed that Selzhanik will be the first to interrogate the prisoner." This is interesting because in Lord British's speech, he mentioned something about interrogating a prisoner ... perhaps this Orc is him.
There have been many stories of the people trying to reclaim and their trials and hardships but it seems that the undead forces grow in number once the next battle begins. But the Virutes will guide them to victory ... soon I hope.
Thanks to Helena, Beldin, "Swain" for the updates and to all others that have been providing us with information to give you the best and up-to-date news on Chesapeake.
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 6:45 PM EST by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|Joye's Recovery Becomes Her Demise|
The streets around Britain were bustling with activity this evening as adventurers and people of curiosity gathered around the castle gates of Britain waiting for the "Trustworthy" Trianon, thief by trade and of choice, to arrive at the 21st hour. Members of the Unified Sosarian Army as well as other fighters showed up to see what this Trianon had to say once she did finally show. Her proposition was this... To have those who wanted to learn the whereabouts of Joye, go and seek out a prisoner transport on it's way to Yew to free a compatriot of hers by the name of Bruce by any means necessary. Those who enlisted in this endeavor, agreed to this course of action so long as Trianon agreed to reveal the location of Joye after Bruce was freed. Both parties agreed to the terms stated and then the band set off in search of the prisoner escort on it's way to Yew.
The escort was found, just where the thief said it would be and the guards were quite alarmed at the commotion caused by the over anxious group that was now surrounding them. Steve and Sylvester, the two guards, gave warnings and shouts for all to stand back and make way so they could continue on their course. The band of adventurers, which really had no one leader, made several vain attempts to aquire Bruce's bonds from the King's guard. The discussion was so futile at one point that I had suggested that some of them go to Lord British's castle to seek an audience with the King and ask for Bruce's custody due to the circumstances at hand, but this was ignored.
What the group finally settled upon was to bribe the guards to look the other way while Bruce was "released" into their custody for the greater good of the cause, which was to find Joye and get any information out of her before Juo'nar found her and killed her. This bribery was scoffed at by a man named Jaerik Rohan, who stated that since these were the King's guards, all they had to do was to report those who instigated the bribe which could possibly cause problems for them, making them outlaws themselves, but this too was ignored. Jaerik felt it would have been better to dispatch the guards and felt contempt for the rabble he had found himself traveling with.
After twenty minutes or so and several hikes in the bribery price, both Steve and Sylvester agreed to give up Bruce once they both received thirty thousand imperials of gold. Once the gold was given to both guards, they handed the key over to Johanis Wyndsage and walked away, as "simple" as that. It makes me think I am safer as I walk the streets knowing this too. Anyhow, after "ownership" of Bruce was transferred over, a little bit of a heated debate ensued as to who was going to take Bruce to where. Johanis and Morgan Le Fay did not see quite eye to eye on this matter and pretty soon sides were drawn and chosen and a fight soon broke out. Morgan and her lot tried to kill Bruce, but he was able to escape with a small fraction of men with Johanis to Buccaneer's Den, where Trianon asked Bruce to be taken to the bath house there before she give up any information as to where Joye was hiding.
Bodies littered the road on the way to Yew of those caught between the struggle... A struggle of what really never did materialize. Upon reaching the bath house in Buccaneer's Den, Bruce was given over to Trianon and then she haphazardly threw a rune down on the ground at the feet of everyone stating that we were all a bunch of saps and laughed her way through the jungle that surrounded the City of Thieves. The rune was picked up and led to a location somewhere out in the wilderness where a tent was found just to the west of where the rune was marked. Joye was found huddled in the corner of her makeshift home as the group of ten or so adventurers appeared and tried to reassure her that she was safe and that everything would be ok, but it wasn't.
The party was there no more than three minutes before undead started to spawn right before our eyes. General Justin Allard quickly put up an energy field spell to block the entrance to the tent while a gate was cast by Elise taking every one to the Yew Merriment Center for All. Upon arriving, the undead spawn followed and it's rate quickened as Joye was safely guided and guarded into the YMCA establishment and brought to the second floor where the bunk room was. She was quite exasperated by all the excitement going on outside and kept pleading for it all to end. Elise did her best to soothe poor Joye until she calmed down enough to start talking about what it was she knew about Tyball, Malabelle's lover who was kidnapped by Minax and held in some secret location. This is what Joye had to say when asked about a crystal ball that was given to her from Tyball, by some unknown magical means, and even though more was said, this caption will only reflect what Joye had relayed to those who were present in the room at the time:
Joye: *trembles* I.. I just want it to stop.. If I say.. You must tell all you can.. no one person should have this information.. It.. It can kill you to have secrets... *nods slowly* As I have said.. Malabelle's Lover is held by Minax against his will. In an effort to contact Malabelle.. he sent a crystal ball. He used some.. magiks.. And sent it to my library. I found it there.. and began to watch it.. He tried to send his love word that he was well.. and wishing to be with her.
(At this point, Morgan Le Fay came into the room and appeared to do her best to intimidate Joye from speaking, but it didn't work.)
Joye: *looks over (at Morgan)* The.. crystal was his messenger.. to his love, but it sent more than just his message. It picked up... *looks over (at Morgan)* Morgan... The... messages... They told of the events around poor Tyball.. An one.. kept reoccurring.. The same thing.. it kept showing itself. In the hands of a woman.. dressed in red. An orb.. glowing.. White.. glowing.. Every time I looked into the crystal.. there it was, in her hands. An orb, a.. magic.. *frowns* A.. key.. It is important.. this key..this orb. An orb, that has some force on it.. some magik. I know not.. I know only that I have seen two of them. (One in) Trinsic..
(At this point in Joye's comments, Morgan Le Fay warns Joye to shut up or else she would shut her up.)
Joye: A twisted form.. He holds the other. *looks over to Morgan and sniffles*
(Joye was warned again by Morgan to shut up, but Joye continued anyway. The sad thing is that none of the adventurers there seemed to notice this since from looking at my written notes, most were talking or threatening each other over petty things instead of paying closer attention to what was going on. Very sad...)
Joye: I have told what need be told.. Tell that LICH that he can kill me now.. It will do him no good! Jou'Nar.. he does not want Malabelle to know.. He hunts me.. But he has no need now! *Tries to stand tall and nods* (Asked about Tyball) He is a good man.. *lowers head* I do not know (his location).. he loves her. He misses her. *nods (when asked to go to the orb she was using)* Not now.. tis nae safe to go there.. I will take you there.. if it remains where I hid it, but nae tonight.. I can not go back there.. not tonight. *nods (agreeing to go another night)* The.. women.. in red.. with the orb..
(At this point of Joye's statement, three individuals openly attacked and killed Joye before anyone really knew what was going on, thus being caught off guard before Joye could be healed. Unfortunately, no screenshots were taken during the commotion. The names of those who attacked Joye will be listed below in bold in the following transcript.)
Crimson Nytefall: Three... Two... One?
Joye's life forces left her frail body, never to return again and thus we see that Morgan Le Fay and her crew of murderers had done the bidding of her master, which would seem to be Minax. So it seems that Juo'nar finally got his wish, but not before Joye had an opportunity to speak of some interesting points which could very well prove to be the information needed in turning these attacks around and defeating Minax and her lot, once and for all. It was a costly price to pay, the bribing of the King's guards and the death of a poor, frightened, innocent girl who accidentally knew too much. Again, the vanity of man stepped in the way and disallowed the proper protection of Joye as she was promised and this is something we will all have to live with on our consciences for the rest of our lives. How many more innocent deaths must be inflicted before we learn the lessons presented here, tonight? This is not the first time we have had them either. May Joye's death not be in vain and may we rise up above the darker side of humanity to embrace the Virtues and walk in the light of the Great I Am. We Britannians are at our best, when things are at their worst, but how much worse must things get before we reach our best? May the Great I Am forgive us all for our actions tonight and prompt us to do what is right and help out the cause in any way possible. The Unified Sosarian Army is in need of thy help. Long live Lord British, long live the King and death to those who oppose him and our freedoms and liberties! May we all remember Joye and honor her with a moment of silence. I would also like to thank my fellow traveling companion, McCoy, for the excellent "scribeshots" he has risked taking since we started.
Safe Journeys, signing off, this is War Reporter...
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 5:06 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Strange Moonstones Found Across the Realm|
| Draco sent us the following : |
Strange Moonstones have been appearing all over the realm of Drachenfels, mostly on the bodies of dead Orcs and some other "smart" creatures. These are called "Trammel Moonstone", obvously a connection to the Moons of the realm exists.Thanks Draco for this interesting theory.
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 5:00 PM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|In Development and In Testing Updated|
|The following was added to In Development: |
The following was moved from In Development to Testing for the Next Update (note the change to bank checks, they can be up to 1 million gold now)
To get a bank check:
Changes to Skill Gain
In addition, certain "secondary" skills will raise when using an associated skill (similar to the way tactics increases while using a combat skill). You will need to mark a skill as "up" in order for it raise in this manner.
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 3:03 PM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Madame Doria Romanov Reading Reported|
Hail and well met fellow travelers of Britannia. I come before thee this fine eve to bring ye word of pressing matters in regards to Madame Doria Romanov and her reading. There was quite an assortment of people there waiting to listen to Doria and even though some didn't see quite eye to eye, civility won out and McCoy and I were able to bring this important news, along with a few "scribeshots" of the event. Even though there was some banter between people attending, this article will mainly focus upon the reading itself. Here is what Madame Doria had to say:
Vladimir Taltos: Hail and well met, Madame Doria.
*breathes deeply and holds hands over crystal ball *
First I am looking at the leaders of the invasions, which may give us clues on how to defeat them. I see that behind all this is an ancient evil, a sorceress of incredible power. Her followers call her "The Mistress" or "The Dark Mistress." She is very old, though her powerful magic hath allowed her to keep her shapely figure.
*gazes more intently into crystal ball *
Now I am looking at the energy of Trinsic, to see if Trinsic can be liberated. The answer is... aye, Trinsic can be freed! Organizing and gathering the United Sosarian Army is a step in the right direction, for many brave warriors will be needed to reclaim Trinsic. Although hit and run skirmishes in Trinsic by our warriors do have value, such forays alone are not enough to free the city. No matter how large a force we can gather, there is still ...something ..
*struggles to see more*
'Tis difficult to see more about Trinsic for the Mistress herself hath woven powerful magics which prevent any psychic from seeing how she controlleth Trinsic. Both Malabelle and Juo'nar were responsible for Trinsic's fall. In some way, Malabelle is connected with the freeing of Trinsic.
*gazes deeply into crystal ball *
I see ... I see the face of the person who is the key to liberating Trinsic... 'Tis Joye, the librarian of Britain. The librarian is very frightened and shaking with fear like a scared rabbit. She hath information that is so important that Juo'nar is trying to slay her. Joye was at the library last Sunday eve, when many monsters attacked and tried to slay her. She was so terrified she ran from the library to a distant place where she is now hiding. After the battle at the library a ghost named "Joye" was seen, but 'twas an impostor ghost pretending to be Joye. The real Joye alive and in peril. Joye must be kept alive at all costs, for she hath information that could ultimately lead to freeing Trinsic. She is so terrified she hath sworn not to reveal her secrets. She knoweth not whom to trust and whom to avoid.
*looks at Morgan Le Fay and then gazes at Crystal Ball again*
If thou wishest to liberate Trinsic thy task is not only to find Joye, but also to calm her and gain her trust enough to convince her to reveal what she knoweth. I know that most of ye want to know if there is any kind of action ye can take now... Aye, there is something ye can do, and ye can do it this very eve. A female thief by the name of Triannon saw Joye run away and knoweth where she is hiding. If ye meet with Triannon just outside the (castle) gate in Britain this eve (Wednesday the 23rd) at 9 PM [PST] o' the clock, ye may discover where Joye is.
*concentrates on crystal ball again*
If ye do as the thief bids, she may reveal the location where Joye is hiding. The thief will keep her part of the bargain if ye do as she wishes, yet what she asks of ye may be more than ye want to give.
*breathes deeply and comes out of trance *
DR: I am weary and the crystal ball groweth cloudy. I see no more... *blinks and moves head slowly*
As ye can see, the reading was quite interesting and there will be future readings every Tuesday night at 7pm PST at Madame Doria's tent located in Skara Brae. Other people who attended this function, besides who's names did get mentioned were General Gaunt, Lord Jaerik Rohan, Ugluk the Orc, and many others who popped in and out periodically. May we take this information and make good use of it so that Minax and her clan can be put down once and for all. Long live the Cause... The Cause of Freedom for all Britannia and may the Great I Am bless us in all are biddings. Bones and I have a thief to meet in Britain, named Triannon.
Safe Journeys, signing off, this is War Reporter...
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 2:19 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Yew under Assault!|
|Sir Ragnar sends us the following scroll accounting of recent events in Yew:|
Thank ye, Sir Ragnar!
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 12:59 PM EST by Satyr (SiegePerilous)|
|All Defenders Needed in Yew|
|Again from Sara Gules, this scroll reached our offices today:|
Last night(02/23/00), Keeonean's army again invaded Yew. The Mistress sent the largest attack on Yew yet to kill off one messly orc prisoner. The assault began a little after 9pm(CST) and lasted until 11pm(CST). All areas of Yew were attacked: the abbey, city, courts and inside & outside of the prison.
Thanks again, Sara!
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 12:42 PM EST by Satyr (SiegePerilous)|
|Something New in Yew!|
|Wandering Healer Sara Gules sends us the following scroll:|
And now for something new in Yew
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 12:35 PM EST by Satyr (SiegePerilous)|
|Live from the Britain Graveyard|
|Nephalia D'laine reporting live from the Britain Graveyard |
Hail all fine denizens of Brittania. Another warning from the fair City of Britain, as well as a strange appearing. The Britain Graveyard and the surrounding areas have been seeing increased attacks from zombies, lichs, and various skeleton warriors. Nothing very strange about that, when these zombies have been vanquished, upon looking at their bodies, one can find items. This includes gold and usually some body part. Body parts found by myself and nearby warriors include "a head," "a arm," "entrails," and "a body part." Aside from the "a body part" all are similar to the items found on a shipwreck, without the "recovered from a shipwreck" title. The "body part" is quite hard to describe, but I will provide a picture soon. *Eep!* I fear that as I write, another horde attacks, and I must be off. Fare thee well and beware!
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 11:39 AM EST by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|Lair of the white rabbit|
|There are worse things in this world than orcs, liches and gazers. Let me tell a tale of the most fearsome foe it has ever been my misfortune to encounter: |
The moral of this tale is, if you want stew try the Cats Eye Tavern in Britain and do not go chasing rabbits. Most of all, avoid white rabbits and never follow them down holes.
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 8:30 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|UOLS Opens "Crisis In Britannia" Site|
|Our good friend, Talanithus of UOLS sent us an email regarding a new, valuable resource UOLS has provided for the populous... |
Interested in staying up to date on the Invasion of Brittania? Then check out the new Quest section of UOLS covering the recent "Crisis in Brittania" throughout the lands HERE! You can also access the Crisis in Brittania Quest section by clicking on "Quest" and then "Crisis in Brittania" in the UOLS Menu, or by linking directly to the site at URL http://uols.xrgaming.net/crisisinbrittaniaThankee, Tal!
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 6:17 AM EST by Beans Baxter (LakeSuperior)|
|Gathered Spirits’ Festival of Spirits this March|
|Lady Juffa Archui asked me to post the following |
This year’s Festival of Spirits, the Gathered Spirits Community’s largest and most exciting annual event, will be held on Saturday March 11th. The Festival of Spirits, a festival held to celebrate the courage, innovation, resolve and spirit (be it for a good cause, or for bad!) of all Britannians, was first held some months after the founding of the Gathered Spirits Tavern nearly two years ago. We will be continuing the tradition this March by aiming to provide a vast amount of fun and excitement to all Britannians who choose to come by offering a variety of special services on the evening.Sounds like fun, I look forward to attending.
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 6:03 AM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|Reminder! Last Chance to Enter IFC House Giveaway!|
|Earnst sent in the following |
Reminder! Last Chance to Enter IFC House Giveaway!Thankyou Earnst, and good luck to all who participate!
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 5:52 AM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|Lord Nicolus and the gem of the moon|
|The history of Sosaria is unfolding before our eyes, in blood, fear and destruction. Yet mayhaps beneath the surface there is more transpiring here than a series of violent battles. One adventurer has delved into the story behind recent events and here shares with us his findings: |
Very many thanks Gwynneth. While the battles to defend our cities have taxed the bravery and strength of many warriors, the battle to understand the meaning of these events is mayhaps an even harder task. As always, I have no way of knowing if your theories are right but I hope you, and other adventurers, will continue to share them with us.
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 4:54 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Investigating the dark temple|
|The strange new structure in Trinsic was the subject of an investigation: |
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 4:39 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|In Concept - Mind Blast|
|The following was just posted to In Concept on the Ultima Online Website: |
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2000, 3:54 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Further Revelations from the Yew Crypts|
|As the threat of undead massing in the Yew Crypts grows, so too has the attentions of good forces to see it haulted before the fate of Trinsic is repeated. Below, an account from Syn Mjollnir of the Knights of Virtue's foray to this darker than usual locale.|
Hail and well met. I am Syn Mjollnir, of the Order of the Knights of Virtue. My Lord Arkos and Lady Wisper, have dedicated our guild to fighting the undead menace running rampant in our land of late. We have made numerous forays into Trinsic to stem the terrible tide of evil and darkness which has overrun that once beautiful and peaceful city. Recent events in Yew however have diverted our focus from Juo'nar to the new menace of Lord Ventryn, the Black Liche, and his henchman Lord Ghaleon, Of MED.
Thank you again to the Knights of Virtue for their diligence and this report.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 5:37 PM EST by Mouser (Catskills)|
|PvP Competition rule changes|
|Due to popular demand I decided to change the following rules to make it more fun:-|
Trap boxes allowed! I decided duel length won't be a factor with everyone having low resist, so this rule of no trap boxes has now been taken out.I hope this gets lots more people to sign up =). Just remember, 500gp fee, huge prize money, and lots of fun on the night. It's still the 26th of Feburary, you can participate on the day, or reserve a spot by e-mailing me @ [email protected] and just sya your character name =).
I hope there are more participants now =)
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 4:10 PM EST by Arturius (Oceania)|
|Important Update on Pending Meetings|
Hail and well met fellow adventurers! I was checking my sources while restocking from trip to Trinsic and discovered on the Sonoma Notepads Site a very important piece of information. This information deals directly with psychic reading to be done by Doria Romanov. I feel it is in thy best interest to investigate this matter further. If ye feel so inclined, please click on the link provided below so that ye may view the message for thyself. This post was made by Stav Korwell of the Sonoma Gazette.
Thank you Stav! May the Great I Am bless thee in thy endevours.
On another note... The meeting to be held Tuesday night, February 22, with the "Trustworthy" theif, Trianon at 9pm PST just south of the library by the castle gates in Britain has been moved to Wednesday night, February 23, at 9pm PST in the same location, just a day later. This should prove interesting, to say the least. Question is, should we trust this Trianon as far as we could throw her? I guess only time will tell.
Safe Journeys to thee, signing off, this is...
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 4:04 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Lich Soulstealer Voices Demands of Juo'nar|
Tonight a personal meeting was held between Lord Jayden Ceandryl and I, Lich Soulstealer, Herald of Jou'Nar. Although our armies advance northward we will not attack the town of Ceandryl unless they get in our way. Contrary to many beliefs our forces are getting stronger and while we have not unleashed our full power, do not underestimate us. We now have the Dark Tower built in Trinsic and it shall serve as a HeadQuarters to us in our city. Jou'Nar would also like to thank the warriors who die everyday in the city. There bones fule our army more than they know.
To Lady Birmingham and the leaders of this so called resistance: Your wasting your time in our city. You cannot win as our forces shall be increased in our city. I would also like to Meet with Lady Birmingham and the "Resistance" leaders at either the Mage Tower or in my Crypt outside Yew. This meeting can enlighten those on Trinsic's future and the misconseption about all this "Hunting for Jou'nar's body" rumor.
Thanks Lich... I think...
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 3:39 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Poll Results are In - New Poll is Up|
|The result of last weeks poll clearly show that the majority of our readers is enjoying the current all-shard quest. Almost 75% thinks it's good or excellent, 25% thinks it's not so good or even bad. |
This weeks poll is about how much time you spend every week on Ultima Online. Not only in-game but also time spent in IRC, on the web and so on. You have until next sunday to let us hear your vote.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 2:08 PM EST by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Hans & Franz on Love, Romance, and Flirting|
|This just in from the creators of the great new toon, Life and Trials of Hans anf Franz: |
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 7:36 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (CandidCoverage)|
|Lizard hunt at the L.O.S.E.R.S Pub|
|This just in from C.J |
Lizard hunt at the L.O.S.E.R.S Pub. Actually in the swamp in the L.O.S.E.R.S back yard. The hunt will take place 7PM Pacific Saturday night, February 26,2000 the rules:Thankyou C.J.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 7:12 AM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|Newbie Battle Royal at the IFC!!!|
|This is from Earnst |
8:30pm, PST.Thankyou Earnst, me being a Newbie and all, I think I'll try to make it
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 7:07 AM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|GM Rock on Pet Changes|
|Ce'Nedra from the Stratics News Team recently spoke with GM Rock regarding the issue of Pet Changes in regard to them being in your home. In order to help clarify things, this is what he had to say: |
The pet questions are pretty good ones... here is our policy as it stands:
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 7:07 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Formosa Publish Delay|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Website: |
Formosa Publish Delay
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 7:00 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Grand Opening of the Marsh Hall Tavern|
|We recieved this from Kat Bonesplitter |
Greetings To one and all,Thankyou Kat Bonesplitter
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 6:57 AM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|Formosa Shard Opens Worldwide|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
Formosa Shard Opens Worldwide
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 6:56 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|"You will follow the way of the fallen one"|
|On Sunday a vast army assembled at CLOWN Town and headed to Trinsic in an attempt to free it from Juo'nar's undead forces. We printed earlier a report from Pad O'Lion but I am pleased to present this further account: |
A thrilling tale. Thank you.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 6:48 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Quentin digs deep in Clown Town|
|The CLOWN's gained a new clue in their struggle to understand the gargoyle interest in their town in the run-up to Sunday's atempt to liberate Trinsic: |
Many thanks, and see above for news of what happened next in the City of Honour.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 6:37 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Laughing Lich Tavern Update|
|Bjorn sent us the following |
Hail once again all you brigands, vampires, and ghouls!Thankyou Bjorn
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 6:01 AM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|"Keeonean sat there with awful grin . . ."|
|Could the druid Jacob be a saviour to embattled Yew? |
I also would like to know what role the Severed Head Orcs and those stinking undead play in all of this . . .
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 4:37 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Nystul appears in Britain|
|Dennar, of Dennar's Grand Bazaar and Tavern fame, has only recently begun to enjoy the fruits of his labors and set out on adventuring expeditions. In his younger years, he devoted his time entirely to studying bows and their craftsmanship. As his name became synonymous with find ranged weaponry, he became a merchant, delving into the trade circles, and from there the tavern and mall mogul that he is today. Therefore, it came as quite a surprise to him when he was strolling through Britain with Dark Seraph and found himself in the company of the king's own mage, Nystul, and in the center of a great adventure.|
Nystul spoke erratically, in fragmented sentences with nebulous metaphors. He seemed apologetic, aware that he was not in a normal frame of mind. He explained that he was suffering from some sort of memory loss and spoke of dreams he'd had and voices he'd heard. Words he mentioned were: Bearer of the Snake, a pool of crimson behind the throne, Dupre, Iolo, and The Avatar. He advised, "Only the pure can vanquish," then advised that a graveyard south of Trinsic be sought, the burial place of three generals. He told of an ice cave north on an isle of Britain, vague information concerning black rocks and/or black mages.
High Court Justice Jonn Goodthorne, an amateur historian, shed some light on several of the topics mentioned by Nystul:
Dupre: He is the finest paladin in all Britannia...and old friend of Lord British (much like Iolo, and rumored to be not of this world, much like the King himself). He makes his home in Trinsic, and is noted for frequenting the many pubs and taverns of the land. He has short, dark hair and a trim, dark mustache, as well.
A search party assembled to begin looking for the graveyard mentioned by Nystul. It is speculated your humble narrator that these were once the graves of Anmac Mallachtan and his brothers, Seth and Ba'ab. Anmac himself had said once, "Long ago, in a time so ancient I can think of no bookmarks for you to compare, we were generals... perhaps the finest these worlds will ever see..."
One was found a fair ways from Trinsic, to the south as he'd said, which may possibly be the cemetary about which Nystul spoke. Three gravestones stood tall amid the smaller, broken ones. One red, one blue, one green, all towering above graves gaping open as if the earth had belched up the contents below.
Lestan & Aral Rubenzual live in a small cottage adjacent to the graveyard. They told that the gravestones had suddenly appeared a few months ago and the appearance had puzzled them. They had no clue as to where they might begin to seek answers, and since nothing else odd happened there, they dismissed it. By calculation, it is estimated that the raising of the stones came at Yuletide, when Lord Nicolus was captured. It is quite possible that this was when the brothers gained the release they yearned for from the Netherworld, brought back into the realm of the living by Minax's powerful magic.
The search continues for the ice cave, however. Areas scouted thus far include the island home of the Honesty shrine, the waters around Justice, and the entrance near Wrong to the Ice region of the Lost Lands. It is possible that the cave has been overlooked, so these areas are not necessarily to be discounted as possible locations of this arcane cave. The exploration abides, too, for another graveyard should the first prove not to be the correct one.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 4:31 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Vote for Counselor of the Month|
|Now is your chance to show the smurfs you love them: |
Thank you Channa.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 4:29 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Protect persecuted poultry!|
|Fenris is organising another of his controversial chicken fights: |
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 4:24 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Malabelle in the midst of mayhem|
|Britain is still suffering: |
Many thanks for writing.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 4:14 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|A prophecy of dragons|
|One of Vesper's defenders found a chilling message from Minax: |
Sadly, I doubt the book will still be there. Many thanks for writing Jennifer. I wonder how many share your concerns?
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 4:13 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Brave defenders beat off another attack on Vesper|
|The brave citizens of Vesper beat off another ferocious attack on the city by G'Ruagak the golden troll leader of the attacks on Vesper. |
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 4:03 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Shadow Conclave To Host a Lottery|
Greetings, mortals,Thankye, Lucas, for this announcement. I will bet that Yancey will be getting lots of visitors and Caina's snow will be trodden down by all the feet.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 2:23 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Neverwinter Nights Stratics Opened|
|Stratics is proud to announce the release of the newest member of the Stratics Network - Neverwinter Nights Stratics. |
NWN Stratics covers news, information and strategy for BioWare's Neverwinter Nights. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons world of Forgotten Realms(tm), Neverwinter Nights brings an exciting new element to online games by restoring the element of the pen and paper style of gaming to the mix. Players will be able to create modules using BioWare's Solstice Toolkit and then, be the "Dungeon Master" guiding a group of adventurers through the campaign. Dungeon Masters can "link" their module to others on the Internet by use of Portals creating a web of persistent game modules and ongoing adventure with ever changing scenery and surprises.
Along with coverage of the NWN development process and community news, NWN Stratics will contain DM and player strategies, module creation tips, Forgotten Realms lore, and of course statistics to name a few. From the 2nd Edition D&D rules to the new 3rd Edition (being released this August by Wizards of the Coast), the NWNSS staff of Dungeon Masters, writers and technicians will do their best to keep you up-to-date on all of the changes as the game heads to release in early 2001.
Come visit us at Neverwinter Nights Stratics for more details on this exiting addition to the network and online gaming .
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 2:14 AM EST by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Another Obelisk Found in the Sea!|
After defiling this strange object, Wal*MartUO, decided to send in a picture of yet another obelisk in the sea. Found near the West of Occlo, this is the second such structure to be uncovered in the oceans of Britannia. It, like the other, is built with the same stone, and of the same arrangement. 8 lanterns about the spire, and a statue akin to an eagle or bird of prey of some sort sitting atop it.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 1:11 AM EST by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Ever wanted to try your hand at Siege Perilious?|
|We got this in from Myschyf... |
Have you wanted to try Seige Perilous but thought it would be too hard to earn money? Don't want to spend hours standing at the Britian bank fending off lizardmen and hawking your wares?
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 12:34 AM EST by Damarr (CommunityNews)|
|New Campaign from the Tamers Against Bugs|
|We got this in from Tyke... |
Greetings! TAB, Tamers Against Bugs, is launching a new campaign! This one focuses on making quest characters able to be attacked by pets. The reason for this is, quest characters can attack pets with impunity, summoning hordes of monsters, or even attacking directly... and yet pets can't fight back! Any tamer realizes the risks of trying to defend a town, but at least let our pets go down fighting, instead of giving us no chance (absolute zero) of beating off the generals.
|Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2000, 12:33 AM EST by Damarr (CommunityNews)|
|Librarian divulges key information|
|The librarian Joye, who is commanding more attention these days than the top best sellers, appeared at the Britain Public Library again last night. After several meetings with her last week, during which she was understandably afraid to offer too much information, she has now conceded that the information she possesses is vital to the protection of the realm.|
Anmac stated that Joye held a key. What Joye gave us was not THE key, but the key to getting THE key.
Confused? Keep reading.
Lady Joye is the owner of a crystal ball of unknown origin. Through this medium, she is able to see vague images and jumbled emotions. She explained that these visions are never precise, but may be interpreted when connected and examined. Through discussion of the revelations she's had via the crystal, we have learned that the loyalty of Malabelle to the Dark Mistress was contrived through feelings of bereavement and revenge. Malabelle has been duped into believing that her lover, Tyball, is deceased. If Malabelle can be convinced that this is not so, it is a safe assumption that not only will her fealty to Minax be severed, she may in fact be swayed to stand against her.
A warrior from the Trinsic rebel forces faced Malabelle in battle last night, during which someone took a peek into her backpack. There was a key there, a very odd-looking key. A key which many believe may unlock the Chamber of Sin on the roof of the former Trinsic orc fort, wherein the Death Vortex is housed.
Thus, the key given to us by Joye, the information about Tyball which could melt the ice block surrounding Malabelle's heart, is the key to gaining THE key which Malabelle carries.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 11:38 PM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|An intriguing tale from Keeshi of Lost Order of Akalabeth.|
Many thanks to Keeshi for sharing this wonderful story with us.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 10:19 PM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Vote for Counselor of the Month|
|Senior Counselor Channa sent us the following information: |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 8:43 PM EST by Pfredd Mudd (Drachenfels)|
|New City in Renaissance?|
|Grand Bishop Benedict sent us the following: |
I am happy to announce that there is a big interest in creating a new player run City in the new lands soon to come. As there should be large available areas for all to place houses. I hope to see a city with houses placed to form streets. Town hall, shops, inns, Guard barracks, smith shops, tailors, etz. All public houses.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 8:40 PM EST by Pfredd Mudd (Drachenfels)|
|Trinsic Defenders Face a New Terrible Minion|
|Gogul, of l'Alliance, sent us the following: |
Cerber, member of my guild, defending Trinsic against the undead army of Juo'nar, reported the following information:
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 8:36 PM EST by Pfredd Mudd (Drachenfels)|
|Guards of Valendor|
|Sartori sent us the following: |
With disgust my humble person and my best friends, took notice of the terrible state Valendor is currently in. Without mayor, without any means of protection, Valendor was doomed to become a town for thieves, murderers and other scum. As the youngest citizens of Valendor Apokati, Finsbury m'wa and Sartori took on the challenge to restore piece back in Valendor. We founded DutchBat-Guards of Valendor to achieve this.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 8:27 PM EST by Pfredd Mudd (Drachenfels)|
|Defenders Barricade Britain|
|AwA, of the Chevaliers Dragon (CD), sent us this report: |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 8:24 PM EST by Pfredd Mudd (Drachenfels)|
|Counselor of the Month|
|I got this from Senior Counselor Channa the other day:|
Hail Friends!!!Make sure to vote everyone! *Scribbles his vote on a piece of paper and sends it*
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 6:50 PM EST by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|Interview - General Gaunt of the Unified Sosorian Army|
In the early evening of the passing Sunday, McCoy and I were wandering the streets by the library when it was attacked. Lizardmen, ratmen, giant snakes, and a fiery phoenix appeared at the library and killed some one who was thought to be Joye the librarian. This fact has never been confirmed or denied and I didn’t notice her presence there. I guess what I am trying to say is this... Don’t Panic... I personally feel that she was not the one killed. Needless to say, as the assault continued, the waves of monsters kept coming, but due to the diligence and valor of the brave soldiers and citizens of Britain, they were repelled rather quickly. I have never seen such a finely tuned instrument of organization like that of the sudden and swift response of the Unified Sosorian Army units as they went into action. I would also like to comment on those who lost their lives, sacrificed on the altar of freedom, and how their untimely deaths were greatly appreciated and shall not be forgotten. After things had calmed down, I had the opportunity to meet with General Ibram Gaunt, but not before he sent General Allard to survey the area in the event that an ambush was set up for him. Needless to say, no ambush took place as we met by the bank in Skara Brae and then moved to the Counselor’s Guild. Here is what General Gaunt and General Allard had to say:
Justin Allard: [Grand Wizard, KRT]
(At this point of the discussion, General Gaunt arrives on the scene. His face wears the mask of man looking to do some serious business as his eyes casually survey the area around. He nudges his steed over to where the three of us are talking and introduces himself, looking as if ready to wield his weapon at a moments notice.)
Ibram Gaunt: [Emissary Militant, =8=]
(Once Justin started to speak an answer to this question, General Gaunt gave a quick glare in his direction, which truly looked more like an intent interest in what General Allard was going to say. Nevertheless, I noticed and the question was incidentally overlooked as the interview continued.)
JA: *goes quiet*
VT: Some people don't think that the Unified Sosorian Army has a chance, what do ye think about this?
(Gaunt displayed some very passionate qualities at this point of the interview. Some people would consider this a weakness, but to me, just talking with him made me want to answer the call to arms and stand by his side to defeat the threat at hand.)
VT: Aye, speaking of which, how would one go about joining the Army to help in the cause?
(After this, the interview broke down into two men just talking about life in general. The way things used to be and the way things will once again be after Minax and her brood are laid to rest until other pressing matters pulled us away.)
VT: Well, sir, I appreciate thy time, but I feel I have run out of questions
As you may have gathered from reading this interview, the Unified Sosorian Army is in quite capable hands unlike what others may want you to think. It is this reporter's opinion that any and all negative information given about the USA is nothing more than propaganda from the lair of Minax. Don't you believe for one second that everything is hopeless! Don't give in to the desire to sit back on some sandy beach with your feet in the air, sipping liquored filled drinks, thinking all is well when it damn well isn't. Need I remind you that if Minax isn't stopped here and now, before her army has a chance to spread further, there is no telling how disrupted our lives will get. Just because these attacks and raids are on the other side of the world, don't think the proverbial - "Out of sight, out of mind" statement. A rattlesnake, even though unseen, is still just as dangerous as one that has been noticed. The unseen one is even more dangerous because it leads one to believe that the danger does not exist. Don't let an aura of smugness lull you into a false sense of security! The United Sosorian Army is in need of your help to protect the citizens of Britannia and to help clense the world of the filth that has infested our lands. Don't sit back and wait for the fight to come to you, but rally around the standard and bring the fight to them! Our liberties and freedoms are depending upon your involvement! Enlistments are being taken at the follow recruitment center located at: http://www.dor-lomin.com/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/hurin/webbbs/trinsic?
Don't delay, your lifestyle may depend upon it and may the Great I Am guide us through these dark times to choose to do what we know is right!
Safe Journeys... Signing off, this is War Reporter...
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 5:05 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|A surprise for Kwali|
|The CLOWN-led assault on the forces occupying Trinsic was a great success: |
I am pleased to hear the battle went well. Many thanks for writing.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 3:34 PM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Dragon Claw Tavern Open For Business|
|Here is some news from Arx Draconis|
The Dragon Claw Tavern would like to cordially invite all players to come on by, wet your whistle and participate in some of the many bar games. The Dragon Claw Tavern is located within the player run city of Arx Draconis and is open every night from 8pm-10pm EST. It is open many other times as well but most major tavern events take place then. A full staff of bartenders are there to help you forget your troubles and have a little fun.I thank you for this news friends.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 3:20 PM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Citizens of Britain Unite!|
|Hengist makes a compelling plea to everyone in these dark times.|
On returning to Britain after an extended stay in the lost lands, I found the nature of the attacks on our city have changed. Before my trip journey, the attacks were focused on the East Bank and the smithy south of the cemetery. It seems that since Trinsic has fallen the attacks now focus on the west bank and the smithy. This would suggest to me that the attacks on our cities are all related.I have seen many a person come to the aid of their fallen friends and friends to be. But I have also seen disheartening displays of callousness and greed. Heed Hengist's words friends, the realm is a better place when we work together. With that being said, should you have a story of valiant deeds, or were assisted by a stranger in the heat of battle, feel free to send it in! You just might see your story in the headlines! Until then friends, fare thee well.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 3:14 PM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|More Reports as Attacks Continue|
|Here is news on attacks experienced throughout the realm. We begin with this from Siko:|
On Sunday night at about 11:30pm on the 20th Feb 2000 i was in the city of Cove where masses of Gazers and a gold gazer that highlighted red named Kaltar apeared. There was about 50-75 gazer plus this one super gazer named Kaltar. It was opening doors and I barely got out alive. Beware to all that travel to Cove. The city seems to be overunned ..Soon i fear it will fall like Trinsic.And still more news on this golden gazer in Cove from Tassadar of LFE.
I was enjoying some ale with my guild mates when word reached me that Cove was under attack by a force of gazer. When I arrived in cove, A small force of gazers greeted me. Several others were there, most were focused on a strangely colored gazer that seemed to be named Kaltar. This gazer could cast spells well beyond the power of a normal gazer. I lost track of him, and from what I could gather he simply vanished after a short time.Here, Phobos suggests some strategy in fighting Juo'Nar.
Even the greatest calamity can prove useful. While defending Trinsic from the usual Undead attacks, I had a second chance to face Jou’nar, this time, with several other warriors. If he were not so cursed strong, he would have died, for we made a great team as we chased him down the streets of the walled city. I lost track of them for a moment, but I found Juo’nar alone several seconds later. It was now that not only my death began to come quickly, but that I was given opportunity to study him and his actions. The first thing I noticed is that he is very, VERY fast. He ran me down in a matter of seconds from the Trinsic bank to Nystul’s gate. The second is this, he seems to possess power to paralyze in a different way. I assume this power is purely Evil, rather than magical, because he did not have to yell the runic lexicon words of power and there was no magical energy sparkling through the air surrounding me. Third, he is always on the move. I doubt he is affected by pushing many people out of the way at a time. And fourth, he seems to cast many of the same spells. These are Paralyze (not the same as the paralyze mentioned above), Energy Bolt, Poison, Lightning, and Flamestrike. These are all very powerful. Jou’nar is extremely dangerous, but I can say that I have found a weak point. Like human mages, me must cast spells, and he must also have the necessary concentration. Keep him surrounded AT ALL TIMES. If many melee warriors could surround him to attack and keep him from concentrating, and mages supply cures, heals, and possibly magic reflection, together, he could be overwhelmed and destroyed. I hope that this will help in the downfall of Juo’nar.
And this from Dyluck Blade in Yew:
It was a night like any other night, a few friends and myself were exaggerating our tales of valor over a few dozen beers at West Yew University, when we received news of an orc attack at Empath Abbey. We all quickly stumbled to the scene, and saw orcs everywhere! (And I mean everywhere, they were even standing on each others shoulders) Close to the winery was a man named Keeonean leading the orcs.While Trinsic has fallen, there are also many challenges throughout the realm. My deepest respect for the brave warriors fighting to protect our fair cities and their citizens. Keep those reports coming in friends! Until then, fare thee well.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 3:03 PM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Cincinnati Area Player Luncheon|
|Myron Leick sent us the following information: |
COME ONE! COME ALL! You are hereby invited to attend the very first Cincinnati Player's Luncheon for Ultima Online.Remember folks, you dont have much time to reply, so send in your RSVP today. I plan on attending myself, and I look forward to meeting y'all in person!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 2:57 PM EST by Pfredd Mudd (CommunityNews)|
|Gypsy Doria plans psychic reading on Trinsic|
|We have found the following: |
Doria Romanov announced that she will hold regular "office hours" in her tent in Skara Brae every Tuesday eve at 7:00 PM (PST) starting on Tuesday, February 22. If you've been curious about the mysterious gypsy, now's your chance to get to know her better. While Ms. Romanov generally does not "tell fortunes" of individual visitors, it's possible that at some meetings she may give a psychic reading about a subject of interest to her guests.Thanks
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 2:56 PM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Alchemy Guide receives biggest update ever|
|Fenwick and I have been working for a little over a month updating the style and content of the UOSS Alchemy Guide. You'll now find that the menu is more logically arranged, that the articles now sport links to related articles along the top of each page, and that the look of the site matches the rest of UOSS much more closely. In addition to these navigational and cosmetic changes, the content of each article has been reviewed as well with changes made where appropriate. In total, nearly 150 pages have been updated.|
Here are a few specific changes and additions you'll find:
For those of you not familiar with the alchemy guide, here are some highlights of what's available:
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 2:47 PM EST by Sie Ming (GeneralNews)|
|Unusual Structure Found in the Sea|
Your Humble Servant,
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 1:05 PM EST by GreyPawn (Atlantic)|
|Death Vortex Appears in Trinsic|
|Today, Rampage, Donnough and I went on a search for an altar we heard a rumor about in Trinsic. We recalled into Trinsic and were discussing where to look when someone overheard us talking and said he knew where it was. We followed him past the moongate to Brit and past the park. Then after the park we turned left, and found a very odd building. There is nothing really to explain, nothing interesting happened, and there were no unusual monsters. All I can do is show you a picture, you can think whatever you want about it.|
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 11:19 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Mayor Mythra Rescued from Clutches of Keeonean|
I was sent this by Elwynn:
-The Druid Elwynn
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 11:08 AM EST by Rasesar Wej (GreatLakes)|
|Gazer Fiend in Cove!|
|The following scroll arrived in our offices today:|
*writes with an unsteady hand*Thank ye, Sire! It seems the Gazer Fiend is formidable indeed!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 10:41 AM EST by Satyr (SiegePerilous)|
|My perspective of War & Peace across Sosaria|
|In Trinsic, talks of brief victorys has rose. But for how long?. In all the battle skirmishes among the shadow skeletals and brave warriors, have always ended with a tear. During the battles that constantly hold in many citys, the bueaty of nature and peace is ignored. I have participated in the beginning Trinsic battles, I have won a lot, died a lot, witnessed terror a lot. Thieves grow richer, and warriors grow wary. |
I have recently took the chance to take a vacation from death. As I smelled the sea winds from the docks of cove & Jhelom, I cannot ignore the gental splashing of water. The fishermans yell of glee catching the days catch, birds making thier nests on the high stakes of wood. The thought of my brothrs of Trinsic came, my instinct of of battle rising, my mind wanted to go into the battles, I need to help my friends.., this thought was erased by a young lady selling food goods and the sweet songs of birds. Why is this beaty ignored over battle & death?. For liberation, for the cause. When we win the battle, will the bueaty be recognized?. I think not.
These scenes constantly being destroyed by the marks of war. Noblemen such as Lady Brimingham, and others constantly get priase for thier participation in battles, or holding meetings to unify the people of Trinsic, usally it never happens. While the young dieing grasping to thier cheaply made blades, while warriors & mages who have been known to save lifes die quietly alone or for the honor of thier un-famed guild.. Who are we to destroy such nature?
You are starting to ask yourself what point is this article bring us?. A person once said that I dont focus on the real events, yet I focus on what is ignored and hidden. Is this a crime for pointing out the bueaty and shame of our society?. People so eagerly send message birds (icq) to each other for partnership for a battle occuring. The call of death I call it. People have become depressed and lost thier oath of honor in the defence of our fair town. Become thieves thierselves or murderers. Do they get any praise for thier fall?. When will our fall come?. The fall will come to everyone, the strong, the prepared, the weak... it is just a question of time. This can be stopped. With our hearts and mind over the primal instinct of need of choas.
This great evil, where does it come from?, how does it still end to the world? what seed, what root did it grow from?. whos doing this, whos killing us, robbing us of life and light, mocking us with the sight of what we might of known. Does our ruin benefit the earth of sosaria? does it help the grass to grow and the sun to shine.. is this darkness in you to?. have you passed through this night?.
what are you to me. Nothing. What am I to you?. Nothing. What is lord British or Jou'nar to us?. No one. We fear ourselves, we help ourselves. That is nature.
Nature is cruel. Our instincts are cruel. Who is looking after you when you are dieing?. Where is that one dieing skeletal-knights friend when its dieing?. assuming it has language in thier society. In Sosaria, and in the real word, no one really cares about you. Its a one man world, and the rest that is promised to us is just words. Me, you everyone, are to soft, not to fiberd enough for this world. Have you had anyone dieing in your arms?. and not do a thing?. I have. But I will put it in my past. Does it relate to cowardice or innecientcy?. I will blame it on the situation, and try helping the next person. This is a common scene in the battle fields. Its best to go back where we came from, the silent hills of the north, our homes, the lush farm grounds of the west, our homes. But what If, our homes is in the battlefield?. Does that give us the reason to continue fighting?.
Hours like months, days like years, we walk in the gold age stood on the shore of the new world, stood on the front of war. The scene of a young squire dieing or the scene of a thief searching through corpses, cant nothing make you forget it. Each time we start from scratch, it happens again. The feeling poisens the soul
I advise the fighters for the cause to take a vacation from the fighting. It does wonder on thyself. Let us regather our energy. Spend time with your guildmates having fun, spend time with a loved one, reasure her/him again of the vow for love that was taken in.
Colonel Rage, Advisor/Field reporter
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 10:03 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|The Dark Construct: Herald of Evils to Come?|
|When I awoke today, I was greeted with pigeon after pigeon alerting me to a monstrosity that was newly constructed in Trinsic. I had to see this thing for myself. My good friend JackDeth, one of the first to alert me, offered to take me to this thing. Arriving, he provided transport to Trinsic, where we were confronted by countless minions of the undead.|
From what I understood, we were headed towards the Trinsic Meeting Hall. From the urgency of the messages, I would know what they referred to once I arrived. 'I could not miss it', or so I was told. But I was ill prepared for what I would see, it was something that almost defied description.
It began with stairs crafted from very dark, almost black, stone. Steps to both the North and South lead to the roof on either side. You could see on the South stairs that ghostly faces had been affixed, that when investigated, were labelled as 'a magical door'.
As I made my way up the stairs, I saw it. A dark and mysterious ediface, that sat upon the roof of the Trinsic Meeting Hall like a fattened spider from the pit of Oblivion. Sitting atop the stucture was something I had yet to see in all my days. A Death Vortex swirled, surrounded by arcs of deadly power.
"What...is this..?" I said, looking to Jack for answers. He had none, and we both stood in silence, wondering what the appearance of such a monstronsity meant. Following the steps to the roof, I found teleporters, one on each side.
Stepping upon the alchemical symbol, I was transported to the roof, where I could investigate this monolith directly. It was an imposing sight, and many people sought ways to enter it, to no avail. To the North and South stood two more teleporters. One that would take you to Nystul's gate, and the other just outside of The Trinsic Cut, the city's once proud butcher. But for what purpose? Would this allow whatever is inside easier access to the streets of Trinsic?
What is the purpose of this construct? If indeed it is a door, then where does it lead, or better yet...what will come from the other side? Many theories abound. Some say it is a doorway to Minax's realm, if there be such a thing. Still others say that serves as an entry for dark forces the like which we have never before seen. Even as I write this, I am recieving message that the undead appear with more frequency, and that Juo'Nar himself has been sighted. I can nay say that I know for certain what is truth, and what is rumor, but I can say this...the building exists for all to see.
The forces of Light now begin gather their soldiers and allies to find the answers behind this new threat. Some wish to camp upon the rooftop, waiting for what may come. Others search for ways to weaken and perhaps destroy Juo'nar himself. I for one am going to pay close attention to this new situation...should you have any more news to share, please send it along. Until then friends, be wary, and fare thee well.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 9:06 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|Dispatch from General Faramir of Leeds|
|We have found the ofllowing: |
Citizens of Sonoma I recieved this dispatch from my Trinsic Theatre Commander, General Faramir of Leeds. I am pleased to present this to you, our first decisive offensive victory:Thanks
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 8:30 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|The first casualty of war is innocence|
|We have recieved the following: |
I recieved this disturbing email, and am moved by it. The sender is just one more casualty of the war.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 7:30 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Chaos in Trinsic|
|Jacob sent in this news: |
Last night Trinsic went haywire. It was worse than it ever has been. Late in the evening Black skeletons known as Shadow Knights and Skeleton Archers showed up. They stayed close to Jou'Nar and fought off most that came near him. After that a group of these skeltons were spotted walking through Trinsic with 'a casid dragon'. This was a beast much more powerful than Jou'Nar himself. I did have a few confrontations with Jou'Nar. I asked him to fight me one on one and he said, "Fight then" and at that moment he summoned a Shadow Knight and sicked it on me, luckily I got away. At another time during the night we had him outside the park surrounded and he summoned a group of bone knights. Then he began to cast energy field and blocked about 6 of us in. Then he casted a fire field and a few people teleported out. Then he got up on the wall and two of us got up there and he soon left after that. Here are some pictures but they did not turn out as good as I thought they would.Thanks Jacob for this report!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 7:27 AM EST by HellRazor (Baja)|
|Attempt to Reclaim Trinsic Ends in Defeat|
|Arakthor sent in this news: |
Sunday afternoon, the forces of Dawn, along with the Quest Knights of the Virtues, embarked with allies to Trinsic determined to free the city of its condition of tyranny. We arrived at Paladins Island and met no resistance.Thanks for thy valiant efforts to restore Trinsic to freedom.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 7:18 AM EST by HellRazor (Baja)|
|Mysterious Tower in Trinsic|
|I received several messages today about a mysterious "tower" that has appeared on the roof of the Meeting Hall in Trinsic. |
I made my way to Trinsic, avoiding the marauding undead, and proceeded to the meeting Hall.
The first thing I discovered was a pair of dark gray stone steps, with death masks on their side. The steps lead to a mid level roof. On that roof was a teleporter, which brings you to the very top of the building.
When I arrived on the roof, I was at once seized by a horrible sense of foreboding, for there was a dark tower, surrounded by a moat of molten lava. On top of the tower was a Death Vortex.
Several people were there, trying to figure out the purpose of the menacing structure. One fellow suggest that we should lead Juo'nar here, to see what he does with it.
At that suggestion, I started to shiver uncontrollably. I can't think of a worse thing to do. I think Juo'nar and his minions should be kept as far away from this place as possible!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 7:16 AM EST by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|More Information about the Upcoming Seige on Trinsic|
|A messenger from Starbuck, Organizer of the attack on Trinsic this weekend, sent in some more information about what will be going on and what needs to be done before then. |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 6:09 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Abominable architects build in Trinsic|
|I was working quietly at my desk when a pigeon arrived bearing a scroll from IronFist. A laudable warrior, he has never been one to say in 20 words what he could say in 3. The message said simply, "they put an evil temple in Trinsic..."|
I dotted my i's and crossed my t's on my work in progress, then hurried to Moonglow to meet him. He escorted me to Trinsic, venturing ahead to be sure I would be safe. Soon, I stood atop what had once been the Orc Fort in the days of Gobbo's glory. A tower of black stone had been erected there overnight and a swarm of Juo'nar's undead playthings chattered below. A strange fog arose from the top of this structure and it hummed like something I'd read about in the ice dungeon called a "death vortex." I wondered if there were any way to get inside.
"You have to die," Iron answered flatly. "I haven't died yet."
My inquisitive nature (which my husband sweetly refers to as my nosiness) gave no pause for personal safety. I hurried, stripping down to my underclothes and dropping my belongings into a spare pack. Iron's eyes widened for a moment and he made a low whistle. Sir Wrath, looking on, commented, "I see someone's made use of the ‘Buns of Steel' program." I rolled my eyes, preparing myself for my self-induced trip to the Netherworld.
"Stop gawking," I grumbled. "Not like you've never seen a woman undressed before."
Iron explained the use of the teleporters near the temple. There were two, one on either side. The southernmost would take me to the South Gate area. The northern, to the West Gate area. I shivered a bit in the cold, took a deep breath and stepped onto the stone tile, popping up near the South Gate, as expected. I had no hopes of reaching the temple alive, but miraculously I did. I stood in the doorway, waiting for one of the creatures there to give me passage to the temple above. A mummy obliged in seconds flat.
I climbed the stairs and stepped onto the lower level where a teleport was available to the roof. Iron and Sir Wrath stood by, waiting for my return. I inspected the structure, but sadly could not venture far within as I'd hoped. Since I was already dead, I figured I'd make the most of it and check what I could. Below, inside the original building, there were alchemy symbols in each of the rooms. I tried all of them, each one taking me to the same place: the south end of the main room there. I returned to the roof where Iron worked quickly to restore me to my natural state, then returned me again to Moonglow, too weak to make the journey on my own after my sprightly adventure.
I have been told that there is a door on the front of the temple which requires a key to unlock, though I did not test this myself while I was there. Perhaps soon we will uncover this key and unlock not only that door, but the mysteries that seem to present themselves to us each day. Until then, know that I am killing myself, literally, to bring whatever news I can to our faithful readers.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 4:27 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Blackcomb Becomes the Target of Even Greater Enemy Forces|
|Duke Njord of the city of Blackcomb recalls the tale of an unusual attack on his city last night. |
On a related matter, I would like to reinforce the Duke's idea of a possible "second force" that is might be attacking Blackcomb. The other night when I was at Blackcomb and the orcs and ettins attacked, I recall the seer that joined us that night saying something about a second group of orcs. He said it very vaguely as he left. It was something along the lines, "It is possible that this recent attack of orcs isn't a normal group, because as far as I know, there were no attacks scheduled for today." This came to a surprise to me because the attack contained a scout and then a pretty well organized attack. I have no idea who this second band of orcs may be, but there are many possibilities.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 4:02 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Grand opening of Costa del Magia|
|This sounds like great fun: |
Good luck with this grand event.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 3:41 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Baron & SoE gathers an army to reclaim Trinsic|
|Baron Von Saltbush has this message:|
Hail all, looking for something to do on the 23rd? *slips into roleplay*Thanks Baron! At least someone is trying to help trinsic *smirk*.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 3:07 AM EST by Arturius (Oceania)|
|Announcing the Opening of the Friendly Tavern (and more!)|
|Exciting news from UBB and BOW.|
On February 26, 2000 at 4:00pm est is the Grand Opening of The UBB/BOW Friendly Tavern. Come join us for an evening of celebration as The United Blacksmiths of Britannia and The Britannia Order of Woodcrafters celebrate an alliance and The Grand Opening of The Friendly Tavern. All are welcome to come as there will be many prizes to be given away. With the main prize being a House Lottery. To be eligible to win this house all you have to do is visit The UBB/BOW Friendly Tavern anytime from now until the 26th, and buy a key off the bar keep. The keys will be in a bag marked House Lottery Keys. 1 key will cost 1000gp and there will only be a limited number of keys available, so be sure to get your key ASAP for your chance to win a house for only 1000gp. To see if your key will unlock the door to the house all you have to do is show up at The UBB/BOW Friendly Tavern during the Grand Opening and there will be a rune locked down in from of the bar keep (the rune will be there until a winner is announced). Recall off of this rune and if your key opens the door there will be detailed instructions inside on who to contact so you can become the new owner of the house. Go to http://www.bow.ubb.org/atlanticstone.html see the map of where The UBB/BOW Friendly Tavern is located.I thank you for the news friends, and good luck to the contestants!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 1:49 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|BNN Day 40|
|Here is the transcript of BNN Day 40: |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 1:45 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|BNN Day 37|
|Here is the transcript of BNN Day 37: |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 1:44 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|The Sacrifice of Cyan|
|This news was sent in some time ago.|
A hair raising tale to be sure. Where is Cyan now? Please, should anyone recieve more information, do not hesitate to let us know.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 1:44 AM EST by Aleph Aeirs (Atlantic)|
|BNN Day 36|
|Here is the transcript of BNN Day 36: |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 1:43 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Orphans rescued from Trinsic|
|A group of ten orphans and homeless children were discovered last week in the war-torn city of Trinsic. Ailil Erdath, one of the men who helped rescue the youngsters explained what he saw:|
I was standing by the guillotine at the west gate. Rather gruesome, but a good vantage point. I was hidden, and went unnoticed by two young boys that were walking along the ramparts. When I revealed myself, they ran - not surprising considering my attire. I followed them a ways and they tired, so I explained that I meant no harm. I was simply curious as to why children would be running along atop the walls during a seige.
Erdath described the children as being "dressed in bright clothes, most of them. One, Tommy, had a toy bow. Lissa had a white dress. Helena wore purple and green. Phillip and Zachary sported small daggers. They were simply children, in general." Helena, he stated, was the granddaughter of Anton, a craftsman of Skara Brae.
The room where the children had found shelter was dangerously close to the South Gates. While not as perilous a position as a more northernly or westward hideaway would be, it still was not a safe area. With the aid rescue workers, the children were moved to a makeshift shelter funded by Vincent, a jeweler turned philanthropist. The former Counselors' Hall on the island was quickly outfitted with small beds and other necessities so that the children would be safe from the war zones on the mainland.
Arlin has been appointed caretaker of the facility. When asked about the current status of the foundlings, he responded, "The orphaned children? Sir Anton rescued many, and they are doing well. Anton Zorzi is a grand artisian, his grandaughter was in Trinsic. Tis a shame, Trinsic has fallen to Juo'nar... those poor children. Dark days... Trinsic has fallen, Cove, Yew, Vesper, and Britain under attack... This shelter is to help those fleeing from the assaulted towns."
The City of Moonglow has also opened its doors to the refugees from Trinsic and other assaulted cities. Relief efforts are underway to bring supplies to the shelters and to those who remain in the battle ravaged cities, defending them as best they can.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 1:16 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Discussion forum for the defense of Dragon's Bay|
This comes to us from our very own Red William:
Red William sat at his desk as he looked over his intelligence reports. His brow furrowed at the number of dead messengers that were partially found or not at all. All diplomatic attempts had failed in regard to the Lizardmen army. Their recent attacks on Dragon’s bay was becoming less annoying and more a bad omen to events occurring throughout the kingdom. Was this dark mistress that was rumored to be leading these attacks after Dragon’s bay as well? He tried to hide his fears of such things behind a vague mask of bravado and machismo, but with the attacks building, he knew that this would not end any time soon.
Suddenly he felt a pair of human hands slip gently at his shoulders, massaging his aching muscles. He turned his head to see the sweet smile of his wife, Liara, who stood behind him.
"You keep looking at those messages, Red," she said quietly, "and you’re going to lose your nerve."
Red smiled, "It’s not a pretty sight, honey. The Lizardmen have always hated us setting up a tavern on the swamps. The attacks are proof of that, and with trade and commerce coming here, were only inciting the Lizardmen more."
"No messenger made it back?"
"Those we found were not in enough pieces to reply," Red choked. "I can only imagine what happened to those we didn’t find."
Liara wrapped her slender arms around the bard and hugged him tight, "Maybe its time we got some help?"
The Bard looked back at her serenely. He had hoped not to trouble others to the problems of Dragon’s bay, but his alliances with Yew and Trinsic, as well as the fledgling government of cove made the situation vital. Trade routes began to form in areas around Dragon’s bay where supplies came from all around. Cove, Britian and Vesper were the main cities in the area, and they were all getting hit by the attacks. It stands to reason that were going to be involved in the invasions, he thought.
Red stood up from the desk and gave his wife a kiss. The two embraced a moment and then seperated.
"I think we better plan something this Wednesday, Liara." Red said sternly, "maybe get the other guilds and town councils together for a discussion."
Liara smiled, "That’s the spirit, hon." She said with a gleam in her eyes.
"We can set it up for 6pm west coast time and have it at the Tavern. If it gets big enough, we can do it at the tower."
"What about those that don’t know how to get to the tavern?" Liara questioned.
Red thought a moment, "well…there is Krista’s ranger station…Elwynn has a rune to the tavern. Maybe we should get some mages together and have them at Britian and Yew to gate people here."
"Good idea" Liara said, grabbing Red’s hand, "now that all that is out of the way, you can finally get to bed." Liara tugged on Red’s hand and dragged him out to the bedroom.
Red chuckled and walked behind Liara, anxiously waiting a good night’s rest. Too bad for him he would not have one for a while.
This Wednesday at the Golden Dragon Tavern, at about 6pm PST (9pm EST), the members of OGD will be holding a forum concerning the recently growing lizardman attacks on the city. It’s believed that the lizardman attacks are in line with the recent attacks on the other cities in the land of Brittania. We encourage all guilds and city officials to attend so we can gather intelligence and devise a plan of action for these attacks.
The forum will presumably be held ad Red William's tavern at 8PM Central.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 1:13 AM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|Client Patch 1.26.4b|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
Client Patch 1.26.4b
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 11:53 PM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Yew Militia seeks recruits|
|Over 100 brave souls banded together yesterday in anticipation of a massive attack on Yew. The day began with massive waves of mongbats, led by mongbat lords, swarming the Abbey and surrounding areas. These mongbat armies seemed to be more hearty than the mongbats Britannians are accustomed to dealing with day to day. With increased strength and great numbers, they managed to do some tremendous damage to the town and the people there to defend it.|
Kaleb Koons, founder of the local militia, sent out a cry to arms and people answered without hesitation. Apparently, the army gathered was large enough to ward off any large-scale movement against Yew. There were no more major invasions.
This notice was received this morning from the Yew Militia Headquarters:
Those who wish to help, but cannot offer their services directly to the militia may donate supplies to the worthy cause. Bandages, herbal remedies, and equipment are in great demand. These donations may be taken to the militia headquarters.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:31 PM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Wednesday Town Night in Rivendell|
|This invitation was sent from Rivendell:|
Rivendell to Hold Warrior Tourney This Wednesday!
Good luck to the sponsors and participants!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:17 PM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|High Council meeting tonight|
23rd Assembly of the 4th High Council
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:08 PM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Alliance Counter attacks!|
|This just in from General Exedore.....|
Hail and Well met,
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 4:33 PM EST by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|A New Issue of the Pacific Shard Times!|
A New Issue of the Pacific Shard Times is out! Whew, finally there is a new issue of the Pacific Shard Times outI've certainly missed the Shard Times, and hope that we'll be able to enjoy regular updates from now on! Thanks, Spacial.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 3:50 PM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|Skara Brae Town Market|
|From award-winning Stella Maris: |
On Saturday 26th, Feb., Skara Brae Town Market is open from 7 to 9pmPST, at the west side of the bank. If you have anything to sell, come to the Market. It would be a great opportunity to advertise your shop!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 3:47 PM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|Opening: Lost Dragon Tavern and Pawn Shop|
|From an unspecified source: |
Today (Sunday), Feb 20th the Lost Dragon Tavern & Pawn Shop will have its grand opening. Fine food and drink will be available in abundance and the pawn shop will be open to serve the patron's needs. www.knightscode.com/lostdragon/ 7pm-11pm PST (also regular business hours).
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 3:44 PM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|Librarian Joye Found and Defended amidst continuing Chaos|
|The Librarian Joye, who holds the key to stopping the chaos in Trinsic, has been finally found. Over the past couple days, she has loitered inside the Britain Library, with party after party of defender making sure that she remains alive and well (not only because of the information she is destined to share!). I was fortunate enough to be present at the library on two different occasions this weekend and assist, albeit minimally, in defending Joye. However, I was not there for long enough to compile a comprehensive report. For this reason, I have decided to post the following two submissions from Zealot (GM of DTS) and Gunther (Knight of the KoM) respectively. |
Hail , Im writing too you to tell you that myself and my gruop of questers was successfull in locating Joye. As i told you earlier Anmach had told me to seek her out becuase she holds the key to the attacks. I have been searching the world over for her the last few days and trying to find out all i can about the reason for Minax's attacks on our fair cities.We have found out a few things of interest. First of all a friend of mine uncovered a copie of a book descibing how to vanquish the deamon...the problem is that the first few pages are burt. Since then we located the master copie but it is locked. We all assumed that the librarian Joye held the key to it. We doubled our efferts in finding her , but had started to give up hope when hours of searching proved futile. Tonight as i made my way throught the streets of trinsic ,fighting the undead that plague the city, i met up with a couple of friends that were helping me to look for Joye. I told them i wanted to go to Britian one more time to look for her.. They all agreed to come with me . we were wandering the streets when i spotted a woman hiding from the crowd. When i approched her she screemed and ran from me. I noticed she looked like a scribe so i chased her.. she ran straight to the library !! My colleges and i followed her in . She was screaming NO DONT KILL ME, LEAVE ME ALONE!! I. told her i was a man of honer and would never hurt an innocent.My friends also assured her they woulnt harm her. She seemed to calm a bit. I asked her her name and she said her name was Joye!! At long last we found her!!! She was still afraid to talk to us and i told her that we where sent to seek her out by Anmach... Well that was stupid... she freaked out.. i guess she misunderstood me.. I told her we where men of virtue and wouldnt harm her.. she calmed agian asking if we were followers of Lord British.. i said yes, and she then pleaded to us for protection from Johnar [Juo'nar]. We all vowed to protect her. Just as i was about to ask about the key foul lizardmen started appearing around us clawing at Joye!!! She screamed out "Johnar [Juo'nar] has found me", and fled upstairs yelling" Save me " We had little time to think ,they were flooding through the door and one of the foul beasts was apon her. I ran my horse forward to intercept it , allowing Joye to escape up the stairs. after dispatching it i realized they would overwhelm us if we didnt set up a defensive line in front of the door. I lunged past some of them to place my self in the doorway to prevent more from entering. Enigma, a harty warrior new to our quest, took up a spot beside me. My other companions, Erik Strongbow, Dark One, and Mordici , all very skilled warriors and mages made short work of the lizerdmen that made it in the building. Enigma and i stood our ground not alowing any more to pass. After what seemed like hours of constantly fighting off the waves of Lizerd and Rat men, we stood victorious behind a huge pile of corpses. Joye came back down the stairs crying and she seamed a bit hysterical. Once agian we calmed her down saying we woulndt let Johnars [Juo'nar's] minions get her. I then asked her of the key Anmach told me she had. She said she coulndt remember any key.!!! AHHHHH i felt like and idiot.. Anmach must have lied to me!!! She must have something that he and Johnar want badly enuff to assualt the librarie in such a force. We statred asking her all kinds of questions. She kept telling us to protect her from Johnar and that nowhere is save from them... Hhhmmm mabye Anmach has a spie on me and was just using me to find her ... But why?? Joye started telling us that she feared for her friends lives... she said that she has been having strange dreams lately, but before she could tell us her dreams another assault of evil lizard and rat men hit.. Joye screamed and escaped upstairs.. I stood my gruond in the doorway... they were too many it was a huge wave of attackers...they were starting to slip past me.. i started to fear for my freinds behind me as they wernt as heavily armored as i... i gritted me teeth and fought with every once of energy i had... my sword was chipped and starting to crack.. i then heard the words of power behind me IN VAS MANI...my commrads had finished dispatching the ones that got past me and had come back to heal me... with my comrads help we quikly killed the remaining attackers.. the pile of bodies seemed to touch the sky! After making sure everyone was ok we went to find Joye but alas ,she had vanished... What does all this mean? Did the attackers somehow drag her off in the fight? Did she just find a good hiding spot? And what about her dreams? Our energy was spent , we decided to take up the search for her again in the morning. We feal we can solve this mystery if we can get help from more people. If you feel you have something that might be helpful , icq me at 48201109 , thanks!Finally, I have decided to post this item which I recieved through the winds from Mordici. It details battle cooperation between guildmasters during the defense on Joye. Share your ideas with him through ICQ: 21765094.
< I have been working with members of lots of guilds trying to help defend Joy[e] and all she stands for. i would purpose that we get the GuildMasters icq to inform them of the raids and when we need help. we really need to organize our efforts. one thing i have implemented is that all defenders would wear one color of clothing, this will cut down on the confussion some. If we can also get the Guild Masters to inform their men and ladies to use battle lines i think it would help also. upon viewing the battles that took Trinsic fair Sir, i have observed that some sort of order is called for. we must defeat this common foe. Please help me in this matter, and let me know your opinions.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 3:40 PM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|Official opening of 'The Cedar's Shade' tavern!|
|New player run tavern called 'The Cedar's Shade' opened by Tania: |
Hail all, u prolly all know me, Tania Zahir. Welp, I have my own pub and vendor mall, called 'The Cedar's Shade', set in a large brick. It is located north east of Britain, on the road leading to the swamps NE of Brit, right at the end of the road.
Thanks for that Tania!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 1:51 PM EST by Arturius (Oceania)|
|HOKUTO: Britain Attacked!|
|This news arrived from SR Methos: |
Britain was just attack again be a group of Lizard Men and Rat Men. The attack was defended by the warriors. When will the evil that is spreading though our land stop? Is there no hope for us?Thanks!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:43 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|HOKUTO: Undead Patrols in Vicinity of Destard Mountains|
|WyldeSyde sent in this report: |
To: Renfry, Ranger Guildmaster of Skara BraeThanks!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:42 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|HOKUTO: Vesper Attacked by Trolls|
|SR Methos sent me this link which tells of the recent Troll attack on Vesper, along with screenshots. Thanks, Methos!|
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:36 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|HOKUTO: Report of Orcs at the Crossroads|
|WyldeSyde sent in this news: |
To: Renfry, Ranger Guildmaster of Skara BraeThanks!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:33 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|Open Wedding Invitation|
|Lotus & Timid sent this announcement: |
On Saturday the 26th, Lord Lotus and Lady Timid are going to be united in love at the Nujelm Garden in back of the palace. Every one is asked to show up before 4pm pst so that every one can get situated.Thanks!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:27 AM EST by HellRazor (Baja)|
|Vesper Attacked by G'Ruagak the Troll|
|Joan D'Arc sent this news: |
Here is a screen shot of the Vesper attack by G'Ruagak the Troll and his minions. I am in the middle with the black feathered hat attacking him directly. We had him to 25% health and he vanished. The whole time he was saying that Vesper was Troll land and we should leave.Thanks!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:24 AM EST by HellRazor (Baja)|
|Message Concerning the Virtues|
|This was sent in by Omegaman: |
Hail to all who read this! I am known as the Omegaman. I rank 2nd Lt. DI in the Virtue Corps. This information has been declassified and I have been authorized to share this in hopes it will give a glimmer of hope in these dark times...Thanks!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:19 AM EST by HellRazor (Baja)|
|Weekly Fight Nights Announced|
|I received this from Richard Cypher: |
Hello, fellow players. You know all those monthly tournaments out there? Well guess what? From now on you won't have to wait a whole month to contend. Why? Because the House of Rahl is starting a WEEKLY Fight Night...thats right, Weekly... We WIll be giving out prizes to the Top three (3) Fighters every week! And for our Grand Opening we will be giving away A NEW CAR!!!!!! Um... I mean a PLACED SMALL HOUSE NEAR TRINISIC! (120k value) We havent Decided on the 2nd and 3rd place prizes yet but you can be sure they will be good! How much to enter you ask? Well only 1,500 gold per entry... To enter please ICQ 8424355 (Richard Cypher) ASAP! All Entrys must be recived by Monday 2/22/00. So tel your Friends, Your Families, and Your Guild Mates and we'll see you at FIGHT NIGHT!Thanks!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:11 AM EST by HellRazor (Baja)|
|A Spreading Darkness at the Yew Crypts|
|Just this evening, word reached me that the town crier of Northwood had begun to cry out of a darkness spreading from the Yew Crypts to Northwood. This Northwood resident asked for aid in defense of the region and I sent pigeons flying to all quarters. Likewise, I dispatched one of my agents to the crypts, a fellow gifted for gathering information without becoming personally involved in said events, to gather what intelligence he may. Below is his accounting:|
Down into the bowls of the Crypts, up into the connected halls strewn with dispatched bone knights, liches, and lesser undead I crept. Defenders rallied to the scene fought valiantly, some holding their ground, others falling to undead claws and arcane energies. A dragon climbed the steps to the pinnacle and flung several liche to the stones at its master's beconning. Knights of Yew, Mists of Avalon, and many others who clustered too close in heated battle to make out insignia, cleared the hall slowly of the undead hoste.
It would seem that Trinsic is not enough to satiate these undead appetites. People of Yew would do well to learn from the lesson of that fallen city and make ready their defenses. If you have any other information regarding these happenings, please send them in, as any lead might well be the clue that turns the tide of this unhappy war.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 9:30 AM EST by Mouser (Catskills)|
|Interview: Corridgean, Escapee of Anmac Mallachtan|
|UOSS's very own Echo Pandora was lucky enough to come across Corridgean, a former captive of Anmac Mallachtan in Britain the other eve. The following is her account of this. |
The Britain Public Library was the impromptu meeting place for a small group of resistance forces. Corridgean, the former captive of Anmac Mallachtan, had stealthed past enemy forces to bring hopeful news to the citizens of the realm. Such meetings are dangerous in these times, but Corridgean was determined to get his information to the people.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 6:32 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (Catskills)|
|Britain Under Attack|
|Nephalia D'laine reporting live from Britain: |
Hail all citizenry of Brittania! I'm reporting live from the City of Compassion, and the Capital of Brittania, The City of Britain. Today alone, the citizens of Britain have fought hordes of lizardmen and ratmen, as well as ogres, gazers, and liches. Even the guards are crying for help. Mind you, this is a far cry from the great battles of Trinsic, but as a warning, any travelers or citizens of Britain should be weary of these attacks. It appears that the attacks are mainly at the Britain West Bank, or just South of the Britain Graveyard, anyone wishing to test their muster in the heat of battle, may wish to frequent these locations.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 5:20 AM EST by Nephalia D'laine (GreatLakes)|
|Costa del Magia enters the fray|
|Another city offers aid to besieged Vesper: |
Many thanks for writing Shana. More information about Costa del Magia is also available.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 3:56 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Interview - Galad, One of Many Looters in Trinsic|
Galad is a member of the LUT guild and was found in Trinsic doing what he does best... Looting, whether it be fallen adventurers, recent monster kills, or claiming the fame from a kill. This interview was done to present the views of the common or in this case uncommon ideologies and perspectives of the Looter that seems to plauge all of Britannia. These unpopular sorts can be found just about anywhere and look death in the eyes everytime they make themselves known. They know the risks, but feel the risk is nothing compared to the gain that could be made. Here's what Galad had to say and maybe you'll learn how to prevent from being looted:
McCoy: Galad, this is Vladimir
Signing off, this is...
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 6:32 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Interview - Lady Birmingham at the Mages Tower|
As fate would have it, Bones and I tried to attend the meeting of the Unified Sosarian Army held at the Mage Tower the other night, but were caught in the middle of the attack on Britain by all the lizardmen, ratmen, giant rats, and rats from the sewers. The raid was so vicious at one point that Bones and I set aside our scribing tools and joined in the fray, healing and fighting until the hordes of creatures were finally dispatched. If it were not for the quick rally of the brave citizens of Britain, more innocents would have been hurt or killed. I commend all of those who are out there fighting the good fight. Keep up the good work and may the Great I Am bless thee. After the incident at Britain, Bones and I went to the Mage Tower, on Moonglow Isle, where I was fortunate to run into Lady Birmingham, as the meeting was about to disperse. This is what she had to say:
Lady Birmingham: (To Qaladar) Turn off th' sendin' crystal
(Lady B has a small exchange with a person named Kil’jaedan, who seemed
Lady B: Righ', yeh was sayin'?
(For the record, I would have to say that Lady Birmingham’s title fit her well. She was quite pleasant to talk with and held herself with poise and grace while we talked.)
VT: Much better
(At this point in the interview with Lady B, my “scribeshooter”, McCoy aka Bones, was attacked for no reason by three common thugs and was killed within seconds which brought up another important topic.)
Aurin Wildfire: An Corp
(At this point in the interview, members of the Mage Tower began to add some of their own views and it was much appreciated.)
Aurin Wildfire: Sad, isn't it?
(McCoy’s death was over a potion keg that wasn’t immediately sold to the adjutants from the proprietors of the Mage Tower.)
AW: Funny thing is, I was going to give him a potion keg to shut him up.
(Lady B left the room at this point and allowed an opportunity to continue talking with various representatives of the Mage Tower about several topics.)
Qaladar: How old do you think those two were....12? 13?
(Metholizar and calypson take their leave through a gate to investigate some matters of importance.)
VT: So, did ye set up a time for the next meeting?
(Metholizar and calypson return at this point.)
Metholizar: We marked (a rune) near the west gate of Trinsic and it too says Dyn Region. So that's at least 3 invaded cities with that phenomenon. Most likely every other one as well.
(After leaving the Mages Tower, Bones and I went up to the city of Cove to witness and later help try to repel the attack. What more could be said than what Col. Pander, of the USA, has already stated on the incident.)
There is a lot of work yet to be done citizens of Britannia and if we are ever going to take back Trinsic and rid the lands of the evil that has infested itself, the Unified Sosarian Army is going to need your help! Here is an opportunity for you to stand together and rally around the standard and put an end to the tyranny of Minax and her brood! There is an old saying, “He who hesitates, waits...”, and if we do just that, surely all will be lost. The helpless and defenseless people of Britannia are counting on you! Don’t let them down! May the Great I Am bless all of you and may you be prompted to choose to do what is right before all is lost!
Signing off, this is...
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 5:13 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Blackcomb Attacked yet Again|
|Last night I was cruising around the usual player-run towns when I recalled into Blackcomb and saw a few people I knew. |
We chatted for a bit and then all of a sudden, a band or orcs with a big ol' ettin showed up. Nothing much of a challenge for those of us there, only an orc captains, two Orc Lords, two orc mages and their ettin pal. We went grabbed our weapons and moved in for the kill very quickly. I was leisurely swinging away at one of the Orc Lords while it screamed the usual insults and orc gibberish. Then it shouted, "Attack it!"
I was confused and yelled back, "Who said that?" thinking that there was someone standing in the shadow of the Orc Lord.
Then it yelled out again "Attack Me!!!"
I was stunned and called out for help but no one responded. I expected more of a fight but its health started to dwindle and it darted off into the forest. I realized that this was no normal orc so I chased after it. It was a bit faster than me and managed to run far enough away to hide. I ran back to Blackcomb to see what had happened in the town and talk to a few of the people there. We regained our composure and chalked it up to unusual spawn. How wrong we were.
Before I could tell what was going on, four more bands of orcs with a slobbering ettin appeared from no where. I ran around the castle to the safety of the inside as quickly as possible, while trying to lure as many of the orcs with me. I feared for the others there because many of them were mages with little armor on, and the surprise attack was enough to slow many of the down long enough for an orc to catch up and clobber their armorless bodies.
I ran inside Blackcomb and managed to lure the ignorant orcs into a trap. Since they are not intelligent enough to move around objects, I trapped them behind a few tables where I could snipe them from the other side with my archery. This went on for a while and I killed many orcs while waiting for help to arrive. Help arrived, but with the help, so did a few more groups of orcs. Most of the new fighters survived the fresh group of thugs, but a few unfortunate warriors did not.
Eventually, the forces of orcs and the bunch of ettins began to die off. I, along with a few others working from the outside in, cleared out the castle. I walked outside and into the clearing next to the castle and near the tavern. There I saw a few more orcs and ettins and began to finish them off. I attacked an Orc Lord and it spoke to me again. I didn't make out what it said but I quickly stepped up my skills a notch so I could end the little skirmish with the leader.
Before he was almost dead, he again took flight into the forest. He was weak and tired so he didn't make it far. I caught up with him and he muttered a few orcish words. It looked like he was getting ready to say something to me, and I thought I should wait to see what he had to say. Then I thought again, and decided a dead orc was better then a live one. He was a quick orc and I didn't want to let him get away. Some may criticize this action, but, well... what can I say? It was an orc...
After the battle, a Seer happened to stop by while he was making his rounds. He was just stopping by to check out Blackcomb, but it was nice to see a Seer and have a talk with him after the recent actions. We all talked with the Seer for a while but there was almost no new news. It was a nice end to an interesting night.
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 3:22 PM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Keeonean and his Minions Expected to Assault Yew|
|Rhiannon found a very interesting item that seems to have been left behind by Keeonean after he and his followers attacked Yew recently. |
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 3:09 PM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|An Overwhelming Army of Rabbits Takes over Magincia!!!|
|Well not really, but there sure were a lot of them! Lord Jithero sent this message in with a few pics to illustrate the chaos. |
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 3:03 PM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Forget the Monster Take Overs ...|
|Ok ... many of you might know who Korin the Scribe is. He is one of the main people of the City of Haven and is known for his bright blue robe and wizard's hat world 'round. As a practical joke, Amber, the new mayor of Haven, supplied everyone present in the Mystic Tavern a bright blue robe and hat to surprise Korin when he came in. |
This portion sent in by Innous Maj'ore, Dream Weaver of Haven:
While we were waiting for Korin to show up to the Tavern, we played jokes on each other, calling ourselves Children of the Korin, and sacrificing one (which happened to be me) and yelled out "Oh my god! They killed Korin! You bastard!"Even I was assimilated while I was in PaxLair, which was quite funny seeing two dozens smurfs running around saying "We are Korin! Resistance is Futile!" When I asked Korin what he thought of all this, he said "I have not laughed this much in a LONG time!!". I then asked Amber about this insane event, and she said *grin* For something that started out as simple as wanting to put a smile on one person's face, I think we succeded in making lots of ppl smile. Oh and don't forget Senior Counselor Rmaggedon changed his name to Korin too!". This has to be one of the wierdest, yet funniest things I've seen in ALL of time time in Britannia.
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 2:24 PM EST by Narga Saiyen (Chesapeake)|
|Don and the Void-The Beginning/Capturing a Wraith|
|Submitted by Quest Center News:|
It all began at the reception of Don Martin's marriage to the beautiful Tameria. As Tameria and her new husband were being showered with gifts, Jhym serenaded them with lovely songs. The Wraiths seemed to appear from nowhere. Six of them sat on their horses in formation. They said only that they awaited the 'Dark Prophet.'
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 10:44 AM EST by Azazel (Chesapeake)|
|The General was Killed|
|Today Rhiannon sent this message in to me about the book that Keeonean left behind and what was going to be done about. |
Immediately after I received this message, I darted off to Yew to see if I could talk to this man named Captain Torrel and get a better idea of what is going on. When I recalled into the Empath Abbey, I was immediately overrun by orcs and ettins. I ran outside, barely escaping with my life, and went to see if I could find some help. After finding no help, I decided I would run into the abbey and see if I could make it to the inn to find the captain. This was my biggest mistake and I quickly paid for my stupidity. I was once again swarmed by the overwhelming forces of orcs and ettins and quickly died, but not before catching a glimpse of General Merendil.
He was rather short in size and did not look like the type of person you would expect to be a commanding officer. He wore mostly chainmail armor but had a bone helmet on. His weapon of choice was a deadly kryss, although I do not think it was poisoned like Keeonean's weapon is. I didn't see anyone collapsing due to poison, although I could have missed a few here and there for there were many bodies.
I realized this was no place for a mage and decided to come back to the Abbey as a warrior. This was much easier and I fought long as hard with my trusty quarter staff. I died many times throughout the fight but eventually the forces of orcs and ettins were slain to some extent and people were able to move around a bit more. I worked my way to the back of the abbey to find the General. I rushed towards him to attack along with a few others and Captain Torrel. He tried to get away but we fought hard and severely injured him.
He cried out, "I SURRENDER!!!" and I along with the captain a few others backed off.
The Captain honored his defeat and politely asked everyone to step away so that General Merendil could be brought into custody. One man did not stop though. I have decided not to post his name because he was proud of the fact that he disobeyed direct orders from Lord British and possibly cost the destruction of Yew by continuing to attack the General. He continued to attack the General while the Captain started to get frustrated by him not listening to his cries for surrender. The man did not stop until Merendil was dead, and with his death, the man also killed our hopes for understanding the enemies plans.
I thought for a while and started to hope that the man was someone sent by the Dark Mistress prevent the General from being taken into custody, but I knew that was not true. It saddens me to think that someone could be so rude towards the preservation of our kingdom. I have ruled out the ideas that this man was attacking the General with good intent. He only wanted the fame of killing a surrendering man.
Many people died today defending Yew and it seems that they died in vain for nothing was accomplished by their deaths. I only hope that this man is an exception and that there are few people out there as vile as he is. I know that he is gloating about what I say as he reads this, if he reads this, and that is also disappointing too. If you are reading this, you should know, you sicken me Sir.
There may not be many more chances to capture a prisoner, but we must still try for the safety of Britannia, Yew, and the restoration of Trinsic.
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 9:37 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|In defense of a small town..|
|We have recieved the following: |
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 9:21 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|The Battle of Cove Harbor|
|We have found the following: |
Last night was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting yet seen. It rivalled or even surpassed Trinsic.Thanks
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 9:16 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|A long overdue report.|
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 4:39 AM EST by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|Sightings of a Phantom Horseman|
|It seems that the land fairly crawls with unusual figures of late. Besides the notorious servants of The Mistress, there are now accounts of a mysterious black rider. Below is a collection of such sightings.|
Last eve as I sat in the Kinship Hall having a pleasant drink with Aena the barmaid, a man rode in on a black horse. He was dressed in black plate and carried an all black halberd. I advised him that we had a manned stable next door, but got no reply. He rode upstairs, seeming to be taking the place in. Not knowing his intent, I armed myself and met him at the bottom of the stairs, firmly asking him to disarm. With no reply he simply vanished! No casting words, just disappeared. The only other information I have on this individual was due to Aena's keen smith's eye. Inscribed on his black halberd were the words "The Blade Of Sin" and on his armor, "Soul Binder". Some further research indicates he might be one known as "Xenthyl the Phantom", although nothing further could be found.
Connected to this first account, the following evening when Ari ni'Dalaigh traveled to the tent of the Gypsy seer Tatiana to ask about leads on the prophesied plague, she mentioned this dark rider, having learned of his visit from her good friend Loric. Tatianna's response was that this phantom rider was not connected to the plague, but was certainly up to no good.
Another sighting, this in Yew by Woger of the Knights of Yew
After finishing a solo patrol from the market, to the abbey, to town, to the Yew Community Center and back, I met Galen of the Independants at the Yew Market. While shooting the breeze, a man in black, with a black halberd, upon a black horse rode up and around us several times, never speaking a word. We followed this guy around for a bit, leading us to the crypts. We poked around the crypts for a bit, then left for home.
Also in the vicinity of the crypts, several rumors of this black horseman have him actually speaking. As the story goes (though I am still working to substantiate the account) he was heard to say that it was almost time for us to leave ("us" taken by the witness to mean the people of Yew or Britannia in general) and something rather cryptic about cursed armor.
Hello there smellies!
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2000, 3:42 AM EST by Mouser (Catskills)|
|Jou'nar's Deamon, Anmac Mallachtan, Seen Near Britian|
|I received this report of the sighting:|
On my way out of Britain to store some supplies and stock up on others, I heard a town cryer relaying news that Anmac Mallachtan had been sighted on the bridge to Trinsic. Knowing little of Anmac except of his potential involvement with the assault on Trinsic, and cursing the potential distraction from my routine journey, I proceeded to leave the city. As I had figured would happen (I think a gypsy may have put a curse on me, I seem to be an evil lure..), I ran into the deamon just outside of the gaurd line..taunting several figures (who at the time I thought were bravely confronting what I assumed to be a powerful foe) and dancing in the air just outside of the protected zone. Hoping that I could speed by without being noticed, I urged my steed to speed up, but alas, Anmac spotted me, and attacked. Fearing for my life (as I was not armored for combat, but dressed for labor), I managed to land a blow with my rather worn sword, and was shocked when it seemed to inflict a rather large wound. Not immediately realizing it, and still fearful that the huge deamon would slay me, I retreated and composed myself. Thinking that had Mallachtan wanted me dead I would now be so, I began to wonder if there was opportunity here to learn more information about the recent events in the South.This is a sad tale indeed, on several counts. Firstly, Anmac has only been sighted in Trinsic and had been believed to be almost solely a pet or friend of Jou'nar. This event does not really prove he isn't, but it does show that whether by order or by curiousity he can and will leave Trinsic to wander about killing others. And it is not likely to be a coincidence that he wandered towards our capital city.
But the fact that we may have lost a rare chance to learn precious information is especially hard. I understand the urge to kill first and ask questions later with all that has happened in our land, especially if your numbers are few and you are afriad you wouldn't have the power to hold him. But, like many, I would like to have known what the beast carried. Many are swayed by the thoughts of rare items and riches and ignore any other meaning behind the objects. But honestly I know I wouldn't care if they kept the items if they simply allowed a sage to inspect them and an artist to capture their appearance.
Hopefully Anmac carried no more than some shiny coins, and we have not lost as much as we fear. We can afford few loses at this point.
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 9:24 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|Stratics welcomes Bones Dragon|
|In our neverending quest to bring you top-quality content, today we present another fine addition to the Stratics Network. Please welcome Bones Dragon who has been entertaining the UO Community with Comics and Commentaries for years. I have always enjoyed his creations and I am very proud to have him with us now. Bones will be concentrating on Ultima Online 2 mostly, yet his UO Comics are classics that set an example for most of the UO comics site that were created after him. If you haven't read them yet then go have a look at bones.stratics.com, I am sure you'll love them. Don't forget to update your bookmarks or favorites. |
Here's Bones vision of the near future:
As for plans for the future... time will only tell. For now, the comics are stagnant, and I haven't played the game much lately so the commentaries aren't likely to be added to. What I intend to do is make a new commentaries section from scratch for UO2 when it goes into beta. But for the time being, please feel free to enjoy the comics, and I hope you'll update your bookmarks accordingly. :)Welcome Bones, I hope you'll feel at home here. :)
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 4:11 PM EST by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Trinsic under seige!|
|Trinsic has become under attack this week by hordes of black mummies. Lord British has declared a state of emergency. No one seems to know why so far as to why the undead is interested in trinsic, but there have been numerous rumors. A witness to the attack, says at the time of spawning, a man named "Juvilation" was seen leaving the area. He wores pure black plate armour, with a black sash + black cape. Guards of Britainnia are searching for this man over questioning of the attack. Lord British is now asking the public for support in the war campaign. If you would like to help out, there will be parties of warriors and mages gathering at the trinsic "backdoor" (the entrance near the moongate). If you would like to help out Lord British and free in innocents trapped in Trinsic, simply go to that location and fight, fight, fight! |
Also, if you have any additional information on the trinsic situation, e-mail it to me @ [email protected]. Thank you.
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 3:10 PM EST by Arturius (Oceania)|
|Don't Forget to Pack Your Bard|
Suzy Tinkerer's directions were right on and she is absolutely correct about the wall. Trinsic may be hell on the ground, but from the wall, it is Bard's paradise. Two important reason to pack your bard to Trinsic: 1) I was able to stroll through the city playing a little tune to pacify the monsters along the way, and 2) There is nothig funnier than tree mummies attcking a Lich Lord. From the wall, bards can safely (well, almost safely) provoke attacks among the spawns freeing the ground troops to choose their targets and avoid being "blocked in." Also, archer or magical (or both) support from the bard can really help the fight along as Bards can shoot and play at the same time.
I had 12 fighting at one time last night (though I did have a lucky streak).
Attack Plan Idea:
Ximena, Bard of Delucia (in exile)
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 10:44 AM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 7:54 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Laughing in the face of danger|
|The CLOWNS and their allies seem set to wipe the smile of Juo'nar's face: |
(Shamelessly swiped from the CLOWN site)
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 7:48 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Cap & Dagger Casino Celebrates One Year Anniversary!|
|Come one, come all! The Cap & Dagger is a year old! We've come a long way, adding many new games and having lots of fun in the past year. Lots of games, gambling, and entertainment are in store! |
Festivities will begin Feb.23rd at 7:00 central time at the Vesper with a parade! Bring your fireworks wands, your animals, your jester hats, and join in! Musicians and marching bands welcome! We'll march through Vesper and several other cities before arriving at the Cap & Dagger by moongate.
Once the paraders have arrived, gambling will begin in both the casino and the TOWER! Yes, folks, that's right, we're going to be gambling in Noble Tower, right next door as well! The casino building will be the 'training' area for those of you who are new, and once you've got a grasp of the games, you'll want to proceed to the more diverse games in the Tower itself. The tower will even boast an exclusive High Roller room, where wagers will be two daggers minimum, eight daggers maximum!
Special events will be going on all night long, including door prize drawings, cat herding, brick stacking, and others! Come early and stay all night!
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 7:40 AM EST by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Smiths holding Sunday Seminars in Safe Haven|
|This annoucement is sent to us by Siege's leading smith, Ysane:|
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 7:25 AM EST by Satyr (SiegePerilous)|
|Appointments to the peoples army of Sosaria|
|We have found the following: |
These brave and well-known nobility from across the land of Sosaria have been added. Please pay them your respect.Thanks
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 7:01 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|A ghostly Quest|
|We have found the following: |
*leans wearily on his staff*Thanks
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 6:55 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Announcing the Sonoma Events Planner!|
Over the past few weeks there are have been quite a few instances were people have planned events for around the same time. As a result I thought it would be prudent to create a planner for all Sonoma events. The calendar will include times at which events have been shceduled. This will allow others who wish to plan events to see what times would be best to hold their event. The calendar will not include descriptions of the events, merely the times that they will occur. This is so that those who wish to keep their event a surprise will be able to do so. All events must be submitted using the form on the page and will be updated once a day. I encourage everyone to send in their events so that you will be able to get the maximum participation.
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 6:49 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Thieves’ Report on Trinsic|
|We have recieved the following: |
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 6:44 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Log of yesterdays UO HoC chat posted|
|The complete log of the Forty-eighth UOHoC Open House chat has been posted, and is available from the UO House of Commons website.|
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 6:04 AM EST by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|A Little Bit of Everything is now Shocked!|
|This in from Azazel: |
Our newest comic, Kal Vas The Ultimate Battle, is in Shockwave Flash format! The comic features guest appearances by Lord British, The GM Support Team, LadyMOI, and Calandryll! When you view the comic, you'll also get healthy doses of blood, carnage, and death! What more could you ask for?!
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 5:10 AM EST by Pfredd Mudd (CandidCoverage)|
|***IMANEWBIE does BRITANNIA*** - Improved Monster A.I.?|
|Tyron sent us the following: |
Hail and all that. Tired of stupid monsters that just aren't much of a challenge? This weeks episode deals with another of OSI's promised changes to UO - Improvements to Monster A.I. How will that affect our hero, ImaNewbie, you say? Head on over to my site and find out. Also this week: the Contest Winners are announced and 2 new midis for you to listen to.
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 5:08 AM EST by Pfredd Mudd (CandidCoverage)|
|Stratics and Wolfpack launch Shadowbane Forums|
|Ethos, our Head of Network Development sends us the following announcement: |
Wolfpack, developers of the much anticipated Shadowbane title, today launched the new Official forums in partnership with Stratics. This partnership will include moderators from various fan sites in the community who will be held to Stratics moderator standards of excellence and should help create a more fun and mature environment for fans and developers alike. Wolfpack and Stratics are very excited about this new venture and believe it will be a great help in unifying the efforts of fan sites and helping fans interact directly with game developers and community experts on a daily basis.
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 4:47 AM EST by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Oceania's first PvP competition!|
|Let's get ready to rumble!|
I, Arturius of [DS] is holding a PvP competition.
Here are the rules as follows:
NO summoning of any kind permitted. This includes EV's, BS's, and all elements AND creature summons.
These are the rules so far. If I missed out on anything, or you would like to enquire about the comp OR you would like to reserve your spot in the PvP comp, e-mail me at [email protected] and will reply within 3 days. Remember, only 40 spots avaible, I can't take anymore, so get in EARLY! Also please check to see if you can make it first :P.
|Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000, 3:55 AM EST by Arturius (Oceania)|
|Problems with Stratics Message Forums|
|For those that use the Stratics' Message Boards: |
Due to an unforeseen incompatibility with a routine patch, our message forums experienced a temporary hiccup, if you will. You will notice that in a some forums the topics/threads will appear fine and then when you enter the thread to view the responses the messages appear blank. This is only a temporary issue and we are currently correcting the problem on a forum by forum basis. We have 190 forums and we're just now moving on to forum 60 with 130 more to go. So please be patient, we'll have the entire issue resolved by the close of business today.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 11:43 PM EST by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Red Skull Bay Buccaneer Cup Race Tonight|
|Here is a reminder about the race this eve:|
Ahoy!Sounds fun. Good luck to the crews racing!
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 10:40 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|New Monsters and A Call to Meet Today-- "We Shall Fight"|
|The different towns under attack and what they are being attacked by has been covered, but must be added to. There are now reports of giant serpents, spiders, scorpions and rats that fairly seem to crawl out of the walls. And rumors of a Giant Black Widow has been circulating around Yew.|
This made quite a difference in Britian which had mainly seen ratmen and lizardmen, neither of which poison their victim. Alchemists are needed to make more greater cure potions along with their already in demand greater heals. Also in Britian are rumors of ettins, imps and the shrieking harpies, but I've yet to have this confirmed.
Here is a report of the sudden appearance of the giant serpent's in Britian's East Side:
At 6pm EST, the town of Brittain was at first hit with a wave of Lizardmen and Ratmen near the East Bank. After the hoard was dispached, a new wave of Giant Serpents followed. I witnessed approximately 20 snakes appear within a two minute period and they only appeared around the bank. I have included a picture of the aftermath at the bank.
There are also unconfirmed reports of new creatures being sighted in Trinsic. With Trinsic barricaded and the defenders forced to go into underground, reports from there are few and hard to confirm. Our usual messengers are not a resource we have. However it seems that the attacks of the undead have been added to.
It seems that the very gates of the underworld have been thrown open for there are reports of hellcats, hellhounds, and deamons in Trinsic. These are only in small numbers, but it does not bode well for the future.
Despite this, or perhaps because of this, there is an attempt being made to free Trinsic. I found this notice on the Calendar of Events on the UO Home Page.
We Shall FightGood Luck, Dyne, and to all your warriors.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 10:32 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|Win 100,000 gold . . .|
|Spiritwood is determined to give away its gold: |
Thank you Fenris
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 9:59 PM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Keeonnean Explores More of Yew|
|This was just posted on the Tavern forum of the Catskills Section of the Tao Circle. The message title was Keeonean visits the Community Center. For those of you who may not know the location of the Yew Community Center, it is a patio building just to the west of the crossraods of Yew. In other words it is between the Yew Cemetary and the crossraods that branch south towards Britian. Here is the post:|
Lady Dove is the organizer of the Community Center and is known for her humanitarian deeds.
Keeonean had previously to this mainly been seen only near the Abbey. This had helped defense because Yew is very spread out and being able ot concentrate forces in the one area was one of the few assets we had. The fact that he has been spotted in the outlying areas, outside of Yew City Limits proper, is bad news indeed.
Aye...watch the bushes.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 9:57 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|First Britannian mage conference announced|
|It is with great pleasure we are able to announce the first Britannian mages' conference: |
Thank you Yoldran, for writing and for all your work on behalf of the people of Moonglow.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 9:55 PM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Mistaken mourning on eve of destruction|
|Silverblade has conducted research into some of the people who appear to be responsible for the carnage in Sosaria: |
Can these tales be true? If so, this woman Joye may indeed be important. Tybal still lives?
Thank you for writing Silverblade, and do send my regards to Parsley.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 9:48 PM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Citizens of Vesper organise defence|
|Citizens of Vesper are determined their town shall not go the way of Trinsic, and are seeking your aid: |
I sincerely hope Vesper can be saved . . .
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 9:31 PM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Cookie Chef's Bakery Contest|
|This was found on the Calendar of Events page on the UO home page.|
On Feb. 20th I will be holding the first every Cookie Chefs' Bakery Contest...Anybody and everybody can join!Good Luck, AdrocK!
PS. Chocolate Chip is my favorite--Save me some, hehe!
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 9:29 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|Lover of Mondain sighted|
|I received this worrying news: |
Thank you Pad.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 9:25 PM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|A Call to Aid Trinsic|
|We received these two notices on aiding Trinsic:|
Rencall, several others and I began a search for the missing librarian Joyce and have serched one of the Valor Isles and half of Ocllo. Please help us in this search, look in remote areas near Trinsic. Joyce is said to hold the key to Juo'nar's defeat, and we must find her before he does!Secondly he writes:
It has come to my attention that in Trinsic the situation is steadily getting worse, thus I am planning an attack on it to liberate it from it's current government, i.e. Chaos guilds, PKers, thieves, and looters. I have also noticed in scouting runs through out the city on earlier occasions that the undead spawn in small, but powerful groups of five. This is the basic group I have seen:Good luck.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 9:05 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|New Drachenfels Spotlight|
|Bel d'Ajoor, our new Drachenfels News Reporter, has written a Spotlight on the Horseriding Championship Series that has been occuring over the last several weeks. |
To read it, go to the Drachenfels Shard News section of UOSS (if you arent there already), and click on "Spotlight On..." on the left side menu.
This is the first of what I hope will be many Drachenfels Spotlights. If you have any suggestions for other Spotlights, send them to us at [email protected] (be sure to put "Drachenfels Spotlight" in the Subject line).
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 7:35 PM EST by Pfredd Mudd (Drachenfels)|
|Crafting Discussion Meeting this Saturday!|
|A reminder from that Korin guy....|
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 4:08 PM EST by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|PvP Tournament in Rivendell hosted by KrU|
|Killers "r" Us is sponsoring a Two on Two tournament in Rivendell tomorrow night. Here are the particulars:|
On Friday, February 18, there will be a 2 vs 2 Pvp Tourney held in the player ran town of Rivendell. This tourney will be hosted by KrU. All are encouraged to come and join in the fun. Either come and watch, or come and join in the tourney.
Thanks, Blackthrones and Heather! Good luck with the event.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 3:16 PM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Fox hunt being sponsored by Kings of Justice|
|Flick Meridian sent this announcement:|
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 2:47 PM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Interview - Insights to the Adventurers in Trinsic I|
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Vladimir Taltos here with a different perspective on the siege of Trinsic. These interviews were done so that everyone of Britannia may have some feel as to what others have experienced since Trinsic's downfall. Those interviewed came from various backgrounds and adventure Britannia for various reasons and their current knowledge and statements of Juo'nar and the happenings throughout the lands may not totally agree. Col Klink was found fighting the undead in Trinsic, Roirraw was interviewed by the bank of Ocllo, while Daemonbait and Pricce were interviewed in Moonglow. Any and all gramatical errors made during the interviews were not corrected since it was due to the different dialects from around the world from which these adventurers may have come from.
Vladimir Taltos: Hail and well met, Col Klink
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 1:57 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Interview - Insights to Adventurers in Trinsic II|
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Vladimir Taltos here with a different perspective on the siege of Trinsic. These interviews were done so that everyone of Britannia may have some feel as to what others have experienced since Trinsic's downfall. Those interviewed came from various backgrounds and adventure Britannia for various reasons and their current knowledge and statements of Juo'nar and the happenings throughout the lands may not totally agree. Miktar was found in the streets of Moonglow while Ahiriman, ThunderWalker, and Mrs.LEAD were witnessed fighting the undead in Trinsic and later caught up with by the Moonglow bank. Any and all gramatical errors made during the interviews were not corrected since it was due to the different dialects from around the world from which these adventurers may have come from.
Vladimir Taltos: Miktar... have ye been to Trinsic lately?
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 1:52 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Past history on Lady Joye|
|We have found the following: |
As usual I arrived late to Ceridwens office hours. I ran as fast as I could from the East Britain Bank. I heard them before I saw them. Hissing and chattering. Malabelle's forces were once again out. As I neared the steps of the main West Britain Library my heart stopped. Masses of lizardmen and ratmen and gazers were attacking the library!!Thanks.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 10:33 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Hunt for Azriel|
I was sent this by Azriel:
Azriel, God of Darkness, Lords of Shadow
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 10:28 AM EST by Rasesar Wej (GreatLakes)|
|Woman named Joye sought|
|We received the following from Sonoma Quest News:|
It seems that there is a woman in hiding in Britain who may hold vital information regarding the attacks on Trinsic and the armies of The Dark Mistress Minax.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 10:09 AM EST by Ima Supa (Sonoma)|
|Bodi Darhma's Journey - Guild/Companion Program|
|The following was just posted to the Volunteer Relations section of Comment from the Team: |
Bodi Darhma's Journey
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 8:36 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Announcing the Command Staff to protect Sosaria & liberate Trinsic|
|We have found the following: |
This is the initial list of the Command Staff. Please congratulate these people on their appointments. They will make fine leaders.
Thanks, as you can see, I am apart of the situation. I pledge my life and time to help rid Sosaria of tyrany
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 8:08 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Character Search Added to MyUO|
|The following was just posted to What's New on the Ultima Online website: |
Character Search Added to MyUO
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 7:03 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|New Ladies Fashions on Sale!|
|We have found the following: |
Interested in being at the height of style at the next party? Come visit the Ironwood Ladies Society located in Ironwood, on the mainland farms just east of Skara Brea. Grandmaster created clothes availible in a varierty of sizes and colors for both Ladies and Gentlemen.Thanks!
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 4:44 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|The portrait of lady Minax (edited)|
She is considerd dangerous and evil, yet to me she is bueatyful. People shall slay her at sight and ive her no mercy, yet to me, with 1 kiss I shall slay anyone who tries to slay her. Her sleak shadow armor and bueaty of her face can be fatal to those with weak heart. Men of Sosaria do not fall for this young bueaty. She is responsible for the fall of Trinsic, and all the deaths that acompanied it.
Have no mercy.
*************Note from Rage*********************
sorry about the bad spelling... I had to go to the dentist and bad things happening to me on UO, which cursed my wrttings for the day. I am sorry if I have offended or annoyed anyone with my evil typos.
My bad. Thank you.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 4:40 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Unifying the people of Sonoma|
|We have recieved the following: |
We stand upon the brink of war. Poised against us are the combined forces of Minax, the Dark Mistress, and those of her lieutenants. Many and powerful are these forces, yet not unstoppable. It is time to set aside differences, let old feuds end, and to fight united. The time for bitterness and rivalry has past. Leaders have been chosen, an army being made. Let us all untie and send the Dark Mistress back into the hell in which she spawned. Our time has come, our finest hour is upon us, and only in unity shall we triumph. Join in this crusade, this purging. Help the Unified Sosorian Army, and in doing so, help yourself.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 4:37 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Britain in danger from lizardmen army|
|We have recieved the following: |
Last night (or rather, early this morning) Britian was hit by waves of Lizardmen and Ratmen. These were pushed back as fast as they came in...that was until the giant serpents and scorpions arrived. I was buying a horse from a tamer, selling it for cheaply I might add, when many many giant serpents rushed in, they kill one of her horse til she pulled a moongate and left with them. But that's not the point. The citizens of Brit tried to quell the masses of serpents, to no avail. It took over an hour to even lower the numbers of these creatures, meanwhile gazers, lizardmen, and ratmen still came on.Thanks
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 4:33 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|"In Concept" PvP Changes Forum|
OK folks. I am against most of the PvP changes they are discussing unless they are altered in some manner or another. The best way for us to make the DEV team notice our ideas is to get together and record all of the likes and dislikes that we have. I have set up a webpage to allow us the opportunity to record ONLY well-thought out ideas, critical flaws in their concepts, and proposed changes of our own. I will be trimming up the messageboard so that it only keeps relevant information that could help the DEV team decide some things. We can continue to argue back and forth on this messageboard, but when you have a really strong idea that you'd like to save, goto the link below and record it. I hope to be able to develop a fair approximation of the players' consensus and invite the DEV team to come read the site. It should help us get our thought organized and it should help them to be able to read our ideas without wading through thousands of flames and off topic messages.Thanks, Adrian, I'm interested in seeing what you and others have to say.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 3:59 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (CommunityNews)|
|Joye found at last!|
|The extensive two-week manhunt launched by citizens throughout the realm came to a disappointing conclusion Wednesday night. Sagan Adai of Trinsic sums up the details:|
Last night, elements of the Trinsic Loyal Guard were conducting partisan activities in the city when we encountered a man named Frazer, who is apparently the librarian for Trinsic. He was attempting to evacuate the collection of the Trinsic Library to Britain, a task that seemed a bit much for him.
Thank you, Commander Adai, for your recollections.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 3:56 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Valentine's Dance winners announced|
|Asterius of Dennar's Grand Bazaar & Tavern fame, sent us the following:|
From the desk of Asterius:
Results from Saturday's Valentine's Dance and Contest
Thanks, Asterius, and congratulations to the winners!
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 3:39 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|A Sad Tale from Real-Life|
|Hi folks, |
As many of you probably know by now, the daughter of Great Bob, a poster at Lum's, and author of various comics, is very close to death right now. This was posted over at Lum's...
The nice thing about the internet is that it's a cheap form of therapy. Better still, the internet is a place where your therapy becomes a way to make opther peoples lives a little more unhappy. Deal with it.Everyone here at Stratics extends their heart-felt sympathies for Great Bob and his family.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 12:18 AM EST by Damarr (CommunityNews)|
|Ultima Online article at VillageVoice|
VillageVoice has posted an article entitled "Bloody Ethics", dealing with the aspects of murder in UO.
You can find the article here. Thanks to Aithne of Pacific for bringing this to our attention.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 12:18 AM EST by Damarr (CommunityNews)|
|Article on UO/UO2 Housing at Nethergate.com|
|We got this in earlier... |
Greetings,You can find the article here.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 12:17 AM EST by Damarr (CommunityNews)|
|New petition for Mac/Linux versions of UO|
|We got this in the mail earlier... |
I would like to urge all Ultima Online players to check out our website hosted at Geocities. We are re-opening efforts to petition OSI for supported Linux and Macintosh clients. Although Macintosh and Linux communities may seem small at first glance, there are actually quite a number of people who could contribute greatly to the Ultima Online Universe.Thanks Lacey!
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 12:17 AM EST by Damarr (CommunityNews)|
|Poetry: "The Fallen"|
|We received this fine piece of poetry on the recent attacks in the mail... |
The Fallen...Thanks Xarth!
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 12:17 AM EST by Damarr (CommunityNews)|
|A Prayer for Trinsic's Fallen|
This announcement by High Priest Ra'Dian Fl'Gith of CAD (Cult of the Azure Dragon):
Trinsic has fallen, and with it the honor and virtue that held its walls strong. Many o' us hae remained within the besieged city, working to keep the incursion from gaining any further strength. But it weakens. As much as I hate to say it, daily more and more criminal elements arrive to lay waste to the already barren city. We must gather our faith and work together to insure that Trinsic will survive to be someday freed of this evil which possesses it.
To this end, this coming Bri'Vytec (Sunday, February 20th, 2000) at 8:00pm CST, please join us and assemble on Paladin Isle at the shrine to pray for the spirits of the fallen and for the city of Trinsic. I will host the prayer, and any who would like to speak at the ceremony will be allowed to do so. Let us gather and show our support and help each other grow stronger in faith that we may work to reclaim Trinsic and aid in the defense of the other cities of the realm!
Gates will be provided to Paladin Isle from Yew's Empath Abbey, the East Bank in Britain, and the Bank of Vesper. Gates will begin at about 7:30pm CST, and will continue until 7:55pm CST at about 5 minute intervals.
May the dragongods smile upon us all!
This much is certain: Trinsic needs all the help it can get, supernatural or otherwise.
|Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2000, 12:13 AM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|The following Events are planned for the Weekend (see the corresponding posts below for more information) : |
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 9:36 PM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Event Financing Proposal|
| Benedict, Grand Bishop of the Church of Hysteresis (HYS) sent us the following announcement : |
Greetings !Thanks Benedict for this information.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 9:35 PM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Yew Calls for Help|
|Ulrick Bowshaft sent us the following news report : |
Yew seems to have fallen to the grasp of orcs. The forest town is now far from being safe to the travelers anymore. Hordes of orcish lords, mages and warriors now roam about the city attacking everything in sight.Thanks Ulrick for these frightening news.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 9:31 PM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|A Message for members of the Alliance!|
|This just in from General Exedore........|
This Saturday the 19th of February at 6:00pm EST at the Shadowcove tower the Alliance will have a Commanders meeting. Then at 8:00pm EST the Main forces will assemble at Shadowcove for the Main Attack. Where and when exactly we will attack will be announced at the meeting. There is more information to be had on the Alliance website and message board.
Sharpen your spears and swords! Join the Alliance and help defend Britannia from the Dark Mistress Minax. Let Trinsic be free!
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 4:55 PM EST by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|Suzy Tinkerer Enlightens All|
I play a GM fencer by the name of Suzy Tinkerer and this morning I was in Trinsic. I arrived at the docks by way of a rune in a rune library and proceeded to the two entrances which were blocked off. I then started to seek entrance by alternate means. I succeeded and I'd like to share with you the way into the city and the enemy that I saw while in the fallen city of Trinsic.
My tale begins at a rune vendor Southeast of Britain at 23.12'S by 9.54'E which is a public vendor house with a rune locked down on the floor titled "BUM Merchant Hall & Rune Library" upon going there (its at 164.58'S by 33.2'E) you go directly to the back room on the first floor and in that room are several runebooks locked down.
One of them is titled "Interesting Places" and has "Trinsic Docks" as one of its entries. I recalled there using the docks entry and proceeded directly southwest to the one story building near the city gate (which is blocked.)
I stood at the doorway of that building (109.30'S by 49.21'E) then opened the door and quickly teleported to the rooftop. I then walked west until I came to the town walls and teleported to the walkway on top of the wall. From the walkway, I was able to walk along the wall that surrounds the entire city and watch the battle inside unmolested as the undead are way too stupid to climb stairs. Several times along the wall are buildings which I suppose are guard posts that have stairs leading down into the city from the top of the wall. I used one such stairway to get down into the city and find out the strength and makeup of the enemy. Here is what I observed.
There were a *lot* of players defending the town and doing great at it. The majority of dead bodies were undead and grey players. Thieves are running amuck in the city as much as undead and without guards around swift justice is served by the defenders who catch them.
The undead seem to spawn groups of 4 or 5. There will be a lich lord, 2 bone/skeleton knights, a mummy and a bone/skeleton mage. Sometimes it would have a lich too. These groups would pop up all over the city at once but the defenders seemed to be holding their own. I marked a rune for the east bank (which still is open for business) and was about to gate out when a thief came up and stole my black pearl. Thankfully I remembered Nystul's moongate and hurried to it and the safety of Britain. What a wild adventure!
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 4:19 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Newly appointed Yew Mayor target of foul play|
Ill fortune has befallen the new Mayor of Yew. Mayor Mythra was recently slain by the Infamous Keeonean. Somehow Keeonean has trapped Mythra's spirit within his sword, preventing her return to the land of the living. The makeshift Yew government and the Yew Militia are now investigating for ways to reunite body and soul. So far, little progress has been made.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 3:32 PM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|Answers about Macro Policy|
|Ce'Nedra, a member of the UO Stratics news team, recently spoke with GM Rock regarding the new rules on Macroing. Below are the questions and answers in order to help clarify the situation: |
Clarification? Say someone currently has two macro marks on their account. Does this new policy essentially mark those clear?
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 12:14 PM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Assault of Spiders|
|A'oy thar all, sorry fer the delay wit this missive, but I jest received the final report frem me servant Tori. |
A few nights past, Sunday I believe it was I got a pidgeon came to me bearin a message frem me mate William. It read simply: "We are gathering to assault a group of spiders that have been invading Yew. All ye who can, come aid us in this battle." So I grabbed me some reagents and called some more of me mates. Sure enough within ten minutes we 'ad a small army at the Serpant Cross Tavern. Thar we met wit some bloke by the name of Louis Cantern. I 'ad met 'im before, constantly ramblin about 'is uncle and 'ow 'e fears these spiders. So I approached 'im and asked 'im 'ow 'e fared. 'e informed me that the time was now, we needed to strike at the spiders, and do so quickly. After a bit of a banter wit a few of the folk thar abouts I found out we were goin up against dread spiders, somethin called spider Lords, and some other nasty forms of the 'airy eight legged monsters.
The air was thick fer me that eve and I knew I coudln't depend upon me magery either to aid the others, or slay any of the foul beasties, so I bid everyone farewell and told me servant Tori, a tamer of some skill to go aid them wit 'er pets. This is 'er report to me.
That be the tale as I 'ave 'eard mates. Thar's somethin amiss mates, I think we should prepare fer the worst.
Yers in ale and tale,
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 9:24 AM EST by Keeshi (Atlantic)|
|CALL TO ARMS!|
|This message came in from the leader of the Volunteer Trinsic Honor Guards, Starbuck. They are not only organizing a massive attack on Trinsic, but also forming a guild just for the weekend occasion. This looks like it will be the best organized attack on Trinsic yet, and also looks like our best hope to take back the City of Honor. |
Quite a long message but it contains some of the most important news for the safety of Trinsic. This may be the deciding battle for the City of Honor.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 9:20 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|FORMOSA: Lost Soul Tavern Opens|
|This was sent to us by Python: |
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 7:23 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|Rivendell bids farewell to Mayor Redrum|
|Tuesday night saw the end of an era in the city of Rivendell. Longtime mayor Redrum stepped down from his post, retiring from the office he's held for so long. Incumbent mayor Shanna joined with Seers Aldron and Lady Carya along with many other citizens and friends of the town in a celebration honoring his fine career.|
Ambassador Quan said in a brief statement, "Today, we say good-bye to a man who gave of himself to work this town into a thriving and populated home to many people thoughtout many days. He allowed himself to be persecuted by many, took the heat and he gave all the time. Today, Rivendell does see tears, but he has made it possible for others to make the town work. This was not an easy task. I feel he has achieved his goal. I look around at all of you and know that Rivendell will only grow. Thank you, Red, for all that you have done."
Assuming her new role as mayor, Shanna spoke with alacrity. "I am extremely honored with this opportunity to serve such a wonderful group of people as the community of Rivendell and I look forward to the challenges ahead of this council with excitement and enthusiasm. Our community has experienced tremendous growth and progress under the leadership of Mayor Redrum and the council will continue his efforts, along with the citizens, to ensure that Rivendell is a welcoming, enjoyable place for all - members and visitors alike."
She went on to thank the former mayor for the experience and wisdom she gained from working closely with him in the past. Redrum then passed the keys to the city to his successor.
Though retired from public service, Redrum plans to remain in Rivendell. "I will be here," he chuckled. "This has been one of my evil plans." He added thoughtfully, "It's just time for me to move on and give the younger folk a chance."
With the recent formation of the Rivendell Events Committee and the success of the events they have already hosted, it is certain that Mayor Shanna will have no trouble picking up where Redrum left off and the city of Rivendell will continue to thrive.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 7:04 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Reports from the front|
|A raid is planned with the intention of taking back Trinsic on Sunday. But the warriors and mages of Sosaria are stretched thin, as other cities come under heavy assault. Adventurers are determined Trinsic shall be the last city to fall, but these reports from across Sosaria show the challenge they face: |
Who exactly are these people? And what do they want? Malabelle . . . Keeonean . . . G'Ruagak . . . and I also hear reports of a woman called Minax? If anyone thinks they may know more about the histories and motives of these individuals, please get in touch.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 6:37 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|A Call for Tactical Information!|
Thanks to all who are fighting in and for Trinsic, but the time has come for some hard tactical information on the captured city. Anyone who has been fighting in or around Trinsic should share their information on numbers and types of enemies as well as ways into the city, places to hide and regroup once inside, how many citizens remain in the town, etc. I will be leading an information gathering party by sea any day now to Barrier Isle and up to the gates (if possible) to report on the possiblity of using the Island as a staging area for large attacks.Thanks.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 6:35 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Reminder: Dragons Landing Auction Tonight|
Thanks to Defrae Dragon for the update.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 6:02 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Moonglow to be attacked by Orcs|
|This was sent to us from an Anonymous Sosarian |
Thankyou who ever sent this in, and good luck to all who take part in the defense!
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 5:39 AM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|Additions to In Concept|
|Some changes were made to the In Concept PvP Enhancement Document currently in In Concept. |
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 4:40 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 4:30 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Yet another attack on Dragon's Bay|
This message from our very own Red William:
As I am writing this note to thee, I stand about waist high in the bodies of these filthy swamp-suckers that everyone calls Lizardmen. Y'all may think these hissers are easy and pushovers...but you try taking on about 30 of them with nothing but a bow and a stack of arrows and see how long you hold out? OGD was just planning on sending a strike force to Cove to help against the recent attacks there when we suddenly got ambushed by about three squads of lizardmen. Them boys had a problem with us bayou folk moving into their swamps before, but with the gazer fiend making trouble with our neighbors, we just had to try and help. Apparently the one-eyed son-of-a-mongbat got wind of us and got the hissers all fired up to stop us.
Wasn't long before them lizardmen went from annoying to dangerous, as we had about 40 or 50 coming at us all in a heap. My bow was singing its sweet melody on the hisser's pointed heads while my lute was dulling their thick heads and beating the living bearfat out of one another. Enforcer was busy giving his "preach-to-them-with-a-warfork" shtick, while Aravan and Gwen were doing their bloodlust on the hissers (poor handbags never had a chance).
Wasn't long before Enforcer said, "Summon thy friends and allies, brothers and sisters!" My pidgeons were already flying all over sosaria. I said a nice prayer to the Gold one and preparing to see him shortly on the other side. Eventually, help arrived, but so did help for the hissers. It wasnt long before I saw what looked like corpsers. No worries, I thought...corpsers are no sweat. Then they started moving. Swamp tentacles? here? you only saw them buggers in the new lands! Where the [email protected]#! did they come from?
Well, thankfully, them lizardmen were about as smart as a decapitated ogre, and as weak as a poisoned mongbat, cause it wasnt long before we had em on the run. Course now that there gone, I still can't get the smell out of my tavern (sigh).
Will the attacks on Dragon's Bay ever cease? I suspect only the Time Lord can tell.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 3:38 AM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|Yew Government gets a new mayor|
Rumours abound about the state of the Yew Government since the election which replaced Maximillian with Blitz Phoenix. As with all politics, there has been controversy, there has been turmoil.. but the interesting thing about this particular pocket of government is that it has never been publicized, and I soon found out why.
When I heard that Yew had a new Mayor, I went to investigate the matter. In doing so I discovered that Yew citizens are extremely tight lipped about their officials. Nevertheless my investigation continued. I gathered bits and pieces of information from many citizens, and was eventually able to solve the puzzle.
Last Saturday (that would be February 12 in Earth time) Blitz Phoenix resigned as Mayor of Yew, and he appointed Yew Militia Commander Mythra to take his place. Because Yew government uses a direct democracy, Mythra's appointment to the office is temporary until elections can be held. I am told this temporary position is not to last longer than 6 months. (again, Earth months)
I have not been able to determine if any plans are currently being drawn up for the election, nor have I been able to determine if anyone has applied to be a candidate for mayorship. The current attacks on Yew certainly will not help the process move along any faster.
I'll bring you more news as it develops.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 2:30 AM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|UO House of Commons chat scheduled for this Thursday|
|The next UO House of Commons Open House chat between the players and creators of UO is scheduled for this Thursday February 17, at 7 PM CT (5 PM PT, 8 PM ET). |
The chat will be available to you at #uohoc on Stratics IRC, on the following networked servers:
Like we did with previous chats we have set up a webpage where players can post questions in advance. Others can vote on these questions and we'll soon see which questions are most popular. During the chat we may then try to have some of these answered. Just keep in mind that only a small amount of questions will be taken from the website. Also the list will be wiped once the chat is over to make room for fresh questions for the next chat. If you want to post a question or just vote on one, please have a look at http://uodr.stratics.com/cgi-bin/uohoc/hoc_post.cgi for the current list.
If you are new to IRC, please visit Stratics IRC for an online tutorial and instructions for connecting to our IRC server. If you wish to use your browser to join the conference you can use our Java IRC client.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2000, 1:44 AM EST by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Britannian Horseriding Championship : Race 5|
|Scritus sent us the following : |
The next horse race of the Britannian Horseriding Championship will take place on Sunday the 20th February.Thanks Scritus for this information.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 6:40 PM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Counselor Application Re-submissions|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the UO website: |
Counselor Application Re-submissions
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 2:51 PM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Juo'nar Brings New Creatures to Trinsic|
|Juo'nar just doesn't seem to be stopping with the onslaught of undead forces attacking Trinsic. Add an Elemental of Decay to the list of never before seen creatures that have been attacking Trinsic. |
On another note, the Black Mace has been found. It is called the Mace of the Undead and we no longer need to search for it. Thank you all for your support in finding the weapon. I will have a more formal post about the mace hopefully tonight I get the go ahead from my sources.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 2:41 PM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Guerilla fighting by citizens & Thieves run amok in Trinsic|
|Choas shine upon us with no mercy. The undead has taken thier place in the Sosarian society. Day in and day out I see the people holding brief skirmishes with skeleal-shadows and Death-Ravens. People everyday begin to quit to fight for Trinsic. No tbecause of the dieing from the undead, or the lag. But the people itself. The looters who constantly suck our corpse of every possesion. |
I know a friend who is exetremly loyal to Trinsic's cause, but quit to become a murderer. Why?. Because each and everytime he died he got looted by the scum of Trinsic. Honorable and strong warriors across the realm dropped thier will for Trinsic, only to save thier meager possesions from the hands of thieves. I urge the thieves of Trinsic, the murderous people of the jungles to drop thier selfish crusade and aid in the help of Trinsic. Let us bind together as a rock, and wait for this "rumored" general. People do not need a general. Generals are needed for war, this is a rescue. The people shall be the generals, the people shall be the soldeir. The people shall command the strong, the people shall command themsleves.
My point of this post is to at least, those who became rich preying upon corpses. Please help the falling warrior who is probaly killing the shadow-Knight who will probaly kill you next. Let us put aside our selfish ways, and frist save Trinsic. Then, after peace settles, I urge each and every thief or murderer to help each over on this cause. Who knows.. maybe the person who you are looting, will help you regain your possesions. Please help, please stop looting us. Please make this revolution succeed.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 1:55 PM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|A Letter to Lady Birmingham and the people of Sonoma|
|We have found the following: |
Good tidings to you all.Thanks
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 1:42 PM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Reminder Ladies!! Bachelor Auction|
|We have found the following: |
Ironwood Training Center (the large brick next to the Roasted Boar) - promptly 8 pm pst Thursday night. Don't be late as these fine gentleman will go quick!! The shards' most handsome and eligible bachelors who have graciously volunteered their time to the ladies with the winning bids include Darkwing, Deorc, Grizwald, Ibram Gaunt, Johannis Wyndsage, Kiren Darkstar, Minotaur, Sir Isac Newton, Taliesin, WarMachine, and Wyrmschlacter -- and more that might beat tomorrow night's sign-up deadline!!! *Glad she's married and doesn't have to choose!* All proceeds will go to Ironwood charities.Thanks.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 1:36 PM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Spiritwood Tavern Chicken Fights!|
|I got this letter from Fenris, the Spiritwood Tavern Keeper:|
I hereby invite everyone to the second weekly Spiritwood Tavern Chicken Fights! So if you are interested in having a good time, come to the Spiritwood Tavern this thursday, February 17th, at 21.00 cet (8pm gmt). Last time we had a blast and this time you want a part of it too :)
Thank ye, Fenris. Now, let me see...*Does the happy chicken dance*
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 1:26 PM EST by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|Balhae Shard Opens Worldwide|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
Balhae Shard Opens Worldwide
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 12:20 PM EST by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Trade Window Changes|
|The following was just added to the Testing for Next Update section on the Ultima Online website: |
Trade Window Changes
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 12:13 PM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Song and Poetry Contest at the Paws Outpost|
|The Paws Outpost will be holding a second song and poetry contest this weekend for anyone that wants to try their tongue at a night of fun.|
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 10:40 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Some Enlightenment from an Elder|
|Today I had the opportunity to meet with Elder Zeppelin and talk about the recent events going on. We had quite a long discussion and I have learned quite a bit about what is going on and what it will take to end this chaos. |
My main reason for seeking out Elder Zeppelin was to find out about the recent rumors of weapons that may aid in the deaths of Juo’nar and Keeonan. He confirmed the exsistence of the Black Mace, although this is not its name. Its true name is the Mace of the Undead and it is in the hands of a warrior whose name I will not release at this time. As for the Black Staff, Elder Zeppelin could not confirm it nor say that it wasn’t real. Elders are not Gods and do not know everything, and Elder Zeppelin did not know of the Black Staff.
We also talked about a main strategy for killing Juo’nar. Elder Zeppelin believes that the best way to kill Juo’nar is to destroy his minions, for a leader is nothing without his followers. This means that we must fight off all of Juo’nar’s Lich Lords, bone knights, mummies, and other undead warriors before we can kill Juo’nar himself. Many warriors will be lost in the battle but it is the only way for it to be done.
The Elder told me that Juo’nar will not be the end of the attacks and that we will also be seeing much more of Keeonan and the other generals.
Trinsic can still be saved and we must not give up. I thought all was lost but it has been shown to me that there are things that can be done. We must not give up!!!
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 10:33 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Orcish Tide Rises in Yew|
|This scroll is sent to us by the kindly Sir Ragnar, Knight of the Rose:|
After many days of fighting in Trinsic, the sad reality of defeat is upon us. The resistance there is like the day itself, strong in the morning, yet weak and waning through the night. When the killers come, all hope of organized resistance is lost. Many of us have left, I myself had not the gear to continue, and killers and brigands rule the city, the undead there are a simple nusiance compared to them.Thank ye, Sir Ragnar!
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 9:32 AM EST by Satyr (SiegePerilous)|
|This was sent by Radnor: |
Last night on Baja, there were "Cupid Mongbats" running around various towns shooting love arrows into players! I took some pictures, which can be found in a zip file here:Thanks Radnor!
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 9:02 AM EST by HellRazor (Baja)|
|Balhae Shard Opens Worldwide|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
Balhae Shard Opens Worldwide
Korean Ultima Online players helped choose the name of this shard, by voting for the name "Balhae". Balhae dates from the 7th century and is the name of a famed ruling dynasty.
Origin plans to improve upon worldwide localized support by further staffing Balhae with bilingual Korean and English speaking staff. We are continuing to seek out enthusiastic counselor applicants for both Korean shards. For more information on joining the UO Counselor program, please visit http://town.uo.com/counselor.html.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 8:56 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|FORMOSA: Mystery Structure Not So Mysterious|
|This arrived from Heretix: |
Hi, I can't believe you actually posted that "strange structure" story. EVERYONE knows that that's the stand that Lord British used to deliver his speech about the impending attacks on the cities of Britannia. Its amazing that you guys didn't know...Good luck, let us know what turns up!
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 8:53 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|The following was just posted to the FYI section of the Ultima Online website: |
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 7:28 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|Two updates on the IFC|
|Here are a few updated that Earnst sent us about the IFC. |
Icelandic Floating Community House Giveaway!And here is a review about the Valentines Weekend Snowball Festival.
Report on the Valentines Weekend Snowball Festival!Thankyou Earnst and Aspen
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 6:36 AM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|In Development Updated|
|The following was just added to In Development on the main Ultima Online website: |
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 6:18 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|McFarlane Toys To Release Ultima Online 2 Action Figures|
|The following news release was just posted to the Ultima Online 2 website: |
McFarlane Toys To Release Ultima Online 2 Action Figures
To view the pictures go here.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 5:40 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Ultima Online 2 Logo Unveiled|
OSI has just revealed their new logo for Ultima Online 2. To view it you can go here.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 5:34 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (CommunityNews)|
|Rivendell Town Night Set for Thursday|
|An invitation for all:|
The town nights in Rivendell are a consistent source of entertainment for Britannians. If you have never been, check it out.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 5:30 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Knights of the Alliance host "Mystery Event"|
|Noble defenders seen frequently in the city of Trinsic recently, the Knights of the Alliance are inviting citizens to take a break from the mayhem of the warfare and have a bit of fun:|
KoA MYSTERY EVENT - New date and time!
Can't wait to hear what the "Great Mystery" is! Good luck to all the participants and best wishes to the KoA members.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 5:23 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|League of Shadows Auction|
|This note I received from Puck of the League of Shadows: |
Hello, my name is Puck and I am the guildmaster of the League of Shadows. The League of Shadows is holding a auction on Sunday the 20th at 7:00 CST. This auction will be held outside the guildhouse on a small plain of land and all items will be purchased inside the guildhouse off a vendor. This auction will much be like FCB's auction where we will sell people's items free of charge as long as they provide a book and a bag with the item, item description, minimum bid and the owner's icq.
The League of Shadows guildhouse is located at 33 degrees 39 minutes South by 8 degrees 17 minutes East. It is almost directly east of the Britian Moongate.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 5:14 AM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|Discoveries About the Plague|
|This was posted on the tavern board of the Tao Circle.|
Friends,Thank you, Dove, for this update on the Plague.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 4:14 AM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|Update on Trinsic|
|As reported before the guards are not patrolling Trinsic any longer. Because of this many shops have been closing since there is nothing to stop the forces of evil from killing those working there. This is not just true of merchants, but also of the town's bankers. Please be aware that once in Trinsic you may not be able to access your bank box or restock your supplies.|
This is especially true for mages. Word has reached me that the Mage Shop in Trinsic is completely closed up.
Also, the lack of guards has sent the crime rate soaring. Stealing from those alive or dead is not beyond much of the populace. Flaring tempers has even caused human to kill human, fighting over the meager supplies.
Lastly but perhaps most importantly, the healer's shop has been completely sealed shut. If one's spirit should become seperated from one's body, it will require the aid of a kind stranger to help. And kind strangers are a rare commodity in fallen Trinsic of late.
The roving bands of undead are still patrolling the city they see as thiers. Lich Lords and Mummies abound, but there are growing reports of creatures whose rotting stench is so foul it posions those it touches, and the posion kills in seconds. There are Skeletal commanders and other forces, using bows that kill strong, well armored warriors in as few as three hits, and their aim is deadly accurate.
If you manage to survive the undead, aviod the theives, and not argue with hungry blood thristy men, you still have to contend with the many groups and indiviuals who are trying to claim Trinsic for their own. Some are doing this in hopes of organizing a new human government, still with the goal of overthrowing Jou'nar. But many are just as happy to work with Jou'nar and take their share as well.
Trinsic is not a place for the faint hearted. It is a dirty, stinking, rotting version of what it once was. I still want to see it freed of this grip of death, but my hope is fading.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 4:03 AM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|Chaos and cooking|
|Two new courses at Moonglow Lycaeum: |
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 3:56 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Forcing the Hands of Fate|
|We received this announcement:|
Hail and well met,
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 3:42 AM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|Fishing Council of Britannia Auction|
This from Forge of FCB (Fishing Council of Britannia):
Hear Ye Scallywags!
This grand event is hosted by FCB, the Fishing Council of Britannia. It will take place on 16th Wednesday at FCB's HQ* at 6:00 PM CST. Gates to the HQ will be available from 5:45 PM CST at Britain's West bank.
Rules: -No vulgar language is to be used during the event.
Sounds like a fun time!
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 2:01 AM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|Two Accounts in the Sighting of the Dread Lady Minax|
This is a terrible occurence. Trinsic, which you should know, is barricaded by undead and is constantly under attack by players attempting to cleanse the city. During an awesome show of power by the evil powers of Britannia a sorceress, The Dread Lady Minax, Grandmaster Mage, appeared. She was a criminal but the guards, having been slaughterd, did not respond. She cast lightning down upon all present at the crossroads slightly south of the west gate. She healed her minions of undead and then held up her weapon, the legendary Staff of Mondain, it was black as onyx and coursed with blue power, she flew into the air and onto the battlements of Trinsic where she hovered, soon descending to the ground where she spoke with the half-dozen (living) players gathered, my self included. She then spoke to us saying, at the end, "Here is a present for you," at which time she disappeared and a green mummy, called a Rotting Corpse appeared, this rotting corpse slaughter all, it casted deadly poison to all who heard the Lady Minax's words and I believe they all died shortly thereafter, as did I.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 1:52 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Followup on the Strange Room|
I recieved many letters requesting more specific directions to the strange room. so here they are:
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 1:49 AM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|A few tips to keep in mind when contacting UOSS GL|
!. We dont know everything.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 1:45 AM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|Britain Scavenger Hunt|
I would like to announce that the Blood Stone Alliance will be holding a scavenger hunt this weekend on sunday 12pm EST in the city of Britain. There will be 1st through 5th place prizes.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 1:33 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Cyan Spotted Near Cove and Rescue Plans Made.|
Battered and bloodied, delirious from the poison flowing through his veins, the ranger burst into the Yew Counsel meeting hall.And this:
Hail to thee. I am Ryo master armsman and tactician in the arts of war. I am to lead an attack to rescue the captured Cyan on this coming Saturday at 8:00 I will be there at 8 the attack itself will start at 8:20. I believe I know where Cyan is being held but I must withold that information until the attack begins. We will meet at the Empath Alley in Yew. I ask all those in the force of light to come and aid us for this wilst not be an easy task.
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 1:26 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Boat Race to be Held This Friday|
|We received this announcement:|
Red Skull Bay Buccaneer CupSounds a good day at sea! Good luck to all the competitors!
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 12:59 AM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|More Strategies for Defending Trinsic|
|Here is another tale of the Battle in Trinsic and also some tactical possibilities for defending the city. |
|Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2000, 12:06 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Orc Spawns are Becoming Overwhelming in Yew|
|Here is a story from a seasoned war veteran about the recent rise in orc activity in Yew. |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 11:41 PM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Town Cryer: Trinsic Hath Fallen!!|
|This was just added to the Town Cryer: |
As feared, the undead armies of Juo’nar together with the ratmen and gazers of Malabelle overwhelmed defenders and managed to seize control of Trinsic! Citizens of the City of Honor hath mostly all fled, leaving only a few resolute shopkeepers and small pockets of resistance. Word on the streets is that even the few remaining shopkeepers, bankers, and other merchants will be fleeing soon as well before the full brunt of Juo’nar’s army takes residence in Trinsic.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 9:46 PM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Town Cryer fights off Invasion Force|
|The following report was submitted by Freeholder News Network |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 8:13 PM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|OSS Mission in Trinsic|
|We received the following report from the Order of the Silver Serpent:|
While patrolling for Order of the Silver Serpents with my dragons outside the gates of Trinsic tonite, a Dark Priest appeared and asked if there were any dark souls that wanted to join the dark side. I immediately contacted Marshall Grey Wolfe and we set up a covert operation to try and gain some much needed information.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 6:56 PM EST by Ima Supa (LakeSuperior)|
|The Plot Thickens, Part V: Daemon Anmac Converses|
|Anmac Mallachtan, Juo'Nar's accomplice during the attacks on Trinsic, has stopped for a second time to speak to Britannians. |
This evening while i was in Trinsic battling the undead that have been seiging the city, the Deamon General Anmac Mallachtan arrived in the garden at the center of town. After he summoned a hoard of undead i questioned him while killing his unholy minions. I asked him why he wanted trinsic? He said that he didnt want it,his masters Juo'nar and Minax were the ones that wanted it. I asked if he did everything they told him to and he said he was bound to do theyre bidding, Minax summoned him ,and was in control of him. How can i break the bind that Minax had on him? ,i asked. He said to seek out Joye. Why?,i asked. He would only say that there will be a big event of some sort tommorow eve. He told me to be vigilant ... I thought it to be strange that he would say this to me..... he then told me i was doing well and to spread the word of this "event" I belive that Joye has the key to his release some how....we must find her before tommorow eve......Shortly after this submission was recieved, it appears Anmac resumed his attack on Trinsic, but was driven out by noble defenders:
I write to you again with a somewhat triumph over the forces of evil in Trisnic tonight.As i told you in our previous conversation, my guild OL Order of Light has allied with some other guilds to try to stop the on going slaughter of our people in britania.Tonight we was able to run the dreaded Anmac Mallachtan out of trisinic! My daughter Sasha Slayer and some of our allies from the Gray Conclave, Led by their GM Samah Sarton along with about 50 others was able to allmost defeat this foul beast.In the end many died bravely but as you see in the picture sent *thank goodness we had an artist present* we was able to make him leave the town of Trisnic, hurt and humiliated to the recesses of his liar.My son jojo Enchilada is still out there looking for the librarian joye,hoping to dig up more clues into the stopping of the plague that has taken over our beutiful lands. Until i find out more news i bid thee a good day and safr travels!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 4:27 PM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|The Plot Thickens, Part IV: Remaining Trinsic Guard Killed|
|When I awoke this morning, I was told from three different sources that a single guard remains in Trinsic. A glimer of hope? Not according to this submission, which suggests that many people of Britannia would prefer to throw our world into chaos. |
While fighting my way through the hordes of undead I went to one of the jails because I had heard rumors that a lone guard had survived the onslaught. Upon my arrival there I found the guard but I also found a group of people attempting to murder him. They were throwing Energy Vortexs upon him and the noble guard, although defeating many of them these villians were eventually able to kill him. What does this mean for the City of Honor? Is all hope lost or does this lone guard even matter?
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 4:16 PM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|The Alliance now has a message board!|
|This just in from General Exedore.......|
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 4:15 PM EST by Joe Woodwright (Chesapeake)|
|The Plot Thickens, Part III: Apocalypse Upon Us|
|From a source known only as "S.S", came this frightening missive. |
All ye tread carefully! I need not name myself as of yet. All ye need to know right now is that the Apocalypse is apon ye all! The time is at hand and as the darkness covers the lands of Sosaria, I shall return with 3 others when the time is right. We are the undead knights; the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse. The destruction, death, and blood ye see before ye is only a small taste of thy punnishment and pain that is yet to come. The blood lain on the streets of Britannia and Trinsic is that of small puddles.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 4:10 PM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|The Plot Thickens, Part II: Masacre in Cove|
|This submission, which is fairly self explanitory, comes from Shadow: |
Cove has been attacked we fought well and beat back the Gazer Fiend several times. He then spoke of his Mistress coming to slay us all. I and others questioned him as to who she was but he would not let her name be known.He also asked us all to leave cove. I have been researching and found something though I am not sure if it is relevant or not. As it turns out there is a Book entitled "The Wild Girl of the Forest" a tale of a girl kidnapped by Orcs from Trinsic and she remembers a boy. Her name was Leyla. She talked of a boy whom she loved named Japheth. Only Japheth from trinsic was the Guildmaster of Paladins. Who also died last year in a raid on an orc fort. I do not know if she is this mistress or not. Just that the tale was intriguing.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 4:09 PM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|The Plot Thickens, Part I: Malabelle Spotted Twice|
|Malabelle, the Mistress' frilly little plaything' (see Juo'Nar interview, below) has been sighted twice in Britannia over the past two days. Malabelle is known for coordinating attacks on Britain, but it appears her horizons are expanding. The first sighting comes from kanaka, whose brave wife was attacked by Malabelle on the Britain Bank Roof. Here is the report, edited lightly: |
My name is kanaka guildmaster of the guild the Order Of Light.I write to you in deepest distress.Today my wife skeeter mcCooter was on the top of brit bank,when she was malicously atacked by the now hunted malabelle. Her along with moondawg and another i was not able to get the name was able to run her out of brit.She has now started something we hope she cannot finish ... My guild along with my family has now become part of this hunt and destruction of the forces of evil that have preyed upon our great cities..I wrote to Aiglos earlier when the clans of Dimitri had started to rant upon the take over of brits x-roads and to this day i have not seen them and have continued to hunt them down.I now state this...We will not stop untill the last of this has been stopped and the lords of the undead DEFEATED!!!!! My youngest son jojo has been looking for the foul Keeonean,and Jou'nar to steal anything that might be able to aid in the efforts to stop these foul beast in their tracks.We have also sent pidgeons to our other allies to aid us in this matter. i wil try to get an artist to give you drawings as it seems fit. May we all raise to the occasion into defeating this foul Plague that has us under its spellMord-Sith Raina penned the second report, which includes an insightful look at Malabelle in the context of the chaos happening throughout Britannia.
It is with great concern and urgency that I bring you this information I recently unveiled.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 4:02 PM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|The Hunt is on for The Black Mace|
|Here is some very interesting news that may provide the key to taking back Trinsic, if such a thing is possible. |
The details are sketchy as to the names of the people and the weapons involved. For example, the mace may not be called the Black Mace, it might just be black; or it may not be black, but is called the Black Mace. Regardless of name, it needs to be found. Search the cities and find these weapons if they exist.
Today, Rampage of GNN and I searched all through Trinsic for the paladin. We turned up nothing. Many of the places where paladins usually live seemed to be deserted. They might have been killed by the countless PKs, or they might have left the town in search of safety. I am now in the process of checking Yew and then Vesper while Rampage checks Ocllo and then Serpant's Hold. We cannot search everywhere alone, and I am only hoping that we successfully check every city.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 3:34 PM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Great Battles in Trinsic : Malabelle spotted?|
|Boah Aragorn sent us this report : |
Hail !Thanks a lot for this interesting report.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 3:33 PM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|General News from Trinsic|
More information on the latest attacks in the next post...
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 3:28 PM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|A Ray of Hope Through the Dark Clouds|
I had heard rumors of an undead army that captured Trinsic. I traveled to Britain to visit a friend and find out more about what was going on. I arrived in Britain only to find his friends mourning his courageous death. A Shadow Knight brutally and swiftly killed him. I vowed to avenge his death and I ran to recruit myself into the next group leaving for Trinsic. We gathered our finest weapons and started our journey.
We arrived with a greeting of massive hordes charging to attack us. We stood our ground and fought our way thru several waves. It was bloody, but we managed to heal each other and kept going.
Finally, we made it into the center of the city. Then, we saw it. Standing in front of us was a monster darker than night. It was the most horrific thing I had ever seen. I came to realize that fear was not our worst enemy this time. Then, a soldier cried out, ”Attack.”
We charged towards the Shadow Knight, only to conclude that we couldn’t take it with mere melee weapons, but it was too strong, and too late. He had already taken down a few of our finest soldiers. We retreated a little and tried using magic and archery. We shot everything at it and we barely hurt it. The Shadow Knight chased us and continued to defend Trinsic for his master. We were losing hope.
Then suddenly, another group came from the other direction, and we had the evil creature surrounded. With a sudden moral boost, we charged at it with everything we had. Our healers were working as fast as they could. It was a brutal battle that was surely going to be to the death of one side or the other. Swords were slashing, arrows flying, spells were being chanted, and lives were being lost.
Finally we killed it. There was a moment of astonishment when we realized what we had just done. Then, we started cheering. Even though there were rumors of more shadow warriors in the land, we knew that we could defeat them now. This was one victorious step towards a long journey in the retaking of our city, Trinsic.
Don’t Click On Me
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 11:58 AM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|A Grim Report on the Siege of Trinsic|
Hail fellow adventurers of Sonoma, I am writing this bit of news from within the walls of Trinsic. The scene here is a mass hysteria of death and mayhem. Defenders of the city scurry to and fro as the minions of Juo'nar spread their plague of pestilence and sorrow upon the poor inhabitants of the once proud city. Upon arriving in the city, with my trusty 'scribe shooting' compatriot, McCoy (also known as 'Bones'), we were witnesses of some of the most evil scenes ever to be conjured up from the recesses of one's own imagination.
The bones and freshly dead corpses of numerous brave souls littered the streets as shadow warriors, lich lords, and skeletal knights went from building to building killing all who stood in opposition to their master's plans of taking over the city. As Bones and I were doing our best to report on the story, taking shelter within the stables, we encountered two ghosts. No sooner did we resurrect and heal the two defenders did an evil spawn attempt to overtake my friend and I. Besides the several zombies and skeletons, a swirling black cloud of death appeared along with two lich lords and two shadow warriors. If it wasn't for the quick reflexes of my companion, I wouldn't of been able to return to Ocllo to report on these sights of horror which needed to be relayed to keep all of Britannia abreast of the grim situation in Trinsic.
Besides the unfortunate events of distress, another thing was witnessed, by Bones and myself, and if you thought these creatures of Juo'nar were bad, there lurked another vile creature among the streets of Trinsic. The honor-less looters of the recently dead. These scum of the city would wait in hiding until the fighting masses passed on and then they would skulk out and pilfer what they could before any of the undead would circle back to eat the remains of the fallen.
Another rare sight was that of the local towns folk trapped within the confines of the city. Those who did come out of hiding to try and escape or search for loved ones were immediately set upon by the hordes of undead. A sad sight, indeed, were the starving little children left to themselves to scrounge for food. (We later gated these orphans to healers in Ocllo where they could be properly cared for, but that is another story in itself.)
It is in my own personal opinion that it is the pride of the city of Trinsic that has made it possible for the evil forces of Juo'nar to overrun the City of Honor. The Great I Am's anger is being kindled against the city, to bring it to its knees, more than likely to the point of total destruction unless it's inhabitants repent of their iniquities and put off their pride or else be destroyed. This is why the magic blocking the guards ability to defend the city has been allowed to stand. Repent, repent oh all ye inhabitants of Trinsic before all is lost. Your soul's are at stake!
One last word of warning to those who are intent on helping the struggle of Trinsic. Bones was able to get some 'scribe shots' of Juo'nar's henchmen using all sorts of magical fields to kill would be defenders. From wall of stones, and poison fields, to fire fields and energy fields to trap and slow down all who oppose Juo'nar so that the more powerful spells may be used on them. Let us all pray that the Great I Am's bowels be filled with compassion for those within in the walls of Trinsic fighting the good fight as well as for the local towns folk. May Juo'nar be cast off forever into the eternal depths of darkness where he belongs.
For more 'scribeshots' to look at, please go to...
Signing off, this is...
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 11:07 AM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|Summarization of Current Events Site|
|We received the following from Sonoma Quest News:|
Sonoma Quest News has gathered a summarized list in order to better prepare anyone who wishes to see an end to The Mistress, and her killing. It is our hope that this information be of some help when our fine leaders and adventurers of the realm meet this Wednesday to organize against our common foe.Thanks!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 9:03 AM EST by Ima Supa (Sonoma)|
|Corridgean rallies resistance forces|
|The search for Corridgean ended yesterday when the former captive of Anmac surfaced in Trinsic. His appearance was much different than it had been at last week's High Council meeting. Gone was the pasty pallor of his skin and the dark circles from beneath his eyes. He wore bright blue armor, more brilliant than even the finest valorite, and his eyes shone with the flame of conviction.People flocked around him, whether they were familiar with his story or not. Those who knew of him asked questions about the resistance army they'd heard he was forming.|
Corridgean addressed the throng, " I still mourn for my family, but there is no time for tears anymore... only steel and action. I am organizing a spy network to infiltrate the ranks of Juo'nars armies. We are called The Wings of Honor. Any who are strong of body, stout of mind and have a spirit that is resilient may come and join with us. I am a man who was unable to defend my family from Juo'nar, now Juo'nar must pay." His voice, quiet and frail but a few days past now rang clear and strong, "Hail, people of Trinsic! A glimmer of hope resounds!"
Later, I had the opportunity to speak with Corridgean in private.
Wallis Gerard: M'lord..
Corridgean: Greetings, Wallis.
Wallis Gerard: The people are antsy...
Corridgean: Good. Then they will help in this thing, perhaps. They may have felt that the doom of Trinsic was more than they could bear. The inevitable and horrific nature of its seemingly ordained fate is offset by the fact that we now have information that leads us to believe that the fate of Trinsic is entirely in their hands. If we can but find out why Anmac wants the librarian so badly... Now he send his Trinsic native recruits to find him a key and has even suggested that it is possible that she may have this key. Joye is probably a very scared little librarian right now and is hiding. She must know that Anmac and his brothers are searching for her high and low, almost to the exclusion of continued raids on Trinsic.
Wallis Gerard: Yes, Anmac told me this. He also said Seth was looking for you. That was why I was sore afraid for you. I combed Nujelm, Magincia, Jhelom... I had others looking, too.
Corridgean: (looks quite surprised) Oh, ho! Really? Why is Seth looking for me?
Wallis Gerard: I made him promise not to hurt you if you were found. He said you have maps, I believe. He said he had a fondness for you.
Corridgean: Anmac and I have come to understand each other. If he knows about that bit of business with Ba'ab, then he is wondering why I did not warn him that Nystul was seeking to capture one of them and did not warn Ba'ab to go nowhere near Lord British's castle. The life of a double agent is precarious at best. Wallis Gerard: I have not been able to learn if he is still captive.
Corridgean: He is not. Juo'nar freed him, and may have clashed with Nytul in the process, I don't know, or rather, Juo'nar and the Dark Mistress fred him.
Wallis Gerard: What can I do to aid you now? Are you safe? Do you have lodging?
Corridgean: You can rally the people.
Wallis Gerard: That is easily done. I am sure they will be glad to fight beside you.
Corridgean: Tell them that they are to join with the Wings of Honor and to take comfort that if some of them will continue to help us infiltrate the enemy, we may yet find out what the end game is.The search for Joye continues around the clock, but as of yet, no hint of her has been discovered with the exception of one man who believes he may have seen her passing through the red portal which links the Britain Public Library to Moonglow's Lyceum.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 6:57 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|The meeting to form the people into a army|
|We have recieved the following: |
The Fall of Trinsic has taught us many things...the least of which is just how vulnerable we are, and how little we know about the threats facing us.Thanks.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 6:52 AM EST by Rage (Sonoma)|
|Updated Macro Policy|
|The following was just posted to FYI on the Ultima Online website: |
Updated Macro Policy
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 6:21 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|FORMOSA - Strange Structure Appears in Britain|
|I received this report from Arc: |
I am a player form the Asian shard of Formosa. I witnessed an attack on Britain while I was doing my logging near the eastern part of the town. A strang structure had appeared outside the Chamber of Virtues(to my knowledge, it never existed on that spot before). A gazer, and quite a number of lizardmen and ratmen, appeared within a 3 screen radius of the structure. The guards did not react as usual, only the few who came dispatched the monstrosities. I logged off soon after helping to dispatch the monsters I had sighted, not knowing whether anymore had spawned.
I've included 2 pictures. The first is a pic of the structure, while the second is the strange comm crystal under one of the status which I believed was used to transport the creatures, or as a signalling beacon.
Arc of Formosa
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 5:51 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|HOKUTO: Strange News From the Town Cryers|
|Xaria sent in this news: |
The spawn of Evil has now progressed into the quiet lands of Trinsic. Upon my arrival to Trinsic, the smell of death surrounded me. After encounters with the Evil ones, I followed some friends to the bank. On the way, we passed a Town Crier which was by the bank. He spoke to us, he said "Search for the Mysterious tower in Britannia". The message was not clear, the laughter of a nearby liche lord got in our way. Later I returned only to find that this special message was not to be repeated again. If anybody has heard something about this, please post it, I alone cannot find this tower. I have searched up and down but Britannia is way too big for one man to take on on his own.Thanks Xaria!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 5:41 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|HOKUTO: Report on the Last Stand of Trinsic|
|Methos sent us the following report: |
It is my sad duty to inform you at The City of Honor, Trinsic, has fallen into the hands of the Undead Army. What plans they have for this city is not yet known. I can only report on what I have seen so far.Thanks!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 5:38 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|Trinsic is Lost|
|This arrived from Keaggan Stonewal: |
To those few of you that have no knowledge of the chaos that plagues our once quiet town of Trinsic, it is now over run by hordes of undead minions. There is no sign that this onslaught will let up. Many valiant souls have been lost to this seemingly futile fight to hold them at bay. This dark army is growing stronger and our attempts at thwarting this vile ban of wickedness is in my opinion just prolonging the inevitable. I fear that Trinsic will fall. But we will not go quietly nor easily. Our brave warriors will fight to the bitter end...Thanks!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 5:33 AM EST by HellRazor (AsianShards)|
|Occupation in Trinsic Grows as Defenders Battle On|
|I received this from Paukior: |
The town of Trinsic's well being is getting worse. The population of defenders is rapidly decreasing, and the undead army has increased in numbers at least 3 fold in the last 2 days. Theft, killing and hostility within the town's walls have increased as well, the scoundrels run amuck in the city and prey on those whom are fighting alone or in small groups. Justinus, the leader of the guild VX, has stood his place in defending Trinsic, organizing groups of men and women from VX, Savage Truth, and Dawn mages and fighters alike, to defend the under siege town and attack the green liche known as Juo'nar.Thanks!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 5:27 AM EST by HellRazor (Baja)|
|Council of Virtues to Meet Again|
|This came in from Arakthor: |
This wednesday night at 8:30pm PST at the Dawn Mage Tower, I call the members of the Council of Virtues to attend this meeting of regroup. All are welcome to attend.Thanks!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 5:23 AM EST by HellRazor (Baja)|
|Player vs Player Combat Enhancements|
|The following was just updated to In Concept: |
Player vs. Player Combat Enhancements
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 4:49 AM EST by Joshua Rowan (GeneralNews)|
|BNN Day 35|
|This is the transcript of BNN Day 35: |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 3:51 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|BNN Day 34|
|This is the transcript of BNN Day 34: |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 3:50 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|BNN Day 33|
|This is the transcript of BNN Day 33: |
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 3:48 AM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (QuestandEventNews)|
|Meeting in Valendor : should the Town be saved ?|
|Sartori sent us the following : |
Hail to all!Thanks Sartori, and let's hope Valendor can live again...
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 3:37 AM EST by Bel d'Ajoor (Drachenfels)|
|Librarian Holds the Key to End the Siege!|
|This remarkable submission comes from Greg Price. I had heard of the librarian Joye twice before, but was not sure how she fitted into the context of the plot unfolding before our eyes. Be sure to be on the lookout for her! Here's the submission: |
Sire i come to you exciting news! One of Juo'Nar's generals known as Anmac Mallachtan spoke to me last night during the spawn in trinsic. He told me that a Librarian known as Joye holds the key to stop the spawns in Trinsic! As proof of this he has given me a rose, if you need proof you can see it.I've asked Greg to send any additional information to us as soon as he can (every clue, even those that are seemingly insignificant, will be of assistance to us). If anyone has any information about the librarian, be sure to let us know. Meanwhile, there has been little change to the City of Honor. The barricades stand, the spawns continue. A special report that I will be compiling tomorrow will reveal that many of those defending our city are not as honorable as most expect. Indecent events are taking place within Trinsic's besieged walls: and the undead are not the ones that are responsible for them.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 3:24 AM EST by Lady Juffa Archui (Pacific)|
|Keeonean strikes in Yew|
|I got this letter from Burrator of Deepwater this morning:|
I were fending off the last beasts from the latest wave of undead in Trinsic when I heard the cry. Yew was under attack. After dispatching the Lich Lord, I opened a gate to Yew, and a group of warriors who had been fighting to preserve the streets of Trinsic followed me into the Empath Abbey. The sight that met us was horrendous, Orcs and Ettins everwhere, a huge battle in progress.
Thanks for the report!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 3:11 AM EST by Llemandrell (Europa)|
|Tamers Against Bugs|
|We got this in from Tyke, of Great Lakes... |
I'd like to introduce TAB, Tamers Against Bugs. From a serious level, the problems with taming have reached a critical level. This affects even people who merely own horses, as they cannot be transfered and will seldom obey commands. This is an opportunity for all players to work together to help solve the problems. If you are interested, please visit www.crosswinds.net/home/~tyke/tab/
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 1:27 AM EST by Damarr (CommunityNews)|
|The Life and Trials of Hans and Franz Episode #3|
|We got this in the mail earlier... |
Hear ye, hear ye!Thanks Pug!
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 1:27 AM EST by Damarr (CandidCoverage)|
|Volunteer Honor Guards Retreat from Trinsic|
|This is the sad story of the Volunteer Honor Guards of Trinsic. They are people that grouped together to help those in need of aid during the battles of Trinsic. I met them in person Saturday night when I was slain by the decaying rook. They help to ressurect me and heal me of my wounds. Now it seems that there fight has come to an end. |
I hate to say this but I completely agree with Starbuck. Trinsic is no longer safe for any law-abiding citizen. Let Trinsic be an example of how we should NOT treat these attacks. Trinsic fell not because of the attacks directly but by the indirect effect the attacks had on the city: the loss of the guards. Trinsic has little chance of survival, for once the guards were destroyed, so was our hope in protecting the city. We must protect each other city until the guards are destroyed becuase once we lose them, we lose the city to murderers and thieves. This is the Dark Mistress's only hope to take over our cities. The guards are our only hope to hold our cities. Do not take the guards for granted.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 1:01 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|A Mighty Gazer and New War Tactics|
|I received another message telling of yet another creature spawned by the evil Dark Mistress to aid in the attacks on our cities. This creature is another variation of a gazer but obviously less powerful than the Gazer Fiend for it was defeated. |
Thanks Pierre Dragoon for the latest news from Cove.
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 12:29 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|A Final Note on Runes for Trinsic|
|With some help from various sources, it has been proven that not all runes in Trinsic are blocked but only some in certain locations. These locations include inside the banks and near the outside in some occasions, the roofs of the banks, the roofs of a few buildings, and the mage shop. All of these runes are blocked but the blocking is not very specific. They seemed to be locked in places that would be an advantage to players to recall into. It seems that Juo'nar has blocked these to prevent people from excaping his minions.|
|Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 12:20 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Decaying Birds Add to the Attacks|
|There have been a few sightings of evil incarnations of birds attacking cities and houses across our land. There seem to be two species of these birds so far. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights there were sightings of "a decaying raven," while tonight in Trinsic I encountered "a decaying rook." Here is a story about the raven sent in by Faulkner of the Red Eye Tavern. |
I also received a message from Hunt describing the raven. He told me that it usually hit with about 30 damage and could cast spells. It is much like Jou'nar and the Gazer Fiend in that it is also red instead of the normal grey for a creature.
Saturday night there was a massive attack on Trinsic. At first there were just a few spawns here and there many people began to congregate around the healer's house. All of a sudden, bone knights and skeleton knights appeared inside. There must have been at least 20 of them running pouring out of the building. Many people were trapped inside while others died outside. This was the first attack for the night, and it destroyed all of the healers. Then it became a lot worse. Bone knights, spectres, Lich Lords, and more spawned all over the city. Around every corner you couldn't help but trip over a decaying corpse or dead body. Then, quite frankly, I died (nothing glorious... ISP disconnection...). But anyway, while I was dead and walking around looking for a mage to bring me back to the living, I saw IT. A strange looking bird flying around as fast as a horse and taking the lives of those around it. I checked its name to find it was called "a decaying rook," another of Jou'nar's reincarnated creatures. It killed many people before I gave up trying to be resurrected and rested myself as a ghost. These birds are nothing to underestimate, but I believe that they will die much easier than Juo'nar.
I cannot stress this enough, BE CAREFUL IN TRINSIC!!!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 11:53 PM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|Candidates for Mayor of Yew|
|With the leaving of Mayor Rainbow King, the elections of Mayor of Yew have been reopened. Candidates that have made me aware of their motives for running have the following statements announcing such: |
Greetings all,And this:
Since the passing of my dear friend Lord Rainbow King I have found myself wondering these lands a little lost and a little confused. Trying to make sense of why this horrible event took place. Why my friend had to leave these lands and just how could I continue his work. How could I not only keep the Rainbow King’s vision and dream for a safe Yew and most important a safe Britannia. These thoughts, nay these nightmares of what this place could become without my friend plagued me for many sleepless nights.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 11:37 PM EST by Ce'Nedra Willow (Atlantic)|
|Haven's Sweetheart Auction was a success!|
|Korin the Scribe sent us the following: |
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 8:09 PM EST by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|The Alliance is formed!|
|Korin the scribe notified us of these plans to deal with the evils that now assault our lands: |
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 8:04 PM EST by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|Tower of Dreams Death Match|
|I was notified of this event by Steve of KOS: |
Thats right the Tower of Dreams is holding its first "Death Match" on the tower roof no rules anything goes i mean anything entry fee is 10k no need to bring money our vendor will have tickets for sale so money comes out of your bank account the winner will recieve 70 percent of the purse there will be gifts for second and third place. When the event will take place Saturday ,Feb.19th at 7pm CST this event is for the best fighters in the land reds are welcome we wont the best of the best all reds will be protected from attack so come all and lets see who is the best of the best so if you have what it takes hope to see you there.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 3:33 PM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|Yew Militia holds open strategy session|
|This public announcement from Mythra of YM (Yew Militia) |
A call to all guild leaders who wish to help restore peace in our fair land. We are planning a meeting on Monday, February 14th at 7:00 cst in the Yew Winery. I apologize for the short notice, but the times dictate a quick movement of this meeting.
What is the purpose of this meeting:
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 3:28 PM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|The Bloodrock Clan speaks out about the attacks in Yew|
|I was given this by a messanger who came up to me quite unexpectedly: |
'We have heard your reports of the Bloodrock Clan helping fight off the orcish invasions in Yew. We have heard about how the Bloodrock Clan fought bravely beside the humans and a respect was earned by all. What YOU will hear is the screams of agony that has and will errupt from those orcs' mouths everyday for the rest of thier wretched lives for betraying us. We will never help Yew again and any orc caught doing so will be tortured for the rest of thier days just as the ones that helped them in the past are learning first hand. Only weapons raised by orcs in Yew territory again will be to put an end to your miserable lives!'
It appears to have been signed by Trugagh himself.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 3:15 PM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|Shedding some light on The Dark Mistress|
|This sketch, sent in by Atrius, puts to rest at last the speculation of the identity of The Dark Mistress. The Dread Lady Minax appeared in Trinsic giving confirmation to the rumor denied recently by Anmac Mallachtan. She carried with her, Atrius said, The Staff of Mondain. Immediately, I set to work trying to learn more about her.|
"So you wished to speak about this Dark Mistress, Lady Minax, eh?"
High Court Justice Jonn Goodthorne sat back in his wooden chair at a table in the Britain Public Library. I was here trying to kill two birds with one stone: to gather information from the learned Lord Jonn and to, hopefully, spot the mysterious Joye half the realm is seeking.
"I don't wish to, but I must. I have been unable to find any information about her. Not much, anyway," I replied.
Goodthorne said, "The scant bits of information are indeed hard to find, and most of it is composed of rumor or myth."
"Rumor and myth will have to do, as this is all we have," I sighed. "Better to know those things than nothing at all. In every rumor lies, at least, the smallest fiber of truth, I believe. What can you tell me about her? I don't know where to start."
He scratched his head thoughtfully. "Am I correct in assuming that her connection to the sorcerer Mondain is known?"
I shrugged. "I read that she was his lover. That is all I know of her."
"Hmm..." He sat forward, folding his hands on the table before him. "From what I have been able to glean, Minax was Mondain's student in the arcane arts. They might have been lovers, but I believe she was very young at the time of his death. But, I suppose, the perversion of the two of them knew no bounds." He went on to explain that he had recently been conducting research himself and had found a wealth of information in a book called The Books of Sin.
"As you may or may not know, Mondain has corrupted the Gem of Immorality and was able to manipulate both space and time with its powers. The stories I read indicate Minax had gained an even greater control over these forces than even her mentor. She could travel through the ages, even difficult worlds, with the greatest of ease, which may explain her appearance here some 300 years after her lover's death. I say this because scant little is recorded of her between the time of the gem's shattering and Mondain's death at the hands of The Stranger and the present. There is good argument for your "lovers" theory, however, in the rumors of a progeny resulting from Mondain and Minax's union."
One of my pigeons flew toward me at a blurring pace, skidding over the table to a halt. It bore news from Yew, that the city was under tremendous strain from an ongoing seige. It was an urgent plea for help. Without haste, we departed for The Empath Abbey. The completion of my introduction to Minax's tale would have to wait for another time.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 2:41 PM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Periodic Poll: Let's hear your Votes|
|Last weeks poll about intentionally breaking UO's Terms of Service shows that about 70% of our readers did this at least once and that about 25% even does this on a regular basis. Yikes. Does the TOS need to be changed ? Do the game mechanics have to be changed so that breaking the TOS either becomes unneccesary or impossible ? Do players need to be educated more ? Too many questions for a simple poll to handle methinks. Bottom line: with so many people breaking the rules, something must be wrong... |
And now for something completely different. Let's hear your voices about the current all-shard quest, where the talk of the town is the fall of Trinsic and the mysterious Dark Mistress. You can vote on the new weekly poll.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 1:58 PM EST by Xena Dragon (GeneralNews)|
|Rumors, just Rumors|
|Here is some information about a few rumors that have been circulating recently. |
First off, Soul Collector and Agis were just a rumor. I received a message from a seer that they are not part of any major quest and are not part of OSI in any way.
Also, many people have told me that all runes into Trinsic have been blocked. This is not true. To me it seems that many of the runes are blocked because of all of the people walking around. There are so many people in Trinsic that they seem to be standing on many of the rune locations. That can't be the only reason because some runes are always blocked and some that I have had were in obscure places that should be open, but I am not sure why this happens.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 6:44 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|From the gutters and the shadows|
|Whilst the majority of the honourable defenders slept, tired from their days and night's of defending the city, from the gutters and the shadows came forth a fouler breed than the undead threatening the city . . . |
I write of those who would calmly stand by and watch the few defenders fight and even draw undead upon the beleaguered defenders, hiding in the shadows or running away. Till the defenders over come by the number of undead attacking, falls to the ground.Thank you for writing.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 6:28 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Hey, Wanna Get Married?|
|Paws Outpost will be holding a mass wedding tomorrow for anyone that wants to be married. |
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 6:26 AM EST by Kruton (NapaValley)|
|An idea in desperate times|
|One adventurer offers a theory on how to defeat these evil forces: |
Interesting idea. There is no way of knowing if Mystic is right, but many thanks for writing.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 6:02 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Death in Vesper - twice|
|Whilst most of Britannia's brave citizens were trying to save the fine city of Trinsic, lesser attention was paid to Vesper. But the people there have had problems of their own: |
Thank you for writing! Everyone, please remember to include your name in everything you send - and every time too, do not rely on our poor memories *smiles*
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 5:57 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|Gazers blind-sided in Britain|
|Co-operation and organisation saved Britain from defeat: |
Well fought! Thank you for writing.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 5:42 AM EST by Palmer Eldritch (Europa)|
|News from Kwejibo's Rancho Relaxo public Pub/Forge/Shop.|
|This just in from Kwejibo |
News from Kwejibo's Rancho Relaxo public Pub/Forge/Shop.Thankyou Kwejibo, and congratulations on the 75,000'th visitor!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 5:11 AM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|Strange room found|
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 3:59 AM EST by Alec DeLeon (GreatLakes)|
|A message for Yew from Keeonean|
| "Yew is under serious attack. If we do not get back up, we will not be able to keep the city." The note was penned hastily, ink spattered and smeared across the parchment. The seal was Kaleb Koons', a founder of the Yew Militia.|
Pigeons were flying like swarms of hornets in the Britannian sky. Reenforcements arrived as quickly as they could be mustered. Trinsic had been lost, or so the invaders say. Yew would not be stolen, too.
Keeonean, Lord of the Mongbats, slithered in and around the various skirmishes, ranting maniacally, "Embrace your death! Pathetic cowards! You scurry like rats!" All around the grounds of Empath Abbey and the village nearby, orcs, ettins and mongbats were summoned forth by the golden armored villain. He weilded a sword and took on any who opposed him, leaving them for dead in mere seconds. He threw back his head and shouted, "THIS IS JUST A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME, YEW! I will bring you all to your knees!"
An ordinary man named Grizzly Carter engaged him, saying bravely, "Colored man, you shall not prevail! If you take me, Yew will only grow stronger, colored one."
"You are not strong enough to kill me!" Keeonean spat. Another swell of beasts arose to replace those dispatched by the defenders.
I approached him cautiously, ducking to avoid the foaming spittle that flew from his lips as he ranted and taunted the warriors coming for him. I asked if he would speak with me. His face drew near and I instinctively turned my head, my stomach churning at the stench of his fetid breath. It was so gamy, only the fragrance of Juo'nar himself's rotted shell could rival it in competition. "I speak to no one!" he spat, obviously breaking his own rule. "I am a man of action, not words."
"Will you at least issue a statement, then?" I asked, covering my nose and mouth slightly as I awaited his response.
"These are your last days, Yew!" Keeonean stated boldly. "Treasure them well, because tomorrow, you die!" He smiled at me, a leering display of yellow and black that caused my stomach to churn. I nodded, backing away. I had no desire to linger there with him, partly because if he swung at me I would fall quickly and partly because my constitution would not allow it and it would not help the morale of the troops for me to be unwell among them.
I fought off an orc here and a mongbat there, watching him move about and proud of my fellow Britannians who were bravely attempting to bring him down. Their efforts were not in vain, for he was visibly tiring and about to withdraw.
"Orcs! Guard my retreat!" he shouted. The grounds were instantly filled with a multitude of his orcish minions and Keeonean was gone. The Yew Militia could smile proudly. The victory, this day, was theirs. Still, they ask that all available men and women be on guard tonight for another attack is destined to come.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 3:46 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|While you were sleeping|
|Tori, who is mentioned below recounting her conversation with Malabelle, sent this interesting letter, which I share with you now:|
Tori was not the only one to write of this state of confusion. Many have voiced their feelings about this odd phenomenon to me, also. I am saddened to report that I have no answers but for you. All I can do is shake my head in dismal agreement and remind you of the quote which comes so often from my lips and pen these days, "Never trust a dread." We cannot expect The Dark Mistress and her minions to deal fairly with us and our shaking fists at their injustices seem to only fuel their amusement.
As for Tyball, this is the first mention I've heard of him, and certainly any information at this critical time can not be dismissed lightly. Add him to the list of those we seek, Joye and Corridgean. Surely, somewhere, we might find even one of them. Those who are able to conduct these searches are encouraged to do so. The librarian, Joye, is said to have a key which the invaders are interested in and may be found either in Britain or Moonglow. Corridgean, who appeared earlier this week at the High Council meeting in Magincia, may be found there, in Jhelom or Nujelm.
As always, you swift reports on these matters are invaluable to us here at UOSS. Thank you all, kind readers, for your outpouring of support and information.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 2:05 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|Pictorial: The Fall of Trinsic|
|The City of Trinsic was seiged unmercifully in the wee hours between Friday morning. [See related article "While You Were Sleeping"] The following pictorial is but a small sampling of the scene in Trinsic that night and is a poor substitute for having witnessed the battles first-hand.|
Members of the Order of the Silver Serpent [Not pictured] and The Trinsic Loyal Guard held the South Gate.
The West Bridge was valiantly patrolled by members of the Soverign Order of the Phoenix joined by a regiment of the Trinsic Loyal Guard.
Expecting the West Gate to be one of the hardest areas hit by the invaders, this area was heavily patrolled by a variety of citizens and guilds. Pictured here are The Knights of the Alliance with The Society of Paladins. Also holding the gate that night were: Flames of Sosaria, The Grey Company, Guardians of the Mist, and Ring of ShadowFire.
Malabelle made an appearance during the fracas, posing on the roof of the jail to oversee the destruction of the city. Tori of The Fellowship of Britannia spoke with La Malabelle. "I noticed this woman," Tori said, "not being attacked on the roof of the jail. I asked her, 'Who's side are you on?' She didn't answer at first, but then she started saying that they had laughed at her at first. Then I asked, 'Who laughed?' but then Anmac decided it was time to lightning me. (smiles) Kabal said, 'You see that we still fight,' and she said, 'Very, very foolish... You will see.' We asked what is to come and then she laughed and said, 'Your death is certain and clear. Leave now.' Kabal asked, 'By who's hand?' and we asked, 'Why do you fight against us?' Then, Anmac singed us. (smiles) After getting healed, I came back and said, 'That was most unpleasant,' and she said, 'That is a matter of perspective.' Cat asked, 'Does Trinsic fall tonight?' and she laughed and disappeared."
The West Side did, indeed, see the thickest heat of the battle. Juo'nar and Anmac Mallachtan attempted to beat their way through the defenses, accompanied by their usual array of rattling bones and rotting flesh. It was impossible to take a step in any direction without tripping on the fallen warriors which created a macabre pavement the length and breadth of the passageway.
Thinking the roof a safe place to view the battle, onlookers quickly fled after Juo'nar himself appeared on the top of the jail, bringing with him additional forces to drive the spectators away.
Britannians from all corners of the realm stood side-by-side as brothers and fought with a bravery never before seen. The battles continue to this day, around the clock. Trinsic will not relinquish itself to The Dark Mistress.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 1:44 AM EST by Wallis Gerard (LakeSuperior)|
|The Day After - Story of Trinsic|
|We received the following story:|
I awoke this morning, strong in the belief that I was dead, and this hole I was in was the punishment for the loss of Trinsic to the undead. I thought about the battle, the loss, how I was barley able to help. Off in the distance, I heard a sound. Ahh, must be the Grim Reaper I thought, coming to take me away from here. But no, this is a voice, a human voice! Perhaps I am not dead after all. I began to climb out, following the now quite desperate voice, yelling over and over" Hello!!! Is anyone here??" As I sprung from the hole, ack..Thanks for the tale, Ragnar!
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 12:00 AM EST by Maximillian Bold (SiegePerilous)|
|War & Roses Tavern Furniture Night|
|We received the following announcement:|
You too can have Colored Furniture!Thanks!
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 11:57 PM EST by Maximillian Bold (SiegePerilous)|
|Observation of the siege of Trinsic|
|We received the following note:|
On Feb. 13th, in the wee hoursof the morning, this humble scribe witnessed an event that will be forever, endelibly etched in my mind and spirit. It was nye unto midnight in that fabled land of Siege Perilous. I had just entered the once beautiful City of Honor, Trinsic. Now, the smell of sulphur burnning flesg filled the air. Inside the main gate, stood an assembled host, the likes of which I had never seen. Some of the most reknowned heros of the land, great scholars, mighty swordsmen and venerable mages of vast knowledge. Archers of legendary prowess, great healers....all amassed against the overwhelming foe..the army of undead. In the streets, bodies of hero and monster alike were piled stirrup high and blood ran in dark red rivlets.Thanks!
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 11:54 PM EST by Maximillian Bold (SiegePerilous)|
|Tale of the Defense of Trinsic|
|We received the following note:|
Hail and well met. My name is Niles. I am a bard of Britannia. I do not have time to go into too much detail, but suffice it to say, I have been with Sara Gules, Spartan and the rest throughout our defense of Trinsic. This evening I met with Amnec and Malabelle whilst in battle. And the strangest thing happened.
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 11:50 PM EST by Maximillian Bold (SiegePerilous)|
|Gizard wins the First Bi-Weekly Beermans Lottery!|
|The Beerman sent us this |
Greetings once again.Thankyou Beerman, and Congratulations Gizard.
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 11:09 PM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|IVY still open for you!|
|We just recieved this from Ranger Beaks |
IVY Still open for you!Thankyou Sir
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 11:02 PM EST by Aiglos (Pacific)|
|Making the Best of a Bad Situation|
|Elin the Fleet, in true Rogue fashion, has figured out how to use the "situation" in Trinsic to his advantage: |
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 9:50 PM EST by Pfredd Mudd (Chesapeake)|
|Reminder About the Upcoming Midwest Player Meet|
|I thought I'd repeat the information on the player meet scheduled for March. It is open to all UO players regardless of shard, but as it is hosted by players from this shard it is probably of prime interest to you reading this area.|
I know that for many reading stratics is hit or miss (including my RL best friend who I had to personally E-mail this to, and you'd think she could read my stuff!--you know who you are...) so I wanted to make sure that I reach as many who might be interested as possible; I will repeat this one more time prior to the deadline for payment so as to reach those last few straglers.
Ultima Online Midwest Player Meet (Indianapolis)As I myself plan to attend I want as many to come as possible so I can meet you. This will be my first player meet!
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 9:08 PM EST by Obsidion (Catskills)|
|New Bumble the Bard toon|
|Phil Colby sent us this announcement: |
A new toon has been published on the Bumble the Bard website. For those who don't already have it bookmarked, the link is:I had a blast reading "an epic adventure in which Bumble uncovers the ultimate evil".
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 6:59 PM EST by Xena Dragon (CandidCoverage)|
|GuildBoss v1.08 released|
|Yet another GuildBoss update, go check it out. |
See what's new in v1.08 at http://www.guildboss.com
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 6:44 PM EST by Xena Dragon (CommunityNews)|
|Interesting discoveries about Juo'nar and his "friends"|
|Yesterday, on the Pacific shard, our star reporter Lady JuffaArchui managed to have an interview with no-one less than Juo'nar the undead leader of the force that has taken over Trinsic. Go read the interview that reveals some interesting clues. |
In the meanwhile Kruton, our most recent addition to the Napa Valley staff, made some interesting discoveries while searching the archives of the Stories and Secrets section. With a bit of logic applied he ties together Juo'nar, the FoA, the Dark Mistress and the *gasp* Armageddon.
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 3:56 PM EST by Xena Dragon (QuestandEventNews)|
|Orcs Attack Yew: Remember Trinsic!|
|Not since the beginning of this war has there been a significant victory on the side of Brittania’s finest…until now. With the bitter sting of the loss of Trinsic, the defenders held off a major offensive tonight of the Orc hordes on the town of Yew. The attack was a historical change in the political climate of the area, as several Orcs from the Bloodrock Orc clan came to assist the humans entrenched at Empath Abbey. |
Visual sightings of mysterious all Red Orc Commanders gave new fear of a major offensive, as these stronger Orc lords cut through several heroes, before they were taken down in reply.
The motto of this attack was "Remember Trinsic!" As reported before, the city of Trinsic fell a few days ago to Jou’nar’s recent undead invasion. This bitter defeat did not only make many people bitter towards the darkness, but made as a rallying cry for defending the city of Justice. Keonnean, the mercenary captain in charge of the Orc invasion was not present for this attack, but its obvious that this will not go over well with him. This major victory for Brittania has raised many hopes and the morale of many heroes who were a part of the attack in Trinsic.
The question still on everyone’s lips: Who is the Dark mistress in charge of this? Why are they attacking these cities? Why not Minoc, Jhelom, or Skara Brae? The one question still remains: Which city is next?
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 2:01 PM EST by Red William (GreatLakes)|
|Trinsic's Cry For Help|
|We received the following:|
I'm sending this out on a bird now, since it is the only break I am likely to recieve or get a word out of the city. Trinsic has fallen. The roads are baricaded and the walls decorated with human blood, yet all is not lost. I, myself, am inside the city having snuck in under stealth with a friend to help aid local forces. Though many have not found the secret way into this city, a few have.
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 1:05 PM EST by Vladimir Taltos (Sonoma)|
|The murder or Relvinian|
|Yet another event in Trinsic |
Thankee fer this account mate.
Yers in Ale and Tale
|Posted on Monday, February 14, 2000, 11:49 AM EST by Keeshi (Atlantic)|
|This eve I was lyin on the deck of me ship, enjoyin the cool night-time air, when I seen this winged bat come flappin towards me. At first I was tempted to slice it's wings off wit me trusted katana but then I noticed it 'ad somethin clutched under it's wing. The flyin rodent dropped a scroll at me feet and I quickly read it. I pen it 'ere fer ye all to read. |