|First Draft of Peace Accords
with the Gelidum
|02/04/00 06:22 AM CST -- ^top
The following missive concerning
the treaty of peace between Britannia and the Gelidum is printed
here for your perusal:
CONTRACTING PARTIES OF THE HIGH COUNCIL AND THE NEW GELIDUM,
In order to promote international
and cultural co-operation and to achieve international peace
and security will by the acceptance of this document obligate
not to resort to further war. With just and honorable relations
between nations they agree to the firm establishment of
the understandings of international law as the actual rule
of conduct among Governments, and by the maintenance of
justice and a scrupulous respect for all treaty obligations
agree to this Covenant of peace.
The Frozen Shrines
The Gelidum will give Britannia
any aid they can in restoring the shrines, but that said
aid would not be technical in nature, rather a sharing of
their wisdom and ideas. The High Council recognizes that
the process in which the Shrines were frozen is not the
process that will unfreeze them and thus welcomes any help
the New Gelidum has to offer.
We the High Council, representing
Lord British, agreed to educate the public on the natures
and cultures of the residents of Glacia. The New Gelidum
in return agrees to educate their peoples in the natures
and cultures of Britannia to better help our two nations
live together in peace.
The Exchange of Information
We The High Council, representing
Lord British, agree to the exchange of information and culture
between our realms and to allow researchers access to one
another's lands in the name of science and understanding.
The New Gelidum will agree to these exchanges of information
so that Article II may be better put into effect. The High
Council also suggests that samples of Gelidum wares be put
on display in the museum of Vesper or Lord British's Castle
for a time the choice being theirs.
Breach of these Articles
In accordance with law and
virtue if one or any of these Articles are not followed
or are purposefully neglected, hostilities between our nations
may resume in the effort to restore order. The High Council
reserves the right to monitor the New Gelidum in their efforts
to fulfill their parts of these accords, just as the New
Gelidum will undoubtedly monitor the efforts of the High
In signing this treaty, THE
HIGH CONTRACTING PARTIES OF THE HIGH COUNCIL AND THE NEW
GELIDUM agree to peace between our nations and realms. This
treaty means in its simplest terms that no army recognized
by either government will invade, attack, raid or threaten
the others nation with hostilities. The below beings have
signed and agreed to the legality of this document and it's
Articles and agree to its justification on this, the 44th
day of the 304th year of the shattering (January
*sighed and stamped with family seal*
Sten Hunter Chancellor of Virtue, The High Council
We pray that these terms are
agreeable to both sides and that soon our shrines will be
- Wallis Gerard
|Gelidum Request Special
Session of HC for Peace Talks
|01/20/00 03:41 PM CST -- ^top
The following was received from
a messenger of the Gelidum race...
The Ambassador and the Gelidum
request a separate meeting from the standard High Council
meeting to conduct negotiations and therefore respectufully
decline the date of the twenty fourth to discuss matters at
the High Council standard assembly. We have been afforded
little opportunity in the past to discuss "peace terms"
beyond "open forum" style communication, we believe
being compacted in with "other agenda items" as
time sees fit does not encourage the completeness and open
dialogue these items deserve. We have also made note of the
swift and appropriate removal of the "silver arrow"
item and express our gratitude to the High Council's open
mind in not letting such matters cloud the sky of peace between
We feel Wednesday, the twenty
sixth day of January or a date shortly thereafter is more
acceptable. Given the risk involved and threats made upon
our representative in the past, we request this additional
time to make preparations to ensure the safety of our representative(s).
We let common sense be our guide in these matters, and understand
while the actions of a few do not reflect the wishes of the
many, threats are indeed threats and should be considered
We naturally look forward to
meeting with the High Council in Moonglow on or after the
twenty sixth day of January at the hour suggested previously.
'Tis the humble opinion of this
reporter that the events regarding the ceasation of the war
and the upcoming peace talks between both the Gelidum and
Britannia are a welcome and glorious moment in both of our
Histories. Both the High Council of Britannia and the Gelidum
should be applauded for their steps in the right direction,
and those few who see fit to make unnecessary and unvirtuous
demands towards a nation who only seeks peace under their
new leadership should be denounced, especially if their activities
endanger the welfare of innocent citizens of both realms.
- Beans Baxter
|Gelidum Issue Response
|01/18/00 08:33 PM CST -- ^top
The following was received on
Monday from Deborah, Ambassador of Glacia...
A response of the Glacian Representative(s)
and the New Gelidum:
With the state of war removed,
all citizens are asked to stop all attacks. Citizens of either
nation who do not stop hostilities, do so on their own accord
and do not represent the citizens or governments of our lands.
Peaceful exploration and scientific research shall be allowed
and received openly. Citizens are expected to defend themselves
at all costs, should a member of the other country chose to
attack first. How ever any "Open" hostilities will
be viewed as an act of aggression or treason and punishable
by the High Court of either realm.
The residents of Glacia, both
human and non-human, shall defend themselves from vile raiders
upon the lands as they have done in the past. To expect otherwise
is foolish. Since the evening of Mylfalydd and Zaruk's travels
to the Shrine of Justice and the Shrine of Sacrifice there
have been no attacks, direct or indirect to the mainlands
of Britannia by the residents of Glacia and/or members of
the Gelidum. We cannot say the same of the residents of these
Talks will begin for a "Treaty
of Peace" these talks will begin and take place no longer
than thirty (30) days from the posting of this document.
This term has been agreed to
with a time and place requested by the Ambassador from the
High Council. This was stated publically at the last assembly
of the High Council; no further action has been taken on this
matter by the High Council. The Ambassador has requested these
talks take place in a northern location for the comfort
and safety of those attending.
Knowledge of any kind regarding
the Shrines frozen by the last government of the Gelidum and
a means in which to unfreeze them if any will be shared with
us. There will be no public statement made on this at this
time until peace talks are established. The Silver Arrow lost
to the Elves in Glacia will be returned by any and all means
to its rightful owners.
The Ambassador has been informed
by the residents of Tel'Ruid this item would be removed from
the terms of cessation. The arrow has been returned in the
condition it was presented to Niflhym and the Ambassador by
Kate (known traitor to both the former and current Gelidum)
to Lord Thrand Graywolf, the representative of the citizens
of the area. Further inquiries of the "silver arrow"
should be directed accordingly. Private matters between the
Gelidum and the citizens of Tel'Ruid have been addressed and
concluded sucessfully. We do not understand the need for the
High Council to interfere in this private concern and have
been informed by the representatives of Tel'Ruid this condition
has no place within these terms. It is our understanding the
High Council does not speak for them. We await the swift removal
of this item.
Niflhym or an Ambassador of his
choosing will seek council with the Troll Clans of Darkness
and Revenge. In this council the Gelidum will state that the
previous government was responsible for the Deaths of Chief
Stonefist and Ironside and that the citizens and High Council
of Britannia had nothing to do with their deaths. And should
then recommend that hostilities between our two races stop.
There will be no public statement
made on this at this time until peace talks are established.
There is no honor in continuing
this so-called "war". Justice has already been served
upon the criminals of our realm. We do not wish to continue
to serve these lands as sacrifical lambs for sport and slaughter.
For every action that has been taken, there is a cause behind
it. The attacks are the effect of, not the cause of the problems
between our lands.
We bid you peace from our lands
in these continued turbulent times and await word of these
Deborah, Ambassador of Glacia
- Beans Baxter
|Destiny Library receives rare
| 01/07/00 03:54 PM CST -- ^top
Exciting news from the City of
As you may know, the theme
at the Destiny Library of Knowledge this month is travel.
In accordance with this theme, we are excited to display
a very special collection donated by Professor Clio Temesa.
Renowned throughout all of
Sosaria for her stunning research on Glacia, Professor Temesa
has graciously donated a hand-written copy of the history
of Glacia. She has also generously created a beautiful leather
bound atlas as a companion piece to her book. The two works
provide critical insights into the mysterious realm of the
Gelidum: Glacia History (compiled), Prof. C. Temesa, editor,
and Gelidium Atlas are now on permanent display at the Destiny
Library of Knowledge.
The Library can be found on
the east-west road north of the Shrine of Compassion. Here
is a map to guide you.
The Destiny Library of knowledge
humbly thanks Professor Temesa for gracing the citizens
of Destiny with her groundbreaking works on this subject.
Librarian of Destiny
Congratulations to the city on
this most magnificent acquisition!
- Wallis Gerard
|Announcement from the High
Council regarding the Gelidum
| 01/06/00 12:58 PM CST -- ^top
received the following announcement:
We the High Council recognize
Niflhym as the new leader of the Gelidum. In accordance
to terms to be discussed we the High Council have voted
to a cessation of hostilities. This "Cessation of Hostilities"
will encompass all citizens of both realms and allow us
to seek a final and lasting peace. This cessation of hostilities
will last Thirty (30) days.
Terms of Cessation
- With the state of war removed,
all citizens are asked to stop all attacks. Citizens of
either nation who do not stop hostilities, do so on their
own accord and do not represent the citizens or governments
of our lands. Peaceful exploration and scientific research
shall be allowed and received openly. Citizens are expected
to defend themselves at all costs, should a member of
the other country chose to attack first. How ever any
"Open" hostilities will beviewed as an act of
aggression or treason and punishable by the High Court
of either realm.
- Talks will begin for a "Treaty
of Peace" these talks will begin and take place no
longer than thirty (30) days from the posting of this
- Knowledge of any kind regarding
the Shrines frozen by the last government of the Gelidum
and a means in which to unfreeze them if any will be shared
- The Silver Arrow lost to
the Elves in Glacia will be returned by any and all means
to its rightful owners.
- Niflhym or an Ambassador
of his choosing will seek council with the Troll Clans
of Darkness and Revenge. In this council the Gelidum will
state that the previous government was responsible for
the Deaths of Chief Stonefist and Ironside and that the
citizens and High Council of Britannia had nothing to
do with their deaths. And should then recommend that hostilities
between our two races stop.
All terms must be completed
or started with in the thirty (30) day time frame from the
posting of this document less hostilities begin again. The
High Council wishes to thank all the citizens that helped
in defeating and overthrowing the old and evil government
of the Gelidum. We hope and pray that peace is now within
our grasp and that Sosarians of all races may sleep a little
First Seat, Lord Keyser Sose,
Representing Sacrifice, and the city ofMinoc
Second Seat, Lady Sagan Adai, Representing Honor, and the
city of Trinsic
Third Seat, Lady Aine Blackwood, Representing Justice, and
the city of Yew
Fourth Seat, Lady Natalya Svyatoslav, Representing Humility,
and the city of Magincia
Fifth Seat, Lord William Wingate, Representing Valor, and
the city of Jhelom
Sixth Seat, Lord Ima Supa, Representing Compassion and the
city of Britain
Seventh Seat, Lord Zodiac, Representing Honesty and the
city of Moonglow
Eighth Seat, Lady Geneveve Orseau, Representing Spirituality
and the city of Skara Brae
Chancellor of Virtue, Lord Sten Hunter.
Captain of the Honor Guard, Lord Grey Wolfe
- Ima Supa
|Alliance Makes Formal
Declaration to the Gelidum
|01/02/00 11:15 PM CST -- ^top
Despite the recent moves by the
Gelidum to bring peace between our two races, the following
was received from Jonci of The Alliance...
Declaration to the Gelidum:
If the Shrines of Virtues aren't
released from the Gelidum's curse by the second week of
this Year's month of January, the Alliance will lead One
attack upon the Gelidum each week. If the Gelidum do not
comply, they will see their race slowly destroy and a scar
left upon Glacia. Let whatever leaders of the Gelidum are
left know, You brought this upon your people for your actions
against the Shrines of Virtue!!!
- Beans Baxter
|Verdict Issued Concerning
Murder of Gil and Kyry
|12/20/99 03:06 PM CST -- ^top
After an extensive trial on Friday
last, the High Court of Britannia
has issued the following verdict...
Theron, Ranger of Yew, was
found Not Guilty Friday night on both charges of murder.
The decision was unanimous for both the murder of Gilkemgain,
and the murder of Kyry. Theron was released immediately,
and his belongings returned to him.
The search continues by both
the High Court and Honor Guard for the killer, or killers
of these two.
The High Court of Britannia
- Beans Baxter
|Holiday Message from the Gelidum
|12/20/99 03:02 PM CST -- ^top
The following note was left within
the chambers of the High Council of Britannia:
in snow white enters, supervised closely by the woman in
of negotiation has drawn to a close. For months we have
watched you flail about pointlessly, run when we come calling,
and pontificate half-heartedly over the loss of your beloved
shrines. For what, warm ones? You have already proven your
vast inferiority to the Gelidum time and time again. In
fact, we no longer need to waste our time hounding about
for precious allies and seek walking snowmen in the guise
of alchemists. A pity that chilled one did not join us,
but no matter. His research is all that we need and we have
been guaranteed this shall be delivered to us within the
next twenty four hours. In this, we have already won.
this, for the moment we will proceed with the next phase,
a comprehensive survey of our new domain.
of your objections are fruitless, warm ones. Think of this
as the dawn of a new era. Kneel before the Gelidum, drop
your swords and know that peace will soon be within your
grasp. It is what you've always wanted, isn't it?
in white turns into a frost wyrm and flies northeast. The
woman in blue turns into an ice fiend and flies northwest.
Left behind is a statue of an ice creature.*
Citizens of Britannia, I strongly
urge ye to travel our lands, walks the streets of our cities,
take care of thine selves at our Shrines. The words "comprehensive
survey of our new domain" brings shivers to mine bones,
and should to you as well. For what this survey will consist
of... only the Gelidum knows.
- Beans Baxter
|Trial Date Set for Alleged
Murderer Theron of Yew
| 12/15/99 11:17 PM CST -- ^top
The following information was
sent to us by the High Court of Britannia concerning the upcoming
trial of Theron of Yew for two murders committed on Verity
Isle in the Ice House, located south of the Encyclopaedia
Date: Friday, December 17
Time: 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST
Location: Yew Court of Truth
The trial of Theron, Ranger of
Yew, will commence Friday night, at eight in the evening.
Theron was arrested for the murder of Gilkemgain and Kyry.
The Court deems this as a high crime, therefore three Justices
will preside over the trial. Justices will be announced at
the trial. Jonci will be defending Theron, and Fortier will
serve as prosecutor.
The High Court of Britannia
- Beans Baxter
Chance Encounter with Gelidum Leads to
12/14/99 9:36 AM CST -- ^top
Yarin Blackroot of The Guardians
sent in the following report concerning a chance encounter
with Niflhym of the Gelidum, which occurred late last week...
With all of the recent troubles
with the Gelidium and the Troll Clans, I feel honor bound
to relay the details of a recent encounter.
The evening started as an ordinary
excursion into the Ice Lands. There wasa fair size party to
start, but as the evening progressed, our ranks dwindled to
only two. There was Mercedious Ashdom and myself. As we wandered
the frozen terrain, we were set upon by an Ice Troll and a
Snow Elemental. We engaged our foes, and diligently finished
It was then that we heard a sound
I will not soon forget. A resounding roar came bellowing from
around the rocky cliffs. The sound froze us in our tracks.
Well, being neither immortal or fools, we immediately pulled
back from the cliffs to reason out what we heard.
Quickly I recounted to Mercedious
what news I had heard of the Gelidium and the powerful creatures
that speak for them. He looked at me as if I were mad. As
we stood talking another sound came to us, the sound of giant
wings. It was too late, the creature had found us.
It was monstrous, shimmering
like blue ice as it wheeled through the air towards us. It
had to be Niflhym! We ran for cover in the nearby trench,
only realizing too late that we had all but trapped ourselves.
The creature, a large Ice Wyrm, spied a giant ice serpent
near the ledge and quickly killed and devoured the beast.
Then its head turned toward us, fixing us with a penetrating
In a flash the Wrym leapt from
the ledge to stand before us, its razor sharp teeth only inches
from my face as it took in our scents. I silently prayed to
the Creator, for I knew my death was immanent. To my surprise
the creature spoke.
"More humans come to my
land. Once I hunted the length and breadth of this land in
peace. Now the humans come. Most are fools who think that
they can destroy me. Most who see me never leave this land
I swallowed hard and gave Mercedious
a nervous look. "This is it" I thought, death comes.
Again the creature spoke.
"You did not attack me.
You appear to be good souls. What can you tell me of events
in the realm?" Trying not to stammer, I recounted the
stories I knew. The surface Trolls and the Ice Trolls attacking
the cities of the warm ones. He let out a growl then and then
asked "Who led these Trolls?"
"He was named Revenge"
"Was he the same color as
I?" Niflhym all but snarled. Casting about in my head,
I answered "Nay. I am told he is Red like the morning
sun." He roared in anger, beating his wings against the
air. "But Ihave heard of the one you speak of" I
continued "He is called BrKagg, and he too was meeting
with the Trolls among the warm ones"
A light of knowing filled his
eyes and he said "I know him. Strange things are going
on about the entire realm or so it seems
He looked at us then, considering.
Finally he spoke.
" I will let you leave in
peace. But take heed this warning
I grow tired of humans
in my lands. Tell all who will listen that my patience is
at an end. When next we meet I will not be so lenient. NOW
BEGONE!" The last coming out nearly as a roar.
Counting ourselves lucky, we
hastily made our way out of the Ice Lands to Papua.
With Niflhym hunting the outer
realm, and Myllfalydd, BrKagg, and Zarukpa trolling the inner
Ice Dungeon, one would be wise to be wary upon entering the
lands of the Gelidium.
Peace be on you.
Yarin, 'tis good to see that
ye survived this chance encounter... not many do! If never
ye have entered the realm of Glacia, do follow these words,
for Glacia is as harsh and as deadly as she is cold.
- Beans Baxter
|Gelidum Send Message to Tel'Mithrim
| 12/09/99 10:39 AM CST -- ^top
A note was left at the Silver Arrow Tavern
on Wednesday. Penned by "the woman in ice blue,"
it discusses the theft of the silver arrow, who's home was
the Tavern, as well as other things regarding the Gelidum...
want your toy back, do you? The warm one surprised us with
his creativity in taking the arrow in the first place. Yes,
we found it. This arrow is an amusing trinket for the Gelidum;
we had no idea it meant so much. You warm ones are also
amusing trinkets to the Gelidum, but the warm ones do not
mean as much to us.
the warm ones may have it back. Come in peace to Myllfalydd.
Bring no weapons. He has what you seek. Otherwise, we recommend
other alternatives be explored. Come with violence, you
will meet your death. Come in peace, we promise no harm
will come to you during our visit. We will provide details
to the warm ones later this evening.
thank the warm ones for taking care of Kate and Br'Kagg.
They were becoming a bother to us. The Gelidum is amused
at how easily the warm ones offended the surface trolls.
Warm ones, you are of inferior breed. Let the Geldium take
care of you.
remember our offer of peace still stands. Do take it. You're
already used to doing the Gelidum's bidding through your
selfish actions. There wouldn't be much change to your everyday
lives, warm ones, and under our care, you would be even
happier and cease this petty bickering among yourselves.
in ice blue turns into an ice fiend and flies away quickly*
In response to the note, harshly
left via dagger on the door of the Tavern by the Gelidum represenative,
Thrand wrote the following...
sounds like you have us much confused with the edan, we
would like to have back what was stolen from us. We have
seen no reason to war with the Gelidum, and will come in
peace to meet Myllfalydd, if you but tell us where.
await your response.
In response, the ice woman left
the following note...
you with nothing, for you are all the same to us. However
if you wish to prove us wrong, do gather at your precious
tavern at the hour of nine and thirty central time Thursday
will arrange transportation from there.
you are smarter than these "edan", as you claim.
Come prove it.
turns and flies north*
Will the elves of Tel'Mithrim
retrieve their sacred arrow from the Gelidum, who are well
known for their violence, in peace, or will the Gelidum strike
as they so often have against humans? 'Tis unknown at this
moment what the true intentions of the Gelidum are. We can
only hope that our cousins retrieve their arrow safely.
- Beans Baxter
|Search for Cure Leads to
| 10/14/99 11:47 AM CDT -- ^top
'Twas a couple of days ago when
word arrived via pigeon from Lord Thor Ironside, the recently
retired High Council representative of Minoc. The alchemist
Gilkemgain needed assistance in gathering ingredients for
the cure that would free Kyry, the frozen ranger woman in
the deepest bowls of the Ice Dungeon (Glacia). Many had already
arrived at the Ice House laboratory, while Gilkemgain patiently
waited for more to arrive. Methinks 'tis possible that Gil
anticipated not the sheer number of individuals who would
come to his (and Kyry's) assistance, as more and more citizens
filled the great hall that is the library of the lab and pigeons
filled the air with messages concerning this task.
With all assembled, Gil went
into detail about the task at hand. With the assistance of
Clio Temesa, whom Gil had taught the ways of recognizing the
fairie rings with the dirt he needed for the cure, Gil had
coordinates for various locations of probable fairie ring
sources of the necessary dirt thanks to the studious work
of Prof. Temesa. Gil then asked if there were any persons
with the capablities of using both a sextant and a map. Both
Lord Jonci and Lord Animal volunteered for the task, as they
were quite knowledgeable in these areas. Said Gil to both
Jonci and Animal, "both of you take the reading and then
compare answers; accuracy counts." He then revealed the
locationof the first fairie ring: 108° 11'N 95° 7'E. Studying
their maps, 'twas determined that the fairie ring was located
northeast of the city of Minoc.
The Search for the First
Several volunteers provided gates
to the City of Sacrifice, and under Gil's instruction, we
were to meet at the bank and depart from there. Once everyone
had arrived, we made our way northeast over the bridge leading
to MountKendall, home of Minoc's famous mines, and then to
the bridge leading to the city of Vesper. The fairie ring
was located off that beaten path, and we made our way through
the forest, with Animal acting as our guide.
'Twas not too hard finding the
fairie ring. Gil instructed us to stay out of the ring, for
our presence within would diminise the power within. Ganfalin,
who was wise enough to bring along mining tools, began digging
as per Gil'sinstructions. With each use of the shovel the
soft dirt was overturned and fertile dirt was brought to the
surface, which Gil harvested. Eventually, Ganfalin was able
to unearth a small box, which contained, according to Gil,
a book and a key, among other items.
'Twas within seconds of the presence
of the small box that an army of harpies descended upon us.
The battle was not difficult for the hearty adventurers, many
of whom slayed these foul beasts with barely a scratch on
their armor. To be quite honest, the attack of harpies seemed
quite humorous, at least in this reporters eyes.
After reviewing the contents
of the box, Gil declared that the book contained words of
power... words of power, the key to understanding the very
magery the Gelidum uses! The box was given to Ultrin for safekeeping
Gil then disclosed the next fairie
ring location: 117° 4'N 103° 21'E
The Second Fairie Ring
The second fairie ring was not
too far from our current location, just around the inlet and
a little way to the north, according to Jonci. However, getting
there was a tad bit difficult, as the forest made it quite
easy for both individuals and groups to seperate from one
another. However, arrive at the location we did. Again, Ganfalin
worked as instructed, and more fertile dirt and a second box
Rather than an army of harpies,
a rather stronger army of trolls and ettins descended upon
us. Their strength in numbers was quite vast, and the battles
at times difficult with warriors and mages working side by
side, however, victorywas ours once again.
Gil took the second chest and
exclaimed that he had the key for it. Unfortunately his copy
was too rusty to work the lock, and Gil exclaimed that we
would have to wait until we returned to the Lab before we
would be able to discover the contents of the container. The
chest and its mysterious contents were entrusted to Jonci.
Gil then told us of the location
of the third fairie ring Professor Temesa uncovered, however,
unlike the previous two locations, this one, according to
Gil, was a "guess." Gil had some difficulty remembering
the exactcoordinates Professor Temesa provided, but he revealed
them to be 121° 38'S 36° 42'E.
The Third Fairie Ring
The third ring was not too far
from the Trinsic Moongate. Many of us met at the Keg &
Anchor and made our way to Smuggler's Gate to meet the other
half of the party before setting off to find this third fairie
ring. Located beneath a small cliff, the location was a bit
more trecherous, for if another attack of even heartier creatures
should occur, 'twould be most certain that several members
of the party would be trapped against the earth.
Again Ganfalin set to digging
up the soft earth within the fairie ring. Even more fertile
dirt was unearthed, as well as another box. 'Twas not long
before an army of earth elementals and orcs attacked our party.
This battle was moreintense than the last due to the earth
elementals, however, the orcs proved to be nothing more than
underdeveloped sparring partners to many of those who did
battle with them. Again, mages and warriors worked side by
side to help win the battle.
Gil then told us that the location
of the fourth fairie ring, according to Professor Temesa's
notes, was quite nearby, just over the marble bridge northwest
of the Moongate at 112° 3'S 33° 36'E.
The Fourth Fairie Ring
We made our way on foot to the
location, following Jonci and Animal, who stood on the bridge
and pointed the latecomers northeast to a fairie ring nearby.
There Ganfalin worked his tools, uncovering fertile dirt and
anotherbox... when suddenly an army of gazers and earth elementals
made their presence known. 'Twas another battle of great might,
which proved our side to be successful yet again.
This time, Gil entrusted the
chest to Tag, to hold until we returned to the Ice House Lab.
There was one final location,
one more place where the soft dirt would aid us to our cause...
however, Gil had quite some difficulty in remembering where
it was. It did take him a while, but slowly he revealed the
location of thefinal search area: 2° 54'S 59° 41'W.
The Final Battle
At first the coordinates where
misread. Take this not as an insult, kind readers, for throughout
the evening both Jonci and Animal were perfect in their interpretation
of the coordinates Professor Temesa provided. However, theyassumed
that this final search area was within the area around Dungeon
Shame, however, 'twas not. In fact, the search area was a
bit away from the Dungeon.And unlike previous locations, this
one was not a fairie ring. Nay, 'twas a ruin.
It was here that Ganfalin dug
deep and unearthed fertile dirt and the final chest. And it
was here that the final battle occurred. Many were trapped
within the small ruin when the earth elementals and orcs laid
seige upon us. I dobelieve that one person fell to their blows.
However, as with the previous battle, they were dispelled.
But, 'twas not all that attacked, kind reader. Our enemies
sent us one final message... a poison elemental.
Aye, one of the most deadliest
of creatures made themselves known and targeted those nearby.
However, this vile beast did not anticipate the power in numbers.
I have lived in this world for nearly three decades, but never
beforehave I seen a poison elemental falls so quickly! 'Tis
a great testimony to those who fought bravely, and the power
of belief in a goal that rendered this night to be such a
At the Lab -- The Riddle
After the poison elemental was
destroyed, many of us returned with Gil to the Ice House Lab
to open the chests that had been uncovered. Each chest was
carefully opened, and a book and a key was found in each chest.
The keys,however, were unique... each had some marking on
them, marks in our language, when read revealed a riddle.
A subject of much debate for the remainder of the evening,
I shall present to thee for thine own eyes the riddle without
the prejudice of other interpretations.
my touch is gentle,
Purest White is my lace
silence is my kingdom
green is the color of my death
What am I?
Gil suggested that those who
wish to discuss the riddle further to meet him Thursday at
the Ice House Lab at 7pPST.
Thursday, if I may remind ye,
kind readers, may also prove interesting in another area,
just north of the Ice House. To refresh your memory, please
read the latest article by Deborah the Scribe, staff writer
for the TownCryer.
As for the books, I shall provide
facsmilies of what was written within these tomes as soon
- Beans Baxter
|Mages Encounter Gelidum
| 10/08/99 07:05 AM CDT -- ^top
Sir Xavier of The Mage Tower
sent this account of his recent encounter with a rather curious
Was an eventful night on this
fine day. Tuesdays being a day that the Mage Tower has an
outing we happened to be drawn to the Ice Dungeon for some
strange reason. There were six or possibly seven of us.
We decided to hunt ourselves a white wyrm. To our dismay
there was not one to be found in its den. So we moved on
thinking that some tamer got there before us. We moved on
still a bit irritated there was no wyrm to be found. So
we thought to ourselves, "Why not ice fiends?"
We proceeded to move on to
the Ice Fiends, where as some may already know stands a
frozen female ranger. With help of two other fellows we
dispatched one Ice Fiend, then the Ice Fiend's brother came
charging at us. We battled it then all of the sudden a flamestrike
comes out of no where and strikes the fiend to the ground.
Then we noticed were the flamestrike came from. A white
However this was not an ordinary
white wyrm, something was different. He had a name, which
was Myllfalydd, but the reason it was so strange, Myllfalydd
was able to talk. He never attacked us, he just talked to
us. He said many things that may affect all of us in the
future. He is one of the three leaders of Gelidum. He talked
about Gavin, the man who is said to have frozen the ranger.
Myllfalydd wants to talk to Gavin to find out how the ranger
was frozen. He advised us to look in the so called "Ice
House" just south of Encyclopedia Magika. He then went
on and told us about the Gelidum's plans to freeze the oceans
and the lands.
We tried our best to get him
to come with us to the Mage Tower, but he refused telling
us he would not leave his home. So we continued talking
about the Gelidum's plans, he offered us positions in the
"new world" if we helped him. Myllfalydd then
went on talking about how Gelidum has various spies one
the surface, but wouldn't say who they were.
After this had happened one
of the members of our party, Melody, asked to speak with
Myllfalydd. After a few minutes Myllfalydd granted ten minutes
to Melody in private. What they talked about no one knows.
While they were talking however, people not in our group
convinced us to attack the beast. We did "fearing for
our lives". So we attacked, but Myllfalydd didn't seem
worried, he just flew past, occasionally hitting someone
with a mindblast or two. We did not kill Myllfalydd for
his minions got some of us first. For a few moments Myllfalydd
was no where to be found, then suddenly he came back and
talked to us wondering why we had attacked him. We said
we were forced to. He then asked if Melody had survived,
which she had. He seemed glad she did. He was glad because
he sent her on a search, for what at this time we have no
There was more but I wouldn't
want to bore you with plans on how they plan to freeze the
world or capture Gavin. Myllfalydd then flew off not to
be seen again on this night. Shortly after we arrived back
at the Mage Tower we decided to go look at the house that
Myllfalydd told us about. It is indeed the house of Gavin
and a message on the table tells Gill that he is out hunting
with K. Who is K? I have some guesses but I'm not telling.
We searched the house some more finding a book that had
on it, the book was titled "Treatise on Alchemy".
We however could not get the thing unlocked so we continued
searching and found another book in a bookcase. The book
had information that dealt with the hunt Gavin and K. may
have been on and where they may be found on the "fourth
Soon after that I found myself
all alone as the party had disbanded for the night so they
could get some sleep. I decided to go to town, when I got
to the bank the town cryer was telling of an invasion of
trolls to the west of Papua. I mounted my horse and ran
as fast as I could to help aid Papua, however I am still
wondering if they were minions of Myllfalydd, for now no
one but Myllfalydd knows.
Thank you, m'lord, for this riveting
account. 'Tis certain this will not be the last we hear from
this icy ancient.
- Wallis Gerard
|Banquet Held in Honor of Kyry
| 08/23/99 05:30 AM CDT -- ^top
The Lycaeum in Moonglow was alive
last night as dozens of citizens gathered in honor of Kyry,
the frozen ranger woman discovered deep in the bowls of the
Ice Dungeon almost two months ago. Hosted by the Sacred Guardians
of the Phoenix, guests, including Clio Temesa, a teacher at
the Lycaeum, and Theron of Yew, were treated to a wide variety
of foods, including succulent ribs, the creamiest of cakes
and other delicacies. Guests were treated to the sweat sounds
of live music as they mingled about this ancient University.
Lady Emmandra Majere, who spent
quite some time preparing for the festivities, expressed quite
a bit of anger towards the unknown rogue who stole all of
the tables crafted for the banquet. It seemed, though, that
most of the guests cared not of the theft, so engaged and
content they seemed with the company they were in.
The host of the event, Lord Trevalian
Majere, husband of Lady Emmandra, had not been seen at the
festivities for some time. It was later learned that he paid
a visit to the "Ice House," located south of the
Encyclopaedia Magika, in an attempt to find Gil, who had requested
the banquet. There Lord Trevalian had witnessed a heated encounter
between Gil and his former master, Gavin, who had invented
the freezing technique Gil previously had reported to be for
the safe refrigeration of food.
Upon his return from the "Ice
House," Lord Trevalian informed Theron of this encounter
between the two former partners and informed Theron that Gilkemgain
(Gil) wished to speak with him as soon as possible. Alexi
the Monk of the Order of Ahm witness the exchange between
host and guest, and stated that Lord Trevalian had "the
look of great urgency mixed with concern on his face, as it
is well known that both men [Theron and Gil] do not get along."
Shortly after their brief discussion,
Theron addressed the audience. His speech was both brief and
tender. He stated that he had lost hope in Britannia, and
had previously thought that the citizens cared not for Kyry
and her entrapment, but this banquet changed those negative
thoughts into positive ones, and he thanked those present
for their kindness and concern.
Theron and Gil Meet
Guided by Lord Trevalian, Theron
and an escort of several members of the High Guard and other
concerned citizens made their way to the "Ice House"
for the encounter with Gil. Once there, the air seemed to
chill a bit as Theron made his way towards Gil, who was standing
across the hall looking out the window. When Theron made his
way to the table, Lord Trevalian informed Gil that they had
arrived. With some nervousness to his voice, Gil let go his
breath and said, "here we go..." and then turned
to face his rival, who had readied his Yew bow prior to entering
the building in the event that things should go awry.
Gil plainly stated that he had
been mistaken, "Gavin never intended to create refrigeration,
simply another form of killing things." He also stated
that Gavin was not working for the Gelidum, to which Theron
replied "not yet." Gil nodded slowly in agreement
with that assessment. Gil then continued. He stated that he
had hoped he would gain Gavin's assistance in finding a cure
for Kyry's ailment, but Gil said, "he hates Kyry."
Gil then slowly asked for Theron's assistance in finding the
cure. Theron suggested that Gil owed him an apology, however
Gil reminded Theron that he once threatened to kill Gil, but
stated that was not important any longer.
Said Gil, "I was wrong,
but only about Gavin, but not the cure."
The Discussion Concerning
the Cure for Kyry
Theron looked at Gil with amazement
and asked if he would really be able to cure the frozen ranger.
They laughed when Theron stated that "the little assistant
will undo his Master's doing," to which Gil replied,
"it's a poor student who does not surpass his master."
Gil revealed that Gavin had approached
him and asked how a cure might be obtained. However, said
Gil, "I cannot start handing out components just yet,
as if I do, the Gelidum might attempt to interfer. Some of
the components are rare if not unique." Theron agreed
with Gil on the issue of secrecy, for one never knows what
trick the Gelidum may have up their sleeve next.
Gil then explained why he needed
Theron's assistance on gathering the components of the cure.
He needed Theron's tracking abilities, as well as "the
blade arms present," but stated that the search for reagents
could not be done that night, for Gil needed to prepare the
lab for "the beginning of the creation."
Theron then asked if Gil was
sure that he could create the cure without Gavin's assistance.
Gil boldly replied "I am beyond [Gavin] now." Theron
then turned to those present and stated that while he is not
in the position to give orders, he asked that if anyone should
find themselves in the presence of Gavin to arrest him for
he "needs to be brought in front of the [High Court]
Justice and stopped."
Gil then descibed the first component
that he needed for the cure. Due to the fact that the Gelidum
have been known to read this paper, the component will not
be revealed. It can be stated that this component is quite
rare and a high quantity of it is needed for the construction
of the cure. A search for the component will be conducted
within one to two week's time.
- Beans Baxter
|A meeting with General Frost
of the Gelidum
| 08/17/99 05:03 PM CDT -- ^top
Animal sent us the following
parchment, describing the events of last evening's chance
encounter with members of the Gelidum:
Standing below the ledge waiting
to yet again seek the wisdom of another White Wyrm as she
arrives at her nest, I wandered down the cavern towards
the beautiful lake that adorns the Ice Dungeon to see General
Frost of the Gelidium appear before my eyes. He was gravely
injured and required assistance.
Being a child of the Ivory
Maiden one who assists all creatures in need, I cast several
greater heals upon him. I was astonished by how little they
affected him. Did my magic not work upon these creatures
of the ice? Nay, I noticed I was helping him, but this was
a man of great strength. Thankful for the help, I inquired
as to if I could help the General at all.
He seemed perplexed as to why
what he called a "Warm one" would want to help
him out. He pondered his need and my intent as I explained
it to him. He determined that there indeed was something
I could do for him.
"I seek an alchemist named
Gavin", said the General. "I would like you to
locate him and have him brought here so we may speak to
him, we have many questions for him."
About as he spoke those words,
BrrKagg the leader of the Frost Troll and the noblest White
Wyrm I had ever seen appeared. I greeted them with pleasure,
but BrrKagg seemed to have a problem. He asked the Wyrm
why they warm ones were not dead yet, and Frost explained
to him how my group and I were intent on helping him. Nodding
in acceptance of what the General said, the Wyrm agreed
to our being allowed to assist them.
There also appeared to be some
internal conflict among the leaders of the Gelidium. Many
times did BrrKagg ask permission to do something from the
Wyrm with annoyance in his voice to have to ask.
I asked why they had need of
Gavin, and again they stated they had many questions for
him. Bringing up the matter of whether it was related to
the frozen lady Kryr, one of the gathering crowd asked why
they froze her. Adamantly, they stated they had nothing
to do with her being frozen, that they had found her that
way as well. Looking into the wise eyes of the Wyrm, I could
tell they spoke the truth. They sought answers on Kryr as
much as I did.
They also mentioned that should
I find Gavin, I should try and contact General Frost or
Kate. They did not know of Kates whereabouts, but
the Wyrm stated he did get weekly reports from her.
Noticing their seemingly pleasant
nature, I hoped some diplomacy was in order to bring peace
to our lands. I sent a pigeon to my good friend Keyser Sose,
I knew he had friends in the High Council. Minutes later
I received a pigeon back that read "Send a gate to
the Papua Bank, I have asked Thor Ironside to come speak
with them". It was signed by my friend so I knew it
to be genuine, so I opened a portal and through it walked
As this occurred one of the
crowd gathered decided to unleash an attack on BrrKagg.
This was the first thing Thor saw and immediately assumed
they had been hostile the whole time. As he shared harsh
words with the Gelidium, General Frost realized that he
was a member of the High Council. He immediately attacked,
almost killing him. Chaos ensued as the Gelidium defended
themselves. Attacking only those who raised their hands
first in anger.
After dispatching those who
wanted to cause harm to them. Those of a peaceful nature
remained to talk more with the Gelidium and their plight.
It pained me to hear their story of how their lands had
been invaded and they as the leaders of the Gelidium started
this war to protect their young and weak. Although they
demand complete surrender, I believe there is diplomacy
possible to bring and end to this war.
Lords and Ladies of the High
Council, I think something deeper is troubling the Gelidium.
Something that perhaps we can help them with. Diplomacy
may be possibly if we can find Gavin and determine what
need the Gelidium has for him. I ask that if anyone knows
the whereabouts of Gavin to contact me at [email protected] for I think if we can solve the mystery of Kryr, we
can end this war. May the Maiden be with you.
Animal, Abbot of the Covenant
Sisterhood of the Ivory Maiden
Thanks for the report, Animal!
- Ima Supa
|More on the Gelidum Attack
| 08/14/99 10:31 AM CDT -- ^top
Jonn Goodthorne sent us the following
scroll concerning the events that transpired Thursday evening:
I sat napping at the table
in the guildhall, my dreams being disturbed by thoughts
of The Book of Shame we had found the night before. Suddenly,
a small pigeon with bits of ice frozen upon it's tail as
if someone didn't want it to reach it's destination landed
upon my shoulder.
"Meet me in front of the
Yew Winery at ten to the hour. Evil is arising again. Bring
all able bodied fighters.~Gwydion~"
A knot formed in the pit of
my stomach as I quickly prepared several pigeons of my own,
and readied my weapons and armor for the impending trouble.
I reached in my pouch, puled out the needed reagents, and
said aloud "Kal Ort Por." Instantly, I recognized
the inside of Empath Abbey. Quickly making my way outside,
I found Gwydion waiting in front of the Winery, with quite
a few members of the Sovereign Guardians of the Phoenix
already gathered (plus one impressive looking dragon). It
was explained that the Gelidium were planning to free both
The Shadow and Kate from their cells this eve. We waited
a few more minutes while others joined our ranks (including
my lovely companion Princess Zappania of the guild SIM)
and then proceeded to travel by way of moongates to the
Prison, hopeful to prevent what was about to happen...
As I entered the cell block,
members of The Shadow's men had already arrived in anticipation
of their master's release. I asked Zappania to stay in the
cell with Kate in hopes of preventing anything that ought
not to happen as I made my way around the outside of the
cells. It was at this time that I began to see ice creatures
of all types assembling outside the prison walls...searching
for a way in. Soon thereafter, the unmistakable sounds of
combat issued forth. My sense of duty was conflicted here.
I wanted to go down to the ground floor to help our out-numbered
defenders hold their ground against the overwhelming forces
bearing down upon them, yet I also felt a need to remain
a watchful eye over the prisoners.
Yet again, I started to send
out more pigeons asking for reinforcements, and was soon
answered, but not before the worst happened. I had been
busy helping defend the stairwell from Gelidium encroachment,
when I glanced over my shoulder to see the cell doors opening.
I immediately turned from my opponent and ran to the corridor.
It was then that I saw the icy-blue moongate suddenly appear,
and both Kate and The Shadow move to it with unnatural ease
through so crowded a place. I made one final push in hopes
of catching them before the gate finally collapsed in on
itself. "DAMN!" I shouted. But the threat was
not yet ended. So I turned my rage at the prisoners' escape
upon the unlucky souls of those ice creatures that crossed
Soon after, the defenders had
vanquished the last of the Gelidium forces, and I proceeded
to make my way back up to the cells. I had heard some speak
of a blue mage capable of walking through the walls of the
prison being sighted earlier. Perhaps a clue could be found,
but alas, I found nothing...
Many brave citizens of the
Realm gave their life last eve to try and prevent this affront
to Justice. It is my solemn wish that is does not turn out
to be in vain when all is said and done.
Yours in Honor,
Jonn Goodthorne, Justice of the High Court of Britannia
Guildmaster - Soldiers of Sanctuary
Thanks for the report, Jonn!
- Ima Supa
| 08/13/99 09:58 AM CDT -- ^top
I received the following note
concerning the Gelidum attack last eve:
I did not expect my decision
to attend the Skara Brae meeting to be quite as eventful
as it turned out to be. Fortunately, however, I had the
foresight to be prepared; despite the fact that I had doffed
my armor, I had packed it with me, leaving the bundle next
to the bench where I sat. This would later turn out to be
a rather fortuitous decision.
Much was discussed in the meeting,
most of it relevant to the town: a warning about thieves
(one of which had apparently stolen the towns ankh),
upcoming events, and sports.
Then came the part of the discussion
that I was there for: the Gledium.
I spoke out against them, as
a veteran from the battle at the Shrine of Honor.
Many voices rose, forming a din that was hard to decipher.
Jonci and Gilkemgain spoke of an alliance against the Gledium.
To tell the truth, I had started to believe that their ideas
were not very bad.
As a counterpoint to this were
the words of Corwin of Amber, speaking out against a genocide
of the Gledium. Though we disagreed on several points,
both of were adamant about maintaining the Virtues in our
actions, even as we opposed the Gledium incursions. I think
that, given time, the two of us would have found a course
of action that we could both agree upon.
However, the main part of the
discussion captured the attention of the room, when several
people there questioned the motives of Jonci and Gil. Both
their desire to lead and any biases toward the Gledium where
questioned. Neither issue was, to my considering, answered
to my satisfaction. Still, what they proposed was a good
idea - I shall think it over, as well as contact my guildmates.
The point, however, soon became
somewhat academic. A man ran into the room, and, between
pants, requested that he be allowed to speak. The argument
continued a moment, but the newcomers proclamation
cut across all the shouts, reaching all ears.
The Gledium were attacking
In the moment of shocked silence
that followed, I started unpacking my armor, buckling on
the chestplate as everyone else gathered themselves. Dragging
the rest of the armor behind me, I struggled it on while
we ran to the bank. As the mages prepared gate spells, I
finished readying myself, and leapt through the gate before
it could close.
We were across town, far from
the prison where the attack was. We scattered on our overland
race, regrouping when we finally reached the cells.The battle
was already joined, the brave Britannians holding a door,
slowly allowing the Gledium creatures in to their deaths.
I positioned myself between the fighters and mages, ducking
to avoid the searinglightbolts, and readied my harp. The
door swung open, and the snow elemental found itself facing
a wall of swords on one side - and a pair of ice trolls
The slow process continued
until the door had cleared, and then we burst forth, several
brave warriors and mages moving out to the open areas to
gain more room. I was swept along, suddenly granted a better
view of the numbers that stood against us.
Apalled, I ran. Too many, too
close. Ducking the swings of several trolls, I made it to
the coastline, cloak singed and armor scored by several
spells that had reached me. After gathering myself, catching
my breath, and casting a quick heal spell, I stalked back
towards the fight. Slowly I whittled away at their numbers,
turning a small pack of trolls upon themselves. With the
aid of at least two other bards and a handful of warriors,
the western side of the prison was soon cleared of creatures.
Fingers protesting and throat
aching, I worked my way back to the main doors, continuing
my song I arrived in time to witness another wave of warriors
burst forth from the prison, war cries echoing off the stones.
Fire exploded around me, and I flinched back. Opening my
eyes, I saw the smoldering bodied of the last of our attackers.
We had carried the day!
The aftermath was immediately
sobering, as we picked our way through the fallen, searching
the Gledium bodies for clues - or their leader - and tending
to the bodies of our fallen. So many....so many died....
I heard rumors afterwards that
several prisoners had escaped during thedistraction of the
battle. It seems such a waste, so much life thrown away
for such a simple diversion. Truely, this, more than anything,
makes me believe that the Gledium are evil, for how else
could they be so cold-hearted. They had proven that they
do not possess honor; this shows a lack of justice and compassion.
I doubt that I will ever understand them. That, most likely,
will be the greatest barricade to peace.
No doubt some will consider
some sort of rescue mission to free the frozen Kyry now.
Neither this action, nor a recuse of her, is bound to improve
relations between us and the Gledium. Despite our defense
of our land, they still seem to gain vistories: freeing
the prisoners, freezing the Shrines. They consider us weak.
Perhaps we need to find a way - a different way, since martial
prowess seems not to work - to display our strength to them.
Though I know not what affect that may have.
- Ima Supa
|Results of last evening's
| 08/13/99 8:45 AM CDT -- ^top
We received the following:
I arrived to see a few people already waiting at
the Chamber of Virtue. I entered and we say our greetings.
I wrote down the guilds represented and even found a few people
just there to observe and even join with some of the allying
To my surprize, Theron appeared at the meeting. He told
of his sighting of Gavin, the alchemist, in Skara Brae.
Still frozen and yet fast-a-foot since he ran off. William
Wingate of the High Council showed which may me glad to
see the High Council had an interest in the Alliance. Glikemgain
showed shortly after, along with Amanda of Moonglow and
the High Council and Clio Temesa from Moonglow.
We began the meeting with the issue of the Book of Shame
since we knew the FoD will be looking for it. We must get
it before they do for it may hold some unknown power that
the FoD would use to further their evil ways.
We also spoke of the Gelidum's ability to withstand even
the heat of the Jungles proved with the attack of Shrine
After hearing everyones commits and ideas, I was ready
to speak of issues we could address but then Gwydion of
the FoD showed. Though some took up arms, I told everyone
that this was not the time for a fight. I let Gwydion speak,
and he and Gilkemgain talked about a cure for Gwydion's
vapirism. Gilkemgain told Gwydion he would get the cure
only by ending the alliance of the FoD and the Gelidum.
Gilkemgain was greatly against the Gelidum for they held
Kyry in their dungeon for studies.
After a long debate and some us of trying to show Gwydion
the way of goodness was the best way of life, he accepted
Gilkemgain's proposal and Gil told him to met Gilkemgain
at his lab in one week. Gwydion than stated that Kate, one
of the observers, was with the Gelidum. She drew a sword
of ice, and then was run off. She looked human to our eyes
proven the Gelidum have the power to live among us.
With Gwydion worrying about the Gelidum and even the FoD's
reaction, we took him to a safe place to discuss certain
issue I cannot speak of. We parted ways later.
The FoD will try at the Book of Shame tomorrow, and the
Gelidum have proved to be more resourceful than we thought.
I will hold another meeting next Tuesday, August 17, at
the Chamber of Virtue at 9:00 PM CST. We will further discuss
the events of the week and any new information found.
Jonci, GuildMaster of the Protectors of Virtue.
- Ima Supa
|Skara Brae Town Council Addresses
the Ice Creature Situation
| 08/06/99 12:42 PM CDT -- ^top
We received the following from
Mayor Molly and the PR Office of the Skara Brae Town Council:
Skara Brae Town Council cordially invites you to
their Town Meeting, August 12th (Thursday), at 10:30 PM CST.
(We apologize to some for the hour, however this is the usual
day/meeting time of the town council.)
As the focus mainly is an all town meeting, we will be
using the counselor hall of this meeting to provide adequate
space, as everyone is welcome to come speak and listen on
our chosen topics. We are gathering to provide information
and discuss items of potentially critical importance to
the citizens of Skara and outlying areas.
I. Open Meeting Remarks
II. Quick Roll Call/remarks
by Council Members
This will be kept to a couple minutes each in more of an update
style, tops, and save the discussions and brainstorming for
III. Recognition of special guests
Any High Council member, seer, or the like is invited to
speak at this time.
IV. Open Forum
The heart of the meeting, I would like
to encourage folks to sign up before the meeting (in other
words, find Molly before the meeting) to speak on the following
topics first, failing that, to at least form a line to the
side of the council so they can address the whole crowd:
a. Information regarding the Ice Creatures/Gelidum
Rescue/Cure efforts of the ranger Kyry
c. Possible threats
regarding Skara Brae/Shrine of Spirituality (This includes
alliances, and the like.) Since Jonci spoke up, he will
be going first.
Speakers at this point will not be limited in number, however
those who make their intentions known ahead of time will be
permitted to speak first, if nothing else to simply keep a
semblance of order. Citizens of Skara Brae and their guilds
also have priority. Attendees who cause distruptance during
other speakers will be asked once to stop, and then asked
to leave. The goal of this meeting is to be informative and
V. Close of Meeting
Notes: No spellcasting, fighting, alchemy, or activities
that will cause "screen spam" will be permitted during the
meeting. You may, however, bring your sewing and tinkering
and evaluate the anatomy of the group. *grins* All citizens
of the realm, but especially those of Skara with information
and ideas or wanting information about the above topics
should come to this meeting.
Thanks and we hope to see you all there. :)
Skara Brae Town Council
- Ima Supa
|Report: Ice Creatue Expedition
| 08/01/99 10:55 AM CDT -- ^top
We received the following report
Forgive my lack of storytelling
abilities. The following is a rather formal report of what
transpired at Friday's expedition to the best of my memory.
Friday night at 9:00 CST I
travelled to the Ice House in Moonglow to meet with Gilkemgain
and the others who came to brave the perils of the Ice Dungeon.
We left shortly after 9:00 to the village of Papua via the
mage shop teleporter. From there the good mage Ged was kind
enough to provide gates for our rather sizeable group to
the ice fields outside of the caves. Compared to the last
expedition to the Ice Caves in which we escorted Theron,
this journey was a breeze. We met with little resistance
in our trek to Kyry's chamber. In fact, I do not believe
we lost a single member of our group to the cold ones although
the same can not be said for the few ice monsters foolish
enough to get in our way.
Upon arriving at the room containing
Kyry, Gilkemgain began inspecting the frozen lady and taking
notes. He noted that her condition was not alchemical in
nature but was caused by spellcraft. However, he did believe
that a cure for the condition could be found through alchemy.
Also, he was surprised by the fact that this spell looked
exactly like the work of his associate, Gavin. The last
thing that Gil noted was that there was a death vortex underneath
the ice vortex holding Kyry. It is his suspicion that the
energy from the death vortex "feeds" the ice vortex
which allows it to maintain itself for such an extended
period of time.
At this point Gilkemgain said
that he would need to study his notes and conduct research
into this matter. With that, we made our way back to Papua,
ending the expedition.
It seems now that it is more
important than ever to find the elusive Gavin if we are
to help poor Kyry.
- Ima Supa
|Ice creatures attack
| 07/30/99 05:51 PM CDT -- ^top
We received the following report
from Azeron Daefaroth of the Honor Guard:
Last evening, while chatting
with one of the scribes at the Empath Abbey, I was alerted
by the town crier that the Gelidum had been sighted near
the Shrine of Honor, deep in the jungles near Trinsic. For
a moment I thought that this was impossible. Do they hate
us so much that they would venture into the hottest regions
in the land merely to show their despise? But, the town
criers are well-informed, and if they proclaimed it with
such urgency, then it must be true.
Donning my Honor Guard uniform,
I prepared to make my way to the Shrine. I sent missives
to any that would hear me, hoping that I would not have
to defend the shrine alone. Not having a rune to the Shrine
itself, I took a quick stop to Rivendell's rune library.
As I arrived at the Shrine
of Honor, I was shocked at what lay before me. An Ice Fiend
had already begun the ritual that, until now, I had only
heard about. Several sets of human bones lay scattered about
his feet. The area was virtually carpeted with the writing
forms of ice snakes. I stood there, knowing that at any
moment, I would feel the tear of their teeth and the sting
of their venom. But even more disturbing were the people
standing among these creatures. They stood there with evil
their faces. They stood and were not attacked by the creatures.
And then I saw a face that I truly recognized. At the foot
of the Shrine, standing next to the Ice Fiend -- and talking
to him like they were old friends -- was Gwydion. I stood
there, stunned, for a few moments, until a lone serpent
made its way from the mass and attacked me. I dodged the
strike, and prepared to cast a spell... when a woman clad
in shadow armor approached and shouted at the Ice Snake.
"Leave him be!" were
You can imagine my surprise
when the snake obeyed!
When my mind returned to me
moments later, I recognized who this person was, though
I dare not write it here. She took me to the side, and gave
me a hushed warning. "Stay quiet and do not attack.
They believe that you are one of the Followers of Darkness,
and will not attack you." I stood confused and angered
by the situation, but I complied. I was the only person
of virtue standing near the Shrine at the moment, and a
single mage against the numbers assembled would not have
been brave, but stupid.
As I stood there, the Ice Fiend
made a formal declaration. When he finished his ritual,
and the Shrine was covered in ice, he said "As for
our response to the High Council's demands... This Is IT!"
A woman approached the Ice Fiend, and spat at his feet.
She was struck down instantly. Then the Fiend and Gwydion
gave each other congratulatory remarks before the Ice Fiend
vanished. All the while the Followers of Darkness were chanting
against the virtues, and the ice snakes were proclaiming
that "we have won" and "the warms ones have
My eyes welled up with tears
as I watched the event. All this evil, and I still stood
there alone. I watched for a few moments more, and then
departed. I could witness no more.
I am told that some arrived
later to attack those creatures -- human and serpent --
that remained, but they were met with savage force. But
the Fiend responsible had long since departed, and the Shrine
had already been frozen.
Now, with their alliance with
the Gelidum, the Followers of Darkness are no longer enemies
to Trinsic alone. With their pact, they have declared war
upon us all. And Gwydion, who has at times been defended
by the ignorant as a noble creature, has shown his true,
hateful colors. May the virtues see them all brought to
justice for this treason...
Lord British's Honor Guard
Magus of Honor, HGV
Thanks for the report Azeron,
and may the Virtues help us.
- Ima Supa
|Ice Cave Expedition Postponed
| 07/30/99 08:52 AM CDT -- ^top
We received the following note
[Tuesday], the alchemist Gilkemgain and an expedition
of warriors, mages, etc, were to travel into the Ice Caves
to Kyry's chamber so that Gilkemgain might inspect her condition
to see if there were someting he could do. However, only a
small handful of individuals showed up, too few to safely
pass through the caves. Therefore, it is Gilkemgain's wish
that the expedition be postponed until this Friday at 9:00
PM CST when we are to meet in the Ice House/Lab outside of
Thanks, and good luck!
Let us muster our forces, fellow Britannians, and show
these frosty dogs that ice is no match for Britannian steel.
|Report: High Council meeting
with the Gelidum
| 07/23/99 09:14 AM CDT -- ^top
We received the following report
from Captain Sagan Adai, of the High Council of Britannia:
Report of the High Council's
Meeting with the Gelidum (LS)
On Wednesday eve this week,
the members of the High Council of Britannia travelled to
meet with the representatives of the Gelidum, the power
that has been responsible for the freezing of the Justice
and Sacrifice shrines, as well as numerous attacks upon
the cities of the Realm.
As per the agreed-upon arrangement,
the High Councillors (attended by the Honor Guard and elements
of the Loyalists of Lord British) as well as many, many
citizens of the Realm gathered at the Shrine of Sacrifice
to await the gate to the meeting place. Once the icy-coloured
gate appeared, we all (eventually) moved through it and
found ourselves in the lair of the Ice Fiends within the
Ice Dungeon of the New Lands.
After much milling about in
the room containing the frozen body of Kyry the Ranger,
it was eventually noted that the Gelidum representatives
were waiting in another room. Thus, the High Councillors
and their attendants moved into the room and opened a dialogue
with these beings, the Gelidum representatives consisting
of a White Wyrm, an Ice Fiend, an Ice Troll, and a peculiar
humanoid appearing to be made of ice named General Sleet.
Although the meeting was conducted
in as orderly a fashion as possible, with the able assistance
of Chancellor Angus Thorn, the results were quite disappointing.
In short, the representatives of the Gelidum were arrogant
to an amazing degree, and put forward demands.
These demands consisted of:
- A cessation of incursions
by humans into the Ice Lands
- Granting of unspecified
territorial demands, presumably all of the New Lands to
The Gelidum threatened to continue
attacks on the Realm in retaliation for human incursions
into what they consider their territory. Obviously, then,
they see their attacks on the Realm as justified revenge,
an opionion not shared by the High Council.
Seeing that all meaningful
discourse with such an arrogant group would be futile, the
High Council felt it necessary to put forward an ultimatum
of their own.
In return for respecting the
territorial integrity of the Gelidum in the Ice Lands, they
- Return all frozen shrines
to their former condition
- Cease and desist of all
attacks upon the Realm
- Release the Lady Kyry from
her icy entrapment
The High Council set a deadline
of one week for the acceptance of this ultimatum by the
Gelidum, lest war be carried to their doorstep.
Some notes of interest in the
meeting were that the the Gelidum professes to not be responsible
for the freezing of Lady Kyry and stated that their mages
and scholars were studying her. It may be that her condition
has some link to their ability to freeze structures such
as the Shrines. Also, they claimed that they could restore
her if they chose, a claim looked upon dubiously by several
members of the High Council, myself included.
In conclusion, though the High
Council hopes for peace, we feel that all loyal citizens
of the Realm must prepare for war. The arrogance, condescension
and aggressiveness of the Gelidum renders acceptance of
our ultimatum highly doubtful. We shall wait and hope....and
Captain Sagan Adai -- High
Council 2nd Seat, Trinsic
Thanks, Captain Adai!
- Ima Supa
|High Council's Ironside
Relates Gelidum Views
| 07/20/99 01:19 PM CDT -- ^top
A scroll from High Council member Thor Ironside tells of his experiences last night concerning the Gelidum
attacks and stating the stance the HC will take if the attacks
continue. Lord Ironside wrote:
Tonight the forces of the Gelidum
once again attacked the surface near the Shrine of Sacrifice.
Under the leadership of General Nordica the ice Creatures
stormed forth from all directions. At first it was a massive
wave of Ice Trolls and Spiders. Then waves of Ice Elementals
and Snow Elementals attacked.
The fighting was brutal and
members of most of the good guilds and even some who do
not see eye to eye with Lord British came in defense of
the Shrine. Unfortunately in the last wave the General himself
and an Ice Fiend came at us with all they had. The Fiend
and General both perished, but not before freezing the Ankh,
and virtue symbol. Now just approaching the shrine will
cause damage from the extreme cold pouring forth.
A note was also left behind.
The Gelidum will meet with us two days from now (Wednesday,
July 21) at 9:30 PM. They will open a gate at that time
to their hall.
I ask all High Councilors and
those loyal to the King to be there. I ask that everyone
be prepared for battle, but not to start anything with these
people. After what I witnessed this evening I know they
believe they are stronger than us, but with a strong showing
maybe we can convince them peacefully to back down.
If these Gelidum do not agree
to a peaceful end to this conflict I will begin leading
regular assaults upon their lands till they do back down.
First Seat, Minoc and Sacrifice
The High Council
Our thanks, Councilman Ironside,
for sharing this news with us. We await this meeting with
- Wallis Gerard
|Eyewitness Account of Ice-Related
| 07/20/99 12:56 PM CDT -- ^top
Jonci sent us the
following testimony regarding his encounter with some of the
key figures in the recent events concerning the mystery house
in Moonglow and the investigation of the Gelidum attacks:
Well it was another day for
me. I was going to the so-called Ice House in Moonglow for
more clues. On arriving, I saw a man with a dark robe on
standing inside. I asked his name, to learn he was Gilkemgain.
I introduced myself and we began to talk. It seems he had
been in the swamps of Papua for a year had not known of
the happenings of late. After our talk, I relized he was
innocent of any crimes he may have been accused of by the
people of Britannia.
Being the assistant to Gavin,
he only thought the work they had done was to freeze meat
for safe keeping for they didn't like the spices uses to
preserve it. I asked him many questions only to be giving
him more news each time. Sadly, I ended up being the one
to tell him of Kyry and her fate within the Ice dungeon.
He told me he was going to figure out a way to save from
her icy vortex. We'd need help so we went over to Clio's
home just next door to speak with her. Theron was also there.
The news of Kyry had began a argument between Theron and
Gilkemgain. Theron accussed Gil's master, Gavin, of preforming
evil magic of ice though Gil didn't accept that his master
could do such things.
After they cooled off, Theron
decided to find Gavin to get the truth. I spoke with Gilkemgain
[and found that] he hadn't heard of the Gelidium. I explained
who they were and a little of what they had done. Before
I left, I told Gilkemgain the truth that I was the "Citizen
and Protector of Virtue". I apologized for any threats
I made to him, for I was wrong about him. I left Gilkemgain
to his work to save Kyry and Clio had some unpacking to
At the bank, I had seen Theron
in the distance, but by the time I had finished my workings
at the bank, he was gone. I headed back to find Gilkemgain
working from the bank. He was taking a short break from
his thoughts. We went back to the bank and I went through
my bank chest. I decided to head to mine house to drop some
items off. I called out the magick words and set away to
my house. After I finished my work, I realized I had forgotten
my Moonglow rune. So I use my Britain rune to get to the
As I was about to head off
to Moonglow by the Library gate, the Town Cryer yelled of
Ice Creatures at the Shrine of Sacrifice. I once again called
out the magick words to end in Moonglow's bank. I wanted
to show Gilkemgain the Gelidium. He wasn't there so I went
off to the shrine to do battle. A massive battle was already
in motion. The creatures were led by a General who's name
I didn't get in the fighting, though he did take my life.
After the fight, a kindly mage gave me my life again. The
shrine hadn't helped so I knew then the Gelidium had frozen
it as well.
I gathered what was left of
mine items and found Gilkemgain standing around. He had
seen the battle. Theron was there as well. Though he lost
his life, it was returned and he went off. I stayed with
Gilkemgain. A mage gated us to Moonglow and we went to Gilkemgain's
lab, [what is commonly referred to as] Ice House. I went
to tell Clio of the news. As she left her house, she began
to feel cold and had a dizzy spell of sorts. Some adventurers
had arrived and spoke with Gilkemgain. Clio had to leave
for she needed to feed her pet. Her behavior had me worried.
After some time, I went out to find her to see if she was
okay. I met her as she was returning home to find she was
fine. After checking the time, I decided I needed to go.
Imade leave of the others and went to the inn for some well
Thank you, Jonci, for this detailed
account. Please continue to keep us posted.
- Wallis Gerard
|Update on Gelidum Quest: Theron,
Kyry and Evidence
| 07/19/99 01:06 AM CDT -- ^top
Last week a small contingent of concerned citizens made their
way to the Ice Dungeon with Lord Theron, who wished to see
the frozen Ice Ranger. The possibility that she was Kyry,
author of the journal found in Skara Brae, was high.
Our appearance within the Ice
Dungeon area was met with great resistance. Swarms of ice
creatures met us at the lost lands entrance, almost as if
they knew that we were to be there at that time. Several waves
of their army attacked us, and with some difficulty we were
able to dispel the creatures.
Once inside the dungeon, our
way to the location of Kyry was quite harsh. Many had fallen
and were given life again by our mages. It took a while, but
eventually we reached our destination.
Theron stood in awe at
the frozen woman before him. It was indeed Kyry. He asked
for a moment alone with her. We respected his wishes, and
shortly thereafter we all left the scene, as everyone was
distraught over the matter.
Several days later, Amanda Wolfe
of the High Council of Britannia reported the following letter
that she had received:
While in Moonglow,
this eve, I happened to be at the home where the frozen
body was found, and on the table outside was book, which
I now have in my posession. Perhaps this could be a clue?
The book was as follows:
look out for troubles will follow you wherever you go.
Your relationship with the Ice creatures will not be tolerated.
and Protector of Virtue
the head investigator contact me, so I might pass on the
May the Virtues
be with you,
Admiral Ephiny of Trinsic,
Royal Coast Guard, Trinsic Flotilla
In a follow-up letter, Homer
Newby reported that he found another note by "A Citizen
and Protector of Virtue" which read along the lines of
"Nothing except the book that had fallen onto the floor,
I am tired of searching..."
I spoke with Town Detective James
of Moonglow, who has been following this case since his discovery
of the mysterious Ice House in Moonglow some time ago.
Beans: Thank you for meeting with me, Detective James
James: *waves hands in air* Just be quick aboot it.
I 'ave a lot of work to do.
Beans: Aye. Not much of your time, sire. You have
been following this case very closely, have you not?
James: Aye, since de discovery of de crime scene
at de Ice 'ouse, I've been reading de papers an' searching
Beans: What do ye make of this note that Admiral
Ephiny found at the Ice House?
James: Well, for one thing, I ain't too 'appy aboot
it being taken from de crime scene. Can't tell if it's a
real note or not, but, from de looks of de repoort, it looks
as if it was written by de "Citizen an' Protector of
Beans: I hear that there's a lot of things you've
not been happy about concerning this case --
James: Aye! A lot! I'm real intent about reviewin'
all parts of a case, over an' over again. An' I ain't too
happy to say that much if the evidence has been tampered
Beans: Tampered? How so?
James: Well, de most obvioos thing is that someone
ate de frozen food at the crime scene in Moonglow. *laughs*
Moost have been a real hungry lad or lassie ta eat dat!
Boot, mar importantly, notes 'ave been destroyed. In some
cases written over by well-meaning individuals and de likes.
Beans: *rubs chins* Most upsetting.
James: Indeed! A lot of people are interested in
dis 'ere case and no one needs to find destroyed or missing
evidence! Like dat news aboot the note at de Court of Truth...
It's been written over! I 'ave told the High Council aboot
this. Maybe they can do somethin' to stoop it.
Beans: Have you found any new evidence of late?
James: Aye. Aside from the material Lady Amanda found...
*goes through notes* 'ere...
James then handed me his well-worn
notebook. In it, the notes were scribbled on every inch of
paper he could find. He showed me the pages with the new evidence
he had found.
In the Tog Ranch, he found another
note, again written by "A Citzen and Protector of Virtue."
It read as follows:
Found another clue. I had been looking for many days now.
The map was far off from this house. Court of Truth, huh?
Well, I must make my way there after the orc fort.
James then told me that he re-visited
the orc fort only to find nothing, and his subsequent visit
to the Court of Truth revealed only destroyed evidence.
He then told me that Lady Amanda
Wolfe had found a book in the Empath Abbey on the floor, again
written by "A Citizen and Protector of Virtue."
However, the note was ripped from the book. In another room,
James spied another note stating, "so many clues something
must be here." However, this note too was defiled.
James stated that he will be
conducting another thorough search of both the Abbey and the
Court of Truth, as well as the other houses in Yew.
We also spoke of Gil, whom Lady
Clio Temesa had seen and spoken with at this point.
Beans: What do you know of Gil?
James: Only what is written in dem notes at the Ice
House, and de journal of Kyry. And what Clio did tell ye...
blond 'air in a tail, average height, scrawny likes, and
wearing a black mage robe.
Beans: After the Ice Dungeon excursion, Clio, William
Wingate of the High Council and others were discussing the
import of Gil.
James: Aye, 'e's important a'right. Ye best find
'im as quickly as possible. I goot me eyes set for the lad
fer questioning 'im meself. Gil. Dat's de one ye want at
the moment, methinks.
I also received word from VoyyHars
recently concerning Gavin. Despite what has been previously
reported in this paper and the tel'Mithrim eleves concerning
Gavin, Gavin seems very much alive:
you news that Gavin is NOT dead. I returned to the Ice House
today to look for clues that may have been missed, when
lo, Gavin stood in the back room. Upon seeing me, he uttered
the words Kal Ort Por and vanished into the air. He wore
a dark blue robe, much like the evil magelords wear and
his skin and beard were as white as an ice wyrm's.
Most interesting indeed.
- Beans Baxter
|Search of Yew Reveals More Clues
| 07/12/99 10:53 AM CDT -- ^top
Several of us gathered at the
Silver Arrow Tavern in tel'Mithrim made our way to Yew, as
the journal we had found the night before indicated that the
writer of that journal had some interest there... particularly,
one by the name of Theron.
Since our party was quite large,
and Yew is as well, each of us went our seperate ways in search
of clues to this ever-growing mystery.
The current results of what we
found are as follows:
At the Tog Ranch, a Journal was
found in a bookcase at 50° 56'N 47°57'W. In it were the following
it best to put down these events down in words later so
I knew it was no dream. Started when we was bringing in
the cows. A cold wind blew upon us. Was a chillin breeze
as if it was wintertime. That was when I saw her, the
Ice Woman. She was covered with ice and did not seem like
it made her right cold. When she saw me I think she bout
leaped out her skin. She ran off into the woods east here.
Ice Woman again. She had frozen one of the birds in midflight
and was eating it raw. Blinked twice I did. She stopped
when she saw me. I said hello to her and she said "Klemo"
which I guess is her way of saying hello. She spoke not
our language and I had trouble lettin her know that I meant
no harm to her. Finally she got the idea. She is a right
pretty lass, I tell you that for sure. I picked a few flowers
and placed them near her. Her face turned a shade a blue
as mine turned a nice shade of red.
see her today. Something must have happened. I heard talk
bout ice creatures attackin the small city to the east with
the fairie folks. Could not have been her. She would not
today. Her name is Petra. Brought her inside the house and
we had a nice dinner. I gather she is from the lost lands
I hear bout. She seemed scared of something and always looked
out the window during dinner.
for two weeks with the woman hiding out at the fort south
of here. Some terrible creatures have been hunting her down.
Creatures made of ice! I need to reach the guards and tell
them about the dangers we are in. She speaks of an invasion
of ice creatures pouring in through the opening of the lost
lands in the Court of Truth. Cities will be frozen! I must
get back to her, only came here for more supplies. The fort
to the south may not be safe for long.
After reading this, a search
was conducted east of the Tog Ranch, including the Yew Crypts,
as well as both the Orc Fort and the Brigand Camp to the south.
As of this writing, no new clues or information was found.
In a house located at 43° 30'N
60° 53'W, another book was found in a bookcase. Entitled "Book
by Citizen and Protector of Virtues," it read as follows:
arrived in Yew to find any evidence of Ice Creatures. After
seeing the maps in the ice house I needed to come here.
I have already gone to Skara Brae and the Shrine of Justice.
I will now search all the houses.
-- A Citizen
of and Protector of Virtues
Two books were also found in
the Court of Truth. As of this writing, it is unknown whether
or not they are red herrings. At 62° 2'N 69° 15'W (first floor)
a note "has fallen the table" was found, and at
65° 55'N 99°15'W (second floor) another note, "Release
her ... Meldrian" was found. However, a book was found
under a table at 68° 38'N 59°45'W. The open book, it appears,
does not have any text in it.
'Tis still unknown where Gil,
the author of the Skara journal, Theron or the latest puzzle
in this case, Petra, can be found.
- Beans Baxter
|Ice House: Owner Revealed,
| >07/11/99 09:09 AM CDT -- ^top
In the midst of assisting General
Kaelib Sol in the quest to recover the Book of Truth from
the hands of the Council of Deceit, I received a rather interesting
pigeon from Lady Amanda Wolfe of the High Council of Britannia.
Whilst in the middle of assisting a half dozen or so slay
a pesky poison elemental, thanking the gods that it had not
targetted me for death. Perching on my shoulder at such an
inopportune time, pecking at my forehead, beckoning my attention.
The note, it turns out, was of
great import. At the mysterious Ice House on Moonglow, Clio
Temesa had left a note for both Amanda and I.
Amanda, it turns out, had made
quite a few discoveries most recently at the Ice House that
previously did not exist. Despite the note Clio had left for
us, my interest in the Ice House had grown tremendously due
to Amanda's discoveries.
As soon as I was able to, I made
my way to the Ice House to read the letter Clio had left for
Amanda and I. It read as follows:
and Lady Wolfe,
I do think
we have achieved something resembling success about this
dratted place. Prithee come meet me upon the evening hour
of eleven and we shall find out what Lord Remax has been
so difficult about all this time.
Twice before Lord Remax has said
that he would provide keys to Clio, who was to be the new
tenant at the Ice House. I knew from our discussions that
she was not at all happy with the fact that the Moonglow realtor
had chosen this house for the University to house it's newest
teacher. She had many a question and many a complaint to voice
to Lord Remax.
Many a person was waiting for Lord Remax to appear. When
he finally did show, and this time quite promptly, many a
question was asked of him by Clio and several of those present.
Of great interest was who the previous tenant of the house
was. At first, all Remax would say was that the previous tenant
did not pay his rent and therefore the state repossessed the
house. Remax was, therefore, responsible, for finding a new
tenant... which in this case was Clio. Clio informed him that
the house that she was to be getting was flawed, to say the
least, and expressed interest in the house next door to be
her new place of residence. Remax insisted that the house
was in fine order, but was quickly informed by many ofthose
present that the Council of Honesty considered the house to
be a potential crime scene, as it was reported that experiments
concerning ice had occurred at the house, and a frozen corpse
was found in its final resting place on an alter.
'Twas only after Clio and others
insisted that Remax look at his book that we discovered that
not only had Remax made a mistake (the other house was to
be hers), but that he was able to tell us the name of the
previous owner. An alchemist by the name of Gavin and his
assistant Gil lived and worked at the infamous house, but
he could tell little of either, as he had never met them.
Clio, however, did have the opportunity to meet Gil, the former
resident of the house. I shall tell of his story below. Remax
also confirmed that a mistake had been made, and that Clio
was to reside in the neighboring house.
After numerous demands by Clio, Remax finally gave
Clio the key to the house so that the we could inspect the
crime scene. Once inside, the house was in great disrepair...
books tossed haphazardly on the floor, vials of potions...
not to mention the laboratory! The site of the corpse on the
altar was such a sight for Clio that she did faint!
Those present inspected
the various items strewn about the crime scene. On a table
in the main room werequite a few objects of interest. The
seat in front of the table was made of bamboo, not native
to Moonglow, but to the lost lands. On one table laid two
sets of vials, one mandrake root (unfrozen), one nightshade
(unfrozen) and several books. Two were of great interest:
one entitled "Treatise on Alchemy," which curiously
could not be opened despite our best efforts, and another
entitled "A study of fungi," which also could not
be read. It was assumed that these tomes contained notes Gavin
the alchemist wrote concerning his experiments.
Also on the table was a note,
which read as follows:
hunting with K. You're welcome to join us.
And on the floor, next to the
table, stood a pile of books entitled "History of the
In the westernmost room of the
house on a small table was a small rolled up note that said
Quite a few questions were asked.
Where to begin it is hard to say. Let us start with Gil, to
whom the letter was addressed and with whom Clio spoke. Described
as as a kind lad, his hair blonde and in a ponytail, of average
height and a bit scrawny, Gil was seen wearing a dark mages
robe. It was pointed out that it was quite unusual for a mage
or alchemist to wear a robe of that color, for the native
mages and alchemists where either blue or red robes, a symbol
of pride for their trade.
Clio had told us that Gil had
been sent to the lost lands to conduct some research in the
jungles around Papua. It was not known what kind of research
he was sent to conduct. They had met here, at the Ice House,
shortly after he had returned to Moonglow to report his findings.
Clio had given him a new spellbook as Gil had lost his there
in the swamps. Clio also reported that he was a bit upset
as he was unable to get the key he had in his possession for
the house to work. This was on Tuedsay, and Clio had not seen
him since. She was quite worried for his well being, as she
found him to be a kind lad. 'Twas later that Amanda and another
searched the island to see if he was could be found on the
island still, but sadly, he was not.
The book on fungi also generated
much interest. I asked Clio, who happened to have gone to
a lecture about Glacia (the arctic regions of the lost lands),
who the lecturer was and if he discussed fungi during his
lecture. Clio reported that the lecturer was one by the name
of Lord Christopher McMillan, and that he did not discuss
fungi during his lecture. When asked where Lord Christopher
could be found, Clio sadly reported that he had recently died
of a heart attack.
Concerning the note, we already
knew who Gil was, and knew that "G." was Gavin,
but did not know who"K." refered to. It was deducted
that they were possibly hunting reagents or fungi, or some
information thatwould assist them in their cause.
Discussion then turned to this
mysterious Gavin. Amanda read a report sent to the High Council
by Luthien Tinuviel Firehand about two mysterious ghost sightings
at the Silver Arrow Tavern in tel'Mithrim [please note that the mention of Revenge in
the original post turned out to be an imposter]:
ensuing bedlam had died down..the ghost did reappear. This
time to say that the Ice Warrior had arrived here and that
once here, the Warrior would not leave. This Ice Warrior
has a white, cloaked face and carries an unfamiliar weapon..while
he speaks his name as Galin..I saw him as Gavin. The ghost
informed us that the Ice Warrior seeks ships to transport
his Army to our cities to wreak destruction. The Ice Warrior
spoke these same words to some elves who confronted him.
I hope this proves to be of assistance to you.
This sighting occurred several
days after the attacks of four of Britannia's cities, where
the Gelidum had attempted to show their power by sending three
waves of ice fiends and stated that the Council of Glacia
would meet with the High Council of Britannia, and sent a
stern warning to the "warm ones" not to enter Glacia
prior to that time. They also stated that two days prior to
the meeting, the Council of Glacia would also send notice
of where the two Councils would meet.
It was then that someone made
inquiry as to what both Yew and Skara Brae had to do with
the Gelidum. This query was quite out of the blue and confused
many. It was then revealed that two maps, one of each city,
was found within a bookcase.
Several clues now were before
us. We had already known that experiments had been conducted
at the house, that Gavin, the previous tenant of the house
was dead and had sent a warning, his assistant, Gil, was missing,
reagents and fungi played an important role in these experiments,
and now, these maps. Perhaps they would lead us to Gil, or
Gavin, or even the mysterious "K," or provide more
information about their interests, or the interests of Glacia.
Our first stop was in Yew. Meeting
in the town center and searching the area, we did not discover
any information that would assist us in our investigation...
yet. Our visit to the Skara mainland proved quite fruitful.
As the general area around the Skara map was quite large,
we split up into several smaller parties and searched every
native building we could find. In one, located at 62° 18'
S 35° 55' W, someone discovered a book on a table entitled,
"Wilderness Tips." At first thought to be some sort
of guide book, reading it's contents revealed that it was
indeed a journal written by a currently unknown woman.
Twenty-eight pages long, it read
filled up my last book. To be clever and keep these vile
wenches (Maddy, Bri, Suse, if ye are reading this I mean
ye.) from reading it, I have buried it far away. I know
what they did with the last one and I am none too pleased.
not trust them, nor should anyone. That aside, I will
take this book with me where I go and hope not to lose
a lot of time in Shame practicing on the earth elementals.
I've got so many gems now... I like the star sapphires
the best so the gang always manages to save them for me.
the mages all the reagents I can find. I know that I certainly
don't need them.
[A few days later]
Suse are dumb as posts, and Maddy is not far behind. I
pity any man who tries to hold a conversation with any
of them! They may be pretty but tend not to think beyond
a mere 'hello.' They bat their eyelashes, show a little
leg, and... nevermind. No wonder girls around here have
such a bad reputation. I certainly had to correct the
misconception more than once. I am so infuriated right
now. I think I'll go take a walk.
[later that week]
flower appears to be resting between the pages--
hunt at the Oasis in the New Lands tonight. Very crowded
but we managed to do alright.
tired and sore to add much beyond this. Later, much. much
[two days later]
infuriating the last bit of patience out of me. A classic
example: I showed up yesterday night in Moonglow, all
dressed up for a change, and he barely took notice! Did
he think this dress was cheap?
forgotten about our dinner plans and I was not in the
mood for his thawed over leftover.
the more he gets involved in this research of his, the
less I see of him. Being ignored does not really sit well
with me, so I turned and walked right out as he was working.
Theron was home and was very appreciative of my outfit.
At least someone was. Yew isn't a bad place if ever I
should want to move, I would go live with the rangers
[page is missing]
[page is missing]
[page is obliterated and unreadable]
for all his faults, certainly has his moments. I guess
that's why I haven't left him... funny thing about love...
I just keep hoping. Gil is such a cutie, I don't understand
why he had to send him away like that. He was so fun to
talk to. I mean really! Accidents happen!
[page unreadable due to spill]
[page unreadable due to spill]
him sometimes! I wish he would have come. I was so cold,
he would have liked it, just like his heart these days.
But I took down an ice troll by myself!
[page has been removed]
[page has been removed]
drunken looking scrawl*
are happily counting the days until I am married and out
of here.. he seemed very interested about my last trip..
finally he shows interest in what I'm doing.. maybe we
can work things out... or maybe i can get rid of him once
and for all...
Much information is contained
in this journal, and one can only wonder what those seven
missing pages might have contained, but due to the lateness
in the eve, we had not much to say about it, save that Yew
would be the next place to look. We decided that meeting at
the Silver Arrow Tavern this Sunday night at 8p CST would
be a great place to discuss and continue our quest for information,
for Gil, for Theron, and for this mysterious writer.
For now, I too must rest, ponder
this wealth of information that swarms in my brain. On the
morrow things will be more clearer, I am sure... for everyone
- Beans Baxter
|Gelidum Responds to
| 06/30/99 03:49 PM CDT -- ^top
The following was sent to me
by Lord Ima Supa of the High Council of Britannia...
bravely for warm ones, however you have no power with which
to bargain. We have raided your cities of Minoc, Yew, Vesper,
and Magincia. Your shrine to that which you call Justice
sits frozen and lifeless, and so it shall stay.
only begun to show you and the rest of the warm ones Justice,
and other lessons are soon to follow. Perhaps if your kind
is as strong as it likes to think some of you will survive
to live in the new world. If not, then those of the warm
ones that already serve us shall herald a new age for your
of a meeting with the government of the warm ones amuses
us. Watch to the skys these next few days for a second message
from us. Then shall you learn of the meeting place and time.
- Beans Baxter
|Mysterious Ice House Sold;
More Info on Glacia
| 06/30/99 01:57 PM CDT -- ^top
Last eve I received a pigeon
from Lady Amanda Wolfe, and Moonglow's Town Detective James
concerning the Ice House. I had just made my way to Evermore,
for I had heard a new exhibit was installed today, when the
pigeons made themselves known to me by pecking on my forehead.
Fearing the worst, I forgot the task at hand and made my way
to the mysterious Ice House located just south of the Encyclopaedia
I had been there just a few days before with members
of the Sovereign Guardians of the Phoenix, inspecting the
property after the most recent Ice Creature attack at the
Shrine of Justice. At the time there had been no signs of
activity, but on this night something was clearly afoot. A
"For Sale" sign hung next to the still locked door,
and a message from one "Moonglow Reality" saying
that "9:30 CST Tuesday was fine" was on a table
next to the door.
Nearby I spied Clio Temesa,
the new history teacher sighted about Moonglow, speaking with
Lady Amanda and Lady Natalya, both of the High Council of
Britannia. Clio was to be the new occupant of the mysterious
Ice House, a "perk" of her position. However, she
was unaware that the house, as she put it "was the scene
of a crime."
We peered through the dusty windows
at the artifacts left behind by the previous occupant: frozen
food, reagents, strewn books about the floor, and, as a ghastly
reminder of the terror gripping Britannia at the moment, a
frozen torso on an altar.
Clio had been researching the
Gelidum and the Ice Creature attacks and told us that the
"Glacia" refered to in the message left at the Shrine
of Justice refers to a location, not just a person. One can
assume that perhaps the note suggests that all of Britannia
will become frozen, just as the Shrine of Justice is currently.
We waited for ages for the Real
Estate Agent to show, but alas, he, or she, never arrived.
Being that this house is in a state of disrepair, 'tis possible
that Clio may seek residence at the house to the west of the
Ice House, which is also for sale.
[Editor's Note: These
houses cannot be purchased by players, and are part of an
OSI storyline. Please do not contact neither OSI nor myself
about purchasing the houses].
- Beans Baxter
|An Open Letter to the Council
| 06/30/99 03:22 AM CDT -- ^top
During the recent emergency meeting
of the High Council, this open letter to the Gelidum was drafted
and delivered to me via Gaston. It is their hope that the
responsible parties will see it and respond:
To the Entities styling themeselves
the Council of Glacia or "Gelidum":
We, The High Council of Britannia
as representatives of the collective cities under our King
Lord British, have become aware of thy involvement in the
recent and on-going attacks upon the sovereign territories
of the King. At first we thought these attacks to be caused
by displaced Ice Creatures from the New Territories, but now
we know that there is more malicious intent involved in these
attacks upon our Realm.
We ask that a meeting be set
in which both the Council of Glacia (or "Gelidum")
and the representatives of the Kingdom of Britannia can discuss
this misunderstanding between our peoples. Through a peaceful
talk we can discuss these perceived wrongs we have done to
each other, and possibly find a way for us to turn our mistrust
into respect, and create a future in which we all can live
out our lives peacefully and in harmony.
We demand however that before
these talks take place, that the Shrine of Justice be thawed
and returned to its normal state, and that all further attacks
upon cities of Britannia cease and desist immediately.
If the attacks do continue, and
ye do nay heed this call for a truce, we shall be forced to
take action against ye and thy kind. We assure ye, the good
people of Britannia shall nay stand and cower before ye. We
shall fight, and fight ye til the last of us falls.
The High Council of Britannia
We hope that this is the first
step toward a resolution of the attacks on our citizenry.
All eyes await a response from the mysterious Gelidum.
- Wallis Gerard
|Gelidum Attack Shrine of
| 06/28/99 03:10 PM CDT -- ^top
The clarion call was raised.
Town Cryers across Britannia Friday called the citizens to
arms... the Shrine of Justice was under attack by Ice Creatures,
no doubt summoned to the area by the Gelidum, who have claimed
responsibility for the other attacks in Minoc, Vesper, Yew,
tel'Mithrim, and Magincia. This was the first attack ever
at a Shrine, and the citizens responded quickly to defend
this symbol of Virtue.
When I arrived at the Shrine,
I found several corpses, none of the enemy, many close friends
of mine. I also couldn't help but notice the chill in the
air and the encroaching ice monsters that were closing in
on me. My first priority was to lead the monsters away from
the shrine so that the fallen my ressurect and retrieve their
belongings. 'Twas so cold that at times many of us froze in
our places, but Virtue was on our side and we were able to
move once again.
The battle to retake the Shrine
was long and violent. Waves upon waves of ice creatures swarmed
the entire area, many heros and heroines fell, only to rise
up and take up arms against these foes. But, the creatures
were defeated... save for one.
An Ice Daemon appeared within the Shrine. I was
unable to make my way into the Shrine due the sheer masses
within attacking the Daemon. I spoke with both Jonci of ASG
and Troy McAllister of LBL about the Daemon. They told me
that the Daemon had said that "it was time to end the
power at this shrine," and then cast a spell which none
could recognize which froze the Shrine. Ice formed along the
walls and ankh, and an ice pedestal with a note was left on
the symbol of Justice itself before the Daemon fell.
The note itself brought an additional
chill we already felt in the area, and it read as follows...
draws to a close, warm ones... Soon you shall all call Glacia
master... and know what justice truly is.
Drawing near the Shrine, once
giver of life, symbol of Justice, incurs pain. The cold is
so strong not even the bravestof citizens cannot stand close
to it without being damaged.
After the attack, members of
SGP and I went to the mysterious Ice House in Moonglow to
see if there was any sign of recent activity there. It is
with a heavy heart that I write no activity, recent or otherwise,
was found at the Ice House. I briefly spoke with Town Detective
James, who despite his busy schedule, has included the Ice
House in his watch. He also reports zero activity at the mysterious
We know they are called the Gelidum.
We can assume that Glacia is their leader. And we know that
they feel that a wrong has been done to them. But we don't
know when the next attack will occur... will it be a city,
another shrine? More questions without answers.
- Beans Baxter
|Report: Ice Dungeon Excursion;
| 06/15/99 03:31 AM CDT -- ^top
I arrived Thursday in the Ice Dungeon late. The party had
already made it's way to the topmost level, and had discovered
a frozen lady ranger where the Death Vortex is. I made my
way past the few surviving ice snakes to where the party was.
Many were gathered, attempting to free her from her entrapment
as she vainly tried to call for help each time an Ice Creature
attacked a member of our party. Even Lady Seer Bastet could
not figure out a way to release her from the icy binds.
We returned to Moonglow, site
of the previously reported house of mystery, where it appears
as if unknown ice experiments have been occuring. Lady Bastet
asked for a lockpick. Many with the knowledge of the skill
tried in vain. Mages attempted to open the lock with arcane
arts. Even Terl, a GM lockpick, who was called in due to his
vast knowledge of locks, was unable to gain entry into the
Tired a bit from the excursion
into the Ice Dungeon and the failed trip at the mysterious
house, Lady Bastetmade her way to the city proper for some
relaxation. Unfortunately there was none to be had this night.
The Town Cryer was reporting that Ice Creatures were attacking
Magincia! Aye, you read correctly... Magincia, the isle city
far from any of the northern reaches of the realm!
Lord Sirikon of the Council of Honesty gated us to Magincia. Atfirst the city seemed quiet,
but no one could deny the distinct chill we all felt in the
air. We searched for the source of the Ice Creatures, having
only seen a few in the city proper. It wasn't a hard search.
Quite a number of enemy and human corpses were found on one
of the bridges to the Magincia Parliament building. We knew
right away that was the source.
Entering the area was quite a
challenge. The chill in the air was so harsh it froze many
in their places. The building was filled with some of the
harshest Ice Creatures known in the realm; nary a inch was
not covered with their violent kind.
Many had fallen from chill, others
from death blows. The worst was the SW bridge entering the
parliament building, for it was there that a mystical white
moongate, the source of where these creatures were entering
our part of the Realm, was located. I fear many had fallen
there, as the chill and violence was quite extreme. As soon
as one creature was slayed, eight more would walk through
the gate and attack the victor!
But, despite our loses, despite
having to battle the ice creatures on two fronts, I am proud
to report that we werevictorious. The Ice Fiends ceased to
enter the moongate, and Amanda Wolfe of the High Council of Britannia,
who was standing near the when the attacks ceased, reports
that the mysterious moongate erupted into flames and disappeared.
Lady Bastet and other discussed
the attack and how fast it followed upon the excursion to
the Ice Dungeon to conduct research into the recent Ice Creature
attacks of Minoc, Tel'Mithrim and Vesper.
We then relocated to Tel'Mithrim's
Silver Arrow Tavern. 'Twas too chilly in Magincia, and the
events of the evening were taxing to all. It was there that
Thor Ironside, First Seat of the High Council of Britannia,
who had arranged the expedition into the Ice Dungeon for more
research into the attacks pulled me aside and spoke to me
at the Haunted Tower in Tel'Mithrim to tell me the entire
tale of the evening.
members of the Ni/McC Alliance, Tel'Mithrim, RBV, The Guardians, and the town Councils of Moonglow
and Yew. Amanda Wolfe, Joylah, and myself represented
the High Council. Lady Seer Bastet also was contacted and
We met at the
Yew Winery and gated to the entrance to the lost lands north
of Wrong. All seemed peaceful, but the moment we enterted
the lost lands area we were attacked, as we fought our way
past trolls, elementals, snakes and the like. When we got
to the area of the Ice Fiends, we saw the death vortex.
Above it was a frozen lady with dark hair and a bow. When
the Ice Fiends would attack she would scream out for aid
pleading for us to help her. We dispatchedthe beasts but
we could not find a way to free the Lady.
of RBVZ said she might be the missing ranger recently reporter
in the Town Cryer. I am not sure of this though.
A search of the Town Cryer articles
did not reveal any information as to whether or not this was
Thor and I also discussed many
possibilities of the attack, as unlike previous ones, the
attack occurred on an island in the southern hemisphere of
our Realm, the farthest south any attacks of this sort had
occurred. 'Twas possible an act of revenge for our attempts
in the Ice Dungeon, our attempts to free the frozen ranger.
'Twas also possible that mayhaps we were about to discover
something of import there, or even at the mysterious house
in Moonglow. Neither of us could come up with anything certain
save that this was definitely an act of revenge by the Gelidum
for our excursion into their home base.
James, Town Detective of Moonglow,
was assigned by the Council of Honesty to keep watch on the
mysterious Moonglow house for any activity. Recently, I spoke
with him concerning the matter.
and Alair, Lt. Detective of Moonglow, have kept our eyes
on the house, as it's part of our rounds. I've taken partic'lar
care in keeping up with the fashion of the locals, so as
to blend in likes. But, I fear I must report there has been
no activity in the house. And I assure ye, sire, a good
eye has been kept on it, and as soon as something happens
I'll let ye know.
Thor and others believe that
Magincia will not be the last city to be attacked by this
mysterious faction. One can only hope that this isn't true.
As soon as more information becomes
available, kind reader, rest assured you will be notified
as soon as possible.
[Special thanks to Thor Ironside
and Amanda Wolfe for the paintings used for this article]
- Beans Baxter
|A Mysterious Discovery in Moonglow
| 06/09/99 03:26 AM CDT -- ^top
Whilst traveling around
Moonglow, as is my way, I came across a building due southwest
of the teleporters to the Encyclopaedia Magika. On the outside,
there is nothing usual about the building. I have seen it
ever since I was a wee lad, had seen the many occupants who
had occupied it. There was nothing special at all about the
building. But something, some deep instinct told me to inspect
it this time.
The doors were locked. How odd.
Hath the crime in Moonglow spread to this part of the isle?
Peering through the windows, I found books strewn about tables,
haphazardly. Well, at least I knew the house was being used.
It was the windows to the eastern
part of the house where I made a startling discovery... frozen
blood upon an altar! I froze in my place, listened closely
to see if anyone was about. Moving to another window, I spied
more objects of interest. Upon the altar was a frozen body.
Stationed nearby was a skull with candle, which I heard was
rumored to be used for that dark arcane art called necromancy.
More books were strewn about the floor.
I sharpened my eyes as I moved
to another window. Along the northern wall was a counter.
Upon the counter was a frozen leg of lamb, a frozen nightshade,
frozen ham and bacon, a frozen mandrake, and a few full flasks.
Moving further along the north
wall, I spied a table in the center hall. Upon that table
were more books, full vials, and one single nightshade.
I know not of any arcane art
that can freeze objects, or what mandrake and nightshade had
to do with this new art. But I do know that our northern cities
hath been attacked by vile Ice Creatures coming from the Ice
Dungeon near Dungeon Wrong, and that the High Council had
been investigating these attacks, and would be going into
the Ice Dungeon to discover more information. But, Moonglow
had not been a victim of any attacks of this sort, even though
our latitude would suggest that Moonglow might be next.
I re-read the message written
by a member of the faction called Gelidum, who claimed responsibilites
for the attacks in Vesper, Minoc and Yew. In it, the boy wrote
that these cities were just the start. Was Moonglow to be
next? Or is Moonglow the home base for this faction's activities?
I moved from the house cautiously,
with more questions than I had answers for. Perhaps the excursion
on Thursday to the Ice Dungeon will reveal more clues to this
- Beans Baxter
|Updates: Dawn Desire and the
Ice Creature Attacks
| 06/01/99 05:06 AM CDT -- ^top
I apologize, kind readers, for
not keeping you up to date on the latest matters in our fair
lands, but, due to severe exhaustion, I hath been on holiday
in the resort isle of Occlo, recuperating from a rather active
To bring thee up to speed, so
to speak, several city Councils hath issued warrents for the
arrest of Dawn Desire for murder. Aside from Trinsic, both
Skara Brae and Yew hath issued warrents, whereas Moonglow
wishes to further investigate her activities.
As for the Ice Creature attacks
in our northern cities, which the Council of Shame took claim
for, another interestingdevelopment as to the source of these
evil attacks. A mysterious message arrived a few days ago
from a small boy which sheds light on a new faction called
the Gelidum is the source of these attacks:
upon your cities of Minoc, Yew, and Vesper are just the
years we have watched the bipeds as they strut about the
lands, claiming to own all that they see and slaughtering
all that they call monster.
we have bided, waiting for the moment to strike, to gain
our revenge... now that the time has come we find others
claiming credit for our actions.
is displeased that the bloodsucking bipeds would attempt
to take credit for these attacks, and warns them against
continuing down this path.
bloodsuckers do not veer from this course then they shall
be dealt with before all other bipeds.
delivered the boy changes into an Ice Fiend and vanishes
into the night*
'Tis the first time we have heard
of this organization, and as soon as more information becomes
available, surely you will be able to find it here.
- Beans Baxter
|An Early Frost at the Tel'Mith
| 5/29/99 08:49
AM CDT -- ^top
had not seen my message boy Gaston in several days, which
was beginning to worry me. Having nearly lost my life to yet
another mongbat, I had taken the notion to get myself acquainted
with the use of a weapon. Gaston told me that he had a fair
hand with a mace and would be happy to teach me a few things.
As I went to swing the cumbersome object, it went flying from
my hands and hit him full in the chest. The air from his body
came out in one horrifying "HUH!" as he tumbled
backward off my little porch to the ground. I stood over him,
concerned, watching his blank stare at the sky, fearing I
had done him in. He mumbled to me that he was alright, and
after a few moments, gestured for me to help him to his feet.
With worry and remorse, my eyes followed him as he slowly
made his way to the path homeward. He sent a pigeon the next
day to tell me he was nursing two broken ribs and would be
unable to work for several days. He also suggested I seek
an experienced master to help me with my weapon training,
as I needed someone who was more familiar with deflecting
blows than he.
My heart leapt to
open my door this morning and see him standing there, scroll
in hand. He still moves rather stiffly, and restrains himself
from any labourous breathing or laughter, but he is back to
work and for this, I am happy.
The scroll he passed
to me bore an unfamiliar seal, though the quality of the wax
was unmistakeably of elvish quality and I knew this must be
news concerning Tel'Mithram. I served Gaston a cup of tea as I poured
for myself also, then sat to read the parchment.
Words are magic.
Everyone can feel
it, that intangible something, that sparkle in the air when
a good bard is performing. I felt the air in the Silver
Arrow tavern positively dancing with the anticipation of
the wondrous weavings of the wordsmiths gathered for the
third Turalindar, a bardic contest sponsored by the elves
The elven bard,
Camris Lindar, in his white silken shirt and light blue
doublet, took the stage at dusk, to begin the festivities.
He picked two spectators, luckily I was not one, from out
of the large crowd to help him judge the contestants.
The first part of
this three part contest, dramatic stories and songs, was
begun by Prestorjon the Wanderer, with "The Ballad
of Every Ranger". Other contestants in this first competition
included: Molly with "Butterfly Keeper", Kronae
with "Enticement", Emryss Ydraig with "The
Ballad of Solyn", Deputy Pink Eye with "Deep",
Tir Na N'og with "Through the Forest Dark of Fright",
and Slade with "A Melodramatic Tale of Sorrow".
Emryss Ydraig took first place, with Kronae second and Molly
and Tir Na N'og tied for third.
Long about this
time the door to the tavern burst open and a large bluish
looking creature lumbered in. Out of the corner of my eye
I saw a blur of dark green as an elven archer, almost hidden
in the shadows of the corner, produced a bow and arrow and
let fly with a shaft into the beast. Before the crowd realized
what had happened, the ice elemental had been knocked back
out the door. Elves, and those warriors and mages who were
in the audience, ran out the doors to the clearing in front
of the tavern. An elven bladesinger blocked the door to
protect those inside who were not warriors, which included
me. We all crowded up against the windows to see what was
happening. In the pale light of the moon, I could make out
an alarming number of huge, white spiders, ice elementals,
snow elementals, and other creatures of winter. The battle
lasted for some time before the white hoard was either wiped
out or driven off.
Following this quite
unexpected intermission, the contest continued with its
second part, comedic story and song. The competitors in
this part were : Kronae with "On Changing Professions",
Joylah with "An Ode to a Seamstress", Prestorjon
with "Song of the Gate Bum", Rake Driftwood with
"A tale o' tha' bravery o' tha' Skara Brae Rangers...".
Deputy Pink Eye and Rini, McJay with the "Story of
the Dancing Shoes", Slade with "The Epic of Chuckles
the Clown", and Crispen with "The Chase".
First place was a tie between Rake Driftwood and Prestorjon.
Third place went to Joylah.
The last part of
the contest, limericks, had three contestants: Prestorjon,
Kronae, and Crispen. After several rounds of limericking,
Prestorjon emerged the winner.
All in all, a night
not soon to be forgotten.
I searched the scroll
for the author's name, but could find no clue. Gaston said
it was handed to him in a pouch with many other scrolls, so
he had no guesses as to who might have penned so detailed
an account for me. I offer my thanks to the unidentified scribe
and send a hearty "Vedui" to the fine people of
- Wallis Gerard
|Vesper Attacked by Creatures
| 5/28/99 05:38
PM CDT -- ^top
Whist in Magincia last eve, mine friends
and I happened upon Lord Shadow, who, with a hearty laugh,
informed us that Vesper was under attack by Ice Fiends. Our
hearts stopped cold. 'Twas the third attack by these vile
creatures upon our cities in a short period of time. Minoc
and Tel'Mithrim were victims of attacks earlier, and now Vesper.
Dermott of Evermore,
MadMonk of the provisional Council of Honesty, and mineself made our way to Evermore
to seek a rune to the latest city under attack. With words
of power I summoned a magical gate that whisked us away to
Once there, we found
ourselves amonst an Ice Elemental. If ye know not of this
vile beast, they are quite hearty in their attacks. If their
blows kill ye not, then their great eminating cold will. 'Twas
a battle bravely fought by us, and with one vile creature
down, we made our way to the heart of Vesper, the isle that
holds the bank.
On our way to that
isle, we found many a slain Ice Creature, but once there,
my heart froze. Dozens upon dozens of them stood or had already
fallen to the hands of great citizens skilled in the ways
of battle. Only a few citizens had fallen to these vile beasts,
a testament to the good will and great skill of our people!
Further search of
this isle reveal some creatures still alive, and many a brave
citizen battling them. Many others also checked other parts
of the city to see if other creatures of evil were about,
including the cemetery, but the attack was focused on the
isle with the bank.
The battle, kind reader,
did not last long, and quickly the creatures fell.
'Tis not known yet
known why Vesper was attacked. Hopefully the inquiry the High Council of Britannia is conduction will reveal some answers to this
Be well and safe.
The winds shiver, which can only mean that more attacks may
soon be under way. May the Virtues guide thee safely.
- Beans Baxter