The deadly brother
Trolls who only recenty attempted to retake the historic
wooden bridge that attaches the city of Vesper
to the Northlands, made a daring attempt to retake their ancient
The first indication was the placement of signs across
the countryside. Although it was not known that Trolls possessed the reasoning
power to write, these signs indicated otherwise.
When notice of the territorial markers was brought
to the attention of the local contabulary in Minoc
and Vesper, the officiates of those townes made haste to strike
down this movement before the Trolls could consolidate their
This event brought to light the most disturbing aspect
of the encounter with the Trolls to this point. How are they organizing
so effectively? Why have we never seen such behavior before?
When the Trolls attacked the bridge on that fateful
day a month ago, the world was too busy dealing with the other threats
of Lathiari, Kyrnia, and
Juo'Nar to pay more than a passing
notice of this odd behaviour. But now, the officials of the cities agreed
that this threat could no longer be taken lightly. Rumors abounded that
the fledgling terror organization the Zog
Cabal might be involved in some way; providing the Trolls weapons
and supplies. However, the Cabal have made no official statement regarding
these activities. The key to the organization, it was agreed, had to do
with the oddly charismatic qualities (at least, charismatic to barbarous
non-humans) of the troll Brothers G'Thunk (pronounced Guh'Thunk) and G'Splat.
The officials agreed that it was time that these two
be neutralized, prevented from spreading terror across lands rightfully
owned by humans. A bounty was put on their heads, and any information
that might have. Alas, G'Thunk was left unscathed, however his brother,
G'Splat was finally cornered and killed.
G'Splat had to be cornered by a number of our citizens.
He possessed a strength that none had ever encountered before. After finally
dispatching the beast it was discovered that on his body was a journal.
This journal appeared to contain instructions..albeit
very simple ones...An exerpt of the journal was made available for us
to reproduce here:
Written by LM
I will write simply so as not to confuse
thee. Remember that the "humies" are afraid of thee. They do
not wish to fight thee. They only need to have proof of thine resolve.
Stay in the North.
Do not venture into Minoc or Vesper.
Place signs, so that the humies will recognize
Fight bravely and kill many.
Make sure the weapons and treasure are
gathered together and stored at the location we have decided upon, lest
ye bring my anger upon thee.
I promise that the "humies" will
surrender to thine overwhelming forces.
Remember to not mention me.
Above all DO NOT TAKE THIS NOTE INTO BATTLE.
Serve me well and I will reward thee as
I had promised."
Already scribes, scholars, sages, and soldiers are
trying to decipher whom the author could have been. This indicates collusion
of some form, but between who, for what purpose? What does an individual
have to gain by teaching Trolls how to fight?
The larger question at this point remains, however,
where is G'Thunk?
More on this and other stories as they develop.
May the Virtues guide
and keep thee.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Friday, February