- - The crowds in Trinsic heaved a collective sigh of relief as the group
came into view outside the city walls. The message from Vesper
had arrived safely, though not without complications. Word had reached
Trinsic earlier in the day that several attacks had been made on the messenger
and the escorts who were to bring the package from Vesper.
The message was originally found on a ship that was sunk off the coast
of Vesper by G'Thunk and his devilish band of troll warriors. The only
readable part of the note were the words URGENT : ZOG
CABAL . The rest of it was a non-sensical jumble of symbols,
signs, and pictograms. Sage Winslow
himself made a journey to Trinsic around the same time as the message
to help Lord CrawWorth make sense of the note.
The message itself was assailed from all sides, and
at what seemed like every turn. From the moment the group escorting the
note left Vesper things were clearly out of hand. Just minutes after exiting
the city's boundaries a large force of orcs and ettins, armed with magic
and weapons, assaulted the group in what appeared to be an attempt to
stop the message from reaching it's destination.
After making their way past this threat, and closer
to Britain, they were again
confronted with a massive force determined to block their way, this time
in the form of the undead. Skeletal knights, bone mages, skeleton warriors,
zombies and liches unleashed their unruly brand of destruction in the
messages general direction.
To make matters worse there is a swamp that must be crossed to reach Britain,
and it was here that the forces allied against the messengers were at
their most deadly. A huge band of lizardmen swarmed through the swamp
in search of the message (or so it seemed) and made a desperate attack
against the escorts. The mercenaries guarding Atalanto had become wise
by this point, and Atalanto was kept out of harms way for the most part.
At one point of the journey she was surrounded by warriors with their
backs to her as they fought off one vicious attack after another.
Was this the work of the Zog Cabal? Could they possibly
wield this much power. It is interesting to note that not a single troll
was sighted during the messages march from Vesper to Trinsic. Some speculated
that this was a sign that the two groups work alone. Others think just
the opposite. Deliberately keeping trolls out of the picture could mean
that they are trying to make the populace think that there is no connection,
but if it were a random gathering of monsters and evil forces then by
all means one or two should have been spotted.
More importantly, what exactly is contained in that
message? Is it a note from one Zog Cabalist to another? Surely they wouldn't
have labeled it in clear Britannic if it were. Was it a warning from someone
who knows more than he is capable of telling the public? And who was the
intended recipient? CrawWorth has used his influence to gain the note,
and knowing him, he will get to the bottom of this mystery.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Friday, July 10th