After my meeting with Lord
Blackthorn, I went of in search of whatever other information I could
find. I had, through various sources, been told the possible locations
of two FOA hideouts - one in the
area of Buccaneer's Den; the
other east of Vesper. I decided
to head to Buccaneer's Den and then head to Vesper.
I did indeed find what had to have been a hideout
of the Followers of Armageddon. It was being watched by many brave warriors
who wished to catch one or all of the FOA members and turn them in at
the Court of Truth
in Yew. They had seen no activity
for some time at this hideout, but were not giving up their posts. It
was obvious that the FOA had abandoned this hideout.
After an uneventful trip to Vesper, I headed off into
the woods to the east - following the directions I had been given. I approached
the house from the south. It looked deserted. I peered into one of the
windows, but saw no one within. Circling the house to the north, I then
saw what might have been the reason for this hideout being also deserted.
GThunk, the fierce troll chieftain,
was standing in a clearing only a few yards away. I quickly slunk back
into the shadows of the house. Even though he was watching me, he made
no move toward me and even seemed to be paying me no more attention. I
rapidly made my exit and returned to Vesper.
While having a drink at the Marsh Hall, I remembered
Thraal Veese. Perhaps he would know more about the FOA. Maybe at least
where they might be hiding. I hurried to Skara
After arriving in Skara Brae, I rushed into the tavern,
but there was no sign of Thraal. Disappointed, I began to wander the town,
hoping to maybe find him somewhere else. And the virtues smiled on me,
because he was sitting at the docks, dangling his feet in the water.
It only took a few questions to discover that Thraal
would not be forthcoming with and more FOA information. He mumbled something
about an attempt on his life a few weeks ago by one of them, but gave
no details. Naturally, I was a bit frustrated. Just when I was about to
demand he reveal what he knew, Thraal stopped me with just a word.
"Blackthorn," he said.
"Lord Blackthorn, what dost thou know of him?" I asked
"I know that he is seeking to meet with an element that is more akin
to me than to someone like thee," was his reply. "I '
ave heard that Lord Blackthorn has set up a meeting with those who are
skilled at making people disappear... permanently."
I pondered this for a moment and then asked, "Who is he meeting exactly?
"I know little more than what I've already told ye. And I'll not
be talkin' any more. Leave me unless ye have somethin' of use to tell
me... or gold to hand over..."
His eyes glittered at the thought of gold, and I noticed
he was actually quite drunk. Interesting that I had missed that, but I
had been intent on dragging some information from him. Perhaps he'll be
more cooperative if I came back later... when he'd had time to sleep and
sober. Yes, I'll go look for him again later. It's unlikely he will leave
Skara Brae. With that thought in mind, I headed to the tavern to find
a meal and perhaps an ale or two myself...
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Wednesday,
October 7th 1998