Vesper - - It was believed that Lord CrawWorth had
suffered the fate of the late Sage Humbolt. That like Humbolt he had died
in his unending quest for peace and prosperity for all of Britannia. His
blood strewn about the bridge and his gold armor found in pieces seemed
to tell the tale. His precious sword, mere feet from the pools of crimson
that marked his disappearance, seemed to be the final exclamation point.
But this was apparently not the case. Word spread
to all the town criers of the land that a band of orcs had mysteriously
appeared in the old encampment East of Vesper. They had barred the doors
of all the cabins. They seemed to be guarding something. And through the
window of the southernmost cabin could be seen a prisoner. Lord CrawWorth.
Armed with the news of his reappearance, the criers
spread the word far and wide, and soon his friends arrived. They were
greeted by the arrows and blades of the orcs and trolls who patrolled
the woods outside the cabin. Ettins rounded the bend and joined in the
fray against the humans. Orcish mages wielded their mystical arts, and
kept CrawWorth's would be rescuers at bay for a good while. But in the
end, good won out. As it always does.
None of the beasts seemed to have the key to the locked
door, and so finally it was broken down with axes and hatchets. When CrawWorth
was finally freed he was in no condition to fight, and so slowly began
to make his way back to Trinsic. He was not present for the discovery
of the mysterious orders, apparently left for the orcs. Upon hearing of
the orders later, he seemed withdrawn and detached from the situation.
Who could blame him after what he'd been through.
Following is the note in it's entirety. Once you read
it you will understand why CrawWorth has reason to fear for not only his
own life, but for those he cares about. The note reads: If CrawWorth refuses
to speak, I will deal with him. -W
The Zog Cabal? Who else. This is the second time that
the mysterious -W has appeared as the signature of a note believed to
be written by the Zog Cabal. Rumors that it is Winslow seem unfounded,
but his actions have grown strange of late, and perhaps we must be fearful
of his distaste for the Cabal. Perhaps it is time to find a new sage for
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Tuesday, July