Not many guilds hold elections to choose a new leader. Many see this
approach in choosing a guildmaster as weak and inherently flawed. The mining cooperative
in Vesper is one guild that has started to hold elections to determine who will hold its
highest offices for the coming year. They make their home at the Ore of Vesper hall.
Unfortunately, a thief, named Gravunn, stole the ballot box directly after the election,
and before the results could be gleaned.
Gravunn took the ballot box and headed north and then veered east. A
seer of the realm was asked by the current guild officials to recruit heroes to bring back
the ballot box. The condition of the thief was not considered of any concern to the guild.
"We will offer a reward for the return of our ballot box, but the thief well,
it is fair to say that we have no need to see him ever again. Do with him as thou doth
Many bold citizens went after the crafty thief. He had a large head
start, but his pursuers were vigilant and determined. He was eventually cornered as he
wandered the eastern coast. Even his skill at hiding and evading could not help him as the
many courageous adventurers left him nowhere to run. When finally defeated, he was heard
to say that the ship he was to meet could not be found. As Gravunn cursed his foul luck
and untrustworthy accomplices, the heroes who caught him ( Dr. Squirrel, Landella, and Coz
among many others) swept up the stolen ballot box. Before returning to town with
their quarry, they admonished Gravunn and told him to change his ways, or they would hunt
him down again for any future wrong doings. Gravunn was reported as saying he would
reform, but such words from a criminal are often empty words indeed.
When the heroes returned to Vesper, their praises were sung by the
town and by the mining cooperative. Filled with the virtue of humility, the heroes shared
their reward with others who helped and acknowledged the city of Vesper as the reason for
their valor. "But twas not the reward that drove me. To help the town of Vesper is
far more important," proclaimed Dr. Squirrel as he was offered his reward.
It was pieced together by those who interrogated Gravunn that the
thefts aim was to discredit the election process and to bring to light the frailty
involved in such an "unnatural" method of selecting a leader. Gravunn was a mere
lackey rather than the mastermind behind such a plan. The person or persons who staged the
event are as yet unknown, but are believed to be affiliated with one of the older and more
established guilds in Britannia. Whether or not their plan proved successful hath yet to
be determined, but perhaps the goal was achieved even though the theft was thwarted.
Gravunn is still at large, but is no longer considered a threat to anyone other than
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Thursday, February 12th 1998