Ashmath the Ranger
As I returned from a fishing trip in the south, my eyes widened in
horror as I say several bodies laying in the road and the brush. I slowly notched and
arrow and ducked down into a crouch, ready to spring on whoever, or whatever had caused
these deaths. As I slowly approached the corpses, 2 males, I saw the vicious slash marks
and spear wounds along their bodies. My experience with these beast gave me the identity
of those who had done this: Lizardmen.
Not being fully armored, and not being adept in speaking
to spirits, I chose to deliver this grave news to the good
people of Minoc,
in hopes that they had already heard of this tragedy and were
planning to investigate. I sprinted past the bodies, and towards
the town as fast and silently as possible. As I was no more
than 20 feet past the bodies, a spear spun through the air
behind me and slammed into a tree. I turned to see the origin
of this attack, and to my horror saw at least 10 Lizardmen
crouched in the trees and bushes, trying desperately to chase
after me. I was not about to let them even near me, so I increased
speed and finally made it to Minoc.
At the bank I was amazed to learn that not a single citizen had
heard of this tragedy, and began to rouse the fighters and mages of the town to advance on
the creatures and clear the roads for safe travel. The town guards were not able to aide
the attack, as they were needed to guard the town proper. Therefore, only a volunteer
force made its way to the South to face the battle.
As I coordinated and rallied more people to aide us, I heard news
from a Miner that the Road leading East from the Mountain was also brimming with the
reptiles. I soon had my hands full relaying messages from scouts and sending out fresh
troops to protect the roads, and Minoc itself.
After what seemed like hours, but was only one half a turn of the
clock, the warriors returned, some bloodied and bruised, some carrying the equipment of
their fallen comrades. Shocked and saddened by this loss of human life, I asked as to the
outcome of the battle. A battered but proud warrior named Titus replied We have
beaten the vile creatures down, and nary a one blocks the roads from this town!
Elated, proud and saddened I gave my thanks to the brave and
wounded, and said a prayer for the dead. These brave citizens and travelers had banded
together to rid not only fair Minoc of evil, but perhaps made a small dent in the larger
battle against evil in the whole of Britannia.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Friday, February 27th 1998