UP : Vesper (Napa
A talking parrot was spotted in Britannia last night in
the city of Vesper. The bird was small, green and constantly squawking, but it when
players spoke to it... it responded with a whistle and asked them to seek out a gift for
was found in Vesper's Busy Bee beekeeper. Apparently the parrot is the property of
Shane the beekeeper who is one of the part-time workers there. While Shane was out tending
to the hives, the parrot struck up a conversation with passersby who wandered into the
shop after hearing the constant squawking coming from the building.
One citizen who evaluated the intelligence of the bird was startled to
find that the results showed the parrot to be "moderately intelligent." Maybe
that explains the lengthy discussions the bird had with others.
When greeted in a friendly manner, the bird even had a request. It
seems the parrot wanted to find a birthday present for his master's girlfriend. "I
can't believe my parrot picked up talking just by listening to me jabber on while I tend
the bees," said Shane, the parrot's master. "He must have heard me muttering
about not having a birthday present for my girlfriend, Loriupps, yet. She is a noble
warrior, but has always been looking for a new weapon with a unique and lovely name.
The parrot suggested searching the trash barrels behind the Vesper
Museum. When questioning the bird, it said that sometimes some perfectly decent weapons
are thrown out in the barrels.
"He must have heard the museum workers talking about tossing out
some weapons," said Shane the beekeeper, "Sometimes the Vesper museum workers
come in here to pick up some honey for their bread, and they must have been talking about
The Vesper Museum does keep some weapons and armor in the display cases
for travelers to look at. When contacted about the thrown out weapons, Jaal Ganra, one of
the museum volunteers said, "We have so many submissions that occasionally we do have
to toss a piece or two of less display-worthy items in a barrel behind the museum, but it
very rarely happens. In fact, we were just commenting in The Busy Bee yesterday how
we just had to put some items out back because we had too many. I never would have thought
that Shane's parrot would overhear us and repeat that."
"It amazes me too," said Shane, "but that bird somehow
made the connection that I needed a present and that there was a way he could help. I am
speechless, unlike my parrot."
While looking through the trash barrels, some of the people who took
the time to listen to the bird found just what Shane was seeking. Inside one of the
barrels was a war fork named Uutansallariaana and a short spear named Cutsalle.
"Two fine names and fine weapons to give my true love!" said
Shane. In fact, he thought so highly of the named weapons that he gave 500 gold pieces for
each one. "I know it seems like a lot," said Shane, "but my work and my
existence are humble. I make a decent enough living with my beekeeping work and have not
much need for the gold I make. If I can use it to make the ones I love happy, it only
comes back to me in a richness that can never be had with mere gold."
"And to think that my little parrot was what got this whole thing
started. I'm going to have to take a closer interest in my little green-feathered
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Saturday, March 21st 1998