- - It bothers me to see something like this. When animals
are used for the purposes of evil, even dangerous animals
like the giant spider, indigenous to the land of Britannia,
it causes me great distress.
Whomever this Evil Lord Bishop is, he needs to learn that animals
are not his for the commanding. Sure, everyone has tamed an animal or two, many times to
the betterment of that animals life, but this has nothing to do with bettering the spiders
lives. This has to do with power and greed and murder.
Bishop found or created something called the Crimson Spider God Statue. Apparently
this artifact allowed him to summon the giant spiders from wherever they happened to be in
the world. He then used them for his own evil purposes.
He forced the spiders to kill at least one wandering healer, and
then had them attack bears, panthers, dogs, pigs, and any other animal he could find
nearby. In almost every case the spiders seemed to react to his bidding with an almost
unnatural fluidity of motion. As though they were mesmerized into his service by powers
unseen in this land.
Unfortunately for Lord Bishop,
a group of almost a dozen warriors soon arrived and began hacking the helpless spiders out
of their misery. Of course the spiders all died, but even death should be preferable to
working for evil without your own conscious decision. One of the warriors even managed to
grab the statue that Lord Bishop put so much time and effort into setting in just the
right spot in the ruins. But alas, it disappeared from his pack before he had gone even a
hundred yards, and was not seen again on this day. Lord Bishop himself also seemed to
disappear soon after the trouble arrived. Where he has gone to, and whether or not he has
the statue are both unknown at this time.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Tuesday, March 24th 1998