you may remember the Doom Tree. A large, black, dead, tree-creature
with a penchant for spell casting, and a horde of worshipping
ratmen. It had stolen the soul of a local magician named,
Horace. It was defeated, Horace was rescued, and we thought
perhaps we'd seen the last of it.
Perhaps we were mistaken. A being of similar shape and power
appeared in the old fort south of Yew this evening, and brought forth with it a host of
undead. Ghouls, shades, spectors, ghosts, zombies, skeletons, hellhounds, and even a lich
were at the mercy of the black, misshapen tree, which also cast spells at local residents.
Brave warriors such as Hope, Carnivorous, and Mon's Smithette
appeared from nowhere to battle the mysterious tree, and fought valiantly with it before
it finally died with a horrible screech. It cast several offensive spells at the warriors,
and did some damage to them before they were able to corner it and hack it to splinters.
It was indeed a most foul creature, telling those who could hear
it's rasping voice that it owned the land and all that stood near it were but it's slaves.
It appeared to have the ability to raise undead forces to do it's bidding, and several
frontal attacks on the monster were broken off due to the sudden appearance of ghosts and
skeletons. At one point it even bound a lich to it's will and sent the horrid undead beast
lurching toward the valiant warriors. The attack lasted for several minutes and was
sustained until the tree finally fell.
Perhaps a mighty shout of "Timber!" should have
accompanied the tree's falling, but those in attendance had other things on their mind,
like their own survival against the treacherous creature. It was a dark day indeed, for a
while, but in the end, as these things often do, it ended in the death of that which
sought to take the land of Britannia from it's citizens.
Rumors have since suggested that this was something of a return for
the Doom Tree, and that perhaps we still have not seen the last of it. Scholars and sages
alike have no ideas as to where such a being would have come from, but they all agree that
it is an instrument of chaos and darkness, and should be treated with the respect that
such a creature deserves.
Winslow the sage has promised to study
the tree's origins, as well as the bark and trunk that was left behind in it's death, and
perhaps soon enough we will know from whence it came. And hopefully, how to stop it from
doing so again.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Wednesday, March 25th 1998