UP : Near Cove (Sonoma)
Bright orange flames shot out from the
orc fort near Cove
last night, and apparently the fire was work of the orcs themselves.
It happened during a large-scale orc invasion, with dozens
of orcs, orc captains, orc mages, and orc lords.
A powerful orc lord was seen by the warriors inside the fort running
around near the fort's entrance with a torch in his hand. Just moments after another
mighty wave of orcs appeared in the fort to attack the brave fighters, the powerful orc
lord screamed out, "Now you will not escape the fort! Attack orcs!" Then the orc
lord set fire to the only passageway in or out of the fort.
The powerful orc lord that set the exit-blocking blaze
died shortly after starting the fire, but apparently his cries were a signal to dozens of
orcs in hiding. Those orcs rushed the fighters remaining in the orc fort.
The fire had many a human warrior trapped inside the fort, as they
didn't want to risk taking burn damage in addition to the blows they had already taken
from the massive orc rush.
One fighter who came staggering out of the fort bruised and battered
told the Town Cryer's Cove correspondent, "I was down in my health a bit, but
not near death, and then that fire in the entrance started. Well, that cinched it, I had
to stay and fight or die then. I couldn't risk running through the deep fire to get back
out in the condition I was in.
Word of an earlier orc invasion had apparently made it
to the fighters of Britannia, as there were a good number of warriors already inside the
fort. But for many, after the fire started blocking the entryway, it was time to battle or
Many of the warriors looking for battle action began to cry out with
shouts of joy over the large battle that erupted around them as the orcs began to fall
under the onslaught of their weapons.
In the end, the human warriors were victorious, beating
back the orc onslaught until every last orc had perished. After the battle, many of the
magic users in the orc fort area resorted to healing spells to make it back through the
"I was beaten and bloody, but still alive," said one,
"However, that fire was still burning bright, so I had to heal up before plunging
into the blaze to get out. It was a good tactic by the orcs because it kept many of us
running around inside the fort instead of escaping."
A good tactic indeed, Britannian citizens are warned to be wary of this
possible trap in case the orcs use it again in the future.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Thursday, March 26th 1998