UP : Atlantic
There is an old human settlement just East of Vesper. A group of log
cabin homes that were once used by lumberjacks and carpenters before they migrated West to
the city of Vesper. Those cabins still stand out there in the wilderness. They seem
somewhat spooky sometimes, just sitting there all alone, abandoned. Sometimes evil comes
A band of headless, led by what now seems to be two headless mages,
set up camp there and made life miserable for all those traveling nearby. The headless
mages, with bright indigo skin, cast spells and ran from the humans who ventured near,
while the other headless plowed into them obliviously. Anyone who has ever fought headless
in the dungeons can tell you that this is there normal mode of attack. But none I have
found have ever seen a headless mage.
The nightmare didn't end there though. Soon the two mages died and
victory was won for the men and women present. But it was a shortlived celebration, for
from the depths of the forest came the strange wailings of the gazer. Soon the encampment
was again overrun, this time by the floating, spellcasting beasts that we know as gazers.
They make a strange combination, the floating disembodied gazer and
the nothing-but-bodied headless. Perhaps this was mere coincidence. A chance meeting of
two hordes of monsters in the wilderness. Perhaps they would have destroyed each other if
not for the actions of those who arrived to destroy the headless at the cry of the town
criers. Perhaps there is an unknown war going on between the two races.
Or, more frighteningly, perhaps the two have forged an alliance. Is
it not possible? The orcs and ettins seem to have done well by their alliance. The
stronger ettins leading the more numerous orcs into battle. Maybe this is just the first
in what may be a series of bloody attacks on the communities of Britannia. Perhaps we
should tread more cautiously in the presence of the "weak" headless. They may
have found some new friends.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Thursday, March 26th 1998