Summer is upon us. The constant spring showers have slowly slunk
back beyond the horizon, letting the warmth of the sun onto the land, and bringing
blossoms to all the trees of the kingdom.
And outside the kingdom, in the city-state of NuJelm, an All
Hallows Eve of a different form will take place.
The Festival of Masks, which will be celebrated on Thursday,
starting at 9:00pm CST, and into the evening hours, is a holiday that is both mysterious
and exciting. Several vendors stand upon the main street, and sell frightful masks to
anyone who wishes to participate. Many collectors come to NuJelm just to get their
hands on these rare hand-decorated masks. Anyone who wears a mask is considered a
participant in the Game.
The Games rules are simple, when wearing a mask, the
participant must pretend not to know anyone else in a mask. Aside from feasting, dancing,
and general revelry
there among the crowds shall walk a masked man who carries
the Prize. Inside a box, which has been locked and trapped by the finest
locksmith and tinker that could be found, is a very rare and valuable ruby, the Eye of
Dahsk. The object of the game is to find this box on one of the participants, steal it
successfully, pick the locks, and evade the traps, and turn the Eye over to the
Festivals Master of the Ceremonies, Aleyh Jaskinor. The prize is kept a secret each
year, but it is guaranteed to far exceed the value of the Eye itself. After the prize is
claimed festivities tend to wind down, the next morning the streets are swept, and
its business as usual.
All native NuJelmites know that one does not carry valuables
while at the festival, but it would be good for anyone from outside NuJelm to know
this, so that unfortunate incidents do not occur.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Wednesday, June 17th 1998