After almost a week, with no trace of the thieves, the missing
courtesan of the Sultan was spotted in Jhelom. The rumor eventually reached the ears of
Ben Kahns, who told the news to some of his tavern regulars. Upon hearing the news the
Lady Demandred and the Lord Phoenix immediately set forth to seek the thieves.
On the northernmost isle of Jhelom, in the deep jungle that remains
wild and untouched by axe and saw, a house was found, within was one of the thieves, the
courtesan Helena.. and the remnants of Aleyh Jaskinor, the hapless Vizier who stole the
Eye. He had been ritually dismembered in a horrific fashion, blood splattered the walls of
the house where his pieces lay in a bizarre pattern.
The murderer Helena fell quickly to the attack of Phoenix, who threw
a firewall quickly, before she could react. As she fell a vial of poison dropped from her
hand, apparently she had been planning suicide rather than capture. And within her pack
lay the marvelous Eye of Dahsk!
Demandred quickly took the gem back to Ben Kahns, and subsequently a
brusque guard visited them. The guard took the Eye, examining it carefully and
suspiciously, and then slapped a reward of 1,000 gold down, before leaving. Shortly
afterwards, though, a vizier of the Sultan, Marsett, dropped in, and gave credit where
credit was due.
Profusely thanking the duo, Marsett also rewarded them with masks to
wear to the Festival, which has been set for Saturday, June 27th, at 6:00pm PST. He also
promised that they would be the Honored heroes of the Festival. Thus the
evening had a most pleasant conclusion.
We hope to see everyone at the Festival of Masks! Your roving
reporter will surely be there.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Monday, June 29th 1998