UP: Napa Valley
I think weve all heard the fable at one time or another, about
the poor mage who could never summon anything greater than a house cat. Well, along those
lines, was a similar mishap, but nowhere near as innocent.
A young mage (by the name of Harvey) practicing in Wind,
through some fool method, managed to summon something yet
unseen by any of his peers: an iron elemental. Ignoring his
duties to report such a happening, he began some tests of
this new creatures abilites, and found it was more solid
and resistant to magic than any single being he had ever heard
of. The elemental, apparently, was not so ammused by these
experiments, and decided it would be happier without Harvey
poking and proding him. Thus began a panic that spread throughout
the town, as the elemental marched free of Harveys home
and made its way out of town.
Before the panic had begun, Harvey has sent a message to a Seer
acquaintance of his. Seer Kelley made sure to waste no time in heading to the city of
mages, but unfortunately was already too late. By the time Kelley had arrived, the
elemental had already started its way towards the outside of town.
For reasons unknown to either Kelley or Harvey, when reaching the
outside of town the Iron elemental stopped in its tracks and stayed inside the small
alcove housing the magical teleporter leading to Wind. This effectively blocked all
traffic into Wind, as the elemental began treating it like its territory and attacking all
As the crowd grew, they became bold, and attempted many attacks on
the elemental. But it proved much too resistant to their blades and spells. The elemental
was even able to defeat a summoned deamon in the blink of an eye, dispeling all hope of
destroying the bothersome thing.
Were it not for the brains of one man, this may have gone on all the
night. This clever mage summoned a water elemental in hopes that me may rust the iron
elemental and thus weaken it. As hoped, the magic waters twirling forth from the summoned
water elemental, despite the water elementals immediate death, quickly brought low
the powerful iron elemental. Though the iron elemental still stood, it was quite weakened
and the crowd swooped in to finish it, and soon the path into Wind was again cleared.
Harvey rewarded the man with his personal staff, which was enchanted
with 100 castings of the Greater Heal spell. He then bid farewell to all that helped him,
and left with the Seer to answer many questions she had for him, and his accidental
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Tuesday, July 21st 1998