A Sign From The Skies", that was what the mysterious Seer had
Earlier that night I walked the streets of Minoc, quite taken with
the rugged beauty of the city. It had been quite some time since I had made my way through
its rough avenues, admiring the architecture of the city, the freestanding statues placed
here and there throughout its length. One such statue captured my eye - an image of a man
and woman reaching out toward the skies. As I tarried for a moment, to look up at the
stony countenance of the couple, I didst spot a streak of fire passing across their very
fingertips. At that time, I marveled at the beauty of the celestial event.
When the town criers announced that the falling star had struck
ground near the desert, I was all the more interested. When I finally arrived at the
impact site, I was instantly filled with dread.
A large group of warriors and mages surrounded the glowing rock, each
man and woman marked with the bloody signs of battle. To tell the truth, I barely heard
their words as I stepped towards the meteorite. I scarcely noticed the black and withered
vines that lay here and there, impeding my path as I strode towards the radiant stone.
Nothing could take my eyes away from it. Such astounding beauty - yet surrounded by such a
foreboding sense of evil. Only when Seer Mythos approached did I find myself able to tear
my focus away from the strange rock, to listen to his words.
He spoke of a Sign, of a vision of days past now come to fruition. I
stood quite near to the meteorite, feeling the waves of heat that still washed out from
its fiery surface - the heat that seemed to fill my head with equally dark visions. The
assembled crowd spoke with the Seer, questions flew about as I tried to retain my focus on
the unfolding events. The Seer seemed to feel a similar pull towards the foreign object,
and yet he stayed away as he spoke of an old friend of his who might shed some light upon
the nature of the stone. Darius the Astronomer was the man's name, and Mythos said he
would seek him out, to return two nights hence, to meet again with the congregation. I
looked once again to the meteorite, watching its heat blur the air around it, examining
the blackened trees and vines that had fallen to the swords and magicks of the gathered
warriors. The Seer said that the stone must have tainted the area with its power,
corrupting the surrounding vegetation... I began to wonder what other magicks might be
released from the stone's fiery center in the coming days.
With my head filled with dark visions and my heart filled with
dread, I began the long walk back towards Minoc - desperately hoping that I could once
again find some sense of solace within its quiet streets.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Wednesday, December 16th 1998