Skara Brae, the home of the Ranger's guild, was recently visited by
a strange individual indeed. This fellow, although rather short and greenish, proved to be
a wonderful addition to the town's atmosphere, if only for a day. This individual was a
parrot, and his name was Ale. He resided, for that day, in the Farmer's Market, with his
owner, Piku. The citizens of Skara Brae first spotted Ale when he rushed - - flew, rather,
to the Skara Brae bank. There, Ale began to speak aloud - - yes, speak! - - informing the
citizens of Skara Brae of his need for their assistance. Apparently, someone had snuck
into their home at night and stolen a box of precious jewels from Piku. After several
minutes, a good search party had been aquired ; they began their search on the mainland
portion of Skara Brae, at the nearby 'tavern,' Joh's Creb Sheck. Suddenly, a fellow in
bone armor jolted past. Ale recognized him, and the adventurers broke into pursuit. They
cornered this odd suspect in a small abandoned building - - he claimed to know of no
jewels, and blamed everything on a fellow named Triden.
The adventurers, knowing a clue when given one, immediately fanned
out and attempted to find Triden. Very soon, Triden was discovered, and the jewels
recovered from his cold corpse. The box was returned to Piku, and all involved were given
a hefty reward. Those who inquired as to whether or not they would ever see Ale again were
told that a fellow named Zemaj Taldor may very well become Ale's new owner, but the
transaction has not yet been confirmed.
All in all, the events that forepassed gave all a reward, both
literal and spiritual. I return now, however, to my hallowed halls of learning.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Friday, January 22nd 1999