The remains of Harris fabled Staff of the Elements were moved
from the Lycaeum, to the museum of the township of Caendryl last evening.
Harris, a resident of Magincia, was famed throughout the land as a
finder of lost and stolen objects. Perhaps best known as the possessor of the four Staves
of the Elements, Harris was well-loved by those he befriended.
Each of the staves had the unique ability to summon and control the
elemental force for which it was named. For instance, the Staff of the Sky granted Harris
complete mastery over the elemental forces of air, while the Staff of the Sun afforded
control over fire.
The Staves were once owned by the lich, Detrivix, and Harris
recovered them during his youthful travels. While Harris possessed them for several years,
events conspired to remove three of them from his possession, triggering many adventures
to return them to his hands - - including a battle with the villainous Captain Wyrmheart, a
Wyrmheart held the Staff of the Sea for many years, and scholars
believe his possession corrupted the elemental forces contained within.
Once all four staves were recovered, Harris embarked on an effort to Unify them
into one greater Staff of the Elements. Choosing the maze tower (known locally as the lair
of the Dread Mage Balart) as the site for the Unification, the ceremony was performed.
Perhaps it was the lingering evil of the Tower (an exorcism was performed prior, to minor
results), or perhaps it was the years of corruption Captain Wyrmheart pervaded upon the
Staff of the Sea; but the newly Unified Staff was unstable, and shattered, unleashing an
Ethereal Vortex upon the land.
Working quickly, the Seers dispatched parties to retrieve pure
sources of the elemental forces, and the vortex was dispelled. But at great cost, for
Harris was missing (and presumed dead), and the Unified Staff was shattered and warped,
with no trace of the power it once held remaining.
Until recently, the remains of the Staff of the Elements, as well as
the pure elemental sources, were on display at the Lycaeum, awaiting a more permanent home
The township of Caendryl (built around the Shrine of Spirituality)
offered their aid to the scholars of the Lycaeum, and once suitable wards and protections
were built, were given permission by the Council of Scholars to house the relic.
The lady Birmingham, proprietress of the Caendryl museum, had this
to say, Were quite honored indeed tae be blessed wit this addition ter
our museum. Harris was quite loved by us, an were estatic th remnants of
th Staff can be given a proper home in our town. Now it has custodians who will nae
only care fer it well, bu will be able ter tell visitors th stories an
legends tha surround itsomethin th scholars at th Lycaeum neer
had th staffin tae do.
Late last eve, a large escort party was formed to transport the
broken Staff to its new home. Starting at the Lycaeum, Seer Hearadh addressed the
assembled crowd, and personally bore the Staff. Protected by a puissant assemblage of
mages and warriors, the escort went smoothly until they reached the bridge between Britain
and Trinsic. There a large group of pirates laid in ambushpresumably directed there
by the remains of Wyrmhearts band. However, only minor causalities were reported, as
the escort party smashed through the ambush, scattering or killing most of the pirates.
Once in Caendryl, Seer Hearadh completed the rites to secure the
Staff. Following this achievement, he bade farewell to the crowd, and stepped towards the
Shrine of Spirituality, looking weaker with each step. Explaining that his time was now
through, having spent decades in the service of the land, he turned to face the Shrine. As
on-lookers watched, the Seer began to change color, like a leaf in the passing seasons,
and a pillar of fire reached down from the sky, and surrounded him, transfiguring him. It
did not appear that the Seer was in any pain or discomfort during this procedurein
fact he looked quite content. Soon all that remained were the robes themselves, and they
too passed in a cloud of fire. A charred spot in the grass marks the passing of this
learned being to the ultimate knowledge that lies outside our realm.
It is believed (though surely scholars shall debate this for years,
being the first recorded time that a Seers transformation had been witnessed) that
the Staffs unique nature was unrelated to this remarkable occurrence, and that it
was a natural function of a Seers singular makeup.
The Staff of the Elements is available for public viewing in the
Caendryl Museum. The Museum is located directly north of the Shrine of Spirituality.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Saturday, February 13th 1999