While strolling through the Counselor's Hall on Serpent's Hold last
eve, I spied two figures speaking quietly in the center of the room. As I continued on my
way, I realized one of the figures was covered in a green robe. A Seer! I backed into the
shadows, curious as to what was being discussed.
As I watched these two
converse about trivial issue, others started to arrive. The Seer even opened a gate for
many of them to arrive. I knew not who these people were, but they were dressed in the
finest garb. Something was definitely happening here, and I was determined to find out
Under the Seer's direction, the group divided up based on their
dress and positioned themselves below me, toward the back of the room. The Seer walked to
the table in front of the room, and announced, much to my surprise: "Ladies and
Gentlemen, members of the councils...Your lord and liege, Lord British!"
The king walked in, with a guard in tow, and greeted Seer Nikademus
warmly. Nikademus then proceeded to introduce the town councils of Britain, Rivendell,
Trinsic, and Yew to the king. I watched in stunned silence as the king warmly greeted the
heads of each council, along with heroes and scholars that I've only known by name until
that moment. Among those present were Saurun, Emerald, Ce'Nedra Willow, Zym Dragon,
Orchid, Nickola, Gargish Dragon, Thrawn, Dayel Stormcrow, Silver Dryad, Keuldan Vraal,
Sagramore, Draconis, Xena Dragon, Marcus... to list a few. Each council presented Lord
British with a gift: clothes, master-crafted armor, and fruit and wines from their towns.
After the introductions, the king addressed them, his words bringing
dread to my heart. He addressed the trouble brewing between Trinsic and Yew, and did so on
behalf of the concerned Merchants of Rivendell. He spoke of the visions that have been
troubling him of late, and how, when told of the problems between his towns, one of the
visions became clear to him.
"One that came into focus though, when I
heard of thy plight, was that the wrong doing is not at the hands of any here nor of any
of thy ilk. To be certain, 'tis an outside agent of some sort. I can say that with supreme
certainty, but I cannot divine the source. It shall be up to thee to determine those who
try to sabotage thy works, But the rift between thee only furthers their cause. So I
strongly suggest ye put such behind ye and seek to discover thy true enemy. And to begin
this...I would pardon Vice-Mayor Nickola [of Trinsic], who had no part in what she was
This caused quite a still among the councils, as the prisoner found
guilty of murder was set free, and rejoined her fellow councilmen.
Lord British then put Seer Nikademus at the councils'
disposal, to aid in the search for this secret organization. He warned that this matter
should be quickly taken care of, lest they be faced with both this evil, and the trouble
brewing in Buccaneer's Den. The king then took his leave, headed to Jhelom to settle some
farmers' dispute over an animal.
The councils seemed both relieved and embarrassed that the accusations
they threw at each other turned out false. Apologies were made by each side, and they all
quickly departed to the Serpent's Cross Tavern to celebrate and also to plan how to
uncover this secret organization.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Thursday, March 22nd 1999