Last eve the Oclloan arbitration
council, led by Prelect Erllondo, held a council to determine who
possessed ownership of Sindlís Flame. The Flame, an artifact of grave
power, was recently recovered from Sindlís Lair by the extended efforts
of many men and women. It has been kept temporarily within the
Sorcererís Guild until such time the arbitration council could meet to
make the determination.
Seven claimants, including the famed Mage Tower and the
Warlords, presented their cases as to why they felt they should be granted
title to the artifact. The final argument, given by representatives of the
Colloquium of Wind, was underway when the chambers were disrupted by the
opening of a moongate.
The late arrival was the archmage Balart, a dark soul
recently returned to this world through what many consider ďvile
trickeryĒ. He presented a document to Prelect Erllondo. Balart claimed
that Sindl was an associate of his, and that she had desired the Flame be
granted to him. After an examination of the document, the Prelect quickly
agreed that this claim had the most validity, and to the utter surprise of
all assembled, granted all legal title and ownership to Balart.
One of the two representatives from the Wind
Colloquium, Riekkian, grew most agitated at this ruling, and attacked
Balart with a fireball, in front of the curiously oblivious guards. Balart
defended himself against the angry mage, and Riekkian soon lay dead. What
incited Riekkian to such anger is unclear, as his associates identify him
as a calm, composed mage.
As Balart left the arbitration chambers, Sindlís
Flame bobbing after him like a balloon, several other claimants began to
assault the mage. With a pained look upon his face, Balart declared,
ďFine, if you want it the hard way, so be it. But remember, you forced
this action upon me.Ē and he clapped his hands.
The ground began to shake, and hordes of undead rose
from the earth to defend the mage, blocking the path of his attackers.
Ceridwen the historian ran towards the still oblivious guards, mouth
agape, and somehow managed to wake them enough to help defend their city.
A mighty battle ensued, and in the chaotic melee, Balart slipped away. He
was observed calmly walking to a boat along the northern shore, Sindlís
Flame in tow. He, and his companion Lord Mrykul, set sail in the direction
of Skara Brae. It is presumed that Balart brought the Flame to the long
abandoned home, originally occupied by Relvinian, in the center of the
In the aftermath several of the claimants, led by
Qaladar of the Mage Tower, took exception to the Prelectís ruling.
Prelect Erllondo insisted that the judgment was legally binding, and that
the matter was now closed. He then retired to the Inn to get some rest.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Monday, July