The fate of Sindl's flame
 

Garth Ranzz

UP: Sonoma

    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 Hedge Maze.

    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 5th 1999