UP: Napa Valley
not sure what is going on around here but it seems everywhere I wander
these days there are naught but tales of evil beasts invading towns,
attacking the residents and well, causing general mayhem! It
seems to me that there is little order left in our world for such things
continue to occur and little is being done to stem the tide as it were. I
am not sure if these happening have anything do to with the dragon... some
seem downright odd! Well, let me tell you the rumors and tales I have
heard and you can decide for yourself.
For some odd reasons, of late, reapers have been growing all over our fair
land... so many in one place 'tis almost like a grove of them, much like
the apple and peach tree groves in Castle Britannia. Those that tell the
tale say they have never seen so many of the malicious trees in one place
before. From what I have been able to gather from my sources, these groves
have been seen in Shannara, the Village of Virtue, near Grimoire, the Red
Eye Tavern and a number of more isolated places. With so many in one place
how does a valiant fighter have a chance?
Don't stop reading yet; I have more interesting tales to tell!
It seems that the undead have become a bit restless of late as well.
Creatures usually not seen in the light of our day are being seen across
the land. Lich Lords, bone magi, bone knights... the strongest of the
undead rising to walk our lands. What is drawing them to the lands of the
living? (Pardon if I quote the tale that Seer Aria told in Britain's
Counselor's Hall, but it does fit.)
Lastly the ongoing saga of the gargoyles, at least this one I know has
something to do with that dragon and Tarina... though I am not sure if
that is a good thing or not.
Over the past few evenings, there have been, well the only thing to call
them is invasions. Invasions of some of our fair cities and towns by
gargoyles... not just a few mind you but tens upon tens of them. One
resident actually said there must have been close to 100 at the invasion
of Occlo on Friday eve. It seems an ongoing thing these invasions for it
was the third in as many nights!
Yew was the first to be attacked and there were rumors that an unknown
assailant killed one of the bankers in that fair town at the time of the
attack. Are they connected? Who knows? Then the next eve the city of Skara
Brae's mainland farms were invaded by more of the smelly creatures. Then
last eve, from witness accounts the largest attack so far on the isle of
Occlo. But this time it seems the ancient blue dragon himself was there to
aid the combatants in defending the town. After witnessing the massive
attack on the dragon by the gargoyles, there was no doubt in the mind of
witnesses that the gargoyles have a strong hatred for this magnificent
beast. I must not forget to mention the ambushes I was told of while
Tarina and a party of companions made their way along the road to Minoc a
short time ago. The gargoyles are gathering in force and folks are getting
uneasy at all of their activity.
Well fair residents, something strange is happening in our lands - be
careful in your travels!
'Till next time
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online, Sunday,