After gathering information from the Delucia Caves
I decided that perhaps my next step should be to visit the old Gypsy woman,
Tatiana, in Minoc. When I arrived, she was slumped wearily over her table as if
a great burden seemed to rest upon her shoulders. I was a bit hesitant to enter
but as I turned to leave she spoke to me as if she had seen me. It was almost as
if she knew who I was.
That had me a bit unnerved but I decided to enter as she bade. Before I could
even utter a word she started telling me a tale of a dread plague approaching.
Much of it was the same as I had heard from my previous reports. A plague would
come from across the sea she said… only now… it had already arrived.
She told me how a young gypsy girl from her band was brought to her care. She
was very ill. All she could discover was that the girl had been found wandering
near the entrance to the Delucia caves delirious and very feverish.
Tatiana said that she immediately sent for a group to gather a special kind of
ginseng for her from mages that were rumored to be found deep in the mountains.
A brave band of adventurers went to the hidden valley located in the mountains
Southwest of Trinsic and found it besieged by more of the rogue mages that had
been found in the Delucia caves before. A general call for help was sent out to
Trinsic and Skara Brae and the mages were routed, thankfully.
One brave soul worked his way through the mages and acquired some of the ginseng
and returned it to Tatiana. Tatiana wished me to express her heartfelt thanks to
Falcon Strongarm for bringing her the ginseng. With it she has been able to
delay the poison but unfortunately more must be done to find a cure she said.
I was able to speak with the young girl, Morwyn, for a short time as well. It
seems she was to visit a friend in Delucia and had decided to take the caves
there. Usually travelers can make it through safely with little danger. This
time, however, she was approached by an older mage in the caves and asked if she
could help him in acquiring some reagents. When she returned with what he had
requested, he gave her a bit of gold and some food for her efforts. She said
that she thanked him and went on. She ate the food almost immediately since it
had been so long since her last meal and very quickly she started feeling ill,
then she cannot remember what happened. We can only assume that this mage gave
her poisoned food.
This leaves me once again with more questions burning in my mind. What did this
mage seek to accomplish? Is he the source of this dread plague to come? And how
do we find a cure before others end up sick as this poor girl was? I will
continue to seek answers and report them here as I find more information. I just
pray we can stop this before Tatiana’s predictions come to pass.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online,