Ordinarily I do not take on jobs of this
nature… but when I was asked to venture to the Delucia caves to find out what
happened there, I decided to accept on a whim. What I saw there has me greatly
disturbed and makes me fear for the safety of Delucia and for those on the other
side of the passage to Britannia.
When I approached the caves the smell of death hung in the air thickly. It was a
daunting thing and almost had me turning back around to head home. Perhaps I
should have for what I saw when I entered the caves was the most frightening
thing of my life. Dead bodies lay everywhere. They seemed to be clothed in robes
of mainly red and blue hues. I heard many speaking of mages in Shame or in the
Fire Dungeon, so I asked. It seems that these sorts of mages hail from mainly
two places. Though with the appearance of a blood elemental many are considering
their origin to be from the dungeon Shame.
Anyway, I digress... the bodies literally covered the floor. It was nearly
impossible to walk without stepping on a body, which had me unnerved to say the
least. That made the next sight even more difficult to accept without running
from the caves in fear. As I turned a bend, I saw before me the body of a
hideous beast the likes of which I have never seen before. It appeared to be a
huge serpent with arms and a larger than usual head. A weapon lay in its hands.
Seeing my discomfort, a warrior nearby sought to regale me with information
about the beast. He told me of the Ophidians and of their home in the new lands.
He said he had visited only once and had to quickly retreat as they are fierce
fighters. Questions burned in my mind concerning this… Why were such beasts in
the caves by Delucia? How had they arrived there?
Finally regaining my composure somewhat, I decided to travel farther into the
caves. The warrior accompanied me and told me of a mage that had seemed to lead
the attacks. There seemed to be some uncertainty in the warrior’s mind as to
whether it was a male or a female. It was bearded he said and he would have
sworn the mage was a male but many had claimed he was a female instead. In
addition, the mage had appeared to turn into a bone knight just before he died.
What odd tricks were these? The warrior commented that the mage seemed to want
the creatures to protect an area by a lava flow most of all. This just awakened
more questions in my mind and I set out determined to visit the lava flow.
As I approached the molten flow, sweat beaded on my brow. It was swelteringly
hot as compared to the relative coolness in the rest of the caves. I looked
around the area, but quite frankly I could not find anything of note to explain
why it was so important.
After finishing my inspection of the caves, I decided to leave and the warrior
came along with me seeming to enjoy regaling me with tales of the events. He
told me of the old gypsy woman, Tatiana, in Minoc who had warned the people of
Kinship of the evils lurking in the caves. He also said that when she was
visited after the attacks she had warned everyone not to be too complacent. That
evil still lurked. What this means I am uncertain. It appeared to me that the
evil had been soundly routed from the caves by Delucia, but her predictions
seemed to indicate otherwise. Needless to say, my recommendation is that the
caves be observed for a while for further activity. And as I hear more of this
tale I shall be certain to report it here.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online,