UP: Lake Superior
It turns out this tale was a bit more
complicated than the tale being presented. Several weeks ago Lady Temesa, noted
Professor of the Lycaeum, was kidnapped before a routine field trip with her
class. After week and a half and several related arrests of various parties, she
was located and rescued in a violent battle that claimed many casualties and
wounded parties, including the Professor herself. By permission of the courts,
many interested parties gathered to help the tormented plight of her kidnapper
who claimed to be under the influence of an evil mage named Kelrot. After a
rocky start with a few unstable gates and creatures interfering, they gathered
at the reflective pool within the hedge maze to discuss their options. The
stillness did not last long as Kelrot manifested to smirk and jeer at the
With the appearance of Kelrot, the assembled guard of the OSS, RsP, and SIM
(plus other unaffiliated members in attendance) stood helplessly as he first
taunted various old enemies and created new ones in the process. He tormented
Lady Temesa of Moonglow by dangling her necklace ("Cat's Eye") just
out of reach. The necklace disappeared several weeks ago and was not returned
when Professor Temesa was released from her kidnapper's hiding place. Having the
full attention of the crowd, he demanded they bring him the legendary
"Books of Sin" several people in attendance held. Kelrot gave them a
timer of ten minutes and vanished.
With violent explosions and arcane mumblings, the books upon the altar
incinerated into ashes and disappeared. When the group demanded the return of
the necklace, he mocked them and snapped his fingers, causing the necklace to
disappear. After a few more comments, Kelrot disappeared then returned for a
moment only to vanish, taking a captive with him. A race against time and evil
was set into motion. A small group led by Lord Jamie and Lord Hunter led a small
contingent of the OSS guarding Lady Temesa. This group followed up on a cryptic
comment pointing them to the temple of spiders in hopes of retrieving the
necklace. Many more at the same time journeyed to the center to find Kelrot's
captive bound to the pentagram on the tower. According to one witness, he jeered
and taunted them, even claiming to have killed Lady Temesa and her group, as
those in the middle of the maze fought wave upon wave of creatures around them.
His boasts were in proven to be in jest as minutes later the once separated
group stormed up the stairs. The group was clearly alive, well, and in
possession of "Cat's Eye".
Unable to control his fury any longer, he launched a vicious attack upon Lady
Temesa as she firmly clutched the necklace. When the dust settled, two souls had
been released with the death of Kelrot and several "Books of Sin" had
been destroyed. Many spider and creature corpses lay strewn through the hedge
maze. "Cat's Eye", the exquisite silver necklace that had gone missing
with Lady Temesa's kidnapping several weeks ago, once again rested safely upon
the owner's neck. Having unmistakably proven this kidnapping and other actions
of recent past were performed under direct control of Kelrot, the charges
against Lord Animal were quickly dropped on the spot by Lord Jamie, High
Justicar of the Courts. All cheered, some wept with joy, most were exhausted,
and others traveled off to have a round of ale.
It has been rumored there is in existence a "Tomes of Virtue" to
combat the tide of misfortune connected to the "Books of Sin".
However, when asked directly about this, Professor Temesa commented, "While
I have no doubt of the existence of many books and dissertations that speak upon
the topic of Virtue, clearly one can see the only power of the virtues stems
from that within ourselves. They may indeed exist. But holding any power? Not in
the slightest. Destroying a few "Books of Sin" was merely a symbolic
gesture. Books do not make people act, only people make themselves act."
"An excellent observation, Professor. May I ask what thy plans are now,
"To return to teaching, naturally," she said with a smile.
Professor Temesa's first Lycaeum series, "Philosophy 1A" is nearly
complete, but we here at BNN will be sure to report on the ones to be held in
the future as soon as they are announced.
From the Town Cryer - The Journal of Ultima Online,